One more Friday Night SmackDown before the Clash of Champions!
Before defending the WWE Universal Championship against his own cousin, Jey Uso, Roman Reigns will be in the ring for an interview!
- Sami Zayn VS Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro; Nakamura wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans; Evans wins, by disqualification.
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WWE and SmackDown mourn the loss of Road Warrior Animal, Joe Laurinaitis
AJ Styles heads to the ring!
The Phenomenal One is here for this “ascension ceremony” to commemorate the coming Triple Threat Ladder match to crown the UNDISPUTED WWE Intercontinental Championship! But he’s also joined by “the real” Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn. Sami is a bit grumpier since he’d have to give up his copy of the title. And of course, that means the real Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy, joins them in the ring, as well! Corey Graves presides over this ceremony and reminds us that Clash of Champions will be “winner take all,” no other superstar will have claim to being champion. The two belts will be raised in this first-ever ceremony. And as a Triple Threat, this match has no champion’s advantage.
Styles asks Hardy how the belt feels right now. Savor that feeling, because this is the last time Hardy will hold the belt that he cheated to win in the first place. And why is Sami even here? Oh, right, because Sami thinks he’s still champion when he took the summer off growing out his neckbeard! Sami is nobody! Styles has broken his back to make the title mean something! And didn’t Styles beat Sami last week anyway? Sami says this entire match should be happening. This is only happening because Styles partook in a tournament to crown a fraud! And that was Styles for a minute. But then Hardy won the fraudulent “shampionship,” but should have denounced it and recognized Sami as the rightful champion! Now Sami has to defend his title in a LADDER match!? Does anyone know how dangerous that is?
Hardy tells Sami to shut up. And he oddly agrees with Styles. Yes, because Styles is the smartest guy here! Hardy says Sami should be grateful. Because Styles and Hardy have at least defended the title. Sami can make things legit at Clash. Let’s raise these belts high to tear the house down this Sunday! The belt hanger lowers as Styles talks trash on Hardy and Sami. Sami says the guys holding belts are going to hang up the belts now, if that’s okay. The belts are strapped to the hanger and the hook rises high above. And then Sami shoves a ladder down onto both Hardy and Styles! Sami rains down rights on Hardy, while shouting “FRAUD!” every time! Styles chases Sami off and says Sami won’t have that belt ever again.
But Adam Pearce is here, and he says Sami should’ve just left enough alone. The match of Sami VS Hardy is going to change, it’ll be a TRIPLE THREAT! And it’ll be next! Sami is freaking out, Hardy gives Styles a TWIST OF FATE! Who wins this sampler of Sunday after the break?
Sami Zayn VS Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles!
SmackDown returns and the bell rings! Styles throws hands on Sami then on Hardy. Hardy counter punches while Sami bails out. Styles and Hardy brawl, Hardy gets Styles for an atomic drop! Hardy full nelsons but Styles spins out, so Hardy cravats and snapmares to neck snap! Sami returns but Hardy kicks him first. Hardy bumps Sami off buckles, then more buckles. Sami scrambles away to then kick low and throw hands. Sami facelocks, Hardy atomic drops and trips him up! Leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Styles stomps Hardy while Sami rolls out again. Styles bumps Hardy off buckles now, stomps him in the corner, then scoops for the backbreaker!
Styles runs and slides to wreck Sami with a dropkick! Sami bumps into the announce desk while Styles goes back to Hardy. Styles drags Hardy up, Hardy hits back and throws haymakers. Hardy whips, Styles reverses but Hardy holds ropes and boots. Styles catches those to toss Hardy out! Hardy hits the floor, Styles goes out to bring him back up. Styles bumps Hardy off the desk, Sami clobbers Styles! Sami bumps Styles off barriers then throws him into the ring. Sami brings Styles up for haymakers and Styles gets to a corner. Sami stomps Styles, drags him up and whip him to ropes. Sami LARIATS Styles and covers, ONE! Sami sees Hardy on the apron and DECKS him!
Sami looms over Styles but keeps looking up at the two belts. Styles powers Sami to a corner and rams his shoulder in. Styles catches his breath, snapmares Sami and wraps on a chinlock. Sami endures, Hardy crawls into the ring and fans clap on their screens. Styles throws Sami into Hardy to send Hardy back down! Styles chokes Sami on the ropes, which he can do because there are no disqualifications in a Triple Threat. Styles snapmares Sami back to a chinlock and grinds Sami down. Sami endures again, fights up but Styles clubs him. Hardy is up, Styles throws Sami at him but Hardy dodges! Sami tumbles out, Hardy fires off on Styles! Hardy rams Styles in the corner, reels him in for a clothesline, then clotheslines Sami as he gets in.
Hardy throws kicks and haymakers on both opponents but Sami hits Hardy back. Sami kicks and runs but Hardy dodges, to dropkick both Sami and Styles down! Fans cheer as Hardy gets up first. Hardy whips Sami to one corner, then back drops him down! Hardy uses Sami for POETRY IN MOTION on Styles! Styles and Sami are both down, Hardy goes up top! Sami shoves him off! Hardy hotshots off ropes and hits the ground! Sami goes around to drag Hardy up for haymakers. Styles kicks Sami and slingshots for a FOREARM! All three men are down as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Sami has Styles up top. Hardy comes in and grabs at Sami, but Sami fights him off the Tower of Doom. Sami brings Styles up, Styles slips under and trips Sami up! Sami hits buckles, Styles runs at Hardy but Hardy elbows him away. Sami runs in but Hardy boots him! Hardy goes up, a WHISPER IN THE WIND gets both Styles and Sami! All three men are down again but stirring as fans clap. Hardy and Sami sit up first but Styles follows. Styles hits Sami and Hardy, Hardy hits Styles and Sami, Sami hits Hardy and Styles, repeat. Styles fires off on both opponents but Hardy kicks. Styles blocks but Hardy hits the spin back kick! HELLUVA KICK for Hardy, HELLUVA KICK for Styles! PELE!! All three men are down again and fans are showing their energy on screen!
Styles rises first this time, but Hardy follows. Styles hotshots Hardy from the apron then aims at Sami. Sami runs in but Styles forearms him away! Styles pulls the elbow pad and springboards, PHENOMENAL FORERAM on Hardy! Sami throws Styles out to cover Hardy, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Sami wins this standard Triple Threat because he was able to use that opportunistic skill! But it won’t be so easy with ladders being part of the match! Speaking of which, Styles runs in and RAMS Sami with one! Styles aims and SMASHES Hardy with it now! Fans look torn between clapping and thumbs down as Styles takes an even taller ladder and puts it in the ring. Styles stands the ladder up, climbs it, and undoes both belts from the hanger. Will Styles not just be the Phenomenal but the UNDISPUTED Intercontinental Champion?
Otis and Tucker talk backstage.
Heavy Machinery knows Miz and Morrison want the Money in the Bank briefcase and Tucker heatedly explains the details of the lawsuit. Will they have an answer for this situation after the break?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview with Heavy Machinery!
Otis was given a week to either fight the lawsuit or forfeit his MITB contract. What is his decision? Otis says that Mama Dozovic always told him not to trust three things: carnival clowns, 1% milk, and lawyers. The Miz and his “fancy pants” lawyers want to take this briefcase from him? Ain’t gonna happen! But Miz and Morrison walk over, and while Miz’s lawyers have tailored trousers, no one is stealing anything. They just want to give the WWE Universe a Mr. MITB they deserve. Tucker defends that Otis won the contract fair and square. Morrison says “You say potato, I say give us the MITB contract.”
Miz makes this even simpler: the firm of Guerrerey, Casielo, Fazzio & Oppenheim bill $2000 an hour and do not sleep! They will bury Otis in motions, drown him in depositions and put a lean on everything he owns! Otis will have nothing but a mountain of bills he can’t pay, and Miz will have everything! From the briefcase to the lunchbox to Otis’ house and his mom’s pretty little double wide! Don’t threaten mama! Morrison shields Miz and has a phone to record this all. If Otis doubts Miz can do all that and more, just go ask sweet little Mandy Rose! Now Otis is mad! Morrison keeps the phone up and Otis’ hands are tied. But where Otis comes from, they don’t settle things in the court. Come to the ring and try and take this briefcase!
Tucker points out something, though. Why did Miz’s fancy team of lawyers only put Miz’s name on the suit? Morrison asks what that’s about. Otis goes after Morrison!! Morrison isn’t protected by the suit so he gets wrecked! The referees hurry to drag Otis off Morrison and Miz gets Morrison away. This is far from settled, but just how will Miz and Otis put this to rest?
Bayley is here!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion has both mic and chair with her as she walks out. She shows off the chair again, because it has been the very thing she’s used on former friend, Sasha Banks. Bayley takes a seat on stage and says, “Can you say Role Model?” She could watch the replayed footage of her hurting Sasha over and over again. But she won’t, because a champion’s time is precious. To be honest, she has not more time to waste on the useless Sasha. And unlike Sasha, Bayley has work to do. And unlike that poor little baby Sasha, Bayley has a match to prepare for. “So Nikki Cross,” Bayley admires your heart and fighting spirit. But last week, she overheard Nikki saying this will be different? That Nikki has a chance now because Sasha isn’t in Bayley’s corner?
“Nikki, I want you to think about that statement.” And think really hard as to why Sasha isn’t here. If you watched to what she did to her best friend, be worried about what she’ll do to you! She’ll start by slapping the smile off Nikki’s stupid face! And you can only imagine what’ll happen next. “Right, Sasha?” Bayley already went to the dark side, but is she going even further down that path?
Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro!
The King of the Ropes couldn’t quite overcome the Swiss Cyborg, but that may or may not have had something to do with Lince Dorado and Kalisto arguing the whole time. But now Metalik faces the King of Strong Style to see if things fair any better. Can the Golden Lynx and self-proclaimed leader of Lucha House Party at least get along this time?
The bell rings and Metalik circles with Nakamura. They approach, Nakamura fires off kicks then knees. Nakamura grinds Metalik against ropes then lets off, but Metalik ducks the sucker punch to kick back! Metalik whips, Nakamura reverses but Metalik handsprings! Nakamura gets clear but Metalik dodges him, to handspring arm-drag! Nakamura bails out, Metalik builds speed and slides, but Nakamura ducks! Metalik ducks the roundhouse but not the windmill kick! Nakamura RAMS Metalik into barriers! LHP protests but Nakamura puts Metalik on the apron. Nakamura runs to KNEE Metalik back into the ring!
Nakamura climbs back in at the ref’s ring count of 7, covers, TWO! Nakamura is annoyed already as he kicks Metalik. Nakamura kicks Metalik more, clamps onto an arm but LHP rally. Fans follow that but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura whips, Metalik reverses but runs into another knee! Nakamura rams Metalik into buckles! And he starts scraping his boot off Metalik’s head! The ref reprimands and Nakamura lets up, to bring Metalik up and around. Metalik CHOPS back, Nakamura kicks and knees away then drags Metalik to the mat. Nakamura cranks on the facelock, Metalik endures, but Nakamura spins him around. Metalik fights off the inverted exploder, Nakamura shoves him but Metalik ducks and huricanranas!
Nakamura is on the apron, Metalik blocks the boot to enziguri! Nakamura goes down, Metalik builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! LPH is united in cheering Metalik on! Metalik drags Nakamura up and into the ring, Kalisto and Lince cheer Metalik on. Metalik springboards to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives but Metalik keeps focused. Metalik drags Nakamura to a drop zone, climbs up top again, and MOONSAULTS! But Nakamura moves, Metalik lands on his feet to roll back and runs at Nakamura. Nakamura sends him up, Metalik lands safe on the ropes but Nakamura trips him up! Metalik hits buckles, then Nakamura runs in to KNEE him in the back! INVERTED EXPLODER!
Nakamura aims from the corner, and KINSHASAS!! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
With conflicted coaching, Metalik couldn’t beat Cesaro. With united coaching, Metalik couldn’t beat Nakamura. What is he supposed to do? Lince gets in to check on Metalik, but Cesaro gets in to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX him! Nakamura and Cesaro stomp Lince and Metlaik and Kalisto stays out!? Kalisto waits until the champions leave, but Lince shoves him down! Lince is upset with Kalisto, and doesn’t listen to Kalisto’s claims that he was trying to help. Will LHP not only lose out on the titles, but start to lose their bond as friends?
Jey Uso heads for Roman Reigns’ private locker room.
Knock knock, Cuz! They’ve got business! Open the door, bruh! Jey drums a beat, but will Roman want to talk with him? We find out after the break.
WWE superstars pay tribute to Road Warrior Animal.
From The Rock to Triple H to Hulk Hogan and more, superstars and legends took to social media to share their condolences to the Laurinaitis family as well as celebrate and honor the late, great Hall of Famer.
SmackDown takes a closer look at this coming Battle of the Bloodline.
Jey Uso and Roman Reigns are set to battle 1v1 for the first time ever, and over the WWE Universal Championship. Uncle Afa remembers how the two grew up together, did everything together and were very competitive. Rikishi, father of Jey & Jimmy, remembers family gatherings. Roman would sit close to the chiefs. Afa says it was amazing sitting there watching them all grow up. Roman’s father, Sika, says his son is strong and tough. Jimmy knows a lot of the attitude going on right now comes from the three of them growing up, “literally fighting each other.” They wanted to one-up the others and be the better man. Even at a young age, Roman felt he was the big dog of the pack. Sika is proud of his son, and wants him to be big and tough and mean, just like he and Afa were.
Afa says that everything Roman does, he’s a winner. Rikishi says this is almost destiny for Roman. But then his sons had to step-by-step, day-by-day pay their dues and understand the culture of pro-wrestling. Jimmy knows the Clash will leave it all on the line. Bloodline, Jey VS Roman. Roman has said this is his island and his WWE. But Jey knows he has this once in a lifetime opportunity against his own family. Roman vowed to whoop ass, and the family each believes their own will win. Who will be THE top dog in the Anoa’i Dynasty?
Jey Uso heads to the ring!
“Man, I’m hyped!” The video package with his family fired Uso up! This Sunday is Clash of Champions: Gold Rush, Uce VS Uce, Cuz VS Cuz, Family VS Family. Uso VS Reigns for the Universal Championship! Roman and Heyman watch from backstage as Jey says hey to Corey. Corey is supposed to be the one to interview Roman, but Jey says he can take a break, Jey will handle it. Keeping it in the family because Jey has questions that need answers! But here it is from last week: the Samoan Street Fight belonged to Roman and Jey as they combined Spear and Uso Splash onto Corbin. Jey played around with the belt just a moment, and Roman seemed fine with it. But as Jey walked away, Roman’s smile became a scowl.
Jey says people were asking about that look. But how could he see it with his back turned? Jey asks Roman, “What’s up with the look?” Roman clearly isn’t at gorilla, so there’s no answer. Jey paces and keeps asking, but Roman doesn’t show up. “I thought we were better than this, Uce.” Which is it, Roman? Smile to his face but frown behind his back? Heyman speaks to us by titantron. The WWE Universe does deserve to hear what Roman has to say to Jey face to face and in the ring. But here is where we have it wrong: “It’s not going to happen when Jey Uso wants it to happen. It will happen at the accommodation of the schedule of the Universal Champion, your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” And Heyman absolutely, positively guarantees that discussion will happen tonight. Heyman excuses himself and returns to Roman’s locker room,
Jey knew something was up. Roman done changed his number, Heyman is screening his mail apparently. But it’s all good and all love! Either way, they man up at Clash of Champions! Jey will even show Roman tonight! Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Will Uso put this all on lock before the night is done?
Baron Corbin speaks backstage.
“When you’re a king, everyone looks at what you do and how you carry yourself.” So last week, when Corbin was preparing to elevate the main event, you can imagine his disgust hearing and seeing Matt Riddle’s bro montage. Tonight, Corbin looks forward to make Riddle say “Bro” in unbearable pain. Or “Bro” in intolerable misery and excruciating agony. But will Riddle instead be saying “Bro” in victorious vindication?
Matt Riddle VS Baron Corbin!
We all know the Wolf King holds a grudge and is a sore loser, and now he wants payback from Payback! But will he stop being a sore loser and just be a loser who feels sore all over?
SmackDown returns as Corbin makes his entrance minus the palanquin. Corbin puts his cape and crown down but Riddle rushes him with a barrage! Riddle won’t let Corbin get away with cheap shots this time, the bell rings and Riddle dodges Corbin to fire off more! Riddle kicks and clotheslines Corbin out of the ring! Riddle is fired up and fans clap as he goes after Corbin. Riddle throws forearms and Corbin gets into the ring. Corbin kicks Riddle at the ropes and fires off furious forearms in return! Corbin dumps Riddle down then stalks after him. Riddle goes after the leg! Corbin rains down rights to fight Riddle off. But Riddle is after the arm! Riddle wants the Kimura but Corbin stays on his feet! Corbin powers up and scoop slams Riddle down!
Corbin shakes out his arm but Riddle gets up. Riddle goes for another leg but Corbin knees him away. Corbin throws haymakers, has Riddle in a corner and throws body shots. The ref warns Corbin but Corbin keeps on Riddle with those body shots. Riddle drops down but Corbin brings him up for more. Riddle hits back with forearms and palm strikes! Corbin shoves Riddle and elbows him down! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref already but he still smirks as he corners Riddle. Corbin whips Riddled but Riddle holds ropes to block. Corbin gets him on the second try and Riddle hits buckles hard! Corbin runs in, slides out then back in, Riddle catches the clothesline for the PELE!
Both men are down but Corbin bails out. Riddle hurries after Corbin and throws him over the announce desk! Riddle gets on the desk and goes wild as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Riddle has an Ankle Lock! Corbin turns, kicks Riddle away but walks into a leg grab! Riddle has the Triangle Hold but Corbin stays up! Corbin dead lifts, Riddle bops him and drags him back down. Corbin dead lifts again for the POWERBOMB! Corbin covers, TWO!! Riddle still has fight in him but Corbin grimaces. Corbin rains down rights on Riddle but Riddle gets away. Fans give thumbs down as Corbin stalks Riddle to ropes. Corbin chokes Riddle on the ropes but CLLUBS Riddle as the ref counts. Corbin brings Riddle up, puts him on other ropes and chokes him more. The ref counts, Corbin CLUBS Riddle down again.
Corbin paces, taunts Riddle and runs, to ROCK Riddle with a right! Corbin soaks up the heat, runs again and DECKS Riddle with another right! Corbin tells Riddle to stay down, but Riddle refuses. Riddle sits up, Corbin runs, but Riddle flops back down. Corbin drags Riddle up but Riddle waistlocks, wristlocks, ripcords and KNEES! Corbin staggers to a corner, Riddle grits his teeth and runs in for a forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side for another! Then the BROSPLODER! Riddle runs to kick but Corbin ducks. Corbin also avoids the moonsault but not the BROTON! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Riddle is fired up as Corbin slowly rises. Riddle elbows away and hooks Corbin’s legs and arm, a modified cobra twist! Corbin pops free but Riddle gets the sleeper! Corbin fights up, gest the ropes, but Riddle holds until 3 to KICK the arms! Riddle ripcords Corbin again, but Corbin uses DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is beside himself, but he drags Riddle around and reels him in. Riddle boots Corbin away, throws knees, and springboards, into a HAYMAKER! Corbin drags Riddle up, reels him in, END- NO! Riddle slips out, FINAL FLASH! Riddle hurries to a corner while Corbin is down, for the FLOATING BRO!! ONTO KNEES!! END OF DAYS!! Cover, COrbin wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King has repaid Riddle for Payback! Will Corbin finally leave it at this? Or will it be Riddle’s turn to retaliate?
Kayla Braxton appears for an in-ring interview with Riddle. He must be disappointed in this loss. “I’m not gonna lie, Kayla. Losing sucks!” But Riddle won’t let the setbacks stop the Stallion. Riddle is here to push himself, and he will continue the grind until SmackDown is The Bro Show.
SmackDown’s mystery woman is almost ready.
She has her hair, her dress, her shoes, now it’s time for makeup. She writes on the mirror, “Untouchable.” Just who is this glamorously anonymous woman?
Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans!
The Goddess has been acting odd lately, but it’s really only when you bring up Bray Wyatt and/or The Fiend. Will the Sassy Southern Belle bite her tongue this time and settle things with Alexa directly? Or will she slip up and be reintroduced to Sister Abigail?
SmackDown returns as Lacey makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Lacey powers Alexa to a corner and digs her forearms in. The ref counts, Lacey lets up and Alexa rolls her up! TWO, but Lacey kicks low. Lacey whips, Alexa rolls Lacey again for another cover, TWO! Lacey blocks Alexa’s kick, trips her up and rains down rights! Lacey brings Alexa up, throws her into a corner, then takes out her handkerchief to dab herself off. She throws the tissue at the “nasty” and then thrashes Alexa in the corner! The ref counts, Lacey lets up, and comes back for the swinging bronco buster! Lacey snapmares Alexa to a cover, TWO!
Lacey keeps on Alexa with a cobra clutch and taunts Alexa right to her face. Alexa endures, fans clap for her but Lacey throws her down! Lacey toys with Alexa and chokes her on the ropes! Alexa hits back but Lacey throws her down again. Cover, TWO! Alexa sits up but Lacey pushes her around. Lacey bumps Alexa off buckles then climbs up to wrap Alexa’s arm around a rope and use a leg to pull on Alexa’s head! The ref counts, Lacey stops at 4, and then smiles for the cameras. Lacey CHOPS Alexa but Alexa hits back. Lacey hits Alexa more then goes to buckle bump. Alexa blocks, wrenches Lacey and yanks on the arm! Alexa STO’s Lacey down! But Bray’s laughter echoes from the shadows?! Alexa feels haunted as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDOwn returns and Lacey thrashes Alexa around on the mat. The ref reprimands and Lacey lets off to compose herself, and hit a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Alexa around and goes after the leg. Lacey has the leg trapped as she dribbles Alexa’s head! The ref reprimands, Lacey stops, but digs her forearm in Alexa’s face. Lacey stops to blow a kiss, then pulls back on Alexa’s chin. Lacey shifts to grab the arm and squishes Alexa’s mouth in an effort to make her say, “I give up.” Alexa refuses to actually say that and elbows Lacey back but Lacey dribbles her off the mat again.
Fans clap on their screens to rally up for Alexa. Alexa fights up but Lacey bumps her off buckles. Lacey whips but Alexa reverses and runs in, Lacey slips out, counter punches and bumps Alexa again. Lacey scrapes Alexa’s face on the ropes! Then she knees away on Alexa, sweeps the leg and slingshots, to WRECK Alexa with a dropkick! Lacey then lounges while Alexa is down on the outside. The ref counts, Alexa gets in at 5, but Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey tries again, TWO! Lacey tries again, TWO! Lacey grows frustrated but Alexa dropkicks a leg out! Alexa gets to a corner, Lacey runs in but only gets buckles! Alexa staggers away but comes back to rally with clotheslines! Alexa SLAPS and dropkicks Lacey down!
Alexa grits her teeth as she brings Lacey up, but Lacey wrings the arm out! Lacey goes to a corner, climbs up, and SASSIEST MOONSAULT EVER FLOPS! But now the lights turn red!! The Fiend has taken over the ThunderDome screens! Alexa’s dark side has been triggered! She attacks Lacey with knees and hammering fists! Alexa pulls Lacey’s hair to put her on the roes and she still fires off! Alexa stomps a mudhole into Lacey in the corner, dumps her down and then skateboard stomps away! The fans actually like this but the ref calls the match off!!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by disqualification
But Alexa isn’t done, she throws Lacey out of the ring! Alexa drags Lacey up, and gives her a goodnight kiss, for SISTER ABIGAIL!! Alexa’s hair is a mess and perhaps so is her mind. “LET ME IN!” The Fiend is watching and Alexa smiles. Alexa heads out, will she find her way to the Firefly Fun House?
It’s at this time that Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman walk out. Alexa glares at Roman, perhaps on behalf of Bray. The Universal Champion and his “special counsel” head to the ring, because now is the time for Roman to explain things to Jey. What will the Tribal Chief have to say after the break?
SmackDown returns to Roman and Heyman in the ring.
Heyman, of course, speaks first as he says, “Now is the time-” But Jey interrupts! Jey joins them in the ring and Heyman hands over his mic. Roman speaks, and says he knows Jey wants his side of the story. “To be honest, Uce. I would give you this title if I could. But the truth is, you wouldn’t even know what to do with it.” Jey doesn’t understand the accountability or responsibility of being on top. He doesn’t understand the weight and pressure from being the face of the WWE. How could he? It’s not Jey’s fault. He’s a twin. Jey’s entire life has been dependent on Jimmy. It’s not that Jey is half the man Roman is, he’s not. “You are one half of the greatest tag team of our generation, and because of that, our family and I are so, so proud of you.”
But the family depends on Roman. The family relies on Roman being the chief. That is Roman’s role in life, not Jey’s. And it will never be Jey’s, because it will always be Roman. Roman drops his mic and moves to leave, but Jey speaks up. “What if you’re wrong?” What if Roman is wrong about all of that? Why can’t Jey be the one to provide for the family? Why can’t Jey provide for his wife and kids, Roman’s own nephews! Jey has been battling this his whole life! Roman has been number one, on top. “There goes the Big Dog! There goes Roman Reigns! There goes Mr. Main Event, Mr. WrestleMania!” Do you know what people say when they see Jey?! “Which one are you?”
After Sunday, when they ask Jey, they’ll know who he is! He’s the one who beat Roman at Clash of Champions for the Universal Title! THAT will be who Jey is!! This isn’t just a match for a title, but a fight for pride and respect! Will Jey win so much more a match this Sunday? But as Jey goes up the ramp, Roman returns to SUPERMAN PUNCH him!! Roman gets down on his knees and in Jey’s face to shout, “I don’t just feed my kids with this title! I don’t just feed your kids with this title! I feed a WHOLE FAMILY with this title!!” The family needs ROMAN to be champion, and Jey wants to take that from him!? Jey just needs to take the payday, take the ass whooping that comes with it, and NEVER take the title. Jey will NEVER take Roman’s place at the head of the title! Roman looms over Jey as fans boo and give thumbs down. What lengths is Roman willing to go to just to maintain his position in the family?
This go-home edition of SmackDown definitely felt like it for the most part, with quite a lot of recap going towards both what happened tonight and will happen at Clash of Champions. But then that ending turned everything up! Jey trying to get Roman to talk to him, “intercepting” the interview segment and then “interrupting” the final segment was all great, as was the video package they put together. The Usos have always been great on the mic so of course Jey had great energy and delivery. I figured this was going to be motivated by Roman being convinced that the only way the Anoa’i Family prospers is by Roman having a top title, and it is working very well. And that basically last second attack was a great touch, too, to show how passionate he feels about that, and that it is also part of his Heel turn.
The “ascension ceremony” was an interesting way to get Styles, Sami and Hardy all in the ring together, and it was also an interesting move to give us a normal Triple Threat ahead of the Ladder Triple Threat. It was still a really good Triple Threat, but if traditional booking math is to be believed, Sami winning tonight and Styles standing tall and touching the titles means Hardy is now a shoe-in to win at Clash of Champions. Corbin and Riddle had a good rematch from Payback, and Corbin wins to tie the series, so maybe we get a tiebreaker that counts as a contender’s match to the Intercontinental Championship. I feel like Corbin VS Hardy is going to be next, which seems like a shame really, but it’s not like the matches will be bad.
I liked the backstage segment with Heavy Machinery, Miz and Morrison. This clearly will turn into a match, winner is Mr. MITB, but I liked the detail Tucker found that only Miz was protected by the suit. I wonder if Morrison is the one fighting Otis for the briefcase. The way the story is going, it’d make sense if it was Miz, but Miz has been Mr. MITB before so it’d be cool of Morrison got a turn. Metalik had a good match with Nakamura, and while it sucks for him to lose again, it makes for good progress in the LHP dysfunction story. I feel like this all means Lince and Kalisto are going to be the ones facing Nakamura & Cesaro, and that is what causes the turn, and I would hope it’s Kalisto that leaves LHP. He came back, he’s been having the ego, he should go Heel and possibly even have a new partner by his side at some point.
Bayley had a fairly good promo tonight but it was more of a formality to keep the SmackDown Women’s Championship match in our minds. I’m about as confident Bayley wins against Nikki Cross as I am Asuka beats Zelina Vega in the Clash of Champions Kickoff match. Though, with how Alexa’s been acting, I bet she’s the reason why this time. Alexa and Lacey as the main event match was great, with a lot of aggression and the progression of Alexa’s story with Bray Wyatt. Alexa snapping and attacking Lacey like she did was great stuff, and I am definitely excited to see where it goes next.
I don’t know the chances of this, but could there be a Mixed Tag of Alexa and Fiend VS Nikki and, perhaps, Killian Dain, her real-life husband? Dain is doing an odd couple thing with Maverick, but does he really need to? And how big would it be for Dain to feud with The Fiend? Bray could even bring up their days in SAnitY to mess with them. Or turn them…? New Wyatt Family and also new SAnitY at the same time?!
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?
The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!
“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
- Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
- Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.
Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.
But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”
Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.
But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.
Chad Gable prepares a speech.
“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!
Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!
Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!
Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!
Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?
Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.
Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.
Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?
Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?
Kevin heads to the ring!
The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.
Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.
“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!
That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!
Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.
And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?
In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?
Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.
Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!
Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.
What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.
And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?
The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.
Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?
Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.
But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.
Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.
Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.
Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.
Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.
Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?
Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.
Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?
WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.
Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.
Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!
But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?
Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!
Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.
But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!
Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?
Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.
What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?
Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!
Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?
Maryse heads to the ring!
As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.
Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.
But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.
Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!
Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?
8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked
Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!
Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!
Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall
Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?
WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.
“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.
After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.
“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.
A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.
These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?
The Miz & Maryse are heading out.
Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.
Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?
Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.
She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.
The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!
Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!
Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!
Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!
MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!
Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!
Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?
This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?
Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.
We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?
Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.
The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.
Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
A lucky seven for Elevation!
AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!
- Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
- Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
- Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
- Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
- Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
- Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.
Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.
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