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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/23/21)

Who will Apollo Crews make feel the steel?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown’s champions need challengers!

Apollo Crews puts his WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line, but who in the SmackDown locker room will dare to challenge him? Plus, will Seth Rollins derail Cesaro from challenging the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daniel Bryan & Cesaro VS Seth Rollins & Jey Uso; Bryan & Cesaro win.
  • Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya; Tamina wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez VS Kevin Owens; Apollo wins and retains the title.
  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Alpha Academy; Rey & Dominik win.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown opens with Cesaro!

But before he can even speak, Seth Rollins makes his way out! The Architect has a mic and says, “There he is, the man of the hour! ZAZARO! Give it up, ThunderDome!” But in all sincerity, Cesaro, Rollins is here to congratulate him! Cesaro finally did it! He finally fulfilled his potential! And do you know why? He knows, right? If he doesn’t, Rollins will tell him: Cesaro was in the ring at WrestleMania with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, the NEW Mr. WrestleMania! Rollins took Cesaro from waaaay down at the bottom, and brought him up to the match of his life and into the promised land! So where’s Rollins’ thanks? His adulation? Because he hasn’t heard a thing!

What we have heard is that Cesaro wants to move on from Rollins? Cesaro has his sights set on the Universal Championship? Seriously? Rollins said it once, he’ll say it again: “This isn’t over, because nothing is over until I say that it’s over!!” So Rollins will tell Cesaro something about WrestleMania: If Mother Nature and God Himself hadn’t given us a rain delay that threw Rollins way off, Cesaro wouldn’t have stood a chance! All things being fair and equal, Rollins on his worst night and Cesaro on his best, Cesaro couldn’t beat Rollins.

Is that so? Then is Rollins having a good day? Cesaro’s having a great day. And what would make it better is Rollins getting in the ring so Cesaro can prove he can beat him. So that’s a challenge then? Maybe Rollins should use tonight to teach Cesaro a lesson! But here comes Jey Uso first! Jey says Cesaro needs to listen to Rollins. Cesaro challenged the Head of the Table, and got brushed off, because he doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with Roman! Cesaro can’t beat Roman, Jey or Rollins! Jey is gonna do the same to Cesaro! He’ll show Cesaro tonight! But Rollins tells Jey that if he goes in there, Cesaro has the high ground. They can work together, surround Cesaro and strike.

Jey and Rollins are in agreement and Cesaro is ready for a fight. But before the 2v1 gets underway, DANIEL BRYAN appears! The Goat won’t let the Swiss Cyborg fight this alone, especially if it has something to do with Roman Reigns and his crew! Bryan gets a mic and asks where Rollins and Jey are going. Oh, of course They weren’t here for the reasons they said they did. Cesaro is here because he wants a title match with Roman. Rollins came out because he is embarrassed and upset that Cesaro beat him at Mania! And Jey came out probably because Roman told him to. Bryan is here because… OH, right! He’s here to make sure Cesaro finally gets what he deserves!

So there’s a reason Bryan hasn’t done this for Rollins or Jey. Bryan has infinite respect for Cesaro because Cesaro has worked harder than everyone! Harder than Bryan, or Rollins, or Jey, and certainly harder than Roman! The only reason Roman is where he is today is because of family connections and Cesaro hasn’t gotten a single break his entire career for a world title! Oh, does Rollins disagree? Then what now? Are Rollins and Jey going to fight them over the things Bryan said? Is Roman going to accept the challenge from Cesaro?!? Oh, probably not. He doesn’t like to wrestle.

But Bryan has it figured out: Roman will come out and then the three of them will attack Bryan and Cesaro. Well if it’s 3v2, there’s no one he’d rather be beside than Cesaro! Whoever wants to fight, come on out! Rollins claims he has nothing to do with this, but here comes Roman after all! He and Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, walk down the ramp and Jey stands by Roman’s side as the #RightHandMan. Roman gets a mic and he says, “DB, you out here talking about hard work? C’mon, man. You should be talking about that work I put on you at WrestleMania.” And what’s sad is that Roman said what would happen: smash ’em, stack ’em, pin ’em. He says it, it happens, they make a shirt.

And look! Bryan’s on the bottom! That means Bryan is a loser! And the fact that Cesaro is letting a loser talk for him makes Cesaro a loser. But these two aren’t losers to everyone. To fans, they’re legit. But to Roman, they’re top tier losers! Main event losers! Main event at WrestleMania losers. Cesaro is like a casino loser, a loser with bad luck. A stupid loser. Bryan is talking smack when he’s surrounded by people who want to whoop his ass. Good luck with that. Roman takes his leave, so it’s still 2v2! Will Rollins help out Roman’s Right Hand Man after the break?

 

Daniel Bryan & Cesaro VS Seth Rollins & Jey Uso!

SmackDown returns, and playa, we are getting a tag match! Or rather, a brawl! Cesaro is after Rollins, Bryan gives Jey YES Kicks, but Jey hits back! Cesaro throws EuroUppers and chases Rollins out of the ring. The ref gets things sorted out just a bit, and Bryan lets off long enough for the bell! Bryan hits Jey in a corner, snap BUTTERFLY suplexes, then covers, TWO! Bryan wrenches, tags Cesaro, and they double scoop SLAM Jey down! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Cesaro DECKS Rollins off the apron, then drags Jey up. Cesaro suplexes Jey and holds him up for a count of 10! And then 15! Then he slams Jey down! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro grabs at Jey, brings him away from Rollins, but Jey hits back! Rollins tags in but Cesaro knees and EuroUppers! And throws off more hands! The ref counts, Cesaro ROCKS Rollins then whips him corner to corner. Rollins dodges, comes back and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Rollins clubs Cesaro down, rains down furious fists, then stomps him in the stomach! Rollins gets Cesaro up, bumps him off buckles, and tags Jey in. Jey and Rollins mug Cesaro, then Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cesaro flounders, Jey throws clubbing crossface forearms, then stomps him in the side. Cesaro throws body shots, Jey ROCKS him with haymakers!

Jey drags Cesaro over, tags Rollins in, and Rollins runs to drop a knee onto Cesaro’s head! Rollins keeps Cesaro from Bryan with a chinlock, and he grinds Cesaro down. Cesaro reaches out for Bryan as fans rally on their screens. Cesaro fights up, throws body shots, but Rollins kicks low. Rollins whips, Cesaro reverses but runs into a boot! Rollins goes up but leaps into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan goes up top and leaps to missile dropkick! Bryan dropkicks Jey off the apron then unleashes YES Kicks on Rollins from all sides! Bryan powers up, but Rollins ducks the buzzsaw to PELE- Into an ANKLE LOCK!

Rollins flails and reaches but Bryan reels him in, GERMAN SUPELX! Bridging cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his focus and he aims from a corner. Rollins gets up and Bryan takes aim, but Rollins catches the Knee Plus! Jey tags in before the BUCKLE BOMB, and adds on an USO SPLASH! Cover, Cesaro breaks it in time!! Rollins and Jey mug Cesaro, throw him out, and Rollins pursues to keep after him. Jey joins in, and they double suplex Cesaro to the floor! The Architect and “Main Event” Jey have control of this opening match as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Rollins bends Bryan against ropes and apron! Jey talks trash, the ref counts and Rollins CLUBS Bryan in the chest at 4! Rollins drags Bryan back to the apron to run and BOOT him! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes as he circles Bryan like a vulture. Rollins glares at Cesaro and talks trash, but Cesaro keeps cool. Bryan sits up but Rollins clamps onto his chin and hair. The ref counts, Rollins gets Bryan up for a DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Rollins tries again, TWO! Rollins tags Jey, they mug Bryan with a stiff kick from Jey, and then Jey stomps Bryan’s stomach! And again!

Jey gets Bryan up to ROCK him with an uppercut! Rollins mocks Bryan about his neck, Jey digs his boot into Bryan’s face, and the ref counts. Jey lets off, but Rollins gets his claws in! The ref storms over, Rollins lets off, Bryan throws hands on Jey! Bryan DECKS Rollins, but turns around into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jey is seething. Jey drags Bryan over and tags in Rollins. They mug Bryan with stomps but the fans rally with “YES! YES!” fingers. Bryan gets up, Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins digs his knee in, the ref counts and Rollins lets off. Rollins says Bryan disrespected him by saying Cesaro works harder than him!

Rollins whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down, they head for their corners, hot tags to Jey and Cesaro! The Swiss Superman flies in with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Cesaro throws body shots, more EuroUppers, and then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro isn’t deterred! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SPINEBUSTER, and then has the legs! Jey scrambles to get a ropebreak, and he kicks Cesaro away! Cesaro blocks a kick and spins Jey but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Cesaro dodges the clothesline to springboard FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro gets Jey right up, reels him in, but Jey back drops! Cesaro lands on his feet to POP-UP UPPER! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Bryan goes after Rollins but Rollins knees low. Rollins runs in but is tossed out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Jey CLOBBERS Cesaro out of the ring! Jey builds speed, but DIVES into an uppercut! Cesaro hurries to the corner and to the top rope, and leaps into a SUPERKICK!! All four men are down and the fans are going nuts as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Cesaro brawls with Rollins! Cesaro gets the edge with a strike fest but Rollins knees low! Rollins turns Cesaro but no Dream Smasher! Cesaro trips Rollins but Rollins twists for a victory roll, TWO! Rollins runs but into another takedown! Cesaro steps through for a SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins endures, Jey gets in and he SUPERKICKS Cesaro from behind! Cesaro is down, Rollins crawls for his corner, hot tag to Jey! Jey climbs a corner while Rollins walks it off, but Cesaro EuroUppers Jey down! Wait, is Rollins just walking away? Jey sees that and Rollins shouts, “I don’t need this! I’m Seth Freakin’ Rollins!” Cesaro gets Jey up for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!

Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan aims at Jey, KNEE PLUS! Cover, Bryan & Cesaro win!

Winners: Daniel Bryan & Cesar, by pinfall

Cesaro celebrates with Bryan as they win one hell of a fight! Bryan gets a mic to call out “RO~MAN~! Oh, RO~MAN~!” Didn’t he say something about someone coming to get them and whooping them or whatever? Is Roman going to do the whooping? Is he even here? Jey goes after Cesaro but gets caught for a SWISS SWING! And they said Bryan was stupid? Cesaro spins Jey for at least 15 counts! Maybe 20! 25? 30?! Who knows! But what if this happens to Roman? EUROUPPER! “So here’s the thing, Cesaro, I don’t know if Roman’s coming out to accept your challenge.” Maybe Roman is afraid!

Cesaro gets a mic to say they’re waiting. Guess this shows what kind of champion Roman is! He wouldn’t even save his own cousin! Is he not a family man? Well that shows what kind if man Roman is. Here’s one last test. Swing Jey some more! Then maybe Roman comes out to save him. Will it work? “YES! YES! YES!” Cesaro gets Jey again for another SWISS SWING! Jey goes for another 10, 15, 20, and Bryan says Jey’s saved Roman all this time, why wouldn’t Roman do the same? In total, that’s 60! Aw, Roman didn’t show. “Oh no, Roman. Are you afraid?”

Bryan knows Roman couldn’t beat Kevin Owens without Jey’s help, or beat Bryan without Edge, or Edge without Jey. And that means Roman can’t beat Cesaro! And the reason why Roman won’t come out is because he’s afraid that if Cesaro faced him 1v1 for the Universal Championship, Cesaro will be the NEW Universal Champion!! Fans agree, “YES! YES! YES!” but will Roman say yes to a title match just to prove us all wrong?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.

They’ve never seen this side of Cesaro or Daniel Bryan. And those points are all valid. But Head of the Table is- Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez barge in! Sonya leaves this to Pearce and Apollo asks what this nonsense is! He has to defend his title tonight?! Apollo won at WrestleMania and we all know Big E does not deserve a rematch. Does Pearce think Apollo was kidding last week? If Apollo has to face Big E again, Azeez will give him another Nigerian Nail and send him back to the sidelines. Yes, Big E will eventually get his rematch, either against Apollo or Apollo’s opponent tonight, Kevin Owens. Will the Nigerian Prince make the Prizefighter pay for Pearce’s decision?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Kayla asks how he feels after Rollins ditched him in the tag match, and how Cesaro swung him so many times. He’s about to throw up! He doesn’t care about Rollins or Cesaro, he’s had it with the disrespect! If Cesaro steps up, he’ll get put down!

 

Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya!

The Irresistible Force has her sommelier boy toy back in her corner, and the Queen of Spades isn’t happy about it. But will Shayna be in a better mood when Nia takes care of Tamina and ties the series?

SmackDown returns as the Daughter of Superfly and the Queen of Harts enter. The bell rings and Tamina circles with Nia. They tie up and Nia powers Tamina right to a corner! Nia rams her shoulder in over an dover, then lets off to headbutt! Nia whips Tamina corner to corner, and runs in to corner SPLASH! Tamina flounders, Nia drags her up to headbutt again! Nia pushes Tamina around, talks trash, and says, “I do this for you! You made me come to your show!” Tamina fires off forearms! Nia shoves her, Tamina THESZ PRESS! Tamina rains down furious fists, keeps on her with forearms, and won’t let her get up!

Tamina ROCKS Nia, and Shayna grabs at her! The ref reprimands, Tamina tries to scoop but Nia elbows her away! Tamina shouts at Shayna, then stomps Nia at the ropes! Nia bails out, Tamina is after her and throws her into barriers! Natty glares at Shayna to keep her back, Tamina dares Shayna to do something as she DRIBBLES Nia against barriers! Tamina drags Nia, puts her in, and storms over. Reggie is up on the apron, Tamina swipes at him! Shayna tells Reggie to stop, Tamina KICKS Shayna! Nia CLOBBERS Tamina but Shayna is pissed! Shayna blames Reggie, and he is scared. Reggie falls on the steel steps and Nia is distracted. Nia turns around, into a SUPERKICK!

Tamina rolls Nia up, gets her deep for the cover, and WINS!

Winner: Tamina, by pinfall

Nia is stunned, Shayna is beside herself, and Reggie just wants to make sure Nia is okay. Nia tries not to explode on her team, but Natty says this is what you get when you mess with the bone breaker, title taker, statement maker duo that she and Tamina are! Will Natty & Tamina do all that and more as we head for #WrestleManiaBacklash?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

The Prizefighter could again be WWE Intercontinental Champion, and it’s been years since his last match for this title. He’s been waiting for so long, to say he’s thrilled is an understatement. Kevin will even go so far as to say he’s delighted! And surprised, because he didn’t expect this. He won’t turn it down, because there are a lot of people who want to get the belt of Apollo. Kevin will gladly be the one to knock Apollo off his royal perch. But then Big E come sin and laughs. Big E explains that what Kevin means to say is he is jumping the line, because he is a “habitual line jumper.” Oh, well maybe a couple years ago… Because we all know this is actually Big E’s match, and his title?

OH, because of WrestleMania? Well, Big E might be right. He probably should get this. Probably? Alright, totally. But guess what? The rematch isn’t tonight. Tonight is Kevin’s opportunity! And it’s next! So Kevin is going to go win the belt, and he will have fun because then it’ll be HIS title. Kevin and Big E “share” a laugh, but who will have the last laugh over the Intercontinental Championship?

 

Daniel Bryan meets with Adam Pearce.

Bryan wants Pearce to make the Roman VS Cesaro title match, since we all know Cesaro deserves it. Yes, but we also know it’s not that simple. Pearce doesn’t just snap his fingers and make it happen. But he will try to get Cesaro that match. Do more than “try.” Bryan leaves, but will Pearce pull through for him and Cesaro?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez VS Kevin Owens!

The Nigerian Prince doesn’t like that he must defend this title so soon after winning it, but admittedly this title has been known for workhorses and fighting champions. Will the Prizefighter #StunTheWorld and have this title back after years of being away? Or will he simply feel the steel?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a prize is on the line between two certified fighters!

Kevin and Apollo circle, tie up, and go around. Apollo puts Kevin in a corner but Kevin turns it around. The ref counts, they move off the ropes and separate. They go again, Kevin trips Apollo and has a standing toehold. Apollo keeps his shoulders up but Kevin drops on him for a headlock. Azeez watches like a hawk as Apollo works on getting up. Kevin says Apollo is grabbing at clothing. He eggs Apollo on, Apollo fights his way up, and Apollo powers up only for Kevin to hit a headlock takeover! Kevin makes it a cover, ONE as Apollo gets his shoulders back up. Kevin grinds Apollo, Apollo works on an escape, and he rolls to a cover, ONE!

Kevin lets Apollo go to kick low and get another headlock! Kevin grinds Apollo again, but Apollo fights back up. Apollo powers out, Kevin rams shoulders but Apollo stays up, so Kevin dropkicks him down! Kevin CHOPS Apollo in a corner, follows him around the way and CHOPS again! Apollo fires a forearm but Kevin gives him five back! The ref counts, Kevin lets off but Apollo kicks low! Apollo headlocks now, Kevin powers out and things speed up. Kevin clobbers Apollo with an elbow then drops a back senton! Azeez doesn’t like this as Kevin clotheslines Apollo out! Kevin builds speed, but Azeez stands in the way! Kevin says if that’s how it’ll be, he’ll step outside. But Apollo trips him!

Apollo gets Kevin in the ring, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Apollo drops ax handles and drags Kevin up by his beard. Apollo throws down sharp hands into Kevin’s forehead! Kevin gets to ropes, Apollo throws haymakers and stomps him into the corner! The ref counts, Apollo lets off, and Apollo drags Kevin back up. Apollo throws Kevin out of the ring, follows him out, and whips, but Kevin reverses! Apollo goes up to the apron, MOONSAULT! But Kevin gets clear and SUPERKICKS Apollo down! Kevin puts Apollo in the ring, goes up top, SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Apollo lives, and here comes Sami!?

The Great Liberator wants to be the perennial agitator for Kevin as he heads down the ring! Sami might even join commentary, as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns, Kevin has Apollo up top, but the two brawl as Kevin climbs! Kevin ROCKS Apollo, reaches the top, and Sami is on commentary. Sami is claiming conspiracy again because, though he was scheduled to join commentary for this match, he gets the cheap headset and a folding chair. Apollo resists the superplex to throw body shots and a headbutt! Kevin teeters but stays up top to hit back. The brawling continues, Kevin throws an elbow to then get Apollo up! Apollo still resists, throws fast body shots and another headbutt! Kevin stays up a little longer but a third headbutt sends him down! Sami says that’s what Kevin deserves!

Apollo adjusts, Kevin gets up, but Apollo leaps up and over Kevin! Apollo runs back in, but into Kevin’s SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives, Kevin is a bit frustrated, but Kevin goes to a corner. Sami says he doesn’t really like Apollo right now either, because Sami still believes this title rightfully belongs to him. Kevin goes after Apollo with a CHOP, then whips, but Apollo reverses to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Kevin! And LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is growing angry but he stalks Kevin as he gets up. Apollo reels Kevin in but Kevin throws back elbows. Kevin whips, Apollo holds ropes and BOOTS back! And ENZIGURI!

Apollo hurries to GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on, Sami cheers him on as he hits another GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on and hits the third GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Apollo is furious! Apollo sneers and catches his breath to then fire himself up. Kevin is in a corner, Apollo runs in but misses the splash! Kevin comes back to GERMAN SUPLEX Apollo in return! Apollo flounders to a corner, Kevin runs in to CANNONBALL! Azeez grows worried as Kevin hits another CANNONBALL! Kevin drags Apollo to a cover, TWO!! Sami claims that was a fast count. Michael Cole says Sami is back of the line for this title, by the way.

Kevin stalks Apollo, kicks, but no stunner! Apollo lifts but Kevin counters the Olympic Slam with an arm-drag! Kevin kicks, but still no stunner! SUPERKICK! Kevin gets Apollo back up for a POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Apollo survives and Sami says that was another rushed count. Kevin goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Azeez helps Apollo get out! Apollo is on the floor, so Kevin goes to the apron for the FROG SPLASH!! Azeez panics a bit as Kevin puts Apollo in! Azeez gets on the apron to grab at Kevin, Kevin gets away, but Apollo rolls Kevin up! APOLLO WINS!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Kevin gives Apollo a STUNNER! But Azeez gets Kevin for the NIGERIAN NAIL!! Sami says, “You love to see it!” Sami says that was so good, ignoring that Apollo’s bodyguard helped him retain the title. Will Azeez continue to guard Apollo’s treasure? Sami gets in the ring to dance like a fool over Kevin, but will any of this help Sami get back to “his” title?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Will Roman accept Cesaro’s challenge tonight? The Special Counsel says Kayla is as probing as she is beautiful. But Roman accepting the challenge? Heyman admits he likes Cesaro, appreciates Cesaro and respects Cesaro, admires Cesaro, and in a purely professional sense, loves Cesaro (despite everything he said last week). How could you not? Cesaro made a name for himself with just one name! Like Drake, Madonna, and Elvis! Cesaro mi bueno amigo, Cesaro ichiban! Of all the Cesaros in the world, WWE’s Cesaro is Heyman’s favorite. So will Roman accept the challenge? Well, customer satisfaction is number one on the Island of Relevancy.

So let’s give a predict- No! Let’s give a spoiler. “By the end of tonight, right here live on SmackDown, everyone in the Tribe will hear from their Chief, and he shall give you all his answer to the challenge, an answer direct from Roman Reigns.” Heyman says he’s proud of Kayla’s work, then heads out. But will the answer to the challenge be to everyone’s liking? Or just to Roman’s?

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

Megan Morant gets word from him, the very happy Intercontinental Champion. Azeez is cleaning the tears of Kevin Owens off of the royal lance. Apollo asks if WWE vetted Megan, he doesn’t just talk to anyone. But he wants her to listen. That is the sound of his ancestors celebrating Apollo as he sucked the hope out of Kevin Owens and leaving him angled in the ring! Because who knew that hope could be cracked just like a bone? And let that sound stop anyone foolish enough to daydream about the title! But then BIG E attacks! Big E roughs up Apollo and throws him into road cases!

Referees and officials hurry over and drag Big E away, but he shouts, “You thought I was done with your ass?! You think I’m done with you?! I ain’t done with you yet!” Azeez shows up a moment too late, but he is furious over what Big E did to his leader! Will Azeez put one last Nigerian Nail in Big E’s coffin?

 

Aleister Black speaks!

Candles light a darkened room, and Aleister sits in a chair. “Most people aren’t honest with you. So I’m going to open a vein because I want you to know the truth.” Aleister opens a book, Tales of the Dark Father, to the first chapter: The Dragon. “I attended many funerals as a child. Father would bring me to these celebrations of life and death. He could do with me because I was too little to understand. But as I grew older, father became older and more distant. And that’s when it started to become apparent: I was not taught how to defeat the dragon; I was taught how to become the dragon.

“Because father was right, I could never be like you weak-minded fools. You, gawking at the screen right now. You are the monsters, and I am nothing like you. And I would never help you. You are the ones who revealed the true, rotten nature of man. With your lies and your deceit, you transform your own children into bigger monsters than you are. What you do is vile, and it should be condemned. Like rotting crops, you should be scorched from the earth, to make room for more… fertile things.” Will Aleister be the one to burn away the chaff?

 

Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode.

The Dirty Dawgs are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions after going 2v2 with the Street Profits. But tonight, Rey & Dominik Mysterio take on The Alpha Academy, so who do the champs think will win? Rey is one of the greatest of all time, he and Ziggler tore it down for the Intercontinental Championship. But Dom has big shoes to fill. So letting bygones be bygones with Otis, Ziggler votes for the Alphas. Then who is next to face the champions for the titles? It doesn’t matter who’s next, they’ll-

But here come the Profits, and says that you have to hand it to the champs for getting away with underhanded tactics. But when Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins were champs, they kept getting bugged by Ziggler & Roode for shots. So how about the Profits get next? What? This is takeback season, so take your asses to the back of the line! The Profits and the Dawgs get face to face but Bayley interjects here and says they can cut the tension with a knife. Bayley says some people just don’t get it, huh?

The Dawgs and Profits let off and DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is the ultimate Role Model, longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion, and is here to dish on her opponent at WrestleMania Backlash, “the ungrateful rookie,” Bianca Belair! When Bianca first came to SmackDown, Bayley saw how scared she was and being so sweet, she took Bianca’s hand and gave her the chance to work with her! They took the training wheels off, Bianca made history at WrestleMania, and is now champion! And did Bayley get a thank you? NO! Bianca is rude, selfish, spoiled and will regret ever treating Bayley like that!

At WrestleMania Backlash, Bayley will take back what is hers: the title, and the top spot in the division SHE built! Go tell Bianca that! Well, Ford is right here so he has Bianca on the phone. Bayley is really talking up a storm., Who? Bayley. Y’know, THE Bayley. Oh? Well Bianca will be right there. Bayley’s fine with that. She’ll say all this to Bianca’s face!

 

SmackDown returns and Bianca is here!

So Bayley can say all that to her face now. Oh Bianca doesn’t think she’ll repeat herself? Bayley will. No she won’t. Bayley says she was just saying she wanted to congratulate Bianca on making history at WrestleMania, and she is honored to be her first challenger. Bianca really showed the WWE that Bianca IS the EST. Bayley keeps replaying the match in her mind and how she picked up Sasha and walked up stairs, wow. It will be an honor to face her at WrestleMania Backlash. That’s it. Bianca is surprised by that, but then Bayley adds one more thing: Bayley LAUGHS in Bianca’s face for her even remotely believing her! Will Bianca get the last laugh when she faces the Role Model one more time?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After attacking Apollo Crews backstage, Big E’s title shot is happening NEXT WEEK! Will Big E get his revenge for WrestleMania 37? Or will Apollo crush what is left of Big E’s spirit for the pride of his ancestors?

 

Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Alpha Academy!

Father and son still want to win those SmackDown Tag Team Championships together, but they have a big obstacle in their way! Will they be able to get past Chad Gable and his star pupil, Otis?

The teams sort out, Gable starts with Dom, but Otis wants in! Gable obliges and tags Otis in, and Otis shoves Dom to then bulldoze him over! Otis gets Dom up fast for a scoop and SLAM! Otis runs to then FLOP as Dom moves! Dom throws haymakers, runs, but Otis CLOBBERS him! Otis is fired up and Gable cheers him on as he paces around Dom. Otis drags Dom up, scoops him again, and carries Dom around just to rub it in, before he hits a POWERSLAM! Otis tells “Rey Rey” that Dom’s “gettin’ this load!” Otis goes to a corner, but Rey gets Dom out! Otis bails out and runs around the way to CLOBBER both Mysterios! Gable hurries over to get Rey up for a GUTBUSTER!

Otis puts Dom in the ring, Gable and Otis are fired up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Gable goes after Dom’s arm again and again! Cover, TWO! Gable gets Dom up, whips him to ropes, but Dom dodges to hit Otis! The ref has to keep Otis back, Dom gets Gable for a victory roll! ONE, and Gable TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Dom escapes but Gable DECKS Rey! Gable gets Dom up, tags Otis, and they mug Dom with body shots! Gable shoves Dom down, Otis glares at Rey, and Otis drags Dom away from Rey to whip and CLOBBER him again! Otis drags Otis up for another fast scoop SLAM! And a big elbow drop! Gable says, “That’s my number one guy!” Otis drags Dom back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to RAM his shoulder in!

Otis keeps throwing in shoulders, Gable tags in and Gable throws in shoulders! Otis tags in, he taunts Rey, and then runs in to SPLASH Dom down! Gable tags in, covers, TWO! Gable clamps onto Dom’s arm and grinds him down. Fans rally as Dom endures, and Gable grinds the arm. Gable gets Dom up, Dom throws body shots, and then runs. Gable hits a BELLY2BELLY! And rolls through to BELLY2BELLY! Gable keeps going, shifts Dom around to then GERMAN – Dom lands on his feet! Dom FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Gable down! Both men flounder, Dom tags in Rey! Rey dodges, fires off forearms on Gable, then whips but Gable reverses.

Rey kicks, whips, and follows Gable to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Then he hops on for a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rey keeps his cool, gets Gable up and whips him to a corner. Gable reverses, runs in, but Rey drops to send Gable into the POST! Rey gets up top, but Gable throat chops! Gable climbs up, fireman’s carries, and pops Rey up, but Rey SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives, but Rey tags Dom in! The Mysterios get Gabler up to whip and toss to the apron! Rey slides under to trip Gable, Dom runs to slide and SUNSET BOMB Gable into barriers! Dom puts Gable in, tags Rey back in, and Rey DECKS Otis!

Dom and Rey whip Gable again, drop toehold onto ropes! Dom PLANCHAS but Otis catches him! Dom slips off to send Otis into the announce desk! Rey hits 619 on Gable! Rey goes up top and hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, The Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

The Alphas are seething, but they got outsmarted by Rey & Dom! And now, Bryan and Cesaro make their way out, one part to congratulate the Mysterios, and the other to hear Roman’s answer in person! Will the Mysterios head for those SmackDown Tag Team Championships? Will Cesaro get his Universal Championship opportunity, too?

 

SmackDown returns once more, with Bryan and Cesaro in the ring.

Cesaro has the mic to say, “Alright, Roman. I’m out here. We’re all waiting to hear your answer.” He and Bryan wait but get impatient. Roman can either come out here and give us the answer, or they can go back there and get their answer. Roman’s choice. Finally, Roman’s music hits again! The Head of the Table walks out with Heyman and Jey by his side again. Roman leads the way down to the ring, and he gets right in Cesaro’s face as he says, “You’re going to challenge me? You? You’re going to challenge me? Who’re you? What do you think you’ve done to be in the ring with me? You don’t deserve it. You hadn’t earned it! I’m the Tribal Chief around here! The Head of the Table!” The answer is no and it will always be no, because Cesaro will never be on Roman’s level.

The Universal Champion issues the challenges around here. And the challenge… is to Daniel Bryan?! Roman doesn’t like Bryan, never has, and will never like him. But he gives Bryan one last shot at this title. Take a hard look because this is as close as Bryan’s ever going to get. Next week on SmackDown, Bryan gets his last opportunity. What does he have to say? Bryan hesitates, but Cesaro says Bryan has to take this! Bryan takes the mic, but Roman says first, Bryan needs to know this. If, or rather when Bryan loses, Roman never wants to see Bryan again. Bryan needs to vanish from Roman’s show ever again. No more floating around SmackDown ever again, understand? Bryan accepts that challenge!

Roman holds the belt up and says they’ll never have this. It will always be his. The Goat either becomes champion, or stops being a SmackDown superstar! Which way does the Tribal Chief’s challenge break on a big fight Friday night?


My Thoughts:

This was a very good episode, with a very interesting way of arranging the matches. I’ll say right now that next week is going to be big with two titles on the line. We got a great promo segment to open SmackDown that transitioned smoothly into an awesome match that then transitioned just as smoothly into a second great promo segment. I am surprised that Cesaro isn’t taking a full detour back to Rollins, but they do have a clever way of delaying Roman VS Cesaro. Roman using his sway as champion to say no to Cesaro and of course give a match to someone he’s already beaten, controversial or not, is of course what he’d do. Roman VS Bryan is going to be an awesome match but naturally Roman will find a way to win again, so that Roman and Cesaro can battle at some point later.

Having the WWE Intercontinental Championship as the main event was a bit of a surprise, too, but it did allow for Apollo and Kevin to have room to breathe and put on a great match. Of course Azeez gets involved in his own way, a bit of a copy-pasta from some of the stuff AJ Styles and Omos have done, but in a vacuum, it was a way for Apollo to win without it really hurting Kevin. Sami doing those obnoxious dance moves over Kevin was hilarious, and I suppose of all the possible (and inevitable) rematches from WrestleMania for Backlash, Kevin VS Sami one more time will be another crowd pleaser. Sami will likely win at Backlash since he’s been on the receiving end of much of his, and they can have yet another rematch at Extreme Rules, perhaps under Extreme Rules.

The Women’s Tag Team Champions and Natty-Tamina are definitely headed for a WrestleMania rematch. It was quite the surprise for Reginald to return in quite a wild looking suit, but they’re oddly back on track for what I was expecting: Reggie is going to drive a wedge between Nia and Shayna, that is why they lose the belts, and they’ll have a big rivalry going while Natty & Tamina give SmackDown a turn with the titles. Too bad Vince let go of some great candidates for teams, like Billie Kay, who could’ve surely found a way to make something of her partnership with Carmella. Maybe someone backstage wizens up and hires some of these free agents back.

We got good stuff in the interview promos, too. the Profits getting in the faces of the Dirty Dawgs keeps their feud alive, but I would really like to see if WrestleMania Backlash gave the tag title opportunity to Rey & Dom, just to see what comes of it. Dom is getting there, being with his dad, Ziggler and Roode can definitely carry him to a big moment. And Bayley being two-faced but then immediately obnoxious to Bianca’s face properly brings back the feud heat they had from before Bianca was challenging Sasha, and their match at Backlash is going to be really good. Bianca solidifying her reign over Bayley is great for her, she could go on one of the greatEST runs since Bayley’s.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)

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WWE Raw 2022

There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!

United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
  • WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
  • JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
  • Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.

PLAY PY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!

The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will

As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.

In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!

The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.

In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!

The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?

The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.

Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!

Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!

Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.

Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?

 

BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!

Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?

 

The Judgment Day speaks.

Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?

 

JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!

Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”

BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?

 

Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!

A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?

But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?

Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.

So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!

And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.

Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.

Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!

Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and  they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!

Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!

Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!

Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into  a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)

Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.

Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-

Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat lesnar.

If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!

The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”

Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?

 

Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.

Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.

Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-

Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!

Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?

 

WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!

The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!

Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!

Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.

Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)

Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?

 

JBL is on the phone with someone.

He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?

What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?

 

Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.

Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”

So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?

Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!

AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?

Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.

Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!

Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!

Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.

Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.

Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!

Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”

Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…

But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!

The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex !U no Amigo!

Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!

Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?

 

Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.

Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?

No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?

 

Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!

The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!

Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!

Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!

Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!

Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!

But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!

Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!

Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!

Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!

But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)

DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?


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Elevation turns it up to nine!

AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
  • Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
  • Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
  • Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.


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