The WWE goes back to Hell earlier than usual!
It isn’t October yet, but the WWE couldn’t wait to step inside Hell in a Cell! Will Drew McIntyre’s run at the world title come to an All Mighty end?
- Kickoff Show – Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke VS Natalya w/ Tamina; Natalya wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bianca Belair VS Bayley; Belair wins and retains the title.
- Cesaro VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
- Alexa Bliss VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald; Bliss wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Sami wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins by disqualification, Ripley retains the title.
- WWE World Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre; Lashley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Jerry “The King” Lawler, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action tonight.
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
She joins in the discussion on the SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell match, Bianca Belair VS Bayley! JBL wishes she was just Rosenberg’s replacement but maybe next time. But what does Sonya think we’ll see between Bianca and Bayley? Bianca is extremely talented as a pure athlete and as a superstar, but Bayley is playing the same old games. Bianca played the games right back, got Bayley back with them, and that forced Bayley to bring out that vicious side we know well. We know what that Bayley is capable of and will be bringing her best, but Bianca is already a big star in the division.
Rosenberg points out Bayley’s tweet from yesterday, where she promises that Bianca’s “idea of ‘Oh wow, WWE? That would be fun to try!’ becomes an ugly reality.” Bayley says this is her world and will see Bianca in Hell! So Bayley is saying that while Bianca is a great athlete, Bayley is going to prove she’s the better wrestler. Sonya says Bayley plays her mind games when she knows she can. And then when it doesn’t work, she goes back to her core of “vicious, aggressive, ruthless” Bayley. Kayla says Bianca has been on a roll but last Friday night, Bianca dared Bayley to get in the Cell. Bayley’s been in the Cell before, so is Bianca getting overzealous? Too much too fast?
King says this overconfidence could be her downfall. Bianca, not having been in the Cell before, has no idea what that’s like, while Bayley does know. There’s a saying and he’ll paraphrase here, “She who laughs last, laughs best.” And he predicts it will be Bayley. JBL agrees, you have to be careful what you wish for. “Hotrod” Roddy Piper and HBK Shawn Michaels played mind games all the time, but they were two of the all time best. Bayley is in that category now. The mean Bayley that was the longest reigning champion has always been there, and JBL predicts that will help her win.
Sonya cannot fault a champion that has stepped up and raised the ante. She respects Bianca calling Bayley out even knowing the experience edge Bayley has, so she’s going Bianca. We will see soon enough if Bianca’s boldEST move is a smart one!
The Kickoff Show returns, and Sonya talks Alexa Bliss VS Shayna Baszler.
Kayla for one has never seen Shayna this frazzled, so what exactly is going on? Sonya says there is nothing quite as daunting as this Alexa Bliss and her “maniacal ways.” No one can fully prepare for something like this. But that said, if there is anyone that can handle it, it’ll be Shayna and here’s why. Shayna is a decorated cage fighter and unpredictability is her strong suit. Sonya has the same background, she knows what it’s like to be locked into a cage and get hit in the face. Being able to be on the tip of your toes and be ready for anything is something Shayna is skilled in. Sonya chooses Shayna.
Rosenberg isn’t sure what to say about this. Alexa being this demented, Lily is in “timeout” or something, all that. But Sonya is right, Shayna is one of the few people who could stand in a crazy situation like this, with the pure fight experience she has, and come out of it on top. King counters by saying if we’re talking mind games, the recap package is enough to show that Alexa has gotten under Shayna’s skin. JBL adds that if Rosenberg never knows what to say, he can just stay quiet and let JBL handle things. King continues that when it comes to Alexa, he isn’t sure if she’s a witch, but he’s pretty sure her other car is a broom. Something weird is going on here.
Rosenberg tells JBL, “See? This is what we’ve got. Witchcraft!” And Rosenberg gets what King is saying, this isn’t normal stuff. JBL says Shayna’s complaining, sun in her eyes, shoe was untied, “Wah wah wah,” to avoid taking the blame for her own failures. But Alexa, who is a former champion, is living rent free in Shayna’s head. There is no way Shayna can overcome any of this. Rosenberg gets that, too. He feels Shayna is the one who can handle it, and better her than him. Wow, quoting himself, huh? You can’t use yourself as a source! Kayla puts a final touch on this that this will be unpredictable.
But moving on to the Raw Women’s Championship, Rhea Ripley VS Charlotte Flair. Rhea has been a great champion, just like Bianca, but Charlotte has been coming hard to get the title back. The brawl was wild, it took referees and officials to stop it, but then it kept going until Charlotte got a bloody nose. Charlotte is not happy to say the least. Kayla had Charlotte on today’s special edition of WWE’s The Bump, and Charlotte admitted she sees her younger self in Rhea. This could be good or bad for Rhea. Sonya agrees there. Charlotte is one of the most decorated and dominant champions as a 13 time women’s champion. She’s been around the block, has all the confidence in everything she does.
But that said, Rhea has all that, too! Strength, dominance, and no backdown. Others might, but Rhea has the confidence to go out there. It is experience that might get the win. Rosenberg says being in a position like Rhea’s as the new kid, new champion, she’s kicking butt all over the world, doing her thing. But at the same time, she’s in the early stages of learning how to be a champion, and she has to deal with someone like Charlotte who has a lot of experience. JBL agrees with that point, because this is next level. There is always that one match in a champion’s reign, where it is essentially champion VS champion, even if that other person doesn’t have a title.
This is Charlotte Flair! She is not in Ric’s shadow, she is standing on her own. Rhea is a terrific champion, but this could be her coming out party, if you will. She could show she is the champion, or find out that she still doesn’t stand up to Charlotte’s level. But it is very telling that Charlotte sees something of herself in Rhea. Kayla brings up how last year, we saw something like this play out with NXT. Rhea was the champion, she took on Charlotte, and Charlotte took that title from her. Rhea’s grown a lot, she has a title again, surely she won’t let history repeat itself. King says that everyone who gets in the ring thinks they’ll win. If you don’t, then you won’t. You need that confidence first.
Both Charlotte and Rhea are thinking they’re going to win tonight, but you don’t earn the title of “The Queen” for nothing. Charlotte is The Queen of women’s wrestling, King is not betting against the Queen. Kayla is excited, we’ll see if the Nightmare will finally overcome Charlotte tonight.
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Megan Morant asks Sami about his long and storied history about Kevin. Sami asks if Megan knows about “karma.” Yes, karma is when- Sami interrupts and explains, “Karma is the idea that there is an inherent sense of justice in the universe. That things have a way of evening out. And that if you are a good person, an honest person, a truthful person, a liberator, a champion of the people, and dare I say, a borderline saint,” then in this life, you will be rewarded. If you are the opposite, such as a “selfish, backstabbing, corporate co-conspirator piece of trash like Kevin Owens, you will be punished.”
Sami admits he was skeptical about karma after having suffered injustice after injustice. But Sami then saw that karma is real! Because look at Kevin! Look at what’s been happening to him recently! Kevin lost his chances at the WWE Intercontinental Championship, not because of Sami but because of karma! And when Commander Azeez caved in Kevin’s windpipe, that wasn’t thanks to Sami! That was karma! Sami happens to know that Kevin is not 100% tonight! Kevin can barely breathe! If that’s not karma, then what is? So tonight, when Sami defeats Kevin, Sami won’t just be winning a match, no! He’ll get vindication! He’ll be serving cosmic justice! Sami loves karma, but will things turn right back around on him?
Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke VS Natalya w/ Tamina!
Stemming from the scrap between the #SexyMuscleFriends and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the Golden Goddess looks to take the fight to the Queen of Harts! Will Mandy get her and Dana one step closer to a title match? Or will the #BOAT sink the challengers before they even set sail?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Natty headlocks to a takeover but Mandy headscissors. Natty kips free and resets with Mandy. Mandy headlocks now and hits the takeover, but Natty headscissors. Mandy kips free now and Dana cheers her on. Natty applauds somewhat mockingly, and ties up with Mandy again. Natty wrenches to a wristlock but Mandy handsprings and wrenches back. Mandy has the wristlock, but Natty rolls, handsprings and slips through to back drop! Mandy makes it a sunset flip, TWO! Natty rushes Mandy to get a waistlock. Mandy gets up, throws Natty down and has a wristlock, but Natty headscissors again.
Mandy moves around, gets Natty’s legs and turns her over to then hook the legs for a figure four knot. Natty reaches back to get a chinlock and drags Mandy off the leg lock. Mandy fights up and wrenches out to get a headlock. Natty endures the grind, powers out but Mandy goes up and over in the corner. Things speed up, Mandy rolls and eggs Natty on. They keep moving, Mandy hurdles Natty and drops but Natty jumps over. Natty eggs Mandy on now, then side steps her, only for Mandy to get around and roll her up. TWO, and the two reset again. Natty might be applauding genuinely this time as the two reset again.
Mandy kicks Natty low and fireman’s carries, but Natty fights free to go after an arm! They go around and Mandy gets a ropebreak. The ref counts, Natty lets off but Mandy YANKS Natty into the ropes! Mandy gets Natty in a corner for mudhole stomps! The ref counts, Mandy lets off but comes back to dig her knee in. The ref counts again, Mandy lets off and she taunts Tamina. Mandy stands Natty up to snapmare and drag her to a cover, ONE! Mandy keeps her cool as she brings Natty up, to DECK her with a right forearm! Cover, TWO! Mandy puts Natty in body scissors and squeezes. Natty endures but Mandy even uses a chinbar. Mandy taunts Natty that she CAN do it all!
Natty powers up, turns around and rains down fists! Mandy and Natty fight in facelocks, and Mandy powers out to get a guillotine, only for Natty to scoop and SLAM Mandy down! Mandy still gets up first and goes after Natty with forearms! Mandy hammers away on Natty’s back, drags her back up, and hooks her up for a modified Octopus Stretch! Natty endures but Dana taunts Natty. Natty powers out, gets around, and puts Mandy in a COBRA TWIST! Mandy endures as Natty cranks and SPANKS her! Mandy powers out and puts Natty in the Cobra Twist! Mandy throws down elbows, but Natty hip tosses Mandy!
Both women slowly rise, and Mandy rushes at Natty but Natty shoves her away. Mandy comes back but only gets buckles! Natty gets Mandy for a slingshot atomic sit-down! Natty steps on Mandy then basement SHOTGUN dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Mandy is proving she’s tougher than Natty thought but Tamina says Natty still has this. Natty gets Mandy up, RAMS Mandy into a corner and then fires off forearms! Natty hoists Mandy up top but Mandy boots her away! Mandy adjusts, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Mandy hurries to cover, TWO! Mandy is surprised but she shouldn’t be with Natty’s track record.
Natty sits up but Mandy is on her. Mandy reels Natty in, underhooks the arms, but Natty blocks the lift! Natty wrenches out, reels Mandy in but Mandy cradle counters! TWO, and a DISCUS from Natty takes Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Natty grows frustrated with the “glorified fitness model,” and she drags Mandy up by her hair. Mandy gets around to backslide! TWO, and a KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives Mandy’s best shot and Mandy is shocked! Mandy goes for another knee but Natty blocks and spins her. Mandy ducks the discus to waistlock, but Natty switches and O’Conner Rolls! Cover, TWO, and Mandy has a schoolgirl! TWO!
Natty and Mandy fight for control, Natty goes for an arm! Mandy scrambles and gets a ropebreak! Natty lets go at 4 and Mandy checks her arm. Natty comes back, but Mandy trips her first! Jackknife cover, TWO as Natty bridges out! They spin, Natty trips Mandy and steps through! Mandy flails but Natty ties her up for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Mandy taps, Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
This is why Natty is the winningest woman in WWE history! Will this make Mandy and Dana get more serious about their in-ring ability?
“Good evening, all you hell raisers out there.”
Thank you for tuning into the station of eternal damnation. You already know who she is: “Your villainous voice of choice; your hellish hostess through Hades; the one you can’t escape.” For first-time listeners, it’s okay to be scared. “Actually, if you ain’t scared, you should be!” The All Mighty is giving the Scottish Warrior one last chance at the dance! And here’s a special shout out to the women ready to step inside. “Slay, my lady warriors, slay!” The Queen haunts the Nightmare, and the one who laughs last will laugh b-E-S-T!
Our mysterious MC will sign off now, but before she goes, she wishes everyone standing at the gates of Hell good luck tonight. They’re gonna need it. Here’s one dedicated to you, as Ozzy Osbourne’s Straight to Hell rocks the ThunderDome! No apologies, no love lost, no more waiting! Hell in a Cell is here!
SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bianca Belair VS Bayley!
The EST wants to finally shut up the rude Role Model once and for all, and is willing to take on perhaps the scariEST match type possible to do it! Bianca has never seen the inside of this sinister structure but Bayley has, is this the boldEST move or the dumbEST?
The Cell is lowered, the introductions are made, and the belt is raised as the blue brand’s gold opens the ThunderDome’s last ride!
Bayley tells Bianca there’s no going back now. But Bianca dares Bayley to bring it already. The two circle, tie up, and Bianca scoops to SLAM Bayley! And scoops to SLAM her again! And then she CLOBBERS Bayley! Bayley bails out and Bianca mockingly asks what’s up. Bayley walks off those slams as Bianca eggs her on. Bianca rushes her at the apron but Bayley HOTSHOTS Bianca down! Bayley hurries to bring out a chair from under the ring! Bayley puts that in the ring, then adds a second chair. But Bianca gets Bayley first, only for Bayley to throw Bianca down by her hair! Bayley smiles as she gets a chair, but they both see the second one!
Bayley kicks the second chair away before Bianca can get it! Not even the fastEST can make up that distance. Bayley taunts Bianca with the one chair, swings, but Bianca drops down to get a sunset flip! TWO, Bianca schoolgirls, ONE! Bayley gets the chair back before Bianca can get it! But Bianca prepares her hair! Bianca forces Bayley to use the chair as a shield to defend against the hair whip! Bayley swings but Bianca dodges, and then shoves Bayley into the corner! Bayley sandwiches the chair between her and buckles, then staggers back into a dropkick! The chair goes into Bayley and Bayley goes down! Bianca is fired up as she dares Bayley to get up. Bayley does, and Bianca RAMS her!
Bianca digs her shoulder into Bayley, hoists her up top, and throws hands on her. Bianca sits Bayley up but Bayley throws furious body shots! Bayley swings but Bianca backflips away! Bianca is right up, stumbles a moment but steadies herself. Bayley still resists, drops down to the apron and SMACKS Bianca off the top of the post! Bayley brings Bianca through ropes to POST her! Then KNEES her into the post! Bayley hurries to cover, TWO! Bianca shows she’s the toughEST, but she’s not invincible as her arm is bothering her now. Bayley is after that arm with a hammerlock, then she RAMS Bianca into more buckles!
Bayley wraps the arm around ropes, clubs away on Bianca, then lets off to watch Bianca flounder away. Bianca tries to hold Bayley off but Bayley CLUBS her down. Bayley steps over the bad arm for a finger-bending mounted armlock! Bayley CLUBS Bianca down, covers, TWO! Bayley gets Bianca back up but Bianca fires off forearms with the good arm! But Bayley has the bad arm for a SHOULDER COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Bianca writhes but Bayley goes out to move the steel steps. Bayley gets the top half up and in, then drags them over to a corner. Bayley goes back for Bianca and drops elbows onto the bad arm.
Bianca rolls towards the steps, Bayley grabs her ponytail and stands on it on the steps! Bayley wants Michael Cole to praise her, but Bianca gets her ponytail free. Bayley mocks Bianca, but Bianca TRIPS Bayley! Bayley lands on her tailbone on the steps! But Bayley snarls and runs to KNEE Bianca in the corner! Cover, TWO! Yep, still the toughEST! Bayley stalks Bianca back towards the steps, grabs the braid again and ties it around the bottom rope! Bianca’s hair is becoming a hindrance now as Bayley has her stuck! Bayley runs, but Bianca uses the rope to trip Bayley! Bayley falls and SMACKS onto the steel steps!
Bayley bails out, Bianca gets free, and she TOSSES the steps! Bayley barely gets out of the way, but Bianca WRECKS her with a dropkick! Bayley runs into a support beam and now she has a bad arm! Bianca digs Bayley’s face into the steel fence to grate her face! But Bayley gets Bianca’s hand and BITES it!! Bianca staggers away in pain and in shock that Bayley would do such a thing! Bayley grabs the bad arm to KICK it against the steel! Bayley leaves Bianca behind to go looking under the ring again. Bayley finds a kendo stick now and mockingly shushes commentary as if it’s a secret. Bianca gets up, and Bayley SMACKS her in the ribs! Wait, that was a DOUBLE stick, two sticks taped together!
Bayley backs off and runs in, to SUNSET BOMB Bianca into the Cell wall! Bayley kicks at Bianca to get out from under her. Bayley says Bianca wanted this match and here it is! Bayley brings out another super kendo stick, like Darth Maul’s lightsaber! And another! Bayley makes the kendo stick line between ring and Cell, just like last year. Bianca comes back with a kendo stick! Bayley dodges but Bianca ROCKS her with a right hand! They play a little cat ‘n’ mouse in and out of the ring. Bayley doesn’t see Bianca waiting, and Bianca gives Bayley a SPINEBUSTER through the double super kendo sticks!! Bianca shoves Bayley back in the ring, covers, TWO!!
Bianca can’t believe Bayley survived, but just because she’s the toughEST doesn’t mean Bayley isn’t tough, too! Bianca finally gets one of those chairs, and she gets in to SMACK Bayley on the back! Bianca sees Bayley go to a corner, runs in at her with the chair, but Bayley BOOTS the chair into Bianca! Bianca is down while Bayley grits her teeth. Bayley gets the chair again, stands it up and puts Bianca’s bad arm through it! Bayley YANKS the arm over and over then JAMS it! Bianca clutches the arm but somehow it still has feeling. Bianca kicks Bayley from below but Bayley grabs the braid to keep Bianca close. Bayley stomps Bianca, then ties the hair to the chair!
Bayley reels Bianca in to then dig her boots in! Bianca endures so Bayley stomps her down! Bayley laughs at Bianca again, and says Bianca is trapped! So Bianca SLAPS Bayley! Bianca drags herself and chair over to ropes. Bayley run sin, but KNEES chair! Bianca got Bayley back and gets up. Bianca is free of the chair and she CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Bianca uses her braid to tie herself to Bayley’s arm! Bianca uses it to reel Bayley in over and over for shoulder after shoulder! Arm-drag and then drag outside, Bayley is thrown into steel! Bianca uses the kendo sticks to SMACK away on Bayley! Then the braid reels Bayley into more steel! Bianca RAMS Bayley into the steel again and again!
Bianca lets Bayley free and slaps her around. Bayley crawls but Bianca has a little laugh now. Bayley wants out but that’s not how HIAC works! Bianca laughs more as Bayley realizes the situation she put herself in. Bianca BOOTS Bayley into the steel! And dribbles her off it! Bayley staggers about, Bianca follows her around the way, but Bayley finds a ladder! Bayley RAMS the ladder into Bianca’s ribs! Bayley puts the ladder into the ring, then she drags Bianca up and into the ring. Bayley gets the ladder, but Bianca grabs the other end! They tug-o-war, and Bianca uses the corner to push off.
Bianca pushes Bayley all the way across the ring, but Bayley moves aside so that the ladder hits post! The ladder jams Bianca in the stomach, Bayley SMACKS Bianca off the rungs! Bayley gets the ladder for herself and she sets it down. Bayley puts Bianca inside the ladder to SLAM it shut on her! Bayley stands on the ladder to squeeze Bianca! Bayley drags Bianca up for a ROSE PLANTER!! But that’s a bit double-edged as Bayley’s leg takes some damage! Bianca rolls away, Bayley drags her back inside the ropes and covers, TWO!!! That was the closEST it could’ve been! Bianca survives and bails out but Bayley pursues.
Bayley drags Bianca in but Bianca sunset flips! TWO, Bayley has the cover and the ropes! TWO and Bayley is furious! Bianca gets back up, Bayley hurries after her, but Bianca blocks the leg takedown! Bianca wants a backslide, Bayley fights it off but swings into a double chicken wing! GlamEST Slam into buckles! Bianca puts Bayley in the drop zone, then presses the ladder down onto her. Bianca is going for broke as she goes up top! Bianca jumps but Bayley rolls with the ladder! Bianca rolls through, comes back and drops a BACK SENTON! Bayley is sandwiched between Bianca and the ladder!!
Bayley writhes and Bianca repositions the ladder. Bianca opens the ladder up, then torture rack lifts Bayley! Bianca aims for the ladder! FULL METAL KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
That was the nastiEST, wildEST and perhaps greatEST win in Bianca’s career! She is still champion and her legacy is still growing, will there be no denying that Bianca is the b-E-S-T yet?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Megan congratulates her on her win just now, what was her first HIAC like? That thing is brutal! But she had what it takes to keep the title. Bayley did kick Bianca’s butt, but Bianca will never forgive Bayley for how she treated her. Is Bianca finally through with the obnoxious Role Model’s ridicule?
Bobby Lashley and his ladies are partying even now!
MVP wants Bobby Lashley to remember, Drew McIntyre may have skill, and they may be in the Cell, but this is business as usual. The ladies say this is all Lashley! They’re all confident he’ll show McIntyre what’s what, and MVP wants Lashley to get in that zone. Lashley is turning on the Chief Hurt Officer mode, but will it be a little too late against the always-on Scottish Warrior?
Alexa Bliss speaks from the Playground.
“Wow! What a painful night for Bayley. But what a great night for Bianca! Anyway, it’s so nice of you guys to join me tonight in Hell… in a Cell!” Speaking of cells, Lily is still serving her timeout. Alexa says Lily is a little naughty, but not nearly as much as Shayna Baszler. Shayna brought all this upon herself, so don’t blame Alexa for what happens next. But there is a lesson to be learned! One: be careful what you wish for. Two: expect the unexpected. When you knock on Alexa’s door, you’ll never know who or what will answer. Will Twisted Lil’ Bliss make the Queen of Spades sorry that she didn’t say she was sorry?
Cesaro VS Seth Rollins!
The Swiss Superman already bested The Architect back at WrestleMania 37, and then again soon after. Rollins continues to see things with a more-than-skewed perspective, will Cesaro make him see things right after another spin?
But as Cesaro makes his entrance first, Rollins attacks from behind! Just like #WrestleManiaBacklash and thereafter! Cesaro goes after Rollins and he throws Rollins into barriers! Rollins gets up, they brawl, Cesaro puts Rollins in the ring then hurries in. Rollins is after Cesaro again, Cesaro pulls Rollins’ jacket off him! The ref has them both back off long enough for the bell to ring, and then Rollins leaps into a POWERSLAM! Cesaro rains down furious forearms, Rollins gets up and throws hands. The brawling continues, Rollins gets an edge then whips but Cesaro reverses to back drop!
Cesaro roars and glares at Rollins. Rollins gets up, Cesaro is after him and yanks him up by a leg to put him on the apron. Cesaro runs and BOOTS Rollins down! Rollins flounders up as Cesaro goes out after him. Cesaro storms over but Rollins kicks low. Rollins whips but Cesaro reverses to send Rollins into barriers! Cesaro runs side to side to EuroUpper Rollins down! Cesaro puts Rollins in at 7 of 10, climbs up a corner, and leaps to FLYING AX HANDLE Rollins down! Cover, ONE, and Rollins grimaces. Cesaro CLUBS Rollins, then bumps him off buckles. Rollins staggers, Cesaro throws more forearms and body shots.
Cesaro bumps Rollins off buckles again, then brings him around to EuroUpper! Rollins sputters, Cesaro throws more EuroUppers! The ref check son Rollins but Cesaro just throws more EuroUppers! Rollins kicks low, then gets Cesaro for a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins scrapes Cesaro’s face on the rope! The ref reprimands, Rollins lets off but Cesaro grabs hair! They scrum in the ropes, the ref pulls them apart but Rollins pokes Cesaro in the eye! And ROCKS him with a right! Rollins waistlocks, Cesaro swings an elbow but Rollins spins Cesaro for a DDT! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro sits up while Rollins seethes. Rollins throws hands on Cesaro then digs his boot into Cesaro at the ropes!
The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, and Rollins brings Cesaro up to DECK him! Cesaro sits up again as Rollins winds up. “One punch!” Rollins DECKS Cesaro again, perhaps claiming he’s WWE’s One Punch Man compared to Cesaro’s Superman. Rollins whips, KNEES Cesaro against ropes, then whips back the other ay for another KNEE! Rollins reels Cesaro back in, but Cesaro blocks the suplex. Rollins throws body shots but Cesaro still blocks to suplex Rollins instead! Both men are down, Rollins rolls away to the apron and Cesaro crawls over. Rollins gets up, Cesaro swings on him but Rollins shoulders into Cesaro. Rollins shovels Cesaro up and out!
Cesaro gets up and is a bit punch drunk. Rollins leaps to FLYING KNEE! Cesaro goes down, a ring count starts, and Rollins gets Cesaro up and in at 7 of 10. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards, for another FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Cesaro survives and Rollins is a bit frustrated now. Rollins stalks Cesaro, throws haymakers and keeps Cesaro down. Cesaro gets up again, but Rollins DECKS him again! Rollins sits Cesaro up to dig fingers into Cesaro’s bad eye! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and he watches Cesaro stagger up. Rollins runs but Cesaro blocks the kick to EuroUpper! Rollins DECKS Cesaro again, but Cesaro’s right back up with another EuroUpper!
Rollins ROCKS Cesaro, Cesaro EuroUppers again! And again! Cesaro backs Rollins down with the flurry of EuroUppers and body shots! Cesaro lets off in the corner and catches his breath. Cesaro blocks Rollins’ clothesline to torture rack and SLAM Rollins down! Cesaro pulls of Rollins’ black glove while stomping him down! Cesaro makes Rollins eat his glove before the RAINMAKER?! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Cesaro PUNTS the glove! Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper Rollins in the corner! Whip corner to corner, another EuroUpper! Cesaro keeps moving but into a mule kick! Rollins runs but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Cesaro grits his teeth while he and Rollins are still down. Cesaro gets up, grabs Rollins’ leg, but Rollins flails for ropes. Rollins gets the ropebreak but Cesaro yanks him up and reel shim in! Rollins back drops Cesaro out but Cesaro lands on the apron to DECK Rollins! Cesaro climbs a corner, but Rollins springs right up there to join him! Cesaro holds off the superplex with pure power! Cesaro HEADBUTTS Rollins down! Cesaro adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY but Rollins rolls it to a cradle! TWO!! Rollins dodges a EuroUpper to send Cesaro into buckles! Rollins waistlocks, Cesaro elbows free, but Rollins PELES!
Cesaro staggers and Rollins runs, to ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins reels Cesaro back in, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!! Rollins shouts out Cesaro’s fellow King of Wrestling! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives the knockout shot and Rollins is beside himself! Rollins says, “You’re not gonna earn anything over me! You think you’re better than me?!” Rollins says Cesaro hasn’t earned anything, and he stomps away on the bad arm! And digs his fingers into Cesaro’s face! And then drags him into a FUJIWARA! Cesaro endures the armbar, powers up, and scoops Rollins! Rollins knees free, reels Cesaro in, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! But Rollins runs, BOOMERANG WIZARD! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins is beside himself again as Cesaro still stays in this. Rollins gets up, Cesaro flounders and Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs but has to dodge a clothesline! Rollins mule kicks, front kicks and sobats, but runs into a DISCUS! Both men are down but stirring. Rollins crawls to ropes, Cesaro stalks up behind him, and gets him for a SPINEBUSTER! To the SWING!! Around and around Rollins goes for 10, 15, and stops at 18! Cesaro goes for and gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins endures, reaches for ropes, but Cesaro clamps onto that arm for a CROSSFACE! Cesaro rolls to have Rollins in the middle of the ring! Rollins rolls it to a cover, TWO!
Cesaro gets legs again and we’re back to the SHARPSHOOTER!! Rollins fights towards ropes but again Cesaro gets the arm! Cesaro STOMPS the arm down! And then again! And again! Cesaro reels Rollins in but Rollins uses it for a cradle counter! ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, the Architect finds a way to survive Cesaro! Rollins celebrates finally getting one on the board, but is this series far from over?
We return to the Kickoff Panel!
Kayla likes the “hot start” to the night. She recaps the wins we’ve seen so far, how does King feel about the night? Has it gone the way he thought it would? Not exactly, but he just loves the look on the faces of the losers. That scowl on Cesaro, and of course Bayley! A tough night for Bayley, Rosenberg couldn’t believe that KOD onto a ladder. Brutal for sure. Rollins finds a way and JBL dares someone to follow that. This is a loaded card and he is happy to be here in person. Still much more to go, and we have perhaps the most twisted one up next!
Alexa Bliss VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald!
Ever since pulling the rug out from under The Fiend, Twisted Lil’ Bliss and her friend, Lily, have been doing whatever they want to the Raw Women’s Division. It got on the nerves of the Queen of Spades, and her disrespecting the “stupid little doll” has set off Alexa. Will there be no running and no hiding from what’s coming?
Sarah interviews Shayna, along with Nia Jax and Reginald, before the entrance. Can they explain in their own words what is going on with Shayna, Alexa and Lily? Shayna tells Sarah to never say that stupid doll’s name around her again. Okay but what is her response to Alexa’s cryptic warning about “expect the unexpected?” Does Shayna look like she cares at all what that lunatic has to say? Alexa has fun playing with dolls, Shayna has fun hurting people. Alexa started this, Shayna will end it! Nia agrees, but there’s nothing wrong with a little luck. Nia has Reggie wish Shayna luck but Shayna slaps him before he can kiss her hand. Nia says it’s fine, and the three head out.
The bell rings and Alexa has a sinister smirk as she and Shayna circle. Shayna hesitates seeing Alexa not even put up her dukes. They circle, Reggie distracts, and Shayna CLOBBERS Alexa! Shayna fires off in a corner, the ref counts and Shayna lets off at 4. Alexa just smirks as she gets up, but then grits her teeth as Shayna stomps her back down! The ref counts again, Shayna lets off at 4, but Alexa grins as she gets up again. Shayna runs in, Alexa dodges and Shayna knees buckles. Alexa contorts herself as she crawls back after Shayna. Shayna tries to shake that off but Alexa ROCKS her, KICKS her, and then runs in to double KNEE her against ropes!
Alexa stalks Shayna and Nia worries. Alexa drops a SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Alexa sees Reggie on the apron again but he does his best not to look her in the eyes. He doesn’t want to get hypnotized again! Alexa smirks but Shayna CLOBBERS her from behind! Shayna fires off in the corner, lets off to run back in and KNEE Alexa down! Alexa sits up and laughs?! Shayna is confused, and runs in to get Alexa up for a gut wrench SLAM! Cover, TWO! Alexa survives but is still relishing the fight! Shayna drags Alexa by her arm and wrenches for a double wristlock! Shayna tortures Alexa’s elbow and now Alexa is mad!
Alexa fights up, moves around, but Shayna shifts to a top wristlock! Shayna bends the fingers way back, but Alexa throws knees. Shayna gets up to stand on Alexa’s head! Alexa endures, even as Shayna twists the wrist. Shayna keylocks the arm! And STOMPS it!! Alexa writhes, finally feeling pain! Nia and Reggie applaud, but crying turns to laughter again?! Shayna gets the arm, wrenches it and twists it, but Alexa overpowers her? Shayna still bends the fingers but Alexa shouts, “LOOK AT ME!” Their eyes lock, and is Alexa hypnotizing Shayna?! Shayna resists, but she let go of the hold! Alexa ROCKS her again! And then CLOBBERS her!
Alexa rallies with big forearms then a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands but Shayna shoves her away! Alexa shrieks, gets Shayna up and reels her in, SPIKE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives and now Alexa is throwing a tantrum! That was a glimpse of the old Alexa but she calms down to KICK Shayna right back down! Alexa storms about, runs in and SHOTGUN dropkicks Shayna out of the ring! Nia and Reggie hurry to check on Shayna, but then Nia and Alexa lock eyes. The ring count is climbing and… Is Nia going to be Alexa’s puppet now? Shayna gets in the ring at 5 of 10, and Alexa IS controlling Nia! Reggie tries to snap her out of it, but Nia is used to SLAP Reggie!!
Alexa and Nia shout, but Shayna wraps on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Alexa gets free to THROAT CHOP! And… TWISTED DDT!! Alexa goes up top for TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
Nia is shaking off the hypnosis and has no idea what just happened! Though, does anyone really know what happened here? Is Alexa going to make the entire Raw Women’s Division dance to her tune?
Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!
The Prizefighter admits that he has done awful things to people throughout his career, and the Great Liberator wants him to pay for it all! Sami claims he will triumph over the #KOConspirator with his cosmic justice, but will Sami find out that karma is a two way street?
Sami keeps his distance from Kevin before the bell, and then they start throwing hands with the bell! Kevin backs Sami down to a corner, the ref counts, and Kevin lets off at 4. Sami hurries to ropes for defense but Kevin keeps him in the ring. Kevin DECKS Sami, stomps Sami, and throws more hands! Sami flounders about but Kevin CHOPS him off his feet! Sami goes to another corner, Kevin whips him corner to corner hard, and Sami writhes about. Kevin smirks as he stalks Sami and has him up in a corner. Kevin is still gasping and coughing but he CLUBS and stomps Sami down. Kevin CHOPS Sami, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Sami bounces off buckles!
Kevin takes a second to breathe, and he double stomps Sami in a corner! Kevin gets Sami up, throws forearms, and Kevin whips Sami to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Then a BACK SENTON! Kevin again has to catch his breath but Sami gets away in that gap. Sami bails out, Kevin goes out the side and comes in around the way. Sami kicks but Kevin blocks to kick the hamstring! Kevin whips Sami into barriers, then puts him in the ring. Kevin gets on the apron but Sami gets him in the ropes with a kick! Sami fires off on Kevin now, but the ref counts. Sami lets off at 4 and Kevin sputters again. Kevin gets up and CHOPS Sami! Sami headlocks to throw a punch!
Sami stomps Kevin, brings him up and whips him to ropes to LARIAT! Kevin scrambles as Sami wants a chinlock. Sami throws clubbing crossfaces, then lets off while Kevin coughs and sputters again. Sami stands Kevin up now, reels him in, but Kevin blocks the suplex. Kevin tries a suplex, and hangs Sami out to dry! Sami flops off, Kevin runs corner to corner to corner clothesline! Kevin gasps but he comes back with a CANNONBALL! Kevin drags Sami to a cover, TWO! And now things get harder for Kevin because of his coughing and sputtering. Sami drags himself to ropes, Kevin stalks over to him.
Kevin keeps Sami from running away with a fish hook in the mouth! But Sami YANKS Kevin into the ropes! Kevin sputters as he bails out, and Sami builds speed to FLY! Tope conjilo hits but Kevin gets up as he sputters and coughs his way to the timekeeper’s area. Kevin gets in the ring, Sami sees he’s vulnerable. Sami wants after Kevin but the ref has him stay back. Kevin holds a hand, Sami wants to keep going, but the ref won’t let him. Sami doesn’t believe Kevin’s arm injury and he BOOTS Kevin down! Sami stomps Kevin over and over, the ref reprimands and Sami lets off. Kevin refuses to give up so Sami stomps him more! And rains down rights!
Kevin can only guard as Sami ground ‘n’ pounds. Sami lets off and Kevin kicks from below! Sami drops an elbow onto Kevin’s throat! Kevin bails out and is hurting all over! The ref has Sami stop and Kevin is struggling just to stand now. Kevin holds the wrist, gasps, but fires off forearms on Sami! Takedown and ground ‘n’ pound! Kevin’s fury is helping him fight through the pain, but only so much. Sami gets to a corner, Kevin stomps a mudhole into him, but lets off as the ref counts. Sami bails out, Kevin pursues and LARIATS with the good arm! Kevin refuses to stop but a ring count is climbing! Kevin gets in at 6, but goes out to SWANTON onto knees!!
Sami and Kevin are both down with a new count climbing! Sami hurries to get Kevin up, in and reels him in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Kevin survives with everything that hurts and Sami is furious! Sami stalks Kevin to ropes, throws crossface forearms, but Kevin gets up to ROCK Sami with the good forearm! Kevin still hangs back but Sami goes after him with haymakers. The ref wants Sami to back off but he won’t as Kevin wobbles in the ropes. Kevin hits back now, haymakers and CHOPS on repeat! BOOT! Sami staggers into another BOOT! Sami swings but Kevin kicks! STUN- NO! HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Talk about #JustKeepFighting!
Sami hammers Kevin but Kevin back hands from below, these two won’t stop! It is a scrum and McAfee for one loves it! Sami and Kevin stop as both catch their breath, and Kevin gets to the apron. Kevin SLAPS Sami, Sami hammers and stomps Kevin off the apron! Kevin leans on the announce desk to get up while coughing and sputtering. Sami has a bloody lip, but he storms over, into a kick and STUNNER!! Kevin drags himself up with one good arm to get into the ring! The ring count is 5 of 10 and Sami is still down! Sami sits up at 7, flounders at 8, stumbles at 9, but gets in at 9.99!! Kevin would sigh if not for his hurt throat.
Sami is dazed, Kevin coughs, and yet Sami still throws a jab! Kevin HEADBUTTS Sami! And uses his shoulder! Sami throws haymakers and jabs, Kevin fires off, they’re brawling on their knees! Kevin gets the edge with so many headbutts! Kevin stomps Sami on the ropes in a rage and the ref is counting! Kevin just lets off at 4.5! Sami is half in and half out of the ring, but Kevin storms back over. Kevin drags Sami up with his good arm but Sami HOTSHOTS the bad one! Sami hurries in as Kevin is down, BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD! Kevin’s throat hits ropes!! Kevin staggers into a HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Whether this was cosmic justice or not, this was a grudge match that was out of this world! Sami vindicates himself, but is karma far from done with these two eternal frenemies?
Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Charlotte Flair!
Anyone else getting deja vu? The Nightmare was NXT Women’s Champion, the Queen was incredibly confident she’d change that, and it did go the challenger’s way at WrestleMania 36. But a year has made both women stronger, tougher and meaner. There may have been distractions and detours, but these two finally meet 1v1 again. Will Rhea be living a nightmare as history repeats itself? Or will this be a redemption story for the underdog champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who has grown more since April of 2020!
Wait, Charlotte snatches the belt from the ref, throws it to Rhea, then DECKS her! The ref reprimands Charlotte because this is before the bell! Rhea is furious, she demands this go down, and it begins! Charlotte rolls Rhea up, TWO! Rhea gets up but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Charlotte shouts at Rhea as she bails out, “That’s why you’re number two!” Rhea fumes, the ring count begins, but Charlotte eggs Rhea on. Rhea tells her to back off, and then gets in at 6 of 10. They approach, Charlotte kicks low and goes to buckle bump but Rhea blocks to bump Charlotte! Rhea fires off hands, Charlotte ROCKS her back! It is a brawl, just like Raw! Rhea spins and back elbows!
Rhea whips Charlotte to a corner, Charlotte reverses and Rhea hits hard! Charlotte rushes in, Rhea dodges, and then Rhea BOOTS Charlotte down on the return! Rhea snarls while Charlotte checks her face. Rhea goes up top, but Charlotte kicks a leg out! Rhea tumbles to the mat and Charlotte stomps away on her! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off but then digs her boots in! The ref counts, Charlotte stops at 4 and wraps on a sleeper hold. Charlotte thrashes Rhea around but Rhea endures. Charlotte leans on the chinlock but Rhea reaches with legs. Charlotte keeps Rhea from ropes and then wrangles her back down.
Rhea keeps moving, gets up, but Charlotte throws her down by her hair! Charlotte drags Rhea back up, goes to suplex, but Rhea blocks to suplex instead! Charlotte slips out to shove Rhea into buckles! Charlotte runs and clotheslines Rhea out of the ring! Rhea crawls, Charlotte goes out and BOOTS her into barriers! Charlotte applauds herself and then puts Rhea in the ring. Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Another, ONE!! Charlotte has a wild grin, apparently amused by Rhea’s resilience. Charlotte drags Rhea up, KICKS her in the leg, and Rhea drags herself as she suffers a Charlie horse. Charlotte CLUBS Rhea down then dares her to get up.
Charlotte keeps kicking Rhea, has the leg and wraps it around the ropes! Charlotte pulls on the leg to go after the knee, but Rhea pulls on hair. The ref reprimands and counts, Charlotte lets off by dropping an elbow. Rhea gets to a corner, Charlotte runs in but into boots. Charlotte blocks them to ROCK Rhea again! Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes but Rhea avoids the knee drop! Charlotte hobbles into forearms! Rhea gets around Charlotte, reels her in and hits a short-arm clothesline! And another! Ripcord but Charlotte breaks free, only for Rhea to bob ‘n’ weave and HEADBUTT! Charlotte wobbles into a SUPERKICK!
Rhea has to get her bad leg moving as Charlotte goes to the apron. Rhea hobbles over, gets Charlotte up but Charlotte ROCKS her! Charlotte shoulders in but Rhea dodges, only for Charlotte to catch the kick! DRAPING KNEEBAR! The ref counts the ropebreak but Charlotte lets go at 4.5! Rhea hobbles again, but still comes back to WRECK Charlotte with a dropkick! Rhea goes out to fetch Charlotte into the ring, and then growls as she goes up the corner! Rhea climbs, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Rhea growls again as she hammers and clubs Charlotte. Rhea gets the legs, PRISM TRAP!!
Charlotte is caught, but she rolls to throw Rhea into buckles! Rhea is dazed, Charlotte pushes her out to hit NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, with legs on the ropes! TWO!?! Rhea kicks out and the ref noticed too late, Charlotte is surprised either way! Charlotte goes after Rhea again, scoops but Rhea slips out to waistlock! Charlotte elbows free, runs in but boots buckle! Rhea gets Charlotte for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Charlotte tumbles to the opposite corner and Rhea has to get her bad leg working again. Rhea runs corner to corner, but Charlotte gets her for a BACKBREAKER to BUCKLE SHOT! Rhea is dazed again as Charlotte drags her around.
Charlotte slithers to the corner and goes up top. MOONSAULT! Rhea moves but Charlotte STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! El Idolo’s combo did not help The Queen finish this! Charlotte is after the leg, jams knee into knee and then steps through! Rhea makes it a cradle, TWO! Charlotte runs, boot feint to ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Another El Idolo move but still not a victory! Charlotte rains down forearms on Rhea, then has the leg to KICK it! Charlotte steps through but Rhea boots her to the apron. Charlotte BOOTS back, and then climbs back up. Rhea CLUBS her first! They brawl, Rhea goes after Charlotte’s legs then her shoulders!
Rhea hobbles up the corner to join Charlotte, and stands her up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is writhing but also raging as Charlotte survives! Charlotte seems to be grinning through the pain, but Rhea kicks at her. Charlotte and Rhea start throwing hands as they stand and it is fast and furious! Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! About time she uses those! Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Rhea pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Charlotte’s ring awareness saves her and Rhea can’t believe it! Charlotte bails out as Rhea shouts in frustration. Rhea wants out after Charlotte but the ref says no.
Rhea doesn’t listen, she goes out the side. She hobbles around the way, but hobbles into a kick to the leg! Rhea hits apron on the way down, goes to the steel steps, and Charlotte dropkicks the bad leg into them! Rhea is shouting in pain as she writhes and rolls. The ring count is 8 of 10, both women get in at 9! Charlotte SPEARS Rhea down! And gets the leg, for a FIGURE FOUR! Rhea shouts at Charlotte, slaps and clubs the leg lock, but Charlotte pushes and bridges. Rhea rolls first to get the ROPEBREAK! Charlotte is frustrated and swings on Rhea, but Rhea drags Charlotte with her to the floor! Rhea is free but shouting in pain.
The ring count has started again as both women get up. Rhea goes to the announce desk, Charlotte runs at her, but Rhea YANKS the desk hood off and it hits Charlotte! The ref calls the match?!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by disqualification (Rhea Ripley retains the title)
Rhea doesn’t even understand that’s what happened, she fires off furious fists and forearms! Rhea puts Charlotte on the apron to hammer away! The ref tells her to stop, the match is done! Charlotte is pissed, too, Rhea gets in and Charlotte tackles her! They just want to fight!! Charlotte claims that DQ was on purpose, but Rhea throws her into buckles! Rhea hobbles up, gets Charlotte in the pump handle, for a RIPTIDE!! Charlotte recovers as Rhea leaves, and while Charlotte says, “You’re learning!” Rhea says, “Just doing what you would do to me!” The Raw Women’s Championship remains with the Nightmare, but will the controversy only keep the door open to the Queen?
WWE World Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre!
The Rocky Mountain Machine wants to be done with the Scottish Warrior, and the feeling is mutual. To make it worth both men’s time, they each added a stipulation. McIntyre put this match inside the devil’s playground, but Lashley says that when McIntyre loses, McIntyre can no longer challenge for the world title while it belongs to Lashley! Is that motivation enough for McIntyre to reach the top a third time? Or is there no stopping the All Mighty?
The Cell touches down again, the introductions are made and the title is raised as we see how it all ends for these two titans!
MVP promises this ends tonight for McIntyre as McIntyre and Lashley stare down. They get face to face but then Lashley bails out to go looking under the ring! McIntyre goes after Lashley with haymakers and elbows! McIntyre whips Lashley into the steel, then digs his face into it! Lashley can only endure as McIntyre brings him around for more haymakers. McIntyre hauls Lashley up to RAM him into steel! McIntyre scowls as he brings Lashley around the way and POSTS him! McIntyre gets the steel steps, raises them high overhead, but Lashley kicks his leg out! The steps drop, Lashley RAMS McIntyre into the Cell! Lashley digs his knee into McIntyre’s head to push him into the steel!
Lashley drags McIntyre up, MVP nods and Lashley goes to suplex. McIntyre blocks, to suplex and TOSS Lashley into steel! Lashley tumbles down, MVP checks on him through the fencing, but McIntyre goes back for the steps! McIntyre RAMS Lashley down with them! Lashley is in a daze as McIntyre dares him to get up. McIntyre RAMS Lashley again! McIntyre puts the steps aside to bring Lashley back up. McIntyre puts Lashley in the ring, drags him up again, and underhooks the arms! Lashley wrenches out to ROCK him with a right! But McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre hauls Lashley up, clinches and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes!
Lashley flounders out of the ring, McIntyre pursues and MVP hurries to coach Lashley from outside. McIntyre gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Lashley down! McIntyre gets Lashley up and uses the kendo stick in a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP into the steel! Lashley crawls but McIntyre gets a TABLE! McIntyre stands the table up in a corner of the Cell, but MVP slips his cane into the Cell! Lashley gets it to CANE SHOT McIntyre in the throat! And again! Lashley looms over McIntyre as McIntyre gasps for air. Lashley drags McIntyre back up, and RAMS McIntyre into the steel now! Lashley digs his boots into McIntyre then lets off.
McIntyre sputters and hobbles, MVP tells Lashley to stomp McIntyre out! Lashley RAMS McIntyre into the apron, then RAMS him into steel! They go to the base steps, Lashley gets McIntyre up but McIntyre shoves Lashley into the post! McIntyre fireman’s carries, shifts position, AIR RAID CRASH to the STEPS!! MVP panics as he sees his champion down! McIntyre steps up and over Lashley to go looking under the ring. McIntyre finds another table! McIntyre sets this table up near the ring, then fetches Lashley. McIntyre throws punches, dribbles Lashley off the steel over and over and over, then lets him flop to the floor!
Lashley flounders, McIntyre gets him up again, and brings him around the steps. McIntyre lines things up but Lashley throat chops again! MVP tells Lashley to catch his breath quick so he can go after McIntyre more. Lashley gets McIntyre up for headbutt after headbutt after headbutt! Both men are down, exhausted, but Lashley gets up to bring McIntyre around the way. Lashley whips McIntyre into the steel, but McIntyre rebounds to CLOBBER Lashley! McIntyre gets Lashley up and bumps him off the top half of the steel steps. McIntyre puts Lashley in the ring, brings out chairs and shouts, “We’re just getting started!”
McIntyre puts three chairs in the ring, takes one and wedges it in a corner. McIntyre runs at Lashley but gets an elbow for it! McIntyre staggers, gets through a boot to elbow back, and has Lashley’s legs! INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is frustrated but he keeps his focus as he gets the other chair. McIntyre SMACKS Lashley on the back! Lashley crawls, McIntyre goes up top with a chair, for a FLYING CHAIR- NO! Lashley catches McIntyre and wants the full nelson! McIntyre runs at a corner and uses the buckle to knock Lashley away! SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!!
But McIntyre gets Lashley right up for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives and McIntyre is a bit surprised. McIntyre watches Lashley crawl and MVP is stressing out. McIntyre KICKS Lashley out of the ring! McIntyre taunts Lashley to show how badass he is, and then he kicks Lashley down the way. McIntyre gets the steel steps again, takes aim, and RAMS him again! Lashley flounders, McIntyre lifts the steps, but Lashley RAMS them into McIntyre’s face, and steel fencing! And then again! And again! Lashley pushes the steps aside so he can hammer away on McIntyre’s head, and CHOKE him! Lashley lets off as MVP continues to sing his praises!
Lashley finds the kendo stick and brings it over to McIntyre. McIntyre sits up in a daze, MVP says this is what McIntyre asked for! Lashley passes the stick to MVP, and MVP uses the stick to wedge McIntyre into the corner! McIntyre is still defiant with double middle fingers! Lashley fires off haymakers in a rage! And chokes McIntyre against the kendo stick! And fires off body shots! Lashley roars right in McIntyre’s face, then gets space. McIntyre breaks free of the stick! But he runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! MVP says that they hurt McIntyre, and now they will finish him! Lashley puts McIntyre in the ring, and gets one of the chairs.
Lashley sits the chair up, gets McIntyre up, FULL METAL COMPLETE SHOT! McIntyre somehow sits up, but Lashley gives him another FULL METAL COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley doesn’t end it here, he goes to get something more. MVP likes that, he wants Lashley to punish McIntyre! Lashley has a new kendo stick and he SMACKS McIntyre! And again! And again! Lashley eggs McIntyre on as he SMACKS him, and McIntyre is getting mad! McIntyre stands up, and blocks the stick! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Lashley staggers, McIntyre has a chair and he JAMS Lashley! Lashley pokes McIntyre in the eye! Lashley ducks the blind chair shot, and shoves McIntyre into the ref!
Lashley whips McIntyre at his own corner chair, but McIntyre reverses to RAM Lashley into it!! McIntyre gets Lashley turned around, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, but the ref can’t call it!! McIntyre sees this, and shouts to another ref to get in as substitute! The ref obeys, opening the cage door. Lashley gets the HURT LOCK! McIntyre fights, arm-drags free, an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Lashley! Another chair, another JAB and SMACK! Chair TOSS! Lashley flounders, into a CLAYMORE!!! Cover, but where is the ref? There he is! But MVP drags the ref out to stop the count!! Opening the Cell let MVP in, too!
McIntyre glares a hole through MVP and MVP talks trash, but the door is relocked! MVP realizes he’s trapped! He turns around into McIntyre’s hands! McIntyre dribbles MVP around ringside! McIntyre shoves MVP into the ring, and aims from a corner. CLAYMORE FOR MVP!! Montel Vontavious Porter pays for his role in all this, but McIntyre isn’t done. McIntyre has MVP on the outside and is shouting in his face how MVP has brought this upon himself. But Lashley sneaks up behind! HURT LOCK!! McIntyre rams Lashley into steel over and over but he’s still stuck! McIntyre keeps going, they both GO THROUGH THE TABLE!! The one McIntyre left in a corner finally comes into play!!
McIntyre drags himself out of the wreckage, drags Lashley up out of the same wreckage, and they get in the ring. McIntyre drags Lashley to center, but he wants to make Lashley suffer now. Lashley crawls, McIntyre SMACKS him with the chair! Lashley snarls at McIntyre so McIntyre SMACKS him again and again and again! McIntyre aims from a corner, Lashley flounders up, CLAY- NO! Lashley ducks and avoids the kick! McIntyre ends up on the apron, Lashley hurries over and POSTS McIntyre, then CHOKE SLAMS him through the other table!! Lashley goes out after McIntyre to get him up and into the ring again.
Lashley doesn’t bother with a pin here, he wants to finish this off with his one-shot-kill. McIntyre drags himself up, Lashley runs in, but the Spear gets buckles! Backslide, TWO!!! GLASGOW KISS! Lashley staggers, McIntyre gets him up, FUTURE SHOCK DDT!! But McIntyre won’t end it here, and he takes aim from the corner again. Lashley stands, but MVP anchors McIntyre’s foot! Lashley rolls McIntyre up and pulls tights! Lashley wins!!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)
THIS is how the All Mighty defeats the Scottish Warrior?! If not for MVP, Lashley wouldn’t have lasted this long! But sadly, a win is a win, and a loss is a loss. McIntyre is BLOCKED from challenging for the world title so long as the Lashley has it! And with an insurance policy like MVP, will Lashley ever lose it?
Well, another Hell in a Cell, another mixed bag of results. Firstly, for the kickoff show, I did like that Sonya stuck around a bit more, certainly to talk the three women’s matches, but I feel like she still could’ve given general predictions for the men’s matches. It’s not like the men on the panel only talked about the men’s matches and stayed quiet during the women’s matches. If we’re talking equality, let Sonya at least give her ideas on one of the grudge matches we had. The kickoff match being a singles match was actually the best move given how depleted Vince has made the RawDown Women’s Tag Division. The champs, Sexy Muscle Friends and ShayNia are the only teams right now after all the releases, they gotta stretch things out.
Opening with the SmackDown Women’s Championship HIAC made 111% sense to sandwich the show with HIAC matches, and this one was a great one. There was a lot of creativity just on how Bayley and Bianca used Bianca’s braid, and they managed to use the Cell just enough to justify it being there. Honestly, if this were Extreme Rules and not HIAC, I could’ve seen them do a lot of the same spots, like the hair tied to ropes or chairs. But whatever, WWE will do what it wants. Bianca retaining also makes 111% sense, she is building up to be stronger and stronger. Money in the Bank is next, it’ll be the first one with live fans, I’m thinking Bianca will retain there, too.
I almost thought they were going to schedule all the SmackDown matches in a row and then do all the Raw matches in a row, but I suppose a slight shuffle was good enough. Cesaro VS Rollins was on par with their WrestleMania 37 match, maybe a touch better given the story of them knowing each other’s moves better now. Rollins winning and in an inconclusive cradle counter was the right call. These two could easily make it a best of 5, or at least use MITB as part of the story. Perhaps even the rumored return of King of the Ring? They meet in the SmackDown bracket finals, and whoever wins probably defeats even the Raw finalist.
Alexa VS Shayna, and by proxy taking on Reggie and Nia, was certainly more an interesting segment than a good match. There were elements to the in-ring action that made Twisted Alexa feel almost literally like The Fiend, which is still a good thing, but I’m surprised they went away from Reggie as the puppet to Nia. It does make more sense, though, as Alexa would want the strongest one under her power. I wonder if Shayna and Reggie will have to put aside their differences to keep Nia from becoming Lily’s human host body. It seems just the right balance of hokey and actual quality story telling that is WWE’s wheelhouse.
Sami VS Kevin was an awesome match, even without it being in the Cell. We all know Kevin was selling bad throat, but I hope he was also selling bad arm. It didn’t seem to come up that naturally, even with Sami’s tope conjilo landing on him hard. An injury now would really derail this awesome story. Assuming Kevin is good to go, we’re going to get plenty of gloating from Sami and then Kevin will go after him, claiming it is karma back on him. They, too, could even look to use MITB or KOTR to settle this if WWE really wanted fans to show up/tune in for summer SmackDowns.
What was really awkward for this year’s HIAC was for the last two matches, both belonging to Raw we should note, having dirtied up finishes. Everything about the main event was awesome up until the “controversy.” Granted, HIAC matches have no disqualifications, but Lashley doesn’t come out looking that strong when MVP had to help him multiple times. Though to counter back again, this is no worse than Roman Reigns as Universal Champion, really. Could be why Roman’s stopped needing Jey to help, Roman needs to look stronger than other top champions so he stops cheating to win while they start cheating to win. Guess I have to commend Vince on some shrewd tactics there.
I do think Rhea VS Charlotte, being an awesome match, actually benefits in their story for having the Champion’s Advantage finish. Rhea hasn’t had much going for her, so that her beating Charlotte clean almost seems the less interesting move. The brutality continuing after the bell and that little bit of verbal exchange as Rhea left both add some depth back into the story and to Rhea’s character. I don’t think there’ll be a double turn, Charlotte is having too much fun being Cruella da Heel. But if Rhea is becoming a savvier Face, maybe even a Tweener, it could really lend to Rhea taking on anyone and everyone (that Raw has left) over the summer.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/20/21)
Will Raw ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief?
The New Day takes on the Bloodline for a massive Monday Night Raw!
It’s a powerful Six Man Tag as WWE World Champion, Big E, reunites with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods in the ring against the champions of SmackDown! Will the Power of Positivity stop the Tribal Chief & The Usos from asserting their dominance?
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline; The Bloodline wins.
- Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
- Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Orton wins.
- Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax; Baszler wins.
- Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H; Rhea & Nikki win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Best Laid Plans: Reggie retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus; Hardy wins and joins the title match at Extreme Rules.
- Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Reigns wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Awww~ NC State!
Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your REUNITED New Day, from Kofi Kingston to Xavier Woods to the NEW WWE World Champiooon~, and FEEL~ the POWAAAH~! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate! Woods, Kofi and Big E head to the ring together once again and everyone is fired up for that! Big E soaks in the moment as fans chant his name, and then move to “You Deserve It!” Big E says they’re the best for that, and then says that today isn’t November 25th, but he is still going to give thanks. Thanks to the fans who chanted “New Day Rocks,” and even those who once said, “New Day Sucks.” Big E forgives them.
Big E is also thankful to those who supported him as he climbed the ladder to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase, and he is beyond grateful to all those who lost their minds when Big E became the NEW WWE Champion. Big E is grateful tot hem below the Heavens, and one incredible friend above. Fans chant for Brodie, but Big E says the celebration is going to be cut a little short, because there’s some town business! That business is with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the Usos, and of course “their little friend, their cousin, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman Reigns.”
But Raw is the NEW DAY’s show! Tonight, they shall send the Bloodline packing! And do you know why? Fans are excited to hear, “BECAAUSE!” “New! Day Rocks! New! Day Rocks!” But speak his name and he shall appear, ROMAN REIGNS makes his entrance. He and the Usos hold up their belts for the pyro while fans are torn on how they feel seeing them. Roman has Heyman holding the belt as he leads the way down the ramp, and that golden glove has been replaced with a red one. The Bloodline then stands face to face with the New Day, holding up the belts for another round of pyro. But Big E holds up his belt in response as he stares Roman down. The battle is about to begin, after the break!
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline!
Raw returns and Kofi starts with Jimmy at the bell. They tie up, Jimmy headlocks but Kofi powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Jimmy gets on the corner to boast, “Bloodline!” Roman talks trash but Kofi gets up and shrugs it off. Kofi waistlocks Jimmy, headlocks then hammerlocks then headlocks again. Kofi wrenches, whips but Jimmy reverses. Jimmy runs in to monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy down, cover, TWO! Kofi keeps Jimmy from the corner and snapmares him to tag in Woods. Speed combo of Penalty Kick and SLIDING LARIAT, to Kofi’s rebound SPLASH, and Woods’ second rope ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Jimmy and bumps him off the buckle. Tag to Big E and fans fire up as Big E runs in to CLOBBER Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Tag to Woods, Woods climbs up as Big E wrenches, Woods drops double ax handles. Woods wrenches but Jimmy headbutts and uppercuts! Jimmy RAMS into Woods, Jey tags in and he DECKS Woods with an uppercut! Jey talks trash to Woods, gets him up and scoop SLAMS him! Heyman talks trash, “I bet that hurt!” Jey pushes Woods around, talks more trash, then whips Woods to ropes. Woods ducks and Kofi tags in. Woods shoves Jey into Kofi’s shoulder! Schoolboy to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Kofi keeps on Jey with an armlock, wrench but Jey ROCKS Kofi with a right! Jey brings Kofi over, tags to Jimmy and they mug Kofi. Jimmy tags Jey back in, the Usos mug Kofi again, then Jimmy shoves Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi back up in a facelock to whip to the Bloodline corner, but Kofi DECKS Jimmy! Kofi dodges Jey and he hits buckles, but Roman tags in! Kofi fires off kicks on Jey and whips, but Jey reverses. Kofi dodges but Roman trips him up, drags him out and bounces him off the announce desk! Then POSTS him! Roman gets Kofi up and TOSSES him over the desk! The Bloodline is fired up and dares the New Day to do something as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Jey has Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi up, throws a heavy uppercut, and Kofi ends up in the corner. Jey runs corner to corner, but Kofi pops him up and over! Jey can’t hold on and he falls to the floor, clutching an arm! Kofi crawls, Jimmy calls to his brother, and Jey gets in to tag Jimmy! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Woods down! Jimmy says it’s done, then he grabs at Kofi. Kofi slides underneath, reaches out but Jimmy keeps him away! Jimmy reels Kofi into a knee, whips him to a corner but Kofi goes up and up and DOUBLE STOMPS Jimmy down! Fans are thunderous as they rally for “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Roman and Big E!
Roman slows his roll as Big E steps in the ring with him. Fans go nuts as we get world champion against universal champion, and the hands start flying! Back and forth, forearm for forearm, but then Big E ducks one to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then ANOTHER! Roman is sputtering, but getting pissed, too! But he still runs into the Belly2Belly! Big E runs but has to clothesline Jey out first! Roman gets Big E for a BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO! Roman is surprised but he focuses as he goes to the corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but into a clinch! ANOTHER Belly2Belly, then the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps and fans join in again, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”
Big E watches Roman, scoops him up, but Roman slips off. Jimmy runs in but is thrown out! Woods tags in, Big E gives Kofi a boost to FLY! Kofi takes out the Usos! Big E sees Roman but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Woods dares Roman to bring it, and Roman runs into a GAMANGIRI! GET OVER- NO! Roman throws the DDT away to UPPERCUT! Woods SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives, and here comes BOBBY LASHLEY! He SPEARS Big E, then hoists Kofi up to fireman’s carry! Lashley POSTS Kofi! Then Lashley CLOBBERS Jimmy, and he RAMS Jey into steel steps! The Rocky Mountain Machine has made his wrath felt, but Woods still has to watch for Roman! SPEAR!! Cover, The Bloodline wins!
Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall
The Tribal Chief survives because the All Mighty gave him an assist. But then Lashley SPEARS Roman!! Lashley did all this for Lashley and no one else! And then Lashley aims at Big E again, to SPEAR him through the timekeeper’s area! After decimating the top of both brands, will Lashley look to tear everything apart until HE is back on top of the WWE?
Bobby Lashley storms into management’s office.
He tells Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville that if Roman isn’t done with Big E, neither is he! Lashley says Big E comes out after Lashley had one of the biggest matches of his career against Randy Orton, cashing in when Lashley was obviously hurt! Look at his knee! It’s hurt! “Oh, big guy!” Then Big E goes to SmackDown, and there’s this New Day reunion, all this other stuff! Raw is about LASHLEY, the REAL WWE Champion! Give him a match with Big E 1v1, he’d win every time. Give him a match with Roman Reigns 1v1, he’d beat him every time! Both of them together, no problem! This is the All Mighty Era and it never stops!
Adam and Sonya are speechless, so Lashley leaves. What decision will management have to address the statement Lashley made?
WWE has a medical update on MVP.
After the RKO he took last week, Montel Vontavius Porter is nursing an injured rib and will be out for an indefinite time. What devastation will Lashley unleash without his advisor by his side?
Matt Riddle talks with Randy Orton backstage.
Riddle saved up to get match headsets so they can listen to the same Spotify playlists. You never know what’ll happen with the WWE Draft coming, after all. And Riddle also made a special playlist for Randy to prepare for his match with AJ Styles. Orton takes his headset off and Riddle says that’s fine, they can jam out later. But maybe Orton needs some of Riddle’s world famous motivational speaking. Riddle knows Orton is hurting on the outside, as well as deep in his heart, from losing to Bobby Lashley. “But bro, you’re a Viper, you’re an Apex Predator! You’re a Legend Killer! You’re Randy Orton, bro! Skipper doesn’t stand a chance against you!”
Riddle starts wondering what his spirit animal be. Orton’s a viper, Styles is a Pitbull and Omos is a lion. Maybe Riddle’s a mongoose. Riddle remembers going on safari and he saw a lion get trampled by wildebeest! Orton asks if Riddle is confusing his real-life with the movie, The Lion King. No, this was a true story! It was all outta nowhere, just like Orton with that RKO to MVP. But Riddle saw it, the lion was shoved off a cliff- Orton wants Riddle to keep Omos busy with the safari story. Sure! Okay, and while he’s doing that, Orton will do his best to break Styles’ ribs, just like to MVP. Sound like a plan? Yeah!
And after thinking about it, Orton says the headphones are cool, so he thanks Riddle. Riddle says “You’re welcome,” and then jams out to Orton’s theme song.
Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
First, the #EvaLution gets pummeled without the bell ever ringing. Then, Eva legitimately loses, after getting pummeled again. Is Eva ever going to learn that she’s been #Doudropped like a bad habit? Or will the third time be the charm for Piper?
Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and Eva gets a mic. “So, I have to say, I am not one for shaming or any negativity but… Look at me, look at me again, and look at you.” Fans cheer because Piper’s just fine! Eva says she’s put together and Piper’s a mess. “Girls like you can never beat women like me.” Piper doesn’t care about any of that, and she chases Eva out of the ring! Eva dares Piper to chase her, Piper chases Eva, but it’s all cat ‘n’ mouse as Eva is trolling Piper. Piper says Eva will get it soon enough, but the chase continues. Piper promises she has a punch waiting for Eva, and then she lets Eva have space to get in, only to pounce!
Piper thrashes Eva around but Eva rakes eyes! Eva throws forearms but Piper just gets pissed! Eva runs, but leaps into Piper’s arms! POWERSLAM, then a BACK SENTON! Piper runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, Piper wins again!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
Three weeks in a row, twice on record, Piper stands tall over Eva and dances the night away! Will Eva finally Doudrop the issue? Or will Piper gladly crush her a fourth time?
Management makes calls but Big E barges in.
Big E wants Bobby AND Roman tonight! “Make it happen!!” The demands keep on coming, will management give in?
Management is making more calls.
They’re trying to reassure the higher ups that things are going fine, but then Paul Heyman walks in and mocks their chatter. But he wants them to indulge him: Lashley gets up in the face of those who run the show, bitches and moans and then Big E does the same, stripping them of all their authority. Heyman won’t do such a thing. He won’t bitch ‘n’ moan because he doesn’t have to. Heyman carries an order from the Tribal Chief! Pearce stops Heyman there but Sonya has them calm down. This is coming from all sides, so here’s what’s happening: A TRIPLE THREAT match, Lashley VS Big E VS Roman. And so Heyman can tell Roman that it is official. Heyman says he’ll do just that, and wishes them a great Monday night.
Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
RKBRO may not even have a Raw Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules now that MVP is out and Lashley’s attention is on the top titles. But will the Viper make sure the Phenomenal One doesn’t fill that vacancy with a win here tonight?
Raw returns and AJ Styles makes his entrance, his towering tag partner right behind him. The bell rings and Riddle fires the fans up for “Randy! Randy!” as he circles with Styles. They tie up, Orton headlocks and he grinds Styles down to the mat. Styles makes it a cover, ONE! Orton grinds the hold harder and pushes Styles down to a lateral press, ONE! Styles gets away and Orton watches him closely. Styles tells Riddle to shut it before even starting or he’ll get smacked. Orton and Styles tie up again, Styles wrenches to wristlock and pulls on the fingers. Orton rolls, wrenches through and wristlocks in return.
Orton grinds Styles’ elbow now and then twists the wrist to a hammerlock. Styles reaches, gets a ropebreak, but Orton lets go at the ref’s count of 4. Orton backs away and fans cheer while Styles shakes out the arm. Styles and Orton circle, Styles kicks low and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Styles whips corner to corner, runs in but Orton dodges! No RKO just yet as Styles shoves Orton away! Orton wants Omos to confirm how close that was but Omos says that was nothing. Orton and Styles circle, Orton kicks low and suplexes! Cover, ONE! Orton stomps Styles’ hand, then his foot. Orton keeps stomping Styles piece by piece, then strikes the pose. Riddle joins in and fans cheer.
Orton scrapes his laces on Styles’ face, then stomps him right on the head! Cover, TWO! Orton looms over Styles and lines up a shot. But Omos trips Styles up to prevent the punt! Orton points that out to the ref but Omos defends his own innocence. The ref knows better and he EJECTS Omos! Styles is shocked and Riddle sings, “Nana na na” with the fans. But Omos CLOBBERS Riddle with a European Uppercut! Then Styles KNEES Omos out of the ring to get even! Styles then slingshots to FOREARM Orton down! Styles and Omos fire up, and Styles assures Omos he can handle this. Omos leaves as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Orton throws hands on Styles! Orton kicks but Styles blocks to spin him around and CHOP BLOCK! Styles then toeholds and drops knees on the knee! Orton clutches his leg, drags himself to a corner but Styles is after him. Styles digs his heel in but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally for Orton but Styles gets Orton’s leg. Orton throws hands then boots Styles away! Styles dodges Orton’s clothesline but runs right into buckles! The ref checks on Styles but he’s alright. Orton comes back and rallies with big clotheslines! Styles staggers into a corner, Orton hits another clothesline! Orton climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count to 4 but Styles trips Orton up!
Styles fireman’s carries but Orton slips off to ROCK him with more haymakers! Orton EuroUppers Styles to a corner, then fans fire up as Orton gets his bad leg moving. But Styles KICKS that leg! Styles runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton seethes but Riddle says he’s that close! Orton puts Styles in a corner, hoists him up top and then throws more haymakers. Orton then climbs up to join Styles, but Styles slips to the outside, only for Orton to CLOBBER him down! Styles is in a daze, Orton drags him up through ropes! But Styles HOTSHOTS Orton first! Orton gasps and sputters while Styles takes aim from the apron! PHENOMENAL-
NO! Orton catches Styles in the cravat, but Styles hurries to turn RKO into SLEEPER! Styles is a backpack on Orton but Orton grits his teeth as he stays up. Orton RAMS Styles into buckles and is free! Orton gasps for air gain as he gets away, but he returns to get a BOOT! Styles hops up, reels Orton in, but Orton denies the DDT with a shove! Styles staggers up into a clinch, and Orton shows some power with an EXPLODER! Riddle likes that one, that was like his Brosploder! Cover, TWO! Orton has a bloody scratch on his eyebrow but he’s still feeling good as he looms over Styles. Fans rally behind “Randy! Randy!” and Riddle coaches Orton on.
Orton gets Styles up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, PELE included! Orton goes down, Styles covers, TWO! Styles grows a bit frustrated but he gets Orton back up. Styles reels Orton in and calls for it, but Orton back drops! Styles sunset flips, Orton sits on it, TWO! Styles SLIDING FOREARMS Orton down! Styles goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Orton survives because Styles ain’t the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla! Styles goes to the apron and takes aim again. Orton stands, Styles sees Riddle and takes a swing! Riddle avoids the kick, Orton storms over but into a forearm! Styles springboards but he fakes Orton out! They each point at each other with that one!
Styles slingshots in but into a kick! Orton has Styles in the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices, RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
Riddle is fired up for his bro as Orton strikes Styles down! With the Phenomenal One cleared out of the way, who steps up in the Raw Tag Division to go after RKBRO?
Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax!
The Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force were always a dysfunctional duo united by their success, but now they’re each only concerned about their own success. The former women’s tag team champions do battle, but who comes out the better half?
Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two stare down. Shayna paces but Nia is like a statue. Then they start talking trash, and Nia says, “I hate you! You were nothing without me!” Shayna tells Nia to shut up and says that SHE was always the one! They start shoving, but then Nia fireman’s carries! But then she lets Shayna down to make a point of how easy it was! Nia says she’s the winner here, but Shayna fires off kicks! Nia ROCKS Shayna, scoops her, then hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, ONE, and Shayna gets to a corner. Nia runs in and SPLASHES! Nia pie faces, Shayna pie faces back! The hands start flying, Nia RAMS into Shayna!
Shayna comes back with muay thai knees! And a ROUNDHOUSE! Nia wobbles, Shayna KNEES her again, then ROUNDHOUSES her down! Nia sits up in a daze but Shayna KNEES her again! Then a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Shayna is a backpack as Nia gets up but Shayna shifts to kick away on an arm! Shayna puts the clutch back on but Nia powers up, only to fall back! Shayna squeezes tight, Nia shouts and sputters, she is OUT!! Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
Shayna seems to show a hint of remorse having to do that to a former tag partner. But then she PUNTS Nia off the apron! The Queen of Spades considers what to do next, and she gets Nia up to kick away on the arm again. Shayna pulls steel steps apart, gives Nia a KICK to the face, then has her down on the steps. Shayna isolates Nia’s arm, puts it through one of the hand holds, and despite the ref saying no, Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Nia writhes and cries in pain as she clutches her wrist, but Shayna gets the arm and isolates it on the steps! Nia begs for mercy and Shayna is conflicted again. But Shayna STOMPS the arm anyway!!
Nia is screaming in agony and referees hurry out with medics. Fans are stunned as Shayna is unsure how to feel about this herself. But is this how the Queen of Spades is going to play the game in order to reach the Raw Women’s Championship?
Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!
While the Star of Saudi Arabia and The Beacon are still trying to get on the same page, it seems the cousins of the Garza lucha familia are finally seeing things eye to eye! Will the dysfunction fix itself tonight? Or will nothing defeat this handsome and debonair duo now that they’re united?
The teams sort out and Garza starts with Ali. They tie up, Ali waistlocks but Garza headlocks. Ali powers out, things speed up and Ali hurdles into Garza’s dropkick! Garza tears away the pants and throws them at Ali! Tag to Carrillo, they double whip and double hip toss to a rebound FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps cool as he looms over Ali. Carrillo stands Ali up to CHOP, snapmare and clam on a chinlock. Ali endures the knee in his back and Mansoor coaches him up. Ali fights up, throws body shots but Carrillo throws him down hard! Carrillo SLAPS Ali, brings him around and suplexes. Ali slips out, waistlocks, but Carrillo switches.
Ali goes to the corner to buck Carrillo, then leaps for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, hot tags to Garza and Mansoor! Mansoor rallies, whips but Garza reverses, only for Mansoor to BOOT and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Mansoor as he runs in to clothesline Garza! Tag to Ali and he goes up, DOUBLE STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Mansoor throws Carillo out and slides, but Carrillo gets under to RAM Mansoor into barriers! Ali slides out to RAM Carrillo into barriers! But Garza goes out to POST Ali! Garza tells Ali that nothing beats familia, and he puts Ali in the ring.
Tag to Carrillo, he fires up as he stretches Ali in a LAST CHANCERY! Garza runs and adds a basement dropkick to it!! Carrillo covers, the familia wins!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza, by pinfall
The lucha libre bloodline get a powerful first victory! Will they surge up the rankings towards those Raw Tag Team Championships soon enough?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H!
The challengers walk out first and have mics to address the crowd. Before they face the champions tonight with the titles on the line, they wanted to talk to the WWE Universe about Conner’s Cure. Fans cheer for that one and Rhea says young Conner inspired us all to join the fight against pediatric cancer. Over the years, the WWE and Conner’s Cure have raised millions of dollars to fight that fight. Rhea gets a bit emotional as she says the charity has worked with the V Foundation to invest and fundraise all this money to help find the answer to pediatric cancer. And there’s still so much work to be done.
They have the honor and privilege of competing in the ring, but they wanted to do two things with the fans. Firstly, they’re dedicating this match to the kids, to everyone that’s been affected by pediatric cancer, and to Conner’s Cure. And secondly, when they count to three, everyone put your arms together in a V and shout, “Victory!” One, two, three, VICTORY over pediatric cancer! Fans cheer the inspirational moment as the challengers go to the ring. But will the eclectic duo be able to dedicate a championship victory to the fight? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and the champions make their entrance. Tamina starts with Nikki and TOSSES her to the corner, then sucker punches Rhea! Nikki fights back but Natty tags in. Tamina whips, scoops Nikki and Natty runs to HART ATTACK! Cover, Rhea breaks it! Tamina gets back in, headbutts Rhea then throws her out of the ring hard! Natty throws Nikki into the corner, throws knees and haymakers but lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Tamina, she stomps a mudhole into Nikki. Tag to Natty, she drags Nikki up to throw more hands. Natty and Tamina are a little off synch but Natty tags Tamina back in. Feed to a SAMOAN DROP!
But Tamina isn’t done here! She goes up top and takes aim, SUPERFLY onto knees! Nikki crawls but Rhea is still down! Tamina tags in Natty and she CLOBBERS Nikki from behind! Natty rebounds Nikki for the sit-down! Natty steps on Nikki and basement dropkicks! Tamina sees Rhea getting up and goes after her, but Rhea boots her to then CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Rhea as she gets Tamina up and pump handles! RIPTIDE to the apron!! Natty is shocked, Nikki drags her down to a cradle! NIKKI & RHEA WIN!!
Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
They did it for Conner!! Rhea & Nikki are champions together, but is this only the beginning?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring.
She and Lily are ready to make NC State into Alexa’s Playground! But will the Queen still be willing to come out and play after the Charlie fiasco last week? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Alexa sits on the swing. “Hello, friends! And welcome to my playground!” Now her “friend” is a real doozy, but she holds a place near and dear to Alexa’s heart. Welcome soon to be former Raw Women’s Champion and The Queen, Charlotte Flair! The music plays and Charlotte actually walks out to the ring. Fans cheer and “WOO~” for Charlotte as she enters the ring and gets a mic. Alexa says hey and wants Charlotte to make herself comfy on the rocking horse. No, that’s okay, Charlotte would rather stand and remind us that once upon a time, Alexa was a competitor. But please, continue with the hocus pocus and magic tricks.
Yes, the fun police is here. But c’mon, Charlotte! There’s no tricks up Alexa’s sleeves, her sleeves are too short. But why is there always an ulterior motive here? Alexa just wants to have fun. Girls’ night, Alexa, Charlotte & Lily! But where’s Charlie? Fans boo Charlotte being a party pooper and chant, “We Want Charlie!” but Alexa says it’s fine! SHE has Charlie! Fans chant for “Charlie! Charlie!” as Alexa sits again but Charlotte says Alexa is embarrassing herself. Charlotte doesn’t want Charlie. Charlotte wants Alexa! The old Alexa, the Five Feet of Fury, the Mean Girl, the once upon a time champion material!
Alexa can fool the fans but she can’t fool Charlotte. All this is “a pathetic attempt to hide how fragile, how delicate you really are.” Charlotte wants Lexi to admit she’s broken, and that’s why she hides behind the playground, the dolls, the dress and the pigtails, as well as that nasty black lipstick. Alexa used to walk to the ring with a title on her arm, but now she walks with a doll. “How does it feel that the doll is more popular than you?” But now that we’re talking about the old Alexa, the only reason she was champion at all was because she and Charlotte were on separate brands. But now that they’re both on Raw, Charlotte finds these games to be a joke.
But the one game she can’t comprehend is, how did Charlotte go from main-eventing WrestleMania 35 to a Monday Night Raw where she’s playing with dolls? Charlotte doesn’t play dress up nor play pretend, she is the real deal. Charlotte has beaten an Almost Super Hero, a Nightmare, and now she’s about to beat a “grown ass woman that dresses up like a little kid.” Alexa is bored as Charlotte says she gets it. “This is all a desperate cry for help.” So Charlotte will make it her job to beat some sense back into Alexa. Does Alexa want that to be tonight or this Sunday at Extreme Rules?
Alexa says, “Oh my gosh, Charlotte! We get it! You’re the best, you’re the champ, you’re in your own league, no one can reach you.” Does Charlotte ever get sick of hearing that like the rest of us do? We get it! Yes, Charlotte’s won more titles than any other woman. But that also means she’s lost more titles than any other woman. And since we’re getting personal, which Alexa loves on Girls’ Night, she asks this: “Without a title, who is Charlotte Flair? Nobody knows because even you don’t know.” If Charlotte isn’t a champion, she isn’t anything. Nothing at all. And let’s be honest, Alexa doesn’t need to play games to expose Charlotte’s insecurities. “They’re stamped right on your forehead.”
Charlotte is just so terrified of the Raw Women’s Championship moving on without her and leaving her with nothing. What would Charlotte do if she didn’t have a title? What would she say to the fans? Fans go “WOO~!” but Alexa says that’s not even originally hers! Well let’s not talk about originality, Lexi. Alexa didn’t give Charlotte Charlie to play a game. Alexa gave her Charlie as a pity gift. Alexa pities Charlotte. “Because even a narcissistic, self-centered bitch like you deserves happiness.” Charlotte pretends to cry but Alexa says Charlotte can call her whatever she wants. Alexa doesn’t care, because at least Alexa knows who she is!
And she doesn’t need to grasp at titles to stay relevant. So yes, tonight, call Alexa crazy. But at Extreme Rules, we WILL call her champion! “Now doesn’t that sound like fun?” Charlotte pretends to laugh and mocks Alexa’s points. Good for Alexa, but you’ll never find out who she is without the title. Then Charlotte pie faces Alexa. Alexa jumps on Charlotte and throws hands! Charlotte throws her off, throws off her shoes and then BOOTS Alexa down! Charlotte dusts off her hands and then finds Charlie. But Alexa jumps on again! Charlotte throws her down, grabs up Charlie, and looks at it closely as she RIPS OFF ITS HEAD! Charlotte drops the pieces and then looks for Lily!
Alexa jumps on Charlotte again! Charlotte rams Alexa into buckles, runs in but Alexa sends her into buckles! Alexa reels Charlotte in for a DDT! Charlotte falls out of the ring and Alexa picks up Lily. Will Alexa do everything she can to drop Charlotte again and tear that title away from her?
Drake Maverick brainstorms with his fellow conspirators.
Rockstar Spud has R-Truth, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa going over his newest master plan. Operation: 24/7 is simple: drop a net on Reggie and get the title off him. But wait. Reggie is two, three, four times bigger than that. Truth, c’mon… Gulak, you’ll be the distraction. Tozawa, do your ninja stuff. Truth, when Maverick signals you, drop the net. Okay, but what’s the word? Just “now, dog!” Who cares! Reggie’s walking over! Hurry! The others hide and Gulak gets Reggie’s attention. Reggie is already worried but Gulak says there is no ref around so it’s safe. Gulak talks to Reggie about Chinese holistic medicine and the 361 pressure points!
Gulak guides Reggie to the spot and Maverick shouts to Truth! Truth drops the net but Reggie turns things around and Gulak is caught! Reggie goes up and around the pallets, over pipes and onto trunks! The others give chase but Reggie LEAPS down to the photoshoot area! He even gets some snapshots before running off! Maverick is disappointed with Truth, since he gave the word. Truth corrects Maverick, the signal was “Now dog.” Gulak says he’s really stuck right now. Maverick is furious, but will he be able to craft a foolproof plan that not even these fools can foil?
WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus!
The Charismatic Enigma has had his battles with the Celtic Warrior before, and came very close to defeating Damian Priest last week. With there still being time before Extreme Rules, can the extreme risk taker beat Sheamus again and get in on the title match?
Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. Damian Priest joins commentary to watch this closely, saying this is all his idea to give Hardy this opportunity. The bell rings, fans rally behind Hardy but Sheamus powers him to the corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off as he shoves Hardy down. Hardy gets up, ties up with Sheamus but Sheamus hits a headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors, Sheamus kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors again, Sheamus gets free again, but Hardy headlocks. Sheamus powers out, runs Hardy over, then fixes his mask. Sheamus stands Hardy up to throw heavy EuroUppers.
Hardy dodges, dropkicks Sheamus’ leg out then basement dropkicks. Hardy puts Sheamus in a corner, rams his shoulder in then headlocks again. Sheamus powers Hardy into the corner and throws body shots. Sheamus whips, hardy holds ropes and puts Sheamus on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS Hardy in the back, but Hardy fights off the Bodhrain! Hardy hotshots Sheamus down then goes out. Fans fire up as Hardy runs and leaps off the steps! Sheamus catches Hardy to SLAM him on the apron! Sheamus takes off his face mask to CLOBBER Hardy again! The Fella soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sheamus has Hardy in a chinlock. Hardy fights up, throws body shots but Sheamus back suplexes. Hardy lands on his feet, ends up in a corner, and Sheamus runs in. Hardy POSTS Sheamus, then fires haymakers! Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy runs him over! Hardy trips Sheamus up, leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Sheamus gets up, Hardy runs in but Sheamus scoops. Hardy slips off to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Hardy has Sheamus in a drop zone and he hops up the corner, second rope SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy is frustrated but Sheamus gets up. Hardy kicks but no Twist as Sheamus shoves!
Sheamus runs but into a kick! Hardy drop toeholds Sheamus into buckles! Hardy goes up and swings but into a BOOT from below! Sheamus goes up, bloody nose only motivating him! Sheamus leaps to FLYING CLOTHESLINE Hardy down! Cover, TWO! Priest likes the fight from these two as Sheamus fireman’s carries. Hardy elbows free, kicks low and TWIST- NO! Sheamus pushes free to KNEE Hardy down! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but Sheamus staggers up to his feet. Sheamus gets the legs, ties them up, but Hardy throws hands to fight the hold! Hardy pushes, dodges the Brogue to TWIST OF FATE!
Hardy hurries to a corner, heads up top, and NC is fired up for their hero, SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Hardy sunset flips! HARDY WINS!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (joins the WWE United States Championship match at Extreme Rules)
Priest gave Hardy the opening and Hardy capitalized! Sheamus blames Priest for all this and shoves Priest! Priest RAMS Sheamus into the apron! Hand start flying but the ref hurries to stop it! More refs come out but Sheamus and Priest knock into cameramen! Priest CLUBS away on Sheamus but the refs back him down. Sheamus staggers up, Priest uses the apron to LEAP and CLOBBER Sheamus! Priest hammers away, the refs pull him off Sheamus, but Sheamus POSTS Priest! Sheamus puts Priest in the ring, CLUBS away on him in return, but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Then Priest clotheslines Sheamus and himself out of the ring! The scrapping continues, will it only end on Sunday?
Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
The wrath of the All Mighty has only stirred up the anger of the Powerhouse of Positivity and the rage of the Tribal Chief! Three titans are set to battle at once, but who proves themselves the biggest and the baddest in the WWE today?
The bell rings and Lashley is right after Big E! Big E throws hands back, Lashley kicks low but Roman just watches and waits. Lashley glances over at him but Big E CLOBBERS Lashley! Now Roman makes a move, but Big E ROCKS him with a forearm! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron and he CLUBS away! Big E says, “You wanna play, Bobby? Let’s play!” APRON SPLASH! Big E shoves Lashley in but Roman hits a DRIVE BY! Universal Champion knocks down World Champion and raises up his finger. Roman knows the Bloodline are the ones, but this match continues after the break.
Raw returns again and Lashley RAMS Big E in the corner. Lashley tells Heyman to scram but he’s just checking on Roman. Lashley whips Big E but Big E reverses, only to run into an elbow. Things speed up, Big E HURDLES then CLOBBERS Lashley! Cover, TWO! Big E gets Lashley up, “This is what you want, huh?!” Big E wraps Lashley up in the cobra twist! Big E clubs to the rhythm, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Lashley endures but Roman gets in to UPPERCUT Big E down! Roman then runs at Lashley to clothesline him out of the ring! Big E staggers and Roman goes after him with a whip. Big E reverses but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Roman is annoyed but he goes out and sees Lashley on the apron. Roman runs around the way but Lashley CLOBBERS him out of the Drive By! Lashley snarls, pushes Roman into the ring and covers, TWO! Lashley bumps Roman off buckles, throws haymakers, then runs corner to corner to RAM into Big E! Then he goes back to RAM into Roman! Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Big E runs in at Roman and RAMS into him! Big E keeps moving, but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is further annoyed, but Big E flops out of the ring. Roman runs at Lashley in a corner to clothesline! Roman fires point-blank lariats again and again, all the way to 10!
Lashley flounders and Roman hoists him up top. Roman throws hands then climbs up to join Lashley. Lashley hits back with haymakers, but Roman ROCKS Lashley with an uppercut! Lashley wobbles and sways on the top rope, Roman climbs up to join him again. Roman gets Lashley up, but Lashley resists the superplex! Big E joins in, TOWER OF DOOM!! The powerbomb superplex shakes the ring and fans are thunderous as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Lashley is down while Big E and Roman are in the ring. Roman clotheslines Big E in the corner, then says, “I run the show.” Fans boo and Roman eggs them on, then he throws hands on Big E. Roman whips corner to corner, runs in but Big E catches the clothesline for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E’s throwing things back to earlier tonight as he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Big E baits Roman in and gets the third Belly2Belly! Big E fires up, runs, but Lashley trips Big E up and drags him out to RAM him into barriers! Lashley roars and goes back into the ring, and he gets Roman for the COMPLETE SHOT!
Lashley shouts, “Whose house?!” Lashley gets Roman up, suplexes and stalls to show his strength, then SLAMS Roman down! Cover, TWO! Roman survives but Big E is back so Lashley goes after him. Gut wrench but Big E slips out to Belly2Belly! Roman returns but Big E CLOBBERS him! Big E sets the two side by side and fans fire up as he runs for a DOUBLE BIG SPLASH!! Cover on Lashley, TWO!! Big E sees Roman rolling away but fans rally behind Big E as he runs. Roman knees Big E away, Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover but Roman drags Lashley off to throw him out! Roman covers, TWO!!
“This is Awesome!” as Roman watches Big E go to a corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but Big E dodges! Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Cover, but Lashley drags Big E out! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers again, then brings him to the desk! Just like last week, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER through the table!! But this time, Lashley’s knee is just fine and he goes back to Roman in the ring. Roman slowly gets up, Lashley takes aim from a corner, Lashley runs into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman seethes but is too tired to be any angrier. Roman stands and he goes to the corner as Lashley slowly rises. Roman lets out the battle cry, runs but into LASHLEY’S SPEAR!! Cover, Big E breaks it!!
Lashley is furious again and he snarls as Big E gets up! Lashley puts on the full nelson but Big E fights it from locking in! They struggle, half is in, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley down! Roman and Big E lock eyes but Big E throws Lashley out! Big E runs to SPEAR Roman off the apron!! Big E puts Roman in, fans are thunderous and Big E scoops Roman again! BIG ENDING AGAIN!! Cover, but Lashley SMACKS Big E with a chair! No Disqualifications finally comes into play as Lashley SMACKS Big E again, and again, and again! Lashley doesn’t stop until Big E’s on the mat! Lashley snarls and then he throws MORE chair shots on Big E!
Fans boo, Lashley turns around into Roman’s SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The WWE Universal Champion found another opening, just like earlier tonight, and he takes victory from the jaws of defeat! But will the Head of the Table be able to do the same when The Demon waits for him at Extreme Rules?
A pretty stuffed episode, but the go-home syndrome was pretty strong in the middle there with the recap packages and extra commercial breaks. And did we really need Piper VS Eva a third time? Hopefully this is the end of it and Piper can move on to someone new. And I’m thinking that someone is Shayna after how she brutalized Nia. That was a very powerful moment, and I’m thinking that not only will Nia be kept off TV for a time, maybe the WWE Draft moves her to SmackDown so she can be with the Bloodline. Same goes for Tamina now that she’s lost the tag titles. They can even have Tamina turn on Natty to side with Nia and the family as things move into the Fall.
Speaking of which, of course Rhea & Nikki win with them getting to do the Conner’s Cure moment. Both things were still great separately, and it was very endearing to see Rhea get choked up with talking about the cause. Rhea & Nikki freshen things up by being the new champions, and they better show up on SmackDown this Friday to start building towards Shotzi & Tegan finally getting their long overdue title opportunity. Alexa and Charlotte had a pretty good promo segment together, and having Alexa’s Playground back in the ring was a nice change of pace. The shots fired were pretty decent but the main thing is, Alexa stood tall here so of course Charlotte retains at Extreme Rules per WWE math.
Orton VS Styles may seem repetitive, because in a way it is, but they always put on great matches so that’s what we got tonight. Orton wins and there’s no Raw Tag Team Championship match set for the PPV, maybe something builds on the way to Crown Jewel. Mansoor & Ali losing was a bit of surprise but I am glad we’re finally seeing Garza & Carrillo as a tag team. Too bad there was no build to it. There was a lot of “corporate synergy” tonight with them plugging American Ninja Warrior Jr. for Peacock, and then Reggie actually doing some Ninja Warrior stuff again. The comedy of these bits is kinda drying up because they’re a little too focused on setting Reggie up for these stunts, but maybe they figure out how to be creative even in that.
Hardy VS Sheamus was a really good match but I feel like this was all spurred on by someone *cough* Vince */cough* thinking there needed to be more to the US Championship match. Granted, without Hardy winning his way in, it would’ve just been Priest VS Sheamus in a rematch from SummerSlam, but oh, I dunno, how about spicing up the match with stipulations? Yes, a Triple Threat will make this No Disqualifications, but I feel like Hardy is in just to take the pin. Why didn’t they just greenlight McIntyre winning the contender’s match so he could reach for the Grand Slam? WWE can’t just isolate big things to the Big Four (and apparently now Crown Jewel, too) and ask why we aren’t excited for the other shows.
The big story of tonight was of course having the world champion and the Universal Champion here at the same time. The Six Man Tag was great but I didn’t think they’d have Lashley show up to decimate everyone like that. Big points for Lashley while Roman again gets a win as the physically strongest opportunistic Heel in a long time. Then the Triple Threat at the end was awesome stuff, definitely upping the quality of tonight. All three guys looked great but Roman winning makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. For one, #RomanWinsLOL. For another, he’s got to go strong into Extreme Rules against The Demon because of course he’s going to win that and go into Crown Jewel strong to face The Beast.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/20/21)
It’s a Dark Order Civil War!
Things are escalating in the Dark Order dysfunction!
New Jersey gets elevated as the Bad Boy and Concrete Rose return home, but it isn’t a happy homecoming! Will AEW’s former odd couple finally get even?
- Thunder Rosa VS Kaia McKenna; Rosa wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Anthony Bennett, Ray Jaz & Leon St. Giovanni; Gunn Club wins.
- Alan Angels & Preston Vance VS Evil Uno & Colt Cabana; Angels & Vance win.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor & Kris Statlander VS Mike Verna; Cassidy wins.
- Private Party VS Teddy Goodz & Jorge Santi; Private Party wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Masha Slamovich; Shida wins.
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Sonny Kiss; Kiss wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS JT Dunn & Avery Good; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Dustin Rhodes VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Dustin wins.
Orange Cassidy’s match might be one to watch, to see if the Hardy Family Office goes after him or not. The Dark Order VS Dark Order match is of course on the must-see, that story is growing into something really good. Janela VS Kiss is going to be one to watch, too, because of the heat in the story. I’m rather surprised we’re getting Dustin VS QT Marshall, but after QT lost to Paul Wight, he doesn’t really have a direction so maybe something comes of this.
Newly Heel Gunn Club has new everything, which is cool to see. I assume this means they’ve left the Nightmare Family to strike out on their own again, and given they’re still undefeated in tag and trios action, there needs to be a chance for them to build to a tag title match. Otherwise, the criticisms of “wins and losses matter,” both shoot and in kayfabe, will keep going. A bit surprising to see the Dark Order Civil War tag match happen so soon on the card but it had a lot of great character work on top of the great ring work we know they all bring. And I feel like Angels even upgraded his mask, that holofoil looks great.
HFO didn’t go after Cassidy but you could kayfabe that they were more worried about their own match right after. “Masha Slamovich” is a great name because it’s so cheesy. Masha got a good showing against Shida, maybe she’ll make a good impression on AEW or a partner like Impact or NWA, she might have potential if she can find a good character personality outside of “she’s Russian.” Little disappointed they didn’t make Janela VS Kiss the main event since both are New Jersey boys. Cincinnati got to have Brian Pillman Jr. as a Rampage main event, why can’t the Bad Boy VS Concrete Rose be on the same level?
Janela VS Kiss was still the match it should’ve been, with Janela getting bloodied but his new partner in crime getting involved, all while Kiss showing both strength and endurance. Kiss turning things around to get the win was great, but of course Rossi helps Janela get payback. I hope this feud continues so that Janela and Kiss can have something extreme, like an Unsanctioned Match. Dustin VS QT being the main event was a bit of a surprise, but Santana & Ortiz definitely did squash Dunn & Good. It was a very good match, Lee Johnson showing up was a good touch, but I still wish there was a build to a Bunkhouse Match for these guys.
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