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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/25/20)

Another round of Superstar Picks!

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NEW NXT UK

Even more favorites of NXT UK Superstars!

The NXT UK retrospective keeps on rolling! Who shares their favorite matches in all of wrestling? Has your favorite been shared yet?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 6/28/17 – NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match: Asuka VS Nikki Cross; Asuka wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • 4/7/86 – WWF Tag Team Championships: The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant VS The British Bulldogs w/ Lou Albano & Ozzy Osbourne; The British Bulldogs win and become the new WWF Tag Team Champions.
  • 7/4/15 – NXT Championship: Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

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Andy Shepherd welcomes us back to the show.

It’s time to dig deep into the archives as the NXT UK superstars showcase matches that mean something special to them. And we start with the woman who feels she has the best taste in all of the WWE, Jinny! And her choice? Last Woman Standing, between “two of the most ruthless women in WWE History,” for the NXT Women’s Championship. Asuka and Nikki Cross made NXT history as they put everything into a match to walk away with the title. Jinny still questions both women’s fashion choices, but the desire and passion and the lengths they went to shows exactly what it means to be a champion. “This match in the years to come would be watched by so many.” When the future wrestlers watch this, they will learn exactly what the Women’s (R)Evolution was all about.

NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match: Asuka VS Nikki Cross!

Back when the Empress of Tomorrow was building that historic undefeated streak and when the Loony Lass still had her SAnitY, they collided in a true test of who was the top female in NXT! Streak, title and history were all on the line to cap off this furious feud!

The two circle each other, rush each other and tie up, then break. Repeat, then they start swinging strikes but both women successfully dodge. Nikki powers Asuka to a corner and rams in her shoulder but Asuka clubs away on her back. Asuka and Nikki brawl against the ropes, Asuka unleashes kick after kick before pulling on Nikki’s hair. Asuka whips Nikki, Nikki reverses, crossbody then Nikki bounces Asuka’s head off the mat. Nikki backs off, Asuka gets up, Asuka ducks Nikki’s next attack to get running and hit a low kick! Asuka is fired up, so are the fans, Nikki rolls outside and Asuka gets running again. Asuka slides, Nikki traps her in the apron skirt a la Finlay! Nikki just clobbers and thrashes on Asuka, then backs off to let the champ rest limply in the apron skirt.

With Asuka stuck, Nikki brings out steel chairs from under the ring, one after the other until she has a nice pile of about half a dozen, and though NXT went to break, NXT UK keeps things going. Naturally, Nikki has brought Asuka towards those chairs. Nikki wants to suplex Asuka onto that chair pile, Asuka resists and turns it around, Asuka tries but Nikki resists. Nikki throws Asuka stiffly into steel steps! The ref starts the first ten count of the match, Asuka gets up so Nikki keeps on her by whipping, but she’s reversed and thrown into the other steel steps. A double count begins, Asuka is up first and then Nikki. Asuka bounces Nikki’s head off the top of the steps, clubs her on the back, then puts her in the ring. Asuka’s turn to find things under the ring, and brings out a trash can!

Asuka shoulders that can as she walks up the steps. Asuka tosses that can inside, the fans chant “E C Dub!” right up to Asuka ramming that trash can into Nikki’s ribs. Asuka puts the trash can over Nikki to trap her inside, and kicks the can like it’s her heavy bag! The can gets dented from those swift kicks, Asuka drums on top to keep it on then climbs up. Missile dropkick to the can! Asuka grins as she points at Nikki being counted. Asuka counts along, the count gets to 5, then 8 but Nikki stands up. So Asuka is right upon her with knees and a switchblade kick, then goes back under the ring for even more chairs. Asuka puts them in the ring, Nikki stops her part way, they tug-o-war over a chair but Nikki lets go to let Asuka bump into the barrier. Nikki gets to the apron, jumps down, but gets hit by a knee!

Asuka keeps gathering chairs as the ten count begins, Nikki gets up so Asuka kicks her back down. More chairs gathered, there’s about ten of them in the ring now, so Asuka gets Nikki back on the apron. The two brawl on that edge, Asuka gives forearm after forearm but Nikki ducks one to then grab Asuka and give her a reverse DDT to the apron! Asuka writhes in pain as Nikki sees her chair pile.

NXT UK skips ahead in the action to after Nikki headbutts Asuka in the stomach and goes for her swinging neckbreaker. Asuka spins through, so Nikki gives her stiff forearms across the chin. Nikki hits the swinging fisherman neckbreaker! Nikki grins as she looks at Asuka writhe and roll in pain. Nikki wants Asuka to get up, she does, so Nikki gives her another, and another, and ANOTHER swinging fisherman neckbreaker! The ten count begins and Nikki lounges by the ropes. Nikki already expects to have the title so she fetches the belt. Asuka beats the count just in time, Nikki rushes in wielding the belt as a weapon, roundhouse from Asuka knocks her down! Nikki is dazed as the count begins, Asuka shakes her head “No” as if to say the belt isn’t Nikki’s yet.

Asuka’s spinning heel kick rocks Nikki again, Nikki is once again dazed and another ten count begins. Asuka watches as Nikki slowly stirs, the Psycho Scot makes it to her feet and rubs it in Asuka’s face. Asuka rushes in, Nikki dumps her to the apron but Asuka fights back. Remember that chair pile Nikki made before? Asuka does. Asuka prepares to suplex Nikki out and onto them, but Nikki resists. Closer and closer Asuka gets, but a hotshot snaps her back. Nikki slips down, gets Asuka in position, powerbomb to the chairs!! The fans are losing their minds with that spot! Nikki lounges on the apron as the ten count begins on Asuka. Asuka finally stirs after 6, we get to 9 but Asuka stands up! Nikki is distraught over how close she was to a win.

The fans chant for Asuka, Nikki drags Asuka up the ramp, but Asuka turns things around and tries to give Nikki a German Suplex! Nikki resists, Asuka keeps trying, Nikki spins around but Asuka just attempts a Northern Lights, which Nikki resists. Nikki turns it around but Asuka knocks Nikki away, Nikki tumbles to the floor. Asuka fires up, flying hip attack knocks Nikki down! A ten count begins on Nikki, Nikki wills herself up with her obsession over Asuka and the title. The two continue as they get closer to the announce table, Nikki ducks and Asuka kicks a light stand, hurting her own foot! Nikki laughs at Asuka’s pain, a new ten count begins. Nikki stalks Asuka as the champ stands up, Nikki lifts Asuka onto guard railing… Hanging swinging neckbreaker!

Nikki again laughs at Asuka’s pain as a new ten count begins. The fans are fired up, they cheer for Asuka to get up, and somehow Asuka gets up before 10! Nikki is again distraught, she goes after Asuka but Asuka gives her a spinning backhand. So Nikki comes back with a ladder battering ram! Nikki stands over Asuka, she’s not satisfied. She brings Asuka to a table and bounces her head off it, then repositions the table! The fans anticipate what’s coming, Nikki sets that table up very close to the announce table. Asuka is bounced off the table again and Nikki stands that ladder up. Nikki stuns Asuka with another bounce off the desk before finishing up with the ladder. Nikki has it all lined up as she puts Asuka right on that table.

Nikki gives fierce clubbing hands to Asuka’s head, and then Nikki climbs! Asuka stirs and anchors Nikki but only for a moment. Asuka gets up and climbs, commentary clears out for their own safety. Asuka and Nikki brawl way up high, and the Empress is the one to Superplex Nikki, to the announce table!! The table explodes apart from the impact!! “HOLY SHIT!” echoes through the Full Sail Arena as a double ten count begins. Neither champion nor challenger stirs until after 6. Asuka stands, Nikki doesn’t, Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Asuka is now the Undefeated Last Woman Standing! And we know now, that NO ONE was ready for Asuka in NXT! The Empress’ reign only ended because she left NXT for Raw and SmackDown! Will we ever see a force as unstoppable as this again?

 

Oliver Carter and Ashton Smith video chat.

The tag team reunites and Carter has a surprise. He has made matching ring gear for them! “Always Forward” and “Ready And Forward” read on the knee pads. Ashton’s only problem with it is that the colors are so loud! Didn’t they say black? What? Like everyone else? No way! They’re not being like everyone else! Rock orange and green, it’ll make them look good ‘n’ tasty. What? Tasty? Carter says he has a hidden talent, an eye for measurements. Okay, maybe they’re a bit baggy but… Smith doesn’t want to be wearing MC Hammer pants out there! Burn those! Carter is just joking, man. He got the measurements from Smith’s wife. Well that’s good. But it’s a good thing Carter called, Smith wanted to talk with him anyway. When this lockdown is over, it’s time to take the tag division by storm! And they’re going right for those tag titles!

 

NXT UK hears from Nina Samuels.

The Leading Lady has her pick, and it is all the way back at WrestleMania 2! The British Bulldogs became the first British wrestlers to compete on the Grandest Stage of Them All against the Dream Team for those tag team titles. Winning would mean they would be the first British wrestlers to hold gold in the WWE. Take your seats and witness the historic match that paved the way for superstars just like her.

WWF Tag Team Championships: The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant VS The British Bulldogs w/ Lou Albano & Ozzy Osbourne!

Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine held the titles for 226 after winning them at a house show. But Davey Boy Smith and the Dynamite Kid were determined to make history on the biggest night of WWE’s calendar! And yes, they had the lead singer of Black Sabbath on their side. Watch history be made in Chicago’s Allstate Arena, back when it was the Rosemont Horizon!

The teams sort out and Davey Boy starts with Valentine. The circle, tie up, and DBS shoves Valentine right down! Valentine comes back with forearms and elbows but DBS throws them back. Valentine backs into the corner but comes back to tie up and go low. Valentine gets a takedown but DBS dodges the elbow drop. DBS wrenches an arm and yanks on it. Valentine endures as DBS wrenches again. Valentine whips DBS away, hip tosses him down, then runs but misses his ax handle! Tag to Dynamite Kid and he kicks and clubs away on Valentine. Dynamite bumps Valentine off buckles, covers, TWO! Dynamite drags Valentine up to a headlock but Valentine powers out. Things speed up and Dynamite blasts Valentine to a corner! Dynamite stomps away, then snap suplexes Valentine for an elbow drop!

Tag to DBS, he drags Valentine up for a suplex but Valentine blocks. Valentine suplexes but DBS fights out to suplex Valentine up and over! Cover, TWO! Valentine backs away to a corner and the ref has DBS stand down. Valentine bails out and Valiant coaches him up. DBS waits patiently while Captain Lou glares at Valiant. Valentine goes back into the ring, stays back, but doesn’t tag out. He and DBS tie up, Valentine puts DBS in the corner and throws forearms. Valentine whips, DBS reverses, but Valentine comes back with a clubbing forearm! Valentine grabs the legs and headbutts low! The ref reprimands Valentine but he tags out to Beefcake. Beefcake wrenches DBS’s arm, gets the wristlock, but DBS powers Beefcake up in the military press and slam!

Tag to Dynamite, Dynamite brings Beefcake up to whip and hit with a clothesline! Dynamite CHOPS, covers, TWO! Dynamite brings Beefcake up to small package, TWO! Dynamite feeds Beefcake to DBS’s boot, then DBS tags in. DBS has the fisherman, for the suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Beefcake flounders up and DBS is on him with a facelock. DBS cranks on the hold as Beefcake reaches back. Valentine tags in, climbs up and CLUBS DBS with the ax handle! Valentine brings DBS up for a suplex then covers, TWO! Valentine sits DBS up to drive elbows in then clamp on a chinlock. DBS endures while Lou and Ozzy watch intensely. DBS gets up, reaches and Dynamite tags in! Dynamite and Valentine brawl with big forearms fast and furious!

Dynamite gets the edge, clobbers Valentine to a corner and throws shoulders in over and over. The ref counts, Dynamite lets up but clubs Valentine down again. Cover, TWO! Tag to DBS and he brings Valentine back over. Tag to Dynamite, double whip and double shoulders run Valentine over! Cover, TWO! Valentine waves to Valiant and Beefcake, and Beefcake runs in. They go after Dynamite together but the ref reprimands. Valentine whips, Dynamite sunset flips and covers, ONE! Valentine’s height advantage helps there, but Dynamite scoops Valentine for a backbreaker! Cover, but Beefcake breaks it up! The ref warns Beefcake but Dynamite drops knees on Valentine. Cover, TWO! Valentine sputters up to his feet but Dynamite throws haymakers.

Valentine forearms then runs to clobber Dynamite. Valentine brings Dynamite in, up, holds him, and PILEDRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Dynamite survives and the fans are going wild! Valentine covers with wristlocks, TWO! Valentine puts the shoulder back down, TWO! Valentine tries his whole weight, but gets knees real low! Lou and Ozzy are going wild with the fans but Valentine still gets to a corner. Valentine climbs, but Dynamite throws him down! Dynamite crawls to a cover, DBS intercepts Beefcake, TWO! The four men brawl, Dynamite scoop slams Valentine! DBS uses Dynamite as a weapon, but Valentine gets away before that British Bulldog press slam could hit. Dynamite chases after but Valentine hits back.

Valentine stomps Dynamite down at the ropes, with big knees. Dynamite tags DBS and DBS throws hands on Valentine. DBS scoops Valentine for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Valentine lives but DBS stays right on him. DBS suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Valentine survives again but DBS brings him back up to whip to a corner. Valentine reverses and POSTS DBS at the same time! Valentine stomps DBS then brings him up to a hammerlock. Tag to Beefcake and he hops up. Valentine holds DBS in place for Beefcake’s flying ax handle! Beefcake clubs DBS more then wrenches the arm to a hammerlock. DBS reaches back to Slice Bread, but Beefcake lets him drop! And then STOMPS him down! Beefcake fires up while the fans are riled up.

Beefcake brings DBS up, shoves him into the buckles, then tags Valentine in. Valentine climbs up to drop an ax handle of his own. Valentine stomps the bad arm, brings DBS up, and scoops him. Valentine hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, but Valentine lets up?! Valentine’s ego spares DBS, but DBS powers Valentine to the British Bulldog corner! But Valentine and Dynamite crash head to head! DBS covers, Beefcake stumbles, the Bulldogs win!!

Winners: The British Bulldogs, by pinfall (NEW WWF Tag Team Champions)

Beefcake and Valiant are so furious, they attack the referee! But that won’t change the result, the Bulldogs make history!

 

NXT UK hears from Ridge Holland.

“I’m from Yorkshire, England. And I’ve been dragged up most of my life, scratching and clawing.” It made him the man he is today, and he will show the world what Yorkshire grit is all about. When he tips his cap to you, don’t get it twisted. It isn’t a show of respect. It is Ridge Holland taking the brand by the throat. Ask the poor souls that are about to be scraped off the mat after he wipes his hands with them. To the “champions” of NXT, don’t look over your shoulder. He’ll stand right in front of you, and you will find what it is to be on the wrong side of a Holland style beating.

 

Next week’s Superstar Picks will be even more special!

Nikki Cross was featured tonight, but she’ll join fellow Scot and current WWE World Champion, Drew McIntyre, in sharing a favorite match of all time! As will NXT General Manager, William Regal!

 

NXT UK hears from Aoife Valkyrie.

“For my pick, I want to revisit the Beast in the East live event special, where Finn Balor took on Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship.” This was her favorite era of NXT. Kevin destroyed Sami Zayn to become champion, and was just hated by the fans. There is a point before the match where Kevin is given the bouquet of flowers per the Japanese tradition, and just THROWS it away. You can truly feel the hate coming from the audience. Then there was Finn Balor, who left Japan on top and returned as a hero to the fans who had followed his entire journey. Balor is a big reason why Aoife got into wrestling, and it was inspiring to watch a fellow Irishman fight for the top title in NXT, in WWE’s first ever live broadcast from Japan.

NXT Championship: Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor!

We are nearing the five year anniversary of this match! And the Prizefighter wasn’t just going up against The Prince. This was DEMON BALOR that was coming for the title! Witness the rise of one of the greatest NXT Champions ever!

The bell rings and Balor shotgun dropkicks Kevin right away! Then hurries up top! Kevin scrambles away, Balor adjusts, and crossbodies Kevin down! The fans are fired up already as Balor throws haymakers on Kevin. Balor puts Kevin in, follows, but Kevin hits back with stomps and chops! Japan chants for “NXT! NXT!” as Kevin whips. Balor dodges and comes back but Kevin counters the flying forearm with a big back elbow! Kevin whips Balor again, Balor reverses but Kevin holds ropes to deny the dropkick. Kevin bails out and shouts, “Screw this!” He wants to use Champion’s Advantage but Balor wrecks him with a dropkick! Kevin isn’t going to run away with the belt! Balor brings Kevin up and around to throw into barriers! Balor then gets space, runs in, and shotgun dropkicks down even harder!

The ring count climbs but Balor drags Kevin up and into the ring at 5 of 10. Balor follows at 6 and throws hands. Balor CHOPS Kevin in a corner, then throws more haymakers. Kevin kicks low, throws forearms, but Balor CHOPS back. Kevin knees low, whips, but Balor kicks him! And CHOPS! Balor throws forearms then whips, but Kevin reverses. Kevin catches Balor’s leap, swings him around, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer but then boo as Kevin rains down rights and stomps Balor down. Kevin digs his foot in as the fans rally up for Balor. Kevin brings Balor up, CHOPS him in the corner, then stomps him down while talking trash. Balor chops, Kevin DECKS him. “That’s not gonna work with me, buddy.” Kevin throws haymakers and stomps, “And that’s why I’m the champ!” The fans boo but Kevin mocks them for it.

Kevin whips Balor into a corner hard! Balor hits the mat and Kevin bows. The fans boo as he bows more, so he goes back to stomping Balor. Kevin brings Balor up but Balor throws forearms! Balor runs, Kevin drops down then comes back to elbow Balor down. The fans boo again but Kevin just soaks it all in. Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin pulls on Balor’s face and the ref reprimands him, but Kevin wraps on a chinlock. The fans rally up, Balor endures and fights up. Kevin wrangles Balor back down and leans on the hold. Balor fights his way up, the fans rally harder, and Balor throws body shots! Keivn knees low, whips Balor to a corner, but Balor dodges! Balor shoulders in from the apron, but slingshots into a punch! Kevin goes out to drag Balor down and whip him into steel steps! Kevin leaves Balor behind as the ring count climbs.

Balor stirs at 4, rises at 6, flounders at 8, and gets in the ring at 9.5! Kevin drops a senton right on him! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth and fans cheer, but Kevin whips him back out of the ring. Kevin wants the ring count to take Balor out, and Kevin counts along as it reaches 5. Balor stands at 6, hurries to the ring and gets in at 8. Kevin stomps Balor down again, brings him up for a snapmare, then runs to simply put on another chinlock. Kevin cranks on the hold and asks if the fans are impressed. It doesn’t matter to him if they’re not, because he doesn’t care about Japan. The fans rally up and Balor fights up to his feet. Kevin uses tights to yank Balor down! Balor endures again, fans rally harder and Balor fights back up. Balor throws body shots, Kevin ROCKS him with a right, and then Kevin mocks the fans.

Kevin whips, Balor reverses, Kevin sunset flips but Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Kevin and Balor rise, Balor BOOTS and forearms! Balor whips, CHOPS in the corner, then hops up to hit a flying forearm! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Balor fires up. Balor brings Kevin up, Kevin throws haymakers. Balor hits back and we have a brawl. Kevin dodges, runs and shoulder tackles! Kevin is mocking John Cena! Kevin gets Balor for the spin-out bomb! The fans boo as Kevin mocks “You Can’t See Me!” Kevin runs, Five Knuckle Shuffle! Balor stumbles up, Kevin fireman’s carries, but Balor slips out to trip Kevin for DOUBLE STOMPS! Both men are down again, but Balor sits up first. Kevin flounders to ropes, then the corner.

Fans rally and Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor whips Kevin corner to corner to CHOP again! Kevin reverses the third time, Balor goes up and over, Kevin has the fireman’s carry! Balor slips out, has the dragon sleeper, but Kevin snapmares to forearm! PELE!! Both men are down again and the fans are loving this! A standing count begins again, the fans cheer for Balor, and Balor gets up first at 7. Kevin storms over but is dumped out! Balor builds speed to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Balor puts Kevin back in fast, heads to the corner and climbs up top. Japan chants for “NXT! NXT!” as Balor hits a DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor drags Kevin up with a dragon sleeper, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!?! Kevin survives and Balor can’t believe it!

Balor heads back to the corner, climbs back up top, and leaps, but Kevin avoids the stomps to get a GERMAN SUPLEX! Balor is in the corner, Kevin CANNONBALLS in! Cover, TWO!! Balor lives but Kevin won’t stop! Kevin tucks Balor in, PACKAGE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Balor shocks and frustrates Kevin but the fans are loving it! “This is Awesome!” but isn’t over yet! Balor gets up, shaking out the stars. Kevin seethes as he stalks up to Balor. Kevin brings Balor up, “You’re done!” He whips, Balor holds ropes and boots back! SLINGBLADE! Balor hurries to the corner, climbs up top, but Kevin anchors a foot! Balor clubs Kevin down but Kevin holds on to the other foot. Kevin headbutts Balor off the top, but Balor is on the apron to enziguri! Kevin goes down, Balor goes up!

Japan is thunderous for the COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, TWO!?! Balor can’t believe Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away but Balor grits his teeth. Balor brings Kevin up, bumps him off buckles and fires off furious hands! The ref counts, Balor lets up but comes back to put Kevin up top. Kevin headbutts back, but Balor keeps trying. Balor throws haymakers then hoists Kevin up top. Balor climbs to join Kevin and the fans fire up. Kevin fights back again and they brawl up top. Balor throws haymaker after haymaker, then brings Kevin up. Kevin holds onto ropes, throws body shots back, then hooks a leg! SUPER FISH- NO! Balor escapes and enziguris back! Kevin wobbles, Balor gets back up, but Kevin fireman’s carries! SUPER ROLLING SENTON!! Cover, TWO?!?! Balor lives and Kevin can’t believe it!

Kevin stomps Balor then heads to the corner. Kevin throws the demon wig away and climbs, to SWANTON onto knees!! Balor brings Kevin in, for 1916!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin survives again!? The fans are still on Balor’s side as he aims from a corner. Kevin stands, Balor runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin uses a SLEEPER SUPLEX, then covers, TWO! Balor clutches a leg but he is still in the fight. Kevin gets up, the fans rally, and he shouts, “You can’t beat me!” Kevin SLAPS Balor and the fans boo. Kevin slaps Balor more, but Balor slaps back! Kevin kicks, whips and pops Balor up, but Balor slips out to LARIAT! Balor aims, and shotgun dropkicks Kevin down! Balor goes again, hesitation dropkick! Kevin is in the drop zone, Balor goes up once more, and COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

The Prizefighter goes down and the Prince takes his throne! We know now that Balor would reign for a historic 292 days, but even that would be outdone by Adam Cole’s 387 and counting. Balor missed his chance last night to become North American Champion and #1 contender in one move, but surely the Prince will come back around to challenge for gold soon enough.


My Thoughts:

An incredible episode for the retrospective! Three title matches, all classics, all great to relive. A little disappointed they cut the Last Woman Standing short in the middle there. Other episodes went over an hour, why not let this be one of those? Asuka VS Nikki Cross is such a good match, I would’ve let that thing play out completely to make this an even better Superstar Picks episode. British Bulldogs VS Dream Team was pretty good, definitely fitting of the era. And Kevin VS Balor is still a great match, even five years later. Balor’s championship opportunities always seem just out of reach now that he’s The Prince again, but much of that is global events getting in the way rather than management’s choice. As soon as things finally settle down, I’m sure Balor goes after Walter, goes after Cole, and one way or another becomes a historic champion in NXT once again.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/3/22)

An extreme go-home!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 

Edge speaks!

“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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (10/3/22)

Philly gets Elevated!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Skye Blue VS Trish Adora; Skye wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tracy Williams; Cage wins.
  • Lance Archer VS Cheeseburger; Archer wins.
  • Abadon VS Abby Jane; Abadon wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear; Castle & The Boys win and retain the titles.
  • Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Gia Scott & Leon St. Giovanni; Kip & Penelope win.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Tony Deppen & Dante Martin; The Lucha Brothers win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Best Friends VS The Factory; Best Friends win.

QUICK NOTES

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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ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear!

The Peacock and the Tate Twins continue their reign as ROH’s trios champions, and now they defend these titles in the City of Brotherly Love! Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder are all hungry for the gold, but will they be the ones to fear Castle & The Boys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised while The Boys help Castle with his robe and pants, and it is time to shine with gold in the Dark!

The trios sort out and Castle is all fired up as he starts against Soriano. They get in each other’s face, Castle gives a chest bump, so Soriano CHOPS him! Castle gets fanned off by the twins, then he comes back to circle with Soriano. Castle trips Soriano, rolls him with a leg, high stacks, TWO! Castle shoots in to waistlock and SLAMS Soriano down! Fans fire up, Castle waistlocks to roll Soriano around and throw down elbows. Castle gut wrenches, tag to Brendan, and he tags Brent. The Boys double whip Castle in to SPLASH Soriano at the corner, and then he feeds Soriano to a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The Boys roll Soriano back for Castle to shove forward into DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Brent covers, TWO! Brent drags Soriano up but he shoves Brent away to tag Hodder. Hodder runs in but Brent dodges to arm-drag him! Brent rushes in but Hodder kicks him low. Tag to Omen, they go after Brent but he fights back. That’s still 2v1 and they overwhelm him. They double whip, Brent ducks under but runs into a double TOSS right into the ropes! Soriano tags in and traps Brent, then Omen & Hodder run to the corners. They go up, out and Soriano runs, Primal Fear TRIPLE BOOTS Brent! Soriano covers, TWO!

Soriano drags Brent up, bumps him off buckles, but Brent elbows back. Brent hurries but Soriano reels him in. Brent lands out of the back suplex to hot tag Castle! Fans fire up with The Peacock as he rallies on Primal Fear! Castle gets around Soriano to Gotch lift OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Hodder runs in, into an EXPLODER! Omen returns, Castle dodges, blocks the boot and SAIDOS! Primal Fear regroups outside as fans fire up. “Bring me a Boy!” Brent runs in, Castle aims him and THROWS him at Omen! Then Castle has Brendan and THROWS him at Soriano! Brent returns, and Castle THROWS him at Hodder! And then he THROWS Brendan at Omen!

Brent’s back again, so Castle THROWS him at Soriano! Brendan is back, Castle THROWS him at Hodder! Fans fire up as Castle and the Boys regroup, DOUBLE BOY TOSS at Soriano! The Boys then send Soriano in for the Alabama Lift, and BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!

Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

There was no fear in The Peacock and his trusted twins, they took down Primal Fear with ease! Will they find bigger, stronger competition as they stick around AEW?


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