NXT has grudges, gold and grrrrizzled competition tonight!
Candice & Indi want the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Swerve and Ruff are going to fight all over the place, and the Grizzled Young Veterans take on “Old Man Ciampa” and “Toothless Timmy.” But perhaps biggest of all, PRINCE BALOR IS BACK! What will the former NXT Champion have in store for his future?
- Falls Count Anywhere: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Leon Ruff; Swerve wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Asher Hale; Grimes wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Ciampa & Thatcher win.
- Sarray VS Zayda Ramier; Sarray wins.
- LA Knight VS Jake Atlas; Knight wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Street Fight: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; LeRae & Hartwell win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Falls Count Anywhere: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Leon Ruff!
No more blindsides, no more games, no more boundaries! These two can go anywhere and do anything to finally finish this! Will Swerve’s House be in for a Ruff night? Or will Leon lose more than just a match?
Ruff wants after Swerve so bad but the ref keeps him back. Swerve takes his time with his jacket, and that only riles Ruff up more. The bell rings, Ruff rushes in but Swerve KNEES him down! Swerve shoves Ruff around, bumps him off buckles, fires off hands and CHOPS, but Ruff turns it around to fire off forearms of his own! Swerve shoves Ruff, Ruff comes back but Swerve dodges. Ruff fakes Swerve out, then goes up and around and under, but Swerve waistlocks, only for Ruff to slip out of the wheelbarrow! Ruff wants the crucifix but Swerve elbows him away and DECKS him with a right hand! Swerve smirks as he stalks Ruff and drags him up.
Swerve whips Ruff to a corner, but Ruff goes up and leaps! No cutter as Swerve catches Ruff and shoves him back to a corner. Swerve half nelsons but Ruff arm-drags Swerve out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ruff builds speed and DIVES, but into a fireman’s carry! APRON DEATH VALLEY! Swerve is the one gives Ruff a rough landing, and he just drags him right back up. Swerve RAMS Ruff into boards, then drags him up to whip and RAM him into other boards! Ruff is a rag doll as Swerve drags him up and scoops him for a SIDEWALK SLAM to the ramp! Cover, TWO! Ruff survives but Swerve digs his face into the steel! Ruff endures, Swerve lets off, and then puts Ruff in the ring.
Swerve stalks Ruff, stomps him down, but fans rally up for the underdog. Swerve mocks Ruff but Ruff hits back. Swerve KICKS Ruff in the ribs! Swerve gets Ruff up to the top rope, climbs up to SLAP him, then stands on the very top. Ruff fights back, Swerve gets Ruff up, for a SUPERPLEX! That was extra super, and Swerve covers deep, TWO!! Ruff survives and Swerve is actually amused! “You see that? He wants to keep playing with me!” Ruff falls out of the ring, Swerve is on the apron and soaks up the heat, and Swerve lines up a shot, but Ruff trips him up! Ruff has Swerve in a Tree of Woe in the ropes and fires off haymakers! Ruff lines up his shot, to SHOTGUN Swerve down!
Ruff gets space from Swerve, to then run back in and LEAP, but into a SWATTING haymaker! Ruff crashes down, fans fire up, and Swerve kicks Ruff around. Ruff pulls hair, Swerve shoves Ruff away! Swerve brings out a toolbox and CHUCKS it!! Ruff avoids getting decapitated and realizes how sinister Swerve is, as NXT goes picture in picture.
Swerve BOOTS Ruff down, brings the toolbox to the ring and opens it up. Swerve brings out a wrench, tosses it aside, then throws a hammer down on Ruff’s leg! Swerve drags Ruff up, RAMS him into the apron, and then positions the steel steps nearby. Swerve scoops Ruff but Ruff slips out and scrambles to the ramp! Swerve asks where Ruff is going as he stalks him to the far side of the stage. Ruff scurries into the shadows, Swerve says he’s ready to play hide ‘n’ seek, and goes looking. Ruff is on top of a locker, Swerve drags him off to BOMB him into the locker! Cocky cover, TWO!! Swerve stalks Ruff, moves some spare equipment around, and aims with a road case!
Swerve RAMS Ruff with it, like Ruff did to him a few weeks ago! Swerve laughs as he slaps Ruff around on the floor. Swerve drags Ruff up but Ruff still fights back! Ruff goes to bump Swerve off lockers but Swerve RAMS Ruff into the wall, then TOSSES him into the locker! Swerve stalks Ruff back to the stage, Ruff throws a chair but Swerve catches it to toss it aside. Swerve sits Ruff up in a mocking camel clutch, then soaks up the heat. NXT returns to single picture as Swerve gets Ruff’s leg. Ruff uses the stage light to blind Swerve! Ruff BOOTS Swerve into girders! And then FLIES off the stage to topple him over! Cover, TWO!!
Swerve staggers about, blinking to get his vision back. Swerve goes into the ring, Ruff hurries over, and Ruff slingshots, but Swerve shoves him down! Swerve ROCKS Ruff, climbs up the corner and drags Ruff to the top! DEAD LIFT, but Ruff fights the suplex off! Ruff shifts around, SUPER CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Swerve survives and fans are fired up! Swerve rolls to the apron, Ruff gets up and throws hands! Ruff drags Swerve up now but Swerve throws heavy body shots. Ruff hits back, goes to run but Swerve grabs his hand. Ruff slides under, goes for a bomb, but Swerve punches, only to get apron! Ruff uses the steps to go back up, for a SUPER POISON-RANA!!
Fans lose their minds and cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for this incredible opener! Ruff crawls over to Swerve, but Swerve rolls away to avoid a cover. Ruff continues to crawl and chase Swerve but Swerve staggers to the barriers. Swerve grins because Ruff will never be on his level. “Keep trying, you can’t! You’re nothing!” Ruff glares at Swerve, runs in, Swerve pops him up but Ruff balances on the barrier’s edge! Ruff headscissors, but Swerve turns that into the CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, TWO!?! Ruff survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve fish hooks Ruff’s face to drag him back to the steel steps! Fans are fired up for Ruff but Swerve is seething as he runs in. Ruff moves, Swerve gets steps!
Ruff hurries to get the toolbox, and uses it to SMASH Swerve’s leg! Ruff SMACKS Swerve’s legs more then puts him in the ring. Ruff goes up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Ruff is after the leg with a HEEL HOOK!! Swerve flails, reaches, rolls around, but Ruff TWISTS the leg! Swerve CHOPS and Ruff lets go! But Ruff gets up and up and RUFF CUT!! Swerve bails out, Ruff pursues, SUPER RUFF CUT!! A LARIAT sends Swerve over the barriers! Ruff hops up and over, but has an idea! Ruff climbs up a ladder to the camera’s perch, for the ULTIMATE- Wait who is that?! “Boy, you must be out yo mind!” This guy gives Ruff a BARRIER USHIGOROSHI!
Wait, this is one of Swerve’s entourage from his recording studio! AJ Francis just helped Swerve screw Ruff! Swerve puts Ruff in the ring, drags him into position, J M L!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
Not just AJ Francis, but now Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy are here to celebrate! Is this a new force to be reckoned with in NXT?
Finn Balor has arrived!
The Prince feels refreshed with his time away, but what will he do next now that he’s back?
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory walk and talk backstage.
Johnny says William Regal has been ducking him all week and doesn’t want to meet with him. But in that case, they’ll just go to his office! And the door’s already open! But that’s because Scarlett Bordeaux is meeting with Regal. Johnny and Theory interrupt because the number one champion has some very important business to discuss. Then later! Okay, fine, when Regal has time! Austin, let’s go. “Those are huge! Are they real? I mean, yeah, they gotta be real.” Scarlett’s nails are amazing! Austin, stop! Don’t touch her! You can’t just touch people! Johnny drags Theory away and Scarlett contains her fury. Will Karrion Kross have something to say about Theory staring at her… nails?
Cameron Grimes VS Asher Hale!
The Carolina Caveman and King of GameStonks is ready to make even more money in the ring! But will Grimes be able to rebound from his recent downturn against Kyle O’Reilly?
The bell rings, Grimes and Hale circle, Grimes gets around to a waistlock and SLAMS Hale down! Hale gets up as Grimes flexes, and the two circle. Grimes gets a leg but Hale gets a headlock! Grimes powers up but Hale holds tight. Grimes powers up to get free, and then reels Hale into a headlock of his own. Hale powers out but Grimes runs him over! Things speed up, Hale drops and hurdles and ducks under to dropkick a leg out! Grimes gets up and Hale KICKS his leg! And KICKS! Hale wrenches, whips, but Grimes reverses to CLOBBER Hale! Grimes storms after Hale, throws EuroUppers and KICKS, then stomps Hale down in a corner!
Grimes lets off as the ref counts, but he comes back to KICK Hale! Hale KICKS, Grimes DECKS him with a EuroUpper! Grimes whips Hale, Hale kicks back and ENZIGURIS! Grimes staggers, Hale runs in but blocks the boots. Hale tries Grimes’ up in a Figure Four DRAGON SCREW! Hale gets a facelock but the tornado is tossed away! Grimes grits his teeth but runs into a boot! Hale goes up and leaps, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hale is upset but he gets Grimes’ leg again. Grimes kicks him away, ducks the Penalty Kick to get a waistlock but Hale switches. Hale shoves Grimes to a corner and runs, but into a kitchen sink knee!
Grimes waits for Hale to stand, to scoop and SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Grimes snarls as Hale stands back up, “TO THE MOON!” CAVE IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Grimes folds Hale and heads for the pay window! But will Grimes start investing some time in going after gold?
Backstage interview with Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter.
Last time we saw KC Squared, they were dealing with Tian Sha, and we’ve all seen that scary movie before: “When the ghost tells you to get out of the house, you get the hell out of the house.” Kayden doesn’t care if Xia Li is turned into a dragon and exile her, or banish Boa, poof! Kayden doesn’t want to see those stupid faces, hear that stupid name, not their concern. But Kacy says what is their concern is the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. They’ll be watching the Street Fight very closely. Doesn’t matter if it’s Ember & Shotzi, Candice & Indi, either way, KC Squared want next.
Franky Monet walks over and says these two are so cute! And just between them, they’re her favorites. They’re adorable with their fighting spirits and wanting the tag titles. But just so they know, it’ll take them a lot longer to get the titles than they think. But Franky and Preston the Pomeranian believe in them. Kayden wants to tear into Franky but Kacy has her stand down. Will KC Squared make Monet put her money where her mouth is?
Ever-Rise cheers Grimes on backstage.
Matt Marthel & Chase Parker are fired up for Grimes’ huge win! Grimes says he likes their Saturday social media show and all, but he really only has room for three in his car: “Me, myself, and CAMERON GRIMES!” Excuse him while he goes to~ the~… VIP room! Wait, how is that three? “For a money guy, he’s not very good at math.”
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
The Psycho Killer and Professor of Pain are certainly grizzled veterans of the ring, and they want to show Zack Gibson & James Drake that there’s more to being a locker room leader than saying you are one.
NXT returns and GYV are already in the ring, and with mics in hand. James Drake tells Ciampa & Thatcher, “Who on Earth told you that it was a good idea to encourage these swamp creatures to take their shoes off?” GYV are a gift to NXT! Gibson says that the fans need to trust him when he says, “Nobody needs to see your dirty web toes! So stick your crocs back on, sit down and zip it!” Or else, these two will be on the next plane OUT of this dump of a country! You should celebrate the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSOON– “NO ONE WILL SURVIVE!” Ciampa & Thatcher make their entrance, and it is time to see which duo of veterans is the most grizzled!
The teams sort out, Ciampa starts with Drake and fans are on Ciampa’s side. They tie up, go around, and Drake puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Drake lets off and Ciampa headlocks back! Drake powers out, Ciampa runs him over! Cover, ONE! Ciampa clamps onto Drake’s head, grinds him down with a chinlock, then shifts to a headscissor. Drake endures, Ciampa CLUBS him in the chest, but Drake slips out. Ciampa wrenches and CHOPS Drake, covers again, ONE! Ciampa drag Drake up and over, tags in Thatcher, and they mug Drake. Thatcher wrenches and grinds Drake’s arm, chinbars, but Drake endures. Thatcher hooks a leg but Drake shakes free to roll and get away!
Gibson tags in, Liverpool’s Number One circles with Thatcher and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Gibson gets a waistlock but Thatcher wrenches the arm! Thatcher wants the double wristlock but Gibson powers out, only for Thatcher to run him over! Cover, ONE! Thatcher facelocks, hooks an arm and drags Gibson down, but Gibson works to keep his shoulders up. Thatcher puts the pressure on Gibson’s arm, stands up to twist the wrist, but Gibson endures. Thatcher KNEES Gibson in the back, then KNEES him again! Gibson trips Thatcher and has a toehold, then throws forearms. Gibson twists the ankle, Thatcher endures and fights up to get a sleeper! Gibson fades!
Drake runs in to BOOT Thatcher, but Thatcher holds on! Ciampa BOOTS Drake and puts him in a chinlock! Both men CLUB away on the GYV! The ref counts, Ciampa & Thatcher let up but the fans are fired up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Thatcher throws EuroUppers on Drake in a corner. Thatcher whips Drake corner to corner, but Drake goes up and out and tags Gibson. The ref says that’s not how tags work! Gibson argues with the ref, Thatcher drags Drake in! Drake pulls an ear then whips Thatcher into ropes! The ref checks on Thatcher, reprimands GYV, but Drake get Thatcher up to fire off forearms! Tag to Gibson, GYV coordinate for a missile dropkick COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Gibson tries another cover, ONE! Another try, ONE! Gibson keeps Thatcher down with a facelock and hammering elbows! Fans rally as Gibson clamps on a chinlock and grinds Thatcher.
Gibson shifts to a cravat, but fans rally for “Toothless Timmy!” Thatcher fights up but Gibson gives short headbutts. Gibson brings Thatcher over but Thatcher throws him away! The two get up and collide head to head! Gibson grabs a leg to keep Thatcher down, and tags in Drake! Drake drags Thatcher but Thatcher boots him away! Hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Drake, then on Gibson, then clotheslines Drake in a corner! Then a clothesline for Gibson in the corner! Ciampa runs, dodges and DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are fired up as Ciampa gets fired up and whips Drake to the corner! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
Thatcher tags in, and he fires forearm after forearm on Drake! Ciampa tags back in and the two pinball Drake with EuroUppers, knees and a DOUBLE CHOP! PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO! Drake survives but he might regret that soon! Ciampa stands on Drake’s hand, wrenches and BITES the other, then tags in Thatcher. Thatcher DECKS Drake, gets a leg, but Drake kicks until he kicks Thatcher away! Drake crawls but Thatcher reels him into a waistlock! Drake elbows free, hot tag to Gibson! But Thatcher clinches Gibson for a Belly2Belly! Cover, Drake breaks it! Ciampa and Drake fire off forearms back and forth, Gibson and Thatcher give EuroUppers!
Ciampa ROCKS Drake, elbows him then clotheslines Drake and himself out of the ring! The EuroUppers still fly from Gibson and Thatcher, Gibson CHOPS and EuroUppers over an dover! Thatcher grabs Gibson by the beard to SLAP him down! Thatcher underhooks Gibson for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! But Thatcher wants the double wristlock! Gibson desperately resists, Ciampa keeps Drake out but Drake BOOTS Ciampa into the desk! Thatcher ROCKS GYV with EuroUppers, but they clinch him for a throat chop! Drake DIVES and sends Ciampa over the announce desk! Gibson gets Thatcher up, HELTER SKELTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Gibson can’t believe Thatcher is still in this! “This is Awesome!” as Ciampa trips Drake! Thatcher rolls Gibson up, TWO! The EuroUppers fly, the ref is busy keeping Ciampa out! Thatcher has one of Wade Barrett’s shoes?! Thatcher CLOBBERS Gibson with it!! Thatcher gets the arm for the FUJIWARA!! Gibson taps, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by submission
Bad news for the Grizzled Young Veterans, because Barrett’s very fancy loafer led to their defeat! If you hate Gibson, shoes off! But will Ciampa & Thatcher make sure to add belts to the ensemble?
Johnny and Theory head back to Regal’s office.
Johnny has the camera follow them because we’ll all want to see this. Theory is gonna bust the door down! Do it, Theory! Theory winds up, and knocks. But Regal is outside his office and walks over. Gargano complains that the North American title match with Bronson Reed shouldn’t even happen. It is only because of Dexter Lumis that Theory lost. Therefore, no title match! Not fair, just, we good?” Regal thinks and no, Gargano will still defend the title against Reed. And by the way, Theory, “your new best friend Scarlett” got you a match with KARRION KROSS for next week! Uh oh. Is time about to run out on The Way? Gargano says he’ll think of something.
NXT Media catches up with Swerve and crew.
What did we just see out there against Ruff? Swerve says he told us he was going to beat Ruff tonight, and that’s what he did. With that, Swerve, Adonis, Briana and #TopDolla AJF head out. What will these four have in store for NXT next?
Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bordeaux head to the ring!
The NXT Champion and his harbinger of doom already have Austin Theory running scared for next week, but they’re here for something more important. Kross is handed the mic to say, “Three weeks ago, I came out here and I made things crystal clear. All you had to do was step right up and roll the dice. And instead, I was met with people saying they weren’t afraid of me. Well guess what? I ain’t afraid of you, either! Now that we’ve established that, this occasion begs the question: what are we waiting for?! Let’s give these people what they want! Let’s give them a fight!”
Kross says that’s how this works! He is champion, he doesn’t need to go back there and prove anyone wrong. They have to get in the ring and prove themselves right! But he won’t just wait for someone to stab him in the back. Next week, Austin Theory will be driven on his head! Kross will leave Theory face-down and unconscious, so that everyone else- But wait! Kyle O’Reilly is stepping up! #CoolKyle struts down to the ring, Scarlett holds onto the belt and Kyle tips his hat to her before getting a mic. “I get it, Kross. I get it. I get why everyone… Well, why you think everyone should be afraid: sheer dominance.”
Kyle is sensing hostility, though, so he’ll make this clear. Kyle puts his hat and sunglasses aside because he’s here to tell Kross to his face, that he isn’t afraid of Kross, and with all due respect, Kross IS the NXT Champion, so this is the match Kyle wants! “Something tells me this is the match you want, too. So let’s give the NXT Universe-” Pete Dunne interrupts! The Bruiserweight has a mic, of course, and he says, “Are you two having a laugh? I don’t care who wants to see this match, and I don’t care about the NEW Kyle O’Reilly. And trust me, mate, I don’t care that you stand there as NXT Champion.”
The truth is, Dunne is the baddest man in NXT today, and if either of these two “cover boys” tries to prove him wrong, he- Finn Balor interrupts! Balor tells them, “Pete Dunne? Been there, done that. Kyle O’Reilly? Been there, done that. Twice! Kross? Once you’re done with Theory,” and then Balor just punches Kross! Kross DECKS Balor in return, Dunne steps back but Kyle steps up. But then Dunne knocks Kross into Kyle! The Bruiserweight throws hands, but Kross throws the Bruiserweight! Balor is back up and back after Kross! Kross knees Balor but Kyle KICKS Kross! Kross BOOTS Kyle, knees him in a corner, but Balor SHOTGUNS Kross into Kyle!
Balor gets Kross with body shots, Kross powers Balor all the way to the other corner! Security rushes in but they all get CLOBBERED! Kross CLOBBERS Balor! Balor tries to get back in but Kross DECKS him again! Another security guard gets in Kross’ way, only to get a DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Kross grins as he stands tall with the title, but he clearly has contenders closing in on all sides. And that includes Theory and Gargano jumping him from behind! Kross throws Theory away, choke grips Gargano and shoves him down! Theory forearms Kross but runs into an EXPLODER! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross, but Kross stays on his feet! Theory SUPERKICKS and Kross kneels!
The Way gives Kross DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Kross staggers, Gargano uses his own title to CLOBBER Kross! Scarlett is furious as Gargano says if you mess with Theory, you mess with Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling! Are things about to get way wilder in NXT than ever before?
NXT Media catches up with Gargano and Theory as they’re leaving!
Why did they attack Karrion Kross? Why are they getting out of here when Candice & Indi still have their Street Fight for the NXT Women’s Tag titles? Gargano says this is Candice’s & Indi’s night, they don’t need him and Theory. These two are going to prepare the celebration for them. Okay, night! Gargano and Theory drive off, but will there be anything to celebrate after tonight?
Sarray VS Zayda Ramier!
The Warrior of the Sun came in with a lot of fanfare, and rightfully so. But it was the other new superstar in the NXT Women’s Division that shocked the world by defeating Toni Storm in her debut! Will Sarray have to be careful her rise isn’t overshadowed tonight?
The bell rings, Zayda and Sarray shake hands to show there is respect, and then they tie up. Zayda headlocks, hits a takeover, but Sarray headscissors. Zayda kips free, sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Sarray sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! Sarray kicks Zayda then headlocks. Zayda powers her way out to get a headlock, but Sarray throws body shots. Sarray shoves Zayda to ropes then dropkicks her right down! Fans fire up but Zayda is dazed. Sarray waits as Zayda gets to a corner. Zayda is alright, so Sarray rushes in, only for Zayda to put her in the corner for EuroUppers! Zayda brings Sarray out but Sarray kicks low and runs. Zayda hurdles, drops and trips Sarray to an STF!
Sarray endures as Zayda grinds the crossface! Sarray crawls, fans rally, and Sarray gets a ropebreak! Zayda lets off fast but walks into kicks from Sarray! Sarray rolls Zayda, TWO! Zayda runs into a lift and SPINEBUSTER! Sarray gets a leg now, ties it up with the other, and rallies fans as she puts on the MUTA LOCK! Zayda endures as Sarray bridges to bend her back, and now Zayda gets a ropebreak! Sarray lets off fast and fans rally up. Sarray runs and basement dropkicks Zayda against ropes! Zayda is rocked, Sarray gets her up, PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Sarray isn’t deterred, she just goes up top! BIG missile dropkick!
Sarray fires up and watches Zayda get up. Zayda forearms but Sarray gives it back! Zayda fires off more, whips Sarray to ropes, but Sarray dropkicks her down again! Sarray stomps Zayda to ropes, runs side to side again, but Zayda avoids the dropkick! Zayda gets a cover, TWO!! Sarray survives but Zayda gets her back up to RAM into a corner! Zayda runs corner to corner to EuroUpper! Then she runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Zayda is seething but fans are fired up! Zayda gets Sarray up. Sarray SOBATS then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sarray isn’t done there, she gets Zayda back up for a URENAGE SUPLEX! Cover, Sarray wins!
Winner: Sarray, by pinfall
A valiant effort from Zayda but the Warrior of the Sun shines through! Will we be seeing more of these two in the new age of NXT?
Imperium speaks with Walter via video chat.
The Ring General tells his soldiers, in German, that he is disappointed in them. He didn’t think there’d be such incompetence without him around. Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner and Alexander Wolfe understand, but Wolfe is the one who leaves. Is there a crack forming in the foundation of this dominant faction?
The Diamond Mine is coming.
They dominate because pressure is pleasure, and pressure makes diamonds. Who will be crushed by that pressure when the Diamond Mine debuts?
Sarray checks on Zayda backstage.
Sarray and Zayda thank each other for the great match tonight, and there is still great respect between them. Toni Storm starts storming over, but Zoey Stark is there to intercept! The Lightning From Down Under won’t get after the Warrior of the Sun with Stark watching Sarray’s back. Stark then congratulates Sarray on her win and Zayda on her great showing. Will Stark make herself into the lightning rod that keeps Storm from striking anyone else?
LA Knight VS Jake Atlas!
For NXT being his game now, Knight hasn’t been winning as much as he’d like. But as he makes his entrance, “Lemme talk to ya! The Ruler’s back, and what that means is a bunch of incels out here are gonna be saying my name in a minute. But just because you say ‘L! A! Knight!’ doesn’t make you cool.'” Speaking of not cool, Knight’s going to redefine Jake Atlas’ name. He’ll punt Jake’s ass so far down the street, he’s gonna need an atlas to find it, YEAH! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But will Knight be the one looking like a dummy?
The bell rings and Atlas dodges Knight to arm-drag him to an armlock! Atlas dares Knight to talk trash now, but Knight fights up and pulls hair. Knight whips, Atlas dodges again and gets another arm-drag! Atlas has another armlock, but Knight fight sup to pull hair again. Atlas wrenches the arm but Knight ROCKS Atlas with a forearm. Knight bumps Atlas off buckles, stomps him down, then drags Atlas up. Knight whips Atlas to ropes, Atlas hurdles and stops to BOOT Knight! And then dropkick! Knight bails out but Atlas fires up! Atlas builds speed to DIVE into an uppercut! Knight gets on the apron to BOOT Atlas back in the ring, and slingshot SHOULDER TACKLE in!
Knight throws body shots and more stomps on Atlas, then snapmares him. Knight drops a knee but misses as Atlas moves! Atlas ROCKS Knight with haymaker after haymaker but then dodges Knight’s to KNEE and ROLLING ELBOW! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and Atlas is furious! Atlas storms over but Knight sends him into buckles! Knight stomps Atlas more, throws JABS, then hoists Atlas up top. Knight ROCKS Atlas again, talks some trash, and climbs up top. Atlas knocks Knight away, but Knight runs back! Knight leaps, Atlas gets under, and Knight hops down, into a mule kick! Atlas KICKS and swings, but Knight ducks the heel to STUNNER! Cover, Knight wins!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Knight’s take on the stunner, the BFT, was a BFD, big friggin’ deal! Will Knight finally start to be the next big thing he promised to be?
Candice & Indi talk backstage.
Candice tells Indi that it’s fine Johnny and Austin headed home already. This is THEIR night! Tag title Street Fight! They’ll get the titles! Indi checks her bag, but Candice spots a drawing left on a chair. That artwork’s by Dexter Lumis! It’s of him carrying Indi away a couple weeks ago! Candice hides it from Indi, and brings up how those flowers Dexter sent to Shotzi & Ember should’ve been Indi’s. Indi looks at Candice, which causes her to miss Dexter standing at the door with roses! Roses that are for Indi! Candice pretends she doesn’t hear anything, and asks if she’s thinking about “that boy” again. Candice spots Dexter, and hurries to close the blinds!
Indi says Candice is right, she has to focus. Tonight’s the night. Visualize and feel it. The Way says they’re going to get back at Shotzi & Ember, but will Candice run out of ways to fool Indi and thwart Dexter?
Toni Storm speaks.
“Zoey Stark, you’re really pissing me off. You’re what’s known as, ‘the flavor of the month.’ And may I say, you’re losing your taste pretty damn quick.” Stark doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as Toni, in the same locker room, or even breathing the same damn oxygen as Toni! Toni is a global superstar, former and future women’s champion, and Stark… is a future NOBODY! But soon everyone is going to forget about Zoey Stark. Storm brought Stark into the business, and whenever she’s ready, “so help me God,” she’ll take Stark out of it! Is #ToniTime just a moment away from taking over?
El Legado del Fantasma is in the ring.
Santos Escobar starts by saying, “The measure of a man. You’ve heard me talk about blood, tradition, heritage, legacy. You’ve seen me become the NXT Cruiserweight Campeon! And the undisputed Emperor of Lucha Libre.” Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde voice their agreement, and Escobar continues by saying that last week, we all witnessed a moment. An ICONIC moment. A vision, or even a premonition. Escobar will recover what is rightfully his in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Then Wilde tells MSK that they haven’t forgotten. When MSK won at TakeOver, they didn’t beat Legado! But last week, Legado DID beat MSK! Real bad, too! They EMBARRASSED MSK!
Mendoza says that’s right! Wilde says we all know what needs to happen next. Mendoza says Legado is about sangre, tradicion, orgullo, sacrificio, legado and oro. That means they want MSK VS Legado for the NXT Tag Team Championships! Escobar says, “The measure of a man is not what he can do for himself, but what he does for his brothers.” But then Kushida interrupts on the titantron! Last week, Escobar crossed a line and that was mistake! Kushida warns him in Japanese and then in English that next week, they will face off for the Cruiserweight Championship! Escobar says he’s on!! The title will be back on the line, but can Escobar take it back to grow his legend?
Raquel Gonzalez and Mercedes Martinez sit down for an interview via video.
Beth Phoenix thanks them both for this time, and starts with the NXT Women’s Champion. Beth says Raquel dared the challengers to line up so she could knock them all down. How does she plan on doing that to Mercedes next week? “Simple: Pure power.” This title means Raquel is the baddest in the division, and she went through a long list just to get here. She respects Mercedes’ years of respect, but Mercedes says she should. But Raquel says to respect the champ, and don’t cut her off! Mercedes laughs and says everyone wants to talk about her experience, how long she’s been in the business, but she gets it. She’s hungry! And next week, she has something to prove!
Raquel intimidates everyone else but not Mercedes! Raquel says, “Not yet.” Mercedes dares Raquel to look her in the eyes. “You do NOT see any fear.” Raquel says what she sees is a woman who is about to get her ass kicked. Mercedes says what she really sees is a woman who never stays down! Mercedes says Raquel is champ because of someone like Mercedes. The roads Mercedes traveled were paved for Raquel! The roads Mercedes drove up and down were for Raquel! Raquel hasn’t been through the ugliness and grittiness Mercedes had to go through! To Mercedes, Raquel isn’t gritty, she’s a cookie cutter! Mercedes wasn’t! Raquel may not see it, but she was molded after a blueprint MERCEDES made!
Blueprint? Cookie cutter? Mercedes, you did set the bar. But she set it way down here. Raquel picked it up with one arm and placed it so high, no one else can ever reach it. In one year of experience, Raquel has surpassed every single one of Mercedes’ accomplishments throughout her entire career! Well in one night, Mercedes will end Raquel’s reign. No, Chiquita, you’re just the first challenger, and you won’t be the last! With the words out of the way, who will be the one to have the last say in their intense title match?
Shotzi & Ember talk backstage.
After The Way humiliated them last week, they have this coming! Indi hit Shotzi with a glass vase! And Candice smashed cupcakes in Ember’s face! Actually, Shotzi would’ve preferred that one. Wait, what is Preston doing in Shotzi’s tank? C’mere, cute little guy. Run along, little doggy. Preston heads off, Ember says he left something NOT cute in the tank. Aw c’mon…! How is it so big when Preston’s so small!? Well, they’ll wash that out later. Can Shotzi & Ember at least #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against Candice & Indi?
Cameron Grimes hits the club!
He is feelin’ good tonight, and says sup to the bouncer. Grimes offers a fist bump but is left hanging. That’s fine, Grimes likes that he’s taking his job seriously. He’s Grimes and he’s going TO~ THE~ VIP Room. C’mon, man, he’s been here before, let him in. Sorry, sir, there’s no one on the list tonight. You sure? This is Cameron Grimes. Yes, but the entire venue has been rented out for the evening. The bouncer’s really tall so maybe he didn’t hear. Grimes jumps as he says his name again. Just a moment, Mr. Grimes. His limo has just arrived. Huh? Who? Grimes is right here, he didn’t order a limo! It’s Ted DeBiase!?!
“Learn a lesson, kid: Don’t just rent a booth, when you can buy the whole place!” And one more thing: Everybody’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man! DeBiase laughs his way into the club but Grimes says that’s not funny! DAMN YOU, DEBIASE!! Will Grimes continue to be thwarted by the original big money roller?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Kushida and Escobar aren’t just having a normal NXT Cruiserweight Championship match! It’ll be BEST 2 OUTTA 3 FALLS! Can Escobar regain the throne with the challenge made twice as hard? And after the strange hesitation from the Hatchet Man, Alexander Wolfe looks to cut ties with his past as he faces Killian Dain 1v1! Will the Belfast Beast be the one to break through to Wolfe instead?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Street Fight: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!
The wild child and the evolved Shenom may not have won the Women’s Dusty Cup, but they did get these titles off the original champions their first try! Will there be no way Shotzi & Ember let the Poison Pixie and Impressive Indi take the titles away on their third try?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s no holding back in this main event!
Actually, skip all that, the hands start flying the second they’re all in the ring together! Indi and Shotzi brawl in the ring while Ember and Candice tumble out of it! Shotzi shoves Indi out so now everyone is outside! Shotzi fetches a TABLE! Indi CLUBS Shotzi down first, then RAMS her into the boards! Ember runs over but Indi CLUBS her down! Indi sets up the table herself, and Candice CLUBS Ember. Candice brings Ember away to throw into barriers, then fetches chairs from under the ring! And lots of them! Ember mule kicks Candice down! Shotzi CLUBS Indi, but Indi blocks the apron bump to elbow her away. Ember CLOBBERS Candice and brings out trash cans!
Ember tosses cans into the ring, throws one down on Candice’s leg, then stalks her around the way. Shotzi bumps Indi off the table, puts her on the apron, but Shotzi goes after Candice. Shotzi and Ember RAM Candice into barriers, then hurry after Indi. Indi fights back but that’s 2v1. Shotzi CHOPS Indi, Ember CHOPS Indi, and then they stalk her to a corner. Ember and Shotzi double whip, drop toehold to basement dropkick, then a elbow drop! Ember has a can, Shotzi sits Indi up, and the can is put around Indi. Shotzi and Ember run, DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK SANDWICH! The can is crunched and Indi falls over! Cover, Candice breaks it!
Shotzi goes after Candice, Ember whips but Candice whips Ember out. Shotzi runs in but Candice dodges to kick a leg out! SUPERKICK! The champs regroup outside, Candice builds speed and slides, but into DOUBLE TRASH CAN LIDS! The champs just swatted the pixie and now go looking for more items. Ember kicks Candice down while Shotzi brings out another TABLE! Ember helps Shotzi get the table into the ring, but Indi attacks back! Indi throws Ember HARD into boards, then kicks Shotzi! Indi fireman’s carries to APRON SNAKE EYES Shotzi! Indi gets Ember to throw her onto barriers and BOOT her down!
Indi gets some chairs and sets them up at ringside. Indi has a chair square, Shotzi storms over but Indi kicks her. Indi drags Shotzi around but Ember grabs Indi for a FULL METAL BULLDOG! Ember bumps Indi off the apron, and Shotzi adds a chair for a pyramid! Shotzi wants to relive Evolve Wrestling’s 10th Anniversary show! They sit Indi on the top chair, go to the ring, and Ember holds ropes open. Shotzi builds speed, but Candice BLASTS the champs with a fire extinguisher! The Fire Pit might’ve just been put out as NXT goes picture in picture!
Candice helps Indi down and puts the chairs on their sides. Candice and Indi go looking under the ring again and bring out a LADDER! It’s a big one and hard to get out all the way. Candice goes looking for the other end, and Indi props the ladder against the barrier. The Way has a ladder bridge between ring and barriers. Ember and Shotzi hurry out but Candice DECKS Ember! Shotzi kicks Indi, Candice CLUBS Ember. Candice puts Ember in the ring, Shotzi and Indi brawl around the way. Indi RAMS Shotzi into more boards! Candice sets up the table in the ring, but just enough to lean it in a corner. Indi joins Candice in the ring and goes after Ember.
Ember hits back, Candice has a chair and JAMS Ember in the back! Candice steps on Ember, then again, then JAMS Shotzi off the apron! Candice wedges the chair into a corner, but Ember CLUBS her as NXT returns to single picture! Ember shoves Candice to dropkick her down! Candice flounders, Indi returns, but Ember dodges and Shotzi ENZIGURIS! The Way are on the ropes, Ember goes out and shouts, “EAT IT!” as Shotzi runs in, BALLPIT ENZIGURI COMBO! Fans fire up as Shotzi and Ember get Candice up to POST her! Candice flops out of the ring, Ember and Shotzi have Indi, feed to the DRAPING HEADSCISSORS! CHAIRSHOT!
Ember SMACKS Indi down for good measure as Candice slowly returns. Shotzi and Ember get Candice up, DOMINATOR CUTTER COMBO! Cover, but Indi breaks it in time! Shotzi gets Indi up, she and Ember mug Indi. Candice is on the apron, Ember SUPERKICKS her down! DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW for Indi! The champs fire each other up, and they go for Candice as she is prone on the ladder bridge! Shotzi goes up, for the STAGE DIVE SENTON THROUGH THE LADDER!! Both women are wrecked on the outside, and Ember is in shock! Ember gets Indi up, Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, TWO!?! Indi still lives and THAT is impressive!
Ember drags Indi up, throws her around, and Shotzi rises to get a new ladder! It’s a bit smaller, and Indi BOOTS it into the champs! Indi drags the ladder up and puts it against ropes. Candice is somehow up, Indi DECKS Shotzi onto the new ladder. Indi lifts ladder, Candice goes to ropes, DRAPING FULL METAL LIONSAULT!! Cover, Ember breaks it!! All four women are down but fans are thunderous! Indi and Candice regroup but Ember DECKS Candice and BOOTS Indi! Indi comes back to SPINEBUSTER Ember on the ladder!! Cover, Shotzi breaks it in time!! Shotzi gets Indi up and out but Indi trips Shotzi to drag her out. Indi throws Shotzi into boards again!
Indi starts clearing off the announce desk! Indi drags Shotzi up but Shotzi SMASHES Barrett’s mug off her! Barrett’s gonna need a new mug and a new shoe! Shotzi shoves Indi onto the table, climbs up the girder, and finds a spot to perch on. SUPER SPLASH THROUGH THE DESK!! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Candice jackknifes Ember! TWO, and Candice runs into a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ember is furious, but it’s all on her! Ember gets to a corner, climbs up top, but Candice ROCKS her first! Candice gets up to join Ember, but Shotzi returns! Shotzi Electric Chair lifts but Candice slips off to shove Shotzi into Ember!
Ember falls to the floor, Candice goes out to CLUB Ember onto the table! Candice hurries back in the ring, Indi has somehow returned, but Shotzi SUPERKICKS Candice! Indi aims at Ember for a SUPER MACHO ELBOW THROUGH THE TABLE!! Indi shows reckless abandon tonight! Candice ROCKS Shotzi with brass knuckles!! Candice puts Shotzi on a chair, WICKED STEP SISTER!! Cover, THE WAY WINS!!
Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
History was made in the most hardcore way, and finally, Candice has gold! She hugs Indi, because it was all thanks to her impressive heart and determination! Will the third-ever champions take these titles all the way to the top?
An awesome episode here, with great bookending with the opener and main event. Swerve VS Ruff was pretty good as a Falls Count Anywhere, for the limited space they could use in the Capitol Wrestling Center, aka Performance Center, but the best part was that Swerve is now a leader of a faction! I always felt Adonis and Swerve should be a duo, but adding the debuting #TopDolla AJ Francis and bringing back Briana Brandy from her various appearances here and there is a great move. The team’s name is not yet made official but it could be something Swerve has said over the last few weeks in this feud with Ruff.
Grimes gets another win in the ring, but another loss in kayfabe life, and I am really liking that we’re getting to see Ted DeBiase more than just once. This has to lead to a proxy fighting for DeBiase against Grimes, possibly for the Million Dollar Championship, or even a new vanity belt being introduced. I like that Gargano is being tied into things with Kross. Kross got impatient, acted like his contenders were scared but then they all show up at once. The promos were all okay, but the brawling was awesome! We must be getting a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match after Gargano defends his title against Reed. Win or lose, Gargano can be in the contender’s match just for the sake of star power.
Balor recently lost the title, so it’s either Kyle or Dunne getting the win. Cole claims to not be done with Kyle so maybe Dunne challenges Kross first to be a strong first defense. Kross can win to build this new reign, and then Kyle can circle back after apparently having to thwart Cole despite their Unsanctioned match being so badass. I also like the detail of Gargano & Theory running away so they couldn’t be attacked back by Kross. It also established that Candice & Indi would have to win the Street Fight on their own. Also, Grimes’ opponent tonight, Asher Hale, was definitely the same guy who took Kross’ saido.
GYV VS Thatcher & Ciampa was a great match, and I’m a little surprised Ciampa & Thatcher won. Granted, Ciampa was a great tag team guy once upon a time, so I suppose he and a new partner could outdo former tag champions. Still not sure where their story is going but Ciampa & Thatcher do make a badass team. Imperium had a short segment but it was to the point: Walter wants results! Wolfe VS Dain next week is going to be a lot of fun, just on story, and it will be a moment of truth in the overall Imperium expansion angle they’re working on. Legado del Fantasma has a good set of promos, and the matches we knew they’d want are being set up. Kushida VS Escobar, 2 outta 3, is going to be incredible!
Sarray VS Zayda was a great match, naturally Sarray won, and I like that while Storm wants after Sarray, Stark won’t let her just move on yet. Stark VS Storm Round 2 is going to be great, and then we can definitely get a great feud of Storm and Sarray. The video interview promo for Raquel and Mercedes was good, a bit better than most of these, but almost too real with them trying to talk over each other. That match is going to be awesome, but Raquel surely retains since this is her first defense. Though, we thought that was going to be the case with the tag titles and yet… But with Dakota ringside, surely something happens to help Raquel retain.
Is it just me, or is Franky Monet getting her hands into too many things? She shows up around the tag scene, around the top title scene, she needs to pick a lane. I don’t see her getting a tag partner so soon, but she also has to get in the ring before challenging for a title anyway. The Street Fight was insane, so many great spots and spot teases, and Indi really did impress. With the very funny promo backstage with Candice literally hiding Lumis from Indi, I thought he was going to show up, but I guess he chose not to upset Indi by interfering. The Way was in a must-win situation tonight so it’s great to see it happened, and maybe now that they have more belts, things really take off for them.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Who will be The Ones?
There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!
United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; wins.
- JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: ??? wins.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
PLAY PY PLAY
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!
The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will
As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.
In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!
The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.
In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!
The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?
The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.
Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!
Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!
Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.
Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?
The Judgment Day speaks.
Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?
JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!
Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”
BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?
Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!
A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?
But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?
Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.
So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!
And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.
Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?
Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.
Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!
Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!
Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!
Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!
Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!
Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)
Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?
Seth Rollins is here!
DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.
Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-
Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat lesnar.
If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!
The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”
Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?
Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.
Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.
Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-
Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!
Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!
Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!
Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!
Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.
Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)
Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?
JBL is on the phone with someone.
He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?
What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?
Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.
Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”
So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?
Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!
AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?
Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.
Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!
Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!
Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.
Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.
Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!
Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”
Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!
Winners: The OC, by pinfall
JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
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NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!
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