Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (5/19/19)
Who climbs the ladder to bring down the contracts?
WWE history could be made tonight!
With both her titles on the line in one night, will Becky Two Belts have even one belt by the end? Will Kofi Kingston prove himself a worthy WWE Champion? And who will be Mr. and Ms. Money in the Bank?
- Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos; The Usos win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Bayley wins and is Ms. MITB 2019.
- WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari; Nese wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Bayley wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- Roman Reigns VS Elias; Reigns wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???; No Contest.
- WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Brock Lesnar wins and is Mr. MITB 2019.
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It’s the WWE MITB Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Sam Roberts as they catch everyone up and make their predictions for tonight’s PPV!
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The only double champion in the WWE today defends both belts tonight. She was put through a table during the dual contract signing by both her opponents. Is this the end of Becky Two Belts already? What we saw on Raw was a pair of jackals taking her down because those two clowns know they can’t win alone. Tonight, Becky just evens the odds and The Southern Belle learns it’s a different thing facing The Man alone. That need to prove yourself will be Lacey Evans’ downfall. And Becky don’t need to be reminded what she’s up against. The right road isn’t the easy one when you’re blazing trails.
Becky isn’t here to have plentiful reigns, but meaningful reigns. She knows she has two rosters full of women aiming for her. But the Double Champ dishes out double beatings, because that’s what happens when the Man comes around. There’s still fire in the Lass Kicker, will she be kicking double the lass all over again tonight?
Lacey Evans speaks.
“Becky Two Belts? More like Becky Big Mouth, if you ask me.” She talks so much trash, but the longer trash sits, the longer it rots. Then you bag it up and take it to the curb. That’s where Becky will end up if it’s up to Lacey. Becky can talk all she wants, but it’ll be all the sweeter when Lacey wins. And then Becky’s night goes from bad to worse when Charlotte Flair takes her turn and completes the sweep so that Becky realizes a Man is no match for a Queen and a Lady. Is the Sassy Southern Belle talking too much trash herself? Or is she on the right side of this MITB gamble?
Nikki Cross speaks.
“When I was growing up, I was always the outcast. Always picked on, always the last one chosen.” And then Alexa Bliss made Nikki feel like she was important. Nikki will give Alexa a chance as a friend. It saddens Nikki that Alexa cant’ compete, but Nikki makes her own luck tonight. She’ll be just like The Goddess, so #LetNikkiPlay, and #LetNikkiWin!
WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix, joins the panel!
The Glamazon tags in for Otunga, but she’s not the only one. Sonya Deville is here to speak on the Women’s MITB and her friend, Mandy Rose. The two had to decide who would enter for SmackDown, but it wasn’t a tough choice for Sonya. She as a confident woman knows when to step up, and when to step back. But isn’t there concern that Mandy won’t win because she’s inexperienced? Not when Mandy has been a great talent in first-evers like her first Womens’ Rumble and her first Women’s Tag Chamber. Then does Sonya really have Mandy’s back should she win tonight? Of course! But then Zelina Vega comes by. Why are we talking to Sonya? Why is Zelina here?! Does Zelina even compete? Sonya gave up her spot because she’s a good friend, unlike Zelina. Zelina is just Andrade Almas’ mouthpiece!
Coach keeps the arguing down, and wants to ask questions. But Sonya says Zelina started this while Zelina goes on about Almas. Coach has things move on, because we have in-ring action!
WWE MITB Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos!
The new Wild Card Rule makes this match possible, and is also why this match is happening. Jimmy & Jey were upset Shane McMahon was just simply handing “The Planet’s Tag Team Champions” those SmackDown Tag Team titles. The two teams competed over the belts, and the Usos lost! Now they have a rematch, just to settle a score! Will the Uso Penitentiary coming to Money in the Bank?
The Usos again say , “Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Whoa! … Whoa!” Because tag teams are kicking off things. It’s Usos VS “Spongebob and Patrick!” They sing the theme song. But it’s time for Hartford to enter the Uso Penitentiary! The teams sort out, and Bryan starts against Jimmy.
Fans rally behind Jimmy with “Uce! O!” Jimmy and Bryan tie up and Bryan gets a headlock. Jimmy powers out but Bryan runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan kicks Jimmy. But Jimmy dodges the next kick to CHOP away on Bryan! Tag to Jey and Jey throws uppercuts. Jey snapmares to a cover, TWO! Jey brings Bryan around for more CHOPS but Rowan tags in. Rowan attacks but Jey sunset flips. Rowan blocks and shoves but things speed up and Rowan crossbodies Jey down! The Big Redwood roars while we go picture in picture.
Rowan scrapes Jey out of the ring and keeps the ref busy while Bryan bumps Jey off the apron. Bryan feeds Jey to Rowan for a springboard knee. Rowan rips off Jey’s shirt and tosses it to the fans! Rowan scoop slams Jey while we return to single picture, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Jey and tags in Bryan. Bryan kicks Jey down then bumps him off buckles. Bryan gives Jey CHOPS and more buckle bumps. He CHOPS Jey in the Planet’s Corner but Jey fights back! Bryan trips Jey and tags Rowan. Rowan drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Rowan drags Jey up to drive a knee into his back. He then puts Jey in the fist vice! Jey endures the squeeze on his head but fans rally up. Rowan shifts to a neck wrench and Jey powers towards his corner.
Rowan clubs Jey down then suplexes him away from Jimmy! Then he hits Jimmy just because! Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan takes his time going after Jey’s legs. Bryan hooks them and fish hooks Jey’s face! He lets up at the ref’s count, but then does it again. He lets go again and stomps the knees. Jey scrambles to an open corner but Bryan is on him with CHOPS! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! He keeps going, but gets caught into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down but fans fire up! Jey and Bryan crawl, tag to Rowan. Rowan misses and gets post! Jey tags in Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Rowan with a rain of rights. Rowan shoves him away but he comes right back! Another shove, but Jimmy mule kicks and uppercuts. He tries to lift Rowan but Rowan slips out.
Rowan suplexes but Jimmy slips out and boots him away. Jimmy goes up, Whisper in the Wind! Cover, ONE!! And Jimmy ends up outside on the apron! Jimmy kicks Rowan away then climbs up fast. He leaps, but into Rowan’s arms! Rowan pops Jimmy up for a jackhammer! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and we go picture in picture again.
Rowan shakes his head, but keeps his cool. He drags Jimmy back up and onto the top rope. He clubs away on Jimmy then climbs up to join him. Jey returns and tags in! Jey helps Jimmy fight Rowan up top, but Rowan gives them each headbutts. Rowan makes the brothers bump heads, then grabs them both! We’re single picture again as Rowan wants and gets a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Bryan returns and calls Rowan over. Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan stalks Jey. Fans boo as Bryan starts giving Jey No Kicks! Bryan kicks and kicks, but Jey ducks the buzzsaw! Dragon whip enziguri! Bryan roundhouses, Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey hurries up top, leaps, Uso Splash ends up in the LaBell Lock!! Bryan has Jey stuck, but Jey flails and reaches! Jey drags himself, but Jimmy saves him!
Rowan goes after Jimmy and tosses him out. But Jimmy dumps Rowan out, and DIVES! Only to be caught in the claws! Jey DIVES, but into the claws! SUPERKICK from Jimmy, SUPERKICK from Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Usos both run, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take Rowan out! Fans are fired up but Bryan DIVES, into SUPERKICKS! Jey tags Jimmy and they each climb up. They both leap at Bryan, the Double Uce! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy by pinfall
The Usos still have all division on #LockDown! Will they use the Wild Card to get the SmackDown Tag titles back even though they’re Raw superstars?
WWE and wrestling fans mourn the loss of Ashley Massaro.
A golden WWE tradition returns.
This PPV will again have a Men’s and Women’s MITB Ladder Match. 81% of winners have successfully “cashed in” to become a champion. But what are the odds of a dual champion staying a dual champion when she’s doubling down? What are the odds a Beastslayer defeats the Phenomenal One? What are the odds of an underdog champion proving he’s worthy? And what price will the McMahons pay for upsetting both an A-Lister and a Big Dog?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
Naomi is ready to float like a firefly and sting like a Bumble Bee (Teen Titans, that is). But Nikki Cross is ready to play, Dana Brooke is ready to take her turn, and The Queen of Harts is the best there is, was and ever will be. But will any of Raw’s women take it? Or will SmackDown win with the Golden Goddess, the War Goddess, the Huggable or the OG Ms. MITB?
All eight women stare at the briefcase as the bell rings. And then chaos breaks loose! Bayley has Naomi, Natty has Mandy and Carmella has Dana, until Nikki drags her out! Nikki gets Carmella and then Dana in the apron! Bayley tosses Ember out while Nikki brings in the first ladder! Nikki rams four women at once! And then becomes a crazy copter! She hits Natty and Mandy, and even Bayley! Naomi gets decked, too! Mandy again! But Dana comes in and dropkicks Nikki down! Ember and Dana both go after the ladder and it’s tug-o-war. So Ember uses it to ram Dana into a corner! But Nikki jumps on Ember with a thrashing sleeper hold. Ember backpack sentons Nikki on the ladder! Mandy throws Nikki out then gives Dana a Kiss from a Rose!
But Carmella yanks Mandy off the top rope! Mandy takes a tumble and Carmella takes the ladder. Natty puts in another ladder, but Carmella spots her. Carmella shoves Natty into her own ladder! Natty hits back and then swings Carmella into the ladder! Carmella kisses the steel, but then Naomi runs in. Natty catapults Naomi but she lands on the rungs! Naomi enziguris Natty down! Then she throws Carmella out. Mandy has a ladder, but Naomi takes it from her. Naomi swings but into a gut wrench suplex! Mandy soaks up the heat but Bayley rams her with a ladder. Bayley is all alone and stands the ladder up. But Ember stops her and they fight over the ladder. Dana copies Becky Lynch from last year and climbs anyway!
Carmella yanks Dana off and then shoves the ladder into Bayley and Ember. The ladder smacks Bayley in the hip, and Carmella adds on with a FABULOUS Kick! Carmella eyes “Frankie” but Mandy returns to kick out Carmella’s leg! Mandy stalks Carmella but Carmella slaps her away. Ember rocks Mandy with a right! Dana and Ember each go for ladders but so do Nikki and Bayley. Naomi also returns and everyone wants a ladder. Naomi hops ladder to ladder to dropkick Mandy to a ladder! But then Nikki and Ember run at Naomi! She slides under, but finds herself caught. Naomi does the splits and the ladder foursome collides! Natty returns while Carmella has medics check her knee. Natty sits Naomi on the ladder, then walks all over her! But Bayley throws Natty into the corner ladder!
Bayley elbows Naomi down, but Nikki drags up one of the ladders. Bayley bulldogs Nikki on the steel! She toughs otu her own bad leg but Dana pushes her down. Dana drags Bayley into buckles but Ember has Dana with a bac kick to boot. Ember runs but Dana dodges. Dana scoops and slams Ember on the ladder, then has her in a special Tree of Woe! Fans fire up for the handspring back elbow! Dana dumps Ember out then goes back to Bayley. She throws hands on Bayley but Bayley hits back. Dana kicks but Bayley blocks and knees like a boss! Bayley sunset flip bombs Dana onto the ladder! Everyone is down, but Bayley sees the briefcase. Bayley drags the tallest ladder up and over to be right under the briefcase. She stands it up but Mandy returns.
Mandy and Natty sandwich Bayley inside the ladder! And again! And a third time! Bayley finally falls over, but Naomi returns. The ladder stands again while Naomi gives Bayley some Starship Pain! Natty and Mandy fight over the ladder but Nikki SPEARS Natty from underneath! Naomi climbs! But Ember and Nikki stop her! Code Breaker for Naomi! Ember gets Nikki but Nikki throat chops back. Nikki gives Ember the Purge! But Dana sneaks back in and tips the ladder over on Nikki! Nikki is down and fans are fired up as Dana is all alone! Dana stands the ladder back up and starts climbing! But Mandy returns again! Mandy catches up to Dana and fights as Dana has the clip. Dana swings on the chain!! Dana flails but Mandy grabs her. Mandy gets Dana back on the ladder and they both fight for position!
Dana bumps Mandy off the ladder and Bayley yanks her off! Naomi and Bayley hurry after Dana, but Nikki scrambles up, too! Nikki grabs at the chain but everyone is fighting. Natty tips everyone off!! But wait, Ember aims at Natty, SUPER ECLIPSE!! A total Eclipse of the (Neid)hart! Fans are thunderous while losing their minds! The Shenom is all alone, with one ladder nearby! But Mandy stops her with a back suplex. Ember lands on her feet but Mandy kicks low. Mandy underhooks and lifts Ember, Pedigree on a ladder! Mandy pushes that ladder aside to go back to the tallest one. She stands it up, climbs it, but wait? Mella is back?! Mella doesn’t care she has a bad leg, she won’t let Mandy do this. Mandy runs at Carmella but gets a forearm! And bumps off rungs!
Carmella shows no mercy as she throws Mandy all around! FABULOUS Kick takes Mandy down! Carmella hobbles into the ring and to that ladder, but as she climbs, Sonya Deville interferes! Sonya won’t let Carmella win, she SPEARS Carmella down! And then she positions the ladder? Sonya fetches Mandy to get her in the ring! Fans boo as Sonya basically parallels James Ellsworth for Carmella! Sonya literally carries Mandy up the ladder! Mandy revives and climbs the rest of the way, and gets her hands on the briefcase! But Bayley gets up and stares them both down. And then shoves them both down, too! Bayley grabs the briefcase, and takes it down! Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley; Ms. Money in the Bank 2019
The Huggable Bayley did it, and she did it all by herself! A former Raw Women’s Champion, the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and now Ms. MITB! As a SmackDown Superstar, could this contract make Bayley WWE’s first Women’s Triple Crown Champion!?
Charly Caruso interviews Bayley in the ring, and congratulates her. Bayley’s a step closer to becoming another WWE Women’s Champion. She and Sasha were the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. The team got split up in the Shake-Up, but Bayley is going to prove a point. She wants to remind everyone what she’s capable of. And everyone sees that now! She’s not #JustBayley, she’s Ms. MITB!
Triple H is backstage!
And he’s on the phone. He’s loving how the night’s going already. Bayley winning that contract, just- Sami Zayn wants to talk with HHH. Or rather, he wants to talk with Shane. Well Shane’s getting ready for that cage match. But this is important. HHH is upset he’s being interrupted, but Sami says the WWE has a big problem. Sami reminds HHH that he won against Braun Strowman to win his way into the Men’s MITB, but Strowman is coming for payback! Sami just knows it! But he can’t relax because of the fear of Strowman.
HHH tells Sami to breathe. Sami just says there’s a lot of concern that Strowman will do something. HHH will alleviate that concern: Strowman was banned from the building. Okay, then, can there be further protection? If Sami wants protection, tape up your hands and leave the office. Thanks for stopping by. Sami is rightfully fearful for his life after screwing Strowman out of the MITB ladder match. Will he be able to focus on the golden opportunity?
WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!
The first time around, it was a one-minute shocker at Wrestlemania where the Destroyer dispatched the King of Lucha Libre. In the non-title rematch, Mysterio got even with Joe and that left Joe very upset. Finally, a tiebreaker with the title on the line will decide which man is really better. Will Mysterio make his familia proud? Or will Joe embarrass Papi in front of Dominique all over again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this rubber match!
Mysterio fires off hands but Joe kicks the leg! Joe kicks again and has Mysterio in a corner. Fans duel while Joe lets Mysterio get back up. Mysterio dodges and kicks back! Mysterio runs and slides then huricanranas Joe around! He fires hands on Joe but Joe shoves him away. Joe puts Mysterio on the apron but Mysterio kicks back. Mysterio springboards for a seated senton! Joe checks his nose but Mysterio fires off more kicks and punches. Joe hits back and scoops but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio gets knees and a CHOP! Joe ignores his bloody nose as he drags Mysterio up for a pomb, but Mysterio huricanranas! Cover, Mysterio wins!?
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
Dominique cheers backstage as his father finally gets his WWE Grand Slam! But Joe is as shocked as Mysterio! Did Joe have his shoulders up? Did the referee make an awful mistake? Will Mysterio give Joe a rematch?
Mysterio gets back in the ring and Dominique comes out to join him. Father and son celebrate together as they walk back up the ramp. But then Joe attacks!! Joe headbutts away on Mysterio and puts Mysterio back in the ring! Joe drags Mysterio up for a HUGE urenage! A bloody and angry Destroyer grins at Mysterio, but then eyes Dominique. Joe drags Mysterio up again to make Dominique watch a second urenage! Dominique isn’t sure what to do, but Joe tells him to figure out something. Dominique goes to his dad, but Joe drops a senton on Mysterio! Joe leaves and Dominique goes to his father’s side. Will Mysterio have a reason to give Joe a rematch?
Braun Strowman ignores the building ban!
He throws whatever he can get his hands on as far as it’ll fly! The Monster Among Men is hunting for Sami Zayn! He intimidates a WWE employee but he has no idea where Sami is! Strowman spares this poor man as his hunt continues. Will Strowman find Sami before Sami #GetsTheseHands on the MITB contract?
Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!
They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, and certainly in the WWE. But then one loss and Shane O’Mac snapped! He betrayed his partner and attacked Papa Miz! Wrestlemania’s Falls Count Anywhere clearly didn’t settle anything as Shane rubbed in his victory and the assault on Miz’s father. But now, instead of fighting all over the arena, they’ll be trapped inside a steel structure! Will Shane run away again? Or will he man up and fight Miz in the cage?
The door is closed and the bell rings! Shane immediately hurries up to a wall! Miz drags Shane down to the mat then tackles him down! Miz rains down hands but Shane pushes him away. Shane runs away but Miz stops him again. Miz throws Shane at a wall, but Shane uses it to climb! Miz again has to yank Shane down, and then throws It Kicks into a corner. He kicks and kicks and kicks and fans fire up as Miz throws Shane down. Miz kicks Shane in the back, then circles him like a shark. He throws more kicks, taunting Shane between them. Shane sits back up, only to get more kicks! Miz takes aim but Shane powerbombs him into a wall! Shane kicks Miz while he’s down now, grinding him into the steel.
Miz drags himself up but Shane kicks him back down. Shane throws body shots and jabs now, then kicks of his own. Shane bumps Miz off the steel then clubs him down between the ropes. He Oklahoma Rolls Miz, TWO! Shane throws hands again, then big knees. Shane throws Miz face first into steel! He boots Miz down then kicks him while he’s down. Shane throws Miz into the cage again, then lifts Miz in a torture rack, for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps his cool as he stalks Miz. He toys with Miz while fans boo and jeer. Shane puts Miz in a corner for a mudhole stomp, then he goes to the adjacent corner. He climbs up and takes aim, Coast2Coast gets caught! Into the Figure Four! Miz shouts out to Ric Flair with this one!
Shane endures and flails, then grabs a rope, but there are no ropebreaks! Shane uses that to drag himself to the door! The door opens but Miz lets go to drag Shane back! Shane kicks away on Miz and gets free! But Miz grabs him just in time! Miz drags Shane back inside, but Shane’s managed to get a chair?! Shane swings but Miz boots him down! Both men are down with the chair between them. Shane and Miz both see the chair, but also the door. Fans know “Miz is Awesome!” as he gets the chair! Shane begs for mercy, and even apologizes! But Miz doesn’t care, and he SMACKS Shane! Miz makes sure the door is closed as he gives Shane another SMACK! Shane crawls to the door but Miz slams it on his head! Miz SMACKS Shane with another chair shot, then another! And another! And another!
Miz taunts Shane as he SMACKS away! “You had enough? Nah, you ain’t had enough.” Miz circles Shane and fans want “One More Time!” He obliges, with another SMACK! Shane crawls but Miz drags him back up. Miz gives Shane a Skull Crushing Finale on the chair!! Cover, ropebreak?! But no, no! There aren’t ropebreaks in a cage match, right?! What is wrong with this ref? Unless… Is this ref kissing up to Shane? Fans call BS while Miz goes after Shane again. Miz puts Shane in a corner and on the top rope. Miz climbs up to hoist Shane back up. Shane fights off and arm-drags Miz down! Shane drags himself back up but fans rally for Miz. Miz is motionless while Shane climbs up. Shane reaches the top as Miz revives! Miz uses the chair to SMACK Shane’s leg! Shane stops and Miz catches up to him!
Miz grabs Shane and throws haymakers. Miz sits on the top with Shane and throws haymakers! Shane resists as Miz drags him back over. Miz has Shane stuck, and bumps him off the cage! And then dumps him down! To drop a splash! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives on his own this time! And gets a triangle hold on Miz! Miz flails but there’s no ropebreaks for him. Shane cranks back hard but Miz refuses to give in! Fans rally and Miz bridges back to a cover, TWO! Shane crawls away to the door, but Miz revives to stop him again! Miz drags Shane in, and catapults him into steel, but Shane uses it again! Shane’s up top but Miz hurries to stop him!
Shane is halfway again, and Miz has a sinister idea. Flashbacks to Wrestlemania as Miz pulls on Shane. Shane fights for his life as Miz keeps pulling. Shane slips out and out of his shirt! He hits the floor, and wins!!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by escape
Shane literally escapes and survives! Miz glares down at Shane, because this settles nothing! Will Shane run away to avoid the trilogy?
Mick Foley will return to Monday Night Raw with a huge announcement!
The Hardcore Legend is introducing WWE’s newest championship! What could it be? Or is it really a classic being revived with a new look? Only Foley knows!
HHH hurries backstage!
Something bad happened, and it involves Sami Zayn! He’s stuck upside-down on a wall! Cameras, get outta here! HHH and WWE have an emergency, but is Strowman really to blame?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari!
The Cruiserweight Division returns to a PPV main card! But that aside, the Premier Athlete wants to prove he isn’t champion because he took it easy. He’s kept himself competing even after earning the title, and now he’ll make the Privileged Persian Lion earn it, too! Will Daivari Dinero hit the jackpot on MITB night? Or will Nese show him the power of perseverance?
The introductions are made, with Daivari driving in to the arena in a Mercedes Benz, and the title is raised as we begin this big money Cruiserweight match!
The two circle, and tie up. Daivari powers Nese to a corner but backs off to get in sucker punches! He jabs and kicks but Nese hits back. Daivari haymakers and whips Nese corner to corner but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows and moonsaults but Daivari gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick and knee lift. Daivari jumps the sweep but Nese dodges the buzzsaw to get the sweep anyway. Nese drops a leg and covers, TWO! Nese keeps on Daivari but Daivari jawbreakers back. Daivari whips but Nese reverses to hotshot Daivari down! Nese triangle moonsaults but lands on his feet as Daivari dodges. Daivari puts Nese on the apron and then grinds his face on the ropes! The ref reprimands Daivari but the damage is down.
Daivari dumps Nese back into the ring then trash talks in Farsi. Daivari bobs ‘n’ weaves with a blind Nese then clobbers him with haymakers. Nese gets to a corner but Daivari is on him with a hard corner to corner whip. Nese hits buckles and drops to the mat but Daivari grins as he looms over the champion. Daivari drags Nese up but Nese hits back. Daivari knees low then back suplexes, but Nese lands on his stomach. Nese crawls but Daivari stomps him. Daivari grabs both legs but Nese fights the turn. Daivari still gets Nese in the inverted Crab! Nese endures and crawls, then rolls to send Daivari into buckles! The ref checks on Daivari while Nese gets to the opposite side. Daivari hurries after Nese but gets a big left hand.
Nese bobs ‘n’ weaves and snapmares Daivari to boot and heel kick him down! Nese knips up and runs at Daivari in the corner. Daivari takes the back elbow but he tosses Nese to the apron. Nese kicks Daivari down then triangle moonsaults again, to hit it! Cover, TWO! Daivari lives but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Daivari up and pump handles, but Daivari fights him off. Nese CHOPS back but Daivari reels him in for a full nelson spin, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives and Daivari grows frustrated. Daivari sneers at Nese as he drags him back up. Fans rally as Nese CHOPS Daivari agani. Daivari grabs the beard but Nese shoves and forearms him back! Nese runs but into Daivari’s leaping knee!
Daivari whips but Nese slides under to pump handle! Daivari slips out and dodges to rondhouse Nese back! He puts Nese on the top rope and crosses the arms. But Nese holds on with his strong legs! Daivari CHOPS Nese again and again until Nese is in a Tree of Woe on the outside! Daivari stomps Nese out of the Tree and to the floor! He pursues Nese but Nese shoves him away. Nese runs back but is put on the apron. Nese cartwheels and rocks Daivari! He puts Daivari in and climbs up high. Daivari intercepts, crosses the arms for an arm-drag bomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Daivari grows frustrated.
Daivari drags Nese up again, hammerlocks and swings, but Nese dodges to roll up! TWO, but Nese tosses Daivari out to FLY! A Premier Flop takes out Daivari, but Nese keeps going! He puts Daivari in, climbs up, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Now Daivari survives and Nese is shocked! But Daivari is in a corner. Nese runs side to side but gets a SUPERKICK! Daivari hops up, Lion Splash! But no cover, hammerlock to Lion’s Lariat!! Cover, TWO!? Nese survives Daivari’s best move!? Daivari is furious as he climbs up top. Nese SHORYUKENS and SUPER STEINERS! Daivari ends up in a corner and Nese runs, Premier Knee! Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Daivari brought the fight, but Nese won it! The Premier Era continues, but how much harder will it get for him from now on?
HHH confronts Braun Strowman.
Obviously the Monster Among Men is the number one suspect in attacking Sami Zayn. But this isn’t going to get his spot in the MITB Ladder match back. Strowman has no idea what HHH is talking about. The attack on Sami! That wasn’t Strowman. HHH won’t argue about it, and won’t ask anyone to escort or arrest Strowman. But as his boss, HHH needs Strowman to leave. “Whatever, man.” Strowman actually obeys, but if he didn’t do that to Sami, then who did?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans!
And so the Champ Champ’s night begins! She owes the Sassy Southern Belle for several sucker punches, that contract signing beating from Monday, and just that generally judgmental attitude. Will The Man deny the Woman’s Right to the Raw Women’s title? Or will Becky Two Belts go down to one belt going into her match with Charlotte later on?
The introductions are made, the red brand’s belt is raised, and we begin The Man’s first match!
Fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” but Lacey covers her ears. Becky and Lacey circle then Becky dropkicks Lacey to a corner! Becky fires off stomps but backs off to throw Lacey down. Lacey flounders but Becky dropkicks her back down! Becky drags Lacey up for a waistlock slam, but then Lacey crawls out of the ring. Becky builds speed to wreck Lacey with a dropkick! Fans cheer but Lacey hits Becky back. Lacey whips but Becky reverses to send her into barriers! Becky stalks Lacey to club and elbow her. Lacey shoves Becky then tries to run away through the fans! Becky stops her and throws her at the apron. Becky puts Lacey back in and stalks her to a corner.
Lacey yanks Becky at buckles but Becky stops herself. Becky hits back then baits Lacey in. Lacey blocks the jump kick to throw Becky into buckles. Lacey wrings Becky’s arm to slam her on the mat. Fans sing Becky’s theme but that only angers Lacey. Lacey dribbles Becky’s head off the mat, then drops knees on the arm. Lacey then stands and stomps Becky’s arm! Becky fights back with her good arm but Lacey kicks low for a sit-out DDT. Lacey gator rolls Becky to a corner and throws her arm on the apron. She pulls Becky into the post! The ref counts but Lacey lets up at 4, to throw the arm into the post. Becky rolls but Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool then goes after Becky. Becky boots back and puts Lacey on the apron.
Lacey hits back and sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey grits her teeth and drags Becky around with an armlock and chinbar. Becky endures being bent back on Lacey’s knee. Fans rally as Becky fights her way up. Lacey throws Becky down by her hair! Lacey goes after the arm again, and bends Becky back again. Fans rally and Becky throws hands. Becky gets back up and arm-drags free. Lacey knees low and hits a neckbreaker! Somersault to a splash! Cover, TWO! Lacey pulls out her handkerchief and wipes herself off. She then rubs it in Becky’s face! Becky hits back with wild hands! She whips but Lacey reverses to put Becky on the apron. Lacey shoulders but into a kick!
Becky climbs and leaps for a flying forearm! Both women are down but fans rally up for Becky. But Lacey is up first, only for Becky to hit back. Lacey kicks and aims, but the Woman’s Right misses! Becky rallies with lariats and a calf kick! Fans fire up with Becky as she kicks Lacey more. Becksploder! Becky hits Lacey with the Straight Firearm, then climbs up high for a missile dropkick! Lacey ends up flopping out of the ring! Becky pursues from the apron, another flying forearm takes Lacey down! Becky puts Lacey back in, cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Becky wonders what she has to do. Becky drags Lacey around and climbs up top yet again.
Becky leaps but has to roll through. Lacey elbows Becky back, then uses the ropes for a springboard stunner! And a leaping roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lacey is losing her composure. Lacey says she’ll end it, and she trash talks the “Nasty” Becky. She pulls the braids out of Becky’s hair, but Becky waistlocks and rolls her! TWO, but Becky’s after the arm! Lacey scrambles and gets the rope. Becky lets up but wants at her again. The ref pulls Becky back, Lacey chop blocks! Roll up, but Becky holds it off to get a Disarm-Her! Lacey taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
Becky Two Belts is still at two belts! But Lacey was tougher than she expected, will Becky be in any shape for facing Flair yet again?
But speaking of, here comes Charlotte! The Queen is all smiles, because she’s choosing to make Becky go again here and now!
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!
The Man grins, because she realizes she should’ve expected this. Will she still be Becky Two Belts even though she had no time to rest? Or will we see the birth of #CharlotteNineTimes?
There is no need for introductions, only the blue brand’s belt is raised, and we begin again!
Charlotte is still all smiles as the bell rings, and watches Becky shake off the damage form Lacey. Charlotte tackles Becky to a corner and rams her shoulder in again and again! And she grinds a boot into Becky’s face. Charlotte lets up but runs into a forearm! Becky back kicks and gets to a corner. Charlotte runs in but into a boot! And more boots! Becky hops up but Charlotte dodges! Charlotte kicks Becky while she’s down, then throws hands. She slaps Becky then kicks her at the ropes. Becky hits back and backs Charlotte down. Becky whips but Charlotte goes to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky down, then hurries up top. Becky intercepts with forearms! Becky throws Charlotte off the top and to the mat!
Fans cheer as Becky runs to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Becky! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! The Flair Chops stagger Becky, but Becky dodges to enziguri! Charlotte shakes it off but Becky keeps moving, only for her shotgun to get caught! Charlotte gets a Boston Crab! Becky endures as Charlotte bends her backwards! Fans rally as Becky reaches and crawls. Becky manages the ropebreak, and Charlotte holds on until 4. Charlotte isn’t bothered at all, because she’s still in much better shape. She runs back in but into elbows. Becky and Charlotte brawl with big forearms back and forth. They go around and around but Becky gets an edge. So Charlotte kicks out the leg! Charlotte looms over Becky and SLAPS her. She runs, but Becky dodges to forearm her down!
Both women are down again, but then they brawl as they sit up. They brawl and trash talk as they stand up, too! Becky hits, Charlotte hits, repeat! Becky gets the edge again, and wants the arm! Charlotte whips Becky off to forearm her back down. Charlotte stomps Becky around then grinds her feet into Becky’s head. The ref counts and Charlotte lets off at 4. Charlotte pulls Becky back against ropes, but again stops at 4. Becky crawls on the apron but Charlotte joins her. Charlotte goes for Natural Selection but Becky holds on! Charlotte crashes and burns while Becky gets back in the ring.
Becky leaves Charlotte to the mercy of the ring count because of Champion’s Advantage. The count begins and reaches 5, but is that Lacey Evans?! A Woman’s Right sucker punch again! Charlotte grabs Becky but Becky cradle counters! TWO!? BOOT!! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Queen gets her throne back thanks to the Southern Belle! #CharlotteNineTimes is real, but will she hold onto that belt for long?
As for Becky, she goes after Lacey! Becky has another reason to hate the Lady of WWE, and beats her up against the barriers. But Charlotte goes after Becky to save the woman who helped her win. And they both get Becky in the ring to keep up the beating! Lacey holds Becky for Charlotte as Charlotte stomps away. Becky endures double boots to her body, but then Lacey pulls Becky back while Charlotte CHOPS away! “How does that feel now?!” Charlotte climbs up, but here comes Bayley! The Hugger evens things up and saves Becky! She knees Lacey then gives her a Bayley2Belly!
Charlotte attacks Bayley with a forearm! The Queen goes after Becky again, stomping away. She goes back for her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but then runs at Bayley! Bayley dodges and sends Charlotte into buckles! Fans are thunderous, because they want Bayley to cash in! Bayley thinks about it. Charlotte is down, and the briefcase is right there. Bayley grabs her briefcase, and brings it to the ref! Is it happening? IT IS!!
SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!
The bell rings, and Bayley drags Charlotte out to a drop zone! Bayley climbs up high, and drops the Macho Elbow!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
Ms. MITB 2019 is a success! Bayley goes from #JustBayley to the top woman on SmackDown! And she’s the first Women’s Triple Crown Champion in WWE history! And she celebrates with the WWE Universe! Raw title, Women’s Tag Title, SmackDown title, she’s had them all! Is this just the beginning for Bayley’s rise to the top?
Roman Reigns arrives!
But the Big Dog needs to look behind him, because here comes Elias! The Drifter SMASHES Roman with his guitar! Then strolls on past him and to gorilla position. Fans sing and cheer as Elias walks to the ring and has his team set up his stool. He has another guitar, and is properly introduced.
Elias plays an electric guitar for Hartford, and says that felt good. He normally does acoustic, but obviously his guitar just broke. Elias is not only the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history but in WWE history. Vince McMahon texted Elias and gave him credit that the future of the WWE is in good hands. Elias felt good reading that, and begs the question: “With all this success, why would you come to a morally substandard toilet bowl like Hartford?” Fans are a little divided on that one. With the Big Dog down, the Era of Elias can begin. He has a song just for that, titled Long Live Elias. So please, silence your phones, hold your applause and shut your mouths! Elias begins playing his guitar again, then sings.
“You people here are so boring. Your life would suck without me. I bring energy to the world, like Vince says. Elias is my name. Roman could’ve been me, but no one wants to hear him talk. Roman, shut your mouth, Elias just took you for a walk.” Elias went to North Carolina, a beautiful place. “Now I understand why the Whalers left this city, it’s because Hartford is a disgrace.” Fans boo harder as Elias again says Hartford is a disgrace. Elias finishes up, and thanks the fans. “I love none of you.” Elias goes up the ramp to do what everyone here wishes they could do: get the hell out of Hartford.
But Elias will leave them all a lasting image: his post. Elias raises his fist, but here comes Roman! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman’s fist leaves Elias rolling down the ramp! But he’s not done, he puts Elias back in the ring hard. The bell rings and the match begins!
Roman Reigns VS Elias!
SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reign, by pinfall
Well that didn’t take long. Elias didn’t want to give an encore, and now he can’t. Is this going to prove to everyone, but mostly the McMahons, that the WWE is the Big Dog’s Yard?
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!
The Architect has gone from inaugural NXT Champion to a sell-out to a Kingslayer to the Beastslayer, but there was a time when even he was just starting out. It was during that time that he encountered the already incredible Phenomenal One. Styles saw promise in Rollins back then, and he was right. Styles himself would one day arrive in the WWE, take over and make SmackDown the House That AJ Styles Built! But now, he wants to build something even better by adding this title to his legacy. Who builds their legacy with the WWE Universal Championship?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this first-for-WWE match-up finally happens!
Rollins and Styles stare down as fans duel. They tie up and it’s fast and furious already as they push each other around. Styles gets Rollins in a corner but backs off at 4 with a shove. Rollins keeps his cool as he circles with Styles again. They tie up again as fans duel even harder. Rollins puts Styles in the corner, but then gives his own little shove. Styles keeps his cool now, and they go again. Another tie up and Styles waistlocks. Rollins standing switches but so does Styles. Rollins trips Styles but Styles headscissors him down. Fans cheer this exchange as Styles dares Rollins to bring it. The two circle again, and they tie up. Rollins gets the arm and wrenches. Styles powers out and arm-drags Rollins back. Fans cheer but still duel as Styles and Rollins go again.
Rollins headlocks but Styles fights with body shots. Styles powers out and hurdles but Rollins clotheslines Styles down! Rollins goes back to CHOP Styles to a corner. He whips Styles corner to corner hard, and Styles falls to the mat. Rollins snapmares and drops a knee on Styles, then covers, TWO! Styles sits up but Rollins just kicks him right in the back. Rollins drags Styles up for more CHOPS, but Styles CHOPS back! Styles kicks but Rollins punches and whips. Styles reverses but Rollins boots him. Rollins hops up but Styles gets under and dropkicks Rollins down! Fans continue to cheer and duel while Styles kicks Rollins while he’s down. Styles chops Rollins to a corner to then ram his shoulder in. He stops at 4 but then knees Rollins down.
Styles kicks Rollins hard in the chest, then lifts him for a quick backbreaker! Styles circles Rollins and brings him back up. Rollins CHOPS but Styles hits back. They brawl and Rollins whips. Rollins hip tosses and rains down rights! He whips but Styles reverses, only to run into a buckle shot! Styles is down on the apron while Rollins catches his breath. Rollins goes around to join Styles and brings him up. Rollins suplexes but Styles blocks. Styles kicks back then brings Rollins in, for a Clash!? Rollins kicks free and lands on his feet, only to get Styles’ sliding knee! Styles drags Rollins into the ring but Rollins hits him back. Rollins goes to suplex but Styles hotshots! Only for Rollins to DIVE onto him! They both crash into the announce desk!
The ring count begins while both champion and challenger are down. Rollins and Styles both head for the ring at 6, and get in at 7. Rollins clotheslines Styles back out and DIVES again! Another crash into the desk, but Rollins puts Styles in the ring fast! He throws forearms on Styles, then runs, but into a forearm from Styles! Styles runs but Rollins follows to Slingblade him down! Rollins runs at Styles in the corner for another forearm, then dumps him down. Rollins springboards, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Rollins keeps focus. Fans fire up as Rollins hobbles back to Styles. Rollins lifts but Styles resists, so Rollins kicks away on Styles’ face! Then he tries again, only for Styles to spin out. Styles swings but Rollins spins him, ripcord, but Styles blocks the Revolution Knee! Fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi!
But Styles is too tired to cover! Fans duel again as both men slowly move. Styles gets to one corner and Rollins the other. Styles runs in for a big clothesline! He prepares but is denied the Clash with a back drop. Rollins sits on the sunset, TWO! Sunset, TWO! High stack, deadlift! Buckle Bomb! Styles flops down and Rollins climbs up, Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. He just sits up while fans rally. Styles crawls but Rollins stalks him. Rollins throws big hands on Styles, then drags Styles up. He hoists Styles to the top rope, then throws more hands before climbing up to join him. Styles hits back and sends Rollins down.
Styles adjusts but Rollins is up fast, only for Styles to slip under and trip him up! German Suplex, but Styles holds on, for another lift. Rollins rolls through with a wheelbarrow, TWO! Roaring elbow blocked by a boot! Torture rack, spin-out, Tower Hacker Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans are loving it! Styles thinks on what he has to do to win, but fans know “This is Awesome!” He runs in but Rollins puts him on the apron. He forearms Rollins back and springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles is stuck up top, and Rollins hurries to sit him up. Rollins climbs up behind Styles, and drags him up in a dragon sleeper… INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Roll through, inverted Falcon’s Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Rollins can’t believe it!
Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.
Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The workhorse of the WWE, the Architect, is #BetterThanPhenomenal! Styles leaves, but then comes back? Rollins expects a fight, but Styles doesn’t make a move. Rollins raises the belt up, but Styles offers a handshake. After thinking it over, Rollins accepts it. There is now respect between them, but will we get an epic rematch down the line?
Backstage interview with Xavier Woods and WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston!
How does Kofi Kingston respond to Kevin Owens constantly claiming he’s only WWE Champion thanks to the New Day? Kevin is always in the wrong saying that like it’s an insult. Kofi has done a lot of great things in the WWE even before the New Day, but does have to admit the New Day helped him reach the world championship. “It is what it is.”
But Woods won’t let Kofi sell himself short. Kofi had this in him the entire time, and that’s why he was able to make it to the spot he’s in now. And now, Kevin will learn why he never should’ve crossed the New Day. Kofi will have Kevin 1v1, and this isn’t about making a statement, this is about making a huge statement! And if anyone thinks they can make a way to the WWE Championship by going after Kofi’s brothers, they’ll see that it won’t ever work. And that is why Kofi is your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But will he still be champion after finally having it out with the Prizefighter?
Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???
Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the fiesta to Hartford, complete with pinatas! And they love that MITB is once a year. It’s like Christmas but with gold. But every day for them is a Lucha House Party! However, the party is about to be over, because here comes Lars Sullivan!
The Leviathan heads down the ramp and targets the luchadors. Metailk leaps at him but is caught in a Freak Accident! Lince leaps but he gets long dart’d! Kalisto is all alone but not backing down! He brings the fight but Lars headbutts him down. Lars is bloody from his own headbutt, but he clubs away on Kailsto’s face! Lars hauls Kalisto up, for a Leviathan Bomb! The Mile High Monster just crashed the Lucha House Party, and only enjoys his own blood. Can any force in the WWE stop the Freak? Can anyone even survive?
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens!
Kofimania was a dream come true for so many, but none more than the man himself. However, KO took advantage of Kofi’s good mood and Big E’s absence to pull off a Big O betrayal! The Prizefighter doesn’t see Kofi as a worthy WWE champion, but will he be proven wrong tonight?
The introductions are made, Xavier Woods watches backstage, and the belt is raised as we begin this championship grudge match!
Kofi and Kevin brawl with the bell! Kevin knees and chops Kofi to a corner, then chops more. He clubs Kofi but Kofi hits back. Kevin whips Kofi to a corner but Kofi comes right out with a big clothesline! Kevin bails out but Kofi pursues. Kofi leaps off the steel steps for a big ax handle! Fans cheer Kofi as he puts Kevin back in. Kofi drags Kevin back up to headbutt him to a corner. Kofi stomps a mudhole in as fans rally behind him. Kevin bails out again but Kofi pursues. Kevin tackles Kofi into the apron, then whips, but Kofi reverses to send Kevin into barriers! Kofi drags Kevin up again to whip Kevin again. Kevin reverses now but Kofi uses that to climb and LEAP for bigger ax handles!
Kofi puts Kevin back in the ring and stalks him to a corner. He kicks Kevin while he’s down, and headbutts him to a corner. Kofi whips Kevin corner to corner but Kevin reverses. Kevin gets under as Kofi goes up and over, SUPERKICK! Kevin stomps Kofi out and shouts, “That’s why this is MY show!” Kofi crawls but Kevin stalks him to a corner. He whips Kofi hard against buckles then dares fans to say something. Fans boo and jeer but Kevin goes back to stomp Kofi more. Kofi shoves Kevin but Kevin whips him corner to corner again. Kofi flops down then Kevin drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed already but then taunts Kofi, “Where are your little buddies at?” He stalks Kofi and clubs him back down.
Kofi crawls to the apron but Kevin drags him back up. Kofi throws forearms on Kevin! Kevin knees back then throws Kofi into a post! Kofi hits hard and then hits a camera man! Kevin shows no mercy, with the apron frog splash! Kevin roars as a ring count begins. The ring count reaches 5 before Kevin puts Kofi in the ring. Cover, TWO! Kofi toughs it out but Kevin grows frustrated. Kevin kicks Kofi in the back while fans boo and jeer. Kevin CHOPS Kofi to a corner. He clubs Kofi on the back then drops a knee. Kevin soaks up the heat but Kofi throws body shots. Kofi haymakers but Kevin trips him up. Kevin tries to turn Kofi but Kofi resists, so Kevin catapults. Kofi lands on the ropes to kick back! Then turns, only to leap into a kick!
Kevin wants to lift but Kofi back drops Kevin into buckles! Both men are down with bad backs but fans rally up. Kofi crawls away while Kevin stands in a corner. Kofi runs in but gets a boot. Kevin runs out but Kofi dodges to double CHOP! Kofi dropkicks Kevin down, then runs for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he hits the New Day Boom Drop! But Kevin makes it a roll up! And turns over to a Boston Crab! Kofi endures the pain in his back and drags himself over, ropebreak! Kevin lets go, but pursues Kofi on the apron. He drags Kofi up and wants a bomb, but Kofi holds on for dear life! Kofi shoulders and punches back, but so does Kevin. They brawl on the edge, Kevin kicks Kofi away. Kofi double stomps Kevin onto the apron!
Kevin slumps to the floor while Kofi drags himself back in. Kofi climbs while Kevin stands, and Kofi LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin puts Kofi back in, covers, TWO!! Kofi still lives, but Kevin just stands him back up. “You should’ve stayed down!” Kevin SLAPS Kofi then whips, Pop-Up but Kofi escapes! Kofi wants the SOS but Kevin slips out. Kevin wants a stunner but Kofi slips out, SOS hits! Cover, TWO!! Kevin escapes and both men are down! Kofi is surprised, but he doesn’t stop. He gets to a corner and fans rally up behind him. Kevin stands but blocks Trouble in Paradise into another Boston Crab! Kofi endures all over again, crawls and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Kevin lets go but he’s further frustrated.
Kevin tells the Kofimania fans to shut up, but that only makes them boo more. He goes to superkick but Kofi deflects and takes Kevin down! Kofi fires forearms over and over and over! He roars as he drags Kevin up, but Kevin snapmares. Kevin pops-up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin shouts at the fans again, then waits for Kofi to stand. Kofi does stand, and Kevin kicks, but no stunner! Trouble in Paradise! But Kevin falls out of the ring! Kofi doesn’t want to win by count-out, he drags Kevin back in. But Kevin’s dead weight so that takes some doing. Kevin revives, kicks, STUNNER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kofi saves himself!
Kevin is beside himself as has to drag Kofi back and around. He ends up even dragging off Kofi’s shoes! He throws the shoes at fans! Kevin then climbs up, Swanton gets knees!! Kofi gets up and hits Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE World Championship
He did it! And without his shoes! Kofimania rolls on through MITB, truly championship material! And he celebrates with Xavier, too! With a dream this strong, will it ever come to an end?
WWE Super Showdown is coming!
WWE returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with HUGE matches! Goldberg VS Undertaker! Triple H VS Randy Orton! Andrade Almas challenges for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against THE DEMON Balor! For the first time in WWE history, a 50-Man Over-the-top-rope Battle Royal! As if that wasn’t big enough, the Monster Among Men takes on the Rocky Mountain Machine 1v1! Will the ring survive such epic action?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
Sami Zayn beat Braun Strowman to take his spot in this match, but with some help from the Lone Wolf and Scottish Terminator. However, someone stuck Sami to a wall to take him out of this match! The Monster Among Men claims it wasn’t him, but who else could it have been? Plus, there’s still the issue of who takes his spot! The Lone Wolf- er, “Hartford’s Favorite Son”, Extraordinary Man, Scottish Terminator, King of Flight, Beacon of Light, El Idolo and The Viper all make their entrance, but is there no (new) eighth man?
The bell rings, and there doesn’t seem to be. Randy Orton bails out while Baron Corbin brawls with Mustafa Ali, Drew McIntyre goes after Ricochet, and Andrade Almas attacks Finn Balor! Almas looks to get his shots in on Finn now before WWE Super Showdown. McIntyre bumps and CHOPS Ricochet while Corbin stomps Ali. Almas CHOPS Finn but Finn hits back! Corbin knees Ali while McIntyre bumps Ricochet off buckles again. Finn baits Almas and dumps him out! McIntyre CHOPS Ricochet while Ali tumbles out of the ring. Orton attacks Ali by giving him a back suplex onto an announce desk! Corbin goes after Finn while Ricochet dumps McIntyre out. Ricochet baits Corbin in, and then both Ricochet and Finn clothesline Corbin out!
Ricochet and Finn stand alone, but decide to work together. Orton trips Finn but Ricochet still FLIES onto everyone else! Orton gives Finn a back suplex to the desk! The Viper sees Ricochet as he comes in, and dodges to back suplex him onto the desk! Orton has a hat trick and goes after a ladder. He puts that in the ring as Hartford cheers him on. Orton takes his time standing the ladder up, then takes his time climbing up. He approaches the top but Almas springboards and dropkicks the ladder down! Orton is up but gets the elbow! Corbin brings a new ladder in but so does McIntyre. Corbin hits Orton while McIntyer hits Almas. Then McIntyre hits Orton and Finn. McIntyre stands his ladder in a corner while Corbin rams Orton out of the ring.
Corbin puts his ladder in a corner and McIntyre moves the middle one out of the way. Ricochet returns to give McIntyre a Code Breaker! Ali gives Corbin a somersault facebuster! Ali DIVES at McIntyre! Almas attacks Ricochet, but Ricochet denies La Sombra to dump Almas out. Ricochet has a ladder, but Ali is there, too. They each climb but also pull each other off. Ricochet elbows Ali, but Ali goes up and over to climb again! Ricochet yanks him down but Ali yanks Ricochet down. Ali waistlocks and back suplexes, but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet puts Ali on the apron then climbs! But Ali somersaults in to follow! They brawl up top but McIntyre and Corbin return to go after each of them. The bigger men clobber Ali and Ricochet, then move the ladder aside again.
Corbin and McIntyre work together to throw Ali onto a ladder! McIntyre gives Ricochet a belly2belly suplex on a ladder! McIntyre sees Orton return but gets a hotshot. Orton dumps Corbin out and kicks him, draping DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he stalks Corbin. Fans want to see it, but Corbin denies it! Claymore hits Orton! McIntyre sees Finn and has Corbin take him. Finn kicks Corbin away, then goes after McIntyre. Slingblade for Corbin, shotgun dropkick for McIntyre! McIntyre hits the ladder! Finn ducks Corbin to double stomp that ladder onto him! Fans fire up as Finn stands a ladder up. But then he throws it down on McIntyre to keep him away.
McIntyre writhes while Finn re-positions the other ladder. Finn climbs and reaches, but Almas attacks him with the other ladder! Almas pokes and jabs Finn off, then sets up a ladder bridge. Ricochet returns and boots Almas. Ricochet hops up but Almas knocks him down hard! Almas leaves Ricochet behind to climb. Finn follows from the other side, and they brawl back and forth. Finn rocks Almas and reaches, but Almas hits back. Almas reaches but Finn hits back. They brawl more, and Almas climbs up, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Finn onto the ladder bridge!! How did either man survive!? Fans lose their minds over it!
Ali returns and elbows Corbin away. Ali leaps for a tornado DDT! HE also kicks Orton away, and then McIntyre. Ricochet returns but misses, Ali reverse-ranas Ricochet down! Ali pushes the bridge ladder out, then adjusts the main ladder. Almas trips Ali up and Ali ends up stuck in a rung. He CHOPS Ali and Ali is in a Tree of Woe on that ladder. Almas fetches a new ladder and sets it up. He stomps and kicks Ali down, and then begins to climb. Ali sits up and grabs at Almas! Ali frees himself and brawls with Almas. They both reach the top and keep fighting. Ali bumps Almas on the rung, then brings him around for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Fans lose their minds all over again!
McIntyre returns but brings out the tallest ladder yet. Ali anchors McIntyre’s feet but McIntyre stands him up and CHOPS him down. McIntyre makes sure Ali is down before he sets the tall ladder as a new bridge, between desk and ring. He drags Ali up and slaps him around before scooping him way up. Ali escapes and SUPERKICKS McIntyre away! Corbin returns to choke slam Ali through the Spanish announce desk! Corbin smirks as he leaves Ali for dead. He helps McIntyre up, only to throw him over into the crowd! Corbin goes to the ring and stops Finn’s climb. He tosses one ladder down, to choke slam Finn on it! Ricochet springboard missile dropkicks Corbin out! Then DIVES, into a DEEP SIX! But McIntyre returns for a revenge CLAYMORE!
All seven men are down for one reason or another. Finn drags himself to the ladder and climbs. McIntyre pursues and clubs him down. McIntyre folds up the main ladder to throw it at Finn! Then he suplexes Finn onto that same ladder! But it was double-edged! Finn looks broken, but McIntyre isn’t done! He grabs Almas, Inverted Alabama Slam onto Finn!! McIntyre breaks one man with another man, then stands the ladder up. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but it’s not over. Ricochet springboard clotheslines McIntyre down! Ricochet scrambles up the ladder, but McIntyre returns to pull him down. McIntyre tosses Ricochet onto the ladder bridge!! The ladder breaks apart!!
And now, McIntyre climbs back up. But Orton yanks him off, for an RKO! Corbin throws Orton into a post! And he climbs up! Corbin reaches the top, but Ali returns! Ali climbs over Corbin, but Corbin yanks him back down, only for Ali to huricanrana Corbin out! Ali scrambles back to the ladder and climbs! He reaches the top, touches the briefcase, but is that… BROCK LESNAR?! The Beast becomes the eighth man?! He bulldozes a ladder over and wipes out camera crews! Then he leaps into the ring, and tips Ali over! Fans are losing their minds all over again as Lesnar laughs. Lesnar stands a ladder up, climbs, and takes his time enjoying the moment. He takes the briefcase down, Brock Lesnar wins!?!?
Winner: Brock Lesnar; Mr. Money in the Bank 2019
Everyone in the WWE Universe is shocked. Is Brock Lesnar really the BEAST in the Bank?! Is he about to just snatch away the WWE Universal Championship, or even the WWE World Championship, without even trying?
Well that was certainly something. WWE struggled to give most fans a reason to look forward to MITB 2019, but 90% of this PPV gave us above and beyond expectations. First, the WWE Cruiserweight match wasn’t in the Kickoff! It was a main show match! And despite what some live fans might’ve thought, Nese VS Daivari was solid. It was on par if not better than what we get on 205 Live regularly, and as it should be. Nese wins, as I figured, to grow his reign. The Usos VS Bryan & Rowan was our kickoff match, and it was pretty great, also as expected, but I didn’t think the Usos would win. Now they might have another shot at those belts where they win, and that complicates things even with the Wild Card Rule being a thing.
The Women’s MITB opening the main show was a giveaway that the winner would cash in later in the night. Carmella did a good job selling her bad leg early, but kinda forgot during her heroic return. There were great callbacks to the previous Women’s MITB, too, like Dana climbing a vertical ladder and a non-participant trying to help their friend. But Fire & Desire fall short and it’s Bayley who wins, also as expected! And then she cashes in to win! It was a great string of action with Becky VS Lacey being better than most likely thought, but at least with the right result. Charlotte was a perfect Heel daring Becky to do the double header immediately, and even their match was pretty good. Sure, Charlotte wins, but that’s so in the moment we’re all angry, for Bayley to then be the hero again! #BayleyTripleCrown yay~!
Speaking of in the moment, Joe being screwed out because of bad officiating was another odd choice, but it does keep him strong and gives him a claim to a rematch while still letting Rey Mysterio finally have his WWE Grand Slam. I expect the next US Championship match to be No Disqualifications, which can allow Dominique to defend his father and get “roughed up” by Joe. Dominique’s been training to be a wrestler just like Mysterio, so it’d be a great thing for him and the fans to see him give it a go. And with the next regular PPV being Extreme Rules, it all works. Though, if this US title match was short just so Lars could destroy Lucha House Party for fun, that’s sad. Lars can do plenty of that on TV, no need for that on PPV.
I was rather surprised and a touch disappointed in the Shane stories. First, for a cage match, Shane VS Miz was pretty good. But instead of weasel Shane escaping by his shirt coming off, make the finish about the dirty official siding with him, to play up on a similar “man VS authority” a la… Daniel Bryan. Boom, Miz is truly full circle ending up like his arch-nemesis. As for the Roman and Elias segment, it was pretty good overall, but still could’ve been better. Elias still gets to play a song, and Roman wins like we knew he would, but I can’t be sure if this is better than Shane and his new crew trying to screw Roman out only for Roman to win anyway. I’m not sure how this story with them all ends, but I’d love if we got one more team-up of Miz and Roman.
The WWE Universal and WWE World Championship matches were both great. Rollins VS Styles, truly phenomenal. And it’s actually nice to see that Styles returns to being Face even after losing, because fans still like Styles too much right now for him to truly go Heel. Kofi VS Kevin was great, but thinking about those title matches Kofi had on TV being just to boost ratings, it kinda makes the “you’re not worthy!” angle Kevin uses meaningless, because Kofi already proved he could defend the belt. But either way, Kofi wins here to at least prove it to Kevin, and moves on.
The Men’s MITB match was epic right up until the end when it just got Vince’d. There was such great action, and then Vince just had to throw Brock Lesnar back into things. It was almost too fitting that it was Ali on the ladder when Lesnar came out to bury everyone. Ali was the most underdog of the seven known superstars, and had some of the strongest fan support in this match. Though, ignoring Lesnar, it would’ve been Corbin as the only disappointing choice from how the fans were reacting. But classic Vince, he can’t let go of big beefy Brock being in the world title scene, and now makes him even more dangerous because he can just cash-in on a tired Rollins. But because he’s Lesnar, he’ll probably wait until Summerslam.
My Score: 8.3/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)
It’s about to get TOXIC!
Tonight: Jacy Jayne, Gigi Dolin, and a WEAPONIZED STEEL CAGE!
NXT returns from the Battleground, but another battle is about to begin! The Toxic War between Gigi and Jacy ends, inside a cage, the walls lined with weaponry! Who will be left standing as the Toxic Victor?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Gigi wins.
- Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine; Wes & Bate win.
- Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo; Joe wins.
- Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile; Cora wins.
- NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Melo wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
What was once one of the most dominant duos in the NXT Women’s Division was torn apart by ambition and pride. Where one thought they were closer than sisters, the other only saw herself as the star and everyone else as a side character. This is going to end one way or another, but will it be the Toxic Avenger or the Toxic Traitor that comes out on top?
But wait! Jacy attacks Gigi during her entrance! And then RAMS her into the steel! And then into steel steps! Fans boo but Jacy takes Gigi’s jacket from her, throws it at her, then throws Gigi into the steel again! Jacy says it’s all about her, and she SMACKS Gigi off more steps, and Gigi’s head also hits the underside of the door! Jacy makes Gigi take a seat, to SLAM the door shut on her! And again! And again! Jacy howls but fans boo, and Jacy drags Gigi into the cage. Jacy then closes the door, the bell rings, and Jacy stalks Gigi. Jacy has a duffel bag, and she brings out a LEATHER STRAP! She LASHES Gigi!
Jacy LASHES Gigi more and more, then howls again. Gigi writhes, Jacy gets a chair, but Gigi gets a trash can lid! Gigi kicks Jacy low, SMACKS her on the back, and now Jacy writhes. Gigi runs, but Jacy drop toeholds her onto the chair! Jacy drags Gigi through the chair, runs, but Gigi avoids the ax kick! Gigi comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy takes a seat, Gigi CROSSBODIES her down! Gigi drags Jacy up, RAMS her into the steel, then RAMS her into the other side! Gigi gets that strap for herself now, and she LASHES Jacy! And again! And again! And again! Then she just throws the strap at Jacy before getting a trash can lid.
Gigi brings the can around, puts it on Jacy, and then Kawada Kicks away on it! Jacy falls over, Gigi takes the can off her, and fans fire up. Gigi has Jacy against ropes, digs the can into her, and says this is what Jacy wanted! Gigi SLAPS Jacy, runs, and dropkicks the can into Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this, and Gigi snarls. Gigi looks for something else to use as fans rally behind her. Gigi gets the strap and CHOKES Jacy with it! Gigi says Jacy ruined everything! They were like sisters! Gigi lets Jacy go, gets more trash cans, and she sets one down. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gigi gets the bat! It has a rose on it!
Gigi JAMS Jacy with the baseball bat, then DIGS the thorn covered side into her! Gigi climbs up to CHOKE Jacy with the bat and again shouts that Jacy ruined everything! Gigi then takes aim, waits on Jacy to get up, but Jacy avoids the homer to SPINEBUSTER Gigi on the can! Fans are shocked while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy talks trash on Gigi, stalks her, and brings her up. Jacy RAMS Gigi into steel, then RAMS her into more steel! Jacy then grinds Gigi into the chain link like it’s a cheese grater! Jacy lets off to revel in the moment, then she steps back in through the ropes. Jacy talks trash on the fans and on Gigi, and then stalks her to ropes. Jacy KICKS Gigi in the face! Jacy gets a chair, wedges it in a corner, and then goes back for Gigi. Jacy brings Gigi up to whip, but Gigi stops herself! Gigi ELBOWS Jacy, runs and BOOTS her down! Gigi then gets another trash can, and she wedges that in another corner.
Gigi goes to Jacy, kicks her low, and whips, but Jacy reverses! Gigi blocks, Jacy kicks low, then blocks a kick to LARIAT Gigi down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this but Jacy rains down fists on her! Jacy eggs Gigi on, taunts fans, then gets a steel chain! Jacy wraps that around her first, gives it a kiss, and FULL METLA BODY SHOTS! And then another! And another! Gigi falls over while Jacy swings the chain. Jacy grinds as she sits Gigi up, and wraps the chain around Gigi’s face! Gigi can only endure as the chain digs into her nose and mouth! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally back up.
Gigi fights, powers up, and swings Jacy into the steel chair! Jacy goes down and fans fire up! Jacy staggers up, Gigi roars, and Gigi ROCKS Jacy, KICKS her and KNEES her! Ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO!! Gigi is frustrated but she pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Gigi gets another chair, and she puts that down at center. She gets that chair from the corner, and another chair, and another chair, and she piles them together. Gigi brings Jacy over, half nelsons, but Jacy fights! Jacy whips, spins Gigi, and then NECKBREAKER on the chair pile!! Both women writhe but Jacy covers, TWO!! Gigi survives and Jacy is beside herself!
Fans rally up, Jacy clears the chairs out of the way and she throws a forearm on Gigi. Gigi comes back with a haymaker! Jacy throws a forearm back! Gigi throws a forearm of her own! Fans rally, Jacy throws another forearm but Gigi fires a flurry! Gigi wrenches, hooks Jacy up, but Jacy dosidos her into the TRASH CAN! And then SUPERKICKS! Just like the night she betrayed Gigi! Jacy runs in, CANNONBALL into the trash can! Cover, TWO!!! Gigi survives again and Jacy is at a loss for words. But then Jacy just grins and rains down fists on Gigi! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” and Jacy drags the table out!
Fans actually chant, “Thank You, Jacy!” and she says shut up, she’s not doing it for them! Jacy sets the table up near a corner, and she goes back to Gigi. Jacy suplexes but Gigi blocks! Gigi throws body shots, turns things around, but Jacy blocks the suplex! Gigi CLUBS Jacy, KNEES her low, and then drags her up to whip. Jacy reverses and sends Gigi into the steel! Jacy then brings Gigi up, bumps her off buckles, and brings her up the corner! Fans fire up as Jacy dribbles Gigi off buckles and the steel! Jacy says this is all about HER, and she reaches the very top rope. But Gigi HEADBUTTS in return!
Jacy wobbles, Gigi SMACKS her off the steel again and again! Jacy stays on the top rope but Gigi clinches, CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! High stack, Gigi wins!!
Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall
The Toxic Avenger finally ends the Toxic War! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” What is next for Gigi now that she’s gotten past her past?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and notes we’re just 48 hours removed from his win in a Triple Threat. He is now the longest reigning North American Champion, with TEN successful defenses. Has it sunk in yet? Now that she says it, yes! He is PUMPED! But he’s also sore. Comes with the territory. Back when he won the title at Halloween Havoc, he had no idea how this ride was gonna go. But through the multiple multi-mans, the open challenges and the unforeseen odds- “Sunday’s victory proved nothing!” The Dyad storms in to say Joe Gacy wants to send a reminder.
Wes says okay, he’ll bust them all! But then Tyler Bate steps up to say that if they want to fight Wes, they fight him, too! The Dyad backs off, and Bate tells Wes that as he said on Sunday, that was all business. He still has Wes’s back, if he’ll have him. Wes says he appreciates that. They fist bump, but will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed still try to send that “message” from The Schism?
Tony D’Angelo gets his mug shot.
He isn’t happy about it, either. But what will happen should The Don have to go to court?
Gallus talks backstage.
They’re of course happy to be NXT Tag Team Champions, but Wolfgang admits, The Creed Brothers are tough. But no one can stop Gallus! They never stop. The Creeds are done, so who steps up to their kingdom next? Well, Tony D and Stacks had next, but uh, Tony can’t do too much with his hands cuffed. “It wasn’t me, officer! I swear! I’m a nice guy!” Fogedaboutit! But Stacks storms in! He knew it was them! They ratted on Tony! Don’t get the wrong idea, Stacks, it wasn’t them. But what is he gonna do without his daddy? Better question: Ever heard that snitches get stitches?
Stacks fires off on Gallus, but he gets mugged 3v1! The refs rush in, but Gallus still throws Stacks into shelfs! The refs tell Gallus they are EJECTED from the building! Gallus is fine with that, they did the damage. But who is going to be next if The Family is busy with their own problems?
Carmelo Hayes is here!
Fans cheer as Trick Melo Gang heads to the ring, because the NXT Champion is still HIM! Trick gets the mic to get to business. They went to Melo’s hometown, Melo went to Battleground, and he left still champion. Fans cheer that, and Melo says he did that. Now listen, Battleground was exactly that: a battle. So he will paint a picture: Melochussetts was going crazy! Bron VS THOUSANDS! Big Spear, Melo still alive. Nothing But Net, #AndStill! And one thing everyone needs to realize, sometimes you gotta take shots to make shots. When it comes to this NXT Championship, Melo don’t ever miss!
Trick says Melo don’t lie, either! Battleground is another brick in the foundation of the HIM Dynasty. But wait, NOAM DAR is here? Dar and his squad walk out, and Dar tells Melo, “Well done! Congratulations! You managed to escape your hometown still champion. And Melo, you weren’t the only one to retain their championship.” Fans boo as Dar says HE defended HIS NXT Heritage Cup, “the most coveted prize in NXT.” But Melo only just managed to beat Bron. Dar beat Dragon Lee not once, but twice. Thank you.
Trick tells “Mr. Supernova” that we don’t have time to talk about how it took four of them to cheat Dragon Lee. Fans cheer that! But there is time to talk about Dar coming out to interrupt Trick Melo Gang. Interrupting Trick Melo Gang is a super no-no. Melo says he saw that match, Dar really is like that. But there’s levels to this. That trophy puts Dar on a high level, but this NXT Championship puts Melo on the HIGHEST level. Dar may’ve “beat” Dragon twice, but Melo bets he couldn’t even beat Melo once. And that’s all it is, and that’s all it- NO NO NO NONONO! SHH! The adults are talking, Trick.
Fans boo as Dar tells Melo that that almost sounded like a challenge. Is Melo challenging Dar, even though that’d be the biggest mistake of his life? If Melo is building a dynasty, then step up! Put the NXT Championship on the line TONIGHT! Trick says whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Dar is trying to take advantage of Melo while he’s tired. DUH! Well done, Captain Obvious. But hey, straight up, what does Melo say? Oh, wait, Lash was right! Melo is just counting the minutes, making it easy, because he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level night in and night out, like Dar.
But actually, it must be hard to miss when he has… What’s Lash calling it? Low management! No, no, if Dar wants it, then he’s got it! TONIGHT! Fans fire up, but did the Supernova Squad just get the better of HIM?
Cora Jade talks with the other women in the locker room.
They all saw her match with Lyra in the tournament, right? Lyra headbutted her right in the eye! Cora was basically blind half the match! And if she could’ve seen, SHE would have gone to Battleground, and SHE would be NXT Women’s Champion. Literally everyone else goes, “Um…” Cora says fine, but the only one to be celebrated is HER! Her accomplishments, her star power. But nooo~, we all let Cora get screwed over. She deserves to be champion! But in walks Ivy Nile. We’ve all had it with the whining. Injuries are part of the game, so suck it up and get over it. Everyone would’ve loved to have been in that tournament, too.
Cora tells Ivy not to give her attitude just cuz her guys couldn’t get the job done and Ava whipped her ass. Ivy says at least they were all in that fight. Where was Cora on Sunday? Just sitting here bitching about it. Cora says she’s not scared of Ivy, but does anyone believe that?
Axiom watches footage on his phone.
Reggie walks over and says, “What’s up, Ax? Tell me you’re watching Battleground.” Axiom says yes, but then sees who he’s talking to. Axiom stands right up but Reggie tells him to chill, he means you no harm. Then what does he want? See, “Reggie!” Everyone always calls him that, and that is his given name, but growing up, a lot of people called him “Scrypts.” Who? His family? And why “Scrypts?” Definitely not his family. And he won’t get into it right now, that’s a story for another day. Then what does Scrypts want? He appreciates what Axiom did for him. Wait, what? When he took the mask off! It opened Scrypts’ eyes!
It was like Scrypts was living in a cave, watching shadows on the wall. But now, he is living in the sunlight, seeing what is meant to be seen. And Dabba-Kato trying to take Axiom out after their match last week, Scrypts couldn’t stand by. He jumped into action to help Axiom since Axiom helped him. And Scrypts just wants to thank him. Scrypts/Reggie leaves, and Axiom says, “Any time.” Is Scrypts going to go from a would-be archenemy to a new ally?
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine!
The Cardiac Kid & Big Strong Boi are standing together again against Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed. The Schism isn’t done with Wes, but will their tree get chopped down?
NXT returns as Bate makes his entrance, followed by Wes. The teams sort out and Reed starts with Bate. They circle, tie up, and Reed wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then uses a leg to get free and knuckle lock. Bate whips and WRINGS Reed out, then wrenches the arm again. Reed pulls hair to put Bate in the corner and Rip tags in to ROCK Bate! Rip ROCKS Bate again, puts him in a corner, but Bate boots then KNEES back! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Bate wrenches Rip to tag in Wes. Wes slingshots to sunset flip! TWO! Rip gets Wes in the face with that kickout, then he ROCKS Wes!
Rip scoops, Wes slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, Wes slides and headscissors! Wes runs in, tilt-o-whirl CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks Rip, tags Bate, and Bate goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Bate wrenches the arm, tags Wes back in, but Rip shoves Bate into Wes! Rip CLUBS Bate, tags Reed, and the Dyad brings Bate up to whip to the corner. Reed runs in but into a BOOT! Bate goes up and over Rip, under Reed, and baits them in for Wes’s FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Fans fire up as Wes & Bate DOUBLE DROPKICK The Dyad out!
Fans fire up as The Dyad get back in and the four stare down. But then Wes & Bate see MUSTAFA ALI in the perch!? The Beacon is here, but why!? Ali heads down to ringside while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Jagger grinds Bate down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Bate fights up, and we see Ali is on commentary now. Bate powers the hold open but Reed KNEES him in the back and tags Rip. They double suplex and hold Bate up but Bate throws knees! Bate knees and knees and DOUBLE KNEES, to then get free! Bate DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Bate dodges Reed but Rip ROCKS him! The Dyad set Bate up but Bate BOOTS Reed away! He ends up in the corner with Rip, Wes tags in to rally on The Dyad! SUPERKICK for Reed, ELBOW for Rip, BOOT for Reed, and a flurry of fists for Rip!
Wes snapmares and DROPKICKS Rip and fans fire up! Reed storms up but Wes elbows him away. Victory roll and jump, DDT for Rip! Reed runs in but Wes ducks the enziguri to wrench and fire off fast strikes! DOUBLE STOMP on Reed’s back! Rip runs in but is sent into the corner! ENZIGURI, then snapmare! Wes flips but Rip dodges! THROAT CHOP! Fans boo but Ava cheers, and Reed tags in. Reed and Rip aim, but Bate gets up, Rip DECKS Bate, but Wes fires off haymakers and CHOPS on The Dyad. The Dyad kicks back, double whips, but Wes ducks ‘n handsprings to DOUBLE PELE!! Tag to Bate!
Bate and Wes each have a corner, they each aim at a Dyad, for DOUBLE TORNILLO!! Wes then FLIES to take out Rip! Bate gets Reed for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Wes win!
Winners: Wes Lee & Tyler Bate, by pinfall
That was definitely a big strong victory, and then Ivy gets at Ava!! The Creed Brothers rush out, but The Dyad goes after them! It is a chaotic brawl, more refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” And then Gacy gets in to CLOBBER Wes and Bate! Gacy stomps away on Wes, but Ali jumps in! Ali DECKS Gacy! Fans fire up as Ali DECKS Gacy again! Ali TOSSES Gacy out hard, and he throws off his jacket! The Beacon stands with Bate and Wes, will they join forces to chop down The Schism’s tree?
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey lead another Chase U class.
The Philly Stretcher says, “The name of the game is leverage.” Collar ‘n’ elbow, let’s go. Then you get the headlock. Thea Hail watches closely but Duke Hudson tells her that while he’s all for pushing yourself, but Gulak was the one who made her cry. She doesn’t have to take this class, he can give her a pass. No, she has to do this for herself. She never wants to feel that way again! They think she’s weak, but she’s not! She wants to prove it! She wants to get in there! Let her go! LET HER GO!! Thea, let HIM go! Yeesh. But okay, give ’em hell. Okay okay okay! She jumps in, Gulak tells the one guy, “Submission wrestling is the backbone of success. Good job.”
Dempsey taps Gulak’s shoulder and says, “Speaking of success. Look who decided to join.” Well, so nice of Thea to join in. But no crying this time or running away, okay? Loud and clear, sir. She can do this. Alright. Everyone done. She circles with Dempsey, what will her grade be in this test?
Tiffany Stratton heads to the ring.
The Center of the Universe is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and given all the pictures of herself in the ring, this “Tiffybration” is only about herself. Tiffany gets the mic to say, “Raise your hands if you’re not surprised that Tiffany Stratton is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion~!” She knows she isn’t. This Sunday, she claimed her rightful spot at the “Tiffy top” of NXT. Fans do cheer, and Tiffany says this title has been held by future hall of famers: Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Rhea Ripley, the list goes on and on. And tonight, she shows everyone what it means to be a true champion.
Fans cheer that, and Tiffany says “Honestly, when I think of what a champion is, it is me! Nobody in that locker room can do what I can do. And when I look in the mirror, I think to myself, I am the epitome of what a true WWE Superstar is! So to continue on in my Tiffybration, I would like to invite up the entire NXT Women’s locker room so they can all recognize me as their Women’s Champion. Ladies?” No one comes out. Fine, no one wants to know who her first opponent is gonna be. Do the fans do? “YES!” “Aww, you guys actually think I care what you think.” Tiffany asks the locker room to come out, and finally they all walk out.
Tiffany says she knows they’re all starstruck, and that they all have the same question: “What is next for Tiffany Stratton? Who will I give my first title defense to? And to be honest, as everyone is out here, I can’t help but think to myself that I’m gonna be champion for a long, long time. I mean, I might as well retire as champion. Nobody can sit with me. Not you, not you, and I don’t even know why you’re out here,” Thea. Oh, and it is DEFINITELY not Lyra. Sorry not sorry. This is getting so awkward, she invited them all out here. Hah, JK! Luckily for them, on her way home, she had a Tiffany Epiphany!
She thought to herself, she should give them all an opportunity at the #TiffyTitle! So next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to determine her challenger. Good for you all. “But TBH, it doesn’t matter who’s gonna win, because I’m gonna beat all of you to it. I am gonna beat all of you to it, because as far as I know, and for as long as I want, it is Tiffy Time.” Tiffany raises the belt, and confetti and balloons fall. But then Thea gets in to SLAP Tiffany! Fans fire up, and then both Roxie and Fallon get in! They pinball Tiffany with forearm shots! And SOBATS! Lyra gets in, too, but Tiffany scurries away!
But Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Tiffany is furious but she’s the one who just turned the entire roster against her. Who will have their moment and get their shot at the Center of the Universe?
Trick Williams is on the phone backstage.
He says it is going down, but Melo will be alright. They’ll pull up afterward. Just keep the bottles on ice and the jacuzzi hot. Lash, Jakara & Oro walk over. Lash says they call him Trick Willy. Well, you heard that right. Then your boy is about to get whooped by Dar. A shame, though, cuz they kinda cute. Kinda? Hey, now! They may disagree on the match, but in the looks department, Trick Melo don’t miss. And y’all can leave, button your lips, move your hips, he’ll holler. Oro wants Trick to understand what the ladies are saying: Melo should’ve taken the night off.
Trick recognizes Oro. He saw that match, Oro was in Dar’s corner, this must’ve all be his plan. Oro’s a real shyster, y’know that? And Miss Jackson the Distraction, and Lash is a distraction herself. Bet they’d like to hit Trick with a bucket. Trick would like that, huh? Trick says he’s watching all y’all! Don’t try him! Will Trick Melo Gang be ready for everything the Supernova Squad is bringing?
Dani Palmer is in the ring.
“I cannot leave, I cannot leave this ring, until I find out who this attacker is! Whoever’s been wreaking havoc in this division said that they’d reveal themselves TONIGHT! You attacked me, and you attacked my best friend, Sol, and now she’s out for a year! I’m done waiting. I’m not going anywhere until you show your face!!” The attacker is on the tron, watching the footage of her handiwork. Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, Sol Ruca, Dani Palmer, Roxanne Perez. Dani gets anxious, but the person is RIGHT BEHIND HER!! She attacks Danni, drags her up, and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW!!
IT’S BLAIR DAVENPORT! The Top Gaijin is back, and she gives Dani a KAMI-GOYE!! Targets of the Heir, beware! Who will be next on the list for Blair?
NXT shares footage from after the show last week.
Eddy Thorpe returned backstage and encountered Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. They congratulated him on the great effort against Tyler Bate. It’s tough, but so are you. And if Bate were to win the title, he could be looking at Eddy as next. Eddy says that’s nice of them to say, but he wishes he had that one back. Nah, they all feel down after a loss. You learn more after a loss than you do a win. But Damon Kemp gives a sarcastic clap. Kemp was watching, and he has to admit, he was impressed. But Eddy can’t win without cheating, huh? Eddy rushes Kemp but Kemp gets away, will the Alpha Wolf get back at the Golden Gopher in their rematch?
Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo!
Gallus was poking fun at The Don, and the Underboss wasn’t going to stand for it! Mark Coffey & Wolfgang were sent home, but will the Iron King still be on top? Or will Stacks make Joe fogedaboutit?
The bell rings and Stacks SHOTGUNS Joe! Stacks stomps Joe in the corner, the ref counts and Stacks lets off. Joe gets up to CLUB Stacks in the back, and throw body shot after body shot! Stacks still tackles Joe and rains down forearms! Stacks headlocks, but Joe fights up, only for Stacks to KNEE Joe again, and again, and again! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Stacks clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe, but Joe fights up. Stacks hits a headlock takeover, Joe keeps his shoulder up but Stacks pushes the arm down, TWO! Stacks throws hands, Joe is down again, TWO! Joe rolls Stacks to a cover, TWO!
Stacks still has the headlock, but Joe fights up. Joe powers out and hip tosses Stacks hard! Stacks staggers up to ropes, but Joe runs in to fire haymakers. Fans rally and Joe whips Stacks corner to corner hard! Stacks bounces off buckles, Joe drops knees on his back! And then an elbow on the ribs! Cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough but Joe drags him up. Stacks throws body shots but Joe knees low. Joe ROCKS Stacks, RAMS him, then HIP TOSSES! Stacks flounders to ropes but Joe digs his laces into Stacks’ face. Stacks throws body shots, ROCKS him, and wrenches an arm to HIP DROP it! Cover, TWO!
Stacks keeps cool, he brings Joe up but Joe scoops to SLAM! Stacks writhes, Joe shakes out the arms and checks his ears. Joe runs in but Stacks put shim on the apron! Stacks DROPKICKS Joe off the apron! Fans fire up and Stacks eggs Joe on. Joe tells Stacks that HE’s the rat, but Stacks goes out to ROCK him! Stacks has Joe on the defense as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Joe has Stacks in body scissors. Stacks powers back to a cover, TWO and Joe keeps on the squeeze. Fans rally as Stacks endures, and Stacks pries at the hold. Stacks pushes back again, ONE, and now Stacks is free! Stacks gets the legs but Joe kicks him away! Joe and Stacks stagger up, Stacks rushes in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Joe drags Stacks up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stacks up but Stacks throws hands! Stacks ROCKS Joe, brings him in, DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Stacks rises, Joe crawls, and Stacks runs in to rally with haymakers!
Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Joe to UPPERCUT him down! Joe staggers around, Stacks runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT again! Joe staggers out of the corner, Stacks gets him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The Iron King is hanging tough but Stacks tells him vaffanapoli! Stacks goes up the corner, but Joe UPPERCUTS him first! Joe climbs up, clinches, SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stacks survives and fans fire up! Joe is furious and he drags Stacks up. Joe whips, Stacks reverses, but Joe goes up and around, but into a back drop! Fans fire up, Stacks runs in and clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring!
Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside. A ring count starts, both men stand at 3 of 10. Stacks runs in to UPPERCUT Joe against the apron! We’re at 7, Stacks runs in, but is sent into the steps!! Joe drags Stacks up and in, aims from the corner, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
Stacks fought hard to protect Tony D’s honor, but The Iron King still crushes him. Will NXT still be Gallus’ kingdom?
NXT shares more footage from after last week’s show.
Robert Stone asked Von Wagner, “What the hell was that, man?!” What the hell was what? Luca deserved everything he got out there! That’s not what Stone meant. Von got disqualified! He wants to get suspended? Fined? Have his free agency status revoked? That could happen if you keep acting like this! Von says Luca was running his mouth the last two weeks, on Von and on Stone. Von finally just shut it! Then don’t take what Stone’s about to say the wrong way. But whatever went on in Von’s past, he has anger issues. If Von isn’t gonna listen to Stone, then it is time to talk to a therapist.
A therapist? What the hell is that gonna do? So that they can take Von’s hard earned money? No, look, Stone can pay for it. He’s just asking Von do this for him. Von thinks about it, pats Stone on the shoulder, and says he’ll still think about it. Is Vicious Von going to finally get past his past?
NXT shares footage of Ilja Dragunov.
It was before Battleground on Sunday that he called home and assured his son, Constantine, that he’ll make it home in one piece. He made sure Constantine know he loves him. “Is it the pain that keeps searching for me? Or am I the one who searches for pain? Or maybe, I am the pain. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Because tonight, the world shall know pain.” Dragunov put on his gear, brought back the red contact lenses, and prepared for the war that was ahead of him. Last Man Standing with Dijak was truly the definition of pain. And in the end, Dragunov stood tall. The Czar will return next week, what will he be searching for when he does?
Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile!
Selfish, arrogant, entitled. Sound familiar? The Generation of Jade may have a black eye, but as she sees it, she’s still the most important part of NXT. Will she prove herself right? Or will the Diamond Pitbull make her see she’s just a punk?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. She already got into a scrap with Ava Raine, maybe that was just a good warmup. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Cora claims Ivy touched her bad eye! But then she ELBOWS Ivy! Cora laughs at Ivy but Ivy grabs that finger! Cora kicks low, headlocks, but Ivy powers out. Things speed up and Ivy goes to hip toss but Cora turns it around. Ivy blocks that to CLOBBER Cora! Ivy grabs an arm, steps through, drags Cora down, cover, ONE! Ivy wrenches Cora to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then she YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again!
Ivy WRINGS Cora out again, then brings her up to a fireman’s carry. Cora fights free with elbows and throws Ivy down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Cora laughs at Ivy, then runs to ELBOW her against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks Ivy around, taunts her, then throws her down by her hair again. Cora gives more toying kicks, CLUBS Ivy, then brings her around to TOSS her out to the apron. Fans duel as Cora brings Ivy in to CLUB her! Ivy is in the ropes, Cora puts some stank on the CHOP! It gets Ivy in the face!! Cora runs to SHOTGUN Ivy down! Ivy flops down, Cora covers, they’re in the ropes so Cora has to pull Ivy away. Cover again, TWO!
Cora is upset but she throws Ivy down by her hair again. Cora clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Ivy endures, fans rally up, and Ivy arm-drags free! Cora comes back but into a roll-up, TWO! Cora swings, Ivy blocks to KICK! KICK! And ROUNDHOUSE! Cora staggers, Ivy whips her to a corner. Ivy runs in around the way, CALF KICK! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Ivy drags Cora back up to fisherman, but Cora cradle counters! TWO!! Ivy escapes but Cora kicks low. Cora wrenches the hair to throw Ivy back down! Fans rally, Cora runs, IMPLODER- NO, Ivy dodges the stomps and Cora jams a knee!
Ivy gut wrench SLAMS Cora! But here comes AVA! Ava grabs Ivy while the ref checks Cora! But Ivy gets the DIAMOND DRAGON on her! But Cora SHINING WIZARDS from behind! Cora gets Ivy up, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Ivy is feeling rather #Jaded after that, but that’s more because Ava came back for more. Will the Generation of Jade look to go after the gold during #TiffyTime?
Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.
Hank is sorry but how is the shoulder? Better every day. How’s Hank’s wrist? Better every day. But in all seriousness, they crushed it. Tank says Hank deserved that win, though. And at the end of the day, it worked! They’re tighter than ever! There’s this energy going back and forth! That connection! That’s what Hank was gonna say. Whoa, there’s the connection! Okay, let’s test it. First word that comes to mind, no thinking. Favorite food? On three- Wait, wait, “One two, go,” or “one two three, then go?” After three. Okay, okay. Favorite food. One, two, three, CHICKEN PARM! GASP!
Favorite animal? One, two, three, HONEY BADGER! Whoa… Favorite sauce on your wings. One, two, three, BUFFALO!! YES!! Edris & Malik walk over and say if they’re talking sauces, ya boi could eat. Bro, they just did eat! All they’re talking about is, ever since Tank ‘n’ Hank beat the tar outta each other, they’re like this! Fingers crossed. Tight. Oh, okay, after one match. It takes a bit longer than that, y’know that right? Oh, really? Watch this. Best movie of all time. One, two, three, JAWS! Okay, okay, they can do that. Edris & Malik go with “favorite day to work out.” One, two, three, MONURDAY. Monday VS Saturday.
No, try this. Pizza topping. One, two, three, PINEAMI! WHAT? Pepperoni VS Pineapple! Hank ‘n’ Tank let them argue this out, but Edris says they’re not gonna fight. But Malik says that could help them! Will each of these tag teams figure out their synchronicity over the Summer?
Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.
McKenzie finds Ivy & The Creeds, and she says there was just another altercation between Ivy and Ava. Ivy says yeah, and she’s sick of this crap! Ava, if you wanna be part of the game, step up! And for that matter, the Creeds tell The Dyad they can get it, too! Four roots, one stupid tree! But speaking of, Ava & The Dyad storm over! Refs rush in already as everyone is shouting, will the Diamond Mine look to crush The Schism once and for all?
NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!
Two champions triumphant at Battleground now collide to see who is truly at the very top. Will the Melobration continue into the Summer? Or will Supernova 11 have double swagger when he has double the championships?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dar can beat HIM!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dar wrenches and wristlocks but Melo rolls, wrenches and wrangles Dar down. Fans rally, Dar rolls and stands to clinch and put Melo on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar swings but Melo dodges to CHOP! Melo headlocks, he grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up. Dar brings Melo down to a knee, pops out the back, and he wrenches to a wristlock. Dar shouts he’s the champ, then SLAPS the hand! Melo kips up, wrenches back, and arm-drags to an armlock! Fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” as Trick makes the motion. Dar powers up and out to headlock, but Melo powers out of that.
The two RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Dar kicks a leg then KICKS Melo down! Dar talks more trash but fans boo. Melo swings, Dar gets around but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo runs and springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Dar bails out to regroup with his group and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo dares Dar to get back in but Oro, Lash & Jakara all coach Dar. Dar gets up, catches his breath, tells Melo to be patient, and takes his time returning. Dar slithers in, circles with Melo again and they tie up. Melo arm-drags Dar to a corner and then storms up. Melo CHOPS Dar, Dar staggers but Melo bumps him off buckles. Melo follows Dar to another corner, and CHOPS him down! Dar goes to the apron, Melo drags him up and SLINGSHOT SUPLEXES Dar in! Melo does crunches in the ropes while Dar writhes. Melo then goes to Dar to snap suplex low and hard! Cover, TWO! Dar’s team cheers him but Melo drags him up.
Dar wrenches to sweep the leg! Melo clutches a knee and Dar rains down fists! Dar grabs the arm to stomp it! Dar taunts Trick, follows Melo to a corner and fires off hands. Dar RAMS into Melo, the ref counts, and Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Dar snapmares Melo, gets the legs and ties them up, but Melo boots him away! Melo arm-drags to another armlock. Melo digs his knee into Dar’s face and Dar endures. NXT returns to single picture as fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” Dar fights up, tries to arm-drag but Melo smothers it. Dar ROCKS Melo, whips him, but Melo reverses. Melo runs in to ROCK Dar!
Melo whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Dar in the ropes to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this but Melo brings him up. The corner teams argue, Dar elbows Melo! Melo whips, Dar reverses, they dosido and Melo goes out to the apron. Dar swings but Melo blocks. Dar ducks to sweep the legs again! Dar runs to SHOTGUN Melo off the apron! Fans fire up, Dar goes out and taunts Trick while he puts Melo in. Cover, TWO! Dar aims from a corner, Melo sits up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this but Dar’s team coaches him again.
Dar drags Melo up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated but he drags Melo back up. Melo throws body shots, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, but Dar ducks to step and SUPER FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Dar argues with Trick. Dar brings Melo up, throws knees, but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Melo rebounds to tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dar and Melo slowly rise, and Dar swings. Melo counter punches! Dar KICKS a leg, Melo CHOPS! Melo CLOBBERS Dar, and CLOBBERS him again!
Melo spins Dar, KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! And a SUPERKICK! Dar staggers around, Melo runs to BOOT him down! Melo brings Dar up, whips, but Dar reverses to wrench. Melo ducks the kick, pump handle and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Melo fires up. But Lash AND Jakara bark at him in the corner! Trick tells the ladies to stop that, but they get in Trick’s face now. But then Oro runs up, so Trick DECKS him!! Fans fire up but the ref tells Trick he’s EJECTED! Fans boo, he didn’t even start nothing! Trick still accepts the decision, though Team Dar rubs it in his face.
Dar sneaks up but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar boot fents to BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Melo powers up to stand and he rains down fists! Melo is free, and he grabs the arm! CROSSFACE!! Dar crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Melo lets off fast to drag Dar back. Dar kicks the leg out, then stands. Melo ROCKS Dar, but Dar ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Dar again, Dar ROCKS Melo again! Melo gets the edge but Dar kicks the leg! Melo blocks a kick but Dar ELBOW JABS! Dar spins, Melo ducks the heel kick but the BACKHAND connects!
Dar reels Melo into the facelock, but Melo SUPLEX CUTTERS! Dar flops over, Melo goes to the corner! Fans fire up as Melo climbs, but Lash distracts! Oro trips Melo! Fans boo as Team Dar keeps at it, but here come NATHAN FRAZER & DRAGON LEE! They got screwed by Team Dar so they go after Oro! Fans fire up but Dar tells them to back off! But Melo goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY on Dar and Oro! Fans are thunderous as Melo puts Dar in! Melo goes up, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
An assist off the bench from Frazer & Dragon, Melo dunks on Dar! Put that on a poster, but who will- WAIT! BARON CORBIN?!? Corbin is back in NXT and he CLOBBERS Melo on the ramp! Corbin puts Melo in the ring, rains down fists, and fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before! But Corbin hits Melo with END OF DAYS!! Will the Lone Wolf look to bring an end to the HIM Dynasty?
A great episode of NXT, especially for an aftermath episode. They didn’t have quite the “Aftermath Syndrome” Raw was falling into, they were able to take things from Battleground and build upon them, not just recap them. I really liked that Dragunov vignette for the Last Man Standing match, and I look forward to what he’ll have to say next week. And while I was wondering what was next for everyone else, we got that for pretty much all the titles.
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate have a very good match with The Dyad, and of course there’s story overlapping with Schism and Diamond Mine, but I love that Mustafa Ali is part of the next “callback” (a main roster star coming back to NXT for a minute). Wes VS Ali would be amazing, but feels like something they’re gonna put on free TV. And Gacy clearly wants another shot, maybe he and Wes have a 1v1 feud going towards Great American Bash in late July. Wes has hit the record for defenses and apparently days as champion, so maybe he’s soon to drop the title so he can eventually move up. And I would hope we’re getting another Mixed Tag blowoff involving Dyad & Ava, but this time against Diamond Mine.
Also in connection to the Diamond Mine story, Ava attacking Ivy gives Cora a good rebound win after losing in the tournament. Cora is definitely nailing her Heel persona, but she’s gonna have to wait until a Face is champion again. Tiffany’s celebration being ruined was of course going to happen, and the contender battle royal will be really good. But after Gigi won that awesome cage match, I’m thinking she’s a frontrunner for challenging Tiffany. And while Dani Palmer called out the attacker and then got attacked, I feel like it should be Roxanne Perez or maybe a returning Nikkita Lyons should have the real feud with Blair Davenport. Nikkita would count as Blair’s first victim, it’d make make the most sense for her to want revenge.
Good promo from Gallus, Mark Coffey does an excellent Italian American/New Yorker impersonation. Stacks of course points the finger at Gallus, it’s kinda who I thought it was. But that would be too easy, so it’s not them. Stacks VS Joe Coffey was great stuff, Stacks is really coming into his own, but I figured Joe was winning that. Joe Coffey himself should really get in on like the North American Championship story, he hasn’t held anything in his WWE career, so he’s gotta get something. And since he has Gallus, Wes’s loss could be protected cuz Gallus helps Joe cheat and win the belt. Though that feels like how they might play Gacy getting the belt, if he gets the belt.
Good promo from Axiom and Reggie/Scrypts, and obviously last week established Reggie wants to be Axiom’s friend now. Him insisting he’s still Scrypts is an interesting choice, though. Good backstage promos that were “last week.” We’re of course getting Eddy VS Kemp round 2, and I liked Hank ‘n’ Tank having mind sync. Good stuff from Von and Stone, and I do like that Von’s story is starting to turn into a sort of PSA for normalizing therapy and taking care of mental health and emotional stability. But as I see it, either the therapy has no effect and Von stays a rage monster, or therapy makes Von too much of a pacifist and Stone tells him to unleash the righteous fury so he can win against bullies.
Great combining of stories with Dar stepping up to Melo here tonight. Great match, but I figured Melo was going to retain the title. I also figured Dar’s new little group was going to do everything they could to help him, and in turn we would see Dragon and Frazer turn things around on them. I would think Frazer gets next on Dar with Dragon as the cornerman now. And after Ali already made a splash, I did NOT think we were getting a second callback in the form of Corbin. Corbin and Ali do have a thing in common that they never held titles while in NXT, so maybe Corbin thinks he can tear down Melo to finally have the NXT Championship. But it’s not happening, Melo is definitely beating Bum Ass Corbin to make it through to Great American Bash.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/29/23)
Monday Night of Champions!
Who runs the Women’s Tag Division?
Night of Champions has come and gone, but Monday Night Raw has one more title match! Who will be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricochet VS The Miz; Ricochet wins and advances to MITB.
- Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal VS Kevin Ventura Cortes; Indus Sher wins.
- Imperium VS The Alpha Academy w/ Maxxine Dupri; Imperium wins.
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart VS Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Bayley & Iyo Sky VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler; Ronda & Shayna win and are the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Dolph Ziggler VS JD McDonagh; Double Count-Out Draw.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Bronson Reed; Nakamura wins and advances to MITB.
- Seth Rollins & AJ Styles VS The Judgment Day; Rollins & Styles win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!
Fans fire up as Seth Freakin’ Rollins walks down from the top of the stands! They sing his song as he struts with the new World Heavyweight Championship belt around his waist and makes it to ringside. Then Rollins takes a victory lap before getting in the ring, for streamers and pyro! He revels in the moment as fans still sing, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins then gets the mic, fans sing some more, and he says, “ALBANY, NEW YORK! Welcome to Monday! Night! ROLLINS! I am a Visionary. I am a Revolutionary! I am… SETH! FREAKIN! ROLLINS!” Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Rollins takes a moment to enjoy that.
Rollins says he is the World Heavyweight Champion, and the fans cheer. Rollins says it has been a long, long road to get here. Lots of lows, lots of highs. But standing here tonight, it just feels right, doesn’t it? He doesn’t wanna talk too much about the past, he wants to focus on the future. “Because finally, Monday Night Raw has a champion that wants to be here, a champion that is going to be here, and most importantly, a champion that is ready for a fight!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant “Thank You, Seth!” and sing his song, but Rollins says yeah, he’s ready! He wants to fight! He wants ALL the fights!
Because it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, if you step to Rollins, the result will always be the same: Rollins, every Monday night, standing in this ring with the World Heavyweight title around his waist and the world singing his song! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But wait! AJ Styles is here? The Phenomenal One is a SmackDown superstar, but he’s here on Raw to step into the ring with the man he lost to at Night of Champions. Rollins looks at him over the brim of his sunglasses, but Styles gets a mic. Styles knows he’s supposed to be on SmackDown, but he couldn’t resist coming here to Raw… to say, “Congratulations.”
Fans cheer and Styles tells Rollins he gave it everything he had, left it all in the ring. It was like Rollins knew what he was gonna do before he did it. And the fans, they say Rollins “deserves it.” Styles says he doesn’t think Rollins deserves anything. Fans boo, but Styles says Rollins earned being World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins smiles and fans sing again, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins tells Styles that he’s not too good at these things, but after the beating he gave Styles at NOC, Styles earned this: a handshake. Fans cheer as Styles accepts! There’s respect here, but then the Judgment Day comes out!
Finn Balor pretends to be sick as he has a mic of his own. He asks if this is making the others just as sick. Whatever this is makes Finn wanna PUKE! Damian Priest agrees, he’s queasy. Let’s get to something more positive. What’s that thing Rhea Ripley says? “The Judgment Day, we run Monday Night Raw!” The four get in the ring, and Priest says Rhea’s right. But after watching The Bloodline implode on Saturday, without a shadow of a doubt, the Judgment Day runs the entire WWE! And let’s not forget, Finn & Priest beat the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, something not even Roman Reigns could do!
And to Seth, from the champion to just another champion, Rollins shouldn’t get too comfortable with his new title. Because chances are, someone from Judgment Day will take it from him. Yeah, could be big Damian! Aw, thanks, Finn! He feels the same about you! Aw shucks, thanks, mate. Rhea says it could even be her Dom-Dom. Fans boo that and Rollins looks to Styles. They laugh at that! Dom asks why, what’s so funny? He beat Styles! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” at Dom, but Finn has everyone calm down. Finn says we saw Styles and Rollins beat each other half to death at Night of Champions. And-
Dom cuts in to say that the Judgment Day will finish the job! Fans boo but Styles asks if Rollins heard that. That almost sounds like a challenge. Rhea says it IS a challenge! Then they ACCEPT! Rollins says that’s right! Any two from Judgment Day VS Rollins & Styles in the main event of his show, Monday Night Rollins! Who will step to this phenomenal dream team? And will they only get stomped into the mat?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
He discusses with someone. We’re all on the same page, because Rollins, Styles and the Judgment Day want this match. And yes, he understands it flies in the face of the new brand split of Raw and SmackDown, but… Yes, sir. No, Pearce thinks this match is incredible and happens tonight. Oh, hold on, they’re right here. Pearce sees Styles and Rollins talking and steps in. He knows they all want the match, so he’s working on it. Rollins says c’mon, it’s his first night as champion. Don’t embarrass him! Make the match! Styles says Rollins doesn’t speak for him. Oh, is Styles afraid of Dom? Does Rollins really think that? No, but maybe Styles is afraid of Rhea.
Pearce has them calm down and says he’s trying to get this approved. Does everyone have their gear? Styles is a pro, of course he does! Make it official! Then get Rollins to change his pants. Oh, good point. The superstars head out, Pearce is sure you know who heard all that. Then it IS official! The main event is going to be phenomenal, but who will Judgment Day send at Styles and the champ?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricochet VS The Miz!
The King of Flight is ready to take his career to new heights, and we all know the Money in the Bank briefcase can do that. Just as The Hollywood A-Lister. Will Miz look to launch into a new sequel from his previous MITB runs? Or will the One and Only be the one going to London?
Raw returns as Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings, Miz rushes in but Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Miz powers out, Ricochet rolls over the drop down and ducks the lariat to handspring, but into a full nelson! Ricochet arm-drags free, things speed up again and a kitchen sink knee hits Ricochet down! Miz then runs, but Ricochet ducks the boot to kip up, spin and PELE! Miz bails out, Ricochet builds speed! Miz moves but Ricochet tumbles up and out to the apron. Ricochet avoids the sweep, PENALTY KICKS Miz, then goes up the corner to MOONSAULT! Fans fire up for the direct hit at ringside!
Ricochet drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Ricochet goes up the corner, but Miz gets under the leap! Miz runs in to RANA! Miz surprises us with that, and then he BOOTS Ricochet down! Miz talks trash, and he looks up to the briefcase. Fans taunt Miz’s “TINY BALLS!” but he goes out after Ricochet. Miz SMACKS Ricochet off the desk, and again, then pushes him over the desk. Fans boo as Miz shouts, “MASSIVE!” Miz drags Ricochet up, brings him back to ringside and puts him in the ring. Miz then climbs up, leaps and AX HANDLES Ricochet down! Cover, TWO! Miz hurries to clamp onto Ricochet with a chinlock as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Miz is stuck in the ropes! Ricochet ROCKS him, then jumps in, but Miz avoids the stomps! Miz ROCKS Ricochet, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and Miz can’t believe it! “I springboarded and everything!” Miz is mad at the fans laughing at him, but Miz KICKS Ricochet in the chest! And again! And again! And again! Miz soaks up the heat, takes aim from a corner, but Ricochet blocks the buzzsaw! Ricochet KICKS and KNEES and runs, to CLOBBER Miz! Fans fire up, Ricochet feels it, and he runs in at the corner to RAM into Miz and go to the apron!
Ricochet bumps Miz off buckles then ROUNDHOUSES him away! Ricochet springboards, but into a full nelson! Ricochet RAMS Miz into a corner, but then Miz RAMS Ricochet into the other corner! Miz runs in, into an elbow! Ricochet goes up, Miz trips him up! DRAPING CODE BREAKER, to a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Miz is shocked! Miz scowls and looks to the briefcase, but fans rally up for Ricochet. Miz shouts MASSIVE! Full nelson, but Ricochet victory rolls! TWO, Miz has it, TWO! Ricochet HEEL KICKS! And then cravat, for an ASAI DDT!
Fans fire up again as Ricochet goes to a corner! Ricochet climbs up, aims, and SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
Add it to the highlight reel, Ricochet beats the two-time Mr. MITB to go to London! Will Ricochet win the golden ticket across the pond?
Trish Stratus is here!
Albany is torn seeing the WWE Hall of Famer after she cheated Becky Lynch at Night of Champions! But what does she have to say about that victory? We’ll hear, after the break.
Raw returns and Trish has a mic. She makes sure we all see “Thank You Trish” on her back, and she thanks some fans for saying it. You know what it means to her to hear it? NOTHING! She doesn’t care what the fans say. And she hates to say, “I told you so,” but she TOLD US SO! She said she was gonna go to Night of Champions and beat Becky. And what’d she do? She beat Becky! Just like that. But you shouldn’t be surprised, this is GOAT Things! This is what you do when you’re the greatest of all time! This is what you do when you’re number one! This is what you do when you’re “It.”
And now, Becky can crawl back to that dark hole and go do “stuff.” The stuff that everyone goes through. Well, not everyone. Not when you’re thriving like Trish. But it’ll give a chance for the real superstars to reach the Big Time. Like the one who had Trish’s back. Not that Trish needed the help, but because this superstar wanted to help. “A superstar with more attituded, aggression and ruthlessness than I’ve seen in a long, long time. Someone that reminds me of me. Ladies and gentlemen, please stand on your feet, get your hands ready to applaud, let me introduce you to… Zoey Stark!”
Fans boo instead as The Hunter makes her way out, wearing a “Thank You, Trish” T-shirt. Trish applauds as Zoey joins her in the ring. They hug it out while fans boo more. Zoey gets a mic now and says, “See, I came into this business, to the WWE, to be the best and to make a statement. And who better to learn by than the OG herself? And yeah, look, I could’ve taken the long, hard, difficult road, just like what Becky Lynch did. Or I could be smart! And be led by Trish Stratus! Trish is so giving, so humble, so kind. So now that I have the floor, I would just like to say one thing. Thank you, Trish.”
Fans boo more but Trish smiles. Trish says “You’re welcome.” Oh, what’s that on Trish’s face? Where? Up here? Other side. A little lower. Oh on her chin. That would be something courtesy of Becky Lynch. If Becky ever shows herself again, for messing with this perfect face, guess what Trish will do? Trish will have her new friend Zoey show you what’s up. But then here comes Becky! The Man is still wearing her Kill Bill jumpsuit and she says Zoey is gonna show her what’s up? No, Becky’s gonna ruin Zoey’s life. And Trish, you’re still in your gear, Becky’s still in hers… “Why don’t we restart that match and finish it one on one right here, right now?”
Fans love the sound of that, but Zoey rushes out! Becky DECKS her! And THROWS her into the barriers! Trish says okay, bring it! Becky gets closer to the ring and fans are fired up. Becky steps up to the apron, steps into the ring, and runs in! Becky dodges Trish, CLOBBERS her, BOOTS Zoey from the apron, then trips Trish to rain down fists! But Zoey attacks Becky from behind! And SLIDING KNEES her down! Fans boo but Zoey throws off the jacket so she and Trish can stomp away on Becky! Trish CHOKES Becky, then lets off so Zoey can bring her up. But Becky hits back! Zoey kicks Becky low, and reels her in for Z360!!
Fans boo as Zoey and Trish aren’t done, they get Becky back up! Trish kisses the ring, to DECK Becky with it!! Fans boo as the Hall of Famer needed her new protégé and a HOF ring to take down The Man! Then they put Becky in a corner and force her to wear a Thank You Trish shirt! Zoey says it looks great on her. Will Becky be able to recover and get some big time revenge?
Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal VS Javier Bernal & Kevin Ventura Cortes!
Veer & Sanga have already been dominating and demolishing opponents since being drafted to Raw, and they want more. Will their thirst for combat be quenched here tonight?
The teams sort out, and Veer just CLOBBERS Javi and KVC! Sanga then BLASTS KVC off the apron! Veer drags Javi up to RAM him into the corner, and the bell finally rings. Veer runs to SPLASH Javi, and Javi staggers around. Veer shoves Javi down, stalks him, and stomps him down! Javi flounders to the apron, Veer tags Sanga, and Veer drags Javi up onto the ropes for Sanga to BOOT down! Sanga drags Javi up, THROWS him to the corner, and he dares KVC to tag in. KVC does, but then Sanga blocks his haymaker to a FALCON ARROW! Sanga SPLASHES Javi for good measure!
Sanga then choke grips Javi to CHOKE SLAM him onto KVC! Tag back to Veer, and they drag KVC up. SIDEWALK SLAM LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, Indus Sher wins!
Winners: Indus Sher, by pinfall
Like true tigers, Veer & Sanga tore into their prey and feasted on the meat! Will they soon be tasting a tag title opportunity?
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are backstage.
Speaking of the tag team champions, these two are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions and are in a great mood. They’re headed to gorilla, what will they have to say about finally being done with The Bloodline?
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn head to the ring!
Albany fires up as the Prizefighter & Great Liberator make their way out. Fans sing along with Sami’s song while he and Kevin get mics. Sami is fired up now! Fans chant for “SAMI! SAMI! SAMI!” and he says that obviously, he an d Kevin are feeling pretty good tonight. “Because at Night of Champions, we won!” And not just successfully defending the titles, no. Sami means they won! They did exactly what they set out to do, they watched the Bloodline crumble, and it was the worst night of Roman’s life! Roman deserves everything he got!
This is all Sami has to say about Roman: Roman may be the greatest of all time; Roman may hold the title(s) for another 1000 days; Roman may main event another FIVE WrestleManias; Roman could even be put in the Hall of Fame tomorrow! But it doesn’t matter because for the rest of his life, when he looks at Kevin & Sami, he will know in his heart that THEY won! Wait! IMPERIUM is here! Ludwig Kaiser has the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen… Impressive victory, impressive victory indeed. But was it the most impressive victory of the night? It most certainly was not more impressive than the man who extended his record-setting Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship reign…!”
Imperium walks to the ring as Ludwig introduces Der Ring General, GUNTHER! Kevin asks why they’re here. Why? Because last week, Kevin & Sami said their name, the group walked out, it made sense. But this isn’t how things work! Do they think this is the Wild West? They can just hit their music and come on out? NO! That does not make sense! You gotta wait to be called out! What the hell is this!? They broke the rules! The unwritten rules! Sami tires to calm Kevin down but he keeps shouting at Imperium. Fans cheer for “K O! K O!” but Sami has him chill. Sami says Kevin is right, though, there is an unwritten rule and they had no business coming out here.
For that matter, Imperium ahs a match with American Alpha Academy or whatever? Imperium shouldn’t want a match with them, because last time, Kevin, Sami & Riddle embarrassed them. Yep! So… Y’know… Ludwig says if they wanna talk about embarrassments, RIDDLE is the embarrassment! Take a look at Kevin & Sami themselves! Them holding those titles is an embarrassment! Fans boo but Ludwig says they are not worthy of standing on this mat, of holding those championships, or of representing Monday Night Raw. Kevin says what he wonders is… We always hear from Slenderman over here.
And sometimes, “the one with the ears” (Gunther) talks. But we never hear from the bald one ! He’s always really quiet. What’s his opinion on all this? Yeah, we never hear from baldie! We should hear from baldie! Fans chant “BALDIE! BALDIE!” and Ludwig says how DARE they besmirch them!! No one disrespects- “SHOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!” Fans cheer as Chad Gable perhaps sets a world record with that one. “Shoosh, please!” Gable says it is time Imperium gets taught a free lesson, courtesy of the new and improved Academy! Gable, Otis, and the newest member of the Academy in Maxxine Dupri!
And if it is alright with Kevin & Sami, those lessons are gonna be handed out right now! Yeah, sure, but uh, can you do that thing again? Do the thing! What? What thing? The thing you say that makes Kevin laugh cuz you say it funny! That one! Oh, okay. He’s gonna say it, he’s gonna say it! “A THANK YEW~!” You’re welcome! Will Gable & Otis show Imperium what respect is really all about?
Imperium VS The Alpha Academy w/ Maxxine Dupri!
Raw returns and Kevin & Sami join commentary to watch this one. The teams sort out and Ludwig starts with Gable. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ludwig headlocks, Gable powers out but Ludwig runs him over. Ludwig “kicks rocks’ at Gable, runs, but Gable gest around to waistlock, headlock and takeover. Ludwig headscissors, Gable kips fere, but now Ludwig headlocks for the takeover. Gable headscissors, Ludwig kips free, Gable trips him to a cover. ONE, Ludwig goes for the trip but Gable avoids it to waistlock and gator roll to a cover, TWO! Ludwig gets free but fans applaud the exchange.
Gable and Ludwig go again, Gable wrenches but Ludwig claws Gable’s face! Ludwig lets off in the corner to throw hands. Ludwig then UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS, but Gable blocks hip toss to give a hip toss! Giovanni Vinci runs in but Gable goes up to “A THANK YEW~” headscissor! Gable headlocks Ludwig, gets Vinci, too, and DOUBLE THROWS them both! Gable runs in at the corner to MONKEY FLIP Ludwig! “A THANK YEW~!” Kevin says you’re welcome! Maxxine cheers her team, but wait! Sarah Logan has appeared!? Why is she here? Well, it’s probably because The Viking Raiders lost to Alpha Academy…
Logan rushes Maxxine, Maxxine dodges, and then Maxxine KICKS Logan! She can kick?! But wait, Logan didn’t fall over… Logan turns around and glares at Maxxine. Maxxine runs away all the way tot he back! Ludwig CLOBBERS Gable! Ludwig stomps Gable around, drags him up and POSTS him! Tag to Vinci, they put Gable in the ropes, and they meet at the corner, DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Imperium stands tall while fans boo, but Gable crawls. Vinci hurries after him to keep him from Otis. Vinci bumps Gable off buckles but fans chant ‘BALDIE! BALDIE!” Vinci CHOPS Gable and stalks him along ropes.
Vinci scoops and SLAMS Gable into ropes! Tag to Ludwig, Imperium drags him up and Ludwig UPPERCUTS Gable! Then runs in, but into a BOOT! Gable elbows Vinci, but Ludwig keeps him from Otis! Gable reels Ludwig in, SAYANAGI! Gable crawls, Ludwig drags him away, but Gable BOOTS Ludwig out! Vinci gets back in but Gable TOSSES him! Gable crawls again, Sami & Kevin cheer him on, HOT TAG TO OTIS!! The tree trunk rallies on Imperium! Vinci dodges, runs, but into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Fans fire up, Otis runs in to SPLASH Ludwig at the corner! Ludwig falls, and fans fire up!
Otis sees that, and he tears the shirt off! Otis hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Cover, but Vinci breaks it! Vinci brings Otis up but Otis TOSSES him out! Tag to Gable and the Academy gets Ludwig up. Gable waistlocks, Otis builds speed, but Vinci holds ropes to dump him out! Gable still gets the O’Conner Roll, TWO as Ludwig gets it! TWO, but tag to Vinci! Vinci SPINEBUSTERS Gable! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! And then they set up quick, IMPERIAAL BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
Kevin says they’re never gonna hear the end of it. Vinci & Ludwig win out for the glory of Imperium, but will they be in line for a shot at the tag titles?
Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart.
Cathy Kelley is at gorilla with the newly reunited Ballsy & Badass, and says since this is so recent, do they feel like they have built up the chemistry to get the tag titles in tonight’s Fatal 4? Yes- But then Damage CTRL interrupts. Bayley asks, “Are you kidding me? You guys aren’t even a real team.” No offense to Shotzi, but Raquel would’ve gone with the first person to raise their hand begging to be a partner. They ain’t DMG CTRL. And speaking of, this win is dedicated to Dakota Kai. So just stay out of their way, or they’ll end up like Raquel’s old partner, Liv Morgan. Bayley mocks the shoulder injury and then laughs.
Raquel says that is interesting. Because Shotzi & Raquel were real enough to win on SmackDown last week. And since Bayley first started DMG CTRL, isn’t she the only one who hasn’t held gold? And if she’s wondering why, just look in the mirror. Ballsy & Badass go out to the ring first, but who will return to the back with the titles on their waists?
Candice LeRae speaks.
“You might be thinking, ‘What’s with the fairy wings?’ Well, I believe fairytales are real. And how could I not? I’m living one. So my wings, they represent the magic that this fairytale has brought to my life. Candice LeRae is proof that when you believe, anything is possible.”
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart VS Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Bayley & Iyo Sky VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler!
Raw returns and the Complaint Department make their entrance. Then DMG CTRL make theirs, leaving the Baddest Women on the Planet for last. The introductions are made, the belts are displayed, and we see who isn’t afraid to fight the odds!
The teams sort out, and in this Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal at one time. Raquel steps up, and she starts against The Hot Mess. But Chelsea turns around to see it’s Raquel and quickly tags out to Bayley. Bayley says fine, watch how it’s done. Bayley gets run over by Raquel! So she gets up to tag out to Iyo. Then she sucker punches Raquel! Sky runs in, but Raquel blocks the rana! Raquel whips, Sky handsprings through, and then comes back to wheelbarrow, but Raquel throws her up and over! Sky lands on her feet, DROPKICKS Raquel to the DMG CTRL corner, then fires off forearms!
Tag to Bayley, she stomps Raquel, and Sky pulls hair! Bayley says they’re the champs, but Raquel blocks the whip! Raquel sends Bayley into the corner, Bayley goes up but gets caught! Bayley slips off, waistlocks, but Raquel fights to switch and SLAM her! Bayley crawls, Raquel keeps her from the corner, but Bayley elbows free! And she tags out to Chelsea! Chelsea doesn’t want to but she has no choice! Bayley runs at Raquel but into a scoop and SLAM! Raquel then brings Chelsea in with a TOSS! Chelsea runs away but Ronda & Shayna leave her hanging. Raquel then brings Chelsea around to RAM into Shayna!
Fans fire up as Raquel BOOTS Sonya, DECKS Sky, and then tags Shotzi. Fans fire up as Shotzi runs and Raquel holds the ropes open, Shotzi DIVES onto Bayley, Sonya & Chelsea! The Ballsy & Badass are standing tall, and even daring Ronda to try something, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Shayna is in. She bumps Shotzi off buckles, tags Ronda, and Ronda runs in to KNEE Shotzi! Shayna tags back in, Ronda digs her knees in and then has a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands but can’t do much else in this Fatal 4 format. Shayna scoops Shotzi to an arm-drag, then she isolates the arm. Shayna lets down her hair to STOMP Shotzi’s arm! Flashback to months ago, and Shayna whips Shotzi in. But Shotzi elbows Ronda! And BOOTS Shayna! Ronda grabs at Shotzi but Shotzi fires hands! Shayna CLUBS Shotzi, reels her in, but Shotzi gets around to NECKBREAKER!
Both Shotzi and Shayna are down and fans rally up. The two crawl, but Sky rushes Raquel! Raquel BOOTS Sky down, Bayley goes after her now but Raquel kicks her away, too! Shotzi hot tags Big Mami Cool! She rallies on everyone! LARIAT for Shayna, but then Shayna ducks one, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Raquel scoops Shayna for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel storms up on Shayna, for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Ronda tags in, and fans fire up for this one. Rowdy Ronda and Ricky Desperado stare down, Raquel swings first! Ronda dodges, but then Raquel SWATS her arm away! Ronda kicks low!
Ronda fires off in the corner, Raquel shoves her away. Ronda dodges a lariat, but the SOUTHPAW hits again! Fans fire up with Raquel and she drags Ronda up. TEXANA- NO, Shayna saves Ronda! But Raquel reels Shayna in! TEXANA BOMB!! But then Ronda runs in, goes up, and drags Raquel down to an ARMBAR! Raquel flails, clasps hands, but Ronda keeps after the arm! But Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Ronda!! Bayley bails out, having saved the match. Fans rally up, Chelsea tags in off Ronda! And POSTS her! And then Sonya KNEES Ronda down! Sonya tags in, she and Chelsea coordinate! I AM PRETTIER to the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!!
Raquel shocks Sonya & Chelsea but Sonya tells Chelsea to get to the corner. They tag, Sonya brings Raquel up as Chelsea climbs, but Sky tags in cuz that’s the DMG CTRL corner! Sky SHOVES Chelsea off, and she collides with Sonya! Sky then springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK them out! Fans fire up but Raquel has Sky! Sky SHOTEIS back! Fans fire up with Sky, she runs in to SHINKANSEN in the corner! Cover, Shotzi breaks it with a SENTON! Bayley gets Shotzi but Shotzi throws her out! Shotzi hurries to build speed and DIVE onto Bayley at the ramp! Then she hurries to her corner!
Shotzi reaches out, Raquel tags her in. Fans fire up as Shotzi dodges sky, shoves her, but Sky goes up and over. Sky comes back, Shotzi goes up and over. Sky runs in again, but Shotzi spins her and fireman’s carries, FACEBUSTER! And then a TIGER PLEX! Sky flounders to ropes, Shotzi runs in, but into a FLAPJACK! Sky hurries to a corner, goes up top, but Ronda tags in! Sky fights Ronda, drags her up, and fans fire up as Shotzi joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Shotzi hurries to drag Ronda to a drop zone, and she climbs up. But Shayna goes after Shotzi up top! Shotzi DECKS Shayna, then adjusts. BALL PIT into the ARMBAR!!! Shotzi taps, Ronda & Shayna wins!!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler, by submission (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The Baddest Women on the Planet are now the Baddest CHAMPIONS on the Planet! Rowdy Ronda & The Queen of Spades get the gold and the pyro, will their reign be as brutal as they are?
Dolph Ziggler VS JD McDonagh!
The Showoff and the Irish Ace both lost in the Intercontinental Championship Contenders Battle Royal, but only one was a sore enough of a loser to go after the other. Will JD McDonagh show us why you don’t bet against the Ace?
Raw returns as JD makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler rushes in! Ziggler fires off on JD in the corner, the ref backs him off, but then Ziggler SPLASHES JD in the corner! And BITES JD!? That’s normally something JD would do! Ziggler runs back in, JD dodges! Ziggler hits buckles, and then JD rubber bands the ropes at him! JD stalks Ziggler, gets an arm, ripcord to DEVLINSIDE!! But JD then CLUBS Ziggler, drags him up and around and throws him out of the ring! JD goes out after Ziggler, drags him up again, and SMACKS him off the desk! JD pushes Ziggler over the desk, then drags him back up.
Fans rally for Ziggler but JD RAMS him into steel steps! The ring count is 7 of 10 but JD doesn’t even care! JD drags Ziggler up, and back to the steps, they’re both counted out!
Double Count-Out Draw
But JD just SMACKS Ziggler off the steel steps! And then pulls the steps apart, drags Ziggler onto the base, and digs his knee in! Ziggler’s face is ground into the diamond plating, and then JD STOMPS him! “You remember this day! You remember this day!” JD digs his boot in, the ref reprimands and fans boo. JD lets off, dusts his hands, and walks away. The Necessary Evil is here on Raw, what will he do to be the Ace of Monday nights?
WWE joins the National Medal of Honor Museum’s mission.
WWE honors our true American heroes, both those who did and did not make it home, all to protect us.
Cody Rhodes is here!
Albany cheers the American Nightmare, even though he did not defeat The Beast, Brock Lesnar, at Night of Champions. They also sing his song, “WHOA~ OH!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody gets the mic and hears the fans chant his name before saying, “So, Albany, New York… Whaddya wanna talk about? I know what’s hanging in the air. At Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia, due to referee stoppage, I lost my match to Brock Lesnar. My contemporaries tell me I was foolish to fight Brock Lesnar with one hand. That I was crazy to not tap out. But there’s a reason why I didn’t tap out.
“It’s not because it didn’t hurt. It was excruciating, career-flash-before-your-eyes type pain. But I did not tap out because that’s not the man that I want to be.” Fans cheer, and Cody says that years ago, sure, he would have. He would’ve thought about his career, lived to fight another day. He’s experienced enough highs and lows at this to know that sometimes, second chances just don’t come. “There was a wildly popular WWE superstar who used to stand in this ring, and he said, ‘Never give up.'” Fans cheer and Cody says “never give up” hurts like hell when locked in a Kimura for three-plus minutes.
But nevertheless, Cody has a question for Brock Lesnar. And he has to look into the camera to ask that question, because Lesnar’s not here tonight. Fans boo that, but Cody says he is sure Lesnar is taking his annual vacation. “Brock Lesnar… Are you satisfied with this being done? You have a victory over me, I have a victory over you, the game is 1-1. Are you satisfied? I hope you’re not, because consider this an open challenge to you, Brock Lesnar.” Fans cheer as Cody says hopefully, Lesnar has social media, cable television, a landline or something in Saskatchewan or Yellowstone or wherever the hell it is that he roams.
Cody will post his whole schedule, every detail of it sometime this week, everywhere he’s going this month! Wilkes-Barre, Wichita, Cleveland, Savanna, Newcastle, if Cody is in the ring, he is ready to fight you, Brock Lesnar! Fans cheer that, and Cody says, “Tonight, I also wanna make it the very last time that I rattle off all of Brock Lesnar’s accomplishments. Brock Lesnar is an elite amateur wrestler who won the NCAAs twice. He is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, likely a hall of famer there in the UFC. He has held the WWE Championship, he’s the man that broke the Undertaker’s streak!
“Brock Lesnar is the Beast! Beast enough to break my arm, but not man enough to make me tap out. And if you don’t accept my challenge, Brock Lesnar, we can go ahead and add one more thing to that list: Brock Lesnar is afraid of what cannot be broken! Brock Lesnar is AFRAID… of Cody Rhodes!” The American Nightmare drops the mic after having thrown down the gauntlet! When and where will Cody VS Lesnar Round 3 be?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
Cathy is with The Bro, and she says in a couple weeks, he has a chance to qualify for the Men’s MITB ladder match. Riddle says it has already been going crazy this “Hot Bro Summer,” and it’s only gonna get crazier. Riddle says with MITB around the corner, imagine him winning that briefcase! He could cash in on Roman Reigns, on Seth Rollins- Oh, wassup, Gunther? Der Ring General steps into view and he says he knows what Riddle is thinking. “Congratulations, and good luck on your upcoming opportunity. I really want you to win the Money in the Bank Ladder match, and cash it in on me.
“Fun, huh? Beating you, humiliating you, that’s fun to me. All the best.” Gunther leaves, will Riddle take him up on that idea?
Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler.
Cathy tentatively walks up to the new tag team champions and congratulates them on the win. How does it feel to be champions again? Well, for Ronda, it’s her first, but yeah, Shayna has her third reign. But for ten years, they’ve been discounted, told not what the people want, but they don’t cater to the “fickle masses” that mean nothing to them. Loyalty is everything, and limb by limb, they went through everyone. And they can finally say they are the tag team champions. Not because “they” wanted it, but because this is the Baddest Team on the Planet. They’re done being denied, they’re making demands! They DEMAND to be recognized as the best! These belts prove it.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Bronson Reed!
We saw the King of Flight qualify, now we see if the King of Strong Style can do the same! Will Shinsuke be heading to London? Or will he be crushed by the Colossal Aussie in Albany?
Raw returns and Reed makes his entrance. The bell rings and Reed RAMS Nakamura right into a corner! And then throws him down, HEADBUTTS away, then brings him up. Reed scoops and SLAMS Nakamura, then runs. Nakamura bails out before anything more, but Reed pursues. Nakamura gets back in, and he says, “C’MON~!” Reed runs in, but into a kick! Nakamura fires body shots, but Reed doesn’t budge! Reed eggs him on, Nakamura fires off more shots and runs, but Reed CLOBBERS him! then ELBOW DROPS! Then STEAMROLLS him! Reed grins and he looms over Nakamura.
Reed stands Nakamura up, to HEADBUTT him back down! Reed stands Nakamura up again, to CHOP! And CLUB him on the back! Fans rally for Nakamura but Reed whips him corner to corner hard! Nakamura falls over, but Reed brings him up to whip and fireman’s carry. Nakamura fights free, kicks, but Reed blocks to get a waistlock. Nakamura elbows free to ENZIGURI! Reed goes to a corner, Nakamura runs in, but Nakamura blocks boots! Nakamura puts Reed in the ropes, CLUBS him, then runs and SLIDING GER- NO, Reed holds on! Reed’s strength denies Nakamura and he BOOTS Nakamura!
Reed aims from the apron, but Nakamura sweeps the legs! Reed lands hard on the apron, Nakamura KNEE LIFTS him! Then GUILLOTINE KNEE DROPS him! Reed hits the floor and fans fire up with Nakamura while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Reed trades forearms with Nakamura! Fans rally for Nakamura but boo Reed. Reed throws body shots and a ROLLING ELBOW! Then LARIAT but into a tilt-o-whirl and ARMBAR! Reed powers his way to a high stack, TWO! Nakamura lets go in time, but Reed HEADBUTTS him! Reed runs, to LARIAT Nakamura inside-out! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Reed grows frustrated. Reed drags Nakamura up, reels him in, but Nakamura slips out of the bomb! Nakamura kicks then WHEEL KICKS! Reed goes to a corner, Nakamura blocks the boots again, and puts him back in ropes! ENZIGUR to SLIDING GERMAN!
Reed flounders and fans fire up as Nakamura aims! “YAO~!” But Reed scoops to SAMOAN DROP! And SENTON! Fans boo but Reed puts Nakamura in the drop zone. Reed climbs, but Nakamura rises! Nakamura kicks the legs out! And then TOP SHELF KNEE! Reed staggers, Nakamura goes up, FLYING- SUPERKICK! Reed intercepts, ripcords, and POWERSLAMS! Reed drags Nakamura into the drop zone, climbs up the corner, TSU- NO!! Nakamura avoids the natural disaster to KINSHASA!! But he’s too tired to make the cover! Nakamura drags himself to ropes, aims again, KINSHASA!!!
Reed flounders to the apron and flops to the floor! Fans boo and Nakamura is frustrated. The ref starts the ring count but Nakamura goes out the side. Nakamura runs off the steps, FLYING KNEE! Reed falls back over, and Nakamura gets back in the ring. The ring count starts again, Reed stirs at 4 of 10, and sits up at 5. Nakamura waits, Reed staggers around at 8, but Reed slides in at 9! KINSHASA AGAIN!!! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
It took a hattrick of those killer knees, but the mighty Reed did fall! Will Nakamura soon be the King in the Bank?
Backstage interview with The Judgment Day.
Byron Saxton walks over, apologizes about interrupting given the main event tonight, but he wanted to congratulate Rhea on her championship defense over Natalya at Night of Champions. Rhea says, “Victory? That wasn’t just a victory. I absolutely destroyed Natalya. That’s why she’s not here this week. Because she’s at home, fixing herself up.” Dom says maybe next time, Natty will think twice about stepping to Mami. Rhea says Natty should know better, since she’s been in this business a very long time. And to be able to hold gold, you can’t get distracted like she did, so that’s on her. But like Byron said, they’re very busy, so buh-bye.
Byron would like to ask one more question before he goes. Everyone is wondering, which two are facing Rollins & Styles in the main event? Finn says, “Wouldn’t you like to know? But if I told you, I’d have to-” Priest has Finn calm down. Don’t scare the guy. But Byron, they have things to do so go do your job somewhere else. The main event is a mystery, what combination of Prince, Punisher and Prodigal Son will step up to the Phenomenal and the Visionary?
WWE honors the fallen.
They didn’t volunteer to die. They volunteered to defend values which make up what we call civilization. – Ronald Reagan
“What does it mean to be selfless? To have the courage to put all else first for a greater cause? In every generation, there are those who put everything before themselves. And on this day, we honor them. The brave men and women who fought for our freedom. From the first World War to Desert Storm. From Normandy to Afghanistan. Today, we look back at the moments, the events, that define our history. The struggles, their battles. And remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. President Ronald Reagan once said…”
“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as along as God gives life to this nation.”
“Today, we show our gratitude. To those who shaped us. Who guided us. Who ensured our values would live forever. Today, we show reverence and respect. Today, we say, ‘Thank you.'”
Seth Rollins & AJ Styles VS The Judgment Day!
The World Heavyweight Champion and the runner-up were perhaps goaded into this match, but that doesn’t mean they’re foolish. They know Finn, Priest, Dom & Rhea are slippery snakes, but will they still be able to #BurnItDown?
Raw returns and the Judgment Day make their entrance. They’re still keeping us guessing, but the moment of truth is here. In the end, it looks to be Priest & Dom in this match. Fans boo Dom because he’s starting against Rollins. But then Finn gets back in to CLOBBER Rollins! It was a fake out! The Prince stomps away on Rollins, then he drags Rollins up to RAM him into the corner! Tag to Priest, Rhea grins that the plan worked out. Priest & Finn double whip, but Rollins ducks the double lariat to slide out and cozy up to Mami! Rhea doesn’t realize it’s Rollins until she looks to her right, and then she freaks out!
Rollins says sorry, then the gets back in. He dodges Priest, eggs him on, and then dodges him again to CHOP! And ROCK! And repeat! Rollins whips, Priest reverses, but runs into a BOOT! Rollins goes up, leaps, but into a HAYMAKER! Priest drags Rollins up and Finn mocks the song, “WEW~ WEW~ WEWWW~!” Priest TOSSES Rollins to the corner, DECKS him, then stomps away! Rhea wants him to go harder for that joke a moment ago. She also tells fans to shut up with the stupid singing. Rollins gets up, he fires back, but Priest knees low! Priest drags Rollins up, whips him to ropes, and BACK ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO!
Priest clamps onto an arm, grinds the shoulder, but Rollins fights up. Rollins reaches out for Styles but Priest CLUBS him down! Priest back suplexes, Rollins lands on his feet and slides under, but Priest grabs his feet! Rollins BOOTS Priest away, hot tags to Finn and Styles! Styles dodges Finn, CLOBBERS Priest, then fires the Phenomenal Blitz off on Finn! SLIDING LARIAT! Styles fires up, fireman’s carries, but Finn slips free. But Finn runs into a BACKBREAKER! Styles reels Finn in, but Priest gets back in! Styles blocks his kick to CLUB the leg, but Finn CHOPS Styles down! Rollins returns, to KNEE Priest!
Finn SLINGBLADES Rollins! Priest tags in, Styles runs in but is put on the apron. Styles ROCKS Finn, but Dom anchors Styles! Styles grabs Dom, but Priest POUNCES Styles over the announce desk! The Judgment Day stands tall and soaks up the heat while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once again and Styles JAWBREAKERS Priest away! But Priest keeps Styles from Rollins! Styles throws hands, Priest whips him away to the corner. Priest runs in but Styles BOOTS him! Styles ROCKS Finn, BOOTS Priest, then DECKS Finn, but Priest ROCKS Styles! Priest then throws Styles out, distracts the ref, and Rhea drags Styles up! But Rollins gets Dom first! Fans fire up as Rollins tosses Dom in! Rhea gest in Rollins’ face and he dares Mami to do something. But then the ref EJECTS Rhea and Dom!! Fans fire up but Mami is pissed! Rollins taunts Rhea & Dom as they leave, now this is a fair match!
Styles rolls Priest up! TWO!! Priest swings, misses, and Styles PELES! Priest is dazed, Finn calls to him, and fans rally up. Priest and Styles crawl, hot tags to Finn and Rollins! The Visionary rallies on The Prince! SUPERKICK, front kick, ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins DECKS Priest for good measure! Finn runs in, BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins goes out, to FLYING KNEE Priest down! Rollins springboards back in, FLYING KNEE for Finn! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and sing the song, but Finn wants mercy. Rollins smirks, he wags his finger, and he catches Finn to RAM him into a corner!
Rollins brings Finn out but Finn cradle counters! TWO, Rollins swings, into the FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO! Finn grows frustrated, but he rolls to tag in Priest. Priest storms up to DECK Styles! Priest then waits on Rollins to rise up, and he choke grips for SOUTH OF- NO, Rollins flips through! Rollins ducks the haymaker to ROLLING ELBOW! Priest comes back, KING KONG LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Priest refocuses. Priest goes out and climbs up the corner while fans rally. Rollins springs right up to get Priest! Finn sneaks a tag before the SUPERPLEX! Rollins rolls through, but Priest BROKEN ARROWS!
Finn is up top with Rollins in the drop zone! COUP DE- NO, Rollins moves! SUPERKICK!! Both men are down again and fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as both men stir. Finn and Rollins crawl, hot tags to Styles and Priest! Style dodges a boot to kick and ENZIGURI! Styles fireman’s carries, to USHIGOROSHI! Priest staggers about, Styles runs in but is put on the apron. Styles ROCKS Priest, then SLIDING KNEES Finn! Rollins DIVES to take Finn out at the desk! Styles springboards, but Priest gets away from the forearm! Priest gets Styles up, Crucifix for RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, but Rollins CURB STOMPS Priest!!!
Fans fire up as Rollins goes back to his corner. Styles crawls over, staggers up, hot tag to Rollins! Fans sing as hard as they can and Rollins runs in, “NIGHT NIGHT!” CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Rollins & Styles win!
Winners: Seth Rollins & AJ Styles, by pinfall
Styles and Rollins win a phenomenal victory, and they shake hands to show respect. Will action like this be the norm for Monday Night Rollins?
A really good Raw to follow up Night of Champions, but it started to fall into a sort of “Aftermath Syndrome.” I mean, this was of course the “aftermath” episode but it felt like there were more recap packages than usual. I guess promos from everyone that referenced Night of Champions wasn’t enough. Cody had a good promo, and of course he’s calling out Lesnar for round three. But as I said for NOC, MITB is just over a month away, I’m not sure Lesnar will want to go for that. Maybe SummerSlam, as that is the big summer PPV. But maybe traveling to London gets Lesnar a bigger paycheck after all.
Great MITB qualifiers tonight, though I knew Miz wasn’t winning. That said, he was busting out stuff that he has basically never done and that was pretty awesome. Nakamura VS Reed was a great showing for Reed even in losing, because it took three Kinshasas to put him down. Granted, I would love to see a Tsunami Splash off the ladder. Maybe there will be some kind of “second chance” match later on. And the women’s MITB qualifiers will be next week, since the majority of the Raw women’s roster was in the Fatal 4 Way. That was a great Fatal 4 Way, and of course Ronda & Shayna win. Ronda still runs through her words too quickly, but it was a good promo afterward.
Really good stuff in the Undisputed WWE Tag Team title story, from Imperium interrupting Kevin & Sami to Kevin’s hilarious reaction to it, to getting The Alpha Academy involved. Great match from Imperium VS Alpha Academy but I should’ve figured Sarah Logan would show up. Imperium wins because one way or another, they feel in line for a tag title shot. Gunther also has a good promo with Matt Riddle, leaving the door open for the MITB briefcase to be used on a midcard title again like Austin Theory did to Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley. I don’t want them to do that, Riddle VS Gunther should be a straight up match, but at least they’re acknowledging it could happen.
Indus Sher crushes jobbers, but at least Big Body Javi is on NXT, and I think Kevin Cortes is on Level Up. I’m more impressed they got a graphic package that fits them, cybernetic was a random and therefore stupid choice. JD VS Ziggler was alright, but I think the fans were booing the double count-out, not JD beating up Ziggler. Great promo segment from Trish, Zoey and Becky that of course turned into a brawl. As I said on Saturday, Becky doesn’t need to be in the MITB ladder match, maybe she and/or Zoey cost each other spots in that match, and that sets up their own match. Still hoping for Lita to get involved with this, too.
And of course, great stuff from Rollins, Styles and Judgment Day. Great opening segment, apparently Rollins’ leather pants were so tight that they ripped, and great promos backstage from everyone. Great tag match, from the Dom-Finn bait ‘n’ switch to Rollins trolling Rhea and getting both her and Dom ejected. Rollins & Styles winning made sense, it’s to keep Rollins’ momentum going as new world champion. At the same time, I still feel like someone from Judgment Day is going to challenge Rollins at MITB. I think it’s gonna be Seth VS Priest, but I would love to see Seth VS Dom. Imagine the chaotic uproar of fans singing “OH~ OH~ OHH~” while also booing Dom to death.
My Score: 8.6/10
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