It’s time for Tables, Ladders and Chairs! Will AJ Styles take the WWE Championship back from the “New” Daniel Bryan? Will Baron Corbin become GM by forfeit?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Elias wins.
- Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win MMC Season 2, and are now the 30th spots in both the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day; The Bar win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, Corbin is no longer Raw GM, Strowman faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship.
- Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins.
- Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre; Finn wins.
- Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles; Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose; Ambrose wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
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It’s the WWE TLC Kickoff Show!
Jonathan Coachman, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts discuss the stories and possible outcomes of all the matches on tonight’s card!
Baron Corbin practices his victory for later tonight.
The temporary Raw GM wants Jojo to put in way more emotion for the announcement that he will be the permanent GM. Heath Slater is going to be his referee and will count to 10, then Jojo will announce the decision. Charly Caruso comes in, and Corbin informs her that she has been handpicked to interview him after his victory by forfeit. She’s thankful for that, but she’s also here to interview him about the rumor that Braun Strowman will still be here tonight. Even if that were possible, Corbin would shatter Braun’s good elbow to pieces. And Corbin no longer responds to questions beneath a Raw GM. Now, from the top! “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner by forfeit, and permanent general manager, Baron Corbin.” Much better. But will that really be the announcement by the end of the TLC Match?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander!
The Juggernaut won the title in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, at the Super Show-Down event. However, the Age of Alexander looks to rebuild itself in San Jose! Can the Soul of 205 Live survive the unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! Alexander and Murphy circle and tie up. Murphy gets a waistlock but Alexander the standing switch. Murphy wrenches an arm but Alexander rolls through and reverses! Alexander wrenches the wrist but Murphy slips through the headlock takeover. Alexander headscissors but Murphy pops out. Roles reverse and now Alexander pops out of the headscissors. Murphy sweeps, cover, ONE. Alexander sweeps, ONE, and both men handspring up! Fans fire up for this even exchange and chant “205! 205!” for the fastest hour of WWE. Alexander waistlocks but Murphy breaks out. Alexander dodges and headscissors Murphy out! Fans fire up again as Alexander builds speed. Alexander dodges and ducks Murphy to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Alexander keeps his cool, then CHOPS Murphy against the ropes. Murphy dumps Alexander to the apron but Alexander rocks him with a right! Alexander lines it up, but gets a knee trigger on reentry! We go picture in picture while Alexander falls out of the ring. Murphy fetches Alexander into the ring then climbs up. Murphy leaps for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander lives but Murphy keeps his eyes on him. Murphy drives a knee in and wraps on a chinlock. Murphy shifts to drive elbows into Alexander’s shoulder and chest. Cover, TWO! Murphy gets Alexander back in the chinlock but fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up and fights back with body shots. Alexander breaks free to throw a forearm, then shoves Murphy to a corner. Murphy boots back, then hops up.
Murphy brings Alexander around for a hangman sleeper hold! He lets go at 4, but dares Alexander to stand back up. Murphy leaps, but into a SUPERKICK! Alexander and Murphy are both down, and fans build to another rally. Alexander gets to a corner, and runs corner to corner at Murphy. He rams in a shoulder then swings a kick to kick Murphy from the corner! Springboard complete shot, and then Alexander wrecks Murphy with a dropkick! Alexander keeps going, springboard lariat! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Alexander is frustrated. Alexander stands while Murphy clutches ribs. Alexander drags Murphy up, but Murphy slips out of the lift. Murphy boots, dodges, but Alexander counters! Murphy sits on it, with trunks! TWO, and Alexander gets a sudden Michinoku! Cover, TWO!!
Alexander is shocked again, and thinks of what else he must do. Alexander stands and brings Murphy up. He throws a stiff forearm and Murphy falls over. Murphy slowly rises but Alexander punches him back down. Alexander brings Murphy up but Murphy blocks to fire off strikes! The knee misses, but so does the enziguri. Alexander rolls to uppercut! Alexander runs but Murphy reels him in. Murphy ducks the kick to shove Alexander, but Alexander elbow shim away. Alexander hops up, but gets tucked in for a SUPERKICK! And a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Now Alexander lives and Murphy is shocked! Murphy drags himself up while Alexander crawls. Murphy stalks Alexander to a corner, and scrapes him out to the apron. They both stand on the edge, and Alexander suddenly gets Murphy with a Death Valley Driver! Alexander puts Murphy in, cover, TWO! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Murphy finds a way to survive, and Alexander is beside himself. Murphy slumps out of the ring, but Alexander pursues. Alexander drags Murphy up but that’s 205 pounds of dead weight. Alexander puts Murphy in and stalks him to a corner. Murphy yanks Alexander into buckles! Murphy runs back in for a knee trigger! Then he drags Alexander up, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Age of Alexander’s revival will not be at the expense of the Juggernaut! The unstoppable run of Buddy Murphy continues, will it ever end?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in San Jose, and has one of his guitars in hand. But in a Ladder match with Bobby Lashley, another of his guitars will be above the ring as the prize. Even so, he asks the usual question: “Who wants to Walk with Elias?!” San Jose does! TLC will be TLCG: Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Guitars. A ladder is a great symbol, he’s already climbed the ladder of success. Now he must climb to reclaim his beautiful Fender. And once he does, he’ll play a tune on Lashley that he’ll never forget. But right now, Elias plays a classic with his own spin on it. “Do you know the way to San Jose?” So please, silence phones, hold applause and maybe sing along. But no such luck, as Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush make their entrance.
Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
This is a very unique Ladder match for The Drifter and the Rocky Mountain Machine. Instead of the prize being a title or a contract, it is one of Elias’ prized guitars. Will Elias save his Fender from Lashley’s grasp? Or will that guitar soon bring a smash hit across someone’s back?
Lio speaks on the way out. “Once again, you are sadly mistaken!” Nobody came here for Elias. They all paid to see The Almighty Bobby! And their favorite pose: Bobby’s booty! Anyway, the bell rings and the two circle in the ring. Lashley and Elias tie up and end up all over the ropes. Elias powers out of the headlock but Lashley runs him over. Lio hypes Lashley up as Lashley hits a complete shot. Lashley heads for a ladder already, but fans tell him “Lashley Sucks!” Lashley brings a ladder up and in, but Elias dropkicks it into him! Elias stomps the ladder onto Lashley, then jumps to stomp through the rungs! Elias drags the ladder into the ring, then a second. He backs Lio off before going into the ring. Lio coaches Lashley up while Elias stands a ladder up.
Elias begins to climb but Lio gets in to stop him! Lio runs but can’t escape! Elias throws Lio but Lio goes under the ladder. Lashley returns to knock the ladder over. Lashley and Elias brawl, but Elias whips Lashley to hit him with a big knee! Elias picks up his second ladder and stands it up in a corner. He goes to Lashley for a chop, then body shots. Elias whips but Lashley reverses to send Elias into the ladder! Lashley runs to SPEAR Elias into the ladder. THe ladder falls on Elias’ back, but Lashley brings Elias up for the Vertigo Suplex! Lashley drives Elias down quick, then picks up the second ladder. Fans still say “Lashley Sucks!” especially as Lashley uses the AK slam to throw the ladder down on Elias!
We go picture in picture as Lashley stands up the first ladder. Lashley begins to climb, but Elias uses the second ladder to hit Lashley! Lashley comes off the ladder but Elias keeps on him! Elias rams the ladder into Bobby, then sets it up in another corner. Elias whips Lashley to ropes to run him over with a lariat! He keeps on Lashley with another whip but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up to mule kick Lashley! But then he runs into a belly2belly suplex that throws him into the ladder! Elias writhes while Lio chants. Lashley gets up and traps Elias in a corner with the ladder. Lashley rains down rights then kicks the ladder into Elias. Lio coaches Lashley to stand up the first ladder, and Lashley begins his climb. Lashley is almost there, but Elias returns to club him on the back!
Elias brings Lashley down with a powerbomb on the other ladder!! Lashley writhes in pain now, and Elias clibms. But Lio climbs up first! Elias stops Lio from touching the guitar, then knocks him off the ladder! Elias grabs his guitar, unhooks it, and wins!
The Drifter has his guitar back, but now the question is: who to use it on? Elias aims for Lashley, but Lio jumps on him first! Elias throws Lio off easily, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER from Lashley! Lashley tells Lio to get up and Lio climbs up top. Lio aims, and hits the Final Hour splash! Lashely picks up the guitar and aims at Elias. Elias stands, to get SMACKED with the guitar! Both guitar and Elias are broken, will the Almighty Lashley climb his own ladder of success towards a title?
“As another year comes to an end, you have to wonder: did you make the mark?”
The Shield is broken. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has a Facebreaker in her way. And history is made again. “And all it’s gonna take is a little TLC.”
Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella!
#Mahalicia and the #FABULOUSTruth have been the underdogs of Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 from their first match to their last match. But now, they’re both at the end of the tournament competing for the 30th spots of both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumbles! Which team wins a huge advantage on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Truth & Mella rep the Sharks with the black and teal, “What’s up?!” Jinder and Alicia finally look to be on the same page with their own matching red gear. The teams sort out and the men start. Mahal and Truth circle and duel with “What’s Up?!” against “Shanti!” Fans prefer Truth. The two tie up and Mahal gets a headlock takeover. Truth resists the cover attempt, then fights his way up. Truth powers out but Mahal runs him over. Mahal grins as he runs, but Truth goes to back drop. Mahal whips but Truth crossbodies! Cover, ONE, Backslide! TWO, so Truth rolls up! TWO, and Mahal backs off. Alicia tags in, so Carmella comes in with her. Alicia says she’s got this, but Carmella and Truth egg them on. Truth and Carmella uses splits to dodge then double hip toss! And fans want it, so we get a… DANCE BREAK~!
The Fabulous Flossing begins but the Bollywood Boys join in! Only to get thrown out! Truth returns to his corner but Alicia clobbers Carmella. Alicia hits the swinging neckbreaker, covers, TWO! Alicia wraps on a chinlock but fans rally for Carmella. Carmella fights up and out, but Alicia shoves her. Carmella tilt-o-whirls to throw Alicia! Alicia is dizzy and ends up in Carmella’s takedown for fast hands! Alicia throws Carmella by her hair to deny a tag to Truth. Northern Lights, bridge, TWO! Alicia returns to the chinlock but fans rally up again. Carmella gets up and arm-drags Alicia away. Double clotheslines take both women down! The fans and the Singh Brothers rally for their favorites, hot tag to Truth! Mahal comes in, but Truth rallies with headscissors of his own!
Truth adds clotheslines and a calf kick! Mahal scrambles while Truth does the splits. Truth kicks low but the SInghs distract. Mahal kicks low but Truth dodges. Alicia tags in as Truth dropkicks Mahal. Alicia tells Truth to get out. He has to listen because she is captain now! Truth borrows her hat, and now HE is captain. Alicia kicks low and goes for scissor kick. FABULOUS Kick from Carmella, cover, but Mahal yanks her off! Truth dumps Mahal out, then slingshots for a wrecking ball dropkick. Carmella kicks a Singh away, but walks into Alicia’s jackknife cover! TWO, Code of Silence!! Alicia taps, FABULOUS Truth wins!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Carmella pinning; win the Second Mixed Match Challenge, are now the 30th entrances of the Royal Rumbles.
From last to first, Truth & Carmella win it all!
In-ring interview with FABULOUS Truth!
How do they feel about this huge opportunity they just won? Oh and where are they going for vacation? Well it’s F A B U L O U S to win. They get to enter the Royal Rumbles last, possibly go to Wrestlemania, but they’ll also be heading to… Barcelona? No, bigger. Rome? No, tropical. Rio!? Paris?! No, no, cultural epicenter. Truth chose… WWE Headquarters in Connecticut!! What. Truth, that’s not even… Well, Truth’s strange dream destinations aside, they’re still getting those Rumble spots. Can Truth & Mella make the most of golden opportunities?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day!
Awww San Jose~! Three of the best teams perhaps in ALL of WWE compete for the titles tonight! Cesaro & Sheamus may not be the best rappers but they’re much better at giving European Uppercuts. But Jimmy & Jey have tag team wrestling on #LockDown while ya bois, the New~ Day~ bring positivity and pancakes! Who will be the Blue Brand’s best after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. Only two competitors at a time means only Sheamus against Kofi Kingston to start. Sheamus and Kofi circle, then tie up. Kofi gets a waistlock but Sheamus powers him to the open corner. Sheamus backs off and circles with Kofi again. Fans rally for New Day and Kofi gets into the mood. Sheamus gets him in a headlock but Kofi headscissors. Sheamus pops out and gets another headlock. Kofi powers out but Sheamus runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Sheamus brings Kofi into another headlock. Kofi fights out and things speed up. Kofi leaps but Sheamus catches him to a back suplex, only for Kofi to slip out and dropkick! Cover, TWO, Kofi tags Woods.
Kofi kicks Shemaus down, Woods hits a sliding lariat, and Kofi adds a splash. Woods drops the elbow and covers, but both Usos and Cesaro break it. The Usos argue with Cesaro and Kofi and a brawl breaks out! Cesaro and Kofi end up outsid,e Jey builds speed, but runs into a EuroUpper! Woods wrecks Cesaro then builds speed on his own, but runs into the Irish Curse! Cover, TWO! Sheamus kicks Woods to The Bar’s corner and chokes him on the ropes. Sheamus throws corssface forearms, then Cesaro gets a hotshot! Tag to Cesaro and The Bar hit Woods with Super Saiyan Kicks. Cover, TWO! Cesaro argues for a faster count, then taunts Woods. Woods hits back but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods and The Bar whip Woods for the Bar Lariat! The Bar use their catchphrase and Sheamus stomps Woods.
Sheamus sits Woods up for a chinlock, then thrashes Woods around. Woods endures as fans build to a rally. Woods fights out of the hold, but Sheamus shoves him into a shoulder. Tag to Cesaro, and The Bar double elbow drop on Woods. Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his eyes on the Usos while looming over Woods. Cesaro stomps Woods’ hand, then puts on another chinlock. Woods endures again, and fans rally up for the Usos. Cesaro shoves Woods but Woods hits Sheamus! Honor Roll hits Cesaro! Cesaro tags Sheamus and Sheamus hits the Usos just because. Sheamus goes to Woods but Woods hits back. Woods leaps but is put in the open corner. Sheamus has Woods up top then throws hands as he climbs. Sheamus soaks up the heat while preparing a superplex, but Woods fights him with furious body shots!
Woods crotches Sheamus on the ropes, then dropkicks him down! Both men are down in the ring and crawling. Hot tag to Cesaro, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies on Cesaro! Kofi dropkicks then hits the leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he gives Cesaro the Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner and fans clap along. Kofi swings but is caught into a toss! Csaro runs in, Jimmy Uso tags in. Kofi kicks Cesaro then kicks Jimmy. Kofi leaps but Cesaro catches him! Cesaro lifts Kofi but Jimmy leaps in for a crossobdy! Cover, Cesaro breaks it! Cesaro gets the dragon whip kick, but Kofi rolls Jimmy! TWO! Jimmy misses Kofi but Jey tags in.
The Usos double kick Kofi back! Jey SUPERKICKS Kofi! SUPERKICK for Woods! SUPERKICK for Sheamus! Cesaro leaps into a SUPERKICK! The Usos aim but miss Kofi. Samoan Pop!! Cover, but Woods breaks it! Jimmy and Woods brawl and fall out of the ring. Jey climbs and aims at Kofi, but Cesaro tags in! Uso Splash, but Cesaro tosses Jey into post! Cover on Kofi, TWO!! The Bar is shocked they didn’t steal that one. Cesaro stalks Kofi now while Big E coaches Kofi up. Cesaro gets Kofi in the Swiss Swing! He goes around and around for about 12 rotations, and steps through for the Sharpshooter! Kofi endures the legendary lock, but Big E keeps Kofi from quitting. Cesaro drags Kofi away, but Woods hits the Get Over Here!
Sheamus tags in and blasts Woods and then Jey! Sheamus aims at Kofi now, calling for the end. Kofi stands, dodges the Brogue and rolls Sheamus up! TWO, and Sheamus tries again. Double stomps intercept the Brogue! Tag to Woods and Woods hurries up. Trouble In Paradise, to Limit Breaker!! Cover, but Jey and Cesaro both break it! Fans are thunderous for this match as four men are down in the ring. Big E coaches up his team, but it’s Jey who stands first. Cesaro follows and gives Jey a EuroUpper. Jimmy runs in, to a pop-up EuroUpper! Kofi dropkicks Cesaro out, then Kofi climbs up top. Kofi aims at the group outside, for a SUPER TRUST FALL! He takes out both Usos and Cesaro, but Sheamus goes after Woods.
Woods resists with hands and a kick. Sheamus staggers, but Cesaro goes for Woods’ feet. Woods mule kicks Ceaor, but steps into a BROGUE! Cover, The Bar wins!
Winners: The Bar, Sheamus pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The Swiss Cyborg and Celtic Gladiator survive the odds and the chaos! They deny two great tag teams and perhaps become the greatest team themselves. Will any team come along to dethrone this duo?
TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
The “General Manager Elect” can win himself that position permanently, or The Monster Among Men can shockingly return from elbow surgery and win his shot at The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Can Strowman save us from Corbin’s dictatorship? Or will no one #GetTheseHands tonight?
As a bonus, Heath Slater is made the referee for this match. The #OneRefBand will have to be the one to count to 10 to see if Strowman appears. Corbin thanks the fans for the “warm welcome.” He understands the fans are upset both about Corbin’s performance as GM and Strowman’s condition. Corbin takes the complaints very seriously, he listens to and respects their input. But “Too bad! Get used to it!” After Slater counts, Strowman loses by forfeit and Corbin is THE Raw GM. Now stop wasting time, ring the bell. The bell rings, and Slater has no choice but to start. Corbin grins and counts along. Slater reaches 5 and there’s no sign of Strowman. But then at 7, Strowman’s music hits!
The Monster Among Men IS here! His bad arm is in a sling, but he’s not gonna let that stop him. Corbin protests, Strowman can’t be in any shape to compete. Strowman circles the ring and picks up a mic. Strowman enters the ring, and fans hope Corbin will “Get These Hands!” “While you were out here flapping your gums, you forgot to mention something very important, Corbin.” It’s that in a TLC Match, there are No Disqualifications. Corbin doesn’t understand what that means. Strowman explains that if someone happened to help Strowman, like someone who is “sick and tired of dealing with a crappy General Manager”, it’d be perfectly legal. Corbin sees Apollo Crews appear, chair in hand. Strowman says Corbin made his bed, now he’ll lay in it.
Because Bobby Roode & Chad Gable are also here! And Finn Balor, the de facto leader of this rebellion. Finn, Apollo, Roode & Gable all enter, armed with chairs. Corbin tells Slater to do something about this. But Slater can’t, it’s No DQ. Also, Slater quits as referee. Slater throws the shirt at Corbin and decks him! The chair-wielding rebels close in. Corbin begs for mercy, but he gets nothign but steel! Everyone gets a chair shot in, with Finn adding one more SMACK! Fans are thunderous for this anti-Corbin alliance, and Corbin refuses to continue. But here comes Kurt Angle!! The previous Raw GM is here, and he’s making sure Corbin faces the consequences.
Angle picks up a chair and jams it into Corbin! Then SMACKS away on Corbin’s back! Corbin goes back to the ring, to get a GLORIOUS combination! And Apollo’s frog splash! And the Olympic Slam! Finn climbs up to add the Coup de Grace! Slater goes back to being a ref, so that Strowman can cover and be counted. Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall; is now the #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship; Corbin is NO LONGER Raw General Manager
The Monster Among Men and all of those on Raw under Corbins’ thumb have their retribution! Will Strowman be able to recover to 100% so that he can finally #GetTheseHands on the Beast’s title?
Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts lost her father, The Anvil, but the Squad Leader doesn’t seem to care. Instead, Ruby wants to use it to further break Natty’s heart. But will Natty get her revenge by breaking a table with Ruby’s body?
The Squad walk out with Ruby and again present the table with Jim Neidhart on it. The bell rings and Ruby laughs at her own joke. Natty isn’t laughing, and fans are on her side. She and Ruby tie up and Natty gets Ruby down! Natty throws fast hands but Ruby scrambles away. Ruby throws Natty into ropes! Sarah takes a swipe but Natty gets away, only for Ruby to put her in the corner. Liv anchors Natty’s feet so that Ruby can splash in the corner. Ruby throws Natty down and kicks her in the side. Ruby pulls Natty’s hair as she says Natty’s nothing. Fans rally for Natty and Natty gives Ruby a snap back suplex! Ruby regroups with The Squad but Natty bounces her face off table top! Ruby hits Natty back and hurries up to the apron. Natty climbs up and wants to suplex Ruby off!
Ruby resists so Natty slides under to slap her! Natty hotshots Ruby then runs, but Liv moves Ruby out of the way! Liv gets knocked off the apron and falls through the table! Sarah checks on Liv while Ruby kicks Natty back. Ruby also checks on Liv, and Liv needs medics to check on her. More referees come out to help with the situation, and Ruby goes back to Natty. The match continues and Sarah helps Ruby get a table. Natty fights back and throws Ruby with a German Suplex! Natty dropkicks the table into Sarah! Ruby staggers but Natty pursues. Natty SLAPS Ruby, then throws her into the apron. Natty throws Ruby into barriers, and then tells her “You wanna mess with my family, b*tch?!” She gives Ruby another slap, but then Ruby slaps Natty back! Natty stomps on Ruby and positions another table.
Natty fetches Ruby and wants a bomb, but Ruby fights out. Ruby can’t escape as Natty puts her into barriers! Sarah comes running in, but Natty dodges to send her into barriers, too! Natty scoops Sarah and slams her through a table! The Squad is down, but Ruby throws Natty into apron! Ruby brings Natty to the Anvil table. Ruby makes Natty look at Anvil, claiming “He’s ashamed of you!” Fans boo but Ruby throws Natty into steps. Ruby puts her Anvil table in the ring and sets it up in a corner. Fans rally for Natty but Ruby fetches her into the ring. Ruby whips Natty, but Natty stops herself! Natty dodges Ruby and then lifts. Ruby fights out and wheelbarrows. Natty pops out to put Ruby in a Sharpshooter! This isn’t for the win, but to torture Ruby back for what she’s said!
Ruby grabs the table, and tips it to hit Natty on the back of the head! Natty goes down and Ruby gets free. Both women are down but fans rally up. Ruby gets back up and Natty crawls away. Ruby sets the Anvil table up on its legs. Natty stirs while Ruby struggles with the set up. Natty gets Ruby up in an Electric Chair, for the drop! Ruby writhes while Natty catches her breath. Natty stands while Ruby rolls out. Natty clears out the wrecked tables to bring out a new one. But this has RUBY on it! Natty grins over the poetic justice. Natty puts the Riott table in the ring, but she also puts on her dad’s jacket! The Anvil is with Natty in spirit now as she goes after Ruby.
Natty boots Ruby right down, then sets up the Riott table. Natty positions it just right, and then goes after Ruby. But Ruby goes to kick, only for Natty to scoop her. Ruby slips out to SUPERKICK Natty down! Ruby decides to use Natty’s table now. She puts Natty on top, but Natty stops her on the top rope! Natty bounces Ruby off her own image, and then sets her up just right. Natty climbs up top, but Ruby stops her with a kick! Ruby climbs up now, and pats Natty on the cheek. Ruby stands up, but the Frankensteiner is blocked! Natty brings Ruby back up, for a SUPER POWERBOMB, through the table!!
Revenge is sweet! The Queen of Harts makes her father proud, and makes Ruby pay in the best way. Will Natty leave The Squad behind and finally get back towards a title?
Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre!
The Extraordinary Man already got back at Baron Corbin for everything he’s done on Raw, now Finn looks to settle scores with the Scottish Psycho. McIntyre has already hit Finn with Claymores before, will there be another boot in Finn’s future?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn ties up with McIntyre and McIntyre puts Finn in a corner. McIntyre backs off at 4 but Finn chops him. It doesn’t do much, and McIntyre throws hands and chops of his own in Finn! McIntyre stalks Finn, and stomps the hand as he mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre whips but Finn kicks him back. It still does little, and McIntyre scoops Finn. Finn slips out to kick away, but McIntyre clubs him with a clothesline. McIntyre stomps Finn more, then CHOPS Finn in a corner. McIntyre puts Finn in another corner but Finn dropkicks a leg out! Fans fire up with Finn as he drags McIntyre up. McIntyre powers Finn to a corner to stomp and chop back.
McIntyre hoists Finn up top then climbs up to trash talk him. But Finn slips out to trip McIntyre up! Finn stomps away on McIntyre, then climbs back up. McIntyre gets up to grab Finn by the throat! McIntyre brings Finn down to throw him overhead across the way! Finn is down, but McIntyre’s own legs are weakened. McIntyre keeps on Finn with a rain of rights. Fans rally for Finn and he kicks the bad leg. McIntyre whips Finn at buckles hard, and Finn hits the mat. McIntyre taunts Finn, “Fight up, Balor! Fight!” Finn shoulders in, then slingshots to a sunset. McIntyre holds ropes then stomps Finn again. McIntyre tosses Finn again! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Finn with a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally while Finn endures. Finn fights out and kicks the bad leg. McIntyre kicks out Finn’s leg, then deadlift suplexes Finn up and over! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but McIntyre mocks him. “Reach! Reach!” McIntyre clubs Finn down and puts the chinbar back on. Fans rally and Finn gets up again. McIntyre wrangles Finn back down and keeps on the armlock and chinbar. Fans keep cheering and Finn gets up again. Finn pries his way out of the hold but McIntyre puts him in a corner. Finn boots back, and throws forearms. McIntyre stays standing but Finn keeps hitting him. Finn goes for the legs but McIntyre clubs him back. McIntyre lifts but Finn slips out to trip McIntyre and hit the double stomps! Finn fires up with the fans and runs at McIntyre in a corner, running chops!
Finn whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. McIntyre misses Finn, Finn goes tilt-o-whirl for the DDT! Finn clotheslines McIntyre out, then builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit takes McIntyre down! Finn brings McIntyre up and in, but McIntyre whips him. Slingblade! Finn aims but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is frustrated, but he won’t let up. McIntyre sits Finn up to chop him. “You’re pathetic! You’re nothing to me!” But Finn kicks back! Finn’s boot is countered but Finn counters the Alabama slam to a cover! TWO, but Finn dodges McIntyre to kicks him down! Finn climbs up but McIntyre stops him. McIntyre CHOPS Finn then climbs up to join him. McIntyre hauls Finn up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! Cover, TWO!! Finn still lives and McIntyre is furious!
Fans rally up while McIntyre looms over Finn. McIntyre drags Finn up to throw him out. McIntyre watches Finn crawl before going out. Finn uses the apron skirt to trap McIntyre! Finn punches and stomps away! McIntyre crawls away, blocks the Penalty Kick and throws Finn down! McIntyre grins and laughs but the ring count passes 5. Glasgow kiss headbutt brings Finn down! McIntyre refreshes the count and mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre hauls Finn up with ease, and puts him in the ring. But wait, Ziggler appears to SUPERKICK! The ref didn’t see it, and McIntyre is down! The Show-Off returns the favor for Finn from weeks ago, but Ziggler also has a chair! McIntyre boots the chair into Ziggler!
McIntyre and Ziggler scrap and McIntyre puts Ziggler into the ring. The referee tells McIntyre not to use the chair, but McIntyre still brings it in. Finn blasts the chair into McIntyre! Finn climbs, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator lost focus and the Extraordinary Man takes advantage! Ziggler may not have cared about Finn getting a win, but he did get his payback on McIntyre. Will McIntyre target them both for revenge in the New Year?
Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio!
The Viper wants to make another hero into a victim, but the King of Lucha Libre won’t let it happen! With steel chairs at the ready, will Mysterio turn the hunter into the hunted?
The bell rings and Mysterio circles with Orton. Orton kicks low and clubs Mysterio on the back. Orton throws Mysterio out and he grabs a chair. Mysterio kicks Orton and grabs a chair. Mysterio jabs it into Orton’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Orton scrambles away but Mysterio keeps chase. Mysterio SMACKS Orton again, then jabs him some more. Mysterio gives another SMACK! Orton goes to a corner and Mysterio keeps on him with the chair edge. Mysterio gets another chair, and sits it up in front of Orton. Mysterio goes corner to corner but Orton dodges. Orton clubs Mysterio on the top rope, then borrows that chair to SMACK Mysterio down. Mysterio writhes and ends up on the apron, but Orton places the chair.
Orton goes out to the apron and brings Mysterio up. Mysterio fights out and shoulders Orton back. Mysterio jabs Orton again, then runs, to dropkick the feet out! Orton bumps apron on the way down, and Mysterio has his chair back. Mysterio runs with it, to boogie board the chair onto Orton! Fans fire up for that creativity but both men writhe from the pain. Mysterio brings another chair over and SMACKS Orton again! Orton scrambles into more chairs but Mysterio kicks him in the rib. Mysterio bumps Orton off the apron and sits him down in a chair. Mysterio throws more hands, then lines up a shot from the apron. He leaps, but Orton dodges to send the seated senton onto the chair! Orton grins as he stalks Mysterio again. Orton brings Mysterio up to SMACK him down!
Now Orton clears off an announce desk and sets a chair on top. Orton goes back to Mysterio and brings him over. He throws Mysterio face first onto the chair! Mysterio is stuck on the table while Orton puts chairs in the ring. Orton grins as he brings Mysterio back to the ring. Cover, TWO! Mysterio is tougher than that but Orton doesn’t seem to mind. Orton goes to his chair pile and wedges one in the corner. Orton goes to Mysterio and kicks him away from picking up a chair. He hauls Mysterio up, runs at the corner, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio headscissors Orton into that chair! Mysterio runs, but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he watches Mysterio crawl. Mysterio gets to the apron, but Orton heads over with a chair.
Orton places the chair down and drags Mysterio out through the ropes. Fans know what’s coming, but so does Mysterio! Mysterio gets in, puts Orton on the ropes, but the 619 is denied! Mysterio still kicks Orton away, then hurries to a corner. He springboards, but Orton throws a chair at him! Mysterio crash lands, Orton covers, TWO! Orton gets another chair and stomps Mysterio down. Orton wedges the chair into a corner, but the lower level this time. He goes back to Mysterio, armed with another chair. Mysterio kicks Orton away, takes that chair and SMACKS Orton again! Orton is on the ropes, 619 connects! Mysterio hurries up top, but Orton trips him up. Orton now has Mysterio where he wants him, and swings Mysterio into the chair!
Mysterio is stuck in the Tree of Woe, and Orton grabs yet even more chairs. Orton goes to Mysterio to bounce him off the corner chair again, then sets the new chairs up. Mysterio falls out of the Tree but Orton makes sure his line-up is perfect. Orton then goes to Mysterio and drags him up in a cravat. Orton aims for the chairs, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio mule kicks and rolls to throw Orton into his own chairs! Then victory roll cover! Mysterio wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Orton is furious but that’s a win! Mysterio is no victim, and certainly not the Apex Predator’s prey. But even with this win, will Orton still hunt Mysterio down?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor!
He got a big win thanks to Dolph Ziggler. Finn doesn’t understand why, but Ziggler shows up to say “You’re welcome.” Finn didn’t have a chance without him. Ziggler says Finn is lucky he was there. Finn stops Ziggler from leaving but Ziggler throws Finn into trunks! It seems Finn has only moved on from McIntyre to have beef with the Show-Off. Will Finn get the last word against Ziggler?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina!
As the Baddest Woman puts it, the real test of a champion is if they can fight in sickness or in health, ready to throw down even on their worst day. The Irresistible Force is ready to give Ronda that worst day, and break her face while ending her undefeated reign. Will this Money in the Bank rematch finally settle who is THE baddest woman of WWE?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ronda and Nia circle and tie up. Nia throws Ronda to a corner, but Ronda gets right up. Ronda circles with Nia again, then dodges her. Ronda smirks as she bobs ‘n’ weaves and gets in a jab. Nia gets mad but Ronda keeps dodging her. Ronda throws more hands and grins as she frustrates Nia. Nia misses but counters a punch with a whip. Ronda gets free to start kicking now. Nia blocks a kick, and shows that #FaceBreaker hand. Nia punches but Ronda reverses it into a takedown! Ronda wants the armbar but Nia powers out to powerbomb Ronda down! Tamina cheers her cousin on as she covers, ONE! Ronda gasps for air, but Nia won’t let up.
Nia yanks Ronda up by her ponytail to throw her to a corner. Nia squashes Ronda then drags her out for a toss! Another squash, another toss! Nia runs and drops the elbow! Cover, ONE, and Nia grows frustrated. Ronda coughs and gasps but Nia toys with her now. Nia drags Ronda up by her ponytail, and throws her into a post! Fans boo and jeer but Nia lines up a shot, to knee Ronda into the post! Ronda clutches her arm, but Nia keeps on her with headbutts. Nia runs again, but misses the leg drop! Nia slowly stands up and brings Ronda up, but Ronda uses the good arm for a guillotine! But Nia powers out, only for Ronda to shift to a sleeper hold! Nia throws Ronda but Ronda brings her down to the armbar!
Nia scrambles to the ropes and then throws Ronda into barriers! Ronda goes down in a heap while the count begins. Nia drags Ronda up and in at 6. Nia covers, TWO! Ronda continues to frustrate Nia, and Nia puts Ronda in a cobra clutch. Nia thrashes Ronda around but fans rally up. Ronda stands and fights out, only for Nia to kick low. Nia powerbomb lifts, but Ronda headscissors out! Ronda scrambles to a corner, and dodges Nia to send her into a post! Nia falls out, but Ronda won’t let up. Ronda climbs up top, takes aim and leaps! The crossbody topples Nia! Fans fire up as Ronda gets up. Ronda drags Nia into the ring, not wanting a count out result. She gets Nia in at 7, covers, TWO! Ronda grows frustrated, but she won’t let that stop her.
Ronda gets rowdy, and throws fast hands! She hits the step-up wizard, and then the SUPER WOMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Nia still lives but Ronda won’t stop. Ronda climbs up, and leaps! Nia rolls through the crossbody, pops Ronda up, and hits the Samoan Drop!! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives and Nia is shocked! Tamina is furious on her cousin’s behalf while Nia headbutts Ronda down. Nia whips Ronda to a corner, squashes her again, then drags her up again. Nia has the fireman’s carry and climbs up with Ronda. But Ronda fights back! Ronda slips around, to sunset flip! Nia holds on, but Ronda gets her off!! Cover, TWO!! Ronda can’t believe it, and neither can the fans!
Fans duel as Ronda glares at Nia. Ronda staggers over and goes after an arm. Nia resists, but Ronda sees Tamina coming in. Ronda goes after Tamina, but then Nia clubs Ronda down. Nia prepares the fist, but Ronda dodges! They tangle up, and Ronda climbs up for the takedown! The two go back and forth as Ronda keeps her eyes on Tamina. Ronda kisses the hand good-bye, ARMBAR!! Nia taps, Ronda wins!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Baddest Woman is still the champion, and that’s still Ronda Rousey! Tamina helps Nia get away, but will the Samoan Dynasty be back for more? Or will someone else climb the mountain to challenge Rowdy Ronda?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax.
But Nia doesn’t want to talk. Becky Lynch comes over to stare down the Face Breaker. And Becky hits her back! “Keep my name out yer mouth!” The Man just got even with Nia, but when will they really settle their score?
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles!
The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! Long live the NEW Daniel Bryan! But will this new side of Bryan be able to defeat The Phenomenal One now that we all know what to expect from him?
Before the match, AJ Styles is interviewed. He knows both the Old Bryan and New Bryan will do anything they have to in order to win, so that makes them no different. Especially when both are beatable. Styles promises to have a Phenomenal Forearm with Bryan’s name on it. Styles has played Bryan’s mind games long enough. This time, Bryan plays Styles’ game. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Bryan and Styles circle but Bryan bails out of the ring. Fans boo but Bryan takes full advantage of the ring count. This is a lot like Bryan’s plan against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Bryan returns, circles with Styles, but again bails out. Styles is frustrated already and that amuses Bryan. Bryan soaks up the heat from the fans, while taking his time returning. Fans still duel between Styles and Bryan as they tie up. Bryan puts Styles in a corner but Styles turns it around to chop and forearm! Styles bumps Bryan off buckles then stomps a mudhole into him. Styles bumps and chops Bryan more, then whips corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over but Styles saw that coming. Bryan still counters the waistlock to a takedown, but Styles reaches up to headscissor Bryan down!
Styles kicks Bryan to a corner, then drags him up for more buckle bumps. Styles rams his shoulder in then snapmares Bryan out to kick him in the back! Fans duel as Styles throws hands. Styles whips but Bryan kicks him away. Bryan runs but things speed up. Bryan fakes Styles out, but Styles still dropkicks him down! Styles clotheslines Bryan out, then takes his time waiting for Bryan. Bryan gets up, Styles slingshots, but into a roundhouse! Styles clutches his ribs while Bryan hobbles over. Bryan whips Styles into the timekeeper barriers! Bryan puts Styles in the ring and takes aim from a corner. Styles stands for Bryan to bump and kick him in a corner. Bryan whips Styles to ropes, and rocks him with the kitchen sink knee! Styles clutches his ribs while Bryan circles him. Fans boo as Bryan twists Styles’ leg.
Bryan laces the legs and drives a knee into Styles’ spine. Bryan hooks Styles’ face and drives in another knee. He hooks the face, drives in a knee, repeat! Bryan then hooks the chin for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Styles endures and manages a ropebreak. Bryan lets him go, but is not bothered at all. Bryan brings Styles up for a headbutt, then puts Styles in a corner. “You wanna chop me?!” Bryan CHOPS Styles! Bryan CHOPS Styles again, and again, but then Styles fires chops back! Styles chops more but Bryan throws a stiff body shot. Bryan drags Styles up into the Tree of Woe, and goes out to pull Styles against the ropes. He lets up at 4, then returns as Styles falls out of the Tree. Bryan rocks Styles with a EuroUpper, then dares Styles to come out. Styles stands and Bryan mule kicks him.
Bryan keeps taunting Styles as he gives more EuroUppers. Bryan kicks Styles against the ropes, until Styles slumps out of the ring. Fans boo Bryan while Styles slowly gets up. Bryan goes after Styles but Styles throws haymakers! Styles punches away in a corner, but stops at 4. Styles gasps for air but Bryan kick shim low! Bryan whips but Styles reverses. Bryan goes up and over, things speed up, and Styles side-steps Bryan. Styles goes for a Dragon Suplex but Bryan counters to a victory roll! TWO, and Bryan drop toeholds Styles into buckles! Bryan runs corner to corner, for a big dropkick! Fans boo as Bryan keeps going, for another dropkick! Bryan wants another but gets clobbered by a clothesline! Both men are down and a 10 count begins. The count passes 5 before either man stirs.
Bryan and Styles stand and Styles hits first! Styles staggers Bryan around the ring with those haymakers, then fires off in a corner. He stomps a mudhole into Bryan but the ref pulls him off. Styles returns, dodges Bryan’s punch to fire the Phenomenal Blitz! Bryan ducks the back hand but gets a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles rains rights down then returns those vicious stomps! Styles wants the Clash, but Bryan scrambles out of the ring. Bryan leans against barriers but Styles comes out to throw him into the post! And again! Bryan staggers into a haymaker, but the count passes 5. Styles puts Bryan back in and Bryan begs for mercy. Fans don’t believe Bryan, so neither does Styles! Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, and drags Bryan up.
Bryan fights out of the suplex, then runs corner to corner, only to get a back elbow! Styles moonsaults but Bryan reverses the DDT into a cravat! Bryan drives in knees then throws Styles with a cravat suplex! Cover, TWO! Styles still lives and only now does Bryan grow frustrated. Bryan waits for Styles to sit up to give him “NO Kicks”! He keeps kicking, and hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Bryan keeps his cool while Styles stirs. Fans duel as Bryan drags Styles up. Bryan gives a headbutt, then back suplexes. Styles slips out to enziguri! Both men are down again but stirring. They each get up with the help of the ropes. Styles runs in at Bryan, but is put on the apron. Styles hits Bryan away, then springboards, but into another roundhouse! But Styles caught it, for a dragon screw! Styles then kicks the bad leg out!
Bryan is in a corner, and Styles brings him over to slam the legs into the post! Styles keeps on the left leg, and Bryan crawls away in pain. Styles stalks Bryan, to chop block him! Another receipt from weeks ago! Styles stalks Bryan and goes after the leg, but Bryan enziguris with the other! Bryan hobbles up to give big body shots. Bryan stomps a mudhole into Styles, then brings Styles up. They go to the top rope, SUPER STEINER! But Styles rolls through that to sunset flip! And into The Styles Clash! But Bryan fights back! So Styles goes after the leg! Half Crab! Bryan endures but Styles’ own legs barely hold him up. Bryan crawls for ropes, but Styles pulls him away! Styles sits down, Bryan bites his finger to ignore the leg pain.
Bryan reaches, crawls, but Styles pulls him away again. But now Bryan drags Styles down into the No Lock!! Bryan drives elbows to get Styles to stop fighting, and the lock is in! Styles endures now and rolls it over, jackknife cover! TWO, sunset flip, TWO! Roundhouse! Pele!! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! San Jose knows “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Bryan stands and throws hands, but Styles hits back. Bryan hits, Styles hits, repeat. Styles gets an edge, but Bryan back kicks. Bryan back kicks again, then runs corner to corner. Styles dropkicks him down! Both men are down, but Styles crawls to the apron. Styles aims, springboards, 450 hits! Cover, TWO!! Bryan and Styles have barely anything left, but this match still goes on!
Styles stands up and brings Bryan up. Bryan powers Styles into the corner, then runs back in. But Styles gets the Calf Crusher!! Bryan endures as Styles wrenches! Bryan flails and freaks out, but manages to roll to a ropebreak! Styles has no choice but to let go, and Bryan gets out of the ring. Bryan clutches his leg while Styles goes out to fetch him. Styles drags Bryan up and in, but Bryan rolls right back out. Bryan hobbles away but Styles stalks him. Bryan hits another hard body shot! And whips Styles at the barriers. Styles jumps over to then forearm Bryan away. Phenomenal Forearm off the barriers! Styles drags Bryan up and in at 8, then aims on the apron. Springboard, but Bryan dodges! Styles almost hits the ref, but he dodges Bryan! Small package! TWO as Bryan gets it his way, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The New Bryan stays the current champion by the skin of his teeth! With Styles now out of the way, who will step up to challenge this New Bryan in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Ronda and Natty.
Both friends won tonight, but what is next for Ronda? Is it going to be the next chapter with Charlotte Flair? Well, payback’s a b*tch, and Ronda’s the baddest one on the planet. Will The Queen have to worry about Rowdy Ronda on the way to The Rumble?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose!
The Architect and The Lunatic dedicated their Raw Tag Team Championship victory to their brother in arms, Roman Reigns. But then Ambrose tainted that moment by betraying Rollins! Ambrose would be elusive about explaining why, but then he’d say that Rollins was scum dragging him down and making him weaker. Will Ambrose take the title from Rollins to add the biggest insult to injury? Or will Rollins #BurnItDown and show Ambrose who’s really the weak one?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we begin! Ambrose and Rollins stare down as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Ambrose trash talks Rollins but Rollins pie-faces him. Now Rollins dares Ambrose to do something, and they tie up. Rollins gets a waistlock but Ambrose grabs the ropes. The ref counts and Rollins lets go. Ambrose and Rollins circle again, tie up again, and Ambrose shifts from hammerlock to headlock. Rollins powers out and things speed up, Rollins runs Ambrose over with a back elbow. Rollins throws hands on Ambrose and they go around the ring. Now Rollins chops and throws body shots. He stomps a mudhole but Ambrose kicks back. Ambrose clubs Rollins then throws him over. Rollins lands on the apron, shoulders in then springboards for the flying clothesline!
Ambrose gets to a corner, Rollins hits a forearm smash. Rollins goes corner to corner for another, then tries again, but Ambrose bails out. Fans boo as Ambrose stays by the announce desks. Rollins comes out and around the way, but Ambrose tosses him into a desk! Ambrose claims Rollins is the maniac, but then he bounces Rollins off the desk. Ambrose puts Rollins back in the ring, to elbow him on the apron. Rollins rolls but Ambrose stomps and drops elbows. Cover, TWO! Ambrose stalks Rollins, then chokes Rollins on the ropes. Ambrose clubs Rollins with a crossface, then stalks Rollins to a corner. Fans cheer Rollins on but that only makes Ambrose club Rollins harder. Ambrose snap suplexes and covers, TWO!
Ambrose puts Rollins in a chinlock, but Rollins endures. Fans rally up and Rollins feeds off the energy. Rollins jawbreakers free but Ambrose uses the kitchen sink knee to bring him down. Ambrose hops up and takes aim, to hit a leaping elbow. Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps his cool and stomps Rollins down. Cover, ONE, so Ambrose goes after the arms. Rollins endures as Ambrose pulls back, a knee pressed to the spine. Ambrose shifts to a seated abdominal stretch. Rollins continues to endure, and pries his way out. Ambrose shifts to a facelock, but Rollins hits body shots. Rollins suplexes, Ambrose slips out but Rollins elbows back. Rollins whips but Ambrose reverses. Ambrose clobbers Rollins on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps going, hopping up top and daring Rollins to stand.
Rollins stands, and gets another elbow! Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps his cool, and climbs up again. He waits for Rollins to stand again, and leaps. Rollins kicks low, but Ambrose gets him into a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ambrose tries again, TWO! Ambrose sits on the cover, TWO! The Lunatic glares at the ref but two is two. Ambrose goes back to taunting Rollins, and laughs when Rollins whiffs on the punch. Ambrose dares Rollins to try again, and he again dodges Rollins’ swipe. Rollins gets Ambrose the third time, so Ambrose stomps and punches Rollins down. Ambrose yanks Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet! Ambrose waistlocks Rollins and rolls him up, TWO! Rollins has the cover, TWO! Ambrose runs but into a buckle shot!
Rollins fires up with the fans, but Ambrose counters the boots into a knee jacker. Ambrose puts the leg in the ropes to dropkick it, then dragon screws into a Cloverleaf! Rollins endures the hold, and powers his way towards ropes. Ambrose sits down deeper, but Rollins refuses to quit. Rollins gets a second wind, and powers his way to a ropebreak! Ambrose holds on until 4, and Rollins gets to the apron. Ambrose taunts and laughs at Rollins while fans boo and jeer. Rollins drags himself up but Ambrose is on him. Ambrose says “I am not a joke.” But Rollins hotshots Ambrose! Rollins hits Ambrose, then slingshots to guillotine Ambrose through the ropes! Ambrose tumbles down, and Rollins builds speed. Rollins DIVES but into a fist!
Ambrose gets back in, but runs into a Slingblade! Rollins boots Ambrose away, hops up for the blockbuster! The knee slows Rollins down but Rollins gets up. Ambrose follows but Rollins wants a bomb. Ambrose back drops, Rollins lands on his feet but the leg buckles. Rollins clotheslines Ambrose out and DIVES! This time he hits! But he won’t stop there, Ambrose moves and Rollins DIVES on him at the ramp! Rollins gets Ambrose up and in, then climbs up top. Ambrose stops Rollins with a haymaker, then climbs up to join him. Ambrose makes sure the fans are watching, but Rollins resists the superplex. Rollins fights Ambrose off and headbutts him. Sunset flip but the legs give out! Ambrose laughs, because he knew that’d happen. But Rollins gets up to still carry Ambrose corner to corner for a buckle bomb!! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins keeps his cool, and drags himself up. Rollins stomps “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks Ambrose, but Ambrose knees back! Ambrose throws hands but Rollins returns them. They brawl, hitting back and forth. Ambrose eggs Rollins on and Rollins fires off haymakers from both sides. Ambrose knees low, then runs, but Rollins follows. Rollins dodges, double crossbodies cancel out! Both men are down but fans rally up. Ambrose and Rollins get up, and Ambrose headbutts. Rollins palm strikes, so Ambrose returns it. The brawl ignites again and gets fast and furious! Fans love it, and Ambrose gives big body shots. Rollins headbutts and kicks, but misses the roundhouse. Dodon Buster! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Ambrose grows frustrated.
Ambrose gets up and goes to a corner. Ambrose climbs, but Rollins springs up! But Ambrose crotches him, to then clobber him off with a clothesline! Ambrose drags Rollins from the ropes before covering, TWO! Ambrose wonders if Rollins is laughing now. He drags Rollins up but Rollins pushes him away. Ambrose mocks the “Burn It Down” stomps. But Rollins dodges to enziguri! And Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose survives but Rollins keeps moving. Rollins climbs up again, frog splash gets knees! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose almost had Rollins, but Rollins still lives. Both men slowly stand up, and Ambrose kicks quick. Rollins puts Ambrose in the corner but Ambrose boots him away. Ambrose climbs again, but Rollins is up quick, SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins grows frustrated, but he still has something more to give. Rollins glares at Ambrose, and throws a heavy right! Ambrose wants mercy, but Rollins says “This is the fight you wanted, you son of a b*tch!” Rollins hits Ambrose again, then goes to superkick, but Ambrose puts up the Shield fist? Ambrose wants to bring the Shield back together now?! Rollins won’t fall for it, he clobbers Ambrose and SUPERKICKS him! Rollins has a wild look in his eyes as he barrels into Ambrose! Ambrose tries to run away but Rollins throws him into barriers! And into the apron, and then picks Ambrose up for a bomb! Rollins barrier bombs Ambrose!!
Rollins leaves Ambrose for dead on the outside, and the ring count climbs. The count passes 5, then past 7. Ambrose crawls, but Rollins goes out to put him back in at 8. Rollins makes Ambrose look him in the eyes. “I didn’t want it to come to this!” Rollins says “This is for Roman, you piece of sh*t!” Rollins runs, but into Dirty Deeds!! Cover, Ambrose wins!!
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Lunatic knew it all along! Rollins loses control, and the title! Ambrose takes the belt for his own, but will he have to face the consequences of his own sins soon enough?
SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
The Man, The Queen and The Empress. Three of the best women in perhaps all of the WWE today, and they’re making history together! This is the first ever Women’s TLC Match, and certainly in Triple Threat format, and certainly in THE Main Event spot! Can the Lass Kicker hold onto her title in such an intense match-up? Or will she lose her throne to one of these royally ruthless opponents?
The introductions are made, the belt raised high above the ring, and we begin! Fans are already fired up for this as the three women stare down. The three circle around, and Becky talks that neither of them are getting that belt. Charlotte says Becky is all talk. Asuka is action and she kicks away on both of them! She fires off on Charlotte more, but Becky comes over. Asuka back hands Becky then mule kicks her down. Fans fire up with The Empress as she starts a hip attack train! Asuka hits Charlotte, then Becky, then flexes. Becky gets Asuka at the apron and drags her back in for draping knees. Becky throws Asuka down and takes a moment to say “I’m the freakin’ Man and that’s my freakin’ title!”
The Man puts Asuka in a corner for stomps, then throws her out with a Becksploder! Asuka rolls away but Charlotte comes back. Becky dodges and throws forearms on Charlotte! Becky headbutts, then runs, but into Charlotte’s exploder! Charlotte kips up and lets out a “WOO!” Charlotte and Becky go out, but all three women want a ladder! Asuka and Charlotte fight over one, but Charlotte shoves the ladder into Asuka. Becky goes for a table, but Charlotte stomps it to smack Becky in the face with it! Charlotte sets the table up in a corner, but Asuka returns. Charlotte bounces Asuka off the table top again and again! Becky returns to grab the ladder and stand it up! Charlotte boots it into her! Becky and ladder end up in the corner but Asuka goes after Charlotte.
Asuka fires off palm strikes on all sides, but Charlotte blocks one to kick Asuka back. Charlotte runs at Asuka, but into a code breaker! Asuka dodges the ladder as Becky shoves it. Becky boots Asuka then hops up, but Asuka trips her up. Asuka and Becky brawl in the corner while Asuka climbs. Asuka steps down to reposition the ladder. She drags Becky out to throw her onto the ladder! Becky writhes but fans fire up for Asuka. Asuka grins as she brings the ladder back up. Asuka stands it up, then climbs. But Charlotte returns to bounce Asuka off the rungs! Charlotte climbs, but Asuka pulls her off. The two brawl and Charlotte throws Asuka out.
Asuka comes back to pull Charlotte down again. Asuka has Charlotte in bomb position, to bomb her through the table!! Fans lose their minds over what The Empress did to The Queen! Asuka grins as she heads up the ladder. But Becky returns with a missile dropkick! All three women are down but fans fire up. Becky climbs up now, but Asuka yanks her right off! Becky rolls away and Asuka takes aim. Asuka runs to hip attack Becky down! But Charlotte has a chair and SMACKS Asuka! Asuka rolls out and Charlotte climbs a corner. Charlotte aims, SUPER MOONSAULT! Charlotte wipes out Becky and Asuka in one go! But Charlotte’s not done, she wants something more.
Charlotte grabs another table and brings it over. She sets it up nearby, but Becky SMACKS her with the chair! Becky SMACKS Asuka, then SMACKS Charlotte! And back to Asuka with SMACK after SMACK! Fans fire up with The Man, but Charlotte boots the chair away. Charlotte throws Becky at chairs and barriers! Charlotte clears off an announce desk, right down to the monitors. She bounces Asuka off it, but then Becky returns with a new chair! Becky SMACKS Charlotte, but sees ladders and Asuka. Becky brings the taller ladder over, and sets it up. She kicks Charlotte away from where she wants to put it. Becky makes sure Asuka is clearly on the table, then puts Charlotte beside her. Becky climbs up, takes aim, and leaps! Asuka moves, only Charlotte gets the leg drop through the table!!
Fans lose their minds all over again! All three women are down, but Asuka is moving, having avoided the destruction. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Asuka heads for the ladder in the ring! Asuka begins to climb, but it’s slow going. Becky returns and climbs up the other side! The two meet at the top, and now it’s a brawl. Asuka reaches but Becky stops her with haymakers. Becky reaches but Asuka hits back. Charlotte returns with a kendo stick! She SMACKS Asuka, then Becky, then Becky more! Charlotte shoves Becky down then focuses on Asuka! Asuka gets to a corner but Charlotte keeps hitting her! Charlotte kicks Asuka out, then heads for the ladder. The Queen climbs, but Asuka returns. Charlotte SMACKS Asuka again, telling her to “Give up! It’s MY title!” But Becky comes around, to Becksploder Charlotte against barriers and table!
Asuka takes the stick to SMACK Becky! Again and again and again, Asuka hits Becky! Asuka and fans fire up, but Charlotte SPEARS Asuka into barriers!! Charlotte grits her teeth with a wild look in her eyes as she pulls herself from the wreckage. Fans again declare “This is Awesome!” as Becky heads for the ladder in the ring! Charlotte sees this and hurries over. She yanks Becky off and these two lock eyes. Charlotte and Becky jaw jack and start brawling! Charlotte chops, but Becky haymakers back. They stagger about, still trading chops and haymakers. Becky gets an edge, and throws Charlotte into the ladder! Becky glares but Charlotte staggers up, so Becky tackles her down! The two tumble out as they scrap, and Charlotte CHOPS more. “WOO” echoes out with each one, then Charlotte rams Becky into another announce desk.
Fans want tables, so Charlotte brings Becky up and over. “The Man always bows down to The Queen.” Charlotte SLAPS Becky, and then pushes a table aside to climb up. She aims for Becky, and SWANTONS through her and the table!! Fans again lose their minds over this, as both women crawl from the wreckage. Charlotte leaves Becky behind, and goes for the ladder in the ring. Charlotte stands it up, and climbs! She reaches for the belt but Asuka returns! Asuka and Charlotte fight up top, and Asuka manages to force Charlotte away from the belt. They both go back and forth, but Becky returns with a new ladder! Becky climbs while the other two fight. Asuka slips to the bottom, and Charlotte moves over. Charlotte and Becky brawl, mostly working to keep each other from the belt.
But then Ronda Rousey appears!? The Raw Women’s Champion decides to screw over both Charlotte and Becky! Ronda sends them down with the ladder, and leaves it at that. Fans are torn, but now this just leaves Asuka!! Asuka climbs the ladder, reaches the belt, and takes it off the hook! ASUKA WINS!!
Winner: Asuka; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Empress finally has that belt for her own! Maybe it was because of the Baddest Woman’s assistance, but the throne still belongs to Asuka! Will Becky and Charlotte want after Asuka or Ronda come time for the Royal Rumble?
This was a very packed TLC, but sadly not all of it was what it could’ve been. First of all, I am very disappointed the Cruiserweight Championship was again demoted to Kickoff Show. Clearly Vince still doesn’t see the merit of that Division, if only because WWE Network rankings don’t really do it justice. That aside, it was a great match, but sadly it being demoted to Kickoff also meant the title wouldn’t change hands. Murphy likely moves on to Mustafa Ali or even Noam Dar as the next Face to face. Now the Kickoff Show did rightfully have that glorified “[x] on a pole match”. Elias VS Lashley should’ve been nothing more than a No DQ match where Lio’s interference and the guitar would still come into play.
Instead, they should’ve given that Ladder Match to Rollins VS Ambrose. As good as Rollins VS Ambrose was for a singles match, fans definitely wanted something more. Those “This is Boring!” chants certainly made it clear to me, at least. But either way, it made sense from Ambrose to win that title after being proven right. Perhaps the rematch happens at Royal Rumble, but even that would need something to make it different. And perhaps it’ll still come down to Renee Young getting off commentary to interfere in some way. Corey Graves certainly kept berating her on commentary, perhaps she’ll do something about it. Though, that does tread dangerously close to making Ambrose and Renee like a main roster version of Gargano and Candice.
The Mixed Match Challenge finals went exactly as expected, with FABULOUS Truth going over. In the end, MMC2 becomes far from what it could’ve been, and honestly I hope this is the last of it for some time. The SmackDown Tag Team title triple threat was incredible, though, as it always was going to be. I’m very surprised The Bar retains, but perhaps they and The Usos will have a 2v2 feud, or SAnitY returns as Faces to match size and strength. Though, if Vince McMahon is making a TV appearance, I fear a Shake-Up is coming… Hopefully nothing too much, because that would just mean ruining SmackDown talent on Raw. Hopefully Vince is just announcing the new Raw GM, now that Corbin is out. Maybe a certain WOKEN One?
And as we felt from last week’s Raw giving us a TLC match of Corbin VS Rollins, that was to make up for no real TLC Match of Corbin VS Strowman. But as a moment on the show goes, that was most of what I wanted. It was great for Finn to rally his troops against Corbin and for them to help Strowman dethrone Corbin. And Slater even settles his story by using his referee authority solely to stop Corbin. Strowman VS Lesnar is coming, and hopefully A) we’ll get a great match rather than #SuplexCitySpamming and B) Strowman will win. It has to be Strowman’s time or else WWE will have ruined him like so many others. Then Strowman can be our proper full-time monster champion and face whoever it is at Royal Rumble.
Finn VS McIntyre was good, but perhaps still lacking. Ziggler helping him was fitting per the story, and a Finn VS Ziggler program on the way to the Rumble should be good. Though, such a feud feels like a strange microcosm of what WWE does to the truly hot talent they have. The Tables match of Natty VS Ruby, and basically the entire Riott Squad, was good, and better than expected. It’s good story for Natty to win, especially with her own Ruby Riott table. The Chairs match could’ve been more brutal, but it seems not even four hours gives enough breathing room for Orton to really brutalize Mysterio. Mysterio wins and fast, which is fine, perhaps they’ll continue this towards the Rumble.
The WWE Championship was great, Bryan continues to be right at home as his new Heel self. I was surprised to see Bryan win, though, because there aren’t that many Faces on SmackDown ready for a title match. Jeff Hardy has Samoa Joe to deal with, and Rusev is only on United States Championship level right now. Andrade Almas has wanted something, but he’s too good as a Heel to take on this ultimate Heel in Bryan. Styles could always earn another shot, like a reversal of his feuds with Nakamura and Joe. If anything, this speaks to SmackDown’s one flaw of not building up their world title tier outside of the champion and challenger.
The Raw Women’s Championship was really good, Ronda and Nia looked to work together well here. Naturally Ronda wins, but it was good story all around for things to reference back to Survivor Series time. Becky gets back at Nia, but I really thought it was going to be Nia and Tamina interfering later. The Women’s TLC Triple Threat was amazing, and thankfully WWE knew to put this on as the main event. The Women’s (R)Evolution truly shines when WWE acknowledges the best thing going is a Women’s Championship story. There were so many great spots, and I suppose it keeps everyone strong if Ronda interferes. This really makes for some wild possibilities with The Rumble and Wrestlemania after. Maybe Becky wins the Rumble and choose Ronda to give us the Survivor Series match we wanted.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report (5/20/19)
Witness the Money in the Bank Fallout!
It’s the Raw after Money in the Bank!
And the Beast has the briefcase! Will he choose to strike tonight? Or wait until Seth Rollins is unable to fight? Plus, Becky Two Belts is now just Becky One Belt! Will the Raw Women’s Champion respond to the Sassy Southern screw job?
- Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Usos VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics; Lynch, Cross & Bliss win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble: Titus O’Neil wins and becomes the inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: Robert Roode wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon; McIntyre wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: R-Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; changed to…
- No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; Rollins & Kingston win.
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Brock Lesnar returns to Raw!
The Advocate is alongside the #BeastintheBank as he rubs his shocking victory in the faces of the WWE Universe! Lesnar and Heyman go into the ring as he holds up the briefcase high above his head. The only reason Lesnar was even able to be in the Men’s MITB Ladder Match is because someone took out Sami Zayn before the show. And Lesnar, much in the fashion of the MITB contract itself, decided to appear when no one else could stop him.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Paul Heyman introduces himself and explains that his money is on The Beast, “the purveyor of paranoia, BROCK! LESNAR!” And paranoia should be around because of all the conspiracy theories going on. And they’ve heard them all: this was hatched the moment Braun Strowman stuck Sami Zayn on that wall; that Lesnar was able to sneak into the arena through a back door. How can you sneak a Beast into the room? Maybe Sami was lured into a dark hallway and then someone with political pull in the WWE got Brock to be the eighth man. That’s far too much credit for them. Just blame Lesnar for JFK why don’t you!
But this is how it goes: the world and universal champions need to be very paranoid. Wherever Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston go, they’re both vulnerable to the “greatest assassin” in the WWE, who literally has a contract out on their reigns. Heyman imagines Rollins being afraid to show up in the ring or on TV, because Lesnar might strike. As Heyman’s daddy once taught him, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the world isn’t out to get you.” But it won’t be the world coming for those titles, it’ll be Lesnar! Because Lesnar has a contract that guarantees you HAVE to defend that title when Lesnar demands you defend that title! But speaking of the champs, here comes Seth Rollins!
The Architect is still WWE Universal Champion after a truly phenomenal match with AJ Styles, and he stands in the ring with Mr. Beast in the Bank. Rollins picks up a mic and says he’d be in a great mood after being in the fight of his life, and won. He would be, but he’s not, because he has to come out and “see this.” Lesnar with the MITB contract. Rollins cuts to the chase: he’s here being a champion that inspires people, and that Lesnar never had the guts to be! But he can’t do that with Lesnar hanging that contract over his head. Rollins makes a proposition: he beat Lesnar at Mania, and he’ll beat him again, but he doesn’t want to wait. Lesnar should cash that contract in tonight! Fans definitely want to see that!
Heyman says no to this, because it’s Rollins who has to play Lesnar’s game. This is Lesnar’s game of “antici…pation.” Which means Rollins has to wait until Lesnar feels like cashing in. Rollins should be used to waiting. Like waiting seven hours to watch his girlfriend main event when Rollins wants to be The Man. Rollins does NOT take kindly to that, and starts shoving Lesnar to egg him on. Heyman keeps Lesnar back, and says Rollins might not even be worthy of being Lesnar’s target. Lesnar might not even cash in on Rollins. Maybe Lesnar wants a new challenge. Or maybe a New Day! Maybe it’ll be Lesnar VS Kofi Kingston! Well ask and you shall receive! The Wild Card Rule brings Kofi to Raw!
Kofimania returns as Kofi stands with Rollins and Lesnar. He doesn’t mean to steal Rollins’ thunder, but he is trying to establish his legacy as WWE World Champion. He wants to be remembered as one of the best of all time! And Kofi can’t do that without beating the best night after night, the title on the line against the best! “So Brock, congratulations on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank.” But if he’s gonna cash in tonight, Kofi wants it to be him. Heyman just realizes something: Universal Champion, World Champion, and they’re both auditioning to have a match against “the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion of the Box Office”! Mr. MITB didn’t need to go to them, they came here to him.
Heyman has an inside scoop that Rollins and Kofi aren’t done for the evening. And with both of them out here, Lesnar and his contract isn’t going anywhere. “Stay tuned, the Beast is yet to come.” What matches are Rollins and Kofi in? Will they be able to win and be ready for a possible cash-in?
Someone arrives in the arena.
It’s Mick Foley! Foley returns to Raw to unveil the newest WWE championship! He says hello to superstars left and right, but what kind of title is he bringing?
Sami Zayn talks with Bobby Lashley.
Sami’s freaking out because he got attacked at MITB and is up against Braun Strowman tonight! Now these two haven’t always gotten along, but maybe they can help each other. Strowman and Lashley have a match at WWE Super Showdown, so why not help Sami soften Strowman up? No, Lashley’s not going to help Sami. He’s going to let Sami help him. Good luck out there!
Kofi and Seth talk backstage.
Rollins appreciates the help out there but Kofi doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Oh Kofi gets it, he’s cementing his legacy. But what is this about having action tonight? HHH appears! He was going to explain but they both ran out there. They’ll be teaming up in the main event against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. Well at least they’ll have strength in numbers. But will the Rocky Mountain Machine & Lone Wolf end up doing Brock’s dirty work?
Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman!
The Underdog from the Underground and critic of the critics does not want this rematch with Strowman. He screwed the Monster Among Men out of the MITB ladder match, and then may or may not have been attacked by Strowman last night. Either way, is Strowman about to get revenge on Sami for the Falls Count Anywhere screw job?
Raw returns as Strowman makes his entrance and Sami starts running! Strowman gives chase through the crowd! This is a flashback to when Strowman chased Sami backstage before MITB! Strowman encounters Bobby Lashley. And Sami sucker punches Strowman! Sami tries to whip but Strowman just shoves Sami into trunks! Sami crawls away but Strowman stares down with Lashley. “I’ll deal with you later.” Strowman chases after Sami! And clubs him down into trunks! They end up back by gorilla position as Strowman punches Sami down. Strowman shoves and stalks Sami onto stage! Then carries him on his shoulders.
Sami can’t escape as Strowman carries him all the way to the ring! But then Sami slips out to shove Strowman into a post! And another post! Sami shoves Strowman but Strowman stops himself to shove Sami into barriers! He puts Sami in the ring then takes aim from a corner. Sami dodges and Strowman goes into a post! The bell finally rings, and Sami runs corner to corner, into a lariat! Strowman drags Sami up and tosses him back out of the ring. Strowman starts building up speed, and he runs Sami right over! He puts Sami in the ring again, scoops him, and gives him the Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster has his revenge, but now he’ll have a bigger fight in Saudi Arabia! Will Bobby Lashley #GetTheseHands?
Raw holds an in-ring interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan is a SmackDown superstar, but the Wild Card Rule allows him to walk out to the ring. Charly notes Lars’ “unparalleled” path of destruction, and Raw gives us a highlight reel. Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth and both Hardy Boys on multiple occasions, and even the Lucha House Party just last night. Fans boo but Lars laughs. What are Lars’ goals on the main roster? Before he can answer, the Lucha House Party appears for revenge! Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik flank the ring, and they hit first! A knee and double missile dropkicks! Metalik and Lince club away but Lars throws them into each other. Kalisto missile dropkicks now, then TRIPLE dropkicks send Lars out!
Fans rally for the Lucha House Party, but Lars gets angry. Kalisto slingshots but is caught and slammed on the apron! But a double DIVE hits! Lars still explodes out and lariats Lince! Lars puts Lince in, then shoulders Metalik over. He dares them to keep trying, then turns his attention back to Lince. Lince fights but still gets a FREAK ACCIDENT! Lars isn’t done, he drags Lince up in a corner. But Kalisto and Metalik save Lince from the Leviathan Bomb! Lucha House Party survives, for now. But will it take more than three luchadores to defeat a Freak?
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
The One and Only wasn’t the only one surprised and screwed over by Beast at Money in the Bank, but he’s not going to be the one to let that slow him down. He takes on the Swiss Cyborg in a match that is sure to be fast and furious!
Raw returns and shares why this match came about. After the Men’s MITB ladder match, and all the destruction Ricochet and the other six superstars not named Brock Lesnar put themselves through, he was obviously sore walking into tonight. Cesaro felt the need to add insult to injury by claiming Ricochet is just like the rest of the “bubble wrap” generation, and Ricochet took offense. Ricochet’s not going to take the night off, but will he regret not resting up?
Cesaro finally makes his entrance, with a brand new song. He enters the ring and we finally begin this match!
Ricochet rushes Cesaro but gets tossed to a corner! Cesaro walks into haymakers but knees low. He whips Ricochet and tosses him with a HIGH back drop! Ricochet hits hard on his bad back and rolls out of the ring in pain. Cesaro shows no mercy as he drags Ricochet up for a scoop. Ricochet slips out to send Cesaro into a post! Ricochet runs back in but is put on the apron. He keeps moving to moonsault onto Cesaro! With his bad back, that’s double-edged for Ricochet, but he doesn’t let that stop him. Ricochet gets back in and slingshots back out, only to get caught and tossed back on the apron! The Swiss Cyborg shows no mercy while we go to break!
Raw returns again as Cesaro has Ricochet in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock. Ricochet endures being bent back, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up and out then jawbreakers Cesaro back! Cesaro still goes after Ricochet but gets haymakers for it. He whips Ricochet and pops Ricochet up, but Ricochet back flips off him! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls twice, then headscissors Cesaro out! Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to FLY! He wipes Cesaro out! But Cesaro hurries away, forcing Ricochet to follow after. Ricochet puts Cesaro in the ring while fans say “This is Awesome!” Ricochet climbs, leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cesaro drags Ricochet up into a torture rack to go after that back! Then gives him a backbreaker drop! And the Gotch Neutralizer! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Lesson learned: go after someone when they’re less than 100%! Ricochet’s back held him back, but can he bounce back on the road to WWE Stomping Grounds?
Raw backstage interview with AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One was so close to beating Seth Rollins in an instant classic. But where does Styles go from here? “Back to Square One.” But Styles likes that, working hard is what he does. Styles knows he can beat Seth Rollins, just not last night. It was a loss, fair and square, and there’s no shame in that. It’s why Rollins is Universal Champion. But Baron Corbin has to come over and mock him. Is Styles telling that same tired story of getting bigger, stronger and faster to do it next time? Please. Styles lost! Yes, says the failure of a Mr. Money in the Bank and Raw General Manager.
That’s all the past. Corbin pinned Rollins on Raw, so it was a slap in the face that Styles got his chance first. No, it wasn’t. THIS is a slap in the face! Because Styles actually slaps him! Corbin promises Styles will pay, but where and when?
Kofi talks with Mick Foley backstage.
The WWE World Champion is very curious about this new WWE title, and Mick gives him a tiny peek. What is in the bag?!
Roman Reigns returns to Raw, again!
The Big Dog loves using the Wild Card Rule! Though, he should since he’s part of why Vince McMahon felt the need to make it. But what will Roman do with this week’s use of the rule? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Roman has a mic. But before he can say a word, Shane McMahon appears! Shane O’Mac survived a Steel Cage match with The Miz at Money in the Bank, but now he’s back to annoy Roman. “Roman Reigns, using the Wild Card Rule. The Big Dog in the Yard, right?” Well the Yard is only so big compared to being Best in the World. And Shane proved so last night in that brutal match. Shane walked out with hands held high in victory. And Shane is officially done with The Miz. Now Shane’s focus will be fully on Roman. He can’t get it out of his head what Roman did to Vince McMahon, Shane’s father and “the WWE personified.” Roman cowardly hitting Vince down, what kind of man does that? Fans say “YOU! YOU!”
Roman doesn’t know about the fans, but he hates spoiled rich kids. Shane said a bunch of crap, but the only thing Roman heard was Shane’s done with Miz. Perfect timing, because Roman’s done with Elias. No, Roman thinks that, but Elias isn’t done with Roman. One fluke victory doesn’t prove anything. Again, Shane’s one to talk. But if Elias isn’t here and Shane has business, let’s squash it in the ring tonight! Wow, how brave, Roman, to issue a challenge after Shane got all beat up even in winning. But Shane does ask the fans if they want to see “The Best in the World” VS “The Big Dog”. They do! Shane takes off his jacket, tosses it aside, and says it’s not happening. Shane does what all “spoiled rich kids” do: controlling his own destiny. He’s the boss, and he has control around here. Let him demonstrate.
Drew McIntyre appears! The Scottish Terminator is again willing to help Shane while going after Roman. He and Roman stare down as Shane considers that challenge again. Still not happening tonight. But he accepts it for Super Showdown. The last thing Roman will hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, and the Best in the World, Shane McMahon!” Roman tells the spoiled rich kid that he’ll soon be saying what a lot of people have been saying around here: “I just got my ass kicked by Roman Reigns.” Believe that. But Super Showdown aside, will Roman and McIntyre add another chapter to their rivalry later tonight?
Shane walks with McIntyre.
They feel good about that stare down and trash talk with Roman Reigns. But they’re quickly interviewed about the implication that Shane wont’ be alone in Super Showdown. There’s no implication. What happened was- The Miz is here as another Wild Card! They’re not done. McIntyre stands between them. Shane doesn’t think, he knows he’s done. And if Miz has problems, then he’s got problems with McIntyre. Now Shane has others fighting his battles? Fine. Miz will get McIntyre out of the way, and go back after Shane. Will the A-Lister get through the Terminator to give us that trilogy?
The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey give a quick hey to their cousin, Roman, as they make their way out. They put the SmackDown Tag Team Champions on #LockDown at MITB, but they keep moving right into settling things with Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson! Will the #TopGuys get revenge for the pranks? Or will they be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
Raw returns as Dash & Dawson make their entrance. The teams sort out, and Dash just attacks Jimmy! Dash drags Jimmy over to the Revival’s corner to stomp away! Dash tags in then climbs up top! They give Jimmy the backbreaker leg drop! Cover, TWO! The referee backs Dawson off so everyone can take jackets off but Dawson throws Jimmy out of the ring. Jey runs in but Dash runs Jimmy over! The ref keeps Jey back and Dash tags in. The Revival both go after Jimmy to throw him into a barrier! Fans cheer the Usos on but Dash dares Jimmy to laugh now. He puts Jimmy in and then haymakers him to the corner. Dash throws uppercuts then tags Dawson. The Revival work together for the assisted suplex! Cover, TWO!
Dawson taunts Jey then drags Jimmy back up. He puts Jimmy in a chinlock and drives an elbow into Jimmy’s face. Dawson CHOPS Jimmy then stands him up. Jimmy hits back and fights out! Jimmy whips but Dawson reverses, only for Jimmy to dodge. Jey tags in and they double mule kick Dawson. They throw Dawson out then double clothesline Dash out! Fans fire up with the Usos while we go to break.
Raw returns and Jimmy fights up out of Dash’s chinlock. Dash holds Jimmy away from Jey but Jimmy throws back. Dash suplexes but Jimmy slips out! Jimmy kicks Dash away but both men are down. Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson anchors Jimmy. Jimmy hits the dragon whip enziguri! Now he and Dawson are down, but fans rally up. Jimmy and Dawson tag Jey and Dash! Jey rallies and mule kicks, then dabs and uppercuts on ’em! Things speed up, Samoan Drop for Dash! And one for Dawson, too! The Revival end up in opposite corners and Jey rallies the fans. “Uce O!” hip attack to Dawson! Then to Dash! Dash dumps Jey out but gets a kick for it! Jey climbs and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps his cool while Dash crawls. Dash whips Jey in the corner and rocks him with a right. Dash climbs up but Jey uppercuts him back. Jey CHOPS Dash then climbs up to join him. Dawson tags in and Dash sunset flips! Dash carries Jey then powerbombs him, Dawson drops the Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and The Revival pleads with the ref! The count is what it is, so Dawson drags Jey back up. “You think it’s funny!?” Dawson gives Jey uppercuts while fans rally up. Jey hits back! They brawl with big hands, then Dawson ducks to backslide. Jey uses Dash as a step to get out of it but Dawson rocks Jey with a right! Dawson whips but Jimmy tags in, the Usos Double SUPERKICK! Cover, but Dash barrels in!
Dash hits Jey then goes after him. He deflects the superkick and uses the barriers as a step for his tornado DDT! Jimmy builds speed and DIVES onto Dash! Jimmy goes back to Dawson, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, superkick blocked! Dawson throws another right, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Dawson survives and now Jimmy can’t believe it! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy gets himself up top. Jimmy aims but Dash runs in. Jimmy jump over, back drops Dash but Dawson rolls him up! With tights! The Revival wins!!
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
It looks like Dash & Dawson have the last laugh this time. They steal one from the Usos, but will they be able to take back those Raw Tag Team Championships that way?
Alexa Bliss gets a touch-up from the Raw make-up department.
The Goddess has enough blush so she stops here. Nikki Cross comes by and Alexa compliments her on that Women’s MITB Ladder Match performance. The only thing is, Nikki didn’t win. Well yes, but she had the briefcase for a second. Yes, Alexa saw that, but Nikki didn’t win. Well it’s okay. Alexa will cheer her up with- The Revival marches in, celebrating their win! Did they see them win against the Usos?! They’re the next guests on A Moment of Bliss, right? Just think about it, okay? They head off and Alexa isn’t sure what to make of it. Will Nikki cheer up after Alexa has Becky Lynch as tonight’s guest?
Raw presents another episode of Firefly Fun House!
Though, it doesn’t look as cheerful as usual. “Let Him In.” Bray Wyatt is back, in his demonic form! Will you let Bray in?
Time for another A Moment of Bliss!
Raw’s top talk show has a new co-host with Nikki joining Alexa on stage. Alexa addresses the fact her luggage keeps getting misplaced by wearing her gear just in case. Where is her coffee, though? The stage hand brings out two cups, but Alexa doesn’t realize one was meant for Nikki… She pours the second into the first and takes a sip. On to her guest: the woman, or rather, The Man, that retained her Raw Women’s Championship but not her SmackDown Women’s Champion! It’s Becky Lynch!
Becky appears, holding up her one belt, and Nikki lets Becky have her seat. To then lurk by Alexa. Alexa has Nikki maintain personal space then welcomes Becky to the show. Last night was surely heartbreaking. Becky climbed a mountain against Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. How does it feel to no longer be the Double Champion? But speaking of champions, here come the IIconics! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here without violating the Wild Card Rule. This isn’t Becky Two Belts anymore, she’s Becky One Belt! It doesn’t have the same ring to it, though. And poor Becky is so sad. If it makes her feel any better, Peyton & Billie still have two belts.
“Shut yer faces, the two of ya.” Becky defended more in one night since those two have since Mania. And if they wanna talk trash, Becky will fight them both, take their titles and go up to Becky Three Belts! But wait, Lacey Evans appears! The Sassy Southern Belle struts onto the stage and says “Typical man, never knowing where to give proper credit.” The reason Becky is down a belt is because of Lacey. Fans still feel Becky is “Becky Two Belts” in their hearts. And Lacey can add honey to her sentences, but the fact is, the Lady got tapped out. She couldn’t get the job done when Becky was giving only half her attention. But now that Becky is focused, she can slap Lacey all up and down Raw. She’ll do it to the IIconics, too! Three versus one? Yeah right.
Nikki will be Becky’s partner. Okay, that’s 3v2. Well Alexa will do. What? No, she’s not part of this. Nah it’s okay, just stand there and look cute while The Man handles business. The Goddess is reluctant, but she joins in. A major Six Woman is about to go down, after the break!
Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics!
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Becky and Billie start and tie up. Becky headlocks but Billie powers out, only to get run over. Billie scrambles away to tag Peyton. By the way, Alexa’s finishing her coffee off the apron. Peyton and Becky tie up and Becky scoops. Peyton slips out and yanks Becky down by her hair. Cover but Becky slips out Matrix style. Peyton scrambles away and Becky dares Lacey to tag in. Lacey says she’ll tag in when she wants to, so Peyton runs into a drop toehold. Nikki tags in and gets the hand-off from Becky. Peyton shoves Nikki around, but Nikki table tops Peyton. Nikki dropkicks Peyton then whips her to a corner. Nikki roars before hitting a corner splash to bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki is wild as ever as she shoulders into Peyton the hits Billie. She dropkicks Peyton then climbs up to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie shouts at Nikki but Peyton clobbers Nikki from behind. Tag to Billie and the IIconics crisscross Nikki to kick her down. Then they strike their pose. Billie drags Nikki up to knock her down, and now Lacey tags in. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Nikki then takes out her handkerchief. Lacey wipes the sweat from her brow then gives Nikki her swinging bronco buster! Peyton tags and covers, TWO! Peyton drags Nikki up and into an armlock. She adds a chinbar while fans rally for Nikki. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down by her hair. Peyton puts the armlock and chinbar back on and Nikki endures again.
Fans cheer Nikki on while Alexa sips her coffee. Nikki gets up and fights out but Peyton whips her hard into buckles. Lacey tags herself back in and stomps Nikki down. Lacey drags Nikki up to throw her down and step on her. She taunts Becky before putting Nikki in a neck wrench camel clutch. Lacey whips Nikki into the corner then tags Peyton. Peyton drags Nikki up for forearms then puts her in a corner. She whips Nikki corner to corner then runs in, but only gets the post! Hot tags to Becky and Billie! The Man rallies on Billie and hits a calf kick! Lacey drops down to avoid Becky even further, but then Billie rolls Becky! ONE, and Becky mule kicks Billie into the Becksploder! Lacey just leaves so Becky Straight Firearms Billie. Then hits the missile dropkick!
Becky hits Peyton for good measure then boots Billie back down. Becky hops up, leg drop! Cover, Becky’s team wins!
Winners: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss, Lynch pinning
This match quite literally lasted a cup of coffee because only now is Alexa done and able to join her team. She celebrates with Nikki and Becky, but Becky leaves her behind to grab her belt. Will the Raw Women’s Champion continue to slap the heads off challengers now that she only has one belt to worry about?
Raw returns with Mick Foley!
Foley loves the response but he’s all business. He has a title on his shoulder in a bag. There’s been something missing from Raw as of late, so it’s time to revisit “R A W”. Raw needs to be raw again! Let’s make Mondays raw again! For superstars wanting to step up, Foley knows it takes a lot to make a mark. It takes a lot to become a champion. You don’t just defend a title, you live, dream and covet! It’s something you’ll sacrifice teeth and an ear to have! It is an obsession that consumes the day. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that is. And so with that in mind, Mick Foley presents the new… WWE 24/7 Championship!
The name obviously implies that this belt will be defended anytime, anywhere! Keep in mind, the champion won’t get days off. The champion could be playing golf and boom, a ref appears and a match happens. A slide at Chuck E. Cheese or at the tanning salon, you better have your trunks ready because falls count anywhere. Foley puts the title down and starting tonight, this very third hour of Raw will get downright mean and nasty! Maybe a little dirty. And it starts right here tonight, in Albany, New York. The inaugural 24/7 Champion will be crowned! It will be a championship scramble! Mick will leave, superstars will line up, and they’ll go for the gold. Is this belt open to all superstars on Raw? No. It’s open to Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK, and maybe even a good ol’ legend or two!
The moment this bell rings, “he who retrieves it, receives it, and destiny is staring you in the eye.” Foley gets out of the ring, and we begin!
WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble!
First on the scene are FOUR superstars! Cedric Alexander, Eric Young, EC3 and Mojo Rawley run down the ramp while fighting each other! They crash and burn but Mojo gets closest! But now No Way Jose and both Good Brothers head out! Seven superstars fight and push and stomp, and even Titus O’Neil appears! Karl Anderson is closest but EC3 anchors him! Alexander shoves Titus while EC3 bumps Mojo. Titus throws Alexander back, then goes for the title! But Mojo POUNCES! Alexander springboard clotheslines Mojo but EY slides in! They both see the belt andhesitate, allowing the Good Brothers to trip them up!
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows both go for the belt! They grab it at the same time, and stare down! Will this tag team break up over this? EC3 shoves them into each other! But No Way Jose punches EC3! They brawl with the belt just below them! Jose gets an edge then tackles EC3 out of the ring! Everyone’s down but no one has the belt! Wait, is that Drake Maverick!? Titus O’Neil stands in his way! But he still grabs the belt! Titus pries him off it, and TOSSES him at the others! Titus grabs the belt and runs away with it!
Winner: Titus O’Neil; inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion
The Real Deal celebrates, but for too long! Robert Roode and a ref appear, and Roode rolls Titus up!! Roode wins the belt!!
New 24/7 Champion: Robert Roode!
A GLORIOUS steal! Roode takes the belt and runs, but everyone chases him backstage! Can Roode get away with the gold? Will Titus get back at him? Or will someone else take that title off Roode first?
Raw finds Roode running for his life.
He has the belt but the clock is running. He hides behind some trunks as the angry mob runs past. They all blow past Roode, and he slowly sneaks out to run back the other way. Will Roode make it to a safe place to hold onto that belt a little longer?
The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants his trilogy with Shane McMahon, but Shane doesn’t want any more of Miz. Probably because Miz comes closer and closer to actually defeating him. But for now, Miz must survive the Scottish Terminator in order to have a clear path. Will Miz find a way to finally have retribution on Shane O’Mac?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance, Shane O’Mac shuffling around behind him. McIntyre doesn’t break focus from Miz, and the same goes for Miz with McIntyre. The bell rings and we begin this first-time-ever!
Miz and McIntyre tie up and Miz manages to sidestep him. McIntyre lungs and Miz gets a headlock. Miz goes for the takeover but McIntyre blocks with power! McIntyre powers out but Miz dodges to kick and punch him back. Miz whips but McIntyre blocks to CHOP Miz down. Shane likes what he sees as McIntyre drags Miz up for more CHOPS! McIntyre whips Miz corner to corner but Miz goes up and over! Miz runs, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre pops Miz up but Miz slips out to jawbreaker back. McIntyre shoves but Miz kicks him back. It does nothing! Miz speeds things up and baits McIntyre onto the apron. Miz slides and trips McIntyre up! Then blocks a boot to throw McIntyre’s leg into barriers!
Shane lurks but Miz sees him. Shane stays back as Miz puts McIntyre in. Miz slides but McIntyre blocks the sunset flip. McIntyre tosses Miz into a corner, but Miz dropkicks the legs out! McIntyre hits buckles and Miz fires off! Miz throws hands but McIntyre back suplexes. MIz lands on his feet and boots McIntyre away. McIntyre ends up in a corner and Miz runs in. McIntyre catches the A-List lariat! And he TOSSES Miz overhead! Shane applauds and McIntyre stomps Miz’s hands. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz hard! Cover, TWO! Shane says that’s fine, because McIntyre is still in control. McIntyre stands Miz up to CHOP him against the ropes!
McIntyre drags Miz to the ropes and wants to suplex him out! Miz resists and knees McIntyre back, to then sunset flip! But McIntyre holds ropes to save himself. He hits Miz away but Miz trips him up! McIntyre hits the apron hard! McIntyre hobbles but hits Miz back, to sit him on the barrier. Shane applauds as McIntyre blasts Miz into the front row! Shane mockingly asks if Miz is okay, before McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz up and to the floor! The Terminator is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns as McIntyre drags Miz up on the to rope. Miz fights free to sunset flip powerbomb McIntyre down! Shane doesn’t like that. Miz catches his breath while McIntyre crawls away. Fans rally for Miz as he counter punches McIntyre! Miz throws more hands and even It Kicks! He runs corner to corner to hit double knees! And again! But McIntyre follows, only to get post! Miz has the fans fired up as he runs corner to corner to hit that A-List Lariat! He dumps McIntyre down to springboard ax handle! Cover, TWO! McIntyre lives but Miz keeps focus as he gives more It Kicks! Miz kicks and kicks and aims, but McIntyre counters the buzzsaw, only for Miz to huricanrana!
Miz wants the full nelson but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre hits him with a back elbow in the corner, and then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Miz survives and McIntyre is frustrated. But Shane still has confidence as McIntyre whips Miz. Miz dodges again, to give kicks to the inner thigh! Miz runs and blocks a boot, to a knee jacker! McIntyre writhes but Miz is after the legs for a Figure Four! McIntyre shoves Miz away, Shane gets a cheap shot in! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shane is shocked the cheating didn’t work! But McIntyre takes aim and runs, but Miz dodges the claymore! Takedown, to Figure Four! McIntyre endures and Shane freaks out, but McIntyre CHOPS away on Miz! Miz falls back and the hold comes off.
McIntyre hobbles up and heads for Miz. Miz dumps McIntyre out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Then Miz glares at Shane! Shane runs away! Miz misses getting Shane, but dodges McIntyre again. He throws McIntyre into barriers! Then the ring, but Shane attacks from behind! Shane pushes Miz in the ring, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Shane is the Best in the World at screwing over The Miz! McIntyre rolls on, will he get a title match out of this? Shane tells Miz he was done with him, but he has a parting gift. Shane has McIntyre put Miz in a corner while Shane climbs up. McIntyre holds Miz down, but here comes Roman! Roman saves Miz and SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre! Then he runs Shane off! Shane’s also the Best in the World at running away. But will he have what it takes to fight The Big Dog at Super Showdown?
Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley discuss their main event match.
They’re ready to team up again, but then Robert Roode bumps into them! Roode does his best to hide the 24/7 Championship so they don’t get any bright ideas. The mob runs in and Roode gets out of there! How has Roode not just gotten to the hotel!? And is Drake Maverick going to be okay? He might need to hydrate.
Raw backstage interview with the WWE World and Universal Champions, Kofi and Seth!
They’ll both be taking on Baron and Bobby, but what about the Beast in the Bank? As champion, you need to multitask! They both know Lesnar’s around but they also know Corbin & Lashley are legit. No one likes Lashley, no one ever liked Corbin, in all of space and time. They’re dangerous, so they’re first. Then who do they think Lesnar will go after first? That’s not their concern. Kofi worked hard to be world champion, so he’ll visit and survive Supelx City to stay W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Seth, where them hips at? Yeah no. The two champs head out for their main event, but will it be ruined by a cash-in?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Witness what happened last night. My shoulders were never fully on the mat.” Joe shouldn’t have lost his WWE United States Championship to Rey Mysterio. But he’s not angry, because it was just a mistake. Joe knows Rey knows, because he is an honorable man, a caring husband and father, and a man with a reputation that spans the globe. So Rey won’t let that controversy taint his legacy. Joe knows Rey. Joe is not compassionate, but he will gift Rey an opportunity to simply hand the title back. He’s giving Rey the opportunity to lead by example. Be the man Joe knows he wants Dominique to be. Because if Rey doesn’t, imagine the example Joe will set for him. The WWE United States Championship will be addressed next week!
Roode makes it to the parking lot!
The only way he stops the Raw roster from chasing him is to get to a vehicle! He asks R-Truth for help! Truth puts him in the trunk! Truth sends the mob the other way, then goes back to his car. He lets Roode out, and brings him to the passenger seat. But a ref is here?! Truth hits Roode and bumps him off the car! Cover, Truth wins!!
New WWE 24/7 Champion: R-Truth!
He takes the belt and runs away with it! The belt’s headed to SmackDown either way, but will Truth be able to hold onto it through the night?
Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
Two top champions in the WWE team up together against two towering opponents. With Lesnar and his MITB contract lurking, will the Architect and Kofimania be able to focus? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine and “Albany’s Favorite Son” take advantage and earn themselves title matches?
Raw returns and someone made this No Disqualifications?!
No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
That someone has to be HHH, who made this match with Heyman. Rollins makes his entrance, only to be attacked by Corbin! Corbin drags Rollins up but Kofi runs to help, only to be intercepted by Lashley! Lashley tackles Kofi into the LED wall while Corbin stomps Rollins on the stage. Corbin drags Rollins to the ring and Lashley follows. They put Rollins in and the bell rings! Rollins fights Corbin off, then hits Lashley, only to turn around into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Kofi returns to break it!
Lashley throws Kofi out then goes after him again. Corbin keeps on Rollins with body shots. Corbin rains down rights then yanks Rollins up. Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins and Corbin are down, but crawling for their corners. Kofi is there for the hot tag! Lashley also tags in, but Kofi springboard ax handles Lashley down! Kofi CHOPS away then dropkicks Lashley. Lashley runs but Kofi dodges to clothesline him down! Kofi drops the New Day Boom Drop! Fans fire up with Kofi but Kofi has to hit Corbin away. Lashley hits Kofi then suplexes, but Kofi slips out. Kofi boots Lashley away, then hops up for a crossbody! Cover, but Corbin breaks it. Rollins returns but gets a right hand from Corbin. Corbin returns to his corner and Lashley tags him in.
Lashley takes Kofi and throws him out. Corbin and Lashley drag Kofi up to whip him at barriers hard! Then they do the same to Rollins! Corbin and Lashley loom over both champions while we go to one last break!
Raw returns again as Corbin ROCKS Rollins with a right. Lashley grinds his boot into Kofi while Corbin drags Rollins up again, only to punch him back down. Rollins flounders to his feet but Corbin runs again, into Rollins’ slingblade! Rollins hits Lashley away then DIVES onto Corbin! But Corbin catches him, to choke slam him on the apron! And toss him into the timekeeper’s area! Corbin stomps away then buries Rollins with chairs! Lashley puts Kofi in the ring and rams his shoulder into him! Fans boo and jeer as Lashley and Corbin mug Kofi. Corbin hits the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Corbin and Lashley haul him up top. They both climb up, but Rollins returns with a chair!
Rollins SMACKS Lashley! He SMACKS Corbin! He SMACKS Lashley, but Corbin punches him down. Corbin tosses Rollins to the apron but Rollins kicks back! Rollins springboards and hits a flying knee! Lashley swings but Rollins ducks to PELE! Rollins mule kicks Lashley! And mule kicks Corbin! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” He aims at Corbin but Lashley yanks him out! Lashley stomps Rollins, but Kofi meets Lashley in the ring. Kofi leaps but into Lashley’s arms, to tackle him in ropes! But it’s Kofi who dumps Lashley out of the ring! Corbin runs but he gets dumped out! Rollins DIVES and gets them both! Kofi climbs and Trust Falls! He wipes out Corbin and Lashley!
Fans fire up as Kofi puts Corbin in the ring. Kofi springboards but Corbin gets under. Corbin reels Kofi in but Kofi slips out to spin and hit Corbin with Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi & Rollins win!
Winners: Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins, Kingston pinning
But Lashley SPEARS Kofi! Then SPEARS Rollins! The Almighty Lashley has the chair, and takes aim at Kofi. Kofi ducks, Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley! But here comes Lesnar!! He has his briefcase, but Rollins has the chair! Who is The Beast going to target?! Lesnar circles like a shark, but both Rollins and Kofi are on guard. Lesnar does his lap, hops up on the apron, but stays back. Fans boo as the Beast simply plays mind games with the champions. Heyman says they take a week to decide. The Beast will return next Raw, who will be his prime target?
Well this was certainly something. There was actually a good bit of buzz going into Raw tonight after what happened at MITB. And this time, the formula of a long opening segment works because we needed Heyman to talk for Lesnar to tell us how things are in story. Everything Heyman said about those conspiracy theories was a worked shoot, because word is, they really did find a way to sneak Lesnar in and surprise everyone, superstars included. But it was a great move to throw intrigue back in by teasing a choice between the two top titles. It really would be good if Lesnar VS Kofi became a thing, but it sadly sounds like Rollins VS Lesnar is happening at the now Saudi Arabia Super Showdown. Though, I would hope the title doesn’t change overseas like that.
Lesnar going out during the main event was obviously just a tease. Between running short on time and having one champion there to help the other, Lesnar wasn’t going to succeed anyway, even if he’s Lesnar. The tag team main event was really good, to be honest, though it clearly sounds like Vince doesn’t know how match rules interact anymore. Either way, it seems interesting that the Brock Lesnar bias is spreading to all of the McMahon authority with HHH apparently helping set the champions up for Lesnar to attack. HHH should be the only one on their side, given how he is on NXT. Though, Vince doesn’t care about continuity between main roster and NXT, obviously.
Ricochet and Cesaro had a great match, but naturally Cesaro wins over a battered Ricochet. A rematch of these two when Ricochet is at 100% will be awesome. The Lucha House Party getting to at least survive Lars was a good move. Someone needs to start putting up a fight, so three someones doing it is fine. We finally get a great Usos VS Revival match, as we should’ve been getting all along. Renee seemed so salty during this part, I can’t be sure if she’s going Tweener or what. It’s smart for Revival to win by cheating, they’re still the Heels. They must get those Raw tag titles off Hawkins & Ryder.
The Raw Women’s Division stuff is definitely being forced by Vince. Granted, Becky and Nikki do their parts, and obviously there isn’t meant to be chemistry between Nikki and Alexa, but it doesn’t even seem like good awkward chemistry. Clearly Alexa still isn’t at 100%, or whatever WWE needs her to be at to compete, but maybe that can go into story. Alexa lets Nikki and Becky do all the work against Lacey and the IIconics, and of course Becky wins for her team. Alexa might get Nikki to do the same if they become a tag team to face the IIconics 2v2. I do like that Becky has a non-submission finisher now with that top rope leg drop, it’ll give her matches more variety now. Lacey seems a front runner for another shot, but she should have matches with Naomi and/or Dana first.
Strowman squashes Sami to get that story done, and now his match with Lashley at Super Showdown is the next thing. Hopefully we get some real build next week, a stare down was okay but obviously not enough for these behemoths. Honestly, they could’ve been doing more with these two all along, so maybe the Super Showdown match is just the start. At the same time, Lashley has to be part of this new Mean Street Posse Shane’s making. Lashley, McIntyre and Elias are definitely members given they’re the ones doing Shane’s bidding. Obviously Shane cheats Miz, and almost as obvious, Roman helps Miz. This still looks good for a second Miz-Roman team-up down the line. Maybe Miz helps Roman at Super Showdown since McIntyre will be in Shane’s corner. Miz, Roman and Strowman can make an interesting team to face Shane’s guys.
This new title is obviously the Hardcore Championship revived, but apparently without a No Disqualification element. That’s a shame, since it’s literally Falls Count Anywhere. This belt has three reigns already, and it’s all been pretty fun in my opinion. I really hope that with modern technology like Facebook Live, YouTube and even the WWE Network, we get all sorts of shenanigans with this title, especially on days without Raw or SmackDown. Hell, this belt better show up at TakeOver: XXV! I just don’t get why this announcement went alongside the changes to Raw’s third hour. The lighting is dimmer and the tone is apparently going to be more mature. It’s been obvious how desperate Vince has gotten because of his own booking, but one of these things might save WWE TV.
My Score: 8/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame