Raw sorts out their wins and losses after Survivor Series!
Both the Raw Men’s and even Women’s teams won at Survivor Series, but their champions had tougher times. Will Asuka, the New Day and Drew McIntyre have to watch out for challengers trying to pounce on “vulnerabilities?”
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The New Day wins and retains the titles.
- WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Riddle wins and advances to next week’s Triple Threat.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Lana; Asuka wins by disqualification, and retains the title.
- Asuka & Lana VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Asuka & Lana win.
- WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Keith Lee VS Bobby Lashley; Lee wins and advances to next week’s Triple Threat.
- Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Randy Orton VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and advances to next week’s Triple Threat.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Raw Men’s team is in the ring!
They and Adam Pearce stand together as Pearce notes we saw one of the greatest main events in Raw history when Drew McIntyre became a two-time world champion against Randy Orton. And then we saw an end of an era at Survivor Series, were we all bid a final farewell to the Phenom, the Undertaker. But we also saw these superstars in the ring defeat SmackDown in a dominant clean sweep! Results like that deserve rewards, so one of these five might be McIntyre’s next challenger. That brings us to tonight. Pearce wanted to give every man of Team Raw a chance to stake their claim to a title match.
Pearce wants “Captain” AJ Styles to start but Sheamus speaks up. Firstly, Styles was not the captain. Secondly, Sheamus congratulates his friend, Drew McIntyre, on becoming a two-time WWE World Champion. They go way back, they’re bets of friends, and as last night goes, Sheamus being the most valuable member of the team- Styles cuts Sheamus off there. Most valuable? Yes, Styles is repeating his words so clearly he heard Sheamus right. Styles says that we all know McIntyre is Sheamus’ buddy, sure, but Styles says this is the “good ol’ boy” system. Not gonna happen! And furthermore, most valuable? N o, that’s the captain, Styles!
Keith Lee speaks up and does NOT hate to interrupt here, because not only did Keith save Styles, he pinned SmackDown’s captain, and so he is the obvious choice of the title opportunity. Styles complains but Riddle speaks up now. “I would like to be WWE Champion, and I think we all did last night was pretty sick.” Last night, Riddle beat King Corbin. That was sweet! Does that make Riddle the King Bro? Does he get a crown? Riddle would like to face McIntyre, win, and become WWE Champion so he could have that dope sword to go with the crown. Sheamus says Riddle is the dope. Fire Face, c’mon, bro. Riddle will win the title, get the sword and the crown, and let him hold them.
Don’t call Sheamus FIRE FACE! Yeah, no more nicknames. Skipper, didn’t you like yours? And so did Bro Lee, right? But Fire Face wasn’t even his first choice anyway. Though, Fire Crotch was already taken. What does Mongoose think? Pearce says “last but not least,” Braun Strowman will have his time to speak. What does Pearce mean by “last?” It is just a saying, Braun. Braun grabs Pearce and shouts “Do you know who I am?! Do you know what I’ve done for this company!?” The team tries to calm Braun down but he HEADBUTTS Pearce!! The team tells Braun that was uncalled for, but he tells them to back off. Will this jeopardize not only Braun’s chances at the title but his chances at being in the WWE?
Raw shares footage of an encounter between The New Day and the Hurt Business.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were filming a video when The Hurt Business walked by. MVP taunts them as “The Worst of the Worst,” for having lost “embarrassingly” to the Street Profits. Shelton Benjamin says the Raw Tag Team Championships are missing prestige, which only gentlemen like the Hurt Business can bring. The Hurt Business want New Day to give them a championship opportunity tonight. Woods says they just did this, and remind him what happened? Cedric Alexander says it was what New Day got at Survivor Series. While the New Day were cosplaying like fools, Alexander was on the sidelines, and he hates being on the sidelines.
The Hurt Business crowds the New Day but Kofi tells them to back up a bit. Alexander says they’re not asking, they’re telling the New Day, they’re having a title match tonight. And then the spotlight will be where it belongs: on Alexander. Kofi says this was their day off, but MVP says there’s no such thing for champions. Woods accepts the challenge! Will the New Day rebound at the expense of the Hurt Business? We find out, next!
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised and the Raw after Survivor Series has a golden opener!
The teams sort out and we start with Benjamin and Woods. They tie up, Benjamin puts Woods in the corner but Woods slips away! Woods swivels his hips and smooths his hair but MVP tells Benjamin to be “controlled fury.” Benjamin and Woods circle and feel out the grapple. Benjamin tackles Woods and rains down rights! Benjamin floats all over Woods, brings Woods up with a half nelson but Woods moves around. Benjamin stays on top of Woods, brings him back down then rams a knee into the shoulder! Woods writhes and goes to a corner but Benjamin is after him with a TOSS! Woods ends up in the other corner and Benjamin brings him back up, for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! He tries another cover, ONE, and Benjamin KICKS Woods down.
Benjamin drags Woods up, Woods throws body shots and haymakers, but he runs into a BOOT! Alexander is fired up and Benjamin KNEES Kofi down! MVP says, “I love it when a plan comes together,” and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Woods endures a chinlock. Benjamin leans on Woods as Kofi and the fans rally up. Woods throws body shots and then arm-drags Benjamin away, rolls to dodge, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards to ax handle Benjamin, DECK Alexander, then rally on Benjamin with chops and a dropkick! Kofi runs to leaping lariat! Fans clap and Kofi fires up, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner, claps it up, but Benjamin ducks Trouble to kick and whip! Benjamin runs in, Kofi slips out and kicks back! Kofi goes up top but Benjamin throws haymakers to stop him!
Benjamin climbs up, Kofi fights back and headbutts Benjamin away! The ref is busy with Benjamin, and Alexander ARM-DRAGS Kofi to the apron! Alexander gets away with it but Woods saw that! Woods goes over to check on Kofi as the ring count climbs. Kofi rises as it’s at 8, Benjamin KICKS Kofi down! But the count is 10!! New Day survive!!
MVP is furious but the New Day gets away! MVP thinks his guys won, but that’s not how the rules work! Woods rubs that in on MVP but MVP says this isn’t how it’ll go! MVP wants the ref to restart the match so it won’t end like this. New Day doesn’t want to lose like that, right? The New Day says they gave Hurt Business their shot, but that trash talk doesn’t sit right, so we’re still going!
Fans cheer on their screens while Kofi and Benjamin stare down, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Kofi circles with Benjamin. They tie up and fire off fast hands! Kofi gets around to mule kick, kick and kick and then fire off body shots and haymakers! The ref counts, Benjamin shoves Kofi away. Kofi runs back at Benjamin but gets TOSSED out of the ring! Kofi clutches a leg and Woods hurries over to check on him. Alexander talks trash that Kofi is done, but the ring count is climbing again! Benjamin gets Kofi in before 9 and stomps away. Benjamin tags Alexander, and they feed Kofi to knees! And then a clothesline! Alexander hops up, lines up the shot, and ELBOW DROPS! Cover, ONE!!
Alexander tries another cover, ONE, and Alexander hammers away on Kofi! Alexander gets the leg and gets Kofi in a partial Queen Angelito. Kofi endures, Benjamin tags in, and the knee is the target of Benjamin’s stomps! Benjamin drags Kofi up and around, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Benjamin drags Kofi around, and drops an elbow on the leg! Tag to Alexander and Alexander drops an elbow onto the leg! Alexander has a toehold, Kofi endures as Alexander punches away on the knee, and Alexander even cranks harder on the leg. Alexander has a standing SNAP LOCK! Then a TRAILER HITCH!
Kofi endures, reaches for Woods and Alexander taunts Woods to help Kofi! Alexander drags Kofi away, tags in Benjamin, and Benjamin stomps Kofi down. Benjamin drops knees, drags Kofi around by his leg again and has a standing toehold. Kofi endures but Benjamin drops down for a kneebar! Fans rally, Kofi CHOPS and CHOPS and is free! Benjamin hurries after Kofi, reel shim in and clotheslines him down! Benjamin talks smack and has Kofi in the corner. Benjamin drags Kofi up by his hair and puts him on the ropes. Alexander stands back as the ref watches him, and Benjamin wraps the leg on the ropes. Alexander tags in and he dropkicks the leg! Cover, but the ropes are too close! Kofi gets free but Alexander tries again, TWO!
Alexander has the leg and he turns Kofi for a partial Crab. Alexander drags Kofi around, tag to Benjamin. They mug the leg again and Benjamin drags Kofi up. Benjamin headbutts Kofi to the corner then throws haymakers. Benjamin runs in but Kofi ducks under to shovel Benjamin out! Alexander tags in before Benjamin falls, but Kofi throws him out, too! Kofi crawls but Alexander yanks Woods off the apron! Kofi elbows Benjamin away, and boots with the good leg! He gets Benjamin for SOS! Cover, TWO!! Benjamin and Kofi are both down but Benjamin tags in Alexander. Alexander chop blocks Kofi’s leg! Woods glares as Alexander covers Kofi, TWO! KNEEBAR! Kofi endures as Alexander pulls on the leg!
Fans rally up, Kofi pries free and he brawls with Alexander on the mat! Kofi heads for Woods but Alexander drags him away. Alexander heel hooks but Kofi kicks him away again. Kofi hobbles but gets the hot tag to Woods! Woods rallies on Alexander, leg lariats! He dumps Benjamin out, puts Alexander on ropes, SLIDING WRECKING BALL! Woods rains down right son Benjamin, gets in to trophy lift and DROP Alexander! Cover, TWO!! MVP shouts at Alexander to get up but Woods has him in a corner. Woods runs into an elbow, Alexander uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Tag to Benjamin, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, Kofi breaks it!!
Alexander gets in but Kofi kicks and tosses him out. Kofi aims and bounces to SLINGSHOT into Alexander! Benjamin reels Woods in, Woods sunset flips out of the bomb, the NEW DAY WIN!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Maybe the Hurt Business should’ve just cut their losses, because now they’ve actually LOST! Will New Day prove they’re still the best on Raw, no matter what?
Adam Pearce walks out of the trainer’s room.
Charly Caruso asks how he is doing. The doc told him to take it easy this week. But obviously he has Braun escorted out of the building. He can’t speak to the consequences of Braun’s actions, but if it were Pearce’s call, Braun would be fired. Understandable, but now she asks who he was going to handle the WWE World Championship situation. Before he can answer, Bobby Lashley walks over and asks he wait to talk business. Lashley says he would never have done what Braun did. And second, Lashley was the only champion on this brand to win at Survivor Series. So perhaps they should discuss that before a decision is made. Pearce excuses himself from the interview to do just that. Is the United States Championship about to take over the world… title picture?
Raw returns, and Charly tries to interview Pearce again.
Lashley made a compelling case, but now- Randy Orton walks over…? Pearce needs another minute, Charly. Clearly the Viper wants to add to the conversation.
Backstage interview with Lana.
The Ravishing Russian went from being smashed through a table nine weeks in a row to being Team Raw’s SOLE SURVIVOR! How is she feeling? She is so shocked and happy! That was the greatest moment in her career, she feels on top of the world! Well, the Raw Men’s Team won and are in line for titles, so perhaps Lana will get a rematch with Asuka? She can’t even think about that right now. She wants to live in the moment. If she’s dreaming, don’t wake her up! Will Lana make dreams come true soon enough?
Charly returns again to talk with Pearce.
Pearce has spoken with Lashley and with Orton, what is his decision now? He has come to a solution: everyone has made a claim, that is what he wanted. But this needs to be settled in the ring. Three 1v1 matches will determine the entrants in a Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match, the winner facing Drew McIntyre for the title! And the first one tonight: (Matt) Riddle VS Sheamus, and that is NOW!
WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
“Bro…!” Dopey, the King of Bros, and the “Fire Face” Fella face off for a spot in an epic Triple Threat! Who will be but the first of three in next week’s golden opportunity?
The bell rings and Riddle circles with Sheamus. Riddle still thinks they’re cool from Survivor Series but Sheamus slaps the bro fist away. No more Fire Face nicknames, stupid! Riddle says Sheamus should have respect, but Sheamus shoves him! So Riddle waistlocks and jumps on! Sheamus shakes Riddle off and gets Riddle in a facelock. Sheamus grinds Riddle down, Riddle slips around and jumps on again. Sheamus throws Riddle off this time and Riddle gets up fast. The two circle again and tie up. Sheamus puts Riddle on ropes, the ref calls for a break but Riddle gets around again. They reluctantly honor the ropebreak but the ref reprimands them both.
Sheamus headlocks and throws Riddle down, but Riddle keeps his shoulder up. Sheamus traps an arm, and Riddle endures as Sheamus tortures the fingers. Sheamus keeps on the headlock but Riddle pops out the back to get a hammerlock. Riddle returns the crank, and throws in elbows. Riddle keeps calling Sheamus “Fire Face” as he shifts around for the double wristlock. Sheamus fights up and rams Riddle to a corner! Sheamus KNEES Riddle hard and low then CLUBS him down! Sheamus has the top wristlock now and he bends the arm way back. Riddle endures, Sheamus digs his elbow into Riddle’s eye!
Riddle fights up, Sheamus claws his face, but Riddle throws body shots. Riddle fights free, throws forearms, and more forearms, and a CHOP! And more forearms, and more CHOPS! Riddle seethes but Sheamus CLOBBERS him! Sheamus kicks Riddle while he’s down and Riddle goes to ropes. Sheamus digs his knee into Riddle’s head but the ref counts. Sheamus lets off, argues with the ref, but then he brings Riddle up just to throw him down with the hammerlock. Sheamus headscissor squeezes Riddle but Riddle bridges up. Riddle moves around, gets Sheamus with the ARMBAR! Sheamus scrambles to a ropebreak! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 3, and Sheamus bails out.
Sheamus tells Riddle to play by the rules, and Riddle says he can stay out then and lose by ring count. Sheamus gets in, they both kick each other, but Riddle fires off forearms. Sheamus throws body shots, knees and then suplexes Riddle up and over! Cover, TWO! Sheamus has a keylock and then shifts to throw elbows into Riddle’s head. Riddle fights up, fireman’s carries, but Sheamus fights free. Riddle fires off hands, Sheamus shoves but Riddle kicks him! Riddle runs but Sheamus clotheslines him out hard! Sheamus goes out to the apron and leaps, into a FINAL FLASH! Riddle gets Sheamus for a BROSPLODER! The ring count climbs but Riddle drags Sheamus up and in at 5!
Riddle aims, runs and BROTONS! Cover, TWO! Riddle grits his teeth while Sheamus sits up. Riddle lines up a shot and KICKS Sheamus in the chest! Sheamus sits up and Riddle KICKS him again! And stomps him! And KICKS him against ropes! Riddle drags Sheamus up, Sheamus throws heavy body shots and he DECKS Riddle with that right! Riddle ends up on the apron, Sheamus brings him up to beat the Bodhrain! Sheamus gets all 10 and then dumps Riddle down. Riddle groans while he stirs and the ring count begins again. Riddle stands at 5, gets in at 7, but Sheamus is right on him with European Uppercuts!
Riddle boots back from a corner, runs but into the IRISH CURSE! Cover, TWO! Sheamus pushes Riddle around but Riddle is still in this. Sheamus drags Riddle up, Riddle holds ropes to avoid the whip, but Sheamus KICKS him low! Sheamus shoves Riddle to a corner then RAMS into him! And then POSTS him! Riddle flounders out, but dodges as Sheamus runs in, and Sheamus POSTS himself! The BRO KICKS return! BRO! BRO! BRO! Riddle lets off as the ref counts, but he and Sheamus catch each other with forearms! Sheamus catches the kick, Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! But he can’t make the cover, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Riddle is fighting up out of a chinbar and armlock. Riddle throws body shots, then forearms, but Sheamus shoves to KNEE Riddle down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus can’t believe Riddle survives! Sheamus pushes Riddle away then stands on a hand, to stomp it! Sheamus drags Riddle up, scoops him but Riddle slips off, spins Sheamus and PELES! Sheamus tumbles out of the ring! Riddle gets up, builds speed to the corner, and then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK! And then FLOATING BROTON! Riddle puts Sheamus in, then climbs up top, for a CROSSBODY, but into Sheamus’ arms! Sheamus hits a SWINGING SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus is shocked as he stares down at Riddle. He stomps Riddle to the ropes, then drags him back to stomp him more. Sheamus ties up the legs but Riddle resists the Cloverleaf! Sheamus kicks Riddle and turns him over, CLOVERLEAF is in! Riddle endures and drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Sheamus holds until 4, and he has no idea what it’ll take to solve Riddle. Riddle is on the apron, Sheamus brings him back up, but Riddle stops the Bodhrain! Riddle has the arm for a DRAPING KIMURA! The ref counts, Riddle lets go at 4 then he hotshots Sheamus away! Riddle gets in, gets around, Sheamus elbows and switches to drop down and drag Riddle to a HEEL HOOK!
Riddle endures, CHOPS and forearms Sheamus, but Sheamus clubs him back! Sheamus cranks on the leg, Riddle is down, TWO as Riddle sits up. Riddle kicks and kicks with his free leg, and kicks and kicks, until he is free! And he still kicks! Cover, TWO! Riddle grits his teeth again as Sheamus sits up, but Sheamus ducks the PK, only to get a FINAL FLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus survives and shocks Riddle! Riddle fires himself up, foams at the mouth a bit, and he drags Sheamus to a drop zone. Riddle goes up top but Sheamus clubs him down! Sheamus clubs Riddle more, then climbs up behind him. Sheamus brings Riddle up but Riddle hits back.
Riddle sends Sheamus down, adjusts position but Sheamus hits him again! Sheamus climbs up, throws forearms, then fireman’s carries Riddle! He shifts Riddle around, SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO?!? Riddle survives and Sheamus is beside himself! Sheamus looks at Riddle from the corner, even more unsure how to put Riddle away. Sheamus beats his own chest, firing himself up. Riddle stands but then drops before the Brogue arrives! Sheamus laughs, he thinks Riddle is done. Sheamus brings Riddle up, “You’ll never be tough like me!” Riddle HEADBUTTS! ROUNDHOUSES! But Sheamus ducks the next, to Electric Chair lift! Riddle punches back, rolls through but Sheamus rolls it back! CLOVERLEAF!! Riddle endures, turns it back over, drags Sheamus down to a victory roll! RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat Contender’s Match)
The Fella is FURIOUS that he got beat by the Bro! Who will Riddle be meeting next week in that match?
Asuka finds Lana backstage.
The Empress heard Lana might want to challenge for the title. Oh, no no, she was just interviewed about being the Sole Survivor, and the question came up. Lana was not even thinking about that. Asuka is the best in the world and Raw Women’s Champion! Well that’s okay, Asuka loves challenges. She accepts, and will see Lana in the ring tonight. Who knows? Maybe Lana goes home the new champion! Lana is happy to have her newest opportunity, but is she worried it won’t be as easy as her Survivor Series win?
Raw presents an all new Firefly Fun House!
Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss welcome us back! Tonight is about something truly evil! Vile! Disgusting! Repuslive! It’s “friendship.” Ew~! Friends will always let you down! One minute, you’re best buds, playing ball, skipping stones, burning the midnight oil together to solve a puzzle. Then the next minute, they’re burning other things… Wyatt still gets flashes of what Orton did. But trust Bray when he says friends are no good. Just like Alexa’s former friend and tonight’s opponent, Nikki Cross.
Ribbit, pay no attention to this, Bliss. You can’t let a friend like Cross hop away. Who da F is you? This is the Friendship Frog, of course! And he believes friendship lasts forever. Is that so? Indubitably! Well Alexa should show the frog what she’ll do to her “friend,” Nikki. Alexa asks for a little help, and Bray whispers in her ear. Those scary eyes return! This doesn’t seem very friendly. Alexa bashes him with the branding stick! Friendship Frog is now pudding. That’s enough. Now please, join us in a moment of silence for the frog. A video shows the frog growing up from tadpole to pollywog to full fledged frog. He played baseball, graduated from college, and “Always eat what bugs you” was his senior quote in his yearbook. And of course, his debut and final appearance on FFH. He was 40?
Friendship Frog was a fine amphibian. A real shame he… croaked. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Okay, bye~! See you later, Nikki! Um… Will Nikki end up looking like Friendship Frog before the night is over?
WWE Tribute to the Troops returns to television!
Sunday, December 6th on Fox, WWE again thanks the men and women of the US military by putting on a special show! Check local listings for showtimes.
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Lana!
The Empress of Tomorrow may have come up short against The Boss in their Champion VS Champion match, but that’s not going to stop Asuka from reigning over Raw! At least, it shouldn’t. Will the Ravishing Sole Survivor shock the world all over again?
Raw returns and Lana makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, but Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler come out to intimidate Lana. Of course, they pretend that’s not why, and join commentary instead. The bell rings and Asuka ties up with Lana. Lana arm-drags Asuka down and Asuka claps some respect. Asuka and Lana tie up again, Lana headlocks but Asuka powers out. Asuka drops down, tries to pop Lana up but Lana counters to a cover! TWO, and Asuka ducks a kick, to pop-up KNEE Lana down! Asuka has the ref move as she baseball slides at Lana but Lana dodges! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions taunt Asuka for taking even this long to beat Lana, but Asuka splashes them with someone’s water! Nia attacks and that ends the match!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Whether Asuka egged them on so this would happen or not, Asuka wins the match and retains her title! But now the tag champions are mugging her! Lana watches as they splash Asuka with water now, then drag her to the table. Shayna clears it off for Nia, but Lana saves Asuka! Lana and Asuka get in the ring, then get away as Shayna and Nia storm in! Asuka says it won’t work like that, but Nia grabs the mic. “You started something, get back here an finish it!” Shayna adds on, because she and Nia want a match with them tonight! Lana and Asuka accept! Raw goes to break, will the Ravishing and the Empress take down the Irresistible Force and the Queen of Spades?
R-Truth does a WWE Shop commercial.
After all, this Friday is Black Friday, as in deals, deals, deals! But then a referee shows up. Truth says his title is not for sale, but then Drew Gulak SMACKS Truth with a toy Money in the Bank briefcase! Gulak covers, but the lights start turning off?! The ref bugs out of there, and Truth knows HE is here! He who? THE FIEND!?! Gulak turns around and “YOWIE WOWIE!” Oh it’s just Akira Tozawa in a Fiend mask. he gets himself a free WWE 24/7 Championship pillow. Get that and more now at WWE Shop!
Asuka & Lana VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!
Raw returns and Lana dodges Shayna’s knee in the corner! Lana fires off knees and kicks of her own, then a heel kick! Lana brings Shayna around, whips but Nia makes the tag! Lana ROUNDHOUSES Shayna but Nia throws Lana by her hair! Nia looms over Lana and taunts Asuka. Nia drags Lana up to TOSS her! Lana gets to a corner and Nia mocks her pain. Nia brings Lana up to TOSS her again! Nia and Asuka shout at each other, but Nia reels Lana in to CLOBBER her! Nia kicks Lana and says Lana got lucky. Nia chokes Lana on the ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, but throws Lana out to the floor.
Tag to Shayna and Shayna stomps Lana on the outside. Shayna puts Lana in the ring at 4, stands on Lana’s foot, and then taunts her to try and tag Asuka. Shayna drags Lana back to drop elbows, then drags her up for a neck wrench. She even ties up Lana’s legs in a pretzel to keep her trapped. Lana endures, Asuka and the fans rally for her, but Shayna knees Lana down. Tag to Nia, Shayna drags Lana over and puts her in the corner. Nia runs in to corner splash! Nia drags Lana by her hair, pushes her back down, then pushes her around “because you suck!” Lana got lucky, and yet she’s the sole survivor?! Nia pushes Lana around more and then drags her up. Lana hits back!
Lana fires off clawing hands and kicks, but Nia RAMS her into the corner! Tag to Shayna, the tag champs mug Lana, then Shayna snapmares Lana to KICK her in the back! Shayna stands on Lana’s head while she pulls on a leg, then the other leg. Shayna bends Lana past a normal Half Crab and even toys with her, before she SLAMS the leg down and KICKS Lana in the side! Lana sits up but Shayna kicks her again! Shayna toys with Lana, but Lana crawls along ropes. Shayna runs in but Lana dodges her slide! Lana kicks Shayna away, hot tag to Asuka!
Asuka SLIDING KICKS Shayna down! Asuka hip attacks Nia! And elbows Shayna! And kicks! Shayna grits her teeth but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES to a CODE BREAKER! Asuka fires up to hip attack in the corner! Shayna fights the waistlock off but not the BACK HAND! Asuka GERMANS Shayna away! And SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Asuka keeps on Shayna with KICKS, but the buzzsaw is blocked to a trip and KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Both women are down, Nia trips Lana off the apron! Nia headbutts Lana away from her corner, then pushes her towards the announce desk. Nia wants number 10! The ref reprimands but Nia scoops Lana up.
Lana fights out to ROUNDHOUSE back! Lana fires off but Nia pushes her away! Nia roars and runs at Lana but Lana ducks, and Nia tumbles over the desk!! Shayna grabs Lana for a KIRAFUDA! The ref says Lana isn’t legal, but Asuka is and she rolls Shayna up! ASUKA AND LANA WIN!
Winners: Asuka & Lana, by pinfall
Lana celebrates, but only as she runs away to the stage so Shayna and Nia can’t get at her! Will Lana’s apparent win streak continue?
Riddle finds MVP backstage.
MVP the OG! “Sup, dude?” No fist bump? Okay. But what’s up with “Big Bobby?” Riddle was hoping to wish him luck tonight. Well Lashley has to get ready for his qualifier. What does Riddle want? Oh that’s right, Lashley is against Keith Lee. Probably one for the ages, bro. But question: Riddle has a million ideas for business investments. Everyone loves what? Pizza. What else does everyone love? Yogurt. So therefore, pizza flavored yogurt. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! Riddle suggests mixing yogurt with “prot” and it’s BROGURT! Riddle has ideas for days!
No, stop. MVP can’t believe Riddle thinks Lashley has time to listen to all this. First thing’s first, stop saying “bro.” Second, MVP appreciates the spirit, so get all those great ideas and maybe come back with them in a couple weeks. Like Shark Tank! Yes, exactly like that. If they like his ideas, maybe they will do business. If they don’t, they’ll do some business. Riddle isn’t what the difference is, but will the All Mighty and the Limitless One tear down the ThunderDome with their qualifier?
WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Keith Lee VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
Braun Strowman’s sudden fit of rage cost him this opportunity, and now another behemoth will cash in. Will next week’s Triple Threat #BaskInHisGlory? Or will it feel the pain at the hands of the Hurt Business CEO?
The bell rings and Lashley gets right in Keith’s face to shove him! Lashley then waistlocks but Keith backs him to a corner. They break with some unease, but Lashley kicks back and facelocks! Keith holds off the suplex, spins out and headlocks. Lashley tries to power out but Keith holds on tight. Lashley spins out and the two fight over the wristlock. Keith powers Lashley back but Lashley gets around to headlock. Keith powers up and lifts Lashley, but Lashley cranks on the headlock! MVP says to keep it up and Lashley holds on as Keith tries to power out. Keith stays up, squeezes Lashley with a bearhug then powers out! Lashley rams him but Keith stays up!
Keith swats Lashley’s punch away, bumps Lashley off buckles and fires off big hands! The ref counts, Keith lets off at 3 but back elbows over and over now! Keith opens Lashley up for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Keith then backs off to run back in, but Lashley dodges! Lashley keeps moving, LARIAT, but Keith stays up! Lashley snarls and Keith grits his teeth, but Lashley gets the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, ONE?! Lashley is furious but he wants Keith to get up! MVP says to lock it in, and Lashley wants the full nelson! Keith fights that off, Lashley pushes him but Keith rolls and ducks to run Lashley over! Lashley flounders up and Keith clotheslines him out!
Keith smirks as he gets an idea. Keith builds speed but MVP is in his way! The ref tells MVP to stay back but MVP claims he hasn’t done anything. Keith goes out to chase MVP! But he doesn’t see Lashley coming and Lashley CLOBBERS Keith! Lashley fires off forearms, the ring count climbs, but Lashley RAMS Keith into barriers at 5! Lashley gets in at 7, but then goes out after Keith again. Lashley fireman’s carries Keith!? And POSTS him!! Lashley manages to take Keith down but almost crumbled underneath him! Raw goes to break, will Keith still be in one piece?
Raw returns and Lashley grinds Keith down with a double wristlock. Keith endures and fans rally on their screens but Lashley cranks harder on the arm. Keith fights his way up, pries the hold apart a finger at a time, but Lashley KNEES low and hard, over and over! MVP says Lashley needs to grind Keith down but Keith fights his way up, Lashley turns Keith for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Lashley has the arm again! The ref says Lashley’s knee is on Keith’s throat so Lashley lets off. MVP protests, that was Keith’s chest, not his neck! Lashley goes back to a chinlock and he grinds Keith down again, but Keith endures and reaches out. Fans rally but Lashley cranks Keith back and away from ropes.
Lashley throws forearms, runs, but Keith ROCKS him with a forearm back! Keith roars and runs, but Lashley hurdles over?! And then comes back to CLOBBER Lashley! Lashley drags Keith up to SUPLEX him!! Lashley stalks Keith and dares him to get up! Keith slowly rises, gets the arms but Keith pushes him away! Keith is in a corner and elbows Lashley away! Lashley staggers but comes back, Keith HURDLES Lashley and Lashley POSTS himself! Keith throws body shots on Lashley then DECKS him with a left! Lashley flounder sup into a corner splash! Keith keeps moving to POUNCE LASHLEY!! Since when has someone done that to Lashley!?
Keith follows Lashley outside to CROSSBODY Lashley down!! Keith puts Lashley in but the ref misses MVP as he POSTS Keith!! The ring count is 7, Keith rolls in slowly at 8, but Lashley demands Keith get up! Lashley gets the arms, but the full nelson can’t even reach across Keith’s broad shoulders! Keith revives, powers out of the nelson, and he backpacks Lashley for a SENTON!! MVP runs in and attacks!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by disqualification (advances to the Triple Threat Contender’s Match)
What is he doing?! Now Lashley DEFINITELY lost this match! Keith DECKS MVP and finally catches his breath. But perhaps that was a business decision to spare Lashley an actual defeat. One way or another, Keith is heading to the #1 contender’s match! Who will join the Limitless Bros in that epic opportunity?
Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!
Perhaps two of the greatest friends in modern WWE history, with multiple tag title reigns. Nikki wouldn’t know what she’d be without Alexa. But then, when Alexa was without Nikki, The Fiend pounced, and now the Goddess is but a proxy for the madness inside the fun house. Before making her entrance, Nikki tells Sarah not to ask her any questions. Nikki doesn’t give up on friends. Alexa is the one who gave that up. We’ve all seen what’s going on here. Nikki has been trying to help Alexa free herself.
But she’s done trying. Alexa made it clear she no longer wants help, or Nikki. Message received. Alexa can have The Fiend. Nikki is sick and tired of worrying about this. The only thing she cares about now, is beating the FIEND out of Alexa! Will Nikki win this match against the friend she lost?
Raw returns and Alexa makes her entrance, as twisted as it is now. The bell rings and Alexa smirks at Nikki as Nikki shouts “What is wrong with you?!” Nikki grabs at Alexa but Alexa is playing around. Alexa slaps Nikki’s hands away! Hot hands, she wins! Alexa then dodges Nikki and waves at her. Nikki runs in but into a drop toehold! Alexa then bails out and Nikki gives chase! Are they playing tag now? Alexa gets back in and she teases Nikki. Nikki drags Alexa out and headbutts low! And then CLOBBERS her! Nikki seethes as she drags Alexa up and into the ring. Nikki runs corner to corner at the laughing Alexa to stomp away on her! The ref counts, Nikki lets off at 3.
Nikki cools off, only to stomp another mudhole in! She lets off at 4, drags Alexa up and reels her in for a lariat! Nikki drags Alexa by her arm but Alexa laughs as Nikki CLOBBERS her again! Alexa doesn’t seem to take this serious as Nikki THRASHES her about! Nikki lets off because it’s still Alexa, but she shouts, “LISTEN!!” Nikki thrashes Alexa more and that got Alexa to stop laughing. Nikki DROPS down on Alexa, covers, TWO! Alexa scrambles to a corner, Nikki runs in to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Alexa gets up slowly but Nikki fires off forearms! The ref counts, Nikki lets off, and then Nikki throws Alexa down! Alexa starts to cry?! She’s begging Nikki to stop, and seems surprised to be in the ring, wearing what she’s wearing.
Alexa asks Nikki what’s going on, but Nikki is after her again! The ref has Nikki let off, and again Alexa asks what’s happening. Why are they fighting? Why is she in this outfit? Nikki, please, help her! Nikki doesn’t know what to do now that Alexa is sobbing. Nikki comforts her friend, Alexa apologizes, but then hits a COMPLETE SHOT! Was it just an act?! Cover, Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
As if this new Alexa wasn’t twisted enough! She played on the heartstrings of her best friend and took the victory out from under Nikki! Will Alexa continue to toy with Nikki until Nikki breaks?
Raw says #ThankYouTaker
The tribute highlight reel plays again, documenting the 30 years, from 11/22/1990 to just last night at Survivor Series and the #FinalFarewell. There will never be another.
WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Randy Orton VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin!
Practically a PPV main event in itself, the Viper and the Phenomenal One both want that WWE World Heavyweight Championship back around their waist! Orton only just lost it, will he get one step closer to having it back again? Or will Styles and “O-moss” be the ones joining Riddle and Lee next week?
Raw returns again and Styles makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Styles rolls Orton, ONE! Oklahoma roll, ONE! Orton gets away and Styles backs off with a big grin on his face. Styles and Orton circle again, approach and Orton kicks low! Orton CLUBS Styles, whips him but Styles ducks, slides under but runs into an uppercut! Orton stomps Styles’ leg, scrapes his laces off Styles’ face, and stalks him to a corner. Styles throat chops back! Orton sputters while Styles storms over and rams into him! And again! The ref counts, Styles lets off but brings Orton up to whip to ropes to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Styles keeps his cool as he gets Orton back up. Orton pokes Styles in the eye! Orton smirks as he drags Styles up to throw him out, then stalks behind him. Orton throws more EuroUppers on Styles, then whips him, into Jordan! Jordan keeps Styles from falling, and even pops him up to the apron and Styles sliding KNEES Orton down! Orton staggers, Styles goes out and gives him the back suplex to the desk! Orton’s move is used against him as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Orton is after Styles on the top rope with haymakers! Styles ends up in the ropes an don the second buckle, but Orton drags Styles up to the top! Styles slips through to trip Orton up! Orton hits a buckle and Styles CHOP BLOCKS a leg out! Orton clutches his leg and Styles stomps away on him! Styles hits a knee breaker then goes after the leg with a toehold and wrench! Orton reaches for ropes but Styles drags him away, for another knee breaker! Styles cranks on the leg but Orton pulls hair. The ref counts, Orton has to let go and Styles goes after the leg harder. Styles has the leg bent back even more but Orton CLUBS away on Styles’ chest! Styles lets go of the leg and Orton hobbles up, only for Styles to be right after him again!
Orton throws straight rights and Styles staggers away. Styles gets the leg again and rolls Orton! Orton rolls through to stomp Styles down! Orton drags Styles up by his hair again, hangs Styles out to dry on ropes, and Styles bounces and flops down! Cover, TWO! Orton grows annoyed with Styles but hobbles back up. Orton drags Styles up by hair, reels him in, and suplexes, but Styles slips out to CHOP BLOCK again! Styles fireman’s carries but Orton elbows free to get the BACK2BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Orton grows frustrated but he still looms over Styles. He brings Styles up and puts him through the ropes! Styles escapes that, kicks the leg then catches Orton to roll him!
Orton fights off the Calf Crusher but Styles CRANKS hard back! Orton endures as he reaches, but Styles pulls back harder! Orton grabs ropes and Styles lets go before a count. Styles hobbles, but he runs back at Orton, into the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton watches Styles rise on wobbly legs, but Styles denies the RKO! Styles ENZIGURIS Orton down! But Orton flops out of the ring to save himself! Styles aims, slingshots, but Orton avoids the forearm to trip Styles up! Styles bounces off apron, Orton puts him back in, but THE FIEND IS HERE! He pokes his head out but then disappears! Orton hurries back into the ring, looks around again, but runs into a boot from Styles!
Styles prepares his forearm, springboards but Orton trips him up! Orton pulls Styles through, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head, but The Fiend starts turning off lights! And then the lights come on with the red, and The Fiend is right behind Orton!! Orton freaks out, but then the lights go down and The Fiend is gone again! Styles is aimed at Orton, springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat Contender’s Match)
Orton’s past comes back to haunt him, and cost him! Styles moves on, making the already limitless Triple Threat into a phenomenal one! And Bray laughs at Orton from the shadows. Will Bray make sure Orton pays in full for what he did oh so long ago? As for Styles, will he be able to take advantage of a Triple Threat situation with Keith Lee and (Matt) Riddle?
What a great Raw to follow Survivor Series! Amazing, even! Though, no Retribution was interesting. Maybe they’ll make a big deal of it next week. But we got a great bit with the Hurt Business and New Day. The set-up to the tag title match made sense, as I expected for many of the champions tonight. The match-and-a-half they had was great, too, and it worked out for Hurt Business to have egging on New Day backfire. I’m sure the feud will continue, and I have a feeling TLC, in perhaps a Ladder match will end up being how it ends. For that matter, Lana’s story for the year has to end with her winning a Tables match. She didn’t go through a table tonight, and she really only got an assist in the tag match we ended up with. I feared this about a month ago, but will Lana and Asuka end up a team against Nia and Shayna in a tag title match? Will Lana’s first title will be a tag title alongside Asuka? A bit of a bittersweet thing, I suppose.
The story of Alexa and Nikki went to a new level tonight. That was evil genius for Alexa to “return” as a way to trick Nikki. I am even more adamant about their part in this having a Firefly Fun House match finale. Their past apart in NXT, their past together on Raw and SmackDown, all of it and more needs to be referenced before we get a definitive finish. Then, the story of the night was of course in relation to the world title. I found it very surprising that Strowman did what he did to Pearce, and then he ended up completely OUT of what we got tonight. Lashley and Orton wanting in on the title talk was natural, the miniature tournament was a great idea, and all three matches we got were incredible.
Riddle VS Sheamus was a slugfest, Lee VS Lashley was an incredible heavyweight bout, and of course Orton VS Styles was worthy of a main event. Even Fiend getting involved, freaking Orton out, was good because obviously, we’re getting that feud next. For that matter, assuming Keith doesn’t win next week to revisit his encounters with McIntyre earlier this year, I would think going after the US Championship would be the natural follow-up. I think with Riddle’s Hurt Business “Shark Tank” promo, he’s probably not winning, so both he and Keith will be involved with Hurt Business simultaneously. Therefore, I would think Styles wins, and Jordan will be ringside for an epic match with McIntyre. Hell, McIntyre VS Omogbehin could be something great just on how imposing Omogbehin is naturally.
My Score: 9/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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