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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/31/20)

The Raw After Payback!



WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

The PPV may be over, but there’s still payback on Raw!

The Mysterios may have triumphed at Payback, but the Monday Night Messiah will not let it go! Will Rollins get revenge on Raw?


  • Keith Lee VS Dolph Ziggler; Lee wins and moves on to WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat later tonight.
  • Mickie James VS Lana w/ Natalya; Mickie wins.
  • Randy Orton VS Kevin Owens; Orton wins and moves on to WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat later tonight.
  • Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS The Viking Raiders & Cedric Alexander; The Viking Raiders & Alexander win.
  • Make or Break Match: The IIconics VS The Riott Squad; The Riott Squad wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, The IIconics must disband as a team.
  • Rey Dominik Mysterio VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins and moves on to WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat later tonight.
  • Raw Underground – Titus O’Neil goes 1-1, loses to Riddick Moss.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Parking Garage Brawl: Akira Tozawa w/ ninjas VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Tornado Tag: The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; No Contest.
  • Raw Underground – Jessamyn Duke goes 2-0, Marina Shafir goes 1-0.
  • Raw Underground – Shelton Benjamin w/ the Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews w/ Ricochet & Cedric Alexander; Benjamin (and the Hurt Business) wins.
  • WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Keith Lee VS Randy Orton VS Seth Rollins; Orton wins and moves on to Clash of Champions to challenge Drew McIntyre.


Randy Orton heads to the ring!

The Viper is back after the loss that certainly surprised and upset him. He did his damnedest to take out Drew McIntyre, but he should’ve been taking the Limitless One seriously. Orton has a mic as we all learn about the HUGE opportunities on the line tonight regarding Clash of Champions and the WWE World Championship. “Last Monday night on Raw, Drew McIntyre offered me a rematch for the WWE title but did so out of pity.” Orton was disrespected, and he kicked McIntyre not once or twice but three times! McIntyre thinks he deserves to be WWE Champion. He thinks he deserves that title. But as far as Orton is concerned, all McIntyre deserves is that fractured jaw! In Orton’s opinion, the only thing McIntyre deserves is to be in pain each and every day, sipping his meal through straws.

McIntyre promised he’d Claymore kick Orton’s head off his shoulders. But the only one dishing out kicks is the Legend Killer. Just ask Edge, Christian, The Big Show, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels! Go and even ask McIntyre! Now McIntyre says Orton is entitled? That Orton feels he deserves everything, was handed everything? “Damn right I’m entitled.” Orton shouldn’t have to face Kevin Owens tonight or anyone else to earn a rematch at Clash! Frankly, Orton is entitled to that rematch. But he’ll jump through the hoops, play the game, beat Kevin, win the Triple Threat and go on to beat McIntyre once and for all for THE WWE World Championship! That is, if McIntyre can even make it to Clash! He might not be healthy enough in time. He isn’t healthy enough to be here tonight!

But Orton has heard that McIntyre and a couple old bodies got together to bond over a shared experience. That experience is “the Legend Killer swiftly and stoutly kicking them each in the skull. I believe I have a picture.” Orton has a picture photoshopped of his victims, McIntyre, HBK, Flair, Show, Christian and Edge, in the hospital together. Orton chuckles at his own tasteless joke, because to him, “That’s fantastic.” But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One walks down the ramp and into the ring, not at all afraid of Orton. Keith has a mic to say, “Mr. Orton… You’ve done well for yourself.” And Keith can see Orton is amused and even proud of himself. “So fixated on talking about the havoc you’ve caused over the past few months,” and doing his best to forget about what happened at Payback. Doing his best to forget about Keith beating him.

Now, Keith understands. Orton may be the “greatest ever,” but it is FACT that Keith gave Orton no choice but to #BaskInMyGlory. With that said, Orton is complaining about opportunities that should just be handed to him? Well, Mr. Orton, things are a little different now. Because maybe, just maybe, a victory like Keith’s last night over a Legend Killer like Orton means that Keith should be given the opportunity at the WWE Championship. And Keith has known McIntyre a long time, and considers him a good friend. McIntyre talks about receipts, and Keith is sure McIntyre makes good on his word. But Ziggler attacks Keith to get a jump on their qualifier match! Keith shoves Ziggler away, glares at Orton, but Ziggler comes back with the satellite DDT! Keith is down and Orton grins as Raw goes to break!


Keith Lee VS Dolph Ziggler!

Raw returns with the bell and Keith circling with Ziggler. They tie up, Keith blocks the leg pick to lift Ziggler up and toss him! Ziggler keeps his focus, circles with Keith again, but Keith corners him. Ziggler slips out fast and grins as he and Keith go again. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler goes for a leg, but Keith again pries Ziggler off. Keith brings Ziggler up to wrench the arm and twist the wrist. Keith knuckle locks that hand and uses it to bring Ziggler to his knees! Ziggler endures, fights up, but Keith lifts him with one arm! Keith carries Ziggler around, sets him down, but Ziggler kicks the legs! Ziggler leaps, but Keith counters to a catapult! Ziggler bounces off buckles and flops out of the ring!

Keith stares down at Ziggler as Ziggler flounders up. Ziggler gets on the apron but wants Keith to back off. Keith does and now he’s the one grinning. Ziggler and Keith tie up again, Keith powers Ziggler to a corner, but lets off at the count of 4. Ziggler kicks low and throws haymakers! Ziggler turns Keith around for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO and with authority! Ziggler clamps right back on Keith with a chinbar, chicken wing and body scissors. Keith pries free of one but Ziggler shifts to a sleeper hold. Ziggler leans on Keith, cranks on the neck, and grinds Keith down. Keith powers up as fans rally, but Ziggler becomes a backpack. Keith stands up, pries free, but Ziggler kicks the leg, then dropkicks Keith to a corner!

Ziggler fires up, runs and splashes in the corner! But Keith spins out of the neckbreaker, shoves and runs, to POUNCE Ziggler! The Show-Off manages to stay in the ring as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Keith has Ziggler in a corner. Keith stands him up but Ziggler hits back with body shots. Keith rams Ziggler into buckles and GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS! Keith then TOSSES Ziggler across the ring! Ziggler gets up, Keith runs in and corner splashes! Keith brings Ziggler up to a fireman’s carry, but Ziggler hooks the nose! Ziggler is free, kicks low and FAMOUSERS! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he crawls after Keith toward ropes. Ziggler chokes Keith on the ropes AND rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Ziggler backs off, and drags him up for another neckbreaker! Ziggler drops the elbow, covers, TWO!

Ziggler clamps on with another sleeper hold and is a backpack again. Keith endures, fans build to a rally, and Keith powers up to get to his feet! Keith throws Ziggler off, gasps for air, but JABS Ziggler! And again! And then DECKS him with that left! Keith whips Ziggler, pops him WAY up for a HUGE flapjack! Keith isn’t done, he drags Ziggler back up to whip again. Keith scoops, for a POWERSLAM! Keith roars as he prepares to finish Ziggler! Ziggler is in a corner, he elbows Keith away and then sends him into buckles! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO?!? Ziggler can’t believe his best hasn’t put Keith away! Keith crawls, Ziggler watches him and fires himself up! Ziggler tunes up the band, runs but is blocked, into a SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (advances to #1 Contender’s Triple Threat)


Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax!

The Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force are the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, despite not actually liking each other. How were they able to put their differences aside long enough to do that? Nia says it was easy, once she told Shayna to follow her lead. Shayna says she told Nia to stay out of her way, and that’s how she pulled off that “stellar finish” on both Bayley and Sasha Banks. Shayna used Sasha as a weapon to put Bayley out. Well yeah, after Nia threw them both around. But Nia is a tag team champion, Shayna is just a placeholder. They start arguing again, but in comes the Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka! The Empress demands a challenger, but what is the response from management? Nothing yet.

Whoa! Shayna and Nia are united in telling Asuka to leave. This is just for tag champions right now, okay? Just because Asuka has the Raw title doesn’t mean she can butt in. Asuka shoves Shayna but Nia steps up. Asuka dares them both to do something before she leaves. With Shayna and Nia busy with the tag titles now, when and where will either of them get a chance to face Asuka?


Raw returns to Adam Pearce talking with security.

He thanks them for being here and tells them it’s time to get serious. Retribution ruined Raw’s main event last week, but we can’t allow that this week! Security will make sure Retribution won’t wreak havoc. If they can’t, then WWE will hire people who can. Is that clear? Yes, sir!


Asuka heads to the ring!

Charly Caruso is already waiting and brings up how Asuka wants a challenger. Who does she feel is deserving? Asuka has to laugh, because NO ONE is worthy! “I’ve beaten many great women. Bayley, Becky Lynch, Nia Jax, Ruby Riott, Sasha Banks. But it doesn’t matter who is ready for Asuka, because… Asuka is ready for anything!” But wait, is that Mickie James? Mickie says that as a former six-time women’s champion, she recognizes greatness when she sees it. Asuka is one of the greatest women’s champions of all time. So then, with that said, out of respect to Asuka, Mickie is telling her directly that she’s coming after the title.

But now Natalya and Lana walk out! The Queen of Harts and her Ravishing Russian best buddy can’t believe Mickie thinks she can just jump the line! Mickie’s had six chances and that’s so selfish. And delusional! Mickie’s stuck in the past, and it’s not even about age. J Lo is 50 and fabulous, but Mickie has failed to evolve and adapt. You know why Natty is with Lana? Lana is a trendsetter and influencer! And she’s not joking. Natty is the leader of the division and is Lana’s best friend, so if Mickie wants at Asuka, you’ve got to go through them. Asuka says, “Whoa whoa whoa!” as the bickering continues. Asuka is ready for Natty, Lana AND Mickie!! So do something! Natty and Lana do, by attacking both Asuka and Mickie!

Natty drags Asuka out of her robe but Asuka back KICKS Natty out! Mickie throws Lana out and then Asuka hip attacks Lana down! The Empress and #KickieJames have left Lana and The #BOAT down on the outside, but will we see even more action after the break?


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The Viking Raiders and Cedric Alexander hang out backstage.

Erik and Ivar show Cedric the Viking high five, and then he gives it a try. Ow! No, grip your fist tighter. Demi Burnett wishes them all good luck tonight. And she is impressed that Alexander has turned down the Hurt Business’s invitations. Then she gives Ivar a kiss for luck. Erik gets Ivar to get serious before they head out. But Garza is lurking, looking to lure Demi back. All’s fair in love and war, but will Garza win in the end?


Mickie James VS Lana w/ Natalya!

Not quite what was expected, but it seems Asuka is sitting out this one. Will the six-time women’s champion show the Ravishing Russian that she’s still got it?

The bell rings, Natty gets right on the apron to distract Mickie, but runs away when Mickie swipes at her. Lana blindsides Mickie, stomps her down and then puts her on the ropes to choke her! Lana taunts Asuka on commentary, but her headset isn’t working! Asuka is furious at Lana, that’s for sure. Lana stomps and digs her boot into Mickie but lets up when the ref counts 4. Lana drags Mickie back up, snap suplexes her and covers, TWO! Lana drags Mickie into a partial camel clutch, but Mickie endures the chinbar. The headset works and Asuka shouts at Natty and Lana. Mickie fights out of the clutch but Lana throws her down by her hair! Only Natty applauds.

Asuka says that Natty and Mickie are both brilliant, but she’s the champion for a reason. Lana drags Mickie up to SLAP her and then laugh. Mickie SLAPS back and Lana is shocked! Mickie hits a Thesz Press and rains down rights! Then Mickie rallies on Lana with clotheslines, then aims for a kick, Lana gets free of the Mick-DT then runs to the ropes for safety. The ref backs Mickie off, Lana sucker punches her, but Mickie comes back with the MICK KICK! Cover, Mickie wins!

Winner: Mickie James, by pinfall

Asuka knows Mickie is that good, and dares her to come after the title. Will we see two of the greatest go head to head at Clash of Champions?


Charly Caruso waits outside Aleister Black’s locker room.

Aleister surprised everyone when he suckered Kevin Owens into an attack during the KO Show, so we all want answers. But first, we see ORTON walk out of Aleister’s room! What was the Viper doing in there?! Did he talk to Aleister about something?


Raw returns to a backstage interview with The IIconics.

Peyton Royce & Billie Kay face a #MakeOrBreak tag match to name contenders, and a team that must disband. Now these two have been friends since high school. How will this raise the stakes for them? It’s crazy to think that in the halls of Westfields Sports High School, these two would bond over their shared dream of one day being WWE superstars. The most important thing is that they did this together. They’ve sacrificed holidays with families to become the tag team champions on WrestleMania! The only constant has been each other.

And only a halfwit would think “some snot nosed hooligans destroy everything we’ve built.” Plus, the Riott Squad is destined to fall apart, and these two are just helping that along. Then the titles will be in the care of two best friends. And that will be IICONIC! Strike the pose! Will this be the last night these two are the IIconic duo we’ve always known them as?


Randy Orton VS Kevin Owens!

The Apex Predator talked with the Embodiment of the End, but what about, we don’t know. Will it come into play as Orton and the Prizefighter fight for a very big prize?

But as Kevin makes his entrance, Aleister attacks! Aleister knocks Kevin into the LED apron and kicks away on him! And then RAMS him into the LED! Fans boo but this has to be what Orton enlisted Aleister for. Aleister gives Kevin a BLACK MASS!! Aleister drags Kevin’s dead weight into the ring for Orton, and Aleister bows a “You’re welcome,” to Orton. Kevin demands he still have this match, the bell rings, but Kevin falls over as he throws punches. Kevin still gets a CHOP and a forearm in, but Orton RKO’s! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall (advances to the #1 Contender’s Triple Threat)

The entitled Orton gets in because he had this match handed to him by Aleister Black. But Orton still has to earn his rematch, will Keith Lee and the third contender make sure he doesn’t?


The Mysterio Family is together backstage.

Charly pardons the interruption but asks Rey a question. Rey must have mixed emotions again tonight. He’s not cleared to face Rollins tonight for the spot in the Triple Threat contender’s match, but his son is taking his place and could end up in that golden opportunity. Rey says that getting closure with Rollins was important, but he, Dominik, wife Angie and daughter Aliya are all here. He couldn’t ask for anything more. They all know what Rollins has put them through. It’d mean the world to Rey to beat Rollins and become a contender again, but his loss is his son’s gain. When you’ve been in this career as long as Rey has, you understand injuries happen. And if there’s anyone he’d want to take his place, it’d be his son.

Dominik knows he’s an underdog, but after Payback, his confidence is on another level. Dominik will have a 619 with Rollins’ name all over it. The Mysterios are ready for the son to fill his father’s shoes! Can he do it?


Raw returns with the VIP Lounge!

MVP and Shelton Benjamin are already in the ring, and that means big things popping, little things stopping. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view, because the VIP Lounge is for people like the Hurt Business, aka people who are better than you. And this is the very first episode live and direct for the WWE THUNDERDOME! Fans have mixed reactions to that. MVP says he may not be Tina Turner, but they don’t need the master blaster. They have the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his entrance now to strut with the title around his waist. Lashley high fives and hugs it out, and now we get to business.

MVP has known a lot of men who have made mistakes from youthful exuberance. Apollo is no different. Apollo Crews tasted success but disrespected them. No matter how successful you may get in life, there are three constants in life: death, taxes, and Bobby Lashley. Lashley says he did what he promised: he beat up Apollo, put him in the #HurtLock, and then took the US Championship! And then after, celebrating with his associates, Apollo came back for some payback on Payback. Lashley isn’t mad, he would’ve done the same thing. But trust him when he says he will get Apollo back.

But since Apollo wants to act like a punk, Benjamin will beat Apollo like a punk in the Raw Underground! Right, they are far from done with Apollo. But first is the Six Man Tag with the wannabe vikings and Alexander for last week’s beating in Raw Underground! When Hurt Business rolled up, everyone was standing. When Hurt Business left, everyone was down. To Cedric, MVP has tried so hard and sincerely to- He gets interrupted by Alexander’s entrance! MVP goes out to meet Alexander at the ramp, but he wants Lashley and Benjamin to stay back. Alexander’s here all alone, does that mean he’s changed his mind? HELL NO! And he isn’t alone. The Hurt Business turns around to see the RAIDERS!

A brawl breaks out at the velvet ropes! The Hurt Business gets throw into barriers, then Alexander and the Vikings wreck the furniture! This Six Man goes down after the break!


Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS The Viking Raiders & Cedric Alexander!

Raw returns and Erik fires off with Lashley! Lashley backs Erik down to an open corner, clubs away but lets up at the ref’s count. The ref backs Lashley off, but he comes back for more! Erik moves and KNEES Lashley back! Erik clubs away now but Lashley shoves him. Erik dodges and ROCKS Lashley, then speeds things up. Lashley hurdles and ROCKS Erik back! Lashley RAMS Erik into the Hurt Business corner and tag sin MVP. MVP drags Erik up to throw hands and forearms. Lashley gets a cheap shot in as the ref backs MVP off. MVP throws body shots on Erik, lets off at 4 and tags in Benjamin.

Benjamin throws hands on Erik but Erik shoves him away. Benjamin CLOBBERS Erik and covers, TWO! Benjamin drags Erik back up, throws big shots then whips. Ivar tags in, Erik gets around Benjamin and feeds him to Ivar’s knee. Ivar then feeds Benjamin to Erik’s KNEE! Ivar clubs away on Benjamin, brings him over and throws big haymakers and body shots. Tag to Cedric and he CHOPS Benjamin, then fires off forearm sand rams his shoulder in. Cedric backs off, runs back in for more, then tags in Erik. They mug Benjamin together, but Benjamin hits back. Erik gives Benjamin Ace Ten Mao! But Benjamin SPINE BUSTERS back! Both men are down and the fans fire up!

Benjamin and Erik crawl, tags to MVP and Cedric! Cedric fires off on MVP, runs but into a flapjack! MVP kicks Cedric while he’s down, then drops a knee on him! Cover, ONE, but MVP tries again. ONE, but MVP drags Cedric to the corner. Lashley tags in, they mug Cedric, the ref counts and Lashley digs his boot in until the ref backs him off. Fans boo as Lashley drags Cedric up for a snap suplex! Cover, ONE, but Lashley has the arm right away. Tag to Benjamin, they mug Cedric, then Benjamin puts Cedric in a corner. Benjamin TOSSES Cedric across the ring, covers, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Benjamin drags Cedric up and scoops fast for a slam! Cedric sits up gasping for air but Benjamin drags him away.

Tag to MVP, MVP runs at Cedric to BOOT him! MVP drags Cedric out for a snap suplex and cover, TWO! Cedric toughs it out but MVP smears him in the face, then smears his face into the mat. Cedric gets to the rope but hits back with big forearms. MVP clobbers Cedric with crossface forearms, then he and Lashley taunt Cedric. Cedric tries to hit back but MVP just swats him down. MVP clamps onto an arm, fans rally up as Cedric endures. Cedric gets up, reaches but has to punch MVP. But the Hurt Business trip up the Vikings! Those four brawl and the ref tries to restore order. MVP runs in but Cedric rolls his boot up, Cedric and the Vikings win!!

Winners: Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders

MVP actually laughs, because he felt Cedric pull the tights! MVP keeps Lashley and Benjamin from retaliating, does he know something we don’t?


Titus O’Neil warms up backstage.

The Real Deal wants to show he’s got an edge, and he’s preparing to enter Raw Underground! With time still before the doors open, will Titus be ready to jump into that fight pit?


Raw returns, to the Hurt Business attacking Cedric!

They keep finding him alone to jump him! Ricochet and Apollo rush over and MVP asks, “Do you understand now, Cedric?” Ricochet and Apollo help Cedric up, but will the Hurt Business just keep hunting him down?


Make or Break Match: The IIconics VS The Riott Squad!

Peyton and Billie vow to keep their year long bond as a team going at all costs, but they could end up broken up by the truly united Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott! Who wins a shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships and who must go their separate ways?

The teams sort out and Ruby starts against Billie. They rush each other and Billie tackles Ruby to fire off fists. Ruby gives them back but Billie pushes her away. Billie DECKS Ruby then tags in Peyton. The IIconics set Ruby up for the BULLDOG KNEE SMASH! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious already and Peyton clubs away on Ruby. Peyton wraps on a thrashing chinlock but Ruby endures. Ruby fights up, fights back but Peyton pushes her to the corner. Ruby ROCKS Peyton then hits Billie., Ruby ducks the kick and tags in Liv! Liv dodges Peyton to enziguri her down! Peyton flounders to a corner, Liv runs and back elbows her down! Liv has her on the ropes for a dropkick to the back! Cover, TWO!!

Liv keeps on Peyton with a scoop but Peyton slips out to throw Liv down by her hair! Tag to Billie, the IIconics double wrench, kick and kick Liv down. Billie covers, TWO! Billie tells Liv that she and Ruby are nothing! Billie clubs her down then brings her up to put her in the corner. Billie digs her boot into Liv, drags her back out and suplexes. Cover, TWO! Billie is furious as she clubs away on Liv! “I’m sick of you!” Billie drags Liv up, Liv kicks low and enziguris Billie down! Tag to Ruby! Ruby throws forearms on Billie, bumps her off Liv’s knees, then brings Billie back up. Billie fires off body shots, Ruby whips her to a corner and runs in for a big forearm!

Ruby rolls and runs, but Peyton runs in! Liv intercepts with a facebuster! But Billie DECKS Ruby! Matchbook cover, TWO!! Ruby ghost pints, TOW!! Billie gets Ruby, TWO!! Ruby matchbooks, RIOTT SQUAD WINS!!

Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The IIconics LOSE and must SPLIT!! They beg the ref to reconsider but it’s too late! The count was three, Ruby and Liv head to Clash of Champions, and the future is no longer IIconic but uncertain!


Shane McMahon checks in with Jordan Omogbehin.

Another big night for Raw Underground! Titus wants to show a side of him we haven’t seen yet, and Jessamyn Duke of the MMA Horsewomen is making her debut! And of course, Apollo wants payback on Shelton Benjamin. It’s going to be a good night! Are you ready for the third hour?


Dominik Mysterio VS Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy!

Father and son got the better of the Monday Night Messiah and his last disciple left, but this golden opportunity could be the cherry on top. Will El Hijo del Rey rise up and become a contender in just his fourth match ever?!

Before the match, Murphy fetches a mic for the Monday Night Messiah. Rollins still looks at him with disdain but he takes the mic anyway. “Last night, you kicked me in the head and got pinned in the center of this ring by Dominik Mysterio!” With a WWE Championship opportunity on the line, Rollins cannot afford mistakes and cannot have Murphy screwing it up for him! “So get the hell out of my ring.” Rollins doesn’t want to hear or see Murphy until Murphy figures out what he stands for and what he figures out what side of history he wants to be on. Murphy tries to apologize but Rollins tells him to shut up! Rollins will do this on his own, so GET OUT! Rollins even SLAPS Murphy on the head!

Murphy leaves as Rollins keeps harping on Murphy’s mistakes. And then Dominik CLOBBERS Murphy on the stage! Rollins is even more upset now, and Dominik gets in, dodges and trips Rollins up! The bell rings, Dominik rains down rights but Rollins gets up to run Dominik over! Rollins drags Dominik up, whips but Dominik dodges to tilt-o-whirl arm-drag and dropkick back! Rollins bails out, Dominik follows, but Rollins kicks him and bumps him off the desk! Rollins puts Dominik back in then drags him up to club him down. Rollins stomps Dominik at the ropes, the ref backs him off, but Rollins comes back for more. Rollins shoves Dominik to ropes but Dominjik kicks back! Domink runs, is put on the apron, but he shoulders back in.

Dominik springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Rollins runs but is put on the ropes, DIAL IT UP! Rollins dodges the 619, drags Dominik out and aims for the desk, but Dominik bounces Rollins off it instead! Dominik climbs onto the desk to CANNONBALL off it! Direct hit on Rollins and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Rollins has Dominik in a cobra twist. Rollins thrashes Dominik about but Dominik pops out to jawbreaker back! But Rollins SLING BLADES Dominik down! Cover, TWO! Rollins clubs away on Dominik and drags him into a body scissors. Dominik endures the squeeze, Rollins slaps him around, but fans boo the Monday Night Messiah. Rollins laughs as he messes with Dominik, “Here’s your chance for glory!” Dominik refuses to give in and the fans rally up. Dominik sits up, elbows Rollins in the head, then elbows the legs! Dominik is free, but Rollins waistlocks for a bearhug! Rollins thrashes Dominik around again, then SLAMS him down! Rollins puts the waistlock back on and squeezes with another bearhug.

Dominik continues to endure, fights up to his feet, and elbows Rollins in the head. Rollins ducks an elbow to back suplex, Dominik lands on his feet and dodges in the corner! Rollins hits buckles, Dominik ROCKS him with right hands! Dominik punches Rollins to a corner, climbs up top and rains down more rights! Rollins stops that at 5 and tries to Buckle Bomb, but Dominik huricanranas Rollins into the buckles! Dominik slowly gets to the corner and springboards again, but Rollins catches him! Dominik TORNADO DDT’S out of it! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins narrowly escapes and Dominik can’t believe it! Dominik sees Rollins bail out and goes to the corner. Dominik climbs, LEAPS and CROSSBODIES! Down goes Rollins!

The Mysterio family watches backstage as Dominik puts Rollins in. Dominik climbs back up but has to leap over Rollins. Rollins runs in but into a drop toehold! Dial it up, 619!! Dominik climbs again, for a FROG SPLASH! He FLOPS as Rollins evades! Rollins aims, runs, CURB STOMP!! Rollins seethes as he covers, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (advances to the #1 Contenders Triple Threat)

The Mysterio family are a little disheartened that Dominik din’t win, but then they’re furious seeing Rollins CURB STOMP Dominik a second time!! Fans boo as Rollins leaves, ready to go after Keith Lee and Randy Orton. Will “the greater good” prevail and head for Clash of Champions?


Shane McMahon welcomes us back to Raw Underground!

Titus O’Neil is already giving his opponent a HUGE SPINE BUSTER! Titus rains down rights and he wins already! Another man steps up, the bell rings, and he goes for Titus’ leg. Titus pries him off for a HIP TOSS SLAM! Titus grounds ‘n’ pounds and dribbles and headbutts, Titus wins again! Two fast victories, “Who’s next?!” He wants more, but it’s Riddick Moss who steps up! The Riddick Regiment and Real Deal tie up, Moss gets a takedown and throws down hands! Titus pushes back, turns it around and brings Moss up. Moss gets another takedown, Titus guards and hits back. They get up, Moss gets Titus in a facelock but Titus throws Moss out of the ring!

The brawl continues on the outside. Moss ramming Titus into the apron but Titus ramming Moss into shelves! An onlooker gets a little too rowdy and Titus drives him down with an STO! Titus gets back in the ring, but Moss goes right after him! Titus throws Moss off, but Moss kicks real low! Moss DECKS Titus, and Moss wins!! Shane says Raw Underground will return with Jessamyn Duke!


The Street Profits speak backstage.

They’re fired up for tonight! Moss is putting himself on the board, but now it’s time to run up the score on Garza and Almas in a Tornado Match! But they can’t be lazy, so tonight, we see the debut of COACH DAWKS! He has a scouting report on their opponents! Almas the former NXT Champion, is he really tranquilo? He also always has that stank face. Garza is a Lothario, but is he really wealthy? Wait, what? Well Garza is throwing out roses, wearing track suits, that stuff ain’t cheap. Good point. And of course, Vega poisons people, made Ford go all bleeeh~! But can she get on amusement park rides? She’s probably too short, that’s why she’s so mad. But now, the Profits bring the storm to the ThunderDome! The Profits are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE!!


Raw shares footage from earlier today.

When current WWE 24/7 Champion, Akira Tozawa, and his ninja squad rolled into the ThunderDome today, they were told to slow down and check in. The attendee apologized but they aren’t on the list. What!? But Tozawa is 24/7 Champion, he has to be! Sorry, but he’s not. Tozawa gets out of the car, tells his ninjas to stand down, and checks the list himself. R-Truth is sneaking out of the booth! Tozawa says the list is BLANK! And… This is a REFEREE!! Truth rolls Tozawa up, cover, Truth wins!! “Gotchu!” Turth smacks the ninjas and shouts, “That’s what you get for goin’ all Cobra Kai!!” Truth runs away and the chase is on again! They put the ref in the fan and take off, leaving a ninja behind! Will Tozawa catch up to the THIRTY NINE TIME 24/7, 747, 7/11, I-95 South, European Television Champion?


Tornado Tag: The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are still the Raw Tag Team Champions, but they still can’t shake El Lothario y El Idolo. Will things be very different when all four men are legal at the same time?

Wait, Demi is with Garza again? Does she have no loyalties? But that aside, the bell rings and things fire off! Almas is after Ford, Garza dodges Dawkins to SUPERKICK! Garza BOOTS Ford, Almas and Garza throw Dawkins out hard. Garza and Almas gang up on Ford, he tries to fight back but that’s 2v1. Ford whips Almas to a corner but is put on the apron. Ford enziguris Almas, ROCKS Garza, but Almas intercepts him on the top rope! Almas and Garza go after Ford together, but Dawkins returns to add on! TOWER OF DOOM!! All four men are down after that double powerbomb superplex, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, Garza has taken off the pants and he stomps Dawkins out of the ring. Almas has Ford in the corner, Vega coordinates them to whip and POST Ford! Vega applauds while Almas and Garza soak up the heat. Ford flops out of the ring but Dawkins drags himself back up. Garza and Almas grab Dawkins, Garza CHOPS him! Garza bends Dawkins back and Almas stomps him. Cover, ONE, but Garza keeps on Dawkins with a chinlock. Garza throws the headband away and sits Dawkins up while Almas climbs. Almas leaps to dropkick Dawkins in the face! Garza and Almas soak up heat as they cover, TWO! They argue with the ref on the count but they whip Dawkins to a corner.

Garza SUPERKICKS Dawkins while Almas goes after Ford. Almas snake eyes Ford on the apron! Garza wraps Dawkins’ arm around ropes and Almas CLUBS the arm. Garza and Almas bring Dawkins up, for a HANGING ARMBAR! Dawkins endures, there are no ropebreaks or disqualifications here, and Almas lets go when he wants. Garza grabs Dawkins, Dawkins fights back but Garza clubs him. Almas goes up top, Dawkins ROCKS Garza, and catches Almas for an EXPLODER!! Dawkins rallies on Garza with big clotheslines, then dodges to FLYING ELBOW him down!

Dawkins hits a CYCLONE SPLASH for Almas! Then a BULLDOG! Cover, Garza dropkicks it apart! Demi cheers for Garza as he and Almas get Dawkins to the corner. They hoist him up top backwards, drag him into the Tree of Woe, and Garza runs to PENALTY KICK! Almas climbs up and hits the WOE STOMPS! Cover, but Ford LEAPS IN to break it! Garza rolls Ford, ONE! SUPERKICK!! Dawkins ROCKS Garza, Almas boot feints and ELBOWS Dawkins! Almas suplexes Ford, Ford lands on his feet, for a BLOCKBUSTER! And an ENZIGURI! Ford fires up and shakes the ropes, but oh no. The lights flicker, and that means…

Garza gets Demi out of here and the ref rushes to the back! Ford tries to cover Almas but RETRIBUTION appears!! Retribution runs commentary off then surround the ring! This is way more than the six last week, and they mug Ford, Almas and Dawkins! Vega fights the female members but that’s 3v1! Vega gets thrown into the barriers while Almas is choked on the ropes! Retribution hits and runs like always, and still no one knows who they are or why they’re doing this! Will we ever know?!


Raw returns to a FURIOUS Adam Pearce!

Didn’t he tell them to keep eyes open?! Get to your posts and do your job!!


We return to Raw Underground!

Shane welcomes the former IIconics, Peyton and Billie. He wants them to enjoy themselves here, this is Raw Underground. Because we’re about to see Jessamyn Duke have her debut against Avery Taylor. The bell rings and Avery eggs Jessamyn on. Jessamyn is ready, and she fires off kick after kick after kick! Marina Shafir likes what she sees out of her fellow Horsewoman, and Jessamyn grounds ‘n’ pounds! Jessamyn wins but she still wants after Avery! Avery gets up to get BLASTED out! Avery’s friend steps up, Marina gets in her way. But Marina won’t even bother changing, she just throws down! Knee, clinch and another knee! Then the judo throw! Marina gets a leg, MODIFIED TRIANGLE! Avery’s friend taps,. Marina gets a win, too! The Horsewomen are victorious together, and no one steps to them.

But wait, Peyton and Billie start talking trash with the Horsewomen! Jessamyn and Marina tell them to bring it on, but Peyton throws Billie to the wolves! They might not be a team but they’re still friends, aren’t they?! Well, Billie has no choice but to beg for mercy. Marina spooks her into Jessamyn’s ROUNDHOUSE! Ouch. Peyton shrugs, will she and Billie still be pals after all this?


Apollo and crew roll up to Raw Underground.

They tell Cedric to handle business, and they will have his back. Charly hates to rub things in, but it has been rather rough for them. Apollo lost his title, and then the Hurt Business beat down Cedric. Taking all of that into account, is it wise to keep fighting? The old Apollo would’ve felt sorry for himself. The old Apollo would’ve just been happy. But that old Apollo is gone, and in his place is a man who is more determined, who bounces back harder, and won’t stop until he gets the title back.

Ricochet says if MVP thinks he’s going to manipulate Cedric into thinking no one has his back, MVP doesn’t know anything about friendship. MVP only cares about himself and money. They’re going to show the Hurt Business this is worth more than any monetary amount. Let’s handle business! Jordan lets them in, and this showdown happens after the break!


Raw Underground: Shelton Benjamin w/ the Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews w/ Ricochet & Cedric Alexander!

We return and it’s time for the Raw Underground main event! The Hurt Business rolls up and it’s go time! Apollo and Benjamin circle, approach, feel it out, and tie up. Apollo and Benjamin throw shots, Benjamin gets a leg and SLAMS Apollo down! Benjamin stays on Apollo but Apollo’s crew coaches him up. Apollo guards, even as Benjamin rains down rights. They clinch on the mat, Apollo goes after the arm! Double wristlock, but Benjamin resists, until the KIMURA! Benjamin fights up, powers Apollo to the edge, and they fall onto the Hurt Business! MVP and Lashley go after Apollo, but Apollo’s crew goes after them! It’s a six man brawl, the crowd is fired up, but Lashley RAMS Cedric into fencing/

MVP gets Ricochet in the ring, then Lashley and Cedric follow. The Hurt Business is on top as Benjamin throws Apollo in! It’s three different scraps! MVP has Ricochet in a sleeper, Lashley stomps Cedric down, and Benjamin has Apollo in a sleeper of his own. Shane calls it, Hurt Business wins! Shane can’t wait to see what happens next week!


Garza keeps trying to get Demi to flee.

She’s more worried about his friends than he is, and that upsets her. He didn’t abandon anyone, okay? They’re all trained fighters! What concerns him is her safety, okay? If anything happens to her, he could never forgive himself. But then RETRIBUTION come down this hall, beating up security! Garza runs and leaves Demi behind!? Guess he doesn’t care about her at all. The female members of Retribution walk up but Demi runs the other way. Is Retribution far from through with Raw tonight?


WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Keith Lee VS Randy Orton VS Seth Rollins!

Despite the chaos backstage, the show must go on! The Limitless One beat The Viper 1v1, but that won’t stop Orton from trying to get the rematch he feels he is owed. The Monday Night Messiah looks to disrupt their plans for his own goals, but will even Rollins have to #BaskInHisGlory? And is McIntyre even healthy enough to face tonight’s winner at Clash of Champions?

The bell rings and Keith stares Orton and Rollins down. Orton and Rollins seem willing to work together on the new guy, but then Orton bails out to let Rollins and Keith go 1v1. Rollins doesn’t get it, but Orton says Rollins has this. Orton “already had a fight” tonight, but that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Rollins bails out now to get in Orton’s face. Orton says he changed his mind, but Rollins thought Orton could kick Keith’s ass. Keith drags Rollins up by his hair! Rollins ROCKS Keith, headlocks and laughs, saying he doesn’t need Orton. But Keith powers out and RUNS Rollins over! Then corner splashes! Orton sneaks up to headlock Keith and grind him down!

Keith endures, powers out and puts Orton in a corner for a splash! Rollins hits Keith, clubs him down and whips. Keith blocks, sends Rollins into Orton, and he runs at them both! They both put Keith on the apron but he fights both of them off! Keith slingshots to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The Limitless One has two former world champions down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Rollins clubs away on Keith while Orton anchors Keith’s feet. Keith kicks Orton away and punches Rollins, then slingshots, into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Keith bails out, Rollins is on the apron and Rollins leaps to FLYING KNEE! Keith is against the announce desk, Orton BACK SUPLEXES him onto it! Orton grins as Keith tumbles down, and Rollins says that’s the Orton he knows. They both go after Keith together now, they drag him up and RAM him into steel steps! Rollins and Orton coordinate and bring Keith around. They drag him up but that’s a lot of dead weight. They get him in the ring but then Orton attacks Rollins in the ropes! DRAPING DDT!! Cover, TWO!!

Orton considers what to do next, and he notices Keith flopped out of the ring. Orton decides to listen to the voices in his head, but Rollins counters the RKO to a back slide, then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins keeps his cool as Orton writhes. Rollins aims from a corner, but Keith rises up! Keith blocks to counter punch Rollins then run him over! Keith runs Orton over, and then corner splashes corner to corner and back again! Keith TOSSES Rollins into Orton! The fans fire up with Keith as he goes out and goes around the way after both men. Keith POUNCES Orton to the barriers! Rollins is in the ring and DIVES, into Keith’s arms! Keith TOSSES Rollins across the desk!!

Keith drags Rollins into the ring, stalks him but Rollins mule kicks. Rollins front kicks then runs, into the scoop! But he counters the swinging slam into a cradle, TWO!! Rollins dodges and PELES Keith! Keith wobbles, Rollins ROCKS him with a right! And then SUPERKICKS him again! Keith is down, Rollins aims and demands Keith get up. Keith rises, Rollins runs into the lift! SPIRIT BOMB!!  But Orton is in, and he gives Keith an RKO!! Cover on Rollins, Orton wins!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender, advances to Clash of Champions)

The Viper strikes at the most opportune time, as he always has! Orton earned his rematch with McIntyre, will he get to give the champion a fourth punt to the head? Or is he just serving himself up to the wrath of Claymore Country?

My Thoughts:

Raw ends up as another aftermath episode because of back-to-back PPV’s, but they did great again! A lot of tonight was kept under wraps but pivoting to Clash of Champions was done pretty quickly, and with only a little turbulence. It was fine to have a Women’s Tag contenders match, but did we need to give it a “losers break up” stipulation? The IIconics are great on the mic and getting better in the ring, and there are very few teams as it is! I was hoping there’d be a loophole to explain, but now that Raw Underground segment might be driving a wedge. Ruby and Liv make for a decent team to start Shayna and Nia off with, but I don’t think Nia and Shayna are transitional champions. They had a really good interview segment with Asuka’s “interruption,” but I really hope they get to hold on to the tag titles for a good amount of time.

Asuka being confronted by Mickie, only for Mickie to be confronted by Lana and Natty, was alright. I was expecting a Teddy Long style tag match, and instead we get Asuka on commentary with a legitimately(?) glitchy headset. Mickie obviously beats Lana, it was Lana! Mickie and Asuka having a rematch from way, way back in NXT should be a lot of fun, but it’ll obviously be Asuka’s win one way or another, even if you throw Natty into the mix. It was great to get a 24/7 Championship segment that was more “traditional,” as it were. Truth is definitely hitting 40 reigns with that before the year is over. I kinda hope Clash of Champions is where we see that title hot potato around almost all night just to get the numbers up.

The Hurt Business story was pretty good tonight. Cedric teams up with Viking Raiders mostly just to make a point of his friends not being around. Where was Ali, by the way? But then Apollo and crew just get wrecked in Raw Underground, kinda hurting all of their chances of fighting for the US Championship at Clash. I hope something happens where, despite how determined Apollo is, it’s Cedric that gets the right to challenge, and then it really puts friendships to the test. Titus getting into Raw Underground was pretty cool, but Moss comes out of nowhere to end his win streak. I feel like Moss is really working hard to be some kind of Raw Underground champion. I don’t know if we’ll ever get that, or if we even need that, but it’d be a great opportunity for superstars who’ve dropped down the card.

We got a lot of great stuff out of the world championship scene, and it also managed to incorporate other stories. Orton has a good promo and Keith has a good one, too. Keith and Ziggler have a really good opening match and obviously it’s great for Keith to have won that. I’m surprised Orton was able to convince Aleister to help him out, but I suppose the selling point was going after Kevin Owens. Is Rey’s tricep injury real? Who knows at this point but it did give Dominik another great match with Rollins. But of course, Dominik can’t just skyrocket to the top just yet, and Rollins gets a win. The real compelling part was how Rollins treated Murphy. With Austin Theory going back to NXT and the Authors of Pain still out of action, I feel like Rollins’ story should really be about being abandoned by his followers until he’s all alone again.

There’s also something interesting going on with this whole Demi Burnett story. I don’t care for the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, so I have no idea if she’s really an airhead or playing it up. But as far as how she is on Raw, she has NO loyalties. All it takes is a rose or a turkey leg and she’s switched sides. But I do think it’s very fitting that Garza runs away from Retribution to “save” Demi, but then bails on her anyway! Maybe now Demi will stick to one guy and be done with Garza.

As for Retribution, they brought 10 or so people this time, definitely with 3 female superstars and the rest male. It seems almost a given that Dominik Dijakovic and Mia Yim are among them, as their voices seemed distinctly among Retribution tonight. I almost thought they were going to interfere in the Triple Threat and reveal themselves, and that they might have been on Keith Lee’s side all along given established connections Mia and Dijakovic have to Keith.

But perhaps that’s exactly why they didn’t interfere? Keith looked amazing, and had Rollins at the end but Orton of course takes advantage. McIntyre VS Orton rematch felt like it was happening anyway, so this was a great way to build Keith up in the eyes of non-NXT watchers, while also still bringing out Orton’s opportunistic side. I almost thought at the mention of McIntyre only having fractured jaw, he’d show up at the very end to Claymore Orton, but maybe we build up the “uncertainty” of McIntyre making it, until the go-home when McIntyre finally gets to hit Orton back.

My Score: 8.4/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022

BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?



BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?

This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.

Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!


  • Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
  • The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
  • Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
  • Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼



We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!

Chris Bey vs Jake Something

Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.

We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move.  There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.

Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.

Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.

The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration

This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.

Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.

The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.

Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.

AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.

Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.

We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.

Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree

Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.

Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.

Johnny Swinger vs Jonah

Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.

Chris Sabin vs PCO

Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.

Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.

PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.

Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!


Overall Score: 7/10

They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.

Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.

Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)

Grudge match after grudge match!



Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?

Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?


  • Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
  • Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
  • NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.


Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!

Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?

The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!

But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.

Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!

They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!

Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!

Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!

Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!

Winners: Die Familie, by submission

Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?


NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.

The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.

Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.

Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?


Amale VS Jinny!

Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?

The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!

Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!

Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!

Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!

Winner: Jinny, by pinfall

Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?



To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?


NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.

The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.

Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?


NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!

Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!

Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!

Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!

Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!

Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!

Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!

Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!

Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.

Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.

Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!

Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!

Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!

Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!

Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)

The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?

My Thoughts:

What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.

We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.

Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.

Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.

My Score: 8.8/10

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