Raw is NOT joking around on April Fool’s! The Beast! The Animal! The Raw Tag Team titles! And Ronda, Charlotte and Becky MUST work together as a team!
- Eight Woman Tag: Bayley, Sasha Banks, Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax, Tamina & The IIconics; Bayley, Sasha, Natalya & Beth win.
- Lumberjack Match: Jinder Mahal VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins.
- Kurt Angle VS Rey Mysterio; No Contest.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Revival win by count-out, and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair VS The Riott Squad; Rousey, Lynch & Flair win, no ejections from the Wrestlemania Winner Takes All Championship Match.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Heavy Machinery; Heavy Machinery wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS ???; Strowman wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Stephanie McMahon returns and opens Raw!
And apparently, she has big news towards the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat. Stephanie stands on stage to a mixed reaction as she talks about having the biggest star back on the show: HER! April Fool’s~! But in all seriousness, for the first time in 35 years, the women will main event! And bigger yet is that it now has the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair. But it also has Becky Lynch, and BOTH titles will now be on the line! One woman will be THE champion, because Wrestlemania pits three of the greatest in one ring, who put their bodies on line and leave their hearts and souls on the mat. It will be #WinnerTakesAll! The biggest match in Mania history just got bigger! But will the three participants still make it there given tonight’s Six Woman stipulation?
Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman are here!
The Beast and his Advocate are in DC just days away, and are feeling good about it, too. The fans boo while Heyman begins his usual introduction. DC echoes for the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK! LESNAR! And this is poetic justice that Stephanie McMahon just said “Winner Takes All”. Because the reality of the Universal Championship, the winner (Brock) will take all. The winner, Brock Lesnar, will take all Seth Rollins has to offer, will take Seth Rollins’ best shot, because Rollins is bringing nothing less. But then what? Lesnar will take everything Rollins has in life. That’s just what Lesnar does to people at Wrestlemania. Lesnar seizes the moment and defines his legacy.
Lesnar took The Undertaker’s Streak! He took the hopes and dreams of Roman Reigns when fans thought The Big Dog would dethrone him. And this year, Lesnar will take Rollins at his word that this could be Rollins’ last match ever. “Ain’t no maybe about it!” That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler! Those who watch hockey for the fights, who watch NASCAR for the wrecks, and footballs for the riots, Lesnar will violate Rollins and desecrate Wrestlemania! Then when Lesnar holds that title high above his head again, he will define that life is what you make of it. Lesnar and Heyman will go to dinner and simply discuss what’s next in Lesnar’s career. Heyman will tell Rollins in advance, he’s just an afterthought. But Rollins is here!
The Architect heads right to the ring and right up to Lesnar’s face. Rollins grabs himself a mic and says, “This is the biggest match of my career”, but Lesnar doesn’t realize it’s also his biggest match. Because everything will change. Lesnar won’t be able to just be the big bully he is, because no one will want him here. The locker room doesn’t want him, the fans don’t want him! Fans want Rollins to “Burn It Down!” and “Slay the Beast!” but Rollins can tell Lesnar doesn’t care. Lesnar’s made one hell of a career out of being so big, bad and smart in combat sports. And Rollins winning, that might be improbable, but it’s not impossible. Sunday at Wrestlemania, Rollins will win, will take the title, and “there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.”
But Lesnar laughs and bumps Rollins. Rollins kicks The Beast in the balls! But runs into Lesnar’s German Suplex! Lesnar is still reeling but he is standing. He lifts Rollins but Rollins slips out for ANOTHER low blow! SUPERKICK! Rollins is fired up and so is DC! CURB STOMP!! Rollins holds up the Universal Championship, but will he be holding it at the end of Wrestlemania?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
He can’t low blow Lesnar on Sunday, he’ll get disqualified. Well Lesnar deserved it. And Rollins isn’t champion. Yet. But to Charli’s point, will he be champion after Lesnar gets a fair shot at him?
Eight Woman Tag: Bayley, Sasha Banks, Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax, Tamina & The IIconics!
The four teams vying for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Wrestlemania now team up to throw down 4v4! Can the Boss & Hug Connection work with The Divas of Doom long enough to defeat Peyton, Billie & The Samoan Dynasty? Or will dysfunction dismantle this match and rob the champs of momentum going into Mania?
Raw returns as the champions make their entrance, followed by their partners! Natalya and Beth Phoenix join Sasha and Bayley, and teams sort out. The Glamazon is making her return so she starts against Peyton. DC is behind her, but then Sasha tags right in? The Boss circles with Peyton and tie up. They go around and Peyton puts Sasha in a corner. Peyton knees low then slaps Sasha around. But Sasha slaps back! Sasha goes acrobatic but almost doesn’t make it for the arm-drag. She recovers and goes again for another arm-drag. Sasha tags Bayley and they crisscross whip and snapmare to double elbow drops. Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley keeps on Peyton with a wrench then tags Sasha. They double whip and assisted dropkick! Peyton tags out to Billie before Sasha can catch her.
Billie swings but into a drop toehold! Sasha drags her up to bump her on buckles. Natty tags in and then drags Billie out for a snap suplex. Cover, TWO, but Natty keeps on Billie by her hair. Tag to Beth and now the Glamazon gets some action! The Divas of Doom double whip and hip toss but Billie lands on her feet! They keep her back by hair and throw her down! Beth covers, TWO! Beth stays between Billie and her corner. She grabs an arm and wrenches Billie for a one-arm suplex! Fans cheer “You Still Got It!” but Peyton saves Billie. The IIconics both rush the Divas of Doom but Bayley and Sasha tackle them down! The champs and the challengers argue while we go to break.
Raw returns and Bayley hits Billie with a sliding lariat! She bumps Billie off buckles then runs in for a back elbow. She goes again for another elbow! But Peyton saves Billie from the knee! Billie catches the boots but gets an elbow. Bayley fights off Peyton but Billie boots her down! Tag to Peyton and she drags Bayley up and in. Peyton rains down rights then covers, TWO! The IIconics argue, but tag in. They double wrench and kick and kick Bayley down. They shout IIconic, and hit the pose! Billie throws Bayley down for a cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious but tag back in. DC rallies for Bayley as she takes a double buckle bump! Peyton toys with Bayley then mocks the fans. Peyton grinds her boot into Bayley then lets up at 4.
Fans continue to rally but now that Peyton wants to tag the Samoan Dynasty, they refuse! Billie tags in and the IIconics mug Bayley. Nia and Tamina let Billie take care of things, but Billie gets thrown out! Billie shouts at the Samoan Dynasty, but then turns into a hotshot! Bayley crawls to her corner, but Beth shoves Sasha away to take the tag! The Glamazon tackles Peyton to a corner! She throws Peyton around then clotheslines her! She hits Billie, too! And boots Nia away! Peyton swings but misses, to run into a powerslam! Fans fire up for Beth, but Tamina dumps her out! Beth glares at Tamina and chases her down! And tackles her THROUGH the barriers!!
DC loses its mind, and even the other superstars do. But Beth is the legal competitor so she has to get to the ring! Peyton fetches her to put her in the ring. Peyton slaps Beth around, but Beth stops her with one hand! And reels her in for the GLAM SLAM! Cover, Beth and team win!
Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks, Natalya & Beth Phoenix, Phoenix pinning
The Glamazon’s debut is successful in the biggest way possible! She and the Queen of Harts are coming for those titles, does the Boss & Hug Connection stand a chance of keeping them?
The Animal returns to his hometown of DC, but what will he say this close to Wrestlemania?
Batista heads to the ring!
The Animal walks down the ramp to an ovation from his hometown crowd. After how quickly things got personal between him and The Game, this Sunday, Wrestlemania will be No Holds Barred, for Triple H’s career! Batista picks up a mic and has the spotlight on him. He takes his time while fans cheer and say “Welcome Back!” He doesn’t say a word, he just cues a video package. “There is nothing this man hasn’t done in this business! Except beat me.” Batista VS HHH over the years, in all the different match types, in all the ways The Animal bested The Cerebral Assassin. Back in the present, Batista takes off his sunglasses and speaks. “Hunter. Kiss my ass.” Mic drop, glasses back on. The Animal doesn’t need to say anything more, but what will it take to finally end The Game?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is right outside MetLife Stadium ahead of Wrestlemania. There will be no interruptions. Just a full stadium watching Elias. “Oh~ Walk With Elias~!” DC echoes Elias, but Elias says that won’t be while he’s playing. Fans will silence their phones, hold their applause and shut their mouths. Beyonce, Springstein, U2, no one will remember them. They’ll talk about Elias. And they wont’ talk about Rollins, Becky or Kofi, they’ll talk about Elias’ moment. They’ll be talking about when 80 thousand chose to Walk With Elias.
Lumberjack Match: Jinder Mahal VS Apollo Crews!
The Modern Day Maharaja and the rising star will both be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, but so will all the men surrounding the ring, except perhaps the Singh Brothers. The tensions run high as the bell rings, who gains momentum into the memorial match at Mania?
Mahal attacks Crews right away with big hands! He whips and runs Crews over, but only the Singhs cheer. Mahal drives elbows in then puts on a neck wrench. Crews gets up but Mahal brings him back down. Mahal grinds Crews down with a headlock but fans rally for Crews. Crews gets up but Mahal holds on to drive in more elbows. Even lumberjacks start rallying for Crews as he endures the chinlock. Crews back suplexes Mahal down and frees himself! Mahal stands but Crews mule kicks and bicycle boots. Crews dodges Mahal to then clothesline and kip up! Crews climbs up top and frog splashes! Cover, Crews wins!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The Lumberjacks didn’t even have to lift a finger! Will Crews cruise on into New York to put his name on Andre’s statue?
The B-Team come in and claim they’ll be the ones. The Ascension do, too, and a brawl breaks out! This is just a sample of things to come as The B-Team is tossed out! Titus fights the Ascension now and throws them out. Rhyno helps out, but EC3 throws him out. The Lucha House Party work together on Titus O’Neil while Crews tosses EC3! Titus Worldwide reunites and works together to dump out Lucha House Party! But Mahal returns to throw Titus out! Mahal and the SIngh Brothers want revenge on Crews, but he throws Samir, then Sunil out. Mahal tries but gets an enziguri! Crews sees Sunil is still here, so he trophy lifts him, and throws him onto his brother! Will Crews be the one left at the end? Or will things be very different with Braun Strowman in the ring?
Kurt Angle VS Rey Mysterio!
The Olympic Gold Medalist keeps his Farewell Tour going even this close to Wrestlemania! And he’ll face one of his greatest and fastest rivals ever in the King of Lucha Libre! But before the match, Angle picks up a mic to speak.
“This is my last night ever here on Monday Night Raw. And I’d like you to know how appreciative I am for the good times, the bad times.” There have been boos and even cheers, so from the bottom of his heart, Angle wants to thank the fans. Fans thank him back. And now, Raw celebrates Angle’s career with a special video package. From a gold-medal win with a broken freakin’ neck to an instant mega star in pro-wrestling, “he’s something special.” Red, white and blue, the Three I’s, King of the Ring and Grand Slam Champion, multiple Wrestlemanias and more, and even some laughs along the way. But then a second neck injury, a pain killer addiction, and a step away from the WWE, Angle came back to be a Hall of Famer! #ThankYouKurt, “Oh it’s true, it’s damn true.”
Angle is barely holding in the tears as the fans give him an even bigger ovation. But then Baron Corbin comes out to ruin the mood. Corbin has his own mic as he mocks the feel good moment. He doesn’t know who made the video, but it should’ve been in black-and-white, because it’s ancient history. That angle isn’t the one in the ring. The one in the ring struggles to take a jacket off. The one in the ring can barely go a few minutes. This Angle can’t hang with a superstar of today as big, strong, fast and just plain better, like Corbin. But on another note, Corbin is a bit annoyed with these fans here filling social media with “Kurt Angle deserves better!” Fans tell Corbin “Yes He Does!” and “We Want Cena!”
Corbin says this won’t change anything. Forget the old Angle, because the last image of this Angle will be a “broken down old man” down on the mat! Angle says they will have their match on Sunday. But as his last Raw wrestling, how about they have an exhibition sampler? Corbin marches down to the ring, but tells Angle with a big grin, “That’s the old Angle intensity, but where’s the intelligence?” If Corbin goes at him now, Angle won’t make it to Sunday. They’ll just have to wait. But here comes Angle’s scheduled opponent, Rey Mysterio!
Mysterio hits the ring and borrows the mic to tell Corbin, “Aight, we get it. You don’t want to fight Kurt tonight. But someone definitely needs to teach you a lesson in respect.” If it’s okay with Kurt, Mysterio should take Corbin tonight. Corbin doesn’t want to, but then he sucker punches Mysterio! Angle throws hands on Corbin but Corbin standing switches. Mysterio seated sentons Corbin! Angle gets Corbin with an Angle Slam! Corbin is sent running, but will he really ruin Angle’s farewell on Sunday?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!
The Queen and NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion now has to put her new title on the line. Is she concerned by that at all? Someone should ask Asuka how she feels about losing this title first. And then at Wrestlemania, everyone will be shocked when Charlotte breaks Becky and taps Ronda out. Stephanie changed the match between Charlotte changed the game. And the winner that takes all will be Charlotte. Then how about tonight’s Six Woman Tag? Can she keep her cool? Does she look worried? Charlotte is professional, not a hot head like Becky or a loose cannon like Ronda. But after they win, those two better stay away or they won’t make it to Mania anyway. The Queen is confident, but is she too confident this close to the Showcase of the Immortals?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson have been on the defensive against this unexpected duo from NXT. Now they’ll have to be extra defensive in defending their tag titles this close to Wrestlemania! Meanwhile, the Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight are already competing for NXT Tag Team Championships at TakeOver: New York this Friday! Will they be going into that match as main roster champs on top of it?
Raw returns as The Revival make their entrance. Introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Teams sort out and Aleister starts against Dawson. They circle and tie up, and Dawson puts Aleister in a corner. Aleister turns it around then fakes a punch to make Dawson flinch. Aleister backs off and circles with Dawson again. They tie up and Aleister gets a headlock. Dawson reaches but Aleister keeps him from Dash. Dawson knees low and CHOPS hard! He snapmares Aleister and runs him over. Things speed up and Dawson elbows Aleister back. Dawson drags Aleister by his hair and tags in Dash. Dawson feeds Aleister do Dash’s knees, then Dash CHOPS Aleister! Dash throws European Uppercuts, then whips Aleister. Aleister grabs ropes and kicks back. He sweeps the legs and Oklahoma rolls! TWO, but Aleister arm-drags Dash down!
Dash endures the armlock but Aleister brings him over to tag in Ricochet. Ricochet takes the hand-off to a wrench and brings Dash down to the mat. Dash gets up but Ricochet wrenches again. Ricochet throws elbows but Dash knees back. Tag to Dawson and the #TopGuys mug Ricochet with double headbutts. Dawson stomps Ricochet then CHOPS him against ropes! Dawson taunts Aleister but goes back to Ricochet to choke him against the ropes. Dash tags in but Ricochet shoulders him back. Ricochet heads for his corner but Dash keeps him away. Tag to Dawson, but Ricochet dodges the Revival to roll off and DOUBLE huricanrana! Tag to Aleister and the Unexpected Duo goes after Dawson. They speed things up, kitchen sink to basement, then double hip toss Dash onto Dawson! Cover, TWO!
Aleister keeps on Dawson but Dawson puts him on the apron. Aleister fights The Revival off but Dawson hotshots the arm! The Revival get control back while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dash hot tags Dawson! Dawson slides to intercept Aleister into a Northern Lights Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Dawson keeps on Aleister with a mounted armlock to a Fujiwara. Aleister endures as Dawson pulls back on the fingers and wrist. Dawson shifts to a hammerlock but Aleister fights his way up. Fans rally as Dawson leans on Aleister, but Aleister elbows back. Dawson suplexes but Aleister slips out. Aleister tries to lift but that bad arm keeps him from doing it. So he sweeps the legs! Dash tags in and drops on Aleister! Aleister still reaches but has to punch Dash away, too. Aleister uses a leg to get free and hot tags Ricochet! The One and Only rallies on Dash then on Dawson! Jumping neckbreaker for Dawson, then he lands out of the suplex to roll Dash! TWO, cradle, TWO!!
Dash swings but misses, and Ricochet dropkicks him into Dawson! Ricochet victory rolls, TWO! Dash narrowly escapes but Ricochet keeps his focus. Ricochet drags Dash and rolls him, but TWO into Dawson’s cheap shot! Dash gets Ricochet in a Gory Special, Gory BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet lives and The Revival can’t believe it! Fans are loving this, though, as Ricochet crawls. Dash drags Ricochet over but Ricochet is dead weight. “This is Awesome!” as Aleister drags Dawson down! Dash grabs Aleister but Aleister hits back. Aleister fights with them both, but breaks free of the chicken wing to knee trigger Dawson! Dash hits a tornado DDT! Ricochet FLIES over the corner!! Fans lose their minds over such insane athleticism!
But a ten count begins as all four men are down on the outside. Ricochet and Dash hurry at 5 but keep each other from reentering. Dash tackles Ricochet into barriers then hops in at 7. Ricochet stands at 8 but Dawson trips him up! The challengers are counted out, The Revival win!
Winners: The Revival, by count-out; still Raw Tag Team Champions
The #TopGuys used every trick in the book, and it worked out in their favor! But Aleister hits Dash with a BLACK MASS! Ricochet feeds Dawson to a second BLACK MASS! Then Aleister drags Dawson to a drop zone for Ricochet’s 630 Senton! The Unexpected may not have won these tag titles, but will they go on to NXT TakeOver: New York to take those titles?
Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.
The Baddest Woman is in no mood. She’ll destroy the Riott Squad by herself while Charlotte and Becky watch. And it doesn’t matter what stipulations are on the match, Wrestlemania Sunday becomes Judgment Day for The Man and The Queen. Unless they foolishly try to provoke her tonight. Will these combustible elements really keep from exploding this close to the Mania main event?
Alexa Bliss talks with Tyler Breeze.
The new hairstyle is amazing, he’s like a cuter Hemsworth. EC3 is there, too, as Alexa props herself up about being the Wrestlemania host. There is so much going on, like the Women’s Triple Threat main event, #Kofimania, and now the celebrity level of Andre the Giant Battle Royal. EC3 laughs over thinking about the SNL Weekend Update. But then Braun Strowman comes by and no one laughs. They tell Strowman it was those guys over there watching Weekend Update. Strowman storms over to the two guys holding a tablet. Strowman will pretend their Michael Che and Colin Jost. Meet him in the ring or he’ll just hunt them down so they can #GetTheseHands.
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog is recovering from Drew McIntyre’s Claymore kick that rung his bell, as well as a low blow, leading to a Claymore. The Shield did great at Fastlane, but is he okay to make it to Mania? Is Drew the one saying this stuff? Drew doesn’t know Roman. Roman is 100% and- McIntyre attacks!! The Scottish Terminator will not allow Roman to have even a moment of momentum! “You should’ve said no, Roman!” McIntyre throws Roman into trunks! McIntyre wants Roman to be haunted by him up until Wrestlemania! Security gets McIntyre to back off, and Roman drags himself back up. Will Roman get revenge on McIntyre once and for all?
Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair VS The Riott Squad!
Ruby, Liv and Sarah may not even need to do all that much against such a dysfunctional and tense trio. Will the champ, The Man, and the other champ be able to coexist long enough to win?
Raw returns as Charli interviews Becky at gorilla position. The Man cuts to the chase: Sunday, Becky walks out of MetLife the first ever dual women’s champion. And she knows Charlotte runs her giant mouth, but who cares what she has to say? And as for weird little Ronnie, she got her God Complex triggered, and now she’s at her most vulnerable. The McMahons are forcing the three to work together, in hopes Becky loses her cool and gets kicked out of Mania. But she’s wise to the mind-games. She’s gotten this far, hasn’t she? But to insure no one can sink her after Mania is to be THE champion on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Charlotte and Ronnie want to make history, Becky has no choice but to make history. Becky makes her entrance first, followed by Charlotte, and finally Ronda, and we begin.
Teams sort out and Charlotte insists she start, even as fans chant for Becky. Becky and Ronda tensely take to the corner while Ruby starts for the Squad. Ruby and Charlotte circle, and Charlotte kicks Ruby then throws her down by her hair. Charlotte soaks up all the cheers and jeers before standing Ruby up for those Flair CHOPS! Charlotte struts then chokes Ruby on the ropes. Becky tags in! Becky mocks the strut then dares Charlotte to do something. Charlotte backs down but Ruby goes to kick. But Becky blocks and headlocks, only for Ruby to power out. Ruby follows and runs Becky over, then covers. Becky slips out Matrix style then dropkicks Ruby down! Ruby bails out and the Squad regroups. So Becky takes time to mock both champs! Tensions are high while we go to break.
Raw returns and Sarah Logan has Becky down in a cobra clutch. Becky fights her way out but Sarah whips her to a corner. Sarah runs into a boot, then Becky hops up for a flying shoulder! Becky drags herself up and throws Sarah out. Becky heads for open mat but Sarah tags Ruby. Ruby brings Becky up but gets an enziguri. Sarah tags back in to knee Becky right down! The Kentucky Viking roars before putting Becky in an inverted cloverleaf! Fans rally for Becky as she endures. Ronda and Charlotte just watch quietly as Sarah leans on Becky. Becky rolls through but Liv tags in! Liv misses and Becky hits Ruby to then hit Liv! Becky rallies and calf kicks Liv down, then throws Sarah with the Becksploder! Becky mule kicks and tosses Liv! Cover, TWO!
Becky catches her breath while Charlotte and Ronda actually agree on something: they sarcastically think Becky’s doing well. But Becky cradles Liv, TWO! Becky goes for a Disarm-Her but Charlotte tags in! Charlotte tells Becky to move while Becky dares Charlotte to swing. Ronda tags in during the distraction! She and Charlotte talk trash now, but Liv rolls Ronda! Ronda throws Liv off then into the ARMBAR! Liv taps, Ronda and team win!
Winners: Ronday, Charlotte & Becky, Ronda by submission
And now the restrictions are off! Ronda fires off on Charlotte and Becky’s rather “surprised”! Becky jumps in to drag Ronda off Charlotte but Ronda throws hands on her! Charlotte comes back but security rushes in to separate the three! But security just gets beat up instead! Charlotte, Ronda and Becky fight off the men before fighting each other again! Now there’s police in the ring! Ronda, Charlotte and Becky settle down, until Ronda breaks through! Cops cuff Ronda! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Becky obliges! She clobbers a cuffed Ronda while Charlotte simply watches. Becky gets cuffs again!
Fans still love the Straight Fire, even as she and Ronda are dragged away. Charlotte decks Ronda!! Now all three women get cuffs, but Charlotte’s kicking with those long legs! She gets Becky in the mouth! All three are going, but kicking and screaming as they do. They even fight in the parking lot! Charlotte gets her own car, but Ronda and Becky are put in the same one! They start kicking at each other, and a window gets busted!! Then when the officers bring Becky to Charlotte’s car, Charlotte gets out and starts kicking again! Ronda gets in the driver’s seat and crashes one car into the other!! The rage cannot be contained! Becky and Ronda are put in separate cars, with Ronda hanging out the busted window barking at Becky! So Charlotte knees her in the face!
The cars finally drive off, taking Ronda and Becky away while Charlotte waits with the cops. Is Wrestlemania’s historic main event still in trouble? Or can The McMahon family literally bail all three superstars out in time for Sunday?
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Heavy Machinery!
The GLORIOUS Duo are just one of many Raw Tag Teams that have had issue with the NXT stars coming in, and look to slow down the momentum of Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic. Will Roode & Gable be able to stay afloat in the Raw Tag Division? Or will they be compacted by the power of #SteaksAndWeights?
The bell rings and Gable starts against “Dozer”. They circle and Gable gets a headlock. Dozer powers out and runs Gable over! Tag to Tucky, and Heavy Machinery double body shot. They march around and meet in the middle to give Gable a gut sandwich! Tucker slams Gable then again. Gable gets up but Tucker trips him up. Gable manages to throw Tucker! Tag to Roode, and the GLORIOUS Duo work together for a body shot to knee lift combo. Roode clotheslines Tucker down, covers, TWO! Roode keeps on Tucker, but is that Lacey Evans? The Sassy Southern Belle wants to strut her stuff in DC! Roode keeps his focus on Tucker with a chinlock, and chops Tucker in a corner. Roode runs in but into an elbow! Tucker dodges Roode then tags in Dozer!
Dozer rallies on both Roode and Gable! He whips Roode but Roode kicks back. Roode wants the DDT but Dozer powers him to a corner! Dozer squashes Roode with a splash, then decides to pump it up! Fans love seeing the Caterpillar in action! Elbow dropped, cover, but Gable breaks it! Tucker runs in but Gable tackles him out! Gable hurries back and tags in. Roode boots Dozer and the Glorious Duo coordinate, but Dozer shoves Roode out! Dozer catches Gable’s crossbody! Tucker runs in, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!
Winners: Heavy Machinery, Otis Dozovic pinning
Tucker & Otis are steamrolling their way through the Raw Tag Team Division! Will they bulldoze their way to tag titles post-Mania? Is there anything the GLORIOUS Duo can do to get back on top?
2v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS ???
It doesn’t really matter who his opponents are, The Monster Among Men already said he’s going to visualize Michael Che & Colin Jost tonight. Will Strowman destroy these poor souls before seeking to destroy the celebrity correspondents at Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as the lambs have arrived for the slaughter- Er, Strowman’s opponents have made their way to the ring. They’re already cowering with the bell, but Strowman reminds them of their roles before squashing them in the corner! Strowman tosses “Jost” then clotheslines and tosses “Che”! Strowman BOOTS “Jost” then clobbers “Che” again! The Monster throws “Jost” out, then drags up “Che” to throw him out. By the battle royal rules, Strowman would have eliminated them. But since it’s not, Strowman goes out and builds up steam! “Jost” and “Che” stand up, only to get RUN OVER! Fans want “One More Time!” so Strowman keeps going around the ring. Strowman comes back around, to run them over again!
Strowman puts “Che” and “Jost” in the ring, then storms in to sandwich them in a corner! He scoops “Che” for the MONSTER SLAM! And then “Jost” too! But Strowman isn’t done, he drags the two up together for a DOUBLE Monster Slam! Double cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
As if there was ever any doubt. Will Strowman have to go through 20 other superstars to get at the real Che and Jost? Will Che and Jost even want to show up?
Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush are here!
The Almighty Intercontinental Championship and Man of the Hour head to the ring to address the coming Wrestlemania title defense. What will they have to say to, and about, Finn Balor after the break?
Raw returns and Charli interviews them both. Finn Balor earned his match at Mania by beating Lashley and Jiner Mahal in a 2v1 Handicap match, pinning Mahal. Lashley lashed out against Mahal and the Singh Brothers, but he still has to defend against Finn. Is there any cause that Finn can actually beat Lashley? Lio asks, “Are you kidding me?!” We all just saw what happened: a fluke! Finn didn’t pin Lashley! Come Sunday, Lashley won’t have dead weight like Mahal, and the only concern for them will be where to have the after party. Because it sure ain’t in DC. But what if it’s Demon Balor showing up? Lashley has been fighting for a long time. If you think he’s afraid of a fairy tale, you’re out of your mind. The Demon is just Finn, and Lashley’s beaten Finn every time. But Finn communicates from the titantron!
Finn wants Lashley to be concerned. Finn’s always been the one to have his demons. And his Demon will become Lashley’s nightmare! The Demon himself makes an appearance on screen! Lio looks a little worried. But whether it be man or myth, will the Rocky Mountain Machine stand a chance against a determined Extraordinary Man?
Rey Mysterio VS Baron Corbin!
The King of Lucha came to the defense of his friend and rival when the Lone Wolf talked smack then tried to sucker punch Kurt Angle. Now Msyterio looks to make Corbin humble before the Wrestlemania farewell for the gold medalist. Will Mysterio show Corbin up before Angle shuts Corbin up? Or will Corbin shock everyone on the way to New York?
The bell rings as Mysterio and Corbin circle. Corbin corners Mysterio and keeps him from getting away. Mysterio dodges and kicks away on Corbin’s leg! Mysterio throws body shots ten whips but Corbin holds the ropes. Corbin reverses the whip but Mysterio slides under to dropkick a leg out. Corbin shoves Mysterio but Mysterio rocks him with a right! Mysterio runs, slides out, and baits Corbin into some cat ‘n’ mouse. Corbin falls for it and gets dropkick’d back! Kids laugh at Corbin as Mysterio stands tall in the ring. Corbin tells DC to shut up but they just boo and jeer. Corbin rushes Mysterio but Mysterio dodges and slides again, only to get caught! Mysterio fights against the bomb and huricanranas Corbin out hard! Mysterio runs but into a right hand! Corbin grins while catching his breath, and we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Corbin drags Mysterio up to throw him into barriers! Corbin is fired up but fans boo and jeer. The ref tells Corbin to bring this back into the ring so he puts Mysterio in. Corbin follows and drags Mysterio up again. He puts Mysterio in a corner and hoists him up top. Corbin throws forearms then pulls at the mask! The ref counts so Corbin lets go at 4. Corbin goes back and has Mysterio in a back suplex, but Mysterio lands, only to tweak a knee. Corbin stomps Mysterio to a corner then in the corner. He stomps a mudhole into Mysterio but lets up at 4. Corbin argues with the ref but Mysterio slips out of the ring.
Mysterio hobbles while fixing his mask but Corbin is in pursuit. Corbin puts Mysterio into more barriers! Corbin mocks the fans while soaking up the heat. The referee tells Corbin to get things back in the ring so Corbin puts Mysterio in. Corbin takes his time returning so he can soak up more of the fans’ jeers and boos. Corbin taunts Mysterio to stand back up. The ref checks on Mysterio, who clutches his leg. Fans tell Corbin he’s “Boring~!” but Mysterio kicks Corbin back! And again! Mysterio stands but Corbin rolls him. Mysterio rolls through to dropkick! He runs but into a flapjack! Corbin throws Mysterio out of the ring, then grins as he soaks up even more heat. Mysterio crawls back towards the ring but Corbin goes out to clobber him! Corbin leaves Mysterio behind as the ring count begins again.
The count passes 5 before Mysterio stands. Corbin drags Mysterio up by his mask! But Mysterio shoulders back! Corbin bumps Mysterio off the post! Mysterio falls to the floor again but Corbin goes back out to fetch him. Corbin puts Mysterio in again but takes his time looming over the lucha legend. He drags Mysterio up again for a scoop but Mysterio slips out to a sleeper hold! Mysterio holds on as a backpack, but Corbin throws him off. Corbin runs in but Mysterio dodges! Mysterio springboards and huricanranas Corbin! He keeps moving and tilt-o-whirl DDT’s Corbin down! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps focus while fans rally behind him. He drags Corbin around but Corbin shoves him out. Corbin runs into a shoulder, Mysterio fakes out the haymaker then slingshots to put Corbin on the ropes! Dial it up, 619!!
Mysterio keeps going as he climbs up top! Frog Splash FLOPS! Both men are down but DC cheers for Mysterio. Corbin stands up and walks over to Mysterio. Corbin smirks at the crowd as he drags Mysterio up again. Fans boo as Corbin lifts Mysterio, but Mysterio fights out again! Seated senton, but Mysterio runs into DEEP SIX! High stack, Corbin wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf defeats a legend! And this might not be the last one! Will Corbin actually defeat Angle in Angle’s final match ever?
But wait! Angle jumps Corbin on the stage! ANKLE LOCK! Corbin’s tapping out but it doesn’t matter, as Angle holds on for much, much longer! Referees pull Angle off Corbin, but he’s humbled Corbin for now. Will Angle keep his legacy alive on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
This was quite the Raw go-home for Wrestlemania. And it was good that they didn’t drag out the news we all expected from Stephanie McMahon: two titles in one match, just put both titles on the match! Naturally this means the winner makes history in this already historic match, and there’s still a good chance it’ll be Becky. And then from dual champion, there will surely come a time when we have the first-ever Undisputed Women’s Champion, or even a WWE Women’s World Champion to signify the reunification of the brands. Either way, what many expected to be just a mess of a Six Woman Tag turned into something really good for this build. At least, in my opinion.
It was a clever choice for someone to take advantage of how the “no infighting” stipulation only lasted for the match, and then it just escalated from there. All three women looked strong, but also opportunistic, in the many scraps that happened, and those kicks were just incredible. Charlotte got the best shot in with Ronda hanging out the window, but it is a bit crazy for all three women to have their arrested Stone Cold moment. Obviously this won’t affect the match, and this helps spice up a build that was starting to fall flat. Triple Threats being inherently No Disqualification, I’m gonna love seeing these three scrap just like tonight, and maybe escalate again with at least kendo sticks and chairs.
Now for those wondering why this segment didn’t close the show, Raw doesn’t have it’s 5 minute overrun time anymore, and I know I would’ve been disappointed if we didn’t get to see everything they planned on TV. Though honestly, there was at least one thing they could’ve cut for the sake of time. I honestly didn’t see the point of the Lumberjack match. It was great for Crews to win because it means WWE is (probably) finally seeing his worth, but they should’ve just waited until Sunday to book Crews strong in the battle royal itself. Besides, we know the battle royal is really for Strowman’s celebrity angle with Che and Jost. Strowman decimating his substitutes for them was fun, but it still doesn’t guarantee something screwy doesn’t screw Strowman out of winning.
I really enjoyed Rollins getting the better of Lesnar here. Of course, it was with low blows, but Rollins had a point of Lesnar deserving it. I just have a bad feeling now that Rollins won’t win, since it feels like forgone conclusions that Becky and Kofi win. I’m basically hoping against hope that somehow, Vince allows us to have all three top title celebratory moments to make up for the shortcomings in the builds. The 8 Woman Tag did great to make the build for the Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way, especially for Beth Phoenix’s own story of her return. This did great for Beth, she is going strong into the title match, but I’m still picturing Bayley & Sasha winning to keep their inaugural reign going.
The filler of Heavy Machinery VS GLORIOUS Duo was okay. I almost thought this was gonna be break-up time for Roode & Gable, but there’s so few good tag teams on Raw as it is, they can’t afford to lose one yet. The tag title match was great, and the count-out victory was actually a good call. The Revival retain but not in the strongest way, since Aleister & Ricochet still need to look good going into TakeOver. I still can’t say if Aleister & Ricochet come away with those titles, but now that they don’t have main roster titles, it could happen. And classic Vince Logic: Finn won’t bring the Demon out for The Beast, but he will for Lashley. This has to mean more than anything that Finn wins the title back, and takes on some fresh competition post-Mania.
But the one thing I’m disappointed about is we didn’t get Angle VS Mysterio, but perhaps Corbin was right that Angle would’ve looked tired and old in that match. Mysterio VS Corbin was a good substitute, and I did not expect Corbin to win. Though I’m not sure who did. Corbin did need to stay strong against Angle, and a win did that. But then they take it back from Corbin when Angle punks him on the stage. I still really hope Angle wins if it’s against Corbin, and I can’t be sure there’s going to be a “last minute” change that puts Angle against someone else. There’s also been talk of Cena doing something at Mania, but who knows what’s possible. Even if Angle VS Cena should be the match in just about everyone’s estimation.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?
For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
- The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
- (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Judgement Day is here!
Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.
And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!
Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!
But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!
Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!
This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?
But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!
Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.
Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!
Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!
Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)
They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?
Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!
The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”
But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!
Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?
Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!
But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?
The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!
The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.
Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!
Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!
Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!
Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!
Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?
Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.
Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!
Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.
But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”
To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!
And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.
But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!
But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!
And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.
They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!
Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?
Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!
McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.
The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!
Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.
McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!
McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!
Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.
Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?
Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!
Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!
Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?
Backstage interview with Riddle.
Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?
Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!
The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?
The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!
Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!
Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall
Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.
What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.
Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!
Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!
Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.
Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!
Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.
Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!
Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!
Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!
Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!
Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!
Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!
Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!
The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?
The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!
Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?
(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?
Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!
Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.
Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!
Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!
Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!
ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!
Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!
Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall
Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?
Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.
Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.
And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.
Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…
We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
It’s a Superbad return!
Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
- Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
- Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.
Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.
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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/14/22)
Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)
Breathe with the Switchblade!
DWI Podcast #336: The Nose Job
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Rampage by the Lake!
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Retro Greg DeMarco Show: Ranking The Championships In Pro Wrestling
Retro GDMS exactly two years ago...to the day! Enjoy this listing of wrestling's Most Important Championships!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: WWE Talent Rehires, Transformers 36th Anniversary and much more!
Sometimes you win by losing, and that's the theme of this week's Mindless Wrestling Podcast! Talent is returning to WWE....