NXT’s journey to TakeOver is moving through rough waters!
After last week’s chaos, the NXT Tag Team Championship have to be VACATED, and William Regal will determine the fate of Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly! What is TakeOver: Stand & Deliver going to look like now?
- Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Kai & Gonzalez win.
- LA Knight VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Oney Lorcan VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
- Walter VS Drake Maverick; Walter wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Robert Stone Brand; Blackheart & Moon win and retain the titles.
- Jordan Devlin VS KUSHIDA; Devlin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
The NXT Women’s Champion and #BigMamiCool will #Stand&Deliver on night one of TakeOver! But before then, Shirai teams with the impressive newcomer while Gonzalez has #CapKota by her side! Where will the momentum be going into that high stakes showdown?
The teams sort out and Stark steps up to Gonzalez. Fans rally as the two circle and tie up. Gonzalez shoves Stark away but Stark keeps her cool. They go again, and Stark manages to power Gonzalez back! Gonzalez gets mad and puts Stark in the corner. Stark comes back but Gonzalez gets her arm and wrenches. Gonzalez cording holds, cranks on Stark’s shoulder, but Stark handsprings through and wrenches back! Fans rally up as Stark yanks on the arm, kicks a leg, but Gonzalez pulls hair. Gonzalez whips, Stark RANAS! Fans fire up with Stark as she runs in to elbow Gonzalez! Stark goes corner to corner but is put on the apron. Stark counters the punch with a knee!
Stark slingshots in to KNEE, then runs, but Gonzalez CLOBBERS her! Tag to Kai and Gonzalez gives her a boost for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Kia brings Stark up to SLAP her! Stark just smirks and SLAPS Kai back! Stark eggs Kai on then hits a Thesz Press! Stark rains down fists, drags Kai up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Shirai and she CHOPS and forearms Kai, repeat! Shirai scoops but Kai slips off to shove. Shira follows Kai, handsprings then goes Matrix to roll Kai! ONE, but Shirai basement dropkicks Kai down! Kai scrambles, Shirai stomps her in a corner, then sweeps the legs. Shirai digs her boots in, lets off then hits the METEORA!
Gonzalez gets in to argue with Shirai but Kai rolls Shirai up, TWO! Shirai sits on the cover, TWO! Kai ghost pins, TWO! Shirai steps to Magistrol, TWO! Kai waistlocks to an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Kai bumps into ropes, Shirai elbows her in the corner! Tag to Stark and Stark gets in to run side to side for a BIG uppercut! Stark pushes Kai down, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Kai survives but Stark stays on her with a fireman’s carry. Kai fights out, throws Stark down by her hair and tags out to Gonzalez. Gonzalez whips Stark, Stark goes up but gets caught, only to headscissor Gonzalez to ropes! Stark KNEES, KICKS, but Gonzalez blocks!
Gonzalez ducks the enziguri, gets the legs but Stark boots her away! Stark runs, Gonzalez scoops and Kai tag sin! ASSISTED ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!! Kai grows frustrated but NXT goes picture in picture.
Kai drags Stark up to club her down, then drags her in a chinlock to get the camel clutch! Stark endures, pries at the fingers, but Kai dribbles her off the mat! Cover, TWO! Kai grows further frustrated, but she brings Stark up. Stark fires off body shots, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai BOOTS Stark down! Cover, TWO! Stark is still in this but Kai keeps her from Shirai. Kai bumps Stark off buckles, tags Gonzalez, and Gonzalez RAMS into Stark! She digs her shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, but Stark kicks back! Gonzalez CLUBS Stark down, bumps her off buckles, and talks trash to Shirai before she stomps Stark. Stark shoves back but Gonzalez throws hands.
Gonzalez scoops Stark for a FALLING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Gonzalez is annoyed but she looms over Stark, drags her away, and tags in Kai. Gonzalez drags Stark up, whips her into the corner, and Kai goes corner to corner for the BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kai stomps Stark down, taunts Shirai, but then puts Stark in the corner. Kai stomps away, the ref counts but Kai tags Gonzalez. Gonzalez gets in to drag Stark to a high stack cover, TWO! Gonzalez is on Stark with a chinlock and grinds her down. Stark fights up, Gonzalez knees low, and then reels her in to Canadian rack. Stark endures a backbreaker rack! But she fights out to sunset flip! Gonzalez stays up, drops an elbow, but Stark evades!
NXT returns to single picture as Gonzalez wants Stark’s leg again. Stark enziguris Gonzalez away! Hot tags to Kai and Shirai! Shirai rallies on Kai, dodges but Gonzalez tags in before the FLAPJACK! Shirai runs to victory roll and STMOP Gonzalez! Shirai blocks a kick to send it into Gonzalez, then SHOTEIS Kai! Gonzalez is in a corner, Shirai hits SHINKANSEN! Next stop, Kai! Shirai has Gonzalez in place, dials it up and hits a 619! Stark tags in as Shirai climbs up, and Shirai missile dropkicks Gonzalez down! Stark gets in with a springboard missile dropkick! Gonzalez and Kai end up on the outside, so Stark PLANCHAS! She only gets Gonzalez as Kai runs away!
Kai runs back in, Stark dodges the boot and POSTS Kai! Stark dodges Gonzalez and Gonzalez POSTS herself! Shirai is up top, and she ARIHARA MOONSAULTS Gonzalez down! Stark drags Gonzalez up and in as fans are fired up! Stark climbs up top again, and 450- No! Gonzalez dodges, gets Stark up, DESPERADO BOMB! Both women are down but Gonzalez is rising first. Gonzalez glares at Shirai and tells her this is what’s coming. Gonzalez drags Stark back up, sets her up again, and BOOTS Shirai before hitting ANOTHER DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Gonzalez wins!
Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall
That was a message to the champion and the entire Women’s Division! If Gonzalez can finish off a tag match like that, will she do even worse to Shirai 1v1? Shirai gets back up and returns the trash talk, but Kai slides in. Shirai DECKS Kai but Gonzalez BOOTS Shirai back down! And Gonzalez isn’t done there, she hauls Shirai right up, for a DESPERADO BOMB on the announce desk!! Is there no strategy the Evil Genius can come up with to deal with the sheer power of Gonzalez?
Things have only escalated between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly!
While O’Reilly was training at the Gracie Barracks Brazilian Jiujitsu dojo, Cole stormed in and went right at him! But Cole was not ready for Kyle to tackle him and go after him! The other trainees had to break this up, and this only adds to why William Regal must come up with a solution!
Backstage interview with Kyle O’Reilly.
Things have gotten very intense, but what are his thoughts on Regal’s coming decision? Before Kyle can answer, Roderick Strong walks over. Roddy knows Kyle has a lot going on, but after everything Cole did to them, they both need to kick his ass. Kyle appreciates that, but there is no “us VS Cole,” this is just about Cole and Kyle. Strong gets upset at Kyle and says both he and Cole can go to hell. Does that answer the question? Kyle heads out, is he already past the point of no return?
NXT, let LA Knight talk to ya!
“Tonight’s~ the night~! Yeah~! Why is that? Because Bronson Reed decided, well, he wanted to go into my locker room, he wanted to invade my personal space and put his hands on my property.” Guess what? Knight’s hands will get on Reed and it won’t be pleasant! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! The Ruler is here, and Bronson will find out just like that! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, yeah!
Jordan Devlin speaks.
“I’m not sure why I’m even sitting in this chair right now, because I know my match tonight doesn’t need any promoting. I know this is one of the biggest matches in NXT television history. I mean, look at what you’re dealing with here. We’re talking about a world class professional athlete applying his trade around the world. Japan, Europe, America. Universally respected. And tonight, he’s going 1-on-1 with Kushida.” Devlin respects Kushida, maybe even likes him. But he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, because he’s becoming an example to Santos Escobar right before Stand & Deliver. Is the Irish Ace going to trump the Super Junior tonight?
LA Knight VS Bronson Reed!
We heard “The Ruler” say his part, but now we’re going to see how he measures up to the Colossal! Will Reed rip up Knight easier than he did Knight’s favorite jacket?
The bell rings and Knight gets in Reed’s face. “You wanna be me? Well you gotta learn!” Knight is poking Reed in the forehead, so Reed CHOPS Knight, then CHOPS him again! Reed breaks through Knight’s clothesline and CLOBBERS him! Reed drags Knight up, whips then back drops Knight high and hard! Knight gets up to a corner, boots Reed back, then hops up to leap, into a POWERSLAM! Reed gives back those forehead pokes and clamps on a neck wrench, then shifts to a chinlock. Reed grinds Knight, Knight fights up, fights back and fights free. Knight runs but Reed CLOBBERS him again! Fans fire up for Reed as he headbutts Knight down!
Reed stalks Knight, throws an elbow into Knight’s head, then stands him against ropes. Reed CHOPS Knight, Knight is stinging as he goes to a corner, but Reed snapmares Knight into a motorcycle stretch. Knight endures the knee in his back and arms being pulled, so Reed clamps on a rear bearhug! Knight fights up, Reed CLUBS him on the back, then Reed brings Knight around to suplex. Knight flails free but Reed elbows him to the apron! Reed pursues, drags Knight up but Knight hotshots Reed! Knight slingshots to SHOULDER Reed down! Knight gets the legs, stomps Reed in the stomach and clubs away on him! Fans boo as Knight paces around.
Knight drops knees on Reed, sits him up and CLUBS him in the chest! “L! A! KNIGHT!” brags about himself again as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Knight grinds Reed down with a seated cobra twist. Reed endures, fans rally, and Reed fights up. Knight throws hands, rams into Reed in the corner over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight smirks as he comes back but Reed shoves him away. Reed runs but Knight kicks the legs out! Knight runs to KNEE Reed down! Knight CLUBS Reed, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Reed flops, Knight is after him with big haymakers! Reed goes to a corner, Knight storms over but into elbows and forearms! Reed swings a chop but Knight dodges to stomp and JAB!
Knight brings Reed out of the corner to ROCK with a EuroUpper! Knight throws more hands, but Reed eggs him on! Reed then gets under Knight to RAM him into a corner, whip him corner to corner, but Knight dodges the corner splash to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Knight is furious already but then he cools himself off. Fans fire up as Reed stands and Knight runs corner to corner, but Reed CLOBBERS him with another elbow! Knight flounders on ropes, Reed whips him but Knight kicks back! Reed just gets mad! Reed DECKS Knight with forearm after forearm, then brings him around to whip again. Reed BODY BLOCKS Knight and fans fire up!
Reed fires up, Knight goes to a corner, and Reed runs in to SPLASH! Reed choke grips, but Knight pops out to cravat, knee, but swing into a spin! Reed FALLING CHOKE SLAMS! Reed has Knight in a drop zone and fans fire up again! Reed goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Knight trips him up! Knight ROCKS Reed with a haymaker before climbing up top. Knight brings Reed up but Reed fights back. Reed headbutts Knight away! Knight comes back to leap right up, only for Reed to shove him right back down! Reed adjusts for the TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, REED WINS!!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
For all of Knight’s talk, he just got made to look a fool! The Colossal is a big first loss for Knight, will Knight ever recover?
The NXT Tag Team Championships are up in the air!
After last week’s NXT and the tag title match against Finn Balor & Karrion Kross, Danny Burch suffered a shoulder injury which turned out to be a separated shoulder. This will keep him out of action for roughly six months, and as such, he and Oney Lorcan must vacate the titles. We hope Burch has a speedy recovery, but now we must know who will be the new champions! As such…
BREAKING NEWS for Stand & Deliver!
On the first night of this year’s NXT TakeOver, the NXT Tag Team Championships will be on the line in a TRIPLE THREAT! MSK are getting their title shot, but joining them are Grizzled Young Veterans and El Legado Del Fantasma! Will Nash Carter & Wes Lee still get what they were owed from winning the 2021 Men’s Dusty Cup? Or will another team snipe that golden rite of passage from them?
Oney Lorcan VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
And speaking of Burch’s injury, it’s natural his tag partner would want revenge on the man responsible! Will the Boston Fury make Mr. Doomsday pay? Or will he just be a tune-up for Kross’ golden opportunity on night two of Stand & Deliver?
The bell rings and Oney fires off on Kross! Kross grabs Oney by his head and puts him in a corner, but Oney dodges to fire off more hands! Kross choke grips, throws Oney to a corner, but again Oney dodges to fire off hands! Kross throws Oney out of the ring hard! Oney steadies himself, Kross goes out and throws him right into Plexiglas boards! The ref starts the ring count, Kross stands Oney up to DECK him! Oney gets in at 5, Kross pursues at 7. Kross grins as he stomps Oney but Oney gets out. Kross pursues again but Oney kicks low! Oney tries to suplex but Kross snap suplexes instead! Kross looms over Oney, stomps him down, and the count is climbing again.
Kross puts Oney in at 7, follows at 8, Scarlett taunts Oney’s pain as Kross RAMS into Oney! Kross stalks Oney but Oney CHOPS him! Kross grits his teeth but Oney CHOPS again! But Kross throws Oney back out! Kross goes out after Oney but Oney RAMS him into the apron! Oney gets back in the ring, Kross pursues, but Oney comes back with a dropkick! Oney keeps moving, corner back elbow! Oney keeps going, but Kross CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Kross is seething but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Kross grinds Oney with a headlock. Oney gets out to a corner but Kross RAMS into him again! Kross rams Oney more, lets off at the ref’s count then digs his boot into Oney’s head! The ref backs Kross off, he drags Oney up, and snap suplexes again! Cover, TWO! Oney is still in this but Kross wants the ARMBAR! Oney gets a leg on ropes, Kross lets go and runs in to clotheslines, elbow and clothesline again! Kross roars in Oney’s face then throws him with an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross laughs and looms over Oney. Kross dares Oney to get up, and then drags him around to look at Scarlett. “About your boy, Danny? I don’t regret it. In fact, I loved it!”
Oney gets pissed and fires off EuroUppers! Kross shoves Oney to a corner, runs in but Oney moves and POSTS him! Scarlett gets worried now and Oney gets the arm for the ARMBAR DDT! Kross is furious that Oney is going after his arm! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he grabs Kross by his jaw to slap, slap, SLAP! Kross wings but Oney gets around to chop block! Oney runs to EuroUpper! And then another! Oney keeps moving but Kross dodges the blockbuster to BOOT Oney down! Kross drags Oney up, DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Kross is furious, and he hits the DOOMSDAY FOREARM! Cover, Kross wins!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall
Scarlett keeps Kross calm, but his body shows the marks of this fight with Oney. Will Kross have to do much more to again become NXT Champion against The Prince? Kross gets a mic and says, “I’d like to take a moment right now to address the actions of Mr. Balor from last week.” Kross tells Balor that his actions had malice and intention. Kross actually appreciates that. He was giving respect who didn’t appreciate it. Balor doesn’t deserve it. Despite the fact Balor is champion, when Kross held his little neck in his hands, “it felt just like anybody else’s.” You see, when the fuse is lit, there’s no stopping what’s coming next, which is- Balor interrupting Kross!
Balor has a mic of his own, but he looks down at Oney at the ramp first. “Last week, Kross, you took your best shot. And the Prince is still standing.” Balor literally steps over Oney to get to the ring. “But what you’d really done last week, was you showed me your weakness.” Balor steps into the ring now and says, “When a man’s young, he fights with emotion. Uncontrollable emotion. Some people call it demons, but really, it’s just emotion.” It wasn’t until Balor learned to control his emotions, and be cold, that he became untouchable. Kross still fights with emotion. Everything is a reaction. And in those moments, he’s sloppy. In those moments, he’s vulnerable.
At Stand & Deliver, Balor will push Kross to the point where he’ll only have two options: One, he surprises everyone and masters his emotions; or two, what Balor believes will happen is a repeat of last week, and Kross’ emotions control him. And when they do, Balor drags him into the cold, deep water. And with no emotion, Balor will drown Kross. Will TakeOver end with the Prince having conquered the apocalypse?
William Regal speaks.
He has decided who will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship at Stand & Deliver! There is an incredibly talented line-up, so he wants to extended this opportunity to as many as possible. Therefore, there will be a 12 Man Battle Royal, and it will go until only six are left! Those six will then be in a Gauntlet Eliminator, but the battle royal will continue to determine order of entry in the gauntlet! In other words, the last man left will be in the best position to win! And whoever wins the Gauntlet Eliminator will face Gargano at TakeOver!
The 12 men chosen are: Leon Ruff, Austin Theory, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, Cameron Grimes, Kushida, Bronson Reed, LA Knight, Roderick Strong, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Dexter Lumis and Pete Dunne! Best wishes to them all in the battle royal!
“Jordan Devlin, you’re an incredible competitor, and your performances on NXT UK have been very impressive.” Kushida even claps for Devlin. “That’s why I answered your open challenge.” For Kushida, it’s all about competition, and Devlin is one of the best. For the past year, he’s been taking down every NXT superstar that’s stepped in the ring with him. And now Devlin will find out what happens when he faces the best technical wrestler in NXT today! Kushida vows to break Devlin, but will he be the one to bust against the Irish Ace?
Walter w/ Imperium VS Drake Maverick!
After Imperium reached out to Killian Dain, the Belfast Beast hasn’t been seen or heard from, and Rockstar Spud confronted them about it! However, that only got him on the Ring General’s radar! Is the NXT UK Champion about to make Maverick into mashed potatoes tonight?
The bell rings and Maverick rushes right at Walter! But Walter scoops and SLAMS him down! Walter looms over Maverick, stalks him to ropes, brings him around and hits the WALTER BOMB! Then he puts on a HALF CRAB!! Maverick isn’t even conscious, the ref calls it!
Winner: Walter, by referee stoppage
Imperium stands over Maverick, but here comes Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa’s own tag team partner, Timothy Thatcher, disappeared not too long after Imperium showed their interest in him. Ciampa storms up to the ring, unafraid of being outnumbered 3v1. Ciampa has a mic and says, “A couple of weeks ago, I said that you intrigue me. I misspoke. That intrigues me.” Ciampa points at Walter’s UK Championship! So to cut to the chase, Walter knows what Ciampa wants, the fans know what Ciampa wants, so what does Walter say? Walter VS Ciampa, TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, FOR the NXT UK Championship!!
Walter says no. Ciampa hasn’t earned it. So Ciampa CHOPS Walter! Aichner & Barthel go after Ciampa and mug him 2v1! Then they drag him up for Walter, and Walter snatches Ciampa’s necklace away! Ciampa goes after him to get it back, but Imperium mugs him again! Walter CHOPS Ciampa down! Fans boo but Ciampa gets the pendant back. Walter asks if it’s the title Ciampa wants, then he will see him at TakeOver! Is Ciampa going to be what ends Walter’s 720+ day reign? Or will he just be one in a long line of dominant defeats?
Pete Dunne speaks.
“Two weeks ago, I said I’m the best technical wrestler in the world and dared anybody step up and prove me wrong. Nobody did, so next week, I’ll show the locker room first hand.” Dunne vows to dominate the battle royal and then get gold again. At Stand & Deliver, the Bruiserweight becomes the NXT North American Champion! But will Dunne even make it to the end of the 12 Man Battle Royal?
Robert Stone tried to get an old client back.
He and Aliyah try to recruit Mercedes Martinez back into the group, offering her a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Jessi Kamea got hurt, so Aliyah needs a partner. Mercedes can team with her tonight and make history! Alright, how much money are we talking, though? They hand over an envelope, and Mercedes says this is now just half. Get the other half after the match. Y-Yeah, perfect! Stone and Aliyah are happy about the partnership but he’s gonna be out of money! Will they at least get the gold to make some of that cash back?
Johnny Gargano visits Regal’s office.
But he hesitates a moment before barging in. He then asks what’s going on. Regal isn’t sure, and then asks Gargano back if he wears the title everywhere. Yes, of course! He’s the champion! He wears it everywhere! But please explain to him the situation. So there’s going to be a 12 Man battle royal? Yes. And then the final six guys go to a Gauntlet Eliminator on night one of Stand & Deliver? Yes. And then the winner of that faces Gargano on night two for the title? Yes. Gargano says with all due respect, is Regal cuckoo bananas?! You can’t do that to Gargano! He’ll only have 24 hours to prepare! He needs to game plan, strategize, watch tape! He can’t stay up all night cramming! Johnny TakeOver deserves better!
Well if he’s Johnny TakeOver, then this isn’t a problem. Between then and now, study all the competitors. But that’s like a million people! Gargano storms out and isn’t slamming the door just to stick it to Regal. But will the variables be too much for Gargano to figure out before Stand & Deliver?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Robert Stone Brand!
The wild child and evolved Shenom are only the second-ever team to hold these titles, but they got them off the original champions on night one! Will their reign end almost as quick now that mercenary Mercedes is on Stone’s limited payroll? Or will they be howling to the moon and all the way to TakeOver?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the champions can #TCB!
Ember and Mercedes start and they tie up. They go around, Mercedes sweeps the leg then stomps Ember down! Stone likes what he sees as Mercedes whips, but Ember dodges and redirects to tilt-o-whirl to a FACEBUSTER! Tag to Shotzi, Ember clubs Mercedes then feeds her to Shotzi’s hanging headscissor! Ember runs in to CLUB Mercedes down, then Shotzi goes up top and leaps for a SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up but Stone and Aliyah distract! Stone is throwing off his shoes and jacket, but that gives Mercedes time to BOOT Shotzi down! Mercedes drags Shotzi from Ember, ROCKS her with a right, then drags her away again.
Mercedes fireman’s carries, tags Aliyah, and they work together for a GUTBUSTER to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah is furious already but she brings Shotzi up to RAM her into the corner! Aliyah fires off, shrieks in anger, but Shotzi fires off forearms and elbows to get free! Shotzi hurries for her corner but Aliyah BOOTS Ember first! Aliyah then BOOTS Shotzi down, drags her over by her hair, and tags Mercedes in. Mercedes drags Shotzi into a wheelbarrow, and Aliyah adds a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Mercedes drags Shotzi back up. Shotzi hits a jawbreaker, but Aliyah tags in to drag Shotzi away! Shotzi boots Aliyah, and tags Ember!
Ember dodges Aliyah, DECKS Mercedes then rallies on Aliyah! SUPERKICK to front kick to ENZIGURI! Ember howls and fires up and fans are with her! Ember runs in to back body block then whip, to a pop-up BOMB! High stack but Mercedes KNEES Ember away! Mercedes gets Shotzi into a scoop, but Shotzi spins it to a DDT! Mercedes bails out, Ember puts Aliyah in, and tags! Ember goes up, for the ECLIPSE!! Cover, the champs win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The Robert Stone Brand is going bankrupt fast as his mercenary doesn’t pay off! Will Shotzi & Ember continue to bring these titles along to Stand & Deliver and beyond?
Cameron Grimes talks with Roderick Strong backstage.
“Tough couple of weeks, man.” Grimes thinks he’s taking it just as bad as Strong is. The Undisputed Era did so much for the business, it’d be a shame for it to end. Y’know what? It doesn’t have to end! All the intellectual property the Era has, if Grimes buys that from him, he can take it to new heights! Think of it! The new shirts, the new logos, the new socks and armbands! Just think of this: Undisputed Grimes, to the moon! Strong DECKS Grimes and storms off. Grimes shouts, “That’s not how you do business, Roddy!!” Will Grimes make Strong pay for that in the battle royal?
Backstage interview with Shotzi & Ember.
How does it feel to successfully defend their titles? How do you think it feels? It feels GREAT! They totally #TCB thanks to Ember’s Law! But then The Way’s Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae walk in, applauding the victory. Congratulations on a title defense. But maybe it was a bit easy since it was just Aliyah & Mercedes. If they want real competition against a real team, look this way. Shotzi laughs and Ember says what she’s trying to say is, they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again. This time, these two are going to show The Way the way to the FIREPIT! Candice says next time, things will go their way, on their time and on their stage. Oh is that how it is? Don’t be jelly~! But will Candice & Indi find a way to take over the NXT Women’s Tag Division?
NXT sets the Stand & Deliver schedule!
For night one, it will be: the NXT Women’s Championship, Shirai VS Gonzalez as the main event; the NXT UK Championship, Walter VS Ciampa; the NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, MSK VS GYV VS Legado; and after we see which six last in the battle royal, it will be the NXT North American Championship #1 contender’s Gauntlet Eliminator!
For night two, that of course means it’ll be: THE NXT Championship, Balor VS Kross as the main event; the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Unification, Santos Escobar VS Jordan Devlin; and the North American Championship, Johnny Gargano VS the winner from night one!
Jordan Devlin VS KUSHIDA!
The Irish Ace defended his title successfully against the slimmer Trent Seven, and is ready to prove he’s been the rightful Cruiserweight Champion all along! But will the Time Splitter prove he should be in the conversation this close to TakeOver?
The bell rings and fans are fired up already as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Kushida gets a leg and trips Devlin up to have a standing toehold. Devlin endures, rolls, and gets free. They circle, tie up again, and Devlin has the arm to whip. Kushida reverses, Devlin goes up and over and rolls to then dodge and get Kushida for an URENAGE and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kushida gets up but Devlin wrenches and whips to elbow Kushida down! Devlin brings Kushida up as fans duel, and Kushida wrenches to headlock, Delvin powers out, things sped up, Kushida blocks a hip toss to hit a hip toss! Cartwheel and basement dropkick catches Devlin!
Kushida gets Devlin’s arm, hammerlocks it and TWISTS! Devlin clutches the arm, Kushida stalks him to a corner and KICKS him in the back! And KICKS him in the arm! Devlin sits down, Kushida brings him up and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Devlin hits a jawbreaker in return! Devlin scowls, runs but Kushida puts him on the apron! Kushida forearms, runs but Devlin jumps over to MOONSAULT and take Kushida down at the ramp! Fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!
Both men are down on the outside and the ring count is climbing! Devlin gets up, drags Kushida up and JABS him! Kushida goes around the way, Devlin refreshes the count then RAMS Kushida into the apron! Devlin puts Kushida back in but Kushida CHOPS him! Kushida is after Devlin in a corner with more CHOPS, but Devlin turns it around, only for Kushida to dodge and CHOP! Devlin goes to another corner, Kushida CHOPS him again and again, and Devlin flops down! Kushida drags Devlin up, but Devlin claws Kushida’s eyes! The ref reprimands but the damage is done and Kushida clutches his face.
Devlin drags Kushida up, scoops and slams him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Devlin gets annoyed, but he drags Kushida back up. Devlin snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Devlin stalks Kushida, clamps on with a chinlock and digs his knee in. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Kushida endures, fans rally up, and Kushida fights up. Kushida fights back, Devlin CLUBS him, but Kushida forearms and enziguris! Both men are down, fans fire up and Kushida fires up, too! Kushida rises, Devlin follows, and Kushida fires a forearm! Devlin gives it back, they go back and forth, but Kushida gets the edge! Kushida whips, Devlin reverses, but Kushida handspring back elbows!
Kushida winds up, FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida clamps on for an armbar BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Kushida takes aim. Devlin slowly rises, Kushida runs in and goes after the arm! Devlin gets the ropes to hold off the wristlock, but Kushida lets off to KICK the arm! Kushida reels Devlin in, hammerlocks, but Devlin blocks and spins out, only for Kushida to jump after the arm! Devlin makes the takedown a cover, TWO!! Kushida lets Devlin go, runs in but misses in the corner! Devlin slingshots in for a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and and Devlin is shocked! Devlin gets his bad arm going as fans rally and duel again.
Devlin drags Kushida up, gives a thumbs down, but the bad arm holds back the ripcord! Devlin storms after Kushida with forearms and then hoists him up top! Devlin forearms, climbs up top, but El Legado stands on the stage to distract him! Kushida slips away and HANDSPRING KICKS Devlin! Devlin sits on the top rope, Kushida climbs up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! But he rolls through for the FALCON ARROW to ARMBAR!! Devlin endures, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, but Legado drags Devlin out of the ring! The ref is busy with Kushida, but then sees Wilde & Mendoza! He warns them to stand down but Escobar is also there. Devlin is surrounded, but he dodges to get back in! Kushida runs in but is sent into Legado! O’Conner roll and bridge, Devlin wins!!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Kushida is upset so he goes after and FLIES onto Legado!! Kushida fires off hands on Wilde and Mendoza, then throw Mendoza into Wilde! Kushida gets space to build speed and FLY off the stage!! Down go Wilde and Mendoza, but Escobar is ready to pick Devlin’s bones by himself. Devlin knows Escobar is here to get at him before TakeOver, but wait! Is that HBK!? Shawn Michaels is here!! But why?! He makes it obvious by bringing out a ladder!! Just as HBK and Razor Ramon did for the Intercontinental Championship, it is clear what HBK is turning the Unification Match into!
Devlin and Escobar accept that and raise up their belts! But who will bring down both titles to be the one true Cruiserweight Champion?!
Adam Cole heads to gorilla position.
On his way there, he crosses paths with HBK, who is making his way back from the ring. HBK gives him a nod, is that a sign as to what to expect for Regal’s announcement?
NXT returns with Regal, Cole, Kyle, and security all on stage.
Regal presides over what will be a contract signing between the former Undisputed Era brothers-in-arms. “Gentlemen, thank you for joining me here tonight. Now it’s obvious that the situation between the two of you has got out of control, has reached a boiling point. In fact, it got the bloody police involved!” Regal will not have them embarrass this company that so many people have worked so hard to create! What Regal has here is a solution to the situation. This is a contract for Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole in a co-main event of Stand & Deliver Night Two! Kyle is not medically cleared, so this match can only take place with both men have signed, and acknowledge that NXT is NOT liable for what happens! That’s right, it will be an UNSANCTIONED MATCH!!
Cole takes the contract first, takes the mic to say he wants to tell us a little story first. Cole wants us to imagine being born blind, and then one day you wake up and see everything! That’s called a revelation, and Cole had one. Cole realized he didn’t need the Era, the Era was holding him back! And what made him realize that was Kyle! Cole bought into the BS that maybe the Era was about brotherhood! But it was never about that. Cole sat back and watched Kyle challenge for the NXT Championship not once but twice, and fail both times! And then Kyle tries to befriend Balor?! He wanted Balor to join them!? Had Kyle lost his mind?!
But then it made sense. Deep down in Kyle’s core, he is nothing more than a lapdog! Kyle is a sidekick, a person comfortable being on the sidelines, and that is NOT Adam Cole! Cole is the “Greatest NXT Champion there has ever been,” and he is NOTHING like Kyle! Kyle lost sight of what this was and what the Era was. It was never about friendship or brotherhood, but about being the best! And you are lookin g at the best! Kyle should thank Cole for everything! Does Kyle think he would’ve made it to the WWE, let alone be successful in it, without Cole? Does he think the UE works without Cole?
COLE is the one who led the charge! COLE is the one who main-evented! COLE is the one with the legendary title run! COLE is the one who sold the merchandise! Without him, Kyle is NOTHING! Cole cannot wait to fight Kyle at TakeOver, and you wanna know why? Because Cole already knows who wins, and so does the world. The only one who doesn’t is “the pathetic lapdog sitting across this table.” Cole then signs his part, and passes the contract over to Kyle. Kyle gets his mic to respond. “We’ve known each other for a long time. At least I thought we did.” When they first go there, they didn’t care who they stepped on to succeed.
They were “four hungry pitbulls were taking spots at the top of the card where they belonged! You could say they shocked the system, but they were making a statement, and didn’t give a damn who was footing the bill. Cole does realize that the UE will forever have heat with the GM and locker room full of guys, right? Kyle grew up and started to take accountability. “You look a man in the eyes before you kick his teeth in. No more sneak attacks, no more 4v1 beatings or BS. But since coming to NXT, they’ve become better wrestlers, better fighters, champions and stars. But only one of them became a better person. But “Adam Cole is just the same asshole that walked into this place three and a half years ago!”
Kyle keeps forcing himself to really, truly believe that the last three and a half years meant nothing. That the Era meant nothing. Kyle is forcing himself to do that because if any part of him thinks for a second that they could be friends again, that they could go for a beer together, Kyle can’t do what is necessary to put Cole down for good! Kyle sold his soul to the Era but he wants it back! Cole is “an insecure prick that used his best friends, and that is so, so cold and somehow,” Kyle isn’t surprised. But Kyle tells Cole this: “Not one single person is going to be surprised-” LOOK AT HIM, COLE!!!
“Not one single person will be surprised after I beat you into a pulp, and for the first time in damn near four years, I sleep like a baby.” Kyle signs his part, and Cole says “attaboy.” Sign your death warrant. Kyle does, and says he just signed Coles, too! They go right at each other but the security keeps them apart!! Cole and Kyle vow to end the other, but just how will their final battle end?!
What a great episode! A lot of stuff set up for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and it’s all going to be great. We’re getting a big set-up to a North American Championship match with a star-studded battle royal that then leads to an equally star-studded Gauntlet Eliminator at TakeOver, then the title match on night two. I have a feeling with Theory and Lumis in the Battle Royal, Lumis and Theory make it to the Eliminator, and they might be the last two so that it comes down to Lumis breaking through to Theory so that Theory joins him against Gargano. But there are also a lot of other rivalries in that Battle Royal, so the Eliminator will get them all out on TakeOver at the same time.
Knight VS Reed was a good match but the bigger shock was that Reed won! Knight gets his first loss out of the way, but I bet he gets revenge on Reed in the battle royal by eliminating him. Similarly, Grimes trying to buy the rights to the Undisputed Era IP and angering Strong will be hashed out in the battle royal. I’m surprised Dunne didn’t pick up on Kushida calling himself the best technical wrestler, but that can be part of the battle royal and beyond. With so little on Night 2 right now, I hope Kushida VS Dunne is a grudge match opener to it. Mercedes being a mercenary is a good way of reintroducing her, but of course Shotzi & Ember won the tag title match. Shotzi & Ember VS The Way is definitely happening for Night 2, as well, and could go either way.
The opening Women’s Tag was really good, but Gonzalez wins it for her team to get herself great momentum going towards the title match. That match could go either way but it’d be quite the moment for Gonzalez, winning the title in the main event of night one on USA Network. Oney VS Kross was pretty good because Oney still got to do some damage, but of course Kross wins to head strong for TakeOver. Kross and Balor had good promos, and Balor saying the word “demon” probably isn’t a tease about bringing Demon Balor back but more saying without saying it that he doesn’t need Demon Balor anymore. But still, skeleton pirate Demon Balor would be pretty awesome…
And while it sucks for Burch to get hurt legitimately and then lose the titles he and Oney waited so long to have, I like that we’re getting a big match for crowning new champions. MSK VS GYV VS Legado del Fantasma is going to be a strong match, really bringing the NXT Tag Division back to where it was just a couple years ago. At this point, it’s basically just Legado taking the pin so that we can later get MSK VS GYV properly. Walter VS Maverick went even more squash than expected, but that made it even better. I bet Thatcher and Dain being absent along with Wolfe is a sign that they’re being converted to Imperium.
Ciampa going after Walter, and then getting his title match for TakeOver is all great stuff, and that match is going to be about as close to Walter VS Dragunov as NXT USA can give us. But between Walter VS Rampage Brown at NXT UK Prelude, and then Walter VS Ciampa on TakeOver, Walter is going to look like the strongest champion ever, and he basically is. That reign is hitting the two year mark and going beyond until perhaps Ilja Dragunov rises back up. Devlin VS Kushida was great stuff, even with Legado interfering. Kushida taking out Wilde & Mendoza was awesome, I hope Kushida circles back to the Cruiserweight title chase.
HBK suggesting the ladder stipulation was awesome! That makes Escobar VS Devlin way better than before. I just hope it doesn’t help Escobar win because Legado can interfere without it being a disqualification. I get that there are (presumably) more fans that watch NXT USA than NXT UK, but Devlin is a better champion than Escobar. If Devlin can be back in the states, he should be allowed to have the belt and represent the division in both the US and UK and Escobar can do something else. And then, the stipulation for Cole VS Kyle was of course going to be Unsanctioned, but I was hoping they’d add “Loser Leaves NXT” to it. Their promos for the signing were great stuff, that match is going to be amazing, but I feel like it has to go to Kyle so that he can move past Cole and the Era to be a contender again.
My Score: 9.5/10
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.11.2021
Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!
Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!
Hard to say I wasn’t a little annoyed the VOD took so long to post, but better late than never; especially when the next event isn’t until the 17th.
Anyway though! Zeus looks to topple the current Triple Crown champion and continue his undefeated Carnival streak and Ashino has to do something to get off the bubble; but Kento is a big ask. We could be looking at a quick favorite to win as well as the walking dead.
Let’s hope nothing too drastic happens! Check it out!
- Jake Lee vs Koji Doi: Jake wins via D4C @8:10 – **
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi: Ishikawa wins via Single Leg Cradle @11:13 – ***
- Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino: Ashino wins via Grapevine Ankle Lock @12:11 – *** ½
- Zeus vs Suwama: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @19:52 – *** ¾
Jake Lee vs Koji Doi
Total Eclipse inner faction fighting! Since Jake is the leader, he starts off in typical heel leader fashion telling Koji to lie down and eat the pin. Koji lies down; Jake drapes himself in a cocky cover, so Koji goes for the crucifix at the 2 count. Jake snaps up and he looks shocked that Koji went against an order, but then we get to a match.
Koji does a solid job keeping Jake off balance with power attacks, Shoulder Tackles and an interesting Football Tackle with the lift and slam. Jake eats a decent amount of offense, including a few short arm Lariats, before he starts stabilizing with Knee Lifts and Yakuza Kicks.
Lucky for Jake, even though Koji countered the D4C once, after Giant Killing, Koji wasn’t countering anything. Jake hits D4C and gets his second win of the tournament! Not a flashy match honestly felt a little silly at points with how quiet and echoed the arena made the match feel. Hopefully the setting doesn’t continue to plague the atmosphere of the matches.
Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi
Now this was decent, though the hollow quiet atmosphere of venue is really detracting from the matches. Yuma was trying to find openings, but Shuji continued to run him over and abuse him with power early. And it was during these slower spots, the deafening silence of the venue made for weird watching.
Even though Shuji hit a Scoop Slam into the corner of the arpon, multiple Tsunamis and a flashing Scoop Fire/Thunder Driver, Yuma stayed resilient. Yuma nearly made the bigger man tap in End Game, but Shuji was able to find the ropes. Yuma hits an O’Connor Roll into the Japanese Leg Clutch, Shuji manages to get out of that, goes for a Tsunami, Yuma slides and tries to scoop Shuji for a Roll-Up, but at two Shuji manages to reverse the Roll-Up, grab a single leg and keep Yuma down for a three count!
Even though I have yet to be convinced by Yuma, the fact he got a finish that still made him look strong while putting up a good fight against a decorated opponent like Ishikawa; that says a lot about his potential rise on the card.
Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino
Ashino is in the unenviable position of last place after two days. With a 0-2 record, he really REALLY needs this…and he of course has Kento as his roadblock. They’ve traded wins in the past, and come off as rivals who don’t really like one another.
The match starts quick with Ashino shooting the half, grabbing a leg and searching for the Ankle Lock early. Kento fights out, but Kento is surprised and Ashino stays on him. Ashino pulls Kento to the ring post and wraps Kento’s left leg against the post a few times. Kento fires and Snake Eyes lands Ashino into the corner of the apron. This gives Kento plenty of time to walk off the early ankle damage and play into his cocky arrogance, all while messing with the referee and his opponent.
Whenever Ashino managed to get back in the ring, he was greeted by Blackouts to the front and back of his head. It wasn’t really until Kento went for the Shutdown Suplex, that Ashino hit a second wind. Both men trade German Suplexes, Ashino continues with a Deadlift Overhead suplex and he starts building momentum back.
He teases a German from the apron to the floor, but Kento blocks, fights off and Piledrives Ashino instead. Kento fires off Blackouts as Ashino once again barely beats the count out, but after landing his ninth Blackout of the fight, Ashino grabs the left leg, rolls through and goes for the Ankle Lock. Kento tries to fight off, but Ashino refuses to let go, readjusting, rolling through, pulling Kento back into the center away from the ropes; eventually dropping down into the Grapevine. Kento has no other option but to submit!
Ashino finally gets on the board, and Kento joins him in the 1-2 portion of the standings! I wonder how much the ankle will play into the rest of Kento’s carnival.
Zeus vs Suwama
Last year during Zeus’ carnival winning run, he had a match with Suwama which resulted in Suwama sustaining an arm injury. Thanks to this knowledge, and the sting of a failed challenge when Suwama recovered, Zeus came out attacking the arm and trying to replicate some of his success from last year.
The beauty in Zeus’ arm attacks, is not only were the Key Lock and Arm Bars effective to play on the old injury, they also inhibited Suwama from executing the Last Ride Powerbomb. Zeus’ attack really did great, as well as giving him the power advantage against someone who can usually match him in that department. Zeus lifted out of Boston Crabs, met Suwama head on with Biceps Explosions and even broke out the Frog Splash a few times.
In a nice reference, Suwama was able to fight out of the Arm Trap Facelock this time, but Zeus had too much of an advantage. Zeus peppered in Chokeslams, Lariats, another Frog Splash and eventually ended the match with an impactful Jackhammer. This was a solid struggle throughout, injured only by the awkward venue setting.
Who will be the first person to hang a Carnival loss on Zeus since 2019?
Overall Score: 6.75/10
While there wasn’t really a lot to complain about in terms of action, I really hated the venue. With the Japanese crowd rules of not being able to scream and having to just clap or stomp, it was very noticeably irritating in this event. Slower moments felt empty and stupid, almost back to the empty Quarantine times, which definitely impact smaller events and smaller companies.
Aside from that, we got a lot of really great finishes. Ashino finally getting on the scoreboard AND over Kento is great. Zeus continuing his streak from last year, Jake well…doing Jake things and Shuji looking strong as a current title holder should. Otani and Sato were missed a little today, but let’s check out the standings!
- Zeus: 3-0 – (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 2-1 – (4 Points)
- Jake Lee: 2-1 – (4 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 1-2 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 1-2 – (2 Points)
- Suwama: 1-2 – (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: 1-2 – (2 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 1-2 – (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/12/21)
The Raw After WrestleMania!
WrestleMania 37 is over, but how does Raw handle the aftermath?
Raw makes land after WrestleMania’s high seas adventure, and while we’re STILL in the All Might Era, we’ve also entered a new NIGHTMARE!
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Matt Riddle; Lashley wins.
- Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Asuka wins by disqualification, Rhea retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap: The Miz & John Morrison w/ Maryse VS Damian Priest; Miz & Morrison win.
- Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose; Jax & Baszler win, by count-out.
- The New Day VS Elias & Jaxson Ryker; The New Day wins.
- WWE World Championship Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS Braun Strowman VS Randy Orton; McIntyre wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title at WrestleMania Backlash.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bobby Lashley and MVP arrive in the NEW ThunderDome, the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center.
The staff and superstars all applaud, and some even ask for autographs. Matt Riddle gives Lashley congrats, but the real excitement doesn’t start until the next day! And so even though Riddle is busted up, he wants to challenge Lashley! Wait, he got whooped by Sheamus but wants to step to Riddle? He must be out of his mind! Well, maybe. Riddle did wear a tinfoil hat to school because he thought aliens abducted him and were sending him messages, but then Riddle just realized his braces were picking up radio waves.
Lashley stops Riddle there and says he just went to war with Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania. He will be damned if he faced someone lesser. He is just here to celebrate and address the fans, that is all! Well okay. But wasn’t it a few weeks ago that Lashley said anyone could have a chance at the championship? And then it was March 8th, 2021, “Everybody in the locker room knows that the same thing that happened to The Miz will happen to them if they step into the ring with me!” And then, Riddle quotes Lashley again, “I worked too long and too hard to become WWE Champion!” Lashley SMACKS Riddle of his own scooter!
Lashley tells Riddle he is a loser, and Lashley is a winner. Tonight, he’ll show Riddle the difference. So is that a yes to the match? Will the Bro come to regret getting on the Rocky Mountain Machine’s bad side?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Matt Riddle!
Corey Graves and Adnan Virk both join Raw’s commentary team now, and this is quite the moment to start with! Because bro, Riddle might be taking on more than he can handle after he took on and lost to the Fella over the WWE US Championship. And then Lashley CLOBBERS Riddle as he scooters to ringside! Will Riddle even stand a chance in this fight?!
Lashley throws Riddle around ringside, then RAMS him into barriers! And again! And again! The ref reprimands but Lashley drags Riddle up to whip him all the way into more barriers! This isn’t a match yet, Lashley is just hurting Riddle, as he fireman’s carries and POSTS him! Lashley glares at Riddle as he stalks up behind him. Riddle manages to get up but Lashley RAMS him into barriers! Lashley finally puts Riddle in the ring, Riddle flounders to a corner, and he glares up at Lashley. The bell rings, this is finally a match, and Lashley fires off haymakers! Lashley bumps Riddle off buckles, and again! Lashley gets in Riddle’s face before he bumps him off buckles again!
Riddle sputters, Lashley drags Riddle up and RAMS into him over and over! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and whips Riddle corner to corner. Lashley runs in, and RAMS into Riddle again! MVP likes what he sees as Lashley hits a NECKBREAKER! Riddle sits up in a daze but Lashley hauls him up for a suplex! Lashley holds Riddle up, with one arm! And then after a count of 10, he SLAMS Riddle down! MVP says Lashley can do whatever he wants! Lashley goes outside and gets Riddle’s scooter! Lashley TOSSES it up the ramp! Lashley goes back to the ring, but Riddle fires off body shots! Riddle forearms, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS him down!
Lashley throws Riddle out, goes out after him, and military presses Riddle up to TOSS over the barriers!! Lashley leaves Riddle for dead out there as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Riddle fights back but Lashley stomps him down! Lashley looms over Riddle, and knocks him back down! Riddle writhes but Lashley shows no mercy. Lashley clamps onto Riddle with a knuckle digging into Riddle’s jaw! Riddle fights up, fights free, runs but Lashley follows to get Riddle for a flurry of knees! Buckle shot to a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Riddle still lives but Lashley rains down rights on him! Lashley digs his knuckles in again but Riddle gets a ropebreak with a foot. Lashley lets off, he puts Riddle on ropes and chokes him! Lashley lets off at the ref’s count, but comes back with crossface forearms!
Riddle flounders as Lashley lets off again, and Lashley stomps him down! Lashley stands on Riddle’s chest but the ref counts. Lashley lets off, to stand on Riddle’s head! MVP says Lashley can do what he wants as Lashley whips and CLOBBERS Riddle! Lashley gets Riddle up to snap suplex and then dig his knuckles in again! The ref counts, Lashley lets off, and then he slams Riddle’s arm into the mat! And the other arm! Then he stomps Riddle’s hand! Lashley sits Riddle up, neck wrenches, but Riddle fights up to throw hands back! Riddle backs Lashley down but Lashley CLOBBERS him again! Lashley looms over Riddle again, brings him up and whips, but Riddle blocks!
Lashley tries again, but Riddle escapes the spinebuster! Riddle fires off hands, kicks, but gets caught! Riddle still gets around, ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Riddle gets Lashley in a drop zone and goes up top! FLOATING BRO- NO! Lashley catches him to a HURT LOCK!! Lashley thrashes Riddle, Riddle taps, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
The All Mighty couldn’t be stopped, even just a few days out from having faced the Scottish Warrior! If Lashley can keep putting on the hurt, will anyone ever stop him?
Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.
The NEW Raw Women’s Champion is already defending her title! But it’s about confidence in herself. It’s what led her to challenge Asuka in the first place, and what allowed her to beat one of the best ever to become champion. What the WWE Universe witnessed last night was the “brutal new order” of the Women’s Division. And in this WrestleMania rematch, she will prove again that she IS ready for Asuka! Will the Empress of Tomorrow redeem herself for what happened yesterday?
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Viking Raiders!
#PRIMED Alexander & The Gold Standard are about to run into a raid! Erik & Ivar are back, will they ransack the Raw Tag Team Division once again?
The teams sort out, Alexander asks Ivar, “How’s the neck?” They tie up, throw hands, and Ivar throws Cedric to throw hands back! The ref counts, Ivar lets off and tags in Erik. They whip Alexander, scoop and SLAM, to then have Erik scoop slam SENTON Ivar onto Alexander! Alexander hurries away, tags in Benjamin, and Benjamin sucker punches Ivar! Alexander chop blocks Erik and Benjamin KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Erik is still in this but Benjamin is after him with a scoop and SLAM! And another scoop SLAM! Benjamin drags Erik up, Erik shoves him away but Benjamin stomps Erik back down.
Benjamin stays between the Vikings, then drags Erik up in a facelock for some knees. Benjamin CLUBS Erik down, then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Benjamin tags Alexander, they keep Erik down with elbow drops! Alexander fires off body shots, rams into Erik, then lets off. Alexander digs his forearms into Erik and talks trash, then KNEES low! Alexander brings Erik out but Erik ROCKS him with a right! Alexander grabs at Erik but Erik puts him in a corner. Alexander clubs free, ROCKS Erik back, then talks more trash. Alexander clubs Erik down, drags him back up, and whips him but Erik gets around to clinch! Alexander fights free with elbow after elbow!
Alexander brings Erik up, tags Benjamin, and they hand off for Benjamin to back suplex. Erik fights free, ROCKS Alexander, ROCKS Benjamin, but Alexander KNEES Erik! OLYMPIC SLAM from Benjamin! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives but Benjamin tags Alexander. Alexander elbows Erik on the back, brings him back up, and whips, only for Erik to reverse! Ace Ten Mao!! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to Benjamin and Ivar! The War Beard and Gold Standard fire off hands! Ivar gets the edge, whips and runs Benjamin over and over! Whip and scoop for a SIDEWALK SLAM! BIG VIKING SPLASH!
Ivar fires up and so do the fans on their ThunderDome screens, but Benjamin knees back. Benjamin whips but runs into the SEATED SENTON! Ivar fires up even more and he drags Benjamin up. Benjamin powers Ivar to the corner, tags Alexander and they mug Ivar. They double whip, but Ivar cartwheels around to DOUBLE LARIAT! Tag to Erik, Ivar CLOBBERS Benjamin! Erik uses Ivar to HIP ATTACK Benjamin! Ivar gets Alexander, feeds him to Erik, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The #VikingExperience is back! Will the warpath head for gold once again?
Backstage interview with Asuka.
How is she approaching this rematch? “Last night, Rhea Ripley brought the fight. But now, it’s MY turn!” Asuka says in Japanese and then in English that losing was a nightmare. But tonight, she is ready for Rhea, and then once again be Raw Women’s Champion!! The Empress is fired up, will she end Rhea’s reign at just 24 hours?
Charlotte Flair is here!
The Queen returns to Raw and heads to the ring! She gets a mic, soaks in the cheers from the ThunderDome, and says, “So here I am, on the Raw After WrestleMania. And typically, I’d be standing here with my big ol’ Flair smile, but I wasn’t on WrestleMania.” She wasn’t welcomed. She knows what some are thinking: It’s just one Mania! She’s been on five! No, she is a franchise player, a genuine superstar, and what she does is sacred to the Flair family. It wasn’t even her fault! It was all things out of her control and that is unacceptable!
Was it her fault Asuka needed a tag partner? Was it her fault Ric Flair showed up on Legends Night acting like a fool? Was it her fault that Lacey Evans just went and got pregnant before Charlotte could kick her ass? NO! She didn’t try, either! She even challenged Asuka on Raw for the title, but Asuka didn’t respond! Some champion, huh? But that opportunist, Rhea, challenged Asuka and Asuka accepted. Rhea won, a new champion was crowned and a star was born! Out with the old, in with the new! But don’t act like every other woman wasn’t happy that Charlotte wasn’t here! Y’know what everyone thought? “This is MY opportunity to be on WrestleMania!”
But kudos to Rhea! Because now, she’s the biggest snake in the locker room! Even ASUKA manipulated her way to tonight’s rematch! But as they say, “Karma is a BITCH. And I’m that bitch.” Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, so on and so forth. No one compares to CHARLOTTE. And what Charlotte realized for the first time in about seven years, after watching Mania at home, “I don’t steal opportunities. I AM the opportunity!” So to all the delusional fans at home that think she steals things for your favorites, NO! She makes those opportunities! This is a NEW Charlotte! She won’t apologize for being that damn good! You will bow down to the THIRTEEN TIME Women’s Champion!!
No more little humble Charlotte. So everyone needs to show their respect to what she has done! She’s dedicated YEARS of her life to this! Tears, blood and sweat. And what has anyone given her in return? Exactly, NOTHING. Enjoy the match that SHE should’ve been in! Mic drop of mic drops right here! Will The Queen go after whoever comes out with the title tonight?
Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!
The Nightmare became reality when her brutality was more than ready, ended Asuka’s reign at 330 days, and now she starts her first day as champion! But will the first day be the last when she gives Asuka her WrestleMania rematch already?
Raw returns as Rhea makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised and WrestleMania continues on Raw!
Rhea and Asuka circle, approach and tie right up. Rhea puts Asuka in a corner but Asuka turns it around to fire off! The ref counts, Rhea goes after Asuka! Rhea puts Asuka back in a corner, keeps on her with haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Asuka drop toeholds but Rhea blocks hitting buckles this time! Rhea drags Asuka up to TOSS her away! Rhea gets Asuka up, Asuka fights but Rhea CLUBS her down! Rhea hauls Asuka up to CLUB her on the back again, and again, then has her at the ropes. Rhea gets Asuka up for a back suplex, but Asuka victory rolls, ONE!! Rhea sits up but into KICKS! Rhea blocks, but Asuka throws her for an ARMBAR!
Rhea scrambles, gets the ropebreak, but Asuka is after her! Rhea hits back, bumps Asuka off buckles, then hoists her up top backwards. Rhea climbs, Asuka elbows away on her, but Rhea gets back to dropkick Asuka down! Asuka tumbles to the floor, the ref reprimands but Rhea smirks as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rhea has Asuka in a body scissor squeeze. Asuka fights, make sit a cover, ONE as Rhea lets her go! Rhea CLOBBERS Asuka and wags her finger. Rhea drags Asuka up, whips her hard into a corner, but Asuka just gets mad! Rhea drags Asuka up again, bumps her off buckles again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Rhea stomps Asuka, lets off again, but Asuka elbows her away! Asuka boots, hops up, and leaps for a missile dropkick! Rhea and Asuka are both down and the ThunderDome fans rally on their screens! Rhea sits up, checks her jaw, but Asuka stands, POP-UP KNEE! GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea is in a corner, Asuka HIP ATTACKS, but no bulldog!
Rhea walks into a ROUNDHOUSE, and a HEEL KICK! SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Asuka grows desperate. Asuka goes back up top, leaps again, but just misses as Rhea moves! Rhea stomps Asuka, gets the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Rhea pulls on the ankle but Asuka endures and reaches! ROPEBREAK! Asuka holds on but Rhea yanks her for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is still in this and Rhea grows frustrated. Rhea pushes Asuka around, talks trash, but Asuka fires back! Rhea blocks a punch, spins Asuka to cravat and knee away! Rhea snapmares and runs but now she misses! Rhea dodges the Sliding Wizard but Asuka foils the Electric Chair!
Asuka gets up, Rhea tries again, and Rhea gets Asuka up only for Asuka to throw hands! Rhea shifts Asuka to a fireman’s carry, but Asuka makes it a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Both women are down from that but Asuka crawls to a cover, TWO!! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Asuka pulls, Rhea endures, fights and rolls but into an ASUKA LOCK!!! Asuka hasn’t got it completely on as Rhea moves around! Rhea pries at Asuka’s chinbar hold, fights up to her feet, and she RAMS Asuka into a buckle! Rhea is free, and she Electric Chair lifts again, for the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Asuka survives and is driving Rhea mad!
Rhea sees Asuka go to the apron and follows. Rhea wants to return the favor from last night but Asuka shoves her into a POST! And then HIP ATTACKS her into the post! APRON DDT!! The ring count starts, Asuka gets Rhea up, but CHARLOTTE ATTACKS!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification; Rhea retains the title
Charlotte RAMS Asuka into steps, then into barriers! Charlotte rains down rights on Asuka, then she runs and BOOTS Rhea down!! Charlotte throws forearms on Asuka then EXPLODERS Asuka into the LED! Charlotte BOOTS her into it! Rhea sits up, Charlotte BOOTS her into it, too! Charlotte mocks the Empress and the Nightmare, and says, “I’m baaaack~!” Will she be back on top now that she’s no longer holding back?
The Miz & John Morrison talk backstage.
They’re excited that their social media is blowing up, and “There she is~!” Maryse is here! But why? What? She’s their guest on Miz TV, remember? Oh, duh. Morrison forgot that. The It Couple and Guru of Greatness head out, will they still be must-see even after their Mania loss?
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler laugh at replays from WrestleMania.
Though they’re still champions, the Tag Team Turmoil match had one obvious mishap: Mandy Rose slipping and falling on her butt. And these two can’t get enough of it! Mandy storms over and asks if they’re done. She gets it, she found a new way to trend. It was a bit embarrassing, but she can laugh at herself. She got up fast, but so funny when you don’t see things coming, right? SLAP! And then the Sexy Muscle Friends RAM Nia into barrels! Will Mandy & Dana be having the last laugh?
Raw returns to Alexa’s Playground.
“WrestleMania was so much fun!” Now, you’re probably wondering why she did what she did. Well maybe this little story will help explain. “Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was lost. Until one day, she was rescued by the darkness.” She of course means herself and how The Fiend snatched her up. “The darkness protected her, nurtured her, and taught her everything it knew. But then the darkness went away.” Alexa wonders if that was when the little girl realized that she didn’t need “the darkness” after all. “How do you think it made her feel when she realized she could do everything on her own?”
Was the darkness helping her? Or was it in her way? Why else would she use what she was taught to try and destroy “the darkness?” Is it true that the female of the species is the deadliest? We may never know. But here’s what we know for sure: that along the way, she unlocked something truly evil. Meet her new friend, Lily! It’s a rather creepy doll… Trust Alexa when she says that their fun is just getting started. The Fiend may be back, but does something far more wicked this way come?
Raw presents an all new Miz TV!
The Miz, Maryse and Morrison head to the ring together, and the Raw After Mania is even more Must-See! But what will they have to say after the break?
Raw returns and the trio are seated in the ring, and Miz welcomes us back to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. WrestleMania has come and gone and what a whirlwind! History was made, and yet despite everything that has happened, Miz remains the most talked about entertainer in all of entertainment! And he knows what you’re thinking: Why is Miz’s beautiful wife, Maryse, here? What is the most gorgeous, vivacious and intelligent mother in reality TV doing here? Morrison of course knows but tell us all! Well it’s because tonight, after Raw, the USA Network has the new season of Miz & Mrs! That does make sense!
But sense they’re both here, what about a spin-off? Miz, Mrs & Morrison! #MMM! Catchy, right? No, not really. Their tag line can be, “It’s delicious!” No, no, Morrison, there’s no spin-off! Morrison is even in tonight’s episode, because it’s about the time they made a commercial for Maryse’s Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer! What a great episode and an awesome commercial! The greatest commercial of the 21st century! *Stare off into distance* What does Maryse think? It’s… awesome. Right! And this season is so big! And there’s all the buzz from Miz taking Bad Bunny, a megastar in the musical industry, and making him into a true WWE superstar!
Maryse kisses Miz on the cheek and says he is so giving. Never before have we seen someone like Bad Bunny do what Bad Bunny did! And it would’ve never happened without Miz’s tutelage! Let’s look at some highlights from that match at WrestleMania! The Falcon Arrow, the Super Crossbody, and Morrison’s great looking back muscles. History was made, because it takes two to tangle! Without Miz, Bunny would’ve been a flop! But here comes Damian Priest! Priest tells Miz that Bunny doesn’t have Miz to thank. Priest was Bunny’s tag partner and not even Priest is going to take credit for Bunny’s accomplishments. Bunny shocked the world by putting in the work to live the dream.
And if memory serves Priest right, Miz said Bunny didn’t belong. Is Miz saving face? Priest reminds us of the headline: Bad Bunny Beats Miz. Well where’s Priest name in that headline?! Where was he in the highlight reel?! Priest is jealous that he got upstaged by his so-called friend! Meanwhile, Miz has had many Mania moments, including beating Cena in the main event! So Miz can even face Priest tonight! Morrison wanted to do the same thing! They argue over who gets after Priest, but Maryse shouts over them. They can both fight him, wink wink. Oh right… Handicap!
Priest tells them all to stop. They’re just idiots, aren’t they? But fine, he’ll take a handicap match. The headline will then read Priest beats BOTH Miz ‘n’ Morrison! Priest storms down to the ring, but Miz ‘n’ Morrison aren’t dressed to compete! Will the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century have to put up or shut up after the break?
2v1 Handicap: The Miz & John Morrison w/ Maryse VS Damian Priest!
Raw returns and suits or not, the fight is on! Miz starts and Priest ROCKS him with body shots and a haymaker! Priest BOOTS Morrison, dodges Miz and fires off hands! Morrison storms over but Priest DECKS him! Miz BOOTS Priest, stomps him down, then drags Priest up. Tag to Morrison for the 21st Century Classic, catapult forearm and elbow drop! Cover, ONE!! Morrison throws off his jacket, KICKS Priest down, then clamps on a chinlock while clubbing away! Priest endures, fights up as fans rally on their screens, and Priest pries free! Morrison throws an elbow, RAMS Priest into the corner and fires off heavy shots!
Miz tags in, Miz talks trash but Priest ROCKS Morrison and dodges the lariat! Priest dodges the boot, blocks a punch to ROUNDHOUSE, and Morrison ends up in a corner. Priest hits a flying back elbow to Morrison! Then one to Miz! Then another to Morrison before the BROKEN ARROW! Priest fires off kicks on Miz, ROCKS him but Miz dodges, only to turn around into a WHEEL KICK! Priest clamps onto Miz with a choke grip, for the SOUTH OF HEAVEN! Morrison SHINING WIZARDS Priest down! Miz crawls over, hot tag to Morrison, only for Priest to CLOBBER him! Priest gets to a corner, climbs up top, but Morrison scrambles out of the ring.
Priest hops down, sees Miz ‘n’ Morrison regroup, and he runs to FLY out onto them!! Priest drags Morrison up and in, climbs up again, but Miz drags him down! Priest elbows Miz away then BOOTS him! Priest climbs, Morrison ROCKS him! Morrison throws more forearms, climbs up top, but Priest fights him off with elbows. Priest gets down to ROUNDHOUSE Morrison off the top! Priest climbs back up, leaps, FLYING WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives but Priest grits his teeth. Priest paces, takes aim and choke grips Morrison. Morrison breaks free, elbow shim away and Miz tags in before Priest scoops Morrison! HIT THE LIGHTS!!
But Miz gets Priest for the full nelson! Priest fights out, Miz drags Miz out to save him, but not for long as Priest drags him back in! Priest rips Miz’s shirt off, drags him up but Maryse distracts on the apron. Miz rolls Priest up, puts his legs on the ropes, and wins!!
Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall
The Miz may have his pants down, but he comes out the winner! Of course, after having his wife help him on top of this being a handicap match. Will the Archer of Infamy make sure to get his payback on them all soon enough?
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax.
After that altercation with the Sexy Muscle Friends, we’re getting a 2v2 match later on! Nia says the replay wasn’t necessary, we saw it 20 minutes ago! But it was rhetorical. This is all to embarrass her, but they’d have to be pretty dumb to do that! Either way, Mandy & Dana orchestrated a cowardly attack just to deflect from Mandy’s blooper. But after the beating Nia & Shayna give them, no one will be talking about them! That match, is next!
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!
The Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades are already the most aggressive and dominant tag team in the Women’s Division, and that’s when they’re in a good mood! Now that Dana & Mandy have angered them, how much more dangerous will they be?
Raw returns and the champions make their entrance for this non-title match. But they get in each other’s way and Nia stumbles as she enters! So now Mandy & Dana have something to laugh at Nia about. The teams sort out, Nia is seething as she starts with Dana, but Dana dodges. Nia RAMS Dana into a corner, then brings her around to TOSS her! Dana ends up in an open corner and Nia SPLASHES her down! Nia digs her boot into Dana as she shouts, “You wanna laugh at me?!” Nia lets off, scrapes Dana’s face on ropes, then pushes her around. Nia drags Dana up, tags Shayna, and Shayna feeds Dana to Nia’s BODY CHECK! Shayna KICKS Dana down, covers, TWO!
Shayna gets a leg, stands on the foot and lets her hair down as she STOMPS it! Dana clutches her ankle, Shayna drags Dana around and gets her up for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Dana endures, Shayna lifts Dana and tags Nia in. Shayna SWINGS Dana into buckles like Nia would, and Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Dana is still in this but Nia clamps on with a cobra clutch. Nia thrashes Dana around and shouts, “What’s so funny!?” Fans rally, Dana fights up and jawbreakers free! Nia shoves Dana, scoops her, but Dana tilt-o-whirls, but no DDT as Nia throws her away! Dana ROUNDHOUSES back! Shayna tags in, gets between the Sexy Muscle Friends, but Dana still tags Mandy!
Dana dodges, Mandy goes up, and missile dropkicks Shayna down! Mandy rallies with lariats, then a FLAPJACK! Mandy kips up, fans fire up with her and she RAMS Shayna into a corner! Mandy RAMS into Shayna again and again, then lets off to run in. Shayna dodges the knee, but Mandy dodges a knee, too! KNEE FROM A ROSE, and Mandy reels Shayna in for a TIGER- NO! Shayna fights free, gets around, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Mandy runs and puts Shayna into ropes! Nia tags in and stalks Mandy. “You think it’s funny, huh?!” Nia puts Mandy in the ring, storms up, but then Nia slips and hits her face on the apron!
Nia storms after Mandy, Mandy and Dana get away, but Dana says it’s not worth getting hurt. Nia is furious, but the ring count is climbing! Nia & Shayna win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by count-out
The Sexy Muscle Friends live to fight another day, and maybe have a laugh at Nia’s expense. Will Nia be able to shake all this off and make sure the Raw Women’s Division takes her seriously?
MVP is in the ring!
Montel Vontavius Porter says this is an official announcement from The Hurt business., The All Mighty Bobby Lashley will join him shortly, but he wants to speak on his victory. Saturday, WrestleMania 37 Night One, Lashley retained his WWE World Championship. All he wanted to do tonight was address the fans and celebrate, but he could not. MVP will stress some points: McIntyre is an absolute WARRIOR, truly, and was one of the most dominant WWE Champions the world has ever seen. But McIntyre took his eyes of the target for just a second and that is where he finished.
McIntyre, it is okay to be number two when Lashley is number one. McIntyre gave it his all and it was respectable. But MVP has said it is always a matter of time until Lashley puts on the Hurt Lock. When that happens, it is over! We saw McIntyre pass out to it! How do you think McIntyre feels today? Walking around with his head held high? Nope! He can barely lift his head at all after the intense pressure of the Hurt Lock. And if McIntyre can’t handle it, then who can?! NO ONE. But McIntyre is here?! The Scottish Warrior has a mic to tell MVP, “How the hell would you know how I feel?” Well he must feel rather humbled.
McIntyre says Mania was going to come down to a few things: Claymore; Hurt Lock; and who makes the first mistake. McIntyre admits he made the first mistake when he let MVP distract him. But yes, the Hurt Lock is powerful, and you can’t do much about it when it’s on. McIntyre passed out at Mania and MVP feels great! MVP can brag about it! No humility whatsoever! And it’s working for MVP! Just look at him! Top of the world! But keep on this path, keep growing the ego. Keep Lashley in those fancy suits, pretty little sunglasses, and milk the cash cow for all he’s worth and kissing up to his ass. Lashley’s head should be as big as possible because eventually, McIntyre will get a rematch.
McIntyre will connect with the Claymore, and he wants Lashley to fall as far as possible for when he looks up at the new WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre. MVP says he respects Lashley, but even McIntyre can respect this: Nothing around here is given> Everything must be earned. Wait, here comes BRAAAUN! MVP says McIntyre can take his ass to the back of the line! But why is Mr. Strowman here? For once, Strowman agrees with MVP. McIntyre lost, so he goes to the back while the Monster Among Men steps to the front after what he did to Shane McMahon in a steel cage! Strowman and McIntyre are face to face but here comes Randy Orton! MVP loses his mind!
The line starts and ends with Lashley, so what is the Viper doing here? Orton says The Fiend and Alexa are no more, so no more mind games for Orton! That means Orton has all the time in the world to focus on what he is truly great at: being the Legend Killer, being the Apex Predator, being the Viper. But most of all, that means being WWE World Champion again. MVP is getting annoyed with this but here comes Adam Pearce! He sees where this is all going. Everyone makes excellent points so the decision is simple. Orton VS Braun VS McIntyre, winner takes Lashley on for the title at #WrestleManiaBacklash! A main event finally emerges, and it is MASSIVE! But who gets their shot at the All Mighty?
Braun and McIntyre talk backstage.
We all saw what Braun did to Shane, ripping the cage apart and throwing Shane off the top. But this is a Triple Threat tonight. You could go after McIntyre but then Orton would attack from behind. You go after Orton, but then what happens? BOOM, Claymore! Braun knows how a Triple Threat works. You trying to insult his intelligence? You saw how that worked out for Shane, right? The thing is, Braun knows how bad McIntyre wants his rematch. But McIntyre doesn’t get that he’s in Braun’s way of getting that title. That means McIntyre has a monster-sized ass whooping coming. But are they both forgetting that the Viper could strike outta nowhere?
Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter and his follower, Jaxson Ryker, are already in the ring as Elias introduces them both. “Now right now, I’d like to take this time to make sure Shane McMahon gets the respect he deserves for his valiant and heroic effort against Braun Strowman at WrestleMania.” In fact, Elias dedicates his once-in-a-lifetime performance to his friend and mentor, Shane O’Mac. But when he strums, a trombone plays? That’s weird. Let’s try again. StruuuUUUUm. What?! Who’s doing that? Lance, are you messing with the sound?! But then “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston make their entrance!
Kofi has a mic to say, “Whaaat? Whoa~, bruh! Now, I hear you out here forming this makeshift apology to Shane McMahon, but I’m wondering why you’re not apologizing to the entire Raw Tag Team Division for the way that you disgraced it!” YES! Two men, not one but two, a tag team, got your sorry behinds whooped ALL~ over Mania by one man! One Strowman! And you just hate to see it. If something like that happened to them, they’d never show their faces again! But look a their beautiful cherub faces! And no offense, but look at y’all! They should have bags over their heads. You mean to tell Kofi that at the first night with fans was just catching Braun’s hands?! SHAME!
Elias has them stop and says a colossal whopping by one man is the same as when Omos tossed the New Day around to take away their tag titles! How high was Kofi when he was up there? Woods says that what they have here is a failure to communicate. If you think this is a game, it’s not! It’s not about the New Day but about these two! UNACCEPTABLE CONDITION!! But fear not, for ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~, are about to bring all the honor when they whip these two here tonight~! And then you’ll see what a REAL tag team looks like! And do you know why? Do tell. BECAAAAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! We find out what it takes to be a tag team, right now!
The New Day VS Elias & Jaxson Ryker!
Woods starts with Ryker, but Ryker CLOBBERS Woods at the bell! Ryker throws heavy hands in a corner, whips Woods corner to corner, but misses in the corner as Woods dodges. Woods dumps Ryker out hard, then mule kicks Elias! Kofi throws Elis out to join Ryker, and the New Day DOUBLE FLY!! Direct hit at the ramp and the former tag team champions are standing tall as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Elias ducks an dodges and BOOTS Woods! Ryker tags in, Woods elbows and whips Elias but Elias reverses and Ryker SPINEBUSTERS! Ryker drops ax handles over and over, rains down fists now, then covers, TWO! Ryker keeps Woods from Kofi, bumps him off buckles and stomps away on him! Elias tags in, whips Ryker in and Ryker splashes Woods! Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Woods survives but Elias drags him up by his hair. Elias talks trash, clamps on a chinlock and grinds Woods down with thrashing. Raw goes picture in picture to plug Nobody, the new hit action film, but Woods fights up to roll up! TWO and Woods CHOPS!
Woods reaches for Kofi, Elias whips him away and CLOBBERS him! Elias is fired up as he drags Woods over. Tag to Ryker, they mug Woods, and Ryker suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ryker CLUBS Woods, covers again, TWO! Ryker drags Woods up, whips him into the corner but Woods hits Elias! Woods elbows Ryker away, hops up and leaps, but Ryker CLOBBERS him out of the sky! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives, Elias tags in, and Ryker DECKS Kofi! Elias whips Woods to Ryker’s SPINEBUSTER, then Elias SLIDING KNEES Woods down! Cover, TWO!! Woods is not done! Ryker tags in, Elias suplexes Woods to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!!
Ryker is furious as Woods survives again! Ryker drags Woods back into a thrashing camel clutch! Woods fights up, jawbreakers free, but Ryker keeps him from Kofi with a back suplex. Woods lands o his feet to ENZIGURI! Woods hurries, hot tags to Elias and Kofi !Kofi springboards to rally on Elias! Kofi hits Ryker for good measure, dropkicks Elias down then runs but into Elias’ arms! Kofi sunset flips, Elias rolls through but Kofi STOMPS Elias down! Cover, TWO! Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi claps but Ryker gets in, so Kofi DECKS him! Woods WRECKS Ryker, Ryker spins but Elias ducks to Electric Chair lift! Kofi fights free, Woods tags in, Kofi BOOTS Elias!
Kofi gets Elias up, backbreaker! Woods is up top, UP UP DOWN DOWN!! Cover, The New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
Elias & Ryker brought the fight, and perhaps are worthy of the tag division, but they’re not better than the ELEVEN time champions! Will Woods & Kofi soon get back to those W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONSHIPS~?!
Randy Orton speaks.
“Over the past six months, I have been distracted. But all of that ended last night at WrestleMania.” Orton was distracted by Alexa Bliss and by The Fiend. But those two have simply disappeared, so now Orton can focus on what matters: the WWE World Championship! He has to get through McIntyre and Braun tonight, but the thing is, he only has to strike once because he brings with him the three most dangerous in sports entertainment, R K O! But will Orton be able to strike down the giants in his path to get at the titan who holds the title?
Raw presents an all new Firefly Fun House!
Mercy the Buzzard, Huskis the Pig Boy, Abby the Witch, and Ramblin’ Rabbit are all back! And they proudly present the return of BRAAAY WYAAAAT~! YAY~! Hello, Fireflies! It feels so good to be back! Especially with all of his true friends. Abby couldn’t stand that little b**** anyway! Well if you don’t have anything nice to say, Abby, don’t say anything at all. **** that! Witches be wild. But Ramblin’ says this will be so much roomier in here without Alexa! OWIE WOWIE, dude! Mwah! Bet you didn’t see that coming! Bray then throws Ramblin’ away and says that they still have each other!
As a matter of face, Bray feels great! This could be a brand new start! A new season, with new friends and a brand new Bray! In fact, Bray feels reborn! Yeah! Bray heals Huskis and Mercy! And begone, Abby! But that’s right! Everything will be fine because HE will return! No more clout chasing in this simulation! The Fun House will be big, bad, and stwong! See you around~! But will it really be a revival of the Fun House?
WWE World Championship Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS Braun Strowman VS Randy Orton!
While the Scottish Warrior missed the mark thanks to MVP, the Monster Among Men mangled Shane O’Mac and the Viper avoided disaster against The Fiend. But nothing is done until it is done! Will McIntyre get right back up and right back after the Rocky Mountain Machine? Will McIntyre and Orton #GetTheseHands? Or will the Apex Predator be right back in the title hunt with one swift strike?
Raw returns as Orton makes his entrance to join Braun and McIntyre in the ring. The bell rings and all three men circle while watching the others. McIntyre and Braun fires off, Orton lurks up but backs off as McIntyre glares. Braun puts McIntyre in a corner to hammer away and Orton hangs back. Braun throws body shots, Orton storms in and attacks Braun. Braun choke grips but now McIntyre and Orton work together to go after him! They double suplex Braun up and over! McIntyre looms over Braun, watches him get to a corner and kicks him down! Orton kicks McIntyre, but Braun CLOBBERS them both!
Orton bails out, Braun throws McIntyre out the other side! Braun goes out, the Strowman Express is on the tracks! Braun runs, into STEEL STEPS from McIntyre! Orton BACK SUPLEXES McIntyre to the desk!! The Viper stands tall by taking advantage, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre throws knees into Braun. Orton gets up to add on stomps, they mug Braun at the ropes then McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS! Braun falls out of the ring, Orton thumbs McIntyre in the eye! Orton kicks low then throws McIntyre by his hair! Orton stomps McIntyre’s leg, then his arm! Orton scrapes McIntyre’s face with his laces, but McIntyre hits back with body shots. Orton knees low, whips, but McIntyre reverses, only for Orton to kick him! McIntyre LARIATS back! And again! McIntyre whips, OVERHEAD suplexes Orton, then clinches him in a corner to OVERHEAD SUPLEX!
Braun return to CLOBBER McIntyre! And SPALSH Orton in a corner! Braun ROCKS Orton, runs but McIntyre dodges! NECKBREAKER! McIntyre looks but Orton is out of the ring, and as McIntyre exits, Orton trips him up! McIntyre hits the apron hard, and staggers into a kick. Orton CHOPS McIntyre against the apron! McIntyre CHOPS back! McIntyre walks into another kick and Orton bumps him off barriers. Orton POSTS McIntyre, then has him at the desk again! Orton bumps McIntyre off the hood, then again! And again! Orton drags McIntyre up to throw OVER the desk! Orton turns around, the STROWMAN EXPRESS gets him!
Braun puts Orton in the ring, drags the steel steps up to SMACK McIntyre into barriers! Braun runs, throws the steps aside, and then goes to the ring to drag Orton onto the apron. Braun CLUBS Orton, goes back for the steps, and as Orton stands, Braun RAMS him! Braun RAMS McIntyre again! Braun roars as he stands over Orton, and then hauls him up by his ears! Braun puts Orton in the ring, but Orton kicks him in the ropes! Orton drags Braun out for a DRAPING DDT!! Orton grins as he hears the voices in his head! Braun slowly stands, Orton stalks up behind him, RKO!! Cover, McIntyre BASEMENT CLAYMORES!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (NEW #1 contender to the WWE World Championship)
The Viper may have struck, but McIntyre struck last! Now McIntyre gets a WrestleMania rematch at WrestleMania Backlash! Will the Scottish Warrior regain the title now that he knows what to expect? But MVP comes back out to look at McIntyre. But T-BAR AND MACE are here?!? They get McIntyre for HIGH JUSTICE!!! Retribution is done, but are these two giants now under MVP’s command?!
As Raw-After-Mania episodes go, this wasn’t amazing or anything, but it was a good episode overall. It’s great to see the Viking Raiders are back, they have a really good return match with Alexander & Benjamin, and this is going to be good for the Raw Tag Division… And we didn’t see the champs! Where are the champs?! New Day getting on Elias & Ryker for being goobers as a tag team was great, and of course they win the match, but Elias & Ryker looked their best yet. I thought Miz & Morrison were breaking up tonight because of the miscommunication before Miz TV, but them sticking together is also good. While they’re looking like even bigger goobers as a team against Priest, I hope they and New Day give us a match that redeems Miz & Morrison and gets them back into the swing of the tag division.
I am a little concerned about how things went with the Women’s Tag Division tonight, though. First, where’s Reginald? Is WWE just dropping that story because they don’t want it to break the team up? They can still keep the two together and resolve the Reggie story. But I guess Reggie will end up where Vince puts people’s last names, Mustafa Ali’s hacker gimmick, and GTV. Then in the match, I get they want Nia to face some embarrassment to play off of what happened with Mandy at Mania, but her suddenly being clumsy is not it. A mishap backstage/catering? Sure. Another “MY HOLE!” type incident? Yeah! But her pretending to slip on the apron like that was not good. I guess this goes to “WrestleMania Backlash,” but I don’t want a gag to be why Shay-Nia finally lose. A real, awesome match with Mandy & Dana is how they should finally lose.
The Raw Women’s Championship story is a bit skewed right now, too. Rhea VS Asuka in a sudden rematch was a good match, but I don’t know about story. Charlotte having her promo putting everyone on notice right before the match, to then interfere in the match all seems redundant. I feel like Charlotte ambushing the champ and challenger was how she should’ve returned, and then she can talk and explain and be confronted next week. But she’s back, she and Rhea can revisit last year, she and Asuka can revisit many other moments before, and who knows, WrestleMania Backlash might give us a Triple Threat, though that might feel too much like NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
While how The Fiend’s return match ended was a bummer to everyone, I do like Alexa’s explanation. Fiend was gone, the student had surpassed the master, and instead of a Firefly Fun House match with Orton, maybe we get that with Alexa and Bray. They throw their respective pasts, such as the failed gimmicks and awful things they’ve done, in each other’s faces, and only one stands tall as the ultimate supernatural being on Raw. I don’t know what that would mean for the loser, but I think fans would prefer if Bray kept the spooky stuff. Not that Alexa isn’t doing great in this role, but Bray’s been up and down a lot, and WWE taking away what’s working from him yet again would be really rough.
We got a pretty good story for the world title tonight, with Lashley having a great match with Riddle and still winning, and then there being a great Triple Threat to determine a contender. It is odd that whenever Lashley even plans on celebrating, that celebration is denied. When Lashley first got the title off The Miz, the celebration was “canceled” because he gave Miz his rematch and whooped him. Lashley wanted to celebrate tonight, but not only did his emotions get in the way, MVP’s announcement was interrupted by the challengers and Pearce made a match. Will Lashley have to wait until after WrestleMania Backlash to finally have his party? And McIntyre winning the Triple Threat here probably serves two purposes: It keeps Orton and Braun in the back pocket for later; and it probably means McIntyre loses again, in an equally competitive match with Lashley, just to make a point of Lashley’s power.
My Score: 8.3/10
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