NXT puts the spotlight on tag team wrestling!
Not only will Imperium defend their NXT Tag Team Championships, but Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart have their shot at the WWE Women’s Tag titles!
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS Breezango; Imperium wins and retains the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- Damian Priest VS Killian Dain; Priest wins.
- Xia Li VS Aliyah; Aliyah wins.
- Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Dakota wins.
- Bronson Reed VS Leon Ruff; Reed wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart; Bayley & Banks win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
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NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS Breezango!
There’s no time to waste on tonight’s tag team title double feature! Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner vow to uphold Imperium’s solemn principles that the mat is sacred. While Tyler Breeze and Fandango love to have fun before and after the bell, they do agree that it’s time to get serious. Who seriously gets beaten and who gets the gold?
Wait, what’s this? Emporium? It’s Breezango parodying Marcel and Fabian as “Marsupial” and “Fabio!” This isn’t going to help the mood the Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy are in! The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s time to start this night of tag team gold!
The bell rings and Imperium attacks Breezango! This is what they get for making jokes! Fandango is sent out of the ring while Barthel tears Breeze’s track suit off to throw it at him! Barthel drags Breeze up to ROCK with an uppercut and stomp away in the corner! The ref counts, Barthel backs off, but Barthel grinds Breeze with a headlock. Barthel snapmares and KICKS Breeze while he’s down! Barthel clamps on a chinlock but Breeze fights up. Breeze jawbreakers free then throws haymakers. Aichner tags in, Barthel whips Breeze away and Aichner arm-drags Breeze down! Aichner cranks on the arm but Breeze fights his way up. Breeze throws hands and arm-drags, but Aichner holds on to drag Breeze back down.
Aichner cranks on Breeze but Breeze fights his way up. Breeze throws body shots but Aichner headlocks. Breeze powers out but Aichner holds ropes, only for Breeze to crossbody them both out of the ring! Breeze gets up, Barthel looms close but the ref has him back off. But then Fandango comes over, the ref is busy with him, and Barthel sucker punches Breeze! Barthel brings Breeze around to feed to Aichner’s alley-oop! Breeze crashes head first into Plexiglas! Aichner drags Breeze up and into the ring, covers, ONE! Breeze toughs it out but Aichner scrapes his soles on Breeze’s face. Aichner drags Breeze up, whips him to the corner, but the crowd rallies as Barthel tags in. Imperium mugs Breeze in the corner and talks trash, but Breeze hits back. Barthel clubs Breeze down and shouts, “NEIN!”
Barthel drags Breeze up to cravat and snapmare, then sits Breeze up for a keylock sleeper hold. Breeze fights up, fights free, but Barthel CLUBS him back down. Barthel drags Breeze up, back suplexes, but Breeze lands on his feet! Breeze baits Barthel in to send him out! Breeze crawls, hot tag to Fandango! Aichner tags in but gets a BOOT! Fandango leaps to knee Aichner down! Barthel runs into a hip toss neckbreaker! Fandango dodges Aichner for the spinning powerslam! The crowd fires up with the Lord of the Dance, and he uses Barthel to help in the TORNADO DDT! Aichner bails out but Fandango builds speed. Fandango FLIES to take Imperium down at the ramp! All four men are down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Breeze suplexes Barthel up and over! Cover, TWO, but Breeze brings Barthel up. Barthel kicks low then whips him towards the corner. Breeze reverses but Barthel puts him up top. Aichner tags in, Barthel enziguris Breeze, then rocket launches him into Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, but Fandango breaks it! Aichner protests but Fandango goes back to his corner. Aichner drags Breeze back up, tags Barthel in, and then Imperium mugs Prince Pretty. Barthel circles around Breeze like a shark as the crowd rallies up. Barthel talks trash while bringing Breeze up by his ear. Breeze pops free to PELE! Breeze drags Barthel over and tags in Fandango. Catapult to the forearm! Slingshot for the 21st Century Classic! Do Miz and Morrison know about this? Cover, Aichner barrels into Breeze to break it up!
All four men are down again, Breeze and Aichner go back to their corners. Fandango runs in at Barthel at the corner, blocks Barthel’s boot, but gets his kick for it! Tag to Aichner and he reels Fandango in while Barthel goes up. But Fandango back drops to deny the EuroBomb! Barthel leaps into the SUPER MODEL KICK! Fandango SUPERKICKS Aichner! Fandango hurries while Aichner is down, LAST DANCE LEG DROP! Cover, but Barthel breaks it! Breeze returns to run at Barthel but he’s sent out! Fandango clotheslines Barthel out and is alone with Aichner in the ring. But wait, Indus Sher and Malcolm Bivens appear! Rinku and Saurav loom dangerously close to Breeze and Barthel, but the BritAm Bruisers get them first! Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch take the fight to Bivens’ behemoths!
The referee shouts for the uninvited teams to get out but Breeze puts Barthel in. Barthel knocks Breeze onto the brawling four! Fandango rolls Barthel but it’s Aichner who is legal! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Barthel & Aichner owe a lot to the chaos at ringside. Oney and Burch kept Indus Sher from ruining things, but they didn’t mean for it to go this way. Are the tag team champions going to be surrounded by contenders hungry for the gold?
Tom Phillips interviews The Velveteen Dream via NXT video.
The Dream did not win at TakeOver: In Your House in the Backlot Brawl, and that means he cannot challenge for the NXT Championship while Adam Cole still reigns. But Dream says that’s the wrong line of questioning. The question should be how Tom Phillips has been in the WWE for ten years and this is the first time they’ve talked. Wait, creeping up behind Dream is Dexter Lumis!! He leaves Dream a message in the form of a drawing while Dream is telling Phillips that Dream has “no recollection” of his loss. Then he sees the calling card left by Lumis. It’s of the two of them… As NXT Tag Team Champions? Well, now this is a misunderstanding, Lumis. Lumis helped Dream against the Undisputed Era, and Dream returned the favor. The drawing means nothing to Dream, because he is a solo act. What will it take for such an eclectic duo to become more than just a far off dream?
Damian Priest arrives at Full Sail.
The Archer of Infamy wants to get himself right, too. Cameron Grimes is creeping in the background, probably making sure Priest doesn’t see him at all. Priest returns to action, after the break.
Damian Priest VS Killian Dain!
The Archer of Infamy may have lost to The Prince, but he hasn’t let that kill his ego. He still vows to #LiveForever, but will he be able to survive the Beast of Belfast?
The bell rings and Dain circles with Damian. They tie up, Dain powers Priest to ropes but Priest powers back. They go along the ropes, Dain has Priest in the corner but Priest powers him back. Dain headlocks, Priest powers out but the two collide with shoulders. Neither falls so Priest eggs Dain on. Things speed up, both men show some agility, but then Priest hurdles, only for his back to spasm. Dain takes advantage with a BIG shotgun dropkick! And then clubbing forearms! Dain goes after the bad back, the leftovers of that fall onto steel! Priest fights off the back suplex with elbows then an ear clap! Priest BOOTS Dain to a corner, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Priest’s back bothers him again, but he dodges Dain to ROUNDHOUSE him back!
Priest gets in but Dain has him at the ropes to club away over and over! Dain goes to a corner while Priest is stuck, for a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Priest is growling in pain but Dain just keeps on his lumbar with forearms and hammering fists. Dain pulls Priest back in a low rider camel clutch. The crowd rallies up and Priest fights up, only for Dain to knee his back. Priest again fights off the suplex but Dain headbutts him back. Priest elbows Dain away, fires off kicks, then fast hands, but Dain ducks the People’s Punch to hit a back suplex! Dain holds on to drag Priest up for another back suplex! And then another, that turns into a sit out facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Priest refuses to stay down so Dain drags him back up. Dain clubs the bad back again, reels him in and suplexes, but Priest makes it a crossbody!
Priest gets to a corner, Dain runs in but only gets buckles! The crowd rallies as Priest pushes through the pain. Dain gets up, Priest fires off haymakers! Dain body shots but Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves to uppercut, forearm and kick away! Priest ROCKS Dain, then CLOBBERS him with that right! The crowd fires up as Priest whips Dain corner to corner. Dain reverses, Priest goes up and leaps to forearm Dain down! Cover, TWO! Dain is tough but Priest won’t lose focus. Priest runs corner to corner for a leaping back elbow! He keeps moving, and hits a corner to corner uppercut! The bad back slows him but Priest wants a third, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Priest still lives but Dain won’t let up.
Dain drags Priest to a corner, Electric Chair lifts, but Priest fights off Ulster Plantation to a victory roll! TWO, but Priest hits the CYCLONE KICK! Dragon sleeper, RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
Priest survives a tough fight with a big beast. Priest hasn’t attained the immortality he desires, but will he hit the mark soon enough?
NXT hears from Santos Escobar.
The man formerly known as El Hijo del Fantasma stands with Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde, who were his fellow conspirators all along. “When you turn your back on a legacy, a new future is born.” Now, they rewrite the history of lucha libre in their own words, starting tonight. What do Escobar and his allies have in store for NXT and the Cruiserweight Division?
NXT shares footage from during the break.
Killian Dain was making his exit when he spotted a very distraught, sloven and perhaps drunk Robert Stone leaning on the Plexiglas, practically asleep. Dain BANGED the Plexiglas and Stone fell over! Is Stone okay?
Xia Li VS Aliyah!
It’s time to get spicy as this red hot rivalry returns! Will Xia and Aliyah finally settle the score?
But as Aliyah makes her entrance, she sees the down and out Robert Stone. She goes over to him to help him up. Stone won’t give up his brown paper bag of booze, but he does go with Aliyah to ringside. She wants him to watch her match closely, but how well can he even see with smudged glasses and beer goggles?
The bell rings and Xia ties up with Aliyah. The two go around the ropes, Aliyah arm-drags and hits a Thesz Press! She throws fast hands but Xia gets up to throw fast kicks! Aliyah freaks out and goes on the defensive in a corner! The ref counts, Xia rams into Aliyah then puts her up top. Xia CHOPS Aliyah but Aliyah SLAPS back! Aliyah reels Xia in for a tornado NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Aliyah is already frustrated and she pushes Xia around. Xia gets mad and hops up to ENZIGURI! Xia kips up and rallies on Aliyah with clotheslines and kicks! Aliyah flounders to a corner, Xia runs in, and hits a SUPER FOREARM! Xia keeps moving, DYANMIC DROPKICK!
Stone flounders up onto the apron in a drunken stupor and waves for a timeout. He also looks ready to hurl, and he DOES!! The ref and Xia are both grossed out, but who isn’t?! Aliyah rolls Xia up, TWO!! Aliyah tries again, and Aliyah wins!!
Winner: Aliyah, by pinfall
Aliyah hopes Robert Stone saw that, but he can’t even see where he’s walking and just falls off the apron! Aliyah may be desperate for guidance, but is she really that desperate?
Timothy Thatcher’s prospective students gather.
“Hello again, gentlemen.” Thatcher welcomes them to the first day of the Thatch as Thatch Can wrestling school. He will teach them about the details of submission style wrestling, “Things no one else will be able to show you.” Thatcher shows off the Fujiwara armbar. If you recline back and pull up, you can get the arm even farther. The wrestler being used as the example is tapping out, but Thatcher goes even deeper and deeper to make his point. Any questions? No. Next, the double wristlock, which Thatcher enhances with a leg over the subject’s head. By the way, it’s still the guy who took the Fujiwara armbar. His other arm suffers from this Kimura, and he rolls the shoulder until, yep, there it is.
“Gentlemen, line up. I said line up!” This was just day one. Next time, the real work begins. Dismissed. And clean up this mess, this guy was crying all over the mat. Will anyone survive to graduate Thatcher’s training?
The Undisputed Era goes to therapy.
Bobby Fish and Adam Cole are definitely worried about Roderick Strong after the trauma caused by Dexter Lumis. Cole says this is going to work. Fish says they have to do it in house, though. They pick up Strong in the limousine but he is in no mood to “Hoo hoo hoo hoo!” Awkward silence and then Cole says that they understand Strong has been through a lot. This therapist is the best, and he can help bring back the Roddy we know and love. It’ll be okay. “Driver, let’s go!”
Strong rests on the couch as his friends assure him of everything. This doctor is the best. They are going to help him feel safe. Surprise! The therapist is Kyle O’Reilly! But he pretends to be “Doctor Lyle von Thurstonburgen.” Tell him about this repressed psychological trauma. It’s Lumis, doc! He’s the worst person ever! He kidnapped Strong and Bobby and shoved them in a car trunk. Then Strong sees Lumis just staring at him through glass. He can’t get that out of his head! The staring! Yes, Cole and Fish admit their mistake in not believing him. Strong gets angry as he vents about people staring at him and how he hates that, but they calm him down. Kyle says this is a safe space, they’re all just here to help him.
Kyle moves things on to the classic Rorschach test to see how Strong’s mind is feeling. Cole and Fish show Strong the first one. Big muscle man! Yeah, like Strong and their old buddy, Troy. Next? OH NO IT’S LUMIS! What? Where? How? The others don’t see it. Skip it. Third? Flip it upside down maybe. OMG the car trunk!! He slaps the paper away! The others try to calm Strong down, but Kyle almost lets it slip it’s him. But this is a breakthrough! It seems the trauma actually stems from the car trunk. Strong needs to confront his fears, and that means facing a trunk. No! Strong needs more time. But they don’t have time! They argue, but Strong gives in. “I’m jumping in that trunk!”
Cole and Fish go with Strong to the parking lot and the limo’s trunk. Strong is anxious, reluctant, and then he runs away! Roddy, no! Get back here, man! No dice. Well, the running away aside, things went pretty well, right? They’ll go pick Strong up with the limo.
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
The NXT Champion holds onto his belt as he stares at the hourglass left for him by Scarlett Bourdeaux on behalf of Karrion Kross. Also there’s a Sonic milkshake. But what does Cole think about Kross’ hourglass? “I don’t know, I guess they were trying to scare me or something.” But the thing is, we’ve all seen this before. It’s the same movie but with different characters. And at the end of that movie, Cole is still NXT Champion. How many times does he have to say it? But then Keith Lee walks over to have a talk with the champ. Keith came to let Cole know that Kross is correct on one thing: Cole’s time with that title is all but over. But it’s not Kross that will take it. It’ll be Keith. And then he SMASHES the hourglass! Cole smirks and leaves, but Keith says, “Ticktock.” Has the Limitless One just cancelled doomsday?
Adam Cole heads to the ring!
Cole’s undisputed ego is the only thing keeping him from being worried about the new list of challengers lining up behind him. Cole gets a mic and says, “300 and 81 days. Let me say that one more time. 300 and 81 days, I have been NXT Champion.” Not one of those days has he taken it for granted. That’s because Cole knows “without question,” he is the hardest working, greatest champion in this business. For 381 days, people have tried to tear down Cole, and for those 381 days, they have failed. That is why it is beyond mind-numbing that people think they can just throw names in the hat and say they deserve a shot. “It does not work that way, boys and girls.” Just look at Karrion Kross. He came up at TakeOver, very impressive against “one of the baddest men” in Tommaso Ciampa. But guess what? Cole’s been there, done that. Kross has been here five minutes and has a long way to go before he’s earned a match with Cole.
That brings Cole to Keith Lee. Keith said that he has his eyes on Cole’s title? Well guess what! Cole has eyes on the North American Championship. Do not forget Cole was the first-ever and still greatest NXT North American Champion ever. Maybe Cole wants to carry that title for 381 days. Maybe he’ll have two belts on his shoulders. And maybe after Cole beats Keith, Keith and the entire world can refer to Cole as #ChampChampBAYBAY. But speaking of, here comes the Limitless One! The two champions stand in the ring now, and Keith has a mic to respond. But then Johnny Gargano heads to the ring!
“Wow! What a cool moment between you two!” But as much as he hates to interrupt, Gargano doesn’t care about moments anymore. He cares about results. The result last week was Gargano pinning Keith 1-2-3. That means Gargano is coming after the North American Championship again. But then why stop there? Gargano is the first-ever NXT Triple Crown Champion, so it’s about time Gargano gets the reign he deserves. He and Candice vowed to make history as the first ever married couple to reign together at the same time. Then Cole can call Gargano #JohnnyChampChamp. But Keith asks “John Boy” how Candice is doing. Oh she’s doing great, after Keith squishing her! No, after what Gargano did, because it was Keith who was more concerned about her than Gargano was.
And Keith remember specifically, while he was picking up her frail little body, and with a tear almost falling from his eye, she whispered to him, “Thank you, Mr. Limitless. That’s the most action I’ve had all year.” LIAR!! But now here comes Finn Balor! The Prince has a mic to say, “Well now that Finn is here, I guess you fellas can stop being marks for yourselves and go back to being a mark for me.” Keith, did you hear Finn last week? He’ll tell you again. Balor has held titles all over the world, but the North American Championship is one he’s never held. Gargano corrects Balor, he’s not Mark, he’s Johnny. And remind us again, was Balor a Triple Crown? Nope. Balor isn’t like Gargano. He doesn’t wait in lines, he cuts to the front. Balor stares Keith down and tells him, “This isn’t a challenge. This is a warning.” Balor is taking that title, and when he does, he’ll go right after Cole’s.
Cole has been a great “transitional” champion- PFFT! Transitional?! Are you kidding? Cole just beat Balor’s old record! But this is perfect because it’s Balor’s career in a nutshell: He shows up somewhere, is the king for a little while, and then Cole shows up in that same place to pass him by. Balor chuckles, but then crosses Cole out? What is that? Balor says that is where Balor is going to put Cole. But before anything more can be said or done, William Regal speaks on the titantron! He loves this passion, competition, and now he has an idea where everybody wins! Next week, Keith Lee defends the North American Championship against Gargano, AND Balor, in a Triple Threat.
But don’t worry, Cole, Regal didn’t forget him. Because the man who walks away North American Champion moves on to face Adam Cole, July 8th, Champion VS Champion, WINNER TAKES ALL! A MASSIVE move for NXT! By the end of the Summer, one man becomes THE champion of NXT! Will we #BaskInHisGlory? Do things #TheJohnnyGarganoWay? Or have The Prince seated upon his throne?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
What does he think of that announcement by Regal? But before he can answer, Candice comes by to confront him about that inappropriate joke. Also, is Keith kidding? There is no way he beats her husband. But then Keith points behind Candice, and she turns around to see Mia Yim! And Mia fires off on Candice all the way down the hall! Mia throws Candice into a shelving unit, then throws the contents of the shelf down onto her! Candice throws them back and then slides Mia along chairs! Security hurries to stop this, but it’s only escalating! Will Regal have a way to help these two settle their own score?
Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!
Last week, KC helped KC when #CobraKai and the Daughter of the Desperado were beating her down. Though, it didn’t really go their way… But now, Carter takes Dakota on herself! Will KC succeed where KC fell short?
The bell rings and Dakota runs into Kayden’s takedown! Kayden fires off hands but Dakota kicks her away. Kayden dodges Dakota to come back with a crossbody! She fires off more fast hands but Dakota turns it around to waistlock. Kayden breaks free, switches and rolls Dakota, TWO! Kayden sees Raquel lurking and springs away to basement dropkick Dakota down! Dakota bails out then runs away, with #BigMami standing in Kayden’s way. Dakota then comes around to go after Kayden, but Kayden ROCKS her with a right! Kayden puts Dakota back in, but has to handspring over Raquel’s cheap shot! The ref reprimands Raquel but Dakota scorpion kicks Kayden down! Dakota drags Kayden in, covers, TWO!
Dakota keeps on Kayden with pie faces, but Kayden eggs her own. Kayden shoves Dakota then counter punches. Kayden keeps hitting Dakota and starts to rally! The crowd fires up with her as she dropkicks Dakota down! Kayden pulls off the arm bands to whip Dakota. Dakota reverses, Kayden wheelbarrows and MULE KICKS! Cover, TWO! Kayden brings Dakota up, whips her to a corner but Dakota reverses. Dakota runs in but is put on the apron. Dakota rocks Kayden back, steps in but into a knee! Kayden jumps on for a draping facebuster! Raquel shouts at Kayden but Kacy LEAPS at her! But Raquel catches the tiny Ninja Warrior, to toss her at the apron! Dakota rolls Kayden, TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Kayden taps, Dakota wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by submission
Captain Kota takes advantage of her insurance policy again, and has swept KC and KC. But is this the last we’ve seen of this confrontation?
Scarlett finds the shattered hourglass.
The heartthrob harbinger sees the sand spilled upon the floor, and Kross steps on the broken glass. How will they respond to this bold rejection of their ultimatum?
NXT hears from Mercedes Martinez.
“19 years, I’ve been rugged, thugged, grinding, hustling, and here I am.” No nonsense, all action, and she’s not here to lose. “Every single female better watch their back.” Everyone needs to know who Mercedes Martinez is. And she’ll be back very soon!
Bronson Reed VS Leon Ruff!
Two men who know what Karrion Kross is capable of now meet each other in the ring. Will Auszilla keep focused on the opponent in front of him and now the one that could be lurking up behind him? Or will Ruff rev his engines and get the literally biggest upset in his young career?
The bell rings and Ruff runs to get run over! Reed shrugs and sentons down on Ruff! The crowd goes nuts for the #ThiccBoi as he climbs up top! Ruff suffers the MEGATON SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
A very fast and very damaging defeat for little ol’ Ruff! Reed grabs a mic to say he is not one to forget. That is why he will do what no one has. He is calling Kross out for a match next week! Reed is putting Kross on the clock, but shows Ruff some mercy. Will Mr. Doomsday show either of them any mercy once they cross paths again?
NXT spots Damian Priest in the parking lot.
Someone slashed his tires!? Who would do that? Well, perhaps a certain someone. Cameron Grimes drives by taunting Priest, “You want me to get you an Uber?” Grimes sure is brave as he drives away. Will Priest deflate Grimes’ ego the next time they meet?
Santos Escobar and cohorts head to the ring.
Mendoza and Wilde walk with the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, united under the banner of “Legado del Fantasma.” Escobar takes a mic to say, “El Hijo del Fantasma was known in the Latin culture as the best lucha libre artist ever.” And he means ever. But of course, when you wear a mask, that is all the world sees. A luchador in a mask. For 20 years, that was him. But then he earned his opportunity to join NXT, and he knew that on this worldwide platform, that the “book of El Hijo del Fantasma” would come to an end. Growing up under his father, El Fantasma, he was always told he would be a leader, not a follower. Escobar promises to make Mendoza and Wilde leaders, because he is the leader of leaders. Together, they will leave a legacy. El Legado del Fantasma.
“Congratulation, Santos!” Drake Maverick heads to the ring as he says Escobar fooled everyone. He certainly fooled Maverick, too. People have told Maverick he has more guts than brains, and they’re all absolutely right! Maverick rushes Escobar and takes him down, but Wilde and Mendoza are there! Maverick punches them away, then DIVES to get at Escobar! Wilde and Mendoza keep trying, but he pushes them away again! Escobar hits Maverick then flapjacks him onto the railing! El Legado dumps Maverick over onto concrete and they stomp away on him! They drag Maverick over to a table but he keeps fighting! Escobar uses a monitor to SMACK Maverick in the back! El Legado hauls Maverick up and then Escobar brings Maverick with him, PHANTOM DRIVER THROUGH THE TABLE!!
Escobar cleans himself up and Wilde hands him the title. El Legado has the gold, but have they just put an end to Maverick’s story?
NXT returns as medics help Maverick.
Needless to say, Maverick needed a backboard, neck brace and stretcher. Jake Atlas was among those to accompany Maverick to the ambulance. Will Atlas look to avenge Rockstar Spud?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart!
The #GoldenRoleModels made it through Backlash’s Triple Threat with Bliss-Cross and The IIconics, and look to make the birthday week of #BayleyDosStraps a big one! They return to NXT to defend their tag titles, but are they going to underestimate the Shiniest Wizard and wild child?
As both teams get in the ring, lot of trash is talked and Shotzi howls at Bayley. The introductions are made, the tag belts are raised, and it’s time to see if Bayley and Banks can #TCB, take care of business!
Teams sort out and Tegan starts against Sasha. They circle, tie up, and Sasha arm-drags Tegan down to an armlock. Tegan fights her way back up, gets around to a waistlock, but Sasha standing switches. Tegan pries free, switches again, but Sasha backs her to a corner. The ref counts but Sasha elbows Tegan away. The two go again, Sasha throws Tegan down and dusts off her hands. Things speed up, Sasha sees Tegan drop down and hooks her up for a body scissor clutch! TWO, and the two reset. They go again, Tegan backslides, TWO! Sasha swings into a waistlock but she switches. Shotzi tags in and Tegan bucks Sasha off to drop toehold her down! Shotzi Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Sasha scrambles away and tags to Bayley.
Bayley and Shotzi circle, Shotzi rushes Bayley but Bayley gets away. Bayley comes back and kicks Shotzi low, then clubs her down. Bayley whips Shotzi to ropes but Shotzi holds them to stop herself. Shotzi baits Bayley in and uses the ropes to snap Bayley down. Shotzi kicks Bayley, backslides, but Bayley spins out, only for Shotzi to cradle counter! TOW, and Bayley waistlocks Shotzi to spin her for a headlock. Shotzi pops out but Bayley whips her to a corner. Shotzi goes up and over to roll Bayley up, ONE and Bayley KNEES Shotzi down! The alumni have the advantage while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Bayley has Tegan down now in a trapped arm chinlock. The crowd rallies but Bayley knees Tegan in the back. Bayley brings Tegan up but Tegan stomps Bayley’s foot! Tegan uppercuts but Bayley whips Tegan into buckles. Bayley rams her shoulder in over and over, then rolls back for wacky waving, only for Tegan to elbow her back! Tegan SLAPS Bayley on the back and heads for her corner. Bayley pulls Tegan away from Shotzi by her hair, only for Tegan to break free and HEADBUTT! They both fall down and the crowd fires up! Bayley and Tegan crawl, hot tags to Sasha and Shotzi! Shotzi dodges, hits Bayley, goes up and over Sasha then rolls to come back with a corner splash! Shotzi rolls Sasha out to then hit the SLING-DOG! The crowd fires up with Shotzi as she knees and rolling elbows! QUESTION MARK KICK! Shotzi snap SAIDOS Bayley down! Cover, TWO!!
Sasha gets to the apron but Shotzi builds speed. Shotzi dropkicks but Sasha dodges, and Shotzi slips through the ropes to land on her feet. Sasha apron METEORAS! Both crash down but Sasha drags Shotzi back into the ring. Cover, TWO!! Sasha is losing her cool but she drags Shotzi up to tag Bayley. Bayley hits Tegan down then whips Sasha in, but Shotzi dodges the corner Meteora! Sasha knees buckles and Bayley hurries after Shotzi. Bayley puts Shotzi in a corner but Shotzi boots back to then headscissor Bayley into buckles! Tag to Tegan, STEREO CANNONBALLS! Bayley flops out of the ring but Sasha runs at Tegan. Tegan puts Sasha on the apron and choke grips, to CHOKE SLAM Sasha onto Bayley!
Tag to Shotzi and Tegan helps her go up, up and FLY! Double crossbody at the ramp! Shotzi howls right over the champions then gets Bayley up and in. She brings Bayley up, has help from Tegan for the SLICED BREAD! Cover, but Sasha barrels into Tegan and breaks it up! All four women are down but the crowd is thunderous! Teams regroup and hot tags to Tegan and Sasha! Sasha and Tegan fire off fast and furious fists on each other! Tegan ROCKS Sasha then brings her up to whip to the corner. Sasha goes up but Tegan blocks the headscissor for an Electric Chair! Tag to Shotzi and she climbs up. Sasha slips off to POST Tegan! Shotzi still missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO to the ghost pin, TWO! But Sasha gets the BANK STATEMENT! The crossface is on deep! Shotzi pries the hold apart, gets the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION!!
Bayley runs in with a chair but Tegan stops her! The ref spots Tegan with the chair and reprimands her. Bayley uses the distraction to flip Shotzi off the submission! Sasha gets the Bank Statement back, and Bayley tackles Tegan! Shotzi taps, Sasha and Bayley win!!
Winners: Bayley & Sasha Bank, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The “role models” show everyone how to cheat just right, and that keeps the belts with them! Will they be able to do the same to the IIconics this coming Monday Night Raw?
But wait! Io Shirai attacks?! The Evil Genius and NXT Women’s Champion missile dropkicks Bayley down, then German Suplexes Sasha! Shirai gives Bayley a Shinkansen meteora, then does the same for Sasha! The best friends regroup outside, and Shirai fakes them both out! “This is MY NXT!” Shirai defends her home, but Bayley and Sasha claim they are the reason she has a job! Is there something much bigger brewing between the entirety of the WWE Women’s Division?
What a great episode! Sandwiching the episode between the tag title matches was a great move, and Imperium VS Breezango was great stuff, even with the other teams showing up. But given the overbooking, naturally Imperium retained. Though, I do feel like Breezango was going to lose either way, because it just doesn’t feel right yet. I do feel NXT is building its way back to a huge multiple team match. The Undisputed Era is always in the running, and as I started to hope, Lumis wants to team with Dream. Dream turned down the offer for now, but I’m pretty sure something moves him to agree to the partnership. The Undisputed Era had a great “therapy” sketch, all four guys have great senses of humor, and it’s always good to see Kyle again. Priest VS Dain was a really good match and a really good win for Priest to rebound with. Priest’s story with Grimes has escalated, and their match next week is going to be really good.
I like the intermingling in stories where Dain is used to point out drunken Robert Stone for the sake of Aliyah’s story. That fake barfing was definitely something unique, and this definitely isn’t how I saw Aliyah finally becoming Stone’s client. Dakota beating Kayden was a given with Raquel by her side. I’m thinking they have a tag team match to settle things, but I feel like Dakota and Raquel still win that. With WWE finally turning the corner on the Women’s Tag Division, it’s good to see teams forming and getting stronger. Maybe one day, Dakota and Tegan cross paths again as they face each other with the tag titles on the line. It’d really bring their story full circle as a team that wanted to have such titles together, only for it to end up like this. There’s also a lot of interweaving stories when it comes to Karrion Kross. Bronson Reed calls him out given that attack three weeks ago, and that will be an interesting approximate to what will surely be Keith VS Kross at some point.
Obviously, I love the big news of the North American Championship Triple Threat that leads to an NXT Winner Takes All. If Kross is after Keith because of the smashed hourglass, sadly time has run out on Keith’s reign. We’ve gotten so much Gargano VS Cole already, I really hope it’s Balor adding the North American title to his legacy, and then giving us a battle of the two greatest NXT Champions ever to finally determine the undisputed best ever. The Women’s Tag main event was great stuff, but sad to say, Bayley and Banks were always going to win. For one, they have a match with the IIconics on Raw to bring that story full circle.
But the great surprise was Shirai going after Bayley and Banks! I really hope that, with Becky Lynch becoming a mother and the grand design for the WWE Women’s Division changing, we get a strange mash-up where three of the Four (NXT) Horsewomen find themselves up against some other great trio *cough* Shirai and Kabuki Warriors */cough* in an epic Six Woman for SummerSlam. It works as it’d involve all past and present champions from across all three brands, with the heart of it being about their respective reigns in NXT.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/3/22)
An extreme go-home!
Raw gets ready for Extreme Rules!
With Extreme Rules this Saturday, Bianca Belair and Bayley sign the contract for their Raw Women’s Championship Ladder match! But will The EST keep DMG CTRL under control?
- Rey Mysterio & AJ Styles VS The Judgement Day; The Judgement Day wins.
- Bobby Lashley VS Mustafa Ali; Lashley wins.
- Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control; Dakota wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Otis w/ Chad Gable & Austin Theory; Otis wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Austin Theory; Braun wins.
- Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline; Solo wins.
- Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control; Iyo wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Rey Mysterio & AJ Styles VS The Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha has so far failed to reach his son, Dominik. And the Phenomenal One has so far refused to give in despite his former friend, Finn Balor, reaching out to him. With an I Quit match between Finn and Edge this Saturday at Extreme Rules, will the Prince and the Punisher make Rey give up on Dom and Styles give up on his pride? Or will Rey & Styles get their pound of flesh before the Rated R Superstar gets his?
Before the match, the Judgement Day get mics as fans in St. Paul boo. Finn says, “Eleven years ago, Edge was medically forced to quit.” Rhea adds a sarcastic, “Aww.” Finn says against all the odds, Edge fought back with strength and determination, and he overcame and returned to doing what he loves most, and that is performing in the ring for all the fans. Priest says, “Let’s hear it for Edge, huh?” Finn says, “But as with most things in life, you can only outrun fate for so long. Judgement catches up to all of us. And at Extreme Rules, I am gonna act as the cruel hand of fate that reminds Edge he doesn’t belong anywhere near a ring that I’m standing in!”
Rhea laughs but fans boo. Finn says he’s doing Edge a favor cuz he’s a nice guy. Finn will beat Edge so bad that he’ll be down and out and he’ll be forced to utter the words, “I QUIT!” Priest tells Finn that he has to say, Priest is so excited to witness firsthand a beating so bad that Edge does have to say “I Quit.” And let that serve as notice to anyone that wants to step to The Judgement Day! They will always rise. And that goes especially for their opponents tonight, AJ Styles & Rey Mysterio. Fans chant, “Who’s Your Daddy?” at Dom but Rhea whispers something to him. Dom says, “I’ll tell you exactly who my daddy is, and it’s not Rey Mysterio.”
Dom tells “Jefe, I hate you. I hate you so much. You lied to me my entire life. And I have a new family now, thanks to the Judgement Day.” Finn says speaking of family, his old friend, AJ Styles! Styles, Finn could’ve ended you last night- No, not last night! Last week! He’s so mad at Styles he’s messing up! But Finn could’ve ended Styles but he chose not to. And do you know why? Because Styles is Finn’s friend. The offer is still extended. But trust Finn, he’s not a bad guy, so don’t make him do bad things! Or else the Judgement Day will start by opening up- Wait! Here comes Styles! The Phenomenal One and the King of Lucha make their entrances, and this battle begins!
Rey and Styles don’t wait for a bell, they brawl with Priest and Finn already! Styles whips Finn but Dom and Rhea get Finn outta there. Only for Rey to RANA him! Styles clotheslines Priest out of the ring to the SLINGSHOT FOREARM! Fans fire up as #REYJ stand tall already. Finn is seething as he glares at Rey but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and the match is officially underway as Finn whips Rey to a corner. Finn snarls, runs in but into an elbow! Rey runs and RANAS Finn again! Rey then runs at the corner but is put on the apron. Rey GAMANGIRIS back, goes up top and SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and then tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Finn staggers to the corner and Priest tags in. Rey dares Priest to bring it, then goes after Priest at the ropes! Priest shoves Rey away, Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges but Priest avoids the crossbody! Rey flops, stands up, and Priest BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Rhea coaches Priest and he whips Rey into the corner.
Priest runs to back elbow! Tag to Finn, they mug Rey, and Finn snap suplexes Rey for Uno Amigo! And then another for Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Finn gives us Latino Heat, and he finishes THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but fans rally up as Rey stays in this. Finn drags Rey up, puts him against ropes, but Rey holds ropes to block the whip. Finn gets Rey loose to whip and slide him out of the ring! Rey hits the floor and Rhea is there to taunt him. The ref starts a ring count but Priest drags Rey up to scoop him. Priest fakes a Snake Eyes on the desk to SNAKE EYES off the apron!
Fans boo but Priest tags Finn back in. Finn waits on Rey as he crawls in. Finn stomps away at the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Rey crawls but Finn drags him up to snapmare and chinlock. Finn grinds Rey, leans on the hold, and fans rally up. Rey fights, throws elbows, and JAWBREAKERS free! Rey reaches out but Finn keeps him from Styles! Finn knees low, whips Rey to ropes, but Rey wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Fans fire up but Rhea freaks out as both men are down! Finn and Rey crawl, hot tags to Priest and Styles Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Then the SLIDING FOREARM! Priest flounders but fans fire up!
Styles clotheslines in the corner, fireman’s carries Priest, but he drops Priest as Finn gets in. Styles DECKS Finn, goes back to CHOP Priest, then he PELES Priest! Styles reels Priest in, but Priest shoves Styles and Finn holds the ropes open! Styles tumbles to the floor and the Judgement Day is back in control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Finn tags Priest. Finn scoops Styles, BACKBREAKER LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but the count was fair. Priest clamps on a leg crucifix full nelson! Styles endures, pushes to a cover, TWO! Styles hooks Priest’s leg and rolls him, but Priest rolls through to DECK Styles! Priest stands Styles up, springboards, but into an ATOMIC DROP! And then Styles PELES again! Fans fire up and both men crawl again, but Rhea is lurking! Finn distracts and Rhea trips Rey off the apron! Fans boo but Priest drags Styles away to then LARIAT! Tag to Finn, he and Priest whip Styles, but Styles blocks a kick!
Styles sends Priest’s kick into Finn’s stomach, and then reels them both in for a DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up as Styles, Finn and Priest are all down, but Rhea eggs Rey on. Then Dom stands in the way and eggs Rey on! Dom kneels and dares Rey to hit him! Rey says this is not the time. But then Rhea CLOBBERS Rey while the ref is checking Priest! Rhea dusts herself off and Styles sees what happened. But then Finn SHOTGUNS Styles down! Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!
Winners: The Judgement Day, by pinfall
Rey can’t keep focus with Dom in his head, and that costs the team! Styles is upset and Rey apologizes, but then Styles shoves Rey down! Dom may be in Rey’s head, but is Finn getting in Styles’? Wait, then Finn CLOBBERS Styles! He, Priest, Dom and Rhea all stomp away on Styles, and Finn keeps saying, “I’m your friend! I’m your only friend! Why don’t you listen to me?!” Fans boo but Finn drags Styles up, to feed him to Priest’s SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! If this is how Finn treats a longtime friend, just how far will he go to end an enemy?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.
Kevin Patrick finds The All Mighty as he’s making his way into the arena, and congratulates him on his three month reign. A dominant US Championship reign, but what’s next? Has it been three months already? Well, Lashley’s legacy is solidified but he will not become complacent. He said it once and he’ll say it again: It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title. So three days, three months, three years, his mentality won’t change. Lashley knew what it takes to get here. He’s been pushed by the industry’s best and he’s beaten them all. McIntyre, Reigns, Lesnar, and Rollins.
So what’s next? Lashley wants someone who had the same hustle and desire that he had to get here. Someone with that mentality is what Lashley is after. Well, then, Mustafa Ali has plenty of desire. But for some reason, he’s still at the back of the line, waiting to be called. But he is done waiting. Ali is done! He is stepping up to the front of the line, and he wants an opportunity now. Right now! Okay, Lashley sees the hustle, the grind. Just keep it up and Lashley will make sure Ali gets that opportunity. NO! Ali isn’t asking! He’s demanding an opportunity! Lashley says people are getting too comfortable disrespecting him. If Ali wants his opportunity, he’s got it!
Will the Beacon regret getting the All Mighty’s attention? Or is he going to make the most of this opportunity he made for himself?
Sami Zayn and Jimmy Uso are backstage!
And they’re cracking up about something. Something about the couch and the chair being on fire but Sami didn’t see it so he was still dancing. Solo Sikoa is there and doesn’t seem quite as amused as Jimmy by this story. Sami’s friend runs in with a fire extinguisher, asks where his dog went, and Sami says, “I’m right here.” HA! Jimmy wishes he was there, that sounded like a good time. But then Jey storms in and Jimmy clams up. Sami says hey, Jey. What’s so funny? Sami says it’s not that important. Right, y’all’re here having a good time when they’re supposed to be handling business! Jimmy says relax, they’re just joking.
Sami says no, Jey is right. This is business. The Bloodline has to let everyone know that next week, the Tribal Chief is coming as part of the Raw season premiere. Right! Sami says the Honorary Uce can lead by example. Let’s put some fools on notice! YEET! Let’s go! Oh hey, look here. Sami addresses the Street Profits and lets them and all of Raw know. Next week, the Bloodline will be here with the Tribal Chief, so prepare to acknowledge him. Montez Ford tells Angelo Dawkins, “Look who it is! It’s the Honorary Uce! The hype man of the century, Sami Zayn! Along with the Bloodline, walking around Monday Night Raw like they own the arena.”
You don’t own anything, Sami! In fact, there’s only two things the Bloodline needs to acknowledge, and that’s DEEZ- No, whoa, hold on. Don’t do ’em like that, fam. Jimmy says no, finish it. Deez what? Say something disrespectful and get two matching boots, Tez. He of course means the bad leg the Profits gave Ford the last time they faced off. Dawkins says Jey’s got a lot of bass in his voice. How about Dawks breaks off a boot in Jey’s ass? Solo has everyone step back. The Street Champion dares Dawkins to try that on him. Then say less, fam, Dawks will see you out there!
Sami says that’s good, see you out there, fam. The Bloodline’s Enforcer is ready, will he tear into Dawkins like he did Ricochet and Moss last Friday?
Bobby Lashley VS Mustafa Ali!
The Rocky Mountain Machine has reigned for three months, and looks to keep going and going and going. But he won’t stand for those thinking he’s some big pushover. Will he turn out the lights on The Beacon? Or will Ali catch Bobby off guard here tonight?
The bell rings and Ali rushes to dropkick, but Lashley dodges! Ali crashes, Lashley fires off on him, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes him! Lashley aims and runs in to RAM Ali into a corner! And again and again! Then he turns Ali for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley then drags Ali up to suplex and hold him! Fans fire up for the SLAM! Ali grits his teeth but Lashley aims again. Lashley runs corner to corner but into a KNEE! Ali aims to CHOP! And ROCK! And whip, but Lashley blocks! Lashley whips but Ali goes up, only to get caught! Ali slips off and ducks to then SUPERKICK! Lashley wobbles, Ali goes up and up and leaps, FLYING DDT!
Lashley bails out and fans fire up as Ali builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit, Lashley hits desk, but stays up. Ali brings Lashley back but Lashley blocks to toss Ali in first. Ali KICKS Lashley back out! But Lashley drags Ali out to join him and LARIAT! Ali gets turned inside out and fans fire up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Lashley drags Ali back up. Lashley elbows him in the corner over and over, then whips him corner to corner hard! Ali bounces off the buckles and hits the mat, and Lashley looms over him. Lashley drags Ali up to put him in a corner for more elbows. Lashley CLUBS Ali, whips him corner to corner again, and Ali bounces off buckles into the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ali survives but Lashley keeps focus. Ali says, “I’m not staying down.” Lashley drags Ali up and bumps him off buckles. Lashley puts Ali up top, climbs up after him, and then brings Ali up. Ali fires off body shots and forearms and headbutts! Lashley falls!
Ali aims, and he 450 SPLASHES Lashley’s ARM!! Lashley writhes, Ali drags him up and CLUBS the bad arm! But Lashley shoves him away with the good arm. Ali SHOTGUNS Lashley into a corner, fires off on the bad arum, and runs, into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!? Ali survives and shocks Lashley on that one. Lashley drag Ali up and gut wrenches him for the CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO?!? Lashley is growing frustrated with Ali, but Ali crawls and drags himself up. Lashley tells Ali to stay down, “You don’t want this.” Ali SLAPS Lashley! Lashley’s pissed now! Lashley TOSSES Ali out!
Lashley goes out, drags Ali up, and fireman’s carries to POST him! Ali flies away but Lashley refreshes the count. Lashley hauls him up again, and POSTS Ali again! Lashley refreshes the count again, hauls Ali up for a third time, and TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Lashley goes into the ring to let the count handle Ali. Ali crawls, the count is 5 of 10, but Ali flounders. We’re at 8, then 9, but Ali is in at 9.999!! Lashley is more confused than anything! What is Ali thinking? Lashley aims from the corner, runs in, and SPEARS Ali!! But that’s not all! Lashley is going to teach Ali a lesson with the HURT LOCK!! Ali refuses to give up, but he fades out! Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
Lashley has a mighty body, but Ali shows he has a mighty heart. Ali still lost, but did he at least win Lashley’s respect? Lashley goes back to Ali as he sputters around. Lashley drags Ali up, but SETH ROLLINS attacks! And CURB STOMPS Lashley!! The Visionary laughs as he drags Lashley up and CURB STOMPS him onto the belt!! The Visionary gets revenge for not becoming WWE United States Champion. And then just because he can, CURB STOMP for Ali to the floor! Rollins is going to hang around because he has a face-to-face with Matt Riddle, but there is a No Physicality Agreement in effect. Will the Visionary and the Bro stick to that agreement?
Raw returns with Rollins in the ring.
Last week, after Raw went off the air, Rollins instigated another brawl with Matt Riddle, which is why there’s the No Physicality Agreement, and why Daniel Cormier will be the Fight Pit’s special guest referee! But Rollins is all smiles as he says, “Well now that we have cleared Bobby Trashley from the ring, HAHAHAHA, we can get on with this evening’s festivities. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Rollins! And I am your host for this evening. I am a visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth…” “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” “And this Saturday, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I go one on one with the Original Bro… Matt Riddle.”
It’ll be in a match that is soon to become synonymous with Rollins. “Ladies and gentlemen, behold: The Fight Pit.” The narrator of this video package says, “As animosity reaches its peak and hatred goes beyond extreme, the endurance of one’s will is put to the test in one of the most barbaric structures in WWE History. No ring ropes, only steal. No doors, no pinfalls, no escape. The only way to win is by submission or knockout. A blank canvas built for torment, painted only by destruction and devastation. Where your only weapons are your skills and your ability to absorb pain. Toughness is showcased. Careers are altered. But in the end only one will have their hand raised in victory. But neither will ever be the same again.”
Rollins says, “Oooh~! The things I’m gonna do to Riddle inside the Fight Pit. I’m gonna show him what I just showed Bobby Lashley, what I showed Cody Rhodes, what the entire world already knows, and that is I am the most dangerous man in the history of this industry. But that’s Saturday, and we’re here in St. Paul tonight. And I’m scheduled to go face to face with Matt Riddle, so let’s not waste anymore time, Riddle! I know you’re back there scootering around, so why don’t you scoot you annoying face out here so it can piss me off in person.” Fans boo Rollins but “Bro…” Here comes Riddle!
Riddle has a mic to say, “Bro, bro, bro.” Rollins says there he is! No scooter? Aww. Well there’s the guy whose face Rollins will smash this Saturday. Come and pay your respects to the King of the Fight Pit! Riddle asks Rollins what he’s even talking about. Riddle needs to remind Rollins that he’s never BEEN in a Fight Pit before. Riddle has! Well Rollins reminds Riddle that tonight, there is the No Physicality Agreement. Fans boo and Rollins says he knows they want to see them fight, but if Riddle so much as lays a finger on Rollins, the match will be off. Riddle says don’t worry, he won’t put much stitches in that pretty little forehead.
Riddle is actually going to give Rollins an educational lesson on the Fight Pit. Because Riddle won’t just hurt Rollins, he won’t just beat Rollins, Riddle is gonna kill Rollins on Saturday. When Riddle beats Rollins’ lifeless body with elbows and fists and Daniel Cormier has to pull Riddle away and raise his hand in victory, the fans won’t be singing Rollins’ song, it’ll be “BRO~ OHHH~ OHHHHH~!” Riddle gets in Rollins’ face about it but Rollins laughs it off. Until the fans echo it! Rollins says Riddle has it twisted! Even though Riddle and Cormier come from the same place, Cormier isn’t on Riddle’s side. Cormier is a fan of Rollins!
But Rollins has to admit, “Bro,” Riddle has a nice signing voice. Does he sing his kids to sleep at night? “Oh… That’s right. You’re not allowed to see your kids anymore, are you?” Rollins laughs and dares Riddle to take a shot. Wait! He can’t! Because they have their big money match and Riddle needs all the cash he can get. Cuz let’s face it, child support can get expensive. Rollins laughs in Riddle’s face but Riddle tells him his breath is KICKING. But here’s a question for Rollins: When was the last time he held a title? Oh, right! Last time he even fought for one, it was against his boy, Roman, and he choked Rollins out.
Or remember when Rollins last main-evented Mania? Oh wait, he hasn’t. But his wife, Becky, sure has! And there’s a trend here. Seems Rollins comes up second to Roman, to Becky, and this Saturday, he’ll be second to Riddle! Fans fire up for that one but Rollins is fired up. They each dare the other to throw hands but Cormier pops in via the titantron! Cormier says enough. We’ve watched you two whine, argue and complain for months. Enough! This behavior has been insane, we’re all tired of it. The parking lot, the arena, all around the world! For all the people wondering, yes, this is Daniel Cormier. He is one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, he is THE Double Champ.
Matt, listen, bro. They go way back as UFC fighters. Rollins, Cormier has admired him from afar, ever since he won that first world title. But as the whole world is fed up, so is Cormier. Someone told them they’re in a Fight Pit, and Cormier’s down for that. He lives in the cage, he loves the cage. But there has to be a third man. Can’t be any ol’ ref, so WWE called ya boi, DC, and he will lay down the law to make sure only one of them makes it out of the pit and we put an end to this. That’s what Cormier plans to do. So no more yapping, go train hard and train smart, and we’ll see you both in Philly. Fans fire up for that, but Rollins flicks Riddle’s hat away. Who survives when it’s TIIIIIME?!
Candice LeRae comes across Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka.
They all say hey and wish Candice luck against Dakota Kai. Bianca wants Candice to make sure she shows Damage Control what the Poison Pixie is made of. Candice thanks Bianca and vows to do just that. She heads to gorilla, will she take control against DMG CTRL?
The Miz is on the phone with Maryse.
The Hollywood A-Lister tries to get his “beautiful, gorgeous, sexy wife” to hear him out. It is being handled. This B List horror film ends tonight. This lowlife has broken into their home, attacked Miz while wearing a hockey uniform, and cost both Miz and Ciampa the US Championship. Where even IS Ciampa?! But Miz is not leaving until he gets assurances that something is being done about “you know who.” Nothing, and Miz means nothing, will ruin his birthday next week. Maryse presents: The Miz’s Birthday Bash, Live in Brooklyn! And there will be no unwanted surprise appearances from “He Who Shall Not Be Named.”
But speaking of, Dexter Lumis is creeping in from the back door! Someone calls to Miz and he storms over, narrowly avoiding Lumis’ grasp! Miz tells the staffer to shoo, he’s on the phone with his wife. Miz gets gushy with Maryse about saying bye, but Lumis is still lurking. Will the Tortured Artist ruin things despite all of Miz’s preparations?
Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control!
Mrs. Wrestling, the Poison Pixie, came back with a strong win over the Almost SuperHero, and now she takes on one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Will Candice take Dakota for a Wild Ride? Or will #CobraKai be immune to sting Candice first?
The bell rings and Candice circles with Dakota. They tie up, Dakota gets around and she shoves Candice. Dakota taunts Candice then uses ropes as a defense. Candice backs off, but Dakota rushes in to waistlock. Candice switches, Dakota hooks a leg to trip her, and runs. Candice ducks the boot, rolls Dakota up, TWO! Dakota swings, into a backslide! TWO, and Candice arm-drags Dakota down! Candice has an armlock and she grinds Dakota. Dakota endures, fights up, but Candice arm-drags her again. Dakota is frustrated but Candice keeps on the arm. Bayley & Iyo coach Dakota and she fights up.
Dakota powers Candice into a corner, goes side to side, but Candice dodges the boot to bump Dakota off buckles! Candice snapmares and NECK SNAPS to then jackknife! TWO but Candice DROPKICKS Dakota down! Dakota goes to the apron, fans rally but Dakota avoids the shoulder. Candice avoids the boot to smack Dakota off the corner! Dakota falls to the floor and crawls to the ramp. Candice builds speed, but Dakota hurries out of the way. Candice frowns but she WRECKS Dakota with a dropkick! Bayley protests but Candice springboards to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Dakota is down while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Dakota has Candice in a motorcycle stretch. Candice fights up and turns around to arm-drag Dakota away! Dakota staggers up, Candice RAMS into her, then elbows her! Dakota runs back in to BOOT Candice down! Cover, TWO! Dakota is frustrated but she slaps Candice around. She sits Candice up for Kawada Kicks! Fans boo but Bayley cheers. Dakota dusts her boots off to then scuff Candice around. Bayley taunts Candice that she’s gonna call Baby Wrestling, little Quill Gargano, and tell her mom’s gonna be late getting home. Candice gets mad and pie faces Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS!
Dakota puts Candice in a corner, runs Around the World, but Candice BOOTS first! Fans fire up while both women are down! Dakota flails and checks her nose while fans rally. Candice stands, she ROCKS Dakota with a forearm! And again! And then CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS again! Candice backs Dakota down with fast hands! The ref counts and Candice lets off in the corner, but fans fire up! Candice runs in to back body block! And snapmare to a step-up SENTON! Cover, TWO! Bayley and Iyo keep cool as they coach Dakota. Dakota shoves Candice, Candice tilt-o-whirls into an IRON OCTOPUS!
Dakota endures and DMG CTRL freaks out! Dakota fights to a corner and she RAMS Candice into buckles! Dakota kicks Candice, then runs in, but into another BOOT! Candice climbs up but Dakota BOOTS her! Dakota climbs up, CLUBS away on Candice, then stands Candice up. Candice fights the superplex, fights back and slips under, but Dakota holds off the bomb! So Candice YANKS Dakota into the buckles! And then hits a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Fans fire up while DMG CTRL freaks out! Candice crawls after Dakota, fans rally behind her, but Iyo distracts the ref. Candice goes up but Bayley trips her up! Roll up from Dakota, Dakota wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
DMG CTRL snags one away from Candice and Bayley is all fired up! But will Bayley be able to maintain control of the situation with her contract signing later tonight?
Johnny Gargano walks to gorilla.
Wait, is that Lumis sitting on a trunk, petting an unconscious Miz? Gargano looks back, and Lumis is gone! Gargano pokes Miz and it startles Miz awake. Miz has a picture of Lumis and Miz at a birthday party. Gargano knows that’s not good. Miz runs away and Gargano just chuckles, “Oh, Dexter.” Gargano continues to gorilla, will he have the last laugh against the tree trunk known as Otis?
DMG CTRL celebrates backstage.
Bayley says tag team champion or not, Dakota’s gonna give- Wait, Sarah walks in to congratulate Dakota. Obviously, this is why Bayley wants Kai & Sky in her corner for the Extreme Rules Ladder match. And speaking of, the Raw Women’s Championship match- Bayley stops Sarah there. It took her that long to realize why Bayley wants “weapons” like Dakota & Iyo on her side? Sarah’s just as dumb as Bianca! Bianca only just realized the importance of allies. But this won’t ruin Bayley’s mood, because she’s gonna do Bianca a favor tonight. It’ll just be her and Bianca, but for the contract signing only.
Bayley addresses Bianca by looking right at the camera. Tonight, it will just be the two of them. “But remember: you asked for this.” The Role Model is going to play fair and square for now, but is she just going to turn up the heat at Extreme Rules?
Johnny Gargano VS Otis w/ Chad Gable & Austin Theory!
Johnny Wrestling helped Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre fight the Alpha Academy and the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever on SmackDown, and now things are 1v1! Will Master Gable’s Number One Guy crush Gargano’s Rebel Heart? Or will Otis have to take one #ForTheAcademy?
Theory joins commentary to talk down on Gargano but Gargano says he’s got his eyes on him. Gargano and Otis circle, Otis rushes in but Gargano gets around. Gargano throws hands, wrenches an arm, then drop toeholds, but Otis is way too stocky for that! Otis drags Gargano up, TOSSES him to a corner, but Gargano dodges to fire off more hands. The ref counts, Gargano climbs up and rains down fists. But Otis carries Gargano corner to corner to RAM him into the corner! Then he CLUBS Gargano down! Fans boo but Otis shouts, “For the Academy!” Gargano fires off hands but Otis shoves him. Gargano ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Otis!
Otis stays up and comes back with the WRECKER ELBOW! “Who’s the man?!” Theory cheers Otis on and Otis goes back for Gargano. Otis drags Gargano up, bumps him off buckles, and CLUBS him over and over. Otis taunts Gargano, CHOKES Gargano on the ropes, and Theory says he loves it. Otis drags Gargano up, scoops him, and SLAMS him! Fans rally for Gargano but Otis looms over him. Otis drags Gargano up, gut wrenches him to a Canadian rack, and makes it a backbreaker rack! Gable and Theory high five, but Gargano endures and throws hands! Gargano gets free, goes to a corner, Otis runs in but into a BOOT!
Gargano elbows Otis away, then dodges! Otis POSTS himself! Gargano runs to LARIAT! Otis stays up, Gargano runs and LARIATS again! Nope, Otis is still up. Otis choke grips but Gargano ROLLING ELBOWS! Otis scoops Gargano but Gargano slips off to ENZIGURI! Otis staggers to a corner, Gargano runs in to back body block! Gargano runs again, but into a clinch! EXPLODER! Gargano is dazed and Gable says, “That’s my guy!” Otis drags Gargano to a drop zone and climbs up the corner, VADER FLOP!! Gargano gets up to BUZZSAW! And BUZZSAW! And SUPER- LARIAT from Otis! Theory says that is when you run into reality!
Otis trophy lifts, but Gargano fights free, DDT!! Gargano wants Otis to get up, and Otis sits up into the SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!?!? Otis survives and Theory is upset. Otis bails out of the ring but Gargano builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Otis hits the desk! Theory is upset, Gargano LEAPS the desk to CLOBBER Theory! Gargano fires off hands on Theory and fans are loving it! Gargano hurries up to the apron to TORNADO DDT Otis to the floor! Fans fire up but Otis is getting up! Gable distracts the ref, Theory SMACKS Gargano with the briefcase! Otis hauls Gargano up for the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Cover, Otis wins!
Winner: Otis, by pinfall
Theory screwed Gargano over, but he goes after Gargano more! So do Gable and Otis! But here comes BRAUN!! The Monster of All Monsters CLOBBERS Otis at the ramp! Then he runs into the ring, but both Theory and Gable bail out! Braun slides out and he catches Gable, to TOSS him into the ring! Gable’s been taking credit for Braun’s career, will Braun take all the credit for ending Gable’s?
Braun Strowman VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Austin Theory!
The bell rings, Braun sees Otis on the outside, and he TOSSES Gable onto Otis!! Fans are fired up with Braun and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Gable is in the ring, Braun dragging himself up from commentary. That was of course the doing of Otis during commercial, but that got Otis EJECTED! Gable goes out and stalks Braun. Braun stands up, Gable rushes in and KNEES Braun into the POST! Gable gets back in the ring, he lets the ring count climb, but Braun is stirring. Braun drags himself up at the barriers, staggers over, and he stumbles into the ring at 8 of 10. Gable CLUBS and KNEES away on Braun! The fans boo but Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable throws more hands, runs the ropes, but runs into a scoop! Gable kicks free, shoves and GERMAN SUPLEXES Braun!? Bridging cover, TWO!
Gable is shocked but we’re all shocked he pulled that off! Gable tells Braun to look at him. Gable runs this ring! He CLUBS Braun, talks more trash about it doesn’t matter how big Braun is, but Braun doesn’t embarrass him in his hometown. Gable SLAPS Braun down, and we see Omos and MVP watching this backstage. Gable talks more trash, but Braun choke grips! Braun has both hands now and he puts Gable right up top! But Gable gets a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun powers up to deadlift Gable. But Gable pokes eyes! Gable runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks a leg out! Gable climbs up a corner, he leaps at Braun and MISSILE DROPKICKS!
Braun is down, Gable goes back up, and he MOONSAULTS, but has to land out as Braun moves! Braun BOOTS Gable down! The shirt comes off, the fans fire up, and Braun glares at Gable. Braun reels Gable in, lifts him up, MONSTER BOMB!! Cover, Braun wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster of All Monsters puts away the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Nigerian Giant watching backstage, will Braun have to soon defend that title of alpha titan in the WWE?
Bobby Lashley finishes up with the trainer.
Lashley is mad but Kevin Patrick asks him about that blindside attack from Rollins. How is Lashley doing? Lashley is going to crush Rollins’ throat so we never have to hear that cackle again. And then, after Riddle beats Rollins in the Fight Pit, Lashley will finish Rollins off! Lashley will get Rollins next week on the season premiere, for the US Championship! No backing out, no excuses, no running away! Lashley gets Rollins in the ring to bounce him around like a pinball, then he’ll put Rollins in the Hurt Lock until he screams for mercy! Then Lashley will make Rollins pass out in the middle of the ring. That’s how Lashley feels. What will even be left of Rollins after this next week?
Corey Graves is in the ring.
He welcomes us all to this “historic moment.” There are ladders in the ring, but also chairs and the table for this contract signing. “It is the first-ever Ladder match for a women’s championship in WWE history.” So first, the challenger, Bayley. The Role Model makes her entrance solo, as promised. Then the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair. She is also solo, because she doesn’t need back-up to take on Bayley. Bianca and Bayley sit at the table and Corey says let’s not wait any longer. Let’s make this official with the contract. Bayley tells Bianca it’s just them, just like she asked. Is she okay? Does she feel safe?
Bayley feels great, really, despite not having her girls with her. But Bayley feels really good since DMG CTRL has done everything Bayley has said to a T. Her plan has been going really good and that clearly shakes Bianca’s confidence. But don’t worry about that, Bayley is doing this favor for her since Bianca’s dumb enough to accept a Ladder match for the title. But that’s fine, Bayley’s got her. Bayley signs her part of the contract and says, “Bianca, Bianca, Bianca. Look what your ego has gotten you into! I mean, I bet your ego makes you think that Bayley chose a ladder match because you KOD’d me on top of a ladder at Hell in a Cell.”
Or maybe Bianca thinks that Bayley has half the ego as Bianca and she wants to make history again by winning the first-ever women’s title ladder match. “But uh, ding dong, hello, here’s something for all you guys. It’s much bigger than that, okay? I think big picture here. The ladder is symbolic for my entire WWE career since the day I walked in. Unlike you, I’ve had to literally climb and climb and climb… *fake panting* And climb and climb and climb and try to the top. And in that process, I was you. Yeah, I was you, ponytail and all! You guys remember that, huh? Colorful sequins. And you see those little girls out there? That little girl I walked by on the ramp with the EST shirt, a Bianca Belair sign.
“You know what those signs use to say? Those signs used to say BAYLEY. They used to have headbands on. They used to put their ponytails to the side. But you know what happened, Bianca? Those signs changed. The T-shirts changed. And the cheers started to fade. They gave up on me, Bianca, and they stopped caring. And when they stopped caring, my whole career started spiraling. I started to fall further and further and further, and I had to do something to climb my way back to the top-” Bianca tells Bayley to shut up. Bianca signs her part, and it’s official. Corey thanks them both and wishes them both luck.
Bianca tells Bayley she just runs her mouth over and over again. Girl, UH-UH! Bayley has this chip on her shoulder that has absolutely nothing to do with Bianca. It might be really hard to see someone have everything you want, but comparison is the thief of joy. Bayley should never compare herself to Bianca, because she will never be Bianca, do it like Bianca or do it better than Bianca. Fans cheer that. Bianca says everything Bayley did didn’t work because Bayley was pretending to be someone she wasn’t. This is the real, authentic Bianca and that is why fans connect with her. Bayley didn’t “evolve,” she just became the real Bayley. And now she’s here showing us her real colors.
As far as her little plan, congrats, it took you a whole year to come up with a plan. But Bianca doesn’t need a plan, because she stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Plus, does Bayley think she’s the only one that tried to surprise her at SummerSlam? You see how that worked out, right? But since Bayley likes plans, she can plan on still calling Bianca the Raw Women’s Champion after Extreme Rules. Well, we’ll see about that on Saturday, because DMG CTRL will disagree with that since they’ll be right by Bayley’s side. Actually, what’re they doing right now? What time is it? Because they were supposed to go get something to eat.
Oh no! Kai & Sky are attacking Alexa & Asuka! They already did something to Asuka’s leg and now they’re mugging Alexa! And then Bayley YANKS Bianca by her hair over the desk and she hammers away! Then she TOSSES Bianca back over the desk, to go after her more! Bianca bails out but can’t get away! Bayley whips but Bianca reverses and Bayley hits LED apron! Bianca bolts to the back, but Bayley laughs. Bianca finds Asuka and Alexa but the damage is done! The Empress of Tomorrow clutches her knee, will Bianca be down an ally at Extreme Rules? Alexa glares at the camera and tells DMG CTRL this is NOT over! Alexa VS Iyo, TONIGHT!!
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline!
The Profits may be out of the tag team running while Ford’s foot heals, but can Dawkins unleash the Curse of Greatness? Or will the Street Champion of the Island sharpen his edge as he also prepares for Ricochet this Friday?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around in a deadlock but Dawkins powers Solo back. Solo turns things around to put Dawkins in the corner, but he lets off as the ref counts. Dawkins ROCKS Solo with uppercuts and haymakers but Solo ROCKS him back! Solo CHOPS Dawkins in the corner, ROCKS him again, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins goes up and over and keeps moving but Solo RAMS him! Dawkins RAMS Solo back, then hurdles over. Solo shoves, Dawkins handsprings and DROPKICKS Solo down! Ford fires up, Solo bails out and is furious! Sami tries to cool Solo off but Solo rushes in, but Dawkins DECKS him!
Solo gets up in a fury and he grabs a chair! This is just like SmackDown! Sami slows Solo and says not to give Dawkins a win like this. Jey tells Sami to back of, Solo’s his brother. Jey says Solo’s good, he’s got this. The Bloodline lets cooler heads prevail while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Solo has Dawkins down with a neck wrench. Dawkins fights up so Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo clamps on the shoulder claw but Dawkins still endures. Fans rally and Dawkins fights up. Dawkins pries free of the hold to throw big body shots and forearms! Dawkins whips, Solo reverses and then SAMOAN DROPS on the rebound! The Bloodline holds up the fingers, #WeTheOnes, and Solo snarls as he stares at Dawkins. Fans rally for Dawkins but Solo throws haymakers! Dawkins wobbles on spaghetti legs, but Solo whips him for another SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Solo is annoyed.
Sami and the Usos argue the count but Ford defends that was two. Solo taunts Dawkins, “This is it? This is who you’ve got for me?” Solo steps to Dawkins in the corner, gets in Dawkins’ face, and says, “They call me the Enforcer!” Solo whips Dawkins hard into the corner! Dawkins falls to the mat and writhes. The Bloodline loves this as Solo looms over Dawkins. Solo drags Dawkins up to clamp that claw on again! Dawkins still endures, fans rally up again, and Dawkins fights against the claw. Dawkins throws elbows but Solo throws a knee! Then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Solo soaks up the heat as his brothers hold up the fingers.
Sami coaches Solo to keep on Dawkins, to show no mercy. Dawkins gets to a corner and Solo aims from the other. Solo powers up, “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” HIP ATTACK!! Dawkins is dazed and Solo looks at him flounder. Ford coaches Dawkins to dig deep and fight, but Solo aims again. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” HIP- ENZIGURI from Dawkins!! Ford and St. Paul are thunderous as Solo and Dawkins are both down! Dawkins and Solo rise, Dawkins stands first, and he LARIATS Solo! And again! Solo HEADBUTTS! Solo whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up and Solo goes to a corner, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI from Dawkins!
Dawkins reels Solo in, for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Sami gets on the apron, but then Jey tells him to get down? Jey says Solo can handle this, Uce! This all distracts Dawkins either way, Solo SUPERKICKS! But now the ref doesn’t see the cover! The ref hurries, TWO!! Solo is mad at Sami and Jey! They get down, Dawkins rolls Solo! TWO!! Dawkins dodges, and he POUNCES Solo out! Sami hurries to Solo’s side to check him and coach him, but Jey pulls Sami off Solo. Jey has his brother, but then Jimmy wants everyone to just cool off. Jey and Sami argue, Dawkins FLIES! Down go the Usos! Dawkins puts Solo in, Sami yells at him about the Usos!
Dawkins DECKS Sami! But Dawkins gets in for Solo to WHEEL KCIK! And then SPINNING SOLO!! Cover, Solo wins!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
In the end, the Bloodline made it work! Solo gets the win and winning fixes everything. At least, it should. Are the problems between Sami and Jey going to persist? Will it end up costing the Bloodline big time down the line?
Theory talks with Otis backstage.
Theory is proud of Otis for doing exactly what he was supposed to in that ring. Wait, where’s Gable? Otis says hold on. He drags Gable up. Gable says he almost had Braun. Theory says Gable did good. But hey, they’re not done with Gargano. Next week, on the season premiere of Raw, Theory himself will take on Gargano, and Theory vows to put Gargano down. A-Town Down! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB Ever finally have his way and be rid of Johnny Wrestling?
“This version of Edge that you’ve seen since I’ve come back is pretty much Adam. More or less, the veil of character has been dropped, and I’ve been pretty transparent since I’ve come back. At 37 years old, I was told that I had to retire, forced to retire, I had no choice. Until I decided to make it a choice. Because I can’t quit. The lousy part is, by the time that choice became a reality, I was 46, and it was difficult. And it’s progressively become more and more difficult. Now I’m not looking for sympathy. It’s my choice. This is my freakin’ dream gig, I love this.
“But what’s become… harder… is the fact that it’s not just taking a toll on me now. It’s taking a toll on my entire family. And I didn’t have this family before. It’s harder to hide it from the girls when they can hear me coming down the stairs like a symphony of bones cracking in the morning. But maybe even more difficult is seeing the… doubt… Or maybe even the fear in Beth’s eyes. Because she wants her husband to come out of this whole, and I think she’s afraid that ship has already sailed. And maybe I’m… insane? Maybe I’m too selfish? Maybe I’m too damn stubborn, but those are all things that you need in order to succeed at the level that I’ve succeeded at this business. I can’t apologize for that.
“But that brings me to Judgement Day. I gotta give ’em credit. They’ve made it more difficult. No matter how many times I beat ’em, they always come back. They always pick me apart, knock me down, and it’s harder and harder to put the pieces back together to come back. But I do. And I understand that Rey wants to distance himself from this because of Dominik, I get it. And it’s my fault the Judgement Day even exists. So I know what I have to do, and my back’s against the wall. You can ask Foley, you can ask Taker, you can ask Cena, you can ask Orton, I come out swinging or headbutting or whatever the hell else I have to do to be a one man gang!
“So Finn, in an I Quit Match at Extreme Rules, you are facing something, someone that you’ve never faced before and you can’t hurt me enough. All four of can’t hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ You cannot physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ I hope you’re all ready for a war, because I damn sure am.” The Rated R Superstar has given his ultimatum, will the Judgement Day be the ones facing their judgement day?
Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control!
The Five Foot Fury is furious over what Bayley’s buddies did to the Empress of Tomorrow. Alexa’s been trying to find that spark to return to her old self, will this be just the thing she needs? Or will the Evil Genius have the same trick up her proverbial sleeve as Dakota did earlier tonight?
Raw returns and DMG CTRL make their entrance. The bell rings and the two rush in! Iyo DROPKICKS Alexa, fires off hands and knees, then whips. Alexa blocks, fires off forearm after forearm on Iyo, but Iyo shoves back. Alexa runs Iyo over, and again! And then hits a THESZ PRESS! Alexa rains down hands, then hits another THESZ PRESS! More fast hands, and then Alexa drags Iyo up. Alexa bumps Iyo off buckles, stomps a mudhole, then lets off. Iyo dodges the return, holds a leg and avoids the slaps to DRAGON SCREW! Alexa clutches her leg but Iyo stomps away on it! Iyo drops knees on the knee!
Kai & Bayley cheer and Iyo CHOPS Alexa. Alexa blocks the punch to ROCK, ROCK and SHOTGUN Iyo! Fans fire up and Alexa stands on Iyo at the ropes for a SKATEBOARD STOMP! The ref counts, Alexa lets off but runs in to KNEE Iyo against the ropes! Alexa then YANKS the ropes to bring Iyo down, and she drops INSULT2INJURY! Cover, TWO! Iyo is showing the toughness of a decorated champion, but Alexa snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Iyo up, dodges the Shotei, but Iyo uses the waistlock to HOTSHOT Alexa! Then a DRIVE- NO, Alexa avoids the dropkick! But Iyo avoids a wrecking ball dropkick to SHOTGUN Alexa again!
DMG CTRL are fired up and Alexa is down while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Alexa JAWBREAKERS then CLOBBERS Iyo! And again! Then mule kicks, but Iyo wrenches out of the DDT. Alexa reverses that to hit an STO! Alexa KNEES Iyo down, covers, TWO! Bayley & Kai coach Iyo but Alexa drags her up. Alexa whips but Iyo holds ropes to BOOT back! Iyo then spins Alexa around, underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Alexa goes to a corner but Iyo runs in, SHINKANSEN! Iyo then steps on Alexa to go up top and OVER THE MOON- FLOP! Alexa shows her resilience as a decorated champion, and she hits a DDT! Alexa drags Iyo into a drop zone and now she goes to the corner!
Fans fire up as Alexa climbs up, for TWISTED BLISS! But Bayley distracts the ref! Bianca yanks Bayley out to fire off! But Dakota joins in, Bianca gets 2v1! And sent into steel steps! But Alexa CANNONBALLS them both down! Alexa hurries back and climbs up again! But a SHOTEI stops her! Iyo then tucks Alexa for an AIR RAID CRASH! Iyo goes back up fast, for OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!
Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall
DMG CTRL with another assist! They sweep the night, working together as a well-oiled machine. But then they mug Alexa! Asuka can’t help with her busted leg, and Kai & Sky fetch a ladder! Bayley beats down on Alexa, but Bianca gets in to fire off on Bayley! Kai & Sky RAM Bianca down with the ladder! And then Iyo keeps Alexa down, but wait! Asuka is still hobbling out here? On one good leg, she has a kendo stick to SMACK Dakota! But Iyo WRECKS Asuka with the ladder! Then Kai & Sky SLAM the ladder on Asuka! They keep it on top of her, and then bring it around to open it up. Bayley drags Alexa over to put her inside the ladder!
Bayley tried doing this to Shotzi on Friday, Kai & Sky DOUBLE BOOT the ladder to crush Alexa!! Fans boo as Bayley tells Asuka to stay out of her business. Kai & Sky stand the ladder up for her, and Bayley soaks up the heat as she says DMG CTRL are going to take over! Bayley drags Bianca up, stands her in the corner, and Dakota runs Around the World to BOOT Bianca down! Bayley drags Bianca back up by her ponytail and then hooks her up, ROSE PLANT! Bayley drags Alexa up, ROSE PLANT! Kai & Sky stand the ladder over Bianca and Bayley brings the Raw Women’s Championship belt up with her to the top.
Fans boo as DMG CTRL stands over their enemies, but will they be on top of the WWE after this Saturday? Or can Bianca prove she’s the toughEST and bounce back from this beating to beat Bayley back?
This was a great Raw, especially for a go-home. Great opener with The Judgement Day getting that heat in their promo, and a great match with Rey & AJ. It makes sense The Judgement Day would win, Finn needs that momentum against Edge. Also a good detail of Styles being upset with Rey. Edge also had a great promo to frame what he’s even acknowledged as his last year as a wrestler. He and Finn are going to have one hell of a match, I would think Styles helps Edge fight off the rest of Judgement Day so that it stays Edge VS Finn, but who knows how it goes. Edge saying there’s nothing they can do to him, I feel that triggers Rhea Ripley dragging Beth Phoenix from somewhere and using her against Edge, a la Roman VS Jey and Roman going after Jimmy.
I like that we’re getting integrated storytelling with Lashley and the Rollins VS Riddle feud. Lashley VS Ali was great stuff, and Ali got to look very tough even in that loss. Lashley was definitely going to show Ali respect before Rollins ambushed him, and now Lashley wants to tear into Rollins just as bad as Riddle. Riddle and Rollins had a great promo segment together, even though they were taking shots they’ve taken before. Though, I suppose those shots still hurt even a second time. Cormier had a good promo to introduce himself to the WWE fans, but this is one of those moments that affect my disbelief. How did WWE set up a camera for Cormier when this is supposed to come off as Cormier having had enough and he’s barging into the argument? Fight Pit’s still gonna be awesome, though, and could go either way if Rollins is also going into a US Championship match.
Great bit with The Miz talking on the phone with Maryse and Lumis getting him. Gargano seeing Miz and Lumis and just laughing it off was great, too. Gargano VS Otis was a great match, and we got a great transition into Braun VS Gable. The Alpha Academy splits the night but Theory stepping up to face Gargano now is a bit of a surprise. That’ll be a great match either way, I’m just not sure which way it’ll go. But Omos & MVP watching Braun’s match is another indicator that we’ll get Omos VS Braun soon. As I said last week, I feel like Braun is going to win that as Omos just feels stuck after how Vince booked him.
Great stuff out of The Bloodline tonight, both the backstage stuff where only Jey is against Sami’s stories, and then them all picking a fight with The Profits. Dawkins VS Solo was great stuff, but with all that back-up, of course Solo wins. Solo is also going to have a great match with Ricochet this Friday. If Sami costing the Bloodline some titles isn’t the make-or-break, I bet it’ll be Sami being skipped over to go after the Intercontinental Championship. Solo is getting all this momentum, it makes sense the family would want him getting the midcard gold, not the Honorary Uce. And again I’ll say, the real endgame is Sami and Kevin Owens teaming together to take the tag titles off the Usos. Kevin’s story is starting to feel like he needs his old pal to break through again.
And great stuff from the women’s division. Candice VS Dakota was great stuff, but of course DMG CTRL helps Dakota win. Great promo from Bayley backstage, great stuff for the contract signing, including the attack on Asuka & Alexa backstage. Great match from Alexa and Iyo, and during that beatdown, I honestly thought that Candice was going to rush out instead of Asuka. But Asuka shows us awesome resilience by dragging that bad leg and fighting DMG CTRL. Of course, DMG CTRL stands tall here, this gives Bayley big momentum going into the match. However, with that, I feel like Bianca is going to win. Candice should definitely go out to help her with Alexa and Asuka beat down tonight. Then Candice can team with Alexa to go after Kai & Sky and the tag titles.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (10/3/22)
Philly gets Elevated!
The Peacock and his Boys defends their gold!
AEW Dark: Elevation features the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions! But will Dalton Castle & The Tate Twins still reign in Philadelphia?
- Skye Blue VS Trish Adora; wins.
- Lance Archer VS Cheeseburger; wins.
- Abadon VS Abby Jane; wins.
- ROH Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear; win(s) and
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Gia Scott & Leon St. Giovanni; win.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tracy Williams; wins.
- The Lucha Brothers w/Alex Abrahantes VS Tony Deppen & Dante Martin; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Best Friends VS The Factory; win(s).
A really good line-up here, with the big attraction being Dalton & The Boys taking on Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder, aka Primal Fear. That’ll be a solid match that I will cover, but I don’t see the champions losing the titles. Good to see Cheeseburger but he’s gonna get eaten alive by Archer. And I like that we’re getting a full faction showdown of Best Friends VS The Factory. That’ll be a big win for Best Friends and they’ll have momentum going after Death Triangle for that feud.
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