Both the Phenomenal One and The Man return to SmackDown! AJ Styles has a response for “The New Daniel Bryan” while Becky Lynch continues where she left off!
- The Bar VS The Usos; The Usos win.
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev; No Contest.
- The Miz VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day; Kingston wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Division Battle Royal: Asuka wins and joins the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Match.
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SmackDown General Manager, Paige, starts the show!
And please welcome back the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch! Yes, The Man is back in town! Nia Jax’s face-breaking, concussion-giving punch kept Becky from fighting Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series, but that hasn’t stopped her from being Relent-Lass. Fans are happy to see Becky and Becky’s happy to be back. Any time is too much time away for her. She bled, fought and won during the raid against Raw and still wanted to fight. But she couldn’t, she wasn’t allowed to. “But not no mo’, baby girl.” The Man is putting herself back in the game! Survivor Series had someone else step into Becky’s shadow for once. As such, Becky gets down to business and calls out Charlotte Flair! And here Charlotte comes!
The Queen walks out and joins both Paige and Becky in the ring. Charlotte did her best to battle Rowdy Ronda at Survivor Series but she resorted to a brutal attack with kendo sticks and chairs. Charlotte suffered her punishment of a hefty fine, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the issue here tonight. Fans duel with chants for Becky and echoing “WOO~!” Becky told Charlotte to give Ronda a beating like Becky would’ve, and she came close. But if it was Becky beating Ronda down, Ronda wouldn’t have gotten back up. Becky wanted Charlotte to step up, but does Charlotte know who Charlotte is? It took Charlotte channeling Becky to beat Ronda. Charlotte tells “Becky, Becky, Becky, Becky,” that she wasn’t being Becky, she was being Charlotte Flair. “The only woman on either roster capable of giving Ronda the beating that she deserved.”
And Becky, or The Man, or whoever, do you know why? Because Charlotte is genetically superior with the mindset to do anything possible to get the job down, “WOO~!” Oh come now. Charlotte went from copying her old man to copying The Man. She’s a bootleg Becky trying to take what’s Becky’s. But at least we know she’s being genuine about it now. Wow Nia really hit Becky hard, didn’t she? Because Becky went from quirky to delusional. Becky is copying Ric while riding Charlotte’s coattails. As for Ronda, “The Queen stands out in a crowd”, and will be at TLC because she’s the one born ready. And Charlotte fought for herself that night, and will fight against Becky here and now!
Paige keeps the peace and shuts these two down. Paige enjoys the fire in Charlotte, and she hasn’t seen that since seeing it in Becky. She hasn’t seen anything like these two, so the SmackDown Women’s Championship rematch will happen, at TLC! But that’s not all, because it will be a TLC Match!! Becky and Charlotte love the idea of that, but then here comes Mandy Rose? And not just Mandy, she has Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega & The IIconics with her. “What a joke.” This is insulting! How dare Paige say no one else has shown the same desire as Charlotte. Everyone talks about what Charlotte did to Ronda, but the reality is that any of them could’ve done that. Any one of these five deserves a match over Charlotte. Paige just doesn’t give them the time of day. Paige left Absolution, for PCB. Why?
But wait, here come Naomi, Asuka, Carmella and Lana! “Hold up, wait a minute, let me put some glow up in it!” These four heard what Mandy was saying, and weirdly enough, they agree. Paige surely isn’t questioning any of their desire. The entire SmackDown women’s Division has great talent. Becky wants them to line up, she’ll smack the heads off all of them! Paige eases Becky back and tells everyone to calm down. But Paige loves the passion! So therefore, every woman will be in a Battle Royal! The winner of that moves on to join Charlotte and Becky for a TRIPLE THREAT TLC! A golden opportunity on the road to Tables, Ladders & Chairs, who will win a ticket to the title match in time for the holidays?
The Usos speak.
“We told y’all!” Jimmy & Jey, along with Team SmackDown, held it down for the Blue Brand at Survivor Series, 6-1! There’s only one name in the game and it’s UCE-O! They take on the tag team champions, after the break!
The Bar VS The Usos!
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions have had a rough few weeks. They lose to The Authors of Pain after a urinary distraction, and then lose to The New Day in the first-ever Thanksgiving Feast Fight. As for Jimmy & Jey, they were the sole survivors to be the 1 in 6-1! Will they bring Cesaro & Sheamus their third loss in a month? Or can the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator break out of the Uso Penitentiary?
And for those wondering why the Giant isn’t out ringside for his new pals, it’s because The Bar were upset with him over that Thanksgiving Feast defeat. Cesaro blamed Show for why The New Day got away with that food fight frenzy, so Show punched Cesaro with his giant fist! The trio is back down to a duo, will that affect The Bar in any way?
The bell rings and Sheamus starts with Jimmy. They tie up and Sheamus gets a headlock takeover. Jimmy headscissors out then gets his own headlock. Sheamus powers out and runs Jimmy over. Sheamus runs but into an uppercut! Tag to Jey and the Usos chop away. Jimmy holds Sheamus for Jey to forearm smash then dropkick! Cover, ONE, but Jey stays on Sheamus. Sheamus rocks Jey with a forearm and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro throws hands on Jey then whips him to a corner. Jey stops himself and uppercuts back. Tag to Jimmy and Jimmy goes up to hit double ax handles on Cesaro’s arm. Cesaro pulls Jimmy’s hair and has him on the ropes. He backs off but Sheamus hotshots! Sheamus tags in and they whip Jimmy for the Bar Lariat! The Bar says their catchphrase and we picture in picture.
Sheamus stomps away on Jimmy and puts him in The Bar’s corner with a European Uppercut. Cesaro tags in and hotshots Jimmy, then gives his own EuroUppers. Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Jimmy with an armlock, and wrenches that elbow into the keylock. Cesaro wrenches while Jimmy endures. Jey rallies the fans and Jimmy feeds off the energy. Cesaro tags Sheamus and Sheamus mule kicks Jimmy. The Bar ouble whip for Super Saiyan Kicks! Sheamus soaks up th eheat while Jimmy winces. Sheamus shouts at the fans over their disrespect, then brings Jimmy up. Jimmy hits back with uppercuts and chops! Jimmy backs Sheamus down but gets a mule kick. Sheamus tags Cesaro, and The Bar mug Jimmy with stomps. Cesaro has Jimmy down and stomps away until the ref backs him off.
Cesaro drags Jimmy up again, and into the chinlock. He pulls on Jimmy’s head as fans rally up again. Jimmy powers his way towards his corner a step at a time, but Cesaro pushes him back the other way. Cesaro tags Sheamus and hands off the headlock. Sheamus thrashes Jimmy about, but Jimmy endures. Jimmy gets his second wind and pulls on Sheamu’s Mohawk. Sheamus thrashes more but Jimmy keeps fighting up. Jimmy jawbreakers free! Sheamus tags Cesaro and Cesaro boots Jey down! Jimmy dodges but there’s no one to tag. We return to single picture as Sheamus tags in and rocks Jimmy with a big knee! Sheamus carries Jimmy back to The Bar’s corner and Cesaro tags in. Cesaro rocks Jimmy with another EuroUpper, and Sheamus helps with the suplex. Cover, TWO!
Cesaro tags back to Sheamus and Sheamus rocks Jimmy with another knee. Cover, TWO! The Bar keeps its cool, but fans rally for The Usos. Sheamus puts Jimmy in the corner but Jimmy fights back! Jimmy rocks Cesaro and dumps Sheamus out. Cesaro hurries to get Sheamus up and in, but Jimmy heads for his corner. Tags bring in Jey and Cesaro! Jey rallies with lariats, kicks and a shout-out to Roman Reigns with the fist pump uppercut! Jey whips Cesaro and hits a Samoan Drop! Fans fire up with Jey as he aims at Cesaro. Corner to corner hip attack hits! Cover, TWO! Jey is surprised but he doesn’t lose his cool. He runs into an elbow, Sheamus tags in.
Cesaro takes the dragon whip kick, but Sheamus waits for Jey to build speed. Jey leaps, Cesaro rock shim with an uppercut! Sheamus knees Jey in the back! Sheamus keeps moving, knee drop from the second rope! Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps going, and is even higher up now. Jey gets out of the way and shoves Sheamus into a post! SUPERKICK for Cesaro! SUPERKICK for Sheamus! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives but Jimmy is back up. Jey tags his brother and each Uso takes a corner. Fans fire up as they both aim at Sheamus. Cesaro slides in to EuroUpper Jey! Jimmy leaps on knees, Sheamus rolls him up, TWO!? Sheamus is shocked, but he takes his frustrations out by raining rights on Jimmy. He drags Jimmy over in the fireman’s carry and tags Cesaro.
Cesaro climes but Jey SUPERKICKS Sheamus from behind! Cesaro blats Jey out but Jimmy rolls Cesaro up, TWO!? EuroUpper hits, but then Jey tags in! Cesaro misses in the corner an dgets double kicks! SUPERKICK brings him down, Jimmy Uso Splash! Cover, USOS WIN!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
#LOCKDOWN! Jimmy & Jey make the best of even odds, but can they capitalize all over again should they get a tag title match?
The New Day are laughing.
They’re clearly watching something on Xavier Woods’ phone. The Miz comes over and asks what. They say it’s Miz’s best work. Oh wow, Miz didn’t realize they were die heard #Mariners, aka fans of The Marine. What’s their favorite part of Marine 6? Oh no, sorry, they weren’t watching Marine 6 starring Becky Lynch. They were watching Miz from last week losing to the Bryant Brothers. Who who who pinned him? Wayne or Dane? Or Bane? Or Kane? Kairi Sane? Oh wow the guys throwing pancakes making fun of him. Miz and Shane, #BestTeamintheWorld, were battling through injuries from their Survivor Series battle to defend SmackDown’s honor. The same Survivor Series where the New Day’s team were the only SmackDown win 6-1? They were just fine.
Well their match didn’t count, and it was The Usos who won! And it’s not like The New Day wouldv’e done better. Miz can beat any of them, he’s 2/3rds of Best in the World! In fact, Miz will set up a match for tonight. What’s up with Miz? Well Jake Carter has been through a lot, but is still a family man at heart. OMG Big E is actually a fan of The Miz’s Marine trilogy!? But in all seriousness, who will The Miz call out in his match later tonight? And will Miz back up his words of being mostly Best in the World?
AJ Styles heads to the ring!
After 371 days, The Phenomenal One lost his WWE Championship. But “the new” Daniel Bryan cheated to become the new champion. They’ll have their third match against each other at TLC, so Styles promises to speak on that and more tonight. Fans duel between Styles and Bryan already as Styles says that “for 14 days, I have been without the WWE title.” Those 14 days seem a lot longer than those 371 days he had the title. No one likes losing, especially Styles, but it’s the way he lost that bothers him most. And by that, he means Daniel Bryan taking advantage of the referee going down to kick below the belt. On top of that, Bryan beat Styles down after with stomp after stomp and kick after kick. Styles knew there would be a target on his back, but to think that target would move to somewhere else.
Styles knows what it’s like to want something so bad he’d do anything to get it. But it was those stomps and kicks that made it worse. Styles wasn’t even cleared to be part of Survivor Series or last week’s SmackDown because of that. So Styles was home as Bryan gave us his explanation. Bryan claims to be a “new” Bryan, all because his dreams manifested and fought for him. Styles thinks that’s a bunch of BS. But old Bryan or new Bryan, Styles will bash Bryan’s face in either way. And why wait for TLC?! Let’s do this here and now! Fans want it, but the only problem is, Daniel Bryan didn’t show up tonight. Bryan wasn’t at Starrcade or house shows. Maybe Bryan was watching Raw and borrowed a certain idea.
But SmackDown isn’t Raw, it’s the House that AJ Styles Built! For 371 days, Styles never took a night off! He was the champ, and the ring is where he belonged! So if Daniel ever rolls out of his chamber, make sure you show up at TLC. Bring your dreams, your excuses, but most importantly, bring the WWE Championship, “because it belongs to me!” Styles is fired up for the finale of this trilogy, will Styles become the new champion? Or will it still be the new Daniel Bryan?
Lars Sullivan is on his way.
The Leviathan of NXT has decimated many opponents in many different ways, and has both Stephanie and Shane McMahon clambering to put him on their brand. Who will win the bidding war to get this new monster on their roster?
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev!
The King of Strong Style is still WWE United States Champion after WWE Starrcade this weekend, mostly thanks to The Miz going after Rey Mysterio for him. But then the Bulgarian Brute helped Mysterio defeat Nakamura & Miz in a tag match afterward, establishing that Rusev wants back in the hunt. The King has been searching for worthy competition, has it found him first?
But before a bell can ring, Nakamura attacks Rusev! Nakamura stomps away at the ropes then drags Rusev out for a KINSHASA! Rusev goes down and slumps out of the ring while Nakamura laughs. Nakamura goes out but referees keep him away. Fans boo and jeer as Nakamura aims at Rusev again. Nakamura hits Rusev with another Kinshasa! The King leaves without even having competed, but will he be forced to take the Super Athlete seriously sooner or later?
We celebrate 20 Years of Jeff Hardy!
The stage is lined with both SmackDown and 205 Live rosters while Michael Cole is in the ring. Please welcome the Charismatic Enigma himself, Jeff Hardy! Hardy appears and everyone from fans to fellow superstars give a standing ovation to him. Hardy takes a quick lap around before he enters the ring. Cole cues up footage that reminds everyone of all that Hardy has done these past two decades, Hardy’s self-portrait of extreme risks and exciting moments. “Sky’s the limit, so here we go.” So many times, Jeff hardy has climbed up something high to jump off it, exciting and maybe even scaring fans in attendance. Alongside his brother, Matt, Jeffy Hardy has held the tag team championships multiple times, and has himself become a Grand Slam Champion with world, Intercontinental and United States Championship reigns. Hardy’s “self-portrait” is nothing less of a Hall of Fame bid.
Fans and fellow superstars given Hardy another standing ovation as the footage ends. Hardy himself is humbled, and can only say thank you to the WWE Universe. Watching all that back, “what’s wrong with me?” Hardy has had a great creative outlet, and he’s gotten much better at face paint. Being the Charismatic Enigma in the highest highs and lowest lows, the fans sticking by him through it all means so much to him. Hardy thanks the fans and the fans thank him back. He even throws a quick “DELETE! DELETE!” Maybe they should delete that? Hardy wouldn’t be here without his wife and kids, and the fans, so he thanks them all for making this night possible. And this is far from a retirement speech, and Hardy isn’t sure what the future holds, but let’s all find out together!
But wait, there was one star who wasn’t present. Here comes Samoa Joe! Shane tries to talk Joe down but Joe “congratulates” Hardy on 20 years. That’s such a long time. Excuse the tardiness, Joe was preparing for a toast, but we all know having a drink around Hardy isn’t the best idea. Shane wants to silence Joe but Hardy wants him to get this off his chest. Joe thanks the WWE for that “wonderful anthology”, what a special treat since Hardy probably wasn’t coherent enough to remember it himself. Joe does not celebrate weakness and does not believe in second chances when there are men like him who haven’t even had their first. Hardy just responds with “DELETE! DELETE!”
Joe continues on to say that what’s worse is that Hardy, after making so many mistakes, still lets himself be put up on a pedestal. For as many times as Hardy has made fans leap out of their seats, there are times he’s let everyone down. But Joe’s consolation is this: people like Hardy never change, those demons never go away, they’re always waiting to get him again. And Hardy will have a “next time”, so Joe offers his hand in a one-step program. It’s quick, but anything but painless. Hardy won’t let Joe rain on the parade. He’s walked this tightrope 20 years and still lives for the moment. How about we have a moment right now?! Hardy’s ready for a fight, but Joe has a change of heart. Joe laughs it off, but will he have to back up his words eventually?
The Miz VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!
The Hollywood A-Lister wanted this match, and now he gets this match! He’ll face the high-flyer of the trio, but will Miz prove he’s truly 2/3rds Best in the World?
The bell rings and Kofi circles with Miz. They tie up and Miz gets a wristlock. Woods hands out pancakes while Kofi flips and handsprings to trip Miz. Kofi splashes and covers, TWO! Kofi keeps on Miz with a headlock but Miz puts him in a corner. They break but Miz kicks low. Miz reels Kofi into a headlock while fans demand more pancakes. Kofi powers out but Miz runs him over. Miz say “No Pancakes!” then runs. Kofi speeds things up and runs Miz over with a back elbow. Kofi clotheslines Miz out, then builds speed. Miz runs away but Kofi was just teasing. Big E pelvic thrusts and Woods plays the trombone, Kofi DIVES! Kofi takes Miz out and The New Day fire up together as we go picture in picture.
The New Day laugh and enjoy themselves before putting Miz back in the ring. Kofi runs and crossbodies to a cover, TWO! Another crossbody cover, TWO! Miz clobbers the crossbody out of the air! Miz stomps away on Kofi, then runs to hit the low boot. He paces around Kofi befre sitting him up. He drives in a knee and hooks the nose. The ref reprimands him so The Miz goes for the arms. Kofi resists and gets up, to put the hold on Miz! Miz turns it back around fast, and brings Kofi down to his knees. Kofi gets back up and fights out! Kofi whips but Miz reverses. Miz runs and hits his A-list lariat! Miz climbs while we return to single picture, and leaps, only to get a dropkick! Kofi and Miz are both down but fans rally behind The New Day.
Kofi is up first and he rallies with double ax handles. He dropkicks and hits the leaping lariat! The New Day fire up again as Kofi hits the Boom Drop! Kofi then takes aim from Miz from a corner. Fans clap along as Kofi swings, but Miz blocks the kick to go for the Figure Four. Kofi powers out, wants the SOS but Miz gets the full nelson. Kofi wheelbarrows and victory rolls out of the Finale to the cover, TWO! Miz gets Kofi with the backbreaker but the neckbreaker is denied. SOS! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives and The New Day can’t believe it. It was close, but Kofi is up again. He brings Miz up but Miz grabs ropes. Miz then kicks low and hits the basement DDT! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps his cool but then goes for a buckle pad. He pulls it off, but Big E prepares a counter measure! Miz whips Kofi over, but there’s a stack of flapjacks in the way. Kofi rolls Miz, TWO! Kofi kicks away and runs, but into the kitchen sink knee! Woods plays the trombone, but Miz blasts him with a dropkick! And then blames the buckle pad on Big E?! The ref argues with E while Miz gets a chair. Woods takes that away, Miz walks into Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
The New Day work together to make sure Kof didn’t lose to the Miz’s miz-chief! Things aren’t going so well for 2/3rds of Best in the World, will he ever live up to that nickname?
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper still has the damaged mask he took from Rey Mysterio last week, his trophy for the brutality he put on the King of Lucha after their main event match. The Apex Predator has gone from Legend Killer to hero hunter, and he’s only getting started with Mysterio. Orton takes up a mic and says, “disrespectful, disgusting, disturbing.” Those words were used by the fans to describe his actions. But in Orton’s mind, it was “euphoric.” He never understood the big deal behind a mask, “this piece of trash that I ripped of Rey Mysterio’s face.” Orton never bothered to learn the history because he didn’t care to know.
But to make it clear, Orton wasn’t disrespecting lucha libre culture. What he did was to embarrass Mysterio. This was to yank Mysterio off the pedestal the fans put him on. Orton proved to the world that at this stage in Mysterio’s life is “another one of my victims.” A victim of the three most devastating letters in wrestling today. But before Orton can get past the R, Rey Mysterio is here! Mysterio wears a neck brace after what the chair shot to the post did. But he’s not backing down from Orton, he’s bringing the fight! But Orton knees low and then throws Mysterio around! Orton damages this mask and then yanks off the neck brace. He puts Mysterio in the ring but officials come out to stop him. They don’t, so Mysterio kicks away! And then 619 to Orton’s side!
Mysterio keeps going, enziguri putting Orton back on the ropes. And another 619! Fans fire up with Mysterio as he goes to get himself a chair! He wants to return the favor but referees want him to stop. Mysterio doesn’t listen to them, but Orton gets him at the ropes! Draping DDT on the bad neck! Mysterio is down but Orton isn’t leaving it at that. Orton grabs that chair, and then drags Mysterio back out. Orton throws Mysterio against barriers again, then drags him up by his mask. He puts the chair against Mysterio’s throat and shoves Mysterio into the steel steps!! Security comes out to back Orton off, he’s done enough! For the second week in a row, Orton has driven steel into Mysterio’s throat. Will Orton pay for his crimes against the living legend? Or has he erased this hero once and for all?
Shane McMahon meets with The Miz backstage.
Miz wants to know where Shane was. He was back here, obviously. Miz wants Shane to try and meet him half way on making their team a thing. Or a third of the way. Miz could’ve been Kofi if he had his tag partner by his side. Shane points out they’re not actually a tag team yet, but Miz is busy shining the World Cup trophy. Miz, pay attention. Oh sorry, he couldn’t hear Shane over the cries of their neglected World Cup. Whether Shane likes it or not, this trophy bonds them together. It is like their child! And they’re the Best Parents in the World. And that makes them family. So start acting like it! Miz makes Shane hold the World Cup before he storms out. Is Miz 2/3rds crazy right now? Or will Shane come around to join Miz in the #BestTeamintheWorld?
SmackDown Women’s Division Battle Royal!
The Man, Becky Lynch, and The Queen, Charlotte Flair is ringside to watch The FABULOUS Princess, The Golden Rose, The Gladiator Gal, The IIconics, La Muneca (The Doll), The Ravishing Russian, The Empress and The Glow all compete to be part of THE Women’s Championship Triple Threat TLC match! Who joins the historic and hard hitting match in San Jose?
The bell rings and brawls begin! The IIconics fight Asuka and Carmella while Lana goes after Zelina Vega. This leaves the duo formerly known as Absolution to pick on Naomi in another corner. Vega turns things around on Lana while Peyton Royce and Billie Kay get the better of Carmella and Asuka. Lana puts Vega on the apron but Sonya goes after her! Lana bails out from the bottom rope, but she yanks Vega off! The Ravishing Russian ELIMINATES Vega! Vega is furious so she yanks Lana down and runs her over! The battle rages on while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Lana recovers on the outside. The IIconics go after Carmella while Sonya and Mandy battle the Empress and Glow. Naomi helps Asuka by pulling Mandy away. Lana returns and rallies on the Aussies! Peyton saves Billie and they work together to double whip Lana. The IIconics ELIMINATE Lana! But then they turn around to see the familiar foe of Asuka! Asuka dodges them both to hip attack Billie. Pop up knee for Peyton! Then a forearm for Billie, and a doge, to dump her out! Billie holds on but is kicked. Peyton goes after Asuka but she gets dumped out. Asuka back hands Peyton and the IIconics are stuck. Asuka hip attacks and ELIMINATES both IIconics!
The Empress and the Princess meet, another familiar match up. FABULOUS Kick for Asuka! Carmella drags Asuka up and feeds her a boot in the corner. She then runs back in, but is tossed out. Asuka forearms Carmella, then throws more hands. Carmella covers up, but screams in fear of a roundhouse. Asuka waits until she’s done, and says to breathe. Then she boots Carmella down! Asuak ELIMINATES Carmella! But Sonya and Mandy go right after her! Naomi saves Asuka but gets hit herself. Sonya drags Asuka up to feed to Mandy’s golden knee! Absolution drag Asuka up and throw her at the ropes. Asuka holds on and Naomi saves her again. Naomi fires forearm after forearm on Mandy, then whips. Rear View hits! Sonya runs in but misses, to get a springboard roundhouse!
Naomi fires up as she headscissors Mandy. Mandy blocks with insane strength, and then lifts Naomi up. Naomi end s p on the apron but looks to pull Mandy out with her. Mandy yanks Naomi but Naomi does the splits. Then she dodges Mandy and sends her into the post! Mandy falls, Naomi ELIMINATES Mandy! But then Sonya knees and ELIMINATES Naomi! The final two are Sonya and Asuka, both fierce female fighters. Time to put your hair up and square up! Fans fire up for Asuka as she circles with Sonya. Asuka avoids Sonya’s grip and then fires off kicks. Sonya fires kicks but Asuka dodges them, only to get tackled to the mat! Sonya drags Asuka up quick, and throws Asuka out. Asuka holds on and counter punches.
But Mandy comes back! Mandy’s making up for screwing Sonya out of the Evolution Battle Royal, but gets a sliding kick for it! Sonya runs, but Asuka sees her coming! Asuka kicks her away, kicks her again, then drags Sonya up by that ponytail. Asuka goes to suplex Sonya but Sonya resists. Fans chant and both women are on the apron. They brawl on the edge, double roundhouses rock them! Both Asuka and Sonya hold on and stand back up. They run at each other again, pop up knee ELIMINATES Sonya! Asuka wins!!
Winner: Asuka; joins the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat
A historic match now becomes epic! The Queen and The Man meet The Empress for the title, will either of them be ready for Asuka?!
What an incredible night for SmackDown! And this week wasn’t even about being Raw but better, it was just straight up better. This SmackDown not only lived up to its big episode hype, it exceeded it. Everything was great from top to bottom, and even the weakest part of tonight’s SmackDown (which I’m not even sure if there was a weak point) was still stronger than Raw’s main story.
Opening with Becky’s return was a good move, because that was definitely what fans wanted to get to right away. Becky gave a sort of backhanded compliment to Charlotte with how the beating on Ronda, while great, still wasn’t good enough. Charlotte was the only confusing part, she talked so strongly about doing all that for Becky but then tells Becky she didn’t do it for Becky. Well Charlotte is becoming the Mad Queen so maybe it’s okay if she’s inconsistent.
And while giving us Becky VS Charlotte at TLC is a good move, SmackDown does us one better by giving all their women some time to shine. SmackDown’s use of their Women’s Division is the polar opposite of Raw’s, and all for the better. Raw only had one women’s match last night and two segments that didn’t really work the way they hoped. SmackDown put all their women into one match and it was amazing! I am so so so happy to see ASUKA gets back to the title scene after all she’s been through. It might not happen with how red hot Becky is running right now, but it’d be rather amazing if Asuka won the title at TLC. This would free up Charlotte and Becky to fight, blaming each other for the loss, and then yes, finding a way back to Horsewomen VS Horsewomen.
Then for the men tonight, it’s very strange for Big Show to quit The Bar so soon after joining them. But again the running gag is that Show always seems to flip sides. That aside, Bar VS Usos was incredible and now The Usos have a win over the champs. The New Day also have a win over The Bar, so maybe we’re looking at a Triple Threat tag title match, perhaps with Ladders or Tables. Raw and SmackDown have already established their own TLC matches, so something else needs to be used. For that matter, give me a Chairs Match of Bryan VS Styles. Heel Bryan might try to use Champion’s Advantage, so removing disqualifications makes sense, and it ups the ante so Styles can really beat down “New” Bryan to his heart’s content.
SmackDown also does better at establishing these new feuds. Nakamura refusing to have a match with Rusev by attacking him pretty much confirms they’re competing for the United States Championship in some form. Samoa Joe is going after Jeff Hardy, which makes for a great match-up, and obviously Orton still wants after Mysterio. Call me crazy but I’d love if all three stories were put together in a Six Pack US Championship match, maybe with tables or a ladder. Then Miz’s loss to Kofi establishes “tension” between Miz and Shane in relation to the World Cup. I’m hoping this gives us Miz VS Shane at Wrestlemania, winner has “full custody” of the trophy, aka their “child” as Miz puts it. Having a long build to this will be great, as Miz can use it to establish a better Tweener character, since he seems to be headed down that path.
My Score: 8.8/10
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.
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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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