Is it wise to have this SmackDown Civil War so close to Survivor Series?
Despite being on Team SmackDown this Sunday, the Big Dog and King Corbin lead opposing forces against each other! But will this only hurt their chances of winning against Raw and NXT?
- Sasha Banks VS Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS The Undisputed Era; The Undisputed Era wins.
- Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Chad Gable VS Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Corbin, Roode & Ziggler win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The SmackDown roster is gathered at the gates.
They’re all excited, until King Corbin and his court stand at the front of the room. But then Roman Reigns walks up, flanked by Mustafa Ali and Shorty G Chad Gable. The Big Dog’s presence is what gets the roster to calm down. And Roman knows everyone is anxious, because Raw and NXT will be here tonight. Roman tells everyone what SmackDown ain’t gonna do: “Act like cowards like Corbin would.” The gates open, and Roman says what they’re doing is opening up the door and let them all in, to whoop everyone’s ass! The roster is ready, but Corbin says that’s stupid. Says the stupid guy in the crown.
But then Sasha Banks steps up as the women’s team captain. The men can argue about their big “egos,” but The Boss waits for no one. The women are ready to take charge, and that starts now! Sasha leads her team to the ring while Roman and Corbin argue. There is still turmoil just a couple days away, can SmackDown bring itself together to stand against their enemies?
Team SmackDown heads to the ring!
The Boss leads the Sassy Southern Belle, the Loony Lass, the Fabulous Princess and Ms. Flex Appeal to stand their ground. Sasha has the mic as she says, “This is our ring, and this is our show!” This team is ready to take care of business. No one is jumping them from behind. NXT doesn’t have the guts to come out after getting dropped last week, or after SmackDown went to them to do the same thing. As for Raw, they have to be here, so they should just come out and fight right now! Sasha and her team wait, but no one appears. Where is Captain Queeny? Here she comes! And with her is Team Raw’s Natalya, the Kabuki Warriors and Sarah Logan!
Charlotte has her own mic and says, “Hey, look everyone. It’s the welcome wagon!” Thank you for opening the door, but Raw would’ve kicked it down anyways. Team Raw circles the ring before hopping up to join them. Sasha wants to take care of business? How about going 1v1 for old time’s sake? The teams come face to face times five and a referee has to get in the middle. But wait, here comes Team NXT! Sasha talked tough, but here comes Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, Candice LeRae and… TONI STORM!? The former NXT UK Champion finally returns after a mysterious absence. Rhea has a mic for herself now as Chicago chants for “NXT! NXT!” Rhea tells Sasha she’s wrong. NXT does have the guts to show up. So if the captains are going 1v1, make it a captain’s TRIPLE THREAT! The Mosh Pit Kid steps up to the Queen and the Boss, and we have a Survivor Series sampler!
All three teams, all 15 women, are in the ring at once and arguing with whoever is closest. But then that isn’t good enough, and a massive brawl breaks out!! Reha has Asuka, Charlotte has Lacey, Sasha is attacked by Kairi Sane, and it’s just chaos otherwise! The referees work to restore order, will we still see that sampler after the break?
Sasha Banks VS Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley!
We will! With their teams lining the ring like lumberjacks, The Queen of Raw, the Boss of SmackDown and the Ripper of NXT are ready to battle! Which team captain gains a big win for their team even before Survivor Series?
The bell rings and Charlotte shoves Rhea. Sasha forearms and chops and kicks, but then Charlotte brawls with her. Rhea gets back in but gets kicked away. Sasha runs but both Charlotte and Rhea BOOT her down! Sasha bails out and that leaves Rhea to stare down with Charlotte. They circle and tie up, Charlotte waistlocks to slam Rhea down! Rhea gets up and throws Charlotte off, but Charlotte goes after a leg. Charlotte rolls to get a headlock but Rhea powers her way up. The team members trash talk each other as Rhea powers out of the headlock. Charlotte stops herself to boot Rhea down. Charlotte drags Rhea up, scoops but Rhea slips out to waistlock. Charlotte swings an elbow, misses, and Rhea powers her to a corner. Rhea rams her shoulder in over and over, then whips Charlotte corner to corner. Charlotte reverses, but Rhea reverses back to break free.
Rhea swings a kick, Charlotte gets under, but Rhea boots her on the return! Charlotte BOOTS back! Fans echo the “WOO!” as Charlotte goes at Rhea but Rhea elbows her away. Charlotte blocks the buckle bump to forearm Rhea back! Charlotte rams her shoulder into Rhea now, but Rhea moves and Charlotte eats buckles. Sasha returns to Backstabber Rhea! Cover, TWO! Sasha rains down rights and then looms over Rhea. Sasha brings Rhea up but Rhea shoves her away. Rhea boots, Sasha blocks it and then gives back a knee! Sasha runs, but Rhea spins her around to LARIAT! And another! And then ripcord to a dropkick! Sasha bails out to her team’s side but Rhea goes out to fetch her. Rhea throws Sasha at the ring but Sasha spins to kick back! Sasha revels in the cheers and jeers, but Charlotte shoves Sasha into Nikki Cross!
Sasha and Nikki argue now, Sasha not appreciating Nikki being “in the way.” Nikki takes offense but the rest of the team works to keep the peace. The other two teams laugh at the dysfunction, and then Rhea goes after Sasha. But Charlotte is up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! The Queen of Raw wrecks her enemies as we go to break!
SmackDown returns as Charlotte has Sasha in a Boston Crab, but Rhea dropkicks Charlotte down! Cover on Charlotte, but Sasha barely breaks it in time! Rhea goes after Sasha and bumps her off buckles. Rhea runs in but gets an elbow. Sasha hops up and gets headscissors, but Rhea pops her up to an Electric Chair, to throw her into buckles face first! Sasha collapses in a head but Rhea drags her up. Rhea puts Sasha on the top rope then throws forearms. Rhea climbs up to join Sasha but Sasha hits back. Sasha forearms Rhea away, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, NATURAL SELECTION! Charlotte covers Sasha, but Rhea breaks it in time! Charlotte, bloody nose and all, is furious with the NXT upstart. Fans and the teams rally up as Charlotte turns to Rhea.
Charlotte drags Rhea up but Rhea shoves her away. And a kick from the mat rocks Charlotte! Charlotte stays up to boot but Rhea deflects. Rhea spins but misses her dropkick, NATURAL SELECTION AGAIN! But Rhea scrambles to ropes. Sasha rolls Charlotte up, TWO!! Sasha spins Charlotte, hops on, but no backstabber here! FIGURE FOUR! Figure EIGHT! But Rhea gets under and crucifixes Charlotte! RHEA WINS!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
NXT got the better of both enemy brands! A huge win this close to Survivor Series, but can NXT pull it off when it’s 5v5v5? For that matter, will Rhea’s team even look the same after going through a Women’s WarGames tomorrow night?
Sasha and Charlotte argue, and then they start shoving. They brawl, and their teams follow! Raw and SmackDown are not going to let each other get away unscathed, but it is SmackDown who holds the ring. But only for a moment! Raw will not let up, but is this only letting NXT get even more of an advantage?
Corbin talks with Roode and Dolph.
The rest of the roster doesn’t understand that only one type of leadership works here, and that’s to lead by example. Roman doesn’t understand how stupid it is to just invite the enemy. But in the Six Man tonight against Roman, Shorty G and… Whatever that kid’s name is, the one from Chicago with all the lights. It is a given that Raw and NXT will attack then. That’s why they need a plan. Corbin will just get clear and let the other brands beat up Roman and his partners. Then they’ll wait and attack Roman, G and Ali after! But then Sami Zayn comes in. He knows what they’re thinking: What is in the bag? Wow, and people thought Corbin was annoying. So Corbin thinks he’s tough? Try calling him annoying out in the ring! Because Sami is headed there right now!
Backstage interview with Bayley!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion is here ahead of her champion’s triple threat. Is there any concern about Becky Lynch or Shayna Baszler being here tonight? No, because she is the only Grand Slam Women’s Champion. Becky is too smart to show up here and get beat. But Baszler is too impulsive. Bayley has her head on a swivel because Baszler always blindsides her. The only time she shows up is when Bayley’s back is turned. If Baslzer is done hiding in the shadows, Bayley is ready.
Sami and Shinsuke head to the ring!
The Great Liberator walks with the King of Strong Style to the ring, and has himself a mic. “Well, it’s pretty clear King Corbin isn’t going to come out here, is he?” Probably because Corbin is afraid of Sami and Shinsuke! Everyone is afraid of Shinsuke! Corbin says Sami’s annoying, but that’s not true. Sami is more, “stud.” For as big of a stud Sami is, Shinsuke is even more of a stud. Such a studly WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami got Shinsuke something special. Sami unveils… a NEW Intercontinental Championship belt! This is the only way you take a title away from Shinsuke: by giving him a superior one. Sami takes the belt from Nakamura to give him to brand new “masterpiece” befitting such an artist. Shinsuke is the only one guaranteed to defeat Raw and NXT! Even if it is the United States Champion, AJ Styles, and the North American Champion, Ro… Roggy? Who is that guy? Shinsuke is drawing a blank.
“Shock. The System.” The Undisputed Era is here! The four NXT champions are here and joining Sami and Shinsuke in the ring. Sami wants them to calm down, and he politely puts the mic down for them to take. He and Shinsuke slowly head out as Chicago chants “Undisputed!” Fans boo as Sami and Shinsuke run, but Adam Cole takes the mic up to say, “Let me fill you in, Sami.” This is Adam Cole, BAYBAY. And this is Roderick Strong, the North American Champion. After the Era take care of business in WarGames, Survivor Series is going to be NXT wiping the floor with Raw and SmackDown! “And that, boys and girls, that’s Undisputed.”
“Awwwwww~ Chicago~!” Don’t you dare be sour, clap for the 7-time champs, and feel~ the power~! The SmackDown Tag Team Champions walk out to say, “Well, well, well. Looky what we have here.” The Undisputed Era took off so fast, they didn’t get a proper good-bye. But good to see they’re back. Because he sees those four here, and then they’re here. Fans chant, “New! Day Rocks!” and Kofi Kingston wants to settle what was started in a match! Roddy says just two against four? Sure! Oh no no, they’ve got two more. But who? Who who who? HEAVY MACHINERY! Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic are COMIIIIN~! Will this epic 8-Man pave the way for Sunday?
8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS The Undisputed Era!
SmackDown returns as Big E starts against the North American Champion! Big E circles with Strong and they approach. Big E corners Strong but Strong uses the ropes as a defense. Big E dares him to come back and they tie up. Kyle O’Reilly steps in to distract Big E, and Strong attacks from behind! Strong chops away then tags Kyle. Kyle and Strong much Big E! Kyle rams his knee in and tags Bobby Fish. The NXT Tag Team Champions double whip but Big E busts through the kicks! Big E clotheslines Kyle then catches Fish for an overhead suplex! Big E drags Fish out and we see Sami and Shin watch from the stage. Kofi tags in and Big E has Fish set up, for the BIG SPLASH on the apron! Then Kyle runs in, only to get an overhead suplex for himself! Strong runs over but Kofi kicks him down! But this allows Fish to get away and tag in Cole!
THE NXT Champion runs over at Kofi but Kofi shoulders him away, to then springboard ax handle! Cole is in a corner and Kofi heads in, but gets a knee! Cole throws forearms but Kofi hits back. Kofi kicks, Cole knees low, Strong tags in. Kofi kicks and whips Cole but Cole holds ropes. Kofi SUPERKICKS Cole but Strong gets Kofi for a Half Nelson BACKBREAKER! Strong stomps Kofi down in the Undisputed corner then tags in Kyle. Kyle and Strong mug Kofi in the corner with kicks and CHOPS! Fish tags in and reDRagon double suplexes Kofi down. Cover, ONE, but Fish stays on Kofi with knees. Fish snapmares Kofi then slingshots for the senton atomico! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Kofi up and tags in Cole. Cole and Fish mug Kofi but fans rally up. Kofi fights back but Cole turns him for a neckbreaker!
Cole drags Kofi over, Strong tags in and stomps Kofi down. Strong drags Kofi up, Canadian rack, and into a Gory Especial! Kofi endures this Strong Special but fans rally up. Kofi fights out and slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Kofi hurries but Strong stomps him down. Strong drags Kofi up, tag to Kyle, and the Undisputed Era continue to mug Kofi. Kyle drags Kofi into a waistlock takedown, then he rams elbows and knees into the ribs! Kyle runs to slide and knee Kofi again! Strong mocks Kofi’s pain as Kyle drags Kofi over. Strong tags in and stomps away on Kofi. Strong drags Kofi up in a facelock, fisherman cradle but Kofi avoids a cover. Kofi fights his way up as Chicago rallies. Kofi throws body shots but Strnog shoves. Kofi slips out to swing kick Strong away! Now Kofi climbs, but Strong hops up to knee him back!
Strong joins Kofi up top, but Kofi fights back. Kofi shoves Strong down, adjusts, but Kyle creeps over. Tucker keeps Kyle back, but Strong dropkicks Kofi onto Tucker! Otis hurries over to help Tucker by dragging Kofi off him. Big E takes offense, and now the big boys argue. The Undisputed Era are a united front so they just enjoy watching the dysfunction. Tucker gets up and has the clearer head, he calms things down as we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Fish has Kofi down in body scissors and a chinlock. Fans rally again but Fish drags Kofi away. Kofi gets out of the scissors and fights up, but Fish knees low! Fish hits Big E for good measure! Fish whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up to dropkick back! Both men are down and Chicago fires up! Kofi and Fish crawl, hot tag to Kyle and Otis! Fans exploder as Dozer just bulldozes all of the Undisputed Era! First Strong and Kyle, then Cole, then Strong and Kyle again, then back to Cole! Otis keeps moving, he runs over Strong again, and then Kyle again! And Cole a third time! Strong gets a pop-up flapjack! Kyle kicks but Otis just powers up. Kyle boots, but Otis just gets stronger! Kyle fires off strike after strike but Otis HEADBUTTS! Kyle yo-yos in the rope, into an EXPLODER!
Otis has Kyle and Cole in a stack, a double splash sandwich! Cole flops into the drop zone, and Otis pumps up! Chicago fires up but the Undisputed Era saves Cole! Kyle runs in but bounces off Otis! Tag to Tucker, and Heavy Machinery grab Kyle, HOSS TOSS! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives but he flounders to ropes. Tucker walks into his boot, Strong tags in. But Tucker SUPERKICKS! Tucker traps Strong’s arms, for an overhead suplex! Tucker pumps up now, and he goes corner to corner for a big splash! Tucker drags Strong up right off the ground, for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tucker keeps his cool and formulates a plan. Fans like where he’s going with this as he goes up top! Tucker MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Cole breaks it in time!
Cole dodges Big E and BOOTS Otis, then enziguris Big E! But he runs into a belly2belly! Fish and Kyle go after Big E together, clubbing him down until he back drops them both out! Big E and Kofi fire up, Kofi builds speed but Cole trips him! Then reDRagon drag Big E out, TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Kofi fights Cole off and hurries around the way, but he leaps into TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Cole and Strong get in, Tucker LARIATS Cole and clotheslines Strong out! Tucker tumbles, too, but Otis is back to catch Kyle! SPIN CYCLE SLAM! Fans fire up as Dozer pumps it up, CATERPILLAR ELBOW! But Fish kicks away on Otis. Cole runs in, SUPERKICKS Tucker! STRONG KNEE! Cover, the Undisputed Era wins!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Strong pinning
Another win for NXT! Their unity and strategy were too much for even two big name SmackDown teams! Will this foursome make it through WarGames for a third year in a row? Will they sweep Survivor Series Weekend completely?
But then Strong trash talks Shinsuke on the stage. These two will be facing off, but here comes the third champion! AJ STYLES flies in, Phenomenal Forearm to them both! Styles and Nakamura brawl but Strong gets in on it, too! Strong clubs Nakamura down but Styles PELES Strong! Styles goes after Nakamura but Sami SMACKS Styles with a chair! Sami gives Styles another chair shot that sends him off the stage! Then a SMACK for Strong! And again! The Undisputed Era rush up the ramp to run Sami and Nakamura off. NXT has been going strong, but will Strong be in any good shape for the weekend ahead of him?
The OC regroup on stage.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson check on Styles but he says he’s fine. “Did you enjoy that, Chicago?” They did. Of course they did, this is the most depressing city in the world! Chicago wouldn’t know entertainment if it slapped them in the face! Styles is the best thing going in Chicago right now! Styles and his Good Brothers are staying here to remind us all who they are. Fans chant for CM Punk instead. “Oh yeah? I would move the floor with him. And trust me, Chicago, you need cleaning up.” Anderson says when you mess with one, you mess with all the members of the Original, the Official, the Only Club that matters! The mother lovin’ OC! Nakamura and Sami will get what’s coming to them and Strong will get his 15 seconds of fame. It will be Styles’ pleasure to remind us that he is THE Phenomenal One!
But here comes Daniel Bryan!
Yes Movement, “New” Daniel Bryan, none of that matters right now if he can become the NEW Universal Champion. Bray Wyatt wanted Bryan to “play,” but Bryan dared Bray to put the title on the line, so Bray said, “YES!” Bryan goes to the ring and gets a mic to now say, “People want to know why I want to summon Bray Wyatt, here’s why.” Footage recaps the very challenges made by him and the host of Firefly Fun House. The Miz said The Fiend wants to finally end Daniel Bryan. Bryan told Miz no one understands what happens when you combine mental instability with extreme passion! But Bray does. And to finally settle things between them, Survivor Series will see this match happen!
In the present, Bryan isn’t here for Yes chants, for lectures, for puppets and games. Bryan wants to “summon” Bray Wyatt. Bryan won’t even begin to pretend he understand what goes on in Bray’s mind, but Bray doesn’t know what’s in Bryan’s mind, either. So before that championship match, Bray needs to come down here to talk man to man and “clear the air.” They can talk about the past, the issues between them, it’ll be fun. And if that’s not fun, they can just fight and have a lot of fun. Bryan isn’t going to be a name on a hit list or a toy in the collection. But then, the lights go out. And then come back on. But no one is in the ring with Bryan. Chicago is disappointed. “Mind games, huh?” Guess Bray doesn’t want to show up. Instead of Bray, it’s The Miz!
“If there’s one thing worse than The Fiend,” Bryan says, “it’s The Miz. What the hell are you doing out here?” Miz joins Bryan in the ring, and says, “Based on your behavior last week, it has become quite clear that unlike you, I am a professional.” Miz bit his tongue and held back as Bryan disrespected him on Miz TV. Bryan doesn’t care, because he doesn’t like nor respect Miz. The feelings are mutual! Bryan is weak, vulnerable, and Miz is going to love seeing The Fiend tear him apart! Miz thought he could help Bryan out, and that is all Miz has tried to do since day one of Bryan’s WWE career! Miz wanted to slap some sense into Bryan, but that obviously won’t work, so he’ll just slap him. And he does! Bryan is seething, but we’re going to break!
Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!
SmackDown returns as this match is already going, and Miz is giving Bryan endless It Kicks! Miz aims, but Bryan blocks the buzzsaw to SLAP Miz back! Bryan CHOPS Miz then whips, but Miz kicks him back. Miz runs but is tossed out! Bryan goes to the apron, for a flying knee! Direct hit but fans are divided. Bryan drags Miz up into the ring then gives Miz European Uppercuts! Miz kicks back and throws haymakers. Bryan uppercuts, Miz haymalers, repeat! They brawl, Bryan headbutts then whips. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee! Miz snarls as he runs to basement BOOT Bryan down! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps his cool as he looms over Bryan. Miz boots Bryan again! He circles around Bryan to then run and boot again! And again! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps on Bryan with a knee to the back and a chinlock wrapped on. Bryan fights his way up, Miz grinds the headlock, but Bryan powers out. Miz runs him over with a shoulder, then speeds up. Bryan gets up, hurdles and kicks Miz down! Bryan gives Miz CHOPS and KICKS in the corner, repeat! Bryan goes corner to corner to dropkick! And then again! But Miz follows the third time, A-List Lariat! Miz pushes Bryan down to go up top. Fans are fired up as Miz leaps, but the ax handle is caught! Bryan wants the takedown but Miz stays up. Miz throws haymakers again then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks and leaps for a lariat of his own!
Fans are dueling as Bryan fires himself up. Bryan goes up top now, but Miz trips him up! Miz climbs up but Bryan resists. Miz tries again but now Bryan fights out. Bryan headbutts Miz down, climbs up top, and missile dropkicks! Then kips up! Bryan is fired up again and even smiling. Miz sits up, and Bryan gives him YES Kicks! And then the buzzsaw! Miz is down but crawling to a corner. Bryan feels it, he has the fingers ready, and…! “YES!” But wait! The lights!! They’re going down!! And when they come up, it is red light, and The Fiend sits where The Miz was!! Bryan stares as The Fiend drags himself up. Bryan runs at The Fiend but right into the Mandible Claw!! The Fiend laughs as he smothers Bryan! The lights go out, and SmackDown goes to break. Does Bryan have any hopes of surviving Survivor Series against this living nightmare?!
Shayna Baszler is here!
The NXT Women’s Champion is here, just as Bayley said she would be. Is the Queen of Spades calling Bayley’s bluff about being ready for her? Or just falling for a trap?
Shayna has a mic, and says she heard what Bayley said about attacking only from behind. Seems Bayley isn’t getting the message. Shayna isn’t lurking in the shadows, she’s in the middle of Bayley’s ring, and is calling Bayley out! But now it’s Bayley who attacks from behind! Bayley did this before on NXT, and is being a bit hypocritical doing it now! The two brawl, Shayna pushes Bayley back to tackle her down! Bayley boots Baszler away and bails out, but Shayna is a shark! Shayna grabs Bayley and drags her into the KIRAFUDA! Bayley flails and powers Shayna into barriers to break free! Bayley hobbles up but Shayna drags her back in for more! Bayley manages to throw Shayna into barriers face first this time! And then into a post! Bayley flounders up, feeling satisfied in paying Baszler back.
But Shayna gets up, seething. Bayley suddenly has fear in her eyes, and she runs away! Will Bayley feel the wrath of the Submission Magician? How will Becky The Man factor in?
Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Chad Gable VS Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
Chicago is fired up to see their hometown hero! The Beacon of Light and Shorty G thwarted the Lone Wolf King’s new pack and are staying on Team SmackDown for Survivor Series. But can they and The Big Dog shut down the GLORIOUS Show-Offs and Corbin before NXT and Raw can do anything more?
The teams sort out and Roman starts with Roode. But then Roman blows past Roode to uppercut Corbin and Ziggler! Roman uppercuts Roode off his feet, then throws him out to join the others. Roman goes out to DRIVE-BY Corbin! Roode runs into another uppercut! Roman throws Roode back in but Ziggler blindsides Roman! Corbin throws Roman into barriers! Corbin’s court gets away with this and then Roode rams Roman into the LED apron! Roode puts Roman in, stomps him down, then tags in Ziggler. Roode-Dolph mug Roman with stomps then drag him up for a double whip. Fans boo Corbin as Roman kicks Roode away! Roman uppercuts Ziggler then Samoan Drops Roode! Roman is down but heading for his corner, hot tag to Gable!
Shorty G rallies, dropkick for Corbin and fast hands for Ziggler! Gable ducks a punch to mule kick Ziggler down. Roode runs into Gable’s EXPLODER! Gable gives Ziggler a Northern Lights! Bridge cover, TWO! Ziggler gets to the corner but Gable runs in. Ziggler puts Gable on the apron, Gable shoulders back in. But Roode and Corbin yank Gable off, to TOSS HIM ONTO THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Shorty G gets wrecked and Chicago boos King Corbin. Roman and Ali check on Gable while we go to break.
SmackDown returns once again as Ziggler has Roman. Roman runs at Ziggler but Ziggler dodges, to then hop on, satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Ziggler throws off his SmackDown shirt. Ziggler tunes up a la HBK, but no superkick with a SUPERMAN PUNCH outta nowhere! Both men are down now and Chicago rallies up for their hero! Roman and Ziggler crawl, hot tags to Corbin and Ali! Ali dodges, dropkicks and dropkicks again! Corbin flounders into fast hands from Ali! Corbin shoves Ali away then runs in but misses in the corner. Ali roundhouses Corbin back, then slingshots in for the somersault FACEBUSTER! Ziggler gets in, but the superkick is blocked, to a windmill kick! Chicago is thunderous as Ali DIVES! Ziggler gets wrecked into the desk! Ali keeps moving, he FLIES out onto Corbin!
Ali drags Corbin up and into the ring. Corbin grabs Ali with a choke grip but Ali slips out! Ali elbows Corbin back, then hops up, tornado DDT! Ali hurries up top, but Roode trips him up! Gable returns to waistlock Roode! But Roode elbows free, and gives Gable a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Roman LEAPS for a Superman Punch! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman down! Ziggler goes up top but Ali shoves him away. Ali kicks Corbin but Ziggler shoves ALi down! Ali tries to land on his feet, but he staggers into DEEP SIX!! Cover, Corbin and team win!!
Winners: Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Zigger, Corbin pinning
The King grabs his scepter and drags Ali up! But Roman saves Ali with a SPEAR! But here to “BURN IT DOWN!” is Seth Rollins! And Raw enters like The Shield would: from the crowd! Rollins, the Viking Raiders, the Street Profits, Ricochet, the Major Bros, the OC, and Drew McIntyre are here! But Rollins has his roster wait as he goes to meet Roman in the ring. The Shield brothers talk, and then brawl!! Then all hell breaks loose as Raw stomps out Corbin, Ziggler, Roode, Ali and Shorty G! But where is SmackDown!? Roman and his Survivor Series teammates are in the ring, but here comes BRAUN!!
The Monster Among Men leads the charge as he, Cesaro, Heath Slater with a kendo stick, and even Drake Maverick run down! Strowman runs over Ryder and Hawkins! Then Erik and Ivar! And the OC! The New Day, Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Apollo Crews and The Revival have flooded the ring to brawl with Raw! Strowman joins them and it is chaos all around! But as Chicago chants for them, NXT has yet to make a move. McIntyre wrecks Maverick but SmackDown is taking the ring. Strowman gives McIntyre a MONSTER SLAM!
Wait! Here comes NXT as an ARMY!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels ride in on a jeep a la Degeneration X invading WCW!! And who isn’t following behind!? SmackDown realizes the fight they’re in for, as does Raw. NXT charges down the ramp!! And it’s chaos all over again!! Monday’s brawl, Wednesday’s brawl, they do NOT compare!! Even NXT UK is involved as Imperium is spotted in the melee! Roman throws the Street Profits and Raul Mendoza aside while Rollins rains down rights on Tucker Knight on the announce desk! And we still don’t know who is officially on Team NXT, it could be any combination of five in this swarm! Rollins smacks Corbin with a monitor while the Undisputed Era beat down The OC!
Wait, Keith Lee goes into the ring? We’ve seen a Limitless tope on Raw, and even one on NXT. He isn’t going to try another tonight, is he?! Montez Ford gets in with him, for a SPIRIT BOMB! But then, BRAUN gets in the ring with him! The Monster and the Limitless One stare down as they go to opposite corners. But then Slater gets in to get a POUNCE! Ariya Daivari runs in and Strowman POUNCES him! Lee and Strowman come face to face, and start brawling! Other superstars try to get involved as SmackDown goes off the air!
WWE’s Twitter has even MORE! Gable climbs up top to SUPER MOONSAULT onto a whole mass of superstars! Ricochet and Cesaro get Lee out of the ring to go after each other. Strowman rocks whoever comes close, and then it is just general brawling chaos again. Lio Rush gets in the ring, and the NXT Cruiserweight Champion climbs as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Lio is up top, but Ali joins him, SUPER SPANISH FLY onto another mass of superstars! Gentleman Jack Gallagher narrowly avoids destruction, and the shock of witnessing that is clear on his face! And yet, the brawling continues! Roman laughs at this point, this is just that crazy. But wait, what is Otis doing on the apron? He leaps onto Walter! Brawling goes up the ramp now, disappearing into the back.
Things finally calm down, and Baron Corbin gets to the mic. “Did you guys see what I just did?” King Corbin is claiming victory for himself? But DX storms down the ring now! HBK, HHH and the Road Dogg are here! Corbin realizes he’s surrounded and has no fight left in him. But DX huddles together and promise Corbin it’s okay. “Are we going to do the thing?” Corbin is curious about the DX tradition. HHH says Corbin is the #SoleSurvivor. And DX came out with a crew of people, but the most impressive thing all night is Corbin. Fans boo, they don’t believe that. HHH continues to say that Corbin was so impressive. That little huddle, an executive decision was reached. They want Corbin to join DX. Corbin is so excited to join! HHH tells Corbin to line up to “do the deal.”
Corbin stands by HHH and copies HBK’s pointing. “Are you ready?” “I’m ready!” Chicago, are you ready?! “Then, for the thousands in attendance, for the millions watching at home…” Well okay obviously off the air at this point, this is social media exclusive. For the millions that will be watching in a matter of moments. And, for Corbin. Chicago chant, “STD! STD!” Well, HHH has to agree, like an STD, you can’t get rid of Corbin. Road Dogg unloads jabs! Then winds it up for a haymaker, into the SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Then, the PEDIGREE! “And if you’re not down with that, we’ve got TWO WORDS FOR YA! SUCK IT!!” Corbin gets what he always deserved, but will he still be in good shape to compete at Survivor Series? Or would SmackDown be better off if he just stays away?
What an amazing SmackDown! Of course, with all the crossover, it wasn’t really just a normal SmackDown. This was perhaps the biggest go-home in WWE history! And as far as building to Survivor Series Weekend, rightly so. There was nothing bad tonight! And as sad as it is to not have a 205 Live episode this week, it all makes sense after seeing tonight. The opening with the SmackDown roster agreeing with Roman’s bravado was pretty good. We got an amazing Triple Threat of Charlotte, Sasha and Rhea, and how awesome for Rhea to win! And similarly, how great for The Undisputed Era to beat an admittedly tense team of New Day and Heavy Machinery. However, I feel like the wins here on SmackDown might mean the NXT women’s team and champions lose on Survivor Series Sunday. Though, given that WarGames is in between, it might actually make sense in kayfabe.
Strong brawling with Styles and Nakamura was great, and the math actually gets muddied with Sami helping Nakamura stand tall in the end. Also, that new Intercontinental Championship design is sexy! I can’t be sure the reason for this change, other than it is to make Nakamura feel important again after he’s barely done anything recently. I really hope this Team Sami stuff really accelerates after Survivor Series on the way to the Royal Rumble. The OC had a good promo so Styles saves face a bit, and then Bryan and Miz have a great promo and match. I am so glad to see their eternal rivalry is still alive even inside Bryan’s story against Bray Wyatt. The Fiend showing up to attack was great, too, but I would’ve loved if The Fiend disappeared and sent Miz back out to beat Bryan. Either way, Bryan is the underdog going into this, but I do not think he wins.
Bayley calling Baszler out and then Baszler punking her out in return, so good. But now, I again wonder if NXT is losing that match. It’d be a natural move for the WWE to give this big win to Becky, and Baszler is so focused on Bayley now, maybe she takes advantage. But I feel like it’d be much more effective for this match to actually come down to Bayley and Baszler. Becky will not be hurt by not being part of the finish, this has to come down to Bayley or Baszler getting the other for it to be a good story pay-off.
The Six Man main event was really good, and knowing what happened after Fox cut away, it worked out that Corbin won it for his team. Ali was close for the hometown pop but then Corbin gets that heat for pinning him. That brawl was the craziest brawl I have ever seen and might ever see again. I loved the shout out back to the Monday Night Wars as DX rides in on a jeep with NXT with them. And then in the end, Corbin gets his comeuppance after DX tricks him into thinking he’s in the clique. This is going to be an epic four-day weekend if you count tonight and Monday as part of the Survivor Series Weekend.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Who will be The Ones?
There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!
United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
- JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
PLAY PY PLAY
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!
The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will
As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.
In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!
The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.
In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!
The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?
The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.
Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!
Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!
Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.
Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?
The Judgment Day speaks.
Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?
JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!
Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”
BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?
Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!
A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?
But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?
Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.
So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!
And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.
Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?
Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.
Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!
Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!
Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!
Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!
Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!
Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)
Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?
Seth Rollins is here!
DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.
Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-
Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat lesnar.
If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!
The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”
Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?
Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.
Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.
Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-
Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!
Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!
Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!
Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!
Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.
Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)
Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?
JBL is on the phone with someone.
He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?
What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?
Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.
Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”
So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?
Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!
AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?
Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.
Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!
Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!
Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.
Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.
Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!
Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”
Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!
Winners: The OC, by pinfall
JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.
Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…
But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?
Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!
The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?
The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex !U no Amigo!
Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!
Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?
Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.
Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?
No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?
Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!
The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?
Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!
Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!
Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!
Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!
Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!
But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!
Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!
Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!
Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!
But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)
DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
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Who will be The Ones?
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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/4/22)
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Is World Tag League tranquilo?
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NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!
DWI Podcast #351: How Silky Are You
This week we discuss War Games and Roman's hatred for red pants!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/2/22)
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Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
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