The Cruiserweight Crusader says class is in session! Will Drew Gulak force Humberto Carrillo to submit to the submission style of wrestling?
- Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo; Carrillo wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Daivari wins and will challenge Tony Nese for the title.
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The Cruiserweight Crusader addresses the WWE Universe.
“Hello, my name is Drew Gulak.” And these are strange times on 205 Live. It’s alright if you’re confused. Gulak’s long time rival, Tony Nese, became Cruiserweight Champion against all odds at Wrestlemania. Cedric Alexander left for Raw while Buddy Murphy moved to SmackDown via the Superstar Shake-Up. But tonight, the Premier Athlete will learn who his first challenger is when Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari battle for the first time ever. No one could’ve predicted 205 Live’s current state of affairs, but Gulak assures all his constituents that he will soon have that Cruiserweight Championship around his waist to finally bring about his Drewtopia. And that begins by taking his rebellious student to school and finally shows him that “when you step to me, you will tap out.”
David Otunga joins 205 Live commentary!
While Nigel McGuinness trains superstars in the UK Performance Center, WWE’s top lawyer joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in calling the fastest action in sports entertainment!
Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo!
The Philly Fury steps down from the podium after his State of Division Address to now address what he feels is a travesty in the state of Ultimo Ninja’s young career. Will Gulak get Carrillo to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground? Or will Carrillo show Gulak there’s more than one way to live on 205 Live?
As Gulak finishes his entrance, WWE shares Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s Instagram message. “Salutations, 205 Live, ladies and fellow gentleman.” Gallagher is on the sidelines given he needs to get some stitches in his moustache. Now fans are surely wondering why he gave Gulak a headbutt. As a gentleman, he must explain. It’s all rather simple. What has Gulak done for Gallagher? Gallagher suspected Gulak was just furthering his own goals at the expense of Gallagher’s. Gallagher was proven right when Gulak got Gallagher disqualified against Carrillo, so he made sure Gulak understood something. Gulak may not have valued Gallagher as a friend, but he will learn to respect him as an enemy. Gallagher will surely come back to settle his grudge with Gulak, but will Carrillo get his pound of flesh first?
Carrillo makes his entrance and we begin this fight of philosophies. Gulak circles with Carrillo and ties up. Gulak gets a headlock takedown and cover, TWO! Carrillo scrambles away to a corner but Gulak dares him to come back. Carrillo does and ties up with Gulak again. Gulak rolls Carrillo, TWO! Gulak is feeling himself as he taunts Carrillo. But he also tells fans to show respect when they boo and jeer. Carrillo and Gulak tie up again and Gulak gets a waistlock takedown. Carrillo slips out to a crucifix pin, TWO! But Carrillo suddenly gets La Majistrol, TWO! Gulak is frustrated, but he’s caught in an Oklahoma Roll! TWO and Gulak realizes Carrillo does know how to mat wrestle like him. Gulak gets up and circles with Carrillo then ties up.
Gulak grabs Carrillo’s hair and pulls him to ropes. He gives Carrillo a cheap shot then an uppercut! Gulak brings Carrillo up but Carrillo trips him up. Things speed up and Carrillo’s agility allows him to headscissor and springboard arm-drag Gulak around! Carrillo also dropkicks Gulak out and then builds speed, but Gulak avoids the baseball slide. Gulak swings on Carrillo but he blocks to CHOP and use the apron to climb way up high! Carrillo waves hi but Gulak says he should come down. Carrillo dares him to join him up top but Gulak insists Carrillo come down. Gulak climbs up to get at Carrillo but Carrillo kicks him away. Carrillo hops down and speeds up to triangle enziguri Gulak down! Fans fire up as Carrillo handsprings to arm-drag Gulak off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo clamps on with a chinlock but Gulak endures. Gulak fights up and snapmares Carrillo off, but Carrillo handsprings through to SUPERKICK! Gulak is dazed but he still trips Carrillo’s springboard up! Carrillo crashes to the mat and Gulak shakes out the cobwebs. Gulak gives springboard stomps with the bottom rope. Then he rains down rights before getting an armbar! Carrillo rolls to block but Gulak goes after fingers! Fans rally for Carrillo as he endures Gulak pulling at fingers. Carrillo gets the ropebreak but Gulak holds on until 4. Gulak stalks Carrillo to the corner but Carrillo fights back. Carrillo throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for Gulak to tilt-o-whirl scoop. Carrillo lands out of it and ducks a clothesline, but Gulak wheelbarrows to a step-through! Gulak drops a leg on Carrillo’s leg, and puts on an Indian Deathlock!
Carrillo endures as Gulak pushes on the legs. Carrillo keeps it from being a cover and he throws a BIG right! Gulak gets mad and gives a ground ‘n’ pound. Gulak makes it a cover, ONE, so Gulak stands with the deathlock on. Carrillo endures so Gulak clubs him down to a cover. TWO, but Gulak shifts to another cover, TWO! Gulak wraps on with a chinlock of his own, but Carrillo fights his way up. Gulak throws Carrillo down then drops an elbow, cover, TWO! But Gulak doesn’t let up as he puts a deep leg hook on Carrillo. Fans rally for Carrillo but Gulak rocks back into a surfboard! And chinlock! Carrillo reaches and flails, then pries free, only to fall on his face. Gulak covers, TWO! Gulak drags Carrillo up and wraps on another chinlock.
Carrillo endures as Gulak grinds him into the mat. Carrillo reaches for ropes as fans build to another rally. He works his way up and fights out but Gulak suplexes. Carrillo lands on his feet and elbows Gulak away. Then he boots Gulak away, and runs to whip Gulak to a corner. Carrillo clotheslines and snapmares to quickly dropkick him down! Nebraska fires up with Carrillo as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives and scrambles to ropes, but Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags him up. Gulak reverses the whip but Carrillo handspring back elbows him down! Carrillo hurries to a corner and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated but he has the fans on his side. Carrillo drags Gulak up but Gulak blocks the suplex.
Gulak throws hands and scoops Carrillo into the dragon sleeper! But Carrillo slips out and shoves. He leaps but Gulak sunset flips, TWO! Gulak fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! Ghost pin cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated now but he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Gulak drags Carrillo up but Carrillo blocks the whip. Carrillo lets Gulak’s pull help give him momentum for a forearm! Carrillo then whips Gulak to a corner and runs in. Gulak puts Carrillo on the apron and hits Carrillo back. Carrillo blocks the buckle bump to give a roundhouse! Carrillo climbs up, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and Carrillo grits his teeth. Gulak grins at Carrillo’s frustration as both men slowly sit up. Carrillo throws a forearm but Gulak gives it back. Carrillo hits again, so Gulak headbutts. The brawl continues back and forth as they stand up.
Gulak CHOPS then kicks, but Carrillo blocks to kick back! Both men stagger, Carrillo springboards to enziguri, but gets caught into an Ankle Lock! Carrillo rolls through to a cradle, TWO!! The Ankle Lock is on again! Gulak drags Carrillo around but Carrillo endures. Carrillo reaches for ropes, but turns to kick Gulak away! Gulak is down and fans fire up for Carrillo as he crawls to a corner. Fans rally up as Gulak stands. Gulak swipes blind but he finds Carrillo. Carrillo fights back but Gulak elbows and headbutts him down. Gulak hoists Carrillo up top and CHOPS him! Gulak climbs up and bends his own rules, but Carrillo resists the superplex. Carrillo fights Gulak back then SLAPS him down! Gulak staggers back up but Carrillo sunset flip powerbombs! Carrillo puts Gulak in the drop zone, headstand, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, Carrillo wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
It looks like the student has surpassed the teacher! Gulak thought he’d drag Carrillo down to his level but Carrillo soars higher than ever! Will this springboard Carrillo towards a future title opportunity? Will Gulak be able to rebound before Gallagher comes back for his own grudge match?
Oney Lorcan speaks.
“I have been training, competing and making sacrifices for over a decade, for one goal: Make it to the WWE and become a champion.” There’s one man between him and Tony Nese: Ariya Daivari. Daivari isn’t like other Cruiserweights. He doesn’t care about being flashy or technical. All he does is hit as hard as possible until there’s only one man left standing. Luckily, that’s the kind of fight Oney likes.
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“Ever since I got my priorities straight and focused on myself rather than those past flops I was propping up for the last year, I have been untouchable.” Daivari is undefeated in 2019! And he plans to keep it that way. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lorcan, if it’s Nese, or the entire 205 Live roster, nobody is keeping him from becoming the next Cruiserweight Champion.
Will the Privileged Persian Lion give Lorcan more fight than he can handle? Or will Lorcan take it all in stride as he looks to accomplish his goal?
Drake Maverick speaks with Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, again.
The 205 Live GM feels like he’s having the same conversation every single week. Maria has this inability to let Mike succeed on his own. Her interference in the Fatal 4 Way is inexcusable. THE Brian Kendrick walks over and hopes he’s not interrupting. Maverick doesn’t want any trouble, but Kendrick plays innocent. Why would he do something when Maria is the one constantly distracting Mike’s opponents? Like when she cost Kendrick’s good pal, Akira Tozawa, in that Fatal 4 Way. This isn’t a vendetta. Kendrick just wants to talk. Tozawa can fight his own fights.
Maria says they can blame her all they want, but if Kendrick’s looking for the reason his “meal ticket” lost, the two of them should look in the mirror. But maybe they’re just too cowardly to do that. Kendrick just wanted to talk. Tozawa can fight for himself. Then why is Kendrick here? Right, he should get going. He was just a distraction, anyway. What? Akira Tozawa attacks Mike outta nowhere! The Stamina Monster find the right opportunity to attack the Opportunist, but Maverick reprimands him as security pulls him off Mike. But then Mike sucker punches Tozawa and Maria laughs at him. Maverick gets Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis to leave, but this fight is far from over.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!
The Premier Era of 205 Live truly begins, and it’s time to see who will step up to challenge Tony Nese now that Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy have moved on. Will it be the Boston Brawler of the Persian Lion that punches their ticket for a title match?
But before the match begins, the Cruiserweight Champion appears to watch this up close and personal. The bell rings and Lorcan focuses on Daivari and vice-versa.
Lorcan and Daivari tie up and push each other around. Lorcan puts Daivari in a corner but they continue along the ropes. The ref calls for a break and Lorcan honors it to let Daivari come out. Daivari circles with Lorcan and they tie up again. Lorcan wrenches to a hammerlock but Daivari slips through to hammerlock back. Daivari wants his hammerlock lariat already, but Lorcan gets clear! Lorcan and Daivari tie up again as fans cheer for “Oney! Oney!” Daivari gets the hammerlock again and again wants the lariat! But Lorcan gets clear and wants his Half ‘n’ Half! Daivari gets away and gets out of the ring. Lorcan stares Daivari down and dares him to get back in. Daivari takes his time as he eyes Nese. Daivari gets back in at the ref’s count of 6 and circles with Lorcan again.
Lorcan headlocks but Daivari powers out to punch Lorcan in the back. Daivari wants a cobra clutch but Lorcan holds the ropes. The ref counts and Daivari lets go at 4. Lorcan comes back gets a headlock and takedown to a cover. ONE but Lorcan tries again, ONE. Daivari goes around but Lorcan holds on. They stand and Daivari tries to power out but Lorcan holds on. Daivari makes it a cover now, ONE! Lorcan squeezes tighter but Daivari keeps it from being a cover. They stand again and Daivari powers out. Lorcan runs Daivari over and covers, ONE, so Lorcan tackles him, ONE! Daivari kicks low and CHOPS Lorcan at the ropes! Lorcan staggers from the string but Daivari whips. Lorcan reverses and atomic drops Daivari. He gives Daivari another atomic drop, then a third! Daivari ends up flying out of the ring!
Fans fire up for Lorcan as he builds speed, but Daivari clobbers him out of the air! Lorcan tumbles down and the referee checks on him. Lorcan’s okay to continue so Daivari takes his time getting him up and into the ring. Daivari stalks Lorcan to a corner and whips corner to corner. Lorcan hits buckles hard and falls over. Daivari stomps Lorcan out then fires up. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari goes back to Lorcan. Daivari drags Lorcan up to CHOP again. Lorcan seethes as Daivari gives more CHOPS. Daivari can’t believe this, so he keeps trying the CHOP! Lorcan glares and CHOPS back! CHOP after CHOP and then Lorcan scoops. Daivari slips out to a spin Lorcan for an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Daivari keeps his cool.
Daivari glares at Nese but Nese shrugs it off. Daivari goes back to Lorcan to whip, but Lorcan elbows Daivari down! Lorcan clotheslines and whips back, but Daivari holds ropes. Lorcan runs over but Daivari dumps Lorcan out hard! Daivari fetches Lorcan to bounce him off the announce desk. Lorcan staggers around and Daivari grinds him into the timekeeper barrier. Daivari puts Lorcan in the ring at 8 and argues with the ref about that count. Daivari drags Lorcan up by his ears and bumps him off buckles. The Persian Lion CHOPS Lorcan and chokes him on the ropes in full view of Nese. Daivari stalks Lorcan and puts him in another corner. Daivari whips corner to corner but Lorcan reverses. Lorcan misses as Daivari goes up and over, and Daivari wants his Million Dollar Dream!
Lorcan flails to resist, but Daivari drags him down! Daivari goes for the body scissors but Lorcan keeps moving around. Fans rally and Lorcan gets a second wind! Lorcan sits up and drags Daivari with him for the ropebreak, but Daivari rolls him off! So Lorcan uses buckles to push back to a cover, TWO! Daivari frees Lorcan but clobbers him back down. Daivari stands and drags Lorcan up, but Lorcan suplexes him first! Lorcan grits his teeth and fans rally up behind him. Daivari crawls over and they both stand up. Lorcan throws big European Uppercuts! Lorcan whips but Daivari reverses, only to get a kick! And a CHOP! And a dropkick that sends him way out! Lorcan slingshots and splashes down! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he drags Daivari into the ring.
Lorcan becomes the Fury of 205 Live as he wants his Half ‘n’ Half, but Daivari elbows out. Daivari boots Lorcan then hops up to leap, into a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives but Lorcan’s rage builds! Lorcan glares and drags Daivari up in the half nelson. Daivari arm-drags out and SUPERKICKS! Million Dollar Dream! Daivari has Lorcan down and Lorcan flails around but he’s stuck in the middle of the ring. Lorcan fades, but he comes back to life! Lorcan sits up again and fans rally behind him. Daivari can’t believe Lorcan is prying out of the hold! Lorcan grabs Daivari to slap, slap, SLAP! Running EuroUpper!
Lorcan drags Daivari up again, and to the top rope! He climbs up behind Daivari, half nelson, but Daivari fights out for dear life. Lorcan falls hard, and Daivari turns around for the LION SPLASH! But he flops as Lorcan gets clear! Nese likes what he sees as Lorcan glares at Daivari. Lorcan runs in for a big clothesline, then a back elbow! He keeps moving, but gets another SUPERKICK! Daivari flounders his way up top, LION SPLASH! It hits, but he’s not done! Daivari hammerlocks for the LION LARIAT! Cover, Daivari wins!!
Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Nese has to applaud that performance, because that was truly worthy of fighting for the title. Daivari walks up to Nese and Nese offers a respectful handshake. Nese wants to congratulate Daivari on a “hell of a match”, but all Daivari wants from Nese is the title. Nese holds up the title and dares Daivari to take it. Daivari backs down for now, but this match is coming. What will it take to stop the man who stopped the unstoppable?
An incredible episode of 205 Live! Gulak did a great job in his promo to frame the new chapter in the Cruiserweight Division after the Shake-Up, and I was really surprised he lost to Carrillo. Gallagher’s own promo made it seem like the main thread of this story was going to be their blow-off match to settle things so I feared Carrillo was going to be fodder to give Gulak momentum. But instead, Carrillo gets the win he should’ve had all along, and can move on to whatever is next. Gulak VS Gallagher meanwhile will be great, and I hope they get a stipulation of some kind to make it even more exciting. Tozawa VS Kanellis is obviously going to happen again, I also hope that gets something special for the blow-off.
Lorcan VS Daivari was a great contender’s match. As Lorcan put in his promo, their styles parallel each other so closely, it was great to see them hit hard and move fast. Nese being Face, naturally the Heel wins but this was honestly another long time coming moment in 205 Live. If Enzo had stuck around, I’d imagine Nese would’ve still found his way to the title off him, then the “Zo Train” would break up and we’d have gotten Nese VS Daivari sooner. But after the time that’s passed, it’s great to get this match with the forms of Nese and Daivari we have now. I don’t know if this match will be part of MITB PPV, but even if it’s the go-home or the episode after, it’ll be great. I’m sure Nese will retain, this is his first defense outside of the rematch with Murphy.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/22/19)
Who WON’T be here for #RawReunion?!
It’s the first-ever Raw Reunion!
Legends and Hall of Famers are converging on Tampa to once again be part of the longest running TV series for one massive night of thrills! Plus, A Moment of Bliss invites Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, to be on the show! What goes down when the Man comes around?
- The Usos w/ Rikishi VS The Revival w/ D-Von Dudley; The Usos win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander; No Contest.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick VS The Boogeyman VS Pat Patterson; Patterson wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; The Viking Raiders win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Off Camera Match: Pat Patterson VS Gerald Briscoe; Briscoe wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship On Camera Intergender Match: Gerald Briscoe VS Kelly Kelly; Kelly wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Samoa Joe VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Kelly Kelly VS Candice Michelle w/ Naomi; wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Candice Michelle VS Madusa/Alundra Blayze; Blayze/Madusa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Sami Zayn VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Intergender “Match”: Alundra Blayze VS Ted DiBiase; DiBiase “wins” and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The Club; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Inside a Limousine Match: Ted DiBiase VS Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Braun Strowman VS Randy Rowe; Strowman wins.
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JOHN CENA returns to Raw!
No reunion would be complete without the Franchise Player! And as always, fans sing a chorus of “John Cena Sucks~!” as he hits the ring! Cena picks up the mic and fans chant his name. “Wait, wait, wait.” All he had to do was wait for Raw Reunion and he’d be liked? Well then it’s great to be here! There will be other legends, like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Degeneration X, and Stone Cold Steve Austin! So just like us, Cena did not want to miss tonight. Because this is his home. And not just because he lives in Florida now. The WWE has always been his home. He may not be around like he used to, but the WWE Universe is still his family, because he is just as excited to be here now as he was on day one.
“So without further ado,” let’s get this going! And the Usos are first out! “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whhhoa…!” They get in the ring with Cena for one big “WHOA!” Uce, Day One? Cena can’t be seen but he’s in the building! And to make this reunion even more lit is what the people want. Cena and the Usos dropping bars! Fans want to see and hear that! Cena says he can’t, he hasn’t done that in a long time. But the fans came for the Doctor of Thuganomics! Who this? This is Cena, who left for the movie biz. Cena says that respect for calling him out, but he ain’t getting bested. These two look just like their mug shots! How was it getting arrested? Well shout out to Hillsborough. But this is who they wanted!
Now everyone on your feet, let them hear you make some noise! Because this was fun, but you can’t see me. No don’t go, Pops is here. Here comes RIKISHI~! Yes, the first hall of famer of the night is here! Jimmy and Jey help Rikishi into the ring as he sports some Samoan Dynasty gear. Rikishi won’t let Cena leave yet, thought. Back dat ass up and turn back around. Now it goes like this. With respect, Cena is the man. But tonight, Uce, he can’t let Cena leave fast and furious without busting some moves! “Y’all ready for this?” The Usos and Cena line up, but the Revival interrupt! The Raw Tag Team Champions ruin the fun already. But wait, they’ve brought D-Von! It looks like we’ve got something brewing between tag team icons!
Hogan and Jimmy Hart are backstage!
The Hulkster is too pumped to be calm. With so many legends and icons running around, will they and Hulkamania run wild on you?
Booker T joins commentary!
Raw returns as the five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion joins Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young at the announce desk!
The Usos w/ Rikishi VS The Revival w/ D-Von Dudley!
Jimmy and Scott Dawson start and tie up with the legends ringside. Dawson headlocks but Jimmy powers out. Dawson runs Jimmy over but things speed up. Jimmy hurdles then back drops Dawson, then back drops Dash Wilder as he runs in. He puts Dawson in the corner and tags in Jey. Jimmy holds Dawson still for Jey to hit a flying forearm! Jey snapmares Dawson then covers, TWO! Jey keeps on Dawson with a headlock but Dawson powers out. Dash distracts but gets an uppercut, Dawson hangs Jey up with a flapjack hotshot! Dawson backs off a moment to tag Dash, then The Revival double catapult guillotine Jey into ropes! Cover, TWO!
Rikishi coaches his sons up but Dash has Jey on the ropes again. Dash drags Jey up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Dawson and Dash feeds Jey to the knee. Dawson taunts Daddy Rikishi as he drops an elbow, leg and headbutt! Then a big back suplex! Dawson picks up the Uso bandanna to mock them, then throws it at Rikishi. Tag to Dash and The Revival mug Jey in their corner. They give Jey CHOPS then drive in elbows. Jey uppercuts back hard, but Dash stays on him. Jey elbows Dash away then climbs up, but Dawson distracts. Dash shoves Jey down to barriers! The Usos regroup while we go picture in picture.
Dash tells Jimmy to back off and waits for the count. Jimmy and Rikishi coach Jey up and Jey gets in at 9! Only for Dash to rain down right hands! Dash throws Jey into the post then tags in Dawson. The Revival give Jey the boosted suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson stays on Jey as Raw returns to single picture. Fans rally up for the Usos and Jey fights back! Jey throws uppercuts but Dawson shoves to elbow Jey down. Tag to Dash and The Revival stomp Jey down. Dash snapmares Jey to wrap on a chinlock. Dash grinds Jey down in front of Rikishi, but Jey endures. Jey fights his way up and throws body shots. Dash shoves Jey but gets a kick for it! Tag to Dawson, but he misses in the corner! Dawson hits the post and falls! Hot tags to Dash and Jimmy!
Jimmy rallies on The Revival with big uppercuts! Mule kick to a pop-lock dab uppercut! Dash runs but into a Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up and runs corner to corner but Dash puts him on the apron. Jimmy kicks back then climbs up! Dash scrambles but Dawson gets the crossbody! Dash gets the roll-up, TWO! Jimmy kicks, it’s blocked, but into the Dragon Whip! Jimmy fires up again and takes aim, shout out to Umaga with the running hip attack! He climbs, but Dash gets under. Dawson tags in, another block, but a save from the Dragon Whip! Flying uppercut German Supelx! Bridge, but Jey breaks it! D-Von cant’ believe it! Dash hits Jey but gets clothesline’d out with him!
D-Von smirks as he looms closer, but Rikishi is there to keep him back. Dawson jaws at Rikishi about not touching D-Von, but he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey and Jey climbs up, SUPERKICK for Dash! USO SPLASH for Dawson! Cover, the Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jey pinning
And now they’ve got a pin on the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will they keep things rolling towards an eighth tag title reign?
Alicia Fox is backstage talking Summerslam!
Dana Brooke hears her out about designing a new hat for the occasion. Alicia wants one that goes higher and higher, like 12 feet, maybe 17, maybe 30. What do they think? Kaitlyn is there to give her opinion. Whatever it is, it’ll be amazing. Well have this one then. Alicia’s getting an even bigger hat anyway so… OMG Torrie Wilson returns, too! And she looks amazing! Alicia looks great, too, like a disco ball! Santino Marella returns, too! How is Santina? Fantastic! But she is a little under the weather. But what about his little friend? Huh? Oh right, the Cobra! He loves the ladies. But then Drew McIntyre walks in… These three are “legends”? It disappoints him. But the Scottish Terminator has a different target: Cedric Alexander!
Backstage interview with R-Truth and Carmella!
The WWE 24/7 Champion returns from San Diego Comic-Con, and he’s looking out for all possible challengers. But speaking of that SDCC visit, Truth almost got caught up in a storm as he faced The Hurricane! Truth should’ve been a different bird. Like Big Bird or Larry Byrd. Larry’s got some moves. But here coems Renee Michelle, wife of Drake Maverick. She says Truth ruined her wedding, her marriage, and her husband’s life. Carmella and Renee start arguing, but Maverick rolls Truth up!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The Mavericks work together and get away with the gold! The chase is on again, and Charly Caruso is speechless. That is, until the Godfather walks in! Does she know what time it is? It’s time to ride… the HO TRAIN~!
Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander!
The Scottish Terminator was already angry with the former Cruiserweight Champion when he tricked everyone into thinking he was Gary “The Goat,” but now he’s even angrier after having lost to Alexander 1v1! What will McIntyre do to crush the Age of Alexander once and for all?
Neither man waits for the bell, and they start brawling at the ramp! McIntyre BOOTS Alexander down, then drags him up to shove him at the steps. Alexander dodges to send McIntyre into the post! Then Alexander walks up the steps to kick McIntyre back! Alexander moonsaults, and wipes McIntyre out! Alexander rains down rights but McIntyre shoves him into the post, spine first! McIntyre rains down rights now, making sure Alexander sees the last one. The referee says they need to stop and get int he ring, but McIntyre RAMS Alexander into the barriers. Then inverted Alabama, but not on the floor. McIntyre swings Alexander AT THE APRON!! Alexander falls in a heap and McIntyre looms over him. Alexander may have won once, but has he just lost the war?
Drake Maverick makes it to the Raw locker rooms.
He quickly gathers his things, but then there’s WORMS!! Yes, it’s the Boogeyman! And he’s coming to get you! Maverick quivers in fear as Boogeyman draws near. Maverick runs, but falls over hard. Pat Patterson walks in and sees “garbage” on the ground. He stomps Maverick, and then has a ref count his pin! Patterson wins!!
Winner: Pat Patterson, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Pretty Boy Pat Patterson takes the title from Maverick and leaves him behind. A legend now holds the gold, but will he make it to the end of Raw Reunion as champion?
Christian returns to Raw!
Captain Charisma joins commentary but there’s also Lilian Garcia back as the ring announcer for this next match!
The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
Erik and Ivar look to destroy all who oppose them! That includes the #MajorBros! Who survives this #VikingExperience?
The bell rings and the Major Bros go right at the Vikings! Ivar shoves Hawkins away but Ryder puts Erik in a corner. Ryder and Hawkins then both dropkick Ivar out! Erik throws Hawkins out but Ryder throws forearms. Erik knees but Ryder bounces Erik off the mat. Tag to Hawkins, and the Major Bros combine for the STO Russian Leg Sweep. Cover, TWO! Hawkins tags Ryder and they mug Erik with knees and forearms. Erik hits back with a BIG right! Tag to Ivar, and Erik feeds Ryder to a seated senton! Cover, TWO! Ivar drags Ryder up to snapmare and club him with forearms. Tag to Erik, and Ivar scoop slams Ryder for Erik to then scoop slam Ivar onto Ryder! Cover, TWO!
Erik drags Ryder up and tags Ivar in. The Vikings mug Ryder but Ryder escapes, tag to Hawkins! But Ivar cartwheels to dodge and he clotheslines Hawkins down! He throws Ryder into Erik’s knees! Ivar hits Hawkins with a corner splash, then becomes a human weapon again for the corner hip attack! The Vikings roar, and Ivar runs to DIVE onto both Major Bros! Ivar puts Hawkins back in, tags Erik, and they hit Hawkins with THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
The warpath Erik and Ivar are carving has run through the former #Edgeheads. How long will it be until the Vikings come for the gold?
It’s a Raw Reunion mixer backstage!
All the stars talk, and Mike Kanellis is having fun, but then Maria comes in. He was just talking to Eve! As a fellow mom, she was willing to give tips. And everyone knows Eric Bischoff. Maybe they can come to SmackDown if Raw doesn’t work out. Maria reminds Mike he was supposed to be helping her with her belly lotion so she won’t get stretch marks. Does he want her to get stretch marks?! What would happen to her modeling career? Who would provide for the family then?! Not him! Maria is the breadwinner! She storms off and Mike feels humiliated. Ron Simmons appears and sums it up using Jimmy Hart’s megaphone: “DAMN!”
The Club talks about the celebration tonight.
But no, not Raw Reunion! AJ Styles means the OC, the Original, Official, Only Club that matters. It is because they run Raw now. Not the legends that show up just because. And certainly not any newcomer trying to overshadow the OC. Well does Luke Gallows mean… Seth Rollins? Styles is ready to beat Rollins. And if he gets up, then the OC makes a statement as the most dominant group in the WWE! Then, now and forever, Too Sweet!
Pat Patterson just got beat for the title?!
“You stooge!” Patterson can cry all he wants, but Gerry beat him again!
Winner: Gerald Briscoe; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
But as he turns the corner, Gerry encounters Kelly Kelly. He celebrates with her, and then she knees him low! Cover, Kelly wins!!
Winner: Kelly Kelly; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And she’s the first-ever Women’s WWE 24/7 Champion to boot! Kelly runs off with the belt, but will she make it to the end of the night with it?
Samoa Joe heads to the ring.
The Destroyer is in no mood to celebrate and revel in nostalgia after coming so close yet still being so far from the WWE World Championship. Joe takes to the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Samoa Joe.” And he is here tonight to point out a “vile atrocity” in the WWE! Tonight is to celebrate the Raw Reunion. They’re celebrating the longest running series on television today. And yet, there in lies the problem. They shouldn’t celebrate, because episodes like the Raw Reunion are a plague! Episodes like this, where the fans get to put on rose-tinted glasses and indulge in a “ridiculous addiction to nostalgia.”
Do they not believe Joe? Tonight could’ve had Samoa Joe doing what his best: wrecking superstars left and right, painting in brutality and sculpting in violence. But no, we got Usos and their daddy spitting limericks at John Cena. “It’s embarrassing!” He’s surprised there hasn’t been more pandering tonight! But wait, here comes Roman Reigns! The Big Dog does not want the #Bloodline being disrespected in His Yard. Roman heads to the ring, unafraid of Joe. The two stare down as Roman gets a mic. “If you’ve got something to say about my family, then say it.” Joe makes something clear: he has nothing to say, but he has something to resent! Well then, they’re from the same island, so he knows what happens next. Joe does. But before getting into that, he throws a punch! But Roman is ready for it!
Joe rakes Roman’s eyes to throw him into a post! Roman falls out of the ring but Joe is still on him! Joe whips Roman at barriers! Then he gets in Roman’s face before whipping him to the far side! Roman clutches his hip from the impact while Joe grins and laughs. Joe then grimaces as he drags Roman up again. Joe throws jab after jab then headbutt! Fans rally and duel as Joe puts Roman in the ring. Joe grins as he follows after, and clubs Roman back down to the mat. He stands Roman up for a strong headbutt! They go back outside, and Joe dares Roman to do something about the disrespect. Joe puts Roman back in the ring, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Joe back down!
Roman watches Joe get back up and dares him to return. Joe considers his options, but grabs a new mic to respond instead. Fans are on Roman’s side as The Big Dog eggs Joe on. “You want to do this, Uce?!” Joe shouts. Want to do this the right way?! You think the fans want this tonight?! Tampa confirms they do. Well Joe’s not doing “a damn thing” the fans want. Roman apologizes to the fans. “Not all Samoans are cowards.” Joe retaliates by saying one is gonna get put out tonight! If Roman wants this, and he does, then he’s got it! The raging Samoans are about to battle, when Raw returns!
Samoa Joe VS Roman Reigns!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and the two start throwing hands! Roman rocks Joe to a corner to throw even more haymakers! He lets up to whip Joe corner to corner. Joe dodges and Roman hits the post again! Joe CHOPS Roman, then headbutts that bad arm. He clubs away on the shoulder and Roman falls, so Joe just stomps him. The ref backs Joe off for Roman to get up. Joe is on Roman again with big forearms. Roman shakes out the cobwebs but Joe is on him with a snapmare. Fans duel as Joe puts on a deep neck wrench! Roman endures to torque and fights his way up. Roman pries free and pulls on Joe’s fingers, to then throw forearms. But Roman runs into Joe’s back elbow! Cover, TWO!
Joe seethes as he looms over Roman. He drags Roman up again and drives elbows in. Joe clamps onto the arm and chinbars for the neck wrench. Roman endures and fans rally up again. Roman elbows Joe off, then headbutts him. But Joe yanks Roman hard into ropes and out of the ring! Roman lands on his feet, but Joe DIVES to barrel him over! Joe grins as he looms over Roman again. The ring count begins and Joe takes his time to bring Roman up again. He puts Roman in at 6 then gets in at 7. Joe stalks Roman while mockingly applauding. He stands Roman up to uppercut and CHOP. Joe throws forearms and throws Roman back out of the ring. Joe runs again, but Roman gets clear! Drive-By Dropkick outta nowhere!
Roman drags Joe up and into the ring and runs to leaping lariat! Joe is in a corner and Roman fires off the point-blank clotheslines! Roman runs and boots Joe down! Roman goes to a corner to lock ‘n’ load! He takes aim, runs out, but Joe catches him to an atomic drop! Joe BOOTS Roman, to then drop a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but he drags Roman up for the sleeper hold! Roman resists the rest of the Coquina Clutch and dumps Joe out hard. Now Roman runs as Joe gets in, SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
And the Big Dog defends his family’s honor! Will Samoa Joe think twice before disrespecting the Dynasty?
Raw presents: Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister moves on from letting the Show-Off rile him up, to have The Architect as his special guest!
Raw returns as Miz gives the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show its introduction. Miz also notes that his guest will face AJ Styles tonight, see a Miz & Mrs. sneak-peek later tonight, and then also challenge THE Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship again! It is SETH ROLLINS! The Beastslayer did it once, and he’ll #BurnItDown again if he has to! Rollins walks out to the ring still hot after his Cross-Brand Top Ten All Star Battle Royal victory and with his ticket punched for Toronto. He sits with Miz in the ring and Miz talks about the roller coaster week Rollins had.
Losing the title at Extreme Rules (which we see footage of now), winning the battle royal (which commentary plugged during Rollins’ entrance), and yet Rollins is laughing? The biggest of Rollins’ life is a “predicament.” Yeah, it’s “BRRROCK~, LESNARRR~!” Lesnar’s big bucket head and little beady eyes, “a real Godzilla looking bastard.” Who wouldn’t fear that? Who wouldn’t want that strength and size? Rollins doesn’t. Rollins doesn’t want to be Lesnar. Lesnar is the Seth Rollins wannabe. But before Rollins can explain, here comes Paul Heyman on the titantron. Everyone knows the introduction, but Heyman says he’s the “dose of reality.” Look in the mirror and say who wants to be what, because Lesnar is the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion!
Rollins’ can’t go whining about the Money in the Bank contract and Lesnar just did it back. Yeah but it took four years to do it, because Lesnar is a Rollins wannabe. Heyman comes out on stage to say “this is the very last time-” No, THIS is the last time Rollins is saying this: if Heyman is going to talk the talk for Lesnar, then he’ll walk the walk for Lesnar. Rollins is going to stomp Heyman through the stage! Heyman wants Rollins to be reasonable, he’s only the Advocate. Time’s up! Rollins steps out but Heyman runs away. Rollins grins and says that for 20 years, Heyman has billed Lesnar as “The Beast.” Lesnar’s no beast. Lesnar is a man. Any man can lose. And at Summerslam, Rollins faces Lesnar once again, and Lesnar will lose.
But let’s go to tonight! Rollins isn’t getting ready by resting, because he’s not Lesnar. He gets ready by facing the best of the best! That’s why he’s going 1v1 with the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And Tampa, let’s #IgnitetheFire and #BurnItDown! Rollins is all fired up, but will he be the one burned by Styles and The Club?
Backstage interview with the party guests!
But Sami Zayn stops Charly right there. This is what’s wrong with Raw: wasting time getting opinions of supposed legends. They aren’t legends, they’re just people who were there. It’s like looking back at the Attitude Era through the FaceApp. Just so many desperate people, and so many pathetic fans. What everyone should be hearing is, “Go home!” Don’t come back for Wrestlemania, just go home and stay home. But then Rey Mysterio comes in telling Sami to respect those who paved the way. Oh well sorry Rey, Sami doesn’t respect any of them. And speaking of paving the way, Sami would love to run Mysterio over right now.
But Kurt Angle is here! And he keeps the peace. When Angle was in charge, they used to settle things in the ring. Mysterio’s up for that, and it seems Sami has no choice. Will Sami regret showing no respect to the King of Lucha Libre?
Raw returns to Kelly Kelly celebrating with other women legends!
Kelly shows the WWE 24/7 Championship off to Candice Michelle, Melina and Naomi. Melina and Naomi were just talking about her new license. What license? Her refereeing license!! Candice turns on Kelly with big knees and elbows! Cover, Melina counts it, Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice Michelle, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And now we have our second Women’s 24/7 Champion! Candice does her dance from back in the day, but then someone reels her in! It’s Madusa, aka Alundra Blayze! And she has Candice in a cobra clutch! Candice taps and Melina calls in, Blayze wins!!
Winner: Alundra Blayze/Madusa, by submission; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And now our third ever Women’s 24/7 Champion is crowned! “If any of you have a problem with me being 24/7 Champion, tell it to my face.” Because she doesn’t plan on being champion very long. Oh no, is she going to throw that belt away, too!?
Jonathan Coachman returns to Raw commentary!
The Coach knows a thing or two about leaving, returning and being interrupted a lot. But he’s here to watch this next match!
Sami Zayn VS Rey Mysterio!
The Critic of the Critics and overall master of obnoxious behavior chose to disrespect the legends on the wrong night. Will Mysterio teach Sami a lesson on respect tonight?
The bell rings and Sami circles with Mysterio. Sami wrenches Mysterio to a wristlock, but Mysterio rolls and uses the ropes to flip. Sami knees Mysterio low then punches him around. He whips but Mysterio kicks back! Mysterio runs but is put on the apron. He shoulders back in then kicks Sami back. Mysterio hops up but Sami trips him up! Mysterio’s in the Tree of Woe and Sami stomps away! Sami backs off, to basement dropkick Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Sami stalks Mysterio and throws haymakers. He punches Mysterio to another corner, then snapmares him to a seated chinlock. Mysterio endures and fans rally up. Mysterio arm-drags out and then boots Sami back! He runs but Sami pops Mysterio up for a bomb! Cover, TWO!!
Sami grows frustrated but he keeps on Mysterio. He grins as he scoops Mysterio, but Mysterio pops to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Mysterio is getting up. Sami follows but Mysterio kicks and punches. Sami reverses the whip but Mysterio dodges to wheelbarrow and victory roll Sami to ropes! Mysterio dials it up, but Sami bails out. Mysterio stares Sami down but Sami gives up. But before he can leave, here comes ROB VAN DAM!! The One of a Kind RVD returns to Raw, because he’s still Mr. Monday Nights. But not just him, here comes Sergeant Slaughter! But stand back, there’s a Hurricane coming through! The legends learned what Sami was saying, and they’re making Sami regret it. Because here comes Kurt Angle!
The four legends storm down the ramp but that leaves Sami with only the ring. Mysterio mule kicks, headscissors Sami onto ropes, then hits the 619! Mysterio hops up, shout out to RVD, Frog Splash! Cover, Mysterio wins!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
He did it for the legends! Is this the spark Mysterio needs to get back on track?
A limousine arrives at Raw…
With Ric Flair aboard! The Nature Boy is here and fashionably late for the Raw Reunion!
The Street Profits are backstage at Raw Reunion!
Well at least Montez Ford is. Where’d Angelo Dawkins go? Ford finds Dawkins coughing and putting eye drops in. What was he up to? Skating with the pilots? Nah, chillin’ with RVD! Oh wow… He and RVD were chillin’ but without Ford? Well it all happened so fast. RVD was like, “You you trying to roll up in here?” And Dawkins was like, yo! Mike Henry, too. And Kelly Kelly, and Ric Flair “WOO~!” WOO? WOO~! Yeah but then Boogeyman showed up. Really? Yeah. Someone’s phone is blowing up. It’s Dawkins. He takes it. Godfather calling! Ford missed a lot..
Alundra Blayze walks on stage!
She goes to commentary, and told us all she wasn’t going to be champion for long. Because to recreate her most infamous moment, she has a trash can! She takes the 24/7 Championship belt, but wait! It’s Ted DiBiase! The Million Dollar Man returns to Raw, too! Because he has an offer to make Blayze. He’ll buy the title off her. Because everybody’s got a price! He brings out a fat stack of Benjamin Franklins, and she takes that to hand the title over.
Winner: Ted DiBiase, by payday; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Wait does that title work like that?! Doesn’t matter now, because DiBiase heads out with his new piece of gold.
Jerry “The King” Lawler returns to Raw commentary!
It wouldn’t be a Raw Reunion without one of the biggest names on commentary! And for such a phenomenal match up next!
Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The Club!
The Architect is preparing for the WWE Universal Champion, but how will he do against the Phenomenal WWE United States Champion?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with Styles. Fans duel as Rollins headlocks. Styles tries to power out but Rollins holds on tight. Styles tries again and gets free, only for Rollins to run him over. Rollins scrambles after Styles as he scrambles to the ropes. The ropebreak makes Rollins back away, so he waits for Styles to return. Styles returns, to kick and club Rollins down! Styles drags Rollins up and bumps him off buckles. Rollins staggers away but Styles CHOPS! Rollins CHOPS back, so Styles CHOPS again. But Rollins starts CHOPPING more, only to run into a fireman’s carry! He sunset flips through, TWO! Styles throws hands but Rollins counter punches and CHOPS! Rollins whips but Styles reverses, only for Rollins to reverse and ROCK Styles with that right!
Rollins runs in for a corner clothesline, then a mudhole stomp! Styles sits down but Rollins backs off, to come back again. Styles puts Rollins on the apron but gets a hotshot for it! Rollins aims but Karl Anderson distracts. Styles pounces with forearms! Rollins goes down and the OC grin. Styles goes out to fetch Rollins, the Good Brothers behind him, but here comes DX!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels won’t let the Club think they’re the best faction in WWE just yet. HBK and HHH watch Rollins’ back now while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins brawls fast and furious with Styles! Styles hotshots Rollins down but DX coaches him up. Rollins gets up but Styles back suplexes. Rollins lands on his feet, runs and slingblades Styles down! Styles runs but into a boot! Rollins hops up and leaps for the blockbuster! Rollins keeps moving, going to a corner. He springboards back in, flying knee! Mule kick hits hard! Fans echo “Burn It Down!” as Rollins stomps and mule kicks again. But the OC trip Rollins up and attack!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
But DX stands with the Architect! HHH and HBK help Rollins up while Gallows and Anderson help Styles. Styles wants everyone to just hold on a moment. He says DX is like them, and they’re just like DX. They put up the Too Sweet! DX looks at Rollins, then at the OC. HHH and HBK put up the Too Sweet, but then say “SUCK IT!” Rollins attacks Styles while DX brawls with the Good Brothers! HBK throws Anderson out, then helps HHH clothesline Gallows out! The OC regroups and are furious, so they grab some chairs! Rollins and DX see the OC surround them, but you didn’t know~? Here come reinforcements!
The D O Double G, with X P A C 1 2 3. Then the Bad Guy, Scott Hall, and he ain’t alone because here’s Big Daddy Diesel, Kevin Nash! And looking at the math, with Chyna’s spirit, that’s seven. Wait Billy is here in spirit technically. Well point being, OC, you’re looking at some OG’s! DX and the Kliq, you better get to stepping, and make it quick. Styles and his boys back off as the combined forces of DX and the Kliq take the ring. Styles vows to show everyone something, especially HBK! Dogg asks who wants to say it. Rollins shall do the honors. Rollins takes the mic and starts to feel the pressure. “OC, if you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya!” SUCK IT!! Now that’s Too Sweet!
Mark Henry talks with Mick Foley.
They’re both here, but it’s Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy who plans to head to the ring in a moment!
Ted DiBiase laughs as he has the 24/7 Championship.
But as he enters his limousine, he’s under attack! And when the doors open back up… Drake Maverick has the title!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall(?); NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
He’s back on top, baby! Now Mr. & Mrs. Maverick can… RUN!! The every-day Raw superstars run at Drake and he has to run away! Will Maverick ever catch a break?
Mick Foley is in the ring!
The hardcore legend and WWE Hall of Famer is happy to celebrate Raw Reunion in Tampa, Florida. Foley was here two months ago introducing the WWE 24/7 Championship, and oh hey, it’s coming this way! “Come to papa!” But Maverick avoids Foley, and the rest of the Raw superstars run past to keep up the chase. Foley’s not through with that title yet! But have a nice day, guys. Foley vows to be champion before the night is through.
Foley says some of the finest moments of his life have been on Raw. He thanks the fans for being part of it all. But to pick his absolute favorite, it’d have to be… January 4th, 1999! The night Foley became world champion! But wait, what happened to the footage? Oh no, the lights are going down…! THE FIEND IS HERE!! And he attacks Mick Foley with a MANDIBLE CLAW!? He’s stealing Foley’s move, and perhaps stealing Foley’s soul!! Foley passes out and the Fiend disappears into the night, laughing all the way.
Raw presents: A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess and Nikki Cross walk out and take their seats, and take a moment to say what we just saw happen, we need this. Alexa introduces herself and Nikki. The show must go on, so they introduce The Man, Becky Lynch! The Raw Women’s Champion makes her entrance now, holding her belt up high. Becky takes her seat and Alexa brings up the Summerslam title match against Natalya, who has home field advantage in Toronto. But here comes Natty herself! Well hey, Natty, what’re you doing out here? Well she knows how the game works. If Becky wants to say something, say it to Natty’s face. Alexa loves this tension, and explains with footage what went down.
Natty wanted to face a friend in her home country, but Becky dropped the smiles to say this is all business. “Step up or else I will wipe the floor with you in your home country.” Natty desperately needs this, and Becky knows it. And in return. Natty promised to rip the orange mop of Becky’s head, then pull the horseshoe out of her ass, to beat the hell out of her. In the present, Natty brings up the shared time together in Japan, and their parallels in the WWE. Yet for Becky to be so disrespectful blows Natty’s mind. Because Natty undercut Becky before Becky even got her footing. But Becky beat Natty’s little friend, Ronda Rousey. The belt represents the Baddest Woman’s scalp, and Becky will still have it after she embarrasses Natty. Now they brawl!
Referees rush out to stop this scrap, but Alexa and Nikki just watch while sipping coffee. Tampa wants to “Let Them Fight!” but Becky and Natty are being pulled apart. What goes down when these two don’t have to hold back at Summerslam?
Raw returns with a backstage interview with Natalya.
Did she expect things to get so personal so quickly? It was Becky who made it personal! Becky is rewriting history, thinking she built the Women’s (R)Evolution, when it was built off of women like Natty! Natty will teach Becky the lesson of a lifetime by taking that belt, man.
Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle hurry to their limousine.
But Truth and Carmella strike! Carmella kicks Renee and Maverick apart, then Truth completes the roll-up! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And we come full circle! Truth hops in the limo and says go! But Renee is in there, too!! Maverick’s baby, and his wife, both left without him! Carmella also feels left behind. Oh now Maverick notices Renee Michelle was in the limo?
Braun Strowman VS Randy Rowe!
The Monster Among Men grabs a mic before the bell rings. He says, “Don’t blink, this ain’t gonna last long.” The bell rings, and he TOSSES Rowe across the ring! Then back the other way! Rowe wobbles about, and Strowman runs to BOOT him down! But that’s not all, because he hauls Rowe up by one hand, to SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM him! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
Well it wasn’t quite as fast as he said, but Strowman still makes quick work of a mere mortal. Will Strowman make sure everyone on Raw #GetsTheseHands?
It’s time to toast the Raw Reunion!
And first out, it’s the Nature Boy! Ric Flair styles and profiles his way out stage as fans echo “WOO~!” And following behind, it’s The Hurricane, DX, The Kliq, Rikishi, and all the returning icons and legends we’ve seen tonight. And last but not least, THE IMMORTAL Hulk Hogan! Hogan and Flair bow to each other in respect, then hug it out. “Well let me tell you something, brother!” It is great to be back and celebrate Raw with all his friends and Hulkamaniacs. And sorry Foley, this is his hometown, brother! Some of the best moments were on Raw with the Tampa Hulkamaniacs. But for all those that sported the red and yellow, Hogan thanks them a million times over. So there’s one last thing to ask: “Whatcha gonna do when the Raw Reunion and Hulkamania runs wild on you?!”
The music plays again and Flair even joins Hogan in on hearing the fans cheer. Everyone applauds, but then the glass breaks!! It’s STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! Steve Austin is here!! And he hits the ring as fans cheer! The Texas Rattlesnake makes sure to hit every corner before he gets himself one of those Stone Cold coolers! He has someone toss him those #Steveweisers, though, and does his double can salute! Broken Skull IPA goes down smooth for Austin, but he gets himself a mic while he’s at it. “Gimme a hell yeah!” “Hell Yeah!” No no, give him a hell yeah. “Hell Yeah!” Can you to hear him? Give him a hell yeah! “HELL YEAH!” There it is.
Austin remembers being on the road with his brothers and sisters, but don’t go thinking he won’t get sentimental. He’d rather just take everyone else by their necks, and that’s the bottom line. But look at those legends on stage. They’ve had blood, sweat, tears, maybe even crapped themselves. Those legends, these cameramen and ring crew, they’re all family. Even the fans, they’re family! Yes, that includes all oft he WWE Universe around the world. So Austin is thankful to come out and celebrate this reunion. He came out a little early, spent the day with the one and only Hogan for a podcast, drank some beer, and had some sushi. Then just last night, Austin was up all night listening to Flair’s stories while drinking all the beer in the bar.
And after all that, Austin ordered room service. Austin ordered all sorts of food, Austin was like, “No I ain’t going down yet.” He went down a floor, there was a door open, and there was Ron Simmons. They looked at each other, giddy as could be. Austin beat Simmons to the punch with a “DAMN!” They hugged it out for like a minute. They hung out with everyone, because it’s about the family and the dues paid. So without any further ado, let’s all drink a cold one. Austin proposes a toast to “every single sum bish” in the ring. This is a legit sell out, and everyone’s watching because this is Raw. “And that’s all I got to say about that!”
Austin gives a toast to Tampa, to the United States of America, to the entire world, “thank you very much. And that’s the bottom liiine~, because Stone Cold said so!” Everyone raises a can, but hold on, is there still time? One minute left, so Austin and Gerry Briscoe, cheers! They were doing some not so legal things in South Africa, and Austin was nervous about talking. Coach said, “Just go be you.” So there it is. Austin’s here with his friends and family, thankful to everyone, but ain’t giving out Christmas cards. Cheers to Raw! HELL YEAH!
A really fun episode of Raw, even though not much actually happened. It became an amazing WWE 24/7 Championship marathon, though. We can officially say history for that title was made, with legends added to the list of champions, along with crossing over into the Women’s Division. The only real downside to that was Renee Michelle did not get to have the title even though it totally set up for that. But maybe we’ll get a YouTube or Twitter exclusive to have shenanigans between her and R-Truth since we know they’re stuck in the same limo now. I’ll have to keep an eye on those sources… But also, WOW that attack on Mick Foley! Bray Wyatt better start doing his take on Three Faces of Foley, using classic Bray, Muscleman/Kids Show Bray and The Fiend as his personas just like Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind.
We did get a lot of fun stuff that helped progress the title stories, too. Cena opening the show was a great choice, and then having him, the Usos and Rikishi bring out some Thuganomics was fun. Usos VS Revival was great, because those teams are great, but also because Raw used picture in picture! Raw should do that more to avoid the “no wrestling during commercials, 2 out of 3 falls” issues. Another Raw Tag Title match at Summerslam for these two teams, I’m sure we’ll get something really amazing. McIntyre brutalized Alexander, a great move for the Scottish Psychopath. I would love to see Alexander, kayfabe beat up as he might be, to come back with a vengeance to really up his own character. There’s still time to circle back to Undertaker if the rumors are true, but this could do wonders for Alexander either way.
Sami VS Mysterio was obviously filler for the legends to get pops, and so that Mysterio could get a win. I don’t know how much more Mysterio has, though, he keeps coming back from injury. Hopefully someone figures something out so Mysterio’s last run can be memorable. The Viking Raiders and Strowman also did filler squash, but it’s fun to see those guys wreck whoever they’re up against. All three should hopefully be in line for titles after Summerslam, or else they’re just beef to satisfy Vince’s needs. Samoa Joe’s promo was very striking, though, for how it bordered on shoot. It was like Sami’s current Heel gimmick, but better. Raw does need to sort itself out to have better episodes and not rely on an episode just like this to spark things.
Joe’s match with Roman was great, but perhaps Joe could’ve/should’ve won so that we could get this for Summerslam. It could still happen to make up for the rest hold debacle Vince had them do last time, but who knows. Rikishi’s gear saying “Samoan Dynasty” makes me want that to be a thing. I always pictured Roman, Usos, and many other family members from the Anoa’i family tree to form a faction to run things on one or both brands. And now that the Club, aka the OC, is trying to run Raw, there’s a feud right there. Rollins and Heyman have good promos on Miz TV, but obviously Rollins VS Styles was really so DX & Kliq could get a group pop to put OC in their place. Something could still come out of this, what with Styles and HBK looking ready to fight ringside. But for now, it was just a fun filler moment.
The Raw Women’s Championship probably had the best progression of anything tonight. A Moment of Bliss obviously helped bring Becky and Natty near each other, and their promos were pretty good. It is an interesting development for Becky to say Natty was the one to do something first, so the next few weeks could elaborate on that. Becky’s line about the belt being the “scalp” of Ronda, Natty’s friend, was also good. These two are great in the ring so we’re definitely going to get a great match in Toronto. But at the same time, I don’t see it being Natty who takes the title, even with this new fire and with the home field advantage. This could tantamount work into being a retirement match or something for Natty, since it will be in her home country, and she can get a touching “Thank You, Natty” moment from Toronto.
My Score: 8.2/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.44 ~ 21ST JULY 2019
The Global Junior League is wrapping up, and Marine Day is celebrated by all! Hisame gives the overview on the NOAH course of action!
The Global Junior League is wrapping up, and Marine Day is celebrated by all! Hisame gives the overview on the NOAH course of action!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH started the long trek to the finals (and the GHC Heavyweight Tag match championship) at Korakuen Hall on 15th July on Japan’s “Marine Day” National Holiday. By the 16th they had moved up to Japan’s North to the Shin Yuri Twenty-One Hall, with the dreaded “Demon Staircase from Hell”. 19th July in Morioka, 20th in Akita and the 21st in Aomori.
Kenoh debuted his new ring wear (its all red) and Kongoh got their first win over The Sugiura Army (who all came out wearing the “Company Dog T-shirts”)
Kenoh has vowed to enter the N-1, win it, win the GHC Heavyweight at Sumo Hall, and then return to the provinces with the belt.
Naomichi Marufuji also debuted new ring wear. He said he changed it from red as red was Kongoh’s colors, and he has gone with a black and metallic silver. Black and silver are LIDET’S colors, but Kenoh seems not to have picked up on that yet.
RATELS continued with their periodic squabble (which happens in leagues, and when one of them has a belt which another one challenges for) in a match that one fan termed “speed vs power” with Tadasuke taking on YO-HEY, and defeating him within ten minutes. Elsewhere for RATELS that evening, Daisuke Harada was bloodied by Yoshinari Ogawa, who in turn was bloodied by Harada when he threw him into a table. As YO-HEY said about the match (which he watched on the monitor), that Harada is known for bleeding, but for Ogawa, its very rare.
There was blood everywhere by the end of the match, all over the mat, the mats outside (in pools), and senior Referee Nishinaga’s shirt was smeared with it. Yoshinari Ogawa won with a sneak roll up (see “Rat Boy” in dictionary), and Harada threw one of his famous tantrums and had to be pulled off Ogawa. Ogawa said afterwards that if you think what he did to Harada was bad then he was going to do worse to YO-HEY (who is “not on Harada’s level”). YO-HEY gave a nonsensical confused and rambling promo (please DO NOT GET ME STARTED on it) about hitting Ogawa’s nose on the right side. However, in the event of things, neither bled and it was YO-HEY who took the victory.
The bloodshed resolved nothing between Harada & Ogawa as on the 16th when Harada came out to second RATELS, friction once again rose between them, with a fight breaking out at the end of the match as Harada got into the ring to attack Ogawa.
In the main event at Korakuen when AXIZ clashed with the challengers to their GHC Heavyweight tag titles, Kaito Kiyomiya aimed a missile dropkick to Go Shiozaki’s knee (despite promising that he wouldn’t as he felt that a champion should be “emphatic” at times). Also in the match sparks flew between Chris Ridgeway and Naomichi Marufuji, who had a kick\chop war. After the match they both made the “single match” signal to each other, which is something that fans very much want to see.
After the match (and Go Shiozaki tapping out to Taniguchi), NOAH announced that Shiozaki would be missing time due to a shoulder dislocation. During this time, which was a time of worry for fans and Nakajima, Nakajima came out holding both the tag belts and to AXIZ theme music. Taniguchi made him tap out on the 16th to his modified camel clutch.
Kaito Kiyomiya has now turned 23 (17th July) and fans have started detecting a change of vibe him in, he seemingly has gone from the nice young (slightly naive) boy of 22, to more steely and less sympathetic person. This was seen when talking about Shiozaki’s injury he said something to the effect of, “yeah, we all get injured, and while I sympathize, we are trying to have a title match here”, and in the title match he attacked Shiozaki’s damaged neck and shoulder. In Morioka, he was seen to have slight smirk on his lips (as opposed to his usual worried expression) when he held the belt up to Kenoh at the end of the main event, and Kenoh stalked off.
Go Shiozaki returned to action on the 20th July. He doesn’t seem to have had any further problems, and he says he is fine, but fans think that he is probably a lot worse than he is making it out to be.
The afternoon at Korakuen belonged to the juniors with HAYATA vs Kotaro Suzuki putting on a stellar match, with HAYATA wearing Kotaro Suzuki down by letting him wear himself out. HAYATA wouldn’t quit, he took everything that Suzuki threw at him, and likewise with Suzuki taking everything that HAYATA threw at him. The audience were firmly on the side of HAYATA (as opposed to NOAH’s first born son), and just as Suzuki hit the Tiger Driver, the time ran out.
Hajime Ohara, it must be said, was not in a good way during the closing stages of Global Junior League as the problem with his neck and shoulder flared up again (it had plagued him during Global Tag League 2018 too), so while fans wanted to see him win, it was probably better that he didn’t, especially as he is responsible pretty much for the planning of NOAH’s Kawasaki event. During the match on the 16th, the referee was concerned and asked him if he was fit to continue.
The semi final night of Global Junior League 2019 and the GHC Heavyweight title match came on the 21st July 2019 in the Mutsu Grand Hotel in Aomori. It is a small venue, a hotel, which NOAH created a “big match” atmosphere at.
Takashi Sugiura & NOSAWA Rongai teamed up to take on Minoru Tanaka & Kinya Okada. After the match, which Sugiura naturally won, he said that he wanted Kinya Okada to enter The Sugiura Army. Kinya Okada did (and how could he refuse after being commanded by Takashi Sugiura), and he will have his first match as one of them on the 27th July at Kawasaki when they fight Kongoh. His joining The Sugiura Army is a good move as not only does it mean that he has the chance to be mentored by Takashi Sugiura, it also brings him into conflict with Yoshiki Inamura, who is in Kongoh, and calls him “my rival”.
Global Junior League 2019 came down to HAYATA vs Tadasuke, following their wins over Hajime Ohara & Kotaro Suzuki (HAYATA, who was seconded by YO-HEY) and Tadasuke (who defeated Daisuke Harada earlier in the evening). When they met in the ring later, Tadasuke gave HAYATA the finger.
Daisuke Harada commented, “RATEL’S showdown in the final, I have nothing but jealousy.”
AXIZ defended the GHC Heavyweight tag titles successfully against Kaito Kiyomiya & Shuhei Taniguchi, with Go Shiozaki getting the win with the lariat on Shuhei Taniguchi. They were challenged for the titles by The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue).
Title match will take place at NOAH’s anniversary show on the 4th August.
All Japan announced this week that the memorial for Atsushi Aoki will take place on the 11th August at Korakuen Hall. NOAH wrestlers have been announced to be participating in the event (although he was an All Japan wrestler, Aoki was NOAH born) with Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura, Shuhei Taniguchi and Hitoshi Kumano in attendance.
The main event will see Naomichi Marufuji team with Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyogi against Shuji Ishikawa, Shuhei Taniguchi and Suwama. Suwama has wanted a singles match with Marufuji since the Tokyo Sports Award in January, and says that he doesn’t care about the other opponents, he wants Marufuji.
In the semi, Jun Akiyama will tag with Takashi Sugiura against Naoya Nomura and Hitoshu Kumano.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ NOAH have released a Sugiura Army “Company Dog” towel, which features both of Takashi Sugiura’s dogs with his little toy poodle at one end and his beloved Shiba Inu at the other, both barking “Yip! Yip!”
~ HAYATA gave Kotaro Suzuki a slight black eye
~ Kenoh has said that HE will enter the N-1, and if LIDET don’t let him, he will go ahead and do it anyway.
~ Yoshiki Inamura turned on Junta Miyawaki when Miyawaki came in to try and help him after the match in Morioka
~ Minoru Tanaka stole Rocky Kawamura’s apples and ate one in the ring, and posted that the other one was for his lunch. When asked how they were by Rocky, he said they were tasty.
~ Kenoh’s latest bout of paranoia is to claim that LIDET turned the microphone down on him during a promo.
~ Naomichi Marufuji scooped up the white and black feathers left in the ring from Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ’S jackets, and putting them in the palm of his hand, blew them into the crowd.
~ Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge did the Disco Fever vs Revolutionary Pose stand off. This hasn’t happened for a while.
~ RATELS went on a wander while in Akita, and came across a fenced off area because Bears were in the forest. YO-HEY joked that it was Hitoshi Kumano (who’s surname means “Bear”, and also incorporates bears into his persona\merchandise), doing a private autograph session. In one picture, in the background, HAYATA had his back to the camera while he stood by some bushes…
~ Minoru Suzuki vs Naomichi Marufuji will be their first match since the Suzuki Gun invasion of NOAH in summer 2016, although the match at TAKAYAMANIA 2 when this takes place, will not be a singles match.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya turned 23 on the 17th July
~ “The Tadasuke Women” were seen again in force at the Shin-Yuri Twenty One Hall. These middle aged to elderly women I believe are family and friends of Mohammed Yone, but they were given the name “The Tadasuke Women” after he played up to them last year. Minoru Tanaka, who sprained his ankle during the match, said that he had been distracted by them, hence the reason for his injury. Tadasuke behaved himself this year.
~ Masao Inoue suffered the usual sneak videos from Naomichi Marufuji on NOAH’s long bus journey (they have a twelve hour trip on the 22nd back to Tokyo), and then Marufuji bought out his new toy, “FaceApp” and made him into a woman (who looked a little like Betty Boop) and an old man. Marufuji also made himself into an old man, and then into woman. A photograph of himself and Takashi Sugiura as old grey men (looking like they where hosts of a daytime or direct to video art series) made Sugiura remark that they should challenge for the tag titles.
~ Referee Ben, who was kneeling at ringside, was knocked over by a dueling Chris Ridgeway and Tadasuke
NOAH’s big Kawasaki Kultz event (and the GHC Heavyweight title, plus the final night of Global Junior League 2019) will air on the 2nd August on G+ at 8.30PM JST
NOAH will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th August at 11.30am JST on G+
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah.co.jp, Daisuke Harada, Naomichi Marufuji, Battle Sports
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