NXT, let me talk to ya.
Tonight, LA Knight makes his in-ring debut and sees Austin Theory confront Dexter Lumis of the lies he’s been told! But will The Way get their way?
- Austin Theory w/ The Way VS Dexter Lumis; Lumis wins.
- El Legado del Fantasma w/ Santos Escobar VS Breezango; Legado wins.
- Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez VS Zoey Stark; Kai wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Marcel Barthel w/ Fabian Aichner; Ciampa wins.
- LA Knight VS August Grey; Knight wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Finn Balor & Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Lorcan & Burch win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Finn Balor heads to the ring!
The Prince is still the NXT Champion after defeating Adam Cole, but he already knows who is coming for him next. “St. Patrick’s Day, 2021, Finn Balor, still NXT Champion!” Kyle O’Reilly? Beat him. Pete Dunne? Beat him. Adam Cole? Beat him. And now, only one man remains. Karrion Kross, Finn has been waiting! And at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Kross’ time is up. But speaking of, here comes Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale! They go right to the ring to join Finn, and Kross has a mic to say, “This entire situation was never gonna happen until you and I settled our separate affairs.
“And now, it’s me and you, one on one, mano a mano, nobody else involved. Otherwise, this whole entire confrontation is meaningless.” Here in NXT, the fans need to know who the REAL champion is around here. Kross says Finn needs to know it, Kross needs to know it, the entire world needs to know it. Finn says everyone wants to be champion until the real champion walks in the room. Finn tells Kross what no one else has the balls to say directly to him: Kross walks like a champion, he talks like a champion, but the problem is, FINN’S THE CHAMPION! Kross doesn’t have what it takes to beat Finn!
Kross smirks and says, “I promise you, at NXT TakeOver, you are going to know exactly what it feels like, when I squeeze all the oxygen out of your skull and I choke. You. Out!” Finn says Kross will know what it feels like to be in the main event of TakeOver and just CHOKE. Fans are on Finn’s side, but Scarlett says she’s already foreseen this in the cards. “This right here, two champions, both draped in gold, the world in awe. It all happens for a reason.” But wait, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch walk out and Burch says, “Lads, lads, lads, lads, LADS!” To get this right, these two “burks” standing there, chatting big ol’ fighting words. Make no mistake, boys, they’re just words.
Does Balor know who he should be fighting for that title? The best technical wrestler in NXT history, Pete Dunne! “The man who held the UK Championship for 415 days!” As for Lorcan & Burch, they know Dunne can win. And “Big man” Kross, Dunne can definitely beat Kross! Kross wants to talk about time, but sooner or later, Dunne will be NXT Champion! Scarlett says, “There are moments in time, moments like this, that lead us to an inevitable future. Moments like this, where you two put your tag titles on the line against them.” Is this what she meant about two men draped in gold?! Did she foresee Balor & Kross taking the tag titles?!
Burch and Lorcan talk but Scarlett says these “boys” are confident, and know what they want. She’s got a point. So these two know what they bring to the table, right? And they wouldn’t dare to be called cowards, would they? Scarlett gets these two to step up, and they’ll put the titles on the line tonight! Fans are fired up, and Scarlett asks Balor if he sees what she’s saying. “Every moment happens for a reason. You can’t change fate.” Balor might be stuck between a rock and a hard place. Will he really win tag titles alongside the man who wants the NXT Championship?
One thing is for sure, Stand & Deliver will have Balor VS Kross for THE NXT Championship! Kross never truly lost the title, but will he be able to get it back? Or will the Prince prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt, he is the GREATEST NXT Champion ever?
Austin Theory w/ The Way VS Dexter Lumis!
Was the #RealSuperstar kidnapped by the Tortured Artist? Technically, yes. But did Lumis really want to be Theory’s friend? Who knows. Theory tries to figure out where The Way is, and he gets them on video chat, but they’re at home? Gargano is glad to see Theory got the gear Gargano sent. Gargano says tonight is the night, Theory is going to face his fear and break through his therapy, on his own. But The Way believes in him! Teach Lumis a lesson for saying those things about your abs! But will being motivated by a lie really help Theory win?
The bell rings, Theory and Lumis tie right up, and Theory knees low! Theory throws Lumis out, goes out after him and bumps him off the desk! NXT goes picture in picture as Theory gets in Lumis’ face!
Theory clearly wants to know why Lumis said the things Gargano told Theory he said, and Lumis blocks a desk bump to bump Theory in return! Lumis ROCKS Theory with an uppercut and Theory ends up in the ring. Lumis slithers in but runs into a drop toehold into buckles! Theory goes out, slingshots in and somersault SHOTGUN dropkicks Lumis down! Theory paces around, drags Lumis around to rain down angry fists and stomps. Theory clubs Lumis, shouts at Lumis, and then wraps on a chinlock. Theory clubs Lumis to ropes, then brings him up for a EuroUPper! Theory bumps Lumis off buckles now, then whips him corner to corner. Lumis reverses and CLOBBERS Theory!
Theory goes to ropes, Lumis follows after to CLUB Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Lumis throws body shots and then looms over him. Lumis reels Theory in for crossface forearms, then pushes him around so he can drop ax handles. Theory gets up and throws hands! Theory ROCKS Lumis, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Theory seethes and KICKS Lumis in the back! Theory keeps talking to Lumis and drags him up to throw more EuroUppers! Lumis leans on ropes, Theory gets in his face while choking him, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory snap suplexes Lumis then covers, TWO! Theory grows frustrated but he keeps on Lumis with forearms to the back!
Theory keeps shouting at Lumis, he must want Lumis to answer him about what he said. Theory whips Lumis to a corner and runs in to clothesline! Theory scoops Lumis for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! THE SILENCE!! Theory flails, throws elbows and gets free. Theory breaks Lumis up to scoop and SLAM him! Theory drops an elbow, covers, TWO! We can finally hear Theory say, “We were friends!” Theory pushes Lumis around, fans rally up for Lumis but Theory clamps onto Lumis’ neck. Theory back suplexes but Lumis lands on his feet! Lumis waistlocks, Theory bucks Lumis off the roll-up, then slingshots in again, into a SPINEBUSTER!
Fans fire up as Theory flounders to a corner. Lumis adjusts the gloves and rallies with BIG haymakers! Theory flounders about, Lumis uppercuts then runs in to clothesline and BULLDOG! Theory staggers into a BIG back suplex! Lumis drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Lumis drags Theory up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Theory slips out! Roll up, TWO! Lumis pops Theory up for an UPPERCUT! Lumis reels Theory in, slingshot suplex! Theory is in a drop zone, Lumis climbs up top, and Lumis frames it for a LEAP! Theory dodges, Lumis rolls and slithers back! Theory CLOBBERS him with a forearm! Theory drags Lumis up to cross up the legs, ATAXIA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Lumis survives! Theory drags Lumis up and reels him in, but Lumis blocks the lift! Lumis powers out, ROCKS him, then ducks only for Theory to elbow him. Lumis LARIATS! Fans rally up as Lumis looms over Theory again. Theory looks up, and Lumis offers him a hand?! But he said all those things about Theory! Lumis seems genuine here, though, and he helps Theory up! Fans want them to “Hug It Out!” Theory says he knew it, and he hugs Lumis. But then Lumis puts on THE SILENCE!? Theory fights free, throws a hard forearm, and says he knew he shouldn’t have trusted Lumis! “Johnny was right! You are NOT The Way!”
Theory fireman’s carries, but Lumis lands out of the TKO to get a HUGE Urenage! SILENCE!! Theory fades out, and IS out, Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Lumis lets Theory go to pat his head, but does this mean he no longer wants to be Theory’s friend? Was Johnny right despite lying to Theory’s face? If only there was a way Lumis could tell us the truth!
After Burch & Lorcan accepted the challenge, though goaded on by Scarlett, the NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line!! Will The Prince and Mr. Doomsday bring about the end of the BritAm Brawlers’ reign?
McKenzie Mitchell waits outside William Regal’s office.
She’s hoping to get a word from the NXT General Manager about the huge tag title match he just made, but Tommaso Ciampa walks over first. Ciampa says “Toothless Timmy” isn’t here tonight, so maybe Imperium didn’t like his answer and took matters into their own hands. But two can play that game, so Ciampa wants McKenzie to find Imperium, ask them if they’ve seen Alexander Wolfe. They’ll probably say no, so tell them that after the bell rings, Ciampa will leave only one of them standing. Then Imperium will know they messed up. Is Old Man Ciampa right about Imperium taking out Thatcher over what Ciampa said about their offer?
NXT returns and Adam Cole is already in the ring.
“Last week, Kyle O’Reilly made the biggest mistake of his life! Before last week, I was never mad at Kyle O’Reilly, I just didn’t need him anymore. And then Kyle decides to cost me the NXT Championship!” Cole explains something to Kyle, that “little punk.” Kyle knows deep down in his soul that he is jealous of Cole! Kyle knows he will never be as successful as Cole and that eats him alive! “So congratulations, Kyle O’Reilly, you just wrote your death warrant!” Cole doesn’t care if Kyle is cleared or not, Cole is not leaving until Kyle brings his ass down here so they can finish this once and for all!
Regal tells Cole that last week, Kyle wasn’t cleared to even be here. But because of that confrontation, Kyle’s further damaged his neck and now is going to be out for longer. Regal promises Cole that Kyle is not here tonight, he’s been banned. But Kyle is on video! He confirms he isn’t there, it’s all a safety precaution. More Cole’s safety but hey, surely they’ll have this out again. Kyle just finds it funny how upset Cole is over losing. The look of fear and desperation was great. Kyle is patient, too. But when it comes to Cole, Kyle can’t wait. When it comes to Cole, Kyle cannot and will not rest until he ends Cole like Cole tried to END Kyle!! Cole tried to end Kyle, when they’ve been friends for 11 YEARS!!
Kyle cools off, and says know where Cole lives, where he likes to hang out and where he buys his video games. The only thing Kyle doesn’t know is what it is he’ll have to do, but Kyle hopes Cole understands Kyle is willing to do it. If that sounds like a threat, then he’s right, it is a threat. Kyle signs off, and Cole confronts Regal about the threats just made. Cole tells Regal that Kyle can find him and hurt him, but not if Cole finds him first! Cole storms off, Regal follows, will anything keep the Undisputed Civil War from happening?
Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon.
The new and already second ever NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions have not gotten over the moment. It is still surreal that Shotzi got to celebrate with her dad about this! These titles didn’t exist until last week, but they’re already champions! Moments like this are exactly why Ember returned to NXT. Making history, being a face of a division, and it’s time to #TCB with Ember’s Law!
But then The Robert Stone Brand walks in, and Robert Stone himself says, “A wise woman once said that all champions need…” Aliyah and Jessi Kamea finish the quote by saying, “Challengers.” And these champions know more than anyone that champions can lose titles just like that. Besides, those titles will look way better on Jessi and Aliyah anyway. So then, how about Aliyah & Jessi do that next week? Ember’s & Shotzi’s first challenge? DONE! See you next week. Oh, and Stone’s suit sucks. BURN!! Will Ember & Shotzi be howling to the moon after tanking the Robert Stone Brand?
Jordan Devlin arrives at the Capitol Wrestling Center!
The Irish Ace and real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is back in the United States! And as promised, he’s heading in to confront the other NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will Santos Escobar and El Legado del Fantasma be waiting to “welcome” him?
El Legado del Fantasma w/ Santos Escobar VS Breezango!
While Escobar hasn’t confronted Devlin yet, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza are looking to settle things with Prince Pretty & the Lord of the Dance! It’s all business tonight, will Tyler Breeze & Fandango get back at Wilde & Mendoza for jumping them a couple weeks ago?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts with Fandango. The bell rings, Mendoza runs right at Fandango but the dropkick is sent into buckles! Fandango CHOPS Mendoza, throws jabs, haymakers, but Mendoza hits back! They brawl, Fandango whips but Mendoza handsprings through the hip toss, only for Fandango to CLOBBER him! Wilde gets in but Fandango swings on him. Wilde ducks but Fandango spins through to CLOBBER Wilde! Fandango fires off on Mendoza, brings him over to suplex and hang out to dry! Tag to Breeze, they make it rain with DOUBLE BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Mendoza and CLUBS him, then whips.
Mendoza reverses, Breeze sunset flips, but Mendoza rolls through to SHINING WIZARD! Tag to Wilde, Wilde throws body shots on Breeze. Wilde snapmares Breeze, jams a knee into Breeze’s back, then runs to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wilde whips Breeze into a corner, runs in but Breeze BOOTS him down! Breeze steadies himself, drags Wilde into the corner but Wilde fights to get free. Breeze goes after Wilde, kicks low and puts him in the corner. Tag to Fandango, whips him around and Fandango dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE!! Wilde jawbreakers Fandango, drags him up and CLUBS him down! And CLUBS him again!
Wilde eggs Fandango on, mocks the hip swivel, then clamps on a facelock. Fandango endures, fights up, but Wilde knees him low! Wilde bumps Fandango off buckles, tags Mendoza in and Mendoza CHOPS! Mendoza whips, Fandango reverses and Mendoza hits buckles hard! Fandango climbs but Mendoza hits first! Mendoza climbs up, they brawl, Fandango sends Mendoza down with a GOURD BUSTER! Fandango adjust but Wilde rushes over! The ref and Fandango see him so Wilde stops, but Mendoza handsprings to PELE Fandango down! Fandango falls to the floor, Wilde tags in and looms over Fandango as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns, Mendoza and Fandango again are on the outside. Mendoza talks trash and whips but Fandango reverses, and Mendoza hits barriers so hard, he tumbles up and over! Fandango gets back in the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10, but Mendoza gets up and over to get back in the ring at 7! Hot tags to Breeze and Wilde! Prince Pretty rallies on Legado, mule kicks then runs to DROPKICK Wilde! Breeze runs to forearm smash in the corner! Breeze whips, Wilde reverse but Breeze kicks and ENZIGURIS! Mendoza runs in but Breeze hits him first, then clotheslines him out! Breeze body scissor rolls Wilde to a HALF CRAB! Wilde endures and turns, but Breeze sits deep!
Wilde crawls, reaches, but Breeze has him stuck! Breeze even drags Wilde away! Escobar tells Wilde to fight through, and he does, but Breeze shifts to CATAPULT Wilde up and out! Breeze builds speed, but Mendoza swipes at him! Fandango LEAPS but Mendoza deflects him into barriers! Wilde runs in, only to get a SUPER MODEL KICK! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! The ref reprimands but both men are down again. Escobar feels a bit more relaxed now, but Breeze drags Wilde up with chicken wings. Wilde gets free to a waistlock, Breeze bucks the roll but Mendoza tags in at the same time! Mendoza HOTSHOTS Breeze! Legado forms up, ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
Escobar says NXT belongs to Legado! But where is this Devlin guy, huh? Escobar is the TRUE Cruiserweight Champion. Everyone talks about Devlin, “Devlin this, Devlin that,” but where is he? Haven’t seen him yet. But speak of the Devlin, and here he is! Devlin goes down to the ring while Escobar gets up on the announce desk. They both get mics and Devlin says, “Y’know somethin’, mate? You’ve been running around for a year now, claiming that you’re this and you’re that. But I want you to take a good, long look at what’s in the ring right now, because this is what a REAL champion looks like!”
Devlin says he didn’t come here to jump Escobar from behind, because he told the whole world that he was coming to call Escobar out. And he doesn’t need two stooges with him to do it, either! Escobar tells Legado to stand down, because he’s got this. Escobar hops down off the desk to go into the ring. Devlin says Escobar’s problem is that he’s been claiming to be the King of the Cruiserweights, but The Ace is back in town. So Escobar can take his replica, throw it in the trash, because the guy he’s been filling in for is back! Filling in? Escobar laughs, and says he REDEFINED what it means to be a Cruiserweight! “You’re welcome.”
Escobar says he wasn’t filling in, he was making history! And he’s proven time and time again. Does Devlin know why he still has his belt? Because everyone here forgot Devlin had it in the first place! So wrap up business in the UK, then come back and face Escobar on the one stage big enough for the Emperor of Lucha Libre: NXT TakeOver, Stand & Deliver! Irish Ace VS Santos Escobar, to settle this once and for all! Devlin HEADBUTTS Escobar down!! And then hits a DEVLINSIDE!! Devlin gets away after dropping Escobar! But with Trent Seven having made weight, Devlin has to face him tomorrow on NXT UK! Will Devlin defeat Seven to then dethrone Escobar?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
Is he concerned about what Kyle had to say earlier tonight? Concerned? Cole will explain something here. Cole is going to leave now. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the parking lot or outside Cole’s house, when he finds Kyle, he is going to do exactly what he said he is going to do and END him! That isn’t just Undisputed, that’s a promise!
The NXT Women’s Division just keeps getting stronger!
“In the world’s most elite division, for every sun that sets, a new warrior will rise.” From the Land of the Rising Sun, a shining star in Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling and World Pro-Wrestling Diana, the newest recruit to the NXT roster is The Warrior of the Sun, Sarray!
Cameron Grimes tweets his “vacation photos.”
Though the pictures are so blatantly Photoshop’d, the GameStonks Doge Coin Carolina Caveman says, “Is it Wednesday already?! Dag on I meant to come to work today but I’ve been busy vacationing. #KissMyGRITS it’s a holiday!” Whether or not Grimes is swimming with dolphins or soaking up some sun on a beach somewhere, is Grimes ever to return to work again?
Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez VS Zoey Stark!
The inaugural NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are trying not to be upset that they lost those titles already. At the very least, will #CapKota crush the dreams of the young and promising superstar in front of her?
The bell rings and Starks stares down with Kai before they circle. They tie up, Stark powers Kai to a corner, but then Kai throws Stark down. Stark turns that around but Kai holds onto the collar ‘n’ elbow. They get up, fans rally as they go around and around, and Kai goes after an arm. Kai wrenches, YANKS the arm, then wristlocks. Stark rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a wristlock of her own! Kai bridges as Stark pushes her back, and Kai rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a keylock. Stark slips through and hammerlocks to a headlock. Kai endures the grind, pulls hair and gets a headlock back. Stark powers out then drops to hurdle, Kai leaps over but Stark arm-drags her!
Stark arm-drags again and has an armlock! Raquel is upset for Kai as Kai endures. Fans rally as Stark drops knees on the arm! Stark pulls back on the arm, fans rally and duel, Kai fights up and ROCKS Stark with a forearm! Stark scowls, Kai dodges her but Stark senses Kai following, and CLOBBERS her! High stack cover, TWO! Stark keeps cool and drags Kai back up. Stark scoops, Kai slips off to throw Stark down! Cover, TWO! Kai rains down forearms, covers, ONE! Kai scowls and drags Stark up to whip her to a corner hard! Stark sits down, Kai runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Raquel taunts Stark as Kai covers, TWO!
Kai grows frustrated but she says, “Okay, okay.” Kai reels Stark into a body scissor squeeze! Stark endures, pushes back to make it a cover, ONE! Kai clubs Stark, squeezes more, and digs palms into Stark’s head. Stark endures, fans rally and duel, Stark goes for another cover, ONE! Kai kicks low, whips Stark to a corner but Stark goes up and over and elbows her! Stark runs corner to corner, but Kai slips out! Kai ducks the forearm, hits a forearm, then trips Stark to spin her. Stark avoids the boot to mule kick back! Stark slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit and Stark fires up! The ref has Raquel stay back as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Kai has Stark in a chinlock. Stark fights up, fights back but Kai throws her by her hair! Kai rains down forearms again, covers, TWO! Kai grows frustrated, runs but Stark ducks the boot, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both women down! Fans fire up as Kai and Stark slowly stir. Kai and Stark go to opposite corners, Kai runs but Stark CLOBBERS her! Stark rallies with clotheslines, kicks and kicks then kicks out a leg! Stark runs but Kai dodges the punt! Kai swings, into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Stark kips up, fires up, and runs to KNEE Kai down! Cover, TWO! Kai survives and scrambles away but Stark runs in. Kai drop toeholds Stark into ropes!
Kai trips Stark, spins her and BOOTS her! Kai goes up onto the apron and brings Stark up. Stark HEEL KICKS back! Stark reels Kai in but Kai fights the lift and elbows free! Kai gets space, but runs in only for Stark to toss her into the ring! Stark springboards into a SUPERKICK!! Kai runs Around the World to BOOT!! Cover, TWO!?! Stark survives but Kai drags her up to a fireman’s carry. Stark sunset flips, TWO!! Kai powers her way to a jackknife bridge, ONE as Stark bridges up! Backslide, TWO! KNEE!! Kai wobbles, Stark yanks her into a fireman’s carry and ROLLING SENTON! Stark keeps going, goes up top, but Kai GAMANGIRIS!
Kai drags Stark out along ropes, for the DRAPING GO TO KICK!! Cover, Kai wins!!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Stark again showed promise, but #CobraKai took her down! Kai tells Stark she was crazy to think she could compete with her. But wait, here comes Io Shirai! The Evil Genius has a contract in hand! Kai steps up to Shirai, but the NXT Women’s Champion walks right past her to Raquel. “I told you, I want you next.” Shirai shoves the contract at Raquel, then makes sure Stark gets out of the ring safely. Is the ball in Big Mami Cool’s court now?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
Obviously Regal is busy, but can he comment on what we saw with Devlin and Escobar? He was about to right now. But then a staffer tells him something happened to Cole! Cameras follow after Regal but NXT goes to break! Did Kyle come through on his threat already?
Grizzled Young Veterans speak.
James Drake starts by saying, “MSK, we don’t expect you two clowns to understand the gravity of your actions. But trust me, you will soon enough.” Zack Gibson says that the little stunt MSK pulled last week “will go down as the biggest mistake of their short, insignificant careers.” Gibson isn’t sure if MSK was “blinded by the opportunity to play dress up, or too distracted simping for Fandango,” but GYV will not forgive or forget what they did to Gibson’s hand, and it will not go without a receipt. They are Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as NXT’s Number One, and they promise MSK will not like where this is going next.
Tommaso Ciampa VS Marcel Barthel w/ Fabian Aichner!
Ciampa called them out, and then he attacks the Pride of Italy! Ciampa throws Aichner WAY over the barriers, then brawls with Barthel! Ciampa puts Barthel in the ring, he’s getting the fight he asked for! Will the Psycho Killer make sure Imperium pays for whatever they did to Timothy Thatcher?
The bell rings, Ciampa waistlocks and drags Barthel down. Barthel fights up, slips around to a waistlock, but Ciampa fights up. Fans rally, Ciampa pries free and elbows Barthel away. Ciampa wrenches, whips Barthel, Barthel reverses to wrench back. Ciampa gets a leg, Barthel throws haymakers! Barthel throws EuroUppers, Ciampa BOOTS back! Ciampa CHOPS, CHOPS, but Barthel headlocks! Barthel grinds, Ciampa puts him on ropes, things turn around and the ref wants Barthel to back off. Barthel throat chops then headlocks to a takeover! Fans rally, Ciampa fights up and tries to power out but can’t before Barthel hits another takeover! Barthel throws down palm strikes then grinds a forearm.
Barthel makes it a cover, ONE. Barthel traps an arm, Ciampa clubs back, but Barthel grinds the headlock. Ciampa fights up, pries the hold, but Barthel shifts to a chinlock! Barthel drags Ciampa down to elbow him in the head! Barthel still has the chinlock, Ciampa powers out and ROCKS Barthel! Ciampa runs but Barthel EuroUppers hard against ropes! Barthel puts Ciampa in a ring, gets him on a rebound for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Barthel goes up, leaps, but into a dropkick! Ciampa runs to clothesline Barthel out! Fans fire up as Ciampa drags Barthel through ropes, but Aichner saves Barthel! Barthel then BOOTS Ciampa!
Barthel sets Ciampa up in ropes, to then dropkick Ciampa down! The ref tells Aichner to stay back, but Barthel talks trash on Ciampa. Barthel chokes Ciampa with the ropes! Barthel shouts at the camera, “Is this what you want, Tim?! Is that your future?! Step in line!” Barthel stands over Ciampa, then runs but Ciampa blocks the kick! Ciampa KNEES back, then throat chops in return! Ciampa whips, and CLOBBERS Barthel! Ciampa rallies, DECKS Aichner, then side steps Barthel to REBOUND GERMAN! Barthel flops to the apron, Ciampa drags him in for WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
But wait, here comes more members of Imperium! But that’s not Alexander Wolfe, that’s WALTER!! The Ring General has returned to the United States! Ciampa wanted the dominant NXT UK Champion and here he is! Walter has Imperium stand down as he gets in the ring with Ciampa. But NOW Imperium is let loose! Ciampa fights off Aichner and Barthel but turns around into a WALTER CHOP!! Walter has Aichner rain down fists, then Walter drags Ciampa up for a WALTER BOMB!! Aichner talks trash on Ciampa, and Imperium stands tall together. Will Imperium take over NXT on both sides of the Atlantic?
Regal finally finds Cole, and Kyle!
Kyle is being arrested for what he did to Cole! Cole shouts that Kyle is going to pay! Cole claims Kyle was trying to run him off the road!! Kyle has gone too far! Regal tells Cole to shut up, but Cole won’t shut up. Kyle tried to run Cole off the road, and he refuses to calm down because he says Kyle is screwed! If it’s gotten this serious, is there anything Regal can do?
NXT Media checks in with LA Knight.
He’s backstage in the locker room, takes a big gulp of water, and spots the camera. “You are always looking for a word, huh? You wanna know what I’m going to say? Well let me talk to ya, cuz here’s how it goes. Everybody’s talking about what’s about to go down right now, ain’t that right, Andre?” Knight talks to the picture of Andre the Giant in the hallway. It’s all about L A Knight. Wait, Bronson Reed is lurking, but he goes into Knight’s locker room. Knight says everyone here are “superstars,” but someone called Knight a MEGA STAR. That’s fitting and we’re about to find out why! But the match aside, will we find out what Reed is doing to Knight’s room?
LA Knight VS August Grey!
The hottest free agent turned mega star is having his NXT in-ring debut! Will #RetroAG find that this is Knight’s night and nothing’s going to change that?
The bell rings, Knight kicks and ROCKS Grey, then whips him to ropes. Knight elbows Grey down, then embraces the fans cheering for him. Knight chokes Grey on ropes, lets off to go to the apron and he KNEES Grey back in. Knight SLINGHOT SHOULDER TACKLES! Knight drags Grey up, scoops but Grey slips out to waistlock. Knight bucks Grey, Grey dodges but Knight scoops and POWERSLAMS him! Fans fire up and Knight spells out his name, to then snatch Grey’s bandanna. Wait, Reed walks out and has Knight’s blue leather jacket! Reed tries it on, but obviously it’s a few sizes too small, and it RIPS! Knight is furious but Reed just keeps trying, and the jacket just tears to shreds!
Knight is furious with Reed but Grey rolls Knight up! TWO!! Grey ROCKS Knight and CHOPS him, then ROCKS him again! Grey runs, spins Knight around, jawbreaker to NECKBREAKER! Grey goes to the corner, climbs up and tightrope walks for the CROSSBODY but flops! Knight rains down fists, then waits for him to rise. Knight spins Grey for a cravat KNEE, then a cravat DRIVER! Cover, Knight wins!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Knight is still heated after what the Colossal did to his custom leather jacket! Will he be able to cool off and focus on his real favorite thing in the world: himself?
Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.
She still holds onto the contract Shirai gave her, and it is for an NXT Women’s Championship match. Of course it is! But it’s a big mistake to give it to her. Once Raquel puts pen to paper, Shirai’s reign has an expiration date. Kai comes in and they celebrate, but they need to continue things next week. Kai just talked to Regal, and it is set: Kai & Gonzalez VS Shirai & “her new best friend,” Zoey Stark. But Gonzalez can have Shirai whenever she wants. Yeah, but Kai needs this for herself, and they need this as a tag team. Controversy aside, they had back-to-back losses in title matches! They need to remind the NXT Women’s division who runs this place! Raquel agrees to that. Will Ricky Desperado and Cobra Kai make sure Stark knows her place, and Shirai knows what’s coming?
Xia Li has a message.
First in Mandarin, then in English, “Resistance will not be tolerated. Obstacles will be removed!” Tian Sha’s weapon is ready to strike again, but who will it be that suffers?
NXT Media catches up with Regal.
What just happened? Everything is out of control! The police officers hopefully drop charges and release Kyle. If they do, Regal will demand both Kyle and Cole come to the CWC so they won’t destroy each other. Regal promises to have a solution to this, but what could possibly contain the animosity between these two?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Finn Balor & Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
A strange prophecy was closer at hand than either the current or the former NXT Champions realized. Scarlett managed to goad the would-be Kings of NXT into this war for the gold, is the end of Lorcan & Burch near? Will the NXT Tag Division be made to #FallAndPray should Balor & Kross become their champions?
From the way Balor and Kross glare at each other, you’d think this was their match for THE NXT Championship already. But the introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and we see if it was truly in the cards or just in Scarlett’s head.
The teams sort out and Kross starts with Oney. They circle, Oney gets a headlock but Kross powers out and runs Oney over. Kross then scoops Oney for a single leg suplex! Oney tags to Burch, and Burch circles with Kross. They tie up, Kross throws Burch down, and Burch flounders up. Burch dodges but Kross runs him over, too! Kross runs, Burch elbows him but Kross CLOBBERS him in return! Balor applauds but maybe only somewhat genuinely. Kross brings Burch up for a bearhug! Burch endures, throws forearms but Kross thrashes him around! Burch keeps fighting but Kross keeps thrashing. Burch throws more hands, Kross squeezes tighter, but Burch finally gets free!
Kross hurries to scoop Burch and SLAM him back down! Kross stares Oney down and Oney might be a little intimidated. Kross drags Burch up and suplexes but Oney attacks from behind! Oney and Burch go after Kross together, but Kross DOUBLE SUPLEXES the champions! Balor lets it be what it is, and Burch might be in bad shape after a rough landing. Kross stands down just to watch Burch writhe, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Oney returns to his corner, Burch manages to make it over and tags out, so Balor tags in! Kross is a bit surprised by that but Balor and Oney circle. They tie up, Balor waistlocks and throws Oney down to then facelock. Oney fights up, Balor wrenches and hammerlocks to wrangle Oney down. Balor snaps the hammerlock then grinds, to snap again. Balor keeps Oney grounded, keeps snapping the hammerlock, but Oney fights up to reach back. Oney powers Balor into a corner, throws a hard back elbow, then throws EuroUppers! Oney wrenches an arm, gives the arm uppercuts, then wrenches to uppercut more! Oney wrangles Balor down now and grinds an armlock.
Balor endures, Scarlett and Kross watch and wait, and Balor fights up as NXT returns to single picture. Oney knees low, runs and sunset flips but Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Oney staggers up but Balor arm-drags him down! Balor grinds the arm, Oney endures and both Scarlett and Kross are growing impatient. Oney gets up, puts Balor in a corner and knees low! Oney bumps Balor off buckles, throws EuroUppers, then whips Balor to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow. Oney bumps Balor off buckles, stomps away, but the ref backs him off. It’s of note that Burch is still recovering so Oney keeps on Balor with a boot to the head!
Oney brings Balor up and around, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Oney clamps onto Balor with a chinbar and half nelson but Balor endures. Fans rally, medics check Burch’s arm out, but Oney wrenches Balor to throw EuroUppers. Oney taunts Kross that he’s a champion and not Kross, then he EuroUppers Balor again! Balor throws off his armbands off and brags that he’s the best NXT Tag Team Champion ever! Oney ROCKS Balor with EuroUppers then taunts him. Balor slowly gets up, and he jawbreakers Oney back! Oney throws another EuroUpper but Balor PELES Oney down! Fans fire up, Balor heads for the corner, but Oney DECKS Kross first!
Balor RAMS into Oney, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner to CHOP again! And then back the other way! Then back to the champions’ corner for another CHOP! Balor trips Oney to DOUBLE STOMP! The fans are thunderous as Balor clotheslines Oney out! Balor follows out and SLINGBLADES Oney down! Balor takes aim as Oney flounder sup, and he SHOTGUN DROPKICKS Oney, but into Scarlett?! That was not good, but Balor keeps on Oney. Balor puts Oney in the ring and checks on Scarlett. He tries to apologize, but Kross sees what happened, and he RAMS Balor into the barriers! Kross dribbles Balor off the Plexiglas then puts him in the ring!!
Oney BLASTS Balor with a EuroUpper! Cover, Oney & Burch win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
But then Kross DOOMSDAY SAIDOS Oney!! And then hauls him up for another DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross then goes after Balor with a clothesline, an elbow and another clothesline! Kross hauls Balor up for an EXPLODER! Balor staggers up, into the KROSSJACKET!! Scarlett hurries in to stop Kross, and then she kneels down by Balor to help him up. Scarlett says she understands it was a mistake, but then she sets him up for Kross’ DOOMSDAY FOREARM!! Scarlett sets the title by Balor and says, “Everything happens for a reason. You can’t escape fate.” Was this the real prophecy she foretold? Or is Scarlett playing mind games so that Kross can conquer NXT once again?
A very good NXT, but perhaps with some odd choices for how to build to Stand & Deliver. The main event story is the main thing, with Kross & Balor challenging for the tag titles but losing because of a mishap with Scarlett ringside. Obviously if Kross and Balor were to lose, it had to be because of something screwy, and it wasn’t going to be Kross taking the loss because that’d be a lame way to end his undefeated streak. But then, I feel like letting Balor actually take the pin wasn’t the best either. Doesn’t this mean Oney should have a title shot before Stand & Deliver now? Not that WWE always follows that convention, but that just means it’s another point towards them being inconsistent.
I think it would’ve been better served if Kross annihilated Balor and Oney to the point of getting disqualified, the tag champions retain on that technicality. Granted, Kross annihilated them both anyway, but still. Also, the match didn’t really go the way they’d hoped anyway after Burch legitimately getting a stinger from the two awkward landings out of suplexes. The first was probably Oney being a little late on blindsiding Kross, then the other was because of the first, so that Burch wasn’t ready to take a suplex from Kross. Hopefully Burch will be alright and he can still defend alongside Oney at TakeOver.
GYV call out MSK, so of course they’ll be having a match. MSK is still owed a tag title match because they won the Men’s Dusty Cup, but there could be a case where that opportunity is put on the line. I want to say MSK finds a way to win in that scenario, as WWE still doesn’t do Heels VS Heels or Faces VS Faces, and Lorcan & Burch are definitely still Heels. Speaking of that, that’s why Devlin came off as the slightly more Face NXT Cruiserweight Champion, pointing out how Escobar has stooges and likes attacking from behind. Devlin got a great headbutt in on Escobar, and I am so ready for this Winner Takes All to crown THE ONE TRUE Cruiserweight Champion. Sorry, Trent, your hard work and heartfelt promos were just so Devlin can have in-ring momentum.
Kai VS Stark was a good match, but naturally Kai wins as the more experienced competitor. Shirai showing up to personally deliver the title match contract was a good touch, and was establishing a tag match for next week. There’s a chance Stark takes the loss there so Gonzalez gets momentum, but she could also pull of a quick pin on Kai so that Gonzalez stays strong, and there’s reason the team might start to crack. Meanwhile, Shotzi & Ember VS Robert Stone Brand was set up with a good promo segment, and the match will naturally be won by Shotzi & Ember because the Robert Stone Brand is definitely not championship material just yet. The third NXT Tag Team Champions will probably end up The Way’s Candice & Indi.
NXT signing another great Joshi wrestler is of course great for NXT. The name is of course changed enough so that WWE can have all rights to it, but it isn’t so far off. Sareee becomes Sarray so that phonetically it’s all the same, but the spelling is where it counts for WWE’s purposes. And with this being the fourth Joshi wrestler, I have to believe Io Shirai’s time in NXT really is on the latter end. Shirai’s sun will set but of course Sarray’s star will rise, and if Raquel wins at TakeOver, that will be a perfect transition for Shirai to Raw or SmackDown (preferably SmackDown) and then Sarray can start her journey to the top with Raquel being the new dominant alpha female in NXT.
The Way had far less to do tonight, but Theory VS Lumis was great. I just wish it wasn’t picture in picture as Theory was trying to get Lumis to confirm or deny what Gargano said he said. The moment of reaching out a hand was a good detail, but maybe Theory shouldn’t have hugged Lumis. Lumis is surely headed for a title rematch with Gargano with this story continuing the way it is, maybe he wins it at Stand & Deliver. Grimes’ “vacation” photos were so goofy for being fake, making them is probably what Grimes was actually spending his time doing.
Ciampa gets a good win off Barthel, gets what he wants in Walter showing up, but then gets beat up. I bet Thatcher wasn’t beat down by anyone, but he was perhaps convinced by Walter to stand down. Thatcher reuniting with Barthel and Walter is anyone’s guess, but I have a feeling it’ll be Imperium VS Thatcher & Ciampa to put it to the test. I like that Reed tried to cost Knight his debut match only for it not to work, but he still cost Knight an expensive jacket. Knight VS Reed could happen next week or it could somehow build to Stand & Deliver, but either way, their match will be big, no pun intended.
Another thing that was big was the development between Cole and Kyle tonight. Both promos were good, especially the fact that yes, Kyle probably does know where Cole lives and his lifestyle habits so he could easily get after Cole wherever and whenever outside of NXT’s two hours. We didn’t see the alleged vehicle attack so Cole could be lying. Plus, wouldn’t Kyle want to hurt Cole with his bare hands, not a car? Regal says he has an idea that can settle things but there are a lot of possibilities. Last Man Standing, I Quit, maybe even “Unsanctioned” like they did for Ciampa VS Gargano a few years ago as opposed to the One Final Beat cinematic. I have a feeling the one thing that’s solidly part of the stipulation is “Loser Leaves NXT.” That would be the perfect way for Cole to move on from NXT to Raw or SmackDown (again hopefully SmackDown) and make Kyle a sort of alpha in his own right.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?
For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
- The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
- (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Judgement Day is here!
Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.
And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!
Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!
But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!
Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!
This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?
But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!
Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.
Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!
Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!
Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)
They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?
Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!
The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”
But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!
Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?
Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!
But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?
The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!
The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.
Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!
Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!
Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!
Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!
Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?
Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.
Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!
Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.
But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”
To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!
And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.
But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!
But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!
And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.
They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!
Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?
Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!
McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.
The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!
Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.
McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!
McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!
Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.
Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?
Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!
Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!
Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?
Backstage interview with Riddle.
Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?
Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!
The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?
The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!
Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!
Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall
Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.
What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.
Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!
Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!
Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.
Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!
Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.
Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!
Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!
Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!
Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!
Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!
Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!
Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!
The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?
The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!
Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?
(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?
Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!
Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.
Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!
Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!
Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!
ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!
Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!
Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall
Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?
Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.
Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.
And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.
Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…
We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
It’s a Superbad return!
Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
- Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
- Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.
Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.
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A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
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Minneapolis gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/14/22)
Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?
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Breathe with the Switchblade!
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