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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/24/21)

Rematch of rematch on Raw!

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Coverage Raw 2021

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; inconclusive.
  • Beat the Clock Challenge: Rhea Ripley VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
  • Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins.
  • Shelton Benjamin VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins.
  • Matt Riddle VS Xavier Woods; Riddle wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Jaxson Ryker; Ryker wins.
  • Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo; Sheamus wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald; Natalya & Tamina win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with MVP in the ring!

Montel Vontavius Porter says it is his honor to present to us the Chief Hurt Officer, the All Mighty WWE World Champion, Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his entrance, accompanied by a new assortment of lovely ladies. The ladies go with Lashley to the ring, and a recap package of last week plays to remind us that it was Drew McIntyre who ruined the celebration at that time. MVP’s open challenge for a match with Lashley was open to anyone not named McIntyre or Braun Strowman. But Kofi Kingston stepped up, only for MVP to correct our assumptions by saying he never said it was a title match. It was still a title caliber showdown, and to get back at MVP, McIntyre helped Kofi get the win!

Back in the present, Lashley’s ladies boo mean ol’ McIntyre and MVP says that they need an energy change. “Can we please have an explosive round of applause for our WWE Champion, the All Mighty, Bobby Lashley?” The ladies oblige and cheer Lashley on. MVP says it is exciting tonight, Lashley looks handsome and the ladies are here. He has exciting news, too! Not only is the champion here, but in July, WWE is leaving the ThunderDome and getting back on the road to be at an arena near you so you can see the WWE Champion up close and personal! The ladies love that, too. Lashley says life is good. As it should be.

But sadly, there is a perennial dark cloud, in the form of that “petty, bitter, crass” Drew McIntyre. We already know how the ladies feel, but Lashley, put your feelings to word. Lashley beat McIntyre at WrestleMania 37. He beat McIntyre AND Braun at #WrestleManiaBacklash. So if it was up to Lashley, that’s a no go for McIntyre. No more Drew. Done with him! And they tried to move on, they really did. They offered a gracious open challenge to anyone with the courage to step up. And to MVP’s surprise, that scrawny, dreadlocked cartoon character, Kofi Kingston, thinks just because he was once a world champion means he could face Bobby Lashley.

And again, the dark cloud, Drew McIntyre- Shows up NOW! McIntyre has a mic to say they shouldn’t look so surprised. We all knew he was going to walk out here eventually because they’re business is his business, and his business is getting the world title back. Oh here we go again. McIntyre says if it wasn’t for MVP, he would’ve won at Mania. If it wasn’t for Braun, McIntyre would’ve won at Backlash. So he wants his 1v1 rematch, and he knows Lashley wants it, too! McIntyre knows what kind of competitor Lashley is. Lashley wants to prove without a doubt that he is the NUMBER ONE on Raw.

But then again, McIntyre could be wrong. Maybe deep down, Lashley knows he can’t measure up to McIntyre! Maybe just maybe, the All Mighty doesn’t have the BALLS! McIntyre will check: Ladies, does he have balls? MVP wants to speak but McIntyre cuts him off by saying Lashley did just lose to Kofi. Lashley didn’t lose to Kofi, McIntyre hit him with a cane! But what’s really pathetic and desperate is that McIntyre had to go to those measures to get a win off Lashley! MVP says that’s the truth. McIntyre only hears excuses. But it’s a New Day, yes it is! Here come Kofi and Xavier Woods!

“Boys, boys, boys…” They’re making great points, they really are. Things move around fast on Raw but let’s not breeze by how last week, Kofi Kingston pinned the WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley! And he’ll say it again for those who didn’t hear him! Kofi Kingston pinned the WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley, BAAAAABYYYYYYY~! Lashley asks Kofi if he thanked McIntyre for that one. McIntyre says “You’re welcome,” but Kofi pretends not to hear anything. What did he say? What did he say? It seems like McIntyre is insinuating that Kofi wouldn’t have won without him. No that’s what you’re saying. Kofi didn’t ask McIntyre to get in his corner, that’s just for ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~!

Kofi doesn’t need McIntyre’s help, but he answered the open challenge because he never got his rematch for the WWE title! And McIntyre knows all about those since he gets rematch after rematch after rematch etc., Kofi wants McIntyre to step his ass aside so he can do what McIntyre hasn’t done in months, and that is pin Bobby Lashley. For once, MVP and Lashley agree with Kofi. McIntyre says Kofi could’ve done it all by himself, but he didn’t. But here comes Adam Pearce! He’s hearing all this and it all makes sense, but there’s an easy way to settle this! Kofi Kingston VS Drew McIntyre, winner moves on to face Bobby Lashley at Hell in a Cell!

MVP likes that idea! That’s a brilliant idea! Ladies, we’ll go to the VIP Lounge on stage and watch this up close and personal! Lashley likes that idea, too! Will McIntyre blow apart #KofiMania2 with a Claymore tonight? Or will there be Trouble in Paradise?

 

Braun Strowman speaks.

“All aboard the Strowman Express. The WWE is coming home, and the next stop is Texas. I am your Conductor of Destruction, the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman, and I can’t wait to get back to competing on the road, and anyone that gets in my way is gonna get these hands!”

 

WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!

Raw returns and the VIP Lounge is indeed set up right on stage, so that Lashley, MVP and the ladies can all relax and watch the match. The bell rings, McIntyre and Kofi circle, and they tie up. McIntyre powers Kofi to a corner, lets off with a pie face, but Kofi keeps cool. They tie up again, McIntyre shoves Kofi to the corner, and then smirks as he waits on Kofi to come back. The two go again, knuckle locks, Kofi kicks a hand and gets a headlock. McIntyre powers up, Kofi shifts to clinch the arms, then get into a waistlock. McIntyre wrenches free and wristlocks to then YANK the arm. Kofi rolls, flips and handsprings to wrench back!

McIntyre powers out, runs Kofi over, and looms over him. McIntyre speeds things up but Kofi hurdles and hurdles to leap, into a waistlock and SLAM! McIntyre stalks Kofi to a corner now, brings him back up, and DECKS him with a right hand! Kofi shakes out the stars floating around his head but McIntyre dead lift suplexes! Kofi knees free and dropkicks back! McIntyre stays up but runs into a waistlock! Kofi holds on and gets a Russian Leg Sweep! Kofi rebounds off ropes to SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Lashley cheers somewhat sarcastically as Kofi gets McIntyre up. McIntyre blocks the Penalty Kick to CHOP back!

McIntyre has Kofi in a corner, brings him out and CHOPS him off his feet! McIntyre paces while even Woods winces from that shot. McIntyre stomps Kofi’s hand! McIntyre gets Kofi up, reels him in and gets Kofi up, but Kofi counters the bomb to RANA McIntyre out of the ring! Woods mockingly asks if McIntyre’s alright, and then Kofi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and MVP pretends to be impressed. Woods gets the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” rhythm going but McIntyre whips Kofi. Kofi leaps over the steps, comes back to hop on and he throws hands! McIntyre blocks the Poison-Rana to APRON INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! McIntyre refreshes the count, talks trash to Lashley, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, McIntyre CLUBS and CHOPS Kofi in corners, but Kofi hits back! McIntyre rains down furious fists, then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps his eyes on Kofi as he stalks him to another corner. McIntyre gets Kofi up, then ROCKS him with a right! Kofi ends up in the ropes and McIntyre pulls him back against them with a chinlock! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off at 4, then gets Kofi in a corner for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Kofi flies across the ring and Lashley might actually be impressed. McIntyre kicks Kofi out of the ring, goes out after him, and brings Kofi up to scoop for a SNAKE EYES off the barriers!

McIntyre puts Kofi back in the ring, stomps him down, and brings him around for another dead lift suplex! McIntyre holds Kofi up for a count of 10, points at Lashley and then SLAMS Kofi down! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but McIntyre is right on him with an armlock and chinbar! Kofi endures as McIntyre grinds him down, and MVP leads the ladies in a rallying clap for Kofi. Kofi gets up, throws hands and gets free! McIntyre kicks low, whips him to a corner, but Kofi goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Both men are down and the ThunderDome fans fire up! Kofi CHOPS McIntyre, and CHOPS again! Kofi dropkicks but McIntyre stays up!

Kofi runs, McIntyre dodges but Kofi swings around the clothesline to get a GUILLOTINE! McIntyre powers through to SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives, MVP says it was that close. McIntyre is a bit annoyed, but he TOSSES Kofi to a corner. Kofi STOMPS McIntyre down in return! Cover, TWO! Woods coaches Kofi as he gets back up. Kofi gets McIntyre up, throws forearms and stomps, then rams in his shoulder! Kofi whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Kofi slips out to swing kick back! Kofi climbs, but McIntyre intercepts with haymakers! McIntyre climbs up to join Kofi, gets him up, but Kofi fights back! Kofi headbutts McIntyre down!

McIntyre staggers to his feet, Kofi leaps for a CROSSBODY! But McIntyre rolls through, pops Kofi up, and hits a MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and even Lashley is surprised! McIntyre glares at Lashley, tells him this is it, but Lashley gets upset and throws his jacket off! Lashley storms his way to the ring but MVP tells him to let it resolve! McIntyre is just trying to get on Lashley’s nerves! Lashley gets to the edge of the ramp as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and McIntyre rains down hands on Kofi! Kofi elbows back but McIntyre copies Sheamus with Beats of the Bodhrain before getting Kofi up! SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down and now Lashley is ringside with MVP to watch. Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives again and McIntyre is at a loss for words, as it were. McIntyre sits Kofi up, but Kofi hits back with haymakers! McIntyre throws hands, Kofi throws body shots, but McIntyre CLUBS Kofi! Kofi throws more body shots but McIntyre CLUBS him more and more! Double underhooks, but the Future Shock is made into a jackknife! TWO, and McIntyre SPINEBUSTERS to his own jackknife, TWO!!

McIntyre dead lifts Kofi for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is beside himself but Woods fires up for Kofi! McIntyre gets up, Kofi slowly goes to the ropes, and McIntyre is right behind him. McIntyre turns Kofi around to whip to ropes, scoop, but Kofi tilt-o-whirls free! Kofi baits McIntyre into a corner and POSTS him! MVP mockingly asks if McIntyre is alright. Kofi goes to the apron, gets to the corner and slowly climbs to the top rope. Kofi aims, leaps, STANDING FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and MVP is a bit surprised. Kofi grits his teeth as he goes to the ropes. Kofi staggers over, McIntyre shoves him but Kofi tosses him out of the ring!

McIntyre staggers back up, sees Lashley in front of him, but turns around into Kofi’s SUPER TRUST FALL! It’s dominos as McIntyre tumbles into Lashley and Lashley falls out of his chair! Kofi puts McIntyre in, follows after, and gets McIntyre for an SOS!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Lashley and MVP get in! They both attack McIntyre and Lashley! Woods gets in to get MVP off Kofi but Lashley CLOBBERS Woods! Kofi hits Lashley with a TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Lashley staggers back up into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre is snarling, but MVP gets Lashley away! With simultaneous attacks, who wins by disqualification!?

 

Rhea Ripley confronts Charlotte Flair backstage.

She wishes The Queen luck in her match tonight, which she’ll need since she’ll lose to Asuka again. Charlotte says it is so obvious how Rhea is jealous of her. Her trying to get in Charlotte’s head is a sign of how threatened she is by Charlotte’s presence. Rhea wants to be just like Charlotte, the most decorated and most feared woman in WWE history, as a 13-time champion. So deal with it, as it will be Charlotte’s beautiful face she sees inside Hell in a Cell. Actually, Nikki Cross says she could beat both of them! In fact, how about Nikki take on one of them tonight? If Charlotte didn’t have a match with Asuka, she’d beat Nikki in under two minutes. But she’s not even worth Charlotte’s time.

Rhea says people don’t pretend to despise Charlotte, they really don’t like her. And it’s because she talks like that to others. Then maybe Rhea should beat Nikki in under two minutes. Rhea would be happy to. Challenge accepted! Will crazy Cross shock us all against the Raw Women’s Champion? We find out NEXT!

Beat the Clock Challenge: Rhea Ripley VS Nikki Cross!

The Nightmare wants to lead by BRUTALITY, but can she beat a former Women’s Tag Team Champion in 120 seconds or less?

Raw returns, Nikki makes her entrance, and the bell rings to start the two minute countdown. Nikki rushes Rhea but Rhea shoves her down with one hand! Rhea smirks and says the clock is ticking. Nikki gets up, rushes Rhea again and gets a leg. Rhea JAMS Nikki, brushes her leg off, and keeps egging Nikki on. Nikki rushes Rhea, Rhea catches the crossbody, and pops Nikki around, but Nikki slips off! Nikki ROCKS Rhea, but Rhea gets mad. Nikki runs into Rhea’s hands but Nikki jawbreakers free! Nikki goes up top, leaps and CROSSBODEIS! Cover, TWO!! Rhea narrowly escapes but Nikki fires up! Nikki runs in to SPLASH and BULL= NO! Rhea shoves free to DROPKICK Nikki down!

Rhea snarls, gets Nikki up and throws hands! Rhea keeps Nikki cornered, RAMS Nikki into the corner, but lets off to bring Nikki around to bump her off buckles! Rhea fires off hands again and again but we’re under 10 seconds!! TIME RUNS OUT!!

Winner: Nikki Cross by timeout

Did Rhea forget SHE had to win in two minutes or less?! Nikki celebrates her big return win, but here comes Charlotte! The Cruel(la) Queen struts her way down the ramp, has her pyro, and Nikki says neener neener! Charlotte laughs because that’s what Rhea was doing to her last week. But will Charlotte make up for her loss last week in yet another battle with the Empress of Tomorrow?

 

Damian Priest speaks.

The Archer of Infamy introduces himself in Spanish, then in English, he lets us know that the WWE is heading on the road, and to Texas, and you can come see why he will #LifeForever in person.

 

Kofi and McIntyre both barge into Adam Pearce’s office.

They both demand he do something about what Lashley and MVP did, but he is just as mad as they are! Then look it! He has a solution: rematch, nothing changes. Winner goes on to HIAC! It’s official! Kofi’s good with that, but keep MVP and Lashley away. Then he’ll have no problem beating McIntyre, and beating Lashley again. Well everyone knows McIntyre is willing to go through everyone, and that includes Kofi. Will we get a fair and square finish to Kofi VS McIntyre on Memorial Monday Night Raw?

 

Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!

Raw returns again, and Asuka makes her entrance! Will she make sure history repeats itself in another win over The Queen?

The bell rings and the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and go around. Charlotte drags Asuka down but Asuka fights back up to throw Charlotte down. Charlotte gets back up, uses leverage to grind Asuka down and get her to a corner. The ref counts, Charlotte lets off and Asuka avoids the sucker punch! Charlotte avoids the heel kick, but Asuka stares her down as they reset. They tie up again, Charlotte waistlocks but Asuka pries free to wrench and switch. Charlotte drop toeholds, floats to a facleock, but Asuka slips around to a hammerlock. Charlotte goes back to a corner and Asuka says it was that close!

The two reset again, Charlotte goes for a leg but Asuka knows that and blocks. Asuka wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte rolls and monkey flips! Asuka gets up fast and comes right back, but into a sweep! Cover, ONE, and Charlotte puts on the headscissor squeeze! Asuka endures, but Charlotte turns Asuka over to THROW her! Charlotte holds on, throw but Asuka pops out this time! Asuka mule kicks, catches her breath, and brings Charlotte to a corner. Charlotte blocks a buckle bump, but so does Asuka! Asuka gets the buckle bump this time, and another! Asuka whips Charlotte to ropes, Charlotte holds the ropes but Asuka HIP ATTACKS! Asuka runs, but Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS!

Charlotte stomps away on the leg! The ref has her let off so he can check on Asuka. Charlotte goes after the leg again, brings Asuka to ropes and then through ropes to have a HANGING KNEEBAR! Asuka shouts, Charlotte lets go as the ref counts, and Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” while she soaks up heat. Charlotte stalks Asuka, gets the leg and has a standing toehold! Charlotte tortures Asuka’s foot, but Asuka endures and keeps her shoulders up. Asuka rolls but Charlotte SMASHES the knee into the mat! Charlotte now has an ANKLE LOCK! Asuka endures all over again, fights up and rolls to send Charlotte into ropes!

Charlotte tumbles out, Asuka goes to the apron, and leaps, but Charlotte dodges the flying hip attack! Charlotte gets Asuka up and brings her to steps, SHIN BREAKER on steel! Asuka writhes while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again and Charlotte kicks Asuka around the ropes! Charlotte is after the leg and has it on ropes, to then drop a knee on the knee! Asuka writhes and flounders, but Charlotte has her at the ropes again. Charlotte puts the leg back on ropes to wrap it around and pull! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off with a dropkick to the leg! Cover, TWO!! Asuka toughs it out and crawls to a corner, but Charlotte drags her around for a toehold! Charlotte even digs a forearm into Asuka’s face! Asuka hits back but Charlotte CLUBS her down! And again! Asuka uses her good leg to pry free but Charlotte gets both legs for a BOSTON CRAB!

Asuka endures, crawls, reaches, but slips through to victory roll! TWO!! Charlotte gets up, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg! Asuka uses the other leg to get an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Charlotte flails, clasps hands, and reaches for ropes with her legs! Asuka shifts around to an ASUKA LOCK, but Charlotte ropes into the ROPEBREAK! Asuka lets go and KICKS Charlotte in the back! And again! Asuka runs, but the hip attack is caught for a SHIN BREAKER! Asuka falls in a heap, clutching the bad leg! Charlotte stalks Asuka, and stomps away on the bad leg! Charlotte gets Asuka up to the top rope and drags her into the Tree of Woe! Charlotte climbs to stand on the bad leg and stomp it!

The ref counts, Asuka falls out of the Tree at 4, and Charlotte adjusts to MOONSAULT! Asuka moves and gets a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down and fans rally on their screens! Charlotte goes to a corner, Asuka gets the bad leg moving and runs to HIP ATTACK! And KICK! And waistlock! Charlotte elbows free, but walks into a POP-UP KNEE! BACK HAND! HEEL KICK! Asuka aims, runs, BASEMENT HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Asuka is too tired to be frustrated, and she gets her leg going. She avoids Charlotte’s shoulder from the apron but not the HOTSHOT! Charlotte gets in to refresh the count and gets Asuka to a corner! Charlotte SLAMS the leg against post!

Charlotte goes for another but Asuka YANKS her into the post! Asuka hits a SLIDING KNEE from the apron! Charlotte goes to the desk, Asuka hurries over, but Charlotte THROWS Asuka into the desk! Both women are down on the outside as Raw goes to another break!

Raw returns again, and Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Asuka dodges, blocks the boot and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! But Asuka has the ARMBAR!! Charlotte hurries to clasp hands again but Asuka rolls her to the ASUKA LOCK!! Charlotte turns over to avoid the full extension, then gets up to RAM Asuka into buckles! Asuka holds on and thrashes Charlotte around! Charlotte goes to ropes and they tumble to the apron! Asuka lets go and falls to the floor! Charlotte kicks Asuka from the floor, and then gets up. The ring count is 5 of 10, then 6 as Asuka and Charlotte get in. Charlotte and Asuka glare at each other, then throw forearms from the mat!

Asuka and Charlotte brawl as they stand back up! Asuka fires off palm strikes, but Charlotte ducks the back hand! BOOT FEINT ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is shocked that El Idolo’s move didn’t hep! Charlotte drags Asuka around by a leg, puts the leg on the ropes and drops down on it! And then again! Asuka dodges that to roll up and BUZZSAW! Charlotte staggers while Asuka fires up! Asuka runs corner to corner but only gets buckles! Asuka boots back, but Charlotte puts Asuka in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Charlotte scowls while Asuka is in a drop zone. Charlotte climbs up top, MOONSAULT but she again has to land on her feet!

STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Another shout out to Almas but Charlotte is furious! “I’ve already beaten Asuka!!” She doesn’t understand why this is so much harder! Charlotte gets the leg, but Asuka makes it a cradle! Charlotte scrambles free, but into the ASUKA LOCK! Charlotte rolls back to a cover, CHARLOTTE WINS!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall

Another instant classic ends in the blink of an eye! Asuka’s bad leg was Charlotte’s ace in the hole! Will the Queen use this as the win that takes her back to the throne?

 

Lashley and MVP still live it up backstage.

The ladies pamper Lashley but a staffer walks in. MVP makes sure he addresses Lashley as The All Mighty as he tells Lashley that Pearce wants to talk to him. Lashley grumbles, but he reluctantly leaves to attend to business. Will this have anything to do with next week’s rematch of Kofi and McIntyre?

 

Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke speak.

They’re both so thrilled to be back on the road! It’s been way too long since they’ve been able to jam out to their favorite songs in the car. But Dana misses performing in front of fans the most. Luckily, WWE will be back home before you know it. Then everyone can flex with them in Texas!

 

Lashley and MVP meet with Pearce.

This better be quick, the All Mighty has some “extracurricular activities” to get back to. Pearce asks them what happened out there. Is this the kind of WWE Champion wants to represent Raw? Lashley says he is the ONLY one who can represent Raw! Does Pearce think McIntyre or Kofi can do as well as WWE Champion? This was to help Pearce! Well let’s see how long that lasts. They’ve surely heard about the rematch Pearce made for next week. They might like that, but they won’t like this: If either of them are even seen ringside, they will be SUSPENDED for 90 DAYS, and without pay! And that’s a whole lot of money for them!

MVP has Lashley stay calm and save it for HIAC. Will this ringside ban be enough to keep Kofi VS McIntyre fair and square?

 

Shelton Benjamin VS Cedric Alexander!

The Gold Standard is looking to build a win streak, but #PRIME wants to prove he was right all along! Alexander has a mic to taunt Benjamin. He knows Benjamin wants after him but just hold on. Before they get started, Alexander has to get something off his chest. “We had something, man. We were the Raw Tag Team Champions! We were part of The Hurt Business, the best thing in WWE for the past year!” Alexander wants Benjamin to remember when MVP took them in and took them from being obscure nobodies to the to top of the mountain! But then they got kicked out and why is that?! LOOK AT HIM, SHELTON!

The reason is because Shelton is washed up! Alexander is why Shelton was champion again! When they got kicked out, they kicked SHELTON out, and Alexander was collateral damage! But Alexander has years left to make up for that. He’s young, fresh and in his PRIME. But what about Benjamin? How many years does he have left? How many chances was he given? What does Benjamin have to show for his hard work? A couple weeks ago, Benjamin got lucky! Yay for Shelton~! Benjamin is getting impatient as Alexander says this will be different. Alexander learns and evolves. Tonight ends with Alexander’s hand being raised! This is the last time we see Shelton, because Alexander will make him gone for good!

Alexander finally gets in the ring, the bell sounds and Alexander bails out! Benjamin is furious but Alexander is trolling him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Benjamin finally has Alexander in the ring and fires off hands! Benjamin whips Alexander corner to corner hard! Alexander staggers into haymakers! Benjamin has Alexander in a corner, whips him to ropes, and then CLOBBERS him with a shoulder! Alexander flounders, goes to a corner, and begs for mercy. Benjamin drags Alexander up but Alexander throws body shots. Benjamin ROCKS Alexander, stomps him, and brings him out. Alexander fires off hands, runs but into a back elbow! Alexander flounders again and Benjamin dares him to run his mouth now. Benjamin stomps Alexander at the ropes, drags him up, and throws him out!

Benjamin goes out after Alexander, stomps him against barriers, then gets him up to whip him hard into barriers! Alexander writhes, Benjamin gets Alexander up and puts him back in, and stalks Alexander to ropes. Benjamin drags Alexander up, scoops him but Alexander slips out. Alexander dumps Benjamin out, but Benjamin skins the cat! Benjamin swings, Alexander dodges and mule kicks! Alexander handsprings but no Neuralizer! Benjamin shoves, clinches, but Alexander holds ropes! The ref counts, Benjamin lets go and Alexander KICKS him back! Alexander climbs, Benjamin ROCKS him with a right!

Benjamin headbutts Alexander then climbs up! Benjamin fireman’s carries Alexander, but Alexander fights back! Alexander shifts to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Alexander is furious that Benjamin survives! Alexander rains down furious fists then CHOKES Benjamin! The ref counts, Alexander lets off and KICKS Benjamin in the back! Alexander drops down, headlocks and traps an arm to fire off more fists! Alexander grinds Benjamin while talking trash, but Benjamin endures. Benjamin fights up, throws body shots, then haymakers! Alexander uses the ropes to spring and KNEE! Dropkick, cover, TWO!

Alexander pushes Benjamin around, drives elbows into the ribs and back, then clamps on with a head-and-arm lock. Benjamin endures as Alexander grinds him down. Benjamin fights up but Alexander KICKS him! And KICKS! And talks trash as he KICKS Benjamin more! “Gold Standard, huh!?” Benjamin gets mad and Alexander just keeps taunting him! Benjamin stands, scares Alexander with that glare, then CLOBBERS him!! Benjamin throws hands on Alexander in a corner, whips him corner to corner and hits a clothesline! Benjamin then gets Alexander up for a SPINEBUSTER! Benjamin fires up and the ThunderDome fires up with him!

Alexander staggers up, but avoids Pay Dirt to roll Benjamin! ONE, Alexander cartwheels and blocks a kick, but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Both men are down but Alexander flounders away. Benjamin stalks behind Alexander, gets a leg, but Alexander desperately holds the ropes. Benjamin gets Alexander up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Benjamin holds on and drags Alexander back up, but Alexander throws elbows. It doesn’t work, GERMAN SUPLEX! Benjamin keeps hold again, Alexander throws more elbows and is free this time. Alexander runs but Benjamin reels him in for an O’Conner Roll! No Chaos Theory as Alexander thumbs Benjamin in the eye! NEURALIZER! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

Alexander shouts, “I told you!!” Alexander wins through some underhanded tactics, but will that matter in the long run? Or will Benjamin still be a survivor and find a way to turn things around?

 

John Morrison speaks.

“The most moist-see superstar in the WWE, America’s Moist Wanted, the man who is all thrills and no frills, Johnny Drip Drip” is back on the road in front of all the fans! Don’t forget your ponchos, amigos, cuz you’re gonna be in the splash zone!

 

Matt Riddle VS Xavier Woods!

Bro… You ever have friends who don’t like each other but you try and get them to get along but then it totally blows up in your face? And then you end up taking one friend’s side and get angry at the other? That’s kinda what Riddle is dealing with right now. Can he and Woods still be bros after coming to blows in the ring? Or will Riddle only be rolling with The Viper from now on?

Raw returns as Woods makes his entrance sans Kofi. This will be a true 1v1 and that’s the way Riddle likes it. He also likes the trombone playing Woods does. But things get serious as the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Riddle powers Woods to a corner but Woods turns it around. Riddle turns it back around but so does Woods. The ref has them separate, and the two grin and go again. Riddle powers Woods to the corner, the trombone falls, and Riddle clinches with Woods. They fight for control., Riddle throws Woods down but Woods gets up. Woods puts Riddle in a corner, the ref calls for another ropebreak, and Woods lets off.

Riddle and Woods go again, collar ‘n’ elbow, and Woods waistlocks. Riddle pries free and wrenches an arm but Woods uses a chinbar to get a facelock. They roll, Riddle pops out and has a body scissors! Woods gets a ropebreak with his foot, and Riddle lets him free of the Bromission. The two go again, Woods shoots in to get legs but Riddle makes that a body scissor and GUILLOTINE! Woods pops free, tries to get Riddle down, but Riddle has a triangle hold! Woods again has a foot for the ropebreak, and Riddle lets off again. This is definitely a case of chess in the ring, but Riddle gets a gut wrench suplex! And another!

Woods goes to a corner, Riddle is laser focused as he runs in! Woods dodges, Riddle goes up but Woods SHORYUKENS! Woods gets Riddle for an ELEVATED SUPLEX! Cover, ONE!! Riddle survives that miscalculation but Woods brings him back up. Woods suplexes, slingshots and slams Riddle down, then rolls through! But Riddle wrenches, pops Woods up and gets a TRIANGLE HOLD! Woods fights free, gets to his feet and yanks Riddle up into a suplex!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives again but is surely shocked at Woods’ own showing of strength! Woods gets Riddle up, reels him in and back suplexes but Riddle lands on his feet to ROCK Woods!

Riddle fires off forearms and kicks in a corner, but Woods CHOPS back! And throws forearms! Riddle ROCKS Woods again, Woods ROCKS Riddle back! DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Both men are down but fans are firing up! Woods stands first, Riddle follows, and Riddle catches Woods to headscissor him out of the ring! Riddle is on the apron, Woods staggers over so Riddle brings him up. They brawl on the apron, Riddle fires off KICKS! Woods blocks, back hands, and fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Woods is pulling out all the stops and Riddle is feeling it! Woods might have just solved Riddle as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Riddle hits a PELE on Woods! Woods ends up in a corner, Riddle hits a forearm smash! Riddle goes side-to-side, for another forearm smash! Then a BROSPLODER! Riddle runs, Woods avoids the Penalty Kick and the Standing Moonsault, then gets knees up for the Broton! Riddle writhes, stands up, and staggers into a CHOP! Woods fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat, faster and faster, against the ropes! Woods whips, Riddle reverses but Woods ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor! Riddle gets up, Woods whips then back drops! Woods hops up, leaps and SHOTGUN missile dropkicks! Woods kips up and covers, TWO!!

Woods grits his teeth, gets Riddle back up, but Riddle gets around to ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Gut wrench, but no! Woods reverses, but Riddle reverses back, and then back again! Woods RAMS Riddle into a corner and puts him in the Tree of Woe! Woods stomps Riddle, runs corner to corner and dropkicks Riddle out of the Tree! Riddle staggers up, Woods fires up and trophy lifts! GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Woods doesn’t lose focus, he goes to the corner and climbs back up! But Riddle intercepts Woods with forearms! Riddle climbs, clubs Woods, but Woods knocks him down! Wood kicks from the apron, then steps in, into a FINAL FLASH!

Woods wobbles, Riddle gets him up with a DEAD LIFT SUPER GERMAN!! Cover, TWO?!? Woods lives and Riddle is in shock! Riddle drags Woods to a drop zone, goes up top, FLOATING BRO but Woods moves! Riddle rolls, into the HONOR ROLL! And a mule kick! But Riddle stops the basement DDT, tilt-o-whirl to a gut wrench! Woods slips free, CHOPS Riddle, but Riddle hits an RKO!?!? That really IS outta nowhere! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

The Bro just invoked the power of the Viper! Is this a sign that RKBRO is inevitable?!

 

AJ Styles talks with Omos backstage.

We can’t hear what they’re saying, but Styles and Omos fist bump, and then Styles heads to gorilla alone! Is the Phenomenal One going to prove he can beat the Drifter’s follower without back-up?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Charlotte Flair’s win over Asuka tonight has made it undeniable for management! Charlotte WILL face Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell! But will it be in the Cell? Or just a Nightmare between the ropes for the Queen?

 

AJ Styles VS Jaxson Ryker!

The Phenomenal One and his tag team partner want to prove they’re on top of the Raw Tag Division, but they’re going one partner at a time. Styles beat the Drifter, but what about the follower in Jaxson Ryker?

In a surprising move, Ryker enters without Elias! This is truly 1v1 as the bell rings, but Ryker runs right into a dropkick! Styles runs and hits a clothesline in a corner, then fireman’s carries for an USHOGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Ryker survives but Styles gets him up. Ryker RAMS Styles into a corner! Ryker ROCKS Styles, Styles BOOTS Ryker! Styles runs but into Ryker’s DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Ryker gets Styles up, suplexes, slingshot and TOSS! Cover, TWO! Ryker keeps on Styles, talks some trash, but Styles KICKS a leg! Ryker gets Styles up for a BEARHUG! Styles endures as Ryker squeezes tight! Styles throws elbow after elbow but Ryker CLUBS him down!

Ryker slingshot suplexes again but Styles lands on his feet! Styles puts Ryker outside, builds speed, and WRECKS Ryker with a dropkick! Styles gets Ryker up and in the ring, but ELIAS attacks outta nowhere! The Sympho-Knee was like the hidden bonus track nobody wanted! Styles stumbles into the ring, and into Ryker’s SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, RYKER WINS!!

Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by pinfall

The follower just pinned a GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! But Omos rushes out and he finds Elias hiding! Omos drags him up, TOSSES him, then chases Elias and Ryker up the ramp! Elias stumbles, and gets BODIED into the LED screens!! Ryker ran, not even waiting for his mostly-fearless leader! Omos goes back to check on Styles, and someone might need to check on Elias! Will Omos and Styles make Ryker and Elias for playing games?

 

Jeff Hardy speaks.

“Man, it feels like a millennium since I heard the roar of our crowd. I’m ready to traverse the universe and reignite the fire within everyone!” WWE won’t just show up, they’ll take it to the extreme with “HARDY! HARDY! HARDY!”

 

Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo!

The Fella is ready to settle the fight that never truly finished with the young superstar. Will Sheamus make Carrillo regret coming back for more? Or will this finally be the night Carrillo earns his title shot?

Raw returns as Carrillo makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Sheamus kicks low, CLUBS Carrillo down then throws him out of the ring. They brawl outside the ring now and Sheamus RAMS Carrillo into barriers! Sheamus puts Carrillo in, Carrillo hits back! Carrillo fires off hands, Sheamus kicks low and Sheamus reels Carrillo in for a LARIAT! “You should’ve stayed at home, fella!” Sheamus throws body shots in the corner, then some knees and then CLUBBING forearms! Carrillo writhes, Sheamus talks trash and gets Carrillo up for a suplex SLAM! Sheamus mockingly asks if Carrillo is alright, then he drops knees on Carrillo’s head!

Sheamus chinbars Carrillo and has an arm. Sheamus digs his forearm into Carrillo’s face and then hooks the nose! The ref reprimands, Sheamus lets off but keeps on the chinbar. Carrillo fights up, throws forearms, but runs into Sheamus’ elbow! Sheamus sits Carrillo up for beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus lets off and tells commentary that those were for Corey Graves, in a nice way. Sheamus stomps Carrillo, talks trash again, but Carrillo SLAPS him! And again! Carrillo fires off forearms, CHOPS, and a whip! Sheamus reverses, Carrillo kicks him back! Sheamus is in the ropes and Carrillo WRECKS him with a dropkick! Carrillo builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into the desk!

Carrillo gets Sheamus up and in, climbs up top and leaps, FLYING BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Carrillo can’t believe how close he was, but he runs and is put on the apron. Carrillo ROUNDHOUSES back, gets in and wheelbarrows, to victory roll, but Sheamus sits on it! Sheamus holds tights in the cover! Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Sheamus goes after Carrillo, even though he won! Scoop and SLAM, then a CLOVERLEAF! But Ricochet flies in outta nowhere with a missile dropkick! Carrillo gets up to springboard ENZIGURI! Sheamus is down, Ricochet LIONSAULTS! Carrillo is up top, he MOONSAULTS! Ricochet keeps upping the ante, SPRINGBOARD 450!! Sheamus bails out and he has two high-flyers who doesn’t stop fighting! Will one or both Ricochet and Carrillo get their golden opportunity?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Reginald.

How do they intend on recapturing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships? Well what happened last week was a fluke so it won’t happen again. Shayna says she knows exactly what happened: Nia got distracted, again, because of Reggie. Shayna, don’t be a bully! Reggie is really scared after the flame mishap. He’s seeing triple, and is having nightmares! Oooh~! Who cares!? Shayna & Nia were unstoppable before all this stuff that doesn’t matter, like Reggie. No, they still ARE unstoppable. Then let’s prove it, as JUST Shayna & Nia. Reggie says he is only trying to help.

Yes, and he can do that by staying back here. If Shayna sees Reggie ringside for another one of her matches, she’ll give him a reason to have nightmares! Will being without their sommelier help the Queen of Spades & Irresistible Force get back on track?

 

Eva Marie speaks.

“Along my journey, I learned that as an athlete, it’s just as important to build yourself up from the inside as much as the outside. Physical strength starts with the right mindset. The weight of the world may tear you down, but discipline and consistency will overcome weakness.” She’s learned to become her own cheerleader, and wants to do the same for others. She trains men and women all over the world to become better versions of themselves. This is the Eva-Lution.

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald!

Raw returns once again, and the former champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this rematch of a rematch closes out Raw!

The teams sort out, Nia and Tamina start and Reggie is watching backstage. Nia and Tamina circle, but then Nia tags out to Shayna? Shayna and Tamina circle, but then Shayna bops Natty! Natty wants in so Tamina obliges. Natty and Shayna tie up, go around, and Natalya hits a headlock takeover. Shayna headscissors, Natty kips free and they go again. Shayna wrenches the arm to a wristlock, Natty rolls and handsprings and slips through to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, ONE!! Natty gets up but Shayna kicks low! Shayna headlocks, Natty powers out but Shayna runs her over. Things speed up, Natty hurdles and goes to hip toss but Shayna blocks!

Shayna tries a hip toss, Natty blocks, rolls to a cover, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Natty narrowly escapes but Shayna has the hammerlock! Natty moves around, gets up, and reaches back to slip and drag Shayna down with a heel hook! Shayna fights the grip, stomps Natty, then stands to tie up the legs! Shayna is STEALING the SHARPSHOOTER! Natty powers out, and spins, but no discus! Shayna hits a judo throw, then YANKS Natty’s arm! Nia tags in, swaggers over to Natty, and drags her up. Nia clamps onto the arm, and drops a leg on it! Nia drags Natty up again, throws her into the corner and tags in Shayna.

Shayna and Nia mug Natty, Shayna wrangles Natty down with a keylock, and has the arm stuck! But wait! Is that Reggie walking down the ramp?! Shayna just told him to stay in the back! Natty gets her arm free, gets around Shayna and hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Reggie goes to ringside and asks what happened as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more, and Shayna has Natty’s arm in a keylock. Natty fights up, fights back, but Shayna throws her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna gets the arm right back into the keylock, but Natty endures all over again. Natty fights up, arm-drags free, but Shayna rolls to come back, into a scoop SLAM! Both women are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to Nia and Tamina! Tamina fires off haymakers on Nia, dodges a clothesline and hits a running headbutt! Tamina uppercuts, but Nia scoops her! Tamina slips through to sunset flip, but Nia rolls through, Tamina SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!!

Reggie panics as Tamina goes to a corner. Tamina climbs, Nia ROCKS her first! Nia fireman’s carries but Tamina fights free! SUPERKICK but it’s sent into ropes! Nia rolls Tamina up, TWO!! Nia drags Tamina back up, RAMS her into the corner, and Shayna tags in! They mug Tamina, Shayna fires off hands, but the ref counts., Shayna lets off at 4, throws more shots, and Nia tags in. Shayna holds Tamina for Nia’s SPLASH! Tag back to Shayna, and she KNEES Tamina in the corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna keeps between Tamina and Natty and kicks Tamina back to the corner. Shayna throws forearms, lets off but Tamina elbows Nia! Then ROCKS Shayna!

Shayna stays up but Tamina ROCKS her again! Shayna runs to swing on Natty! Natty avoids it, Shayna turns around into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Hot tag to Natty! Natty gets Shayna for the catapult into the SUPERKICK!! Cover but Nia breaks it! Nia HEADBUTTS Natty! Tamina THESZ PRESSES Nia! They brawl and fall out of the ring! Reggie stays clear as Tamina ROCKS Nia! Nia shoves Tamina, Tamina runs but is DUMPED over the barriers! Shayna runs at Natty in the corner, but Natty dodges! Shayna hits buckles, Natty hits a DISCUS! Natty hurries to get the legs but Reggie distracts the ref! Shayna gets a cradle but the distraction lasts too long! TWO!!

Shayna KNEES Natty down, but he shouts at Reggie that he shouldn’t be here! She had Natty beat there! She shouts at Reggie to go away and he sheepishly obeys. But then MORE FIRE explodes at the ramp! Reggie freaks out again, Shayna turns around into a CRADLE! Natty & Tamina win!!

Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Queen of Harts has both belts while Tamina is still stuck behind barriers, she’s as shocked as any of us are that things turned out this way! Shayna checks on Reggie, and he says he’s alright. He stands up, Shayna grabs him by his suit jacket! “I am tired of you interfering in my matches! Let’s see how YOU do! You, the Cirque du Soleil sommelier twerp, versus ME next week!” If Reggie has the balls to show up next week, Shayna will make him wish he was IN that explosion!! Will Shayna solve the distraction problem by making Reggie #TapNapOrSnap?


My Thoughts:

This was a bit of a mixed bag for Raw. For one, it was like the show had Go Home Syndrome, but it wasn’t a go home! There were so many recaps tonight! Do they think NO ONE was watching last week and that we were all new? Though, I suppose some people have dropped Raw because it’s been so copy-and-paste lately. But overly recapping is not the way to recapture those people’s interests. Making it so a match has this forced “go to commercial” spots doesn’t help, either. While getting Kofi VS McIntyre as a contender’s match is a great move, having McIntyre just stop focusing on Kofi so he can stare down Lashley and give us a break in action is just not good for the flow.

The only thing worse than having a match manufacture a spot for a commercial break is having someone drone on about stuff they’ve already said to fill for time. Cedric’s promo just kept going and going with the same things he said about Benjamin before, just angrier. We should’ve gotten action for that same stretch of time to make a really good match even better. Cedric using a cheap tactic to then win is great stuff for him and the story, but he should just trash talk during the match to use time efficiently.

Riddle VS Woods was a good example of that. The recap package took care of any promo that would’ve been given, though even that time could’ve been given to the match, which was still great stuff. Riddle winning was very likely, but the RKO from Riddle was awesome! I have a feeling that, as great as it would be for Kofi to challenge Lashley at HIAC, McIntyre wins so that New Day faces RKBRO at the PPV. I feel like it’d be better for Raw if Kofi won, McIntyre had to figure things out for himself, and we got New Day VS RKBRO on a Raw. Sheamus VS Carrillo was great, Ricochet joining in was great, but I would love if McIntyre circled back to Sheamus and their rivalry circled around the one title McIntyre hasn’t had yet.

The Styles VS Ryker segment was good, though I figured Elias would find a way to cheat and help Ryker win. But Omos showing off his shocking speed was great stuff, too. I suppose this means Ryker & Elias get the tag title shot, and probably on television so HIAC doesn’t get oversaturated. Keeping the PPVS cards short has made them better, and it does help TV out, too. Ryker and Elias can get their shot, lose, and then Styles & Omos move on to face RKBRO at MITB in July, part of the big return to touring. Oh, which reminds me, if we get promos of superstars campaigning for the return to touring every week leading up to July 16th, I’m going to go nuts. We’ve heard the news, anyone who is really paying attention right now already knows it, please let it end here.

Asuka VS Charlotte for the second week in a row was another mixed bag. We got another great match, preceded by a very confusing Beat the Clock Challenge where it looked like Rhea was the one confused on how those work. Rhea’s main roster accomplishments make her one of the better call ups from NXT, but the way Raw is handling her character is actually in the line with one of the weaker ones *cough* Bobby Roode */cough*. It was nice for Nikki to have a positive on her in-ring return, but it was more because Rhea had a brain fart. Charlotte beating Asuka to suddenly have a 1v1 with Rhea at Hell in a Cell is bad pacing. Aren’t Charlotte and Asuka 1v1 in the recent series? Tiebreaker next week for the right to challenge would make more sense.

The women’s tag titles only getting 10 minutes as a match was not nearly what this stuff deserves, but that’s WWE, isn’t it? They struggle with men’s tag team divisions, they struggle with women’s singles divisions, so of course they’re going to struggle with a women’s tag team division. Especially since we got supernatural interference by Alexa Bliss without ever seeing Alexa once tonight. I suppose it’s alright, what more would Alexa herself add other than another promo explaining how creepy Lily is?

Natty & Tamina were of course going to win but because a combination of Alexa and Reggie distracting Shayna. Now the champions can move on to another team, hopefully one from SmackDown. Shayna VS Reggie in a co-ed match will be interesting, though, so that’s a silver-lining in this. I have a feeling this will be the make or break moment for Shayna & Nia as a team. I feel like “break” is more likely. Nia might side with Reggie and fights Shayna, and then they both get back into the singles division, which honestly is best because Rhea will surely be champion through HIAC and will need new opponents on the road to MITB.

My Score: 8/10


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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)

Black Friday is on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 

FTR speaks.

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,

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/26/21)

The Island of Relevancy awaits.

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?!


My Thoughts:

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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