NEW NXT North American Champion, Johnny Gargano, promises to open the show! What will he have to say? Who will be first to challenge him for the title?
- Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons VS Mansoor; Ryker wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Eric Bugenhagen; Gulak wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair & The Sky Pirates VS The Horsewomen; Belair & The Sky Pirates win.
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Johnny Gargano starts NXT!
The NEW NXT North American Champion grins as he heads to the ring. Johnny Wrestling finally became Johnny Champion, and the fans even changed the signs to match. Gargano holds the belt up in the ring and gets himself a mic. Fans chant “Johnny Champion!” but also “Johnny Sucks!” Gargano likes how the former chant sounds, because it feels so great to be standing in Full Sail as North American Champion. Everyone’s been on this journey with Gargano for years, and most feel “You Deserve It!” Gargano agrees, “We deserve it!” TakeOver: Phoenix validated it all when Gargano won. Gargano is THE North American Champion, and Johnny Wrestling is back! But speaking of champions, here comes THE NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa!
The Psycho Killer has his own mic to tell Johnny, “I’m not out here to take away from your moment.” Ciampa’s here to celebrate the moment. TakeOver: Phoenix was when Gargano proved what Ciampa knew all along: Gargano knows how to listen, and knows how to follow Ciampa’s lead. And look at Gargano now! Gargano is North American Champion, Ciampa is THE Champion, they own the world! “This is everything we used to talk about.” The final shot at TakeOver, Gargano and Ciampa side-by-side again, that proved to the world that “this is OUR moment.” Fans chant “DIY!” but Gargano looks conflicted. Gargano says, “No. There is no ‘our’ moment!” The only reason Gargano came out at the end was to show Ciampa that Gargano will never need Ciampa! But now, Velveteen Dream appears!
The Patrick Clark Experience thinks “this is cute.” DIY, champions again. But let’s not all forget that tonight isn’t about their moment. It’s not about Gollum and Goldie nor Johnny Badass. This is about the man who stole the show by simply showing up. They know who that is, right? That’s Dream. But let’s also not forget that while DIY put the finishing touches on a fairy tale ending, Dream won the Worlds Collide tournament! And if they don’t know what that means, Dream has earned a championship opportunity of his choosing. And guess who Dream chose? Ciampa, please back away. Dream sees that “lust” in Ciampa’s eyes to share the spotlight again, but the Dream is over Ciampa. Dream doesn’t want that title. He goes to the ring and tells Gargano that Dream wants him. Gargano VS Dream for the North American Championship?
Fans chant “Take His Title!” But since Dream is so self-absorbed, Gargano will remind him of something. While Dream was in the crowd, Gargano put on another Match of the Year! Gargano was winning the title, and then he represented NXT in the Royal Rumble! Gargano’s on top of the world and feeling “a little dangerous.” If Dream wants to take his shot, go for it, because Gargano will win. Maybe Gargano will win. But the fans really want to know is when it’s 1v1, Gargano VS Dream, will it be Johnny Champion? Or Johnny Jackass?! Fans like the sound of “Johnny Jackass!” Dream and Gargano trash talk, but then Gargano backs down. Gargano leaves and Dream tells him it’s only a matter of time. Gargano and Ciampa then look at each other before leaving without a word. Will Gargano win when the Experience comes for his gold?
Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons VS Mansoor!
Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler won big against the Street Profits, but now it’s time for the trio’s Gunner to remind everyone what he’s capable of. Will he continue to #DoUntoOthers when facing one of the top prospects from Saudi Arabia?
For those who remember the inaugural Greatest Royal Rumble, Mansoor was one of the first signees from the region in WWE history, as introduced in front of the audience. Now “Manny” makes his NXT TV debut, but it’s against quite an intimidating opponent. The bell rings and Ryker powers Mansoor to a corner. Mansoor gets back with an arm wrench but Ryker elbows him down! Ryker drags Mansoor up for heavy knees to the head! Ryker drags Mansoor up for a back suplex lift, to put him on the top rope! He drags Mansoor into the Tree of Woe to club away! Ryker lets up at 4 then comes back to bring Mansoor up by his mane. He whips Mansoor into the corner again, but Mansoor elbows him away. Mansoor leaps but into a SPEAR! Ryker drags Mansoor up again, for a sit-out choke slam! Cover, Ryker wins!
Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by pinfall
The Forgotten Sons are all rolling on this Road to Wrestlemania Weekend! Ryker’s eyes show no remorse, and so do his actions! He gives Mansoor another sit-out choke slam!! Cutler and Blake get Ryker to leave Mansoor alone, but these three are far from through with the NXT roster. Will Ryker find himself in contention for a title soon enough?
Cathy Kelly waits backstage for an interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only updates the WWE photo gallery with a new shoot, but the Undisputed Era come over. They can’t believe Cathy seriously wants to interview a loser when she could interview Adam Cole. Ricochet’s a one trick pony while Cole is championship material, baybay. Ricochet hears all this trash talk, but Cole wants Ricochet to keep his cool. Cole was just saying that as far as the North American Championship, Ricochet’s back of the line. That title has Cole’s name on it. Did Ricochet knock a couple screws loose? Ricochet took that title from Cole. But if they want to prove who is more deserving, have a match. Cole accepts, and even looks forward to it.
As for Ricochet, he’ll find the opening to get that title back. Will Cole get one over on the One and Only? Or will Ricochet skip ahead of Cole in line to go after the winner of Gargano VS Dream?
Drew Gulak VS Eric Bugenhagen!
The Cruiserweight Division’s Philly Fury makes his NXT TV debut in a match! Full Sail loves to see Gulak, but will Gulak simply bring his same Laws of Drewtopia to NXT? Or will the debuting Wisconsin wild man win the with power of rooock~~?
Full Sail rocks out with Eric rocking out in the corner, but Gulak is not amused. The bell rings as Eric goes into an encore, but Gulak goes right at him! Eric dumps him with a spinebuster and shouts “Let’s rooooooock~~~!” But Gulak dropkicks Eric! Gulak gives Eric springboard stomps and kicks, then stomps a mudhole into the corner. Gulak scoops Eric to dump him into ropes on the far side. Fans rally for “Bugenhagen!” but Gulak CHOPS him! Gulak bumps Eric off buckles then drags him up for a snap suplex. Float over, TWO! Gulak slaps Eric around then drags him up into a chinlock. Eric gasps for air while fans rally up again.
Eric powers his way up and throws body shots, then whips Gulak to a corner. He rams his shoulder into Gulak then throws heavy haymakers. Eric whips but Gulak reverses. They go around but it’s Eric who gets the abdominal stretch! “Let’s rooooock~!” Air guitar on Gulak’s ribs! But Gulak elbows out stiff to belly2belly Eric overhead! Gulak throws Eric again and drags him up into the GuLOCK! Eric taps, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission
Party’s over! Gulak wins but still glares down at Bugenhagen. Gulak grabs a mic and tells Full Sail that while he represents in 205 Live as the best submission specialist, he comes here and gets BUGENHAGEN!? This is disrespect! He doesn’t want Ben Stiller from Dodgeball, he’s THE BEST submission wrestler in all of WWE! If there’s someone man enough to step to Gulak, then he gives them a chance to #GetStretched! “Bro…” Matt Riddle answers the call!
Riddle tells Gulak “Bro… Is that what you really think of NXT?” Everyone here sets the bar day in and day out. How about Gulak get out of the ring and out of NXT, or Riddle make Gulak tap out. Fans are fired up for the Original Bro, but Gulak tells Riddle he should take those flip-flops off and make his day. A wise chose, bro. Riddle kicks off the sandals and heads right to the ring! Gulak has a second debutt, but will it be successful?
Drew Gulak VS Matt Riddle!
NXT returns and fans are fired up for “Bro! Bro!” The bell rings and Gulak circles with Riddle. They approach and feel out the grapple. They end up on the ropes and Gulak presses Riddle in. Riddle shoves him away and the two go again. Riddle shoots in and gets the leg, but Gulak keeps his guard up. They go around and around, and Riddle gets an armbar! Gulak blocks quick and slips out to a heel hook! Gulak grabs hair for a headlock, Riddle dumps him up and over, but Gulak rolls over. Riddle powers up and slams Gulak! But Gulak keeps the gut wrench grip. Riddle slips out to another armbar! Gulak resists so Riddle slaps his stomach. Riddle wants a leg but Gulak gets free. Gulak gets a waistlock, slaps Riddle, and has a chicken wing.
Fans rally and Riddle gets up. Riddle sweeps a leg, covers, ONE! Gulak sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off and fans applaud. The grapplers go again and Riddle gets a headlock. Riddle gets the takedown but Gulak gets the headscissors. Riddle works to pop out but Gulak holds tight. Fans rally up and Riddle moves around. Riddle pops out and Penalty Kicks Gulak! Then drops a back senton! Gulak gets to a corner as Riddle goes side to side, super forearm! Riddle goes again but gets a boot! Riddle reels away but Gulak runs over for a shotgun dropkick! Gulak drags Riddle from the ropes to trap one arm, then the other while pulling Riddle’s head. Riddle endures and fans “Bro! Bro!” again. Riddle rolls to a cover, TWO!
Gulak keeps his grip but Riddle endures. Riddle headscissors but Gulak fights him off. They both stand up and Riddle powers out. Gulak runs Riddle over and covers, ONE! Gulak throws Riddle, cover, ONE! The chinlock returns and Gulak digs his chin into Riddle’s head. Riddle pries at the hands but Gulak brings the arms back for a stretch. Gulak bends Riddle down to the mat and makes him kiss it! Riddle endures even as Gulak bends the arms all the way back! He even gets the fingers! Riddle pops out and crawls away, but Gulak’s right on him. Fans duel as Gulak snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Gulak traps the arm in a hammerlock then gets the other arm. Riddle endures as fans rally up again.
They both stand and Riddle throws body shots! And palm strikes! Gulak hits back but it’s Riddle who suplexes and drops Gulak! Both men are down but fans fire up. The referee starts a standing count and Riddle is up first. Riddle gives Gulak some Bro Kicks! Gulak catches one, for a dragon screw! Riddle gets to ropes but Gulak is on him again, only for Riddle to toss him out. Riddle drags Gulak back up, for a sleeper hold through the ropes! And he drags Gulak in, but Gulak fights out. Gulak waistlocks but Riddle standing switches to a bridging German Suplex! TWO, FUJIWARA! Riddle endures as Gulak goes after the arm from elbow to fingers! Riddle gets up but Gulak is on him with another sleeper.
Fans rally again as both men stand. Riddle fights out and CHOPS Gulak! Gulak throws a heavy forearm, Riddle CHOPS, repeat! Riddle kicks but Gulak ducks to roll him up. Riddle slips out to deadlift and powerbomb!! Then flips over for the Bro Trigger!! Cover, TWO!! Gulak lives, but Riddle’s on him with endless elbows! And the BROMISSION!! Gulak taps, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by submission
The King of Bros is undefeated in NXT, and even proves who WWE’s best submission wrestler really is! Gulak gets up, but not to fight. He offers a handshake, and Riddle accepts it. Gulak respects the Bro, but will Gulak be back in NXT? Will Riddle take this victory to head for a title on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair & The Sky Pirates VS The Horsewomen!
The EST is no longer Un-De-Fea-Ted, but not because she was weaker or slower than Shayna Baszler. It was because the Queen of Spades got help from Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir! But now, Bianca will have help from Kairi Sane & Io Shirai! Will these brightest stars soar high and sail right through Shayna and her cohorts? Or will they each #TapNapandSnap in turn to #ShaynaTwoTime?
Teams sort out and Shayna starts against Bianca for a TakeOver: Phoenix rematch. They circle and tie up, and Shayna gets the arm. She yanks on it and brings Bianca down, but Bianca powers up to scoop Shayna. Shayna slips out but Bianca standnig switches to yank Shayna’s arm. Bianca whips Shayna but Shayna reverses. Bianca goes up and over and handpsrings, but Shayna just casually evades. She tags to Marina, and Marina runs into a dropkick! Jessamyn tags in but she gets duoble chicken wings and facebuster! Bianca tags to Kairi! Bianca loads up the cannon and launches the Pirate Princess onto Jessamyn for the elbow! Cover, TWO! Kairi grins as she has fun grabbing Jessamyn. But Jessamyn powers Kairi to the Horsewomen corner and tags in Marina.
Marina kicks away on Kairi but Kairi kicks and CHOPS back! Marina eggs Kairi on so Kairi CHOPS her again! And again, and again! Kairi backs Marina but Marina keeps up her guard. Io jumps in and the Sky Pirates double elbow and whip! Io feeds Marina to Kairi’s double chops! Kairi ax kicks and facelocks Marina. Fans echo “Ahoy!” for Kairi as she drags Marina around. Marina powers Kairi to an open corner and the top rope. Marina throws hands and climbs up, but Kairi fights her off. Kairi boots and headbutts Marina in her face guard. Shayna distracts Kairi, Marina gets Kairi with a forearm and super arm-drag! Marina drags Kairi over and tags in Shayna! Shayna drags Kairi around for a cover, hammerlocking an arm underneath. TWO, but Shayna’s on Kairi’s legs.
Shayna pulls Kairi back while fans rally up. Shayna hammers Kairi down then dares her to tag out. But Shayna puts Kairi in the Horsewomen corner to tag in Jessamyn. Jessamyn rams her knees in but Kairi hits back. Jessamyn clubs Kairi down then drags her up to throw her to ropes. She roundhouses Kairi on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Jessamyn puts Kairi back in the corner and tags in Marina. Marina drags Kairi up for a judo throw! Marina sits on Kairi just to troll her. Then she drags Kairi back to tag Shayna. Shayna kicks Kairi then taunts Bianca. Shayna whips and foraerms Kairi, then pushes her down for a heel hook! Kairi endures as Shayna even stands on her head. Shayna lets her hair down to stomp Kairi’s head! Marina tags in and drags Kairi around for a cover, TWO!
Fans jeer Marina as she drags Kairi up into a dragon sleeper. Marina bends Kairi against her knee but fans rally up more. Kairi fights out but can’t get away before Marina grabs hair. Jawbreaker! But Jessamyn tags in to tackle Kairi down. Jessamyn goes to throw Kairi but Kairi throws her! Kairi crawls as Shayna tags in, hot tag to Io! The Genius of the Sky rallies on Shayna! Io runs but has to deal with Marina. Io uppercuts Marina, then meteoras Shayna! She also meteoras Marina! And then tiger feint to Shayna! Io boots and tiger feints Jessamyn, then springboard missile dropkicks Shayna! Cover, TWO! Hot tag to Kairi, and Kairi screams all the way to the top rope. Anchors aweigh, InSANE Elbow! But Marina kicks the cover apart!
Fans boo, but then rally as Shayna and Kairi crawl. Bianca snipes the tag and hits the Horsewomen! Bianca wants after Shayna, torture rack to KOD!! Cover, but both Jessamyn and Marina break it up. They go after the Sky Pirates but get dumped out! And then Kairi climbs for a HUGE crossbody! IO tags in, springs up, ASAI MOONSAULT! Cover, Bianca & The Sky Pirates win!
Winners: Bianca Belair & The Sky Pirates, Io Shirai pinning
Bianca’s happy the team won, but Io’s even happier that she got to pin the NXT Women’s Champion! Does this mean the Genius of the Sky will be the next to challenge the Queen of Spades? Or is there still a way for the EST to earn a second chance?
What an incredible episode! Gargano does start the show off as advertised, and while Gargano got to gloat, this was also to set two things up. Ciampa again insists DIY is back together, but Gargano says that’s never happening (which means it’s totally happening), and Dream chooses the championship he wants in the North American Championship! Obviously internet leaks and spoilers give away what happens, but even without them, we all know Gargano VS Dream II will be an amazing title match. Ricochet VS Cole II is also happening, and I wonder if this will serve as an unofficial contender’s match. Winner moves on to face the North American Champion at TakeOver: New York.
Gulak showing up was quite the surprise, and I was even more surprised he had two matches! He does great against debuting Bugenhagen, and then Gulak VS Riddle was astounding! That was probably Gulak’s greatest match in the WWE, and maybe even Riddle’s. I have a feeling this was a one night thing for Gulak. It’s rather a shame, because Gulak hasn’t had a singles match this great on 205 Live since the Cruiserweight Championship tournament last year. Then we got the Six Woman Tag I was hoping for, and it went the way I hoped for, too. The Faces win but it’s Shirai who pins, and now the story should be Shirai VS Bianca to determine Shayna’s next challenger. I’m thinking it’ll be Shirai, or else we wouldn’t be getting this story at all. Then Shayna VS Shirai will dictate what happens after Wrestlemania.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (2/18/19)
Celebrate the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Bayley & Sasha Banks!
The Boss & Hug Connection bring the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to Raw! Who will be the first team to challenge Bayley & Sasha Banks for the belts?
- Tables Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet & Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush; Ricochet & Finn win.
- Lucha House Party VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; Lucha House Party wins.
- The Revival VS Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano; win(s).
- Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; wins and
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Triple H is in the ring!
The Game wants the Cajundome to “feel it in the air.” The electricity can be cut with a knife as we grow ever closer to Wrestlemania. Elimination Chamber was proof enough when history was made. Sasha Banks and Bayley won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! Finn Balor won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Handicap match! Kofi Kingston went the distance and captured the world’s hearts coming so close to winning the WWE Championship. Becky Lynch showed up and showed everyone that not even a suspension and a bad leg will stop her from getting at Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey. As a businessman, HHH has to warn Becky not to do that again or she’ll be arrested. But as a former wrestler, “that was pretty damn cool.”
And speaking of pretty cool things, ESPN let this loose this morning. The WWE Hall of Fame class 2019 starts with none other than Degeneration X! HHH, HBK, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and yes, the Ninth Wonder of the World, CHYNA! But if that isn’t enough that it’s Wrestlemania season, HHH pours gas on the fire. HHH isn’t just an authority figure on Raw and SmackDown, he oversees WWE’s third global touring brand, NXT! Fans love NXT, so it is HHH’s pleasure to introduce us to some debuting NXT superstars, who will all be in action! And that starts with a man that has redefined aerial combat: The One and Only, Ricochet! For those unfamiliar, a highlight reel of Ricochet plays, including his time as NXT North American Champion.
But not only Ricochet, it will be the Embodiment of the End, the Dutch Destroyer, Aleister Black! A former NXT Champion and a prolific striker, Aleister will look to make his opponent #FadeToBlack! Then there will be Johnny Wrestling, the current NXT North American Champion, Johnny Gargano! Gargano has gone back and forth but has never lacked in match quality. Gargano was also in this year’s Men’s Royal Rumble match, but now he looks to make an impact on the main roster. And last but not least, the Psycho Killer, the Black Heart, Tommaso Ciampa! The current NXT Champion looks to make his mark on Raw tonight! HHH says the future is now, the future is tonight.
But all Hell is about to break loose, because it’s time for a Tables Match! It will be Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman! The Monster Among Men wants retribution, will he get back at Corbin for Elimination Chamber’s assault?
Tables Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
Strowman and Corbin make their entrances, but Corbin makes sure to grab steel steps first. The Monster glares at Corbin while we go to break.
Raw returns with the bell and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Corbin runs but Strowman catches him! But those bad ribs keep Strowman from doing anything. Corbin grins but then Strowman shoves him out of the ring! Strowman throws uppercuts then throws Corbin into barriers! Strowman hurries and pulls a table out from under the ring, but Corbin clobbers him from behind! Now Corbin puts Strowman into barriers, ribs first. Corbin puts the table back under the ring, but Strowman rocks him with an uppercut! Corbin rams Strowman into barriers and again. Fans rally for Strowman while Corbin brings him around the corner. Corbin rams Strowman into barriers yet again! Corbin whips but Strowman reverses and Corbin hits barriers even harder!
Strowman drags Corbin up for a headbutt then throws uppercuts. Strowman fetches the table again and puts it in the ring. Corbin slides in from the other side while Strowman’s ribs slow him down. Corbin kicks Strowman on reentry and then clubs away on his back. He stomps and stomps Strowman then tears off the shirt. Corbin goes at the taped up ribs with hammering hands! Fans boo as Corbin mocks Strowman’s pain. Corbin kicks the table out of the ring while Strowman bails out the other side. Corbin follows Strowman and throws hands right on the ribs. And then he stands on Strowman’s side! Fans boo while Corbin gloats. Corbin rams Strowman into the apron! Corbin grins as he drags Strowman over and punches him in front of the fans.
Strowman denies Corbin’s suplex, to then suplex Corbin onto the ramp! Now Corbin writhes in pain, clutching his back. Strowman hobbles over and drags Corbin up. He shoves Corbin to the stage and then throws him into the LED wall! Strowman drags one table over, but he clears off the announce desk! Strowman fetches Corbin again and brings him over to the desk! Corbin slips out and throws Strowman into the desk, ribs first! Strowman and the desk fall over! Strowman’s in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin hits a corner splash on Strowman! He tries again but Strowman turns it around to splash him! Strowman runs in but misses, getting post! Corbin goes to throw Strowman at the table, but Strowman denies him. Strowman clubs Corbin down with one hand! Fans fire up and Strowman drags Corbin up. Strowman scoops but Corbin slips out. Corbin runs, slides past the table, and slides back in to clobber Strowman! Corbin rains down rights, then takes a moment to gloat. Strowman rolls to ropes but Corbin goes out after him. Corbin punches the ribs and bumps Strowman off the barriers. Corbin fetches a kendo stick, flashback to last night! He sits Strowman up to SMACK the bad ribs!
Corbin drags Strowman around to bounce him off the steel steps. Corbin gloats from the apron, then runs over, only for Strowman to ram him with steel steps! Strowman jams Corbin again! And again! Corbin staggers and Strowman dumps the steps. Strowman throws Corbin into more barriers! Strowman puts Corbin in the ring as fans fire up again. Corbin boots Strowman away then throws a big right hand. Strowman staggers but dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out and in, but is caught, MONSTER SLAM through the table!! Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Monster Among Men gets revenge! Strowman toughs it out through bad ribs but now Corbin will be feeling sore. Will Strowman be able to recover those ribs and make a big run towards a title at Wrestlemania?
Strowman heads up the ramp and encounters Paul Heyman. The Advocate “congratulates” Strowman on the win, but Strowman grabs him by the shoulder! Heyman begs for mercy but fans want another table destroyed. Strowman shows Heyman mercy and leaves. Heyman composes himself and clears his throat. But it’s a bit tricky to get his usual introduction out, so we go to break.
Raw returns to Heyman in the ring.
“I can’t say that I’m surprised by Braun Strowman’s actions.” Everyone should be jealous of Heyman’s client. His client is the most dominant champion in WWE and MMA history. That is why, at Heyman’s own expense, he has put together an “educational” video to teach us about the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion and the main event, BROCK! LESNAR!” Footage rolls with Heyman introducing “the story of a real life Beast.” Lesnar prepares to defend his title at Wrestlemania 35. Why is this year different? The hero, Seth Rollins, has no hope of winning. That’s not a knock on Rollins but a plus for Lesnar. Lesnar was made strong by his life on the farm and he became NCAA Champion. The WWE came knocking and Lesnar defeated The Rock to become the youngest world champion ever.
Lesnar dominated the entire roster in under two years, so he moved on to a new field: UFC. He would dominate Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. But then Lesnar even grew bored of UFC. The WWE field had regrown, so Lesnar went after The Streak. He was the 1 in 21-1, but that was only the beginning. The video ends and Heyman reminds everyone that Lesnar defeated Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. Fans don’t like it, but there’s not a thing anyone can do about it. Heyman takes a survey: How many fans actually believe that Seth Rollins will win at Wrestlemania and become Universal Champion? Everyone does! But Heyman says there’s not enough fire to burn Suplex City down. But wait, out comes Finn Balor! The NEW Intercontinental Champion heads to the ring but we go to break!
Raw returns and Finn has the ring alone.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve held one of these championships. And boy does it feel good!” Finn remembers watching Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, so it’s been a dream to hold the Intercontinental Championship. And he is proud to carry on that legacy! Finn plans on defending- Wait, here comes Lio Rush! But without Bobby Lashley, given how Lashley body slammed Lio after their loss. “You don’t deserve to be the Intercontinental Champion.” Lashley deserves that title. And Lashley attacks from behind! Seems they aren’t as broken up as we thought! Lashley stomps Finn out in a corner, then Lio comes in to add on. Lio stomps a mudhole into Finn and then Lashley hauls Finn up. Lashley scoop slams Finn and tells Lio to finish this. Lio climbs up, Final Hour splash! But wait, it’s Ricochet!
The King of Flight dodges Lio and goes right at Lashley! Then asai moonsault onto Lio! Ricochet springboards to dropkick Lashley out! Ricochet and Finn stand together, ready for both Lio and Lashley! We go to break as things sort themselves out.
Ricochet & Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush!
Holla holla! The King of Flight joins forces with the Extraordinary Man to shut up and shut down the Rocky Mountain Machine and Man of the Hour! Will this impromptu dream team be successful in Ricochet’s Raw debut?
The teams sort out and Lio starts against Ricochet. Ricochet circles with Lio as fans rally up. Lio shoves but Ricochet shoves back. Lio grabs Ricochet in a headlock but Ricochet rolls him off. Ricochet gets a headlock and grinds Lio down. Lio fights back and powers out, and things speed up. Lio redirects himself then again, but Ricochet dodges him. Springboard huricanrana but Ricochet handsprings through! Lio is shocked but he kicks. Ricochet flips him, but Lio dodges and ducks. Ricochet rolls off Lio’s back to handspring huricanrana and dropkick Lio down! Lio scrambles to his corner and Lashley looks disappointed. Lashley tags in and now he circles with Ricochet.
Ricochet and Lashley tie up and Ricochet gets a waistlock. He shifts to a headlock but Lashley throws him down! Lashley looms over Ricochet and drags him up. Lashley wrenches the arm and shouts at Lio, “You see that?!” He yanks Ricochet’s arm and twists to make a point to Lio. Fans rally up and Ricochet gets up. Ricochet rolls and handsprings and back flips to break free and hit back. Ricochet throws more forearms, then whips. Lashley blocks and whips Ricochet to a corner. Ricochet enziguris Lashley back! Somersault dropkick! Lashley tumbles out, Ricochet builds speed, but Ricochet fakes Lashley out tot he superhero landing! Fans fire up while Lio regroups with Lashley. Lio wants Lashley to keep clam and focus while Ricochet smiles.
Lashley returns to the ring and Lio wants back in. Lashley tags Lio and he says he’s done with Ricochet. Lio wants Finn. Fans want Finn so Ricochet obliges and tags out. Finn and Lio circle and tie up. Finn puts Lio in a corner, but Lio dodges the haymakers. Lio and Finn circle again but Lio keeps his distance. He tags out to Lashley and fans boo. Lashley clobbers Finn and puts him in a corner. Lashley stomps and suplexes Finn! Cover, TWO! Lashley drags Finn into a chinlock, but fans rally as Finn endures. Finn feeds off the energy but Lashley drags him back down. Lashley grinds Finn but fans rally up again. Finn stands and pries his way out. He throws forearms but into a complete shot! Lashley covers, TWO! Lio wants back in, so Lashley tags.
Lio stalks Finn at the ropes and stomps him down. He chokes Finn but lets up at 4. Lio flexes but fans boo and jeer. Lio waits for Finn to stand before hitting him more. He whips but Finn reverses. Lio sunset flips but Finn rolls through for a dropkick! Both men are down but Finn stands first. Finn stalks Lio now but Lio crawls for Lashley. Finn toys with Lio before yanking him away. He puts Lio in the corner then trips him up to stomp away! Finn lets up at 4 then stares Lashley down. He drags Lio up again for a CHOP in the corner! Fans like the sound of that, so Finn whips corner to corner for another CHOP! Finn gives the fans what they want, a third CHOP on Lio! Finn whips again for yet another CHOP! Then the slingblade!
Fans fire up as Finn aims, shotgun dropkick blasts Lio into buckles! Lio is down in the drop zone and Finn climbs. But Lashley comes over, so Finn kicks him down. Lio chop blocks Finn on the apron! Finn tumbles down as he clutches his leg, Lashley tags in and throws Finn into barriers! Lashley talks trash to Ricochet before going back for more. Lashley puts Finn in the ring to clobber him. Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Finn with another chinlock. He shifts to a cobra clutch while fans rally up. Finn fights his way up but Lashley keeps him from Ricochet! Lashley throws Finn to the apron, but Finn shoulders back. Finn hits Lio, then slingshot sunset flips. Lashley holds on and stomps Finn! Lashley scoops and slams Finn hard! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and we go to break.
Raw returns and Lashley grabs Finn for another cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Finn endures again. Finn powers up and reaches for Ricochet! Finn throws forearms but Lashley whips him into the corner. Lashley runs into boots! Finn hits Lio but runs into Lashley’s lift! Lashley powers Finn to an open corner and rocks him with a right! Tag to Lio, and Lio goes after Finn with a facelock. Lio SLAPS Finn then dares him to get up. He slaps Finn more but Finn gets angry. Finn ducks the next slap for the elbow drop DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Finn crawls, as does Lio. Lio clobbers Finn to stop the tag! Lio rolls Finn all the way to the corner, tag to Lashley.
Lashley says this is for Ricochet as he hauls Finn up. Powerbomb lift, but Finn fights out! Finn trips Lashley, double stomps! Fans fire up all over again as Finn crawls for his corner! Hot tags to Lio and Ricochet! Ricochet rallies, rebound neckbreaker! Shoulder tackle in the corner, then a springboard missile dropkick! Triangle dropkick for Lashley! Ricochet takes aim, builds speed, and FLIES onto Lio! He puts Lio in but Lashley comes storming over. Ricochet dodges Lashley with a back flip to send him into barriers, and then Finn shotgun dropkicks to take Lashley down! Ricochet springboard back elbows Lio to take him down, then climbs up high! 630!! Cover, Ricochet and Finn win!
Winners: Ricochet and Finn Balor, Ricochet pinning
An incredible Raw debut for the NXT superstar! Is Ricochet going to revolutionize the Red Brand from here on out?
Natalya talks with Triple H backstage.
But Drew McIntyre interrupts. McIntyre couldn’t help but notice HHH rolling out the red carpet for NXT superstars. McIntyre said he’d do whatever it takes to prove himself. He wants Seth Rollins and main event Wrestlemania! But Dean Ambrose comes along instead. Ambrose isn’t busy, what about him? And he SLAPS McIntyre! HHH wonders if McIntyre still wants Rollins. “Change the damn match.” The Scottish Terminator and the Lunatic Fringe look to settle things on the Road to Wrestlemania!
Lucha House Party VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
The reunited Major Brothers want to finally get back on a winning track, but Hawkins feels like he’s cursed. Will a miracle happen in the Cajundome?
Teams sort out and Hawkins starts against Gran Metalik. They tie up and Hawkins shifts from headlock to hammerlock and back again. Hawkins gets a headlock takeover but Metalik headscissors. They both kip up and things speed up. Hawkins dodges the handspring and runs Metalik over! Cover, ONE! Hawkins keeps on Metalik and brings him over. Tag to Ryder, and they Russian Leg Sweep STO combo! Cover, TWO! Ryder drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Ryder whips but Metalik reverses. Metalik runs into knees, and Ryder dropkicks Lince Dorado down! Metalik SUPERKICKS Ryder out, then tags Lince. The Golden Lynx huricanranas Ryder into barriers! Lince puts Ryder in to cover, TWO! Lince keeps on Ryder with a half camel clutch.
Fans rally up for Ryder. Lince powers him to the corner and tags in Metalik. Ryder fights back but is isolated. Lince and Metalik double CHOP and double mule kick, then double dropkick! Metalik covers, TWO! Tag to Lince and they drag Ryder up for a double suplex. Ryder slips through for double neckbreakers! Ryder crawls for the corner, hot tag to Hawkins! Hawkins rallies, rocking Metalik with a right! He throws rights on Lince then whips. Lince reverses but Hawkins runs him over! Hawkins dropkicks both luchadores and fires up! Lince swings into Hawkins’ backslide! TWO, and Lince kicks back. Lince suplexes, but Hawkins cradles! TWO, and Hawkins scoops Lince for a Michinoku Driver! Cover, but Metalik breaks it!
Ryder clotheslines Metalik out! Lince dropkicks Ryder out, but Hawkins Peles Lince! Hawkins gets to a corner and takes aim. Hawkins clobbers Metalik but Lince huricanranas to a cover! The Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado pinning
The fiesta continues, as does Hawkins’ losing streak. Ryder and Hawkins regroup, but can they break that bad streak?
Heavy Machinery is here!
Charli Caruso interviews Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic on stage, and notes how they’ve competed on both Raw and SmackDown. What can fans expect from them? They’re #BlueCollarSolid and get the job done. They aren’t afraid to work hard, work out even harder, and then eat up a big plate of red meat. #SteaksAndWeights, baybay! As the Raw Tag Team Division heats up, which team are they after first? They’ve got each other’s backs, nothing more than that. But wait, Lacey Evans walks out! The Model Soldier classes things up as she heads down the ramp, strutting her stuff. But then Tucker & Otis do the same! And with a belly bump! Lacey isn’t impressed by their marching, but she is amused. Which brand will Lacey finally choose as her main roster home?
Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano talk backstage.
Each of them clutches their respective championship belt as they prepare to show the world what NXT is all about. But then Bobby Roode and Chad Gable come by! They congratulate their NXT compatriots, but are a little confused as to why Ciampa and Gargano are the ones facing The Revival and not them. It’s great to see fresh talent, and Gable remembers DIY being great. Gable won’t bring up that Gable’s old team beat them in the past, that was then and this is now. Raw gives everyone a fresh start, where you work from the bottom up. But again, a little confusing that they’re getting another match when it should be Roode & Gable. Well considering Gargano & Ciampa have ran NXT for the last two years, they’re here to take over.
The Revival comes by and show off their Raw Tag Team Championships. Oh how great is it to see Gargnao and Ciampa again. Yeah, they had classic matches in NXT. But they’re not here for respect, they’re here to make an impression at the Top Guys’ expense. But good luck out there. Dash & Dawson don’t need luck, they’re The Revival. See you out there.
The Revival VS Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano!
Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder finally have the Raw Tag Team Championships after finally defeating Roode & Gable fair and square. But now they’ll be tested already against some familiar NXT foes. Will the reunited DIY prove they can still get it done as a tag team? Or has it been too long since they’ve been apart?
AAA Review & Results (2/16/2019)
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Dinastia (Draztik Boy), Dragon Bane, and La Parkita vs Mini Murder Clown, Mini Monster Clown, and Latigo
I don’t usually like reviews minis matches from AAA because they don’t do stories for them. CMLL does for the midgets even if they are dry stories. It’s still something, but I’d like to make note that La Parkita nearly killed himself cracking his skull on the ground doing a swanton bomb. Later in the show they revealed he was okay.
Winners: Draztik Boy, Dragon Bane and La Parkita
Super Porky or Brazo de Plata comes out to cut a promo. Mascara confronts him and Psycho Clown then confronts him. Porky has a walker. :/
Nino Hamburguesa, Lady Shani (Golden Magic), and Starfire vs Villano III Jr, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla
Magic and Villano start out with some acrobatic spots. Maravilla and Starfire come in and trade spots. Hamburguesa then comes in with Keyra and shoulder blocks her to oblivion. Villano hits a missile drop kick on Hamburguesa. Maravilla holds Nino in place and Keyra kicks him. Golden Magic gets drop kicked in the corner by Keyra. Starfire is getting teamed on now. Villano drops Starfire on Maravilla’s knee. Keyra hits a moonsault. Keyra prevents Nino from getting in then throws Maravilla to the corner. Starfire drop kicks Keyra into the corner and Nino runs into all of them. He then does a flipping senton. Nino then does it again. Magic gets in with Maravilla and super kicks her. Maravilla then trips him on the apron, drop kicks him to the outside then hits a splash off of the top. Keyra and Starfire trade pinning combinations. Starfire hits knees to Keyra’s back then hits a flip dive off the apron. Villano hits a code breaker on Nino then poses. Villano goes for a moonsault and he moves. Nino goes to the top and hits a guillotine leg drop. He goes back to the top. Maravilla tries to distract him. She succeeds and Keyra hits a sunset flip on Starfire and then a german suplex for the win. Keyra pins Starfire with a german suplex.
Winners: VIllano III Jr, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla
(Cruiserweight Championship) Laredo Kid vs Sammy Guevara (Champ)
Guevara fakes out Kid to pose in the beginning. They actually do acrobatic flips until Laredo just drop kicks him. Laredo Kid flips out of the ring, Sammy does the same and then Kid gets back in the ring and hits a middle rope missile head butt basically. Kid then hits an asai moonsault. He got impressive air. Kid goes to the ground then Sammy pretends he’s hurt. He pushes the ref into the ropes to crotch Laredo. He goes to the top and throws Kid up from a fireman’s position and he falls on the turnbuckle for a two count. Kid runs at Sammy and gets power slammed. Sammy then misses a moonsault, lands on feet, misses standing moonsault, lands on feet, then hits a standing shooting star. Sammy hits a standing spanish fly and Laredo no sells it and hits a flipping DDT. Kid kicks Sammy to the outside and hits a 450 off the apron onto the floor. Laredo misses a corkscrew tornado dive and Sammy hits a reverse GTS for a two count. Villano III attacks Laredo from behind when he was setting up the Laredo Fly. Sammy then kicks Laredo to the outside and hits a corkscrew dive over the top rope. Sammy goes to the top and hits a big shooting star press but Laredo kicks out. Everyone is surprised. Villano grabs Laredo by the head and La Parka pulls him down and attacks him on the apron. Sammy goes for a slam but Kid flips out of it and super kicks him. Sammy leaps up to the ropes and jumps but Kid catches him with a cutter. Laredo goes to the top and Sammy leaps to the top rope and hits a Spanish fly for a close two. Sammy goes to the top and Laredo leaps up and kicks him and goes up and hits the Laredo Fly for the win. And naturally he gets beat down by the Mercenaries afterwards. Vikingo and Myzteziz come to his rescue. Laredo Kid wins with a Laredo Fly.
Winner: Laredo Kid
Taya (Lady Shani), Aerostar (Dinastia), and Myzteziz Jr vs Faby Apache, Jack Evans (Super Fly), and Sammy Guevara (La Parka Negra)
This match got picked apart. Dinastia drop kicks Negra and he no sells it. Dinastia hits a head scissors then springboard splash. Super Fly comes in to work with Shani. Faby comes in and kicks Shani. Parka beats on Myzteziz on the outside. Shani gets teamed on in the ring. The technicos try to stop the teaming up but can’t just yet. Faby and the heel ref push each other. Faby kicks Shani and Negra kicks her butt. Myzteziz bounces on the ropes and hits a hurricanrana on Negra. Shani back breakers Faby and Dinastia takes out Super Fly. Apache and Shani meet in the ring now and Faby attacks her butt. Shani kicks Faby and then Super Fly beats on Shani. Shani hits an arm drag then a DDT on Super Fly. Negra runs over Myzteziz. Negra throws Myzteziz in the air but he gets caught for a hurricanrana. Myzteziz back drops Super Fly to the outside. Shani then dives to the outside on Super Fly. Myzteziz then dives over the top on Negra. Dinastia flips Faby in the ring then super kicks her. Faby hits a face buster and the ref counts slow so Dinastia kicks out. Faby then hit a Tiger suplex after dodges Dinastia and this time the ref counts but Faby is still upset with him. Faby Apache pins Dinastia with a tiger suplex.
Winners: Faby Apache, Super Fly, and La Parka Negra
Maximo, Mamba, and Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Mascara, Taurus, and Chessman
Maximo starts out against Mascara and goes for a dive off the apron but misses and Mascara beats on him. Escarlata and Mamba get taken out and they team on Maximo. Escarlata gets kicked in the groin but since he/she is playing a girl. No dq. Escaralata goes for a cross body and turns it into an arm drag on Taurus. Mamba hits an apron dive on Mascara and Maximo on Chessman. Escarlata tries to choke Taurus but he shrugs her off. Escarlata puts her butt in Mascara’s face to his disgust. Escarlata hits a double arm drag on Chessman and Taurus. She tries to kiss Mascara but he moves his head. She hits an arm drag then finally kisses him. She must be poison ivy. Mamba twerks a little bit in the ring with Chessman but then he slaps her ass and flips her over. Mamba hits a hurricanrana then an arm drags followed by the kiss of death twice. He falls out of the ring and she twerks. Maximo gets in with Mascara and Mascara leaves the ring. Maximo hits hurricanrana’s on Chessman and Taurus, then Mamba hits a flip dive through the flip rope. Maximo walks the ropes and hits a flip dive to the outside. Mascara goes to the top with Escarlata but Maximo goes up and kisses him. Escarlata school boys him for the win. Pimpinela Escarlata school boys Mascara for the win.
Winners: Maximo, Mamba, and Pimpinela Escarlata
Drago, Laredo Kid (Aerostar), and Hijo Del Vikingo vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana
Porde de Norte drop kicks everyone to start to get the advantage. Vikingo hits a drop kick to change momentum. He chops Tito Santana’s chest. Afterwards Porde de Norte continues to work over everyone. Not much detail to say, just constant triple teaming. Drago hits a head scissors on Santana then launches Vikingo into the others for a drop kick. Aerostar then does a dive through the middle rope where he goes flying into the crowd. Vikingo does an asai imploder 450. In the ring Cota hits a belly to belly on Drago for a two count. Aerostar comes in and hits a running cutter on him. Brava crotches Aerostar on the ropes and does the double foot stomp off of the top. Vikingo catches Carta for a swinging slam that Santana breaks up. Santana jumps into a brutal Canadian destroyer and Drago breaks it up. Drago rolls into a code breaker and Brava breaks it up. Aerostar and Vikingo hit drop kicks on Brava and Santana. Aerostar hits a moonsault, Vikingo a 450 and Drago gets a pinning combination all for a two count. Drago then hits a dive through the middle rope on Cota. Vikingo drop kicks Santana then hits a dive through the middle rope on Santana and Cota. Aerostar dumps Brava to the outside and does a cannon ball splash on Brava and Cota. In the ring Drago sprays mist in Santana’s eyes and Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo Del Vikingo pins Tito Santana with an imploder 450.
Winners: Drago, Aerostar, and El Hijo Del Vikingo
Psycho Clown, Dr. Wagner Jr, and Pagano vs Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr
Escorpion attacks Clown with a chair. Texano ties his rope around Pagano’s neck. Jarrett works over Wagner. Texano then chokes Wagner, and Rey continues to beat on Psycho Clown. Clown gets Rey to the outside and hits a dive over the top. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a cutter on Jarrett then dragon screw leg whips Texano. Psycho Clown grabs the rope and hits Texano with it. Clown breaks a broom over Escorpion’s back. They hit multiple clotheslines in the corner on Jeff Jarrett. Clown works with Rey and Rey hits a power slam for a two count. Clown hits a head scissors followed by a sunset flip for a two count. Rey hits a draping DDT with Clown caught in the ropes for a two count. Rey postures on the top rope and Clown drop kicks him off. He goes on the turnbuckle post and leaps off onto Esocrpion. Wagner gets distracted by the ref and Jarrett breaks a guitar over his head. Pagano hits a leg drop to stop the count. Pagano hits a cutter on Texano and sets up a table. Pagano head butts a chair into Texano then smacks himself with said chair. Pagano goes to the top with the chair but Texano hits a crucifix power bomb through the table on him for the win. Texano Jr pins Pagano with a crucifix power bomb off the top.
They continue to beat on the technicos post match. They steal Psycho Clown’s mask, yet again as they do every taping.
Winners: Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr