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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/29/2020)

The 2020 Dusty Rhodes Classic comes to a close!

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What does NXT have in store on the way to Portland?

TakeOver: Portland is on the horizon, and we need a contender for Adam Cole BAYBAY! What will GM William Regal rule on for the NXT Championship?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Trent Seven; Balor wins.
  • Shotzi Blackheart VS Deonna Purrazzo; Blackheart wins.
  • Damien Priest VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
  • Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai; Nox wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Kayden Carter; Carter wins.
  • 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: The Broserweights VS Grizzled Young Veterans; The Broserweights win and will challenge for the NXT Tag Team Championships at TakeOver: Portland.

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We begin another new era for NXT!

The EST made her presence known, The Queen of Spades again made someone #TapNapOrSnap, and Imperium made sure the Undisputed Era was put on notice. But perhaps biggest of all, we have a NEW North American Champion as Keith Lee dethrones Roderick Strong! What will this Limitless Reign mean for the black ‘n’ gold? What is the fallout of Worlds Collide? And lastly, which tag team proves they are the best in NXT with the Dusty Cup Finals?!

 

Finn Balor VS Trent Seven!

The Prince was rrrreeeal again in Houston! Worlds Collide was not Unbesiegbar but Too Sweet as Balor beat Ilja Dragunov, and then beat up Johnny Gargano! He didn’t even stop there, as he made sure Moustache Mountain got the message, too. That message: If you aim at The Prince, you better not miss. But will the Artful Dodger make Balor miss his shot?

Trent slow rolls in but Balor baseball slide dropkicks him right out! Balor stomps away on Seven and then gets in the ring to take off the jacket. Fans are divided as the ref reprimands Balor. Balor just brushes that off as Seven gets up and takes his own jacket off. Seven refuses to let Balor punk him out so this match begins! Balor BOOTS Seven immediately! Balor stomps, the ref backs him off, but he comes back to choke Seven on ropes. The ref counts and Balor lets up at 4 as fans sing for Seven. Balor stomps Seven more and more, then drags Seven up to snapmare at he ropes. Balor drops springboard stomps over and over and over but the ref backs him off again. Fans are still divided as Balor glares at Seven.

Seven bails out but Balor builds speed to wreck him with another dropkick! Seven leans on the railing but Balor brings him over to bump off the apron. And then throw into railing! And then CHOP! Balor puts Seven in and stalks behind him. Balor paces before kicking Seven in the ribs! Balor wraps on a chinlock but fans rally up for Seven. Seven fights his way up even as Balor neck wrenches. Seven throws body shots and a CHOP! Balor trips Seven to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Balor is a bit surprised but not upset. Seven kicks at Balor but Balor stomps him down. Balor scoop slams Seven hard then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Seven is tough but Balor won’t let up as he kicks Seven again.

Balor brings Seven up and reels him in, but Seven cradle counters! TWO, but barely! Seven CHOPS Balor back now, but Balor SLINGBLADES right back! Balor grits his teeth as he grinds a boot into Seven’s head. The ref reprimands and pulls Balor off, but Balor just stomps Seven more. Balor CHOPS Seven down hard! Seven sputters for air as NXT goes picture in picture.

Balor stomps Seven at the ropes more, showing no mercy for the man from Moustache Mountain. Balor CHOPS Seven in the corner, then lets him flop against the ropes. Balor CHOPS again, then whips him corner to corner. Balor runs in to CHOP, then goes the other way to CHOP! And again the other way and Seven is floored! Cover, TWO! Balor is growing a bit annoyed with Seven but he watches him rise. Seven leans on the ropes but Balor throws big forearms and another CHOP. Seven flops into a corner but Balor throws haymakers to knock him down. Balor jams a knee into Seven’s face at the ropes, then chokes him again! The ref counts and Balor lets up at 4 but the ref is reprimanding all over again.

Seven crawls, Balor stalks behind him, and Seven gets bent back against ropes! Seven SUPERKICKS! Balor is down but Seven can’t capitalize as he sputters for air. Seven runs in corner to corner but into a drop toehold! Seven hits buckles and then Balor puts him down, cover, TWO! Balor grabs an arm to STOMP Seven’s head! Balor clamps on with a half straitjacket and grinds Seven down. Seven endures, fights his way up, but Balor wrangles him back down. NXT returns to single picture as Seven fights his way up to fight with forearms! And CHOPS! Seven whips, Balor reverses but Seven DDTs! Fans are fired up as Seven runs in to CHOP Balor! Balor goes running but Seven just CHOPS again! Seven whips again, then runs in, but Balor boots!

Balor runs in, to a SNAP DRAGON! Seven fires up and CHOPS, then ripcords, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! Cover, TWO!?! Balor survives but Seven keeps his focus. Balor gets to the apron, Seven runs over, and elbows Balor off into railings! Then DIVES into them! Seven puts Balor in and Full Sail is thunderous! Seven climbs up but he needs to catch his breath. Seven reaches the top, only for Balor to chop block him down! Balor throws Seven into buckles, then backs off to take aim. SHOTGUN! Seven crashes into buckles and Balor puts him in a drop zone. Fans know what this means. Balor is up top, COUP DE GRACE! But that’s no longer enough for the Prince, as he hits 1 9 1 6!! Cover, Balor wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

Seven put up a seven star fight, but Balor is 10 outta 10 right now! Balor wins two crossover matches with NXT UK, but will he be more than ready for NXT TakeOver: Portland?

 

Backstage interview with The Broserweights!

Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne are just one match away from taking home the Dusty Rhodes Classic trophy. Riddle can see the love in Dunne’s eyes, and tonight, this team makes history. Dunne made it here before, now it’s time for redemption. Even if Dunne has to snap fingers off to do it. Extreme for Riddle, but that’s why they’re going to win. And when the Broserweights celebrate, they’ll see why Dunne’s the life of the party. Will the Broserweights be feeling high as a kite after facing the Grizzled Young Veterans?

 

NXT reviews the destruction of Team Kick.

Dakota Kai felt snubbed and abandoned, and she brutally betrayed Tegan Nox at WarGames. But Tegan got her revenge at Worlds Collide with a blindside attack! Tonight, both women will see the fight coming. Who kicks the other to the curb to finally move on from the break-up?

 

A cryptic message is given.

Two lights, and the numbers, 5, 2 and 20. What does it mean?!

 

Shotzi Blackheart VS Deonna Purrazzo!

The wild child may have lost to the Queen of Spades, but there’s no shame in that. Riding down to the ring in a tiny tank, is Shotzi ready to go to war with the Armbar Virtuosa?

The bell rings and fans are rallying for Shotzi already. She and Deonna tie up, Deonna hammerlocks then wrenches and wristlocks to a takedown. Shotzi resists and moves around as Deonna grinds on the shoulder. They get up, Shotzi arm-drags then ducks under to enziguri! Deonna wobbles and Shotzi runs to springboard, only for Deonna to block! Armbar DDT! Deonna soaks up the heat as she snapmares and drops a leg on the arm. And again! Deonna traps the arm in an arm scissor then drops knees on it! Fans rally for Shotzi as she gets up, but Deonna reels her in for a LARIAT! And another! Cover, ONE but Deonna tries again, TWO! Deonna is frustrated as she drags Shotzi up. Shotzi jawbreakers, and neckbreakers!

Both women are down and fans rally up. Shotzi gets to the ropes and to a corner. Deonna runs in but Shotzi goes up and over to come back and corner splash! Shotzi shoves and runs to SLING DOG! Fans cheer as Shotzi KNEES hard, then roaring elbows and question mark kicks! Cover, TWO! Deonna toughs it out but Shotzi keeps on her. Deonna shoves and BOOTS Shotzi! Shotzi staggers but hits a CODE BREAKER! Then Shotzi heads up top, Tank Girl wants to fly! SUPER SENTON! Cover, Shotzi wins!

Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall

The wild one gets one in the win column! Shotzi is howling, but will everyone be singing her praises as she continues to climb in NXT?

 

Bask in his glory!

Keith Lee is back, just a week removed from his incredible victory of Roderick Strong! The Limitless North American Champion has the fans singing and chanting as he makes his way to the ring. Lee basks in that praise for a moment before taking a mic. “Yes, yes, yes! Greetings and salutations. My name is Keith Lee, and I am your Limitless NXT North American Champion!” Fans say, “You Deserve It!” Lee continues to paint the picture for us. Two months ago, Lee told the Undisputed Era that he was deciding which championship he would take first. And with the NAC on his shoulder, now only is Lee a moment maker and THE game changer, but he is a prophecy ender. And next up- Damien Priest!? The Archer of Infamy takes aim at a golden target as he heads for the ring to join Lee!

Priest has a mic of his own as he tells Lee, “I don’t know if you know this about me, but uh… I really, really taking things. Things that are meaningful.” That could be women, or priceless possessions. He usually gets what he wants. And what he wants, is that belt. Doesn’t everyone? But Priest just wants to know how Lee is going to give it to him. Wait, here comes Dominik Dijakovic! Lee’s immediate rival heads right out to make sure no one overlooks his towering presence in this title scene! “Keith, you and I, Lord knows we’ve been through our fair share of battles.” Some of the best in NXT history. So if anyone deserves that title, it’s Lee. Damn straight. BUT, if anyone deserves to challenge him for it, it’s damn sure not bootleg Marilyn Manson.

Whoa, boys, whoa! Keith likes where this is going, so he’s gonna get going. But Dijakovic turns Lee around, Priest turns Dijakovic around and Lee bails out. Priest DECKS Dijakovic, but that only angers the Croatian Colossus! A ref runs out to the ring, this match is made NOW!

Damien Priest VS Dominik Dijakovic!

The bell rings and the two titans collide! Priest throws big knees and forearms, then whips Dijakovic to a corner for a big back elbow! Dijakovic whips and returns the elbow to also club and whip again. Scoop to a backbreaker, then a springboard splash! Cover, TWO! Priest bails out but Dijakovic pursues, clubbing him in the back! Priest BOOTS back, and then brings Dijakovic up the steps! Crucifix lift, CRUCIFIX BOMB on the apron! Fans lose their minds and Priest roars as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns as Dijakovic kicks, forearms and elbows hard! “Time to fly!” Dijakovic suplex TOSSES Priest at the ropes! Priest spasms and gets to his feet as Dijakovic clamps on. Priest bell claps then fires off a strike fest, discus forearm and LARIAT! Dijakovic staggers up into a lifting Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps his cool as he looms over Dijakovic and shoots his arrow. But Dijakovic torture racks and flips, but no Feast! Dijakovic chop grips, CHOKE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest bails out but Dijakovic pursues again. Dijakovic is on the apron and he MOONSAULTS! Direct hit takes out Priest! Fans are rallying as Dijakovic puts Priest in. Dijakovic springboards but into Priest’s grip! SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic survives going South of Heaven but Priest just runs to FLY! Direct hit wipes Dijakovic out!

Priest gets Dijakovic in the ring fast and then takes aim. But both men spin for DOUBLE DISCUS BOOTS! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this classic outta nowhere. Priest and Dijakovic slowly rise, and Priest goes to the apron. Priest climbs up but Dijakovic SUPERKICKS! Dijakovic climbs to fireman’s carry, but Priest fights for his life! Priest gets around behind Dijakovic, for a SUPER POISON-RANA!! Cover, TWO!?!? HOW?! Priest doesn’t question it, he drags Dijakovic up, but no Reckoning! Priest is shoved into buckles, then torture rack lifted, FEAST YOUR EYES! Cover, Dijakovic wins!!

Winner: Dominik Dijakovic

That was literally a HUGE win for the Colossus! If this is what it took to take a step closer to the North American title, what will it take for Dijakovic to go all the way to the top?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa!

While he is feeling great after DIY won their reunion match at Worlds Collide, he and everyone else is focused on the coming announcement concerning Adam Cole’s NXT Championship challenger for Portland. William Regal promises to make a huge announcement tonight, but Ciampa vows that Goldie’s coming home. “And tonight, Daddy makes sure of it.” Ciampa has a pipe, but is he going to do what it sounds like he’s going to do?

 

NXT returns to find The Undisputed Era down in the back!

Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish have been laid out! Perhaps Ciampa did do what it sounded like… Ciampa walks by and puts his pipe down to then head inside. He isn’t in much better shape, but the fans cheer for the “Psycho Killer!” Ciampa heads to the ring, dragging a table with him! Ciampa sets up the table, and as fans get loud again, he uses the can of spray paint in his pocket to send another message: X marks the spot. Adam Cole finally sees what’s happened and hurries after Ciampa! Ciampa is ready, and Cole shouts, “Who the hell do you think you are?!” Ciampa got hurt and now we’re supposed to feel sorry for him? Ciampa attacked the Undisputed Era like a coward! Ciampa reminds Cole that he never lost that title! “I’m Goldie’s Daddy!”

Ciampa tells Cole he’s going to get in the ring and get his ass whooped! Then, Ciampa is going to pick Cole up and powerbomb him through the table! Then we sign a contract for TakeOver: Portland, where Ciampa takes back his title, takes back his life, and makes sure Goldie comes home! William Regal appears and says Cole didn’t care who he faced in Portland. But now after this, Cole takes the contract to show who he is. Whether Ciampa likes it or not, Cole is NXT Champion of the world! So Cole tells Ciampa that he is going to get in the ring, and SUCKER PUNCH Ciampa! Well it’s still the fight Ciampa talked about, but Cole got the jump on Ciampa. But Ciampa BOOTS Cole down! Then gets that POWERBOMB through the table!

Ciampa made his plans come true, and then he grabs the contract. Ciampa uses a pen borrowed from the timekeeper. But then fans chant, “Use the Blood!” that is pouring from a cut the scrap gave him. Ciampa figures he might as well, and swipes some off his head to slap it on the contract! This is now a blood contract for Goldie’s ownership! Will Ciampa give up far more blood, sweat and tears in order to make it all happen? He picks up the title and even drips some blood on it! Is Goldie coming home after Portland? Or will the Undisputed Era at least maintain THE title in NXT?

 

The EST has had one of the wildest weeks in her career.

Bianca Belair was an impressive second entry into the Women’s Royal Rumble, with the most eliminations and longest time lasted in that match. She also made sure Rhea Ripley is aware of her challenge coming in Portland. Next week, we get a face-to-face of champion and challenger. Will the Nightmare have a reason to fear the strongest and fastest in the division?

 

Worlds Collide changed the Cruiserweight Division forever!

Not only was then champion Angel Garza presented with a newly redesigned championship belt, but the Fatal 4 Way title defense was truly epic. And in the end, it would be NXT UK’s Irish Ace who hit the jackpot! Jordan Devlin struck gold and became the NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion! And to rub it in, Devlin comes to Full Sail next week!

 

Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai!

Team Kick was the closest of friends until one felt slighted. We know how it went down at TakeOver: WarGames. In fact, Dakota’s entrance again plays the footage so that the wound will be fresh in Tegan’s mind. But not only does this upset Tegan, this motivates her! Will Tegan make Dakota pay for every stomp, kick and smash of the cage door? Or is Dakota only going to add injury to insult?

The bell rings and Tegan throws her spare brace at Dakota to get an opening for the forearm! The brawl is own and they go around the ring with clubbing hands. Tegan puts Dakota in a corner to ram her shoulder in over and over. Fans are on Tegan’s side but Dakota elbows back. Dakota puts Tegan in the corner to throw a forearm, then goes side to side to BOOT! Dakota goes corner to corner but Tegan follows in with a CANNONBALL! Dakota bails out but drags Tegan to join her, and BOOTS her on the apron! Tegan flops down but Dakota throws her over the railing. Dakota stmops Tegan but Tegan sends Dakota into shelving! The ten count climbs but Tegan keeps hitting Dakota among the fans. They end up ringside at 7 and Tegan refreshes the count so she can go after Dakota. Dakota BOOTS Tegan down!

Dakota goes off to pull the timekeeper off his chair, and then take the chair! Dakota runs at Tegan but Tegan mule kicks! And throws Dakota into the post! Tegan wanted to hurt Dakota back, so she considers using that chair Dakota found. The ref says no, but he doesn’t see Dakota grabbing the knee brace! Tegan ducks the swing to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dakota flops out of the ring but Tegan builds speed to get a forearm! Dakota has Tegan stuck in the ropes then gets the chair! Candice LeRae appears to take the chair away! The ref tells Candice to back away now, and Dakota gets in the ring. Tegan uses the knee brace to CRACK Dakota! SHINIEST WIZARD! Cover, Tegan wins!!

Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall

Candice may have wanted to keep things fair but her presence did sway things in Tegan’s favor. But this was just one fight. Is there an entire war coming between these best friends turned bitter enemies?

 

The cryptic message becomes clearer.

The numbers represent February 5th, 2020. That’s only next week! What will happen when the clock counts down to that day?

 

Chelsea Green w/ Robert Stone VS Kayden Carter!

The Robert Stone Brand’s number one client finally makes her NXT TV in-ring debut. While she opted out of the NXT Women’s Battle Royal yet jumped into the Women’s Royal Rumble, things haven’t gone quite her way. Will the Hot Mess clean up against the fiery Filipina?

The bell rings and KC dropkicks Green immediately! But Green catches her to throw her into ropes and choke her! The ref counts, Green goes to the apron to kick KC in! Green runs to basement dropkick and high stack, TWO! Green drags KC up to whip but KC reverses. KC runs into a BOOT, then Green whips KC hard into buckles! Green drags KC and Robert Stone likes what he sees. Green uses the motorcycle stretch to STOMP KC into buckles. Green grinds boots into KC but the ref backs her off. Green stomps KC in the other corner but lets up again. She brings KC up to snapmare and wrap on a chinlock. Fans rally as KC endures. KC fights up but Green throws KC down! Green brings KC around for underhooks but KC powers out before rolling up, TWO!

Both women are up, KC waistlocks and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Springboard and SUPERKICK! Green wobbles, KC wheelbarrows to victory roll mule kick! Cover, TWO! Green survives but KC isn’t slowing down. KC drags Green up to slap and run, but Green pushes to BOOT! Green dusts herself off because she says this is done. Fans boo but Green soaks it all in. Green grabs KC but gets a cradle counter! KC WINS!

Winner: Kayden Carter, by pinfall

The Robert Stone Brand just got embarrassed! Stone tries to calm Green down but she’s red hot angry! Will this do big things for Kayden? Will this only make things harder on the Robert Stone Brand?

 

2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: The Broserweights VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

The American Dream always loved the potential of tag team wrestling. That is why this tradition was started and why it continues. Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne came together to see if they could become something more than what they were apart. Zack Gibson & James Drake already feel they’re THE best tag team in the world, and will force us to accept it. And now that the Dusty Cup comes with a ticket to Portland and the NXT Tag Team Championships, which duo is SSSOON to be recognized as the team living the high life, bro…?

Fans already troll Gibson as the introductions are made. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Drake and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Dunne wrenches to a wristlock. Dunne tortures the fingers and wrist as he brings Drake to the mat to STOMP the elbow! Tag to Riddle and the Broserweights show off that joint manipulation. Double hammerlock STOMPS for Drake! Fans fire up as Riddle fires off kicks to whip Drake. Drake tumbles to the apron to shoulder in and sunset flip. But Riddle slips out to Ankle Lock! Drake has the ropes, then elbows free. Tag to Gibson as Riddle pushes Drake. Gibson clobbers Riddle out of the leap frog, and then he brings Riddle up for EuroUppers.

Gibson throws forearms and stomps in a corner as fans chant, “Gibson Sucks!” Riddle brings the Bro Kicks to Gibson! Riddle stops at the count of 4 to duck and gut wrench Gibson down! Kip up and a tag to Dunne, the Broserweights work together for the assisted corkscrew senton, and then a basement dropkick! Gibson tags to Drake and things speed up, Dunne hurdles then ducks to CLOBBER Drake again! Dunne runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Dunne hits Drake away then moonsaults onto Gibson! Drake decks Dunne with a forearm then taunts Riddle. The ref keeps Riddle back and the GYV PESCADO BACKBREAKER!

Dunne is writhing and Drake puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Dunne is tough but Drake drags him up. Dunne CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Drake over and over! The ref sees the hair pulling and reprimands, but Drake clubs Dunne to ram Dunne into a post! Dunne falls out of the ring and is in trouble as we go to break.

NXT returns and Drake brings Dunne up, only for Dunne to X-Plex him instead! Both men are down but Drake tags in Gibson. Gibson keeps Dunne from Riddle with a German, but Dunne lands on his feet. Dunne elbows but Gibson whips hi. Dunne goes up and over, tag to Riddle! The Bro throws those kicks and clotheslines Drake out! Riddle spins Gibson around for the PELE! Riddle forearms in the corner, BROSPLODER! Gibson ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the moonsault, but not the BROTON! Riddle hits teh Penalty Kick after all! Then he dead lift German Suplexes! Cover, TWO! Gibson survives but that’s why he’s a former tag champion. Riddle brings Gibson up, Gibson jawbreakers then tags Drake. Drake runs into Riddle’s SPEAR!

Riddle gives Gibson the BRO-HAMMER! Tag to Dunne and the Broserweights focus on Drake. Ripcord, FINAL FLASH CLOTHESLINE! Then a powerbomb into the knee! Cover, TWO! Dunne keeps his focus as he looms over Drake. Tag to Riddle and the Broserweights bring Drake up. Drake throws Dunne out hard then hits Riddle. Tag to Gibson but Riddle DOUBLE KNEES GYV! But they hip toss him for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Gibson is furious as Riddle survives! Fans chant “You Still Suck!” at GYV as Gibson stomps Riddle’s hands. Gibson drags Riddle up to underhook for a single leg suplex! Cover, TWO! Gibson is frustrated but he toys with Riddle. Riddle CHOPS, Gibson SLAPS! Riddle CHOPS, Gibson SLAPS! And then BOOTS!

Gibson drags Riddle up, hoists him into the suplex, but Riddle slips out to waistlock. Standing switch, headlock and Drake tags in as Riddle powers out. Drake dropkicks the legs out, Gibson adds a dropkick, then MAYHEM IN MOTION takes out Dunne! Gibson grabs Riddle, enziguri from Drake! Gibson turns Riddle, but Riddle slips out before the superkick! Gibson blocks it, only for the Broserweights to enziguri and knee trigger both GYV down! Double shrug, FINAL BUZZSAW FLASH! Drake enziguris Dunne, Riddle POWERBOMBS Drake! Flip him over, FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Mr. Mayhem survives and Riddle can’t believe it. But Full Sail cheers as both teams are giving it their all.

Riddle drags Drake around for a BROTON! Then a fisherman buster! Cover, TWO!! Drake toughs it out as another former tag champion, but Riddle kicks and Brotons again! And another! Fans are loving this “Tag Team Wrestling!” classic as Drake DDTs Riddle down! Both men are down but fans rally up. Drake and Riddle crawl to their corners, hot tags to Gibson and Dunne! Dunne throws hands with Gibson fast and furious! And then CHOPS over and over! And then just wild haymakers! They catch their breathes, but Gibson runs into the SNAP GERMAN! Dunne STOMPS both hands! But Gibson ducks the buzzsaw, only for Dunne to slip out to an ANKLE LOCK! Riddle intercepts Drake to get his own Ankle Lock! Stereo Ankle Locks and Full Sail is thunderous! Gibson kicks Dunne away and Drake does the same to Riddle. Things reset as NXT goes picture in picture.

GYV coordinates to go after the Broserweights. Gibson goes after Dunne but Dunne ROCKS him with a right and uses an APRON X-PLEX! Drake shoulders into Riddle and then slingshot DDTs to the apron! All four men are down but things are only heating up. Dunne puts Gibson back in the ring and hops up the ropes. Gibson hobbles over but throat chops Dunne out of the air! And CLOBBERS him with a left hand lariat! Cover, TWO!! Gibson is speechless as he looks down at Dunne. Gibson slaps Dunne, so Dunne CHOPS back. Slap for CHOP, and then Gibson just boots Dunne! Tag to Drake and Drake clobbers Dunne down. Drake stomps Dunne in the ribs and grinds his boot in. Drake looms over Dunne before clamping on with a neck wrench.

Dunne endures and fights his way up. Drake wrenches and whips Dunne hard into the GYV corner. Tag to Gibson and Gibson hoists Dunne up in an Electric Chair. Drake climbs up as we return to single picture. Drake leaps, but Dunne forearms him first! Then victory rolls, TWO! Gibson DECKS Dunne then throat chops Riddle! Dunne whips but Gibson reverses. Dunne goes up but Drake kicks him down! GYV hurry, Gibson gives Drake a boost to FLY out onto Riddle! Gibson hops up, Dunne rises, TICKET TO RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Gibson doesn’t stop, he has the arm for SHANKLY GATES! Dunne endures the keylock clutch, fights his way over, but Drake pulls the ropes back! The ref reprimands but Gibson drags Dunne away.

Riddle gets in but Drake intercepts! Riddle powers out to use Drake as a backpack and a battering ram into Gibson! Dunne is freed and all four men are down again. Fans are loving this and rallying back up as the teams regroup. Gibson tags in Drake, Dunne tags in Riddle. MAYHEM IN MO- NO! DOUBLE POWERBOMB ONTO GIBSON! Then the Broserweights take fingers and SNAP! Pump handle, BITTER FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Drake survives but the Broserweights have more to try. In fact, they’re doing something GYV would usually do! Dunne is up top and Riddle gut wrenches Drake into position, but Gibson denies them their Ticket to Mayhem as he hotshots Dunne! Drake gets out, trips Riddle and jackknife covers, TWO!

Riddle waistlocks, ripcords but Drake breaks free to enziguri! Drake runs off Riddle, MAYHEM IN MOTION hits Dunne! Gibson has Dunne on his shoulder in the Electric Chair! Drake builds speed, TOPE DOOMSDAY DEVICE!! Full Sail loses its mind as Dunne is wiped out! Gibson tags in but Riddle fights them both. Gibson holds Riddle in the corner, GRIT YOUR TEETH dropkick! Then the lift, HELTER SKELTER, to Mayhem 450! Cover, TWO!?! The Bro is superhuman but the GYV are supervillains! Drake tags back in, Gibson feeds Riddle to the gut wrench. But Dunne returns to pump handle Gibson as Riddle reverses the position on Drake! BRO DEREK IN STEREO!! But that’s not all, as they both climb up top! Simultaneous MOONSAULT AND FLOATING BRO!!

Riddle is fired up, Full Sail is thunderous, and Dunne tags back in! Fireman’s carry, BROSERWEIGHT TO SLEEP! Cover, Broserweights WIN!!

Winners: The Broserweights, Pete Dunne pinning; 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winnersNEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships

Who would’ve thought such a combination would be this amazing?! William Regal is there to congratulate them and present the trophy. Is this the rise of new tag team champions? Or will the Tag Team Division remain Undisputed?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Tonight was incredi-BRO! NXT took the momentum from Worlds Collide and kept it going tonight! Quick note: they didn’t keep that gender neutral thing about Rhea’s title being the other NXT Championship, thankfully. They must’ve realized it’d get confusing and just dropped it after four days. But to that note, the quick recap package of Bianca’s Royal Rumble performance was great. Rhea VS Bianca is going to be a great match. Shotzi VS Deonna was a really good match, but what really won me over was Shotzi’s tank go-cart. Best new female wrestler? I think so. Dakota VS Tegan was a pretty great match, too, even with Candice showing up and the use of a knee brace. I hope we get more from those two, such as a grudge match for TakeOver: Portland. Chelsea Green VS Kayden Carter was pretty good, and it makes for great story that Green loses quick like that. A feud for Green and KC is a great way to go while they’re still not title picture ready.

Balor VS Seven opening the show was a great move, too. I was hoping Balor would show up in NXT UK but some more NXT UK stars coming to Full Sail is just as good. I want to see Balor VS Bate, too. Balor just needs to be checking off dream matches, really. Gargano will surely respond to Balor next week as well to keep him going in this story. Keith Lee had a great segment with Dijakovic and Priest, and then Dijakovic VS Priest was an incredible match! The match-ups are also limitless for Lee, so it could go anywhere in the weeks we have before Portland. Then the Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals, that was amazing action. I had a feeling that when it came down to this being a #1 Contender’s match for the NXT Tag Team titles, and Undisputed Era are Heels, the Face duo would win. But this did an excellent job of setting that up. Riddle & Dunne VS reDRagon is going to be great, but I wonder if they’re really going to give a fresh team like the Broserweights the titles. It’d definitely be the one title I could see changing.

Of course, I feel like everyone wants Ciampa to win Goldie back. Ciampa’s segments tonight were great. I love that he basically assassinated Strong, Fish and O’Reilly. His back and forth with Cole was good, and by strange fortune, Ciampa got to put blood on his contract like The Fiend did before the Royal Rumble. Cole VS Ciampa is going to be awesome, but I can’t say this is where Ciampa gets the title back. But with time left before Portland, things are probably just going to get wilder before the match, so who knows. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, unpredictability is what makes pro-wrestling the most fun, so this is really fun right now for me.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/24/22)

Time to weigh in before the Rumble!

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw prepares for the Royal Rumble!

Before fighting for the WWE World Championship, Bobby Lashley and BRRROCK LESNARRR step on the scales to make this one heavy Monday Night Raw!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bianca Belair VS Queen Zelina Vega; Belair wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins by disqualification, and Priest retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke & Liv Morgan VS Tamina, Carmella & Nikki A.S.H; Ripley, Brooke & Morgan win.
  • The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge Round 1, Spelling Bee: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO; RKBRO wins and gets to choose next week’s challenge.
  • Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Orton wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Austin Theory; Styles wins.
  • The Mysterios VS The Street Profits; The Mysterios win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Corey Graves is in the ring with Adam Pearce.

Pearce welcomes the fans to the official WWE World Championship weigh-in for the Royal Rumble. “Without further ado, please welcome the challenger, Bobby Lashley!” The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his way out, MVP right behind him, and some pyro added to his pose, and some more pyro in the ring. And of course, the WWE Champion, Br- “Ladies and gentlemen.” Paul Heyman walks out on stage to give his introduction, and says he’s so tired of everyone trying to steal his shtick, especially when no one does it as good as he does.

So about to walk down the aisle and step onto the scale, your REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD~! BRRROCK! LESNARRR!! Lesnar makes his entrance, wearing a cowboy hat and jeans, and he goes to the ring to join Lashley. But given the attire and the smirk on his face, it’s hard to say he’s taking this serious. Graves points it out, and Lesnar asks if Graves would like Lesnar to get naked. How about just carrying on with this then? Graves says Lashley is the challenger, so he will go first. Lashley throws off his jacket, steps over, and stands on the scale.

The ref checks, and Lashley weighs in at 273 pounds. MVP says, “See that? 273 pounds of All Mighty killing machine! 273 pounds of specimen like no other. Closer to a god than a man. 273 pounds of bottled lightning that Brock Lesnar will have to contend with at the Royal Rumble.” The match so many had written off as impossible is happening. But Lashley knew it was inevitable. 273 pounds, and then after the Rumble, Lashley will gain some weight. The exact amount as that WWE Championship weighs. Lesnar and Heyman laugh that off, and Graves says it is Lesnar’s turn. Lesnar takes off his hat and lets Heyman hold that while he steps on the scale.

The ref checks, and Lesnar weighs in at 286 pounds. Lashley is upset, though. Lesnar thinks this is funny, huh? He’s acting like a fool because he knows Lashley will beat him for the title this Saturday. “Mark my words: this will be the shortest title run of your entire career. And that’s not a prediction. That’s a spoiler.” Lesnar laughs and says, “Well who’s the comedian now? Paul, get this. On Sunday morning, hot off the press, Bobby Lashley beats Brock Lesnar in the Hurt Lock. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new champion! The new reigning, defending, WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world~! Bobby Who?”

Lesnar laughs, takes his leave with Heyman, but it’s only a matter of time. Will Lashley have the last laugh when he’s the one leaving St. Louis with the title?

 

Bianca Belair VS Queen Zelina Vega!

The EST is dressed in gold, because she’s ready to go for gold in the Women’s Rumble! Will the Queen of the Ring merely be a stepping stone on Bianca repeating history?

Raw returns and Vega makes her entrance. The bell rings and they tie up. Bianca scoops and puts Vega on the apron. Bianca then blows a kiss, ducks the haymaker, drags Vega back into the ring and swings her around in the waistlock before a SLAM! Fans rally for the “EST! EST!” and Bianca avoids Vega stomping her foot! Bianca ripcords and whips but Vega reverses, only for Bianca to go up and over. Bianca handsprings, eggs Vega on, then dropkicks her down! Bianca kips up, drags Vega up, and suplexes! Bianca holds Vega up but Vega STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Vega stomps away on Bianca in a corner and digs her boot in!

The ref counts, Vega lets off at 4 to then JUMP KICK! Vega keeps moving, and she KNEES Bianca down! Vega soaks up the heat, takes a bow, and then drags Bianca up. Bianca shoves Vega away, runs in but is sent into buckles! Vega then goes up, but Bianca ROCKS her first! Bianca scowls, trophy lifts Vega off the corner, but Vega fights free to a SLEEPER! Bianca RAMS Vega into buckles but Vega just throws elbows! Vega brings Bianca down to her knees, squeezes tight on the sleeper, but fans rally up. Bianca fights up, RAMS Vega into more buckles and then throws Vega off! Bianca scoops but Vega headscissors, but Bianca handsprings through!

Bianca rallies on Vega, dropkick and kip up! Fans fire up as Bianca brings Vega in for a suplex! Roll through, another suplex, and she even jogs in place before the SLAM! Bianca runs, handsprings, and MOONSAULTS onto knees! Vega grits her teeth, hops on, CODE- NO! No red, Bianca pops Vega off to a torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Well, she just beat a queen, so this was the royalEST win Bianca’s gotten yet! Will she go back-to-back at the Rumble and return to WrESTleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Kevin Patrick tries to talk with him before his US Championship match but Kevin Owens refuses to talk. K-Peezy points out KO was the first person to give Damian Priest a pinfall loss here on Raw, and KO agrees with that. But he faked an injury. What? What did K-Peezy say? Faking an injury? Is he accusing KO of lying? Has K-Peezy been in the ring? No, he hasn’t, so his opinion is moot. KO says he fought through pain! Just reed his shirt! “Just Keep Fighting.” Now tonight, KO gets his US title match, and guess what he’ll do tonight? Read the third! Just Keep Fighting. That’s right! And he’ll do that until he is the new United States Champion.

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

The Archer of Infamy knows the Prizefighter is two-faced, but now he knows what to expect after being duped into a defeat. Will Priest keep the gold away from KO? Or will Damian make it hard for him to hold back?

Raw returns and Kevin makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who goes into the Rumble with gold already around their waist!

Kevin kicks, Priest pushes him away and fires off in the corner! Kevin dodges to CHOP and CHOP and forearm in return! The ref counts, Kevin lets off but Priest turns things around to fire off fast hands! Priest CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Kevin reverses. Kevin runs in but blocks the knee to throw the leg down. Priest ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut, then throws more forearms! Priest runs, but Kevin drops to come back and CLOBBER Priest with an elbow! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kevin argues the count but he goes after Priest in the corner. Kevin stomps, the ref counts and Kevin backs off. Kevin then runs in, but into a choke grip!

Kevin slips out of the choke slam to CHOP and forearm, but he runs into a BOOT! Kevin bails out, Priest builds speed, and Priest goes up the ropes. Kevin gets away, Priest hops down and goes out after Kevin. Priest blocks the superkick and throws Kevin into barriers! Priest puts Kevin back in, but Kevin SUPERKICKS him off the apron! Kevin hurries to the apron, SWANTON onto the knees! Priest was ready this week! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Priest is fired up and so are the fans as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Priest fires off kick after kick then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest hits a back elbow! But Kevin fights off the suplex, only to get a BELL CLAP! And a HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Priest drags Kevin up, puts him in a corner and hoists him up top. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, climbs up, but Kevin hits back! Kevin adjusts and headbutts away on Priest! Then TORNADO DDT! Priest is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin argues with the ref but the ref defends it was two. Kevin waits on Priest to get up, SUPERKICK!

Kevin gets Priest back up, whips but Priest holds ropes. Priest BOOTS back, ducks and dodges, to FLAPJACK Kevin down! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives almost being beheaded but Priest keeps his cool. Kevin claims he’s got a bad arm, but Priest doesn’t trust that! Priest stomps away on Kevin at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Kevin still says he has a bad arm but Priest KICKS him out to the apron. Priest rushes over, Kevin HOTSHOTS him! Kevin give sup faking and rolls Priest up, with tights, TWO!! STUN- NO! Priest powers out to LARIAT! Priest is fuming, is Damian coming?

Priest KICKS Kevin into a corner, stomps away, fires down hands, but the ref backs him up. Priest still comes back for more, the ref has to push him away again. Priest BOOTS Kevin, fires off more elbows, but the ref calls for the bell!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification (Priest retains the WWE US Championship)

Damian got the better off Priest, but he still has the belt. Kevin may have gotten the win, but will he think again before pushing Priest’s buttons?

 

Royal Rumble entrees speak.

Rhea Ripley says, “I have a score to settle with Nikki A.S.H. But the one thing that’s consuming my mind right now is the Royal Rumble. This Saturday, it’s every woman for herself, so I’m going to win at any cost. It’s gonna be an absolute nightmare for the 29 other women when I win the Royal Rumble and move on to WrestleMania.”

Dana Brooke says, “Call me crazy, but this year is gonna be my year! As reigning 24/7 Champion, I’m ready any time, at any place. And this Saturday, I’m gonna continue riding that wave, and winning the Royal Rumble.”

Liv Morgan says we’ve all seen her from being happy to be here to the girl that took the Raw Women’s Champion to her limit. We saw her nearly become champion. But at the Royal Rumble, there won’t be “nearly.” She’ll win to become the NEW Raw Women’s Champion.

 

Sonya Deville finds Damian Priest backstage.

He was outta control! When the ref says to do something, he should listen. Or else he’ll get fined, suspended, or worse. So get it under control! Will Priest find a way to contain the rage inside?

 

Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke & Liv Morgan VS Tamina, Carmella & Nikki A.S.H!

We just heard from one team about the Women’s Rumble, but can they back it all up with actions? Or will they almost have momentum after facing the Daughter of Superfly, the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE, and the Almost SuperHero?

Raw returns as Dana makes her entrance, followed by Liv. Then Mella makes her entrance, followed by Tamina, and lastly, Nikki. The teams sort out, Mella gets her protective mask while Dana starts with Tamina. They tie up, Dana wrenches to a wristlock, Tamina shoves her away then runs her over! Tamina soaks up the heat, taunts Liv and Rhea, then stomps Dana. Tamina rains down forearms, wraps on a chinlock and she thrashes Dana before clamping on a neck wrench. Fans rally and Dana fights up, Dana throws elbows. Tamina CLUBS Dana, back suplexes, but Dana lands on her feet to tag Rhea! Rhea dropkicks Tamina, then swipes at Nikki!

Rhea DECKS Mella, wrenches Tamina and hits her with short arm clothesline after short arm clothesline! Then a ripcord HEADBUTT, and a sweep to the legs! Rhea runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Rhea, she brings Tamina up but Tamina shoves her away. Rhea comes back to sobat, then she NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Mella gets in and FABULOUS KICKS Rhea! Liv ENZIGURIS Mella! Nikki kicks Liv for a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Dana SHOTGUNS Nikki, Tamina CLOBBERS Dana! Mella tags in, she pie faces Rhea, and that just pisses Rhea off! Rhea trips Mella, ties up the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Mella taps, Rhea’s team wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke & Liv Morgan, by submission

That mask didn’t protect the legs! Will it protect Mella from being thrown out? but then Nikki SUCKER PUNCHES Rhea! What kind of hero uses a cheap shot?! Will Rhea personally make sure the Rumble is a nightmare for her former friend?

 

The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge Round 1, Spelling Bee: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO!

In order for Matt Riddle & Randy Orton to earn a rematch for the Raw Tag Team Championships, they have to show their mental strength is superior in a series of challengers! Otis looked a little worried about that last week, but will he and “Master” Chad Gable be able to outsmart the Stallion & Viper? Or will #4PointOtis no longer be top of the class?

Raw returns and Kevin Patrick presides over this challenge. He welcomes to Raw Tag Team Champions, the Alpha Academy. Gable says that was a fine introduction but a terrible explanation. So he’ll put it in a way that even the mindless morons of Ohio can understand. SHOOSH. Tonight is the first in a triad of events over the coming weeks. Fans chant, “You Suck!” and Otis gets upset. Gable says SHOOSH, and realizes vocabulary isn’t Ohio’s strong suit. Triad means three, so there will be three events. These events will prove Gable is a genius, just as his Master’s Degree and 4.0 GPA does. Don’t boo education! If anyone needs it, it’s Ohio.

Now, this will also prove his protégé, his prized pupil, Otis has both the brawn and brains the size of a tree trunk when he and Gable decimate RKBRO into mental submission. Gable is so proud of Otis. And lastly, Gable will use this platform to officially announce that the Alpha Academy are in the Men’s Royal Rumble! And you better believe one of them is winning, and then the Alpha Academy will headline WrestleMania! Thank you! Kevin Patrick then introduces the former tag team champions, RKBRO! Orton & Riddle head to the ring, and Kevin Patrick reminds us that this is a spelling bee. Tonight’s winners will then choose next week’s challenge stipulation.

The champions open, and first up is Otis. Gable says Otis has this, and Otis nervously steps to the mic. Otis’ word is… Emmental. Can Kevin use that in a sentence? A form of Swiss cheese. E-M-M-E-N-T-A-L! CORRECT! Gable is proud and Otis is sure they’ve already got this. First up for RKBRO, it’s Riddle. Fans fire up as The Bro goes to the mic. Riddle’s word is… Calibration. Cali-bro-tion? No, calibration. Can he use that in a sentence? Uh, ok. “A simple calibration is used to set up the system for individual implementation.” Please put that into letters for Riddle. No, Riddle, you have to spell it. Oh, okay, like when he calibrates his scale for measuring ounces and-

Riddle, just spell it then! Right, sorry. C-A-L-I-B-R-A-T-I-O-N. CORRECT! Tied at 1-1 and Riddle is fired up! Gable is now up, and his word is… Disillusion. Gable laughs that one off. He was hoping for a challenger. For the sake of sportsmanship, give him the definition! SHOOSH! He didn’t need it! This is Mr. 4.0, baby! It is the disbandment of a group or organization- No, Kevin said disillusion, not dissolution. D-I-S-S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N! NO, Gable! Wrong word! What?! That was dissolution but Kevin said disillusion. This is a joke! Kevin said the word wrong! Gable says he spelled a word right! But it wasn’t the word that was said.

Orton says maybe Gable can just a freakin’ seat! Orton is ready to get this over with. Then his word and the win is… Well, one of the most commonly misspelled words. Dumbbell. Riddle says Orton has this! And looking at Riddle, Orton has this. D-U-M-B-B-E-L-L. CORRECT! Gable is furious! Dumbbell for Orton? Riddle IS a dumbbell! Gable, shut your mouth! And Ohio, let’s go ahead and shut Gable’s mouth for him! They can go 1v1 right here, right now! Gable is furious, and Orton says Gable is clearly not that smart so maybe he’ll spell out how he’s gonna beat Gable: the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment, R K O!!

Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

Raw returns and the match is on! Orton and Gable circle, fans rally behind “Randy! Randy!” and ties up with Gable. Orton headlocks, grinds Gable but Gable fights up. Gable pries the hold, has a top wristlock and he brings Orton down. Otis says that’s the power of leverage, and Gable wernches to a wristlock. But Orton powers out to drop toehold and facelock! Gable moves around, Orton gets away, and the two circle again. They tie up, Gable wrenches, wristlocks, but Orton fights up. Riddle and the fans rally up, Orton wrenches through and headlocks. Gable powers out, Orton runs him over! Riddle is fired up as Gable gets to a corner.

Orton and Gable reset, tie up again, and Gable wrenches to a hammerlock. Orton slips around to hammerlock back, then headlocks. Gable powers out, Orton runs him over, and things speed up. Gable arm-drags, and arm-drags again! Gable keeps on the arm and fans boo as he wrenches the shoulder. Orton fights up, fans keep rallying, and Orton whips Gable to a corner. Gable goes up and over but Orton fakes out the arm-drag! RK- NO! Gable pushes Orton away, and then bails out of the ring to regroup with Otis. Fans boo and a ring count starts. Otis says you can’t RKO someone with no neck! Gable gets in the ring, he circles with Orton and they tie up again.

Orton wrenches to a wristlock, but Gable rolls, bridges, spins and handsprings to spin through and headlock. Gable then spins to the toehold and has the ANKLE LOCK! But Orton slips away and bails out to regroup with Riddle. Gable says it was that close, but Orton keeps his cool. Orton takes his time returning, but Gable throat chops him! Gable CHOPS Orton to a corner, throws body shots and haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Gable fires off more forearms, strikes a pose, but then Orton kicks back! Orton fires off EuroUppers over and over, whips Gable to ropes, then CLOBBERS him with an elbow!

Gable bails out again, Orton stalks up behind him! Back suplex to the announce desk! Gable flops to the floor and Otis can only glare as Orton looms over Gable. Fans are all fired up as Orton puts Gable in the ring. Otis gets on the apron, Orton knock shim down! But Gable CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Gable runs, runs Orton over, then hurries up the corner! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives and Gable can’t believe it, while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Gable has a standing toehold. Orton endures, Riddle coaches him up, but Gable stomps Orton down! Gable has Orton in a corner, hooks a leg in the ropes, then gets the other for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The ref keeps Gable back but Gable shoots in to get the left leg. Orton CLUBS Gable, whips him but the bad leg gives up! Gable whips Orton into a corner, but Orton comes back to LARIAT! Orton manages to rally, and he dodges to BACK DROP Gable away! Gable goes to a corner, Orton runs in to clothesline! Fans are thunderous for RKBRO as Orton reels Gable in. Gable switches, Orton bucks the waistlock and hits a BACK2BACKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Otis coaches Gable and Riddle coaches Orton. Orton puts Gable through ropes, drags him out, time to spell “vintage!” DRAPING DDT! Orton slowly gets up as fans fire up behind him. Orton hears the voices and he waits on Gable. Riddle sees Otis getting on the apron and runs over that way. But Otis gets him for an EXPLODER! Orton is distracted, Gable backslides him! TWO, and Orton hits a POWERSLAM! Orton’s bad leg slows him down, but the fans still rally as hard as ever. Orton stands over Gable, then aims from the corner. Otis shouts to Gable, but Orton runs in, only for Gable to dodge the punt! ANKLE LOCK!!

Orton endures as Gable thrashes the bad leg! Fans rally, Riddle CLOBBERS Otis with his scooter! And then again! And again! Gable is distracted, Orton rolls to send Gable into buckles! RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

RKBRO gets extra credit on The Alpha Academy! A win in the spelling bee and a win in the ring, but Riddle gets a mic. Riddle congratulations Orton, and reminds us that they get to choose the second Academy Challenge. Riddle thinks it’s time to go old school to gym class! What better way to show some physical prowess than a good, ol’ fashioned… scooter race! Is that really part of gym class? And does Otis even stand a chance of finding a scooter that can hold him up? Will RKBRO make it a 2-0 sweep? Or can Gable find a way to make a comeback?

 

Alexa Bliss continues her therapy.

The doctor thinks they’re making progress. Oh? He asks her a personal question: When was the very first time that Alexa met Lily? Oh, well, Lily’s been around her whole life. Any time Alexa was looked down on or bullied, Lily was there to be her friend. Alexa was just six years old when she met Lily. These two teenage girls picked on Alexa cuz she wore glasses, and they shoved her off the monkey bars. Alexa got knocked out, and when she came to, Lily was there. Those cute button eyes and the braids and stitching. Is that too much? No, keep going. Okay.

That day, Alexa and Lily got ice cream and played on the monkey bars. Lily said those mean girls would never come back, too. Then they ate candy and gumdrops, and they did that game where you stuff marshmallows in your mouth and try to say, “Chubby bunny.” Well, Alexa has plenty more to say, will we get to the bottom of Lily’s hold over Alexa?

 

Vince McMahon talks with Austin Theory.

Vince knows Theory is doing really good lately, especially the selfies. Yeah, look at this one! No, not that one. Well, it did feel good destroying Finn Balor, just like Vince wanted. And in the Rumble, Theory will win and face the champion of his choosing at WrestleMania! That’s exciting. If it’s not too much to ask, maybe Theory could get a late number? Like 26 or 27?Why would Theory think Vince has any influence over that at all? Especially right now, when he should focus on his opponent, AJ Styles. Whoa, as in, former WWE Champion, US Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, Grand Slam Champion AJ Styles? Yep! That AJ Styles.

Theory says that’s fine. Sounds good, even! Okay, hang on. Don’t forget your phone. And bring back a really good selfie. Yes, sir! Will Theory be able to be more than Phenomenal here tonight? Or does he finally fall out of favor with Mr. McMahon?

AJ Styles VS Austin Theory!

The Phenomenal One himself just got finished with a bright and shining star with a big ego in Grayson Waller. Will Styles check off another future star in Vince’s newest pet project?

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings, they tie up, and Theory powers Styles to a corner. The ref counts, Theory lets off to mock Styles’ pose, but Styles keeps cool. They tie up again, Styles powers Theory to a corner but Theory turns it around. The ref counts, Theory lets off, and then he double guns. Styles still stays cool, ties up with Theory and gets a headlock. Theory powers up but can’t power out as Styles holds tight. Theory powers out, Styles ducks the hurdle, rolls Theory up, TWO! Theory fireman’s carries, but Styles sunset flips! TWO, Styles wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Styles dropkicks Theory right outta the ring!

Fans fire up and Styles takes aim. Slingshot and FOREARM! Direct hit and Theory checks his chin. Styles puts Theory back in the ring, stalks Theory to ropes, brings Theory up and bumps him off buckles. Styles CHOPS, Theory staggers to another corner, but Styles brings him out. Theory kicks but Styles blocks. Theory ROCKS Styles with a forearm, but Styles KICKS Theory’s leg! Theory hobbles to the corner, but Styles storms over. Theory YANKS Styles into buckles! And then throws him down by his hair! Slingshot STOMP, deadlift suplex! Cover, ONE!! Theory is annoyed and he rains down rights before wrapping on a headlock.

Theory grinds Styles but fans rally up. Styles fights up, puts Theory in a corner, but Theory turns things around. Styles dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! Theory falls and crawls, but he throws body shots. Styles KICKS Theory in the side! Styles runs for a BIG knee drop! Cover, TWO! Styles gets Theory up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Theory grits his teeth but Styles drags him back up. Theory FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS him! Styles sputters while Theory seethes, and Theory stomps Styles down! Theory drags Styles up, throws forearms, then whips corner to corner. Styles hits buckles hard, and Theory gets in his face! “How’s that feel?!”

Theory throws fists down but the ref back shim off. Theory stands on Styles’ head, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory drags Styles up but Styles DECKS Theory with a forearm! Styles drags Theory up, but Theory suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Styles flounders in the corner, Theory hoists him up top. Theory throws forearms, climbs up to join Styles, but Styles throws body shots in return. Styles ROCKS Theory, Theory drops but then somersaults to SHOTGUN DROPKICK Styles to the floor! Fans boo but Theory grins as he looks down at Styles, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Theory has a headlock. Styles throws body shots, Theory knees low. Styles kicks back, then ENZIGURIS! Theory staggers, Styles runs in but Theory catches his crossbody for a BACKBREAKER! Then a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory grins as Styles survives, and he stalks Styles to ropes. Theory bumps Styles off buckles, then RAMS a shoulder into his back! And again, and again! Theory lets off as the ref counts, and Theory throws down more fists. Theory brings Styles up, but Styles JAWBREAKERS free! Styles ROCKS Theory with a right, then CHOPS him to ropes. Styles whips, Theory reverses and BACK DROPS! Cover, TWO!

Theory says HE is phenomenal but fans boo. Theory drags Styles up to snapmare and stomp him down! Theory mocks Styles’ pose again, but misses the elbow drop! Theory grits his teeth as he gets back up and runs in at the corner. Styles elbows Theory away, then QUEBRADA DDT! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Theory and Styles are on opposite ends, Styles runs in to LARIAT! Theory kicks back but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles hits a clothesline in the corner, then suplexes Theory to a NECKBREAKER! Styles runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Theory is still in it but Styles keeps his cool.

Styles drags Theory up, fireman’s carries but Theory slips out. Styles ducks the haymaker but not the back elbow! Theory hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Theory checks his chin again, drags Styles up and says he’s got this. JAWBREAKER! Styles runs in, but into a BOOT! Theory somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles survives and Theory can’t believe it! Theory shakes his head, convincing himself he can do this. Theory gets Styles up to throw big forearms in the corner. Theory puts Styles up top, climbs up to join him, but Styles resists! Styles slips through and trips Theory up! Styles waistlocks, but Theory elbows out hard!

Theory reels Styles in, but Styles fights out of the powerbomb! Styles ducks and dodges to PELE! Both men are down again and fans are rallying! Styles reels Theory in, but Theory fireman’s carries! Styles fights free, rolls Theory, CALF CRUSHER!! Theory scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go and both men slowly get up. Styles grabs at Theory but Theory holds the ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Theory throat chops! But Styles BOOTS back, goes to the outside, but Theory trips up his springboard! High stack, but with ropes! The ref sees that and stops the count! Theory and the ref argue, but Styles ROCKS Theory!

Styles is on the apron, he springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Now that was phenomenal! Will Styles use this momentum to take the Royal Rumble and that golden ticket to WrestleMania? And what of Theory facing Vince’s wrath?

 

Raw holds a simultaneous interview with Becky Lynch and “Doudrop” Piper Niven.

Commentary wants to start with Piper. This match has been a long time coming, and Piper ran through the rest of the division to- Becky speaks up and asks if this is their first time. We start with the champion. And she’ll start with a champion of “a wee lass named Doudrop.” When she first got her start across the pond, who did she idolize? Becky. Who did she want to face most? Becky. Tell ’em how Becky paved the way, and as the groundbreaker she is, she gave Piper this match. People are asking, “Why would anybody in their right mind choose someone who can clearly out power them? Who can clearly break all their bones with one slam to the mat?”

Maybe that’s the answer! Maybe Becky isn’t in her right mind. Or maybe Becky is that confident in how damn good she is! Or that generous to grant an opportunity to a fellow Celt. Piper speaks up to suggest that maybe, Becky handpicked Piper because Becky is desperate. Maybe ever since she returned, she’s been ducking, dodging and scrambling just to hold onto the title. Maybe Becky thought putting the new girl in would be an easy victory. The only easy thing here will be how easy it is for Piper to break every single one of Becky’s ribs.

Becky wants “Doudou” to hold on there. Becky should be thanked for giving Piper her biggest match, her first title match here, and for paving the way and giving Piper a match at one of the biggest events of the year. If Piper had just said thanks, but no. Piper waited for Becky to get in and offer a handshake, so of course Becky slapped her across the face. And being the bigger person, Becky offers to lead Piper to victory in the tag match. But then Piper splashed Becky, dropped her, left her lying. Becky admits, she didn’t see that coming. But Piper’s in for a rude awakening at the Rumble when she steps in the ring with the #VanGOAT and Becky wins to stay Raw Women’s Champion.

Oh, is Becky done? Piper zoned out when she started hearing that whining, nagging sound, or else she was gonna lose it. But Piper will show gratitude when Becky shows respect. But Becky won’t, she will keep whining. She’s not a goat, she’s a little lamb on the way to the slaughter. The Dome is the slaughterhouse, and the new champion will be Doudrop! Becky says Piper was just another name to fill out the roster before this. Piper needs to know her place. It’s dead space and- Oh, Piper’s getting off the mic? She gonna run? She can’t run from the truth, or from this fight. Becky’s been champ for nearly three years !But then Piper barges into Becky’s room!

Piper and Becky scrap and referees rush in to stop it! Piper says her place is with the title, standing over Becky! Will Piper be the one to make Becky DouDROP that title?

 

Backstage interview with Rey & Dominik Mysterio.

Sarah congratulates Rey on being the WWE 2K22 cover superstar. What does it mean to be among the ranks like Stone Cold, The Rock, John Cena and The Undertaker? Rey says this is so dope. You have no idea what an honor it is to represent. Most superstars spend their careers chasing achievements, from main eventing WrestleMania or entering the Hall of Fame. Being on the cover of a WWE video game is no different, especially when that game is FIRE! Although, the one thing prouder would be seeing Dom on the cover one day. Dom says now Rey’s talking. Dom used to play those games growing up, and he knows he has to create his own legacy to be in those games. That starts Saturday when he wins the Royal Rumble.

Well okay, but that’d mean he has to throw Rey out. That’s not happening, right? Well after last week, he might be first to go! Dom’s got jokes. He’s playin’ right? Dom grins and heads out, but Rey laughs it off. Will “every man for himself” be true even for the Mysterio Familia?

The Mysterios VS The Street Profits!

Rey & Dom won alongside Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins last week, but now they’ll go against each other for some last minute momentum! Who will be on fire going into the Royal Rumble match after tonight?

Raw returns as the Mysterios make their entrance. The teams sort out, Dawkins starts against Dom. They circle, tie up, and Dom headlocks. Dawkins powers out, things speed up, Dom RANAS! Dom throws hands, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Dawkins dodges, Dom keeps moving, Dawkins hits a big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Dom up, whips him to ropes, but Dom wheelbarrow sand throws Dawkins out of the ring! Rey gets in, holds the way open., Dom DIVES! Direct hit onto Dawkins, and then Rey crossbodies Ford! Rey runs, but Ford throws him out onto Dom!

Dom manages to catch Rey, but Ford FLIES! Direct hit and down goes everyone! Ohio is fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Dawkins grinds Dom down in a chinlock. Dom endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Dawkins DECKS Dom with a right! Cover, TWO! Dom is still in this but Dawkins wraps on another chinlock. Dom endures again, fights up, Rey coaches him through it, and Dom gets to his feet. Dom throws more body shots, but Dawkins knees low. Dom ends up in a corner, but he dodges the cyclone splash to kick and TORNADO DDT! Both  men are down and fans fire up! Dawkins and Dom crawl, hot tags to Ford and Rey! Rey dodges Ford to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor! Ford ends up in a corner, puts Rey on the outside, but Rey ROCKS him!

Rey goes up top, leaps, SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, dodges again, but Ford FLAPJACKS Rey down! Ford somersaults, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Rey gets to ropes, Ford whips him, but Rey kicks back. Rey slides under, Dom gets in, and he gives Rey a boost to RANA Ford on tropes! The Mysterios dial it up but Dawkins trips Dom and drags him out! Ford runs in but Rey drop toeholds him to ropes! 6 1 NO! Ford blocks that, gets Rey up in an Electric chair, but Rey victory rolls! The Mysterios win!!

Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

The King of Lucha finds a way to snatch this one away from the Profits! But then Dom gets behind Rey and lifts him up, but Rey RANAS Dom out! Rey tells Dom he needs to try better than that, but then Ford TOSSES Rey! But then Dawkins tosses Ford! Dawkins says he got Ford there! But then the DIRTY DAWGS get in, and they both throw Dawkins out! Roode & Ziggler talk trash, but then the Mysterios and the Profits get in to go after them! It’s a huge scrap, but the Dawgs get tossed! And then the remaining four all square off in their own corners! Will any of these men make it to the end of the Rumble match this Saturday?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick brings up how the Usos are barred from ringside during the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble, and Rollins says that sounds so good. Rollins likes K-Peezy and will give him a little “insider information.” This was never about The Usos, or anyone else but Roman VS Seth, Seth VS Roman. Now they go 1v1 at the Rumble for the title, and historically speaking, Rollins likes his odds. Rollins knows he can beat Roman because he’s already done it. Roman knows Rollins has his number. Roman wants people to think very highly of him, but Rollins is the one who can put Roman in his place.

So speaking of Roman, Rollins is going to pay SmackDown one more visit this Friday, because unlike Roman, Rollins delivers his messages in person. See you Friday, brother! Rollins laughs it up, but will he have the last laugh this Friday? And will this Saturday be the first time Roman gets the better of Rollins?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

The Hollywood A-Lister promised it last week, and now it’s here! Maryse’s birthday celebration will be here on Raw, and the ring’s already filled with presents! Will all go smoothly for the It Couple this close to the Royal Rumble? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Maryse Birthday Extravaganza! It’s a celebration of his wife’s birthday, and then Saturday, we will celebrate The It Couple beating The Grit Couple! So without further ado, welcome the birthday girl, a woman more gorgeous, more sexier and more intelligent than anyone here, Maryse! Maryse makes her entrance, and there’s security at ringside. Miz says he speaks for everyone here when he says, “Open your first gift!” Maryse pulls the veil off a painted portrait of her and Miz as a prince and princess! Miz has done it! She feels even more special than the day she became a mother!

Or when he got her that pink Rolls Royce! Or when he got her that $500,000 ring. Well no expense spared. He got top of the line security to make sure there will be no intruders! They checked the ceiling so there wouldn’t be a Brood Bath! There will be no Edge or Beth here! Miz speaks for all of us when he says, “Open your second gift!” Miz hands it to Maryse, she pulls off the lid, and it’s… A custom hand purse! It says “No limit” on the side because there is no limit to their love. Wait, what’s this big one? Miz thought Maryse got him something. Uh, it’s her birthday. Why would she… Wait, then if he didn’t get that, and she didn’t get that… Then what’s in the box?

SECURITY! Get in here and open the box for Miz! The guard goes up to it, rips the paper away, and it’s all a trick! Miz put the brick that Maryse hit Beth with in a frame! This demonstrates that these two will always be one step ahead of Edge & Beth. Just watch this recap video as proof! Maryse asked Beth to call off the Mixed Tag, Beth refused, Miz tried to jump Edge but failed, but it still distracted Beth enough so Maryse could CLOBBER Beth! Fans boo but Miz & Mrs. just soak it up. Now it is time for everyone to get up out of their seats and sing Happy Birthday to Maryse. On three. One, two, DO NOT BOO! This is a birthday celebration! Stand up and sing!!

Now, one! Two! Three! HIT IT! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you~! Miz is so sour… But here comes EDGE! AND Beth! Edge has the music cut to tell Mike ‘n’ Maryse that they’ve been real clever. But being clever won’t matter on Saturday. All these security guards won’t matter on Saturday. Because Miz & Maryse stepped in it now! They’ve got a pissed off Rated R Superstar, and an extremely pissed off Glamazon on their hands. These two are gonna show everyone why that’s not a good thing. The Grit Couple storms to the ring, CLOBBER guard after guard, and Beth scoop SLAMS the next one! Edge TOSSES another, Beth sends one more into the steps!

The It Couple bail out of the ring, so Edge and Beth tear everything up! Beth SPEARS one guard, Edge SPEARS another! Miz & Maryse freak out over the cake being in harm’s way, but the Grit Couple give a guard a HART ATTACK! Shout out to the days of Beth teaming with Natty. Another guard gets in, he gets a 3D!! A shout out to some of Edge’s greatest rivals, before he BOOTS another guard! Edge sees the cake still standing, and Miz says he better not! Edge drags the guard up, reels him in, and POWERBOMBS him through the cake AND table! The terror on the It Couple’s faces is real this time! Will they even show up in St. Louis for that Mixed Tag match?


My Thoughts:

I have a feeling word got back that last week’s Raw was pretty sad, because they made sure this week’s Raw was really good. Now, a weigh-in segment for a title that doesn’t really have weight restrictions was really just an excuse to get Lesnar and Lashley to interact one more time. But Lashley and Lesnar are both doing really well on the mic these days, and Lesnar being dismissive of Lashley is such a great element of this. It’d be wild if Lashley won this but there’s a good chance Lesnar retains and we still get something of Lesnar VS Roman, title for title. Rollins has a good promo rather late in the night, but him hyping up the SmackDown go-home means something good is coming.

Bianca VS Vega was a short match, as was the Six Woman Tag, but sadly that’s how things are in RawDown these days… But at least we got a great promo segment from Becky and Piper. Piper leaving her room to find Becky and brawl with her was awesome stuff, and their match is going to be awesome stuff, but pretty sure Becky wins. Then they’ll set up Becky VS Bianca at WrestleMania, Bianca finally avenges her SummerSlam loss. Also, Alexa Bliss has to be returning to action during the Rumble. She might not win but she could have a really good showing to reestablish herself. Tonight’s vignette didn’t really do much, it just had her rambling about Lily’s origin story with no serious revelation.

We got a really good US Championship match, but it was a bit cheap for Priest to get disqualified when “Damian” let loose. Maybe Kevin comes back after the Rumble to try again and that builds to a US title match at the Elimination Chamber PPV in February. Styles VS Theory was a great match, too, just wish Vince would’ve let Theory and Finn have a match as good as that. And if Styles was still feuding with Grayson Waller, we could’ve built to Styles & Finn VS Theory & Waller, but nope. Vince has apparently given up on Finn, but not enough to cut him the same way they cut a lot of other great people. What a weird old man.

I loved so much of the Academic Challenge segment. Great promos from everyone, and I love that Gable got so cocky that he went with what he thought he heard and not what Kevin Patrick really said. Then we got an awesome match of Orton VS Gable, that also had the awesome aside of Riddle attacking Otis with the scooter. Now, going with a scooter race next week isn’t really something you’d see in gym class from what I’ve experienced, but it’s definitely a Riddle kind of choice. I’m not sure how, but Alpha Academy is definitely finding a way to win to push this to the third challenge, which RKBRO will win to get a tag title match.

The Mysterios VS Profits was really good, with Ford and Rey really standing out in this match. Mysterios get the win for momentum, but then the Dirty Dawgs get in on things for a nice brawl. I don’t see any of those six winning, though, but maybe the Mysterios come out tag title contenders for after RKBRO and Alpha Academy sort out. And then we got a pretty good final segment. As birthday parties that get ruined goes, I like that Miz swerved us with the giant box and then we get Edge & Beth straight up crashing the party. I spotted the Tate Twins among the security guards that got bodied, I hope that means they’re signing with NXT 2.0. The Grit Couple standing tall here, the math would suggest The It Couple finds a way to win, but who knows, Edge & Beth could defy the math.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/24/22)

Washington DC gets Elevated!

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AEW has eight for America’s capital!

Team Taz’s Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Hobbs look to clear out Dante Martin’s allies, Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty, as AEW continues in Washington, DC!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Leyla Hirsch VS Brittany Blake; Hirsch wins.
  • Private Party VS Myles Hawkins & Action Andretti; Private Party wins.
  • Brandi Rhodes VS Willow Nightingale; Brandi wins.
  • The Men of the Year VS Logan Easton Laroux & Mike Fowler; The Men of the Year win.
  • Red Velvet VS Janai Kai; Velvet wins.
  • Santana & Ortiz VS Breaux Keller & Goldy; Santana & Ortiz win.
  • Thunder Rosa & Ruby Soho VS Leva Bates & Jordan Blade; Rosa & Soho win.
  • Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty; Starks & Hobbs win.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Leva Bates back in action, but I have a feeling she and Jordan Blade will put Rosa and Soho over. Leyla Hirsch is in her first match since her Heel turn, so seeing how #LEGITHEEL wrestles compared to when she was a Face will be one to watch. And Team Taz taking on Sydal & Moriarty is going to be great, especially since it ties story in from Dynamite.


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