WWE throws out the rule book!
Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans will go all out when it’s Winners Take All in an Extreme Rules Mixed Tag Match! Will #ManSquared keep the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships from the Lady and the Lone Wolf?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Tony Nese; Gulak wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- No Holds Barred Tag: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Reigns & The Undertaker win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS The Usos; The Revival wins and retains the the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Aleister Black VS Cesaro; Black wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; Strowman wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day VS Heavy Machinery; The New Day wins and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ The Club; Styles wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler; Owens wins.
- WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- Winners Take All Extreme Rules Mixed Tag, WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans; Rollins & Lynch win and retain their championships.
- WWE Universal Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In: Seth Rollins VS Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman; Lesnar wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
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It’s the WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff!
Join Jonathon Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Charly Caruso and Sam Roberts as they review and predict the action for tonight!
Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin enjoy tea time.
“What do you think?” Corbin thinks Lacey looks like the next Raw Women’s Champion. It’s a good look for her. Corbin says this is all professional. They get to payback Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch for what they’ve done. Corbin will use a chair on Rollins’ spine to rearrange it vertebrae by vertebrae. Or maybe he goes through a table. Or maybe he smashes a teapot- No, not Lacey’s teapot! Especially when there are kendo sticks with Becky’s name on it. The Lady has been dying to beat sense into The Man. Lacey is a bit of a romantic, and she believes in love. Which is why the love between Rollins and Becky will end. Then the #Homewreckers will take the titles and destroy #ManSquared’s relationship. Corbin nods in agreement, but will the homewreckers be the ones getting wrecked?
Kickoff Show – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Extraordinary Man lost to the King of Strong Style on SmackDown, and it was brutal. But now Finn looks to return that brutality in Philly! Will Finn tie things up between Nakamura? Or is the title going to go home with a rockstar?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this surprise rematch!
The two circle and fans are already fired up. Finn and Nakamura tie up and push each other around. Nakamura puts Finn on the ropes, and brings back the ab rest. Finn shoves Nakamura off, and doesn’t let him say, “C’MON!” Finn gives “C’MON” to Nakamura! Nakamura and Finn brawl and Nakamura whips. Finn reverses, Nakamura sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn CHOPS Nakamura in the corner, then CHOPS him in another. He whips Nakamura corner to corner but Nakamura reverses and redirects Finn. Finn goes up but gets caught and put on the top rope! Top Shelf Knee! Finn goes to the apron and Nakamura follows. Nakamura hops up but Finn kicks him down! Finn catches his breath and grits his teeth as he takes aim. Finn builds speed to FLY onto Nakamura!
Fans fire up with Finn as he puts Nakamura into barriers! And then barriers on the other side! This is all payback for SmackDown’s beat down! The ring count climbs to 4 but Finn puts Nakamura in. Finn is in at 5 and drags Nakamura up. Nakamura rolls to get the arm. Finn blocks so Nakamura switches to the other arm! Nakamura gets the armbar but Finn gets a ropebreak. Finn staggers to a corner but Nakamura is on him with kicks and stomps. Nakamura rams knees into ribs and shoulders, then drops one on Finn’s head. Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool as he wraps on a chinlock. Philly rallies for Finn and he fights his way up. Finn fights back but Nakamura squeezes tighter!
Nakamura grinds Finn to the mat but fans give Finn new life. Finn fireman’s carries but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura throws a forearm, Finn PELES Nakamura back! Both men are down but Finn gets to a corner. Fans rally behind Finn as Nakamura runs in. Finn boots Nakamura back, then dropkicks the legs out! Finn keeps moving, another dropkick to the head! Nakamura is up but Finn has him for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn keeps his focus while WWE goes picture in picture. Finn aims from the corner and gives Nakamura a slingblade! Then Finn aims, only for Nakamura to hit his dynamic dropkick! Nakamura fires himself up as WWE returns to single picture, and he puts Finn back up top. But Finn avoids a second knee to give a kick!
Nakamura is down and Finn climbs up! But Nakamura trips him up! Nakamura positions Finn in the ropes and kicks away, to then run and slide, German Suplex! Finn hits hard and Nakamura takes the long way back into the ring. Nakamura aims from the corner, “YAO!” Double Stomps from Finn! Nakamura writhes to his feet, shotgun dropkick blasts him down! Finn heads up top again, COUP DE GRACE! But Nakamura got clear, to KINSHASA Finn in the back! Nakamura crawls to a corner as Finn flounders up, KINSHASA to the front! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The King of Strong Style finally checks off another title in the WWE! This match was fast and furious, but will there be a Summerslam sequel when there are no more rematch clauses?
The New Day joins the Kickoff via video chat!
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are a totem pole as they speak on the history that could be made tonight. How does possibly becoming 6-time tag team champions feel? Before that, Happy Birthday, Charly Caruso~~~! But pressure? Pressure busts pipes, but not the New Day’s pipes! The important thing is that the New Day is gonna be ALL GOLD~! Very possible, but Big E and Woods must beat two teams, aka a 33% chance of winning. Well the odds aren’t that bad. One-third is good. But what is math when you compare to the unicorn magic? Heavy Machinery are big, big boys. Otis is a bowling ball with legs.
And Kofi Kingston knows they can beat Daniel Bryan! Kofi did it at Mania! But now Kofi faces Samoa Joe, a ruthless opponent. Joe has made a career out of mind games, but Kofi got in Joe’s head back! Kofi does not fear Joe, and after the New Day sweeps, they will be W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight AND Smack, Down, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS, BABYYYY~! Historic up in here. And why is that? “BECAAAUSE~! New! Day Rocks!” Will the power of positivity be overflowing in Philly?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Tony Nese!
Another title match on the Kickoff features the hometown Philly Stretcher, and his former friend turned bitter enemy in Premier Athlete! Gulak won this title in a Triple Threat back at Stomping Grounds, can Nese get back what he never truly lost? Or will he simply tap out?
The tension mounts as the introductions are made. The belt is raised and we begin this championship grudge match!
Gulak rushes and shotgun dropkicks Nese! But Nese tackles Gulak to throw hands! Gulak turns it around to stomp away, then throws Nese with a headlock. Nese headscissors but Gulak pops out, and the two circle again. Fans cheer for their hometown hero as he and Nese tie up. Nese waistlocks and rolls Gulak around. Gulak powers up and wrenches o ut. Gulak wrenches and whips but Nese stops himself to elbow Gulak away. Nese moonsaults but Gualk gets under. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick, knee lift and sweep! Cover, ONE, and Gulak gest to ropes. But Nese clotheslines Gulak right out! Nese is fired up but Philly boos as he slingshots. Gulak dodges, but so does Nese, until Gulak leaps off the apron with a lariat! Gulak wipes Nese out but also himself.
A ring count begins and Gulak is up. He drags Nese in at 6 and covers, TWO! WWE goes picture in picture as Gulak wrenches Nese’s neck. Nese endures and fights his way up to throw hands. Gulak knees low and whips to shotgun dropkick Nese back down! Cover, TWO! Gulak stays on Nese with that neck wrench as WWE returns to single picture. Nese fights his way up and fights out again. Gulak shoves and whips but Nese slides under to pump handle and powerslam! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and takes a moment to catch his breath. Nese also stands slowly, and the two head at each other. A kick for a kick, and CHOP for a CHOP! Gulak knees low and kicks away on Nese’s face. Nese blocks one and spins to a German Suplex into buckles!
Nese has Gulak where he wants him and goes side to side, but into Gulak’s elbow! Gulak torture racks but Nese gets to the apron. Nese throws a heavy left, then drags Gulak onto the ropes. Nese hops up for a draping apron moonsault! It wasn’t the best but it still looks painful! Nese and Gulak are both down but outside the ring. A ring count begins and Nese crawls at 5. Gulak is in but Nese climbs up. Nese reaches the top, 450 splash! It just hits and Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated but he and Gulak slowly get back up. Nese throws forearms and wants an Alabama lift. Gulak blocks to club Nese on the back. Gulak boots but Nese uppercuts! Nese CHOPS but Gulak jabs and CHOPS!
Nese shoves but Gulak rolls under to a sunset flip, but Nese jackknifes. Gulak rolls through but Nese has the lift! Nese pulls Gulak from ropes but Gulak gets the powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Gulak is furious. Gulak runs and LARIATS Nese upside-down! Cover, TWO!! Gulak nods, he knows Nese is tough. Fans rally up as Gulak torture racks again. Cyclone Crash neckbreaker! Gulak covers, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
It was gritty and vicious, but that’s how Gulak likes it. Gulak will continue his reign over the Cruiserweight Division, but where will he take 205 Live over the summer?
The rules have been altered.
Extreme is all around. The Best in the World wants to put Roman down like a dog, but the Dead Man won’t let it happen without a fight for justice. The Lady and the Lone Wolf want gold, but The Man and Her Man want this to be their last chance. Kofimania is a dream come true, but now he has to face a living nightmare. A Monster and a Machine will fight until there is only one left standing. Anything goes tonight, when WWE gets extreme. “Can you feel it now?”
No Holds Barred Tag: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!
No, you’re not dreaming. The #GraveyardDogs really are opening the night against the Scottish Terminator and “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” And with nothing holding them back, will the Big Dog and the Phenom finally make Shane and McIntyre #RestInPeace?
Philly gives an ovation to Taker already as the teams stare down. The teams sort out and McIntyre starts with Roman. Roman and McIntyre circle and McIntyre talks trash before the brawl begins! Roman backs McIntyre down then whips but McIntyre reverses, only to run into an uppercut! Then Roman fireman’s carries, but McIntyre powers out to throw Roman overhead! McIntyre is on Roman and bumps him off buckles. McIntyre stomps a mudhole into Roman then tags in Shane. Shane stomps Roman, then throws fast hands. Shane rope-a-dopes but gets ROCKED! Roman bumps Shane on buckles then rains down rights of his own! He gets all 10, then wrenches Shane towards his corner. Fans fire up and Shane flails for his life, but Taker tags in!
Taker throws hands on Shane then wrenches him for shoulders. Taker runs Shane over and drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Taker stays on Shane with a wrench. Shane reaches for McIntyre but Taker keeps him away. Taker even toys with Shane just a bit before climbing up. Shane stops Old School with fast hands! Shane rope-a-dopes more, but Taker grabs him! Taker throws his fast hands! Taker shows Shane what a real striker can do! Then he whips Shane corner to corner and clotheslines him down hard! Taker drags Shane up again for a wrench, and he finally climbs up. Fans let Taker know, “You Still Got It!” as he hits Old School! Shane scrambles away and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre stares Taker down eye-to-eye! Then he throws hands!
McIntyre rocks Taker but only for a moment! Taker hits back and we have a brawl! Taker gets the edge and whips McIntyre, but McIntyre kicks back! It only angers Taker! McIntyre clotheslines Taker out but Taker lands on his feet! Taker drags McIntyre out to ram him into the apron! Taker puts McIntyre on that apron, and we’re about to see another classic. Apron guillotine leg drop! Cover, TWO! Roman tags in and Taker sets McIntyre up for Roman’s uppercut. Roman gives McIntyre point-blank clotheslines, all the way to 10. Then Roman runs to BOOT McIntyre down! Philly fires up as Roman locks ‘n’ loads. Shane runs over but Roman uppercuts him down. Roman uppercuts McIntyre, but McIntyre whips Roman. Shane dumps Roman out!
Taker comes over to start using that No Holds Barred stipulation! Taker has a chair and he runs Shane off to the stage! But McIntyre has Roman and rams him into steel steps! McIntyre puts Roman back in to stomp away. Then he deadlift suplexes Roman up and down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre drags Roman up and tags in Shane. McIntyre drops Roman with a neckbreaker, Shane covers, TWO! Shane rains rights down on Roman, then covers again, TWO! Roman gets to a corner and Shane tags McIntyre. McIntyre bumps Roman off buckles but Roman punches back. McIntyre shoves Roman for another overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar.
Fans rally as Roman endures. McIntyre shifts to a keylock, but Roman feeds off the fan energy. Roman works his way up as McIntyre wrenches, and Roman punches free. Roman whips but McIntyre reverses and forearms in the corner. McINtyre whips corner to corner but Roman reverses now. Roman runs into an elbow, but gives McIntyre the Samoan Drop! Both men are down and Philly rallies up. McIntyre runs in at Roman but only gets post! They’re both down again, but crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Shane and Taker! Taker rallies on Shane with big hands, then hits McIntyre, too! Taker bumps Shane off buckles then whips corner to corner for a big clothesline! Shane flounders around, into Snake Eyes! And the boot!
McIntyre returns but gets punched back out. Taker clotheslines Shane out, and fans are fired up as Taker stares at the announce desk. Taker stomps Shane before pulling the desk cover off. He clears the desk of the monitors and such. Taker brings Shane over, has him in bomb position, but Shane resists. Elias appears to SMASH Taker with his guitar!! Roman uppercuts Elias and runs the Drifter into barriers. CLAYMORE outta nowhere! McIntyre sends Roman into the timekeeper’s area! Elias grabs what’s left of his guitar, but Taker grabs Elias’ throat! CLAYMORE for Taker! McIntyre is furious as he paces about. Elias helps Shane up and Shane says to set Taker on the desk. McIntyre and Elias haul Taker over and set him on the desk. McIntyre rains down rights to make sure Taker stays down, and Shane climbs up top! IN-SHANE ELBOW FROM POST TO DESK!!
Fans lose their minds as Shane brings back his glory days at the cost of his body! McIntyre and Elias drag Taker from the wreckage while Shane manages to stand. Elias and McIntyre put Taker in and drag him to the corner. Shane brings back another classic as he pulls out a trash can. McIntyre places it for Shane and Elias holds Taker in place. Shane goes to the opposite corner and climbs again. He slashes the throat to mock Taker, COAST2COAST!! But Roman returns to SUPERMAN PUNCH Elias! McIntyre hurries out to Russian Leg Sweep Roman down! Shane drags Taker to the middle of the ring, though. Taker sits up!! And he has Shane’s leg!
Taker yanks Shane in, choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Elias runs in, Elias gets a choke slam! Taker slashes the throat, but McIntyre is looming! CLAY- SPEAR!! Roman saves Taker! And now they have Shane all alone. Roman drags Shane up, “It’s done now!” He feeds Shane to the TOMBSTONE! Cover, Taker and Roman win!
Winners: The Undertaker and Roman Reigns, Taker pinning
The Graveyard Dogs truly own this yard! They were truly a formidable force, even in their first time as a team. Taker and Roman give a nod of respect to each other, then part ways as Roman lets Taker have the ring.
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins!
The Man and Her Man prepare for #WinnersTakeAll, so it’s like they’re responsible for each other’s titles. Rollins interrupts. They already know what’s at stake, and they know where they are: the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia! And as we just saw, fans love getting extreme. Rollins and Becky took a little walk around the city. Not anything romantic, she’s not that sappy. But there’s so much inspiration. Like the Liberty Bell and its crack. Rollins is gonna crack Corbin’s head just like it! Or that statue of William Penn. Becky pictured a Lacey statue: covered in crap. But the main event is THE Extreme Rules match. There is inspiration, motivation, and options. The only thing that isn’t an option is losing. Enough said. But will the champs get out of Philly still golden?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS The Usos!
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson have gone back and forth with Jimmy & Jey, from pranks to insults to matches. But now things will be settled with the titles on the line! Is the Uso Penitentiary about to get extreme? Or will the #TopGuys #SayYeah to retaining the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin this championship grudge match!
The teams sort out and Jey starts with Dawson. They circle and tie up, and Dawson waistlocks. Jey standing switches but Dawson arm-drags Jey to an armlock. Jey headscissors but Dawson pops out, only for Jey to sweep and cover. Dawson pops out to sweep back but Jey pops out. Dawson trips to a jackknife but Jey bridges. Jey spins Dawson to a backslide, TWO! Dawson backs off to the corner, and the fans echo, “UCE! OH!” Jey waits for Dawson to come back, and the two tie up again. Dawson wrenches but Jey wrenches back. Jey counter punches then Jimmy tags in. Jimmy slides and hits a big forearms smash. Cover, ONE! Dawson kicks back and tags Dash. The Revival whip Jimmy but Jimmy goes up and over to throw uppercuts. Dash clubs Jimmy into a back suplex but Jimmy escapes.
Jey tags in, and Dash runs into double kicks! The Usos aim to double superkick, but Dawson saves Dash. The Revival regroups, but the Usos build speed, only to get forearms! Dash and Dawson run in but get sent back out, the Usos FLY! Double direct hits but also with some crash and burn. Jey shakes it off and drags Dash into the ring. Fans echo “UCE! OH!” as Jey drags Dash up. Dash wings but misses, Dawson tags in before the atomic drop. Jey uppercuts Dawson but goes after Dash. That’s the wrong guy, and Dawson clobbers Jey! The Revival throw Jey into barriers and mock him while Jimmy protests. The Revival are fine with a count out but Jey crawls over at 3. Jey is still down at 5 but stands at 7. He gets in at 8 but Dawson is on him with a snapmare and leg drop.
Dawson adds the elbow drop and headbutt, then tags Dash. Human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO! Dash grows frustrated and he pushes Jey around. “You want Uso? How about this, Uso?” Dash haymakers Jey to the apron, then pulls him in for the bottom rope guillotine! Cover, TWO! Dash looms over Jey and wraps on a rear bearhug. Fans rally with “UCE! OH!” as Jey endures. Jey fights his way up but Dash headbutts him in the back. Fans continue to rally as Jey fights his way up again. Jey elbows and punches free then arm-drags Dash. But Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson intercepts Jey! Jey counter punches and fights back, back suplex drops Dawson! Both men are down and Philly fires up. Jey crawls but Dash goes at Jimmy.
Jimmy fights Dash off and knocks him down, but Dawson runs at Jey. Jey back drops Dawson but the tag isn’t seen! The ref keeps Jimmy out and the Revival mug Jey! Dawson plays dead as he and Jey are in the corner. Fans boo and jeer but The Revival simply take a bow. Tag to Dash and he hops up. Dawson brings Jey up, elbow back drop combo! Cover but Jey fights out before a count. Jey gets to a corner and Dash stomps him out. The ref checks on Jey while Dash tags in Dawson. Dawson drags Jey up to the top rope, but fans continue to echo “UCE! OH!” Dawson CHOPS away on Jey, then hauls him up. Jey fights out of the superplex, but then both crash and burn off the corner! Fans rally up as both men are outside and a ring count begins. Dash gets Dawson up and in and then tags. But Jey sprints to tag Jimmy! Jimmy kicks Dash then hist a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Jimmy rallies with haymakers and kicks, then gives Dash the Samoan Drop! Dawson runs in to get a Samoan Drop, too! Jimmy has targets and fires up, corner to corner for the hip attack! Dash runs in and spins Jimmy for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Dash is surprised, but he refocuses. Dash tags in Dawson and The Revival focus on Jimmy. Jimmy boots them both away, then climbs for Whisper in the Wind! Shout out to Team Extreme! Tag to Jey and the Usos get a Samoan pop drop!Cover, TWO! Dawson survives and headlocks, but Jey powers out. Dawson hits Jimmy but Jey rolls him. TWO and the superkick is blocked to a knee, jab and BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Now Jey survives and Dawson is furious. Dawson drags Jey up to the top rope and CHOPS!
Dawson climbs up to join Jey, and Dash tags in. Dash climbs on the other corner, SUPERPLEX to FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Jimmy splashes in to break it! Cover on Dash, but Dawson breaks it! All four men are down and crawling while fans rally up. The teams regroup and stare down, before a brawl breaks out! Dawson throws Jimmy out but Jey rocks Dash. Jey SUPERKICKS Dawson then SUPERKICKS Dash! Jimmy tags back in, the Usos run but Dawson trips Jey! Jimmy gets Dawson but Dash gets Jimmy! Dawson tags in as Dash tornadoes, but Jimmy powers out. But Jimmy turns around into SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, the Revival win!!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
Two of the best tag teams around, and it was that close for the Usos. But the #TopGuys are still on top of the Raw Tag Division. Will they be partying all the way to Summerslam in Toronto?
Aleister Black VS Cesaro!
For weeks, the Embodiment of the End has wanted someone, anyone, to #PickaFight with him. And after weeks of waiting, someone finally knocked on his door. It was the Swiss Cyborg! Now, we are in for a fight… between… superpowers!
The bell rings and the two stare down. Cesaro and Aleister approach, and immediately Aleister wants Black Mass! Cesaro gets under and puts Aleister in a corner. Aleister kicks back so Cesro give a European Uppercut! Aleister fires back again and headlocks, but Cesaro back suplexes him down! Cesaro drags Aleister up, Gotch but Aleister back drops out! Cesaro lands on his feet and sits down cross leg to mock Aleister. Aleister kicks but Cesaro dodges. Aleister still fires off a strike fest, with the knee sending Cesaro out! The Dutch Destroyer goes to the rope and moonsaults out onto Cesaro! And then he shows Cesaro how cross-legs are done. Aleister puts Cesaro in then has him in the corner.
Cesaro bumps Aleister off buckles but Aleister elbows back. Aleister hops up to hit a meteora, then roundhouses Cesaro back down! Cover, TWO! Aleister is on Cesaro with more strikes, a sweep to the legs, and then lifts him with a foot. Cesaro powers Aleister off to throw forearms and EuroUppers! Aleister fires back, but his quebrada is disrupted as Cesaro shoves him out! Cesaro walks off the kicks to his leg while fetching Aleister. Cesaro puts Aleister back in and stalks Aleister, for a springboard uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is back on Aleister with a chinlock and half straitjacket. Aleister endures and fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and out, focusing on that leg. Cesaro whips and clotheslines Aleister down! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro drags Aleister up in a gut wrench and throws him! Another cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his focus as he stalks Aleister. Aleister kicks that leg again, but Cesaro keeps approaching. Cesaro drops elbows on Aleister, then a double stomp! Cover, TWO! Cesaro goes after Aleister’s arm now with a mounted armlock. Aleister endures as fans rally again. Aleister fights up and kicks that leg. He’s free, band quebradas! Direct hit but both men are reeling. Cesaro hobbles over but gets more kicks. Aleister counter punches, fires off more kicks, but Cesaro gives another EuroUpper! Cesaro runs into the corner, blocks a boot but not the next one. Aleister hosp up, meteora is caught to a pop-up uppercut! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro drags Aleister up for a running EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is growing frustrated, and he drags Aleister up for elbows. Cesaro throws hands and uppercuts, but aleister turns one into a backslide! TWO, and Aleister keeps kicking the leg. Aleister kicks the punch away to hook kick. Cesaro runs to springboard, into a knee trigger! Cover, TWO!! Aleister grits his teeth as he looms over Cesaro. Aleister drags Cesaro up but Cesaro yanks him into ropes. But Aleister is on the apron and kicks the legs. Cesaro knees back then whips, to pop-up. But the knee gives out before he could do more. Aleister cradle counters, TWO! More kicks to the leg, then a takedown to a kneebar! Aleister also has the heel hook and Cesaro shouts in pain!
Cesaro drags himself, but can’t reach ropes. But Cesaro turns the leg lock into a Sharpshooter! Cesaro sits down, Aleister reaches, but Cesaro shifts to the crossface! Aleister elbows the bad leg, rolls Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Another knee from Aleister to Cesaro! Both men are down and Philly is loving it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over. Aleister and Cesaro slowly stir, but it is the Swiss Cyborg that sits Aleister up. Aleister hits, Cesaro hits back, and the two brawl on the mat! Aleister borrows EuroUppers, but Cesaro gives them all back! Cesaro hits from all sides, then has the Gotch position! Aleister attacks the legs, fires off strikes, Cesaro blocks and blocks, but not the BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
That was a fight! The Embodiment of the End is back and vicious as ever, will he be fighting his way to a title match in Toronto?
R-Truth and Carmella are on the hunt for the WWE 24/7 Champion.
They plaster the halls with wanted posters with Drake Maverick (and an upset Renee Michelle) on them. Truth wants his baby back, because he’s a mess. But instead of Maverick, they find Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Truth needs to ask them something. Have they seen Hornswoggle? Is he in that room with them? Actually, yes. No, don’t listen to her, Truth.
But anyway, Truth and Carmella leave while Alexa presents Nikki with a gift. IT’s… an Alexa Bliss shirt! In Nikki’s torn up style! This is perfect for their Handicap match later. But then the Street Profits come by. It’s so cute seeing them being friends. But with 20-20 vision, they see that Bayley is in trouble. So the Profits want to know: when Alexa becomes the NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion, where da party at? Uh, co-champs. Wait she was serious about that? Yes… PFFF! Yeah, right. The Profits trust the process, but they’re not going to share a singles title. Montez Ford wouldn’t even share his dinner. Is that why he didn’t afford Dawkins to dinner? Nikki speaks up, saying she’ll prove them wrong when they’re SmackDown Women’s Co-Champions! Woo, that intensity! Dawkins wants to party with her. But will Bayley let there be a party?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
The Hugger has the odds against her, all because the Goddess manipulated the loner Loony Lass. Will Alexa get her way and have Nikki win this title for her? Will Alexa actually share the title like she says?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this unorthodox title match!
Alexa “lets” Nikki start, and Nikki ties up with Bayley. They go around the ring and Nikki headlocks. Bayley slips out but Nikki starts shoving. Bayley punches and Nikki tags out to Alexa. Alexa rushes Bayley but gets thrown around. Bayley headlocks Alexa but Alexa pulls hair. Bayley holds onto the arm and wrenches then jams it. Alexa hits Bayley in the back then drags Bayley over. Tag to Nikki but Bayley gets clear. Nikki and Bayley circle again and Nikki headbutts low. Nikki whips Bayley but Bayley stops herself. Bayley flapjacks Nikki on buckles, then rolls her for a sliding lariat! Cover, ONE, but Bayley stays between Nikki and Alexa. Nikki knees low and tags ALexa. Bayley throws Nikki out and rams her into the barriers! She throws Nikki back in and elbows Alexa away. Bayley stays on Nikki but Alexa shoves her into steel steps!
Alexa looms over Bayley and drags her up by her ponytail. Alexa clubs Bayley then puts her in the ring. Cover, ONE, and Alexa is annoyed. Alexa bumps Bayley off buckles then tags Nikki. Nikki stomps a mudhole then tags Alexa back in. Alexa stomps a mudhole then tags out. This looks like the NewDay’s stampede as they tag again. Nikki tags in once more, and drags Bayley up to hit a wrenching neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps on Bayley with a straitjacket stretch, but fans rally as Bayley endures. Nikki digs a knee in and pulls Bayley backwards. Alexa shouts, “Make her suffer!” But Bayley fights up, so Nikki knees low. Nikki whips but Bayley sends Nikki out. Bayley goes to wreck with a dropkick but Nikki catches her in the apron skirt. But Bayley fights Nikki off! Until Alexa wrecks Bayley with a dropkick!
Alexa returns to the corner and Nikki tags her in. The Goddess goes back to Bayley to stand her up, fix her hair, and SLAP her! Alexa puts Bayley in the ring and covers, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she keeps on Bayley with a whip into the corner. And then SLAPS her again! Tag to Nikki and Nikki hauls Bayley up top. Bayley is in the Tree of Woe as Nikki stomps away again! Nikki tags Alexa and Alexa climbs up to bring Bayley up for forearms. The ref reprimands Alexa, and Bayley hits back! Bayley fights free of the Tree, then decks Nikki! Alexa grabs Bayley and drags her up in the hangman’s sleeper! She lets go at 4, to throw Bayley down by her hair! The referee reprimands Alexa sterner, but Alexa hits Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa argues the count but the ref says the count is fair.
Alexa sits Bayley up but Bayley counter punches! Bayley throws more haymakers and then runs, into that killer right from Alexa! Buzzsaw from Bliss, but Bayley LARIATS back! Bayley fires off with furious hands from all sides! Bayley runs to DIVE onto Nikki! And then she goes back to Alexa for the hotshot! Cover, TWO! Alexa gets to her corner but Bayley rams a shoulder in. Nikki tags in but runs into a saido suplex! Bayley scoops Alexa and slams her on Nikki! Nikki and Alexa go to opposite corners, and Bayley blocks the kick to throw Nikki down. Bayley steps through to lace the legs, and into a Trailer Hitch! Nikki screams but Alexa runs in, only to miss her knee drop! Bayley has Alexa in a crossface! She has both opponents in submissions! Alexa bites the fingers and gets free!
Nikki rolls the Trailer Hitch to get closer to ropes, but Bayley stops her just short. Bayley cranks harder and Alexa runs in to clobber Bayley. The referee counts Alexa so she leaves. Bayley swings at Alexa but misses. Bayley tackles Nikki again, but Alexa runs in. The ref stops Alexa but Nikki hits Bayley back. Tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Another try, TWO! Nikki is furious, but tags in Alexa. Alexa climbs up, Twisted Bliss gets knees! Tag to Nikki and Nikki hurries up top, to leap into a knee! Bayley drags Nikki to a drop zone and climbs up high, Macho Elbow! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
There is still only ONE SmackDown Women’s Champion, and that’s Bayley! Even with the odds against her, Bayley succeeds and rolls on through the summer. Will there be a second chance for the Goddess and her follower? Or is it back to Raw for the both of them?
Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
Somehow, someway, the Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine survived crashing through the stage! And more surprising, it was Lashley who got up first! And now Lashley vows that Strowman won’t ever get up again. Who will be the last superhuman standing here tonight?
To everyone’s surprise, Strowman is actually here! This match will happen, which is surely to Lashley’s liking. Because he rushes Strwoman right away! But Strowman throws him over and out of the ring! And then into barriers! Strowman shows no mercy as he still uses superhuman strength to toss Lashley in the ring. Lashley staggers up and Strowman follows. The bell finally rings and Strowman hits a corner splash! And then another! Lashley flops down and Strowman keeps his eyes on him. The count begins already, but Lashley rolls out to get to his feet the easy way. But Strowman decides to take a lap! Strowman blasts Lashley off his feet! Another count and Lashley gets up at 5. Strowman takes another lap, but Lashley SPEARS him down!
The count starts as Lashley flounders away. Strowman clutches his gut, but he is crawling. He uses the desk to prop himself up at 4, but Lashley clubs him into the desk. Lashley brings Strowman around to bounce off the steel steps. Lashley pulls the steps apart while Strowman staggers to his feet. The steps are a battering ram and SLAM into Strowman! Lashley looms over Strowman as he crawls. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands again. Lashley has the steps again, and rams Strowman over the barriers! Strowman is down in the front row but Lashley keeps close. The count starts again and Strowman staggers up at 3. Strowman throws hands back but Lashley gets a chair! Lashley jabs the chair into Strowman’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Strowman is reeling from those chair shots, and Lashley stalks him up the stairs.
Lashely punches Strowman to keep him moving up. He even fires forearms into the back, taking advantage of the reported spleen injury. Strowman stands at 4 but Lashley punches him towards the top of the stairs. The fight starts heading towards the hallway, but Lashley redirects Strowman to ram him into railing. Lashley soaks up the heat as he stalks Strowman out of the arena. Cameras hurry to follow, and the fight is by the concessions! Strowman is slowly moving, and stands at 6. Lashley brings Strowman crashing into a wall! Lashley rains down rights to keep Strowman down. Fans are booing and jeering from the merch stands while the count rises. Strowman is stirring again while Lashley boasts to fans. Strowman is up at 4 yet again, so Lashley throws haymakers.
Lashley tips over tables to clear room. He drags Strowman over in front of the merch shirts, but Strowman resists the suplex, to suplex Lashley into the wall! Both men are down while Philly loses its mind. Strowman is up at 5, Lashley is up at 7. Strowman stalks Lashley and rocks him with a right! Lashley crawls away to the cutain, and Strowman throws him through it! They return to the arena, and Lashley almost falls down the stairs! Strowman keeps on him with hammering hands. Lashley staggers away but Strowman won’t let up. Strowman punches Lashley down the rest of the way, then boots him back to the ground level. The count returns as Lashley is down. Lashley stirs but Strowman can tell that’s not enough. Strowman has fans move aside so he can have a runway. Strowman BLASTS Lashley again!
Philly is fired up with Strowman as the count returns. But Lashley still stirs, and is up at 8! That’s the longest count yet. Strowman scoops but Lashley slips out, to SPEAR Strowman through barriers!! Both men are down as fans lose their minds again. The count is on both men now, but they both rise at 8! Lashley walks into Strowman’s uppercut! Strowman staggers away but Lashley pursues. Lashley clubs Strowman back, focusing on those ribs. Lashley drags Strowman up to ram him into the apron edge! Strowman collapses from the pain in his sides, and the count begins again. Strowman manages to get up at 4, but Lashley is stalking him. Lashley bumps Strowman off the apron, then decides to take a lap, just like Strowman out. He comes around to POUNCE Strowman over the announce desk! Then puts the desk on top of Strowman!
Strowman is under the desk as the count rises past 5! But he slips out from underneath at 8 and stands at 9! Lashley is frustrated, but he sees Strowman in the crowd. Lashley leaps the barrier, only to be tossed into the international announcer row!! The Machine and that particular commentary team are down. Lashley stands at 8 but Strowman comes around to rock him with a right hand! Strowman drags Lashley up and headbutts him past the Chinese announce team. Lashley is down and the count begins again. Lashley sits up at 3 but Strowman walks over. Strowman drags Lashley up but Lashely throws hands. Lashley throws the trash on Strowman! The count starts for Strowman as he stirs among fast food wrappers and other garbage. Strowman is up at 7, and backhands Lashley away! Lashley crawls but Strowman comes barreling over to kick him down.
Strowman won’t let the count start, he throws more hands to leave Lashley wobbling. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Lashley eggs Strowman on! So Strowman boots Lashley back down! And throws big hands! Lashely wants Strowman to keep hitting him, so he does! But Lashley keeps getting up! Strowman bounces Lashley off railing, and they go back up the steps. Both men are running out of gas, but Lashley throws a fan into Strowman! Strowman pushes the fan aside, but Lashley clears out more space. Lashley drags Strowman over but Strowman shoves him into railing. Strowman clubs away and uses a fan’s seat to SMACK Lashley on the back! Lashley flops down, but Strowman won’t spare him just yet. Strowman kicks open an area, and hauls Lashley up onto his shoulders! Lashley resists for dear life, but Strowman clubs him down. Strowman scoops Lashley, for an EXTREME MONSTER SLAM!!
They drop through flooring into a blocked off section! And yet, Strowman drags himself up as the count begins again. Philly chants for “E C DUB! E C DUB!” The count passes 5 but where are Strowman and Lashley? Strowman busts through the wall!! Lashley is still lost in there, and the count hits 10! Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman
Both men went above and beyond their limits, but it is the Monster who conquers the Machine! Will this finally end the war between these two real-life titans?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles and The Club.
The Phenomenal One will take the One and Only on one more time for the United States Championship. But the last time Ricochet and Styles faced off, Styles lost and then reunited with Gallows & Anderson to beat Ricochet down. Oh there it is! People think that Styles losing is why he reunited with The Club? Wrong! They’re not just friends, they’re Good Brothers. Ricochet was just the first of many. Ricochet is amazing, he will be a huge star one day. But Styles will take away that title. And that is just, Too, SWEET! Throw it up, Charly. PSYCHE! The Club heads out, but will they be leaving with Ricochet’s gold?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day VS Heavy Machinery!
Awwww~ Philly~! Clap for this massive tag match, and feel~ the power~! Daniel Bryan and Rowan want to #SaveTagTeamWrestling, and they’ll do that by denouncing and defeating teams that don’t take things seriously. However, they face a tall task being against Big E, Xavier Woods, Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic. Which team comes out of this seriously talented Triple Threat with the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out so that Bryan starts with Woods, leaving Heavy Machinery as the odd men out.
Woods and Bryan circle but Dozer doesn’t stop pumping on the apron. Bryan and Woods tie up and Bryan wrenches to a headlock. Woods powers out but Bryan runs him over. Bryan runs but Woods hurdles then ducks then hurdles again. Woods runs but Bryan shows that he can hurdle. Woods waistlocks but Bryan fights out of the German Suplex. Bryan back suplexes but Woods slips out. Woods ducks under to hit the rolling elbow! Bryan goes to the Heavy Machinery corner and Tucker tags in. Tucker waistlocks and slams Woods, then keeps on him for a headlock. Woods powers out but Tucker shows off his agility to run Woods over! Fans cheer for “Tucky” as he drags Woods up. Tucker whips but Woods goes up and over to speeds things up. Woods dodges to tilt-o-whirl huricanrana!
But Woods walks into Tucker’s elbow. Rowan tags off of Tucker and throws him out! Rowan clobbers Woods, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan rams his knees into Woods then wrenches the neck. Woods endures and fans rally up. Woods fights his way up but Rowan knees him down. Rowan drags Woods over to bump off buckles then tags Bryan in. The Planet’s Tag Champions combine to whip Bryan’s dropkick into Woods! Rowan steps on Woods on his way out, then Bryan drags Woods around to hook the legs. Bryan pulls on Woods’ face, then remembers there’s no disqualifications! Bryan rakes Woods’ eyes then clobbers Woods with crossface forearms. He stomps Woods’ knees then tags in Rowan.
Rowan pump handles Woods to a backbreaker! He hits Big E for good measure, then Bryan throws Big E into steel steps! But Woods enziguris Rowan back! Woods gets up but Rowan shoves him to the empty corner. Rowan runs into Woods’ boot, and then gets a missile dropkick! Rowan and Woods crawl, but it’s only Bryan and Otis! So that’s where the tags go! Dozer bulldozes Bryan over and over! Dozer scoops, spins, spins the other way, and slams Bryan down! “Oh yeah~!” Bryan staggers while Otis pumps it up. Otis catches Bryan for an overhead T-bone suplex! Then goes corner to corner to squash Bryan in a corner. Bryan flops down in the drop zone, and fans know what Otis wants here! Otis pumps it up, Caterpillar elbow!
Tag to Tucky, and Heavy Machinery gives Bryan a #HossToss! Cover, TWO!! Tucker fires up and drags Bryan into a back suplex. Bryan escapes and Big E tags in! Big E gives Tucker a belly2belly! Then runs to hit the Big Splash, onto Tucker’s knees! Tag to Otis and Otis suplexes Big E while Tucker climbs. Otis holds Big E up for the CROSSBODY! Cover, but Rowan breaks it! Tucker runs into Rowan’s urenage! Rowan heel kicks Otis down! Woods hops on, only to be thrown off, and run over! Rowan is a one man wrecking crew, and he feeds Woods to Bryan’s knee! Fans boo but Bryan soaks it up. But Big E clotheslines Rowan out and SPEARS Bryan off the apron! Otis sees that carnage and wants in! Fans want to see it, and Otis builds speed! But then he carefully goes to the apron, to LEAP! He still bowls everyone over. But then Tucky sees his chance and climbs up top. Tucker LEAPS onto Big E and Rowan!
Philly loves this demolition derby as Otis puts Big E in the ring. “This is Awesome!” as Otis scoops Big E. Tucker adds on, COMPACTOR!! Cover, but Woods breaks it in time! Tucker whips Woods then pops him up for Otis’ powerslam! Woods bails out and Rowan grabs Tucker and Otis with claws. But they fight free, and meet in the middle for a belly sandwich! Otis splashes Rowan in the corner, then Tucker adds his. Otis does it again, then so does Tucker. A third round for Otis, and then Heavy Machinery haul Big Red up top. They both climb up to join Rowan, but Big E joins in! Bryan tags Rowan before Big E gives Heavy Machinery DOUBLE SUPER POWERBOMBS! Big E turns his attention to Rowan and climbs up to join him. Big E has Big Red, for a BIG SUPERPLEX! But Bryan is up top, FLYING HEADBUTT! To the Lebelle Lock!!
Big E endures as Bryan cranks back hard! Big E crawls around, reaches with his legs, but Bryan makes it a Rings of Saturn! He even gets a leg in! Big E wriggles with one good leg, to be under the ropes! But No DQ means no ropebreaks! Big E still powers his way forward, so Bryan lets go. Bryan grimaces as he starts giving Yes Kicks to Big E’s big chest. He even goes with both legs for Yes and No Kicks. But Big E just gets mad! Big E eggs Bryan on, so Bryan SLAPS him! And SLAPS him! But Big E doesn’t back down. Big E reels Bryan in for a BIG LARIAT! The straps come down, he whips Bryan to a corner, but Bryan goes up and over, to get caught!! Woods is back, tags in, hops up, MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Xavier Woods pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The New Day are SIX time tag champions! AND they’re completely golden!! At least, for now. Can Kofi Kingston keep this dream a reality by the end of the night? Or is Samoa Joe going to ruin the fun for everyone?
The New Day celebrates backstage!
Kofi Kingston is so proud of Big E and Xavier Woods! Kayla Braxton comes over to ask them about this, but then PAUL HEYMAN takes the mic? Well, even his presence won’t ruin things for the New Day.
Paul Heyman heads out on stage and Philly already chants “E C DUB!” as he introduces himself as the Advocate for the future “reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World OR Universal Champion!” Now let’s set things straight: Heyman IS Philadelphia. Philly agrees to that. Heyman IS the entire concept of Extreme Rules. Another agreement. So Heyman will be damned one way or another if he leaves Philly without being part of history. “Therefore, here is your spoiler.” His client, BROCK LESNAR, WILL cash in! And Heyman will have the honor and the privilege leaving with the NEW WWE World or Universal Champion. But saying this in advance, that’d make Heyman pretty stupid. So you have to wonder: is Heyman telling the truth? Or is he Paul Heyman? A major bluff or the ultimate ultimatum? Only time will tell.
WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ The Club!
The One and Only has gone 1-1 with the Phenomenal One, but he’s also been in 3v1 situations as The Club reunited to beat him down. Will Ricochet have any luck with Gallows & Anderson lurking nearby? Or will the Club get back some gold?
The introductions are made, but the moment Ricochet does his superhero landing, Anderson and Gallows attack! They club away and #BeatUpRicochet, but then Styles pulls them off. He only pretends to be upset while the referee checks on Ricochet. Ricochet is legit upset that The Club would resort to that, but he isn’t going to back down. He stands up, the bell rings, and Styles tackles Ricochet to a corner! Styles fires off shoulders and stomps away until the ref backs him off. Ricochet gets up and throws haymakers and body shots back! Ricochet CHOPS then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles wants a back drop but Ricochet rolls off his back, to then handspring headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Styles flounders to the apron and uses that for defense.
Ricochet eggs Styles on but Styles takes his time. Styles gets in and yanks Ricochet into buckles. Styles drags Ricochet up but Ricochet ducks and arm-drags him around! Ricochet CHOPS in the corner, then whips Styles corner to corner. Ricochet hits a clothesline then a somersault shotgun dropkick! Styles goes out and Ricochet builds speed, to fake him out! Ricochet boots from the apron, then Shooting Star tackles Styles! Anderson creeps close, and Gallows barks, so Styles can rabbit punch Ricochet down! Styles refreshes the count to drag Ricochet up, and toss into a post! Ricochet is down as the count climbs again. Styles drags Ricochet up and into the ring to drag him up by his ear. Styles bumps Ricochet off buckles and The Club talks trash.
The Phenomenal One stands Ricochet up to CHOP Ricochet, then whips him corner to corner hard! Ricochet flops to the mat upside-down, but Styles drags him up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Styles grins as he stalks Ricochet to ropes. Styles kicks Ricochet to the corner, then stomps Ricochet down. He snapmares Ricochet into a chinlock, but fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet works his way up and fights with body shots. Ricochet runs but Styles elbows him right at the ropes! Styles drags Ricochet around and into a chinlock. Ricochet endures as Styles grinds him to the mat. Fans rally again and Ricochet works his way back up. Ricochet jawbreakers free, and throws haymakers! Ricochet backs Styles down but Styles rocks Ricochet back.
Styles runs, into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Both men are down but Philly fires up again. Ricochet rolls his way to the ropes, then speeds things up! he starts rallying with forearms, and a huricanrana! Styles is in the corner and Ricochet runs corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. Ricochet bumps Styles off buckles then kicks him away. Springboard clothesline! Then he FLIES out onto The Good Brothers! Ricochet returns to Styles with a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet won’t be deterred as he gets back to his feet. He drags Styles up and fireman’s carries, but Styles slips out. Ricochet elbows Styles back and whips, but runs into an elbow of Styles’. Styles moonsaults, but Ricochet denies the DDT to a Northern Lights! Roll through, deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans duel as Ricochet keeps his cool. Styles gets to ropes as Ricochet walks over. Styles tosses Ricochet out but Ricochet is on the apron. Ricochet forearms Styles away, then springboards, but into Styles’ fireman’s carry! Ushigoroshi! Styles is slow to stand, but he drags Ricochet up. Ricochet barrels Styles into buckles, then runs back in, but Styles puts him on the apron. Ricochet shoulders in, steps in, but Styles blocks to snap suplex Ricochet into the corner! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he looms over Ricochet. Styles drags Ricochet back up and torture racks him. Ricochet slips out and rolls Styles up, TWO! Styles scoops Ricochet to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!
Styles starts to grow frustrated, drags Ricochet up, and wants the Clash. Ricochet slips out again, then dodges Styles in the corner. Ricochet runs into Styles’ boot, and then a forearm! Styles prepares his arm, springboards, but Ricochet gets under! Ricochet runs into a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Ricochet up again, lift, but Ricochet huricanranas! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Ricochet and Styles stir and start throwing forearms on the mat. They fight their way up and keep throwing hands. Ricochet starts getting mad and he throws strikes from all over, only to get the Phenomeanl Blitz. But Ricochet ducks the clotheslines to enziguri! Styles PELES!
Styles goes to suplex but Ricochet counters with a swinging neckbreaker! But Styles still lifts Ricochet for a brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again but fans know “This is Awesome!” Styles slowly gets up and drags Ricochet over to a corner. Styles hauls Ricochet up top but Ricochet fights back. They brawl and Styles rocks Ricochet. Styles climbs up to join Ricochet but Ricochet fights back again. Ricochet slaps Styles off the top and adjusts position. But Styles is right back up, only to get a hotshot from Ricochet! Ricochet climbs back up, springboard shooting star! Cover, but Styles has a foot under the rope! Anderson points it out and the count is off!
Ricochet can’t believe how close he was, but he vows to wrap it up. He drags Styles to a drop zone, climbs up top, but Anderson runs over. Ricochet leaps over him and BOOTS Anderson down! But this distraction allows Gallows to trip Ricochet! Ricochet is stuck on the corner and Styles takes advantage, with an IMPLODING STYLES CLASH! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Championship
The Club helps their Phenomenal Leader become a three-time US Champion! And with them by his side, will Styles ever lose the title?
Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler!
This match was meant to happen on last week’s SmackDown, but the growing tension between Prizefighter and Show-Off turned into a parking lot brawl. As such, the match happens now! Will KO shut Ziggler up for once? Or will Ziggler back up his bitter words with a win?
The bell rings and Ziggler talks trash already. Kevin gives the trash talk back until Ziggler SLAPS him. Kevin gives Ziggler a STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
How fast was that!? And Kevin takes up the mic again to say, “Y’know what?! Now that there’s nobody to cut my mic off…” Kevin repeats that Shane taking TV time from more deserving wrestlers, it disgusts him! Kevin expected to be suspended or even fired before tonight. But the truth is, if Shane wasn’t in the ring with Taker, it would’ve happened. But Kevin lives to see another day, while that Tombstone to Shane is proof that Shane should go straight to hell! Mic drop! Is Kevin’s rebellion going to have consequences come this week’s Raw and SmackDown?
WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!
The New Day is golden, but will they stay that way when the dream of Kofimania collides with the dream crusher that is the Samoan Submission Machine?
Before Joe heads to the ring, Charly Caruso asks if he has any final words for Kofi. The message is very clear: Joe is here to end the “unexceptional” reign of Kofi Kingston. Joe knows the importance of tonight, with how all three members of the New Day are champions now. But they all want to ride off with the gold held high. But Joe will make this dream into a nightmare. It begins with Kofi waking up to the NEW WWE World Champion. Joe’s music hits, and he makes his way out to the ring. Kofi follows with his platter of pancakes! Philly gets flapjacks while Kofi heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this increasingly intense title match!
Kofi rushes Joe with a dropkick! But Joe comes back with a clothesline! Joe scowls at Kofi as he drags him up. Joe jabs away on Kofi but backs off at the ref’s count. Kofi crawls but Joe is on him with a CHOP! Joe throws hands but Kofi throws them back! Joe sweeps the legs! Then he CHOPS Kofi on the back! Kofi chops back but Joe decks him to ropes. Joe chokes Kofi on the ropes but lets up at 4 again. Kofi gasps as he crawls to the corner, but Joe is on him with jabs and headbutts. Joe throws hands but Kofi throws them back. Kofi kicks, too, but runs into Joe’s back elbow! Joe looms over Kofi and drags him up for a snapmare. Joe traps an arm for the neck wrench. Fans rally as Kofi endures.
Kofi fights his way up and out, then headbutts. Kofi throws hands and whips Joe corner to corner. Joe whips Kofi and hits the back elbow to PELE! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he watches Kofi flounder. Fans rally as Joe stalks Kofi. Kofi blocks the buckle bump and throws hands! Joe covers up but Kofi fires off, then whips corner to corner. Joe reverses but Kofi goes up and leaps, but Joe gets clear. But Kofi rolls through to surprise Joe with a dropkick! Joe bails out and Kofi builds speed, only to run into a forearm! Joe covers, TWO! Kofi continues to prove how tough he is, but Joe kicks away at him. Joe headbutts Kofi then blocks the punch. Joe bends the fingers and snaps them! Then he drags Kofi out to bump him off the steel steps!
Joe puts the middle finger between them, and STOMPS the steps!! Kofi snaps back in pain and Joe dares him to flip him off now. Joe grins as Kofi writhes in pain. Joe drags Kofi up and into the ring at 8. He stalks Kofi and slaps him around. Joe taunts Kofi, but Kofi flips Joe off with the other hand! Joe stomps away on Kofi, then drags him up to whip. Kofi ducks and CHOPS Joe, even with the band hand. Kofi keeps chopping and dropkicks Joe, then dodges again for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up but Joe yanks Kofi to the apron. Kofi climbs up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi clutches his finger but brings Joe up for headbutts. Kofi runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps on Kofi with a lot of spinning around, then a powerbomb! High stack cover, ONE, but into the STF!
Kofi endures but his bad leg is caught. Then Joe switches to a full crossface! Kofi scrambles with his good leg and reaches the ropebreak! Joe lets go in frustration, but Joe also mockingly applauds Kofi’s heart. Fans boo but Joe soaks up the heat. Joe drags Kofi up but Kofi ducks, SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Joe escapes, but his ego almost doomed him. Kofi hobbles to a corner and rallies the fans behind “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi spins, but into a Coquina Clutch! Joe holds on tight but Kofi uses the ropes for leverage, so Joe dumps him down for a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe stalks Kofi as Kofi slowly stands. Kofi rolls down and kicks Joe back! Joe throws hands as fans duel over Lesnar cashing in. One thing at a time, Philly. Joe rocks Kofi, but Kofi dodges to hit Trouble In Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE WOrld Champion
Kofimania survives to fight on! The New Day stays golden in the summer, but will they stay golden all the way to Summerslam?
Winners Take All Extreme Rules Mixed Tag, WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans!
That’s a mouthful, but it’s all important to understand that if the Lone Wolf and the Lady fail, they’re done! No more chances at these titles while The Architect and The Lass Kicker are champions. But at the same time, all it takes is one person to lose both titles for the newest power couple. Will #ManSquared shut up and shut out Corbin and Lacey? Or is it all going to fall apart when their love is pushed to the extreme?
The introductions are made, the Sassy Southern Belle has Seth’s name on her booty… But The Man and Her Man are coordinating as X-Men! That aside, the belts are raised and the teams sort out. It’s ladies first as Becky and Lacey start with the bell!
Lacey wants Becky to get a look at the writing on her shorts, but Becky dropkicks her out! Becky kicks Lacey as she runs in then hip tosses her down. Becky kicks Lacey front and back, and Lacey scrambles away. Tag to Corbin, so Rollins comes in automatically, and he fires off on Corbin! Corbin shoves and rolls Rollins up, TWO! Rollins throws hands on Corbin again, then runs into the corner. Corbin dodges but runs into a boot. Rollins hops up to hit a blockbuster! Corbin bails out so Rollins waits for him. Corbin grabs a kendo stick! Here are those Extreme Rules! But Rollins is ready and punches Corbin before he can take a swing. Corbin knees low and throws Rollins to the apron. Rollins kicks back then Slingblades while Becky clearly searches for something under the ring.
Lacey grabs the kendo stick and takes a swing! Rollins blocks it, and it’s a tug-o-war. Lacey tries to use her wiles, but Becky comes in to go wild with her own kendo stick! Becky SMACKS away on Lacey! Then Rollins does the same to Corbin! #ManSquare leaves Lacey and Corbin stinging from the bamboo strikes! Fans fire up with Becky and Rollins, and then then two run to dropkick and DIVE! Becky hits Lacey with a Straight Firearm while Rollins DIVES again! The Man and Her Man stand tall as they put Corbin back in. Rollins drags Corbin up for a suplex, but Corbin blocks. Corbin suplexes Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins CHOPS and punches away, then whips. Corbin reverses but Rollins breaks free to rolling elbow Corbin down!
Philly’s back to dueling over Lesnar cashing in while Corbin bails out. Rollins builds speed again, but runs into a chair! Corbin covers, TWO! Corbin rains down rights on Rollins then takes that chair back up. He tells Becky to stay back as he SMACKS Rollins down! Corbin gives Rollins more chair shots, and even jams the ribs. Cover, TWO! Lacey fetches a fresh chair, then another. Corbin sits those chairs up back-to-back and drags Rollins over. He choke grips Rollins, but Rollins pops out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Rollins elbows Corbin, grabs a chair, but Corbin kicks low. Corbin lines it up, DDT to the chair! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but Becky rallies Philly.
Corbin has the chair again and he jams Rollins in the back. He wedges that chair into the corner and goes back to Rollins. Corbin bounces Rollins off the other chair’s seat again and again, and again taunts Becky. Corbin whips Rollins corner to corner towards the chair. Rollins reverses but Corbin slides out to slide in, but Rollins ducks to PELE! And then SUPERKICK on the rebound! Rollins throws Corbin into his own chair! Becky tags in and now Lacey has to come in. Becky arms up first with a chair! And so does Lacey! But Becky jams Lacey first, and doesn’t even flinch when Lacey’s chair falls on her head. Becky just keeps giving Lacey chair shot after chair shot! She drags Lacey up to throw into barriers over and over! She puts Lacey back in and then brings a chair with her.
Becky aims at Lacey but Lacey kicks the chair away. Becky still kicks Lacey back, to bulldog her off the other chair! Fans fire up as Becky stacks chairs. Becky brings Lacey over, for a Becksploder onto the chairs! Then she drags Lacey to a drop zone and sets a chair on her body. Becky hops up and leaps, chair shot leg drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey toughs it out but Becky doesn’t mind that. Becky drags Lacey around again, then goes to another corner. She climbs up top and fans fire up, but Corbin rushes in to save Lacey. So Rollins knees Corbin down! Chair toss, missile dropkick from Becky! Corey Graves calls that the “Van-Man-inator.”
Rollins clotheslines Corbin and himself out! Becky goes at Lacey but Lacey sweeps the legs. Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop! Lacey keeps going by putting Becky in a drop zone. She hops up and fixes her hair, for a double leap moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey is shocked, then glares down at Becky. Lacey wants Becky to stand, and Becky does. The Lady loads up but Becky ducks the Woman’s Right! Becky wants the Disarm-Her but Lacey rolls her up! TWO, and Lacey scoops. Becky slips out and drops Lacey with a reverse DDT! Tag to Rollins, and Rollins decides to give Philly something they’ll like: a table! Rollins and Becky get two tables and bring one over to the ramp. They set it up together, and Becky says they should use both. Rollins agrees and brings it over.
Becky and Rollins set this second table up right next to the first, and then drag Corbin and Lacey over. But Corbin powers Rollins into a barrier! Lacey does the same to Becky! Corbin throws Rollins into the timekeeper’s area! Lacey throws Becky into steps! Corbin drags Rollins back up and tosses him onto the announce desk! Then he puts Rollins in and grabs two kendo sticks! He hands one to Lacey as they circle Rollins. Rollins gets up to get SMACKS from all sides! Lacey toys with Rollins before she SMACKS him more. The sticks are tossed aside and Corbin drags Rollins up. Together, Lady and Lone Wolf choke grip. Becky runs in, she gets Lacey’s choke grip! Double choke slams! Double covers, TWO!! Lacey and Corbin lose their collective cool and argue with the “nasty” ref.
Corbin and Lacey dump the champs out to then bring them to those tables. Corbin adjusts a table while Lacey pushes Becky to the ramp. Lacey and Corbin bring Rollins over, to double suplex. But Becky saves Rollins, and they double suplex Lacey and Corbin onto the ramp! Everyone is stinging from that one, but Rollins and Becky go back to the tables. They put Lacey on one and Corbin on the other, naturally. Becky and Rollins hurry up to a corner. Rollins climbs up high while Becky is just below. Ladies first as Becky leg drops on Lacey through the table! Then Rollins frog splashes onto Corbin and his table! Philly loves the destruction! Rollins drags Corbin up and into the ring, despite the Lone Wolf being dead weight. Rollins makes sure Becky is okay before going to the corner.
Fans echo “Burn It Down!” as Rollins runs, but Corbin catches him for a powerbomb! Then rolls Rollins for a DEEP SIX! Cover, but Becky breaks it! They’re all down again, that may have been the last gas from Straight Fire. Becky and Rollins regroup but Lacey returns. Becky still throws Lacey out, but then she turns around into End of Days!!! Corbin normally can’t do that, but this IS Extreme Rules! But now Rollins is furious. Corbin says this is on Rollins, but Rollins fires off with the kendo stick! The stick splinters, so Rollins SMACKS away with the chair! And then, CURB STOMP!! But that’s not enough for Rollins, he needs a SECOND! Lacey is frightened so she starts backing away. Rollins hits a THIRD Curb Stomp! Cover, Rollins & Becky win!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch, Rollins pinning; still WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Champions
The Architect and Lass Kicker vanquish the Lone Wolf and the Sassy Southern Belle! Now they’ll never have to-
Oh no! Just as Heyman “spoiled,” Brock Lesnar IS here!! He’s actually here and with his Money in the Bank briefcase!! Rollins can’t believe Heyman told the truth. Rollins isn’t sure what to do with Becky down and the damage already done. He goes at Lesnar but Lesnar gets him with a German Suplex! Philly is Suplex City as Lesnar throws Rollins again! Heyman talks with the ref, it IS happening!!
WWE Universal Championship, Money in the Bank Cash-In: Seth Rollins VS Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman!
The announcement is made, the bell rings, and Lesnar grins as he drags the Beastslayer up. Fireman’s carry, F5!!! Cover, Lesnar wins!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
Heyman gave us the spoiler, and it was true! The Beast is once again the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion without even breaking a sweat. Lesnar heads for Summerslam in Toronto, but who will meet him there?
Y’know, this might have been the best Extreme Rules PPV in a long, long time. Even with the ending, everything was above and beyond expectations. I’m a little disappointed the WWE Intercontinental Championship was shoe-horned into the Kickoff Show when this should’ve been saved for Summerslam. But Vince must have insisted this happen now so that Eric Bischoff’s SmackDown could “start fresh.” It was a great match, and no starter fresh than Nakamura winning to become the new champ. With no rematch clauses, this will give Finn a lot to do on the way to Summerslam if he wants to get a rematch. At the same time, Aleister Black VS Cesaro was an incredible match for being non-title, so I could see Aleister move up to challenge Nakamura for a very similar match.
The Cruiserweight Championship was solid, but perhaps sloppy from both guys trying to prove Cruiserweights belong on more than the Kickoff Show. That apron moonsault was the scary thing, but otherwise, this match was good. Gulak obviously retains for more fresh match-ups on 205 Live, but I wonder what Nese does next. Skipping ahead, Kevin Owens decimating Ziggler was actually really great. And while the rumors are that Shane is being written off TV, perhaps Kevin is the last nail in the coffin, so to speak. Opening the night with the No Holds Barred tag was a nice surprise. A little disappointed that this didn’t translate to Tornado Tag by default, but it basically became that with all the great stuff. It was obvious that Taker and Reigns would win, but now we’ll see if the Taker VS McIntyre for Summerslam rumors are real.
I expected the Women’s Handicap to look more like just Nikki VS Bayley, but apparently Alexa felt she should actually help win the title she wants. Bayley getting both opponents in submissions was a unique moment, and was perhaps a nod to Sasha Banks with Bayley getting one of them in a crossface. I’m honestly surprised Bayley won so cleanly. There should’ve been seeds of discontent sown between Alexa and Nikki but oh well, there’s still time before Summerslam. The US title match went about as expected, with The Club interfering on and off. It was still a great match even with that, and it just makes sense that even after all Ricochet did to survive last week on Raw, Styles wins. Like Finn, Ricochet has a lot of work to do if he wants a Summerslam rematch, but this could also open things up for Styles.
That Last Man Standing match itself was probably the best Last Man Standing match I’ve seen in a long time. Strowman and Lashley went all over the place, did all sorts of unique stuff not really seen from WWE in some time, and that finish was just the right level of over the top for these two. The second they fell into that inexplicable box, I knew Strowman was busting through that equally inexplicable wall facing ringside. I don’t really know where Strowman goes from here, but again, Styles as a Heel champion might bring a Face Monster around as a challenger. Of course, there is tonight’s ending…
The tag team championship matches were amazing! Usos VS Revival was obviously not going to disappoint, and neither was the SmackDown Triple Threat. Usos VS Revival was going to go either way to me, so Revival retaining works just fine. Those guys deserve to be treated as a strong tag team, and that’s what they are after this match. For just half a second, it looked like Heavy Machinery was going to win after the Compactor, but this was still too soon. New Day get their sixth tag title reign, and to our surprise, they stay golden! That’s pretty great, honestly, now we’ll get more gags from the three about this fact. Kofi VS Joe was probably one of the weaker matches, but it is hard to follow great match after great match.
And of course, we finally get to the main event. Like the No Holds Barred, why this wasn’t just outright a Tornado Tag makes no sense when there are no rules. But like the No Holds Barred, it essentially makes up for that when the things get all chaotic and intense. It was so great to see the side-by-side kendo stick smacks, and I’ll even give kudos to Lacey and Becky for their choke slam alongside Corbin and Rollins. Even that double table spot was really creative. But with Heyman giving that spoiler, it was the only real play but for a cash-in to happen. Kofi was spared for SmackDown’s sake, so Crossfit Jesus had to be sacrificed for Vince’s sins. But some Philly fans apparently wanted to see it, and they couldn’t swerve anymore or else Heyman’s kayfabe credibility would be dead.
And while I’m not a big fan of Lesnar having top titles anymore, this was actually done the right way. Becky was down because of Corbin crossing a line, so she couldn’t help Rollins. Rollins was beat to hell so he wasn’t going to last long either way, and this even works as Lesnar’s payback for Rollins taking desperate measures the last few times. It’s disappointing that Lesnar reigns again, but this is what makes Extreme Rules matter in a weekend so packed with great wrestling. So like Ricochet and Finn, Rollins will have a long climb back up if he wants a rematch at Summerslam. As for Becky, she’s also kept safe and strong with her title, and she might even have Bliss-Cross trying this same handicap strategy before their break-up.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/5/22)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they squat?
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi are the bad boys of NJPW, but are they mightier than The Mighty? We find out as World Tag League rolls on!
- Bad Luck Fale VS Oskar Leube; Fale wins.
- Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Ryohei Oiwa & Tomoaki Honma; Naito & Sanada win.
- Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Coughlin & Kidd win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; win.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
The Mechanical Bulls have yet to get on the board, and there’s not much time left! Can they bulldoze the House of Torture and finally score? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp have more tricks up their sleeves for this one?
Dick Togo comes out with the House of Torture, so Sho must be lurking somewhere else right now. The teams sort out, but Kidd tells Dick to leave. Dick does leave and fans applaud. Kidd and Yujiro start and fans rally up with the bell. Kidd and Yujiro circle, tie up, and Yujiro headlocks. Kidd powers up to pry at the hold, and he spins it around onto Yujiro. Fans applaud but Yujiro powers out of the headlock. Kidd runs Yujiro over! Evil runs in but Coughlin intercepts him with a kick! Coughlin ROCKS Evil with a forearm, knees him in a corner, and Kidd has Yujiro in the other. They double whip Evil and Yujiro at each other, then they both scoop and SLAM!
Fans fire up as the Mechanical Bulls roar and flex! Coughlin & Kidd double whip Yujiro, kick and knee lift and run him over with a shoulder! Kidd SENTONS, then covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kidd drags Yujiro up and tags in Coughlin. Kidd holds Yujiro for Coughlin’s CHOP! Fans fire up as Coughlin deadlifts Yujiro into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Coughlin looms over Yujiro. Coughlin stands Yujiro up but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro CHOPS, whips, but Coughlin reverses. Yujiro holds ropes, Coughlin runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil runs in to BLAST Kidd off the apron, then he goes out after him!
Kidd kicks Evil but Evil claws the eyes! Evil brings Kidd around and takes aim at the timekeeper, but the ref reprimands! Evil lets off, and he CLUBS Kidd down. Abe-san is spared for now, and Yujiro stands Coughlin up in a corner. Yujiro throws elbows, but lets off as the ref counts. Yujiro brings Coughlin over and tags in Evil. Evil CLUBS Coughlin, then fakes the eye rake to CHOP! Coughlin eggs Evil on, so Evil CHOPS again! Coughlin eggs Evil on more and fans fire up. Evil CHOPS again and Coughlin feels that one! Coughlin CHOPS back and Evil feels that! Evil trips Coughlin for a toehold! But Coughlin reaches out, ROPEBREAK!
Evil lets off, drags Coughlin over and he tags in Yujiro. The ref counts, Evil exits and Yujiro stomps Coughlin down. Yujiro drags Coughlin up to knee low, knee low again, then snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil protests the count. Yujiro brings Coughlin up and ROCKS him with a forearm. And then ROCKS him in the corner! Yujiro stomps Coughlin, tags Evil, and Evil scoop SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Evil covers again, TWO! And again, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but the fans fire up again. Evil drags Coughlin up but Coughlin knees low! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!
Evil kicks low, runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Coughlin crawls over, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd rallies on Evil with shoulders and CHOPS! Kidd whips, Evil reverses but Kidd ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Kidd but Yujiro runs in. Kidd kicks him, fires off forearms, then has him in a corner. Kidd clotheslines Yujiro, then runs corner to corner and clotheslines Evil! Yujiro runs in but Kidd sends him into Evil! Then Kidd uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! Down goes Yujiro! Kidd blocks Evil’s kick to Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! And then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up with Kidd as he drags Evil back up. Kidd calls his shot, suplexes, but Evil fights free and wrenches. Kidd CHOPS Evil first! Fans fire up again as Kidd runs in but Evil dodges the clothesline! Evil corner clotheslines then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro stomps Kidd, drags him up, then knees him low. Yujiro CLUBS Kidd, reels him in, but Kidd suplexes first! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as Kidd and Yujiro crawl. Hot tag to Coughlin! The Android picks Yujiro up and RAMS him into a corner! And RAMS again and again, and then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS!
Fans fire up as Coughlin fireman’s carries Yujiro, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Kidd kicks Evil and throws him out. Kidd goes out after Evil with more Tenzan Power! Coughlin powers up, runs, but Yujiro gets around the lariat to backslide! Coughlin rolls through but Yujiro reels him in. Coughlin powers out of Pimp Juice, but Yujiro bumps into the ref! Coughlin shouts, “YOU!” but he runs into a REVERSE DDT! And with no ref, here come Dick & Sho! Fans boo because they can now, but Evil CLUBS Kidd down. Dick & Sho get in the ring, fans tell them to go away, and then Evil & Yujiro say they can go?
Evil & Yujiro say they have this, they don’t need to cheat. Dick & Sho understand, and they exit. Fans applaud while Yujiro and Evil stand Coughlin & Kidd up. But then they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Well, they’re still cheating, just on their own. The House of Torture laughs and Evil stands Kidd up to kick him back down. Dick & Sho then return, and fans boo even more. The House was just tricking everyone, and now they all stomp away on Coughlin & Kidd! Evil drags Kidd up, throws him out, and Sho goes out after Kidd. Yujiro sits Coughlin up, PIMP JUICE! Dick puts the ref back in, he counts the cover, TWO?!?! Coughlin still lives and shocks everyone!!
Fans are thunderous but Evil gets a chair! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro sits Coughlin up and Evil rushes in, but Kidd BOOTS the chair into Evil! Fans fire up more and Coughlin shoves Yujiro into Sho! Then Coughlin scoops Yujiro to the FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, The Mechanical Bulls win!!
Winners: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
FINALLY! Kidd & Coughlin have their first win as a duo! They won’t win the league, but does this mean there’s hope for the Mechanical Bulls as a team? As for the House of Torture, are they ever going to give up their cheating ways?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open!
With the way things are going, the All United Empire Finals might not be happening! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon get a little help from Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher? Or will Dunk-Zilla & the Aussie Arrow make their senpai earn the dream?
Fans cheer as Gideon Grey makes his way out, along with the Karatsu City mascot, Karawan-kun the beetle-helmet wearing dog. The Orchestrator says good evening, and introduces himself. “And today is a very big day, but first, the Great-O-Khan has forged a new alliance.” The United Empire’s newest mascot is Karawan-kun! “And now, as a humble servant to the people of the United Empire, there is no greater joy that I can take than introducing you to your combatants.” That is to say, he gets to do introductions for BOTH teams of the United Empire! They wait to all go to the ring together, showing that the Empire is united, even when they are competing against each other.
The teams sort out and fans rally up. Khan starts against Davis, and they RAM each other at the bell! Fans fire up as they go again, and again, and then get forehead to forehead. Khan forearms, Davis gives it back, repeat, and fans rally as the shots go faster and faster! Davis and Khan get forehead to forehead again, run, but then Henare and Kyle trip them up! Henare and Kyle send Davis and Khan into railing, then rush in at each other to fire off forearms of their own! Fans fire up again as the shots go back and forth! Khan and Davis return, and they return to firing forearms back and forth with each other!
Fans are loving the brawling but the ref wants this to sort out to 1v1! Khan & Henare get the edge, then they both run, but Aussie Open dodges to pick them both up! They SANDWICH their senpai! Fans fire up and Davis tags in Kyle. Aussie Open drag Khan up, double whip him to ropes, but Khan ducks the double lariat! PONYTAIL CHOKE on Kyle! Henare dropkicks Davis’ legs out! Khan drags Kyle down to a HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Henare runs over and has a HEEL HOOK! Kyle endures double submissions, but the ref counts! Kyle gets the ROPEBREAK with his free leg! The ref counts again, Khan & Henare let Kyle go.
Khan drags Kyle up, and has the PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands Henare tags in, and the senpai mug Kyle. Henare stalks Kyle, ROCKS him with forearms, then throws knees. Henare snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Kyle in the back! Fans applaud while Kyle writhes. Henare drags Kyle back up, but Kyle throws body shots and a flurry of forearms! Henare DECKS Kyle in return! Henare drags Kyle back up, whips, but Kyle reverses. Kyle runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Khan BLASTS Davis off the apron, then he and Henare drag Kyle back up. Fans rally as the senpai double whip Kyle to the corner.
Khan whips Henare in but Kyle goes up and over! Kyle ducks under Khan, hot tag to Davis! Fans fire up as Davis runs through Khan’s lariat to corner clothesline Henare! Davis CHOPS Khan, clotheslines Henare again, then CHOPS Khan again! Davis clotheslines Henare again but Khan ducks the chop. Khan & Henare mug Davis, they double whip but Davis handsprings and DOUBLE LARIATS back! Fans fire up and Davis drags Henare up. Davis shoves Henare to a corner, and CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS again! Fans fire up, Davis wrenches Henare and torture racks, but Henare fights free!
Henare BOOTS Davis down, then runs at the corner. Davis dodges and Kyle runs in to LARIAT! Kyle sits Henare down for Davis’ SLIDING FOREARM! Kyle then DIVES onto Khan! Fans fire up and Davis torture racks Henare, for the SPINNING RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kyle and fans rally as Aussie Open coordinates. Fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK! Kyle hops up and Davis scoops Henare for a LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Henare stays in this. Kyle fires up now and Davis helps him stand Henare up. They double pump handle but Khan saves Henare! But then Aussie Open double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM!
Aussie Open dumps Khan out, they get Henare back up, double underhooks and lift, BUTTERFLY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Khan breaks it in time! Fans fire up while Davis stomps Khan. Aussie Open whips Khan to ropes, but Khan BOOTS Kyle and arm-drags Davis! Fans fire up as Khan goes to his corner and calls to Henare. Henare crawls over as fans rally, hot tag to Khan! Khan storms up on Kyle, for Mongolian Chops! And then more Mongolian Chops in the corner! Khan turns Kyle around, to sit up on his throne! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands. Khan hops off at 4, then dribbles Kyle off the buckles! Khan goes to TEN, then he SLAM DUNKS Kyle!
Kyle staggers into a PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, but Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS Davis then throws him out. Khan & Henare double whip Kyle corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Feed to Khan for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare hooks up the legs, FUBUKI! Kyle endures, but he gets MARINE! Cover, Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS and HEADBUTTS Davis, then throws him out again. Henare tags in, he storms up on Kyle. Fans rally, Henare stomps Kyle then drags him up. Kyle CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And then ROCKS Henare with a forearm!
Henare and Kyle stagger, but Kyle runs corner to corner. Henare dodges the kick, Khan rushes in to feed Kyle to Henare’s scoop, BERSERKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and fans rally up. Henare drags Kyle up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs, but Davis clotheslines him out! Kyle slips free, Davis dodges Henare, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Open regroup. Davis goes to the corner, Kyle tags him in, and Aussie Open fires up as they go to opposite corners. They aim as Henare stands up, but he moves as they rush in! Aussie Open stop from colliding, Kyle rushes at Henare but he dodges.
Davis kicks but Henare blocks, to step-over WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Kyle SUPERKICKS Henare down, but then Khan LARIATS Kyle! Davis CLOBBERS Khan but Henare HEEL KICKS Davis! ELBOW JAB for Kyle, but DROPKICK for Henare! Khan dodges Kyle to NECKBREAKER DROP! But then Davis ENZIGURIS Khan down! Fans are thunderous again as the entire United Empire is down! The teams regroup and slowly rise. Aussie Open throw forearms first, but Khan & Henare give them back. Aussie Open hits again, #Khanare hits back! Aussie Open, Khanare, repeat! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster!
Aussie Open gets the edge, they fire up, but Khan Mongolian Chops and Henare body shots! The senpai have control as Khan puts some stank on his Mongolian- NO, Davis blocks! But Henare gets around to ROUNDHOUSE Davis in the back! Davis wobbles, the Monster Rage boils over! Khan scoops Davis, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS and then Khan TENZAN TOMBSTONE DRIVERS!! Henare covers, but Kyle barrels in to break it!! Fans are thunderous again as Khan drags Kyle up. Kyle forearms Khan, CHOPS Henare, repeat! Kyle roars and runs, but into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Khan & Henare get Davis up now!
Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Davis slips off to shove the senpai into each other! Davis reels Henare in, Kyle gut wrenches Khan, DOUBLE DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Khan & Henare both roar as they rise up! But Aussie Open aim from the corners! DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Khan falls, Aussie Open pump handle Henare, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Henare & Khan earn 0)
The All United Empire Finals is no longer going to happen, but based on this, we know what would’ve happened! Davis & Fletcher best their senpai, will they soon prove they are the best?
But in the end, the United Empire all stands together, along with Gideon and Karawan-kun. Gideon wants everyone to understand this was about more than just two points! “This was about the pride beating in the heart of each and every one of these men in this ring!” Fans applaud that. “You wanna achieve greatness? You wanna make a change? Then follow this example! NEVER give less than 100%! NEVER stop moving forward! And NEVER give up! And when your body gives out, which it will, have your allies pick you back up and do it all over again! Get off your ass and do something you can be proud of! This is why United Empire runs the world!”
Fans applaud that passion, and the four stand together at the center. Gideon says this was the best match from the best unit! “This is the power of the United Empire!!” Fans cheer as the faction hugs it out. Will the United Empire soon become the strongest faction in all of professional wrestling?
World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
Bishamon is on the bubble, but they could find a way! Unless the Meanest Tag Team in World Tag League has something to say about it! If #EverybodyDies, does another run come to an end? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #TurnItAllAround before the end?
Naturally, the Murderhawk Monster clobbers a Young Lion, and he goes after Oskar Leube. Then he goes to intimidate Milano Collection AT! Milano runs off, Archer sits in his seat and puts on the headset. Archer says hello to Jushin Thunder Liger, asks if he’s doing well, then says F U and gets back to the ring. Suzuki makes his entrance, he BOOTS Young Lion Ryohei Oiwa down, and fans take full advantage of being able to sing “KAZE NI NARE~!” Goto & Hashi make their entrance, but Archer & Suzuki attack after the introductions! Archer stomps Goto in a corner, Suzuki fires off on Hashi! The bell rings as Suzuki throws Hashi out!
Archer stands on Goto in the corner while Suzuki stomps Hashi against railing! Fans rally up while the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up, then he stomps Goto more. Archer stands Goto up to ROCK him, then CHOKE him against the ropes! The ref counts, Archer stops at 4. Archer runs, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon RAMS Archer with double shoulders! Suzuki runs in but Hashi kicks him first. Bishamon drums Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Bishamon gets Archer now for drumming! But Archer explodes out! Archer runs to CLOBBER Goto, and Suzuki has Hashi in a HANGING ARMBAR!
The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off at 4, and he drags Hashi out. Archer goes after Goto on the outside while Suzuki whips Hashi into railing! Archer digs his knee into Goto’s neck but the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up again, but Suzuki brings Hashi around the railing. Abe-san moves aside so Suzuki can throw Hashi onto the timekeeper’s table! Suzuki then grabs one of the chairs and digs it into Hashi’s head! Archer meanwhile whips Goto hard into railing! Fans rally up while Archer take apart the railing! Archer uses that to choke Goto! The ref reprimands, he starts the ring count, but Suzuki brings Hashi up the ramp!
Suzuki reels Hashi in, Gotch holds, but Hashi resists the lift! The count is 10 of 20, Suzuki KNEES Hashi down, then goes back to ringside. Archer puts Goto in, reels him in and short arm LARIATS! Tag to Suzuki and he covers, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki kicks Goto around, toys with him as he digs his heel into Goto’s face, then gives him some stomps. Goto sits up, Suzuki KICKS and KICKS, but Goto glares defiantly. So Suzuki KNEES Goto down! Suzuki drags Goto around by a leg for a HEEL HOOK, then turns the leg. Suzuki also gets an arm, but Goto still endures. Goto reaches out, but Suzuki lets off to keep him from the ropes.
Archer goes after Hashi on the outside, Suzuki drags Goto up but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki CHOPS back! Suzuki has Goto in the corner, Archer holds Goto up, and Suzuki CHOPS! Suzuki throws body shots, then CHOPS again! Tag to Archer and Archer brings Goto around. Goto fires CHOPS in return! Goto KICKS but Archer kicks and ROCKS and whips! Goto hits buckles hard and bounces off! Archer waits on Goto to stand back up, fans rally up, and Archer runs in to back elbow! Archer keeps moving, he CLOBBERS Goto! Fans fire up while Archer has a cocky cover. TWO, but then Archer DECKS Hashi off the apron.
Archer stomps Goto, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki drags Goto up to wrench and double wristlock! Goto moves around but Suzuki wrangles him down! ARMBAR!! Goto endures, flails and moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off and fans applaud. Tag to Archer, he tells fans rallying for Goto to shut up. Fans rally harder for Goto and Archer eggs Goto on. Archer slaps Goto around but Goto fires off CHOPS! Archer knees low, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Archer stays up, so Goto runs again, to LARIAT! Archer choke grips, but Goto breaks free, dodges, and hot tags Hashi! Hashi RAMS Archer, and RAMS again!
Archer pie faces Hashi to a corner, runs in but Hashi dodges. Hashi clotheslines, whips, but Archer reverses! Hashi comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hashi keeps moving to HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Archer up. Hashi goes to suplex but Archer blocks! Hashi keeps trying, but Archer still resists. Hashi kicks and kicks and fires up! Hashi suplexes, but Archer fights that! Archer wrenches but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Archer again. Archer still whips but Hashi holds ropes. Archer runs in, Hashi drop toeholds him into ropes! Hashi runs and SHOTGUNS Archer down!
Fans fire up and Hashi tags Goto back in. Hashi BLASTS Suzuki, Goto stomps Archer. Bishamon double whips Archer to a corner, Goto whips Hashi in but Archer elbows Hashi away. Goto runs in but Archer BOOTS him! Archer hops up and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Archer tags Suzuki. Suzuki stomps Goto around, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Suzuki runs in to BOOT Goto, then he snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Suzuki argues the count. Suzuki kicks at Goto, drags him back up, and he HEADBUTTS! Goto drops to a knee but Suzuki brings him back up.
Suzuki HEADBUTTS again and again, but Goto throws a forearm! Suzuki snarls and storms up to forearm Goto back! Goto forearms, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Fans fire up as the forearms go faster and faster! Goto gets the edge, but Suzuki just grins through it all! Suzuki comes back to DECK Goto! Fans fire up as Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki eggs Goto on and then runs, but Goto blocks the boot! Goto hooks Suzuki up and Hashi runs in, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Hashi BLASTS Archer off the apron! Fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for lights out! Goto drags Suzuki up, Hashi has th elegs, but Archer attacks them first!
Archer throws knees into Hashi, then he and Suzuki whip Goto and Hashi into each other! Archer then hauls Goto up and Suzuki runs, HART ATTACK!! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Archer drags Hashi up to throw him out! Suzuki drags Goto up and around but Goto’s dead weight. Archer sends Hashi into railing while Suzuki taunts Goto. Fans rally up while Suzuki drags Goto back up. Goto swings, misses, and Suzuki ROCKS him! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goto flails, reaches out, but Suzuki keeps him from the ropes! Suzuki squeezes tighter, Goto is turning purple! Goto sits down, he sputters, and the ref checks! Goto is fading, Suzuki covers, TWO!!!
Suzuki SLEEPERS Goto again and drags him up! Then he spins Goto around, reels him in, and Gotch holds! But Goto resists the lift! Fans fire up as the struggle continues, but Suzuki lifts Goto up! Goto kicks and flails but Suzuki still lifts! Goto fights to back drop free!! Goto roars, runs, but Suzuki follows to shoot around, SLEEPER! But Goto powers Suzuki to a corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE- NO, Archer grabs Hashi by the hair! Suzuki slips off to SLEEPER! Hashi gets around Archer to waistlock, Archer elbows free, but then Hashi dumps him out! Fans fire up as Goto fireman’s carries!
FIERCE FLASH! Into SHOUTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)
Goto & Hashi live to fight another round! Can Bishamon #GetBackUp to the World Tag League finals for a back-to-back victory?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
The Joker & The Ace were knocked out of the running just last round, but they aren’t going to let that stop them! Will they bring down one of the frontrunners in the block? Or will Shane & Mikey prove that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
The teams sort out and the Mighty want Red Shoes to thoroughly check Yano. Yano says it’s all fine! Tanahashi takes off his jacket, and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” Yano gets the fans cheering for “HIROSHI! HIROSHI!” and Tanahashi starts against Shane. Shane does an air drum while Tanahashi air guitars. Fans rally for Hiroshi as he circles with Shane. They tie up, Shane powers Tanahashi to ropes, but Red Shoes calls the break. Shane lets off to flex his own muscles. Fans applaud as they are impressive, but Tanahashi shrugs that off. Tanahashi and Shane circle and tie up again, and Tanahashi puts Shane on ropes now.
Tanahashi lets off quickly, and he flexes his muscles. Fans cheer even more, and that annoys Shane. But Tanahashi blocks Shane’s kick to CLUB the leg then headlock. Shane powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Shane headscissors. Tanahashi kips free but Shane headlocks for a takeover. Now Tanahashi headscissors and Shane kips free. Tanahashi flexes and Shane backs away. Shane wants Tanahashi to back up, and Tanahashi steps away. Shane resets and circles with Tanahashi again. But then Shane tags Mikey and Yano calls to Tanahashi! Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up!
Yano and Mikey step up, and Yano squats! Fans want Mikey to squat but Mikey mocks it as sumo. Yano stands up and says it’s not sumo, but Mikey kicks him low! Mikey whips, Yano holds ropes to taunt Mikey, then he dodges to go for a buckle pad! Mikey storms over as Yano throws the pad away. Mikey kicks Yano and runs, but Tanahashi catches him! Yano runs in but Mikey moves! Yano stops from running into Tanahashi, but he turns around into a kick! Mikey runs, but Tanahashi gets in, both Yano & Tanahashi run Mikey over! Fans fire up as they both squat by him. Shane gets in to BOOT Tanahashi out of the ring!
Yano says, “Oh sh*t” and Shane BOOTS him down! Mikey gets up, he kicks Yano out, and then goes out after Yano to kick him more. Mikey smacks Yano off the apron, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO! Fans applaud but Mikey drags Yano around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Yano endures, Mikey fishhooks Yano’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, Mikey lets go, and he tags Shane. Fans rally for Yano but the Mighty mug Yano in the corner. Shane pushes Yano out while Mikey BLASTS Tanahashi! Shane sends Yano into railing! Shane puts Yano in the ring, drags him up by his hair, and he snapmares Yano back down for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Shane squats! Fans applaud and Shane SLAMS Yano’s arm down! Then he SLAMS Yano’s other arm! Then he makes Yano clap really hard! Fans clap along, then Shane SLAMS both arms! Fans cheer and Shane flexes. Shane drags Yano over, tags Mikey in, and the Mighty drag Yano up. Yano fights back with forearms, but Shane UPPERCUTS and Mikey reels Yano in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Tanahashi and shoves him out. Mikey stomps Yano more, then drops knees at the ropes. Fans rally while Shane taunts Yano. Mikey eggs Yano on and Yano stands up.
Yano fires off forearms but Mikey hits back! Yano pulls hair but Mikey ROCKS Yano! Mikey whips, Yano reverses and throws Mikey down by his hair! Fans fire up and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Mikey, then whips to ropes. Mikey reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi BLASTS Shane for good measure, then he runs at Mikey. Tanahashi blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! Shane runs in but his kick is blocked, DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he brings Mikey up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Mikey into a drop zone, then goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Tanahashi waits on Mikey. Mikey stands, Tanahashi runs, but into an ELBOW! Mikey runs, ducks Tanahashi’s haymaker, and fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Mikey crawl, hot tags to Yano and Shane! Fans cheer as Yano dodges to SLAP Shane! Yano whips, Shane reverses, but Yano stops from hitting bare buckles! Shane runs in but Yano sends him into the buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano is upset with Red Shoes but Red SHoes says his count was fair. Shane UPPERCUTS, but Yano atomic- NO, Shane slips off to BOOT!
Shane suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this but Shane snarls. Shane calls his shot, goes up the corner, but Yano knocks Red Shoes into the ropes to trip Shane up! Yano apologizes to them all, but Shane YANKS Yano into the bare buckles! Shane adjusts, Yano staggers, and Shane leaps, into an atomic drop! Fans fire up as Yano crawls and tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Shane atomic drops Tanahashi! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Shane runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Shane’s boot misses and he gets hung up on the top rope again! Tanahashi runs, but Shane DROPKICKS him down!
Fans fire up as Shane and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tag to Mikey! Mikey drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi slips free! Tanahashi waistlocks, but he ducks Mikey’s elbow, only for Mikey to DDT! Fans fire up as Mikey roars, and Mikey drags Tanahashi up. But Tanahashi throws a forearm! Mikey forearms back, they go back and forth and fans fire up! Tanahashi UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mikey argues the count, and Shane sends Yano into railing! Mikey scoops Tanahashi, Shane runs in, TANKBUSTER! Cover, but Yano breaks it! Shane throws Yano out and then goes out after him.
Mikey drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi fights the bomb! Tanahashi throws elbows, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up, Tanahashi runs, but into a scoop! MIKEY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mikey can’t believe that Tanahashi survives! Fans fire up as Shane gets back in. The Mighty roar, they drag Tanahashi up, THUNDER- NO, Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi fires off forearms and elbows, but Mikey SLAPS! Shane SLAPS! The Mighty DOUBLE SLAP! But then Tanahashi duck and the Mighty SLAPS each other! Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS Mikey while Yano shoves Red Shoes out of the way!
Tanahashi shoves Mikey into Shane, and Yano DOUBLE LOW BLOWS The Mighty! Tanahashi runs to SLINGBLADE Mikey down! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi PLANCHAS Shane! Yano has Mikey up, ONIGOROSHI!! Tanahashi climbs up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, the Joker & the Ace win!
Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they FELL here tonight! And with Aussie Open as their last opponents, are they doomed to miss the finals?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Red Shoes squats with them to confirm the victory, and then Yano calls in the Mayor! “Shichou” Toshiyuki Sakai says why not, and he gets into the ring! He takes off the suit jacket and puts his mask aside for the moment, so he can squat! Maybe he was a Yankee in his younger days? Fans cheer the photo op, and then Tanahashi gets the mic. “After 25 years, NJPW is back in Karatsu!” Fans cheer for that! Tanahashi thanks the fans for coming out and supporting NJPW, which fans also applaud. Tanahashi says “You all have really let me see so much of Karatsu. Thank you. Liger-san introduced me to this beautiful town. The food, the sights. Thank you for having us.
“But the thing that really struck me about this place was the warm reception all of you gave us. Thank you so much!” Fans cheer that, too. Tanahashi then says, “So next time, we’ll see you in another 25 years?” Fans laugh, then boo, because they hope not! “No? Okay, we’ll see you… next year!” Fans cheer but is Tanahashi putting NJPW in a spot promising that? Tanahashi thanks the fans again for supporting the show until the end. “Finally, to every single one of you in Karatsu… AISHITEMAAASU~!” Fans get to cheer along with that one, and getting to join Yano in “Y T R!” The Joker & The Ace take a victory lap around the ring, but then Tanahashi gets back in the ring.
“Sorry. I forgot the air guitar!” Fans cheer, at least he remembered before he left. Fans chant, “GI-TA-RU! GI-TA-RU!” and a fan sends theirs up to Tanahashi! “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “LET’S ROCK~!” The air guitar concert begins! Yano is even sitting in his red chair doing air drums! Big finish! Fans want an “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi decides to return that previous air guitar, so he can borrow one from the other side of the arena! Another air guitar is sent up, and then Yano switches to air bass! They jam out and fans clap along! Fans cheer Yano for going hard on the bass. But they still want more!
The mayor has an air guitar! Tanahashi takes it, and Yano’s back on drums! Fans cheer the third round of the concert, and Yano is surprised when there’s actually a cymbal crash for his big finish! Tanahashi returns the mayor’s guitar, then gets the mic again. “I can’t just leave it at that, so I have to close on a second Aishitemasu for the first time ever!” Fans fire up as they get to be part of history! “Finally, and really this time, Karatsu… AISHITEMAAAAAAASU!” So much love, energy, comedy and music, will this help carry Yano, Tanahashi and all of NJPW into a bright future?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 7-1, 14 points
The Mighty: 5-2, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 5-2, 10 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]
Another great round for World Tag League, and awesome stuff to see Coughlin & Kidd get a win off House of Torture. I like Coughlin & Kidd as a team, and I know Coughlin’s overall story is going to be hunting down JR Kratos, but maybe Kidd can be his back-up through that story. Aussie Open VS Henare & Khan probably had the actual best match of the night and that probably could’ve been the main event. But at the same time, I get they put this earlier on the card because it was still very clear Aussie Open was going to win. They have such a big lead, Aussie Open is already a lock for the finals, so it all comes down to their opponents.
Goto & Hashi had a great match against Suzuki & Archer to get a much needed win. But I have a feeling they’re going to be out next with Naito & Sanada still in the running, and Aussie Open VS The Mighty being a big match-up on Friday the 9th. Yano & Tanahashi beating the Mighty though being out of the running was big for them, and I really do hope those two keep things going past World Tag League. At the same time, they probably choose not to so that their high school bad boy act doesn’t get tired.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Who will be The Ones?
There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!
United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
- JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
PLAY PY PLAY
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!
The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will
As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.
In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!
The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.
In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!
The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?
The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.
Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!
Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!
Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.
Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?
The Judgment Day speaks.
Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?
JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!
Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”
BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?
Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!
A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?
But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?
Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.
So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!
And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.
Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?
Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.
Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!
Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!
Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!
Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!
Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!
Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)
Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?
Seth Rollins is here!
DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.
Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-
Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat Lesnar.
If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!
The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”
Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?
Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.
Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.
Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-
Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!
Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!
Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!
Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!
Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.
Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)
Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?
JBL is on the phone with someone.
He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?
What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?
Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.
Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”
So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?
Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!
AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?
Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.
Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!
Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!
Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.
Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.
Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!
Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”
Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!
Winners: The OC, by pinfall
JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.
Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…
But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?
Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!
The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?
The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo!
Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!
Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?
Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.
Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?
No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?
Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!
The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?
Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!
Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!
Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!
Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!
Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!
But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!
Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!
Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!
Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!
But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)
DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?
A pretty good Raw here, but I guess with no RawDown event between now and The Royal Rumble, they’re really having to stretch builds out. That said, we got some great Triple Threats to get a lot of the women’s roster going tonight. Pretty good promo from Becky and Bayley, though maybe a little awkwardly paced. I don’t know if they were trying to pad for time or they only had a loose idea of what they were to say, but this is all just to set up the feud we knew was coming. Both Triple Threats were awesome, but I should’ve known DMG CTRL would screw Becky. Alexa VS Bayley will be a great match but I would think Bayley loses. We can’t have Bianca VS Bayley again so soon, and there’s a lot of great story for Alexa and Bianca to use.
Rhea going after Asuka after the loss was also an interesting detail. I suppose Rhea and Asuka can feud to bide their time. Bianca and Rhea are surely going to have a feud of their own soon, and it makes all the sense for Street Profits to join in on that. They come to Tozawa’s rescue, we’re getting a Six Man Tag of that first, but then we can bring Bianca and Rhea around into another big Mixed 8 like we saw for Judgment Day VS OC. Speaking of that, why didn’t Dom VS Tozawa happen before OC VS Corbin & Alpha Academy? They left the JBL Poker Invitational first, they should’ve been dressed and ready to go first.
And speaking of the Poker Invitational, those were a pretty fun handful of segments, but I feel like it all fell apart way too soon. Corbin should’ve won one table, Lumis wins the other, and then the final showdown is the set-up to the Six Man Tag. Miz trying to get in and failing was kinda funny, especially with JBL exposing Miz having a fake Rolex. It was a very subtle way to say Miz isn’t done with Lumis, and I’m still thinking we’re getting Miz & Maryse VS Indi & Dexter at some point. Hell, we could even get Miz & Maryse VS Gargano & Candice after that fun little interaction where Candice couldn’t believe that Lumis won such a huge haul. Also Nikki stalking Candice, that’s an interesting story in the works.
Great stuff out of the US Championship scene, but I guess they couldn’t have Ali lose legit. Ziggler looks like a jerk, but maybe we’re building to something huge for the US title. Ali and Ziggler probably fight each other for sure, maybe we see some kind of ladder match for the title by the time Rumble comes around. We also got great stuff out of Rollins and Lashley, from the promo to the brawl to Pearce more or less warning Lashley. Rollins plays the line of Face and Heel with how he was poking at Lashley with the Lesnar loss. Lashley’s temper could be what costs him against Rollins, and then Rollins faces Theory for the title before the year is over, and who knows how that goes.
And what a wild start to the night. I didn’t think the tag title match was going to be first, but that gave it a lot of time to breathe. Great little way to sub Elias out to keep Kevin Owens in the story, and Solo just going nuts on Riddle with all those Umaga references was wild. Riddle being sidelined is a clever way to delay Elias going after him. But then a bit of a shame that McIntyre isn’t cleared for right now. Dunne is going to have a great part of the match now, but I think he also takes the loss for his team so Sheamus isn’t hurt too much. They’re taking a long game approach to things, I like that, and we’ll see some good stuff in building towards Sheamus VS Roman for the Rumble.
My Score: 8.6/10
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