The las SmackDown before TLC will be golden!
Before Tables, Ladders & Chairs, SmackDown will have gold and awards! Will the Street Profits still be tag team champions for the holidays? And who wins at the first-ever SAMI Awards?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; The Street Profits win and retain the titles.
- The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???; The Riott Squad wins.
- Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro; Otis wins.
- Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bayley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kevin Owens heads to the ring!
It doesn’t matter that he brawled with Jey Uso and then got blindsided by Roman Reigns, the Prizefighter is still here because he will #JustKeepFighting! Kevin says he has been waiting all week and won’t wait a minute longer! He wants Roman to get out to the ring and have it out! Or is Roman not ready yet? That’s fine, because Kevin needs to say something. Roman sent a message to the Owens family, and Kevin heard that message loud and clear. Kevin did have a talk with his family, but what he told them was not to watch the Universal Championship match at TLC. Not because Kevin is afraid of what will happen to him, but he’s afraid of how the family will think of him after what he does to Roman!
Is Roman still not ready? Speaking of what kids might think, Kevin remembers Roman tell Jey that Roman cares how their sons look at them. Bad news, Roman: If Roman’s kids judge him based on his actions lately, they already know that their dad “is nothing but a hypocrite.” Roman says he’s the head of the table but had to jump Kevin from behind and used Jey as a pawn! “And that is absolutely pathetic.” Kevin knows how Roman looks at himself in the mirror. Roman knows deep down he’s just a coward. Heyman gets on screen instead and tells Kevin to just stop. Are we going to do this dance again? Roman doesn’t come out on Kevin’s time but on his own time.
Heyman confesses that he made a mistake about Kevin. Last week on Talking Smack, Heyman said Kevin should “marinate in the mindset of being mutilated” because Heyman thought Kevin was a masochist. To come back after what happened, he must be! But that’s fine, because Roman is a sadist. Especially when it comes to put a beating on Kevin. But that is what Heyman got wrong. Kevin isn’t a masochist but a martyr, willing to pay any price for the cause of being champion. That makes him very dangerous. So mutilation won’t stop Kevin, which leaves elimination, eradication.
Yeah well none of that is happening! Kevin has had it with the BS coming out of Heyman’s face. If Roman won’t meet Kevin, Kevin is going to go find Roman! The hunt is on again! But will Kevin get the drop on Roman this time? Or will we see a repeat of last week?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is talking and walking with Kevin Owens.
Obviously Pearce on behalf of management doesn’t want Kevin to go after Roman like this. Not this close to TLC. Kevin can just wait two days and have his match! Just think about this, Kevin! Kevin goes to Roman’s door, but it’s locked. And Roman is already heading to the ring! It seems Roman circumvented Kevin completely! Kevin can only scowl at the television screen as the Universal Champion and his Special Counsel stand amidst the tables, ladders and chairs at ringside. Heyman fetches a mic for the Tribal Chief, and he tells “KO, I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want to hurt your family. But you’re running around here, and you’re telling the whole world that I’m a bad guy.”
Roman isn’t a bad guy. He’s just doing what you have to in order to be THE Guy. It’s something above Kevin’s paygrade, so Kevin should just stay in his lane. In fact, Roman will show he’s a good guy by giving Kevin the same chance that he gave his own flesh and blood. “Acknowledge me as your Tribal Chief.” But Kevin storms from the television and back to gorilla! If Kevin acknowledges Roman’s authority, then it’s all good. But if Kevin doesn’t, or just can’t accept that, “I’m going to end you.” Kevin won’t even make it out of the ThunderDome tonight. Kevin needs to get down to the ring and apologize, and say what Roman wants him to say.
Kevin does return and storms down the ring! He doesn’t look like he’s going to apologize. But JEY attacks from behind! Jey and Kevin scrap at the ramp but Roman goes out and knocks Kevin down! The Bloodline stomps Kevin and rains down rights! They keep after him like sharks with blood in the water! Roman digs Kevin’s face into the ramp as he rains down furious forearms! Fans give thumbs down on their ThunderDome screens as Jey taunts Kevin, “Where you going?” Referees and officials hurry out but the mauling continues! Roman and Jey glare at them, then Roman RAMS Kevin into barriers!
Heyman comes over, gives Roman his belt, and Jey says that was just round one. Roman leads the way up the ramp but Kevin flounders after. Kevin can barely stand, but will he even be in one piece after TLC’s TLC match?
The Bloodline talks backstage.
Jey says “If he don’t know, he know now!” Kevin’s getting the message now! Roman says Kevin doesn’t get it yet. “I know his kind. He’s not gonna listen, he’s not gonna stop.” Roman wants Jey to end him so that we never see him again. Jey heads out to do Roman’s bidding, but will it really be so easy?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have lost to the GLORIOUS One and the Show-Off a few times lately, though with controversy. But all the more reason to finally settle this with the titles on the line! Will the “Dirty Dawgs” bring the Profits down and once again be tag team champions?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this title showdown begins!
Roode and Dawkins start, circle, but Ziggler distracts! Roode sucker punches Dawkins then throws more haymakers. Tag to Ziggler, they double whip but Dawkins kicks Ziggler and ROCKS Roode! Tag to Ford and the Profits double dropkick the Dirty Dawgs! Cover on Ziggler, TWO! Ford keeps his eyes on Ziggler and he KICKS him in the side! Ford stalks Ziggler, kicks but misses, and Ziggler rolls him! TWO, Ford ducks a clothesline to get a back suplex! And a kip up to a standing moonsault! But Ford doesn’t cover, he sees Roode creeping! Ford DECKS Roode, then goes to a corner! Ziggler stops him with a haymaker!
Ziggler drags Ford down, drags him onto the ropes and suplexes, but Ford blocks! Ziggler throws haymakers, but Ford KICKS back! Ziggler is down, Ford goes up but Roode SHOVES Ford off! Ford crashes into barriers and clutches his ribs as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Ziggler rolls Ford to a cover, TWO! Ziggler stomps Ford, brings him up and whips him to a corner hard! Tag to Roode and Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler for a SPLASH! Then a feed to the KNEE! Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps Ford down with haymakers and stomps! The ref counts as Ford gets to ropes but Roode digs a knee in! The ref counts again, Roode stops at 3, and Ziggler taunts Ford. Roode brings Ford up, CHOPS him in the corner, then bumps him off buckles! Tag to Ziggler, they stomp Ford, then Ziggler taunts Ford to do something. Ford swings wild but misses, and Ziggler dropkicks him in the stomach! Cover, TWO!!
Ziggler wraps Ford in a rear bearhug, and clearly the Dirty Dawgs remember Survivor Series’ match of Profits and New Day. Roll to a cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Ford with the gut wrench bearhug. Ford drags himself towards the Profits’ corner, fans rally on their screens, but Ziggler rakes eyes! Ziggler puts Ford in the corner, tag to Roode! They mug Ford, Roode brings Ford around to suplex and GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated, tags Ziggler, and Ziggler taunts Ford, “Reach for your side!” Ziggler says no one is laughing now as he puts on another bearhug! Another roll to a cover, TWO!
Ziggler keeps Ford close with the bearhug but Ford pries free, only for Ziggler to MULE KICK him in the ribs! Tag to Roode and they whip to whip, but Ford puts Ziggler on the outside! Ziggler falls, Ford dodges Roode! Ford crawls but Roode anchors a foot! Ford kicks Roode away and then hot tags Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode, dodges and LEAING ELBOWS! ZIggler runs into a FLAPJACK! Dawkins scoops Roode for an EXPLODER! The Curse of Greatness is on a roll as he CYCLONE SPLASHES Roode! Then one for Ziggler! Dawkins keeps moving, Roode dodges but Dawkins gets him with the BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!!
Dawkins stalks Roode and he gets him in the ANOINT- NO! Roode blocks but no Glorious DDT! Dawkins rams Roode into buckles but Roode BOOTS back! Ziggler tags in, GLORIOUS FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO?!? Dawkins survives and the Dirty Dawgs don’t believe it! Ziggler aims from a corner but Dawkins blocks the kick! Ziggler elbows, runs, but into the ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford and he climbs up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! But the ribs!! Ford drags himself back to a cover, Roode elbows the back to break it! Ziggler floats over Ford to tag Roode, and Roode O’Conner rolls, TWO, to a roll-up! WITH TIGHTS! The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
The gold stays with the Profits! Turnabout’s fair play from when the Dirty Dawgs did them dirty! Ziggler and Roode protest and explain what happened, but the ref says he did his job! Otherwise, these two are suspended! Roode and Ziggler cool off, but will they get revenge?
Once again, Pearce walks and talks with Kevin.
Pearce and a referee try to reason with Kevin. He just has to wait 48 hours and he’ll have Roman in the TLC match! But then Jey SMACKS Kevin from behind with a chair! And then again! Jey tells KO to stay down, or else he’ll have to get ‘im! Jey leaves the chair behind as he storms off, but still Kevin drags himself up to his feet! Pearce again tries to reason with Kevin, but will Kevin stubbornly refuse?
Kayla Braxton interviews Bianca Belair!
The EST faces her biggest challenge in facing Bayley, but Bayley says Bianca is overrated. What will a win tonight against the Role Model mean to Bianca? Is Kayla really going to say “Bayley” and “Role Model” in the same conversation? Uh-uh. A role model is someone you aspire to be. Bayley is someone you intend to beat. But Bianca has wanted to face Bayley since coming to SmackDown because Bayley is a measuring stick. But the thing is, Bayley always has something to say! Bianca will do what she does best, and the EST will S-H-I-N-E!
The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???
Ruby and Liv already beat the Femme Fatale and her previous mystery partner, Natalya. But Billie isn’t leaving it at that! She wants a second try, but who has she recruited to her cause this time? Billie tells Greg Hamilton that she can introduce her tag team partner herself. A second generation superstar, there’s nobody meana than TAMINA! Will the Daughter of Superfly help Billie soar above the Squad?
The teams sort out and Tamina starts with Liv. They go around, Tamina puts Liv in a corner then TOSSES her across the ring! Liv flounders to a corner, Tamina stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Tamina stops at 4, then runs back in. Liv dodges and tags in Ruby! The Squad hit Tamina with a back body block kick combo! Cover, TWO! Ruby wrenches Tamina but Tamina whips her away to then CLOBBER her! Billie is happy to see that as Tamina covers, TWO! Billie doesn’t like seeing that! Ruby throws body shots but Tamina headbutts her down! Tamina taunts Liv, and then mockingly asks Ruby, “Are you good?”
Tamina pushes Ruby around, Billie mocks Ruby but Ruby hits Tamina back! Tamina powers Ruby to a corner, blocks a kick and fireman’s carries! Billie tags in before the SAMOAN DROP! Tamina didn’t know about the tag and has to hurry out as Billie covers, but Liv breaks it! Billie is upset, but she drags Ruby up by her hair. Billie scoops but Ruby slips out and shoves her away! Liv tags in, the Squad dodge Billie to double dropkick Tamina! They catch Billie for a MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, the Riott Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall
Another win for the best friends, and another loss for Billie! Will Billie ever find a combination that can be just as iconic as the original?
Carmella heads to the ring!
Though she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship match last week, she did not win the title itself because Sasha Banks got disqualified. There will be a rematch at TLC as that was the plan all along. Mella says “Tis the season to drink bubbly, falala lala, lala la la.” Her assistant has set up a table and brought champagne so that she may have a toast for her impending victory at TLC! There are those of us sitting at home saying it is too early to celebrate, but that’s why we’re all home sitting on gross futons while she drinks champagne where the price tag has more digits than a phone number.
Was that burn a little too far? Mella doesn’t care, because she’s better than us! And she knows better than us. And she knows Sasha Banks doesn’t have what it takes to be a champion. Physically, sure. Sasha is quick, agile, ferocious. But mentally, where it counts, she is weak. Mella isn’t throwing shade, those are facts! And the fact is, this is the longest Sasha’s ever held a title! She’s in uncharted water! Sasha is so over her head she is drowning. And not in the champagne Mella smashed on her back! Sasha is drowning in the pressures of her own expectations and is lashing out! She felt that title slipping away so she intentionally got disqualified! And that right there is the very reason why Mella knows she already has Sasha beat! And that is why Mella is celebrating tonight!
Sasha’s entire existence is based on being the very best! The Boss, the standard, the blueprint! This is why Sasha HAS to prove she’s better! But she’ll still be so angry, lose control and want to rip Mella apart. Sasha has to fight her instincts while fighting Mella! “And that is a fight no one, not even Sasha Banks, can win.” So on Sunday, when Mella beats Sasha, Sasha will fall into this deep, dark turmoil, she might break. Because who is Sasha if she isn’t The Boss? Who is Sasha if she isn’t the best? And sadly, that’s a question not even Sasha can answer. That is why Sasha comes so unglued around Mella! That is why Sasha is so desperate!
It’s sad, really. Mella needs that pick-me-up, and nothing lifts her spirits better than a fine glass of champagne. She snaps her fingers and is served- Ugh, what is that This is cheap and frantic. Kind of like Sasha! But speaking of, here Sasha comes! The assistant hurries to the ramp to intercept, but Sasha’s coming from the other side of the ring! Sasha has herself a sip, says it’s better than Mella said, and then SPALSHES Mella with the rest! Sasha tackles Mella, hammers away, then puts on a BANK STATEMENT! The assistant returns but Sasha SLAPS him down! But Mella SMASHES another bottle on Sasha’s back!! The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island again gets the better of The Boss, but will Sasha lose everything when she loses the title?
Kevin Owens gets checked by the trainer.
Kevin doesn’t want to be checked, but it’s protocol. And Jey attacks again!! Jey throws hands then RAMS Kevin into a wall! And then SLAMS him through a table! Roman’s orders said to take Kevin out, has Jey finally done just that?
Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro!
The Alpha Academy’s first, best (and only) student has much to learn according to Coach Gable, but even losing is a lesson. Will the Blue Collar Brawler use what he has learned to overcome the King of Strong Style?
The bell rings and Otis rushes in but Nakamura waistlocks. Otis powers out and wrenches to a wristlock but Nakamura throws forearms. Nakamura cartwheels, wrenches back to a wristlock, but Gable coaches Otis. Otis scoops and SLAMS Nakamura, then runs for a falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Nakamura gets to the apron, Otis drags him up but Nakamura kicks him down! Nakamura drags Otis to the apron and runs for a KNEE! Cesaro applauds and Nakamura goes in to throw knees into shoulders and ribs! Nakamura scuffs Otis then KICKS him in the chest! But Otis just powers up!
Nakamura kicks more but Otis dares him to keep hitting! Otis then runs Nakamura over and FLAPJACKS him down! Gable cheers Otis on as Otis hits a RUNNING DISCUS! Otis fires up, runs at Nakamura in the corner for a splash! Nakamura is in the drop zone and Otis pumps it up! Gable gets on the apron and says NO Caterpillar! Use a suplex! Cesaro tells Gable to get down, Otis drags Nakamura up but Nakamura cradles! TWO!! Otis blocks the kick to EXPLODER! Now that’s a suplex! Otis goes up the corner for the VADER BOMB! Cover, Otis wins!!
Winner: Otis Dozovic, by pinfall
Gable’s tip actually worked out, sorta! But it could’ve easily gone the wrong way, does Gable really know what he’s doing?
Sami Zayn prepares backstage.
It’s almost time for the first-ever Sami Awards. He checks with a production assistant that they have everything, from the trophies to the envelopes to the sound cues. Wait, are the trophies polished? No… IDIOT! If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself! Sami hurries to get polish, and Big E comes by to do a final check of his own. Is Big E gonna make sure the first-ever Samis go smoothly?
Otis and Gable are fired up backstage!
Gable knew Otis would do it! But he asks why Otis didn’t go through with the Caterpillar when Nakamura was set up? But Otis thought it was another test. It was! Gable quotes a great philosopher as he says, “Don’t do what I say, do what I mean. You know what I mean?” Not really. Otis will. But for now, rehydrate. Training resumes tomorrow, alpha style! Otis likes the sound of that.
SmackDown presents the First Annual Sami Awards!
Sami sets up at his podium with his Intercontinental Championship and a Sami! On further inspection, isn’t that just a Sami Zayn action figure painted gold, and then glued to a tin can painted black? But Sami, hair styled and suit pressed, says the 2020 WWE Slammy Awards are coming on 12/23/2020, on both the WWE Network and all available social networking platforms, but lately the Slammys have taken a dive. Not since Jack Tunney have they mattered. But now the Slammys are just for highlighting corporately selected moments, and that is not what the SAMIS are going to be about. These will be about the will of the people.
Now before getting to the first Sami Award, Sami himself says 2020 has been a “wild” year for all of us, especially the WWE. Let us take a quick look back at WWE’s 2020, “Year in Review!” Narration by Corey Graves says “In a year of turbulence, one man- Nay, one LIBERATOR, thrived.” This is all about Sami!! Sami calling AJ styles a fraud, calling Jeff Hardy a fraud, and then finding a way to cheat them out of the Intercontinental Championship. And then doing the same to Apollo Crews, Big E, and somehow representing the best in humanity. “Oh my goodness, what a year it’s been!”
Now, to the first Sami Award: Comeback of the Year. What stiff competition! Edge, Roman Reigns, and maybe even Sami himself. But the winner is… Drumroll and… “The Sami goes to… SAMI ZAYN~!” What a “surprise” that Sami won the award named for himself. It feels great to be recognized, though, doesn’t it? Thank you, fans, for this honor! But on to the second Sami Award: Match of the Year! The one everyone wants to win in this category! Every week, another contender pops up. And the Sami goes to… SAMI ZAYN, for the Triple Threat Ladder Match at Clash of Champions! OH MY~! Sami will not lie, he wanted that one more than anything.
But on to the third and final, perhaps the truly biggest one. It’s Superstar of the Year! The greatness of what the Samis are all about. And the Sami goes to… BIG E?!? Big E moves Sami aside and shouts, “MAMA, I MADE IT~!” First of all, Big E has to thank his therapist, Marvin Sims. He also needs to thank Notre Dame in advance for covering the spread this weekend. Pull through for E, guys. Sami protests, there was a mix up with the cards! So Big E BODY SHOTS Sami! Big E bumps Sami off the tables! And then throws him down the ramp! Sami reaches all the way to the bottom! Big E says thank you, and takes his Sami, to SPIKE it! Will the real Sami earn actual praise when he gives Big E another match?
Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley.
The Role Model responds to Bianca saying she is just a measuring stick. It was refreshing to hear someone say something nice about her. But Bayley isn’t going to take it easy on Bianca. Bianca is the strongest, fastest and all that, but compared to what? Just because she ran track in college? Bayley did that, too, in Cross Country. And she was the CAPTAIN of her high school basketball team. You don’t see Bayley bragging about the old days. Bianca has all the potential in the world, but if Bayley were her, she’d be more humble. Instead of picking a fight, she’d just be picking Bayley’s brain. But Bayley will put Bianca, on *clap* the *clap* mat. Can Bayley do that with her match with Bianca up next, after the break?
Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The bell rings and Bayley ties up with Bianca, but Bianca scoops her. Bayley slips out, but Bianca is too strong for the roll up! Bianca handsprings back and eggs Bayley on. Bayley stomps a foot! Bayley talks smack but Bianca stomps the foot back! Bayley shoves, wrenches and laces Bianca through ropes! The ref counts, Bayley lets off at 3, and Bianca smirks. Things speed up and Bianca runs Bayley over! Bianca handsprings over Bayley again, eggs her on, then hurdles! Bayley ends up on the apron, and she baits Bianca in to hotshot her! Bayley says to kiss this, but Bianca sweeps the legs! Cover, TWO!
Bianca looms over Bayley, dares her to get up, then brings her up to whip to a corner. Bayley reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings all the way to the other end, tot ell Bayley to kiss this. Bianca then leaps over Bayley to dropkick her down! Bianca kips up, fans cheer on their screens, and Bianca handsprings, but Bayley trips her up! Bayley SLAMS an arm on the apron! Bianca flops out while clutching her arm, and Bayley drags her up to hammerlock and RAM her into barriers! The ring count is climbing while Bayley leaves Bianca behind, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Bayley clubs Bianca to then throw her back out. Bayley goes out to talk some smack again, “I’m the ER! I’m better!” Bianca rams Bayley into steps! The ring count is up at 8 but Bayley gets in at 9! Bianca and Bayley run at each other but they both DECK the other! Bayley flounders up with the ropes but Bianca is after her. Bianca counter punches, fires off forearms and has Bayley in a corner! Bianca rams her shoulder in, the ref counts and Bianca lets off to bring Bayley up! Bianca holds Bayley and does squats before the SLAM! Bianca kips up, says kiss this again, then drags Bayley up to yank on the arm! And again! And again!
Bianca wrenches, wrings Bayley out, then handspring splashes! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to the apron, slides under Bianca and runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bianca holds on, carries Bayley around, and GUT BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Bianca goes to a corner and climbs up, but Bayley throws a forearm! Bayley drags Bianca out on ropes, does some squats, but Bianca gets down to snap suplex Bayley away! Bianca runs in but into a flapjack onto buckles! Bayley hobbles, runs back in, but Bianca flapjacks Bayley! Bianca picks Bayley up for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and Bianca grows frustrated.
Bianca pounds the mat but manages to shrug it off, only to walk into a boot! Bayley trips Bianca, high stack, but the ref sees her put her feet on ropes! Bianca pops Bayley to a cover, TWO!! Bayley kicks low, reels Bianca in, but Bianca blocks! So Bayley rolls Bianca, but Bianca rolls Bayley! TWO, to a high stack, TWO! Bianca DEAD LIFTS Bayley, but Bayley rakes eyes! ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
There is one thing Bayley is more than Bianca: Bayley is the sliest wrestler on SmackDown! But will Bianca learn to be more wary of the Role Model next time?
Roman Reigns returns to the ring!
The Tribal Chief, the Special Counsel, and #MainEventJey are all together, and Roman is going to deliver one final message before TLC! We’ll see and hear what that is, after the break!
SmackDown returns once more, and once more, Heyman fetches a mic for Roman. “For the life of me, I’ve been trying to understand this.” Roman is trying to understand why, if you have the opportunity to be in the ring with Roman, “to be on the Island of Relevancy” in the main event of a PPV and in a championship match, “why would you blow it?” This is the moment your kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids will talk about! A moment that elevates your career to the next level, and to get a payday th- Kevin is back!? Somehow, Kevin is walking his way to the ring! And Jey intercepts! But Kevin grabs a chair to JAM and SMACK Jey down!
Roman rushes Kevin but Kevin throws hands! Roman shoves Kevin, Kevin kicks but Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin before a stunner! Roman runs and SPEARS Kevin down! Jey fetches things for Roman as Roman gives CHAIR SHOTS to Kevin over and over! Jey has put in several more chairs, and a couple tables, as Roman digs the chair into Kevin’s head! Jey sets the tables up for Roman while Roman tells Kevin he should’ve just stayed away. ANOTHER chair shot to the back! And another! The tables are set, Roman drags Kevin up and around, to feed to Jey to SPINEBUSTER through a table! Just like backstage! But there’s one table left, and Roman wants to use that one now.
Jey positions things for Roman, then drags Kevin for him. Roman tells Kevin to just take the payday. It’s not worth all this. Kevin still tries to get up but Roman says Kevin has pissed him off! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP through the table!! But that’s not enough! Jey fetches a THIRD table while Roman uses the wreckage of the others to beat Kevin’s body! Wait, Jey also puts in a FOURTH table, and even fetches a ladder! Roman buries Kevin with the wreckage while Jey fetches a second ladder. Roman uses the new tables to bury Kevin, and then SLAMS a ladder onto him! Jey puts chairs onto the pile and Roman SLAMS the second ladder onto Kevin!
Jey adds more chairs, and Roman SMACKS the pile with a chair! Jey joins in, it’s not even clear if they’re hitting Kevin anymore! For all intents and purposes, Roman and Jey leave Kevin dead and buried under the tables, ladders and chairs in the ring. Will the same thing happen again at TLC? Will Kevin even be at TLC?
Kayla asks Roman on his way out for a word. Roman says she gets one question. Wait, Kevin dug himself out?! And is sitting himself up in a chair, with the mic Roman left behind! “ROMAN! Roman…! Nothing you or your family do to me can keep me down. At TLC, I’m going to take the Universal title, or I’m gonna die trying.” Kevin gave his own ultimatum, but will he be able to #StunTheWorld against the Tribal Chief?
What a rather wild go-home from SmackDown! Pretty scant on the matches, but the matches we got did matter towards story. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was very good, and I like that they referenced Survivor Series and how New Day worked on Ford’s midsection. I almost thought that was going to be the reason why “The Dirty Dawgs” were going to win, but Profits giving them a taste of karma was good. I don’t know if they need to schedule a rematch at the last minute for TLC, I think this would be better served as a build towards the Royal Rumble.
Speaking of rematches at TLC, obviously we were getting that for the women’s title but Mella made sure to plug it during her segment. Mella had an okay promo, but I feel like they were trying to play off crowd reaction when it’s just ThunderDome screens and piped in noise, not a good move. Mella stands tall against Sasha tonight so clearly that means Sasha wins at TLC. I was hoping Natty was going to be around ringside for Bayley VS Bianca since she was partially involved in the story. Maybe Natty can circle back around, since Bayley had to cheat to win, but it was still a very good main event for Bayley and Bianca.
Riott Squad VS Billie & Tamina was good, and fits exactly what I thought was going to happen last time. I can’t see this going much longer unless someone new is brought up, or Chelsea Green’s hand is 100% healed. I think Gable is trying to gaslight Otis just to ruin things for him more. But it works that Otis still won despite Gable trying to make him change his style. I’m thinking Gable tries to make training even harder on Otis as a passive aggressive way of punishing him. The Sami Awards were actually pretty good, and of course Sami was going to use them to praise himself. But Big E pulling some hijinks was great, and this clearly means we’re getting Sami VS Big E for the Intercontinental title.
And once again, the Roman Reigns story is the best part of SmackDown, and better than most of Raw. While the show opened with recap, and then a promo segment with Kevin and Heyman that wasn’t even 10 minutes, everything that followed was worth it. Kevin getting tricked, getting jumped, getting the crap kicked out of him, and then literally getting buried, none of it stopped him! Now, I don’t think Kevin is winning the title in the TLC match at TLC, but he is going to give Roman the best fight since Roman returned, and that in itself is a prize.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)
Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!
The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!
Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?
- Slim J VS Mascara Dorada; wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; wins.
- The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; wins.
- Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; wins.
- Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
- Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; wins.
Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/6/23)
Time to rage in the cage!
Will it end where it all began?
Damage CTRL denied us and Becky Lynch the cage match with Bayley before, but now that Raw is in Orlando, The Man VS The Role Model WILL happen! Will this all come full circle for both these Horsewomen?
- Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins; Priest wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
- Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano; Lumis wins.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella; Carmella wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy; Alexander & Benjamin win.
- Chelsea Green VS ???; Asuka wins.
- Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford; Ford wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
- Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Edge and Beth Phoenix are here!
Orlando goes nuts as the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon make their way to the ring! Edge even takes some selfies with fans in the front row before he stands with Beth in the ring. The Grit Couple is of course here for revenge on the Judgment Day, a grudge that goes back to last year and Extreme Rules. They get the mic, and Edge says, “Oh, Orlando…! I gotta try and bring my heart rate down after watching that video, and just say it is so damn good to be back.” Orlando is happy to have them back, and Edge says he’s “The King of Comebacks as this point, it’s getting silly.” But we all know why they’re here this time: The Judgment Day.
Fans boo and Edge agrees. But the Judgment Day is his fault. The idea was to try and elevate talent he felt deserved it. And to be honest, it worked. All of them are at a better place now than they were a year ago. Finn Balor is on a level Edge has never seen before and that is saying something. Damian Priest has proven he’s a workhorse that come out week after week against the very best. Rhea Ripley, well… Fans do cheer Rhea, and Rhea went from number one to outlast everyone, and has punched her ticket to WrestleMania. Edge makes sure everyone sees him point at the sign. Oh, and Dom’s there, too.
“For the last year, we have battled back and forth. From Cardiff to Portland to Toronto, all leading up to Extreme Rules. And I knew that Finn Balor didn’t have what it takes to physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ But as you saw in the video, the minute I saw Rhea Ripley bash Beth in the back of the head with brass knuckles and hold that chair in her hand, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was helpless to stop it. And I am the kind of man, and I know a lot of you can relate out there, I am the kind of man that is not used to feeling helpless.” Fans cheer, and Edge “congratulates” Judgment Day with a sarcastic clap.
Fans chant “You Still Got It!” and Edge says, “I never lost it.” Fans cheer that! Edge continues to say, “But here’s the thing, guys. You just made a bad problem even worse. Because I am a cruel, vindictive, sick bastard, who will sink to any level to get my pound of flesh!” Beth calms Edge and says she’ll cut to the chase. “If you’ve got the stones, Ripley, Balor, my husband and I are here to finish this.” But speaking of, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn, Priest and Dom have the mics but Rhea isn’t here. Finn asks if he’s the only one who notices a pattern. Edge makes his triumphant return, only for the Judgment Day to beat him down again and again and again!
Finn tells Edge, “It might be time for you to say ‘I quit.’ HAHAHA!” Dom says word on the street travels fast. Fans boo Dom but Finn tells them to let Dom talk. Dom says since Edge & Beth have been gone, he has served hard time! Fans continue to boo, Finn again says to let Dom talk! Dom tells Edge & Beth to run along, before he does something to them he learned “on the inside.” Just like he did to his deadbeat dad! Rey didn’t even make it into the Rumble match! Priest says Dom’s right. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Priest says it doesn’t matter. Edge and Rey are “something else.” Every time they come back, Judgment Day beats them down, but they come back for more.
So next time they beat Edge down, Extreme Rules will look like child’s play. And speaking of child’s play, after Dawkins gets cooked and Priest enters the Money… Wait, no, Edge has him so flustered. Finn says it’s alright, Edge has Finn all mad, too. Priest promises Edge that he hates him that he can’t even speak right. Priest is getting inside the Elimination Chamber to be the United States Champion! Dom wishes Rhea was here, she could see what they’re about to do to Edge. But Rhea is busy promoting WrestleMania. Edge tells Dom to shut up! Fans cheer that! Edge says he was right, but they all confuse him! They don’t know what they really want!
Priest, the night he clotheslined Edge’s head off, he claimed he didn’t want a leader. And yet, he’s following Finn around like a giant labradoodle. He’s better than that! As for Finn, he’s a Dollar Store Jamiroquai! It’s insanity. Google Jamiroquai, kids. But the difference between Judgment Day and The Grit Couple is that Edge and Beth have each other’s backs. But they all just drop each other quicker than “Ex Con Dom” did his drawers in the clink! “Which is fitting, considering how many times you screwed your dad over.” And by the way, Edge can’t wait until Rey snaps and 619s Dom’s teeth down his stupid throat! It’s coming!
Beth says Rhea’s not here cuz she’s doing promotional appearances? We all know it’s because Beth speared Rhea’s soul out of her body. But listen to her very closely: she didn’t come here to talk. She came to beat Rhea’s ass!! But if she’s not here tonight, how about this? The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley at Elimination Chamber! Oh, oh, really? Does Dom think Rhea’s in? Dom says Mami is totally in. Finn is in, so they accept! That is, if Edge & Beth make it to Elimination Chamber. The Judgment Day surrounds the ring, Edge & Beth stand their ground, and the fight is on!
Beth runs off Dom, Priest & Finn go after Edge, but here comes ANGELO DAWKINS! Dawkins BLASTS Dom, then fires off on Priest! Dawkins clotheslines Dawkins out, Edge SPEARS Finn down! Dom is freaking out, and Ford creeps up behind him. Ford spooks Dom, puts him in the ring, and Dom wants mercy! He gets chicken wings and a GLAM SLAM instead! Orlando is all fired up, but will the Curse of Greatness be able to take down Damian? Or will Punishment be heading for Montreal?
Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins!
Raw returns as Priest stomps away on Dawkins, this match already underway. But it is also truly 1v1 as Adam Pearce made sure during the break to say no one else is allowed ringside! Priest stands Dawkins up to ROCK him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Dawkins handsprings over and DROPKCIKS Priest! Dawkins fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest bails out, Dawkins builds speed, but Priest moves. Dawkins stops, slides out the side, and runs in to POUNCE Priest onto the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous as Priest flops to the floor! Dawkins puts Priest in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to CYCLONE- FOREARM!
Priest snarls as he stomps away on Dawkins again. Priest drags Dawkins up, rams him into a corner and fires off hands! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Dawkins up for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls, he sits Dawkins up and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Dawkins endures, Orlando rallies up, and Dawkins fights but Priest CLUBS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps on with a chinlock now, and he bends Dawkins against his knee. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, and Dawkins fights up. Priest swings, Dawkins blocks to ROCK back! And again! And again! Anda gain!
Priest shoves, Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves then ROCKS Priest again! Dawkins dodges Priest’s boot to ENZIGURI! Priest runs in again but Dawkins dumps him out! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes out and runs in again, but into a LARIAT! Priest glares at Dawkins as he storms up on him. Priest drags Dawkins up, BIG suplex to the floor! Priest slides in the ring but just to refresh the count. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps and FLYING KCIKS Dawkins down! Fans boo but Priest is in control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision. Fans rally up, Dawkins and Priest go to opposite ends, and Dawkins runs in to rally with clotheslines! Priest hits low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Dawkins, he runs corner to corner to CYCLONE! And ENZIGURI! And facelock, but Priest wrenches out, Dawkins ducks the lariat, to clinch and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grows a little frustrated but fans rally up. Dawkins brings Priest up, ROCKS him with a right, then climbs a corner. Priest choke grips first! Priest then climbs up to join Dawkins, but Dawkins HOTSHOTS him back!
Dawkins hurries in, but into a SUPERKICK! Clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Priest is growing frustrated now. Priest holds up his hand and fans boo. Dawkins rises, Priest clamps on, SOUTH OF- NO, Dawkins pops free for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins hurries to a corner and climbs back up! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Dawkins is beside himself! But Orlando fires up as he drags Priest back up. Priest clamps onto a leg, Dawkins throws hands! Dawkins brings Priest up again, but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest staggers, into a RIGHT from Dawkins!
Priest goes to a corner, Dawkins runs in, but into a SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)
The Punisher pulverizes Dawkins, and now he’s taking aim at the US Championship! Will Priest hit his mark and take that title back?
The United States Champion pulls into the arena.
Austin Theory drives a black Lamborghini, showing that The Now rides in style. Will he have anything to say about the Elimination Chamber field as it fills out tonight?
Adam Pearce meets with Maximum Males Models.
Maxxine Dupri finishes signing the contract, she, Maçé & Mansöôr are now officially part of Monday Night Raw. Pearce is happy to have them here, and is sure they have big WrestleMania plans. Maxxine confirms, she has big, BIG plans. But then Chelsea Green walks in and asks, “Are you the manager?” Chelsea, you know Pearce is the manager, they spoke last week. Pearce has MMM excuse themselves, and Chelsea says that, as they spoke last week, she is supposed to have a private room, with Swiss chocolates and fresh spring water. He took care of that. Oh, well, that was Belgian chocolate. She’s been to Belgium, she knows the difference.
Anyway, while she has him, she wants to talk about how she’s NOT in the Elimination Chamber match. But Liv is, Raquel is, Nikki is, all of who she could be. With all due respect, Chelsea, you didn’t even last five seconds in the Women’s Rumble, so- Uh, sorry, does she need to call his manager? All she wants is an opportunity. her family is in attendance, so she deserves a match. And in that match, she deserves to be presented as the big star she is. So he either makes this right, or… One call could cost him his job. Okay, thanks, bye. Chelsea heads out, but will Pearce bend to her demands?
Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!
The Modern Day Wrestling God didn’t last all that long in the Men’s Rumble, and he didn’t get a win over Johnny Wrestling last week. The Rumble was because of Lesnar, that match with Gargano was because of Lumis. Can Corbin even the score with the Tortured Artist? Or will JBL start to question his investment into Baron?
Raw returns and Lumis makes his entrance. Corbin attacks Lumis as soon as he’s in the ring! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Corbin lets off. The bell rings and Corbin hits a SPLASH in the corner! Corbin throws Lumis down, elbows him down, then clamps on a chinlock. Corbin grinds Lumis down but fans chant, “Corbin Sucks!” Lumis endures, fights up and fights free of the hold. Lumis then headlocks, but Corbin powers out. Corbin CLOBBERS Lumis, then rains down more elbows! Corbin clamps the chinlock on again, and insults the fans. JBL coaches Corbin, Lumis still endures and fights his way back up.
Corbin knees low, he puts Lumis in a corner and fires off forearms. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Lumis bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin says Lumis is nothing and Gargano isn’t anything, either. Gargano says he still got a win off Corbin. Corbin grinds forearms into Lumis’ face, then twists Lumis’ head in a neck wrench. Fans rally and Lumis fights up again. Lumis throws hands, dodges Corbin’s, then DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis runs to clothesline in the corner, then BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Lumis catches Corbin for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP!
Fans fire up as Corbin flounders up. Lumis clinches, but Corbin RAMS him into a corner. Corbin fires off elbows, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Lumis clinches for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Lumis wins!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by pinfall
JBL is speechless as Gargano stands with Lumis. Gargano is headed to the Elimination Chamber for the US title, but will Lumis find himself in title talks soon enough?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron Saxton says The Man finally has Bayley inside that Steel Cage. What does tonight mean to her? “Orlando, Florida! Orlando, where it all began. Ten years ago, when I got off the plane with my bags to chase this WWE dream. When I first met you, Byron Saxton. A lot has happened in Orlando in those ten years, but ten years ago, I first met Bayley. In the weight room in the NXT Performance Center. And she seemed sweet and she seemed kind, and she wanted to be great. And her way of being great was high-fiving people and hugging people, and attaching herself to whoever she thought would be her meal ticket to the top.
“But I, too, Byron, I wanted to be great. And my way of being great was smashing faces, kicking down doors and changing the game so that I could become The Man of this industry! And Bayley… Bayley didn’t like that. No, she didn’t like that. So she’s attacked me and hit me with chairs and separated my shoulder. And she brought my family into this. And Bayley, I’m gonna learn you to not talk about my family. But all that aside, I had a plan. And tonight, I got what I want, and that is a Steel Cage Match.
“And so Bayley, you can bring your little friends, and you can bring your little tricks. Well, there is one hand that I haven’t played yet, and I’m thinking… I’m thinking, Byron, tonight might be the night.” What does Big Time Becks have planned for the Role Model in tonight’s main event?
Brock Lesnar is here!
Orlando goes nuts again as The Beast walks out to the ring and tips his cowboy hat with a feather in it. Lesnar gets the mic to say, “I appreciate ya. Thank you very much. Good evening, Orlando. Did y’all by chance catch the Royal Rumble? I did, too. I thought it sucked. At least, I had a sucky experience. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar got his ass thrown out over the top rope. That’s not the worst of it. I got my ass thrown over the top rope, by Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Now I apologize. I wasn’t on Raw last week, I had to get my head together a little bit. Bobby, you finally struck a chord in Brock Lesnar.”
All last week, Lesnar could not get Lashley out of his head. Lesnar tried to go hunting, and all he could think about was Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Next day, Lesnar wakes up, wants to go ice fishing. He likes coastal fishing, too, but he tries to go, but all he can think of is Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! He sits down for a big ol’ steak dinner, and all he can think about is Bobby Lashley! He gets into bed at night with his wife, and… Well, four or five hours later, all Lesnar could think about is Bobby Lashley! So for a whole week, Lesnar thought about what he’s gonna do with Lashley. Lesnar has a resolution. A violent resolution, but still.
You see, within Lesnar’s “five dollar denim jacket, is a multi-million dollar contract.” Fans like the sound of that. Lesnar reads the contract: “Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber.” Now Lashley, if you’ve got balls, you’ll get down here and sign the contract! Well here comes Lashley! Lashley is in shades and a nice suit as he heads down the ramp and to the ring. Lashley gets himself a mic, and he says, “Well nice of you to grace us with your presence, Brock. I didn’t even know you were gonna be here. But since you are, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.”
Match number one, what happened? Lashley pinned Lesnar. Match number two, Lesnar won. But if memory serves, Lashley laid Lesnar out cold as he walked out of the ring. And the third meeting was at the Royal Rumble, and Lashley threw Lesnar out without a problem. Lesnar steps closer and hands Lashley the contract. Lashley takes it, and again says that if memory serves, Lashley will be done under his terms. Lashley is going to take Lesnar’s contract and let his agent look at it, and his manager, and his lawyer, then Lashley will get back to Lesnar. This will be under consideration.
Oh, is Lesnar surprised? Surprised that Bobby Who has one up on you? Lashley emphasizes that with a poke of the finger. Lesnar smirks, and he reels Lashley in! F5!! Lesnar puts the contract in Lashley’s pocket, but fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures why not! Fireman’s carry, F5!! The Beast puts his hat back on, takes his leave, and the ball is now in the All Mighty’s court. Will this all but guarantee Lashley will want that match with Lesnar in Montreal?
Johnny Gargano finds Candice LeRae backstage.
Mr. Wrestling says hello to Mrs. Wrestling, tonight is big, right? How is she feeling? Luck hasn’t been on her side but she feels good. Lumis has a picture for good luck. Wow, the whole family! Gargano, Candice, little Quill and their dog, Pawdme, and… Who is that in the back? Nikki Cross? Cuz she’s SPYING on them! Nikki laughs and runs off! Candice isn’t sure what to make of that, but will she worry more about it once she’s in the chamber with crazy Cross?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella!
Raquel Gonzalez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, Asuka and Natalya are waiting, and there’s just one spot left in the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match! Will it be Michin, Mrs. Wrestling, the Scottish Viper, or the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island going all the way to Montreal for that golden opportunity?
Raw returns, Candice is already in the ring as Mia makes her entrance. Then, last but not least, Piper Niven! She’s dropped the nickname, will she make a name for herself on the Road to WrestleMania? The bell rings and Piper CLOBBERS Mia and Candice! Piper and Mella stare down, Mella talking trash even though this is her return match. Piper scares Mella with a growl and Mella bails out to hang by hubby Corey Graves. Piper whips Candice into Mia at a corner, then runs in to SANDWICH them! Candice and Mia both fall, and Piper grins. Mella hops on for a SLEEPER! Piper throws her right off!
Mella bails out again, but Mia and Candice fire off on Piper! Piper shoves them away, runs, but into a double drop toehold! She ends up on ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS send her out! Fans fire up with Mia and Candice, but then the two friends circle. They fist bump, and then Mia rushes in. Candice avoids the clothesline but Mia jumps over the leg sweep. Candice deflects a boot to waistlock, but Mia switches. Candice elbows free, Mia blocks a kick, and Mia slips under to pick Candice up! BUCKLE BOMB! Mia hoists Candice up top, CHOPS her, then blocks another kick! Mia has Candice in an Electric Chair, but Candice POISON-RANAS!
Mella scurries in to cover Candice, TWO! Cover on Mia, TWO! Cover back on Candice, TWO! Another cover on Mia, TWO! Piper TRIPLE SPLASHES them all!! Cover on Mia, TWO!! Piper drags Mia up to throw her out, then she kicks Candice out. Piper covers Mella, TWO!! Piper drags Mella up, throws her right out, and Piper is all fired up! Orlando is fired up with her, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Piper has everyone in corners. Piper SPLASHES Mia, SPLASHES Candice, but Mella dodges! FABULOUS KICK! Piper rebounds to CLOBBER Mella! Candice CROSSBODIES, but Piper catches her! Mia runs in to hit a NECKBREAKER that takes Piper down! All four women are down but Piper bails out of the ring! Orlando fires up while the others stir. Mella shouts, “This is MY match!” But Mia says no it ain’t! Mella throws a forearm, but Mia ROCKS Mella! Mella throws another, but Mia fires off a flurry! Mia BOOTS, then wrenches to hit EAT DA FEET!! Cover, Piper drags Mella away!
Fans are torn but Mia is shocked! Piper storms in, Mia throws body shots and haymakers! Piper ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Mia wobbles, Piper reels her in but Candice is up top! MISSILE DROPKICK! Piper is down, Candice LIONSAULTS! cover, Mia breaks it! Friends or not, this is every woman for herself! Mia says sorry, but then Piper shoves Mia into Candice! Candice falls, but Mia runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Candice breaks it! Piper pulls at her hair and bites her fingers in frustration, but she has Candice to herself now. Candice fires off haymakers, but Piper shoves her down. SENTON FLOPS as Candice moves!
Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! But Mella rolls Candice up! TWO!! Candice escapes, DEKCS Mella, and Mella goes to a corner. Candice runs in but is sent into buckles! Mella shouts at Candice and stomps a fabulous mudhole in! Fans boo as Mella moonwalks and says, “Mella! Is! Money!” FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! But Piper runs in! Mella dodges, CANNONBALL for Candice! FABULOUS KICK for Piper! Mella stacks Candice, and WINS!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match)
The Princess of Staten Island took advantage, and she is heading to Montreal! But will she be the one heading to WrestleMania with that golden ticket?
Baron Corbin regroups with JBL backstage.
Corbin laughs it off. “That didn’t go as planned, did it?” But where are they going to eat? Maybe get some drinks or something? JBL asks, “We? There ain’t no ‘we’. I headlined WrestleMania, I sold out arenas all over the world, I was must-watch television. You are channel changing television. That sound you hear when you get the ring, that’s the sound of remote controls around the world changing the channel to watch anything but you. And I don’t give a damn about you. I give a damn about the fact that MY Hall of Fame legacy, my CHAMPIONSHIP career, has lost all credibility, because of YOU!”
Corbin frowns but JBL continues. “Modern Day Wrestling God? I’ll tell you what you need. Not some cute little shirt, but a red nose and floppy shoes. Because you are a clown. You do not belong near me.” Corbin asks where this is coming from. He can do better! He’ll do better! JBL says, “You can’t polish a turd. I tried.” JBL storms off, did Corbin blow another major opportunity?
Meanwhile, we can see in the background that MVP is talking with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They shake hands, having a much better talk than JBL and Corbin just did. As the Wrestling God partnership falls apart, are we seeing the return of the Hurt Business?
Piper Niven finds Candice LeRae backstage!
Piper blames Candice for that loss! Piper should be going to WrestleMania! Mia storms in and makes Piper back off. Piper says they’re both very luck. If either of them get in the way of her and the title again, she will not be forgiving. Mia and Candice stick together, but will they both have to worry about the angry Scottish Viper slithering around?
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy!
Speaking of, PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard are going up against “Master” Chad Gable and his number one guy, Otis! It’s a battle of former Raw Tag Team Champions, will one of these teams make a big impression on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw returns and MVP is with Cedric & Shelton in their entrance! The teams sort out and Gable circles with Cedric. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and SLAMS Cedric, but Cedric gets up, only for Gable to snapmare. Gable rolls with Cedric, has a waistlock again, but Cedric pries free, only for Gable to headlock for the takeover. Cedric headscissors, Gable kips free, but Cedric arm-drags Gable. Gable arm-drags back, then blocks Cedric’s arm-drag to say, “SHOOSH!” Gable stands Cedric up but Cedric mule kicks back. Cedric runs, handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cedric flounders and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!”
Gable tags Otis, the fans fire up and Otis struts. Gable cravats Cedric, Otis runs and CLOBBERS Cedric! Fans fire up but MVP protests. Cedric tags Shelton and he fires forearms on Otis! Shelton whips but Otis blocks! Otis whips, Shelton LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Shelton runs but Otis scoops! Shelton slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Otis staggers, Shelton runs in to STEP- UP- NO!! Otis carries Shelton out for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans fire up with the tree trunk and he runs, to SPLASH! Fans rally while Shelton sputters, but Otis CLUBS him on the back. Otis whips Shelton corner to corner hard and Shelton falls to the mat!
Fans rally behind Otis and he brings Shelton up. Shelton kicks but Otis blocks, and Otis spins Shelton around, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Otis staggers around, Shelton runs in but into another SLAM! Otis drags Shelton up, puts him in a corner, and then runs in, only to get buckles! MVP coaches Shelton and he crawls, but so does Otis! Hot tags to Gable and Cedric! Cedric rallies on Gable, runs in to forearm smash int he corner, then snapmare and BASEMENT DROPKICK! MVP is fired up with Cedric and Cedric whips. Gable reverses, Cedric goes up and over. Things keep moving, NEURALIZER!
Gable flops out of the ring, Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gable puts Cedric in while MVP shouts to shake it off! Gable is up top, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Shelton breaks it! Otis CLUBS Shelton, throws him to a corner, and then runs in, only to get more buckles! STEP-UP KNEE! And then another STEP-UP KNEE! And a SAMOAN DROP!?! Fans are thunderous after that, but Gable KNEES Shelton out! Cedric is up, Gable CLOBBERS him! Gable goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Cedric avoids it, back suplex, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Cedric & Shelton win!
Winners: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up! He celebrates with his guys, is this the revival of the Hurt Business?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Cathy Kelley knows The A-Lister was caught off guard last week by Rick Boogs, but what is his reaction to that return? His reaction? Miz will gladly give it to Pearce, along with a bill for the damages to his $10,000 suit that Maryse bought Miz! Who makes someone compete in a suit?! And as far as “Boogs” goes, what? He’s supposed to be impressed that Boogs can bench press 500 pounds and play the electric guitar? But speaking of, here comes Boogs! Uh, how did he get a meeting before The Miz? Oh, of course, he’s special, right? Wow, Boogs is special? Thanks, Miz.
But Boogs is just excited to be reunited with the Boogs Crew in the WWE Universe. The Boogs Crew? Oh, cut the humble crap. Miz would’ve won easily, if he was dressed and ready. Boogs got luck and he knows it, but he’s also lucky that Pearce is a lazy and incompetent official. Because if it was different and Miz was ready, it would’ve been a different story! Pearce walks up behind Miz and says, “Tell me how you really feel.” Miz sighs and smiles at Pearce. Pearce says that if Miz wants a rematch with Boogs, all he had to do was ask. In fact, how about next week? Boogs says that is righteous! THICK RICK VS The Miz, he’s so excited! Rick “Boogs out” on his exercise bar!
Miz looks at Pearce, then frowns as he walks away. But then Chelsea walks back in. She’s about to go to the ring, so she wants him to find an opponent, or she will call his boss. Okay thanks, bye~! The Hot Mess heads out, but who will Pearce send out to face her?
Chelsea Green VS ???
“Shh… It’s Chelsea.” Orlando has mixed feelings as The Hot Mess struts her way to the ring in her first singles match since coming back to the WWE. She’s already got an ego over the fact that she is back, but is she going to be ready for her opponent tonight? Because her opponent is ASUKA!!
Wait, is that Raquel Rodriguez in the crowd? Big Mami Cool snuck in from SmackDown to watch Raw in person, and she’s distracting Asuka! The bell rings and Chelsea SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Chelsea CLUBS away on Asuka, but now we see Natalya sneaking in from the other side! And Liv Morgan! Chelsea dribbles Asuka off the mat, brings her up, and shushes her, before she SLAPS her! Mella struts her way back out, since all the Chamber entrants are here. Chelsea BOOTS Asuka into buckles! Chelsea drags Asuka up, clinches, picks her up, COMPLETE SHOT! Chelsea sees everyone else and asks if they all watched that.
Chelsea says SHE should be in the Chamber, not “whatever this is,” in reference to Mella. Chelsea goes back to Asuka, kicks dirt, and also talks trash on Natty. Wait, Nikki sneaks out here now? Nikki laughs at Chelsea. Chelsea says if Nikki wants crazy, she’ll give her crazy! Chelsea also talks trash on Liv and Raquel. But Asuka gest back up! Chelsea senses something is wrong, and Asuka eggs her on in Japanese! Chelsea swings, misses, and Asuka fires off a strike fest! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! FRONT KICK! URAKEN and HEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Chelsea wants a time-out!
Chelsea gets to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Chelsea BOOTS her! Chelsea runs in, into a CODE BREAKER, which Asuka then turns into a DOUBLE ARMBAR!!! Chelsea verbally quits, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
The Empress of Tomorrow stands tall tonight, and she makes sure to look her future opponents in the eye. But then BIANCA BELAIR appears! The RawEST Women’s Champion is here, and she tells them all, “I want all of y’all to take a good look at each other and tell me what you see. Cuz I’ll tell you what I see. I see six top tier women in the WWE.” Fans cheer that. “But… Who has what it takes to win the Elimination Chamber match? Who has what it takes to go one on one with the EST of WWE? Because last year, I was in your position. I know what it’s like to be in an Elimination Chamber match, and I know what it takes to win. That’s how I got this.”
Bianca holds up the title, and says, “I want to wish each and every one of you good luck. Because whoever makes it out… I’ll be ready to see you at WrestleMania.” The EST has sent her message to all her potential contenders, but just who will survive the Chamber to meet Bianca in Hollywood?
Cody Rhodes is here!
Orlando goes nuts again as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring. Fans chant Cody’s name as he gets the mic. “So, what do you guys wanna talk about? Hmm… Last week, I used my interview time to come out here and talk to you with respect about my current WrestleMania opponent, The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the biggest superstar in the world, the Best in the World, Roman Reigns.” Fans boo Roman, then chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” So they just read Cody’s mind. Cody did say “current.” Cody’s path to WrestleMania is straight and clear, but the destination is foggy.
The reason being, Roman is putting the titles on the line at Elimination Chamber, “against a guy who has kicked up all the dust, a guy who has all the momentum, a guy that’s walking into his hometown, and that is Sami Zayn.” Fans cheer and chant for Sami and Cody continues. “You guys seem like a perfect judge for my next question. It looks more and more like at WrestleMania, it’s going to be me standing there, challenging for the championship against Sami Zayn.” Fans like the sound of that! Cody says this with the utmost respect. “I have respect for anyone avenging an injustice done to them. I have respect for my friend, Sami Zayn. I wish you the best of luck, may the best man win.”
But wait! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel, and The Wise Man, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans boo as Heyman continues into the ring. Fans chant “E C DUB!” and Heyman steps into the ring. Heyman tells Cody that something he may one day find out in life, “hopefully not at my expense, but one day, is that life at the very top in this industry requires an understanding that the only week busier than the week leading into a major event like the Royal Rumble, or watch the point, WrestleMania…
“Is the week coming out of a major event, like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. And I’m sure you know that the Tribal Chief and I have had a lot on our plates in the last week. And a few things fell through the cracks, admittedly, on the Island of Relevancy. One of which is the Tribal Chief and I, in front of the entire world, want to congratulate you on winning the 2023 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble match.” Cody and Heyman shake hands and Heyman says Cody earned it and that he’s very proud of Cody. Fans cheer that, and chant, “You Deserve It!”
Cody knows that his father had a nickname for Heyman, his brother had a nickname for Heyman. But if you’ll indulge Cody, Cody will go with “Mr. Heyman.” It is because Cody has “unparalleled respect” for Heyman and Heyman knows why. But if they’re going to pull back the curtain here, might as well pull it back for everyone here in the crowd and watching at home. This is a story that should’ve been told a long time ago. The year was 2000. The till in Cody’s family dried up a bit, and Hard Times was more than a famous promo. “Simply put, my family went broke.” $100 in a checking account for all of them.
To put a visual on it, Cody’s dad was doing local car commercials and not for money. Just so he could keep a car. Fans chant for Dusty now and Heyman gets emotional. “But then he got a phone call,” Cody continues. Heyman called Dusty. Heyman told Dusty that ECW as in town, that Steve Corino was gonna talk some smack, and that if Dusty would just agree to appear on camera, that if Dusty would be on ECW TV, Heyman “would pay him and pay him well.” Fans again chant for “E C DUB!” Cody says Heyman kept his word. In addition to the money that the Rhodes family sorely needed, ECW gave Dusty his confidence back, and Cody can never repay Heyman for that.
Flash forward a bit, and they might talk about it, but before coming back here, Cody was somewhere else, “causing a little bit of trouble.” From one disruptor in sports entertainment to another, Heyman showed Cody the way, so thank you again. Fans applaud that, and Heyman again gets emotional. Fans chant, “Thank You, Paul! Thank You, Paul!” Heyman says Cody is good. Cody really got Heyman there. Heyman was here to schmooze business with him, and Cody got him personally. Heyman sighs, fans cheer, and if we’re peeling back and shooting from the hip, let’s go all the way.
Heyman says this isn’t about him, and with all due respect and love and admiration and even acknowledgement, this isn’t about Dusty. This is about Cody, about everything Cody has fought for from the bottom to the top, out the door, back in, to winning the Rumble to main-eventing WrestleMania! “And winning WrestleMania is a whole different story. Just getting there is a long, long road.” And that’s Cody’s story. That’s Cody’s story that he needs to finish to find out if this is a dream come true, or if he must “suffer the nightmare of coming just this close.”
Because Cody isn’t just main-eventing WrestleMania, he’s trying to “take away from the greatest box office attraction and greatest champion of all time, Roman… Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says that’s no easy task for any mere mortal, let alone someone that has no idea what it’s like under that spotlight. Will Cody crumble and wither? Will he self-destruct under that pressure because no one ever prepared him for it? Heyman says down the road is the WWE Performance Center. At that very place, Cody’s father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, trained and prepped the biggest stars of this generation.
Cody’s father, Dusty, trained and prepped Seth Rollins, trained and prepped Becky Lynch, trained and prepped Bayley, trained and prepped Kevin Owens, trained and prepped for the highest level of success, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. But do you know who Dusty didn’t train and prep? Dusty did not train nor prepare Cody. Cody tries to smile through that but Heyman says he could counsel Cody that maybe, just maybe, Dusty wanted Cody to make it on his own. That’s how much love Dusty had for him. That Dusty wanted Cody to step out of the shadow of a national monument such as the American Dream himself.
Perhaps Dusty didn’t want Cody going through life as “Dusty’s son,” but as Cody Rhodes, “WrestleMania Main Eventer Who Stopped the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Maybe. But Cody, Heyman can’t convey in words how much he loved Dusty. But he can say to Cody’s face that Dusty loved Cody. To share this personally, in Heyman’s last conversation with Dusty, Dusty told Heyman… “You, Cody, were his favorite son.” Cody and the fans aren’t sure what to make of that, but then Heyman adds, “But Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.” Heyman drops the mic and fans cannot believe he just said that!
Cody rushes up on Heyman but Heyman backs away. Fans want Cody to go after Heyman but Heyman wants him to reconsider. Cody offers a handshake, then makes Heyman take it. “I’m just trying to win a wrestling championship, and everybody, everybody, wants to make it personal. And that’s what you just did, and you’re not gonna pay for it, Mr. Heyman. Your boy, Roman Reigns, is going to pay for it. At WrestleMania, when I take those titles, personally.” Cody pushes the mic into Heyman then heads out. Will Cody ironically be hoping Roman beats Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber so he can be the one to tear the Tribal Chief down?
Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford!
There is just ONE spot left in the United States Championship match, and it comes down to The Drifter and the flyest high flyer WWE has seen in a long time! Will all of Montreal #WalkWithElias? Or will this Profit be up, looking for gold?
Raw returns and Elias makes his entrance while Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and Elias circles with Ford. They tie up, and they are in a deadlock. They go around, Ford puts Elias in a corner but Elias turns it around. The ref counts, both men let off, and they reset. Ford and Elias tie up again, Elias headlocks and he grinds Ford down. Ford powers up but Elias holds tight. Ford tries again, but Elias still holds tight. Theory isn’t concerned about Elias’ level of aggression, because the person with aggression is him. Ford powers up and out, but Elias runs him over! Cover, TWO!
Elias stands Ford up but Ford rolls Elias up, TWO! Ford cradles, TWO! Elias headlocks again and he hits a takeover. Ford keeps his shoulder up, moves around, and fans rally. Theory likes Ford’s athleticism, and the move on his regimen, but he’s intrigued to face Elias since they’ve never met in a match. Ford fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Ford hurdles then runs Elias over! Ford DROPKICKS Elisa, and then Ford snarls as he whips. Elias reverses but Ford KICKS back! Ford runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Ford sputters to a corner and Elias storms up to CHOP, UPPERCUT and repeat!
Elias fires off, the ref counts, and Elias lets off. Elias then stomps Ford again, CHOPS him, and whips to back drop Ford! Ford bails out, Elias pursues, and Elias RAMS Ford into barriers! Elias then brings Ford up to STEEL STEPS BACK SUPLEX! Elias roars and fans are torn as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Elias has Ford in a motorcycle stretch. Ford endures, turns, but Elias drags him up into a waistlock. BACKBREAKER! Elias then goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Ford hops up after him! Ford fires haymakers, Elias throws body shots, and Elias CLUBS Ford down. Elias SUNSET FLIPS, but Ford holds onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Ford fights his way back up, and he ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias turns things into an Electric Chair Lift! SPINNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Theory says he thought that would end it, though he sounds a bit sarcastic.
Ford crawls to the apron and Elias storms over. Ford GAMANGIRIS Elias, ducks a haymaker, then bumps Elias off buckles to GAMANGIRI again! Ford goes back up, CROSSBODIES, and says “SUCK IT!” Ford rallies with clotheslines, then runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Elias staggers, Ford pumps up and hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up but Ford’s back tightens up. Ford powers through to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Theory likes that Elias is still in this, but Ford brings Elias up. Elias CHOPS! ford ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias ROCKS Ford, but Ford ENZIGURIS! Ford runs, into the SYMPHO-KNEE!
Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and Elias grows frustrated. Theory doesn’t worry about the match, and goes on to talk trash on the other entrants. Theory thinks Johnny Gargano will be a stay-at-home dad, Bronson Reed probably can’t fit in a pod, but then gets mad at Kevin Patrick for bringing up the loss to Bronson back in their NXT days. Elias meanwhile RAMS Ford into a corner, RAMS him again, and again, and again! Elias backs off, runs in again, but Ford puts him on the apron! Elias shoulders in, slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER!
Elias flounders away, Ford goes corner to corner to FLY!! Direct hit and down goes Elias! Ford puts Elias in the ring and fans fire up! Ford goes up top, and leaps in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)
Ford takes the last spot, but Theory stands on the desk to hold up the title. Will Theory still have that title after the Elimination Chamber? Wait! SETH ROLLINS CLIPS THEROY! Theory hits the desk and Rollins laughs! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the CURB STOMP to the floor! The Now didn’t see The Visionary coming, will nothing and no one stop Rollins from winning in the Chamber?
Bayley talks with Damage CTRL backstage.
Dakota Kai is in crutches given what Becky Lynch did to her last week, but Bayley isn’t worry. She tells Kai & Sky the plan and prepares for the main event, which is up next!
Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch!
The Role Model used Damage CTRL to take control away from The Man and deny us all this match on the Raw 30th Anniversary episode. But now, there’s no running from this, there’s no hiding from this, and there’s no getting around this! Will Bayley survive Becky’s Big Time wrath? Or will Becky leave Bayley behind just like when they were in NXT?
The bell rings, fans fire up, but Bayley smirks. Fans rally for Becky as she and Bayley circle. They feel things out, Bayley ROCKS Becky then climbs the wall! Becky yanks her down, she won’t let Bayley just run away like a coward. They talk trash, Bayley says Becky doesn’t tell her what to do or when to do it. Bayley shoves Becky, so Becky ROCKS Bayley! They go back and forth, Becky gets the edge, but Bayley kicks a leg out! Becky trips Bayley! Becky says she was going for the door, but that’s not how this is going down. Becky whips but Bayley turns it around, only for Becky to stop from hitting the steel.
Becky hits Bayley back, but Bayley also blocks hitting steel. Bayley elbows Becky away but Becky goes for an arm! Bayley and Becky go around, but Bayley throws Becky into the steel! Kai & Sky like what they see as Bayley sends Becky into more steel! Bayley stomps away on Becky, then digs her boots in! She also digs Becky into the frame of the cage! Fans boo but Bayley covers, ONE!! Becky is hanging tough, so Bayley decides to climb. Becky hurries over and dropkicks the cage to shake Bayley loose! Bayley falls to the mat, then Becky drags her up to RAM her into the steel! Becky drags Bayley up again to RAM her into more steel!
Becky runs to basement dropkick Bayley into the steel! And again! Becky stomps away on Bayley now, then pushes her face into the steel! “You think you can talk about my husband?! You think you can talk about my husband now, Bayley?!” Becky lets off, then drags Bayley up. Fans rally and Becky throws Bayley into more steel! Bayley drags herself out while Becky climbs the cage. Bayley hurries to anchor Becky, but Becky kicks her away. Bayley climbs up after Becky, but Becky kicks her again. Bayley anchors a foot, but Becky dribbles Bayley’s face off steel! Becky then adjusts, brings Bayley around, but Bayley RAMS Becky into steel!
Bayley dribbles Becky now, throws her off the ropes, then adjusts to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kai & Sky coach Bayley on as she has control, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns just as Becky kicks out of a cover! And she wants the arm! Bayley hurries to push Becky away, but Becky hits a FLYING FOREARM! Both women are down and Orlando fires up! Kai & Sky coaches Bayley as she and Becky both stand. The forearms go back and forth again! Fans rally behind Becky as she gets the edge, uppercuts and SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and JUMP KICKS Bayley down! Becky whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley uses that to get up the wall! Becky grabs Bayley’s legs to SLAM them against the steel! And again! Bayley holds on with her hands but Becky RAMS her into the steel again and again! SUPER JUMP KICK!
Bayley ends up slumped on the ropes, for Becky’s SUPER GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Becky fires up. Kai & Sky plead with Bayley as she gets up, but Becky clinches. Bayley slips out of the slam to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Becky is still in this and fans fire up again! Bayley drags herself to ropes, climbs the cage, but Becky rises! Becky drags Bayley back down, has her draped on the ropes and TOSSES her into the steel! Becky runs, to drop a leg, brother! But Bayley turns it into a HEEL HOOK!! Becky flails, reaches out, and crawls her way to the door! Becky grabs the frame but Bayley drags her away!
Bayley stands Becky up but Becky rolls to send Bayley into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Back to the HEEL HOOK! Becky still crawls, they roll to ropes, and Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel! And again! And again! Bayley is dazed but Becky hobbles back up. Becky climbs a corner but Bayley anchors her foot. Becky kicks her away, but Bayley tries again. Becky kicks Bayley again, but Bayley hurries up after her! They brawl, Becky shoves Bayley away! Becky is on the top rope but Bayley CLUBS her! Bayley clubs after and they braw on the top rope! Bayley RAMS Becky into the steel, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?!
Kai & Sky can’t believe it, and neither can Orlando! Bayley stalks Becky, but then decides to climb the wall! Bayley reaches the top! Becky hurries up after Bayley, catches up to Bayley, and they brawl up top now! Fans rally as the haymakers go back and forth! Bayley SMACKS Becky off the top! But Becky grabs an arm! Becky uses that to drag herself back up, DISARM-HER ON TOP OF THE CAGE!!! Bayley slips free, gets caught up on the ropes, and flops to the mat! But Becky just adjusts, only for Sky to climb up after her! The Evil Genius brawls with Becky, and then she kicks Becky down into the ring! Kai sneaks a crutch to Bayley!
Bayley JAMS Becky with the crutch! But wait, is that LITA?!? The living legend is here and she goes up after Sky! Lita YANKS Sky right off the cage! Lita storms up on Kai and uses her other crutch to YANK her into steel steps! Lita JAMS Sky, reels her in, TWIST OF FATE to the floor!! Bayley is flabbergasted, but she hurries for the door! Fans are losing their minds as Lita SLAMS the door shut! Bayley staggers into a MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Becky had Big Time back-up, was this the ace in the hole she talked about? Did Lita help Becky put behind her Damage CTRL once and for all?
A great Raw, and full to the brim at that. Great opening segment with Edge, Beth and Judgment Day. I am glad they’re giving us that Mixed Tag for Elimination Chamber, but I was hoping they would make it Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom. But at the same time, if Dom was involved, it’d be obvious Dom would take the loss just so The Grit Couple can win without really hurting Rhea’s momentum. With Finn in that match instead, it could go either way. Rhea could beat Beth to win it while we see Edge and Finn set up a 1v1 rematch for WrestleMania. That’s two birds, one stone, so perhaps WWE will go with that.
I also like that they used the brawl that broke out to bring in the Profits. Dom taking the Glam Slam was beloved by all, and of course we go right into Dawkins VS Priest. Priest winning makes sense, he really is the workhorse Edge said he is, Priest will have a great showing in the Elimination Chamber. Elias VS Ford was great stuff, even with Theory on commentary. Theory wasn’t bad, but what does he really add talking himself up? At the same time, it was great for Rollins to drive-by Theory to get himself some momentum while not in the ring. And as I’d hoped, Ford is in the Chamber now, so get ready for a From the Heavens off a pod.
Corbin VS Lumis being a comparative squash was a bit of a surprise, but it leading to JBL dumping Corbin was also quite surprising. At the same time, something had to give. The WWE never books Corbin strong forever, which is why Corbin has been through more changes to his character these last few years than anyone else. I’m not sure what’ll get Corbin to the next level, if WWE even cares to do that. I still think they skipped through the Bum Ass Corbin stuff too soon, but that’s on Vince. Maybe Corbin will start trying to earn JBL’s respect like he needs it as validation for who he is.
And because HHH’s team is really clever, they gave us another “Easter egg” in a promo, with MVP talking with Cedric & Shelton before their match. Their match against Alpha Academy was pretty good, though it seemed clunky at the start. Commentary touched on it, I think Shelton was just not quite ready for how big and strong Otis was gonna run in there. But Shelton & Cedric win because clearly, the Hurt Business is on its way back. Lesnar and Lashley had a good promo together, and I’m a little surprised we’re getting that match at the Chamber. Maybe there will be something crazy that happens, compelling a WrestleMania match. Plus, from Lashley’s promo, he’s counting their Rumble match confrontation as part of the record, so the Chamber match would be round 4, making Mania round 5 and a tiebreaker of sorts.
Good backstage promos with Adam Pearce. Miz putting his foot in his mouth and ending up in a rematch with Boogs was good stuff. Officially signing MMM to Raw was a nice detail to help give us a reason we’re even watching Pearce, which sets up Chelsea “Karen Joke Punchline” Green complaining to him and getting a match. And seeing as how Chelsea avoided bringing Asuka up, it was perfect that she had to fight Asuka. It was a logical surprise to have the other women in the Elimination Chamber match show up, though I feel like Chelsea could’ve been faster about talking trash. Asuka wins, of course, and Bianca had a great promo calling out all the contenders.
Speaking of, the Fatal 4 was great stuff, and I suppose Mella winning is a good choice. She’s returning, she’s got momentum just on that, but she’ll surely be used to build up Asuka in that match. Mella had that segment with Asuka last week, Asuka will definitely mist and eliminate Mella. Asuka is definitely a frontrunner to win the Chamber, and this return to Kana in presentation has to mean Asuka’s going to WrestleMania. Piper threatening Candice and Mia was good stuff. Piper might get a partner to take them on at some point, but we can get some great 1v1 matches out of Piper VS Candice and Piper VS Mia.
Cody’s promo segment with Heyman was so good. I just knew Heyman was setting up that insult on Cody about Dusty wanting someone like Roman as a son, and it was still powerful. And while Sami Zayn is great, it of course gave the idea that WrestleMania’s main event will stay Roman VS Cody. Then we got a great main event in the Steel Cage match. Granted, it was the usual Steel Cage formula: throw each other into steel; keep each other from climbing up and out multiple times; Heel still has minions interfere. But I did like that Lita showed up to help Becky in a callback to their Crown Jewel match. Lita helping Becky win was good stuff cuz it was DMG CTRL facing karma, and fans got to see the legendary Lita celebrate with the iconic Becky. Hell, maybe we get some kind of tag match now so Lita can return to WrestleMania.
My Score: 8.7/10
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