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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (4/15/19)

The Superstar Shake-Up BEGINS!



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Raw begins the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up! Who will stay on the Red Brand’s Roster? And who will be moved here from SmackDown to start fresh?



  • 8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS ???; The Revival & The Viking Experience win.
  • Finn Balor VS ???; Andrade Almas wins.
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS ???; The Usos win.
  • The IIconics VS Bayley & ???; Bayley & Naomi win.
  • EC3 VS ???; No Contest.
  • Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Lynch wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Natalya VS Lacey Evans; Evans wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & ??? VS Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Rollins, Reigns & AJ Styles win.


Stephanie opens Raw as she heads to the ring!

Montreal has a mixed reaction to her appearance, but she takes it in stride. Stephanie picks up the mic and welcomes everyone to the show! She wants everyone to give a proper standing ovation to the Best in the World, Shane McMahon! Fans boo even stronger now as Shane O’Mac makes his way out. Shane gives Stephanie props on her introduction, but still asks Mike Rome give him a better. “The BEST, in the Wooooooooooorld~! SHAAAANE! McMAAAHON!” Shane approves, but now, in French. Fans chant “CM PUNK!” at Shane but that goes largely ignored. Shane gives his own French introduction, but the fans boo, so he gives it again. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Stephanie says Angle had his last match. Shane also points out he used proper French, not the “dirty” Montreal dialect.

But all that aside, Stephanie gets us to business: every superstar is eligible for the Shake-Up! There will be amazing match-ups, new contenders, or even tag teams broken up. The Superstar Shake-Up is one of their favorite nights of the year. Everyone starts their journey to Wrestlemania anew, so- Hold on, Steph, let’s take a look back the previous year. Shane has his highlights ready. Grabbing “that giant Muppet”, Papa Miz, then putting Miz in a triangle hold to choke him out in front of Papa Miz. But back to what Stephanie was going to say, the very first Shake-Up is… THE MIZ!! Shane panics, but where is he coming from? BEHIND! The Miz gets revenge with a rain of fists! And he chases Shane out of the ring! Shane hits back and tackles Miz into a post!

Shane kicks Miz to a barrier and throws hands! He clotheslines Miz over the barriers, but Miz comes back with a CHAIR SHOT! Miz SMACKS Shane more! Shane runs away but Miz, blood streaming down his face, stands tall. Will the grudge match sequel truly be a blockbuster?


8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS ???

This 4v4 match confirms who is solid red for Raw! The King of Flight and Dutch Destroyer join forces with the Raw Tag Team Champions, but who will stand against them?

Raw returns, and we see The Revival make their entrance. But then, the WAR RAIDERS appear! The NXT Tag Team Champions have been called up?! And they’re renamed as the Viking Experience! Ebar and Erik join Dash & Dawson in the ring, and this tag war begins!

The teams sort out, and we begin with Hawkins and Dawson. Dawson and Hawkins circle then tie up. Dawson headlocks but Hawkins powers out, only to be run over. Things speed up and Hawkins gets hip tossed. He pushes Dawson away to arm-drag Dawson down. Hawkins has the armlock but Dawson moves around. Hawkins still tags Ryder, and the Major Bros combine Russian Leg Sweep and STO. Cover, ONE, but Ryder wrenches Dawson. Tag to Ricochet and Ricochet kicks the arm. Ricochet wrenches and yanks Dawson’s arm then tags in Aleister. Aleister hits the arm and wrenches to a standing lock. Dawson pulls hair to bring Aleister over. Tag to Dash but Aleister gets away to throw Dash! He throws Dawson, too, but Dash forearms him down.

Dash drags Aleister up and CHOPS him to the corner. Dash CHOPS again, then tags Warbeard Ebar. Ebar clubs and stomps Aleister down then tags Dawson. Dawson swaggers about and goes after Aleister’s nose! Dawson lets up but then drags Aleister up by his hair. Tag to Dash and the Revival mug Aleister. But Aleister powers Dash to his corner and rags Ricochet. They double whip, kitchen sink and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Dash and brings him back for Aleister to tag. They mug Dash but Dash knees back. Dash headbutts Aleister to the ropes then throws uppercuts. Aleister hits back but Dash tags in Ebar. Ebar tags Erik and the vikings double whip. Aleister dodges to DOUBLE Quebradea, but is caught! Ricochet missile dropkicks them down!

The Revival run in but the champs get them. Aleister and Ricochet boot The Revival, then we get quadruple whips and double back drops! Ryder, Hawkins, Aleister and Ricochet control the ring while we go to break!

Raw returns and Hawkins fights out of Erik’s cravat, but Erik powers him to the corner. Ebar tags in and the Vikings work together for knees to Hawkins! Cover, TWO! Hawkins lives but Ebar grinds his forearm into Hawkins’ face. Ebar tags Erik and scoop slams Hawkins. Erik scoop slams Ebar for the human weapon senton! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps his eyes on Hawkins as he puts on a modified armlock. Hawkins endures as fans rally up. He fights his way up then hits The Revival and Ebar, only to be blasted by Erik! Tag to Ebar, and Ebar drags Hawkins up for a big shoulder! Ebar tags Dash and Dash kicks Hawkins in the head. Dash stomps Hawkins out then tags Dawson. The Revival combine for human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO!

Dawson keeps on Hawkins with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans continue to rally and Hawkins fights his way back up. Hawkins arm-drags out but Dash tags in. The Revival clobber Hawkins then cover, TWO! Dash keeps on Hawkins with a chinbar but Hawkins powers up again. Dash throws in elbows to keep Hawkins down but fans keep cheering. Hawkins gets up and reaches, but Dash brings him around, so Hawkins uses that momentum to throw Dash into buckles! Tag to Dawson and he intercepts Hawkins. Hawkins still dodges to tag in Ryder! The Broski rallies and bumps Dawson off buckles. He whips corner to corner but Dawson reverses. Ryder goes up to knee Dawson away, then he dropkicks Dash down! Ryder runs at Dawson for a flapjack!

Fans fire up as Ryder hits Dawson with forearms in the corner. Ryder goes side to side, and the Vikings are intercepted by Aleister and Ricochet! Ryder wrecks the Revival with a double dropkick! He drags Dawson up and in, but has to fight Dash off first. Tag to Erik and Ryder punches Dawson. Ryder boots Erik and hops up, Rough Ryder leg drop! Cover, but Dash barrels in! Aleister knees Dash! Dawson knees Aleister! Ricochet leaps at Dawson but is caught, only to body scissor Dawson out! Aleister hits Meteroa on Dash! Ricochet moonsaults on Dash! Hawkins swings but Ebar cartwheel clotheslines Hawkins down! The Vikings loom over Hawkins and drag him up. They toss Hawkins out onto Aleister and Ricochet!

Ryder returns but gets Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ebar and the Vikings drag Hawkins up. FALLOUT! Cover, The Vikings and Revival win!

Winners: The Viking Experience & The Revival, Ebar pinning

An impressive debut for these massive war machines! Will this lead to an even bigger title match? Will this lead to a new era already?


Raw, get ready to enter the Age of Alexander!

The former Cruiserweight Champion and Soul of 205 Live is starting a new chapter next week thanks to the Shake-Up!


Finn Balor VS ???

The Extraordinary Man is ready for any challenge, but will he be ready for a superstar handpicked by The McMahon Family who is making his Raw debut tonight?

Raw returns, and Finn’s opponent is El Idolo! Andrade Almas, along with Zelina Vega, is in Montreal! And Vega introduces them both to the Monday Night Raw crowd. Vega knows who Finn Balor is. But for the past year on SmackDown, Andrade has showcased his own talents, and has done rather extraordinary things himself. For one, Andrade is multilingual. Here in Montreal, English is a second language. Fear not, for she and Andrade will address the WWE Universe in their native tongue. Andrade uses French to say “Merci!” But then he changes to Spanish to insult Finn. Fans troll him back with “What?! What?!” even as Andrade tops off his message. The bell rings and this first-time match-up begins!

Finn and Almas tie up and Finn gets a waistlock. Almas elbows out hard then stomps Finn down. Almas whips and knees Finn in a corner. Finn sits down and Vega says “SI! SI!” Almas goes corner to corner for CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO! Vega is annoyed already but Almas is confident as he stomps Finn. Almas drags Finn up and hammerlocks but Finn fights out. Finn throws hands but Almas clubs him. Almas tries to bomb lift but Finn back drops! Almas sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn gets to ropes while Almas gets up. Almas waistlocks but Finn elbows out. Almas fires off knees but Finn reverses the whip to dropkick Almas down! Vega is worried for Almas as Finn gets to his feet.

Finn aims at Almas from the corner but he runs into a scoop. Almas spins Finn but Finn DDT’s Almas! Almas rolls out but Finn wrecks him with a dropkick. Finn aims from the apron to Penalty Kick, but Vega is Almas’ shield! Finn stops and Almas trips him up! Fans boo the cheat while we go to break.

Raw returns and Almas stomps Finn to a corner. Almas backs off at 4 then stomps Finn more. He backs off again but runs, only to miss! Finn gets up while Almas gasps for air. Finn grits his teeth and throws strikes on Almas in the corner! He backs off at 4 to come back with a dropkick! Finn gets up, one knee bothering him. Almas gets to ropes but Finn runs over to CHOP him in the corner. Finn whips corner to corner but Almas reverses. The Intercontinental Champion goes up and over but that bad knee bothers him, Almas gets him with a kick! Almas hops up but Finn kicks, only to get caught and kicked again! Almas drags Finn in for the inverted tornado. But Finn lands on his feet to counter with an elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are slow to standing but Finn is up first. Vega coaches Almas up but Finn Slingblades him down! Finn grits his teeth to aim at Almas. Almas stands in one corner, and comes back with a handspring PELE! Cover, TWO!! Vega is furious while both men are down. Almas sits up first and drags Finn to a drop zone. Almas climbs up while fans rally. MOONSAULT! But Finn moves, and gets up knees for the second! Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! He aims at Almas but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs up from the other side and puts Finn in the Tree of Woe. Almas leaps but Finn gets clear. Finn gets up to kick Almas away! Finn climbs again and fans fire up, COUP DE GRACE misses! Boot feint to elbow! Hammerlock, cradle counter! TWO, but Finn clotheslines Almas out!

Finn gets that knee working but Vega is in his way again. He just FLIES over her! Direct hit on Almas! He puts Almas in but Vega gets away with a headscissor! Almas puts Finn in then drags him up, hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall

La Muneca pays dividends again as she helps El Idolo conquer the Extraordinary Man! But bigger than that, Almas just beat the Intercontinental Champion! Will Almas soon go from El Idolo to El Campeon?


Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter has come to Montreal, and he says his musical is so powerful that it summoned the Doctor of Thuganomics and The Deadman. Why are these legends interrupting his legend? What do they see in Elias that prompts them to ruin his performance? Elias vows he’ll be ready next time. It all boils down to a truth they don’t want to admit: WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Montreal seems to know that. The Bell Center is packed tonight, the energy is off the charts, and just think: the fans would feel this regularly if the Canadiens were good enough to make the NHL Playoffs. Montreal boos that, but Elias moves on. He has a special song for tonight, but he’s also getting flashbacks of Seattle. But Elias promises that if any superstar interrupts him, they will NEVER be able to show their face again!

Rey Mysterio appears! Well, he doesn’t need to show his face, he has his legendary lucha mask on! Elias rushes Rey but Rey dodges Elias. They go again and Rey fires off on Elias! Elias knees low and throws Rey to the apron. Rey lands on his feet to shoulder and kick Elias back. Rey springboards to a headscissors that throws Elias out. Elias gets up but gets kicked back out! Rey scares Elias off with a 619! The King of Lucha Libre comes to Raw, will he dial up a huge 2019?

Oh no! It’s LARS SULLIVAN! The Leviathan has been hunting legends, and he’s found one! Rey is ready and he dropkicks Lars first. Lars still gets in and Rey throws hands. Lars shoves Rey but misses in the corner. Rey kicks more and boots Lars from a corner. Rey springboards but into Lars’ monstrous grip! But Rey keeps fighting, gets free, and tilt-o-whirls, but into a scoop! He escapes and chop blocks, but Lars catches him for a FREAK ACCIDENT! The Leviathan warns Rey not to do that again, and then scoops Rey up for a gut wrench running powerbomb!! Lars leaves the lucha libre legend for dead, laughing at his own showing of power. Who else will become the prey of this new predator?


Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS ???

The GLORIOUS Duo are already in the ring when Raw returns, and speak on the Superstar Shake-Up. There’ve been a lot of changes already, but one thing that will not change: when these two are on their game, they can defeat any team in the WWE! Gable tells the fans to “SHOOSH!” They’re on their game tonight, and it doesn’t matter who doubts that, this is an open invitation to prove them wrong. “Who wants some, boys?” The team that answers: THE USOS! Jimmy & Jey change from SmackDown blue to Raw red and bring the Uso Penitentiary with them! Will they put Roode & Gable on #Lockdown?

The bell rings and Gable starts against Jimmy. Fans are fired up for the Usos as Gable circles with Jimmy. Jimmy grins as he and Gable tie up. Gable gets a waistlock then a takedown. He waistlocks again but Jimmy gets up. Gable throws Jimmy again, then turns him for a chicken wing. Jimmy resists and pushes Gable to a corner. Jimmy whips but Gable reverses. Gable follows Jimmy as he slides and blocks the kick, only to get the enziguri! Jimmy tags Jey and holds Gable while Jey mugs him. Jey whips but Gable reverses, so Jey uses that to hit Roode. Jey runs Gable over, too, then builds up speed. Roode trips Jey up and Gable kicks Jey out! Roode then runs Jey over with a clothesline!

Gable tags Roode and Roode fetches Jey. Roode rams Jey into barriers and Gable taunts him. Jimmy comes over but has to stay back as Roode puts Jey back in. Roode covers, TWO! Roode stomps Jey then rains down rights. Gable tags in and Gable rolls Jey into a chinlock. Fans rally for the Usos and Jey fights out. Gable clubs him back then whips him to the corner. Tag to Roode and they mug Jey more. Roode snapmares and rams his knee into Jey’s back. Roode wraps on a chinlock but Jey endures. Jey fights back but Roode knees low. Roode whips but Jey kicks, only for Roode to block. Roode spins Jey but gets the dragon whip kick! Both men are down, hot tags to Gable and Jimmy!

Jimmy rallies on Gable with clotheslines, mule kick to uppercut! Gable swings but misses, ends up in the Samoan Drop! Fans fire up as Jimmy aims at Gable corner to corner. Jimmy runs and hits the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps his cool but runs into a back elbow. Gable hops up and grabs Jimmy’s arm for a hanging armbar! He lets up at 4 and Roode tags ni. They combine for a blockbuster German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated and hits Jey for good measure. Tag to Gable and they coordinate again, but Jimmy denies the Glorious Combination. Gable dodges the Superkick to roll up, TWO! Gable waistlocks and rolls Jimmy but Jey tags in. Jey saves Jimmy from Chaos Theory, and then SUPERKICKS Gable!

Jimmy SUPERKICKS Roode out then the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Gable! Fans fire up as the Usos take a corner each! They climb up and hit the DOUBLE UCE! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning

Whether it’s SmackDown or Raw, the Uso Penitentiary stands tall! Jimmy & Jey had the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for a long time, is it only a matter of time before they have the Raw tag titles?


It’s time for A Moment of Bliss!

The Goddess struts onto her set and takes a seat. Her guest will be Montreal’s own Sami Zayn, after the break!

Raw returns and welcomes everyone to the Superstar Shake-Up edition of her show. With everything up in the air, she could end up on SmackDown. But if that’s the case, then she’ll give a proper farewell in French, and her guest is perfect for that. She gives an introduction to Sami Zayn! Montreal is excited to see Sami and sing along with his song as he joins Alexa on set. Sami is just as happy to dance along with his theme and the cheers of his fans. So much so, the theme hits again for an encore! He then takes a bow and rejoins Alexa on set. Alexa is impressed by this reception.

But wait, round three? Sami gets into it with the fans, but he knew this was just fish in a barrel. He gets the fans to react to a BIG French shout out! “Too easy.” Then he goes to a classic, “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Ole~, ole~!” Sami has to stop now, because he could do it all night but they have a show to do. Alexa notes Sami’s great return last week, and she speaks for everyone when she says it’s fantastic to have him back. Sami agrees as fans chant “OUI! OUI!” He’s been in town all week, and it’s great to see friends, family and his hometown neighborhood. Sami even got some bagels from St. Viateur. He absolutely loves Montreal. The city is great. The people are the problem. Montreal can’t believe Sami is saying this!

Yes, this city has world class cuisine and architecture, but the people? Ugh. The lowest point of his week is right now! Being here with all these people, it’s just so… Quebec. To be honest, Sami didn’t want to be here, or do Alexa’s show. It’s not personal. It’s just, this is all funny because nine months ago, Sami would’ve looked forward to this reaction. But now the cheers just make him sick. The fans cheer for Kevin Owens now. That’s even worse! Sami knows the truth: the fans just project their unaddressed issues onto the superstars, like Sami. Sami is no longer accepting it. It is disgusting and shameful! These aren’t fans! These are fantasy players!

Alexa knows Sami said fans over-critique him. Sami thinks the fans are the problem, but Alexa says it bluntly: Sami’s the problem. Sami says he was born here, but these are not his people. He doesn’t even live in Montreal, he’s in Orlando, Florida! Sami chose to leave Montreal before, and chooses to do it again now. Fans mockingly sing, “Hey, hey, hey! Good-bye~!” Sami doesn’t care, he says “See you in Hell” and storms out. All the tension between Sami and the fans aside, will Sami be staying on Raw? Or will he end up on SmackDown tomorrow night?


The IIconics VS Bayley & ???

Peyton Royce & Billie Kay came across a sulking Bayley earlier tonight and teased that with no Sasha Banks around, they’d hear her out. Bayley told them to keep Sasha’s name out of their mouths. She vowed to find a new partner and take them on in the ring, but who is it that joined the Huggable One? It’s NAOMI! Will she and Bayley make the IIconics #FeelTheGlow?

Bayley starts with Billie, and goes right at her with the bell! She fires off furious hands and brings Billie to her corner. She bumps and stomps Billie then tags Naomi. Naomi bumps Billie on other buckles then fires off forearms. Naomi backs off at 4 but gets a boot from Billie! Peyton tags in and she clubs and kicks Naomi around. Peyton bumps Naomi on buckles then stomps a mudhole into her. She drags Naomi up for forearms then wrenches to another forearm. She drives elbows in then puts on a thrashing chinlock. Naomi endures as fans rally. Naomi fights her way up and out but Peyton keeps her from Bayley. Peyton knees low then hits Bayley, but Naomi comes back with a jawbreaker! Billie tags in and she throws Naomi down by her hair.

The IIconics coordinate but Naoim disrupts their bulldog! Naoim ducks a kick to feed Peyton to Bayley2BellY! Split-leg moonsault! Naomi & Bayley win!

Winners: Naomi & Bayley, Naomi pinning

The Glow and Huggable silence the IIconics tonight, but will this new duo be the ones to challenge for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?


EC3 VS ???

The Top One Percent hasn’t gotten a lot to do since coming to the main roster, so he demands competition! The McMahons have obliged, but who have they set up against The Best Here, the Best There and The Best Anywhere?

Raw returns, and EC3’s mystery opponent is: BRAUN! Well, Strowman isn’t leaving Raw apparently, but EC3 will have wish he was. Will #VictoryAfterVictory come after EC3 #GetsTheseHands?

The second Strowman hits the ring, he runs EC3 over! Then Strowman throws EC3 across the ring! And then back the other way! The bell didn’t even ring as Strowman barrels in for a corner splash! Strowman throws EC3 out and chases him up the ramp to run him over again! The Monster Among Men drags EC3 to throw him into LED boards! EC3 crawls but Strowman is on him for uppercuts! Strowman throws EC3 around and brings him to the commentary area. Strowman CHOKE SLAMS EC3 through the stage!! The match ends before it begins, but has Strowman’s newest run of terror only just begun?

No Contest

But Becky Lynch appears! The Man sees the Monster Among Men and simply raises her SmackDown Women’s Championship. She passes by the wreckage to go to the ring for her first match back on Raw since becoming the Champ-Champ!


Another superstar moves from SmackDown to Raw!

SAnitY is now without its chaotic captain, Eric Young! What will the madman do now that he’s come to new territory?


Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!

The #StraightFire welcomes the challenge of being on both brands given she’s both brands’ champions. Will the Squad Leader get a second chance at challenging for the Raw Women’s Championship now that it’s not Ronda Rousey?

Raw returns as the Squad makes their entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up for Becky! Ruby and Becky tie up and Ruby throws a slapping haymaker. Becky comes back with a Thesz Press! Becky throws fast hands then yanks Ruby from the ropes. Ruby gets up but Becky knees her and puts her in a corner. Becky stops away but backs off at 4. Becky goes to bump Ruby but Ruby blocks. Ruby goes to bump Becky but Becky blocks. Becky hip tosses Ruby then calf kicks her down. Ruby rolls out to regroup with the Squad, but Becky wrecks Ruby with a dropkick! Becky aims from the apron for a leaping forearm! Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan glare at Becky as she puts Ruby in. Becky follows but has to swipe at Liv. Ruby gets Becky with an STO! Cover, ONE!

Ruby keeps on Becky with furious forearms and a throw by her hair. Becky gets to ropes but Ruby is on her with a choke. Ruby lets up at 4 then puts Becky in a corner. Ruby stomps a mudhole of her own while the Squads taunt Becky Two Belts. Becky fights back but Ruby snapmares her down to a cravat. Fans rally and Becky endures as Ruby thrashes her around. Becky fights her way up and throws body shots. Ruby shoves Becky and brings her in, but Becy jawbreakers back. Becky kicks and lariats as she rallies up. Becky knocks Ruby down with double forearms then throws Ruby with a Becksploder! Ruby gets to a corner and puts Becky on the apron. Becky hits back and climbs up, but Ruby trips her up. Ruby yanks Becky off then climbs up, stage dive cannonball! Cover, TWO!

Ruby climbs up again but Becky gets clear of the stomps. Becky drags Ruby in for the Disarm-Her! But the Squad saves Ruby! Fans boo but Becky leaps onto them all! Becky follows Ruby into the ring but Ruby gets her again. Becky counters and brings her down, Disarm-Her is on! Ruby taps, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

The Man fights the Squad as they rush the ring! She throws Sarah out with a Becksploder, then does the same to Liv! The Man holds up both her belts, but will she be able to hold her own going back and forth between the brands?


Backstage interview with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley.

Corbin’s Pack is back together, but he’s hoping Charly gets sent to SmackDown. Charly brings up the mystery man in the team they’ll be facing. Any speculation as to who that man will be? It doesn’t matter! McIntyre is only after Roman Reigns. Corbin knows Rollins and Roman are riding high, but Corbin retired Kurt Angle. Now his pack will run those boys off Raw. And after what Lashley did to Ambrose, the real question is: who is even dumb enough to team with those two? We do wonder who that man is, and we’ll have to wait for the main event.


Natalya heads to the ring!

The Queen of Harts sees Becky Two Belts is still in the ring, and must want to talk to her about one of those titles. We’ll see what she has to say after the break!

Raw returns and both Natty and Becky have mics. Natty congratulates Becky on her win here tonight, and her historic win at Wrestlemania 35. As a pioneer of the Women’s (R)Evolution, Natty dreamed of main-eventing Mania. Charlotte, Ronda and Becky turned dreams into reality, and Natty is proud of that. Becky is the first woman to pin Ronda! And the first woman to win both Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships in the same night. Becky talked about taking on all comers, so Natty is here to let her know that the Best There is, the Best There Was and the Best There Ever Will Be is coming for that Raw Women’s Championship.

Becky respects that, and notes how she spent years in the trenches with other underappreciated talents. And she knew that the second she won, those other underappreciated talents would hunt her down, just like Becky hunted down “that little weirdo, Ronnie.” But that’s the nature of the business. To take over the world, you gotta take those at the top. Becky and Natty go way back and have fought anyone anywhere, and look at them now! Fans tell both women, “You Deserve It!” Becky thanks them, but admits Natty was there at the ground floor. It would be a pleasure to- Lacey Evans interrupts! “This dope again…”

The Sassy Southern Belle struts her stuff out again, and actually speaks! “Well isn’t this just adorable.” Lacey admires Natty’s determination, but that title can’t possibly be around the waist of a “classless has-been” like her. Stop all this nonsense about a title match, because a lady knows how to curry favor and use her influence exactly what she wants. And now that Lacey is officially Raw, what she wants is her shot at the championship! And per the McMahons, Natty’s match will be against Lacey. That winner will be the #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship. Natty, stand by for an education from the Woman’s Right. And Becky, you pay attention, too. A Lady can teach a Man a thing or two. Lacey struts her way to the ring, her in-ring debut is huge! Who wins to move on to a title match?!

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Natalya VS Lacey Evans!

The bell rings and Natty steps to Lacey. Natty waistlocks but Lacey works her way out with elbows. Lacey whips Natty to a corner but Natty dodges to give her a rebound sit-down! Natty walks all over Lacey to dropkick her down! Then discus clotheslines her back down! Natty tosses Lacey out hard and has control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Lacey drags Natty up by her hair. Lacey scowls as she slaps Natty around, but Natty trips her up! Natty wants the Sharpshooter but Lacey powers out. Lacey bails out but Natty wrecks her with a dropkick! Natty drags Lacey up for a SLAP of her own! Natty puts Lacey back in and powers her to a corner for furious hands! The ref backs hr off but Lacey uses that to throw Natty into buckles. Lacey stomps a classy mudhole into Natty then bangs her head against the buckles. Lacey lets up at 4 while Becky watches backstage. The Southern Belle yanks Natty out hard and puts on a cobra clutch.

Fans rally for Natty as she endures. Lacey digs her chin in as she leans on Natty. Natty powers up but Lacey wrings her out for a takedown. Lacey drops knees on the arm then drags Natty up by her hair. Lacey goes to suplex but Natty cradle counters! TWO, and Lacey drives elbows into Natty. Lacey puts the cobra clutch back on and thrashes about but Natty endures. Fans rally again as Lacey headstands to put all her weight on Natty’s neck. Natty stands and arm-drags Lacey out! Lacey runs into an elbow then a kick. Natty spins to discus lariat Lacey again! She wants the legs, and says “This B*tch!” is getting a Sharpshooter!

Montreal cheers for their favorite hold, and Natty keeps Lacey from the ropes! Lacey endures as Natty puts it on deep, and she gets a ropebreak! Natty lets go but fires hands as Lacey gets out of the ring. Natty chase Lacey and rams her into barriers. She SLAPS Lacey, then puts her back in the ring. Natty stalks Lacey but the Woman’s Right comes outta nowhere! Lacey turns Natty over and climbs up top for a double jump Moonsault! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall; new #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship

Lacey uses both her Woman’s Right and Lady’s Moonsault to become Becky’s first challenger! Will The Man really learn not to mess with a lady?


Backstage interview with Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins.

The Big Dog and the Universal Freakin’ Champion know what Corbin’s pack is planning. Will their third man be able to help? Everyone wants to know how that third man is, huh? Roman says we’ll just have to wait for the main event. Even though that door does open… But Rollins knows Corbin’s right: this is the honeymoon phase because both men are victorious after Wrestlemania. Life’s good for them, but for the Pack, life won’t be so good. The way this Shake-Up is shaping up, this could be everyone’s last night on Raw. And if so, they’ll tear the house down on the way out. That main event is next!


A creepy dollhouse…

A rocking chair rocking itself while trampling a stuffed animal… And a rocking chair with a laughing puppet…? Who or what is making its way to the WWE?


Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & ??? VS Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!

The Scottish Terminator and Rocky Mountain Machine again join [insert city here]’s Favorite Son to fight The Architect and The Big Dog. But with the Lunatic Fringe out of action and on his way out of the WWE altogether, who is joining the fight tonight?

Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance with the lengthy list of his accomplishments, followed by Lashley & Lio making their entrance. Then Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins make their entrances, followed by the mystery partner… The Phenomenal, AJ STYLES! SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built, but now Styles’ home is Raw! Will this truly phenomenal addition to the team be what’s needed to silence Corbin and his pack?

Raw returns again and Lashley starts against Rollins. Lashley powers Rollins to a corner and rams his shoulders in. He backs off at 4 but throws hands now. Lashley runs corner to corner but Rollins kicks back. Rollins tags Roman and the Shield Bros whip Lashley for shoulders. They also split the wishbone! Roman uppercuts Lashley to a corner then headbutts him. Styles tags in and The Shield holds Lashley for Styles to throw hands. Lashley powers out and puts Styles in the Pack’s corner! Tag to Corbni but Styles gets away. Corbin and Styles circle and Styles throws chops and haymakers. Styles whips but Corbin blocks to uppercut. Corbin runs but Styles hurdles to speed things up, Styles dropkicks Corbin down! Styles fires up but Corbin tags out to McIntyre.

McIntyre tells Styles to tag out to Roman! Roman tags in and we have a Wrestlemania rematch. McIntyre talks trash but Roman throws hands! McIntyre kicks low then runs but into another uppercut! Roman gives close range clotheslines in the corner all the way to 10. Roman runs but into a belly2belly suplex! McIntyre gives Roman a Glasgow Kiss then covers, TWO! Roman almost didn’t, but McIntyre puts him in the corner, only to deadlift suplex him back out! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with a rain of rights, making sure Roman sees the big one to top it off. Fans boo while McIntyre looms over Roman. McIntyre drags Roman up and tosses him out. Tag to Corbin and Corbin rams Roman into barriers! Corbin throws Roman into other barriers while his Pack taunts the Big Dog.

Corbin puts Roman back in the ring, then stays between Roman and the others. Fans taunt Corbin, and Roman headbutts! Roman throws hands but Corbin shoves him for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roman escapes and Corbin is furious while we take one last break!

Raw returns once more, and Corbin tags in only to get uppercuts! Hot tag to Rollins! Rollins springboard clotheslines Corbin! Then he hits Lashley down! He boots Corbin then jumps over to build up speed for a Slingblade! Then he slingshots onto McIntyre! Rollins keeps moving but Corbin grabs him! Corbin lifts for the Choke Slam but Rollins sunset flips through! TWO, mule kick! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps to “Burn It Down!” Rollins kicks Corbin again but Corbin bails out. So Rollins builds speed, only to run into a right hand! Corbin gives Rollins an atomic slam! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious with the ref but two is two. Corbin drags Rollins up to throw big rights. He hoists Rollins onto the top rope and throws more hands, then climbs up to join him.

Fans rally for Rollins and Rollins fights back! Corbin staggers away and Rollins kicks him. Rollins leaps for a blockbuster! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Lashley and Styles! Styles bobs ‘n’ weaves with Lashley to then hit the Phenomenal Blitz! He hits McIntyre for good measure before giving Lashley a corner clothesline! Styles lifts Lashley but Lasjley powers out. Lashley runs into a boot and Styles leaps, only to be pushed off. Styles dodges to PELE Lashley down! Corbin returns, he gets a PELE! Lashley stands, Styles kicks low and wants the Clash. But a CLAYMORE stops that! Roman runs in but McIntyre throws him overhead! McIntyre pursues Roman, but a SUPERKICK stops him! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre into the crowd!

Rollins goes after Corbin but Corbin slides out, only to get a Drive-By Dropkick from Roman! And a DIVE from Rollins! The Shield takes care of Corbin and Styles forearms Lashley. Lio anchors Styles’ foot, but he fights him off. Lashley catches Styles, Dominator toss! Cover, CURB STOMP!! Roman aims and lets out the battle cry, to SPEAR Lashley! Styles takes aim, springboards at Lashley, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles and team win!

Winners: Styles, Reigns & Rollins, AJ Styles pinning

A phenomenal return to Raw and Styles stands tall alongside The Big Dog and the Beastslayer! Will Styles only have bigger and better things now that he’s on the red roster? Will either Roman or Rollins end up on SmackDown tomorrow night?



My Thoughts:

There was a lot to worry about for this 2019 Superstar Shake-Up, but for the most part, this first night of it was actually alright. There was really only one massive and confounding mistake tonight: Vince McMahon not only called up Ray Rowe & Hanson while they were still NXT Tag Team Champions, he changed their team name AND their individual names!! The War Raiders are now the Viking Experience, Erik & Ebar?! Or Ibar or whatever Vince made it! Is Vince genuinely losing his mind?! Why would he change so much about their names?! The 8 Man Tag they were in was still great, and for the time being it’s great to know Aleister and Ricochet are sticking together. But what is going on with Vince that he thinks those name changes were good?! What possible reason could that geezer have when there was literally nothing wrong with their previous names?!

But again, the rest of tonight actually worked out. The Miz returns to Raw to beat up Shane, but also I would think to keep the USA Network Miz & Mrs plug since SmackDown will be leaving for Fox in the Fall. Almas and Vega come to Raw so that Vega can still be with husband Aleister, and Almas had a great match with Finn. Rey Mysterio comes over to silence Elias but then to get squashed by Lars Sullivan. Lars is looking like the new legend killer since Orton hasn’t done that in years, but Rey being on Raw also means he and Almas can continue their feud even with Almas possibly challenging for the Intercontinental Championship. The Usos come over to start fresh, which is great because Raw needed some extra seriousness. They did great against Roode & Gable, who might be on their way to SmackDown.

With the Usos, Naomi naturally comes over. Naomi and Bayley have a good match with the IIconics and win, and this does bring up the questions about Sasha Banks’ status with the WWE. I don’t see Sasha actually leaving, and this idea of Bayley teaming with someone else could just be a new angle in the story. Eric Young being moved over without a word is an example of how there will certainly be supplementary Shake-Ups that everyone will learn about through WWE’s social media and official site. SAnitY being without Eric is going to be interesting, but maybe that opens things up for Dain and Nikki Cross to interact more on screen since they’re another married couple. This might leave Wolfe out in the cold or just as a third wheel.

Superstars who might wish they’re moved to SmackDown should include The Riott Squad. They haven’t gotten to do much of anything for a long time on Raw. Ruby losing to Becky was natural, but still a shame given everything before this point. But it’s great to see the WWE is doing one thing right: they’re going to set Becky up to have opponents from both shows. Lacey VS Natty was specifically for the Raw Women’s Championship, meaning there can be a separate challenger for the SmackDown title. Lacey wins big in her first singles match on Raw, and I’m sure she’ll give Becky a good match, but we all know she won’t win the title here. If Becky’s dropping either of those belts, it’ll likely be the SmackDown belt and to someone like Asuka or Charlotte.

EC3 should want to either go to SmackDown, or back in time to before Vince called him up. I’m sure there was so much planned for him down in NXT under HHH, but Vince had to get his beef on with the Top One Percent. Of course, Vince hasn’t properly used EC3 since doing all that, so maybe he just wants to chuckle to himself about burying a star from TNA Impact. Either way, EC3 being destroyed by Strowman was great for Strowman, but EC3 should want his fresh start on SmackDown and Fox. But then a big surprise that basically wasn’t a surprise was AJ Styles coming to Raw! The Six Man Tag was great, obviously Styles scores the fall as the new guy, and this could mean a few things.

First, everyone imagines Roman going to SmackDown to fill Styles’ spot, that’s almost a given. Second, and a more personal desire, The Club reunites in full on Raw! I don’t see Finn going over to SmackDown because we didn’t see the United States Champion Samoa Joe coming over to Raw. Then all it would take is a supplemental Shake-Up to say The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, are on Raw. After that it’s just having The Good Brothers get another push back to tag titles while Styles VS Rollins becomes the Universal Championship program. With a little bit of time, we could be seeing a GOLDEN Club around Summerslam time!

My Score: 8/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/9/23)

Britt Baker’s on a Rampage!



A Fatal 4 Way determines Toni Storm’s next challenger!

Britt Baker wants after AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm, but so do Skye Blue, Mercedes Martinez and Nyla Rose! Who defies the odds and earns that title match?


  • Six Man Tag: The Lucha Brothers & Bandido VS Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey; win.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QTV VS Caleb Crush; Hobbs wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS Spanish Announce Project; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Britt Baker VS Skye Blue VS Mercedes Martinez VS Nyla Rose; Skye wins and will challenge Toni Storm for the title on Dynamite.


Six Man Tag: The Lucha Brothers & Bandido VS Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey!

Penta El Zero Miedo, Rey Fenix & The Most Wanted have been sticking together as lucha amigos, ready to take over the Trios Division the way Penta & Fenix have the ROH Tag Division. But will they beat the former Firm? Or will Matt Hardy’s “Better Man” training already help Ethan here tonight?

The trios sort out, fans rally for “LUCHA LIBRE!” as Fenix starts against All Ego. Ethan talks some trash, Fenix gives it back, and Ethan kicks low. Ethan whips, things speed up, and Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up, Fenix runs in but Ethan dodges to RANA back! Fans fire up and Ethan kicks Fenix to then suplex. Ethan holds Fenix up, but Fenix cradle counters! TWO, and Fenix DROPKICKS Ethan! Ethan goes to his corner and wants a timeout! Tag to Moriarty, so Fenix tags in Bandido. Fans rally as Bandido circles with #TAIGASTYLE. Lee does his dance to taunt Bandido, but the fans are on Bandido’s side.

Lee throws a CHOP! Bandido throws it back! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally, Bandido SOBATS, then things speed up. Bandido handsprings, avoids the sweep, and then spins Lee around. Lee whips, Bandido BOOTS him back! Bandido goes up to TORNILLO CROSSBODY! Things keep moving, Bandido tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Lee backs off now and needs a timeout! Bandido aims his finger guns, then tags in Penta! Fans cheer, and Lee tags in Big Bill. Fans rally up as Penta steps to Bill. Fans chant “SI SE PUEDES!” Penta says, “Listen! CERO! MIE-” UH OH! Bill grabs Penta by the neck!

Penta breaks free, dodges the lariat to waistlock, but Bill throws big elbows. Bill runs, but into a SUPERKICK! “CERO! MIEDO!” But Bill grabs Penta again! Penta KICKS the legs, again and gain, then fires forearms! Penta runs, springboards, but into Bill’s hands! But Bandido & Fenix get in, DOUBLE SUPERKICK! They BLAST Lee & Ethan while Penta SOBATS Bill! Penta reels Bill in, but Bill powers out of the piledriver! Ethan & Lee YANK Fenix & Bandido off the apron, but Penta dumps Bill up and out! Fans fire up and Penta feeds off that energy. Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” and runs, DIVES, but into a haymaker!

Bill raises his fist to soak up the heat, Ethan BOOTS Fenix and DECKS Bandido! Bill RAMS Penta into railing, then ROCKS him with a right! Lee brawls with Fenix on the ramp, CHOP for CHOP! Bill RAMS Penta into the apron! Lee has Fenix down on the ramp to stomp a leg. Lee leaves Fenix behind, Bill puts Penta in the ring, and Ethan talks trash with fans. Okay, that Better Man training isn’t sinking in… Bill ROCKS Penta, then ROCKS him again! Bill puts Penta in the corner to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Bill lets off at 4, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Bill soaks up more heat, even taunts the fans with some rope-a-dope, and then he stomps Penta in the corner. The ref counts again, Bill lets off, but Penta gest right up. So Bill SLAPS him back down! Bill stands on Penta’s head at the ropes, but the ref counts. Bill steps away, sits Penta up, and DECKS him! Bill stands on Penta again! The ref counts, Bill steps away, and he keeps between Penta and his corner. Billy throws down more hands and Penta flops back over. The ref checks Penta but he’s okay to continue, so Bill ROCKS him again! Penta leans on ropes, goes to a corner, and Bill runs in, only to get buckles!

Penta hurries for his corner but Lee CLOBBERS him first! Lee & Ethan double whip Penta to ropes, Rampage returns to single picture, and Penta KICKS Lee away! Penta dodges Ethan to SUPERKICK! Penta dodges Bill to hot tag Bandido! Bandido fires off on Bill, runs, but Bill pops him up for a FLAPJACK! Bill BOOTS Bandido in the corner, then ROCKS him with a right! Bill brings Bandido up to whip corner to corner. Fans rally for Bandido but Bill storms up to bring him over. Bill bumps Bandido off Ethan’s boot, then tags in Lee. Lee tags in Ethan, and Lee BLASTS Penta! Ethan BLASTS Fenix, and fans boo!

Lee runs at Bandido to DOUBLE KNEE, and then he feeds Bandido to Bill’s BOOT! Ethan gets Bandido’s arms, ripcord to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and fans rally up. Ethan drags Bandido up, Canadian Rack, but Bandido slips free! ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Fenix! Bill rushes in but only gets buckles! Fenix dodges Ethan to RANA Lee! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Fenix Tiger Feints! Ethan ducks the heel kick but the SUPERKICK sends him out! Fenix builds speed, but Bill catches him! Penta SUPERKICKS Bill! Fenix SUPERKICKS Bill! Tag to Penta, the Lucha Brothers kick the legs out and then UNO! DOS! TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Fans fire up, Bandido builds speed and gets a boost, SUPER TORNILLO takes out Bill & Lee!! Fans are thunderous as Penta gives Ethan MADE IN MEXICO! Cover, TWO!??! Ethan survives, but Penta tags in Fenix. Penta brings Ethan up, but Ethan wrenches out, only for Penta to duck the lariat! Penta SUPERKICKS! Fenix TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICKS! Bill returns, Penta dodges, Fenix SUPERKICKS! Penta SUPERKICKS! Bandido goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill flops out of the ring, Lee ROLLING ELBOWS Bandido! Penta whips, Lee reverses, but Fenix SOMERSAULT CUTTERS!

Fans fire up as Bandido tags back in. Fenix goes up, Penta has Lee on the apron! “CERO! MIEDO!” APRON FEAR FACTOR!! Bandido aims at Ethan from up top, MOONSAULT gets boots! Ethan runs to LARIAT Bandido! Ethan brings Bandido up and reels him in, but The Hardy Party appears on stage! Matt has the mic to tell Ethan that he knows this match was signed before Ethan’s contract belonged to Matt, but being a man of integrity, Matt honored all those dates. However, as a man of integrity, Matt is disappointed in Ethan. Jeff says he even gave Ethan two good luck gifts, and he refused to extend them! Ethan, extend them!

Ethan doesn’t wanna! But he has to! He’s under contract! Ethan sighs, and he pulls up his armbands, to reveal they’re Jeff Hardy style sleeves! Ethan hopes they’re happy! They are, as Bandido hits the 21 PLEX!! Cover, Bandido & The Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers & Bandido, by pinfall

Mattt shrugs. He didn’t want Ethan to lose, but will this help Ethan learn how to be a better man?


It’s an all new edition of QTV.

QT Marshall reminds everyone that we’re just one week away from the premiere of AEW Collision! Collision is a Saturday night show, QT is thinking QTV needs to get edgier. Give him some edgy! Harley Cameron is pretty sure she has something that can compete, right? She’s talking about her- Yes, okay! We get it! But QT asked for edgy, not 1997… Aaron Solo says they should buy the fans ice cream. No, that’s been done. Oh, oh! What if they spilled JR’s coffee? No, already been done. Oh…

WAIT! Aaron’s got it! You make an announcement… that they have an announcement! No, no, no, that’s lame. Announcing an announcement is an announcement. No, it’s not. Yes, it is. Aaron and Harley argue back and forth and QT tells them to stop! They can just have “the champ” go out there tonight to give everyone a live preview of what Collision is going to be about. Good, great, it’s solved, fantastic. Then will the Book of Hobbs give us a prologue fitting of the Powerhouse?


“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QTV VS Caleb Crush!

Rampage returns as Hobbs makes his entrance, with QT, Aaron & Harley following behind. The bell rings, Hobbs runs in but Crush gets around to a waistlock. But Hobbs elbows out hard, and then CLOBBERS Crush! Hobbs then drags Crush up, suplexes, and hangs him out to dry, with some stank! “Just like the Miami Heat!” Hobbs bringing up the NBA Playoffs as he BOOTS Crush down! Hobbs paces around Crush, soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then drags Crush back up. But Crush ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as Crush runs, but then gets CLOBBERED again! Hobbs whips, and he SPINEBUSTERS Crush! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

Hobbs shakes his head. He crushed Crush easily, but will it be this easy once AEW Collision begins?


Backstage interview with Wardlow & Arn Anderson.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW TNT Champion and his coach, and she asks for an update on Arn’s son, Brock. We all saw what happened to him at the hands of Luchasaurus. Arn says Brock will be fine, he is a tough kid. A tough man, even, and Arn is finding he’s saying that more and more often. But Arn tells Christian and “the giant lizard” that they decided to send a message. Something about Father’s Day, too? Well right now, at this point in Arn’s life, that is way beyond okay. That is way beyond being alright. Arn knows Renee is married to a savage in Jon Moxley, so she knows better than anyone that this is a tough business.

Arn tells Christian that he made a mistake. He should’ve finished it. What goes around comes around. But first, Arn knows that Wardlow wants his title to be an Open Challenge type. Wardlow says the disrespect has been unreal. Disrespecting Wardlow comes at a cost. Disrespecting the legendary Arn Anderson comes at a cost. Few men have paid. Samoa Joe: put him to sleep, Wardlow hasn’t seen him since. Hobbs: he found out who the real powerhouse in AEW is. Luchasaurus and Christian… Well, Wardlow beat Christian at his own game. Knocked on his front door, kicked it down, drug him out to the yard and whooped his ass.

Clearly, Christian & Luchasaurus think they owe some more. They’re gonna pay. But yes, before that, Wardlow defends his TNT Championship against a man he is familiar with. Jake Hager has been hit one too many times because he’s forgotten what happened last time they were in the ring together. Wardlow will beat Hager one more time, and then Christian & Luchasaurus, your days are done. Will the Maestro of Mayhem hand out powerbombs to everyone that steps to him?


Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS Spanish Announce Project!

Double or Nothing didn’t go their way, but Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass aren’t deterred! They’re more determined now than before to get those AEW World Trios Championships so Billy can have one more reign under his belt! But will they earn their way back to another Open House? Or will Angelico, Serpentico & Luther steal their thunder?

But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed out loud! Yeah, you know we ’bout to smoke this. It’s about to be a layup, it’s like I’m Djokic! ‘Ey yo, Serpentico is 5’1″, and you can’t beat us now cuz it’s Pride Month! Luther’s lookin’ like a ogre. In fact, Angelico is like Lauren Boebert on crack! S A P, I know what the meaning is. SAP stands for Small Ass Pen*ses!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “COLORADO SPRIIINGS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does~! But will these scissor fingers cut down SAP? Or will SAP stand for Stopped Acclaimed’s Progress?

The trios sort out, Bowens starts against Angelico, and the fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens and Angelico circle, and Bowens offers scissor fingers? Fans cheer that, and Angelico says sure, but then Bowens leaves Angelico hanging! Bowens says he’s just playing, he’ll scissor for real. Angelico says okay, but then Bowens leaves him hanging again! Angelico is getting annoyed, but Bowens says he really means it this time. Fans cheer for it, Angelico approaches, but then Angelico JABS Bowens! Angelico wasn’t gonna let Bowens fool him again! Angelico then taunts The Acclaimed with his string trick. Billy says “SUCK IT!”

Fans cheer, Angelico whips, but Bowens reverses. Angelico ducks ‘n’ dodges, Bowens drops and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Bowens and he brings Angelico up. Angelico gets away to his corner, tag to Serpentico. But Bowens kicks Serpentico, brings him over, and tags in Caster. They whip Serpentico to the corner, Caster elbows him, then Bowens forearm smashes! Feed to Caster’s Atomic Drop, then a Manhattan Drop! And then “SUCK IT!” But Serpentico throws hands! Serpentico whips, Caster reverses, Serpentico tumbles out but Luther runs in! Luther fires hands, Billy gets in to toss Luther!

Fans fire up as Caster scoops and SLAMS Angelico, and then Bowens goes up. Caster holds the legs open, to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up, and The Acclaimed- NO, Serpentico gets in the way of the group scissor fingers! Fans boo as he slaps the hands, then shoves them all. Billy doesn’t even budge! Serpentico puts up his scissor fingers? Billy brings them down, around, and then DECKS Serpentico! Fans fire up, but Luther tags in! Luther stops the scissor party again! Billy stomps, ROCKS and repeat! Daddy Ass stomps a mudhole as Rampage goes picture in picture.

The ref counts, Billy lets off, and he brings Luther around to tag in Caster. They mug Luther, then Caster whips Luther to ropes. Luther reverses and he BOOTS Caster down! Luther brings Caster up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Luther tags Angelico in, they mug Caster, and Angelico fires off hands! Angelico JABS, ROCKS, and DECKS Caster! Angelico tags Serpentico, Serpentico drops an elbow! Serpentico stomps Caster’s hand, then has him on the ropes for body shots. Serpentico has Caster in a corner, stomps away on him, but the ref counts. Serpentico lets off, mocks the scissor fingers, then ROCKS Caster!

Serpentico brings Caster over, tags Angelico back in, and they mug Caster some more. Angelico taunts Billy, but Caster fires off haymakers on everyone! But Angelico kicks low! Angelico mocks Caster, kicks him out of the ring, and then tags Serpentico back in. Luther goes after Caster on the outside while the ref is arguing with Angelico and Serpentico! Luther runs up, but Caster sends him into the post! Caster hurries into the ring as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns again as Serpentico has Caster down. Caster kicks Serpentico away, hot tags to Luther and Billy! Fans fire up as Billy rallies on SAP! Big haymakers for everyone, then he scoops Serpentico, BOOTS Angelico, and FALL AWAY SLAMS Serpentico into Luther! Fans fire up, Billy says “SUCK IT!” but Angelico EDDY GORDO KICKS! Billy falls, Luther covers, Bowens breaks it! Angelico gets Bowens up but Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Angelico falls out of the ring, Bowens tags in! Bowens gets Serpentico up, torture rack, Caster runs in, DROPKICK RACK BOMB COMBO!

Luther is back, but he runs into the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up, for the MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

Another big win for this trio, and they finally get to SCISSOR PARTY~! But will they be ready for another round with the House of Black?


Renee Paquette introduces Team Triple J.

Jeff Jarrett, Karen Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh join Renee on stage as fans boo. Renee says there has been a lot of drama going on with this group. From fines to suspensions to catfights, she isn’t sure what to ask. Just what is going on? Sonjay starts to answer but Karen interrupts. SHE will tell us what’s really going on! She heard that AEW’s “dramatic diva” is in the building. And she started something that Karen will finish right now! Aubrey Edwards, get your butt out here cuz Karen will make you regret EVER putting hands on THE Karen Jarrett!

Well, here comes Aubrey AND MARK BRISCOE! Fans cheer and Jeff has to keep his wife back from Aubrey. Mark gives Aubrey the mic and Aubrey says, “Look, Karen. Despite my best efforts, AEW will not sanction a match between you and I, out of respect for the men and women in the back, because I am a referee, and you sure as hell aren’t a wrestler. But I am gonna tell you what is gonna happen. Because if I see you in catering, or I run into you at the hotel after the show, or if I catch you interfering with one of your husband’s matches, I’m gonna kick your ass!” Fans like the sound of that!

Jeff backs Karen off but Karen is all fired up. Fans chant for “AUBREY! AUBREY!” but Mark wants everyone to just simmer down. Now, Aubrey, he forgot to mention this, but he had a conversation with some “important men in high places.” She is right, they will not sanction a 1v1 match of Aubrey Edwards VS Karen Jarrett. That is the bad news. The good news is, they will sanction a Mixed Tag Team Match! Fans fire up as Mark gets more specific. It will be a Mixed TRIOS Match! Sonjay says he’ll handle this! Mark wants a Trios match? Fine! He’ll do it! Well, no, Lethal will do it! He and Jeff and Karen, and Sonjay can do simple math cuz he’s not from Sandy Fork.

Mark is one, Aubrey is two, but where’s the third person? Oh, don’t you take Mark for a fool, Sonjay! If you think Mark isn’t already two steps ahead of you at any given moment, you are sadly mistaken! There was one man who told Mark not to trust these clowns in the first place. Nobody fights like family, blood is thicker than water. So their third is the big man, Mark’s dad, PAPA BRISCOE!! Fans fire up as the match is set! Will #DemBoyz and Aubrey finally humble the Jarretts?


Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

And tonight, we see Nyla Rose, Britt Baker, Mercedes Martinez and Skye Blue face off in a four way to determine who will be #1 contender. Chicago Skye says she’s gonna make the most of this opportunity, and she will go win this match, and then face Toni Storm for THE AEW Women’s World Championship. But Mercedes says, “Do you think that you can forget about the most badass female here in AEW? No, no, no. This four way is for something that I need! Come Washington DC, Toni Storm, your ass is mine!”

The Native Beast knows the winner here gets a shot at Storm and the women’s title, in HER hometown! If you think that for one second, it’s not gonna be Nyla, you are sadly mistaken. But The Doctor says, “Apologies ahead of time to the three ladies in this match. But if there’s anyone in this women’s division that deserves a title shot, it’s yours truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.” Well, looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event! Who overcomes the odds to head right into the Storm?

AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Britt Baker w/ Hikaru Shida VS Skye Blue VS Mercedes Martinez VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!

The bell rings and the four all approach center. They feel out grapples, but then Nyla kicks Skye low and Mercedes throws Britt out of the ring! Mercedes goes after Britt outside, Nyla stomps away on Skye in a corner. Nyla brings Skye up, bumps her off buckles, and Mercedes gest in as Nyla stomps Skye. Nyla whips Skye, Skye holds ropes to elbow back! Skye BOOTS Mercedes, then DUMPS Nyla out! Skye dodges Mercedes, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Fans fire up as Skye runs, but Britt kicks her low! Britt reels Skye in, but Skye wrenches out of the fisherman. Britt ducks the roundhouse to waistlock.

Britt spins Skye but Skye ducks the lariat, but Britt avoids the superkick! The two stand off and fans cheer. But Mercedes and Nyla return, and we see The Outcasts, Toni Storm & Ruby Soho, watching backstage. Nyla CLOBBERS Britt, Mercedes DECKS Skye! They stomp and club Britt and Skye down, then kick them out of the ring. Mercedes goes after Nyla now! Mercedes ROCKS Nyla, but Marina storms in! Marina helps Nyla against Mercedes, but the ref reprimands! But then Shida gets in, and she SMACKS Marina with her kendo stick! The Full Metal Warrior runs Marina out of the ring, up the ramp, and SMACKS her one more time before going backstage!

Fans fire up, and Skye kicks at Nyla. Nyla blocks to CLOBBER Skye, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Skye up while Mercedes drags Britt out. Nyla whips Skye to a corner and back body blocks! Then she digs a knee into Skye, and Skye can only endure. Nyla lets off to then CHOKE Skye on the ropes! Nyla lets off, Skye sputters and crawls, and we see Mercedes fishhook Britt while having her against railing! Nyla drags Skye up, brings her around to whip, and then runs in, only to get buckles! Skye goes up while Britt RAMS Mercedes into railing! Skye CROSSBODIES, but Nyla catches her! POWERSLAM! Mercedes throws Britt aside, then hurries to break the pin! Mercedes steps over Skye to go after Nyla.

Mercedes CLUBS Nyla, CHOKES her on the ropes, and Nyla flops to the apron. Mercedes drags Nyla up and CHOKES her on the ropes again! Mercedes lets off to let Nyla flop to the floor, where Britt goes after her! Mercedes stomps away on Skye in a corner, Britt ROCKS Nyla, and Mercedes snap suplexes Skye! Cover, TWO! Skye is hanging tough, but Mercedes keeps on her. Nyla RAMS Britt into railing! Mercedes fishhooks Skye now! Nyla CHOPS Britt, Mercedes CLUBS Skye. Mercedes then throws Skye out of the ring, and Nyla sits Britt up into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Nyla puppets Britt’s mouth, and then fishhooks her!

Britt throws elbows to get free, and Mercedes RAMS Skye into railing! Britt stomps Nyla, but Nyla SMACKS her off the apron. Mercedes and Nyla both get in the ring, and Nyla kicks Mercedes low. Nyla CLUBS Mercedes but Mercedes UPPERCUTS Nyla! And again! And CHOPS! Nyla knees low! Nyla brings Mercedes up, suplexes, and she hangs Mercedes out to dry. Rampage returns to single picture as Nyla goes up the corner, but Britt SHOVES her down! Nyla hits the apron on the way down and Mercedes gets off the ropes. Britt hurries in, but Skye goes up top. Mercedes BOOTS Skye, but turns around into Britt’s SLINGBLADE! Cover, ONE?!?

Mercedes is the OG Badass for a reason, but Britt goes after Skye. Skye fights the underhooks, ROCKS Britt, but Britt ROCKS her back! They trade forearms, Britt ROLLING ELBOWS! Skye SUPERKICKS! Britt swings, misses, Skye kicks the legs out! Britt blocks a kick, but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, but Mercedes breaks it! Mercedes stomps away, drags Britt up, and she roars as she fisherman’s. But Britt fights the suplex, wrenches out and rolls Mercedes up, ONE!! Britt floats to the RINGS OF SATURN! But Skye gets Mercedes’ legs! HALF CRAB! But Nyla BOOTS Skye down, then stomps Britt!

Nyla roars and wants someone to get up! Fans fire up and Nyla runs in, but Britt and Skye both dodge, to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Skye then rushes Britt, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Britt storms up, fires off forearms, and fans fire up with Britt as she runs, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Mercedes KNEES Nyla!! Mercedes brings Nyla up and around but Nyla fights the bomb to grab her with both hands! Mercedes fights free to KNEE Nyla again! And then SAIDO!! Nyla flops over, Britt runs in to CURB STMOP her!! But Mercedes SMACKS Britt, TOSSES her out, but Britt drags Mercedes out!

Britt fires off on Mercedes but Mercedes hits back. Skye focuses on Nyla, CODE BLUE!! Cover, SKYE WINS?!?

Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Championship)

Fans are shocked but excited for Skye Blue! The 23-year-old has perhaps the biggest match in her entire career coming up, even she is emotional about it! Will Skye pull off an even bigger shocker on Dynamite in DC? Or, as Toni Storm is spray painting on the screen, will there be a big L on the horizon?

My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, especially since QTV was actually good for once. Like, for the first time, I really, genuinely laughed at the jokes they were making. QT himself being exasperated with his team is funny stuff, and of course Hobbs wins. But with all the singles titles spoken for right now (MJF VS Cole, Wardlow VS Hager but then also Wardlow VS Luchasaurus, and Orange Cassidy VS just about anyone), I can’t be sure what Hobbs is going to be doing. He really does deserve to be champion, but if they’d just never brought QTV into it, Hobbs might still be TNT Champion. Maybe AEW will be cool and have Hobbs win the Owen Hart Cup this year.

Really good Six Man Tags, but with pretty clear results. I figured Matt and the Hardy Party would get involved with Ethan’s match and “inadvertently” cost him, but the way they did it was great. Ethan secretly wearing Jeff Hardy armbands that whole time was a hilarious reveal, and I hope the Hardy-fication continues to the point Ethan is wearing a mesh shirt like the Hardys used to do, and the baggy pants like Jeff still kinda does. And of course The Acclaimed were going to win, though SAP gave them a really good match. I really hope there’s a good stipulation in store for the rematch with House of Black since The Acclaimed didn’t care about Dealer’s Choice the first time.

Great promo from Triple J, Mark and Aubrey to set up their Mixed Six match. Papa Briscoe getting in the ring, as well as seeing Aubrey go after Karen, is going to be so much fun, I can’t wait. And of course, a great main event in that Fatal 4 Way. Logical move for Marina to try and help Nyla since Fatal 4 Way is No Disqualification, but great counter move that Shida goes after her. I bet we get Shida VS Marina because of that. Anyway, I did NOT think Skye was winning this. In fact, I said on Dynamite that Skye was here to take the pin for Britt so we could get Britt VS Storm. But great moment here for Skye, AEW/ROH seems really big on her. Not that she’s gonna win, though, this is just to be Storm’s first defense that she gets under her belt.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/9/23)

What will Jey do?



Is Jey The Right Hand Man? Or a loyal brother?

Last week, SmackDown saw Roman Reigns reject Jimmy Uso’s proposal to do things as equals. Will Jey stand by his brother? Or with his Tribal Chief?


  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Santos Escobar w/ Rey Mysterio VS Mustafa Ali; Escobar wins and advances to MITB.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Bayley w/ Iyo Sky VS Mia Yim; Bayley wins and advances to MITB.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Baron Corbin VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins and advances to MITB.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Shotzi Blackheart; Iyo wins and advances to MITB.
  • WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Jey Uso; Theory wins and retains the title.


Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman are in the ring.

The Enforcer of the Bloodline and the Wise Man are here, and Heyman starts his introductions, until JEY USO makes his entrance! Jey goes to the ring, gets a mic, and fans cheer as he stares down Heyman and Solo. Fans chant “USO! USO!” for Jey and he tells Solo, “I let a lotta things slide, aight? But stabbing our big brother in the back is something you don’t do, Solo! I don’t know if I can forgive you for that, so say what you need to say to me, OG.” Jey throws down his mic and Heyman speaks.

“You got this all wrong. You got this all wrong, and here’s why you got this all wrong. It’s not Solo’s fault, it’s not my fault, it’s not The Tribal Chief’s fault, it’s not your fault. This is all Jimmy’s fault!” Fans boo as Heyman says Jimmy made up his own mind, and not just for himself. Jimmy made up his mind for Jey. Heyman has Solo calm down and take a step back, saying it is okay. Heyman is no physical threat, so Jey needs to understand, Heyman’s opening his heart to him. And here’s why: when Jimmy kicked The Tribal Chief at Night of Champions, did he check with Jey in advance? Was Jey in on that? No!

Jimmy pulled the trigger for himself and for Jey, that’s how he’s always been. Jimmy’s the older brother, the first born! No disrespect to Jimmy, but Jimmy’s always resented Jey and here’s why. Jimmy’s in on something and Jey isn’t. Jimmy’s in on the fact that the Tribal Chief wants to groom Jey, The Right Hand Man, to be the next Tribal Chief. Fans boo, not believing that. Heyman says that is Jey’s destiny, that is who Jey will be. It was never going to be Jimmy, Jimmy’s known that, and he resents Jey for that. Heyman says the fans are booing because they don’t know the truth, but Heyman will prove it to Jey.

Tonight, at the Tribal Chief’s behest, Heyman has made a match to set Jey’s trajectory towards becoming the next Tribal Chief. Jey will bring gold back to the Bloodline. Not tag team gold. Because unfortunately, all because of Jimmy, there is no more tag team in the WWE known as The Usos. Fans boo that now, but Heyman continues. He didn’t want it this way either, but this is what Jimmy caused. Jey will bring home gold because tonight, The Right Hand Man, successor to the throne, will defeat Austin Theory for the United States Championship! Fans cheer that, though. Jey’s path as a singles star, his path to becoming THE World Heavyweight Champion, starts tonight!

And then, Jey, then the Tribal Chief will embrace you and publicly groom you so that some day, when the time is right, Jey Uso will become THE Tribal Chief. But Heyman needs Jey’s answer now. Fans boo that, but Heyman holds out the mic to Jey. Jey takes it, and he tells Heyman, “I’ll take you up on that US challenge, though, OG.” Heyman smiles and offers a handshake now. Jey looks at the hand, looks at Solo, and fans boo. They don’t want him to, but Jey says he’ll get back to Heyman on that. Fans cheer as Jey stands up for himself! At least, for the most part. But will Jey still take that US Championship away from Theory?


Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Santos Escobar w/ Rey Mysterio VS Mustafa Ali!

El Hijo del Fantasma has been wanting an opportunity to win a title, but so has The Beacon! Will Escobar join Zelina Vega at MITB in London? Or will Ali be showing off this golden ticket when he returns to NXT?

SmackDown returns and Ali makes his entrance. But wait, LA Knight makes his entrance now? The Mega Star is already going to MITB, maybe he just wants to watch this up close. The bell rings, fans cheer for LA Knight but Escobar gets fans on his side. Ali says he’s going to get that briefcase! Ali swings, Escobar blocks and counter punches, and Knight joins commentary. Escobar puts Ali in a corner, Ali turns things around to CHOP, but Escobar turns things around to CHOP back! Ali throws forearms, Escobar throws them back. Escobar whips, Ali reverses but Escobar ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM!

Ali goes to a corner, Escobar has the fans spell out “L! W! O!” Escobar runs in, Ali goes up and over and ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Escobar bails out, fans fire up and Ali eggs Escobar on. Escobar trips Ali, drags him out, and CHOPS him! Knight likes that action, and Ali CHOPS back! Escobar and Ali fires forearms, Ali whips, but Escobar reveres. Ali goes up the steps but Escobar goes up the apron! ENZIGURI, and then Escobar brings Ali to the apron. Ali fights the suplex, throws body shots, and throws knees. Ali throws forearms, Escobar shoves Ali back into the post! Escobar storms up to KICK Ali again!

Escobar FLYING RANAS Ali off the apron! Rey checks Escobar, he also clips the stairs. Escobar is alright, and he gets Ali back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Ali is still in this and he bails out of the ring. Escobar builds speed to DIVE! Arrow from Hell shoots Ali down at the ramp, and Knight says these guys know what this match is about! When you can change your career, you put your life on the line. The ring count starts, Escobar gets in the ring and climbs up a corner! Ali stands, Escobar SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit again and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Escobar is on the apron while Ali is up top. Escobar ROCKS Ali, climbs up, but Ali CLUBS Escobar. They brawl up top, Ali CLUBS Escobar and throws hands. Escobar hits back, but Ali HEADBUTTS Escobar! Ali goes up but Escobar SHOVES him! Ali flips to land on his feet! But Escobar goes up, leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Fans lose their minds as Ali puts Escobar back in and climbs back up. Ali aims, 450 but he has to bail out as Escobar moves! Ali comes back, Escobar RAMS him into buckles! And then POISON-RANAS!! Cover, TWO!! Even Knight is impressed by this!

Fans rally up, both men go to corners, and Ali shakes out the stars. Escobar spells it out, “L! W! O!” DOUBLE KNEES in the corner and Ali staggers, into a fireman’s carry! But Ali slips free! Escobar throws elbows, Ali still O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Ali goes up the corner to leap, FLYING DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives and Rey coaches him up. Fans fire up as Ali skins the cat to the top rope! But Escobar GAMANGIRIS! Escobar climbs up after Ali, throws elbows, and then drags him up to a fireman’s carry! Ali fires off elbows to fight it, but Escobar still stands! SUPER PHANTOM DRIVER!!! Cover, Escobar wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

The LWO is sending both Escobar and Zelina now! Rey waves to the rest of the LWO, they all celebrate with Escobar. Knight says this is as close as Escobar’s gonna get to the briefcase, but will Knight be able to put his money where his mega mouth is?


Sami Zayn finds Jey backstage.

Sami says it’s a big night for Jey tonight. Jey has a big decision, Sami knows that. But here’s something Sami never got a chance to say when they were all in the Bloodline together. The time they all had together was some of the best times in Sami’s career, maybe even his whole life. It was certainly the same for Jey. And in another life, they’d both still be in Bloodline. Honorary Uce, Usos, the handshakes, the dance, making them all laugh even when they’re trying not to. But that couldn’t happen because of one man. And it isn’t even Roman Reigns, it’s this “Tribal Chief.”

When The Tribal Chief takes over, bad things happen. When the Tribal Chief takes over, that’s when Heyman’s voice starts kicking in, the paranoia starts and the manipulation starts. He pushes too far and then pushes some more. Sami did it, too. Sami admits he did everything he could to put the family first. He tried to keep things together, just like Jey, and it was never enough. Sami’s loyalty was tested over and over until it came down to him and his own brother, just like Roman’s doing to Jey. So tonight, Jey has a big choice. If Jey wants to roll with Roman and be the next Tribal Chief, fine. Sami gets that, he really does.

And Sami sincerely hopes Jey wins the US title tonight. Because then, they’ll all see that they need Jey more than he needs then. Whatever happens, just know that there are consequences going down that road. It means no more Jimmy & Jey, and no more Usos. That’s Jey’s brother. Do what is in Jey’s heart, not what is being put into your ear. Jey doesn’t say a word as he leaves. One way or another, will Jey be his own man? Or will he just be The Right Hand Man?


Kayla Braxton introduces Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.

The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions make their way out, getting mics of their own, and Kayla welcomes them to SmackDown, only for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions to show up! Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler also have mics, and Shayna wants some “clarification.” There’s another team wanting to call themselves Women’s Tag Team Champions, huh? Well here’s a question for them: “How much do you know about the history of those titles right there?” Shayna & Ronda join Isla & Alba in the ring, and Shayna says SHE is the reason the NXT Women’s Tag titles are even a thing.

So technically, those “Shayna Baszler Commemorative Tag Titles” are hers. Ronda says she’s been crunching the numbers. They’ve been running through the division so fast, they’re gonna end up hungry soon. It’s true! But that made Ronda realize… Thijs division isn’t big enough for the two of them. Ronda & Shayna want what Alba & Isla have. Isla laughs and says, “How cute. So you two want to face us in a Unification Match? Oh, how exciting!” Alba says titles VS titles, “WE ACCEPT!” And then they DECK Ronda and Shayna! But Ronda throws Alba around in return! Shayna throws Isla out, Ronda isolates an arm, but Isla ROUNDHOSUES Shayna!!

Alba fights free, she and Isla mug Ronda, but then Shayna comes back! Shayna gets mugged, too! And gets a GOURD BUSTER, to a SHINING WIZARD! The Baddest Women on the Planet are in retreat from the Wicked Witches! Will Ronda & Shayna get beat at their own game?


WWE mourns the loss of The Iron Sheik.

Growing up in Iran, The Iron Sheik was as tough as they came. Sheik himself said that his country was known for two things: oil and wrestling. He was a wrestling champion in the Iranian National Army, then made the jump to sports entertainment. He used the political tension to become “one of the most despised villains” of his era. The flag, the clothes, the boots even. An impressive physique and strength, and his Camel Clutch was devastating. And in 1983, Sheik would shock the world by becoming a world champion. Sheik’s ability to get a strong reaction from fans was instrumental to bringing the WWE up in the 1980s.

Sheik’s impact and notoriety are undeniable, and he joined the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. From captivating persona to unparalleled charisma, the Iron Sheik’s legendary career puts him in a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide. Gone but never forgotten!


Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Bayley w/ Iyo Sky VS Mia Yim w/ AJ Styles!

The Role Model already promised that Damage CTRL would dominate the Women’s MITB, win that briefcase, and then take a title for their own. Will Bayley be able to lead by example? Or will Michin take control of her own future?

SmackDown returns as Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and Styles joins commentary, but Bayley throws a shirt at Mia! Bayley fires off with punches, they go out of the ring, and Bayley says she’s a genius! She SMACKS Mia off the desk, puts her in the ring, then mocks Styles’ pose. But then Mia DIVES out to wipe Bayley out! Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Mia puts Bayley back in, Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Another roll-up, ONE! Bayley staggers up, Mia trips her and fires off hands! The fans rally, Mia stacks to a cover, TWO! Mia drags Bayley up to CHOP! And haymaker! And repeat!

Mia has Bayley in a corner, fires off more, but the ref counts. Mia lets off, whips corner to corner, but Bayley reverses. Mia goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n ‘dodge and redirect to RANA! Bayley tumbles, fans fire up with Mia and she runs in, but Bayley puts her on the apron, Mia blocks, ROCKS, steps in and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Mia brings Bayley up and fires off Kawada Kicks! Bayley clutches her jaw as she goes to ropes, and she crawls to the apron. Mia storms up, the ref has her stay back to check on Bayley. But Bayley grins, she’s faking us out. But Mia BOOTS Bayley down first!

Mia didn’t fall for the tricks, and she has Bayley in the ropes. But Bayley pulls hair to RAM Mia into buckles! Styles protests, the fans boo, but Bayley hooks Mia up for a ROSE PLANT! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Styles is upset, but Bayley did what she promised to do. Wait, Scarlett Bordeaux is here! And she walks right up to Styles, to blow DUST in his face! Styles reels back, and KARRION KROSS is there! He grabs Styles in the KROSSJACKET!! Styles can only kick and flail. But Mia rushes over! Kross shoves styles down, scoops Scarlett up, and fans boo as Mr. & Mrs. Doomsday get away. Will Styles look for revenge once he can see again?


Bianca Belair paces in Adam Pearce’s office.

She asks him if this is for real. He understands. Bianca wants to get after Asuka, but tonight, she is being presented with a brand new Women’s Championship belt. Oh, that’s cute. But once Bianca gets her hands on Asuka, she’s taking that title. Right, but between that and the women’s tag title unification, there is a lot going on. All he is saying is that he is asking her not to attack Asuka tonight. With respect, that has nothing to do with her. You expect her to do nothing after what Asuka’s done to her? Asuka stole Bianca’s title and tried to blind her! He gets it, he gets it! But she is in line for a rematch, so just for tonight, leave it alone.

Bianca likes that news. Since she’s getting her rematch, cool, she’ll give Asuka her moment. She won’t get involved, because she has her rematch. What will this new title look like? We’re about to see because that is up next, after the break!


Styles regroups with The OC backstage.

Styles is furious at Kross, but the Good Brothers have him calm down. Mia tells Styles they’ll get Kross AND his ratty witch, Scarlett! Styles wonders what Scarlett even used on him! When and where will The OC get revenge?


Adam Pearce is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I have the honor of presenting the new WWE Women’s Championship. And so, without further ado, please join me in welcoming the current Raw Women’s Champion, the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka!” Fans cheer as Asuka makes her way out and Pearce says on behalf of the WWE, it is his pleasure to present the brand new WWE Women’s Championship. And yes, it is white strap with gold face plate to parallel Roman’s Universal Championship. Pearce takes the old belt, and helps Asuka put on this belt. But then CHARLOTTE FLAIR appears?! The Queen returns to step on the Empress’s moment!

Fans go wild as Charlotte struts her way to the ring, Asuka is upset and Pearce looks as if he should’ve known better. Charlotte enters the ring, gets a mic, and Pearce asks, “What’re we doing, Charlotte? Listen, I know what you’re trying to do. At least I think I do.” Charlotte has to get in line. Charlotte asks, “Excuse me? I don’t wait in line! I MADE the line!” Fans cheer that! And Charlotte gives a “WOO~!” Charlotte says hi to Asuka. And she says no one respects Asuka more than her. But she still wants the title, so she’s challenging Asuka for the title! Asuka tells Charlotte in Japanese to bring it on!

Oh really? YES! SHE ACCEPTS!! Fans like that, but Pearce wants everyone to hold no. Charlotte says when he makes this official, he can put the belt around her waist. Charlotte avoids the mist!! She SMACKS Asuka off the podium to then BOOT her down! Asuka bails out, the new belt around her waist, but what is Adam Pearce to do? Charlotte wants a shot, he promised Bianca a shot, and MITB is coming, who is getting their match with Asuka?


Heyman meets with Jey in the locker room.

Heyman says Jey got him. That was really slick. He left Heyman hanging, a cliffhanger makes for good TV. Heyman’s whole life has been a cliffhanger. But what Jey needs to put in Heyman’s hand now are his passport and suit measurements. Heyman planning a wedding or something? Oh, this is much bigger than that. The passport is because Jey is going to fly on the Tribal Chief’s private jet, which will one day be Jey’s private jet, all the way to the UK for MITB with Roman, Heyman and Solo. The measurements is cuz next week, live on SmackDown, they will have a TRIPLE celebration!

One: Roman Reigns will be here live, that is always a celebration. Two: the NEW United States Champion, The Right Hand Man, Jey Uso! And three: a public acknowledgment that Jey Uso shall be groomed by Roman himself as the NEXT Tribal Chief. And now… Jey says he loves it! Next week, big celebration, Main Event Jey is the new US Champion. Yes! Count him in! But OG, why you so happy? Jey pats him on the shoulder as he says that if he’s in the Bloodline, that means Heyman’s out. YEET. Jey heads out, and Heyman scowls. Is this all going to blow up in the Wise Man’s face?


Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He explains the situation as best he can, but this opportunity fell right into their laps. If you’re asking him, why not make it the night before MITB? Oh but Bianca walks in… Pearce hangs up and says he’ll figure this out. He better. And just so he knows, when Bianca gets her payback, it’ll be justified. Will the EST have her revenge one way or another?


Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Baron Corbin VS Pete Dunne!

The Lone Wolf is already acting like the gatekeeper to the main roster with how he’s treating the superstars of NXT, but will he also be a gatekeeper on who gets into the MITB match? Or will the Bruiserweight break Corbin and head for a golden opportunity in his home country?

SmackDown returns and we see Trick Melo Gang is in the front row! Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams have beef with Corbin, so it makes sense they’d be here. Corbin makes his entrance and fans boo, as per usual. Corbin gets a mic and says he hopes Trick Melo Gang are enjoying the show, because he’s about to put on another one when he beats Butch right here and now to go on to win MITB again! And Corbin is surprised they showed up. Melo saw what happened on NXT, right? So stay on the other side of the barrier where it’s safe, because Corbin doesn’t wanna have to drop Melo again. So sit down like the fans they are, and watch as Corbin punches his ticket.

The bell rings, Dunne runs in to ENZIGURI! And GAMANGIRI! Dunne keeps moving, to GAMANGIRI again! And then he shoves Corbin down, goes up, and TORNADO DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is still in this but Dunne goes up top! MOONSAULT, but Dunne rolls through as Corbin moves. Dunne comes back, but into a BACKBREAKER! Corbin rains down fists, then CLUBS away on Dunne. Fans boo but Corbin lets off to glare at Melo. Fans boo more as Corbin whips and scoops, but Dunne slips free to ENZIGURI again! Corbin flops to the apron, Dunne goes after him! Dunne hooks an arm, bends the fingers, but Corbin throws elbows!

Corbin swings but Dunne gets that arm! Dunne bends, then SNAPS the fingers!! Corbin clutches that hand, but he still DECKS Dunne with it! Corbin taunts Melo, Melo taunts him back. Fans boo Corbin as Corbin says this is how the big boys play. Corbin choke grips but Dunne jumps up to drag him down! Dunne traps an arm and hooks a leg for a cradle, DUNNE WINS!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Corbin is stunned! Dunne snatches this away from him, and Trick Melo Gang tell him that’s what he gets! Will Dunne use this chance to become Mr. MITB? As for Corbin, he gets after Trick Melo Gang, the ref wants them to stay back, but Corbin DECKS Trick! So Melo DECKS Corbin! Corbin runs away, Trick Melo Gang jump the railing! Refs and security stop this from getting worse, but fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Will Corbin return to NXT on Tuesday to finish this with HIM?


Backstage interview with The Brawling Brutes.

Megan Morant congratulates Butch on the big win to get into his first ever MITB ladder match. How is he feeling? Dunne says he’s coming home, and he’s taking that briefcase! Every night they’re in the UK, it’ll be FIGHT NIGHT! FIGHT NIGHT! FIGHT NIGHT! But Corbin storms over and complains that that was not fair! Melo was there, causing problems, but then Cameron Grimes CLOBBERS Corbin! The Lone Wolf has nothing but enemies around him, is it all going to catch up to him?


Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Shotzi Blackheart!

Bayley made it into the ladder match, now the Evil Genius has her chance! Will DMG CTRL take over the UK? Or will the Wild Child #TCB and move on to MITB?

SmackDown returns as Iyo makes her entrance, Bayley by her side. The bell rings and Bayley distracts Shotzi. The ref reprimands, Shotzi swipes at Bayley, but Iyo CLOBBERS Shotzi! Cover, ONE, but Iyo underhooks. Shotzi slips out of the bomb to KICK Iyo, reel her in, and snap suplex her into a corner! Shotzi runs in but into a BOOT! Iyo goes up, and DOUBLE STOMPS Shotzi’s arm! Iyo wrenches that arm, CLUBS away on it, then wrenches again. Iyo knuckle locks, goes up and up, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Shotzi staggers away, Iyo climbs, and Iyo leaps, but Shotzi avoids the missile dropkick! And then hits a SLING-DOG!

Shotzi runs to KNEE Iyo, ROCK her, QUESTION MARK KICK, and then TIGER PLEX! Iyo flounders to a corner, Shotzi runs in to CANNONBALL! Iyo bails out but Shotzi builds speed. Shotzi DIVES and takes Iyo out at the ramp! Fans fire up and Shotzi puts Iyo back in the ring. Bayley frowns as Shotzi goes up the corner. But then Bayley distracts again! Fans boo but Iyo SHOTEIS! Iyo goes up after Shotzi but Shotzi throws body shots! Shotzi SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Iyo, resets, but Bayley trips her up while the ref is checking Iyo! Fans boo but Iyo upts Shotzi in the drop zone. OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!

Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Big assist to Bayley, but the question is, did Bayley do that for Iyo? Or did she do that so she has an insurance policy in the ladder match?


Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Kayla Braxton is with The Now, and asks him about tonight’s United States Championship match. How is he feeling? Well, that’s the thing. He was the last one to find out about that. Think about that! How disrespectful is that to the champ? But Roman Reigns pulls all the strings, does whatever he wants. Theory doesn’t make excuses. Sure, he had zero time to get ready, but all he gets are victories these days. And as far as tonight goes, Jey will get sent back to the Bloodline the failure that he is. Theory will beat him the same way he beat Cena at WrestleMania. And if Heyman is in need of a new client after tonight, then he’s invited to check out Austin Theory Live.


Kevin Owens meets with Sami backstage.

Kevin asks if Sami talked with Jey. Sami did. And how’d it go? Who knows. We’ll see. Then if that’s done, can they focus on the tag titles? Yes, of course. But then in walk Pretty Deadly. Sorry for interrupting, but Kit Wilson & Elton Prince have a quick question. When they come to SmackDown, have they ever thought about putting effort into how they look? Speaking of, how about defending those titles? Maybe against them? #YesBoy! But wait, Ridge Holland & Sheamus walk in. Pretty Deadly want a shot? Well, the Brawling Brutes think there should be a good ol’ fashioned fight to see who gets it.

Whoa, whoa, did someone mention a fight? Because Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows walk in, and say that the Good Brothers love a fight. Especially if it is for the tag titles. Hey, don’t leave the LWO out. Where’d Cruz & Wilde come from? And then with shout and a clap, in come the Street Profits! Montez Ford says if anyone’s getting a title shot, it’s them! But then Adam Pearce walks in to stop all the arguing. What’s going on here? Kevin explodes and says HE’LL tell Pearce what’s going on! He just wanted to have a chat with Sami, and then these guys showed up, and then them and them and them and everyone! They’re all too close, he can’t take it!!

Sami calms Kevin down, he has to think of his blood pressure. Sami explains that what Kevin’s trying to say is that apparently- EVERYONE WANTS A TITLE MATCH! That. Pearce says okay, let’s try this. Next week, a FIVE team gauntlet match. The winner will face Kevin & Sami for the titles. Everyone cheers, and Kevin says good, now leave them alone! Who from SmackDown will win their shot at the Undisputed Tag Team Championships?


Grayson Waller speaks.

“How does Grayson Waller wanna be remembered? That’s none of my concern, lad. History is nothing more than a set of lies agreed upon. But what I can promise you is I’ll never be untruthful to you. So let me tell you some absolutes. There is no one better in that ring than Grayson Waller. That entire locker room knows that I am the future of this company, and if they say otherwise, that is from fear or insecurity. But somehow, I’m the bad guy. I’m not evil! I’m inevitable. They paint me as a villain, I just autograph the artwork. And that is the Grayson Waller Effect.”


BREAKING NEWS on the various women’s title matches!

In three weeks, when SmackDown is in London, it will be Asuka VS Charlotte Flair for the brand new WWE Women’s Championship! Will the Queen once again take the throne? And in two weeks, the Women’s Tag Team Championship Unification happens! Will Ronda & Shayna or Alba & Isla be the first-ever Undisputed Women’s Tag Team Champions?


WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Jey Uso!

This match may be out of nowhere, and it may only be as a bribe to get The Right Hand Man to stay with the Bloodline, but will #MainEventJey still become a singles champion? Or will Theory stay The Now of the WWE?

SmackDown returns as Theory makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see the future unfold before our eyes!

The bell rings and the two tie right up. Theory headlocks, Jey powers up and out, but Theory runs him over! Theory talks trash, things speed up, and Jey CLOBBERS Theory! Theory goes to ropes, Jey runs in to clothesline Theory up and out! Fans fire up with Jey and chant “USO! USO!” Jey goes out, brings Theory up, and TOSSES him over the desk! Fans fire up more as Jey stands on the desk! Main Event Jey is in control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Theory has Jey in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Jey as he fights up to his feet. Jey throws body shots, then haymakers! Theory throws the haymakers back, he and Jey go back and forth! Fans rally up, the two throw hands faster and faster, then Jey ducks to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory flounders away to a corner while Jey keeps his cool. Jey says “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Theory then goes to the apron, slingshot somersault SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is upset but the count was fair.

Fans rally, but Theory brings Jey up. Theory suplexes but Jey wrenches free. Theory dodges to CLUB Jey in the back! Theory torture racks, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Theory is furious! Fans rally for Jey but Theory says it’s time! Fireman’s carry, A-TOWN- NO! Jey slips free, mule kicks and UPPERCUTS! Theory BOOTS in return, then he blocks a kick! But not the DRAGON WHIP! Theory comes back to ROCK Jey, but Jey comes back to SUPERKICK! Theory falls into the ref!! Jey goes up, USO SPLASH! Cover, but no ref! Jey would’ve won twice over by now!

But wait, Pretty Deadly are here! They CLOBBER Jey! Kit & Elton are watching the back of their new pal, but wait! JIMMY is here! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kit, and brawls with Elton! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Elton! Jimmy watches the back of his brother! But Solo CLOBBERS Jimmy!! The Enforcer still has his mission to get rid of the betrayer! But Jey stops Solo from hitting the spike! Solo shoves Jey away, but then dodges as Jimmy rushes in! The SUPERKICK hits JEY!! Jimmy is stunned, but Solo runs in! Jimmy TOSSES Solo out, then PLANCHAS! The brothers all take each other out, Theory capitalizes! Theory covers, Theory wins!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Fans boo as Theory survives again! This already ruins the Tribal Chief’s idea of a triple celebration, but what about everything else? Solo stands with Heyman at the ramp while Jimmy gets in the ring to check on Jey. Jey is frustrated, but Jimmy does his best to apologize. The fans cheer for the Usos, but Jey shoves Jimmy?! Jimmy explains it was all an accident, but Jey storms out of the ring. Jey looks to Heyman who shrugs and says he’s sorry. Jey just moves on past Heyman, but Heyman puts in a call to Roman Reigns. Jey hasn’t made a decision, but are things going according to plan?

My Thoughts:

Another great SmackDown with a lot set up as we approach MITB. Really good MITB qualifiers, though maybe a little surprising in some ways. I didn’t think Bayley was going to win, if only because I expected another instance where she would be envious of Iyo Sky and passive aggressively cost her. But instead, Bayley wins with some shenanigans and is also in. Scarlett & Kross going after Styles here was a nice touch, and we’re definitely getting Mia going after Scarlett in return. Sky VS Shotzi was also a good match, and so far, Iyo Sky feels like a favorite to win the Women’s MITB. But at the same time, the DMG CTRL break-up feels like it’s coming, so maybe Bayley and Iyo cancel out and someone else wins.

Escobar VS Ali was a great match, and LA Knight was pretty good on commentary. I figured with Ali as an NXT “callback,” it’d be Escobar winning this match. Likewise, with Corbin also hanging around NXT, Dunne winning made sense. I thought Grimes was going to be more involved but it ended up being Corbin getting cocky talking trash to Melo that cost him. I did like that Grimes got at Corbin backstage, so that Grimes and Corbin can feud on SmackDown while Corbin also loses to Melo in NXT. Dunne is going to have that London crowd fired up, but I can’t be sure he wins MITB given all the other great names in the match.

Hilarious promo with all the tag teams of SmackDown. Short tempered Kevin Owens is hilarious, too. But a gauntlet match seems like a letdown to me. Sure, it fills time, but there’s only so much that can happen with that format. And a lot of the time, it feels like the teams that are in the second half are the winners. But of the five teams in that match, Pretty Deadly are the likeliest winners, given how they’re literally the only Heels in that bunch and the champions are Faces. But even then, I don’t see Pretty Deadly winning. Yes, they’re great, but Kevin & Sami are even better and deserve to explore the possibilities on Raw, SmackDown, and maybe even in NXT.

Big stuff is happening with the various women’s titles, too. I had a feeling we’d get an interaction of Ronda & Shayna with Alba & Isla at some point, but having it right now is surprising. Title unification also felt like the logical step, but I don’t know if two weeks gives enough real build. Unless Isla & Alba do spooky scary things on Raw to mess with Ronda & Shayna. As I said before, Shayna has had run-ins with the supernatural, it might get to her, but I feel like Ronda’s gonna no sell that stuff.

What a legit surprise that Asuka is getting THE WWE Women’s Championship without even once confronting or being confronted by Rhea. How’s Rhea gonna respond on Monday? But not big surprise, Charlotte returns to get right into the title scene. Bianca is understandably upset by that, but I suppose she’s getting the winner of Asuka VS Charlotte at some point, like at SummerSlam in Detroit. Asuka VS Charlotte in a few weeks will be awesome, could go either way, but I would prefer Asuka wins so that Charlotte doesn’t just immediately get to her 15th reign. At least, I think it’s 15, I forget how WWE is counting things.

And of course, great stuff in the Bloodline story. Did not think Roman via Heyman would try to bribe Jey. But I liked how Jey was throwing the mind games back at Heyman. Honestly, yeah, if Jey replaces Roman, the day that happens, Jey would just pardon Jimmy and fire Heyman to start things fresh. But anyway, great main event match, and of course it got overbooked. Theory & Pretty Deadly are sticking together since they’re all egomaniacs, and then Jimmy helping Jey backfires, all classic pro-wrestling tropes. I would think Jey still chooses Jimmy, but maybe he can string Roman along next week into thinking Jey’s “fallen in line.” Then surprise! Usos ruin things for Roman on his celebrating of whatever, then tag match of Usos VS Roman & Solo.

My Score: 8.7/10

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