Will Raw suffer backlash from Backlash?
Rhea Ripley is still Raw Women’s Champion and Bobby Lashley is still the All Mighty WWE World Champion! But who steps up to them as Hell (in a Cell) approaches?
- AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker; Styles wins, by disqualification.
- Angel Garza VS Drew Gulak; Garza wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Turn, Tables, Turn: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; Kofi wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Tamina & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald; Tamina & Natalya win and retain the titles.
- Sheamus VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
- Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins.
- Lumberjack Match: Damian Priest VS John Morrison; Priest wins.
WWE World ChampionshipOpen Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS ???; Kofi Kingston wins.
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Bobby Lashley has ladies on his arms.
Is this MVP’s surprise for him? The girls love the gold, and they all head to the ring together. MVP is in the ring waiting as he is honored to present to us the ALL MIGHT WWE WORLD CHAMPION, BOBBY! LASHLEY~! The champion and his procession of beautiful ladies go down the ramp, he helps them up the steps and MVP holds the ropes open for them to enter the ring. Lashley himself looks in pretty good shape for having been thrown around and through things by Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, but he did have the last laugh. Lashley and MVP high-five and hug, and then Lashley gets a mic.
MVP asks if he came through, and Lashley said he sure did. MVP says it is his honor and pleasure to be standing here with the champion. “What Bobby Lashley did last night was Herculean! HE beat two of the absolute toughest, strongest, meanest competitors on the entire roster! Today, the Monster Among Men is nursing broken ribs, and the Scottish Warrior was so devastated by the match last night, he couldn’t even get out of bed last night, while Lashley was thrown through an LED screen and still had the temerity to make it back and keep his WWE Championship.”
But here’s something you didn’t know: Lashley did that while injured. That fist is hurt from repeatedly hitting the faces of Braun and McIntyre! You don’t know the pain he endured as he maintained his title. But when is this era gonna end? It’ll never end! And we are all here to witness it! Tonight was supposed to be for celebration, a night off, but Lashley doesn’t want to be that kind of champion. So on behalf of Lashley, MVP issues an Open Challenge to ANYONE in the WWE locker room that wants to step- McIntyre is here! Despite what MVP said, the Scottish Warrior is up and walking around!
McIntyre storms right up to the ring and steps inside, and he shuts MVP up to say, “I think that’s a fantastic idea. What a fighting champion! I can’t think of a better way to impress your lovely ladies than Lashley VS McIntyre for the WWE Championship tonight.” Is that not clear enough? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. MVP says being rude and brutish as McIntyre is, he didn’t hear it all. MVP was going to say it was to anyone other than Braun and McIntyre. Back of the line, Drew. But Drew DECKS Lashley! The ladies scream and Lashley staggers away. MVP keeps Lashley from going after McIntyre in a rage, and says McIntyre doesn’t get his shot!
McIntyre dares Lashley to still fight him, but will the All Mighty work the hardest he ever has to avoid this fight?
AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker!
The Phenomenal One and his colossal compatriot were on the losing end of last week’s 8 Man Tag, and blame the ones who took the loss in the Drifter and his follower. Will Styles be singing his own praises tonight? Or will Elias change Styles’ tune and head for the gold?
The bell rings and Elias circles with Styles. They approach, Elias kicks and fires off CHOPS! Elias ROCKS Styles, runs, but into a dropkick! Styles scowls and brings Elias up for a suplex, but Elias blocks! Elias suplexes, holds Styles up for 5 then SLAMS him down! Styles goes to a corner, Elias runs in but into a boot! Styles fires off haymakers, has Elias in a corner and bumps him off buckles. Styles scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Elias writhes, Styles gets him up and throws forearms. Elias turns things around to RAM Styles into the corner and fire off hands! The ref counts, Elias lets off at 4 but Ryker cheers him on. Elias throws more hands on Styles, then whips corner to corner.
Styles tumbles and hits the post under the bottom rope! Elias WRECKS him with a basement dropkick! Styles hits post and steps on the way down, and Elias paces. Omos is there as Elias goes out to fetch Styles, but the ref warns Omos. Elias puts Styles in at 6 of 10, stomps him down, then drags him back out. Elias lifts Styles to SNAKE EYES on the apron! Omos gets mad and creeps over but Elias puts Styles in. Elias has Ryker watch Omos but Omos says they can’t handle this. Styles clotheslines Elias back out of the ring! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit with the slingshot forearm, but Ryker steps over. Styles has big back-up, though, so Ryker backs up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Styles hits Elias with body shots and haymakers! Styles runs but into a back drop! Elias hobbles after Styles to get him up and whip to ropes. Elias then hits a SPINEBUSTER, and high stack covers, TWO! Styles is still in this but Elias goes for another cover, TWO! Ryker is frustrated for Elias while Omos is coaching Styles up. Elias wraps on a chinlock and grinds Styles down. Styles endures, fights up, but Elias snapmares to drop a knee! Elias strikes a pose, drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Elias wraps the chinlock back on and Styles endures all over again. Styles fights back up, but Elias drags him back down!
Omos coaches Styles, Styles fights back up, and he throws back elbows. Elias snapmares Styles just to disorient him, but Styles still PELES! Elias is dazed, Styles hits a basement forearm! Elias is even more dazed as he and Styles get up. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Elias ROCKS him first! ANOTHER PELE! Elias staggers into the fireman’s carry, for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Elias survives but Omos says it’s all good. Styles gets up, he brings Elias around, but Elias holds off the clash to shovel Styles up and over! Styles sunset flips, tries for the Clash but Elias kicks free, to then SYMPHO-KNEE! ANARCHY SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!
Omos fires up and cheers Styles on while Elias is frustrated. Elias drags Styles back up and talks trash. “Who do you think you are, AJ?!” Elias Electric Chair lifts but Styles fights free! Styles waistlocks, Elias elbows out and runs in, but into a drop toehold! Elias eats buckles, Ryker shouts at him to get up, and Elias CHOPS Styles away! Styles CHOPS back! Styles runs in, Elias puts him on the apron but Styles ROCKS him! Ryker creeps up to trip Styles up!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by disqualification
Ryker RAMS Styles into barriers, but Omos storms over. Ryker dares Omos to do something, and that leaves Styles alone with Elias! Elias gets Styles up to RAM him into steel steps! Omos realizes what’s happened and he chases Elias off! Elias hides by commentary, but Ryker says the plan worked! Omos is furious, but clearly “divide and conquer” works for Ryker and Elias! Is this the key to taking the titles away from Styles and Omos?
Alexa and Lily swing together.
“We are so excited to have the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, Natalya & Tamina, on the Playground with us.” Alexa’s a big fan and Lily’s been dying to meet them. Will it be anything but fun and games when the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly come to visit?
Matt Riddle meets with The New Day.
They got his letter! Pigeon mail never fails! And how dope was that pigeon sized mail bag? Made it himself. Right… They got his message, at least, but where’s the snake! No, it’s around here somewhere. You’ll see it any minute now. Orton shows up and asks where is Pearce and why are the New Day here. Well, Randall, Riddle said there was a two-headed snake and they can’t go to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not without proof! A two-headed snake? Is that a shot at The Viper? What is going on here, other than Riddle promising Pearce wanted to talk to him? Riddle tricked them in the spirit of friendship. It was such a great time until you know who did you know what.
But then what if this party of two became a party of four? And Riddle wondered, maybe Orton apologizes to the New Day? Orton frowns and Riddle knows apologies are tough. Like when Riddle tried to free a whale from an aquarium- Orton says there is NO apology. A reptile dysfunction, who would’ve thought. Orton isn’t going to say sorry because he’s not! Oh the big bad snake doesn’t know how to apologize! Well even if he did, they wouldn’t accept it! Riddle tries to keep the peace, but Kofi Kingston has known Orton way longer than Riddle. If Riddle isn’t careful, he’ll be getting an RKO, too. Orton tells Kofi if he doesn’t watch himself, he’ll be getting another RKO right here!
Oh is that so? Let’s see if that’s true! Let’s go in the ring, just like old time in 2009! C’mon, Randall! Challenge accepted! Riddle didn’t want it to go down like this, but Orton says to stop right there. Mouth zipped, throw away the key, but will RKBRO be no mo’?
Alexa and Lily are still on the playground.
They’re both very excited, because they have new friends! Friday Night SmackDown’s Tamina & Natalya! Congrats on the win! Natty thanks Alexa for that and says it was no easy beating two of the toughest women in all of WWE. But they did it, and they aren’t going to let that go to waste. This is Tamina’s very first women’s title, after all. Super duper nice! Tamina asks if they can go now. Alexa says she hasn’t even asked any tough questions yet. Lily wants to know what their favorite colors are. Uh… Well, pink for Natty. And black ‘n’ blue for Tamina. Those will look nice on Alexa if she tries anything weird. That’s not very nice. You’re lucky Lily likes you.
Lily also liked how they beat up Reggie last week. Was that fun? Yeah, actually. But if that little fly tries anything tonight, Tamina will swat him again. Alexa and Lily love that! Flies buzzing around then you SMACK and it is all super dead and squished! Lily likes collecting bug wings. And fingernails, and hair, and teeth. Alexa doesn’t judge her but- Natty and Tamina left… Was it something they said? Oh well. But good luck in the rematch tonight. Alexa & Lily will be watching~!
Angel Garza VS Drew Gulak!
The Lethal Lothario did what he said and used a rose to be more than just a thorn in the Philly Stretcher’s side. But will Gulak make him understand that pain in the rematch?
The bell rings, Garza already removes the pants, but Gulak SHOTGUN dropkicks him! Gulak ROCKS Garza then hits a T-BONE SUPLEX! Gulak is furious, he gets Garza up and wraps him up in a cobra twist! Gulak even has a leg for leverage! Garza powers up, powers out and HEADBUTTS Gulak to then hip toss him down! Garza dares Gulak to get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Garza gets Gulak up to SLAP and CLOBBER again! Garza dragon sleepers, suplexes and slingshots to SLAM Gulak on his face, then basement dropkick him down! Garza is fired up but Gulak throws body shots and haymakers! Garza dodges to ROCK Gulak!
Garza brings Gulak in, underhooks the arms, and gets Gulak up to hold him upside-down, before the BACKBREAKER! Gulak gets to a corner, Garza BOOT WASHES him! Garza pushes Gulak around, drags him back up, and underhooks again, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins again!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
Another victory for Garza, yet he’s not satisfied. Garza picks his rose back up, thinks about what to do with it, and he shoves it down Gulak’s throat! Another promise kept, will Garza look to go for gold and leave Gulak behind?
R-Truth carefully sneaks around the halls.
Kevin Patrick walks over and asks R-Truth what’s going on. Truth says he hasn’t seen himself, his eyes are closed. Kevin assures Truth it’s just him, and Truth is relieved. Sup, K-Peezy! You look shorter than you do at the Raw Talk desk. But Truth heard about the Open Challenge for his title tonight so Truth is a bit wary. No, Truth, Lashley is holding an Open Challenge for his title, the WWE WORLD Championship. Ricky Bobby’s got an Open Challenge? Okay, okay. Truth wonders how Lashley will feel when the turntables- No, wait, when the tables- But Tozawa rolls Truth up!! TOZAWA WINS!!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Tozawa says the tables HAVE turned! And he runs off with Truth’s baby! Turntables, tables turned, Truth is tired of tables! Will Truth find Tozawa before tonight is over?
The Eva-Lution continues.
Eva Marie finally feels like she’s made it. She’s seen levels of fame and fortune she never could’ve imagined when she started. She’s not just a supermodel, she’s a super role model. She has everything she could ever want, and wants others to see their dreams come true. But you have to be willing to put in the work. One perfect picture takes 99 bad ones to get there. Life isn’t perfect, but anything’s possible. Get ready for the Eva-Lution.
Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!
The Viper and #KofiMania face off again like in days of old, and also 2019, all because the Bro tried to patch things up. Will the only thing good about this be that one team gets closer to the tag titles?
Raw returns and The New Day make their entrance. The bell rings, Kofi and Orton circle, and they tie up. Orton headlocks, grinds, and hits a takeover. Kofi keeps his shoulders up, Riddle cheers Orton on as Kofi gets up. Kofi powers out, Orton runs him over, and things keep moving. Kofi hurdles, leaps, and back body blocks! Orton takes a tumble out and Riddle checks on him. Riddle wants everyone to back up, but Kofi goes out to fetch Orton. Orton kicks Kofi’s leg, scrapes laces on Kofi’s face, then puts Kofi in the ring. Orton stalks up behind Kofi, whips, but Kofi hurdles and arm-drags! And another! Kofi floats to a cover, TWO!
Woods says Kofi is the legend beating the legend killer! Orton gets up, Kofi hooks a leg for a Russian Leg Sweep! Kofi runs to springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Riddle coaches Orton as Kofi gets a double wristlock. Orton endures, fights up, but Kofi wrenches the arm. Orton puts Kofi in a corner, the ref counts, and Orton pokes Kofi in the eyes! Orton gets Kofi up to bump off buckles, throws EuroUppers, and then ROCKS him with a right! Orton chokes Kofi on ropes, the ref counts, and Orton lets off at 4. Kofi sputters back to the corner, Orton stomps his foot! Orton stomps Kofi’s hand, covers, ONE! Orton clamps on with another headlock and grinds Kofi down again.
Riddle likes the squeeze, but Woods coaches Kofi up. The ThunderDome screens rally up, Kofi endures but Orton cranks back harder on the hold. Kofi keeps fighting up, throws elbows, but Orton headbutts him! Orton whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Both men are down, Woods gets the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” beat going, and Kofi stands. Kofi double CHOPS, and CHOPS and dropkicks! Orton flounders up and dodges Kofi’s leaping lariat for a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Woods gets on his trombone and plays a tune! Orton is annoyed, Kofi rolls Orton up! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Riddle is just as shocked as Orton, but he tries to keep the Viper from striking back! Riddle tries to reason with all sides, but Orton looks like he’s aiming at Riddle! Orton reconsiders, and storms off. Woods turns Riddle around but Riddle shoves Woods! Is Riddle taking Orton’s side? Is he the only one?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are handling some complaints.
The Ravishing Glow and the #SexyMuscleFriends are all very upset. They don’t understand why Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler are getting rematches for the titles just 72 hours after losing them! And when it comes to Naomi & Lana having title matches, someone interferes. Oh get over it, you two lost! Unlike Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, who actually beat Shayna & Nia in that Six Woman Tag. So therefore, whoever comes out of tonight the champions, they’re up against Mandy & Dana, Sonya. Oh, really? But in walks The Queen. Charlotte Flair says they’ve all had a million chances and blown them all. Kinda like you, Charlotte?
What was that? Nothing. That’s what she thought. But Sonya wants all of them to wait patiently as she and Pearce figure out who the next contenders are, which will be after the title match. If they will excuse them, Charlotte has a “private matter” to discuss with them. The teams leave, the Queen stays, and she says that she feels she should have a 1v1 title match with Rhea Ripley now. But Charlotte didn’t win. She may be disappointed, but why does she think she gets a title match now? Well, she wasn’t the one pinned, so technically she didn’t lose. Sonya sees the logic there, but the decision isn’t just hers. If Charlotte wins against Asuka tonight, then both Sonya and Pearce will consider this request. It’s only fair. That’s not a problem for Charlotte.
Rhea says it might be. Rhea couldn’t care about Charlotte’s problems, though. She’s just here to tell Sonya and Adam that she’s ready for NEW competition. To Rhea, Charlotte’s nothing but yesterday’s news. Woof woof, Cruella. Well here’s a preview of tonight’s headlines: Charlotte beats Asuka! If history repeats itself like it has before, Charlotte will beat Rhea to become champion again. Rhea decides she will watch tonight’s match, to see the Queen fall off her throne. Ultimatums all around, but who makes good on their warning?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Tamina & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!
The statement maker, bone breaker duo of second generation superstars truly became title takers on Friday Night SmackDown! But vindication may only last a weekend as they have to face the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades again already! Will nothing stop Tamina & Natty now that they are living the dream?
Raw returns as the former champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and SmackDown revisited on a Monday sees who are really the alpha females of the division!
Natty and Nia start with the bell, and Nia rushes right in to CLOBBER Natty! Nia talks trash on Tamina, throws Natty to the corner and HIP ATTACKS! Tag to Shayna, she taunts Tamina now, and then runs in to KNEE Natty down! Shayna drags Natty, covers, TWO! Shayna grabs Natty’s arm, wrenches it and has a keylock on the mat. Shayna tortures Natty’s arm, twists the wrist, and stands on Natty’s head before she YANKS the arm back! Natty writhes but refuses to let this stop her, but Shayna is after the arm again. Shayna has another top wristlock but Tamina and the fans rally. Natty arm-drags free, but Shayna comes back to CLOBBER her! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Nia, they drag Natty up and feed her to a BODY CHECK! Nia talks trash, looms over Natty and brings her up. Natty throws hands, but Nia shoves her to a corner. Nia runs in but only gets buckles! Natty throws lariats, then hits a DISCUS! Cover, ONE!! Nia isn’t done so easily but Tamina tags in! Tamina fires off on Nia, Nia HEADBUTTS back! Nia CLUBS Tamina, scoops her, and SLAMS her! Tag to Shayna, and Shayna holds Tamina down while Nia climbs. Tamina kicks Shayna away! And SUPERKICKS Nia down! Reggie hurries to distract the ref! Shayna fires off on Tamina but kicks into a fireman’s carry! But Alexa and Lily watch from the stage as Shayna slips to a KIRAFUDA CLUTCH!
But then WOOSH! Pyro from the post! That’s not Kane, that’s Lily! Tamina is free, she tags Natty, and they hit Shayna with the HART ATTACK! Cover, the champs retain!
Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
They don’t understand what happened, and Reggie is blinded by the fire’s light! Lily giggles, did she mean to do that?
Sheamus VS Ricochet!
The Fella is a fighting champion, but more fighting than defending. That’s because he wants people to earn a title opportunity! The King of Flight surely earned something at Backlash, and Sheamus says, “You think I’m out here playing?!” Ricochet put his dirty filthy hands all over his hat and jacket! So he better bring all that back or Sheamus will make him a stain on the bottom of his boot! Ricochet is smirking backstage and Sarah asks him about the very thing Sheamus is referencing. Ricochet may have lost the match, but he snatched Sheamus’ sweet threads. That was fun, because Ricochet vows to shut Sheamus up forever.
And though Ricochet may have thrown it all back at Sheamus last night, but you know he had to do it to him! He snatched it all back and feels like Ernest the Cat right now. But Ricochet does his best Irish accent to say that after the match, he might have himself a pint. Has he at least earned himself a whole can of whoop ass?
Ricochet makes his entrance, Sheamus storms up the ramp but Ricochet hits a drop toehold! Sheamus hits the deck, Ricochet slips into the ring, and then gets Sheamus with a dropkick on the return! Sheamus is furious, the bell rings, Ricochet dodges Sheamus again to fire off forearms! Ricochet fires off body shots, Sheamus shoves him but Ricochet BOOTS and rolls him up! TWO, Ricochet fires off kicks! Sheamus gets a hand on Ricochet to CLOBBER him! Sheamus CLUBS Ricochet, kicks him around, and stomps him in a corner. Sheamus gets Ricochet up to CLOBBER him! Sheamus looms over Ricochet, throws more body shots, but Ricochet CHOPS and throws hands!
Sheamus DECKS Ricochet, gets him back up, and scoops him to SLAM him! Ricochet grits his teeth and Sheamus starts to smirk. Sheamus kicks Ricochet, Ricochet fires off hands! Sheamus puts Ricochet in a corner, digs his forearms in, and then KNEES low and hard! Sheamus scoops, Ricochet slips out and gets a sleeper hold! Sheamus RAMS Ricochet into buckles, throws him off, and then drags him around to a chinbar and armlock. Ricochet endures, moves around, but Sheamus SLAPS him. Ricochet fights up, reaches for ropes, but Sheamus chinbars! Ricochet JAWBREAKERS free! Sheamus is even angrier now and he CLUBS Ricochet!
Sheamus whips, Ricochet hits a knee smash and ENZIGURI! Sheamus bails out, Ricochet slingshots but Sheamus catches the plancha! Sheamus POSTS Ricochet then TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Ricochet writhes and Sheamus soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Sheamus again looms over Ricochet. Sheamus stands Ricochet up and throws hands but Ricochet throws forearms back! Sheamus shoves, KNEES low, then kicks Ricochet against the ropes! Ricochet flops out, Sheamus gets him up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Ricochet takes about 7 before the ref gets to 4, but Sheamus drags him back in. Sheamus clamps on, digs his fingers in, but Ricochet fights off the Dublin Smile! Ricochet gets up, throws more forearms, and more forearms, and more forearms! Sheamus is dazed as Ricochet only stops because he was tiring out! Ricochet fires up, runs, but Sheamus gets him for an IRISH CURSE! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus is seething as Ricochet survives, but Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus climbs, but slowly, and Ricochet ROCKS him with a right! Ricochet climbs, Sheamus knocks him back down! Sheamus adjusts, Ricochet runs and springs right up to get a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives but his leg is in great pain from how he’s writhing and kicking. Sheamus still grabs at Ricochet, but Ricochet kicks back. Ricochet kicks and kicks and Sheamus lets go. Sheamus stands up but Ricochet dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Ricochet runs corner to corner to forearm smash! And then again, only for Sheamus to put him outside.
Sheamus hobbles, Ricochet springboards back in, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus is still in this and Ricochet is a bit frustrated. Ricochet LIONSAULTS onto knees! Cradle from Sheamus, TWO!! Ricochet escapes and he dodges the Brogue! SUPERKICK! To a NECKBREAKER! Sheamus is down, Ricochet drags him into a drop zone! Ricochet climbs, aims, but Sheamus bails out! So Ricochet just smirks and SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and both men go down! Ricochet gets Sheamus up and in, goes back to the corner, and springboards in, for a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus survives and Ricochet can’t believe it!
Ricochet snarls as he gets Sheamus back up and fireman’s carries. Sheamus fights out, throws more elbows and shoves Ricochet. Ricochet elbows back, springboards, into a PUMP KNEE!! Cover, Shea- TWO!??!?! That was a 2.99!! Sheamus is furious, he wanted this to be over! He tells Ricochet just to stay down, but Ricochet SLAPS him! Sheamus BROGUES Ricochet right back!! Cover, NOW Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The One and Only gave Sheamus one hell of a fight! But Sheamus has everything back, and tells “Rick O’Shea” that he ain’t dancing now, huh? That victory felt great! Sheamus loves the gold, but his other shoulder feels a little empty. Lashley better watch his back, because Sheamus might come around and accept that Open Challenge! Is Sheamus hoping to become #SheamyTwoBelts?
T-Bar & Mace speak.
“From the second that we brought our desolation to Monday Night Raw, Bobby Lashley’s WWE title has had an expiration date.” “But don’t mistake the pain we brought as a gift. It was a loan. And tonight, Bobby Lashley pays his debt.” Tonight, they strike! Everything that lives is designed to die. The question is, which one of them ends the legacy of Lashley? That’s as simple as the flip of a coin. “What a terrible night to be Bobby Lashley.” “All Mighty? No. Tonight, Bobby Lashley’s WWE title will be all GONE!” Which of these two titans will make Lashley face retribution?
Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
This isn’t an official contender’s match, but management did tell The Queen that if she wins, then maybe she’d get another chance. Will Charlotte repeat history from WrestleMania 34 to repeat history from WrestleMania 36? Or will the Empress of Tomorrow make sure tomorrow belongs to her?
Raw returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They approach, tie up, and go around. Charlotte arm-drags Asuka but she’s right up to avoid the boot. Charlotte avoids kicks, but so does Asuka! Asuka dodges Charlotte again, follows and dropkicks Charlotte down, to then HIP ATTACK her to ropes! Charlotte flounders, Asuka whips but Charlotte blocks! Asuka throws forearms, whips again, but Charlotte reverses. Asuka dodges, but Charlotte CLOBBERS her with a back elbow! Charlotte drags Asuka up, headlocks, but Asuka fights out. Asuka shoves Charlotte to a corner, Charlotte tumbles up and out but shoulders into a knee!
Asuka sweeps the legs, goes out to spin Charlotte around and HIP ATTACK her into the ring! Cover, TWO! Charlotte goes to ropes, Asuka is right after her. Asuka CLUBS Charlotte, clamps onto an arm, but Charlotte wrenches and ROCKS Asuka. Charlotte retreats to the outside, Asuka goes to the apron but her kick is blocked! Charlotte sweeps the legs! And here comes Rhea! The Nightmare is fashionably late to watching these royals wrestle, and Charlotte glares at her as she covers Asuka, TWO! The Queen stares down the champion while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Charlotte thrashes Asuka around with a chinlock. Rhea watches in a seat at ringside as Asuka endures. Asuka fights up, throws elbows, but Charlotte CLUBS her down! Asuka kicks from below but Charlotte stomps her down! Charlotte drags Asuka up for an EXPLODER! Charlotte puts Asuka on ropes and bends her back! The ref counts, Charlotte lets go at 4, and brings Asuka around to ROCK her! And CHOP her! And ROCK, and CHOP! Asuka falls over, Charlotte looms over her. Asuka kicks from below again but Charlotte stomps away on her! Charlotte sits Asuka up to cartwheel and BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!
Charlotte starts to smile because she’s amused that Asuka is still in this. Charlotte scoops, Asuka slips free and fires forearms! Asuka whips, Charlotte reverses but Asuka elbows back! And BOOTS! Asuka runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Rhea is amused as Asuka gets a ghost pin, TWO! Charlotte returns the favor, TWO! Asuka has it back, TWO! Asuka ROCKS Charlotte, runs in but into a BACKBREAKER and ROPE SHOT! Charlotte hits a NECKBREAKER, covers, TWO! Charlotte stops being amused and is annoyed as she stands up. Charlotte says she’s watching Rhea, and she wraps Asuka up in a headscisosr. Charlotte dribbles Asuka’s head off the mat, then squeezes tight!
Asuka endures, fans rally up, but Charlotte turns over to THROW Asuka around! And dribble her, then put the squeeze back on! Asuka still endures, even as Charlotte pushes up for leverage. Charlotte THROWS Asuka, covers, TWO!! Asuka shakes her head, she hasn’t given up! Charlotte says SHE is the division, and she toys with Asuka. Asuka pushes back, rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Asuka spins Charlotte to a backslide, TWO! BUZZSAW! It just got Charlotte and she goes to a corner. Asuka fires up, mule kicks Charlotte, then pop-up KNEES, to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Charlotte flounders about and Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK! BULLDOG!
Asuka aims, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives the onslaught and Asuka is beside herself! Asuka gets Charlotte up in another waistlock but Charlotte elbows free! Charlotte runs but into a BOOT! But she BOOTS Asuka down in return! High stack cover, TWO!! Rhea really likes seeing Charlotte frustrated. Charlotte goes to a corner, takes aim, and NATURAL- NO! Asuka slips through to get the chinbar! Charlotte throws Asuka off, runs back in but the boot misses, only for the ELBOW to hit! Was that Andrade’s move?! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives but Charlotte hoists her up top! Charlotte ROCKS Asuka, climbs up, and brings Asuka up, but Asuka shoves her away!
Asuka steadies herself as Charlotte flops on the mat! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is mildly impressed now as Asuka KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Charlotte! Asuka runs, but the sliding kick misses! Charlotte rolls Asuka, has hold of tights, TWO!! Charlotte waistlocks, Asuka switches but Charlotte elbows free again! Charlotte runs, Asuka follows, wheelbarrow to KNEEBAR!! Charlotte reaches, Asuka drags her back and twists that ankle! Charlotte stands up to pry Asuka off! Asuka fights the suplex to get the arm! Charlotte rolls, but into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Charlotte scrambles to her feet, pushes back, but can’t get a cover!
Charlotte fights up, it’s a cover now, ONE! Into a BOSTON CRAB! Asuka endures, reaches for the ropes, but Charlotte drags her away! Asuka powers out to hit a prawn hold, TWO!! FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Into the ASUKA LOCK!! Charlotte fights, cameras go wonky, Charlotte gets the ROPEBREAK! Charlotte BOOTS Asuka from the ropes, gets a leg and has a HANGING KNEEBAR!! The ref counts, Asuka shouts, and Charlotte lets go at 4.9! Charlotte drags Asuka over and bounces her off the desk! Rhea smiles and tells Charlotte she’s a loser. Asuka runs in but Charlotte blocks the back hand!
Charlotte puts Asuka in the ring, tells Rhea to keep the belt warm, and goes in to get the leg! Asuka kicks Charlotte off the Figure Four, Rhea is on the apron and gets a BOOT! Charlotte is stuck a second, Asuka rolls her up! ONE!! Charlotte gets the legs, but Asuka cradle counters!! ASUKA WINS!!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall
Charlotte lost her focus and that cost her the title opportunity! Rhea says that’s what she deserves! Will this keep going ’round ‘n’ ’round between the Empress, the Queen and the Nightmare?
John Morrison is NOT a zombie!
Kevin Patrick finds him and asks if he can somehow even attempt to explain last night’s Lumberjack match turned horror movie? “Whenever I think about what happened last night, to The Miz, it feels like someone is picking at my brain. Like I’m dead inside. A rotting feeling, y’know? I can still smell those lumberjacks. And I’m no medical expert, but I think those lumberjacks hadn’t showered or visited a dentist in a very long time.” The Miz might never be the same again, which is why Morrison is dedicating this match to him. Wherever Miz is, it is a nicer place. Drip Drip out. Is that a sign that the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century is no more?
Lumberjack Match: Damian Priest VS John Morrison!
The Archer of Infamy has apparently shrugged off the supernatural madness of #WrestleManiaBacklash, and WWE promises this will be an absolutely normal Lumberjack match. Will Priest #LiveForever at the expense of the “most moist-see WWE Superstar?”
Raw returns, and yes, the lumberjacks are normal superstars! Oh hey, Nikki Cross is back, too! Anyway, Morrison makes his entrance, the bell rings, and they circle. Morrison is wary of Priest’s strikes, but the two tie up. Morrison headlocks, Priest powers out, and Morrison rams shoulders only for Priest to rebound and run Morrison over! Things speed up and Priest arm-drags Morrison down! Morrison fights up, Priest wrenches but Morrison ROCKS him! Morrison fires off body shots and elbows in a corner, then some kicks and more forearms! Morrison throws Priest out, T-Bar & Mace go after him, PRIMED Alexander joining in!
The other lumberjacks storm over but Alexander puts Priest in. Morrison gets his shots in, Priest staggers into a KICK! Morrison ROCKS Priest with another forearm, then has him in a corner. Morrison winds up and goes corner to corner, but into a STOMP! Priest catches his breath, Morrison staggers up into a KICK! KICK! And ROLLING ELBOW! Priest powers up but Morrison bails out! Nikki puts him back in! The lumberjacks are fired up for that! They also fire up as Priest throws hands on Morrison! Priest ROCKS Morrison with a straight right hand, then he whips Morrison corner to corner. Morrison bails out, Priest gets buckles and a GAMANGIRI!
Morrison goes Eddy Gordo but Priest PUNCHES the foot! Morrison hobbles, Tozawa wants to put him in but Morrison turns the tables and throws Tozawa into the ring! T-Bar & Mace chase Morrison but he leaps over barriers! Morrison plays parkour to flip up and over Mustafa Ali, and get around Shelton Benjamin! He BOOTS Mansoor, gets in the ring, Priest gets him for the SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! But that was a little too powerful, and Morrison rolls back to the apron! Priest is snarling as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Morrison stomps away on Priest! The lumberjacks are fired up as Priest kicks from below, only for Morrison to block and float through! Morrison throws hands, gets an arm, but Priest turns that to a cover, TWO! Priest keeps hold of Morrison’s arm, OMOPLATA TRIANGLE?! Morrison fights up, flails and reaches out, makes it a cover, TWO! Morrison springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Priest bails out, the Viking Raiders put him back in for the SHINING WIZARD from Morrison! Cover, TWO! Morrison wraps Priest up in a chinlock, grinds him down, and the lumberjacks rally. Morrison knee slow, throws body shots, and runs, into a back elbow!
Priest blocks a punch to fire off fast hands and a BOOT! And then he FLAPJACKS Morrison! Priest brings Morrison around to a Canadian rack, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives and Priest takes a breath. Priest stalks Morrison but Morrison throws him out! Alexander, T-Bar and Mace go after him! The Raiders get in Mace’s face but he and T-Bar back them down! Alexander puts Priest back in for Morrison and Morrison grins. Morrison gets Priest up, Priest ROCKS him with a right! And then a left and an uppercut! Priest whips, Morrison reverses, Priest FLIES out onto the lumberjacks!!
Alexander gets in to DIVE onto Benjamin because he wants after him from last week! The lumberjacks break up this fight because that’s not what they’re here for! Morrison puts Priest out, Priest BELL CLAPS! Morrison ROCKS Priest back, climbs up to join him, but Priest changes things on him! SUPERPLEX ONTO THE CROWD!! The lumberjacks are down, but Titus O’Neil and Ivar sort through the wreckage to get Priest and Morrison back in. Nikki coaches Priest up, the ref checks on Morrison, and Priest choke grips! Morrison pushes out and ROCKS Priest in a corner! Morrison runs in but Priest dodges! Morrison goes up, Priest ROCKS him! Priest climbs, for a SUPER STEINER!!
Priest hurries to get Morrison up, and HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
Two nights, two fights, two times Priest conquers the Greatest Tag Team in the 21st Century! Sarah congratulates him at the stage, and he says it feels great! He says in Spanish and then in English that it is time to finally move on. Miz ‘n’ Morrison are the past, and the future is to #LiveForever. Priest is going to create a moment, and maybe he accepts tonight’s Open Challenge! Maybe the next moment is becoming THE WWE World Champion. Will the Archer of Infamy take aim at the target on Lashley’s back?
Lashley prepares backstage.
The moment of truth is almost here! Who will the Rocky Mountain Machine look to wreck in Raw’s main event?
The Eva-Lution keeps growing.
“Behind the scenes, it takes a team of people to make the vision of a movie happen. I couldn’t be where I am today without the people who guided me down the right path.” Growing up, Eva wanted to be a hero like Angelina Jolie. And now that she is, she doesn’t want to just play a hero, she wants to be a hero. She might be a star, but stars are meant to show others the way. She wants to be the one little girls look up to and says, “I can be that, too!” This is #EvaLution.
Backstage interview with Shelton Benjamin.
Last week, he defeated former friend in Cedric Alexander, but we’re not talking about that. That’s a waste of time. Benjamin is going to talk about more important things, like him challenging Lashley for the title. But Alexander walks in with sarcastic applause. Alexander isn’t here to fight, but to give him the applause for Benjamin finally having the guts to challenge Lashley. In Benjamin’s mind, he seems himself as a legend, doesn’t he? Just because he get a fluke over Alexander, that means he can step to Lashley? Benjamin, remember this. There is a reason everyone around him ends up leaving: Benjamin always was and always will be worthless. Benjamin DECKS Alexander! Is that just the warm-up the Gold Standard needs before going for gold?
WWE World Championship Open Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS ???
We thought the All Mighty was going to take a night off, but that’s not the kind of man Lashley is. Granted, he and MVP agreed that this open challenge is only open to those not named Braun Strowman or Drew McIntyre. Will this fresh competition be the perfect thing to celebrate the win at Backlash? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine be more like the Cocky Mountain Machine and get caught underestimating his opponent? Speaking of, who is tonight’s opponent? We find out, after the break!
Raw returns and MVP asks, “Who’s it gonna be? Who’s gonna step up and accept the Open Challenge? Anybody?” Does Lashley think there’ll be anyone? No one walks out yet, but IT’S A NEW DAY, YES IT IS! Is it Kofi? It IS!! Is he still okay after that hard match with The Viper? The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if #KofiMania2 happens on a Monday!
But then MVP says something. He has an announcement? That whole “championship” thing was nice, but did MVP say this was a title match? Lashley didn’t say it! Pearce isn’t here making it one! And Kofi isn’t even worthy of being in the ring, but good luck anyway. MVP pulls the rug out from under us all!!
(Non-title) Open Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!
Kofi is furious and he fires off on Lashley in a corner! The ref counts, Kofi lets off, and the bell rings to make this a match now! Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley is surprised Kofi survived, and he drags Kofi back up to reel him in. MVP says to finish this, and Lashley suplexes Kofi, holds him up for 5, but Kofi fights free! Kofi dodges Lashley, and dropkicks him to ropes! Lashley comes back but Kofi dodges to SUPERKICK! Lashley tumbles to the apron, and Kofi dropkicks him down! Lashley staggers, Kofi runs and WRECKS him with another dropkick!
Kofi keeps moving and FLIES! Direct hit and DOWN GOES LASHLEY! Woods is in MVP’s face about it, Kofi is fired up and so are the fans, as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again Kofi brawls with Lashley! Lashley blocks a boot to elbow Kofi down! Lashley drags Kofi up and bumps him off buckles! Lashley throws hands, digs his boots in, but lets off at 4. Kofi is in a daze, but Lashley chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Lashley lets off at 3, and MVP talks trash. Kofi swipes at MVP, MVP says that should be a disqualification right there! Lashley RAMS Kofi into the corner over and over and over, then runs corner to corner to RAM into Kofi again! MVP talks more trash and Lashley suplexes Kofi to hold him for 10 this time! And with one arm! SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley tries again, TWO!
Kofi gets up but Lashley has a rear bearhug on him! MVP wants Lashley to humiliate Kofi and make him regret ever getting in this ring! Lashley squeezes tight, Kofi endures, and Kofi fights up to throw elbows! Lashley still holds tight, Kofi reaches and gets the ropebreak, while giving Lashley a hotshot! Kofi CHOPS and swings around Lashley to hit a DDT! Both men are down and MVP starts to worry as Kofi crawls to the cover. TWO, but Kofi kicks Lashley down! NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP! Lashley grabs at Kofi’s hair and drags him into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kofi is showing that same heart that made #KofiMania happen the first time!
Lashley stalks Kofi, MVP wants this to be done so they can go party. Lashley puts Kofi up top, climbs up, but Kofi fights back with headbutts! Lashley hits back, climbs up, but Woods uses the trombone! Just like on Orton! Lashley ROCKS Kofi, shouts at Woods, but Kofi LEAPS for an APRON DDT!! Kofi hurries back in, hooks Lashley up, but Lashley turns SOS into gut wrench and DOMINATOR! Lashley says this is because of Woods! Lashley throws Kofi out, follows him, and brings Kofi up to fireman’s carry, and POST him!! Kofi flops to the floor, Lashley gets him up and into the ring, and then throws him back out the other end.
Lashley goes out, drags Kofi up, and fireman’s carries him again. Woods saves Kofi, but the ref ejects him! Lashley puts Kofi in, and sets him up so MVP can aim. But McIntyre is here and he stops MVP from using the cane! Lashley grabs at McIntyre, to get a CANE SHOT!! Kofi rolls Lashley up, and WINS!!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
The Scottish Warrior figures that if he can’t face Lashley, he’ll screw him over! MVP brought this upon himself and the All Mighty, and now Kofi has a win over the All Mighty World Champion! Is#KofiMania2 inevitable?
This was a trail mix of quality for a post-PPV Raw. On one hand, I think WWE was trying to invent “Aftermath Syndrome,” which is the sibling to Go Home Syndrome, where there were so many recap packages to fill time and it was never organically introduced. On the other, we got great matches and some surprising developments. Mostly. I’m disappointed that we didn’t get even a hint of Miz ‘n’ Morrison being zombies now after what happened at Backlash. If you’re going to plug a movie just because a legend is in it, why not keep that plug going? Zombie Miz and Morrison would be great stuff, honestly.
But the Lumberjack match was still very good, and technically should’ve been what we got at the PPV. I’m also surprised that after losing the 24/7 title, Truth didn’t go after Tozawa during the Lumberjack match. But maybe that would’ve been one detour too many since we also had Alexander going after Benjamin for the loss last week. Nikki Cross making a very lowkey return in that segment was great, too, she needed to show up somehow. At least, before she more than likely becomes Lily in human form, and then she and Alexa go after the women’s tag titles. Because apparently, forget “Lily’s favorite color is red” being a clue to anything, Alexa is skipping the singles title to go back to the tag division.
Admittedly, all of the Raw Women’s Division needs help in terms of depth. Alexa & Lily joining in is fine, so long as Lily’s human form isn’t as horrifying as the doll. That’ll be way too hard to look at as a full sized person. We got another Charlotte VS Asuka match, which is both good and bad. It’s good because they delivered another awesome match, and there was great ways of using Rhea ringside to give Charlotte comeuppance. But it’s bad because it literally means the title scene is just three women. Nia and Shayna should try to get back in the Raw Women’s title scene, mostly Shayna, so that they (mostly Shayna) can brush off some of the more awkward moments these last few months with some great matches against Asuka, Charlotte and Rhea.
Sheamus VS Ricochet tonight was amazing stuff, but I’m a little unsure about the supposed set up for it tonight. Ricochet said it in his own promo that he gave the jacket and hat back. Did he really need to snatch it all back again just to make Sheamus angrier? We knew this rematch was happening just on how things ended between them on Backlash, so just leave it at that. Was it all just so commentary could argue about the legal ramifications of Ricochet stealing the stuff? I was a bit scared Sheamus got hurt the same was Humberto Carrillo did last week, but it was good to see he walked it off. Sheamus wins again, but I feel like we could get a big match like SmackDown’s set up for the Intercontinental Championship, Sheamus VS Ricochet VS Mansoor VS Mustafa Ali or a returning Carrillo.
Styles VS Elias was a bit of a surprise, and it was a good match, and I feel like it puts Styles & Omos in a tweener position in the Raw Tag Division. It was also clever of them to have Elias & Ryker separate Omos & Styles long enough so they can beat up Styles. That will be the key to defeating them and taking those titles away. I like the set-up to Orton VS Kofi with Riddle pulling one of those “invite them both somewhere without mentioning the other” type moves. Orton VS Kofi was a good match and it’s clever that Kofi wins with help from a distraction so that we’d have reason for New Day VS RKBRO down the line.
But at the same time, that seemed like a misdirect given how the main event turned out. Lashley and MVP having ladies with them to party seemed a bit old days, but at least they were being mostly tasteful about it. I do like the loophole on MVP issuing the open challenge was a valid one, McIntyre “interrupted” too early and then was the one to say “championship match” when that was never the case. Kofi being the one to answer was a great move not just because of the great match, but also because it shows WWE might be working to have story and division overlap. Just because a tag team wrestler wants the tag team titles doesn’t mean they can’t go after the singles title.
Orton and Styles are also good choices on that front, but I like that it’s Kofi. The match tonight was a great sampler, and we’re surely getting more, and I like that McIntyre had a part to play in the ending. Lashley VS Kofi at Hell in a Cell but not in the Cell is going to be great, but I’m fairly certain Lashley wins because of Kofi is also involved in the story with RKBRO. It might not be at HITC, it could be next week or the week after, and Kofi loses because of Orton. McIntyre could and probably should take a detour because it’s starting to feel like the women’s title where there are only two or three people even considered for it. Braun getting a 1v1 chance wouldn’t be so bad, either.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)
Black Friday is on a Rampage!
Will Riho get a golden ticket tonight?
Tony Khan’s offering a major Black Friday deal and Britt Baker isn’t happy about it! If Riho defeats The Doctor, she gets an AEW Women’s world title match!
- Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor; win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho; Riho wins and earns a future title match against Britt Baker.
- Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0; Kingston wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor!
It’s undisputed that both teams are great friends, but this is about seeing who are the best friends! Will Cole & Fish bring the boom? Or will Freshly Squeezed & The Decoder make Chaos proud here in Chicago?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts with Fish. They circle, feel it out, and then Fish shoots in to waistlock. Yuta switches, gets the ankle pick and the leg but Fish gets a leg back. Fish pushes to a cover, Yuta slips away before a count. They feel things out again, Fish steps in to knee low! Fish throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then ROCKS Yuta with a forearm. Fish whips, Yuta goes up and over but swings into a body shot! Yuta slips under to dropkick Fish down! Yuta wrenches, tags to Cassidy but Fish throws forearms. The Best Friends still double whip and, well Yuta forearms. Both Yuta and Cassidy run, KNEE DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!
Fish gets away and tags Cole. Fans fire up as Cole and Cassidy stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, but Cole stops him from putting his hands in his pockets. Cole hits the “BAYBAY!” pose, and then takes a bow. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Cole stops him again. Cassidy hammerlocks, spins, and WRINGS Cole out! Cole gets up in a huff as Cassidy spins and holds his hands up. But again Cole stops that with a waistlock! Cassidy switches, Cole switches, Cassidy reaches for legs, but then he puts his hands up. Cole shifts to a full nelson, but Cassidy still wants his pockets! Colle fights to keep those hands up, Cassidy uses his leg to break the nelson!
Cassidy switches, flying-mares, then thumbs up with Cole. Cole flails, Cassidy crucifix covers! TWO, and Cassidy builds up the energy. Cole runs in, Cassidy hurdles over, Yuta ROCKS Cole! Tag to Yuta, Cassidy and Yuta double whip Cole corner to corner. Yuta sends Cassidy but Sloth Style kicks in. Yuta runs to back elbow Cole, then go corner to corner to back elbow again! Cassidy finally arrives to feed Cole to Yuta’s scoop SLAM and SENTON! Cover, Fish drags Yuta off. Fans are fired up as Yuta drags Cole up. Cole JAWBREAKERS then runs in but Yuta elbows him away. Yuta goes up, Fish runs over and then Cole YANKS Yuta down!
Cole drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, stomps away, then tags in Fish. Fish stomps Yuta down, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Fish lets off, drags Yuta up and clinches for knees. He bumps Yuta off buckles, fires forearms and body shots, then kicks. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Yuta up and throws more forearms. Yuta throws forearms back, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cole talks trash to Yuta then drags him back as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fish tags in, Cole anchors Yuta while Fish stomps away. Fish drags Yuta up, throws knees, then forearms, then brings Yuta around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Yuta up, throws more knees, then snapmares him to go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he drags Yuta up to knee him to the corner. Fish throws forearms, wrenches and taunts Cassidy before he back suplexes. Yuta lands on his feet but Fish CLOBBERS him! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up. Fish tags Cole, but Yuta sends Cole out! Fish drags Yuta away, Yuta ENZIGURIS free!
Yuta crawls over, but Cole trips Cassidy off the apron! Cole gets in to bump Yuta off the buckle, then stomps away on him. Tag to Fish, he drags Yuta up to BOOT him into the corner. Fish fires off fast hands and another BOOT! Tag to Cole, Fish holds Yuta and Cole runs in but Yuta back drops him! Yuta elbows Fish, elbows Cole, BOOTS Fish, then goes up to double missile dropkick! Cassidy is back, Yuta crawls over as fans rally up! Hot tag to Cassidy! Well, lukewarm with Cassidy’s speed. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and fires off the “devastating” shin kicks. He dodges the double clotheslines to DOUBLE DRPOKICK! Cassidy kips up to DOUBLE RANA!
Cassidy keeps moving, he uses Cole to kick and tilt-o-whirl to DDT Fish! Cole and Fish bail out, Yuta goes up and Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES< Yuta CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, Cassidy goes up and Yuta tags in! CROSSBODY then a DIVE onto Fish! Yuta SPLASHES Cole! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Cassidy, he and Yuta get Cole up but Cole fires off forearms! Cole mule kicks Cassidy, BOOTS Yuta, then reels Cassidy in! Yuta rewinds, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge! But Fish breaks it!! Yuta gets up, Fish ROCKS him then mule kicks Cassidy! Fish KICKS Yuta down, then catches Cassidy to EXPLODER him into Yuta!
Fish tags in, he tackles Cassidy to a corner, then he isolates a leg to knee and KICK and DRAGON SCREW! SHINING WIZARD from Cole! Leg clutch cover, TWO!! KNEEBAR! Cole plays defense as Yuta gets in! Yuta then baits Cole and dodges the superkick to clobber Fish! Cole SUPERKICKS Yuta, Cassidy SUPERKICKS Cole! BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy powers up, but Fish TACKLES him to a corner! Fish has the leg, Cassidy breaks free but swings into the EXPLODER into buckles! Yuta tags in and spins Fish for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta STOMPS Fish, hauls him up, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Yuta goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Cole trips him up! The ref reprimands, Cassidy trips Cole! Cassidy takes off the elbow pad but Cole drags Cassidy out to throw him into steel steps! And then again! Fish goes after Yuta on the top rope, brings Yuta up, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Fish & Cole win!
Winners: Adam Cole & Bobby Fish, by pinfall
Whether or not Cole & Fish are best friends, they’re the better team here tonight! Will they give everyone a reason to fear them?
Backstage interview with Tony Nese.
Tony Schiavone says the Premier Athlete has “mysteriously” been in the stands watching, but Nese stops him right there. There is no mystery to what he’s doing. He’s scouting the competition, because that’s what top athletes do. “We all know that there’s an open challenge for the TNT Championship, so I thought, what perfect way to make my debut on TNT than becoming the TNT Champion?” Based off what Nese has seen, if Ethan Page, Bobby Fish or Jay Lethal would’ve done their homework, Sammy Guevara wouldn’t be champion right now. Nese is 100% unimpressed, but here comes Sammy!
Sammy’s the one unimpressed with Nese! Another new guy talking a lot of mess. Nese wants Sammy to relax. Is Sammy unable to take criticism? Oh he can take criticism, just not from a guy who hasn’t done s*it since he got here. Nese says there’s an open challenge, so he’s challenging Sammy next week. Challenge accepted, see you next week. Yeah you will. But then Nese SUCKER PUNCHES Sammy! Nese says the only reason Sammy has the title is because guys like Nese weren’t available yet. Nese leaves for now, but will he leave next Rampage the new TNT Champion?
Cash Wheeler starts by saying, “On Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago, we proved once again that we are the living lucha legends, the AAA World Tag Team Champions, and without a doubt the best tag team on the planet.” There’s a reason FTR is 2-0 against the Lucha Bros and the only win the Lucha Bros got was on the illegal man. There is no team on Earth, in this ring or in this business as good as FTR. Dax Harwood says they have a “history” with 2 outta 3 falls matches, so he is begging them that if they wanna prove it was no fluke, go 2 outta 3 falls with FTR. Right now, until they find someone better, write ’em a letter, #TopGuysOut!
AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho!
The Doctor better take the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion seriously, because if Riho wins here, she’ll get a title match in the near future! Will Riho cash in on this great deal? Or will Britt deny her this huge holiday gift?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches an arm to hammerlock, then spin Riho to a snapmare. Riho slips out to wrench and have the arm. Britt gets up, powers through to spin and snapmare Riho again, but Riho slips out again to have the wristlock. Britt fights up, Riho keeps on the wristlock but Britt clubs free and ROCKS Riho with a right! Britt says, “D M D,” but Riho fires off forearms! Birtt pulls hair to throw Riho down! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! But Britt rolls her up again, TWO! Britt gets the arm but Riho fights to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Britt lets off but she stomps away on Riho!
The ref counts, Britt lets off, Hayter and Rebel choke Riho! Britt comes back to stand on Riho at the ropes, then lets off at 4. Britt drags Riho up to ROCK her again. Britt whips, Riho handsprings and dropkicks! Riho keeps moving to dropkick again! Britt bails out, Rebel checks on her, but Riho goes up a corner! Riho LEAPS and CROSSBODIES Britt and Rebel down! Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Hayter checks on Britt but Riho comes back to drag Britt up. Riho puts Britt in, Britt goes to a corner. Riho runs in to forearm smash! Then she goes corner to corner again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt stands on Riho’s head and stomps away!
Britt drags Riho up by her hair, bumps her off buckles again and again, but the ref counts. Britt lets off and Riho flops down as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Britt reels Riho into a suplex. Riho fights it off, wrenches and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Riho runs, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt hammers away with forearms, covers, TWO! Britt argues with the ref, then drags Riho up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Britt doesn’t care. Riho throws body shots, Britt clinches and whips Riho to a corner. Britt is annoyed as fans rally and duel, and Britt stomps Riho down! Britt lets off, gives another stomp, then drags RIho up for a forearm. Riho forearms back, fires off many more, but Britt kicks her low! Britt whips Riho to a corner, runs in but into boots! Riho runs and tilt-o-whirl headscissors!
Britt ends up in a corner, Riho goes corner to corner and KNEES Britt right in the head! Riho reels Britt in, but Britt blocks the Northern Lights and CLUBS Riho. Snap suplex into buckles! Britt drags Riho up, Alabama lift but Riho slips out to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riho crawls after Britt. Cover, TWO! Britt is still in this but Riho goes up the corner. Diving stomps but Britt dodges! Britt comes back, spins Riho and ROCKS her with a forearm! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Britt slaps her down. Britt runs, Riho dodges the stomp to kick and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Riho goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Riho keeps her focus. Riho run sin but Britt ducks the knees! Riho runs into buckles, but she avoids the swinging fisherman! Rolling cradle, RIHO WINS!!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall (earns an AEW Women’s World Championship match)
Britt is FURIOUS! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat,
El Idolo wasn’t done with Cody Rhodes after Dynamite went off the air! A bare concrete Hammerlock DDT may have downed the American Nightmare, but now Cody and Andrade will go 1v1 in an ATLANTA STREET FIGHT! Plus, after the confrontation on Dynamite, Gunn Club’s Colten & Billy Gunn take on Sting & Darby for a grudge match of two undefeated teams!
Mark Henry interviews our main eventers!
He starts with Daniel Garcia & 2point0, and how they’ve been attacking whoever, throwing coffee in people’s faces, and are generally out of control. Matt Lee says that’s right, they’re outta control! Eddie Kingston, hopefully you didn’t fill up on turkey, because tonight, you get a taste of Red Death on Black Friday! Great line. Jeff Parker adds that those interruptions weren’t on accident. They know Kingston and he reacted exactly how they thought he would! Garcia adds it’s Black Friday, another sold out arena for another Daniel Garcia main event. He vows to embarrass Kingston, and then Kingston will be the one giving Garcia thanks.
Kingston laughs at these three. He apologizes, but he can’t believe they’re serious. They throw coffee, attack him, say this and that, and Garcia’s acting all big and tough. He’s too light in the ass to mess with Kingston. Kingston will show Garcia what’s what in the ring. And as for his homeboys, they need to do Kingston a favor and shut up. Talk is cheap, partner. Then we’ve had enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Red Death be the one lucky to survive the Mad King?
Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0!
The bell rings and the two circle. They test things out, Garcia shoots in to get a leg but Kingston pushes him down to throw hands. Kingston has the arms, puts Garcia in a corner, the ref counts. Kingston won’t let off so the ref brings him back. Garcia shoots in but Kingston smothers him into the mat! Kinston clinches, they end up on the ropes, the ref counts. Kingston CLUBS Garcia before he lets off and fans fire up behind him. Garcia hangs back to get pointers from 2point0 before he approaches Kingston again. Garcia circles but then just bails out. Kingston is annoyed, but he’s ready when Garcia slides back in.
They tie up, Garcia throws a forearm, but Kingston fires off fast palm strikes! Then body strikes in the corner! Kingston stomps away on Garcia but 2point0 gets Garcia out of there! Kingston goes out to throw Matt Lee into railing! And then he SPINEBUSTERS Jeff Parker! Garcia gets in the ring, Kingston goes in but Garcia kicks him! And uppercuts! Garcia throws EuroUppers in the corner, then stomps away. Garcia digs his boots in, the ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4. Garcia paces, drags Kingston up and throws forearms. Garcia whips but Kingston holds ropes to Garcia forearms! Kingston headbutts! Garcia BOOTS, then whips, but Kingston blocks again.
Garcia keeps trying, Kingston CLUBS him down! Kingston CHOPS Garcia to a corner, CHOPS him again, and fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Garcia dodges to fire off forearms! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Garcia crawls to a corner, Kingston runs in but Garcia dodge. Garcia runs in but into an elbow. Kingston goes up, FLYING KNEE! Garcia is down but Kingston gets his legs to loosen up. Garcia goes to ropes but Kingston CHOPS him on the side! Kingston taunts Garcia then CHOPS him. Garcia throat chops back! Garcia CLUBS Kingston, stalks him around the ring and kicks the bad leg!
Garcia EuroUppers, Kingston BITES Garcia’s ear! The ref reprimands, Kingston lets off to stomp Garcia down. Kingston hobbles, drags Garcia up and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally behind Kingston as he walks off the bad leg. Garcia crawls to a corner as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia shoulders into Kingston, throws hands but Kingston CHOPS him down! Kingston drags Garcia up, suplexes but Garcia blocks. Garcia pries free, knees low, and again, and again! Then he snap suplexes Kingston down! Cover, ONE! Garcia goes after an arm but Kingston rolls, only to end up in a triangle hold. Kinston fights free to rain down hammer fists! Garcia kicks back at Kingston but Kingston stands to drag Garcia up. Kingston CHOPS, Garcia staggers back and asks for mercy. Kingston runs in but into an elbow! Garcia pulls on Kingston’s ear and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands but 2point0 talk a lot of trash at the apron.
Garcia straddle attacks Kingston at the ropes! 2point0 is right in Kingston’s face, but then Garcia goes out to CLUB Kingston on the apron. And again! Kingston gets in the ring but Garcia is right after that ear! So Kingston BITES the hand! Garcia knees and CLUBS Kingston, but Kingston staggers around. Kingston almost hits the ref with that haymaker! Garcia whips Kingston but Kingston can barely run, so Garcia CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Cover, ONE!! Another, TWO! Kingston has Garcia by his hear so he can club away on Garcia’s head! Garcia gets loose to stomp Kingston down! Garcia has the bad leg and YANKS back on it!
Kingston crawls, Garcia is on him with a double wristlock. Kingston clasps hands so Garcia clubs the grip. The two struggle, AEW returns to single picture, Garcia uses his knee for leverage. Kingston clubs Garcia but Garcia stomps him down! Garcia sits Kingston up, boots him, but fans rally up. Kingston grits his teeth but Garcia stomps away on him! Garcia drags Kingston up, whips him to the corner but again Kingston can barely run. The ref checks with Kingston but he says he’s not quitting. Garcia runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Garcia rolls to ropes, 2point0 is there to coach him. A standing count climbs, Kingston is up at 4 of 10!
Kingston hobbles over to Garcia, but Garcia headlocks to block the saido! Garcia clubs away on Kingston’s head, then rolls him to a HEEL HOOK! Kingston endures, gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go at 4, fans are thunderous! Garcia gets the leg again for a standing toehold! Then he digs his heel into Kingston’s gut, stomps the bad legs, jackknife! TWO as Kingston rolls and gets Garcia up, POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count climbs, 2point0 coaches Garcia up. Fans rally, Kingston drags himself up the ropes and hobbles over to Garcia. He brings Garcia up and CHOPS him o the back!
Garcia blocks the half nelson suplex, switches, but Kingston blocks the German Suplex. Garcia drags Kingston down to the HEEL HOOK! Kingston still gest the ROPEBREK, but Garcia drags him away! Kingston kicks with his free leg but Garcia LCOBBERS Kingston and fires off hammering hands! Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia drags Kingston up, CHOPS him, but Kingston stays up. Garcia powers up and runs, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Both men are down and fans fire up for Kingston. Garcia flounders at ropes as 2point0 coaches him up again. Garcia crawls over to Kingston, they both stand up and Kingston throws a body shot.
Kingston fire smore body shots, Garcia gives back palm strikes, the fans fire up for the fast hand brawling! Garcia fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Garcia ENZIGURIS! Garcia comes back to LARIAT!! Garcia can’t cover as he catches his breath, but fans are thunderous again. Garcia hobbles up, gets Kingston by the ear, reels him in, but Kingston blocks the lift! So Garcia drops a knee! Kingston SLAPS Garcia! Garcia throat chops, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia again! Garcia fires off BOOTS, then gets Kingston up, only for Kingston to wrench and SAIDO!! Garcia flounders, ducks the Uraken but the URAKEN RETURNS!! Cover, Kingston wins
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
But 2point0 pounce on Kingston! Fans boo as they mug the Mad King, but JERICHO gets off commentary to go to the ring! Jericho CLOBBERS Matt Lee, CLOTHESLINES Jeff Parker, and fans are thunderous for Le Champion! Kingston is still victorious, but will he and Jericho make sure 2point0 and Garcia watch who they pick a fight with from now on?
A great Rampage, and honestly really surprising. I didn’t think Riho was going to win here, but that was a great match and a great win. They’re going to have a great title match, probably at Battle of the Belts, but I am thinking Britt wins there. Cassidy & Yuta had a great showing, but Cole taking out Cassidy so that Yuta would take the loss makes sense. The Not Disputed Era lost to Jurassic Express, but they win here because they gotta stay afloat. I hope Trent Baretta is okay, he’s been gone for what feels like a really longtime.
Nese had a decent promo before Sammy got there, and then things got good. His line about not being available is a great nod to WWE letting him and a tone of their people go, but it would be more legit if one of those other guys said it. Nese will give Sammy a great match but Sammy’s totally winning. Then Kingston VS Garcia was an awesome main event, probably Garcia’s best match in AEW. I figured Kingston would win, but then 2point0 going after him to prompt Jericho to get involved was a nice way to end. Kingston and Jericho teaming up would be pretty cool to see.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/26/21)
The Island of Relevancy awaits.
Who will earn their shot at Roman Reigns?
The WWE Universal Champion was SmackDown’s shining Survivor Series win, but it’s back to business. Who wins a battle royal to become #1 contender?
- Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss; McIntyre & Hardy win.
- Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown: Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Angel Garza w/ Humbert Carrillo; Garza wins.
- Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; Sasha & Naomi win.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Sami Zayn wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kayla Braxton is in the ring!
She welcomes us to this post-Thanksgiving edition of Friday Night SmackDown, and says rumors continue to heat up that Brock Lesnar’s indefinite suspension- Roman Reigns interrupts! The Head of the Table, Paul Heyman carrying the Universal Championship for him, stands on stage, then is handed the belt for the pyro. Roman then continues down to the ring, Heyman holing the title up as a banner. And then Roman holds the title up in the ring for more pyro. Heyman allows Kayla to step forward, but has her hand over the mic. “Rumorssss? Rumors about Brrrock. Lesnarrr. That’s the best you got? Rumors? We don’t do rumorsss on the Island of Relevancy.”
That’s Kayla’s problem! She parades around here like she’s a journalist with breaking news about Lesnar’s suspension when she knows it’s personal to Roman and Heyman, but she just wants the spotlight for herself. Heyman tells fans not to boo her, they can’t judge any of them in the ring. Heyman defended Kayla because she’s a coworker but he’s disappointed in her. She needs confirmation, denial, or facts! That’s what Roman deals in. Heyman used to like Kayla because people said she’s pretty. But Kayla is living her life through an Instagram filter. But there is no filter that makes you a legit journalist. Until she is one, this is her cue to leave Roman’s ring. Thank you for your time, good night.
Kayla storms off, but fans chant, “We Want Brock!” Roman gets the mic and asks Heyman, “Do you want to know the problem with rumors? Rumors give loses false hope. And compared to me, everyone’s a loser around here.” Roman’s beaten them all! And Lesnar is the number one loser around here. Roman beat him and it wasn’t even in ideal conditions. Roman flew all around the world and smashed Lesnar. Roman doesn’t care about rumors and that’s the facts. Y’know who else is a loser? Big E, the WWE Champion, is a loser cuz he got smashed at Survivor Series. But they’re just part of a long list! Roman’s beat them all. Roman’s running laps, it’s getting embarrassing!
What did management do? What’s that thing for tonight? A Black Friday Battle Royal to determine a #1 contender for the Head of the Table? C’mon…! Battle royal, elimination match, gauntlet, three way, four way, five way, it don’t matter. Just let three or four of them win and he’ll smash ’em all! Roman can do that because he’s the best of the best, the Universal Champion, the Head of the Table, YOUR Tribal Chief, and the Greatest of All Time. When Roman’s days are down, which could be sooner than later, the whole world will acknowledge him. Roman doesn’t care who wins tonight, but will he take that winner seriously when it’s time to take that person on?
Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss!
The Scottish Warrior watched the Charismatic Enigma’s back before Survivor Series, and now has his back here against the hyenas. Will Hardy Country also become Claymore Country here in Greensboro? Or will Corbin & Moss become insufferable with a win here tonight?
SmackDown returns as Corbin & Moss make their entrance. The teams sort out but Corbin attacks Hardy from behind! Corbin stomps Hardy, gloats then drags Hardy up to whip him to a corner. Hardy dodges then atomic drops and trips Corbin up for the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick, then a wrench. Corbin clubs and ROCKS Hardy, then tags in Moss. Moss mugs Hardy with knees, then runs and runs to run Hardy over! Moss keeps moving, Hardy hip tosses him down! Cover, ONE! Hardy tags McIntyre in and fans fire up as they double whip Moss to double elbow and fist drop splash combo! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre keeps on Moss and CHOPS him in the corner. Fans fire up, but Moss throat chops McIntyre. Moss whips, McIntyre comes back and CLOBBERS him! McIntyre drags Moss up, wrenches and tags in Hardy. Hardy hops up, double ax handles to Moss’ arm! Hardy wrenches Moss, grinds the shoulder, but Moss powers out. Hardy sends Moss out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy ducks Corbin’s clothesline to hotshot him down! Hardy goes to the apron to FLYING LARIAT Corbin down! But Moss CLOBBERS Hardy into the timekeeper’s area! Moss laughs it up while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin fires off body shots on Hardy in a corner. The ref counts, Corbin lets off and whips Hardy corner to corner. Corbin runs, Hardy dodges, but Corbin slides out then slides in to DECK McIntyre! Corbin puts Hardy in the corner, Moss mugs him while Corbin taunts McIntyre and the ref is busy with him. Moss tags in, but Hardy kicks back! Moss slips out of the Twist, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES bring both men down! Fans fire up, Moss and Hardy crawl, hot tags to Corbin and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies with big lariats, then a whip to an elbow! McIntyre gets Corbin in a corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Moss runs in but into a NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre dodges Corbin, Corbin slides out and in but McIntyre dodges to NECKBREAKER! And kip up! Fans fire up with McIntyre as he calls for the countdown! The fans count it down but McIntyre has to hit Moss first! Corbin gets McIntyre for a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but he drags McIntyre over to tag in Moss. They mug McIntyre, Moss scoops and Corbin goes up. Hardy saves McIntyre and then McIntyre ROCKS Moss! McIntyre dodges Corbin, Corbin jumps into Hardy’s kick! Corbin blocks the Twist and shoves Hardy out! McIntyre clotheslines Corbin out! Moss forearms but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! McIntyre then dodges to CLAYMORE Moss down!
Fans are thunderous and McIntyre tags in Hardy! Hardy throws off the shirt, climbs up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy & McIntyre win!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy, by pinfall
Greensboro is red hot for their hometown hero and the Scottish Warrior! But will this be the last either of them has heard from the chuckle headed Corbin and Moss?
Aliyah talks with Kayla backstage.
She wants to know as much as anyone about the rumors, but then Heyman walks over. Aliyah hurries off and Heyman asks Kayla if she got any updates on the rumors. See, this is what Kayla needs to do. She needs to get a confirmation or a denial. But the thing is, there are no rumors about Lesnar, because he got himself suspended. He put his hands on Adam Pearce not once but twice to leave the WWE no options. But Lesnar is hiding behind the suspension because he fears Roman Reigns. Think that’s a rumor? Call Lesnar. Oh, wait, Heyman doesn’t have his new number, and neither does Kayla.
And that’s another problem. If Kayla doesn’t have a confirmation or denial by the end of tonight, Kayla’s GONE. Or at least, that’s what Heyman’s pushing for. Or maybe it’s just a rumor. Heyman walks off, but what will Kayla do about his not so veiled threat?
Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Cesaro!
Northern Grit made quite the impression on his hero, The Celtic Warrior, in helping Sheamus get the win last week to join Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. Now Holland looks to make an even bigger impression taking the Swiss Cyborg on himself! Will the Fella love what he sees from his brand new protégé?
SmackDown returns and Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Cesaro puts Holland in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but then he counter punches Holland, fires off body shots and EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper, then climbs up to rain down fists! Sheamus distracts Cesaro and that allows Holland to trip Cesaro up! Holland runs and POUNCES him! Then he puts Cesaro in the corner, fires off EuroUppers and body shots of his own. Holland reels Cesaro in to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Holland keeps on Cesaro with a seated cobra twist and he thrashes Cesaro all around.
Fans boo, then rally up for Cesaro. Cesaro stands up, Holland ripcords him but Cesaro fires off hands! Holland traps the arms to headbutt then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Holland sits Cesaro up to CLUB him, then clamps on a chinlock. Holland grinds Cesaro down but Cesaro fights up and throws body shots. Holland reverses the whip and tilt-o-whirl POWERSLAMS! Cover, ONE, so Holland rains down forearms and knees, and then drops elbows! Holland gets complimented by Sheamus and Holland pie faces Cesaro. Cesaro drags Holland down into a lateral press, Cesaro wins!!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Holland’s ego was being fed a little too much and that cost him.
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are visited by Drew McIntyre.
Sonya asks, “Can we help you?” McIntyre says he doesn’t want to be presumptuous, but considering the stakes, he wants to make sure he’s in that “Black Friday Invitational Battle Royal.” Well they don’t have the final list of competitors yet, but when they do, they’ll let him know. Well like he said, he expects an invitation. Pearce would if he were McIntyre, too. McIntyre heads out, but will he be in that contender’s match later tonight?
Rick Boogs is here!
And he of course introduces the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke NakamurAAAAA~! The King of Strong Style rocks with Boogs, as does Pat McAfee and the fans. However, it won’t be Nakamura that goes to battle, it’s BOOGS! Will he get his fill against Los Lotharios?
Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown: Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Angel Garza w/ Humbert Carrillo!
SmackDown returns and Los Lotharios are already in the ring. Garza takes off his pants, throws them at Boogs and dropkicks him down, the same tactic he used against Nakamura! Garza mugs Boogs at the ropes, then drags him out to aim at the table. Boogs blocks, throws elbows and then lifts Garza! Garza gets to the apron and dropkicks Boogs down! Garza puts Boogs in the ring, clamps on a chinlock and grinds him down with a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally up, Boogs endures, and Boogs powers up, only for Garza to throw him down! Garza stomps Boogs down and wraps the straitjacket back on. Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” while Boogs yells and arm-drags out!
Boogs scoops Garza for a spinning toss! Then he gut wrenches Garza for the shakedown! And then gut wrench suplex! Carrillo gets up but Boogs DECKS him! Garza kicks, Boogs blocks and gut wrenches Garza all around! POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Boogs fires up and gets Garza back up for an abdominal stretch! But Carrillo starts playing Boogs’ guitar! Boogs tells Carrillo to stop, but Nakamura sweeps Carrillo’s legs, and Carrillo falls through the table! All the cranberry sauce and corn gets on him, but Garza SUPERKICKS Boogs, to the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
While one Lothario is feeling left out like the leftovers, the other gets a win to get even with Nakamura & Boogs. What will it take for these four to settle the score?
Adam Pearce looks over the roster.
Kayla Braxton asks if he can reveal who will be in the invitational battle royal. He says that as soon as he gets approval, he’ll post it right outside the door. Then can he also comment on the rumors of the possible reinstatement of Brock Lesnar? She is sure he recalls the events around the suspension… Pearce takes a moment, and he says he hasn’t heard anything about the changes to the indefinite suspension. But stranger things have happened. But when you consider the damage, not just the property damage or the medical bills or the… therapy sessions… “Brock Lesnar is a menace. And I personally would be shocked if that suspension were to be lifted any time soon.” Pearce excuses himself to handle business, is that denial enough to satisfy Heyman?
Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
She may not have defeated Big Time Becks, but the Queen is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and North Carolina is still Flair Country! But how will she move on from Survivor Series? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole joins Charlotte in the ring. He says Charlotte must be very disappointed about her loss to Becky Lynch. Disappointed? No. The only thing she’s disappointed in is the poor officiating in that match. We all saw how Becky won. The only way she could win was by blatantly cheating. But congrats to her, she’s as underhanded as Charlotte knew she was. Becky has a shallow victory. She’s not stronger, just lucky. All that proved is that Becky is everything Charlotte’s said she was. Deep down, they both know Charlotte’s the better woman. Charlotte is the reason for Becky’s success.
Then the question would be, is what is next for Charlotte Flair? Becky can pretend to be big time on Raw and fantasy land, but in reality, Charlotte is still the most dominant woman in sports entertainment. But here comes Toni Storm! Wow, wow, wow. Toni knew Becky got in Charlotte’s head, but this is something. The obsessions with Becky made Charlotte vulnerable, and just as Toni predicted, Becky won. So what happens next? Charlotte goes after Toni for standing up to the high and mighty Charlotte Flair! Toni figured she’d make this easier for Charlotte and come right here to her. Aw, how cute, Toni. You think Charlotte was going after her? Charlotte barely knew Toni existed.
There is a reason Charlotte wipes her boots on the apron before getting in the ring. There are levels to this, and Charlotte is on a different one. So how would Toni like to be embarrassed tonight? Beaten to a pulp? Or more like this? But Toni dodges the sucker punch then throws Charlotte out! Toni then goes out, but gets a PIE to the FACE! That one had a lot of whipped cream on it! Charlotte licks her fingers, but Toni gets back up. Charlotte dares her to bring it, and then just PIES Toni again! Charlotte walks off and leaving Toni steaming. Will Toni get even with the Queen for the holidays?
Sonya Deville talks on the phone.
Sasha walks over and interrupts. At Survivor Series, Sasha was the captain, but Sonya sabotaged her with a team full of traitors. Everyone saw what Natty, Shayna and Shotzi did: they screwed her over. This was Sonya’s team, so Sasha blames her. As captain, Sasha should’ve been able to choose her own team. And if Naomi was on the team, they would’ve won. What’s Sonya’s problem with Naomi to begin with? Sonya laughs that off and tells Sasha to watch her tone. Second, this isn’t how things work. You can’t rewrite history. The captain lost and that’s on her. Also, there is no issue with Naomi. Oh is that so? Because Sonya’s voice changes when she lies.
Is Sonya jealous of Naomi? Is it because Naomi is more athletic? More popular? Has a bigger following? Is it because Naomi’s a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion while Sonya’s been downgraded to a suit? Damn right Sonya’s wearing a suit, because she’s the boss. But if Sasha loves Naomi so much, team up with her against Natalya & Shayna. Sonya takes her leave, but will the Boss & The Glow take care of business against the Queen of Harts & Queen of Spades?
SmackDown shares another chapter of Xia Li’s story.
“I still remember his deep breath echoing in the empty school hallway. His mouth scrunched into a growl. He has picked on my older brother for weeks. A relentless assault. My pacifist brother. My quiet, kind brother who is too good for this violent world. I hate vultures. Their confidence grows like mold on dirty dishes. If you let it, they will suffocate your spirit. I hate vultures.” Xia Li is The Protector! She sees the wicked and fights them. Who will be first for Xia to battle when she arrives?
Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!
SmackDown returns as the Queen and Queen are already in the ring. But the Boss makes her entrance to join Naomi. The teams sort out while Sonya defends there was no rigged ref last week. Shayna and Sasha start, fans rally up for The Boss but Shayna pie faces her. Sasha SLAPS back! Sasha then gets Shayna to the ropes, shoulders in from the apron and steps in to tilt-o-whirl. Shayna resists the takedown, trips Sasha, turns her and has the ANKLE LOCK! Sasha fights up, but Shayna reels her into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sasha backs Shayna up, Naomi tags in, Sasha snapmares free and Naomi wrenches Shayna to a crucifix takedown.
TWO, but Naomi reels Shayna in for a sunset flip! Shayna stays up and has an arm! Shayna tortures Naomi’s wrist, but Naomi fights up. Shayna bends the elbow, tags Natty, and Natty stomps Naomi. Natty headlocks, hits the takeover, and grinds Naomi down. Naomi headscissors, Natty kips free but Naomi kips up, too! Natty SLAPS Naomi, whips her to a corner but Naomi goes up and over then baits Natty into a dropkick! And another! Natty bails out but Naomi storms over. Shayna gets in the way but Naomi DECKS her! Naomi baseball slides but Natty ducks to get the atomic sit-down! Tag to Shayna and she PENALTY KICKS Naomi down!
Shayna puts Naomi in the ring, then wraps on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sasha baits Natty, dodges her, then gives Shayna a BACKSTABBER! The Boss helps out Naomi and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Natty has Naomi in a cobra twist, but Naomi hip tosses free! Hot tag to Shayna and she DECKS Sasha before Naomi can get there! Shayna taunts Naomi, CLUBS her, gets a leg and bends it at the knee. Naomi endures the toehold, Natty taunts the fans, but Naomi kicks Shayna with the free leg! Shayna turns Naomi over to STOMP the ankle! Shayna tags Naomi, they drag Naomi up and double snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Naomi is still in this but Natty keeps her down with a chinlock. Natty grabs Naomi’s arm that reaches for Sasha and brings her away. Fans rally up, Naomi throws elbows but Natty throws her down by her hair!
Natty tags Shayna, they both throw Naomi down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Shayna has a standing toehold, Naomi endures, and she stomps at Shayna’s leg! Shayna tags Natty but Naomi fights them both off! DOUBLE BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Naomi hurries over, but Shayna trips Sasha off the apron! Sasha ROCKS Shayna, but gets tripped up again! Shayna whips but Sasha reverses and Shayna hits barriers! METEORA! Naomi dodges Natty, rolls her up, TWO! Natty rolls Naomi, TWO! DISCUS LARIAT! Natty covers again, TWO! Naomi is still in this and she goes to the apron. Natty grabs her legs and drags her back, then drags her up to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Naomi survives and Sonya is amused. Natty seethes while Naomi crawls to the apron. Natty drags Naomi up but Naomi ROUNDHOUSES her down! Sunset flip, high stack, Naomi & Sasha win!
Winners: Sasha Banks & Naomi, by pinfall
Sonya applauds the win, but it could just be for appearances. Naomi hops down to stare Sonya down, but is it only a matter of time before Sonya has a new way to mess with The Glow?
The list has been posted!
Jeff Hardy, Ricochet, Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Rick Boogs, Happy Corbin, Mansoor, Mad Cap Moss, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Jinder Mahal, Shanky, both Viking Raiders, Drew Gulak, both of Los Lotharios and even MACE are in, but now Drew McIntyre? Well that might not sit well with him. Sheamus tries to tell him, but McIntyre didn’t make the cut. Sheamus then laughs his way out, and McIntyre is seething. Will this snub go unpunished for Adam Pearce?
Black Friday Invitational WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
The Great Liberator heads out first, followed by Erik & Ivar. In the end, it will be every man for himself, but will the Viking Raiders be able to raid all the way until the end?
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. Everyone else is in the ring already, the match introduction is made, and wait, here comes McIntyre! He doesn’t seem to care that he got left off the lift, he’s getting in on this! And everyone else clears out as he starts swinging Angela the Claymore!! He dares anyone to get back in the ring but then Pearce runs out and shouts at McIntyre. McIntyre says this is on Pearce, and dares them to make him leave! This madness sorts out while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and the battle royal is on, minus McIntyre. Sheamus fights Los Lotharios, Sami works to be the odd man out in the gaps, but Ivar finds him! Ivar goes after Sami in a corner, Roman and the Bloodline watch backstage. Pearce stays ringside to make sure McIntyre doesn’t return. Hardy and Cesaro ELIMINATE Mahal! Gulak and Sami work together but Cesaro holds on! So Gulak betrays Sami! Cesaro gets in, EuroUpppers Gulak, throws him out but Gulak holds on. Sami runs to HELLUVA KICK and ELIMINATE Gulak! But then Cesaro goes after Sami! Sami fights Cesaro off and bumps him off buckles.
Mansoor jump son Sheamus as a sleeper hold backpack but Holland CLUBS him down! Sheamus and Holland throw Mansoor out but Mansoor skins the cat! But he gets DOUBLE KNEES from Holland & Sheamus, the ELIMINATE him! Happy Corbin is after Ricochet, Mace gets Madcap with both hands! But Moss punches free and fireman’s carries to throw Mace out and ELIMINATE him! Sheamus digs boots into Hardy, Shanky CLUBS Moss! Moss throws body shots then throat chops Shanky back! Sheamus saves Holland from Ivar, Moss dumps Shanky out and ELIMINATES him! But then Cesaro gets Moss up! Sheamus and Holland go after Cesaro!
Boogs helps Cesaro against Sheamus and Holland! Cesaro dumps Holland out and ELIMINATES him! Moss dumps Cesaro and ELIMINATES him! Corbin and Moss high-five, and then Moss goes after Corbin! Just kidding! Moss’ sense of humor pays off, but then Corbin throws Moss out and ELIMINATES him! Corbin says it’s nothing personal, and Moss is able to laugh it off. But will these two be celebrating later? The field is still competitive as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more and Hardy works on Sheamus, Ivar brawls with Ricochet, Boogs is after Corbin but Los Lotharios goes after Boogs. Sami hangs back while Corbin and Ivar work on Ricochet. Ricochet fights free, then throws hands and CHOPS in return! Sheamus spots Sami but Sami says they should work together on Hardy. Sheamus seems to agree, but then he kicks and CLUBS away on Sami! Corbin whips Ricochet to a corner, runs in and clobbers Ricochet! Erik and Ivar work together to mug Corbin. Boogs kicks Garza, Humberto kicks him. Humberto springboard ROUNDHOUSES! Garza clotheslines Boogs up and out, they ELIMINATE Boogs!
Los Lotharios go after Erik but Ivar saves him from the double suplex. Ivar throws and ELIMINATES Garza, then the Vikings work together to TOSS Humberto out onto him! The Vikings ELIMINATE Los Lotharios! They give Sami KNEE after KNEE, but Sami flops out under the top rope! Ivar SPLASHES Ricochet in the corner, Erik uses Ivar as a weapon, HIP ATTACK in the corner! The Viking Raiders fight Sheamus, knock him down, then drag him up to aim for ropes! Sheamus fights free, clotheslines Erik out and ELIMINATES him! Ivar runs in but Sheamus dumps him out Sheamus ELIMINATES the Viking Raiders! The final four are Sheamus, Ricochet, Hardy and Corbin!
Ricochet goes after Sheamus, Hardy saves himself against Corbin, Sheamus whips but Ricochet ducks and dodges and springboards to crossbody! Fans fire up as Hardy runs in but Ricochet boot shim away. Somersault SHOTGUN! Ricochet gets up but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Corbin drags Ricochet up, knees low, then takes a moment to stalk Ricochet. Ricochet fires off haymakers, runs but into a choke grip, CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Corbin whips, Ricochet goes up but can’t get over! Corbin puts him on the apron but Ricochet shoulders in then springboard missile dropkicks! Ricochet gets Corbin up and to the ropes but Corbin rakes eyes!
Corbin blocks a kick but Ricochet ENZIGURIS! Sheamus BROGUES Ricochet down! Sheamus tosses and ELIMINATES Ricochet! Sheamus fires hands but Corbin fires back! They brawl but Hardy stays a safe distance away. Sheamus throws Corbin at ropes but Corbin holds on! Sheamus throws knees, Corbin elbows back. Hardy runs in and attack sin the corner! Then he hits Corbin in the other corner! Hardy rams his shoulder into Sheamus again and again, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Sheamus drags Hardy up, whips him to a corner, but Hardy elbows back. Hardy goes up the corner, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Down goes Sheamus!
But Corbin gets Hardy up to whip, but Hardy reverses! Corbin is on the ropes, TWIST OF FATE sends him staggering! Sheamus storms over to stomp Hardy down! Corbin shoves Sheamus, Sheamus shoves Corbin, but they agree to go after Hardy. Fans rally for Hardy as he holds on to the ropes! Hardy elbows them away, so Corbin tosses Sheamus out and ELIMINATES him! Hardy tosses Corbin out and- Wait! Sami wasn’t eliminated! He throws Hardy out!! SAMI WINS!!
Winner: Sami Zayn (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship)
Kayla interviews Sami and congratulates him. Sami says it is finally happening, but Kayla is suddenly getting word from the back. BREAKING NEWS! The suspension has been lifted! Brock Lesnar will be on SmackDown NEXT WEEK! Is this true? What does this mean for Sami, Roman and the Universal title?!
Not the best SmackDown for after a PPV, but decent stuff to build off what we had both last week and from Survivor Series. I knew McIntyre & Hardy would be in this tag match tonight, and that they’d win. I didn’t expect there to be a battle royal to choose Roman’s next challenger but I suppose it worked within story since, as Roman said in his promo, he’s beaten the best of them. I was hoping that with McIntyre kept out but Hardy put it, Hardy would get his chance. But no, WWE actively makes it so hometown heroes lose instead. I’m a bit surprised it’s Sami who won, then, but with the revelation that Lesnar’s reinstated, maybe Sami’s going to be fed to both Lesnar and Roman in this title match build.
I didn’t put it here but surprise surprise, Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo have lost their last names. Also the themed street fight tonight was lame, not because it was themed but because it was so damn short and barely did anything with the food promos. The only good thing was that the stuff didn’t go to waste. The pies were used in the promo between Charlotte Flair and Toni Storm. That match is definitely happening but I guess this was a clear indication Charlotte ain’t losing if she got to pie Toni twice. Sasha seems to be joining Naomi in this fight against Sonya’s power abuse, I wouldn’t be surprised if Aliyah and Shotzi were thrown in for a Six Woman Tag.
My Score: 8.2/10
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