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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/5/20)

Jeff Hardy shares his side!

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

Title talk abound on SmackDown!

The Miz & Morrison have something to say to Strowman, AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan are face to face, and Bliss-Cross defend their WWE Women’s Tag Titles!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Baron Corbin VS Otis Dozovic w/ Mandy Rose; Otis wins, by disqualification.
  • Lacey Evans VS Sonya Deville; Evans wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Drew Gulak w/ Daniel Bryan; Gulak wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The New Day & Chad Gable VS The Artist Collective & Mojo Rawley; Gable & The New Day win.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bliss-Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Banks win and become new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jeff Hardy is backstage.

The Charismatic Enigma is clearly in better shape both mentally and physically after what happened last week. A car accident put Elias in the hospital and all witnesses saw was a man running away from the scene. The evidence pointed towards Hardy, from the rental permit to the alcohol found in the car to how he could barely walk. Police arrested Hardy and that threw the SmackDown schedule out of order. Sheamus would win a battle royal, battle Daniel Bryan, but lose because Hardy returned! Hardy seems to think Sheamus had something to do with last week, but now we hear from Hardy himself!

Hardy heads to the ring!

“Wow, it’s great to see y’all, man. First of all, I would like to thank WWE Management and Fox for giving me this time to get this off my chest.” Last week, we witnessed something awful. People’s lives were endangered, the show was thrown into chaos, and though Elias walked away with serious injuries, it could’ve been worse. Hardy wants to paint you a portrait from his perspective. He pulled into the parking lot, excited about the show. He grabbed his stuff out of the car and BAM, he got hit by something. The next thing he knew, the police were all around him and he reeked of alcohol. His head was barely conscious and the cuffs ripped his wrists up. Hardy questioned the last eight months, from sobriety to career to family. The crowd cheers in support of Hardy continues. He says he felt he let his family down. “How many more times can I beg for forgiveness?”

But it’s all good! Hardy is here in the WWE for a reason! Hardy is glad to know he’s not in this alone. Though his head was spinning, he knew he didn’t slip. He’s in the station, they’re throwing all the tests at him and he passes them all. More witnesses showed up for interviews. The person in the car had red hair and matching beard! So Hardy was free to go and ready to go. We all know who fits that description, right? Sheamus put a rage in Hardy that can only be expressed through action. Sheamus tried to take everything from Hardy, and he won’t let Sheamus get away with it! But here comes Sheamus to respond! “Don’t go pointing fingers and casting aspersions on me, fella.” Hardy is doing what he’s done his entire life: blame others for his problems.

Why is it that people like Hardy try to avoid responsibility? Why does he always have an excuse? The fans of Hardy are worse than him because they’re in denial! Worse, they’re enablers. The crowd boos and he tells them to shut up. Sheamus tells Hardy, “For once in your life, be a man and admit what you did.” But he won’t, right? Because Hardy’s not a man. Hardy’s a junkie. The crowd boos harder, but Sheamus says not to worry about disappointing his wife and kids. They’re used to it. Hardy rushes Sheamus, avoids the Brogue and tackles him on the ramp! Hardy and Sheamus brawl, but the BROGUE lands after all! Sheamus drags Hardy up to slam into the Plexiglas! And then more Plexiglas, and more Plexiglas, and then even more Plexiglas! Hardy flounders to ringside and Sheamus looms over him as the crowd chants, “You Suck!” Is Sheamus the one who framed Hardy? Will Hardy get retribution for everything?

 

Otis and Mandy arrive.

Mr. Money in the Bank and his sweet peach spot Baron Corbin’s cape and crown. Mandy wants Otis to try it on, so he does. KING Otis looks good to Mandy. They head out with the Wolf King’s crown, will this get back to Corbin? In fact, Corbin walks by a moment later and wonders where the crown went! He demands the staffer tell him what happened, and the guy gives up Otis. Corbin storms after Otis, but this is good timing, since they have a match set for after the break!

 

Baron Corbin VS Otis Dozovic w/ Mandy Rose!

The King of the Ring has wanted payback on The Dozer since Money in the Bank, but now he’ll want even more because of the little fun Otis and Mandy were having. Will Corbin finally be in a good mood after this? Or will fall to pieces after running into the human wrecking ball?

Corbin obviously wants to fight the minute he’s out there, but the ref tells him to put the scepter aside first. Corbin does, the bell rings and Otis brawls with him! Otis rocks Corbin, counter punches but runs into a kick. Corbin POSTS Otis, then runs corner to corner, only to be sent into buckles! Otis clotheslines Corbin out, Corbin gets in fast, but Otis dodges and clotheslines him back out! Otis fetches Corbin as Mandy and the crowd cheers, but Corbin rams Otis into the apron! And then POSTS him again! Mandy coaches Otis while the ring count climbs. Corbin puts Otis in at 4, gets in at 5, and whips Otis into a corner. Corbin runs in but Otis dodges, so Corbin slides out then in. Otis scoops, Corbin slips out and Corbin hits a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Corbin keeps on Otis with a half nelson chinbar. Otis endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Corbin throws forearms and has Otis in a corner. Corbin throws body shots over and over until the ref counts 4, then he DECKS Otis! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he keeps on Otis at the ropes. Corbin throws forearms, puts on the half nelson and thrashes Otis around. Otis fights free again but Corbin climbs on for a sleeper hold! Mandy and the crowd rally as Otis rams Corbin into buckles! Otis runs into a boot, then another. Corbin keeps kicking but Otis powers up! Otis dodges and elbows Corbin down! And again! Otis rallies with clotheslines and Fall Away Slams Corbin away! And again!

Corbin gets to a corner and Otis hits a splash! Corbin is down and Mandy wants Otis to finish this! Otis pumps up but Corbin bails out. Corbin wants his crown and takes it from the timekeeper’s area, but Otis walks over. But Corbin uses the crown as a weapon! And then a chair!

Winner: Otis Dozovic, by disqualification

Corbin doesn’t let up on Otis and they go back to the ring. Otis dodges the chair shot to body check and corner splash! Corbin is down again and Otis gets back to the pumping! THE CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis is all fired up and Mandy celebrates with him! Will Otis keep building momentum to bust through the WWE Universal Champion, whoever it may be?

 

The Miz & John Morrison are in a van.

They have surveillance equipment and are preparing to make The Monster Among Men’s life a living hell. Braun Strowman pulls in, grabs his luggage, and heads inside. The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century clearly has something planned, but will they pull it off?

SmackDown returns and Miz talks to the WWE Universe. “Everyone knows what it’s like to deal with annoying coworkers.” They’re the worst. Ever since they challenged Strowman to a Handicap match, their coworkers-and even the WWE Universe-have been saying stuff like, “Well why did you do that? You don’t stand a chance! It’s gonna be fun watching Braun Strowman disemboweling you.” That’s annoying. But not surprising. Those are the same people that underestimated Miz and Morrison their entire careers, just like Strowman is underestimating them! Strowman showed up to work without a care in the world, but that changes. This may be childish, immature, low-brow and idiotic, but this is strategic. Angry monsters make mistakes. “A wise man once said, ‘This is how we do it. This is Friday nights.'” And by the time we get to Backlash, Strowman’s life will be hell.

Inside, Strowman gets a refill of water and… his drink fizzes over! Somehow Miz & Morrison sabotaged his thermos, and they’re pumped up about it! “Get These Hands, Braun? WASH These Hands!” Strowman is furious and he storms off somewhere else. Will he put together who just pranked him?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

Shorty G returned to SmackDown to get an upset over Cesaro. But speaking of returns, Mojo Rawley is here. He apologizes to the “little man,” but there are far more important things to talk about. Like Mojo’s boy, Gronk, getting robbed of that WWE 24/7 Championship. So this interview just got cut short. It’s funny because Gable’s short! Wow, genuine comedian here with some classic material. But then Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura appear to mug Gable with Mojo’s help! The New Day back Gable up and back the others off. Will Shorty G, Big E and Kofi teach these bullies a lesson?

 

Lacey Evans VS Sonya Deville!

The Sassy Southern Belle and the Gladiator Gal went toe to toe last week but no one won in the Double Count-Out. Now they look to settle things, but then Sonya blindsides Lacey at the ramp! Lacey goes right into steel steps and Sonya goes into the ring. The crowd boos, Lacey grits her teeth and glares at Sonya, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Lacey and Sonya tie up and go around, and Lacey has Sonya on the ropes. Sonya pushes back, Lacey arm-drags her around and dares her to get up. Sonya composes herself and circles with Lacey again. They tie up, Sonya waistlocks but Lacey standing switches. Sonya elbows out hard, switches back and slams Lacey down. Lacey spins and gets away, but Sonya backs off to cool things down. The two go again, Sonya kicks low and whips Lacey to a corner. Lacey dodges, throws forearms and sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop! Cover, ONE! Lacey keeps her cool and keeps on Sonya with buckles bumps! She bumps Sonya off more buckles then pulls on an arm with the ropes. Lacey hooks Sonya’s head with a leg for leverage. The ref backs Lacey off, and Sonya throws hands!

Sonya whips but Lacey reverses, only to run into a BOOT! Sonya says that’s all blondes are capable of, but Lacey gets to her feet. Sonya chokes Lacey on the ropes but the ref counts. Sonya lets up at 4, but comes back to kick at the leg! She taunts Lacey as she kicks more, then kicks her in the corner. Sonya brings Lacey out to clobber! And she stands on the hair! She backs off at 4, but KICKS Lacey in the chest! Sonya grinds forearms in Lacey’s face, then stands her up to go for a corner. Lacey turns it around to bump Sonya off buckles again! Lacey blocks a boot, trips Sonya up, then drags her through the ropes. She knees away on Sonya, then slingshots up and over to roll her up, but into the ref! The ref hobbles away and he needs medical help! Sonya and Lacey back off as the ref is attended to, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and a new referee has tagged in. Sonya throws hands on Lacey then KICKS her down! Cover, TWO, but Sonya wraps Lacey up in a chinlock. Lacey endures as Sonya thrashes her about. The crowd rallies, Lacey fights her way up, and rams Sonya into the corner! Sonya grabs hair but Lacey throws more shoulders in. Sonya throws Lacey down by her hair, then mocks her pain. Sonya drags Lacey out to the apron, for a draping neckbreaker! Lacey writhes but Sonya brings her up to the steel steps. The ref reprimands Sonya but she stands on Lacey’s head on the steps! Sonya stops at 4 but the damage has been done. Sonya drags Lacey up and puts her into the ring to cover, TWO! Lacey gasps for air but she’s toughing it out. Lacey chops but Sonya throws forearms. Sonya fireman’s carries but Lacey slips out to swing. Sonya dodges but gets a LARIAT!

Both women are down and the crowd fires up. Lacey and Sonya stir, and Sonya flounders up to her feet first. But Lacey rallies with more clotheslines! Lacey spins Sonya, kicks away and brings Sonya down! Lacey flexes and runs to Penalty Kick! Sonya ends up in a corner, Lacey hits the swinging bronco buster! Lacey climbs up the corner, for the SASSIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives and Lacey can’t believe it! Lacey drags Sonya up, spins her around, but Sonya KNEES Lacey, and ROCKS her with a right! Sonya is after Lacey in the ropes and chokes her more! The ref counts and Sonya stops at 4 to then club Lacey down! Sonya runs, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Lacey lives and Sonya is furious!

The crowd rallies up as Lacey grits her teeth. Mandy talks to Sonya via the titantron. Sonya may want to hurt Mandy, but Mandy knows Sonya is hurting inside because she’s not a real fighter. Sonya’s a FAILURE! Sonya is furious as she shouts at the screen! She dares the “Barbie doll” to come back out and fight her. But Lacey turns Sonya around for the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall

Mandy gives Sonya a taste of her own medicine, and the Model Soldier gets the victory. Will Lacey be able to rise back towards the SmackDown Women’s Championship? Has the fury between Fire and Desire only reached a new level?

 

Bro…

Matt Riddle loves having the crowd fired up behind him. This will be his moment, and you will remember his name.

 

Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.

The WWE Universal Champion cleaned up after that prank, but he knows “these two dorks,” Miz & Morrison are up to something. They’re like annoying gnats in the middle of the Summer. But speaking of, they’ve got another prank planned. Miz presses a button and… SLIME falls on Kayla! That was meant for him… Well the “jackasses” messed up, and Kayla is angry for Strowman. “Those… BASTARDS.” Well, Miz and Morrison still take that as a win. But are they going to be the ones getting messed up at Backlash?

 

Renee Young is in the ring!

Her guests tonight are two extraordinary wrestlers of this or any other generation! They will meet in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals next Friday, it’s Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles! Renee wants to start with Bryan but Styles says Bryan will do the same thing: call him a coward for taking the easy way into the finals, while Bryan foolishly chose to fight. If Hardy didn’t get involved, Sheamus would be standing here instead. So does Bryan think Styles is a coward? Well he shows signs of being cowardly, but to each their own. This is the one title Styles hasn’t had in the WWE, so is that why he took his bye? Styles took his bye because it was the smart move. Styles looks in the mirror and sees the greatest champion the WWE has ever had! When Styles looks at Bryan, “he’s all heart.” That’s not a bad thing, no. Bryan is doing something rather noble, but it is also something rather stupid.

Bryan sees what Styles is doing, and it’s not working. They’ve known each other a long time. Long enough to know they have two entirely different world views, and two entirely different visions of what it is to be champion. In Styles’ vision, he defends the title sparingly, against a select few under the guise that no one else is good enough. Styles believes what he just said in saying he’s the greatest of all time. But he could never fathom someone coming out of nowhere and shattering that vision. But Bryan’s vision is defending the title every single week on SmackDown, against decorated veterans and young up-and-comers. Anyone who wants the opportunity gets the opportunity! And not because it’s noble, as Styles put it. It’s because Bryan wants to push himself, test himself, and learn and grow! The best isn’t who Bryan is now, but who he can be!

And when the WWE Universe tunes in to Friday Night SmackDown, Bryan wants them to be excited each and every week, knowing there is a title match! Knowing that maybe their favorite wrestler could beat Bryan and become champion! That’s what Bryan wants! The crowd agrees with that vision, but Styles says Bryan wants Styles to give handouts. Styles doesn’t believe in handouts. He believes in earned opportunities. Speaking of, how did Drew Gulak get the opportunity to become Bryan’s coach? An opportunity to work here, in the WWE. That’s not an opportunity, that’s a handout! So if Styles and Bryan can’t agree, how about this? Styles can reach across the aisle to do something unexpected. How about Styles give Gulak an opportunity? Right here, right now, Gulak is backstage, so he can get out here and get his handout, aka an ass-whipping.

Gulak appears! And he tackles Styles! Styles bails out but Bryan is cheering! Is the whipping gonna be on the other wrestler tonight?

AJ Styles VS Drew Gulak w/ Daniel Bryan!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Styles fires off strikes on Gulak and backs him down to a corner. Styles CHOPS and whips and elbows Gulak down! Bryan coaches Gulak but Styles bumps Gulak off buckles. Styles rams shoulders in and CHOPS again. He brings Gulak out but Gulak jawbreakers back! The crowd cheers as things speed up. Styles hurdles but Gulak fakes his dropkick out! Gulak goes after the arm and has a chinbar corssface! Styles gets the ropebreak, Gulak lets up at 4 but clamps right back on for another crossface! Styles gets back to ropes, they end up in a corner, and Gulak lets go but is trapped. Styles elbows Gulak and kicks at the legs! Styles fires off more strikes then snapmares Gulak for a Penalty Kick!

Bryan and the crowd rally for Gulak but he swings into Styles’ backbreaker! Cover, ONE! Styles grows frustrated but he still looms over Gulak. He drags Gulak up to a fireman’s carry but Gulak slips out to headbutt! Gulak whips, Styles reverses, but Gulak boots back, to run into a LARIAT! Styles seethes but the crowd rallies again. Styles drags Gulak into a chinlock and digs his knee into Gulak’s back. Gulak fights up and throws body shots. He powers Styles to a corner and fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Gulak lets up at 4, but comes back. Styles CHOPS and forearms back, then whips Gulak corner to corner. Gulak dodges and Styles runs into buckles, then a clothesline! Gulak rallies and dropkicks Styles to a corner!

The crowd fires up and Gulak runs corner to corner, for a big corner clothesline to snap fisherman suplex! Gulak stalks Styles and scoops him for a DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives but Gulak keeps his cool. Styles gets to a corner and Gulak heads over. Gulak hoists Styles up to an Electric Chair, but Styles rakes Gulak’s face to escape, and PELES! Styles reels Gulak in, scoop to dragon sleeper for an inverted DDT! The crowd boos while Styles and Bryan stare down. Styles drags Gulak back up and reels him in, but Gulak trips him to a jackknife cover! GULAK WINS!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

The Phenomenal One just got upset! The Philly Stretcher turns this “handout” into an opportunity and has a win over a former world champion! What will this do for Gulak’s path in the WWE? What will this do to Styles’ confidence going into next week’s title match?

 

Miz & Morrison go over to Strowman’s car.

The Buick Grand National, a true classic. Yes, one of a kind. It’d be a crying shame if something happened to it. Is that a fly on the window? Well it’s a good thing Miz has been working on his golf game. “FORE!” He smashes the windshield!! And Morrison has a baseball bat. Papa Strowman loves softball. Miz “pitches” to Morrison, and he hits a grand slam into the windshield! They would hate to see the look on Strowman’s face. He’s going to be PISSED.

 

Six Man Tag: The New Day & Chad Gable VS The Artist Collective & Mojo Rawley!

AWWWW~ people at hooome~! Bullies are no good, and three of them might just get what they deserve! Will Kofi Kingston, Big E and Shorty G show the Swiss Cyborg, the King of Strong Style and the Hype Bro what happens to negativity in the face of positivity?

The teams sort out, and Gable steps up to Cesaro. Gable goes for a rolling kick, but Cesaro catches him! Cesaro brings Gable up but Gable sunset flips! TOW and Cesaro gets up under Gable, only to get a huricanrana! Gable gets up but Cesaro knees him down! Cesaro gut wrenches but Gable blocks the suplex. Gable gets a leg for a dragon screw! Tag to Big E and Gable tweaks the legs. Big E throws body shots then whips, but Cesaro throws a European Uppercut! Tag to Mojo and he runs to tackle Big E! Cover, TWO! Mojo taunts Kofi and puts Big E in the corner. Tag to Nakamura and they stomp away on Big E. Nakamura brings Big E up, mocks the hip swivel then fires off a strike fest! Big E catches the roundhouse but Nakamura resists the belly2belly. It doesn’t work and Big E THROWS Nakamura overhead!

Tag to Kofi and Big E RAMS into Nakamura. Kofi runs and uses Big E’s step stool for a big corner splash! Tag to Gable and he brings Nakamura out for a snapmare. Tag to Big E, and he gives Shorty G help in the moonsault! Big E runs, tags Nakamura, and hits the SPLASH! Kofi frog splashes, TWO! Kofi aims from the corner and the crowd claps along. But Cesaro gets Nakamura out, only for Kofi to FLY! Kofi takes out Cesaro but also hurts himself. Nakamura waits for Kofi, “C’MON!” Kofi gets up but Mojo POUNCES him into the apron!! Kofi is down and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns Kofi endures as Cesaro cranks on the chinlock. The crowd rallies and Kofi fights up and out. Kofi leaps but Cesaro catches him for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro tags Mojo in. Mojo stomps Kofi down then pulls on his hair. Mojo headbutts Kofi down then taunts Big E and Shorty G. MOjo runs at Kofi but is sent out of the ring. He gets back up on the apron and in the ring, to hit Big E before Kofi can tag! But Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Mojo down! Both men are on the mat but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Gable! Gable is up top fast and crossbodies Mojo down! Gable hits Nakamura then throws forearms and uppercuts on Mojo! Mojo swings but misses, Gable mule kicks then overhead suplexes Cesaro!

Gable fires up and goes corner to corner, for the rolling kick! And then a rolling neckbreaker! Gable goes up top again, for the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Gable keeps his cool as he keeps his focus on Mojo. Mojo bucks the roll off, then fireman’s carries Gable to pop him p. Gable lands on his feet, trips Mojo up, and has the ANKLE LOCK! With the GRAPEVINE! But Nakamura slides and knees Gable! Big E scoops Nakamura but Nakamura gets tot he apron. Nakamura holds Big E in place, Cesaro EuroUppers Gable! Kofi LEAPS Onto Cesaro, but Mojo lifts Gable, HYPER DRIVE! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives the pop-up slam and Mojo is furious! Mojo drags Gable up and over but Gable blasts Cesaro! Mojo tosses Gable, runs, but Gable dodges! Big E tags in., Gable feeds Mojo to the scoop. Gable PESCADOS onto the Collective, Mojo takes the MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, The New Day & Gable win!

Winners: Chad Gable & The New Day, by pinfall

The SmackDown Tag Team Champions and their new buddy give the bullies what they deserve! Will Mojo, Cesaro and Nakamura learn to pick on someone their own size next time?

 

Strowman heads to the parking lot.

And he sees what Miz & Morrison did to his car! Miz & Morrison laugh it up in their van, and Strowman is furious! Strowman asks security where Miz & Morrison are. Miz wants Morrison to get the keys so they can get out of here, but Morrison says Miz had them. The security guard tells Strowman that Miz & Morrison are in the van. Strowman storms over but the doors are locked. Miz & Morrison think they’re safe, but Strowman says, “You two are dead men.” Miz & Morrison laugh at him, but Strowman starts rocking the van! And then he starts tipping the van over!! Miz & Morrison panic as they go over!! Strowman shouts, “Now that’s funny!” Will Miz & Morrison survive, let alone win, at Backlash?

 

Backlash has another match made!

Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will settle the score when they have it out in a rematch from the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament! Whether the Fella framed Hardy or not, can Hardy finally shut Sheamus up about his past?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bliss-Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!

Alexa & Nikki have gotten past one pair of obnoxious best friends in The IIconics, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay. But now the inaugural Tag Team Champions come back for the titles they put on the map! Will the “role models” of SmackDown have even more gold on them after tonight?

The introductions are made, the tag title belts are raised, and the teams sort out. Nikki runs right at Bayley and tackles her! Nikki hammers away but Bayley gets up, only for Nikki to hop on for a thrashing sleeper! Alexa tags in and she snapmares Bayley into an STO! And she adds Insult2Injury, to tag in Nikki for the basement dropkick! Cover, ONE, but Nikki clamps onto Bayley. Nikki whips Bayley to the corner, then fires up for the corner splash! Alexa tags back in, and waves at Sasha before SLAPPING Bayley! Alexa brings Bayley up but Bayley knees and clubs back! Bayley brings Alexa up and tags in Sasha. They stomp Alexa in the corner then taunt the crowd that they’re going to be tag champs again.

Sasha bumps Alexa off the buckles then digs her boot in. She tags in Bayley and they SLAP Alexa back! Bayley chokes Alexa at the ropes but lets up at  4. Bayley taunts Nikki but Alexa rolls her up! TWO, and Alexa powers Bayley to the corner! Nikki tags in and fires up for a bulldog! Cover, TWO! Bayley bails out but Nikki wrecks her with a dropkick! Nikki fires off on Sasha and POSTS her, then LEAPS onto Bayley! Nikki is all fired up as she says, “You belong to me!” Bayley says she doesn’t but Nikki puts her in the ring. Sasha grabs at Nikki but Nikki headbutts her down! Bayley knees Nikki off the apron and tags in Sasha. Sasha METEORAS and takes Nikki down! The Boss & the Leader are back in control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once more and Sasha stomps away on Nikki in the corner. She lets up at 4 to taunt Alexa and tag Bayley. They double whip and spin Nikki around for a double SLAM! Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley stays between Nikki and Alexa, and even taunts Nikki to reach. But she sends Nikki to the corner and tags in Sasha. Sasha mocks Alexa to then hit a corner meteora! High stack cover, TWO! Sasha wraps on with a chinlock and leans on Nikki. Nikki endures, the crowd rallies up, and Alexa reaches. Sasha backslides Nikki, TWO! Sasha drags Nikki away and tags Bayley in. They stomp Nikki down again, then Bayley wraps on with a chinlock of her own. Bayley leans on Nikki as the crowd rallies. Nikki endures and fights her way up. Nikki throws hands but Bayley powers her to a corner. Bayley rams her shoulder in, then rolls back for the wacky waving, only to hit buckles!

Nikki crawls but Bayley clobbers her! Bayley throws Nikki to the apron but the hotshot is denied! Nikki shoulders in then flounders around. Bayley tries to stop Nikki but Nikki kicks her away! Hot tag to Alexa! Alexa rallies on Bayley, counter punches and ROCKS Bayley! Sasha gets the punches, too! Alexa dropkicks Bayley then fires up! Alexa adds Insult2Injury, then goes up top! But Sasha goes after her, only to be kicked away. Bayley ROCKS Alexa then climbs up to join her. “Talk about the first-ever women’s tag team champions!” SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Tag to Sasha, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sasha can’t believe it and she is furious! Sasha paces around Alexa like a shark and brings her up. She whips but Alexa reveres, but Sasha goes up and over. Alexa headscissors Sasha into buckles!

Bayley crawls in, Nikki drags her back out, and hits an apron tornado DDT! Alexa hops on for a SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but both women are down. Hot tag to Nikki! Nikki climbs up, crossbodies and covers, TWO! Sasha rolls towards her corner but Nikki gets Sasha first. Nikki puts Sasha on the ropes, but no Purge as Sasha springs out. Bayley returns to tag in, BACKSTABBER and BANK STATEMENT! Bayley takes the hand-off but Nikki drags her up and into a neckbreaker! Cover but Sasha breaks it! Sasha drags Bayley back to her corner, tags herself back in, and puts Nikki against ropes. Sasha shoulders and knees in, then slingshot body scissors to the BANK STATEMENT! Nikki endures, reaches, and Bayley keeps Alexa away! Nikki rolls to a cover, TWO, ghost pin! Sasha & Bayley win!!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The miscommunication didn’t stop #BossTime from finishing this off! And we now #BayleyTwoBelts! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for SmackDown, though still with some things left out. When are we hearing from the hacker again? Maybe at Backlash? One of his possible targets were very active tonight as Miz & Morrison did their best Heel version of Degeneration X pranking Vince McMahon. I actually did like the “failed” slime prank, that was brilliant. And I’m very glad Strowman got back in touch with his vehicle tipping side, that was a natural way for him to get back at Miz & Morrison. With one more week, I feel like there might be escalation but it’ll all follow the formula of Strowman standing tall at Backlash. I doubt Otis tries to cash in, either, that should be when the fans get to return. I can see Corbin playing interference on cash-ins now after his match with Otis tonight. It’d be a logical way to put heat on Corbin, since Corbin wouldn’t want someone else succeeding where he failed.

I really liked how the Styles-Bryan Face-to-Face worked out. They had a great argument about their championship “visions,” and while Bryan’s is the more favorable because it means title matches for ratings, it’s not like Styles is wrong in saying opportunities should be earned. Styles VS Gulak was a really good match, and Styles can’t say Gulak didn’t earn that win. A part of me thinks this means Styles wins next week, and Gulak gets a title match sometime later, but Bryan’s weekly open challenges would be a lot of fun. I think the viewers will be the ones winning in the end. We got a nice segment with Hardy and Sheamus, but the way it was worded, it doesn’t seem like Sheamus was denying the accusations. He didn’t give an alibi, so maybe this isn’t a double frame-up. Hardy VS Sheamus at Backlash will be good, but with as much as Hardy has won already, I feel like Sheamus finds a dirty way to win.

Lacey VS Sonya this week was really good. It was physical, and they used the ref bump in a very unique way. But it was also great for Mandy to get some payback with her titantron distraction. I still hope this leads to a proper blow-off at Extreme Rules, where Sonya and Mandy can just go after each other with reckless abandon. Lacey, meanwhile, is spinning her wheels because she already had her chance at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. The New Day had a great match alongside Gable, and it mostly makes me wonder what Mojo’s going to be up to. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship story might be put on pause because of how people reacted to what Jaxson Ryker said, but I didn’t really see the Forgotten Sons ready for the titles at this point anyway.

But speaking of tag titles, Bayley and Sasha get those back, and this might actually complicate things for the better. I’m now hoping they and the IIconics get to settle things since we never got a follow-up after WrestleMania 35. There was also a good bit of tension teased again where Sasha didn’t realize Bayley tagged in and they had to scramble to get the legal wrestler in. It might be too easy, but it seems like the hacker will return to expose their fragile friendship. That would actually be a shame, Bayley and Sasha should self-destruct on their own. And it’d basically mean the tag titles either go back to Bliss-Cross or to the IIconics without actually earning it. Also can these titles have a match in NXT already? There isn’t really a strong women’s tag team there yet, but if the effort was actually put in, we’d actually some.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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WWE Raw 2022

Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgement Day is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

 

Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.

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

 

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

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

 

Seth Rollins is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Riddle.

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

 

Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!

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

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

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

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.

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

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

 

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

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

 

(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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

Minneapolis gets Elevated!

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It’s a Superbad return!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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


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