It’s the Raw After Rumble, and Seth Rollins is heading to Wrestlemania! Will the Architect switch sides? Or will he stay red to go after The Beast?
- Dean Ambrose VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Nia Jax & Tamina VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James; Nia & Tamina win and enter the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins; The Revival wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: The Riott Squad VS Dana Brooke & Natalya; The Riott Squad wins and enter the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Braun Strowman VS Drew McIntyre; Strowman wins, by disqualification.
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Raw is Monday Night Rollins!
And Phoenix is ready to “Burn It Down!” with the winner of the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble all over again! Rollins is fired up, too, because last week he talked about the 30 men going into that match and laying it all on the line. He said the reason he’d survive is because of heart. Rollins gets to say that he won the Rumble, and Seth Freakin’ Rollins is going to Wrestlmania! Fans say “You Deserve It!” And Rollins promised that he wasn’t going to do this no matter what, but now that he’s said it, he’s going to point at the sign! Some kids grow up wanting to be astronauts or football players, but all Rollins has ever wanted was to point at that sign. Winning the Rumble isn’t the end but the beginning of his journey, because now he has a choice to make.
Rollins could go to SmackDown for the WWE Championship, against an old friend in Daniel Bryan. Or he could stay on Raw and go to Suplex City to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Fans chant “Take His Belt!” while Rollins says he’s going to take time to think on this. But wait! Here comes Triple H! The Game walks out to the ring and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” HHH is glad Rollins got to live a dream and point at the sign. He would’ve been disappointed if Rollins didn’t. At the end of 2018, HHH challenged to bring back that Seth Rollins. HHH knows that same dream. Rollins is getting HHH emotional right now. HHH had that same dream, it’s Rollins’ dream and it’s why HHH wanted Rollins to step up. Rollins did, and HHH is proud of him.
The Royal Rumble is meant to test the limits of every star and push them beyond their own expectations, until there is only one. And now we know who that one is: Seth Freakin’ Rollins! And now comes the decision. Becky Lynch has this same decision to make after winning the Women’s Rumble, but she’ll do that on SmackDown. Rollins needs to make his here on Raw. HHH knows Rollins knows how fast this machine moves. And this machine is moving. HHH wants to know, he needs to know. Rollins has until the end of the show, because Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar are going to arrive. And HHH wants to know whose ass Rollins will kick at Wrestlemania. Rollins hears the fans chant “Slay The Beast!” and Rollins says he still wants some time, but here comes Dean Ambrose!
The Lunatic Fringe is sickened by this father-son thing! HHH didn’t believe Rollins was “the guy” back in the day. Ambrose always believed! And they came up together and went to takeover, but HHH stood in their way. Oh wow, Ambrose is going to use the brother card after stabbing Rollins in the back? Sorry, this conversation doesn’t concern you, HHH. Everything in the ring concerns him. Ambrose wants everyone to see what’s going on. HHH is a suck-up and Rollins is a kiss-ass! But go ahead, beat Lesnar or Bryan. Because Ambrose has always been able to beat Rollins. “So what about it, chuckles?” HHH should make a match, Ambrose VS Rollins. Fans wouldn’t mind seeing that, but HHH leaves without a word. Does HHH need a permission from his father-in-law? Fans chant “Yes He Does!” HHH calls for a referee. The Shield brothers do battle, after the break!
Dean Ambrose VS Seth Rollins!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Rollins goes right at Ambrose! He throws hands and CHOPS all around, then stomps away in a corner. The referee backs Rollins off but Rollins goes right back for more. Rollins whips and runs Ambrose over, then snapmares him for a Penalty Kick! Rollins drops a knee and Ambrose rolls away. Ambrose checks his face but gets wrecked by a dropkick! Rollins keeps on Ambrose by throwing him into other barriers! Rollins CHOPS but Ambrose CHOPS, so Rollins CHOPS back! They go around as the ring count rises. Rollins refreshes the count and returns to Ambrose, only to get dumped into the front row! Rollins hits Ambrose away then leaps for a lariat! Fans fire up with Rollins as he stands tall.
Rollins puts Ambrose back in the ring then springboards, but into a kick! Ambrose throws Rollins by his hair, then grimaces as he rains rights down. Ambrose stomps a mudhole into Rollins but the ref backs him off. Fans boo as Ambrose seethes. Rollins gets up to SUPERKICK Ambrose! Fans fire up again and chant “Burn It Down!” as Rollins stomps. Rollins aims to mule kick, but Ambrose bails out before the stomp. Ambrose shoulders in but Rollins kicks him. Rollins slingshots for the sunset flip but Ambrose fights back. Ambrose throws Rollins into the post! Ambrose drags Rollins up and throws him into another post! Rollins gets back in and Ambrose covers, TWO! Ambrose keeps his focus as he puts on an STF! Rollins endures as fans build to a rally.
Ambrose taunts Rollins as he wrenches, but Rollins frees his leg. Rollins stands and throws hands, then CHOPS again. Rollins whips but Ambrose reverses to kitchen sink knee. Cover, ONE, and Ambrose starts taunting Rollins again. Ambrose drags Rollins up and whips, but Rollins boots back. Rollins dumps Ambrose out then builds speed, but runs into a right hand! Ambrose hurries back in, denies the slingblade and chicken wings for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rollins lives and Ambrose is frustrated, but we go to break.
Raw returns and Ambrose clubs away on Rollins on the top rope. Ambrose claims he’s going to Wrestlemania but Rollins shoves him away. Ambrose comes back to hit Rollins again, then underhooks Rollins’ arms! Rollins fights free and headbutts Ambrose down. Rollins adjusts and hits a BIG crossbody! He bounces off the cover! Rollins grits his teeth while he and Ambrose slowly stand. Fans rally up as Rollins CHOPS Ambrose. Ambrose CHOPS back and we have another chop fight! Rollins ducks to chop and forearm, then runs to slingblade Ambrose down! Ambrose bails out but Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Ambrose into barriers! Rollins put Ambrose back in, clotheslines him back out, then DIVES again! Fans fire up as Rollins puts Ambrose in again.
Rollins suplexes, but Ambrose slips out. Rollins elbows and PELES! Ambrose tumbles out, but Rollins just builds speed again. Rollins DIVES and hits the hat trick! Phoenix cheers as Rollins puts Ambrose in again. Rollins climbs, leaps, Frog Splash FLOPS! Ambrose La Mahistrols! TWO!! Rollins survives but Ambrose is too sore to be upset. Ambrose and Rollins slowly stand as fans build to another rally. Rollins grabs Ambrose but Ambrose kicks back. Rollins denies Dirty Deeds to hit the Revolution Knee! And Buckle Bomb! SUPERKICK! “Burn It Down!” with the Curb Stomp!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Architect proves he can defeat the Lunatic! But who will Rollins choose to face at Wrestlemania? And will he prove he can beat them, too?
Dean Ambrose is still in the ring.
Because he has something serious he wants to tell to the fans. When he signed- Nia Jax interrupts! And she’s got her cousin and tag partner, Tamina! The Samoan Dynasty has a chance to enter the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber, but that match is up next. Nia and Tamina stare Ambrose down in the ring, and we saw at the Royal Rumble that Nia isn’t afraid to step to male superstars after she invaded the Men’s Rumble. Tamina gets Ambrose’s attention and Nia sucker punches him! Referees back Ambrose down but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Ambrose backs down, and the team of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James arrives!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Nia Jax & Tamina VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James!
The Samoan Dynasty faces the Goddess and her bestie in a match headed for history! Alexa and Mickie are logically the best choices for those titles. Alexa has wanted those titles since the moment she revealed them. Titles on any other team is like putting lipstick on a pig, as Mickie says. But these teams still have to earn their spot in history, who takes the first tonight?
The teams sort out and Tamina starts against Alexa. Alexa shoves Tamina but it does nothing. She shoves harder, then ducks a slap to give a slap! But Tamina shakes that off, and shoves Alexa down! Alexa keeps her cool but then runs right into a right hand! Tamina whips Alexa and hip tosses but Alexa rolls through to a cover, ONE, Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa goes after Tamina but Tamina scoops her. Nia tags but Alexa slips away, only to get squashed in the corner! Mickie gets blasted off, too, and Nia is all smiles as we go to break.
Raw returns as Alexa gives Tamina more Insult2Injury, but she misses the last part. Tamina gets up to SUPERKICK Alexa! Cover, TWO! Tamina rains down rights on Alexa then drags her up into a chinlock. Tamina thrashes Alexa around but she endures as fans rally up. Alexa fights her way up and pulls hair. Tamina throws body shots and puts Alexa in a corner. Alexa elbows Tamina away, then goes up and sunset flips, TWO! Tamina clubs Alexa back down then drags her back up. Tag to Nia, and Nia headbutts Alexa down. Alexa scrambles away but Nia mocks her as she chokes her against ropes. Nia lets up at 4 then soaks up the heat, before hitting Alexa with a hip attack! Nia grinds her hind quarters in, then yanks Alexa up to drop her down. She toys with Alexa before putting on a seated cobra clutch.
Fans rally up as Alexa endures the thrashing. Fans also taunt Nia with “RKO!” given how Randy Orton helped take Nia out. Nia throws Alexa to her corner and tags in Tamina. Tamina drags Alexa up for another headbutt. Alexa crawls away but manages to boot Tamina back. She goes up and over, Sunset Flip Powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Alexa and Tamina crawl, fans rally up, but Tamina yanks Alexa away. Tamina swipes at Mickie then goes after Alexa. She scoops but Alexa slips out to grab hair! Tamina breaks free but Alexa dodges, hot tag to Mickie! Mickie kicks Tamina then hits a seated senton! Mickie rallies with forearms but Tamina shoves her. Tamina runs into a back elbow, then walks into the Mickanrana! Mickie aims, ducks, and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Mickie keeps on Tamina, dodges a kick to give the Mick Kick! Nia tags in and catches Mickie. She puts her in a corner but misses. Mickie kicks more, and wants her Mick DDT, but Nia shoves her away! Nia scoops Mickie to the fireman’s carry but Alexa’s up top. But then Alexa reconsiders, until Nia scoops her, too! She does some squats before a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Nia covers, Nia & Tamina win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Tamina, Nia pinning; qualifies for the Eliminatino Chamber Tag Match
The Samoan Dynasty looks to add more gold to the collection! Will Nia and Tamina be too irresistible for the rest of the competition?
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle.
Why did he ask for a match with Baron Corbin? Because being Raw GM was one of the best times of his career. And if it wasn’t for Baron Corbin manipulating things, Angle might still be GM. Angle and Corbin were meant to face off before and Angle got Drew McIntyre instead. McIntyre basically humiliated Angle, and Angle hasn’t been back since. Is he worried that will happen again against Corbin? Angle took a long time to get over that defeat, but he isn’t over losing his job to Corbin. The only one who should worry is Corbin. Oh it’s true, it’s DAMN true! And that match is next!
Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbin!
The Olympic Gold Medalist wants revenge on the Lone Wolf for taking his position as Raw GM, but will he get it?
Raw returns as Kurt Angle makes his entrance and fans give him a standing ovation of “You Suck!” Corbin mocks how exciting this is. Angle is one of the greatest of all time, back in the day. Corbin knows angle believes he has one more great run, one more great match, left in him. The fans make him believe that, but it’s not true. No one is going to be there for Angle when Corbin hurts and humiliates- Angle hits Corbin! The ref rings the bell and Angle fires off more! Angle has Corbin reeling, then throw shim with a German Suplex! Corbin knees low then whips, but Angle reverses. Corbin slides out then in to clobber Angle! Cover, ONE, and Corbin can’t believe it!
Corbin goes after Angle on the ropes with heavy hands and feet. He backs off at 4, then has Angle in a corner. Corbin brings him out for knees and elbows, then stomps. Corbin throws hands on Angle, grinning between each one. Fans boo and jeer but Corbin soaks it up. Corbin sits Angle up for elbows and a half nelson. Angle endures as fans rally up. Angle feeds off the energy but Corbin knees low. Corbin whips Angle into a corner, but runs into an elbow! Angle boots Corbin away, then dodges him. Corbin hits the post! Angle gets Corbin in another German, then holds on for a second. He gives Corbin the third German! Cover, TWO! Corbin slowly stirs but Angle is on him with the Angle Slam. Corbin slips out and boots Angle down! Cover, TWO!!
Corbin mockingly applauds Angle’s resilience, then mocks Angle. Angle SLAPS and then SLAMS Corbin! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Angle keeps his focus. Angle brings the straps down and fires up, ANKLE LOCK! Corbin endures, reaches, but rolls and shoves Angle away. Angle runs into Deep Six! Cover, Corbin wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf shocks everyone by winning! But Corbin isn’t done with Angle, he goes back to hit End of Days! Corbin laughs even as he limps on a bad leg, but will he have the last laugh on this Road to Wrestlemania?
Finn Balor heads to the ring!
The Extraordinary Man went toe to toe with The Beast just last night, but not even his fast and furious attack could stop Brock Lesnar. However, Finn is here despite being worse for wear to speak. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for him, and he says that last night, for ten minutes, he went head to head with Lesnar. He will make no excuses, Lesnar beat him. And then Lesnar went and beat Finn up after. Finn never felt speed or power like Lesnar, and certainly not combined. Finn’s hurt right now. But not with his head held low. Finn’s here with his head held high, because Lesnar may have beat Finn and then beat Finn down, but it was because Lesnar now believes! But wait, here comes Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is in a bad mood after Seth Rollins eliminated him in only 12 seconds. But even so, Lashley is still WWE Intercontinental Champion, and both he and the Man of the Hour join Finn in the ring. Lio takes up the mic for Lashley to say “it’s a disgrace that a twerp like you even got an opportunity at the Universal Championship.” We all know Finn almost won, but Finn wouldn’t stand a chance of beating Lashley. Lashley is bigger, faster, stronger than Lesnar will ever be! And that ass whooping from Lesnar will not compare to what Lashley would do. Finn still lasted longer than Lashley did in the Rumble.
Lashley kicks Finn down! And then hauls him up to whip him and SLAM him! Lashley lifts Finn for another spinebuster, but he’s not done there. He drags Finn up for a third spinebuster! The All Mighty Lashley and Lio Rush leave Finn down and out, but will they regret messing with the Extraordinary Man?
The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins!
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson wanted another shot at the Raw Tag Team Championships, and they roped Mr. Losing Streak in to be their unbiased referee. However, what they really wanted was someone who would ignore their cheating ways. That didn’t happen, and after losing the match, the #TopGuys bullied Hawkins. But in stepped Long Island Iced Z to save his old friend! Now the Edgeheads are reunited, but will it feel good? Or will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah to a much needed win of their won?
The teams sort out and Hawkins starts against Dash. They brawl and Hawkins puts Dash in the corner. Tag to Ryder and Ryder whips Hawkins in for a clothesline. Hawkins feeds Dash to Ryder for a flapjack! Dawson runs in but gets hands! Ryder clotheslines Dawson out and fans fire up. Hawkins whips Ryder and Ryder wrecks the Revival with a dropkick! Ryder puts Dash back in but brawls with Dawson. Dash gets Ryder on the return, and tags in Dawson. The Revival give Ryder the dropkick suplex combo! Cover, TWO! Dawson keeps on Ryder with leg and elbow drops, and even a falling headbutt. He back suplexes Ryder down then tags Dash back in. Dawson helps Dash with the leg drop, Dash covers, TWO!
Dash keeps on Ryder with a chinbar but fans rally up. Ryder gets up and fights back but Dash knees him low. Dash suplexes but Ryder counters to a neckbreaker! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Dawson and Hawkins! Hawkins rallies with haymakers! Hawkins whips but Dawson reverses, only for Hawkins to dropkick him back! Dropkick for Dash, too! Enziguri for Dawson! Fans fire up behind Hawkins as he whips Dawson. Dawson reverses and clobbers him with a clothesline! Dawson hits Ryder for good measure but gets caught into a cradle! TWO!! Hawkins rolls Dawson but Dash tags in, SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, The Revival wins!
Winners: The Revival, Dash Wilder pinning
The #TopGuys get that win, but Ryder tries to keep his friend confident. Will Dash & Dawson get another fair and square chance at the tag titles? Will Ryder & Hawkins finally get themselves something good?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan.
Considering Big Red got involved to help the Planet’s Champion stay the world champion, does Bryan feel he can defeat Seth Rollins? Bryan can’t believe Charly is asking that. Bryan would’ve won no matter what happened. As for Rollins, who celebrates air pollution with his “Burn It Down” catchphrase, here’s what happens if he chooses Bryan. Bryan won’t wait until Wrestlemania, because they- Er, Bryan will end Rollins’ Wrestlemania hopes tonight. Bryan and his muscle head out, but are they on Rollins’ radar?
WWE teams up with UNICEF in celebrating Kid Power!
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Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter returns to Phoenix after opening the Men’s Rumble match, and has a brand new guitar to play after smashing his other one on Jeff Jarrett. But as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk With Elias!?” Phoenix still does, and sings so. Elias is intrigued, because he’s been testing us. He gave us all a chance but we let him down. The WWE Universe needs to be better. By the time Elias strums and we know it’s him, we should be giving him a standing ovation. There should be wild cheers and signs held up all over the world! Fans do admit to that. Being in the presence of Elias means being in the presence of greatness. “But it’s too late.”
Fans say “We’re Not Worthy!” And Elias says they’re right! To think he wrote songs for them. But not anymore. No, Elias’ songs are for him alone now. And he’s got a good one right now. So please silence phones, hold applause, and shut mouths because- Jeff Jarrett returns!? And he’s got a guitar of his own this time. Double J says “Listen up, Slap Nuts!” If Elias thinks he can get away with cracking Jarrett with a guitar just to have a concert for himself, don’t you worry about the people. He has a problem with Jarrett now! J E Double F, J A Double R E Double T is here, but oh you didn’t know?! It’s the Roadie, Road Dogg himself!
Dogg asks Elias that if he’s not performing for the fans, but just for himself, then do us a favor and play with yourself somewhere else. And one more thing, “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya: SUCK IT!” Fans lose their mind and Dogg apologizes. But Jarrett and Roadie are gonna sing for the fans! Hit the music! Roadie gets commentary in on singing the theme song as they head down the ramp. Elias takes matters into his own hands and SMACKS Road Dogg! Jarrett goes after Elias now, but Elias gets the upper hand. Elias drags Jarrett up but Jarrett throws counter punches! Jarrett rocks Elias with haymakers then whips, but Elias reverses, only for Jarrett to come back with an uppercut!
Phoenix fires up for Double J as he goes for his guitar! Jarrett aims, but Elias hits back! Elias snags the guitar to SMASH Jarrett! Fans boo and jeer but Elias doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Will the Drifter be the curtain call for Jarrett’s return?
Natalya and Dana Brooke meet backstage.
Dana knows she’s not Natty’s first choice, but Ember Moon got hurt so it’s on to Plan B. Dana vows to hold up her end. She’s just as good, right? Natty says it isn’t that, it’s about trying your hardest. Dana’s better than Ember, and maybe better than Natty. So are they going or what? Clearly there’s tension, but can that help Natty and Dana be a better team than the Riott Squad tonight?
Mojo Rawley speaks.
“This is your fault that this has happened.” He has no one to blame but them. If they weren’t so accepting, he wouldn’t be in this mess! Mojo is the greatest combination of size, strength, speed and intelligence, but he’s a nobody because of “you!” He’s talking to himself?! Mojo ends this now! “Soon, everyone will see who I really am.” What is going on in the mind of the Hype Bro?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: The Riott Squad VS Dana Brooke & Natalya!
The Juvenile Delinquent and Kentucky Viking want to bring the Riott to the Chamber, but they’ll be going against the very skilled Queen of Harts, and highly self-touted Total Package. Who joins the Samoan Dynasty in the historic tag team championship chamber match?
The teams sort out and Natty starts with Sarah. Natty gets Sarah in a snap suplex right away! And then another! She drags Sarah over and Dana tags in. Dana and Natty work together to double snap suplex Sarah down! Sarah shoves Dana away and tags in Liv. Dana enziguris Liv down and out. She goes to fetch Liv, and shows off her agility as she dodges a sweep from the apron. Dana blasts Liv into the LED board! Ruby checks on Liv and gets her back tot he Squad’s territory. Dana and Natty talk strategy while Sarah tags in. Dana’s ready and rocks Sarah with a right. Sarah whips Dana hard into buckles! Sarah blasts Natty now, then drags Dana over. She rolls Dana with a wheelbarrow then tags in Liv. Liv climbs and adds a bulldog to the wheelbarrow! Cover, but Natty breaks it!
The Squad is furious and they take it out on Dana. Liv toys with Dana but Dana shoves back, only to get an enziguri from Liv! Tag to Natty! Natty rallies on Liv and Sarah! Discus folds Liv, Natty whips. Liv reverses but Natty dodges. Natty gives Liv the atomic drop to the mat, then walks all over her. Ruby swipes at Liv and Liv rolls Natty! TWO, to Sharpshooter! Natty has it in but Ruby gets on the apron. Dana hits Ruby away, but Sarah pushes Dana into Natty! Liv rolls Natty, the Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad, Liv Morgan pinning; qualifies for the Elimination Chamber Tag Match
Dana and Natty were not on the same page, but they were also outnumbered. However, numbers won’t matter for The Squad, only number of entry. Will Liv & Sarah be able to survive five other teams to make history?
Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???
The Baddest Woman had quite the challenge in the Legit Boss, Sasha Banks, but the baddest is still the champion. And as fans cheer for “Becky! Becky!” who won the Women’s Rumble, Ronda says that “If you can’t dream big and ridiculous dreams, what’s the point of dreaming at all?” Ronda stepped into the ring last year at the end of the inaugural Women’s Rumble. She dreamed big, and a year later, she is THE Raw Women’s Champion. Sasha gave Ronda the fight of her life, with the passion and desire like Ronda had never seen. Ronda thanks Sasha for that. But on to what’s next: Wrestlemania. Becky Lynch is definitely watching. Becky has a choice to make about who to face. But as always, Ronda is willing to defend any time, anywhere, and answering the call is Bayley!
The Huggable One knows she’s not Becky, but she is part of the Boss & Hug connection. Sasha gave Ronda the match of her career, and Ronda wants another? Well Bayley wants that fight, too! Let’s have that match here tonight in Phoenix! Ronda’s game, will Bayley be the WWE Horsewoman that gets the job done?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ronda and Bayley circle, and Ronda gets Bayley down quick! Ronda wants the armbar but Bayley gets to the ropes. The ref has Ronda back away, and the two circle again. Bayley gets around and clubs Ronda’s bad arm! She whips Ronda out of the ring and then pursues to put her on the apron. Bayley throws body shots then wants the hotshot, but Ronda gets Bayley’s arm! Ronda has a hanging armbar! She lets go at 4, but fans boo as Bayley clutches her arm. Ronda gets back in, but Bayley hotshots her! Cover, TWO!
Bayley keeps on Ronda with a whip to a corner. Ronda goes up but Bayley knows she’d do it, and Ronda’s arm gives out. Bayley gets Ronda with a chopblock! Now Ronda has a bad arm and a leg as Bayley kicks her in the corner. Fans sing for Bayley as she puts Ronda back on the apron. Bayley dragon screws Ronda’s leg through the ropes! Ronda drops and Bayley fires up while we go to break.
Raw returns as Bayley goes after Ronda’s leg. Bayley drops elbows on the knee and fans duel as she wrenches the knee. Ronda endures as Bayley twists. Ronda sits up and wants a sleeper but Bayley fights her off. Bayley stomps the leg more then stalks Ronda to the ropes. Bayley puts Ronda in a corner and throws body shots. She backs away to run back in, but gets an elbow. Bayley still gets up to snapmare Ronda to a cover, TWO! Fans still sing for Bayley as she drags Ronda up for forearms. Bayley powers Ronda to a corner for shoulders to the ribs, then she rolls back, only for Ronda to tackle her! Ronda can’t capitalize because of the bad arm and leg, so Bayley whips, Ronda comes back to tackle Bayley again!
Ronda grabs Bayley to throw her around! She gets a couple but then her bad leg gives out! Bayley brings Ronda up but Ronda kicks her with the good leg. Ronda eggs Bayley on and throws punches with her good hand. She throws Bayley again, and hits the SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Both women are down but fans rally up. Ronda drags Bayley up for big knees, then a shove, but her boot gets caught into a kneebar!! Bayley has Ronda’s bad leg but Ronda spins and slips around to her own hold. Both women roll to ropes and to the floor! The ref starts a count while both women slowly stir. Bayley and Ronda stand and Bayley throws Ronda into barriers! But things need to get back in the ring! Both women stir again while we go to break.
Raw returns and Bayley climbs up top. Ronda scrambles over but Bayley jumps over. Bayley eggs Ronda on, and tackles her back into the corner for shoulders. Bayley brings Ronda to ropes and dumps her back out. Fans fire up as Bayley goes out and dives through the corner! Ronda’s down but Bayley puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Ronda narrowly gets out but Bayley heads back up top. Macho Elbow!! And then a Bank Statement crossface!! Bayley shouts out Sasha as she pulls Ronda back! Ronda holds on, drags her way over, and gets a ropebreak! Bayley lets go at 4, and puts Ronda in a corner. She hauls Ronda up top, but Ronda slips out and throws hands! Ronda climbs but her legs give out! But she comes back for a SUPER takedown, into the ARMBAR!! Bayley taps, Ronda wins!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Rowdy One manages to hold on so soon after a powerful match against The Boss. Ronda shows Bayley respect the same way she did Sasha last night, and Bayley accepts the handshake. But here comes Becky!! The Man has everyone on their feet, even as she lips out with a bad leg of her own. Becky joins Ronda in the ring and picks up a mic!
“Look at this. The Man is back on Raw.” And Becky told Ronnie she’d find a way back. For about a year now, there’s been talk about the Baddest Woman on the Planet, but Becky dropped Ronda in the ring. And yet Ronda didn’t come looking for Becky. Becky’s come looking for Ronda to prove she’s not the baddest. Fans are definitely on Becky’s side as Becky reminds Ronda who won the Women’s Rumble. Unlike Rollins, she doesn’t need much time to think. She chooses Ronda. Fans LOVE this idea! At Wrestlemania, Becky vows to break the Rowdy mystique, take that title, and kick Ronda’s ass in front of the whole world.
Fans chant along, “Kick her Ass!” but Ronda gets a mic again. Ronda wants the world to hear this. How’s the leg? Because unlike Becky, Ronda wants to fight the best. She wants to beat the best version of Becky there is. And to be completely honest, everyone knows that Ronda could re-break Becky’s face faster than you can say “Nia Jax”. And everyone knows that Ronda could kill with her bare hands without breaking a sweat. The only thing stopping her is her decision not to.
But turns out they’re the same age. That means while Becky was still training, Ronda was main eventing a sport where women weren’t even wanted. Becky was in the kickoff show while Ronda was on THE show! Ronda’s been a household name for a decade! She owns the ring she steps into and she’ll own Becky at Mania! Ronda doesn’t drop the mic, she throws it down! The gauntlet has also been thrown, who wins when the Baddest Woman and The Man collide?!
Braun Strowman finds Seth Rollins.
The Monster Among Men says Rollins earned his win, so he shakes his hand. Now go make the right choice, and make it count at Wrestlemania. Which championship does Strowman mean? And will Rollins choose right?
Braun Strowman VS Drew McIntyre!
The Monster Among Men and the Scottish Terminator were allies only long enough to break The Shield apart. Then McIntyre became one of Baron Corbin’s allies in his crusade of becoming permanent Raw GM, and would help in injuring Strowman’s elbow before TLC. But now Strowman is 100% and ready for revenge! Will McIntyre #GetTheseHands? Or will he prove he’s the King of the Jungle?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Strowman pushes McIntyre away then roars. They go again and McIntyre gets a headlock. Strowman powers out and they collide, but Strowman just brushes it off. McIntyre kicks and chops but Strowman throws him to a corner. McIntyre boots Strowman again, then chops and whips. Strowman reverses but McIntyre kicks back. McIntyre throws hands but runs into a BIG shoulder from Strowman! Strowman kicks McIntyre out of the ring! Strowman then goes out to run, but McIntyre dropkicks his legs out! The Monster hits barriers and McIntyre catches his breath while we go to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has a sleeper hold on Strowman. Fans rally and Strowman feeds off the energy to get up and drop McIntyre with a sidewalk slam! Strowman and McIntyre slowly stand and Strowman rocks McIntyre with a right! McIntyre gets to a corner but Strowman squashes him with a splash! Strowman clubs McIntyre down, then clotheslines him out! Strowman goes back out to pursue McIntyre, he scoops but McIntyre slips out to shove him into a post! McIntyre climbs up and in but Strowman grabs his foot. McIntyre kicks Strwoman but Strowman throws him to the floor! Strowman grimaces as he looms over McIntyre. He picks up the steel steps! Strowman lifts but Baron Corbin attacks!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by disqualification
The Lone Wolf throws Strowman into the post as revenge for the things Strowman has done to him! Corbin uses a steel chair to SMACK Strowman’s back! But then Strowman punches the chair out of Corbin’s hand! And then he throws Corbin into barriers! Strowman throws Corbin into the other steel steps! Fans chant “Get These Hands!” as Strowman goes around the corner to run McIntyre over! Then he keeps going to run Corbin over! Fans want another lap but Strowman picks up the base steps first. Strowman drags those over, then picks Corbin up. He brings Corbin over by his dress shirt to bounce his face off the steps. Then again! But McIntyre returns to BOOT Strowman down!
McIntyre and Corbin retreat but Strowman gets up. McIntyre and Corbin go back to finish him with a rain of rights. They haul Strowman up and double choke slam Strowman on the steps! Fans boo and jeer but McIntyre and Corbin mock the Strowman roar. Are they incurring the wrath of the Monster? Or will they leave him behind on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Seth- Er, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman head to the ring!
The Men’s Rumble winner is going to give his decision, but the Beast and Advocate don’t want to wait. As such, Heyman gives the usual introduction for himself and the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion and the main event of Wrestlemania, BROCK LESNAR!” The premise of tonight’s episode is absurd to Heyman. This should be the easiest decision of Rollins’ life. It is easy to make a choice when there are no options. The only real option is that Rollins should challenge for the world title and Daniel Bryan. Heyman says this is for Rollins’ own good. Bryan and Rollins will have a great match, because the last thing anyone wants is to get into a fight with Lesnar!
Heyman assures the fans that it takes a “special kind of being” to withstand the beatings delivered by Lesnar, especially when you go to “his house” and try to take away- BURN IT DOWN! Seth Rollins makes his entrance to shut Lesnar up. Rollins goes right into the ring, and right up to Lesnar! Lesnar laughs in Rollins’ face but fans hope Rollins can “Slay The Beast!” Rollins decks Lesnar! And kicks the gut! Rollins runs but into a fireman’s carry and an F5!! Lesnar still grins as he looms over Rollins. Then he drags Rollins up for another F5! Rollins sputters and crawls but Lesnar is there to haul him up again, for a third F5! And a FOURTH!
Lesnar sets the Universal Championship down, and gives Rollins a FIFTH F5, on the belt! Lesnar lifts up his title high over his head as fans boo and jeer. But Rollins sits up to shout, “Is that all you got?!” Lesnar fires off on Rollins, then throws him for a SIXTH F5!! Raw goes off the air before anything more happens! Will Rollins regret ever choosing to go after The Beast?
A pretty good episode to follow the Royal Rumble. I liked the opening segment with Rollins and HHH getting just a touch emotional over the Wrestlemania dream, and Ambrose even did great here to ruin the moment. Ambrose VS Rollins was great, too bad this wasn’t how their previous Intercontinental Championship singles match went. Rollins wins to move on in his own story, so who knows where Ambrose ends up come Wrestlemania. Raw also did great in stretching the story of Rollins’ decision for the whole night, but of course Rollins is going to go after Lesnar. Rollins wants to stay on Raw and he wants to be the guy to finally #SlayTheBeast. The fight at the end was a good way of declaring that, and good ol’ Lesnar stands tall. Really hoping this means Rollins gets it done.
Lashley and Lio going after Finn was an interesting move, but I suppose Finn really should get another shot at the Intercontinental Championship. Lio calling Finn the twerp is a bit dumb, though, because Finn’s still bigger than Lio. And Lashley comes out a bully because he picks on a bruised Balor. I’m thinking this match happens at Elimination Chamber, and Finn won’t need Demon to win. Even if they decide to throw in four more men for an IC Chamber match. Ambrose, EC3, maybe even Dolph Ziggler could be thrown in because they’d all want that title. I’d add Lars Sullivan but he’s still got his anxiety problems keeping him off air. But a replacement call-up might work.
Corbin beating Angle seemed like a disappointment, but seeing Corbin help McIntyre against Strowman makes me think Angle and Strowman will team together to beat Corbin and McIntyre. Elias having another segment with Jarrett, and then adding Road Dogg on top, definitely says we’re getting Elias VS Jarrett and more than likely at Wrestlemania. Granted, Jarrett and Roadie should stay away until after Fastlane and then they can return to get back at Elias. I’m also kinda hoping it’s some kind of guitar smashing match, first person to get hit loses. Naturally Ryder & Hawkins lose, Hawkin’s first win in 250+ matches has to be a Mania moment in itself. I’m also very curious as to what Mojo’s new character is talking to himself like that.
I was really surprised there would be multiple tag team qualifiers for the Women’s Tag Title match, but I guess everyone that wants in deserves a chance. Obviously this means some makeshift teams, such as Dana Brooke joining Natalya, and next week’s combination of Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross. Naturally in the case of Dana and Natty, they lose to the established team of the Riott Squad. Meanwhile, I was surprised to see Heel VS Heel in Nia-Tamina VS Alexa-Mickie. It was natural for Nia and Tamina to win, they are the powerhouses of the entire Women’s Division, and that adds a great element to the Chamber match. I’m pretty sure Bayley and Sasha beat Alicia and Nikki next week, they’ve been the ones pushing these titles all along.
Speaking of, glad to see I’m right about Ronda going through the WWE Horsewomen. Ronda had a rough time setting up her Open Challenge, fans were really behind Becky, but also surprisingly against Ronda. Likewise, Bayley had the fans on her side, and her match with Ronda started rough but got better by the end. Ronda and Becky having that confrontation was amazing, because Ronda turned it on. With Ronda taking her time off after Mania, that already tells us Becky wins, as she should, but I really hope Ronda returns Heel to join up with her MMA Horsewomen. That match can happen at Survivor Series to A) give Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir time to improve, B) give them and Shayna time to be on the main roster, and C) allow all eight women to participate in the match. A feud as big as that deserves all that.
My Score: 8.3/10
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