NXT continues on towards TakeOver!
WarGames is on the horizon, but so is the first-ever Survivor Series featuring NXT! Will there be responses from Raw and SmackDown?
- Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest; Dunne wins.
- Taynara Conti VS Santana Garrett; Conti wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai; Baszler wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tony Nese VS Angel Garza; Garza wins and will challenge Lio Rush for the title.
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle; No Contest.
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BREAKING NEWS: There is a response from the main roster!!
Just before NXT went on the air, The OC appeared to attack the Undisputed Era, minus Adam Cole! Bobby Fish was bloodied by Luke Gallows while Karl Anderson and AJ Styles beat down Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly! Gallows even CHOKE SLAMS Fish through a table! “That’s called a receipt, kids!”
The OC now walks into the arena!
The Phenomenal One and the Best Tag Team in the World beat up security! Full Sail is torn as the trio enters the ring and has a mic. “So this is NXT?” Full Sail chants loud and proud! But Styles needs to understand something: The Undisputed Era tried to take over Raw to start a war? “Well we’re bringing the war to you!” Why not? All the champions just got taken out. So now The OC is taking over NXT. That’s not just Phenomenal, that is Undisputed. And Too Sweet. But here comes Tommaso Ciampa! The Blackheart has a mic of his own to counter. Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” as Ciampa says that for years, Ciampa used to be asked the same question: When is Ciampa going to the main roster? Well, Styles, Anderson, and Gallows, Ciampa will be the first to welcome the OC to the real main roster.
Ciampa says that NXT is now and always has been THE show, and just happens to be “Daddy’s Home.” So if y’all wanna whip Undisputed Era’s ass, fine by him. But if they’re going to stand in his ring and claim they’re taking over, Ciampa does have a problem there. Styles doesn’t think the three of them should be worried about Ciampa. Styles admits, Ciampa is the only one with balls to say anything. But then Ciampa is joined by Keith Lee and Matt Riddle! “It looks to me like we’ve got plenty of balls.” Ciampa, Lee and Riddle were more than ready to go against the Undisputed Era at WarGames, but it seems they’ve found someone to go to war with tonight! Fans love the sound of that! But AJ Styles says they need to think about that. “You’re on!” The OC will wage war with the Limitless, the Bro and the Psycho Killer!!
Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest!
While NXT may be going after Raw and SmackDown, the Bruiserweight just wants after the Archer of Infamy! Priest aimed low in order to defeat Dunne before, but will Dunne be aiming a little higher? Or will Priest still #LiveForever?
The bell rings and Dunne glares at Priest. Fans duel as Priest and Dunne circle. Priest smirks but backs off to ropes as Dunne approaches. The two tie up and Priest headlocks, but Dunne powers out to speed things up. Dunne hurdles but Priest has the dragon sleeper! No Reckoning yet, Dunne wants the pump handle! Priest denies the Bitter End to choke grip! But Dunne has fingers! Priest breaks free but Dunne bobs ‘n’ weaves those big kicks, only to miss his own forearm. Priest smirks again as NXT goes picture in picture.
The two circle again, tie up, and Dunne headlocks. Priest powers out and elbows him down! Priest soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Dunne KICKS back on his leg! And again and again! Dunne rolls Priest, TWO, but he stomps the arm out! Priest gets up but Dunne clotheslines him out! Priest lands on his feet but slides into Dunne’s trap! Dunne grinds and stomps the hand! Priest reels back, but Dunne is on the apron, and he Penalty Kicks the arm! Priest gets into the ring but Dunne grabs at the arm. Priest spins out to roundhouse Dunne down! Priest grabs at Dunne on the apron but gets caught into a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Dunne lets go at 4! Priest reels back again, but Dunne climbs up top. Dunne suckers Priest in, and has the arm for a KICK! Then he puts the fingers on the post to kick them!
Dunne gets in while Priest shakes out his hand. Dunne wants to bomb but Priest holds the tag ropes to save himself! Priest pushes Dunne away, then catches him for an elevated Complete Shot! Priest finally breathes easy with Dunne down. Priest drags Dunne up but Dunne hits back. Priest swiftly kicks then discus forearms Dunne down! Priest keeps on Dunne with a chinbar, but Dunne has fingers again! Dunne stands but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Priest drags Dunne up to throw him into buckles, then throws big haymakers and stomps to keep him down! The ref backs Priest off but Priest drags Dunne up to whip him corner to corner. Priest runs in to hit a big back elbow in the corner! Then he suplexes Dunne to a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture as Priest looms over Dunne. Priest toys with Dunne and waits for him to sit up, before he throws another big right! Dunne throws one back! Priest kicks Dunne while he’s down then continues to do so. Priest puts Dunne in a chinlock, grinding his knee into Dunne’s back. Fans rally up and Dunne fights his way up. Priest knees low then shoves Dunne to a corner. Priest runs in but Dunne hops on for a Kimura! But Priest endures and stays standing, to power Dunne to a suplex! Dunne knees free to X-PLEX Priest! Both men are down but Full Sail fires up. Dunne and Priest slowly stand and Dunne throws fast hands! Priest swings but misses, and Dunne just CHOPS away! Dunne whips but Priest blocks to reverse. Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Priest staggers about, Dunne goes up, and leaps to dropkick the legs out!
Fans fire up as Dunne has Priest, but Priest elbows free. Priest runs but Dunne sidesteps, only for Priest to standing switch out of the rebound German! Priest suplexes, but Dunne lands on his feet to BUZZSAW! Priest bails out but Dunne goes to the apron to climb up top. Dunne MOONSAULTS! Direct hit wipes them both out! Full Sail rallies for “NXT! NXT!” The ring count begins and Dunne gets in at 4. Priest crawls over to steel steps at 5 but Dunne goes out to pursue. Priest knees low and whips Dunne at steel steps. Dunne hops up to moonsault back! But Priest gets clear to choke grip and CHOKE SLAM on the apron! Dunne writhes but Priest puts him in to climb up top. Priest aims, but flies into a forearm! Dunne has Priest, powerbomb! Cover, TWO!!
Both men are down but fans builds back up to a rally. Dunne is up first and aims, to STOMP the hands! BUZZSAW! Pump handle, but no Bitter End! Ear clap to ROUNDHOUSE! Dunne bails out, Priest catches his breath, but then Priest builds speed to FLY! The step-up tope conjilo wipes Dunne out, and both men are down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns as Dunne and Priest are brawling fast and furious! Priest spins but into Dunne’s HARD right! Dunne fires off more, but he spins into a HARD right from Priest! Dunne rebounds, but BOTH men throw big rights! Priest falls over but comes back to clothesline with Dunne! And double KICKS take both men out! Full Sail gives a standing ovation for this one as both men are down again. Dunne and Priest stir as the standing count begins. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Dunne dodges a kick. Priest wrenches and headbutts! But Priest LARIATS! Choke grip, but Dunne enziguris Priest away! Dunne runs in, goes up but gets caught, CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dunne lives and Priest is too tired to be shocked.
Fans duel again as another standing count begins. Priest stands first, takes aim, but Dunne grabs the hand! Dunne has those fingers, but Priest runs at the ref! The ref turns away and Priest kicks low, but Dunne blocks it! To LOW BLOW Priest back! Dunne drags Priest into the armbar, and SNAPS the fingers!! Priest taps, Dunne wins!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission
Turnabout is fair play! And the Bruiserweight gets even with the Archer of Infamy! Will this feud go down in infamy on the road to WarGames?
But here comes Killian Dain! The Beast of Belfast wants revenge for his fingers, but Priest pulls him off Dunne?! To go after Dunne himself! Dain headbutts Priest out! Then Dain aims at Dunne, runs in corner to corner, big corner splash! Dunne is down, Dain goes up, VADER BOMB! The referee tells Dain to leave, but Dain warns Dunne this is what he gets. Dain does leave Dunne, but Priest goes after him! But his own bad hand hinders him, and Dain rams Priest into steps! Dain gets space, to CANNONBALL into Priest! Big Damo has decimated Dunne and Damien, will he continue to destroy whoever stands in his way?
The WarGames teams are being assembled!
As announced on WWE’s The Bump, team captains Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler have recruited teammates for the historic 4v4 Women’s WarGames match. Shayna chose Io Shirai and Bianca Belair while Rhea chose Tegan Nox and Candice LeRae. However, that leaves each team with a fourth partner to be picked. Who will Rhea and Shayna recruit in time to make history?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.
Rhea and Shayna both didn’t see much stock in choosing the Captain of Team Kick. Rhea doesn’t see Dakota as a strong enough of a fighter, while Shayna says Dakota is just a “waste of a pick.” But Dakota is taking Shayna on tonight, so what is she hoping to prove? Everyone knows the history between Dakota and Shayna. But Dakota isn’t the same person she is before, she’s more fired up than ever before. Dakota proves to both teams why she deserves to be in WarGames! And if Shayna wants to say Dakota is a waste of a pick, let’s see what she says after Dakota kicks her face off!
Taynara Conti VS Santana Garrett!
Surely both the Brazilian Blackbelt and the returning real-life Superwoman surely both want to make impressions on the team captains tonight. But which woman makes the biggest impression by taking home a win?
The bell rings and Taynara circles with Santana. They tie up, push each other around, but Taynara hops up to get an armbar takedown! Santana makes it a cover, ONE as Taynara lets her go. The two go again, Taynara waistlocks but Santana reverses to a wristlock. Taynara kicks and knuckle locks for an STO! Cover but Santana bridges. Taynara sweeps the legs to crisscross the arms and pull! Santana reaches up to drag Taynara down with headscissors! Taynara pops out, but runs into arm-drags! Santana wrenches and Russian Leg Sweeps to a cover, TWO! Santana runs but Taynara tightly overhead suplexes, then KNEES Santana at the ropes! Taynara wraps Santana’s arm on the ropes to kick away! The ref counts and Taynara lets up at 4, to drag Santana. Santana holds ropes, so Taynara kicks out the arms! Cover, TWO!
Taynara grits her teeth, growing frustrated with the Mae Young Classic competitor. Taynara sits Santana up to kick away on her back and shoulder. Taynara drags Santana up but Santana hits back with forearms! Taynara knees low then reels Santana in, judo takedown to takedown! Taynara wrenches Santana, rolls her, umaplata into Rings of Saturn! Santana endures, reaches with legs, and pries an arm free to push to a cover. TWO and Taynara crucifixes, TWO! Santana jawbreakers back! Taynara staggers, but runs into an elbow. And a boot! Santana dodges in the corner, runs back in and rallies with forearms! Santana handspring back elbows in the corner! Taynara walks into a waistlock, but she bucks Santana off. Santana handsprings back to DECK Taynara! Cover, TWO!! Taynara survives and Santana can’t believe it. But Santana runs, handsprings, but her moonsault misses! Taynara Brazil BOOTS her down! Cover, Taynara wins!
Winner: Taynara Conti, by pinfall
Has this gotten the attention of Rhea and Shayna? Or is there still something more the team captains are looking for in a WarGames teammate?
Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai!
The Queen of Spades doesn’t think much of Team Kick’s kiwi, as we’ve seen in the past. However, Dakota has grown since returning from those injuries, and looks to prove she’s worthy of WarGames. Will Dakota kick her way to a pick? Or will Shayna simply use her as a warm-up on her way to a busy Survivor Series weekend?
Shayna of course has her Horsewomen ringside, so Dakota will have to keep her head on a swivel. The bell rings and Dakota circles with Shayna. They tie up, Shayna powers Dakota to a corner, but lets up at the ref’s count. Dakota gives a shove! They tie up again and Shayna waistlocks to then pull hair. She shoves Dakota, but Dakota pie faces! Shayna waistlocks and has the hair again but Dakota leg trips! Dakota runs but fakes Shayna out, to scuff her with a boot! Dakota eggs Shayna on, then BOOTS her back! Shayna dodges in the corner but Dakota goes up and over to roll her up, TWO! Dakota arm-drags Shayna then leaping snapmares! PENALTY KICK! Shayna bails out to cool off, but Dakota aims from the apron. Shayna catches the kick to throw Dakota into the post! Dakota is down and Shayna goes to the ring.
Dakota gets up and in but Shayan is on that bad leg! Shayna stomps away then drags Dakota into a knee wrench! Dakota endures as Shayna pulls hard, but she refuses to quit. Dakota kicks with her free leg but Shayna turns her over. Shayna lets her hair down to STOMP the ankle!! Dakota clutches her foot as she goes to ropes. Shayna may have damaged Dakota all over again as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Dakota fights against a heel hook! Shayna lets go and Dakota hobbles to a corner. Shayna runs in, Dakota STOMPS Shayna down! Fans rally up as both women slowly rise. Dakota lariats and rallies on Shayna! Dakota boots and hook kicks to then quickly go to the apron. Dakota forearms, drags Shayna down and spins her around for a BOOT! Shayna is reeling, fans are rallying, Dakota runs in for the swinging meteora! Cover, TWO! Dakota hurries to a corner and climbs up top. Shayna stops her with a kick! Shayna climbs up, clubs away on Dakota’s back, then brings her in for a GUT WRENCH SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Dakota still lives but she is dazed. Shayna and Dakota both slowly rise as fans duel. Shayna forearms but Dakota hits back! They brawl from their knees to their feet!
Dakota forearms, Shayna body shots Dakota forearms, Shayna forearms back. They pick up speed and go around the ring, and now it’s just fast and furious! Shayna staggers Dakota, blocks, but misses to get a headbutt! Dakota is learning from Tegan! But she runs into a roundhouse! Dakota rebounds to DISCUS! Shayna is in a corner, Dakota goes Around the World, but into Shayna’s ROUNDHOUSE! Dakota still gets the BOOT WASH! Both women are down again and fans are rallying up! Shayna rises first but Dakota slowly follows. Dakota drags Shayna up by her hair to kick away on her face! Dakota fireman’s carries, but the bad leg lets out. Shayna kicks the leg out, then runs to hit the step-up KNEE! Cover, TWO!! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dakota flips out to BOOT Shayna!
Dakota runs, but into a takedown! KIRAFUDA AGAIN! Dakota flails, rolls, reaches, but Shayna uses a leg to trap Dakota! Dakota taps, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
The Submission Magician had just enough tricks to defeat Dakota. Will losing impress Rhea Ripley?
But then the Horsewomen go after Dakota for good measure! But here comes Team Rhea! Only for Team Baszler to intercept! Io Shirai wipes out Candice into the titantron then brawls with Tegan while Rhea gets sent into steel steps! Bianca joins in to go after Tegan, and Team Baszler has the advantage! Until MIA YIM attacks with a kendo stick!! Head Baddie swinging for the fences on all of Baszler’s team! And then gets at Baszler herself! Full Sail is thunderous as Mia stands tall protecting Dakota. If not Dakota, then has Mia Yim just made herself Rhea’s fourth pick?
Backstage interview with Ciampa, Lee and Riddle.
After running all over SmackDown and Raw, they take on The OC in Full Sail. The question is then, do they have a fourth man for WarGames with the Undisputed Era? One thing at a time. Everyone will know when they know. As for The OC, they’re coming into NXT looking for a fight. Come on in, the door is wide open! But will Team Blackheart slam that door shut on this takeover going the other way?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tony Nese VS Angel Garza!
The Man of the Hour has got targets on his back from both the black ‘n’ gold and the purple ‘n’ orange. The Premier Athlete is a 205 Live pillar while the pride de La Familia de Garza looks to make himself a cornerstone of this Cruiserweight Division. Who will be meeting Lio Rush for the title in the near future?
The bell rings and Full Sail is on Garza’s side. Garza counts his own abs and sees he’s not too far off Nese’s 8-pack. The two tie up and go around into a corner. Nese and Garza both pull hair! They tell each other to let go, but Garza shoves Nese away. They go again, Nese waistlocks but Garza leg trips to a leg lock! Garza has Nese in the Trailer Hitch, but Nese slips out to cover, ONE and Garza facelocks. Nese slips out but Garza powers him over, but the two separate. Fans cheer this opening exchange! The two get up and go again, and Nese kicks to wrench Garza to the mat. Nese grinds a knee into Garza’s shoulder, but fans rally. Garza rolls up and around to wrench but Nese rolls to a waistlock and slam! Nese flexes on Garza as fans boo and jeer.
Garza and Nese get up and go again. Garza ducks to shove, hurdle but Nese leaps over. Things speed up more, Garza huricanranas! And… No! Nese denies the pants removal with a CHOP! Fans boo but Garza CHOPS back! Nese CHOPS, and Garza eggs him on! Nese CHOPS but Garza wants more. Nese trips him to throw hands but Garza turns it around to throw hands of his own. Both men break and end up in corners. Nese runs in but Garza dodges, only to walk into an elbow! Nese bumps Garza off buckles then throws body shots. Garza turns it around to put Nese up top, but Nese boots him away. Garza enziguris back! Garza climbs up to join Nese, clubs away on Nese first, then wants the superplex. Nese fights back, adjusts, sunset flip but no bomb! The pants come off!! Garza then missile dropkicks Nese down! Garza grins as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Garza fights out of Nese’s hold. Nese pulls hair again to whip Garza. Garza rolls, rebounds and forearms! Garza is rallying, and he dropkicks Nese down! Nese is reeling, and is sent to the apron. Garza sweeps to WRECK Nese with the dropkick! Garza then goes out and climbs up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! And he’s right back up! Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as Garza puts Nese in. Nese misses his kick, Garza underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nese lives, showing that toughness that made him a champion. But Garza drags him up to slap Nese around. Nese slips under, pump handles, and scoops to a SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nese is learning how tough Garza is, but he drags Garza up to pump handle again. Another lift, but Garza slips out to inverted gut wrench, falling lung blower!
Garza has Nese in the drop zone and fans rallying behind. Garza is up top, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Garza shoulders in but into a kick! Nese roundhouses then sweeps the legs, then slingshots. Nese fakes Garza out and cartwheels over to run into a tilt-o-whirl DDT to the floor! Nese puts Garza in, climbs up top, 450 SPLASH! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Garza knew where he was and Nese can’t believe it! Nese drags Garza up and chops, but Garza CHOPS. Nese haymakers but so does Garza. Garza gets an edge, but Nese ROCKS him at the ropes. Nese runs into a SUPERKICK! Garza spins Nese, but they both CHOP! Both men are stinging, but Nese back drops Garza at the ropes. But perhaps too close, as Garza rebounds to powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese lives but Garza won’t stop!
Garza puts Nese in a drop zone, corner LIONSAULT! But Garza catches Nese’s boots, and sits him up to mule kick! Garza underhooks, lifts, Wing Clipper! Cover, Garza wins!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Cruiserweight Championship
The butterfly sit-out driver is what grounds Nese and now Garza is going for gold! But Lio Rush appears to meet his new challenger face-to-face. Lio offers a handshake, saying he looks forward to this match. Garza SLAPS Lio instead! Lio manages to laugh it off. But will Lio give that back in spades on next week’s NXT?
Backstage interview with Team Rhea.
After what we just saw, is it safe to assume Rhea has her fourth? Well that was absolute brutality, exactly how Rhea likes it. If Shayna wants a fight, she’s getting a fight. The fourth and final member IS Mia Yim! Mia has been fighting her whole life, and now at WarGames, the team is “collecting bodies!” Mia is more than ready. Rhea apologizes to Dakota, but she just didn’t make the cut. Dakota tries to be happy for those who did, but she does sulk away. The Mosh Pit Kid has her team, but who will Shayna respond with?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Dominik Dijakovic!
Ciampa says this is Daddy’s Home but it’s also whose house? Swerve’s House! Swerve has gotten big wins between NXT and 205 Live, but is this going to be his literally biggest win yet? Or will he #FeastHisEyes on a defeat courtesy of the Croatian Colossus?
The bell rings and the two circle. Swerve gets the wristlock and wrenches, but Dijakovic pulls Swerve’s head into a headlock. Dijakovic cravats and snapmares but Swerve rolls and kips up to copy the Feast Your Eyes! Swerve ducks the big hands to fire off kicks! Fans cheer as Swerve throws body shots and more kicks. Swerve rocks Dijakovic with that right then wrenches, but Dijakovic reverses the whip. Swerve goes up and over but gets caught to the fireman’s carry! Dijakovic pops Swerve up for a knee strike, and a TOSS! Dijakovic stomps Swerve down then rains down rights! Dijakovic drags Swerve up and fans duel, but it’s “Time to Fly!” Suplex TOSS! Cover, TWO! Dijakovic stomps Swerve then powers him to a corner for big back elbows!
Fans rally up as Dijakovic CLUBS Swerve. Dijakovic whips then scoops Swerve to a backbreaker! And he steps up for a falling splash! Cover, TWO! Swerve crawls away but Dijakovic stalks over. Dijakovic drags Swerve up by his dreads to throw him down. Swerve kicks back from the mat, then rolls to spring up, Complete Shot! Fans rally for Swerve as Dijakovic staggers. Swerve hits a big back elbow then kicks the legs out, to drop the elbow on Dijakovic’s shoulders! Swerve runs in but is put on the apron. He ducks the back hand to get in, Swerve gets a GERMAN SUPLEX on Dijakovic! Swerve runs in but gets buckles, and Dijakovic hops up, only for Swerve to sweep the legs and SUPERKICK! Dijakovic is stuck, Swerve hits a satellite DDT! Cover, ONE!?
Swerve refocuses and heads to a corner. Dijakovic stirs as fans rally up, but Swerve goes up top, only for Dijakovic to SUPERKICK his legs out! Torture rack, FEAST YOUR EYES on a roll up! TWO, and Swerve fakes Dijakovic out, basement enziguri! Swerve runs in to throw a forearm, then rolls, into the CYCLONE KICK! Dijakovic choke grips, CHOKE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Dijakovic can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Dijakovic drags Swerve up, and shouts “You’re a nobody!” Dijakovic sands Swerve up and laughs at him, to choke grip. But Swerve turns the choke slam into a POISON RANA! Dijakovic is dazed and Swerve climbs up top, KILL-STOMPS TO THE APRON!! Swerve puts Dijakovic in, runs, spinning lariat!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Swerve takes aim again. Swerve runs in, but into Dijakovic’s grip. But Swerve breaks out, to SUPERKICK! Dijakovic tries to reel Swerve in but Swerve breaks free to ROCK him with a right. But Dijakovic spins and LARIATS! But Swerve is right up to dumdum stomps!? Dijakovic is reeling, Swerve runs in, hops up, but into the torture rack! FEAST YOUR EYES for real! Cover, Dijakovic wins!!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
A colossal challenge, and in the end, Swerve was knocked down the mountain. With Ciampa still needing a fourth man, will he give Dijakovic a call?
A big match is announced!
To determine which side gets the advantage in the Women’s WarGames match, Io Shirai and Mia Yim will go 1v1 in a Ladder match! Who ascends to help their team get a leg up on the other?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle!
AJ Styles and the Good Brothers were the first from Raw to respond to NXT’s takeover, but didn’t expect there to be three superstars brave enough to step up. Will the Blackheart and his team keep Full Sail from being #JustTooSweet?
The trios meet in the ring, and the brawl is on! Fists are flying as Styles has Riddle, Gallows is against Ciampa and Lee throws Anderson out! The brawling spills out of the ring and Riddle turns it around on Styles. Ciampa and Lee regroup on their end as Riddle forearms away on Styles. But Styles sends Riddle into railing, as does Gallows to Ciampa. Styles gets in the ring but Ciampa powers past Gallows to meet him with the bell! Fans are behind “Daddy Ciampa!” as he brawls with Styles! Ciampa shoves but misses his knee, to dodge Styles’ back hand to ROCK him with a right! Ciampa runs, but into a dropkick! Ciampa ends up outside with Riddle, and Styles slingshots! Styles hits Riddle with the forearm, then puts Ciampa in the ring. Ciampa gets Styles, Willow’s Bell draping DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Ciampa drags Styles up and over and tags to Lee. Lee clubs Styles down then drags Styles up. Styles slips out of the scoop to kick and chop block a leg out. Styles staggers, tag to Gallows. Gallows and Lee meet as the biggest men in the match and fans sing for Lee. They tie up, Gallows headlocks but Lee powers out. Lee rams shoulders but neither man falls. Gallows runs and rams but Lee doesn’t budge. Lee runs and rams Gallows and makes him step back! Gallows dares Lee to try that again, but he goes to swing. Lee dodges and rams Gallows out of the ring! Gallows is in quick and kicks low to then throw uppercuts. Tag to Anderson and he mule kicks. The Machine Gun soaks up the heat, but Lee hurdles over Anderson to crossbody! Fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Lee looms over Anderson then brings him over. Tag to Ciampa and Ciampa stomps away! The ref backs Ciampa off but Ciampa drags Anderson up. Ciampa whips but Anderson reverses, only for Ciampa to grab ropes. Ciampa kicks back but Styles trips him up! Gallows ROCKS Ciampa with an uppercut while Anderson distracts the ref. Anderson sends Ciampa out and Styles hits him with a sliding knee! Anderson drags Ciampa back in to whip corner to corner hard! Anderson drags Ciampa up and into the OC’s corner for big uppercuts. Tag to Gallows and Gallows fires off body shots! Gallows drops elbow after elbow on Ciampa then covers, TWO! Gallows drags Ciampa up by his beard to headbutt him into the OC’s corner. Tag to Styles and Styles stomps a mudhole into Ciampa. Ciampa taunts Riddle and Lee, then drags Ciampa up. Ciampa fights back with big haymakers, but Styles hits back! And then hits a backbreaker!
Styles taunts Riddle and Lee more then wraps Ciampa up in a chinlock. Fans rally and Ciampa fights his way up. Styles puts Ciampa in the corner and tags Anderson, and the OC mugs Ciampa. Fans boo and jeer but Anderson drags Ciampa up into a snapmare. Anderson chinlocks and grinds Ciampa down, but fans rally up. Ciampa fights his way up to jawbreaker free! Ciampa hits the OC, but Anderson redirects him for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson drags Anderson over to the OC corner and tags in Gallows. Gallows gives Ciampa more body shots then snap suplexes him down. Gallows drives elbow after elbow into Ciampa’s shoulder, then wraps on a chinlock of his own. Ciampa endures, fights his way up and jawbreakers free again! Ciampa dumps Gallows out, but Gallows trips Lee up and YAKUZA KICKS!
Gallows gets back in and drags Ciampa away, tag to Anderson. Anderson brings Ciampa up but Ciampa throws haymakers! Anderson uppercuts then hops up, but leaps into a KNEE! Both men are down and Full Sail is thunderous! Ciampa and Anderson crawl, hot tags to Styles and Riddle! The Bro rallies on the OC! Big forearm for Styles, PELE for Anderson! Riddle kips up to forearm and BROSPLODER Styles! Forearm for Anderson! And a BROSPLODER! BROTON for Styles! BROTON for Anderson! Penalty Kick for Styles! Riddle dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES Anderson! Ripcord to Final Flash knee, Bro To Sleep and a German! Bridging cover, but Gallows breaks it! Lee returns but gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Anderson gets in, Gallows lifts Lee, but Ciampa stops Magic Killer! Ciampa throws Anderson out, Gallows uppercuts Ciampa back! Lee lifts Gallows, but Gallows elbows like crazy. It’s not enough! Lee SLAMS Gallows!
Styles runs at Lee, tornado DDT! Riddle has Styles in the German but Styles lands on his feet to enziguri! Suplex, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle still lives and Styles is shocked! Full Sail is thunderous again for “NXT! NXT!” as Styles wants his Clash. But Riddle powers out, only to run into a boot, then a forearm! Styles springboards, but Riddle gets under, LEE POUNCES STYLES! But into the ref! Lee realizes what he did, but he also sees Gallows and Anderson. Lee builds speed, Anderson returns, but Lee clotheslines Anderson and himself out! Riddle builds speed now, FOSBURY FLOP, but he wrecks himself in it! Ciampa hits Styles with the Psycho Knee! Underhooks, but here comes BALOR!! Finn Balor said his future is his past, and his past is Too Sweet. Styles PELES in the distraction!
Balor has Riddle, BLOODY SUNDAY! Finn and Styles lock eyes, and throw up the Too Sweet and finger guns. Styles drags Ciampa up, has Ciampa in the Clash, but Adam Cole appears to SUPERKICK STYLES!! The only member of the Undisputed Era that wasn’t attacked, and he defends his brand! But then he gives Ciampa the Last Shot?!? Cole still hates Ciampa, and Cole stares Finn down. Cole and Finn are the only two that stand tall, what does this mean for the power balance in NXT?
A great episode of NXT right here that does an equally great job of blending the WarGames and Survivor Series stories together. Though, I’m surprised the response from main roster wasn’t SmackDown based, as they were first attacked. But maybe that’s next week. We do get a great match out of Dunne VS Priest for a purely NXT story. Naturally, Dunne wins with some payback, and naturally Killian Dain comes after Dunne for his own revenge. I did not expect Priest and Dain to fight each other, perhaps we’ll get a Triple Threat out of them sometime between now and WarGames. Taynara VS Santana was technically not filler, it is technically still possible for Taynara to be the fourth woman for Team Shayna. We also got a great match out of Swerve VS Dijakovic. This can also be seen as a match where perhaps one becomes the fourth man for the Men’s WarGames match on Team Ciampa.
The NXT Cruiserweight Contender’s match was incredible, Nese and Garza did amazing for their first match against each other. With the title becoming NXT property, it did make some sense for Garza to get the win, and now we’ll get that match next week. However, this will again make me wonder what happens with 205 Live’s stories. Is Nese just out and now he has to feud with a Face on Fridays? Shayna VS Dakota was a great match, and it was a great way to bring in the Women’s WarGames story. Even when I was hoping the Women’s WarGames match was 5v5 I knew it would be Mia Yim joining Team Rhea. But now that it’s confirmed just 4v4, I really hope this snub doesn’t turn Dakota. She and Tegan just got reunited as Team Kick, so maybe Dakota helps counter Jessamyn and Marina, who will surely be present even if they’re not in the match.
Everything with The OC, Undisputed Era and Team Ciampa was great tonight. I love the touch of detail as Fish was getting beat up, just that random blood splatter on the trailer. Good promos from Styles and Ciampa to set up the Six Man Tag, and then the match itself was incredible. It makes all the sense in the world for Finn to make his presence known on behalf of The OC, aka the newest form of The (Balor) Club. It was also completely logical for Adam Cole, conspicuous by his absence in the beat down, to go after The OC himself. And then it still made a ton of sense for him to go after Ciampa, knowing that WarGames is coming. And the intriguing thing was Cole and Finn staring down. Finn still has Gargano for WarGames, but it is still unclear if Finn is with or against the Undisputed Era, and this was a good tease to keep us guessing.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?
For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
- The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
- (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Judgement Day is here!
Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.
And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!
Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!
But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!
Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!
This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?
But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!
Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.
Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!
Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!
Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)
They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?
Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!
The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”
But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!
Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?
Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!
But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?
The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!
The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.
Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!
Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!
Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!
Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!
Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?
Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.
Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!
Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.
But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”
To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!
And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.
But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!
But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!
And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.
They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!
Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?
Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!
McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.
The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!
Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.
McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!
McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!
Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.
Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?
Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!
Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!
Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?
Backstage interview with Riddle.
Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?
Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!
The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?
The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!
Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!
Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall
Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.
What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.
Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!
Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!
Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.
Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!
Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.
Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!
Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!
Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!
Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!
Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!
Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!
Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!
The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?
The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!
Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?
(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?
Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!
Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.
Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!
Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!
Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!
ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!
Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!
Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall
Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?
Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.
Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.
And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.
Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…
We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
It’s a Superbad return!
Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
- Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
- Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.
Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.
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So! Much! Gold!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
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Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?
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Breathe with the Switchblade!
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