Last week’s Raw ended as The Shield again reuniting to keep the Monster in the Bank from cashing in! What will happen when Strowman and Roman meet tonight?
- Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor; Finn wins, by disqualification.
- No Disqualifications: Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor; Corbin wins.
- Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- The B-Team VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Natalya wins.
- Bobby Lashley VS ???; Lashley wins.
- Dean Ambrose VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Ambrose wins.
- Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman; Reigns & Strowman win by disqualification.
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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Big Dog and WWE Universal Champion, “the most polarizing figure in WWE today”, hears the cheers and jeers from Toronto. However, he almost wasn’t champion when the Monster in the Bank came down and stormed the ring. Braun Strowman was ready to cash in, but The Shield reunited! They beat down then powerbomb’d Strowman through a table! Strowman challenged Roman via social media to meet him alone this time, what is Roman’s response?
Roman hears the fans cheer and jeer and repeats he’d meet Strowman at the start of the night. It’s been five minutes, where is he? If the “meat shack” doesn’t come out, then it’ll be the Shield Workhorse Open Challenge! Anyone that wants it, just come get it. But here comes BRAUN! He walks into the ring and actually smiles. Strowman gets a mic while fans chant “Get These Hands!” Roman’s a workhorse? Sure fooled Strowman when his “boys” came out. The Shield is a brotherhood of workhorses. No one tells them what to do, not even Roman. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose know what it’s like to be at the top, but Strowman doesn’t. All Strowman does is say “Get These Hands”.
But the fact is, those hands push around objects, while Roman’s hands have held all the WWE gold! So if Strowman wants to be on Roman’s level, step up, cash in, and let’s have it out right now! Fans sure want to see that! But Strowman refuses to cash-in tonight. Because everyone here knows, the “boys” would just save him again. Strowman makes Roman a deal: Strowman won’t cash in until 9/16. Just show up where his brothers can’t interfere with it: HELL IN A CELL! Strowman finally sounds like a monster to Roman. Roman offers a handshake, and Strowman takes it. But then Dolph Ziggler comes out? And Drew McIntyre, too.
“Blah blah blah!” Now that we know what’s happening in three weeks, let’s talk about Summerlam, aka the crime of the century. That’s where Rollins & Ambrose “stole” Ziggler’s title. Remember? Wait, being beat fair and square is stealing now? Rollins has been copying Ziggler for weeks now. Ziggler will use his contractual rematch to be seven-time champion. And then he and Drew will have proven themselves to everyone in the world. Drew points to Roman and Strowman, that’s an entirely different story. These two need a new challenge, and “sorry boys, but it’s you.” The Universal Champion, the Monster in the Bank, they’re on top of the Monday Night Raw Mountain! “That’s just fantastic!” Because it’s a double-edged sword. You sit up top, but the only way to go is tumbling down. And these two are more than happy to do that to them tonight.
Drew & Dolph sound real tough on stage, but Roman & Strowman are up for it right here and now. But wait, here comes interim Raw GM, Baron Corbin. He wants everyone to slow it down. This is why Kurt Angle was sent on his “vacation” and Corbin was Stephanie’s handpicked replacement. Strowman officially will get his MITB cash-in for HIAC. But Corbin makes a main event for tonight that Angle couldn’t ever dream of or that no one could’ve guessed. It will be Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman. Strowman lets Roman know that HIAC will be where he gets his Universal Championship. But tonight, Dolph & Drew will #GetTheseHands! A very big main event made, but who will make it out the winners?
Baron Corbin speaks in the ring.
He’s a natural GM, right? An improvement over Angle, right? Fans boo but Corbin keeps praising himself. His even more important match, it’ll be Corbin himself VS Finn Balor the man. Not the Demon, just the man. And that match starts right now! Corbin’s always wanted to say that, but will he regret being so overconfident?
Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor!
Corbin wonders what’s taking Finn so long. Does he not have the guts? Finn appears, proving Corbin wrong as usual. He may be taken by surprise, but can Finn still win?
Raw returns and the bell rings. Finn ties up with Corbin, Corbin whips and runs Finn over. Corbin “applauds” Finn before bringing him up and putting him in a corner. Corbin misses but slides out to slide in and clobber Finn! Cover, TWO, but Corbin just mocks the Too Sweet. He drives an elbow into Finn then wraps on a half-nelson chinbar. Finn endures while fans chant “Corbin Sucks!” Corbin refuses to listen as he keeps Finn down on the mat. Finn gets up as fans rally. Finn fights back but Corbin knees him low. Corbin whips but Finn reverses. Corbin sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn goes after Corbin but is powered into a corner. Corbin throws forearms then runs in, but misses. He anticipates Finn’s kick and clobbers Finn again! A 10 count begins but Corbin fetches Finn, to ram him into barriers!
Corbin grinds Finn’s head into the barrier then put him in the ring. Cover, TWO, and Corbin insists the ref count faster. Corbin stomps Finn, then mocks the applause again. Finn hits back with body shots, but Corbin drops Finn with a right. Corbin stomps more, then sits Finn up for elbows to the shoulders. Corbin goes back to the half-nelson chinbar, but Finn gets up again. Finn fires off rights and lefts, but Corbin knees him low. Corbin clubs Finn then hits him more. He whips Finn but Finn kicks him back, only to get dropped by a right! The Lone Wolf pushes Finn out of the ring while Toronto tells him “You Can’t Wrestle!” Corbin doesn’t care, he runs around the corner, but into a Slingblade! Finn gets control back as we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin has Finn back in the half-nelson. Finn feeds off the fans and fights his way up and out. Corbin shoves him to a corner and hits a corner clothesline, then another. COrbin runs in for a third but misses, so he slides out then in. Finn sees it coming and hits him back with forearms! Fans rally for Finn and Finn fires off a strike fest. He trips Corbin for the double stomps! Fans fire up with Finn as he gives Corbin a running chop. Finn whips corner to corner, Corbin reverses but Finn goes up and over. He runs into a foot, and his step up kick is blocked! But Corbin gets hotshot on the rope and runs into another slingblade! Finn runs into Deep Six! Cover, TWO! Corbin can’t believe it, but Finn is tougher than that.
Finn slips out to roll Corbin up, TWO. Corbin runs but Finn dodges to clothesline Corbin out. Finn takes aim and builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit! Fans fire up with Finn again but Corbin has a chair! COrbin and Finn brawl, but Finn keeps him from using the weapon. Then Finn considers the option himself, but swing kicks Corbin down instead. Finn climbs up, leaps, but misses! Corbin jams the chair into Finn’s ribs!
Winner: Finn Balor, by disqualification
But that doesn’t matter to Corbin, he just wants to get the better of Finn. He takes the mic and cuts everything off. As acting GM, Corbin forgot to say this was a No Disqualification match. Let’s keep going.
No Disqualifications: Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor!
The referee isn’t sure about this but the bell has to ring. Corbin SMACKS Finn! Then he drags Finn up and in for END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins.
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Corbin is proud of himself but Toronto rains down boos and jeers. Will this abuse of power start to run rampant under the Constable’s rule?
WWE Legends and Hall of Famers speak on Triple H VS The Undertaker #OneLastTime.
Ric Flair says Melbourne will see two of the greatest. Christian, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett know both men but are torn on who will win. Double J says Taker wins because nobody has a better record in big matches. Kevin Nash agrees, the Deadman rises the the occasion. But Capt. Charisma says HHH is a desperate man and therefore a dangerous man. Foley bets on Taker, as does Flair. Who do you think wins this legendary rematch?
Dana Brooke and Apollo Crews talk move sets.
Dana being the modern-day Total Package, she’s pretty confident she can flip. Apollo is sure she can, but she should worry about fundamentals in the ring. Titus O’Neil got her this match, and Dana can prove she deserves to be part of WWE Evolution. Speaking of, here comes Titus. He’s excited for her match, a tune-up with… Sasha Banks. Titus is confident Dana can do this, but seriously? It’s Sasha Banks! But Titus has faith in the brand! Let’s make it a win!
Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!
The Statistician hasn’t had the best track record with only one singles match all year, but even an underdog can win once in awhile. Can she #MakeItAWin against The Boss? Or will she just be another statistic?
Raw returns as Dana makes her entrance. The bell rings and Dana gets a waistlock to roll up. ONE, but Dana goes for La Mahistrol. ONE, so she tries a jackknife. Another ONE, but things speed up. Dana tilt-o-whirls but Sasha goes fro the Bank Statement. Dana bails out and regroups with Titus Worldwide. She gets fired up and goes after Sasha again. Sasha fights out of the waistlock, then whips Dana to a corner. Dana goes up and over then handsprings to show off her ability. Sasha runs but Dana ducks to enziguri! Cover, TWO! Dana rains rights down on Sasha, and fans give her credit. She flexes then brings Sasha up. Dana whips Sasha to a corner, then runs in for the handspring back elbow. She runs in again but misses! Sasha rocks Dana with a knee, then drops her with Meteora! Cover, TWO!
Sasha keeps focus with Bayley’s help, but fans rally up with Titus Worldwide. Dana hits Sasha with a forearm, then fireman’s carry. Sasha slips out, back stabber into Bank Statement! Dana taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
A valiant effort from Dana, but it’s still #BossTime. The Boss & Hug Connection are on their own roll, where will they end up once WWE Evolution comes ’round?
Dean Ambrose encounters Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh.
The Modern Day Maharaja senses a great anger within the Lunatic Fringe. Mahal can help guide Ambrose to spirituality. Close your eyes, breathe in, and tell him what you see. Ambrose tries it, and says he sees… Mahal. Okay, what else? Ambrose sees himself. And? He sees himself kicking Mahal in the teeth, and then breaking Mahal’s face, ribs, and making Mahal cry. Mahal is in great pain. Get out of his Ambrose’s face or it’ll come true. Mahal backs away from the Lunatic. Will Ambrose find an outlet for himself?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect and new Intercontinental Champion won the belt at Summerslam and is again part of The Shield. Fans cheer “Burn it Down!” while Rollins gets a mic. He like how Toronto thinks. Last Raw, The Shield took care of some “family business.” They pride themselves on being fighting champions, so this week will be about Intercontinental Championship business. Rollins really thought it was going to be Ziggler, McIntyre or both, but those two have plans. His card is wide open, so maybe, who wants an open challenge tonight? Toronto does! In that case, here is a formal invitation to the Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???
The Kingslayer is ready, but is he ready for The Prizefighter? Kevin Owens is practically home in Toronto given that warm welcome. Kevin is glad Rollins is feeling so good. Rollins has his friends, his title and his crossfit, he’s on top of the world. But ever since Kevin came back to Raw, his life has been “a living Hell.” Every week on SmackDown made him want to be on Raw but it’s been a nightmare. Rollins had a great Summerslam because he had his best friend. Maybe if Kevin had his best friend, Sami Zayn, he would’ve beaten Strowman to have the MITB briefcase and then cashed in to be Universal Champion! But Kevin’s not because Sami is at home from injuries.
Summer has been terrible but it ends here. Kevin will not leave without a title! He’s in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and where better- Well okay, Montreal would’ve been better. Kevin speaks French to insult everyone, but it doesn’t matter if you understand, Kevin just wants to take that title right here and now! He storms his way down to the ring, and a referee joins them. Jojo makes the introductions, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Kevin kicks low then clubs Rollins to the ropes. He puts Rollins in a corner for chops and forearms while fans sing “Ole~ ole~” in honor of Sami. Rollins fires off in return but Kevin knocks him back. Kevin has Rollins on the ropes again with body shots. Kevin stomps Rollins, then throws haymakers. Fans rally and Rollins speeds up to tackle Kevin! Rollins rains down hands, then brings Kevin up for chops. Rollins whips Kevin corner to corner but Kevin reverses, only to get run over by Rollins. Kevin rolls out, but Rollins pursues. Rollins bumps Kevin off the apron then puts him in the ring. Kevin hits back, but Rollins slingshots for a guillotine leg drop!
Rollins brings Kevin up, but Kevin throat chops! Kevin whips Rollins but Rollins jumps over the steel steps! Rollins uses the steps to launch himself and he wipes Kevin out! The champ has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has Rollins in a chinlock. Kevin grinds Rollins down but fans rally up. Rollins gets up and fights back, and he backs Kevin down to a corner. He whips corner to corner but Kevin reverses, and Rollins tumbles up and down the buckles. Kevin adds a Vader Bomb elbow, covers, TWO! Rollins rolls out but Kevin pursues. Kevin brings Rollins up by his hair, then talks trash, only for Rollins to fire off. Rollins goes to throw Keivn but Kevin reverses and sends Rollins into barriers. They end up on opposite side of a post, and Kevin pulls Rollins into said post!
They go inside, and Kevin wraps Rollins’ arm around the rope. Kevin kicks the arm, then slams the arm on the mat. He soaks in the heat as he drops a back senton on the arm! Cover, TWO, but Kevin keeps on that bad arm. Rollins endures as Kevin wrenches the shoulder. Fans rally up again and Rollins stands up. Rollins jawbreakers free, then dumps Kevin out of the ring. Kevin drags Rollins out with him, then throws Rollins into barriers. Kevin runs in for a CANNONBALL, but misses! Rollins gets back in the ring and leaves Kevin outside. Kevin crawls over, and breaks the count at 7.
Rollins is up and runs in at the corner for a forearm smash. Rollins chops and punches, then whips. Kevin yanks the bad arm, but Rollins kicks back. Kevin gets a headlock but Rollins powers out, only to get a kick. They speed up, Rollins drops Kevin with a slingblade! Kevin rolls out but Rollins takes aim. Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit! Rollins goes back in to DIVE again! He wants the hat trick, but Kevin denies it with a forearm. Rollins hits back, runs, and DIVES! Rollins has control yet again while we go to break.
Raw returns and Kevin is in the drop zone! Rollins climbs up and takes aim, for the Frog Splash! It hits! Cover, TWO!! Rollins can’t believe it, but perhaps his bad arm got in the way. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Rollins stands back up. Rollins starts stomping, and fans shift to “Burn It Down!” Rollins runs, but Kevin rolls out of the way. Kevin climbs up to hotshot the bad arm! Then he throws Rollins into the post! Kevin wrenches but Rollins rolls and kicks. Rollins goes after Kevin but Kevin gets a crossface! Kevin wrenches back as hard as he can, but Rollins drags himself forward. Rollins reaches for ropes, but Kevin makes it a cobra clutch crossface! Rollins uses his legs, ropebreak! Kevin lets go, and he grows desperate.
Kevin rains rights down on Rollins, more and more, then he stomps. He drags Rollins up and SLAPS Rollins! Kevin says this is his time and his title! Rollins slaps and chops in return! Kevin whips him, but Rollins hops over to kick low. Kevin back drops out of the bomb, rolls him but Rollins SUPERKICK! But Kevin gets a stunner!! Cover, TWO!! Kevin is shocked and fans lose their minds! Kevin stands back up, then puts Rollins in a corner. They go to the top rope, and fans give praise to Kevin. Rollins resists, however, and fights back. Rollins prepares a powerbomb, and goes corner to corner for Buckle Bomb! Kevin gets a SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO?! Toronto is thunderous for this.
Kevin drags Rollins around to a drop zone, then goes up top. Rollins stops him up top, and the two brawl as Rollins climbs. They brawl fast and furious even! Kevin rocks Rollins with a headbutt, then prepares the fisherman. Rollins fights out, kicks back, but falls backwards. He hurries back up, but Kevin trips him up! Rollins hits the ropes, then falls on the bad shoulder! Kevin jumps for a MOONSAULT, but MISSES! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Kingslayer truly burned it down with The Prizefighter tonight! Rollins takes advantage of Kevin’s miscalculation, and retains his title. Will Rollins be better about running himself into the ground knowing Dolph Ziggler still has a rematch?
Baron Corbin meets with Braun Strowman.
The Monster puts the briefcase down. “Make sure you bring it to Hell in a Cell.” Strowman has done his part, will he #GetTheseHands on the title?
Kevin Owens sulks in the ring.
He’s been sitting there ever since losing to Rollins before the break. Fans cheer for him as he picks up a mic. “I quit.” What?! Kevin quits?! Quits what? Raw?! Or WWE as a whole?!
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler.
The Show-Off & The Scottish Psycho go after Roman & Strowman, but why? To change the game, you need to make a move at the right time. The Shield made one move, these two make their move “to the top of the food chain” tonight. Roman had back to back matches last week, with Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor. He can’t be 100%. Then Strowman almost had the title twice but got nothing. There’s no chance he’s mentally 100%. Plus, Strowman and Roman have Hell in their future, “there is no way that team is right.” The locker room sees the Big Dog and the Monster Among Men as kings of the jungle, but not Ziggler & McIntyre. They’re wounded animals ripe for the slaughter. Will that slaughter be in tonight’s main event? Or will the hunters become the hunted very quickly?
The B-Team VS The Revival!
After the #TopGuys swept Bo Dallas & Curt Axel 2-0 in singles matches last week, it’s time to see if they can do it again in a tag match! Will B-Team #GoGoGo? Or will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah to another win?
Dash Wilder and Bo Dallas start with the bell. Dash gets a waistlock, but Bo elbows out. Bo reels Dash in for a lariat, then drops a knee. Tag to Axel and Bo drops another knee. Axel adds his ax handle, then covers. ONE, but Axel keeps on Dash. Dash hits back and tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Axel, then Dawson chops Axel to a corner. Dawson keeps chopping, then kicks Axel down. He kicks more, then mocks the B-Team theme. He whips Axel in, but Axel hits back. Axle headlocks but Dawson powers out. Things speed up and Axel dropkicks Dawson. Tag to Bo, and B-Team double back drop. Dash tagged in, though, only to run into elbows. Axel clotheslines Dawson out, then Bo throws Dash! The Revival collide and B-Team has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dash has Bo trapped in a unique combination of holds. Bo’s arms are trapped while Dash chinbars him. Bo fights out but Dash shifts to a facelock. They push against each other, but Bo blocks a punch to give a punch. Dash drop toeholds and tags Dawson. Dawson gets between Bo and Axel to dropkick Bo. Cover, TWO! Dawson keeps on Bo with a whip, then a back elbow. Cover, ONE, but Dawson puts Bo in a rear bearhug. Bo endures while Dawson puts his weight on him. Axel coaches Bo up and Bo stands. Bo elbows out and kicks the back drop away! Dawson tags Dash and Dash clobbers Bo down. Dash drags Bo up and says “B-Team is DONE!” He climbs up, tornado DDT denied into the draping neckbreaker!
Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Dawson tags in but misses Bo! Hot tag to Axel! Axel rallies on Dawson, and on Dash. He throws ax bombers then back elbows. He snapmares Dawson and fires up for the neck snap! “B-Team, B-Team! GO GO GO!” Axel runs in for a big knee to Dawon’s head! Cover, TWO! Axel stalks Dawosn, kicks and fisherman, but Dawosn counters. Dawson is pushed into buckles, cradle, but Dash rolls it over! Bo knocks Dash and it rolls back! Dash throws Bo out, but Axel has the cover. TWO! Axel spins Dawson around for a backslide, TWO! He rolls Dawson but Dash tags in. SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, Revival wins!!
Winner: The Revival, Dash Wilder pinning
The #TopGuys get one over on the champions, this can be their claim to another title match. They’re not done though, Shatter Machine for Bo! They grab “their” titles and some mics to add insult to injury. “Over the last few months, this whole Raw Tag Division has been a joke” because of The B-Team. Road Warriors, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, and now these two? The Revival are sick of the mockery of tag team wrestling. Bo & Axel better hold onto the titles tight, keep them clean, because they’ll be taken away any time the Revival wants. #TopGuysOut. Will Dash & Dawson shatter B-team’s luck and finally get those titles for their own?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Toronto, and he says we’re gathered here to answer the age old question: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Toronto sounds up for it. He will test them, and it will get tough, but don’t lose the faith. Do not stray from the universal truth, that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Fans chant that, too. They sing for him but he’s going to sing his greatest song yet. No, he had an epiphany: “When fellow musician, Drake, said he started from the bottom, he was literally talking about here.” There is no city lower than this “godforsaken hole of Toronto.” Elias was just in New York and says the difference between them, “there is no bigger disappointment in life.” But wait, here comes Toronto’s TRISH STRATUS!
Trish hits the ring and Toronto explodes with a standing ovation. She picks up a mic and Elias gives her a formal introduction. It’s nice to see her doing something important like being in the ring with Elias. Elias knows a lot of things have changed and he’s a big deal. Yes, he is. Trish is a fan of his “catchy tunes”. But when he runs his mouth about her hometown, so please silence phones, hold applause and most of all, Elias, shut your mouth. But Elias speaks the truth. This is like the Stanley Cup, Toronto won’t see it ever. Like Elias and a WWE title?
But he has one thing right: things have changed. When Trith retired as the 7 time WWE Women’s Champion right here in Toronto, sharpshooter locked on, and then took her place in the Hall of Fame, she would’ve never imagined the All Women’s PPV, WWE Evolution. Trish knows in just a couple months she’ll be lacing the boots up again to take on Alexa Bliss. So a Swimsuit Pillow Fight? That’d be great. Ha, good one. But here’s a suggestion: pack up your guitar, take your kimono and scarves, and walk to the back. Elias says cut to the chase. She’s out here because she, like thousands of women, want to #WalkWithElias, if you know what he means. But sorry to break it to you, he doesn’t date women in their 60s. SLAP! It’s what he deserves.
And here comes RONDA! And Natalya! The Rowdy Raw Women’s Champion and the Queen of Harts head down together, because it’s time for another of Canada’s own to have her match, after the break.
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
Two veterans of this WWE Women’s Division go 1v1 while the Baddest Woman on the Planet and the Goddess are ringside. Will the Queen of Harts or Ms. Crazy Like a Fox gain momentum towards WWE Evolution in October?
Before things begin, Alexa says her piece. “What a Raw moment.” Natty, Ronda & Trish, all together. Or as Alexa says, Underwhelming, Over-hyped & Completely Irrelevant. yes, Trish, that last one is you. But Trish looks fantastic, her Stratus Yoga is working out. But take some advice from your replacement, yoga won’t help from the beating that’s coming. Alexa then directs her attention to Ronda. She has the title, good for her, but she failed what she really wanted to accomplish: breaking Alexa’s arm so they wouldn’t have a rematch. But Alexa isn’t average, she is Raw’s Goddess and medically cleared. Their rematch happens at Hell in a Cell. Not here in Canada, ew. Enjoy the publicity because Alexa’s taking that belt back.
Now on to Alicia Fox and the beating she’s gonna give Natalya. Foxy has friends, and one Trish knows all too well. Mickie James is back! The once super fangirl is now a legend in her own right. Will she and the Goddess be a factor in this match?
The bell rings and Natty ties up with Fox. Natty whips but Fox goes up and over to sunset flip. Natty rolls through, and goes for the Sharpshooter! Fox fights out and gets to ropes. “I am not playing your games today!” Fans boo but Alexa & Mickie cheer. Natty dropkicks Fox in the head! Natty puts Alicia in, but gets caught in a running neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Foxy is furious already as she puts Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures while fans rally up with Ronda & Trish. Natty stands up and throws Foxy off, but Foxy boots Natty down!
Fox keeps her cool somehow while she stalks and taunts Natty. She puts Natty on the ropes to choke, but then Micke & Alexa get cheap shots! Trish & Ronda move over and run them off. Natty yanks Alicia off the ropes to then run over with the discus clothesline! Then, Sharpshooter! Alicia reaches, taps, natty wins!
Winner: Natayla, by submission
The Queen of Hart celebrates with the champ and the legend, and for more than just the win. Will Natty get a big moment at Evolution? Will Ronda finally shut Alexa up by taking her arm at Hell in a Cell? And will Trish add on when she goes up against the Goddess?
The Bella Twins find Ronda, Natty & Trish backstage.
They are so happy to see them all! And “damn girl”, Stratusfaction in the house. Trish slapped the taste out of Elias’ mouth. Mamas represent! And Ronda is the perfect role model as champion with Evolution on the horizon. But should they tell them? Should they? Of course! The Bellas talked with Corbin, and they’re back in action next week! Celebratory Selfie! #Women’sEvolution is in full swing, will the Bellas make a victorious return to the ring?
MORE WWE Legends and Hall of Famers speak on Triple H VS The Undertaker #OneLastTime.
Stone Cold says that if you’re ready for this rematch, give him a HELL YEAH! Booker T and Big Show and even Diamond Dallas Page are looking forward to this one. Stone Cold is gonna be glued to his seat watching this. Big Show has taken them both on. DDP says Taker’s still in charge, as does Booker T. Show goes with Taker, because that bell toll alone. But Austin says The Game has the right game plan to finally take Taker down. Pedigree 1-2-3 or Rest In Peace, which side are you on?
Baron Corbin promises to talk with Kevin Owens.
Stephanie McMahon wants to make sure the Prizefighter doesn’t actually quit, but it’ll be on Corbin to appease him. Meanwhile, Corbin’s ordered a masseuse. Bobby Lashley walks in and wonders if he’s still banged up. Corbin just handled Finn with ease. Because he made it a No DQ partway through. Well a lot is going on, it happens, it is what it is. So why did he want to talk? Corbin doesn’t want Lashley to think he was forgotten. Lashley loves competition, so he has a match tonight. Against who? Oh, sorry, so much stuff, from Kevin quitting to paperwork, but that match is next. Next? Yes. Well Lashley better get to the ring. Corbin is actually impressing him. Not. What does Corbin have planned for the Dominator tonight?
Bobby Lashley VS ???
The Alpha Male may not know who his opponent is, but he’s always up for a match. But who did Corbin choose for Lashley’s opponent? Corbin lets Lashley know via the titantron that with all the clutter, he “remembers” it’s a Handicap match! Lashley takes a trip to the Wasteland against The Ascension! Not that it matters, as he knocks down Konnor and runs over Viktor! The bell rings and now the match is official. Lashley and Konnor stare down, but Viktor kicks Lashley. Viktor whips but Lashley reverses. Konnor tags in as Lashley lifts Viktor to then knock Lashley down. Konnor rains rights and then stomps, then puts Lashley in a corner. He clubs Lashley down then puts on a facelock. He grinds Lashley down but Lashley powers back up.
Lashley lifts Konnor, but Konnor drops his weight down. Konnor keeps grinding, but Lashley keeps pushing. Viktor tags in, and The Ascension mug Lashley. Viktor covers, TWO, but he keeps on Lashley with a facelock. Lashley endures the squeeze, and powers out again! He almost throws Viktor on his head! Lashley rallies on both Ascension, then tilt-o-whirls to snake eyes! SPINEBUSTER! Lashley keeps Konnor out, then goes back to Viktor for the Dominator AK-47! Cover, Lashley wins
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
Domination complete! Corbin “forgot” to tell Lashley the details, but will Lashley give the Constable a beating he’ll always remember?
Dean Ambrose VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!
The Lunatic Fringe doesn’t care if the Modern Day Maharaja thinks he should relax, he just wants to fight. They have it out here, will Mahal’s inner peace become inner pieces?
They tie up and Ambrose gets a waistlock then takedown. Ambrose shifts to a roll over, ONE, but then waistlock. Mahal elbows out, then runs, but Ambrose clotheslines Mahal out of the ring. Ambrose pursues and chops Mahal. He clubs Mahal in the chest, then chops him again. Sunil talks trash but gets thrown down! Mahal pounces with a knee, then stomps away on Ambrose. Mahal runs for a big knee drop, then covers. TWO, but Mahal drives his knee into Ambrose’s back. Mahal also drives elbows in, then chokes Ambrose on the ropes. He backs off at 4, but then drops springboard knees. Mahal backs off at 2 to then grind his knee in, stopping at 4. He puts Ambrose in a chinlock and sits him down.
Fans rally for Ambrose, and Ambrose fights his way up. Ambrose runs, but into a kitchen sink knee. He comes back with clotheslines, then whips. He elbows Mahal down, but he’s not done. Ambrose brings Mahal up and hangs him on the top rope. Mahal hits the mat while Ambrose catches his breath. Ambres brings Mahal up but Mahal knees low. Mahal whips but Ambrsoe dodges, only to run into another knee! High stack cover, TWO! Mahal grows frustrated, but he then grins as he stalks Ambrose. He brings Ambrose up but Ambrose slips out of the Kallas to hit Dirty Deeds! Cover, Ambrose wins!
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall
The Lunatic uses his rage to get another win. His return to the ring has been quite the roll, what is in store for him in the coming weeks?
Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman meet backstage.
They don’t like each other, but the only things getting slaughtered are McIntyre & Ziggler. Then Roman can spend the rest of the next 20 days thinking about how he’s gonna lose that title. roman says on Day 21, Strowman will realize what happened when he didn’t get the job done. They’re far from allies, but can they work together to take out the Show-Off and the Psycho?
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman!
One team is united in their mission to take all of Raw by storm. The other team knows that win or lose, they’re going to battle it out inside the infamous Hell in a Cell structure. Will the Big Dog & Monster in the Bank simply be fuel for the fire? Or will they stop Ziggler & McIntyre short of being kings of the mountain?
The bell rings and Roman starts against Ziggler. Roman and Ziggler circle, and Ziggler kciks low. He taunts Roman but gets an uppercut for it. Ziggler jumps on Roman for a headlock, but Roman powers out. Roman runs after and takes Ziggler out with the leaping lariat. he rocks McIntyre just because, then clotheslines Ziggler out. Ziggler & McIntyre regroup while fans fire up both ways for Roman. Roman goes out, aims at Ziggler, and hits the Drive-By! He brings Ziggler back up but fans say “We Want Strowman!” McIntyre pounces on Roman with a boot, then puts him in for Ziggler. Ziggler jumps for the satellite DDT! Cover, but Strowman breaks it. Ziggler crawls and tags McIntyre, so McIntyre rains rights on Roman.
McIntyre promises Strowman he’s next, but Strowman says he hopes so. Strowman “coaches” Roman up with shouting, but McIntyre & Ziggler mug Roman in their corner. Ziggler keeps on Roman with a chinlock, and shifts it to a sleeper as Roman tries to crawl for Strowman. Fans rally up while Roman endures the squeeze. Fans duel as Roman reaches, but Ziggler dropkicks Roman down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre tags in to stomp and chops Roman, and Strowman grows frustrated. McIntyre deadlifts and throws Roman, covers, TWO. Now McIntyre taunts Strowman with Roman’s tag before stomping Roman out. Tag to Ziggler and he stomps Roman, too. Ziggler drops an elbow, covers, TWO. Ziggler wraps on a sleeper and body scissors, but fans rally up. Roman feeds off that energy as he rolls towards his corner.
Ziggler holds on as Roman stands up. Roman reaches out as he takes steps towards Strowman. Ziggler squeezes on as tight as he can and Roman drops to his knees again. Strowman shouts at Roman to keep fighting, and fans rally up with him. Roman gets that second wind, stands up, but bumps Ziggler off buckles. Roman is free but is far away. Ziggler runs in, but Roman sends him up and out! Roman crawls while Strowman reaches, but Ziggler intercepts, only to get a boot! Strowman is chomping at the bit as Roman and Ziggler both crawl. Hot tag to McIntyre, and he whips Roman. Roman kicks McIntyre away, then ducks. McIntyre grabs the vest! Roman fights but is thrown with a belly2belly! He’s again isolated in enemy territory.
McIntyre tags in Ziggler, and they each stomp Roman. Ziggler starts toying with Roman, then grinds Roman’s face on the ropes. “Do something, Roman!” Ziggler runs, into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans fire up as Roman crawls and Strowman reaches. Ziggler crawls for his corner, too, hot tags to McIntyre AND Strowman! The Monster glares at McIntyre, and fans chant “Get These Hands!” McIntyre starts to worry, but he and Ziggler go after Roman. Strowman doesn’t do anything, even though he’s the legal man?! He’s also after the title, so he’s letting them beat Roman down for him! The ref calls for the bell!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns, by disqualification
Strowman FINALLY enters the ring and stares at Ziggler & McIntyre. But then they all look at Roman. Strowman drags Roman up and says, “I’M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!” He headbutts Roman right off his feet! Then he drags Roman up and whips him into the corner! Was this his plan all along? Or is Strowman taking advantage of the hungry wolves that are McIntyer & Ziggler? McIntyre rains down rights, and Ziggler gives Roman a SUPERKICK! But here comes Ambrose! The numbers are not in his advantage, he gets beaten down 3v1! Claymore Zig-Zag!!
But now Rollins tries! The Kingslayer has a bad arm on top of the numbers disadvantage, he gets a Zig-Zag, then the Monster Slam! Strowman then gives Ambrose the Monster Slam! Fans boo as McIntyre drags Roman up. Strowman nods, and McIntyre feeds Roman to the Monster Slam! Strowman teams with the Show-Off and Scottish Psycho and put The Shield down. Will The Shield stay down? Or is this the trio to finally destroy them?
This Raw seemed to stall out while WWE simultaneously builds Hell in a Cell, Super Show Down and Evolution. Corbin claims he was overwhelmed by the pressure of his first night, but he got the hang of being a Heel authority pretty quickly. When things don’t go his way, Corbin abuses his power to change things so that he can say he broke even with Finn. He also wants revenge so he springs a Handicap Match on Lashley, only for it to backfire. Though since Lashley was going to foil Corbin’s plans, it was fine that Ascension got squashed. A legitimately challenging team like the Authors of Pain would be hurt way more by this squash than Konnor & Viktor, who are sadly already last place. I’m hoping this turns into Finn, Lashley and maybe even Angle teaming up against Corbin & Ascension to appoint the rightful GM to Raw.
I’m fine with WWE getting their legends to talk about HHH VS Taker #OneLastTime, but they should have made it all one segment. They’ll likely do another two of these tomorrow on SmackDown and even next week, but these packages take away from the in-ring action. Great to hear HBK will return to talk about this since he was the other third of that #EndOfAnEra moment. I’m not as excited to see The Bella Twins back in action already. Evolution is a long time from now, they could wait a couple more weeks to give room to the HiaC build. Trish Stratus showing up was another great treat, though, and I loved her rip on Elias. Hooray for Natty on the win, but I feel with WWE Evolution’s promise of roughly 50 women, there’s gotta be a battle royal or something right? That’s likely where she’ll be on the card.
It’s great to see the members of The Shield are all willing to take on anyone for any reason, under the banner of being the workhorses of Raw. Rollins VS Kevin was practically PPV worthy in itself, and Kevin’s sudden “I quit” promo right after was interesting. He went on about not having Sami Zayn around with him, so I wonder if Kevin will still choose to leave for a time. Kevin & Sami could make a great return around Rumble time, and I really hope they go for tag titles. They should’ve done it on SmackDown, they should’ve done it the moment they got to Raw just because, so they better try next time these two are both here. Especially if Revival finally get those belts, because that would make an amazing match, and all four could be/should be Heel.
After The Shield beat Strowman down last week, it almost seemed obvious he’d team up with someone to even the odds. McIntyre & Ziggler made obvious choices, but I’m pretty sure the execution could’ve been much better. I almost thought that after Strowman gave Corbin the briefcase for the HiaC match, Corbin would betray Strowman and give the briefcase to Kevin Owens to make sure Kevin doesn’t “quit” Raw. The good news is we didn’t get that, but the bad news is, we got this swerve that didn’t feel right. This is WWE partially turning Strowman just so fans will think they should cheer Roman. The fans cheer The Shield, but Roman is still “polarizing”. I’d think Rollins & Ambrose VS Ziggler & McIntyre is an obvious match for HiaC, but that doesn’t mean the four of them won’t try to interfere in the Universal title match.
My Score: 7.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (10/15/18)
Last week’s Raw saw the return of Degeneration X, and their challenge of the Brothers of Destruction! Will Kane & The Undertaker give us all their answer?
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Moon & Jax win.
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers; Finn wins.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze; Lashley wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle; The AoP wins.
- Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Shield wins.
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Philadelphia is BRAUN!
The Monster Among Men and his Pack head out to the ring, still feeling great after having defeated The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team rematch last week on Raw. Braun Strowman moves on towards the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in a Triple Threat against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, while the Raw Tag Team Champions split the other two Shield Brothers in their Crown Jewel World Cup qualifiers. Dolph Ziggler speaks first, saying the WWE Universe is looking at the greatest trio in WWE History. Drew McIntyre says they didn’t need matching outfits to do it, either. Strowman says they proved it last week, and will prove it again against anyone, anywhere! But if you didn’t see it, here’s the footage.
A highlight reel plays to show the final moments, where Ambrose would be caught off guard by a Claymore kick. Ambrose would be so upset that he just stormed out of the ring. Afterward, Ambrose was interviewed, and said, “I don’t get it. Maybe I just don’t belong anywhere anymore.” McIntyre claims he hates to tell us “I told you so,” but he does. The Pack broke The Shield, and can only imagine where Ambrose is as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the Shield agenda. Roman and Rollins are the only members who ever benefited from that team. But The Pack has spoken the truth, and only now has Ambrose opened his eyes to see it, and the Shield has been shattered. Strowman adds that at this rate, The Shield won’t be around to help The Big Dog at Crown Jewel!
And speaking of, that brings us to the WWE World Cup. McIntyre will mow through Rollins, then the entire field of eight, and prove he’s the best in the world! However, Ziggler points out his own qualifier, and who knows, these two might meet in the finals and Ziggler wins. That would be a shame, Ziggler. Ziggler’s great, but buddy, you’re no McIntyre. He knows, because he’s the most consistent superstar in WWE, just check the math. Strowman says that as great as both these two are, Strowman makes sure Roman and Lesnar both #GetTheseHands! But wait, here comes The Shield! Not from the stands, but from the stage. However, it’s only Roman and Rollins?
Rollins speaks up, saying there’s some bad news. The Shield isn’t shattered or broken, they’re alive and well! But they were also listening about who is the best in the world, and there’s news for McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins will win and prove to everyone that he is the best. What a great speech from two-thirds of The Shield! But seriously, where is their “brother” Ambrose? Not that these two egomaniacs care that Ambrose accepted the truth. Ziggler doesn’t really care, either, he’ll take a forfeit. Shut up, Ziggler, you’re not getting a forfeit. Ambrose runs on Ambrose time, so he’ll do what he wants when he wants. Ambrose always shows up. But the funny thing is, they should worry more about these titles. Well, not that they’re ever get near them. And Strowman goes to the back of the line after Crown Jewel.
Rollins has always liked Philly, but you know why? The cheese steaks, but also because Philly is a fighting town! McIntyre’s already out here, Rollins is already out here, so let’s have their match NOW! McIntyre accepts, and no one comes out to say “no”, so it’s happening next!
WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!
Raw returns as The Architect and the Scottish Stud both fight for the right to join the eight-man, one-day tournament to crown the best in the WWE today! They circle while fans chant “Burn it Down!” McIntyre powers Rollins to a corner, then dares him to come out. Rollins does and he circles with McIntyre again. Rollins gets a waistlock but McIntyre pries it off. McIntyre gets the headlock but Rollins works his way out, only for McIntyre to put it back on. McIntyre grinds Rollins down, and holds on as Rollins works to power out. Rollins works against the hold again, ad pops out the back. He wrenches the arm and yanks on it, but gets a forearm for it! McIntyre puts the headlock back on, but Rollins powers out. McIntyre runs him over, then things speed up.
Rollins tries a hip toss but ducks McIntyre’s clothesline counter to then dropkick McIntyre. He keeps moving but runs into a kick from McIntyre. McIntyre lifts Rollins but Rollins headscissors him out. Fans fire up and Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! But McIntyre catches him for an overhead suplex! McIntyre drags Rollins up and in, then stalks him to the far side. Rollins bails out, but McIntyre pursues. He exposes the ring frame, but Rollins rams him into it! Then into the barriers! Rollins drags McIntyre up but here comes Ziggler! The Show-Off distracts Rollins and McIntyre crawls under the ring. Ziggler backs off and McIntyre reels Rollins into the frame! The Pack helps each other out to get control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Rollins fights his way out of the armlock. Ziggler stays ringside to coach McIntyre, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Both McIntyre and Rollins are down, but Rollins gets to the apron. Rollins fires himself up, then springboards in. McIntyre gets under but Rollins evades him to slingblade! Rollins gets to a corner but McIntyre is on him with a back elbow. McIntyre drags Rollins out by his legs, but Rollins turns the inverted Alabama Slam into a victory roll! TWO! Rollins dodges and sends McIntyre into the post! Then he hops up and jumps for the blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Ziggler is relieved. Fans rally up with “Burn it Down!” and Rollins stands up. Rollins climbs up a corner, but McIntyre stops him with a right.
McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. He lifts Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins swing kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Rollins climbs back up, but McIntyre sits up to throw him off! Both men are down again, but now McIntyre climbs up. Rollins stands, leaps up and SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow from McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again as Rollins survives the halfway counter. McIntyre stands and punches Rollins, but Rollins throws punches back. McIntyre kicks and chops, but Rollins reverse the whip. Rollins dodges the boot and hits the enizguri, to mule kick! Rollins stomps but Ziggler distracts again. But Rollins still stops McIntyre, and clotheslines him out, to DIVE on Ziggler! Then DIVE on McIntyre!
Rollins keeps moving and McIntyre gets back in, Mule kick, but Ziggler holds the ropes to send Rollins tumbling out! But here comes Ambrose! From behind! Ambrose throws Ziggler down but McIntyre clobbers Ambrose. CURB STOMP for McIntyre on the ground! A ring count has reached 8, McIntyre misses it!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by Count-Out; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
The Lunatic Fringe helps out his brother and now The Architect joins a star-studded field at Crown Jewel! But #AmbroseTime is still to come, can he defeat the Show-Off to bring all three Shield brothers to Saudi Arabia?
The Shield walk together backstage.
Rollins knew Ambrose would show up, he runs on Lunatic Time but it all works out. What did Rollins call him? What? He didn’t call him anything. Ambrose is the funny one, right? The one they need in case of emergencies. It’s not like that! Ambrose knows they didn’t mean it like that, but he’s got his own problems to take care of now. Ambrose’s mood seems more unstable than usual. Are Rollins and Roman sure there aren’t cracks in their Shield?
From the bowels of the arena, The Brothers of Destruction speak.
“Respect? Triple H and Shawn Michaels want to lecture us on respect?” The respect Undertaker and Kane had for DX died from DX’s own dishonesty. This reunion is built on a bed of lies. Michaels claims he stayed away out of respect, but deep down in his soul, what killed him in the shadows was nothing more than fear. The fear that HBK would feel helpless all over again. Fear that he’d be humiliated again. And fear that Taker would put HBK so far down, he’d never be able to return.
Crown Jewel will see the Brothers of Destruction reunite to face DX for the first time ever! And it will be where all of HBK’s fears come true. HHH won a battle in Melbourne, but he started a war that begins and ends at Crown Jewel. Then he can slink back to his boardroom while HBK can shuffle away to retirement. “Are you ready?” Their answer: “Rest… In… Peace…!”
Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
The War Goddess and Irresistible Force know that the enemy of an enemy is a friend. Therefore, they’ve become fast friends over having common enemies in Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox & Mickie James. However, Dana has a returning superstar on her side as the Daughter of Superfly is back on Raw! These four women, plus Alicia and the IIconics are just the first of many to enter the WWE Evolution Battle Royal! The winner of that match gets a future Women’s Championship match on their brand, but who here tonight will gain major moment towards that monumental night?
Ember and Dana start with the bell and tie up. They push each other around the ring, and Dana puts Ember in a corner. Dana bounces Ember off buckles, then backs off at the ref’s count. Ember comes out but Dana gets her in a waistlock. Ember pries against the hold then bumps Dana off. She runs but Dana follows to run Ember over. Ember kips up while Dana brags, then sweeps the legs! Oklahoma roll cover, TWO! Ember whips but Dana reverses to a knee. Dana bounces Ember off buckles to then tag in Tamina. Tamina stomps and snapmares Ember into a chinlock and armlock. Fans rally up and Ember powers up to her feet. Tamina drags Ember back down while we learn of more SmackDown entrants, from Asuka to Lana to Carmella.
Ember endures and fans rally up. She stands and arm-drags Tamina off, but Tamina runs her right over. Tamina brings Ember over to then toss her to Nia’s corner! Tamina dares Nia to tag in, so Nia does. These two powerhouses circle, and Tamina dodges Nia’s punch to fire off her own. Nia pushes Tamina to corner splash, then rolls for a blockbuster! She kicks Tamina to a corner but runs into buckles. Tamina stomps then headbutts Nia. Nia headbutts back, so Tamina gives another. Tamina adds another headbutt, but Nia dodges the superkick to scoop her. Tamina slips out of the Samoan Drop to then lift Nia. Nia slips out and headbutts Tamina back. But Tamina still gets the Samoan Drop!? Both women are down but fans are loving this!
Nia and Tamina crawl for their corners, hot tag to Dana! Dana goes after Nia with fast hands, but Nia throws her at the corner. Nia runs in for a big splash, then tag to Ember. Ember climbs up while Dana staggers, into an Eclipse! Cover, Ember & Nia win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Ember Moon, Ember pinning
The Prophecy of Flame and the Game Changer win this one, but Tamina wants more! She and Nia stare down while Ember tries to keep the peace. Tamina shoves Ember, Nia shoves Tamina, Tamina SUPERKICKS Nia! But then everyone in the ring realizes that battle royal is coming, so Ember and Tamina dump Nia out of the ring! There are no friends in a shot at the Women’s Championship, so Ember goes after Tamina! Tamina fights Ember off and then powers Ember up on the ropes. Ember resists, Dana comes in to dump them both out! Can the former statistician use numbers to her advantage and become #1 contender?
Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!
The Raw Women’s Champion stood tall with The Bellas both in Melbourne and on last week’s episode, but Nikki & Brie waited until they were back in the states to blindside and betray the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Nikki gets her shot at the title but Brie will be in her corner at WWE Evolution. Tonight, Ronda has Philly on her side as she speaks. Everyone knows what happened last week. Ronda wants an explanation. The Bellas owe her that much. Ronda waits, and the Bellas appear.
Nikki & Brie says that no one here paid to see Ronda, they paid to see the twins. Fans boo, because that’s not true. But as for that explanation, Ronda isn’t owed one. This is show business, not show friends. Ronda disrespected The Bellas first by disregarding what they’ve down for the WWE. Did Ronda think they’d sit back and just watch? Ronda is why they’re back, because they were cringing at Ronda leading the (R)Evolution. She doesn’t deserve to be here, she’s a loser! She never deserved that title match, nor deserves to have that title. Nikki gives us a history lesson: they made Diva mean something. They made “Diva” strong. Total Divas and Total Bellas are what put Women’s Wrestling on the map! They’ve done more in that ring than Ronda ever will. Nikki is the longest reigning Diva’s Champion, and that current championship wouldn’t exist without the Bellas.
Ronda tries to speak but Nikki interrupts. Is she going to try and break their arms? Philly wants her to! But Ronda stays in the ring as she says she was trying to be respectful. She knew WWE was their home first, and was trying not to be judgmental, even though the Diva’s Era made her sick to stomach. They did the best they could with the best they had. When the Bellas came up to her, she thought they were so cool and accepting. She hoped they could be sister soldiers driving this (R)Evolution together! But that was Ronda’s mistake for being idealistic and naive. The Bellas are the embodiment of a stereotype: DNB, the Do Nothing Bellas.
The Bellas weren’t supporting Ronda, they were just after the spotlight, and Ronda has never seen such desperation for attention. The only thing the Bellas did that was impressive was how far they got with minimum talent! They leech off the names of their men! They plagiarize and dilute those men’s moveset. The Bellas are just relics of the past waiting to be eliminated ilke smallpox. The wait is over, because Ronda could easily rip their arms off and beat them with them! Only the referees will be able to stop Ronda and even they’re not that good. But Ronda is more than a pretty face. She will ruin them. It doesn’t matter how much money is poured into marketing, “Bella” will become a four letter word!
Oh so the Bellas are talent-less diseases? “YES! YES!” Anyone who thinks that is just jealous! The word “Bella” has done more last week than Ronda has her entire WWE career. “You’re welcome.” The Bellas are the ground breakers, have knocked down more barriers and doors. Ronda doesn’t even compare. Really? Knocked down doors? Ronda’s been doing that her entire career, from judo to Strike Force to UFC and now, in the Bellas’ home of the WWE! The only door Nikki ever knocked down was to Cena’s bedroom! WHOA~! Brie holds Nikki back but Philly explodes with that one! Oh, and Cena threw Nikki out that same door. So are those two gonna catch this ass-whooping or is she gonna have to go up there?
Nikki & Brie throw down the mics, storm down the ramp, but then Nikki simply swivels those hips while security backs them up. Ronda meets the security, and knocks them down! The Bellas go running and Ronda holds down the ring. Philly is on fire and Ronda is just as heated. Will Evolution see a Diva holding her own? Or will she only be holding her broken arm after the Rowdy Women’s Champion gets through with her?
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable talk with someone back stage.
It’s Kurt Angle! He looks so relaxed. Yes, Angle owes Stephanie so much for this “vacation”. His stress level is way, way down. Gable would love a hat like that. Check out that shirt, though. It’s absolutely… GLORIOUS! They move on but Angle now parties with No Way Jose and his conga line! But then, Baron Corbin comes by. Angle must think he’s pretty smart, huh? How long has it been since Angle wrestled 1v1 anyway? 12 years. Then to help Angle prepare, Corbin has a match for him. But Angle didn’t bring his gear. Corbin’s sure Angle will figure something out, in this Handicap Match with the Authors of Pain! Does the Olympic Gold Medalist stand a chance against two behemoths at once?
WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Lunatic Fringe may no longer like that nickname, but he’s still very much that with his behavior tonight. Will he be able to focus his frenzy and qualify for the World Cup like the Architect? Or will the Show-Off take advantage of his instability instead?
Raw returns as Ziggler makes his entrance, then the bell rings as we begin. They circle and tie up and Ambrose gets the hammerlock to headlock. Ambrose gets a headlock takeover, but Ziggler powers up and out. Ambrose runs him over with a shoulder, covers, TWO! The Lunatic keeps on Ziggler with a snapmare and crossface forearms. Cover, TWO! Ambrose snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a corner but Ambrose is on him. Ziggler elbows him away, then gives Ambrose a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler wraps him up in a sleeper hold and body scissor. Ambrose endures, then rolls to his knees. Fans rally up as he stands up and powers out. Ziggler kicks him low then turns him, but Ambrose powers out of the neckbreaker. Things speed up and Ambrose catches Ziggler to a Fall Away Slam!
Ziggler rolls out of the ring but Ambrose is on him. Ambrose throws Ziggler hard into barriers, then all the way to the other side! He drags Ziggler up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Ambrose leaps for the Lunatic Elbow but Ziggler gets under. Ziggler turns Ambrose around but Ambrose trips him up. Ambrose wants the Cloverleaf but Ziggler denies. Ziggler runs into a boot, then Ambrose heads up. Ziggler leaps up to join him, for a SUPER Facebuster! Both men are down as we go to break!
Raw returns as Ziggler scrapes his laces on Ambrose’s face. Ziggler then aims, but Ambrose counters the superkick into a catapult! Ziggler hits off the post then slumps to the mat. Ambrose gets up while Ziggler comes back out. Ambrose ducks to then club and clothesline Ziggler. He whips Ziggler to run him over with an elbow, then drags him back pup for a suplex onto the ropes! Ziggler bounces off and to the mat, where Ambrose is ready with double chicken wings. Ziggler fights out, then leaps, but the DDT is denied. Sunset flip but Ambrose turns it to a Cloverleaf! Ambrose bends Ziggler back in the middle of the ring! Ziggler drags himself towards ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Ambrose holds on to 4 before letting go.
Ambrose gets up but walks into a hotshot on the ropes. Ziggler runs in but misses his corner splash. Ambrose double chicken wing, DODON BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Show-Off survives but the Lunatic Fringe is far from out of ideas. Ambrose climbs back up but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs up to join Ambrose, but Ambrose resists to then send Ziggler down with a gordbuster! Ambrose adjusts but McIntyer comes out! Rollins stops him but Ambrose decides to jump on McIntyre! Rollins helps Ambrose up but Ambrose shoves him away. Ambrose runs into the ring, and into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
The Raw half of the tournament is full, and Ziggler is the last man in! Rollins can’t understand why Ambrose pushed him, but Rollins enters the ring to try and talk to Ambrose. Ambrose stands up and sees Rollins, but Ambrose just pushes past his friend. Rollins pursues, not giving up on Ambrose, but they start shoving each other. Roman comes out to keep the peace, and now Baron Corbin comes out!
The Constable sees The Shield bickering and wonders if they’re still having problems. The last thing he wants is for this team to break up on his watch. So he’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves in a special rematch from last week. The Shield VS The Pack III, tonight! Even if The Shield wasn’t arguing within itself, two members have already competed and exhausted themselves. Will they be able to survive the wild dogs of war? Or is this night the last night The Shield will be standing together?
Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre talk backstage.
The Show-Off is so fired up, because he knew they’d get the better of The Shield. Tonight will finally be the night! The Shield is cracked and will shatter. Ambrose is vulnerable, and while Strowman wants after Roman, he needs to first crush Ambrose & Rollins while Roman watches. Strowman isn’t dumb. He knows how to hurt The Shield, so the other two need to listen. If they screw up out there, he promises they’ll #GetTheseHands, too. The Pack doesn’t seem as well-put-together, either. Will The Shield or The Pack break first?
Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers!
The Extraordinary Man has his Huggable Mixed Match Challenge partner by his side in another match with the Modern Day Maharaja! Will Finn keep his win streak going? Or will #Mahalicia finally get some semblance of payback here in Philly?
Raw returns as both men stand in the ring. They circle with the bell and Mahal kicks low. Mahal scoops and slams Finn fast, then covers. TWO, so Mahal drives in his knees. Mahal wraps Finn in a chinlock, but fans rally up for Finn. Finn stands up but Mahal brings him back down to the mat. Alicia high-fives with each Singh brother as Mahal keeps Finn down. Finn feeds off the energy as the fans rally up again. Mahal knees low but FInn reverses the whip. Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick him down! Finn drags Mahal up but Mahal powers him to a corner. Mahal runs into boots, Finn hits the slingblade! Finn shotgun dropkicks Mahal down, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
But wait, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush are headed out here? The Manager of the Hour leads his client down to the ring, and then into the ring. Lashley stares down with Finn as Lio says that Finn wishes he looked more like Lashley. Lashley shows off as Lio talks him up. Bayley backs Finn off while Lashley continues to literally flex on him. The Rocky Mountain Machine and his 23 year old piece of gold rain on Finn’s parade, but has his own match next. Will his new found ego be his downfall? Or is he truly the Heavyweight that’s back to Dominate?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze!
Raw returns and Lio continues to hype up “My Man, Bobby Lashley!” He tries to start up a chant but Philly boos. The bell rings and Breeze is wary of Lashley. But Lio says The Big Man isn’t ready yet. Show them the money pose! There it is! Lashley postures on the top rope again, showing that vascularity, but Breeze is actually wanting to have this match. Lio says no one looks as good as Lashley, and Lashley continues to flex. Breeze and Lashley finally circle, and Lashley powers Breeze to a corner. Lashley toys with Breeze and continues to flex. Breeze dodges but is powered away. Breeze ducks to enziguri! Lashley is stunned, Breeze hops up, and he leaps, but into Lashley’s arms! Lashley switches to the Vertigo Suplex! One handed! Lashley slams Breeze down and Lio cheers him on.
But Lashley isn’t done with Breeze, he lifts him for a Full Nelson! He thrashes Breeze around then throws him down. Lio likes what he sees as Lashley tackles Breeze in the corner. Lashley brings Breeze out and flexes again. Breeze fires off with fast hands and a dropkick! Breeze runs, but into a powerslam! Lio continues to chant for Lashley but Philly still boos. Lashley deadlift gut wrenches Breeze onto his shoulder, then drops him with the AK! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Rocky Mountain Machine only lets Lio Rush raise his hand in victory. This new combination of Lashley’s strength and Lio’s mouth look to run all over the Raw roster. Does anyone stand a chance of stopping them?
Trish Stratus & Lita are here!
The two Hall of Fame women’s champions were powerful rivals during their time in the WWE, but now they’re allied against the sassy little Goddess and her own former six-time Women’s Champion best friend. WWE Evolution will have a tag team match with no less than 20 title reigns in total, but tonight, Lita and Trish address Philly. They feel great to be back, because one week from Sunday is the first ever All Women’s PPV. Lita knows Trish knows they’ll– Before she can finish her statement, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James appear! Alexa says she’s got this. From a present hall of famer to a future one, Alexa knows. Lita is worried that she and Trish will be humiliated! How are they going to compete with The Goddess? She’ll run circles around them! Judging from the looks on their faces, Alexa nailed it.
Mickie says Alexa was spot on. She’ll be Trish. Oh yes, if anyone knows Trish, it’s Mickie. Mickie’s Trish believes Mickie continues to elevate herself every single night. And they’ll finally end Stratusfaction! Alexa says Mickie nailed it. But Mickie forgot the Stratus point, too. It’s in the hips. But to face facts, Trish & Lita haven’t been in a ring in a long, long, looooong time. And while those two were kicking back, Mickie & Alexa have been kicking butt. This is the epitome of nostalgia, but nostalgia is fleeting. If Trish & Lita think they can walk right in and beat two of the best, they’re so wrong. Mickie & Alexa travel the world, it’ll be so easy. Trish & Lita should just go home, find their wrestling gear way in the back of the closet. If they think they can just win right off the couch, they’re sadly mistaken.
Are these two serious? Evolution will allow all the women in the WWE to make history, and you’re out here talking ’bout practice? Practice? Alexa & Mickie could make their careers with this match, but they’re talking ’bout practice. Practice? Philly likes the reference. But maybe Alexa & Mickie are right. The Hall of Famers should practice. Yes, some practice. Right now! Lita & Trish dare Alexa & Mickie to go, but Alexa & Mickie says they practice how they play. The jackets come off, but then go right back on. The Goddess and friend will wait for October 28th, but will they regret overlooking two hall of fame superstars?
Bayley encounters the Riott Squad.
Aw no, someone save Liv Morgan from a hug! Sarah Logan can’t see anything from that blinding smile. But Ruby says there’s no worries. Bayley doesn’t have her best friend Sasha Banks, and can’t call on Finn Balor. Bayley’s only real power is running away from a fight. Will the Squad get away with teasing the Huggable One?
The Conquistador is in the ring!
The last we knew, the man in gold was the gold medalist. Is Angle resorting to his golden bodysuit because he doesn’t have his ring gear?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle!
Akam & Rezar don’t care about Angle’s legacy, they only destroy what they’re aimed after. The Constable plans for this 2v1 beating to be payback on Angle for Angle taking away his shot at the World Cup. Will his plans go the way he wants? Or does Angle have something up his golden sleeves?
The bell rings and Akam starts while Corbin has a seat on the stage. Akam swings on Conquistador Angle but ends up in a waistlock. He elbows out before Angle can throw him with a German Suplex. Akam powers Angle to a corner then whips him corner to corner. Angle dodges an drolls Akam but Rezar tagged in. Rezar boots Angle down before he can put on the Angle Lock. Rezar runs him over with a clothesline, then tags in Akam. The AoP drag Angle up, and give him the suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, AoP wins!
Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning
Corbin is proud of these two, as is Maverick. But then Maverick realizes this isn’t Angle at all! Akam sits Conquistador up and takes off the mask. That’s definitely NOT Angle! Especially since Angle comes up behind Corbin to give him an Angle Slam! Angle gets the better of Corbin and AoP, but will he still be able to enjoy his “vacation”? Or will Corbin come up with something worse for him later?
The Riott Squad “decorate” Natalya’s dressing room.
They give it a heaping helping of ketchup and mustard. They think it’s hilarious, but will Natty have the last laugh?
Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts still owes the Squad for the beating weeks before Super Show-Down, but she doesn’t have any back-up right now. Can she survive against such numbers at ringside? Or will Ruby and her girls #StartaRiott?
Natty has a mic as she comes out, because she says, “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Did you honestly think that I’m gonna walk blindly to the ring with you and your hooligan friends ready to attack me three on one?” No. She has back-up after all! It’s Bayley! AND Sasha Banks! The Legit Boss is back from injury, and is ready to team with her friends! The bell rings and Natty goes right at Ruby! Ruby gets to ropes but Natty is on her. The ref brings Natty back and Ruby mule kicks her. Ruby throws forearms, then throws Natty down by her hair. Cover, ONE, but Ruby keeps on Natty with a chinlock. Ruby stares Bayley & Banks down, but Natty fights out of the hold. Ruby throws her down again, then covers, TWO!
Bayley, Banks and Ruby trash talk, Natty rolls Ruby up! TWO and Ruby kicks Natty down. Ruby covers, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated. Ruby puts Natty in a cravat, but fans rally up again. Natty gets up, arm-drags out, but runs into an STO! Cover, TWO! The Squad is further frustrated, but Natty gets to a corner. Ruby is on Natty with shoulders into the stomach, then backs off to run back in. Natty dodges and denies Deadly Nightshade to then dump Ruby out. The Squad regroups while Natty recovers in the ring. Ruby gets in and grabs Natty by her hair. She brings Natty up but Natty SLAPS Ruby! Then takedown, to the Sharpshooter! Ruby endures, Sarah chopblocks!
Winner: Natalya, by disqualification
The fight is on! Sarah & Liv brawl with Bayley & Banks and toss them back out. The Squad focuses on Natty, lifting Natty up for Ruby to run. But Bayley & Banks drag Ruby out then double Thesz Press! Sasha knees Sarah and Bayley gives her a saido suplex. Liv runs into the backstabber, to Bayley2Belly! Natty has Ruby with a German Suplex! The Queen of Harts stands tall with the #LegitHuggable duo. Will they get the better the Squad? Or will it take just a little longer to #StartaRiott?
Elias sees his daily selection of guitar picks.
However, he is very upset. There is not a single green one among them! The stagehand says he couldn’t find a green one, so Elias tosses the whole bunch back in his face. The green one was in his hair. It was a test, and this guy failed. The Drifter is ready for his performance, will he go uninterrupted this time?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
“My eyes are like a crystal ball and you are looking into the future.” The future hinges on the one universal truth that even John Cena knows deep down, that WWE really stands for ‘Walk With Elias!” Elias says that he was having lunch with Carson Wentz earlier today, and talked about his injuries from last season. The injuries were painful but the real pain was psychological, like pretending to care about the city of Philadelphia. Philly of course boos, but Elias continues to say that “Gritty” is not a good mascot. But Gritty is the spitting image of the people: a fat, googly-eyed slob! So please, silence phones, hold applause and while it’s hard for Philadelphians to do, shut mouths! But here comes Apollo Crews!
Elias calls for the guys to cut the music. Apollo apologizes, but just wanted to interrupt Elias once. It felt like his turn, that’s all. Well of course Apollo interrupts Elias, Elias is the best thing going. But Apollo better pray to stay on Elias’s good side, because Apollo’s career is in Elias’s hands now. Elias is not gonna make a start out of Apollo tonight. Apollo admits he’s not like Elias, with the guitar and the singing and the jokes. But that doesn’t matter when he steps inside the ring. True, Apollo is apparently talented. But Elias has never seen it. Like how no one’s seen Bigfoot of the Flyers win the Stanley Cup. Or like Elias being taken serious as a musician. Apollo has hold himself back for too long, seeing so many people pass him up, including Elias. “And straight up, I’m sick of it.”
Elias can understand, being compared to such a star as himself! Compared to him, who is Apollo? Is Apollo not getting this? Elias can show you what happens when you interrupt him. Elias puts his guitar and stool aside, takes off the scarf and headset, but Apollo is ready with an enziguri! Then the trophy lift, that he holds onto for a good 10 seconds before dumping Elias down! Apollo says “That’s who I am!” Apollo has all the talent he needs, but when and where will he get the opportunities?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!
The Hounds of Justice won in Melbourne, but the Dogs of War won in Chicago. Philadelphia is the site of this major tiebreaker, but both teams are looking ready to crack at any moment. Can Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose hold it together? Or will Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler outlast them on the road to Crown Jewel?
The tension is high as both teams stand across from each other. The bell rings and the ref asks the teams to sort out. Rollins steps up for The Shield, Strowman tells Ziggler to carry his weight. Ziggler takes the start and circles with Rollins. They tie up and Ziggler gets a headlock. Ziggler wants Strowman to see what he’s doing because he can do it all day long. Rollins powers out and things speed up. Ziggler leaps into Rollins’ arms, for a scoop slam! Rollins brings Ziggler over, tags to Ambrose, and snapmares Ziggler for Ambrose’s sliding lariat. Rollins adds a knee drop and Ambrose drops an elbow. Cover, ONE, but Ambrose keeps on Ziggler. Tag back to Rollins and they double whip Ziggler into double shoulders and a split of the wishbone.
Strowman protests the double teaming while Ziggler scrambles away. Ziggler shoves Rollins into Ambrose! Ambrose takes offense but Rollins says it was Ziggler’s doing. Ziggler gets away while Roman comes in to keep the peace again. The Monster Among Men wipes them all out! Ziggler hits Roman with the DDT! Cover, TWO!! The Pack almost finished it here, but the match continues while we go to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre grinds Roman into the mat with a forearm. Fans rally up and Roman fights up to his feet. Roman punches out of the hold, then runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Again the Pack almost ended it but Roman survives. Tag to Ziggler and the Raw Tag Team Champions mug Roman on the mat. Ziggler stomps and stalks Roman, then puts on an armlock of his own. Roman endures again as fans build to another rally. Roman fights Ziggler off and arm-drags him away. He rallies with lariats, then crawls for his corner. Strowman shouts for the tag, but Ziggler gives it to McIntyre.
McIntyre whips Roman but Roman leaps for another lariat! Roman again crawls for his corner and McIntyre rolls. Hot tag to Strowman, who is right on Roman. He whips and squashes Roman in the corner, then says “This is how you take care of stuff!” But McIntyre tags back in! McIntyre stomps a mudhole but then Strowman tags back in. The tension mounts as Strowman barks at McIntyre. McIntyre dares Strowman to get the job done then, so Strowman drags Roman out for a headbutt and a one-handed whip. Strowman runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Roman staggers but lifts Strowman. Strowman is too much, but he still misses in the corner. Roman tries again, and gets the Samoan Drop! Both men crawl for their corners, but McIntyre & Ziggler ditch the tag to blast Rollins & Ambrose down!
The Pack regroups, Ziggler tags in then tags McIntyre. They both go after Roman, Claymore ZigZag! Cover, but Rollins AND Ambrose break it! They kick Ziggler out then coach Roman up. Roman comes to and crawls for his corner, but McIntyre climbs up top. McIntyre leaps into an uppercut! Tag to Rollins! Springboard clothesline, then tag to Ambrose. They double clothesline McIntyre around then out of the ring. Strowman runs back in but misses, they double shoulder him out! Ambrose & Rollins build speed, to double DIVE on the tag team champions! Rollins & Ambrose keep moving, to double DIVE on Strowman! But he catches them both, so Roman saves them with a flying SUPERMAN PUNCH! Ambrose climbs up top, to leap at McIntyre, but McIntyre boots him. McIntyre goes for the legs but Ambrose jackknifes! Ziggler breaks the cover, but Rollins throws him out.
Rollins enziguris McIntyre, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds! Cover, but Ziggler barrels Rollins into Ambrose again! Everyone is down again, but Ambrose and Rollins sit up first. Rollins again explains, but Ambrose is again upset. Ambrose turns around, but Rollins turns him back around, and Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds! Rollins powers out of it, Ziggler shoves them into each other again!! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious, but McIntyre is back. They bring Ambrose up, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Ziggler, but Strowman scoops Roman. Roman slips out, and dodges Strowman again. McIntyre runs in but Roman dodges, the Claymore takes out Strowman!! McIntyre realizes what happened, but runs into a SPEAR!!
But Ziggler is lurking, only to be denied his ZigZag. SHIELD BOMB OUTTA NOWHERE! The Cerberus hits, Ambrose covers, The Shield wins!!
Winners: The Shield, Dean Ambrose pinning
In the end, the brotherhood survives! Ambrose knows who his friends are, and holds tight with Rollins & Reigns. If not eve The Pack can break them up, can anything stop this trio?
As for Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre, The Monster is NOT happy. He joins them in the ring and Philly hopes they “Get These Hands!” Strowman drags Ziggler up and shouts “What did I tell you!?” He scoops Ziggler, for a Monster Slam! But then McIntyre gives Strowman another Claymore! That one was on purpose. McIntyre leaves Strowman behind and even ditches Dolph. However, Strowman eventually stands up, and dares McIntyre to fight him. Is The Pack the team that fell apart? Will McIntyre regret standing up to a Monster?
This Raw wasn’t as good as recent weeks in my opinion. For one, we are getting more Shield and Pack and all that as we build to Crown Jewel, a PPV that might not even happen given current political climates. It was rather obvious the actual dialogue never once mentioned Saudi Arabia, so it seems WWE is just waiting to see how things turn out before making any substantial changes. And just looking at how the WWE World Cup qualifiers were left between The Shield and Pack, it’s rather disappointing they aren’t giving a chance to other stars. Finn Balor was relegated to squashing Jinder Mahal and then being overshadowed by Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush attempting to get heat. Philly didn’t really go for it, and I myself am just hoping we get to Finn VS Lashley now before fans just stop caring about Lashley altogether.
It seems like the WWE is scrapping the Women’s Tag Division at the moment, they’re instead just throwing in all the women they would’ve had in tag teams into that #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. I suppose that’s fine, it’ll allow them to get more women on the card and get that 50 Stephanie McMahon promised. The best moment of the night, though, was Ronda and The Bellas. It was probably the best promo battle the Bellas have ever been in, and Ronda’s burn on Nikki was atomic! Their match is finally feeling good and will probably be worthy of the main event. The tag team match of Alexa-Mickie VS Trish-Lita sounds good given their promos, too, and could be used as a great opener or halfway point match.
Tamina’s return was a nice surprise but it was almost too out of nowhere, no one really knew how to receive her. Her standing against Nia, that either needs to be a feud or a new tag team. When The Riott Squad picked on Bayley out of nowhere, it almost gave away that Sasha Banks was coming back tonight. And given the two of them backed up Natty against The Riott Squad, I’m thinking a Six Woman Tag at Evolution, after I assume next week’s Raw go-home gives us a Boss & Hug Connection return against Liv & Sarah. I’d like to see Natty, Sasah & Bayley win, it just works for the sake of the Women’s Tag that we’re still waiting on.
Angle getting the better of Corbin was great. I almost thought the Not-Angle Conquistador was going to turn out to be Heath Slater given his encounter with Corbin a few weeks ago, but seems Slater can’t even get himself a squash match now. This is good long-term build towards Survivor Series, Corbin VS Angle to be GM of Raw. I hope Slater teams up with Angle to continue fighting Corbin, but chances are WWE won’t think of that. Though they did seem to realize Apollo Crews needs something to do, so he’s having another go at Elias. But if this is a push for Apollo, it’ll be his third time trying. Maybe Apollo just needs to go to SmackDown instead so that, as his promo implied, he can focus on his athletic ability. Plus, I’d love to see Apollo go against any of the SmackDown superstars.
But of course, the show ends with The Shield VS The Pack III. The match itself was great again, just as the other two times before. Story wise, I actually like that, for all the pushing of this Shield break-up where Ambrose no longer gets along with Rollins & Reigns, the team that’s breaking up is The Pack. What’s interesting is that after he stood up to Strowman, McIntyre didn’t drag Ziggler away with him. Perhaps their team-up might be over soon, after they end up losing the Raw Tag Team Championships to either Rollins-Ambrose or The Authors of Pain. And of course, I bet their break-up happens during the match, which ensures the other team becomes the new champions.
My Score: 8/10
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Joe’s CMLL Review & Ratings (10/15/2018)
CMLL Arena Puebla Monday
Lestat, Rey Samuray, Asturiano vs Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial
Samuray and Joker start off and Samuray is so much taller than Joker. They start grappling on their feet which soon becomes mat wrestling. Asturiano and Guerrero make their way in and continue the trend of grappling. They hit a stale mate and shake hands bringing in Lestat and Apocalipsis. They pick up the pace as Lestat attacks his partners in the corner. Lestat gets Apocalipsis out of the ring, and hits Guerrero with a fireman’s carry. Then Samuray hits a springboard 450 for the pin. Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the fall. First Fall: Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the pin.
Lestat and Apocalipsis start off the next fall. Lestat hits a hurricanrana and goes for a top rope dive but Rey’s female companion covers him. Asturiano comes in with Joker briefly but he hits a pose and Samuray and Guerrero enter. Samuray hits a head scissors then a springboard arm drag, then feigns a dive. Lestat comes in with Apocalipsis. Rey has him in his corner and they take him out. Asturiano comes to make the save but he suffers the same fate. Samuray gets triple teamed until he’s hit with a fireman’s carry then a splash off the top by Joker which pins him. Lestat comes in and gets double teamed and then Guerrero submits him for the fall. Second Fall: Guerrero Espacial submits Lestat with a stretch for the fall.
Third fall starts with Lestat being triple teamed. Samuray makes the save and they start to exchange spots. Lestat comes in and hits a springboard leg drop on Apocalipsis but the count is broken up. Rey Samuray hits a lionsault but gets up after 2. Samuray hits a rotating dive off the top on Guerrero for the pin. Joker then hits him with a canadian destroyer for a pin. Apocalipsis and Lestat get in. Lestat hits a death valley driver. He goes to the top and misses the swanton bomb. Apocalipsis gets him in a leg roll which leads to an arm bar for the win. Third Fall: Apocalipsis submits Lestat with an arm bar.
Winners: Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial
Marcella, Lluvia, and La Vaquerita vs Dayls, Tiffany, Amapola
Tiffany starts with Vaquerita. They exchange submission holds and counters. Lluvia and Dayls make their way in. They start to work at a faster pace until Lluvia stops and takes her shirt off. Dayls doesn’t let up and attacks her after. Lluvia hits a face buster and feigns a dive. This brings in Marcella and Amapola. Marcella hits a head scissor take over then a foot stomp from the top. The match starts to break down, Vaquerita hits a drop kick off the top, then Lluvia hits one in the corner on Dayls for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a corner drop kick.
Marcella starts with Tiffany and they’re slapping each other in the chest to start. It quickly breaks down and all 6 women are in the ring. The two other are taken out and Vaquerita gets triple teamed. She gets taken out and Lluvia comes in and she gets drop kicked to the ramp. Marcella tries to help but she’s drop kicked to the floor. Tiffany gets Vaquerita in a torture rack like submission for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits La Vaquerita with a modified torture rack.
Third round begins with more triple teaming on Marcella. They take one out and move on to triple teaming the next. They make a come back and get a triple submission in the center of the ring but it’s broken up. Marcella goes for a vertical suplex but Dayls reverses it into a small package for the win. Third Fall: Dayls pins Marcella with a small package.
Winners: Dayls, Tiffany, and Amapola
Diamante Azul, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino
Volcano starts off with Templario and I don’t think you’re going to see much mat wrestling with Volcano. Templario tries to move around Volcano but he can’t because he’s too big. Volcano hits a big boot on Templario sending him to the outside. All of them stare down for a moment before Azul and Hechicero come in. Hechicero tries to unmask him while they’re grappling on the ground. Felino gets in their next with Kraneo next. Kraneo body slams Felino and is about to go for a splash but then Templario and Hechicero come in to attack him and this leads to a brawl. They hit Kraneo with a triple team spine buster but sell their backs afterwards. They get him in a triple submission afterwards. Hechicero hits a running knee on Azul and Felino pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Diamante Azul and Felino pins him.
Second fall begins with them interacting with the midgets that are ring side. Hechicero and Templario hit a double suplex on Volcano. Hechicero, Templario, and Felino continue to triple team everybody. They start to make a come back and Kraneo hits Felino with a hip attack in the corner. Volcano hits a sit out press slam on Templario for the pin. Azul body slams Hechicero and Kraneo goes up to the top for a splash and pin. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero with a splash off the top.
Third round starts with Kraneo and Felino in the ring attacking each other. Kraneo hits a double splash on Hechicero and Templario after they try to double him. Templario then is in there alone with Volcano and he’s trying to get him down again. He gets Templario out of there, Hechicero comes in and tries to hit a springboard attack but he’s caught and slammed. Felino tries his hand but to no avail, and Volcano feigns a dive when Felino goes to the outside. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him dive. Templario is in there with Azul now. Azul gets off rapid fire tilt-a-whirl back breakers. Azul hits a hurricanrana on Hechicero then goes for a middle rope dive. Leading to Templario and Volcano in the ring again. Volcano hits a spine bsuter then his handspring splash. Kraneo sits on Felino after a failed sunset flip for the win. Third Fall: Kraneo sits out on El Felino after a failed sunset flip.
Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, Diamante Azul
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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.
Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.
“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.
Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.
Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.
Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.
NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.
Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.
When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.
His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.
NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.
Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.
WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.
They have also announced dates for January 2019.
Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.
Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.
Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.
During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).
Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa
Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.
Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.
Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)
Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.
The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.
- Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
- Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
- Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
- Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
- Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
- People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
- HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
- Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
- Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
- Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
- Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.
KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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