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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames III Results & Report! (11/23/19)

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NXT TakeOver WarGames III

Will WarGames once again be Undisputed?

There won’t be just one but TWO WarGames matches! The men and women of NXT will do battle inside the double cage just 24 hours before Survivor Series!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TakeOver Kickoff – Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Angel Garza; Garza wins.
  • Women’s WarGames: Team Ripley VS Team Baszler; Team Ripley wins.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Pete Dunne VS Killian Dain VS Damien Priest; Dunne wins and will challenge Adam Cole for the title at Survivor Series.
  • Matt Riddle VS Finn Balor; Balor wins.
  • Men’s WarGames: Team Ciampa VS The Undisputed Era; Team Ciampa wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the TakeOver Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Pat McFee as they recap and predict the action.

BREAKING NEWS!

Mia Yim was attacked backstage! Team Rhea’s Head Baddie in Charge is out in a daze, and the captain is pissed. They need an emergency fourth, but who will it be?!

 

TakeOver Kickoff – Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Angel Garza!

Whose house? Swerve’s House! But it might be falling down after going up against the pride of the Garza dynasty! Who scores big on TakeOver’s first ever live kickoff match?

The bell rings and Garza wants to get those pants of already! Swerve stops him and whips, but Garza dodges. Things speed up, Garza rolls off the back but Swerve sweeps to a cover, ONE. Garza sweeps and covers, ONE, and BOTH men offer handshakes! Swerve knows Garza’s tricks, and they both SLAP each other! Swerve comes back with a twisting headscissors! Garza bails out, Swerve runs to Sasuke HURICANRANA! A rough landing but Swerve gets Garza up and in for the cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel as Swerve brings Garza up. Swerve wrenches and CHOPS Garza, then whips to CHOP again! Swerve hits a gourd buster, then uses the ropes for the cartwheel splash! Cover, TWO! Garza gets to a corner but Swerve runs in, only to get buckles. Garza hits back with a forearm smash!

Garza runs but sees Swerve follow. He puts Swerve up top, but Swerve comes back with the flying uppercut to the back! Fans rally, “Swerve! Swerve!” but Garza puts Swerve on the apron. Swerve forearms back then climbs up, big crossbody! Garza rolls through and deadlifts, to an overhead suplex into buckles! Off come the pants! Garza tosses them at Swerve, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Garza is frustrated but he keeps his cool. Garza kicks Swerve while he’s down then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Garza dragon sleepers and suplexes, rebound to the impact! SUPERKICK again! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Garza grows further frustrated. Garza stomps Swerve while he’s down. Garza taunts Swerve, “That’s it?” He toys with Swerve but fans rally up.

Garza runs in but gets an elbow! And then a boot! Swerve hops up but Garza trips him up, for a dropkick to the gut! Cover, TWO! Garza drags Swerve back to a drop zone and grins as he climbs up, MOUNTAIN MOONSAULT! But Swerve dodges to LARIAT! Then underhooks, butterfly sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Swerve grits his teeth as he drags Garza into a full nelson. Fans rally up but Garza fights out. Garza CHOPS but Swerve CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth! Double CHOP! Swerve throws body shots and shoves, but Garza uses ropes to rebound, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives again! Garza catches his breath, drags Swerve back to the drop zone, and hammers away to keep him down.

Garza climbs up top, but Swerve is right up! Garza catches him in a waistlock but Swerve fights out to the apron. Garza leaps into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the apron!! But that’s not all, KILL STOMPS!! Swerve drags Garza into the ring, aims from the corner, and hits the HOUSE CALL! Cover, TWO!?! Garza survives Swerve’s best!? Swerve drags Garza back up, full nelson but Garza fights out again. They back into the referee! Garza goes to low blow but Swerve stops it! Swerve kicks but is blocked, Garza knees back! Underhooks, WING CLIPPER!! Cover, Garza wins!!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

Incredible! If this was just the kickoff, just imagine how great the rest of tonight will be! That, and is Garza going to climb his way back towards a title match with this huge win?

 

NXT goes backstage to check in with Mia and Team Rhea.

Medices help Mia to the ambulance as Rhea, Tegan, Candice and even Dakota Kai watch on. Mia gets up and in, and GM William Regal asks Rhea what her plan is. Dakota’s here, so she’s back on the team. But she’s not prepared. No, she is prepared. She wants after Shayna Baszler who bullied her. This is payback! This is Dakota’s time! Tegan has her friend’s back, too. Dakota agrees, she’ll be Team Ripley. Will Captain Kick help Captain Ripper rip into Team Baszler?

 

Tommaso Ciampa tweeted a statement towards tonight.

“We spoke to a potential 4th. No promises were made. If he decides to show up, he’s in. If not, nothing changes.” According to Sam Roberts, the fourth man Ciampa asked IS here! But who is it?! Will they still go to war along side the Blackheart, the Limitless and the Colossus?!

 

This ring is a battlefield.

“We! Are! N! X! T!” But there is still war within the brand. And the simply sadistic solution is WARGAMES! The lines are drawn. The grudges are rrrrreeeal. And the glory is within reach. Sacrifices meet opportunity. Destiny meets reality. Let the WarGames begin!!

 

Women’s WarGames: Team Ripley VS Team Baszler!

The Head Baddie was taken out and the culprit will be found, but for now she, Candice LeRae and Team Kick, Kai and Nox, are going 4v4 against the NXT Women’s Champion, the NXT UK Women’s Champion, the EST and the Evil Genius! History is being made to open the show, who survives to still go on to Survivor Series?

The sirens blare and the cage lowers. The rules are run down: each team sends a brave first volunteer in. Team Baszler has the advantage, meaning they will send a new member first each three-minute round. Only once all eight superstars are in can the match officially end.

Stepping up for Team Baszler, it is Io Shirai! For Team Ripley, it is Candice LeRae! Mrs. Wrestling wants payback on the Evil Genius for turning on her. The cage is closed, the bell rings and five minutes counts down. Shirai pie faces but Candice fires off! It is a furious brawl already! Candice tackles Shirai but Shirai turns it around. They get up, Shirai kicks Candice then throws her at the cage. Candice stops herself to hit Shirai back. Candice tilt-o-whirl headscissors but Shirai handsprings through! Shirai ducks the enziguri to waistlock. Candice blocks and standing switches, full nelson and lift, to a DDT! Shirai crawls away to the second ring, but Candice just builds speed! Candice DIVES, into a forearm! Candice gets stuck in the middle, Shirai runs to 619 her in the back! Candice flounders but Shirai goes again, redial the 619!

Shirai soaks up the cheers and jeers as she has Candice stuck in the alley, METEORA! Candice flops and crawls back to the first ring as Shirai takes aim. Shirai hops up and springboards in to missile dropkick Candice down! Fans are fired up as Shirai toys with Candice. Shirai neck wrenches but Candice fights up. Shirai bumps Candice off buckles then runs corner to corner, a big corner dropkick! We reach the two minute warning as Shirai grinds her boot into Candice. Fans duel as Shirai brings Candice back to the middle. Shirai whips Candice but Candice blocks! Candice reverses but Shirai drop toeholds Candice onto the steel! Shirai grinds Candice’s face into the cage wall! The time is almost up, and Shirai is just toying with Candice at this point. Candice hits a jawbreaker!

Shirai staggers, but sends Candice into the corner! Then snap suplexes! Shirai grinds Candice down, and fans want to know what time it is on the clock. The clock returns for the countdown as Candice puts Shirai in a corner. The cages open up, and here comes Bianca Belair! Candice climbs up, leaps over her, then turns around into a shoulder block! Bianca chicken wings Candice to Glam Slam and shooting star! Bianca dares Candice to get up, but reels her in for a powerbomb lift, only for Candice to huricanrana her into buckles! Candice CHOPS Shirai and backs her down with forearms! Candice fires off, then dodges to send Bianca into her! Candice fires off on both of them! Candice runs in but only gets Shirai. Bianca DECKS Candice! And then another lift, POWERBOMB! But then a second! And a third, into the cage! Fans fire up for the pure power of The EST!

Shirai and Bianca bully Candice with stomps, then Bianca puts Candice in a camel clutch. Shirai builds speed, faster and faster and faster, to basement dropkick Candice down! Fans are loving this action already, and the countdown returns! Here comes Team Ripley’s… TEAM CAPTAIN! Rhea herself rushes to the ring! And she stops by under the ring to get a trash can! Chicago loves things getting extreme! Rhea tosses the can in, Bianca just gets clear, but then Rhea slams the door shut on Bianca! Rhea hurries to get more goodies, and brings out even MORE trash cans! Rhea puts those in, but goes back for even more, and has kendo sticks! And then chairs! Fans of course want tables, but Rhea gets more chairs first. Rhea gets in and looms over Bianca. Rhea drags Bianca up and atomic SLAMS Bianca on one of those trash cans!

Candice and Shirai brawl in the second ring while Rhea goes to get a chair. Rhea sits that chair up and Candice comes over to borrow one. Rhea bounces Bianca off whatever is around, and then works with Candice to make a chair square. Rhea and Candice go after Bianca together, and they double suplex, but Shirai saves Bianca! The four brawl all over, Bianca knees and clubs Rhea down hard! The countdown returns already, and Baszler adds KLR! She goes under the ring to bring out even more chairs! And then, as Chicago wants, a table! Only to put that back. KLR doesn’t care what fans want,s he gives Rhea and Candice some chair shots! And then Rhea gets a tornado DDT to a chair! KLR grins as she looms over Rhea and Candice. Team Baszler regroups and decides to use Rhea’s work against her.

Bianca is up top, KLR decks Rhea onto the chairs. Candice hurries to stop Bianca, elbows KLR away, and climbs up to join Bianca! Rhea helps out, but Shirai jumps in! Shirai throws Bianca away and KLR gets Candice. Rhea is thrown into the cage wall and KLR folds up all the chairs. KLR and Shirai go after Candice, aiming at the pile they’ve made. Rhea gets in and gets KLR and Shirai! TOWER OF DOOM! Double Powerbomb German Superplex, all onto the chairs!! Bianca stays on the top rope as fans cheer, “NXT! NXT!” 450 onto Rhea and the chairs!! All five women are down and the countdown returns! Team Ripley now sends in Dakota Kai! Captain Kick BOOTS Tegan Nox?! She’s beating up her best friend! She grabs Tegan’s arm from the outside to YANK her into the bars! And then SLAMS the door closed on Tegan’s bad legs!! It was Dakota who attacked Mia, wasn’t it?! But why!? Why is she doing this now!?

William Regal pulls Dakota off Tegan but Dakota shoves him back! Dakota has lost her damn mind! But Shayna just laughs. Now Team Ripley is down two women! Dakota come back!? Regal drags Dakota off Tegan, and Dakota shouts at Rhea. This is all because Dakota wasn’t chosen in the first place! And the countdown returns, so obviously, who is left to enter? The Queen of Spades! She grins and does the math for us: 4v2! Shayna leaves Tegan behind, Dakota did enough. Shayna takes her time as her team beats down Rhea and Candice. Shirai keeps Candice down while KLR and Bianca drag Rhea up. Rhea fights out and fights back! But that’s 3v1! Shayna knees Rhea down! Bianca goes to fetch a trash can and wedges it into a corner. KLR borrows a kendo stick as she helps Shira beat down Candice.

This match finally can start and finish, as KLR and Shirai double suplex. But Candice double DDT’s! Those there are down but Candice crawls her way over. Shayna and Bianca beat Rhea down, and then Shayna handcuffs Rhea! But Candice saves Rhea from being trapped! The two regroup in the middle, but Team Baszler flanks them on both sides… WIth no choice, they fight! Candice uses a trash can lid to SMACK away while Rhea takes Shayna down! Candice has KLR and Shirai down, but Shirai hits back. Bianca helps Shayna get back at Rhea, but Rhea throws her into that wedged can! Rhea hurries to help Candice, she dropkicks KLR into Shirai on the top rope! KLR turns Rhea around, but the tornado is blocked! Rhea suplexes KLR into the steel! KLR grinds down the cage wall!

Rhea sees Shirai stuck up top and heads right over. Rhea climbs up but Shirai fights back. Rhea stomps Shirai down, then laces the legs, for a HANGING Inverted Cloverleaf! Shirai endures, but Shayna has Candice in a HANGING KIRAFUDA! Who gives up on their hold? Candice fights out to SHORYUKEN! KLR KICKS Rhea down! ICONOCLASM onto a chair for Shayna! Candice LIONSAULTS! Cover, but Bianca uses a trash can to break it! Bianca drags Candice up to trophy lift, and long dart at Rhea! KLR drags Candice up, Gory BOMB! Shirai is up top, DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! Cover, but Rhea barrels through KLR to break it! Rhea throws KLR hard into steel! And BOOTS Shirai! Bianca HAIR WHIPS Rhea over and over and over! Candice kendo SMACKS away on Bianca over and over and over!

Shirai ducks the kendo to kick, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Shirai drags Candice into a drop zone, climbs up, and then climbs ALL the way up! But Candice pursues right after her! KLR goes after Candice, and the three are way up top. KLR has the Electric Chair, but gets a SUPER POISON RANA!! Cover, but Bianca breaks it! Those three are down, as are Shayna and Rhea in the first ring. Bianca gets up and brings Candice into the torture rack. Candice slips out of the KOD! She has the hair, but Shirai FLIES!! SUPER DESCENT INTO DARKNESS!!! Chicago is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while losing their minds! “MAMMA MIA!” echoes out as all six women are down. But Rhea rises to go after Shayna with a SMACK of the chair! Chair shot after chair shot, and then Rhea sits this chair up. She sets two together and sits a can in place.

But KLR leaps in, only to get SMASHED by the can! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Rhea is caught, there are no ropebreaks in this match, but Rhea pries the hold open. Shayna switches hands, Rhea starts fading, but Rhea remembers the handcuffs! She cuffs herself to Shayna?! And then just knees away on her!! Rhea kicks a leg out, but her buzzsaw misses. Pumphandle, RIPTIDE ONTO CHAIRS!! Cover, Team Ripley wins!?

Winner: Team Ripley, Rhea Ripley by pinfall

The irony is that Dakota gets the win for the night because she was on the team! But in the end, history is still made as the team of only two wins! Is this going to lead the Mosh Pit Kid and Mrs. Wrestling back to some gold?

 

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Pete Dunne VS Killian Dain VS Damien Priest!

There will be no rest for the wicked. The Bruiserweight, the Beast of Belfast and the Archer of Infamy will all attempt to annihilate each other for a chance at gold! Who will meet Adam Cole BAYBAY on Survivor Series Sunday?

The bell rings and fans are strongly behind the Bruiserweight. Dunne, Damien and Dain glare at each other. Dain boots at Damien, who dodges. Damien roundhouses at Dunne, who dodges. Dunne enziguris at Dain, who dodges! Fans cheer this stalemate, but Dain points at Dunne. Dunne grabs the fingers, but Dain whips Dunne into Damien’s boots! Damien dodges Dain to kick away from all sides. Damien whips, and back elbows Dain down! Fans cheer as Dunne gets back and kicks away on Damien’s leg. Damien shoves, Dunne dodges and things speed up. Dunne hurdles, ducks and clotheslines! Dain clotheslines Damien out! Dunne dropkicks Dain’s leg out, then goes after the fingers! Dunne hammerlock STOMPS! Fans cheer, but Damien DECKS Dunne! Damien grins as he also DECKS Dain!

Dunne goes around the way, Damien builds speed, but Dunne body shots him out of the tope! Dunne runs in but Damien steps aside, to get Dunne in the crucifix lift. Dunne slips out and Dain uses the DIVIDE to tackle Damien! Dain scoops Dunne, and stands over Damien, Michinoku Driver! Dunne collides with Damien and Dain covers, TWO! Dain covers Dunne now, TWO! Dain throws Damien out then goes out to follow. Dain bounces Damien off a desk, then off steel steps! Dain hauls Damien up to a fireman’s carry but Dunne runs over. Dain catches Dunne, Fall Away Samoan Drop! Fans are fired up for the furious Belfast brute as he goes to the Bruiserweight. Dain drags Dunne up to put him in the ring. Dunne hobbles to a corner and Dain whips him corner to corner hard! Dunne falls to the mat but fans rally up.

Dain drags Dunne back up, but Dunne kicks and punches back! Dain knees low then hauls Dunne up to a fireman’s carry. Dunne slips out to fire off fast hands! Dain blocks the whip and sends Dunne to a corner, but Dunne goes up and over. Dunne enziguris Dain, then dodges Damien to send that splash into Dain! Dunne waistlocks Damien but Damien standing switches. Damien German Suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw Damien down! Dain runs in but Dunne side steps for a SNAP GERMAN! Dunne stomps the hands and buzzsaws Dain down! Damien walks into an armbar takedown! Dunne wants the triangle, but Dain goes after Dunne. Dunne gets Dain’s fingers but Dain and Damien work together to DOUBLE BOMB Dunne down! Fans boo but the two big men are now alone.

Dain and Damien circle and start throwing big forearms! They pick up speed, hitting harder and faster. Dain gets the edge but Damien gives knees and elbows. Both men clothesline, but neither falls. They try again, still neither falls. Dunne returns to throw clotheslines all around! Dunne goes back and forth between the two, but then it becomes a triangle brawl! Damien kicks Dain, discus ELBOWS Dunne! Dain headbutts Damien, Dunne knees Dain! Both Dain and Damien are down, Dunne stomps their hands! Dunne aims, Dain ducks and the buzzsaw gets Damien! Dain boots Dunne, but Damien ear claps Dain! Damien ripcords Dain, Dain elbows Dunne away, Damien roundhouses Dain! Damien choke grips and lifts but Dunne enziguris! Dunne fires up, everyone kicks! All three men are down and Chicago fires up!

Damien is first to rise but Dain and Dunne slowly stir. Damien is heading up top as Dunne kicks away on Dain. Dain fights back, Damien CANNONBALLS onto them both! Damien hauls Dunne up to Falcon Arrow onto Dain! Then, SOUTH OF HEAVEN for Dunne! Cover, TWO! Dunne survives and Damien is losing his cool. Damien drags Dunne back up, throws him out hard, then follows him. Damien grins as he brings Dunne over, powerbomb lift to a Canadian rack. Razor’s Edge onto the announce desk!! Damien roars, but Dain DIVES onto him! Damien bounces off a desk and flounders, Dain CANNONBALLS through Damien into the timekeeper’s area!! Chicago loses its mind as all three men are down! Dain drags Damien up and into the ring to cover, TWO! Damien still lives, and Dain is furious. Dain drags Damien back up but Damien fights back with body shots.

Dain fireman’s carries to a wasteland slam, and back senton! But Dain isn’t done there, he climbs up. Damien stops the Vader Bomb to then get up and kick Dain back. Damien gets Dain in the crucifix, RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, but Dunne breaks it in time!! Dunne returns to keep the match going! Dain flops out of the ring but Damien goes after Dunne. Dunne grabs Damien’s arms to stomp from below! And then he gets on top to stomp from above! Damien gets away from the Danielson Stomps but Dunne runs in to forearm smash! Dunne goes corner to corner, Damien follows to elbow! Damien runs, but he DIVES out onto Dain! Even Dunne is a bit stunned. But Dunne won’t be outdone, he climbs up top. Damien and Dain stand, Dunne SUPER MOONSAULTS! Dunne, Damien and Dain are down on the outside and the referee checks on them all. They’re all okay to continue somehow, and fans rally up.

Dunne gets into the ring first, Damien follows but Dain stays out. Dunne glares at Damien as Damien dares him to bring the fight. The two start brawling, Dunne CHOPS over and over! Damien fires off strikes but gets a forearm for it! Damien LARIATS Dunne! Damien drags Dunne up, dragon sleeper, but no Reckoning! No Bitter End, either! Dunne snampares Damien but Damien choke grips. Damien lifts but Dunne headscissors to an armbar! Damien reaches for ropes, but the ropebreak doesn’t matter! Dunne has the arm! Dain drops in!! Dain fires up, has Damien in the Electric Chair, ULSTER PLANTATION! Cover, TWO!? Damien survives and Dain can’t believe it! Chicago is first up again as Dain drags Dunne up. Dain puts Dunne up top, and then into a Tree of Woe.

Dain goes back to Damien to throw him into Dunne! Then with both in the corner, CANNONBALL! Dain squashes both men, then climbs up over Dunne, to VADER BOMB Damien! But Dunne sits up as Dain covers Damien, MOONSAULT breaks it! Dunne pump handles Dain, for a BITTER END! Cover, but Damien kicks it apart! All three men are down again, but Chicago is rallying up again. Dunne crawls to a corner as Damien and Dain rise. Dunne climbs up but gets a cyclone kick! Damien climbs up to join Dunne, SUPER STEINER sends Dunne into Dain! Cyclone kick for Dain! Another for Dunne! Damien dragon sleepers Dunne, THE RECKONING! Cover, but Dain falls onto them to break it!

Damien is just frustrated, but he drags Dunne back up. Damien whips Dunne, Dunne goes up and over, but Dain chop blocks Dunne! Dain runs at Damien on the apron, shotgun dropkick drops Damien! Dain hurries up top, but Dunne gets up to PELE! Dain sits back, Dunne climbs up top, but Damien is returning. Damien joins them and choke grips them both!? But Dunne and Dain take the fingers to DOUBLE SNAP! Dain headbutts him away, Damien falls and hits the apron on the way down! But that leaves Dunne to get Dain with a SUPERPLEX! Dain writhes but rolls away. Damien returns, pump handle, BITTER END! Cover, but Dain back sentons onto them both! Dain drags Dunne to the Electric Chair, but Dunne slips out to a sleeper hold. So Dain backpack sentons onto Damien! But it’s Dunne who shoves Dain away?! Dunne covers Damien, Dunne wins!!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship

The Bruiserweight triumphs in Chicago again! The Windy City is practically Dunne’s second home! But will he be leaving it after making history by going from United Kingdom Champion to THE NXT Champion?

 

Matt Riddle VS Finn Balor!

The Prince is back, he’s free of the burden that is the “main roster,” and he wants to make NXT rrrreeeal. He wanted to do that by beating Johnny Wrestling in the match, but his dropkick seemed too much for “Johnny Watches Wrestling.” In Gargano’s place, The Original Bro stepped up! Will Riddle get the Finn we always wanted to see? Will he regret it when he does?

The bell rings and fans are already fired up and dueling. Riddle circles with Balor and they approach. They tie up, Riddle gets a leg but Balor gets to ropes. Riddle still wants to lift and throw but Balor holds on. Riddle honors the break and circles with Balor again. They tie up, Riddle reels Balor in for a monkey lift then takedown into the armbar! Balor resists and rolls Riddle up, TWO! Riddle and Balor stand up and fans cheer the exchange. Balor and Riddle tie up again, Riddle gets the leg but Balor sprawls and facelocks. Balor floats but Riddle rolls to get the arm again! Balor uses a leg to pry Riddle off, but Riddle pops out. Balor ducks the Penalty Kick and they stand off again.

The two circle again and tie up. Balor headlocks and grinds Riddle down. Riddle fights back but can’t power out. Balor grinds Riddle down, but Riddle headscissors back. Balor flips around to pop out and get the headlock back. Riddle gets up and throws more body shots. Riddle still can’t power out as Balor holds on tight, so Riddle gut wrenches and suplexes! Then rolls through to gut wrench suplex again! And again! But Balor slips out of that to roll Riddle up, TWO! Balor boots but gets caught and gets ROCKED! Riddle whips but Balor reverses, Riddle sunset flips but Balor slips out to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Balor is on Riddle with a chinlock. Fans rally up slowly as Riddle endures. Riddle gets his way up, but Balor throws him down! Cover, TWO!

Balor CHOPS Riddle in the corner then stomps, then CHOPS and stomps. Balor sweeps the legs to stomp away on Riddle’s face. Balor backs off, to then run in and dropkick! Cover, TWO! Riddle is gasping but Balor goes after his nose! Balor drives an elbow in, then warps on a new headlock. Fans rally for the Bro and Riddle fights his way up. Riddle fights back but Balor knees low to throw Riddle out. Balor keeps moving, and wrecks Riddle with a dropkick! Balor drags Riddle up and onto the apron to bounce him off the edge over and over! Balor shoves Riddle in, covers, TWO! Balor keeps his cool but Riddle hits back. Balor forearms Riddle then stomps him down. Balor stalks and stomps Riddle over and over, then soaks up the cheers and jeers.

But Riddle fires off fast hands and a boot to then roundhouse Balor down! And big forearm smash in the corner, BROSPLODER! Riddle keeps moving, Penalty Kick to Broton! Cover, TWO! Balor sits up but gets Bro Kicks! Riddle chops Balor to a corner for more kicks! Riddle lets up to run side to side, big forearm smash! Riddle goes the other way but Balor boots! Balor whips, Riddle reverses, flying forearm from Balor drops Riddle! Balor runs in but no slingblade. ROUNDHOUSE! PELE- NO! It was caught to an Ankle Lock! Balor rolls and kicks, but Riddle just gets that foot in the Ankle Lock! Riddle ax kicks Balor as he holds on, but Balor crawls. Fans rally both ways as Balor gets the ropebreak! Riddle lets go and gets a stomp in. Balor hobbles to a corner but Riddle is on him fast with a deadlift waistlock! Balor holds onto the ropes for dear life but Riddle knees away.

The ref calls for the ropebreak so Riddle does, to kick Balor off the ropes. Balor elbows back, but his legs won’t let him run. Riddle forearm smashes, runs, but Balor manages to dropkick Riddle! Balor hobbles back up to waistlock Riddle now, for a German Suplex! But Riddle is right up, FINAL FLASH! Deadlift German with the bridge, TWO! Fans keep rallying and dueling as Riddle drags Balor back up. Ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Powerbomb but Balor slips out to trip and double stomps! SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up again as Balor aims from a corner. Riddle flounders into Balor’s sights, but he SPEARS Balor! And we know who that is a shout out to! Riddle drags Balor up, suplexes, and JACKHAMMERS! Cover, TWO!?! Balor survives and Riddle can’t believe it!

The chants echo out as Riddle drags Balor up. Gut wrench, but Balor fights out! Dragon sleeper, elbow drop DDT! Then another dragon sleeper, 1916!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Balor is furious! Balor stomps away, drags Riddle up, but Riddle scoops back! Fireman’s carry, BRO TO SLEEP! But Riddle doesn’t cover, he goes to the corner. Riddle climbs up, FLOATING BRO! But into knees! JOHN WOO DROPKICK! Balor climbs up top now, COUP DE- NO! Takedown, BROMISSION! Balor is so close to the ropes but Riddle rolls him away! And hammers away, too! Balor pries free, rolls out, but gets a Pele from the mat! Riddle drags Balor up, ripcord, but into BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

That was definitely rrrreeeal! The Prince returns and throws up the Too Sweet in victory. But will Finn Balor be #JustTooSweet for anyone to stop now that he’s his old self again?

 

Update on Tegan Nox.

After what Dakota Kai did in that vicious betrayal, the Shiniest Wizard needs an MRI scan on her legs to see the extent of the damage. Will Tegan be able to come back yet again after what Dakota did to her, both physically and mentally?

 

Men’s WarGames: Team Ciampa VS The Undisputed Era!

The sirens blare and the cage lowers again. Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish hold all the gold in NXT, the advantage in this match, as well as experience advantage in this match type. But the Blackheart has the Limitless One, the Croatian Colossus, and his fourth man. But before even learning who that man is, team captain Ciampa volunteers to be first! Strong volunteers for the Undisputed Era, and says, “You’re gonna get it!” But what will be left of all of these men with Survivor Series still to come?

Ciampa tosses the crutch aside so Strong won’t stay away. Strong picks the crutch up and the door is closed. The five minute countdown begins, and Strong tosses the crutch out of the cage! Ciampa fires off fast hands! Strong knees then whips but Ciampa kicks back. Ciampa throws haymakers then whips corner to corner but Strong reverses. Strong shoves but Ciampa rallies with lariats! Ciampa whips Strong into the steel but Strong catches himself. Strong dodges the boot then gets back in, to scoop and backbreaker! Strong has Ciampa in the second ring and CHOPS! Strong clubs Ciampa around then goes to suplex. Ciampa blocks, body shots then suplexes Strong to hang him out to dry. And then rams a knee into him! Ciampa CHOPS Strong into a corner but Strong knees low.

Ciampa blocks a cage bump to elbow Strong and throw hands. Ciampa climbs up to rain down rights! Ciampa gets 9, cusses Strong out, and then goes way past 10! To then go side to side, Psycho Knee! Fans are fired up as Strong gets up and boots back. Strong haymakers and CHOPS, then climbs up to rain rights back on Ciampa. Ciampa turns things around, tucks Strong in, and KNEES Strong down! Ciampa drags Strong up to whip, but Strong holds ropes. Strong tries to get away but gets caught between the ropes. Strong powers Ciampa into the middle section and the two brawl with CHOPS and forearms. Ciampa clotheslines Strong into the first ring, and then takes a moment to steady himself. Ciampa drags Strong up, underhooks, but Strong resists. Strong slips out, fireman’s carry, gutbuster drop!

Strong rains down rights on Ciampa, then knees. Fans are divided as Strong drags Ciampa around for stomps. Strong tells Ciampa to stay down but the countdown begins. Ciampa fires hands with Strong, the Undisputed Era sends in Kyle! Ciampa is ready and he chops away on Kyle and Strong! Kyle gets the legs to get Ciampa down for ground ‘n’ pound! He runs, into Ciampa’s BIG right! But Kyle comes back with strikes, sweep the legs! Kyle and Strong stomp Ciampa then drag him up. They mug Ciampa against the ropes with CHOPS and kicks! They push Ciampa to the second ring, stomping him as they go. Ciampa fights back as best he can, but fans rally and sing for Keith Lee. Ciampa fights Strong and Kyle off, Kyle ends up in the middle.

Ciampa elbows whoever, but Kyle catches his arms for Strong to give endless elbows! Side to side and back again, and then Strong half nelson backbreakers! Kyle drops knees to add on! Ciampa is down as Kyle and Strong circle him. They stomp him on occasion as fans duel. Strong fish hooks Ciampa’s face then stomps him down. The countdown returns, and Team Ciampa sends Dominik Dijakovic! Big Double D gets in quick, and rallies with a Cyclone BOOT on Strong! Kyle boots but runs into a BOOT! Dijakovic throws big hands and elbows, then knee smashes, but Kyle boots. Kyle sweeps but misses, Dijakovic SUPERKICKS and LARIATS! Fans rally as Dijakovic back elbows Kyle over and over in the corner. Dijakovic SUPERKICKS Strong, then says, “TIME TO FLY!” He suplex TOSSES Kyle onto Strong!

Strong’s leg takes the damage, but that’s not all! Torture rack, but Strong fights out. Strong CHOPS back but Dijakovic just glares. Dijakovic tosses Strong into steel! And again! And again! Kyle comes back to leap on for a guillotine! Dijakovic stays standing, powers Kyle out for standing knees and a swing into steel! Dijakovic helps his captain up, and they keep on Strong and Kyle at corners. Ciampa bounces Strong off steel while Dijakovic clubs Kyle into the middle gap. Dijakovic forearms Kyle, Kyle rebounds off ropes and Dijakovic forearms him again. This repeats over and over and over until Dijakovic DECKS Kyle. The countdown returns, and that means Undisputed Era sends in Bobby Fish! Fish runs in and elbows Ciampa down! Fish has Ciampa stuck in the ropes for kick after kick! Dijakovic comes over but Fish kicks away on him. Then he gets Dijakovic down for haymakers!

Fish hits Ciampa over and over, then back kicks Dijakovic. Fish BOOTS Ciampa, but Dijakovic chokes grips him! Kyle climbs onto Dijakovic, Fish fights out and runs side to side, reDRagon hits TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Strong has Ciampa draping on the ropes, underhooks to tiger backbreaker! Then reDRagon gives Ciampa CHASING THE DRAGON! The Undisputed Era has 3v2 as fans rally and duel again. The Undisputed Era stomp Dijakovic against steel, then throw in big forearm smashes! Strong adds a shining wizard! Then all three go after Ciampa all the same! Strong even mocks Dijakovic, “Feast Your Eyes, DORK!” But fans sing for Keith Lee, the last man waiting. The 3v2 stomping and bullying continues as Kyle slides a knee into Dijakovic’s ribs. The countdown returns, and finally, KEITH LEE is released!

Lee gets in and starts throwing big hands! He clotheslines every man, Grizzly Magnum for Strong! But reDRagon goes after him, only for Lee to hurdle BOTH of them! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Chicago is fired up for the #FirstOfHisKind! Lee drags Strnog up for another Grizzly Magnum! But reDRagon manages to put Lee in the middle zone. Lee knocks them into each other to double PESCADO! “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~” echoes out as Lee hauls Fish up. But Kyle saves Fish, only for Lee to go after him. Kyle slips out so Lee pops Strong up. But reDRagon double kick the legs to save Strong from a Spirit Bomb, and then Strong hits a basement boot! The Undisputed Era have evened things with Lee and go after him 3v1! But Ciampa is back up and rallies! Ciampa throws wild hands but he’s still in a 3v1. Dijakovic rises to scoop Kyle and slam him into the second ring!

Fish hits Dijakovic but Dijakovic hits back. Dijakovic clubs Strong into the second ring, and Lee follows his lead over. The two biggest men in this match work together but Fish hops on Lee! Fish has a sleeper and Kyle brawls with Dijakovic. Strong helps Kyle out as the countdown returns again. Finally, it is Adam Cole BAYBAY! And Cole heads over, to get a TABLE! Chicago loves Cole for this! The Undisputed Era manages to get the table inside, but Cole isn’t done, he gets a second table! But for some reason, he sets that up outside? Cole gets a third table! That table goes into the ring, and then Cole brings out a fourth table! That’s three tables inside and one outside, but now we have a FIFTH! The Undisputed Era keeps Team Ciampa down and Cole just keeps going! How many tables are under the ring?! This is a total of six tables, but still one set aside.

Ciampa hurries to the door to shove Cole, Cole crashes through that other table!! Cole is destroyed by his own arrogance! Ciampa fetches Cole into the ring while Dijakovic and Lee fight back. The cage closes, it is still 4v3, but we need to wait and see if there is or isn’t a fourth for Team Ciampa. The teams end up in separate rings, but Team Ciampa has the Undisputed Era backing down. Fans rally up, and it fires off! The brawl is hectic but still 4v2. Lee takes on reDRagon alone as Strong back drops Dijakovic. Lee has Kyle in a fireman’s carry, but Fish LOW BLOWS! Kyle kicks Lee down, but there is one more countdown! Who is Ciampa’s fourth? The Undisputed Era laugh when no one shows up. Guess the person Ciampa talked to decided not to-

Wait! KEVIN OWENS?! The Prizefighter returns to NXT in the biggest way!! No one can believe it, but Chicago is loving it! Kevin dodges Strong, rallies on Fish and O’Reilly! Kevin is getting them all back for Raw’s sneak attack! POP-UP BOMB for Fish! Kyle kicks and whips but Kyle ducks, pump handles, USHIGOROSHI! Strong fireman’s carries but Kevin slips out for a SLEEPER SUPLEX! Kevin then dead lifts Fish to bomb him onto Kyle’s back! Cole and Kevin stare down and Chicago is thunderous! Cole says Kevin should’ve joined when he had the chance. Kevin says “SUCK IT!” A kick but no stunner. No superkick, either. Another kick, there’s the Stunner! Cover, but Strong breaks it! This match can finally end and Strong fires off on Lee and Dijakovic. But they fire back.

Lee and Dijakovic have Strong and take aim at the Undisputed Era. Together, they DOUBLE TOSS Strong through the ropes and into the Undisputed Era’s legs! Kevin has Chicago all fired up as he shakes the steel! Kevin slaps Cole over and over while the others go back for those tables the Undisputed Era brought in. Willow’s Bell DDT for Kyle! The tables are being set up near corners, but Cole goes after Kevin. Kevin brawls with him while Ciampa goes after Strong. Dijakovic stomps Kyle and Lee bounces Fish off steel. They move from the second ring to the first, brawling back and forth, here and there. Strong CHOPS on Dijakovic while Cole throws Ciampa into steel. Lee knocks Kyle down then climbs up to the top rope. Lee LEAPS onto Dijakovic, Cole, Strong and Fish!

But Kyle climbs up to SUPER KNEE DROP Lee’s leg! Kyle has a heel hook and Lee writhes! Fish hits Kevin, Lee grabs ropes to drag himself over. Strong is in Lee’s way, but Dijakovic SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULTS Kyle! Cover, but Fish moonsaults onto Dijakovic! Ciampa drags Fish up, underhooks, Fairy Tale Ending! Kevin adds the SWANTON! Cover, SUPERKICK! Cole SUPERKICKS Kevin, too, and is the last one standing. Cole hops up the ropes and aims at Lee. Lee disrupts the Sunrise! Lee climbs up to join Cole, brings Cole up, but Strong clubs Lee’s back! Cole hops down and Strong clubs away on Lee. Strong climbs up behind Lee, SUPER OLYMPIC SLAM!! Kyle and Strong, Ax ‘n’ SMASH! Cover, but Dijakovic breaks it! Strong goes after Dijakovic and Kyle helps out.

Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Dijakovic choke grips. They break out, STRONG ANNIHILATION! Kevin SUPERKICKS Kyle, back drops Strong into steel, then whips Kyle into steel! “Oh no, did that hurt?” Kevin goes to Cole in the middle gap, fireman’s carry, but Cole fights out. Cole suplexes but Kevin blocks. Kevin fights back and brings Cole in, underhooks, PACKAGE- NO! Cole saves himself so Kevin knees him hard. Kevin tries again, but Cole slips out to SUPERKICK! Cole hops up and lines up his shot, PANAMA SUN- NO! Kevin blocks, but not forever! PANAMA SUNRISE TO STEEL! It proves to be double-edged and Chicago loses its mind! “MAMMA MIA!” echoes again as the Undisputed Era regroups. Strong and Fish set up tables together, side by side. They go after Ciampa and bring him onto the wood.

Ciampa fights back and throws Strong into wood. Ciampa throws Fish into steel, then Strong. Kyle runs into a KNEE! Ciampa lifts, PROJECT CIAMPA! Then it’s an endless string of psycho knees! Strong, Fish, repeat, until Cole comes in to SUPERKICK! Cole fireman’s carries but Ciampa slips out to send him into steel. And then Ciampa KNEES Cole! And again! And again! Fans fire up with Ciampa but he’s not done with the Undisputed Era. Ciampa drags Cole over and punches him towards a corner. Ciampa drags Cole up top but Cole fights back. Cole clubs Ciampa down, adjusts, but Ciampa holds on for dear life! Ciampa rams Cole into the steel posts behind him! Cole pulls Ciampa’s beard to bounce him off the steel! Ciampa staggers back, but now the Undisputed Era has Lee up top near a different table.

Cole climbs up higher and Ciampa follows. This is deja vu from WarGames past. Strong and Fish have Lee, and Dijakovic gets Strong! CHOKE SLAM through a table! Dijakovic has Kyle for a choke grip, but Kyle turns the slam into a triangle hold! Fish and Lee fight while Ciampa and Cole brawl on that corner top. Dijakovic dead lifts but Kyle fights back. Dijakovic sets Kyle on a table, Kevin FROG SPLASHES Kyle through that table! Lee gets Fish, SPIRIT BOMB THROUGH A TABLE! The only two still fighting are Cole and Ciampa! If one of them falls to the floor, that is the one and only disqualification in this match. Ciampa adjusts, fireman’s carries Cole, and then SUPER AIR RAID CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLES!! Cover, Team Ciampa wins!!

Winners: Team Ciampa, Tommaso Ciampa by pinfall

As Mauro Ranello says, “There are no words.” All eight men are down, but only four are victors. However, what about survivors? NXT still has to wage war against Raw and SmackDown, can these eight men stand their ground? Can these eight even stand?

Kevin stands in the second ring. Lee gets to his feet and helps Ciampa to his. Dijakovic joins them, and the four stand victorious! Will any of them be survivors after Survivor Series?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great WarGames! And a really quick TakeOver, too, not even three hours for the main show. Adding the kickoff show still didn’t quite make three hours, but that’s more a pro than a con. NXT knows how to trim out the fat and just get to the good stuff. Listening to the kickoff show, Sam Roberts is going a little too hard being the Heel panel personality, he is starting to get Go Away Heat from me. Pat McFee was awesome as a hype man to bridge into the main show. Swerve VS Garza was a really great match, and it was pretty big for TakeOver to have their first match like this. Garza wins and could move up the ranks in the Cruiserweight Division and NXT in general. I am sure this will help Garza in his argument for a rematch with Lio Rush after the controversy from their title match.

What wasn’t good in the Women’s WarGame and overall story? Well, Mia Yim’s attacker being Dakota Kai may have been a bit obvious, but it was also the only logical move. And then Dakota really cashed in and milked the moment on that Heel turn. She brutalized poor Tegan Nox, which sadly means Team Kick is already done with. That just made an already crazy WarGames even crazier. I was really impressed by them going to the extreme with Rhea bringing out the trash cans, kendo sticks and chairs. Fans get too into wanting tables, so it’s good Heel work for KLR to trick Chicago. And it was insane that Rhea and Candice pulled off the 4v2 comeback! Both of them have to be going after the NXT Women’s Championship, even if it means having to go through each other. Additionally, who from Team Ripley won’t want after Dakota on the way? I feel like Dakota VS Tegan should be the blow-off there.

The #1 Contender’s Triple Threat was really great, even after following such an awesome WarGames match. NXT does great with triple threats, Dunne’s previous triple threat with Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong was great, this one was on par if not better. But I was right in thinking Dunne would win. He is a Face, Cole is a Heel, it’s just standard procedure. Balor VS Riddle was pretty good but could’ve been flashier. But for the first match Finn’s had in months, this was a pretty great starting point. And for that reason, Balor wins, and we can circle back to Balor VS Gargano for the next TakeOver. The Men’s WarGames was also amazing, and booked brilliantly for that fourth man reveal. Kevin Owens being the fourth was a great surprise, and they did set it up brilliantly with what happened on Raw.I am surprised the Faces won here, but the math is so that the Undisputed Era members are going in with less momentum.

And of course, WarGames directly impacts NXT’s Survivor Series plans. Cole VS Dunne is going to be great, but I bet Cole still finds a way to win. Ciampa still wants after Cole and “Goldie,” so they can feud on the way into the New Year. Of the men and women from tonight that could go to Survivor Series tomorrow, Rhea is revealing her team as we speak on WWE FaceBook, but I would think the women not on the team are Mia, Tegan and Dakota. Rhea, Candice, and we saw Toni Storm on Friday so that’s 3. I would hope she chooses Io Shirai and Bianca from Team Baszler, out of a respect for them found in this match tonight. Plus, Shirai needs to have her moment with Kairi Sane like was teased last Wednesday. The NXT Men’s Team could easily just be Team Ciampa and two others. I feel like Finn should try to be on that team, just so he can stick it to the two brands that dropped the ball on him.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!

“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
  • Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
  • Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.

Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.

But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”

Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.

But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.

 

Chad Gable prepares a speech.

“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?

 

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!

Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!

Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!

Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.

Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.

Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?

Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?

Kevin heads to the ring!

The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.

Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.

“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!

That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!

Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.

And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?

 

Veer Mahaan.

In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?

 

Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.

Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!

Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.

What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.

And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?

 

The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.

Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?

Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.

But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.

Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.

Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.

Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.

Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.

Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?

 

Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.

Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?

 

WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.

Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!

But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?

 

Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!

Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.

But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!

Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?

 

Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.

What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?

Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!

Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.

Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.

But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.

Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?

 

The Street Profits are fired up backstage!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!

Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?

8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked

Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!

Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!

Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall

Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?

 

WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.

“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.

After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.

“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.

A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.

These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?

 

The Miz & Maryse are heading out.

Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.

Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?

 

Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.

The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!

Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!

Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!

MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!

Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!

Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?


My Thoughts:

This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?

Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.

We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?

Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.

The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.

Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Raleigh gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

A lucky seven for Elevation!

AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
  • Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
  • Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
  • Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
  • Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
  • Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.

QUICK NOTES

Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.


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