Raw “General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin has drawn a line in the sand. Who will dare stand against his tyranny after what he did to Elias and Finn Balor?
- Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Tamina; No Contest.
- Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Dana Brooke VS Sasha Banks & Bayley; Banks & Bayley win.
- Lucha House Party VS The Revival; Lucha House Party wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins.
- Bobby Roode VS Drake Maverick; turned into…
- 3 on 2 Handicap Match: Drake Maverick & The Authors of Pain VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Maverick & the AoP win.
- Rhyno VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and keeps their job, Rhyno is fired from Raw.
- Finn Balor VS Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins.
- Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Rousey & Moon win.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and Raw give a 10 bell salute to the former president, late George H.W. Bush.
The 41st President and Houston’s hometown hero, he passed away on November 30th, 2018.
Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet heads for TLC for a major title match against Nia Jax in a rematch from Money in the Bank. However, before she and the #Facebreaker can settle things 1v1, they are joined by their closest allies tonight. Will Rowdy Rousey and the Queen of Harts get payback on the Samoan Dynasty for that ambush set up from last week?
The teams are tense as they stand across from each other, but wait! The Riott Squad are here, with a table! And that distraction allows Nia and Tamina to get the drop on Ronda and Natty! Natty goes down but Ronda fights back! She has Tamina down then fights off Nia. Ronda fires off but Tamina drags her out of the ring! The Squad take their time coming around as Nia and Tamina give Ronda headbutts. The Samoan Dynasty double whip Ronda into steel steps! Meanwhile, The Squad go after Natty, but Natty hits back! Numbers are not in her favor and they put her into the barriers then into the apron. Ruby drags Natty up onto the apron while Liv and Sarah fetch the table. They set the table nearby, and Ruby drags Natty up.
But Ronda crawls back into the ring! She heads for Ruby, but Tamina stops her with a stomp. Ronda still fights back, but Nia runs her over, and drops the leg! Ruby is free to drag Natty up, and with Sarah and Liv taking hold on the outsider, SUPERKICK to powerbomb through the table!! The Queen of Harts is down and out as the Squad laugh it up. Nia and Tamina also leave Ronda before as Houston boos and jeers. Ronda crawls to Natty’s side, and Natty is writhing while clutching her arm. Will Natty be in any shape to seek revenge? Is Ronda going to find herself all alone against the vicious wolves of Raw’s Women’s Division?
Natty and Ronda walk backstage.
Ronda helps Natty sit on a trunk and WWE medics appear. They’ll hep Natty out but Ronda’s furious. Will she seek revenge before the night’s over?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!
The Goddess is now in charge of the Women’s Division, and she promises to give the WWE Universe the best Raw has to offer. Last week’s open forum didn’t go to plan so we’ll try again. Charly Caruso is ringside to help fans ask their questions for Sasha Banks and Bayley. As such, Alexa gives Sasha & Bayley their introductions. Sasha and Bayley do come out, despite last week’s open forum really just being a sneak attack. The Boss & Hug connection join Alexa in the ring despite that, too, and take their seats. Alexa appreciates they accepted this second try. Now, to the questions! Bayley wants Alexa to wait and answer them if there’s gonna be another sneak attack. Alexa is glad Bayley brought that up. Alexa was completely unaware Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke were going to do that.
Now, to the questions. “How do you guys respond to all the comments on social media that Sasha’s using Bayley?” Oh no~! That was a secret~! Right, Corey? Right, Alexa? It’s not like these two spent a fun weekend in Texas or anything. These two are best friends, tag team 4 life! Aw how cute. Next question: “If you could have a match with any female superstar from any era, who would it be?” Trish & Lita, Wrestlemania! Wow, great dream match. Okay next. “It’s a silly question, but if you could have any super power, what would it be?” Bayley likes the ability to make things disappear, and would use it on Alexa! OOOH~! Wow just when Alexa thought they were making progress, Bayley disappoints. Fans still like Bayley’s idea, though. What about Sasha’s superpower? The same as Bayley’s, actually. Well, that’s fine, Alexa took the title off Sasha.
Next question: “What changes will you bring to the Raw Women’s Division in 2019?” Bayley knows WWE Evolution was great, but she knows #LegitHuggable want to be the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! But then here come Dana, Mickie and Alicia again! Alexa tells them to not do this again. She reprimanded them already. She is the boss now. But if these three want to fight, then there will be a tag team match. Dana can be ringside for Mickie & Alicia VS Sasha & Bayley, right now!
Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Dana Brooke VS Sasha Banks & Bayley!
Raw goes picture in picture as teams sort out. We start with Mickie against Bayley at the bell. They circle and Bayley gets a takedown. Bayley throws fast hands but Mickie gets away. We return to single picture as Bayley runs in but misses the knee strike. Mickie runs in but into Bayley’s elbow. She staggers back but Dana distracts so that Alicia can yank Bayley down by her hair! Mickie laughs before kicking Bayley down. She brings Bayley over to kick and stomp in the corner. Tag to Alicia and Alicia adds her stomps. Alicia wrenches Bayley into the Northern Lights! Bridge, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a chinlock but fans rally up for Bayley.
Bayley feeds off the energy and gets up, only for Alicia to wrangle her back down. Alicia leans on Bayley but Bayley fights out. Mickie tags in and Alicia feeds Bayley to Mickie’s boot. Mickie runs and boots Bayley down! “It’s good!” Mickie drags Bayley up for more kicks, then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally again and Bayley gets up. Bayley fights out but Mickie wrangles her down by her hair. Alicia and Dana get in cheap shots while Mickie taunts Sasha. Tag to Alicia and Mickie holds Bayley. Bayley gets out of the way and Alicia’s boot hits Mickie! Alicia hurries after Bayley but Bayley slips out to hot tag Sasha! The Boss rallies with clotheslines and dropkicks. She blocks Alicia’s kick to give a knee. Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip, but Sasha rolls through to the Bank Statement crossface!
Houston is thunderous but Mickie breaks up the submission. She tags back in and stomps away on Sasha. She drags Sasha up but Sasha fires off forearms! Sasha then goes acrobatic, only to get tripped up! Mickie boots Sasha down, covers, but Bayley breaks it! Alicia goes after Bayley but gets a saido suplex! Dana gets on the apron but gets hit down. Mickie kicks and throws Bayley out but Sasha rolls Mickie up! TWO, Mickie kicks low. She watns her DDT but Bayley tags in. Back stabber to Bayley2Belly! #LegitHuggable win!
Winners: Bayley & Banks, Bayley pinning
Alexa acts like she’s happy for the heroes, but surely she was hoping for a different finish. Either way, The Boss & Hug Connection are rolling on towards the New Year. Will the new year bring new titles for them to chase together?
Ronda confronts Alexa Bliss.
Some “managing” of the Division, the Riott Squad crossed a line! Alexa says she knew nothing of that attack. She sent Ruby and friends home tonight, and will address their actions later on. Good. Ronda can go after Nia and Tamina without having to worry. No, Alexa can’t let Ronda have at them like this. She will find Ronda a replacement for that match. Ronda refuses Alexa’s help, as The Goddess has no conscience. Ronda goes in search of her own partner, but who is there left to team with against the Samoan Dynasty?
Raw presents a Baron Corbin propaganda– er, highlight reel video.
The Lone Wolf, having first been appointed Constable by Stephanie McMahon, has “always strived to keep a level playing field” and does not stand for “megalomaniacal power” abuse. He called out Kurt Angle’s shortcomings and is now General Manager Elect. Corbin is “the true guiding light his brand needs.” He excels as a team player, and “knows when to delegate”, such as when he appointed Alexa Bliss Women’s Division GM. Corbin always thinks “big picture”. Be on the right side of history, be on Corbin’s side, “Raw’s Future Permanent General Manager”. Or else.
All this revisionist history aside, should Braun Strowman be okay to compete come TLC, Corbin will have to face the Monster Among Men in THE TLC Match. Will Strowman be able to ensure Corbin #GetsTheseHands?
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable visit Corbin in his office.
They want a rematch with the Authors of Pain for the Raw Tag Team Championships. They will do anything to get their hands on Drake Maverick for that act of disrespect. Corbin understands, he’s pissed off. But they lost, no excuses. Though if they want another shot, they need to win tonight against Drake Maverick. Wait seriously? What’s the catch? No catch, Roode. Don’t believe the rumors. Though, there is a condition: Gable and AoP are banned from ringside. Surprisingly, that sounds very fair. Roode & Gable accept. Will Roode get some GLORIOUS vengeance tonight?
Lucha House Party VS The Revival!
Since coming to Raw, Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado have gone 2-0, but under Lucha House Rules. Between numbers and speed, will the luchadores ever lose one of their own matches?
However, on the way out, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder realize there’s “a failure to communicate.” Tag team wrestling tradition keeps getting lost in tradition. Maybe it’s the masks in the way. Or maybe it’s just a lack of respect. But that doesn’t matter because they’ll make it plain and simple. If LHP won’t respect tag team rules, this will be a singles match! Or, not. This is Lucha House Rules again, but three on one!? The bell rings and Dawson starts with Metalik.
Dawson kicks then whips Metalik but Metalik handsprings. Dawson dodges but gets a dropkick and scoop slam. Metalik tags Lince and Lince tags Kalisto. And the splashes begin with the boosted splash, planking splash, an then a cover. TWO as Dawson survives. Dawson grabs Kalisto’s mask and whips him, but Lince tags in. Dawson uppercuts Kalisto then goes after Metalik, but he sees Lince coming. Dash distracts Lince, and Dawson clobbers him! Dawson drops legs and elbows and headbutts. Cover, ONE, but Dawson keeps on Lince. ONE, and Dawson asks for a pause. Dawson drags Lince up but fans “Lucha! Lucha!” Dawson puts Lince in the Gory Special! Lince endures and pops out, to sunset flip! Then he crawls past Dawson, only to be caught. Lince slips out of the back suplex but Dawson goes after Kalisto!
Metalik comes in, Dawson chases after but runs into a SUPERKICK! Dash gets up but he gets an alley-oop dropkick! Lince wrecks Dash with a dropkick! Kalisto runs in to slingshot and springboard onto Dash! Lince’s up, big crossbody! Then tag to Kalisto and he tags Metalik. Salida del Sol, then Metalik tightrope swanton! Cover, Lucha House Party win!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Metalik pinning
Is this unfair? Is this karma for the #TopGuys acting so superior? Whichever it is, the fiesta continues! What will it take for The Revival to slow down the lucha libre?
Baron Corbin meets with an assistant.
Where has this guy been? Corbin asked for this over an hour ago! But he won’t fire the aid, because the gift is perfect. Now go get ready for Drew McIntyre Appreciation Day. Go! What special gift did Corbin commemorate to the Scottish Terminator?
Baron Corbin is in the ring!
The GM Elect mentioned a special occasion, and is here to kick it off. Two weeks at TLC, Strowman will surely forfeit their TLC match and Corbin will become true General Manager. From Mr. Money in the Bank to championship level superstar to Constable to GM. He is proof that if you’re born better, you can achieve anything. Corbin does admit his journey comes with thorns in his side, like The Shield, Kurt Angle, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman. But with the help of this man, Corbin has overcome his obstacles. Therefore, tonight is Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night! Roll footage!
“Can you feel that? The balance of power has shifted!” McIntyre may not have been what everyone wanted, but he is what everyone in the WWE needed. McIntyre has broken The Shield, broken Angle and battered both Balor and Elias. He swore to take over, “Do you believe me now?!” And with that, Corbin introduces McIntyre to the ring! McIntyre joins Corbin as he himself prepares for a match at TLC with Finn Balor! That aside, Corbin thanks McIntyre for all the hard work and support. But this event cannot conclude without commemorating McIntyre’s work. Corbin presents McIntyre with a special medal. And now that Raw is rid of Angle, McIntyre is the new gold medalist: He is the recipient of Raw’s Medal of Excellence!
McIntyre thanks Corbin, and this honor means so much to him. But he was just doing what no one else was strong enough to do. He stamped out weakness and complacency. Months ago, “superstars” were playing on phones and playing games. They had no passion to reach the top, they only wanted a paycheck and a social media following! “Not on my damn roster!” McIntyre is forming Raw in his image as “The home of the strong, the mighty” and those workhorses willing to work seven days a week. And this medal is proof he’s doing a good job. That brings McIntyre to Finn Balor. Finn is the “voice of these pathetic people”. But the truth is, Finn’s “nothing more than a boy in a man’s world.” At TLC, McIntyre will hurt Finn, break his spirit and- Wait, is that Dolph Ziggler?!
The Show Off heads down the ramp with a curious look on his face. Is McIntyre forgetting their deal? Where was Ziggler’s part in that video package? They dominated as brains and brawn and they broke the Shield. Did his invite get lost in the mail or something? McIntyre hates to break it to Ziggler, but the truth is, Ziggler was never invited in the first place. He’s sorry, but Ziggler no longer meets the height requirements. Is this too much? Ziggler thought he was the brains? No, McIntyre was brains, brawn, talent and “the whole damn package.” This partnership is no longer useful. Ziggler was just to help McIntyre reach a prominent position, and that is something Ziggler accomplished! So thanks, Dolph! Now go on, you can leave any time.
Or is that not good enough for Ziggler? Is Ziggler gonna cry? Ziggler should kiss McIntyre’s feet. McIntyre is why Ziggler was relevant again for the first time in ten YEARS! Ziggler drops the mic, to throw hands! And he gets McIntyre with a ZIGZAG! But Corbin won’t stand for this. Ziggler won’t ruin Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night! He has a match with McIntyre, tonight! A referee hurries to the ring and this match begins after the break!
Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler!
Raw returns as McIntyre talks trash to Ziggler. Ziggler headbutts McIntyre back! McIntyre blocks the superkick to get a takedown and then stomps away on Ziggler. McIntyre catapults Ziggler into a post, and then Ziggler tumbles to the floor outside! The ref checks on Ziggler but McIntyre goes out to fetch him. McIntyre drags Ziggler up and chops him around the corner. McIntyre stalks Ziggler and lifts him with a fireman’s carry. Ziggler is dead weight as McIntyre takes him all the way up the steps and dumps him in the ring. McIntyre looms over Ziggler as he stomps the hand. McIntyre then brings Ziggler around for an armlock. Fans rally for Ziggler as he endures the hold.
Ziggler gets up and throws hands. McIntyre throws Ziggler down by his hair and puts the armlock back on. McIntyre grinds his forearm into Ziggler’s chin, saying “It didn’t have to be this way, Dolph.” Fans still rally and Ziggler fights up again. Ziggler kicks a leg out, then throws hands. Ziggler chops McIntyre again and again, then runs, but McIntyre counters the satellite DDT with a Northern Lights! McIntyre drags Ziggler up and chops him against the ropes. He dumps Ziggler out of the ring and then takes a microphone. “You know what? Maybe I still have a soft spot for you, Dolph.” McIntyre will pretend Ziggler is Finn Balor, as he rams Ziggler into apron, barrier and back again! Then a SPINEBUSTER on the ground!
McIntyre grins as he soaks up the heat. He stalks Ziggler and put shim back in the ring. McIntyre dares Dolph to get up. Ziggler does, but McIntyre easily counter CHOPS Ziggler off his feet. But then Finn Balor appears! Finn and McIntyre stare down while we go to break.
Raw returns as Ziggler chops away on McIntyre. McIntyre chops Ziggler back, then runs in, but into a back elbow. Ziggler boots McIntyre, but McIntyre still gets Ziggler with the back elbow and inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler still lives and McIntyre is frustrated. McIntyre drags Ziggler up and suplexes him onto the top rope. McIntyre chops Ziggler again then climbs up to join him. He clubs Ziggler on the chest, then takes a moment to soak up heat. McIntyre grins as he prepares a superplex, but Ziggler fights back. Ziggler clubs away and throws McIntyre down. Ziggler leaps, satellite DDT! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre lives but that was close!
Ziggler and McIntyre drag themselves up, but McIntyre runs at Ziggler. Ziggler elbows McIntyre then dumps him out of the ring! Fans rally and Ziggler gets on the apron. Ziggler leaps at McIntyre to knock him down! And he still throws furious right hands! McIntyre gets up but Ziggler puts him into barriers. Ziggler chops McIntyre then bumps him off barriers, only for McIntyre to fire off a headbutt! McIntyre grits his teeth and drags Ziggler up, to straddle him on the barriers! Ziggler goes down in pain but McIntyre drags him back up. McIntyre puts Ziggler in but the ref is part of the collision. Finn hits McIntyre with a shotgun dropkick! McIntyre is down and Finn gets away with it.
A ring count begins, but McIntyre is writhing. The count passes 5 by the time McIntyre gets to the apron but he can’t get in just yet. McIntyre’s in at 9.5, SUPERKICK from Ziggler!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Ziggler, by pinfall
Finn may have the assist, but Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night is still ruined with McIntyre’s loss! Ziggler has the W tonight, will Finn be able to do the same at TLC?
Backstage interview with a seething Drew McIntyre.
Is it really okay for him to shun former friend Dolph Ziggler, especially when Finn Balor is targeting him? First of, McIntyre made it very clear Ziggler was never a friend, simply a means to an end. And now he’s an enemy just like Finn! Ziggler isn’t celebrating, he’s terrified. Ziggler knows how twisted McIntyre can be! He tried to use McIntyre as a way up the mountain, but McIntyre IS the mountain! As for Finn, “he’s a marked man.” Will Finn regret angering the Scottish Terminator?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.
The Drifter is in Houston, and plays his guitar before he asks as always, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Houston sounds ready to. Elias has searched for Bobby Lashley all day, because he wants to wrap a guitar on Lashley’s head. But Lashley is harder to find than Carmelo Anthony. And the reason Lashley and Lio Rush are hiding is because they fear The Living Truth. Elias feels the fear inside Lashley. But at TLC, there will be no hiding, because “the Almighty Bobby Lashley” will learn that WWE really means “Walk With Elias”!
As for tonight, Elias still has a song. So please hold your applause until after. Elias begins, but Lio Rush loudly interrupts. Because he is presenting Bobby Lashley himself! Lio knows Houston loves Elias’ songs, but the spotlight belongs to Lashley. Elias felt Lashley’s strength last week, and will feel it “again and again” at TLC, because Lashley “is like a Greek god!” Lashley, hit them with the side pose. And now, the double guns. And yes, the double buns! Elias has had enough, and hurries out of the ring and up the ramp! Lashley is ready and kicks Elias down. Lashley clubs away and rains down rights. Then he throws Elias at the LED but Elias turns it around to send Lashley into them! Elias grabs his guitar, and swings at Lio! Lio gets away, and so does Lashley! Elias returns to the stage, feeling his moment has passed.
But then Lio returns, and gets BLASTED with the guitar! Because Finn sent Lio that way! Finn has helped Ziggler and helped Elias. Is this a sign of a new Anti-Corbin alliance?
Jinder Mahal meets Baron Corbin.
The Modern Day Maharaja wants Corbin to keep from being stressed out by all this. Shanti, Shanti. Corbin has done a great job putting Strowman and Finn in their place. And at TLC, Corbin will end it all when he becomes GM. Who cares if people think Strowman will still appear? Let Mahal finish Finn for him. Corbin likes that. Strowman is a one-armed man now, who cares if he makes it to TLC? The match is set, will Mahal stop Finn’s revolution?
That aside, Corbin now meets with Heath Slater & Rhyno. These two are friends and the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team champions. However, Corbin’s crunched some numbers and has come to a conclusion. What conclusion is that? Well there’s enough room on Raw now for one of them. What? Corbin will be fair, and allows one of them to quit now so the other can keep their job. What?! Slater can’t quit, he’s got kids! And Rhyno is an ECW legend. Well, Angle did have one good saying: Raw handles things in the ring. They face each other tonight, and the winner keeps his job. What?! How can Corbin do this to the One Man Band and his Manbeast best friend?
Bobby Roode VS Drake Maverick!
The GLORIOUS One and Chad Gable earned their right at the Raw Tag Team Championships, but then the Authors of Pain’s manager had to go and pee all over the match. Well, he pee’d all over Roode’s robe, and that distracted Roode enough to cost his team the match. Now Roode looks to get even while also earning another shot. Can Roode do it? Or will Maverick find a way to rain on that, too?
Maverick, dressed in his own AoP gear, wants Roode to show him some mercy. Perhaps Maverick realizes peeing was a step too far. But then he throws the vest at Roode! Roode isn’t bothered as he punches Maverick down! Roode puts Maverick in a corner and stomps a mudhole into him. But then we see AoP attack Gable!! They throw Gable into cartons! Corbin stops the attack, by remaking this match a Handicap match!?
3 on 2 Handicap Match: Drake Maverick & The Authors of Pain VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!
Granted, Corbin saves Gable, but he’s just doomed Roode! Akam & Rezar storm their way tot he ring while Corbin taunts Gable. Roode hurries to grab Maverick and clubs away. He can still finish this before Akam & Rezar appear. Maverick hits Roode back, but Roode gets the GLORIOUS DDT! But Akam & Rezar break the cover! They club away on Roode, and then put Roode into a post! Rezar drags Roode out and clubs away on Roode. He trash talks in Albanian as he hammers away. Rezar drags Roode over and tags in Akam. The AoP combine for the sidewalk slam stomp! Akam hammers away on Roode then drives in a knee. Fans rally for Roode, and here comes Gable! Gable’s in bad shape but it’s enough that he’s here to get the AoP to leave Roode alone.
Gable manages to fight both members of AoP, but they’re still too much. They hit Gable with an atomic drop to boot! Roode is up but he gets squashed in the corner. Rezar and Akam bring Roode and Gable up, for Super Collider! Then Maverick tags in so he can get the cover! Maverick & AoP win!
Winners: Drake Maverick & The Authors of Pain, Maverick pinning
One way or another, the fix was in with Corbin on AoP’s side. Roode & Gable don’t get another shot, but who will rise up to challenge the Raw Tag Team Champions?
A quarantine unit comes out, with Dean Ambrose!
The Lunatic Fringe wears a gas mask the same as his swat team, because he does not want to be contaminated by the WWE Universe that now disgusts him. Ambrose hits the ring and takes a mic, but he doesn’t take off the mask. He apologizes for the “drastic measures” but he can’t be too safe in a “slum” like Houston. Ambrose is using this to protect himself from the diseases of the fans, but from that “madman”, Seth Rollins. Ambrose does take off the mask to properly explain that his security is to stop an “unprovoked” attack from Rollins. Well, mostly unprovoked. Rollins lost control after the things Ambrose said, but that’s because Rollins is “needy and emotional”. Rollins always needed or wanted something from Ambrose, much like the fans. Fans always pester Ambrose for something.
But Ambrose asks if anyone has any idea how it’s like to live with a control freak like Rollins. And of course everyone does. If anyone here had any guts, they’d slap that certain someone in the face. But no, no one here has the guts to do that, they’re all too weak. Rollins is weak, he is the “biggest scumbag” but fans love Rollins because Rollins makes them feel important. Just look at The Shield. The Shield used to be something to be proud of. But all Rollins or Roman Reigns cared about was being role models to fans. Fans say “We Want Rollins!” Well too bad, you don’t always get what you want! Rollins and Roman changed, they sold out. Ambrose is the only constant in this industry, and with integrity! Fans disagree but Ambrose says the only thing he’s guilty of is being naive.
But no more! Ambrose proudly stands alone as THE moral compass of WWE! Some people probably don’t know what that means, schools ain’t too good here in Houston. But at TLC, Ambrose could take the Intercontinental Championship by force, but that’s too easy. Ambrose wants Rollins to understand what’s coming. Rollins is going to mess up and go into a backspin. And then Rollins will lose control of himself, but no one will worry. That title will fall safely into Ambrose’s hands. But then “BURN IT DOWN!” begins and Ambrose panics. He sends security up the ramp but Rollins comes from the crowd! Rollins hits the guards on that end and then dumps Ambrose out of the ring! Rollins welcomes the rest of the guards and he takes them all down! He even powerbombs one out onto the rest!
Ambrose is up, Rollins DIVES! Ambrose uses a guard as a shield and retreats! Rollins gives chase and they brawl among the fans! Rollins gets Ambrose trapped in his own jacket, and then brings him back to the barriers. Ambrose hits back and the brawl continues. Ambrose throws Rollins over to ringside, but then Rollins punches him back. Rollins uses the barriers to springboard and dive on Ambrose! Fans fire up as Rollins throws Ambrose back to ringside. Ambrose grabs a gas mask and clubs Rollins in the face with it! Ambrose brings Rollins up to him him again and again and again with the filter! Fans chant “You Suck!” at Ambrose but he doesn’t care. “Why do you always have to be right?!” Ambrose keeps kicking Rollins around, then gives him a Dirty Deeds to the ground!
Fans boo and jeer while Ambrose insists he has integrity. Ambrose forces the rest of his henchmen to haul Rollins into the ring for him. Ambrose circles Rollins as he tells all the fans off. The fans boo and jeer more, but Ambrose drags Rollins up for one more Dirty Deeds! Ambrose leaves Rollins behind, but he’ll surely be back for more come TLC. Will the Lunatic take the title from the Architect? Or can Rollins recover and find a way to retain?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax & Tamina.
They know that Ronda Rousey has a new tag team partner for tonight’s match. It will be Ember Moon! Nia doesn’t seem intimidated at all. She and Tamina thought it was going to be Charly. But that’s just to make a point: it’s ridiculous to team anyone with Ronda. Tamina was always attacking Ember from behind so she wouldn’t have to see Ember’s face. And Nia promises to rearrange Ember’s face, like she did Becky Lynch. Then Ronda will be all alone, and she’s not 100% by any means. This will be a preview of Nia’s historic path back to what’s HERS: the Raw Women’s Championship. Will Ronda and Ember stand a chance against the sadistic Samoan Dynasty?
Rhyno VS Heath Slater!
These two have become close friends ever since joining forces on SmackDown to become the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions. However, Constable Corbin claims Raw can’t keep them both. Will these two remain friends after one of them loses their jobs?
The bell rings and the two friends discuss the situation. But Rhyno hits first! He puts Slater in a corner and fires off! Rhyno reels Slater out for a lariat! Rhyno puts Slater in another corner and chops him down. Fans say “Heath’s Got Kids!” but Rhyno whips Slater corner to corner to tackle him! He does it again but Slater dodges and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, SLATER WINS!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; keeps his spot on Raw
The Manbeast is shocked! He is no longer on Raw, and perhaps no longer friends with Slater. Will Rhyno be able to go back to SmackDown? Or will he be forced to retire?
Baron Corbin applauds Heath Slater.
Slater still wants to help Rhyno, Rhyno has a family of his own. No, Slater needs to worry about doing his job. Which brings up the new uniform. Uniform? Slater isn’t a superstar anymore, he can have a much longer and better career as a referee. Slater’s between a rock and a hard place, but he does need this job. Will the One Referee Band be able to follow orders?
Finn Balor VS Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Extraordinary Man has helped begin a small but effective rebellion against Baron Corbin tonight. Will the Modern Day Maharaja make Finn pay on Corbin’s behalf? Or will the revolution be televised as Finn heads for TLC?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn and Mahal tie up, Mahal puts Finn in a corner. Mahal rams his shoulder in but stops at 4 to Shanti. Finn hits him back and chops! Finn kicks and headlocks Mahal but Mahal powers out. Mahal swings but Finn dodges, only for Mahal to hit the back elbow on the other end. Mahal drags Finn up into a headlock and grinds him to the mat. Finn endures as he gets up but Mahal scoops him to hotshot him on the ropes. Finn slumps out of the ring while Mahal uses Shanti to keep focus, and we go to break.
Raw returns and Mahal has Finn down in a half nelson chinlock. Finn gets up as fans rally for him, but Mahal wrangles him back down. Mahal cranks back but Finn gets up again. Finn fights but Mahal puts him in a corner. Finn boots Mahal then hits a forearm! Mahal stays up so Finn runs to hit another forearm! Mahal gets to a corner and Finn chops him on the run. Finn whips but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over to trip Mahal and hit double stomps! Mahal boots Finn back then hops up, but Finn kicks him down! Finn runs and hits a slingblade! Then a shotgun dropkick! Mahal drops down in the drop zone, but the Singhs start getting involved! One distracts the ref while the other shoves Finn down! And they celebrate with Bollywood dance moves. But wait, Apollo Crews clears them out!?
Mahal is furious with Apollo and kicks him down! But Finn FLIES! Finn grits his teeth as he puts Mahal back in. Finn blasts Mahal with another shotgun dropkick! Mahal’s back in that drop zone and Finn climbs up. Coup de Grace!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The rebellion grows as Apollo helps The Extraordinary Man! Is Corbin’s tyranny going to crumble with this many superstars against him? Or will it matter if Strowman is a no-show at TLC?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor.
It’s been a crazy night for him. He helped Ziggler win against McIntyre, he helped Elias get even with Lio Rush, and Apollo Crews of all people helped him against Mahal and the Singh Brothers. Finn knows it’s been crazy, but then McIntyre strikes!! McIntyre blasts Finn into kegs and then rains down rights! Referees do their best to get McIntyre off Finn, but McIntyre tells Finn that he’ll finish this soon enough. McIntyre leaves, only to come back for more! The Scottish Psychopath is ready to end Finn once and for all, will Finn even make it to TLC?
Lars Sullivan speaks.
“It doesn’t matter which brand I go to. I will wreak havoc a magnitude of which you’ve never seen.” No one has seen a freak like the Leviathan. Which brand will get this Mile High Monster on their roster? And which roster will regret it?
Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Queen of Harts was the target of the Riott Squad once again, and that put a stop to the scheduled opening match. However, the Baddest Woman on the Planet is only all the more eager to go after Nia and Tamina. Now she has the Prophecy of Flame on her side, can they both get even with the Samoan Dynasty? Or will the Eclipse be broken on the road to Nia’s redemption?
But before Ember even appears, Nia and Tamina go after Ronda! They attack 2v1 but Ember hurries to make the save. She springboards and crossbodies on Tamina! Ember goes after Nia, but Nia whips her away. Ember hops up for a flying code breaker! Ronda roundhouses Nia out of the ring but keeps in pursuit. Ember gets on the apron to hit Tamina with a sliding boot! Ronda leaps on Nia for a flying forearm! Ronda is still sore physically speaking but she and Ember have control of the ring! They dare Nia and Tamina to return while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once more as Nia has Ember. Nia biels Ember by her hair! Nia taunts Ronda then tags in Tamina. Tamina mugs Ember in the corner, then rocks her with an uppercut. She keeps Ember up to whip her, but Ember lands on her feet through the hip toss. Ember arm-drags Tamina, then hits a handspring forearm. Then, tag to Ronda! Fans fire up as Ronda throws Tamina down. Ember tags back in and Ronda hits Tamina with a knee. Ember adds a sliding complete shot! Cover, TWO! Ember hits another handspring forearm on Tamina, but then Nia gets in to protest. This distracts Ember, and she turns around into Tamina’s SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Nia grows frustrated but Tamina brings Ember back over.
Tamina stomps away on Ember, then tags in Nia. The Samoan Dynasty mug Ember. Nia teases punching Ember with the Facebreaker punch, but she instead hits Ember in the stomach. Nia toys with Ember and taunts Ronda before putting Ember in a cobra clutch. Ember endures as Nia thrashes her about. Ember fights out and hits a jawbreaker. She hurries for her corner but Nia powerbomb lifts Ember! But Ember fights out and spikes Nia with a huricanrana! Nia stops the tag by hitting Ronda! Then she throws Ember to Tamina to get cheap shots in the corner. Nia and Tamina soak up the heat as they tag again. Tamina headbutts Ember then drops knee after knee. She whips Ember into the corner, but then misses! Nia gets knocked down and Ember crawls for Ronda. Tamina grabs a foot but gets an enziguri! Hot tag to Ronda!
Ronda rallies with clotheslines and knees! She boots Tamina down then dares Nia to tag in. Nia doesn’t want to, but Tamina makes her! TLC comes early as Nia reluctantly gets in the ring. She circles with Ronda, but then quickly tags out to Tamina. Fans boo and jeer but Ronda still drags Nia into the ring! Tamina gets in, but Ronda fires off the strikes! Ronda hits a big forearm smash, then runs for the shining wizard! Cover, but Nia breaks it. Ember comes in and kicks away! Ronda roundhouses Nia, too, but Tamian rolls Ronda up! TWO, and Ronda throws Tamina with a judo throw. Ember hits the Eclipse! And Ronda finishes it with the armbar!! Tamina taps, Ronda & Ember win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Ronda Rousey, Rousey by submission
There was no fear or quit in the champion or the War Goddess, but there was plenty of both in the Samoan Dynasty. Who will stand tall when Ronda and Nia finally settle their score?
After the strange, disappointing and even upsetting episode that Raw was last week, this week only barely manages to be just a little better. In fact, the margin is probably negligible in the grand scheme of things, especially in my personal scoring.
First, the Tag Team Division continues to suffer. Can Vince STOP misusing Lucha House Rules? This would be different if the LHP were HEELS, but no, Vince is probably pissing himself over a joke only HE understands. And that’s fitting considering the piss gag is his idea, too. Thankfully that didn’t happen this time with the Authors of Pain. Instead, it’s another Corbin power abuse that helps Maverick survive Roode’s wrath. Maverick in a match finally gives reason for an AoP cosplay, but it would’ve had more impact if he didn’t have it until now. Either way, AoP go without challengers for now, which might be for the best until Raw sorts itself out. Then poor Rhyno jobs and is “released”, only for Slater to be a referee now. I’m foreseeing Slater having to endure ref bumps until he snaps and joins the rebellion.
I was hoping they wouldn’t try that “open forum” again but they did. At least we got a good match out of it, and Bayley openly saying the Women’s Tag titles need to happen, just like fans have been wanting. Bayley & Sasha can still make a run at those should the titles become a thing, but if Alexa Bliss is the person in charge when it happens, setting up her friends for those titles is just another form of The Authority. But I suppose it’s where things are headed. At the same time, is this a sign Alexa’s in-ring retirement is inevitable? That’s a shame, but she does make a better Heel boss than Corbin. Then the Ronda VS Nia story of tonight was alright. The swerve of that opening match was pretty good, the main event tonight was great, and I’m still confident Ronda wins.
This choice of making Ambrose go on about germs and filth is weird, but if the gas mask and henchmen stick around, I might be up for it. And of course Rollins attacks, but I was surprised Ambrose stands tall here. Maybe Ambrose wins, then Rollins chases the title towards Wrestlemania. As for the main story tonight, Corbin and crew against everyone else, there were some interesting developments. Ziggler VS McIntyre is the one part that makes sense. Finn helping Ziggler and Elias and then getting help back, I’m thinking we have an alliance to stop Corbin from winning. Strowman is still iffy as far as a TLC appearance, which is good for drama’s sake, but WWE needs to take advantage of TLC’s No DQ and turn it into a huge brawl even as Strowman appears. Then Finn and friends help Strowman stop Corbin and crew taking over!
My Score: 7.9/10
MItchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/19)
Will Velveteen Dream finally be a champion in NXT?
The Worlds Collide winner targets the NXT North American Championship! Will Velveteen Dream dethrone “Johnny Jackass” to finally hold gold himself?
- Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong; Black wins.
- Mia Yim VS Xia Li; Yim wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
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Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong!
The Embodiment of the End make lasting impressions on Raw and SmackDown, but he returns to his home of NXT to settle things with the Undisputed Era’s Savior of the Backbreaker. Aleister helped Ricochet against the Undisputed Era last week, will we find out why this week?
The bell rings and Aleister circles with Strong. Strong gets the legs and gets Aleister down. Aleister counters with body scissors and the two go around. Strong gets the armlock and toys with Aleister. Aleister arm-drags and runs Strong over! Fans rally for Aleister as he whips. Strong reverses but Aleister rolls off his back to deliver knees, kicks and then another knee! Strong staggers but boots Aleister away. Aleister blocks the next boot to hit a back elbow and German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his cool but Strong pulls hair. Strong tosses Aleister out, then wrecks him with a dropkick! Strong fetches Aleister and CHOPS him! Then he back suplexes Aleister on the steel steps!
The referee checks on Aleister but Strong clubs and throws Aleister into the ring. Strong stomps the back then drags Aleister up by his hair. Strong hits a fast backbreaker, then puts Aleister in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Aleister endures being bent back. Aleister powers up and fights out with body shots. Strong forearms and tackles Aleister to a cover. Aleister manages to keep a shoulder up so Strong facelocks and grinds Aleister down. Strong pulls on Aleister’s head while fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and powers Strong to a corner. Aleister rams his shoulder into Strong but his back bothers him. He throws heavy forearms and whips, but Strong reverses hard! Aleister hits buckles, then Strong dropkicks him out of the ring.
Strong keeps on Aleister by ramming him into the apron! Strong puts Aleister in and stomps away. He drags Aleister up to CHOP in a corner! Strong hoists Aleister up top then climbs up to join him. Aleister resists as Strong wants the superplex. Aleister fights back, slips under, and goes to bomb but Strong fights back. Strong slips off and hits another backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aleister lives and Strong grows frustrated. Strong eggs Aleister on as he pulls Aleister up by his hair. Strong suplexes, but Aleister knees out. Aleister dodges in the corner then runs but into a knee! But he comes back with elbows! Aleister sweeps and knee strikes! Then he handsprings back up, to springboard quebrada! Fans fire up with Aleister as he waistlocks Strong. Strong elbows out, but Aleister blocks and heel kicks! Strong bucks Aleister off but runs into a roundhouse! Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!
Strong survives but Aleister keeps his focus. Aleister lifts Strong with his foot, but Strong pushes away. Strong boots, roundhouses and leaps, but the knee misses. Aleister boots, runs, but into a pop-up gutbuster! Strong runs but into a knee! Strong tumbles out, Aleister goes to the corner. Aleister hops up but Strong stops him. Strong boots Aleister, then torture racks, backbreaker toss at the post! Strong puts Aleister in and covers, TWO!! Aleister still lives and Strong is beside himself. Fans duel as Strong turns Aleister over. Strong wants the legs but Aleister fights him off. Aleister gets the ropes but gets a guillotine catapult! Strong runs in for the Shining Wizard, then hits the back suplex toss! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Strong is furious. Strong drags Aleister up, throws forearms and elbows, then suplexes. Aleister slips out, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
The Dutch Destroyer strikes outta nowhere! Aleister makes Strong #FadetoBlack, but here comes the rest of the Undisputed Era! Kyle O’Reilly runs into a Black Mass! Adam Cole and Bobby Fish tackle Aleister and stomp him out! But here comes Ricochet! The One and Only springboards and crossbodies Cole and Fish! He’s returning teh favor to Aleister as he fights off Cole and Fish. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out and Aleister takes Fish down with a knee! The Undisputed Era regroups and retreats! Will the King of Flight and Embodiment of the End be the end of their era in NXT?
Big news for the Performance Center.
There are a lot of new recruits to the NXT roster, but the Horsewomen look to “welcome” them personally. Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir try to bully the new kids in class, but no one lets them intimidate them. It’s only a matter of time before these combustible elements explode!
The EST will not be stopped.
Bianca Belair had a break-out 2018 and was screwed out of being champion by Shayna and the Horsewomen. No one can change that her mind-set is always Un-De-Fea-Ted. But she will not let herself be passed up by the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai. There’s no gracefully stepping aside. They’ll all have to wait until she’s champion, and if anyone gets in her way, they’ll see why she’s the EST.
NXT announces the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!
A great tradition returns again in two weeks! The winners are promised an NXT Tag Team Championship match against the War Raiders at TakeOver: New York! The first four teams have already selected: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish; The Forgotten Sons’ Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake; the European Alliance, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; and The Street Profits, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford! Which other four teams will join them? Find out next week!
Mia Yim VS Xia Li!
The Head Baddie in Charge and the “spicy” martial artist are among the newest stars to join NXT, and they look to prove they’re just as worthy as any woman of an NXT Women’s Championship match. Does Bianca Belair have more to worry about than just the Sky Pirates jumping ahead of her?
The bell rings and they shake hands to show respect. They tie up and Mia pushes Xia to ropes. Mia throws Xia but Xia holds on and then returns the throw. The grapple continues as they stand back up. Mia wrenches through to a hammerlock then a facelock. Fans chant for Mia but Xia puts her against the ropes. Xia whips but Mia reverses and ducks. Xia stops herself to then roll Mia over to a facelock. Mia powers through to wrench Xia. Xia breaks free and swings kicks! Mia backs off fast to avoid those furious feet! Xia cools off and Mia admits those were good. Mia asks for a test of strength, and Xia accepts. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder. Mia pushes Xia back and mounts for a cover, ONE! She pushes the shoulder down, ONE! Mia pushes the shoulder again, TWO!
Xia hops up, but Mia avoids a monkey flip. Xia rolls Mia up, TWO! They tie up again, monkey flip to sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Xia kicks Mia right in the chest! Xia whips Mia corner to corner but Mia reverses, only for Xia to hop up. Mia gets under Xia and shotgun dropkicks her down! Xia gets to the corner, Mia says BOOM for the cannonball senton! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud this even match-up as Mia waits for Xia to stand. Xia does and Mia throws palm strikes. Xia blocks the kick to fire off palm strikes of her own! She kicks Mia’s legs out to hit the tornado roundhouse! Cover, TWO!
Xia keeps her focus as she goes up the corner. Mia stands and dodges the Rider Kick, to backhand Xia down! Mia drags Xia up, hammerlock for a modified code breaker, aka Protect Ya Neck! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
But before Mia can celebrate, the Horsewomen rush the ring! Mia fights Shayna, but Jessamyn and Marina help outnumber her! The Horsewomen club and stomp Mia, but here come the young stars of NXT! Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban take the fight to the Horsewomen, but the Horsewomen win that fight! Shayna rocks MJ with a big running knee! Mia comes back for more while Marina throws Lacey into steps and Jessamyn roundhouses Jessie down. Marina and Jessamyn go back to stomping Mia out, then they sit her up for Shayna. Shayna tells Mia to start respecting the Horsewomen, but Mia says there’s nothing to respect! Shayna runs and hits Mia with that same stiff knee! Fans boo as the Horsewomen stand tall. Will anyone stand a chance of stopping the Horsewomen’s stampede through NXT?
Candice LeRae checks on Johnny Gargano backstage.
How is Mr. Wrestling feeling before his title match tonight? He’s ready. But Candice says Gargano knows what he needs to do. He does. But then Tommaso Ciampa appears. Ciampa says if Gargano needs him, he’ll be there. Gargano says he won the North American Championship on his own, so no, he doesn’t need Ciampa. He’ll just do what he does best: be Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling. Gargano and Candice leave, but Ciampa says he’ll still be watching. Will Ciampa help Gargano, even when he doesn’t need it?
Exclusive interview with Matt Riddle.
The Original Bro was also part of the Arrival series on WWE’s YouTube channel, and he was very much himself with his flip-flops and casual attire. Was there ever a thought to go the more conservative or formal? Not at all. A long time ago, someone told Riddle that it’s better for someone to tell you to tone it down than to raise it up. Riddle knows if he ever does reach that point, someone will tell him.
For his rivalry of Kassius Ohno, Riddle is glad to have gotten rid of the obnoxious Knockout Artist. Ohno was harshing everyone’s good time. Riddle can focus on what’s important now. Riddle had a great match with Drew Gulak, and that’s only the beginning. The King of Bros wants any title he can get at, and nothing will stop him. Watch the full interview on WWE’s YouTube to learn more about Riddle, what he’s done, and what he plans on doing next.
NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream!
From Johnny Wrestling to Johnny Venom to Johnny TakeOver, there was one title Gargano always wanted: Johnny Champion. Gargano finally has a title all his own, but now the Patrick Clark Experience comes to take it away. Will Gargano lose his title so soon after winning it? Or will he deny the Dream his own dream here tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fans are divided even before the bell. Dream and Gargano circle fast as Dream lunges and slides. He still keeps away from Gargano’s grip as they go around. Gargano drop toeholds and brings Dream down. He floats and rolls but Dream returns the favor. They end up by the ropes and Gargano has Dream back off. Dream dares Gargano to come back and they circle again. They tie up and Gargano wrenches to a hammerlock. Gargano shifts to a facelock but Dream rolls. Gargano keeps Dream but Dream rolls to try and make it a cover. They roll through and Gargano rear mounts. Dream slips out and gets an armlock on Gargano. Fans duel and rally as Gargano works on a counter.
Gargano gets his arm free and pulls Dream into another hammerlock. Dream resists but Gargano gets the free arm and brings Dream over. It’s a cover, TWO! Dream gets up and reverses through to a wrench and wringer. Ciampa watches from the rafters while Gargano reverses back. Dream rolls and handsprings to wrench, but Gargano wrings him out. Dream cartwheels through the SLAPS the spit out of Gargano’s mouth! Fans are fired up as Gargano baiils out to compose himself. Dream dares Gargano to return but Gargano takes his time. Gargano checks his teeth and they’re all there. Gargano returns to the ring and circles with Dream. They tie up again for a test of strength. Dream gets a headlock and grinds Gargano down.
Gargano tries but can’t power out. Dream squeezes harder, but Gargano fights out with body shots. Gargano powers out but Dream runs him over. Fans cheer as things speed up, but Dream drops down to look Gargano in the eyes. Dream baits Gargano in as he slithers out, then SLAPS Gargano again! Dream climbs up top and leaps for big ax handles! Cover, ONE! Dream stays on Gargano as he swivels the hips. Dream dropkicks Gargano to a corner, then drags him back up for forearms. Gargano staggers to another corner but Dream forearms him stiff in the back. Gargano CHOPS Dream back, then CHOPS again. He whips Dream corner to corner but Dream boots him away. Dream hops up but Gargano yanks him right off! Dream flounders and Gargano kicks him in the ribs!
Gargano drags Dream up for haymakers. Gargano bumps Dream off buckles then snapmares him out for a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gargano eggs Dream on now, and avoids Dream’s attacks from the mat. Gargano haymakers Dream down then stalks him to a corner. He stands Dream up and rams his shoulders in. Fans duel and rally again as Gargano CHOPS Dream again. Gargano CHOPS, Dream haymakers, and now they brawl! Gargano rocks Dream with haymakers, then grinds his boot into Dream’s neck. The ref counts and Gargano backs off at 4. Gargano drags Dream up and turns him for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Gargano toys with Dream then stomps him down. Gargano drags Dream around as he toys with him more.
Fans rally up while Gargano traps an arm and pulls Dream back with a chinbar. Dream endures as Gargano twists his arms around from wrist to shoulder! Gargano makes it a cover, TWO! Dream scrambles away to a corner but Gargano wraps the arm around the ropes! Gargano lets go at 4, but he pulls Dream back against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch. He lets up at 4 again, to put Dream in the corner for another CHOP. Fans rally as Gargano swings again. Dream dodges and throws haymakers! Dream whips corner to corner but Gargano reverses, sending Dream out hard! Gargano soaks up the cheers and jeers while Dream crawls on the outside. Gargano fetches Dream as fans duel. He throws haymakers and brings Dream around the corner. Gargano puts Dream in front of the front row as he CHOPS again and again!
Gargano puts Dream back in the ring and soaks up the cheers. He returns but Dream throws hands. Gargano haymakers Dream again, then wrenches the arms into a modified abdominal stretch. Fans rally up and Dream pumps up to break free. Dream throws hands on Gargano, but Gargano dodges to ripcord, only to get a spinebuster! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Fans duel as Dream and Gargano slowly stand. Dream hits Gargano, Gargano hits back. Gargano hits Dream but Dream throat chops. Dream elbows and haymakers Gargano more, gaining speed! Dream whips but Gargano reverses, only for Dream to kick him away. And boot! Dream clotheslines Gargano out of the ring, then climbs up high! Dream leaps for big ax handles! He puts Gargano in again, ducks the Penalty Kick, but Gargano denies the sidewinder. Gargano rolls Dream but Dream rolls through, Famouser! Cover, TWO!
Ciampa still watches from the shadows as Gargano gets to a corner. Dream throws forearms and hoists Gargano up top. Dream rocks Gargano with an uppercut, then climbs up to join him. Fireman’s carry but Gargano sunset flips through! Dream denies the powerbomb but Gargano dodges the punches to SUPERKICK the legs out! Gargano drags Dream out, and hits a DRAPING sidewinder! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and Gargano grows frustrated. Gargano staggers over to Dream but Dream throws haymakers. They brawl again as fans duel. Gargano gets Dream in a back suplex but Dream lands on his feet! Dream shoves Gargano to a corner and runs in, they collide head to head! Both men fall but fans rally up.
Dream and Gargano stir and head for each other. They stand and Dream knees low. Dream whips but Gargano reverses again. Dream tumbles to the apron and haymakers Gargano away. Gargano gets to the apron and SUPERKICKS Dream back in! Gargano slingshots, but into a haymaker! Dream goes back to the apron and drags Gargano up. Fireman’s carry, but Gargano fights out. Gargano swing kicks Dream down, then runs to DIVE! He rams Dream into barriers then puts him in the ring. Slingshot spear gets a knee! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! SIDEWINDER!! Cover, TWO!! Dream doesn’t let that frustrate him, he just climbs up top. Purple Rain Maker misses! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”
Gargano sits up first and gets himself to a corner. Gargano climbs but Dream hurries after. Dream drags himself up but Gargano headbutts Dream down. Dream rocks Gargano with a haymaker! He sits Gargano up and hops up to join him. Dream fireman’s carry, but Gargano fights back with elbows. Gargano can’t escape from the SUPER Dream Valley Driver!! Cover, TWO!? Gargano’s superhuman heart still lives! Full Sail gives this a standing ovation because “This is Awesome!” Dream hurries back to the corner and back up top. He aims at Gargano but Gargano rolls out of the ring. Dream just leaps anyway, but into a SUPERKICK! Gargano shoves Dream into steps! And then snap suplexes Dream onto the ramp!
Gargano drags Dream back into the ring, and slingshots, for the DDT! Cover, TWO!? Dream has heart to match Gargano’s! The fans love “NXT! NXT!” as both men slowly stir. Gargano sits up first and drags Dream up. Gargano throws left hand lariats that stagger Dream again and again. But Dream still SUPERKICKS! But Gargano comes back with a clothesline! Gargano aims from the corner, but Dream dares him to do it. Gargano runs in but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out, SUPERKICKS, but then tilt-o-whirl, DREAM VALLEY! Dream rolls through for a second! Then he hops up fast, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion
Dreams come true for Velveteen Dream! He won the inaugural Worlds Collide tournament, and turns it into a championship! Will Dream take this title all the way to TakeOver: New York?
As for Ciampa, he slips away into the night. Will the Black Heart tell Johnny Wrestling “I Told You So” the next time they meet?
An incredible night for NXT! Aleister VS Strong was good, and it was logical for the tables to be turned when the Undisputed Era attack this time. Ricochet and Aleister run the Undisputed Era off, so I’m thinking whatever program is building is about Ricochet and Aleister VS Adam Cole and Roderick Strong in a tag match. We know that the Dusty Rhodes Classic is back and O’Reilly and Fish are reunited as reDRagon. I’m not even sure it matters what other teams are participating this year, it’ll be reDRagon who goes after the NXT Tag Team Championships. Therefore, I think the Ricochet & Aleister VS Cole & Strong tag match might be used to determine challengers for the NXT Championship and North American Championship.
The NXT Women’s Division had a good showing tonight. I appreciated the backstage video of the Horsewomen trying to bully the new class of recruits. It’s been Shayna’s thing since she showed up and bullied Dakota Kai, so it makes sense Jessamyn and Marina follow her lead. Mia VS Xia was a solid match, and glad to see Mia’s move finally has a name. Of course the main thing was the Horsewomen trying to make an example out of her. Good to see more of Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban on NXT TV. Hopefully we see more of those three and other Mae Young Classic participants to freshen things up. Bianca Belair also puts forward her statement of wanting a second shot. Perhaps NXT will have another huge contender’s match like back during Asuka’s days. It’d be a good way to disguise an obvious result.
Everything connected to the North American Championship was great. Ciampa wanting to support Gargano, Gargano not wanting him around, and then Ciampa watching from some secret little spot, all great character work. Gargano VS Dream as a match was practically TakeOver worthy itself! So much story and action in this match, and a well-deserved victory for Dream. In relation to the Undisputed Era wanting all the titles, Dream VS Cole already happened so give me Dream VS Strong. Cole can move up to the NXT Championship against Ciampa. There’s a lot still to happen on the Road to New York, so I’m thinking all four members of the Undisputed Era will have a match for TakeOver.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/20/19)
It’s Storm VS Ripley, Round 3 for the NXT UK Women’s Championship in Phoenix!
NXT UK continues in Phoenix with a massive Women’s Championship rematch! Tied at 1-1, will it be Rhea Ripley or Toni Storm that comes out on top?
- Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers; The Coffey Brothers win.
- Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne; Seven wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
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The NXT UK Women’s Championship saga continues!
The Mosh Pit Kid was furious that she lost the title to the Lightning Down Under. Rhea Ripley believes she’s the best of both worlds, but Toni Storm will happily beat her again. There’s no more time for talk, they settle the score tonight! Who stands tall at the conclusion of this epic rivalry?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers!
The Welsh Air Force has come close but just missed the mark when it comes to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. As for Joe and Mark Coffey, they finally give it a go! Will Gallus go through Andrews & Webster and straight for the gold?
The teams sort out and Webster starts against Coffey. They go around and tie up, Mark gets a waistlock slam! Mark is right on Webster with a biel! Webster boots back and fights out of the Gallus corner, only to run into a CHOP! Mark tags Joe and the brothers work together to scoop slam Webster. Joe keeps Webster from Andrews and stomps out his stomach. Joe pops Webster up but Webster lands on his feet to dropkick Joe! Tag to Andrews! Andrews runs and headscissors, but Joe blocks! Joe brings Andrews up but Andrews slips out to boot Joe away! Andrews hops up, flying headscissors! Andrews slides and Peles! Mark tags in and Joe reverses the whip. Joe feeds Andrews to Mark for a waistlock. Andrews fights out and runs, but into the pop-up European Uppercut!
Mark hits Webster for good measure before stomping Andrews out. Mark throws heavy body shots then scoop slams Andrews fast. He drops knees on Andrews’ back, then pushes him to the corner. Tag to Joe and the brothers mug Andrews. Joe keeps Andrews from Webster as he stomps Andrews more. Joe throws body shots against the ropes, then in the corner. Andrews can barely cover up as Joe throws hands. Joe whips corner to corner hard and Andrews bounces off the buckles! Joe drags Andrews over and tags in Mark. The Coffey Brothers continue to mug and isolate Andrews. Fans rally up as Mark full nelsons Andrews. Mark drags Andrews over, tag to Joe. The Coffey Brothers double wrench, lift and CHOP Andrews down! Joe keeps Andrews away from Webster again with a full nelson of his own.
Joe thrashes Andrews around then grinds him to the mat. Andrews endures and fans rally up. Andrews stands and slips out, but Joe sees the wheelbarrow coming. Joe elbows and clubs Andrews down. Andrews almost reaches Webster, but Joe stops him just inches away. Joe uses the butterfly full nelson, but fans rally up. Joe swings Andrews around and around, then throws him overhead! Cover, TWO! Andrews lives but Joe stays right on him. Joe whips Andrews to the Coffey corner, but Andrews fights out! Andrews runs, but into a bomb! He slips out, hot tag to Webster! The Modfather rallies on the Coffey boys! Webster throws EuroUppers, but runs into a lift. Webster lands on his feet, gets around, goes around, big crossbody and fast hands!
Phoenix fires up as Webster hits the springboard quebrada on Mark! Webster runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Webster hits back with a swift knee! And he Tiger Feints to huricanrana Joe into barriers! Webster leaps up and over Mark, knee trigger! Tag to Andrews and Webster gives him the assist on the standing 450! Cover, but Joe breaks it! The Coffey Brothers regroup but Webster is on them. Joe throws Webster out then tags in. Joe goes at Andrews but gets CHOP after CHOP! Andrews throws forearms, too, but Joe pushes him back. Joe blocks the tilt-o-whirl DDT, but Webster tags in on the back side! Webster knee triggers Joe then gives Andrews a boost, tornado DDT!
Joe bails out and Mark runs in, for a Modfather headbutt! Andrews and Webster double FLY onto both brothers! They quickly get Joe in, Andrews tags. Webster wrenches, but Joe pushes him away. Joe gets clear of Andrews for a corner splash! Joe suplexes, Stun-Dog Millionaire! Hot tag to Webster! Webster climbs and Andrews DIVES onto Mark! But Mark catches Andrews for a suplex onto the apron! Webster sentons but onto Joe’s knees! Joe SPEARS Webster to the corner and tags Mark. Mark rocks Webster with a forearm, Joe tops it off with All the Best for the Bells! Cover, the Coffey Brothers win!
Winners: The Coffey Brothers, Mark Coffey pinning
Gallus is as gallus does! The Coffey Brothers have begun their tag team quest in NXT UK, when and where will they reach the tag team titles?
Welcome to the Nina Samuels Show.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, the show is about to begin. The Rose Pink Devil looks to take center stage, but when and where will the spotlight finally shine?
Jordan Devlin speaks.
“This is the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin, back in beautiful Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.” He’s fresh off another MVP performance in the Worlds Collide tournament. But Travis Banks had to stick his nose in Devlin’s business. Devlin will make this clear: grow eyes in the back of your head. They’re far from through. Will Ace and Buzzsaw ever be through with each other?
NXT UK, get ready for Kay Lee Ray.
What makes KLR the best woman in NXT UK already? It’s not confidence, it’s not her red hair, it’s not even that she’s Scottish. It’s that she’s smart. She’ll show everyone around the world what she can do. She had to watch and wait, but that means she knows what everyone is capable of. It doesn’t matter if it’s Storm, Ripley or any of these other “girls”. It only matters that KLR is here now.
Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne!
The man from Mustache Mountain wants to be NXT UK Tag Team Champion with Tyler Bate, but he’ll show he can still get it done in singles competition! Will he get a win against The Worst of NXT?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and go around, and Seven pushes Thorne towards a corner. Thorne pushes Seven towards the other corner, but Seven escapes to a waistlock then headlock. They end up on the ropes and they separate. Seven and Thorne circle and tie up again. Seven gets the arm and wrenches, keeping Thorne from ropes. Fans applaud as Seven wrenches Thorne down to the mat. Thorne moves around and reverses the wrench. Seven reverses back but Thorne rocks him with a right. Thorne bumps Seven off buckles then chops him! Seven CHOPS back! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Seven fires up but Thorne gets a headlock. Seven powers out but Thorne runs him over.
Things speed up and Thorne whips Seven, only for Seven to come back with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Thorne hurries to a corner but Seven runs in for a big clothesline! Seven whips corner to corner but Thorne reverses. Thorne runs in but is put on the apron. Thorne grabs hair and beard, then hotshots Seven’s arm! The referee reprimands Thorne but Thorne drags Seven into the post. Thorne pulls the arm into the steel, but lets up at 4. Thorne goes back into the ring to scrape and kick and stomp Seven in the corner. He stands Seven up to wrench the arm and bring Seven to the mat. Fans rally up while Seven endures. Seven powers up and fights back but Thorne throws him down by his hair. Thorne kicks away on Seven then covers, TWO!
Thorne keeps on Seven with a keylock. Seven endures but fans rally up again. Seven powers up and hits a stunner! Thorne staggers back, into a CHOP! And another CHOP! Seven fakes the chop to hit the DDT! Thorne flounders while fans fire up with Seven. Seven runs corner to corner for another CHOP! Snap Dragon Suplex! Scoop driver! Cover, TWO! Seven goes for and gets the Figure Four! Thorne endures the legendary leg lock and fans are shouting. Seven and Thorne start slapping each other! Thorne manages to turn the hold over, putting the pressure on Seven! Seven turns it back over, but then Thorne gets the ropebreak. They end up on the apron while the leg lock is still on, so Thorne turns and brings them both crashing to the ground!
Thorne is laughing as he and Seven separate. They stand and Seven chops Thorne. Thorne throws a haymaker, but Seven chops back. They brawl as the ring count climbs. Thorne back suplexes Seven on the apron at 7! Thorne climbs up top but Seven runs over to CHOP him back. Seven and Thorne fight with chops, and Seven gets an edge. Seven climbs up to join Thorne, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Thorne survives but Seven isn’t done with him yet. Seven goes for the Figure Four again but Thorne cradles! TWO, and Seven CHOPS Thorne. Thorne throws haymakers but Seven throws CHOPS! Seven throws slapping body shots but Thorne throws a EuroUpper. Thorne gloats but Seven grabs him for the wristlock ripcord. Thorne slips through to ripcord Seven for a kitchen sink knee! Then he double chicken wings, pop-up to a German Suplex! Cover, TWO!!
Seven survives but Thorne is right on the bad arm! Thorne folds the arm for a modified crossface, but Seven slips through. Seven fights out with elbows and chops. Ripcord, Seven Star Lariat!! Cover, Seven wins!
Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall
The man from Mustache Mountain bests the Worst in their first singles encounter! Will this help Seven reach the top of the mountain in the singles division as well as the tag division?
Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.
The Ungentle Gentleman was last in NXT UK at the Royal Albert Hall and the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. Gallagher sees NXT UK making history itself, but will he be joining for more action? That’s a question for GM Johnny Saint to answer. What will Saint’s answer be in regards to having the 205 Live Cruiserweight crossing over?
NXT UK Media catches up with Joseph Conners.
The Righteous Killer trains at the new UK Performance Center as he speaks on “breaking the shiny new toys.” However, he lost to Ligero- Stop right there. He and Ligero have a long history. But Conners will tell everyone that his loss was just an off day. Those off days are long behind him. Conners is more focused than ever, and he will show everyone that he always has and always will be better than the Leeds Luchador. Will Ligero be the shiniest toy Conners breaks?
The Grizzled Young Veterans head to the ring!
Zack Gibson and James Drake are in Phoenix as the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but they’ll also defend them during this state-side excursion. Gibson takes the mic and introduces himself as Liverpool’s Number One, and introduces Drake. Together, they are the Grizzled Young Veterans. “For 13 long, hard years,” they traveled the world to show everyone what they already knew. And now they stand before the fans “with these shiny new NXT UK tag titles, which prove exactly what we already knew: that we are the very best tag team anywhere around the world!”
But being the best does have a drawback. Gibson would much rather be home in Liverpool, sitting back and enjoying his life. But instead, they’ve been dragged against their will to this desert, just so they can educate the “ignorant Yanks” as to why British Wrestling is the best, and as to why GYV are the best of the best. Johnny Saint insisted they make the trip. Saint insisted they have the best competition. But no, Gibson and Drake are the best competition. The other teams should be flying to the UK to find them. The GYV have set a new standard. Any tag team from 205 Live or NXT USA, line up because GYV are not impressed. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, come challenge them, because they are the standard-bearers SOON to be recognized as “the most important” team anywhere in the WWE.
Speaking of, the One Two Combination head right out! Lorcan & Burch want Gibson & Drake to hold their horses. On behalf of Phoenix, please shut up! No one wants to hear what Gibson’s got to say. But Burch has said it a million times, he’s proud to be British. But he’s also proud to represent the American NXT, the one Gibson claims has no competition. Nothing makes Burch prouder than to team with Lorcan. Now they’re supposed to wait for the match until next week, but why wait? Lorcan & Burch rush the ring, but Gibson & Drake bail out. Fans boo as the Grizzled Young Veterans take their titles and run. The champs fight on their time, but will their time be up very soon?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley!
The first time, the Mosh Pit Kid shocked the world when she beat the Lightning Down Under to become the first-ever champion. The second time was finally #ToniTime. Now in the third time around, the score will be settled. Who will take the title back to the UK after burning it down in Phoenix?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Rhea sucker punches Toni! Rhea rains down rights on Toni but the referee tries to restore order. Rhea throws Toni into the corner but Toni staggers back up. Toni wants the match to happen, so the ref rings the bell. Rhea is right on her again! The ref counts but Rhea rams shoulders in until 4! Rhea stalks Toni to another corner and stomps a mudhole in! She drags Toni up to whip but Toni holds ropes. Rhea goes after her with more furious forearms, and then throws her down on the mat. Rhea stomps Toni then talks trash. She whips Toni but Toni redirects and dropkicks Rhea down! Cover, ONE!
Toni stays on Rhea with EuroUppers! Toni rocks Rhea to the ropes and throws forearms of her own. The ref backs Toni off, Rhea yanks Toni into the ropes! Rhea then yanks Toni out of the ring and to the floor! Rhea tells the fans to shut up as she clubs Toni around. She rams Toni into the apron then refreshes the count. Rhea rams Toni into the apron again, then scoops her to ram her into the post! She dumps Toni back in and covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Toni but Rhea stomps her more. Rhea drags Toni up for clubbing forearms. Rhea mocks the fans for cheering Toni on, so the fans boo and jeer Rhea. The Mosh Pit Kid grounds ‘n’ pounds Toni then pulls her hair! The ref counts and Rhea lets up at 4. Rhea wraps Toni up in body scissors and squeezes.
Toni endures and fans rally again. Rhea pulls Toni’s hair more but Toni turns it to a cover, ONE! Rhea keeps the squeeze on and thrashes Toni about, but Toni makes it another cover. ONE, and Rhea rolls Toni to a cover of her own. TWO, and Toni is still in the scissors. Rhea rolls her again, TWO, and Toni starts stomping the back of Rhea’s head! Toni stomps her way out of the hold! Rhea scrambles away from Toni as fans fire up. Toni throws big forearms but Rhea shoves and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea keeps her cool while she stalks Toni. “You think you’re so good!” Rhea slaps Toni around then drags her up. Toni hits back with palm strikes and forearms, but Rhea knees low. Rhea throws Toni to the mat again, then looms over her as fans boo.
Rhea stands on Toni’s hair and flexes! She lets up at 4, but then stomps Toni to get the legs. Rhea lifts Toni in the inverted cloverleaf! Toni endures while fans rally up. Toni crawls her way towards the ropes, then rolls to throw Rhea out! Rhea hurries back up but Toni roundhouses her back down. Toni builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit wipes Rhea out! Toni drags Rhea back in and gets a waistlock, German Suplex! Rhea flounders to a corner as fans fire up with Toni. Toni runs in for the hip attack! Then she waistlocks Rhea again, German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Toni keeps focus as she drags Rhea back up.
Toni underhooks, but Rhea resists. Rhea slips out to throw forearm after forearm! She clobbers Toni with a clothesline! Rhea drags Toni up for another! Rhea drags Toni up again, but Toni dodges to hit a backstabber! Both women are down but fans fire up. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before either woman sits up. Toni and Rhea meet at 7 to start throwing forearms from the mat. They brawl as they head back to their feet. Rhea SLAPS Toni, then runs, but Toni rocks her with a forearm! Toni whips but Rhea reverses to boot! Rhea swings but Toni dodges to headbutt! Toni falls on the cover, TWO!!
Rhea survives but Toni keeps going. Toni drags herself to a corner then wills herself up top. Rhea trips her up! Rhea CHOPS Toni but Toni headbutts back! Toni adjusts, but Rhea enziguris her down! Rhea roars as she climbs up to join Toni. SUPERPLEX! Rhea crawls to the high stack cover, TWO!! Toni barely escapes and Rhea can’t believe it! Rhea stomps away on Toni then drags her back up. Rhea scoop slams Toni into the corner then stomps a mudhole! She backs off at 4 then drags Toni up. “You think it’s Toni Time, huh!?” Rhea throws heavy hands on the dazed Toni. Rhea runs in, but Toni goes up and over, sending Rhea into post! Toni floats over, underhooks, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
The trilogy concludes and the Lightning strikes! Toni Time can finally move on, who will be her first fresh challenger on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode of NXT UK. Good to see the Coffey Brothers have a tag team match. Obviously while the WWE United Kingdom Championship is reserved for Walter come the next UK TakeOver, it’s good for Joe and Mark to try the tag team division. They have a great match with Andrews & Webster, and obviously win to keep themselves strong. Of course, Gallus likely won’t challenge for the tag titles without Mustache Mountain being involved. Gibson gives another solid promo, and the exchange with Lorcan & Burch was good, too. Grizzled Young Veterans VS Lorcan & Burch is going to be a fun match next week, but pretty sure GYV retains. They won’t lose those titles until Mustache Mountain is involved. The next UK TakeOver might even up the intensity by making it a Triple Threat, since a simple rematch of GYV VS MM would be hard to outdo the original.
Seven VS Thorne was good, and it’s good to see Thorne showing up in NXT UK. WWE Worlds Collide was used to tease Thorne coming over now that he no longer has Nick Miller for a tag partner. “The Worst” can help the UK midcard grow, but I wouldn’t say he’s midcard title material just yet. The same for Jack Gallagher. It’s great to have crossovers between NXT UK, NXT and 205 Live, but I don’t see Gallagher winning a title just yet. Devlin hypes a rematch with Travis Banks, and that match will be incredible, especially if they get a special stipulation. Then the main event, the Women’s Championship was another instant classic. Rhea going after Toni’s back was good referencing of the story from their first match. Naturally Toni wins, because it is time to move on to new challengers.
My Score: 8.4/10