Survivor Series is on the horizon, and again SmackDown laid siege to Raw! Will the Lass Kicker and her Women’s Division be ready for retaliation?
- Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Jeff Hardy; Hardy wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS The Miz; Mysterio wins and stays on SmackDown’s 5-Man team.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Big Show & The Bar; Big Show & The Bar win.
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Daniel Bryan; Bryan wins and becomes the new WWE Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown got the jump on Raw!
Just as The Goddess thought she had created the superior team, just as Raw thought it’d prove it was the superior show, BECKY LYNCH got the jump on Ronda Rousey! Then Becky would lead an assault on Team Raw! A brawl would break out, but Ronda would come back for more! The Baddest Woman would wreck everyone with one arm, but a bloodied Becky would turn the tide back with a chair! The Man showed the world who was the baddest, but will SmackDown have to watch their backs?
However, Becky Lynch cannot compete at Survivor Series. That bloody face was accompanied by a broken cheek bone and a severe concussion. The exact moment was when Nia Jax hit her across the face with that right hand. Even so, someone must face the wrath of Ronda, who will be chosen to take the place of the SmackDown Women’s Champion?
AJ Styles heads to the ring!
The Phenomenal One has a battle of his own coming up with The Beast, Brock Lesnar! This will be the second time these two have faced, so Styles is here in St. Louis to speak his mind. “This Sunday at Survivor Series, for the second year in a row, I step foot in the ring with Brock Lesnar.” For 371 days to this very moment, Styles has been champion after facing the very best in the WWE. Every PPV, every live event, Styles has been a workhorse since his first day in WWE. He’s faced dream opponents, nightmare opponents, and he’s defeated them all. All but Brock Lesnar. But Styles gets his second chance. Most don’t survive the first, but Styles will plan on doing more than surviving.
However, Paul Heyman appears from the crowd? Styles says it’s okay to give The Advocate a mic. Heyman gives his usual introduction as the Advocate for the “champion of champions,” Brock Lesnar. And Heyman is here with all due respect because on last night’s Raw, Heyman told the world that there’s no one Lesnar wants to face more than Styles. And the reason why is because when you think of the best in-ring performers in WWE, that’s Ricky Steamboat, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and AJ Styles! But Styles was this close to being the number one, Daniel Bryan. But we know we’ll never get Lesnar VS Bryan, Heyman will not at all imply that Styles is a consolation prize. This is an honor, a privilege and a pleasure for Heyman to be ringside to watch Lesnar be the second greatest performer today.
Styles sees what’s going on. Heyman’s trying to get under Styles’ skin, that’s fine. But Styles has nothing but respect for Daniel Bryan. Always have, always will, but Styles didn’t just beat Bryan, he made Bryan tap out. And Styles didn’t forget last year’s Survivor Series when Lesnar won. But Styles walked up with his head held high on his own two feet. Lesnar limped out. Therefore, Lesnar is vulnerable. For 371 days, Styles has only gotten better. And for 371 days, Lesnar’s just become more vulnerable. Therefore Styles has two ways of winning: pinning, or tapping him out. Sunday won’t be about Lesnar, Bryan but “The Face that Runs the Place, the Champ that Runs the Camp”, AJ Styles! But speaking of Bryan, here he comes! Bryan gets in the ring and gets himself a mic to respond.
“I’m not quite sure why you guys are even talking about me.” Yes, Styles and Bryan had their match, and yes Styles made Bryan tap out. No excuses here. But Bryan told Styles that he does respect him, and he meant it. But Bryan also said he was looking for a reason to punch him, and he meant that, too. So how about this? If Styles brings Bryan up again for no reason, Bryan will punch Styles in the face. Thank you and good night. Styles wants Bryan to wait. Heyman brought Bryan up. And if Bryan’s still upset, what happened to hugging it out? So if someone asked Styles about the best wrestlers he was ever in the ring with, he’s not allowed to say “Daniel Bryan”? Bryan fires off on Styles!
They brawl back and forth, but Shane hurries out to stop them! Referees and security back him up, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Shane shouts for Styles and Bryan to calm down, but Bryan lunges at Styles! The refs keep them apart again and Shane shouts at Bryan to calm down. Bryan glares at Styles from the ropes, but this fight seems to only go on pause. When and where will Bryan get another shot at Styles?
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan argue backstage!
SmackDown GM Paige does her best to keep the peace, but then Styles barges in! The fight almost erupts again, but Shane keeps the two fired up superstars apart. Things finally cool off long enough for Shane to say that if these two want at each other so bad, they can do it tonight! For the title!! Will Bryan go from being SmackDown co-captain to the man facing Brock Lesnar?!
Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Jeff Hardy!
El Idolo lost last week, but to the King of Lucha Libre, so he really shouldn’t feel too bad about that. Can he spring back and defeat the Charismatic Enigma? Or will El Idolo already be rendered OBSOLETE?
The bell rings and Almas goes right at Hardy with kicks! Almas has Hardy on the ropes, then he throws him into a corner for more stomps. Vega likes what she sees but wants Almas to keep on him. Almas gives more stomps to Hardy and Hardy flounders. Almas stands him up for a CHOP, then knees. Hardy hits back and gives a chop of his own, then the jawbreaker. Hardy thrwos Almas to ropes but Almas and Vega just double Tranquilo. Almas taunts Hardy so Hardy kicks Almas out! Vega checks on her client as we go picture in picture.
Vega coaches Almas back up but Hardy is waiting for him with an ax handle. Hardy throws Almas into barriers, then into more barriers. Almas writhes but Hardy puts him back in the ring. Vega distracts Hardy with trash talk, but Hardy says she’s OBSOLETE! Hardy rushes past Vega but into Almas’ ax handles. Almas stomps away on Hardy, then brings him up by his hair for a knee. Almas runs to dropkick Hardy down, covers, TWO! Vega is frustrated for Almas but she tells him to keep focus. Almas grabs a leg and goes to turn Hardy. Hardy stands and throws hands to then hit the back kick!
Almas ends up in a corner, but boots away the Hardyac arrest! Cover, TWO! Almas has Hardy’s arm and wrenches, putting a knee into Hardy’s side. Hardy endures and gets back up. Almas pulls his hair and brings Hardy back down. Hardy continues to endure and fights back with haymakers. Almas wrenches more, and brings Hardy back to his knees. Hardy gets back up and fights back again. Almas knees low, then runs, but into a slingblade! Both Hardy and Almas are down as Vega shouts. Hardy and Almas slowly stir and stand. Almas swings but Hardy counter punches, and counter punches, and counter punches.
Hardy gets an edge with haymaker after haymaker, but Almas reverses the whip. Hardy comes back with forearms! Then the takedown to leg splitting leg drop! Dropkick added, cover, TWO! Vega is relieved, but she still worries for Almas. Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans join in. Hardy kicks low but Almas denies the Twist. Almas runs into an elbow, Hardy climbs, but Almas sweeps the legs! Hardy is stuck in the Tree of Woe, so Almas goes up and hits the woe stomps! He drags Hardy out for a cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and Vega is shocked. She shouts “How is that possible?!” but she still coaches Almas.
Almas sits Hardy in the corner, runs corner to corner, and hits CIEN KNEES! But he doesn’t stop there, he drags Hardy out and up, but Hardy small packages! TWO, and Almas kicks low! Almas drags Hardy up again, but Hardy kicks. Almas slips out of the Twist, then gets Hardy with the boot feint to back elbow! Then a shove for a cover, TWO! Vega is furious, but Almas drags Hardy up again. He gets the facelock and hammerlock, but Hardy back drops him off. Twist of Fate! Hardy heads up top, Swanton Bomb! Cover, Hardy wins!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall
The Enigma survives El Idolo, but neither man is headed to Survivor Series. Will Hardy have a title match waiting for him on the other side of Sunday?
Paige and The Miz watch backstage.
The SmackDown co-captain realizes he’s THE captain since Daniel Bryan is no longer on the team. Yes, and therefore he gets to choose Bryan’s replacement. This day keeps getting better. First The Marine 6 is out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, and now Miz is the only captain. Hardy looked great against Almas, so Bryan’s replacement is… Jeff Hardy!
As for the rest of Team SmackDown, Mysterio is OFF the team. Paige speaks up, but Miz says that Bryan is gone and so is his pick. The stench of Bryan is all over this team, and it smells like… Coconut oil? That’s Samoa Joe. Paige points out that she is SmackDown GM. If Miz wants Mysterio off the team, he has to beat him in a match. And that match, is next. Really? Really. Can THE Captain get his way with a win?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura!
The United States Champion faces the Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins, at Survivor Series. But Nakamura couldn’t hear the introduction, he was listening to his music. How does Nakamura plan on beating a man he’s never faced before? Well last night Rollins said he wasn’t worried about Nakamura. That breaks Nakamura’s heart. All Nakamura could think about is Rollins, he’s “Obsessed with Seth”, he dreams of Seth. And yet, Seth isn’t thinking about Shin? That breaks his heart. So now at Survivor Series, Nakamura breaks Seth’s face!
Rey Mysterio VS The Miz!
Whether Daniel Bryan becomes WWE Champion tonight or not, The Hollywood A-Lister now has full control of his team! Well, not exactly, as the Glampire in Chief won’t let him just kick someone off the team. Can The Miz beat the King of Lucha Libre to kick him out? Or will Mysterio dial up the 619 in the 314?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Miz gets a waistlock then a roll up, ONE, so he kicks Mysterio low. Miz snapmares and rolls Mysterio again, ONE. He tries a sunset flip now but Mysterio rolls through to kick! Miz ducks it to roll Rey up again, but Rey rolls through. The two stand off and fans applaud. Even Miz applauds Mysterio, but then tries a sucker punch. Mysterio dodges and elbows, but Miz reverses the whip. Mysterio goes up and over to wheelbarrow, then bulldog! Cover, TWO! Mysterio kicks Miz now, but Miz shoves him back. Mysterio slides under and kicks Miz, but MIz comes back with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Miz wraps on a chinlock and keeps Mysterio grounded.
Mysterio endures, stands up and fights out. Miz knees low, then shoves Mysterio, but Mysterio comes back with a kick. Mysterio tilt-o-whirl headscissors Miz out then wrecks him with a dropkick. Mysterio builds speed, sliding splash, onto knees! Miz has Mysterio in a vulnerable state while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Miz has Mysterio on the top rope. Mysterio fights Miz off and sends him down. Mysterio then adjusts and leaps, seated senton! He keeps moving, pushing Miz but Miz sunset flips. Mysterio rolls through and hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps on Miz with a whip, but Miz reverses again. Miz misses his clothesline but ducks the crossbody to hit a DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz grows frustrated but fans rally up for Mysterio. Miz drags Mysterio up for a powerbomb, and uses the ropes to rebound for the sit-out! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives and Miz grows further frustrated. Fans rally up with “6 1 9! 6 1 9!” Miz runs but Mysterio ducks the boot to kick back. Mysterio runs, wheelbarrow, but Miz gest the full nelson! Mysterio pops out and puts Miz on the ropes! Then, 619!!
Mysterio heads to a corner, frog splash onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Miz can’t believe he didn’t get Mysterio. Mysterio surprises Miz with a crucifix cover, Mysterio wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; remains on Team SmackDown
The King of Lucha proves he’s worthy, and continues towards Survivor Series! Can The Miz put this loss aside so that the team wins against Raw?
But wait, Randy Orton rushes the ring! Mysterio is ready this time and dodges the RKO! Enziguri rocks Orton, and Orton bumps into Miz. So RKO for Miz! Mysterio gets away from The Viper, and it seems very clear who Orton’s new target is. Will Orton patiently wait for Survivor Series to be over? Or will his hunt ruin SmackDown’s chances of defeating Raw?
Security stands on high alert.
Given what SmackDown did to Raw, Paige and Shane expect retaliation. Will Team Red return the favor for the Relent-Lass attack?
Paige is in the ring!
The SmackDown GM wishes to bring out her Women’s Division. First, The Queen, Charlotte Flair! Charlotte was offered the position of team captain, but she has yet to officially accept. Second, the Ravishing Russian, Lana! Third, the FABULOUS Princess, Carmella! Fourth, the IIconics, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce! Fifth, the Gladiator, Sonya Deville! Sixth, the Golden Mandy Rose! Seventh, the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka! Eighth, the Glow incarnate, Naomi!
The entire locker room is now present, but why? Last night, Becky sustained a severe concussion in that fight. She cannot compete this Sunday, and Becky will choose for herself the replacement to face Ronda. So please welcome SmackDown Women’s Champion and “The Man”, Becky Lynch! The Straight Fire heads to the ring, proudly holding up her title and showing off that shiner from Nia Jax. Becky joins everyone in the ring, picks up a mic, and hears out the fans chanting her name.
Becky thanks St. Louis for the praise, but she is angry as hell right now. She took a good beating, but that’s never stopped her before. However, the medical team won’t clear Becky for Survivor Series. So Becky angrily knocked on doors for anyone to say “yes”, but there’s just not time. Last night, that invasion gave Becky a taste of blood when she beat the hell out of half that Raw locker room, and had Ronda screaming in pain. Make no doubts about it, that was just a taste of what we would’ve gotten. And take her word, that even with a broken face and a severe concussion, Becky would kick Ronda’s ass. Fans definitely don’t doubt it.
Becky does apologize that she can’t finish this what she started, yet. Because Ronda isn’t the Baddest Bitch, she’s the luckiest. But all that said, Becky must choose a replacement. Someone we all know can get the job done. Everyone expects it to be “WOO~”, Charlotte Flair. But Becky looks at Sonya, at Naomi, Lana, and Asuka. She also looks at Mandy, at Carmella, but then goes all the way back to Charlotte. “Go beat Ronda the way I was gonna beat Ronda. Go make her tap out the way I was gonna make her tap out.” They then shake hands, and even hug! Becky and Charlotte may be on tense terms, but they both understand what it takes to be the best. Will Charlotte finish what Becky started? And who replaces Charlotte on the Women’s Team?
Backstage interview with Charlotte.
An emotional moment with her biggest frenemy, how does it feel to be her replacement against Ronda? Charlotte has spent half her career fighting against Becky, then she fought alongside Becky, and now she’ll fight for Becky! It will be Charlotte’s honor when The Queen beats Ronda to prove SmackDown is THE superior brand!
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Big Show & The Bar!
Awww~ St. Louie! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for this truly colossal clash and feel~ the power~! Ya bois may be joining The Usos in that 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination match, but they still want to get even with The Swiss Cyborg and The Celtic Gladiator and the World’s Largest Athlete! Can Kofi, Xavier & Big E bring massive momentum with them to take on Team Raw? Or will the SmackDown Tag Team Champions be ready for the Authors of Pain?
The bell rings and Sheamus starts with Kofi. Sheamus gets a headlock but Kofi powers out, only for Sheamus to run him over. Sheamus gets moving, and he catches Kofi. Kofi sunset flips, ONE! Kofi kicks low then tags in Woods, the hit the kick, the sliding lariat, the elbow drop and elbow drop! Big E tags in, and he adds the Big Splash with Woods’ leg drop. Cover, TWO! Big E brings Sheamus up but Woods tags. Woods throws hands, but Sheamus kicks low. Tag to Cesaro, Woods kicks low. Woods whips but Cesaro reverses. Cesaro runs into a boot, but catches the Honor Roll. He brings Woods over, and Big Show tags in! The Big Show CHOPS Woods, then again. Show throws in his big backside to squish Woods, then drags him up to CHOP him down! We go picture in picture as Show brings Woods over.
Tag to Sheamus, and Sheamus clubs away. Tag to Cesaro, and The Bar mugs Woods. Cesaro puts Woods in a grounded keylock, and wrenches the arm again and again. Woods endures, gets to his feet as fans rally up, but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods, and they whip Woods for The Bar Lariat. Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps on Woods with a half nelson and shifts to a keylock. Fans rally again as Woods endures. Sheamus wrenches more, and even stands over Woods. Woods feeds off the fan energy and gets up. We return to single picture as Woods fights back and uses a jawbreaker! Sheamus tags Cesaro and anchors Woods, as Cesaro boots Kofi! The Bar double whip and double backbreaker! Cover, but Big E breaks it! Sheamus knees Big E out, then Big Show goes around to throw Big E into barriers!
The Bar soak up the heat as fans boo and jeer. Cesaro brings Woods up and trash talks. He puts Woods in the corner but Woods hits Sheamus! Woods fights back but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Sheamus suplexes but Woods slips out, only to get a knee trigger! Sheamus puts Woods on the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Woods holds on and fights back. He shoves Sheamus down, then leaps for a missile dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally. Tag to Cesaro, tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies on The Bar! He dropkicks Cesaro then leaps, but Cesaro puts him in a corner. Cesaro hits a European Uppercut and whips corner to corner, but runs into Kofi’s swinging kick! Kofi climbs up quick, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, but Sheamus breaks it.
Big E goes to throw Sheamus out but Sheamus puts him on the apron to then BROGUE him off! Woods dodges Sheamus but Show drags him out, to throw him into the desk! Trouble in Paradise for Sheamus! But Cesaro small packages, TWO! SOS!! TWO!! Kofi keeps on Cesaro, but the Trouble in Paradise gets caught. Tag to Show, Cesaro catapults Kofi but Kofi lands on the corner. Kofi springboards, but into the Knockout Punch! Show covers, his team wins!
Winners: The Big Show & The Bar, Big Show pinning
With The Giant on their side, The Bar put the New Day away. Will they also do the same to Akam & Rezar at Survivor Series?
The SmackDown Tag Team Division waits backstage.
The Usos being team captains, they come in and tell them all that this Sunday is about survival. The teams here all have beef, but that needs to be put aside for the brand. Jimmy & Jey know The Colons will do this for La Familia. They know The Club, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson will be too mean, too vicious and #TooSweet. That’s for life. And the Usos know SAnitY will bring the chaos. “United we’ll purge.” There’s one thing that every tag team can agree on, it’s unity. Sunday is Lockdown, as Raw gets put in the SmackDown Penitentiary!
WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Daniel Bryan!
Call it The Advocate stirring things up, call it the last straw, call it long overdue, but the respect between these two is gone and now it’s a fight! Who will hold the title and go on to face The Beast at Survivor Series?!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. The two go at each other and Styles puts Bryan in a corner for shoulder after shoulder to the stomach. Styles backs off but Bryan goes after him with kick after kick. Bryan whips but Styles reverses, but Bryan kicks him. Bryan runs but Styles throws him up and out! Styles aims, slingshots, and hits a forearm! The Phenomenal One has control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Bryan has Styles in a corner. Bryan throws punch after punch, but backs off at 5. He comes back for kick after kick, but Styles catches one to elbow the knee and hamstring! Then Styles drops a knee on Bryan’s knee! Styles stalks Bryan and goes after the leg. He stomps away on the leg, then yanks it. Bryan slowly stands, Styles grabs the leg, but Bryan enziguris! Styles staggers, Bryan runs in but into boots. Styles springboards but Bryan trips him up! The Phenomenal One crashes and burns off the apron! But Bryan won’t let him rest, he goes after Styles to wrench the arm and throw the shoulder into a post! Bryan refreshes the count to do it all over again! He puts Styles in the ring and focuses on the arm with a shoulder breaker!
Styles writhes now, clutching his arm. Bryan grabs that arm again for more torture. Styles throws hands, but Bryan won’t let go. Bryan drags Styles into a drop toehold, then kicks out the arm! Bryan covers, TWO, but he’s right on that arm. He wrenches the arm into a hammerlock, for a stomp! Styles writhes but Bryan shows no mercy as he gives a kick tot he back! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his cool as he drags Styles back up. Styles hits with forearms and gets free, but Bryan comes back with his own forearms. They brawl now back and forth as fans duel. Styles hits the Phenomenal Blitz, then runs in at the corner for a clothesline! He whips corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan hobbles but gets speed, double crossbodies collide! Both men are down and we go to another break!
SmackDown returns again, Styles is again in a corner. Bryan runs in corner to corner, and hits the dropkick! Bryan puts Styles on the top rope, then climbs up, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps moving, and heads up top again. Styles is far away but Bryan still takes aim. Styles gets up and over to trip Bryan up! Now Styles climbs, but they brawl. Bryan sends Styles down, but a BIG Pele just gets Bryan! Styles climbs up again, but Bryan slips under to shove him forward! Bryan climbs up behind Styles to bring him into the Tree of Woe. Bryan fires off Yes Kicks! Fans duel as Bryan goes corner to corner, for a basement dropkick! Then he sits Styles up and climbs up, Bryan gives Styles a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! The two crash down, and Bryan crawls to a cover, TWO!!
Bryan stands up as fans duel. He waits for Styles, and he gives more Yes Kicks. Styles ducks the buzzsaw, roll up, TWO! He has the Clash ready! But Bryan fights out with his good leg! Bryan gives Styles EuroUppers, but Styles hits back. Styles hops up but those legs almost give out. Bryan gets Styles on his shoulders in the Electric Chair, but Styles fights back. Styles victory rolls, cover, TWO! Bryan swings but misses, and gets a PELE! Styles hurries to the apron while Bryan is down. Styles springboards, for a 450! Onto knees! Bryan gets the Yes Lock!! Styles reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets Styles go, but he’s up and ready. Fans chant “YES! YES!” with Bryan, and Bryan runs at Styles, but into a dropkick to the legs! Styles grabs the leg, for the Calf Crusher!
Bryan moves around but rolls it over to an armbar! Styles keeps his hands together, but ends up in the Yes Lock! Styles shifts around, gets the legs, and catapults Bryan into buckles! Bryan stands up, Styles runs in, but Bryan puts him on the apron. Styles hits Bryan away, then springboards, Phenomenal Forearm hits the ref! Bryan dodged, then low blows Styles?! The ref didn’t’ see it, so Bryan gets away with it! Fans boo but Bryan doesn’t care. He glares at Styles as Styles gasps for air. Styles stands, Knee Plus!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; NEW WWE Champion
The Goat is again champion, but why this way?! He may not respect Styles anymore, but where did his honor go?! He even kicks and stomps Styles more!! Bryan keeps going after Styles, but why?! Fans are torn, but Bryan sure seems certain of one thing: He’s finally champion again. Will this shocking change be the key to SmackDown taking the Survivor Series score?
What a wild SmackDown for the go-home! Some of it was disappointing, but much of this was unexpected. I thought SmackDown was going to open with the Women’s Division story, but as we know, Becky Lynch did get legitimately hurt so there won’t be anything we had hoped for tonight or at Survivor Series. I am impressed by Becky for still fighting in that brawl after getting busted open and concussed. However, bad luck and timing means we’ll have to wait. But it was an interesting choice to go through with Ronda VS Charlotte now, that will perhaps be our glimpse forward to the heavily speculated and rumored Wrestlemania match. Who knows if we’ll ever get Becky VS Ronda, but maybe that moderate turn on Becky’s part gets us back towards Horsewomen VS Horsewomen.
While The New Day VS The Bar + Big Show was a great match, this and how the SmackDown Tag Team Division team was literally just the SmackDown Tag Team Division shows how useless that 10v10 match is now. Raw’s battle royal was almost useless, as almost everyone in it goes to the PPV. Making the 10v10 match matter means making the qualifiers matter. Throw in the champions as captains, then make the other four spots up for grab. Then we’d have a great situation where The Authors of Pain are leading, say, The Revival, The Ascension, Roode & Gable and even Lucha House Party while The Bar, The Usos, The New Day and then two other teams decided in some sort of Triple Threat Tag. But given all that, I expect SmackDown’s 10-Man team to win.
Mysterio VS Miz was great, I liked the story excuse that Miz was trying to kick Mysterio out. Naturally Mysterio stays because he needs to stay strong, and it’s great for Hardy to get his second chance to go. Orton obviously wants after Mysterio, I think this will lead to TLC. Then story of the night, Styles VS Bryan as provoked by Heyman, was incredible. Kayfabe Heyman said all that to make things easier for Brock Lesnar. Either Styles retains but is banged up, or Bryan wins and he’s actually easier for Lesnar to beat, in Lesnar’s mind. And it was definitely shocking to see Bryan win, as a Heel! It’s been a long time since Bryan’s been the bad guy, but maybe such an edge will be needed to beat The Beast. Then win or lose, Bryan and Styles can have a violent TLC match at the TLC PPV.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Bianca’s the readiEST Raw Women’s Champion!
Damage Control looks to do some damage!
With Bayley coming after the Raw Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules, Bianca Belair looks to remove a pawn from play in Iyo Sky!
- Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control; Bianca wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Rey wins.
- Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy; Kevin & Gargano win.
- Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester; Omos wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day; Riddle wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control!
The RawEST Women’s Champion has the Empress of Tomorrow and the Five Foot Fury backing her up because we all know DMG CTRL doesn’t roll alone! Bianca gets the mic to say, “Y’know, Bayley, I really considered coming out here and challenging you again tonight. I mean, why wait for Extreme Rules? But then I remembered that you would never make this just about you and I. And even if you did come out here and accepted my challenge, it wouldn’t be you alone. I learn from my mistakes, and it was not about to be three on one again, especially not after last week.”
Bayley could’ve faced Alexa 1v1 but no. Iyo & Dakota had to interfere again because Bayley can’t fight her battles alone. So Bayley, Bianca will say this: If Bayley wants the title at Extreme Rules, then good luck. Because her girls will be watching Bayley’s girls to make sure this stays between the two of them. But here comes DMG CTRL makes their way out. Bayley thought Bianca would’ve learned her lesson last week. This will never be just about the two of them because it is bigger than the two of them. Bayley wouldn’t expect the fans to understand, either.
Bianca was groomed, handpicked and trained to be a champion. But those like DMG CTRL had to groom themselves, train themselves, and dreamt about this since they were 12 years old! Bayley said she would take over the WWE and that is what she’s doing! Yes, Bianca is in this position, she’s thriving, she’s accomplished all these things, but she was placed, picked, chosen. “Girl… Uh-uh.” Bianca has earned everything, nothing was handed to her. She’s here because she’s been showing up and showing out. Where’s Bayley been? Rehabbing?
Now, Bianca is sorry Bayley got hurt but she’s not sorry Bayley came back to Bianca as champion. Bianca will not belittle herself to go down to Bayley’s level. Bayley tells fans to shut up! She WAS injured, she DID get hurt. She couldn’t even walk 10 months ago, but she taught herself how to walk again, and how to run again. And Bayley pinned Bianca at Clash at the Castle! Something NO ONE had done in over 300 days! So yes, Bayley was injured, that’s why she wasn’t here. So fall in line like everyone else!
Bianca says no no no. Last time Bianca checked, Bayley WAS here when Bianca reached the top of her game. When Bianca main evented WrestleMania, Bayley WAS here. And the last 1v1 match these two had, Bianca KOD’d Bayley onto a ladder. Bianca gets it, though. She understands why Bayley returned with back-up. It’s because Bayley wasn’t ready to face a champion like Bianca alone. Bayley says, “Y’know what?” But then fans taunt and boo and that upsets Bayley.
“We’re not talking about the past, okay? The past is the past and I’m sick of you running your mouth.” But Bayley just got a great idea! At Extreme Rules, she feels like winning the Raw Women’s Championship in a LADDER MATCH. Fans cheer that ide and Bianca even smiles. Consider the ante up. But since Bianca can’t have Bayley, she’ll get extreme with Iyo tonight! Let’s go! Iyo nods and hands her belt over to Kai. She calls for the ref while the others exit, and the bell rings! For Iyo to turn around into a SHOTGUN dropkick!
Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Iyo bails out! DMG CTRL regroups but Bianca wants the Evil Genius to get back in, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca CLUBS away on Iyo in a corner. Bianca whips corner to corner, Iyo reverses and runs in but Bianca puts her on the apron. Bianca clinches but avoids the haymaker! Bianca waistlocks to bring Sky back into the ring, for a SLAM! Bianca keeps hold of Sky and fans rally up. Bianca ripcords Sky to then run her over with a shoulder! Bianca drags Sky up and TOSSES her across the ring! Sky gets up, and Bianca TOSSES her the other way! Sky gets to a corner, Bianca runs in and RAMS her shoulder in!
Bianca digs her shoulder in, then carries Sky! But Sky sunset flips, only for Bianca to stay up and drag Sky up. Sky dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca blocks it for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sky ends up in another corner. Bianca climbs up to rain down fists. But Sky slips out to trip Bianca up with her hair! Sky fires off on Bianca now but lets off as the ref counts. Sky sweeps the legs and digs her boots in, to then hit a SWINGING METEORA! Cover, TWO!
Sky drags Bianca up and whips her to ropes. Bianca reverses, but Sky reverses back to hook Bianca up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Bianca endures, fights around, pries Iyo off but Iyo sunset flips, TWO! Bianca ends up in a corner now, but she dodges Sky and ROCKS her with a forearm! Bianca runs in to CLOBBER Sky! Sky goes to a corner, Bianca goes up to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! Sky tries to trip Bianca up again but Bianca kicks her away! Bianca flips up and over, then DECKS Sky! Cover, TWO! Bianca is frustrated but she looms over Sky.
Bianca drags Sky up, torture racks, but Sky fights with elbows! Sky swings but into another waistlock! Sky fights the lift, throws some elbows, but Bianca holds on tight! Sky keeps fighting, and she HOTSHOTS Bianca in the ropes! Sky then hits a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK and Bianca hits POST! Bianca flops down and DMG CTRL is loving it as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sky has Bianca in a chinlock, but Bianca powers up! SIDEWALK SLAM! Both women are down and fans rally up. Bianca and Sky rise, Sky is on Bianca first but Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky ROCKS Bianca, Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky runs, Bianca dodges and follows to CLOBBER Sky! Bianca rallies and DROPKICKS Sky down! Bianca kips up, drags Sky up and CLUBS away on her! Bianca whips Sky to a corner, runs in but Sky turns things around, only for Bianca to snap suplex first! And roll through to the longEST stall, and a SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sky survives and Bianca breathes easy again. Bianca drags Sky up, chicken wings, but Sky fights to get the ropes! Sky then switches, rolls Bianca up, TWO! Sky stands on the ponytail! Fans boo but then Bianca trips Sky up with the ponytail! HANDSPRING- NO, Sky avoids the moonsault to kick, run, QUEBRADA, but into a scoop and SLAM! HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sky survives again and Bayley is stressing out. Bianca glares at Bayley, stalks Sky, and she drags Sky up into a torture rack. “This is Awesome!” as Sky fights the KOD!
Sky is on the apron, she ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Bianca away! Sky goes up top for a CROSSBODY! But Bianca rolls it through! Bianca shakes her head, and she FALL AWAY SLAMS Sky down! Cover, TWO! Sky rolls away but Bianca drags her into a drop zone. Bianca climbs up, Sky pops up to SHOTEI! Sky then climbs up after Bianca, fires forearms and a HEABUTT! Sky stands on the very top to SUPER- NO, Bianca blocks the Steiner to push Sky away. Bianca BOOTS Sky, adjusts, but Sky goes up top! SUPER ARM-DRAG!!
Sky fires up and she aims from a corner. Sky runs in for the SHINKANSEN! Bianca is in the drop zone now and Sky goes up! But Bianca trips her up! And SHOVES her onto DMG CTRL! Bianca aims, for a PLANCHA!! Bianca is all fired up and so are the fans! But Sky SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS! Sky pushes Bianca in, springboards, but Bianca gets under! Torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
A big win over the Genius of the Sky! Bianca is ready to fly, will Bayley regret choosing a Ladder Match for their showdown?
Someone arrives in the back.
It’s Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn! They’re here so the Honorary Uce can face AJ Styles, will he make the Phenomenal One pay for the disrespect shown to the Bloodline?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Last week, when Seth Rollins attacked Matt Riddle, that helped The Judgement Day defeat him and Rey. Part of that was also Dominik daring Rey to hit him, even kneeling and begging him to do it. What is going on in Rey’s mind right now? Kevin Patrick’s a father, yeah? So he knows there’s nothing like holding your newborn child in your arms. Wanting to give them the world, watching them grow up, envisioning the kind of person they’ll become, always wanting the best for them, no matter what. Rey will always love Dom, and he will never, under any circumstances, fight him.
But last week, when Dom gave him that chance, Rey wondered what happened to the kid he raised. He could not recognize this man Dom has become. Rey knows deep down inside, this is not Dominik. It can’t be! This is Rhea manipulating Dom’s heart and mind. But Rey can’t let that sway his focus. Tonight, Rey takes on Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins, and he needs to be at his best. Rey’s had his fair share of battles with Rollins, and he knows how savage Rollins can be. Rollins wanted to do more than just injure Riddle last week.
Rey may have mercy for his own flesh and blood, but with everything going on his head right now, there is no mercy for Rollins. Will the King of Lucha be able to take out all his anger on the Visionary?
The Miz meets with security backstage.
“Alright, gentlemen. I have recruited you for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am offering a prize package worht up to one MILLION dollars, including but not limited to an exclusive cameo in the upcoming spinoff movie of the Marine franchise, gift cards accepted at most department stores, a certified pre-owned vehicle, and career advice from yours truly, which in and of itself is worth $2 million.”
Now he did not want big, bulky, muscular dumb security, he wants smart and stealthy! That is why he chose them. They are not just elite security professionals, no! They are MIZFORCE! Say it with him! “MIZFORCE!” Again! “MIZFORCE!” One more time! “MIZFORCE!” Now go! Find He Who Shall Not Be Named and make sure he is not here! GO GO GO! The guards hurry off, but will MIZFORCE find Dexter Lumis before Lumis finds Miz?
Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio!
The Visionary has pushed things with Matt Riddle so far, they’re going into the FIGHT PIT at Extreme Rules! Will Rollins sharpen his edge at the expense of the King of Lucha? Or will he suffer for everything Judgement Day has put Rey through instead?
Before the match, Rollins gets the mic and fans sing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins welcomes Edmonton to Monday Night Rollins! And he is our host for the festivities. He is a visionary, he is a revolutionary, he is Seth “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins should be here as the NEW United States Champion, But the only reason he is not, that reason has a name that Rollins doesn’t even wanna say. But he is not champion now because of Matt Riddle!
Last week, Rollins had Lashley in the center of the ring, dead to rights, but Riddle made Rollins take his eye off the ball for one single second, and it cost him! Riddle has been a thorn in Rollins’ side for months, but that is the last time! In two weeks, they finish this at Extreme Rules inside… THE FIGHT PIT! Fans like the sound of that! Some even chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” But then the singing of “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” drowns that out. Rollins has to be honest, though, this past week, Rollins has heard the whispers and read the tweets. No one thinks he stands a chance!
Everyone says the Fight Pit is Riddle’s match. Rollins had to go home and take a long look in the mirror. Rollins came to the harsh conclusion that he’s SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! It doesn’t matter what kind of match it is! Cage match, Hell in a Cell, Tables, Ladders, Rollins has been in every single type of match you can imagine, and he’s won ’em all! As good as Riddle may be inside the cage, he has nothing on Rollins. Rollins has one thing Riddle will never have: his brain! His Einstein level acumen for the fight game!
Extreme Rules may be Rollins’ first time inside the Fight Pit, but he’ll tell us this. “When all the dust settles, Riddle is gonna be flat on his back, and the entire world is gonna be singing my song, calling me the King of the Fight Pit!” Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins knows Riddle is watching, so Riddle better take notes. Rollins is going to give “Father of the Year,” Rey Mysterio the beating he is too much of a coward to give his own son! HAHAHAHAH! But with that Rey makes his entrance! Will Rey show who’s really the coward here?
Rey DROPKICKS Rollins the moment he’s in the ring! The ref tries to stop Rey but Rollins bails out. Rollins is furious and throwing a fit, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins puts Rey in a corner to grind his forearms in. Rollins talks trash, stomps away and digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Rollins lets off, and wipes the blood from the cut on his forehead. That’s from Rey spiking Rollins off steel steps. Rollins CLAWS Rey’s back, then he fishhooks Rey’s nose! Rollins lets off as the ref reprimands, but he ROCKS Rey to a corner. Rollins whips Rey corner to corner but Rey goes up and over then tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Rey fires off on Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses, only for Rey to KICK him away. Rey runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!
Rey writhes and Rollins seethes while fans rally. Rollins stalks Rey to ropes, drags him up and ROCKS him in the back. Rollins looms over Rey, drags Rey up and ROCKS him again. Then Rollins reels Rey in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins snarls as Rey crawls to the apron. Rollins drags Rey up but Rey counter punches! Rey fires off haymakers, slingshots up and over to a sunset flip, TWO! Rollins CLOBBERS Rey! Fans rally and duel as Rollins stalks Rey.
Rollins kicks Rey around, then kicks him to a corner. Rollins CHOPS Rey, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Rey flops down and Rollins conducts the “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Fans boo, too, though, and that upsets Rollins. Rey stands up, Rollins runs corner to corner, but Rey dodges! Rollins hits buckles and then Rey fires off haymakers! Rey RAMS Rollins, whips but Rollins reverses. Rey drop toeholds to send Rollins into buckles! Rey then climbs up and rains down fists on that bloody forehead! Fans count all the way to TEN, and Rey gives us some Latino Heat!
Rey follows Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses. Rey holds ropes, elbows back then springboards, but Rollins catches him to a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP! Rey flounders but Rollins drags him up to slide him out! Rey belly flops onto the floor and Rollins goes out after him. But here comes Dominik, with a chair! Is Dom here to attack Rollins for their past? Or is he here to watch his father suffer? Dom pats Rollins on the shoulder, so it’s the latter as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins whips Rey HARD into the corner! Dom is sitting ringside now to watch as Rollins drags Rey out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, then lets off to line up a shot. Rollins BOOTS Rey into the ring! Rollins offers a fist bump, and Dom takes it! Fans boo them both but Rollins goes into the ring. Rollins tells Dom to watch this. Rollins drags Rey up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo! And then another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Rollins drags Rey up again, gives some Latino Heat, and suplexes again, but Rey throws knees! Rey makes it a DDT!
Dom isn’t as happy watching now with Rey and Rollins both down. Rey gets up, adjusts his mask and goes to a corner. Rey climbs, but Rollins Electric Chair Lifts him off the corner! Rollins turns Rey around but Rey RANAS Rollins into the buckles! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Rey goes to the apron and fans fire up as he climbs. But Rollins ROCKS Rey first! Rollins climbs up, brings Rey up, but Rey throws body shots! Rey HEADBUTTS Rollins away, but Rollins springs right back up! Rey fights with body shots and shoves Rollins away again! Then SEATED SENTONS!
Rey keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives the sudden turnaround but Rey keeps moving. Rey slides under but Rollins catches him, only for Rey to victory roll! TWO, and Rey dropkicks Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins gets up to get Rey in position, BUCKLE BOMB! And FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Dom is annoyed. Rollins goes to ropes, drags himself up, and thinks what he has to do to keep Rey down. Rey flounders, Rollins aims, but Rey avoids the stomp! Rollins kicks low, but Rey fights the underhooks!
Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, gets him up, but Rey fights and RANAS Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH! Direct hit on Rollins and Dom stands up in frustration! Rey puts Rollins in the ring, hurries up the corner again, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dom sits back down. Fans taunt Dom with “Dominik’s Useless!” Rey dropkick Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins ducks the 619! Rey hurries after Rollins but Rollins shoulders in! Rollins GOURDBUSTERS Rey down!
Rollins climbs up the corner slowly, and Rey trips him up! Rey climbs up after Rollins now, fires some haymakers, then goes up to SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks the Steiner and swings Rey back up! SUPER STEINER AFTER ALL!! Rollins flounders to ropes, 619!! But Rey hit Rollins so hard, Rollins flounders to the far side of the ring! Rey hurries to the apron, and he FLYING RANAS Rollins down again! But Dom gets up and has the chair! Rey turns around to see Dom, and the ref tells Dom no. Dom drops the chair, but then dares Rey to use it now!
Fans boo, Dom is just distracting Rey! Rollins distracts the ref, RHEA RIPLEY POSTS Rey!! Dom puts Rey in the ring for Rollins to CURB STOMP!! Rollins laughs as he puts Rey in a PERUVIAN NECKTIE!! Rey is OUT, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by submission
The Visionary gets to show off his new hold, not that he had to! That was a message to Riddle that Rollins can grapple just like him. But it also shows that The Judgement Day had to help Rollins out. Will The Visionary survive when he has to beat The Bro on his own? As for Rey, is there no reaching Dom anymore?
But speaking of Matt Riddle, he’s watching this backstage.
The Bro’s attention is trained on Rollins, so when someone pats him on the shoulder, he freaks out! Oh, it’s Bobby Lashley. Don’t scare him like that, bro. Didn’t think you were silent but deadly. You gotta keep your head on a swivel around here, y’know? Lashley gets it. He just wants to wish Riddle luck against Damian Priest tonight, not that Riddle needs it. And Lashley also heard what Rollins was saying about The Fight Pit. The MMA guys know what it’s like, but Rollins doesn’t. It’s either you tap out, or you get knocked out. That’s what Rollins fears, so don’t let him get away on this one.
Riddle says he’s not letting Rollins get away. Riddle will fight him, submit him, knock him out, Rollins ain’t going anywhere. Alright. One more thing: Lashley knows Riddle wanted to help Lashley last week, but he should never do that again. “My bad, Bobby.” Well, Riddle has Rollins where he wants him, so knock his teeth out! Damn straight, bro! Riddle is fired up now. Will The Bro take the fight to the Punisher before entering the Pit?
Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens head for gorilla.
Along the way, they find one of the MIZFORCE guards knocked out cold! Is that a bad sign for The Miz?
Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy!
The Prizefighter and Johnny Wrestling have been putting Austin Theory in his place, and that doesn’t sit well with his pals, Chad Gable & Otis. “Master” Gable and #4PointOtis are waving American flags in Canada to try and make a point, but will it be homefield advantage for KO?
The teams sort out and Gargano starts against Gable. They tie up, Gable headlocks, spins and hammerlocks to a drop toehold. Gable then floats back to a headlock and grinds the hold. Gargano powers up and out, Gable runs him over, ‘A THANK YEW~!” Things speed up, fans sing “GA-BLE~, GABLE GABLE GABLE~… GA-BLE~! GA-BLE~!” as Gargano RANAS and wheelbarrows Gable to an arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Gable scrambles away. Tag to Otis and Gargano winds up to tag Kevin! Fans fire up as Kevin and Otis circle.
Kevin and Otis tie up, Kevin headlocks but Otis powers out. They RAM shoulders but neither falls. Kevin runs and RAMS Otis but almost bounces off! Otis nods, so Kevin DROPKICKS him! Otis staggers, Gable tags in but Kevin fires off haymakers! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Gable, then SENTONS! And MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin drags Gable up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he hops on, BACKPACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gable goes to a corner, Gargano runs in but Gable puts him on the outside. Gable runs, Otis tags in, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Gable!
Otis choke grips Gargano, then lifts him up to toss into the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! “For the Academy!” Fans boo Otis as he looms over Gargano and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Gargano fights off the Academy! Otis catches Gargano to keep him from Kevin! And then Otis RAMS Gargano into the corner! Tag to Gable, Otis whips Gable in but Gargano TOSSES him out! Otis run sin, Gable dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Gargano crawls, Kevin reaches out, but Gable anchors Gargano! Gable drags Gargano away, Gargano rolls and sends Gable towards Kevin! Gable stops himself, but Gargano rolls him up, SCHOOLBOY KICK! Fans fire up for the HOT TAG! Kevin rallies with CHOPS and forearms on Gable!
Kevin whips, atomic drops and LARIATS Gable down! Kevin DECKS Otis, corner clotheslines Gable then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Gable is in the corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Kevin then hauls Gable up, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but Kevin hurries to a corner. Kevin climbs, leaps, SWANTON onto knees!! Kevin writhes and Gable crawls to the other corner. Gable climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS! He has to land out as Kevin moves, but he blocks the superkick. Gable spins Kevin around, Kevin fights the waistlock.
Kevin kicks low but Gable denies the Stunner! Kevin comes back to trip Gable, and he steps through! Fans fire up for the SHARPSHOOTER! Gable endures, flails, reaches around, but Kevin drags Gable away! Otis runs in to CLOBBER Kevin! Fans boo but Otis tells them to “SUCK IT!” Gable and Kevin crawl for their corners, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano DROPKICKS Otis down, then he swings a kick. Gable ducks it and waistlocks but Gargano switches. Gable switches back but Gargano switches again, only for Gable to switch one more time. Gargano bucks the O’Conner Roll while tagging in Kevin!
Gargano ROUNDHOUSES Gable, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS Gable into buckles! Kevin goes up top and he SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives and shocks everyone! Kevin drags Gable back up, whips him to ropes, but Gable slips out of the pop-up! Gable gets around Kevin to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gargano tags in and he GAMANGIRIS Gable! Slingshot, but no DDT! NORTHERN LIGHTS, and a roll through, to then EXPLODER! Gable tags Otis and Otis Electric Chair Lifts Gargano. Gable tags in and goes up, for the FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, Kevin breaks it!!
But Otis CLOBBERS Kevin! And SPLASHES in the corner! Kevin flops out but Otis pursues, to CLOBBER Kevin again! Fans boo but Otis clears off the announce desk! Otis runs at Kevin, but Kevin sends him into steel steps! SUPERKICK but Otis stays up! SUPERKICK, and now Otis is on the desk! Kevin goes to the barrier and climbs up! MACHO ELBOW through the table!! Fans are losing their minds while Gable and Gargano stand in the ring. Gargano fires off forearms, then a ROLLING- THROAT CHOP from Gable!
Gable spins now but Gargano mule kicks. Gable blocks the lariat, but not the DISCUS LEFT!! Fans fire up with Gargano and he goes to the corner. Gargano aims and powers up, but THEORY swipes at him! Fans boo, Gable hits a ROLLING ELBOW! And then a CLIFFHANGER DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gargano survives and shocks Theory! Gable is also furious, so he kicks Gargano out of the ring. Theory takes a swing but misses! SUPERKICK takes Theory down! Gargano GAMAN- NO, Gable blocks! But Gargano ducks his clothesline to slingshot, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano & Kevin win!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
The long awaited debut of #PandaExpress is a success! The Academy and Mr. MITB couldn’t stop them, will Kevin and Gargano soon find themselves heading for some gold?
AJ Styles heads to gorilla.
More MIZFORCE guards are down and out but Styles shrugs it off. Kevin Patrick finds him, though, and asks that before facing Sami Zayn, can Styles explain why he rejected Finn Balor’s offer to join Judgement Day? Has everyone forgotten what The Judgement Day did to Styles? To get respect, you gotta show respect. Styles has been on his own for a while now and… Finn appears! Finn says he comes in peace as Styles’ friend. We all know the importance of having friends around here, right?
Finn says The Judgement Day has achieved so much already. But with Styles, him and Finn together, they could change the business again! Okay, hear him out. Styles has a match with Sami Zayn, right? And Sami’s got back up in Solo Sikoa. So as a friend, the Judgement Day would like to offer Styles an olive branch. Styles says they’ll watch his back? Yeah! Styles says he can watch is own back.
Omos & MVP head to gorilla now.
The Nigerian Giant continues to dominate, just how many men will be sent to the slaughter this time?
Theory regroups with The Alpha Academy backstage.
What happened out there? He thought they were the masters of success! Where was the success? Gable says his number one guy, Otis, hasn’t been 100% since throwing down with that “moron,” Braun Strowman! If not for that two ton doofus, the Academy would’ve schooled those fools. Well y’know what, Chad? It would’ve been good to know that before he got hit in the jaw. But they gotta get even with Kevin & Gargano. Gargano’s not gonna embarrass Theory twice in a dump like Canada!
But then Theory gets a phone call. Hello? It’s for Gable. It is? Well, okay. Gable is in high demand. Hello? “A two ton doofus, huh? Bet you think you’re real funny.” Braun promises Gable he won’t be laughing next week, beause the Monster of All Monsters is coming for him in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota! That way, they won’t have to fly Gable’s body home for his funeral! Sh-sh-shoosh please… Theory says Gable’s got this. But Otis, Gargano tried to big dog you out there and you gotta let him know who you are! What you represent! What you’re gonna do!
Next week, Otis VS Gargano, and it’ll be Gargano’s last match because of Otis! It’ll be the end of Gargano’s very short and sad career. Otis is fired up but Gable is dreading next week. Will the Academy’s teacher go into early retirement?
Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester!
Montel Vontavius Porter is sitting with commentary at the reconstructed desk, and the Nigerian Giant against stares down two mere mortals. Will either one of these men survive the night?
The bell rings, Omos choke grips Gibson, and keeps Lester from running away! Omos SHOVES them both out of the ring! Omos then goes out, drags Joey Gibson up and RAMS him into steel steps! And then Omos storms over to Lester, scoops and LAWN DARTS him off the apron, to then BOOT him down!! MVP is singing as Omos TOSSES Lester into the ring, and SPLASHES him in the corner! Omos then goes back for Gibson to drag him up by his head! Omos TOSSES him into the ring, too! Omos then clobbers Gibson back down!
Omos roars, he drags Lester up with both hands, MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB! And then MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB for Gibson! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up for Omos, and Omos then TOSSES his opponents out of the ring! MVP says Braun may be a Monster Among Monsters, but Omos is the only titan of WWE! Omos puts Gibson onto the desk, then places Lester next to him. Omos then climbs up onto the desk! Omos roars triumphantly, will he soon stand tall over all of the WWE?
The Miz regroups with MIZFORCE.
But they’re all out cold and heaped on top of each other! Miz is freaking out! MIZFORCE was supposed to be the best of the best! But of course this what happens. Wait, is he… LUMIS IS IN THE HOCKEY GEAR! Miz turns around to see him. HIGH STICKING! And then Lumis CRACKS the stick on Miz’s back! Lumis then sits with Miz, and wraps him up in THE SILENCE!! Miz fights but can’t get away, and he is OUT! Lumis pats Miz on the head, what will Lumis do to him this time?
Nikki A.S.H. VS ???
The Almost SuperHero is going solo tonight, and… CANDICE LERAE is here?!? Mrs. Johnny Wrestling, the Poison Pixie, has come to Raw! Will she get going just like her husband has?
The bell rings and Nikki tells Candice to go back to NXT! Candice blocks Nikki’s kick, trips her up, and dropkicks her out of the ring! Candice runs and baseball slides, but gets caught in the apron skirt! Nikki fires off on Candice, then refreshes the ring count. Nikki puts Candice in the ring, pushes her around, and tells her to go away. Nikki strikes a pose, but Candice rolls her up! TWO, and Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS! Candice fires off hands in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.
Fans fire up with Candice, she runs and back body blocks in the corner! Snapmare and SUPERKICK! Nikki staggers, into a BACKSTABBER! Candice hurries to a corner, she goes up but Nikki ROCKS her first! Nikki climbs up after Candice, talks trash on her, but Candice throws hands! And then takes her for a WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The Wrestling Family is on fire! Will Raw soon see the way? As for Nikki, she’s thrown off her superhero mask. Is this the breaking point for the Almost SuperHero?
Finn Balor talks with Judgement Day backstage.
They all trust each other, right? Then trust him about Styles. Styles is gonna come around. Kevin Patrick walks over to ask Damian Priest if he might hold back against his former friend in Riddle tonight. Rhea asks back, “What’s with the dumbass questions?” Priest says yeah, what’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s NOT holding back. And he’s gonna have zero remorse! KP said it himself, Riddle’s a former friend. This right here, this is his crew! This is his family. Rhea’s said it time and again, the Judgement Day runs Raw! So as far as Priest is concerned, Riddle is just running his brains into the clouds like always.
Just look at this past year! Riddle spent most of it pretending to be Randy Orton! And now Rollins has Riddle so confused, Riddle thinks he’s in the UFC. “Yo, Riddle. You’re not a Viper. You’re not a cage fighter anymore. And you sure as hell aren’t my friend. Tonight like everyone else, you Riddle, will fall while the Judgement Day will rise. Nothing personal, bro.” The Judgement Day laughs, but will they have the last laugh in the end?
Sami Zayn w/ Solo Sikoa VS AJ Styles!
As he shows off, the Honorary Uce has his own official shirt! He is truly accepted into the Bloodline, but will he be able to defend their honor against the Phenomenal One? Or will Styles show that shirts don’t amount to much?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sami backs away to a corner as fans cheer him on, but Styles tunes that out. They tie up, Sami headlocks, and fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE OLE~!” Styles powers out, Sami RAMS him and knocks him over! Sami holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes! Styles smirks while Sami talks trash, and Styles reaches up to headscissor him down! And then DROPKICK him! Styles CHOPS Sami in a corner, then bump him off buckles in another corner. Sami staggers around but Styles scoops him for a BACKBREAKER!
Styles looms over Sami, throws down a fist, and then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Styles follows Sami to ropes, whips him to ropes, but Sami holds them to elbow Styles back. Styles dodges Sami but runs into a back drop! Cover, ONE!! Sami is annoyed and he bumps Styles off buckles. Sami climbs up, leaps, and ELBOWS Styles down! Cover, ONE!! Sami drags Styles up, throws him out, but the ref is aware of Solo. Solo stays back, Sami goes out to fetch Styles, and SMACKS him off the apron. The ring count climbs, Sami drags Styles up to SMACK him off the apron again.
Sami goes in at 6 of 10, kicks Styles away then hits an ARABIAN PRESS! Fans fire up with the Honorary Uce as he shows off the shirt. Sami puts Styles in, covers, TWO! Sami paces but then drags Styles up. Sami swings but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sami sits up, into the SLIDING FOREARM! Sami staggers to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! And then fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Sami sits up again and Styles reels him in! But Sami fights the Clash so Styles shoves him. Sami forearms, Styles blocks the boot and slips around to torture rack! TOWERHACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
Sami bails out and Solo is there. Styles glares at Solo, but slingshots to FOREARM Sami down! Styles stares Solo down and fans fire up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns, Styles whips Sami but Sami KICKS back! Sami reels Styles in to suplex but Styles fights it! Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes back! Sami lands on his feet to hit a NECKBREAKER! Both men go to corners, Styles runs in at Sami, but Sami gets under Styles to put him on the apron! Styles ROCKS Sami back, though, and he takes aim! Fans fire up, Styles springboards, but Sami gets under! Styles runs back in, into a BUCKLE- NO, Styles victory rolls the exploder! TWO!! Sami runs in, Styles catches him to snap suplex Sami into buckles!
Both men are down but Sami bails out to where Solo is again. Styles storms over and stares Solo down while he drags Sami up. Styles puts Sami in, he glares at Solo, then goes back inside the ring. Sami BOOTS Styles, and reels him in for a BLUE THUDNER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it but this is why Styles is a WWE Grand Slam Champion! Styles crawls to a corner, Sami runs in and fires off haymakers! Sami hoists Styles up, but Styles throws hands in return! Styles reels Sami in, TORNADO- NO, Sami blocks that to suplex, and ORANGE CRUSH! Cover, TWO!!
Sami is furious that Styles survives! Styles bails out but Sami hurries out after him! Sami POSTS Styles, and again! And then he TOSSES Styles over the barriers! Sami returns into the ring and wants the count to climb. Fans count along, Styles stirs at 6 of 10, hurries over at 8, and slides in at 9.5! Sami snarls and he drags Styles up, only for Styles to cradle! TWO!! Sami ROCKS Styles, Styles ROCKS Sami, and fans rally as they go back and forth! Sami gets the edge, but Styles roars! Sami BOOTS Styles, Styles PELES Sami! Both men are down and fans are loving this as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sami has Styles up top. Sami climbs up after him but Styles throws haymakers. Styles hops up and sunset flips but Sami holds on! But Styles pulls him form the corner and into position! Sami kicks free of The Clash! Styles staggers around, runs in, but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami hurries and runs corner to corner, but Styles bails out. Fans boo but Sami hurries after Styles. Sami puts Styles in, but Styles catches Sami and rolls him! CALF CRUSHER!! Sami endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks way back! Sami still reaches, claws forward, pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Solo nods as Styles lets Sami go. Sami clutches his knee and both men slowly rise. Styles storms over to Sami but into a JAWBREAKER! Styles leans on the ropes, but he runs to sunset flip! And then deadlift into position! Sami flails, gets in the ropes, and he back drops Styles up and out! Styles holds onto the ropes, ROCKS Sami, but Sami grabs hair! The ref reprimands, Sami lets go and distracts the ref, and Solo YANKS Styles down for an APRON URENAGE! Fans boo but Sami smiles as he knows Solo just helped him out. HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Getting an assist in the win, Sami really IS in the Bloodline now! Solo “The Enforcer” does his job, will he, Sami and all of the Bloodline take over WWE?
Wait, here comes The Judgement Day! And of course, Finn has a mic to say, “AJ, AJ, AJ. It pains me to see you like this, bro. And I can’t help but think that if you had accepted our offer earlier, the outcome of this match may have been a little bit different. You deserve so much better than this, AJ. You deserve it, man. So seeing as I’m a fair and generous person, I’m asking you as a friend to rise up and join the Judgement Day.” Finn offers a hand, Styles thinks for a moment, but he stands up on his own. Finn throws up the Too Sweet, maybe Styles will accept that. Styles throws up the middle finger instead!
So Finn attacks Styles! As do Priest and Dom! They mug Styles, Rhea gets a chair, and Finn puts the chair around Styles’ head! Rhea holds it in place, Finn runs up, but Finn stops short of the stomp. Finn says he could’ve ended Styles’ career, but he’s Styles’ friend. This is NOT what friends do. The Judgement Day loom over Styles, having given him the most menacing of ultimatums. Will the Phenomenal One stay a lone wolf? Or will he join the wolf pack that is The Judgement Day?
Bianca, Alexa & Asuka are having fun backstage.
They’re all excited after Bianca’s big win over Iyo Sky, and then Candice finds them! Candice hopes Bianca shuts Bayley up at Extreme Rules. Oh, Bianca definitely will. And congratulations on the debut victory! Candice thanks Bianca, but then “DING DONG! Uh, why don’t you two shut up?” Bayley says compliments are just jealousy in disguise. And bullies are just cowards in disguise. Oh, Candice’s feeling real confident after one win here, huh? They can change that. Dakota says Bayley has the title match to worry about. Candice says Dakota doesn’t.
Bayley knows Candice is new here, but DMG CTRL runs things. If Candice wants a match with Dakota, just wait for next week. And Bianca, see you at Extreme Rules. Oh, they don’t have to wait for that. Things get heated but everyone backs down. Will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai? Will this all explode before Extreme Rules?
Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day!
Rollins made sure Rey & Riddle didn’t win last week, but Riddle will let him off the hook until Extreme Rules. Will the Bro get his “brovenge” on the Punisher? Or will the Judgement Day just keep on rolling roughshod through Raw?
The bell rings and Riddle circles with Priest. The fans chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” and Riddle smirks. Riddle and Priest tie up, Priest puts Riddle in the corner but Riddle pushes back. They go along the ropes, into another corner, but Priest shoves Riddle down. Priest dares Riddle to come back and they circle again. They tie up, Priest puts Riddle on ropes but Riddle hops on to go after an arm! Riddle gets a HOVERBOARD, but Priest powers through to suplex! Riddle slips around to a SLEEPER! Priest gasps as he reaches for ropes but Riddle squeezes tight. Priest BACKPACK SENTONS!
Priest grins as he’s free, but Riddle springs to life to get the SLEEPER again! Priest scrambles to a corner, the ref counts the ropebreak, and Riddle lets off. Priest swings a back elbow but Riddle gets away. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks to headlock and hits a takeover. Priest pushes Riddle to the headscissors and holds tight. Riddle reaches out, moves around, and pushes free. Priest avoids the Penalty Kick and Riddle says it was that close. Priest shoves Riddle so Riddle shoves back. Riddle fires palm strikes but Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves to evade!
Priest swings, Riddle bobs ‘n’ weaves now! Riddle ducks Priest’s heel kick but Priest avoids the Final Flash. Riddle ducks the spin kick, but Priest blocks a kick to trip Riddle! Riddle avoids the stomps to literally kick Priest’s butt! Riddle kips up and fans fire up as Riddle dares Priest to bring it. PRiest laughs and applauds, but swings on him! Riddle catches Priest to a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! BROTON! Cover, ONE!! Priest gets to ropes but Riddle storms up on him. Riddle CHOPS Priest, KICKS away on him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle goes side to side, Priest SPIN KICKS him down!
The Judgement Day cheers but the fans boo as Priest rains down forearms! Priest paces, he drags Riddle up and says, “You’re trying to embarrass me on my birthday?!” Oh, well happy birthday, Priest. He TOSSES Riddle to a corner! But Riddle blocks the haymaker into a TRIANGLE, which he makes into a RANA that throws Priest up and out! Riddle is on the apron, Finn gets Priest out of the way, meaning Finn takes the PENALTY KICK! Riddle LEAPS at Priest, but Priest DECKS him out of the sky! Priest then suplexes for a BROKEN ARROW onto the barriers!! Riddle shouts in pain while Priest roars triumphantly, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Priest keeps Riddle down with a motorcycle stretch. Priest taunts Riddle, “You want more pain? Yeah, you want more pain.” Priest digs his knee in deeper but Riddle powers up! Priest shifts to a chinlock but Riddle fires body shots. Priest CLUBS Riddle down and grabs the arms for more of the motorcycle. Rhea wants Priest to make Riddle pay, but Riddle KANGAROO KICKS! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a BOOT! Then he shoots around, ripcords, FINAL FLASH! Priest goes to a corner, Riddle kips up and runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm smash!
Riddle reels Priest in but Priest fights the clinch. Priest shoves Riddle down, runs at him, but into the BROSPLODER! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK! Then a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up, Riddle stands and puts Priest in the ring. Riddle hurries in, he blocks a kick to give a kick and he gets Priest up for a POWERBOMB! Flip over to a FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Judgement Day breathes easier. Riddle goes to a corner, he climbs up top, but Priest SHOVES Riddle down! Riddle hits barriers!
Riddle clutches his side while Judgement Day laughs at him. Priest goes out to fetch Riddle, and he hoists Riddle up to run and RAM him into more barriers! Priest snarls as he looms over Riddle, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns one more time and Riddle has Priest up top now! Priest fights Riddle off with a HEADBUTT! Riddle falls, Priest stands up, but Riddle springs up after Priest! Riddle stands on the very top, brings Priest up with him, SUPER FISHERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans are fired up and Judgement Day is freaking out! Riddle crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Riddle can’t believe it! Both men slowly sit up, Priest throws a forearm! Riddle forearms back! Priest throws a body shot, and another, but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS! Priest ROCKS Riddle, throws body shots and a HEADBUTT!
Riddle fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Priest ROCKS him! FINAL FLASH! Riddle runs, but Priest blocks this knee to BELL CLAP! And then ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE!! Priest sits down, Riddle aims to BUZZ- NO, Priest ducks and shoves Riddle to a corner. Riddle goes up and over, Priest catches him! Riddle fights free to dragon sleeper! And gut wrench! Riddle tucks the leg, BRO DEREK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Priest survives and even Rhea is shocked! Riddle is beside himself, but he drags Priest into a drop zone before climbing up top!
Rhea distracts Riddle, but then drops down as Priest CLUBS Riddle on the back! Priest drags Riddle into the Crucifix, for a DOM- NO, Riddle lands on his feet so Priest LARIATS him down! COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Priest can’t believe it but Riddle survives now! Priest snarls and he aims at Riddle. Riddle rises, choke grip, SOUTH OF- NO, Riddle slips free, ducks and RK- NO!! Priest dragon sleepers but Riddle slips free! Priest springboards, into the FINAL FLASH!! Riddle hears the voices, bro! Finn gets on the apron but Riddle DECKS him! RK- NO, Priest blocks again!
Priest torture racks Riddle but Riddle fights free. Riddle has a SPLADLE! RIDDLE WINS!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
But Dom, Finn and even Rhea attack! They mug The Bro, and then they feed him to SOUTH OF HEAVEN! “You think you know me.” WHAT?!? The Rated R Superstar is back! Edge runs in, dodges Finn and SPEARS Dom! Edge glares at Dom but Rhea saves him by dragging him out of the ring. Finn runs in, Edge dodges him, and SPEARS Finn down!! Fans are thunderous as Edge has risen like a dark phoenix! Edge gets a mic to say, “You have tried to finish me over and over again. But I always come back! Even if it takes me nine years, I come back. And I got to come back in Edmonton! In MY country!”
Edge doesn’t quit! So Finn, Edge has a challenge for you. Extreme Rules, for the first time ever, Edge VS Finn 1v1, IN AN I QUIT MATCH!!! The Prince glares at Edge, but he seems to nod yes! Who will go to the extreme to make the other say those dreaded two words?
A great episode tonight with so much set up for Extreme Rules. Especially with basically all the matches now having a stipulation, as is the point of Extreme Rules the PPV concept. Great opening segment with the Raw Women’s Championship story, and I like that it’ll be a Ladder match between Bianca and Bayley. It won’t be about pinning or submitting, which can definitely be to Bayley’s advantage since she needed DMG CTRL to pin Bianca, and can even have them help her cheat in winning the match.
Great to see Candice LeRae now joining her husband here on Raw, and it works on multiple levels that she beat Nikki. Nikki’s been just circling a breaking point that could reset her to SAnitY Nikki. Candice also getting in on the DMG CTRL story is cool, there’s a lot of possibilities here. Speaking of Johnny Wrestling, Gargano & Kevin had a great match against Alpha Academy, and of course Theory got involved. It bites him in the butt, The Academy loses, and then we get a good segment where Gable sticks his foot in his mouth. Gable is gonna get squashed by Braun, Gargano is going to have an awesome match with Otis, but I bet Theory also gets involved with that one.
Omos crushes more jobbers, but MVP was calling out Braun, so maybe Omos goes after Braun after he’s done with Gable? Omos VS Braun has potential, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they do the ring breaking superplex spot like back in the day. Great stuff out of Miz and his “MIZFORCE,” but of course MIZFORCE was going to get taken out by Lumis. At some point, Lumis has to draw a picture to illustrate what kind of match he wants with Miz, or just what he wants with Miz period.
Great match from Styles VS Sami, showing there is cross-brand storytelling with The Bloodline. I also like that there is more blending of stories as Finn keeps trying to recruit Styles. Styles refuses and pays for it, and then we get a great match between Riddle and Priest. Riddle winning with the Spladle is great because it keeps this going while still giving Riddle momentum going into the Fight Pit. Edge making his return is great, and him challenging Finn to an I Quit is wild. I cannot wait to see this one. The HHH Era is awesome!
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Arthur Ashe gets Elevated!
Mr. & Mrs. Superbad are in the Dark!
As if Grand Slam wasn’t enough, AEW has some extra innings here with Dark: Elevation! Will Mr. & Mrs. Superbad, Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford, be hot together in Mixed Tag action?
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Capt. Shawn Dean & Skye Blue; Kip & Penelope win.
- Ortiz VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Ortiz wins.
If what I’ve read is correct, there are only TWO matches for Elevation tonight after how stacked Grand Slam was this year. And it’s pretty clear to see which way each match will go, too, so not much else to say.
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