Is Raw going to be money?
- Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Drew McIntyre & The Revival; McIntyre & The Revival win.
- Lucha House Party VS ???; No Contest.
- Charlotte Flair VS Lacey Evans; Flair wins, by disqualification.
- Arm Wrestling: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; Strowman wins.
- Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss; Cross wins.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Ricochet wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw is Roman’s Yard!
The Big Dog continues to be the Wild Card as he shows up in Texas! He has his eyes set on Super Showdown and a grudge match with Shane O’Mac, but tonight he and the #Bloodline will take on two #TopGuys and Shane’s “insurance policy.” Roman enters the ring and picks up a mic. But before he can speak, Shane appears! Fans boo as Shane gets his “proper introduction” as “The Best, in the WOOOOOOOOORLD~, SHAAANE! McMAAAHON!” That’s better. As for Roman, Shane is too excited to sleep. Super Showdown brings their showdown, and Shane shutting Roman up. Shane’s not just called Best in the World for fun. He’s like a fine wine: better with age.
And Shane promises to beat Roman from end to end of the ring, and hit a classic Coast2Coast. But then he’ll add on the triangle hold and make Roman tap out for the first time in his career. After Roman taps, Shane will hold on for much longer, tighten the triangle so tight Roman’s eyes bulge out, and then the last thing he hears is, “The winner, and Best in the World~!” “Oh shut up!” Roman would love for Shane to try and tap him out. If Shane puts that triangle, Roman will pick him up and bomb him through the mat! Shane doesn’t stand a chance with Roman. The only reason Shane is out here is because he has help, like Drew McIntyre. So after Super Showdown, Roman goes to Stomping Grounds to whoop on McIntyre!
But speaking of, here comes the Scottish Terminator! McIntyre says that he doesn’t like Texas’ attitude towards Shane. Show some damn respect for him! As for Roman, his mind is all over the place. Shane is 100% correct that he’ll beat Roman at Super Showdown. and McIntyre will decimate and end Roman at Stomping Grounds! But that’s the future. Worry about tonight. McIntyre has a great idea. They don’t need to wait, they’ll take Roman out now! But the Revival attack Roman from behind! Here come the Usos! The family fights of Dash & Dawson and take the ring! Shane has his men regroup as fans fire up for the Usos! Is the Six Man happening now?! It is!
Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Drew McIntyre & The Revival!
Why wait for later tonight when everyone is here right now?! Will the #Bloodline dominate the Terminator and #TopGuys to roll on towards Super Showdown? Or will Shane’s insurance policy do what Shane’s paying him to do?
The teams sort out and Dash Wilder starts against Jey Uso. Jey SUPERKICKS Dash right down! Then he hurries up top, but Scott Dawson saves Dash. Jey hops down and together with brother Jimmy, FLIES! The Usos wipe the Revival out and we go to break!
Raw returns and Dawson whips Jey corner to corner. Jey dodges and sends Dawson to buckles. Dash tags in and stops Jey, but Jey elbows free to hot tag Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Dash and mule kicks to an uppercut! Dash swings but misses, but also escapes the Samoan Drop. But Jimmy comes back with the dragon whip! Jimmy fires up the fans and takes aim. But he has to hit McIntyre and Dawson first. Dash dropkicks Jimmy down! Dash stomps away on Jimmy then tags in McIntyre for even more stomps. McIntyre bumps Jimmy off buckles and CHOPS him! McIntyre facelocks and suplexes Jimmy hard! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre keeps Jimmy down and then puts on an armbar. He grinds his forearm into Jimmy’s face while The Revival mock the Longhorns fans. Jimmy endures and fans rally up. Jimmy fights his way up and headbutts, then whips, only for McIntyre to reverse. McIntyre smothers and belly2belly suplexes Jimmy down! Cover, but Roman breaks it! Roman and McIntyre glare but Dash and Dawson get away with mugging Jimmy! The ref tells Roman to go back to his corner while McIntyre tags in Dawson. McIntyre grinds his foot into Jimmy and Dawson stomps Jimmy out. Dawson cranks Jimmy’s neck but pulls on hair. The ref reprimands Dawson so he lets up, only to come back and stand Jimmy up. Jimmy uppercuts back! And CHOPS! Dawson staggers, but clotheslines Jimmy down! Cover, TWO!
Dawson taunts Jey before going back to Jimmy. He drags Jimmy up into a seated abdominal stretch. Jimmy endures and works his way up. Jimmy reaches and arm-drags Dawson off, only for Dawson to shove him. Dawson runs in but Jimmy starts fighting back! Jimmy back suplexes Dawson down! Fans rally up as Jimmy crawls. Dawson gets in and intercepts, BIG spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Jimmy survives but is isolated as we go to break.
Raw returns and Roman gives McIntyre the point blank lariats. Roman runs and BOOTS McIntyre down! The University of Texas fires up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads. Roman runs but McIntyre dodges for a Glasgow Kiss! But Jey tags in, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre down! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Dawson but Dash clobbers Jimmy. SUPERMAN PUNCH for Dash! But Shane trips up Jey behind the ref’s back! Roman runs after Shane, and gets hands on him! But then gets a CLAYMORE from McIntyre! Jey flounders in the ring and McIntyre takes aim. The Revival give Jimmy SHATTER MACHINE! McIntyre runs, CLAYMORE for Jey! Cover, The Revival and McIntyre win!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & The Revival, McIntyre pinning
Shane helps his boys win, but now he wants to add insult to injury on Roman. He slaps Roman around, then has the Revival drag Roman up, for a SHATTER MACHINE! But Shane drags Roman up for McIntyre. CLAYMORE! Fans boo as Shane mockingly wonders if Roman’s okay. But this still isn’t enough for the Best in the World. The Revival drag Roman up, and feeds him to Shane’s SPEAR! Shane mocks the battle cry and then tells Roman that’s what he’s getting at Super Showdown. Will Shane return to the states still feeling like The Best in the World? Or will the Big Dog get back at him for everything he’s done?
Raw is Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister is back and is going to be part of Super Showdown’s historically MASSIVE 50 Man Battle Royal! But for right now, he and the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show are here to discuss the looming Money in the Bank cash-in from Brock Lesnar. Therefore, his special guest is the Architect and the Beastslayer, WWE Universal Champion, Seth Rollins! Rollins makes his way out and Texas is ready to #BurnItDown! The remaining time on Raw could be the last few minutes in his reign, but Rollins shows no fear as he joins Miz in the ring.
Miz welcomes Rollins to Austin! Super Showdown has a WWE Universal Championship match of Rollins VS Baron Corbin, but… Rollins might not even be champion because Paul Heyman promised Lesnar would cash in tonight. What’s going on in Rollins’ mind? Rollins wants to back things up. First, this is assuming Lesnar even shows up to Raw, which assumes Heyman told the truth. Last time Heyman told the truth was… never! Rollins is prepared, but will believe it when he sees it. Miz commends that strong front, but he and Rollins both know what it is to be Mr. MITB. As of right now, it’s not just in the hands of a normal superstar, but one of the most dominant of all time, Brock Lesnar!
Rollins knows all that, but the truth is, if Lesnar showed up to cash in, Rollins would actually be relieved. Because Rollins can’t keep worrying on what might be. He knows what will be is Super Showdown’s Universal Championship match against Baron Corbin. No one here likes Corbin, nor on the planet Earth, but Corbin did win that Fatal 4 Way to be #1 Contender. If Rollins is the fighting champion he promised to be when he slayed the Beast, the he has to focus on the Lone Wolf’s head going into the mat. Fans support that with “Burn It Down!” But wait, someone is pulling into the arena. It’s Paul Heyman! And where Heyman goes, Lesnar follows! The Beast in the Bank IS on Raw, ready to cash in. Rollins is ready!
Heyman says “Here comes the pain!” But then Lesnar stops just before gorilla position and considers things. He’s headed for the locker rooms instead, to make Rollins wait a little longer. Fans still cheer for Rollins, but is Rollins’ night far from over?
Lucha House Party VS ???
Raw enters #LuchaTime as “Los Avengers” look to take down The Leviathan at Super Showdown! But before taking on Lars Sullivan, they will- Wait, is that Lars now?! Did he dismantle the team the Lucha House Party was supposed to face on his way here?! He rushes the ring and the fight is on! But Lars shoves Kalisto awya, then Lince Dorado. Gran Metalik also falls, but Kalisto kicks back! Kalisto springboards, but into a clothesline! Lars lariats Lince, and catches a flying Metalik!
Metalik is lifted high over head, but Kalisto dropkicks to save him! Metalik and Lince dropkick in turn, but it takes all three to send Lars out! Lars himself is surprised! The Mile High Monster roars, but he falls back to reconsider his strategy. Will Lucha House Party return from Super Showdown still standing? Or will they all suffer a Freak Accident?
The IIconics and Nikki Cross are backstage.
The Loony Lass looks a miniature pound puppy all sad to find someone to play with. But the WWE is not a dog park, and Cross has the wrong master in “that mutt”, Becky Lynch. Woof woof! But wait, Alexa Bliss returns! Don’t those two have a blooming onion to eat? No! But they have a match with Nikki tonight. And with Peyton’s “wifey” Billie ringside, it’ll be #IICONIC! Well that happened. Alexa’s gonna get a coffee. Does Nikki want one? Wait, really? Yeah. Alexa knows Becky and Nikki have been bonding, but Becky and Alexa don’t get along. Well, Alexa doesn’t get along with a lot of people. Maybe Nikki’s better off with the Raw Women’s Champion.
Nikki tells Alexa she’s not gonna judge the Goddess based on her past. Alexa has been so kind to Nikki. She’s been a friend. Well since they’re friends, don’t be shy to ask for a favor. Alexa will back her up against the IIconics. Time to throw some shrimps on the barbie! Will the Goddess be a good luck charm for Nikki against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
The Man is here!
The Raw Women’s Champion holds her belt up high as she heads for the ring. But what is Becky going to say? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Becky tells Austin, Texas, “The Man has been doing some thinking.” She wants to make some changes. Becky got home for the first time in 63 jam-packed days. She fought all over Europe, made appearances, switched brands, and won the main event of WrestleMania. Fans know “You Deserve It!” Becky appreciates the fans saying that, and says her dreams came true. She’s never been happier in her entire life. “But that’s when it hit me. Contentment is the worst thing that could happen to a fighter like me.” Content fighters get hurt, passed over or even beaten. Becky won’t let that be her. When Lacey Evans helped Charlotte Flair take that SmackDown Women’s Championship, Becky woke up.
When Becky gets pissed, and she is pissed, there is not a woman in this business that can stop her! So those who have wronged Becky, she will find them and will break her back trying and hands fighting. But speaking of Lacey, here she comes! The Sassy Southern Belle struts out with a mic and tells Becky, “You are just like a dog chasing a car.” And just like a dog, Becky wouldn’t know what to do with it. Lacey did everyone a favor. #BeckyTwoBelts shouldn’t represent the women of WWE. Becky mocks the Southern accent and then vows to rip Lacey’s arm out. Lacey says that while she’s blonde, don’t confuse her with Charlotte. Because Becky is not in Lacey’s head, and Lacey is not to be messed with.
While Becky beat Lacey, Lacey also points out Becky didn’t walk out a winner. Lacey promises to make her to be #BeckyNoBelts. Becky is not the right woman to represent Lacey’s division. Lacey vows to be the next Raw Women’s Champion, but here comes The Queen! Charlotte is the second Wild Card, dressed ready to go! Charlotte tells Becky to “please, please stop making excuses.” Becky still lost for #CharlotteNineTimes to become history. Yeah, but then what happened after? Charlotte lost the title, but- Lacey says Charlotte needs to stop embarrassing herself. Charlotte’s strutting like a peacock because she’s a daddy’s girl who needs attention.
Charlotte ignores Lacey and asks for someone to hold the ropes for her. But when no one does, Charlotte gets in on her own, and then brings up why she struts like a peacock. Because she’s halfway to beating her daddy’s championship reign record! And Lacey’s been here for four minutes, and all she’s done is make tea. Charlotte didn’t even need to take off her street clothes to leave Lacey laying. Lacey says Charlotte had nine reigns, but now she has zero belts. That’s yesterday’s news, and Lacey is the future face of the WWE. Charlotte can go back to SmackDown, or face a Woman’s Right. And Lacey shoves Charlotte right down! Charlotte keeps her composure, and Becky just sits back and watches as we get a Queen VS a Lady!
Charlotte Flair VS Lacey Evans!
Texas fires up as Charlotte and Lacey prepare to throw down. Charlotte puts her robe aside, and the bell rings. Charlotte goes right at Lacey with furious hands! They scrap and grapple but Lacey gets a ropebreak. Charlotte lets go long enough to come right back. Lacey turns things around and rams Charlotte with her shoulder. Charlotte facelocks and throws Lacey to then kick her against the ropes. Becky has a front row seat as Charlotte tosses Lacey out. Becky taunts the Model Soldier while fans “WOO~” for Charlotte.
Lacey gets up and tells fans to shut up. Lacey also declines Charlotte holding the ropes open for her. The ref has Charlotte step back and Lacey returns. The two circle and Charlotte get a takedown! Charlotte rains down forearms but Lacey turns things around. Lacey elbows but Charlotte tackles her. Charlotte has another facelock but Lacey has another ropebreak. Charlotte lets go at 4 and backs off. Lacey brushes herself off and Becky is rather amused. Charlotte and Lacey tie up again and Charlotte facelocks. Lacey switches and rains down forearms of her own. Lacey and Charlotte fight for control and Charlotte knees low. Charlotte bumps Lacey off buckles and Lacey bails out. The Queen has the Lady flustered as we go to break.
Raw returns and Charlotte has Lacey in another facelock. Charlotte waistlocks and throws Lacey around. Charlotte shifts to a wiastlock again but Lacey elbows out. Lacey gets a fireman’s carry takedown and cover, TWO! Lacey bumps Charlotte off buckles then again. Charlotte blocks and gives a bump back. Charlotte stomps away then grinds her boot into Lacey’s face. The ref counts and Charlotte stops at 4 to soak up the “WOO~!” Charlotte CHOPS away on Lacey, then CHOPS her all the way to another corner. Fans love the stylin’ and profilin’, but then Lacey throws Charlotte into buckles. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Charlotte, then walks it off for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO!
Lacey grows annoyed but she keeps on Charlotte with a headlock. Fans cheer for Becky instead as Charlotte endures. Charlotte rolls Lacey up, TWO! Charlotte kicks Lacey right down! She paces and brings Lacey up, for an exploder! Charlotte kips up while Lacey crawls to the apron. Charlotte glares at Lacey, and runs in, only to get a knee. Lacey sweeps the legs then slingshots for the elbow, only for Charlotte to evade! Charlotte elbows Lacey from a corner, then gives her a backbreaker. Lacey staggers away, and Charlotte clotheslines her down! Charlotte grabs the leg, Figure Four but Lacey kicks Charlotte away! Lacey gets up, drags Charlotte out, neckbreaker! Somersault but gets boots! Charlotte and Lacey run at each other, double crossbodies!
Both women are down, and Becky pretends to be concerned. Fans rally but still want Becky more. Charlotte and Lacey each get up, but Becky yanks Charlotte out!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by disqualification
Becky helps the Queen but is really helping herself to Lacey! She gives Lacey the Man-Handle Slam! Becky raises her Raw Women’s Championship, but will she hold onto it while making Lacey pay?
Rey Mysterio is here!
The King of Lucha Libre finally got his Grand Slam with the WWE United States Championship! But his shoulder is in a sling because of what went down at the Money in the Bank PPV with Samoa Joe. Joe’s shoulders were way off the mat, and yet Joe lost. Joe brutally attacked Mysterio and injured that shoulder, meaning tonight, the title must be given up.
Mysterio is in the ring and sets it straight. He’s been a part of the WWE for a very long time, and wrestling is in his blood. Mysterio gets to share wrestling with his son, Dominique, because Dominique is training to be a wrestler in his own right. Dominique will surely carve a path, but Mysterio needs to set the right example, as both man and champion. Due to this shoulder injury, Mysterio must- But before he can say, Samoa Joe appears! Joe feels he perhaps came out too early. He apologizes, but Joe was hearing the word “Champion” and just took it as his cue. Joe wants Mysterio to continue. This is an important moment, but Joe wants an addendum to the speech. Let’s not ruin things with a lie. The fact is, Mysterio isn’t giving up because of injury, but because he never really won!
Mysterio wants Joe to get it right, too. This isn’t to have a moment or to pull some kind of trick. This is not the moment Mysterio wanted it to be. But Mysterio’s won championships his entire career. Through pain and injuries. Mysterio is man enough to do that, and man enough to do this. He asks for just a moment. Due to this injury from MITB, Mysterio is here to relinquish the WWE United States Championship. And yes, to Samoa Joe. Mysterio puts the belt down on the mat, but promises he’ll be back for it. Joe attacks Mysterio!! Coquina Clutch!! Mysterio did what Joe wanted, but Joe still makes him suffer for it! Joe picks up the title, and is the NEW WWE United States Champion! But will Joe prove he’s worthy of having it back?
“I’m gonna keep this short and sweet, because there’s enough people around here who like to hear themselves talk.” The Swiss Cyborg will let his actions speak for themselves, and he’ll do that in a rematch with Ricochet! Ricochet is a great talent but is naive if he thinks he’ll win again.
“Cesaro’s actions have always spoken louder than his words, and he’s one of the most dynamic superstars in all of WWE.” But tonight is a preview of a rivalry that could go for a decade. The One and Only has already proven he can win once, so he’ll do his best to do it all again. Who wins this tiebreaker between King of Flight and Swiss Cyborg?
Arm Wrestling: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
Before going to Super Showdown for a battle worthy of a Godzilla movie, the Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine look to lock-up in a very different kind of wrestling match. Who proves they’ve got the strongest hands before someone #GetsTheseHands in Saudi Arabia?
Raw returns as Strowman loosens up. Lashley makes his entrance, and the two stand at the arm-wrestling table. Fans cheer for Lashley to “Get These Hands!” The referee has them put hands on the grip bars and elbows in the pads. Strowman is ready but Lashley SLAPS him! Lashley grins at the angered Strowman, and it takes an extra referee to keep them from throwing down. Strowman shouts for the table to be reset, and the refs do just that. Strowman wants Lashley to man up and do the arm wrestling, but Lashely just flexes at him. Lashley grips and locks up with Strowman, and we begin!
The two are so even to start, but Lashley loses grip. He claims it was Strowman’s fault, so Strowman chalks up his hand. Lashley also gets chalk on his hands and the two stare down. Strowman’s ready, Lashley joins him, and Texas fires up for a second try! The two are even again, and going back and forth! Strowman comes close but Lashley comes back. Strowman gives it another gas, and wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Monster Among Men proves his arms are the strongest on Raw! But then Lashley blasts him with chalk! And with kicks and haymakers! Lashley is a sore loser as he shoves the table down, then shoves and scoops Strowman! Lashley steals the Monster Slam!! Strowman, blinded by dust and reeling from the impact, is furious as Lashley leaves. But who will be the dominant monster when the dust settles at Super Showdown?
Carmella looks for Truth backstage.
After Truth survived the golf course in a back-and-forth with Jinder Mahal, the hunt continues on Raw. Drake Maverick realizes that the key is following the FABULOUS Princess. He, EC3 and a referee are in pursuit, but where will they find Truth? Will the find Truth?
Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss!
The crazy and the divine head to the ring together as Alexa keeps her promise to be by Nikki’s side. Will the Goddess’ support help Nikki get one over on one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions?
Raw returns after the IIconics have made their entrance. The bell rings, and Peyton shows off the IIconics pose. Nikki turns Peyton around, but gets a heel kick! Peyton stomps Nikki to a corner then stomps her in the corner. The ref backs Peyton off but she kicks Nikki around more. Peyton throws hands and more stomps, then whips Nikki corner to corner. Nikki hits the buckles hard and Billie mocks her. Peyton grinds her boot into Nikki but lets up at 4. Nikki crawls but Peyton is on her, only to get a jawbreaker. Nikki rolls Peyton, TWO! Peyton runs Nikki over then covers, TWO! The IIconics grow annoyed but Alexa coaches Nikki up.
Peyton chokes Nikki on the ropes but lets up at 4. Nikki flounders to ropes but Peyton punches her around. Peyton throws Nikki tot he apron then throws knees. Peyton puts Nikki in the hanging motorcycle stretch. She lets go at 4, and mocks Nikki as she stalks her in the ring. Peyton toys with Nikki and whips her to a corner. Nikki dodges and hops on for a sleeper! Peyton flails and throws Nikki off to ram knees into her. Peyton puts Nikki in a seated abdominal stretch and Billie wants her to break those arms off. Nikki endures, bleeding from the mouth. Fans build to a rally, and Nikki fights her way up and out. But Peyton throws her by her hair! Peyton covers, TWO! The IIconics are growing further frustrated but Peyton stomps Nikki down.
Peyton toys with Nikki more. She drags Nikki back into the seated stretch and throws elbows. Nikki endures again, but fights her way up and out again. Peyton knees low then whips Nikki again. Nikki elbows out of the corner, then boots her back. Nikki throws hands and forearms, but Peyton shoves, only for Nikki to run her over! Alexa cheers Nikki as she fires up! Nikki runs corner to corner for a big splash and a bulldog! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps going and climbs up top. Peyton stands and Nikki leaps for a crossbody, only to belly flop! Peyton is in a corner and Alexa is concerned. But then the staff brings coffee. The IIconics can’t believe Alexa is more into her coffee than this match. Peyton kicks the mug out of Alexa’s hands! And then kicks at Alexa! Billi shoves Alexa down ito her coffee puddle!
Alexa is embarrassed, but then Nikki gets Peyton with the Purge! Cover, Nikki wins!!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall
The IIconics’ ego got in the way! Nikki wins and is happy, but Alexa is still looking upset. Alexa gets angry, and goes right at the IIconics! She dropkicks Billie then drags her up, for the Bliss-DT! The Goddess shows her wild side now, and Nikki says they BOTH won! Will these two run wild with tag title gold in the near future?
Raw returns to Seth Rollins in the ring!
The Architect is back and says that when he won the WWE Universal Championship, he knew there’d be a target on his back. It’s what he signed up for because it’s what he wanted. Yet that’s not what is happening with Brock Lesnar. But speak of the Beast, here he comes! At least, we think so, because the music hit. Lesnar does not walk out on stage, and Rollins is sick of the games! Everyone here is sick of it! So Rollins speaks directly to Lesnar. “You used to be one of the most feared men on Planet Earth. Used to be.” Now Lesnar is just a shell of that. If there’s any shred of the true Beast in there, he better come out here and give Raw that cash-in, RIGHT NOW!!
Fans want to see it, but instead, Baron Corbin appears. Corbin tells Rollins, “You are all fired up tonight!” Too bad it’s for the wrong person. Rollins should forget about Lesnar and worry about Corbin. Rollins is in the ring, living a childhood dream, but Corbin is a dream crusher and vows to take that Universal Championship. To do that, Corbin has to win, and he doesn’t stand a chance. Corbin will pry this belt from Rollins’ cold, dead hands. Fine by Corbin! Corbin is the guy who retired Kurt Angle. And he’ll retire Rollins, too! Rollins hits Corbin with the mic! And then with fists! Corbin knees back and throws hands of his own! But Rollins throws hands again, then dodges to PELE him out of the ring!
Rollins DIVES on Corbin right away! Rollins is all fired up, but here comes the Beast! Raw might get that cash-in, after all! But then Corbin hits END OF DAYS! The distraction gives the Lone Wolf the opening he needs to leave Rollins down and out. But then, the music hits again. NOW the Beast wants his cash-in. He even has a steel chair just in case! Rollins is reeling as the #BrockParty looms closer. Lesnar low blows Rollins!! Payback for Wrestlemania, along with a chair shot! And another! And another! Lesnar bullies Rollins with a German Suplex! Lesnar tears off his shirt and Heyman shouts if this is the cash-in. Not yet! Another chair shot! And then he throws Rollins out of the ring.
Lesnar stalks Rollins around the ring to then lift him up for an F5 to the floor! Rollins is gasping while Lesnar is glaring. Now? No, not yet. Lesnar drags Rollins up again to put him in the ring. He stops Rollins from getting to the chair, to then pick it up and SMACK Rollins again! And again! And again!! Now?! Lesnar grins, because he gives Rollins another German Suplex! Heyman almost pleads with Lesnar to cash-in! But Lesnar says it’ll be Friday. What? But it was supposed to be tonight! No, Lesnar wants this for Super Showdown. Lesnar picks up the belt to toss it onto Rollins. And then he uses the briefcase as a weapon! Lesnar laughs as he goes back to the chair he’s already destroyed with Rollins’ body, to SMACK him again and again and again!
Lesnar and Heyman leave, with fans booing and jeering while The Beast just laughs and “listens to his boombox.” There is no cash-in tonight, but will Lesnar return to Raw next week as the WWE Universal Champion? As for Rollins, the medical team has to bring him to a backboard and stretcher. Can Rollins even make it to Super Showdown at this point?
Raw returns as Rollins is brought to the ambulance.
Becky Lynch is among those by Rollins’ side as they load him into the back. She also hops in to be with Rollins for the ride. Is the Architect going to be able to make it to Super Showdown for Lesnar’s wanted cash-in?
Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
A very special edition, at that. Bray Wyatt has something super serious to talk to us about. He puts on a sweatband, because it’s time to exercise~!
When it comes to mind, body and spirit, to be at your best, you gotta look good and feel good. But wait, who is this piggy pigging out? Huskes the Pig Boy doesn’t take care of his body. The chocolate tastes so good~! He wants more. Oh, Huskes. No one is going tot ell you, but all this gluttony is going to bite you in your tail. Or he could be great. People will tell him he’s a genius, with the whole world in his hands. Really? Yes, really! Wink.
But omg, is that…! “The both of you better get your act together, or else… Or else…!” Yowie wowie! Hold on, Boss. They’ll get Huskes in shape. Here’s how! Shake them hips and let your backbone slip. Pull up your pants to do the Muscle Man dance! Just follow his voice, you don’t have a choice. Pull up your pants for the Muscle Man dance! Wiggle that behind and erase your mind. Pull up your pants and do the Muscle Man dance! Yeah, that’s it. Wow, Huskes. Are you ready for a night out on the town? Yes, he feels better already. Now remember, fireflies. He’ll always light the way. You just have to let him in. See you next time~!
Well. That was sure something.
Triple H returns to Raw!
The Game is in Texas and heads to the ring, with another showdown with Randy Orton at Super Showdown! HHH takes up the mic as fans chant for “NXT!” He appreciates that, but tonight is about him and Orton. And speaking of, The Viper appears! The Wild Card Rule makes this possible on Raw, and Orton strikes his signature pose in the ring. Orton picks up his own mic and stares down with HHH. Fans chant for “RKO!” but HHH talks first. It’s been awhile since they’ve stood in the same ring. They both know what this face-to-face is about: drumming up interest in a fight. Fans hope the two men will say things or even fight, all to drum up the interest. But these 20 years together, nothing either man can say is new.
So HHH won’t waste anyone’s time with this. He will just say this: it’s been awhile since they’ve seen each other in the ring. But don’t let the suit fool you, HHH is going to Jeddah to kick Orton’s ass. Orton doesn’t mind that, but he wants HHH to know he’s not Batista. Orton is still the Legend Killer. HHH knows that better than most. Orton will gladly beat HHH this Friday for another notch on Orton’s belt. HHH sees it’s interesting. Watching those recap packages of their 20 years together, those unspeakable things they’ve done to each other. But it’s what HHH said that rang true. Putting pressure on Orton would make him a diamond in this business. HHH isn’t blowing smoke when he says Orton is one of the best ever. Just like HHH knew he would be.
But here’s the catch. A lot of people have tried to put HHH down. They’re gone, he’s still here. And Orton will not be the one. HHH starts to leave but Orton says before he goes, “can you promise me something?” That Friday, before stepping into the ring, HHH retrieves his balls from Stephanie’s purse. Orton laughs as his own line, but even HHH has to give a smirk and a nod. HHH gets back in the ring and likes that idea. He will do that. But they’re just so big, and it’s a burden to carry them around. HHH will see if he can put them in the carry-on. It’s hard to carry that weight around. Not that Orton would know, since he’s never had any. See you in Jeddah.
HHH drops the mic having left Orton speechless. Which one of these two living legends comes back an even greater icon?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
What does he have to say about what happened to Seth Rollins? We saw what happened, Rollins is in an ambulance. Corbin needs to get out of here. To celebrate! Lesnar just did Corbin a favor, so you’re now looking at the next WWE Universal Champion! Will Corbin cash-in on Lesnar’s hard work? Or is he just setting himself up to be the Beast’s prey at Super Showdown?
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
Here it is! The tiekbreaker of two of the most athletic and shockingly strong superstars today! Who wins big to perhaps put them in line for title shots on the Road to Stomping Grounds?
Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ricochet runs right at Cesaro. Cesaro tosses Ricochet up but Ricochet lands on the buckles. Ricochet jumps back and lands on Cesaro’s shoulders, but Cesaro blocks the huricanrana! Cesaro lifts Ricochet up but Ricochet slips out, only to get run over. Things speed up and Ricochet gets caught into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro throws European Uppercuts on Ricochet in the corner, then to his back. He grinds a boot into Ricochet’s head but lets up at 3. Cesaro stalks Ricochet and throws more EuroUppers. Ricochet falls back into a corner, and Cesaro stomps him more.
Cesaro drags Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. Then he holds Ricochet up to put on a cobra clutch. Ricochet endures and fans build to a rally. Ricochet fights out and things speed up again, tilt-o-whirl flipping huricanrana! Cesaro is dizzy as he bails out of the ring, and Ricochet hurries after. Ricochet runs around the side, up onto the barriers, and gets another huricanrana! Fans fire up with Ricochet as he goes back to Cesaro. Ricochet drags Cesaro up but Cesaro elbows back hard. Cesaro pops Ricochet up tot he apron but gets a mule kick. Ricochet runs, moonsaults, and just topples Cesaro over! Both men are a bit dazed while we go to another break.
Raw returns again, and Cesaro has Ricochet in another chinlock. HE whips Ricochet but Ricochet sunset flips. Cesaro stays up and stands Ricochet up, but Ricochet pops up to another sunset flip! TWO, and Cesaro runs into a corner. Ricochet dodges to send Cesaro into a post! Cesaro falls back form the impact, and Ricochet hops up. Ricochet aims, but Cesaro uppercuts him down! Cesaro drags Ricochet up for a deadlift SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet lives and Cesaro is surprised. Cesaro stalks Ricochet as he rolls out of the ring. Cesaro again drags Ricochet up but Ricochet shoulders back. Ricochet punches and hotshots Cesaro away.
Ricochet goes for a repeat of last week, handstand to electric chair, but Cesaro is ready! Cesaro blocks and lifts, then blocks the sunset flip to flip Ricochet back! Time to go swinging! Around and around and around for about a dozen rotations! Ricochet is dizzy, and he staggers up into a BIG EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer while Cesaro drags Ricochet up again. Cesaro says Ricochet will never win, but he gets a big knee! And then a boot! Ricochet knees Cesaro back, then springboards, but is caught! Cesaro makes it a cover, TWO! Ricochet wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls and rolls up, with a bridge, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only wins 2-1! But Cesaro blasts him from behind! Cesaro is a sore loser as he stomps Ricochet out. Fans boo as Cesaro goes for a ladder! Cesaro thinks not, and instead brings out a table! But wait, is that R-Truth!? Is that where the 24/7 Champion has been all Raw?! And here come the others! Ricochet wrecks Cesaro with a dropkick, all the way to the fans! Carmella helps Truth get going, but the roster is headed his way! Drake Maverick leads the charge with EC3 and others not far behind. They all swarm but Cedric Alexander FLIES onto them all! He wipes out everyone but Truth! And Maverick has him! Only to get a FABULOUS Kick!
But the chase continues! Alexander and Robert Roode are right on Truth’s heels, but they end up in the backstage area. Will Truth get to the end of Raw with the belt?
The Undertaker returns to Raw!
The Deadman is back again, because he prepares for a first-time-ever with GOLDBERG at Super Showdown! Taker goes to the ring, and fans give the Phenom a standing ovation. “Do you ever wonder what happens when you come face-to-face with death for the very first time?” Does the sky go dark? Does the ground rip open at your feet? Or do you choke at the stench of the souls already gone? Taker tells Goldberg that Friday, Super Showdown, all those answers will be questioned.
When they stand across the ring from each other, the smiling family man, with his wife and son watch on, must become the mythical icon once again! Because Taker promises this: if Goldberg is anything less, this first match will be Goldberg’s last. Taker will open the gates of Hell and unleash “an inhuman level of brutality” that Goldberg has never felt. “When the Reaper beckons, you answer his call.” Taker vows to take Goldberg’s soul for all eternity. Because Goldberg, you’re next!! Will this first-time be the last-time for these living legends?!
Well for a go-home, this was pretty par for the course. We got some fairly good action and last-minute progression for stories, but I felt like things started to drag somewhere. Again, the Wild Card Rule seems almost exclusive for the Shane VS Roman story, but at least we got it out early. I was surprised Texas was so strong behind Roman, but I suppose it’s helped by Shane being such a strong Heel. The Six Man Tag was really good, and it totally made sense for Shane to interfere and help his guys win. But obviously, with Shane standing tall here, there’s a good chance Roman wins at Super Showdown. This hopefully also keeps this story from bleeding into SmackDown, let SmackDown focus on Kofi, and even Finn VS Almas.
Obviously the Universal Championship and the Lesnar cash-in tease took up the majority of the night. Almost everyone knew Heyman talking about it on social media was just for hype, that we weren’t going to actually get the cash-in. But boy, the beating Lesnar put on Rollins was brutal, even for a Lesnar beating. I would think Rollins still makes it to Super Showdown, this is just for effective story making his match with Corbin seem more difficult. It was a good touch to have Becky by Rollins’ side, since a lot of fans already know about their real-life relationship. And the bottom line: I just hope something happens where Lesnar doesn’t come back with the belt. Otherwise, Vince is just undoing all the good he actually gave us going into Wrestlemania.
The arm wrestling match of Strowman VS Lashley was an interesting choice. I was surprised it actually went to a result, most of these I’ve seen end before an actual winner because the loser doesn’t want to actually lose. But Lashley being a sore loser was actually a good play for his Heel character, as was him showing off his strength by using Strowman’s finisher. Their match will be some good strength game stuff, but hopefully the winner of it gets to do something important going to Stomping Grounds. Mysterio giving up the belt because of injury was expected, but I’m really surprised he didn’t just say it was completely vacated. Joe is champion again, and perhaps Strowman is the contender coming out of Super Showdown so we finally get what was teased on the Superstar Shake-Up SmackDown.
The Raw Women’s Division didn’t get as much this week, though that’s partially because their build isn’t part of Super Showdown. Lacey held her own in that promo triple threat with Becky and Charlotte, but things seemed just a bit off in the match with Charlotte. At first it was scrappy in a good way, but after the commercial break, things were just kinda sloppy and mistimed. It was actually a good move, planned or not, for Becky to jump in. Fans were still loving her more just for being ringside than the other two in the match. Becky VS Lacey is surely happening at Stomping Grounds, and I’m pretty sure Becky wins that. The Women’s Tag Division is what’s really suffering, all because Vince chose to have Bayley & Banks lose to the IIconics, without a plan for the IIconics.
While Peyton & Billie are good as their characters and good enough int he ring, what’s the point of them winning if all they’re doing is losing? Granted, I like this growing pair of Nikki & Alexa, but what’s going to happen? Alexa either joins Bayely as a main roster Triple Crown winner and then… who knows, or they job to the champs who have been jobbing this whole time, for a rivalry of Alexa VS Nikki. If Vince had left those belts with Boss & Hug, we for one wouldn’t be wondering what Sasha is gonna do about WWE VS AEW, and they could have gone to TakeOver: XXV for a killer match! Ricochet VS Cesaro was a killer match, too, and I hope that line about a decade-long rivalry in the making comes true. And the match even gave us a great 24/7 Championship segue. Long live Truth as champion!
I loved tonight’s Firefly Fun House! That meta was thick and juicy, something to sink your teeth into. “Huskes” was obviously a reference to Husky Harris, the original form of Bray Wyatt, in the same way his other puppets have been references to the original Bray Wyatt character. Devil puppet Vince and the song, solid gold ideas. This is all working out to make me want Bray’s in-ring return even more. I hope we get to Stomping Grounds and he just does something to someone, hopefully Rollins still as Universal Champion. Then the HHH and Orton face-to-face was fine, with good back and forth about their balls. And Undertaker closing was great, I just wish WWE and USA could still do the five-minute overrun because Taker almost got cut off. Hopefully Taker VS Goldberg works out, not sure how well either man can move.
My Score: 7.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)
Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?
It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!
Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!
- 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
- Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.
Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!
And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.
Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?
8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!
Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?
Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!
Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?
Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!
Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning
The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?
Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.
The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.
Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!
A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!
Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion
Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!
Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?
As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.
Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.
She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.
2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!
The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?
Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!
Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!
And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?
Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?
Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!
Winner: Braun Strowman
But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!
No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.
The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!
Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?
Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.
Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?
Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?
Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.
They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?
Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!
We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?
But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?
Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!
The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.
Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!
And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?
Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!
Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.
Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.
Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.
Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out
But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?
But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.
It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.
Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.
Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…
Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).
Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.
RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview.
Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.
On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.
RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.
On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.
Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.
Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.
Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.
In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)
KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame