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Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/31/21)

Let’s get ready to rumble~!

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WWE Royal Rumble 2021

The Royal Rumble enters the ThunderDome!

It’s that time of year again! The Road to WrestleMania starts with pro-wrestling’s most unpredictable match possible, the ROYAL RUMBLE! Who will win those golden tickets to the Showcase of the Immortals?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella w/ Reginald; Banks wins and retains the title.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Rumble Mix-Up: Alicia Fox wins and is the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Rumble Mix-Up Remix: R-Truth wins and is the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match: Bianca Belair wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 37.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Talk is Cheap: Peter Rosenberg wins and is the WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens; Reigns wins and retains the title.
  • 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match: Edge wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 37.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action!

 

Sonya Deville joins the panel!

The SmackDwn Women’s Championship is the Credit One Bank’s One to Watch, so new WWE Official, Sonya, is here to analyze. She’s spent a lot of time around both Sasha Banks and Carmella, what are her thoughts? First, long time no see for a lot of these great legends, and she’s happy to be here. Charly compliments Sonya’s suit, she’s always so well-dressed. But to the title match, and not being biased here, but Sonya loves Reginald’s stuff, but also Sasha beating him. That’s evolutionary for the WWE. Booker says who couldn’t beat Reggie? Sasha is seasoned, excels at it all, but Sonya would like to say Sasha isn’t the only boss in town.

Is that about Mella or herself? Herself, but Sonya is proud of the Women’s Division. She knows about as much as we do, but she’s betting on Mella. Booker is a bit surprised. Mella’s comeback has been mostly talk, and her in-ring IQ is not where Sasha’s is. It’ll be a great match but #LEGIT takes the win. Jerry says yes, Sasha has the experience and savvy, but Reggie could be Mella’s ace in the hole. JBL goes with Jerry about Reggie. Charly says it’s Cirque du Sommelier out there. Sonya agrees, not everyone has a sommelier, he has to be an advantage.

Booker asks what that is and Charly says it is an expert in wine. So an alcoholic? Burn! Charly thanks Sonya for stirring not shaking the panel. Will Sonya’s bet be the one that wins?

 

R-Truth joins the panel.

Why is he in plaid? Truth’s friend, Booker T, wrote a song, and now wants Truth’s baby. Truth is ready for Bugs Bunny! No, not Bugs, it’s Bad Bunny. Oh so this is an Elmer Fudd cosplay. Okay. Not the right bunny, anyway. Truth says he has respect for Bugs cuz he and Michael Jordan saved Earth from the Monstars, but the 24/7 Championship is Truth’s! Doesn’t Truth get worried that showing up here gives away that he’s here? No one knows it’s him, he’s in disguise! Right, King! Wink wink. So no one but the panel knows? Of course, they all know him and stuff. But Truth isn’t going to let Booker’s buddy, Bugs, take the title! No, again, it’s BAD Bunny. Different bunnies. That’s all folks! Truth heads off, will he keep that title on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!

The Queens of Tomorrow give the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades a rematch for these titles to kickoff the night! But with Lacey Evans hanging all over the Nature Boy and the Women’s Rumble match later tonight, will Charlotte be able to focus and help Asuka stay the Two Belt Empress?

Before going out, the champions are asked about those very distractions. Charlotte knows she’s had obstacles in her life but she’s overcome them all. And no one wants to face Charlotte head-on because they lose. So the challengers are surely hoping for a distraction. Asuka is fired up and says no one is ready for Charlotte & Asuka~! With that, the champions make their entrances! The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and this golden kickoff match begins!

The teams sort out, and Charlotte starts against Shayna. They circle, tie up, and Charlotte gets a headlock. Charlotte grinds but Shayna pops out to a waistlock. Charlotte pries at the hold, hooks a leg and manages a switch to a facelock. Shayna slips around to get the arm for a hammerlock then facelocks back. Charlotte powers up, gets around, but Shayna switches again. Charlotte reaches back to headlock but Shayna pulls hair to power out, but Charlotte runs her over! Charlotte drags Shayna back up, tags in Asuka and the champions mug Shayna with kicks and CHOPS on repeat! Asuka snapmares Shayna, stalks her then KICKS her!

Shayna blocks the next kick to throw Asuka down and KICK her in return! Tag to Nia and Nia taunts Asuka while pie-facing her. Asuka slaps back, gets the arm, but Nia throws her off. Asuka gets around to an IRON OCTOPUS! Nia endures, pries free, throws Asuka off but Asuka kicks back! Tag to Charlotte, Asuka hands the headlock off and Charlotte knees low. Nia reverses the whip, Charlotte tumbles up and out then shoulders back in. Shayna storms over, Charlotte BOOTS her, then Charlotte BOOTS Nia! Slingshot body scissors to a roll-up, TWO! Charlotte BOOTS Nia to a corner, runs in and KNEES her, then brings her over to tag Asuka.

The champs mug Nia but Nia shoves Asuka away. Asuka flounders up and Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia drags Asuka over, traps the arm, and tags in Shayna! Shayna stomps the arm, then drags Asuka to a cover, TWO! Shayna keeps on Asuka with a high keylock, and a twist of the wrist! Asuka endures, fights up, throws body shots, and gets free, only for Shayna to CLOBBER her! Cover, TWO! Shayna tags Nia in, hands off the arm, and Nia stomps it! Nia drags Asuka around, wraps her up and has a cobra clutch! Charlotte coaches Asuka as she endures, but Nia leans on the hold, then thrashes her around!

Asuka fights out with hips and elbows, reaches for Charlotte, but Nia moves past to DECK Charlotte! Asuka kicks, back hands and back hands! Nia blocks the whip, whips Asuka, but Asuka goes up to missile dropkick! Nia stays up, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES and CODE BREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her focus but clutches her arm. Asuka climbs up but Nia headbutts her first! Nia climbs up, brings Asuka up in a fireman’s carry, but Asuka moves around and sunset flips! Nia can’t hold on, POWERBOMB! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Shayna down! Asuka KICKS and KICKS Nia, but Nia lifts her up! SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, but Charlotte breaks it!

Charlotte hurries back to her corner and Asuka crawls over. Nia crawls, too, hot tags to Shayna and Charlotte! Charlotte rallies on Shayna and CHOPS away! Charlotte then scoops and EXPLODERS! Shayna gets up as Charlotte kips up! Charlotte glares and runs in, but Shayna dodges! Shayna comes back, but gets a backbreaker to BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte dodges Nia, mule kicks, and then sees both challengers lined up! DOUBLE NATURAL SELECTION! Cover on Shayna, TWO!! Shayna survives but Charlotte grabs the leg and drags her to a drop zone. Nia intercepts Charlotte at the corner, and then Shayna YANKS Charlotte down!

Tag to Nia, she drags Charlotte up, fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in as Charlotte fights, but the SAMOAN DROP hits! Shayna KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives and Shayna is furious! Shayna RAMS Charlotte into buckles, but Asuka sees Nia and FLYING HIP ATTACKS her! Shayna is after Asuka and throws her over the desk! Nia and Shayna look at Asuka, then turn back to the ring as Charlotte goes up top! SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit on them both!! Charlotte fires up, puts Shayna back in, but here comes Ric Flair?! The very distraction Charlotte talked about. She dares Lacey to show up, but Shayna rolls Charlotte up! TWO, and Charlotte BOOTS Shayna!

There’s Lacey! Charlotte takes a swipe and Lacey gets away! Charlotte puts Shayna in the Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! But Lacey trips Charlotte up and the ref misses it all! Charlotte grabs Lacey and DECKS her! But Shayna grabs Charlotte for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Charlotte grabs ropes, Ric slips Lacey something! Charlotte trips Shayna up, but Nia distracts the ref! Charlotte is going for the Figure Four, Lacey gives her a BRASS KNUCKLE WOMAN’S RIGHT!! Lacey hides the evidence, Nia tags in and she drags Charlotte into position, for a LEG DROP! Cover, Nia and Shayna win!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Naitch and the Sassy Southern Belle just did Charlotte dirty! Now Nia and Shayna have the titles and Charlotte has nothing! Will Charlotte make Lacey pay dearly for this in the Women’s Rumble later tonight?

 

“Everyone has a calling.”

“It starts as a whisper. A tiny voice inside, pushing you to realize the gravity of the moment before you. But hearing the call is the easy part. Answering is what ultimately defines us.” But it all comes down to this. The countdown is on. Thirty men, thirty women, however long it takes, “tonight is about who answers the call.” A Prizefighter wants to #StunTheWorld but the Head of the Table is in his way. The icon thinks the Scottish Warrior is next, but that could be far from the truth. There are no second chances. The whisper has become a RUMBLE!

 

WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg!

What could easily be a main event has gotten very personal, ever since the Scottish Warrior was challenged by the once undefeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion! A battle of respect and pride opens the Road to WrestleMania!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the tension mounts as the two titans stare down as this epic battle finally begins!

GLASGOW KISS! SPEAR?!? Goldberg bails out, McIntyre follows and whips but Goldberg reverses to send McIntyre into steps! Wait, the bell didn’t ring, this match isn’t actually official yet! Goldberg aims and SPEARS McIntyre THROUGH the barriers!! Goldberg roars and heads to the ring, and the ref calls for medics! McIntyre clutches his ribs, Goldberg dares him to get up, and though referees aren’t sure about this, McIntyre gets up on his feet! McIntyre glares back at Goldberg, gets back in the ring, and demands this match go through! The bell rings and now it’s real! BOOT for Goldberg!! CLAYMORE!! Cover, TWO?!? Goldberg survives but now maybe things are even!

McIntyre grits his teeth, goes back to the corner, and aims again, but Goldberg dodges the Claymore! Goldberg aims again, ANOTHER SPEAR!! But even Goldberg knows McIntyre is tough, so he gives him a THIRD SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!??! McIntyre survives but Goldberg drags him back up. Goldberg says it’s time to go up! Goldberg reels McIntyre in, suplexes, and hits the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!?!?! Goldberg’s best shot didn’t finish the Scottish Warrior, and that both confuses and angers him! Goldberg wants to destroy McIntyre, and he waits as McIntyre gets up. But no Spear, he’s sent into buckles!

McIntyre aims again, snarls as Goldberg staggers around, C L A Y M O R E!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

The icon wasn’t the next champion, just the biggest win under McIntyre’s belt! McIntyre proves he is superhuman once again, what will it take to stop his reign? But even bigger than the win, McIntyre waits for Goldberg to stand so that he can show the living legend respect. Goldberg shows that respect back, “You passed the test.” McIntyre deserves that title. They shake hands, and perhaps a torch has been passed as well! Was this the last blast from the machine called Goldberg?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella w/ Reginald!

It’s been a back and forth between the Legit Boss and the Untouchable Princess, but this should be the one to settle it all! Will the smooth sommelier spoil things for Sasha tonight? Or will he and Mella be drowning their sorrows with a nice Chardonnay?

Kayla Braxton interviews Sasha before her entrance. Mella waits in the ring dreaming of taking the title. Are the odds stacked against her? Sasha laughs and says that when you’re the best, you find a way to win. Any tricks will fail, because Sasha is going to drink the finest champagne of Mella’s tears. Then it’ll be all about waiting on the Women’s Rumble to see who wants to step to the Boss! The champion makes her entrance, the introductions are made and the belt is raised as the Blueprint and the Fabulous go around one more time!

Mella and Sasha circle while talking some smack, then they rush in. Sasha gets Mella down right away! Mella fights off the crossface then scrambles away to the outside. Mella regroups with Reggie, lets the ring count climb a bit as she brags she’ll be the new boss! Mella returns to the ring at 5 of 10, but Sasha gets around to waistlock and slam! Sasha taunts Mella back now as she floats over to a facelock. Mella fights with body shots, whips, but Sasha reverses. Mella goes up and over, grabs hair, but Sasha elbows free! Sasha brings Mella around for a springboard arm-drag! Sasha CHOPS Mella, knuckle locks and goes up, up, but Mella puts her on the apron!

Sasha counter punches but Reggie rushes over. Sasha trips Reggie but Mella BOOTS Sasha! Mella goes out and uses Reggie as a step for FABULOUS in Motion! Direct hit, then she CHOPS Sasha! The ring count is 6 but Mella puts Sasha in to cover, TWO! Mella talks more smack, keeps Sasha in the corner, then throws back elbows! The ref reprimands, counts, Mella lets off at 4 and walks it off. Mella makes sure her hair is good and then looms over Sasha. Mella drags Sasha and bumps her off her boot! Mella goes up, brings Sasha in, and has the HANGING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Mella lets off at 4, then swaggers about just to show off. She even gives a bow before going into the ring.

Mella mocks the ThunderDome screens and the thumbs down, but Sasha throws body shots! Sasha scoops but Mella slips out to throw Sasha down! Cover, TWO! Mella wraps onto Sasha with a chinlock and squeezes tight. “I’m better than you in every way!” Sasha endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Mella CLUBS her down! Mella drags Sasha up, whips her to a corner but Sasha elbows her away! Sasha hops up but Mella ROCKS her first! Mella throws a few more shots, then runs in, but Sasha denies the steiner and hits a METEORA! Sasha clutches her knees but both women slowly rise. Mella goes to ropes, Sasha runs in but is thrown into those ropes!

Mella wraps Sasha’s hair around the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts, Mella stops at 2, then stomps away! The ref counts again, Mella stops at 3, then she taunts Sasha again. “I’m hotter than you, I’m smarter than you, I’m badder than you!” Mella drags Sasha up to wrap her hair around ropes again but the ref counts. Mella stomps away on Sasha then lets off as the ref counts. Reggie is the only one cheering. Sasha kicks back, elbows from the corner, then Deadly Nightshades! And then runs Mella side to side to buckle bump her! Sasha stands on Mella’s head, then slingshot METEORAS! Cover, TWO!

Sasha grows annoyed with Mella, drags her back up, and snap suplexes! Una amiga! Dos amigas! But Mella blocks the third, wrenches out, but Sasha KNEES her! Sasha whips, Mella reverses and throws Sasha onto Reggie! Reggie catches Sasha, but Sasha tilt-o-whirl headscissors then SLAPS him! No touchy, Reggie! The ref EJECTS Reggie!! Reggie leaves but Mella DIVES! Direct hit and Mella almost scorpions herself! Mella gets up, puts Sasha in, covers, TWO!! Sasha survives and Mella can’t believe it! Mella isn’t sure what to do without Reggie ringside, and says it was Sasha’s fault! Well, no, it wasn’t, but… Mella calms down, but Sasha cradles! TWO, Sasha rolls Mella again, TWO! Backslide, TWO!

Sasha reels Mella in, snap suplex to finish off the Three Amigos! Sasha climbs up, aims, and FROG SPLASHES, onto knees! Sasha flounders into a drop toehold! Mella floats to the CODE OF SILENCE! Sasha endures the necklock, grabs and trips Mella up, to then PENALTY KICK her! Mella checks her teeth, Sasha staggers up, but Sasha gets around Mella! Mella arm-drags the backstabber away but Sasha powers her to the apron. Sasha shoulders and knees Mella back, then climbs up, leaps into a FABULOUS KICK! Another FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives and Mella is beside herself!

Mella cools off and drags Sasha around, but Sasha reels Mella in! BANK STATEMENT CROSSFACE!! Mella taps, Sasha wins!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

The Boss is still the champ! Will this be the last shot Mella gets for a long time? Will Sasha still have the title when it’s time to face the 2021 Women’s Rumble winner?

 

The New Day reunites backstage!

Well, Big E and Xavier Woods do. And Big E asks if Retribution kicks Woods’ “A” a few weeks ago. They did. And did they kick his A a couple weeks ago, too? Yep. And the- Yes, the last week, too. Well, all they need now is 60 minutes from the two of them to change their wrestling lives FOREVER! They just need 60 minutes to put their names among the Wrestling Gods! The what? The Wrestling Gods! The who? THE WRESTLING GODS!! But Sami Zayn comes in and mocks the “wrestling gods,” as they’ve done more than enough by giving Big E Sami’s Intercontinental Championship!

But there are no wrestling gods, just WWE management, who have made The New Day their poster boys! They’ve got cushy spots in the Rumble, right? Sami is shocked HE isn’t one of the first two. And it’s one thing to be dealing with Big E on SmackDown, now he has to deal with Big E’s brother, too? Don’t say “Brother,” that’s just weird. Whatever, Sami has to worry about everyone, but he isn’t worried! Sami sees everything! He has eyes in the back of his head. BOO! Kofi Kingston scared Sami and Sami claims that wasn’t scary. But all jokes aside… Sami, you need to move. Begone, joke! GOTTEE! Bye! Bye bye! Go.

Kofi says he isn’t medically cleared, but he was not gonna miss tonight and the gear they’ve made to remember their boi, Luke Harper! And also, he wants to support the team tonight because this could put the New Day on the path back to WrestleMania, BABYYY~! And that’s right, they’re together! When one wins, they ALL~ win! So then who does win the Rumble on behalf of ya bois? Who who who?

 

WWE presents Bad Bunny!

And of course, with the two-time Hall of Famer by his side, Bunny performs his hit song, Booker T! CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAAA~?!

 

2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match!

Asuka may not be the Two Belt Empress, but she is still the Raw Women’s Champion! Likewise, we just saw Sasha Banks retain her SmackDown Women’s Championship, so both she and Asuka will be watching closely to see who steps up! The first entry out is… BAYLEY! The Role Model is a Women’s Grand Slam winner, so she’d love to have either belt again! But the second entry and Bayley’s first obstacle is… NAOMI! The Glow is back and ready to shine! Will either woman make it all the way as the #IronWoman of the Rumble?

The bell rings, the clock is ticking, and Bayley mocks Naomi with how she trapped her foot in her tights. Naomi blocks the kick, fires off forearms then whips. Naomi dodges with the splits, then hurdles to hit a huricanrana! Bayley gets up in a huff, Naomi goes Matrix to dodge and then twerks at her! Naomi KICKS Bayley to a corner, goes up and rains down fists but Bayley slips out to CLUB Naomi! Naomi boots back then rebound kicks! And gives Bayley a REAR VIEW! Naomi throws Bayley at ropes but Bayley holds on! Bayley elbows Naomi away, and CLOBBERS her! Bayley drags Naomi up and throws her at the ropes, but now Naomi holds on!

The countdown is here, and the third entry is… Bianca Belair! The EST is ready to beat Bayley again, but Bayley is busy stomping a mudhole into Naomi! Bianca gets in and dropkicks Bayley down then kips up! Bianca scoops and puts Bayley on the apron! Bayley stays on, slides under, and runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca runs, handsprings and splashes! Bianca kips up, sees Naomi coming but Naomi kicks! Bianca blocks, scoops and brings Naomi up to the ropes. Naomi fights free, kicks back and goes to lift Bianca but Bianca fights it. Naomi gets Bianca up but Bianca turns it around to a cartwheel?! And then an Alabama lift!

Bianca uses Naomi’s boots to BOOT Bayley, then she tosses Naomi over! Naomi holds on, Bayley goes after Bianca, but Bianca holds on! The countdown hits and entry number 4 is… BILLIE KAY! Billie is taking her time checking her notes and resumes, but Bianca and Naomi dig boots into Bayley. Bayley fights them both off, Billie wants to join commentary first. Bayley whpis Naomi, Bianca hurdles then runs Naomi over! Bayleyu whips, Bainca ahdsprings, but into Naomi’s flying enziguri! Bayley CLOBBERS Naomi, stomps Bianca and then throws her over! Bianca holds on using her hair! Bianca kicks Bayley away and slips in.

Billie says she’s playing smart, she’ll get in when she has back-up. Bayley RAMS into Bianca and Naomi in the corner, then hops up! Bayley leaps but FLOPS as Naomi and Bianca get clear! Entry number 5 is… NXT’s SHOTZI BLACKHEART! Shotzi even has her tank! Billie feels a little bolder seeing Shotzi cruise down, and Billie wants to team up. FIRE THE NERF! Billie gets clear, Shotzi gets in, and she KICKS Bayley! Shotzi climbs up and leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit! Shotzi boots Bianca, QUESTION MARK KICKS, then she mule kicks Naomi and throws her over! Naomi holds on, Shotzi runs to welcome Bianca to the ballpit!

Shotzi drags Bianca up as Billie returns to commentary. Bianca holds onto ropes as Shotzi throws her over, but Bayley tries to go after Shotzi! Shotzi fights her off, entry number 6 is here… It’s SHAYNA! The Queen of Spades may be a tag champion but she wants more, and so does Billie. Billie walks up to Shayna, offers her services, but Shayna PUNCHES the resume then shoves Billie! Shayna gets in and goes after Shotzi, then Naomi, then Bianca! KNEE for Shotzi, kicks and KNEES for Bayley! Shayna lifts Naomi to SLAM her! Shayna storms over to Bianca and is after her with a facelock! Bianca holds ropes as Shayna tries to scoop her up and out!

Bayley goes after Shotzi but Shotzi goes to throw her out! Naomi helps Bianca with Shayna but we’re already at entry number 7! It’s NXT’S TONI STORM! The Lightning From Down Under might be Billie’s best bet as fellow Aussies. Billie offers a handshake, Toni leaves her hanging. Toni gets in and goes right at Shotzi with a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bayley gets a GERMAN! HIP ATTACK for Shotzi! HIP ATTACK for Naomi! Toni drags Naomi up but Naomi ROCKS her back! And hits a REAR VIEW! Naomi drags Toni up but Shayna is after them both!

Shotzi hits a SLING DOG on Shayna, then KNEES her back! Shayna blocks the kick to shove Shotzi out and ELIMINATE her! Payback from a battle royal a few years ago! And entry number 8 is… JILLIAN HALL!?! Her singing voice hasn’t improved while she’s away… Billie wants the iconic Diva to be her friend, “Billie & Jillie!” Jillian accepts?! Billie and Jillie get in, and then they clobber Naomi and Bayley! Jillie & Billie double suplex! And handspring elbow! Billie fires up, and they bring Naomi up together. Billie & Jillie throw Naomi at ropes but Naomi holds on. Bayely dropkicks Shayna, Bianca and Toni struggle, and entry number 9 is… RUBY RIOTT!

Ruby rushes down the ring and CLOBBERS Bayley! STO for Bianca! Tilt-o-whirl and forearms for Toni! Toni switches, Ruby elbows free but Toni HEADBUTTS back! Toni shoves and GERMN SUPLEXES Ruby! Toni suplexes but Billie helps Ruby?! Ruby KICKS Toni, Billie goes after Naomi, and then Billie claims to still be friends with Jillie. Ruby, Billie and Jillie go here and there, and Ruby has no idea why. But entry number 10 is here, it’s VICTORIA!! Another veteran is back as the Black Widow returns! Victoria gets in, CLOBBERS Bayley, CLOBBERS Ruby, CLOBBERS Naomi, and ROCKS Toni! She DOUBLE LARIATS Billie & Jillie!

Victoria waits, and back drops Bayley! And kicks Ruby to fireman’s carry, for a swinging SIDEWALK SLAM! Bayley runs into a scoop SLAM! Victoria fires up, Naomi runs and dropkicks her! Toni and Bianca battle at a corner, Victoria tumbles out through ropes so she has a chance to get back in! She shoulders Naomi then slingshot LEG DROPS Naomi down! Entry number 11 is… PEYTON ROYCE! Billie’s old tag partner is here and strutting down to the ring. Billie & Jillie stomp Toni, Ruby flounders but she goes after Peyton! Peyton elbows and forearms and kicks Ruby to then throw her at ropes!

Ruby holds on, Peyton has Victoria, and the IIconics work together! But then Ruby looks at Billie and wonders what the heck. Before Billie can explain, Bayley CLOBBERS Billie and Ruby! But Peyton gets Bayley in the WIDOW’S PEAK! That’s Victoria’s move! Victoria gets Peyton for a proper WIDOW’S PEAK!! Entry number 12 is… NXT’S SANTANA GARRETT! The Wonder Woman of Wrestling runs in, dodges Toni and waistlocks her, only for Toni to buck her away. Santana handsprings to ROCK Toni with a forearm! Bayley hits Ruby, Santana adds in with a back elbow! Santana clubs Ruby, then throws her at ropes! Ruby holds on again but Santana goes after her arms!

Toni helps Santana while Bianca is fighting against Bayley and Victoria, and even Peyton! Bianca is back in safe, and entry number 13 is… LIV MORGAN! The Riott Squad is complete and Liv helps Ruby against Santana and Toni! Liv dodges Bayley and hits ObLIVion! CODE BREAKER for Bianca! Crucifix catch and a SUPERKICK for Shayna! The Squad regroups while Victoria is after Bianca. Jillie goes after the Squad, that upsets Billie, so Jillie SAMOAN DROPS her! The Squad goes after Jillian, throws her over the ropes but she stays on the apron. Jillian shoulder sin but Billie BOOTS her! Billie ELIMINATES Jillie! And then the Squad tosses and ELIMINATES Billie!

Entry number 14 is… NXT’S RHEA RIPLEY!! The Nightmare returns to the Rumble! Rhea storms in, BOOTS Ruby, SLAMS Liv, dodges Bianca and BOOTS her, too! Toni runs in but gets a dropkick! Rhea throws Toni out and ELIMINATES her! Rhea waves bye bye, and then she drags Ruby up to club her down! Victoria catches Bayley to a TARANTULA! Bayley endures, Liv stomps Peyton, and Shayna drags Victoria up in a KIRAFUDA! Shayna drops Victoria and ELIMINATES her! Rhea ROCKS Santana, clotheslines her out but Santana lands on the apron! Rhea ROCKS Santana, weeps the legs, but Santana does the splits! Rhea SUPERKICKS Santana down and ELIMINATES her!

Entry number 15, the halfway point, is… CHARLOTTE FLAIR! The Queen wants payback after everything that happened earlier tonight! She takes her time to survey the scene, and gets in to CLOBBER Rhea! And scoop Liv to FALL AWAY SLAM her! Charlotte kips up, CHOPS Rhea, and again, and again! Rhea swings but into a back suplex! Peyton is on the apron, she hits Ruby away and Charlotte kips back up to BOOT Naomi! Bayley slides under and SUNSET BOMBS Ruby to ELIMINATE her! The Role Model uses a loophole to do it! But now entry number 16 is… DANA BROOKE! The Flex Appeal rushes down and ROCKS Rhea!

Dana climbs up, sees Bayley, Liv and Peyton, and leaps to missile dropkick them all! Charlotte and Shayna battle, Dana climbs another corner and leaps for a SWANTON onto everyone else! Dana fires up, sees Charlotte and Shayna, and handsprings in, only to miss everyone! Dana goes back the other way and she hits Bianca! Then rolling neckbreakers Bayley! Dana fires off on Rhea, Charlotte digs her boots into Shayna, and Peyton goes after Liv. Liv shoulders back in, ROCKS Bayley then slingshots, but Bayley fights the headscissors! Peyton BOOTS and ELIMINATES Liv! Entry number 17 is… TORRIE WILSON! Another classic Diva returns!

Torrie gets in and gives Naomi a neckbreaker! And CLOBBERS Bianca! And CHOPS Dana to then TOSS her! Bayley storms over but into a kick and the FACEBUSTER! Torrie does a dance, kicks Peyton low and snap suplexes! Torie even CLOBBERS Charlotte! Dana huricanranas Rhea and storms back over to throw Rhea. Rhea holds onto the ropes, Dana runs in but Rhea dodges her! Dana throws a forearm, handsprings in but Rhea blocks the headscissors to drag Dana up! Dana still holds on, but Rhea double clutches to APRON BOMB and ELIMINATE Dana! That’s three elminations just for Rhea!

Entry number 18 is… Ric Flair? No, wait, Ric is just introducing LACEY EVANS! And Lacey is again wearing one of Ric’s robes. Actually, it’s the same colors as what Charlotte wore! Charlotte elbows Naomi out of the way and wants Lacey to get in. Lacey struts around just to rub it all in, gets in the ring, and then Charlotte CLOBBERS her! Charlotte clubs away on Lacey, stomps her, knocks feathers off the robe, and Lacey bails out the bottom rope! Charlotte does the same and CLOBBERS Lacey again! Charlotte wants Lacey to take the damn robe off! In the ring, Bianca stomps Naomi, Rhea and Shayna struggle.

Charlotte grabs Peyton and pulls her out to ELIMINATE her! CHarlotte gets back in, hits Shayna and Torrie because they’re close by, but Shayna kicks Charlotte’s leg. Shayna puts Torrie on the outside, KNEES her and ELIMINATES her! Bianca reverses Bayley’s whip and ELIMINATES her!! Entry number 19 is… MICKIE JAMES! She gives Lacey a good STOMP on the way in, then she THESZ PRESSES Rhea! Bianca drags Mickie up, whips her to a corner but Mickie elbows her away! Mickie gives Bianca a RANA! And she gives Naomi a NECKBREAKER! Mickie says she’s been waiting to go against Charlotte, and they start shoving! And then Charlotte CHOPS!

Charlotte storms over, Mickie kicks and ROCKS her! Charlotte fires off furious fists, puts Mickie up top but Mickie boots her away. Mickie hits another rana! Mickie whips Charlotte but Charlotte holds ropes and elbows Mickie away. Charlotte puts Mickie on the apron, stomps away, and digs her boots in! Entry number 20 is… NIKKI CROSS! She only just found out today that she’s in but she’s ready to make the best of it! Nikki clobbers Shayna, Bianca then neckbreakers Naomi! And DROPS down on her! Nikki is running wild as she hits Charlotte, then splashes Lacey! And then one for Shayna! And then both Bianca and Mickie, to BULLDOG Bianca!

Nikki hits Shayna with a crossbody! Rhea grabs Nikki but Nikki throat chops, headbutts, and tornado DDT’s! Charlotte grabs Nikki but Nikki jawbreakers! Mickie and Naomi struggle in one corner, Charlotte blocks Nikki’s tornado DDT, and entry number 21 is… ALICIA FOX! Speaking of frantic energy, Alicia heads in, but then R-Truth is here? He thinks he’s the 21st entry? Alicia tells him no! Truth says sorry, wrong rumble. Wait, the 24/7 Championship chase is here! Truth whips Alicia in his way and she actually helps him fight off the other superstars! Truth DECKS Humberto Carrillo and Drew Gulak, but Alicia rolls him up! Cover, Alicia wins the 24/7 Championship!!

Winner: Alicia Fox, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Oh and entry number 22 is… MANDY ROSE! Mandy struts her stuff while Alicia shows off the belt she just won. Mandy gets in and ROCKS Alicia! Nikki is on the apron, Charlotte DECKS her but Nikki gets in safe. Alicia goes up and over Mandy but Mandy slips out to KNEE FROM A ROSE! Mandy throws and ELIMINATES Alicia! But then Truth rolls Alicia up, to win back his baby!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

And now he’s a FORTY-EIGHT TIME CHAMPION! But that just means the chase is on again! Mandy hits Mickie with ANGEL’S WINGS! Truth runs to the back, Nikki leaps on Mandy, but Mandy throws Nikki off to CLOBBER her! And entry number 23 is… NXT’S DAKOTA KAI! #CapKota gets in, sees Nikki and clobbers her! And clobbers Mickie! And brawls with Rhea! Rhea shoves Dakota away, Dakota dodges, comes back, wheelbarrows, but Rhea denies the bulldog. Dakota SCORPION KICKS then BOOTS Rhea down! Dakota bumps Rhea on buckles, Mandy boots Bianca, Charlotte is after Lacey but so is Mickie.

Lacey puts Mickie out, Mickie KICKS back, but a WOMAN’S RIGHT ELIMINATES Mickie! Bianca puts Naomi on the apron, sweeps legs, but Naomi holds onto ropes. Entry number 24 is… CARMELLA! She has refreshed herself since her match earlier tonight, and Rhea SLAMS and ELIMINATES Dakota! Rhea then tosses Mandy and ELIMINATES her, too! Five eliminations! Mella is finally ringside again, and Reggie gives her a boost into the ring. But Nikki is right there to throw her out! Reggie tries to save Mella, and has her cradled and back up! But Nikki runs over, only for Mella to ROCK her! Mella puts Nikki on the apron, FABULOUS KICKS and ELIMINATES her!

Entry number 25 is… TAMINA! The Samoan Steamroller sees Reggie and Mella , and SUPERKICKS Reggie down! Mella touches the floor, she’s ELIMINATED! Tamina sees Rhea and gets in the ring for a stare down. The female titans fire off big haymakers! Rhea bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires back, but Tamina clubs her! Tamina HELL STABS! But Rhea spins and SUPERKICKS! Bianca throws Naomi over but Naomi stays up. Bianca sweeps the legs again, tries to scrape Naomi off, but Naomi swings around to stay in. Shayna and Charlotte struggle in a corner, Bianca kicks Naomi down but Naomi keeps her feet off the mat! She’s still in!

Lacey kicks Bianca, Bianca falls over, Naomi uses Bianca’s hair as a lifeline! They fight in the ropes! They’re hanging like bats! But then they decide they should work together to get back in! They rock and rock and are safe! Entry number 26 is… LANA!! The Ravishing Russian returns, but her mood is not what it was when we last saw her. How could it be, when Shayna and Nia hurt her just to keep her out of TLC? Lana goes after Rhea?! Lana gets Rhea on the apron but can’t get her down. Tamina CLOBBERS Lana, throws forearms, but now Lana is after her! Naomi hits Bianca with a split leg leg drop, then throws her over! Bianca scrambles and stays in!

Lana stomps Tamina, Lacey kicks Bianca, Shayna and Charlotte only stop to catch their breath. Lana goes to dump Lacey but Lacey holds on! Entry number 27 is… ALEXA BLISS! Specifically, this is Firefly Funhouse Bliss, but that could change… Alexa smiles as she gets in the ring and blocks Naomi’s kick to hit an STO! And ROCK Lana! And drop Insult2Injury on Naomi, SLAP Tamina, and dropkick Rhea! Alexa is so happy! But then Rhea TACKLES her! They all gang up on little Alexa! Rhea then goes after Tamina, but the lights start changing… They upset Alexa! Alexa smiles but Rhea dumps her out and ELIMINATES her! The Nightmare isn’t afraid of spooky little Alexa!

Entry number 28 is… NXT’s EMBER MOON! The Evolved Shenom hurries  up top and takes aim at old rival Shayna, for an ECLIPSE!!  She dodges Rhea to slip around and butterfly suplex! Lacey swings into Ember’s mule kick! Ember throws Lacey up and over, but Tamina grabs Ember first! Tamina whips, Ember dodges and DROPKICKS Naomi hard! Tamina throws Ember to a corner, but Ember boots her back! Ember boots Charlotte, goes up, and DOUBLE CODE BREAKERS the second generation superstars! But Lana is after Ember! Ember counters with a DOMINATOR! Entry number 29 is… NIA JAX! The Irresistible Force is in a prime position to pick the bones!

Nia sees Shayna is down but not out. The tag champs regroup and get in to hit Lacey, Naomi, Ember, and Charlotte! Shayna throws Lacey out, KNEES her down and ELIMINATES her! Then Shayna throws Ember out only for Ember to ROCK Shayna! Nia BLASTS and ELIMINATES Ember! Nia drags Naomi up, scoops her and with Shayna’s help, TOSSES Naomi out and ELIMINATES her! Nia and Tamina stare down, Shayna says gold is thicker than blood. Nia says blood is thicker than gold, so Shayna throws hands! Tamina ROCKS Shayna, but Nia turns on Tamina! Tamina slips off the fireman’s carry to SUPERKICK! Tamina goes after Nia but Shayna ROCKS Tamina!

The Tag champs dump Tamina out and ELIMINATE her! Seems Shayna was right. But then the champs brawl with each other! This is everyone for themselves, after all! Shayna and Rhea brawl, Nia is after Charlotte, and Nia HEADBUTTS Charlotte down! Shayna gut wrench suplexes Rhea, but then Nia throws and ELIMINATES Shayna!! “Sorry, I had to do it.” But then Lana leaps on Nia! Lana wants revenge but Nia throws her off! Lana gets up, Nia storms over, and they go out the bottom ropes. Lana runs, Nia chases, they go back in, and Lana SLAPS Nia! Nia just gets mad. Nia runs but Lana dumps her out and ELIMINATES her!!! REVENGE IS SWEET!

Entry number 30 is here, and Natalya finally joins the match! She won this right on WWE Backstage, and now she gets to capitalize! But Shayna and Nia mug Natty because they’re sore losers! They throw her around, get back in the ring, and wreck everyone! The refs reprimand but that won’t stop them when they’re already out! Nia scoop SLAMS Lana, and then she and Shayna finally leave the ring. Nia drags Natty up and puts her in the ring, making the Rumble complete. The final five are Natty, Lana, Rhea, Charlotte and Bianca, but they’re all worse for wear after what the tag champs just did.

Natty helps Lana up, and former friends hug it out. They even have similar gear. But then Natty SUCKER PUNCHES Lana! And scoops her, to throw her out, and ELIMINATE her! Then Natty gives Charlotte a DISCUS! And she fires off haymakers on Bianca! Natty drags Bianca up, scoops her, and puts her on the apron! Bianca holds on and Rhea goes after Natty! Natty gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Rhea! Natty scowls, drags Rhea up again and whips her to a corner. Rhea reverses, runs in but misses, and Natty puts Rhea outside! Natty ROCKS Rhea, and again and again! DISCUS! Rhea flops but she’s holding on! Bianca dumps Natty and ELIMINATES her! The #BOAT has been sunk!

Bianca, Charlotte and Rhea are the final three, each representing SmackDown, Raw and NXT! Now even Io Shirai might want to pay attention to this match! Rhea, Bianca and Charlotte circle, and Charlotte fires off forearms! But Rhea and Bianca go after Charlotte in return! A flashback to last year, as these three were fighting over the NXT Women’s Championship! Bianca and Rhea bring Charlotte up, double whip, but Charlotte holds ropes to kick back! Charlotte ROCKS Rhea, scoops Bianca and EXPLODERS! Charlotte kips up, Bianca flounders, but Charlotte points to the sign as she goes after Rhea! These two battled for the title at Mania last year, we’re getting more of that here!

Charlotte goes to suplex but Rhea blocks! Charlotte clubs away, Rhea ROCKS her in return! That only angers the Queen! Charlotte boots but she’s dumped to the apron! Charlotte stays on, Rhea runs over but into the BOOT! Bianca HANDPSIRNG KICKS Charlotte! Charlotte wobbles, Bianca and Rhea BOTH hit and ELIMINATE her!! The Queen is DONE! But she likes the fire from the younger generation. Bianca and Rhea are the final two, but they take a moment to revel in what they’ve done. Then Rhea pushes Bianca up and over! Bianca headscissors Rhea out with her, and they’re both dangling! They both get on the apron!

Rhea says to take it easy, they’ll reset in the ring. Bianca agrees, they both go in, and they’re both safe. Rhea rushes in, Bianca dodges, RAMS Rhea and fires off shoulders in the corner! Rhea hits back, Bianca hauls her up to the top rope, and dropkicks! Rhea holds on desperately, but Bianca runs in! Rhea slides under the shots, is in safe, and she lifts Bianca! Bianca is on the apron, shoulders back in, then hurries to run at Rhea, DOUBLE HAIR PULLS take then both down! Rhea and Bianca check their noses as the fans rally on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca and Rhea glare at each other as they slowly get up.

Bianca fires off on Rhea but Rhea hits back! It’s fast and furious, Rhea ROUNDHOUSES then Electric Chairs! Bianca victory rolls, waistlocks, chicken wings, and Glam- NO! Rhea victory rolls Bianca into ropes! And KICKS from below! Rhea spins Bianca around, pump handles, and hits- No, No rip Tide! Torture rack, KISS OF- NO! Rhea lands on her feet, dodges, but Bianca dodges back! Bianca clotheslines and ELIMINATES Rhea!! BIANCA WINS!!

Winner: Bianca Belair (2021 Women’s Royal Rumble winner)

From #3 to THE ONE! Bianca is about to show us all that you can’t spell WrestleMania without E S T! Kayla Braxton interviews Bianca to ask her how she’s feeling after winning the match and punching her ticket! Bianca has been telling us all she’s the strongest, fastest, the roughest and the toughest, but now she’s proven it! She’s won the Women’s Royal Rumble and is just so happy! She tells mom and dad that it was intense, but she did it! She’s going for gold! But will she be aiming for The Boss or the Empress on the GrandEST Stage of Them All?

 

The Miz and John Morrison find Bad Bunny’s room.

They say this is going to be huge. Knock knock. Bad Bunny answers the door and they compliment him on his performance tonight. Introductions, and Bunny thanks them for that. Don’t thank them just yet. They have an incredible offer: Bad Bunny, the chart topping virtuoso teaming with Miz and Morrison! This could do wonders for his career! #HeyHeyHoHoPOPPOP. Miz, Morrison and Bunny going to the top, people gonna freak when they hear the beat drop! They could make Bunny a bonafide superstar! No thanks, guys, he’s good. WHAT?! These two are odds-on favorites for tonight’s Men’s Rumble! And Miz is Mr. MITB! But he wants to hang with Booker T!?

Miz and Morrison are in their primes while Booker’s hanging onto- Oh. Hi, Book… Tell Book Miz didn’t just say that. Oh he did. Um… Well, uh… Morrison bugs out fast and Bunny wishes Miz luck. Will MC M I Z be the one getting dropped in the Men’s Rumble?

 

WWE checks back in with the Kickoff Panel.

Charly, JBL and Peter are joined again by Sonya to give a quick recap of everything. Bianca winning is so amazing, she lived a dream. Sonya has to say it: Bianca is someone she can get behind. Bianca talks the talk, walks the walk, and is part of Sonya’s brand. Peter admits he got emotional seeing that, that is a classic moment. JBL says Bianca is in the driver’s seat. Being in the title match at WrestleMania changes your life. Bianca needs to enjoy the next few months, then get that win at Mania.

And another bit of history is the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, Nia and Shayna are now two-time title holders. Though, with some help from The Nature Boy and Sassy Southern Belle. But then Truth returns? He thinks it’s Raw Talk, doesn’t he? He saw bunnies, foxes, the Rumble should be a farm! Peter says there’s more than that. Did Truth see that Cena is here? Really!? Truth hurries to go find Cena, but Peter LOW BLOWS and then ROLLS UP Truth!! Peter wins!!!

Winner: Peter Rosenberg, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Well Truth just met a weasel! Talk about history! Sonya can’t even. JBL is shocked, Peter is a champion. What is going on?

 

WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens!

The Tribal Chief says he is in charge, and did not appreciate any part of the games Adam Pearce was playing. Strings were pulled, traps were sprung, and now we arrive at this moment! Will the Head of the Table make the Prizefighter acknowledge him? Or will Kevin #JustKeepFighting and #StunTheWorld as he finally ends Roman’s reign?

The introductions are made, and once Roman is down holding it up, the title is raised. Roman VS Kevin one more time, until only one man is left standing!

Kevin and Roman fire off right at the bell! Kevin knees low, throws hands, but Roman hits back! They keep brawling, Kevin hits back but Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut! Kevin avoids the Superman punch but Roman denies the Stunner to SUPERMAN PUNCH after all! Kevin is down, the count starts already, but Kevin is up at 4. Roman runs in but into a KNEE! Kevin whips, pops up, and POWERBOMBS! Roman is down and writhing, and now the count is on him! Roman is up at 4, bails out, but Kevin pursues. Kevin runs around the way, but into a fireman’s carry! Kevin fights out of it, to ROCK Roman with a right!

Kevin POSTS Roman, then brings him around to whip. Roman reverses to send Kevin into steel steps! Roman shakes out the cobwebs, runs and SPEARS Kevin down! The count begins on Kevin, Roman catches his breath, and Kevin manages to get up at 7! Roman pulls the steel steps apart, aims the top half and RAMS Kevin down! Kevin staggers at the ramp, Roman aims again, and RAMS Kevin again! Kevin flounders further up, stands, and Roman RAMS him with the steps again! Kevin flops off to the side, gets up at 5, but Roman runs in with the steps, only for Kevin to SUPERKICK him down! Another count begins but on Roman, and Kevin takes that moment to catch his breath.

Roman is up at 5, so Kevin bounces him off the steel steps! And again, and again! Kevin whips Roman into the ThunderDome screens! And again! And again! Roman flops over and the count begins. Kevin stays close as Roman stirs and stands at 4. Kevin pushes Roman into more screens! And then BOOTS him against the wall! Kevin goes back to fetch those steps, and talks trash on Heyman. Kevin brings the steps around to RAM Roman! Roman flops onto spare tables, and it’s a very familiar scene for Kevin! Kevin climbs the scaffolding to be where Roman was when tables were turned. Kevin has a chair, Roman climbs, Roman JAMS Kevin in the eyes!

Roman attacks Kevin, bumps him off the back off screens, and then has the chair! Roman JAMS Kevin in the ribs, and again, then SMACKS him on the back! This is looking just like that moment over a month ago. Kevin ROCKS Roman but Roman hits back! Roman bumps Kevin off screens now, hauls him back up but Kevin hits back! They brawl as they climb the inside of the ThunderDome itself! Roman dumps Kevin over, Kevin is up as the count climbs, and Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman as he climbs over the screens! Roman flops down, the count starts, but Kevin plans ahead.

Kevin gets a chair, Roman rises at 5, and Kevin JAMS Roman in the ribs! And again! And then the legs! Then Kevin SMACKS Roman on the back! The count begins again, Roman stirs at 6 and stands at 7, but Roman gives him another JAB to the knee! And a SMACK to the back! Roman hobbles, hits back and BOOTS Kevin! Kevin leans against the wall to stay up but Roman JAMS and SMACKS Kevin with the chair! Kevin is down, the count starts up, Roman stalks over and brings Kevin up at 6. Roman says they’re going for a ride, but Kevin shoves Roman, kicks him and hits a STUNNER! Roman teeters on the edge, and but he uppercuts Kevin away! SUPERMAN PUNCH!

Kevin wobbles, Roman comes back around, and throws Kevin OFF!! Kevin crashes through tables!! Deja vu is painful! The count is 5, then 6! Kevin crawls at 7, drags himself up at 8, and stands at 9.9!! Roman can’t believe it! Kevin staggers around, clutches his back, and ends up going backstage. Kevin flounders against everything back there, finds his way back to gorilla, but still wobbles and staggers. Kevin crawls, ends up in the backstage area of Tropicana Field, but he still struggles to actually stand. Roman RUNS KEVIN OVER WITH A GOLF CART!!! Kevin is down, the count begins, but Roman is backing up? Kevin flounders and the count is still at only 3.

Roman parks the cart, stalks Kevin, and Kevin uses the spare announce desk to get up at 8! And then SMACKS Roman with a clipboard! Roman fires off fists on Kevin’s head! Roman shoves Kevin down, paces, and the count begins again. The count passes 5 but Kevin is sitting up! Kevin again drags himself up at 8, and Roman says he is trying to smarten Kevin up but it isn’t working. “All his papas up there, look at him!” Kevin is furious and he attacks Roman with that fury!! Kevin won’t let Roman talk ill of his family! “Get your ass up!!” Kevin throws Roman into ladders, trunks, and punches him against them again and again!

Kevin brings Roman to the spare desk, and says his grandfathers were bigger men than Roman ever will be! POP-UP POWERBOMB TO THE DESK! The desk doesn’t fall, so Kevin goes up to FROG SPLASH through it!! Both men are down and the count begins! Kevin sits up first, and manages to stand at about 6. Roman sits up at 7, turns over at 8, and is up at 9.99!! Roman flounders, Kevin looms over him, drags him back up, and THROWS him into a ladder! The ladder goes down, so does Roman, and the count begins again. Kevin has a step ladder as Roman sits up at 6. Roman fights his way up and stands at 9, only for Kevin to RAM him down!

Kevin wants people to move, and he gets an even bigger ladder! Kevin punches Roman down, then gets a forklift?! Kevin uses the lift to raise a platform, and then he climbs up the lift?! Kevin aims down at Roman on those spare tables, for a SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!! If only Kevin could cover and end it here! The count begins, Kevin is crawling and Roman is stirring at 5! Kevin stands at 7, Roman sits up, Roman is somehow up at 9.99 again!! Roman falls back over, and Kevin is stalking up behind him. Kevin drags Roman up, “Whose blood is that on your face, huh?! It’s not mine! No no, that’s tribal blood!”

Kevin throws Roman into trunks, brings him to gorilla, and Kevin says they’re going back to where this started! They go to the stage, Kevin keeps dragging Roman along and then pushes him towards the ramp. Roman is down so the count begins, but Kevin waits nearby. Roman stirs at 4, slowly sits up at 7, and manages to get up at 9. Kevin brings Roman around, reels him in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman runs in and SPEARS Kevin through the LED screens!! Both men are down again and the ref checks them both. Somehow they’re okay to continue, but it’s about the count! Roman is up first, Kevin stirs at 5. Kevin still doesn’t sit up, but he rolls off the stage to stand at 9! Kevin uses his surroundings to his advantage and that pisses Roman off!

Roman goes around the way, Kevin flounders against the stage and that light rig must be hot because he shakes out his arms. Roman returns, and he has something in his hands. Roman says he didn’t want it to come to this point, because he has HANDCUFFS! Roman says he can’t quit, “There’s no way I can go home if I quit.” Roman and Kevin throw fists against the stage wall over and over! Roman gets the edge, pushes Kevin around, then has the cuffs at the ready. Kevin kicks but Roman stomps him down. Roman sits Kevin up to cuff one hand, but Kevin throws haymakers with the other! Kevin bumps Roman off girders, then hits a STUNNER! Both men are down again!

Kevin rains down fists on Roman’s head! He’s using the cuffs as knuckle dusters! Kevin cuffs Roman and pulls him through the girders! Roman is caught!! The count is climbing, Roman has to stand up or he’s done! We’re at 7! Roman throws the ref INTO THE GIRDERS! No count means no loss! Kevin kicks Roman but Roman LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS!! Roman kicks Kevin down more, then pulls at the cuffs again. Roman looks around, and Heyman hurries over! Heyman has the keys since these are Roman’s cuffs! Heyman works to free Roman as a new ref is here and starts a new count! Both Roman and Kevin are down for 5!

Kevin stands at 7, Roman is finally free! Roman grabs Kevin for the GUILLOTINE!! Kevin endures but Roman adds the body scissors! Roman drags Kevin down to the ground and Kevin is turning red! Kevin fades, he is OUT! The count begins again, Roman still has to stand, too. Roman is up at 7, Kevin doesn’t even stir! ROMAN WINS!

Winner: Roman Reigns (still WWE Universal Champion)

The Tribal Chief’s Special Counsel earns his keep tonight as he keeps Roman in the match! Roman wins by finding a loophole, but will his luck run out come WrestleMania?

 

2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match!

Drew McIntyre made sure he wasn’t next on Goldberg’s list, and we just saw the Tribal Chief stay at the Head of the Table. But then who will be challenged by the winner of this iconic match?

As announced on WWE Backstage, the first entrant is EDGE! The Rated R Superstar made his return in the Rumble last year, and he’s doing it again this year! But he’s first up against RANDY ORTON! These two get to revive their rivalry from 2020, will it end with one of them punching their golden ticket to WrestleMania?

Edge doesn’t even wait for Orton to get in the ring! He rushes The Viper on the ramp and they brawl! Edge ROCKS Orton down the ramp, then to ringside, and whips him into the LED apron! Orton clutches his hip, Edge looms over him, and brings him up to put in the ring. Now we begin, and Edge clubs Orton to a corner! Edge fires off haymakers, Orton pokes eyes and slithers out under the ropes. Edge pursues and they brawl again! Edge whips Orton into the barriers! Orton staggers, Edge throws more haymakers, then bumps Orton off the steel steps! Edge whips Orton into the other steps! Edge eggs Orton on, stalks him, then brings him up to club him!

Edge bumps Orton off barriers, stalks him around the way and clubs him into the announce desk! And he bumps Orton off the desk! And throws haymakers! Edge clubs away as we see entry number 3 is… SAMI ZAYN! The Great Liberator is upset because this is basically the conspiracy he speaks of. But he also keeps his distance as Orton and Edge finally get in the ring. Sami CHOP BLOCKS Edge and Orton rains fists down on Edge! Sami seems to be helping Orton because it’s better than being against Orton. Orton grabs at Edge’s bad arm, the one he just repaired to come back! Sami stomps Edge down for Orton, and Orton twists the arm!

Sami talks trash while Orton makes Edge suffer, then Sami throws hands down! Orton throws more hands, but entry number 4 is… Retribution’s leader, MUSTAFA ALI! The Beacon scowls as he gets in, but he leaves Orton and Sami alone. They all seem to have an understanding that they can beat up on Edge! Ali stomps away on Edge, rains down fists, and now Edge is in a 3v1 situation! They mug Edge, and Ali is using his mission against the aged returning wrestlers to do Orton’s dirty work! These three drag Edge up and Sami says it’s time to go. They drag Edge to the ropes, but Edge holds on desperately! Entry number 5 is… JEFF HARDY!

Hardy gets in and he has beef with Orton! JAWBREAKER! Ali and Sami go after Hardy and they whip him corner to corner. Hardy hits Sami away, ROCKS Ali, and goes up top for WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit on Sami and Ali! Hardy throws off his jacket and hits Sami, but no Twist! RKO!! Sami says that’s what Hardy gets! Sami and Orton like this combination, but then Orton RKO’s Sami! And RKO’s Ali! Orton doesn’t play nice for long, does he? But Edge SPEARS Orton! Orton slithers out again but Edge pursues. This animosity is only getting stronger as Edge clubs away on Orton! Edge whips Orton into a POST! And bumps him off the desk!

Edge puts Orton on the desk, climbs up to join him, and brings Orton up. Orton tries an RKO but Edge counters to an IMPALER on the desk! The desk doesn’t give way but Orton and Edge are both down! Entry number 6 is… DOLPH ZIGGLER! The Show-Off is ready to steal the show as he enters his 14th Royal Rumble. But Edge SMACKS Orton with a chair! And then SMACKS a leg! The refs try to stop Edge, this is not what the Rumble is about! Edge cools off, Ziggler slides in on the other side, and Ziggler dumps Hardy out to ELIMINATE him! Edge BOOTS Ziggler, back drops Ali, and scoops Sami for a toss to the outside! Sami holds on, fights free, and Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG on Edge!

Ziggler now joins in on ganging up on Edge as entry number 7 is… SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! Edge holds onto ropes, and the King of Strong Style heads to the ring. Ziggler wants to fight and Nakamura fires off on Ziggler! Strike fest and a SLIDING KNEE! Sami ROCKS Nakamura for the “betrayal” from SmackDown! Sami whips Nakamura corner to corner, runs in, but the Helluva Kick misses! Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Sami down while referees help Orton up and to the back. Nakamura hits a FLYING KNEE on Sami! Windmill kick for Ali! Nakamura gives Sami Bad Vibrations! Nakamura stomps Ziggler, kicks him, and Ali digs his boots into Edge.

Entry number 8 is… CARLITO!? Caribbean Cool makes his return and is looking in great shape! Carlito has his apple, but Nakamura takes it away to shine it up. Carlito take the apple back, and hits a BACKSTABBER! Ali hits Carlito, whips him but Carlito reverses. Ali goes up but not over, into a BACKSTABBER! Sami grabs Carlito’s hair but Carlito breaks free to throw Sami over! Sami stays safe, gets in, but Carlito is after him. Carlito claws at Sami’s face but Ziggler is after him. Ali is after Carlito, Nakamura is after Edge, but entry number 9 is… Xavier Woods! And Woods tackles Ali over what Retribution’s done!

Woods CHOPS Ali, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Woods whips, Ali holds ropes and Sami CLOBBERS Woods! Sami talks trash on Woods for not having the New Day around. Carlito hits Ali, Sami clubs Woods, Carlito goes after Ziggler, but Woods hauls Sami up! Ali hits Woods, taunts Woods about Kofi, and entry number 10 is… BIG E! Well now Ali and Sami can stop asking! Big E is in, and he throws hands on Sami! Sami shoves back, elbows back, and Ali runs in, into the Urenag-E! Big E gives Sami headlocks, and whips him at the HONOR ROLL! Big E and Woods combine their powers, and Woods Electric Chair lifts Big E to SLAM him on Sami!

But the New Day isn’t done with Sami yet! They scoop Sami, for the MIDNIGHT HOUR! Then they drag Sami up to double whip and ELIMINATE Sami! The New Day now go after Sami and entry number 11 is… JOHN MORRISON! The Guru of Greatness and Nakamura trade kicks and Morrison ROCKS Nakamura! Morrison stomps Edge, New Day combine on Ali but Ali fights out of one move, only to get the FLYING DDT! Woods throws Ali out but Ali holds on! Ziggler is after Woods, Nakamura is after Ziggler! Woods and Ali fight on the ropes. Ziggler is after Woods’ hands, but Big E throws Ziggler away! Ali dropkicks Woods and ELIMINATES him!

Big E glares at Ali, grabs him by his beard, and shoves him out to ELIMINATE him! Entry number 12 is… RICOCHET! The One and Only waves by to Ali before getting in the ring with a springboard TORNILLO onto everyone! Ricochet runs at Ziggler, but Ziggler puts him on the apron! Ricochet slides under and dropkicks Ziggler down! Edge kicks Ricochet, whips him but Ricochet stays on the apron again. Ricochet shoulders in, slingshots up and over, then handsprings to huricanrana and dropkick Edge down! Morrison DECKS Ricochet and goes after him in a corner! Big E has Nakamura, Morrison tries to throw Ricochet over, Big E suplexes Nakamura!

Ziggler is after Carlito and Edge, Ricochet stomps Morrison but Nakamura kicks Ricochet. Entry number 13 is… ELIAS! The Drifter blocks Ricochet’s kick, flips him and hits him with a SIDE EFFECT! Elias gives Morrison DRIFT AWAY! Elias fires hands on Carlito and CHOPS him! Elias whips Carlito, Carlito reverses and dropkicks Elias back! But Elias KNEES Carlito, whips him and ELIMINATES him! Elias goes after Edge now, but Ricochet clubs Elias from behind! Ziggler goes after Nakamura but Nakamura kicks him low! Nakamura throws more KICKS, then snap suplexes! Entry number 14 is… NXT’s DAMIAN PRIEST!

The Archer of Infamy takes aim and heads for the Drifter! Priest ROCKS Elias, reels him in, and hits RECKONING! Ricochet goes up and over Priest but Priest CLOBBERS him! Priest roars, Morrison ROCKS him! Priest ROCKS Morrison back, bell claps, and ROUNDHOUSES to a WINDMILL KICK! Priest ROCKS Morrison again, throws more big hands, then stomps Morrison down. Edge hits Ricochet, Big E is on Nakamura, then Priest throws and ELIMINATES Elias! We get a quick picture in picture on Orton in the trainer’s room and the status of his leg. Edge and Priest circle., Edge blocks a kick to ROCK Priest but Priest ROCKS him back!

Edge BOOTS Priest, Priest hauls Edge up but Edge fights free! Entry number 15 is… THE MIZ! Mr. MITB is looking to have another title shot in his back pocket, but he sees the DJ table for Bad Bunny. Miz SMASHES it because he’s upset with Bunny rejecting him! Miz then goes to the ring, helps Morrison against Big E, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Then DOUBLE BOOTS for Priest! Ricochet runs into a double GUTBUSTER, and DOUBLE DDT! Ziggler high fives with Miz and Morrison, but then gets caught for the FLYING CHUCK HART ATTACK! Bad Bunny comes out because now he’s pissed at what Miz did!

Miz and Morrison want Bunny to get in but the refs won’t allow it because Bunny is not a WWE superstar! Priest DUMPS OUT and ELIMINATES the Greatest Tag Team in the 21st Century! Then Priest helps Bunny go up and take aim, to SUPER CROSSBODY onto Miz ‘n’ Morrison!! But now entry number 16 is… MATT RIDDLE! The Bro says hey to Bad Bunny as they pass by, and then heads for the ring! Ziggler fires off on Nakamura, Nakamura RAMS Ziggler into the corner, and Big E is after Ricochet. Riddle hops in, and brawls with Priest! Priest fires off kicks but Riddle turns things around to a PELE!

Riddle runs in to forearm smash, then goes side to side to hit Nakamura! Nakamura hits back and it’s another brawl! They trade kicks, Riddle throws chops then tackles Nakamura into ropes. Priest goes after them both! Big E is after Ricochet, Edge has Ziggler, and entry number 17 is… DANIEL BRYAN! The Yes Movement is seeking his first Royal Rumble win ever, and he gets in to go right at Nakamura with a dropkick! Then a dropkick for Priest! Ricochet catches Bryan but Bryan elbows away! Bryan unleashes YES Kicks on Ricochet but Ricochet gives kicks back! They go back and forth, Bryan gets the legs but Ricochet flips up and over to GERMAN SUPLEX Bryan down!

Priest has Edge, Nakamura has Riddle, but both hold on! Ziggler kicks at Big E but Big E blocks to CLOBBER him! Edge hits Priest, Priest ROCKS Edge! Riddle kicks away on Nakamura, Ricochet brawls with Bryan, and entry number 18 is… KANE?!? The Big Red Machine returns for his 18th Rumble! Kane ROCKS Ricochet, choke grips Edge and CHOKE SLAMS him! Kane gets Riddle and Nakamura for a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! Ziggler leaps in, but into a coke grip and shove, Kane ELIMINATES Ziggler! Ricochet kicks from the apron, but Kane choke grips him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Kane ELIMINATES Ricochet!

Bryan says it’s great to see Kane again! Will they hug it out? Kane smirks, and Team Hell No HUGS IT OUT! Then Kane choke grips Bryan for a CHOKE SLAM! But now Priest steps to Kane for a stare down of monsters! Priest takes aim but Kane ROCKS him with an uppercut! Priest escapes the choke grip to BOOT, ROCK and push Kane out to ELIMINATE him! Priest has a huge moment right there! But Riddle goes after Priest right away to end that moment! Entry number 19 is… KING CORBIN! The Wolf King hurries in and goes after Riddle to CLOBBER him! Bryan boots Corbin, leaps, but into Corbin’s POWERSLAM!

Nakamura grabs Corbin, Corbin throws him off, but Nakamura dodges to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Nakamura aims, but runs into Corbin’s scoop! Nakamura slips out of the End of Days but not the DEEP SIX! Corbin shoves and ELIMINATES Nakamura! Corbin goes after Bryan, Riddle helps Bryan against Corbin, and entry number 20 is… OTIS! The Dozer runs in and dodges Corbin to DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Otis scoops Big E to SLAM him! Otis scoops Priest for an EXPLODER! Riddle runs in, into an EXPLODER! Otis corner splashes Priest, and so many are down! Otis fires up, and he gives Priest a CATERPILLAR ELBOW!

Otis climbs up, but Corbin shoves him out and ELIMINATES him!! Bryan fires off on Corbin with YES Kicks! Big E and Riddle brawl but Priest gets in on it! Entry number 21 is… DOMINIK MYSTERIO! Corbin dares the Son of Mysterio to get in, and then CLOBBERS him! Corbin rains down rights, Bryan is after Edge, and Corbin hauls Dom up. But Dom huricanranas and ELIMINATES Corbin! Corbin’s head of steam got him in trouble! Big E hits body shots on Dom, Bryan EuroUppers Riddle but Riddle hits back. Bryan and Riddle brawl, Dom fights Big E off, Priest CLUBS both Riddle and Bryan! Priest hauls Riddle off to throw him aside, then he stomps Bryan!

Priest whips Bryan to a corner hard, but Riddle KICKS Priest! Riddle fires off forearms, and entry number 22 is… BOBBY LASHLEY! The Hurt Business’ Chief Hurting Officer stares Riddle down as he gets in the ring! Lashley CLOBBERS Riddle, TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dominik, and then fights Priest! Priest ROCKS Lashley, but Lashley MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTERS Priest! Lashley clotheslines and ELIMINATES Priest! But now Big E and Lashley start firing off on each other, the big bad US and IC champions firing off! Things speed up, Lashley hurdles but Big E scoops! Lashley slips off, kicks low and suplexes, but Big E slips out!

Big E and Lashley fire up as they circle, and they throw hands again! Big E rams Lashley in, Riddle fires off, too, and entry number 23 is… THE HURRICANE?! Well the Rumble is superhero comic book themed… The Hurricane gets in, Big E scoops him and takes him to ropes, but the Hurricane slips out to poke Big E’s eye! And then he pokes Lashley’s eye! Hurricane choke grips the two champions, but they’re too big for that! They double trophy lift, TOSS, and ELIMINATE Hurricane! Lashley then hits Big E with a Complete Shot! Lashley digs his knee into Riddle, Bryan goes after Lashley, but Lashley glares at Bryan.

Lashley throws hands on Bryan, bumps him off buckles, then throws down hands! Riddle goes after Lashley again, kicks away on him, and entry number 24 is… CHRISTIAN! Captain Charisma is back! Even Edge is surprised! Lashley dares him to get in, and Christian baits him in! HOTSHOT! Riddle, Bryan and Big E fire off on Lashley, get him to ropes, and Christian helps them dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Christian then dodges and fires off Big E! Big E hits back, scoops but Christian slips out to get the arms! UNPRETTIER! Bryan kicks Christian and whips but Christian reverses to CLOBBER him with an elbow!

Edge stands up, and he and Christian share a smile and a hug! The E&C Connection That Reeks of Awesomeness is here! Riddle loves this moment but they go after him! Double whip, double elbows! Wheelbarrow splash combo! Entry number 25 is… AJ STYLES! The Phenomenal One and Omos head to the ring, Styles gets in and goes after Big E! Christian hits back, Styles elbows and PELES! Styles goes after Edge with haymakers, Riddle kicks Big E, Bryan goes after Riddle with EuroUppers! Omos finally arrives ringside and Styles aims. Styles springboards at Edge, but Edge gets under! Edge SPEARS Styles!

Christian hits Big E, Riddle goes after Christian, Bryan goes after Edge. Entry number 26 is… REY MYSTERIO! The King of Lucha Libre rushes the ring, goes up top, and leaps to SEATED SENTON Christian! Rey whips Styles, Styles reverses but Rey kicks back! Rey QUEBRADAS, but Styles catches him! Rey escapes, puts Styles on the apron, but Omos holds Styles up! Rey stomps Edge, Big E runs at Styles but Styles dodges! Big E BOOTS Styles, but Omos grabs at Big E!! Omos drags Big E out and ELIMINATES him! Big E goes right at Omos, but Omos palms his head and PUSHES Big E over the desk! Omos is as strong as he is huge!

Christian is after Bryan, Styles throws hands on Edge, but Riddle CLOBBERS Styles! Riddle throws hands on Styles, Rey is after Edge, and Riddle KICKS Styles down! Bryan gives Christian an elbow breaker to avoid being shoved off the apron! Entry number 27 is… SHEAMUS! The Fella gives The Bro Beats of the Bodhrain! Edge runs in but gets some beats of his own! Sheamus climbs up, leaps, and FLYING LARIATS both Riddle and Edge! Styles runs into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Christian fires off hands on Sheamus, runs but into a BROGUE! Bryan hits Sheamus with YES Kicks! Bryan runs corner to corner, into a BROGUE!

Sheamus drags Bryan up while Styles is after Rey. Riddle goes after Sheamus, Rey puts Styles on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Omos blocks the call! Styles drags Rey up and around to throw him out! Rey shoulders Styles, Omos grabs Rey and TOSSES him to ELIMINATE him! Omos isn’t even in the match and he’s eliminated two people! Entry number 28 is… CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg gets in to EuroUpper Edge! And EuroUpper Riddle! And Styles! Sheamus and Cesaro stare down as The Bar, and they fist bump. But then Cesaro trips Sheamus for a SWISS SWING! And a catapult! Sheamus saves himself somehow, and Bryan fires EuroUppers on Cesaro!

Cesaro EuroUppers Bryan, and gives him a SWISS SWING! Edge kicks at Sheamus while both of them are down, and Bryan is finally done swinging after about 30 rotations! Cesaro goes for a Sharpshooter but Bryan kicks him away! Entry number 29 is… SETH ROLLINS!! The Architect, the Monday Night Messiah, the SmackDown Savior, returns! Cesaro brawls with Riddle, bumps him off buckles, and Rollins takes his time entering the ring. Cesaro hits him with a EuroUpper! Cesaro throws Rollins out, Rollins holds on, and Rollins is furious! Rollins ROCKS Cesaro, brawls with him, EuroUpper and haymaker! Rollins CHOPS Cesaro, hoists him up, but Cesaro holds on!

Finally, entry number 30 is here, and it’s… BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men is the final man in the Rumble, and as the shirt says, he’s back, badder than ever! Braun gets in, hauls Riddle up and CHOKE SLAMS him! Braun DECKS Cesaro, DECKS Sheamus, and TOSSES Styles! Omos catches Styles and gets him back in. Cesaro EuroUppers and SCOOPS Braun?! Braun slips off and TOSSES Cesaro to ELIMINATE him! Sheamus fires off on Braun, headbutts, runs but into a shove! Braun ELIMINATES Sheamus! Styles fires off on Braun, but the Phenomenal Blitz isn’t enough! Braun fakes Omos out and TOSSES Styles the other way, to ELIMINATE him! Edge and Christian DOUBLE SPEAR Braun!!

The final six all catch their breath. Bryan and Riddle are first to stand, and they stare down. They approach, nod with respect, and it’s a CHOP fight! Then a brawl of kicks and forearms! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Riddle, throws hands on Edge, but Edge back suplexes! Bryan lands on his feet, dodges and RUNNING KNEES Edge down! Bryan drags Edge up, throws him out, but Edge holds on! Christian grabs Bryan but no Unprettier! Dropkick! Bryan hits Braun with a dropkick! Bryan fires up, dares Riddle to step up again, and Riddle obliges. They start throwing forearms fast and furious!

Bryan gets a leg, but Riddle wants an armbar! Bryan slips out, Riddle wants a leg, Bryan gets an arm, Riddle rolls but Bryan gets an arm! Riddle dead lifts the triangle but Bryan holds on as they go to ropes! Bryan lets Riddle go but shoulders into him! Bryan goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bryan fires up, but Rollins is lurking. Rollins gets in as Bryan stands, to CLOBBER him! And CURB STOMPS! Rollins drags Bryan up, throws him out, and ELIMINATES him! But Riddle gives Rollins a waistlock, only for Rollins to elbow free! Rollins fires off forearms and Riddle fires them back! Rollins knees low, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Rollins whips, Riddle reverses to fire off palm strikes! Rollins ducks a kick but Riddle ducks back. Riddle ripcords to FINAL FLASH! Rollins is on ropes, Riddle tosses him out, but Rollins holds on! Riddle goes up and out, but Braun ROCKS Riddle! APRON CURB STMOP, Rollins ELIMINATES Riddle! Now the final four are Rollins, Braun, Christian and Edge! Edge and Christian obviously stick together, Rollins gets Braun on his side! “We’re the future, not them!” Is Braun on Rollins’ side? Seems so. But NOPE! Braun POWERBOMBS Rollins! E&C go after Braun, double whip but Braun breaks through to DOUBLE CLOBBER them! Then he goes corner to corner to splash over and over!

Braun scoops Edge, Edge fights and holds the ropes, and works to drag Braun over and out! Braun holds on, hauls Edge back up, but Christian helps Edge! Rollins gets involved, Rollins ELIMINATES Christian while Edge ELIMINATES Braun! Rollins runs at Edge, Edge dumps Rollins up and over! Edge ELIMINATES Rollins!! But he hasn’t won, RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Orton wasn’t eliminated and his knee is working just fine! Orton throws Edge, Edge reverses and throws Orton out! EDGE WINS!!!

Winner: Edge (2021 Royal Rumble winner)

Eleven years to the day from his first-ever Rumble win, Edge wins his second! He went from #1 to become THE ONE, and only the third person ever to run the table!! The Rated R Superstar is going back to WrestleMania, but who will he choose?


My Thoughts:

What an amazing Royal Rumble event! Even the one thing I was disappointed about is no longer a big deal. And that one thing was putting the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships in the Kickoff Show. I suppose it’s fine they didn’t just throw something together to make up a kickoff match, but it was a shame in the moment that three great NXT Women’s Champions and Nia Jax were put in the kickoff. But I do appreciate that they gave it their all, and there was story progress with Lacey and Ric screwing Charlotte over. It also worked to feed things in the Women’s Rumble, with Charlotte getting to tee off on Lacey. I kinda hope this is actually Ric using Lacey to bring out Charlotte’s aggression and make her the new Dirtiest Player in the Game. Probably not because Vince McMahon, but it’d be a great way to change things up.

Opening with the world title was also worrying in the moment, because it could’ve meant Goldberg was going to end things quick and take that title from McIntyre. But thankfully no! Vince makes the right call here, and McIntyre looks like an even bigger badass than before as he conquers Goldberg! Sasha Banks VS Carmella tonight felt like perhaps the best match Mella has ever had. She still didn’t win because it just wasn’t her time, but of course she also got in on the Women’s Rumble. The Women’s Rumble was a lot of fun, Billie Kay was hilarious going back and forth from commentary, and back and forth between teammates. The 24/7 Championship crossover made it really fun, too.

Speaking of, it was hilarious for something with the 24/7 Championship to finally happen on a panel talk show. After waiting on it for weeks of Raw Talk, it happens as they go back to the kickoff panel, and it’s ROSENBERG who gets it! I actually wouldn’t mind if Rosenberg got to hold onto the title for a month or so until the next PPV kickoff show, and Truth struggles to find him the entire time despite Rosenberg having his radio show and stuff. But back to the Women’s Rumble, how amazing is it for Bianca Belair to win! She’s definitely rising up in the WWE, I can’t wait to see if we are getting Sasha VS Bianca. I can’t wait to see how that build goes, and I bet the Raw Women’s Championship has the Chamber match now.

Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens was an epic! They used the full Tropicana stadium to their advantage, and holy crap did that golf cart come out of nowhere! This was the closest someone’s come to winning over Roman, but it was a brilliant move for a ref spot to keep Roman from losing. Granted, he would’ve lost because of the handcuff difficulties but that’s what doing it live risks. Roman finds a way to win, and he’s going towards WrestleMania with a lot of momentum. The Men’s Rumble was also amazing stuff, and though giving away that Edge and Orton were starting, it was still on those two to deliver, and they delivered! They were brawling on and off for so much of the match, and then they cleverly disguised Orton being moved out of the way as saving him for later.

There was so much great story in everything else, too. Bryan and Styles, Sheamus and Riddle, Riddle and Styles, and even Rollins returning and brawling with Riddle, so much good stuff. Bad Bunny got to have a celebrity spot so that was cool, though I almost thought Booker T would come out to help. Christian returning so he and Edge could reunite and work together was great stuff, too. And it is pretty awesome that Edge got to win, even after Orton returned to sneak attack him. Edge joins the two-time Rumble winner club, which Orton is part of, so that’s a great achievement in itself.

Word is that, if not for COVID concerns, Keith Lee would’ve been in the match and won to set up McIntyre VS Keith, but Keith should be clear in a couple weeks. Depending on who Edge challenges, we could still get McIntyre VS Keith, but there’s also Elimination Chamber and Fastlane before Mania so they could give us McIntyre VS Keith, winner faces Edge at Mania. Or we could get Edge going to SmackDown and challenge Roman for Spear VS Spear of a different kind. But I’m leaning towards Edge staying on Raw and USA Network where he’s been lately. Which means there could be a Chamber match to determine Roman’s next challenger.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)

We’re in the homestretch!

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New Japan Road 2022

NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!

While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
  • TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
  • Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.

PLAY BY PLAY

10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?

LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.

Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!

Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.

Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!

The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.

LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.

Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!

Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!

Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.

Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!

Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”

Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?

 

KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!

Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.

Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.

Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.

Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!

Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.

Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!

Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!

Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!

Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!

Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.

Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!

Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!

Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!

Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission

The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.

“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.

“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?


My Thoughts:

Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.

The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)

Happy Independence Day, America!

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WWE Raw 2022

Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!

Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca  Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
  • The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
  • Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
  • Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
  • No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.

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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.

We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!

 

Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!

San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.

Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.

Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.

Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!

Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”

Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?

 

Backstage interview with The Mysterios!

Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!

Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!

San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!

Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!

Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!

Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!

Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!

Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!

Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!

Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!

Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!

But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!

Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification

Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!

But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?

 

The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!

But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!

Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…

 

The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!

Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?

 

The Miz VS AJ Styles!

Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!

Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.

Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.

Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.

Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?

 

Liv Morgan is here!

And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”

The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!

Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.

But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.

So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!

Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!

Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.

Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.

Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!

Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!

Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!

Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!

Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall

The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?

 

Raw returns to the cookout!

Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!

Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.

But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?

 

A cryptic video plays.

A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?

 

Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!

Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!

Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!

Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!

Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!

Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?

Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?

 

Raw returns to the cookout!

The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?

Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?

Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.

Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!

Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!

The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.

Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!

Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!

But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!

Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall

A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!

Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!

 

Uncle Sam is here?

Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”

But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!

Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!

The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!

Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall

The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will

 

Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.

Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?

 

No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!

The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?

Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.

Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky  hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!

Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!

Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!

Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.

Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!

Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!

Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!

Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?


My Thoughts:

After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.

And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.

Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.

Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.

And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.

I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.

My Score: 8.5/10


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