Will the Thunderstorm rain on NXT UK’s day?
Finally, after all the mouthing off and acting tough, Sam Gradwell looks to back up all that talk against Trent Seven in an NXT UK Founding Father showdown!
- Nathan Frazer VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Frazer wins.
- Ashton Smith VS Teoman; Teoman wins.
- Kenny Williams VS Andy Wild; Williams wins.
- Trent Seven VS Sam Gradwell; Seven wins.
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Nathan Frazer VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!
After Sha helped Dar screw over the British prodigy, Frazer wants to show the East End Butcher personally that not only does Frazer belong on NXT UK, he is a true British wrestler! But will the Scottish Supernova just return the favor in this standard singles showdown?
The bell rings and Sha circles with Frazer. Frazer dodges Sha’s rush and CHOPS him! Sha says that stung. He rushes Frazer again but gets another CHOP! Sha corners Frazer, but Frazer gets around to CHOP again! Sha grabs Frazer by the ears and puts him in the corner for haymakers! The ref counts, Sha whips Frazer corner to corner but Frazer goes up and over and handsprings away! Dar says big deal, but Sha runs into a BUCKLE SHOT! Frazer hops up to missile dropkick Sha down, and then kip up! Frazer goes to another corner, Dar barks at him, and Sha ROCKS Frazer! Dar’s already doing the dirty work, and Sha TOSSES Frazer off the top! Cover, TWO!
Sha takes off the suspender straps, drags Frazer up by his hair and drives elbows into his shoulders! The ref reprimands about the hair pulling, but Sha stands on Frazer, then KICKS him in the back! Cover, TWO! Sha keeps clamped onto Frazer with a chinlock and he grinds Frazer down. Frazer fights up, Sha throws body shots then throws Frazer down by his hair! The ref reprimands again but Sha drops elbows on Frazer over and over! Cover, TWO! Sha sits Frazer up to KICK him in the back again, then drags him up and around. Frazer breaks free to knee low, CHOP hard and whip to ropes. Sha reverses, Frazer dodges but Sha CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Sha grows frustrated but Dar says to use the “Butcher slam.” Sha scoops Frazer and SLAMS Frazer, and then he covers, TWO! Sha keeps on Frazer with a fish hook! The ref reprimands, Sha lets off and chuckles while Dar taunts Frazer. Sha drags Frazer up but Frazer throws off body shots and forearms! Frazer runs, but into Sha’s body block! Cover, TWO! Sha sits Frazer up , wraps on a chinlock, but also gets the hooks in! The ref reprimands, Sha rains down fists, then paces around as Frazer crawls. Sha taunts “the mug,” then chokes Frazer on the ropes! The ref counts, Sha lets off and kicks Frazer, then gets him up for a KNEE!
Frazer slowly gets up, throws body shots, but Sha CLUBS him! Frazer still hits back, Sha CLUBS him more, and then CLUBS Frazer down! Sha RAMS Frazer’s head into buckles, then he stalks Frazer to a corner. Sha gets Frazer up for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dar says it’s time for the hook. Sha gets Frazer up, says Frazer’s a one trick pony, but Frazer throws hands! Frazer DECKS Sha, lets him get back up so he can throw more hands and DECK him again! Sha reverses the whip but Frazer hits FLYING FOREARMS! Frazer runs to CHOP Sha in a corner! Frazer unloads Machine Gun CHOPS! Frazer reels Sha into a SIDESLAM!
Dar talks trash to Frazer but Frazer goes to the apron. Sha runs in but into a haymaker! Sha distracts the ref with talk of a bad eye, and Dar yanks Frazer off the apron! Frazer DECKS Dar first! Frazer tells Dar to stay there, but then Dar chases Frazer into the ring! The ref EJECTS Dar! But Sha rolls Frazer up and has tights! TWO!! Frazer CLOBBERS Sha out of the ring! And then FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! BT Sports Studio fires up with Frazer as he gets Sha back up and into the ring. Frazer aims from the apron, springboards in, but Sha catches the crossbody! Sha hits a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and frustrates Sha!
Sha gets Frazer up, wants the Butcher’s Hook, but Frazer drops, slides and rolls Sha up, TWO!! Frazer kicks but Sha blocks. Sha swings but Frazer dodges, QUEBRADA to ELBOW DROP DDT! Frazer goes right up top, and hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, Frazer wins!
Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall
The young legend just showed Sha that he does belong! But will Dar need more convincing in a fair and square fight?
NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s Gauntlet match.
Dani Luna didn’t win her chance at the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but neither did Jinny. Yet it was Jinny and Joseph Conners who found Dani backstage to mockingly applaud her efforts. But then Subculture’s Flash Morgan Webster stepped up to back Dani up, making Jinny ‘n’ Joseph back down.
NXT UK now hears from Jinny & Joseph Conners.
“Flash Morgan Webster. We’ve heard the stories about how and where you grew up, and what the Mod culture means to you. But when we look at you, Flash, all we see is a clueless, classless individual who likes to surround himself with other likeminded fools.” What is it he says? In Mod We Trust? Well trust Conners when he says that everyone in NXT UK will learn that you do not mess with him and Jinny. Subculture, aka the lower class, is about to meet the higher class. But remember that the higher class always wins. In that, Joseph & Jinny trust.
NXT UK Media catches up with Noam Dar backstage.
What’s his reaction to that match out there? “Is this any way to treat the star of the WWE Universe?” Dar is asking legitimately. Is it not three strikes and you’re out? As far as Dar knows, that was two strikes and he gets thrown out. Can anyone tell Dar the rules? But he’s cool, calm and collected. Dar knows Ilja Dragunov thinks he’s all fun and games, so Dar tells him back that he is going to make him pay for this. Thank you, bye-bye. Is the Supernova just lashing out over getting shown up? Will he be humbled in his match with #UNBESIEGBAR?
Ashton Smith VS Teoman!
The Prestige didn’t take kindly to “The Babo” implying he and tag partner, Oliver Carter, aren’t taking this seriously. But Teoman is dangerous, having injured Rohan Raja’s arm just because Rohan didn’t give in. Will Smith be able to WOOP Teoman in their first encounter? Or will the evil eye be looking right into Smith’s soul?
The bell rings, the two tie up right away, and Smith shoves Teoman away. Teoman comes back, they tie up again, and Smith gets under him to back drop! Teoman gets up to CHOP Smith, goes for a leg, but Smith THROWS Teoman away! Smith CLOBBERS Teoman in a corner, then is after him on the ropes. Smith throws big forearms, CLUBS Teoman on the back, and then throws EuroUppers. Smith reels Teoman in for a judo throw, then covers, TWO! Teoman bails out to the apron but Smith storms over. Teoman swings but Smith blocks and DECKS him! Teoman flounders up but he baits Smith into an apron skirt trap!
Teoman fires off fists and kicks, the ref counts, and Teoman lets off. Teoman puts Smith in the ring, wrenches an arm and YANKS it! Smith headlocks, Teoman powers out but Smith CLOBBERS him with forearms! Smith keeps going but Teoman kicks legs out! Teoman KICKS an arm, stomps away on it, then knuckle locks to STOMP the arm down! Smith gets up but Teoman throws shots at the ropes! Teoman stomps a mudhole, then goes out to pull Smith into the post and SLAM the arm against it! Smith scrambles away but Teoman goes around the world to dropkick the arm! Teoman wants the crossface but Smith powers up!
Smith reels Teoman into a scoop, and pops him to a SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Smith grits his teeth, drags Teoman up, and wraps on a head ‘n’ arm clutch! but Teoman fights with elbows but Smith holds on tight! Teoman gets the ropebreka, Smith lets off, and Teoman elbows Smith! Smith gets the clinch again but Teoman rolls back and pops free to STOMP the arms! Teoman CHOPS and CHOPS and runs to CLOBBER Smith! Cover, TWO!! Smith survives but his right arm is in bad shape. Smith gets to a corner, Teoman runs in but blocks a boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Smith hobbles up, Teoman is after the arm again, and wrenches, only for Smith to ROCK him!
Teoman wobbles but he rebounds, but Smith avoids the dropkick to the leg! Smith comes back around to rally with shoulder tackles! Smith whips Teoman to ropes and hits a JUMPING BOOT! Teoman is back up, Smith blocks his boot to throw him down! Smith gut wrench suplexes Teoman! Smith throws more uppercuts but the bad arm hurts. Smith whips Teoman into a corner, but Teoman switches to shove Smith into buckles. Smith switches back to send Teoman into buckles and then CLOBBERS him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Smith grits his teeth, clutches his arm, and gets Teoman up to a fireman’s carry! Teoman elbows free, CLUBS the bad arm, then drags Smith down!
Teoman and Smith struggle, the CROSSFACE is on!! Smith endures, Teoman pulls him back, Smith taps! Teoman wins!
Winner: Teoman, by submission
Smith couldn’t risk his arm being snapped, and he had to give in! But Teoman isn’t satisfied! He STOMPS the bad arm, then puts the CROSSFACE back on! Oliver Carter is here and he runs Teoman off! Carter dares Teoman to do something, but Teoman leaves. Will Teoman make NXT UK admire, respect and fear him by any means necessary?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.
They want a quick word with him about next week’s match with Dar. Well it isn’t a problem. We saw Supernova Sessions. Dar invited Dragunov, talked about a lot of things and all of it true. Dragunov has been completely honest about his emotional situation ever since losing to Walter. About the nightmares and everything else. Dar told the truth about what he expects. But that’s not Dragunov’s truth. Dragunov has changed, and so if someone tries to trigger and manipulate him, he will bring what he told he’d bring to Dar: violence. That is his truth. Will we see the truth when Dar and Dargunov face off?
Jack Starz finishes a phone conversation with Amir Jordan.
He thanks them and says he’ll talk soon. NXT UK Media wants to ask him about the call but Pretty Deadly come by to say he’s looking a little down. They bet their NXT UK Tag Team Championships will cheer him up. Starz says he’s not in the mood for this. Oh not in the mood~? He misses his friend~? Aww~! Oh shut up!! Starz is sick of seeing these two talking around, dOiNg StUpId VoIcEs~, and all that stuff like it’s a joke. The joke is these two! Starz ain’t got a problem smashing both their faces in! Well he can’t, because Johnny Saint hands out those decisions. If Starz wants a shot at them, and their tag titles, he has to earn that. Yeah, earn it!
Is that all? Starz accepts that challenge. Well Pretty Deadly will talk to Saint, but Starz has to go find a friend first. Will Starz find a partner to take on Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley?
Kenny Williams VS Andy Wild!
The Chancer, the Scum of the Earth, burned the bridge between him and the Bhangra Badboy, and then BANISHED him from NXT UK in their No Disqualifications grudge match. Not only that, he’s shaved his beard and changed his gear! Will “the new” Kenny Williams start winning by himself and for himself?
The bell rings, Williams and Wild approach, tie up, and Williams gets around to a headlock. Wild powers up but Williams holds on to wrench an arm and chinbar Wild. Williams wrenches, elbow breakers, but Wild breaks free to DECK Williams! Williams gets up to shove Wild, but Wild TOSSES Williams! Wild dares Williams to come back, and Williams rushes in to get a leg. Wild CLUBS Williams away, then pops Williams up to the top rope! Wild throws hands but the ref counts the ropebreak. Williams rakes Wild’s eyes! Then CLUBS Wilds down and fires off! Williams uses a straddle attack, covers, TWO!
Williams keeps on Wild with claws into the shoulders! Wild grabs at Williams’ hands but ends up in a straitjacket! Williams stretches Wild back, digging a knee into him. Wild fights up, powers out, but Williams chop blocks a leg! Williams KICKS the leg, and again, and has Wild in a corner. Williams puts the leg on the ropes and KICKS it! Then Williams climbs up to STOMP away on Wild’s head and back from above! The ref counts and reprimands, Williams hops down to SHOTGUN the leg! Williams gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO! Wild tries to get his bad leg going but Williams just stomps and drops a leg on it!
Williams has a standing toehold, slaps Wild around, but Wild kicks at him. Williams kicks the bad leg, drops a leg but misses! Wild gets up and ROCKS Williams with heavy right hands! Williams kicks the bad leg out! Williams whips but Wild blocks to whip Williams to the corner! Wild runs in but only gets buckles! Wild still BOOTS Williams away and clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO!! Williams survives but Wild fires up! Wild gets the bad leg going, calls for his shot, and waistlocks but Williams elbows free! Williams mule kicks the leg out! Williams runs to CHOP BLOCK the knee, then hits the HEADLOCK DRIVER!! Cover, Williams wins!
Winner: Kenny Williams, by pinfall
The aggression of the “new” Williams, or perhaps the “real” Williams, won it for him today! Will the Scottish Judas be undeniable going forward?
In two weeks, Meiko Satomura has her second chance at Kay Lee Ray! Will the Final Boss beat the “Forever Champion” in their epic rematch? Speaking of the NXT UK Women’s Championship match…
NXT UK hears from Kay Lee Ray and Meiko Satomura.
“I spent my entire teaching others that we should help each other, treat each other with respect. And I can say with confidence, that that got me nowhere.” The longest reigning female champion in WWE today has beaten everyone put in front of her, and she wanted the Best in the World. She got the best, beat her, but the mission isn’t over. Meiko vows to become NXT UK Women’s Champion. Everyone who saw their first knew it wasn’t the end. KLR was very proud of that match, but she didn’t become champion by holding hands and making friends. She lost her friends for this title, and it was worth it.
Meiko came out as the substitute in the Women’s Gauntlet, won that gauntlet as the third entry, and has another shot. She’s been here for over a quarter of a century, but she’s neve beaten KLR. Meiko vows that KLR’s reign as “forever champion” will be stopped. KLR can’t believe the audacity of Meiko. Meiko was trying to have a legitimate rematch, but KLR had to go and kick her. Any respect she had for KLR is now gone. KLR says Meiko can call herself the Final Boss, the Best in the World and whatever else she wants, but she is NOT the champion! No one will take this title from her! But Meiko tells KLR to be prepared, because it’s happening! What happens when these two have one more round?
Trent Seven VS Sam Gradwell!
The Man from Moustache Mountain and the Thunderstorm were both part of the inaugural WWE UK Championship tournament. Gradwell got injured and had a long road back, meaning he was not part of the early days of the NXT UK brand, and did not share in the adulation from the fans. But that does not make him any less a Founding Father! Will Gradwell prove he’s every bit as worthy as Seven? Or will none of that matter, and only the one who wants it most will win?
The bell rings, they tie up and go around, and Seven powers Gradwell to ropes. The ref counts, Seven lets off with a shove so Gradwell shoves back. They tie up again., Gradwell wrenches an arm, clamps onto the shoulder and drags Seven down. Gradwell mounts the arm, uses his leg to hook Seven, and drags him around. Seven get sup, Gradwell headlocks, but Seven throws body shots., Seven powers out but Gradwell runs him over! Gradwell rains down hands, things speed up and Seven CROSSBODIES! Seven scoops and SLAMS Gradwell, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Gradwell isn’t that easy to beat but Seven keeps his cool.
Seven waistlocks, Gradwell elbows free and wrenches the arm. Grawell fireman’s carries to a takeover, then hits a STO! Cover, TWO! Gradwell is furious and he stomps Seven around! Gradwell chokes Seven, lets off as the ref counts, and scowls as he talks trash. “Founding Father, eh?!” Gradwell stomps Seven, CLUBS him on the back, then wraps on a chinlock. Seven fights up, arm-drags free, and goes to chop, but Gradwell blocks! Seven kicks low, but Gradwell wrenches out of the facelock to ROCK Seven with a right! Gradwell ROCKS Seven again, and again, and again! Seven falls to his knees, but Gradwell gets him up for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!
Seven checks his face but Gradwell looms over him. Gradwell SLAPS Seven, rains down rights, but lets off as the ref counts. Gradwell’s closed fists aren’t allowed, but he CLUBS Seven on the back! Gradwell grinds his fist into Seven’s head, then stomps him down more! Gradwell dares the Founding Father to show him what he’s got. Seven throws body shots, but Gradwell scoops and SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Gradwell clamps right back onto Seven with a chinlock! Gradwell bridges to add leverage. Seven endures, fights up, but Gradwell wrangles him back down. Seven looks to be fading, but he gets a second wind! Seven throws elbows, fights back up again, and throws body shots!
Gradwell choke grips Seven, or rather has the beard! Seven breaks free and CHOPS! Gradwell just grimaces, but he misses the clothesline, and Seven fakes him out to the DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gradwell survives but Seven is just fired up more! Seven CHOPS Gradewell in a corner, but Gradwell gets mad. He swings, into Seven’s HALF ‘N’ HALF! Seven scoops to an EMERALD FLOWSION! Cover, TWO!! Gradwell survives again but both men are down. Seven gets up to CLOBBER Gradwell out of the ring! And then DIVES! Direct hit into the barriers! Seven hobbles up, having a rough landing of his own. Seven gets Gradwell up and into the ring, but takes a moment to breathe.
Seven gets in, drags himself up in a corner, and grits his teeth as he stands back up. He climbs up, and CORKSCREWS, but FLOPS as Gradwell moves! Gradwell gets the banged up leg and has a HALF CRAB! Seven shouts, reaches for ropes, and Gradwell shouts at him to give up! Seven manages to turn, roll, and SLAPS away on Gradwell’s face! Seven turns things around into a HALF CRAB! Now Gradwell endures, claws and crawls for ropes, but Seven sits deep! Gradwell turns, avoids a cover and BOOTS Seven out of the ring! Gradwell hobbles up, and DECKS Seven off the apron! Seven falls hard, Gradwell goes to the apron and LEAPS for a FLYING FOREARM!
Both men are down on the outside and a ring count starts! Both men check their legs as they stir, and we’re already at 5 of 10! Gradwell kicks at Seven on the floor, gets him up and in the ring at 8! Gradwell climbs up a corner, Seven storms over. Gradwell grabs Seven but Seven CHOPS him first! Seven climbs to join Gradwell now, but Gradwell CLUBS him back! And again, and again! Gradwell wants to toss Seven but Seven holds the corner! Seven throws elbows, Gradwell knocks Seven to the mat! Seven BACK HANDS back! Seven climbs back up, CLUBS away on Gradwell and brings him up, for a SUPERPLEX!! Seven covers, TWO!! Gradwell survives again!
Both men slowly rise, and Gradwell crawls to ropes. He drags himself up, but Seven gets the waistock! Then wristlock! Ripcord but Gradwell holds ropes to hold it off! Seven swings, Gradwell wristlocks and ripcords for a DISCUS FOREARM!! Cover, TWO?!? Seven survives and infuriates Gradwell! Gradwell drags Seven up, Seven elbows free, and tries to lift! Gradwell fights the lift off with elbows of his own and hammers away on Seven’s head! Gradwell takes a moment to breath and Seven CHOPS him! Gradwell CLUBS Seven, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Seven escapes and no one can believe it!
Gradwell still talks trash and goes to a corner. FLYING SPLASH into boots! Wristlock, SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gradwell survives Seven’s best?!? Seven thinks on what he must do, and says, “You want to be a Founding Father?” Gradwell says he was there, too! Seven CHOPS and CHOPS and eggs Gradwell on! Gradwell hits back, Seven CHOPS and torture racks! BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, Seven wins!!
Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall
What a battle! The Artful Dodger shuts Gradwell up if only for now! Will Seven continue to prove NXT UK is his brand? Or will Gradwell find his way to getting the respect he wants?
A very good episode for four singles matches. Frazer VS Sha went about as expected, with Dar trying to help cheat Frazer but Frazer still winning. Frazer stays balanced out in this thing with Dar and Sha, and I’m sure we could get a rematch of Frazer and Dar down the line. Dar calling out Dragunov and Dragunov responding was good to hype up their match next week. With the bit from Jinny, Joseph, Luna and Flash, I figured we’d get another mixed tag feud and here we are. If it follows the formula with Starz ‘n’ Pipes, Subculture wins the tag match, but then we’ll get singles matches between the individuals.
Speaking of Starz, nice bit to show his reaction to Amir Jordan leaving. We didn’t get much of that so it’s good to get it now. Pretty Deadly picking a fight of course meant we’d get a tag match, and I wonder who Starz chooses. He and Levi Muir had that match against Huxley, that could make a good combo. Smith VS Teoman was very good, and I do like that they made a point of Teoman “injuring” Rohan Raja and how that could happen to Smith. Carter making the save was natural, and pretty sure his match with Teoman will go the same way. Not sure where this is going, as I don’t see Teoman getting a tag partner to face both Smith & Carter together.
Williams VS Wild was also very good, Wild got a good showing but it also helped Williams bring out his new style as a Heel. I feel like if he’s ditching the Back to the Future gear, he should change up his song to get rid of the futuristic opening and go harder on the rock. And maybe this form of Williams gets in on the Heritage Cup British Rounds Division, using his way of bending the rules to get early falls. We got a good vignette to hype up the KLR VS Meiko rematch, and I still feel this is when KLR loses to move on to NXT prime and have Meiko carry the title.
Seven VS Gradwell was a great match, both with Gradwell’s trash talk and the competitive back and forth. With Gradwell talking all the trash leading up to this, Seven winning was the natural move. I don’t think either will get to the UK Championship just yet, and I’d be pleasantly surprised if we got Bate VS Seven for the Heritage Cup, but I can’t be sure what else they have in store next.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?
For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
- The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
- (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.
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The Judgement Day is here!
Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.
And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!
Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!
But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!
Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!
This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?
But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!
Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.
Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!
Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!
Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)
They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?
Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!
The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”
But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!
Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?
Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!
But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?
The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!
The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.
Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!
Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!
Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!
Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!
Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?
Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.
Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!
Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.
But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”
To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!
And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.
But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!
But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!
And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.
They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!
Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?
Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!
McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.
The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!
Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.
McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!
McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!
Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.
Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?
Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!
Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!
Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?
Backstage interview with Riddle.
Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?
Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!
The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?
The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!
Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!
Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall
Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.
What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.
Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!
Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!
Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.
Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!
Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.
Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!
Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!
Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!
Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!
Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!
Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!
Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!
The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?
The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!
Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?
(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?
Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!
Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.
Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!
Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!
Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!
ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!
Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!
Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall
Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?
Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.
Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.
And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.
Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…
We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
It’s a Superbad return!
Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
- Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
- Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.
Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.
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