WrestleMania sets sail once again!
The first of two epic nights begins, and Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair will be its main event! Will Boss Time end as this becomes WrESTleMania?
- WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil: Natalya & Tamina win and will challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles on night two.
- Seth Rollins VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos; Styles & Omos win and are the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon; Braun wins.
- Damian Priest & Bad Bunny VS The Miz & John Morrison; Priest & Bunny win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
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It’s the WrestleMania 37 kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, JBL, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting, finally back in front of a LIVE CROWD!!
The Night Panther is here!
But R-Truth keeps interrupting his commercials! Truth wants to be Old Spice Guy tho! Good thing he didn’t have his 24/7 Championship on him, Truth might’ve lost his baby tonight.
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
Fans are excited as the new assistant WWE official discusses the Women’s Tag Team Turmoil. She loves having fans back, and she has history with women’s tag team wrestling. She is ready to see what we get out of Billie Kay & Carmella. Finally, Billie has a spot! She has been selling herself, as it were, Mella finally accepted, and Billie’s just so entertaining so Sonya is ready to see that. And what of her former partner, Mandy Rose…? Well, they were a stronger team back in the day, but that was on Sonya. But she still wishes every team luck. JBL is so happy to have Sonya over Peter. Sonya doesn’t mind that.
And of course, today’s main event, Banks VS Belair. Sonya is a boss in her own right, so what does she make of Boss VS EST? Both very talented, but sometimes people get a nickname and it’s just that. The words better back up the names. Being a “boss” is more than just what’s on the surface. Like the suit? Yeah. You walk the walk, talk the talk, wear the suits. But Sonya will definitely be watching closely.
Vince McMahon is here!
He stands on stage with the superstars featured tonight as he speaks! “Throughout this pass year, our superstars performed tirelessly for all of you.” But there was something missing. And that was the fans of the WWE! As we now emerge from the pandemic, and on behalf of the entire WWE Family, Vince would like to say thank you, and welcome you back to WRESTLEMANIA!
Bebe Rexha performs America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
There’s a rain delay!?
It seems Tampa wants to tease us by keeping things stalled a little longer.
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
How is he feeling after that moment on stage? Goosebumps, of course! Being back with LIVE fans, Shane is pumped! He’s going for the knockout on Braun. But what is his problem with Braun? Shane’s just poking fun is all. But he’s been more or less bullying him. What? How? What did he say? He said he was stupid. Well, Braun turned out not so stupid because a steel cage is a great choice. Shane is using is noodle to figure out what to do to Braun while he’s in there. Shane does have experience in that match. And the Monster Among Men is big, but shouldn’t Shane pick on someone more Shane’s size? Sure, maybe, but when the opportunity is there, he has to do it.
Bobby Lashley & MVP interrupt but Shane doesn’t mind, He lets them have their time. MVP says the time for talk is over. This is the crowning moment for Lashley and the All Might Era! No words can convey what is going on. The only language Lashley can speak right now and that Drew McIntyre can understand right now is VIOLENCE. MVP has said it before, the WWE World Championship changes you! McIntyre will agree with that because he has had that title and wants it back, but that isn’t happening! MVP told McIntyre that it’s over at Mania, and that McIntyre would lose his dignity, lose consciousness and lose the match. But McIntyre storms over to get in their face!
You want to go now, McIntyre?! MVP keeps the peace because this match will happen soon enough. McIntyre says Mother Nature can’t save Lashley. If they have to fight backstage, they will! McIntyre will not be stopped! MVP tells Lashley to stay calm, referees hurry over to keep this from getting any more heated, but that’s hard to do. McIntyre wants Lashley to keep that energy up. Sarah now asks McIntyre how he’s feeling. McIntyre is at a 10, he is just trying to keep his emotions in check. But last year, in the Performance Center, his first shot at the world title, he won it. McIntyre lost it for a few weeks, go it back.
But now to fight in the first match with live fans, if it’ll happen now, McIntyre is just fired up with MVP’s crap. WrestleMania or not, McIntyre just wants to drop Lashley’s ass! This WILL happen tonight!!
Kevin Patrick interviews the New Day.
They’re ready BABYYY~! People in the building has them excited! This feeling is hard to understand until you feel it! Even before Kevin was here! Kevin is happy to see these two against AJ Styles and Omos. But why? Because they’re fighting champions! Kevin had to be watching! The New Day fights the best. Omos & Styles might still not be registered, this might not happen. Oh they did? Then let’s go! Woods has felt Omos’ force but he is not afraid! Woods and Kofi have always been this size, so there are guys bigger, but they signed up for the titles! It doesn’t how big Omos is, how great Styles is, but the New Day has beaten every single other team! They cannot hang!!
OMG Big E!? Big E is THE Intercontinental Champion and he’s gonna do work on Night 2! Big E says we’ll see what makes these two one of the greatest tag teams ever!! You will see two men at their very best, so consider yourself BLESSED! Woods feels delivered! Kevin gets it, right? Yes, he does.
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
He has his steel cage match with Shane, but what’s he feeling? he’s just ready to do this. He isn’t doing this just for himself but for every person who has been bullied and called worthless! Braun is ready! Shane’s made the bed, he’s gonna lay it in, Braun will beat Shane within an inch of his life so let’s GO! Braun is in the best shape of his life, Shane has made a mistake getting into this. You can only poke a bear so much before it bites you. Braun is proving that bullies don’t win! You will see Braun stand over a corpse tonight, and we will be praying Shane can still breathe after tonight!
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST’s first title match is at WrestleMania, in the main event! Where is she emotionally? Nervous, but that means she cares, just like she said on SmackDown. Yes, she’s against The Boss, she is all that, but Bianca doesn’t run from competition but runs to it. She is going to put the EST in The BEST, and will put it all on the line. And the best part? The fans are here! Bianca is going to do this not just for her, but for the world! Making #Herstory!
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
Mike- Er, Kevin, welcome! Your first Mania! Rollins is fired up as it’s just a wild night already. But given what’s happened since his return, with disrespect from Cesaro and the swing- MIKE. KEVIN. LISTEN. We don’t have to go over all that. You just had to bring up Cesazzlo. But that’s fine, and Rollins has wanted to address it. Since coming back, week after week, Zassoro has disrespected Rollins. Why? Maybe to use Rollins as a springboard into the potential that he’s been wasting. When the storm clears, the moon and stars will all shine on SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS, because he IS the NEW Mr. WrestleMania! And he’ll prove it again with the match of a lifetime when he trounces that joke Sazzaro in Raymond James Stadium! Have a great night Mike-Kevin. My Kevin? Hyphen it to Mi-Kevin.
Backstage interview with The Miz & Morrison.
They say they don’t need luck, because they have skill. You can tell a lot about a man from the company you keep. And Bad Bunny hanging out with Damian Priest means they’re scum. The fun and games are over. This isn’t the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s or SNL. This is WRESTLEMANIA! And you are up against the ONLY TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion, and the Mayor of Slam Town, the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! *Stare off into distance* #BeJealous!!
The hosts of WrestleMania are here!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan walk out on stage! Titus starts by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Raymond James Stadium!” Welcome to Titus’ city of Tampa Bay! Rain, sleet, snow, it doesn’t matter! The WWE Universe has the energy we’ve been wanting for a whole YEAR! For one year, one month and a day, for the first time, we’re #BackInBusiness live! Not just that, Brother Titus! They need to hear ya! Titus says alright. Let’s try this again. For the first time in one year, one month and a day, WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS, LIIIIIVE!!
Tampa gets loud to join in and Hogan says, “Let me tell you something, Titus!” We’re making history tonight, tomorrow night and even right now, with their very first match in front of the WWE audience, brother! But not just any match! They are kicking off with aggression, violence and the WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! And it’s the All Mighty Lashley and his dangerous Hurt Lock! If he gets the neck of a 747, he could break it! But McIntyre’s Claymore could kick the faces off of Rushmore in just one go! Then there’s one question to ask, Titus! Whatcha gonna do when Titus WORLDWIDE~ and ALL the Hulkamaniacs-
Whoa whoa whoa, and what about the two nights!? We’ve got TWO NIGHTS! And then ALL the Hulkamaniacs, run wild on you!?
WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre!
The Chief Hurt Officer tried but failed to remove the Scottish Warrior from the equation, and now he will pay for it! Will McIntyre become a three-time world champion in the span of just one year?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this All Might WrestleMania Weekend opening contest FINALLY begins!
McIntyre and Lashley tie right up as fans fire up! They go around, McIntyre puts Lashley on ropes but Lashley pushes back. They end up in a corner, go around more ropes, but break. Fans rally and duel as the two go again. Lashley waistlocks, McIntyre resists the lift and pries free to wrench and headlock. Lashley powers out, follows then runs McIntyre over! McIntyre stands right up and the two reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock and McIntyre reels Lashley into another headlock. Lashley powers out again, hurdles but McIntyre shoves to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre even says “UP YOURS” with his fist.
Lashley is furious and he gets in McIntyre’s face to pie-face him! McIntyre throws a forearm, Lashley returns it and it’s a brawl! Lashley knees low, fires off more hands in a corner, then pushes McIntyre. McIntyre turns things around to stomp and windmill some haymakers! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off but Lashley throat chops! Lashley fires off hands, forearms, and then whips. McIntyre reverses, Lashley holds ropes but McIntyre clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as McIntyre pursues. MVP checks on Lashley, and Lashley RAMS McIntyre into barriers! Lashley fires off more hands, brings McIntyre around and whips him into barriers!
MVP is fired up, Lashley drags McIntyre up and whips him into more barriers! Lashley refreshes the count, goes back out after McIntyre, and puts him in the ring. McIntyre goes to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him! Lashley turns McIntyre for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Lashley is right on McIntyre with a rain of fists! McIntyre goes to ropes but Lashley chokes him and throws clubbing forearms! The ref backs Lashley off, but Lashley returns with more hands! McIntyre tries to hit back but Lashley chokes him on ropes again! Lashley stands on McIntyre, lets off as the ref counts, and fans boo as Lashley looms over McIntyre.
McIntyre hits back with body shots and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” but Lashley RAMS McIntyre into a corner. Lashley roars, goes corner to corner, but McIntyre POSTS him! McIntyre hits an ARM CODE BREAKER, to an ARMBAR! Lashley endures, clasps hands, and fights up. Lashley hammers away, gets free and fires of more hands! McIntyre is dazed as Lashley lets off. Lashley brings McIntyre up, SLAPS him, and taunts him in a corner. McIntyre gets up but Lashley RAMS into him again! And again and again! Lashley fires off haymakers and elbows, and fans are divided as Lashley paces around.
Lashley whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back with a LARIAT! And another! McIntyre whips, Lashley reverses but McIntyre ducks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Lashley staggers up, into the clinch and ANOTHER OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre gets around Lashley to hit a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre watches Lashley get up, kicks and underhooks, but Lashley powers McIntyre into a corner! Lashley rams in again and again, but lets off to go corner to corner, but into a back elbow! McIntyre waistlocks but ducks the counter elbow to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
MVP coaches Lashley up but McIntyre is after the arm! Lashley resists the wristlock with knees to the stomach and forearms to the back. Lashley shoves but McIntyre KICKS! Lashley comes back to LARIAT! Lashley reels McIntyre in, gut wrench to the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Lashley is already seething! MVP says Lashley has McIntyre where he wants him, he just has to stay on him. Lashley waits for McIntyre to get up, then reels him back in for a suplex, only for McIntyre to wrench out and GLASGOW KISS! But McIntyre runs into an ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley is getting mad but he still has his ace card to play!
McIntyre staggers up, Lashley full nelsons! McIntyre resists the Hurt Lock but Lashley throws more low knees! Lashley fireman’s carries but McIntyre elbows free, shoves and runs in. Lashley elbows McIntyre, but McIntyre gets through the boot to elbow and CHOP and ROLLING ELBOW! McIntyre gets the legs, drags Lashley up, INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley is still in this but McIntyre keeps his focus. McIntyre brings Lashley up, fans fire up again and McIntyre puts Lashley on the top rope. McIntyre CHOPS, climbs up and throws clubbing forearms! Lashley resists and trips McIntyre up! Lashley throws haymakers, but McIntyre gets a KIMURA!
Lashley endures, throws body shots and forearms, and he puts McIntyre in the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SUPER Belly2Belly! And then CLAY- NO! SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley is fired up and fans are thunderous as he paces around. McIntyre kips back up!? Lashley is shocked, but McIntyre says, “Bring it, bitch!” They brawl, Lashley gets the edge and has McIntyre on the ropes. Lashley roars, whips, but McIntyre reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! McIntyre then gets Lashley into the FUTURE SHOCK! But he’s not done there, ANOTHER FUTURE SHOCK! But that’s still not enough?! A THIRD FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!??! Lashley still lives and McIntyre is beside himself!
“This is Awesome!” and we’re just starting WrestleMania! McIntyre wants the countdown, and fans count along! But Lashley drops to get away from the Claymore! Fans boo as MVP helps Lashley get away, but McIntyre FLIES!! All three men go down in a heap and Raymond James Stadium is thunderous as they lose their minds! McIntyre gets up, drags Lashley into the ring, and then climbs a corner. McIntyre leaps but into a clinch! Lashley spins McIntyre around, throws some knees, and HALF NELSON SUPLEXES! Then a clinch for the COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley dares McIntyre to get back up! McIntyre rises, Lashley is stalking up behind him, but McIntyre blocks the Hurt Lock!
McIntyre is prying it open! And then he RAMS Lashley into buckles! McIntyre gets up and runs in, into another SPINEB- NO! KIMURA! McIntyre has Lashley down on the mat and stuck in the center of the ring! Lashley endures as fans rally and duel so hard! Lashley reaches out, McIntyre cranks as hard as he can, but Lashley gets the ROPEBREAK! McIntyre holds on until the ref counts and lets Lashley go in frustration. McIntyre gets up and fans build back to a rally. Lashley rises, both men glare at the other, and the brawl is on again! They go haymaker for haymaker, kick for kick, elbow for elbow, but Lashley clinches to throw McIntyre into buckles.
Lashley runs, into a BOOT! McIntyre gives another GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre goes corner to corner, but MVP distracts! Lashley drops to avoid the Claymore again! McIntyre staggers, Lashley CLOBBERS him in a corner! HURT LOCK!! McIntyre is caught, endures, powers up, but fades! The ref checks on McIntyre, Lashley leans on the hold as much as he can, but McIntyre gets that second wind! McIntyre stands, uses the corner to push, it’s a cover, but Lashley rolls right back to stand! Lashley still has the Hurt Lock clamped on tight! McIntyre fades again!! The ref calls it, Lashley wins!!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE World Champion)
INCREDIBLE! This clash of titans ends with the Rocky Mountain Machine still on top of that mountain! If McIntyre couldn’t stop him, then who in the WWE possibly can?
DING DONG! Bayley is backstage!
And she’s found Titus and Hogan, and the nWo. She hosts a big show, the biggest who, the Ding Dong Hello show. Heard of it? Titus doesn’t have cable. Well if anyone needs help, she’s Too Sweet. Kevin Nash leaves Bayley hanging! Titus is hungry. Wanna go get something, guys? X-Pac gives Bayley the Too Sweet, at least, but then the legends head out with Titus. Well, just call her, brother!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil!
The Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades have gotten every time between Raw and SmackDown all riled up, and now they’ll have to be ready for whatever team survives tonight! Will it be the Riott Squad, the Ravishing Glow, the Sexy Muscle Friends, the second generation superstars or the last minute but still FABULOUS Carmella and Billie Kay?
The first teams out are…
Naomi & Lana VS Carmella & Billie Kay!
The teams sort out, Naomi starts with Mella and Mella SLAPS Naomi! Naomi KICKS and KICKS and then lights Mella up! The dropkick sends Mella into the corner, Naomi tags Lana and they whip to ax kick and BULLDOG! LANA-ROONI! Lana runs and KNEES Mella against ropes, but Mella hits back and throws Lana by her hair! Mella takes a bow before she bumps Lana off her boot. Billie tags in, Mella feeds Lana to Billie’s boot, and Billie swaggers before she CLUBS Lana down then ROCKS her!
Fans rally for Lana as Billie whips but Lana tilt-o-whirls and Russian Leg Sweeps! Hot tag to Naomi and she rallies on Billie! Naomi DECKS Mella, and gives Billie the Twerk Attack! Naomi mule kicks, dodges, Lana tags in before the FLYING CHUCK! ROUNDHOUSE for Lana, ROUNDHOUSE for Billie! Tag back to Naomi, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Lana gets in as Nia & Shayna are watching backstage. Mella dodges a kick to FABULOUS KICK! Naomi throws Mella out but Billie rolls Naomi up! Mella helps from behind, they ELIMINATE Naomi & Lana!!
Carmella & Billie Kay VS The Riott Squad!
No time to rest, Liv & Ruby head right out! Billie stays legal as she gets a chance to settle things with the team that snubbed her. Billie runs in, Liv dodges her to DECK Mella! Liv SHOTGUNS Billie down, then tags in Ruby. The Riott Squad double whip and drop toehold Billie onto ropes for a dropkick to O’Conner Roll! ONE, but Ruby clamps onto Billie’s head. Tag to Liv, she whips Ruby in but Billie tosses Ruby out! Billie elbows then DECKS Liv! Tag to Mella, Mella puts Liv in a corner to stomp away! The ref counts, Mella moonwalks and Billie kinda tries to, before the FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER hits!
Tag to Billie, she and Mella get Liv up to NORTHERN LIGHTS! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Mella throws Ruby out but Ruby knees back! Billie BOOTS Ruby down! Liv gets Billie but Billie switches to sunset, Mella tries the same trick, but the ref sees it! Billie and Mella are furious, but Liv ROCKS Billie back! Ruby tags in, Liv hits the CODE BREAKER! Ruby goes up, SENTON KNEE SANDWICH! The Squad ELIMINATES Billie & Mella! But then Mella shoves Ruby down and FABULOUS KICKS Liv!
The Riott Squad VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!
Liv is down while the Sexy Muscle Friends head out! Mandy slips on a puddle someone forgot to dry up, but she recovers just fine. Ruby goes right after them, DECKS Dana but Mandy ROCKS Ruby! KNEE FROM A ROSE! Tag to Dana, she climbs up, Ruby staggers over into a SUPER BLOCKBUSTER! High stack, but Liv breaks it in time! Dana is furious, but Liv gets away. Dana rains rights down on Ruby then drags her up. Ruby stomps a foot, ROCKS Dana with a right of her own, then ROCKS her again! Ruby reaches but Dana keeps her away to kick low. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy tags in, she stomps a mudhole into Ruby, then forearms her down. Fans fire up but Ruby boots Mandy away. Ruby DECKS Dana, but runs into Mandy’s scoop! Ruby sunset flips through, TWO!! Ruby dodges, hot tag to Liv! Liv rallies, ENZIGURIS, and then runs into the corner for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Liv keeps on Mandy with forearms, then tags Ruby in. The Squad coordinates, wrench and CODE BREAKER to RIOTT KICK! Cover but Dana breaks it! Dana brings Ruby up, Ruby throws her out hard, and Ruby tags to Liv. Liv kicks Mandy, whips but Mandy reverses to ROCK and whip Liv! Mandy runs in to RAM Liv into the corner!
Mandy forearms, sees Ruby coming and EXPLODERS her out of the ring! Mandy runs into a BOOT from Liv! Liv hops up, DECKS Dana, but Mandy gets up fast! Dana tags in while Mandy and Liv brawl! Dana climbs the other corner, SUPERPLEX to SWANTON! Cover, Mandy keeps Ruby out, but Liv turns things around! The Squad ELIMINATE the Sexy Muscle Friends!! And that was a shocker to Dana & Mandy!
The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly are the last step in this match! Will the Squad survive or be stopped right at the finish line?
Natty gets in, gets the legs and steps in, but Liv cradle counters! TWO!! Natty brings Liv up but Liv JABS and wheelbarrows, but into a SNAKE EYES! Tag to Tamina, she and Natty drag Liv up to mug her in the corner! Tag back to Natty, they suplex Liv into Natty’s POWERBOMB! Cover, but Ruby breaks it!! Tamina CLOBBERS Ruby, tells the ref to back off, and Natty drags Liv back up. Natty hauls Liv into the corner, tags Tamina, and they mug Liv more! Tamina lets off as the ref counts, and she hauls Liv back up to a fireman’s carry. Liv fights for her life, gets on the top rope and clubs Tamina away! Tamina staggers, Natty runs in but Liv ROCKS her!
Tag to Ruby, Liv dodges Tamina to dropkick Natty! Ruby ROCKS Tamina, combines with Liv, Wheelbarrow SPEAR! Ruby goes side to side to YAKUZA KICK! Tag back to Liv, she hits another CODE BREAKER! SENTON KNEE SANDWICH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Liv and Ruby can’t believe Tamina survived! Ruby hurries back, tags in, and they coordinate for their other combo. Wrench and- No, Tamina whips Ruby at Liv! Liv goes up and over into a SUPERKICK! Ruby staggers, Natty tags as Tamina BOOTS Ruby down! Tamina hauls Ruby up, Natty runs, HART ATTACK! Natty grins as she has Ruby all to herself, for the-
NO! No Sharpshooter! She tells Tamina to finish this and tags her in. Tamina goes up top, for the SUPERFLY!! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!!
Winners: Tamina & Natalya, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Nia & Shayna aren’t worried, even though they have 24 hours to prepare. Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades lose to their equals tomorrow night?
The 24/7 Championship has a storied legacy.
It has changed hands many time. But none more accidental than when Joe “Night Panther” Average got it. Or was it fate? Akira Tozawa has Average train in an epic 80’s montage to see if he can truly become a champion. Hilarity ensues. Ninjas, birds, Drew Gulak, and the spirit puppet of a panther! Plus, hot dogs, The Hurricane, and deodorant! Watch the finale on WWE’s YouTube!
Seth Rollins VS Cesaro!
The Savior of SmackDown did not get the respect he wanted, but that was because he wasn’t showing respect first. The Swiss Cyborg became the focus of Rollins’ wrath, and now has his first-ever singles match on WrestleMania! Will Cesaro get into the swing of things and take Rollins down? Or will he be made to #EmbraceTheVision?
The bell rings and Cesaro BLASTS Rollins with a EuroUpper! He wants the legs but Rollins kicks free and kicks low. Rollins runs, the boot is blocked and Cesaro DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Rollins scramble and gets a ropebreak to avoid the swing. Rollins then shoulders into Cesaro, slingshots up and over but Cesaro dodges to springboard and FLYING EuroUpper! Fans fire up with Cesaro, but Rollins gets away. Cesaro KNEES Rollins in the ropes, but Rollins hotshots an arm! Rollins climbs but Cesaro dropkicks him first! Rollins is stuck up top, Cesaro climbs up to get him with a gut wrench! SUPER GUT-
NO! Rollins slips through to bring Cesaro up for a BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins covers, TWO! Cesaro gets his arms moving and fans rally but Rollins seethes. Rollins drags Cesaro up, rams shoulders into the bad arm, then CLUBS the arm! Rollins talks trash but Cesaro hits low! Cesaro EuroUppers, body shots, EuroUppers but Rollins CLUBS the arm! Cesaro whips, Rollins puts Cesaro on the apron but Cesaro ROCKS Rollins! Cesaro climbs, but Rollins springs right up to SUPERPLEX! And roll through, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is annoyed, but he keeps his focus.
Rollins gets up, gets Cesaro up, and turns him, but Cesaro backslides! TWO, Cesaro EuroUppers again! Cesaro throws body shots, EuroUppers, then more EuroUppers! Rollins is in a corner and Cesaro fires off fast hands! Cesaro unloads EuroUpper after EuroUpper and fans are fired up again! Cesaro whips Rollins corner to corner, runs in and EuroUppers again! Cesaro whips him the other way, EuroUppers Rollins again, then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as fans rally behind him. Cesaro wants the swing and the fans want to see it, too! Even that guy in the banana costume! Cesaro trips Rollins, has the legs, but Rollins twists to victory roll, TWO!
Cesaro tries again, Rollins scrambles to another ropebreak! Cesaro yanks Rollins up, Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins runs, but no Curb Stomp! Sunset flip, to the SWISS SWING!! Rollins goes around and around and the fans count it out! Cesaro settles for 10 because of the bad arm, and he turns it to the SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro lets go in frustration but he got a little bit of payback on Rollins. Fans want the swing “One More Time!” but Cesaro brings Rollins in. Gotch hold but Rollins back drops free! Cesaro lands on his feet but misses in the corner! The arm hits buckles, Rollins springboards to FLYING KNEE!
Rollins comes back to SLINGBLADE! Rollins hurries up top as Cesaro is down, TWISTING SPLASH!? Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is shocked! Rollins talks to himself that he won’t let Cesaro disrespect him. Rollins grits his teeth, fans fire up and Rollins stalks up behind Cesaro. Rollins waistlocks, ripcords but Cesaro gut wrenches, to the NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, TWO?!! Rollins survives and now Cesaro is shocked! Fans rally behind Cesaro as he works on an idea. Cesaro grabs at Rollins to rain down furious forearms! Rollins gets back to ropes, Cesaro gets the legs, Rollins lands on his feet, into the Gotch! Rollins slips free of that to PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?!
Cesaro survives The Game’s best, but that’s because Rollins isn’t The Game! Rollins talks to himself again, gets back to his feet, and tells Cesaro that there are levels! Rollins survived the swing, the Neutralizer, he is a wrestling god! Rollins drags Cesaro up, turns him, and hits a DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! That’s a shot at Cesaro’s old tag partner! Cesaro ducks the stomp but gets the BOOMERANG! Rollins aims from a corner, Cesaro sits back up and Rollins runs in, but the stomp is turned into a EUROUPPER! And then a torture rack, for an AIRPLANE SPIN!! The “UFO” goes NO HANDS, then a TOSS!!
Fans are thunderous as Cesaro fires up, and calls for the swing! Cesaro gets the legs, and he starts up the rotations! The fans count along again, and Cesaro blows past 10 to go to 20, then 23! Gotch lift, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
FINALLY! No more talk of “untapped potential,” of just missing the mark, and of just being a good-hand! Cesaro wins and has HIS WrestleMania moment! But will this just lead to even bigger things in the Swiss Cyborg’s career?
Backstage interview with the Dirty Dawgs, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode!
They are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions after a big WrestleMania edition of SmackDown. They’re excited to be here because there’s nothing like this in the world. The aces have arrived, and it is truly WrestleMania. For a couple dirty dogs, they clean up real nice. We’ve seen great tag action, but what about the Raw Tag Team Championships? New Day are one of the greatest, Ziggler had KofiMania. But rainbows and unicorns only get you so far. Omos looks great standing with Styles, but they’d look even better with tag gold. Roode’s known Styles a long time, and you never, ever bet against the Phenomenal One. Now, excuse them while they take pictures with the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos!
AWWWWW Tampa Baaay~! Big E says don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous ELEVEN time champs, and FEEL~ the POWER~! That’s right! The now ELEVEN time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ thought they were out of opponents to face, until the Phenomenal One and his ENORMOUS associate stepped up. Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods doubt the tag team chemistry, but will Styles & Omos win big on the biggest show of the WWE calendar?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and quite possibly the biggest match in the New Day’s career is here!
The teams sort out, and Omos starts his first match with Kofi. Kofi and Woods cheer for Styles so Styles tags in! Styles and Kofi circle, tie up, Styles waistlocks but Kofi trips him. Styles reaches up to headscissor then whip. Kofi rolls over Styles’ back but Styles denies the SOS! Kofi avoids the Calf Crusher, rolls Styles, TWO! Body scissor clutch, TWO! Styles kicks but Kofi blocks to get Styles down, but Styles headlocks back! Kofi back suplexes and Styles lands hard on his stomach! Kofi claps at Omos and Woods plays Francesca Turbo as Kofi twerks at Styles. Styles gets mad, but runs into Kofi’s dropkick! Kofi drags Styles up, brings him over but Styles throat chops!
Woods tags in, trips Styles up, and Kofi SPLASHES down! Woods slingshots to elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Woods clamps onto Styles and taunts him with explaining the strategy. Kofi tags in, the New Day mugs Styles and Kofi fires off haymakers! Kofi stomps Styles, lets off as the ref counts, and it’s time to turn up! The New Day Stampede begins! Woods tags in, he stomps away, then Kofi tags in to stomp! Tag back to Woods, Kofi whips him in to basement dropkick Styles! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps cool and keeps Styles from Omos. Woods headlocks, grinds Styles, but Styles reaches. Woods hits a headlock takeover, grinds harder, but Styles fights up.
Styles reaches, Woods hits another takeover, but Styles gets up again. Styles powers up but Woods keeps his hand from Omos! Woods hits yet another takeover! Cover, ONE as Styles gets up again. Woods wrenches, tags Kofi, and the New Day double wrench to double CHOP, double KICK and double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Kofi is after Styles but Styles gets a ropebreak. Kofi stays between Styles and Omos because that’s all he really has to do. Styles bails out and runs around! Tag to Woods, Woods watches Styles slide in and CLOBBERS him out! Woods runs, Kofi tags in, Woods WRECKS Styles with a dropkick! Woods puts Styles in, Kofi hits a FLYING STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Styles is still in this, Kofi drags him over and Woods hopes fans are alright. Tag, the New Day get Styles in a fireman’s carry but Styles fights free! Styles dodges Woods, reaches but Woods keeps Styles away! Styles lands out of a back suplex but Woods grabs a foot! Woods ducks the enziguri but Styles kicks him away! Tag to Kofi and he springboards to PANCAKE SPLASH Styles down! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Woods, Kofi drags Styles up while Woods climbs, backbreaker, but Styles fights free! Woods is perched, Styles sees he has an opening, hot tag to Omos!! Woods realizes he’s in trouble now and the fans are fired up!
Omos storms up to Woods but Woods gets his dukes up. Woods kicks a leg, but Omos doesn’t flinch. Woods keeps trying but that hurts him more than it does Omos! The shotgun dropkick bounces off! Styles tells Omos to get Woods, but Woods dodges, Kofi tags, Woods bounces off Omos again, and Kofi leaps, into Omos’ grip! Omos THROWS Kofi with one hand! Omos grins and styles tells him, “NOW!” Omos BOOTS Woods, TOSSES Kofi to a corner, then has two targets! Omos runs to BACK ELBOW Woods, then runs to BACK ELBOW Kofi! Omos drags Woods up for a COLOSSAL BACKBREAKER!
Omos clamps onto Woods’ face as he bends him in the backbreaker rack! Woods endures but Omos pushes him away. Omos sees Kofi get up, scoops him with one hand and carries him around! COLOSSAL BACKBREAKER! The New Day writhe but fans rally and duel! Styles uses Omos as a launching pad for a PHENOMENAL FOREARM to Woods! Kofi flounders, Omos drags him up! Omos says he’s going to have fun doing this! POP-UP SPINEBUSTER!! Styles says use one foot to cover, and Omos does! Omos & Styles win!!
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
Omos’ first match and he’s not just a champion, but he DOMINATED one of the best tag team champions EVER! And Styles is now the PHENOMENAL Grand Slam Champion! Is this just the beginning for this dominant duo?
Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon!
For whatever reason, the Monster Among Men became the target for Shane O’Mac to mock, ridicule, insult and just outright disrespect, all while running out of reach. But now, the cage will keep Shane contained, can Braun finally #GetTheseHands on him?
Jerry Lawler joins commentary as the cage is locked and loaded! Shane tries to keep the door closed just to delay the inevitable! Braun says the cage won’t keep him out, either, even if he has to tear through it,. But then ELIAS and RYKER attack with CHAIRS! They SMACK him on the back, SMACK him on the leg, then SMACK him more! NOW Shane opens the door, gets Braun in, and gets a chair from Elias! Shane SMACKS Braun as the bell rings! And SMACKS him again! And again! Shane JAMS Braun with the chair, SMACKS him down, and then JAMS him while he’s down! Shane taunts Braun but Braun blocks a headshot! Braun throws Shane away but Shane KICKS the bad leg out!
Shane gets the chair back to SMACK Braun! Shane has the door open, but Braun yanks him back in! Shane decides to climb instead, but Braun drags him down. Braun says Shane isn’t running way, he WILL #GetTheseHands! Shane puts up his dukes, bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off strikes and a KICK to the leg! Braun stays up, Shane comes back, fires off more, then KICKS the leg again. Shane dodges Braun, fires off more fast strikes and then mule kicks over and over in the corner! Shane fires off but Braun SHOVES Shane away! Shane hurries up but Braun grabs him! Shane kicks in a panic and gets Braun in the nose!
Wait, there was a panel up there?! Shane brings it down to SMACK Braun around! Braun stays on his feet but Shane CLOBBERS him in the head! Cover, ONE!?! And with some power! Shane scurries like a rat but Braun drags him in by his feet! Braun gets Shane up, and TOSSES him! Shane begs for mercy, but Braun storms over to THROW Shane into steel! Shane is in a daze, Braun hobbles to bring him up and RAM him into more steel! Shane sits up, Braun snarls and KICKS Shane in the side! Braun ROCKS Shane with an uppercut! Braun wants Shane to stand, and Shane flounders around into body shots! Shane is between ropes and steel, and Braun SPLASHES him!
Shane flounders down, Braun gets the bad leg moving as he looms over Shane, and then hauls Shane up just to CLUB him down! Braun shouts, “C’MOOON!” as he looms over Shane. Braun stands Shane up, scoops him, but the bad leg stops the slam! Shane RAMS Braun into steel, and in again! And again! Shane baits Braun in and spins around to DDT! Both men are on the mat, Braun sputters as Shane gets to his feet. Shane decides to go to a corner and climbs up! But not to escape, because he has Braun in his sights! COAST2COAST!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Shane drags Braun to a cover, TWO!!! Braun survives and Shane is beside himself.
Elias & Ryker are still here, so they climb up the cage! They help Shane get to the halfway point! Shane is at the very top, but Braun runs in to BLAST Elias & Ryker off the side! The wall rattles and Shane tumbles down into the ring! Braun and Shane are down again but fans rally up. Shane gets up first, he starts to climb again and he is climbing to escape this time. Braun hurries up after Shane, grabs him but Shane jabs him back! Braun stays up, Shane reaches the top, but what is that thing on the corner? Shane reaches into it to bring out a TOOLBOX?! Shane SMACKS Braun with the steel toolbox!! Fans are divided as Shane gloats up top.
Shane slowly gets around to start his descent on the outside! Shane waves mockingly to Braun, but Braun grabs that hand through the steel fencing!! Braun is going to pull Shane through if he has to! He RIPS the cage open to get at Shane directly!! Braun drags Shane in through the hole he made, gives him some headbutts, then RAMS Shane off the side! And again! And again! And fires off body shots!! Shane is cowering and Braun is roaring! Braun then sees where they both are, and decides to go HIGHER! Braun puts Shane up on the very top, then climbs up to join him! Fans are thunderous at what Braun is planning! Braun stands up, and he drags Shane up to his feet!
Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” But Braun asks Shane, “Who’s stupid now?!?” Braun EVEREST CHOKE SLAMS Shane down!!! Braun climbs down carefully, goes over to Shane on the mat, and Braun says this is for everyone who has ever been bullied, called stupid and told they can’t do something! Braun hauls Shane right back up, scoops him, and hits a MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
Braun beat Shane’s brains in and is vindicated! Will Shane ever dare to talk down to Braun again? Will Braun use this WrestleMania Moment to head for gold?
DING DONG~ Hello!
Bayley joins commentary, because she thinks she can do Michael Cole’s job better. Scoot! Scoot! Byron says Titus and Hogan aren’t here because they and the Hall of Fame classes from 2020 and 2021 are going to be honored, right now! JBL, the Bella Twins, the family of the British Bulldog, and the 2020 Warrior Award winner, Titus O’Neil, are all here live for this moment. And of course, the NEW WORLD ORDER! X-Pac, or rather, Syxx, then Nash, Hall and of course, HOLLYWOOD Hulk Hogan!
Damian Priest & Bad Bunny VS The Miz & John Morrison!
It’s a classic WWE story: a top celebrity is a guest; a couple superstars try to use them to expand their brand; the celebrity isn’t really for it and politely declines; the superstars escalate it to a personal level; the celebrity and superstars have a match. The Grammy award winning artist has an Archer of Infamy on his side, but is that enough to take down the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century?
Because Bad Bunny is a fan of his, Booker T is on commentary as a fan of Bunny’s, and… Wait, a bunch of bunnies come out in a parade. This isn’t Easter! But this is the entrance of MC M I Z and Johnny Drip Drip! They sing their new “hit,” Hey Hey Hop Hop! The lip sync is awful, though… But after a recap package, Bunny & Priest make their entrances, and teams sort out. Priest starts against Miz and he steps right up to him, but Miz stays back. The ref has Priest back up, and Miz calls out Bunny! “You scared?!” Priest says Miz is the one that’s scared! But Bunny reaches out, so Priest gives him the tag! Fans fire up to see Bunny step to Miz, even though Booker says that’s not a good move.
Miz is annoyed that WWE fans are cheering the celebrity, but Miz and Bunny circle. Miz gives Bunny a free shot, but then talks trash, and Bunny DECKS him! Bunny dares Miz to get up, but Morrison says that was beginner’s luck. Bunny and Miz approach again, they approach, Bunny waistlocks but Miz grins as he swings. Bunny ducks the elbow to ROCK Miz again! Morrison says it’s time to fight! Miz circles with Bunny, then puts him in a corner, Bunny dodges to fire off hands! Miz puts Bunny in the corner hard, digs his forearms in, but Bunny TACKLES Miz! Bunny grounds ‘n’ pounds, Miz gets up to knee Bunny down! Miz stomps Bunny, CLUBS him, then bumps him off buckles.
Fans rally and duel as Miz digs Bunny’s face into the buckles. Miz lets off to whip Bunny and hip toss, but Bunny handsprings through! Bunny arm-drags Miz out of the ring! Miz is stunned and he glares at Bunny. Miz gets back in the ring, Bunny drop toeholds him! Then the arm for LA MAGISTROL, TWO!! Miz flounders up in a fury and Morrison calms him down. They’re the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century. Don’t get mad, get smart. But Bunny dares Miz to bring it, then does a dance! Miz calls for a test of strength, and Bunny approaches, only for Miz to kick low and CLUB Bunny down! Miz whips Bunny hard into ropes, and Bunny flops out.
Priest dares Miz to take him on now, but Bunny is back. Miz runs but into a shoulder! Bunny slides, runs, dodges and tilt-o-whirls for a BUNNY-GO-ROUND! Morrison tags in but gets a kick and a HEADBUTT! Priest says use the elbow, and Bunny runs corner to corner! BIG back elbow, and Bunny keeps going, only for Morrison to elbow him down! The ref argues with Morrison but Miz DECKS Bunny! Morrison stomps Bunny, tag to Miz, snapmare and they sit Bunny up for Miz’s basement BOOT! Morrison runs to SHINING WIZARD! The ref counts, Morrison leaves, and Miz mocks the bunny hops. “Is this who you like?!” Miz raises his fists but gets booed. He points to Bunny, the fans cheer.
Miz knocks Bunny down but gets booed more. Priest coaches Bunny but Miz fish hooks him into a camel clutch! Miz wraps on a chinlock to grind Bunny down but fans rally up. Bunny fights up, clubs at Miz’s arm, throws body shots, but Miz just grins as he shoves Bunny to a corner. Bunny blocks to fire off hands on Miz AND Morrison! Bunny runs but Miz scoops him! Bunny kicks, flails, sunset flips, TWO!! Miz narrowly escapes but he BOOTS Bunny back down! Miz tells Bunny to “EARN IT!” Bunny sits up but Miz BOOTS him back down! Priest coaches Bunny but Miz stalks him. Miz drags Bunny for more fish hooks, then drags him over to the ropes for more stomps.
Bunny flops out of the ring, Miz argues with the ref and Morrison bounces Bunny off the announce desk! Booker tells Bunny to hang tough, and Morrison puts Bunny in. Miz tags Morrison, they stomp Bunny together at the ropes! Morrison does a JOHNNY-ROONI! That was a shot at Booker, of course, but Morrison KNEES Bunny down. Tag to Miz, and they mug Bunny! Fans rally for Bunny but Miz SUCKER PUNCHES Priest! The ref has to keep Priest back, and that helps Miz ‘n’ Morrison stomp away on Bunny! Miz shouts at the fans, then he soaks in all the heat. Miz drags Bunny up, bumps him off buckles, then fires off It Kicks!
The ref counts, Miz changes from kicks to digging his palm into Bunny’s face! The ref backs Miz off and fans chant, “ANIMO! ANIMO!” Miz runs but Bunny BOOTS! Morrison storms over but Bunny DECKS him! Bunny gets Miz in, for a TORNADO DDT! Fans rally up and Priest is chomping at the bit! Bunny sees where he is, heads for his corner, but Miz does the same for his corner. Hot tag to Priest! Priest CLOBBERS Miz, blocks Morrison’s kick to TOSS him in, and then dodges a boot to ROUNDHOUSE Miz, and WHEEL KICK! Priest fires off KICKS on Morrison then a ROLLING ELBOW to the BIG LARIAT! Fans fire up with Priest as he takes aim!
Priest elbows Morrison in one corner, then elbows Miz in the other! BROKEN ARROW sends Miz at Morrison! Choke grip for the SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAM! Cover, but Morrison breaks it! Bunny ROCKS Morrison but Morrison kicks back! Morrison ‘n’ Miz regroup, but they get DOUBLE BELL CLAPS, and DOUBLE FALCON ARROWS! Double covers, TWO!! Bunny and Priest almost had it, but they regroup as Miz ‘n’ Morrison bail out. Fans fire up for Priest & Bunny as Bunny whips Priest to FLY onto Miz ‘n’ Morrison! Priest then signals to Bunny, time to see if a rabbit can fly! Bunny climbs up top just like the Rumble, for a SUPER CROSSBODY!!
Direct hit and Priest gets Miz in the ring. Priest reels Miz in, dragon sleeper, but no lights just yet! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Bunny breaks it!! Fans are thunderous and Miz is shocked! Priest crawls back over, Miz keeps him from his corner but Priest boots him away! Morrison trips Bunny, but Bunny hits back! Bunny reels Morrison in, for a DESTROYER?!! Even Priest is shocked! Priest then BOOTS Miz down, roars and brings him up for an Electric Chair. Bunny tags in, CROSSBODY DOOMSDAY! Cover, Bunny & Priest win!!
Winners: Damian Priest & Bad Bunny, by pinfall
Now that’s a smash hit! Bad Bunny is feeling GOODT, as Booker might say! Will there no longer be any doubt or disrespect from Miz ‘n’ Morrison? Does Bunny have a future in the ring?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair!
The Boss and the EST are making history in this main event. Black history, women’s history, WRESTLING history! But all of that is just icing on the cake. Who proves they are THE woman and walk out of Raymond James Stadium with the SmackDown Women’s Championship?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and WWE saved the B-E-S-T for last on Night One!
Both women are emotional given all that has built to this moment, and the fans are right there with them. But both women hold back the tears because it’s time to handle business. They tie up, go around, and Sasha puts Bianca in a corner. Sasha claws at Bianca but the ref backs her off. Sasha acts like she doesn’t know what was wrong. Fans rally and duel, “Let’s Go, Sasha!” “E S T!” Sasha and Bianca tie up, Sasha throws Bianca by her hair! Sasha says SHE is the best, but Bianca kips up because SHE’S the best. Bianca shoves, Sasha shoves, repeat, then Sasha side steps but Bianca handsprings and catches Sasha’s leap for a toss!
Sasha sunset flips, Bianca blocks and handsprings again. Sasha avoids it, but Bianca says kiss this. Sasha and Bianca go again, Sasha wants the stabber but Bianca arm-drags free. Bianca tilt-o-whirls Sasha to the torture rack but Sasha scrambles free! Bianca says it was that close. Sasha says it was not and then kicks low to fire forearms. Sasha runs, but Bianca blocks the wheelbarrow to get the chicken wings! GlamEST- No! Sasha victory rolls Bianca out of the ring. Bianca steadies herself but Sasha baseball slide dropkicks! Bianca is right back, blocks a punch but Sasha dodges. Sasha knees but that’s blocked!
Bianca fireman’s carries but Sasha slips out to hotshot Bianca, then bump her hard off buckles! Bianca falls to the floor, the ring count starts and Sasha builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp, but Bianca rolls it through!? Bianca pops Sasha up to then military press her, and carry her up the stairs with her!! Bianca TOSSES Sasha in hard, then gets in. Sasha is angry, she dodges and dropkicks! Cover, ONE!! Bianca grits her teeth, Sasha looms over her, and stands on the ponytail! Sasha taunts Bianca right to her face, then runs, but Bianca follows to run Sasha over! Bianca drags Sasha up, scoops her and says she is the E! S! T!
Bianca does squats before the SLAM, then handsprings to SPLASH, but Sasha blocks to get the ponytail! Sasha fires off KNEE after KNEE, then runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Sasha is furious but she rains down rights and lefts! Cover, ONE!! Sasha paces around, stalks Bianca to a corner, and digs her boot in! The ref counts, Sasha lets off, but comes back to stomp Bianca and bump her off more buckles. Sasha snapmares Bianca into a chinlock and clamps on tight. Bianca endures but Sasha shifts to a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally as Bianca endures and fights her way up. Bianca fights up, elbows free and whips, but Sasha reverses. Sasha runs in but is put on the apron.
Sasha KNEES back, Bianca sits down, and Sasha swings in for a METEOR- NO! Bianca gets Sasha around for a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca and Sasha both roll out but Sasha has the braid! She tries to pull Bianca but Bianca YANKS Sasha into a post! Sasha comes around the way, METEORA but into the barriers! The ring count is climbing! It goes past 7, they both get in at 9, Bianca cradles then dead lifts Sasha to a REBOUND Suplex, but still stalls to do it again! Sasha fights but can’t get free as Bianca just powers her back up! Sasha keeps trying but Bianca SLAMS her down first! Both women are down but fans fire up!
The ref checks on both women, they start to stir, and Bianca goes after Sasha first. They both pull hair, Sasha ROCKS Bianca with a right! Sasha throws her armbands off, gets Bianca’s braid as part of the knuckle lock, but Bianca disrupts the flying arm-drag to reel Sasha in for a LARIAT! Bianca rallies with shoulders then a dropkick! Bianca kips up, for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Bianca claps at Sasha, RAMS into the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Sasha BOOTS back! Sasha runs, into the chicken wings! GlamEST Slam! Sasha is in a drop zone, and Bianca heads up top. Bianca aims, leaps, 450 INTO KNEES! Sasha saves herself at the last moment!
Both women are down again and fans rally back up. Sasha is up first and she brings Bianca in but Bianca slides to sunset, TWO! Sasha hurries, gets a backslide, TWO! Sasha KNEES Bianca, runs, but Bianca blocks the rana to get a POWERBOMB! High stack, dead lift, and Bianca POWERBOMBS again! High stack to cover, TWO! Bianca still has Sasha, but Sasha turns the dead lift into a FACEBUSTER! Both women are down once again but the fans still rally. Sasha crawls over to Bianca in a corner. Sasha stomps her again and again but lets off as the ref counts. Sasha stands Bianca up, brings her around in the corner, Sasha uses the ropes for an added boost in the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Bianca survives and shocks Sasha! Sasha goes to a corner as fans build to another rally. Sasha is up top, she leaps for the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Sasha is beside herself now as Bianca gets away to the apron. Sasha storms over, drags Bianca up to kick her, then HOTSHOT the arm on the rope! Then Sasha RAMS Bianca into steel steps! Sasha puts Bianca back in, asks what time it is, and Cole says #BossTime. Sasha tilt-o-whirls but Bianca resists the takedown, only for Sasha to use the braid! HAIR TIE BANK STATEMENT!! Bianca endures, reaches for ropes, drags herself and Sasha over, but Sasha kicks the ropes to roll this away! But Bianca rolls it back to get the ropebreak!!
Sasha uses Bianca’s braid to choke her, then trap her! The ref counts as Sasha stomps, but Sasha lets off at 4. Sasha is fuming, but fans are rallying, and Sasha cools off while Bianca flounders against ropes. Sasha stalks over, drags Bianca up, “You’re the ROOKIE!” Bianca RAMS Sasha into a corner! And RAMS in more and more! Bianca puts Sasha up top, climbs up to join her, and Bianca says she IS the EST. But Sasha fights with furious body shots! Sasha shoves Bianca, but Bianca handsprings! The kick is blocked, Sasha puts Bianca in a Tree of Woe! Sasha stomps away on the legs, then stomps Bianca in the chest! Sasha stands up to WOE STOMP-
NO! Bianca moved, Sasha hobbles but runs back, only to knee buckles! Bianca adjusts, FlyEST 450!! Cover, TWO!?!?? Bianca is having the biggEST freak out of her life because she thought she had it!! Fans know “This is Awesome!” and Bianca gest the maddEST she’s been in a long time. She drags Sasha up, torture racks, “THIS IS MY TIME!” But Sasha lands out of the KOD to grab the braid! Bianca yanks it free and uses it to LASH Sasha!! Sasha staggers, Bianca torture racks, but Sasha slips out! Sasha hops on, no stabber as Bianca is too strong! They go around and around, torture rack to KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
WHOA!! WrESTleMania is a reality!! Bianca just got the greatEST win in her already amazing career, and all of Raymond James Stadium comes out of their seat! Bianca’s family is ringside and obviously, they’re the most excited of all! Bianca proves she is the B-E-S-T on SmackDown! Will there be no stopping Bianca from proving she’s the Best of the Best in ALL the WWE?
No pun intended, but this might have been one of the greatest WrestleManias in a long time. Maybe it was that fans got to be back and so the live audience was so excited, they really brought the level up for the superstars and so they brought it up a level. Not even that rain delay brought it down, though it did give everyone a chance to have some last minute promos that everyone did a good job in. Bayley showing up here and there was great, but I wish she’d gotten to do just a little more. And it was a great move to have the WWE World Championship open the night since it wasn’t going to be the main event. I knew this match could have gone either way, but I was still rather surprised Lashley won. He is definitely going to dominate for a long time, but I do wonder where McIntyre goes from here.
I did like that for a portion of the show, I nailed the order of matches. The Women’s Tag Turmoil went pretty quick, but it had a lot of great action. The Riott Squad was on fire, but I am still glad that it was Natty & Tamina that won because they deserve something in their own right. Natty & Tamina VS Nia & Shayna tomorrow night is going to be a make-or-break for Nia & Shayna as I see it. Reggie’s still hanging around, he’s a new point of dysfunction for the champions, that could tip the scales in favor of the challengers. Then Natty & Tamina can bring these titles to SmackDown full time, and then occasionally they show up on Raw.
Rollins VS Cesaro was awesome stuff, but I wish Cesaro would’ve spun Rollins more. Maybe the 20’s is Cesaro’s limit before he gets dizzy himself. I did like that he brought out his modified airplane spin for this, I hope that gets used just for this big matches and the regular swing is for anyone else. Cesaro winning was the right call, because Rollins needed his comeuppance and to be proven wrong. Cesaro is on SmackDown, he can easily be seen as a challenger to either singles title over there, but it would be best if Cesaro was considered for the Universal Championship, no matter who wins tomorrow night.
The Raw Tag Team Championship match was really good, and it was a nice touch that Big E got to be part of the intro. Styles took a lot of damage for his team and it was great that Omos got to be the difference maker here. Styles & Omos winning their first match together is definitely a sign WWE has big things in store for Omos, but you do have to wonder why WWE likes favoring a newly established team over more experienced ones. Styles gets his Grand Slam, though, so that’s awesome. It also freshens things up a bit, so that we can see Styles & Omos go against Alexander & Benjamin, maybe Lucha House Party, and a few other teams before circling back to New Day.
I always doubt WWE bringing out the ol’ Steel Cage Match, but that’s just when they find a way to think outside the box. They got the cliché parts out of the way pretty quickly, with Elias & Ryker interfering before the match is officially going, and then Braun handles them very quickly the second time they try to interfere. Braun ripping the cage open was great creativity, and in a great twist, Shane’s high risk spot isn’t because he wanted to jump off the cage, it was from being thrown! Braun winning here has to mean he’s going after a title next. Braun is a Triple Crown already with Raw Tag, Intercontinental and Universal Championships to his record, so he can either be a Grand Slam by getting the US title, or get more validation by becoming THE world champion.
Though it was a celebrity match, Bunny’s tag match with Priest, Miz & Morrison was probably the best celebrity match ever. You knew from the Rumble that he was much more serious about this than 90% of the celebrities that get involved with WWE and/or that WWE chooses to get involved with. Bunny’s a legit fan, he put in the work, Miz & Morrison were giving him a great showing, and that Destroyer was awesome! I’ve never wanted a celebrity to hang around in the WWE longer than their PPV match, but if Bunny continues with Priest until like Money in the Bank, I wouldn’t mind.
That main event, though. Sasha VS Bianca wasn’t just historic, it was fittingly competitive and creative for any title match in a PPV main event, and even more so because it was a Mania match. Sasha is already one of the greats for what she’s won, but also for how she boosts others when she loses. Bianca is the hot hand, perhaps the hottEST hand (that pun was intended), and Sasha is just fine letting Bianca have this Mania moment. Sasha is a Grand Slam Champion in her own right, has made her mark, and can always circle back around down the line. Bianca freshens up the match-ups, Sasha can go on a journey to rebuild, we can get a rematch of this historic showdown at a SummerSlam or WrestleMania, with an even bigger crowd to go nuts over it.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!
While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?
- Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
- TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
- Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.
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10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?
LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.
Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!
Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.
Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!
The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.
LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.
Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!
Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!
Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.
Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!
Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”
Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?
KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!
Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.
Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.
Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.
Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!
Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.
Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!
Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!
Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!
Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!
Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.
Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!
Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!
Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!
Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission
The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.
“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.
“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?
Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.
The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!
Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
- The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
- Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
- Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
- No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!
Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.
Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.
Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.
Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!
Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”
Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?
Backstage interview with The Mysterios!
Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!
San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!
Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!
Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!
Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!
Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!
Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!
Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!
Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!
Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!
But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification
Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!
But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?
The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!
But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!
Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…
The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!
Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?
The Miz VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!
Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.
Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.
Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?
Liv Morgan is here!
And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”
The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!
Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.
But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.
So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!
Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!
Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.
Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.
Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!
Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!
Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!
Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?
Raw returns to the cookout!
Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!
Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.
But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?
A cryptic video plays.
A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?
Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!
Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!
Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!
Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!
Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!
Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?
Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?
Raw returns to the cookout!
The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?
Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.
Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!
Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!
The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.
Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!
Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!
But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!
Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall
A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!
Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!
Uncle Sam is here?
Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”
But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!
Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!
The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall
The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?
No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?
Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.
Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!
Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!
Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!
Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.
Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!
Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!
Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!
Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?
After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.
And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.
Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.
Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.
And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.
I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
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