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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/18/20)

Sasha Banks is back already?!

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

Will the SmackDown Women’s Champion face the consequences?

Bayley betrayed and brutalized Sasha Banks, then claimed she was only ever using her friendship as a tool! Will The Boss make the Role Model regret every single one of her actions?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro wins.
  • Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn; Styles wins.
  • Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin; Uso & Reigns win.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown opens with The Dirt Sheet!

The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century welcome us all back to “the scintillating WWE ThunderDome.” John Morrison is the most important part of your complete and balanced breakfast, and The Miz is still the Most Must-See Superstar! Here tonight, it is there honor- Nay, their duty, to keep their loyal fans up to speed on what’s going down in WWE. They will give you the low down, the intel, the 411, “the dirt.” And not just what’s in Otis’ undies. These are the biggest secrets and the biggest stories! Tonight, they expose the truth behind Bayley’s savage attack on Sasha Banks! They expose why WWE management tried to erase the one true WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, from history! And they dig deep into the Samoan Family secrets that Jey Uso tries to bury! That’s D to the I to the RTY, DIRTY!!

But first, they will talk the biggest story, the hottest of hot gossip: the sudden trade of Mandy Rose! It was so scandalous, that you must see it to believe it! Roll the clip! It’s from Talking Smack! And Miz gave the announcement that Mandy was sent to Monday Night Raw! Now, people accuse Miz of being vindictive, that he and Morrison have a problem with Otis and is trying to break him and Mandy up. To clear the air, he is not playing mind-games. He is not using his influence to get petty revenge. Miz is simply trying to help Otis. As a former Mr. Money in the Bank, Miz knows the pressures of carrying that contract. “You must be on high alert. You have to look for every opportunity possible. And Otis couldn’t possibly do that with his girlfriend, Mandy Rose around,” so Miz made it easier for him. Mandy is gone, Otis can focus on cashing in. Or just hand it over to someone else.

But the point is, Otis should be thankful! Miz sent away the one true obstacle keeping Otis from the top of the WWE! Sure, Otis is heartbroken, but he’ll get over that. And from what Miz hears from his old friends on Raw, Mandy’s already gotten over it. Morrison says there are a lot of guys who want to do more than just smell the roses. Ziggler’s over there! They used to date, right? Otis has had enough, he barges right out and aims for the ring! The Dozer stomps over, Miz and Morrison try to calm him down, but they get run over! Otis CLOBBERS Morrison, then CLOBBERS Miz! Otis throws Morrison out, then throws the chairs around! The fans give thumbs up, and Tucker’s here, too! Tucker feeds Miz to Otis for an EXPLODER!

Tucker also gets Morrison in, and Otis EXPLODERS Morrison back out! Otis corner splashes Miz, Tucker fires him up more, and here comes the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis adds on the VADER BOMB! And when Miz gets up, Otis goes after him again! His rage is not satisfied, as he strips and humiliates Miz! Speaking of undies, Miz is standing in only his tighty whities! The Dozer has demolished the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, but it won’t bring Mandy back from Raw. What could possibly salvage his relationship with the Golden Goddess before the long distance ruins it?

 

SmackDown returns as Miz and Morrison regroup backstage.

The plan isn’t working! It only pissed Otis off! And Morrison says Otis is like the Incredible Hulk, you don’t like him when he’s angry. Miz says this IS part of the plan. Kayla Braxton comes by to ask if he regrets angering Otis. Miz gets a call and asks, “Was it enough?” Thumbs up! Morrison says the plan is working! But they’re not going to share details about that plan just yet. Is Otis playing right into their hands? Does Miz have spares pants in his luggage?

 

Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura!

Lince Dorado and Kalisto have both been trying to give the King of the Ropes some pointers on how to handle the Swiss Cyborg tonight, but the main point is to win! LHP has their shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Clash of Champions, will Metalik gain major momentum for the team? Or will Cesaro burn these moths drawn to the flame?

The bell rings and Cesaro rushes Metalik but Metalik dodges to roll him up! TWO, Metalik speeds up to tilt-o-whirl around the world and headscissor Cesaro away! Cesaro is wobbled, Metalik goes up top but the others give him mixed ideas. Metalik leaps into Cesaro’s SLAM! Cesaro stomps Metalik while Kalisto and Lince argue, and Cesaro brings Metalik up to throw body shots. Metalik gives body shots back but is pushed into a corner. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, Metalik’s two coaches clash again but Metalik boots Ceasro away! Metalik leaps for a flying huricanrana! Metalik stomps and punches Cesaro, then whips, but Cesaro reverses to run him over! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!

LHP keep arguing on the outside as Cesaro clamps onto Metalik’s arm. Cesaro adds a chinbar, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro whips, Metalik dodges in the corner but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Cesaro back, but now LHP get on the apron? They’re arguing with the ref, too, so the ref EJECTS them! Dorado and Kalisto blame each other but Cesaro BLASTS Metalik off the apron! Cesaro puts Metalik in the ring, Nakamura laughs at LHP but Metalik springboards and SWANTONS onto Cesaro! The King of the Ropes evens things up now that his coaches aren’t overdoing it, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cesaro has Metalik down with a chinlock. Metalik fights up, Cesaro back suplexes but Metalik lands on his feet! Metalik boots Cesaro, runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro wraps onto Metalik with a chinlock again, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro throws EuroUppers and hoists Metalik up top. Cesaro throws haymakers then climbs up top, but Metalik fights back with body shots! Metalik adjusts and leaps for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro survives but Metalik is too tired to be upset. Metalik gets back up top, moonsaults, but Cesaro BOOTS him! Cesaro EuroUppers in the corner, then GOTCH NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

The Swiss Cyborg stops Metalik from snagging the win, and is rolling alongside the King of Strong Style! Will they roll right over Lucha House Party at Clash of Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso!

Jey is fired up for tonight as he teams with Roman Reigns in a Samoan Street Fight! But first, let’s review last week’s normal tag match. Jey fight hard against both Sheamus and Baron Corbin without Roman at all! Roman waited until an opportune moment, which seems to be his signature now. Jey still did most of the work after that, Roman would tag in and top it off with his Spear. Their Universal Championship match aside, do Roman’s actions last week affect tonight’s “chemistry?” Jey says, “Do you know what Roman told me- Scratch that, what Paul Heyman told me?” There was miscommunication. Yeah, right.

But Jey and Roman were tuning up fools in the streets since childhood. Tonight won’t be different. The difference for Clash is only one walks out Universal Champion. Roman’s been throwing his weight around since they’ve been little, but they ain’t so little no more. Tonight is Friday Night Lockdown! Sheamus, Corbin, you’re against the Uce with the Juice! Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!

 

SmackDown returns to hear from Matt Riddle.

“People ask me all the time, ‘Why do you say bro so much?'” The answer is simple: Bro is universal. It can convey any emotion or thought. Don’t believe him? “Check this out, bro!” #KnowYourBro. Happy bro. Sad bro. Angry bro. Introspective bro. Scared bro. Confident bro. See? It’s that easy, bro.

 

SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss!

Alexa Bliss sits on stage in her chair, with her pigtails up in little buns, and welcomes us to this first ever ThunderDome Moment of Bliss. Usually, she has a cohost right by her side, but this week, she needs to be in the hot seat! Please welcome the #1 contender to Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship, Alexa’s best friend, Nikki Cross! Nikki is fired up to be here, as always, and still hugs Alexa, despite that Sister Abigail Nikki took last week. Alexa congratulates Nikki, she is so happy for her. But Nikki knows what this show is about. Alexa asks what we all want to know. Okay, fire away. Alexa’s question is about the plan of action for her rematch with Bayley. We all saw Nikki try and lose before. In fact, Nikki’s yet to beat Bayley since last year.

Wow, she really is going all out. But Nikki is okay. Nikki says this will be different, because there’s no Sasha Banks watching Bayley’s back. Every time Nikki faced Bayley, she needed eyes on the back of her head. Now she just needs to focus on Bayley and giving her that beating Bayley deserves. We saw what Bayley did to Sasha, her best friend, with a steel chair. Nikki can feel that chair on her back, too. Bayley was so proud of herself that night. There was so much contempt. But if Bayley wants to take cheap shots, fine! Come Clash of Champions, Nikki WILL become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Does that answer your question?” It sure does.

Now, Nikki has a question for Alexa. Oh? What’s up? Alexa, what’s going on with you? What does Nikki mean? Well, last week, Alexa used, of all things, Sister Abigail! And then she just left! Alexa isn’t sure how to explain it. But that’s because even Alexa doesn’t understand it. There’s a change inside her, and she has no idea why or how. But here comes Lacey Evans! The Sassy Southern Belle says, “Lord, would you look at them?” Some nasties jaw jackin’ like it’s Dr. Phil. Alexa, she’s going through a the “change,” huh? Are we going to waste time talking about her feelings now? And as for nasty Nikki, she should be on her knees thanking Alexa. When Alexa left the match, which we all remember, she simply threw Lacey off her game. That’s the only reason Nikki won.

Nikki can give all the speeches she wants, but it will not prepare her for Bayley. Because Bayley has what Nikki will never have: a mean streak. Nikki’s too nice, too short, too week and damn sure doesn’t have a backbone. That is why Nikki will never win. Nikki takes Lacey’s handkerchief and blows in it! And throws it back at her! Lacey gets mad now, but Nikki kicks her first! They brawl down the ramp and Lacey gets serious by throwing off the skirt. Lacey storms to the ring, because she and Nikki are having their match next!

 

Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross!

SmackDown returns and this match is ready to begin! Will Nikki prove she’s got a nasty mean streak after all?

Alexa joins commentary as the bell rings. Nikki and Lacey circle but Lacey bails out to get some hand sanitizer. She doesn’t want to have the nasty germs. Nikki gets impatient and dropkicks Lacey down! Lacey throw’s Nikki in the ring, sweeps the legs, then slingshots for the elbow, but Nikki moves! Nikki hops on Lacey with a thrashing sleeper hold! Lacey bumps her into buckles but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki elbows, hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps her cool as she reels Lacey in for a lariat! And then she hooks the arm for La Magistrol! TWO, but Nikki doesn’t let up! Lacey blocks the lariat to wring the arm out! Lacey goes after the arm with a knee drop! And another!

Nikki gets to a corner and Alexa is concerned as Lacey digs her forearms in. Lacey wrenches an arm and wraps it around the ropes, and then pulls while hooking a leg on Nikki’s head! The ref counts, Lacey stops at 4, but Nikki hits back. Lacey digs Nikki’s head into buckles, hits her hard in the side, then fixes her hair. Lacey goes after the bad arm again but lets off at the ref’s count. Lacey boots Nikki to a corner then swings in with the bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey seethes while Alexa cheers Nikki on commentary. Lacey drags Nikki up to kick her and wrench the bad arm to kick the arm! Lacey pulls Nikki’s hair and then wraps on a cobra clutch. Nikki swats at Lacey but Lacey digs her fingers in. Nikki fights up, elbows free, but Lacey reels Nikki out for a takedown!

Lacey digs her forearms into Nikki’s face then pulls hard on the arm! Nikki endures, reaches for ropes, but Lacey stomps her head! It’s a cover now, TWO! Nikki kicks and fights up to turn things into a cover on Lacey, TWO! Nikki is free but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Lacey grins as she taunts Nikki while Alexa is still concerned. Nikki headbutts low but Lacey throws her by her hair! Lacey is after that arm again with knees and fists! Nikki kicks back and gets free again. Nikki sits up but Lacey goes after the bad arm with another wringer! Alexa says Nikki’s toughness is what makes her amazing, but Lacey hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey is shocked and frustrated while Alexa fans herself.

Lacey grabs the bottle of sanitizer, grabs Nikki’s hair, and squirts a whole bunch of sanitizer in Nikki’s face! Alexa says that’s uncalled for! Lacey smears Nikki’s face but Nikki hits back! Nikki throat chops and uses Lacey’s hair to throw her down! Nikki grits her teeth as Lacey gets to a corner. Nikki roars and runs corner to corner for a corner splash! Nikki fires off furious forearms, the ref backs her off, but Nikki runs to monkey flip Lacey! Lacey rolls to the other corner, Nikki storms over but blocks the drop toehold! She stomps Lacey’s hands! Nikki hops up and reels Lacey in for the TORNADO DDT! She drags Lacey up for the PURGE!! Cover, Nikki wins!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall

Alexa says she told us Nikki would win! Is Nikki finally ready to dethrone Bayley? As for Lacey and Alexa, Lacey gets mad at Alexa. “What’re you gonna do? Get the Fiend?!” Lacey is just mad at everyone, but Alexa goes back into that trance-like state as she stalks up and grabs Lacey for SISTER ABIGAIL!! A pattern is forming: Don’t say anything related to The Fiend or Bray Wyatt around Alexa.

 

Backstage, Sasha Banks prepares for a sit-down interview.

The Boss has a neck brace for obvious reasons, but she’ll find a way to tell her side of the story when SmackDown returns.

 

SmackDown returns with a profile of the Samoan Dynasty.

Paul Heyman narrates. “The world of sports entertainment has seen many rich, storied bloodlines.” The Harts, the Hennigs, the Flairs, the Ortons. But none greater than the Anoa’i family. A legacy spanning over 40 years, with “Your Tribal Cheif,” the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World, Roman Reigns as the newest in a “long line of royalty.” The Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, to Yokozuna and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the late-great Umaga, and Rikishi and his sons, the Usos. Jey Uso will challenge family, but Roman’s dominance is not just his will, it is his birthright. “From the day Roman inherited the torch of his family’s legacy, he has made them proud with victory after championship victory.”

Meanwhile, Jey has done a “respectable” job alongside Jimmy as WWE Tag Team Champions. But these two men have fought their whole loves. Cousins as close as brothers. From the living room to the football field to the squared circle. Clash of Champions’ Gold Rush will see a Battle of the Bloodline fought with honor and pride. But make no mistake. While they all eat at the same table, there is only one at the head of this dynasty: Roman Reigns. Will this glowing review of the Big Dog and mere mention of Jey add any more tension to the ties that bind?

 

Sasha Banks is live from the Performance Center.

Two weeks since the “heinous” attack at the hands of former friend, Bayley, The Boss is back but still very hurt. What is the extent of her injuries? “I’m still here, ain’t I?” But Bayley put all the blame on Sasha, saying Sasha was waiting to strike Bayley first. That for years, Sasha pretended to be Bayley’s friend, and was simply using her. And now she’s nothing to Bayley. “I heard every single word Bayley said last week.” Sasha is filled with emotions as she sits in the Performance Center, “A place that we built. A place that we trained every single day together, talking about our dreams.” They talked about what they wanted to do together. They used to walk these halls together, just to talk about everything they’ve achieved.

This entire summer here at the PC, they showed the world, and told the world, that they were going to take over! But now, when Sasha walks these halls, goes to the locker room, sees all the women that go here now, because of what Sasha and Bayley did together. Their posters, pictures, titles, it’s all here! “We did all of this together. And if these walls could talk…” If the PC could tell us itself… Sasha gets emotional as she explains she came here to answer these questions. Sasha wants to call everyone stupid and naïve. She knows Bayley is watching, and Bayley IS an idiot! Bayley is NOTHING without Sasha! But since Sasha is “useless,” there will come a day when Sasha takes the one thing Bayley loves: the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

But then Bayley attacks from behind with a chair!! Sasha’s already damaged neck is in danger as Bayley tears off the neck brace and puts the chair back around her!! Trainers and prospects rush over to stop this, and Bayley spares Sasha just this once. Will Sasha ever return to exact her revenge on Bayley?

 

AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn!

The Phenomenal One says he should still be Intercontinental Champion because Jeff Hardy “cheated.” The Great Liberator continues to say he is champion because he never lost his title. Sami made sure Styles wouldn’t win the title back off Hardy, but now Styles is ready for him! Will Styles defeat the “real” champion to prove his point?

As he makes his entrance, Sami gets mad at Greg Hamilton again for not mentioning Sami is “the real WWE Intercontinental Champion.” Styles attacks Sami from behind! Styles drags Sami up, takes off the jacket and bounces Sami off the announce desk. Styles puts Sami in the ring, the bell rings and Styles hits a corner splash! And an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles reels Sami into the Clash but Sami bails out! Sami gets around the corner, Styles pursues and clubs away. Styles puts Sami in, Sami gets up and dodges Styles, only to walk into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles grows frustrated with Sami as Sami bails out again. Styles pursues again, bumps Sami off the apron, and he puts Sami back in the ring. But Sami stomps Styles as he gets back in!

Sami kicks away on Styles’ face, then reels him in for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Sami seethes as he sits Styles up for a thrashing chinlock. Styles endures, fans build to a rally judging from the clapping on their screens, but Sami talks trash. Styles fights up, powers Sami back into buckles, then throws elbows! Styles runs but Sami puts him on the apron! Sami counter punches Styles and bumps him off buckles! Sami runs side to side but his boot hits post! Styles DECKS Sami! Sami tumbles down, Styles aims and slingshots for a FOREARM! The “uncrowned” champ and the “real” champ are both down as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Sami fires off on Styles in a corner. Sami hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, but Styles resists and slips under! Styles trips Sami and Sami hits buckles! Styles goes to the opposite corner, Sami runs in but Styles boots him away. Styles goes to the apron, forearms Sami away then springboards, but Sami gets under! Sami catches Styles on the return for a stun gun hotshot! Sami drags Styles up, reels him in, but Styles resists the suplex. Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but slowly rise as fans clap. Styles brings Sami up but Sami hits a jawbreaker! Sami throws haymakers but Styles gives them back. They brawl with forearms, Sami gets the edge but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, into a BOOT! PELE! Both men are down again!

Sami flounders while Styles sits up. Styles grabs Sami first, but Sami slips out of the suplex to waistlock. Styles blocks the lift, pries free and elbows Sami away. Styles runs, Sami reels him in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives but Sami is too tired to be surprised. Sami gest to his feet, drags Styles up but Styles catches him for a roll! Sami escapes the Calf Crusher but Styles kicks him away! Styles runs in but is caught for an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami aims from across the way, Styles slowly stands up and Sami run sin, HELLU- NO! Styles spins Sami, Sami rolls Styles but has tights! The ref sees that and stops the count! Sami argues with the ref but Styles rolls Sami! Styles also has tights but the ref DOESN’T see that, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Sami is furious that he got cheated! Sure, he tried to cheat, but that’s besides the point to him! Sami CLOBBERS Styles and sends him out of the ring! Sami argues with the ref, then tells Greg Hamilton to tell the fans Sami is still champion. But here comes Jeff Hardy! THIS Intercontinental Champion limps but LCOBBERS Styles then DECKS Sami! Hardy throw’s Sami into barriers! And then bounces him off the desk! The Charismatic Enigma is furious over Sami’s attacks on him, and he brings out a TABLE! No, that’s not what he wants. He wants a LADDER!! Hardy RAMS Styles hard with the ladder, then puts the ladder in the ring.

Sami baseball slides but Hardy lifts the ladder up! Sami and Styles are both behind Hardy, so he just backs up to RAM them both! Hardy knows his way around ladders, and he’s fired up! Hardy clubs Sami, puts him in the ring, and gives Sami a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy sets the ladder up over Sami, climbs the rungs, but Sami bails out! Hardy climbs back down, grabs a mic, and says, “I am sick and tired of this Intercontinental title situation. I am sick of being called a cheat! I am tired of being called a fraud!” They need to end this once and for all! At Clash of Champions, it will be a TRIPLE THREAT, but they will “escape normal,” in a LADDER MATCH! Three men, two copies of the Intercontinental Championship belt, but only ONE will be the one true champion!

 

Otis and Tucker talk backstage.

Otis is himself “sick and tired” of what’s going on with Miz, Morrison and his MITB contract. But someone walks in looking for Otis. Well who else looks this dang good? Otis has been served. Served what? Dinner? Buffet style? No. He was served a LAWSUIT. What?! What is Miz up to now?!

SmackDown returns as Tucker goes over the suit. Morrison and Miz are suing Otis for “emotional distress, wanton destruction of personal property, creating an unsafe work environment,” and MITB negligence, if that’s even a thing. But also, The Dirt Sheet somehow counts as a news program, so he violated First Amendment rights. Otis hates news! Yes, but now he needs a lawyer. Otis either forfeits the MITB contract to them, or this goes to court. And he only has one week to decide. Otis says they’re in trouble. Well, mostly Otis is in trouble. But with only until next Friday Night SmackDown to take action, what’s The Dozer to do?!

 

Baron Corbin and Sheamus talk backstage.

Samoan Street Fight! But Corbin has his scepter! It’ll do great damage tonight! But in comes security, the guy Sheamus has been looking for. The guy who helped set Big E up! Now, whatever he needs, Sheamus can sort him out. Well, that’s great, but Sheamus’ car is being towed. What!? Off they go! Sheamus is in the parking lot, but who is this looking at his car? It’s BIG E!! Big E is here for his revenge! Sheamus uses his “guy” as a shield and runs away! Big E tells Sheamus he better ruN! And word on the street, this is the guy who set Big E up. Big E gets his payback on him! He throws the guy into a trunk, the garage door, throws some hands and grinds his forearms in, then stomps a stampede on the man!

But that’s not all, the payback involves another trunk, and a kick to the ribs! “Larry” is getting beat down and put on the car hood! Referees hurry to try and talk Big E down, but Big E is slapping “Larry” around. And gives him a belly2belly to the car windshield!! “I ain’t done yet!” No sleeping on the job, Larry! Big E puts the guy in the trunk, but Adam Pearce comes by. The trunk is closed, Pearce wants Big E to calm down and leave the building. Big E tells Sheamus to keep running! Will Big E make Sheamus ever regret trying to sideline him?

 

SmackDown’s mystery woman continues to strut her stuff.

Heels are on, dress is zipped up, but just who is this? Perhaps we’ll see soon enough.

 

Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin!

Blood is thicker than water, but the Samoan Bloodline will still be at odds at Clash of Champions! Can they at least hold it together here to finish off the Celtic Warrior and Wolf King?

Before the match, Heyman hands the mic to Roman. “I came out here first because I don’t want there to be any confusion this week.” Call this place what you want, but this is Roman’s yard, his island, his ring and HIS WWE! “If you want it, come and take it from me.” With that said, Jey makes his entrance to stand side by side with his cousin. This Samoan Street Fight finally begins after the break.

SmackDown returns once again, and Corbin makes his entrance on his palanquin. Sheamus is already there, and the teams stare down. The bell rings and Roman CLOBBERS Sheamus while Jey fires off on Corbin! Roman ROCKS Corbin with an uppercut, Jey uppercuts, then Roman clotheslines Corbin out! Jey LEAPS to take Corbin down! Sheamus drags Roman out, they brawl, and Roman ROCKS Sheamus with rights. Sheamus kicks low, throws hands, but is dumped over the barriers! Sheamus gets back up but Jey SUPERKICKS him down! But Corbin chucks a chair at Roman’s face! Roman staggers away, Jey runs at Corbin but gets a DEEP SIX to the ramp!

Corbin stalks Roman, puts him in the ring, and Corbin fetches his chair. Corbin goes to the ring, Roman BOOTS him down first! Roman takes the chair for his own and SMACKS Corbin on the back! And again! And again! Roman throws the chair away and he looms over Corbin. Roman takes his time going out to fetch things from under the ring. Hardy skipped it earlier but Roman has the table! Sheamus KNEES Roman down first! Sheamus rains rights down on Roman’s head, Corbin hurries over and he gets his shots in. The fans give thumbs down on their screens but Sheamus tells them to shut up. Sheamus and Corbin mug Roman, then toss him over the commentary desk!

Sheamus and Corbin bring the table up and into the ring. Jey is in the ring but Corbin goes right after him with a rain of right hands! Sheamus drags Jey up and to a corner for stomps. Corbin starts setting the table and Sheamus helps. They stand it up but Jey kicks. Sheamus blocks and spins Jey but gets the dragon whip! Jey boots Corbin, climbs up top, but Sheamus and Corbin both trip him up! Jey lands bad on his Uce, but they both pick him up to DOUBLE POWERBOMB him trough the table!! Cover, TWO!?! Jey shocks both Corbin and Sheamus, so Sheamus throws Jey out of the ring. Corbin goes looking for Roman, but Roman tosses an ARMCHAIR into Corbin’s face! Sheamus hurries over and clobbers Roman!

Sheamus clears off the announce desk and bumps Roman off the top. Sheamus drags Roman onto the table, brings him up for a fireman’s carry, but Roman fights free! Roman LOW BLOWS Sheamus, fireman’s carries Sheamus for a SAMOAN DROP on the table! The table doesn’t give and Sheamus flops down, but Corbin BOOTS Roman! Corbin whips but Roman reverses to POST Corbin! Sheamus stands, Roman glares at him and runs over, to SPEAR him through the barriers! Roman has Sheamus down right in front of the WWE Universe’s screens, but Corbin attacks again! Corbin bumps Roman off steel steps and the apron, but Jey DIVES! Corbin catches Jey to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area!

Corbin pushes Roman in the ring, goes to the corner to get his scepter, but Jey uses the Universal Championship for a BELT SHOT! Corbin staggers, Roman SPEARS him down! Jey adds the USO SPLASH! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty wins!!

Winners: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns, by pinfall

Jey turned things around on his cousin this week, but at least they took equal shares of the work this week. Jey is excited but Roman seems a bit shocked. Jey grabs the title belt, looks longingly at it, and jokes that he’s gonna raise it before handing it back to Roman. Roman smirks, perhaps lightening up. They shake hands and hug because they’re still family. But as Jey leaves the ring, Roman’s smile fades. Will the good mood still be around at the end of Clash of Champions?


My Thoughts:

This was another really good SmackDown! The development in the Otis story made a lot of sense, oddly enough. Miz and Morrison egg Otis on, he attacks, and now they have (admittedly loose) ground for a lawsuit that of course is their way of getting at the MITB briefcase. I really hope Otis’ lawyer is David Otunga, it’s been some time since we’ve seen him. And I’m thinking this turns from a lawsuit to a match, winner gets the MITB briefcase. To be honest, I’m surprised Sami didn’t resort to kayfabe lawsuits over the Intercontinental Championship. Styles VS Sami was a really good match, but I felt like they were going easy given this was Sami’s first match in six months and there are still concerns over old injuries. But I’m glad Hardy showed up and put forth the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match I was hoping to see. That match is going to be great, and could go any which way.

A Moment of Bliss was alright this week, they started to explore Alexa’s changes related to The Fiend, but I feel like they didn’t need Lacey to interrupt anything. Lacey also claiming Nikki has no mean streak didn’t really fit. Yes, Nikki’s been Face a long stretch, but there was the moment just before The Fiend chose to go after Alexa that Nikki looked like she was going back to her wild self from NXT. And Nikki always has moments like that during her matches, so it just seemed like a weak way of helping Nikki turn the tide towards her match with Bayley. Sasha did great with her promo tonight, but I just knew Bayley would go after her more. The second attack was not nearly as brutal, but it surely extends how long Sasha is out, since she’s part of Mandalorian Season 2, and a Royal Rumble surprise is way better for this feud.

The Lucha House Party dysfunction is growing, but it’s being done well actually. It doesn’t really cost Metalik but that just means he loses clean to Cesaro. I was hoping there’d be more with Cesaro, Nakamura and the Street Profits but maybe USA and Fox aren’t coming to an agreement on the whole dual brand tag champions idea. Maybe they wait past Survivor Series, so that we can still get a tag champion Triple Threat Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT with whichever teams have the titles by then. Big E returning and wanting revenge on Sheamus was great, even if Big E doesn’t get it yet. Pretty sure a grudge match is coming for the go-home episode to Clash, because I would think Clash of Champions should be a PPV of only the championship matches.

The video package profiling the Anoa’i family was great, but WWE almost always does great with video packages. The Samoan Street Fight was really just a Street Fight since there wasn’t anything themed. Though obviously, that’s for the better, things might get controversial if they tried to make it Samoan themed. But it was still a really good match, and I always like seeing someone throwing the big armchairs commentary has. Jey sniping the victory from Roman was a great turnabout, and there was great character stuff from Roman. Roman was happy they won tonight, but clearly not that happy that Jey used Roman’s title belt. It isn’t so much an “if” but “when” for the moment Roman really turns it up and brutalizes Jey to make it clear even to Jey that Roman is a Heel now.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)

Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!

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The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!

Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Slim J VS Mascara Dorada; wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; wins.
  • The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; wins.
  • Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; wins.
  • Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
  • Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; wins.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; wins.

QUICK NOTES

Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/6/23)

Time to rage in the cage!

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Will it end where it all began?

Damage CTRL denied us and Becky Lynch the cage match with Bayley before, but now that Raw is in Orlando, The Man VS The Role Model WILL happen! Will this all come full circle for both these Horsewomen?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins; Priest wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
  • Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano; Lumis wins.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella; Carmella wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
  • Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy; Alexander & Benjamin win.
  • Chelsea Green VS ???; Asuka wins.
  • Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford; Ford wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
  • Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Edge and Beth Phoenix are here!

Orlando goes nuts as the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon make their way to the ring! Edge even takes some selfies with fans in the front row before he stands with Beth in the ring. The Grit Couple is of course here for revenge on the Judgment Day, a grudge that goes back to last year and Extreme Rules. They get the mic, and Edge says, “Oh, Orlando…! I gotta try and bring my heart rate down after watching that video, and just say it is so damn good to be back.” Orlando is happy to have them back, and Edge says he’s “The King of Comebacks as this point, it’s getting silly.” But we all know why they’re here this time: The Judgment Day.

Fans boo and Edge agrees. But the Judgment Day is his fault. The idea was to try and elevate talent he felt deserved it. And to be honest, it worked. All of them are at a better place now than they were a year ago. Finn Balor is on a level Edge has never seen before and that is saying something. Damian Priest has proven he’s a workhorse that come out week after week against the very best. Rhea Ripley, well… Fans do cheer Rhea, and Rhea went from number one to outlast everyone, and has punched her ticket to WrestleMania. Edge makes sure everyone sees him point at the sign. Oh, and Dom’s there, too.

“For the last year, we have battled back and forth. From Cardiff to Portland to Toronto, all leading up to Extreme Rules. And I knew that Finn Balor didn’t have what it takes to physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ But as you saw in the video, the minute I saw Rhea Ripley bash Beth in the back of the head with brass knuckles and hold that chair in her hand, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was helpless to stop it. And I am the kind of man, and I know a lot of you can relate out there, I am the kind of man that is not used to feeling helpless.” Fans cheer, and Edge “congratulates” Judgment Day with a sarcastic clap.

Fans chant “You Still Got It!” and Edge says, “I never lost it.” Fans cheer that! Edge continues to say, “But here’s the thing, guys. You just made a bad problem even worse. Because I am a cruel, vindictive, sick bastard, who will sink to any level to get my pound of flesh!” Beth calms Edge and says she’ll cut to the chase. “If you’ve got the stones, Ripley, Balor, my husband and I are here to finish this.” But speaking of, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn, Priest and Dom have the mics but Rhea isn’t here. Finn asks if he’s the only one who notices a pattern. Edge makes his triumphant return, only for the Judgment Day to beat him down again and again and again!

Finn tells Edge, “It might be time for you to say ‘I quit.’ HAHAHA!” Dom says word on the street travels fast. Fans boo Dom but Finn tells them to let Dom talk. Dom says since Edge & Beth have been gone, he has served hard time! Fans continue to boo, Finn again says to let Dom talk! Dom tells Edge & Beth to run along, before he does something to them he learned “on the inside.” Just like he did to his deadbeat dad! Rey didn’t even make it into the Rumble match! Priest says Dom’s right. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Priest says it doesn’t matter. Edge and Rey are “something else.” Every time they come back, Judgment Day beats them down, but they come back for more.

So next time they beat Edge down, Extreme Rules will look like child’s play. And speaking of child’s play, after Dawkins gets cooked and Priest enters the Money… Wait, no, Edge has him so flustered. Finn says it’s alright, Edge has Finn all mad, too. Priest promises Edge that he hates him that he can’t even speak right. Priest is getting inside the Elimination Chamber to be the United States Champion! Dom wishes Rhea was here, she could see what they’re about to do to Edge. But Rhea is busy promoting WrestleMania. Edge tells Dom to shut up! Fans cheer that! Edge says he was right, but they all confuse him! They don’t know what they really want!

Priest, the night he clotheslined Edge’s head off, he claimed he didn’t want a leader. And yet, he’s following Finn around like a giant labradoodle. He’s better than that! As for Finn, he’s a Dollar Store Jamiroquai! It’s insanity. Google Jamiroquai, kids. But the difference between Judgment Day and The Grit Couple is that Edge and Beth have each other’s backs. But they all just drop each other quicker than “Ex Con Dom” did his drawers in the clink! “Which is fitting, considering how many times you screwed your dad over.” And by the way, Edge can’t wait until Rey snaps and 619s Dom’s teeth down his stupid throat! It’s coming!

Beth says Rhea’s not here cuz she’s doing promotional appearances? We all know it’s because Beth speared Rhea’s soul out of her body. But listen to her very closely: she didn’t come here to talk. She came to beat Rhea’s ass!! But if she’s not here tonight, how about this? The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley at Elimination Chamber! Oh, oh, really? Does Dom think Rhea’s in? Dom says Mami is totally in. Finn is in, so they accept! That is, if Edge & Beth make it to Elimination Chamber. The Judgment Day surrounds the ring, Edge & Beth stand their ground, and the fight is on!

Beth runs off Dom, Priest & Finn go after Edge, but here comes ANGELO DAWKINS! Dawkins BLASTS Dom, then fires off on Priest! Dawkins clotheslines Dawkins out, Edge SPEARS Finn down! Dom is freaking out, and Ford creeps up behind him. Ford spooks Dom, puts him in the ring, and Dom wants mercy! He gets chicken wings and a GLAM SLAM instead! Orlando is all fired up, but will the Curse of Greatness be able to take down Damian? Or will Punishment be heading for Montreal?

Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins!

Raw returns as Priest stomps away on Dawkins, this match already underway. But it is also truly 1v1 as Adam Pearce made sure during the break to say no one else is allowed ringside! Priest stands Dawkins up to ROCK him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Dawkins handsprings over and DROPKCIKS Priest! Dawkins fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest bails out, Dawkins builds speed, but Priest moves. Dawkins stops, slides out the side, and runs in to POUNCE Priest onto the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous as Priest flops to the floor! Dawkins puts Priest in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to CYCLONE- FOREARM!

Priest snarls as he stomps away on Dawkins again. Priest drags Dawkins up, rams him into a corner and fires off hands! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Dawkins up for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls, he sits Dawkins up and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Dawkins endures, Orlando rallies up, and Dawkins fights but Priest CLUBS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps on with a chinlock now, and he bends Dawkins against his knee. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, and Dawkins fights up. Priest swings, Dawkins blocks to ROCK back! And again! And again! Anda gain!

Priest shoves, Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves then ROCKS Priest again! Dawkins dodges Priest’s boot to ENZIGURI! Priest runs in again but Dawkins dumps him out! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes out and runs in again, but into a LARIAT! Priest glares at Dawkins as he storms up on him. Priest drags Dawkins up, BIG suplex to the floor! Priest slides in the ring but just to refresh the count. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps and FLYING KCIKS Dawkins down! Fans boo but Priest is in control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision. Fans rally up, Dawkins and Priest go to opposite ends, and Dawkins runs in to rally with clotheslines! Priest hits low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Dawkins, he runs corner to corner to CYCLONE! And ENZIGURI! And facelock, but Priest wrenches out, Dawkins ducks the lariat, to clinch and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grows a little frustrated but fans rally up. Dawkins brings Priest up, ROCKS him with a right, then climbs a corner. Priest choke grips first! Priest then climbs up to join Dawkins, but Dawkins HOTSHOTS him back!

Dawkins hurries in, but into a SUPERKICK! Clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Priest is growing frustrated now. Priest holds up his hand and fans boo. Dawkins rises, Priest clamps on, SOUTH OF- NO, Dawkins pops free for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins hurries to a corner and climbs back up! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Dawkins is beside himself! But Orlando fires up as he drags Priest back up. Priest clamps onto a leg, Dawkins throws hands! Dawkins brings Priest up again, but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest staggers, into a RIGHT from Dawkins!

Priest goes to a corner, Dawkins runs in, but into a SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)

The Punisher pulverizes Dawkins, and now he’s taking aim at the US Championship! Will Priest hit his mark and take that title back?

 

The United States Champion pulls into the arena.

Austin Theory drives a black Lamborghini, showing that The Now rides in style. Will he have anything to say about the Elimination Chamber field as it fills out tonight?

 

Adam Pearce meets with Maximum Males Models.

Maxxine Dupri finishes signing the contract, she, Maçé & Mansöôr are now officially part of Monday Night Raw. Pearce is happy to have them here, and is sure they have big WrestleMania plans. Maxxine confirms, she has big, BIG plans. But then Chelsea Green walks in and asks, “Are you the manager?” Chelsea, you know Pearce is the manager, they spoke last week. Pearce has MMM excuse themselves, and Chelsea says that, as they spoke last week, she is supposed to have a private room, with Swiss chocolates and fresh spring water. He took care of that. Oh, well, that was Belgian chocolate. She’s been to Belgium, she knows the difference.

Anyway, while she has him, she wants to talk about how she’s NOT in the Elimination Chamber match. But Liv is, Raquel is, Nikki is, all of who she could be. With all due respect, Chelsea, you didn’t even last five seconds in the Women’s Rumble, so- Uh, sorry, does she need to call his manager? All she wants is an opportunity. her family is in attendance, so she deserves a match. And in that match, she deserves to be presented as the big star she is. So he either makes this right, or… One call could cost him his job. Okay, thanks, bye. Chelsea heads out, but will Pearce bend to her demands?

 

Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!

The Modern Day Wrestling God didn’t last all that long in the Men’s Rumble, and he didn’t get a win over Johnny Wrestling last week. The Rumble was because of Lesnar, that match with Gargano was because of Lumis. Can Corbin even the score with the Tortured Artist? Or will JBL start to question his investment into Baron?

Raw returns and Lumis makes his entrance. Corbin attacks Lumis as soon as he’s in the ring! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Corbin lets off. The bell rings and Corbin hits a SPLASH in the corner! Corbin throws Lumis down, elbows him down, then clamps on a chinlock. Corbin grinds Lumis down but fans chant, “Corbin Sucks!” Lumis endures, fights up and fights free of the hold. Lumis then headlocks, but Corbin powers out. Corbin CLOBBERS Lumis, then rains down more elbows! Corbin clamps the chinlock on again, and insults the fans. JBL coaches Corbin, Lumis still endures and fights his way back up.

Corbin knees low, he puts Lumis in a corner and fires off forearms. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Lumis bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin says Lumis is nothing and Gargano isn’t anything, either. Gargano says he still got a win off Corbin. Corbin grinds forearms into Lumis’ face, then twists Lumis’ head in a neck wrench. Fans rally and Lumis fights up again. Lumis throws hands, dodges Corbin’s, then DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis runs to clothesline in the corner, then BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Lumis catches Corbin for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP!

Fans fire up as Corbin flounders up. Lumis clinches, but Corbin RAMS him into a corner. Corbin fires off elbows, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Lumis clinches for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Lumis wins!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by pinfall

JBL is speechless as Gargano stands with Lumis. Gargano is headed to the Elimination Chamber for the US title, but will Lumis find himself in title talks soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Byron Saxton says The Man finally has Bayley inside that Steel Cage. What does tonight mean to her? “Orlando, Florida! Orlando, where it all began. Ten years ago, when I got off the plane with my bags to chase this WWE dream. When I first met you, Byron Saxton. A lot has happened in Orlando in those ten years, but ten years ago, I first met Bayley. In the weight room in the NXT Performance Center. And she seemed sweet and she seemed kind, and she wanted to be great. And her way of being great was high-fiving people and hugging people, and attaching herself to whoever she thought would be her meal ticket to the top.

“But I, too, Byron, I wanted to be great. And my way of being great was smashing faces, kicking down doors and changing the game so that I could become The Man of this industry! And Bayley… Bayley didn’t like that. No, she didn’t like that. So she’s attacked me and hit me with chairs and separated my shoulder. And she brought my family into this. And Bayley, I’m gonna learn you to not talk about my family. But all that aside, I had a plan. And tonight, I got what I want, and that is a Steel Cage Match.

“And so Bayley, you can bring your little friends, and you can bring your little tricks. Well, there is one hand that I haven’t played yet, and I’m thinking… I’m thinking, Byron, tonight might be the night.” What does Big Time Becks have planned for the Role Model in tonight’s main event?

 

Brock Lesnar is here!

Orlando goes nuts again as The Beast walks out to the ring and tips his cowboy hat with a feather in it. Lesnar gets the mic to say, “I appreciate ya. Thank you very much. Good evening, Orlando. Did y’all by chance catch the Royal Rumble? I did, too. I thought it sucked. At least, I had a sucky experience. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar got his ass thrown out over the top rope. That’s not the worst of it. I got my ass thrown over the top rope, by Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Now I apologize. I wasn’t on Raw last week, I had to get my head together a little bit. Bobby, you finally struck a chord in Brock Lesnar.”

All last week, Lesnar could not get Lashley out of his head. Lesnar tried to go hunting, and all he could think about was Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Next day, Lesnar wakes up, wants to go ice fishing. He likes coastal fishing, too, but he tries to go, but all he can think of is Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! He sits down for a big ol’ steak dinner, and all he can think about is Bobby Lashley! He gets into bed at night with his wife, and… Well, four or five hours later, all Lesnar could think about is Bobby Lashley! So for a whole week, Lesnar thought about what he’s gonna do with Lashley. Lesnar has a resolution. A violent resolution, but still.

You see, within Lesnar’s “five dollar denim jacket, is a multi-million dollar contract.” Fans like the sound of that. Lesnar reads the contract: “Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber.” Now Lashley, if you’ve got balls, you’ll get down here and sign the contract! Well here comes Lashley! Lashley is in shades and a nice suit as he heads down the ramp and to the ring. Lashley gets himself a mic, and he says, “Well nice of you to grace us with your presence, Brock. I didn’t even know you were gonna be here. But since you are, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.”

Match number one, what happened? Lashley pinned Lesnar. Match number two, Lesnar won. But if memory serves, Lashley laid Lesnar out cold as he walked out of the ring. And the third meeting was at the Royal Rumble, and Lashley threw Lesnar out without a problem. Lesnar steps closer and hands Lashley the contract. Lashley takes it, and again says that if memory serves, Lashley will be done under his terms. Lashley is going to take Lesnar’s contract and let his agent look at it, and his manager, and his lawyer, then Lashley will get back to Lesnar. This will be under consideration.

Oh, is Lesnar surprised? Surprised that Bobby Who has one up on you? Lashley emphasizes that with a poke of the finger. Lesnar smirks, and he reels Lashley in! F5!! Lesnar puts the contract in Lashley’s pocket, but fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures why not! Fireman’s carry, F5!! The Beast puts his hat back on, takes his leave, and the ball is now in the All Mighty’s court. Will this all but guarantee Lashley will want that match with Lesnar in Montreal?

 

Johnny Gargano finds Candice LeRae backstage.

Mr. Wrestling says hello to Mrs. Wrestling, tonight is big, right? How is she feeling? Luck hasn’t been on her side but she feels good. Lumis has a picture for good luck. Wow, the whole family! Gargano, Candice, little Quill and their dog, Pawdme, and… Who is that in the back? Nikki Cross? Cuz she’s SPYING on them! Nikki laughs and runs off! Candice isn’t sure what to make of that, but will she worry more about it once she’s in the chamber with crazy Cross?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella!

Raquel Gonzalez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, Asuka and Natalya are waiting, and there’s just one spot left in the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match! Will it be Michin, Mrs. Wrestling, the Scottish Viper, or the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island going all the way to Montreal for that golden opportunity?

Raw returns, Candice is already in the ring as Mia makes her entrance. Then, last but not least, Piper Niven! She’s dropped the nickname, will she make a name for herself on the Road to WrestleMania? The bell rings and Piper CLOBBERS Mia and Candice! Piper and Mella stare down, Mella talking trash even though this is her return match. Piper scares Mella with a growl and Mella bails out to hang by hubby Corey Graves. Piper whips Candice into Mia at a corner, then runs in to SANDWICH them! Candice and Mia both fall, and Piper grins. Mella hops on for a SLEEPER! Piper throws her right off!

Mella bails out again, but Mia and Candice fire off on Piper! Piper shoves them away, runs, but into a double drop toehold! She ends up on ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS send her out! Fans fire up with Mia and Candice, but then the two friends circle. They fist bump, and then Mia rushes in. Candice avoids the clothesline but Mia jumps over the leg sweep. Candice deflects a boot to waistlock, but Mia switches. Candice elbows free, Mia blocks a kick, and Mia slips under to pick Candice up! BUCKLE BOMB! Mia hoists Candice up top, CHOPS her, then blocks another kick! Mia has Candice in an Electric Chair, but Candice POISON-RANAS!

Mella scurries in to cover Candice, TWO! Cover on Mia, TWO! Cover back on Candice, TWO! Another cover on Mia, TWO! Piper TRIPLE SPLASHES them all!! Cover on Mia, TWO!! Piper drags Mia up to throw her out, then she kicks Candice out. Piper covers Mella, TWO!! Piper drags Mella up, throws her right out, and Piper is all fired up! Orlando is fired up with her, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Piper has everyone in corners. Piper SPLASHES Mia, SPLASHES Candice, but Mella dodges! FABULOUS KICK! Piper rebounds to CLOBBER Mella! Candice CROSSBODIES, but Piper catches her! Mia runs in to hit a NECKBREAKER that takes Piper down! All four women are down but Piper bails out of the ring! Orlando fires up while the others stir. Mella shouts, “This is MY match!” But Mia says no it ain’t! Mella throws a forearm, but Mia ROCKS Mella! Mella throws another, but Mia fires off a flurry! Mia BOOTS, then wrenches to hit EAT DA FEET!! Cover, Piper drags Mella away!

Fans are torn but Mia is shocked! Piper storms in, Mia throws body shots and haymakers! Piper ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Mia wobbles, Piper reels her in but Candice is up top! MISSILE DROPKICK! Piper is down, Candice LIONSAULTS! cover, Mia breaks it! Friends or not, this is every woman for herself! Mia says sorry, but then Piper shoves Mia into Candice! Candice falls, but Mia runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Candice breaks it! Piper pulls at her hair and bites her fingers in frustration, but she has Candice to herself now. Candice fires off haymakers, but Piper shoves her down. SENTON FLOPS as Candice moves!

Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! But Mella rolls Candice up! TWO!! Candice escapes, DEKCS Mella, and Mella goes to a corner. Candice runs in but is sent into buckles! Mella shouts at Candice and stomps a fabulous mudhole in! Fans boo as Mella moonwalks and says, “Mella! Is! Money!” FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! But Piper runs in! Mella dodges, CANNONBALL for Candice! FABULOUS KICK for Piper! Mella stacks Candice, and WINS!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match)

The Princess of Staten Island took advantage, and she is heading to Montreal! But will she be the one heading to WrestleMania with that golden ticket?

 

Baron Corbin regroups with JBL backstage.

Corbin laughs it off. “That didn’t go as planned, did it?” But where are they going to eat? Maybe get some drinks or something? JBL asks, “We? There ain’t no ‘we’. I headlined WrestleMania, I sold out arenas all over the world, I was must-watch television. You are channel changing television. That sound you hear when you get the ring, that’s the sound of remote controls around the world changing the channel to watch anything but you. And I don’t give a damn about you. I give a damn about the fact that MY Hall of Fame legacy, my CHAMPIONSHIP career, has lost all credibility, because of YOU!”

Corbin frowns but JBL continues. “Modern Day Wrestling God? I’ll tell you what you need. Not some cute little shirt, but a red nose and floppy shoes. Because you are a clown. You do not belong near me.” Corbin asks where this is coming from. He can do better! He’ll do better! JBL says, “You can’t polish a turd. I tried.” JBL storms off, did Corbin blow another major opportunity?

Meanwhile, we can see in the background that MVP is talking with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They shake hands, having a much better talk than JBL and Corbin just did. As the Wrestling God partnership falls apart, are we seeing the return of the Hurt Business?

 

Piper Niven finds Candice LeRae backstage!

Piper blames Candice for that loss! Piper should be going to WrestleMania! Mia storms in and makes Piper back off. Piper says they’re both very luck. If either of them get in the way of her and the title again, she will not be forgiving. Mia and Candice stick together, but will they both have to worry about the angry Scottish Viper slithering around?

 

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy!

Speaking of, PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard are going up against “Master” Chad Gable and his number one guy, Otis! It’s a battle of former Raw Tag Team Champions, will one of these teams make a big impression on the Road to WrestleMania?

Raw returns and MVP is with Cedric & Shelton in their entrance! The teams sort out and Gable circles with Cedric. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and SLAMS Cedric, but Cedric gets up, only for Gable to snapmare. Gable rolls with Cedric, has a waistlock again, but Cedric pries free, only for Gable to headlock for the takeover. Cedric headscissors, Gable kips free, but Cedric arm-drags Gable. Gable arm-drags back, then blocks Cedric’s arm-drag to say, “SHOOSH!” Gable stands Cedric up but Cedric mule kicks back. Cedric runs, handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cedric flounders and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!”

Gable tags Otis, the fans fire up and Otis struts. Gable cravats Cedric, Otis runs and CLOBBERS Cedric! Fans fire up but MVP protests. Cedric tags Shelton and he fires forearms on Otis! Shelton whips but Otis blocks! Otis whips, Shelton LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Shelton runs but Otis scoops! Shelton slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Otis staggers, Shelton runs in to STEP- UP- NO!! Otis carries Shelton out for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans fire up with the tree trunk and he runs, to SPLASH! Fans rally while Shelton sputters, but Otis CLUBS him on the back. Otis whips Shelton corner to corner hard and Shelton falls to the mat!

Fans rally behind Otis and he brings Shelton up. Shelton kicks but Otis blocks, and Otis spins Shelton around, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Otis staggers around, Shelton runs in but into another SLAM! Otis drags Shelton up, puts him in a corner, and then runs in, only to get buckles! MVP coaches Shelton and he crawls, but so does Otis! Hot tags to Gable and Cedric! Cedric rallies on Gable, runs in to forearm smash int he corner, then snapmare and BASEMENT DROPKICK! MVP is fired up with Cedric and Cedric whips. Gable reverses, Cedric goes up and over. Things keep moving, NEURALIZER!

Gable flops out of the ring, Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gable puts Cedric in while MVP shouts to shake it off! Gable is up top, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Shelton breaks it! Otis CLUBS Shelton, throws him to a corner, and then runs in, only to get more buckles! STEP-UP KNEE! And then another STEP-UP KNEE! And a SAMOAN DROP!?! Fans are thunderous after that, but Gable KNEES Shelton out! Cedric is up, Gable CLOBBERS him! Gable goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Cedric avoids it, back suplex, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Cedric & Shelton win!

Winners: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall

MVP is all fired up! He celebrates with his guys, is this the revival of the Hurt Business?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Cathy Kelley knows The A-Lister was caught off guard last week by Rick Boogs, but what is his reaction to that return? His reaction? Miz will gladly give it to Pearce, along with a bill for the damages to his $10,000 suit that Maryse bought Miz! Who makes someone compete in a suit?! And as far as “Boogs” goes, what? He’s supposed to be impressed that Boogs can bench press 500 pounds and play the electric guitar? But speaking of, here comes Boogs! Uh, how did he get a meeting before The Miz? Oh, of course, he’s special, right? Wow, Boogs is special? Thanks, Miz.

But Boogs is just excited to be reunited with the Boogs Crew in the WWE Universe. The Boogs Crew? Oh, cut the humble crap. Miz would’ve won easily, if he was dressed and ready. Boogs got luck and he knows it, but he’s also lucky that Pearce is a lazy and incompetent official. Because if it was different and Miz was ready, it would’ve been a different story! Pearce walks up behind Miz and says, “Tell me how you really feel.” Miz sighs and smiles at Pearce. Pearce says that if Miz wants a rematch with Boogs, all he had to do was ask. In fact, how about next week? Boogs says that is righteous! THICK RICK VS The Miz, he’s so excited! Rick “Boogs out” on his exercise bar!

Miz looks at Pearce, then frowns as he walks away. But then Chelsea walks back in. She’s about to go to the ring, so she wants him to find an opponent, or she will call his boss. Okay thanks, bye~! The Hot Mess heads out, but who will Pearce send out to face her?

 

Chelsea Green VS ???

“Shh… It’s Chelsea.” Orlando has mixed feelings as The Hot Mess struts her way to the ring in her first singles match since coming back to the WWE. She’s already got an ego over the fact that she is back, but is she going to be ready for her opponent tonight? Because her opponent is ASUKA!!

Wait, is that Raquel Rodriguez in the crowd? Big Mami Cool snuck in from SmackDown to watch Raw in person, and she’s distracting Asuka! The bell rings and Chelsea SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Chelsea CLUBS away on Asuka, but now we see Natalya sneaking in from the other side! And Liv Morgan! Chelsea dribbles Asuka off the mat, brings her up, and shushes her, before she SLAPS her! Mella struts her way back out, since all the Chamber entrants are here. Chelsea BOOTS Asuka into buckles! Chelsea drags Asuka up, clinches, picks her up, COMPLETE SHOT! Chelsea sees everyone else and asks if they all watched that.

Chelsea says SHE should be in the Chamber, not “whatever this is,” in reference to Mella. Chelsea goes back to Asuka, kicks dirt, and also talks trash on Natty. Wait, Nikki sneaks out here now? Nikki laughs at Chelsea. Chelsea says if Nikki wants crazy, she’ll give her crazy! Chelsea also talks trash on Liv and Raquel. But Asuka gest back up! Chelsea senses something is wrong, and Asuka eggs her on in Japanese! Chelsea swings, misses, and Asuka fires off a strike fest! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! FRONT KICK! URAKEN and HEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Chelsea wants a time-out!

Chelsea gets to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Chelsea BOOTS her! Chelsea runs in, into a CODE BREAKER, which Asuka then turns into a DOUBLE ARMBAR!!! Chelsea verbally quits, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The Empress of Tomorrow stands tall tonight, and she makes sure to look her future opponents in the eye. But then BIANCA BELAIR appears! The RawEST Women’s Champion is here, and she tells them all, “I want all of y’all to take a good look at each other and tell me what you see. Cuz I’ll tell you what I see. I see six top tier women in the WWE.” Fans cheer that. “But… Who has what it takes to win the Elimination Chamber match? Who has what it takes to go one on one with the EST of WWE? Because last year, I was in your position. I know what it’s like to be in an Elimination Chamber match, and I know what it takes to win. That’s how I got this.”

Bianca holds up the title, and says, “I want to wish each and every one of you good luck. Because whoever makes it out… I’ll be ready to see you at WrestleMania.” The EST has sent her message to all her potential contenders, but just who will survive the Chamber to meet Bianca in Hollywood?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Orlando goes nuts again as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring. Fans chant Cody’s name as he gets the mic. “So, what do you guys wanna talk about? Hmm… Last week, I used my interview time to come out here and talk to you with respect about my current WrestleMania opponent, The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the biggest superstar in the world, the Best in the World, Roman Reigns.” Fans boo Roman, then chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” So they just read Cody’s mind. Cody did say “current.” Cody’s path to WrestleMania is straight and clear, but the destination is foggy.

The reason being, Roman is putting the titles on the line at Elimination Chamber, “against a guy who has kicked up all the dust, a guy who has all the momentum, a guy that’s walking into his hometown, and that is Sami Zayn.” Fans cheer and chant for Sami and Cody continues. “You guys seem like a perfect judge for my next question. It looks more and more like at WrestleMania, it’s going to be me standing there, challenging for the championship against Sami Zayn.” Fans like the sound of that! Cody says this with the utmost respect. “I have respect for anyone avenging an injustice done to them. I have respect for my friend, Sami Zayn. I wish you the best of luck, may the best man win.”

But wait! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel, and The Wise Man, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans boo as Heyman continues into the ring. Fans chant “E C DUB!” and Heyman steps into the ring. Heyman tells Cody that something he may one day find out in life, “hopefully not at my expense, but one day, is that life at the very top in this industry requires an understanding that the only week busier than the week leading into a major event like the Royal Rumble, or watch the point, WrestleMania…

“Is the week coming out of a major event, like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. And I’m sure you know that the Tribal Chief and I have had a lot on our plates in the last week. And a few things fell through the cracks, admittedly, on the Island of Relevancy. One of which is the Tribal Chief and I, in front of the entire world, want to congratulate you on winning the 2023 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble match.” Cody and Heyman shake hands and Heyman says Cody earned it and that he’s very proud of Cody. Fans cheer that, and chant, “You Deserve It!”

Cody knows that his father had a nickname for Heyman, his brother had a nickname for Heyman. But if you’ll indulge Cody, Cody will go with “Mr. Heyman.” It is because Cody has “unparalleled respect” for Heyman and Heyman knows why. But if they’re going to pull back the curtain here, might as well pull it back for everyone here in the crowd and watching at home. This is a story that should’ve been told a long time ago. The year was 2000. The till in Cody’s family dried up a bit, and Hard Times was more than a famous promo. “Simply put, my family went broke.” $100 in a checking account for all of them.

To put a visual on it, Cody’s dad was doing local car commercials and not for money. Just so he could keep a car. Fans chant for Dusty now and Heyman gets emotional. “But then he got a phone call,” Cody continues. Heyman called Dusty. Heyman told Dusty that ECW as in town, that Steve Corino was gonna talk some smack, and that if Dusty would just agree to appear on camera, that if Dusty would be on ECW TV, Heyman “would pay him and pay him well.” Fans again chant for “E C DUB!” Cody says Heyman kept his word. In addition to the money that the Rhodes family sorely needed, ECW gave Dusty his confidence back, and Cody can never repay Heyman for that.

Flash forward a bit, and they might talk about it, but before coming back here, Cody was somewhere else, “causing a little bit of trouble.” From one disruptor in sports entertainment to another, Heyman showed Cody the way, so thank you again. Fans applaud that, and Heyman again gets emotional. Fans chant, “Thank You, Paul! Thank You, Paul!” Heyman says Cody is good. Cody really got Heyman there. Heyman was here to schmooze business with him, and Cody got him personally. Heyman sighs, fans cheer, and if we’re peeling back and shooting from the hip, let’s go all the way.

Heyman says this isn’t about him, and with all due respect and love and admiration and even acknowledgement, this isn’t about Dusty. This is about Cody, about everything Cody has fought for from the bottom to the top, out the door, back in, to winning the Rumble to main-eventing WrestleMania! “And winning WrestleMania is a whole different story. Just getting there is a long, long road.” And that’s Cody’s story. That’s Cody’s story that he needs to finish to find out if this is a dream come true, or if he must “suffer the nightmare of coming just this close.”

Because Cody isn’t just main-eventing WrestleMania, he’s trying to “take away from the greatest box office attraction and greatest champion of all time, Roman… Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says that’s no easy task for any mere mortal, let alone someone that has no idea what it’s like under that spotlight. Will Cody crumble and wither? Will he self-destruct under that pressure because no one ever prepared him for it? Heyman says down the road is the WWE Performance Center. At that very place, Cody’s father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, trained and prepped the biggest stars of this generation.

Cody’s father, Dusty, trained and prepped Seth Rollins, trained and prepped Becky Lynch, trained and prepped Bayley, trained and prepped Kevin Owens, trained and prepped for the highest level of success, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. But do you know who Dusty didn’t train and prep? Dusty did not train nor prepare Cody. Cody tries to smile through that but Heyman says he could counsel Cody that maybe, just maybe, Dusty wanted Cody to make it on his own. That’s how much love Dusty had for him. That Dusty wanted Cody to step out of the shadow of a national monument such as the American Dream himself.

Perhaps Dusty didn’t want Cody going through life as “Dusty’s son,” but as Cody Rhodes, “WrestleMania Main Eventer Who Stopped the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Maybe. But Cody, Heyman can’t convey in words how much he loved Dusty. But he can say to Cody’s face that Dusty loved Cody. To share this personally, in Heyman’s last conversation with Dusty, Dusty told Heyman… “You, Cody, were his favorite son.” Cody and the fans aren’t sure what to make of that, but then Heyman adds, “But Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.” Heyman drops the mic and fans cannot believe he just said that!

Cody rushes up on Heyman but Heyman backs away. Fans want Cody to go after Heyman but Heyman wants him to reconsider. Cody offers a handshake, then makes Heyman take it. “I’m just trying to win a wrestling championship, and everybody, everybody, wants to make it personal. And that’s what you just did, and you’re not gonna pay for it, Mr. Heyman. Your boy, Roman Reigns, is going to pay for it. At WrestleMania, when I take those titles, personally.” Cody pushes the mic into Heyman then heads out. Will Cody ironically be hoping Roman beats Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber so he can be the one to tear the Tribal Chief down?

 

Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford!

There is just ONE spot left in the United States Championship match, and it comes down to The Drifter and the flyest high flyer WWE has seen in a long time! Will all of Montreal #WalkWithElias? Or will this Profit be up, looking for gold?

Raw returns and Elias makes his entrance while Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and Elias circles with Ford. They tie up, and they are in a deadlock. They go around, Ford puts Elias in a corner but Elias turns it around. The ref counts, both men let off, and they reset. Ford and Elias tie up again, Elias headlocks and he grinds Ford down. Ford powers up but Elias holds tight. Ford tries again, but Elias still holds tight. Theory isn’t concerned about Elias’ level of aggression, because the person with aggression is him. Ford powers up and out, but Elias runs him over! Cover, TWO!

Elias stands Ford up but Ford rolls Elias up, TWO! Ford cradles, TWO! Elias headlocks again and he hits a takeover. Ford keeps his shoulder up, moves around, and fans rally. Theory likes Ford’s athleticism, and the move on his regimen, but he’s intrigued to face Elias since they’ve never met in a match. Ford fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Ford hurdles then runs Elias over! Ford DROPKICKS Elisa, and then Ford snarls as he whips. Elias reverses but Ford KICKS back! Ford runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Ford sputters to a corner and Elias storms up to CHOP, UPPERCUT and repeat!

Elias fires off, the ref counts, and Elias lets off. Elias then stomps Ford again, CHOPS him, and whips to back drop Ford! Ford bails out, Elias pursues, and Elias RAMS Ford into barriers! Elias then brings Ford up to STEEL STEPS BACK SUPLEX! Elias roars and fans are torn as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Elias has Ford in a motorcycle stretch. Ford endures, turns, but Elias drags him up into a waistlock. BACKBREAKER! Elias then goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Ford hops up after him! Ford fires haymakers, Elias throws body shots, and Elias CLUBS Ford down. Elias SUNSET FLIPS, but Ford holds onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Ford fights his way back up, and he ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias turns things into an Electric Chair Lift! SPINNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Theory says he thought that would end it, though he sounds a bit sarcastic.

Ford crawls to the apron and Elias storms over. Ford GAMANGIRIS Elias, ducks a haymaker, then bumps Elias off buckles to GAMANGIRI again! Ford goes back up, CROSSBODIES, and says “SUCK IT!” Ford rallies with clotheslines, then runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Elias staggers, Ford pumps up and hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up but Ford’s back tightens up. Ford powers through to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Theory likes that Elias is still in this, but Ford brings Elias up. Elias CHOPS! ford ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias ROCKS Ford, but Ford ENZIGURIS! Ford runs, into the SYMPHO-KNEE!

Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and Elias grows frustrated. Theory doesn’t worry about the match, and goes on to talk trash on the other entrants. Theory thinks Johnny Gargano will be a stay-at-home dad, Bronson Reed probably can’t fit in a pod, but then gets mad at Kevin Patrick for bringing up the loss to Bronson back in their NXT days. Elias meanwhile RAMS Ford into a corner, RAMS him again, and again, and again! Elias backs off, runs in again, but Ford puts him on the apron! Elias shoulders in, slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER!

Elias flounders away, Ford goes corner to corner to FLY!! Direct hit and down goes Elias! Ford puts Elias in the ring and fans fire up! Ford goes up top, and leaps in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)

Ford takes the last spot, but Theory stands on the desk to hold up the title. Will Theory still have that title after the Elimination Chamber? Wait! SETH ROLLINS CLIPS THEROY! Theory hits the desk and Rollins laughs! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the CURB STOMP to the floor! The Now didn’t see The Visionary coming, will nothing and no one stop Rollins from winning in the Chamber?

 

Bayley talks with Damage CTRL backstage.

Dakota Kai is in crutches given what Becky Lynch did to her last week, but Bayley isn’t worry. She tells Kai & Sky the plan and prepares for the main event, which is up next!

 

Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch!

The Role Model used Damage CTRL to take control away from The Man and deny us all this match on the Raw 30th Anniversary episode. But now, there’s no running from this, there’s no hiding from this, and there’s no getting around this! Will Bayley survive Becky’s Big Time wrath? Or will Becky leave Bayley behind just like when they were in NXT?

The bell rings, fans fire up, but Bayley smirks. Fans rally for Becky as she and Bayley circle. They feel things out, Bayley ROCKS Becky then climbs the wall! Becky yanks her down, she won’t let Bayley just run away like a coward. They talk trash, Bayley says Becky doesn’t tell her what to do or when to do it. Bayley shoves Becky, so Becky ROCKS Bayley! They go back and forth, Becky gets the edge, but Bayley kicks a leg out! Becky trips Bayley! Becky says she was going for the door, but that’s not how this is going down. Becky whips but Bayley turns it around, only for Becky to stop from hitting the steel.

Becky hits Bayley back, but Bayley also blocks hitting steel. Bayley elbows Becky away but Becky goes for an arm! Bayley and Becky go around, but Bayley throws Becky into the steel! Kai & Sky like what they see as Bayley sends Becky into more steel! Bayley stomps away on Becky, then digs her boots in! She also digs Becky into the frame of the cage! Fans boo but Bayley covers, ONE!! Becky is hanging tough, so Bayley decides to climb. Becky hurries over and dropkicks the cage to shake Bayley loose! Bayley falls to the mat, then Becky drags her up to RAM her into the steel! Becky drags Bayley up again to RAM her into more steel!

Becky runs to basement dropkick Bayley into the steel! And again! Becky stomps away on Bayley now, then pushes her face into the steel! “You think you can talk about my husband?! You think you can talk about my husband now, Bayley?!” Becky lets off, then drags Bayley up. Fans rally and Becky throws Bayley into more steel! Bayley drags herself out while Becky climbs the cage. Bayley hurries to anchor Becky, but Becky kicks her away. Bayley climbs up after Becky, but Becky kicks her again. Bayley anchors a foot, but Becky dribbles Bayley’s face off steel! Becky then adjusts, brings Bayley around, but Bayley RAMS Becky into steel!

Bayley dribbles Becky now, throws her off the ropes, then adjusts to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kai & Sky coach Bayley on as she has control, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns just as Becky kicks out of a cover! And she wants the arm! Bayley hurries to push Becky away, but Becky hits a FLYING FOREARM! Both women are down and Orlando fires up! Kai & Sky coaches Bayley as she and Becky both stand. The forearms go back and forth again! Fans rally behind Becky as she gets the edge, uppercuts and SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and JUMP KICKS Bayley down! Becky whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley uses that to get up the wall! Becky grabs Bayley’s legs to SLAM them against the steel! And again! Bayley holds on with her hands but Becky RAMS her into the steel again and again! SUPER JUMP KICK!

Bayley ends up slumped on the ropes, for Becky’s SUPER GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Becky fires up. Kai & Sky plead with Bayley as she gets up, but Becky clinches. Bayley slips out of the slam to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Becky is still in this and fans fire up again! Bayley drags herself to ropes, climbs the cage, but Becky rises! Becky drags Bayley back down, has her draped on the ropes and TOSSES her into the steel! Becky runs, to drop a leg, brother! But Bayley turns it into a HEEL HOOK!! Becky flails, reaches out, and crawls her way to the door! Becky grabs the frame but Bayley drags her away!

Bayley stands Becky up but Becky rolls to send Bayley into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Back to the HEEL HOOK! Becky still crawls, they roll to ropes, and Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel! And again! And again! Bayley is dazed but Becky hobbles back up. Becky climbs a corner but Bayley anchors her foot. Becky kicks her away, but Bayley tries again. Becky kicks Bayley again, but Bayley hurries up after her! They brawl, Becky shoves Bayley away! Becky is on the top rope but Bayley CLUBS her! Bayley clubs after and they braw on the top rope! Bayley RAMS Becky into the steel, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?!

Kai & Sky can’t believe it, and neither can Orlando! Bayley stalks Becky, but then decides to climb the wall! Bayley reaches the top! Becky hurries up after Bayley, catches up to Bayley, and they brawl up top now! Fans rally as the haymakers go back and forth! Bayley SMACKS Becky off the top! But Becky grabs an arm! Becky uses that to drag herself back up, DISARM-HER ON TOP OF THE CAGE!!! Bayley slips free, gets caught up on the ropes, and flops to the mat! But Becky just adjusts, only for Sky to climb up after her! The Evil Genius brawls with Becky, and then she kicks Becky down into the ring! Kai sneaks a crutch to Bayley!

Bayley JAMS Becky with the crutch! But wait, is that LITA?!? The living legend is here and she goes up after Sky! Lita YANKS Sky right off the cage! Lita storms up on Kai and uses her other crutch to YANK her into steel steps! Lita JAMS Sky, reels her in, TWIST OF FATE to the floor!! Bayley is flabbergasted, but she hurries for the door! Fans are losing their minds as Lita SLAMS the door shut! Bayley staggers into a MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Becky had Big Time back-up, was this the ace in the hole she talked about? Did Lita help Becky put behind her Damage CTRL once and for all?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw, and full to the brim at that. Great opening segment with Edge, Beth and Judgment Day. I am glad they’re giving us that Mixed Tag for Elimination Chamber, but I was hoping they would make it Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom. But at the same time, if Dom was involved, it’d be obvious Dom would take the loss just so The Grit Couple can win without really hurting Rhea’s momentum. With Finn in that match instead, it could go either way. Rhea could beat Beth to win it while we see Edge and Finn set up a 1v1 rematch for WrestleMania. That’s two birds, one stone, so perhaps WWE will go with that.

I also like that they used the brawl that broke out to bring in the Profits. Dom taking the Glam Slam was beloved by all, and of course we go right into Dawkins VS Priest. Priest winning makes sense, he really is the workhorse Edge said he is, Priest will have a great showing in the Elimination Chamber. Elias VS Ford was great stuff, even with Theory on commentary. Theory wasn’t bad, but what does he really add talking himself up? At the same time, it was great for Rollins to drive-by Theory to get himself some momentum while not in the ring. And as I’d hoped, Ford is in the Chamber now, so get ready for a From the Heavens off a pod.

Corbin VS Lumis being a comparative squash was a bit of a surprise, but it leading to JBL dumping Corbin was also quite surprising. At the same time, something had to give. The WWE never books Corbin strong forever, which is why Corbin has been through more changes to his character these last few years than anyone else. I’m not sure what’ll get Corbin to the next level, if WWE even cares to do that. I still think they skipped through the Bum Ass Corbin stuff too soon, but that’s on Vince. Maybe Corbin will start trying to earn JBL’s respect like he needs it as validation for who he is.

And because HHH’s team is really clever, they gave us another “Easter egg” in a promo, with MVP talking with Cedric & Shelton before their match. Their match against Alpha Academy was pretty good, though it seemed clunky at the start. Commentary touched on it, I think Shelton was just not quite ready for how big and strong Otis was gonna run in there. But Shelton & Cedric win because clearly, the Hurt Business is on its way back. Lesnar and Lashley had a good promo together, and I’m a little surprised we’re getting that match at the Chamber. Maybe there will be something crazy that happens, compelling a WrestleMania match. Plus, from Lashley’s promo, he’s counting their Rumble match confrontation as part of the record, so the Chamber match would be round 4, making Mania round 5 and a tiebreaker of sorts.

Good backstage promos with Adam Pearce. Miz putting his foot in his mouth and ending up in a rematch with Boogs was good stuff. Officially signing MMM to Raw was a nice detail to help give us a reason we’re even watching Pearce, which sets up Chelsea “Karen Joke Punchline” Green complaining to him and getting a match. And seeing as how Chelsea avoided bringing Asuka up, it was perfect that she had to fight Asuka. It was a logical surprise to have the other women in the Elimination Chamber match show up, though I feel like Chelsea could’ve been faster about talking trash. Asuka wins, of course, and Bianca had a great promo calling out all the contenders.

Speaking of, the Fatal 4 was great stuff, and I suppose Mella winning is a good choice. She’s returning, she’s got momentum just on that, but she’ll surely be used to build up Asuka in that match. Mella had that segment with Asuka last week, Asuka will definitely mist and eliminate Mella. Asuka is definitely a frontrunner to win the Chamber, and this return to Kana in presentation has to mean Asuka’s going to WrestleMania. Piper threatening Candice and Mia was good stuff. Piper might get a partner to take them on at some point, but we can get some great 1v1 matches out of Piper VS Candice and Piper VS Mia.

Cody’s promo segment with Heyman was so good. I just knew Heyman was setting up that insult on Cody about Dusty wanting someone like Roman as a son, and it was still powerful. And while Sami Zayn is great, it of course gave the idea that WrestleMania’s main event will stay Roman VS Cody. Then we got a great main event in the Steel Cage match. Granted, it was the usual Steel Cage formula: throw each other into steel; keep each other from climbing up and out multiple times; Heel still has minions interfere. But I did like that Lita showed up to help Becky in a callback to their Crown Jewel match. Lita helping Becky win was good stuff cuz it was DMG CTRL facing karma, and fans got to see the legendary Lita celebrate with the iconic Becky. Hell, maybe we get some kind of tag match now so Lita can return to WrestleMania.

My Score: 8.7/10


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