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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/5/21)

WrestleMania Week Raw isn’t letting up!

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Coverage Raw 2021

The last Raw before WrestleMania is red hot!

WWE begins WrestleMania WEEK with a Raw packed to the brim! Will Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley be rolling into their world title clash of titans?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Woods wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker VS Braun Strowman; Braun wins.
  • Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin; Lashley wins.
  • Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali; Riddle wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

Though he faces the Rocky Mountain Machine at WrestleMania, the Scottish Warrior must make it to WrestleMania, and that’ll be hard with Bobby Lashley throwing others at him. SmackDown’s King Corbin thinks he can cash in on Lashley’s golden offer, but that confrontation will be for later tonight. McIntyre has a mic and says this is the final Raw before Mania. Just five days until WrestleMania night one, and he can’t help but think back to last year and how unique it was. Then fast-forward to now, we’re “back in business” and once again McIntyre is fighting to become WWE Champion.

So much is going through his head. Where to begin? With Corbin? Nah. The All Mighty Lashley, this match is happening. Lashley’s tried to take McIntyre out but it is happening! They’re in for the biggest FIGHT of their lives, and McIntyre can hardly wait. Such similar journeys, really, the two of them. Almost 20 years each, so many ups and downs. What is it that makes them different? “Sacrifice.” How much McIntyre is willing to give up. Lashley’s sacrificed a lot, too, traveling up and down the roads, around the world, missing special moments with the family. But when Lashley goes home, he makes up for lost time. McIntyre never had that luxury.

McIntyre left home at age 22 with one purpose in mind: becoming WWE Champion. Times were hard. There were times he wish he could go home. He remembers sitting ringside when his mother was going through chemo therapy. She told him on Skype that this is Drew’s dream, and if he comes home, she’d kick his ass herself. “Keep pushing forward. Keep sacrificing.” McIntyre did, he kept going, he gave everything to this industry! He got fired, kept going, came back, rose up and became WWE Champion! He fell off Cells, ladders, through Extreme Rules, kept sacrificing! How can Lashley beat a man who is willing to sacrifice everything?! He can’t.

McIntyre promises to run through Corbin tonight, then put a boot through Lashley’s eyes, take the title and END the All Mighty Era! But speaking of, here come Bobby Lashley and MVP! “Are you done yet, Drew?” McIntyre just goes on and on about last year. It took Drew 17 years to get here, but it took Lashley 16. There can only be one man on top. McIntyre’s time is over, and now it’s All Mighty Time. And what’s worse is that everyone is so scared of the Scottish Warrior, but Lashley saw something in McIntyre’s eyes. McIntyre is the one afraid! Lashley got McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and felt him shake, shiver, then fade out. And that’ll happen again at Mania!

Such big words! McIntyre wasn’t afraid, he just went out. But if Lashley wants to talk tough, he sent everyone after him, needed help- Lashley doesn’t need help! Did you see what he did to Shelton Benjamin? Now watch what happens to Cedric Alexander. McIntyre says who cares about waiting, let’s just do this now! MVP says that’s not how this works! WrestleMania Saturday is when this happens, and we all know right where McIntyre will be: the center of the ring, with the All Mighty, where McIntyre will lose his dignity, lose consciousness, and ultimately lose the match.

Well putting it that way, then okay, nevermind. McIntyre’s speech was nothing. Maybe he’ll be an Uber driver, an Amazon driver, or just say “Screw that” and run Lashley down! Lashley and McIntyre shout at each other, but MVP shouts over them both. This is a lot of tough talk, considering McIntyre might not even make it to Mania. Because here comes Corbin! The Wolf King tells McIntyre that he agrees with MVP. McIntyre won’t even make it to Mania so why worry about it? Corbin started something last week, and looks to finish it now! There is NO WrestleMania for McIntyre! There is NO WWE World Championship for him! Tonight, Corbin whoops McIntyre’s “punk ass!” The tough talk continues from all over, but who will be standing when it’s all over?

 

Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!

Don’t worry, this isn’t a replay, it’s a rematch! The Phenomenal One’s colossal tag partner interfered and disqualified the match last week, so now Woods and Styles go another round! Will Styles take care of this himself this week? Or will Woods get that singles series sweep before the Raw Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania?

Before making their entrance, New Day come across Matt Riddle on his scooter. Riddle wants to say that it was messed up what Omos did last week. His power level must be WAY over 9000. And Riddle is pretty sure he’s never seen someone get as high as Kofi. But bro, Omos’ first match ever is this weekend, but do you think he can get both of them that high? Let’s hope no one gets that high this weekend. But in fact, ya bois the NEW~ DAY~ will get down when they retain their W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Championships~! But Riddle has his own match with Sheamus, after getting through Mustafa Ali tonight. How’s Riddle feeling?

Well, Sheamus is a little more diesel and stinky, so he’ll be good, but Ali is more sticky, so Riddle will have to grind him down before he can break him down, know what he’s saying? But Riddle’s off to get ready. Good luck, Woods! Woods and Kofi both wonder if Riddle was talking about what they think he was talking about. Kofi is pretty sure he’s got a craving for some milk ‘n’ cookies right now… But enough about that, the New Day makes their entrance! Will they and Riddle all smoke the competition tonight?

The bell rings, Woods and Styles circle and tie up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off haymakers in a corner, whips Woods to ropes then hits a big hip toss! Omos and Styles are both fired up, and Styles brings Woods up. Woods fires off hands in return, but Styles shoves him then rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Woods is caught already, Omos likes what he sees, but Woods reaches! Kofi talks trash on Omos and then throws the mic at him! IT just bounces off!! Omos storms after Kofi into the ring, and Styles lets off of Woods! Styles chases Kofi out, Omos gets on the apron and the ref is distracted. Woods rolls Styles up with a cradle, Woods wins!!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

GOTTEE! Turnabout is fair play, and the New Day are fired up! Will they use Omos’ inexperience against him and Styles to stay golden?

 

A Bugatti rolls up.

It’s Bad Bunny and Damian Priest! They’re rolling into Raw in style, but will they be all business this close to the Most Must-See Showdown at WrestleMania?

 

BRAAAUN~ is here!

Ahead of his Steel Cage match with the mocking and arrogant Shane McMahon, the Monster Among Men has a cage set up with the ring. Shane miscalculated when he let Braun choose the stipulation, and Braun paces about inside. “My whole life, I’ve had to deal with guys like Shane McMahon.” People would bully Braun for his size when they don’t know who he is, what he’s about. Shane tries to make stupid jokes to get under Braun’s skin, but Shane doesn’t get it. Shane doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. Shane can run his mouth all he wants, but when the cage door closes, “the running ends.” He’ll be locked inside with Braun.

And Braun won’t just whoop Shane’s ass for himself, but for everyone who has ever been made fun of for being stupid, and told that they would never make something of themselves! Braun is fighting for himself and for every one of them! There’s no goods, no running, no hiding, and no games! Shane will be inside a steel cage with the Monster Among Men! “At WrestleMania, Shane, at the end of our match on Saturday, while your corpse lays in the middle of this ring after I’ve ping-ponged it around this entire cage, and I rub your face into this metal and give you a taste of the agony that it puts on people’s souls being called ‘stupid,'” the last thing Shane hears won’t be “here comes the money.” It’ll be “here comes the body bag!” At WrestleMania, Shane will #GetTheseHands!

But speaking of, here comes Shane O’Mac, not at all afraid of Braun. So much anger, Braun. What did Shane ever do to him? And when Shane gave Braun the chance to choose the match, it was a test to see how far Braun’s intellect has come since grade school. But honestly, a steel cage at WrestleMania? That choice was not that stupid. On paper, people think this favors Braun. And it would, if Shane was any other man. But he is a McMahon, and he will outwit, outmaneuver and defeat Braun. And then the next morning, when Braun wakes up and look sin the mirror, he’ll say to himself, “Boy, I am stupid…”

2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker w/ Shane McMahon VS Braun Strowman!

The Drifter and his follower appear to fight on Shane’s behalf days before WrestleMania! And perhaps thanks to Shane’s authority, there will be NO tags needed! Will Elias & Ryker soften up Strowman so Shane will have a fighting chance?

Raw returns and the bell rings, Shane watching from a very safe distance. Braun grabs Ryker but Elias attacks, only for Braun to throw him off. Braun ROCKS Elias with an uppercut, then ROCKS Ryker with a haymaker, to then SHOVE Ryker out of the ring! Braun powers Elias to a corner, clubs away on him, then stalks him as he scrambles. Braun scoops but Ryker saves Elias to RAM into him! Elias KNEES Braun in the head! Braun is against the ropes, Ryker CLOBBERS him with double ax handles! Ryker & Elias hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ryker drops ax handles, then he and Elias stomp him together!

Elias gets the legs, drags Braun around, rains down rights, and Ryker climbs up. Ryker leaps for a DIVING HEADBUTT! Elias hurries up top while Ryker holds Braun down! Elias hits the MACHO ELBOW! Double cover, TWO!! Braun launches the two but Shane creeps closer. Ryker and Elias stomp away, hammer Braun down, and Shane takes his jacket off. Elias and Ryker throw hands, but Braun explodes out! Shane hurries away as fast as he can! Braun glares at Shane, then kicks Ryker. Braun sends Elias into Ryker and then SPLASHES them both! Braun CLUBS Elias in the chest, scoops Ryker, and hits the MONSTER SLAM!

Elias staggers into a scoop, and he gets a MONSTER SLAM! Braun covers both men, and wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

The Monster just mangled two men at once! Shane thinks he still has the upper hand, but will he be broken at the hands of Braun Strowman?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & John Morrison.

Kevin Patrick says he wants to ask about their match this Saturday with Bad Bunny, but then notices they have paint cans. Oh, these? Kevin acts like this is odd, but no. They’re artists! You heard of Hey Hey, Hop Hop, but they’re more than just musical artists. Painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and now Miz ‘n’ Morrison. They have a masterpiece to create, using Bunny’s Bugatti!?! Morrison feels bad, this is a $3.6 MILLION car! But there’s a scratch! This is matching paint! In that case, let’s paint! Wait, that’ snot matching, it’s RED on a WHITE car! They write, “Hey Hey, Hop Hop” and then doodle bunnies and then write their names, too!

Miz does finger-painting like his daughters love! This is so good, right? $3.6 MILLION. Imagine what it’s worth now, right? PRICELESS! But will Bunny & Priest make the Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness pay for this?

 

Bad Bunny is furious backstage.

He storms his way back to see the vandalism with his own eyes! Now he’s even angrier! But then Miz BLINDSIDES him! Morrison gets Bunny up and the two mug Bunny, before they throw him into the hood of another car! “This is what happens when you disrespect us! This is what happens when you play with us!” Miz drags Bunny by his hair and says he doesn’t respect Bunny! He’ll run Bunny at Mania just like he ruined the car! WWE officials chase Miz & Morrison off, Priest hurries over and asks what happened. Priest realizes just who it was, Pearce shouts for a medic. They check Bunny, but will Priest make sure Miz & Morrison are the ones who’ll need a hospital?

 

BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!

After the chaotic brawl on last Friday Night SmackDown, there will be two major matches in regards to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! First, on Saturday, it will be a Tag Team Turmoil, Naomi & Lana VS Dana Brooke & Mandy VS The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina! The winner goes on to Sunday to face Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles!

 

Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!

The Empress of Tomorrow and Aussie Nightmare are going to clash at WrestleMania, but it was the challenger who chose to accept the challenge from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Is Rhea going to use the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades to soften the Raw Women’s Champion up? Or is she planning on using Nia & Shayna to show Asuka what she’s in for?

Raw shares backstage interview footage from earlier tonight. How does Rhea plan on coexisting with Asuka tonight after flipping a table onto her last week? Rhea says she won’t share a thing about her strategies. But the question is, what about Asuka? And coexisting is a given since they’re up against Nia & Shayna. Asuka will just have to wait to rip into Rhea this Sunday at Mania. With that, Rhea makes her entrance to join Asuka. Will there be coexistence or mutually assured destruction when Raw returns from the break?

Raw returns and the tag team champions make their entrances, Reggie still following Nia. But Shayna tells him to stay way behind them. The teams sort out, Shayna starts against Asuka and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna gets an arm and wrenches but Asuka wrenches through to wristlock then headlock. Shayna endures the grind, powers out, but Asuka rams her with a shoulder! They both stay up so they start shoving. Shayna mocks Asuka for losing a tooth, then runs. Shayna gets around Asuka to shove but Asuka runs Shayna over! Asuka stands on Shayna’s head to pull on the arm, then wrenches the arm to yank!

Asuka reaches over, but Rhea doesn’t want to tag! Shayna ROCKS Asuka, now Rhea tags in. Rhea circles with Shayna, they tie up, and Shayna waistlocks. Rhea switches, Shayna blocks the lift, and then wrenches free. Rhea scoops and TOSSES Shayna away! Nia tags in, and Rhea smiles as she welcomes the challenge. Nia shoves, Rhea fires off haymakers! Rhea goes to scoop but Nia fights that off to scoop instead! Rhea slips off, and tags Asuka in with a pat on the head! Asuka is upset more about the way she tagged, but goes in after Nia! Nia shoves her away, fireman’s carries, but Asuka slips off to back kick! Asuka tilt-o-whirls to the IRON OCTOPUS!

Nia endures, stays up and powers out to run Asuka over! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Nia drags her up. Nia shoves Asuka to a corner, runs in and splashes! Asuka flops down, crawls, but Nia looms over her. Nia pushes Asuka, Asuka hits back, but Nia drags Asuka up to whip her to a corner. Asuka dodges and Nia hits buckles, then turns around into the CODE BREAKER! Hot tags to Rhea and Shayna! Rhea dodges Shayna and BOOTS her down! Rhea DECKS Nia, Reggie distracts but gets caught! Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Rhea’s leg out! Shayna tags Nia, and Nia brings Rhea to the announce desk, just to RAM Rhea into apron! Rhea writhes as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Shayna keeps Rhea down by standing on a leg, then she STOMPS the ankle! Rhea writhes and even Asuka feels that pain. Shayna kicks Rhea’s leg, then drags her to a cover, ONE! Nia is annoyed, tags in, and the champions work together to whip, scoop and SLAM Rhea down! Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Rhea but Nia drags Rhea over to tag Shayna. They mug Rhea in the corner, Shayna snapmares Rhea to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Shayna drags Rhea by her leg to HEEL HOOK! Rhea endures as Shayna twists the foot around! Rhea fights and kicks with her free leg! Shayna drops an elbow on the bad leg over and over!

Shayna stands on the leg again, drags Rhea away, and tags in Nia. Nia stands on Rhea’s leg now and has a standing toehold! Rhea endures her leg being bent and she swats at Nia, only for Nia to drop a leg on the leg! Nia looms over Rhea as she crawls, then drags her up into a seated cobra clutch! Rhea fights up, fights free with her free arm, and kicks Nia’s legs out to then basement dropkick! Both women crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Shayna! Asuka dropkicks Shayna, dodges Nia and ROUNDHOUSES her! Asuka hits a hip attack on Shayna, then one on Nia! ROUNDHOUSE for Shayna! And a SNAP GERMAN! Asuka runs to SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!!

Asuka stays fired up and she heads up top! But Rhea SHOVES Asuka down?! Rhea doesn’t care about this tag match anymore, she’s just going to destroy her Mania opponent with an atomic FACEBUSTER! Rhea feeds Asuka to Shayna and Shayna hits a KNEE! Cover, the tag champs win!!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall

The Nightmare shouts, “I’m not ready for what?!” Asuka fell for Rhea’s trap, but will she get even at WrestleMania? Or will the Riptide dethrone the Empress on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Cedric Alexander finds MVP backstage.

MVP asks what he’s doing, and it better not be to beg to get back in. Alexander grabs MVP by his collar, and Benjamin walks over to say he better listen. Alexander tells MVP that his greed will cost him. Last week, MVP had the audacity to tell these two they were an embarrassment! That they’re incompetent! MVP is a parasite who needed the Hurt Business to hold him up now that he’s a “crippled, past-up has-been.” Alexander may not win tonight, but he’ll give Lashley a scar he’ll remember him by. And Alexander will be watching as McIntyre defeats Lashley and exposes MVP for the fraud he is. Alexander lets MVP go, and Benjamin straightens his suit for him. Benjamin looks at the THB necklace they got MVP, and tells him to keep his “crippled ass” out of the ring.

Sarah comes by to ask if MVP is at all concerned about Lashley’s match coming up tonight. No, MVP is never concerned for Lashley. MVP is disappointed in “the arrogant, ungrateful attitude” that Alexander & Benjamin are showing. Let’s not forget that it’s because of MVP that they became tag team champions, have the fancy suits and are even relevant again! Before MVP, Alexander had never been to a five-star steakhouse. Lashley walks over and asks what happened, but MVP say sit’s fine. Lashley vows to break Alexander in half! Will there be anything left of #PRIMED after tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Nia, Shayna & Reggie.

Congrats on tonight’s win, but are they confident about their title defense at WrestleMania against the Tag Team Turmoil winner? Does Sarah need a drink of water after the longest question ever? Of COURSE these two are confident! So dumb! But The Ravishing Glow, Lana & Naomi walk over and say they can think of a few reasons why the champs should be worried. Oh, right, because these two are really scary. But then Dana & Mandy walk over and ask, “What about us?” What about you? But then SmackDown’s Tamina & Natty storm in! They don’t even go here! Why- But now the Riott Squad gets in on this! Wait, wait, Billie Kay wants in. Does she even have a partner? Carmella is reviewing her resumé so…

NO! All of you have a match on Saturday. The winner faces the champs on Sunday. They don’t have time for this. They head out to let their contenders argue. Who rises up to challenge the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin!

We just saw Alexander get in the face of Montel Vontavius Porter and Lashley not take that lightly. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine pulverize PRIMED as an example to McIntyre?

Raw returns again and the former Hurt Business members are already ringside. MVP is on commentary, Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but then he sneaks in to attack Lashley! Benjamin and Alexander mug Lashley 2v1 and the match isn’t even underway! MVP doesn’t mind, he just talks old times with Samoa Joe. Lashley fights back but the 2v1 continues! Lashley shoves Benjamin away, DECKS Alexander and then throws knees on Benjamin! Lashley throws the Gold Standard out and MVP says that’s why he wasn’t worried. The bell rings and now Alexander is 1v1 with Lashley. Alexander throws hands but Lashley DECKS him, then scoop SLAMS him!

Lashley talks trash, bumps Alexander off buckles and RAMS into him over an dover! The ref counts, Lashley brings Alexander out for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley glares at Benjamin on the outside before he drags Alexander up to TOSS him! Lashley paces, drags Alexander up and TOSSES him the other way! Lashley drags Alexander up throws him out and Benjamin checks on him. The ref starts a ring count, Lashley paces but Benjamin gets Alexander up. The count is 6 of 10, Alexander hobbles but Lashley pursues. Alexander gets in and jumps on Lashley as he returns, only for Lashley to TOSS him again! Alexander sputters to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him!

Lashley drags Alexander around, suplexes and holds him up to SLAM him down! Lashley still glares at Benjamin, then tells MVP this is it. Alexander gets to the apron but Lashley hauls him up to ROCK him! Lashley drags Alexander in just to throw him back out! Then Lashley goes out and grins as he drags Alexander back up. Lashley fireman’s carries Alexander to POST him!! Alexander is down again and Lashley roars as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again, and Lashley leans on Alexander in a neck wrench. Alexander throws hands from below but Lashley just digs his knuckles into Alexander’s head! Alexander fights up but Lashley ROCKS him with a right! Alexander back kicks then front kicks then dropkicks! Lashley stays up and gets Alexander for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley grows annoyed with Alexander and drags him up to throw him out again! Lashley goes back out, glares at Benjamin, then drags Alexander up to fireman’s carry again. But Benjamin saves Alexander from another post shot! Lashley storms after Benjamin but Alexander sends Lashley into the steps!

Alexander gets in the ring, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lashley hits barriers! Alexander keeps going to DIVE again! Another hit and another collision with barriers! Lashley shoves Alexander into the ring but Alexander handsprings for the NEURALIZER! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron, but he ENZIGURIS back! Alexander climbs, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, ONE?!! Alexander is shocked but MVP says he’s still confident in Lashley. Alexander clubs away on Lashley’s back, but Lashley shoves him away. Alexander ends up on the apron, he BOOTS back then steps in, but into a ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!

Lashley roars again, drags Alexander back up, and gut wrenches to the DOMINATOR!! Lashley isn’t done there, he stalks Alexander as he stirs. Benjamin wants Lashley to stop but MVP mocks Benjamin with the begging and pleading. Lashley says it’ll stop, with this! A whip and another ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!! And then the HURT LOCK!! Alexander is out, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

Benjamin attacks Lashley to get him off Alexander! Lashley catches Benjamin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley stands tall as MVP says emotions cloud judgment. Lashley puts Benjamin in the HURT LOCK! MVP says this is all business, not personal, but Lashley sure seems to have a lot of rage. Will that same rage wreck McIntyre at WrestleMania?

 

Priest talks with Bunny backstage.

Priest and Bunny are going to address what Miz and Morrison did to the Bugatti, but will they be able to keep their cool this close to WrestleMania?

 

Bad Bunny & Damian Priest go to the ring!

Priest says Miz & Morrison crossed a line! It’s just because Bunny is a Grammy award winning, record smashing entertainment icon while they’re just yesterday’s news. Miz is so obsessed with Bunny that he couldn’t hold the WWE Championship for more than one week. If Miz & Morrison thought Priest & Bunny clowning them before was bad, they haven’t seen anything yet! It’s easy to beat someone down 2v1, so at WrestleMania, Priest wants to even the odds! Let’s make this a full tag team match, 2v2, Miz & Morrison VS Bunny & Priest! Bunny adds that, “I just came here, following my dreams, believing in my dreams, because i love this business. I love and respect every superstar.”

But Bunny remembers when he used to watch Raw, SmackDown and all the PPV’s with his dad and brothers and friends, the whole family. Bunny has a lot of good memories with the WWE, but now… Now Bunny isn’t sure how to feel. He isn’t what to think with this experience. Bunny came here to perform, to do a job, and is happy to have performed his song for Booker T! He loves and respects Booker, just like he does HHH, Stone Cold, the Undertaker, Ric Flair, ALL the legends! He even used to respect The Miz. But Miz doesn’t respect Bunny back, and didn’t from day one. And for no reason! Yes, Bunny did what he did, he isn’t a pro-wrestler, but he’s still man.

Miz broke Bunny’s TV set, he disrespected his DJ who is like a brother, and disrespected Bunny’s career, music and fans! For no reason! Bunny did jump from the top rope at the Royal Rumble, but c’mon! If even fans get that wouldn’t they do what Bunny did given a chance? Bunny translates all this to Spanish, and then says that’s no reason to attack someone with a guitar, paint his car. Who does the Miz think he is? Miz is a legend, Bunny respects that, but Miz doesn’t respect Bunny. “You crossed the line, bro.” Bunny doesn’t know why, and now he doesn’t care. This Saturday, WrestleMania, Bunny will show Miz to respect him as he shuts Miz’s mouth and whips his ass! You know where these two are from!? Bunny says that he will make Miz his bitch!!

Miz and Morrison mockingly applaud the “performance,” but it’s no Hey Hey, Hop Hop. Miz will make this clear: Bunny doesn’t belong here! WWE is THEIR world, Bunny’s overstayed his welcome. Miz promises to embarrass and hurt Bunny so that he’ll go crawling home. They accept the tag team challenge! Now, forget about the Bugatti, this stretch limousine is priceless. Miz and Morrison drive off, but they’ll have no choice but to face a furious Bunny and Archer of Infamy! Will Bunny & Priest #LiveForever when they defeat two of the best at the Showcase of the Immortals?

 

Sheamus talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.

The Fella knows he’s on his way to his match with The Bro, but there’s something he needs to know. Ali says there’s no need. “That space cadet represents everything that I want to change about Monday Night Raw.” Riddle killed Retribution and Ali isn’t US Champion! Sheamus has his match at Mania, but tonight, Ali owns Riddle! Sheamus tells Ali to relax. Sheamus and Ali don’t have much in common but there is one thing: their complete and utter dislike of the burnout holding onto the US Championship. Sheamus will be ringside rooting for Ali from commentary! But then Riddle flies through with the scooter! Will Ali bring Riddle back down from his high going into Mania?

Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali!

Raw returns as Ali makes his entrance. Sheamus also makes his entrance to go to commentary, and get in Riddle’s head. The bell rings, Ali and Riddle circle, and Riddle goes for a leg. Ali holds him off to get a headlock, but Riddle powers out. They tie up with a test of strength, Ali stands on a hand and wrenches the other. Riddle rolls, drags Ali into a Triangle Hold! ALi makes it a cover, TWO! Ali shoots in to waistlock but Riddle switches. Ali switches, Riddle gets an arm but Ali pulls hair. The ref counts, Ali lets off but ROCKS Riddle in the corner. Riddle tackles Ali, Ali kick shim away but runs into a GUT WRENCH! Riddle drags Ali up but ALi rolls Riddle up, TWO!

Sheamus gets annoyed already but Ali headlocks. Riddle powers out, but Ali dropkicks back! Cover, TWO! Ali clamps right on with a chinlock, but Riddle fights up. Riddle powers up but Ali throws a hand! Ali runs but Riddle tosses him up and out! Riddle then goes to the apron for a PENALTY KICK! Ali is down, Riddle drags him up and puts him in. Riddle takes Sheamus’ hat to put it on and mock Sheamus. But Ali returns to Russian Leg Sweep Riddle to the floor! Sheamus says that’s what Riddle gets, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ali fires off on Riddle in a corner! The ref counts, Ali lets off but digs his boots into Riddle. Ali lets off again, then comes back to do it again. But Riddle fights up as he holds onto the boot, and he sweeps the leg! Riddle fires off fast hands, Ali shoves and ducks a kick to shove Riddle to ropes. Riddle sunset flips, Ali rolls through to stomp Riddle’s foot! Ali aims from a corner and runs to KICK Riddle in the side! Cover, TWO! Riddle still gasps and sputters but Ali drags him up into a body scissor squeeze! Riddle endures, Ali says Riddle doesn’t deserve the US title, but Riddle fights to get up. Ali is a backpack as Riddle RAMS him into buckles! And more buckles!

Riddle runs to BACKPACK BROTON! Both men are down, but Riddle gets to a corner. Riddle runs at Ali to rally with kicks and forearms, then spins Ali for a PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes! Riddle goes side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Kip up and Ali ducks the kick, dodges the moonsault, but the BROTON hits! Sheamus gets frustrated with Ali, but ALi catches Riddle to a KOJI KLUTCH! Ali calls it #LightsOut, but Riddle moves around and slips out to DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! TRIANGLE! Riddle has Ali now, but Ali scrambles to the ropebreak! Riddle lets off and Sheamus is annoyed.

Sheamus admits, Riddle is great in the ring, but Sheamus is better. Ali throws Riddle into ropes! ALi spins Riddle around to suplex and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Ali is furious! Ali shouts that Riddle is still unworthy, and he SLAPS Riddle around! Riddle boots, runs in but Ali elbows! Ali goes up and leaps, but the tornado is blocked! Riddle glares at Sheamus scoops Ali for the BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Sheamus is furious but Riddle stares him down! WrestleMania, The Bro VS The Fella, only ONE leaves United States Champion!

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Is he threatened by Corbin’s desire to still take Lashley up on the offer and take McIntyre’s place at WrestleMania? “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” You’d think someone with a giant melon head like Corbin’s would have a bigger brain so that he’d realize it’s foolish to go after McIntyre right before Mania and the world championship match. But McIntyre gets it. These are huge stakes. Corbin can take McIntyre out to take his spot in a Mania main event. McIntyre could say all sorts of horrible things about Corbin, but the truth is, Corbin’s big, dangerous and even in a normal match, will do whatever it takes to get the job done. With these stakes, he’d step on his own grandma to win.

But McIntyre says he’ll do the same as every time: Claymore to the eyes, straight through to Mania, him and Lashley, a date with destiny and McIntyre takes the title back! Will the Scottish Warrior slay the Wolf King before doing even worse to the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin!

In the main event of the last Raw before WrestleMania 37’s epic weekend event, this could be what makes or breaks the coming clash between McIntyre and Lashley! Will Corbin remove and replace McIntyre from the Showcase of the Immortals? Or will he just help sharpen the Claymore for when it aims at the All Mighty?

Sarah interviews Lashley backstage if a change in the main event changes how he’ll feel about the match? Well, there’s a huge “if” on whether McIntyre survives. McIntyre said he’d give Lashley an all mighty ass whooping, but that won’t be possible once he puts McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and puts him to sleep! Lashley is watching this main event closely, but Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more and MVP has joined commentary on behalf of Lashley. The bell rings and the two tie up. Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes but McIntyre turns it around, only for the two of them to go all around the ring. They separate, and both men acknowledge the other’s strength. They tie up again, are in a deadlock now, but Corbin gests around to waistlock. McIntyre pries at the hold but Corbin headlocks him. McIntyre powers out, Corbin runs him over, but McIntyre gets right up. Corbin talks a little smack, MVP mockingly asks if McIntyre is alright, and McIntyre ties up to get a waistlock. McIntyre gets a half nelson, then shifts through to a cravat, then a headlock.

Corbin endures the grind, but can’t power out as McIntyre holds tight! Lashley is still watching as Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre lets go but Corbin throws a cheap shot! Corbin runs but McIntyre follows to run Corbin over! Corbin bails out and McIntyre grins. McIntyre wants MVP to be taking notes for Lashley while Corbin paces. Corbin gets back in, ties up with McIntyre and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws haymakers and body shots, then argues with the ref. McIntyre ROCKS Corbin with haymakers in return! McIntyre whips, runs Corbin over with an elbow then covers, ONE!! Corbin surprises McIntyre just a bit but McIntyre stomps Corbin’s hand!

McIntyre hauls Corbin up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Corbin took a little longer that time but McIntyre is focused. McIntyre drags Corbin up, CHOPS him, then throws hands in a corner. McIntyre whips corner to corner, Corbin reverses and runs in, but has to slide out. Corbin slides in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Now McIntyre surprises Corbin, but Corbin puts McIntyre on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and Corbin looms over McIntyre in a corner. Corbin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin rains down rights, then stomps, but the ref counts. Corbin stops and stalks McIntyre around the ring.

Corbin whips McIntyre corner to corner hard and McIntyre bounces off buckles! Corbin smirks and MVP likes what he sees. Corbin looms over McIntyre and MVP tells Corbin to finish it! Corbin talks some trash, drags McIntyre up and back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grits his teeth, Corbin brings him up and whips him corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to rally with clotheslines! McIntyre whips, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Corbin! Then clinches for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Corbin swings but into McIntyre’s NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fires up, and glares at MVP. MVP mockingly asks how it’s going.

McIntyre aims as Corbin rises, and kicks low to underhook the arms! Corbin scrambles to deny Future Shock, then bails out. McIntyre pursues but Corbin trips him on the apron! Corbin whips but McIntyre reverses to POST Corbin! McIntyre then whips Corbin into steel steps! McIntyre has a wild look in his eyes as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again as McIntyre fires off on Corbin in a corner! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off to drag Corbin up, for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives as McIntyre shows more of his arsenal. McIntyre SLAPS Corbin, Corbin throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! McIntyre windmills haymakers on Corbin, then lets off as they’re on the ropes. Lashley is still watching as McIntyre shoves Corbin. Corbin holds ropes, puts McIntyre on the apron, and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Corbin POSTS McIntyre and McIntyre hits the floor! MVP claps but tells Corbin to stay on McIntyre!

Corbin drags McIntyre up, brings him around and bumps him off the desk! MVP likes this “table service” as Corbin puts McIntyre back in. Corbin drives elbows into McIntyre’s neck and shoulders, but the ref reprimands the hair pulling. Corbin talks trash, McIntyre ROCKS Corbin! Corbin hits back, drags McIntyre up, but McIntyre throws more hands! McIntyre CHOPS then reels Corbin in. Corbin denies the suplex to suplex McIntyre back! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and MVP grows frustrated. Corbin drags McIntyre up, roll shim, and has a Pluma Blanca while throwing down furious elbows!! Corbin lets off and McIntyre clutches his jaw.

MVP says this is Corbin’s chance, and Corbin drags McIntyre back up. McIntyre hits back with haymakers and CHOPS! McIntyre runs but into a choke grip! For a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Corbin seethes as McIntyre survives. McIntyre gets to a corner, Corbin runs in, but McIntyre dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! Corbin survives and McIntyre is just a bit surprised. McIntyre keeps on Corbin with a facelock, and shifts to underhooks, but Corbin RAMS McIntyre into a corner. McIntyre elbows back hard, then runs, but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but McIntyre still lives!

MVP shouts, “Corbin, do you want to go to WrestleMania?” Corbin reels McIntyre in but gets a GLASGOW KISS! then a FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?! Corbin survives and McIntyre is beside himself. McIntyre goes to the corner, goes out and climbs up, but Corbin ROCKS him first! Corbin throws more hands, climbs up after him, rains down some rights, and stands McIntyre up. SUPERPLEX! Corbin crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre isn’t done yet and now MVP is speechless. McIntyre rolls away to a corner, Corbin goes to the other. McIntyre grits his teeth, clutches his back, but he glares at Corbin. McIntyre crawls that way, stands up, but Corbin ROCKS him!

McIntyre hits back! Corbin hits again, but McIntyre kicks low! Corbin throws another haymaker but McIntyre kicks, haymakers, CHOPS, and runs into DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! MVP excuses himself from commentary to talk to Corbin. “IT’s not about beating McIntyre! It’s about taking him out! Take him OUT!” MVP hands his cane over, and Corbin nods. Corbin aims at McIntyre, but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

MVP clearing things up only cost Corbin! The Scottish Warrior slays the Wolf King, and now only has one match to go! Will the next five days be the All Mighty Era’s last? But wait, here comes Lashley! MVP meets Lashley at the stage, and Lashley stares McIntyre down. Who will give more of themselves in order to have the WWE World Championship?


My Thoughts:

Not a great go-home but not an awful one. This did suffer from the usual go-home problems of just too many recaps and commercial breaks. Just, so much, even for what happened in this episode. We didn’t need to recap what happened to Bunny’s car right before he and Priest talked about it. But now, the info that leaked months ago is finally verified, we’re getting a tag match of Bunny & Priest VS Miz & Morrison, so that it isn’t all on Bunny going against Miz to win. The promos were good, though, and it seems like Miz is being hypocritical. He wasn’t respected for coming in as a reality show guy, but says Bunny doesn’t belong as just a celebrity fan. This should be used as material but it isn’t because Vince doesn’t know what “continuity” means.

The promo before the Woods VS Styles rematch was fun because of Riddle using weed references, but I feel like that all took longer than the match. Woods getting the quick win on Styles thanks to Kofi and Omos distracting Styles surely means that somehow, someway, Omos and Styles win the titles. That’s going to be big for Omos, and means WWE/Vince sees a lot of potential in him, let’s just hope Vince doesn’t get bored and leaves Omos wallowing in the midcard one day. Speaking of Riddle, I like that his other gag is interrupting other people with his scooter fly-by. Sheamus and Ali had a good segment, Ali VS Riddle was a really good match, and Riddle VS Sheamus is going to be great and could go either way.

Braun had a good promo about how he’s doing this for those bullied mentally and emotionally, though he might’ve missed a few things here and there. I still don’t think a steel cage was the best stipulation, but maybe it’s just a way to literally keep the fight contained to the ring rather than having a Last Man Standing type spill out towards fans when we’re supposed to keep social distance and whatnot. No idea who wins this but it’d be a shame if Shane did through his cheating. Braun’s had a decent Mania run, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships and looking strong, so I would hope he wins to stand tall for those he’s representing.

I had a feeling Rhea would make sure Asuka lost the tag match tonight as she’s going Heel for this story, but I didn’t think she’d attack Asuka herself. That was a good twist, as Rhea isn’t the kind to run away and avoid things, so that much still carries over from Face Rhea. Asuka will definitely want revenge and that will add to the intensity of their match, and I personally hope Asuka retains. The tag champions get momentum but the Tag Turmoil to determine their challengers is only slightly what I was expecting. I hope this one time, WWE throws away their Face VS Heel requirement and let Natty & Tamina win so we can get a really great match, each team having a technical type and a powerhouse. Then Natty & Tamina should win when Nia & Shayna fall apart, because neither Natty or Tamina has had anything in quite some time.

The world title story was pretty good tonight, with Lashley settling things with Benjamin & Alexander. It is sad to know that the Hurt Business split was all Vince, but who else’s idea would it have been? Lashley is dominant again, but McIntyre VS Corbin was a great match to be the main event here. They started a bit late on this whole thing of a bounty on McIntyre’s head, it didn’t really feel like McIntyre was ever going to miss Mania, but I suppose they get an A for effort. Lashley VS McIntyre will be really good if it even just matches tonight’s match. It’d be pretty wild for McIntyre if he becomes a 3-time champion in the span of just one year, but it’s hard to say he won’t get this win. You might as well flip a coin because both Lashley and McIntyre have been putting in work, either one is worthy.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/28/22)

The Super Juniors keep going!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Who stays alive in round five?

NJPW isn’t slowing down, they’re just speeding things up with another night of the Super Jr. Tag League! Will Ace Austin & Chris Bey be the ONLY 5-0 team?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight; Taguchi & Connors win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo; TJP & Akira win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi & Titan win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Yoh & Lio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight!

The Wild Hips and the #TimeJet are both down after round four, and are walking on the edge of elimination! Who stays alive in round and who runs out of time?

Knight shows off his new orange sweatpants, and says it’s for their team, “Time 2 Fly.” Taguchi doesn’t understand why, but Kushida says Taguchi is just jealous. Taguchi offers a beer? Fans applaud and Knight accepts it. He and Connors toast, crack ’em open and sip. Fans applaud the sportsmanship, and the fans sort out. Taguchi and Knight start, fans rally as they circle. They both show off their footwork, Taguchi tests the water with a jump and Knight backs away. Then Knight jumps and Taguchi backs away. Fans applaud as both men are aware of the other’s air moves.

Knight and Taguchi circle, tie up, and Taguchi waistlocks. Knight switches, Taguchi wrenches out and has the wristlock. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud as Knight has the wristlock. Taguchi rolls and trips Knight to a toehold. Knight endures, gets Taguchi with a chinlock and brings him down. Taguchi rolls but Kushida stays on him! They stand and Knight wrenches to another wristlock. Knight whips, Taguchi reverses and Taguchi runs in, but Knight dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Taguchi up but Taguchi pushes him away, and both men go to their corners.

Kushida tags in, Connors does, too. They circle, tie up and Kushida headlocks. Connors powers out but Kushida runs him over. Things keep moving, Connors hip tosses but Kushida makes that an arm-drag! Connors runs back in but into another arm-drag! Kushida goes for another but Connors avoids the arm-drag, to CLUB Kushida down! Fans applaud as Connors brings Kushida up. Knight tags in as Connors whips, and Kushida reverses the whip. Time Jet bypasses Connors, Knight drop toeholds and wrenches the arm. Kushida knocks Taguchi down then PENALTY KICKS Connors’ arm! Fans fire up as Time Jet have a secret handshake!

Knight drags Connors up and wrenches the arm, then tags Kushida back in. Knight hands off the arm for Kushida to wrench, then he tags back in. Kushida hands off the arm for Knight to wrench. And then they handoff the wrench over and over and over! Then they double wrench, snapmare and double knee drop the arms! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Knight drags Connors up. Knight has an armlock and he grinds the shoulder but Connors fights up. Connors throws body shots, but Knight knees low! Knight says its time, he runs, but Connors drops and POUNCES! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Connors and Knight crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kushida and Taguchi! Kushida dodges to kick and run, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Kushida against ropes! And again! And then the baseball slide and APRON HIP! Fans applaud, Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi brings Kushida up, fans rally, and Taguchi snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex for Dos Amigos! But Kushida slips free of the third for a ROLLING ELBOW! Kushida runs but Taguchi mule kicks him! But Kushida winds up, only for Taguchi to block the fastball! Taguchi winds up, SIDE ARM BODY SHOT!

Fans fire up while Taguchi tags in Connors. Wild Hips put Kushida in the corner and Connors ROCKS him. Wild Hips coordinate, for the WHIP HIP! And then another! Knight comes in, but he gets a WHIP HIP! Then Taguchi whips Connors to WHIP HIP Kushida! And WHIP HIP Knight! Fans fire up with Wild Hips and Connors whips Taguchi in, but Kushida dodges! Kushida elbows Taguchi to keep him in the corner, then sits him down. Connors runs in, but Kushida drop toeholds Connors into Taguchi’s gooch! Connors sits up in a daze, Kushida whips and hip tosses to handspring basement dropkick!

Tag to Knight and he runs at Connors to SPLASH! Knight runs to SPLASH Taguchi! And SPLASH Connors again! Taguchi runs in but Knight dodges, the HIP ATTACK hits Connors! Knight SPLASHES them both! Taguchi falls down, Knight scoops and SLAMS Connors! Knight then runs from the corner, SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Knight brings Connors up. Knight scoops but Connors slips out. Knight switches, shoves, and DROPKICKS! Kushida hops in and Electric Chair Lifts Connors. Knight says it’s time to fly! DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, but Taguchi barrels in to break it!

Fans fire up, Kushida brings Taguchi up but Taguchi ENZIGURIS! Knight drags Connors up to UPPERCUT! Knight dodges Taguchi again, but Connors gives Taguchi the boost, POUNCE HIP! Fans fire up again and the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida throws Taguchi out then runs at Connors. But Connors dumps Kushida out! Connors drags Knight up, snap suplex! Connors says HE is too fly! Connors goes up the corner and fans rally. But Knight springs up after him! Connors throws body shots and shoves Knight away! Knight comes back, into a FLYING SPEAR!!

Connors drags Knight up, reels him in, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Wild Hips win!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

It may have been #Time2Fly, but it wasn’t their time to win. Will the Wild Hips be untamable on their way to a comeback?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Catch 2/2 may not be the top of the block, but they’re not out of the running either. Can they stay close to the front of the pack? Or will the Murder Machine and Spoiler be a huge spoiler for the United Empire?

As always, Gideon Grey is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. But Sho & Dick attack right at the end! Sho stomps Akira while Dick stomps TJP, but Gideon jumps on Sho! Fans cheer the Orchestrator on but Dick drags him off Sho to SLAP him down! Now Dick & Sho stomp away on Gideon! But Catch 2/2 DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! And then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up with the champs and the bell rings to get this on record. Catch 2/2 put Sho in the ring and they whip him to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN!

TJP snapmares Sho, steps on his face, then covers, TWO! Sho crawls away but TJP is right on him. TJP drags him up, tags in Akira, and fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip to double atomic drop, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Akira taunts Dick then has the ref stop him from getting in. Akira drags Sho up, brings him over, and tags TJP in. TJP sits Sho down and fans fire up as TJP scrapes Sho’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! TJP gets fans on the “CATCH! NI NI!” rhythm. TJP drags Sho up and around to whip to ropes, but Sho reverses.

TJP holds ropes then BOOTS Sho, but Sho distracts the ref from seeing Dick DECK TJP! Sho DECKS Akira, and if only fans could boo, they would. Sho throws TJP out and distracts the ref again so Dick can DECK TJP! Dick then sets TJP up for a PENALTY KICK from the apron! Sho talks trash to the timekeeper, and then Dick sets Akira up for a PENALTY KICK! The ref reprimands but Sho just laughs. Dick rakes TJP’s eyes, ROCKS him with an uppercut, and he CHOKES TJP before putting him in. Dick holds TJP down, the ref reprimands, but Sho ROPE GUILLOTINES! Sho covers, but the ref refuses to count because of the shenanigans!

Sho throws a fit but fans applaud the ref standing up for the rules. Sho tags Dick but fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” Dick and Sho tell the fans to shut up, and Dick headlock punches TJP down! Dick pushes TJP to a cover, but the ref notices it’s a choke! Dick lets off, but he chokes TJP with his knee! The ref reprimands again and Dick lets off to put on a headscissor squeeze. Fans rally as TJP endures. TJP reaches out, turns things over, and he pops out the back. TJP goes for an arm, but Dick slips out to hammerlock TJP back! Dick drags TJP up, snapmares and then FIST DROPS! Cover, TWO! Dick & Sho are frustrated but the fans fire up.

Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” but Dick stands on TJP’s hands. Sho tags in and stands on TJP’s hands. Akira protests, but Sho claws TJP’s face! Akira protests more and the ref finally notices. Sho shifts to have a chinlock so that it’s all legal. Sho digs his knee in and cranks the hold, but fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” TJP fights up, throws body shots and is free. TJP runs, kicks Sho’s back drop away, and even dodges Dick’s sucker punch to dropkick him down! Sho runs in, TJP goes up and over and TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down, fans fire up as TJP crawls over! Hot tag to Akira! Akira runs in at Sho to clothselien in the corner!

Akira keeps moving, he back elbows in the corner! Akira goes up top but Dick anchors a foot! Akira kicks Dick away, jumps over Sho, but Sho hits low. Sho runs, Akira follows and wheelbarrows to STOMP 182! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Akira brings Sho up. Akira chicken wings the arms, lifts and HIGH- NO, Sho fights the suplex to wrench an arm. Sho bends the fingers! The ref reprimands, Akira swings on Sho, but Sho rakes Akira’s eyes first! Sho runs, but Akira BOOTS him! Akira runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho SPEARS Akira down! Fans rally as Sho and Akira stir. Sho tags in Dick!

Dick and Sho stomp Akira around, then drag him up. They double whip him corner to corner, Sho runs in but Akira BOOTS him! Dick runs in but into a backslide! Dick rolls through but Akira uses him as a step to SHOTGUN Sho! Fans fire up but Dick rakes Akira’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick ROCKS Akira then whips him to ropes. TJP sneaks a tag, Akira catches Dick, then TJP rushes in. Dick ducks the superkick but Akira catches that! Akira sends the kick at Dick but Dick blocks that, so Akira ENZIGURIS Dick! Fans fire up as TJP brings Dick around to springboard FLYING FOREARM! And off comes the shirt!

TJP goes to the corner, climbs up top and fans fire up! MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Dick dodges! Dick CLOBBERS TJP! Dick fires up and he stomps TJP around. Dick ROCKS TJP to a corner, whips him corner to corner but TJP reverses and runs in. Dick BOOTS TJP, runs to sunset flip, TWO! TJP sits on it, TWO! Ghost pin from Dick, TWO! CROSSFACE!! TJP endures as Dick pulls back on the hold! Fans rally for “T! J P!” and he reaches back, ROPEBREAK! Dick lets go and he drags TJP up. Dick underhooks the arms, but TJP blocks the Pedigree. Dick CLUBS TJP, hooks him up again, but TJP slips out!

Dick blocks a kick but TJP Rolls to drag Dick down into a PINOY STRETCH!! Akira intercepts Sho with a GUILLOTINE! But Evil & Yujiro grab Gideon! They threaten him, so Catch 2/2 let Sho & Dick go! They say okay, but then here comes AUSSIE OPEN! Davis & Fletcher dodge Evil & Yujiro, pick them up and SANDWICH them! Fans fire up as the Empire stands together! Catch 2/2 focus on Sho & Dick but then Sho & Dick rake their eyes! Dick & Sho whip the champs at each other but they reverse and send Sho & Dick into each other! Akira tosses Sho out, then he and TJP focus on Dick.

TJP brings Dick around to Electric Chair Lift and Akira climbs! Fan sfire up but Sho shoves Akira down! Dick slips off to rake TJP’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick stops, and Dick argues with the ref while Sho gets his wernch! Wait, It’s not there?! Akira has it!! Fans cheer, Akira throws the wrench to TJP! TJP drops the wrench, and plays like he got hit! Fans fire up as Sho & Dick defend their innocence! But Akira then SHOTGUNS Dick into Sho! TJP rolls Dick up, TWO!! Dick swings, into a SUPERKICK from Akira! The champs fire up and run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture keeps trying tricks to win, but they continue to fail! They’re out of the running, will they have even one win before this is done? As for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, can they finish strong and conquer the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The Flying Tigers are right in the middle of it all, but that means they still have an outside shot! Will the Sniper of the Skies and the living legend make that shot? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

The teams sort out and Eagles starts against Zayne. Fans rally and Eagles encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Eagles circles with Zayne. They tie up, Zayne powers Eagles back and headlocks, but Eagles powers out. Zayne turns that around but Eagles holds ropes to block the whip. Zayne keeps trying but Eagles holds on. So Zayne wrenches the arm, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag Zayne! Things speed up, Eagles RANAS but Zayne manages to to handspring through! Fans applaud as Zayne wags his finger. Things speed up again, Zayne rolls off Eagles back!

Things keep moving, Eagles handsprings over the dropdown to strut! Fans applaud, but Zayne sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE! Eagles sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! The dropkicks cancel out, and both handspring up to pose! Fans fire up as Eagles aims his finger gun while Zayne twirls his hair. Zayne and Eagles fist bump to show respect and fans cheer that, too. Lindaman and Tiger tag in and they rush in! Lindaman knees low, CLUBS away, then brings Tiger around. But Tiger clinches! Lindaman ROCKS and whips Tiger, but Tiger reverses, only for Lindaman to come back and pick him up! Tiger fights free to get a SLEEPER!

Lindaman endures, fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Fans rally and Lindaman wants a very special challenge. The ref is to judge who has the better… back muscles? The ref has them stand side by side and he looks them over, and declares TIGER the winner! Lindaman can’t believe it! He boos, then kicks low. Lindaman CLUBS away, runs, but Tiger scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Tiger tells Lindaman he’s a sore loser, then tags in Eagles. Flying Tigers kick, KICK and DOUBLE KICK Lindaman down! Zayne runs in, into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! The Flying Tigers KICK, KICK and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Eagles brings Lindaman up and bumps him off buckles. Eagles CHOPS and then he bumps Lindaman off buckles. Eagles says one more time, and he CHOPS again! Tag to Tiger, he snapmares Lindaman and JABS him in the head with an elbow. Tiger clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Lindaman. Lindaman talks smack even now and Tiger ELBOWS him again! Tag to Eagles and he brings Lindaman up. Fans rally, Eagles whips but Lindaman blocks. Lindaman UPPERCUTS, spins, but Eagles avoids the discus to mule kick! Eagles whips Lindaman but Lindaman reverses! Lindaman runs in, blocks the boots, puts Eagles in the rope to DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Lindaman rolls and tags Zayne. Zayne ELBOWS Tiger off the apron, he blocks Eagles’ kick and spins Eagles around to LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Zayne fires off forearms and elbows! Zayne mule kicks, runs, but Eagles avoids the somersault kick! Zayne avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Eagles into an EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up as Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Eagles goes to a corner. Zayne runs in to ELBOW him, then puts him up top. Zayne climbs up but Eagles throws body shots. Eagles shoves Zayne away but he flips and lands on his feet! Zayne comes back, Eagles leaps, but Zayne blocks the rana!

Zayne swings Eagles back up to POWERBOMB him down! Zayne then hurries to drag Eagles up. Zayne whips but Eagles reverses to kick, but Zayne ducks under it! Zayne hooks Eagles up, TACO- NO, Eagles slips free! Eagles cravats, ASAI DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles and Zayne stir, Eagles crawls to hot tag Tiger! Tiger KICKS Zayne to a corner, whips him corner to corner, then storms up to ROUNDHOUSE! Tiger brings Zayne back out, underhooks, but Zayne fights free! Tiger gets around, Zayne switches but Tiger victory rolls, TWO! Tiger chicken wings but Zayne breaks free.

Tiger kicks Zayne, rolls and drags Zayne down to a KNEEBAR! Zayne reaches out, but Lindaman CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles gets in to ROCK Lindaman and throw him out! Flying Tigers double whip Zayne to a corner, then Eagles goes to the apron. But Zayne slips away before the kick combo connects! Eagles ends up stuck up top, Tiger storms after Zayne and kicks him low. Tiger whips but Zayne reverses, Tiger runs into Eagles’ knees! Zayne runs in, uses Tiger as the boost to SUPER STEINER Eagles! Zayne waistlocks Tiger but Tiger fights the German Suplex. Tiger switches, but right into Lindaman’s waistlock! Zayne SUPERKICKS, but Tiger ducks so it hits Lindaman!

Tiger runs, crucifix takedown, TWO! Tiger underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER!! High stack, but Lindaman breaks it! Eagles kicks Zayne out, fans rally, “GO GO TIGER! GO GO TIGER!” Tiger SOBATS, Eagles mule kicks, and DOUBLE BUZZSAWS take down Zayne! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Flying Tigers coordinate and put Zayne in the corner. They double whip again, then Eagles goes to the apron. BOOT GAMANGIRI COMBO! Tiger then hoists Zayne up top and climbs up after him. Tiger underhooks the arms, but Lindaman CLUBS Tiger down! Tiger fires forearms on Lindaman, but runs into a DROPKICK!

Eagles springboards but Lindaman catches him for an EXPLODER! Tiger swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Zayne adjusts while up top. Lindaman drags Tiger over, KUMAGOROSHI! Lindaman FLIES to take out Eagles! Zayne aims, “ITADAKIMASU~!” CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, #GLEATSAUCE wins!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

GLEAT win for Lindaman & Zayne! They’re still hot in the block, but will they stay hot all the way until the finals? As for the Flying Tigers, have they been grounded once and for all? Or can they reload and try again next round?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Black Mask & El Inmortal are in a great position, having beaten the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and still strong in the block. But will they be careful not to stumble before the end? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master be a roadblock to the finals?

The teams sort out and Douki is calling out Titan. Titan accepts the challenge and fans rally at the bell. Douki and Titan circle, tie up, and Douki waistlocks. Titan spins through to facelock, but Douki wrenches out to wristlock. Douki keeps Titan from ropes, but Titan spins and slips through to wrench back. Titan wristlocks but Douki slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Douki twists the wrist, keeps Titan from ropes again, but Titan rolls, handsprings and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Titan DROPKICKS Douki out of the ring! Titan builds speed, but he rolls and backflips out of the ring as Douki moves.

Titan raises the LIJ fist but Kanemaru BOOTS him down! Kanemaru stomps Titan, Douki ROCKS Bushi, then they switch. Kanemaru CLUBS Bushi, Douki POSTS Titan! Titan staggers to the timekeeper’s table but Douki puts him in the ring. Douki drags Titan around while Kanemaru puts Bushi in. Suzuki-Gun goes after LIJ’s masks! The ref reprimands but Douki and Kanemaru undo the laces! The ref counts and Douki leaves Titan alone. The ref has to count at Kanemaru, too, and then Kanemaru lets off of Bushi. Douki drags Titan up, puts him up top in the corner, and climbs up after him, to go after the mask!

The ref reprimands and counts again, Titan fights to keep his mask on, and he throws elbows! Douki falls back, he CLUBS Titan, and then tags Kanemaru. Titan is put in a Tree of Woe for a basement dropkick from Kanemaru! Kanemaru drags Titan to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for “L I J!” but Kanemaru CLUBS Titan down then stomps him. Kanemaru drags Titan back up, and hits a DDT! Tag to Douki and Douki kicks Titan around. Douki drags Titan up but Titan ROCKS Douki back! Douki slaps Titan around but Titan ROCKS Douki again! Douki still slaps Titan, then drags him up. Fans rally, Douki scoops and SLAMS, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Douki keeps on Titan, bumps him off Kanemaru’s boot, then Kanemaru tags in. Fans still rally for LIJ as Kanemaru whips and ELBOWS Titan down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi for good measure, then he stomps Titan down. Kanemaru stomps Titan and talks trash, then keeps on stomping. Fans rally but Kanemaru just stomps away on Titan! Kanemaru drags Titan up, CLUBS him on the neck, and then stalks him. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT Titan down! Kanemaru drags Titan back up but Titan blocks the suplex! Kanemaru gets Titan up but Titan slips out to CLUB Kanemaru!

Kanemaru knees low, whips, but Titan reverse, then goes Matrix to CALF KICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan crawls, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi kicks Kanemaru, whips, but Kanemaru reverses, only for Bushi to RANA! Douki gets in to kick low and CLUB Bushi! Douki & Kanemaru double whip, but Bushi gets around to shove Douki into Kanemaru! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS them down! Fans fire up and Bushi drags Kanemaru up. Kanemaru swings but Bushi spins him to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi runs corner to corner but Kanemaru dodges. But then Bushi SWING KICKS him away!

Bushi climbs up to MISSILE DROPKICK! And Bushirooni! Kanemaru bails out, Bushi builds speed but Douki cheap shots him! And HOTSHOTS him! Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru crawls, hot tag to Douki! Douki stomps Bushi in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but runs into a BOOT! Bushi goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Bushi crawls over, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY Douki! Kanemaru throws Titan down but Titan kips up to PELE! Douki storms up and kicks low, but Titan fires back a flurry of palm strikes! SOBAT, then Titan runs, but is put on the apron!

Titan GAMANGIRIS Douki in return, springboards and FLYING RANAS! Douki bails out, fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit and fans fire up as Titan rises! Titan roars and he brings Douki back up. The ring count climbs but Titan puts Douki in at 11 of 20. Titan and Bushi coordinate, double whip Douki to ropes, and SOBAT, sunset flip, and SPRINGBOARD SPLASH into boots! Titan staggers away, Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi down! Kanemaru tilt-o-whirl DDTs Titan down! Douki is up top, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Kanemaru dropkicks Bushi’s leg!

Kanemaru trips Bushi into the FIGURE FOUR! LIJ endure simultaneous submissions! And with Bushi in the way, Titan can’t get to the ropes on that side! Titan heads the other way but Douki rolls Titan away! ITALIAN STRETCH! Fans rally, Bushi grabs the ref and shoves him into Douki! Titan is free, Bushi and Kanemaru go outside. Kanemaru stomps Bushi down, Douki goes to the apron. Douki slingshots to hit DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans fire up! Douki roars and he reels Titan into the wheelbarrow. Full nelson, but Bushi runs in! Douki drops Titan to HELL STAB Bushi! Douki runs, but Bushi spins him to a BACKSTABBER!

Bushi DECKS Kanemaru off the apron, he sunset flips Douki and Titan SPRINGBOARD SPLASHES again! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Bushi throws Kanemaru back out to then DIVE! Direct hit and a Young Lion has to keep Kanemaru from hitting the front row! Titan runs corner to corner at Douki, LOCO LARIAT! CODE BREAKER! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

That was the strongest showing from Douki & Kanemaru yet, but it wasn’t strong enough! Are they relegated to simply spoiling another team’s run in the later rounds? As for LIJ, they stay strong, just behind the front of the pack. Can Titan & Bushi take over and guarantee a spot in the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The Men of the Hour have perhaps the match of the tournament on their hands! The #InevitableFinesse have been unstoppable so far, but will they make it to 5-0? Or will there be chaos in the block?

Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the teams sort out. Lio calls out Bey and Bey obliges, but then they argue about the other partners stepping out. Yoh and Ace exit at the same time and the bell rings. Fans rally as Bey talks trash with “The Bad Child.” Bey says it’s all about Bullet Club for life! Lio says Chaos for life, then he pie faces Bey with the three fingers. Bey and Lio start throwing forearms! Fans rally, Bey mule kicks and runs, but Lio follows! Bey ducks under the clothesline but Lio comes back to springboard and whip! Lio then redirects, Bey keeps up, but Lio ducks under. Bey ducks under, both men block kicks and both men SLAP!

Bey and Lio get forehead to forehead and talk more trash! Ace and Yoh shout to their guys to cool it off. Bey and Lio point to each other’s corners, and they both back away . Tag to Ace and Lio eggs him on. Ace wags his finger, he wants Yoh! Lio asks the crowd and they applaud. Lio says fine and heads for his corner, but then Ace pulls Lio’s hair! Lio kicks, Ace blocks and flips him, but Lio lands on his feet! Yoh tags in, Ace runs in, but Yoh ROCKS Ace! Yoh clinches but Ace throws body shots and forearms. Ace runs, Yoh drops then sidesteps to drop toehold! Yoh keeps moving to basement dropkick! Fans rally as Yoh stays between Ace and Bey.

Yoh clinches but Ace cradle counters, TWO! Ace kicks low, CHOPS Yoh to the corner, then shoos Lio. But Yoh fights back with elbows and forearms! Ace swings, misses, but he ELBOWS Yoh! Ace runs, but Yoh dumps him out! Yoh builds speed, but Bey trips him up! Bey drags Yoh out but Lio rushes over to slide! But Bey avoids the dropkick! Bey shoves Lio at Yoh but Lio stops himself. Bey whips but Lio reverses to send Bey at the apron, only for Bey to tiger feint kick! Lio ducks it, Yoh kicks Bey low! Ace rushes over but Lio moves! Yoh swipes at Ace but he handsprings over to SUPERKICK Yoh away! But Lio gets in the ring to HANDPRING KICK Ace down!

Lio builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit with the tope and fans fire up! Lio calls to Yoh to get Ace and Yoh drags Ace up. Yoh puts Ace in, then CLAWS Ace on the back. Yoh stomps Ace, bumps Ace off buckles, and tags in Lio. Lio & Yoh double whip Ace corner to corner, Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow! Lio SPLASHES, then he hooks up with Yoh, ROLLING- GAMANGIRI from Bey! Ace pushes Yoh over to BUZZSAW! Bey kicks Lio away, then tags in, and Bullet Club double whip Lio to a corner. Bey sets up for Ace’s POMMEL KICK! Ace sets up, FINESSE IN MOTION! Drop toehold, EDDY GORDO and a DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans applaud the great combinations, and Bey isolates Lio’s arm! Bey STOMPS the elbow! Lio clutches his arm but Bey drags him around. Bey wants Lio to look into the camera to “say hello to The Elite!” Bey then CLUBS Lio with a crossface forearm. Bey talks more trash, but Lio fires back with forearms! Bey ROCKS Lio, then stomps a mudhole into him in the corner! Red Shoes counts but Bey lets off at 4. Fans rally with claps for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Bey shakes his head, drags Lio up but Lio ROCKS Bey! Bey CLAWS Lio’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Bey lets off. Bey talks trash, pulls on Lio’s ear, then brings him up to ROCK with a haymaker!

Lio flops to ropes, Bey drags him back up and whips him into the corner. Tag to Ace, he and Bey DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ace drops a knee on Lio’s head and digs it in. Ace stalks Lio and deadlift GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Ace stays between Lio and Yoh, and he makes Lio look at Bey as he flexes. Ace bumps Lio off buckles, Bey digs his boot in, then Ace bumps Lio off Bey’s boot. Fans rally, but Ace sucker punches Yoh! Bey tags in, he brings Lio up, but Lio fights the suplex. Lio cradle counters, TWO! Bey escapes, and he ELBOWS Lio down! Fans rally back up as Bey tells Yoh to “SUCK IT!”

Bey drags Lio up, brings him over, and bumps him off Ace’s boot. Tag to Ace, he and Bey both dig their boots in. Red Shoes counts, Bullet Club lets off, and Ace tags Bey back in. Ace & Bey double whip, but Lio stops himself and goes to where Red Shoes is! Lio BOOTS Ace away, he BOOTS Bey away, Red Shoes slips away as Lio handsprings to dodge the lariats! Lio kicks but Ace blocks and hands it off to Bey. Lio ENZIGURIS but Bey ducks, so Ace takes the hit! Fans fire up and Lio crawls for his corner! Bey rushes in, Lio slides under and KANGAROO KICKS! Hot tag to Yoh! Direct Drive rallies on Bey with big forearms!

Yoh whips, Bey reverses but Yoh ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Ace returns, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Yoh as he scoops Bey. Yoh SLAMS Bey down, goes up the corner, TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Yoh brings Bey back up. Yoh reels Bey in, suplexes, but Bey slips out to waistlock. Yoh switches, Bey elbows free, but Yoh reels him back in, only for Bey to break free and PELE! Bey crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally back up, and Bey drags Yoh up. Tag to Ace, Ace brings Yoh around, SLIDE KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! Then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans applaud as Yoh is still in this, but Ace CLUBS Yoh in frustration. Ace puts Yoh in a corner, he tags Bey, and Bullet Club double wrench to CLAW his back! Then they double drop toehold, to DOUBLE CLAW him again! And Too Sweet. Yoh writhes but Bey looms over him. Fans rally up, Bey drags Yoh up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Bey suplexes again, Dos Amigos! But Yoh fights the third to suplex and FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bey and Yoh crawl, hot tags to Ace and Lio! Lio rallies on Ace with big lariats! Lio whips, Ace reverses but Lio stops with a slide! Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off fast hands and a BIG forearm!

Ace staggers, Lio whips but Ace reverses. Lio springboards, but Ace blocks Rush Hour! Ace waistlocks, Lio switches and rolls Ace, for the SPIN KICK! Fans fire up again as Lio covers, TWO! Lio is surprised, but then he calls to Yoh. Yoh tags in, they high-three and then double whip Ace. Bey stops Ace, Yoh runs in but blocks Ace’s boot. Yoh flips Ace to the apron, but Ace avoids the shoulder! Ace & Bey DOUBLE KNEE Yoh down! Lio runs in but Ace blocks the handspring kick! Bey slips in to SUPERKICK Lio! Bullet Club fires up, Bey tags back in, and they drag Yoh up. Spin and SMASH to a YOYO SLAM! Then a BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK to the HOUSE OF CARDS! Bey covers, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Yoh survives the onslaught! But Bullet Club fires back up and the fans rally with them. They line up the shot, ONE TWO S- NO, Lio saves Yoh to shove Bey into Ace! Bey switches with Lio but Lio victory rolls and uses Bey for the ROLLING STUNNER! Fans fire up as Lio mule kicks Bey. Bey ducks the heel kick, rolls Lio up, but Lio avoids the Superman Punch and Yoh SUPERKICKS Bey outta the air!! Then Lio runs, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh hooks Bey up for the FALCON USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Lio tags back in and climbs up! But Ace anchors Lio! Yoh SUPERKICKS Ace, then PLANCHAS! Direct hit!

Fans fire up as Lio aims, FINAL HOUR!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)

What a shocker! The hot hand finally busts, Ace & Bey are no longer the top of the block! But with four rounds left, can they still cash in on a spot in the finals?

As for the Men of the Hour, Lio is the first to get the mic. He tells Yoh in English, “Very tired. Very tired. Very hot. Very hot!” Then to the crowd, “Konnichiwa~!” Fans applaud, knowing Lio knows Japanese. Lio returns to English to say that Yoh knows, and maybe some fans know, that Lio Rush knows very little Japanese. “But I hope you can understand when I say, I love NJPW.” Fans applaud as they do understand that. Lio also hopes the fans understand when he says, “I love my new partner, Yoh.” Fans again applaud, and Lio says, “Me and Yoh, very good tag team, but very new. And this was a learning experience for the both of us.

“But… We are on our way to being Super Junior Tag League Champions.” Lio tells Yoh that they are number one, all the way! “My friend, arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” Fans applaud, and Lio lets Yoh take the mic. Lio know the fans want it, and the fans applaud to agree. Yoh takes up the mic and says that since Lio asked, he’ll speak. “Well, not just speak. I’ll ask a question. Do you all like NJPW?” Fans applaud because they do! “Do you like the NJPW Junior Heavyweights?” Fans applaud again because they do! “Do you like Yoh & Lio Rush?” And again, fans applaud because they do!

“Then it’s no problem if we win the Super Junior Tag League, right?” Fans applaud once again because they’d love to see it. “Thank you. Let’s do it!” Yoh & Lio high-three again, will they truly be the Men of the Hour and take the whole tournament?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Yoh & Lio: 4-1, 8 points
Austin & Bey: 4-1, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-1, 8 points
TJP & Akira: 4-1, 8 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 4-1, 8 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-3, 4 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-3, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-4, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great event and another great round for Super Junior Tag League. Also of note, Suzuki-Gun beat LIJ straight up, Taichi got the Gedo Clutch on Takagi without a restart. But anyway, I expected the bottom of the block to stay the bottom of the block, and mathematically, they are out. Only four rounds left, no way either of those teams will be a finalist by this point. But FIVE teams at 4-1, that’s wild stuff. These last four rounds are going to get wild because of that, and that’s really exciting.

I like that Zayne & Lindaman are in that mix, both guys are kinda underappreciated. Everyone in this has great ring work, but they’ve got great character work and energy. They’re up against LIJ next, that’ll be a big one, but I feel like LIJ will win to keep their chance alive. Yoh & Lio get a great upset win, I said just yesterday that I didn’t see Ace & Bey losing in the fifth and here we are! I like Lio more or less sharing some real feelings in the promo, he is getting to do great stuff here in NJPW and has blended really well with Yoh already. They really could be a dark horse candidate for the finals, but maybe Sho & Dick in the next round could be a “trap game” given the history between Yoh and Sho.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/28/22)

Fallout from Survivor Series!

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WWE Raw 2022

No Damage Control here!

Survivor Series was war, and the RawEST team came out on top! What, or who, is next for the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Mia Yim; No Contest.
  • 8 Person Mixed Tag: The OC VS The Judgment Day; The Judgment Day wins.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Profits win.
  • Anything Goes: Dexter Lumis VS The Miz; Lumis wins a WWE contract and the money Miz owed.
  • Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage CTRL; Candice wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso w/ The Bloodline; Kevin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline is here!

Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa and the Usos are all united after defeating Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre and the Brawling Brutes at WarGames! What do they have planned for Monday Night Raw?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

Speaking of WarGames, here comes The Man who finished it off for Team EST! Raw’s commercial free first hour is already Big Time as Becky heads to the ring. Fans are fired up for Becky as she gets the mic. “The Man has come around to Norfolk, Virginia~! Man, it feels so good to be back and once again say, welcome to Monday Night Raw! I missed you guys.” Fans chant, “Welcome Back!” Becky appreciates that, and says it feels good to be back. Now this doesn’t feel right, though> The Man of the People should be out there with the people! She wants to come say hi to the fans! She finds a fan with her shirt, as well as Norfolk 3:16.

Becky high-fives fans, especially one with a Seth Rollins shirt. Fans cheer for Becky as she goes up higher into the bleachers. Who is this in the yellow? Bobby. Fans cheer for Bobby now! Well, Bobby, after four months on the bench, coming back at WarGames was probably the most physical brutal way to come back, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. And who is this? Zachary! Well, Zachary, now that she IS back, she’ll tell him that she’s ready to go through hell, jump off cages and flatten fools, and take care of business! There’s a lot of business to be taken care of! Zach says that’s what the man does and that’s right!

But in the time she’s been gone, a lot of change has happened. A lot of new faces showed up, a lot of a familiar faces came back, and she’ll slap the heads off every one of ’em! It started on Friday with Bayley, and in Saturday at Survivor Series, and… Bayley heads out! Bayley says, “No no no! Y’know what, Becky?” Becky sings, “Here she comes to ruin the day~!” Bayley says when she saw Becky come out here, she thought Becky was feeling humbled since she’s out there with the peasants. But Becky went on and on and on! Bayley tells fans to shut up but they boo more. Becky talked about putting her body on the line for the people? UGH!

Isn’t that what Bayley has been doing? Has Becky not seen- But then fans chant for Becky and drowns her out! Oh c’mon! Becky had one brutal match and that’s how you treat her? But Bayley gets NO respect these last four months! Ladder Match, Last Woman Standing, WarGames, and yet these idiots have no appreciation for their Role Model. Becky says first off, Bayley, don’t call Bobby a peasant. Well Bob sucks! No he does not! Bayley’s reason for no respect is she kept losing! SHE’s the loser! But Bayley and her lackeys started it, Becky ended it, but if Bayley still wants to fight, then Becky will get in the ring and they’ll fight.

Big talk from the big man all the way over there! Becky asks Bobby if she should fight Bayley. Bobby says to go kick her butt! But then Sky & Kai come down from the steps! They mug Becky, even as Sky has a neck brace! Becky uses a fan sign to slap them all around! Bayley storms up, now it’s 3v1! They brawl into the concourse! Fans waiting over there cheer this brawl! DMG CTRL TOSS Becky into the merchandise area, but she throws things at them! She BASHES Sky & Kai with a chain necklace, but Bayley BASHES Becky with a Money in the Bank briefcase lunchboxes! Becky TOSSES Bayley into the table! The displays fall over!

Sky & Kai come back for more, Becky deals with them, but Bayley rains down fists! Becky kicks Bayley into the cameraman! The refs and security rush over to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Becky and DMG CTRL still want after each other, how will this end now that it’s hit a new level of animosity?

 

Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Mia Yim!

The Judgment Day’s Eradicator and the Head Baddie in Charge still have a score to settle on their own, and they look to do that here tonight. Will Rhea drag Mia down into the Riptide? Or will “Michin” go crazy and make Rhea Eat Da Feet?

The bell rings and the two circle slowly. They tie up, Rhea powers Mia to a corner but Mia turns it around on her. Rhea shoves Mia away, Mia dodges the boot and arm-drags Rhea around! Rhea bails out and regroups with Dom while fans boo. Mia shrugs and says she thought Rhea was ready. Rhea whispers something to Dom and Rhea slowly returns. Mia warns Dom but Dom stays back. Mia and Rhea tie up again, Rhea knees low, then she trips Mia up. Rhea RAMS Mia into a corner, RAMS in again and again, then digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off at 4, and says Mia’s no solution! Mia shoves Rhea but Rhea CHOPS!

Mia BOOTS Rhea, then reels her in for a TARANTULA! The ref counts, Mia lets off at 4, and then she trips Rhea up! Mia tells Dom to stay back, but Rhea goes out after her. Mia dodges Rhea, Rhea almost runs into Dom, and Mia ROCKS Rhea! Mia puts Rhea in the ring, dodges Rhea again and trips her up! Mia rains down forearms but Rhea kicks her away. Rhea kicks Mia low, stomps her foot then SMASEHS her against a knee before she hits a LARIAT! Dom soaks up the heat for Rhea while Rhea drags Mia up. Rhea KICKS Mia in the side, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Rhea lets off at 4, and she stomps Mia to a corner.

Rhea whips Mia corner to corner hard and Mia bounces off buckles! Rhea drags Mia up but Mia throws body shots. Rhea CLUBS Mia, whips her corner to corner hard again, and Mia bounces off buckles again. Rhea soaks up the heat now, then she looms over Mia. Rhea drags Mia up, reels her in and suplexes, and she holds Mia up before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Dom argues the count but Rhea dribbles and CLUBS Mia against the mat. Rhea grinds Mia’s face into the mat, “You think you’re the problem solver, Mia? HUH!?” Fans rally and duel, and Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea pushes Mia around, pie faces her, and says Mia can’t just come into her world and step to her.

Mia snarls but Rhea stands her up. Mia KNEES Rhea in the head! And again! Mia KICKS, KICKS and KICKS Rhea down! Then KICKS her down again! Rhea flounders, Mia says she talks too much! SHOTGUN! Rhea ends up in a corner, fans fire up for Mia, and Mia runs in, but is put on the apron! Mia ROCKS Rhea first, then steps in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Rhea is hanging tough but Dom is worried as Mia drags her up. Mia wrenches and hooks Rhea up but Rhea powers out! Pump handle, but Mia turns that into a DDT!! Rhea bails out but Mia glares as she crawls that way over.

Mia aims, builds speed, but Dom stands in the way! The ref tells Dom to get down but Mia YANKS him into the ring! Fans fire up and Dom wants her to cool off! But Rhea CLUBS Mia, trips her, then rains down fists! Dom cheers but the ref reprimands. Here comes AJ Styles! Styles CLOBBERS Dom onto Rhea and the ref rings the bell!

No Contest

Styles rains down fists on Dom then kicks him around! Fans fire up as Styles keeps hitting Dom! But Damian Priest & Fin Balor slip in! Styles DECKS Finn, but Priest BOOTS Styles! But the Good Brothers show up! It is another massive brawl! The OC runs off the Judgment Day, but Styles wants a mic! “Where you going?! I thought this was over at Survivor Series, but I guess I was wrong. But it’s gonna end tonight.” Fans like the sound of that! Styles says to make it a EIGHT PERSON MIXED MATCH! The ref gets in the ring, and the Judgment Day storm back up! It’s a 4v4 brawl and Norfolk is loving it!

The OC clear the ring again, and it’s Finn and Styles left inside! Finn dodges a clothesline but bails out, only for Styles to SLINGSHOT FOREARM! Finn is down and Anderson TOSSES Dom to the crowd! Rhea CLUBS away on Mia, Gallows scoop SLAMS Priest on the stage! Rhea whips but Mia reverses to send Rhea into steel steps! Styles puts Finn back in the ring, the bell sounds, and this 8 Person Tag is on!

8 Person Mixed Tag: The OC VS The Judgment Day!

Styles whips Finn, Finn reverses but Styles sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn  looks for a tag but no one is there! Finn drags Styles up, but Styles stops the suplex! Styles snap suplexes Finn in return! Styles drags Finn back around to hit a BACKBREAKER! Styles asks his guys if they want some, and they say yes! Styles bumps Finn off buckles, tags The Machine Gun, and Karl stomps Finn. Karl bumps Finn off buckles, brings him back around and bumps him off more buckles. Tag to Luke Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Finn, and Gallows suplexes Finn! Cover, TWO! Gallows bumps Finn off buckles again, then ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Tag to Karl, he gets space and fans fire up for the JUMP KICK! Tag to Styles, he runs in to clothesline! Tag to Gallows and he runs in to SPLASH! Gallows scoops Finn but Finn slips off to tag Priest! The Punisher and Big LG square off, Priest knees and clubs and body shots! Priest whips, Gallows reverses but Priest kicks him away! Priest runs to back elbow in a corner! Priest brings Gallows out to suplex, but Gallows fights that to suplex! Priest slips out and BELL CLAPS! Priest KICKS and KICKS and ROLLING- UPPERCUT from Gallows! ROUNBDHOUSE from Priest, ROUNDHOUSE from Gallows!

Gallows runs in to uppercut Priest! Gallows runs again but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest runs, but into a FLAPJACK! Priests staggers to the corner, Gallows storms over to fire off body shots and an UPPERCUT! Gallows roars, he clinches Priest for the lift. Dom distracts, Gallows drops Priest and Dom runs away! Priest WHEEL KICKS Gallows! Tag to Finn and Finn fires off on Gallows! Finn tags Dom, Dom RAMS into Gallows again and again! Fans boo but Dom tags Finn back in. Finn throws hands but Gallows ROCKS Finn! And again! And again! Finn dropkicks Gallows’ legs! Tag to Priest and he runs to SUPERKICK Gallows down! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Dom but Gallows DECKS Dom! Dom tags out to Priest already, but Gallows BOOTS him! Tag to Anderson, he dodges Priest to CHOP, UPPERCUT, repeat! Priest shoves back, Anderson dodges the boot to fire off more shots! Priest choke grips and TOSSES Anderson, but Anderson dodges to CHOP and throw forearms! Anderson whips corner to corner, Priest reverses and runs in, but Anderson dodges to JUMP KCIK! Finn runs in but Anderson CLOBBERS him! Dom runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! The Machine Gun drops a SENTON on Finn! But Priest CLOBBERS Anderson! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Priest pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Anderson endures, fans rally, and Anderson fights up, only for Priest to KNEE low and CLUB him! Priest tells the OC to “SUCK IT!” but Anderson fights out of the corner! He BOOTS Priest, leaps, but Priest catches him! Priest RAMS Anderson back into the corner! Finn tags in, Priest snapmares Anderson for Finn’s slingshot STOMP! Tag to Dom, slingshot SENTON! Dom tags Finn back in, he tags Priest. Finn and Priest bring Anderson up, BACKBREAKER and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues the count but Priest stalks Anderson to the corner.

Priest offers a tag to Rhea and she takes it. Fans are torn, and they mug Anderson! Rhea CLUBS Anderson, then she tags to Dom. They mug Anderson, Finn tags to stomp Anderson. Finn snapmares Anderson and clamps onto a chinlock. Anderson endures, fans rally, and Anderson fights up again. Finn KNEES low, bumps Anderson off buckles, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner and runs in, but Anderson dodges! Anderson gets Finn for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both men crawl! Hot tag to Dom, and he CLOBBERS Anderson! Fans boo as Dom rains down fists on Anderson!

Dom soaks up the heat, drags Anderson back up, and he snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! And then Dos Amigos! Fans continue to boo as Dom gives some Latino Heat. THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Rhea is upset that that wasn’t three! Finn tags in and he stomps Anderson down! Finn soaks up the heat now, then he mocks the Too Sweet. Finn wraps on a chinlock and grinds Anderson to the mat. Fans rally up as Anderson endures and fights back up. Anderson hits a JAWBREAKER! Fans fire up but Finn keeps Anderson from his corner! Anderson ROCKS Finn, reaches out, but Finn still holds on!

Anderson ROCKS Finn again, reaches out again, but he just can’t! He swings, but Finn catches Anderson for an ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, but Styles breaks it! Finn is furious but drags Anderson up and reels him in. Finn stares Styles down as he mocks the Clash! But Anderson slips out to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans are thunderous as both men crawl! Hot tag to Styles! Styles rallies on Finn, he BLASTS Dom and Priest, then fires off a Phenomenal Blitz on Finn! LARAIT, then SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Styles, he drags Finn up to fireman’s carry! Priest gets up so Styles drops Finn to DECK Priest!

Gallows runs over to SPEAR Priest onto the desk! Styles runs but Finn puts him on the apron. Styles ROCKS Finn, avoids Dom, SLIDING KNEE takes Dom out! Styles hurries in, Finn rushes over but into an elbow! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, but Rhea breaks it! The Eradicator continues to bend the rules! Fans boo, but then Rhea kicks again, and Styles blocks it! But Finn rolls Styles! TWO!! SLINGBLADE! Both men are down and fans fire up as Rhea and Mia are the only ones left! Styles and Finn crawl, hot tag to Michin and Rhea! Mia dodges Rhea, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mia DROPKICKS Rhea, runs and DROPKICKS again! Rhea runs into a FLAPJACK! Mia KICKS, ROCKS, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Rhea down! Fans fire up with Mia and she runs in at Rhea, BOOT in the corner! Then a run, slide and CANNONBALL! Rhea flops out, but Mia just builds speed! This is the DIVE she wanted earlier, and it hits! Gallows puts Dom in the ring, Anderson CLOBBERS Dom! Priest choke grips Anderson but he slips free! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS, and he brings Priest up! But Dom saves Priest from Magic Killer and he POSTS Anderson! Gallows UPPERCUTS Dom, but Priest hits SOUTH OF HEAVEN on Gallows!!

Styles hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM on Priest! But Finn TOSSES Styles! But Mia gets in! Finn turns around, into a scoop! Mia SLAMS Finn!! Fans lose their minds as Mia BOOTS Dom, reels him in, but Rhea KICKS Mia! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall

Rhea redeems herself for her loss at WarGames, and she redeems the Judgment Day for falling short against the OC! Will this only be the beginning of the true war between these factions?

 

Backstage interview with The Street Profits.

Angelo Dawkins says it feels so good to be back! Byron Saxton surprises them and welcomes them back. Tonight, they’re set to take on the Alpha Academy, but how does it feel just to be back? As good as Byron looks in that suit right now. But it seems everything’s changed. Becky is back, Rey left, Theory lost his briefcase… But that changes now! The Profits are back in business! And the Profits are up and- “SHOOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable thought he never had to hear that catchphrase again. But while the Profits were “galivanting on their vacation,” Gable & Otis have been working, quietly becoming the best part of Monday Night Raw.

And this place has just generally been better without the Profits. But Gable isn’t the kind to raise problems, he has solutions! HE requested this match, and since his ideas are awesome, the match was approved. So tonight, the Academy puts the Profits on the shelf, for good! Oh…? Speaking of shelves, anyone ever told Gable he looks like the Elf on the Shelf? Where are you, Gable?! But the more things change, the more things stay the same. The Profits beat the Academy before, tonight will be no different. And why’s that? Because the Street Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Now get outta here, elf! Will things really be the same between these teams later tonight?

 

The Bloodline heads to the ring!

Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa, and the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions are, as Sami’s shirt says, “Feeling Ucey,” and they go to the ring together. They get the mics, and fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Jimmy has the mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” They raise their fingers and so do many of the fans. “WE THE ONES! WE THE ONES!” Fans also chant “SAMI USO!” Jey says on Saturday, it was war at WarGames. “Y’all saw that. It’s probably one of the worst matches we’ve ever been through in our careers. I think I broke my hand for real. But uh, you see who was left standing tall, right?” They all raise their fingers again.

Jimmy says for the first time ever, “there are no crack sin the Bloodline, baby! Yes, sir!” But someone must be mad. Kevin Owens, that is. Kevin’s mad cuz Sami Zayn is not his dog, he’s the Bloodline’s dog! “My dawg!” Fans cheer the secret handshake! Fans then return to chanting “UCEY! UCEY!” Sami says that for the past six months, Jimmy accepted him no matter what. Jimmy really has been Sami’s “Down since day one.” That means everything to Sami.  And Jey… Well, the last six months haven’t always been easy. Sami knows most of that time, Jey didn’t trust him. Sami knows Jey didn’t like him, either.

But at WarGames, “the way that you accepted me into this family… The way that you embraced me at the end of that match, that…! That! THAT! That was Ucey.” Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” again, and Sami wants Jey to know that here on out, any Bloodline business that they have to handle, Sami and Jey are on the same page. Sami offers a handshake, and Jey accepts it with a hug! Sami gets Jimmy to join the hug! Sami wants Solo to join in, and fans cheer Solo on. Jey and Jimmy tell their brother to join in, but then KEVIN OWENS appears! Sami tells Kevin to stop right there. “Before you do something stupid like come out here and try to fight me…”

Kevin says that isn’t why he’s here at all. Kevin says he’s actually here to tell Sami that he “gets it.” He completely understands why Sami did what he did on Saturday. Because how many times has Kevin done the exact same thing to Sami? How many times has Kevin betrayed Sami, stabbed him in the back, whatever you wanna call it, so Kevin gets it. He is actually not mad, he can’t blame Sami for that one bit. Kevin isn’t here to fight, it’s quite the opposite. Kevin can’t help but think about how, for 20 YEARS now, their careers have been linked to one another.

But after Saturday… Kevin doesn’t wanna fight Sami, team with him, ride to shows together, none of it. Kevin is just done with Sami. Kevin wants nothing to do with Sami. Sami says that’s fine. Because he feels exactly the same. Sami never wants to team with Kevin, never wants to fight Kevin again, and he’s fine never being in the same room as Kevin! Sami does NOT need Kevin anymore! He has family now. Yeah, well, Kevin is genuinely happy for Sami. Because finally, everyone here in the WWE Universe can finally see just how great Sami Zayn is. Kevin has known it for 20 years, Sami deserves to finally have this recognition. Kevin loves it.

“But Sami, here’s the thing. Doesn’t matter who many times they tell you you’re in the Bloodline, and it doesn’t matter how many times you call them family, just remember this: You’re not their real blood, and you never will be.” Fans are torn hearing that, but Jey says not to worry about that, he has this. Jey says Kevin is mad cuz he ain’t got no family. “But check this out, KO! If you got a problem with Sami Zayn, you got a problem with Main Event Jey Uso now. That’s on me!” Kevin says he has good news for Jey, then. Kevin said he was done with Sami Uso, but he’s not done with Jey! He’ll kick his ass any day of the week!

So why not meet back up later tonight and let’s see what happens?! Jey says cool! He pinned Kevin at WarGames, and he’ll pin Kevin’s ass tonight! Challenge accepted!! The Right Hand Man VS the Prizefighter, will Jey get Kevin on behalf of his new brother in arms?

 

Candice LeRae is back!

But as she heads to gorilla, Nikki Cross is watching. Cathy Kelley walks up to welcome Candice back, and asks how Candice is feeling going into a match against Dakota Kai. Candice says she hasn’t been here on Raw long, she was just keeping her head down and trying to get a lay of the and. But then DMG CTRL just attacked her, injured her, and maybe they thought she was a threat. She takes the mic to “reintroduce” herself: She’s Candice LeRae, the woman who will take Dakota OUT, tonight! Candice heads out, but will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai before getting stung herself?

 

Backstage interview with Matt Riddle & Elias.

Byron says they’ve had a successful tag match, but what has it been like teaming? The Bro says it’s awesome! It’s like they were teaming up for years! Elias hits the Drift Away, Riddle hit the Floating Bro, they got the 1-2-3! Does Elias remember that? Yes, it was only just last week. Right, that was awesome! Elias says yes, it is awesome. But while Elias sees himself as a solo artist, he has to admit that they made a great duo. Riddle says they should go after those tag titles! What’s Elias say? Elias never has had WWE gold… But speaking of, The Usos, with Sami & Solo, walk over! Jey says Elias never will have gold. They’re the twos, and #WeTheOnes!

Oh, is that right? Then why don’t they put their money where their mouths are and put those titles on the line. Any time, any place! YEET. The Bloodline heads out, Sami rolls his eyes at Elias & Riddle, but Solo stares them down. Riddle says he and Elias have this. Will The Drifter & The Bro have a smash hit on their hands already?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford bring back the red Solo cups, and they go through the crowd! They’re back, and are facing some familiar foes. Will it be like old times for the former tag team champions? Or will “Master Gable” have a winning game plan for him and his number one guy, Otis?

Raw returns and the teams sort out. Gable and Ford start, circle, tie up, and Gable wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ford endures, rolls, rolls and handsprings to wave hi to then wrench back. Ford has the wristlock and he mocks Gable’s pain. Ford tells Otis that if he tags in, Ford will whoop his ass, too! Ford wrenches again, but Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to headlock, spin and drop toehold! Gable headlocks and says “A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo but Ford fights up. Gable tags Otis, Otis KNEES Ford low then CLUBS him down! Ford goes to ropes, Otis CLUBS away with big crossface forearms!

Gable talks up his number one guy, Otis puts Ford in the corner. Otis runs in but Ford dodges! Gable tags in, but Ford drop toeholds him into a headlock! Gable keeps his shoulder up, fights up, but Dawkins tags in. Ford whips, Dawkins CLOBBERS Gable! Dawkins clamps onto an armlock and he grinds Gable down. Gable endures, slips out and around to trip Dawkins! Gable facelocks, gator rolls, but Dawkins slips out to headlock. Gable powers Dawkins to a corner and powers out but Dawkins whips. Gable goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dawkins CLOBBERS Gable! Dawkins waistlocks, throws Gable, but Gable throws Dawkins!

Dawkins dodges, handsprings over, then arm-drags Gable! Gable arm-drags back but Dawkins DROPKICKS Gable down! Fans fire up over that exchange as Dawkins covers, TWO! Dawkins drags Gable up, wrenches, and tags Ford. They whip Gable, Ford LARIATS Gable now! Fans fire up as Ford flexes, but Otis runs in! Ford sends Otis out, then he sends Gable out onto Otis! The Profits build speed to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on Otis AND Gable, and fans fire up with the Profits while Raw goes picture in picture!

Fans cheer the Profits on and they wait on the Academy. Otis storms in but Ford dodges and mule kicks! Ford KICKS, ENZIGURIS, and Otis staggers around. Ford SCOOPS OTIS?! But Gable CHOP BLOCKS Ford and Otis falls on him! Gable covers, TWO! Gable tells fans to “SHOOOOSH!” Gable drags Ford around, JAMS the arm, JAMS it again, then SLAMS it on the mat! Gable hauls Ford up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Gable tags Otis, the Academy mugs Ford, then Otis CLUBS Ford to the ropes. Otis CHOKES Ford but the ref counts. Otis lets off at 4, Gable gets a cheap shot in! “A THANK YEW~!”

Gable soaks up the heat while Otis runs and SPLASHES! Ford sputters while Otis soaks up the heat. Otis stands on Ford at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps away at 4, and then Otis drags Ford up on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS! But Ford steps into the WRECKER ELBOW! Gable soaks up the heat, Otis drags Ford up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Gable, and a feed to a CROSS CHOP! Cover, TWO! Gable taunts Dawkins then stalks Ford to ropes. Gable CHOKES Ford now, lets off as the ref counts, then brings Ford around. Gable snapmares Ford and clamps on a top wristlock.

Ford endures as Gable thrashes the arm. Ford fights up, Raw returns to single picture, but Gable wrangles Ford back down! “SHOOOOSH~!” Fans boo but Ford still endures. Gable pulls on the bad arm, Ford fights up and throws body shots. Ford reaches out but Gable whips Ford away. Ford CHOPS Otis, leaps over Gable to sunset flip, but Otis distracts! Ford would’ve had this won! Gable THROAT CHOPS Ford down! “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable drags Ford up through the ropes but Ford shoulders into him! Ford GAMANGIRIS Otis, shoulders into Gable, slingshots but into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Gable BLASTS Dawkins! Gable brings Ford up and waistlocks, CHAOS- NO, Ford fights the German Suplex with elbows! Gable ducks an elbow, but Ford hits a DDT! Both men are down, but Gable crawls, hot tag to Otis! Otis runs in at Ford in the corner, but Ford dodges! Otis POSTS himself! Fans rally, Dawkins is back! Ford and Otis crawl, hot tags to Gable and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Gable with big lariats! Dawkins DECKS Otis but Gable whips Dawkins! Dawkins hurdles over Gable to come back with a FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI!

Gable staggers, into the SILENCER! Cover, but Otis breaks it! Otis drags Dawkins up and puts him in a corner. Otis runs in but Dawkins dodges! ENZIGURI for Dawkins! Dawkins runs but Gable dodges the cyclone! DRAGON SCREW! Gable waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Ford breaks it!! Everyone is down and fans rally back up! Otis storms in, he hauls Ford up, but Ford lands out of the back suplex! For dodges, and SCOOP SLAMS Otis!!! Ford fires up and fans fire up, too! But then Ford wobbles, adrenaline wearing off. Ford sees Gable, and Gable rushes in, but Dawkins JABS Gable first!

Gable wobbles, Dawkins tags Ford! The ANOINTING to FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Ford & Dawkins are back and it’s as if they never left! Will they be partying all the way back to the top of the WWE Tag Team Division?

 

Austin Theory is here!

And after that fast and furious Triple Threat, he is the NEW United States Champion! The Youngest Two-Time United States Champion Ever goes to the ring, he gets the mic, and fans boo while he says, “Who’s the kid now? All of you wanted to hold me down. You wanted to be the nail in the coffin to the end of my career. But it’s not gonna change the fact that all of you said that that kid had the worst MITB cash-in of all time. You all said that that kid was stupid. Well who looks stupid now?” Fans shout, “YOU~!” But Theory won’t ever be called a kid again after what he did at Survivor Series. He beat Seth Freakin’ Rollins AND the All Mighty Bobby Lashley at the same damn time!

“And that makes me a TWO-TIME United States Champion!” And to make it clear, he is no longer the next big this or that, he has arrived and is the Now and Forever of the WWE! He is the Face of Monday Night Raw! Fans boo but Theory says there’s something he’s been thinking about a lot lately. Ever since getting to the WWE, day one everyone has had a problem with him. “And why is that? One simple word: Jealousy! Because everybody wants to be Austin Theory! That’s right, everyone wants to BE Austin Theory! And all of you, you see the inevitable. I’m younger, I’m stronger, I’m better, and I am the unescapable. And the Austin Theory Era begins NOW!

“And I’ll tell you what else!” BURN IT DOWN~! Here comes Seth Rollins! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins swaggers in a mess suit. Rollins gets in the ring, goes past Theory and gets himself a mic. Rollins throws off the sunglasses, and he stops Theory from saying anything to say, “Shut your mouth, and let them sing.” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Theory says, “What happens when someone so young, so talented, so far ahead of every single person in this entire industry makes the so-called, once-upon-a-time undisputed future look like the past?”

Rollins tells Theory, “You may have lucked your way into that United States Championship on Saturday, but that doesn’t change a damn thing! Because you know deep down in your soul, Monday nights belong to me!” Fans cheer that, and continue to sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins looks at Theory, and at the belt, and says, “Before I go, I’ve only got one thing left to say to you. Congratulations… kid.” Fans cheer as Rollins asks Theory what’s wrong. Does he not like that? Does he want to hit Rollins? Does Theory wanna fight Rollins?! Well they ain’t gotta wait! They can do it here and now! “Gimme your best shot, kid.”

Fans sing, Rollins waits for Theory to do something, but Theory says, “I’ll fight you. But on the champ’s time.” Fans boo as Theory says, “I’m not your damn kid.” Theory pushes past Rollins and Rollins laughs. When and where will Theory and the Visionary fight for the gold?

 

WWE Investigates returns!

Byron Saxton says, “Over the past few months, Dexter Lumis has stalked The A-Lister, The Miz. With a series of mental and physical attacks. Johnny Gargano has come forward claiming to have a bomb shell regarding this explosive situation.” Johnny Wrestling revealed it was all a scam cooked up by The Miz! Miz claimed Gargano’s interview was completely false and a blatant smear job! But then Gargano revealed a Hollywood producer Miz met with was really a private investigator with hidden camera! Miz’s defense was shot full of holes, and he was exposed as holding out on Lumis.

So this all comes to an end in Lumis VS Miz, and if Lumis wins, he gets paid everything he’s owed on top of that WWE contract! It will be Anything Goes, will nothing stop the Tortured Artist from exacting both revenge and achieving redemption?

Raw returns and Byron interviews Miz on his way to gorilla. They’re moments away from the match, and Miz has Byron save his questions. Wait, is that bag full of the money owed? Yes, but this doesn’t matter, because that match isn’t happening! Miz reinjured his hand! Competing in this condition would go against any medical physician’s advice. But Adam Pearce walks in and calls Miz’s bluff. We know Miz isn’t hurt. How can he say that! Because that’s not even the right hand. Yeah, it’s his left. Not what Pearce meant. And not the point! Miz is too hurt to compete in any match, let alone Anything Goes! That’s a free for all! Whose dumb idea was that, anyway?!

Pearce tells Miz that whatever he says will not stop this match from happening, and it is happening tonight. Fine, Miz will compete. But let it be known that Lumis’ hopes of ever becoming a WWE superstar end tonight! And before the show is over, Pearce will be hearing from Miz’s lawyer! Miz heads out, bag of money in hand and bandages all around the other. Will Miz end up needing bandages for some real injuries after tonight?

Anything Goes: Dexter Lumis VS The Miz!

Miz makes his entrance, but shakes his head. He turns around, but Adam Pearce is there! Miz is still aginst this, but he says whatever happens is on Pearce. But Miz looks back and Lumis has crept closer. Miz yells at Pearce, then turns around, and Lumis is gone!? Pearce takes the bag of money, Miz looks around and Lumis CLOBBERS him from outta nowhere! Lumis drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Lumis slides in, but into a BASEMENT DDT! Miz got the drop on Lumis and now he feels confident! The bell rings and this match is on. Miz turns around and Lumis sits up! Lumis slithers up and keeps Miz from running away!

Miz kicks Lumis away, but Lumis dodges the haymaker to THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Lumis drops a forearm and Miz bails out! Lumis slithers out to DECK Miz! Lumis puts Miz back in, and then on the apron, to SLAM him against the LED! And then SLAMS Miz again! And again! Miz flops down, Norfolk chants for tables, but Lumis RAMS Miz into barriers! Lumis SMACKS Miz off the desk, then clears off the desk! Fans fire up and Lumis brings Miz over. They get up on the desk, Lumis clinches but Miz fights back! Miz full nelsons, but Lumis pries free to SHOVE Miz off and into barriers! Miz flops over into the timekeeper’s area and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Miz is tightening a literal vice on Lumis’ head! Lumis endures, but he just stares Miz down! Lumis stands up and stares Miz eye to eye and that scares Miz! Miz asks, “What is wrong with you?!” Lumis DECKS Miz, then takes off the vice! Lumis hits Miz with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Lumis stalks Miz to ropes. They go outside, Lumis stalks Miz to the timekeeper’s area and into the crowd. Miz throws trash but Lumis doesn’t shrug. Lumis CLUBS Miz, brings him around, and aims for the tech area! Miz knees low and RAMS Lumis into barriers! And more barriers! Miz angles the tech area screen and chants for “MIZ TV!”

Miz brings Lumis around but Lumis knees low. Lumis RAMS Miz into the TV! Lumis then brings Miz around and puts him on the table! Fans fire up and Lumis goes to the barriers. Lumiz climbs up and takes aim, and he says he’s gonna make it rain! FOLEY ELBOW through the table!! Norfolk loses its mind as both men are down in the wreckage! Lumis stands up while Miz sputters and coughs. Lumis hoists Miz up and carries him back to ringside! He dumps Miz down, then pushes him into the ring. Miz crawls but Lumis just stalks him again. Lumis drags Miz up, reels him in, but Miz pulls off a buckle pad to hit Lumis with!

Lumis staggers, Miz runs in, but into a clinch! Miz elbows free to then full nelson, but Lumis arm-drags free! Miz ends up in the corner, Lumis runs in, Miz sends him into the bare buckles! Roll up, with feet on the ropes! TWO!! Lumis survives and Miz is furious! Miz fires up but fans boo. “MASSIVE! BALLS!!” But Lumis kips up! SIDE EFFECT! And THE SILENCE!!! Miz taps, Lumis wins!!!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission (wins the money and the contract)

Pearce presents the contract and welcomes Lumis to Raw as he signs on the dotted line. Fans fire up and Lumis has the bag of money! “You Deserve It!” Lumis pulls the money out to give a kid in the front row $100! And the same for a few other kids in the front row! This was never about the money but the principle! But then Miz CLOBBERS Lumis! Miz steals the money back, and even snatches one kid’s $100 bill! Fans boo, but then a SUPERKICK from Johnny Gargano takes Miz out! Gargano grabs the bag, and he gives that kid the $100 bill back! Lumis and Gargano thumbs up. Will things start going Lumis’ way now that he’s a true WWE superstar?

 

Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai!

Just as things aren’t over between The Man and Damage CTRL, things are far from over between these two former rivals from NXT. Will Mrs. Wrestling teach #CobraKai a lesson about being a bully?

Raw goes picture in picture while Dakota makes her entrance, and Candice CLOBBERS her from behind! Candice fires off on Dakota, RAMS her into railing, then CLUBS her some more! Candice drags Dakota along to the ring as the ref reprimands, and Candice sends Dakota into the LED! Then into more barriers! Candice drags Dakota back up to whip her into more barriers on the other side! Candice stomps Dakota, rains down fists, then brings her up to SMACK off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but Dakota kicks Candice in return! Candice puts Dakota in the ring but the ref has Candice back off.

The ref checks on Dakota, she wants the match still, so the bell rings! Candice rushes in to ROCK Dakota! Candice snapmares and hammers away on Dakota! Candice drags Dakota up, snap suplexes, then covers, ONE!! Damage CTRL storms their way out but Pearce, other WWE officials and the referees all rush out to stop them! Candice drags Dakota up, bumps her off buckles, then shouts at Iyo & Bayley. Pearce tells Iyo & Bayley to go to the back, and Candice goes back to Dakota. Dakota ROCKS Candice, CLUBS her, but Candice trips Dakota up! Candice stomps away in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.

Candice taunts Bayley, but officials keep Bayley & Iyo heading up the ramp. Pearce tells Candice to let them handle DMG CTRL, so she goes back to the ring. Candice keeps glaring at Bayley, but as Raw returns to single picture, Dakota ROCKS and BOOTS Candice down! Candice goes to ropes, Dakota stomps away on her! Dakota lets off as the ref counts, Dakota CLUBS Candice then whips her to ropes. Candice sunset flips, TWO! Dakota swings, Candice gets around to backslide, TWO! Candice Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Dakota LARIATS Candice down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Candice crawls but Dakota stalks her.

Dakota stomps Candice, KICKS her in the back, then snarls as she shakes out the bad arm. Dakota drags Candice up, CLUBS her, then tosses her out of the ring. Dakota shouts, “How does it feel, huh?” Candice slowly sits up and fans rally as the ring count climbs. Candice slides in at 5 of 10, but Dakota stomps her down! Dakota CHOKES Candice on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and she drags Candice up to slap her around. Candice throws body shots, snapmares Dakota to NECK SNAPPER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Dakota gets up to BOOT Candice back down! Dakota storms back over to bring Candice back up.

Dakota LCUBS and whips Candice hard to a corner, then storms up again. Dakota whips corner to corner, and Candice hits buckles hard again! But Candice avoids the boot wash! Dakota hobbles, hurries after Candice, but Candice puts her on the apron. Candice throws a shoulder but Dakota BOOTS her down! Dakota has Candice on the apron, drags her up, but Candice fights the suplex! They fight for control, Candice throws body shots but Dakota shoves her. Candice comes ack, APRON COMPLETE SHOT! Dakota dangles over the edge but Candice pushes her back in! Candice goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!

Candice grows frustrated but she sees Dakota bail out. Candice DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Both women are down and Dakota still works on her bad arm as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and both women are down in the ring now. Dakota sits Candice up for Kawada Kicks! But Candice blocks one to ROCK Dakota back! Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS over and over, then fires off fast hands in the corner! And again! Fans fire up as Candice stomps a mudhole in! Candice lets off as the ref counts, then she runs in to back elbow! Snapmare and a spin, Candice ducks the roundhouse to PUMP HANDLE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota escapes but Candice keeps her focus. She hits the STEP-UP- NO, Dakota moves and Candice flops! Candice goes to a corner, Dakota runs in but into an elbow!

Candice goes up the corner, leaps, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated, Candice goes back to the corner. Fans rally up, Dakota runs Around the World, BOOT! Snapmare and PENALTY- NO, Candice ducks and rolls Dakota up, TWO! BUZZSAWS! MULE KICK! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Dakota is down and Candice goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Dakota moves! Candice clutches her ribs, Dakota storms up to ROCK her with a forearm! Candice ROCKS Dakota! Dakota ROCKS Candice! They go back and forth and Norfolk is on Candice’s side! They go faster and faster, it’s just a scrum!

But Dakota pulls hair! Candice ROCKS Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS in return! Candice wobbles, Dakota fireman’s carries! DYNAMITE KICK! Cover, TWO!! Candice survives and Dakota can’t believe it! Candice crawls, sits up, and Dakota CLUBS her. Dakota hoists Candice up top, ROCKS her, but Candice SLAPS back! Dakota GAMANGIRIS Candice down! Dakota drags Candice back up, pushes her back to the top, and then climbs up after her. Candice fights with body shots, adjusts position, and hits MRS. LERAE’S WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!!

Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall

Candice came back from that beating and just beat Dakota! Is this a sign that Damage CTRL will not take control of Raw?

 

The Bloodline prepares backstage.

Jey Uso does push-ups to warm-up, and he has Jimmy and Sami cheering him on. Jey’s loose and ready, but will he handle Kevin Owens? Or will Kevin #JustKeepFighting?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka, Alexa Bliss & Bianca Belair.

White Rabbit glitch… But Cathy Kelley asks the three how they feel just after their WarGames win. Physically, they’ve been better. But mentally, they’re good because it’s all over with. Bianca and Bayley had been going after each other for months, because it started at SummerSlam, but ended at Survivor Series. But DMG CTRL thought they could take out Becky and take over Raw, but Bianca held it down and called Becky. Every single plan that DMG CTRL had backfired. So now, Bianca is very happy with her team, because her girls did what they had to do to finally end this. Asuka agrees, and says in Japanese that sure it hurts, but it was all worth it!

Alexa… is distracted. She snaps out of it and says Bianca was right, Becky was a great call. Is everything alright with Alexa mentally as well as physically…?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

Since the challenge was made and accepted, THE Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships are on the line next week! The Usos take on Elias & Riddle, will Jimmy & Jey make it past 500 days as champions? Or has their longest tag title reign ever be no longer?

 

Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso w/ The Bloodline!

The Prizefighter says he’s done with Sami, but he’s NOT done with The Bloodline! Will Kevin fight his way all the way back to the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns? Or will Main Event Jey win this main event to take care of Bloodline business?

Raw returns and Jey makes his entrance, the Bloodline by his side. The bell rings and Kevin circles with Jey. But Kevin glares at Sami and Jey says not to worry about him. Jey rushes in but Kevin ROCKS him first! Kevin fires off on Jey in the corner, lets off, but Jey throws body shots. Kevin ROCKS Jey again and again, the ref counts, and Kevin lets off again. Kevin CHOPS Jey, CHOPS again, but Jey kciks low. Jey ROCKS Kevin, but that’s his bad hand! Kevin ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again and again! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then he storms back up to CHOP! Jey ROCKS Kevin with a forearm!

Jey throws more forearms, HEADBUTTS Kevin down, and Sami rallies the fans for Jey. Jey whips Kevin but Kevin reverses to then ELBOW him down! Jey bails out, Jimmy and Sami go to his side, but Kevin goes out the side to CHOP Jey! Kevin whips Jey hard into barriers! Then he SENTONS Jey on the floor! Kevin stares Solo down, goes back for Jey and puts him in the ring. Kevin glares at Solo but he blocks Jey’s kick! But the DRAGON WHIP comes back around! Kevin falls to the ground and Raw goes picture in picture.

Sami is there to look down on Kevin, but Jey goes out to fetch him. Jey drags Kevin up, SMACKS him off the desk, and the Bloodline cheers him on. Jey throws hands, the ref counts, but Jey lets off. But Kevin kicks back to SMACK Jey off the desk! Jey gets in the ring, Kevin hurries in after him at 8 of 10. Kevin drags Jey up but Jey YANKS Kevin into the POST! Kevin clutches his arm as he sits in the corner. Jey storms up to swing, but Kevin counter punches! And again! Kevin whips, Jey reverses and Kevin hits buckles hard! Kevin falls over, the ref checks on him, but he’s okay to continue. Jey storms over again, and drags Kevin from the ropes.

Jey stomps Kevin in the gut, then paces around. Kevin clutches his ribs while Jey shakes out the bad hand. Both men are fighting through WarGames battle scars as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey has the finger up, #WeTheOnes. But Kevin TACKLES him to rain down fists! Jey pushes Kevin away, but Kevin kicks low and hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Jey is still in this but Kevin pushes him down again. Kevin drags Jey to a drop zone, climbs up the corner, and SWANTONS onto knees! Kevin writhes, Jey drags him up and whips, scoop to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kevin is still in this but Jey keeps his cool. Kevin sits up, Jey rains down a fist, but again that’s the bad hand! Kevin crawls to the corner, Jey grits his teeth and storms over, but Kevin CHOPS him! Jey goes to the far corner and fans rally up.

Jey runs in but Kevin kicks low! Kevin suplexes but the back won’t let him! Jey whips Kevin hard into the corner! Kevin falls again and the Bloodline fires up! Norfolk is torn but Sami tells Jey to finish this! Kevin sits up, clutching his back, but Jey punches him down! Jey stomps away on Kevin, but lets off at the ref’s count. Jey’s hand still bothers him, but he storms up on Kevin to whip corner to corner. Kevin reverses and Jey hits buckles, then Kevin clotheslines! Kevin goes corner to corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Kevin and Jey slowly rise, and Kevin gets to ropes.

Jey stands and fans fire up, Kevin storms up after Jey. Kevin ROCKS Jey with a forearm but Jey ROCKS Kevin back. Kevin ROCKS Jey, Jey ROCKS Kevin, but then Kevin counter punches! Kevin forearms again and again, whips but Jey reverses! Kevin hits the corner hard and tumbles down! Cover, TWO!! Kevin refuses to give in but Sami argues the count. Jey says he’s got this, and he sees Kevin flounder to the corner. Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK! Jey raises up the finger and Raw goes picture in picture.

Kevin flops out of the ring and Sami moves away from him. The ring count starts, Jey paces as it climbs, but Kevin stirs at 5 of 10. Jimmy says to stay down but Kevin crawls over at 7. Kevin stands at 8, and he manages to get in at 9! The screen goes dark… Oh, it’s back, and yes, Kevin is in the ring. Jey stomps Kevin down, he and Jimmy and Sami all talk smack. Kevin dares Jey to hit him harder! Jey shakes out the bad hand, to ROCK Kevin! But Kevin ROCKS Jey back! And again, and again! Kevin whips Jey, Jey reverses and scoops, BACKBREAKER! Jey shakes his head while Kevin writhes. Kevin sits back up, still not done.

Kevin crawls to ropes, Jey storms up, but Kevin CHOPS him! Jey snarls and he ROCKS Kevin again! Jey shakes out the bad hand, hoists Kevin up top, and he climbs up after Kevin. Jey drags Kevin up, but Kevin fights the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Jey! And HEADBUTTS again! Jey wobbles, Kevin DECKS him to the mat! Kevin adjusts to SWANTON BOMB!! Direct hit this time! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and the Bloodline can’t believe it! Raw returns to single picture as Jey and Kevin go to opposite corners. Sami tells Jey to keep on that back. Kevin stands, Jey sputters, Kevin storms over to drag Jey up.

Kevin headlocks Jey but Jey hits a POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Jey fires up and he punches Kevin again and again, not caring about the bad hand! Jey eggs Kevin on, stomps him down, then watches Kevin go to the corner. Fans are torn as Kevin stands up again. Jey storms up but Kevin ROCKS Jey! Jey UPPERCUTS Kevin! Jey eggs Kevin on, pushes Kevin around, but Kevin JABS! Jey UPPERCUTS, Kevin JABS, then Jey fires off forearms and haymakers! The ref backs Jey off, Kevin CLOBBERS Jey! Fans fire up as Kevin stomps Jey around! Kevin goes up the corner, but his back slows him down. Jey ROCKS Kevin back!

Sami and the Bloodline cheer Jey on as he climbs up again. Jey brings Kevin to the very top, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin hooks the leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Fans fire up and Sami is panicking! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin and Jey are both down. Kevin crawls over to Jey but Jey crawls to the ropes. Kevin drags Jey around to a drop zone, climbs up the corner again, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Sami is growing frustrated on his behalf! Kevin drags himself up in the corner, he hobbles after Jey, and he brings Jey up. Sami coaches Main Event Jey and fans duel, “KO!” “UCEY!”

Kevin brings Jey around but Jey breaks free to SUPERKICK Kevin! Both men fall down again! The Bloodline cheers Jey on while fans continue to duel. Kevin crawls to one corner, Jey crawls to the other. Kevin runs corner to corner, into a JUMPING SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Kevin survives and no one can believe it!! Sami and Jimmy argue that count but the ref defends it was still two! Fans rally up again, Jey runs in at the corner, but Kevin BOOTS him! Kevin storms up, into a fireman’s carry! But Kevin slips off, kicks, but Jey powers out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Sami is furious but Kevin is still in this!

Jey glares at Kevin, Kevin sits up, and Jey SUPER- NO, Kevin blocks to SUPERKICK back! Whip and POP-UP POWER- NO, the back gives out! SUPERKICK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin is inhuman and the Bloodline is incensed! Norfolk is thunderous as Kevin flops out of the ring. Kevin staggers around, Jey builds speed, but Kevin ROCKS him! Jimmy gets on the apron but Kevin SUPERKICKS him down! Jey rushes over but Kevin ROCKS him first! They brawl at the ropes, the ref backs Jey down, but Solo TRIPS Kevin up! Kevin flops into the ring, Jey goes up top! USO- NO, Kevin avoids the splash to STUNNER!!! Cover, KEVIN WINS!!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Bloodline is beside themselves! Despite all he went through on Saturday, and despite all he went through tonight, the Prizefighter comes out on top! Will Kevin continue to #StunTheWorld and find his way back to a match with the Tribal Chief?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw to follow up Survivor Series, and a great commercial free first hour. Great promo from Becky with the fans, as well as a brawl with DMG CTRL. This definitely fits what I felt in Becky and Bayley feuding, and I’m pretty sure this will determine a #1 contender to face Bianca at the Royal Rumble. Bianca, Asuka and Alexa had a good promo, and clearly Alexa is still likely to join in on the story building with Bray Wyatt. White Rabbit glitch during the promo, she’ll definitely “relapse” into being spooky Sister Abigail Alexa, and maybe we’ll get something more like Alexa at last WrestleMania with the dark crown and all that.

Good stuff from Judgment Day and OC. Rhea VS Mia turning into a Mixed 8 Tag was an interesting move, and clearly things aren’t done in this feud. I suppose that’s fine, but I can’t be sure what the endgame is. They keep teasing co-ed interaction with Rhea and Mia each getting their shots in on the guys, maybe a real co-ed rules match is what they’re after? Really good return promo and match from The Street Profits, and of course they win in their return. It’s hard to say where the Profits are going next, but all tag teams should be aiming for the tag titles. Elias & Riddle challenging the Usos already makes me think that’s just for Elias to turn on Riddle.

Great return match for Candice against Dakota, and I do like that they kept Bayley & Iyo from being ringside because they’re (in kayfabe) not cleared to compete. Iyo wearing a neck brace was a nice touch to that, too. Candice getting the win was good stuff, but I think Nikki Cross might be her real feud after spotting her in the background. And great stuff out of the Miz VS Lumis story. I noticed Miz was faking the wrong hand, which was hilarious, and it was great that Pearce pointed it out. For “Anything Goes,” what we got on TV was rather tame, but I did like them thinking outside the box with that vice.

Naturally Lumis wins to have the vice and the money, and how great that a few kids got $100. Granted, a bit of a shame that not all the kids up front got $100 but who knows how much money was even really in that bag. But this is far from the blow-off, and with Gargano still getting involved, there has to be something building so that more of The Way is working together on Raw. Theory and Rollins had a great promo together, and that is clearly the 1v1 feud with no Lashley or even Mustafa Ali getting in on things. Rollins VS Theory 1v1 will make for a great Royal Rumble match, or even just a great match on Raw to get some great ratings.

And speaking of a great match, great stuff out of the Bloodline and Kevin Owens. Great promo where Kevin and Sami certainly say they’re no longer friends after the TWENTY YEARS together, but with these two, you never know. Kevin VS Jey was so good, and Kevin winning is great stuff. I thought in WarGames, there was going to be a point where Sami ends up torn. Maybe if Kevin keeps having matches like this and it’s up to Sami to screw him over again, that could be the pivotal moment where Sami can’t bring himself to do it. They’ve been doing such a great job with the story, I have no doubt they’ll pull this one off.

My Score: 8.6/10


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