Will Brock Lesnar get his hands on Rey Mysterio?
While the NXT takeover of SmackDown last Friday means there is much uncertainty, one thing is for sure: the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Wants REVENGE!
- The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Natalya; Flair & Natalya win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
- Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara & Catalina; Almas & Vega win.
- Rusev VS Drew McIntyre; Rusev wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Humberto Carrillo & The Street Profits; The OC wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS The East Hampton Polo Boys; The Viking Raiders win.
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole w/ Triple H VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification, Cole retains the NXT Championship.
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A caravan of vehicles pulls into the arena.
And Triple H is in the first car! He goes to the second, whispers some things, and then heads to gorilla!
Brock Lesnar is in Long Island!
The Beast and his Advocate QUIT SmackDown, and now they’re free agents returning to Raw! Paul Heyman gives the usual introduction for the “Conqueror of Cain,” the ultimate champion of WWE, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! And for those who missed SmackDown, Lesnar has had enough of Fox. Lesnar has returned to Raw to go hunting for Rey Mysterio! You see, after the WWE Draft, Bliss-Cross was traded to SmackDown for draft considerations, while Lesnar has a “No Cut” contract, thanks to Heyman being his advocate. The WWE can’t fire Lesnar, because they have an investment in Lesnar. Therefore, Lesnar’s contract goes back to Raw. That doesn’t mean anyone can quit a show and switch shows, because Lesnar is different, Lesnar is special, Lesnar is entitled “to do whatever the hell he wants!”
And Heyman knows what fans are thinking. “Does that make Brock Lesnar better than me?” Yes, he is better than “each and every single one of you.” Lesnar is better than all of you at home, and all of those “bitches in the back” that think they’re tough guys! Which brings Heyman to the point: someone knows where Rey Mysterio is! So where is he!? Would they like for Lesnar to come over the rail and slap every man in the audience?! What would they even do? “Yo, I’m from Long Island, I’ll slap him back!” There’s no one man enough here tonight that can slap Brock back, and that includes Mysterio, who wasn’t man enough to defend “his punk son, Dominic,” from Lesnar! So someone will give up Mysterio. Someone will rat him out, point him out and Lesnar will “commit a felony” against that cabron! Or else, Lesnar will turn the entire Nassau Coliseum inside out and upside down like a true F5! Heyman says tonight will be the funeral of Mysterio’s career, at the hands of the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion, BROCK, LESNAR!
Lesnar and Heyman head out, and the hunt begins! Will anyone be able to stop Lesnar from destroying Rey Mysterio?
Lesnar asks staff where Mysterio is.
When they say they don’t know, Lesnar wrecks the poor man into the catering table! The Beast is roaming the halls, will Raw survive his wrath?
Raw returns as Lesnar rampages on.
Lesnar shouts to know where Mysterio is, and a staff member points him to a parked vehicle. Lesnar storms over to the sedan, and rips the door off, to drag out… Not Rey Mysterio. Whoever this was is spared, but Lesnar is still looking.
The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Natalya!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions after taking on NXT’s Team Kick. But now, they face the Queens of Raw to keep that roll going! But will the #JoshiRoyalty be beat by these two history making women?
The teams sort out, and Natty starts against Kairi. They circle and tie up, and Kairi waistlocks to club Natty on the back. Kairi eggs Natty on, and the two circle again. They tie up, Natty wristlocks and wrenches, but Kairi slips through to wrench back. Natty rolls, handsprings and scoops to spin and spin and slam Kairi down! Cover, ONE! Kairi scrambles to her corner and tags in Asuka. Asuka and Natty circle and tie up, and Asuka wristlocks. But Natty rolls back and trips Asuka up to a leg lock! Asuka goes after Natty’s leg, too, and gets the ankle lock! Natty rolls and escapes, and fans cheer for the exchange. Natty hits low and brings Asuka over, and Charlotte tags in. Charlotte takes the hand-off and throws Asuka down by her hair. Fans “WOO~” and Charlotte soaks it up before toying with Asuka.
Asuka fires back and the two fight for control. Kairi comes in but Natty gets her! Double suplexes side by side! The Queens have the Kabukis on the outside while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka grinds Natty down in a headlock. Natty fights her way up as Long Island rallies. Natty fights out and powers out, but Asuka bumps shoulders with her. They each run to collide again, but neither falls. Asuka dares Natty to try, then she follows, but Natty sees her coming! Natty runs Asuka over then goes for legs! Asuka kicks free and bails out, but Natty pursues. Into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka stands on Natty triumphantly as Kairi cheers. Asuka trash talks the fans in Japanese before dragging Natty up and into the ring. The ref checks on Natty but Asuka covers, TWO! Asuka drags Natty up into a mounted armlock and wrenches tight. Fans rally up again, and Natty endures. Natty reaches for Charlotte but Asuka wrenches again. Natty stands and throws body shots, but Asuka throws her down by her hair!
Asuka drags Natty over and tags in Kairi. The Kabuki double whip and kick, ax kick and camel clutch to basement dropkick! Fans are torn as Kairi toys with Natty. Kairi pretends to be a cat as she stands on Natty for a cover, ONE. Natty crawls but Kairi wraps her up in a straitjacket! Fans rally as Kairi thrashes Natty about. Natty endures, powers up and arm-drags free! But Kairi dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Kairi is annoyed, but she then taunts Charlotte. The two swipe at each other but Natty rolls Kairi, TWO! Hot tag to Charlotte! Charlotte rallies on Kairi, and BOOTS Asuka! Charlotte fires CHOPS off on Kairi, then whips her across the ropes. Kairi leaps but into Charlotte’s arms, for a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte kips up and fires up with Long Island! Charlotte runs in but Kairi dodges, only to run into the backbreaker! Charlotte aims, NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, but Asuka gets Kairi’s foot on the ropes!
Charlotte sees Asuka and DECKS her! Charlotte drags Asuka up and into the ring now, and BOOTS her back down! Charlotte has both Kabuki Warriors in the drop zone and walks all over them to get to the corner. Charlotte climbs and MOONSAULTS, to hit them both!! She shoves Asuka away to cover Kairi, TWO!! Charlotte is furious and she goes after Asuka again, to get a hotshot! The Queen dream team is in trouble as we go to break!
Raw returns again, and both Charlotte and Asuka crawl to corners! Hot tag to Kairi, and she CLOBBERS Charlotte just centimeters away! Kairi puts Charlotte in a corner and stomps away. She lets up at 4 to then walk the plank. Kairi runs back in, to get a BOOT! Charlotte stops the Sliding D and crawls to her corner! Fans rally up as she and Kairi both crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Natty! ANd natty spins Asuka around for a Russian Leg Sweep! She boots Kairi and discus clotheslines Asuka! Asuka reverses a whip but misses in the corner to get the rebound. But Asuka stays up, and headlocks! Natty rolls her off and hits a German Suplex! Natty gets the legs, Sharpshooter, but cradle counter, into the armbar!! Natty flails, endures, rolls up but into a triangle hold! Natty powers out to get the SHARPSHOOTER!!
Kairi rises while Asuka endures, CODE BREAKER! Charlotte SPEARS Kairi down! Asuka lurks and has Natty, but Natty counters the Asuka Lock to a takedown! SHARPSHOOTER AGAIN! Asuka screams, endures, taps! Charlotte and Natalya win!!
Winners: Natalya & Charlotte Flair, Natalya by submission
The Queens defeat the Kabuki Warriors! They might be in line for a shot at the Women’s Tag Team Championships!
Heyman and Lesnar return to confront commentary.
They ask Jerry Lawler, Vic Joseph and Dio Maddin if they know where Mysterio is tonight. Who even are the other two? But Heyman knows The King knows all. So Jerry, where is Rey? Tell them, or else the Beast will be unleashed. And if Lesnar attacks, no one can resuscitate Lawler this time. But wait! Dio stands up to Lesnar! Only to get a knee and an F5 on the announce desk!! The desk busts apart and Long Island loses its mind! The Beast moves on, but here comes Mysterio! WITH A BAT! He swings for the fences on Lesnar’s body!! Lesnar is sent limping down the ramp, and Mysterio grabs the belt! TO SMASH LESNAR! Heyman is furious, referees and medics rush out to keep the peace, and Long Island shouts for “619! 619!” Mysterio gets another small piece of revenge for la familia, but what will Lesnar do about this newest attack?
Rey Mysterio speaks!
“Brock, you tried to take everything from me!” Attacking his son, his SON, then it will be eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Fire with fire! Mysterio will now take what is most important to Lesnar: the WWE World Championship! Mysterio wants Lesnar to man up for once! Is this title match going to happen?!
Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy!
The Ebony Lion and Aussie Juggernaut are set to have yet another match in their storied rivalry! Who makes big inroads towards a title as Survivor Series approaches?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around and Murphy headlocks. Alexander powers out but Murphy runs him over. Murphy runs but Alexander hurdles to speed things up! He dodges, rolls, handsprings and huricanranas to then dropkick Murphy out! Murphy is on his feet and drags Alexander out to CHOP! Murphy throws Alexander into barriers, then CHOPS him again! Murphy keeps the ring count fresh, but then Alexander dodges and he CHOPS the post! Murphy is reeling but Alexander CHOPS him back! Alexander puts Murphy in the ring and keeps Murphy from bailing out. Murphy grabs apron skirt, and then gets a cheap shot while the ref is busy. Murphy throws Alexander hard into the post! Murphy drags Alexander to a cover, TWO! He tries again, TWO!
Murphy goes after Alexander’s arm but fans rally up. Alexander fights his way up, throws body shots, but Murphy wrings out his bad arm! The ref checks but Alexander refuses to quit, so Murphy goes after the arm again! Alexander CHOPS, but Murphy wrenches and YANKS. Murphy grinds the arm down, but Alexander endures. Alexander rallies up as fans rally for him, but Murphy keylocks. Alexander reaches back to jawbreaker free! Murphy checks the jaw but comes back, to get a HARD right hand! Alexander CHOPS and forearms, repeat! Alexander then whips but Murphy reverses to boot, only to get caught and ROCKED with that back elbow! Alexander handsprings, NEURALIZER! Murphy bails out, Alexander DIVES! Direct hit into the barriers, but Alexander keeps moving, to FLY! Down goes Murphy but Alexander puts him in quick!
Alexander steps in, GET OVER HERE! The step-in springboard complete shot hits! Cover, TWO!! But Alexander won’t give up. Alexander slips back out and fans fire up with him. Alexander springboards, but leaps into MURPHY’S L- NO! Victory roll! TWO, scoop, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Alexander’s eyes are wild! Alexander drags Murphy up as fans cheer. Off comes the armband, and Alexander kicks Murphy while he’s down. Murphy ducks the buzzsaw, and KNEE TRIGGERS the Neuralizer apart! Pump handle, MURPHY’S LAW! Cover, Murphy wins!!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Best Kept Secret is out, and the secret is that Murphy is on a roll! He was once unstoppable as Cruiserweight Champion, will he be unstoppable on the way to a new title?
Seth Rollins is here!
But after facing The Fiend in Falls Count Anywhere, he is no longer the WWE Universal Champion. Rollins takes up a mic and asks everyone, “What’s next for Seth Rollins?” It has been a rough week, and even a rough few months. Rollins isn’t dumb, he hears the fans. He knows many loved seeing The Fiend win. But to be honest, he doesn’t care. That doesn’t concern Rollins. It is that The Fiend is taking the title to SmackDown. What concerns Rollins is that Lesnar is back. What concerns Rollins is that everything he worked for over the last year, changing the culture for the sake of guys like AJ Styles, Braun Strowman and even Baron Corbin, “that’s all a wash.” It’s all gone and we’re starting over. #RedesignRebuildReclaim just didn’t work, and he isn’t sure how much more he can give. So to answer what’s next, Rollins doesn’t know.
But Triple H is here! And with his entrance, the NXT logo is right on the titantron! HHH joins Rollins in the ring and asks him, “You don’t know what’s next?” Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” and HHH says it’s funny how history repeats itself. Whenever Rollins doesn’t know what’s next, he crosses paths with HHH. A wise man recently said, if you want to know what your future is, you have to retrace your past. Maybe Rollins’ past is his future? They go way back. Rollins was unsure of what’s next, he became NXT Champion and put the brand on the mat. Rollins was unsure, and The Shield was born. Then when Rollins was unsure again, and he became WWE Champion. It seems to be a pattern. But were those things for Rollins’ benefit or HHH’s? “Does it really matter?” In the end, Rollins walked away better.
Now, here’s an interesting moment. Rollins doesn’t know what’s next, HHH does. Everyone saw Friday Night SmackDown, when NXT “ran roughshod on that joint.” Because the roster was stuck overseas. And that was smart! And Adam Cole, the NXT Champion, beat Daniel Bryan in a match! NXT made a statement that it is here, it is real, and that they are on fire! The world wants to know what is NXT up to next, and that goes for here tonight. HHH isn’t alone, so what is NXT up to next? But HHH is out here right now to know, what Rollins is going to do next. What Rollins does next will affect what HHH does next. Survivor Series is now Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT, and NXT has something to prove. If Rollins doesn’t know what’s next, if Rollins doesn’t feel like he has what it takes, HHH knows. HHH knows how to make Rollins great! We’ve seen how this works. Rollins is either with HHH, or against him.
And as such, out come the UNDISPUTED ERA! Adam Cole leads Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish to the ring from the crowd! HHH says it again, Rollins is either with him, or against him. Rollins thinks it over, but who is this coming to the ring? It’s the OC! AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are here to defend Raw! The Undisputed Era bail out as the OC run over! But then Dominik Dijakovic and Damien Priest appear! They and the Era attack the OC! Adam Cole SUPERKICKS Styles! The Raw locker room runs out to run NXT off, but the damage has been done! And yet, Rollins is untouched. Rollins storms out, still unsure of what to do next.
Rollins confronts Triple H backstage.
If HHH wanted to light a fire, mission accomplished! If Rollins is going to NXT, he’s doing it as the top guy! He wants Adam Cole for the title, TONIGHT! HHH likes that. “Welcome back. Challenge accepted.”
Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara & Catalina!
This Mixed Tag Match comes from La Muneca taking offense to Sin Cara’s sidekick throwing her around! Vega believes she and Almas are already the greatest mixed tag combination ever, and now fans will watch Vega embarrass and humiliate “that butt ugly woman that has to hide her face behind a luchador mask.” And we also get to see Sin Cara be exposed as both a man with no face, and a man without a prayer of ever defeating El Idolo! But will things go as Vega hopes in this newest phase of the rivalry?
The teams sort out, and Almas rushes Sin Cara! Almas fires off, runs, but Sin Cara tosses him out! Sin Cara builds speed but Vega swipes at him! But Catalina takes a page of out Vega’s book, and she CANNONBALLS onto Almas! Sin Cara fetches Almas into the ring as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and both Almas and Sin Cara are down! The referee checks on both men but they’re okay to continue. They crawl for their corners, but Almas then clobbers Sin Cara to keep him from Catalina. Almas CHOPS Sin Cara to a corner but Sin Cara flops down. Almas drags Sin Cara up and hoists him to the top rope. Almas forearms and climbs up, but Sin Cara resists a superplex. Sin Cara hits back and CHOPS, but Almas brawls with him. They teeter, Almas grabs the mask! Almas DECKS Sin Cara, but Sin Cara comes back with forearms! Sin Cara hops back up, grabs hold of Almas, and fires off forearms! Sin Cara adjusts, SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! But Almas goes flying, Sin Cara can’t cover! The two crawl for their corners again, hot tags to Vega and Catalina!
Catalina dodges and dropkicks Vega! And again! Catalina fires up and whips Vega corner to corner. Vega reverses but Catalina hops up to leap! Crossbody hits but Catalina drags Vega to a fireman’s carry. Vega claws at the eyes! Catalina runs in but gets buckles, and a jump kick! Vega runs, wheelbarrow, but Catalina makes it a facebuster! Cover, but Almas drags Catalina off! Sin Cara clotheslines Almas out! Then Sin Cara runs, but Vega blocks his path! Vega kicks but Sin Cara blocks it, to hand it off to Catalina. Catalina spins around, drags Vega up into the GORY BOMB! Sin Cara still FLIES onto Almas! Catalina runs corner to corner but into a boot! Vega hops up, leaps, but the huricanrana is blocked! But Vega huricanranas Catalina into buckles! SPIKE-RANA! Cover, Vega and Almas win!
Winners: Zelina Vega & Andrade Almas, Vega pinning
Vega has her first win on Raw! But that’s just another win for this devious duo. Will it lead to big things for them both?
Rusev is here!
And he has a mic to speak. “I’m sure everybody’s going to agree with me when I say tonight is the night to end all this stupid drama!” But Rusev isn’t here to bicker with future ex-wife Lana or insult her, though he could. He is here to destroy “Bob Lashley” and say man-to-man, if Lashley wants Lana, he can have her. “But your ass is MINE!” With that, Lashley makes his entrance, and this grudge match of Lana’s lovers begins!
Or, not, as Lashley is on crutches. Lana is with Lashley as Lashley says as much as he’d love to beat Rusev up around the ring, he is not medically cleared. Lashley suffered a “debilitating injury” of a torn groin. He didn’t tear the groin during Crown Jewel or train to fight Rusev. He tore his groin making love to Lana, “in ways you can only fantasize about.” Lana kisses Lashley, but knows Rusev isn’t worried about their love life. Rusev does want a fight, so this is a very lucky day. Someone has volunteered to fight Rusev. And he will kick Rusev’s ass! Who does she mean? It’s DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Terminator will do Lashley’s dirty work for him! Will Rusev be able to CRUSH McIntyre all the same?
Rusev VS Drew McIntyre!
The bell rings and Rusev circles with McIntyre. Fans rally for “Rusev Day!” as Rusev dodges McIntyre once, but gets a Glasgow Kiss HEADBUTT! McIntyre CHOPS Rusev then throws big haymakers. McIntyre punches, stomps, repeat, to then whip Rusev corner to corner. Rusev lariats back! Rusev rams his shoulder into McIntyre over and over, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Rusev throws hands but McIntyre puts Rusev int he corner. Rusev dodges to throw more hands and some stomps of his own! Rusev lets up at 4 and then throws more haymakers. He whips but McIntyre kicks back hard! McIntyre stomps and punches Rusev over and over, but the ref pulls him off. McIntyre grinds his boot into Rusev, and Lashley and Lana both smile.
Fans rally with “Rusev Day!” as McIntyre stands Rusev up. Rusev counter punches and kicks back! Rusev runs, into a big elbow! McIntyre rains down furious rights, then stomps Rusev’s hand. McIntyre drags Rusev up to CHOP, but Rusev is getting mad! Rusev scoops and THROWS McIntyre out of the ring! Now Lashley and Lana are upset as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has Rusev down with a chinbar and armlock. Lashley and Lana laugh at Rusev’s suffering, but Rusev fights his way up. Long Island rallies for Rusev as he back bumps McIntyre. Rusev throws haymakers and chops, then runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Rusev escapes but McIntyre keeps his cool. Lashley is a little worried, even as McIntyre talks trash to Rusev. “You’re nothing but a bitch!!” Rusev is furious as he LARIATS back! Rusev staggers about, elbows McIntyre away, then runs out to clothesline more! He hits a big back shoulder in the corner, then a running heel kick! Fans fire up as Rusev stomps the mat. Lashley can’t believe McIntyre is in trouble. Rusev aims at McIntyre, but the kick misses! Throat chop and more haymakers, stomps and CHOPS! McIntyre hoists Rusev up but gets caught with haymakers from Rusev. Rusev leaps over, runs through, and double crossbodies collide!
Both men are down, gasping for air. Fans rally up as the two slowly rise. McIntyre is on Rusev but Rusev hits first! They brawl back and forth with big right hands. McIntyre mule kicks but Rusev throws more hands. The brawling just picks up speed, and McIntyre clubs away. MACHKA KICK! But McIntyre is sent out of the ring! Rusev hurries to fetch McIntyre, and he bounces McIntyre off steel steps! And again! But wait, Lashley SMACKS Rusev with a crutch! Of course he lied about his torn groin!
Winner: Rusev, by disqualification
Lashley beats Rusev down, and rams him into barriers! McIntyre lets Lashley do as he pleases as he puts Rusev into the ring. Lashley has the crutch again, but Rusev ROCKS him with rights first! Rusev gets to throw hands over and over, then he throws Lashley into the post! Fans fire up as Rusev glares at Lashley. Rusev then takes up the crutch for his own! But here comes an RKO!? The Viper strikes outta nowhere! Lana is laughing as Orton gives Lashley thumbs up. It seems Team Flair still rolls together even after Crown Jewel. Lashley stomps away on Rusev while Orton and the referee argue. Orton adds stomps to Rusev, but here comes Ricochet! Team Hogan also sticks together as Ricochet hits Orton and dumps Lahsley out! Ricochet springboards but Orton gets under, only to be denied an RKO with a PELE!
Ricochet dropkicks Lashley, and he knocks into Lana! The Ravishing Russian feels some of the retribution! Ricochet defends Rusev, but will the alliance of flight and might stand strong against the Viper and the snakes?
Charly Caruso interviews Becky Lynch.
It has been quite the journey for The Man, but her toughest test is coming at Survivor Series. We are getting a Triple Threat Champion VS Champion VS Champion match, Becky VS Bayley VS Shayna Baszler! This is Becky’s favorite time of year, because things are getting tribal. Becky loved the invasion on Friday. After all, she did lead an invasion of her own once. But this year is different, Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT in a “dangerous triangle.” Usually Becky is the one out for revenge, but she’s the target now. She beat Bayley’s bestie, Sasha Banks, and sent Shayna’s bestie, Ronda Rousey, into hiding after WrestleMania. But then speaking of, the Queen of Spades takes over this interview!
The NXT Women’s Champion sits with the Raw Women’s Champion and says hello. Shayna’s been waiting a long time for this face-to-face. And she knows all about “Becky Lynch, the shining example.” And yes, Shayna is friends with Ronda. They trained together. Becky pinned Ronda at WrestleMania. But to make one thing clear: Shayna is not Ronda. At Survivor Series, Shayna won’t take her eyes off Bayley, but she wants to say face to face, Shayna will beat Becky in that Triple Threat. And the only thing Becky should worry about is which one of her limbs will belong to Shayna. Becky doesn’t know Shayna that well, so she doesn’t know if she respects her, or wants to slap the head off her. But it’s good they got to talk. Now Shayna can doubt herself like Ronda did. Becky won’t let her eyes off Bayley, but she’s coming for Shayna all the same.
The champs stand up, and Shayna agrees, it was good to have this talk. Becky wants Shayna to bring her best, because it’s time to see who the real Baddest Woman on the Planet is. The top three women in the WWE will go head-to-head-to-head, but who walks out THE woman?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Humberto Carrillo & The Street Profits!
AJ Styles and the Best Tag Team in the World walk out, but the Phenomenal One makes it clear, “I am not in the mood tonight, Long Island, so sit down and shut up.” Styles says the facts are: Gallows and Anderson are officially THE best team in the world, and they have the World Cup to prove it! Another fact: Styles is still the Phenomenal WWE United States Champion! And a third fact: The OC don’t give a DAMN about NXT. Fourth fact: The next time one of them punks cross their paths, the OC makes sure they never leave Florida again.
But another fact is that Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins and Ultimo Ninja make their entrances together. They all have mics, and Ford says that the OC is feeling themselves in #StrongIsland. And they see the World Cup trophy, so nice. They’re officially the Best, Tag Team in the WOOOOOOOORLD~! Even though the Profits never got to be in the match. But the Profits beat The OC, too. You can’t say that. Can’t say what? That they beat the OC? Nope. Dawkins can’t say the Profits beat the OC in their first match on Raw?! No! But someone that should say something is Humberto Carrillo: “The Street Profits beat the OC two weeks ago on Raw!” Styles tells them to shut up, but Carrillo just says it again! Styles warns Carrillo to shut up or he’ll make him. No, say it in Espanol~! So Carrillo does! But Dawkins can see why Styles is hating on Carrillo: Mamas love to swipe right on dem dimples.
But it’s not about swiping right, it’s about swiping left on the OC, and how the Profits and Carrillo #WantTheSmoke! Will the young stars get that smoke and that win after the break?
Raw returns and Styles is already ramming Carrillo in a corner. Styles CHOPS then whips, but Carrillo goes up and LEAPS! Flying headbutt takes Styles down, Carrillo covers, TWO! Carrillo drags Styles up to wrench and tag to Dawkins. Dawkins hops up and drops ax handles on the arm. Dawkins wrenches Styles now, but Styles gets the ropebreak. Styles then sucker punches Dawkins and tags in Anderson. The Machine Gun fires off uppercuts on Dawkins in a corner then headlocks. Dawkins powers out and hurdles over then hurdles again. He throws Anderson tot he ropes to then dropkick him down! Dawkins drags Anderson up to a scoop, Ford tags in, slam and Ford adds a dropkick! Dawkins splashes, Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps on Anderson with an armlock, and sticks his tongue out at Gallows. Fans “YEAH!” with Ford as he wrenches more, but Anderson knees low! Anderson throws uppercuts on Ford, then whips him to ropes. Ford ducks and runs to hop over and boot back! Styles trips Ford up, and Anderson BLASTS Ford with an uppercut! Anderson distracts the ref and Gallows CLOBBERS Ford on the outside! Anderson goes out to fetch Ford and bump him off the apron. Anderson puts Ford in to cover, TWO! Tag to Styles, and the OC mug Ford. Styles throws haymakers then chokes Ford on the ropes. Gallows gets a cheap shot as the ref reprimands Styles. Styles covers, TWO! Styles brings Ford up but Ford throws hands! Styles knees low, whips but Ford reverses and sends Styles out! Stylse runs in, Ford dodges, dropkick takes Styles down!
Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners. Tag to Anderson, and he runs in, to get a dropkick! Tag to Gallows, he grabs Ford and suplexes, but Ford slips out! Ford leaps up but is caught! Gallows pushes Ford back and BOOTS him down! Tag to Styles and the OC isolate Ford, big clothesline in the corner. Anderson tags in, rocket kick! Tag to Gallows, and he corner splashes Ford! Uppercut to a cover, TWO! Ford is stuck in a thrashing chinlock as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Anderson smothers Ford with a chinlock. Fans rally up and Ford feeds off the energy. Ford fights back but Anderson clubs him down. Anderson hits Dawkins for good measure, then goes back to Ford with an uppercut! Cover, TWO! Anderson is back on Ford with a chinlock, but fans still rally. Ford fights his way up again, Anderson elbows him down, then whips Ford to the corner. But Ford uses that to hit Styles! Ford dodges and sends Anderson into the post! Gallows tags in, grabs Ford by the throat, but Ford fights free. Ford BLOCKBUSTERS on the run! Both men are down and crawling for their corners. Styles is back and Humberto reaches out, they get the hot tags! Ultimo Ninja rallies on Styles! He boots, and shotgun dropkicks!
Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits a corner clothesline! He snapmares Styles to a basement dropkick! Then a somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo drags Styles up to a fireman’s carry but Styles slips out and shoves. Carrillo springboard enziguris! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top, MOONSAULT! It hits! Carrillo covers, but Anderson breaks it! Dawkins runs in to POUNCE Anderson! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS! Ford dropkicks Gallows! Ford lines up his shot and runs, to FLY! He bowls over the Good Brothers! Carrillo runs into Styles’ boot, then Styles forearms Carrillo away! Styles springboards but Carrillo gets under to mule kick, front kick and flapjack, into a POWERBOMB! Cover, with feet on the ropes!! Styles and the OC win!!
Winners: The OC, AJ Styles pinning
That was dirty to say the least! The Best Tag Team in the World and the Phenomenal One steal one from Carrillo and the Profits, but will they still run roughshod over Raw?
IT IS HAPPENING!
Brock Lesnar accepts the challenge, and Rey Mysterio gets a shot at both revenge and the WWE World Championship! Will Mysterio make his vengeance that much sweeter when he once again reaches the top of the WWE? Or will Lesnar destroy Mysterio once and for all?
The Viking Raiders VS The East Hampton Polo Boys!
The raid has come to Long Island! And now knowing that that all three brands will pit their Tag Team Champions against each other, will Erik and Ivar be able to keep their undefeated streak going?
The bell rings and Erik WRECKS Polo Boy #1 with a forearm and German Suplex! Erik drags the other into the ring, and then hits him with shotgun knees! Ivar gets his as he rams Polo Boy #2 into barriers, and basement splashes! Erik has Polo Boy #1 in a backbraeker, to gut wrench gut buster! Tag to Ivar, and he climbs up top, gut wrench powerbomb and VIKING SPLASH! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
Polo shirts and sweaters across the shoulders are no match for the Warbeards! Erik and Ivar take to the mic to give fair warning. “We stand here as men bold enough to admit that at Crown Jewel, we suffered defeat.” They congratulate The OC for being crowned the Best Tag Team in the World. “Enjoy your trophy, boys.” Because victory is often times nothing more than survival. Gallows and Anderson should “thank the gods” for winning that one battle. But NOTHING stops the raid! Will the Viking Raiders be able to prove they’re the best tag team champions today when they take on The Revival and the Undisputed Era at Survivor Series?
NXT Championship: Adam Cole w/ Triple H VS Seth Rollins!
The Undisputed Era is #DrapedInGold, but The Architect might #BurnItDown and replace his WWE Universal Championship with THE title on the black and gold brand! Will Rollins end up joining HHH’s army by winning? Or will he suffer the same fate as Daniel Bryan on SmackDown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the battle of inaugural versus current begins!
The two circle and tie up, and Rollins waistlocks. Cole switches, but Rollins wrenches out to a wristlock. Cole rolls, rolls and wrenches back, but Rollins does the same! Rollins puts Cole on the ropes but the ref counts for the break. Rollins gives Cole a pat on the shoulders, but Cole sneers. They circle and tie up again, and go around the ring. Rollins puts Cole in a corner but Cole turns it around. Cole lets up to give a shove. Fans rally and duel, and Rollins runs Cole over! Rollins throws haymakers that stagger Cole, and then he clotheslines Cole out! Rollins slingshots, PESCADO! Rollins bumps Cole off the apron then put him in the ring. HHH watches intently as Rollins powerbomb lifts, but Cole fights out. Cole kicks low then runs, into a mule kick! But he avoids the Curb Stomp and bails out. Rollins pursues and throws Cole into barriers!
Rollins drags Cole up and throws him into more barriers! HHH is right there as his champion is in trouble and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Cole grinds Rollins down with a chinlock. But Rollins fights his way up and fights out with a CHOP! Rollins runs but into a BOOT! Cole covers, TWO! Cole looms over Rollins as HHH intensely stares. Cole toys with Rollins and throws forearms. Rollins gets mad as he stands and throws forearms back! The brawl is on! Rollins CHOPS and haymakers, then runs, but dodges the boot and another chop to PELE! Cole staggers to PELE back! Rollins hits a rolling elbow! Then he blocks a kick to kick out a leg, and he adds a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and HHH seems conflicted. HHH wants to recruit Rollins, but he doesn’t want Raw to beat NXT.
Rollins runs in and hits Cole with a forearm smash. But then Cole puts Rollins on the apron, only for Rollins to hit him away. Rollins springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Cole grows frustrated. But Cole staggers to a corner, hops up and watches Rollins rise. Cole leaps, but the Panama Sunrise becomes a sunset, TWO and Rollins BUCKLE BOMBS Cole back! Cover, TWO!! Rollins grits his teeth while Cole bails out. Rollins runs and DIVES! Direct hit sends them both into barriers, but Rollins gets up to DIVE again! He puts Cole in and takes aim, springboard flying knee! Rollins suplex,es but Cole counters to the Last Shot 1.0! Cover, TWO!! Cole is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion! Fans rally up as Cole gets to the ropes. Cole wants Rollins to rise, and Rollins slowly sits up. Cole runs, SHOTGUN KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Cole is losing his cool and HHH seems just as concerned. But Cole brings the knee pad down and takes aim. Cole runs, but Rollins ducks, rolls Cole up, TWO! Double clotheslines wipe both men out! Fans rally and HHH has come out of his seat! Cole rolls to the apron and heads up top. Rollins crawls then rises, he’s up top fast! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives, showing the heart it took to become NXT Champion. Rollins goes to ropes and fans rally up again. Rollins stomps as they chant, “BURN IT DOWN!” HHH glares and Rollins takes aim, but the Undisputed Era appear! Fish & O’Reilly anchor Rollins and Strong hits a BIG knee strike!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification; Adam Cole is still NXT Champion
The Era clobber and stomp Rollins, but HHH does not protest. But here comes the OC! And more of the Raw locker room! But ore NXT superstars are here! Riddle, Dijakovic, Ciampa, and more, they’re all brawling in the ring! The fighting spills out of the ring and Long Island is fired up! It is chaotic all around the ring, Ciampa punching Ricochet while the Undisputed Era hit whoever comes close! Ricochet gets clear of the crowd to springboard and SHOOTING STAR! The One and Only bowls everyone over and Long Island loses their minds! Riddle rises, as does Priest and Ricochet, and the brawling continues! Things keep going, as Keith Lee FLIES!! The Limitless One bowls everyone over as Raw goes off the air!!
A great Raw to continue the Survivor Series build! Naturally, NXT would invade Raw the same as they did SmackDown, and a lot of great stuff was confirmed tonight. I am so glad to hear we’re getting the Women’s Champions and Tag Team Champions in Triple Threat matches. I know Revival VS New Day is Friday since they didn’t get to last week, and that match could go either way, but either team would fit very well into the tag champion triple threat. Of course the Viking Raiders win against more jobbers, but I think it was good looking ahead for them to call out The OC, so that at some point we will get Raw Tag Team Champions VS Best Tag Team in the World to see who is really the best. Though looking back, that again means they should’ve rearranged things in the Tag Team Turmoil. At the same time, the AOP need to come in and do very much the same, questioning the validity of either team’s accolades when AOP hasn’t been around for months.
I really liked how they handled the interview segment. Shayna did a pretty good job confronting Becky, and Becky did a good job in her response. I fully expect Bayley to have her own response on Friday, probably with Sasha speaking up, too, as she was one of Shayna’s targets. Actually, to really spice things up, have Bayley and Banks return to Full Sail. Sure, Shayna has the Women’s WarGames match to worry about, but with her also having this triple threat, it makes sense she’ll end up with a split focus. Bayley is also about not being overshadowed, so what better way than to be the one to fire back? Then in the Women’s Tag title scene, things are going about as I expected. It was a great match, and I figured Natty and Charlotte would win. This will result in a tag title match and I expect Paige to get revenge on Asuka and Kairi by helping Charlotte and Natty.
Some of the non-build things were still pretty good. Murphy VS Alexander was good but obviously tame compared to what they’ve done in the past. It has been said that Murphy is one of Heyman’s favorites and his win streak might be proving that. The Six Man of OC VS Carrillo & Profits was really good, and has seemingly wrapped things for now. I’m still expecting Kevin Owens to come back into things for the US Championship, but I bet Murphy would make a good contender in his own right. I was glad we got the mixed tag, but I feel like just this once, Almas and Vega should’ve lost. It just doesn’t seem like a proper feud if it’s one-sided. And while it was obvious Lashley lied about his bad groin, Rusev VS McIntyre was going pretty well, and now we’re perhaps getting Rusev & Ricochet VS Lashley & Orton before Rusev and Lashley settle things themselves.
I am really loving everything going on with the top titles and the top guys. Lesnar back on Raw, wrecking poor Dio but then getting rightfully wrecked back by Rey, all good stuff. Rey VS Lesnar for the world title, I really hope there’s a way Mysterio wins. Cain Velasquez and/or Dominic need to help, for sure. Meanwhile, Rollins’ moment of doubt and HHH trying to recruit him, that’s great story there, too. Rollins is obviously being booked strong as he almost wins that NXT Championship in a great match with Cole. But at the same time, this was the only way Rollins was going to stay Team Raw without losing, and we got that awesome brawl! I didn’t even realize Keith Lee had gotten into the ring until he was running, and WOW what a leap! I don’t know how they’d manage it, but I’m starting to think we do still need something like the best of Raw, SmackDown and NXT in a Triple Threat Elimination match. Maybe not 5v5v5 for 15 people, but four or three man teams might work.
Honestly, with it turning into a four-day weekend, use all four shows for crossover matches, from SmackDown to WarGames to Survivor Series to even Raw after. Then both networks, Fox and USA, should be satisfied with getting great viewership courtesy of NXT, the actual top brand of this company.
My Score: 8.5/10