Tessa Blanchard is the WOW World Champion, but now she’s feeling the walls closing in. Will she learn what it’s like to be the one everyone’s after?
- Eye Candy VS Havoc; Havoc wins.
- Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella; Jones wins.
- Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Azteca; Kobra Moon wins.
- The Temptress w/ Dagger VS Fire; The Temptress wins.
- WOW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Jungle Grrrl VS Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star; Jungle Grrrl wins by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Previously on WOW…
The Queen of the Splash has been the one on the short end of the stick when it comes to the Women of Wrestling World Championship. From Tessa Blanchard interfering to controversy in the Triple Threat to The Beast making sure she lost to Tessa Blanchard, Jungle Grrrl has not gotten a fair shake at becoming a two-time champion. But Jungle Grrrl has one more chance! Can she best the Beverly Hills Babe and become the new #1 contender? Or will The Best Make Her Mark again?
Tessa Blanchard heads to the ring!
The Born Legend isn’t everyone’s favorite, if anyone’s, but she doesn’t really care either way. The third-generation star takes the mic from Shaul Guerrero while the fans chant “You Suck!” Tessa reminds us she is THE WOW Champion! No one has to like it or love it, but they will respect it! For that matter, the Women of Wrestling might as well become the Tessa Blanchard Show. “Let’s cut to the chase!” David McLane, Tessa is here for one reason and one reason only: to let him and the entire roster know, “you can line these b*tches up and I’m gonna knock them down!” Rude language aside, Tessa is a Born Legend. But wait, the Monster of Madness appears! It’s Havoc!
Havoc gets in Tessa’s face, and looks at the belt. She reaches for the gold but Tessa snatches it away. Tessa steps aside, because the Monster of Madness has someone else to play with next!
Eye Candy VS Havoc!
The sugary sweet star takes on a personality polar opposite in this first-ever encounter! Will victory be just as sweet? Or will the Monster of Madness wreak havoc?
The bell rings and Candy circles with Havoc. They tie up and Candy pushes, but Havoc pushes her back to a corner. Havoc bumps Candy off the buckles again and again! Havoc drags Candy out to thrash her around and then throw her across the way! She runs corner to corner but Candy gets out of the way. Havoc stops herself from running into buckles, and Candy speeds things up. Candy clotheslines but Havoc doesn’t flinch! Candy tries again but Havoc still doesn’t budge. Havoc choke grips Candy but Candy breaks free! Candy hops on for a sleeper hold! Havoc grits her teeth and throws Candy off! Havoc drags Candy up but Candy headscissors her back! Candy runs in for a hip attack in the corner!
Candy fires up and throws forearms and elbows. She roundhouses Havoc, then waistlocks. Havoc blocks and breaks free, to reel Candy in for a stiff elbow! Havoc gives Candy another elbow, then reels her in for a big clothesline! Candy is dazed as she flops over. Havoc stomps Candy but fans rally up. Havoc grabs the legs and grins as she turns Candy over! Candy screams as she endures Havoc’s monstrous Boston Crab! Havoc lets Candy go when she doesn’t give up, and stalks her to the ropes. Havoc chokes Candy on the ropes then pulls her back! She lets go at the ref’s count of 4, but comes back to loom over Candy. Havoc runs, for a stiff knee on the run! The Monster of Madness roars, because she’s not done.
Havoc drags Candy up and throws her into buckles. She whips corner to corner but Candy goes up! But Havoc trips her up, for kicks in the Tree of Woe. And an elbow drop DDT! Havoc bares her fangs as she runs side to side for the boot wash! She’s still not done with Candy and goes for another, but Candy dodges! Candy finds new life as she runs in for a forearm smash! And another hip attack! Havoc is down, Candy cannonballs! Candy is fired up and so are the fans. Candy kicks away but Havoc catches her, only for an enziguri! Havoc staggers while Candy climbs, big missile dropkick drops Havoc! Cover, TWO! Candy came so close but she can’t believe she’s still so far from winning.
Fans rally up and Candy climbs again. Candy moonsaults, but flops! Havoc roundhouses Candy, then fireman’s carry, Air Raid Crash! Cover, Havoc wins!
Winner: Havoc, by pinfall
The Monster of Madness mauls another Woman of Wrestling, and she’s after the world title! Does Tessa Blanchard have yet another hunter on her tail?
Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella!
One Woman of Wrestling wants to “Make Wrasslin’ Great Again” while the other just wants wrestling to be fun. Will Ms. Southern Pride have fun crashing Chantilly’s party? Or will Chantilly party on into the night?
The bell rings and Jessie circles with Chantilly. Chantilly dodges and kicks Jessie, and then says “Peace.” Jessie lunges at Chantilly but Chantilly dodges to hop on for a sleeper hold. Jessie fades as Chantilly becomes a backpack, but she powers up to bump Chantilly off buckles. Chantilly lets go and Jessie whips corner to corner. Chantilly goes up and over but Jessie blocks the arm-drag using the ropes! Jessie elbows away then rolls Chantilly. Chantilly turns around to sweep the legs! Cover, ONE, but Chantilly keeps on Jessie with forearms. Jessie shoves but Chantilly comes back to waistlock. Jessie standing switches and dumps Chantilly on her face! Cover, TWO! Jessie keeps on Chantilly with a hammerlock, and throws her into buckles. She grins as she runs back in, but Chantilly boots her back.
Chantilly elbows Jessie away, then runs at her, but for a drop toehold into ropes! Jessie wraps and pulls the bad arm in the ropes! The ref counts and Jessie lets go at 4, but with a sinister grin. Jessie drags Chantilly up and reels her in for shoulder-to-shoulder slams. She rams Chantilly over and over, then whips for a big shoulder tackle! Jessie stays on Chantilly with her Southern Pride Fujiwara! She also pulls on the fingers! Chantilly taps, Jessie wins!
Winner: Jessie Jones, by submission
But Jessie doesn’t let go until she feels it’s enough! Jessie gives another rotten grin then demands a mic. Fans boo but Jessie shouts back, “Shut your mouths, I’m talkin’!” Jessie says “Little Miss Chinchilla is just another prime example of the disrespect in the WOW locker room.” Wrasslin’ ain’t about parties, festivals or fun. It’s about hard work. One fan shouts, “No one cares!” Jessie says her hard work will make wrasslin’ great again. The fans don’t like how she’s doing it, but will Jessie take over WOW one armbar at a time?
Joyce Grable is in the crowd!
A legend in women’s wrestling, from being a four-time women’s tag team champion, a two-time Women’s United States Champion, and an NWA Hall of Famer, the Women of Wrestling owe her so much. Joyce says this is the best ladies’ wrestling show she’s seen in years! WOW is gonna be #1! WOW has the Joyce Grable seal of approval, will it soon take over the world of women’s wrestling?
Kobra Moon is now in WOW!
This major signing is thanks to “The World’s Greatest Attorney”, Sophia Lopez. The Queen of Serpents accomplished a lot in The Temple of Lucha Underground, but it’s still not enough. Nothing is enough for the voracious viper vixen, and WOW is just another kingdom to conquer. To satisfy this thirst for power and fame, she needs to conquer this new world. With Sophia backing her, anything is possible. Kobra Moon promises to show the WOW locker room and fans something they’ve never seen before: a real luchadora who fears no one! Kobra Moon promises to decimate any Woman of Wrestling put in her path. Who will be the first to feel this viper’s venom?
Sophia Lopez heads to the ring!
The World’s Greatest Attorney “thanks” Shaul for the introduction as she snatches the mic away. It’s refreshing to work with someone that understands greatness. Not like David McLane, at least. But thanks to Jeanie Buss letting Sophia do what she does, she now presents direct from The Temple, Kobra Moon! The fans are fired up to see the Queen of Serpents in person, and now they’ll get to see her WOW in-ring debut!
Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Azteca!
It’s luchadora VS luchadora! The Serpent Tribe’s fearless leader goes against the Sun Goddess! Will Kobra truly be unstoppable with Sophia’s support? Or will Azteca upset the newcomer already?
The bell rings and Kobra slithers towards Azteca. They circle and Kobra declares she’s the Real Queen of the Temple. But Azteca counters by saying she is the sun! Kobra waistlocks but Azteca breaks free. Azteca wrenches the arm but Kobra rolls and drop toeholds. Kobra gets a headlock, and almost into a crossface! Kobra shifts to a facelock as Azteca moves. Azteca slips out and wrenches the arm to a hammerlock. Kobra works to get up but Azteca hits the La Majistrol! ONE and Kobra goes for her own Majistrol! TWO, and the luchadoras stand off. Fans are fired up and chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Azteca and Kobra circle and tie up again.
Kobra knees low and clubs away. Kobra puts Azteca on the ropes with a choke, but lets up at 4, to CHOP Azteca! Fans boo as Kobra whips. Azteca dodges and acrobatically arm-drags! Azteca dares Kobra to come back for more, and things speed up again. Kobra flips through the hip toss for an arm-drag of her own. Kobra waistlocks and reels Azteca out, but Azteca CHOPS back! Now it’s a chop fight! Kobra chops and forearms Azteca then whips, but Azteca reverses. Azteca hits a big corner splash, then runs corner to corner but Kobra goes up and over. Kobra gets a draping Anaconda Vice! She lets go at 4, and Azteca gasps as she crawls away. Kobra is right on Azteca again with a neckbreaker to another, to a third! Azetca is down from the hat trick, Kobra covers, TWO!
Kobra is furious with the ref, as is Sophia. Kobra whips Azteca but Azteca elbows back. Azteca slingshots back for headscissors, into an Octopus Stretch! Kobra endures and rams Azteca into buckles! Azteca’s in the Tree of Woe and Kobra stomps a mudhole in! Kobra runs corner to corner for a basement dropkick! Azteca falls out of the Tree and Kobra covers, TWO!! Azteca survives and Kobra grows frustrated. Kobra slashes the throat, calling for the end. She stomps Azteca then drags her up. Kobra scoops but Azteca fights out. Azteca shoves and dodges the kick to hit a rolling roundhouse of her own! Both luchadoras are down and Sophia is worried. Azteca and Kobra stand at 5, and Kobra rushes in. Azteca gets her back with a strike fest, big roundhouse! Kobra is down and Azteca slingshots for a corkscrew splash! Cover, TWO!!
Now Azteca is in disbelief! Sophia is relieved but Kobra’s still in danger. Azteca powers up and brings Kobra up. Kobra resists the bomb and rams Azteca into buckles. Kobra goes corner to corner, big knee! She keeps going as Azteca staggers out, for another big knee! Kobra wants a third, but Azteca counters with a takedown, to a Half Crab! Kobra endures as Azteca pulls back hard. She crawls and gets the ropebreak! Azteca lets go but she will not be deterred. Sophia coaches Kobra up as Azteca runs in. Kobra avoids a kick to hook and sweep the legs! Kobra calls for the finish again, and drags Azteca up into a dragon sleeper. From there, Kobra has a modified gut wrench, for a driver! Cover, Kobra Moon wins!
Winner: Kobra Moon, by pinfall
Sophia Lopez celebrates her recruit’s victory. Will Kobra become the Queen of both Temple and WOW?
The Temptress w/ Dagger VS Fire!
The other half of this dastardly duo competes on WOW TV, looking for revenge on the young star who stepped up to help Keta Rush. Will Temptress be burned for playing with Fire? Or will Fire’s hot streak be put out?
The bell rings, and Temptress keeps her eyes locked with Fire’s. They tie up, and Temptress gets a headlock. She wrenches the arm but Fire spins and reverses to a wristlock. Temptress rolls through and kicks Fire away. Fire and Temptress stare down as they circle again. They tie up, Fire pops around to the waistlock. Temptress tries a standing switch but Fire counters to a headlock. Fire gets the takedown but Temptress headscissors. Fire pops out and the two stand off again. Temptress eggs Fire on and they go again. Fire rolls Temptress up, TWO, but she’s right on Temptress with La Majistrol, ONE! Temptress runs into a backslide, TWO, Fire dropkicks Temptress down! Fire arm-drags Temptress to an armlock, but Temptress fights up. Temptress pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Temptress whips. Fire sunset flips, TWO, dropkick again!
Temptress gets to the apron but Dagger swipes at Fire on the other end! Fire gets away but Temptress is on her with a waistlock. Temptress throws Fire down and stomps her out. Temptress drags Fire up by her hair to throw her face-first on the mat. Fire stands but Temptress bumps her off buckles. Temptress whips Fire corner to corner but Fire goes up and over. Fire fires forearms and a snapmare. Temptress ducks the mule kick and rolls Fire up, TWO! Fire wrenches Temptress’ wrist, but Temptress kicks low. Temptress goes acrobatic for a SLAP! Temptress runs in, but Fire counters the monkey flip to put Temptress on the top rope. Fire CHOPS Temptress, then yanks her off, to go corner to corner for a splash! She keeps moving, but Temptress bails out of the ring.
Fire stops herself from crashing, but Dagger distracts! Temptress slides in and fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Fire survives and fans fire up or her. Temptress grins as she stalks Fire. She drags Fire up into a backbreaker! Then she pushes Fire backwards across her knee. Temptress drops Fire down to cover, TWO! Temptress grins as she drags Fire up by her hair again. She puts Fire on the ropes for a choke. The ref backs Temptress off but Dagger chokes Fire into the ropes! Temptress returns while Dagger gets away with it. Snap suplex! Float over cover, TWO! Temptress keeps on Fire with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally up while Temptress grinds her forearm into Fire’s face. Fire fights back, body shots and forearms! She whips but Temptress reverses, but Fire kicks the legs out to hit a basement bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Fire grows frustrated, and she walks into Temptress’ SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Temptress grows frustrated but she still grins as she drags Fire up gain. She throws Fire around and Dagger applauds. Temptress stands on Fire’s back to taunt the fans. Fans boo and jeer but Temptress just loves the heat. Temptress drags Fire up again for knees to the back. She wraps Fire up in a chinlock, but Fire endures. Fans continue to rally and Fire feeds off the energy. Fire fights out and runs, but Temptress dumps her out! Dagger goes after her but Fire hits first! Fire bumps Dagger off the apron, then slides in, double clotheslines take both women out! Fans reach a fever pitch for Fire while Dagger coaches Temptress up. Fire rises, but so does Temptress. They brawl on their knees, and up to their feet!
Fire forearms, but Temptress ax handles. Fire dodges and rallies with more forearms! She wrenches Temptress to a snapmare, then a mule kick! Fire runs in corner to corner, big corner clothesline! She keeps going for a hip attack! Then side to side, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Temptress survives and Fire is beside herself. But the fans keep cheering her own, so Fire drags Temptress up. Fire fisherman’s but Temptress fireman’s carry! Fire slips out, whips, dodges the boot to SUPERKICK! Temptress goes down and Fire climbs up. But Dagger shoves her down! Temptress hits an urenage backbreaker! Cover, Temptress wins!
Winner: The Temptress, by pinfall
The Dagger helps her partner out, and now they look to add insult to injury. They stomp away on Fire but Keta Rush runs in! Keta dropkicks and runs both Dagger and Temptress off! Keta has repaid the favor to Fire, and the fans are fired up for this new friendship! David McLane hurries to interview them while Dagger and Temptress retreat. Fire thanks Keta for the save, and Keta’s Bully Busters are so excited! Will Keta and Fire continue to work together to bust the bullies, Temptress and Dagger?
WOW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Jungle Grrrl VS Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star!
The Queen of the Splash wants to be the Queen of the Jungle in WOW again, but Lana looks to use her protege as a proxy back to the top. Will Jungle Grrrl take all of her frustrations out on the Beverly Hills Babe? Or will Lana’s investment start to pay off?
The bell rings and this main event begins. Fans boo the bragging by the Babe, but JG is right on her with forearms! JG whips but Amber bails out! Amber and Lana regroup to calm down, but JG slides out with a dropkick! Lana and Amber get clear, but JG makes sure to kick the coach first. JG then throws haymakers on Amber, and then bumps both blondes off the apron! She puts Amber in but Amber plays up an injury so that Lana can trip JG up! Lana feeds JG to Amber for Amber to stomp away. Amber bounces JG off the mat again and again, then covers. TWO, but Amber’s on JG with a kick to the back!
Amber wraps on a seated full nelson, showing off with the splits. She makes it a full mounted nelson, then shifts the hold to double chicken wings. JG endures, but Amber bridges for Cattle Mutilation! JG endures and refuses to quit, so Amber shifts to an inverted armbar. Fans rally as JG powers up, and she deadlifts Amber to a buckle bomb! Amber lets go and JG unleashes point-blank clotheslines. JG goes to run but Amber yanks her down by her hair! Amber rakes JG’s face and rains down rights! Lana loves what she sees as Amber stomps JG to a corner. Amber rams her shoulder in then grinds a boot into JG’s throat. JG pushes the boot away but Amber whips. JG reverses, roars and runs in. Amber headscissors and turns it into a hanging triangle, the Queen City Stretch!
Amber lets go at 4 and JG coughs as she staggers back. She takes time to gloat alongside Lana, but JG gets tot he apron to kick. Amber sweeps the leg and JG crashes and burns! The Babe distracts the ref so that Lana can pound and stomp JG into the ground! Lana gets away with it while Amber taunts the fans. Amber fetches JG into the ring then takes her time getting the cover. ONE, because the former WOW World Champion is tougher than that! So Amber rakes the eyes! Amber drags JG up and whips to the corner. She runs in but JG goes to roll her up! Amber holds ropes but JG pries her away, but now Lana distracts the ref! JG has Amber down for at least 5, and is furious with Lana!
Amber attacks JG from behind! Amber whips but JG reverses, fireman’s carry and stunner! Cover, TWO!! Lana is relieved but JG is only angrier. JG stomps Amber then climbs up high. Lana goes after JG’s feet! The referee finally sees this, but then The Beast slides in! The Beast shoves Amber aside and dares JG to do something about it. JG leaps in, but is caught! CHOKE SLAM!
Winner: Jungle Grrrl, by disqualification
The biggest and the baddest robbed Jungle Grrrl again! But Jungle Grrrl knows she still won from the DQ, so she demands her rematch NOW! Jungle Grrrl tells both Tessa Blanchard and The Beast that they invaded her Jungle! “Baby it’s on!” This will be like a game of dominoes, with both of them going down! Will we get another WOW World Championship Triple Threat?! Will the Queen of the Splash get double the revenge?
Another crazy episode of WOW! Tessa Blanchard doesn’t do much but she does make good on upping her Heel arrogance. I find it interesting they threw Havoc out there, but I suppose it is to make the point that with only the one title right now, everyone is a potential contender. Havoc VS Candy was good, and Candy got to look a little stronger than I expected. But of course, Havoc wins because of the moment she just had with Tessa. Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella felt like filler, but it was needed to keep the “Make Wrasslin’ Great Again” gimmick fresh in our minds. Still no idea who is going to be Jessie’s main rival in this gimmick, unless they bring back the trainee she “crippled”.
Kobra Moon VS Azteca was good, but clearly it’s too soon to make Kobra Moon’s Lucha Underground kayfabe part of WOW’s kayfabe. I’m still curious to see how they handle having both Kobra Moon/Thunder Rosa and Holidead on the same roster without them being the Twisted Sisterz. The one gripe here is the arrangement of her debut. They gave us the interview segment before Sophia officially introduces her, when they should’ve given us the interview during her entrance. A minor thing, but also a big thing. Meanwhile, Temptress VS Fire was a really good match, and felt like the real main-event in terms of action. The story is building and I’m sensing this might be the match-up to bring back the WOW Women’s Tag Team Championships. The live audience seems to really love Keta and Fire, so making them the inaugural new tag champs might be the way to go.
And after saying that, I feel like WOW is relying too much on short main events that have shocking, brawling endings, but they’re still rather well done. Jungle Grrrl having to deal with Lana on top of Amber was a good story, as was The Beast running in to interfere. However, I just wish it got to be longer than 10 minutes. Perhaps this coming Triple Threat for the WOW world title will finally be that main event that feels like a main event. Tessa VS Jungle Grrrl VS Beast should be no less than 15 minutes, preferably 20 or more. Joyce Grable put WOW over, now it’s time for WOW to run with that.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)
Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?
It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!
Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!
- 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
- Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
- Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
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Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.
Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!
And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.
Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?
8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!
Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?
Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!
Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?
Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!
Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning
The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?
Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.
The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.
Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!
A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!
Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion
Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!
Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?
As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.
Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.
She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.
2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!
The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?
Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!
Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!
And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?
Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?
Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!
Winner: Braun Strowman
But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!
No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.
The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!
Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?
Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.
Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?
Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?
Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.
They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?
Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!
We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?
But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?
Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!
The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.
Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!
And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?
Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!
Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.
Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.
Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.
Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out
But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?
But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?
Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!
After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?
Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?
The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?
Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!
Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning
Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
Ricochet VS AJ Styles!
Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.
But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?
Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!
Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!
Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.
Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.
Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?
Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.
I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.
Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?
I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match.
It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.
My Score: 8.3/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.
It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.
Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.
Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…
Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).
Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.
RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview.
Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.
On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.
RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.
On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.
Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.
Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.
Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.
In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)
KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame