NXT, witness the return of the SHENOM!
TakeOver has come and gone, but someone made their return! Former NXT Women’s Champion, EMBER MOON, is back and wants that title back! What will Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley and even Toni Storm have to say about that?
- KUSHIDA VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins, by disqualification.
- Ever-Rise VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Dain & Maverick win.
- Austin Theory VS Leon Ruff; Theory wins.
- Austin Theory VS Dexter Lumis; Lumis wins.
- Ridge Holland VS Danny Burch; Holland wins.
- Shotzi Blackheart VS Xia Li; Shotzi wins.
- Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Moon & Ripley win.
PLAY BY PLAY
KUSHIDA VS Tommaso Ciampa!
The Timesplitter showed no mercy to Velveteen Dream at TakeOver, because he is finally ready to take over NXT! But someone who knows all about showing no mercy is standing across the ring from him! Will Kushida survive the Psycho Killer in this first ever encounter?
The bell rings and these two tie up right away! They’re in a deadlock so they separate, and Kushida SLAPS Ciampa! Ciampa SLAPS back, Kushida gets a leg and drags Ciampa down to hit and facelock. Ciampa rolls but Kushida holds on. Kushida floats all over Ciampa then pats his head. Ciampa hits a fireman’s carry takeover to the ghost pin, TWO! Ciampa reels Kushida in but Kushida slips under, but the O’Conner roll is denied, so Kushida hip tosses and handspring dropkicks! Kushida pursues as Ciampa bails out to put him back in. Kushida KICKS the arm, wrenches and traps the arm for the BULLDOG! Kushida goes after the arm more as fans rally up.
Ciampa endures as Kushida wrenches, and he ROCKS Kushida with a forearm! Ciampa whips, Kushida ducks and handsprings, into a basement dropkick! Ciampa shakes out the bad arm while he grins, and Kushida writhes as Ciampa looms over him. Ciampa stomps Kushida’s head, clubs him in the back then clamps on with a chinlock. Ciampa grinds Kushida down, fans rally up and Kushida moves around. Kushida fights up, Ciampa cravats and turns him into a backbreaker! Fans rally as Ciampa pats himself on the back. Ciampa drops a leg on Kushida fast, covers, TWO! Ciampa keeps his cool as he stomps Kushida around.
Ciampa brings Kushida up to throw forearms and he DECKS Kushida! Fans rally up as Ciampa looms over Kushida. Kushida gets to a corner, Ciampa throws haymakers but Kushida hits back! Kushida ducks the chop to throw more forearms but the ref counts. The ref has to pull Kushida off Ciampa, but Kushida goes back for more! Kushida whips corner to corner, Ciampa reverses HARD and Kushida bounces off the buckles! Ciampa drags Kushida up into a chinbar and he CLUBS away on Kushida’s chest! Fans rally as Kushida endures, and Kushida fights back. Ciampa stomps Kushida down then drags him back up, for a neckbreaker! Ciampa talks some trash before he drops ax handles.
Ciampa drags Kushida up to put him back in the chinlock and fans rally as Kushida endures. Kushida pulls at Ciampa’s face but Ciampa grabs that arm to lace around the hold. Kushida fights up, gets to his feet and throws elbows but Ciampa knees him. Kushida spins out of the neckbreaker and is after the arm! Ciampa ROCKS Kushida, puts him through ropes, but Kushida resists the DDT to drag Ciampa down. Ciampa boots Kushida into the announce desk! But Kushida gets right into the ring and handspring kicks Ciampa down! Fans fire up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Kushida in the corner! The ref counts, Ciampa lets up at 4 but Kushida throws forearms back! Ciampa throat chops Kushida! Ciampa hoists Kushida up top, climbs up to join him and brings him up, but Kushida fights back with elbows! Kushida knocks Ciampa down but Ciampa CHOPS right back! Kushida ends up on the apron, Ciampa has a nasty idea and he ROCKS Kushida with a forearm. Ciampa climbs up, drags Kushida to the top, but Kushida wrenches the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER against the crossbar! Kushida gets Ciampa in the ring to PENALTY KICK the arm! ENZIGURI! Ciampa is down, but he avoids the stomps to roll Kushida and reel him in! Kushida resists the underhooks, gets the bad arm and stomps it!
Kushida baits Ciampa into a BUCKLE SHOT! GERMAN SUPELX! BUZZSAW to the bad arm! Kushida is all over Ciampa with a BIG takedown! Ciampa clasps hands to fight off the armbar but Kushida keeps trying! Ciampa makes it a cover, ONE as Kushida has Ciampa in a triangle hold! Kushida throws elbows but Ciampa dead lifts for a POWERBOMB! Both men are down and the crowd is thunderous! A standing count begins but Kushida rises first, Ciampa follows, they’re up at 5 and throwing forearms! They go back and forth, Ciampa gets the edge but Kushida KICKS the bad arm! Ciampa BOOTS Kushida, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ciampa can’t believe it! Fans rally up as Ciampa looms over Kushida.
Ciampa drags Kushida up, reels him in and wants those underhooks. Kushida resists again, wrenches the bad arm, but Ciampa SLAPS him! Kushida gets around to backslide, ONE, Ciampa kicks Kushida first! Kushida lets go but comes back with the FAST BALL! Kushida stands on Ciampa, gets the bad arm, then the other arm! INVERTED DANIELSON STOMPS!! Kushida has the bad arm, and wrenches to the HOVERBOARD!! Ciampa scrambles around, kicks and flails but Kushida has him! Wait, is that DREAM!? Dream leaps in with flying ax handles!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by disqualification
Dream realizes he missed Kushida and got Ciampa, and now Kushida is after him with haymakers! Kushida throws Dream out then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Dream on his own bad arm! FAST BALL sends Dream flying over the barriers! Dream runs away but Ciampa is upset! He didn’t want to win this way, will he and Kushida get a fair rematch? Will it only be a matter of time before Kushida gets after Dream again?
NXT returns to Ember Moon in the ring!
The Prophecy of Flame is back in the black ‘n’ gold and the crowd is fired up to see her! “Thank you! To be honest, if we’re amongst friends here, I’m a little shocked they let me talk on the mic tonight. It’s been awhile.” But in all seriousness, Ember has been in isolation for 14 long, hard months. It sucks! But she’s back and sees a lot has changed in NXT. But she knows this. She took her bike, drove on a long, long road, miles and miles and miles, and found clarity. She found the REAL Ember Moon. She calls it “Ember’s Law.” It’s corny, yes, but what it is is that no one tells her what she wants to do, she does what she wants to do because she IS Ember Moon! But what stays the same is “momma wants some gold, baby!” And speaking of, here comes Io Shirai!
The NXT Women’s Champion joins Ember in the ring, finally getting to be up close after that surprise at TakeOver. Shirai gets a mic, but then here comes RHEA RIPLEY! The Nightmare told the world she was going to be waiting on the other side of Shirai VS LeRae, but she tells Ember that she loves the new attitude. Yeah, Ember deserves a title shot, but- Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez attack Rhea! Ember backs Rhea up and it is a brawl on the ramp! Referees hurry and so does Mr. Regal! Regal tells the ladies that if they all want to fight, they can do that in a tag team match! Tonight’s main event has been set! Will the Nightmare and the Shenom be able to coexist long enough to put #CobraKai and Raquel in their place?
NXT Media catches up with Drake Maverick.
He and Killian Dain have been gone, but what have they been doing? What great tag teams do, and preparing strategy! Maverick has been sending messages, ideas, from tag team moves to entrances. But Dain shows up and asks Maverick what he’s doing. Maverick says big things are coming for their team. Dain already said, they’re not tag partners and they’re not friends. Well they are. No they’re not. But if Dain had read the messages Maverick was sending, Dain would know they are in a tag match! Dain and Maverick VS Ever-Rise! What? Why!? Because they’re a team! Dain is frustrated mostly that Maverick isn’t getting it! But will he show up for the match since it’s coming up next?
NXT returns with a backstage interview with Io Shirai.
When Ember helped Rhea against Dakota and Raquel, why didn’t she also help? “Ember Moon, not my problem. Rhea Ripley, not my problem. This? This is my problem.” The title is her concern, nothing more. But will one of those four women in tonight’s tag match become her problem?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
“I said a couple of weeks ago that if you mess with the Undisputed Era, we will make you pay.” Ridge Holland didn’t get that memo. Sunday was not the best. The worst even! Kyle O’Reilly is still down on himself but the others tell him he did incredible! Performance of a life time at TakeOver! Kyle has nothing to be ashamed of. Kyle says that’s fine for them to say, but let’s focus on Ridge. Right, right. Ridge, Cole has no idea why you did what you did, and he doesn’t care. Ridge broke Cole’s ribs, so now they will make him a dead man! THAT is Undisputed!
Ever-Rise VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
Unlike the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud, Chase Parker & Matt Martel are actually friends, which is why they like teaming together as a true tag team. Will Ever-Rise help Dain get that through to Maverick? Or will Dain hate having a loss on his record more?
But as they make their entrance, “Drake & Killian” have a theme song! One clearly chosen by Drake because it’s far too upbeat for Killian. Killian tells Drake needs to stop skipping and whistling already. They get in the ring, teams sort out and Dain tells Maverick to stay in the corner. Parker starts against Dain but Maverick is fired up! Maverick wants in, so Dain tags him in! That hurt Maverick’s hand! Maverick gets in, ties up with Parker, and Parker gets the arm. Parker wrenches, wrenches and knuckle locks to the wristlock. Tag to Martel, Martel takes the hand-off but Maverick throws body shots! Martel knees low, whips Maverick but Maverick holds ropes., Maverick boots Martel, dodges and dropkicks Martel down!
Maverick gives thumbs up but Dain tells him to focus and cover! Maverick does cover, ONE! Martel reaches for Parker but Maverick reaches for Dain. Dain doesn’t try that hard in return and Martel CLOBBERS Maverick! Martel tells Maverick is a loser and Dain doesn’t even like him! Dain agrees, he doesn’t like Maverick. Martel rains down rights and soaks up the heat, then he sucker punches Dain! That was a mistake. Parker tags in, Ever-Rise flapjack Maverick on buckles! Cover, Dain gets in to kick Parker! Martel gets in and is upset, and tells Dain he’s a “Fat bozo.” Another mistake! Dain shoves Martel into Parker, drags Maverick away and tags in!
Dain rallies on Ever-Rise with big clotheslines! Dain whips Martel, and hits the DIVIDE! Parker flounders into a fireman’s carry, for the WASTELAND! BACK SENTON! Dain climbs up top, Maverick tags in! Dain is upset with Maverick because he was going to end it! Maverick wants to climb up but Dain drags him down. Parker rams them into each other, O’Conner roll! Dain BOOTS Parker off! Dain POWERBOMBS Maverick onto Parker! It ends up a cover, Drake and Killian win!!
Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall
Well, that counts, right? Dain and Maverick are a team because they won a tag match! Dain still isn’t into the song, and he DECKS Maverick! Team? Maybe. Friends? Not at all likely. But he does help Maverick out of the ring. Will these two become the most unlikely of contenders in the tag team division?
NXT chronicles Toni Storm’s journey back.
It was three weeks ago in Cancun, Mexico. “This is the place that I knew I could come to and focus and escape.” It’d be the last place anyone would find her. She was preparing. This was the longest time she’d been off in 10 years, and she’s been doing this since she was 13. Just two years ago, Toni was on top of the world. She won the Mae Young Classic and beat Io Shirai at WWE Evolution. She won the NXT UK Women’s Championship. All those accomplishments, and now look at her. When was the last time someone even mentioned her? This isn’t an accident, it was calculated. She’ll start again, strive for new goals and new opponents. It will be a change of scenery, “and this Toni Storm will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”
NXT returns and catches up with the Garganos.
Candice comes out and says it: “Sunday sucked.” Gargano agrees. Candice had her match won, and Johnny was there. It was meant to be the best night of their lives but it was an embarrassment. Candice says they deserve rematches. Johnny agrees again. They can delay it as much as they want, but destiny is still inevitable. They just need to take a step back and reassess things. Candice agrees, they need to change things. Gargano says they need a plan. But then look! Their brand new 65 inch television is here! From Indi Hartwell? Indi? Whoever even talks about that goof? Well she got them this television. Oh, Indi! Johnny loves Indi, she’s the future! But why did she do this? Who cares? Free TV! Help him get this in! Indi is clearly all for #TheJohnnyGarganoWay, but will they let her join up?
Austin Theory VS Leon Ruff!
#AllDay is hoping to recover from some rough losses. He did still look great up until losing, so will he look even better winning?
The bell rings and Ruff talks trash to Theory but Theory pie faces him. Ruff RANAS and covers, TWO!! Ruff mocks Theory then dodges his lariat! But Theory comes back to BODY CHECK Ruff! Theory drags Ruff up, CHOPS him to a corner, then gets in Ruff’s face. Theory whips Ruff corner to corner, Ruff slips out and throws a forearm! Ruff springboards but fakes Theory out to hop around the corner! Ruff slides under and dropkicks Theory back! Then hits a leaping neckbreaker! The crowd fires up for Ruff as he whips but Theory reverses. Ruff has a unique rebound to then LARIAT Theory down! Cover, TWO!!
Ruff cools off and drags Theory up to wrench the arm. Ruff CHOPS Theory, goes up the corner and jumps around, but has a bit of a stumble! Theory drags Ruff off, ATL!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Theory proves Ruff wasn’t ready, and he gets a mic to say, “That’s exactly what happens when I’m given the proper time to warm up.” Last week, Cole got Theory cold. But as Cole is with his buddies right now, Theory could be proving why he is the future of NXT. But oh, Cole has broken ribs~! But this is a warning to everyone else! Theory is the FUTURE of NXT! He’ll say it twice: Theory is the FUTURE of NXT! And there ain’t a damn thing anyone can do about it! But wait! Here comes Dexter Lumis! The Tortured Artist walks out and his ankle is much better! Lumis slithers into the ring, and he wants a match?! Theory has no choice but to man up, but can he back up those bold claims?
Austin Theory VS Dexter Lumis!
The bell rings, Theory moves around but Lumis keeps his eyes locked. Theory kicks, Lumis blocks and pushes Theory back to ROCK him with an uppercut! Lumis stomps Theory in the corner, drags him up and bumps him off buckles! Lumis throws body shots but the ref counts. Lumis lets up, drags Theory up but Theory blocks the buckle bump to club Lumis back. Theory drags Lumis up to whip but Lumis reverses. Theory ducks and dodges, but runs into Lumis’ THESZ PRESS! Lumis throws down fast hands but Theory gets away. Lumis pursues and ROCKS Theory again! Theory tumbles, Lumis throws him back in the ring.
Lumis whips Theory corner to corner then follows to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Lumis stares into the souls of everyone around as NXT goes picture in picture.
Lumis slithers and stalks Theory to a corner, freaking Theory out. Theory wants a timeout but Lumis isn’t giving him one! Lumis stomps away on Theory, drags him up and into a chinlock to then club away with crossface forearms! Lumis paces, brings Theory up again but Theory throws body shots and ofrearms! Lumis knees hard and low and Theory falls! Lumis drags Theory back up to scoop and slam! Lumis runs to drop a leg, brother! Theory gasps but Lumis covers, TWO! Lumis clamps onto Theory’s shoulders with nerve hold claws! Theory endures as Lumis grips harder and leans on him. Theory fights up, Lumis throws him down! Lumis COHKES Theory! The ref counts, Lumis stops at 4 and drags Theory back up to throw him out!
Theory tumbles and Lumis watches him from the ropes. The ring count climbs as Theory stirs. Theory gets to his feet at 5 and up onto the apron at 8, but Lumis joins him. Theory drops down and trips Lumis up! Lumis hits apron then the floor, and Theory RAMS Lumis into steel steps! Theory is frustrated but he paces and drags Lumis up and into the ring. Theory talks trash, kicks Lumis around, but Lumis just glare at him. Theory DECKS Lumis, then stomps an arm. Theory drags Lumis up for forearms, whips him and elbows him down! NXT returns to single picture as Theory stalks Lumis to ropes. Theory brings Lumis up for a back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Theory keeps his cool and his arrogance while he mocks Lumis’ slithering. Theory slaps Lumis around, puts on a chinlock and armlock and he grinds Lumis down. Lumis endures, fans rally up and Lumis pries at the chinbar. Theory shifts to grind his forearm in Lumis’ face, but Lumis fights up to his feet and throws haymakers. Theory lets go, blocks the hip toss and LARIATS! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Lumis survives but Theory just shrugs. Theory stomps Lumis, kicks him to ropes, but Lumis pushes him away. Theory talks trash but Lumis throws body shots. Theory clubs away on Lumis then clamps on a facelock. Fans rally as Lumis endures and Theory cranks hard on his head.
Lumis gets up, throws body shots but Theory CLUBS him down! Theory brings Lumis back up, suplexes, but Lumis resists! Theory CLUBS Lumis again, snap suplexes and talks trash as he covers, TWO! Lumis gets to a corner and Theory keeps his cool. Theory digs his heels into Lumis’ head but the ref counts. Theory lets off at 4 to KICK Lumis while he’s down! Theory talks trash, brings Lumis up but Lumis ROCKS him with the uppercut! And another! And another! Theory cravats, snapmares and STOMPS Lumis down! Cover, TWO! Theory grows frustrated but he laughs it off as he brings Lumis up. Theory suplexes but Lumis resists again.
Theory throws body shots, Lumis blocks the suplex and suplexes theory. Theory resists, they fight for control, Lumis gets Theory up but Theory slips out. Theory runs, into a SPINE BUSTER! Fans fire up as Lumis gets to a corner. Lumis adjusts the gloves and goes back to Theory. Lumis stalks Theory, and ROCKS him with more uppercuts! Theory flounders, Lumis runs corner to corner for a SOMERSAULT MONKEY FLIP! Lumis drags Theory back up, suplexes him onto the ropes, SLINGSHOT SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Theory still lives but Lumis doesn’t show even a hint of frustration. Lumis walks over but Theory shoulders back! Theory somersault shotgun dropkicks back! Theory has his confidence again as Lumis flounders to ropes. But Lumis turns around and glares at Theory.
Theory is freaked out again, tries to retreat but Lumnis drags Theory back in! Lumis has the foot, reels Theory in but Theory fights off the urenage! Lumis whips and gets Theory for the URENAGE! THE SILENCE!! Theory flails, endures, fades and is OUT! Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
But Cameron Grimes hits a CAVE-IN!! This is for Lumis looking at him funny last time! “When I ask you a question, you answer me, freak.” The Technical Savage takes his leave and heads “TO~ THE~ MOOOON~!”
Backstage interview with Dakota and Raquel.
They’re preparing for a match, but why attack Rhea in the first place? “As far as we’re concerned, Rhea involved herself in our business last week.” Tonight, Raquel takes care of Rhea once and for all. And as for Ember acting like she owns the place, get in line BEHIND Dakota when it comes to the title! Will these two assert their dominance in the NXT Women’s Division tonight?
NXT returns to a backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
Why did he attack Lumis right after his match? “When I ask you a question, you answer. You don’t just there and stare at me like some kind of a freak.” Lumis, Holland, and whoever else will learn you do not mess with Cameron Grimes! Now excuse him while he goes, TO THE MOON~! Will someone bring Grimes back down to earth soon enough?
NXT presents Prime Target: TakeOver Epilogue!
The Bump before Sunday had Kyle O’Reilly on as a special guest. Does he feel it is finally his time? Kyle knows this is a huge opportunity for him. Every single moment in the last 15 years have built to this. Adam Cole said Kyle is one of the best in the world, and Wade Barrett on commentary said “This moment will change the trajectory of Kyle O’Reilly’s career and indeed his life.” Finn Balor said 99 times out of 100, TakeOver goes off the air with Kyle being champion. But Balor is that one time he doesn’t.
The match in itself was certainly TakeOver worthy, title worthy, and one for the ages! Kyle says he took his shot at the Prince. He didn’t miss, but he also got hit first. The mule kick to the liver was a definite game changer. He wasn’t going to stop fighting, but he had to admit there wasn’t much hope after. “That’s what makes a champion. Someone who is willing to continue despite there being no hope.” Kyle gritting it out alone made the match so compelling, but even Balor’s possibly broken jaw wasn’t enough to stop him. Blood from the mouths of both men, but respect was won. “Every once in awhile, you come across an opponent in this industry that brings out the best in you.”
Triple H says this exemplified NXT: Balor needing to go to the hospital, Kyle himself needing to recover and be off television. Balor will be able to talk only sparingly, but he is able to tell us that Kyle has that fire. Will this title reign be as good as the last? Just look to this match as the answer.
NXT Media catches up with Ridge Holland.
He attacked Adam Cole unprovoked, but why? “Last week, I didn’t have a Mercedes. This week I do. You can thank Adam Cole for that.” What does that mean? And what damage is the Northern Grit going to do in the ring tonight?
NXT returns with a backstage interview with Damian Priest.
He is still NXT North American Champion, and he has comments on his after party, so they get to that first. McKenzie, you know him too well these days. But yes, Priest’s after party was great. Great drinks, great people, great music, great times. Going into tonight, Priest has talked about his reign and his about living forever. But those aren’t phrases or empty words. Priest burned Gargano’s name into the title. So who’s next? There are plenty who want a shot, but if they want it, they have to come get it. If they want the title, they’ll get a Reckoning. Who steps up next to live in infamy?
Ridge Holland VS Danny Burch!
We’ve seen what Holland can do in the ring, and what he can do out of the ring judging from Adam Cole. But will the Gov’nah show Holland what he can do in the ring?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Holland spins Burch to clamp onto a shoulder and digs his fingers in. Holland then spins Burch to throw European Uppercuts! Holland snapmares Burch but Burch catches the crossface into a wrench! Burch wrenches again and manages to wrangle Holland down! Burch stands on Holland, Holland gets up and breaks free to ROCK Burch with a forearm! Burch throws forearms back, then haymakers! Holland swings into Burch’s EuroUpper! Burch puts Holland in a corner for stomps and haymakers! The ref counts, Burch lets up at 4 to then come back, into Holland’s forearm!
Burch and Holland brawl, Holland puts Burch in a corner but Burch ROCKS him again! Burch hops up, leaps and missile dropkicks! Holland staggers into a waistlock! Holland resists but Burch CLUBS him! Holland elbows Burch, away, swings but into Burch’s GERMAN SUPELX! LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Into a CROSSFACE! Burch holds on as Holland powers up, and Holland pries free to CLOBBER Burch! Holland scoops Burch for NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Holland wins!
Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall
Now that was a fight! Burch gets up to SLAP Holland! Holland HEADBUTTS and puts Burch in the corner, for MORE headbutts!! The fans boo but Holland won’t let up! Here comes Oney Lorcan, he dodges Holland to BLAST him with a EuroUpper! The Boston Brawler checks on Burch but Holland returns to CLOBBER Oney! Holland rains down furious fists and the ref shouts for help! More refs get in as Holland stomps Oney! Holland stops but tells the refs to stay back. Oney rises?! Oney fires up, runs and FLIES!! Direct hit and down goes Holland! Oney brings Holland up but Holland RAMS Oney into the apron!! Holland throws Oney in, Oney fires off SLAPS! Oney runs, into a LARIAT from Holland!! Holland rains down right hands on Oney then finally leaves!
But Oney still rises up?! Oney PLANCHAS and takes Holland down again! The refs throw up an X, there was something bad in that landing! Has Oney’s fury alone downed the mountainous man from Yorkshire? Oney goes back to Burch. The damage has been done to both sides, what is to come from all of this brutality?
Johnny Gargano tries out the new television.
“Impressive. Most impressive.” He calls Candice in and she sees he got this set up real fast. Wait, is he rewatching the Women’s Battle Royal? Why? There was a USB that came in the mail with the TV, and clearly, Indi is pointing herself out in that match. She was saving Candice a lot in the match. Candice didn’t really pay attention but this is interesting. Gargano knew he liked Indi for a reason. She has a bright future. Candice is starting to see what he means. Has #TJGW just found it’s first follower?
NXT returns to Thatch As Thatch Can.
The Professor of Pain, Timothy Thatcher, tells his students that tonight is a life lesson. They have learned, “Life will grind you down, until you quit.” But it’s also full of peaks and valleys. Just when you think you have the upper hand, it turns on you. So when opportunity presents itself, strike first! Thatcher snatches a student and drags him down to a Fujiwara! A title is like an arm or a leg. You can’t let it slip through your fingers! Victory is always at hand, and he shifts to a crossface. His victim- Er, student, taps out as Thatcher says, “A man is not defined by his losses. He’s defined by the everlasting pain that he inflicts.” Show discipline, this is life! Life grinds you down until you quit. That is why Thatcher will be damned if he lets it do that to him! He refuses to lose the fight, but will he be fighting for a title in the near future?
NXT has a medical update on Ridge Holland.
Oney stopped Holland’s path of destruction because the Plancha got his leg in an awkward position. The leg is wrapped, Holland is on a stretcher, but other than that, Holland is alright. Fans cheer in hopes he will recover. Scary as he is, Holland is still a bright star in NXT, hopefully he will return.
Shotzi Blackheart VS Xia Li!
The Wild Child already has her tank decked out for October 28th, because she’s going to host NXT’s resurrection of Halloween Havoc! But before all the fun, will Shotzi #TCB in the ring tonight?
The bell rings and Shotzi dropkicks Xia down! Xia gets up, Shotzi runs in again for a splash! Shotzi sends Xia out for a SLING DOG! Shotzi howls to the moon and KNEES Xia! Xia stays up and counters the kick to throw hands! Xia BACK HANDS and powers up to fire off knees! Xia back kicks Shotzi to a corner, storms over and rams into her! The ref counts, Xia lets off to bring Shotzi up for more shoulders! Xia is fired up as she puts Shotzi up top. Xia climbs to join Shotzi, fans rally up as Shotzi fights back! Shotzi clubs Xia, sends her down with GOURD BUSTER, then adjusts for the SUPER SENTON!! Cover, Shotzi wins!
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall
Shotzi is rolling into Halloween Havoc, but wait. Boa is here and hands Xia a letter? She reads it and… She leaves with Boa, but what for? What is developing behind the scenes for the Spicy One?
Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
The Shenom was very cryptic about her return but was far more clear about her intentions. Of course, so was the Nightmare when she crashed Triple H’s Facebook Live preshow before TakeOver 31. At the same time, it’s clear everyone wants after the NXT Women’s Championship, but there can only be ONE #1 contender! Who shows they’re most deserving of being that one here tonight?
The teams sort out and Ember starts against Dakota to make her return official! They tie up, Ember wrenches the wrist and sweeps the legs! Ember runs and BOOTS Dakota down! Then she runs to drop a back senton! Cover, TWO! Ember keeps her cool as she drags Dakota up and suplexes her hard! Ember pushes Dakota around and talks some trash. Ember brings Dakota up, wrenches the arm again with some authority, but Dakota pulls hair to throw her down! Tag to Raquel but Ember gets around to try a sunset flip. Raquel drags Ember right up and shoves her away. Ember comes back, but her huricanrana is blocked! Raquel brings Ember up for a pop up but Ember lands on her feet! Ember dynamic dropkicks Raquel, and then again!
Raquel reverses the whip, corner splashes and tags in Dakota. Dakota clubs away on Ember, trips Ember up and covers, TWO! Dakota grins as she drags Ember up and SLAPS her! Ember scowls and ROCKS Dakota with forearms from all sides! Dakota bails out, Ember runs and DIVES! The LOWPE takes Dakota out at the ramp! Raquel runs over but Rhea CANNONBALLS onto her! Ember and Rhea high five and Ember puts Dakota in the ring. Tag to Rhea, she drags Dakota up and fireman’s carries. Dakota fights out, Raquel tags in but Rhea BOOTS Dakota down! Rhea chases after Dakota but Raquel BOOTS Rhea down to the floor! The ref reprimands as NXT goes picture in picture.
Ember checks on Rhea and coaches her up but that was a rough landing. Raquel fetches Rhea and CLUBS her, then brings her around to RAM her into the barriers! Those are solid and Rhea writhes, but Raquel puts her in the ring to cover. TWO, but Raquel reels Rhea into a chinlock. Raquel thrashes Rhea around but Rhea endures. Rhea fights up, throws body shots but Raquel throws her down by her hair! Raquel tags Dakota, they bring Rhea up and whip her into the corner. Dakota stomps Rhea, tags Raquel and Raquel throws haymakers! Tag back to Dakota, she stomps Rhea more, then smothers Rhea in the corner. Raquel tags in, the mugging cycle continues! Raquel runs in to splash and let Rhea flop down! Cover, TWO!
Rhea sits up but Raquel looms over her. Raquel brings Rhea up but Rhea throws body shots. Raquel CLUBS Rhea, brings her up and gut wrenches to a Canadian rack, then a modified Gory Especial! Rhea endures the stretching and bending as Raquel cranks on the arms! Raquel shifts to a crossface hold within the Especial! Rhea endures more, pushes and elbows Raquel in the face, and then arm-drags free! Dakota panics but Raquel stops Rhea and throws her away from Ember! Raquel and Ember talk smack on each other, Rhea KICKS from below! Raquel wobbles, Rhea dodges her but Raquel reels her in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Raquel and Dakota are frustrated but Dakota tags in. Raquel stands on Rhea’s leg and Dakota STMOPS Rhea down! Cover, TWO! Dakota cravats and wrenches the neck! Rhea fights up, arm-drags free again, and caches Dakota, only for Dakota to make it a guillotine facelock! Dakota tries to keep Rhea back but Rhea is powering her way towards the corner! Dakota shoves Rhea away but runs into a FLAPJACK! Both women are down, fans rally up as they crawl! Rhea kicks Dakota away, hot tag to Ember! Ember shotgun dropkicks Dakota! And spins her for a back kick, front kick, and then fires off on Raquel! Dakota goes after Ember but gets an uppercut! Ember sends Dakota into Raquel! Fans fire up as Ember SLIDING COMPETE SHOT on Raquel!
Ember runs at Dakota, dodges and goes around, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dakota survives Ember’s fury but Ember brings her back up. Ember whips Dakota to a corner, runs in but Raquel gets Dakota out of the way! Dakota BOOTS Ember back, tags Raquel in and Raquel drags Ember up. Dakota runs to BOOT Ember into the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Raquel is frustrated. Raquel drags Ember up, Ember fights out of the scoop and ROUNDHOUSES! Raquel wobbles, Dakota tags in but so does Rhea! Rhea ducks a kick, Electric Chairs Dakota and FACEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Dakota lives but Rhea has the legs! Raquel reaches for Dakota but Rhea kicks her down! Dakota is up and she kicks rhea’s leg out! She hops on, KAI-ROPRACTOR!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Dakota loses her cool. Dakota brings Rhea up, Rhea gets around to SUPERKICK! Rhea DECKS Raquel, brings Dakota over and Ember tags in! Rhea feeds Dakota to Ember’s DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, Raquel breaks it! Raquel suplexes Ember, Rhea pushes Ember so that it becomes a DDT! Raquel staggers up, Rhea clotheslines her out! Dakota BOOTS Rhea out, then runs at Ember, but is popped up for a BOMB!! Ember gets to a corner while Dakota rises, but Raquel CLOBBERS her! But Rhea KICKS Raquel back and hauls her off in a fireman’s carry! Dakota BOOTS Rhea and that sends Rhea and Raquel into the announce desk! Ember is back up, aims, ECLIPSE!! Cover, Ember and Rhea win!!
Winners: Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
Ember’s new energy gives her old finish new impact! The Prophecy of Flame is looking to burn up NXT and make it hers once again, but will the Mosh Pit Kid have something to say about that?
A great episode but there was some rough stuff. It looked like we were about to get some great developments with the Undisputed Era and Holland story, but then things were a little too wild and aggressive with Burch and Lorcan. Lorcan was fine on his timing, but clearly Holland wasn’t ready in his positioning because that leg gets caught under him and squashed. Given the leg brace and stretcher, it does not look good at all, and I’m assuming he’ll be out until WrestleMania season. The story can continue, since Holland teased someone paid him to attack Cole. It can still be revealed as a member inside Undisputed Era who wanted Cole to be hurt, and we can still get whatever rumored split, it’s just a damn shame Holland can’t be part of it as far as in-ring.
According to commentary, Kushida VS Ciampa was moved up because they were brawling in the back before the show began. That’s good kayfabe, since it was advertised Ember would open the show. The match was great as both men have new mean streaks, but I didn’t not expect Dream to interfere. I wouldn’t mind if things shifted to Dream VS Ciampa so that Ciampa could also get a win off a major opponent, and a Triple Threat wouldn’t be bad either. Priest had a good promo putting forth he wants challengers, so maybe the Triple Threat of Dream, Ciampa and Kushida determines that contender. At the same time, Thatcher has a really good promo of his own to keep himself in the running for a title match of some kind. The Prime Target we got was a nice surprise, and it seems Balor will be just fine. Balor VS Thatcher in a prolonged story sounds great to me. Balor and Kyle proved they can get gritty, Thatcher is himself very gritty, so that’d be an incredible match.
Ruff got to have a good showing against Theory in that “warm-up,” and Theory had a really good match with Lumis right after. Grimes attacking out of nowhere was a great way to get his story with Lumis going, and that is going to be a great feud. Shotzi VS Xia was good but quick. I spotted people taking Shotzi’s tank away and I thought that was the new story development, but commentary didn’t say anything about it so I didn’t write anything about it. The real story is Boa apparently notifying Xia of something. That duo might be forming on television for a bigger story, which is great. I also like that there’s follow-up on Indi Hartwell helping Candice in the battle royal, and that she could end up a sidekick of sorts. Dakota has a sidekick, so why not Candice?
Toni Storm has a great vignette to give some context to her time away, and her return to the ring is going to be great. Dakota and Raquel VS Rhea and Ember was great, but of course Ember and Rhea win with Ember getting the pin. It makes Ember the clear frontrunner to challenge Shirai, but there has to be a match. Ember VS Rhea is good on its own, but if you throw Toni in to give us a Triple Threat there, that’d make it amazing! At this rate, and not to be mean to her, but Rhea seems to only be in the story to add some star power since she’s already such a big name in NXT. But in the end, she might be the one taking the Eclipse or Storm Zero to end the contender’s match.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Who will be The Ones?
There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!
United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; win(s).
- Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; wins.
- JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: ??? wins.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
PLAY PY PLAY
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!
The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will
As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.
In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!
The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.
In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!
The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?
The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.
Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!
Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!
Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.
Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?
The Judgment Day speaks.
Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?
JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!
Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”
BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?
Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!
A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?
But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?
Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.
So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!
And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.
Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?
Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.
Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!
Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!
Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!
Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!
Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!
Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)
Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?
Seth Rollins is here!
DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.
Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-
Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat lesnar.
If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!
The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”
Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?
Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.
Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.
Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-
Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!
Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!
Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!
Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!
Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.
Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)
Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?
JBL is on the phone with someone.
He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?
What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?
Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.
Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”
So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?
Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!
AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
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