The last Raw before Elimination Chamber throws down the gauntlet!
Before defending his WWE World Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Drew McIntyre and his challengers will run the gauntlet!
- Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business; Riddle & Lucha House Party win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Interview Interception: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Instant Karma: Akira Tozawa VS Bad Bunny w/ Damian Priest; Bunny wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans w/ Ric Flair; No Contest.
- WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber Final Spot: Kofi Kingston VS The Miz; Kofi wins and joins the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Lana w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Shayna wins.
- Gauntlet Match: Sheamus wins and enters the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match last.
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Raw presents an all new Miz TV!
Mr. Money in the Bank and one of the entrants in tonight’s Gauntlet Match heads to the ring, but John Morrison is conspicuous by his absence. Even so, the Hollywood A-Lister welcomes us back to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show in History, and explains that tonight’s guest defends the WWE World Championship inside the Elimination Chamber! Please welcome the Scottish Warrior, Drew McIntyre! The sword plunges in and sets off the fire before McIntyre goes to the ring. Miz says he’ll let him be, even though he has his MITB contract briefcase on-hand. McIntyre joins Miz in the ring for the rest of the pyro to go off, and Miz asks if he can call Drew “Andy.”
Miz apologizes for Morrison’s absence, Morrison is busy making a Bad Bunny diss track. And this Sunday is Elimination Chamber. McIntyre has beaten the lines of Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton, but this time he will face FIVE former WWE Champions, Miz included, all at the same time. Has McIntyre realized, statistically speaking, his Road to WrestleMania could end Sunday? Miz cuts McIntyre off by saying he’d be panicking! How does McIntyre remain focused when two week sago, his best friend, Sheamus, stopped watching his back and stabbed him in the back!
But Sheamus wasn’t really “Andy’s” best friend, he was waiting for a chance to strike. McIntyre let his guard down, and BAM, BROGUE! But #WhySheamusWhy? That is the mystery, solved by Sheamus challenging McIntyre for a title match! The stage was set, McIntyre VS Sheamus for the WWE World Championship, Elimination Chamber PPV! But then management had different plans, didn’t they? McIntyre goes to speak but Miz says he would be SO upset! He’d be FURIOUS! Miz would want to rip someone’s head off! Not only was McIntyre robbed of proving Sheamus wrong for betraying him, but now he has five challengers chomping at the bits-
McIntyre shouts “WOULD YOU SHUT THE HELL UP!?” Miz apologizes to McIntyre, and was simply setting up how tonight’s Gauntlet- McIntyre tells Miz to shut up. If he interrupts again, Miz will regret it. McIntyre is sick and tired- Miz is sick and tired, too! He just th- GLASGOW KISS! And McIntyre TOSSES the MITB briefcase once again! Clearly, the Scottish Warrior is ready to ear people’s heads off, just as Miz said. But is McIntyre going to do that to his five opponents in the gauntlet?
Miz says a little bit of pressure, and we’re seeing McIntyre start to crack. How can you blame “Andy,” though? He has to defeat FIVE top tier superstars just to get to WrestleMania. But y’know who doesn’t have any pressure on him? The Miz. Because The Miz brings the pressure in the form of his MITB contract! And before he was rudely interrupted, he was going to tell “Andy” that there are so many variables that something could go wrong for McIntyre’s reign. But Miz only needs one thing to go right and he will cash in! Understand that just because Miz is saying he’s going to cash in doe snot mean he will! Miz is thinking on a completely different level than anyone can even fathom because he is a master strategist!
Miz wants every single superstar, vying for either World or Universal Championship, to be on notice and hear his footsteps coming! Miz is adding to the pressure and is in control! And when the dust settles, whether the WWE World or Universal Championship, when Miz cashes in, he will be standing THE champion, “content being awesome!” Edge wants to talk high stakes poker? Here’s a move for you: Miz is removing himself FROM the Elimination Chamber match!! What?! So now there is an opening in that match, just six days away?! Who gets in on this huge opportunity Miz is giving the roster?
Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business!
Before being part of the United States Championship Triple Threat with Keith Lee and champion, Bobby Lashley, The Bro and his amigos take on MVP, Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander together! Will Riddle prove to be a problem rolling into the PPV? Will Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado prove they’re worthy of another Raw Tag Team Championship opportunity? Or will Bobby Lashley’s associates make sure he has one less challenger to worry about this Sunday?
Riddle talks with LHP backstage. What better way to ring in his championship opportunity than to stick it to the Hurt Business tonight? But who is your favorite president? Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter? Or Teddy Bro-sevelt, cuz that stache is sweet. Or, Harrison Ford! He saved Chewbacca! Lince and Metalik say all the presidents are #LuchaLit, but it’s time to get it! #LuchaBroParty go to the ring, the teams sort out and the Golden Lynx starts with the Gold Standard. They tie up, Benjamin kicks low then clubs Lince to whip him to ropes. Benjamin runs him over with a shoulder then stomps him around.
Benjamin puts Lince in the corner, stomps away, then tags in Alexander. Alexander throws haymakers while Lashley watches backstage. Alexander brings Lince up to snap suplex hard, then covers. TWO, but Alexander taunts “kitty cat” and stomps him. Alexander brings Lince up to DECK him, then covers, TWO! MVP says Alexander needs to stay on Lince to wear him out. Alexander throws more forearms, wrenches Lince to a hammerlock, and grinds Lince down. Lince fights up to flying-mare, then he runs. Springboard, and Lince clips Alexander to then dropkick him down! Tag to Metalik, and he gets a boots from Lince for the crossbody!
Metalik drags Alexander up, Alexander mule kicks and whips. Metalik springboards to elbow Alexander out! Benjamin runs in but is also sent out! Riddle kicks at Benjamin but Benjamin blocks to trip him up! Lince DIVES but Benjamin catches him to TOSS him! Alexander ROCKS Metalik and the Hurt Business is in charge as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Alexander dropkicks Metalik! Cover, TWO! Alexander keeps on Metalik as he wrenches and hooks him up for a modified cobra twist. Metalik endures, Alexander makes it a cover, TWO! Alexander drags Metalik over, tags in Benjamin, and Benjamin stomps Metalik. Benjamin whips and shoulder tackles Metalik to send him flying! MVP tags in, he covers, TWO! MVP covers again, TWO! Again, TWO! MVP looms over Metalik, steps over the arm and taunts him by having Metalik reach for his corner. MVP jams the arm, drags Metalik up and tags Alexander in., The Hurt Business mugs Metalik, Alexander snapmares and then tags in Benjamin. They mug Metalik, and Benjamin drags Metalik up to put in the corner.
Benjamin fires off hands, tags in MVP and MVP adds on. The ref reprimands, Alexander tags in to fire off, then he tags Benjamin. Benjamin drags Metalik up, snap suplexes, cover, TWO! Benjamin whips Metalik to a corner, runs in but into a boot! Benjamin runs but Metalik dodges and the splash hits buckles! Metalik rolls back to get up and TORNADO DDT! Lince and Riddle fire up, both men crawl, hot tags to Alexander and Riddle! The Bro fires off, spins Alexander around and PELES! Riddle kips up, forearm smashes Alexander then hits MVP! BROSPLODER for Alexander, followed by a BROTON! PENALTY KICK!
Riddle fires up but MVP tags in. Alexander BOOTS Riddle, Riddle DECKS Alexander but MVP CLOBBERS Riddle! MVP hobbles with a bad leg but he DECKS Riddle! MVP runs, is still BALLIN~, and drops the elbow! Cover, but LHP break it up! LHP stomp MVP, Alexander gives Metalik a LUMBAR CHECK! Lince SUPERKICKS Alexander but Benjamin BOOTS Lince! Benjamin reels Lince in, Riddle FINAL FLASH to Benjamin! Riddle has MVP, Lince FLIES and takes out Benjamin! Riddle ripcords to FINAL FLASH MVP! Riddle goes up, FLOTING BRO! Cover, LHP and Riddle win!
Winners: Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party, by pinfall
The bromigos are rolling! But Lashley storms out and CLOBBESR Riddle! Then he mauls Metalik and TOSSES Lince! Lashley picks up Metalik to TOSS him at Lince!! Down goes LHP, and Lashley looms over Riddle. Lashley hurt Keith Lee, and he puts the HURT LOCK on Riddle again! The ref reprimands but Lashley only thrashes Riddle more! Riddle goes limp, Lashley throws him down! Will any of Lashley’s challengers even make it to Sunday?
The Miz complains to Adam Pearce.
His MITB briefcase is all dinged up, and he has a headache from that headbutt! But Miz also wants to thank Pearce for even giving him that opportunity in the Elimination Chamber. Miz understands why: There is no one quite like Miz, the A-Lister! But to be honest, Miz wants to give back. Someone who is deserving should take his spot. A must-see attraction, a young up-and-comer ready to grab the brass ring! The person that should take Miz’s spot is… John Morrison! Well, a compelling argument if nothing else. But Pearce promises to take it unto consideration. They shake on that and Miz leaves. Will things go the way the “master strategist” wants? Or does Pearce already have different plans in mind?
Mandy Rose says hi to Bad Bunny.
She has to say, he did great during the Royal Rumble. And she’s repping the new shirt. Does he have one for her friend, Dana Brooke? Yes, he’ll be sure to get one. Thanks! And good luck on SNL! Mandy heads out, and Damian Priest comes by to tease Bunny. Sarah interviews the two now and asks about the last two weeks. What else can they say? Priest debuted at the Rumble, is now on Raw, and is hanging with his friend and musical hit, Bad Bunny. Wait, what’s going on over there? Akira Tozawa tackles R-Truth and covers him! Tozawa wins the 24/7 Championship!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
But Tozawa realizes who he just bumped into! Priest grins, and SLAMS Tozawa off the road case! Priest tells Bunny to hurry! Really!? Well okay…! Bunny covers, and wins!
Winner: Bad Bunny, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Priest just helped his best bud become a champion! Truth tells #DP and Bunny to take care of his baby! And tell Lorne Michaels to stop blocking Truth’s calls! But will Bunny have this belt all the way to Saturday Night Live?
The New Day find Pearce backstage.
PLEASE tell them he is NOT actually considering Miz’s “offer” a replacement in the Chamber match in the form of his friend, Morrison! Why would they think that? Well, this was before Pearce’s tenure, but Kofi Kingston does happen to be a former W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But no, of course Pearce doesn’t get it, because he can’t even give Xavier Woods the last match of his Retribution series, against Reckoning!! So no way does Pearce understand that Kofi had the world title much more recently than four entrants in the Chamber match! How could you overlook Kofi!?
Bottom line: If Miz is out, Kofi wants in! But the Miz comes by and wants to double check. What were Kofi and Woods talking about? Keep on walking, Miz, Kofi is taking that spot in the match! No, that is Miz’s spot, and there is an understanding here. No there isn’t! Morrison hasn’t even been world champion! Well he is a former ECW Heavyweight Champion of the world! That doesn’t change that Miz shouldn’t be picking! Pearce shouts down the arguing and suggests this: Miz VS Kofi; if Miz wins, Morrison is in, but if Kofi wins, he is in.
Aww snap, here we go again. Kofi’s gotta fight his way into a world title opportunity! But that’s okay, all gravy, all Gucci. Kofi gonna do whatever he has to do to take it back! #KofiMania Part Deux! Well sequels suck! Oh? Miz would know, he’s made The Marine 4, 5, and 6. THOSE ARE CLASSICS! WWE Studio just gives you money, don’t they? Miz don’t need that money! He’s got Miz & Mrs, and Cannonball, and- Well anyway, the spot is on the line, will Miz hand it to his best friend? Or will KofiMania 2 be just as big as the original?
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans w/ Ric Flair!
While the Queen has the personal problem with the Sassy Southern Belle spending time with the Nature Boy, it’s going to be the Empress’ problem on Sunday! Asuka will defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Lacey, but will Charlotte make sure to help soften Lacey up first?
As Lacey, Ric and Peyton make their entrance, Lacey has a mic. “Char, I wanna kindly thank you for getting disqualified last week and ensuring that I get exactly what I rightfully deserve: a chance at the Raw Women’s Championship.” And Lacey has been listening to Ric’s “sweet sweet words,” really taking it all in. Ric thinks Lacey’s ready to be champion! But Char-Char, it was so obvious that she was heartbroken, so Lacey and Pey-Pey have a late Valentine’s Day treat: a SweetHearts candy that says, “Bite me.” There were other ones, but Lacey ate those.
Oh and Asuka! They should’ve gotten her a gift. Because after all, come Sunday, Lacey will get the gift of that gold. And Lacey has wanted that for a long, long, long time! With that, the Nature Boy helps the Lady of WWE and Venus Flytrap to the ring, and we go to break!
Raw returns, Asuka and Peyton start the match and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens. They tie up, Asuka hits a headlock takeover but Peyton headscissors. Asuka kips free, roles reverse but Peyton kips out of the headscissors now. Peyton and Asuka reset, circle, and tie up. Peyton pulls hair to put Asuka in a corner, but she lets off as the ref reprimands. Asuka shoves then elbows then kicks Peyton, but Peyton arm-drags back! Asuka fires up and gets in Peyton’s face, to then speed things up and run Peyton over! Asuka drags Peyton up, wrenches the arm and yanks on it, then tags in Charlotte.
The Queens of Tomorrow hand off the wrench, and Charlotte RAMS Peyton into the other corner! She dares Lacey to tag in but Lacey talks to Peyton about something. Peyton tells Charlotte to back off and deal with her instead. They tie up, Charlotte blocks the takedown to step over and roll Peyton up. Peyton rolls free to throw a forearm! Peyton then dodges Charlotte to throw more forearms and a kick. Peyton runs, into a scoop! Charlotte tells Lacey she’ll kick her ass, then she hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up but Lacey hides behind the post! Tag to Asuka, Asuka and Charlotte KICK and CHOP Peyton on repeat! Peyton drops, Asuka dances at Lacey then looms over Peyton.
Peyton drop toeholds but Asuka stays up to chinbar Peyton! Asuka fires off haymakers and body shots, then whips Peyton. Peyton holds ropes to kick and KICK back! Peyton rains down rights on Asuka, then covers deep, TWO! Peyton says she’s doing this for Lacey, and she drags Asuka up to throw clubbing elbows! Asuka kicks back, Peyton hits her, then bumps Asuka off buckles. Peyton stomps away, the ref counts but Peyton stops to snap suplex! Float to a cover, TWO! Peyton grows annoyed but Charlotte coaches Asuka. Peyton pushes Asuka around, Asuka gets mad, and Asuka blocks a kick to get around and waistlock!
Peyton fights free, runs, but Asuka dodges, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them both down! Lacey and Charlotte coach their partners, but only Charlotte reaches. Hot tag to Charlotte, and she throws Peyton down! Charlotte scoops Peyton to an EXPLODER! Peyton flops out of the ring while Lacey talks trash to Charlotte. Charlotte bounces Peyton off the announce desk! And then puts her back in, and Peyton scrambles away! Peyton tags Lacey and Lacey has no choice but to face “Char-Char!” Charlotte dares Lacey to do something, but Lacey is walking away?! Charlotte wants to give chase but the ref keeps her back.
Lacey gets a mic to say Charlotte is NOT putting her hands on Lacey! Because Lacey is PREGNANT?!?! That surprises Ric, but is this to imply Ric’s having another child?!? WHAT!?! The match is thrown out, but just what in the hell is the Sassy Southern Belle playing at?!
Backstage interview with Sheamus!
The Celtic Warrior will be in the gauntlet match tonight, how would winning tonight help him be the odds on favorite? Well Sheamus shouldn’t even have to fight for the odds. McIntyre agreed to have a match with Sheamus! A fella’s word is his bond! But now things are one-in-six. But what will Sheamus do? WIN! Sheamus will chill in the Chamber and watch the other five “knock the holy hell out of each other.” Then when Sheamus enters, it doesn’t matter who is left standing, they’re going to be ripe for the picking. Sheamus will be fresh as a daisy and Brogue all their heads off. At this stage, McIntyre might already be eliminated, making the victory that much easier. But the outcome would be the same: the NEW WWE World Champion, SHEAMUS!
WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber Final Spot: Kofi Kingston VS The Miz!
Two former world champions compete to see who joins that stacked field in the Elimination Chamber! But will #KofiMania2 be debuting this Sunday? Or will the Hollywood A-Lister be casting the Guru of Greatness for that part?
Raw returns and The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and they tie right up! Miz wrenches to a wristlock, Kofi spins through to wrench back and waistlock. Miz moves around, elbows free then switches. Kofi throws Miz over with a wristlock but Miz tries to fight things off. Miz gets up, pulls Kofi’s hair, but Kofi spins Miz around to waistlock. Miz wrenches free, headlocks, but Kofi powers out. Miz runs Kofi over with a shoulder, things speed up, but Kofi hurdles and hurdles to elbow, into a full nelson! Kofi arm-drags free before the Finale, but Miz gets clear of Trouble in Paradise! These two know each other well!
Kofi and Miz tie up again, Miz puts Kofi in a corner but pie faces as he lets off. Kofi SHOVES Miz down! Miz goes to the ropes for defense, then gets around to SLAP Kofi on the back. Miz waistlocks, Kofi pries free, but Miz kicks low. Miz whips, Kofi boots from the corner, and then ROCKS Miz with a forearm! Kofi goes up top and leaps, and ax handles Miz down! Cover, TWO! Miz bails out, Kofi climbs again, but Miz gets far away! Kofi hops down and pursues, there’s some cat ‘n’ mouse, but Kofi avoids the dropkick to BOOT Miz and PENALTY KICK him from the apron! Kofi then goes up and leaps, SUPER AX HANDLES! Kofi is fired up as he puts Miz in, covers, TWO!
Kofi stalks Miz to ropes, drags him up and whips him, but Miz reverses to kitchen sink knee! Miz catches his breath, glares at Kofi and runs, but Kofi ducks the boot to roll Miz up! TWO, and Kofi mule kicks! Kofi whips, Miz reverses, but Kofi goes up and missile dropkicks hard! Cover, TWO! Miz still lives but Kofi sits him up for another PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Kofi stays close, drags Miz up, but Miz jawbreakers free! Miz whips, Kofi kicks back, and Kofi runs again, but Miz side steps! Kofi rebounds to dropkick Miz again! Miz bails out, Kofi runs in but Miz KICKS him at the ropes!
Miz turns Kofi for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER to the apron! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor! Mr. MITB is in control again as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Miz throws haymakers on Kofi. Miz gives Kofi It Kicks, stomps, and more haymakers! Miz fires up and aims, but Kofi blocks the buzzsaw! Kofi trips Miz, jackknife bridge, TWO! Miz kicks the legs out, to hit the BASEMENT DDT with some force! Cover, TWO!! Miz rains down furious fists on Kofi then paces about. Miz drags Kofi up, throws him out hard, then goes out to bounce him off the announce desk! Miz brings Kofi around, and scoops him to throw him into the barrier! Miz puts Kofi in at the count of 6 out of 10, then climbs up top. Miz leaps to drop his own ax handle! Cover, TWO!
Miz still grins as he watches Kofi. Miz clamps on with a cravat, Kofi endures and fights up, but Miz throws knees. Miz grinds the hold, Kofi throws body shots and snapmares free! Miz staggers to a corner, Kofi runs in and throws hands! Kofi runs but misses and only gets POST! Miz BOOTS Kofi, covers, TWO!! Miz looms over Kofi, dares him to get up, and then DECKS him! Fans give thumbs down but Kofi counter punches Miz! Kofi fires off kicks and fists, runs, but into a kick down low! Miz runs but Kofi gets up to DOUBLE STOMP him down! Both men are down, fans fire up on their screens and the two start to rise.
Miz goes to a corner, runs at Kofi but Kofi rallies with CHOPS! Dropkick! Kofi runs, leaping lariat! Kofi fires up, runs, and hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi claps from the corner as he aims at Miz. Miz stands, Kofi spins, but Miz ducks Trouble to roll Kofi up! TWO, Miz runs back in, into SOS! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but Kofi keeps his focus. Miz goes to a corner, Kofi runs in but Miz dodges. Kofi goes up, and up and CROSSBODIES! But Miz rolls through to cover, TWO!! Kofi slips out, swings but Miz catches the leg! Miz wraps the leg on ropes then HOTSHOTS it! Kofi falls into the ring and clutches his knee while the ref reprimands Miz.
Miz drags Kofi by the leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Kofi endures, flails, keeps his shoulders up, but Miz adds pressure! Kofi drags himself and Miz over to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Miz lets go at 4, but he scowls as he drags Kofi back up. Miz has the full nelson but Kofi victory rolls through! Cover, TWO! Miz swings into TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall (enters the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match)
Is it happening?! Is #KofiMania2 building up?! But there’s no time to rest, Kofi will now be part of tonight’s Gauntlet Match! Can Kofi survive that to have the best odds in the Chamber match?
Backstage interview with Lana and Naomi!
The #RavishingGlow swept Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler last week! They say Nia and Shayna think they’re the best of all time, but Lana just wants to be her best. Maybe luck helped Lana put Nia through a table, but Lana gave it her all. Lana tries to reach her full potential each week, and winning is just the cherry on top. Plus, Naomi is Lana’s lucky charm, who also keeps her on track, in check, and checks in on her as a friend. Naomi says that after everything Nia put Lana through, Nia deserved to go through that table, and a whole lot more! Lana whole heartedly agrees. Get it? But tonight, they’ll be ravishing, bring the glow, and bring it to the Queen of Spades! Will Lana and Naomi get one more point on the scoreboard before going for gold?
Randy Orton speaks.
“After last week, thanks to Sheamus, the business between Drew McIntyre and myself remains unfinished. But that’s okay. That’s okay, because tonight, I am going to win the Gauntlet match and become the final entrant at the Elimination Chamber.” Orton has proven that time and time again, he will do what it takes to get what he wants. The Gauntlet is a daunting task for anyone not named Randy Orton. Orton would walk to the edge of the earth and back! Look at what he did to The Fiend! The Fiend was a problem but Orton lit him on fire and is no more!
But now Orton’s sights are set on something else: the WWE World Championship, and main-eventing WrestleMania! As far as Orton is concerned, tonight or Sunday, Orton will not be in the ring with five opponents, but five victims. Victims of the three most deadly letters in sports entertainment: R, K- Um, wait. Is that the Firefly Fun House? And Alexa Bliss is meditating inside? She’s remembering exactly what Orton is talking about: The Fiend being set on fire. Alexa opens her eyes and they’re stark white. “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” In the fire, The Fiend was destroyed. But in the future, he will be reborn!
Alexa sits inside a pentagram, and the candles go out, to be replaced by red light! Alexa laughs, but what does this mean!?
Lana w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Lana looks to continue the payback on the bullies of Raw, but will the Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force stop her momentum already?
Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance with Nia. The bell rings and Shayna circles with Lana. They tie up, Shayna gets a waistlock and slams Lana down. Shayna shifts around and gets the arm to twist the wrist. Nia mocks Lana’s pain already as Shayna stands on and YANKS the arm! Lana tries to fight with the good arm but Shayna drags her down to get a leg. Shayna pulls the leg back while digging a knee and forearm into Lana’s head. Lana endures, Shayna lets her go to stomp her down! Shayna drags Lana back up to throw elbows, but Lana SLAPS Shayna! Naomi likes that, but then Shayna CLOBBERS Lana! Cover, ONE!
Shayna drags Lana around to throw more elbows, then she ties up the legs to wrench the neck. Lana endures, pulls on Shayna’s fingers and fights her way up. Shayna kicks Lana’s leg, shifts her around, but Lana cradle counters the suplex! TWO, and Lana roundhouses! Shayna blocks and throws Lana down, and Lana checks her nose. Naomi coaches Lana up, Shayna runs in but Lana dodges the knee! Shayna holds off the roll up and drags Lana up by her hair, but Lana drop toeholds Shayna into buckles! Lana hurries up, Shayna runs but into an ax kick! Lana runs but the bulldog is denied and Shayna TOSSES Lana into a corner!
Shayna puts Lana up top, Nia wants her to finish this. Shayna climbs up, but Lana resists the gut wrench! Lana pulls fingers then throws forearms! Shayna falls down, Lana adjusts, and Lana LEAPS for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lana keeps on Shayna but Shayna pushes free. Lana ROUNDHOUSES, Shayna ROUNDHOUSES, and both women are down! Naomi fires up but Nia runs over! Naomi throws hands but Nia RAMS Naomi into the apron then into the barriers! Nia wants Naomi to pay for those jokes, but Naomi slips out of the scoop and dropkicks Nia into the post! Shayna grabs at Naomi but Lana roll Shayna up! TWO, and Shayna KNEES Lana down! Cover, TWO!!
Shayna grabs Lana for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Lana is caught, she taps out, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
The Queen of Spades makes the Ravishing Russian suffer before letting go! Will Shayna and Nia make Naomi and Lana suffer for putting them through a whole lot of grief?
Braun Strowman finds Adam Pearce backstage.
The Monster Among Men is seething and asks why he’s not in the Elimination Chamber match. Pearce says he has no time to talk but Braun asks who he does have to talk to. Shane McMahon is making it seem like Pearce was the one behind all of this, so does Pearce think it’s funny to snub Braun? Does Pearce remember what happened the last time he pissed Braun off? Of course he does and he doesn’t want a repeat. But the Chamber had to have a sixth man and it had to be a former world champion. Well, Braun’s a former Universal Champion, so what the hell?
Pearce understands, point taken, but it isn’t the same. Pearce doesn’t want to be the one to tell him but he is. Well since Pearce is a messenger, send this to Shane: Shane needs to make this right. If Shane doesn’t, Braun promises it’s not going to be pretty. What will Braun do to #GetTheseHands on an opportunity?
A colossal match for a huge opportunity is about to begin, and the first one out is the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And with the massive Omos in his corner, will Styles have a huge advantage securing that precious final entry?
Raw returns and Styles has the mic. “What were we just talking about? Kofi Kingston! Are you kidding me? Is he trying to recreate KofiMania? Or is he trying to create KofiMania 2! Because somehow, someway,” Kofi found- er, no, fought his way into this match. He did beat The Miz. But it’s almost like it’s destiny! Except it isn’t because Styles is going to destroy all of Kofi’s hopes and dreams and fantasies of ever becoming world champion again! It’s just what Styles does! But let’s be positive about this experience. Styles considers this a warm-up, it sharpens his senses and somehow makes him even more… Phenomenal! Exactly, Omos! They’re like PB&J! Grits and M&M’s. Just try it, trust him.
But Styles promises to mow through everyone tonight, and ride that momentum all the way to the title! Because Joseph Parks did some number crunching, and statistically, Styles can’t lose! Styles will be champion, it’s a fact! Not just a fact, not just good, it’s… PHENOMENAL~! They did it again! They’re so synched up! But wait, Styles’ opponent to start IS Kofi Kingston!! Will Kofi prove he is the Iron-Man of Raw and not just beat Miz but five other men in one night?
AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!
The bell rings, the two circle, and Kofi is wary of Omos. Styles gets a leg, Kofi clubs away on him, but Styles puts Kofi in a corner. Kofi knees back and Styles staggers away. Styles hits back from the corner, bumps Kofi off buckles, then throws haymakers. Styles lets off as the ref reprimands, and Styles whips Kofi corner to corner! Styles runs in, Kofi dodges and Styles hits buckles! Kofi mule kicks, throws haymakers, then ROCKS Styles to a corner. Kofi stomps Styles, headbutts him, and then runs back in to BOOT Styles down! Kofi snapmares Styles to a cover, ONE! Kofi keeps on Styles but Styles throat chops!
Styles throws hands, back suplexes high and hard, then paces. Styles drags Kofi up, whips him to the apron, but Kofi hangs on. Kofi shoulders but into Styles’ grip! Styles KICKS Kofi’s sore leg but Kofi ROCKS Styles back! Styles runs in but Kofi dumps him out! Kofi gets up, tells Omos to get his “big ass” out of the way, and then Kofi springboards to TRUST FALL! Down goes Styles, Woods hops up on the announce desk to play his trombone, but Omos choke grips Woods!! Omos holds Woods up with one hand!! Omos is just playing with Woods until he CHOKE SLAMS Woods over the barriers!
Kofi runs out to get in Omos’ face about that but Omos warns him he’ll squash Kofi if he doesn’t back off. The ref EJECTS Omos! Omos just ruined the point of him being out there for Styles, but what about Woods? Styles lets the ref be busy with Omos as he CHOP BLOCKS Kofi!! Does Style still have a phenomenal advantage in this match? Kofi writhes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Styles is wrenching Kofi’s bad leg! Styles stomps and yanks on the leg but Kofi fights with his good leg! Kofi reaches up to headscissor but Styles counters to a Half Crab! Styles sits deep, but Kofi drags himself over. Kofi slips through, gets Styles in a cradle, TWO! Styles KICKS the bad leg and Kofi falls over! Styles aims at Kofi, but swings into SOS!! But Kofi can’t cover from the bad leg holding him back! Kofi hobbles up, runs at Styles but Styles CHOP BLOCKS the leg out from the front! Kofi clutches his knee all over again as Styles storms over. Styles drags Kofi up and puts Kofi in a corner, then KICKS the leg!
Styles hoists Kofi up top, climbs up to join him, but Kofi fights back with body shots! Kofi GOURD BUSTERS Styles to the mat! Kofi adjusts, Styles gets right up, Kofi SPLASHES Styles back down! Kofi crawls to the cover, TWO!! Styles survives, partially from Kofi’s bad leg bothering him again. Kofi tries to walk it off and he rallies with CHOPS! Kofi can’t run, and his dropkick is caught, to a LEG DDT! Styles goes to the apron, he aims at Kofi and prepares his arm, to springboard and PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles ELIMINATES Kofi!! But look who is next!
AJ Styles VS Drew McIntyre!
The Scottish Warrior is still seething from Miz TV earlier tonight, and now he could make sure one of his biggest threats isn’t in any shape for Sunday! The ref gives the green light and McIntyre runs Styles over! McIntyre bumps Styles off buckles, CHOPS him down, then drags him back up. McIntyre TOSSES Styles corner to corner! Styles stirs, McIntyre drags him back up, and dead lifts him to hang him out to dry on the ropes! Styles goes to the apron, McIntyre BOOTS him down! McIntyre watches Styles sit up in a daze, then BOOTS him again! Styles is a rag doll on the apron as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and McIntyre DECKS Styles in a corner! The ref counts, McIntyre brings Styles out of the corner to DECK him again! McIntyre storms over, Styles drop toeholds McIntyre into the corner! Styles fires off Kicks and CHOPS, then whips, but McIntyre reverses to send Styles into buckles hard! Cover, ROPEBREAK! McIntyre stomps Styles’ hand! And then stomps Styles’ head! Styles bails out, McIntyre pursues but Styles ROCKS him with a haymaker! Styles whips, McIntyre reverses and sends Styles into the steel steps! Styles tumbles over, McIntyre fetches him back into the ring and stalks him to a corner.
McIntyre scoops Styles and hits a BACKBREAKER, but holds on to shift to a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! McIntyre clamps onto Styles to grind him down with a chinbar and armlock. Styles endures, fights up, and gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, McIntyre lets Styles go to stomp him again. McIntyre drags Styles up but Styles throat chops him! Styles CHOPS and throws hands, then puts McIntyre in a corner to ram his shoulder in. The ref counts, Styles whips but McIntyre reverses to hit a back elbow! McIntyre brings Styles up in the inverted Alabama, for the INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM!
McIntyre just glares at Styles as he aims from a corner. Styles slowly stirs and slowly rises, McIntyre runs but into a dropkick! McIntyre staggers, Styles hurries and runs to dropkick McIntyre out of the ring! Styles slingshots to FOREARM McIntyre down! The ref checks on both men, they’re okay to continue, so a ring count begins. Styles stands at 3, hobbles in, but McIntyre gets up at 5. Styles aims again, goes to the apron, and SLIDING KNEES McIntyre down! The ref reprimands while Styles looks down on McIntyre and the ring count begins again. Styles lines up another shot, and FOREARMS McIntyre into the post! McIntyre is down again as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Styles has McIntyre in a chinlock. McIntyre fights up as fans clap on their screens, but Styles throws McIntyre down hard! Styles grinds McIntyre but McIntyre endures and fights up again. McIntyre throws body shots, then CHOPS Styles down! And then rallies with LARIATS! Styles goes to a corner, McIntyre whips him corner to corner, runs in to splash then OVERHEAD SUPLEX Styles away! McIntyre gets up to bring Styles down with a neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up and fires up! He goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps, into an ENZIGURI! Styles takes McIntyre out of the air and both men are down!
McIntyre and Styles slowly stir as fans go nuts on their ThunderDome screens. Styles and McIntyre sit up, but Styles PELES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Styles is too sore to be frustrated, but he gets up to hobble over to McIntyre. Styles drags McIntyre up to reel him in, but McIntyre back drops out of the Clash! McIntyre hobbles after Styles, CHOPS him in the corner, then whips him to ropes. Styles tilt-o-whirls through and wants the leg! He drags McIntyre down, McIntyre resists but Styles has the CALF CRUSHER!! McIntyre shouts in pain, endures but Styles keeps pulling back! McIntyre reaches back and HEADBUTTS Styles off the hold!
Styles flounders while McIntyre slowly rises. Styles goes to the apron and aims as McIntyre struggles to stand. Styles springboards but McIntyre gets under! Styles comes back but is thrown into ropes! McIntyre runs and CLAYMORES!! Covers, McIntyre ELIMINATES Styles! But now the Charismatic Enigma is here!
Drew McIntyre VS Jeff Hardy!
Hardy gets the fans fired up and he rushes McIntyre! The ref backs him off, but then lets them go. Hardy haymakers, kicks, runs and clobbers McIntyre! McIntyre gets up, Hardy reels him in but McIntyre scoops. Hardy slips off, waistlocks but McIntyre switches to shove. Hardy elbows McIntyre away, goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! It just gets McIntyre, and Hardy covers, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this but Hardy isn’t frustrated just yet. Hardy gets moving, and he basement dropkicks McIntyre out of the ring. Hardy then swings to WRECK McIntyre with another dropkick! Hardy goes to the apron and LEAPS to clothesline McIntyre down! McIntyre is down again as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns yet again as Hardy keeps on McIntyre with buckle bumps. Hardy has three corners, then the full set of four! McIntyre shoves Hardy away but Hardy hits the spinning back kick! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps cool as he stomps McIntyre down. Hardy stomps McIntyre to the apron but the ref has him back off. McIntyre stands, Hardy hits him with haymakers, then a hotshot! McIntyre flops back into the ring but Hardy brings McIntyre up to jaw- NO! McIntyre knees Hardy then runs him over with short clotheslines! McIntyre whips, and SNAP OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Both men rise slowly, and McIntyre gets Hardy for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX!
McIntyre glares as Hardy rises. McIntyre hits another leaping neckbreaker and another kip up! McIntyre fires up through the pain and he waits for Hardy to rise. Hardy sits up, McIntyre brings him the rest of the way, but Hardy trips McIntyre up! Leg splitting leg drop then basement dropkick! SPLASH, cover, TWO! Hardy gets back up and fires up as McIntyre slowly stands again. Hardy kicks low but No Twist! McIntyre kicks to FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and McIntyre is beside himself! Hardy flounders up but right out of the ring! McIntyre pursues, fetches Hardy, and suplexes him hard to the floor!
The ref’s ring count is at 5 of 10, McIntyre hauls Hardy back up and in. McIntyre covers, TWO! McIntyre is starting to grow a bit frustrated, maybe a bit desperate. Hardy drags himself away, McIntyre storms over to the corner and he drags Hardy back up. McIntyre bumps Hardy off buckles then hoists him up top. McIntyre CHOPS Hardy, climbs up to join him, but Hardy hits back with body shots! McIntyre throws hands back and they brawl up top! McIntyre headbutts then clubs Hardy, to bring him up for an Orton-esque SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and McIntyre grits his teeth in frustration!
McIntyre goes to a corner, watches Hardy stir, and takes aim as Hardy stands. Hardy turns around and ducks the Claymore! TWIST OF FATE!! Hardy throws off the jacket and heads up top! SWANTON BOMB onto knees!! McIntyre saves himself, takes aim again, and as Hardy stands up, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Hardy! We’re now halfway through the Gauntlet, and McIntyre’s next opponent is… RANDY ORTON!! What horrible timing for the “Unfinished Business” to come back around!
Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!
The Viper takes his time slithering to the ring, and he stares McIntyre down the entire time! We see if this unfinished business will finally be settled, after the break!
Raw returns once again, and the two start throwing hands! Orton kicks low, throws McIntyre out then pursues. McIntyre kicks back, goes to bump Orton off steps but Orton blocks, kicks and gives that bump instead! Orton whips but McIntyre reverses to send Orton into barriers! And then the lights start changing… The screens play Alexa Bliss laughing! She’s haunting Orton with her words! The ring count is climbing and Orton isn’t hearing it! Orton gets COUNTED OUT AND ELIMINATED!! Orton runs in to argue this, but gets a CLAYMORE! Well, finished or not, business must move on to the last man!
Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus!
But he attacks from the opposite end! Sheamus throws McIntyre out then throws him around into barriers! And more barriers! And still more barriers! Sheamus sends McIntyre over the barriers and pursues to throw hands! Then he throws McIntyre back over! Sheamus POSTS McIntyre! The Celtic Warrior drags the Scottish Warrior up and in to then stomp away at the ropes! The ref counts and backs Sheamus off and fans give thumbs down on their screens. The ref checks on McIntyre but Sheamus knows McIntyre won’t give up because of this. McIntyre does exactly that and demands that this still happen! McIntyre gets up, Sheamus runs in and fires off hands!
Sheamus stomps McIntyre, drags him up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus stomps McIntyre, drops knee son him, then digs his knee into McIntyre’s head! He finally lets off and McIntyre is clutching his jaw. Sheamus stands on McIntyre’s head at the ropes! The ref counts, Sheamus steps off to then whip McIntyre corner to corner hard! Cover, TWO! Sheamus doesn’t let up, and he clubs away on McIntyre’s chest! Sheamus shifts to an armlock and he digs a knee into McIntyre’s head. Sheamus taunts the champ but McIntyre fights up. McIntyre throws body shots, whips him to a corner but Sheamus reverses. McIntyre goes up but gets caught! Sheamus hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus looms over McIntyre, kicks him while he’s down, and taunts him to get up. McIntyre CHOPS and CHOPS, but Sheamus gives the CHOPS back. McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS! Sheamus runs in, but into a FUTURE SHOCK!! But McIntyre is too tired! He can’t cover and both he and Sheamus are down! McIntyre and Sheamus slowly rise, but Sheamus is up first. Sheamus runs but is put on the apron! McIntyre DECKS Sheamus with a forearm! McIntyre goes out after Sheamus to POST him in return! And then POST him again! McIntyre puts Sheamus back in the ring, drags himself in, but Sheamus KICKS McIntyre in the ropes!
Sheamus whips, McIntyre reverses and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Somehow McIntyre still has the power to do that! Sheamus gets up, into another clinch, but he fights off the overhead throw. McIntyre staggers, Sheamus runs in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down again but McIntyre gets up to a corner. McIntyre dares Sheamus to stand, runs in, but Sheamus dodges to BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (will enter the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match last)
The Fella foretold his future and made it come true! Sheamus grabs a mic to shout, “I did it! I just beat Drew McIntyre! I just beat the WWE Champion!” And that makes Sheamus the final entrant into this Sunday’s chamber match! That makes Sheamus the odds on favorite! McIntyre can’t beat Sheamus, never will, and this won’t be a fluke when Sheamus becomes the NEW WWE Champion!! Will the rest of the prophecy come true as Sheamus gets to sit back, relax, and watch the other five superstars demolish each other?
A strong episode from Raw, go-home or otherwise, but a lot of that goes to the world title story and the Gauntlet Match. Miz TV was a very effective segment this week, with Miz pissing McIntyre off to no end and paying for it with that headbutt from McIntyre. I thought it very clever of Raw to have The Miz essentially make an emotional decision but play it off like it was logical. Miz does have a good point, though, with how it’s easier for him to cash in with the MITB contract if he isn’t worn out from the Chamber match. And it’s his emotional response to Edge getting in his face last week, so it makes sense if we’re going to get a Miz VS Edge story after Mania. Miz might even cash in on Edge, as an attempt to be better than Edge.
And the continuation of the story, with Kofi wanting in on the open spot was a good move. Kofi is a former WWE World Champion, he should’ve been considered in the first place (in kayfabe), and that match with The Miz was incredible! Kofi wins, he’s back in, but I am really surprised Retribution didn’t even try and mess with him with an entrance fake out. Maybe this can be used to add fuel to the fire and Mustafa Ali goes after Kofi the second he’s outside the chamber. Kofi VS Styles was a great start to the Gauntlet, especially with the moment Omos and Woods had. Maybe Omos’ in-ring debut will now be against the New Day?
McIntyre had a great performance tonight through the Gauntlet, but it was mostly with Styles, Hardy and Sheamus. I do appreciate that Orton’s story with The Fiend and Alexa is why he didn’t even last that long in the Gauntlet, but it was also a little disappointing that it was just a bunch of screens and audio. Orton should’ve at least gotten in the ring to take that Claymore and then be pinned. Sheamus winning the Gauntlet works towards the story he put forward with sitting in the pod and waiting the match out while McIntyre and the other four fight it out. At this point, McIntyre really should be in the match until Sheamus enters, it’s for the story of McIntyre getting back at him, and then we can go either way with it, for the proper 1v1 match at Fastlane.
Riddle & LHP VS Hurt Business had a good Six Man Tag, and from the sound of things, Keith Lee might still not be cleared for Chamber. They’re at least playing it up in kayfabe to cover up that it’s COVID concerns. Lashley still stands tall today, so going by usual go-home math, this has to mean someone else has the US Championship after Elimination Chamber. And of course the 24/7 Championship ends up the celebrity title again as Priest helps Bad Bunny. This will surely bring things to Saturday Night Live for the first time ever, and I am not going to watch that entire show, I’ll wait for WWE or NBC to upload a YouTube video.
The better Women’s Division story tonight was surprisingly the one with Lana in it. She and Naomi have a good interview segment, which logically makes fun of the “MY HOLE!” moment from last week, and they have great stuff with Shayna and Nia in the ring. Now, there is no WWE Women’s Tag title match for Elimination Chamber, but if you factor in NXT TakeOver just determining their own contenders to the titles, what if Fastlane gave us Jax & Baszler VS #RavishingGlow, winners go on to WrestleMania to defend against Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez? I think that’d be the best way to integrate both brands and the stories, as the WWE should be doing.
The rough part of tonight was everything with Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans. For one, Asuka and the Raw Women’s Championship were merely going to be vehicles for telling the story with Charlotte, Lacey and Ric. And now, Lacey Evans is shoot pregnant with her shoot husband, not the Nature Boy, things must change last minute. Congratulations to Lacey but it being worked into the story is just cringe worthy. Chances are a paternity test will also be used to work-shoot the fact it isn’t Ric’s child, letting Ric off the hook and putting heat on Lacey, and then Lacey just goes on maternity leave. Ric could probably become Peyton’s manager just so there’s a reason to keep on the tension between Ric and Charlotte.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.
Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
- Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
- The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
- Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
- Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
- Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼
We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!
Chris Bey vs Jake Something
Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.
We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move. There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.
Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.
Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.
.@ScottDAmore just made it official!
"You win, you stay! You lose don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!"
Honor No More VS IMPACT WRESTLING at No Surrender! pic.twitter.com/6q7v4lfGso
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration
This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.
Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.
The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.
Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.
AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.
Something says that did not go the way @The_Ace_Austin planned…@gailkimITSME loved the idea of @FultonWorld/@The_Ace_Austin/@SpeedballBailey & @JakeSomething_ vs The Bullet Club and made it official for next week on #IMPACTonAXSTV!#IMPACTWRESTLING pic.twitter.com/nxZ5Eu9N3x
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.
We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.
Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree
Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.
Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.
Johnny Swinger vs Jonah
Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.
Chris Sabin vs PCO
Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.
Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.
PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.
Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!
Overall Score: 7/10
They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.
Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.
Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)
Grudge match after grudge match!
Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?
Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
- Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!
Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?
The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!
But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.
Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!
They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!
Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!
Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!
Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!
Winners: Die Familie, by submission
Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?
NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.
The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.
Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.
Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?
Amale VS Jinny!
Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?
The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!
Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!
Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!
Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?
To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?
NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.
The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.
Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?
NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!
Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!
Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!
Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!
Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!
Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!
Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!
Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.
Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!
Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!
Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!
Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!
Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)
The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?
What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.
We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.
Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.
Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.
My Score: 8.8/10
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