Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/8/19)
#ManSquared VS Tranquilo!
Raw prepares for the Extreme!
Extreme Rules is around the corner, so Raw is rising to the occasion! Will The Man and Her Man be able to beat El Idolo and La Muneca before taking on the Lady and Lone Wolf? And who does Roman Reigns get stuck with in a sampler with Shane and McIntyre?
- Mixed Tag Elimination: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega; Rollins & Lynch win.
- 2 Out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The Miz & The Usos VS Elias & The Revival; Miz & Usos win.
- Open Challenge: Rey Mysterio VS ???; Bobby Lashley wins.
- No Way Jose VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Colin & Devin Justin; The Viking Raiders win.
- Ricochet VS Luke Gallows w/ The Club; Ricochet wins.
- Ricochet VS Karl Anderson w/ The Club; Ricochet wins.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Bayley VS Sarah Logan; Bayley wins in 4:32.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Nikki Cross VS Dana Brooke; Cross wins with 1:50 to spare.
- Roman Reigns & ??? VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Shane & McIntyre win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mixed Tag Elimination: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega!
Raw opens with the Raw Women’s Champion and her man, the Universal Champion! They prepare for Extreme Rules and the #WinnersTakeAll title match by going up against #TeamTranquilo! Will Rollins & Lynch roll into Philly with a win? Or will Almas and Vega secure themselves future title opportunities together?
The teams sort out and the ladies start. Vega and Becky circle and tie up. Becky waistlocks and throws Vega down, then drags her up for another. Becky grins as she brings Vega up again but Vega gets a ropebreak. She can’t hold on, Becky shoves to run Vega over. Fans are rallied up for Becky as she keeps Vega from Almas. Vega tries going under but gets caught and yanked back! Becky wrenches Vega but Vega throws hands. Becky counter punches and Vega goes to the apron. The ref counts but Becky drags Vega up. Vega kicks Becky away and then hits a DDT! Cover, ONE! Vega kicks Becky down then whips her to a corner. Becky reverses, but runs into buckles. Vega steps up to kick Becky in the chin!
Vega chokes Becky on the ropes but lets up at 4. She runs in to Tiger Feint into a choke! The ref counts and Vega lets Becky go. Vega kicks Becky down but Becky elbows and boots back. Becky snap suplexes Vega down, hot tag to Almas! Almas is in and Becky wants to fight, but Rollins steps up. Almas shoves Rollins so Rollins comes back. They tie up and go around on the ropes. Rollins wrenches Almas’ arm over and over to then yank on it. Almas uses the ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench onto Rollins. Rollins rolls and handsprings to arm-drag Amlas. Things speed up and Almas ducks to whip. Rollins reverses but Almas goes up and over. Almas arm-drags Rollins back, but then Rollins arm-drags again. Almas headlock takeovers but pops out of Rollins’ headscissor counter.
The two stand up and roles reverse, then they stand off. Fans cheer as each man catches their breath. Almas and Rollins tie up but Almas kicks low. Almas throws forearms then CHOPS Rollins! Rollins slips out of the back suplex but Almas kicks low. Almas runs but Rollins follows to Slingblade! Rollins keeps moving, he clotheslines Almas out, to then DIVE! Direct hit takes Almas to barriers but Rollins keeps going, tag to Becky before a second DIVE! Becky has Vega for the Becksploder! Mule kick and forearms! Becky has Vega again, Disarm-Her! Vega taps and is ELIMINATED! Becky did her part, now it’s up to Rollins to finish this off.
But wait, Sassy Southern Belle, Lacey Evans, has appeared ringside. Becky doesn’t need to be in the match anymore, so she fights with Lacey! Rollins pulls Becky away to save this for Sunday. Lacey trash talks while Becky still wants at her, but we go to break while things cool off.
Raw returns as Almas clobbers Rollins from behind! Almas stomps Rollins down then walks off his frustration. Almas puts Rollins in a corner for a CHOP! Vega is still ringside to cheer Almas on as he stomps Rollins in the stomach. Almas runs to dropkick Rollins in the back! Cover, TWO! Almas wraps on a chinlock but Rollins works his way up fast. Fans rally as Rollins fights back, but Almas scoops and slams Rollins down. Almas heads to a corner and climbs up top, but Rollins stop shim with right hands! Rollins climbs but Almas clubs back on him. Rollins falls but comes back fast, only for Almas to trip him up! Almas has Rollins in the Tree of Woe, for Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives and Becky is relieved.
Almas drags Rollins back up as fans rally again. Almas suplexes for uno amigo. Then he continues through for dos amigos. But as Almas goes for tres, Rollins counters to a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Almas and Rollins stand and Rollins throws hands and CHOPS! Rollins whips corner to corner but Almas reverses, only for Rollins to forearm him away. Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Almas away again, then springboards for a flying knee! Cover, TWO! Vega is growing frustrated but Rollins keeps his cool as he climbs. Almas shoves Rollins all the way down! Vega gets a spike-rana! Becky forearms Vega down! Becky rains down rights but Almas drags Becky off. Rollins throws Almas away and checks on Becky. She’s fine, but sees Almas coming! She gets Rollins clear but takes the shoulder herself!
Rollins clobbers Almas and fires off for what just happened! Rollins checks on Becky again but Almas clubs and throws Rollins into barriers! Almas drags Rollins into the ring and a corner, then runs corner to corner. CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Rollins lives and Almas can’t believe it! Almas clubs away in frustration then shoves Rollins all the way out. Vega again lines up a shot, but Rollins blocks the headscissors! Rollins holds her up, for Becky to dropkick down! But then Almas wrecks Rollins with a dropkick! Almas runs, into Rollins’ kick! CURB STOMP! Cover, #ManSquared wins!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch, Rollins pinning Almas
The champions stand tall, but now they’ll have to go to the extreme! Can they defeat the Lone Wolf and his Lady when the rules are thrown out the window?
But speaking of, Baron Corbin attacks Rollins from behind! Becky throws hands on Corbin but Lacey returns with a Woman’s Right! Corbin goes after Rollins more! Referees back them off, but will this sneak attack ensure Corbin and Lacey are the new champions? Worse yet, Paul Heyman is on Raw! Is the Beast here, too?!
Raw returns to Corbin and Lacey backstage.
The two have a good laugh over what they just did to Rollins and Becky. The “lovebirds” are down, because love makes you blind. Who knows what happens to them when Becky loses Seth’s title. Or when Seth loses Becky’s title. This might end their relationship. But this is why Lacey and Corbin are a true power couple: it’s not about love, it’s business. Love is just a liability. Like that song, Love Stinks.
Paul Heyman is in the ring!
The Advocate introduces himself then gets to business. The PPV this weekend is titled, “Extreme Rules.” Heyman knows something about getting extreme. The PPV is going to be in Philadelphia. Heyman knows a lot about being extreme in Philly. So this Sunday, at Extreme Rules in Philly, his client will cash-in on either the WWE World or Universal Champions. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. He hasn’t failed to follow through on a spoiler even once. So if he wanted to ever put his reputation on the line, this might be the time he lies. So either he is telling the truth or is bluffing. Only he knows the answer. Well, him and the future reigning, defending, undisputed universal and/or world champion, Brock Lesnar. The stakes have been raised, will either champion survive this Sunday?
Raw announces a major Extreme Rules PPV match!
Despite last week’s insane and literally explosive ending to a Falls Count Anywhere match that hospitalized both Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, they’re not finished with each other yet! The Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine both swear to be there in Philly to settle this in a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH! Will there be anything left of either man when all is said and done?
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre talk with a janitor?
The word is that this particular janitor is the Best Garbage Man in the World. Well Shane is The Best in the World, so Tony here should be Roman Reigns’ tag partner. Tony isn’t so sure about that, but Shane and McIntyre will check on him later. Because apparently, Shane actually gets to choose Roman’s partner! Just how badly can Shane stack the deck this time?
2 Out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The Miz & The Usos VS Elias & The Revival!
The Hollywood A-Lister joins forces with Jimmy & Jey to continue feuds with The Drifter and the #TopGuys! Will Miz help the Usos put Shane’s cronies on #LockDown? Or will Elias, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder manage to break out of this Most Must-See Penitentiary?
Raw returns as the Usos make their entrance. “Hey, Uce! Check it out!” They’re teaming with The Miz! Miz got rid of Shane, now he’s on a real team. The Revival will lose those titles on Sunday to give way to seven-time champs, Uce! And Elias better like singing the blues, because he’s gonna get locked down with they asses! Miz and the Usos hit the ring and the tension already runs high. Teams sort out and Dawson starts with Jimmy.
Jimmy and Dawson circle and tie up. Dawson waistlocks to headlocks to a takedown. Jimmy rolls to a cover, ONE and Dawson holds on. Jimmy gets up and powers out but Dawson runs him over. Things speed up and Jimmy hurdles to arm-drag Dawson down! Jimmy has an armlock but Dawson pulls hair. Dawson uses that to whip Jimmy and elbow him down! Tag to Elias but Jimmy throws uppercuts! Elias throws furious hands but the ref backs him off at 4. Elias kicks Jimmy down then whips, then lariats Jimmy down. He hits Miz for good measure, and the ref keeps Miz back. Elias goes back to Jimmy to throw more hands. Elias scoops and tosses Jimmy down! Tag to Dash and he goes at Jimmy in the corner with stomps.
Fans rally up for the Usos while Miz trash talks Eilas. Elias meets Miz around the corner and they brawl! Miz throws Elias into barriers! Meanwhile, Jimmy fights off the Revival with haymakers. Miz keeps throwing Elias around and throwing hands of his own. Elias runs into the ring but Miz chases him out the other side. Elias runs away to the stage but Jimmy runs into a Shatter Machine! The Revival take the first fall!
Elias & Revival – 1; Miz & Usos – 0
The Miz realizes he let himself get too riled up, and now his team is down. Will he and the Usos make a comeback after the break?
Raw returns as Jimmy crawls to a corner. The bell rings to start the second fall, and Dash runs in at Jimmy! Jimmy dodges and sends Dash into buckles! Jimmy crawls but Dash tags Dawson. The Revival club away on Jimmy, then bottom rope guillotine! By the way, Elias left because he doesn’t want to face Miz anymore. Dawson drops elbows, knees and a headbutt on Jimmy to then cover, ONE! Dawson stomps Jimmy to a corner but fans rally up. Jimmy CHOPS Dawson back! And again! Dawson drags Jimmy down and tags in Dash. Dash basement dropkicks Jimmy then covers, TWO! The Revival keep their cool as they tag again. Dawson drives in a shoulder for a rear bearhug.
Fans rally as Dawson shifts to put Jimmy in a seated abdominal stretch. Jimmy fights his way up but Dawson whips him away. Jimmy dodges to send Dawson over and up to the post! Dawson flops down but tags Dash. Dash hits Miz and swing on Jey. Jimmy back drops Dash and tags in Jey! Jey rallies for his brother on both Revival! Mule kick to pop-lock uppercut on Dash! Whip to a fireman’s carry but Dash lands out of it. Dash still falls for the Dragon Whip kick! Jey has the fans fired up with “UCE! O!” Jey runs in and hits the hip attack! Dash is down and Jey climbs up, big crossbody! But Dash rolls through, TWO! Jey back drops but Dash sunset flips, but Jey sits on it! TWO, and Jey dodges Dash. Dawson tags in before Dash takes the Samoan Drop.
Dawson walks into a mule kick and uppercut, but blocks the superkick to give a knee and haymaker! Suplex to Brain Buster! Cover, TWO! Dawson argues with the ref but two is two. Miz returns and fans rally as Dawson drags Jey up. Jey slips out of the suplex but Dawson has the foot. Jey still makes the tag! Enziguri to FINALE! Cover, Miz and Usos tie it up!
Elias & Revival – 1; Miz & Usos – 1
But Dash throws Miz out! Jey tags back in as Miz falls and this third fall begins without delay! Tag to Jimmy, and the Usos SUPERKICK Dash! They SUPERKICK Dawson! Dawson is down, Jey FLIES onto Dash! Uso Splash from Jimmy to Dawson! Cover, The Miz and Usos win!
Winners: The Miz & Usos, Jimmy Uso pinning
Jimmy and Jey are rolling towards Philly! Will they take those Raw Tag Team Championships for their own? Or can the Revival find a way to retain?
Raw catches up with Mr. & Mrs. Maverick.
Drake couldn’t help but celebrate being champion, no matter where he went with Renee Michelle. He was also all in for the Fourth of July, despite being British. Drake’s celebrating definitely got on Renee’s nerves, and couldn’t understand why he had to have the belt in every picture. What about a picture of the two of them? They took one by the Jaws attraction at Universal Studios, but the belt got in the way of Renee… The honeymoon enters its next phase: right here in Newark, New Jersey!
Renee Michelle watches guard backstage while Drake Maverick hides in a trunk. He’s clearly borrowing ideas from Truth. And she is annoyed again. Their honeymoon was in Orlando, where they live, and now she’s his bodyguard?! He knows this isn’t ideal, but they’re here together, right? Him, her, and the WWE 24/7 Championship. There’s a lot of room in the crate, if she wants to join him, wink wink. She’s not going for that.
Okay, after tonight, he’ll have shown the world how great a champion he is, then he’ll show her how great a husband he is with a real honeymoon. She agrees that then and only then will they consummate the marriage. Maverick is so excited to finally get it on with his wife! Uh oh, the horde has come! Maverick runs as dozens of Raw superstars come running. Will Maverick be able to keep up his part of the bargain?
Shane and Drew now talk to the Best Beer Server in the World.
This is a huge opportunity to be considered for Roman’s partner. Say thank you. “Thank you, Mr. McMahon.” NO, it’s Mr. Best in the World. “Thank you, Mr. Best in the World.” Who else will Shane consider to team with The Big Dog in their Extreme Rules appetizer?
Open Challenge: Rey Mysterio VS ???
The King of Lucha Libre is back at 100%! And he returns to Raw tonight to prove he’s still got it. “I’ma keep it short and simple. Because I stood in this ring six weeks ago,” and did the hardest thing ever: surrendered the WWE United States Championship. The doctors told him it’d be a long time before he could return, but he refused. Mysterio rehabbed harder and grew hungrier than he has in a long time. He beat the predictions, and now he’s back! Mysterio wants to compete against anyone willing and able, hence this open challenge! Who will it be?! Bobby Lashley!? The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his own miraculous return! Is Lashley going to make mince meat out of Mysterio before going after the Monster Among Men?
The minute Lashley gets in the ring, Mysterio attacks! Lashley shoves him away, the bell rings, and Mysterio kicks and punches away! Mysterio runs, ducks under Lashley and dropkicks a leg out. He runs again, but into a scoop! Lashley carries Mysterio, but Mysterio turns it into a DDT! Mysterio dropkicks Lashley onto the ropes, then dials it up! 619 hits! Lashley staggers and Mysterio climbs, but he leaps into an elevated complete shot! Lashley glares as he builds up speed to SPEAR Mysterio down! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
Lashley looks at almost 100%! And then he throws Mysterio out of the ring! Lashley shows no mercy as he drags Mysterio up by his mask! He drags Mysterio up the ramp and to the stage. Lashley stares at the same spot he and Strowman crashed through last week, and hoists Mysterio up. Th ref reprimands Lashley but Lashley drops Mysterio. But then he hauls him back up, to throw him onto the referees! And he’s not done, as he grabs a mic. “Braun Strowman, last week I was the first- No, the only man standing! And you better believe I will be the last man standing!” Will this superhuman super villain dominate Strowman unlike anyone ever before?
Raw returns to a backstage interview with The Club.
Charly Caruso specifically asks AJ Styles about beating down Ricochet after their match last week. Styles doesn’t owe anyone an explanation. “Get out my face.” Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows also refuse to comment. They go into their team locker room. Will Gallows’ actions speak for him when he takes on the One and Only later?
No Way Jose VS Cesaro!
This match was meant to happen last week, but considering the then WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, was a part of the conga line, things got a bit crazy. And in that chaos, the Swiss Cyborg attacked the Fighting Fiesta and brutalized him just outside the ring! Will Jose get revenge for that here tonight? Or will it just be more of the same from Cesaro?
The conga line runs scared from Cearo, for good reason. Jose leaps out at Cesaro and throws hands! Jose bumps Cesaro of steps then into barriers! He puts Cesaro back in but the ref keeps him back. Cesaro catches his breath and the bell rings, but he runs into a back drop! Jose throws big hands on Cesaro, then whips to ropes. Cesaro ducks and throws a BIG European Uppercut! Then he boots Jose into a corner for more! Cesaro throws EuroUppers from all sides, then gut wrench suplexes Jose down! Cesaro dusts off his hands while Jose crawls to ropes. The Swiss Cyborg takes Jose for a swing! Then into the Sharpshooter! Jose endures but can’t escape, he taps out! Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by submission
Cesaro lets go when he’s satisfied, and shouts out The Bar with his sideways thumb. Will Cesaro continue to raise the bar on the Raw roster?
The Street Profits are back on Raw!
They’re backstage, beatboxing, until they notice the cameras. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today for a very special reminder.” Don’t cross Cesaro or you’ll end up upside down. Plug the Network! Right, this Sunday, streaming live, it’s Extreme Rules! The Scottish Psychopath and the BEST, in the WOOOORLD, SHANE MCMAAAHON join forces to take on The Big Dog, Roman Reigns, and… The Undertaker!! Who you got winning? Taker been digging holes. But he and Roman gonna take souls. #HolesandSouls. But wait, Roman has to make it to Sunday. Shane is picking Roman’s partner. And if Taker shows up, he’s done. But Shane could pick anyone? Anyone. Like Kawhi? Yeah, anyone. But that’s all the time they have. The Profits cue the transition.
Mike tries to make things up to Maria.
He is very very sorry about last week, he hasn’t been himself, but he is so excited to have another baby. Mike loves her, and Maria loves him. They go back and forth with their cutesy “I love you more,” but then Maria says, “Ice cream.” What? Maria demands ice cream. And pickles. Okay, non-fat ice cream. Is he saying she’s fat? No, he’s saying there won’t be fat on the ice cream! He hurries away, while Maria scowls and wonders what kind of man taps out to a woman. Is there still really love between these two?
Raw holds titantron interviews with Bayley and Nikki Cross.
Both women will be in a Beat the Clock Challenge, and the winner of the challenge determines the stipulation for the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules PPV between Bayley and Alexa Bliss. This interview right now is to ask Nikki’s feelings of winning for Alexa gain. The pressure is definitely on. Nikki owes so much to Alexa, and isn’t sure where she’d be without her. Seriously? Bayley can’t believe Nikki doesn’t see how Alexa is using Nikki! Alexa does that! This is what Alexa does! Nikki is the only reason Alexa has the title match, and will be the only reason Alexa can get an advantage at Extreme Rules. Nikki explodes over Bayley running Alexa down. Alexa was right about Bayley being jealous! This only motivates Nikki to shut Bayley up!
Micahel Cole keeps the peace as he explains the challenge rules. The fastest match is the winner. Bayley will face Sarah Logan while Nikki Cross takes on Dana Brooke. Bayley remembers the Riott Squad. Sarah loves being chaotic, but Bayley isn’t afraid of chaos. Sarah better bring her best because the SmackDown Women’s Champion vows to pick her stipulation. As for Nikki, she won’t lie that Dana is stronger but she’s not tougher. Nikki needs this for Alexa’s sake! Which woman beats the clock? #LetsPlay!
Raw returns to R-Truth and Carmella searching.
They’re clearly looking for Drake Maverick and the WWE 24/7 Championship. He’s not in a trunk, nor under it. He’s not in the trash, around it, or under desks. But wait. Maybe he’s in a drawer! No, he can’t fit in that. You never know! Truth just wants his baby back. Maverick better not be showing her no scary movies. The title needs Truth. Truth is always on the go. The hands on the clock be moving too slow. Truth wants to be alone with his baby tonight. Wait there he goes! And the rest of the Raw roster. Hurry! Fabulous Truth, GO! Wait that’s the wrong direction, Truth!
The Viking Raiders VS Colin & Devin Justin!
The war returns to Raw! Erik and Ivar are still climbing the ranks of the tag team division, will this newest raid help them reach title contention?
The bell rings and Erik starts with Colin. He throws Colin down then German Suplexes him away! Devin tags in and runs, but into a scoop and backbreaker! Then Erik rag dolls Devin into a gutbuster! Tag to Ivar, gut wrench bomb to Ivar’s giant splash! Cover, but Ivar drags Devin up! Erik and Ivar grin, wanting to have some fun with the Justin brothers. Erik throws Colin in and then tags. The Vikings take a brother each, Erik gives them a powerslam powerbomb combo! Then Dustin is fed to THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
The raid is successful again, but here comes that WWE 24/7 title chase! The other superstars rush the ring only to be thrown out by the Vikings! Hawkins runs into Ivar’s seated senton! Truth wants at Maverick but he encounters the Vikings first. The other superstars go around the ring, and Truth bails out. Truth and Carmella head out again, will they head Maverick off at the pass?
Raw returns to a backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
Clearly, Shane McMahon wants to play around, and is going to stick Roman with a partner of his choosing. Who does Roman think Shane chooses? Roman doesn’t know. Roman doesn’t care. But he knows that the master of mind games is on his side at Extreme Rules.
Ricochet VS Luke Gallows w/ The Club!
The Phenomenal One lit a fire under the Good Brothers, and they lit one under him. AJ Styles didn’t beat the One and Only when the title was on the line, but then he and the Good Brothers #BeatUpRicochet! There will be another go for the gold at Extreme Rules, can ol’ Doc Gallows soften Ricochet up for Styles? Or will Ricochet be ready to be better than phenomenal?
Ricochet makes his entrance and speaks on what happened as of late. It seems that when Styles congratulated him on beating Samoa Joe and then challenged him to a match, Ricochet was ready to prove himself. Ricochet did prove himself. But then the celebration was ruined by a beating. The title is on the line Sunday, but we know what happens tonight. Gallows has Anderson and Styles, so Ricochet figures he’ll fight all three. The Club make their entrance together, and Styles grabs a mic for himself. “Hey, Ricochet! Thanks for reminding us who you are.” But Styles gives him some advice: the WWE moves pretty quickly, so slow down and appreciate the moment. Ricochet might as well, because Gallows is going to stomp a mudhole in him,.
As speaking of appreciating moments, let’s appreciate last week’s moment! Footage replays to review how close Styles came to winning, and how Ricochet managed to survive. And most importantly, it rubs in what the Club did to Ricochet after the match. The bell rings and Gallows circles with Ricochet. Ricochet ducks the punch to throw hands of his own. He backs Gallows down then whips but Gallows reverses. Gallows runs into a boot, and Ricochet leaps into a CHOKE SLAM! The Club cheers Gallows on and Gallows grins as he covers. TWO, but Gallows keeps on Ricochet with hands in the corner. Gallows lets up at the ref’s count, then brings Ricochet out. Ricochet throws hands back, but he runs into a BOOT!
The Club gloats and trash talks as Gallows drives elbows into Ricochet’s shoulders. Gallows wraps on a chinlock and Ricochet endures. Fans rally up for Ricochet and he works his way up. Ricochet fights back but Gallows clubs him down. Gallows drags Ricochet up by his beard to headbutt him back down. The Club taunts Ricochet more as Gallows stands Ricochet up. Gallows stomps and uppercuts Ricochet, then whips him corner to corner again. Ricochet puts a boot up and enziguris Gallows away, only to run into a LARIAT! Styles is hyped to watch his pal beat down Ricochet. They all throw up Too Sweets but fans boo and jeer. Gallows scoops Ricochet but Ricochet sunset flips, to win!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The King of Flight didn’t even need to fly, he just snags one from the egotistical Gallows! But Styles won’t let it end here. As Ricochet said, he’ll fight the three of them! Which means next up, it’s the Machine Gun, Karl Anderson! Unless Ricochet isn’t man enough! Ricochet accepts, and that match is after the break!
Ricochet VS Karl Anderson w/ The Club!
Raw returns and this match begins! Styles distracts Ricochet so that Anderson can attack! Anderson throws Ricochet around then whips, but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet elbows Anderson away but Anderson whips him again. Ricochet boots Anderson then hops out to springboard in, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Anderson but Styles distracts again! Anderson throws Ricochet into buckles, face first! Styles laughs at Ricochet while Anderson stomps him out. Anderson whips Ricochet again to run him over hard with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Anderson smothers Ricochet with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up but Anderson wrangles him down hard.
Ricochet endures as Anderson cranks the chinlock. Fans rally and Ricochet powers up again. Ricochet fights out and throws hands, then whips. Anderson reverses but Ricochet rolls off his back to run again, for a tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Ricochet throws hands on Anderson more, then mule kicks to a big haymaker! He runs but into Anderson’s SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps his cool as he drags Ricochet up by his nose! Anderson throws EuroUppers and pulls on Ricochet’s ears as he trash talks. He throws another uppercut, then runs, into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Styles swipes at Ricochet, Anderson blasts Ricochet with an uppercut!
Anderson whips again but Ricochet dodges to FLY! Ricochet gets Gallows as Styles gets clear. Ricochet shoulders at Anderson then moonsaults onto Styles! He gets back in and dodges Anderson! Anderson hits the post, and Ricochet runs corner to corner for a big dropkick! Anderson is down and Ricochet climbs up! Ricochet aims, 630 senton! Cover, Ricochet wins again!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
But Styles and Gallows attack! The Club won’t let Ricochet have any momentum going into Extreme Rules as they beat him down again! Styles drags Ricochet up for a BRAIN BUSTER! Then he has the Club drag Ricochet up again, for MAGIC KILLER! But that’s still not enough. Styles to recreate last week, and the Club hoist Ricochet up for him on the second rope. But then Styles drops Ricochet to talk instead. “Hey, I’m a good guy.” He’ll leave enough of Ricochet left so that he can make it to Extreme Rules to lose the title. So stay down.
The Club starts to leave, but Ricochet doesn’t stay down. So they go back and grab Ricochet. Anderson and Gallows hold Ricochet still for the Phenomenal Forearm! The Club throw up Too Sweets, but will Styles be holding up the United States Championship?
Raw takes a look at the Evolve Wrestling 10th Anniversary!
The place where so many current WWE and NXT superstars came from celebrates a full decade of action! That special event is on the WWE Network this Saturday, featuring great matches of Evolve’s past, present and future!
Maverick finally finds his way back to Renee Michelle.
He’s so sorry,b ut he did it! They can go now! Maverick survived the night! But wait, how did Truth and a ref get in the trunk Renee was sitting on? “Hornswoggle! That’s my baby!” Carmella pops out of the other and says, “Get him!” Truth carries the referee while Carmella follows after. The chase continues right past Bayley. Will Maverick really survive the night as champion?
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre find Roman’s partner.
They talk with the janitor with a limp as he goes into the restroom. Is this going to be the match-up we see later tonight?
Raw returns as Shane offers the janitor $5000. Gary the janitor would love that. They explain it’s to be in the match with Roman, all Gary has to do is stand on the corner. Maybe put a mask on him so no one knows who he is. The deal is struck, but will Gary really have to do nothing for the five grand?
Beat the Clock Challenge: Bayley VS Sarah Logan!
The champion goes first in this wrestling time trial, and against the returning Kentucky Valkyrie! Can Bayley make quick work of Sarah to put the pressure on the Loony Lass?
The bell rings and the clock starts ticking! Bayley and Sarah tie up and Bayley waistlocks to a takedown. She tries a cover, ONE, but she stays on Sarah with fast hands. Sarah shoves Bayley off and then lifts Bayley up. Bayley slips out to a sunset flip, ONE! Sarah waistlocks and shoves but Bayley goes up and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool but knows she has to hurry. She shoves Sarah to give a knee int he corner. The clock distracts her a little and Sarah puts her on the apron. Bayley slips in but into a flapjack headbutt! Sarah then baseball slides Bayley right off the apron! Sarah howls as she lets the ring count climb. Bayley is up at 6 but Sarah is on her with a cover, TWO!
Sarah throws forearms then whips, but Bayley reverses only for Sarah to reverse and shotgun knee back! Cover, TWO! The clock passes two minutes while fans rally up for Bayley. Sarah kicks Bayley but Bayley hits back. Sarah whips but Bayley goes up and tackles Sarah! Bayley rains down rights then covers, ONE! Sarah dropkicks Bayley quick! Cover, TWO! Sarah keeps her cool as she drags Bayley around. She grabs the legs for the inverted cloverleaf! Bayley endures being dragged around, but she fights her way to the ropebreak! Sarah lets go at 4 and then grinds her kenes in. Sarah lets up at 4 again and drags Bayley into a a surfboard, to stomp Bayley down!
The clock climbs as Sarah goes to dropkick Bayley again. Bayley dodges to clobber Sarah on the apron. Bayley hurries in fast to LARIAT! She dodges Sarah’s clothesline but not the second! Cover, ONE! Bayley rolls Sarah, TWO! Bayley knees Sarah again then runs in, for a sunset flip buckle bomb! She drags Sarah to a cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall, in 4 minutes, 32 seconds
The champion sets the bar, but now it’s time for the Goddess’ proxy to play! Can Nikki Cross cross off Dana Brooke faster than that? Or is that just not enough time?
Beat the Clock Challenge: Nikki Cross VS Dana Brooke!
Raw returns and all Dana has to do is play defense! Can she run the clock down to help Bayley win the challenge? Or will a devoted and determined Nikki Cross be too much for her?
The bell rings and the clock counts down. Dana bails out to troll Nikki and flex, but then comes back to refresh the count. Nikki loses her cool as Bayley high-fives with Dana. Nikki runs and chases Dana back into the ring, then headbutts Dana down! She drags Dana to whip but Dana reverses to throw Nikki out. Nikki glares at Bayley before going back to shoulder Dana. Nikki slingshot dropkicks then covers, ONE! Dana gets Nikki in a cover, TWO! Nikki decks Dana then drags her around for a rain of right hands! She drags Dana up to throw her into buckles then stomp away. Nikki hoists Dana up top, but Dana hops off to throw Nikki down! Dana climbs up top and leaps, only to FLOP!
Nikki covers but Dana tricks her, TWO! Dana fireman’s carries but Nikki slips out to backslide! Dana rolls through and rolls Nikki up, TWO! Nikki kicks low then hits the PURGE! Cover, Nikki wins!!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall, with 1 minute 50 seconds to spare
Nikki wins and Alexa gets to choose the stipulation! Bayley gives it up to Nikki, she won fair and square. What will Alexa choose? Nikki takes a mic to speak now! “Bayley, come here. Because I’ve got something that I want to say to you. And I want to say it to your face!” Bayley does enter the ring to hear Nikki out. Nikki says that for the last few weeks, Bayley’s been trying to say Alexa isn’t Nikki’s friend. But Nikki thinks the real problem is Bayley doesn’t know what real friendship is. But that’s okay! Because Nikki will show Bayley what friendship means at Extreme Rules, when Alexa lets Nikki make the title match a HANDICAP MATCH! Oh so that Nikki can literally win the title for Alexa…
“And here’s some free advice for you.” Bayley can find herself a friend, someone as loyal and honest as Alexa. Someone to really slap some sense into Bayley! Bayley SLAPS Nikki! Nikki is furious, but she runs into a Bayley2Belly! Bayley doesn’t end there, she drags Nikki to a corner and climbs up. MACHO ELBOW! The SmackDown Women’s Champion sends a message back to Alexa via Nikki, but can she survive when The Goddess has her “friend” there to fight with her?
Raw returns as Mike returns with the ice cream and pickles.
But now Maria is furious. She can’t be eating ice cream, she’d get fat! She wants to know if Mike would still want to impregnate her if she wasn’t pregnant. Of course! He would do that right now! Well he will never impregnate her again. And she’s not even sure if he did it this time. GASP! Does that mean what he thinks he means? She just screams at him and throws the flowers. Is Mike not the baby daddy this time!?
Corey Graves has an exclusive interview with Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch.
The Universal and Raw Women’s Champions are still seething over the attack from Corbin and Lacey. How is their relationship going to affect this coming match and vice-versa? How would it feel if Becky cost Seth his title? Or how it would feel if Seth costs Becky her title? This must be rough to mix work and personal life. Well isn’t this nice? Corey sits behind the desk being all emo but now he’s trying to be a proper journalist? Becky makes one thing clear: she backs up her words, Rollins backs up his. The only difference is that Extreme Rules won’t have rules> And when #ManSquare is done with Corbin and Lacey, they’re done with Corbin and Lacey! And then Rollins and Becky will roll on as champs. “What she said.”
The Street Profits return again.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins finish watching replays from SmackDown, when Kofi Kingston not only refused Samoa Joe’s “truce” handshake, but gave a middle finger back, then decked Joe with Trouble in Paradise. “Daaaaaaayum.” Kofi got up in Joe’s grill like the Fourth of July cookout. IF YA SMELLLLL~ No! No impersonating The Rock. Fine… But LIVE at Extreme Rules, Kofi VS Joe, who wins? Kofi’s their guy. But even they don’t want to mess with Joe. Then what about #WinnersTakeAll Mixed Tag? Rollins & Lynch VS Corbin & Lacey? Duh, Baron Corbin. … GOTTEE! Oh man, dang! You can’t do that, you’ll get booed. Well even Mama Corbin is against him. Besides, two words: Becky Lynch! The Man and Her Man want the smoke. #WeWanttheSmoke!
Roman Reigns & ??? VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!
The deal was struck to make things that much harder on Roman Reigns this close to Extreme Rules and the No Holds Barred tag match. Roman makes his entrance first, then Shane and McIntyre are next. They have mics to first make Mike Rome give a proper introduction for “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOooorld, SHANE, McMAAAHON!” Shane knows Roman knows he’s the best, because he won at Super Showdown 1, 2, 3. And then they’ll do this again as an example for their match with Taker and Roman. McIntyre adds that unlike “all these idiots” in Newark, McIntyre has always been able to look through Roman. Roman plays the nice guy, but he has no respect for anyone. Not Shane, not authority, only himself.
But McIntyre makes a promise: tonight, like Sunday, McIntyre will beat respect into Roman. But for now, the fans will shut up and listen to what Shane has to say. Without further ado, Roman’s partner has been found! Shane introduces us to, “the Fifth Grade Spelling Bee Champion, the Three Time Prudential Employee of the Month,” Gary “The Goat” Garbett! Gary wears a lucha mask as he limps out and holds his stomach. Does he have a nervous stomach from walking out here? This “tag” match starts after one last break.
Raw returns and McIntyre starts with Roman. Roman throws clotheslines and whips, but McIntyre reverses only to get the leaping lariat! Roman runs Shane off but walks into McIntyre’s boots. McIntyre runs but into Samoan Drop! Roman locks ‘n’ loads already, but McIntyre kicks the Superman Punch away. Roman still uppercuts, but gets a Glasgow Kiss. But as Roman stumbles back, he tags in Gary!? McIntyre throws Roman into the post, and now Gary has to come in. McIntyre throws Gary in and Shane wants a tag! He gets his tag, and then shuffles around. Fans rally for Gary as Gary goes to the apron. Shane drags Gary up but Gary swing kicks Shane back! And springboards to clothesline Shane down!?
McIntyre runs in but Gary dodges and handsprings for a… Neuralizer?! Gary fires off on Shane, and swings a big back elbow! Gary runs to FLY and take McIntyre out! And he hurries back to the ring, to springboard for a crossbody! Shane is down but McIntyre gives Gary a CLAYMORE! Shane covers, Shane and McIntyre win!
Winners: Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre, Shane pinning
The Best in the World is furious, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre down! Shane runs away and brings McIntyre with him. They’ll wait for Extreme Rules and No Holds Barred. The mask is pulled off, and it wasn’t Gary the janitor, it was Cedric Alexander! Will Alexander pay for tricking Shane? Will Shane and McIntyre pay for thinking they could humiliate Roman when Roman has the Phenom on his side?
Well it seems not even Paul Heyman can completely reverse Go-Home Syndrome. Vince McMahon must have still had a lot to say about what went on this episode, basically tying Heyman’s hands creatively speaking. There was still good stuff, but this was not at all like what we got last week. I do like that Heyman got to at least give us a “This is a spoiler. Or is it?!” promo to keep everyone guessing. Opening with the Mixed Tag was a surprise, I thought it was going to be the main event, but they organized the order of things nicely. The action was good, too, though obviously the only reason for the small brawl of Becky and Lacey was to give us that break. This “no wrestling during commercials” decree is still hurting things.
However, the matches are still good. The 2 Out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag is definitely something rare for WWE, and it was obviously so they could get one fall in before a commercial break. Elias, The Revival, The Usos and The Miz all did great. But again, the only problem is that the way WWE does 2 Out of 3 Falls is that either the first or second fall is really short just so we can get to the third fall sooner. Miz and Usos win so Miz can stay strong while we wait for a proper conclusion with Shane, and so the Usos can go in strong against Revival for the tag titles. This match didn’t necessarily hurt The Revival since Elias abandoned them, but I can’t say they retain, either. Both teams are great, so their tag match could go either way.
I knew Strowman and Lashley were going to be booked with superhuman resilience by having a match at Extreme Rules, but I didn’t think Lashley would be back to action here, and just to beat down the returning Mysterio. This seems more Vince’s choice than Heyman’s because he wants Lashley and Strowman to reach a new superhuman level just because. I’m thinking Strowman wins since he’s been winning against Lashley this whole time, and because Lashley stood tall against Mysterio. As for Mysterio, it’s not clear where he’s going now that he’s back from injury. He might circle back to the US Championship even though he’s already checked off his WWE Grand Slam.
The building story of Ricochet and The Club is going well, actually. Oddly, Styles firing The Club up hasn’t stopped them from losing. Gallows and Anderson were both fodder for Ricochet to build up only for The Club to all beat him down. The US Championship match could go either way, which is actually a good thing. Cesaro obviously puts No Way Jose away fast, and Jose’s not so clean move through the ropes didn’t help anything. Cesaro might circle back to Ricochet which makes me think Ricochet retains. The Kanellis story keeps going, and builds to where many assumed it would go: Who is Maria’s baby daddy? This better not be another Anonymous Raw GM type disappointment, but knowing Vince, that’s still a big possibility.
The great story of the night was the 24/7 Championship. So many great little gags, and despite her character being so against Maverick’s obsession, clearly Renee Michelle is all in on this. There has to be something where she either costs Maverick the title or somehow takes the title for her own, same as fans have wanted to see from Carmella. The SmackDown Women’s Championship story is still doing alright, and at least going down a logical path. For one, it was good to see Sarah Logan back on Raw, but she’ll need a new theme to separate herself from the Riott Squad. Then, Nikki Cross not only won the challenge for Alexa tonight, she could literally win the title for Alexa in their Handicap Match. And with Bayley standing tall tonight, Alexa and Nikki might actually do just that.
As for the sampler of Shane & McIntyre VS Roman and a random partner, this didn’t seem that necessary. It was just more excuses for Shane to have TV time during each other, looking at different non-wrestler partners for Roman to be put with. But as expected, the final choice wasn’t the real partner at all. This was a great opportunity for Alexander to actually be in a match since coming to Raw, but it wasn’t going to be enough because he’s still not at a McIntyre level. Shane and McIntyre win but Roman stands tall, so the math is muddy enough that Taker really will have to be the deciding factor. And I’m pretty sure that means Roman and Taker win. And the hopefully when it comes to Roman and Shane, they’re done and Roman can focus on SmackDown stuff.
My Score: 7.8/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Champions are on a Rampage!
Four championships on one Friday night!
AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?
- AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?
The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!
Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.
Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.
Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.
Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!
Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!
“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)
Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?
The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!
Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!
Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!
ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!
Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.
ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!
ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)
Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!
The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!
The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.
Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!
Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!
Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!
Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!
Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?
BIG news for ROH!
On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!
The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?
The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.
Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!
Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!
Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!
Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!
Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?
A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).
The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.
Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Is the Bloodline finished?
SmackDown celebrates The Tribal Chief!
Roman Reigns celebrates 1000 DAYS as WWE Universal Champion, but what does it matter after Jimmy Uso betrayed him at Night of Champions?
- Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly; Theory & Pretty Deadly win.
- The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab; The Good Brothers win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans; Vega wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford; Knight wins and advances to MITB.
PLAY BY PLAY
Paul Heyman speaks.
“Roman Reigns, your Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, stands at the apex of sports entertainment. Nearly three years ago, Your Tribal Chief reclaimed his Universal Championship. And as time passed, Roman’s title reign has surpassed legends, icons, hall of famers. On the Grandest Stage of Them All, the Head of the Table smashed and stacked his competition. Then humbled a Hall of Famer, and sent a 16-time world champion into the Ocean of Obscurity. Every contender, unable to withstand Roman’s sheer dominance and forced to…” ACKNOWLEDGE him.
“Challenger after challenger, crumble at his feet. And at his second Showcase of the Immortals as your reigning champion, Roman Reigns conquered The Beast, unifying the WWE and Universal titles on his 581st day as the champion in WWE. His power persisted. His Bloodline strengthened. His legacy flourished. Greatness on a different level. And on his 945th day, the greatest champion of any era made history by retaining his championship for the third straight WrestleMania. And now, it’s time to acknowledge the longest reign in over 35 years, over 1000 days. Roman. Reigns…!”
Austin Theory is in the ring.
The Now may not have reached even half of what Roman has achieved, but he is the United States Champion. He welcomes us to Austin Theory Live but the fans boo. Theory says they don’t need to have an attitude. Tonight is a very special night. “Tonight is the celebration of your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns’ historical title reign. But you know what’s even better than that? If you took Roman’s title reign, and you combined it with the greatest United States Champion of all time… wait for it… Austin Theory’s reign, and you’d have… What is that? A total of 1,209 days! That is impressive. And not only that, it is very inspiring.
“It is almost as inspiring as being the guy who beat John Cena at WrestleMania.” Fans boo but Theory says we should face it. Let’s not be idiots! We all know Theory will have his 1000th day celebration for his title, and a 2000th, and maybe even a 3000th. Probably a 4000th. But if they just keep giving him guys like Sheamus, he’ll be the US Champion forever! “Guys, you really can’t boo me because I’m 25 and I’m the greatest to ever do this. And when you’re this great, everybody wants to gravitate towards you, they wanna be a part of it.” That brings Theory to the guys he wants to bring out.
These two guys did what was right! Theory presents none other than Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson & Elton Prince make their entrance, and their theme song has a new remix, and they join Theory in the ring. They get mics, and Kit tells Theory, “We came here to tell you, that it was a pleasure destroying those ugly gremlins, the Brawling Brutes.” Elton says that unlike Sheamus, Theory is a champion the people deserve. They wanna show Theory their appreciation for such a good champion, in a way that only they can! “YES BOY~!” And they point to him! Feels good, right? But wait, here come the Brawling Brutes!
Fans fire up as Sheamus leads Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne out to the ring, ready for Fight Night! The ref hurries in to keep the peace, but will Theory & Pretty Deadly be leaving in pieces?
Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly!
The trios sort out, Ridge starts against Elton. Elton headlocks, Ridge powers out and he CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up as Ridge UPPERCUTS Elton, then HEADBUTTS him to a corner. Ridge adds a clothesline, then bumps Elton off the buckle, KICKS him in the back and CLOBBERS him again! Ridge drags Elton up, tags in “Butch,” and they coordinate, suplex dropkick combo! Dunne drags Elton up, wrenches, but Elton throws body shots. Elton RAMS Dunne into the corner, tags in Kit, and Kit runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne clutches his jaw while fans boo. Kit drops elbows, rains down hands, then covers, TWO!
Kit sits Dunne into a chinlock. Dunne endures, fans rally for Sheamus, and Dunne fights up. Dunne powers out, drops then hurdles to then drop and CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up, Dunne stands on Kit’s hands, then STOMPS them! Kit ducks the buzzsaw and scrambles away. Tag to Theory, fans boo, and Theory tells Dunne he wants Sheamus! Fans fire up because they want that, too! Dunne tags Sheamus in and the Mohegan Sun Arena are fired up! These two circle, but then Theory bails out, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Elton has Dunne down with a top wristlock. Fans rally, Dunne endures and he fights up to his feet. But Elton throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Elton grabs at Dunne. Dunne grabs Elton’s fingers! Dunne bends the fingers, Elton screams, but Elton CLUBS Dunne down! Tag to Theory and he runs to BLAST Ridge! Theory taunts Sheamus, stomps Dunne, then brings Dunne up to CLUB him down. Fans rally for Dunne but Theory flexes on him. Theory drags Dunne over, tags in Kit, but Dunne kicks at Theory. Kit stomps Dunne, stands him up and UPPERCUTS him down!
Tag to Elton and Theory CHOKES Dunne behind the ref’s back! Pretty Deadly stomp while the ref is busy with Sheamus. Elton drags Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Elton ROCKS Dunne, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dunne goes up, leaps, FLYING DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Dunne and Elton crawl, hot tags to Theory and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on Theory! And clotheslines in the corner! Whip corner to corner for another clothesline! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Sheamus ROCKS Pretty Deadly and has them both on the ropes!
But Theory rolls Sheamus up! TWO!! Sheamus gets Theory with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then an IRISH CURSE for Kit! And then an IRISH CURSE for Elton! Fans fire up and the Brutes return. Everyone fireman’s carries someone, for a TRIPLE WHITE NOISE! Fans are thunderous and Sheamus has Theory all alone! BROGUE!!! Cover, but Pretty Deadly drag Theory out! Sheamus hurries up top!? Ridge BLASTS Pretty Deadly, Sheamus steadies himself, and he FLYING LARIATS Pretty Deadly back down! Dunne goes up, everyone gathers, ASAI MOONSAULT onto Theory & Pretty Deadly!
Fans are thunderous as the Brutes prove they can fly! Sheamus commends Butch for topping things off, and SmackDown goes to break.
Elton stomps Dunne. Elton brings Dunn up but Dunne gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kit runs in but into an ENZIGURI! ENZIGURI for Theory! GAMANGIRI for Kit in a corner! GAMANGIRI for Elton in a corner! Tag to Ridge and SPLASHES Elton! Then Ridge brings Elton up, Dunne joins in, BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Sheamus tags in and goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives but Sheamus keeps his cool. Sheamus drags Elton up, reels him in, Canadian rack but Elton fights free of the crucifix! Elton BOOTS Sheamus, tags Kit, then gives Kit the boost, CRY MARTINI!
Theory tags in, drags Sheamus up to ROCK him and torture rack him! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious and he rains down fists! Fans boo while Theory seethes and looms over Sheamus. Theory talks trash, brings Sheamus up, but Sheamus blocks a body shot to LARIAT point blank! Elton gets in but Ridge gives him an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge but Dunne ENZIGURIS Kit! Dunne runs at Theory but Theory shovels him up and out! Theory somersaults, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Sheamus is too tired to be upset. Both men crawl and fans rally up.
Sheamus and Theory reach out, hot tags to Elton and Ridge! Kit tags in, but The Fridge picks Elton up! Kit saves Elton, but then Ridge picks them both up! DOUBLE back drop! Fans fire up as Ridge kicks Kit to the apron. Sheamus has Theory, and Dunne has Elton! Fans fire up for the TRIPLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! The Brutes all go to 10, though Dunne gets a little extra. Ridge then scoops for NORTHERN GRIT! Cover, but Theory breaks it! Dunne swings on Theory but into A-TOWN DOWN! Sheamus clotheslines Theory out! Sheamus pursues Theory, but Theory POSTS Sheamus!
Kit and Elton coordinate, they pull a sneaky move by hiding Elton under the apron skirt. The matching outfits make Ridge think that’s still Kit! Ridge drags Elton in, and surprise! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge! Kit tags Elton, they get Ridge up for SPILT MILK!! And tag to Theory so he can cover, Theory & Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
The three of them hurry away before Dunne returns, having pulled another fast one. Will Kit & Elton be heading towards the tag titles? Will anyone be able to take the US Championship from Theory?
Paul Heyman is backstage.
The Wise Man is holding onto both the black WWE Championship and blue Universal Championship belts for the Tribal Chief as he walks up to the private suite. Heyman walks inside, is he going to discuss the celebration plans with Roman Reigns during the break?
SmackDown returns, and Heyman’s talking with Solo Sikoa. The magnitude that has never been accomplished before in the WWE. This needs to be special for the Tribal Chief, especially given what happened at Night of Champions. Heyman wants this to be special for Roman Reigns. And he knows Solo feels the same way. Heyman will go talk with Adam Pearce to make sure that Solo’s brothers, The Usos, are nowhere to be found tonight so that this is the night that we acknowledge Roman… Reigns! Heyman smiles and heads out, how does Solo really feel about what Jimmy did to Roman?
The OC talk backstage.
The Good Brothers are worried but Mia Yim says it’s fine, tonight is his birthday. AJ Styles walks in and they say happy birthday! Yes, it IS his birthday! And he apologizes for losing at Night of Champions, he ruined their night. No, no, it is not his fault. But you take the L, keep it moving. The OC has their back. But did anyone else see the “diss” track by Hit Row? Yeah, but Styles would rather see the Good Brothers drop Hit Row. Too Sweet, baby! And that match is happening next! Will Top Dolla & Ashante THEE Adonis think twice before opening their mouths next time?
The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab!
SmackDown returns as Hit Row makes their entrance. The teams sort out, but Adonis ambushes Karl Anderson! Fans boo and the ref counts while Adonis stomps away, but then he lets off at 4. Adonis whips to CLOBBER Anderson, then he taunts Luke Gallows. Anderson goes to a corner, Adonis drags him out and tags Dolla. Hit Row whip Anderson to a corner, then Dolla whips Adonis in to RAM Anderson! Dolla talks trash on The Machine Gun, then reels him in for an ELBOW! Dolla talks more trash, drags Anderson to the ropes, and he CHOPKES him! The ref counts, Dolla lets off and tags Adonis.
Adonis runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Adonis sits on Anderson while smoothing his hair, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref argues with Adonis and B-Fab sucker punches Anderson! Michin storms up and B-Fab backs off. Adonis covers, TWO, but he clamps onto a chinlock. The ref has Michin and B-Fab back off, and fans rally as Anderson fights up. Anderson throws body shots but Adonis CLUBS him! Adonis whips, Anderson reverses, SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Fans rally, Anderson hot tags Gallows! Doc BOOTS Adonis, BOOTS Dolla, then DECKS Adonis!
Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Adonis to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Then he keeps moving, FLYING UPPERCUT on Adonis! Fans fire up as Gallows scoops to AK 47! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers get Adonis up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
But Dolla BOOTS Anderson! And CLOBBERS Gallows! But Styles springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Fans fire up as the birthday boy gets him some, and The Hit Row? They don’t want none! Will The OC be too sweet all the way to some gold?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
Yes, he is very excited, this is perhaps one of the biggest nights in SmackDown history. He excuses himself and ends the call as he sees Heyman walking in. Pearce tells Heyman right now that the Usos’ travel was canceled, they were told they weren’t needed tonight. And as requested, should The Usos want to show up, security has been doubled. The Usos are NOT getting inside the building. Heyman smiles and puts a call into Roman Reigns. Will nothing go wrong during the 1000 Day Acknowledgment?
BREAKING NEWS for Raw!
Seth Rollins put out the open challenge for his NEW World Heavyweight Championships on social media and it was quickly accepted by Damian Priest! Will the Judgment Day add more gold when the Punisher brings down The Visionary?
SmackDown presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The 21st Century Success Story, “The Dynamite from Down Under, the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon,” gets the big introduction once again as he’s already in the ring. And he says, “What a week it has been here in the WWE, and we’re gonna keep it rolling with the most honest talk show in WWE history.” Waller brings us the biggest and the best, and he’s done it again tonight. So please welcome the NEW Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA~! The fans do like that as the Empress of Tomorrow walks out with the belt on her shoulder. She joins Waller in the ring and at the desk as he welcomes her to the show.
Waller says, “Congratulations, what an incredible performance against Bianca at Night of Champions. In fact, let’s see exactly how you got it done.” Waller and Asuka look to the tron as we all see a Progressive Match Flo recap video of that match. Asuka used blue mist fingers to finish Bianca, and Waller says wow. Asuka laughs and smiles, and in Japanese, she says “I told you saw! I’m the Raw Women’s Champion!” Waller says he could not have put it better himself! But he can’t help but notice the briefcases above the ring. There’s no shortage of people who think they’re ready for Asuka. They’re gonna climb the ladder, win the briefcase to be Miss MITB, and maybe cash in on her?
Waller says Asuka’s gotta keep her head on a swivel. Nevermind that Bianca’s gonna come looking for a rematch. Asuka is amused there. She reenacts how she spat mist on her finger, got Bianca in the eyes and made Bianca cry. Waller is amused, too! He says that was so true. And so smart! He can’t imagine the pain and suffering Bianca went through. Asuka’s even drooling some blue mist right now. Waller looks a bit worried, but also maybe excited. But then IYO SKY shows up! She tells Asuka in Japanese that she’s nothing special for what she did. And Iyo won’t even need MITB to take that title from! But she’s still gonna win it, and then Iyo will be the new champion!
Asuka laughs, and tells Iyo she’s a child, the way she’s storming up in here. Iyo tells Asuka to shut up, dammit! Asuka calls Iyo an idiot, Iyo calls Asuka a scumbag, and they go back and forth like that. Waller has them stop, this is HIS show, he did not approve a second guest! But wait, here comes BAYLEY! The Role Model says Iyo said that after both Iyo and Bayley qualify for the MITB, one of them is winning the MITB briefcase. Though it is every woman for themselves, and Bayley’s won it before, so either way, DMG CTRL will win the title- Wait! Here comes Shotzi!
Fans fire up as the Wild Child says, “Awww, Bayley! There is NOTHING that I would love more than to crush your dreams with the help of some cold, hard steel! Because, if there is anyone made for the pure chaos of the Money in the Bank Ladder match, it’s me!” Wait, here comes Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier is embodying Sergeant Slaughter and she tells Shotzi to shut up and salute her! Fans boo but Lacey says none of these nasty things are taking the briefcase anywhere, it’s coming home with her. But first, she’ll take her Cobra Clutch, wrap it around that “shrimp,” Zelina Vega, and-
Wait! Here comes Zelina! Fans fire up as La Muneca says there is only one problem with everyone’s plans. They are all underestimating Zelina. And y’know who else did that? Rhea Ripley at Backlash. Because Zelina was this close to becoming champion! So “Shrimp?” Keep that energy, Lacey. Because to be honest, even if Lacey got her hair done, her nails done and traded in those “piss soaked boots” for red bottoms, you still wouldn’t be half the woman Zelina is. So please, underestimate her. Everyone do that. Because it will be that much sweeter when she wins. Because that is how she is going to become Miss MITB!
Bayley laughs and says they’re all idiots. Waller says this is the best day of his life. Bayley asks him what kind of show he’s running here, and he’s hoping for more ladies to show up. Asuka slips away to say, “Hey hey hey hey! NO ONE is ready for Asuka!!” But then Bianca storms up to ROCK Asuka with a forearm! They brawl on the stage and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop that scrap, only for Bianca to break lose and hit Asuka again! The refs and even some producers get in to separate them again, but fans wanna “Let Them Fight!” Will the angriEST Bianca be coming after the Empress?
Cameron Grimes talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
They watch a replay of Baron Corbin ruining Carmelo Hayes’ moment just last Tuesday on NXT, and Grimes said that’s exactly what Corbin did to him last week. Is Corbin even here? No, and with his free agency status, the next time we see him will be next Tuesday on NXT. Grimes says Melo will handle that. But the next time Corbin shows his face on SmackDown, Grimes will handle that. Pearce nods, will the Carolina Caveman crush Baron Corbin?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans!
Since everyone was already at ringside, this match is happening now! And Vega is already clutching her jaw, it seems the Model Soldier got a cheap shot in while everyone was watching Asuka and Bianca. Will Vega still be able to humble Lacey for underestimating her? Or will another Woman’s Right simply take Vega out?
The bell rings and Lacey stomps Vega into the corner! The ref counts, fans boo, but Lacey lets off at 4. Lacey stands on Vega’s hair and salutes, then lets off to SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey pushes Vega around, covers, TWO! Lacey sits Vega up, and clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! And she SWINGS Vega around! Fans rally for Vega but Lacey TOSSES her away! Lacey dusts off her hands, runs in, but Vega goes up and over and rolls Lacey, Schoolgirl Kick! Cover, TWO! Vega whips, Lacey reverses but Vega KICKS her! Only for Lacey to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lacey dribbles Vega off the mat, then smirks as fans boo.
Lacey salutes but fans boo, and Vega hits low. Lacey BOOTS Vega, drags her from ropes and stands on her for a cocky cover. The ref says it’s on the throat! Lacey steps off to argue with him, and then Lacey clamps onto Vega with a chinlock. Fans rally but Lacey throws knees into Vega’s side! Vega still endures, fans rally up, and Vega kicks from below! Lacey drags Vega up but Vega RAMS her into a corner! And again! Vega smacks Lacey off buckles, headlocks and springboards for a headlock takeover! Lacey runs in but into the tilt-o-whirl and CODE RED!! Cover, VEGA WINS!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
What did she just say about underestimating her? Because there’s the proof! Lacey toyed with Zelina but got played, will Zelina soon be La Muneca en el Banco?
The LWO celebrates backstage.
They are so proud of Vega! Latinos around the world are going to gather in celebration! And next week, when Escobar wins his qualifier and win the MITB contract, oh he can see it now. She can see it, too. Rey Mysterio can see it, too! It is only a matter of time before the entire locker room refers to them as Santos y Zelina, Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank! Will the LWO soon take over London?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford!
The Mega Star told the Street Profits that if they want the smoke, he’ll be the one to burn ’em! Is that not an insult but just a fact of life? Or will #KingTez be the one saying “YEAH!” on the way to London?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Knight wrenches to a hammerlock, and he slaps Ford around. Fans rally for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” The two circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Knight powers out the back to hammerlock, but Ford switches it onto him. Knight switches back, Ford switches again, Knight switches again. They keep going, Knight gest the ROPEBREAK, but Ford slaps him around now. Fans are a bit torn but Knight gets heated. Knight shoves, Ford shoves, repeat! Fans are on Knight’s side as the two tie up again but Ford headlocks. Knight powers out but Ford runs him over!
Ford actually seems to enjoy upsetting the Knight fans, and things speed up. Knight hurdles, but Ford whips him away to keep things moving. Ford hurdles, Knight hurdles, but Ford DROPKICKS! Fans are salty as Ford clotheslines Knight in the corner. And then in another corner! Ford whips Knight into the corner, runs in but Knight puts Ford on the apron. Ford ROCKS Knight back! But Knight BLASTS Ford! Fans cheer Knight while Ford crawls and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and both men collide! Fans rally up while both men are down, and then Knight stands. Knight throws haymakers but Ford gives them back! They go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford gets the edge, whips, but Knight reverses, only for Ford to LARIAT! Ford rallies on Knight, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT again! Knight gets up, Ford hits a BIG back suplex! Ford kips up, fans fire up, and Ford flexes to MOONSAULT, but Knight moves! Ford lands on his feet, swings but misses, and Knight torture racks! SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Knight stalks Ford and fans duel. Knight stands Ford up but Ford elbows him! Ford runs in but into an elbow! Ford falls over, Knight tries a springboard, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Ford moves! Ford ENZIGURIS Knight, then fires up to clinch and ROCK BOTTOM! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives and Ford is seething. Fans fire up as Ford drags Knight up. Ford whips, Knight KICKS back! Ford doges the lariat, both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! Fans fire up again while the ref checks both men. Knight and Ford crawl to each other, and Knight throws a haymaker. Ford gives it back!
Fans rally as the hands go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford CHOPS, then DECKS Knight! Knight stands at the ropes, Ford runs in but is put back on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS Knight then goes up a corner! But Knight ROCKS Ford first! Knight climbs, Ford throws body shots then shoves Knight away. Knight returns and springs right up! But Ford shoves him back down! Fans fire up as Ford comes in, FROM THE- NO, Knight moves! Knight kicks low, BF- NO, Ford O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Knight O’Conner Rolls with ropes!! Knight wins!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The Mega Star snatches that one away from Ford, but the fans still love it! Knight then brings a ladder out and sets it up under the briefcases. Knight climbs, says this is what we’ll see, because whose game is it? Will this really be what happens when LA arrives in the UK?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn speak.
“Sanguis rubeus luna et exponentia exitio.” That phrase repeats as we travel through a snow covered forest. Translation: “The perfect moon will spell your doom.” The Unholy Union is here, what will they do to the landscape of SmackDown?
SmackDown sets the rest of the qualifiers!
For the Men’s MITB, Baron Corbin returns from NXT to take on “Butch” Pete Dunne, and Mustafa Ali returns from NXT to take on Santos Escobar! And then, as announced during the Grayson Waller Effect, DMG CTRL is in the mix as Bayley takes on Mia Yim and Iyo Sky takes on Shotzi! Will DMG CTRL look to take control of that briefcase one way or another?
Triple H is here!
Fans fire up for The Game as he heads to the ring! It seems even he is here to celebrate Roman Reigns’ 1000+ days as Universal Champion! What will HHH have to add to the occasion? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and HHH is in the ring with a pedestal and a familiar looking cloth. HHH has the mic to say, “On rare occasions, an athlete comes along that is so dominant that they change the entire face of their chosen sport. And when it happens, they will be talked about for generations to come. In boxing, it was the Great One, Muhammad Ali. In basketball, Michael Jordan. In the WWE, right now, we have the privilege of witnessing that greatness live. Believe me, you will talk about this for generations, so please help me welcome a man who has passed 1000 days as champion. Please help me welcome a man that you will tell your children and your grandchildren about.
“Please help me welcome the Tribal Chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.” The Head of the Table makes his entrance with fans torn between boos and throwing up the ones. Roman has Solo and Heyman with him, the brand new “1000 Days” branded jacket and shirt on as he holds up the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline, if this group even still counts as that, continues on into the ring. Roman then shakes HHH’s hand and Heyman fetches a mic. Heyman also shakes HHH’s hand, and then HHH tells Roman, “On behalf of the WWE, and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, I would like to congratulate you on surpassing 1000 days as champion.”
That is something that hasn’t been accomplished in the WWE in almost forty years! Truly an epic accomplishment. So to congratulate Roman and celebrate this historic achievement, it is HHH’s honor to present him with a brand new Undisputed WWE Universal Championship belt. HHH takes the cover off to reveal the same home base design, but with a GOLDEN face plate! Heyman removes the belt Roman is wearing on his waist so that he can hold up the new belt, for more pyro! HHH then helps Roman put that belt on, then Heyman hands Roman the mic. Roman smiles while fans are torn between cheers and jeers.
Roman says, “Pennsyl- No, no, no. I mean, c’mon! That’s not good enough anymore. The entire universe…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Wait, the USOS are here?!? How?! Heyman heard from Pearce that this wasn’t supposed to happen! But Jimmy & Jey do walk out and Roman glares at Heyman. Heyman defends he was assured this wouldn’t happen, but it is! And we see what the Usos are going to do, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Usos are now in the ring with Roman, Solo & Heyman. And Jimmy’s staring Roman down. He even glances at the brand new Universal Championship blet. Jimmy has the mic, but Roman speaks first, telling Jey to kick Jimmy in the face! Fans boo but Roman says it again, kick Jimmy in the face. He didn’t stutter, do it now! That’s what Jimmy did to Roman. Jimmy took Roman’s tag team titles away from him, so Jey has to fix this. Jey has to kick his brother in the face! Fans boo more, and Jey just paces. Roman is not happy about that, and he tells Jey this is the last time: KICK HIM IN THE FACE AND FIX THIS RIGHT NOW!
Jimmy speaks up to that the only one who needs fixing is ROMAN. Fans cheer that! Roman scowls but Jimmy says Jey can’t fix this. Jimmy kicked Roman in the face, “The Kick Heard Worldwide.” And Jimmy did what he did in Saudi not to be the Tribal Chief, not to lead the Bloodline, but because Jimmy was being a brother. Brothers treat each other with love and respect, and as of lately, you ain’t been such a good brother, Roman. What kind of brother manipulates, betrays and hurts his own family? What kind of brother does that, Uce? Roman has gone crazy! CRAZY! This right here is Jimmy’s brother! It is embedded in Jimmy to protect Jey.
In fact, SOLO is Jimmy’s brother! He’ll protect Solo, and he’s gonna tell Solo right now, that after Roman’s done using you, he’s gonna abuse you, betray you, kick you to the side, and put you in the dirt! Jimmy IS Solo’s brother, that’s why he’s saying this. Fans cheer that, too! Roman tries to laugh it off but Jimmy tells Solo to listen to him. Fans rally for the “USOS! USOS!” and Roman says that’s because of ROMAN! Roman is the Tribal Chief! You see him? Tribal Chief. This here is an imposter! Jimmy talking like he’s the leader, like Solo don’t have a voice. Let’s hear it from Solo who Solo is loyal to!
Roman hands the mic to Solo and fans boo. Solo looks at the mic, thinks about it, and fans chant for “SOLO! SOLO!” Solo says, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans boo and Roman smiles. But then Solo says, “But these two right here… They’re my brothers.” UH OH~! Roman is shocked and the Usos smile! Solo hands the mic back, to stand with his brothers!! Roman can’t believe what he’s seeing! Jimmy says hey, hey, so what’s it gonna be, Uce? Does Roman wanna run this thing together with respect? Or just end up on the Island of Relevancy all by himself? Roman tells Jimmy to shut up, but Jimmy pie faces him!!
Heyman is shocked and cowering in the corner! Fans fire up as Jey and Solo are both tense. Roman registers what just happened, then gets up in Jimmy’s face. Jey stops them both, and he wants to keep the peace. It’s not going like this. Jey needs them both, they cannot start fighting! They’re better than that, okay? Jey gets Jimmy to understand, and Jimmy cools off. Stronger together, Uce. But see, Jey is Jimmy’s brother, and Solo is Jimmy’s brother. But so is Roman. Roman’s always been family. So be a brother, have respect, and run this place like they’ve been doing! But TOGETHER! Bloodline, right? Family, right? They are still the ones, right?
Roman wipes sweat from his brow and takes a breath. Fans want Roman to accept what the Usos are saying, but he seems unsure what to do. Roman and Jimmy HUG!! Fans cheer, and Jey is relieved. Roman then says, “No.” WHAT?! Heyman is shocked all over again! Roman lets go and Jey is upset again! How could Roman say that?! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES JIMMY!?!? Jey is even more devastated!! Roman takes his leave, Heyman and Solo following behind. Is the Tribal Chief’s iron grip that powerful? Heyman then asks Roman, “What about Jey?” Roman says Jey will do what he always does and fall in line. Just give it time.
Fans boo as Roman refuses to share love and respect with his family. What will it take for The Usos to change that?
An awesome episode to follow Night of Champions with! Granted, a lot of that comes from the Bloodline story, which once again continues to be the top story. And with this story already having set a high bar, they find a way to raise the bar again. Great video package narrated by Heyman to open the show, good promos backstage to expertly set up what we got in the closing segment. I did appreciate that since they’re not undoing the unification, Roman now just has one actual belt to hold onto and he can just keep the other two at home. Naturally, they just kept the cookie cutter shape they’ve been using, but I like the gold backing on the logo there, it really stands out.
And naturally, the Usos DID show up, and what an amazing emotional rollercoaster there. After all that, we are definitely getting Usos VS Roman & Solo, and that will be the moment of truth where I would think Solo really does side with his brothers. Then it’s on Roman to either “fall in line” and accept his family as family, or he ends up all alone with just Heyman. Either way, this is all great stuff that can carry the story into the Summer, maybe even to SummerSlam. And what would really put a cherry on top: if Roman, no more pawns to get in the way, gets beat by a Mr. MITB cash-in.
Great opening Six Man from Theory & Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes, and I figured the Heels would find a way to win. I would think Pretty Deadly finds a way into the Undisputed Tag Team Championship scene for the summer, as those titles are meant to be on both Raw and SmackDown. And who wouldn’t love seeing a promo between Kevin, Sami and Pretty Deadly? At the same time, The Good Brothers should also get in on some of that, they got a really good win off Hit Row. Happy birthday to AJ Styles, maybe he can find his way to a title match of some kind. Him and Theory wouldn’t be half bad for MITB.
Really good Grayson Waller Effect segment, though not really because of Waller. If this same stuff happened with The Miz and MizTV, it’d amount to about the same great stuff. Asuka and Iyo getting at each other and then arguing in Japanese seems to be their thing, but I would love if we got Iyo to turn Face. Between her and Asuka being longtime rivals, and DMG CTRL about to fall apart at a moment’s notice, Iyo could come out a top Face for the SmackDown Women’s Division. But I also do like that Bianca went after Asuka, that was a logical move. I just wish we got to see the sucker punch from Lacey live and not in a replay.
The MITB qualifiers were both good matches, but Zelina was a very obvious winner given Lacey’s attitude and how Zelina seems to be on a great push. Ford VS Knight was a bit closer, but the fans are just loving Knight, so it makes sense Knight won here. We’re also going to get great stuff out of next week’s matches, and I’m thinking Bayley, Iyo, Escobar and Dunne win. Bayley and Iyo because of the DMG CTRL breakup story they’re giving us, Escobar because the LWO tease they gave us, and Dunne because it won’t be Corbin since he’s got stuff brewing in NXT and Grimes just isn’t gonna let him win.
And what a spooky vignette from Fyre & Dawn. Just as it isn’t clear what they’re planning with having the Smackdown Women’s Championship on Raw and vice-versa, I’m not sure what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships still being up here on main roster. I don’t think they’d unify, nor do I want them to unify, mostly because Fyre & Dawn probably wouldn’t beat Ronda & Shayna. Well, Shayna didn’t do well against spooky given Twisted Alexa during pandemic era, but I still don’t think using supernatural elements would be enough to take out Ronda. Though it would be pretty funny to see.
My Score: 8.8/10
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