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The Bella Twins return to action on Raw! Will Nikki & Brie show The Riott Squad how they get it done? Or will Ruby, Liv & Sarah #StartARiott in Ohio?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad; The Bella Twins win.
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension; Roode & Gable win.
  • Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & Mickie James; Alexa wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival ???; Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Keith Thompson & Jimmie Jacobs; The AoP win.
  • Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Ember Moon & Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide; Sasha & Bayley win.
  • Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin Braun Strowman w/ McIntyre & Ziggler; Strowman wins.

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BRAUN STROWMAN heads to the ring!

But he isn’t alone, because he has Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in tow. These three shocked everyone last week when they actually worked together to beat down Roman Reigns and The Shield. The Monster in the Bank has his shot at Hell in a Cell in the Hell in a Cell match, but that’s not for another two weeks. Tonight, Strowman wants us all to relive the main event moment when the alliance was struck. As the recap shows, this is also all payback for when The Shield reunited to keep Strowman from cashing in weeks ago.

Fans are mixed between boos and jeers, but Strowman tells them all “that’s what I call justice.” Strowman wanted to do things face to face, Monster to Man, and look Roman in the eyes to cash in. All Roman had to do was accept his fate. But the Big Dog has a pack, and that pack was his Shield. Without them, Roman knows Strowman would’ve taken the Universal Championship. Strowman realized he had to do something different, and doesn’t care if the WWE Universe likes it or not. So, “Big Dog”, Strowman has a pack of his own. And now Strowman will make Raw HIS Yard! Then in HiaC, where no one gets in or out, Strowman vows to dismantle Roman. Strowman will break Roman’s spirit and body to take what is rightfully his!

McIntyre says we should take a moment just to look at this trio. The Shield had their time, and that time is over. “You’re looking at the new kings of the jungle around here, and we’re going to feast on their bloody carcasses.” Ziggler adds they’ll be the new most dominant force in WWE History. More than the Nation of Domination, more than Degeneration X, and “sure as hell more dominant than The Shield.” These three will embarrass and decimate The Shield. The Shield started this, but these three will end it. But speaking of The Shield, here they come! And from the stairs, like the old days! But Baron Corbin sends out superstars to intercept! The Shield just runs right through them!

Roman, Rollins & Ambrose flank the ring, also like the old days. Strowman’s pack is ready, but a second wave of superstars come out. The Shield has to deal with them first, but that’s easy enough. And then the brawl begins! They pair off, Roman and Strowman, Ambrose and Ziggler, Rollins and McIntyre. But then a THIRD wave heads in! The entire Raw men’s roster is fighting in the ring, trying to keep six rabid animals apart! But fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Rollins gets free and it erupts all over again! Somehow Strowman’s pack is led away, but The Shield pursue! Just as Strowman’s team is dragged backstage, The Shield break through the line of superstars at the ramp! We go to break, but who knows what will happen next!

 

There is still chaos when we return!

The Shield are truly like rabid dogs as they’re being arrested and put inside a police van to keep them from causing any more trouble. Constable Corbin claims he’ll handle this, because not even he can afford to have top level superstars behind bars. How will he do this without upsetting Stephanie McMahon?

 

The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad!

Three years and we finally see the return of Nikki & Brie! They’re big hits with E’s Total Divas and Total Bellas, but are they going to continue where they left off when they go up against two-thirds of this red hot Women’s Trio?

Raw returns as the teams sort out. Nikki starts against the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv Morgan. Liv offers a handshake, but Nikki sees right through that. She rushes Liv and Liv rushes to ropes. Liv tags Sarah Logan in, and the Kentucky Viking ties up with Nikki. THey go power for power but Sarah gets the edge with pulling hair. Sarah gives forearms but Nikki comes back for a waistlock. Sarah hits out but Nikki gets a takedown. Cover, ONE, but Nikki is still on Sarah with arm wrench and yanks. Nikki wrings Sarah out, then puts on an armlock. Sarah endures while Ruby Riott coaches up her cohort. Nikki flips Sarah again, cover, TWO. Nikki fireman’s carry but Sarah flails out to drop Nikki by her hair.

Sarah drags Nikki up into an armlock of her own, and grinds her forearm into the shoulder. Nikki feeds off a fan rally and arm-drags Sarah away. Nikki runs in but misses in the corner. Sarah runs into an elbow, and walks into Nikki’s armbar tornado DDT! Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Sarah up and over. Tag to Brie, and fans fire up for Brie Mode. Double arm wrenches and knees to the shoulders! Cover, TWO, but Brie has Sarah in a hammerlock. Sarah endures and powers Brie up. Brie sunset flips through, but Liv tags in. Sarah keeps Brie down so Liv can kick her. Cover, TWO!

Liv keeps on Brie with a chinlock, but fans rally up again. Liv knees Brie down, but Brie gets back up. Brie and Liv scrap but Liv talks trash. Brie SLAPS Liv, then gives forearms. Liv goes Matrix to yank Brie down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Sarah and Sarah slams Brie on the mat. Sarah throws forearms then whips Brie. Brie dodges and dropkicks Sarah down! Fans fire up as Brie starts up Yes Kicks as borrowed from her hubby. Liv runs in but gets a dropkick! Brie has Riott Squad on opposite ends, for Brie Mode knees! Ruby distracts long enough for Sarah to get out. Brie goes to DIVE, but she gets hung up on ropes while Sarah also clubs her down. The Bellas are now in trouble as we go to break.

Raw returns as Sarah thrashes Brie around in a seated cobra clutch. Nikki rallies the fans and Brie feeds off it. Brie reaches but fights out first. She yanks Sarah down then runs, but Sarah denies the tag. Sarah stomps Brie in the Squad corner, then howls. Brie fights back with boots, then a missile dropkick! Both Brie and Sarah are down but headed for their corners. Sarah tags Liv and Liv drags Brie away. Brie shoves Liv away, hot tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies and gives Liv the facebuster on the knee.

Fans fire up with Nikki as she runs in for the corner clothesline. She throws Liv out to hit with the Fearless Enziguri. Cover, but Sarah breaks it! Sarah whips but Nikki reverses to send her out. Nikki gives Ruby a shot, then the Bellas coordinate. Brie builds speed and DIVES! She just barely gets Ruby and Sarah, but Liv rolls Nikki up! TWO, to Rack Attack 2! Cover, Bellas win!

Winners: The Bella Twins, Nikki pinning

It wasn’t smooth, but it was a win. The Bellas are back, and Brie herself is getting ready to join Daniel Bryan against The Miz & Maryse at Hell in a Cell. Can Brie shake off more of that rust before helping her hubby fight the It Couple? At the same time, Super Show Down will have a Six Woman Tag where the Bellas team with Ronda Rousey to take on the full Riott Squad! Will both Bellas be ready to join the Baddest Woman on the Planet in battle?

 

Corbin assures Stephanie that everything is fine.

The Shield may be in jail but the rest of the show is on track. He’ll take care of the rest, so she can rest assured. But then Finn comes in with a grin. Finn wants a rematch with Baron Corbin. Corbin has no time for that, he’s busy. Plus, Corbin makes matches. Yes, he does. He also changes rules. Corbin is so proud of his temporary power. It’s like he’s compensating for something. If Corbin wants to prove he’s better than Finn The Man, then act like a man. A rematch with no tricks or games, to find out who the better man really is. Big talk for a little man. Corbin accepts the challenge, but in tonight’s main event. Fine by Finn. Will Corbin back up his power plays with a real victory tonight?

 

WWE and Raw unite with the V Foundation to again fund the Connor’s Cure.

Join the fight against pediatric cancer today by buying Connor’s Cure merchandise.

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.

These two have decided to join together. Gable has been “captivated” by how Roode carries himself in the spotlight. Gable wants in on that. And he’s best in a tag team. Very kind words from a former tag team champion. And now, it’s time to show the world this new duo.

Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension!

The GLORIOUS One and the Olympic Medalist are #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS, but will they be victorious over the Wasteland? Konnor & Viktor see a flash in the pan of the singles division, and then a “sawed-off duck butt.” Well that insult is confusing but it’s still an insult. The bell rings and Gable starts with Viktor. Gable throws Viktor overhead with multiple exploders, then manages to German Suplex Konnor! He gives a German to Viktor, then another one to Konnor! Fans fire up with Gable, btu Gable tags in Roode! Roode is a bit surprised, but he comes in. Roode bumps Viktor then chops him in a corner. He suplexes Viktor and covers, TWO.

Roode wrenches Viktor’s arm, but Viktor powers him over. Tag to Konnor and Konnor stomps in a mudhole. Konnor backs off while Viktor trash talks. Tag and The Ascension double punch, club and kick Roode down. Cover, TWO. Viktor keeps on Roode with a chinlock. Gable rallies the fans and Roode feeds off it. Roode fights back with body shots but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor drops a big fist drop, covers, TWO. Viktor tags Konnor, then holds Roode for Konnor’s kick to the ribs. Konnor drops an even bigger elbow drop, covers, TWO! The Ascension grow frustrated but Konnor wraps a chinlock on Roode. Gable keeps the fans going as Roode endures again. Roode powers up and fights back, but Konnor knees low. Tag to Viktor and the stomp Roode out. Cover, TWO!

Viktor keeps on Roode with another chinlock. Roode continues to endure while fans build to a new rally. Roode fights out again, but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor powers Roode to ropes but Gable tags in! Gable rallies but Viktor reverses the whip, only for Gable tog et a body check! Gable dropkicks Konnor then throws Viktor again! He ends up on the apron but cannonballs onto Konnor! Flying missile dropkick! Then CHAOS THEORY! Cover, Gable & Roode win!

Winners: Roode & Gable, Gable pinning

First time out and it’s already a win! This combination might be what both men need to keep moving forward. Will it go all the way to the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has come to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and he begins singing already. We live in an insane world, he was slapped by an insane girl. Take a stand and follow him to the Promised Land. Elias then asks the question he always asks: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?” The Buckeyes seem up for it. Elias strongly dislikes women who hit men. That’s what Trish Stratus did, she wandered out here, interrupted Elias and embarrassed herself. Trish is struggling with the cold-hard truth that everyone else knows. It’s that WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!”

Elias had all kinds of thoughts about his song for tonight. He thought about Christopher Columbus, who would’ve turned around back to Europe if he’d known a city like this would be named after him. But hey, what about them Buckeyes, huh? What is a buckeye? That’s the least intimidating mascot ever. Not like a wolverine in Michigan. Fans boo, but Elias is shaken by the “rotten people this city can produce.” Elias needs fans to silence phones, hold applause and most importantly, shut mouths. But here comes Alexa Bliss!

Alexa and her besties are in tow for this upcoming match with Natalya, but first she speaks to her crowd. Columbus, Ohio is the birthplace of The Goddess. Alexa graduated in this very building. There’s a chant here in Columbus, and it goes a little something like this. “O H! “I O!!” Hear that, Elias? That is the sound of all the “mindless Ohio imbeciles” being the sheep they are. Alexa admits Elias is 100% right, she could not get out of here quick enough. It was like being surrounded by zombies. She even recognizes some of them from high school. Time flies, right? Look where you are and look where she is! But Elias is in the ring with Columbus’ biggest star.

Alexa personally apologizes for Trish Stratus’ behavior. Is that something someone should do? Slap people more talented than you? And don’t get her even started on Ronda and Natty. Alexa will get Trish at Evolution, Ronda at Hell in a Cell, and Natty up next. But, could he play that song he was about to play? She wants to walk with Elias. Elias obliges, but here comes Ronda & Natty! The Rowdy Raw Women’s Champion leads the way for the Queen of Harts!

Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & Mickie James!

The Goddess mocks Natty as Ronda’s pet, but will she be making fun of them when she’s put in a Sharpshooter tonight and an armbar at Hell in a Cell?

Raw returns as Alexa and Natty tie up. Natty gets a headlock and takeover, but Alexa gets the head scissors. Natty pops out but Alexa gets to ropse. The ref counts and Natty backs off, but dares Alexa to return. Alexa slowly returns to circle with Natty. They tie up again and Natty gets the wristlock. Alexa reverses and her friends cheer, but Natty rolls and handsprings to a hammerlock. Alexa slips through but Natty throws her down with a fireman’s carry. Natty has the arm again and fans fire up with Natty and Ronda. Alexa reaches up for another head scissor, but Natty pops out. Natty chases Alexa to the ropes, but has to back off again.

Alexa returns but her kick is blocked! She begs Natty let go but Natty grins as she drops the foot. They shake hands, but Natty stomps Alexa’s fingers! Alexa reverses a whip but Natty goes up and over for the rebound drop! Natty walks over Alexa to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Alexa scurries to a corner then dodges Natty to rock her with that wicked right! Alexa drags Natty up to stomp a mudhole into her. She backs off at the count but Mickie AND Alicia get cheap shots in! Alexa comes back to bring Natty up for the DDT! Alexa isn’t done, she wants Ronda to see the armbar! Natty endures while Ronda gets riled up. Natty endures but she has to tap! Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by submission

But she doesn’t let go until Ronda gets in the ring! Ronda checks on her friend, but Alexa rushes back in! Ronda catches her, so Alicia saves her. So Alicia gets rag dolled instead! But Alexa chop blocks Ronda then dumps her out. Alexa throws Ronda into steel steps, then back into the ring. Alexa grins but Ronda fights back with body shots! Ronda sends Alexa back out, and the Raw Women’s Division Mean Girls retreat. Ronda glares daggers at the Goddess. Will Alexa regret everything she’s said and done come Hell in a Cell?

 

Baron Corbin demands something of a staffer.

He needs it done and he needs it done right. But then Strowman and his pack walk in. Too bad about The Shield. Luckily these there are still here. So find them competition. They’re not asking, either. Corbin is GM, that’s great, but this is their show. Who do they have in mind? Well no Intercontinental Championship rematch tonight, but what about the Raw Tag Team Championships? But The Revival are getting that against The B-Team. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson are good to go, as far as Corbin knows. And if they wren’t? Corbin would make new arrangements. Ziggler & McIntyre head out. Strowman stares Corbin down, and suggests he do his job and find Strowman competition. Corbin seems to be feeling what Kurt Angle had to deal with. Will he come through for these beasts?

 

Backstage interview with The Revival.

The #TopGuys have called The B-Team are mockeries of tag team wrestling. Webster ain’t got enough words in the dictionary to define those two. But here come Ziggler & McIntyre! They decimate Dash & Dawson, and we already know why. Will Corbin be forced to give these two wild dogs a shot at Bo, Axel and the tag titles tonight?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival ???

We just saw what happened to Dash & Dawson, and as Corbin said, he would have to make an executive decision if something happened to them. The music plays, but no #TopGuys come out to #SayYeah. And with the record scratch, it’s confirmed! The Show-Off & The Scottish Psycho took out one team, and they’re about to do the same to the team in the ring!

The belts are raised and it’s official. Axel starts against McIntyre, but McIntyre hits Bo first. McIntyre then clobbers Axel and throws him overhead! Tag to Ziggler, and Axel is stood up. Bo trips up McIntyre and Axel rolls Ziggler! TWO, but Backslide, TWO. Axel gets a takedown, Bo tags in, and they both dodge Ziggler. Bo blasts Ziggler with forearms, then clotheslines Ziggler out. McIntyre comes in but he gets clothesline’d out, too! B-Team has control while we go to break!

Raw returns and McIntyre wrenches Bo in a mounted arm-lock. Fans rally and Bo stands up. Bo fights back but runs into an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre chops Bo, then stalks him to a corner. Ziggler talks trash while McIntyre suplexes Bo. Cover, TWO, but McIntyre grinds Bo down with another arm-lock. The fans chant “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” Bo feeds off that but McIntyre keeps him away from Axel. Tag to Ziggler and they stomp Bo out. Ziggler chokes Bo at the ropes but stops at 4. Ziggler taunts Bo while fans continue to cheer. Bo throws hands on Ziggler, but Ziggler kicks low to then dropkick Bo down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he drags Bo over and tags McIntyre.

McIntyre takes Bo for haymakers, then chops. He hoists Bo up top, then chops him again. But Bo hits back! And hits a tornado DDT! Fans fire up as Bo and McIntyre crawl for their corners. McIntyre changes course to stop Bo, but Bo slips around to a neckbreaker! Bo and McIntyre crawl again, hot tags to Ziggler and Axel! Axel rallies on both men, then snapmares Ziggler for the neck snap! Axel’s all fired up, and the Buckeyes join him. He kicks low but Ziggler shoves out. Axel comes out, Perfect Plex! But McIntyre breaks it just in time, to then suplex toss Axel! Bo returns but McIntyre throws him into buckles! McIntyre backs off, and Ziggler walks over. Axel rolls him up! TWO, and a SUPERKICK! Ziggler tags McIntyre, and they take their frustrations out with a Claymore Zig-Zag! Cover, McIntyre & Ziggler win!

Winners: McIntyre & Ziggler, McIntyre pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions

These two wolves took matters into their own hands, and now they have hands on titles. The Show-Off & The Psycho reign the Raw tag Team Division now, will anyone be able to take those titles from them?

 

WWE and Raw profile a new cast of Connor’s Cure Superstars.

Super Messiah tells cancer, “You Can’t See Me!” Can You Smell What Messiah’s cooking? Support the mighty Messiah and many more children dealing with pediatric cancer as part of cancer awareness this Fall.

 

The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Keith Thompson & Jimmy James!

Yes, Drake Maverick, the GM of 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division. But why is he with Akam & Rezar, in full AoP gear? Maverick takes a moment to explain, because he’s now the personal manager to AoP. He vows to make these two the Raw Tag Team Champions! McIntyre & Ziggler should watch closely, because whoever that is in the blue, he just got beheaded. Then the one in red gets clubbed down while draped on the ropes. Akam brings blue over and puts him on the top rope. Rezar tags in and clubs him off the top rope! Akam tosses Red to Rezar for a Death valley Bomb! Tag back to Akam and each Author takes each opponent, for Super Collider! Cover, AoP win!

Winnesr: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning

A great start under Maverick’s management, though the Authors did what they always do. Will they finally reach the top of the tag division and be the team to take the titles from the Show-Off & The Psycho?

 

Ronda sits with Natty.

Natty is sick of the games. The Bellas come by. They are worried for the two, but Natty needs a minute alone. The Bellas were talking and Ronda is absolutely going to be the greatest women’s champion ever. But there’s more to being champion than winning. Ronda inspired The Bellas to return, and they thank her. If she needs more training partners, they’re there for her. Ronda appreciates the offer but Natty has been great. Then maybe advice for non-wrestling things? Of course, she’ll definitely hit them up for that. Ronda thanks the Bellas for looking out, but what about looking out for Natty?

 

SHAWN MICHAELS IS HERE!

The Heartbreak Kid is back, because he knows there’s a major match on the horizon. HBK hears the fans chant for him, and usually says he’s not worth it, but he’s changed his mind. Shower him with praise! The fans do, but he already can’t take it. HBK decides to shill a bit and advertise his new merchandise. And for those scoring at home, get the WWE Network right now, $9.99! While there, you can make sure to watch Super Show Down, the real reason HBK is here tonight. Before getting to predictions like everyone else, he wants to frame this match. The truly last time ever for Triple H VS The Undertaker, so HBK had to get up off the couch to go see this personally. This match will be something we never ever forget, almost guaranteed.

Having said that, HBK has some comments about the other Hall of Fame Legend predictions. HBK was surprised the majority went with The Undertaker. Now, they’d be right, if the Streak was still intact. The Streak is broken, so HBK is surprised people still think Taker will win. But Stone Cold is in agreement with him, because they both feel HHH will do it this time. Fans may not like that, and think HBK is biased towards his BFF, but even so, it is all professional. The Undertaker needs to understand that HHH is still The Game, the Cerebral Assassin, and “as far was what’s left in the tank”, HHH has more left than the Dead Man. Super Show Down in Melbourne, the Cerebral Assassin cerebrally assassinates the Undertaker, and there is nothing– GONG!! Wait, is it?!

The lights go out, the bell tolls, and the smoke rises! IT IS!! The Undertaker IS here! HBK knows that entrance all too well as the Phenom walks to the ring. Taker joins HBK in the ring, reminiscent of their own legendary Wrestlemania matches. The Buckeyes lose their minds over seeing these two at the same time and in person. “I think this just became personal.” Taker tells HBK that it has been 20 years of those HBK and HHH being best friends. But in those 20 years, he took the best both men had, and put them both down! Taker retired HBK, and DX’s egos just can’t accept it. HBK chooses HHH because Taker took HBK’s career.

“Is that what you think?” HBK corrects Taker, he is a man of his word. Someone had to restore faith in the system, someone had to stand and be committed to words spoken. Everyone else says what they want and sometime down the line they go back on the word, but guess who doesn’t? HBK. He has stayed retired because he’s a man of his word. He is a man of honor and integrity, out of respect for the system, for the fans, but most importantly, out of the respect for Taker. But fans wouldn’t mind “One More Match!” It’s been almost a decade and every superstar every year wants their dream match. HBK turns down millions of dollars for #OneMoreMatch! But yes, whether Taker believes it or not, HBK has respect for him.

Fans still chant for “One More Match!” but Taker doesn’t seem convinced. “Is it respect? Or is it fear?” Because if HBK had ever chosen to come out of retirement, the only person he’d come for is Taker. “And make no mistake about it, I’d put you down all over again.” HBK knows it, Taker knows it, the fans know it. And there’s more: in Melbourne, Taker puts HHH down, again! Taker takes his leave, confident he still has enough for this Last Time Ever match of living legends. Will the Phenom’s confidence carry him through? Is HBK’s confidence in his best friend shaken?

 

Finn Balor prepares backstage.

But Baron Corbin comes in with some “bad news.” He’s been on the phone non-stop and doing GM work. They can’t have their match tonight. This is an excuse. No, Finn still has a match against someone else: Braun Strowman. Corbin wishes him luck, but how will the Extraordinary Man fair against this “impromptu” change?

 

Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Ember Moon & Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide!

The Boss & Hug Connection are best friends back on the same page, but the Statistician is looking to get on track in what’s left of 2018. Luckily for her, she has the Prophecy of Flame on her side! Can Ember help Dana Eclipse the #LegitHuggable duo?

Dana starts against Bayley and they tie up. Bayley gets a headlock then wristlock and whip. Tag to Sasha and the friends crisscross Dana for a backwards whip. They double snapmare, then Bayley sliding lariats and Sasha drops double knees. Dana bails out and regroups with Titus & Apollo while we take another break.

Raw returns and Bayley has Ember in an armlock. Fans duel but Ember fights her way out. Bayley catches the kick but gets a headscissor. Bayley intercepts the tag with an elbow drop, then drags her to the corner. Tag to Sasha and the friends double whip. Ember kicks them both then springboards for double crossbody! Ember grits her teeth but Dana tags in! Dana runs and rallies on Sahas! Sasha blocks the kick to give a kick! Sasha hits buckles in the corner and Dana fireman’s carry. Dana goes to drop but Sashas counters. Dana fights out and enziguris! Sasha ends up in a corner as Dana fires up. Dana won’t listen to her coaches, but she messes up! Sasha headscissors to a cover, Sasha & Bayley win!

Winners: The Boss & Hug Connection, Sasha pinning

Maybe Dana’s problem isn’t herself but her coaching staff. What will it take to rework her strategy and #MakeItAWin? Wait, she says she’s had it with both Apollo and Titus? Is she quitting Titus Worldwide?

 

Bobby Lashley just comes out of Baron Corbin’s office.

What was the meeting about/ It wasn’t much of a meeting, but more of a performance review. “Despite Mr. Lashley’s sunny and cool demeanor”, he’s a danger to himself and his opponents? Lashley needs an intervention, with Jinder Mahal as mediator? Lashley feels this really will be good for him. Because “my man”, Constable Corbin is helping Lashley be less angry. Lashley does feel he gets too tense, so he’s looking forward to finding some inner peace. Is Lashley going to do as Constable Corbin hopes?

Jinder Mahal heads to the ring.

He and Sunil Singh prepare to moderate an intervention for Lashley through meditation, after the break.

Raw returns having set out a nice rug. Bobby Lashley makes his entrance now, and joins Mahal in the ring. Mahal senses the hostility from within Lashley. Lashley smiles and is the “strong silent type” but there is much anger. Mahal can help Lashley harness his power and achieve inner peace. They sit on the rug, and Mahal asks the fans sit, too. Lashley obliges, sitting between Mahal and Sunil. He even puts on a nice scarf. Repeat after me. Repeat after me. No not that. No not that. Mahal says this is about affirmation. “I am like water.” Water. My man! We are like water. Shanti! Sunil gets tense being next to the upbeat Lashley. Water, Shanti, right? Yes. Lashley takes in deep breaths, as does Mahal. But then Kevin Owen attacks!! Didn’t he quit?!

The Prizefighter has rage, but now so does Lashley! Mahal helps Kevin but Lashley fights him off. SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin is beside himself with rage, but he directs it all at Lashley. He stalks Lashley on the outside, and gives him an APRON BOMB! Kevin leaves Lashley down and out, but what does this mean for his status with Raw?

 

Just in from WWE correspondent, Mike Rome: The Shield are free!

They were charged, they were fined, and they were released! Will Roman, Rollins & Ambrose be able to make it back to OSU before the night is over?

 

Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin Braun Strowman w/ McIntyre & Ziggler!

A “last-minute” change of plans from the Constable leaves the Extraordinary Man now having a match with The Monster Among Men. At the same time, the newly minted Raw Tag Team Champions will be by Strowman’s side. Does Finn stand a chance here tonight?

The bell rings and Strowman stares down Finn. Finn is wary of Strowman, but he fires off kicks and forearms. Strowman whips Finn then runs him over! Strowman roars and lets Finn get up. He misses in the corner and Finn hops on for a sleeper hold! Strowman barrels back and breaks free with help from the buckles. He brings Finn up to headbutt him down, then brings him up to club him down.

Fans rally for Finn and Finn fires back, only to run into a sidewalk slam! Strowman circles Finn like a shark while Finn slowly sits up. Strowman runs to boot Finn right in the face! He puts Finn in a corner but then runs into Finn’s boots. Finn leaps into a scoop, but slips out to a sleeper! Strowman throws Finn off, then runs. Finn dumps him out! Finn wrecks him with a dropkick then double stomps! McIntyre & Ziggler rush over but Finn gets back in while we go to one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Strowman wrenches Finn’s neck. Fans rally up and Finn feeds off it. But Strowman pushes Finn back down to club away! Strowman returns to the vice grip on the neck and shoulder, then the full wrench. Fans rally again and Finn gets up once more. Strowman knees low then throws Finn out. The referee tells Ziggler to stay away, but Strowman comes out to build up speed. Finn slingblades Strowman down! Finn gets back in the ring to recover while the count begins. Strowman stands at 5, then climbs back in at 7, only for Finn to be right on him. Strowman shoves Finn away, then catches him on the rebound. He puts Finn in a corner but runs into boots. He still smashes Finn in the corner with the splash!

Strowman runs but into another boot! Finn goes after the legs but Strowman is too big. Strowman lifts Finn but Finn slips back to a sleeper! Strowman backs up into buckles again, and is free. But then Finn dodges and Strowman hits post! Strowman’s pack regroup with him, but Finn FLIES onto them all! Finn fires up and flexes with the Buckeyes! But then Strowman throws him back in. Finn goes to the other side, and suckers Strowman into the swing kick! Finn climbs up top, but Strowman grabs him by the throat. So it’s back to the sleeper! Finn brings Strowman down into a triangle hold! Strowman powers up to deadlift and powerbomb Finn! Strowman drags Finn back up, scoops him, and gives him a Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

The Monster conquers the Man, and rolls on towards The Big Dog in the Cell. But the pack of wolves isn’t done with Finn. They feed Finn to another Monster Slam! All three smile, but fans chant for “Shield! Shield!” Strowman tosses Finn out, and McIntyre prepares the steel steps. Strowman gives a thumbs down, in an obvious reference to Roman, Rollins & Ambrose. McIntyre & Ziggler bring Finn up for Strowman, but then sirens sound? That’s because a police van pulls up! And yes, that’s THE SHIELD coming through!

Strowman, McIntyre & Ziggler are ready in the ring, but then Kevin Owens and Mahal attack! Other superstars attack the Shield, too? Elias, The Ascension, the Authors of Pain, even Drew Gulak from 205! They’re ALL going after The Shield, shouting “You don’t run this anymore!” Strowman hits Roman with steps! Mahal, Mcnityre, Kevin Owens and Elias throw Ambrose into the stage LED, then Rollins into the police fan windows!! Roman gets steel steps to the face again while Ambrose is being mugged right in front of his wife, Renee Young, at the announce desk! Rollins gets smacked by the van door, and Ambrose gets a Claymore! Ziggler even gets a SUPERKICK on Rollins! Strowman gives Roman a Monster Slam on the floor!

The Ascension help drag a bleeding Rollins over, and the others drag Ambrose over. The Shield is lined up while Storwman, Ziggler and McIntyre stand in the ring as the ring leaders of this raid. What is this massive anti-Shield alliance about?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was both a good episode and a bad episode of Raw. The opening with Strowman’s “pack” declaring they’re in charge now, then the truly massive brawl with The Shield that followed was great. I give kudos to Constable Corbin for not sending all of the men out at once, but instead did it in waves. That gave the brawl a feeling of escalation. However, The Shield being “arrested” only to be “released” was definitely their not-so-subtle way of making Roman and the trio as a whole the new Stone Cold Steve Austin(s) of Raw. When they announced the Shield was released from custody, I knew they were going to show up.

However, I did not predict the kind of beating they’d get, and certainly not from that many superstars. I thought it was going to be a bookend, brawl to start and brawl to end, but then it turned into this All Heels VS The Shield thing, no Faces coming out to help. Granted, Baron Corbin being in charge, he could’ve made special orders to allow only the Heels to go out, and it almost worked, aside from certain glaring contradictions. Kevin Owens should want nothing to do with Braun Strowman because Strowman has thrown him off of no less than three precarious perches. The Authors of Pain should want to stay neutral towards McIntyre & Ziggler because they now have what Akam & Rezar want in the Raw Tag Team Championships. Heels can still disagree with other Heels, regardless of common Face enemies.

For that matter, why is Drake Maverick the Authors’ new manager? Why not Dana Brooke since she just dumped Titus Worldwide? Why give them a new manager at all to replace Paul Ellering? Akam & Rezar have dominated well enough, they could just be named future contenders. Plus, Raw is going to need some more Faces with all these Heels going against The Shield. And speaking of Dana, I’m surprised this break-up happened this way. It should’ve been when Titus Worldwide kept losing to the AoP because of how their veteran advice didn’t even help them out. Dana could’ve easily used the winning records and percentages as reasons enough to join a team like the AoP.

But all that aside, there were still other confusing things that relate to other stories. The Bellas were obviously going to win, but boy did Brie take some scary falls out of her own suicide dive. She’s going to need to really work off the ring rust before trying that with Bryan against Miz & Maryse. Alexa does great doubling down on being a Heel with Elias, and the way things are going, the only reason Alexa wins the title back is because of cheating. And why are Roode & Gable a team at all? They did great in their match, but this just seems like an excuse to give them things to do. The same goes for Kevin attacking Lashley out of nowhere. They can explain things next week, but right now it’s just confusing.

However, seeing Shawn Michaels and then the surprise of The Undertaker was so great. People might downplay it as WWE cashing in on nostalgia, but in this case it doesn’t matter because it’s HBK and Undertaker! They are truly two of the best, and I loved Undertaker taunting HBK with his own pride. Fans want #OneMoreMatch but I liked HBK vowing to respect the retirement stipulation he and Undertaker agreed to all those years ago. This could lead to HBK breaking that vow to have his own #OneLASTTime with Taker, but only if that means he interferes with HHH VS Taker. I’m really intrigued now, because this could bump Super Show Down up to a truly important event, just for that match.

My Score: 7.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (10/15/18)

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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?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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)

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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

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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.

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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.

OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
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

Current champions

  • 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.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • 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.

EVENT RECAPS
7TH OCTOBER 2018, NEW SUNPIA TAKASAKI, GUNMA
11TH OCTOBER 2018, OYAMA CITY CULTURAL CENTER SMALL HALL, OYAMA, TOCHIGI

LINKS
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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