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CMLL Review & Results (2/18/2019)

Our Lucha expert Joe Dinan, is back at it with another week of CMLL analysis!

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CMLL Coverage

Our Lucha expert Joe Dinan, is back at it with another week of CMLL analysis!

Arena Puebla

Sonic, Rey Samuray, and Hijo De Centella Roja vs Police Man, Espiritu Maligno, and Fuerza Chicana

Fuerza starts out with Sonic and they engage and begin to grapple. In next Police Man and Centella Roja come in and they go back and forth. Samuray comes in and monkey flips Maligno some. Samuray leaps to the ramp on Police Man and Sonic gets Maligno in a small package and Roja gets Chicana in a leg lock. First Fall: Centella Roja submits Fuerza Chicana with a leg lock.

Sonic works fast and out maneuvers Chicana and then does the same to Maligno. Samuray comes in and goes in and goes to the top for a move but falls off and Police Man stomps him on the outside. Afterwards, Sonic gets teamed on followed by Roja. Samuray removes his shirt to get pumped up but still gets teamed on. Maligno holds up Sonic and Chicana hits a code breaker for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Sonic with a code breaker.

They start the round teaming on Sonic. They continue to team on them for a few minutes until Sonic, Samuray, and Roja hit drop kicks and then go for dives but the others dodge it. Police Man then hits a face buster on Sonic in the ring for the win. Third Fall: Police Man pins Sonic with a face buster.

Winners: Police Man, Espiritu Maligno, and Fuerza Chicana

Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, and La Vaquerita vs La Comandante, La Seductora, and La Metalica (Amapola)

Vaquerita comes out wearing glasses. Hopefully she isn’t wrestling in them. Seductora starts out with Lluvia and they lock up and do some slow grappling. Lluvia tags in Vaquerita and she comes in and takes out Seductora which brings in Amapola. Amapola takes her out and Sugehit comes in to take on her rival Amapola. She takes her out and Comandante comes in to work over Sugehit. Sugehit uses her speed while Comandante uses her size to take each other on. Sugehit gets Comandante in a roll up for the pin. The other girls get roll ups as well. First Fall: Princesa Sugehit pins Comandante with a roll up.

Vaquerita starts with Seductora but it soon goes to Vaquerita getting teamed on. Sugehit gets teamed on after and then naturally it goes to Lluvia. A plethora of teaming up. Comandante gives Sugehit a stink face and pins her. Well then. Second Fall: Comandante pins Sugehit with a stink face.

Seductora and Sugehit clash but not for long. Seductora takes out Lluvia then Vaquerita gets teamed on. Sugehit moves out of the way and Comandante runs into Seductora. Lluvia and Vaquerita run towards Seductora and Amapola. Lluvia gets caught in a submission and then Amapola hits a face buster on Vaquerita for the win. Third Fall: Amapola pins La Vaquerita with a face buster.

Winners: La Comandante, La Seductora, and Amapola

Fuego, Drone, and Guerrero Maya vs Okumura, El Sagrado, and Kawato San

Maya starts out with Okumura grappling on the ground. Afterwards Kawato and Fuego come in and do the same as the others except it is a more acrobatic display. Drone hits a head scissors on Sagrado and then hits a dive through the middle rope. In the ring Okumura hits a cutter on Maya for the pin. Kawato catches Fuego in a flying arm bar for the fall. First Fall: Kawato submits Fuego with a flying arm bar.

Drone gets teamed on to start this round off. Fuego gets taken out by Kawato with a drop kick. The technicos reverse the rudos into pinning combinations. Drone gets Okumura rolled up, and Fuego pins Kawato with a roll up and Maya gets Sagrado with a pin. Second Fall: Maya pins Sagrado with a roll up.

Maya and Okumura start this round striking each other. Maya goes wild, arm dragging Kawato to the outside and then he hit a bunch of back breakers on Sagrado. Fuego comes in and dodges a double team attack and then arm drags Sagrado to the outside. Drone hits a sliding dive under the ropes on Sagrado. Maya hits a power slam on Kawato but Okumura breaks the pin up. He hits a cross roads but Fuego breaks the pin up. Fuego hits a springboard splash and Sagrado stops the pin. Drone comes in and kicks Sagrado to the corner and hits knees to the corner on him. Fuego and Guerrero Maya hit dives through the middle rope on Kawato and Okumura. Drone slams Sagrado in the ring and goes for a moonsault. Sagrado gets his feet up and tries to lift Drone for a power bomb but he fell backwards and almost out of the ring. Luckily he didn’t kill drone. For the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Drone with a power bomb.

Winners: Okumura, El Sagrado, and Kawato San

Atlantis, Vangellys, and Atlantis Jr vs Villano IV, Ultimo Guerrero, and Hijo del Villano III

Atlantis squares off with Villano IV but instead Jr and Hijo Villano come in and do some impressive wrestling. After their display Atlantis comes in with Villano IV. Atlantis gets whipped into Villano’s corner and Guerrero attacks Vangellys and Jr. Vangellys got drop kicked off the apron by Ultimo. Hijo Villano drop kicks Atlantis Jr when he is hanging on the turnbuckle and he pins him. Ultimo then submits Vangellys with a leg lock. First Fall: Ultimo Guerrero submits Vangellys with a leg stretch.

Vangellys gets teamed on to start. Vangellys tries to fight back but he had no success until Atlantis and his son entered and took on Villano IV and Hijo. Atlantis gets Villano IV in an abdominal stretch and Atlantis Jr gets Hijo Villano in a torture rack. Second Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Hijo Villano III with a torture rack.

Vangellys and Ultimo strikes each other to begin the final round. Hijo Villano and Atlantis Jr come in next and Atlantis Jr whips Hijo to the corner and he does the Shawn Michaels flip ip but falls out of the ring. Not sure if that was supposed to happen. Villano IV comes in to cover for it. Atlantis then comes in and Hijo returns to the ring and wants to fight Atlantis Sr. Atlantis pushes Hijo into Villano IV and hits an arm drag. Villano IV tries to run into Atlantis but he dodges and hits Hijo. Jr then tosses Hijo to the outside and hits a dive through the middle rope. Atlantis Jr looks very impressive. Inside the ring, Ultimo Guerrero punts Vangellys in the groin for the DQ. Third Fall: Vangellys wins the fall by DQ.

Winners: Atlantis, Vangellys, and Atlantis Jr

Rush vs Cuatrero

Rush attacks Cuatrero during the introductions to get the advantage on Cuatrero. Rush then works him over on the outside. Cuatrero finally reverses Rush after taking a beating and hits a power bomb for the fall. First Fall: Cuatrero pins Rush with a power bomb.

Rush whips Cuatrero with the camera wires on the outside. I feel like all that does is remind fans of the LA Park feud. Rush plays with his mask on the turnbuckle and then stomps him in the corner. Rush hits the corner drop kick on Cuatrero for the fall. Second Fall: Rush pins Cuatrero with the corner drop kick.

Rush beats on Cuatrero on the ramp. Back in the ring Rush feigns going for the drop kick again, but lightly kicks Cuatrero and does his Los Ingobernables, fist to the sky pose. Tranquilo. Cuatrero finally turns the odds and gets Rush to the outside and hits a dive through the middle rope. He hits another then continues to work on Rush on the outside. Back in the ring Cuatrero works on Rush. They trade corner attacks and Rush ends up on top in the exchange. Rush argues with the ref and Cuatrero goes for a school boy that Rush rolls out of but Cuatrero hits a single leg code breaker. Rush gets Cuatrero to the top and hits a superplex for a two count. Rush misses a middle rope senton splash and Cuatrero hits a moonsault for a two count. A very slow two count. Rush gets Cuatrero down in the corner and goes for his drop kick but Cuatrero runs up and hits a spear, then a power bomb. The ref is about to count three but Rush grabs the refs hand before then. He then finally hits the corner drop kick on Cuatrero but he postures afterwards presumably protecting his finisher because Cuatrero kicks out. Rush gets him in a jay driller or Rush driver and drops Cuatrero right on his head for the win. Cuatrero stays down for a bit but then walks off to the back through the crowd. I presume he didn’t like being dropped on his head. Third Fall: Rush pins Cuatrero with a Rush driver.

Winner: Rush

Arena Mexico Tuesday

Fantasy and Shockercito vs Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Nitro

Fantasy and Olimpico grapple to start the match. Shockercito or Pequeno Shocker as they’re calling him now gets in with Nitro and they work a faster pace. Shockercito is really small. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chamuel of the midget division is as tall as him. Shocker gets him to the outside then poses. Olimpico then kicks him in the head and works him over. Shocker gets taken out and Fantasy gets teamed on. Olimpico gets Shocker in a camel clutch for the fall. First Fall: Olimpico submits Shocker with a camel clutch. 

Shocker and Fantasy essentially get worked over for most of this round. Just constant double teaming. Shocker finally hits a cross body to make a comeback. Fantasy hits a middle rope spanish fly on Olimipico for the pin. Shockercito submits Nitro with a straight arm bar. Second Fall: Shockercito submits Nitro with a straight arm bar.

Fantasy uses quickness to out move Nitro to start. Shocker then does this to Olimpico. Fantasy hits a few drop kicks on Olimpico followed by a top rope arm drag by Shocker. Shocker then  gets Olimpico in a torture rack for a submission. Fantasy gets Nitro in a body stretch for the win. Third Fall: Fantasy submits Nitro with a body stretch.

Winners: Fantasy and Shockercito

Electrico, Star Jr, and Astral vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr, and Difunto

Disturbio starts with Astral and they roll on the ground and go back and forth. Espanto comes in next with Star Jr and they posture a bit. Difunto and Electrico come in working a super fast pace. Difunto hits a swanton bomb on Electrico for a pin. Disturbio hits knees the corner on Astral for the fall. First Fall: Disturbio pins Astral with knees to the corner.

Astral gets teamed on to start the round. Espanto pulls at his mask. Astral makes a come back hitting a hurricanrana on Espanto and then Star Jr hits a drop kick to the corner on Disturbio for the fall. Second Fall: Disturbio gets pinned by a corner drop kick by Star Jr. 

Disturbio and Electrico go back and forth. Disturbio bites his nipple in the corner. Don’t let Jim Cornette see that. Electrico eventually head scissors him to the outside. Star and Espanto are in next. Star gets him to the outside then feigns a dive. Difunto is in next with Astral and he works over everyone. Star tricks Disturbio to dive on the ramp and then he hits an arm drag. Electrico hits an elbow drop on Espanto for the win. Third Fall: Electrico pins Espanto with an elbow drop.

Winners: Electrico, Star Jr, and Astral

Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and La Jarochita vs Amapola, Dalys, and La Metalica (Tiffany)

Dalys starts with Kobayashi and they go back and forth grappling. Amapola works over Jarochita next. Marcela comes in to take on Amapola. Marcela hits a back breaker and then a knee drop on Amapola bringing in Tiffany. She works with Tiffany until Tiffany  hits a spine buster. Marcela avoids a double team attack and Tiffany falls to the outside. Dalys gets thrown to the outside and Jarochita hits a dive through the middle rope. Kaho gets a roll up on Tiffany and Marcela hits a michinoku driver on Amapola for the pin. First Fall: Marcela pins Amapola with a michinoku driver.

Dalys works over Jarochita to start, then Marcela gets teamed on. Kaho Kobayashi gets drop kicked to the ramp. Jarochita whips Dalys into the barricade. Marcela and her team then team up on the rudos. Marcela hits a back breaker on Amapola. Then they go to hit dives but get pulled out of the ring. Dalys goes to power bomb Jarochita but she squirms out of it and Dalys removes her mask. Second Fall: Jarochita wins via mask removal, DQ.

Winners: Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and La Jarochita

(Match Relampago) Flyer vs Polvora

Polvora takes him down to start the match. They go back and forth and Flyer slides to the outside and Polvora pushes him into the barricade. Polvora brings him in the ring and works on taking his mask off. Flyer gets him to the outside and hits an asai moonsault. In the ring Flyer hits a sunset flip but Polvora rolls into it for a drop kick. Flyer ducks an attack then hits a super kick. Polvora hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Flyer in the corner. Polvora goes to the top but Flyer kicks him and goes up and hits a Spanish fly for the win. Flyer pins Polvora with a Spanish Fly.

Winner: Flyer

Blue Panther, Stuka, and Esfinge vs Cavernario, Luciferno, and El Felino

Esfinge starts with Cavernario and they move fast going back and forth trading moves. They tie up again and do a test of strength. Luciferno comes in next with Blue Panther and they start grappling on the ground. Felino comes in next with Stuka and they work fast with Stuka hitting a hurricanrana on him to the outside. Luciferno then comes in but Stuka hits a back breaker. Cavernario comes in but Stuka rolls into a pinning combination for the fall. First Fall: Stuka pins Cavernario with a pinning combination.

Esfinge starts with Felino but the midget Zakarias with Felino distracts Esfinge and hits Esfinge. Esfinge ends up super kicking him. Panther comes in with Luciferno and Panther makes him fall outside the ring. Cavernario attacks him from behind and gets Panther on the top rope. Panther pulls him by his hair and hair drags him to the outside. Back in the ring Felino head butts Stuka and Cavernario hits a snap suplex. Felino nabs the pin. Luciferno hits a pop up power bomb on Esfinge for the fall. Second Fall: Luciferno pins Esfinge with a pop up power bomb.

Cavernario works over Stuka to start this round, trying to untie his mask. Esfinge makes a come back hitting a hurricanrana on Cavernario to the outside, then hit a middle rope dive . Felino falls to the outside and then Stuka hit a dive through the middle rope. Panther is left in the ring and he tries to get pinning combinations on Luciferno but he blocks it. Felino comes and attacks him from behind hitting a clothesline and Esfinge comes in to take him on hitting a springboard drop kick, then getting him in a cloverleaf submission. Cavernario comes in and hits a back breaker and goes for the slingshot splash but Esfinge gets the feet up. They team up to get Cavernario in a move but he rolls through and pins Esfinge when Panther and Stuka turn their backs. Cavernario then drop kicks Stuka to the outside and hits a twisting dive through the middle rope and in the ring Luciferno hits a Styles Clash on Panther for the win. Third Fall: Luciferno pins Blue Panther with a Styles Clash.

Winners: Cavernario, Luciferno, and El Felino

Atlantis, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero

Match starts with brawling. Azul and Volador get taken out and Atlantis gets teamed on. Volador gets kicked to the outside when he tries to make the save. Sanson hits Volador with a back breaker for the pin. Cuatrero launches Forastero into Diamante for the pin. First Fall: Forastero pins Diamante Azul by being launched into him.

Azul gets beat up on the outside to start this round. They go back in the ring to beat on Volador. Cuatrero holds up Atlantis and Forastero and Sanson hit double axe handles on Atlantis. They continue to beat on Atlantis. Azul comes from the ramp and hits a clothesline over the top rope to change the momentum. Volador pins Forastero off the clothesline. Azul rolls Cuatrero into a pin for Volador. Second Fall: Volador pins Cuatrero with a pinning combination.

Cuatrero and Azul go back and forth to start the round. Azul dodges a double team attack from Sanson and hits a flying elbow strike on Sanson. Azul hits a big hip toss on Forastero. Volador clears house hitting a hurricanrana on Cuatrero then posing in the ring. Volador hits a dive over the top to the outside and Azul hits a german suplex on Sanson for the win. Sanson sells his shoulder afterwards. They bring out a stretcher for him. I don’t know if it’s a work it didn’t look that bad but you could never know with moves around the neck area. Third Fall: Diamante Azul pins Sanson with a german suplex.

Winners: Atlantis, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul

Arena Mexico Friday

Stigma and Pegasso vs Raziel and Cancerbero

Pegasso and Raziel start out grappling and fighting for position. Stigma comes in with Cancerbero and they lock up. Cancerbero tries to use his strength to his advantage. Pegasso and Raziel join them in the ring and Pegasso and Stigma hit hurricanranas for a two count. Pegasso gets launched into Cancerbero for a hurricanrana. Raziel catches him in a body stretch submission, however. Cancerbero then hits Stigma with a flapjack and gets Stigma in a stretch as well. First Fall: Cancerbero submits Stigma with a stretch.

Stigma gets double teamed to start this round out. After a few minutes of being beat on Stigma makes a come back and hits a hurricanrana for the pin on Raziel. Pegasso also hit one on Cancerbero and pinned him. Uneventful round. Second Fall: Pegasso pins Cancerbero with a hurricanrna

Pegasso starts this round off hot taking out Cancerbero and Raziel, then posing. Stigma gets in there with Cancerbero when the dust settles and Bero works him over for a little. Stigma then launches Pegasso and he hits a double arm drag on Raziel and Cancerbero. Then then work on Raziel. Pegasso slams Raziel and then hits a 450. The ref doesn’t pin and Cancerbero kicks Stigma to the outside. Pegasso goes for a corner attack but Cancerbero catches him and drops him. Raziel then launches Stigma in the air by his feet and Cancerbero hits a bulldog. Raziel then gets him in a surfboard stretch and Cancerbero hit a neck breaker during the move. Raziel pinned him. Cancerbero then held up Pegasso in a stretch submission and Raziel leg dropped him off the top rope for the win. Third Fall: Cancerbero pins Pegasso after a leg drop from Raziel.

Winners: Raziel and Cancerbero

Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Virus, Okumura, and Tiger

Black Panther and Virus start out the match and they tie up and eventually go to the ground and grapple. Blue Panther and Tiger come in and they go to the ground as well and do some grappling and submission wrestling. Maya and Okumura come in and bypass the grappling for some moves. Maya arm drags Okumura out of the ring and Virus comes in and knocks Maya outside. Black Panther then hits a cross body on Virus which he kicks out of. Black Panther gets Virus to the outside and Tiger comes in and hits a DDT on him. Tiger then gets Blue Panther in a pinning combination for the pin. Okumura hits a slingblade on Maya then hits a cross roads for the fall. First Fall: Okumura pins Maya with a cross roads.

Black Panther gets worked over to start the round by Tiger but Blue Panther quickly makes his way in. Blue Panther gets worked over and taken out as well. Then they go to work over Maya. Tiger goes for his mask but then he hits a drop kick while he’s draped in the tree of woe. Blue Panther helps make a come back hitting a sunset flip on Tiger. Maya then hits a shoulder breaker on Virus for the pin. Second Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Virus with a shoulder breaker. 

Okumura and Blue Panther exchange strikes in the corner to begin this round. Blue Panther wins that battle which brings Tiger in and then they exchange strikes to the chest. Black Panther comes in with Tiger and gets him to the outside. Black Panther feigns a dive and Tiger moves away from it but Blue Panther hits him with a dive off the ramp. Maya then hit a head butt on Virus for a two count. Both Panthers get pinning combinations that get kicked out of. Virus hit a shotgun drop kick on Maya which should have been a 3 but the ref stopped counting. Tiger, Virus, and Okumura get pinning combinations all for a two count. After that cleared, Blue Panther hits a power bomb slam on Okumura and Tiger. They kick out. Maya then hits back breakers on Okumura and Tiger, then hits a dive through the middle rope on Virus. In the ring Black and Blue Panther get Okumura and Tiger in the same stretch submission for the win. Third Fall: Black and Blue Panther submits Tiger and Okumura with a stretch submission.

Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther

Titan, Triton, and Esfinge vs Vangellys, Templario, and Polvora

Polvora starts out with Esfinge and they grapple on the ground. Templario comes in next with Titan and they work quick doing some acrobatic things for a little until Triton and Vangellys enter. Triton kicks Vangellys and Titan hits a springboard splash. Polvora enters and Vangellys goes to the outside. Polvora whips Titan but Titan hits a dive through the middle rope on Vangellys. Back in the ring Esfinge gets Polvora in the ropes and Triton hits a guillotine leg drop for the pin and then Templario gets hit with a springboard splash by Esfinge. First Fall: Esfinge pins Templario with a springboard splash.

Round starts with Triton and Polvora going back and forth. Titan and Templario come in to do some acrobatic spots. Titan hits a spinning head scissors on Templario and Vangellys spears Titan afterwards. Triton then comes in to take on Vangellys but he gets caught with a northern lights suplex for the pin. Templario then hit a superplex on Esfinge and Titan got hit with a top rope face buster by Polvora off the top. Second Fall: Polvora pins Titan with a top rope face buster.

Triton gets teamed up on to start the round, then Vangellys takes Titan out with a shotgun drop kick. Esfinge then gets teamed up on. Titan and pals make a come back and it looks like Titan clearly punts Polvora in the groin in the corner but I guess it must have been inner thigh. Esfinge gets pulled to the outside but in response Titan and Triton hit dives over the top rope on Vangellys and Polvora. In the ring Esfinge gets Templario in a submission hold but Templario gets to the ropes. He gets up and hits a Gord buster but Titan comes in and breaks up the pin fall. Titan does a matrix spot and kicks Templario for a pin but Polvora breaks it up. Now the ref is trying his best to get control back. To the refs credit he’s probably the best official in CMLL by a country mile. Polvora hits a drop kick on Titan and then Triton breaks up the count. Triton slams Povlora and goes to the top and hits a frog splash for a pin that Vangellys breaks up. Vangellys hits a spinning wheel kick on Triton which Esfinge breaks up. Now Esfinge and Polvora are striking each other back and forth. Esfinge hits a shot gun drop kick on him then hits a dive over the top rope. Triton hits an arm drag on Templario then jumps up on the ropes and hits an asai moonsault. In the ring Titan gets Vangellys in a neck bridge pinning combination for the win. What a match. Third Fall: Titan pins Vangellys with a neck bridge pinning combination.

Winners: Titan, Triton, and Esfinge

Angel de Oro, Stuka, and Soberano vs Mephisto, Ephesto, and La Bestia del Ring

Stuka and Mephisto start the match off striking each other. Ephesto comes in soon to replace Mephisto and Soberano comes in with a cross body and hurricanrana on Ephesto. Bestia then kicks Soberano and in bounces Angel de Oro. They square off. Angel gets Bestia to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Everybody else comes in the ring however, and Stuka hits a swinging neck breaker on Mephisto for a pin and Soberano hits a tornado dive on Ephesto for the fall. First Fall: Soberano pins Ephesto with a tornado dive. 

Bestia doesn’t want to engage Oro in this round so Oro poses and tags in Soberano who gets in with Ephesto. Soberano hits an arm drag on the ramp on Ephesto and re-enters the ring and poses. Crowd is super hot tonight and the workers are working their ass off this whole show. Stuka comes in with Mephisto and they do some acrobatic spots until Stuka hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside. He then follows him out there and hits back breakers on all three of them and then gets back in the ring and poses. Oro wants Bestia to come in but Bestia doesn’t want to. Oro ends up getting teamed on by the Sons of Hell. Oro fights back and kicks one away and hits a hurricanrana on Ephesto then a head scissors on Mephisto then drop kicking Bestia to the outside. Stuka hits a middle rope dive and then Soberano hits a back flip over the top. Inside the ring Bestia and Oro fight which ends with Bestia kicking Oro in the groin. The ref tries to get him to stop but Bestia chops him. Second Fall: Angel de Oro wins via DQ.

Winners: Angel de Oro, Stuka, and Soberano

Caristico, Mistico, and Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero

Mistico starts the match out with Ultimo Guerrero and they stall for a little but do some ground grappling. Mistico knocks Guerrero to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Caristico makes his way in to take on Euforia to a chorus of cheers. They trade a few acrobatic spots and Gran Guerrero and Valiente make their way in. Valiente chases him to the outside but he gets jumped by Euforia and taken out. Mistico gets tripped on the apron and drop kicked off. In the ring Caristico gets teamed up on. Euforia gets Caristico in a crucifix position and Gran and Ultimo bulldog him down for a face buster, then Gran power bombs him. Mistico and Valiente get in the ring and all three are put into submissions by Los Guerrero’s for the fall. First Fall: Los Guerrero’s submit all three with a combined submission effort.

Valiente gets pressed slammed off the top rope to begin the round by Gran and Euforia. The Los Guerrero’s triple team spot is done on Mistico and Caristico on the outside. Euforia stands on Valiente’s back for a triple submission but Caristico comes off the top for a hurricanrana. Valiente then reverses them and Caristico launches Mistico in the ring for a hurricanrana. Then Mistico and Caristico hit stereo dives to the outside on Euforia and Gran Guerrero while in the ring Valiente submits Ultimo with a leg lock. Second Fall: Valiente submits Ultimo Guerrero with a leg stretch.

Valiente starts out hot in this round taking everyone out then posing. Mistico and Gran Guerrero pose to the crowd and both get booed. They like Caristico more. Gran goes to pull Mistico’s mask off and the crowd starts to cheer. Mistico runs off Gran’s chest and then hits a hurricanrana. He then hits a head scissors on Ultimo and Euforia. Ultimo launches him out of the ring but on the way down he hits a hurricanrana on Euforia on the outside of the ring. Caristico is in with Ultimo Guerrero now and he runs circles around him and takes him out with a hurricanrana .Gran launches Caristico into Euforia and he hits a hurricanrana. Caristico then gets a head scissors on Gran and then feigns a dive a hits a pose. Crowd goes crazy. Mistico comes back in and gets whipped onto the ramp. Euforia runs at Caristico in the corner and Caristico moves and he falls out of the ring. Valiente leaps up on the rope and does a moonsault to the outside on Gran. Caristico does a dive over the turnbuckle onto Euforia and then Mistico does a dive of his own. Crazy stuff going on here. I can barely keep up. Back in the ring Euforia hits a kind of face buster on Caristico bringing in Valiente who goes for a leg lock but Gran breaks it up and chokeslams him. Mistico comes back in to hit a hurricanrana pin but Gran kicks out. Caristico then hits a hurricanrana on Ultimo to the outside and then Valiente hits a brutal middle rope dive on him to the outside that made them crash into the barricade. In the ring Mistico and Caristico both do the head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar on Gran and Euforia for the win. Tremendous match. Wow. Third Fall: Mistico and Caristico submit Gran Guerrero and Euforia with a Fujiwara arm bar.

Winners: Caristico, Mistico, and Valiente

(Champion of the Universe) El Terrible vs Niebla Roja

They start the match out tying up fighting for the first take down. Finally they get to the ground and Roja does some acrobatic spots to him. They get up and trade strikes. Roja runs at Terrible and Terrible slaps him. Roja back drops Terrible to the outside and then hits a crushing dive through the middle rope that sends Terrible into the crowd. They get back in the ring and Roja gets a couple of two count. Roja goes to run and Bestia distracts him which allows Terrible to grab Roja for a german suplex for the first fall. First Fall: El Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a german suplex.

Terrible beat Roja up a bit in between rounds and continues to work on Roja on the outside to start the second round. Terrible slams the barricade on Roja’s head. Back in the ring Roja catches some momentum and knocks Terrible to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope laying out Terrible. Roja poses to the crowd for their admiration. Roja whips Terrible over the barricade and then leaps over the barricade for an attack. Crowd is very much behind Niebla Roja as you might expect. Back in the ring Roja hits a double underhook face buster which Terrible kicks out of. They trade strikes in the corner multiple times. Roja finally dodges one and throws Terrible in the air and kicks him in the face. Terrible kicks out. Arena is going crazy. Terrible dodges an attack and then hits a shotgun drop kick, sending Roja flying. Terrible sets him up in the corner and hits multiple strikes to the body and face on Roja. Terrible hits a Styles Clash on Roja but Roja kicks out. Both men lay their gassed out. Terrible goes to the top and Roja hits a arm drag, or some half way Spanish Fly for a two count. Roja hits a springboard splash and then goes for a lionsault but Terrible gets the legs up and goes for the pin. A very close two count. Terrible slams Roja and goes to the top again, and again Roja knocks him down. Roja goes for a hurricanrana but Terrible blocks him and goes for a power bomb but mid air Roja reverses to a hurricanrana for a two count. Roja goes to the top rope but Terrible gets up and crotches him. They fight a bit on the top rope and Roja gets the underhooks for his face buster but Terrible kicks out yet again. Roja sets him up in the corner and gives him a receipt for those strikes earlier. Roja again tries to go for a hurricanrana but this time Terrible hits a power bomb off the top. Roja kicks out however. Terrible runs at Roja in the corner but Roja moves and strikes Terrible. Roja gets an handle to the chest then rolls into his rocking boat stretch. Bestia distracts the ref which brings Oro in to confront him but the ref goes over to him and Bestia strikes Roja which allows Terrible to hit a power bomb then Styles Clash for the win. Second Fall: El Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a Styles Clash.

Oro is trying to chase down Bestia as the ring girls bring Terrible his Champion of the Universe belt. Oro gets the mic and he’s heated. He’s walking up the ramp to confront him. Now Roja has the mic. The mic is very poorly connected to the TV audio, as it’s echoing. But I did make out hair vs hair that Niebla Roja challenged Terrible too. I wonder if at their big March show they do a tag team Hair vs Hair involving Terrible and Bestia facing Oro and Roja. They set the seeds a little bit in the earlier match involving Roja and Oro for it to be a tag team.

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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.118 ~ 18TH JANUARY 2021

The GHC National competitors continue to heat up right before their clash on the 23rd! The NOAH Juniors also stay…well the Juniors. Hisame explains if you don’t know!

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NEWS

Kenoh vs Kazunari Murakami

Kenoh and Kazunari Murakami had their one and only pre-match on the 16th January at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Murakami was repeatedly told off during the match for punching (mainly Kenoh) with a closed fist. However, it was Tadasuke who he choked out, and the referee stopped the match.

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Afterwards, rather than scream and swear (like he would if it were Kaito Kiyomiya, Takashi Sugiura, Naomichi Marufuji or really anyone who Kenoh hates), Kenoh studied Murakami almost as if he was trying to work him out. Backstage Kenoh said in a promo which didn’t involve angry swearing, that although he hated Murakami “from the bottom” of his heart, he would play him at his own game. Was it okay to punch with a closed fist while wearing open fingered gloves? “Was that wrestling?” Kenoh has sworn he will show him “the true Kenoh”. Title match will take place on the 23rd January at the Osaka Edion Arena.

STINGER retain against Kongoh; challenged by mortal enemies

Although Nioh’s hubris led him to say that if he had two victories over HAYATA in a row, a third would follow, he and Haoh were unsuccessful in capturing the tag team titles and swinging the balance of power in the volatile NOAH juniors to their favor, when HAYATA pinned Haoh to retain the titles. Although it was never said by Yoshinari Ogawa, fans got the impression that HAYATA was walking a very thin line.

After the match, STINGER were celebrating their victory, when they were jumped by Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai and Ikuto Hidaka, who threw HAYATA from the ring, kept Susumu (who had been at ringside) out, and stamped down on Yoshiari Ogawa, before Kotaro challenged for the titles saying, “The next is Hidaka and I. You can’t refuse. The place is the Nippon Budokan”. The pair of them threw the tag belts down that NOSAWA had draped over them, as HAYATA crawled back into the ring. For the second time, it was up to quiet shy HAYATA (who managed to keep his back to any cameras) to accept the challenge. Laconic as ever, HAYATA simply said “Next…you”.

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Match has been set for the 12th February at The Nippon Budokan. The pre-matches, however, start on the 23rd January.

You can watch the title match for free here (NOAH streamed it through Periscope)

(This made my Match of The Year 2021 list)

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

~ Shuhei Taniguchi tried “Disco Dancing”, except it looked more like some crazy jig.

~ Seiki Yoshioka is slowly discovering why HAYATA gave up speaking, by first of all reacting to YO-HEY verbally and wondering what he was talking about, and then reacting with “…?” after YO-HEY had babbled something about peanut butter.

~ Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji had a chop challenge. On Atsushi Kotoge’s chest.

~ Yoshiki Inamura has declared that the Musou will be hunting Jun Akiyama at The Nippon Budokan.

~ NOAH are teasing a GHC Heavyweight tag title match by The Aggression. Nakajima has started talking about “natural” it feels, with Masa Kitamiya saying how much The Sugiura Army (especially Sugiura) irritate him.

~ Manabu Soya carried Tadasuke of the ring after being choked by Kazunari Murakami, as if he was going to Avalanche slam him.

~ NOSAWA Rongai told Kotaro Suzuki and Ikuto Hidaka that they had bad fashion sense, Hidaka’s clothes were as bad as his promo skills, and that he felt sorry for the champions on that account.

~ Although the steel plate in his jaw was difficult to remove, Kaito Kiyomiya has made a good recovery and returned to the NOAH dojo. Naturally, he has not shown any pictures of his face.

~ The last time Go Shiozaki took a headbutt from Atsushi Kotoge, his head was split open and his teeth knocked out.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

Thursday 21st January: Go Shiozaki (39)

Saturday 23rd January: NOAH “Higher Ground 2021” (Osaka Edion Arena 2nd Stadium)

BROADCASTS

 NOAH’s Yokohama Radiant Halls event will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on the 19th January. The event on the 23rd January in Osaka will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on the 26th January. You must be a subscriber to view these events.

LINKS

Why did Yuki Sato, Dick Togo’s apprentice, become “Haoh” in Noah?

The key point is “craziness” in the battle with Murakami to the “dream” of The National GHC defense at The Budokan

Pictures taken from Noah GHC

 


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/18/21)

Will Raw be on fire tonight?

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Will Alexa Bliss have a twisted surprise for the Raw Women’s Champion?

She gave Randy Orton a taste of his own medicine, but she might be hungry for something more! Will Alexa be ready for Asuka and earn herself a shot at the title?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Charlotte Flair VS Peyton Royce; Charlotte wins.
  • Xavier Woods VS Mace w/ Retribution; Mace wins.
  • Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Baszler wins.
  • Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Styles wins, Ricochet is NOT in the Men’s Royal Rumble.
  • Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Matt Riddle & The Lucha House Party; The Hurt Business wins.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Jaxson Ryker w/ Elias; Hardy wins, by disqualification.
  • Asuka VS Alexa Bliss; Bliss wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

“Now is the time.”

Martin Luther King Jr’s dream lives on, but only if we live it. Do not judge by the color of one’s skin, but by the content of their character. We will reach the promised land together. #LongLiveTheDream.

 

Randy Orton speaks.

“There is a saying that people who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes. Ashes of the one responsible for their affliction.” Orton wears a mask to cover his burned face. “The voices in my head have never been louder. Encapsulating my every thought, just like this mask encapsulates my face.” Orton held Alexa Bliss’ fate in his hands, yet showed a side of himself he didn’t know he had: compassion. Orton rewatches the footage for himself. The hatred he had for himself needed to be redirected, and he was ready to make Triple H “like a lamb to the slaughter, until she interrupted.”

It was only just last week that HHH was shockingly spirited away so that Alexa could throw a literal FIREBALL at Orton! “And now look at me. LOOK AT ME! This is the damnation I receive for showing compassion? I haven’t been able to sleep because every time I close my eyes, all I see is that ball of fire hurtling towards my face.” Orton seethes as he says “that inescapable feeling of the fire burning my flesh will never go away.” Whatever compassion was in him, it left with that inferno. Orton wears this mask to not only protect himself, but to shield everyone else from the horrors that he endured.

Orton watches himself from last week flail and writhe as he clutched his face in pain. “Despite the agony I felt that would mortify a lesser man, I consider myself… lucky.” Orton came away with just first degree burns and not much worse. He could’ve been disfigured forever! But Orton doesn’t blame Alexa. He blames THE FIEND! Orton already sent him straight to Hell. “There’s no doubt The Fiend is responsible for this. Alexa was merely the vehicle. And I know exactly what The Fiend wants. He wants to stop me from achieving the inevitable.” That is to say, winning the Royal Rumble again, going back to WrestleMania, and becoming a world champion.

Orton is sure everyone else in the locker room loved seeing his face burn, “knowing that their biggest threat may have just been eliminated from competing in the Royal Rumble match. But you could chop off all my limbs and it wouldn’t stop me from winning this year’s Royal Rumble match. Because despite my sickening affliction, I vow to remain in the Royal Rumble match. I can only compete as long as I can tolerate the pain, but the funny thing is… I enjoy the pain. It fuels my every move.” Orton has a match! Orton wants everyone to thank The Fiend when he burns their dreams to ashes and goes on to main event WrestleMania! He lights the match, watches it burn, then blows it out. Will this new, even darker Orton extinguish 29 other lights before going back to the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Ric Flair arrives at the ThunderDome, with Lacey Evans!

Lacey wants to hear some Four Horsemen stories but Charly Caruso comes over to ask about this “relationship” first. Lacey says that’s so nasty. This isn’t TMZ. This is beneath Charly! Charly is compelled to ask because Ric helped Lacey beat Charlotte Flair, his own daughter! Lacey says to show respect to the 16-time world champion, and a living legend. But to answer the question, there’s a reason Ric is the Dirtiest Player in the Game. He was just living up to that name. As far as the relationship goes, Lacey is simply learning from the greatest man to ever step in the ring. Now, they are going to go watch Peyton Royce knock the nasty Queen of her throne.

Charlotte Flair VS Peyton Royce!

But speaking of dirty, Peyton attacks Charlotte from behind at the ramp! They brawl, referees hurry to separate them but this match is going to happen, after the break!

Raw returns and the bell rings and Charlotte tackles Peyton to a corner! Then stomps away on her! The ref backs Charlotte off but she goes right back for more! She RAMS Peyton, RAMS her again, but Peyton sends Charlotte into buckles to fire stomps back! The ref counts, Peyton stops at 3 and brings Charlotte out to hammer away. Charlotte trips Peyton, gives some ground ‘n’ pound, then tackles her to ropes! They spill out of the ring and Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Charlotte puts Peyton in but Peyton rolls out the far side. Charlotte pursues but Peyton kicks back, only for Charlotte to CLUB her, and bounce her off the desk!

Charlotte stalks Peyton around the way, they go back in the ring, then back out the ramp side. Another CHOP, CHOP and CHOP into the post! Peyton shoves Charlotte into the post, then into the ring! Cover, TWO! Charlotte is still in this but Peyton drags her around to drop elbows. Peyton puts on a thrashing chinlock but Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, arm-drags free, and CLOBBERS Peyton! Charlotte looms over Peyton, drags her up and bounces her off buckles. Charlotte bends Peyton against ropes, lets go at 3, and brings Peyton around for another buckle bump! Peyton dodges, Charlotte hits buckles, and Peyton throws Charlotte down by her hair! Cover, TWO!

Peyton is frustrated but she kicks Charlotte down and around. She pushes Charlotte to ropes, bumps her off buckles in return, then digs her boot into Charlotte’s face! The ref counts, Peyton lets off and bumps Charlotte off more buckles. Peyton whips corner to corner, Charlotte goes up and out to shoulder back in! Slingshot and roll up, TWO, but Charlotte ROCKS Peyton with a right! Charlotte blocks boots, has Peyton in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But now Ric makes his entrance?! Ric swaggers on stage and Charlotte is annoyed, because here comes Lacey in one of Ric’s robes!

Charlotte is confused as ever, but Peyton catches her with the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Peyton is furious that Charlotte survives and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Peyton goes to buckle bump but Charlotte blocks to CHOP! And O’Conner roll, TWO! Charlotte goes into buckles but she dodges to send Peyton back into buckles! Both women are down and Peyton crawls away. Charlotte gets up, checks her nose, and then goes after Peyton. Peyton jawbreakers, whips, but Charlotte holds ropes to KICK back! Peyton dodges to HEEL KICK back! Peyton runs but Charlotte puts her on the apron, but Peyton SCORPION KICKS! Peyton goes up, leaps, but Charlotte gets under! Peyton turns around into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte watches Peyton go to the apron, runs in and BOOTS her down! Charlotte dares Lacey to do something again, but no, Lacey stays in the back this time. Peyton drags herself up as the ring count is 8 and is in at 9, but gets stomped by Charlotte! Charlotte puts Peyton’s leg on the rope, then drops a knee, only to miss! Peyton mule kicks then hobbles away from her back hurting. She dodges Charlotte’s clothesline to elbow, kick and HEEL KICK, to then ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Peyton is furious and she drags Charlotte up to suplex. Charlotte slips out to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Knee breaker after knee breaker, Charlotte shows no mercy! Charlotte steps through, Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT! Peyton taps, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission

But she doesn’t let go! She wants Peyton to suffer on behalf of Lacey! Charlotte finally does let Peyton go, will Peyton even be able to team with Lacey now? Will anyone want to?

 

Matt Riddle crosses paths with The Hurt Business.

Riddle just wants to say hi but MVP doesn’t want to hear it. Does he wear this same lame outfit on the streets? Of course. Riddle lives his life free and untethered. And unkempt, it seems. Uncalled for, bro. But Riddle will take the high road. Of course he will. Riddle just wants to say he admires how nice they all dress. MVP is like Gordy Gecko, then there’s “Ceddy the Cheddy,” and Benjamin spending the Benjamins. And of course, who would ever call Lashley “Slobby Bobby.” Lashley handles this and the others head out.

Lashley tells Riddle that if it were him, he actually likes the flipflops. But he heard they’re bad for your feet. What? No they’re not. Lashley STOMPS one of Riddle’s feet, and says that proves his point. Riddle says Lashley will see this foot later, right up his ass! Will The Bro and his “brochachos” make the Hurt Business pay in their 3v3 later tonight?

 

Raw returns as Lucha House Party checks with Riddle.

Is he going to be okay for the match? Riddle says when he was in high school, his cousin ran his foot over with his truck, and Riddle was still able to go to prom. He’ll just tape it up. If he says so…

 

Xavier Woods VS Mace w/ Retribution!

Here he goes again on his own! Mustafa Ali says this is their time to strike. Kofi Kingston at home with a broken jaw isn’t enough, Ali wants to break his spirit, and that’s by breaking one of his most beloved friends! Ali prays Kofi can’t compete or even be in Elimination Chamber or WrestleMania. Then Kofi will feel what Ali did just one year ago! Will this revenge a long time coming be carried out by the menacing monster at Ali’s command?

Ali shouts at Woods about Kofi being a coward. Woods DECKS Ali for that and the ref has to keep Retribution back! Woods is ready for a fight but Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the bell rings! Woods circles with Mace but is cornered! Mace keeps Woods from getting away but Woods CHOPS back, only for Mace to shrug it off. Woods and Mace go again, Woods CHOPS and fires off hands but Mace shoves him away. Woods kicks low, climbs up and throws more hands but Mace shoves him away again. Mace catches Woods with both hands and brings him out to center for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives but Mace choke grips Woods again and dead lifts him to shove him to a corner! Mace runs in to elbow Woods down! Ali mocks Woods’ pain as Mace whips Woods and KNEES him in the back! Mace looms over Woods, covers, TWO!

Mace sits Woods up, pries on fingers and then clamps on for a neck wrench! Woods endures, Mace fish hooks Woods’ mouth, and Ali says Kofi doesn’t need to worry. Woods will break his jaw and be right next to Kofi tomorrow. Woods bites Mace’s hand! Woods mule kicks, CHOPS away, then kicks low to CHOP and CHOP again! Mace ROCKS Woods with the uppercut! Mace whips, Woods dodges and ducks to dropkick a leg out! Woods keeps on Mace with haymakers and elbows! Mace shoves Woods away but Woods CLUBS him! Mace shoves Woods but runs into a boot! HONOR- NO! Choke grip! Woods fights the grip, gets free, and ENZIGURIS!

Mace flops out of the ring but Ali shouts at him to get back in. Mace goes up, but Woods baseball slides under Mace to hit Ali! Woods hits Mace off the apron again but Ali tells them they stop this. They’re going to shut Woods down! Mace gets in, the other members run distraction, Woods SUPERKICKS but runs into a BOOT! Mace drags Woods back up, fireman’s carries, and SWINGING AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Mace wins!

Winner: Mace, by pinfall

Retribution wins again, and Ali stands over Woods. “Tell Kofi, Retribution says, ‘Get well soon.'” Ali and his cohorts are laughing now, but will Kofi make a comeback to shut them up?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka.

She’s been invited to Alexa’s Playground, what does she expect? Asuka honestly doesn’t know. But after seeing her set Orton on fire, Asuka hopes it isn’t Alexa’s dark side.

 

It’s the WrestleMania Report!

It’s Hank E. Panki, totally not Triple H, and Anita Reelman, totally not Stephanie McMahon. Don’t question it. But they’re sending it over to the weatherman, Sunny McCloud. Nope, it’s Roman Reigns, and there is no weatherman. Roman sits at the rightful place as Head of the Table. He’s not going to play along. But if they were, Paul Heyman is sure someone would say, “The extended forecast-” Paul, no. Just give it to them straight. Heyman says Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium will be the home of WrestleMania 37! Wow, big news! It’s going to be buck wild this April! And how great that they get to host WrestleMania again, for the first time.

But some real breaking news in sports, “Hailey Mary” and not Sasha Banks has the exclusive! But then an assistant makes sure she got the report about how WrestleMania is coming back to AT&T Stadium for 2022. Uh, y-yes, now she does! Now shoo. But you heard it here first! WrestleMania 38 will be right here in Texas! It doesn’t get much bigger than that! Dropping exclusives like it’s hot! And what a spectacle! Hank’s a spectacle. Rawr. But now, to Huge Kantseeme for entertainment news! Hugh? Hello? We can’t see him. It’s totally not John Cena! They love it when he does that. And you know what Huge loves? LA!

CUT! When Cena- er, uh, Hugh, says that, it sounds so fake. Um, Hugh, we’re live… Okay, he’ll try again. “Y’know what else I love? LA! That’s right, Hollywood!” Who doesn’t love drama? Cue zoom. Here’s some drama: WrestleMania is going Hollywood in 2023! PLOT TWIST! Thanks, Hugh, but you got a bit carried away. It will be in SoFi Stadium, or as Anita likes to call it, “So FINE Stadium.” Nothing like a good giggle. And that wraps things up for the WrestleMania Report. And we’re good. Phew! HHH and Stephanie take off the “costumes” and are pretty sure no one realized it was them all along. But yes, WrestleMania is all set for the next THREE YEARS! Who will make it to each of them? Will you be there?

 

Raw presents… Alexa’s Playground…!

Alexa goes to her swing and welcomes us back. She is so excited we’re all here, but before we get started, she wants to address The Viper in the room. “Randy, last week, I was just coming out here to talk to you. Y’know, clear the air. And then, things got a little… heated!” Alexa laughs at her own joke and says if Orton needs some sunblock, just let her know. But either way, good to see he’s feeling okay. Now to tonight’s very special guest! Alexa is so excited to invite her opponent, the Women’s Tag Team and Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA! Asuka makes her entrance, and joins Alexa on the swings. Alexa says no, that’s not her seat. Oh, okay…

Is Asuka okay? Yes, yes! Asuka is okay. Sorry, Alexa wasn’t talking to her. Oh, okay. Asuka says she’ll just stand over here by the slide… They giggle, and Asuka more nervously than Alexa. Alexa knows they have a match tonight but for now, let’s have fun! Alexa has breaking news! It’s big news! Should she tell them or do you want to, invisible friend? Okay, she’ll say it. Alexa is entering the Women’s Rumble! Asuka wishes Alexa good luck. But wait. If Alexa wins the Rumble match and Asuka is still champion, then they might face off at WrestleMania! Asuka says that would be her honor! And Asuka is a big fan of Alexa’s! Really? Yes! Thank you, that’s so sweet! Well of course! YOWIE WOWIE~!

Alexa doesn’t like Asuka saying that. Asuka hopes Alexa still wants to have fun. Let’s dance! It’s Asuka’s theme, but Asuka still dances. Alexa doesn’t want that. Alexa says STOP IT! Asuka’s music stops and Asuka is a bit startled. Alexa’s friend says something and Alexa says they’re right. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. If Alexa had done something differently, he’d still be here… Asuka says it’ll be okay. Asuka tries to explain in Japanese, and then says The Fiend’s still here. “Do NOT say his name!” Alexa then gets a smile as she waves at the rocking horse. Asuka is spooked and leaves the ring. Alexa switches to the rocking horse, but will she flip the switch when the bell rings?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz and John Morrison.

Can they give us a hint at what they have in store for Goldberg tonight on The Dirt Sheet? Oh, she wants to know? Of course Sarah wants to know! “I WANT THE SCOOP~!” NO! No spoilers. Tune in like everyone else. But what Miz will say is that what is in store will definitely be controversial. Controversy creates cash, much like the Money in the Bank. CHACHING!

 

Raw hears from Jeff Jarrett!

Double J has a prediction for Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg for the WWE World Championship at the Royal Rumble PPV. Jarrett knows both men, but he quotes his old buddy, Toby Keith. The hook goes, “I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m good once as I ever was.” That will be the story of the Rumble, because we’ll see Goldberg’s Spear, Jackhammer and win for a NEW WWE World Champion! Will McIntyre deny that prediction when the  match actually happens?

 

Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

While the #SexyMuscleFriends go to the ring together, the Queen of Spades gives fair warning backstage. “Last week, I made Mandy Rose tap out, and then I threw Mandy Rose out of the ring like an empty can of White Claw.” She promises to do the same thing tonight, and then everyone the Women’s Rumble better watch out because she’ll do the same to them. It doesn’t matter if it’s Charlotte, Bayley, or even her own tag team partner. Nia is surprised by that, but it IS every woman for themselves. Nia says she’s been the one carrying the team, but will Shayna prove she can do bad all by herself after the break?

Raw returns and Nia joins commentary as the bell rings. Mandy and Shayna tie up, Mandy shoves Shayna then trips her up with a leg. Shayna gets up, Mandy waistlocks, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Shayna kicks Mandy’s legs out, KNEES her down then covers, TWO! Shayna drags Mandy around and clamps on with a neck wrench. Mandy endures and Dana coaches her up. Shayna drives an elbow into Mandy’s face! Shayna CLUBS Mandy, Mandy hits back but Shayna CLUBS and KICKS her around! Shayna throws forearms, drags Mandy up for knees, then snapmares to KICK her again! Cover, TWO!

Shayna is back on Mandy with the neck wrench. Mandy fires up, throws body shots but Shayna throws her down by her hair! Shayna clamps onto Mandy again, pulls on arm arm for a half straitjacket, then stands on the arm! It’s a new take on the ARM STOMP! Dana checks on Mandy but Shayna tells her to back off. Mandy rolls Shayna up, TWO!! Mandy runs Shayna over but shakes out the bad arm. Mandy ducks a kick and uses the good arm to lariat over and over! And hit a FLAPJACK! Mandy manages a kip up, runs in and powers Shayna to a corner! Mandy fires off forearms, the ref backs her off but Mandy comes back to throw more forearms and even stomps!

The ref counts, Mandy backs off but Shayna gets around to KICK the bad arm! Shayna wrenches that arm, but Mandy fires off forearms with the other! Mandy pulls Shayna’s hair but Shayna twists the arm! KEYLOCK TAKEDOWN! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Mandy taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

The Queen of Spades took care of this by herself, just as she said she would! Nia says Mandy almost had her, but Shayna argues it wasn’t even close. But Dana sneaks up and dropkicks Nia into Shayna, and they both hit post! The Flex Appeal gets away with Mandy, and they aren’t out of the running yet! Will one of these women win the Women’s Rumble to go after the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

Shayna and Nia argue backstage.

Shayna says that was Nia’s fault for getting involved but Charly Caruso comes by to ask about them not getting along. Well they’ve never really gotten along, even as champions. But meanwhile, the current champions, Charlotte has her daddy issues and Asuka is being creeped out by Alexa, are they really getting along? In fact, now is the perfect time to get that rematch for the titles! Nia says that’s actually a good idea. They go off to find management, will they regain the gold before getting into the Rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Before discussing the tag titles, how uncomfortable was it for her to see Lacey wearing one of Ric’s robes? Ever since stepping foot in the ring, people accuse her of living off her family name. Now there is literally a woman draping herself on Ric’s arm, begging for her 15 minutes of fame, and living off the name! Charlotte knows that Lacey is just using Ric to get to her. But Charlotte’s been learning from Ric her entire life. She just never went down that path. Maybe Charlotte needs to rethink things, because one person can only take so much trash. Lacey may have one of Ric’s robes, but she will never has Charlotte’s crown.

 

Adam Pearce talks with Ricochet.

We know that there are superstars who need to earn their way into the Rumble match. And this match is perfect timing. A win can go a long way towards opportunities. Ricochet is just glad to have this opportunity. Maybe this is the start to his road to WrestleMania. But then AJ Styles comes by and says it’s funny that Pearce is talking about opportunities. Who would take advice from Pearce, who just literally ran away from the Universal Championship? Yes, he would’ve lost, been embarrassed, but at least he’d have his dignity. Look at Ricochet. Ricochet is going to lose, but he’ll lose with dignity.

Ricochet says Styles has selective amnesia, like 50 First Dates. What’s he talking about? Well, Drew Barrymore’s character couldn’t remember a thing past a certain date because- Styles knows the movie! It’s in his top ten, right next to The Notebook. What’s he talking about here tonight? Ricochet’s point is that Styles has forgotten about TLC when he got embarrassed- Hey! That was The Miz’s fault! Well all Ricochet knows is that Styles will need more than a seven foot giant by his side to prove Ricochet doesn’t belong in the Rumble. The One and Only heads out to the ring, but will he be better than Phenomenal once again?

Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!

Styles hangs back long enough to tell Pearce that he doesn’t like him anymore. And when he doesn’t like someone, Omos doesn’t like someone. Omos literally looks down on Scrap Daddy, but what will Pearce do about it, after the break?

Raw returns and Styles makes his entrance. The bell rings, Styles and Ricochet circle, tie up, and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref counts, Styles lets off and Ricochet circles with him again. They tie up, Styles headlocks, Ricochet tries to power out but Styles holds on tight. Styles grinds Ricochet down, Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE and Styles holds on. They get up, Ricochet tries to power out again but Styles still holds on. Ricochet makes it a cover again, ONE! Ricochet throws body shots, powers out this time but blocks Styles’ kick to hit an arm-drag! Ricochet whips, Styles gets around to backslide, but Ricochet rolls through. Styles reels Ricochet in but Ricochet trips him up to jackknife bridge! TWO, and Styles tilt-o-whirls to a sunset flip, TWO!

Styles wants the Clash but Ricochet pops free to get around and roll him up, TWO! Ricochet dodges, runs, and headscissors! Styles pops up but into a RANA! Styles is back again, Ricochet rolls and handsprings to headscissor again! Styles is dizzy and flounders, into a dropkick! Ricochet talks some smack to Omos as Styles flounders out. Ricochet runs, slides, but Styles catches him, only for Ricochet to still headscissor him! Ricochet is getting fired up, but Omos glares at him from around the way. Ricochet puts Styles in and follows, but Styles runs in. Ricochet sends Styles out, slingshots, but Omos catches him!

The ref warns Omos to set Ricochet down, and Omos DROPS Ricochet! Ricochet is down but not out yet, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Styles drags Ricochet up to bump him off buckles. Styles scoops Ricochet for a RUNNING BACKBREAKER! Ricochet writhes but Styles paces around. Styles sits Ricochet up to dig a knee in and clamp on with the chinlock. Ricochet endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Jawbreaker! Styles staggers, but he dodges to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet dodges Styles, runs and tilt-o-whirls for the DDT! Both men are down and Omos stares as fans clap on their screens. Ricochet gets to ropes and uses them to get up, and he counter punches Styles then fires off strikes! DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

Ricochet is frustrated but Omos is relieved as Styles survives. Ricochet fireman’s carries but Styles fights out. Ricochet mule kicks a leg then back flips into the DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Ricochet grows further frustrated but he watches Styles stand. Ricochet runs out from the corner but Styles dodges. Styles runs in, Ricochet elbows back, QUEBRADA into a LARIAT! Styles gets Ricochet up, SNAP BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Styles fireman’s carries Ricochet for USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Omos says it’s alright but Styles is still surprised Ricochet survives!

Styles goes to a corner, goes to the apron, and takes aim. Styles springboards, but Ricochet hits the RECOIL!! Both men are down, Ricochet crawls to the cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet is beside himself! Ricochet goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Styles trips him up! Ricochet lands hard on his stomach and flops to the apron! Omos coaches Styles as Ricochet drags himself up. Styles goes to the corner, brings Styles up, but Ricochet hotshots! Ricochet aims, slingshots, but into Styles’ suplex, that rebounds off the ropes! Into the STYLES CLASH!!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Now that was a PHENOMENAL way to win a match! But once again, Styles denies another entry into the Rumble, will he continue to eliminate superstars before they ever get in?

 

Raw presents The Dirt Sheet!

The Miz and John Morrison are in the ring and Morrison welcomes us. When you want to enjoy a top tier steak dinner, you’ve gotta be ready to pay the bill. And Miz says tonight is the biggest edition of Dirt Sheet ever. It will be extra dirty because tonight’s guest is someone who everyone knows and loves, someone who was a childhood hero to many adults, and could be a hero to an entirely new generation if he defeats Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Championship at the Royal Rumble PPV! Welcome the biggest guest in Dirt Sheet history, one of the most intimidating men to ever step inside the wrestling ring, the legendary WWE Hall of Famer, it’s GOLD~ BERG!

Goldberg makes his entrance and both Miz ‘n’ Morrison are excited. Wait a minute, that’s GILLBERG! And he still gets hurt by those sparklers. Morrison and Miz can’t believe “Goldberg” is more massive than before. Now, the Rumble will be one of the most important matches in his career, it’ll be like Godzilla VS King Kong! How has he been preparing? Well first, he bashes his head into the wall because he’s so pumped up. The adrenaline is flowing, the veins are hyped and he’s foaming at the mouth! There’s smoke coming out of his nose and fire out of his ass! Okay just be careful not to hit a ring post. And careful with those chairs, they’re not cheap.

Wait, Drew McIntyre is here?! Miz and Morrison are surprised most of all! Wait, that’s not even close. That’s an impersonator with a wig! And he has a tiny toy sword! “That’s the ‘Clayless,'” says Samoa Joe. Miz and Morrison give Drew “Mockingtire” roll in, and the Dirt Sheet just keeps getting bigger! Mockingtire says he is here to meet his opponent face to face. Let’s not get into fisticuffs, Dirt Sheet is classy. Use your words. Does Mockingtire have anything to say to Gil- er, Goldberg? “I’m gonna kick yer ass back to 1998, and then I’m gonna go home and eat some haggis!”

Whoa, c’mon, the Scottish accent is more like this, mate. Are they going to cut and go again? NO IT’S LIVE! Morrison, where did you find this guy? New Jersey… No, the best actors are from New York, LA and Cleveland! Cleveland?! What? Because of Miz! But now this show is a train wreck! What are they even doing? Gillberg? Really? Miz, you’re making this awkward. Oh HE’s making this awkward?! This was MORRISON’S stupid idea! It’s a GREAT idea! It’s comedy gold! Pff, it’s not even comedy silver! Gillberg speaks up and does his crazy Goldberg face. Oh shut up! And let’s just do the thing.

“Hey, John~!” “Yeah?” “Is Goldberg going to lose at the Royal Rumble?” Of course! CORRECT! But is Drew McIntyre also going to lose at the Rumble? Duh. CORRECT! But how can that be? Because The Miz will cash in his MITB contract. COOOOOOOOOOOORRECT! “You are looking at the future WWE Champion, because I’m the Miz! And III’M! NEXT!” Miz is finally getting serious, but will he make the real Goldberg and McIntyre the butt of his joke?

 

Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Matt Riddle & The Lucha House Party!

The WWE United States Champion put the hurt on The Bro both last week in their title match, but also earlier tonight just to bully him. But will the Golden Lynx and King of the Ropes help Riddle rebound while also getting themselves an opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Championships?

Raw returns as Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik make their entrance, followed by Riddle. Alexander insists he start and Metalik starts with him. Alexander kicks low, clubs away on Metalik then talks trash. Alexander throws forearms and puts Metalik in a corner to whip corner to corner., Metalik boots back, runs and slings but into a back suplex! Metalik lands on his feet, dodges but Alexander dropkicks! Alexander says that’s how you do it, but MVP says don’t talk about it, just do it. Alexander doesn’t want to tag and he CHOPS Metalik! He scoops Metalik to a backbreaker! Alexander stares Benjamin down as he lifts Metalik again, but Metalik slips out to get to his corner and tag in Lince!

Metalik boots Alexander away, Lince jumps in and gets a boost for the FLYING RANA! Lince clubs away on Alexander, wrenches, but Alexander ROCKS him with a right! Alexander CLUBS Lince, and now he wants a tag, only for Benjamin and Lashley to let him handle this. Alexander turns around into CHOPS! Lince QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO!! Alexander narrowly escapes but Lince clubs away! Lince gets the arm, Alexander fights up and pulls the mask! Alexander puts Lince on the ropes, throws body shots, and Benjamin tags himself in. The tag champions glare at each other, then Benjamin circles with Lince. Lince rolls Benjamin, TWO, Benjamin CLOBBERS Lince!

Benjamin puts Lince in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and storms over to cover, TWO! Tag to Lashley, the Hurt Business whip and double shoulder Lince down! Lashley throws Lince to a corner, fires off haymakers, then bumps Lince off buckles. Alexander tags himself in and drags Lince up for forearms. Benjamin tags himself in and MVP wants his guys to stop arguing. Benjamin keeps Lince in the corner and he fires off haymakers and stomps. Lince tries to fight out but Alexander tags himself back in. Alexander whips, Lince handsprings, GOLDEN REWIND! Both men are down, MVP says this is what happens!

Alexander drags Lince from his corner in time, and tags Benjamin in. The tag champions argue again, and then Benjamin shoves Alexander right out of the ring! MVP keeps Alexander back, Lashley tags in, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Alexander is on Lince with an armlock. Metalik and Riddle rally for Lince as he endures and fights up. Lince clubs but Alexander WRINGS his arm out! Cover, TWO! Alexander smothers Lince with a chinlock and reaches out for a tag. Lashley takes it and he drags Lince up to bring him around for a scoop and SLAM! Lashley asks why Alexander has a problem but MVP says to worry about that later. Lashley tags Benjamin, Benjamin drags Lince around and TOSSES him across the way! Benjamin drags Lince back up, snap suplexes, then takes his time looming over Lince. Alexander tags himself back in and Benjamin contains his frustration.

Alexander bumps Lince off buckles, fires off hands, but lets off at the ref’s count of 4. Alexander hoists Lince up top, throws hands, but Lince throws them back! Alexander staggers, Lince adjusts and leaps, BIG crossbody! Lince bounces off the cover but both men are down! The fans clap on their screens, hot tags to Riddle and Benjamin! The Bro spins Benjamin around for a PELE! Kip up and forearm smash! Riddle runs to DECK Lashley, then he forearms Benjamin again! Benjamin holds off the suplex to throw knees, then a powerbomb lift. Riddle fights out, ROUDNHOUSES then Penalty Kicks, only to miss! Benjamin rolls, Riddle rolls through, FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!

MVP panics as Riddle goes up, FLOATING BRO FLOPS! MVP shouts as Riddle crawls, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik springboards to crossbody! Then he brings Benjamin up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Metalik goes up, up and RANA! Metalik runs, wheelbarrows but Benjamin SLAMS Metalik down! Alexander tags in again, for a BRAIN BUSTER! Alexander gets fired up but Lashley tags himself in. Lashley runs past Alexander to DECK Riddle, then SPEAR Metalik! But Lashley isn’t done, he puts on the HURT LOCK! Metalik taps, The Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by submission

Lashley sees Alexander and Benjamin arguing again, but Riddle CLOBBERS Lashley! Riddle gets away because the Hurt Business isn’t on the same page! Will they be able to pull things together to keep the gold in their possession?

 

Elias talks with Jaxson Ryker backstage.

After the miscommunication last week, The Drifter hopes he and Ryker don’t misunderstand each other this time. When Elias told Ryker not to help him, he didn’t mean it, he was being subtle. Ryker took it literally, signals got crossed. Signals? This isn’t Thomas the Tank Engine, this is Monday Night Raw! This is the WWE! And WWE stands for #WalkWithElias. That Ryker understands. Now Ryker did not walk with Elias last week. But tonight, when they take on Hardy again, what is Ryker’s mission? To finish what Elias started, embody the Universal Truth, and beat Hardy until he accepts the truth. Good. They head out, and Ryker double checks. Is Elias not helping in the match or “not” helping in the match? Just go…

 

Drew McIntyre speaks!

He’s still asymptomatic for COVID and is feeling stronger than ever. But he’s still at home. He had a good laugh at Gillberg and the mini-McIntyre “with the body of a melted candle.” But the WWE is like the circus, with a little bit of everything for everyone. There are clowns like Miz ‘n’ Morrison, then the lions like McIntyre. And sometimes, the lions eat the clowns. McIntyre promises to see them again really soon.

But that wasn’t reality. The reality is, the championships aren’t given. But they can be taken, and in McIntyre’s case, it could be at a Spear or Jackhammer’s notice. McIntyre respects Goldberg, but he won’t hold back to keep his title. McIntyre never misses. He will be prepared, focused and intense. That same intensity he saw in Goldberg’s eyes. Not the kind in the delusions he had or the words Goldberg put in McIntyre. McIntyre means the intensity when he insulted Goldberg. That look was the real Goldberg!

McIntyre suggests Goldberg bring that guy to the Rumble because that’s what the title deserves. If he doesn’t, McIntyre will eat him alive in two minutes. But if Goldberg wants to try again, McIntyre will be back on Raw next week! Will there be thunder and lightning from these two titans even before the Rumble?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Jaxson Ryker w/ Elias!

The Charismatic Enigma knew The Drifter’s thumb was not broken last week, and he made sure Elias did not get away unscathed. But while Elias had a helping hand in Ryker’s win over the living legend, will they not get away with it again?

The bell rings and Ryker runs in but Hardy dodges him! Hardy puts Ryker in a corner, rams his shoulder in over and over, but Ryker turns things around to throw body shots! The ref counts, Ryker bumps Hardy off buckles then watches him flounder around. Ryker toys with Hardy, Hardy hits back but Ryker CLUBS him down! Ryker drags Hardy up, puts him in the corner and whips him corner to corner. Hardy goes up, mule kicks back then headscissors Ryker to ropes! Ryker flounders up but Hardy rallies with forearms! Atomic drop, leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and a splash added on, cover, ONE!

Hardy keeps his cool and watches Ryker stand. Ryker blocks the kick but not the spinning back kick! Hardy runs in to corner splash, then he whips corner to corner, only to miss. Ryker runs back in and CLOBBERS Hardy! Elias likes that as Ryker covers, TWO! Ryker drops ax handles on Hardy again and again, then rains down right hands! The ref counts, Ryker lets off, and he drags Hardy up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ryker drags Hardy into a chinlock and grinds him down! Hardy endures, fights up and throws body shots to then jawbreaker free! Kick and TWIST OF FURY! Hardy throws off his shirt, climbs up top, but Elias again interferes! The ref saw it this time, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by disqualification

Ryker is a bit upset, didn’t they agree Elias was not going to help? Elias thought they agreed he was “not” going to help, aka he would. But it doesn’t matter as Hardy WRECKS Elias with a dropkick! Ryker is after Hardy again but gets another Twist! He powers out, Hardy dodges but runs into a SCRAPBUSTER! Elias gets in to stand tall with Ryker, and it looks like this issue is not over. What will it take to finally get Hardy to #WalkWithElias?

 

Asuka VS Alexa Bliss!

The encounter earlier tonight was eerie and scary, but now the Empress and Lil’ Miss Bliss will battle it out! Will Asuka be able to shrug off the chill up her spine? Or will she be burned by the darkness lurking inside Alexa?

The bell rings and Alexa smiles as she and Asuka circle. They tie up, go around, and Asuka wrenches to a wristlock. Alexa rolls, wrenches back, but Asuka moves around to spin, wrench and wristlock again. Alexa steps through, slips through and headlocks. Asuka fights out, pushes Alexa and then follows to run her over! Asuka has fun now as she dances around, but then she runs, Alexa trips her up, and Alexa Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Alexa sits and smiles and Asuka runs in, but Alexa ducks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Asuka fires off palm strikes, body shots and a BACK HAND! Asuka shoves, pop-up KNEES Alexa down, then SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

Asuka keeps cool as Alexa is smiling about getting hit. Asuka sits Alexa up and says no more fun, she wants her lock! Alexa resists the armlock and chinbar, pries free, but Asuka wrangles her back down. Alexa fights again, gets up, and gest to ropes! The ref calls for the break and Asuka lets off fast. Alexa is outside, Asuka runs and slides but Alexa gets under. Alexa gets in the ring, and then the screens start to change? The lights are going down! What is this warped circus music?! Raw goes to break while things get creepier!

Raw returns once more and Alexa is standing there, but has transformed! Her makeup, hair, outfit, it’s all different! Asuka is as confused as we are as to how she did this! Asuka circles but Alexa doesn’t budge. Alexa watches Asuka then finally takes a step. They circle slowly, commentary doesn’t even want to talk too loudly. Asuka swings a back hand but Alexa easily avoids it! And the same for the roundhouse kick! Alexa deflects Asuka’s strikes, ducks one kick but not the mule kick! Asuka runs but into a shoulder! Alexa’s stoic as Asuka rolls out of the ring. Asuka is getting mad and she gets back in the ring. The two circle again, Asuka blocks Alexa’s punch, POP-UP KNEE!

Alexa staggers to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Alexa does the SPIDER WALK! That’s just like Bray Wyatt! Alexa stands upright, wipes some blood from her mouth, and then just stares at her hand. Asuka waits on Alexa, but Alexa wants to grab at Asuka! Asuka fights off the Mandible Claw! Alexa kicks, Asuka blocks, waistlock but Alexa elbows out! And DECKS Asuka! Cover, TWO!! This dark side of Alexa’s that Asuka was talking about is stoic again as she paces about. Asuka shakes out the cobwebs as she sits up, but Alexa walks over to look at her in the eyes. Alexa lifts Asuka up by her chin, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES! And BACK HANDS! ANOTHER ROUNDHOUSE!!

Asuka fires up, drags Alexa up but Alexa grabs Asuka and smirks! SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, Alexa wins!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

Alexa just pinned Asuka!! And then in a flash, she’s back to her bubbly side! “Let me in!” She spoke with The Fiend’s voice!! Maybe Asuka was right, he IS still here! But if she truly #LetHimIn, will there be any stopping her on the road to WrestleMania?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode tonight! For starters, less strange copy-paste from last week, and they did continue with stories that got started last week to great effect. I am a little saddened that it seems we’re no longer doing Ricochet VS Retribution if only for now, but I do like how they shifted to make Retribution’s story work against The New Day. They had Ali bring back things that happened all the way back in 2019 when #KofiMania happened for WrestleMania 35. I hope we get Ali VS Kofi out of this, on top of New Day VS the various combinations of Retribution. Ricochet VS AJ Styles was a great match, perhaps one of the most creative ways to get someone into the Styles Clash, and it is interesting that Styles is the gatekeeper to the Men’s Rumble on Raw.

Charlotte VS Peyton was a very good showing for Peyton, even though she loses. They aren’t overdoing things with Lacey and Ric just yet, so it isn’t exactly cringeworthy. Though, the endgame is clearly Lacey using Ric just to get at the tag titles. Shayna beats Mandy Rose down again, but it was pretty good for Dana to get the better of her and Nia. Nia and Shayna want a tag title match and that probably happens on the go-home to the Rumble. I can see the distractions for Charlotte getting the better of the #QueensOfTomorrow, and the titles going back to Nia and Shayna, but there could still be dysfunction on the other end that changes that around.

Dysfunction is also growing in the Hurt Business, and while it’s a bit early, they are acting it out very well. Alexander is too fired up and thinking he’s the one winning everything, but it was a good move for Lashley to take over the match and put this away for the team. LHP is doing a lot with also having their part in the Dusty Rhodes Classic on NXT, but I think that means they can fall back on one show if they’re losing in the other. And I would think Riddle is getting another match for the US Championship, but perhaps after the Rumble. Hardy VS Ryker was better than last week, but the story is still something that they’re clearly trying to force more Elias and Hardy stuff.

The Dirt Sheet having Gillberg and a fake McIntyre was actually a great twist. It was goofy in the right way, and it was made even better with Miz getting serious to top it off. I suppose he does have a point that he can cash in again, or rather “actually” this time, against McIntyre and Goldberg, but that seems like an even worse idea than at TLC if you go by Goldberg’s kayfabe rankings. McIntyre had a good response promo, and it’s great to know he’ll be back already. I don’t expect him and Goldberg to throw hands, but I bet there will be a tease of Goldberg getting hit with a Claymore or McIntyre getting hit with a spear. And Goldberg should prioritize Spear so that he doesn’t have to risk lifting then dropping McIntyre.

The related stories of Orton, Fiend and Alexa just got even more interesting. Orton has an apparently medical lucha mask now, adding a new layer to how creepy he’s being lately. It’s like he’s becoming The Fiend after having burned The Fiend alive in a twisted version of the Santa Clause. And at the same time, Alexa has inherited The Fiend’s powers, too. She really creeped Asuka out, and that’s not so bad, because while Asuka can be scary, Alexa is being a different kind of scary. Giving Alexa her own transformation was a great twist, and this Alexa could probably take the Raw Women’s Championship.

And to be fair, it would be better if we got Asuka VS Twisted Bliss Alexa at Rumble because it’d be a lot for Alexa, even this new form of hers, to win the Rumble when there are many great contenders from both Raw and SmackDown. Bayley and Bianca are a strong rivalry from SmackDown and one of them probably deserves to win so they can challenge Sasha Banks.

My Score: 8.3/10


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