The NXT Tag Team Champions await challengers for TakeOver: New York! Who will come out of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic the new #1 contenders?
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Black & Ricochet win and advance to the next round.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Forgotten Sons win and advance to the next round.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Street Profits VS Mustache Mountain; Mustache Mountain wins and advance to the next round.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: DIY VS The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish; DIY wins and advance to the next round.
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WWE honors the memory of King King Bundy.
The Godfather of NXT, Dusty Rhodes, lives on through the Tag Team Classic.
But where others have dreams, DIY wants a moment. “That’s where this all began. And now we get to finish what we started.” But they’re not the only ones who want to win it all. The best tag teams on both NXT and NXT UK are going to collide in this tournament. The Forgotten and the Profits, the Undisputed and the unexpected, “it is time!” Who will grab hold of that dream and never let go to make it all the way to TakeOver: New York?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
Perhaps the most unlikely duo of the tournament, the Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight have made huge impacts on the main roster. Now they’ll look to turn the NXT Tag Division upside down and make it #FadetoBlack! Will they succeed against the well-oiled machine of the European Alliance?
The teams sort out and it will be Aleister against Aichner. Fans are fired up for Aleister and Ricochet as the bell rings. Aichner and Aleister circle and tie up. Aichner gets the wristlock and brings Aleister to the mat. Aleister fights his way back up, pries free and gets a headlock. Aichner fights and powers out, then he runs Aleister over. Cover, ONE! Aichner clubs away on Aleister then tags in Barthel. Barthel stomps and European Uppercuts Aleister. He whips but Aleister dodges and rolls off the back. Aleister boots and knees, then basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Aleister arm-drags and has Barthel in an armlock. Barthel throws Aichner off but runs into boots. Aichner runs over but gets an elbow. Aleister boots Barthel away again, but leaps into a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Barthel keeps on Aleister and brings him over to the Euro corner. Tag to Aichner and Aichner throws hands and stomps. Aichner backs off at 4, upset with the ref. Tag to Barthel and they mug Aleister in the corner. Tag to Aichner but Aleister fights out. Aleister can’t get away from them both, and he runs into the spinebuster and Penalty Kick! Barthel hits Ricochet for good measure while Aichner covers, TWO! Aichner keeps on Aleister with a chinlock to a camel clutch. Fans rally up and Aleister fights out. Aleister arm-drags Aichner then boots him. Aichner elbows back, then swings on Ricochet. Ricochet gets clear, Aleister sweeps Aichner’s legs! Aichner crawls for his corner but so does Aleister, hot tags to Barthel and Ricochet!
Ricochet rallies on the Euro Alliance with headscissors. Barthel runs in but gets sent into buckles. Aichner full nelsons but Ricochet swings him into Barthel. Ricochet neckbreakers Barthel to DDT Aichner! Fans fire up as Ricochet runs and uppercuts Barthel. Ricochet adds an elbow then puts Barthel on the ropes for Tiger Feint kick! Springboard flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his focus as he brings Barthel up in the fireman’s carry. Barthel fights out and clobbers Aleister. Ricochet elbows Barthel then whips. Barthel reverses but Ricochet uses that to clobber Aichner. Ricochet boots Barthel but gets the kick! Tag to Aichner, the toss into the suplex! Brain buster! Barthel DIVES onto Aleister! Aichner triangle moonsaults! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet survives and Aichner is furious, but the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Aichner drags Ricochet up again, powerbomb lifts and spins, but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet shoves Aichner back and somersault dropkicks! Aichner flounders out of the ring but Ricochet runs. Barthel gets a cheap shot kick! Aichner springboards for a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Aichner can’t believe it! Fans applaud this insane opener and then rally up as Aichner stands. Aichner drags Ricochet up, tags to Barthel, and the Europeans mug him. They talk trash in German and Italian, but Ricochet fires off CHOPS! Ricochet boots Barthel and dumps Aichner out. Ricochet goes up and over to tag Aleister! Aleister rallies, springboard meteora!
Aleister aims, but misses the round house. Barthel puts him into post. Tag to Aichner, who goes to the outside. They meet in the middle with double dropkicks! Barthel feeds Aleister to Aichner, powerbomb lift, but Aleister fights out! Aleister stomps Aichner and Ricochet SUPER STEINERS Barthel! Barthel bails out, Ricochet DIVES on him! Aleister and Aichner stand, quebrada caught into a cover! TWO, Aichner fires off strikes! BLACK MASS!! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Black pinning; advance to the second round
The Unexpected Duo defeats the crossover superstars! Aleister and Ricochet have a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championships at Fastlane, but will they also go all the way to earn an NXT Tag Team Championship match?
NXT shares footage from the US Performance Center.
Keith Lee helps with lock drills alongside Drew Gulak and Danny Burch. But Dominik Dijakovic wants to finish his fight with Lee from last week. The trainers and trainees keep him back but Dijakovic won’t leave things without a conclusion. NXT GM William Regal makes the decision: Lee VS Dijakovic will happen again in two weeks! Will there be a true winner of this clash of titans?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake have had enough of being left out and overlooked. They want to immortalize themselves with winning the fourth-ever DRTTC, but they’ll have to get through the One Two Combination! Will Cutler & Blake continue to #DoUntoOthers? Or will they get left behind on this Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Teams sort out and we begin with Burch and Cutler. Burch and Cutler circle and tie up as fans chant “One! One Two!” Cutler puts Burch on the ropes and CHOPS but Burch is right on him with a headlock. Cutler powers out but jumps into Burch’s leg trip! Burch wrenches and brings Cutler over to tag in Lorcan. Lorcan and Burch double wrench and double CHOP. Lorcan puts on a headlock and holds on even as Cutler tries to power out. Cutler tags to Blake then manages to power out. Lorcan jumps over Cutler but into Blake’s spinning backbreaker! Blake stays on Lorcan with a shove and forearm to the back. And then another one. Blake snapmares and tags in Cutler. He drops a knee and Cutler whips Lorcan hard into buckles. Cutler drags Lorcan back over and tags Blake in.
The Forgotten Sons hit a double backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lorcan reaches but Blake drags him away. Tag to Cutler, whip to another double backbreaker! Cover, ONE, but Cutler looms over Lorcan. Cutler drives his knees in while fans rally up. Cutler tags Blake and hoists Lorcan up top. Blake runs for Cutler to hip toss him into Lorcan! Blake high stacks, TWO! Burch is relieved and rallies up with the fans. Blake drops knees on Lorcan’s back and pulls him back. Lorcan endures and feeds off the fan energy. Lorcan pries the hold off but Blake gets it back. They roll and Lorcan gets free, hot tag to Burch! Burch rallies on Blake then hits Cutler as he comes in. Blake whips but Burch dodges to blast him with a dropkick! Burch drags Blake up but Blake tags Cutler. Blake still gets the German, but so does Cutler!
Fans fire up with Burch as he runs in for a corner clothesline to enziguri! Burch hops up, big missile dropkick! And a kip up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two Combination coordinate. Lorcan’s bad back makes it hard to hold Cutler up, and Blake throws Burch out! Cutler grabs Lorcan but Lorcan fires forearms. Cutler knees low but runs into Lorcan’s uppercut. Lorcan runs and FLIES onto Blake! Lorcan hurries back and rocks Cutler with a EuroUpper! He keeps going but gets clobbered by a clothesline! Cutler hits Lorcan with a butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Cutler turns Lorcan for a Boston Crab! Lorcan endures the pain in his back but fans rally up for him. Lorcan crawls but Cutler brings him away from ropes! Burch HEADBUTTS Cutler down! Burch and fans rally up and Lorcan stirs. Lorcan crawls, hot tag to Burch!
Burch knows Lorcan can’t help, so he’ll take care of Cutler alone. Cutler spins out of the facelock to throw forearms! Tag to Blake and Blake climbs up, missile dropkick complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Burch lives and the Forgotten Sons are furious! Jaxson Ryker doesn’t want to accept this for his brothers in arms. Tag to Cutler, and Burch is up in the crucifix. He slips out and tags Lorcan! Lorcan CHOPS with both hands back and forth! He manages to run with back elbows, but runs into Blake’s scoop. Lorcan slips out the back to shove Blake into Cutler! DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER! Lorcan fires up and tags Burch. Adrenaline helps Lorcan as they pick up Cutler. Draping DDT! Cover, but Blake breaks it just in time! Lorcan goes at Blake and throws him out.
The One Two Combo coordinate again, tagging Lorcan in. Burch drags Cutler up and Lorcan climbs. Cutler holds ropes and elbows Burch away. Blake clobbers Burch, and catches Lorcan as he leaps! Powerbomb onto Cutler’s knees! Cutler climbs up as Blake has Lorcan in the dragon sleeper! Flying stomp inverted DDT, the Memory Remains! Cover, The Forgotten Sons win!!
Winners: The Forgotten Sons, Steve Cutler pinning; advance to the second round
The Forgotten Sons keep them in everyone’s mind as they defeat Lorcan & Burch! They’re in the semifinals now, but is this only the beginning of their immortalizing?
Velveteen Dream is here!
The Patrick Clark Experience and NEW North American Champion walks out and stands on the announce desk so that everyone can see him. Dream then takes a mic and speaks right there. “Not a speech, this is just a reminder, that Velveteen Dream is your NEW North American Champion!” And the fans chant his name. But Dream has another reminder- “Bro…!” Matt Riddle comes out? Dream does not like his moment being stepped on but Riddle has something to say, too. “Bro. To be honest, I just came out here to say hi.” And to congratulate Dream on his title victory. “But real talk, I wanna get a closer look at that North American Championship.” Dream lets him have that closer look by holding it closer. “And now that I have”, Riddle wonders what that belt would look like around his waist, bro.
Fans are conflicted because they love both guys. Riddle must be high on Cloud 9 today. Because the Dream is not Riddle’s bro. And the spotlight shines belongs to him! #DreamOver! Dream and Riddle have each said their piece, but will the Original Bro have an Experience in his first shot at a title?
NXT Media interviews the Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai says Bianca Belair is good, but she hasn’t pinned Shayna Baszler. Io Shirai, however, has. The EST’s response was of course that it was a tag team match. Kairi Sane points out Io isn’t the only one who wants after the NXT Women’s Championship. However, as friends, Kairi is willing to let Io have her shot. Kairi has Io’s back in beating Bianca to then go on and beat Baszler. The EST will learn why Io was the BESTO in Stardom. They have their #1 Contender’s match next week!
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Street Profits VS Mustache Mountain!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford want to put the #CurseofGreatness on the NXT Tag Team Championships, but they’re up against two Big Strong Boys. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate have already had the American NXT Tag Team Championships, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want a second run. Who gets what they want on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Teams sort out and Bate starts against Ford. Fans duel as Bate and Ford tie up. Ford gets a headlock and takeover, to a cover. ONE, and Bate headscissors. Ford pops out but Bate’s right up for a headlock of his own. Bate gets the takeover but Ford stands up. Ford tries but can’t power out of Bate’s grip. Ford stands as fans rally and pries his way out. Bate monkey flips but Ford lands on his feet! Bate gets the headlock again, Dawkins tags in. Ford reverses the whip and Dawkins runs Bate over! Cover, TWO! Dawkins waistlock slams Bate then rolls him over to a cover, TWO! Dawkins whips corner to corner but Bate goes up and under. Bate enziguris Dawkins hard! Tag to Seven! Seven fireman’s carry to Wasteland slam, Bate hits the knee-board senton! Cover, TWO!
Seven is on Dawkins, wanting the wristlock, but Dawkins elbows out. Dawkins whips and uppercuts Seven off his feet! Ford is fired up as Dawkins brings Seven over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Seven. Ford snapmares Seven to kick him stiff in the back! Ford toys with Seven before kicking him stiff in the ribs. Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Seven down with a cravat. Seven endures and works his way up, and fights back with body shots. Ford knees low then snapmares Seven again. Ford keeps on Seven with the inverted facelock, then back to the cravat. Seven fights as fans rally again.
Ford shouts as he cranks harder but Seven shouts as he powers up! There’s a lot of shouting, but Seven gets free to CHOP! Seven CHOPS Ford again, then ducks Ford’s chop. Ford guards, so Seven DDT’s! They both crawl, hot tags to Bate and Dawkins! Bate throws hands but Dawkins shoves. Dawkins runs into a knee, Bate hits a flying EuroUpper! Bate runs in for another EuroUpper then manages to throw Dawkins with an exploder! Bate kips up and fans fire up, standing shooting star! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Seven throws Ford out hard then brings Dawkins up. Full nelson, Bate rebounds, but Dawkins breaks free to rock Bate! Bate rolling kicks but Dawkins SPEARS! Cover, but Seven breaks it now! Ford FLIES onto Seven! Dawkins brings Bate up as fans chant for “NXT!” Bate breaks free to Bop up, BANG!
Dawkins is dizzy but he back drops out of the butterfly underhook! Bate lands on his feet and runs, but Ford tags from the Mustache Mountain corner?! Is that allowed?! Dawkins pops Bate up for a spinebuster, Ford hits the high-flying frog splash! Cover, TWO!! The Profits don’t believe it! Dawkins tags from the proper corner, and drags Bate up. Ford climbs as Dawkins Electric Chairs Bate. But Seven gets up and trips Ford up! Seven gives Ford a Dragon Suplex to the apron! Bate fights back, slips down and manages a German Suplex! Bate tags to Seven then climbs up. Seven torture racks Dawkins, they somehow manage a flying knee Burning Hammer!! Cover, Mustache Mountain wins!!
Winners: Mustache Mountain, Trent Seven pinning; advance to the second round
Somehow, someway, Mustache Mountain makes it through! Will Seven & Bate bring British Strong Style all the way to New York?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: DIY VS The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish!
After the Psycho Killer’s betrayal, no one ever thought he and Johnny Wrestling would be on the same side again. But now, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano have reunited for one more run as champions together! However, another duo has reunited as reDRagon represent the Undisputed Era! Which team will make this reunion a happy one with an opening round victory?
As Gargano and Ciampa make their entrances, they make this reunion official by reviving the DIY theme song! Full Sail loves hearing the music, and is strongly behind them. Fish and Gargano start with the bell and tie up. Fish puts Gargano in a corner and fires off body shots. Fans duel as Fish whips Gargano corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over and rolls Fish, but Fish blocks the kick. Fish reels Gargano in for a fireman’s carry but Gargano slips out. Gargano shoves Fish but Fish mule kicks back. Fish runs but into arm-drags! Fish kicks low then tags O’Reilly, but O’Reilly runs into an arm-drag! Gargano keeps O’Reilly down then wrenches him up. Tag to Ciampa, who takes the hand-off to wrench, wristlock and snapmare O’Reilly down.
Ciampa keeps O’Reilly down with an armlock and chinbar. O’Reilly endures the knee in his face, but Ciampa throws O’Reilly’s arm on the mat. O’Reilly kicks Ciampa’s bad leg and tags in Fish. Fish facelocks Ciampa but Ciampa puts him in a corner. Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Fish, then tags back to Gargano. Ciampa snapmares and Gargano hits the dropkick. Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps on Fish but Fish powers him to the corner. Tag to O’Reilly and reDRagon mug Gargano. They double whip but Gargano dodges and Ciampa tags in! Gargano sends O’Reilly out and boots Fish. Ciampa clotheslines Fish out, then knees O’Reilly down! Gargano builds speed to DIVE onto O’Reilly! Fans fire up as Gargano feeds O’Reilly to Ciampa’s neckbreaker. Cover, TWO!
Ciampa tags Gargano and feeds O’Reilly to the boots. Gargano runs corner to corner but O’Reilly puts him on the apron. Gargano hits back but O’Reilly hotshots the arm! Tag to Fish but Gargano elbows Fish away. Gargano hits O’Reilly back, then slingshots, but Fish disrupts that with a roundhouse! Gargano crashes down and Fish puts him in the ring. Fish keeps on Gargano with a snap suplex. Float over, TWO! Fish puts Gargano in the corner wtih knees and tags O’Reilly. reDRagon mugs Gargano with knees, and then table tops him to a heel hook! Gargano gets the ropebreak but Fish slingshot sentons onto him! Cover, TWO! Fish keeps on Gargano with forearms. Fish throws hands in the corner then tags O’Reilly.
O’Reilly kicks and toys with Gargano while fans duel. O’Reilly brings Gargano up but Gargano fights out! Gargano shoves O’Reilly away but O’Reilly hits Ciampa. O’Reilly throws Gargano around with butterfly suplexes, holding on to roll through and throw him again. Tag to Fish and reDRagon hit a wheelbarrow DDT to wheelbarrow suplex! Cover, TWO! Gargano lives and Fish is furious! Fish drags Gargano up to throw forearms, then reels Gargano into a body scissor. Gargano endures as Fish clubs away on his back and squeezes on the ribs. Fans rally as Gargano works against the legs. He makes it a cover, ONE, and Fish makes it a cover on Gargano! TWO, but Fish keeps Gargano down with a chinlock. Fish fish hooks Gargano’s mouth! The ref reprimands Fish but Gargano CHOPS! Fish knees low then elbows Gargano down.
Tag to O’Reilly and reDRagon double shoulder breaker! They double whip but Gargano holds ropes. Gargano boots Fish then kicks O’Reilly. Gargano uses Fish to hit O’Reilly with a tornado DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Gargano crawls but Fish trips Ciampa up! Ciampa ducks the kick to ramp Fish into the apron! Ciampa hurries, Gargano dodges O’Reilly, hot tag! The NXT Champion rallies on O’Reilly! O’reilly reverses the whip but gets a knee. Ciampa knees Fish down, but O’Reilly unleashes strikes! Ciampa jumps the sweep to drop a knee! O’reilly flounders to a corner, Ciampa hits a big forearm smash. Ciampa goes side to side for another stiff knee! Ciampa hoists O’Reilly up top, drags him out, Tower of London! Cover, TWO! O’Reilly lives but Ciampa keeps his cool.
Ciampa stalks O’Reilly, waistlocks, but O’Reilly fights back. Ciampa clubs O’Reilly then lifts, but O’Reilly rolls. O’Reilly wants the leg but Ciampa powers O’REilly up for a deadlift German suplex! Ciampa hits another! Fish saves O’Reilly but Gargano swing kicks Fish down! Gargano hits Fish with a blockbuster! Ciampa torture racks, Blue Thunder Bomb on O’Reilly! Cover, TWO!! Gargano climbs up and tags in, DIY double whips. O’Reilly boots Ciampa down but Gargano hits him abck. O’Reilly puts Gargano on the apron but Gargano mule kicks Fish away! Gargano slingshot spears, but into a guillotine!! O’Reilly cranks back but Gargano flails and reaches. Gargano powers up, Ciampa hits O’Reilly with the Psycho Knee! Jackknife bridge from Gargano, TWO!!
O’Reilly and Gargano slowly stand and start brawling! They throw forearms back and forth, but O’Reilly knees. Ax, but enziguri! The Smash comes back around, but Gargano comes back with a roaring elbow! O’Reilly rebounds a la the Lunatic, but into a SUPERKICK! O’Reilly still rebounds, DOUBLE clotheslines take them both out! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Gargano and O’Reilly crawl for their corners, tags to Fish and Ciampa! Fish kicks and runs, but into Ciampa’s boot. Ciampa hurries to drag Fish up but has to counter punch him first. Fish swings but Ciampa gets to the apron. Ciampa wants to German but Fish holds on for dear life. Fish walks into an elbow but stops Ciampa on the top rope. Fish climbs to join him, but Ciampa fights back. Ciampa shoves Fish down, but here comes O’Reilly. Gargano intercepts but gets put into barriers.
O’Reilly anchors Ciampa and Fish roundhouses him. Tag and Fish climbs. Fish SUPER FALCON ARROWS Ciampa, O’Reilly drops a flying knee! Cover, TWO!! Into the armbar! Ciampa keeps his grip, but Fish hits a diving headbutt! O’Reilly pulls the arm and even a leg, but Gargano barrels through Fish to break it up! All four men are down but the fans fire up. Gargano throws Fish out but O’Reilly throws him out. O’Reilly pursues Ciampa, apron knee sends Ciampa into chairs! O’Reilly puts Ciampa back in, but gets caught in the draping DDT! Gargano tags, slingshot DDT! Cover, TWO!? O’Reilly survives but DIY keeps going. Tag to Ciampa, and Ciampa boots Fish out. DIY takes aim from opposite ends, Meet Me in the Middle!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: DIY, Tommaso Ciampa pinning; advances to the second round
DIY is back together and it’s like they never stopped! Ciampa and Gargano move on to the semifinals, but will they make it all the way to New York?
But wait, the current NXT Tag Team Champions walk out on stage! The War Raiders, Ray Rowe & Hanson, look out at Ciampa & Gargano. They hold their belts up high, but Ciampa holds his up, too. Will Goldie soon have a friend? Or will the odds ever be in the War Raiders’ favor?
And the semifinal matches are set!
Mustache Mountain will take on the Forgotten Sons, but perhaps the biggest match already is DIY VS Aleister Black & Ricochet! Will the surprise reunion or the unexpected union be what moves on to the finals?
A truly amazing episode of NXT! First, the things not related to the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Kairi Sane and Io Shirai do well in their interview promo, it’s great to see there isn’t even a question of jealousy between the Sky Pirates. Shirai VS Belair is going to be great next week, and as I said before, there’s a good chance Shirai wins, but even if she doesn’t, Sky Pirates can move on to be the NXT challengers for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Dream VS Riddle for the NXT North American Championship? Yes, please! And Lee VS Dijakovic again already is also going to be great.
Now to the real focus of the night. This is already the best Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with just the opening round. Even Forgotten Sons put up a great match in winning against Lorcan & Burch. I really thought Street Profits were going to find a way to win, like that controversial other-corner tag. But Mustache Mountain win and we get Faces VS Heels of them against Forgotten Sons. I have a feeling it’ll be the Forgotten Sons who cheat to win, mostly because Mustache Mountain has plenty more to do in NXT UK with those UK Tag Team Championships.
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Euro Alliance was great, DIY VS reDRagon was TakeOver worthy! It’s very interesting that we’ll get DIY VS “The Unexpected” since they’re the four who have been dabbling on the main roster. DIY getting the stare down with the War Raiders might be a nod that DIY makes it to the finals, and maybe even wins the whole thing. They haven’t really set up an NXT Championship story so perhaps Ciampa wasn’t going to defend against anyone and instead challenge for the tag titles with Gargano. Sadly, we now know that Ciampa needs neck surgery, so if DIY is the DRTTC winners, things will have to be changed. Probably not in a “Who Attacked Aleister?” way, but something that will allow either Gargano to choose a new partner, or the runner-up team to take DIY’s place. But not getting DIY VS War Raiders is a shame.
My Score: 8.9/10
Joe’s AAA Review & Results (5/20/19)
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They have a tribute to Silver King to start the show.
Dragon Bane vs Golden Magic
Initially a tag match is now a random one on one match. I have no problem. We start out fast. No feeling out process here. Rapid fire moves at each other. Bane gets him to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope. Golden Magic makes Bane fall to the outside and then Magic hits a jump up asai moonsault. Back in the ring Magic hits a Canadian destroyer for a two count. Bane goes to the top and Magic meets him up there and does a flipping fall away slam for the win. Golden Magic pins Dragon Bane with a flipping fall away slam.
Winner: Golden Magic
Puma King comes out and thanks the fans. Wants Killer Kross. Daga comes out instead. Puma says he’s using the Perros del Mal music to get a pop. Chessman comes out and Puma King power bombs him. Kross comes out and suplexes the Coolest Cat. Vikingo and Laredo Kid come to make the save. Kross hits an F5 on Vikingo. Now Pagano is here to make the save. Pagano and Kross go head to head. Puma is attacking Kross, but Kross kicks him in the groin.
Astrolux and Big Mami vs Lady Maravilla and Halcon 76
Mami cuts a promo on Maravilla then Maravilla attacks her. They beat up on Big Mami. I don’t know how small and short Astrolux is. But wow. Really short. Mami gets Halcon and Maravilla in the corner and does two running attacks at them. Astrolux does an asai tornillo spin. Halcon doesn’t catch him. Big Mami screws up Maravilla’s newly done hair. Yes I noticed Maravilla :). Big Mami is running rampant. Mami goes for a vader bomb but Maravilla pushes her off. Maravilla hits a frog splash and wins. Lady Maravilla pins Big Mami with a frog splash.
Winners; Lady Maravilla and Halcon 76
Myzteziz Jr and Nino Hamburguesa vs Australian Suicide and Chik Tormenta
Myzteziz and Tormenta start out going back and forth. Hamburguesa shoulder blocks Suicide and he goes flying. Suicide fights back and hits a tornado ddt then a dive to the outside. Nino gets worked over by Suicide and Tormenta. Suicide hits a shooting star press on Myzteziz. Myzteziz dodges some attacks and then Nino runs into both of them in the corner. Then he does his running senton into the corner twice. Back to normal action. Suicide messes up a springboard Canadian destroyer. Then Myzteziz messes one up. Nino comes in and cleans house. He hip tosses Suicide to the outside. Myzteziz does the Sasuke special. A handspring back flip to the outside. Myzteziz goes for a 450 and kicks Tormenta in the face. She’s getting medical attention thankfully. Maravilla comes out to distract Nino. Myzteziz holds her back. Nino hits the splash on Suicide. Nino holds Maravilla after and Big Mami comes out and she fights with Maravilla. Nino leaves with Maravilla holding hands. Mami looks crushed. Nino Hamburgusa pins Suicide with a top rope splash.
Winners: Myzteziz Jr and Nino Hamburguesa
Faby Apache and Lady Shani vs Tessa Blanchard and La Hiedra
The debut of Tessa Blanchard. Shani starts with Hiedra and they go back and forth. Quickly it devolves into Blanchard and Hiedra teaming up on Faby and Shani. Shani helps makes the save. Faby DDTs Tessa. Shani hits a victory roll into a neck bridge for a two count. Hiedra tries to do some move to Shani and thankfully Faby just kicks her. Faby gets Tessa in a surfboard stretch but the ref saves her. Shani does an apron back stabber on Hiedra. Faby gets into a confrontation and then Tessa hits her with an underhook DDT for the fast count and win. Tessa pins Faby with an underhook DDT.
Winners: Tessa Blanchard and La Hiedra
Laredo Kid, Flamita and Hijo del Vikingo vs Daga, Chessman, and Villano III Jr
Laredo Kid and Daga start out getting a feel for each other but that wasn’t going to last. Laredo, Vikingo, and Flamita all hit middle rope tope’s. Flamita and Villano go at it. Vikingo comes in and hits some impressive acrobatic moves. Now the rudos are beating up on the tecnicos. Laredo Kid tries to fire up a comeback on Villano but Daga and Chessman jump him. Daga accidentally hits Chessman starting a comeback. Vikingo hits a shooting star press to the outside on Chessman. Villano catches Laredo for a power bomb for a two count. Laredo hits a michinoku driver, then a moonsault. Laredo then hits a 450 on Chessman but Daga breaks up the pin. Daga hits a death valley driver on Laredo Kid. Flamita gets worked on but Chessman goes to the top and Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana. Flamita hits a Spanish Fly on Daga. Villano III Jr takes out Flamita. He goes to the top but Vikingo hits a reverseranna on him. Daga breaks up the pin again. Laredo dives off of the post onto Chessman into the fans. Flamita does a dive that the camera didn’t really catch. Daga works over Vikingo in the ring. He goes to the top but Vikingo catches him for a swinging slam. Vikingo then goes to the top for an imploder 450 but he moves. Daga then hits a lung blower for the win. Daga pins Hijo del Vikingo with a lung blower.
Winners: Daga, Chessman, and Villano III Jr
Psycho Clown, Puma King, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr, and Killer Kross
Wagner advertised but we can give him a break, his brother just died tragically. Rey Escorpion attacks Psycho Clown during his entrance and the brawl is on. Kross beats on Puma King into the crowd area. Texano punches at Pagano’s head and he’s bleeding already. AAA is just like WCW in the sense that the main event style is so drastically different than the under card. Puma King fights back against Texano and hits a hurricanrana. But Kross just throws a cookie sheet at his head. Kross cleans house hitting a vertical suplex on Psycho, the Saito suplexes on Puma and Pagano. Pagano tries to hit a double neck breaker on Texano and Escorpion but messes it up. Clown hits Kross with a kick. Clown and Pagano then hit middle rope dives onto Escorpion and Texano. Puma King then attacks Kross with a cookie sheet. Kross punches the cookie sheet into Puma’s head. Pagano and Clown hit Rey and Texano with cookie sheets. Psycho holds down Rey and Hiedra and Texano attacks him with the bullrope but Psycho moves so he hits his teammates. Puma King drop kicks Kross out of the ring then does a run up plauncha on him to the outside. Clown drop toe holds Rey into the conveniently set up table. Chessman comes out and spits mist into Pagano’s face. Texano then slams him and hits a senton splash for the win. Texano pins Pagano with a senton splash.
Clown tries to fight back after the match. Kross stops him but Puma King came from behind with the rope so Kross escaped.
Winners: Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr, and Killer Kross
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They show a Young Bucks promo. Bucks list their titles to show why they’re legit. They’re gonna beat the Lucha Bros at Double or Nothing or back in Mexico.
Big Mami and Dragon Bane vs Lady Maravilla and Halcon 78 Jr
Mami cuts a promo and Maravilla attacks her. Maravilla calls her fat and ugly. Sad. Maravilla and Halcon work over the duo. Bane super kicks Maravilla and drop kicks Halcon into the corner. Mami then does a running splash onto them. Mami ducks an attack with the matrix spot but they just look at her and stomp her. Bane hits a hurricanrana on Halcon and then does a run up asai moonsault. Mami hits a gory special on Maravilla followed by a splash. Halcon breaks it up. But Halcon gets held down and Mami hits a splash off of the top for the win. Big Mami pins Halcon 78 Jr with a top rope splash.
Maravilla attacks Mami at the end.
Winners: Big Mami and Dragon Bane
Konnan and his crew comes out. They’re pointing out how Fenix never defends his title.
Faby Apache, Aztroluxe, and Nino Hamburguesa vs Chik Tormenta, Tessa Blanchard, and Hijo del Tirantes
Well this match became a brawl immediately. They single out Nino and work him over. They keep going working over everyone until Nino runs down Tessa and squashes her in the corner. They kick Tormenta into her and then Tirantes into the pile. Nino does his running senton twice onto the pile. Chik Tormenta is like so much bigger than Astrolux. Astrolux gets her to the outside and then hits an asai moonsault. Faby and Tirantes go at it next with Faby hitting a hurricanrana and a body slam. Nino then shoulder blocks Tormenta. He does the same to Tessa as she runs into him. Astrolux hits a code breaker then a 450. Tessa immediately breaks up the pin. Tormenta and Tirantes get laid out. Nino hits a splash off of the top on them. During the pin Maravilla comes out. Nino is distracted. Mami comes out and argues with Nino. Maravilla drop kicks her into Nino. Faby does a splash off of the top to the outside on Tirantes. In the ring Tessa hits double underhook DDT on Astrolux for the win. Tessa Blanchard pins Astrolux with a double underhook DDT.
Nino leaves with Maravilla again. Mami is crushed.
Winners: Chik Tormenta, Tessa Blancard, and Hijo del Tirantes
Golden Magic vs Myzteziz Jr vs Flamita vs Australian Suicide vs Villano III Jr
Well they start and everyone is no longer in the ring except Suicide and Myzteziz. Myzteziz does an impressive springboard tornillo splash. Magic attacks Flamita after. Havoc is happening outside. Suicide canadian destroyers Villano on concrete. Flamita does a dive. Myzteziz does a tornillo dive. Magic does an asai corkscrew. Whew. This match is for a future title opportunity against Drago btw. They get back in the ring and do some spots. Flamita and Suicide get hit with reverseranna’s by Magic and Myzteziz. Villano comes back to spear both men. Flamita hits a lung blower on Magic. Suicide hits a springboard Canadian destroyer on Flamita and Myzteziz breaks it up. Myzteziz hits a pile driver on Suicide but that gets broken up. Magic does a cradle piledriver on Myzteziz off the top rope. And well he kicks out. Why not. Magic goes for a hurricanrana on Flamita from the top but he hits a power bomb. Villano does a running power bomb to Suicide and almost kills him on the turnbuckle. Suicide back drops Villano off of the top then hits a side ways shooting star for the win. Australian Suicide pins Villano III Jr with a side ways shooting star press.
Killer Kross is out there after the match. Suicide does a dive. Kross catches him and chokeslams him on the apron. Kross then kills Flamita. He F5’d Villano, then german suplexed Magic. Puma King is here to save the day. Puma King helping all of the fallen soldiers.
Winner: Austrailian Suicide
Pagano vs Chessman
Pagano attacks him from behind and drop kicks him to the outside. Pagano does a dive over the top. Back in the ring Chessman blows mist in Pagano’s eyes already. Pagano slams the ref and pins him. Chessman counts. Now that’s funny. Chessman is beating Pagano up with a chair. Chessman continues to beat on Pagano. Pagano sneak attacks and hits a middle rope flip dive on Chessman and almost kills himself. That’s his charm though. There are ladders in the ring. This is a TLC match after all. Chessman attempts a coast to coast and well. That was something. Chessman drop kicks the ladder. Chessman then does a dive through the middle rope. Tormenta who is Chessman’s second comes in with a chair but Pagano kicked her. Chessman is busted open. Well so is Pagano. On the top rope Pagano drop kicks Chessman onto a table set up on the outside. Pagano barely misses the table in the ring. Pagano avoids mist from Chessman to show the gimmick he swallowed and do his own mist. Then he did a modified neck or back breaker. Can’t tell with Pagano for the win. Pagano pins Chessman with a modified neck back breaker.
Lady Shani, Laredo Kid, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Vikingo starts hot drop kicks Texano to the outside only to get hit by Escorpion. Laredo Kid goes to the top and Hiedra pushes her off. Shani then attacks Hiedra. They double press Vikingo onto chairs in the crowd area. Ouch. Back in the ring the tecnicos fight back. Laredo Kid slaps Hiedra’s very exposed butt to a pop. Then him and Vikingo do asai moonsaults onto Texano and Escorpion. Shani hits a running knee attack on Hiedra from behind. Texano shoulder blocks Laredo Kid out of the ring. Back in the ring Kid does a michinoku driver then two middle rope moonsaults. Vikingo enters and tries to pick up momentum but Escorpion hits a spinning wheel kick. Vikingo fights back and springs on the middle rope, does a flip over the top rope onto Escorpion on the outside into a hurricanrana. A Dragonranna for short. Laredo goes for a splash to the outside but Texano and Escorpion catch him and toss him into the crowd. Vikingo goes for a middle rope dive and Rey moves and he crashes into the barricade. Now Shani is getting killed. She gets hit with a bull rope, then a package pile driver, then a neck breaker then the shield power bomb with Hiedra for the win. My goodness. La Hiedra pins Shani with a shield power bomb.
They beat up Shani after and steal her mask.
Winners: Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr, and La Hiedra
La Parka, Psycho Clown, and Puma King vs Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Daga
Kross is beating the crap out of La Parka. Demon is working on Psycho. Kross is now beating up Puma King. Daga is working over Parka. Finally Parka clotheslines Kross to the outside then hits a cross body to the outside. Clown hits a dive on Daga. Blue Demon wants no part of Parka. The cookie sheet from last night is back and Puma King is hitting Kross with it. Clown and Demon go back and forth. Clown hits the shot gun foot stomp in the corner. There’s some brawling happening with Kross and Parka. Kross slams Puma on a table. It doesn’t break. So he power bombs him and it kinda breaks. Clown does a michinoku driver through the table on Daga. Blue Demon kicks La Parka in the balls and pins him. This is like the 6th straight show heels win the main event. Blue Demon pins La Parka with a low blow.
They beat Psycho Clown after the match. Vikingo and Laredo Kid come out to help to no avail. Parka hits the rudos with a cookie sheets.
Winners: Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Daga
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report (5/20/19)
Witness the Money in the Bank Fallout!
It’s the Raw after Money in the Bank!
And the Beast has the briefcase! Will he choose to strike tonight? Or wait until Seth Rollins is unable to fight? Plus, Becky Two Belts is now just Becky One Belt! Will the Raw Women’s Champion respond to the Sassy Southern screw job?
- Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Usos VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics; Lynch, Cross & Bliss win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble: Titus O’Neil wins and becomes the inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: Robert Roode wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon; McIntyre wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: R-Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; changed to…
- No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; Rollins & Kingston win.
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Brock Lesnar returns to Raw!
The Advocate is alongside the #BeastintheBank as he rubs his shocking victory in the faces of the WWE Universe! Lesnar and Heyman go into the ring as he holds up the briefcase high above his head. The only reason Lesnar was even able to be in the Men’s MITB Ladder Match is because someone took out Sami Zayn before the show. And Lesnar, much in the fashion of the MITB contract itself, decided to appear when no one else could stop him.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Paul Heyman introduces himself and explains that his money is on The Beast, “the purveyor of paranoia, BROCK! LESNAR!” And paranoia should be around because of all the conspiracy theories going on. And they’ve heard them all: this was hatched the moment Braun Strowman stuck Sami Zayn on that wall; that Lesnar was able to sneak into the arena through a back door. How can you sneak a Beast into the room? Maybe Sami was lured into a dark hallway and then someone with political pull in the WWE got Brock to be the eighth man. That’s far too much credit for them. Just blame Lesnar for JFK why don’t you!
But this is how it goes: the world and universal champions need to be very paranoid. Wherever Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston go, they’re both vulnerable to the “greatest assassin” in the WWE, who literally has a contract out on their reigns. Heyman imagines Rollins being afraid to show up in the ring or on TV, because Lesnar might strike. As Heyman’s daddy once taught him, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the world isn’t out to get you.” But it won’t be the world coming for those titles, it’ll be Lesnar! Because Lesnar has a contract that guarantees you HAVE to defend that title when Lesnar demands you defend that title! But speaking of the champs, here comes Seth Rollins!
The Architect is still WWE Universal Champion after a truly phenomenal match with AJ Styles, and he stands in the ring with Mr. Beast in the Bank. Rollins picks up a mic and says he’d be in a great mood after being in the fight of his life, and won. He would be, but he’s not, because he has to come out and “see this.” Lesnar with the MITB contract. Rollins cuts to the chase: he’s here being a champion that inspires people, and that Lesnar never had the guts to be! But he can’t do that with Lesnar hanging that contract over his head. Rollins makes a proposition: he beat Lesnar at Mania, and he’ll beat him again, but he doesn’t want to wait. Lesnar should cash that contract in tonight! Fans definitely want to see that!
Heyman says no to this, because it’s Rollins who has to play Lesnar’s game. This is Lesnar’s game of “antici…pation.” Which means Rollins has to wait until Lesnar feels like cashing in. Rollins should be used to waiting. Like waiting seven hours to watch his girlfriend main event when Rollins wants to be The Man. Rollins does NOT take kindly to that, and starts shoving Lesnar to egg him on. Heyman keeps Lesnar back, and says Rollins might not even be worthy of being Lesnar’s target. Lesnar might not even cash in on Rollins. Maybe Lesnar wants a new challenge. Or maybe a New Day! Maybe it’ll be Lesnar VS Kofi Kingston! Well ask and you shall receive! The Wild Card Rule brings Kofi to Raw!
Kofimania returns as Kofi stands with Rollins and Lesnar. He doesn’t mean to steal Rollins’ thunder, but he is trying to establish his legacy as WWE World Champion. He wants to be remembered as one of the best of all time! And Kofi can’t do that without beating the best night after night, the title on the line against the best! “So Brock, congratulations on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank.” But if he’s gonna cash in tonight, Kofi wants it to be him. Heyman just realizes something: Universal Champion, World Champion, and they’re both auditioning to have a match against “the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion of the Box Office”! Mr. MITB didn’t need to go to them, they came here to him.
Heyman has an inside scoop that Rollins and Kofi aren’t done for the evening. And with both of them out here, Lesnar and his contract isn’t going anywhere. “Stay tuned, the Beast is yet to come.” What matches are Rollins and Kofi in? Will they be able to win and be ready for a possible cash-in?
Someone arrives in the arena.
It’s Mick Foley! Foley returns to Raw to unveil the newest WWE championship! He says hello to superstars left and right, but what kind of title is he bringing?
Sami Zayn talks with Bobby Lashley.
Sami’s freaking out because he got attacked at MITB and is up against Braun Strowman tonight! Now these two haven’t always gotten along, but maybe they can help each other. Strowman and Lashley have a match at WWE Super Showdown, so why not help Sami soften Strowman up? No, Lashley’s not going to help Sami. He’s going to let Sami help him. Good luck out there!
Kofi and Seth talk backstage.
Rollins appreciates the help out there but Kofi doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Oh Kofi gets it, he’s cementing his legacy. But what is this about having action tonight? HHH appears! He was going to explain but they both ran out there. They’ll be teaming up in the main event against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. Well at least they’ll have strength in numbers. But will the Rocky Mountain Machine & Lone Wolf end up doing Brock’s dirty work?
Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman!
The Underdog from the Underground and critic of the critics does not want this rematch with Strowman. He screwed the Monster Among Men out of the MITB ladder match, and then may or may not have been attacked by Strowman last night. Either way, is Strowman about to get revenge on Sami for the Falls Count Anywhere screw job?
Raw returns as Strowman makes his entrance and Sami starts running! Strowman gives chase through the crowd! This is a flashback to when Strowman chased Sami backstage before MITB! Strowman encounters Bobby Lashley. And Sami sucker punches Strowman! Sami tries to whip but Strowman just shoves Sami into trunks! Sami crawls away but Strowman stares down with Lashley. “I’ll deal with you later.” Strowman chases after Sami! And clubs him down into trunks! They end up back by gorilla position as Strowman punches Sami down. Strowman shoves and stalks Sami onto stage! Then carries him on his shoulders.
Sami can’t escape as Strowman carries him all the way to the ring! But then Sami slips out to shove Strowman into a post! And another post! Sami shoves Strowman but Strowman stops himself to shove Sami into barriers! He puts Sami in the ring then takes aim from a corner. Sami dodges and Strowman goes into a post! The bell finally rings, and Sami runs corner to corner, into a lariat! Strowman drags Sami up and tosses him back out of the ring. Strowman starts building up speed, and he runs Sami right over! He puts Sami in the ring again, scoops him, and gives him the Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster has his revenge, but now he’ll have a bigger fight in Saudi Arabia! Will Bobby Lashley #GetTheseHands?
Raw holds an in-ring interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan is a SmackDown superstar, but the Wild Card Rule allows him to walk out to the ring. Charly notes Lars’ “unparalleled” path of destruction, and Raw gives us a highlight reel. Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth and both Hardy Boys on multiple occasions, and even the Lucha House Party just last night. Fans boo but Lars laughs. What are Lars’ goals on the main roster? Before he can answer, the Lucha House Party appears for revenge! Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik flank the ring, and they hit first! A knee and double missile dropkicks! Metalik and Lince club away but Lars throws them into each other. Kalisto missile dropkicks now, then TRIPLE dropkicks send Lars out!
Fans rally for the Lucha House Party, but Lars gets angry. Kalisto slingshots but is caught and slammed on the apron! But a double DIVE hits! Lars still explodes out and lariats Lince! Lars puts Lince in, then shoulders Metalik over. He dares them to keep trying, then turns his attention back to Lince. Lince fights but still gets a FREAK ACCIDENT! Lars isn’t done, he drags Lince up in a corner. But Kalisto and Metalik save Lince from the Leviathan Bomb! Lucha House Party survives, for now. But will it take more than three luchadores to defeat a Freak?
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
The One and Only wasn’t the only one surprised and screwed over by Beast at Money in the Bank, but he’s not going to be the one to let that slow him down. He takes on the Swiss Cyborg in a match that is sure to be fast and furious!
Raw returns and shares why this match came about. After the Men’s MITB ladder match, and all the destruction Ricochet and the other six superstars not named Brock Lesnar put themselves through, he was obviously sore walking into tonight. Cesaro felt the need to add insult to injury by claiming Ricochet is just like the rest of the “bubble wrap” generation, and Ricochet took offense. Ricochet’s not going to take the night off, but will he regret not resting up?
Cesaro finally makes his entrance, with a brand new song. He enters the ring and we finally begin this match!
Ricochet rushes Cesaro but gets tossed to a corner! Cesaro walks into haymakers but knees low. He whips Ricochet and tosses him with a HIGH back drop! Ricochet hits hard on his bad back and rolls out of the ring in pain. Cesaro shows no mercy as he drags Ricochet up for a scoop. Ricochet slips out to send Cesaro into a post! Ricochet runs back in but is put on the apron. He keeps moving to moonsault onto Cesaro! With his bad back, that’s double-edged for Ricochet, but he doesn’t let that stop him. Ricochet gets back in and slingshots back out, only to get caught and tossed back on the apron! The Swiss Cyborg shows no mercy while we go to break!
Raw returns again as Cesaro has Ricochet in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock. Ricochet endures being bent back, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up and out then jawbreakers Cesaro back! Cesaro still goes after Ricochet but gets haymakers for it. He whips Ricochet and pops Ricochet up, but Ricochet back flips off him! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls twice, then headscissors Cesaro out! Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to FLY! He wipes Cesaro out! But Cesaro hurries away, forcing Ricochet to follow after. Ricochet puts Cesaro in the ring while fans say “This is Awesome!” Ricochet climbs, leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cesaro drags Ricochet up into a torture rack to go after that back! Then gives him a backbreaker drop! And the Gotch Neutralizer! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Lesson learned: go after someone when they’re less than 100%! Ricochet’s back held him back, but can he bounce back on the road to WWE Stomping Grounds?
Raw backstage interview with AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One was so close to beating Seth Rollins in an instant classic. But where does Styles go from here? “Back to Square One.” But Styles likes that, working hard is what he does. Styles knows he can beat Seth Rollins, just not last night. It was a loss, fair and square, and there’s no shame in that. It’s why Rollins is Universal Champion. But Baron Corbin has to come over and mock him. Is Styles telling that same tired story of getting bigger, stronger and faster to do it next time? Please. Styles lost! Yes, says the failure of a Mr. Money in the Bank and Raw General Manager.
That’s all the past. Corbin pinned Rollins on Raw, so it was a slap in the face that Styles got his chance first. No, it wasn’t. THIS is a slap in the face! Because Styles actually slaps him! Corbin promises Styles will pay, but where and when?
Kofi talks with Mick Foley backstage.
The WWE World Champion is very curious about this new WWE title, and Mick gives him a tiny peek. What is in the bag?!
Roman Reigns returns to Raw, again!
The Big Dog loves using the Wild Card Rule! Though, he should since he’s part of why Vince McMahon felt the need to make it. But what will Roman do with this week’s use of the rule? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Roman has a mic. But before he can say a word, Shane McMahon appears! Shane O’Mac survived a Steel Cage match with The Miz at Money in the Bank, but now he’s back to annoy Roman. “Roman Reigns, using the Wild Card Rule. The Big Dog in the Yard, right?” Well the Yard is only so big compared to being Best in the World. And Shane proved so last night in that brutal match. Shane walked out with hands held high in victory. And Shane is officially done with The Miz. Now Shane’s focus will be fully on Roman. He can’t get it out of his head what Roman did to Vince McMahon, Shane’s father and “the WWE personified.” Roman cowardly hitting Vince down, what kind of man does that? Fans say “YOU! YOU!”
Roman doesn’t know about the fans, but he hates spoiled rich kids. Shane said a bunch of crap, but the only thing Roman heard was Shane’s done with Miz. Perfect timing, because Roman’s done with Elias. No, Roman thinks that, but Elias isn’t done with Roman. One fluke victory doesn’t prove anything. Again, Shane’s one to talk. But if Elias isn’t here and Shane has business, let’s squash it in the ring tonight! Wow, how brave, Roman, to issue a challenge after Shane got all beat up even in winning. But Shane does ask the fans if they want to see “The Best in the World” VS “The Big Dog”. They do! Shane takes off his jacket, tosses it aside, and says it’s not happening. Shane does what all “spoiled rich kids” do: controlling his own destiny. He’s the boss, and he has control around here. Let him demonstrate.
Drew McIntyre appears! The Scottish Terminator is again willing to help Shane while going after Roman. He and Roman stare down as Shane considers that challenge again. Still not happening tonight. But he accepts it for Super Showdown. The last thing Roman will hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, and the Best in the World, Shane McMahon!” Roman tells the spoiled rich kid that he’ll soon be saying what a lot of people have been saying around here: “I just got my ass kicked by Roman Reigns.” Believe that. But Super Showdown aside, will Roman and McIntyre add another chapter to their rivalry later tonight?
Shane walks with McIntyre.
They feel good about that stare down and trash talk with Roman Reigns. But they’re quickly interviewed about the implication that Shane wont’ be alone in Super Showdown. There’s no implication. What happened was- The Miz is here as another Wild Card! They’re not done. McIntyre stands between them. Shane doesn’t think, he knows he’s done. And if Miz has problems, then he’s got problems with McIntyre. Now Shane has others fighting his battles? Fine. Miz will get McIntyre out of the way, and go back after Shane. Will the A-Lister get through the Terminator to give us that trilogy?
The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey give a quick hey to their cousin, Roman, as they make their way out. They put the SmackDown Tag Team Champions on #LockDown at MITB, but they keep moving right into settling things with Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson! Will the #TopGuys get revenge for the pranks? Or will they be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
Raw returns as Dash & Dawson make their entrance. The teams sort out, and Dash just attacks Jimmy! Dash drags Jimmy over to the Revival’s corner to stomp away! Dash tags in then climbs up top! They give Jimmy the backbreaker leg drop! Cover, TWO! The referee backs Dawson off so everyone can take jackets off but Dawson throws Jimmy out of the ring. Jey runs in but Dash runs Jimmy over! The ref keeps Jey back and Dash tags in. The Revival both go after Jimmy to throw him into a barrier! Fans cheer the Usos on but Dash dares Jimmy to laugh now. He puts Jimmy in and then haymakers him to the corner. Dash throws uppercuts then tags Dawson. The Revival work together for the assisted suplex! Cover, TWO!
Dawson taunts Jey then drags Jimmy back up. He puts Jimmy in a chinlock and drives an elbow into Jimmy’s face. Dawson CHOPS Jimmy then stands him up. Jimmy hits back and fights out! Jimmy whips but Dawson reverses, only for Jimmy to dodge. Jey tags in and they double mule kick Dawson. They throw Dawson out then double clothesline Dash out! Fans fire up with the Usos while we go to break.
Raw returns and Jimmy fights up out of Dash’s chinlock. Dash holds Jimmy away from Jey but Jimmy throws back. Dash suplexes but Jimmy slips out! Jimmy kicks Dash away but both men are down. Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson anchors Jimmy. Jimmy hits the dragon whip enziguri! Now he and Dawson are down, but fans rally up. Jimmy and Dawson tag Jey and Dash! Jey rallies and mule kicks, then dabs and uppercuts on ’em! Things speed up, Samoan Drop for Dash! And one for Dawson, too! The Revival end up in opposite corners and Jey rallies the fans. “Uce O!” hip attack to Dawson! Then to Dash! Dash dumps Jey out but gets a kick for it! Jey climbs and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps his cool while Dash crawls. Dash whips Jey in the corner and rocks him with a right. Dash climbs up but Jey uppercuts him back. Jey CHOPS Dash then climbs up to join him. Dawson tags in and Dash sunset flips! Dash carries Jey then powerbombs him, Dawson drops the Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and The Revival pleads with the ref! The count is what it is, so Dawson drags Jey back up. “You think it’s funny!?” Dawson gives Jey uppercuts while fans rally up. Jey hits back! They brawl with big hands, then Dawson ducks to backslide. Jey uses Dash as a step to get out of it but Dawson rocks Jey with a right! Dawson whips but Jimmy tags in, the Usos Double SUPERKICK! Cover, but Dash barrels in!
Dash hits Jey then goes after him. He deflects the superkick and uses the barriers as a step for his tornado DDT! Jimmy builds speed and DIVES onto Dash! Jimmy goes back to Dawson, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, superkick blocked! Dawson throws another right, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Dawson survives and now Jimmy can’t believe it! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy gets himself up top. Jimmy aims but Dash runs in. Jimmy jump over, back drops Dash but Dawson rolls him up! With tights! The Revival wins!!
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
It looks like Dash & Dawson have the last laugh this time. They steal one from the Usos, but will they be able to take back those Raw Tag Team Championships that way?
Alexa Bliss gets a touch-up from the Raw make-up department.
The Goddess has enough blush so she stops here. Nikki Cross comes by and Alexa compliments her on that Women’s MITB Ladder Match performance. The only thing is, Nikki didn’t win. Well yes, but she had the briefcase for a second. Yes, Alexa saw that, but Nikki didn’t win. Well it’s okay. Alexa will cheer her up with- The Revival marches in, celebrating their win! Did they see them win against the Usos?! They’re the next guests on A Moment of Bliss, right? Just think about it, okay? They head off and Alexa isn’t sure what to make of it. Will Nikki cheer up after Alexa has Becky Lynch as tonight’s guest?
Raw presents another episode of Firefly Fun House!
Though, it doesn’t look as cheerful as usual. “Let Him In.” Bray Wyatt is back, in his demonic form! Will you let Bray in?
Time for another A Moment of Bliss!
Raw’s top talk show has a new co-host with Nikki joining Alexa on stage. Alexa addresses the fact her luggage keeps getting misplaced by wearing her gear just in case. Where is her coffee, though? The stage hand brings out two cups, but Alexa doesn’t realize one was meant for Nikki… She pours the second into the first and takes a sip. On to her guest: the woman, or rather, The Man, that retained her Raw Women’s Championship but not her SmackDown Women’s Champion! It’s Becky Lynch!
Becky appears, holding up her one belt, and Nikki lets Becky have her seat. To then lurk by Alexa. Alexa has Nikki maintain personal space then welcomes Becky to the show. Last night was surely heartbreaking. Becky climbed a mountain against Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. How does it feel to no longer be the Double Champion? But speaking of champions, here come the IIconics! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here without violating the Wild Card Rule. This isn’t Becky Two Belts anymore, she’s Becky One Belt! It doesn’t have the same ring to it, though. And poor Becky is so sad. If it makes her feel any better, Peyton & Billie still have two belts.
“Shut yer faces, the two of ya.” Becky defended more in one night since those two have since Mania. And if they wanna talk trash, Becky will fight them both, take their titles and go up to Becky Three Belts! But wait, Lacey Evans appears! The Sassy Southern Belle struts onto the stage and says “Typical man, never knowing where to give proper credit.” The reason Becky is down a belt is because of Lacey. Fans still feel Becky is “Becky Two Belts” in their hearts. And Lacey can add honey to her sentences, but the fact is, the Lady got tapped out. She couldn’t get the job done when Becky was giving only half her attention. But now that Becky is focused, she can slap Lacey all up and down Raw. She’ll do it to the IIconics, too! Three versus one? Yeah right.
Nikki will be Becky’s partner. Okay, that’s 3v2. Well Alexa will do. What? No, she’s not part of this. Nah it’s okay, just stand there and look cute while The Man handles business. The Goddess is reluctant, but she joins in. A major Six Woman is about to go down, after the break!
Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics!
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Becky and Billie start and tie up. Becky headlocks but Billie powers out, only to get run over. Billie scrambles away to tag Peyton. By the way, Alexa’s finishing her coffee off the apron. Peyton and Becky tie up and Becky scoops. Peyton slips out and yanks Becky down by her hair. Cover but Becky slips out Matrix style. Peyton scrambles away and Becky dares Lacey to tag in. Lacey says she’ll tag in when she wants to, so Peyton runs into a drop toehold. Nikki tags in and gets the hand-off from Becky. Peyton shoves Nikki around, but Nikki table tops Peyton. Nikki dropkicks Peyton then whips her to a corner. Nikki roars before hitting a corner splash to bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki is wild as ever as she shoulders into Peyton the hits Billie. She dropkicks Peyton then climbs up to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie shouts at Nikki but Peyton clobbers Nikki from behind. Tag to Billie and the IIconics crisscross Nikki to kick her down. Then they strike their pose. Billie drags Nikki up to knock her down, and now Lacey tags in. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Nikki then takes out her handkerchief. Lacey wipes the sweat from her brow then gives Nikki her swinging bronco buster! Peyton tags and covers, TWO! Peyton drags Nikki up and into an armlock. She adds a chinbar while fans rally for Nikki. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down by her hair. Peyton puts the armlock and chinbar back on and Nikki endures again.
Fans cheer Nikki on while Alexa sips her coffee. Nikki gets up and fights out but Peyton whips her hard into buckles. Lacey tags herself back in and stomps Nikki down. Lacey drags Nikki up to throw her down and step on her. She taunts Becky before putting Nikki in a neck wrench camel clutch. Lacey whips Nikki into the corner then tags Peyton. Peyton drags Nikki up for forearms then puts her in a corner. She whips Nikki corner to corner then runs in, but only gets the post! Hot tags to Becky and Billie! The Man rallies on Billie and hits a calf kick! Lacey drops down to avoid Becky even further, but then Billie rolls Becky! ONE, and Becky mule kicks Billie into the Becksploder! Lacey just leaves so Becky Straight Firearms Billie. Then hits the missile dropkick!
Becky hits Peyton for good measure then boots Billie back down. Becky hops up, leg drop! Cover, Becky’s team wins!
Winners: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss, Lynch pinning
This match quite literally lasted a cup of coffee because only now is Alexa done and able to join her team. She celebrates with Nikki and Becky, but Becky leaves her behind to grab her belt. Will the Raw Women’s Champion continue to slap the heads off challengers now that she only has one belt to worry about?
Raw returns with Mick Foley!
Foley loves the response but he’s all business. He has a title on his shoulder in a bag. There’s been something missing from Raw as of late, so it’s time to revisit “R A W”. Raw needs to be raw again! Let’s make Mondays raw again! For superstars wanting to step up, Foley knows it takes a lot to make a mark. It takes a lot to become a champion. You don’t just defend a title, you live, dream and covet! It’s something you’ll sacrifice teeth and an ear to have! It is an obsession that consumes the day. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that is. And so with that in mind, Mick Foley presents the new… WWE 24/7 Championship!
The name obviously implies that this belt will be defended anytime, anywhere! Keep in mind, the champion won’t get days off. The champion could be playing golf and boom, a ref appears and a match happens. A slide at Chuck E. Cheese or at the tanning salon, you better have your trunks ready because falls count anywhere. Foley puts the title down and starting tonight, this very third hour of Raw will get downright mean and nasty! Maybe a little dirty. And it starts right here tonight, in Albany, New York. The inaugural 24/7 Champion will be crowned! It will be a championship scramble! Mick will leave, superstars will line up, and they’ll go for the gold. Is this belt open to all superstars on Raw? No. It’s open to Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK, and maybe even a good ol’ legend or two!
The moment this bell rings, “he who retrieves it, receives it, and destiny is staring you in the eye.” Foley gets out of the ring, and we begin!
WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble!
First on the scene are FOUR superstars! Cedric Alexander, Eric Young, EC3 and Mojo Rawley run down the ramp while fighting each other! They crash and burn but Mojo gets closest! But now No Way Jose and both Good Brothers head out! Seven superstars fight and push and stomp, and even Titus O’Neil appears! Karl Anderson is closest but EC3 anchors him! Alexander shoves Titus while EC3 bumps Mojo. Titus throws Alexander back, then goes for the title! But Mojo POUNCES! Alexander springboard clotheslines Mojo but EY slides in! They both see the belt andhesitate, allowing the Good Brothers to trip them up!
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows both go for the belt! They grab it at the same time, and stare down! Will this tag team break up over this? EC3 shoves them into each other! But No Way Jose punches EC3! They brawl with the belt just below them! Jose gets an edge then tackles EC3 out of the ring! Everyone’s down but no one has the belt! Wait, is that Drake Maverick!? Titus O’Neil stands in his way! But he still grabs the belt! Titus pries him off it, and TOSSES him at the others! Titus grabs the belt and runs away with it!
Winner: Titus O’Neil; inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion
The Real Deal celebrates, but for too long! Robert Roode and a ref appear, and Roode rolls Titus up!! Roode wins the belt!!
New 24/7 Champion: Robert Roode!
A GLORIOUS steal! Roode takes the belt and runs, but everyone chases him backstage! Can Roode get away with the gold? Will Titus get back at him? Or will someone else take that title off Roode first?
Raw finds Roode running for his life.
He has the belt but the clock is running. He hides behind some trunks as the angry mob runs past. They all blow past Roode, and he slowly sneaks out to run back the other way. Will Roode make it to a safe place to hold onto that belt a little longer?
The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants his trilogy with Shane McMahon, but Shane doesn’t want any more of Miz. Probably because Miz comes closer and closer to actually defeating him. But for now, Miz must survive the Scottish Terminator in order to have a clear path. Will Miz find a way to finally have retribution on Shane O’Mac?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance, Shane O’Mac shuffling around behind him. McIntyre doesn’t break focus from Miz, and the same goes for Miz with McIntyre. The bell rings and we begin this first-time-ever!
Miz and McIntyre tie up and Miz manages to sidestep him. McIntyre lungs and Miz gets a headlock. Miz goes for the takeover but McIntyre blocks with power! McIntyre powers out but Miz dodges to kick and punch him back. Miz whips but McIntyre blocks to CHOP Miz down. Shane likes what he sees as McIntyre drags Miz up for more CHOPS! McIntyre whips Miz corner to corner but Miz goes up and over! Miz runs, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre pops Miz up but Miz slips out to jawbreaker back. McIntyre shoves but Miz kicks him back. It does nothing! Miz speeds things up and baits McIntyre onto the apron. Miz slides and trips McIntyre up! Then blocks a boot to throw McIntyre’s leg into barriers!
Shane lurks but Miz sees him. Shane stays back as Miz puts McIntyre in. Miz slides but McIntyre blocks the sunset flip. McIntyre tosses Miz into a corner, but Miz dropkicks the legs out! McIntyre hits buckles and Miz fires off! Miz throws hands but McIntyre back suplexes. MIz lands on his feet and boots McIntyre away. McIntyre ends up in a corner and Miz runs in. McIntyre catches the A-List lariat! And he TOSSES Miz overhead! Shane applauds and McIntyre stomps Miz’s hands. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz hard! Cover, TWO! Shane says that’s fine, because McIntyre is still in control. McIntyre stands Miz up to CHOP him against the ropes!
McIntyre drags Miz to the ropes and wants to suplex him out! Miz resists and knees McIntyre back, to then sunset flip! But McIntyre holds ropes to save himself. He hits Miz away but Miz trips him up! McIntyre hits the apron hard! McIntyre hobbles but hits Miz back, to sit him on the barrier. Shane applauds as McIntyre blasts Miz into the front row! Shane mockingly asks if Miz is okay, before McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz up and to the floor! The Terminator is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns as McIntyre drags Miz up on the to rope. Miz fights free to sunset flip powerbomb McIntyre down! Shane doesn’t like that. Miz catches his breath while McIntyre crawls away. Fans rally for Miz as he counter punches McIntyre! Miz throws more hands and even It Kicks! He runs corner to corner to hit double knees! And again! But McIntyre follows, only to get post! Miz has the fans fired up as he runs corner to corner to hit that A-List Lariat! He dumps McIntyre down to springboard ax handle! Cover, TWO! McIntyre lives but Miz keeps focus as he gives more It Kicks! Miz kicks and kicks and aims, but McIntyre counters the buzzsaw, only for Miz to huricanrana!
Miz wants the full nelson but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre hits him with a back elbow in the corner, and then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Miz survives and McIntyre is frustrated. But Shane still has confidence as McIntyre whips Miz. Miz dodges again, to give kicks to the inner thigh! Miz runs and blocks a boot, to a knee jacker! McIntyre writhes but Miz is after the legs for a Figure Four! McIntyre shoves Miz away, Shane gets a cheap shot in! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shane is shocked the cheating didn’t work! But McIntyre takes aim and runs, but Miz dodges the claymore! Takedown, to Figure Four! McIntyre endures and Shane freaks out, but McIntyre CHOPS away on Miz! Miz falls back and the hold comes off.
McIntyre hobbles up and heads for Miz. Miz dumps McIntyre out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Then Miz glares at Shane! Shane runs away! Miz misses getting Shane, but dodges McIntyre again. He throws McIntyre into barriers! Then the ring, but Shane attacks from behind! Shane pushes Miz in the ring, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Shane is the Best in the World at screwing over The Miz! McIntyre rolls on, will he get a title match out of this? Shane tells Miz he was done with him, but he has a parting gift. Shane has McIntyre put Miz in a corner while Shane climbs up. McIntyre holds Miz down, but here comes Roman! Roman saves Miz and SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre! Then he runs Shane off! Shane’s also the Best in the World at running away. But will he have what it takes to fight The Big Dog at Super Showdown?
Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley discuss their main event match.
They’re ready to team up again, but then Robert Roode bumps into them! Roode does his best to hide the 24/7 Championship so they don’t get any bright ideas. The mob runs in and Roode gets out of there! How has Roode not just gotten to the hotel!? And is Drake Maverick going to be okay? He might need to hydrate.
Raw backstage interview with the WWE World and Universal Champions, Kofi and Seth!
They’ll both be taking on Baron and Bobby, but what about the Beast in the Bank? As champion, you need to multitask! They both know Lesnar’s around but they also know Corbin & Lashley are legit. No one likes Lashley, no one ever liked Corbin, in all of space and time. They’re dangerous, so they’re first. Then who do they think Lesnar will go after first? That’s not their concern. Kofi worked hard to be world champion, so he’ll visit and survive Supelx City to stay W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Seth, where them hips at? Yeah no. The two champs head out for their main event, but will it be ruined by a cash-in?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Witness what happened last night. My shoulders were never fully on the mat.” Joe shouldn’t have lost his WWE United States Championship to Rey Mysterio. But he’s not angry, because it was just a mistake. Joe knows Rey knows, because he is an honorable man, a caring husband and father, and a man with a reputation that spans the globe. So Rey won’t let that controversy taint his legacy. Joe knows Rey. Joe is not compassionate, but he will gift Rey an opportunity to simply hand the title back. He’s giving Rey the opportunity to lead by example. Be the man Joe knows he wants Dominique to be. Because if Rey doesn’t, imagine the example Joe will set for him. The WWE United States Championship will be addressed next week!
Roode makes it to the parking lot!
The only way he stops the Raw roster from chasing him is to get to a vehicle! He asks R-Truth for help! Truth puts him in the trunk! Truth sends the mob the other way, then goes back to his car. He lets Roode out, and brings him to the passenger seat. But a ref is here?! Truth hits Roode and bumps him off the car! Cover, Truth wins!!
New WWE 24/7 Champion: R-Truth!
He takes the belt and runs away with it! The belt’s headed to SmackDown either way, but will Truth be able to hold onto it through the night?
Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
Two top champions in the WWE team up together against two towering opponents. With Lesnar and his MITB contract lurking, will the Architect and Kofimania be able to focus? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine and “Albany’s Favorite Son” take advantage and earn themselves title matches?
Raw returns and someone made this No Disqualifications?!
No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
That someone has to be HHH, who made this match with Heyman. Rollins makes his entrance, only to be attacked by Corbin! Corbin drags Rollins up but Kofi runs to help, only to be intercepted by Lashley! Lashley tackles Kofi into the LED wall while Corbin stomps Rollins on the stage. Corbin drags Rollins to the ring and Lashley follows. They put Rollins in and the bell rings! Rollins fights Corbin off, then hits Lashley, only to turn around into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Kofi returns to break it!
Lashley throws Kofi out then goes after him again. Corbin keeps on Rollins with body shots. Corbin rains down rights then yanks Rollins up. Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins and Corbin are down, but crawling for their corners. Kofi is there for the hot tag! Lashley also tags in, but Kofi springboard ax handles Lashley down! Kofi CHOPS away then dropkicks Lashley. Lashley runs but Kofi dodges to clothesline him down! Kofi drops the New Day Boom Drop! Fans fire up with Kofi but Kofi has to hit Corbin away. Lashley hits Kofi then suplexes, but Kofi slips out. Kofi boots Lashley away, then hops up for a crossbody! Cover, but Corbin breaks it. Rollins returns but gets a right hand from Corbin. Corbin returns to his corner and Lashley tags him in.
Lashley takes Kofi and throws him out. Corbin and Lashley drag Kofi up to whip him at barriers hard! Then they do the same to Rollins! Corbin and Lashley loom over both champions while we go to one last break!
Raw returns again as Corbin ROCKS Rollins with a right. Lashley grinds his boot into Kofi while Corbin drags Rollins up again, only to punch him back down. Rollins flounders to his feet but Corbin runs again, into Rollins’ slingblade! Rollins hits Lashley away then DIVES onto Corbin! But Corbin catches him, to choke slam him on the apron! And toss him into the timekeeper’s area! Corbin stomps away then buries Rollins with chairs! Lashley puts Kofi in the ring and rams his shoulder into him! Fans boo and jeer as Lashley and Corbin mug Kofi. Corbin hits the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Corbin and Lashley haul him up top. They both climb up, but Rollins returns with a chair!
Rollins SMACKS Lashley! He SMACKS Corbin! He SMACKS Lashley, but Corbin punches him down. Corbin tosses Rollins to the apron but Rollins kicks back! Rollins springboards and hits a flying knee! Lashley swings but Rollins ducks to PELE! Rollins mule kicks Lashley! And mule kicks Corbin! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” He aims at Corbin but Lashley yanks him out! Lashley stomps Rollins, but Kofi meets Lashley in the ring. Kofi leaps but into Lashley’s arms, to tackle him in ropes! But it’s Kofi who dumps Lashley out of the ring! Corbin runs but he gets dumped out! Rollins DIVES and gets them both! Kofi climbs and Trust Falls! He wipes out Corbin and Lashley!
Fans fire up as Kofi puts Corbin in the ring. Kofi springboards but Corbin gets under. Corbin reels Kofi in but Kofi slips out to spin and hit Corbin with Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi & Rollins win!
Winners: Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins, Kingston pinning
But Lashley SPEARS Kofi! Then SPEARS Rollins! The Almighty Lashley has the chair, and takes aim at Kofi. Kofi ducks, Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley! But here comes Lesnar!! He has his briefcase, but Rollins has the chair! Who is The Beast going to target?! Lesnar circles like a shark, but both Rollins and Kofi are on guard. Lesnar does his lap, hops up on the apron, but stays back. Fans boo as the Beast simply plays mind games with the champions. Heyman says they take a week to decide. The Beast will return next Raw, who will be his prime target?
Well this was certainly something. There was actually a good bit of buzz going into Raw tonight after what happened at MITB. And this time, the formula of a long opening segment works because we needed Heyman to talk for Lesnar to tell us how things are in story. Everything Heyman said about those conspiracy theories was a worked shoot, because word is, they really did find a way to sneak Lesnar in and surprise everyone, superstars included. But it was a great move to throw intrigue back in by teasing a choice between the two top titles. It really would be good if Lesnar VS Kofi became a thing, but it sadly sounds like Rollins VS Lesnar is happening at the now Saudi Arabia Super Showdown. Though, I would hope the title doesn’t change overseas like that.
Lesnar going out during the main event was obviously just a tease. Between running short on time and having one champion there to help the other, Lesnar wasn’t going to succeed anyway, even if he’s Lesnar. The tag team main event was really good, to be honest, though it clearly sounds like Vince doesn’t know how match rules interact anymore. Either way, it seems interesting that the Brock Lesnar bias is spreading to all of the McMahon authority with HHH apparently helping set the champions up for Lesnar to attack. HHH should be the only one on their side, given how he is on NXT. Though, Vince doesn’t care about continuity between main roster and NXT, obviously.
Ricochet and Cesaro had a great match, but naturally Cesaro wins over a battered Ricochet. A rematch of these two when Ricochet is at 100% will be awesome. The Lucha House Party getting to at least survive Lars was a good move. Someone needs to start putting up a fight, so three someones doing it is fine. We finally get a great Usos VS Revival match, as we should’ve been getting all along. Renee seemed so salty during this part, I can’t be sure if she’s going Tweener or what. It’s smart for Revival to win by cheating, they’re still the Heels. They must get those Raw tag titles off Hawkins & Ryder.
The Raw Women’s Division stuff is definitely being forced by Vince. Granted, Becky and Nikki do their parts, and obviously there isn’t meant to be chemistry between Nikki and Alexa, but it doesn’t even seem like good awkward chemistry. Clearly Alexa still isn’t at 100%, or whatever WWE needs her to be at to compete, but maybe that can go into story. Alexa lets Nikki and Becky do all the work against Lacey and the IIconics, and of course Becky wins for her team. Alexa might get Nikki to do the same if they become a tag team to face the IIconics 2v2. I do like that Becky has a non-submission finisher now with that top rope leg drop, it’ll give her matches more variety now. Lacey seems a front runner for another shot, but she should have matches with Naomi and/or Dana first.
Strowman squashes Sami to get that story done, and now his match with Lashley at Super Showdown is the next thing. Hopefully we get some real build next week, a stare down was okay but obviously not enough for these behemoths. Honestly, they could’ve been doing more with these two all along, so maybe the Super Showdown match is just the start. At the same time, Lashley has to be part of this new Mean Street Posse Shane’s making. Lashley, McIntyre and Elias are definitely members given they’re the ones doing Shane’s bidding. Obviously Shane cheats Miz, and almost as obvious, Roman helps Miz. This still looks good for a second Miz-Roman team-up down the line. Maybe Miz helps Roman at Super Showdown since McIntyre will be in Shane’s corner. Miz, Roman and Strowman can make an interesting team to face Shane’s guys.
This new title is obviously the Hardcore Championship revived, but apparently without a No Disqualification element. That’s a shame, since it’s literally Falls Count Anywhere. This belt has three reigns already, and it’s all been pretty fun in my opinion. I really hope that with modern technology like Facebook Live, YouTube and even the WWE Network, we get all sorts of shenanigans with this title, especially on days without Raw or SmackDown. Hell, this belt better show up at TakeOver: XXV! I just don’t get why this announcement went alongside the changes to Raw’s third hour. The lighting is dimmer and the tone is apparently going to be more mature. It’s been obvious how desperate Vince has gotten because of his own booking, but one of these things might save WWE TV.
My Score: 8/10