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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!!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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

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Last week’s Raw saw the return of Degeneration X, and their challenge of the Brothers of Destruction! Will Kane & The Undertaker give us all their answer?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
  • Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Moon & Jax win.
  • WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
  • Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers; Finn wins.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze; Lashley wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle; The AoP wins.
  • Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins, by disqualification.
  • Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Shield wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Philadelphia is BRAUN!

The Monster Among Men and his Pack head out to the ring, still feeling great after having defeated The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team rematch last week on Raw. Braun Strowman moves on towards the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in a Triple Threat against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, while the Raw Tag Team Champions split the other two Shield Brothers in their Crown Jewel World Cup qualifiers. Dolph Ziggler speaks first, saying the WWE Universe is looking at the greatest trio in WWE History. Drew McIntyre says they didn’t need matching outfits to do it, either. Strowman says they proved it last week, and will prove it again against anyone, anywhere! But if you didn’t see it, here’s the footage.

A highlight reel plays to show the final moments, where Ambrose would be caught off guard by a Claymore kick. Ambrose would be so upset that he just stormed out of the ring. Afterward, Ambrose was interviewed, and said, “I don’t get it. Maybe I just don’t belong anywhere anymore.” McIntyre claims he hates to tell us “I told you so,” but he does. The Pack broke The Shield, and can only imagine where Ambrose is as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the Shield agenda. Roman and Rollins are the only members who ever benefited from that team. But The Pack has spoken the truth, and only now has Ambrose opened his eyes to see it, and the Shield has been shattered. Strowman adds that at this rate, The Shield won’t be around to help The Big Dog at Crown Jewel!

And speaking of, that brings us to the WWE World Cup. McIntyre will mow through Rollins, then the entire field of eight, and prove he’s the best in the world! However, Ziggler points out his own qualifier, and who knows, these two might meet in the finals and Ziggler wins. That would be a shame, Ziggler. Ziggler’s great, but buddy, you’re no McIntyre. He knows, because he’s the most consistent superstar in WWE, just check the math. Strowman says that as great as both these two are, Strowman makes sure Roman and Lesnar both #GetTheseHands! But wait, here comes The Shield! Not from the stands, but from the stage. However, it’s only Roman and Rollins?

Rollins speaks up, saying there’s some bad news. The Shield isn’t shattered or broken, they’re alive and well! But they were also listening about who is the best in the world, and there’s news for McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins will win and prove to everyone that he is the best. What a great speech from two-thirds of The Shield! But seriously, where is their “brother” Ambrose? Not that these two egomaniacs care that Ambrose accepted the truth. Ziggler doesn’t really care, either, he’ll take a forfeit. Shut up, Ziggler, you’re not getting a forfeit. Ambrose runs on Ambrose time, so he’ll do what he wants when he wants. Ambrose always shows up. But the funny thing is, they should worry more about these titles. Well, not that they’re ever get near them. And Strowman goes to the back of the line after Crown Jewel.

Rollins has always liked Philly, but you know why? The cheese steaks, but also because Philly is a fighting town! McIntyre’s already out here, Rollins is already out here, so let’s have their match NOW! McIntyre accepts, and no one comes out to say “no”, so it’s happening next!

 

WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!

Raw returns as The Architect and the Scottish Stud both fight for the right to join the eight-man, one-day tournament to crown the best in the WWE today! They circle while fans chant “Burn it Down!” McIntyre powers Rollins to a corner, then dares him to come out. Rollins does and he circles with McIntyre again. Rollins gets a waistlock but McIntyre pries it off. McIntyre gets the headlock but Rollins works his way out, only for McIntyre to put it back on. McIntyre grinds Rollins down, and holds on as Rollins works to power out. Rollins works against the hold again, ad pops out the back. He wrenches the arm and yanks on it, but gets a forearm for it! McIntyre puts the headlock back on, but Rollins powers out. McIntyre runs him over, then things speed up.

Rollins tries a hip toss but ducks McIntyre’s clothesline counter to then dropkick McIntyre. He keeps moving but runs into a kick from McIntyre. McIntyre lifts Rollins but Rollins headscissors him out. Fans fire up and Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! But McIntyre catches him for an overhead suplex! McIntyre drags Rollins up and in, then stalks him to the far side. Rollins bails out, but McIntyre pursues. He exposes the ring frame, but Rollins rams him into it! Then into the barriers! Rollins drags McIntyre up but here comes Ziggler! The Show-Off distracts Rollins and McIntyre crawls under the ring. Ziggler backs off and McIntyre reels Rollins into the frame! The Pack helps each other out to get control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollins fights his way out of the armlock. Ziggler stays ringside to coach McIntyre, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Both McIntyre and Rollins are down, but Rollins gets to the apron. Rollins fires himself up, then springboards in. McIntyre gets under but Rollins evades him to slingblade! Rollins gets to a corner but McIntyre is on him with a back elbow. McIntyre drags Rollins out by his legs, but Rollins turns the inverted Alabama Slam into a victory roll! TWO! Rollins dodges and sends McIntyre into the post! Then he hops up and jumps for the blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Ziggler is relieved. Fans rally up with “Burn it Down!” and Rollins stands up. Rollins climbs up a corner, but McIntyre stops him with a right.

McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. He lifts Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins swing kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Rollins climbs back up, but McIntyre sits up to throw him off! Both men are down again, but now McIntyre climbs up. Rollins stands, leaps up and SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow from McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again as Rollins survives the halfway counter. McIntyre stands and punches Rollins, but Rollins throws punches back. McIntyre kicks and chops, but Rollins reverse the whip. Rollins dodges the boot and hits the enizguri, to mule kick! Rollins stomps but Ziggler distracts again. But Rollins still stops McIntyre, and clotheslines him out, to DIVE on Ziggler! Then DIVE on McIntyre!

Rollins keeps moving and McIntyre gets back in, Mule kick, but Ziggler holds the ropes to send Rollins tumbling out! But here comes Ambrose! From behind! Ambrose throws Ziggler down but McIntyre clobbers Ambrose. CURB STOMP for McIntyre on the ground! A ring count has reached 8, McIntyre misses it!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by Count-Out; qualifies for the WWE World Cup

The Lunatic Fringe helps out his brother and now The Architect joins a star-studded field at Crown Jewel! But #AmbroseTime is still to come, can he defeat the Show-Off to bring all three Shield brothers to Saudi Arabia?

 

The Shield walk together backstage.

Rollins knew Ambrose would show up, he runs on Lunatic Time but it all works out. What did Rollins call him? What? He didn’t call him anything. Ambrose is the funny one, right? The one they need in case of emergencies. It’s not like that! Ambrose knows they didn’t mean it like that, but he’s got his own problems to take care of now. Ambrose’s mood seems more unstable than usual. Are Rollins and Roman sure there aren’t cracks in their Shield?

 

From the bowels of the arena, The Brothers of Destruction speak.

“Respect? Triple H and Shawn Michaels want to lecture us on respect?” The respect Undertaker and Kane had for DX died from DX’s own dishonesty. This reunion is built on a bed of lies. Michaels claims he stayed away out of respect, but deep down in his soul, what killed him in the shadows was nothing more than fear. The fear that HBK would feel helpless all over again. Fear that he’d be humiliated again. And fear that Taker would put HBK so far down, he’d never be able to return.

Crown Jewel will see the Brothers of Destruction reunite to face DX for the first time ever! And it will be where all of HBK’s fears come true. HHH won a battle in Melbourne, but he started a war that begins and ends at Crown Jewel. Then he can slink back to his boardroom while HBK can shuffle away to retirement. “Are you ready?” Their answer: “Rest… In… Peace…!”

 

Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!

The War Goddess and Irresistible Force know that the enemy of an enemy is a friend. Therefore, they’ve become fast friends over having common enemies in Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox & Mickie James. However, Dana has a returning superstar on her side as the Daughter of Superfly is back on Raw! These four women, plus Alicia and the IIconics are just the first of many to enter the WWE Evolution Battle Royal! The winner of that match gets a future Women’s Championship match on their brand, but who here tonight will gain major moment towards that monumental night?

Ember and Dana start with the bell and tie up. They push each other around the ring, and Dana puts Ember in a corner. Dana bounces Ember off buckles, then backs off at the ref’s count. Ember comes out but Dana gets her in a waistlock. Ember pries against the hold then bumps Dana off. She runs but Dana follows to run Ember over. Ember kips up while Dana brags, then sweeps the legs! Oklahoma roll cover, TWO! Ember whips but Dana reverses to a knee. Dana bounces Ember off buckles to then tag in Tamina. Tamina stomps and snapmares Ember into a chinlock and armlock. Fans rally up and Ember powers up to her feet. Tamina drags Ember back down while we learn of more SmackDown entrants, from Asuka to Lana to Carmella.

Ember endures and fans rally up. She stands and arm-drags Tamina off, but Tamina runs her right over. Tamina brings Ember over to then toss her to Nia’s corner! Tamina dares Nia to tag in, so Nia does. These two powerhouses circle, and Tamina dodges Nia’s punch to fire off her own. Nia pushes Tamina to corner splash, then rolls for a blockbuster! She kicks Tamina to a corner but runs into buckles. Tamina stomps then headbutts Nia. Nia headbutts back, so Tamina gives another. Tamina adds another headbutt, but Nia dodges the superkick to scoop her. Tamina slips out of the Samoan Drop to then lift Nia. Nia slips out and headbutts Tamina back. But Tamina still gets the Samoan Drop!? Both women are down but fans are loving this!

Nia and Tamina crawl for their corners, hot tag to Dana! Dana goes after Nia with fast hands, but Nia throws her at the corner. Nia runs in for a big splash, then tag to Ember. Ember climbs up while Dana staggers, into an Eclipse! Cover, Ember & Nia win!

Winners: Nia Jax & Ember Moon, Ember pinning

The Prophecy of Flame and the Game Changer win this one, but Tamina wants more! She and Nia stare down while Ember tries to keep the peace. Tamina shoves Ember, Nia shoves Tamina, Tamina SUPERKICKS Nia! But then everyone in the ring realizes that battle royal is coming, so Ember and Tamina dump Nia out of the ring! There are no friends in a shot at the Women’s Championship, so Ember goes after Tamina! Tamina fights Ember off and then powers Ember up on the ropes. Ember resists, Dana comes in to dump them both out! Can the former statistician use numbers to her advantage and become #1 contender?

 

Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!

The Raw Women’s Champion stood tall with The Bellas both in Melbourne and on last week’s episode, but Nikki & Brie waited until they were back in the states to blindside and betray the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Nikki gets her shot at the title but Brie will be in her corner at WWE Evolution. Tonight, Ronda has Philly on her side as she speaks. Everyone knows what happened last week. Ronda wants an explanation. The Bellas owe her that much. Ronda waits, and the Bellas appear.

Nikki & Brie says that no one here paid to see Ronda, they paid to see the twins. Fans boo, because that’s not true. But as for that explanation, Ronda isn’t owed one. This is show business, not show friends. Ronda disrespected The Bellas first by disregarding what they’ve down for the WWE. Did Ronda think they’d sit back and just watch? Ronda is why they’re back, because they were cringing at Ronda leading the (R)Evolution. She doesn’t deserve to be here, she’s a loser! She never deserved that title match, nor deserves to have that title. Nikki gives us a history lesson: they made Diva mean something. They made “Diva” strong. Total Divas and Total Bellas are what put Women’s Wrestling on the map! They’ve done more in that ring than Ronda ever will. Nikki is the longest reigning Diva’s Champion, and that current championship wouldn’t exist without the Bellas.

Ronda tries to speak but Nikki interrupts. Is she going to try and break their arms? Philly wants her to! But Ronda stays in the ring as she says she was trying to be respectful. She knew WWE was their home first, and was trying not to be judgmental, even though the Diva’s Era made her sick to stomach. They did the best they could with the best they had. When the Bellas came up to her, she thought they were so cool and accepting. She hoped they could be sister soldiers driving this (R)Evolution together! But that was Ronda’s mistake for being idealistic and naive. The Bellas are the embodiment of a stereotype: DNB, the Do Nothing Bellas.

The Bellas weren’t supporting Ronda, they were just after the spotlight, and Ronda has never seen such desperation for attention. The only thing the Bellas did that was impressive was how far they got with minimum talent! They leech off the names of their men! They plagiarize and dilute those men’s moveset. The Bellas are just relics of the past waiting to be eliminated ilke smallpox. The wait is over, because Ronda could easily rip their arms off and beat them with them! Only the referees will be able to stop Ronda and even they’re not that good. But Ronda is more than a pretty face. She will ruin them. It doesn’t matter how much money is poured into marketing, “Bella” will become a four letter word!

Oh so the Bellas are talent-less diseases? “YES! YES!” Anyone who thinks that is just jealous! The word “Bella” has done more last week than Ronda has her entire WWE career. “You’re welcome.” The Bellas are the ground breakers, have knocked down more barriers and doors. Ronda doesn’t even compare. Really? Knocked down doors? Ronda’s been doing that her entire career, from judo to Strike Force to UFC and now, in the Bellas’ home of the WWE! The only door Nikki ever knocked down was to Cena’s bedroom! WHOA~! Brie holds Nikki back but Philly explodes with that one! Oh, and Cena threw Nikki out that same door. So are those two gonna catch this ass-whooping or is she gonna have to go up there?

Nikki & Brie throw down the mics, storm down the ramp, but then Nikki simply swivels those hips while security backs them up. Ronda meets the security, and knocks them down! The Bellas go running and Ronda holds down the ring. Philly is on fire and Ronda is just as heated. Will Evolution see a Diva holding her own? Or will she only be holding her broken arm after the Rowdy Women’s Champion gets through with her?

 

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable talk with someone back stage.

It’s Kurt Angle! He looks so relaxed. Yes, Angle owes Stephanie so much for this “vacation”. His stress level is way, way down. Gable would love a hat like that. Check out that shirt, though. It’s absolutely… GLORIOUS! They move on but Angle now parties with No Way Jose and his conga line! But then, Baron Corbin comes by. Angle must think he’s pretty smart, huh? How long has it been since Angle wrestled 1v1 anyway? 12 years. Then to help Angle prepare, Corbin has a match for him. But Angle didn’t bring his gear. Corbin’s sure Angle will figure something out, in this Handicap Match with the Authors of Pain! Does the Olympic Gold Medalist stand a chance against two behemoths at once?

 

WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Lunatic Fringe may no longer like that nickname, but he’s still very much that with his behavior tonight. Will he be able to focus his frenzy and qualify for the World Cup like the Architect? Or will the Show-Off take advantage of his instability instead?

Raw returns as Ziggler makes his entrance, then the bell rings as we begin. They circle and tie up and Ambrose gets the hammerlock to headlock. Ambrose gets a headlock takeover, but Ziggler powers up and out. Ambrose runs him over with a shoulder, covers, TWO! The Lunatic keeps on Ziggler with a snapmare and crossface forearms. Cover, TWO! Ambrose snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a corner but Ambrose is on him. Ziggler elbows him away, then gives Ambrose a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler wraps him up in a sleeper hold and body scissor. Ambrose endures, then rolls to his knees. Fans rally up as he stands up and powers out. Ziggler kicks him low then turns him, but Ambrose powers out of the neckbreaker. Things speed up and Ambrose catches Ziggler to a Fall Away Slam!

Ziggler rolls out of the ring but Ambrose is on him. Ambrose throws Ziggler hard into barriers, then all the way to the other side! He drags Ziggler up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Ambrose leaps for the Lunatic Elbow but Ziggler gets under. Ziggler turns Ambrose around but Ambrose trips him up. Ambrose wants the Cloverleaf but Ziggler denies. Ziggler runs into a boot, then Ambrose heads up. Ziggler leaps up to join him, for a SUPER Facebuster! Both men are down as we go to break!

Raw returns as Ziggler scrapes his laces on Ambrose’s face. Ziggler then aims, but Ambrose counters the superkick into a catapult! Ziggler hits off the post then slumps to the mat. Ambrose gets up while Ziggler comes back out. Ambrose ducks to then club and clothesline Ziggler. He whips Ziggler to run him over with an elbow, then drags him back pup for a suplex onto the ropes! Ziggler bounces off and to the mat, where Ambrose is ready with double chicken wings. Ziggler fights out, then leaps, but the DDT is denied. Sunset flip but Ambrose turns it to a Cloverleaf! Ambrose bends Ziggler back in the middle of the ring! Ziggler drags himself towards ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Ambrose holds on to 4 before letting go.

Ambrose gets up but walks into a hotshot on the ropes. Ziggler runs in but misses his corner splash. Ambrose double chicken wing, DODON BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Show-Off survives but the Lunatic Fringe is far from out of ideas. Ambrose climbs back up but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs up to join Ambrose, but Ambrose resists to then send Ziggler down with a gordbuster! Ambrose adjusts but McIntyer comes out! Rollins stops him but Ambrose decides to jump on McIntyre! Rollins helps Ambrose up but Ambrose shoves him away. Ambrose runs into the ring, and into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; qualifies for the WWE World Cup

The Raw half of the tournament is full, and Ziggler is the last man in! Rollins can’t understand why Ambrose pushed him, but Rollins enters the ring to try and talk to Ambrose. Ambrose stands up and sees Rollins, but Ambrose just pushes past his friend. Rollins pursues, not giving up on Ambrose, but they start shoving each other. Roman comes out to keep the peace, and now Baron Corbin comes out!

The Constable sees The Shield bickering and wonders if they’re still having problems. The last thing he wants is for this team to break up on his watch. So he’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves in a special rematch from last week. The Shield VS The Pack III, tonight! Even if The Shield wasn’t arguing within itself, two members have already competed and exhausted themselves. Will they be able to survive the wild dogs of war? Or is this night the last night The Shield will be standing together?

 

Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre talk backstage.

The Show-Off is so fired up, because he knew they’d get the better of The Shield. Tonight will finally be the night! The Shield is cracked and will shatter. Ambrose is vulnerable, and while Strowman wants after Roman, he needs to first crush Ambrose & Rollins while Roman watches. Strowman isn’t dumb. He knows how to hurt The Shield, so the other two need to listen. If they screw up out there, he promises they’ll #GetTheseHands, too. The Pack doesn’t seem as well-put-together, either. Will The Shield or The Pack break first?

 

Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers!

The Extraordinary Man has his Huggable Mixed Match Challenge partner by his side in another match with the Modern Day Maharaja! Will Finn keep his win streak going? Or will #Mahalicia finally get some semblance of payback here in Philly?

Raw returns as both men stand in the ring. They circle with the bell and Mahal kicks low. Mahal scoops and slams Finn fast, then covers. TWO, so Mahal drives in his knees. Mahal wraps Finn in a chinlock, but fans rally up for Finn. Finn stands up but Mahal brings him back down to the mat. Alicia high-fives with each Singh brother as Mahal keeps Finn down. Finn feeds off the energy as the fans rally up again. Mahal knees low but FInn reverses the whip. Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick him down! Finn drags Mahal up but Mahal powers him to a corner. Mahal runs into boots, Finn hits the slingblade! Finn shotgun dropkicks Mahal down, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

But wait, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush are headed out here? The Manager of the Hour leads his client down to the ring, and then into the ring. Lashley stares down with Finn as Lio says that Finn wishes he looked more like Lashley. Lashley shows off as Lio talks him up. Bayley backs Finn off while Lashley continues to literally flex on him. The Rocky Mountain Machine and his 23 year old piece of gold rain on Finn’s parade, but has his own match next. Will his new found ego be his downfall? Or is he truly the Heavyweight that’s back to Dominate?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze!

Raw returns and Lio continues to hype up “My Man, Bobby Lashley!” He tries to start up a chant but Philly boos. The bell rings and Breeze is wary of Lashley. But Lio says The Big Man isn’t ready yet. Show them the money pose! There it is! Lashley postures on the top rope again, showing that vascularity, but Breeze is actually wanting to have this match. Lio says no one looks as good as Lashley, and Lashley continues to flex. Breeze and Lashley finally circle, and Lashley powers Breeze to a corner. Lashley toys with Breeze and continues to flex. Breeze dodges but is powered away. Breeze ducks to enziguri! Lashley is stunned, Breeze hops up, and he leaps, but into Lashley’s arms! Lashley switches to the Vertigo Suplex! One handed! Lashley slams Breeze down and Lio cheers him on.

But Lashley isn’t done with Breeze, he lifts him for a Full Nelson! He thrashes Breeze around then throws him down. Lio likes what he sees as Lashley tackles Breeze in the corner. Lashley brings Breeze out and flexes again. Breeze fires off with fast hands and a dropkick! Breeze runs, but into a powerslam! Lio continues to chant for Lashley but Philly still boos. Lashley deadlift gut wrenches Breeze onto his shoulder, then drops him with the AK! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

The Rocky Mountain Machine only lets Lio Rush raise his hand in victory. This new combination of Lashley’s strength and Lio’s mouth look to run all over the Raw roster. Does anyone stand a chance of stopping them?

 

Trish Stratus & Lita are here!

The two Hall of Fame women’s champions were powerful rivals during their time in the WWE, but now they’re allied against the sassy little Goddess and her own former six-time Women’s Champion best friend. WWE Evolution will have a tag team match with no less than 20 title reigns in total, but tonight, Lita and Trish address Philly. They feel great to be back, because one week from Sunday is the first ever All Women’s PPV. Lita knows Trish knows they’ll– Before she can finish her statement, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James appear! Alexa says she’s got this. From a present hall of famer to a future one, Alexa knows. Lita is worried that she and Trish will be humiliated! How are they going to compete with The Goddess? She’ll run circles around them! Judging from the looks on their faces, Alexa nailed it.

Mickie says Alexa was spot on. She’ll be Trish. Oh yes, if anyone knows Trish, it’s Mickie. Mickie’s Trish believes Mickie continues to elevate herself every single night. And they’ll finally end Stratusfaction! Alexa says Mickie nailed it. But Mickie forgot the Stratus point, too. It’s in the hips. But to face facts, Trish & Lita haven’t been in a ring in a long, long, looooong time. And while those two were kicking back, Mickie & Alexa have been kicking butt. This is the epitome of nostalgia, but nostalgia is fleeting. If Trish & Lita think they can walk right in and beat two of the best, they’re so wrong. Mickie & Alexa travel the world, it’ll be so easy. Trish & Lita should just go home, find their wrestling gear way in the back of the closet. If they think they can just win right off the couch, they’re sadly mistaken.

Are these two serious? Evolution will allow all the women in the WWE to make history, and you’re out here talking ’bout practice? Practice? Alexa & Mickie could make their careers with this match, but they’re talking ’bout practice. Practice? Philly likes the reference. But maybe Alexa & Mickie are right. The Hall of Famers should practice. Yes, some practice. Right now! Lita & Trish dare Alexa & Mickie to go, but Alexa & Mickie says they practice how they play. The jackets come off, but then go right back on. The Goddess and friend will wait for October 28th, but will they regret overlooking two hall of fame superstars?

 

Bayley encounters the Riott Squad.

Aw no, someone save Liv Morgan from a hug! Sarah Logan can’t see anything from that blinding smile. But Ruby says there’s no worries. Bayley doesn’t have her best friend Sasha Banks, and can’t call on Finn Balor. Bayley’s only real power is running away from a fight. Will the Squad get away with teasing the Huggable One?

 

The Conquistador is in the ring!

The last we knew, the man in gold was the gold medalist. Is Angle resorting to his golden bodysuit because he doesn’t have his ring gear?

2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle!

Akam & Rezar don’t care about Angle’s legacy, they only destroy what they’re aimed after. The Constable plans for this 2v1 beating to be payback on Angle for Angle taking away his shot at the World Cup. Will his plans go the way he wants? Or does Angle have something up his golden sleeves?

The bell rings and Akam starts while Corbin has a seat on the stage. Akam swings on Conquistador Angle but ends up in a waistlock. He elbows out before Angle can throw him with a German Suplex. Akam powers Angle to a corner then whips him corner to corner. Angle dodges an drolls Akam but Rezar tagged in. Rezar boots Angle down before he can put on the Angle Lock. Rezar runs him over with a clothesline, then tags in Akam. The AoP drag Angle up, and give him the suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, AoP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning

Corbin is proud of these two, as is Maverick. But then Maverick realizes this isn’t Angle at all! Akam sits Conquistador up and takes off the mask. That’s definitely NOT Angle! Especially since Angle comes up behind Corbin to give him an Angle Slam! Angle gets the better of Corbin and AoP, but will he still be able to enjoy his “vacation”? Or will Corbin come up with something worse for him later?

 

The Riott Squad “decorate” Natalya’s dressing room.

They give it a heaping helping of ketchup and mustard. They think it’s hilarious, but will Natty have the last laugh?

 

Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!

The Queen of Harts still owes the Squad for the beating weeks before Super Show-Down, but she doesn’t have any back-up right now. Can she survive against such numbers at ringside? Or will Ruby and her girls #StartaRiott?

Natty has a mic as she comes out, because she says, “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Did you honestly think that I’m gonna walk blindly to the ring with you and your hooligan friends ready to attack me three on one?” No. She has back-up after all! It’s Bayley! AND Sasha Banks! The Legit Boss is back from injury, and is ready to team with her friends! The bell rings and Natty goes right at Ruby! Ruby gets to ropes but Natty is on her. The ref brings Natty back and Ruby mule kicks her. Ruby throws forearms, then throws Natty down by her hair. Cover, ONE, but Ruby keeps on Natty with a chinlock. Ruby stares Bayley & Banks down, but Natty fights out of the hold. Ruby throws her down again, then covers, TWO!

Bayley, Banks and Ruby trash talk, Natty rolls Ruby up! TWO and Ruby kicks Natty down. Ruby covers, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated. Ruby puts Natty in a cravat, but fans rally up again. Natty gets up, arm-drags out, but runs into an STO! Cover, TWO! The Squad is further frustrated, but Natty gets to a corner. Ruby is on Natty with shoulders into the stomach, then backs off to run back in. Natty dodges and denies Deadly Nightshade to then dump Ruby out. The Squad regroups while Natty recovers in the ring. Ruby gets in and grabs Natty by her hair. She brings Natty up but Natty SLAPS Ruby! Then takedown, to the Sharpshooter! Ruby endures, Sarah chopblocks!

Winner: Natalya, by disqualification

The fight is on! Sarah & Liv brawl with Bayley & Banks and toss them back out. The Squad focuses on Natty, lifting Natty up for Ruby to run. But Bayley & Banks drag Ruby out then double Thesz Press! Sasha knees Sarah and Bayley gives her a saido suplex. Liv runs into the backstabber, to Bayley2Belly! Natty has Ruby with a German Suplex! The Queen of Harts stands tall with the #LegitHuggable duo. Will they get the better the Squad? Or will it take just a little longer to #StartaRiott?

 

Elias sees his daily selection of guitar picks.

However, he is very upset. There is not a single green one among them! The stagehand says he couldn’t find a green one, so Elias tosses the whole bunch back in his face. The green one was in his hair. It was a test, and this guy failed. The Drifter is ready for his performance, will he go uninterrupted this time?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

“My eyes are like a crystal ball and you are looking into the future.” The future hinges on the one universal truth that even John Cena knows deep down, that WWE really stands for ‘Walk With Elias!” Elias says that he was having lunch with Carson Wentz earlier today, and talked about his injuries from last season. The injuries were painful but the real pain was psychological, like pretending to care about the city of Philadelphia. Philly of course boos, but Elias continues to say that “Gritty” is not a good mascot. But Gritty is the spitting image of the people: a fat, googly-eyed slob! So please, silence phones, hold applause and while it’s hard for Philadelphians to do, shut mouths! But here comes Apollo Crews!

Elias calls for the guys to cut the music. Apollo apologizes, but just wanted to interrupt Elias once. It felt like his turn, that’s all. Well of course Apollo interrupts Elias, Elias is the best thing going. But Apollo better pray to stay on Elias’s good side, because Apollo’s career is in Elias’s hands now. Elias is not gonna make a start out of Apollo tonight. Apollo admits he’s not like Elias, with the guitar and the singing and the jokes. But that doesn’t matter when he steps inside the ring. True, Apollo is apparently talented. But Elias has never seen it. Like how no one’s seen Bigfoot of the Flyers win the Stanley Cup. Or like Elias being taken serious as a musician. Apollo has hold himself back for too long, seeing so many people pass him up, including Elias. “And straight up, I’m sick of it.”

Elias can understand, being compared to such a star as himself! Compared to him, who is Apollo? Is Apollo not getting this? Elias can show you what happens when you interrupt him. Elias puts his guitar and stool aside, takes off the scarf and headset, but Apollo is ready with an enziguri! Then the trophy lift, that he holds onto for a good 10 seconds before dumping Elias down! Apollo says “That’s who I am!” Apollo has all the talent he needs, but when and where will he get the opportunities?

 

Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!

The Hounds of Justice won in Melbourne, but the Dogs of War won in Chicago. Philadelphia is the site of this major tiebreaker, but both teams are looking ready to crack at any moment. Can Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose hold it together? Or will Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler outlast them on the road to Crown Jewel?

The tension is high as both teams stand across from each other. The bell rings and the ref asks the teams to sort out. Rollins steps up for The Shield, Strowman tells Ziggler to carry his weight. Ziggler takes the start and circles with Rollins. They tie up and Ziggler gets a headlock. Ziggler wants Strowman to see what he’s doing because he can do it all day long. Rollins powers out and things speed up. Ziggler leaps into Rollins’ arms, for a scoop slam! Rollins brings Ziggler over, tags to Ambrose, and snapmares Ziggler for Ambrose’s sliding lariat. Rollins adds a knee drop and Ambrose drops an elbow. Cover, ONE, but Ambrose keeps on Ziggler. Tag back to Rollins and they double whip Ziggler into double shoulders and a split of the wishbone.

Strowman protests the double teaming while Ziggler scrambles away. Ziggler shoves Rollins into Ambrose! Ambrose takes offense but Rollins says it was Ziggler’s doing. Ziggler gets away while Roman comes in to keep the peace again. The Monster Among Men wipes them all out! Ziggler hits Roman with the DDT! Cover, TWO!! The Pack almost finished it here, but the match continues while we go to break.

Raw returns and McIntyre grinds Roman into the mat with a forearm. Fans rally up and Roman fights up to his feet. Roman punches out of the hold, then runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Again the Pack almost ended it but Roman survives. Tag to Ziggler and the Raw Tag Team Champions mug Roman on the mat. Ziggler stomps and stalks Roman, then puts on an armlock of his own. Roman endures again as fans build to another rally. Roman fights Ziggler off and arm-drags him away. He rallies with lariats, then crawls for his corner. Strowman shouts for the tag, but Ziggler gives it to McIntyre.

McIntyre whips Roman but Roman leaps for another lariat! Roman again crawls for his corner and McIntyre rolls. Hot tag to Strowman, who is right on Roman. He whips and squashes Roman in the corner, then says “This is how you take care of stuff!” But McIntyre tags back in! McIntyre stomps a mudhole but then Strowman tags back in. The tension mounts as Strowman barks at McIntyre. McIntyre dares Strowman to get the job done then, so Strowman drags Roman out for a headbutt and a one-handed whip. Strowman runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Roman staggers but lifts Strowman. Strowman is too much, but he still misses in the corner. Roman tries again, and gets the Samoan Drop! Both men crawl for their corners, but McIntyre & Ziggler ditch the tag to blast Rollins & Ambrose down!

The Pack regroups, Ziggler tags in then tags McIntyre. They both go after Roman, Claymore ZigZag! Cover, but Rollins AND Ambrose break it! They kick Ziggler out then coach Roman up. Roman comes to and crawls for his corner, but McIntyre climbs up top. McIntyre leaps into an uppercut! Tag to Rollins! Springboard clothesline, then tag to Ambrose. They double clothesline McIntyre around then out of the ring. Strowman runs back in but misses, they double shoulder him out! Ambrose & Rollins build speed, to double DIVE on the tag team champions! Rollins & Ambrose keep moving, to double DIVE on Strowman! But he catches them both, so Roman saves them with a flying SUPERMAN PUNCH! Ambrose climbs up top, to leap at McIntyre, but McIntyre boots him. McIntyre goes for the legs but Ambrose jackknifes! Ziggler breaks the cover, but Rollins throws him out.

Rollins enziguris McIntyre, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds! Cover, but Ziggler barrels Rollins into Ambrose again! Everyone is down again, but Ambrose and Rollins sit up first. Rollins again explains, but Ambrose is again upset. Ambrose turns around, but Rollins turns him back around, and Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds! Rollins powers out of it, Ziggler shoves them into each other again!! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious, but McIntyre is back. They bring Ambrose up, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Ziggler, but Strowman scoops Roman. Roman slips out, and dodges Strowman again. McIntyre runs in but Roman dodges, the Claymore takes out Strowman!! McIntyre realizes what happened, but runs into a SPEAR!!

But Ziggler is lurking, only to be denied his ZigZag. SHIELD BOMB OUTTA NOWHERE! The Cerberus hits, Ambrose covers, The Shield wins!!

Winners: The Shield, Dean Ambrose pinning

In the end, the brotherhood survives! Ambrose knows who his friends are, and holds tight with Rollins & Reigns. If not eve The Pack can break them up, can anything stop this trio?

As for Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre, The Monster is NOT happy. He joins them in the ring and Philly hopes they “Get These Hands!” Strowman drags Ziggler up and shouts “What did I tell you!?” He scoops Ziggler, for a Monster Slam! But then McIntyre gives Strowman another Claymore! That one was on purpose. McIntyre leaves Strowman behind and even ditches Dolph. However, Strowman eventually stands up, and dares McIntyre to fight him. Is The Pack the team that fell apart? Will McIntyre regret standing up to a Monster?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This Raw wasn’t as good as recent weeks in my opinion. For one, we are getting more Shield and Pack and all that as we build to Crown Jewel, a PPV that might not even happen given current political climates. It was rather obvious the actual dialogue never once mentioned Saudi Arabia, so it seems WWE is just waiting to see how things turn out before making any substantial changes. And just looking at how the WWE World Cup qualifiers were left between The Shield and Pack, it’s rather disappointing they aren’t giving a chance to other stars. Finn Balor was relegated to squashing Jinder Mahal and then being overshadowed by Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush attempting to get heat. Philly didn’t really go for it, and I myself am just hoping we get to Finn VS Lashley now before fans just stop caring about Lashley altogether.

It seems like the WWE is scrapping the Women’s Tag Division at the moment, they’re instead just throwing in all the women they would’ve had in tag teams into that #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. I suppose that’s fine, it’ll allow them to get more women on the card and get that 50 Stephanie McMahon promised. The best moment of the night, though, was Ronda and The Bellas. It was probably the best promo battle the Bellas have ever been in, and Ronda’s burn on Nikki was atomic! Their match is finally feeling good and will probably be worthy of the main event. The tag team match of Alexa-Mickie VS Trish-Lita sounds good given their promos, too, and could be used as a great opener or halfway point match.

Tamina’s return was a nice surprise but it was almost too out of nowhere, no one really knew how to receive her. Her standing against Nia, that either needs to be a feud or a new tag team. When The Riott Squad picked on Bayley out of nowhere, it almost gave away that Sasha Banks was coming back tonight. And given the two of them backed up Natty against The Riott Squad, I’m thinking a Six Woman Tag at Evolution, after I assume next week’s Raw go-home gives us a Boss & Hug Connection return against Liv & Sarah. I’d like to see Natty, Sasah & Bayley win, it just works for the sake of the Women’s Tag that we’re still waiting on.

Angle getting the better of Corbin was great. I almost thought the Not-Angle Conquistador was going to turn out to be Heath Slater given his encounter with Corbin a few weeks ago, but seems Slater can’t even get himself a squash match now. This is good long-term build towards Survivor Series, Corbin VS Angle to be GM of Raw. I hope Slater teams up with Angle to continue fighting Corbin, but chances are WWE won’t think of that. Though they did seem to realize Apollo Crews needs something to do, so he’s having another go at Elias. But if this is a push for Apollo, it’ll be his third time trying. Maybe Apollo just needs to go to SmackDown instead so that, as his promo implied, he can focus on his athletic ability. Plus, I’d love to see Apollo go against any of the SmackDown superstars.

But of course, the show ends with The Shield VS The Pack III. The match itself was great again, just as the other two times before. Story wise, I actually like that, for all the pushing of this Shield break-up where Ambrose no longer gets along with Rollins & Reigns, the team that’s breaking up is The Pack. What’s interesting is that after he stood up to Strowman, McIntyre didn’t drag Ziggler away with him. Perhaps their team-up might be over soon, after they end up losing the Raw Tag Team Championships to either Rollins-Ambrose or The Authors of Pain. And of course, I bet their break-up happens during the match, which ensures the other team becomes the new champions.

My Score: 8/10


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Lestat, Rey Samuray, Asturiano vs Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial

Samuray and Joker start off and Samuray is so much taller than Joker. They start grappling on their feet which soon becomes mat wrestling. Asturiano and Guerrero make their way in and continue the trend of grappling. They hit a stale mate and shake hands bringing in Lestat and Apocalipsis. They pick up the pace as Lestat attacks his partners in the corner. Lestat gets Apocalipsis out of the ring, and hits Guerrero with a fireman’s carry. Then Samuray hits a springboard 450 for the pin. Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the fall. First Fall: Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the pin.

Lestat and Apocalipsis start off the next fall. Lestat hits a hurricanrana and goes for a top rope dive but Rey’s female companion covers him. Asturiano comes in with Joker briefly but he hits a pose and Samuray and Guerrero enter. Samuray hits a head scissors then a springboard arm drag, then feigns a dive. Lestat comes in with Apocalipsis. Rey has him in his corner and they take him out. Asturiano comes to make the save but he suffers the same fate. Samuray gets triple teamed until he’s hit with a fireman’s carry then a splash off the top by Joker which pins him. Lestat comes in and gets double teamed and then Guerrero submits him for the fall. Second Fall: Guerrero Espacial submits Lestat with a stretch for the fall.

Third fall starts with Lestat being triple teamed. Samuray makes the save and they start to exchange spots. Lestat comes in and hits a springboard leg drop on Apocalipsis but the count is broken up. Rey Samuray hits a lionsault but gets up after 2. Samuray hits a rotating dive off the top on Guerrero for the pin. Joker then hits him with a canadian destroyer for a pin. Apocalipsis and Lestat get in. Lestat hits a death valley driver. He goes to the top and misses the swanton bomb. Apocalipsis gets him in a leg roll which leads to an arm bar for the win. Third Fall: Apocalipsis submits Lestat with an arm bar.

Winners: Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial

Marcella, Lluvia, and La Vaquerita vs Dayls, Tiffany, Amapola

Tiffany starts with Vaquerita. They exchange submission holds and counters. Lluvia and Dayls make their way in. They start to work at a faster pace until Lluvia stops and takes her shirt off. Dayls doesn’t let up and attacks her after. Lluvia hits a face buster and feigns a dive. This brings in Marcella and Amapola. Marcella hits a head scissor take over then a foot stomp from the top. The match starts to break down, Vaquerita hits a drop kick off the top, then Lluvia hits one in the corner on Dayls for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a corner drop kick.

Marcella starts with Tiffany and they’re slapping each other in the chest to start. It quickly breaks down and all 6 women are in the ring. The two other are taken out and Vaquerita gets triple teamed. She gets taken out and Lluvia comes in and she gets drop kicked to the ramp. Marcella tries to help but she’s drop kicked to the floor. Tiffany gets Vaquerita in a torture rack like submission for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits La Vaquerita with a modified torture rack.

Third round begins with more triple teaming on Marcella. They take one out and move on to triple teaming the next. They make a come back and get a triple submission in the center of the ring but it’s broken up. Marcella goes for a vertical suplex but Dayls reverses it into a small package for the win. Third Fall: Dayls pins Marcella with a small package.

Winners: Dayls, Tiffany, and Amapola

Diamante Azul, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino

Volcano starts off with Templario and I don’t think you’re going to see much mat wrestling with Volcano. Templario tries to move around Volcano but he can’t because he’s too big. Volcano hits a big boot on Templario sending him to the outside. All of them stare down for a moment before Azul and Hechicero come in. Hechicero tries to unmask him while they’re grappling on the ground. Felino gets in their next with Kraneo next. Kraneo body slams Felino and is about to go for a splash but then Templario and Hechicero come in to attack him and this leads to a brawl. They hit Kraneo with a triple team spine buster but sell their backs afterwards. They get him in a triple submission afterwards. Hechicero hits a running knee on Azul and Felino pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Diamante Azul and Felino pins him.

Second fall begins with them interacting with the midgets that are ring side. Hechicero and Templario hit a double suplex on Volcano. Hechicero, Templario, and Felino continue to triple team everybody. They start to make a come back and Kraneo hits Felino with a hip attack in the corner. Volcano hits a sit out press slam on Templario for the pin. Azul body slams Hechicero and Kraneo goes up to the top for a splash and pin. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero with a splash off the top.

Third round starts with Kraneo and Felino in the ring attacking each other. Kraneo hits a double splash on Hechicero and Templario after they try to double him. Templario then is in there alone with Volcano and he’s trying to get him down again. He gets Templario out of there, Hechicero comes in and tries to hit a springboard attack but he’s caught and slammed. Felino tries his hand but to no avail, and Volcano feigns a dive when Felino goes to the outside. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him dive. Templario is in there with Azul now. Azul gets off rapid fire tilt-a-whirl back breakers. Azul hits a hurricanrana on Hechicero then goes for a middle rope dive. Leading to Templario and Volcano in the ring again. Volcano hits a spine bsuter then his handspring splash. Kraneo sits on Felino after a failed sunset flip for the win. Third Fall: Kraneo sits out on El Felino after a failed sunset flip.

Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, Diamante Azul

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.

Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.

“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.

Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.

Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.

Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.

NEWS

NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.

Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.

When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.

His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.

Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.

WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.

They have also announced dates for January 2019.

Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.

Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.

Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.

During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).

Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.

OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa

Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.

Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.

Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)

Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
  • Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
  • Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
  • Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
  • Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
  • People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
  • HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
  • Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
  • Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
  • Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
  • Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.

KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.

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

LINKS
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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