WWE brings the spotlight to the prospects from India!
Though WWE is on the Road to WrestleMania, it is time for some new stars to shine! Watch as the top prospects from India tie up with the stars of today!
- Finn Balor VS Guru Raaj; Balor wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Rey Mysterio, Giant Zanjeer & Dilsher Shanky VS King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro; Ricochet, Mysterio, Zanjeer & Shanky win.
- AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Jeet Rama; Styles wins.
- Charlotte Flair & Sareena Sandhu VS Bayley & Natalya; Flair & Sandhu win.
- Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & Indus Sher w/ Ric Flair VS Jinder Mahal & The Bollywood Boyz; McIntyre & Indus Sher win.
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“India has been a central heartbeat of the WWE Universe.”
Triple H speaks to the connection that spans more than two decades! HHH himself, and other legends like Bret Hart, Kane and The Undertaker have made the journey. “Fueled by a passionate culture, expressing unmatched energy.” John Cena, Daniel Bryan and the New Day were overwhelmed by the welcome. Fans there have been fans for life, and the unbreakable bond is cemented by respect and heart. Charlotte Flair says WWE unites us universally, and she could feel that in India. “India’s proud history is rich in competitive spirit, embodying strength, honor, and resiliency.”
There have been championship reigns and global celebrations, paving the way to a bright future. That new future grows brighter by a new generation motivated to represent a nation. So tonight, on this, India’s Republic Day, we will hear the 1.3 BILLION voices that celebrate the vibrant culture. “Then, now and forever.” WWE is honored to bring you the Superstar Spectacle!
Finn Balor VS Guru Raaj!
The Prince welcomes the first challenge from this new generation of India superstars! But his opponent has quite literally been working for this his whole life! Will the dream come true against the two-time NXT Champion?
The bell rings and Balor circles with Raaj. They tie up, Balor gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Raaj rolls, rolls, and wrenches back to a wristlock. Balor rolls, wrenches back, slips around and goes after the arm. Balor grinds the shoulder, Raaj fights up but Balor shifts to a hammerlock. Raaj does the splits to get a snapmare! Raaj has the arm, Balor breaks out to get a leg pick but Raaj makes it a cover! ONE, Raaj headscissors but Balor pops out! Raaj grins as he and Balor stand off. They circle, tie up, and Balor headlocks. Raaj powers out but Balor runs him over with a shoulder! Raaj is right up but Balor headlocks to the takeover.
Balor grinds Raaj, Raaj fights up and powers out again. Raaj drops then hurdles then dropkicks Balor down! Raaj hits the headlock takeover! Balor fights his way up, powers up but Raaj hits another takeover! Balor moves around, rolls Raaj to a cover, ONE! Raaj holds onto the hold, Balor fights up but Raaj holds on tighter as Balor tires to power out! Balor keeps trying, gets free on the third try but Raaj sunset flips! Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Balor checks his chin as WWE takes a quick break.
Superstar Spectacle returns and Balor has Raaj in a standing cobra twist. Raaj fights out and hip tosses Balor away! Raaj goes to a corner, Balor runs in but Raaj boots him! Raaj CHOPS and CHOPS and whips, to then clobber Balor with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Raaj hurries to back senton! And kip up! Basement dropkick! Raaj fires up as he runs in at Balor in a corner, but Balor kicks back! Balor stomps Raaj in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then storms back over to CHOP Raaj in return! Balor wraps an arm around the ropes, pulls it, then CHOPS Raaj again! Balor whips Raaj corner to corner, runs in and CHOPS! Raaj staggers into a SLINGBLADE!
Balor paces, takes aim from another corner, and he runs, into Raaj’s enziguri! Roll-up, TWO!! Raaj almost had an NXT Champion! Balor flounders up, Raaj kicks, kicks and kicks away on the legs! Raaj goes even faster! Raj says BANG, ROUNDHOUSE and SOBAT! Balor is down and Raaj fires up! Raaj goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps for CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Raaj is shocked that Balor escapes! Balor and Raaj slowly rise, Raaj is on Balor first with a scoop, but Balor fights free to ELBOW DROP DDT! Balor is furious now and he takes aim again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Raaj hits buckles and then hits the mat!
Balor goes up top, he takes aim, and hits the COUP DE GRACE! But Balor isn’t done with Raaj, he tops it off with the 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
It was a valiant effort from the young star, but this is the difference between a new star and 20 year veteran! But Balor does show Raaj respect with a handshake. Will Raaj one day be in Balor’s shoes, “welcoming” a new generation to the spotlight?
Giant Zanjeer speaks.
“I am from India Punjab. I make my family proud.” When he was 14 years old, he lost his parents. He had to grow up fast, be the man of his home, and has worked very hard. It is time for Zanjeer to live his dream. Seeing the Great Khali become India’s first-ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Zanjeer felt it was destiny that he would become a WWE superstar himself. Big, scary, strong, and determined to be a champion, too!
8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Rey Mysterio, Giant Zanjeer & Dilsher Shanky VS King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro!
That dream to become a champion could start right here! Giant Zanjeer and Dilsher Shanky are teaming with two great former champions in the WWE, going against great former and even current champions! Will the King of Flight and King of Lucha Libre help Zanjeer and Shanky make dreams come true?
Superstar Spectacle returns as Ricochet makes his entrance, followed by the TOWERING Shanky and Zanjeer. Then One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions in the Show-Off, followed by the Wolf King, the King of Strong Style and the Swiss Cyborg. Teams sort out and we begin with Shanky and Ziggler. They circle, Ziggler rushes in but he can’t even budge Shanky! Ziggler goes after a leg, Shanky pries him off and tosses him to the corner! Shanky stomps, ROCKS Ziggler and then throws a back elbow!
Ziggler flops around but Nakamura runs in! Nakamura hits Shanky but that doesn’t even faze him! Shanky just throws Nakamura in on top of Ziggler and SPLASHES them both! Tag to Zanjeer, and Zanjeer CHOPS Nakamura! Even Ziggler feels it! Corbin runs in but he’s added to the stack! Zanjeer SPLASHES all three men! Cesaro gets in but Shanky, Mysterio and Ricochet are there to back Zanjeer up! Cesaro backs down, and we go to break!
Superstar Spectacle returns as Cesaro has Mysterio on the outside. Cesaro throws Mysterio back in, drops elbows, then drags Mysterio up to tag in Nakamura. Cesaro has Mysterio on the ropes, Nakamura KNEES Mysterio then Cesaro hits the suplex! Nakamura drops a knee, covers, TWO! Nakamura drags Mysterio up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Corbin. Nakamura digs a boot in and Corbin stomps him! Corbin taunts Zanjeer and Shanky before he DECKS Mysterio! Corbin tags Ziggler and they mug Mysterio. Ziggler scrapes Mysterio’s eyes on the ropes! Nakamura and Cesaro keep Mysterio in the corner but Mysterio fights back!
Mysterio hits Corbin, boots Ziggler then ducks under! Ziggler grabs a leg to keep Mysterio back, ducks the enziguri, and drags Mysterio away! Tag to Corbin, but the entire team DECKS the other side! Zanjeer and Shanky go down and Corbin goes after Mysterio. Corbin puts Mysterio up top but Mysterio kicks back and leaps to RANA Corbin into buckles! Ricochet fires up, Mysterio hurries over, hot tags to Ziggler and Ricochet! Ricochet dodges Ziggler to handspring headscissor! And a dropkick! Ricochet taunts Cesaro then throws hands on Ziggler! Ricochet knees, wrenches and Northern Lights Suplexes! Roll through to a dead lift ANARCHY SUPLEX!
Ricochet hits the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! cover, TWO! Ricochet does a dance, drags Ziggler up and wrenches him to a fireman’s carry. Ziggler slips out to ZIGZAG! Ziggler can’t make the cover, but he tags to Cesaro! Cesaro covers, TWO!! Ricochet still lives but Cesaro mocks the dance moves. Cesaro scoops, Ricochet slips out, tag to Zanjeer! Zanjeer runs Cesaro over, runs Nakamura over and runs Corbin over! Zanjeer is fired up and he tags in Shanky! Zanjeer scoops and SLAMS Cesaro for Shanky to power up! BIG ELBOW! Cover, but Corbin and Nakamura break it up! Ziggler gets in, they all go after Zanjeer!
But Zanjeer explodes out! HEADBUTT for Nakamura, and a SHOVE for Corbin out of the ring! Ricochet gets in, and he gets a GIANT boost from Zanjeer to FLY out onto Ziggler, Corbin and Nakamura! Cesaro slides back in and dumps Zanjeer out! But Shanky BOOTS Cesaro a la Khali! Tag to Mysterio, dial it up! 6 1 9!! LARIAT from Shanky! Mysterio climbs Shanky for a SUPER SPLASH!! Cover, Mysterio’s team wins!
Winners: Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, Giant Zanjeer & Dilsher Shanky, by pinfall
Talk about a huge victory! The titans of India lift Mysterio and Ricochet onto their shoulders in celebration! Is this the beginning of some powerful legends in the WWE?
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Roman Reigns speaks.
Or rather, Paul Heyman speaks first. Today is a day of great celebration, but not for what you think. It’s day 149 of Roman’s Universal Championship reign. Roman says his responsibility of putting food on the table is not limited to SmackDown. That responsibility extends to every superstar that steps foot in the WWE ring. But at a price. That price won’t be paid tonight. Be that as it may, Happy Republic Day.
AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Jeet Rama!
The Phenomenal One may be heading for the Royal Rumble, but he’s always up for a spectacle! Will he be a phenomenal gatekeeper for the new generation, just as he has to the Men’s Rumble?
The bell rings and Jeet circles with Styles. They tie up, Jeet pushes Styles to a corner, and lets off as the ref counts. Styles shakes that off and circles with Jeet again. They tie up, Styles gets around and headlocks, but Jeet pries free to then arm-drag Styles to an armlock! Jeet cranks on the arm, Styles fights up to a corner, but Jeet lets off at the count. Styles puts Jeet in the corner, rams in and rams again, then again! Styles lets off to bump Jeet off buckles then roll him up, TWO! Jeet gets up but Styles KICKS him! Styles kicks but Jeet catches it and RAMS Styles into the corner! And rams in again! And again!
Jeet lets off as the ref counts, dares Styles to get up, then wrenches his arm for another arm-drag! Jeet clamps onto the arm again, but Styles endures. Jeet shifts to a keylock but Styles fights his way up. Styles rakes eyes and ROCKS Jeet with a right! Jeet ROCKS Styles back! Jeet throws haymakers but Styles throws Jeet out to the floor! Jeet gets up, but Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS! Styles takes Jeet down as we go to break!
Superstar Spectacle returns as Styles grinds Jeet down with a chinlock. Jeet endures, fans clap on their screens, and Jeet fights up. Jeet elbows free but Styles elbows Jeet back down! Styles brings Jeet up but Jeet throws haymakers! Jeet fires up, eggs Styles on, and reels Styles in for a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Styles flounders, Jeet is right on him, for ANOTHER Half Hatch! Jeet keeps firing up as Styles flounders back up. Jeet reels Styles in but Styles blocks the lift with more elbows. Styles ROCKS and KICKS Jeet, but swings into Jeet’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Styles survives and Jeet is frustrated with himself.
Styles crawls to a corner, Jeet runs in but Styles boots him! Styles hops up, Jeet comes back and ROCKS Styles! Jeet sits Styles back up, climbs up, but Styles slips under! Styles trips Jeet up and Jeet hits hard off buckles! Omos applauds as Styles drop toeholds Jeet into buckles! Styles fireman’s carries Jeet for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Jeet survives and Styles is surprised! Styles drags Jeet back up, but Jeet denies the Clash to RAM Styles into buckles! Jeet RAMS Styles again, but Styles gets him for a roll to the CALF CRUSHER! Jeet endures as Styles cranks back on the leg, and twists the foot!
Jeet refuses to give in, moves around, and finds Styles’ head, to SLAM him into the mat! And again! Styles lets go and Jeet is spared! Jeet and Styles slowly sit up, and Styles goes after the leg again! But Jeet choke grips Styles! Styles breaks that grip but swings into a clinch! BELLY2BELLY! Jeet crawls over after Styles but Styles rolls away. Jeet follows Styles to a corner, puts him back on the top rope and then climbs back up after him. Omos creeps close, and grabs a foot to anchor Styles as Jeet goes for the Super Belly2Belly! Jeet crashes ‘n’ burns, Styles hops down to aim from the apron, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
A huge assist to Omos, and it’s Jeet who gets beat! But will AJ Styles be able to stay phenomenal if he needs help? And if Jeet pushed Styles this far, will we be cruising down #JeetStreet soon enough?
Indus Sher speaks.
“I will tell you something that you may already know.” Rinku was India’s very first pro baseball player, but there is no better feeling than being a WWE superstar. The dream started when he turned 15 and he wished to change his family’s life for the better. India knows Saurav already as a star of a Top 5 TV series, but now he is living a dream in the WWE. They are here representing their country, and had an immediate connection when they met. They are brothers as well as tag team partners, and have the pride of 1.3 BILLION people behind them!
Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world-famous TEN TIME champs, and FEEL~ the POWER~! The New Day is reunited thanks to the Superstar Spectacle! Well, without Kofi Kingston as he has an injured jaw, but Xavier Woods is with the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E, for a special presentation, after the break!
Superstar Spectacle returns and Big E says it is a beautiful Republic Day! And ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~ are so excited to be part of the Superstar Spectacle! Now they’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of the greatest talent from around the world. But here is something truly special! Without further ado… It’s the Street Profits? Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford join in on the fun because they know, they know, they KNOOOOW~! The WWE isn’t about to introduce these national, global individuals today without them.
No, the New Day would never ever dream of introducing Southeast USA’s premier entertainment dance company representing South Asian culture without them! Then what we talked about over OJ and protein! Let’s all do this together. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! They finally and proudly present to you… SPINNING CANVAS~! Yes, live and in person, it’s a special performance by the top dancing troupe of India! A great display of culture for the world to see! There are even dancers in the ring! Spectacular!
The Great Khali speaks.
He says hello to his people and says he has been so proud to see this newest crop of superstars coming from India, and those we saw already tonight in Jeet Rama, Giant Zanjeer, Dilsher Shanky and Guru Raaj. Have a Happy Republic Day!
Charlotte Flair & Sareena Sandhu VS Bayley & Natalya!
The Queen is honored to be teaming with one of the female prospects of India, but they’re up against the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion and the winningest woman in WWE history! Will Sareena be able to shine alongside such spectacular superstars?
The teams sort out and Charlotte starts with Natty. They circle, tie up, and Charlotte wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Natty rolls, spins and handsprings to wrench back to a wristlock. Charlotte cartwheels, wrenches back, but Natty knees low! Natty snapmares Charlotte and runs to step on her, but Charlotte kips up! Natty tags to Bayley but Charlotte dodges Bayley to DECK Natty! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS Bayley, whips her into the corner then CHOPS her on the rebound! Natty runs in but gets a CHOP! Tag to Sareena and she climbs up to CROSSBODY both Natty and Bayley down!
Sareena and Charlotte coordinate, and they DOUBLE BASEBALL SLIDE! Natty and Bayley are shocked but Sareena just shows Charlotte some dance moves as we go to break.
Superstar Spectacle returns, Natty whips Bayley in at Charlotte but Charlotte KNEES Bayley down! Natty runs in but Charlotte BOOTS her! Charlotte spins Natty around to hit a neckbreaker, to an EXPLODER! Bayley tags in and runs at Charlotte, but she gets a kick and an EXPLODER, too! Charlotte kips up, fires up, but Bayley dodges in the corner! Bayley runs back in into a backbreaker! Charlotte tags Sareena and Sareena dodges Bayley to arm-drag! And arm-drag! And then dodges to tilt-o-whirl to SPIKE Bayley down! Sareena kicks low, butterfly SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Sareena keeps on her with a toehold.
Bayley scrambles to a ropebreak, then elbows Sareena away! Tag to Natty, Natty kicks low and reels Sareena in, but Sareena cradle counters! TWO, Natty is pissed and she SLAPS Sareena! Sareena gets around, spins Natty and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Sareena drags Natty up and whips her to a corner but Natty reverses. Natty runs in but Sareena elbows her away. Bayley runs in but Sareena DECKS her! Natty BOOTS Sareena out of the ring! Natty poses, tags to Bayley, and Bayley stalks Sareena, to chop block a leg! Charlotte storms over as Bayley talks smack, but Bayley puts Sareena in. Cover, TWO!
Tag to Natty, Natty drags Sareena up and together they throw Sareena down! Natty spins through to drop down on the toehold, then she ties the legs up in a butterfly lock! Sareena endures and even hits back! Sareena finds a way to slip through into a modified toehold of her own! Bayley stomps Sareena down then goes back to her corner. Sareena crawls but Natty CLUBS her down! Natty drags Sareena away, but Sareena hurries again. Natty CLUBS Sareena back down and Bayley DECKS Charlotte! Natty rains down rights on Sareena, Sareena does her best to guard, but Charlotte BOOTS Bayley on the outside!
Natty swings on Charlotte but Sareena rolls Natty! TWO, and Natty CLOBBERS Sareena! Natty gets the legs, drags Sareena in and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Sareena endures, Charlotte gets in, NATURAL SELECTION! Sareena is free, she covers, Sareena and Charlotte win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Sareena Sandhu, by pinfall
The Queen had Sareena’s back and that was enough to turn the tide! Will this big victory be a big boost to Sareena’s young wrestling career?
Ric Flair is here!
The Nature Boy loves a good party, so of course he’s here for the Superstar Spectacle! He’s also here for the main event with the WWE World Champion and the Modern Day Maharaja!
Kavita Devi speaks.
The first Indian female superstar in the WWE, she did things her way in the Mae Young Classic. “Growing up, I wasn’t supposed to have a dream. When I grew up, little girls like me had nobody to look up to.” There are thousands of girls looking up to her now, and that motivates her to keep going. Follow her into the future, because if her dream can come true, so can yours!
Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & Indus Sher w/ Ric Flair VS Jinder Mahal & The Bollywood Boyz!
There are some rather interesting reunions here. Once upon a time, the Scottish Warrior and the Modern Day Maharaja were part of a Three Man Band! And more recently, Samir & Sunil Singh were once the sidekicks to WWE’s first Indian WWE Champion. The Superstar Spectacle brings them all back together, will Suarav and Rinku be powerful back-up for McIntyre on this historic day?
Ric Flair is honored to be here for this first-ever Superstar Spectacle. “Everyone knows that the WWE brings the world together like no one else.” Ric is so excited to see the members of the WWE Universe from India to be on the ThunderDome screens. But before he introduces this great Six Man Tag main event, Ric wants to wish everyone a very happy Republic Day, “WOO~!” With that, Mahal & the Bollywood Boyz make their entrance together, and Mahal has a mic of his own as Samir & Sunil film. “If there is one thing we should be celebrating, it is the return of the Modern Day Maharrrrraja, Jinder Mahal!” The now 1.4 billion have tuned in to see HIM! But here comes McIntyre!
McIntyre has a mic and says, “Jinder Mahal, my old buddy, welcome back.” No one is happier to see him than McIntyre. But there are some things you don’t do around here. First: you don’t interrupt the limosine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun, Ric Flair! Second: this isn’t about Mahal, but about the WWE and India! The time for talking is over, the time for fighting begins! Mahal has a trio, McIntyre has created his own Three Man Band of DESTRUCTION! Introducing Rinku and Saurav, INDUS SHER! The “Indian Tigers” are back!
The trios sort out, and Mahal steps up to McIntyre. They stand off, but then Mahal tags out to Sunil! Sunil tags out to Samir! McIntyre dares Mahal to get back in but Samir SLAPS McIntyre first! Samir apologizes but McIntyre throws him to a corner! McIntyre stomps away on Samir, throws hands and CHOPS! McIntyre gut wrenches Samir just to bring him over and tag in Rinku. Rinku ROCKS Samir then stalks him. Rinku stomps Samir, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with a shoulder! Samir is in a daze, and Rinku drops an elbow! Rinku drags Samir up, tags Saurav in, and Samir scrambles away to tag in Sunil!
Sunil wants them to take it easy, and he dodges Saurav over and over, to CHOP! Saurav doesn’t budge! Sunil runs, leaps but into Saurav’s arms, for a POWERSLAM! Cover, ONE! Saurav tags Rinku and Rinku drags Sunil up on the ropes. Saurav runs in to BOOT Sunil out of the air! Mahal reinforces Sunil and Samir runs in, but he gets a whip to a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! McIntyre joins in and he scoops Samir to TOSS him onto Sunil! Mahal is furious but McIntyre stands with Indus Sher as we go to break!
Superstar Spectacle returns and Saurav puts Samir in the corner! Tag to Rinku and he’s fed Samir for a scoop! Samir slips out, bailts Rinku in and throws body shots and haymakers! RInku shoves Samir, knocks Mahal and Sunil off the apron, but Samir comes back with haymakers! Samir whips, Rinku reverses, but Mahal saves Samir from the corner splash! Rinku bounces off buckles and Samir kicks back! Samir wrenches, tags in Mahal and Mahal POSTS Rinku! Mahal drags Rinku up from the apron and SLAMS the arm into the post! The ref reprimands, Mahal drags Rinku back in but Rinku has the ropes. The ref counts, Mahal lets off but he CLUBS Rinku down.
Mahal clamps on with a chicken wing and chinbar but Rinku fights up. Samir tags in, climbs up and leaps to drop an elbow! Sunil goes up top to drop the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Sunil keeps on Rinku with a leg drop on the arm, then he clamps onto the arm for another leg drop. Sunil hits another leg drop to the arm, then keeps on the arm with a shoulder clamp. Tag to Samir, the Bollywood Boyz double WRING the arms! Cover, TWO! Samir keeps on Rinku’s arm but Rinku fights up to scoop Samir for a SLAM! Rinku tries to get away but Samir trips him up! Samir has the leg, tags in Mahal and Mahal stomps Rinku down! Mahal wrenches and hits an ARM BREAKER!
Mahal clamps onto Rinku with a mounted armlock but Rinku endures. McIntyre and Saurav rally up for Rinku, as do the fans on their screens. Rinku fights up, Mahal throws knees and forearms, then he sucker punches Saurav! Rink kicks Mahal back and reels him in for a suplex! Both men are down and Rink crawls for his corner, hot tag to McIntyre! McIntyre rallies on Mahal, DECKS the Bollywood Boyz then clobbers Mahal! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Mahal! Mahal staggers up into another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! McIntyre waits for Mahal to stand, and hits the leaping neckbreaker! And the kip up!
McIntyre fires up in the corner, Mahal staggers up, but Mahal KNEES McIntyre down first! Both men are down and they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Sunil and Saurav! Saurav BOOTS Sunil, then BOOTS Samir! Saurav whips Samir HARD into buckles, then he scoops Sunil for a BIG back suplex! Saurav fires up, and drops a HUGE elbow! Sunil rolls out, Mahal gets in, but McIntyre intercepts with a CLAYMORE! Tag to Rinku and Indus Sher coordinates! BOLLYWOOD BLAST, Indus Sher style! Cover, Indus Sher and McIntyre win!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Indus Sher, by pinfall
A powerful victory for Rinku, Saurav and the Scottish Warrior! Triple H and the other superstars walk out to join them in the ring to not only celebrate this victory, but to celebrate Republic Day and the bright future pro-wrestling has in India!
A very fun special here, with great showings from every one of the young prospects out of India. Now obviously Balor and Styles were both going to win their matches, but they gave Guru Raaj and Jeet Rama good showings, especially with Jeet losing because of minor interference from Omos. Jeet is a legitimate national champion in Indian Pehlwani/Kushti wrestling, he can and should be a frontrunner in the singles division for “NXT India” or whatever it’ll be called. It was also cool to have a musical act, much like other big WWE events have, including Sunday’s Royal Rumble having Bad Bunny.
And then we got great wins for the Indian superstars in the tag matches. The 8 Man was a lot of fun because Zanjeer and Shanky are definitely giants. It definitely works that Charlotte helped Sareena get out of the Sharpshooter and the pin, Sareena is still too new to really get the win herself off of two very accomplished women in Natty and Bayley. The Six Man was great just to see Mahal back, as well as Indus Sher as they were serving some time-out punishment after one of the two went and spoiled Adam Cole VS Keith Lee, Winner Takes All. But Indus Sher is a big, strong team, they and McIntyre were of course winning, I’m sure Indus Sher can find themselves at the top of whatever tag division they’ll be in.
My Score: 8.1/10
Lucha Central Weekly: LFI Wins ROH Gold, Expo Lucha, Zenshi, and more!
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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/8/21)
Celebrate the NEW WWE World Champion!
Raw holds an ALL MIGHTY Championship Celebration for Bobby Lashley!
Bobby Lashley is WWE World Champion, and the Hurt Business now rules Monday Night Raw! But will their celebration plans go smoothly?
- WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- No Disqualifications: Sheamus VS Drew McIntyre; Draw by referee stoppage.
- Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business; Woods wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Slapjack w/ Retribution; Riddle wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Naomi & Lana; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Randy Orton; Styles wins.
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The Hurt Business walks backstage.
MVP says they’re living different lives and breathing that rarified air. Sarah asks for a few words and the others move on. Lashley says he is a happy man, and it will stay that way. Lashley’s been through a lot that would’ve broken a normal man. But Lashley isn’t normal, he’s All Mighty! Think about the 16 years. 16 YEARS as he watched others get what he deserved and dealt with backstage politics. So when Lashley beat Miz last week, he punished him for delaying the inevitable! Now Miz gets a rematch? Well Lashley will set an example with it. What happens to Miz will happen to everyone else that steps to him.
16 years is way too damn long to wait for the title, and Lashley vows to walk into WrestleMania as the All Might World Champion! The All Might Era has begun, but it will be tested to start the night!
The Miz & John Morrison go to the ring.
The Hollywood A-Lister gets the mic and says, “I stand in this ring empty handed because Bobby Lashley is the new WWE Champion.” But he asks Morrison that last week, did Miz expect to get his ass handed to him by Lashley? Yeah, actually. Correct. Did he expect to lose the title? No. Correct! But Shane McMahon pulled a fast one! After everything Miz has done for the WWE, from media to interviews to reality shows to photoshoots and sleepless nights, endless tasks without thanks, no vacations or injuries! But when Miz says his body isn’t feeling well, everyone should believe him!
But they didn’t, did they? “You” sit in your couches and Miz is a professional and that is what happens to professional athletes! Miz had stomach cramps!! But Miz still went out and successfully defended his title! There was a match! It was a count-out! Miz lost, but the only way a champion can lose his title is pin or submission in the ring! That’s called Champion’s Advantage! Is it shady? OF COURSE! But Miz played to his advantage and outsmarted everyone! Miz outsmarted the superstars, the fans, EVERYONE! Miz got counted out intentionally, but Lashley had his chance and blew it! The title contract says you must defend the title and Miz did that. It didn’t say he had to do it twice in one night!
And yet, Miz was forced to do so. Threatened, even! Miz was told to defend the title he worked so hard to get, or he would be stripped of it and it’d just be given to Lashley! And to put icing on the cake, Shane McMahon makes the match a LUMBERJACK MATCH! Miz is sure we can all agree that that was just unfair. It is also unfair that Lashley brutalized Miz after the match, with no repercussions! But WWE did one thing right, and that is tonight’s rematch.
Miz explains that everyone online was CELEBRATING Lashley’s win all week this week! Miz wants all of us to stay close to our devices because tonight there will be a new hashtag, #ANDNEW! Because he’s the Miz, and he’s… AWWWWWWSOOOOOME! Miz is motivated, but will it be enough to turn back the clock and take back the title?
WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!
Raw returns as the Rocky Mountain Machine makes his entrance, which now has GOLD LIGHTNING, and a ferocious new titantron package. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this mighty main event worthy rematch opens Raw!
The two circle, Miz is wary of Lashley, as he should be. Miz bails out to cool off. He gets back in because of Lashley’s Champion’s Advantage but Miz bails out again. MVP is there and startles Miz but Lashley gets his head! Miz hotshots Lashley but that only angers him! Lashley drags Miz up to a suplex and holds him up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Drew McIntyre watches backstage as Lashley RAMS Miz into the corner and then RAMS his shoulder in over an dover! Lashley CLUBS Miz, runs corner to corner but Miz moves and Lashley POSTS himself! Lashley tumbles out, Miz pursues, but Lashley still scoops Miz!
Miz slips off to POST Lashley again! But Lashley still CLOBBERS Miz! Lashley snarls as he stands tall and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Lashley grinds Miz down with a neck wrench, and a fist digging into Miz’s jaw! Miz fights up with body shots, Lashley shoves Miz to ropes to then CLOBBER him again! Morrison coaches Miz up but Lashley drags Miz away from the apron! Miz kicks at Lashley and gets him away. Miz is in a corner, Lashley runs in but misses, Miz returns with the A-LIST- NO! Lashley catches Miz, to TOSS him! McIntyre is still watching as Lashley goes out to THROW Miz into barriers! Lashley looms over Miz, drags him up and gives him SNAKE EYES to the barrier! Miz clutches his ribs but Lashley follows him to bounce him off the desk!
Lashley puts Miz back in the ring and MVP says to finish this. Lashley runs but into a boot! Lashley just gets angrier, and he lifts Miz. Miz slips off to BOOT again! Miz swings but into a clinch! Miz throws elbows, Lashley shoves Miz, but Miz dumps Lashley out! Miz builds speed to slide for a dropkick, but Lashley dodges him to fireman’s carry! Lashley POSTS Miz!! Miz flounders but is somehow okay to continue, so Lashley drags him back into the ring. Lashley storms over to Miz but Miz asks for mercy. Miz gets no mercy, he gets the COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley rains down fists! Lashley digs his fingers into Miz’s face, but lets off as the ref counts.
Lashley whips Miz, pops him up and hits the ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Lashley grits his teeth as he waits for Miz to get back up. HURT LOCK!! Miz is a rag doll, he taps out, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE World Champion)
The Miz didn’t win, but that was still awesome for the Chief Hurt Officer! Lashley leaves Miz in his rearview, will he barrel through the Fastlane and on to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
As the presumed challenger- NO, he is the ONLY challenger! McIntyre says Lashley worked for 16 years, putting in the work in and out of the ring. Lashley didn’t go for the big one, he beat McIntyre down to set Miz up and then he could beat THE MIZ! McIntyre beat Brock Lesnar! Where is the passion, the heart and the BALLS, Lashley!? Lashley is big, bad and dangerous, but so is McIntyre. But wait! Sheamus attacks McIntyre! Their match last week didn’t finish anything! The Celtic Warrior TOSSES the Scottish Warrior all over backstage!
Sheamus shouts that NOTHING is over! He spent TWENTY YEARS IN MCINTYRE’S SHADOW!! Sheamus swears to make McIntyre pay for the rest of his miserable life! Sheamus storms off and McIntyre gets up in a rage. Will these two warriors battle until there’s nothing left of either of them?
Raw returns and McIntyre is still raging.
Adam Pearce comes by and McIntyre demands he set up a rematch of him and Sheamus, No Disqualifications! Pearce agrees to that and McIntyre storms off. Will that match end things between McIntyre and Sheamus?
R-Truth finds Braun Strowman backstage.
Truth wants to get something off his chest so hopefully Braun forgives him. Truth reads his note and says, “Dear Braun, Bugs Bunny has gone to the dark side and joined the Monstars. The only way I can get my baby back is with my own Monstar. So as Monday Night Raw’s Monstar Among Men, I need your help. But before that, there’s a lot I need to apologize for.” Truth apologizes for that escape tunnel, for submitting that video of Braun to Monster Quest, for ruining Hornswoggle’s wedding, for stealing his dentist’s goldfish and releasing it back to the ocean.
Braun stops Truth and doesn’t want an apology from him. Braun is asking- No, no, the Monster Among Men doesn’t ask, he DEMANDS an apology from Shane McMahon! Oh, okay. Truth apologizes for that. And in that case, this never happened. HE’s a fragment of Braun’s imagination. Truth tries to use a neuralizer pen on Braun? Well it clearly doesn’t work. But with that, Braun is heading for the ring! Will he get what he wants from Shane O’Mac?
Raw returns as Braun goes to the ring!
The Monster Among Men may misunderstand the reasons he was kept out of the Elimination Chamber, but he didn’t misunderstand Shane messing with him last week. “First you exclude me from the Elimination Chamber match, and I get it. I’m over it. But then you give me a Raw Tag Team Championship, and out of anybody, you choose Adam Pearce? Then you jump on the apron and make me tag him in, so he can get beat.” Is this some big joke to Shane? Is Shane getting a nice laugh out of this? But you’re either laughing with him, or laughing at him. And after that remark about a textbook being over Braun’s reading level, Braun is thinking Shane is laughing at him.
But to get real, that can’t be the case. Because we all know that if Braun wanted to, he could snap Shane like a twig! But saying that, Braun also knows Shane could just fire him on the spot. Braun isn’t looking to get fired, just for respect. The longer Braun stands here and thinks about it, the angrier he gets! So he isn’t asking, but DEMANDING Shane give him that apology! Shane McMahon is here! He goes out to the ring to join Braun, and Braun gets right in his face. Shane tells Braun that he apologizes, then leaves the ring. Braun seems almost surprised that Shane did that.
But then, Shane stops on stage, thinks about saying more, but doesn’t. Braun dares Shane to say what he wants to say! When Shane doesn’t, Braun grumbles. Is this not settled between Monster and management?
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
Melissa asks Shane what those further comments to Braun were. Shane says maybe later. But will later ever come?
No Disqualifications: Sheamus VS Drew McIntyre!
Somehow, someway, The Fella feels like his friend for roughly 20 years doesn’t see him as an equal. Things were brought to a breaking point as WWE hit the Road to WrestleMania, and though McIntyre won last week, that only angered Sheamus more! Will Sheamus use No Disqualifications to his advantage and leave McIntyre on the side of the road this close to Fastlane?
McIntyre jumps Sheamus on the stage! McIntyre gets even with Sheamus and he throws him into barriers! And then into the steel steps! And then RAMS him into the apron! The ref says to get in the ring so McIntyre puts Sheamus in. The bell sounds and McIntyre fires off fists and stomps! McIntyre CHOPS Sheamus, Sheamus kicks back and throws EuroUppers. McIntyre throws haymakers, Sheamus returns them, they brawl, but Sheamus headlocks. McIntyre powers out but Sheamus runs him over! Things speed up, McIntyre blocks the hip toss to whip and run Sheamus over! McIntyre brings Sheamus up for haymakers and has him in the corner for more.
Sheamus claws McIntyre’s face! Sheamus CLUBS and KNEES McIntyre, then whips him corner to corner. Sheamus runs in but McIntyre elbows him away. McIntyre hops up but Sheamus YANKS him off the ropes! Sheamus stomps away on McIntyre at the ropes, then drags him up for hands. McIntyre shoves Sheamus then dumps him to the apron. Sheamus hotshots McIntyre back! Sheamus goes up, leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes but he kicks McIntyre to the apron! McIntyre hobbles away but Sheamus LEAPS, only to miss! McIntyre RAMS Sheamus into steel steps again! McIntyre tells commentary to move, and he THROWS Sheamus over the desk!
McIntyre goes around to put Sheamus in a chair and rain down fists! The ring count is still a thing, so McIntyre brings Sheamus back over, but Sheamus shoves McIntyre into the apron! Sheamus CLOBBERS McIntyre then catches his breath. Sheamus looks under the ring and brings out a kendo stick! Sheamus swings but McIntyre ducks! The post takes the smack, and McIntyre kicks Sheamus. McIntyre whips Sheamus over the barrier! McIntyre takes a breath, leaves Sheamus behind, and fetches the base of steel steps! McIntyre drags Sheamus back over, scoops him, and SLAMS him on the stairs! Sheamus writhes but McIntyre drags him back up.
McIntyre puts Sheamus in the ring, grabs the kendo stick, and goes into the ring. but Sheamus KICKS the rope and stick into McIntyre! Then KNEES him, runs and CLOBBERS him! Sheamus takes back the kendo stick, takes aim and SMACKS McIntyre on the back! And again! And again! Sheamus stands on McIntyre’s head, focusing on the jaw! Sheamus lets off so he can stand McIntyre up and SMACK him in the stomach! Sheamus fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sheamus clamps onto McIntyre with fish hooks to the face! Sheamus stretches McIntyre’s mouth but fans rally up. McIntyre fights up but Sheamus knocks McIntyre down!
Sheamus aims again, but McIntyre clinches to block the kendo stick! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then ANOTHER! Sheamus runs in but McIntyre dodges to neckbreaker! And kip up! McIntyre gets the kendo stick back, and the two stare down. They rush in, and McIntyre SMACKS Sheamus! And SMACKS him! And SMACKS him! Then McIntyre uses the kendo stick in a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Sheamus survives but McIntyre keeps his focus. McIntyre has the beat-up kendo stick to SMACK Sheamus more! Sheamus bails out of the ring, McIntyre pursues and throws haymakers. McIntyre scoops but Sheamus slips off to POST McIntyre!
Sheamus drags McIntyre to the announce desk, to CHOKE SLAM him on it! The table doesn’t give but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sheamus brawls with McIntyre in the corner! McIntyre gets the edge but Sheamus pokes him in the eye! Sheamus hits the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus gets the legs and ties them up, McIntyre resists but Sheamus kicks him in the back! Sheamus gets McIntyre turned over for the CLOVERLEAF! McIntyre endures as Sheamus sits deep! McIntyre powers through to get under and throw haymakers from below! Sheamus lets go, McIntyre boots him! Sheamus comes back but McIntyre ROCKS him with a right! And then hits a SPINEBUSTER! McIntyre jackknife bridges but can’t quite hold it, TWO!!
McIntyre’s back is marked up and down but he fights through the pain. He runs at Sheamus in the corner but Sheamus BOOTS him down! Sheamus skins the cat to go up top, McIntyre runs over but Sheamus knees him away! Sheamus adjusts but McIntyre trips him up! McIntyre climbs up to join Sheamus now, CHOPS him, then rakes his eyes! McIntyre brings Sheamus up to SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and McIntyre is a bit surprised! McIntyre sits up, looks to the WrestleMania sign, and then he underhooks Sheamus. Sheamus fights free but McIntyre KICKS him! Only for Sheamus to get WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus can’t believe McIntyre survived! Sheamus goes out and gets a chair! He returns to the ring, aims at McIntyre, but McIntyre JABS him in the throat! And then McIntyre has the chair, to SMACK Sheamus on the back! McIntyre hauls Sheamus back up, underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK to the chair!! Cover, TWO!!? Sheamus survives that DDT to steel and McIntyre can’t believe it! McIntyre gets up and paces about, but Sheamus crawls with the chair. McIntyre aims from the corner, counts us down, but BANG, chair to the head! BIG KNEE! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus is furious, but he grabs the chair again. He JAMS McIntyre’s ribs with it, then wedges the chair in a corner.
Sheamus catches his breath and steadies himself while McIntyre sputters on the mat. Sheamus hobbles over, drags McIntyre up, and whips him, only for McIntyre to reverse and RAM Sheamus into the corner chair! CLAYMORE!! But Sheamus tumbles out of the ring!! McIntyre goes out to fetch Sheamus to bring him up, but that bad back is making that harder. McIntyre gets Sheamus on the apron and in the ring, then follows after. Sheamus slides right back out, so McIntyre pursues, but Sheamus BROGUES McIntyre!! Sheamus goes to get the steel steps! Sheamus aims, but McIntyre has stairs, too! They COLLIDE with steel!! Both men go down, McIntyre tumbling over barriers!!
The referee checks on McIntyre and Sheamus in turn to see if they’re able to continue. Sheamus doesn’t respond, the ref says this is done!!
Sheamus finally comes to and McIntyre finally sits up, but it’s not clear who won or lost this one! McIntyre tries to get up and walk but he stumbles into ThunderDome screens. Sheamus still struggles to sit up, but it is clear these two warriors have rage to spare. Will this only lead to both of them crashing and burning on the Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles and Omos.
The newest correspondent, Kevin Patrick, asks Styles about the Road to WrestleMania and tensions running high. How- Whoa, whoa. Are we not going to talk about what’s going on with Randy Orton right now? Kevin has much to learn. But Styles will talk about Orton, and The Fiend. The Fiend hasn’t been around because Orton burned him to a crisp! But then what’s happened since? Orton’s been haunted by both The Fiend and “Lil’ Miss Witch,” Alexa Bliss. This is the worst thing that Orton could’ve done! And now they’re tearing him down bit by bit. Orton already hears voices in his head but now there’s like voodoo magic on him? It’s ridiculous!
Styles pretends to be a zombie and Omos laughs, but Orton walks in. Omos steps in the way but Styles has him stand down. Orton might be missing the joke, “but is there something funny about a grown man having his mind messed with?” Well, maybe not funny. But it is weak. Weak? Yeah. Orton says he and Styles meet in the ring and then we’ll see firsthand how “weak” Orton is. Styles says Orton has problems. Does he need bigger problems? If he does, then Styles accepts. Good. The Viper heads off, but will he show the Phenomenal One he still has some venom in his bite?
Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander!
The New Day are circling back after those Raw Tag Team Championships! But will their new gear help them be ready for some Mortal Kombat with the Hurt Business? Or will the Gold Standard melt down Sub-Zero Xavier?
Raw returns and the Hurt Business makes their entrance. The bell rings and Woods circles with Benjamin. They tie up, Benjamin puts Woods in the ropes then shoves him right out! Alexander talks trash while Kofi helps Woods up. Woods goes back in, ties up with Benjamin, but Benjamin shoves him again. Woods fires forearms, Benjamin knees low and whips, but Woods gets around to shove Benjamin for a HEEL KICK! Cover, ONE! Woods headlocks but Benjamin hits a BIG back suplex! Benjamin drags Woods up to scoop and SLAM him! Benjamin drags Woods up again to whip him to a corner hard, then scoops him for another SLAM!
Benjamin talks trash to Kofi but Kofi mockingly applauds the “sick moveset.” Benjamin digs a knee into Woods’ back and wraps on a chinlock. Woods endures, Kofi coaches him, and Woods fights up to throw body shots. Benjamin knee slow, scoops again and SLAMS Woods back down! Benjamin looms over Woods, brings him back up and puts him in a corner. Benjamin whips corner to corner, Woods goes up but gets put on the apron. Woods ROCKS Benjamin back, then steps in, only for Benjamin to throat chop him! And KNEE him in the ropes! Woods flops down, Benjamin drags him by his hair for a cover, TWO! Benjamin smirks as he looms over Woods again.
Benjamin sits Woods up and Alexander tells Benjamin to punish Woods! Woods endures, Kofi coaches him and Woods hits a jawbreaker! Woods throws haymakers and CHOPS, and he backs Benjamin down as he goes faster and faster! Benjamin reverses the whip but Woods slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Benjamin stays up to back suplex but Woods sunset flips, TWO! Woods runs into a BOOT! Alexander says that’s how you do it! Benjamin talks trash to Kofi but Woods catches Benjamin to a cradle, WOODS WINS!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
Kofi rubs Woods’ small package in Benjamin’s face, and now the New Day is rolling into that title match! Will the New Day turn it up to 11 tag title reigns?!
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
Does Retribution’s number game negatively impact his focus? Riddle says Retribution can play all the tricks they want, they won’t break his focus on Slapjack. But Riddle’s main concern is where to park his scooter. Leaving it in the back got him a ticket, but bringing it ringside means it’ll break. What is Riddle to do? Does Melissa have any ideas? Sorry, no. The New Day walk in and Riddle congratulates them on the win! Do they have time for Call of Duty later? Yeah, just as soon as Riddle jacks that slap! Hit him like blackjack, cook him like Easy Mac, and flip him like a flapjack! OOOH~!
Riddle would, but he’s more of a French Toast guy. Riddle hears Reginald makes great French toast. Are the New Day cool if they invite Reggie along? The New Day isn’t sure, but Riddle asks them to watch the scooter. Heck yeah! Get over here! Secret bro handshake! The Bro heads out, Kofi does some bunny hops, but will the United States Champion slap down Slapjack?
Matt Riddle VS Slapjack w/ Retribution!
Raw returns as Retribution make their entrance. Conspicuous by their absence are the towering T-Bar and massive Mace. Mustafa Ali tells Slapjack to rip into Riddle, because he needs Riddle softened up for next week’s United States Championship match! Will Slapjack do Ali’s bidding?
The bell rings. Riddle catches Slapjack for a gut wrench suplex! Slapjack flounders to a corner, Riddle runs in to forearm smash, then go side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Slapjack avoids the kick, and the moonsault, but not the BROTON! PENALTY KICK hits after all! Slapjack bails out and Ali is furious because Slapjack is embarrassing him! Riddle hops onto the apron and says, “Check this out, bro!” But Slapjack hits Riddle’s bare foot! Slapjack trips Riddle then gives him an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Ali shouts orders at Slapjack and he drags Riddle into the ring. Slapjack stomps Riddle to a corner then fires off kicks! Riddle BOOTS back!
Riddle hops up, Slapjack hits the leg, then hits a SUPER SNAP SUPLEX! Then a HALF HATCH FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and ALi shouts at Slapjack to stop playing with him! Slapjack drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off haymakers! Riddle runs but into a BIG dropkick! Cover, TWO! Slapjack stomps Riddle, drags him up, and kicks him, then KICKS him! Then KICKS the leg! Slapjack drags Riddle up to a snap suplex, then Ali tells him to “Shut him down!” Slapjack goes up top as Ali instructs, but Riddle intercepts with a forearm! Riddle climbs up to club away, but Slapjack fights back with elbows and a headbutt! Slapjack leaps, into a POWERBOMB!
Riddle flips Slapjack to a FINAL FLASH!! Cover, but Slapjack is in the ropes! Riddle drags Slapjack over, covers, TWO! Slapjack survives and Ali shouts that Ali deserves to be champion! Ali wants Slapjack to show Riddle he isn’t worthy! Riddle lifts, Slapjack slips out of the bomb and KICKS Riddle down! Cover, TWO!! Ali is furious, Slapjack drags Riddle back up, but Riddle slips out of the “Snap Back” to gator roll and ripcord FINAL FLASH!! Gut wrench and BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Ali is losing his cool at Slapjack losing this match! The Bro is ready, will he be the one shutting down Retribution?
Shane finishes up a phone call backstage.
Pearce then walks in and they talk about the crazy night so far. Between them, is there something Shane wanted to say to Braun? Wow, Shane had no idea everyone was so nosy. Pearce apologizes and says it’s none of his business. Shane thinks that there is something he wants to say to Braun after all. Shane has Pearce go inform Braun to meet him back in the ring, but what is it Shane O’Mac will say to the Monster Among Men?
Raw returns with Shane in the ring.
And as he waits, BRAAAUN makes his return. Braun wants to know what Shane has to say but Shane says he needs a new mic, this one is getting glitchy. Mic check. yes, much better. But Shane is walking around the outside of the ring. Shane says he should get something off his chest and say things face to face. But Shane is slowly backing up. Shane says Braun doesn’t like what’s going on lately and that caused Shane to do some introspection. Did Shane have fun last week? Of course! Shane has fun, relaxes, all in good fun. But Braun should try that, too. Was it at someone else’s expense? Yes, Shane admits to that, but that’s okay. Shane isn’t the only one who thinks like this. There are many people who do! Braun isn’t one of them but that’s okay, too.
Shane sure seems nervous as he tells Braun that there is one thing they need to get done. He just isn’t sure he can talk to Braun about this. Then why did he ask Braun to come out?! Shane says he wants to talk with Braun about other people’s… Well, Shane’s point is that he needs to come to an understanding with Braun. One thing Braun needs to know is… Shane walks back to the ring, takes a few breaths, and Braun gets annoyed. Shane starts walking away as he says he would never, ever make Braun look stupid. Never. But that word “stupid” is an awful word. Braun is pacing and is upset, and frankly, Shane can tell that Braun is upset with him.
Stop playing games, Shane! What’re you doing, trying to puppet him around? Shane would never do that or say that to him, those are disgusting words. Shane would never dare make Braun feel that way. But there are some other words Braun can use, or has perhaps heard. “Stupid is as stupid does.” “You fell out of the stupid tree and hit all the branches on the way down.” Or just plain, “This guy is so darn stupid!” Shane says Braun is like a dinosaur, big body and little brain. BUT, Shane has never or nor would he ever call Braun stupid. Would he, “B-B-B-B-Braun?” Shane runs as Braun loses his cool! Braun has had it with Shane, will he #GetTheseHands on the boss man?
Shane is running and he has his car waiting for him! Braun is a few steps too late and the car peels out of the garage. Will Shane stay away to avoid Braun’s wrath? Wait! Shane didn’t leave in the car! He tricked Braun! And laughs at how “stupid” Braun is.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Naomi & Lana!
After breaking nine tables over nine weeks with the Ravishing Russian’s body, the Irresistible Force felt a whole different kind of karma! And now, the #RavisishingGlow are going to turn it up and take the fight to Nia and the Queen of Spades! Will Lana & Naomi take those titles away from the most intimidating duo in the WWE today?
Raw returns as the champions make their entrance, with Reginald?! The introductions are made, and Nia wants us to hold on so Reggie gets a proper intro. He is a sommelier down on his luck after Carmella fired him and Sasha Banks rejected him. Lucky for Reggie, Nia knows her way around a fine glass of wine. He’s her special guest for this match, and isn’t he so cute? The champions go to the ring, the belts are raised, and teams sort out so that Naomi starts with Nia.
Naomi stomps Nia’s foot and throws forearms! Nia shoves Naomi, Lana tags in, and they both go after Nia! Nia blocks the double whip but they double wrench to DOUBLE KICK! Shayna tags in but Lana is right after her. Shayna powers Lana to an open corner and digs her shoulder in. Shayna grinds Lana’s face with forearms but lets off as the ref counts. Lana headscissors to ax kick, then BULLDOGS! Lana kicks Shayna, tags Naomi, then Naomi drops the SPLIT LEG DROP! Naomi RAMS Shayna into the corner, Lana tags back in, but Shayna WRISTLOCK SUPLEXES Naomi! Lana tilt-o-whirls, Naomi joins in, DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Lana keeps Nia at bay then waistlocks Shayna. Shayna throws Lana off and out of the ring hard, and Nia is there. Shayna goes out, Lana sees she’s cornered, but Naomi warns her to move! Lana does, and Naomi hits a TORNILL PLANCHA! The champs go down, the challengers are fired up, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Lana fires off kicks on Shayna! Lana runs but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Shayna keeps close, and keylocks Lana’s arm. Shayna twists the elbow but Lana fights her way up. Lana hits a jawbreaker and is free, but Shayna just comes back again! Lana throws forearms, reaches for Naomi, but Shayna pushes her away to DECK Naomi! Lana KICKS Shayna, Naomi gets back up, and gets the hot tag! Naomi dropkicks Shayna, Nia tags in but Naomi dodges! REARVIEW for Shayna, then a kick and a springboard ENZIGURI for Nia! Naomi lights Nia up with kicks and another enziguri! Naomi dropkicks the legs out, then SPIKES her with a Rana! Cover, Shayna drags her off!
The ref reprimands Shayna, Naomi elbows her and ROUNDHOUSES Nia! Nia runs in, Naomi sends her into Shayna Naomi runs but Reggie takes a swipe! Lana points that out and Naomi tags her in. Naomi goes out to get Reggie’s hair! Lana ROUNDHOUSES Nia, then baseball slides Reggie! But Nia runs and CLOBBERS them both! Naomi is down, Nia brings Lana up, for the CHOKE BOMB! Cover, Nia & Shayna win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Nia carries Reggie away since he did come in handy. Will he be the insurance plan that keeps the gold with Nia and Shayna all the way through WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
Clearly he didn’t appreciate what AJ Styles has said, but there are rumors of concern for his well-being. Is Orton supposed to understand there are friends in the locker room? To think so many people were concerned for him. It’s surprisingly, really, as no one has ever said it. It’s almost like Styles thinks the Fiend and Alexa are as problematic for him as they are for Orton. But the only thing Styles has to worry about is being in the ring with Orton and being reintroduced to the most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R K O.
Backstage interview with Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke.
As we head closer to WrestleMania, have they considered their chances for a title opportunity? Of course they have. Unlike Charlotte Flair in the ring last week, Mandy and Dana haven’t outright declared anything, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less serious. They’ve both worked their butts off, so they shouldn’t be overlooked as a team or as singles competitors. They’re just as ambitious as any other woman on this roster. Speaking of, Charlotte walks in and says they’re right. Charlotte wants to be challenged and wants to challenge for the title.
But Dana says any one of these three could leave it all in the ring at WrestleMania. Charlotte hopes they do. They have five weeks left, so hopefully their bite is as strong as their bark. The Queen has issued a challenge to those wanting to take her shot at the Raw Women’s Championship away, who will step up to it?
Another backstage interview with AJ Styles & Omos.
Surely they heard Orton’s response from earlier, does Styles regret his comments from before? Styles isn’t sure about regret, but he didn’t expect Orton to challenge him to a match. However, that all just proves Styles right. Orton’s going crazy! Styles isn’t to blame for Orton’s brain getting twisted, that’s on Bray Wyatt. Or is it The Fiend? Or Alexa? Who knows. But taking his frustrations out on Styles isn’t how Orton should handle things. That’ll just hurt Orton in the long run, Orton should focus on The Fiend. So Orton will tie up his problems with a nice bow and a big L O S S, and take that into WrestleMania. What are the voices in Orton’s head saying about that? Styles and Omos chuckle then head to the ring!
AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Randy Orton!
The Phenomenal One VS The Viper is guaranteed WrestleMania worthy, because this happened back at WrestleMania 35! But will history repeat itself in phenomenal fashion? Or will a haunted Orton be an even more dangerous Orton than ever before?
Raw returns and Orton makes his entrance. The bell rings and Orton circles with Styles and they tie right up. Orton puts Styles in a corner, the ref wants him to back off but Orton gets a haymaker in! Orton throws more hands and Styles is reeling! Orton bumps Styles off buckle then drag shim around to STOMP the hand! And again! Styles crawls, Orton brings him up to bump off more buckles. Orton DECKS Styles with a EuroUpper! Styles flounders up, but escapes the RKO and bails out! Orton waits on Styles as the ring count climbs, but then goes out at 4 of 10. Orton stalks Styles but Styles hurries back in. Styles stomps Orton as he returns and goes after the arms.
Styles catches his breath, whips Orton to ropes but Orton reverses to elbow Styles down hard! Omos is upset as Orton wrenches Styles to a wristlock then KICKS Styles in the ribs! Orton scrapes his laces off Styles’ face! Orton glances to Omos before he stomps Styles again. Styles bails out but Orton pursues, and they approach commentary. Omos glares but can only watch as Orton back suplexes Styles on the announce desk! The ref starts a ring count, Orton stares down with Omos, but he brings Styles up to put in the ring. Orton gets up but Styles knock shim off the apron! Styles slingshots to forearm Orton down! The Viper is at Omos’ feet as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Styles is stomping a mudhole into Orton! Styles lets off and brings Orton up to RAM into him over and over! Styles whips corner to corner, runs in but blocks Orton’s boot! Styles puts the leg on the ropes to KICK it, then he stomps Orton down! The ref backs Styles off, he drags Orton by the leg to DDT the foot! Orton hobbles and flounders, Styles gets the leg and wraps it around the rope for a toehold! The ref counts, Styles lets off at 4, to then straddle attack the leg! Omos is smiling now as Styles drags Orton up by his nose. Styles goes after the leg but Orton throws haymakers. Styles ROCKS Orton back, then backs off as the ref checks Orton.
Orton is okay to continue, so Styles brings Orton up, bumps him off buckles and then claws at his face! The ref reprimands and counts, Styles stops, and Orton kicks back! Orton hobbles after Styles but Styles ENZIGURIS! Orton wobbles, falls over, and Styles sneers as he looms over Orton. Styles drags Orton up by his ear, brings him into a chinlock and squeezes tight like a sleeper hold! Orton endures, reaches for ropes but Styles elbows that shoulder. Orton keeps reaching, Styles elbows the shoulder again. Styles brings Orton away from ropes but Orton gets around to get the ropebreak, but just for a second! Styles brings Orton away again, Orton turns red, but Orton powers Styles into a corner!
The ref counts, Styles lets go and Orton elbows him! Orton catches his breath but Styles throws hands. Orton counter punches, backs Styles down with haymakers, then whips. Styles reverses, Orton kicks but that’s blocked! Styles spins Orton but Orton CLOBBERS Styles! Both men are down, stirring, and Styles rolls while Orton rises. Styles runs in into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he gets to his feet. Orton drags Styles up and reels him in, but Styles slips out of the suplex to kick and CHOP! Styles whips, Orton reverses, back2backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles survives, has some blood in the mouth, but Orton is right on him.
Orton punches Styles to the corner, hoists him up top, then throws more haymakers. Orton climbs, glares at Omos and brings Styles up, but Styles fights back! Styles hops down, and trips Orton up! Orton hits buckles on the way down, and Styles slingshots in, but Orton trips that up! Styles falls to the apron and Orton drags him through ropes. But Styles escapes the drape to hook a leg and roll Orton! Orton blocks the Calf Crusher by sitting up, but Styles pulls harder on the leg! Styles completes the CALF CRUSHER!! Orton writhes and endures, reaches out for ropes, but Styles pulls back even harder! Orton moves around, claws over, but Styles drags him away! Orton BOOTS Styles off!
Styles staggers back over, into a EuroUpper! Styles stumbles to the apron, Orton brings him up and in, blows a kiss to Omos before the DRAPING DDT! Styles mocked them, but Orton is hearing those voices in his head! But Omos drags Styles out of the ring to save him! “Oh Randyyy~!” Alexa talks from the titantron! She plays with the jack-in-the-box again and… “Not yet.” Alexa has a box of matches and lights one! She blows it out, and FIRE erupts from the corners!! Orton is startled, and then he spits up the black ink!! Orton doesn’t know what’s going on, but he turns around into a PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
The Viper’s venom is coming back to haunt him, and that costs him against Styles! Orton sputters and Alexa laughs, has the “fun” only just begun?
This was a pretty good Raw, but sure seemed like they had to stretch stuff and throw things out there to fill three hours. For one, the stuff with Shane and Braun. I get that Shane is turning Heel by trolling Braun, who in comparison is turning Face, but while the quick, disingenuous apology was good, and then they tease Shane wanting to say more, it felt so awkward for Shane to ask Braun out to the ring, and then just stretch his subtle insults on Braun. I honestly thought Shane was just delaying so that someone could attack Braun, but then it became just awkward. This is of course leading to Shane VS Braun at Mania, I already feel like Shane gets manhandled the entire time until someone helps him cheat and win.
We got a surprise rematch for Lashley VS Miz, which I guess means the “no more automatic rematches” is no longer a thing, despite how adamant “management” was years ago. Lashley of course wins again, but then we get no celebration from The Hurt Business, which was what was advertised! False advertising, Vince!! Though, I suppose McIntyre couldn’t crash the party when he and Sheamus were beating the hell out of each other. That was a really good match, though they really didn’t get that into the No Disqualification. A kendo stick and a chair were the main two weapons, but that was a very creative end with the steel chair ram’s head collision and a referee stoppage. I am thinking these two battle again at Fastlane, maybe Last Man Standing, winner challenges Lashley at Mania.
Turns out I was right about New Day coming back for the Raw Tag Team Championships. For a moment I thought we were going to get a double header, with Kofi VS Cedric happening right after Woods VS Benjamin. Yes, we did see that before, but that should’ve been a reason to do it again, mostly so Kofi could use “GET OVER HERE!” during the match. Maybe that’ll happen next week in the title match. Riddle VS Slapjack was good and Ali’s rage just keeps indicating that he’s getting kicked out of his own group when he for whatever reason loses against Riddle. Both the tag and US title matches are going to make next week’s Raw pretty big.
Speaking of, a bit surprised we got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships tonight. I thought WWE was building to something big but then the match happened here just because Nia needed to bring Reggie with her. And then Reggie ended up being why the champions won, so between Pearce on NXT last week and Reggie here, the champions are starting to fall apart. Despite what is out there online, I hope NXT’s announcement isn’t that NXT is just getting their own tag titles, even if they have way more women and women tag teams than Raw & SmackDown. But in the end, it might be the only way to again show Vince how it’s done.
Charlotte had a decent promo segment with Dana & Mandy. While Asuka is still shoot getting over the tooth getting kicked out of her mouth, I hope we get a good couple of contenders matches with Mandy, Dana and Charlotte in some combination, maybe even throw Peyton Royce in there somewhere since she can’t tag with Lacey Evans right now. Maybe Fastlane is where THE #1 contender’s match happens, and it’ll surely be Charlotte, so that she and Asuka can battle at Mania as a full rematch from when Charlotte ended Asuka’s undefeated streak. That’d be the best for both of them, and best overall if Asuka won.
Orton VS Styles and everything leading to it tonight was pretty good, too. Styles mocking the supernatural aspects of Orton’s story make me hope Styles ends up being the next target for The Fiend after this story with Orton wraps. And naturally, Alexa is why Orton lost here, with the great tease of the jack-in-the-box and then making Orton spit up the black goo. I almost made a joke about Kane showing up because of the pyro from the posts. I’m very intrigued what the jack-in-the-box itself looks like when it finally pops out. Maybe it’ll be a snake because Orton is the Viper.
My Score: 8.1/10
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