Triple H returns to Raw once again to respond to The Undertaker’s claim that he’ll put The Game down again! Plus, fallout from the brutal Shield beatdown!
- Nikki Bella w/ Brie VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Nikki wins.
- The Authors of Pain VS Rodney Ace & Nathan Bradley; AoP wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Zigger VS The B-Team; McIntyre & Ziggler win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Kevin Owens VS Tyler Breeze; no contest.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension; Roode & Gable win.
- Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James w/ Alicia Fox; Ronda & Natalya win.
- Finn Balor VS Elias; Finn wins.
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Renee Young is now a FULL-TIME member of Raw commentary!
She is truly honored and humbled to take the chair, and we’re surely grateful to have her.
The NEW dominant trio heads to the ring.
The Show-Off and the Scottish Psycho aren’t just newly minted Raw Tag Team Champions, but they have the Monster Among Men with them! Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman lead the same swarm of superstars that joined them in their anti-Shield assault last week. Strowman and the tag champs take the ring while the rest of their “pack” flank the ring. Ziggler says, “We told you so!” He repeats it, and says that there’s only one way to describe last week: “We beat them down.” Strowman agrees with McIntyre from then, and says they feasted on The Shield’s bloody carcasses. But McIntyre says that if you don’t believe them, just watch the replay.
We relive the last few weeks, with The Shield uniting again to keep Strowman from cashing in. But Strowman gathered men to his cause to make this HIS Yard! However, The Shield wanted payback, only to be intercepted by the Raw roster, arrested by the police, then truly outnumbered by a majority of Raw’s roster to end the night. The three ring leaders were proven right as they beat down, embarrassed and just about left The Shield for dead. Back to the present, fans boo while Strowman says the only reason Roman Reigns is still Universal Champion is “because he’s a coward and can’t handle business on his own.” Roman has his hounds of justice, but Strowman has his dogs of war!
The Shield has been running rampant far too long, but their numbers have failed to match up to this pack! The men standing with them made the hard choice and stood up to The Shield’s “bullying” and “for what was right.” Things have shifted and now these dogs run wild! They vow to set an example for everyone when they truly dismantle and destroy The B-Team in tonight’s tag title rematch. And even that won’t compare to what Strowman does to make sure he can #GetTheseHands on the Universal Championship. But wait, The Shield’s music hits, and The Shield is back! Battered and bruised as they are, they’re going to go right at this pack of animals!
They get The Ascension first, then Drew Gulak and The Authors of Pain! Mike Kanellis and Mojo Rawley aren’t enough, either, as Dean Ambrose presents AX HANDLES! They swing wood on everyone, including Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal! The ring leaders flee, so it’s the Modern Day Maharaja who takes a head-hunting swing from Ambrose! Strowman smirks, because he still gets after Roman at Hell in a Cell, but will The Yard be taken back by the Cerberus of WWE?
The Bella Twins find their locker room vandalized.
The Riott Squad left their names all over the walls, but that only angers the Total Divas stars. Nikki wants payback, will she succeed?
The Shield stands toe to toe with New Orleans police.
Constable Baron Corbin doesn’t want a repeat of last week, so he reasons with NOPD. He also reasons with The Shield. They should compete here on Raw, not destroy it. Maybe if The Shield listens, the police won’t arrest them. Otherwise, titles will be forfeit and they’ll be arrested for a long, long time. Ambrose wants to keep going but Rollins accepts the terms for the team. Roman drops his ax handle, as do Rollins and Ambrose. The trio walk it off, but will they keep level heads throughout the whole night?
Nikki Bella w/ Brie VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The twins returned but not everyone likes that. Ruby and her trio of misfits have always caused trouble in a general sense, but they’re focused on a target now. Will Nikki be able to keep momentum going against the red hot rocket Ruby’s been strapped to? Or will the former Diva’s Champion keep this aspiring superstar from #StartingARiott?
Brie almost gets in on the action, but The Squad clears out before she can. Nikki stands alone against Ruby as the bell rings. They tie up and Ruby gets a headlock. She gets a takedown, too, but Nikki works against it. Nikki rolls Ruby to a cover but ONE and Ruby has control again. Ruby and the Squad taunt Nikki while fans duel. Nikki gets up and fights out, but Ruby runs her over with a shoulder. The Squad celebrates but Nikki drops Ruby! Cover, ONE, but she gets a leaping snapmare. The Squad regroups and Nikki has to stay back. Nikki waits patiently, and ties up with Ruby again. Nikki powers Ruby to a corner and rams her shoulder in. She backs off at 4, but then misses and hits buckles. Ruby sees Nikki coming back out and stops her with an STO. Cover, ONE!
Ruby keeps on Nikki with pie faces, but she runs into a tackle! Nikki fires off forearms but Ruby gets free and to the ropes. Then she gets Nikki with a bicycle boot hotshot! Nikki falls out but Brie protects her twin. The Squad taunt Brie while Nikki recovers and we go to break.
Raw returns and Ruby has Nikki in a cravat. Nikki endures and fights back with forearms. Ruby knees Nikki in the face and sits her down. Ruby trash talks Brie but walks into Nikki’s spinebuster! Fans rally as both women are down. Nikki stands and swings Ruby into the cravat facebuster! Nikki rallies and drops Ruby with a dropkick. She runs in but into a mule kick. Ruby climbs and catches Nikki with a headscissor, but Nikki yanks Ruby down to the mat. Nikki hits the Fearless kick, covers, TWO! The Squad is relieved while Nikki grows a bit frustrated. Fans rally up again and Nikki lifts Ruby. Sarah Logan distracts but gets that Fearless forearm for it. Ruby catches Nikki into a complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Ruby grows frustrated, while Brie rallies New Orleans behind her twin.
Ruby stands Nikki up and toys with her. She wrenches the arm, but Nikki catches the Riott Kick into the fireman’s carry. Liv gets in but Brie takes her out with that right hand of her own! Rack Attack 2.0! Cover, Nikki wins!
Winner: Nikki Bella, by pinfall
The Bellas are back and have a quick 2-0 overall. Will Nikki & Brie find themselves climbing back up the Women’s Division ranks with this?
WWE and Raw honor the new Connor’s Cure roster.
Super Messiah conquers evil with love while the sweet and sassy Diva Supreme braves the brave fight. Charlie the Champ, Brayden the Punisher, Lae Lae the Unstoppable and many more are all here tonight with The Big Show. “Unlike what we do in the ring, we fight to win matches, these incredible superstars” are far braver, and fight for something far greater. He personally introduces them, and acknowledges they’re all from Louisiana! New Orleans supports its own, from Super 4 to Brayden, from Diva Surpreme to Super Messiah, from T-Vic the Skull Crusher to Charlie the Champ, and from The Quiet Storm to Lae Lae the Unstoppable.
WWE is very proud and honored to present these kids, and wish to acknowledge the many other real life heroes. They need our help, and ask everyone in the WWE Universe to join the fight. Give it up one more time for Connor’s Cure!
Drake Maverick prepares the Authors of Pain.
The general manager for 205 Live and personal manager to Akam & Rezar wants them to harness their rage and let no one forget the carnage they will cause. He leads the way tot he ring, will Maverick’s mind behind the Authors’ aggression be what they need to reach the top?
The Authors of Pain VS Rodney Ace & Nathan Bradley!
The former NXT Tag Team Champions may not have titles, but they’ve still got destruction and malice on their minds. Will Team Sweet ‘n’ Sour stand a chance of being anything but lambs to a slaughter? Rezar starts with Ace, picks him up, and throws him right at a post! Rezar then drags Ace off for a Fall Away Slam! He glares at Bradley, and Bradley retreats. But Akam runs him over! Akam puts Bradley in, tags in from Rezar, and then takes Ace and whips him for a powerslam onto Bradley! Tag back to Rezar, and each one takes an opponent. They Super Collide the two! Cover on Ace, AoP wins!
Winners: The Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning
As if there was ever any doubt. Maverick raises the hands of his duo of destruction. Will he lead them to those tag titles while McIntyre & Ziggler hold the gold?
A limousine pulls up to the stadium.
But who is riding in the back? Triple H! The COO is here to again bring back The Game!
Triple H heads to the ring!
The Game’s best friend in The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, spoke in defense of his chances at Super Show Down, only to be confronted by The Phenom! The Undertaker vows to put HHH down again, but now he’s here to respond. HHH said the Era was back, and out of mutual respect they would go #OneLastTime in Melbourne. Legends came out of the woodwork to give their opinions and fans voted on polls. The Undertaker won that 81% to 19%, but that’s expected. However, at this level of competition, opinions and predictions don’t mean anything. “Or at least they shouldn’t.” Which is why HHH was shocked when HBK was giving his opinion, that it bothered the Dead Man so much. THE Undertaker felt he had to come out, HHH finds it funny somehow.
But Taker was so rattled that HBK said HHH would win and poof, there he was. “Angry, agitated, accusing Shawn of bitterness and fear.” But this is the Undertaker! HHH admits, he watched it again and it made him mad. HHH felt like Taker lost respect for HBK and HHH. But HHH watched it a second time. Taker hadn’t lost respect for the legends, but for himself. And look no further than the fact Taker didn’t appear to tell HHH to his face. If you look back at the four matches, Taker VS HBK and Taker VS HHH, things weren’t the same after those four. The aura faded, Lesnar would take the streak, and “all that was left is what you see of the Undertaker now: just a reputation.”
HHH says that series of matches were Taker’s last moments of greatness and he blames everyone else for it. But Taker did say one thing that was true: it’s personal. HHH says that in Melbourne, Australia, out of the last bit of respect he has for Taker, he will put him down! The Game looks to be back, as is The Phenom, but who really will end the other in this #OneLastTime match of living legends?
Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Zigger VS The B-Team!
Bo Dallas and Curt Axel are no longer “undefeated” under their rebranding, but do they even stand a chance against the ruthless wolves who hunted them and The Revival down to get those belts?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Bo starts with Ziggler. Bo blocks the takedown then gets a standing switch. Ziggler gets to ropes but he elbows out of the ropebreak. Bo is dizzy while Ziggler drops him with a dropkick. Ziggler trash talks and grinds Bo into the ropes. He whips but Bo counters with a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Bo puts Ziggler in the B-Team corner and stomps and punches to the beat of “B-Team! B-Team! Go go go!” Axel tags in and does the same. Tag back to Bo for more of that, then tags Axel again. Bo clotheslines and feeds Ziggler to the DDT! Cover, TWO!
Axel has Ziggler in a corner but Ziggler hits back. Ziggler puts Axel in the corner and throws elbows. He trash talks but Axel throws haymakers. Axel hits McIntyre for good measure, but gets a SUPERKICK! Ziggler tags McIntyre, and McIntyre blasts Axel off the apron! The champions have control while we go to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre grinds Axel down. Fans chant “B-Team! B-Team! Go go go!” but Axel just gets a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stomps Axel’s hand and stands on it! Then he takes Axel’s other hand and bends the fingers way back. McIntyre kicks Axel down but Bo keeps the fans and the chant going. Axel fights back, but still gets caught by McIntyre! Ziggler tags in and adds a SUPERKICK to McIntyre’s inverted Alabama slam! Cover, but Bo breaks it up! McIntyre protests but Ziggler keeps aim on Axel. Axel stands, blocks the kick, and catapults Ziggler at a post! Axel crawls for Bo, but Ziggler grabs his foot. That’s not enough, as Axel shoves him away and tags in Bo!
Bo rallies on Ziggler and McIntyre! He hits low then boots on the run! He runs Ziggler over with a back elbow, covers, TWO! Bo knows he’s close and he keeps the chant going. He drags Ziggler up but McIntyre saves Ziggler from the neckbreaker. Ziggler tries to suplex but Bo counters into a small package! McIntyre kicks the pin apart then headbutts Axel! Bo drags Ziggler up but Ziggler slips out to rake the eyes! Tag to McIntyre, CLAYMORE ZIGZAG! Cover, McIntyre & Ziggler win!
Winners: McIntyre & Ziggler, McIntyre pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
But here come the Shield! Ambrose and Rollins are back in their normal ring gear and they knock Ziggler down! They then go after McIntyre together and clothesline him out! Ziggler returns and jumps on Rollins, but Rollins throws him off. Ambrose attacks Ziggler, but McIntyre saves Ziggler from the curb stomp! McIntyre & Ziggler get away with their belts, but what will the consequences for Rollins & Ambrose be?
Speaking of, Baron Corbin speaks with Ambrose & Rollins!
What’s it going to take to get it through their skulls? Do they want to get arrested? Corbin told The Shield to leave! Oh, the Shield did leave. And if Rollins knows those guys as well as he does, they’re probably off in a bar somewhere on Bourbon Street. This is just Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Two isn’t The Shield. Semantics! And this is blatant disrespect. He’s having them arrested again. Oh like he did last week? No, he was preventing– Cut the crap! Someone got them arretsed. 25 years of Raw and only now does someone really get arrested? Why didn’t Braun, Dolph & Drew get arrested? And then what about those goons they had with them to jump The Shield alst week? They reminded The Shield of Corbin.
What’re they getting at? That the threats are as bogus as the charges. And those policemen, they’re pretty bogus. Oh who is he? A lawyer? No, but they do know the sheriff of New Orleans to issue a warrant for Corbin’s arrest. They have no proof! Then he’s all yours, sheriff. The sheriff reads Corbin his rights! Okay, hold on! They need to talk this out privately. Well… Okay. Stand down, sheriff. The Architect and the Constable talk things out while Ambrose talks with the sheriff. Whose idea was it to put a stop sign there? No idea. And did he have to search Ambrose’s car? It wasn’t really speeding. But anyway, Rollins finishes negotiations. They thank the sheriff, but there won’t need to be any charges pressed at the moment. But they’ll call if they ever do. What are the terms of Corbin’s agreement with Rollins?
Kevin Owens VS Tyler Breeze!
The Prizefighter claimed to have quit just a couple weeks ago, but then he shows up last week to brutally attack the Dominator while he was “meditating” with Jinder Mahal. But without giving reason as to why he’s back, Kevin’s back again! Will he regret going after Lashley unprovoked?
But for now, he faces the lone Fashion Officer, Prince Pretty himself. It’s a big chance for Breeze, but Kevin doesn’t wait for a bell! He kicks Breeze then throws him around ringside. Kevin puts Breeze back in and Breeze fights back! They brawl and Breeze enziguris Kevin out! Breeze slingshots but misses, and gets a SUPERKICK for it! Kevin then gives Breeze an APRON BOMB!! Kevin has endless amounts of rage and an insatiable thirst for violence. He then takes a mic to speak on him walking away. It felt great, but immediately, acting GM Corbin called him up and begged him to reconsider. “Because unlike all of you and the people in the back,” Corbin recognizes the true MVP of Raw.
Kevin agreed to stay, under one very strict condition. He won’t be held accountable for what he does to any of his opponents. He gets to do what he wants to anyone he wants, so beating down Breeze is just him doing his job. And going after The Shield was him doing it for himself. He’s sick of The Shield, so he was just doing his job. Kevin can do anything and everything to anyone and everyone, but there is one man you can blame: Bobby Lashley! That “sick maniac” is why Sami Zayn has been on the shelf! Kevin wanted to quit because of Lashley, but he also stayed because of what he wants to do to Lashley. And this is STILL the Kevin Owens Show! And on his show, expect Kevin to do three things: anarchy; agony; and destruction! “And it is all Lashley’s fault!”
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension!
The duo that is #ReadyWillingandGLORIOUS returns for their second match together ever. Roode was skeptical, but he admits Gable is a great tag partner. They plan on making the entire Raw Tag Team Division Absolutely GLORIOUS, but will that happen with all the chaos and confusion these days?
The bell rings and Gable tags in right off of Roode? Gable goes after Viktor and spins around from headlock to waistlock to German Suplex! Fisherman suplex and another German, Gable is rolling. Gable hits Konnor then bucks off Viktor. He throws Viktor with an exploder, but Konnor boots him down! Viktor drags Gable up and tags Konnor. Konnor goes after Gable with stomps and a chinlock. Roode cheers his new teammate on as Gable endures. Gable stands up and fights back. Konnor elbows him down then throws hands. He tags in Viktor, and they double team to splash and knee Gable down! Cover, TWO!
Viktor stays on Gable with a chinlock. Roode rallies up the fans and Gable fights back again. Viktor knees low but Gable gets away. Gable reaches for Roode but Viktor yanks him back. Roode dodges Viktor, and Gable back drops Viktor away! Hot tag to Roode! Roode rallies on Viktor! Viktor reverses a whip but Roode hits back. Roode hits Konnor but runs into Viktor’s boot. Viktor runs into the GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Roode winds it up, but Gable tags in again!? Gable winds it up, and rolls Viktor for CHAOS THEORY! Cover, Gable & Roode win!
Winners: Roode & Gable, Gable pinning
Roode is still happy they won, because they’re 2-0 now! Will Roode and Gable be able to work out how… eager, Gable seems? Or will winning help them sail smoothly to the top?
The Pack are furious.
How did The Shield, incomplete or otherwise, get back in the building?! This is not what they agreed on. But in walks Baron Corbin. Did he take care of things or what? Not exactly. Louisiana has the Napoleonic Code, and that gets complicated. But this Sunday, the tag team champions are defending against Dean Abmrose & Seth Rollins. They’re being rewarded for that attack? Why!? Corbin has one big reason, outside of wanting to make his first PPV show huge. This title match will be epic, on top of Strowman VS Roman for the Universal Championship. Stephanie McMahon is behind Strowman all the way. That’s good, because right now, Strowman is going Big Dog hunting!
Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James w/ Alicia Fox!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet prepares to rip The Goddess apart again at Hell in a Cell, but tonight it’s about making sure at least one of Alexa’s “friends” stays out of it. Can Rowdy Ronda and the Queen of Harts keep Alexa and Mickie down this close to the PPV?
But as they get in the ring, Alexa riles Natty up by throwing her shirt at her! Natty brings teh claws out already, and asks Ronda let her start. Ronda obliges and the bell rings. Alexa runs away from Natty, using the ropes as a shield. But then she comes back into Natty’s headlock takeover! Alexa gets the headscissors, but Natty pops out. Alexa swings but ends up in a Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Natty grabs Alexa in a waistlock. Natty throws Alexa around but Alexa elbows out. Alexa whips but misses in a corner to get the rebound drop! Natty then walks all over Alexa to hit the basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps Alexa down with a facelock, but both fans and Ronda herself want to see the champ. Ronda tags in, and Alexa runs away!
Alexa tags to Mickie, and Mickie circles with Ronda. Mickie gets a waistlock but Ronda pries her way right out to clothesline Mickie down! Natty wants Mickie, so Ronda tags her in. The friends double suplex Mickie! Mickie reaches but can’t get the tag. Cover, TWO, but Natty drags Mickie up. Mickie sunset flips but Natty rolls through to go for a hold! Mickie gets to the ropes and Natty has to honor the ropebreak. Natty comes back to get a roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Mickie chokes Natty on the ropes, then backs off at 4. Alexa gets a cheap shot, then Mickie drags Natty to a cover. TWO, but Mickie keeps on Natty with a chinlock. Fans rally and Natty gets up. Natty throws Mickie off but runs into a lariat!
Mickie stands on Natty’s hair and pulls! Then she drags Natty over to tag in Alexa. These “friends” throw Natty down together. Alexa trash talks, then hits Insult2Injury with those double knees. Cover, TWO, and Natty reaches for Ronda. Alexa kicks her while she’s down, then puts Natty in the armbar, only for Natty to roll her up! TWO, and Alexa lariats Natty down! Then she SLAPS Ronda!! Ronda glares and chases Alexa down! They go around the ring, and Natty grabs Alexa, HART ATTACK! Ronda scares off Mickie and Alicia while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mickie has Natty down in a body scissors. Natty endures while Ronda rallies the fans. Natty gets around and throws hands on Mickie! Mickie shifts to a guillotine, but Natty has the fans on her side. Natty powers up and heads for buckles! Mickie lets go and Natty throws elbows. Natty hobbles to Ronda but Mickie yanks her down by her hair! Mickie taunts Ronda while dragging Natty away. She bumps Natty off buckles and tags in Alexa. They grind and stomp Natty in a corner, then back off at 4. Alexa puts Natty in a corner and stomps another mudhole into her. She mocks Ronda but still gets scared off by Ronda swiping at her. Natty back elbows Alexa down and tags in Ronda!
Ronda stalks Alexa to the outside. Mickie distracts and Alexa throws her into barriers! Then the apron! Alexa puts Ronda into the apron again, picking on those sore ribs with kicks. The referee counts, Alexa puts Ronda in and covers, ONE! Fans are on Ronda’s side as Alexa bumps her off buckles. Tag back to Mickie and Mickie kicks away on Ronda’s ribs. Fans are thunderous as Alexa tags back in. They keep stomping those ribs. Alexa snapmares and kicks Ronda while she’s down. She pulls Ronda back in a bow ‘n’ arrow style stretch. Fans rally up again but Alexa keeps kicking her while she’s down. Tag to Mickie, and Alexa holds Ronda in the bow ‘n’ arrow for Mickie’s basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mickie keeps on Ronda with the chinlock, even adding part of a cobra clutch.
Fans rally and Ronda throws Mickie off! Ronda catches her breath while staring Mickie down, so Mickie hits Natty! Mickie has Ronda isolated as she brings her back, but Ronda fires off jabs, and then a lariat! She even gets Alexa with a backhand! Mickie cowers to a corner but Ronda fires herself up. Ronda fires off more with those jabs and body shots! Those ribs slow her down, though, and Mickie kicks her there again. Mickie goes to whip but Ronda counters with those wicked judo throws! She makes Alexa watch as she puts Mickie in the armbar!! Mickie taps, Ronda & Natty win!
Winners: Natalya & Ronda Rousey, Ronda by submission
The Raw Women’s Champion is sore, but she’s still rolling on towards Hell in a Cell. that is, until Alexa gets that cheap shot in! The Goddess has a target, but will even that be enough to reclaim her title from Ronda?
Elias prepares himself.
But his drink is not up to code. He ordered chamomile, but that’s not this. But then Braun Strowman comes roaring through, asking anyone and everyone where Roman is. He even pins one staffer up against a wall, demanding to know where he is. The poor guy doesn’t know a thing, so Strowman just throws him onto trucks! What will Strowman do when he finally finds Roman Reigns? What will he do when he doesn’t?!
Backstage interview with Ronda and Natalya.
They won, but at what cost? Is Ronda going to be okay for Hell in a Cell? Ronda is fine, and would still show up even if she wasn’t. She doesn’t back out of her fights, because even on her worst day, she’s still the best! That may be true, but will a strong will be enough to stop the crafty Alexa Bliss?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in the birthplace of Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and now Elias has perfected music. He begins to play, and asks “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” New Orleans does, but Elias says something feels off. They all feel so lost. Is it because the Saints lost? The boos don’t exactly deny it. Fans chant “Who Dat?! Who Dat?!” Elias says Drew Brees would never say this in public, but he’s actually sick of representing this “rundown, filthy city.” The season only just began but it’s already done, but Elias can save you. So please, silence cell phones, hold applause and most of all, shut mouths! Elias plays again, but here comes Mick Foley!
The Hall of Famer, former Raw GM and ECW legend is here on the 20th anniversary of his famous if not infamous Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker. And New Orleans is glad to see him! Foley apologizes, he’s actually a big fan of Elias. Elias has a “rich and resonant voice”, and is very good on the guitar. But as a lyricist, Elias doesn’t have a sincere bone in his body. Sincere? Elias knows Foley is out here to talk about the Cell match, but if Elias is to be sincere, “as hard as it may be to believe, I was a child once.” Elias was there that night as Foley fell from the Cell. Foley’s career was never the same after getting Choke Slammed through the Cell, and his life was changed forever.
Elias would be lying if he didn’t call that a special moment and say Foley is something special. But that was then and this is now. Foley stands with the great Elias, while Elias stands with a broken man. Foley sings the same song every year yet barely remembers the words. Fans hope Mr. Socko makes an appearance. Foley admits Elias has a point, but he’s actually here to talk about the future. Well you’re talking to the future. Maybe Elias is the future, so long as he keeps his eyes on the prize. But no, Elias just means the near future, the Hell in a Cell PPV. Foley went to Stephanie McMahon and asked that with the 20th anniversary, don’t let him just be on the couch. Let Foley be part of that PPV, even as just a timekeeper or bell boy.
Well if Elias knows Stephanie, Stephanie laughed. She did! But then he reminded her of that very match, where it looked like the match was over, there was something that made Foley feel tougher and stronger than he ever was or would ever would be. He got up, climbed the cell, felt the electricity that could’ve lit Pittsburgh for a week, Foley wants to feel that feeling again! Ten minutes after that match, a tooth in his nose, that Foley and Stephanie first met. Foley wants to be part of HiaC PPV so badly. So Foley won’t be keeping time, ringing bell or on commentary. Foley will collide with Strowman and Roman as the special guest referee! “BANG BANG!” Elias is impressed, that was a great speech. But Foley needs to take some advice from Elias and shut up, you’ve taken up enough of his time!
Foley gets back in the ring and makes sure Elias understands one thing. The Constable has a lot on his plate, so maybe Foley could make one more match for right here in New Orleans. And guess what? Up next, Elias VS… FINN BALOR! The Drifter is no stranger to the Extraordinary Man, will Finn make Elias eat his words of offense to Mrs. Foley’s baby boy?
Stromwan continues his hunt for Roman.
He throws down ladders and tosses trash cans while generally terrifying the staff backstage.
Finn Balor VS Elias!
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans are fired up for Finn as he ties up with Elias. Elias scoops and slams then covers, ONE. Finn sits up as fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Elias rocks Finn with a right, then chokes him at the ropes. Elias backs off at 4, then chops Finn. He whips and runs Finn over with a back elbow. Cover, ONE, but Elias keeps on Finn with a neck wrench. Finn endures and gets back up. Elias knees low and whips, but Finn reverses. Elias sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn kicks away on Elias’ leg, then pulls it at the ropes. Elias rakes the eyes, then whips Finn. Finn stops himself to kick and chop Elias back. Finn whips but Elias reverses hard. Elias covers, ONE, but he keeps on Finn with a snapmare and stomps.
Elias clamps on a nerve hold but fans rally for Finn. Finn powers up but Elias puts him back down with a tighter grip. Fans continue to rally for Finn and he gets up a second time. Elias scoops but Finn slips out. Finn boots Elias, then dodges to chop Elias. Finn chops Elias again, but Elias knees low again. Elias whips but Finn reverses to then dropkick Elias down. Finn trips Elias and hits double stomps, almost in the face! Fans fire up and Finn hits a slingblade! Finn runs but into Elias’ big knee! Cover, TWO! Elias takes control back while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Elias stalks Finn to the ropes. Elias kicks him and punches him while he’s down, then runs. Finn dumps Elias out, then takes a moment to catch his breath before building speed. Elias returns to clobber him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Elias puts Finn in a corner hard, then hoists him up for the electric chair. Finn fights out and hits the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn grits his teeth, then throws a strike fest! He sweeps the legs but misses the stomps. Elias gets the electric chair, then the spin-out sit-out bomb! TWO!! Finn and Elias are down but Elias drags him up.
Elias chops Finn swiftly to a corner, then hoists him up to the top rope. Elias chops again, and Finn almost falls back. Finn fights back, sends Elias down, and takes aim… but the Coup de Grace misses! Elias hits a kick, but Finn gets a small package! Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Finn gets a sorely needed win to stay afloat in the Raw rankings. Can Finn keep climbing back and see a title match in his future?
Bobby Lashley works out in the gym.
The Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, gives him props! Low weights, high reps, but Lio is here to give Lashley the support he needs. Lio does realize Lashley is busy, right? Sorry, he’s just here to motivate. Lashley appreciates that! Lio talks Lashley up again and that gets Lashley going again. Is this beginning of a new manager-client partnership?
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
But he cuts Charly off to ask where is Roman Reigns. She saw him leaving the building. Yeah, but Rollins & Ambrose returned. Therefore, Roman is here somewhere. Maybe if Strowman goes tot he ring, Roman will head there, too? That’s a good idea. Strowman decides to head to the ring. Will he and Roman end up breaking it down?
Braun Strowman heads to the ring!
The Monster Among Men is still seething, and is sick of waiting! He demands Roman get out there and face him like a man! Strowman shouts when nothing happens, but that’s just what he thought. This Universal Champion is a coward. But there’s nowhere to run and hide to inside the Cell. “It’s just a man locked inside a cage with a monster!” Rollins and Ambrose won’t be able to help Roman, nor will Mick Foley. Because if Foley does something, that fall from the Cell will look like a paper cut compared to what Strowman does! Strowman promises to take the Universal Championship and sending Roman to Hell itself! But then Roman’s music hits! Strowman goes looking again, and Roman stands on the announce desk! The two meet at the stage and SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Roman has Strowman reeling as he throws hands. Strowman pushes Roman into the LED stage again and again and again! Strowman headbutts Roman down, then decides to clear off the announce desk! He drags Roman up and over, puts roman on the table, then climbs up with him. Strowman drags Roman up but Roman scoops Strowman! Samoan Drop OFF THE STAGE!! They crash through the panels and to the floor! Roman drags himself from the wreckage, and takes his belt back. He lifts it up victoriously, but will he lift it up again after his Cell match? Or will Strowman come through on his promise to plunge the Big Dog to the depths of Hell, never to be seen again?
Just when I thought Raw was gonna have a good go-home by addressing that anti-Shield “Pack” thing, Vince decides to let the air out of the tires and have Raw limp into Hell in a Cell. When it seemed almost obvious to have The Shield be joined by all the Faces in the locker room (Finn Balor, Titus Worldwide, Roode, Gable, etc) they chose to try and keep it to just The Shield VS Strowman’s Pack. Granted, The Shield geared up with ax handles, but it still seemed like they came out too strong. I do appreciate the accusation of a Constable Conspiracy, and even the silly loophole that The Shield is only The Shield when they wear the old gear. Roman brawling it out with Strowman at the end there was standard, and that Samoan Drop spot sure looked like an attempt at something Gargano and Ciampa did.
The interesting developments coming out of all this is the Raw Tag Team Championship match and Mick Foley as a special referee. Strowman has a point, Foley can’t do too much to stop him, but I’m sure Foley will try. And win or lose, I still feel McIntyre & Ziggler will try to help Strowman, Rollins & Ambrose will meet them, and that in itself might spur Foley to do something to try and keep this just between Roman and Strowman. I’m thinking the Shield will alternate, meaning that something happens where Rollins & Ambrose won’t win, because Vince McMahon will surely want Roman to retain. In a way, that’s fine, because The Shield shouldn’t be so strong as to become a golden trio again. At the same time, it’d be so much more surprising (aka better) if Strowman wins the Universal Championship while Rollins & Ambrose got the tag titles back.
But outside of “THE story”, Raw was quite truly phoned in. There were too many recap packages, and most of them were for SmackDown! SmackDown’s go-home will probably have recaps of their own, but for Raw to waste its time with filler packages was a horrible move. Honestly, I would’ve welcomed filler matches if it meant the live audience in the arena got to watch something. Instead, Nikki Bella buries Ruby Riott just because, and Akam & Rezar squash “Sweet ‘n’ Sour”. McIntyre-Ziggler VS B-Team was alright, but it was obvious this was a formality even before the HiaC match was made. I thought Ronda-Natty VS Alexa-Mickie (originally supposed to have Alicia) was going to be the main event but it was still really good either way. Finn benefits by winning in the “main event”, he needs to be given more chances or just go to SmackDown.
I do like the development in Kevin Owens’ story with Bobby Lashley. Kevin with a blank check as far as his brutality goes is actually a pretty good story, the only thing that marred it is the idea that he was sick of The Shield and joined up with Strowman’s Pack just because. But then Lio Rush being thrown in as Lashley’s hype man (of the hour) is just odd. Between Lio with Lashley and Maverick with AoP, I really hope Vince isn’t insisting on incorporating Cruiserweights with Raw again. That was happening back in the Enzo Amore days and those were not good days. They need to stop this before it gets any worse.
My Score: 7.3/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/9/19)
The NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship is defended on ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 386
ROH brings us the National Treasure and the Darewolf competing over THE NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship! Which man makes history in historic first?
- Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn; Villain Enterprises wins.
- NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black; Aldis wins and retains the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship.
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ROH opens with John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josie Quinn in the ring.
The Southern Savior tells everyone from commentary to the fans to “Shut your mouths!” The spotlight belongs on Quinn, Hollis and Skyler! This is the roughest, toughest trio in ROH, and if anyone doubts them, then step up and get stepped on! Who answers the call? Villain Enterprises! Marty Scurll leads PCO and Brody King out to the ring, and we have our opening Six Man Tag match!
Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn!
If The Southern Savior, The Original and The Pale Horse want to prove they’re the roughest, toughest team to come to ROH, then they’ll need to pull out all the stops against Marty Scurll’s own stable. Will Scurll, PCO and Brody spoil this newest trio’s debut?
Before the match, Scurll says, “How cute! Look at you guys! I used to be like all three of you: young, full of hope, full of spirit, full of optimism.” Scurll can tell these three haven’t been jaded by this business. Scurll is sure all three of them will be big “superstars” in ROH, and make one hell of an impact. But unfortunately for them, it won’t be tonight. They’re going to feel the wrath of Villain Enterprises! Scurll, PCO and Brody flank the ring, and they strike!
PCO and Brody drag Quinn and Skyler out of the ring while Scurll brawls with Hollis! Scurll dumps Hollis out and PCO sends Skyler into a post. Brody suplexes Hollis for Scurll to SUPERKICK from the apron, and Brody finishes him off with a gourd buster! Villain Enterprises takes control of the ring as the streamers fly! This match will still happen after the break.
ROH returns and PCO starts against Quinn. Quinn goes at PCO with kicks and chops, but PCO doesn’t flinch! PCO even dares him to chop more! Quinn chops and chops, and then PCO CHOPS back! PCO CHOPS Quinn to a corner and then keeps going! The ref counts and PCO backs off, only to come back with rapid fire chops! Fans fire up for PCO as he scoops and sidewalk slams Quinn! Skyler and Hollis rush PCO to club away on him. They double whip but PCO breaks the line to double clothesline them! PCO choke tosses Skyler into a corner, then choke slams him on the rebound! PCO climbs up top and LEAPS at Quinn on the apron! But Skyler gets Quinn clear and PCO hits only apron! But PCO gets up like it was nothing!
Fans fire up with PCO, but Hollis DIVES out onto him! PCO catches Hollis to send him into the barriers! Fans chant for “P C O!” as he gets back in. Quinn throws big forearms then runs, but PCO runs him over! Tag to Scurll and Scurll chops Quinn back down. Scurll rocks Quinn with a European Uppercut then another CHOP! Scurll runs but Hollis swipes his feet. Quinn tags out to Skyler in the distraction. Quinn runs at Scurll but Scurll throws him out, only to turn around into Skyler’s slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Skyler keeps on Scurll with a rain of right hands. Tag to Hollis and they mug Scurll in the corner. Hollis snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, and fans rally up for Scurll. Hollis feeds Scurll to Quinn’s boot then tags Quinn in.
Quinn and Hollis mug Scurll in the corner, then Quinn snapmares Scurll to a chinlock. Scurll endures the squeeze while fans rally up again. Scurll fights his way up and out. Quinn whips Scurll to the corner but runs into boots. Scurll fights out but gets a corner clothesline! Quinn whips but Scurll reverses to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Skyler and Brody! Brody rallies on all there opponents! Fans fire up as Brody puts Skyler on the ropes, for a cannonball! Scurll tags back in but Skyler knees low. Skyler throws hands, then runs, but into Brody’s flapjack! Scurll adds a dropkick then Brody adds the senton! Fans fire up again as Scurll drags Skyler up. Scurll suplexes but Skyler slips out.
Hollis tags in before Brody clotheslines Skyler out. Hollis dodges Scurll to hit PCO. Scurll catches Hollis for a powerbomb! PCO climbs up while Scurll turns Hollis over, leg drop Boston Crab! PCO DIVES on Skyler and Quinn! Scurll catapults Hollis into Brody’s forearm! Back senton across Scurll’s knees! Brody lifts Hollis and hits the Gonzo Bomb! Hollis bounces up into the Chicken Wing! Hollis taps, Villain Enterprises wins!
Winners: Villain Enterprises, Marty Scurll by submission
But wait! Red balloons fly out from under the ring! But also some black balloons… The Kingdom laugh as they appear on stage. Were they looking for someone? It’s no secret that The Kingdom are the best trio on this planet. They’re the best trio in history! The Kingdom doesn’t fear anyone, especially not these “three goons.” They’d love to get in that ring and even put the titles on the line! But Matt Taven keeps TK O’Ryan calm as he says they’re fighting champions. They have no problems defending any place, any where, any time, especially against “Melvin Enterprises.” Just not this time. The Kingdom loves to troll everyone, but will Scurll and company be the ones having the last laugh?
The Kingdom speaks backstage.
Vinnie Marseglia laughs again, and says he “hates to spoil it for all the puppets in ROH, but PCO is human.” TK O’Ryan says Brody King is big and bad, but getting hit upside the head with a baseball bat, he’d be out cold just like anybody else. And Taven lets them all know that while Villain Enterprises is new around here, The Kingdom runs the show. #RespectTheCrown. The Kingdom are the champions and will defend them when they choose. “Because IIII’M Matt Taven, and this is MY Kingdom.”
Jay Lethal speaks.
“It is getting more and more difficult to keep track of everybody in line for this ROH World Championship.” Because all Lethal can see is a man running around pretending that his fake belt counts! Taven attacks Lethal from behind, disrespects the company and disrespects the REAL belt by spitting on it! Lethal is sick and tired of Taven! Taven has Lethal’s attention, where and when will this issue of two world title belts be put to rest?
The Gatekeeper has a brand new challenger.
Kelly Klein put it upon herself to be a fighting champion on a level like no other champion. She willingly defends her title in every singles match she has! Watch Kelly defend that title against a debuting but very promising Woman of Honor via Honor Club’s On Demand!
NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black!
For the first time ever, ROH TV plays host to the NWA’s top title! The National Treasure brings the Ten Pounds of Gold to the Ring of Honor as the first man to defend it here. The Darewolf, who narrowly avoided death in a base jumping accident, has climbed back and is the first man to challenge for this title in ROH. History is being made, but will it be for a successful defense or a successful defeat?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this is the first time the title has been defended in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993! Fans say “Thank you, Nick!” This historic match finally begins, after the break!
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is skipped by PJ. The bell rings, and the two circle and tie up. Aldis wrenches but PJ cartwheels and wrenches. Aldis spins through and reverses the wristlock. PJ rolls and drop toeholds! Aldis reverses to a hammerlock but PJ gets the ropes. Aldis lets PJ go and the two circle again. They tie up and PJ gets a waistlock. PJ rolls Aldis, TWO, but PJ is on Aldis in a corner with a facelock. PJ honors the break but he gives Aldis a shove. Aldis decides to lounge on the top rope for a moment, so PJ shows off his capoeria while telling Aldis to “Suck It!” Fans echo “Suck It! Suck It!” as Aldis and PJ approach again. They tie up and Aldis gets a headlock. PJ powers out but Aldis runs him over.
Things speed up and Aldis avoids PJ’s Thesz Press. Aldis rebounds and blocks PJ’s hip toss, but PJ blocks Aldis’ hip toss to sweep the legs. PJ covers, ONE! Aldis gets the headlock takeover and makes it a cover, TWO and PJ gets the headscissors. PJ squeezes but Aldis moves around. Aldis headstands and pops out, but PJ gets back. PJ calls for a time-out, but there are no such things. Even so, Aldis lets PJ stand up, and they go again. PJ gets a headlock, and the takeover, but Aldis headscissors back. PJ headstands and pops out but Aldis ducks the boot to roll PJ! TWO, and PJ fakes Aldis out with a punch. PJ offers Aldis a hand, and Aldis takes it, only for PJ to uppercut! PJ uppercuts more but Aldis backslides, TWO!
The Darewolf asks for another time-out but from the corner. Aldis and PJ circle but PJ promises not to cheat. He offers a handshake but also crosses his fingers behind his back. Aldis takes the handshake, but PJ sweeps the legs and double stomps the back! PJ flexes but Aldis stands up. Aldis clotheslines PJ right down! Aldis puts PJ in the corner and CHOPS! He throws body shots and more chops, but PJ turns it around to CHOP Aldis back. They brawl in the corner but PJ stomps low. Aldis hits back and bumps PJ on buckles. Aldis whips corner to corner then runs in for a big clothesline. He whips PJ corner to corner again but PJ goes up and headscissors Aldis out!
PJ slingshots but Aldis slips into the ring. Aldis poses but PJ comes back. They speed up and PJ fakes Aldis out to then poke him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ while Aldis regroups with Kamille. PJ climbs up but Kamille stands in his way. Aldis gets to the other side, PJ slides out but gets run over with a lariat! Aldis refreshes the ring count while we go to break.
ROH returns and Aldis has PJ in a chinlock. Fans rally on both sides as PJ fights out. PJ throws heavy forearms then whips, but Aldis reverses. PJ kicks Aldis then runs, but Aldis follows to clothesline PJ upside-down! Aldis drags PJ up for a suplex, and holds him up there! Then brings him down! Cover, TWO! PJ gets to a corner but Aldis is right after him with a CHOP! Aldis whips PJ corner to corner hard, then back drops on the rebound! Fans cheer as Aldis covers, TWO! Aldis keeps on PJ with another facelock. PJ endures as Aldis wrenches. They stand and PJ hits back with body shots and a CHOP! Aldis CHOPS, PJ CHOPS, and now they brawl!
Aldis whips but PJ rolls off his back. PJ heel kicks Aldis down, then runs corner to corner for crossbody! PJ easily lands on the apron and bumps Aldis off buckles. He climbs up an dleaps for a flying elbow! PJ keeps going to the other corner and climbs again, for another flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as PJ stalks Aldis. PJ whips Aldis but Aldis reverses, only for PJ to hold ropes. Aldis walks into PJ’s boot, and then PJ springboards for a moonsault! PJ only grazes Aldis, so he quickly grabs Aldis for the inverted DDT. PJ hurries up top again and Aldis stands to get flying double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Aldis survives the stomp to the heart, but PJ keeps his cool. PJ climbs again and takes aim, but his double ax handles are caught into a BIG German Suplex!
Aldis drags PJ up again for a fast powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, but Aldis holds onto the legs to try his Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ brings Aldis in for a cradle! TWO, and both men get to corners. Aldis runs in but into an elbow. PJ hops up but Aldis trips him up! Aldis climbs up behind PJ but PJ resists. PJ elbows Aldis away but Aldis clubs him back. Aldis climbs again, SUPER GERMAN! Both men are down but fans fire up! Aldis crawls to a cover, TWO! The Darewolf survives and the National Treasure grows frustrated while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and fans rally as Aldis heads for the top rope. PJ rolls and SHORYUKENS! PJ climbs but Aldis resists. Aldis hits back with body shots and pushes PJ away. PJ comes back quick, SUPER STEINER! Then springboard moonsault! Cover, TWO!! PJ can’t believe it, but Aldis escapes! PJ drags Aldis up for a dragon sleeper, but Aldis endures. Aldis pries free to scoop PJ into the TOMBSTONE! Aldis heads up top again, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! PJ lives and even Kamille is shocked. Aldis gives Kamille a signal and she tosses the belt in the ring! Kamille distracts the referee, but both men grab at the belt! PJ SLAPS Aldis away, then picks up the Ten Pounds of Gold! PJ tosses it to Aldis and falls over! Aldis gets caught with the belt in his hands but the referee takes it away. PJ rolls Aldis! TWO!!
PJ wheelbarrows and turns Aldis over, Billy Goat’s Curse! Aldis crawls as PJ stretches, and Aldis gets the ropebreak! Aldis bails out, but PJ DIVES on him! Direct hit brings Aldis down but PJ gets back in the ring. PJ builds speed again, to wreck KAMILLE with a dropkick! Kamille took the hit for Aldis but fans still boo PJ for it! Fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Aldis goes after PJ. But PJ throws Aldis into the post! PJ puts Aldis in the ring and springboards for a crossbody! But Aldis manages to roll through! TWO!! PJ shoulders and slingshots but Aldis sits on the sunset, but he also holds the ropes! The referee sees that, and kicks Aldis’ arms away! PJ finishes the sunset flip, TWO! Aldis gets the legs, Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ endures but taps, Aldis wins!
Winner: Nick Aldis, by submission; still NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion
History is made as the National Treasure retains the title on ROH TV! Is this only the beginning of the Ten Pounds of Gold being part of ROH history?
Juice Robinson heads to the ring!
The Flamboyant One saw that there was still some time left over tonight and decided to take this opportunity to address the fans. “What up, Hotlanta?!” Juice says the last time he was here, he promised there’d be a lot more of him in an ROH ring. And he didn’t mean for a cup of coffee or for a Global Wars tour. He meant a hell of a lot more Juice in ROH in 2019! But why? Isn’t NJPW so fun? It’s because Juice knows what this company stands for: Honor. Juice has had something in the works, and the pieces have all come together.
“ROH was founded by guys like Samoa Joe. Guys like AJ Styles. The lifeblood of ROH for so long has been through the hard work of guys like the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.” Or even Juice’s best friend, Tyler Black. All those guys cared about honor. Those are the guys that when their music hit, they came down the stairs, entered the ring, and looked their opponent(s) in the eyes and said, “Win, lose or draw, we’re going to start this with a handshake, and no matter what happens, end with a handshake.” That is what ROH is about. Juice can’t figure out what’s happened over the last few years. Tonight, ROH hits a reset button. Tonight, ROH begins its restoration. And tonight, “we bring ROH to the next level!” And that starts right here and now.
The pulse that we’ve seen for weeks! Juice is joined in the ring by David Finlay, Mark Haskins, Bandido, Tracy Williams, and Tenille Dashwood! “We are Lifeblood!” And together, they will put the Honor back in Ring of Honor! Fans are loving this already! Will this new alliance of rising stars revitalize ROH?
A really great episode right here, and we finally know what that pulse was about. Juice Robinson leading a new faction, Lifeblood, is a great move for him in ROH. It represents a new level Juice himself has reached, and helps give him and all the wrestlers in the stable something to be part of. This can definitely feed the story I’d been sensing of Tenille Dashwood returning to confront the person who attacked her, which can turn out to be Kelly Klein. Tenille VS Kelly can be Lifeblood’s Women of Honor Championship story while the five men go after the variety of titles. I’m sure Juice would want to be world champion, leaving the World TV, World Tag and World Six Man Championships to any of the other members.
Juice’s promo leading up to Lifeblood’s debut was also very well done. It kept the continuity of ROH’s past, with name drops including the wrestlers now known as Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Juice’s group might also be pitted against Bully Ray’s group, who aren’t so honorable. That will make for a great 5v5 tag down the line and then separate showdowns for things like the Briscoes defending the World Tag Team Championships against any combination from Lifeblood.
Villain Enterprises does great again in another Six Man Tag victory while The Kingdom do well again as the arrogant Heels they are. They’ll have it out for those titles soon enough, whether The Kingdom likes it or not. And with Jay Lethal’s promo, that match for the undisputed ROH World Championship has to be happening sooner rather than later. Maybe they can arrange it for the ROH Anniversary Show. And then the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship was great, and was rightfully given lots of time. PJ was great being the sneaky Heel he’s been known to be, but it almost felt like Aldis was turning Heel in the course of the match. Between Kamille being his shield but also getting him the belt, this match started to feel like Heel VS Heel. And that’s a good thing, we don’t get those enough in any promotion.
Obviously Aldis retains, a random ROH TV episode isn’t the place for a title change. But maybe ROH and NWA work a Pay-Per-View together and that is when an ROH star challenges and takes the NWA title, or vice-versa and an NWA star takes an ROH title.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/13/19)
It’s an epic rematch between Ricochet and Adam Cole BAYBAY!
NXT reignites a heated rivalry as The One and Only Ricochet takes on Adam Cole BAYBAY! Who will prove themselves worthier of the North American Champion?
- Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
- Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr; Street Profits win.
- Taynara Conti VS Aliyah; Aliyah wins.
- Ricochet VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic!
The Worst and the Croatian crusher both had a great showing in WWE Worlds Collide, but neither man won the epic tournament. Even so, both men look to climb the ranks on NXT all the same! Will a win help one of these men reach a championship opportunity on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and Thorne circles with Dijakovic. They tie up and go around, and Dijakovic pushes Thorne to a corner. Thorne pulls Dijakovic’s nose but Dijakovic pushes him back! The referee has the two break, but Thorne uses it to hotshot the arm! Thorne gets a waistlock and powers Dijakovic into buckles. He throws hands and wraps the arm on the ropes. Dijakovic pushes Thorne away but Thorne comes back with kicks and forearms! Thorne dropkicks Dijakovic down! Then he kicks away on every part of Dijakovic he can find! Fans fire up and Thorne goes after Dijakovic’s arm and neck. Thorne pulls and fans rally up. Dijakovic fights back but Thorne wrenches the bad arm. Dijakovic breaks free then counters Thorne, and even CHOPS him! Big clothesline clobbers Thorne!
Thorne comes back but Dijakovic kicks and elbows back. “Time to fly!” Dijakovic suplex and tosses Thorne! Dijakovic grabs Thorne by the throat, but Thorne pulls on the weak up to escape. Thorne uppercuts and saido suplexes! Both men are down but fans rally up. Thorne and Dijakovic get to corners but Thorne climbs up. Dijakovic stops him with a palm strike! Dijakovic climbs but Thorne throws hands. They brawl as Dijakovic climbs. Dijakovic clubs away on Thorne, but Thorne goes after the bad arm! Thorne pushes Dijakovic off but Dijakovic back flips! Dijakovic then SUPERKICKS Thorne down! Thorne staggers but Dijakovic springboards for a corkscrew plancha! Dijakovic defies physics and fans lose their minds! Dijakovic puts Thorne back in and fans call for it! Torture rack, Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic feasts on another victory! Will he continue his streak and feast on a title match in the near future?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is tired of hearing they’re having a bad start to 2019. Everyone hits speed bumps, but they vow to finish what they started. Step one: regain the NXT Tag Team Championships. Step two: continue to be the best team on this whole show! The Undisputed Era will claim what is theirs and take what is theirs. Roderick Strong is excited. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be back together as a tag team, and then Strong and Cole can go for singles titles. They will be dripping in gold in 2019, and that starts with Cole taking out Ricochet. Ricochet is a flash in the pan, but the Undisputed Era runs the show. They will show Ricochet, they will show NXT and they will show the world why they are Undisputed.
Exclusive interview after last week’s Six Woman Tag main event.
The Sky Pirates were pumped after their big victory alongside Bianca Belair over the Horsewomen. Io Shirai was especially excited because she proved she can beat Shayna Baszler. The Genius of the Sky wants that NXT Women’s Championship. The Pirate Princess warns Shayna to watch out, but then The EST comes by. There’s no beef between them, but Bianca would’ve had Shayna beat on two different occasions. Bianca is still Un-De-Fea-Ted, but will she get her second shot before Shirai gets her first?
Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are still stinging from the Forgotten Sons using numbers against them in their post-TakeOver showdown. But they look to get things back on track, even against this new young combination.
But wait, is that Kassius Ohno? Why? The Knockout Artist has been back for two years but not the best two years. He wants to let us know that as he was watching backstage, he sees some familiar faces in the Full Sail crowd. Ohno felt the need to come out here that, from the bottom of his heart, “each and everyone of you guys make me sick!” Ohno despises the Full Sail crowd! Their chants and their signs, too! The fans think they know everything but they don’t! Ohno is leaving, again! He’ll go somewhere where he can show he’s the “Best to Ever Do It”! But here comes Keith Lee! Lee rocks Ohno with an elbow!
The Limitless One takes the mic as fans sing for him. Lee tells Ohno, “Oh no… Or better yet, OH MY GAWD~!” This could’ve been so much worse. Lee could’ve low blow’d Ohno like he did Lee. But Ohno, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. And please, pardon the interruption. Let’s keep the show rolling! The Profits make their entrance and the match finally begins!
The Profits are wary of Lee, but he assures them, Wakanda Forever. Dawkins & Ford also taunt Ohno being knocked right out, then finally hit the ring.
The teams sort out and we begin with Carrillo and Ford. Carrillo and Ford tie up, and Carrillo gets a headlock. Ford can’t get free of the newest Cruiserweight’s grip, but the third time’s the charm. Carrillo runs Ford over, then things speed up and Carrrillo rolls of Ford’s back. Ford returns the favor and then sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and the two dodge each other’s kicks. Double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. Fans fire up as Ford breaks it down. Carrillo and Ford shake hands to show there is respect. But then Ford kicks low! Ford clubs Carrillo and drags him to the corner. Tag to Dawkins and the Profits mug Carrillo.
Dawkins elbows Carrillo then tags Ford. They club away on Carrillo more, then Ford whips Carrillo corner to corner. Carrillo goes up and over and then shows off his agility! Ford runs into an arm-drag, then another! Carrillo has the armlock, but Ford finds his way up. Tag to Dawkins and Ford whips Carrillo. Carrillo reverses but gets run over by Dawkins. Dawkins whips but Carrillo somersaults and enziguris! Carrillo brings Dawkins over, tag to Ervin! They double whip and dropkick Dawkins down! Ervin hits a BIG standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ervin runs but Dawkins reels him in for a SPEAR! Dawkins gets up and brings Ervin over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Ervin. Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps between Ervin and Carrillo as he clubs Ervin back down. He kicks Ervin hard in the ribs then reels Ervin into a chinlock. Ford thrashes Ervin around to show that new edge. Fans rally up and Ervin fights his way up. Ervin pries the hold open but Ford clubs him. Ford shoves and back suplexes HARD! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dawkins and the Profits double back suplexes. Ervin slips out and ducks, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on the Profits and fires off haymakers on Dawkins! Carrillo whips but Dawkins reverses, only to get a handspring back elbow! Ford runs in but misses, Carrillo uses Dawkins to arm-drag Ford! Carrillo rocks Dawkins back then climbs up fast, big missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits the somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Dawkins over and Ervin tags in. Ervin climbs, and hits a TSUNAMISAULT! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Ford puts Carrillo in the corner but Carrillo dumps and kicks him out. Dawkins ROCKS Carrillo and Ford tags in. Ervin runs into a pop-up, and his huricanrana is blocked! Dawkins spins Ervin, Ford says “SUCK IT!” for the blockbuster DOomsday device! Cover, The Street Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
The #CurseofGreatness now has a new intensity behind it! But they pick up mics to say “There seems to be a lot of gold raiding going around.” But best believe, Ford & Dawkins want a piece. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Ford says the Profits’ time in NXT has been a roller coaster. But one thing about roller coasters, it’s a fun ride! Make no mistake, at any given time, if they are given the ball, they can go to war! Profits call out the War Raiders, but they get the European Alliance!
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel see Ford & Dawkins, and say, “Nein, nein, nein.” Opportunities are sacred in NXT. And no one deserves opportunities more than Aichner & Barthel. Street Profits, “stand aside.” But wait, here come Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch! The One Two Combination aren’t about words, they’re about fighting! All three teams argue, but here come the War Raiders! Hanson & Rowe stand on stage to say there’s an awful lot of talk, but no action. If these teams want these titles, “make a move!” Rowe & Hanson head for the ring, but here come the Undisputed Era! They attack Rowe & Hanson from behind 3v2! Then they feed the champs to the other contenders, and it is a feeding frenzy!
Rowe and Hanson hold their own against three teams, and even dump Ford out onto Barthel! Burch gets Thor’s Hammer! And Lorcan gets tossed onto everyone! The Undisputed Era’s plan didn’t work out at all! Who will earn the shot against the machines of Hanson & Rowe?
Taynara Conti VS Aliyah!
The Brazilian black belt and the Canadian Cat’s Meow want to prove they’re still worthy of an NXT Women’s Championship shot, but they’ll have to do it against each other. Who will gain some much needed momentum on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and fans duel as the two circle. Taynara avoids Aliyah’s grip and gets a takedown. Jackknife cover, TWO! Aliyah has Taynara by the hair but Taynara uses that for a flying armbar takedown! Aliyah scrambles to a ropebreak, and Taynara lets go. Taynara comes back but runs into a forearm. Aliyah brings Taynara down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Vanessa Borne appears at ringside to watch this up close and personal. Aliyah pulls Taynara around and hits a fireman’s carry takedown. Aliyah kicks away on Taynara’s back then covers again, ONE! The ref reprimands Aliyah as she grabs hair again. Aliyah kicks but Taynara catches the leg to another jackknife bridge. TWO, but Taynara rolls Aliyah up again. TWO, and Tyanara trips Aliyah into buckles!
Taynara throws Aliyah around with her judo training, then rolls through to finish her with a pump kick! Taynara toys with Aliyah then climbs up top. Aliyah gets up but gets caught into a hanging armbar! Taynara lets go at 4 but fires up. Vanessa doesn’t seem impressed, and then she goes after Taynara’s feet! Aliyah throws Taynara off the top! Aliyah drags Taynara up and around for a modified armlock! She stomps away on Taynara’s head as part of “Total Aliyahnation!” Taynara taps, Aliyah wins!!
Winner: Aliyah, by submission
The Vision helps the fashionable Aliyah win, and it seems an alliance is struck. But before they can explain themselves, Shayna Baszler storms her way out to the ring! Vanessa and Aliyah get clear of the angry Queen of Spades, but Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke put them back in! Shayna and the Horsewomen wreck Aliyah, then Marina fireman’s carry Vanessa into Jessamyn’s roundhouse! Taynara is not spared, Shayna gut wrench side slams her down! Shayna grabs a mic and says “This is your reality now!” Do not get in their way and do not question them. And do NOT piss them off. The Horsewomen leave, having made their statement. Who else will be trampled by their furious stampede?
Ricochet VS Adam Cole!
The King of Flight and the Panama City Playboy are far from through with each other, especially if it means getting closer to a championship match. While Johnny Wrestling and The Velveteen Dream fight for the NXT North American Championship next week, this match could determine a new #1 contender for afterward. Which former champion will take the next step back to that North American title?
The bell rings and the trash talk begins. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. They go around the ring and end up in a corner. Cole turns it around and backs off only to sucker punch! Cole stomps a mudhole in then brings Ricochet up to whip. Ricochet holds ropes and back elbows hard! Ricochet throws haymakers but Cole kicks and punches back. Cole whips but Ricochet rolls off his back. Ricochet somersaults, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks! Cole bails out but Ricochet DIVES! Ricochet rains down rights and then toys with Cole. Ricochet puts Cole back in and runs corner to corner. Cole boots Ricochet back, then hops up, but Ricochet enziguris back!
Ricochet climbs up but Cole bumps him off buckles. Cole adjusts but Ricochet resists the sunset flip. Ricochet rains rights, but Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! Ricochet’s leg is caught in the ropes, and Cole stomps away! The referee backs Cole off then helps Ricochet out, but Cole comes back to swing the leg into the post! Ricochet writhes in agony and Cole takes his time returning. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up into the corner. Cole wraps the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts and Cole lets go at 4. Cole stomps Ricochet more as fans start to duel. Cole dragon screws Ricochet down! Fans grow louder in their duel while Cole stalks Ricochet. Ricochet stands but Cole kicks his legs out! Cole taunts Ricochet before grabbing the bad leg. Ricochet enziguris but Cole ducks it to then smash the knee on the mat!
Cole stomps the bad leg and Ricochet can only crawl. Cole takes the leg and drops knees on it! Fans rally up as Cole stomps Ricochet’s bad leg. Cole stomps Ricochet at the ropes and into a corner. The ref counts and Cole tells him to shut up! The ref and Cole argue but Cole goes back to Ricochet’s leg. Cole puts on a standing kneebar to push on the leg. Ricochet kicks free, but hobbles up. Cole dropkicks the leg right out! Ricochet clutches the leg but refuses to quit. Cole vows Ricochet will not reach the title before him. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up. Ricochet denies the shin breaker and fans rally up. Cole reels Ricochet in but Ricochet slips out of the back suplex. Ricochet’s leg buckles but he shoves Cole away.
Ricochet somersaults but he can’t finish the attack! Cole swings, Ricochet dodges and comes back with a BIG clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet drags himself up but Cole follows. Ricochet boots Cole with the good leg, then pushes Cole into buckles. Tiger Feint in the corner! Ricochet climbs on one leg, and leaps, for a flying uppercut! Ricochet still manages a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ricochet gets the bad leg moving as fans rally up. Ricochet goes to Cole and brings him up, but the leg won’t allow the fireman’s carry. He rocks Cole with a forearm but Cole again kicks the bad leg out! Cole throws big forearms in the corner then hoists Ricochet up top. Ricochet pushes Cole away but Cole enziguris! Cole drags Ricochet out on a fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and fans are loving this!
Cole keeps his cool while Ricochet slowly catches his breath. Fans duel as Cole stalks Ricochet to ropes. Cole drags Ricochet up as fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” Cole suplexes but Ricochet resists. Ricochet slips out of the suplex and ducks the enziguri! Northern Lights and roll through, to deadlift. But the legs give out, Last Shot Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Cole tells him to stay down. Ricochet doesn’t and fans rally up. Cole pulls down the knee pad, runs, but Ricochet dodges the Shining Wizard to roll up! TWO, 52 Fake-Out! Cole misses the superkick to get a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet drags Cole to a drop zone then drags himself to a corner. Ricochet climbs but the bad leg is refusing to work. Fans cheer him on as he one leg springboard sentons! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s desperate dive didn’t work out, but he still tries the fireman’s carry! Cole fights out but walks into a back elbow. Cole forearms back but Ricochet returns it. They keep hitting back and forth, and Ricochet grows stronger for it! Ricochet fires off more forearms but Cole mule kicks the leg out. Cole misses the boot and Ricochet uppercuts him. But Cole pump boots, only for Ricochet to knee strike. Cole enziguris, dodges the Pele, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet lives and Cole is shocked! But Full Sail is thunderous for this main event! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but Cole wants to end this. Cole drags Ricochet up and to a corner. He throws big forearms, then hoists Ricochet up top again. Cole throws more forearms, then climbs up.
Fans duel as Cole throws more forearms. Ricochet slips out to club Cole back! Ricochet grits his teeth and climbs up on one leg. He grabs Cole but Cole elbows the bad leg. Cole sends Ricochet down to the apron! Cole turns around and drags Ricochet back up. But Ricochet fights back now, and steadies himself, for a SUPER STEINER! Ricochet ax kicks Cole down! But he’s not done there, Northern Lights roll through to Falcon Arrow! And a fireman’s carry, for the Vertigo Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only wins, but he’s instantly attacked by the rest of the Undisputed Era! But here comes Aleister Black! Aleister throws hands on Strong, O’Reilly and Fish, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Strong gets Aleister with End of Heartache! “Nobody can touch us!” Will the Undisputed Era leave everyone behind on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode for NXT! Thorne VS Dijakovic was essentially filler but anything is good for the now solo Aussie. Thorne should consider the option of being a crossover talent between NXT USA and NXT UK. NXT UK needs a more clear singles midcard, and Thorne could get some good play over there. Dijakovic meanwhile continues a nice roll, he himself might get a midcard title shot, perhaps after Wrestlemania Weekend. Good to see Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno will continue where they left off, especially the way Lee came out and clocked Ohno. I’m thinking Ohno’s talk of leaving for somewhere they’d appreciate him is a sign he’s finally going to the main roster, and perhaps as part of the coming Superstar Shake-Up after Wrestlemania. That will be great, the blow-off curtain call match for Ohno will be great, I really hope he goes to SmackDown.
I’m liking the aggressive Street Profits. They had their fun in their first couple of years, now it’s time to get serious if they want gold. I also appreciate throwing in Aichner & Barthel as well as Lorcan & Burch. Lorcan & Burch are getting title shots on NXT UK, but I’m pretty sure they won’t win. I don’t think they’ll win on NXT USA, either. Of the five teams, the War Raiders either retain or the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon gets those belts back. But having a 5-team tag match of some kind at TakeOver: New York, that would be amazing! Perhaps make it a ladder match, that seems like the most reasonable way to do this. Though, I’m starting to think the other four teams will compete in something and then it’s just a #1 contender team against the Raiders, which is fine but not as insane.
Taynara VS Aliyah was clearly just a smokescreen to give us the first real moment of the Horsewomen running wild. I wonder if Taynara will be forced to join Aliyah and Vanessa against the Horsewomen in a Six Woman Tag, where Jessamyn and Marina can finally get some wins. And I also enjoy the nod that Bianca is not happy with the Sky Pirates thinking they can skip ahead of her in line. I wonder if something will happen to get William Regal involved to make an official decision on who is facing Shayna in New York. Maybe a Triple Threat of Bianca, Shirai and Kairi. Kairi and Shirai might be friends but they can give us some great Stardom style competition before Shirai eventually gets the win.
And of course, Ricochet VS Cole was amazing! That was almost on par with their title match. Ricochet did great selling the leg and impressed everyone by still getting moves off on one leg. It was good for the match to end before the Undisputed Era attacked, because at least Ricochet his win. Aleister Black coming out to help was an interesting surprise, but perhaps it’s out of respect for Ricochet from Halftime Heat. I’m very curious to see how this will turn out in regards to the two singles titles. Gargano VS Dream is next week and that is going to be amazing, and I’m sensing the outcome ties back into this developing story of Undisputed Era, Ricochet and Aleister.
My Score: 8.5/10