It’s the Raw After Super Show-Down! Degeneration X promise to respond to the actions of the Brothers of Destruction after the #LastTimeEver No DQ match!!
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Kevin Owens; Lashley wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad; Rousey & The Bellas win.
- Finn Balor & Bayley VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox; Finn & Bayley win.
- “Acting General Manager Baron Corbin’s Global Battle Royal: El Conquistador/Kurt Angle wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Ember Moon VS Nia Jax; Ember wins.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension; Roode & Gable win.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Pack wins.
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Triple H returns to Raw!
And he’s not here as the COO but as The Game! But he’s not alone, he has the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, with him! HHH & HBK stand in the ring together and Chicago goes wild for having them both back. “Twenty-five years is a long time to climb a mountain,” HHH says. “But you climb that mountain because it’s the biggest, baddest, deadliest mountain in the world.” You climb step by step, inch by inch, year after year up that mountain! HHH & HBK should be on top of the world after Super Show Down because they made it to the summit. But then an avalanche came and makes them both wonder if that mountain was just a lie. We relive Super Show Down with an epic recap video.
It was the Last Time Ever, and in NO DISQUALIFICATION thanks to HHH pulling some strings. The Game and the Dead Man went toe to toe while HBK and Kane watched. It got brutal, it got rough, and it got personal as HBK and Kane would even get involved in their own ways. But in the end, The Game conquered death. All seemed right with the world as all four living legends celebrated together. But in reality, it was not alright with Taker, as he and the Big Red Machine would beat down and decimate Degeneration X!
We return to the present as HHH says “Respect is a word that’s lost its significance as of late.” Respect is not something DX gives very easily. It takes a lot to earn their respect, like when a hero takes you under their wing because they see something special in you and make you into something more. Or like when you spend an entire career fighting everyone and everything together. Or when you stick to your word, even when everyone tells you not to or wants you to go against it. Obviously HHH speaks of HBK. HBK himself speaks now, saying that you sometimes respect what someone once was. But then you realize respect isn’t always a two-way street.
Those who made the flight like HBK did, you know it is “a long friggin flight.” It was a long time for HBK to think about that beating. HBK thought about the last eight “long years” that he sat by and honored his word out of respect that never actually existed! When he touched down in Chicago, HBK was gonna leave but HHH stopped him and said the three words HBK never thought he’d hear again: “Are you ready?” HHH says them now. But that isn’t directed to HBK anymore, it’s aimed at the Brothers of Destruction!! Crown Jewel, ARE YOU READY!? Because Degeneration X is! Taker, Kane, HBK says this with absolutely NO respect: “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya.” SUCK IT! Is the WWE Universe ready for this?! Or will DX soon Rest In Peace?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Kevin Owens!
The Heavyweight that’s back to Dominate managed to do just that with the Franchise, JOHN CENA, by his side at Super Show Down. But now he goes it alone with his Manager of the Hour in his corner against the Prizefighter. Will this grudge finally end? Or will Kevin get even with Lashley by any means necessary?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Lashley shoves Kevin down. Kevin goes to a corner to compose himself. He and Lashley circle and tie up again, but Lashley again shoves him down. Kevin bails out while Lio laughs at him on the mic. “He’s not ready, he’s never ready.” Lio coaches Lashley up while Kevin returns. They tie up and Kevin gets a waistlock. Kevin slaps Lashley’s head a bit before putting on the headlock. Lashley powers out then runs him over with a shoulder. Lio talks up the muscles while Lashley flexes. Lashley throws hands on Kevin then bumps him off buckles. Lashley throws more hands then whips Kevin. He runs in corner to corner but Kevin dodges. Lashley stops himself, Kevin keeps moving but Lashley leaps up over him.
Kevin dumps Lashley out on the return, but Lashley leaps right up to the apron! Kevin punches Lashley back down, then builds speed! Lashley moves but Kevin simply slows down and exits the ring. Lashley turns around to get a sucker punch from Kevin! Kevin taunts Lio but Lio is more concerned with why fans cheer for Kevin. Kevin turns around and gets a lariat from Lashley! Lio says he knew Kevin wasn’t going to suicide dive. He then talks up Lashley more as he starts a chant. Fans boo Lio and Lashley instead, but Kevin clotheslines Lashley back out of the ring. Kevin slingshots to the apron, jumps the swipe then mule kicks Lashley. Kevin slingshots back into then run and FLY out! Chicago is on KO’s side just for that alone.
Kevin taunts Lio while Lio coaches up “Big Man” Lashley. Lashley stands but Kevin comes out to throw punches. They brawl now but Lashley gets the edge. Lashley brings Kevin around the side then whips him into barriers. Lashley runs in but Kevin dodges, sending Lashley into barriers! Kevin has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Lashley has Kevin in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Kevin while he endures, and Kevin feeds off that energy. Lio coaches Lashley but Kevin elbows. Lashley shifts but Kevin continues to fight out. Kevin elbows Lashley from the corner while Lio starts up a chant again. Lashley misses in the corner but Kevin chases Lio around the outside! Lio tells Kevin to leave him alone, focus on Lashley. But the chase is on! Kevin catches up but Lashley saves Lio. Lashley whips Kevin hard into steel steps! Lio says that’s what Kevin gets for touching the Man of the Hour. Lashley brings Kevin up to whip him into barriers! Lashley drags Kevin up but Chicago boos. Lio ignores it as he chants for his client.
Lashley puts Kevin in the ring and then a corner. He throws forearms but Chicago wants Kevin to “Fight Owens Fight!” Lashley whips Kevin corner to corner and hits a big clothesline. Lio wants another, and Lashley runs in for the big shoulder. Lashley grins as he brings Kevin out. Kevin reverses the suplex to fight back with furious forearms! Kevin runs, but into the SPINEBUSTER! Lio loves it! Lashley flexes, then drags Kevin up. Lashley lifts Kevin for the Vertigo Suplex! Lio says “Not a chance!” as Lashley covers. TWO!! Chicago cheers for Kevin but Lio still chants for Lashley. Lashley looms over Kevin, brings him up for a full nelson and thrashes him around. Lio says “Make him pay, make him suffer!”
But Kevin stomps on Lashley’s feet, then pries at the fingers. Kevin frees himself and then SUPERKICKS Lashley! Then a stunner! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Lio is relieved. Lio continues to coach Lashley but Chicago is still on Kevin’s side as he climbs up. Fans anticipate what’s coming and so does Lio. Lio distracts and Lashley trips Kevin up. Kevin is caught in a Tree of Woe situation, and Lashley boots the bad leg! Kevin staggers around but Lashley sweeps the legs with another big kick. Lashley then drags Kevin up to finish him with the Dominator! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
Lashley and Lio are proving lethal on Raw, but will this change in attitude be what they need to make it to the top?
One thing is clear, Lashley isn’t done with Kevin! He goes after the bad leg, then swings it into the post! Lashley is ruthless but Lio feels that’s not enough. Lashley scares the refs off before going after the other leg with the post! Then Lashley leaps up onto the apron to soak it all in. The Big Man and his 23 year old piece of gold manager are looking to make a statement. Is the message received by Constable Baron Corbin in the back?
WWE announces the Crown Jewel World Cup!
It will be a one-day tournament during the special event in Saudi Arabia with eight male superstars, four from Raw and four from SmackDown. The winner will be crowned the very best in the WWE. The qualifiers begin now, but one man is already in just on his resume. It’s none other than JOHN CENA! One of the most decorated in WWE History is of course a 16-time world champion, and has always been about the big matches. Will Cena be ready for the other seven men in this tournament? Will he truly be crowned THE best?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor & Bayley.
Team B’n’B have a rematch of sorts with #Mahalicia. These two are working great together, but do they think Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox can finally get on the same page? Same page? They’re not even on the same planet! Mahal and Alicia are great individuals, but when they’re together, they argue over who is in charge. B’n’B are like two peas in a pod, PB&J, Batman & Robin. Which one is Batman? They can both be Batman. But then Lio & Lashley come by, still feeling good about their own win. Did you all see what Lashley did out there? This is the real scoop right here. Bayley speaks up, this was their time. But why are they talking about hugs? Lashley just ripped Kevin apart. B’n’B huh? Bayley & Balor, Balor & Bayley, but with Lio’s words and Lashley’s muscles, that is too sweet. Have L’n’L just made enemies of B’n’B?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter has come to Chicago and he plays another little tune. When these legends speak of WWE, they speak about Elias. When HHH, Taker, Kane & HBK speak of WWE, they mean Elias. They may not admit it, but one man who knows the truth is John Cena. Chicago doesn’t like Cena, but Cena knows what we all know, WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Elias is willing to admit when he’s wrong, but that match in Australia was not his fault. He has a song, so please silence phones and hold applause, but most importantly, shut your mouths.
Elias begins, and sings “Lost in Australia, but honestly it wasn’t fair. I was distracted by so many things, most of all, John Cena’s hair.” When Elias heard the accents, he almost refused to do the show. But when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, he’s in Chicago. The food was so gross, he almost caught a disease. But Elias feels better because the Cubs won’t be in the World Series. Fans boo but Elias just sits and waits it out. But he’s interrupted by Ronda Rousey! Chicago loves Ronda, and loves that she’s up next!
Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad!
Super Show Down wasn’t enough for Ruby, Liv & Sarah, they want to try again in the States. Can they get revenge for the loss down under in the Windy City?
The Squad is ready to go already, as are Ronda, Nikki & Brie. The ref keeps the peace and the teams sort out. Brie and Liv start, and everyone knows there’s bad blood from last Raw. Liv and Brie circle, but then Liv gets face to face to boop and SLAP her! Brie hits back, but Liv ducks the Yes Kick to get some hands on Brie! Chicago goes wild as the two scrap on the mat and fall out of the ring! The ref tries to restore order again, but it’s Sarah & Ruby that get rabid little Liv off Brie. Nikki and Ronda bring Brie away, too, and things cool off.
Sarah tags in and so does Ronda. Sarah wants her own payback but Ronda gives her knees instead! Ronda whips but Sarah reverses. Sarah misses but Ronda gets her in a judo flip! Sarah bails out but Ronda scares Ruby and Liv off. The Squad regroups while we go to break.
Raw returns and Ruby has Nikki down. Ruby drags Nikki up and whips, but Nikki reverses to reel Ruby in for a spinebuster! Nikki and Ruby are down, but crawling. Fans rally up as Nikki rallies on Ruby with big clotheslines. She dropkicks Ruby, too, then runs in corner to corner. Big clothesline and then the Fearless enziguri! Cover, TWO! Nikki drags Ruby over and tags Brie. The Bellas work to double code breaker Ruby down. Ruby gets to ropes, so Brie Mode activates! Brie runs but the Squad bails Ruby out. Ruby then drags Brie out for the STO! The Squad backs off and Ruby puts Brie back in. Cover, TWO! Ruby keeps on Brie by bringing her over for a buckle bump. Tag to Liv and Liv gets to stomp a mudhole on Brie. She backs off to then tag Sarah, and Sarah drags Brie up.
Sarah snapmares Brie into a cobra clutch. Fans rally and Brie stands up. Brie fights out and arm-drags Sarah off. Sarah tackles Brie down from the side! Sarah drags Brie up and whips, for a hip toss. The country viking howls then rams a knee into Brie! Cover, TWO! Sarah tags in Liv and holds her for Liv’s enziguri! Cover, TWO! Liv drags Brie over and tags in Ruby. Liv holds Brie for Ruby’s roundhouse. Cover, TWO! Ruby puts Brie in a cravat, but Nikki and Ronda rally with the afns. Brie powers her way to her corner but Ruby knees her and then hits Nikki for good measure. Ruby taunts Ronda but the Squad gets away with sucker stomps. Brie fights up then climbs up for a missile dropkick! Ruby and Brie are down but stirring. Ronda wants in, Brie gets the tag!
Ronda rallies on the Squad, but Ruby rolls her up! TWO!! Ruby brings Ronda up but Ronda monkey flips her away. Ronda fires up and throws those hands! She drags Ruby up for knees, then rolls her out for the ROWDY SLAM! But she doesn’t cover, she puts on the ARMBAR! The Bellas intercept the Squad, Ruby taps! Ronda & The Bellas win again!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins, Ronda by submission
That’s twice this trio wins over the Riott Squad! They all celebrate together again, but then The Bellas attack Ronda! The Bellas are truly back as they stomp a mudhole into Ronda. Brie drags Ronda up but gets thrown down! Ronda glares at Nikki, who started this. Nikki throws a punch but Ronda throws her! The Baddest Woman on the Planet won’t show mercy but Brie pushes her into a post to save her twin. Referees rush in but the attack is still on with more stomps.
But then Ronda grabs Brie by the throat! Nikki saves Brie and then they both shove Ronda into steel steps! Nikki throws Ronda down by her hair, then into the barriers! The Bellas still aren’t done, they drag Ronda to the LED apron and into the ring. Ronda is all but dead weight as The Bellas stand over her like fallen prey. The Bellas show no mercy, but will they come to regret this betrayal?
Finn Balor & Bayley VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox!
It’s a Mixed Match Challenge rematch as once again, the Extraordinary & Huggable take on the Modern Day Maharaja and Ms. Crazy like a Fox! Will B’n’B continue their clean sweep of #Mahalicia? Or will the Windy City bring winds of change for the winless?
The bell rings and the men start. Finn and Mahal tie up but Mahal quickly scoops and slams Finn. Cover, ONE, but Mahal puts Finn in a headlock. Finn fights up but Mahal drags him down. Bayley rallies the fans for Finn and Finn powers up again. Mahal drags Finn back down, though, not letting things go the way they did last week. Finn keeps fighting and powers out, only for Mahal to sunset flip. Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal! Mahal rolls away to tag Alicia. Bayley comes in automatically and Finn gives her dropkick to Alicia a boost! Then they hit Mahal, and then Finn helps Bayley throw Mahal with headscissors! B’n’B are in charge and #Mahalicia are furious while we go to break.
Raw returns and Alicia has Bayley in a facelock. She shifts to a chinlock and thrashes Bayley around. Alicia throws Bayley down by her hair, then stomps her hands. Alicia stomps Bayley’s feet, too, then throws in a forearm. Mahal applauds the “Captain” while she covers, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a waistlock, but Bayley fights out as fans rally. Bayley reaches but Alicia brings her around by her hair. Bayley uses that momentum to throw Alicia out! Alicia hurries back in but Bayley tosses her back out! Tag to Finn! Finn rallies on Mahal, whips but Mahal reverses only to get forearms. Finn gets the takedown and double stomps!
Fans fire up as Finn runs in for the chop. Finn whips but Mahal reverses, only for Finn to go up and over. Finn runs nito a boot, but he swing kicks Mahal off the top. Slingblade is countered but Finn still gets around for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, but Alicia breaks it. Bayley returns but Alicia dodges, Sunil takes the hit! Alicia tosses Bayley out but Bayley drags Alicia out. Finn dodges Mahal and swing kicks him down. Mahal’s in the drop zone, Finn clibs up, and Chicago stansd for teh Coup de Grace! Cover, B’n’B win again!
Winners: Finn Balor & Bayley, Finn pinning
The Extraordinary & Huggable continue their roll, but will that roll come to a screeching halt when they face The Monster & the Moon tomorrow night? Or can they avoid the Eclipse and stay undefeated?
The Pack meets backstage.
They had one little slip up in Australia, but tonight they’ll do it. Ziggler wants the Monster to smash, and he wants McIntyre to be the terminator. But McIntyre knows what to do. He doesn’t like Ziggler calling the shots. He reminds Ziggler that he was the one to get pinned. Instead of worrying about them, Ziggler should worry about pulling his own weight. Ziggler sees what this is, but then Strowman tells them to both shut up! They need to remember why they’re here: to watch Strowman’s back so that HE can win the Universal Championship. Then they all win. They’ll put the Shield down for good, no excuses! Will the dogs of war succeed where they failed before?
Baron Corbin encounters Heath Slater.
The One Man Band wants his shot at the World Cup, by representing West Virginia in tonight’s Global Battle Royal. Corbin likes the initiative, everyone wants in on that. But the problem is, Slater’s no good. Slater is left out in the cold as the road to Crown Jewel heats up.
“Acting General Manager Baron Corbin’s Global Battle Royal!
Stephanie McMahon’s personally appointed Constable wants to make a good impression on the road to the first ever WWE World Cup Tournament. We already know THE John Cena will be part of this event, but who from this international line-up will be the first man from Raw to join him?
Corbin himself comes out to assess the best(?) from around the world. He says Crown Jewel will be historic, but the World Cup will be the biggest thing of all. Eight men, one tournament, and only one best in the world today. But to prove that he deserves to be in it and is the best, Corbin enters this battle royal himself. He knows it won’t be easy, he has the most “star-studded” competition possible. Just look at them! So much talent in one ring, it’s crazy. It’s like if the Avengers and the Justice League combined forces. The fans surely all know these men but he’ll introduce them himself.
From Russia, Gregor “The Sickle” Valkin! Representing Egypt, The Sultan of Shwarma! From Mexico, El Hombre Sin Nombre! Representing Poland, Stanislav the Squeezer! From Chile, The Cruel, The Cunning, Chilean Sea Bass! Representing Antarctica, Dr. Winston Borhees! From Belgium, Franz the Belgian Waffle! Representing Spain, the Conquistador! And last but not least, an amazing get, the Bronze Claw master, Thunder Montgomery of Luxembourg! Of course, Corbin represents America. The bell rings and it suddenly becomes US VS the World as they all surround Corbin! The Lone Wolf finds himself in a beat down! They put him in a corner and go to put him out! Corbin manages to power out, while Conquistador just rests on the outside. Corbin throws out the Waffle and then clotheslines out The Sickle.
Shwarma, Sin Nombre and Thunder go after Corbin but Corbin fights them off. Corbin finds himself outnumbered but he throws out the doctor and El Hombre. Sea Bass and The Squeezer put up a fight but Corbin throws the Chilean out first. Shwarma thins he has COrbin but is slammed out, then Corbon tosses the Squeezer. But wait, the Bronze Claw might do it! He uses the claw grip but Corbin punches out and throws Thunder out. Corbin thinks he won, but Conquistador was never eliminated! When Conquistador realizes this, he is a bit tentative. Corbin chases him, but then he runs into a German Suplex! And another! And another! Wait, a trio of suplexes? The Conquistador hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! Then he clotheslines Corbin out!
Winner: The Conquistador; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
Corbin is shocked, how did he lose to the Golden Gladiator of Spain!? It’s because it’s KURT ANGLE!! Kurt Angle returns from “vacation” and now competes at Crown Jewel! It’s true, it’s damn true!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle.
First, congratulations on qualifying for the WWE World Cup, but what a great surprise! Welcome back! Well, Angle’s technically still on vacation. In which case, Angle takes his leave. We likely won’t see Angle again until Crown Jewel, can he go all the way in the tournament to be crowned THE best in WWE today?
Ember Moon VS Nia Jax!
While the Prophecy of Flame and Irresistible Force are now friends, that doesn’t mean they can’t compete against each other. Will Ember Eclipse Nia? Or will Nia bring down the Moon?
The bell rings and the two friends circle. They shake hands to show they still respect each other. Ember ducks and gets a headlock but Nia powers out. Nia hip tosses but Ember lands on her feet. Ember tries to arm-drag but Nia is too strong for that. Nia swats Ember to a corner in stead. Ember dodges the corner splash to kick away. She rocks Nia with an enziguri but Nia stays standing. Ember runs but her crossbody is swatted down, too! Ember backs off with frustration but Nia is waiting. Nia runs in and squashes Ember, then tosses her by her fiery hair! Nia looms over Ember, then brings her up. Ember slips around to a sleeper hold!
Nia throws her right off, then blocks the punch to whip. She pops Ember up but Ember headscissors Nia down. Ember dropkicks Nia out, then builds speed to DIVE! But she bounces off of Nia with no effect. Ember isn’t okay with that, but then Nia yanks her back out of the ring to send her down. Nia drags Ember back up and in a fireman’s carry, for a trophy lift. Ember escapes and throws a heavy right. Nia tosses Ember but they’re forgetting the ring count. Nia runs in but misses, hitting the LED instead! Ember gets in, Nia gets counted out!
Winner: Ember Moon, by count out
The War Goddess barely beat her new buddy, but a win is a win. Nia returns into the ring, and hugs Ember to show they’re still friends. Will this big win for the #Shenom help her get closer to the title?
Trish Stratus returns to Raw!
Chicago loves having the Hall of Fame and seven-time women’s champion back, but she knows that history is being made with the first ever All Women’s PPV, WWE Evolution. And Trish wants to talk about her opponent for that event, Alexa Bliss. In last week’s Moment of Bliss, Alexa gave us a Moment of BS. Trish wants to enlighten the “brat” with a Moment of Stratusfaction. However, that very bratty Goddess appears! And of course, she brings Mickie James along with her. Really? A Moment of Stratusfaction? How creative. But no one but these “dullards” will care. Alexa’s the one who “came up short” in math, though obviously that’s not the only pace. Oh wow, short jokes. But Alexa gets it, Trish is the legend showing the younger star how it’s done.
But to put insults aside, Alexa really is star struck having this match with Trish. Trish is a seven-time champion and Alexa watched her in her prime. Alexa can finally tell her face to face, “You sucked.” Like, really. Trish is lucky Alexa wasn’t around back then, because she wouldn’t be anything she is. Trish would’ve ended up in Alexa’s shadow! Well if she wants to prove that, let’s just do this here! Trish is ready, Alexa is ready, but then Mickie steps between them. Chicago doesn’t deserve to see this. And Mickie knows Trish knows nothing good ever happens in Chicago. Yes, Mickie, protect your little bestie. But since she knows what it’s like, tell Alexa what it’s like to face Trish. Then tell her Trish will “take care a bidness” just like that. They’ll get to see what an HoF level beat down feels like.
Mickie says she’d love to see what that’s like. In fact, maybe at Evolution, they could team up. A tag team match? Is that what Mickie is asking for? Well Trish would need a partner… But who? This is an extremely tough choice. But what about… LITA!! Yet another Hall of Fame women’s champion is here, and she actually joins her rival. They end up brawling but also sending Alexa running. Mickie has Trish but Lita turns her around for a BIG right hand. Then the Chick Kick! Lita climbs up, but Alexa saves Mickie. The Goddess and her sidekick get away, but will they be able to beat two of the all time best women in WWE?
The Shield speaks.
They bring us back to the bowels of the arena. The Pack tried to break them, but they don’t break. They’re not an alliance, or a friendship. They’re a brotherhood. Strowman, Ziggler, McIntyre, you three think you’re ruthless, but make no mistake, “you are not the bad guys.” The Shield are the bad guys. It doesn’t matter where it happens, the story stays the same. The Shield won’t bend, break or stop, they are the one true constant. They’re the Hounds of Justice, they are the Shield, #BelieveThat.
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension!
Both halves of this #ReadyWillingandGLORIOUS team may have lost to Konnor 1v1, but perhaps they can turn it back around in tag team competition! Or will they instead end up left for dead in the Wasteland?
Konnor asks if it was Glorious when he beat Roode and then Gable in the middle of this ring? Konnor proves he’ll beat them both again, but that he and Viktor will end this charade for good! The bell rings and Konnor starts against Roode. Konnor dares Roode to do something. They tie up and Konnor powers Roode to a corner. Konnor continues to egg Roode on, and Roode gets a headlock. Konnor powers out but Gable tags in. Roode gets run over, but Gable flies in for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO and Gable is set out of the ring! Viktor tags and Konnor goes after Gable but Gable throws hands. Gable gets in but is hit by Viktor’s leaping calf kick! Cover, TWO! Viktor puts Gable in the corner for sharp chops. He then stomps a mudhole into Gable before dragging him out. Cover, TWO!
Viktor tags Konnor and they mug Gable. Konnor brings Gable up for a big European Uppercut, then tags Viktor. Viktor snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Viktor wraps Gable up in a high keylock, but Roode rallies Chicago. Gable gets up but Viktor pulls him back down by the hair. Cover, TWO, but Viktor snapmares and fist drops. Cover, TWO! Viktor puts Gable back in that keylock, but Roode rallies the fans again. Gable powers his way over but Viktor throws Gable to the apron. Gable hits back then slides under. Viktor keeps him from reaching Roode, then yanks him away. Gable rolls, hot tag to Roode! Roode rallies on Viktor, then hits Konnor. Atomic drop and chops for Viktor! Roode whips but Viktor reverses, only to run into boots, and the GLORIOUS Blockbuster!
Roode winds it up but Konnor runs in. Gable dumps Konnor out and then Roode gets Viktor. Viktor slips out and rocks Roode with a right. Roode boots back and hops up, but Gable tags in. Gable gets Viktor with Chaos Theory! Cover, Gable & Roode win!
Winners: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, Gable pinning
The team wins, but Roode does seem to feel awkward about Gable taking the finish from him. But they won’t have time to talk it out as the Authors of Pain rush the ring! They run Konnor over, then rush Roode & Gable! They clobber Gable with a clothesline, then one for Roode. Akam & Rezar coordinate and the fans like it as they hit a suplex powerbomb combo on Roode! But then Viktor and Gable suffer beatings, and the SUPER COLLIDER! The AoP just made two more teams DOA. Will they come for the Raw Tag Team Champions soon enough?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman!”
Yes, The Advocate for the Beast and THE Crown Jewel of WWE, “BRRROCK! LESNAR!!” And he is here for the same reason we all are: to see a fight! Heyman wants to see legalized assault as The Shield prepares to again face The Pack, but also because it’s quite ironic. Just 72 hours ago, Roman and Strowman beat the “living crap” out of each other in Australia, which does take its toll. Then they had to fly right here to appear in Chicago and beat the “living hell” out of each other again. But that’s what World Wrestling Entertainment does seven days a week and twice on Sundays, “just to put smiles on the faces of the WWE Universe.”
But in Suplex City, Lesnar isn’t watching this, he’s sleeping in his own house so that he can go to the training camp he built and design to specifically prepare himself to be the two-sport champion of UFC and WWE. Because ladies and gentlemen, Lesnar enters Crown Jewel on November 2nd as the only man with the goal to become Universal Champion. Roman doesn’t have that goal, he has his stable to worry about. Strowman doesn’t have that goal, he has his weak links to worry about. They both deprived Lesnar the right to call himself the “hardest working champion” in WWE. Lesnar doesn’t say “We, we, we”, he says, “Me, me, me!!” Which is why on November 2nd, live from Saudi Arabia, the end result is spoiled for us by Heyman: The NEW and reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion of the World, Brock Lesnar.
But then The Shield appears! They want their match, the main event, and they want it now!
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!
The Architect, the Lunatic & the Big Dog will once again face the Monster, the Stud & the Show-Off despite already defeating them down under. That’s because they will never back down to prove that they are the workhorses of WWE, and that Raw is still their Yard. Will that still be the case after tonight?
Raw returns as Strowman leads his dogs of war to the ring. The teams stand face to face in the ring, and the referee does his best to get them to choose who starts. The bell rings and Seth Rollins volunteers for The Shield. Drew McIntyre starts against him and gets a headlock. Rollins powers out then things speed up. Rollins goes to hip toss but McIntyre blocks to then clobber him with a cltohesline. McIntyre slaps Rollins around, then brings him up for a scoop. Rollins slips out to then boot McIntyre away. Ambrose tags in and the Shield brothers double suplex. Cover, ONE. Ambrose keeps on McIntyre with crossface forearms. He whips but McIntyre kicks him away. Strowman tags in to barrel Ambrose over! Strowman whips Ambrose corner to corner, but then Ambrose dodges and tags in Roman.
The Big Dog and The Monster Among Men are familiar foes. Strowman pushes Roman then rolls him to a corner to squash him. He runs corner to corner again but gets a big uppercut! Roman lifts Strowman but Strowman is too much. Strowman runs Roman over, then roars as he stands over him. Strowman drags Roman up and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler mugs Roman then bumps him off buckles. Tag to McIntyre and the Raw Tag Team Champions double suplex. The Shield bail Roman out then triple clothesline them out. They then focus on Strowman, but Strowman backs down. Fans boo while Strowman tells McIntyre & Ziggler to “get your crap together!” The Pack is struggling while we go to break.
Raw returns and Strowman has Roman in the corner. He gives body shots then runs in for a big corner splash! Strowman tags Ziggler in and Ziggler taunts Roman. Ziggler throws hands while talking trash. He stands Roman up and bumps him off buckles. Ziggler runs in but into an uppercut! Chicago is thunderous both ways while Ziggler tags to Strowman. Strowman runs in but misses Roman to hit post! Roman crawls for his corner while McIntyre barks at Strowman. Strowman hobbles to Roman but into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down while their partners and fans fire up. Hot tags to Ziggler and Rollins! Slingblade for Ziggler and a hit for McIntyre. Rollins boots Ziggler but leaps over to then DIVE onto McIntyre! Rollins hits Ziggler again, then springboards for the clothesline! Cover, TWO! But Rollins and Chicago fire up to “Burn It Down!”
Rollins aims at Ziggler to mule kick, but Ziggler avoids the stmop. Ziggler kicks, but the Famouser is countered. Ziggler sunset flips throw the bomb, TWO! Rollins stacks, TWO, deadlift into the buckle bomb! Rollins drags Ziggler for a cover, but McIntyre breaks it. Ambrose tackles McIntyre! They brawl then Ambrose tosses McIntyre right out. Strowman grabs Ambrose and then Rollins, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES outta nowhere! Ambrose dropkicks, Rollins SUPERKICKS and Strowman bails out. The Pack regroups but Ambrose & Rollins build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! They take out McIntyre & Ziggler, but Strowman grabs them. So Roman builds speed to FLY!! He wipes them all out! Everyone is down while we go to break!
Raw returns once more, and Strowman looms over Rollins. Fans chant “We Want Ambrose!” but Strowman headbutts Rollins down. Strowman wrenches Rollins’ neck and Ziggler adds his trash talk. The Shield and fans rally up for Rollins and Rollins gets up. Strowman powers Rollins to his corner and gives him a big uppercut. Tag to McIntyre and he reels Rollins in for a clothesline. Cover, TWO, but McIntyre toys with him now. “Is this The Mighty Shield?” he taunts. McIntyre brings Rollins up but Rollins fights back! Rollins leaps but McIntyre intercepts to push him back and boot him down! Cover, TWO! The Pack is frustrated, but Ziggler tags in. McIntyre stomps Rollins on his way out, then Ziggler grinds his foot into Rollins’ head.
Ziggler stays between Rollins and The Shield, taunting him about tagging. Fans chant for Rollins but Ziggler keeps stomping him down. Ziggler goes to dropkick but ROllins turns that into a catapult! Ziggler hits buckles and now both men are down. Both men crawl for their corners, but Ziggler gets to McIntyre first. McIntyre suplexes but Rollisn slips out. Rollins chops, McIntyre chops, Rollins enziguris! They’re both down but crawling. Strowman just comes in to blast The Shield because he could! He throws Ambrose into barriers then Roman into the steel steps. Strowman returns to the ring to drag Rollins over to their corner. He tells Ziggler “that’s how you carry your weight!” Ziggler has had it with Strowman but Strowman grabs him by the throat. McIntyre bails Ziggler out and stares the Monster down. But Rollins opunces! Roll up, TWO! He dumps McinTyre out onto Strowman!
Rollins crawls and Ambrose is there! Ambrose is ready and he gets the tag! To DIVE out onto Strowman & Mcnityre! He puts McIntyre in to fire off kicks and punches. He whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose hits back with lariats, then another whip. McIntyre reverses again and catches the crossbody. Ambrose slips out, rolls up, TWO! Swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose keeps going, putting McIntyre in the Shield corner. Fans knwo “This is Awesome!” as Ambrose climbs up with McIntyre. McNItyre fights back and headbutts Ambrose down. But Ambrose is right back up, to kick McINtyre out of the air. McINtyre denies Dirty Deeds but runs into an elbow. Ambrose elbows Ziggler as he gets in, but runs into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Roman breaks it just in time!
Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman but Rollins hits him and Strowman. Rollins goes to swing Ziggler out but Ziggler breaks free. Ambrose blocks Ziggler’s kick to then spin him around. Rollins suplexes himself and Ziggler out of the ring hard! McIntyre and Ambrose brawl fast and furious. McIntyre whips but Ambrose dodges, double clotheslines take them out! Roman and Strowman stand, and Roman goes to Superman Punch, only for Strowman to send him into a post! Strowman scoops Roman but Ambrose builds speed to DIVE! Strowman catches him but Ambrose counters with a DDT! Everyone is down, much like Super Show Down. Strowman stands, Roman SPEARS him back down! Ambrose staggers up and into the ring. He dodges Ziggler and Rollins sends him back out with a clothesline. CLAYMORE! The Pack wins!!
Winners: The Pack, Drew McIntyre winning
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t exactly teamwork, but it worked out in their favor. Strowman, McIntyre & Ziggler come out on top to even the score. When and where will we get a third match between these two trios?
However, Ambrose decides to leave without Roman & Rollins? Is he just suddenly done with the Shield?
This was a pretty good Raw. At the start, hearing we’d get two rematches from Super Show Down, it didn’t sound like it’d be good at all. But after it finished, it actually felt pretty fun for the most part. And for once, building towards both Evolution and Crown Jewel at the same time works because obviously the two events are separate. Triple H & Shawn Michaels returned, gave a great promo, and as I expected and hoped, we get Degeneration X back! They officially challenge the Brothers of Destruction to a tag team match and thus begins HBK’s return to the ring. I want to say The Undertaker & Kane will return together on the road to Crown Jewel, but I also hope DX parodies them like they so famously did Vince & Shane McMahon. If this is HBK’s “One Last Time” tour, let him and HHH parody two other WWE legends.
Lashley VS Kevin was interesting, because it felt like a double turn. Chicago obviously loved Kevin regardless of what Lio & Lashley did, so it’s smart to make this when and where Lashley turns Heel to match Lio as he is on 205 Live. Lio & Lashley also interject themselves into things with Finn Balor & Bayley, partially because “Country Dominance” will eventually face B’n’B during the Mixed Match Challenge. But hopefully, with Lio Rush issuing an Open Challenge on 205 Live, someone somewhere makes the decision to send Finn over there to go against him. Of course, that’s going to be hard if Finn is also having to do MMC right before, just because Finn might not have enough energy to also go against the super fast Lio. But if ever there was a more perfect time to open the Cruiserweight Division, this week is that time.
The Six Woman Tag rematch was fine going in, and then it got better because The Bella Twins turned! They’re Heels now so it’s okay for fans to boo them. But they did have to work together to beat down Ronda, so that was good booking. Neither Nikki nor Brie should be able to solo THE Ronda Rousey, but obviously only one Bella gets that title match with her at Evolution. Unless they pull a change like they did with Alexa VS Trish. Those as connected to internet wrestling news as we here are probably knew that Mickie VS Lita was already set up, but it’s great to just put those matches together. Trish and Lita look great, and I really hope they win at Evolution.
Nia VS Ember was a bit random, but it was a decent match. Ember wins but in a way that doesn’t’ really settle things. It could become a story in itself on the way to Evolution, depending on what the majority of the Women’s Division ends up doing. I’m still hoping for a tag team title, but will settle for a tag team tournament to parallel the World Cup. Speaking of World Cup, great to see Kurt Angle is back and entering that tournament! Angle VS Cena will surely happen before the end to bring their careers full circle. And I’m going to love seeing who else enters the tournament to then join that tournament.
I really liked while the Roode-Gable tension is still mounting, their story was just fodder for Akam & Rezar to wreck some tag teams. It prolongs the inevitable, in that the AoP will be tag team champions. They’re just waiting until something gives in the story of The Pack and The Shield, and then AoP will strike and take those titles for their own. And speaking of, I oddly did not see The Pack winning tonight. It was another great Six Man Tag from both teams, Chicago was actually well invested, and we get that surprise of The Pack winning and Ambrose walking away. This actually gives some dimension to that “To turn or not to turn” story they’re building for Ambrose, because he just keeps switching week to week like a lunatic should. I still don’t want to see Shield Break-up 2, but at least they’re playing with expectations.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/17/19)
Who faces Samoa Joe for the United States Championship?!
It’s the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!
Raw stops in Los Angeles before heading to Tacoma, and has a HUGE match to determine a #1 Contender to the United States Championship! Who wins a Fatal 5 Way to then take on Samoa Joe for the title?
- WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley VS Cesaro; Ricochet wins and will challenge Samoa Joe for the title at WWE Stomping Grounds.
- The Viking Raiders VS ???; the Viking Raiders win.
- 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; The New Day wins.
- The Usos VS The Good Brothers; The Usos win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; The IIconics win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; restarted as…
- Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan, Ringside Ban; Rollins wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.
The Drifter opens Raw in LA, and says he was talking to Anthony Davis. “Why? Why would you want to move to Los Angeles?” Davis said it’s because he’s garbage, and should be with other pieces of garbage. So he moved to a city where the people are more toxic than the air. Elias would rather be anywhere else, but he was invited here by Baron Corbin. And Elias is wearing referee stripes, because HE is the special guest referee for Stomping Grounds! Corbin’s trust- doesn’t matter because Seth Rollins SMACKS Elias from behind! And again! And again! Over and over and over, Rollins unleashes his fury on Corbin’s pick for special guest ref! Rollins then demands a mic so he can speak.
“After every thing I’ve been through with Brock Lesnar, I am done playing games!” Corbin still needs a special guest referee, but Rollins has a message for those who want that position. It is the first and last warning. It doesn’t matter what Corbin promises, but the chair is what awaits them. “So choose wisely!” The Architect opens Raw with a Universal title ultimatum! Will Corbin get anyone to line up for the job now that Rollins is ready to burn them down?
The Miz is here!
The Hollywood A-Lister has his shot at a Stomping Grounds match, but he wants to “check” on Elias real quick. Skull-Crushing Finale for the Drifter! Bobby Lashley comes out next, to SPEAR Elias! The Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t going to be shown up by Miz, it seems. Then Cesaro appears to take Elias for a swing! He goes around and around and around, for just under 10! After Cesaro is the One and Only, Ricochet! Elias sits up, only to get Ricochet’s Code Breaker! But then BRAUN appears! And yes, he finishes Elias off with a MONSTER SLAM! And with that, their massive match is up next!
WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way ELIMINATION Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley VS Cesaro!
After Miz TV became an open forum on last week’s Raw, it is clear Samoa Joe has a long and star-studded list to contend with. They all got to show what they can do to Elias, but what will they do to each other in order to meet the Samoan Submission Machine at Stomping Grounds?
Raw returns with the bell, and Strowman SHOTGUN dropkicks Lashley and Cesaro! Miz and Ricochet go after Strowman but get shoved away. Strowman grabs Cesaro and Lashley to shove them out! Miz hops on for a sleeper hold then Ricochet runs in, only to get run over! Strowman throws Miz off to then throw him across the ring! Lashley returns but gets blasted back out. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, and manages a torture rack lift! Cesaro slams Strowman to the mat! But he won’t stop there, the Swiss Cyborg wants the Neutralizer! But Strowman back drops out of it! Cesaro lands on his feet to springboard, but gets caught! MONSTER SLAM! But Strowman can’t cover, and Lashley runs in, only to get a MONSTER SLAM onto Cesaro! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Cesaro!
Samoa Joe watches from ringside and is impressed, slightly. Ricochet springboards in and Strowman catches him! To ram him into a corner! Then throw him across the way! Miz returns but gets a BOOT! Lashley slips back in, and catches Strowman to a complete shot. Now Lashley tries his strength in snap suplexing Strowman! Lashley hits Miz out of the ring then does the same to Ricochet. But Strowman is up and ready, scoops and SLAMS Lashley! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Lashley!! That’s two men who #GotTheseHands! But then Strowman sees the other two on the outside, and he runs Miz over! Strowman keeps going and BLASTS Ricochet off his feet! He keeps going, to blast Miz again! The Monster roars, then puts Miz in the ring.
Miz makes it to a corner, and Strowman runs in for a monster splash. Strowman keeps going, for a second! He scoops Miz but Lashley returns to SPEAR Strowman! There are no disqualifications, so he AND Cesaro return! Cesaro lifts Strowman for a Neutralizer!! Ricochet doesn’t complain as he gives Strowman the 630 senton! Cover, and it’s a TRIPLE cover! They ELIMINATE Strowman!! The Swiss Cyborg and the All Mighty get even with the Monster Among Men, and Joe just laughs. Strowman glares as he grabs Ricochet to THROW at Lashley! Strowman then drags Lashley up to throw him into barriers! The Monster turns his attention to Cesaro and BLASTS him on stage! Cesaro hits LED walls! But Miz and Ricochet are still in this match. Who makes it back up while we go to break?
Raw returns as Ricochet gets Miz with running headscissors! Miz ends up in a corner and Ricochet runs in, but is put on the apron. Miz slides out and trips Ricochet up! Then Miz goes back in, builds speed but misses the wrecking ball dropkick as Ricochet gets in. Ricochet runs and FLIES, wiping himself and Miz out! Joe is mildly impressed as Ricochet gets Miz back inside. Ricochet climbs a corner but has to land on his feet when Miz moves. Miz runs into boots, and Ricochet slips to the outside. Ricochet bumps Miz off buckles then kicks him away. Ricochet springboards, but into a full nelson! Miz wants but is denied the Finale with a wheelbarrow roll-up! TWO, and Miz kicks low to DDT Ricochet down hard! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps his cool as he goes after Ricochet with It Kicks! He kicks and kicks and kicks, then powers up the buzzsaw. Ricochet ducks but gets another kick. Miz runs into Ricochet’s dropkick-flip, but still ducks the enziguri! Miz knees Ricochet in the leg, but Ricochet rolls him up out of the Figure Four! TWO, and Ricochet hobbles away. Ricochet still enziguris Miz away in the corner. He somersaults, but into the takedown, Figure Four Leglock is on!! Fans rally both ways as Miz puts on the leverage. Ricochet avoids a cover, and works to turn this over. Miz fights him back, keeping the hold from reversing. Ricochet keeps trying, and gets the full turn! Miz endures now, and powers through to put it back on Ricochet! Ricochet gets the ropebreak!
Miz lets go while Joe watches intensely. Miz slowly stands and hobbles over to Ricochet. He drags Ricochet but Ricochet holds ropes. Miz stomps the legs, tries again, but cradle counter! TWO, and Ricochet dumps Miz to the apron. Ricochet can barely run, and Miz springboards, into a CODE BREAKER! Ricochet wills himself to climb up top on one leg! He aims, 630 hits!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship
Samoa Joe keeps a poker face on, but then attacks Ricochet! The Destroyer shows Ricochet no mercy as he shoves him to the ropes. Joe runs but Ricochet dumps him out! And Ricochet manages to FLY again! The King of Flight shows the crusher of dreams what he’s capable of! Will he get to show Joe even more at Stomping Grounds?
The Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, is here!
Stomping Grounds is Sunday, but The Man doesn’t want to wait until then to call out her contender. LA is happy to see Becky as she speaks. “The Man has come around, but now, Lacey Evans, get out here right now.” Week after week, Becky has to see that “dopey head drone on,” but for once, she has to agree with Lacey. The next time they’re within striking distance, Becky will give Lacey what she deserves. Lacey talks about doing whatever it takes to get ahead. Well how about Becky do everyone a favor and kick Lacey’s but all over LA? The Sassy Southern Belle finally appears!
“Lord, would you look at that.” Nobody cares about Becky’s opinion. Becky is mad because she doesn’t understand Lacey. Well Becky understands Lacey likes to talk as slow as humanly possible compared to getting whooped again. Lacey is a tall drink of water and a classy hat, but deep down she’s tough as nails and has been through things that not even The Man could comprehend. Or is this where Lacey tries to pluck on our heartstrings? Well this is Hollywood, so give us an act. Lacey would love a movie about herself. Lacey is not just a lady, she is a real United States Marine. Boot camp by morning and cotillian by night, all with dignity and grace. It’s what the Women’s Division deserves.
Becky knows the story, which is why it’s so hard to see why Lacey does this. Why does Lacey attack cowardly? Becky respects who Lacey was, but who Lacey is now is just trash. Well it’s what all of WWE needs. They need a legitimate, confident and classy lady to set an example. Not a “nasty” like Becky. Becky can be beat. She’s down to one belt, but- Becky grabs Lacey for a Becksloder! Becky holds her belt high, but will she be able to knock Lacey off her high horse once and for all?
The Revival visit Shane’s VIP Lounge!
The Best in the World and Scottish Terminator welcome the Raw Tag Team Champions and offer them a drink. They’re all still celebrating their recent triumphs, but will the party last past Stomping Grounds?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
The Lone Wolf knows Elias is now out as guest ref after what Rollins, and all those other superstars, did to him. How much is Corbin scrambling to find a replacement? He’s not scrambling at all. What happened happened, but Corbin has a lot of great choices left. He has someone in mind, and he’ll reveal them on a special edition of the Kevin & Sami Show. But then Rollins finds and SMACKS Corbin! Rollins would offer Corbin a seat, but he has work to do. Will the Lone Wolf lose his confidence with Rollins and that steel chair still roaming the halls?
The Planet’s Tag Team Champions appear on Raw!
The Wild Card Rule brings the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan, over, and Bryan knows why. “Because this place sucks.” Bryan means both Raw and Los Angeles. Everyone knows that LA is the smog capital of America, and is filled with ignorant and impotent people! But Rowan & Bryan will lift you up out of the smog and educate you, as well as excite you! Tonight, Bryan will do that by destroying Universal Champion, Seth Rollins. He will prove that even one half of the Planet’s Tag Team Champions is better than all of Raw, showing the Raw Tag Team Division that SmackDown has the best team in history! Prepare to be excited! But wait! Here’s something truly exciting: the return of the Viking Raiders!
The Viking Raiders VS ???
Erik and Ivar are back and ready to continue where they left off! Will they continue on their warpath at the expense of Russ and Randy Taylor?
The bell rings and Erik gives shotgun knees to Russ! Then he drags Randy in to throw him overhead! Tag to Ivar and the Raiders give Randy the springboard lariat German Suplex combo! Then they feed Russ to THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
Russ and Randy just went through a #VikingExperience they’ll never forget! But will the war spread from Raw to SmackDown thanks to the Wild Card Rule?
Who is that in the crowd?
It’s R-Truth and Carmella in disguise!! Well they have to keep the WWE 24/7 Champion safe. But too late! Everyone from Robert Roode to No Way Jose to Cedric Alexander are after him! They go under the ring, but they LED boards prevent anyone from getting through. So the only side left to them is opposite hard camera! The horde of contenders drags someone out from under the ring! It’s… Titus O’Neil!? Was he waiting for Truth under there? Carmella and Truth run out the other side! The chase is on, #RunTruthRun!
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn go over things with Baron Corbin.
The music hits, and it’s time for their talk show! What will these two have to ask Corbin after the break?
Heath Slater visits Shane in the VIP section.
He was hoping to talk with the Best in the World about something, but they’re in the middle of having a meal. Slater didn’t mean to interrupt, but he just figured, since #IGotKids is real, and the kids are getting older, money is tight. Can he get a raise or something? That takes a lot of balls to come in here and ask for stuff. Shane has kids, too. But he also has a lot of money. The answer is no. But, Slater can walk out on his won. This is a private party. McIntyre will take care of things.
Slater gets on the phone with the family, but McIntyre comes by to talk with Slater. He apologizes. It hurts to see Slater like this. McIntyre will do something for his old pal. Slater doesn’t want a handout, but McIntyre insists. He brings out his wallet, but drops it on the ground. Slater bends down to get it for him, but McIntyre attacks! The Scottish Terminator doesn’t care about 3MB as he slams Slater into the cases over and over! The Revival get McIntyre off him, because McIntyre needs to save his aggression for Roman Reigns on Sunday. Also Scott Dawson pockets some of McIntyre’s cash. McIntyre calms down, the Revival pick up the rest of McIntyre’s money, and they leave Slater down and out in the hall. What will become of the One Man Band now?
Raw returns to the Kevin & Sami Show!
This is a special night because the show returns at all! Kevin apologizes Sami for the lack of new graphics. “Thanks a lot, Bob!!” Bob’s incompetence aside, they introduce the former acting GM of Raw, the multiple time Golden Gloves boxing champion, the former WWE United States Champion, former Mr. MITB, and the man who retired Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania, “LA’s Favorite’s Son,” Baron Corbin! LA boos Corbin as he joins Kevin and Sami in the ring. The first thing Sami says to Corbin is that this is a safe space. This is a safe work environment, which is more than Sami can say about the WWE as a whole!
Just look at what Rollins did to Elias, and then to Sami when Sami was a referee! There have been zero repercussions, so sadly, Sami must step down as a possible referee candidate. Kevin does so, too, in solidarity with Sami. But these two felt there are still plenty of great choices, so please, Corbin, who did you choose? Corbin had a line outside the locker room! But here is a man who can certainly count 1 2 3. Drum roll please, for… EC3! The Top One Percent is now the Top One Official! But then Rollins SMACKS EC3, too! The Architect shows no mercy as he keeps his promise to the roster! Corbin can’t believe this! Is Rollins going to keep doing this? He’s taking an opportunity for an up-and-coming superstar? Well, back to square one.
Awwwww~ LA~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your WWE Champion, and FEEL~, the POWER~! Kevin tries to figure out the math on Wild Cards, but the New Day just help lay EC3 to rest. Sami has the music stop to confront them. They aren’t guests on the Kevin & Sami Show. And they’re not supposed to be here per Wild Card Rule rules! Please go away. Well first, the WWE Champion gets to go where he wants, when he wants! And then he’ll bring his boys because that’s what fans want! Kofi Kingston shouldn’t worry about all that stuff! He should worry about losing his title! If it isn’t Ziggler at Stomping Grounds, it’ll be Kevin the next time! Oh like at Money in the Bank? Wait, nope. He did not do it!
And when it comes to Ziggler, Kofi has him where he wants him: inside a steel cage! No more running, no more sneak attacks, it’ll be a war! And then Kofi will still be our W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Corbin figures that referee issues aside, Kevin and Sami can still help Corbin beat the New Day back to SmackDown where they belong! Well is that a challenge? If only they had an official out here to sanction this match. But who? Who who who? Oh, EC3 is still wearing the stripes. The New Day help EC3 up so that he can still fulfill his duties! In a very Weekend at Bernie’s way… So would he mind being an official for this match? “Sure I’d love to! This match is officially a Six Man Tag team match! And that match is gonna be happening… riiiight now~!”
Well then, will the New Day keep rolling now that they’re back at 100%? Or will the Lone Wolf gain some last minute momentum with the help of Sami & Kevin?
AJ Styles is in the trainer’s area.
The Phenomenal One is good to go! But wait, Doctors Anderson and Gallows visit their old buddy real quick. No, wait, no! Guys, c’mon, Styles is fine! He doesn’t need you guys to check up on him. But he was wondering where they’ve been. They all debuted three years ago in Staples Center. They dominated the Usos, and have been cool ever since. Well, they were cool in Japan, too. But they’ve had great matches with all the big names. And arguably the best team on the planet, the Usos. But seriously? Did these two get comfortable? They made money and have great stuff at home, but how about winning? How about being on TV? How about being anywhere?! Time to get serious again. Styles misses the old Gallows & Anderson.
Styles wants serious? Speaking of the Usos, they’re having another match with them. Let’s see who is serious when they beat the best team on the planet, again.
2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as these teams sort out, and yes, this match has been upgraded! What will it take for a trio not to win once but twice in the same match?!
Woods starts with Sami and they tie up. Sami gets the arm and pulls the fingers. Woods endures as Sami grinds his shoulder. LA rallies for New Day as Woods spins through to wrench Sami back. Sami slips around and wrenches Woods, but Woods spins and rolls and wrenches Sami! But Sami puts Woods in a corner and throws a big forearm. Sami whips Woods corner to corner but Woods goes up and over. Woods speeds things up and slides to hit a roaring elbow! Cover, ONE! Woods keeps on Sami but Sami pushes him to their corner. Tag to Kevin and the frenemies beat Woods down. Kevin stomps away then says, “This is MY show!” Fans boo as he tags in Corbin, and Corbin stomps Woods now.
Big E runs in but the ref keeps him back. Corbin taunts Big E then drags Woods up for a knee. Corbin mocks the New Day clap then punches Woods back down! He drags Woods up and elbows Woods in the head. He has Woods in a half nelson and grinds him to the mat. Fans rally up and Woods powers up. Corbin back suplexes, Woods lands on his feet and enziguris Corbin down! Both men are down but Kevin tags in. Kevin stomps Woods down and taunts the New Day. Kevin drops a senton, but onto knees! He tags Sami, and Sami drags Woods away. Woods punches Sami but Sami whips Woods away. Woods rolls Sami up, The new Day win the first fall!
New Day – 1; Corbin-Kevin-Sami: 0
A huge advantage for #Kofimania and his team, but will they pull off the sweep after the break?
Raw returns with the second fall, and Corbin stomps away on Big E in the corner. Fans boo and jeer but Corbin soaks it up. Corbin tags Kevin and Kevin stomps Big E now. Kevin rains down rights then drops more stomps. Sami gets cheap shots in behind the ref’s back. Kevin mocks Kofi as he returns, then goes after Big E with a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin tags Sami in and they mug Big E. Sami throws down hands fast and furious! LA boos while Sami boasts “That’s how you do it!” Sami goes back to Big E with haymakers, but Big E fights back! Big E throws hands on everyone but Sami punches him back. Sami mule kicks Big E, then runs, but Big E throws him out!
Big E hurries but gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin waves mockingly at Kofi before covering, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed and tags in Corbin. Corbin goes to Big E in the corner to whip corner to corner and hard! Corbin grins at The New Day as he drags Big E up. He throws big hands on Big E, then tags to Sami. Corbin holds Big E in the corner for Sami to stomp and punch. Sami tags Kevin and Kevin bumps Big E off buckles. Kevin throws haymakers of his own, then hits Woods just because! Kevin runs at Big E but Big E dodges, sending Kevin into post! The fans rally up but Kevin returns, only to get a belly2belly! Hot tags to Kofi and Corbin! Kofi rallies on Corbin and dropkicks him, to then hit a leap- Corbin throws Kofi into a corner! But gets a swing kick!
Kofi climbs up and leaps, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! But Kofi knocks Corbin down with a Penalty Kick! And then adds on the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! LA fires up with Kofi as he goes to the corner. Kofi takes aim at Corbin, but has to swipe at Sami. Kofi runs into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Woods breaks it up! Big E gets kicks from Sami and Woods gets punches from Kevin. Corbin drags Kofi up, whips him in, but misses in the corner. Corbin slides out, in, but misses Kofi to hit Sami! Kevin gets upset with Corbin, and the two argue. Kevin SUPERKICKS Corbin! Sami and Kevin leave Corbin behind! Kofi gives Corbin some Trouble in Paradise! Cover, the New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, 2-0
And there’s the sweep! The Lone Wolf can’t get anyone to stick by his side, how is he supposed to have a special guest referee? As for Kofi, will the dream come true continue past Stomping Grounds?
Alexa Bliss finds Nikki Cross backstage.
The Goddess has a gift for her! A new mug! No, not the mug, the thing in the mug. Oh a scroll! “The Goddess invites you to join her tonight in the ring for a Women’s Tag Team title match versus the IIconics.” OMG really? Nikki’s first title match in the WWE! Alexa knew Nikki would be upset that they didn’t just win their way, so Alexa worked her magic to get them this. Plus, with Stomping Grounds, Alexa becomes a SmackDown Women’s Champion that treats the fans right. What does that mean? Just more Bayley drama, no need to worry about that. Tonight is about them becoming tag champions together. Nikki is so excited! Try decaf. But energy levels aside, will the Goddess and the Twisted Sister take those titles off Peyton & Billie?
Paul Heyman returns to Raw!
The Advocate to the Beast introduces himself as he always does, representing Mr. MITB 2019, BROCK, LESNAR. Now forgive Heyman, he’s not that comfortable being on Raw with Rollins smashing people with that steel chair. But again, Heyman is not the threat to Rollins. He makes it very clear to Rollins and the WWE Universe: Heyman is NOT going to be Corbin’s guest referee at Stomping Grounds, nor does he want to be. If Corbin were to offer that position, Heyman would respectfully decline! You’d have to be an idiot to take that job because of the beating from Rollins in your future!
Which is why Heyman thought of something. What do the LA Lakers and Seth Rollins have in common? “They both traded away their balls!” The Lakers gave up Ball so LeBron could have a playmate. Rollins gave up his balls for a steel chair because that’s the only way he’s man enough to fight Brock Lesnar! And to be clear, Brock Lesnar knows how to swing a steel chair, too. So if Rollins is still here, and if Rollins has a match, and against someone like Daniel Bryan, then Rollins is vulnerable. So maybe, just maybe, Lesnar shows up to Raw, too. But then again, maybe not? Heyman wants Rollins to keep guessing that it’s Sunday, or next Monday. Heyamn doesn’t know, the fans don’t know, but most importantly, the future former reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins doesn’t know.
Baron Corbin talks with Eric Young.
This would be a great opportunity for him to be the referee. EY will consider it, and he wont’ forget Corbin reaching out to him. But then as he turns the corner, he sees Rollins. EY refuses the offer! He did, he really did! He doesn’t look good in stripes, he’s not good at being a ref. Relax, they go back a long way. Rollins knows EY wouldn’t turn on his old pal. But Rollins still SMACKS him down! And again, and again, and again! The Beastslayer has become a mad man, all because of Corbin and Lesnar.
The Usos speak.
“It feels like the Good Brothers, they trying to turn up tonight, Uce!” Those two have something to prove? Well then this is a warning to everyone! Run up, get done up! Raw becomes the Uso Penitentiary up next!
The Usos VS The Good Brothers!
AJ Styles got Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows fired up, wanting his pals to return to old form. Will this be the resurrection of The Club? Or will they fall short as Jimmy & Jey look to #LockDown the whole Raw Tag Team Division?
Raw returns as both teams make their entrance in turn. The teams sort out, and Gallows starts with Jey. They circle and tie up, and Gallows shoves Jey down. Jey gets to a corner but Gallows kicks Jimmy down! Jey uppercuts Gallows then ducks to throw more. Anderson tags in as Gallows uppercuts Jey down! Gallows fireman’s carries and Anderson runs, BOOT O’ DOOM! Cover, TWO!! The Club almost had it, but Anderson keeps on Jey with a rain of rights. Styles watches backstage, cheering his boys on. Anderson clobbers Jimmy on the outside before going back to Jey with a grinding chinlock.
Jey endures and fans build to a rally. Jey gets up and fights out with body shots. Anderson blocks the kick and ducks the dragon whip enziguri, to clobber Jey with a clothesline! Anderson grins as he soaks up the heat. He throws up the Too Sweet and fans join in. Tag to Gallows via Too Sweet, and they drag Jey up again. Gallows suplexes, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS Anderson down! Gallows throws Jimmy out but misses Jey! Jey tags Jimmy then SUPERKICKS! Double SUPERKICKS take Gallows down! Cover, the Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
Styles is frustrated, but so are Gallows & Anderson. Did their egos cost them against the best team in the WWE today? Can they make their comeback next time?
The Best Posse in the World continues their celebration.
Shane makes sure his boys are okay, and yes, they’re definitely having a good time. But with Roman Reigns waiting at Stomping Grounds, will the good times come to an end?
Roman Reigns returns to Raw!
The Big Dog is again a Wild Card as he walks out to the ring. Stomping Grounds will be the battleground for Roman and Drew McIntyre, and naturally Roman is still in a bad mood from that “loss” to Shane McMahon at Super Showdown. Roman picks up the mic as LA cheers. “What’s going on, LA?” Super Showdown was not a good look for Roman, but he won’t make excuses. Excuses aren’t entertaining. But you know what is entertaining? Roman whooping some ass tonight! So Roman will give Shane the opportunity to prove he is a man by actually going 1v1 with him tonight.
But Shane talks via titantron. There is some business that needs to be taken care of. Mike Rome introduces “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOORLD~,” despite Shane not being ringside. Shane knows Roman is frustrated, but he shouldn’t be. He lost to the Best in the World. There’s no shame in that. The #TopGuys said that was so hot, it was 102 but felt 150. Roman can’t take the heat, Shane’s Mr. Fahrenheit. But when it comes to this open challenge of sorts, it’s gonna be a no. Shane is chilling. Be more concerned with your Stomping Grounds opponent. McIntyre tells Roman to listen. The only reason McIntyre isn’t tearing Roman apart now is because of Shane. But at Stomping Grounds. McIntyre will kick Roman’s ass, take his name, and beat Roman down until it is uncomfortable to watch. And then McIntyre might pin him.
But the night doesn’t end there. It ends when McIntyre disfigures Roman to the point of Roman’s own children screaming in horror when they see him. Roman has had enough of all this talk, he heads to the backstage area! Shane hears word of this, and the posse moves into action! Roman finds and beats down The Revival first! Dawson ends up in the bathroom and Dash gets thrown into a garage door! Roman finds the VIP lounge, where Shane is still standing! Roman uppercuts McIntyre, then throws him into walls! He SPINEBUSTERS McIntyre through the buffet table! Shane crawls away but The Big Dog hunts him down! They end up at ringside again! Shane leaps the barrier in a single bound, but Roman does, too!
Roman rains down rights then throws Shane into barriers! And then rains down more hands! Roman puts Shane in the ring and takes aim from the corner. He locks ‘n’ loads, for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Down goes Shane! But Roman won’t stop there, he lets out the battle cry! Shane stands, to get a SPEAR!! The Big Dog finally takes a bite out of the Best in the World! Roman takes the mic back to say, “Crawl to the back and tell Drew I’ma whoop his ass Sunday.” Will Roman crush the Celtic Colossus and make Stomping Grounds his Yard?
SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, hangs out with Raw superstars, Naomi and Natalya!
These three share memories of good times from their days together, but then Charly Caruso comes by to interview Bayley. What does she have to say to Alexa’s wild accusations of Bayley being a social media bully? Wait, what? There’s even a post saying Bayley wouldn’t take pictures with fans just because they wore Nikki Cross merchandise. Well that’s obviously Alexa posting it! Bayley will sort this out soon enough.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Finally, the so-called fighting champions will defend their titles! Peyton Royce & Billie Kay return to Raw to defend the cross-brand belts against the Goddess of Raw and her crazy new compatriot. But will Alexa’s true colors be shown before going for SmackDown gold on Sunday? Or can she keep the wool over Nikki’s eyes long enough to become a Women’s Triple Crown winner?
Raw returns as Billie & Peyton make their entrance. They made it to the city of angels! Tinsel Town! Stars and A-Listers! Which is perfect for them to defend their Women’s Tag Team Championships in! Against…? Alexa & Nikki! Seriously? Were there no other teams available? Well Alexa was a champ, and she’s tagging with Nikki. That’s like LeBron’s career. He was champion with other teams, and then came to LA and lost. Aw, poor LeBron. The only ones here with bright futures are the two with titles. They are the future, and the future is IICONIC! Strike the pose! But then Nikki and Alexa make their entrance, and we begin this long-awaited tag title match!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. But wait! Bayley makes her own appearance! She wants to make sure Alexa remembers their match is Sunday. Will Alexa be able to focus? Find out, after the break.
Raw returns again, and Alexa starts with Billie. Billie talks trash to tiny, tiny Alexa, but Alexa SLAPS her! Billie gets mad and throws Alexa down by her hair! But then Alexa yanks her into buckles and stomps away! Alexa shouts at the ref for counting, then SLAPS Billie again! Alexa scares Peyton off but Billie gets a sneak attack in. Tag to Peyton, and the IIconics wring, kick and kick Alexa down. IICONIC pose. Bayley looks aggravated by them. Alexa rolls Peyton, TWO! Tag to Nikki, and she throws Peyton around with arm-drags! She Oklahoma Rolls Peyton, TWO! Jawbreaker! Peyton staggers and Nikki dropkicks her down! Nikki climbs up top and leaps, but her crossbody flops! Tag to Billie, and she covers Nikki fast, TWO!
Billie argues with the ref then goes after Nikki at the ropes. She stomps Nikki then clubs her to the IIconic corner. Tag to Peyton and they mug Nikki. Peyton knocks Nikki down then hooks on a half nelson and chinbar. Fans rally for Nikki, which Bayley is all for. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down. Cover, TWO! Peyton is furious now, and she drags Nikki over to tag Billie. The IIconics mug Nikki more, and Billie grinds her boot into Nikki. The IIconics say Nikki is nothing, but she fights out! Nikki clubs away on Billie, then headbutts and whips. Billie holds ropes and kicks back, then clobbers Nikki with a forearm. Billie pushes Alexa off the apron, and Bayley confronts Alexa on the social media lies. Alexa shoves Bayley down!
Meanwhile, Nikki clobbers Billie down! Nikki hits Peyton but Billie rolls Nikki! Bayley goes after Alexa! The IIconics win!!
Winners: The IIconics, by pinfall; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Bayley just cost Alexa and her “friend,” which only helps Alexa’s narrative seem more believable to Nikki. But lies aside, will Alexa truly be the first Raw superstar to hold the SmackDown Women’s Championship?
Alexa and Nikki regroup backstage.
Alexa apologizes, and asks if Nikki’s okay. If only Bayley didn’t interfere, there’d be new women’s tag team champions tonight. Nikki sees Bayley’s true colors! Bayely crushed Nikki’s dreams. But Nikki wants Alexa to do that to Bayley. Nikki will be in Alexa’s corner! Is this all according to plan?
Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Well hey, there! Bray Wyatt is just gardening. Our minds are a lot like gardens. All anyone needs is some water, some sun, and then your ideas will grow! But some ideas are full of worms. Those are no good! There will be people who lie to you. Like people saying the Earth is round. Or that dinosaurs are extinct! What do any of them know? But Brya knows what it’s like to be different. That’s why he built this place! So that we could all be together forever! Him, Mercy, Abby, the again repaired Ramblin’ Rabbit, Ham, Devil Vince. Join them where the fun never has to end. Yes, join us. JOIN US!! “People worship what they fear. Fear is power. Follow the leader.” And do the muscle man dance! REMIX!
The Fiend?! He’s back!? “FOLLOW THE LEADER!!” And let him in.
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
He vowed to destroy Seth Rollins, but Rollins has been destroying a lot of other superstars. What will he do about the super aggressive Architect/ Bryan has a question for them: why has no one taken that chair from Rollins? Is it because management likes seeing Rollins on a rampage? But in the end, Rollins is NOT a better wrestler than Bryan! The Beastslayer has been a badass with the chair, but he has never done and never will do is beat Daniel Bryan! Will the SmackDown Tag Team Champion defeat Raw’s top champion here tonight?
Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!
Raw returns as the Planet’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance! But of course, the Universal Champion isn’t far behind, and he still has that chair! The chair is bent and dented from all the damage it’s done, but will Rollins need to use it a little bit more tonight? Or can he have his match with Bryan and get out before a cash-in?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with Bryan. They tie up and Bryan headlocks to a takeover. Rollins headscissors but Bryan pops out. They go again and roles reverse as Rollins gets the headlock takeover. Bryan stands up instead to power out, but Rollins runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan tosses Rollins out. Bryan builds speed but Rollins punches him away! Rollins springboards for the lariat! Bryan bails out and Rollins runs to DIVE! Direct hit into barriers! Rollins gets back in and keeps going, to DIVE into Rowan’s claws! IRON CLAW to the apron!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
Big Red doesn’t care about DQ’s as he clubs away on Rollins in the ring! Bryan soaks up the heat and Rowan sets Rollins up for the Knee Plus! But then The New Day come out! They go after their old enemies, Trouble in Paradise for Bryan! But then Kevin and Sami come in to go after them! And the Revival, too! They go after Woods, Kofi and Big E, but then the USOS come in! The Usos want after the Revival, and it’s just a crazy brawl! The Usos throw the #TopGuys out, then DOUBLE SUPERKICK Rowan! Big E clotheslines Rowan out! These five fire up and the Usos DOUBLE FLY! They bowl over everyone! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” as referees and security come out!
Bryan and Rollins are still in the ring and there’s going to be a RESTART! There will be a ban for everyone else at ringside, what happens now that things are truly 1v1?!
Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan!
Raw returns once more with the bell! Rollins and Bryan go at each other fast and furious! Rollins whips but Bryan holds ropes. Bryan dumps Rollins way out and hard! Bryan fetches Rollins to throw him into the steel steps! The ref begins a ring count, but Bryan drags Rollins in at 5. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! Bryan runs again, into a clothesline! Both men are down, but LA rallies up for Rollins. Rollins and Bryan slowly stand and Rollins throws punches and chops! He CHOPS then whips, but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan runs, dodges, but gets a Slingblade! Cover, TWO!
Rollins keeps his cool as he gets to his feet. He glares at Bryan as he stomps, “Burn It Down!” Fans chant along and Rollins aims. Mule kick and run, but Bryan avoids the stomp to roll Rollins up! TWO, and Rollins rolls Bryan! TWO, Bryan covers, TWO! Rollins and Bryan stand on wobbly legs, but Bryan throws heavy European Uppercuts. Rollins CHOPS back, and we go back and forth. Then Rollins switches to haymakers and so does Bryan. Bryan goes back to EuroUppers, but the kick misses. He catches the Pele into an Ankle Lock! Rollins flails and reaches, but Bryan shifts his grip to a waistlock, trapped-leg German Suplex! But Rollins falls out of the ring!
LA loves the action as Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan leaps for a flying knee! Rollins goes down hard! Bryan soaks up the heat then drags Rollins up and in at 5 again. Bryan takes his time climbing up high, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up to join Bryan, but Bryan holds on. Bryan fights back with body shots and then headbutts Rollins down. But Rollins is right back up! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow countered! To a LaBell Lock!! Rollins flails and endures as he reaches for ropes again! He claws and crawls, but Bryan shifts to a double arm! But Rollins uses his leg for the ROPEBREAK!
Bryan lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and grimaces as he gets to his feet. Bryan gives Rollins the Yes Kicks! Or should they be the Planet’s Kicks? The buzzsaw hits! Bryan then takes aim at Rollins from a corner. Rollins stands, but catches the knee into a BUCKLE BOMB! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Rollins can’t believe it! But Rollins just keeps moving, going up top. Rollins leaps, but onto knees! LABELL LOCK RETURNS! Rollins endures all over again, but pries out to high stack! TWO, PELE! CURB STOMP! But Rollins has to crawl to his cover, Rollins still wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Finally, the Architect has a win over Daniel Bryan! But just as he gets on stage, Corbin SMACKS Rollins with a chair! This is the Lone Wolf’s revenge from earlier tonight. Corbin SMACKS Rollins again! And again! Corbin drags Rollins into the ring and then drags him up for End of Days! Corbin holds the title up as if he’s already won! But who will his special guest referee be?
Well this was definitely another go-home Raw. There was so much promise going into this, but a lot of it got squandered. We started off better by having Rollins just beat the snot out of Elias as he issues his warning. He got to do a lot of beating of random superstars, which I feel like Rollins needed at this point. There’s only so much you can do with “paranoia” over Mr. MITB cashing in. Rollins should’ve used silver Sharpie to make notches for all the superstars he beat the crap out of. That chaos to “ruin” the “main event” was pretty good, with pretty much the best of both shows’ tag team divisions going after each other. I would love if SmackDown used this to create a massive tag team championship match for no later than Extreme Rules, with the winners being both SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions.
I just wish The Good Brothers/The Club would get back on track towards those belts. It was a good move to have AJ Styles give them a kick in the pants, but I suppose it is a bit soon for them to snap back. This story should give all three something to do for the Summer, and maybe all three are in line for titles come Summerslam. And I really liked how the Shane & Friends stuff turned out. First with Heath Slater, that gets Slater more Face sympathy while getting McIntyre more Heel heat. And then Roman finally gets to just dominate Shane the way he should have at Super Showdown. Roman VS McIntyre should be a good match, but I do dread Shane getting revenge by screwing Roman over again. Maybe this is meant to lead to Extreme Rules, too.
Raw did not do a good job of making it clear that the Fatal 5 contender’s match was Elimination style. But upon realizing it was, that was a smart choice. And I’m honestly surprised it’s Ricochet first up, I thought it’d be Strowman. But they did good at switching that on us, Ricochet VS Joe will be a great match. I don’t see Ricochet winning, though, because I feel it’s much more likely Samoa Joe moves on to face Miz at Extreme Rules for their own intensely personal match. But then Raw basically relies on SmackDown’s teams with that Six Man Tag. Being 2 out of 3 was a great move, if just to stretch for time. Woods & Big E VS Kevin & Sami, however, that’s just to fill the Stomping Grounds card. I wonder if that changes given the tag team brawl and my idea for the titles.
Once again, we see Vince doesn’t care about the Women’s Tag Division, and quite literally puts his plans for the singles titles above it. The IIconics VS Alexa & Nikki was just a framing device to create more heat between Alexa and Bayley. Though I will say, this is good use of the three involved in the SmackDown Women’s Championship scene. Nikki is falling hook, line and sinker for Alexa’s evil plan, and it might actually get Alexa the title. Between this and both tag titles possibly going to the same team, the Brand Split should just end with Summerslam and certainly before SmackDown goes to Fox. We NEED the Kabuki Warriors! And while fans love Becky, she and Lacey didn’t do that much. Their promos were good, but it was just a fast beat down and that’s all, because Becky surely wins again.
My Score: 7.5/10
AAA’s Review & Results 6/16/2019
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Live on Twitch 6/15
Keyra and Hijo Del Tirantes vs Mamba and Maximo
This match wasn’t even remotely advertised. Well a cookie sheet gets introduced really quickly by Tirantes. After getting beat on some Maximo hits a dive through the middle rope. Nothing really happens for a few minutes. This is a really slow paced match. Mamba hits a power bomb on Keyra, reversing her hurricanrana. Tirantes tries to pretend he was fouled. Ref ain’t having it. Tirantes argues with the ref, Maximo kisses him and then rolls him up for the win. Maximo pins Tirantes with a roll up
Winners: Mamba and Maximo
Dr. Wagner comes out for a promo talking about Silver King. Rey Escorpion comes out saying he doesn’t care. Wagner pushes Rey and folks come out to beat him up but Pagano helps Wagner out.
Taya Valkyrie, Lady Shani, and Scarlett Bordeaux vs La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Match starts out much quicker than the first thankfully. An array of trading moves. We get some normal back and forth action before it becomes a brawl again. Taya gets hit with a super kick, stunner, then a german suplex. Scarlett does a canadian destroyer on Tessa. Boy has that move been bastardized. Scarlett power bombs Tormenta but the pin gets broken up. Shani has a flurry on Hiedra and Tormenta and Scarlett hits a dive off of the top to the outside. Daga comes down and super kicks Taya and Tessa hook DDTs her for the win. Tessa pins Taya with a hook DDT
Winners: La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Myzteziz Jr vs Puma King vs Sammy Guevara
A make shift triple threat match. Puma and Myzteziz tried to work on Sammy to start. This match is going at a crazy pace. Myzteziz hits a tornillo splash. Guevara hits one of his own. Myzteziz messes up a hurricanrana spot with Puma. There’s some double team offense with Sammy and Puma. Puma hits an over the top rope dive. Puma counters Myzteziz on the top rope for a power bomb. Sammy comes and hits a shooting star press during the pin to break it up and pin Myzteziz. Sammy Guevara pins Myzteziz Jr with a shooting star press.
Killer Kross comes out. Kross kills Puma King with a kick. He hits a modified F5 on Myzteziz
Winner: Sammy Guevera
Daga vs Laredo Kid
There is a feel out process and then each postures to the crowd. They have some back and forth pinning exchanges and then Daga starts to work him over. Laredo Kid hits a middle rope dive but it hurts him more. Daga takes advantage. It’s really a long casual back and forth. Tessa interferes when Laredo Kid has Daga beat. Laredo Kid goes for a top rope move and Daga low blows him and then double stomps the back of his head for the victory. There was a lot of posturing in this match. They try to remove Laredo Kid’s mask and Taya comes to make the save. Daga pins Laredo Kid with a double stomp to the back of the head.
La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Chessman, Australian Suicide, and Monster Clown
The rudos quickly beat up on the tecnicos. This is pretty much a hardcore match. A trashcan gets introduced fairly early. Chessman brings a chair in. Vikingo uses his agility to gain the advantage on Chessman. Aerostar hits a tornillo splash and then makes Chessman miss an attack and hit Monster Clown. Aerostar climbs a structure which is legit like 25 feet off of the ground. Aerostar cannon balls off of it. What the hell. Suicide hits a piledriver on Vikingo for a close count. They go to the top rope and over rotate on a spanish fly. Vikingo gets crotched and dropped by Suicide. Suicide goes for a sideways shooting star but Vikingo gets the knees up. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Australian Suicide with an imploder 450.
Winners: La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo
Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Taurus, and Killer Kross
Scarlett was a baby face earlier in the night and now she’s heel because she’s with Kevin Kross. They all start brawling on the outside. Dr. Wagner clearly has hair extensions in. It’s hilarious. This is really like 5 on 3 with Scarlett and Hiedra out there. We got cookie sheets and other weapons. Psycho Clown gets his trusty broomstick. Kross is selling on the outside and Scarlett is shielding him. Clown gets his strap and hits everyone with it. Wagner and Escorpion go at it. Kross goes to the top and hits a sloppy frog splash. He goes up to the top again but Puma King comes out and head scissors him. He drops kicks a chair into him then hits a plauncha. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a flip dive off of the apron on Taurus. Clown gets Rey in a pinning combo and Hiedra stops it. Clown makes Rey attack Hiedra and then Rey takes his mask off for the DQ. Escorpion attacks the ref with a cookie sheet. The rudos stand tall at the end. Which is usual for AAA. Psycho Clown wins via mask removal
Winners: Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano
Live on Twitch 6/16 Verano de Escandalo
(Reina de Reinas) Keyra vs Lady Shani (Champ) vs Chik Tormenta
Just as the match was gonna start AAA has technical difficulties. Never change AAA. We finally come back to Keyra having Shani in a pinning combo. They apologize for the technical difficulties. Hey don’t apologize to us, you guys probably have a lot of casual viewers for this show. Lol. Keyra hits a nice hurricanrana and split leg moonsault on Shani. She hits a face buster on Tormenta but Shani breaks up the pin. Tormenta does a running death valley on Keyra into Shani. We are a little sloppy in this match but it’s okay, they’re working hard. Shani does a back stabber on Keyra on the apron. I think that hurts Shani more. Tormenta kicks her and does a knee dive off of the apron. Back in the room they do a tower of doom spot. Keyra kicks out of the power bomb by Shani. Shani hits a northern lights suplex on Keyra but she kicks out. Keyra rolls out of a victory roll and stomps on Shani and then pins her. Interesting finish. Keyra pins Shani with a double stomp into a pinning combo.
The Young Bucks come out for a promo. Fenix comes out with that belt he’ll never defend. Pentagon alerts us Los Lucha Bros have 0 fear. Konnan comes out in a D Wade Jersey and a chair. Looking in the best shape he’s looked in years probably. So basically Lucha Bros turned on Konnan so he brings the Bucks in. Konnan slaps Pentagon and the Bucks come running out. The beat down is on. Definitely got better heat this time than last time they were here. Now the crowd knows to boo them later.
Faby Apache vs Hijo del Tirantes
Time to follow up that segment with this match. Tirantes beats up on Faby to start. Tormenta is at ring side with Tirantes so it’s basically a handicap match. Tirantes smashes Faby with a cookie sheet. Faby dodges the attacks finally and gets the cookie sheet and hits Tirantes and Tormenta. They keep starting up someone’s theme by accident I presume. Sounds like Scarlett’s. Faby is now beating down Tirantes. Crowd’s going crazy for this. I imagine the casual viewers on twitch aren’t. Faby gets a conveniently placed trash can and lid. She goes to put Tirantes in a surfboard stretch but Tormenta comes from behind. Faby hits a face buster on her. Tirantes hits one on her and nearly kills her but she kicks out. Tormenta throws a trash can to Tirantes. Faby drop kicks it and pins him. Faby Apache pins Tirantes with a top rope drop kick into a trash can.
Post match he goes to shake her hand but he beats her down with Tormenta.
Winner: Faby Apache
Maximo and Mamba vs Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Sammy gets on commentary during the Exoticos entrance to tell everyone to check out his youtube page. There’s a ridiculous amount of posturing to start this match. Mamba slaps Sammy and drop kicks him out. And that’s like all that’s happened for 5 minutes. Maximo knocks them out of the ring, and then Mamba comes in to go for dives but Suicide and Guevara enter and super kick them. Sammy and Suicide pretty much just beat them down. They miss spots and Maximo and Mamba kiss them then make them kiss each other. Then they hit middle rope dives. Back in the ring they both hit swanton bombs that get kicked out of. Suicide and Guevara get Maximo and Mamba to the outside. Suicide hits a back flip dive and Guevara hits a tornillo. Guevara hits a swanton bomb. Suicide hits a 450 then hits a middle rope dive on Maximo. Guevara then hits a shooting star press for the win. Sammy Guevara pins Mamba with a shooting star press
Winners: Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Laredo Kid and Taya Valkyrie vs Daga and Tessa Blanchard
Taya and Tessa start fighting to start. Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana on Daga and Taya kicks Tessa to the outside. They go for dives but Tessa and Daga get back in. Tessa is clearly jawing at someone in the crowd. Tessa spent time working on Taya. Taya gets the hot tag to Laredo and he hits a michinoku driver on Laredo followed by two moonsaults. Daga catches him and hits a neck breaker. Tessa hits a cutter on Laredo. Taya attacks her. She hits her of of the apron and Daga catches her. Taya hits a dive onto them, then Laredo Kid hits a moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring Daga hits a kicking combo on Taya. Daga hits a back stabber but Laredo breaks up the pin. Laredo hits a 450 on Daga but Tessa breaks it up. Daga pulls out brass knuckles and goes to punch Laredo but he ducks and Daga hits Tessa. They go to the top and fight and Laredo Kid hits a Laredo Fly on Daga for the win. Laredo Kid pins Daga with a Laredo Fly
Winners: Laredo Kid and Taya
Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King vs Chessman, Monster Clown, and Killer Kross
Kross coming out with Scarlett. Monster Clown grabs a kid out of the crowd because why not. We are wasting no time and it’s time for some brawling. They’re beating down the tecnicos with weapons. Scarlett is getting involved so it’s like a 4 on 3. Pagano tries a handspring attack and it goes very bad. Kross choke slams him. Scarlett seduces Aerostar then hits a Canadian Destroyer. Aerostar gets launched and hits a hurricanrana on Monster Clown. Scarlett hits Kross by accident. Aerostar hits a fast paced dive on Monster. Pagano hits a middle rope dive on Chessman. Puma hits one on Kross. Dives everywhere. Pagano completely misses a leg drop on Chessman. Pagano completely fucks up a middle rope dive by bouncing off the ropes. Aerostar climbs the structure and dives off of it. And he bounces off the floor. What’s wrong him. A ladder gets set up and Puma power bombs Chessman through it for the win. Puma King power bombs Chessman through a ladder for the pin.
Kross beats up Puma post match. He hits an F5 and a power bomb and takes Puma’s mask.
Winners: Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King
La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Match starts with a beat down. Naturally. Rudos beating down tecnicos. They throw Vikingo with a rope by the balls and then Hiedra drop kicks him. Hugo asks if that’s a foul as La Parka comes in with a chair. Myzteziz almost breaks him neck on a failed shooting star attempt. Vikingo shows him how to do it. Back in the ring Myzteziz does a few spots redeeming himself. Vikingo gets offense in on Escorpion. Tries a springboard dragonranna but messes up. Eventually he hits a hurricanrana to the outside. La Parka does a plethora of goofy spots. Myzteziz goes for a dragonranna on Escorpion but he counters with a power bomb through chairs. Vikingo slams Hiedra and hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Hiedra with an imploder 450.
They beat down Vikingo post match.
Winners: La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo
(AAA Tag team titles) Pentagon Jr and Fenix vs Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson (Champs)
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.
Winners: Pentagon and Fenix
Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr and Taurus
There’s some posturing and now the match is on. Wagner and Demon quickly brawl into the crowd. Actually all 4 of them are brawling. Wagner is bleeding already. Finally after a long beat down Wagner and Psycho make a come back. Wagner back drops Taurus to the outside and Clown hits a dive through the middle turnbuckle. Wagner hits a senton splash on Demon. Wagner rips Demon’s mask and bites him. Clown breaks a broom over Taurus’ back. Blue Demon is bleeding badly now. Taurus sets up a table. Clown hits the double stomp in the corner for a two count. Taurus misses a corner attack and then Clown hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner back drops Demon onto a table. Wagner then hits a michinoku driver for the win. Dr. Wagner pins Blue Demon with a Michinoku driver
Winners: Pscyho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr