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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania Backlash Results & Report! (5/16/21)

Will Roman Reigns acknowledge Cesaro?



WWE WrestleMania Backlash

Not the Grandest Stage, but close enough!

Don’t get it twisted! WrestleMania happened, but someone’s gonna feel the Backlash! Will Roman Reigns still be Tribal Chief and WWE Universal Champion after facing the Swiss Superman?


  • Kickoff Show – Open Challenge: Sheamus VS ???; Sheamus wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Rhea Ripley VS Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Rhea wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Mysterios; The Mysterios win and become new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • Lumberjack  Match: Damian Priest VS The Miz; Priest wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Bayley; Bianca wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Championship Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre VS Braun Strowman; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; Roman wins and retains the title.


It’s the #WrestleManiaBacklash Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for tonight!


Sonya Deville joins the panel!

She feels like she should join them permanently. JBL will gladly trade Pete for her. But they know Bianca VS Sasha was match of the night for WrestleMania 37. Bianca VS Bayley, how does she see this going? Sonya knows Bayley has experience on her side but Bianca is just red hot. Bayley can get under your skin, that could be what messes up Bianca tonight. Kayla agrees, Bianca is still green, she might not be ready for the mind games. Booker says preparation is the only luck you’ll ever have. Bianca is prepared, but you cannot sleep on Bayley. This isn’t about perfume and make-up, but cashing checks and winning belts.

JBL says he and Bayley are both role models, wonderful people, those that people want to be like. But he agrees with Booker: every once in awhile, you see someone come into sports and take things to a new level. That is Bianca. She could be greatest of all time on a new level. Bayley is the only one to beat Bianca since she came to SmackDown, though, and that could help her. Peter knows Bianca’s got a great story, but Bayley has been unbelievable these last few years. Bayley could be best in the business today on all levels. Booker agrees there. At a certain point, the lightbulb turns on and that turned on early for Bayley. Bayley could flip the script.

Sonya says the common dominator is both women are so consistent. You can count on both women to perform no matter what. It isn’t just talk, it isn’t just hype, it’s real. Bianca isn’t afraid of the spotlight, but will she shine under it?

And then there’s Priest VS Miz in a Lumberjack match! Priest chose this stipulation, he wants to make sure Miz can’t run away. Priest said last week that it could be Raw superstars, SmackDown superstars, zombies and aliens, one way or another, Miz gets dealt with! Now, don’t expect all that, but the legends know that the Lumberjack match mindset is that you’re locked into the situation and will have to fight until the end. Miz is in that situation, but he’s also someone Booker truly believes can handle it. Miz won’t weasel his way out, he’s a fighter. He came up the old school way so Priest better watch out!

JBL goes with the “future mayor of Houston, Texas” on that. Miz is a TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion. Priest has this bravado, but he might regret this. The Lumberjacks outside will not let either man get away. Miz “takes a walk” a bit, but that’s still within the rules. Miz knows what it is with this kind of match, so he’ll have tricks up his sleeve. The last one of these Miz was in, though, he LOST to Bobby Lashley! He wants to redeem himself for that and for WrestleMania against Bad Bunny! Peter, stop sucking up to Bunny so you can get him on your show!

When it comes to the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat, Kayla says it is Sonya’s fault we’re here. Sonya says this is something worth watching. Charlotte Flair has every right to be in the title picture. Is Rhea Ripley a force to be reckoned with? Yes, she’s champion. That doesn’t mean you write Charlotte out of the picture. Charlotte grabs the brass ring each time. Pete does say it looked like there was, well, not bullying, but some pressure. Sonya says she runs this, but she won’t judge Pete. She and Pearce each make decisions, she’s just doing her job. But what does that say to the locker room that Charlotte is getting this treatment and no one else is?

Sonya hates the notion of how just because she’s a Flair, she gets special treatment. Charlotte has the talent and the track record to prove she’s worthy, so Sonya will do what she sees is fit. Pete will admit, you can’t result of this result, this is going to be great. But Charlotte attacked a ref, got suspended, and is now just back! “We all make mistakes,” and Sonya could name the ones Kayla’s made. We move on and get better. Kayla is ready to say something back but says this is live so she can’t. Whoa~! Kayla is wondering will this Triple Threat only split Rhea’s focus? Sonya says the Asuka VS Rhea match was to smash the tension so it could be a fair Triple Threat.

Fair Triple Threat? There’s no such thing! Sonya says they should focus on the title, not their personal grudges. But a champion could lose the title without taking the pin, so it isn’t really fair. Sonya says they all got caught up in their heads, this was to make an even playing field. And look at how hyped we all are for this match! That is Sonya’s job. Good point. But the legends know all about this, these matches always screw the champion. It’s Rhea’s time to shine but she’ll have to be on guard at all times because she could lose without losing. “Fairness” is up for debate, but this will be a lot of fun. And what greater challenge for a champion than to put her to the test. If Rhea wins this, she’ll have even more confidence! So this was in Rhea’s best interest? Of course! If Sonya says so.


The Dirty Dawgs find Dominik Mysterio backstage.

They tell him to go find his dad and get ready. But then they stand in his way. And then they step to him. Dom flinches, but then Ziggler HEADBUTTS Dom! Roode throws Dom into road cases and into walls! “Put him down!” Roode assaults Dom in the corner of the room, and then Ziggler helps him get a spare case up and over to throw onto Dom! “See you out there, kid!” Referees rush over and someone goes to find Rey! Will Dom be able to do anything to get back at the obnoxious champions?


Open Challenge: Sheamus VS ???

The Celtic Warrior survived the match with Humberto Carrillo while Carrillo wasn’t as lucky. Carrillo is out with a bad leg, but Sheamus’ mouth still works. “What’s the crack? Sheamy’s here on the kickoff, fella!” He’s issued more open challenges to anyone and everyone who wants to step to the champ! And tonight won’t be any different! He wants another open challenge, but it still won’t be a title match. Those dopes of the past gave away matches, but Sheamus wants people to EARN the opportunity! So anyone who wants to try and take the greatest superstar of all, THE WWE US Champion, come and get it, fella!

The one to answer is RICOCHET! The One and Only returns from WWE Main Event to see if he can earn his way back to this title! Will the Celtic Warrior not be ready for the King of Flight?

The bell rings, Sheamus isn’t taking Ricochet seriously and he gets  SHOTUGN DROPKICK! Sheamus shoves, Ricochet runs and collides with him! Ricochet kicks but Sheamus blocks it, so Ricochet SLAPS him! Sheamus CLOBBERS Ricochet and seethes as he stalks Ricochet to a corner. Sheamus throws heavy hands, CLUBS Ricochet on the back, then TOSSES him across the way! Ricochet gets to the other corner, Sheamus digs his fingers into Ricochet’s face. Ricochet throws hands, runs, but into a back elbow! Sheamus drags Ricochet up, ROCKS him with EuroUppers, and whips him corner to corner. Ricochet kicks back, CHOPS, then runs, but into the IRISH CURSE!

Sheamus looms over Ricochet as he writhes from the backbreaker. Sheamus kicks “Ricky” to a corner and stomps him. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off, and Sheamus has Ricochet through ropes to bend him back for Beats of the Bodhrain! Ricochet takes 10 before the ref counts 4, and Sheamus wipes the sweat from his brow. Sheamus stomps Ricochet around, tells him to cheer up, and puts on the DUBLIN SMILE! Ricochet endures the fish hooks, the ref reprimands, and Sheamus STOMPS Ricochet down. Sheamus says the ref is ruining the fun. Sheamus clamps onto Ricochet with a chinbar and armlock but Ricochet fights with haymakers and kicks!

Ricochet is free, he staggers up and jawbreakers Sheamus! Ricochet CHOPS and throws body shots but Sheamus KICKS him down! Sheamus gets Ricochet up but Ricochet throws back elbow after back elbow! Ricochet fires up, runs, but Sheamus reels him in to CLUB him on the back! Ricochet PELES! Sheamus wobbles while Ricochet fires back up! Ricochet BOOTS Sheamus, goes to a corner and boots again. Sheamus blocks that, shovels Ricochet up to an Alabama lift but Ricochet holds ropes to escape! Ricochet BOOTS, goes out and hotshots Sheamus away! Ricochet springboards, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! STANDING SHOOTING STAR, to the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Sheamus survives and Ricochet is frustrated! Sheamus gets up slowly, but Ricochet CLUBS him on the back! Ricochet reels Sheamus in and fireman’s carries, but Sheamus CLUBS free! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Ricochet sunset flips! Sheamus rolls through to KNEE Ricochet to a corner! Sheamus runs in, Ricochet is up and over! BACKSTABBER! Ricochet crawls to the corner while Sheamus is down! Ricochet climbs the corner slowly, springboards again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives again and Ricochet is beside himself! Ricochet grits his teeth, gets back to the corner and back up top, but Sheamus avoids the 630!

Sheamus kicks but Ricochet dodges the Brogue! Roll up, TWO! KNEE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

It wasn’t a Brogue but it was a knockout shot! Sheamus gets his belt, his jacket and his hat, and is ready to move on already. “Look at that! Another victory for the Celtic Warrior!” Sheamus has issued more challenges than anyone in the history of the WWE! But Ricochet is back up, snatches the hat then dropkicks Sheamus down! Sheamus bails out but Ricochet snatches the jacket now! Ricochet does a dance in Sheamus’ stuff, dabs on ’em, then throws it back at him! Will Sheamus have to give Ricochet an opportunity for the title in order to get his revenge?


WrestleMania is what it’s all about, right?

Dave Batista narrates that The Grandest Stage is for the grandest moments. But listen up, champs. “It’s just that: a moment.” Understand that what you have is coveted, and that puts a target on your back. Batista knows. It could be for a short time or for all time, but the backlash is coming. A Tribal Chief may have to acknowledge a challenger. A Nightmare could end. One behemoth will overcome two. The EST could be D O N E. The stakes have been raised, anything could happen, and it is time to eliminate those in the way of victory! “Gamble with fate, bet on your strength, leave nothing and take everything.” WrestleMania’s Backlash is here, what’re you gonna do about it?


Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Rhea Ripley VS Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!

Fair or not fair, that is the question. The answer will be found when the Nightmare takes on the Empress of Tomorrow AND the Queen of Flair at the same time! Will Rhea keep her reign going? Or will a wrestling royal retake the throne?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Rhea faces her toughest challenge yet!

Rhea, Asuka and Charlotte all stare down as they approach center. They circle, each keeping space, but then Rhea rushes Charlotte. Charlotte bails out, Asuka and Rhea both tell her to get in. Charlotte doesn’t so they go out after her! Charlotte hurries back in the ring, Rhea runs in but Charlotte clotheslines! Asuka attacks, Rhea rolls Charlotte, Asuka breaks it! Asuka shoves Rhea, Rhea shoves back. Charlotte staggers into DOUBLE KICKS! Asuka and Rhea brawl now, Rhea fires off, and Rhea whips Asuka, but Asuka hip attacks Charlotte down! Asuka dodges Rhea, follows and wheelbarrows for the victory roll! ONE, and Asuka goes for a sunset flip! Rhea rolls through but Asuka wants the arm!

Rhea rolls, kicks free but Asuka kicks back! Asuka runs into the corner to HIP ATTACK! Asuka throws Rhea down, Charlotte drags Asuka out! EXPLODER! Charlotte scowls as she goes into the ring and counter punches Rhea! Rhea hits back, Charlotte pulls hair! Charlotte reels Rhea in but Rhea kicks back! Rhea runs but Charlotte collides shoulders! Charlotte vows to be a FOURTEEN time champion! Rhea dares her to try, so Charlotte runs. They RAM shoulders again and Rhea grins. Rhea runs now, but Charlotte follows to kitchen sink knee! And EXPLODER! Charlotte stomps a mudhole into Rhea, then drags her up to whip her corner to corner.

Rhea reverses the whip, Charlotte goes up and out and shoulders back in! But Asuka anchors Charlotte and Rhea WRECKS Charlotte with a dropkick! Asuka climbs, Rhea BOOTS her down and the ThunderDome is fired up for Rhea! Rhea goes out, Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS her! The Queen looms over both opponents and puts Asuka in. Charlotte stomps Asuka in a corner, digs her boots in, and doesn’t have to let up because No Disqualifications! Charlotte bends Asuka against ropes and shouts, “You’ll NEVER beat me! Never!” Charlotte lets Asuka go to cover, ONE! Asuka shakes her head, but Charlotte snapmares her and cartwheels to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte tries another cover, TWO! Charlotte laughs though she’s frustrated. Charlotte pie faces Asuka and says Asuka knows Charlotte is better. Asuka fires off fast hands and kicks! Asuka whips, Charlotte blocks, but Asuka KICKS away on her legs! Charlotte breaks free, runs but Asuka dodges and comes back, FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Charlotte scrambles, moves but into a triangle! Charlotte gets a leg around to ropebreak! Asuka lets go, to get the arm and throw Charlotte down the other way! Rhea stomps Asuka down! Rhea drags Charlotte up but Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS! Charlotte reels Rhea in but Rhea gets around. Rhea runs into a backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT!

Charlotte seethes while she leaves Rhea behind. Asuka gets up but Charlotte scoops her. Asuka slips out and gets the waistlock, but Charlotte elbows out hard! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS Asuka off her feet! Rhea returns to wrench and LARIAT! And LAIAT! And ripcord HOOK KICK! DROPKICK for Asuka! Rhea grins as she spins Charlotte for a cravat and KNEE! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rhea drags Charlotte up, NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Asuka breaks it in time! Asuka pops Rhea up for a KNEE of her own! But Rhea kicks from below! Asuka BUZZSAWS Rhea for that one!

Everyone is down but the fans rally up! Asuka fires up and she drags Charlotte up. Charlotte gets around but Asuka elbows her now! GERMAN SUPLEX for the Queen! And another GERMAN! HIP ATTACK for Rhea! Charlotte staggers up into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka aims at both opponents and gives KICK after KICK back and forth! KICK for Rhea, KICK for Charlotte! SLIDING WIZARD for Charlotte! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives which means Rhea is still in this, too! Asuka fires up and goes to a corner. Asuka climbs, and missile dropkicks Rhea down! Charlotte is in a corner, Asuka runs in but is put on the outside. Asuka ROCKS Charlotte, KICKS Rhea down, but Charlotte KNOCKS Asuka down!

Charlotte sees her two opponents on the outside, goes to a corner and climbs up top! The Queen’s Gambit, the SUPER MOONSAULT!! Charlotte roars that this is HER division! She puts Asuka in, climbs back up, but Rhea anchors her! Charlotte fights, Rhea clubs away on her, and then Rhea climbs up to join her! Rhea gets Charlotte up, Charlotte resists the superplex, and Asuka adds on! She can’t get the bomb so she just joins Rhea in a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX!! All three women are down and the ThunderDome is fired up! Asuka and Rhea sit up first, grabbing at each other. They throw forearms, Charlotte sits up and joins in with her own forearms!

Charlotte hits Asuka, Asuka hits back, Rhea hits them, they’re hitting all over the place! They stand, Rhea HEADBUTTS Charlotte, HEADBUTTS Asuka, but Charlotte keeps going! The boot misses, the roundhouse misses, Asuka and Rhea work together again to double suplex Charlotte, only for her to land on her feet! DOUBLE CHOP BLOCK!! DOUBLE NATURAL SELECTION!!! DOUBLE COVER?!? TWO!!! Rhea and Asuka survive Charlotte’s attempt to pull a Roman Reigns! Charlotte drags Rhea by a leg and then brings Asuka over. They’re both in the drop zone, Charlotte climbs, but both women get clear of the moonsault! CODEBREAKER for Charlotte!

But Rhea clubs away on Asuka, RIP- NO! ASUKA LOCK!! Rhea powers out with elbows, then GERM- NO! Asuka fights the suplex, and dodges so the BOOT gets Rhea! Asuka gets Charlotte in the ASUKA LOCK! Charlotte rolls back, she knows it too well! Figure Four denied, Charlotte hits a buckle, Asuka hits a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka HEEL KICKS Rhea to keep her down! Charlotte runs in but is put out! BACK HAND! Asuka runs into a BOOT! Rhea gets Asuka for the RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

The Queen tired to slip in at the right moment but it didn’t go her way! The Mosh Pit Kid keeps on going, and rubs it in Charlotte’s face! Will the Nightmare continue through to the Summer?


The Miz and John Morrison talk backstage.

Damian Priest chose a Lumberjack match? Really? Does Miz really seem like the kind to run away? Well he did run away on Monday. That’s besides the point! Morrison lost! Yeah, well, Morrison is going to talk tot he lumberjacks and let them know it is in their best interest to help Miz win. How is he going to do that? Johnny Drip Drip is very persuasive. He’s going to make sure Priest falls for the thirst trap! Miz doesn’t think Morrison knows the proper usage of that term. Well they don’t call Morrison the must moist-see superstar for nothing. Does anyone call him that?


SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Mysterios!

We saw the Glorious Show-Offs bully and beat down Dom during the kickoff show, so we’re not even sure if this match will happen! Can the son show the same toughness as his father and persevere to make history?

Rey and Dom talk in the medic’s room, but Dom doesn’t look to be in any shape. Dom apologizes but Rey says they can live to fight another day. There will be another opportunity down the line. Rey will go alone if he must. Wait, is this going to be a handicap match for the titles now?!

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and does even the King of Lucha stand a chance against two Dirty Dawgs?

Rey goes after both Dawgs and the bell rings to get this on record! Roode CLUBS Rey, whips him but Rey sends Roode into Ziggler with a headscissors! Roll up, TWO! Rey keeps on Roode with a whip, but Roode reverses. Rey dodges, dropkicks Ziggler away, but Roode kicks low! Roode throws hands, whips, but Rey kicks back! Rey runs and slides under to SPLASH onto Ziggler! Roode goes out to CLUB Rey down! Roode brings Rey around, bumps him off the apron, and then refreshes the count. Roode stalks Rey around the way, scoops him, but Rey slips off to POST Roode! Rey gets in the ring and then goes to the apron, to SEATED SENTON Roode down!

Rey hurries back in the ring, but he has to have a champ in the ring with him! The Dawgs regroup, the count is 7 of 10, but both Dawgs get in at 9! Roode runs into a drop toehold, Rey fires off hammering hands, and he whips Roode. Roode reverses to kick low! Roode stalks Rey, scoops him but Rey pops up to victory roll, TWO!! LARIAT from Roode! Rey is down, Ziggler tags in, and Ziggler hurries to cover, TWO! Rey is still in this and Ziggler grows frustrated. Ziggler pushes Rey around, mockingly has him reach for a partner who isn’t there, then digs his fingers into Rey’s eyes! Ziggler laughs and points at the empty corner before he goes back to Rey.

Ziggler grinds fingers into Rey’s face, the ref counts, and Ziggler lets off at 4. Ziggler tags Roode and they mug Rey against ropes. Roode bumps Rey off buckles, throws forearms, and CHOPS! Roode whips Rey corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Roode again mocks him by daring him to tag someone. Roode grins as he looms over Rey. Rey gets up slowly but Roode brings him up. “You’ve got nobody!” Roode whips, Rey stops and drop toeholds Roode into buckles! Rey is on the apron and he dropkicks Ziggler down! Rey ROCKS Roode, goes up top, but Ziggler trips him up! Rey falls into the Tree of Woe and Ziggler plays dumb.

Roode stomps Rey, Ziggler says it is a matter of time. Ziggler gets his cheap shots in as Roode digs boots into Rey’s knees. Rey gets free of the Tree but he flops to the floor. Tag to Ziggler and he fetches Rey. Ziggler has the leg and taunts Rey before hitting a LEG DDT! Ziggler puts Rey in, covers, TWO! Rey is still in this, this is that legendary toughness! Tag to Roode, Roode drops elbows on Rey. Rey slowly gets up but Roode lets him stagger and fall over. The ref talks with Rey about the leg, Roode drags Rey away to drop knees on it! Roode taunts Rey, stomps him, then tags Ziggler. Rey fights back and springboards to wheelbarrow! Roode blocks, FAMOUSER FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO!!

Ziggler is furious that Rey still lives! Roode coaches Ziggler and Ziggler looms over Rey. Ziggler fixes his hair, tags in Roode, and Roode taunts Rey. Roode tags Ziggler back in, and Roode slides Rey out for Ziggler to SUPERKICK out of the air!! Rey is a heap on the floor and Roode soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome! Ziggler goes into the ring and lets the count take care of this. Rey drags himself up at 7, stands at 8, and gets in at 9.9!! Ziggler is beside himself! Tag to Roode, he throws headbutts, and Rey falls over. Tag back to Ziggler, the Dawgs get Rey up, for a double suplex! Rey fights it to make it a DOUBLE DDT! Rey finds one last gasp and ThunderDome fires up!

Rey flounders to a corner, gets Roode up to POST him! Ziggler runs in and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Rey POSTS Ziggler! Both Dawgs are stuck but Rey is still alone! Wait, what’s this? DOM is hobbling out to the ring! Bad ribs aren’t enough to hold him back, he wants in! Ziggler crawls after Rey and Rey is shocked! Dom says he’s no worse than Rey is now, so why worry? Rey headscissors Ziggler to the ropes! Rey runs and DECKS Roode! Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!!! Ziggler can’t believe it! Dom shouts to his dad that he has to tag him in! Ziggler gets Rey up, tags Roode back in, and the Dawgs mug Rey.

Roode fireman’s carries Rey and talks trash to Dom, and hits a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rey is not giving up and Roode is just annoyed Dom is out here now! Dom rallies for Rey as Roode gets Rey up to CLUB him down. Roode bumps Rey off buckles, and more buckles! Roode fireman’s carries again and goes up the corner!? Rey fights back with elbows! Rey shifts, jumps, and hits a SUPER BULLDOG! Both men are down, Dom shouts and reaches, and the ThunderDome screens are going wild! Rey crawls, hesitates, and Roode is after him! Rey elbows Roode away, boots Roode, Dom tags in!! Dom and Roode stare down, it’s payback time!

Dom dodges Roode, DECKS Ziggler and fires off on Roode! Whip, but Roode reverses, SPINEBUSTER! Roode says this is it! Rey regrets even going close to his corner as Dom writhes. Roode tags Ziggler, the Dawgs get Dom up and double whip to double hip toss, POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Dom’s toughness is shining through! Ziggler anchors a foot but Dom throws hands. Ziggler drags Dom away, gets him up, and POSTS him in the Dawgs’ corner! Ziggler taunts Rey, Roode taunts Dom, “You should’ve stayed down! You’re an embarrassment! You don’t belong here!” Ziggler is tuning up, but Dom SUPERKICKS first!!

Both men are down and Rey is starting to believe in his son! Dom crawls over, but Ziggler is in the way. Dom crawls over Ziggler, hot tags to Roode and Rey! Rey climbs up, LEAPING SEATED SENTON! Rey hits Ziggler, dodges Roode and runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! The Mysterios are still in this and Roode doesn’t understand why! Roode tries to laugh it off as Rey goes to a corner. Roode reels Rey in, tells Dom to watch this, and he gets Rey up, but Rey fights back! Rey hammers to hit a seated senton, then tilt-o-whirls Roode into a buckle! CORNER 619! Rey tags Dom back in then DIVES to SUNSET BOMB Ziggler!

Dom is up top, shout out to Latino Heat! FROG SPALSH!! Cover, THE MYSTERIOS WINS!!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

History, thy name is Backlash! The first-ever father and son tag team championship duo is here! Rey & Dom have the tag titles together! It is the family business to defy the odds and come out on top, and that is continuing with Dom! Kayla congratulates them in the ring and Rey says that for the first time, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are father and son! Dom says this is an honor and blessing. They made history tonight, so it’s time to celebrate! BOOYAKA 619! Will this historic win be just the first of many for the King and Prince of Lucha?


Morrison finds the Lumberjacks.

Shave and a haircut, drip drip! He opens the door, and finds… ZOMBIES?! Priest wasn’t lying about his special request! Morrison leaves before he ends up one of the Walking Dead.


Jimmy Uso waits outside Roman Reigns’ private room.

He goes inside, and finds Jey sitting there. What’s up, Uce? Where’s the champ, the Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief? He wouldn’t be those things without Jey! The room says Roman, but it should say Roman and Jey. They should get their own room. It wouldn’t be as awesome as this, but at least it’d say Jimmy & Jey Uso, the Tag Team Champions. What does Jey do? Carry Roman’s bags? Do his laundry? Jey doesn’t need to hear this. And then, Roman walks in. Jimmy wants to wish the champ luck. He’ll need it. Jimmy leaves, but Jey stays put.


Morrison tells Miz about the zombies!

They were like… dead! Undead! The lumberjacks, are zombies! Is this another weird motivational tactic? This isn’t about Morrison but about Miz embarrassing Priest. Whatever Morrison thinks he saw, it was in his head. Right, right. They head out, and the zombies come creeping in! Will Priest #LiveForever as he leads an army of the dead?


Lumberjack  Match: Damian Priest VS The Miz!

The Archer of Infamy thought he was done with the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century back at WrestleMania 37 when he and Bad Bunny put them down on the Grandest Stage of Them All. But if its one thing the Hollywood A-Lister loves to do is sequels. Will there be an open ending to this newest chapter? Or will it be a Skull Crushing Finale?

Oh no! The zombies are the lumberjacks, after all! Dave Batista, you have some explaining to do! Commentary runs for it, and so does Morrison! The bell rings, even Priest seems unsure what to make of this, but he and Miz still circle. They tie up, go around, and Miz makes sure Priest is near the ropes! The zombies grab at Priest, Miz kicks Priest and throws him out! Priest kicks Miz, kicks away zombies, but Miz DECKS Priest! Miz stomps Priest, runs, but his sliding dropkick misses! Miz sees he’s surrounded by the zombies! Miz hurries back in, Priest hits a FLAPJACK! Miz sees zombies grabbing at him and scrambles away!

Miz kicks Priest, throws him out, Priest fights the zombies off again! Priest gets in, Miz BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest shakes out cobwebs, which the zombies know a lot about, and Miz stomps him down! Priest sits up, Miz BOOTS him down! Miz gets Priest up, throws knees, then CLUBS him! Miz throws Priest to a corner, runs in an hits the A-List Lariat! But Miz gets dragged out by zombies! Miz fights free, and goes under the ring! The zombies look for him, and Miz slips out the other side! But there are more zombies so Miz gets back in, Priest CLOBBERS him! Both men are down, the zombies are fired up, but they could just be hungry…

Miz gets up, Priest dodges his boot to kick and kick and ROLLING ELBOW! Miz staggers, zombies are after him, WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Miz gets up, Priest back elbows in the corner! Priest puts Miz down, climbs up top, and FLYING WHEEL KICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives, clutches a leg, but Priest is ready! Miz wrenches out, Priest blocks the forearm with a forearm, but Miz trips Priest to get the legs! FIGURE FOUR! Priest endures, the ropes are not really an option with zombies creeping around, but the zombies drag them both out anyway! They both fight the zombies off! Miz throws one over barriers, Priest DECKS one! They call truce to fight the zombies!!

Priest and Miz are like a two man wrecking crew on the zombies! Priest BOOTS one down, then a big zombie storms in! Priest hits the big zombie but it stays up! Priest goes up the steps for a FLYING ROUNDHOUSE! The big zombie goes down! Priest and Miz get in the ring, they go to high five but Miz tries a cheap shot! Priest was ready, BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls and he takes aim. Morrison returns?! Johnny Drip Drip tries to be a hero but Priest ROCKS him! Morrison catches the kick to EDDY GORDO! KNEE PLUS?!?! Cover, TWO!! Miz’s parody of Daniel Bryan fails to finish this!

Morrison dodges zombies and then PARKOUR SENTONS three zombies down! ROUNDHOUSE to a fourth! Morrison goes up onto the barrier but the other zombies get him first! They drag Morrison down to the depths! Miz panics, Priest BELL CLAPS and HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Priest wins the first ever Zombiejack match, and the Greatest Tag Team is left for dead! Are the zombies going to turn them into the Hollywood Undead?


Jey confronts Jimmy.

What the hell, Uce? Roman doesn’t need this right now! Well Roman might lose the title, and then what? What will Jey do then, huh? Maybe the name on that locker room should say “Roman Reigns and his bitch.” Jimmy storms off, Jey is pissed, what is happening to the Bloodline?!


SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Bayley!

The EST proved she might be the B E S T at WrestleMania 37 against The Boss! But now she’s going up against the longEST reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion and self-proclaimed Role Model of the WWE! Will Bianca prove without a doubt that she isn’t a rookie, but a young legend in the making?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bianca can turn away another of the NXT Four Horsewomen!

Bianca dares Bayley to bring it but Bayley wants fans to chant for her. Bianca gets an “E S T” chant started instead, and the two tie up. Bianca waistlocks, Bayley switches, Bianca switches it back. Bayley switches again but so does Bianca, and they go and go until Bayley tumbles out of the ring! Bianca dusts her hands off, but Bayley keeps her cool. Bayley gets back in the ring, takes a breath, and the two tie up. Bianca gets the arm, wrenches and wrings Bayley’s arm. Bayley endures as Bianca clamps onto the shoulder. Bayley fights up, reaches for ropes but Bianca hammerlocks to keep her away. Bayley reaches around, goes after the ponytail, but the ref reprimands.

Bianca shoves Bayley away and fakes her out with the hair whip! “Don’t touch my hair.” Bianca headlocks Bayley, Bayley powers out, but Bianca goes up and over and things speed up. Bianca rolls, whips, duck sand hurdles, but Bayley blocks the monkey flip to a cover! TWO and Bianca waistlocks. Bayley pushes back but Bianca makes it an O’Conner Roll! TWO, Bianca goes up top and says kiss this! Bayley runs in but into a dropkick! Bianca kips up and Bayley scrambles to ropes! Bianca pushes Bayley, whips her hard, and Bayley bounces off buckles! Bianca whips Bayley hard again, and again Bayley bounces off buckles!

Bianca claps for Bayley, whips her back the other way, but Bayley slips out. Bayley forearms but into a hip toss! Bianca handsprings but Bayley bails out to catch her breath. Bayley is fuming but Bianca is smiling as she waits on Bayley. Bayley doesn’t return so Bianca chases her. Bianca hurdles Bayley’s tackle and then runs her over! Bianca puts Bayley in, handsprings to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bayley wants a timeout but Bianca isn’t giving her one. Bayley pulls Bianca’s ears and throws her down! Bayley fires off hammering fists! Bayley drags Bianca up, whips her hard to a corner, and now Bianca bounces off buckles!

Bayley stalks up behind Bianca, chokes her on the ropes, but the ref counts. Bayley lets off, covers, TWO! Bayley gets Bianca up to knee her in the back! And again! Bayley clamps on a chinlock and digs her knee in. Bianca endures as Bayley talks trash. Bianca fights up, fans rally, and Bianca throws body shots. Bianca swings but into Bayley’s back suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley storms over to a corner, climbs up top, but Bianca ROCKS her with a forearm first! Bianca throws a shoulder, into a HOTSHOT STUNNER! Bayley drags Bianca up but Bianca holds off the suplex! Bianca gets Bayley up and in for a suplex slam! Both women are down and fans fire up!

Bianca hurries but Bayley gets a cradle! TWO! Both women roll, trying to get control of the cradle! They end up out of the ring, and Bayley wants to suplex! Bayley gets Bianca up for a GOURDBUSTER to steel steps! Bianca flops down and Bayley gets her up again to suplex her to the floor! Bayley puts Bianca in at 7 of 10, covers, TWO!! Bianca writhes in pain and gets to a corner but Bayley is seething. Bayley heads over, brings Bianca up, but Bianca fires off body shots! Bianca shoves, Bayley hurdles but Bianca runs her over! Bayley elbows Bianca away, but runs into a scoop! Bayley fights free, fireman’s carries, and spins for a SWINGING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Bianca survives and Bayley is furious! Bianca gets to a corner, Bayley runs in and KNEES her down! Cover, TWO and Bayley is sent into a cameraman! Bayley is furious at Bianca’s power reserves, and she rains down furious fists on Bianca! Bayley talks trash, but then talks to herself. She laughs at “the rookie” and dares her to crawl around. Bianca gets up, Bayley keeps laughing, and Bayley dodges a haymaker, only to get DECKED with the other! Bianca is fuming now as she goes after Bayley with clubbing forearms over and over! Bianca kicks Bayley to a corner, then TOSSES her across the way! And then TOSSES her the other way! And dropkicks her down!

Bianca says she’s the champ, and she whips Bayley. Bayley reverses, Bianca goes up and over but Bayley dodges to send her into buckles! Bayley snarls again, gets Bianca up and hooks her up, but no Rose Planter! Bianca shoves and hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Bianca stalks Bayley, gets her up and in the torture rack, but Bayley fights free! Bayley runs and clotheslines! Bayley puts Bianca in a drop zone, hurries up top, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! One of Bayley’s best, and Bianca survives it! Bayley scrapes Bianca out of the ring, goes outside, and runs in for the daredevil- No, the dropkick is caught! Bianca drags Bayley out and around, but Bayley POSTS her!

Bayley goes into the ring, waits on Bianca to get up, and then runs to DIVE but FLOPS as Bianca dodges! Bianca gets Bayley’s arms, for an APRON GLAMEST SLAM! Bianca puts Bayley in, covers, TWO!! Bayley survives, part of why she was the longest reigning champion! Bianca stomps Bayley, runs in, but Bayley dodges and backslides! Feet on ropes!! TOW!! Bayley gets around to O’Conner Roll, and holds the ropes! The ref sees it this time! Bianca says Bayley’s cheating, Bayley SLAPS her! Bayley argues with the ref but turns around into forearms! They brawl, Bianca gets the edge, but Bayley rakes the eyes! The ref missed it because of positioning!

Bayley defends her innocence, and she grabs Bianca’s ponytail. She pulls Bianca in and hits a BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!??! Bianca survives Bayley’s classic finisher and Bayley can’t believe it! Bayley drags Bianca up by her ponytail again, uses that to tie Bianca up into the headlock, ROSE PLAN- NO! Bianca turns it into a cradle!! Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Bayley demands they replay this and take note of what happened! Bianca “cheated” by using her ponytail! But Bayley was the one using all the cheats she could think of! Will Bayley have to face up to reality that she’s not the best and that Bianca IS?


Backstage interview with MVP.

Montel Vontavius Porter’s “business proposition” was rejected, but Braun Strowman’s display shows that he makes poor decisions. Actually, he lacks the intellectual capacity to hold the title. Braun isn’t smart enough to see the bigger picture. McIntyre is smart enough and savvy enough to know that picture has no room for him. Then what about the Triple Threat? MVP isn’t concerned, but everyone knows Lashley is at an inherent disadvantage. Well, MVP isn’t concerned since Lashley will overcome everything. He isn’t just a champion, he isn’t just the WWE Champion, he is the ALL MIGHTY WWE Champion. Will MVP’s confidence come back to haunt Lashley?


WWE World Championship Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre VS Braun Strowman!

Not only did the All Mighty and Scottish Warrior battle for this title at WrestleMania 37, the battled for this very title roughly a year ago at Backlash 2020. Now #WrestleManiaBacklash is adding a Monster Among Men to the mix! Will Braun tip the scales in his own favor? Or will he be used as a giant pawn in MVP’s game against McIntyre?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and there can only be one!

Lashley tells McIntyre they can take Braun out of this, but Braun runs McIntyre over and ROCKS Lashley! Braun goes corner to corner to splash McIntyre, then splash Lashley! Lashley gets up to hit a COPLETE SHOT! McIntyre stomps Braun, and maybe he is taking Lashley up on the offer. Braun gets up and choke grips McIntyre but Lashley knocks Braun down! The mugging continues, Lashley gets Braun up and reels him in. He tells McIntyre to help out, and they mug Braun with knees! Then they double suplex the Monster up, holding him for 10, then SLAM him down! Braun writhes and now the truce is over! McIntyre and Lashley brawl, McIntyre whips Lashley and hits an OVERHEAD suplex!

Braun staggers into a GLASGOW KISS! Lashley drags McIntyre out, RAMS him into the barriers, then gets him up in a fireman’s carry. McIntyre slips out to POST Lashley! McIntyre throws knees, Braun CANNONBALLS and wipes them out!! Braun THROWS McIntyre into barriers, puts Lashley in the ring, and choke grips for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives but Braun just glares down at him. Braun keeps on Lashley, scoops him, but Lashley slips out and wants the arms! Braun fights the nelson off, McIntyre SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES?! McIntyre gets up, Lashley staggers into another OVERHEAD Suplex! Braun runs in but McIntyre POSTS him!

McIntyre runs at Lashley, is put on the apron but he ROCKS Lashley with a right! McIntyre climbs, leaps, another CROSSBODY! And a kip up! Braun runs in but into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Lashley bumps McIntyre off buckles, fires off hands, and roars as MVP says to keep on him. Lashley OVERHEAD Suplexes McIntyre now! McIntyre flops out of the ring. Lashley goes after Braun, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps his focus while MVP argues the count, but tow is two. Lashley BLASTS McIntyre off the apron and McIntyre hits barriers! Lashley goes out and THROWS McIntyre into more barriers!

Lashley gets McIntyre back up, fireman’s carries again, and this time, POSTS McIntyre! But Braun CLOBBERS Lashley with steel steps! He wants Lashley to get up, Lashley does, and Braun RAMS him again! Braun TOSSES the steps up the ramp, and then stalks Lashley to the corner. McIntyre CLAYMORES Braun over the barriers!! Lashley drags himself back to the ring, McIntyre crawls after him. McIntyre gets Lashley up to throw hands and they go up the ramp. McIntyre SMACKS Lashley off the steel steps Braun tossed up there! McIntyre moves those aside, brings Lashley back up, but Lashley blocks the suplex, to suplex McIntyre onto ramp!

MVP coaches Lashley up and Lashley stands back up. Lashley gets McIntyre up, CLUBS him to the stage, and they head towards ThunderDome screens. Lashley RAMS McIntyre into LED boards, then brings him to the main stage piece! McIntyre reverses to GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre dribbles Lashley’s head on the LED boards! McIntyre RAMS Lashley through the LED boards!! McIntyre has gotten rid of the Rocky Mountain Machine and roars as fans lose their minds! McIntyre keeps MVP back with a glare, and he goes looking for Lashley. Where did Lashley go? Braun CLOBBERS McIntyre outta nowhere!

Braun gets McIntyre up and throws him down the ramp! McIntyre tumbles, staggers up, STROWMAN EXPRESS sends McIntyre into the ring apron! Braun drags McIntyre up, puts him in, and stands him up, to CLUB him in the chest! Braun runs to drop a BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Braun can’t believe it! Braun gets McIntyre up, McIntyre wrenches free but Braun ROCKS him with a right! Braun runs in, hits buckles, and McIntyre scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER!?!? Cover, TWO!!! A shocking feat of strength, and a shocking survival! Braun drags himself up, McIntyre is after him, but Braun TOSSES him out of the ring!

Braun goes out, and the Strowman Express is back on track! Braun storms around the corner, but into an OVERHEAD suplex?!? Braun is a heap by the steel steps, but he manages to sit up. McIntyre aims at him from the barriers, and he loads up! Braun stands, McIntyre runs, but Braun pops him up, POWERBOMB THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Both men are down, “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Braun staggers up, rips his shirt off, and he glares at McIntyre in the wreckage. Braun drags McIntyre up, but McIntyre is dead weight as Braun drags him to the ring. Braun puts McIntyre in, stalks him, and shouts, “YOU’RE DEAD!”

Braun scoops, McIntyre slips out and shoves, to dodge and CLAYMORE!! Lashley returns and throws McIntyre out of the ring!! Lashley SPEARS Braun!!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

The All Mighty looks more like the Ultimate Opportunist there! But a win is a win. Will no one, no matter how big and how bad, ever take this title from Lashley?


The next WWE PPV is going to be hell!

Normally more an October tradition, HELL IN A CELL comes to the WWE Universe in June! Happy Father’s Day, fans, because 6/20/21 will be one hell of a night!


WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro!

The Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion demands respect but never gives it back. Will he regret doing that when he’s up against a hungry and uber talented Swiss Superman? Or will he once again have his Right Hand Man waiting to be his insurance policy?

Jey is pumped up backstage, but Roman doesn’t want him talking about “us.” But Jey’s always in his corner, just in case. In case of what? Jey is starting to sound like Jimmy. Why doesn’t he go find his brother. Roman makes his entrance without the Right Hand Man, because he wants to prove he can do this with his own hands! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Roman only needs Roman to defeat Cesaro.

Cesaro and Roman circle, Cesaro pressing the issue. Roman stays on the rope side, they tie up, they go around the ring and end up in the ropes. The ref counts, they go off ropes to still go around the ring. Roman puts Cesaro in a corner, the ref counts, but Cesaro slips out. Roman pushes Cesaro away and the two reset. They circle, tie up, and go around again. Roman waistlocks, Cesaro gets the arm and they shift back to collar ‘n’ elbow. Roman headlocks, hits a takeover, but Cesaro fights up. Roman headlocks, Cesaro powers out, Roman runs him over! Cover, ONE! Roman headlocks, Cesaro fights up, and powers out. Things speed up, Cesaro hurdles and runs Roman over!

Cesaro gets a cradle, ONE! Cesaro has a lateral press, ONE! Roman bails out to regroup with Heyman and cool off. Heyman says Roman is Tribal Chief, he’s doing just fine. Roman gets back up and in the ring, with Cesaro giving him space. Roman rushes in but into a waistlock! Roman elbows free, RAMS Cesaro into the corner and throws forearms! Cesaro staggers, Roman bumps him off buckles. Roman whips, Cesaro dodges and springboards to FLYING EUROUPPER! Cesaro fires up, Roman gets up, Cesaro hits a SIPNEBUSTER, and has the legs! Roman scrambles, gets the ropebreak, and boots Cesaro away!

Roman gets up while Cesaro shakes his head. Roman throws Cesaro out hard, and Cesaro gets up clutching an arm. The ring count climbs but Cesaro is using it to walk it off. Cesaro is back on the apron at 7 and steps in at 8, but Roman fires forearms! Cesaro EuroUppers in return and the brawl is on! Cesaro gets an edge, whips, but Roman reverses and CLOBBERS Cesaro! Roman POSTS Cesaro, focusing on the bad arm! The ring count starts again, Roman watches as Cesaro gets up, and Roman goes out to bounce Cesaro off the desk. Cesaro elbows back, Roman bounces him off the desk again! Roman puts Cesaro back in at 6 of 10 and crawls to a cover, ONE!

Roman is annoyed and he clamps onto Cesaro with a headlock. Roman grinds Cesaro down but Cesaro endures. Heyman likes what he sees as Roman shifts to a cravat. Cesaro still fights up, uses the pants to try a suplex! Roman resists, and then Roman suplexes Cesaro instead! Cover, ONE! Cesaro shakes his head, and Roman stares him down. The two stand, Cesaro is in a corner, and Roman ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! The ref counts, Roman stomps Cesaro but backs off. Cesaro hits back with forearms of his own! And EuroUppers! Roman ROCKS Cesaro with his own uppercut! Roman goes back to the cravat and grinds Cesaro down to the mat!

Cesaro endures, fans build to a rally, and Cesaro fights up to throw body shots. Cesaro powers and whips Roman, but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, ONE!! Roman cannot believe it! Cesaro pie faces Roman, Roman rains down furious forearms! Roman clamps on a chinlock, Cesaro fights up, and Cesaro kicks low. Cesaro throws haymakers and EuroUppers, but Roman shoves to fireman’s carry and SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is getting frustrated with Cesaro as Cesaro is still in this. Heyman chuckles as Roman goes to a corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, takes aim and runs in, but Cesaro ducks to POP-UP UPPERCUT! Heyman panics as both men are down!

Cesaro watches Roman go to a corner. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! He whips Roman corner to corner to EuroUpper again! And another! Cesaro runs to BOOT Roman down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro has a leg, and then he gets the other! Roman flails, Cesaro stomps the leg over and over, then drops an elbow! And another! Cesaro keeps after the legs, steps through, and gets a SHARPSHOOTER! Roman crawls and gets the ropebreak! Cesaro lets go fast, sees Roman bailing out, and builds speed! Cesaro FLIES!! A Swiss Tornillo takes out Roman and Cesaro fires up! The fans are fired up as Cesaro puts Roman back in!

Roman gets out as Cesaro slides in, and Roman is using the count for a breather. Cesaro goes out and shrugs, then runs around to EuroUpper Roman into barriers! Cesaro puts Roman back in, chases Heyman off, and goes to a corner. Cesaro climbs, leaps, FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Cesaro thinks of what he has to do next. Cesaro looms over Roman at the ropes, drags him up by his hair and then his ear, and brings him to the corner. Cesaro climbs, Roman throws body shots! Roman ROCKS Cesaro but Cesaro JABS back! Cesaro SMACKS Roman off post! Heyman is worried as Roman is dazed on the apron!

Cesaro climbs up again, brings Roman back up, but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! Cesaro ends up stuck on the top, Roman BOOTS him down! Roman gets Cesaro’s bad arm and bends it against the crossbar! The ref counts, Roman lets go at 4 but Cesaro’s elbow has taken serious damage. Roman grins as he sees Cesaro clutching the bicep. Roman runs in around the way and DRIVE-BY DROPKICKS Cesaro into post! Roman puts Cesaro in, covers, ONE!! Cesaro’s arms are bothering him but he still got out quickly. Roman is amused now! He smiles as he looks down on Cesaro. Cdesaro throws a forearm but that hurts the arm!

Roman kicks a leg, YANKS on the bad arm again and again, then wrenches through, and again! Roman smiles at the camera and says Daniel Bryan better enjoy watching his friend get worked over! Roman doe elbow breaker after elbow breaker al la Bryan, but Cesaro headbutts free! Roman runs to LARIAT Cesaro down! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro is still in this, and Roman just smirks. Cesaro sits up and Roman tells him to understand. “I love wrestling, it’s fun for me.” He CLUBS Cesaro, throws haymakers, and knees! Roman throws strikes all over, throws more knees in the corner, but the ref counts. Roman lets off at 4 and goes back to Cesaro.

Roman gets Cesaro up, whips him, and BOOTS him down! The ref checks on Cesaro given the bad arm and the cuts and scrapes all over him. Roman crouches by Cesaro and tells him Roman has a lot of responsibilities Cesaro could never handle. Cesaro sits up and Roman stands him up to HEADBUTT him to a corner! Roman stomps Cesaro in the corner, the ref counts again, and Roman gets in the ref’s face. The ref says Roman has to respect the authority, and Roman goes back to Cesaro. Cesaro throws a back elbow with the good arm! Roman grins but Cesaro EuroUppers! That’s the bad arm again! Cesaro BOOTS Roman, Roman BOOTS back! Cesaro hits a DISCUS!!

Cesaro writhes, having used the bad arm again! Roman is in a daze, Cesaro gets the bad arm moving again. Roman checks his jaw, Cesaro gives him a junkyard dog headbutt! Roman sits up and throws a haymaker. Cesaro does the same! They brawl on the mat, Cesaro throws body shots and EuroUppers, despite the bad arm hurting! He just fights through to fire off hands and stomps in the corner! Roman gets to the apron, Cesaro drags him up to the top! DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Heyman is relieved! Cesaro drags himself over and gets a leg. Cesaro headbutts it! And then stomps it! And steps through, but Roman holds off the Sharpshooter, so Cesaro DOUBLE STOMPS!

Cesaro drags Roman up, reels him in, and Gotch holds! The bad arm holds back the lift! Roman ROCKS Cesaro and gets the arm for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Roman pushes back as far as he can but Cesaro endures the pain! Cesaro fights, rolls, and gets an Oklahoma Roll! TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes and swings on Cesaro! Cesaro dodges, springboards, into a SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!!! Heyman is in disbelief and Roman is beside himself! Cesaro, bad arm and all, is still in this and the ThunderDome screens are fired up! Roman talks to himself like he has in the past, and both he and Cesaro go to corners.

Roman lets out the battle cry, runs in, but into a EuroUpper! POP-UP- But the arm gives up! Roman gets the GUILLOTINE FACELOCK!! Roman drags Cesaro down, but Cesaro powers up!! SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! But Cesaro has the legs! Roman grabs to Cesaro’s face but Cesaro rains down furious forearms and elbows! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Roman hasn’t tapped on record, will he tap out here?! Cesaro uses the bad arm as just balance, and then he grabs Roman’s arm for a CROSSFACE!!! Cesaro drags Roman away from ropes, and pulls back as hard as he can! Heyman is speechless, but Roman goes after the bad arm with his forehead!

Roman pries free, turns that way, and gets on top of Cesaro for point-blank shots! Roman rains down elbows and Cesaro is in a daze! Roman gets Cesaro in a high stack, to a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Cesaro barely gets his bad arm off the mat! Roman is as stunned as he’s ever been from how long Cesaro is lasting! Roman shows no mercy and rains more forearms down! Cesaro keeps his shoulders up, and then grabs Roman’s arm! Cesaro gets up, Roman can’t get free, Cesaro arm-drags but Roman CLOBBERS Cesaro! Facelock, gator roll, GUILLOTINE!! Cesaro is bright red but he gets back up!

Cesaro has a leg, he uses that for leverage to SPINEBUSTER Roman again! But Roman still holds on tight!! Roman throws elbows in, and squeezes tighter! Cesaro is fading! Cesaro gets a second wind and pries at the hold!! Cesaro is almost free!! But Roman puts more pressure on and squeezes tight! Cesaro keeps moving, keeps trying, but he’s out! Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)

Cesaro snaps back to consciousness, but a little too late! If Cesaro is Swiss Superman, this makes Roman the Darkseid of SmackDown! Jey Uso rushes out to present Roman with the celebratory lei. Jey again acknowledges Roman as Tribal Chief, and he glares at Cesaro. Roman gives approval, and Jey SUPERKICKS Cesaro! Jey rains down rights, the ref tells him to stop! Cesaro’s already been through enough, but Jey says it’s “night-night!” Jey climbs up, but SETH ROLLINS heads out? The Architect has been after Cesaro since before WrestleMania 37, and he joins Roman in the ring. They stare down for a moment, but Rollins smiles. He goes after Cesaro himself!

Rollins fires off fists and stomps Cesaro out of the ring! Rollins gets Cesaro up to RAM him into steel steps! And then takes the bad arm and SLAMS it on the steps! And then he throws Cesaro over the announce desk! Rollins SLAMS Cesaro’s bad arm on the desk, and shouts, “What did you think was gonna happen?!” Rollins gets a chair to SMACK Cesaro’s bad arm! “Do you know who I am?!?” Rollins SMACKS Cesaro again! And JAMS him in the ribs! And then puts the bad arm through the chair! Rollins uses the chair like pliers to TWIST Cesaro’s arm! And then he tells Cesaro to listen to him! “I’m SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Nobody makes a mockery out of me!”

Rollins POSTS the chair-trapped arm!! And then a CURB STOMP to the bad arm!! Roman and company have long since left, but Rollins soaks up all the heat meant for them both. Will Cesaro be able to recover from this? Will Rollins finally leave him alone? And who is next for the Tribal Chief?

My Thoughts:

This PPV was a lot better than it should’ve been with the lazy name and almost-as-lazy build. Status quo was kept on almost all the titles, but I try not to fault an event for that so long as the way the champions win are satisfactory. Not sure if that completely happened here for me. It was more the WWE World Championship Triple Threat. Lashley apparently hiding inside the ThunderDome screens after McIntyre threw him through the side was a bit sneakier than I thought he’d be. But I suppose that’s how Triple Threats tend to go, and it was the one thing that’d tip things in his favor.

We got some more tension building with the Usos, and Roman VS Cesaro was an awesome main event, but we all figured Roman was retaining. It’s a bit of a shame Rollins had to come out and add on, just to bring things back to Rollins VS Cesaro for what will apparently be Hell in a Cell next, not Money in the Bank or even Extreme Rules. That will certainly be one of the Cell matches, and will hopefully be the blow-off for the feud. Roman retaining and Lashley retaining does go for something I was hoping for with the two already planning to meet at Survivor Series. It won’t be copy-paste but them actually trying to one-up each other until they finally meet, Champion VS Champion.

The SmackDown Women’s Championship was of course going to stay with Bianca, it was her first defense and she’s literally just getting started. I do find it interesting the match started with her almost clowning Bayley, but then Bayley gets a bit grittier and starts turning the tide. The use of the ponytail was very clever, it really made for a frantic ending and Bayley will want another shot because of the “controversy.” Maybe Sonya will favor Bayley like she did Charlotte to give her the spot in the Triple Threat. That Triple Threat felt a bit more unpredictable, and as it was going, I’m a little surprised it wasn’t Charlotte capitalizing on Asuka. No Alexa Bliss was a surprise, but at least that gives Raw something to do.

Sheamus getting a kickoff match that I didn’t see advertised at all even during the preshow was alright, but he kept repeating himself from Raw in the promo. Ricochet stepping up is great, I wish the stuff I hear he and Mustafa Ali have been doing was on Raw because Raw needs the ratings anyway. Humberto Carrillo got pretty banged up from that sunset bomb botch, so Ricochet is certainly stepping into the US Championship feud. Ricochet is perhaps an even better high-flyer, and he and Sheamus had a really good match here so the rematch for the title will be even greater. And maybe they can still get Mansoor involved, maybe bring in Mustafa Ali, get the US title as active as the Intercontinental title.

The Lumberjack match turning into a corporate plug zombie movie match was so ridiculous, I was both disappointed and laughing so hard watching it. I was hoping this was going to settle things between Priest and Miz, and then start things for Miz VS Morrison, but I can’t be sure it even did the first thing. Though if Miz and Morrison don’t show up on Raw as the Greatest Zombies of the 21st Century, I’ll actually be even more disappointed. Priest himself should get in on the US Championship scene with Sheamus and Ricochet, that’d be awesome stuff.

The SmackDown tag titles as the only title to change, it is great for Rey and Dom to have these, but the Dirty Dawgs attacking Dom was many things in one. It was cheap Heel heat, it was cheap ‘n’ easy drama for the match, and it was perhaps all to cover for Dom not being at the in-ring skill level he should be at for such a moment like this. I don’t want to say WWE rushed in getting Dom to RawDown just so he and Rey could become a team, but when Dom was getting going, they suddenly let off the gas. There should’ve been more for Dom with Buddy Murphy, more of that tease where Rey was taking Dom to go talk with someone, and how Dom was going to train and get better (both in kayfabe and for real).

I do like that Dom hit the last move and it was a Frog Splash in honor of Eddie. THAT should’ve been the someone Rey meant, and they should’ve watched film on Eddie Guerrero from the WWE Network, before NBC threw a billion dollars at Vince to get the streaming rights. Or was that angle shut down because Peacock was getting the rights and they weren’t ever gonna have the Eddie Guerrero collection in time? Either way, lame that they didn’t follow through. They really need to reconsider and bring that back around somehow.

My Score: 8.6/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/5/22)



NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they squat?

Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi are the bad boys of NJPW, but are they mightier than The Mighty? We find out as World Tag League rolls on!


  • Bad Luck Fale VS Oskar Leube; Fale wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Ryohei Oiwa & Tomoaki Honma; Naito & Sanada win.
  • Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Coughlin & Kidd win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; win.


Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Mechanical Bulls have yet to get on the board, and there’s not much time left! Can they bulldoze the House of Torture and finally score? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp have more tricks up their sleeves for this one?

Dick Togo comes out with the House of Torture, so Sho must be lurking somewhere else right now. The teams sort out, but Kidd tells Dick to leave. Dick does leave and fans applaud. Kidd and Yujiro start and fans rally up with the bell. Kidd and Yujiro circle, tie up, and Yujiro headlocks. Kidd powers up to pry at the hold, and he spins it around onto Yujiro. Fans applaud but Yujiro powers out of the headlock. Kidd runs Yujiro over! Evil runs in but Coughlin intercepts him with a kick! Coughlin ROCKS Evil with a forearm, knees him in a corner, and Kidd has Yujiro in the other. They double whip Evil and Yujiro at each other, then they both scoop and SLAM!

Fans fire up as the Mechanical Bulls roar and flex! Coughlin & Kidd double whip Yujiro, kick and knee lift and run him over with a shoulder! Kidd SENTONS, then covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kidd drags Yujiro up and tags in Coughlin. Kidd holds Yujiro for Coughlin’s CHOP! Fans fire up as Coughlin deadlifts Yujiro into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Coughlin looms over Yujiro. Coughlin stands Yujiro up but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro CHOPS, whips, but Coughlin reverses. Yujiro holds ropes, Coughlin runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil runs in to BLAST Kidd off the apron, then he goes out after him!

Kidd kicks Evil but Evil claws the eyes! Evil brings Kidd around and takes aim at the timekeeper, but the ref reprimands! Evil lets off, and he CLUBS Kidd down. Abe-san is spared for now, and Yujiro stands Coughlin up in a corner. Yujiro throws elbows, but lets off as the ref counts. Yujiro brings Coughlin over and tags in Evil. Evil CLUBS Coughlin, then fakes the eye rake to CHOP! Coughlin eggs Evil on, so Evil CHOPS again! Coughlin eggs Evil on more and fans fire up. Evil CHOPS again and Coughlin feels that one! Coughlin CHOPS back and Evil feels that! Evil trips Coughlin for a toehold! But Coughlin reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Evil lets off, drags Coughlin over and he tags in Yujiro. The ref counts, Evil exits and Yujiro stomps Coughlin down. Yujiro drags Coughlin up to knee low, knee low again, then snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil protests the count. Yujiro brings Coughlin up and ROCKS him with a forearm. And then ROCKS him in the corner! Yujiro stomps Coughlin, tags Evil, and Evil scoop SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Evil covers again, TWO! And again, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but the fans fire up again. Evil drags Coughlin up but Coughlin knees low! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!

Evil kicks low, runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Coughlin crawls over, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd rallies on Evil with shoulders and CHOPS! Kidd whips, Evil reverses but Kidd ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Kidd but Yujiro runs in. Kidd kicks him, fires off forearms, then has him in a corner. Kidd clotheslines Yujiro, then runs corner to corner and clotheslines Evil! Yujiro runs in but Kidd sends him into Evil! Then Kidd uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! Down goes Yujiro! Kidd blocks Evil’s kick to Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! And then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up with Kidd as he drags Evil back up. Kidd calls his shot, suplexes, but Evil fights free and wrenches. Kidd CHOPS Evil first! Fans fire up again as Kidd runs in but Evil dodges the clothesline! Evil corner clotheslines then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro stomps Kidd, drags him up, then knees him low. Yujiro CLUBS Kidd, reels him in, but Kidd suplexes first! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as Kidd and Yujiro crawl. Hot tag to Coughlin! The Android picks Yujiro up and RAMS him into a corner! And RAMS again and again, and then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS!

Fans fire up as Coughlin fireman’s carries Yujiro, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Kidd kicks Evil and throws him out. Kidd goes out after Evil with more Tenzan Power! Coughlin powers up, runs, but Yujiro gets around the lariat to backslide! Coughlin rolls through but Yujiro reels him in. Coughlin powers out of Pimp Juice, but Yujiro bumps into the ref! Coughlin shouts, “YOU!” but he runs into a REVERSE DDT! And with no ref, here come Dick & Sho! Fans boo because they can now, but Evil CLUBS Kidd down. Dick & Sho get in the ring, fans tell them to go away, and then Evil & Yujiro say they can go?

Evil & Yujiro say they have this, they don’t need to cheat. Dick & Sho understand, and they exit. Fans applaud while Yujiro and Evil stand Coughlin & Kidd up. But then they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Well, they’re still cheating, just on their own. The House of Torture laughs and Evil stands Kidd up to kick him back down. Dick & Sho then return, and fans boo even more. The House was just tricking everyone, and now they all stomp away on Coughlin & Kidd! Evil drags Kidd up, throws him out, and Sho goes out after Kidd. Yujiro sits Coughlin up, PIMP JUICE! Dick puts the ref back in, he counts the cover, TWO?!?! Coughlin still lives and shocks everyone!!

Fans are thunderous but Evil gets a chair! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro sits Coughlin up and Evil rushes in, but Kidd BOOTS the chair into Evil! Fans fire up more and Coughlin shoves Yujiro into Sho! Then Coughlin scoops Yujiro to the FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, The Mechanical Bulls win!!

Winners: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

FINALLY! Kidd & Coughlin have their first win as a duo! They won’t win the league, but does this mean there’s hope for the Mechanical Bulls as a team? As for the House of Torture, are they ever going to give up their cheating ways?


World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open!

With the way things are going, the All United Empire Finals might not be happening! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon get a little help from Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher? Or will Dunk-Zilla & the Aussie Arrow make their senpai earn the dream?

Fans cheer as Gideon Grey makes his way out, along with the Karatsu City mascot, Karawan-kun the beetle-helmet wearing dog. The Orchestrator says good evening, and introduces himself. “And today is a very big day, but first, the Great-O-Khan has forged a new alliance.” The United Empire’s newest mascot is Karawan-kun! “And now, as a humble servant to the people of the United Empire, there is no greater joy that I can take than introducing you to your combatants.” That is to say, he gets to do introductions for BOTH teams of the United Empire! They wait to all go to the ring together, showing that the Empire is united, even when they are competing against each other.

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Khan starts against Davis, and they RAM each other at the bell! Fans fire up as they go again, and again, and then get forehead to forehead. Khan forearms, Davis gives it back, repeat, and fans rally as the shots go faster and faster! Davis and Khan get forehead to forehead again, run, but then Henare and Kyle trip them up! Henare and Kyle send Davis and Khan into railing, then rush in at each other to fire off forearms of their own! Fans fire up again as the shots go back and forth! Khan and Davis return, and they return to firing forearms back and forth with each other!

Fans are loving the brawling but the ref wants this to sort out to 1v1! Khan & Henare get the edge, then they both run, but Aussie Open dodges to pick them both up! They SANDWICH their senpai! Fans fire up and Davis tags in Kyle. Aussie Open drag Khan up, double whip him to ropes, but Khan ducks the double lariat! PONYTAIL CHOKE on Kyle! Henare dropkicks Davis’ legs out! Khan drags Kyle down to a HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Henare runs over and has a HEEL HOOK! Kyle endures double submissions, but the ref counts! Kyle gets the ROPEBREAK with his free leg! The ref counts again, Khan & Henare let Kyle go.

Khan drags Kyle up, and has the PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands Henare tags in, and the senpai mug Kyle. Henare stalks Kyle, ROCKS him with forearms, then throws knees. Henare snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Kyle in the back! Fans applaud while Kyle writhes. Henare drags Kyle back up, but Kyle throws body shots and a flurry of forearms! Henare DECKS Kyle in return! Henare drags Kyle back up, whips, but Kyle reverses. Kyle runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Khan BLASTS Davis off the apron, then he and Henare drag Kyle back up. Fans rally as the senpai double whip Kyle to the corner.

Khan whips Henare in but Kyle goes up and over! Kyle ducks under Khan, hot tag to Davis! Fans fire up as Davis runs through Khan’s lariat to corner clothesline Henare! Davis CHOPS Khan, clotheslines Henare again, then CHOPS Khan again! Davis clotheslines Henare again but Khan ducks the chop. Khan & Henare mug Davis, they double whip but Davis handsprings and DOUBLE LARIATS back! Fans fire up and Davis drags Henare up. Davis shoves Henare to a corner, and CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS again! Fans fire up, Davis wrenches Henare and torture racks, but Henare fights free!

Henare BOOTS Davis down, then runs at the corner. Davis dodges and Kyle runs in to LARIAT! Kyle sits Henare down for Davis’ SLIDING FOREARM! Kyle then DIVES onto Khan! Fans fire up and Davis torture racks Henare, for the SPINNING RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kyle and fans rally as Aussie Open coordinates. Fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK! Kyle hops up and Davis scoops Henare for a LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Henare stays in this. Kyle fires up now and Davis helps him stand Henare up. They double pump handle but Khan saves Henare! But then Aussie Open double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM!

Aussie Open dumps Khan out, they get Henare back up, double underhooks and lift, BUTTERFLY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Khan breaks it in time! Fans fire up while Davis stomps Khan. Aussie Open whips Khan to ropes, but Khan BOOTS Kyle and arm-drags Davis! Fans fire up as Khan goes to his corner and calls to Henare. Henare crawls over as fans rally, hot tag to Khan! Khan storms up on Kyle, for Mongolian Chops! And then more Mongolian Chops in the corner! Khan turns Kyle around, to sit up on his throne! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands. Khan hops off at 4, then dribbles Kyle off the buckles! Khan goes to TEN, then he SLAM DUNKS Kyle!

Kyle staggers into a PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, but Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS Davis then throws him out. Khan & Henare double whip Kyle corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Feed to Khan for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare hooks up the legs, FUBUKI! Kyle endures, but he gets MARINE! Cover, Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS and HEADBUTTS Davis, then throws him out again. Henare tags in, he storms up on Kyle. Fans rally, Henare stomps Kyle then drags him up. Kyle CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And then ROCKS Henare with a forearm!

Henare and Kyle stagger, but Kyle runs corner to corner. Henare dodges the kick, Khan rushes in to feed Kyle to Henare’s scoop, BERSERKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and fans rally up. Henare drags Kyle up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs, but Davis clotheslines him out! Kyle slips free, Davis dodges Henare, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Open regroup. Davis goes to the corner, Kyle tags him in, and Aussie Open fires up as they go to opposite corners. They aim as Henare stands up, but he moves as they rush in! Aussie Open stop from colliding, Kyle rushes at Henare but he dodges.

Davis kicks but Henare blocks, to step-over WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Kyle SUPERKICKS Henare down, but then Khan LARIATS Kyle! Davis CLOBBERS Khan but Henare HEEL KICKS Davis! ELBOW JAB for Kyle, but DROPKICK for Henare! Khan dodges Kyle to NECKBREAKER DROP! But then Davis ENZIGURIS Khan down! Fans are thunderous again as the entire United Empire is down! The teams regroup and slowly rise. Aussie Open throw forearms first, but Khan & Henare give them back. Aussie Open hits again, #Khanare hits back! Aussie Open, Khanare, repeat! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster!

Aussie Open gets the edge, they fire up, but Khan Mongolian Chops and Henare body shots! The senpai have control as Khan puts some stank on his Mongolian- NO, Davis blocks! But Henare gets around to ROUNDHOUSE Davis in the back! Davis wobbles, the Monster Rage boils over! Khan scoops Davis, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS and then Khan TENZAN TOMBSTONE DRIVERS!! Henare covers, but Kyle barrels in to break it!! Fans are thunderous again as Khan drags Kyle up. Kyle forearms Khan, CHOPS Henare, repeat! Kyle roars and runs, but into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Khan & Henare get Davis up now!

Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Davis slips off to shove the senpai into each other! Davis reels Henare in, Kyle gut wrenches Khan, DOUBLE DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Khan & Henare both roar as they rise up! But Aussie Open aim from the corners! DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Khan falls, Aussie Open pump handle Henare, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Henare & Khan earn 0)

The All United Empire Finals is no longer going to happen, but based on this, we know what would’ve happened! Davis & Fletcher best their senpai, will they soon prove they are the best?

But in the end, the United Empire all stands together, along with Gideon and Karawan-kun. Gideon wants everyone to understand this was about more than just two points! “This was about the pride beating in the heart of each and every one of these men in this ring!” Fans applaud that. “You wanna achieve greatness? You wanna make a change? Then follow this example! NEVER give less than 100%! NEVER stop moving forward! And NEVER give up! And when your body gives out, which it will, have your allies pick you back up and do it all over again! Get off your ass and do something you can be proud of! This is why United Empire runs the world!”

Fans applaud that passion, and the four stand together at the center. Gideon says this was the best match from the best unit! “This is the power of the United Empire!!” Fans cheer as the faction hugs it out. Will the United Empire soon become the strongest faction in all of professional wrestling?


World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Bishamon is on the bubble, but they could find a way! Unless the Meanest Tag Team in World Tag League has something to say about it! If #EverybodyDies, does another run come to an end? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #TurnItAllAround before the end?

Naturally, the Murderhawk Monster clobbers a Young Lion, and he goes after Oskar Leube. Then he goes to intimidate Milano Collection AT! Milano runs off, Archer sits in his seat and puts on the headset. Archer says hello to Jushin Thunder Liger, asks if he’s doing well, then says F U and gets back to the ring. Suzuki makes his entrance, he BOOTS Young Lion Ryohei Oiwa down, and fans take full advantage of being able to sing “KAZE NI NARE~!” Goto & Hashi make their entrance, but Archer & Suzuki attack after the introductions! Archer stomps Goto in a corner, Suzuki fires off on Hashi! The bell rings as Suzuki throws Hashi out!

Archer stands on Goto in the corner while Suzuki stomps Hashi against railing! Fans rally up while the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up, then he stomps Goto more. Archer stands Goto up to ROCK him, then CHOKE him against the ropes! The ref counts, Archer stops at 4. Archer runs, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon RAMS Archer with double shoulders! Suzuki runs in but Hashi kicks him first. Bishamon drums Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Bishamon gets Archer now for drumming! But Archer explodes out! Archer runs to CLOBBER Goto, and Suzuki has Hashi in a HANGING ARMBAR!

The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off at 4, and he drags Hashi out. Archer goes after Goto on the outside while Suzuki whips Hashi into railing! Archer digs his knee into Goto’s neck but the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up again, but Suzuki brings Hashi around the railing. Abe-san moves aside so Suzuki can throw Hashi onto the timekeeper’s table! Suzuki then grabs one of the chairs and digs it into Hashi’s head! Archer meanwhile whips Goto hard into railing! Fans rally up while Archer take apart the railing! Archer uses that to choke Goto! The ref reprimands, he starts the ring count, but Suzuki brings Hashi up the ramp!

Suzuki reels Hashi in, Gotch holds, but Hashi resists the lift! The count is 10 of 20, Suzuki KNEES Hashi down, then goes back to ringside. Archer puts Goto in, reels him in and short arm LARIATS! Tag to Suzuki and he covers, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki kicks Goto around, toys with him as he digs his heel into Goto’s face, then gives him some stomps. Goto sits up, Suzuki KICKS and KICKS, but Goto glares defiantly. So Suzuki KNEES Goto down! Suzuki drags Goto around by a leg for a HEEL HOOK, then turns the leg. Suzuki also gets an arm, but Goto still endures. Goto reaches out, but Suzuki lets off to keep him from the ropes.

Archer goes after Hashi on the outside, Suzuki drags Goto up but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki CHOPS back! Suzuki has Goto in the corner, Archer holds Goto up, and Suzuki CHOPS! Suzuki throws body shots, then CHOPS again! Tag to Archer and Archer brings Goto around. Goto fires CHOPS in return! Goto KICKS but Archer kicks and ROCKS and whips! Goto hits buckles hard and bounces off! Archer waits on Goto to stand back up, fans rally up, and Archer runs in to back elbow! Archer keeps moving, he CLOBBERS Goto! Fans fire up while Archer has a cocky cover. TWO, but then Archer DECKS Hashi off the apron.

Archer stomps Goto, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki drags Goto up to wrench and double wristlock! Goto moves around but Suzuki wrangles him down! ARMBAR!! Goto endures, flails and moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off and fans applaud. Tag to Archer, he tells fans rallying for Goto to shut up. Fans rally harder for Goto and Archer eggs Goto on. Archer slaps Goto around but Goto fires off CHOPS! Archer knees low, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Archer stays up, so Goto runs again, to LARIAT! Archer choke grips, but Goto breaks free, dodges, and hot tags Hashi! Hashi RAMS Archer, and RAMS again!

Archer pie faces Hashi to a corner, runs in but Hashi dodges. Hashi clotheslines, whips, but Archer reverses! Hashi comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hashi keeps moving to HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Archer up. Hashi goes to suplex but Archer blocks! Hashi keeps trying, but Archer still resists. Hashi kicks and kicks and fires up! Hashi suplexes, but Archer fights that! Archer wrenches but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Archer again. Archer still whips but Hashi holds ropes. Archer runs in, Hashi drop toeholds him into ropes! Hashi runs and SHOTGUNS Archer down!

Fans fire up and Hashi tags Goto back in. Hashi BLASTS Suzuki, Goto stomps Archer. Bishamon double whips Archer to a corner, Goto whips Hashi in but Archer elbows Hashi away. Goto runs in but Archer BOOTS him! Archer hops up and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Archer tags Suzuki. Suzuki stomps Goto around, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Suzuki runs in to BOOT Goto, then he snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Suzuki argues the count. Suzuki kicks at Goto, drags him back up, and he HEADBUTTS! Goto drops to a knee but Suzuki brings him back up.

Suzuki HEADBUTTS again and again, but Goto throws a forearm! Suzuki snarls and storms up to forearm Goto back! Goto forearms, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Fans fire up as the forearms go faster and faster! Goto gets the edge, but Suzuki just grins through it all! Suzuki comes back to DECK Goto! Fans fire up as Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki eggs Goto on and then runs, but Goto blocks the boot! Goto hooks Suzuki up and Hashi runs in, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Hashi BLASTS Archer off the apron! Fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for lights out! Goto drags Suzuki up, Hashi has th elegs, but Archer attacks them first!

Archer throws knees into Hashi, then he and Suzuki whip Goto and Hashi into each other! Archer then hauls Goto up and Suzuki runs, HART ATTACK!! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Archer drags Hashi up to throw him out! Suzuki drags Goto up and around but Goto’s dead weight. Archer sends Hashi into railing while Suzuki taunts Goto. Fans rally up while Suzuki drags Goto back up. Goto swings, misses, and Suzuki ROCKS him! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goto flails, reaches out, but Suzuki keeps him from the ropes! Suzuki squeezes tighter, Goto is turning purple! Goto sits down, he sputters, and the ref checks! Goto is fading, Suzuki covers, TWO!!!

Suzuki SLEEPERS Goto again and drags him up! Then he spins Goto around, reels him in, and Gotch holds! But Goto resists the lift! Fans fire up as the struggle continues, but Suzuki lifts Goto up! Goto kicks and flails but Suzuki still lifts! Goto fights to back drop free!! Goto roars, runs, but Suzuki follows to shoot around, SLEEPER! But Goto powers Suzuki to a corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE- NO, Archer grabs Hashi by the hair! Suzuki slips off to SLEEPER! Hashi gets around Archer to waistlock, Archer elbows free, but then Hashi dumps him out! Fans fire up as Goto fireman’s carries!

FIERCE FLASH! Into SHOUTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

Goto & Hashi live to fight another round! Can Bishamon #GetBackUp to the World Tag League finals for a back-to-back victory?


World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

The Joker & The Ace were knocked out of the running just last round, but they aren’t going to let that stop them! Will they bring down one of the frontrunners in the block? Or will Shane & Mikey prove that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The teams sort out and the Mighty want Red Shoes to thoroughly check Yano. Yano says it’s all fine! Tanahashi takes off his jacket, and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” Yano gets the fans cheering for “HIROSHI! HIROSHI!” and Tanahashi starts against Shane. Shane does an air drum while Tanahashi air guitars. Fans rally for Hiroshi as he circles with Shane. They tie up, Shane powers Tanahashi to ropes, but Red Shoes calls the break. Shane lets off to flex his own muscles. Fans applaud as they are impressive, but Tanahashi shrugs that off. Tanahashi and Shane circle and tie up again, and Tanahashi puts Shane on ropes now.

Tanahashi lets off quickly, and he flexes his muscles. Fans cheer even more, and that annoys Shane. But Tanahashi blocks Shane’s kick to CLUB the leg then headlock. Shane powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Shane headscissors. Tanahashi kips free but Shane headlocks for a takeover. Now Tanahashi headscissors and Shane kips free. Tanahashi flexes and Shane backs away. Shane wants Tanahashi to back up, and Tanahashi steps away. Shane resets and circles with Tanahashi again. But then Shane tags Mikey and Yano calls to Tanahashi! Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up!

Yano and Mikey step up, and Yano squats! Fans want Mikey to squat but Mikey mocks it as sumo. Yano stands up and says it’s not sumo, but Mikey kicks him low! Mikey whips, Yano holds ropes to taunt Mikey, then he dodges to go for a buckle pad! Mikey storms over as Yano throws the pad away. Mikey kicks Yano and runs, but Tanahashi catches him! Yano runs in but Mikey moves! Yano stops from running into Tanahashi, but he turns around into a kick! Mikey runs, but Tanahashi gets in, both Yano & Tanahashi run Mikey over! Fans fire up as they both squat by him. Shane gets in to BOOT Tanahashi out of the ring!

Yano says, “Oh sh*t” and Shane BOOTS him down! Mikey gets up, he kicks Yano out, and then goes out after Yano to kick him more. Mikey smacks Yano off the apron, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO! Fans applaud but Mikey drags Yano around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Yano endures, Mikey fishhooks Yano’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, Mikey lets go, and he tags Shane. Fans rally for Yano but the Mighty mug Yano in the corner. Shane pushes Yano out while Mikey BLASTS Tanahashi! Shane sends Yano into railing! Shane puts Yano in the ring, drags him up by his hair, and he snapmares Yano back down for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Shane squats! Fans applaud and Shane SLAMS Yano’s arm down! Then he SLAMS Yano’s other arm! Then he makes Yano clap really hard! Fans clap along, then Shane SLAMS both arms! Fans cheer and Shane flexes. Shane drags Yano over, tags Mikey in, and the Mighty drag Yano up. Yano fights back with forearms, but Shane UPPERCUTS and Mikey reels Yano in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Tanahashi and shoves him out. Mikey stomps Yano more, then drops knees at the ropes. Fans rally while Shane taunts Yano. Mikey eggs Yano on and Yano stands up.

Yano fires off forearms but Mikey hits back! Yano pulls hair but Mikey ROCKS Yano! Mikey whips, Yano reverses and throws Mikey down by his hair! Fans fire up and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Mikey, then whips to ropes. Mikey reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi BLASTS Shane for good measure, then he runs at Mikey. Tanahashi blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! Shane runs in but his kick is blocked, DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he brings Mikey up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Mikey into a drop zone, then goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Tanahashi waits on Mikey. Mikey stands, Tanahashi runs, but into an ELBOW! Mikey runs, ducks Tanahashi’s haymaker, and fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Mikey crawl, hot tags to Yano and Shane! Fans cheer as Yano dodges to SLAP Shane! Yano whips, Shane reverses, but Yano stops from hitting bare buckles! Shane runs in but Yano sends him into the buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano is upset with Red Shoes but Red SHoes says his count was fair. Shane UPPERCUTS, but Yano atomic- NO, Shane slips off to BOOT!

Shane suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this but Shane snarls. Shane calls his shot, goes up the corner, but Yano knocks Red Shoes into the ropes to trip Shane up! Yano apologizes to them all, but Shane YANKS Yano into the bare buckles! Shane adjusts, Yano staggers, and Shane leaps, into an atomic drop! Fans fire up as Yano crawls and tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Shane atomic drops Tanahashi! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Shane runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Shane’s boot misses and he gets hung up on the top rope again! Tanahashi runs, but Shane DROPKICKS him down!

Fans fire up as Shane and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tag to Mikey! Mikey drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi slips free! Tanahashi waistlocks, but he ducks Mikey’s elbow, only for Mikey to DDT! Fans fire up as Mikey roars, and Mikey drags Tanahashi up. But Tanahashi throws a forearm! Mikey forearms back, they go back and forth and fans fire up! Tanahashi UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mikey argues the count, and Shane sends Yano into railing! Mikey scoops Tanahashi, Shane runs in, TANKBUSTER! Cover, but Yano breaks it! Shane throws Yano out and then goes out after him.

Mikey drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi fights the bomb! Tanahashi throws elbows, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up, Tanahashi runs, but into a scoop! MIKEY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mikey can’t believe that Tanahashi survives! Fans fire up as Shane gets back in. The Mighty roar, they drag Tanahashi up, THUNDER- NO, Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi fires off forearms and elbows, but Mikey SLAPS! Shane SLAPS! The Mighty DOUBLE SLAP! But then Tanahashi duck and the Mighty SLAPS each other! Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS Mikey while Yano shoves Red Shoes out of the way!

Tanahashi shoves Mikey into Shane, and Yano DOUBLE LOW BLOWS The Mighty! Tanahashi runs to SLINGBLADE Mikey down! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi PLANCHAS Shane! Yano has Mikey up, ONIGOROSHI!! Tanahashi climbs up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, the Joker & the Ace win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they FELL here tonight! And with Aussie Open as their last opponents, are they doomed to miss the finals?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Red Shoes squats with them to confirm the victory, and then Yano calls in the Mayor! “Shichou” Toshiyuki Sakai says why not, and he gets into the ring! He takes off the suit jacket and puts his mask aside for the moment, so he can squat! Maybe he was a Yankee in his younger days? Fans cheer the photo op, and then Tanahashi gets the mic. “After 25 years, NJPW is back in Karatsu!” Fans cheer for that! Tanahashi thanks the fans for coming out and supporting NJPW, which fans also applaud. Tanahashi says “You all have really let me see so much of Karatsu. Thank you. Liger-san introduced me to this beautiful town. The food, the sights. Thank you for having us.

“But the thing that really struck me about this place was the warm reception all of you gave us. Thank you so much!” Fans cheer that, too. Tanahashi then says, “So next time, we’ll see you in another 25 years?” Fans laugh, then boo, because they hope not! “No? Okay, we’ll see you… next year!” Fans cheer but is Tanahashi putting NJPW in a spot promising that? Tanahashi thanks the fans again for supporting the show until the end. “Finally, to every single one of you in Karatsu… AISHITEMAAASU~!” Fans get to cheer along with that one, and getting to join Yano in “Y T R!” The Joker & The Ace take a victory lap around the ring, but then Tanahashi gets back in the ring.

“Sorry. I forgot the air guitar!” Fans cheer, at least he remembered before he left. Fans chant, “GI-TA-RU! GI-TA-RU!” and a fan sends theirs up to Tanahashi! “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “LET’S ROCK~!” The air guitar concert begins! Yano is even sitting in his red chair doing air drums! Big finish! Fans want an “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi decides to return that previous air guitar, so he can borrow one from the other side of the arena! Another air guitar is sent up, and then Yano switches to air bass! They jam out and fans clap along! Fans cheer Yano for going hard on the bass. But they still want more!

The mayor has an air guitar! Tanahashi takes it, and Yano’s back on drums! Fans cheer the third round of the concert, and Yano is surprised when there’s actually a cymbal crash for his big finish! Tanahashi returns the mayor’s guitar, then gets the mic again. “I can’t just leave it at that, so I have to close on a second Aishitemasu for the first time ever!” Fans fire up as they get to be part of history! “Finally, and really this time, Karatsu… AISHITEMAAAAAAASU!” So much love, energy, comedy and music, will this help carry Yano, Tanahashi and all of  NJPW into a bright future?


Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 7-1, 14 points
The Mighty: 5-2, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 5-2, 10 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and awesome stuff to see Coughlin & Kidd get a win off House of Torture. I like Coughlin & Kidd as a team, and I know Coughlin’s overall story is going to be hunting down JR Kratos, but maybe Kidd can be his back-up through that story. Aussie Open VS Henare & Khan probably had the actual best match of the night and that probably could’ve been the main event. But at the same time, I get they put this earlier on the card because it was still very clear Aussie Open was going to win. They have such a big lead, Aussie Open is already a lock for the finals, so it all comes down to their opponents.

Goto & Hashi had a great match against Suzuki & Archer to get a much needed win. But I have a feeling they’re going to be out next with Naito & Sanada still in the running, and Aussie Open VS The Mighty being a big match-up on Friday the 9th. Yano & Tanahashi beating the Mighty though being out of the running was big for them, and I really do hope those two keep things going past World Tag League. At the same time, they probably choose not to so that their high school bad boy act doesn’t get tired.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)

Who will be The Ones?



WWE Raw 2022

There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!

United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!


  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
  • WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
  • JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
  • Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.


Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!

The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will

As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.

In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!

The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.

In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!

The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?

The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.

Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!

Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!

Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.

Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?


BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!

Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?


The Judgment Day speaks.

Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?


JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!

Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”

BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?


Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!

A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?

But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?

Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.

So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!

And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.

Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.

Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!

Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and  they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!

Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!

Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!

Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into  a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)

Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?


Seth Rollins is here!

DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.

Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-

Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat Lesnar.

If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!

The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?


Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”

Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?


Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.

Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.

Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-

Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!

Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?


WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!

The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!

Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!

Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.

Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)

Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?


JBL is on the phone with someone.

He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?

What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?


Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.

Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”

So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?


Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?

Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?


Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!

AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?

Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.

Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!

Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!

Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.

Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.

Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!

Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”

Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?


Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…

But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?


Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!

The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo!

Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!

Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?


Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.

Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?

No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?


Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!

The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!

Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!

Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!

Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!

Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!

But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!

Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!

Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!

Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!

But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)

DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?

My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw here, but I guess with no RawDown event between now and The Royal Rumble, they’re really having to stretch builds out. That said, we got some great Triple Threats to get a lot of the women’s roster going tonight. Pretty good promo from Becky and Bayley, though maybe a little awkwardly paced. I don’t know if they were trying to pad for time or they only had a loose idea of what they were to say, but this is all just to set up the feud we knew was coming. Both Triple Threats were awesome, but I should’ve known DMG CTRL would screw Becky. Alexa VS Bayley will be a great match but I would think Bayley loses. We can’t have Bianca VS Bayley again so soon, and there’s a lot of great story for Alexa and Bianca to use.

Rhea going after Asuka after the loss was also an interesting detail. I suppose Rhea and Asuka can feud to bide their time. Bianca and Rhea are surely going to have a feud of their own soon, and it makes all the sense for Street Profits to join in on that. They come to Tozawa’s rescue, we’re getting a Six Man Tag of that first, but then we can bring Bianca and Rhea around into another big Mixed 8 like we saw for Judgment Day VS OC. Speaking of that, why didn’t Dom VS Tozawa happen before OC VS Corbin & Alpha Academy? They left the JBL Poker Invitational first, they should’ve been dressed and ready to go first.

And speaking of the Poker Invitational, those were a pretty fun handful of segments, but I feel like it all fell apart way too soon. Corbin should’ve won one table, Lumis wins the other, and then the final showdown is the set-up to the Six Man Tag. Miz trying to get in and failing was kinda funny, especially with JBL exposing Miz having a fake Rolex. It was a very subtle way to say Miz isn’t done with Lumis, and I’m still thinking we’re getting Miz & Maryse VS Indi & Dexter at some point. Hell, we could even get Miz & Maryse VS Gargano & Candice after that fun little interaction where Candice couldn’t believe that Lumis won such a huge haul. Also Nikki stalking Candice, that’s an interesting story in the works.

Great stuff out of the US Championship scene, but I guess they couldn’t have Ali lose legit. Ziggler looks like a jerk, but maybe we’re building to something huge for the US title. Ali and Ziggler probably fight each other for sure, maybe we see some kind of ladder match for the title by the time Rumble comes around. We also got great stuff out of Rollins and Lashley, from the promo to the brawl to Pearce more or less warning Lashley. Rollins plays the line of Face and Heel with how he was poking at Lashley with the Lesnar loss. Lashley’s temper could be what costs him against Rollins, and then Rollins faces Theory for the title before the year is over, and who knows how that goes.

And what a wild start to the night. I didn’t think the tag title match was going to be first, but that gave it a lot of time to breathe. Great little way to sub Elias out to keep Kevin Owens in the story, and Solo just going nuts on Riddle with all those Umaga references was wild. Riddle being sidelined is a clever way to delay Elias going after him. But then a bit of a shame that McIntyre isn’t cleared for right now. Dunne is going to have a great part of the match now, but I think he also takes the loss for his team so Sheamus isn’t hurt too much. They’re taking a long game approach to things, I like that, and we’ll see some good stuff in building towards Sheamus VS Roman for the Rumble.

My Score: 8.6/10

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