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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/18/19)

Who grabs gold for the holidays?

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NEW NXT Coverage

Two titles and so much more as NXT wraps up for Christmas!

Not only will Shayna Baszler defend her title against Rhea Ripley, Adam Cole defends his against Finn Balor, to OPEN THE SHOW! Who will have the happier holidays with a title around their waist?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Finn Balor; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
  • Damien Priest VS Killian Dain; Priest wins.
  • KUSHIDA VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
  • Io Shirai VS Santana Garrett; Shirai wins.
  • Pete Dunne VS Travis Banks; Dunne wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Last week was rrrreeeal, and tonight is Undisputed!

While we have a new NXT Cruiserweight Champion in Angel Garza, while we have a growing grudge between Cameron Grimes and Kushida, while the Fashion Police get fierce, and while the Head Baddie In Charge takes Dakota Kai down by any means necessary, we have a NEW #1 contender to Adam Cole! He is the Prince, he is Extraordinary, he is FINN BALOR! At the same time, the Queen of Spades looks to conquer the Heavy Metal Nightmare. Will there be two new champions before this night is over?!

 

NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Finn Balor!

Speaking of championship matches, here’s the first one! Will the Prince take back his throne to make the future his past? Or will the Undisputed Prophecy survive into the New Year?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are already dueling with the bell. Balor and Cole circle and tie up. Balor waistlocks and slams Cole down and facelocks. Balor gets to the back and headlocks but Cole slips out to a hammerlock. Balor trips Cole and gets the headlock back. Balor holds on as Cole tries to power out, and Balor throws Cole with a headlock takeover. Cole rolls to a corner, TWO! Cole headscissors but Balor pops out and trips Cole. Cole avoids the stomps but misses his superkick, Balor wants Bloody Sunday! Cole gets to ropes and the ref calls for the break. The two honor it, but Cole then kicks low! Cole throws forearms to put Balor in a corner, then more to have him against ropes.

Cole whips, Balor reverses, Cole sunset flips but Balor slips out to dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Balor is on the arm. Balor has his knee in Cole’s back but Cole works his way up. Balor wrenches and CHOPS Cole to a corner, then CHOPS him again! Balor whips Cole corner to corner and CHOPS again! Balor snapmares and runs to dropkick Cole in the back! Cover, TWO! Cole gets to ropes but Balor stalks up behind him to stomp him down. The ref backs Balor off but Balor just comes back with more vicious stomps! Cole bails out as the ref backs Balor off again. Balor then runs to wreck Cole with a dropkick! Balor sneers from the apron as he takes aim, but Cole SUPERKICKS a leg out! Balor clutches the knee because X marks the spot. Cole then throws Balor into the apron and then in the ring. Cole brings Balor around for a neckbreaker!

Fans rally and duel as Cole rains down rights. Cole drags Balor up and snap suplexes. Float over to a cover, TWO, but Cole puts Balor in the corner to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Cole lets up at 4, and soaks up both cheers and jeers from the crowd. Cole snapmares Balor and rams his knee in. He clamps on a chinlock and grinds Balor down. Balor endures as fans rally up. Balor fights up but Cole wrangles him back down. Cole cranks back but Balor continues to endure. Fans continue to rally and duel, Balor fights up to jawbreaker free! Balor runs but Cole dropkicks the leg out! Cole has Balor up for big forearms, then brings him around for another neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cole rams his knee in again and then wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Balor endures again as fans rally up.

Balor works on the hold but Cole just squeezes tighter. Balor bridges back to a cover, TWO! Cole runs Balor over with a back elbow! Cole brushes off his shoulder as fans are divided. Balor gets to a corner, Cole runs in, but Balor boots him back! Balor rallies with forearms and a whip, but Cole reverses. Balor just hits him again! Dragon sleeper, elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Cole survives but Balor keeps his focus. Cole is in the corner, Balor runs in to CHOP again! Balor whips Cole corner to corner, and CHOPS again! Another whip, another CHOP! Cole staggers and falls to a knee, but Balor brings him up for another headlock. Cole slips out to a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps his focus as he drags Balor up and to a fireman’s carry. Balor slips out, waistlocks but Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole runs, into a SLINGBLADE!

Balor takes aim from a corner, runs out, but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Balor still lives and Full Sail is fired up! Cole refocuses and gets himself to ropes. He brings Balor up and suplexes, but Balor fights out. Balor suplexes but Cole fights out. Cole forearms but Balor gives it back. They brawl back and forth and it speeds up! Balor gets an edge but Cole shoves to BOOT! And BOOT again! PELE! But it’s Cole who falls on the cover, TWO!! Balor survives and both men are too exhausted to be frustrated or surprised. Cole stirs first and goes to the ropes. Balor rises but Cole aims from the corner. Balor stands, Cole and Balor glare at each other. Cole kicks out the leg, hops up and leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! Pop into the headlock, but Cole slips out! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives Last Shot 1.0 and fans are reaching a fever pitch!

Cole gets up again, runs, but Balor trips him up! Double stomps! Cole crawls but Balor shotgun dropkicks! Balor has Cole in the drop zone, and hurries up top! The bad leg slows him down and Cole SUPERKICKS him off the top! Balor crashes and burns to the floor and Cole has a chance to rest. Fans are dueling again as a ring count begins. But Cole won’t let that end it? He goes to the apron, takes aim and leaps, but the Sunrise is turned into a back drop! Balor aims and runs in, JOHN WOO DROPKICK! The front row gets bowled over, just like with Johnny Gargano or Tommaso Ciampa! Balor gets Cole back in the ring and climbs up fast! COUP DE GRACE but Cole gets clear! The knee buckles, LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!?! Balor lives?! Speaking of Gargano, he was the last person to survive that move!

Cole is clearly at a loss for words as he gets back up. But fans know “This is Awesome!” Cole takes the knee pad down now, and wants another shot. HE even mocks the finger guns. But Balor turns around to LARIAT! And then another shotgun dropkick! Cole is down again, Balor is up top again, and… COUP DE GRACE HITS!! But that’s not all, Balor drags Cole up. But wait, is that… JOHNNY GARGANO is on the stage!! Everyone is distracted, even the ref, and Cole low blow uppercuts Balor!! LAST SHOT AGAIN! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

Johnny Wrestling doesn’t care about Cole keeping the title, he got payback on Balor! And then he takes a chair from the front row, the same spot he got dropkick’d into that night Balor turned on him. Gargano brings the chair into the ring while Cole hurries away. Balor realizes he wasn’t seeing things, and he begs Gargano be merciful. Not happening! SMACK! Jab! SMACK! Three chair shots send Balor running, but Gargano pursues! Another SMACK, and then another! Balor retreats through the fans and Gargano leaves it at that. Will Gargano make Balor regret returning to NXT?

 

Damien Priest VS Killian Dain!

The Archer of Infamy returns from having his ribs wrecked by the Beast of Belfast at WarGames. But he also aims for revenge! Will Priest hit his target and end the North Ireland Nightmare?

The bell rings and the brawl is on! Dain powers Damien to the corner and rams his shoulder into those taped-up ribs! The ref counts but Dain lets up at 4. Damien throws heavy haymakers but Dain shoves back. Dain runs in but misses, and Damien fires off furious fists in the corner! And stomps! The ref counts, Damien lets up at 4 but Dain kicks back. Dain throws Damien out, Damien lands on his feet and is up on the apron quick. Dain runs at Damien but Damien gets clear to roundhouse back! Damien steps in and tries to suplex, but those ribs stop that from happening. DIVIDE CROSSBODY! Dain doesn’t cover, he rams elbows into the ribs! Fans boo as Dain wraps on a bearhug from behind. Damien endures the squeeze so Dain turns him around to drop ax handles on the bad ribs!

The bearhug returns but Damien powers up as fans rally. Damien elbows Dain until Dain lets go, but then Damien runs into a bearhug from the front! Dain squeezes Damien again but Damien endures. Fans rally as Damien throws haymakers. Dain shoves Damien and corner splashes him! Then he sticks Damien sideways in the corner, to run and DROPKICK those ribs! And then again! The baseball slide sends Damien out, but Dain follows after. Dain drags Damien up and clubs those ribs. Damien hurries away and elbows Dain back. But Dain BOOTS! The ring count passes 5 and Dain rams Damien into railing! Damien gets in the ring at 8 but Dain covers, TWO! Dain is right back on Damien with another bearhug. Fans rally up and Damien fights to his feet. Dain suplexes and drops Damien hard!

Fans boo and jeer but Dain just scowls as he stands on Damien’s stomach. Dain pulls hair and throws hands, then turns Damien over to dig a knee into the back. Dain has a camel clutch and pulls Damien back. Fans rally as Damien fights his way up. Damien pries free and kicks back on Dain’s legs. Damien tries but still can’t suplex, Dain gives Damien a GUT BUSTER! Damien writhes in pain but Dain pulls the tape away! Fans boo as Dain throws more hands and elbows, and then drops a back senton! Damien gasps and sputters but Dain just soaks up all the heat. Dain digs his knees into Damien’s back again. Fans troll Dain with chants of “Shave Your Back Hair!” Dain just drops a SPLASH on Damien’s back! Cover, TWO!!

Dain grits his teeth as he drags Damien up by his hair. Dain fisherman’s and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Damien is toughing it out but Dain just drags him back up for a chinlock. Fans rally again and Damien powers up. Damien fights with body shots and an uppercut! But Dain DROPKICKS again! Damien bails out in pain as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dain goes out the side and comes around the way. Damien does his best to go the other way but he gets rammed into the apron! Dain puts Damien back in and looms over him. Dain brings Damien up but Damien throws haymakers. Dain just needs one big body shot to stop that. Dain puts Damien against the ropes and hooks his arms around them. Dain pulls on the arms, straining them against the ropes, before ramming his shoulder into the ribs again! Damien flops out of the ring but gets himself back to the apron. Dain runs to RAM Damien down! Dain taunts the fans as the ring count climbs. Damien drags himself back to the apron but Dain is on him already. Dain drags Damien in through the ropes and hooks him up again. Dain pushes Damien back against the ropes, then kicks the ropes to jam Damien more!

Damien gasps for air on the apron but Dain won’t leave him be. Dain drags Damien up and suplexes him in! A big impact and Dain covers, TWO! Damien is still toughing it out but Dain is on him with a seated cobra twist! The abdominal stretch of course stretches Damien’s body out, and Dain clubs the bad ribs! Dain also clamps a hand onto the side, further torturing Damien. But Damien endures and fights his way up to throw forearms! Dain shoves and runs into the corner but Damien uppercuts! And then boots! Dain staggers but comes back, only for Damien to get him with a COMPLETE SHOT! NXT returns to single picture as both men slowly rise.

Dain is up first but fans are on Damien’s side as he throws big forearms! Dain dodges but gets a big back elbow! Damien fires off kick after kick then a discus, and an AX BOMBER! Fans fire up as Damien runs corner to corner, BIG back elbow! Damien wants to try once more time, but how can he suplex with even more beat-up ribs? Damien uses rage alone to SUPLEX DAIN!! Fans are fired up for “PRIEST! PRIEST! PRIEST!” Damien gets himself to a corner and to the top rope. But Dain rolls all the way out of the ring. So Damien hops down to ESCALARA TOPE CONJILO! Damien puts Dain in, clamps on a hand, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Dain survives that fall from grace, but Damien won’t lose focus.

Damien stalks up behind Dain as he stands. Damien brings Dain in, but no Reckoning as Dain gets loose. Dain dodges in the corner, and SUPERKICKS the ribs! Dain lifts, CRUCIFIX BOMB! And an elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Damien survives but Dain just grits his teeth. Dain aims from the corner and watches Damien get to the other. Dain runs in, splash to the back! Electric Chair lift, but Damien fights out to victory roll! Cover, ONE! SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Then Damien lifts, but Dain is too much for that. Dain fireman’s carries and Wasteland slams, to a back senton! VADER BOMB GETS KNEES! Damien gets Dain in the dragon sleeper, RECKONING! Cover, Damien wins!!

Winner: Damien Priest, by pinfall

Damien grins, because in the end, he still lives. But will the “Paragon of Punishment” #LiveForever in the New Year?

 

The 2019 NXT Year End Awards are coming!

As finalists for the NXT Tag Team of the Year, you have: The Viking Raiders, now on Raw; The Street Profits, also now on Raw; NXT UK’s Grizzled Young Veterans; NXT UK’s South Wales Subculture, aka Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews; and of course, the NXT Tag Team Champions, the Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish! Keep voting for your favorite tag team before the poles close!

Finalists for NXT Male Competitor of the Year are: The Velveteen Dream; Johnny Gargano; Tyler Bate; WWE United Kingdom Champion, WALTER; Tommaso Ciampa; and of course, THE NXT Champion, Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole won to keep his title tonight, will he close the year with another award?

Finalists for the NXT Female Competitor of the Year are: Io Shirai; Bianca Belair; former NXT UK Women’s Champion, Toni Storm; current NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray; inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley; and current NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler. Ripley and Baszler battle tonight, but will one of them win the Golden Bell as well?

There’s a huge field of NXT Breakout Star finalists! New NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Angel Garza. Piper the Viper Niven. The Limitless Keith Lee. The Original Bro, Matt Riddle. The Croatian Colossus, Dominik Dijakovic. Gallus’ Iron King, Joe Coffey. Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae. The Archer of Infamy, Damien Priest. And the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, the Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley! Who will be considered THE BEST new star of NXT?

All these categories and more are of course to be decided before the end of 2019, and the New Year’s Day NXT will announce the winners!

 

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 is coming!

Finn Balor & Samoa Joe. The Authors of Pain. The Undisputed Era. Even Aleister Black & Ricochet. Only one team can join them in history! The teams participating as well as the bracket breakdown will all be announced on the New Year’s Day NXT!

 

KUSHIDA VS Cameron Grimes!

The Time Splitter got on the bad side of the Carolina Caveman, especially after confiscating his beloved top hat! Will Grimes take his property back while caving Kushida in?

The bell rings and Grimes goes right at Kushida. Kushida waistlocks then drop toeholds to get the arm. Grimes gets up and powers Kushida to ropes but Kushida wrenches again. Fans rally for Kushida but Grimes brings him in for a facelock. Kushida slips out to facelock and hold on. Grimes keeps trying to get out but Kushida rolls with him and then floats all over him. Kushida pats Grimes on the back and fans cheer. Grimes runs into an arm-drag! Kushida has the arm and wrenches, but Grimes gets up. Grimes powers out but Kushida reverses the whip, only for Grimes to run him over. Fans boo but Grimes soaks it all in as he runs.

Kushida stays low then goes up and over to hit a hip-toss takedown! Grimes has to fight off the armbar but Kushida spins around to hammerlock! And then he has the other arm, to hammerlock that, and fall back to tweak both arms at once! Grimes bails out but Kushida builds speed to wreck with a dropkick! Kushida puts Grimes in, climbs up top, and leaps for a big ax handle! Grimes flounders but Kushida is on him with a standing Octopus! Grimes endures as Kushida cranks back on the arm. Grimes pries free and throws Kushida off, but Kushida dropkicks! Kushida climbs back on for another Octopus! Then the takedown to a cover, TWO! Grimes gets away to a corner as NXT goes picture in picture.

Kushida stomps Grimes in the corner and CHOPS! Grimes staggers but Kushida is on him with an arm wrench. Grimes pulls on the top knot in Kushida’s hair to throw him down! Grimes then kicks Kushida while he’s down! And rams in knees! Grimes drags Kushida up to throw European Uppercuts and CHOPS of his own. Grimes wrenches Kushida to grind on the arm, but Kushida fights back up. Kushida throws forearms but Grimes whips. Kushida reverses, but Grimes blocks the hip toss, only for Kushida to block back. Another block for another block, and so on and so forth until the two end up by the ropes, and then Kushida hip tosses Grimes out of the ring! Kushida then goes to the corner and climbs, but Grimes gets in the ring. Kushida leaps over him but comes back, FLIPPING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Grimes goes after Kushida with big knee drops! Grimes digs a knee in and pulls back on Kushida. Kushida endures the partial camel clutch and crawls, to get the ropebreak! Grimes lets go to stomp Kushida hard on the back! Kushida writhes and rolls to a corner but Grimes is on him again. Kushida CHOPS but Grimes throws body shots. The two go back and forth, brawling with forearms. Grimes whips Kushida hard into buckles! Cover, TWO! Grimes drags Kushida up and rams his knee into the back! Grimes drags Kushida up but Kushida hits back with haymakers! They brawl again, Kushida gets the edge, but Griems reverses the whip to LARIAT Kushida down! NXT returns to single picture as Grimes covers, TWO!

Grimes stands on Kushida in the corner but lets off at 4. Grimes brings Kushida up to hip toss him across the ring! Grimes digs his knees into Kushida’s head then drags him up to throw a hard kick to the back! Grimes bends Kushida backwards across his knees, but Kushida endures. The ref sees Grimes dig his fingers into Kushida’s face and reprimands him. Grimes lets go of Kushida but stalks him to ropes. Grimes reels Kushida in to ram a forearm into the back! And again! Fans rally up for Kushida but Grimes scoops for a backbreaker! And then the Bow ‘n’ Arrow rack! Kushida endures, fans rally, and Kushida fights out. Grimes waistlocks but Kushida elbows out. Grimes whips Kushida but Kushida handsprings to back elbow! Fans cheer as Kushida rises again. Grimes drags himself up and runs in but Kushida rallies with big forearms!

Kushida whips Grimes, hip toss and cartwheel to a dropkick! Fans fire up as Kushida runs again, tilt-0-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Grimes endures, fights his way around, and gets a ropebreak with a leg! Kushida lets go but he aims from the corner. Kushida runs in to dropkick an arm out! Then tilt-o-whirls but Grimes blocks the hoverboard for a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives but Grimes is too exhausted to be frustrated. Kushida gets to a corner while Grimes catches his breath. Kushida catches Grimes as he comes in, BUCKLE SHOT! GERMAN SUPLEX! Grimes sits up, but ducks the buzzsaw kick to hit a SUPER FOREARM! Kushida is dazed, Grimes grits his teeth, but Kushida ducks the buzzsaw. Grimes back flips to waistlock, but Kushida fights against the German Suplex. Kushida tries to wheelbarrow, but that just becomes Grimes’ WHEELBARROW SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Fans cheer as both men are down again. Grimes grows frustrated as he glares down at Kushida. Grimes drags Kushida up and whips, but Kushida denies the Cave In. Kushida boots, puts Grimes on the apron, then runs to handspring kick Grimes down! Kushida climbs up top, and LEAPS! HUGE SWANTON! Perhaps double-edged for Kushida given the landing. The ring count begins as both men slowly stir on the outside. The count passes 5 as Kushida fires himself up. Kushida puts Grimes in at 7, Kushida runs in at him in the corner, but Grimes BOOTS! Grimes hops up, but Kushida enziguris! Kushida climbs up to join Grimes, and goes after the arm! But Grimes clubs Kushida away, only to get another handspring kick!

Kushida climbs again, stands way up high, SUPER VICTORY ROLL BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Grimes survives and Kushida can’t believe it! Even fans feel “That Was Three! That Was Three!” Kushida goes after legs, Grimes resists, so Kushida kicks out the arm! But Grimes gets Kushida away from him to ROUNDHOUSE in return! Kushida hits the FAST BALL! Kushida ducks the Cave In, tornado off the ropes but no takedown! CAVE IN OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Grimes wins!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Incredible! The Technical Savage got the better of the Super Junior! Is this the Breakout Grimes was looking for? But also, Grimes takes his hat back.

 

NXT takes a closer look at Io Shirai.

The Genius of the Sky is now the Evil Genius as she continues her descent into madness. She doesn’t need anyone else but herself, though she did hit the highest mark during WarGames. “Don’t you DARE take your eyes off me!” Will we not be able to look away after she’s in action tonight?

 

Io Shirai VS Santana Garrett!

The descent continues as 2019 draws to a close. Will she drag down the Wonder Woman of Wrestling into the dark depths while flying higher than ever?

The bell rings and Shirai circles with Garrett. They tie up and Shirai waistlocks. Garrett standing switches, but Shirai headlocks out of it. Garrett powers out but Shirai runs her over. Shirai runs and shows off agility with a handspring, then dodges Garrett. Garrett hip tosses to a cover, TWO! Shirai choke grips Garrett but Garrett blocks the slap! Garrett wristlocks, ducks the punch to forearm back! Garrett goes to the ropes, flies and arm-drags Shirai away! Shirai comes back, Garrett somersault headscissors but Shirai handsprings through! Shirai says no no, but her dropkick misses! Mule kick rocks Shirai!

Garrett drags Shirai up to whip but Shirai holds ropes. Garrett keeps trying but Shirai holds on. Garrett forearms but Shirai hotshots! Garrett wobbles and Shirai whips, BIG flapjack! Shirai kicks and stomps Garrett to a corner, then CHOPS her down! Shirai goes corner to corner, but Garrett avoids the meteora! Garrett boots back, runs and rallies with forearms! Garrett wrenches to a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Garrett waistlocks but Shirai bucks her off, only for Garrett to handspring back and ROCK Shirai with that left! Shirai staggers and Garrett handsprings in for a back elbow! Garrett suplexes, rolls through to a cover, TWO with a bridge! Both women hold wrists and rolls, LAST CHANCERY! Shirai endures and crawls, reaching out, turning to the side, and rakes the eyes! Shirai gets the ropebreak while Garrett recovers, but then Garrett runs in. Drop toehold sends Garrett into the ropes!

Garrett flounders to a corner, Shirai goes corner to corner, METEORA! Garrett is in the drop zone, Shirai goes up, DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! The moonsault hits, Shirai covers, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall

Another win and Shirai says it was only natural. Will Shirai be Female Competitor of the Year on top of all this? Will she be positioned to challenge whoever comes out of tonight’s Women’s Championship match?

 

Worlds Collide is coming!

Both halves of the NXT family are getting bigger and better, but now the two sides will meet in Houston! The best of NXT USA, the best of NXT UK, who will be the best of the best?

 

Pete Dunne VS Travis Banks!

Worlds might collide, but the Bruiserweight looks to take over no matter where he is. But the same goes for the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Could this be a preview of said crossover event?

The bell rings and Banks circles with Dunne. They tie up, Banks wrenches but Dunne wrenches back. Banks rolls, wrenches and goes for the shoulder, but Dunne fights back with his own wrench. Dunne wrangles Banks to the mat and stands on Banks’ head! Banks gets up but Dunne trips him up to get the headlock. Fans cheer the technical exchange. Dunne traps an arm, sits up and uses the arm to reel Banks into a crucifix cover, TWO! Dunne and Banks reset and go again. Dunne gets the leg but Banks avoids the mount to get Dunne’s shoulders. Rolling cradle, TWO! Dunne and Banks speed things up, Banks anticipates the duck to dropkick Dunne down! Dunne gets to ropes but Banks kicks away! Dunne turns things around to CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP! The ref finally backs Dunne off and fans are fired up!

Dunne stomps the hands! Buzzsaw! Banks gets out of the ring but Dunne goes out to X-Plex him onto the apron! Dunne scowls at Banks as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dunne drags Banks back up and tortures the hand. Dunne JAMS the fingers against the apron edge! Banks gets away but Dunne pursues to CHOP again! They go back in the ring and Dunne goes after a leg now. He stomps the knee! Banks clutches the leg but Dunne just shrugs. Dunne goes after Banks’ arm while standing on the other, and he twists it around to go after the fingers again. Banks resists so Dunne stomps his head! Dunne goes after the leg again, twisting the ankle. Dunne turns Banks over to hook the legs, and then pulls on Banks’ hair to fish hook the face. Dunne slaps Banks around, just toying with him, before he stomps the knees!

Banks gets to ropes and tests the legs but Dunne is after those legs more. Dunne kicks Banks around, toying with him more. Banks gets up to CHOP back! Dunne boots Banks then hops up, to dropkick the legs out! Dunne stands on Banks’ leg as he slaps Banks more. Banks eggs him on! Dunne SLAPS, then pinches Banks’ nose, to SLAP him again! Dunne seems to be having fun with Banks. He SLAPS Banks even more, but Banks comes back with big haymakers! Dunne CHOPS, Banks forearms, repeat! The pace picks up and neither man is backing down! NXT returns to single picture as Banks hits Dunne with another forearm. Dunne BLASTS Banks with a forearm of his own! Dunne runs into the corner but Banks sweeps the legs! Dunne eats buckles, then Banks goes side to side, dropkick! Then the other way, another dropkick! Banks goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL!

Dunne bails out and flounders around the corner but Banks fires himself up. Banks runs to DIVE! Direct hit into the barriers! Banks puts Dunne in but has to take a moment to check on his leagues. Banks climbs up, leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Then hops up for BIG stomps! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, but that’s why he was the longest reigning champion in recent years. Banks drags Dunne up, but Dunne powers out to a waistlock. Banks standing switches and shoves, Dunne goes up and over, Banks hops up for Dunne to DECK out of the air! Dunne drags Banks up, X-PLEX! Into a cover, TWO!! Banks survives and Dunne is a bit surprised. But fans rally up as Banks gets himself to the apron. Dunne heads over but the enziguri is blocked, Banks gives an enziguri of his own! Banks climbs but Dunne ROCKS him with a right!

Dunne climbs up but Banks fights back. Banks SUNSET BOMB but Dunne flips through to land on his feet! Dunne runs back in, BIG enziguri! Then the pump handle, BITTER- DDT!! Banks counters the Bitter End, and then runs, SLICE OF HEA- NO! Ankle lock, into Queen Angelito! STOMP! Dunne drags Banks up, pump handles, but still no end, Banks BOOTS! Dunne rebounds into Banks’ KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!?! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Fans then rally up as Banks and Dunne go to opposite ends. Banks runs in, but Dunne catches him for a BOMB! Dunne hops up, but Banks enziguris! Banks hurries up top, brings Dunne in, but Dunne hits a SUPER X-PLEX! Buzzsaw, pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall

NXT US, NXT UK, it doesn’t matter because the Bruiserweight wins on both! Will Dunne prove himself the best of the best when Worlds Collide in Houston?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.

A week removed from her win over Mia Yim but also from Mia Yim bringing her down with her through two tables. Dakota has 8 staples in her head, but she still got the win. Mia can do whatever she wants to stay relevant, but she still lost. Dakota will continue to beat everyone in her way until she finally becomes NXT Women’s Champion. But who will Dakota be targeting after tonight’s main event?

 

NXT gives us a wonderful Christmas present!

First, Roderick Strong is holding a North American Championship Open Challenge! Who looks to cash in and get a golden gift at the very last minute? Plus, there is a huge tag team match as Keith Lee teams with Lio Rush while Damien Priest has Tony Nese! Which combination of Cruiserweight and Heavyweight takes home one more win in 2019?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Rhea Ripley!

The Queen of Spades has beaten just about every woman on the roster, except for NXT UK’s Aussie Nightmare! Shayna Two-Time vows to make Rhea #TapNapOrSnap like all the rest, but could Rhea make history by claiming her second women’s championship in her career?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this fight finally happens!

Rhea and Shayna slowly circle and tie up. Shayna gets a leg then shifts to a waistlock. Rhea pries out to a wrench and wristlock, but Shayna returns the favor. Shayna wants the keylock and bends Rhea back to the mat. Shayna stands on the arm, but Rhea knows the stomp is coming! Rhea has the leg, and shows a punch, but Shayna scrambles away! Rhea grins as she sees a bit of fear in Shayna’s eyes. Shayna gets up and ties up with Rhea again, and Shayna SLAPS Rhea in the back of the head. That only angers Rhea, and she BOOTS Shayna down! Rhea whips Shayna hard into buckles but Shayna gets out of the ring. Fans are fired up as we go picture in picture.

Rhea dares Shayna to get back in, and Shayna gets up, to catch Rhea in a hotshot! Shayna hurries in to club away on Rhea, then puts her in a corner. Shayna clubs and snapmares Rhea to kick and cover, ONE! Shayna goes after Rhea with a trapped arm and neck wrench. Rhea endures and fights her way up, to roll Shayna up! TWO, and Shayna clotheslines Rhea down! Cover, ONE! Shayna stalks Rhea and stands on her arm again. Shayna grabs the other arm, pulls on the finger, but Rhea kicks from below. Shayna YANKS on the arm! Rhea scrambles to the ropes but Shayna kicks her down. Rhea hits back with body shots but Shayna clubs her down. Shayna grinds her boot into Rhea’s throat in the corner but lets up at 4. Shayna then comes back to elbow Rhea back down.

Shayna looms over Rhea and clamps on with a chinlock. Rhea endures as Shayna bends her back and brings her around. Shayna pretzels Rhea’s legs while cranking on the head. Rhea endures and fights her way up, only for Shayna to throw her down by her hair! Cover, ONE, but Shayna clamps on with a standing chinbar. Rhea endures again as Shayna also pulls on the arm. Rhea works her way up and throws body shots! Shayna clubs Rhea back as we return to single picture. Shayna whips Rhea into a corner but Rhea dodges! Rhea Electric Chair lifts and then throws Shayna into buckles! Shayna gets up but Rhea rallies with lariats! Rhea spins Shayna around, cravat and knee strikes! Snapmare, run, but Shayna rolls to trip Rhea!

Shayna throws big hands but Rhea blocks. Shayna dodges the boot, but Rhea answers the forearm with a back elbow! Both women wobble, Rhea dropkicks Shayna down! Fans fire up as Rhea runs in to throw forearms. Rhea puts Shayna up top and throws more haymakers, then she climbs up top. Rhea is on the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! Rhea crawls to the cover, TWO! Shayna survives but fans are still strongly behind Rhea. Rhea waistlocks but Shayna elbows out. Shayna throws forearms, body shots and kicks out a leg. Rhea ducks the buzzsaw to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea fires up and fans fire up with her! But here come the Horsewomen, as per usual! Rhea BOOTS Jessamyn into Marina! Shayna throws Rhea out and then goes to the apron, but Rhea trips her up!

Rhea climbs up as the Horsewomen regroup, and Rhea CANNONBALLS! Shayna gets clear and her cronies take the hit! Shayna KNEES Rhea down! Then she STOMPS the arm on the steel steps!! Shayna always finds a way to get after the arm! Rhea screams and writhes in pain while Shayna grins and leaves her behind. The ring count begins as Rhea clutches the arm. Rhea gets in at 5 but Shayna stomps away on her. Shayna has the arm, tortures it in a hammerlock, then twists it all around the other way. Rhea can only flail as Shayna twists and bends the arm back around for another keylock! Rhea fights with her good arm and gets up, but Shayna wrings her out! Rhea bails out for a reprieve, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns once more, and Shayna again tortures Rhea’s arm. Rhea keeps fighting with kicks, so Shayna hammerlocks fast to STOMP the arm again! Shayna just watches Rhea as we learn that the Horsewomen got involved after all. But when the ref sniffed it out, he EJECTED Jessamyn and Marina. But the damage has been done, and Rhea is fortunate her arm hasn’t forced this match to end. Shayna goes after the arm with kicks, and even toys with Rhea now. Shayna gives Rhea kicks to the chest now, and toying kicks to the chin. Fans rally up for Rhea but she takes more kicks from Shayna! Shayna kicks, but Rhea catches it with her good arm! Then ROCKS Shayna with a right! Pump handle, but Shayna slips out to shove, Rhea DROPKICKS Shayna back! But into the ref!

Rhea drags Shayna up, RIPTIDE! But the cover isn’t being counted! Rhea would’ve won three times over by now! Shayna gets out as Rhea realizes what happened. Rhea works to revive the ref but now she has to hunt Shayna down. Rhea CANNONBALLS but flops! Kirafuda Klutch!! Rhea hurries to ram Shayna into the apron, then railing, then back into the apron! Rhea is free but both she and Shayna are down on the outside. Shayna gets up and gets a chair! She puts that in the ring, but Rhea hurries to intercept. The two stare down, then look at the chair. Rhea boots Shayna, Shayna hits back, DDT TO THE CHAIR!! Cover as the ref revives, TWO!!! Rhea survives and Shayna can’t believe it! But Full Sail is at a thunderous level as this match continues!

Shayna grabs Rhea, she wants the Kirafuda, but Rhea slips out! Rhea wants the legs for the inverted cloverleaf, but her arms won’t help her. Shayna pops Rhea back into the Kirafuda! Rhea is caught! She flails, kicks, turns over and powers up, but Shayna clamps on tighter! Rhea still crawls, until Shayna drags her away! Rhea fades, but she turns around again. Rhea refuses to lose just yet! Shayna grabs the arm that reaches and rolls Rhea way again. Rhea is fading faster, but she keeps flailing! Fans rally but she’s going out! The referee checks, but Rhea GRABS THE REF! That’s a sign she’s awake! Rhea fights her way up, roars with rage, and powers back around, TO DANIELSON STOMP AWAY! Rhea drags the legs up, INVERTED CLOVERLEAF! The Prism, as she calls it! And it’s Shayna’s turn to endure a submission!

Shayna reaches, Rhea pulls her away, and they go around the ring like this! Shayna turns and pushes Rhea off into a corner. Step-up knee! Shayna hoists Rhea up top and SLAPS her! Shayna climbs up, fans rally hard as ever, and Rhea headbutts! Rhea pump handles, SUPER RIPTIDE!! Cover, RHEA WINS!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall; NEW NXT Women’s Champion

The Nightmare ends the reign of terror! Even after the Horsewomen played a part and after Shayna tortured the arm, Rhea is the one to finally dethrone the Queen of Spades! She makes history as the first woman to have held both NXT UK and NXT main Women’s Championships! And the entire Full Sail family, from the superstars to the long time fans, flood the ring to celebrate! What will this new era mean for NXT?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing episode by far! We open with an incredible NXT Championship that really started to feel TakeOver worthy, with the return of Johnny Gargano on top of it. It seems we will get the Balor VS Gargano match we hoped for at WarGames, perhaps on the New Year’s Day NXT or even the already packed Christmas episode. Cole retaining also works to keep the Undisputed Prophecy going as 2019 finishes. Of course, with Roderick Strong giving us a Christmas gift in the form of a North American Championship match, that could still change. I wonder, with Keith Lee busy in that Cruiserweight-Heavyweight tag match, is Dijakovic going to be Strong’s opponent? I don’t know the chances of Velveteen Dream making a return, even though Dream coming out as some sort of Santa Claus would be pretty amazing. It was good to get Damien VS Dain after it didn’t work out last time. Damien winning was also good, and fans really started to get behind him here.

Grimes VS Kushida was great, and I did not expect Grimes to win, but that perhaps made it all the better. With Angel Garza making the transition to Face now that he’s champion, I wonder if Grimes as Heel will get a shot at that title. That would be a pretty great match, and a fresh choice since we didn’t get that in the Breakout Tournament. Shirai VS Garrett was pretty good, and it’s good that NXT is keeping a lot of women in the mix. Dakota Kai had a good interview promo, and with her story against Mia still going, I’d think Shirai moves up as the first Heel to challenge for the title. Dunne VS Banks was great, like something you would’ve seen during Dunne’s WWE UK Championship reign. Worlds Collide is of course coming up, I’d love to see if we got something like a purely NXT US trio VS a purely NXT UK trio VS British Strong Style, who have of course been on both shows.

And perhaps the best thing of all, and rightfully done, Baszler VS Ripley. The animosity building for months since Rhea changed from UK to US, the story weaving through WarGames to make history there, and then this match tonight. TakeOver worthy to say the least, perfect for the main event here against AEW’s 2019 finale, and it was perfect because Rhea Ripley won. Shayna was a great champion and a great Heel, which is why so many were wondering just when and where she would lose that title and to whom. Rhea is already an amazing wrestler in the ring, on the mic, NXT UK gave her a historic achievement and now she’s got one on NXT US. She’s still only 23, I believe, so she’s got a long career ahead of her, sure to be filled with even more historic achievements, but it means a lot that she got this one here on such a big night.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)

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WWE Raw 2022

Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?

For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
  • The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
  • Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
  • (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgement Day is here!

Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.

And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!

Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!

But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!

Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?

 

Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!

This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?

But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!

Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.

Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!

Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!

Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)

They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?

 

Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!

The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”

But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!

Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?

Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.

Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!

But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?

The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!

The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.

Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!

Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!

Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!

Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!

Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?

 

Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.

Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!

 

Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.

But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?

 

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”

To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!

And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.

But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!

But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!

And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.

They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!

Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?

Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!

McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.

The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!

Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.

McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!

McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!

Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.

Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?

Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!

Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!

Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Riddle.

Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?

 

Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!

The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?

The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!

Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall

Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.

What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.

Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?

 

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!

Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!

Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.

Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!

Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.

Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!

Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!

Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!

Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!

Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!

Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!

Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!

The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?

The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!

Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?

 

(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?

Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!

Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.

Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!

Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!

Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!

ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!

Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!

Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall

Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.

Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.

And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.

Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…

We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)

Minneapolis gets Elevated!

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It’s a Superbad return!

Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
  • Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
  • Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
  • Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.


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