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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (11/21/19)

Gallus’ unlikely ally steps up!

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NEW NXT UK

The Moscow Madman and Imperium’s Wolfe wage war!

After shocking Imperium by turning down their offer, Ilja Dragunov now stands firmly opposed to their cause! Will the Ax Man make him regret it?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Trent Seven VS Kona Reeves; Seven wins.
  • A-Kid VS Jack Starz; A-Kid wins.
  • Ridge Holland VS Oliver Carter; Holland wins.
  • Alexander Wolfe VS Ilja Dragunov; Wolfe wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trent Seven VS Kona Reeves!

The Man from Moustache Mountain has a very fine mustache, but is it the finest? NXT’s Finest visits the brand across the pond, but will this Hawaiian import end up returned to sender?

Kona has a microphone and tells the UK fans to quiet down. “In America, that means shut up!” It is typical for the fans to not know when they have REAL talent before them! Fans mockingly chant, “Who Are Ya?! Who Are Ya?!” But Kona Reeves thought it would be beneficial for the UK if he flew over to visit the “ugly, crooked-tooth sister” of HIS NXT. As for Trent Seven, Kona knows Trent is a former tag team champion, one half of Moustache Mountain and a member of British Strong Style. Yes, he knows all about Seven. We all know a lot about Seven. These people are idiots for cheering for “that.” Out of shape, out of date and not what a superstar is. Fans boo and sing for the “Trent Seven Army~!” Kona is going to show that twiddling a ‘stache isn’t what makes you a star. But then Kona will have what it takes to be in the ring against The Finest. Fans still troll back with “Who Are Ya?! Who Are Ya?!” as this crossover match begins!

Seven and Kona rush each other and Seven back drops Kona! Then he scoop slams him! Kona blocks the hip toss but misses the clothesline, and Seven CHOPS back! Kona tries to chop but Seven ducks that, to CHOP again! Fans fire up as Seven fakes Kona out. But Kona knows about the DDT and pushes Seven away. Kona runs in but Seven puts him on the apron, and SLAPS him down! Fans fire up more as The Finest flounders about. Seven comes over and grabs at Kona but Kona gives him a big knee! Kona drags Seven out and sticks him under the apron skirt! Kona clubs away but the ref counts. Kona stops at 4 to hop up and guillotine leg drop! Seven is hit from behind but rolls back in the ring. Kona stalks Seven to a corner but Seven CHOPS him back! Kona fires angry forearms and body shots then stomps away. Seven gets a chop in but Kona just keeps going.

The ref backs Kona off and fans boo. Kona runs in but Seven dodges! Kona gets stuck on the ropes and Seven CHOPS him again! Snap Dragon Suplex! Scoop for the side slam! Cover, TWO! Kona gets up but Seven clotheslines him out! Seven keeps moving, LOW-PE! Direct hit into barriers but Seven puts Kona in quick. Seven goes up top, turns around, and Phoenix Sentons to FLOP! Kona got clear and Seven hits hard on the mat. But fans rally up and Seven comes back at Kona. Kona blocks the clothesline but Seven hits the back hand! Kona tries to give the back hand back but Seven ducks that to CHOP again! Seven wristlocks and ripcords, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kona survives and Seven can’t believe it! But fans rally up again and Seven stands. Kona flounders up but headbutts back! Kona drags Seven back up, fireman’s carry, but Seven slips out to torture rack! BURNING HAMMER! Cover, Seven wins!

Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall

A superstar’s looks are second to if they can get it done, and Seven got it down! Seven celebrates with his Trent Seven army, but is that… EDDIE DENNIS?! He was in the crowd and grabbed hold of Seven’s hand. Seven breaks the hold, but will he have to watch out for Dennis’ return?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Ilja Dragunov as he arrived.

Radzi asked Dragunov about his shocking choice to side with Gallus. Dragunov says that Wolfe didn’t fool him with that recruiting talk. Wolfe helped train Dragunov, and he was a very strict teacher, but he always made the decisions for Dragunov. Wolfe tried to do that here in NXT UK, trying to make him feel like nothing. So tonight, Dragunov is going to show Wolfe that there is only one person in charge of Dragunov. Dragunov steps out of Wolfe’s shadow, but will he shine in the spotlight?

 

NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II is coming!

Sunday, January 12th, 2020, the Empress Ballroom where it all began is where NXT UK returns again! And the tickets are ALREADY SOLD OUT! That’s how excited everyone is for this first event of the New Year!

 

A-Kid VS Jack Starz!

The newest star in NXT UK takes on the most hopeful! Will the Spanish Ace shine brighter than the Starz?

The bell rings and A-Kid circles with Starz. They tie up, Starz powers A-Kid down but A-Kid brings Starz to the mat. A-Kid gets the armlock then a chinbar, but Starz works his way up. Fans rally and A-Kid wrenches. Starz rolls and rolls and gets free, and fans like the even match-up. A-Kid and Starz go again, Starz gets the arm and brings A-Kid down. A-Kid resists with a tight grip but Starz breaks it up. A-Kid tries a headscissors but Starz keeps free. They go up and A-Kid waistlocks for a slam! A-Kid floats to a facelock, fans rally up, and Starz powers his way up. A-Kid shifts to a cover, ONE, and Starz backs off. Fans cheer and sing as Starz and A-Kid go again.

A-Kid drops down to roll and get a leg for a takedown. A-Kid has the headlock but Starz headscissors. Starz squeezes tight but A-Kid moves around to headstand and turn Starz over! Fans cheer that technical skill, but A-Kid keeps on Starz by pulling on both arms. A-Kid digs his forehead into Starz’s back, bridges over, then turns Starz over again. Starz endures and works his way up as fans rally again. A-Kid shifts to go after a cobra clutch. Starz spins out and the two knuckle lock. Starz breaks the hold to roll and get a leg, kip up into a spinning toehold! Starz wrenches on the leg but A-Kid gets a chinlock counter. Starz gets up and gets a ropebreak. A-Kid lets up, but he sees Starz’s retaliation coming, and turns it into an armbar takedown! Starz flails and gets up but A-Kid gets him in a triangle!

Starz powers up but A-Kid hooks a leg to deny the dead lift. Starz tries again, and gets the POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! A-Kid survives the crazy strength of Starz! Starz gives a BIG European Uppercut and A-Kid flounders about. Starz gives another but gets caught into a backslide! TWO, and A-Kid rolls to omoplata! Rings of Saturn!! Starz quits, A-Kid wins!

Winner: A-Kid, by submission

The Spanish star got quite a fight out of Mr. Starz, but in the end, A-Kid got a win! That’s 2-0, but is it just the beginning?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Jazzy Gabert and Jinny backstage.

What would they say is the current state of the NXT UK Women’s Division? Well, much like Radzi’s outfit, “cheap.” Jinny gives the girls one thing: they’re talented. But they’re just girls. Like Rhea Ripley was. A pathetic little girl that was playing pretend as a queen. Then she flies off to America. “How pathetic. How desperate.” Much like Piper Niven. A couple wins, a couple vignettes and a lot of begging for sympathy, and she’s the flavor of the month. And Piper thinks she’s championship material? Jinny is championship material. So if Piper wants to climb the ladder, she’ll have to overthrow the queen. The wins Piper got, it wasn’t over Jinny. Now get out of her face, Radzi. Radzi leaves, and so does the Spoiled Princess and her Alpha Female. Will Piper have something to say about these fighting words?

 

The Grizzled Young Veterans are here!

Zack Gibson and James Drake scowl as they go to the ring, and fans are already trolling with “If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” But Mr. Mayhem hands the mic over, and Liverpool’s Number One gives their introductions. “Now we should be stood here today as the NXT UK Tag Team Champions! The ONLY reason why we are not, is because of a daft stipulation that was added to our match at TakeOver: Cardiff by Johnny Saint and Skid Scala.” That stipulation cost them those titles! They of course mean it was a Triple Threat. But Gibson and Drake are a great tag team, and great tag teams are capable of rebounding. Fans troll with new songs as Gibson says GYV had Flash Morgan and Mark Andrews beat! They were going to cement their spots as #1 contenders to the tag titles. Until Gallus and Imperium “stuck their nose where it doesn’t belong and the match was thrown out!”

Now what GYV wants to know, what are the consequences of those actions? What will those two teams face as punishment? Fines? Suspensions? A stern talking to? NO! Nothing was done about what Gallus and Imperium did! So Gibson tells Johnny Saint and Skid to pay attention to their top tag team. “When the Grizzled Young Veterans were tag team champions, we were well on our way to making those titles the most prestigious titles ANYWHERE in the WWE!” And every day those titles aren’t on the GYV, they depreciate in value. Fans chant “Boring! Boring!” at Gibson, but Gibson continues. Gibson talks of the statue dedicated to Bill Shankly. “He made the people happy.” That is all GYV is trying to do! He just wants to make the people happy. Fans cheer for their Yorkshire team.

Gibson says TakeOver: Blackpool II is around the corner. Gibson begs and pleads to make this all right. Give them the tag title match they deserve and #MakeThePeopleHappy. The people say “NO! NO! NO!” But Gibson says Saint needs the Grizzled Young Veterans in that tag title match, so that once again, the world will be talking about NXT UK, the Grizzled Young Veterans, and the first-ever two-time NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Will Saint make the people happy? Or just Gibson and Drake?

 

Jordan Devlin has a presentation.

“Good evening. This is the NXT UK global superstar, the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin, here this week in a different capacity.” He shines a spotlight on the brand, and has a little compilation of the best of NXT UK. And of course, it’s all him. #AirJordan moonsault, Spanish Fly, Ireland’s Call, and of course, Devlinside, the most devastating move in WWE today. Devlin pauses because he thought of something. His greatest attribute, other than winning, is that he is an inspiration to the roster. It is a treat for his coworkers to see what he can do in the ring.

But then he thinks about that “little twerp from Spain,” what’s his name? Uh-Kid? A Kid? Great name, not. But if A-Kid thinks he’ll win because Tyler Bate gave him an endorsement? Don’t make Devlin laugh. Devlin’s tip to A-Kid is to step into the ring with the Irish Ace. Thank you for your time.

 

Ridge Holland VS Oliver Carter!

The Predator Hunter is back again, but he might be running into the most menacing predator to enter NXT UK yet. Will Carter survive crossing paths with Yorkshire’s hometown anti-hero?

The bell rings and Yorkshire cheers their own as he ties up with Carter. Holland throws Carter hard over his shoulder! Carter gets up and gets around. Carter plays around a bit as he pushes Holland then waves hi, but he does get the arm wrench on the return. Holland breaks free to throw a big EuroUpper! Holland whips and hip tosses Carter high! Carter hurries to the apron but Holland is on him. Carter breaks free and enziguris back! Carter runs in, tilt-o-whirl headscissors puts Holland on ropes, and a sliding straddle attack puts Holland into ropes. Carter lands on his feet and is fired up but fans boo and jeer. Holland staggers as Carter climbs up top. Carter leaps but Holland catches him! And swings him around, half hatch overhead suplex!

Carter flounders to a corner but Holland stomps away! The ref backs Holland off but then Holland goes back for more. Holland CLUBS Carter down, then brings him up for another big EuroUpper! Holland dares Carter to get up, and he just gives him another EuroUpper! Carter flounders but counters an uppercut for a backslide. Holland powers out and traps the arms, for another overhead suplex! But Holland isn’t done, he fish hooks Carter’s face into a THRASHING cobra clutch! And then sweeps the legs to get him down! Carter endures as Holland thrashes him more. Carter powers his way up, Holland reels him out but Carter dodges to throw hands. The two brawl, Carter ducks and Eddie Gordo kicks! Carter runs in for the dropkick-flip and windmill kick!

Carter fires himself up and runs, springboard but Holland gets clear to POUNCE! Carter goes flying but Holland isn’t done yet. Holland gives a point-blank headbutt! Carter is out on his feet but Holland still isn’t done. Scoop DRIVER, the Northern Grit! Cover, Holland wins!

Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall

The modern day Peaky Blinder blindsided Carter and just dominated. Ashton Smith comes to check on his friend, but Holland lets them both be. Is this just the beginning of Holland having his way with the NXT UK roster?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Conners, Ligero and Banks.

Travis Banks loves a good fight, and after realizing Joseph Conners went after his opponent, El Ligero, Conners is out of order. Ligero himself says Conners is the only reason Ligero lost. Conners also robbed the fans of a fair fight. But hearing all of this, the Righteous Killer is just happy he left a “good impression.” Will Conners regret getting this kind of attention?

 

NXT UK Media finds Carter and Smith backstage.

Smith tells Carter to keep his head up. They’re going places. But then Noam Dar comes by and says, “Ya mon!” The Scottish Supernova says that was a “fantastic performance. Not.” Smith gets fake excited for Noam Dar. Dar is “happy” to see they’re fans and offers autographs and even a photo op. Smith then gets serious to tell Dar to go and run his mouth. But if he’s looking for a fight, he should take them on in a tag match. That is, if Dar can find anyone to be a pal. Dar says they shouldn’t start something they can’t finish. He can take them both on, he doesn’t need any pals or friends. He’ll see them on his time. Will Smith and Dar hook horns in the ring?

 

Alexander Wolfe VS Ilja Dragunov!

Imperium’s Ax Man told the Moscow Madman to either join them or face the consequences. In the end, Dragunov stood boldly against Imperium, and now he and Wolfe will fight in the first match of this new faction warfare! Who takes the first victory in this opening battle?

The bell rings and the two men tie right up. They go around with a thrashing grapple. They end up on ropes, around the way, trading off holds, and Wolfe throws Dragunov down! Wolfe is right on him, but Dragunov slips out, only for Wolfe to bring him back down. Dragunov denies cover after and the two stand off. Fans cheer, but the two are right back at it! They end up in a corner. Wolfe won’t let up until the ref counts. Fans are on Dragunov’s side as he storms right at Wolfe. They tie up yet again, but Wolfe puts Dragunov in another corner. Dragunov turns it around, the ref backs them off, Wolfe pushes Dragunov but Dragunov keeps him back with his unique fighting stance. Wolfe stays back but Dragunov dares him to bring the fight.

Wolfe stands as Imperium would and dares Dragunov to be the first to make a move. Dragunov steps forward, to SLAP Wolfe! Wolfe runs but Dragunov dodges to forearm back! Things speed up and Wolfe leaps, but Dragunov hops over. Dragunov comes back with a crossbody! TWO and Dragunov is sent out of the ring! But Dragunov comes right back to grab at the legs and drag Wolfe out. Dragunov CHOPS Wolfe and then bumps him off the apron. Dragunov punches Wolfe around the corner as the ring count climbs. Dragunov grinds Wolfe into the apron but Wolfe shoves Dragunov into barriers! Wolfe grabs a camera cable, but thinks better of it. He puts Dragunov on the apron, but Dragunov avoids the boot to hit back with a forearm! And then Dragunov runs in, but Wolfe gets clear of the 619!

Dragunov heads up top to LEAP! But Wolfe gets clear, so Dragunov rolls through to come back with forearms. Dragunov whips Wolfe hard into barriers! Fans fire up as they chant for “ILJA! ILJA!” Dragunov puts Wolfe back in the ring and steps in, but Wolfe gets him on the ropes. The ref calls for the break and gets between them, but he misses Wolfe kicking the rope for an indirect low blow! Wolfe has Dragunov draping on the ropes for a swinging neckbreaker! Dragunov writhes but Wolfe stomps him down. Fans rally up as Wolfe puts Dragunov in a corner for body shots and EuroUppers! Wolfe grinds his boot into Dragunov but lets up at the ref’s count. Wolfe argues with the ref but turns around into Dragunov’s forearms! Dragunov backs Wolfe down but Wolfe gets around to waistlock and spin Dragunov to the mat. Wolfe grounds ‘n’ pounds then drops a heavy elbow! Cover, TWO!

Wolfe is on Dragunov with a neck wrench, but the ref sees the hair pulling. Wolfe stops to stick to just a chinlock, but fans rally up. Dragunov powers up and spins out to CHOP back! Dragunov walks into a drop toehold but stops himself from hitting ropes. Dragunov glares at Wolfe but gets a boot! And a BIG knee! Dragunov flounders around but fans are still rallying behind him. Wolfe glares at Dragunov but Dragunov chops again. Wolfe kicks and snapmares, then fish hooks the face before scraping his boot off him. Then a basement dropkick to the back! Cover, TWO! Wolfe looms over Dragunov but Dragunov hits back. Dragunov forearms but Wolfe throws him out hard! Wolfe goes out to take the timekeeper’s chair! The ref warns Wolfe, so Wolfe puts the chair down. Wolfe stomps Dragunov instead, and he puts Dragunov on the apron. Wolfe BOOTS Dragunov in the ear! Cover, ONE!

Wolfe wraps on a headlock and wrenches Dragunov around. Dragunov endures and fans rally up. Dragunov powers up and pries free of the hold, but Wolfe switches to a waistlock! Dragunov fights off the German Suplex to back Wolfe into a corner. Dragunov arm-drags Wolfe off, then dodges in the corner. Wolfe gets buckles, but ducks the back hand to give a forearm! Dragunov hits a big knee! Wolfe EuroUppers, then suplexes, but Dragunov counters with a suplex of his own! Both men are down but fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Wolfe crawls over and Dragunov rises as fans chant his name. Wolfe and Dragunov brawl with big forearms back and forth, fast and furious! Wolfe gets the edge but Dragunov gives them back, and with interest!

Wolfe uppercuts, both men forearm, Dragunov catches a clothesline! Dragunov back hands over and over and over and over! Then he rams in knee after knee, but Wolfe trips him. Dragunov pushes him away but Wolfe ROCKS him with a right, only for Dragunov to PELE! Both men are down but getting up fast! Fans rally as Dragunov runs corner to corner for a BIG knee! Dragunov keeps moving but Wolfe ducks one clothesline, only for the LEFT to hit! Dragunov fires up as Wolfe gets to a corner. Dragunov runs in for a corner clothesline, then he puts Wolfe in a drop zone to climb up. Wolfe SHORYUKENS! Wolfe climbs up to joins Dragunov but Dragunov hangs him out to dry! Wolfe snaps back and Dragunov adjusts, SUPER KNEE DROP! Dragunov reels Wolfe in, modified Gotch to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Wolfe lives but Dragunov won’t let him be.

Dragunov fires up as fans rally up again. Dragunov brings Wolfe back up, but Wolfe back drops. Dragunov lands on his feet but Wolfe has his leg. Dragunov slips out to KNEE Wolfe in the head! Dragunov hooks on again, but Wolfe pries against the hold. Dragunov adjsuts for an under hold rather than waistlock, and gets a SINGLE LEG GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Wolfe escapes and Dragunov can’t believe it! Dragunov gets up and goes to the top rope again! Wolfe rolls away to the adjacent corner, but Dragunov doesn’t care. In fact, he grins? COAST2COAST!! Cover, TWO!?! Dragunov doesn’t care, he heads up a third time! SUPER SENTON onto knees! Wolfe hobbles up and dead lifts, but the legs give out! Dragunov runs over, into a BOOT! Dragunov flounders up into a SNAP GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives and fans are fired up again.

Wolfe drags Dragunov up but Dragunov is dead weight. But then Dragunov fireman’s carries! Wolfe fights out with elbows, but walks into a BOOT! Dragunov storms over, into Wolfe’s fireman’s carry. Wolfe puts Dragunov up top but Dragunov SLAPS him away. Wolfe swipes Dragunov’s legs out! Wolfe climbs up to the very top, SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Wolfe crawls to a cover, TWO!! Dragunov still lives! Wolfe brings Dragunov up by his hair as the fans rally up again. Dragunov SLAPS Wolfe! Wolfe dares him to do it again, so he does! Wolfe slaps back, but Dragunov SLAPS back. They have a SLAP fight! And then it’s another fast and furious brawl!! Wolfe ROCKS Dragunov, but Dragunov back hands back! Both men drop to their knees, but it’s Wolfe who flops over. Draguno has a dazed yet deranged look in his eyes.

Dragunov goes to the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG!” Wolfe walks over to interrupt and gets an elbow. Wolfe BOOTS back, Dragunov CHOPS! Wolfe bobs ‘n’ weaves, and ENZIGURIS! Dragunov stays up, Wolfe whips him, Dragunov comes back with a 6-1-LINE! Dragunov is fired up and Yorkshire is thunderous! Dragunov tries it again, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But here comes Imperium! Dragunov knocks Barthel and Aichner away but Walter is coming down the ramp. But Dragunov turns his attention back to Wolfe, TORPEDO MOS- DDT!? WOlfe turns it all around, covers, TWO!?! WOlfe hurries to get Dragunov up, sit-out powerbomb! Cover, Wolfe wins!

Winner: Alexander Wolfe, by pinfall

And now Imperium goes right after Dragunov! They all want to teach NXT UK what happens when you defy their absolute power! But here comes GALLUS! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers run off Imperium! Walter gets a GERMAN from Joe! But no Best for the Bells as Imperium saves their Ring General. Fans are on Gallus’ side as Joe shouts, “This is OUR Kingdom!” Walter and Joe grab the United Kingdom Championship at the same time. Joe lets Walter keep the belt, for now. With NXT UK headed back to Blackpool, is it only a matter of time before one of these factions completely takes over?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great episode, and I am impressed that NXT UK is reaching longer run times. This was a 65 minute episode! Kona Reeves gets wrecked so hard on NXT USA that he runs over here (at least that’s how it looks in kayfabe) and then manages to give Seven a good match. Seven gets a solid win to keep going, I’m still wondering where he’s going while British Strong Style/Moustache Mountain is taking time off. Starz gave a surprisingly good match against A-Kid, but naturally A-Kid wins. Devlin calling A-Kid out as the proxy to Tyler Bate, this could be a feud leading into TakeOver: Blackpool II, or is a way to get Bate to come back and finally have his match with Devlin. We also got some other matches set up, like Jinny VS Piper and possibly a triple threat of Banks, Ligero and Conners. How is that not a micard championship match?

Gibson gave another great promo, and I’m thinking Grizzled Young Veterans definitely get in on another multi-team match for those tag titles. If they can give us amazing 2v2 matches, an incredible triple threat, how much more epic would a Fatal 4 Way be? Gallus VS Andrews & Webster VS GYV VS Imperium’s Aichner & Barthel, THAT would make people happy, to go with what Gibson was getting at. Holland is a beast, and Carter did pretty good in making him look that way in the ring. Dar’s new story seems to be against these two, but I wonder if Dar ends up finding someone as a tag partner to eventually take on Carter and Smith. And he won’t even need to say this person is a friend, this person could just be a “business associate” or something.

And then Wolfe VS Dragunov, just south of 20 minutes, amazing! Definitely worthy of this story, borderline worthy of a TakeOver. Imperium and Gallus brawling at the very end was really well done, fans are starting to get behind the idea of mostly Face Gallus, even with them having been Heels since day one. That 8 Man better be coming as the Road to Blackpool II, and then we split off to have the Iron King, Joe Coffey, challenge Walter for the United Kingdom Championship. I don’t know if he’ll win, but he needs to give Walter a match on par with what Bate and Walter had in Cardiff. Dragunov and Wolfe should also have a rematch so that they can settle things truly 1v1. Imperium distracted Dragunov so that’s why he lost, he can win the rematch when there’s no one ringside.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)

Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!

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The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!

Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Slim J VS Mascara Dorada; wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; wins.
  • The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; wins.
  • Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; wins.
  • Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
  • Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; wins.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; wins.

QUICK NOTES

Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/6/23)

Time to rage in the cage!

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Will it end where it all began?

Damage CTRL denied us and Becky Lynch the cage match with Bayley before, but now that Raw is in Orlando, The Man VS The Role Model WILL happen! Will this all come full circle for both these Horsewomen?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins; Priest wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
  • Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano; Lumis wins.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella; Carmella wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
  • Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy; Alexander & Benjamin win.
  • Chelsea Green VS ???; Asuka wins.
  • Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford; Ford wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
  • Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Edge and Beth Phoenix are here!

Orlando goes nuts as the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon make their way to the ring! Edge even takes some selfies with fans in the front row before he stands with Beth in the ring. The Grit Couple is of course here for revenge on the Judgment Day, a grudge that goes back to last year and Extreme Rules. They get the mic, and Edge says, “Oh, Orlando…! I gotta try and bring my heart rate down after watching that video, and just say it is so damn good to be back.” Orlando is happy to have them back, and Edge says he’s “The King of Comebacks as this point, it’s getting silly.” But we all know why they’re here this time: The Judgment Day.

Fans boo and Edge agrees. But the Judgment Day is his fault. The idea was to try and elevate talent he felt deserved it. And to be honest, it worked. All of them are at a better place now than they were a year ago. Finn Balor is on a level Edge has never seen before and that is saying something. Damian Priest has proven he’s a workhorse that come out week after week against the very best. Rhea Ripley, well… Fans do cheer Rhea, and Rhea went from number one to outlast everyone, and has punched her ticket to WrestleMania. Edge makes sure everyone sees him point at the sign. Oh, and Dom’s there, too.

“For the last year, we have battled back and forth. From Cardiff to Portland to Toronto, all leading up to Extreme Rules. And I knew that Finn Balor didn’t have what it takes to physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ But as you saw in the video, the minute I saw Rhea Ripley bash Beth in the back of the head with brass knuckles and hold that chair in her hand, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was helpless to stop it. And I am the kind of man, and I know a lot of you can relate out there, I am the kind of man that is not used to feeling helpless.” Fans cheer, and Edge “congratulates” Judgment Day with a sarcastic clap.

Fans chant “You Still Got It!” and Edge says, “I never lost it.” Fans cheer that! Edge continues to say, “But here’s the thing, guys. You just made a bad problem even worse. Because I am a cruel, vindictive, sick bastard, who will sink to any level to get my pound of flesh!” Beth calms Edge and says she’ll cut to the chase. “If you’ve got the stones, Ripley, Balor, my husband and I are here to finish this.” But speaking of, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn, Priest and Dom have the mics but Rhea isn’t here. Finn asks if he’s the only one who notices a pattern. Edge makes his triumphant return, only for the Judgment Day to beat him down again and again and again!

Finn tells Edge, “It might be time for you to say ‘I quit.’ HAHAHA!” Dom says word on the street travels fast. Fans boo Dom but Finn tells them to let Dom talk. Dom says since Edge & Beth have been gone, he has served hard time! Fans continue to boo, Finn again says to let Dom talk! Dom tells Edge & Beth to run along, before he does something to them he learned “on the inside.” Just like he did to his deadbeat dad! Rey didn’t even make it into the Rumble match! Priest says Dom’s right. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Priest says it doesn’t matter. Edge and Rey are “something else.” Every time they come back, Judgment Day beats them down, but they come back for more.

So next time they beat Edge down, Extreme Rules will look like child’s play. And speaking of child’s play, after Dawkins gets cooked and Priest enters the Money… Wait, no, Edge has him so flustered. Finn says it’s alright, Edge has Finn all mad, too. Priest promises Edge that he hates him that he can’t even speak right. Priest is getting inside the Elimination Chamber to be the United States Champion! Dom wishes Rhea was here, she could see what they’re about to do to Edge. But Rhea is busy promoting WrestleMania. Edge tells Dom to shut up! Fans cheer that! Edge says he was right, but they all confuse him! They don’t know what they really want!

Priest, the night he clotheslined Edge’s head off, he claimed he didn’t want a leader. And yet, he’s following Finn around like a giant labradoodle. He’s better than that! As for Finn, he’s a Dollar Store Jamiroquai! It’s insanity. Google Jamiroquai, kids. But the difference between Judgment Day and The Grit Couple is that Edge and Beth have each other’s backs. But they all just drop each other quicker than “Ex Con Dom” did his drawers in the clink! “Which is fitting, considering how many times you screwed your dad over.” And by the way, Edge can’t wait until Rey snaps and 619s Dom’s teeth down his stupid throat! It’s coming!

Beth says Rhea’s not here cuz she’s doing promotional appearances? We all know it’s because Beth speared Rhea’s soul out of her body. But listen to her very closely: she didn’t come here to talk. She came to beat Rhea’s ass!! But if she’s not here tonight, how about this? The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley at Elimination Chamber! Oh, oh, really? Does Dom think Rhea’s in? Dom says Mami is totally in. Finn is in, so they accept! That is, if Edge & Beth make it to Elimination Chamber. The Judgment Day surrounds the ring, Edge & Beth stand their ground, and the fight is on!

Beth runs off Dom, Priest & Finn go after Edge, but here comes ANGELO DAWKINS! Dawkins BLASTS Dom, then fires off on Priest! Dawkins clotheslines Dawkins out, Edge SPEARS Finn down! Dom is freaking out, and Ford creeps up behind him. Ford spooks Dom, puts him in the ring, and Dom wants mercy! He gets chicken wings and a GLAM SLAM instead! Orlando is all fired up, but will the Curse of Greatness be able to take down Damian? Or will Punishment be heading for Montreal?

Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins!

Raw returns as Priest stomps away on Dawkins, this match already underway. But it is also truly 1v1 as Adam Pearce made sure during the break to say no one else is allowed ringside! Priest stands Dawkins up to ROCK him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Dawkins handsprings over and DROPKCIKS Priest! Dawkins fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest bails out, Dawkins builds speed, but Priest moves. Dawkins stops, slides out the side, and runs in to POUNCE Priest onto the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous as Priest flops to the floor! Dawkins puts Priest in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to CYCLONE- FOREARM!

Priest snarls as he stomps away on Dawkins again. Priest drags Dawkins up, rams him into a corner and fires off hands! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Dawkins up for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls, he sits Dawkins up and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Dawkins endures, Orlando rallies up, and Dawkins fights but Priest CLUBS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps on with a chinlock now, and he bends Dawkins against his knee. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, and Dawkins fights up. Priest swings, Dawkins blocks to ROCK back! And again! And again! Anda gain!

Priest shoves, Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves then ROCKS Priest again! Dawkins dodges Priest’s boot to ENZIGURI! Priest runs in again but Dawkins dumps him out! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes out and runs in again, but into a LARIAT! Priest glares at Dawkins as he storms up on him. Priest drags Dawkins up, BIG suplex to the floor! Priest slides in the ring but just to refresh the count. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps and FLYING KCIKS Dawkins down! Fans boo but Priest is in control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision. Fans rally up, Dawkins and Priest go to opposite ends, and Dawkins runs in to rally with clotheslines! Priest hits low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Dawkins, he runs corner to corner to CYCLONE! And ENZIGURI! And facelock, but Priest wrenches out, Dawkins ducks the lariat, to clinch and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grows a little frustrated but fans rally up. Dawkins brings Priest up, ROCKS him with a right, then climbs a corner. Priest choke grips first! Priest then climbs up to join Dawkins, but Dawkins HOTSHOTS him back!

Dawkins hurries in, but into a SUPERKICK! Clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Priest is growing frustrated now. Priest holds up his hand and fans boo. Dawkins rises, Priest clamps on, SOUTH OF- NO, Dawkins pops free for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins hurries to a corner and climbs back up! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Dawkins is beside himself! But Orlando fires up as he drags Priest back up. Priest clamps onto a leg, Dawkins throws hands! Dawkins brings Priest up again, but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest staggers, into a RIGHT from Dawkins!

Priest goes to a corner, Dawkins runs in, but into a SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)

The Punisher pulverizes Dawkins, and now he’s taking aim at the US Championship! Will Priest hit his mark and take that title back?

 

The United States Champion pulls into the arena.

Austin Theory drives a black Lamborghini, showing that The Now rides in style. Will he have anything to say about the Elimination Chamber field as it fills out tonight?

 

Adam Pearce meets with Maximum Males Models.

Maxxine Dupri finishes signing the contract, she, Maçé & Mansöôr are now officially part of Monday Night Raw. Pearce is happy to have them here, and is sure they have big WrestleMania plans. Maxxine confirms, she has big, BIG plans. But then Chelsea Green walks in and asks, “Are you the manager?” Chelsea, you know Pearce is the manager, they spoke last week. Pearce has MMM excuse themselves, and Chelsea says that, as they spoke last week, she is supposed to have a private room, with Swiss chocolates and fresh spring water. He took care of that. Oh, well, that was Belgian chocolate. She’s been to Belgium, she knows the difference.

Anyway, while she has him, she wants to talk about how she’s NOT in the Elimination Chamber match. But Liv is, Raquel is, Nikki is, all of who she could be. With all due respect, Chelsea, you didn’t even last five seconds in the Women’s Rumble, so- Uh, sorry, does she need to call his manager? All she wants is an opportunity. her family is in attendance, so she deserves a match. And in that match, she deserves to be presented as the big star she is. So he either makes this right, or… One call could cost him his job. Okay, thanks, bye. Chelsea heads out, but will Pearce bend to her demands?

 

Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!

The Modern Day Wrestling God didn’t last all that long in the Men’s Rumble, and he didn’t get a win over Johnny Wrestling last week. The Rumble was because of Lesnar, that match with Gargano was because of Lumis. Can Corbin even the score with the Tortured Artist? Or will JBL start to question his investment into Baron?

Raw returns and Lumis makes his entrance. Corbin attacks Lumis as soon as he’s in the ring! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Corbin lets off. The bell rings and Corbin hits a SPLASH in the corner! Corbin throws Lumis down, elbows him down, then clamps on a chinlock. Corbin grinds Lumis down but fans chant, “Corbin Sucks!” Lumis endures, fights up and fights free of the hold. Lumis then headlocks, but Corbin powers out. Corbin CLOBBERS Lumis, then rains down more elbows! Corbin clamps the chinlock on again, and insults the fans. JBL coaches Corbin, Lumis still endures and fights his way back up.

Corbin knees low, he puts Lumis in a corner and fires off forearms. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Lumis bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin says Lumis is nothing and Gargano isn’t anything, either. Gargano says he still got a win off Corbin. Corbin grinds forearms into Lumis’ face, then twists Lumis’ head in a neck wrench. Fans rally and Lumis fights up again. Lumis throws hands, dodges Corbin’s, then DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis runs to clothesline in the corner, then BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Lumis catches Corbin for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP!

Fans fire up as Corbin flounders up. Lumis clinches, but Corbin RAMS him into a corner. Corbin fires off elbows, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Lumis clinches for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Lumis wins!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by pinfall

JBL is speechless as Gargano stands with Lumis. Gargano is headed to the Elimination Chamber for the US title, but will Lumis find himself in title talks soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Byron Saxton says The Man finally has Bayley inside that Steel Cage. What does tonight mean to her? “Orlando, Florida! Orlando, where it all began. Ten years ago, when I got off the plane with my bags to chase this WWE dream. When I first met you, Byron Saxton. A lot has happened in Orlando in those ten years, but ten years ago, I first met Bayley. In the weight room in the NXT Performance Center. And she seemed sweet and she seemed kind, and she wanted to be great. And her way of being great was high-fiving people and hugging people, and attaching herself to whoever she thought would be her meal ticket to the top.

“But I, too, Byron, I wanted to be great. And my way of being great was smashing faces, kicking down doors and changing the game so that I could become The Man of this industry! And Bayley… Bayley didn’t like that. No, she didn’t like that. So she’s attacked me and hit me with chairs and separated my shoulder. And she brought my family into this. And Bayley, I’m gonna learn you to not talk about my family. But all that aside, I had a plan. And tonight, I got what I want, and that is a Steel Cage Match.

“And so Bayley, you can bring your little friends, and you can bring your little tricks. Well, there is one hand that I haven’t played yet, and I’m thinking… I’m thinking, Byron, tonight might be the night.” What does Big Time Becks have planned for the Role Model in tonight’s main event?

 

Brock Lesnar is here!

Orlando goes nuts again as The Beast walks out to the ring and tips his cowboy hat with a feather in it. Lesnar gets the mic to say, “I appreciate ya. Thank you very much. Good evening, Orlando. Did y’all by chance catch the Royal Rumble? I did, too. I thought it sucked. At least, I had a sucky experience. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar got his ass thrown out over the top rope. That’s not the worst of it. I got my ass thrown over the top rope, by Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Now I apologize. I wasn’t on Raw last week, I had to get my head together a little bit. Bobby, you finally struck a chord in Brock Lesnar.”

All last week, Lesnar could not get Lashley out of his head. Lesnar tried to go hunting, and all he could think about was Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Next day, Lesnar wakes up, wants to go ice fishing. He likes coastal fishing, too, but he tries to go, but all he can think of is Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! He sits down for a big ol’ steak dinner, and all he can think about is Bobby Lashley! He gets into bed at night with his wife, and… Well, four or five hours later, all Lesnar could think about is Bobby Lashley! So for a whole week, Lesnar thought about what he’s gonna do with Lashley. Lesnar has a resolution. A violent resolution, but still.

You see, within Lesnar’s “five dollar denim jacket, is a multi-million dollar contract.” Fans like the sound of that. Lesnar reads the contract: “Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber.” Now Lashley, if you’ve got balls, you’ll get down here and sign the contract! Well here comes Lashley! Lashley is in shades and a nice suit as he heads down the ramp and to the ring. Lashley gets himself a mic, and he says, “Well nice of you to grace us with your presence, Brock. I didn’t even know you were gonna be here. But since you are, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.”

Match number one, what happened? Lashley pinned Lesnar. Match number two, Lesnar won. But if memory serves, Lashley laid Lesnar out cold as he walked out of the ring. And the third meeting was at the Royal Rumble, and Lashley threw Lesnar out without a problem. Lesnar steps closer and hands Lashley the contract. Lashley takes it, and again says that if memory serves, Lashley will be done under his terms. Lashley is going to take Lesnar’s contract and let his agent look at it, and his manager, and his lawyer, then Lashley will get back to Lesnar. This will be under consideration.

Oh, is Lesnar surprised? Surprised that Bobby Who has one up on you? Lashley emphasizes that with a poke of the finger. Lesnar smirks, and he reels Lashley in! F5!! Lesnar puts the contract in Lashley’s pocket, but fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures why not! Fireman’s carry, F5!! The Beast puts his hat back on, takes his leave, and the ball is now in the All Mighty’s court. Will this all but guarantee Lashley will want that match with Lesnar in Montreal?

 

Johnny Gargano finds Candice LeRae backstage.

Mr. Wrestling says hello to Mrs. Wrestling, tonight is big, right? How is she feeling? Luck hasn’t been on her side but she feels good. Lumis has a picture for good luck. Wow, the whole family! Gargano, Candice, little Quill and their dog, Pawdme, and… Who is that in the back? Nikki Cross? Cuz she’s SPYING on them! Nikki laughs and runs off! Candice isn’t sure what to make of that, but will she worry more about it once she’s in the chamber with crazy Cross?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella!

Raquel Gonzalez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, Asuka and Natalya are waiting, and there’s just one spot left in the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match! Will it be Michin, Mrs. Wrestling, the Scottish Viper, or the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island going all the way to Montreal for that golden opportunity?

Raw returns, Candice is already in the ring as Mia makes her entrance. Then, last but not least, Piper Niven! She’s dropped the nickname, will she make a name for herself on the Road to WrestleMania? The bell rings and Piper CLOBBERS Mia and Candice! Piper and Mella stare down, Mella talking trash even though this is her return match. Piper scares Mella with a growl and Mella bails out to hang by hubby Corey Graves. Piper whips Candice into Mia at a corner, then runs in to SANDWICH them! Candice and Mia both fall, and Piper grins. Mella hops on for a SLEEPER! Piper throws her right off!

Mella bails out again, but Mia and Candice fire off on Piper! Piper shoves them away, runs, but into a double drop toehold! She ends up on ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS send her out! Fans fire up with Mia and Candice, but then the two friends circle. They fist bump, and then Mia rushes in. Candice avoids the clothesline but Mia jumps over the leg sweep. Candice deflects a boot to waistlock, but Mia switches. Candice elbows free, Mia blocks a kick, and Mia slips under to pick Candice up! BUCKLE BOMB! Mia hoists Candice up top, CHOPS her, then blocks another kick! Mia has Candice in an Electric Chair, but Candice POISON-RANAS!

Mella scurries in to cover Candice, TWO! Cover on Mia, TWO! Cover back on Candice, TWO! Another cover on Mia, TWO! Piper TRIPLE SPLASHES them all!! Cover on Mia, TWO!! Piper drags Mia up to throw her out, then she kicks Candice out. Piper covers Mella, TWO!! Piper drags Mella up, throws her right out, and Piper is all fired up! Orlando is fired up with her, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Piper has everyone in corners. Piper SPLASHES Mia, SPLASHES Candice, but Mella dodges! FABULOUS KICK! Piper rebounds to CLOBBER Mella! Candice CROSSBODIES, but Piper catches her! Mia runs in to hit a NECKBREAKER that takes Piper down! All four women are down but Piper bails out of the ring! Orlando fires up while the others stir. Mella shouts, “This is MY match!” But Mia says no it ain’t! Mella throws a forearm, but Mia ROCKS Mella! Mella throws another, but Mia fires off a flurry! Mia BOOTS, then wrenches to hit EAT DA FEET!! Cover, Piper drags Mella away!

Fans are torn but Mia is shocked! Piper storms in, Mia throws body shots and haymakers! Piper ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Mia wobbles, Piper reels her in but Candice is up top! MISSILE DROPKICK! Piper is down, Candice LIONSAULTS! cover, Mia breaks it! Friends or not, this is every woman for herself! Mia says sorry, but then Piper shoves Mia into Candice! Candice falls, but Mia runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Candice breaks it! Piper pulls at her hair and bites her fingers in frustration, but she has Candice to herself now. Candice fires off haymakers, but Piper shoves her down. SENTON FLOPS as Candice moves!

Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! But Mella rolls Candice up! TWO!! Candice escapes, DEKCS Mella, and Mella goes to a corner. Candice runs in but is sent into buckles! Mella shouts at Candice and stomps a fabulous mudhole in! Fans boo as Mella moonwalks and says, “Mella! Is! Money!” FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! But Piper runs in! Mella dodges, CANNONBALL for Candice! FABULOUS KICK for Piper! Mella stacks Candice, and WINS!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match)

The Princess of Staten Island took advantage, and she is heading to Montreal! But will she be the one heading to WrestleMania with that golden ticket?

 

Baron Corbin regroups with JBL backstage.

Corbin laughs it off. “That didn’t go as planned, did it?” But where are they going to eat? Maybe get some drinks or something? JBL asks, “We? There ain’t no ‘we’. I headlined WrestleMania, I sold out arenas all over the world, I was must-watch television. You are channel changing television. That sound you hear when you get the ring, that’s the sound of remote controls around the world changing the channel to watch anything but you. And I don’t give a damn about you. I give a damn about the fact that MY Hall of Fame legacy, my CHAMPIONSHIP career, has lost all credibility, because of YOU!”

Corbin frowns but JBL continues. “Modern Day Wrestling God? I’ll tell you what you need. Not some cute little shirt, but a red nose and floppy shoes. Because you are a clown. You do not belong near me.” Corbin asks where this is coming from. He can do better! He’ll do better! JBL says, “You can’t polish a turd. I tried.” JBL storms off, did Corbin blow another major opportunity?

Meanwhile, we can see in the background that MVP is talking with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They shake hands, having a much better talk than JBL and Corbin just did. As the Wrestling God partnership falls apart, are we seeing the return of the Hurt Business?

 

Piper Niven finds Candice LeRae backstage!

Piper blames Candice for that loss! Piper should be going to WrestleMania! Mia storms in and makes Piper back off. Piper says they’re both very luck. If either of them get in the way of her and the title again, she will not be forgiving. Mia and Candice stick together, but will they both have to worry about the angry Scottish Viper slithering around?

 

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy!

Speaking of, PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard are going up against “Master” Chad Gable and his number one guy, Otis! It’s a battle of former Raw Tag Team Champions, will one of these teams make a big impression on the Road to WrestleMania?

Raw returns and MVP is with Cedric & Shelton in their entrance! The teams sort out and Gable circles with Cedric. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and SLAMS Cedric, but Cedric gets up, only for Gable to snapmare. Gable rolls with Cedric, has a waistlock again, but Cedric pries free, only for Gable to headlock for the takeover. Cedric headscissors, Gable kips free, but Cedric arm-drags Gable. Gable arm-drags back, then blocks Cedric’s arm-drag to say, “SHOOSH!” Gable stands Cedric up but Cedric mule kicks back. Cedric runs, handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cedric flounders and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!”

Gable tags Otis, the fans fire up and Otis struts. Gable cravats Cedric, Otis runs and CLOBBERS Cedric! Fans fire up but MVP protests. Cedric tags Shelton and he fires forearms on Otis! Shelton whips but Otis blocks! Otis whips, Shelton LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Shelton runs but Otis scoops! Shelton slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Otis staggers, Shelton runs in to STEP- UP- NO!! Otis carries Shelton out for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans fire up with the tree trunk and he runs, to SPLASH! Fans rally while Shelton sputters, but Otis CLUBS him on the back. Otis whips Shelton corner to corner hard and Shelton falls to the mat!

Fans rally behind Otis and he brings Shelton up. Shelton kicks but Otis blocks, and Otis spins Shelton around, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Otis staggers around, Shelton runs in but into another SLAM! Otis drags Shelton up, puts him in a corner, and then runs in, only to get buckles! MVP coaches Shelton and he crawls, but so does Otis! Hot tags to Gable and Cedric! Cedric rallies on Gable, runs in to forearm smash int he corner, then snapmare and BASEMENT DROPKICK! MVP is fired up with Cedric and Cedric whips. Gable reverses, Cedric goes up and over. Things keep moving, NEURALIZER!

Gable flops out of the ring, Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gable puts Cedric in while MVP shouts to shake it off! Gable is up top, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Shelton breaks it! Otis CLUBS Shelton, throws him to a corner, and then runs in, only to get more buckles! STEP-UP KNEE! And then another STEP-UP KNEE! And a SAMOAN DROP!?! Fans are thunderous after that, but Gable KNEES Shelton out! Cedric is up, Gable CLOBBERS him! Gable goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Cedric avoids it, back suplex, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Cedric & Shelton win!

Winners: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall

MVP is all fired up! He celebrates with his guys, is this the revival of the Hurt Business?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Cathy Kelley knows The A-Lister was caught off guard last week by Rick Boogs, but what is his reaction to that return? His reaction? Miz will gladly give it to Pearce, along with a bill for the damages to his $10,000 suit that Maryse bought Miz! Who makes someone compete in a suit?! And as far as “Boogs” goes, what? He’s supposed to be impressed that Boogs can bench press 500 pounds and play the electric guitar? But speaking of, here comes Boogs! Uh, how did he get a meeting before The Miz? Oh, of course, he’s special, right? Wow, Boogs is special? Thanks, Miz.

But Boogs is just excited to be reunited with the Boogs Crew in the WWE Universe. The Boogs Crew? Oh, cut the humble crap. Miz would’ve won easily, if he was dressed and ready. Boogs got luck and he knows it, but he’s also lucky that Pearce is a lazy and incompetent official. Because if it was different and Miz was ready, it would’ve been a different story! Pearce walks up behind Miz and says, “Tell me how you really feel.” Miz sighs and smiles at Pearce. Pearce says that if Miz wants a rematch with Boogs, all he had to do was ask. In fact, how about next week? Boogs says that is righteous! THICK RICK VS The Miz, he’s so excited! Rick “Boogs out” on his exercise bar!

Miz looks at Pearce, then frowns as he walks away. But then Chelsea walks back in. She’s about to go to the ring, so she wants him to find an opponent, or she will call his boss. Okay thanks, bye~! The Hot Mess heads out, but who will Pearce send out to face her?

 

Chelsea Green VS ???

“Shh… It’s Chelsea.” Orlando has mixed feelings as The Hot Mess struts her way to the ring in her first singles match since coming back to the WWE. She’s already got an ego over the fact that she is back, but is she going to be ready for her opponent tonight? Because her opponent is ASUKA!!

Wait, is that Raquel Rodriguez in the crowd? Big Mami Cool snuck in from SmackDown to watch Raw in person, and she’s distracting Asuka! The bell rings and Chelsea SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Chelsea CLUBS away on Asuka, but now we see Natalya sneaking in from the other side! And Liv Morgan! Chelsea dribbles Asuka off the mat, brings her up, and shushes her, before she SLAPS her! Mella struts her way back out, since all the Chamber entrants are here. Chelsea BOOTS Asuka into buckles! Chelsea drags Asuka up, clinches, picks her up, COMPLETE SHOT! Chelsea sees everyone else and asks if they all watched that.

Chelsea says SHE should be in the Chamber, not “whatever this is,” in reference to Mella. Chelsea goes back to Asuka, kicks dirt, and also talks trash on Natty. Wait, Nikki sneaks out here now? Nikki laughs at Chelsea. Chelsea says if Nikki wants crazy, she’ll give her crazy! Chelsea also talks trash on Liv and Raquel. But Asuka gest back up! Chelsea senses something is wrong, and Asuka eggs her on in Japanese! Chelsea swings, misses, and Asuka fires off a strike fest! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! FRONT KICK! URAKEN and HEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Chelsea wants a time-out!

Chelsea gets to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Chelsea BOOTS her! Chelsea runs in, into a CODE BREAKER, which Asuka then turns into a DOUBLE ARMBAR!!! Chelsea verbally quits, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The Empress of Tomorrow stands tall tonight, and she makes sure to look her future opponents in the eye. But then BIANCA BELAIR appears! The RawEST Women’s Champion is here, and she tells them all, “I want all of y’all to take a good look at each other and tell me what you see. Cuz I’ll tell you what I see. I see six top tier women in the WWE.” Fans cheer that. “But… Who has what it takes to win the Elimination Chamber match? Who has what it takes to go one on one with the EST of WWE? Because last year, I was in your position. I know what it’s like to be in an Elimination Chamber match, and I know what it takes to win. That’s how I got this.”

Bianca holds up the title, and says, “I want to wish each and every one of you good luck. Because whoever makes it out… I’ll be ready to see you at WrestleMania.” The EST has sent her message to all her potential contenders, but just who will survive the Chamber to meet Bianca in Hollywood?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Orlando goes nuts again as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring. Fans chant Cody’s name as he gets the mic. “So, what do you guys wanna talk about? Hmm… Last week, I used my interview time to come out here and talk to you with respect about my current WrestleMania opponent, The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the biggest superstar in the world, the Best in the World, Roman Reigns.” Fans boo Roman, then chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” So they just read Cody’s mind. Cody did say “current.” Cody’s path to WrestleMania is straight and clear, but the destination is foggy.

The reason being, Roman is putting the titles on the line at Elimination Chamber, “against a guy who has kicked up all the dust, a guy who has all the momentum, a guy that’s walking into his hometown, and that is Sami Zayn.” Fans cheer and chant for Sami and Cody continues. “You guys seem like a perfect judge for my next question. It looks more and more like at WrestleMania, it’s going to be me standing there, challenging for the championship against Sami Zayn.” Fans like the sound of that! Cody says this with the utmost respect. “I have respect for anyone avenging an injustice done to them. I have respect for my friend, Sami Zayn. I wish you the best of luck, may the best man win.”

But wait! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel, and The Wise Man, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans boo as Heyman continues into the ring. Fans chant “E C DUB!” and Heyman steps into the ring. Heyman tells Cody that something he may one day find out in life, “hopefully not at my expense, but one day, is that life at the very top in this industry requires an understanding that the only week busier than the week leading into a major event like the Royal Rumble, or watch the point, WrestleMania…

“Is the week coming out of a major event, like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. And I’m sure you know that the Tribal Chief and I have had a lot on our plates in the last week. And a few things fell through the cracks, admittedly, on the Island of Relevancy. One of which is the Tribal Chief and I, in front of the entire world, want to congratulate you on winning the 2023 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble match.” Cody and Heyman shake hands and Heyman says Cody earned it and that he’s very proud of Cody. Fans cheer that, and chant, “You Deserve It!”

Cody knows that his father had a nickname for Heyman, his brother had a nickname for Heyman. But if you’ll indulge Cody, Cody will go with “Mr. Heyman.” It is because Cody has “unparalleled respect” for Heyman and Heyman knows why. But if they’re going to pull back the curtain here, might as well pull it back for everyone here in the crowd and watching at home. This is a story that should’ve been told a long time ago. The year was 2000. The till in Cody’s family dried up a bit, and Hard Times was more than a famous promo. “Simply put, my family went broke.” $100 in a checking account for all of them.

To put a visual on it, Cody’s dad was doing local car commercials and not for money. Just so he could keep a car. Fans chant for Dusty now and Heyman gets emotional. “But then he got a phone call,” Cody continues. Heyman called Dusty. Heyman told Dusty that ECW as in town, that Steve Corino was gonna talk some smack, and that if Dusty would just agree to appear on camera, that if Dusty would be on ECW TV, Heyman “would pay him and pay him well.” Fans again chant for “E C DUB!” Cody says Heyman kept his word. In addition to the money that the Rhodes family sorely needed, ECW gave Dusty his confidence back, and Cody can never repay Heyman for that.

Flash forward a bit, and they might talk about it, but before coming back here, Cody was somewhere else, “causing a little bit of trouble.” From one disruptor in sports entertainment to another, Heyman showed Cody the way, so thank you again. Fans applaud that, and Heyman again gets emotional. Fans chant, “Thank You, Paul! Thank You, Paul!” Heyman says Cody is good. Cody really got Heyman there. Heyman was here to schmooze business with him, and Cody got him personally. Heyman sighs, fans cheer, and if we’re peeling back and shooting from the hip, let’s go all the way.

Heyman says this isn’t about him, and with all due respect and love and admiration and even acknowledgement, this isn’t about Dusty. This is about Cody, about everything Cody has fought for from the bottom to the top, out the door, back in, to winning the Rumble to main-eventing WrestleMania! “And winning WrestleMania is a whole different story. Just getting there is a long, long road.” And that’s Cody’s story. That’s Cody’s story that he needs to finish to find out if this is a dream come true, or if he must “suffer the nightmare of coming just this close.”

Because Cody isn’t just main-eventing WrestleMania, he’s trying to “take away from the greatest box office attraction and greatest champion of all time, Roman… Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says that’s no easy task for any mere mortal, let alone someone that has no idea what it’s like under that spotlight. Will Cody crumble and wither? Will he self-destruct under that pressure because no one ever prepared him for it? Heyman says down the road is the WWE Performance Center. At that very place, Cody’s father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, trained and prepped the biggest stars of this generation.

Cody’s father, Dusty, trained and prepped Seth Rollins, trained and prepped Becky Lynch, trained and prepped Bayley, trained and prepped Kevin Owens, trained and prepped for the highest level of success, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. But do you know who Dusty didn’t train and prep? Dusty did not train nor prepare Cody. Cody tries to smile through that but Heyman says he could counsel Cody that maybe, just maybe, Dusty wanted Cody to make it on his own. That’s how much love Dusty had for him. That Dusty wanted Cody to step out of the shadow of a national monument such as the American Dream himself.

Perhaps Dusty didn’t want Cody going through life as “Dusty’s son,” but as Cody Rhodes, “WrestleMania Main Eventer Who Stopped the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Maybe. But Cody, Heyman can’t convey in words how much he loved Dusty. But he can say to Cody’s face that Dusty loved Cody. To share this personally, in Heyman’s last conversation with Dusty, Dusty told Heyman… “You, Cody, were his favorite son.” Cody and the fans aren’t sure what to make of that, but then Heyman adds, “But Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.” Heyman drops the mic and fans cannot believe he just said that!

Cody rushes up on Heyman but Heyman backs away. Fans want Cody to go after Heyman but Heyman wants him to reconsider. Cody offers a handshake, then makes Heyman take it. “I’m just trying to win a wrestling championship, and everybody, everybody, wants to make it personal. And that’s what you just did, and you’re not gonna pay for it, Mr. Heyman. Your boy, Roman Reigns, is going to pay for it. At WrestleMania, when I take those titles, personally.” Cody pushes the mic into Heyman then heads out. Will Cody ironically be hoping Roman beats Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber so he can be the one to tear the Tribal Chief down?

 

Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford!

There is just ONE spot left in the United States Championship match, and it comes down to The Drifter and the flyest high flyer WWE has seen in a long time! Will all of Montreal #WalkWithElias? Or will this Profit be up, looking for gold?

Raw returns and Elias makes his entrance while Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and Elias circles with Ford. They tie up, and they are in a deadlock. They go around, Ford puts Elias in a corner but Elias turns it around. The ref counts, both men let off, and they reset. Ford and Elias tie up again, Elias headlocks and he grinds Ford down. Ford powers up but Elias holds tight. Ford tries again, but Elias still holds tight. Theory isn’t concerned about Elias’ level of aggression, because the person with aggression is him. Ford powers up and out, but Elias runs him over! Cover, TWO!

Elias stands Ford up but Ford rolls Elias up, TWO! Ford cradles, TWO! Elias headlocks again and he hits a takeover. Ford keeps his shoulder up, moves around, and fans rally. Theory likes Ford’s athleticism, and the move on his regimen, but he’s intrigued to face Elias since they’ve never met in a match. Ford fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Ford hurdles then runs Elias over! Ford DROPKICKS Elisa, and then Ford snarls as he whips. Elias reverses but Ford KICKS back! Ford runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Ford sputters to a corner and Elias storms up to CHOP, UPPERCUT and repeat!

Elias fires off, the ref counts, and Elias lets off. Elias then stomps Ford again, CHOPS him, and whips to back drop Ford! Ford bails out, Elias pursues, and Elias RAMS Ford into barriers! Elias then brings Ford up to STEEL STEPS BACK SUPLEX! Elias roars and fans are torn as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Elias has Ford in a motorcycle stretch. Ford endures, turns, but Elias drags him up into a waistlock. BACKBREAKER! Elias then goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Ford hops up after him! Ford fires haymakers, Elias throws body shots, and Elias CLUBS Ford down. Elias SUNSET FLIPS, but Ford holds onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Ford fights his way back up, and he ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias turns things into an Electric Chair Lift! SPINNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Theory says he thought that would end it, though he sounds a bit sarcastic.

Ford crawls to the apron and Elias storms over. Ford GAMANGIRIS Elias, ducks a haymaker, then bumps Elias off buckles to GAMANGIRI again! Ford goes back up, CROSSBODIES, and says “SUCK IT!” Ford rallies with clotheslines, then runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Elias staggers, Ford pumps up and hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up but Ford’s back tightens up. Ford powers through to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Theory likes that Elias is still in this, but Ford brings Elias up. Elias CHOPS! ford ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias ROCKS Ford, but Ford ENZIGURIS! Ford runs, into the SYMPHO-KNEE!

Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and Elias grows frustrated. Theory doesn’t worry about the match, and goes on to talk trash on the other entrants. Theory thinks Johnny Gargano will be a stay-at-home dad, Bronson Reed probably can’t fit in a pod, but then gets mad at Kevin Patrick for bringing up the loss to Bronson back in their NXT days. Elias meanwhile RAMS Ford into a corner, RAMS him again, and again, and again! Elias backs off, runs in again, but Ford puts him on the apron! Elias shoulders in, slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER!

Elias flounders away, Ford goes corner to corner to FLY!! Direct hit and down goes Elias! Ford puts Elias in the ring and fans fire up! Ford goes up top, and leaps in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)

Ford takes the last spot, but Theory stands on the desk to hold up the title. Will Theory still have that title after the Elimination Chamber? Wait! SETH ROLLINS CLIPS THEROY! Theory hits the desk and Rollins laughs! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the CURB STOMP to the floor! The Now didn’t see The Visionary coming, will nothing and no one stop Rollins from winning in the Chamber?

 

Bayley talks with Damage CTRL backstage.

Dakota Kai is in crutches given what Becky Lynch did to her last week, but Bayley isn’t worry. She tells Kai & Sky the plan and prepares for the main event, which is up next!

 

Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch!

The Role Model used Damage CTRL to take control away from The Man and deny us all this match on the Raw 30th Anniversary episode. But now, there’s no running from this, there’s no hiding from this, and there’s no getting around this! Will Bayley survive Becky’s Big Time wrath? Or will Becky leave Bayley behind just like when they were in NXT?

The bell rings, fans fire up, but Bayley smirks. Fans rally for Becky as she and Bayley circle. They feel things out, Bayley ROCKS Becky then climbs the wall! Becky yanks her down, she won’t let Bayley just run away like a coward. They talk trash, Bayley says Becky doesn’t tell her what to do or when to do it. Bayley shoves Becky, so Becky ROCKS Bayley! They go back and forth, Becky gets the edge, but Bayley kicks a leg out! Becky trips Bayley! Becky says she was going for the door, but that’s not how this is going down. Becky whips but Bayley turns it around, only for Becky to stop from hitting the steel.

Becky hits Bayley back, but Bayley also blocks hitting steel. Bayley elbows Becky away but Becky goes for an arm! Bayley and Becky go around, but Bayley throws Becky into the steel! Kai & Sky like what they see as Bayley sends Becky into more steel! Bayley stomps away on Becky, then digs her boots in! She also digs Becky into the frame of the cage! Fans boo but Bayley covers, ONE!! Becky is hanging tough, so Bayley decides to climb. Becky hurries over and dropkicks the cage to shake Bayley loose! Bayley falls to the mat, then Becky drags her up to RAM her into the steel! Becky drags Bayley up again to RAM her into more steel!

Becky runs to basement dropkick Bayley into the steel! And again! Becky stomps away on Bayley now, then pushes her face into the steel! “You think you can talk about my husband?! You think you can talk about my husband now, Bayley?!” Becky lets off, then drags Bayley up. Fans rally and Becky throws Bayley into more steel! Bayley drags herself out while Becky climbs the cage. Bayley hurries to anchor Becky, but Becky kicks her away. Bayley climbs up after Becky, but Becky kicks her again. Bayley anchors a foot, but Becky dribbles Bayley’s face off steel! Becky then adjusts, brings Bayley around, but Bayley RAMS Becky into steel!

Bayley dribbles Becky now, throws her off the ropes, then adjusts to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kai & Sky coach Bayley on as she has control, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns just as Becky kicks out of a cover! And she wants the arm! Bayley hurries to push Becky away, but Becky hits a FLYING FOREARM! Both women are down and Orlando fires up! Kai & Sky coaches Bayley as she and Becky both stand. The forearms go back and forth again! Fans rally behind Becky as she gets the edge, uppercuts and SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and JUMP KICKS Bayley down! Becky whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley uses that to get up the wall! Becky grabs Bayley’s legs to SLAM them against the steel! And again! Bayley holds on with her hands but Becky RAMS her into the steel again and again! SUPER JUMP KICK!

Bayley ends up slumped on the ropes, for Becky’s SUPER GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Becky fires up. Kai & Sky plead with Bayley as she gets up, but Becky clinches. Bayley slips out of the slam to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Becky is still in this and fans fire up again! Bayley drags herself to ropes, climbs the cage, but Becky rises! Becky drags Bayley back down, has her draped on the ropes and TOSSES her into the steel! Becky runs, to drop a leg, brother! But Bayley turns it into a HEEL HOOK!! Becky flails, reaches out, and crawls her way to the door! Becky grabs the frame but Bayley drags her away!

Bayley stands Becky up but Becky rolls to send Bayley into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Back to the HEEL HOOK! Becky still crawls, they roll to ropes, and Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel! And again! And again! Bayley is dazed but Becky hobbles back up. Becky climbs a corner but Bayley anchors her foot. Becky kicks her away, but Bayley tries again. Becky kicks Bayley again, but Bayley hurries up after her! They brawl, Becky shoves Bayley away! Becky is on the top rope but Bayley CLUBS her! Bayley clubs after and they braw on the top rope! Bayley RAMS Becky into the steel, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?!

Kai & Sky can’t believe it, and neither can Orlando! Bayley stalks Becky, but then decides to climb the wall! Bayley reaches the top! Becky hurries up after Bayley, catches up to Bayley, and they brawl up top now! Fans rally as the haymakers go back and forth! Bayley SMACKS Becky off the top! But Becky grabs an arm! Becky uses that to drag herself back up, DISARM-HER ON TOP OF THE CAGE!!! Bayley slips free, gets caught up on the ropes, and flops to the mat! But Becky just adjusts, only for Sky to climb up after her! The Evil Genius brawls with Becky, and then she kicks Becky down into the ring! Kai sneaks a crutch to Bayley!

Bayley JAMS Becky with the crutch! But wait, is that LITA?!? The living legend is here and she goes up after Sky! Lita YANKS Sky right off the cage! Lita storms up on Kai and uses her other crutch to YANK her into steel steps! Lita JAMS Sky, reels her in, TWIST OF FATE to the floor!! Bayley is flabbergasted, but she hurries for the door! Fans are losing their minds as Lita SLAMS the door shut! Bayley staggers into a MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Becky had Big Time back-up, was this the ace in the hole she talked about? Did Lita help Becky put behind her Damage CTRL once and for all?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw, and full to the brim at that. Great opening segment with Edge, Beth and Judgment Day. I am glad they’re giving us that Mixed Tag for Elimination Chamber, but I was hoping they would make it Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom. But at the same time, if Dom was involved, it’d be obvious Dom would take the loss just so The Grit Couple can win without really hurting Rhea’s momentum. With Finn in that match instead, it could go either way. Rhea could beat Beth to win it while we see Edge and Finn set up a 1v1 rematch for WrestleMania. That’s two birds, one stone, so perhaps WWE will go with that.

I also like that they used the brawl that broke out to bring in the Profits. Dom taking the Glam Slam was beloved by all, and of course we go right into Dawkins VS Priest. Priest winning makes sense, he really is the workhorse Edge said he is, Priest will have a great showing in the Elimination Chamber. Elias VS Ford was great stuff, even with Theory on commentary. Theory wasn’t bad, but what does he really add talking himself up? At the same time, it was great for Rollins to drive-by Theory to get himself some momentum while not in the ring. And as I’d hoped, Ford is in the Chamber now, so get ready for a From the Heavens off a pod.

Corbin VS Lumis being a comparative squash was a bit of a surprise, but it leading to JBL dumping Corbin was also quite surprising. At the same time, something had to give. The WWE never books Corbin strong forever, which is why Corbin has been through more changes to his character these last few years than anyone else. I’m not sure what’ll get Corbin to the next level, if WWE even cares to do that. I still think they skipped through the Bum Ass Corbin stuff too soon, but that’s on Vince. Maybe Corbin will start trying to earn JBL’s respect like he needs it as validation for who he is.

And because HHH’s team is really clever, they gave us another “Easter egg” in a promo, with MVP talking with Cedric & Shelton before their match. Their match against Alpha Academy was pretty good, though it seemed clunky at the start. Commentary touched on it, I think Shelton was just not quite ready for how big and strong Otis was gonna run in there. But Shelton & Cedric win because clearly, the Hurt Business is on its way back. Lesnar and Lashley had a good promo together, and I’m a little surprised we’re getting that match at the Chamber. Maybe there will be something crazy that happens, compelling a WrestleMania match. Plus, from Lashley’s promo, he’s counting their Rumble match confrontation as part of the record, so the Chamber match would be round 4, making Mania round 5 and a tiebreaker of sorts.

Good backstage promos with Adam Pearce. Miz putting his foot in his mouth and ending up in a rematch with Boogs was good stuff. Officially signing MMM to Raw was a nice detail to help give us a reason we’re even watching Pearce, which sets up Chelsea “Karen Joke Punchline” Green complaining to him and getting a match. And seeing as how Chelsea avoided bringing Asuka up, it was perfect that she had to fight Asuka. It was a logical surprise to have the other women in the Elimination Chamber match show up, though I feel like Chelsea could’ve been faster about talking trash. Asuka wins, of course, and Bianca had a great promo calling out all the contenders.

Speaking of, the Fatal 4 was great stuff, and I suppose Mella winning is a good choice. She’s returning, she’s got momentum just on that, but she’ll surely be used to build up Asuka in that match. Mella had that segment with Asuka last week, Asuka will definitely mist and eliminate Mella. Asuka is definitely a frontrunner to win the Chamber, and this return to Kana in presentation has to mean Asuka’s going to WrestleMania. Piper threatening Candice and Mia was good stuff. Piper might get a partner to take them on at some point, but we can get some great 1v1 matches out of Piper VS Candice and Piper VS Mia.

Cody’s promo segment with Heyman was so good. I just knew Heyman was setting up that insult on Cody about Dusty wanting someone like Roman as a son, and it was still powerful. And while Sami Zayn is great, it of course gave the idea that WrestleMania’s main event will stay Roman VS Cody. Then we got a great main event in the Steel Cage match. Granted, it was the usual Steel Cage formula: throw each other into steel; keep each other from climbing up and out multiple times; Heel still has minions interfere. But I did like that Lita showed up to help Becky in a callback to their Crown Jewel match. Lita helping Becky win was good stuff cuz it was DMG CTRL facing karma, and fans got to see the legendary Lita celebrate with the iconic Becky. Hell, maybe we get some kind of tag match now so Lita can return to WrestleMania.

My Score: 8.7/10


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