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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/22/21)

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Coverage Raw 2021

The Raw after the Elimination Chamber has much to sort out!

The Hollywood A-Lister cashed in with help from The Hurt Business, but will he owe them a debt? Will Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka, react to recent developments?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS John Morrison; Riddle wins.
  • The New Day VS Retribution; The New Day wins.
  • Tornado Tag: Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins.
  • Damian Priest w/ Bad Bunny VS Angel Garza; Priest wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hit the Lights: Bad Bunny w/ Damian Priest VS Akira Tozawa, Humberto Carrillo & Drew Gulak; Bunny retains the title.
  • Asuka & Charlotte Flair VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins.
  • Naomi & Lana VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose; Naomi & Lana win.
  • AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Ricochet; Styles wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins and keeps Strowman out of next week’s WWE World Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

John Morrison is already in the ring!

“Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you to the NEW WWE Champion, THEEEE MIIIIIZ~!” And here comes the Hollywood A-Lister and once again WWE World Champion, with the upside-down WWE logo to represent himself. And he gets a championship level bit of pyro, too! The Miz joins Morrison as the chairs are set out and the balloons are here for the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, MizTV, “Champion’s Edition!” How do you like Miz now? Sixteen YEARS ago, Miz first stepped inside the WWE ring, and all of the fans and the wrestlers said he’d be fired within three months! But now, eh stands here before us on the flagship, Monday Night Raw, as THE WWE World Champion!!

“All the top superstars of my generation have come and gone, and here I am, still standing!” Miz has taken them all out! The Batistas, the Cenas, the list goes on and on! You name ’em, they just don’t measure up! Triple H, Big Show, Bobby Lashley, Daniel Bryan and even EDGE! All those titans don’t match up to Miz’s longevity and star power! And if this were poker, here’s his Royal Flush! Miz called his shot, like the Babe Ruth of the WWE! And it feels so good! He wasn’t being sneaky, he told everyone that he was going to cash in and beat McIntyre, and that is exactly what he did! Everyone thought they knew what would happen on the Road to WrestleMania, but Miz created a detour!

Miz is main event caliber, his career reads as a Jeopardy clue! “He is the only two-time Grand Slam Champion in the history of this business!” Who is The Miz? CORRECT! Miz has held every single major title there is to have multiple times! Miz holds this title in front of us because he deserves it. He didn’t ask for our respect, he demanded it! But then he’s interrupted by the man who helped him, it’s BOBBY LASHLEY! He and MVP head to the ring, but Miz and Morrison don’t look worried.

Lashley and MVP get mics as they stand face to face with Miz and MVP says on behalf of the Hurt Business, he congratulates Miz on the new reign. And what an impressive list of accomplishments! But uh, he omitted the part where Lashley wrecked and destroyed McIntyre, allowing Miz to cash in the MITB contract to become champion. Miz says he was getting there. Miz wants to thank MVP and Lashley for last night, too. Miz and Morrison are going to celebrate, these two can have a wonderful night. Oh no, Miz, this business meeting is not done. How about we reveal the deal that was struck? Morrison cost Lashley his belt, and now Miz owes Lashley. Lashley helped Miz, Lashley gets a title opportunity. Lashley says Miz owes them a debt, the Hurt Business is here to collect.

Miz acknowledges the deal but there was no agreement on when. Miz has media to do, there’s Fastlane and WrestleMania, his own reality TV series. There’s a lot that Lashley might not understand, but there’s just no time. No time? When Miz listed those “titans” that didn’t measure up, he had time to mention Lashley then. Lashley doesn’t measure up? That was out of context!

Lashley shuts Miz up and says they made a deal. Miz has ONE HOUR to come to his senses and give Lashley what he wants. If Miz makes the wrong decision, he’ll be in a new reality series called “How Lashley Sent Me to the ER!” Lashley is going to take that title in a painful, merciless and awesome beating! Lashley then smooths out Miz’s suit for him, and lets the clock start ticking. Will Miz make sure to do the right thing by the Rocky Mountain Machine tonight?

 

Lucha House Party find Matt Riddle

They congratulate the Bro on winning and he thanks them back. This was cuz they had his back. Riddle finally got his win in the WarZone. He got stuck in the gulag, then busted out. No not the game! They’re talking about the US Championship! True, true. Riddle likes the eagle on this. He’ll name him, “Travis,” in honor of his friend who was a huge metal had. But hey, what’s he doing here if he has a match up next? Riddle has his stallion at the ready! High-ho, Razor scooter, AWAAAY~! But will the Bro be ready for JoMo in the ThunderDo…me?

 

Matt Riddle VS John Morrison!

Was the Guru of Greatness the only reason Riddle took the title from the Chief Hurt Officer? Or was it just finally the Bro’s time? Whatever it was, Riddle and Morrison now go 1v1 on the Road to WrestleMania! Can Morrison get in the Fastlane and take Riddle’s golden ticket away from him?

The bell rings and Riddle circles with Morrison. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Morrison down, then drags him to an armbar! Morrison rolls it to a cover, TWO! Riddle and Morrison reset, tie up, and Riddle gets to a waistlock again. Morrison elbows out, runs but slides under the boot to kick and calf kick! Morrison hits a standing shooting star, into a triangle! Morrison gets the ropebreak, Riddle lets off fast, and the two reset again. Riddle and Morrison circle, Morrison bobs ‘n’ weaves to ROCK Riddle, but Riddle stays up to block the kick. Morrison kicks, Riddle ducks, Morrison fakes Riddle out but Riddle still gets an ankle kick!

Morrison rolls to throw Riddle off, then gets his own ankle lock, but Riddle rolls to throw Morrison down. Morrison avoids the Penalty Kick, gives an Eddy Gordo, then is right on Riddle, only for Riddle to SNAP GUT WRENCH! Cover, TWO! Riddle grows annoyed, but he storms up to Morrison for forearms. Morrison forearms back and they brawl! The hits are hard, Morrison mule kicks but Riddle blocks the roundhouse. Riddle throws body shots, Morrison pokes him in the eye! Morrison rolls Riddle to a takedown, then shifts to a dragon sleeper. Riddle moves around but Morrison just uses that to bend him back!

Riddle fights up, Morrison inverted suplexes Riddle to the apron and then ROUNDHOUSES him down! Morrison TORNILLO PLANCHAS! But Morrison clutches his leg, that may have been a bit double-edged! The ref starts a ring count, both men get up and Morrison puts Riddle in the drop zone! Morrison gets in but Riddle gets away, so Morrison stalks him. Morrison runs at ropes but into a HEADSCISSOR! They end up on the apron,. Morrison ROUNDHOUSES Riddle again! Morrison gets up but Riddle CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And KICKS! Morrison mule kicks again, but kicks into a FISHERMAN BUSTER TO THE APRON!! The Bro is fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Riddle is raining down rights on Morrison! Riddle drops a BROTON onto knees! Morrison fireman’s carries Riddle and shifts around for a ROLLING ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Riddle lives but Morrison wraps on with a chinlock! Morrison grinds Riddle to the mat, has an arm trapped for a pseudo straitjacket, but Riddle fights up and fights back. Morrison RAMS Riddle into a corner, fires off forearms, then lets off as the ref counts. Riddle hits back, backs Morrison down but Morrison shoves him. Riddle spins Morrison around to PELE! Riddle kips up, runs in and forearm smashes! Then side to side for another! Riddle hits a BROSPLODER!

Riddle runs, Morrison avoids the PK and the moonsault, but Riddle follows to the apron for another PENALTY KICK! SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Riddle puts Morrison in, gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Morrison escapes but Riddle keeps his cool. Riddle drags Morrison up, gut wrench but Morrison powers him to a corner again. Morrison rams his shoulder in more and more but Riddle fires off forearms! Morrison staggers, Riddle hops up but Morrison returns for a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Morrison is beside himself! Morrison and Riddle rise and Morrison reels Riddle in, but no Moonlight Drive! BRO TO SLEEP!!

SUPERKICK from Morrison!! Riddle flops to the apron, Morrison staggers over but into a shoulder! Riddle slingshots to sunset flip, but Morrison rolls through to SHINING WIZARD! Riddle is in a drop zone, Morrison goes for the corner, but Riddle blocks the Starship Pain! Gut wrench to BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

That’s how it’s done, bro! The Bro-nited States Champion is rolling, will he make it through the Fastlane and on to WrestleMania?

 

Rhea Ripley is coming to Raw!!

We don’t know when, but the Aussie Nightmare is going to bring her brutality to Monday nights!

 

Backstage interview with Damian Priest & Bad Bunny!

It’s been a whirlwind week so what’s next? Bunny says this is just the beginning. With his boy, Priest, by his side, we can get used to Bunny having the 24/7 Championship for a long time. Priest tells Truth he already saw him and Truth pretends he wasn’t just about to bring the ref over and win his baby back. Don’t play dumb, Truth. No, that guy was just agreeing to be at Truth’s party. Truth says Bunny and Jordan saved the world! And then Booker T, that’s a great hit. Truth just wants an autograph! Oh man he left his marker and Bugs Bunny shirt in the locker room.

Priest tells Truth this is Bad Bunny. Oh, Truth’s bad, Bunny. Ok, DP got him this time! Truth runs off, but will he have a much, much better plan to get his baby back next time?

 

Miz complains to Adam Pearce!

He’s really going to allow Lashley to intimidate THE WWE World Champion?! Are we really rewarding this behavior? Did Miz not make a deal with Lashley? There’s nothing on writing! Pearce should be on Miz’s side! That punk, Bad Bunny, hitting Miz is bad enough! But now this?! Pearce surprisingly agrees with Miz. So many have doubted Miz but now Miz is champion. That means Miz needs to take on all challengers! And there’s none bigger than Lashley! Miz isn’t saying he won’t be a fighting champion, he just wants to delay this for when the time is right. Then Miz needs to make his decision quick. The clock is ticking, 20 minutes left. Miz makes a call, but who to?

 

The New Day VS Retribution!

Xavier Woods still can’t complete the series against Mia “Reckoning” Yim, but he and Kofi Kingston are more than happy to take on the towering T-Bar and menacing Mace! Will things finally be settled with Mustafa Ali’s horde so that they can all move on?

Raw returns and Retribution makes their entrance! The teams sort out and Woods starts against T-Bar. Woods talks smack to Reckoning but T-Bar DECKS him! T-Bar brings Woods up to CLUB him, then brings him back up. Woods body shots, wrenches, and goes after the arm! Tag to Kofi, Kofi climbs up, and he leaps to double stomp the arm! Kofi wrenches the arm, clamps onto the shoulder, and taunts Mustafa Ali now. T-Bar powers up to scoop Kofi and SLAM him! Tag to Mace, he storms over to drag Kofi up, just to dribble him off the mat! Mace then feeds Kofi to T-Bar’s BOOT! Cover, TWO! Tag back to T-Bar, and Retribution mugs Kofi.

T-Bar looms over Kofi, drags him up, and scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but T-Bar tags Mace back in. T-Bar BOOTS Woods, Mace drags Kofi up, Retribution combines for the HIGH JUSTICE!! Ali says not to cover off the double choke bomb yet, they need to hurt Kofi! Mace tags T-Bar back in, Mace dribbles Kofi, but T-Bar rushes Woods. Woods dumps T-Bar out! TROUBLE IN PARADISE for Mace! Mace bails out, T-Bar flounders back in, Kofi gives him TROUBLE IN PARADISE, too! Cover, NEW DAY WINS!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Ali is FURIOUS! But at the same time, it is kinda his fault… Ali grabs a mic while the New Day laugh all the way to the back. Ali shouts at his people, “AGAIN!? How much longer are we gonna do this?!” How many times are they going to fail? Humiliate and embarrass him?! How much longer will he have to deal with this crap!? He’s carried them all on his back and all they do is fail! Ali storms off, will he give up on Retribution before they can redeem themselves?

 

Lashley and MVP head back to gorilla position!

Time is almost up! What will Miz’s decision be?!

 

Adam Pearce is in the ring!

“It’s been an hour, and the deadline for The Miz to answer Bobby Lashley’s ultimatum is here.” He introduces Lashley, and both the Chief Hurt Officer and MVP return to the ring. They shake hands with Pearce, and Pearce introduces The Miz! Miz and Morrison both walk out and head back to the ring. Lashley is upset that Miz is NOT dressed to compete, but what did he expect from Miz after what he said while talking with Pearce? Miz and Morrison get mics and Pearce keeps the peace. Lashley issued his challenge for the title, Miz had an hour to think, and has an obligation to give his decision. Miz says he has made his decision. He needs more time!

Quit stalling, Miz! You’re wasting Lashley’s time, and wasting time is like wasting money! Lashley doesn’t like wasting his money. Miz says he’s not worried about money, but the honor that this title deserves! There are many superstars coming after this title! Morrison would love his opportunity, too! MVP says Miz didn’t make a deal with the other superstars! Miz wants them to understand, he just needs more time! MVP steps aside, and Lashley cracks his knuckles. Miz understands Lashley wants the WWE Championship, and he deserves that match.

But Miz wants to be at his best so that the fans and the title get what they deserve! Miz just needs more time to give us all the caliber of match it deserves! At least wait a week! Right? Pearce can do that! Management is busy but this is best for business! But then here comes BRAAAUN!! The Monster Among Men storms his way to the ring, still upset that he wasn’t considered for the Elimination Chamber, and perhaps about a few other things. But Strowman says, “If anybody’s getting a WWE Championship match around here, it’s me!”

Pearce says Strowman can’t just barge out here but Strowman says he can do whatever he wants! It’s pretty clear that Pearce and Shane McMahon have a vendetta against Strowman, which is why they’re keeping him away from the title. The FORMER Universal Champion is way more qualified than Lashley! Miz says Lashley can’t let Strowman talk to him like that! MVP tells Miz to shut up, he’s not stirring the pot. Miz says he’s just defending- Shane appears?! Shane O’Mac is back again and he goes right to the ring! Shane gets a mic as fans clap and cheer on their screens.

Shane wants everyone to cool off, and says Pearce needs to be more stern. He tells Strowman he can’t just barge down and demand a title match. And to that point, if there’s a few neurons left that Strowman didn’t get the concept of this year’s Elimination Chamber, that was all for former WWE World Champions, not Universal. Strowman said it himself he was one, not the other. Well Strowman still thinks that idea sucks. He thinks Shane sucks, Miz sucks and Lashley sucks! Strowman wants his opportunity TONIGHT!! Shane says that idea sucks, so no. Then give Strowman a match with the challenger! Okay now that is intriguing! Strowman VS Lashley? YES!

Well Shane and Pearce love that match! The fans seem to like that, too, so here it is! Strowman VS Lashley, but the stakes are raised! If Strowman wins, next week we make it Strowman VS Lashley VS The Miz, Triple Threat for the WWE World Championship!! Miz is the only one who hates that idea. Strowman says that’s the smartest decision Shane’s ever made. But then Lashley CHOP BLOCKS Strowman from behind!! Morrison, Miz and MVP bail out as Strowman writhes and clutches his leg! Lashley stares Strowman down but Strowman still gets up to walk that sneak attack off! Will the Monster Among Men prove mightier than the Rocky Mountain Machine? Will things only get worse for Miz from here to WrestleMania?

 

Tornado Tag: Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business!

MVP joins commentary as Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander take on Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik in this non-title tag! Will letting loose and forgetting the tags hurt the Hurt Business? Or will it make it that much easier for them to put the hurt on the Golden Lynx and King of the Ropes?

The bell rings and the brawling begins! Lince has Alexander, Benjamin has Metalik. Benjamin stomps Metalik down, Alexander corners Lince, Benjamin whips Metalik to CLOBBER him! Alexander snapmares and basement dropkicks Lince hard! MVP is proud of his pitbull, “Primed’ Alexander, and he stomps Lince down. Benjamin stomps Metalik in a corner, Alexander throws Lince around, but Metalik fights back! Benjamin shoves Metalik and back drops him! Alexander stomps Lince out of the ring and regroups with Benjamin. The Hurt Business work together, and Alexander snap suplexes Metalik! Cover, TWO!

Lince attacks but Benjamin is on him with knees! Benjamin gut wrenches Lince up to a Gory Especial! Lince endures but Alexander lines up a shot to dropkick Lince out of the Gory! MVP says that is just as they discussed! Cover on Lince, TWO! Alexander CLUBS Metalik to keep him away but Metalik hits back! Benjamin throws Lince out hard to go after Metalik. Benjamin brings Metalik around to snap suplex! Alexander drops a knee, and they coordinate on Metalik in a corner. Lince tries to make a save but Alexander RAMS Lince into barriers, then THROWS him into the LED apron! Metalik hits Benjamin with body shots and CHOPS, but Alexander bumps Lince off buckles.

Alexander stomps Lince, Metalik throws down fists on Benjamin, but Benjamin shifts and gets Metalik up! Benjamin gives Metalik a POWERBOMB! Cover but Lince breaks it! MVP says not to play with their food, just handle business. Lince hits Alexander, shields Metalik, but Benjamin CLUBS Lince. Benjamin kicks Lince to a corner, he and Alexander stomp away on him! They dig their boots in and Alexander scrapes Lince to the apron! Alexander mockingly shouts “LUCHA!” at Lince while Benjamin scoops Metalik. Alexander runs but Lince trips up his handspring! SUPERKICK for Alexander, ENZIGURI for Benjamin! Tilt-o-whirl DDT! And BIG SPLASH!! Cover, Alexander breaks it!

MVP claps that clutch hustle from Alexander, but now Alexander fights 2v1 against LHP! They CHOP Alexander in the corner, double whip him corner to corner, then whip Metalik in! Alexander puts Metalik on the apron and Alexander elbow shim down! Alexander BOOTS Lince, hops up, but Lince CHOPS him first! SUPER STEINER! Metalik goes up top, tightrope walks, and leaps, but Alexander dodges! Benjamin returns to POUNCE Metalik! Lince wheelbarrows but Benjamin sends him into Alexander’s KNEE! PAYDIRT!! Cover, the Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall

It was a close one, and MVP wants commentary to admit he was right about his guys. Will the Raw Tag Team Champions stay on top on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Damian Priest w/ Bad Bunny VS Angel Garza!

The Archer of Infamy helped his buddy take the WWE 24/7 Championship off Akira Tozawa, and this could just be the beginning of big things for them both. Will Bunny return the favor and make sure Priest shoots down the Lethal Lothario tonight?

Raw returns and Garza makes his entrance, showing off his new red satin suit jacket. The bell rings and Garza rushes Priest, only for Priest to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Priest ROCKS Garza to a corner, ROCKS him again, then throws heavy knees and even a headbutt! Priest ROCKS Garza again, stands him up and DECKS him! Priest drags Garza up, whips him to ropes then leg lariats him down! Cover, ONE, but Priest keeps his cool. Priest stalks Garza, kicks him to the corner, and drags him up, only for Garza to BUCKLE SHOT him! Garza ROCKS Priest, runs and CLOBBERS him! Garza takes off the tearaway pants and throws them at Bunny!

Garza stomps Priest, rains down rights, and stares Bunny down. Bunny says that’s fine, Priest will get him. Garza ground ‘n’ pounds, digs his fingers into Priest’s face, but Priest pushes him away. Garza basement dropkicks Priest to a corner! Then runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! Garza eggs Bunny on but Bunny just cheers Priest on. Garza pushes Priest around, paces, and looms over him for an armlock. Priest endures as Garza goes after the other arm, and puts on a camel clutch! Priest refuses to quit, and he fights up, only for Garza to KNOCK him down! Garza stomps away, then goes after the arms again.

Priest resists as Garza goes back for the camel clutch. Garza adds a neck wrench to the hold, and then talks trash to Bunny. Priest powers up and Bunny cheers as Priest gets to his feet! Priest turns things around but Garza hits Priest with a body shot! Priest is pissed and he punches Garza’s punch away! Priest blocks the kick to CLUB the leg! LEAPING ROUNDHOUSE! Priest roars to DECK Garza! Garza misses and swings into the BELL CLAP! ROUNDHOUSE, and Garza flops to a corner! Priest stomps the mat to power up, and he takes aim! Priest runs to LEAPING ELBOW! BROEKN ARROW! Cover, TWO!

Bunny says Priest has this, and Priest takes aim again. Garza slowly rises and Priest says it’s time to go home. Garza gest the ropes, Priest ROCKS him again! Priest stands Garza up, Garza blocks the whip to ROCK Priest back! Garza kicks low, underhooks Priest but keeps grinning at Bunny. Priest powers out of the Wing Clipper, but Garza LARIATS Priest out of the ring! Garza talks more trash to Bunny then dares the 24/7 Champion to get in the ring! The ref says no, one thing at a time. Bunny tells Garza to be more worried about Priest. Garza turns around into a ROUDNHOUSE! Priest goes up, FLYING WINDMILL KICK! Priest powers up, drags Garza back up, HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Bunny and Priest celebrate another victory, and now it’s time- For the chase! Tozawa runs in, Priest DECKS him! Humberto Carrillo is here, Priest ROUNDHOUSES him! Drew Gulak runs in but Bunny dodges and tosses him out! The 24/7 Champion is still bad, will Bunny and Priest make sure the sun never sets on this reign?

 

Randy Orton speaks.

“Failure. Failure is not a word that I’m all too familiar with.” Orton’s record proves it, but recently, he finds himself surrounded by it! Last week, he should’ve won the gauntlet so that he would’ve been at the best advantage in the Elimination Chamber! But he didn’t win that or the Chamber, and he was the very first out! So what’s the distraction, Orton? Every time he gets distracted, he does whatever he is to take care of it! Just like The Fiend! He set the Fiend on FIRE! Orton has made The Fiend no more. Some like to think he’s coming back, but he’s not!

But Orton is now in limbo. He is wondering, “Why can’t I focus on what matters?!” And the answer is Orton is distracted not by The Fiend, but by Alexa Bliss. Alexa’s ThunderDome takeover, her creepy pentagram and laugh, and for some reason, Orton is feeling hot. Orton BARFS UP BLACK INK!! The same ink that Alexa was happily drooling! What in the Hell is going on with The Viper and the Fiend’s best friend?!

 

Asuka & Charlotte Flair VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!

The Empress didn’t get to defend her Raw Women’s Championship, and the Queen only has more strain on her brain, all because of the fact Lacey Evans announced she was pregnant! There was no confirmation nor denial of who the father is, but can Asuka & Charlotte focus on the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades for just a moment?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrances. The teams sort out, Shayna and Asuka start. They circle, tie up, and Asuka wrenches around to a wristlock. Shayna wrenches back and has a wristlock, but Asuka spins through to wrench and wristlock back. Shayna kicks Asuka in the leg, but then Asuka catches the next kick tog et around to a waistlock. Shayna resists but Asuka CLUBS Shayna to put on an IRON OCTOPUS! But Shayna powers out to a STRETCH MUFFLER! Asuka rolls that down to get the arm but Shayna gets up. Asuka wrenches Shayna, brings her over, and Charlotte tags in.

Charlotte takes the hand-off, wrenches Shayna, but Shayna fights the grip to get away. Nia tags in and Nia ties right up with Charlotte. They go around the ring, Charlotte headlocks, Nia throws body shots and then gets free to ROCK Charlotte! Charlotte ROCKS Nia back, CHOPS her, forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Charlotte is backing Nia down but Shayna gets in only to get a kick and an EXPLODER! Charlotte kips up, Asuka joins in, and the Queens of Tomorrow DOUBLE DROPKICK Nia out! Asuka hip attacks Shayna out, and she holds the ring with Charlotte as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Asuka in a cobra clutch! Asuka hip attacks and elbows free, but Nia RAMS her into the corner! Shayna tags in, she stomps away on Asuka, then lets off as the ref counts. Shayna drags Asuka up, snapmares her to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Asuka growls as she sits up but Shayna is after her arm! Shayna twists the wrist and elbow as she stands over Asuka and stands on Asuka! The ref reprimands but Shayna steps off, just to switch feet. Tag to Nia, and Shayna hammerlocks Asuka’s arm to STOMP it! Nia then toys with Asuka as she writhes, and grabs the bad arm to put it around ropes! The ref counts, Nia lets off at 4, and Asuka clutches her arm.

Nia drags Asuka up, tags Shayna in, and they mug Asuka. Charlotte coaches Asuka, but Shayna clamps back onto the arm. Shayna stands over Asuka as she hammerlocks it again! Asuka avoids the stomp, rolls Shayna up, TWO! Asuka dropkicks Shayna down then tags Charlotte in! Charlotte bumps Shayna off buckles, fires off stomps, then lets off to throw forearms! Charlotte bumps Shayna off other buckles, then runs in, only to miss! Shayna kicks away on Charlotte’s leg, brings her over, and Nia tags in! Nia drags Charlotte around to club away on her! The champs work together to double suplex, but Charlotte lands on her feet to CLOBBER Shayna and CHOP Nia!

Charlotte whips but Nia reverses! Charlotte tumbles out then shoulders in! Charlotte BOOTS Shayna down, BOOTS Nia away, then Charlotte slingshots in to kick legs out! Nia staggers, Charlotte runs, but Nia pops Charlotte up to BOMB her down! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Nia is right on her again! Nia drags Charlotte up, wraps on a sleeper, and squeezes tight! Charlotte endures, fights up, and hits a jawbreaker! Nia CLOBBERS Charlotte in return! Nia drags Charlotte away, tags in Shayna, and Shayna fires off hands! Shayna wrenches Charlotte’s arm, has a hammerlock and chicken wings, but Charlotte cradle counters! TWO, and Shayna KICKS Charlotte down!

Shayna has Charlotte’s arm again and drags her from Asuka. Nia tags back in, the champs mug Charlotte, then whips her in. Charlotte DECKS Shayna, but leaps into Nia’s arms! Charlotte clubs away, sunset flips and rolls her into the corner! Shayna tags back in and DECKS Asuka before Charlotte can get there! But Charlotte trips Shayna up to the FIGURE FOUR! Shayna resists, Nia DROPS A LEG! The ref reprimands but Nia makes sure Charlotte couldn’t finish Shayna! Shayna keeps Charlotte anchored but Charlotte kicks at her. Charlotte gets away, hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up, leaps, missile dropkick for Shayna!

Nia tags in, she runs at Asuka but Asuka dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka hip attacks Shayna! And hip attacks Nia! Back to Shayna, and then she sends Nia into Shayna! CODE BREAKER! SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO, to an ARMBAR!! Shayna KICKS Asuka, drags her off Nia and wants her Kirafuda! Asuka turns things around, Shayna resists the Asuka Lock, Charlotte runs in! Shayna sends the BOOT into Asuka!! Shayna throws Charlotte out,  Nia DROPS A LEG!! Cover, Nia and Shayna win!!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall

The tag team champions win, and Nia pins the Raw Women’s Champion! Will this mean the Irresistible Force has her ticket to Fastlane? Charlotte reaches a hand out to Asuka but Asuka slaps it away! Asuka is upset with Charlotte, even if it was a miscommunication. Charlotte says she has enough on her plate so she’s done with this. Is this the end of the Queens of Tomorrow tandem?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus!

The Charismatic Enigma and Celtic Warrior didn’t have the fortune of taking the title off Drew McIntyre in the Elimination Chamber, but the Road to WrestleMania is still clear! Will one cut off the other and head for the Fastlane?

Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. The bell rings and Sheamus rushes Hardy with hard kicks and forearms! Sheamus clubs away on Hardy, drags him up and throws more hands! Sheamus whips, Hardy goes up and kicks him away to then headscissor Sheamus down! But Sheamus gets up to CLOBBER Hardy with an elbow! Sheamus stands on Hardy’s head at the ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, and then drags Hardy up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Sheamus wrenches Hardy, clamps onto the arm and grinds it down! Sheamus elbows away on the arm but Hardy throws haymakers!

Hardy arm-drags Sheamus out but Sheamus returns fast! Hardy hammers Sheamus, stomps him to a corner, but the ref backs him off. Sheamus comes back to CLOBBER Hardy! Sheamus drags Hardy up, fireman’s carries, but Hardy fights free! Hardy puts Sheamus on the apron but Sheamus CLUBS him in the back! Sheamus goes to tie Hardy up on the ropes but Hardy elbows free! Hardy dropkicks the legs out then WRECKS Sheamus with another dropkick! Hardy goes out, takes aim, and runs in to CALF KICK Sheamus into the barriers! Both men are down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Sheamus elbows away on Hardy’s shoulders while he clamps onto the arm! Hardy endures, Sheamus claws at his face but Hardy throws haymakers! Sheamus knees low then hits the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! And then another! And another! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but Sheamus sits him up to give him Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus digs his knee into Hardy’s head and neck, claws at his face, and hammers away again! Hardy flounders to a corner, Sheamus drags Hardy up but fans rally on their screens. Hardy fires off body shots, hits a jawbreaker, and Sheamus staggers away! Hardy kicks, but no Twist as Sheamus KNEES Hardy!

Sheamus back suplexes, Hardy lands on his feet and POSTS Sheamus! WHISPER IN THE WIND! Both men are down but still stirring as fans clap on their screens. Hardy blocks Sheamus’ punches to give haymakers, then whips only for Sheamus to reverse. Hardy still forearms Sheamus down, atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and the SPLASH, but onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Hardy narrowly escapes, Sheamus shakes out the cobwebs, and Sheamus runs in but into boots! Sheamus is down, Hardy heads up! Hardy leaps for a SPLASH, covers, TWO! Sheamus is still in this as he gets himself to a corner.

Hardy waits for Sheamus to stand up, kicks but Sheamus blocks! Hardy spinning mule kicks, then goes after Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus BOOTS the Hardyac Arrest! But Hardy kicks back for a TWIST OF FATE! Sheamus is down again, Hardy heads for the corner and climbs up fast! Hardy aims but Sheamus gets under the leap! Hardy hobbles, Sheamus back drops but Hardy sunset flips! Sheamus rolls through, denies the Twist but misses the Brogue! Hardy rolls Sheamus up, TWO!! Sheamus pokes Hardy in the eye then KNEES him in the head, for a BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Enigma just fell to the Fella! Will this prove that Sheamus should be next in line after the Road to WrestleMania clears up?

 

Ric Flair talks with Charlotte backstage.

She just can’t do this anymore! She can’t focus on her matches, on what she loves doing, and that is wrestling! Ric having the audacity to dance around with Lacey like that’s his unborn child is not okay! This isn’t about who is better, but about the legacy of the Flair name! This isn’t funny anymore! Does Ric see Charlotte out there? This is not the performer she is supposed to be! She’s sorry but he has to go home! Ric never said he was the father. And he saw a lot of potential in a genuinely good human being. He sees “potential” in a lot of young women. But doing it on Charlotte’s time with a coworker is not okay!

Ric says he was just trying to motivate Lacey like he did Charlotte! He doesn’t want to say Charlotte became who she is because of him, but he did have a part in it! Charlotte is an all-time-great already, but what about the tough love and advice, their time together? He was just trying to expand the Ric Flair brand! The man behind the Raw Women’s Championship title! He wants the women’s division to be the biggest thing ever! So sorry if she thinks he’s doing something trashy! He wants “Flair” to again be a household name! Well, Charlotte isn’t seeing that. Ric wants to be her dad, he wants to support women, he’s their biggest fan, but then he is taking the spotlight! Her time in the ring is her time!

Charlotte says she is working to prove she isn’t just “Ric’s Daughter,” but that she is Charlotte! He is still trying to be the Nature Boy, at her expense. She is thankful for everything he has given her, but let her be that person on her own. She still loves him, but… Charlotte storms off and Ric doesn’t seem to know what to do. Will the Flair family still be a family after this?

 

Naomi & Lana VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!

The #RavishingGlow have a title shot in their back pockets, but the #SexyMuscleFriends are not out of the chase! Will Dana & Mandy prove that their #FlexAppeal is more than enough to earn their own shot?

The teams sort out, Dana and Naomi start. They tie up, Naomi puts Dana in a corner, KICKS her down, then tags in Lana. Naomi feeds Dana to Lana’s ax kick and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Lana drags Dana up while the tag champs watch backstage. Dana rolls Lana, TWO! Dana ROCKS Lana, drags her over to the corner, and Mandy tags in. They coordinate, scoop slam to KNEE! Cover, TWO! Mandy bumps Lana off buckles, stomps her down, then lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Dana, Dana handsprings in to back elbow Lana! Tag back to Mandy, and Dana feeds Lana to Mandy’s scoop! Lana fights out, reaches for Naomi, but Mandy holds her back!

Lana ROCKS Mandy and tags in Naomi! Mandy whips Lana but Lana RAMS Dana! Lana and Naomi combine for a DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Cover, Naomi & Lana win!

Winners: Naomi & Lana, by pinfall

The best friends celebrate and hurry away, will they be able to make Nia & Shayna #FeelTheGlow on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Ricochet!

The Phenomenal One and the One & Only revive an old rivalry, but with Styles’ colossal cohort ringside, will Ricochet stand a chance?

Raw returns as Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings and Styles runs at Ricochet but Ricochet dropkicks him down! Ricochet fires off kicks and KICKS Styles out of the ring! Ricochet dares Styles to come back, and Styles downs, into a scoop and SLAM! Ricochet drops an elbow, runs to drop another, then covers, ONE!! Ricochet KICKS Styles while he’s down, drags him up and reels him in, and suplexes, only for Styles to slip out. Styles goes to a corner, boots but Ricochet blocks, so Styles kicks the leg out! Styles snap suplexes Ricochet into buckles! Styles checks his jaw while hobbling over to Ricochet.

Styles drags Ricochet up and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Styles wraps onto Ricochet with a chinlock and grinds him down. Ricochet endures, fights up, and Ricochet throws body shots. Ricochet is free, he runs, but into Styles’ dropkick now! Styles seethes a bit and he kicks Ricochet to the corner. Omos says Styles to show Ricochet who he is, but Ricochet blocks the stomp to fire off hands! Ricochet has Styles in the corner, hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! Ricochet runs corner to corner but Styles throat chops him! Ricochet sputters, Styles brings him around and kicks low to suplex and hang Ricochet out to dry! Styles wanted that rebound catch, but Ricochet RANA COUNTERS! Cover, TWO!!

Styles and Ricochet get up, Ricochet ROUNDHOUSES to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Ricochet pushes Styles to a drop zone, goes up top, and leaps for the- No, he has to bail out as Styles moves! Ricochet fireman’s carries but Styles KNEES him down! Styles drags Ricochet up, gets him in the STYLES CLASH! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

It wasn’t quite phenomenal, but Omos says that was quick work! Omos then looms over Ricochet, and Styles wants him to finish it! Omos dead lifts Ricochet right up, for a TOWERING TWO HAND SLAM!! Styles is phenomenal, Omos is one of a kind, will these two start to take over Raw on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Miz and Morrison talk backstage.

If Lashley wins, Miz still faces Lashley. If Strowman wins, Miz faces both of them! This is not the plan! Morrison says root for Lashley. But that’s not good enough! It’s better than both! Strowman comes over and Morrison asks what’s up. Miz and Morrison hurry away, but the battle of behemoths is finally upon us! Will the Monster Among Men manhandle the All Mighty to then mangle The Miz?

 

Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

The Hollywood A-Lister put his foot in his mouth and now he’s facing down a massive challenge next week! Will these kaiju of wrestling both be going after The Miz’s gold? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine be able to derail the Strowman Express?

Surprisingly, The Miz heads to ringside now! He surely wants to keep an eye on this battle since it determines his own fate. The bell rings and the two titans tie up! Lashley puts Strowman in a corner but Strowman powers up and they go around the ropes. The ref wants a break but Strowman puts Lashley in a corner. The ref counts, Strowman lets off at 4, and Miz joins commentary. Lashley gets around Strowman to waistlock and SLAM Strowman down! Strowman gets right up, Lashley gets him in another waistlock but Strowman switches to SLAM Lashley! Cover, ONE! Strowman hammers Lashley and Lashley gets to a corner.

MVP coaches Lashley but Strowman whips Lashley corner to corner! Strowman throws elbows into Lashley over and over as Miz says he didn’t really need to honor the deal he made. Strowman runs to SPALSH Lashley, then he scoops him! Lashley grabs ropes to resist the slam so Strowman TOSSES him out! The ref wants Strowman to wait but Strowman goes out the side! The express builds speed, but Lashley LEAPS to avoid it, and Strowman hits steel steps! Miz says this is the type of match he loves! Lashley LEAPS and CLOBBERS Strowman! Lashley puts Strowman in the ring, but Strowman is right up! Lashley runs to dropkick a leg out!

Lashley drags Strowman up for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Strowman is still in this but Lashley hammers away on him! Miz says there is no denying the talents of these two men, but as THE WWE Champion, you have to earn a match to even beat him! Lashley stalks Strowman, and he wants the full nelson! Strowman keeps the Hurt Lock unlocked, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley manages to suplex Strowman up! But Strowman fights out, kicks Lashley and runs, to CLOBBER Lashley! Strowman glares down at Lashley while foaming at the mouth! Lashley is in the corner, Strowman runs in to SPLASH, and scoop! MONSTER SLAM!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Strowman is shocked and so is everyone else! How did Lashley survive that slam?! MVP is rabid as Strowman drags Lashley up and scoops him again! Lashley slips out, to MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER Strowman?! Lashley builds a lot of speed to SPEAR Strowman down!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

And the All Mighty keeps the Monster away from Miz! But he adds on to CHOP BLOCK Strowman’s leg again! Lashley wants to make Strowman pay for butting into his business! HURT LOCK!! Strowman is a rag doll! But Miz gets in to rush Lashley, only to get a MIGH HIGH SPINEBUSTER for his trouble! Lashley aims at Miz as Miz slowly sits up. MVP demands Miz get up to pay for trying to go back on their deal! SPEAR!! Lashley decimates a monster and a champion, will he be all of that and more after next week?!


My Thoughts:

This was a pretty strong Raw to follow Elimination Chamber and steer things towards Fastlane. I will say there were some straight up filler with Lana & Naomi VS Dana & Mandy and Styles VS Ricochet, mostly to keep Lana-Naomi and Styles strong. Poor Ricochet… Now, I know Sheamus VS Hardy wasn’t really for anything, so in a way it’s filler, but because of how much longer and how much more competitive that match was, it doesn’t feel as awful as the filleriest filler that those other matches were. Riddle VS Morrison was a great opening match, but was also lengthier and more competitive so it isn’t really filler but showing Riddle’s on a roll now that he’s champion.

New Day VS Retribution wasn’t filler because after New Day’s win, Ali gets pissed at the team and acts like they’re at fault. This is progress for the Retribution story, where the other members might actually kick Ali out of the group and either go on their own or finally be themselves again. The Tornado Tag wasn’t really filler, it was showing that Alexander & Benjamin can be on the same page when there’s no tagging, and they dominate that way. With so few tag teams on Raw, I feel like the only team strong enough to challenge the Hurt Business is once again the New Day, which is a sign of how poorly WWE/Vince is treating the tag division during this time.

I liked the interaction with R-Truth, Priest and Bad Bunny. Priest and Bunny are faces for now but Truth constantly getting things confused could push Priest into hitting Truth and getting him some Heel heat. Priest VS Garza was good, and not really filler as Garza was getting at Bunny as much as he was taking the fight to Priest. Garza was 24/7 Champion, he might go after Bunny at some point, and I really hope we get a lot of stuff from now to Fastlane, and a lot of stuff at Fastlane, for this title. Truth already kinda wasted his Elmer Fudd shtick before this but he might bring it back around just for his part in this story.

Asuka & Charlotte VS Nia & Shayna was a very good match and definitely not filler, it was a great way to adjust for the changes with Lacey Evans being shoot pregnant. I still don’t like that they were work-shooting it, but I guess “distracted” Charlotte accidentally booting Asuka and that’s why they lose works out. The backstage segment with Ric and Charlotte did a LOT to salvage this story, because it got all the feelings out and even framed it, as should have been framed all along, that Ric really was just helping Lacey. Charlotte and Ric still have tension, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ruined this moment by having Ric just latch onto, say, Peyton Royce. Also Rhea Ripley coming to Raw, HELL YEAH!

Orton had a good promo on what Alexa is doing to mess with him, but what made it a great segment was the barfing of the black goo! Alexa’s powers are growing, Orton is being haunted, The Fiend is coming back, it will be great. The main story being the world title was all great stuff. There was a deal between Miz and Lashley, Miz wants to chicken out of it, and then things just get worse as Strowman gets pissed. We do get a great match out of it, and I’m a bit surprised that Lashley won. I would think Miz finds a way to use the two behemoths against each other next week, but I suppose it’s just easier to book if it’s him and Lashley 1v1.

McIntyre didn’t play a part tonight but that perhaps makes the most sense of anything because he won the Chamber only to get the crap kicked out of him by Lashley and Miz. But surely, McIntyre will confront whoever wins next week, maybe that’s a Fastlane match, then maybe we circle back to McIntyre VS Sheamus for Mania. There are still a lot of variables, but this is going to be some good stuff that will slowly but surely help Raw get back up in ratings. Or at least up in my scores here. Speaking of…

My Score: 8.5/10


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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?

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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!

Ratings:

  • 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

 

Results:

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.

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.

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!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)

Grudge match after grudge match!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

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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?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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?


My Thoughts:

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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