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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (9/17/18)

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It’s the Raw After Hell in a Cell! Who will return from such horrors in one piece? And the Deadman returns again to respond directly to Triple H’s message!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Viktor w/ Konnor; Gable wins.
  • Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Dana Brooke; Bayley wins.
  • The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Gregory James & Barrett Brown; The AoP wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler; Rollins wins and retains the Intercontinental Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???; No Contest.
  • Bobby Lashley VS Elias; Elias wins, by disqualification.
  • Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss VS Ember Moon & ???; Moon & Nia Jax win.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; Reigns wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.

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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Big Dog is worse for wear after his Hell in a Cell match, but not just because it was against Braun Strowman. Roman had Speared Strowman through a table, but he couldn’t finish the Monster Among Men off before The Beast, Brock Lesnar, made a shocking appearance! Lesnar would make sure neither Roman nor Strowman could finish their match, leaving everyone in a foul mood as the referees had no choice but to end the match with no real winner. Roman hears out Dallas’ cheers and jeers, then speaks.

“Last night was rough. Last night was brutal. And last night, it didn’t really go to plan for me.” But Roman woke up still THE WWE Universal Champion. He knew Lesnar wanted his rematch, but he didn’t think Lesnar would attack him while he was down and out. Roman is here standing now, so if Lesnar wants at his championship, then Lesnar should just come out here right now! But instead, it’s BRAUN! The Monster is just as pissed off at the Beast as anyone, and he joins Roman in the ring.

Fans chant “Get These Hands!” for Braun as he says “Screw this crap. You should be thankful that Brock Lesnar came down last night because he’s the only reason you still have that Universal Championship.” This is the second time Lesnar has cost Strowman, but there won’t be a third. Strowman wants Lesnar first, then he’ll come back for Roman! But Baron Corbin comes out to keep the peace, “we’re not doing this right here, right now.” The Constable turned interim GM joins Strowman and Roman in the ring. Fans chant “You Suck!” for the cranky Constable, but Corbin says that his first PPV in charge was also upsetting for him. He has been on the phone all day with Stephanie McMahon to find a solution. And that solution will make everyone happy.

On November 2nd in “WWE Crown Jewel”, it will be the Triple Threat! Roman VS Strowman VS Lesnar! Neither Roman or Strowman like it. Strowman thinks that sucks! He also thinks Corbin sucks and Roman definitely sucks. For that matter, everyone in the WWE Universe sucks! Fans don’t really like that, but then Paul Heyman appears! And he even has WWE staff bring out the busted door from last night’s Cell! The Advocate is here to educate us. That is the very “gate to hell” that Lesnar kicked down to lay waste and conquer Roman and Strowman. Fans can boo but Heyman’s lesson is on “Brockonomics.”

It’s very complex yet also very simple: “The more you are worth … in WWE, the more money you are worth in UFC.” And the same is true for the reverse, the more you’re worth in UFC, the more you’re worth in WWE. And nothing makes you more worthy than holding that Universal Championship. Lesnar was the longest reigning Universal Champion to date, and in that time, WWE and fans were reaching new heights, until the Summerslam Conspiracy of Roman and Strowman. But that’s why Lesnar returned, will go back to Saudi Arabia, and will reclaim his championship, to then reclaim his right as THE champion, the “crown jewel” of WWE. Heyman drops the mic, but Strowman storms up the ramp! Heyman runs, but Strowman gives chase!

Meanwhile, Roman and Corbin stand off in the ring. Roman takes Corbin’s mic to then tell Corbin something, but Corbin snatches the mic back. Whatever Roman is thinking, Corbin is thinking that while the Big Dog is acting big and bad, the GM has an injury report. Roman is banged up, from being hit with chairs, table chunks and an F5, the Big Dog is a “Hurting little puppy.” The Triple Threat might not even be on Roman’s schedule, because right here tonight, the title is on the line! It will be Roman Reigns VS… Baron Corbin! This is another abuse of power by the Lone Wolf, but will the wolf take advantage of the Big Dog?

 

Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre!

The Lunatic Fringe took the least damage last night, oddly enough. He and Seth Rollins failed to reclaim the Raw Tag Team Championships, but he and the Scottish Psycho are far from finished with each other. Which man will gain momentum for their side in this Raw war?

The bell rings and they circle. They tie up and McIntyre powers Ambrose back, but Ambrose gets a waistlock. Ambrose shifts to a headlock but McIntyre fights out. McIntyre chops then bumps Ambrose off buckles. He throws a big elbow, then puts Ambrose in a corner. Abmrose escapes and blocks the boots to jack the knee! Ambrose has the leg on the ropes, then runs to dropkick it! McIntyre falls but Ambrose is on him from the outside, to sling that leg into the post! Ambrose keeps going, but McIntyre pushes Ambrose away. McIntyre hobbles but Ambrose puts him into the LED apron. Ambrose even throws the leg into the apron! Ambrose refreshes the ring count to then go after McIntyre again. McIntyre forearms Ambrose away to then swing him into the barriers!

Both men are down but McIntyre manages to stand first. He drags Ambrose up and in, then works on his leg moving. Cover, TWO, but McIntyre keeps on him while we go to break.

Raw returns while McIntyre has Ambrose down in an armlock. Fans rally up and Ambrose powers up. Ambrose fights out but McIntyre shoves him. McIntyre scoops but Ambrose slips out. Ambrose rolls McIntyre, TWO! Ambrose hits McIntyre with a forearm then throws him out. McIntyre hobbles back in and goes after Ambrose with a slap! McIntyre shouts “You’re nothing!” but Ambrose ducks the lariat to hit his own! Ambrose and McIntyre are still sore but Ambrose whips. McIntyre reverses but Ambrose throws him down by his hair! Ambrose grabs McIntyre’s bad leg and wants the Half Crab. McIntyre pushes him away then gives him a headbutt! McIntyre puts Ambrose on the top rope then chops. He joins Ambrose but Ambrose trips him up!

Ambrose throws hands, then has McIntyre in the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to throw Ambrose off the top! Both men are down, but McIntyre is slowly getting feeling in that bad leg. McIntyre wants to finish Ambrose and waits for him to stand. Ambrose sees it coming and dodges. McIntyre denies the Dirty Deeds but ambroes sunset flips through! TWO, but now Ambrose gets McIntyre in a Cloverleaf! Ambrose shows off his new strength with that hold, but McIntyre uses his long arms to drag himself over. McIntyre gets a ropebreak! Ambrose lets go at 3, and walks into a shove. He knees McIntyre down, then runs to DIVE! The Lunatic hits his target! Both men are down again, but Ambrose hurries to put McIntyre in. McIntyre rolls back out, but can barely walk on that leg.

Ambrose sees McIntyre isn’t coming back in, so he climbs up top. He JUMPS, but misses!! McIntyre sent him into barriers, and then leaves him for dead! The count rises past 5, but Ambrose only now starts crawling. He goes as fast as he can, and beats the count at 9! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The Scottish Terminator takes out Ambrose and gains another win for Strowman’s “dogs of war.” Will this pack of wild animals continue to take over Raw? Or is this war far from over?

 

Drew McIntyre meets with Dolph Ziggler backstage.

The Scotsman is good after that match, and even Corbin comes over to congratulate him. The Shield isn’t looking too good. McIntyre got Ambrose and Corbin will get Roman because 1) he deserves it, 2) he can and 3) we deserve better. Then Ziggler wants his match with Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship tonight? No, not tonight! HE fell off the Cell. Well Rollins isn’t much better, or even here. So if Ziggler calls for it and Rollins can’t, then Rollins will be stripped and Ziggler gets it by default. Become champ, without even wrestling? Then do it! The Pack is pulling the strings, and Corbin brags to his staff. Will Corbin’s abuse of power come back to bite him?

 

The Bellas and Natalya talk about Rousey’s title match.

Then Ronda herself walks in. They all celebrate the win and congratulate her. But Ronda wants to know, how does an open challenge work? Can she just go out there and ask? Wait is she serious? Oh yes she is. Well then yes, just go out there and do it just like the boys! She’s the champ, she can do what she wants. Really? Yes, making the challenge is easy, but defending it is the hard part because it could be anyone. Well Ronda still has both arms, so that’s plenty. Is Ronda going to make her first open challenge? Who will answer?

 

Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Viktor w/ Konnor!

Team #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS have gone 2-0 quickly, but how will Gable fair when he’s in singles competition again?

The bell rings and Roode gives Gable some last pointers. Gable and Viktor tie up and Viktor gets a wristlock. Gable bends and handsprings and spins to a takedown! HE turns Viktor over to then get the deathlock. Viktor grows frustrated already as Gable has him in a headlock. Viktor powers out but Gable runs him over. Gable keeps going and things speed up, and both men show their agility. Gable jumps over the sweep but Viktor shoves him to a corner. Viktor chops Gable, then chops again. He whips Gable corner to corner but Gable goes up and over. Things speed up again and Gable hits an arm-drag on the run. Gable gets the butterfly suplex and bridge, TWO! Roode likes what he sees while Viktor get to a corner.

Gable runs in but Viktor puts him on the apron. Viktor pulls hair, but Gable still avoids Konnor’s attack. Gable slingshots in but into a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Viktor drags Gable up for more chops and even European Uppercuts. Viktor reels Gable in for an overhead suplex, cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Viktor puts Gable in a keylock and chinlock. Roode coaches Gable up and Gable fights back, but Viktor knees low. Viktor chops Gable again, then bumps him off buckles. Viktor puts Gable on the top rope, chops again, but then gets caught into the hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 3 and pulls himself back up. He jumps over Viktor and runs to hit big forearms! Gable also throws Viktor, and then again with another exploder!

Gable and Viktor crossbodies Viktor and himself out, to then cannonball off the apron! He puts Viktor in the ring and climbs up again, for a big missile dropkick! Gable is all fired up, as are Roode and the fans. Konnor distracts but Gable takes care of that before Roode can help. Chaos Theory on Viktor! Gable wins!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall

He did it! But then Konnor clobbers both Gable and Roode! The Ascension aren’t taking this loss lightly, but that won’t stop them. Will Roode & Gable climb up to the top of the tag team division soon enough?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

And he learns of Dolph Ziggler challenging him to an Intercontinental Championship! Also, Corbin says that if Rollins is unable to compete, he will be stripped of the title. The Architect knows Corbin is in charge, but someone needs to remind him that this is still #MondayNightRollins. The Architect is ready to go mentally, but will he be ready physically?

 

The Undertaker is here!!

Super Show Down will give us a rematch of the Deadman and The Game #OneLastTime, and all sides of the conversation have weighed in. But now, Taker feels the need to respond to HHH’s own rebuttal. Fans chant for Taker as he speaks. “They say delusion is the final recourse for the damned.” No man can spin a web of lies like a man that has a broken soul. Taker has never seen anyone with a more broken soul than HHH! And last week, HHH came out here to say that Taker had lost all self-respect. But that delusion will be his downfall. There was a time with HHH when he was “wicked, savage, a warrior.”

But nowadays, HHH tends to play “corporate games.” HHH’s battlefield is a boardroom, and his life is “so filled with lies that he can no longer see the truth.” HHH can’t see the fear in his own friend’s eyes, or see his own demise. Taker puts no stock in what someone else thinks. Taker knows that when he faces HHH for the last time, the result will be the same as the first time. “I will put him six feet under, Game Over!” Taker knows HHH will do everything he can to “outrace the reaper”, try to move Heaven and Earth or even enlist HBK again, but that’s fine by Taker. “Let him have his delusion,” but that’s when the Devil is in the details. HBK won’t go to Australia to just sit and watch. He’ll be in HHH’s corner.

But that’s fine, because in Taker’s corner will be his brother, KANE! Everyone knows Taker took HBK’s career, and now he’ll do the same to HHH. But HHH deserves far worse, so not only will Taker take his career, he will take his soul as he puts him down. WWE Super Show Down, with the Brother of Destruction watching his back, Taker will make HHH… “Rest… In… Peace…!” DX and The Brothers of Destruction, in the same area at the same time! Will Taker end HHH once and for all?!

 

Raw went to the Dallas Children’s Hospital in honor of Connor’s Cure.

Courageous Karter, The American Beast, and the 4th Shield Brother were just some of the young superstars fighting the most important fight. The WWE superstars were the ones honored to be alongside them as they made their wrestler entrances.

And now, Bayley and Sasha Banks help lead these stars in their own entrance on TV! Go to connorthecrusher.com to find the ways you can join the fight to stop cancer.

 

Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Dana Brooke!

The Huggable half of the Boss & Hug Connection battles the former statistician to Titus Worldwide, and Raw returns to this match in progress. Dana reverses the wristlock to a headlock, but Bayley powers out. Dana blocks the hip toss, Bayley swings but Dana shows off her agility. They speed things up and Dana runs Bayley over. Dana handsprings into the corner for the big back elbow. She then runs but into a backslide! TWO and they roll sideways. Both Bayley and Dana stand up and fight for control. Dana knees low then knees Bayley again. Dana throws Bayley at buckles, covers, TWO! She drops knees on Bayley’s stomach, covers again, TWO! Dana puts Bayley in body scissors while Sasha worries for her BFF.

Bayley endures while Dallas rallies up for her. Bayley works her way against the hold and makes it a cover, TWO! Dana gets back on Bayley but with a bearhug. Bayley gets to ropes but Dana doesn’t let go. Bayley rolls her up, TWO! Dana runs in but into a back elbow. Dana blocks the boot and puts Bayley on the apron, but gets the second rope hotshot! Sasha rallies the fans for Bayley as she climbs up top. Dana runs in but Bayley jumps over. Dana fireman’s carry but Bayley fights out with elbows. Bayley runs for a BIG knee! Then the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

The best friends celebrate while Dana loses again. If Dana can’t win with support and she can’t win on her own, what is it that’s missing in her calculations?

 

Drake Maverick walks with the Authors of Pain.

But when Rezar goes after a staffer for crossing their path, Maverick manages to call him off. “Save it for the ring.” Rezar listens to the Rockstar Spud, and the AoP move on. Who will face their wrath tonight?

 

The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Gregory James & Barrett Brown!

Akam & Rezar have a new mind behind their might as the 205 Live GM gives them direction. Maverick promises they’ll reach the Raw Tag Team titles soon enough, but will it be sooner rather than later?

James starts with Akam, and gets booted right down! Akam then grabs Brown and throws him in the ring! Tag to Rezar, and they urenage and VADER BOMB Brown! Rezar drags James back up and trash talks in Albanian before lifting James up for a Death Valley Driver in the corner! Tag back to Akam, and we get the SUPER COLLIDER! Cover on James, the AoP win.

Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning

As if there was ever any doubt. Maverick raises the hands of his pair of monsters, will he be smiling even bigger when they raise up the gold?

 

Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin meet in the trainer’s room.

The Show-Off thought Rollins wasn’t going to be here, but now he is? Well yeah but Rollins is in way worse shape after losing the tag title match and falling off the Cell. This is still going to go their way. It better. But then Rollins comes in. Rollins thinks Ziggler wants to back out. No, Ziggler just thought Rollins would do the same. Corbin’s right here, and no one would blame Rollins if he did. That’s true. But that’s not how it’s going. Rollins is ready for this fight. Is Ziggler?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler!

Both the Kingslayer and the Show-Off feel horrible after falling from the side of the Cell and then through the announce desks. However, between Ziggler’s greed and Rollins’ pride, neither man wants to be the one who didn’t show up for this match. Will Ziggler will be holding both belts? Or will Rollins deny him the glory?

The introductions are made, the Intercontinental Championship in white is raised, and we begin. Rollins and Ziggler approach and circle. Fans are on Rollins’ side as he and Ziggler tie up. Ziggler kicks low then puts on a headlock, but Rollins pushes him off. Rollins runs Ziggler over and Ziggler clutches those ribs. Rollins whips him corner to corner to work those ribs more, and then does another whip. Ziggler falls to his knees but reverses the whip, and now Rollisn holds his ribs. Rollins boots Ziggler away, jumps over, but that back tightens up. He still sends Ziggler out, then follows him out the side. Rollins chases Ziggler around but Ziggler gets Rollins with a hotshot. Ziggler then blasts Rollins into barriers! Both men are hurting but Ziggler is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Ziggler toys with Rollins. Rollins gets angrier as Ziggler eggs him on, and he gets the takdown! He throws fast hands, then back elbows Ziggler. Rollins rallies with elbows, even as his back hurts. He whips but Ziggler reverses. Ziggler runs but into a boot! Rollins hops up and hits the blockbuster! It’s double-edged with that bad back, so he can’t make a cover. Both Rollins and Ziggler slowly stir as fans rally up. Ziggler rolls to a corner but Rollins stands up. Rollins runs in for a forearm smash, then runs again, but into a kick. Ziggler runs, but Rollins follows to try a slingblade. Ziggler reverses into a sleeper hold! Rollins fades fast, but fans still rally for him. Rollins gets a second wind and stands up, but Ziggler rakes the eyes!

Ziggler slips out of the back suplex but Rollins denies the Zigzag. Rollins blocks the kick, ripcord for the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!! The Architect shows superhuman resilience given everything he’s been through. Rollins stands up and gets to a corner. He climbs up top, but slowly. Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs up to join Rollins, wants the superplex, but Rollins slips under and trips Ziggler up! Now Ziggler hurts in a different place while Rollins climbs back up. Ziggler sends Rollins away with uppercuts, and adjusts. Rollins gets back up quick, for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and somehow Rollins manages the Falcon Arrow , but Ziggler rolls through! TWO, CURB STOMP!! Rollins crawls to a cover from that bad back, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

These two pushed themselves way past their limits, but it was Rollins who had just enough to finish this off. The Architect rolls on as champion, but will he recover in time for a new challenger?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

Baron Corbin is 100% while Roman isn’t. The Big underdog doesn’t see himself that way. Maybe if it was Lesnar or Strowman tonight, but not with Corbin. The Big Dog is still the Big Dog, which means he’ll still be champion. Will Roman retain even when he’s not 100?

 

The WWE and Raw celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Brie Bella honors her father, Johnathan Garcia, while Andrade “Cien” Almas honors both father and grandfather, as well as his uncles, as he is a third-generation wrestler. Zelina Vega gives respect to Rey Mysterio, who inspired all the smaller wrestlers to dream big. And of course, Eddie Guerrero was a big inspiration to many, especially Sasha Banks. She has honored him in many ways, and hopes she does him justice. Titus O’Neil honors groundbreaking Hispanic athletes, and hopes to follow in their footsteps of inspiring and encouraging all people.

 

Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???

The Baddest Woman on the Planet battled through bad ribs in order to defeat the Goddess, Alexa Bliss. But she isn’t the best because she rests on her laurels. She wants to fight tonight! Fans are happy to see her. Ronda congratulates Alexa Bliss, because that was the best performance Ronda’s seen from her. Ronda didn’t think Alexa would be the one to push her to her limits. And Ronda thanks Alexa, because Ronda’s more of a champion than she thought she could be. That’s what she wants to be: the best champion we’ve ever seen! Like Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or even Ric Flair! Therefore, she issues her first ever open challenge! So whoever has the “gumption” to come at her, come out now!

The woman to answer this call is… NATALYA! Ronda’s own friend and training partner wants to test the champ, but where is she? The music hit, but Natty doesn’t walk out. Because the Riott Squad drags her out! Ruby, Sarah and Liv took Natty out, and say this is on Ronda. “What we did to Natty is really your fault.” Because they’re shutting the Open Challenge down. Ronda glares at them as they walk down the ring. The Squad doesn’t dislike Ronda, but they don’t like her either. The one answering this challenge is Ruby herself! Ronda is ready, and she rocks Ruby with a right! Sarah gets in, she gets a right. Liv gets in but she gets thrown around!

Ruby returns but Ronda has hands for hr. Sarah knees the bad ribs, shouting “Who do you think you are?” Ronda pries her way free and throws Sarah! But then Ruby SPEARS Ronda! The Squad stomps and drags Ronda to a corner to stomp a mudhole into her. But here come the Bellas! Nikki & Brie have had issue with the Squad, and won’t let them get away with this tonight. Super Show Down comes early as the six women brawl! Liv and Sarah are thrown out by the Bella twins, and Ronda gives Ruby the Rowdy Slam! The Squad regroups and will have to do this fair and square in Melbourne.

 

Baron Corbin prepares himself.

But Braun Strowman walks over. The Monster doesn’t get why Corbin gave himself a match, but Corbin better win. Because Corbin sucks and Strowman can KILL him! The Lone Wolf does his best not to be intimidated, but is Corbin biting off more than he can chew?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter is in Dallas, playing a tune on his guitar. Dallas likes it, it was actually pretty good this time. But as always, the question is “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Dallas sounds up for it. Elias knows how bad this show can be before he shows up. If he had it his way, it’d be three hours of just himself. But every time he comes out, he gets interrupted, no matter who it is. From Trish Stratus to Mick Foley, it all boils down to jealousy. Everyone wants to be part of what Elias does because everything Elias does is special. And they all learn that WWE really means “Walk With Elias!”

Elias knows he has Bobby Lashley in a match. Lashley looks great, has all the tools and resources, but he constantly disappoints. Lashley never wins when it matters. He’s like the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas definitely boos Elias there. Elias sees the fans, they’re proud to advertise failure, “I just don’t get it.” But what won’t disappoint is Elias’ song. So please, silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths. Wait, Lio Rush interrupts first! That’s because the Man of the Hour is the Manager of the Hour for the Dominator. Lio sees a rockstar in the ring, yes, but what’s sad is that instead of giving people what they want, Elias sings the same sad tired diss track. It’s embarrassing. Hold on, whose kid is this? Who let their kid run onto the ramp and run his mouth?

Very funny, Elias acts like he doesn’t know who Lio is. But he’ll reintroduce himself. He is the 23 year old piece of gold, Lio Rush. So? Elias is singing. Security can take Lio to lost & found for his parents to pick him up. Yes, that’s a good one, too. But the big man said Elias has jokes. Or no, Elias is a joke. Whichever it is, Lashley also has some unfinished business with him. Lashley was mad about Kevin Owens, but just wait what he does to Elias. Lio makes the introductions of Lashley, and we have our match!

Bobby Lashley VS Elias!

Another interruption for Elias, but will Lashley also give him the beating Lashley owes the Prizefighter?

Raw returns as Elias has Lashley in a headlock. He grinds Lashley to the mat while Lio Rush is on commentary. The MOTH confirms he is the manager for Lashley, and it all started over a smoothie. They both like smoothies, got to talking, and here they are. Lashley powers up and out of the headlock as fans rally, but Eilas knees and chops him back. Elias whips Lashley but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up and over, then dodges, but runs into a back kick. Lahsley runs and clubs Elias to then clothesline him down. Fans fire up with Lashley as he runs in for the big shoulder tackle. Lashley brings Elias out, but Elias reverses to forearm him back. Elias runs, but Lashley leaps over to powerslam! Cover, TWO!

Lashley takes aim at Elias, runs out, but Elias sends him into a corner. He elbows Elias back, then climbs up! Lashley leaps but into the knee! Both men are down, but here comes Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter has heard what Lio was saying just a moment ago, and chases him down. But Lio is fast, so he gets away to ringside. He even dodges Elias! Lio jumps over from the apron, then slips out to enziguri!

Winner: Elias, by disqualification

This costs the Manager of the Hour’s client the match, but now Kevin pounces on Lio himself! Kevin wants to bomb Lio but Lashley saves him! Then he hits Kevin! Lashley uses Lio as a weapon, and sends him at both Kevin and Elias! Lio is hosted up onto Lashley’s shoulders, and the two dare Kevin and Elias to return. They don’t, but they’ll meet Lashley and JOHN CENA at Super Show Down. Will the Dominator and the 16-time world champion shut both Kevin and Elias up once and for all?

 

Alexa Bliss and friends speak.

The Goddess refocuses herself. They’re all future Hall of Fame candidates, so time to elevate themselves in tag team action. Ember Moon can find herself a partner, if that’s even possible, and meet Alicia Fox & Mickie James in the ring. It’ll be sad when she doesn’t, though, because not everyone can be friends like these three. Will the War Goddess surprise the sass Goddess up next?

 

Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss VS Ember Moon & ???

Texas’ own Prophecy of Flame was challenged to find someone to team with for this match, anyone at all. But there aren’t many choices open to her, so who did she get? The Irresistible Force, NIA JAX!! Alexa Bliss knows all too well what facing this brutal beauty means. Alicia and Mickie each want to switch out to put Alexa in, but there’s no chance of that. Will the veteran duo find themselves Eclipsed tonight?

The bell rings and Nia starts. Neither Mickie nor Alicia want to, and want Ember first. Nia tags in Ember, so Alicia finally enters the ring. Alicia and Ember tie up and go around, Alicia arm-drags and runs Ember over. Alicia dances but Ember kips up to rock her with a right! Ember kicks and covers, ONE. Ember keeps on Alicia with a wristlock, then brings her over towards the corner. Alicia hits back and whips Ember hard into her corner. Tag to Mickie, and they both throw Ember down by her hair. Mickie runs and boots Ember, covers, ONE! Mickie keeps on Ember but Ember fights back. But Mickie knees an dwhips, only for Ember to tilt-o-whirl ehadscissor and dropkick! Mickie, Alicia and Alexa regrop, but Ember DIVES! Ember hits the former champoins and has Dallas fired up!

Ember drags Mickie back in but ALexa and Alicia are lurking. ALicia shoves Ember off the top, and Mickie kicks her in the ribs. Cover, TWO! Nia coaches Ember up but Alicia tags ni. The mean girls mug Ember, then Ailcia snapmares Ember into a chinock. Fans rally up and Ember feeds off the energy. Alicia throws her down, then tags in Mickie. Mickie kicks Ember, and says it’s good. She bows and covers, TWO but barely. Mickie grows frustrated but she puts Ember back in the chinlock. Fans rally up again as Ember fights up and out. Mickie knees low, then whips. Ember flips through the hip toss to arm-drag Mickie down. Mickie stays between her and Nia to then knee Ember down. Mickie taunts Nia while tagging in Alicia.

Alicia and Mikcie continue to mug Ember, then Alicia runs to boot Ember down. Alexa likes what she sees as Alicia covers, TWO! Alicia covers again, TWO! Fans rally up once more as Alicia brings Ember around. Ember slips out of the suplex, then ducks to tag in Nia! Nia rallies on Alicia with big shoulders and a powerslam into Mickie! Nia throws her shoulder in then throws Alicia out! Corner splash, and another toss! Fans fire up as Nia runs in, but she runs into an elbw. Alicia sunset flips but Nia is just too strong. She headbutts Alicia down then runs her over again. Cover, but Mickie breaks it. Nia grabs Mickie by the neck, and Micke begs for mercy. Mickie breaks free, to get an ECLIPSE! Alicia runs in and kicks Nia. Alicia runs, but into the Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia & Ember win!

Winners: Ember Moon & Nia Jax, Nia pinning

The #Shenom and Nia are victorious, and Nia herself won the #SeeHER award. Will Nia continue to claim awards now that she’s back?

 

Baron Corbin talks with a referee.

While the Constable is the ref’s boss and controls his fate, he should still be fair in tonight’s match. Yes, Mr. Corbin. Please, call him “Acting General Manager of Raw.” He means it. The referee addresses him as such, and is dismissed. It’s almost time, will the Lone Wolf become Acting Universal Champion before this is over?

 

WWE and Raw wish those hit by Hurricane Florence well.

For those wishing to do more, go to the Red Cross website to donate and help the recovery and those who were hit hardest.

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!

The Big Dog went through Hell and then some on Sunday. He had to face the Monster Among Men, then was surprised by The Beast. And now, he’s a battered and vulnerable “little puppy” in the eyes of the Lone Wolf. Can the acting GM take advantage of both situation and authority to take that title for his own? Or will this still be Roman’s Yard?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Corbin and Roman tie up and Corbin throws hands. Cover, ONE, but Corbin elbows Roman down again. Cover, TWO, but Corbin keeps on Roman. He gets a roll up, TWO! Corbin throws hands and Roman is rocked against the ropes. Corbin goes for another but Roman dodges to clothesline Corbin out! Roman sees Corbin floundering, and he comes around the side, to hit the Drive-By Dropkick! Roman puts Corbin back in, and runs in at the corner. Corbin dodges and sends Roman into the post! Corbin runs in but misses. He slides out then back in to clobber Roman! Cover, TWO! The Big Dog survives while we go to break.

Raw returns once more, and Corbin has Roman in the half-nelson chinbar. Roman endures while fans are rowdy both ways. Fans build to a rally and Roman gets up. Roman fights out with big rights, then runs, but into the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Corbin can’t believe he didn’t finish Roman off. Corbin mocks Roman’s flexing, then looms over him. He drops an elbow into Roman’s shoulder, then puts Roman back in the half-nelson. Fans rally again as Corbin leans on Roman. Roman endures, but Corbin thrashes him around. Roman gets a second wind and fires up. He works his way to his feet, pries his way out, and uppercuts Corbin! Corbin comes back but Roman dodges to rally with lariats! Roman whips but Corbin reverses, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat!

Fans fire up as Roman has Corbin in a corner for the close-range clotheslines! Roman gets all 10, then runs for the boot! Corbin flounders while Roman hears the fans cheering and jeering. Roman locks and loads but Corbin bails out. Roman walks over but Corbin uppercuts him back. Corbin returns, but runs into the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman catches his breath and keeps his focus. He still has something left. Fans fire up again as Roman reloads. But Corbin again bails out. Roman follows him out, for the leaping SUPERMAN PUNCH! He puts Corbin back in quick, lets out the howl, but Corbin again bails out. Roman won’t let him get away, he goes out and picks up speed… only for Corbin to throw a chair into him! The referee argues with Corbin, that’s against the rules! The bell rings, this match is over!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by disqualification; still WWE Univesral Champion

The Lone Wolf forget he still has to follow the rules, and now he has lost the match! But wait, he remembers that he’s also the boss. Corbin orders we restart under NO Disqualifications!

WWE Universal Championship No Disqualifications: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!

The Constable abuses his powers, again! He stalks Roman as the bell rings again, and puts him in the ring. Corbin grabs that chair he threw, and brings it into the ring. He aims at Roman, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES him down! Cover, TWO!! Corbin shocks Roman, Roman thought he’d put this away. However, because Corbin made this a No DQ match, that means Roman can do what he wants, too! Roman grabs the chair, but here comes BRAUN! The leader of the pack gets Roman’s attention, but he’s not the one in the match! Corbin pounces from behind, and both men are down. Strowman enters the ring!

The referee wants Strowman to stay out of it, but Strowman ignores him. Strowman headbutts Roman, then hits a big corner splash! He keeps going, and hits another splash! Strowman roars while Roman staggers, but Roman slips out of the slam to then dodge Strowman, Stormwan hits the post! Corbin pounces again, and throws Roman into the corner. Corbin runs, slides out, slides in, but Roman dodges to DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! He was so close, but Corbin is still NOT champion. But here come Ziggler & McIntyre! The Pack is all here now, and they coach up their leader. But that just means Ambrose & Rollins come out! The Shield and The Pack brawl on the outside! Ambrose throws McIntyre while Rollins throws Ziggler! SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman to Strowman!

The Shield regroup in the ring, but the match is still on, isn’t it? Ambrose & Rollins DOUBLE DIVE! They take out the entire Pack! But wait, Corbin is lurking while Roman sees Strowman getting up. Roman takes aim, builds speed, but runs into Corbin’s forearm! Corbin gets back in, but gets a SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion

The Shield stansd tall as Roman survives a stacked deck. Corbin couldn’t abuse his power and The Pack couldn’t put him down. The six of them will meet in Super Show Down, will that finally settle this battle?

 


 

My Thoughts:

All things considered, this Raw was actually rather good, same as Hell in a Cell. Obviously Roman and Strowman both want at Lesnar, and they’ll both get Lesnar at the second Saudi Arabia PPV of the year, WWE Crown Jewel. While this is a very big match, I highly doubt Roman loses there, same as how he didn’t win at the Greatest Royal Rumble PPV back in May. This title won’t change hands, because while Heyman’s great promo about the direct relationship of worth in one company translates to the other makes sense, Lesnar still has his fight with Cormier to worry about. The worth Heyman actually speaks of is the hype and paycheck Lesnar is getting for both, because both this second Saudi PPV and the UFC PPV will make for millions upon millions of dollars for Lesnar.

Ambrose VS McIntyre was a great opening match, and his win along with Corbin setting up Rollins VS Ziggler establishes that “The Dogs of War” are at least in power as far as authority. Of course, Corbin isn’t exactly part of the pack in Strowman’s eyes, as he puts it out there that he’d rather have Corbin to beat up on than Roman. Rollins VS Ziggler tonight was great considering the double table spot they had on Sunday. With Ziggler out of the way but Rollins in this story, it might be some time before Rollins loses the Intercontinental Championship. Hopefully once things clear up, Rollins can give us more of those open challenges.

Speaking of open challenges, I like that Ronda wants to be one of those kinds of fighting champions, but it should’ve been clear she wouldn’t defend the title tonight. I did like that Natalya meant to challenge, it made me think this was the night the turn finally happens, but no it was just Raw plugging Super Show Down’s Six Woman Tag. That match will be okay, because the Squad will be carrying the Bellas in it, and I expect the Faces to win. Then it’ll turn into Nikki Bella asking Ronda to give her one more shot at the title, which will bring us to WWE Evolution later in October. As I said in my HiaC article, Ronda is likely going to retain through the Royal Rumble, she’s doing that well.

The Authors of Pain destroy their opponents again tonight, and just like with Rollins and the IC titles, once things clear up for McIntyre & Ziggler as tag champions, maybe AoP make a slight shift so that they aren’t part of the Pack and they give us a great match at Crown Jewel or something. Great to see Lio Rush get in on the action more or less. He is so talented on the mic and in the ring, it’s great for a TV audience to finally see him do some stuff. Lio being the Cruiserweight that unlocks the Division would be great, he and Lashley could make a great team as more than just client and manager. Lashley & Cena VS Kevin & Elias at Super Show Down will be fun, but I wonder if even Cena can stop Kevin from using that blank check Corbin gave him.

Great to see Nia is back, it makes sense she’d side with Ember against Alexa and her team. Ember and Nia being thrown into the potential Women’s Tag Division would be pretty fun, they’re another combination of strength and speed like the Ziggler-McIntyre or Lio-Lashley duos. We know from Bayley & Sasha being given an official name, they’re likely getting whatever Women’s Tag Titles are created first, but I’d love to see Ember & Nia get them after.

And while it was clear Corbin wasn’t going to get the title, they did a good enough job making you wonder if his abuse of power would lead to it. Given Corbin’s story with Finn, I almost thought he’d come out to help even things, but that would’ve probably made The Shield look weak that they’d need an extra man. But I wonder if we’ll still get an Eight Man Tag of Corbin & The Pack VS Finn & The Shield, maybe throw Lashley & Kevin into it for a Survivor Series Raw Civil War.

My Score: 8.3/10


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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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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.

NEWS

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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