Who is heading to TakeOver: In Your House?
NXT STARTS with Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne in a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat! Who will punch their ticket for THE NXT Champion, Karrion Kross?
- NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne; No Contest.
- LA Knight VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS Carmelo Hayes; Kushida wins and retains the title.
- Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier; LeRae & Hartwell win.
- NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma; MSK wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne!
A main event caliber match is OPENING tonight! Karrion Kross thwarted the Prince, but that doesn’t mean the end is near! Will it be #CoolKyle, Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver, or the Bruiserweight that looks to cancel the apocalypse?
The bell rings and Kyle BOOTS Dunne then tackles Gargano! Kyle grounds ‘n’ pounds but Dunne gets him up to brawl with forearms! Gargano joins in to brawl with Kyle, but then Dunne cuts in. Kyle clinches to knee over and over but Gargano cuts in. Kyle throws Gargano out, but Dunne DECKS Kyle with that forearm! And basement dropkicks him in the head! Dunne gets an arm, twists it from wrist to elbow, and bends the fingers! Dunne hammerlocks then double wristlocks but Kyle back drops to an ARMBAR! Dunne scrambles, Gargano stomps in, but gets caught to a HEEL HOOK! Dunne gets Kyle’s arm for an ARMBAR!
Gargano gets free of Kyle, Kyle pushes Dunne to ropes, and Gargano throws Kyle out! Gargano hobbles and Dunne pounces on that leg! Dunne floats to a headlock and grinds Gargano down. Gargano chinbars, gets up, throws body shots and powers out. Dunne runs Gargano over, things speed up and Dunne side steps but Gargano RANAS! Dunne dodges the arm-drag, hooks up the legs, and fish hooks Gargano’s face! Dunne hammers Gargano, gets the arms, but Kyle returns to KICK Dunne down! Kyle gets Gargano up, Gargano ROCKS him but runs into a BIG knee! Kyle gets Gargano up to wrench and YANK the arm, then wrenches again. Gargano ROCKS, Kyle wrenches, repeat!
Kyle has the arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Kyle throws down hammering elbows and rams his knee into Gargano’s side. Dunne slithers in and gets Kyle’s arm! Dunne has both men stacked, for a DOUBLE FAR ARM STRETCH! He bends both men’s fingers way back, then stacks the hands to STOMP them both! Fans fire up as Gargano and Kyle go to opposite corners. Dunne runs and forearms Kyle, then runs to forearm Gargano. Dunne heads back for Kyle but Kyle dodges. Gargano dodges Kyle to ROCK Dunne! Kyle dodges Gargano to ROCK Dunne! Kyle dodges Gargano again and Gargano uppercuts Dunne! Kyle gets Gargano’s leg, then Dunne’s, DOUBLE DRAGON SCREW!
Gargano bails out so Kyle gets Dunne’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Dunne rolls to drag Kyle down, for an ANKLE LOCK! Kyle rolls to throw Dunne out, Gargano DECKS Dunne! Gargano aims at Kyle, GAMANGIRI, ONE FINAL- Dunne stops Gargano by grabbing his rope side arm! Dunne bends the fingers, Kyle gets Dunne’s leg, DRAGON SCREW and HOTSHOT combo! Gargano comes back, he dropkicks Dunne while giving Kyle a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano gets the bad leg moving as he and Kyle are alone in the ring. Gargano drags Kyle up to a cravat, snapmares and basement dropkicks him in the back! Dunne grabs at Gargano but Gargano kicks him away. Gargano covers Kyle, TWO! The delay might’ve helped Kyle, but Gargano gets him up in a facelock. Kyle blocks the suplex but Gargano throws body shots, to then snap suplex! Gargano goes at Dunne but Dunne shoulders into him! Things speed up, Dunne hurdles then drops then CLOBBERS Gargano! Gargano flounders out and now Dunne is alone with Kyle. Dunne drags Kyle around, digs his face into the mat, and bends the arm way back!
Kyle endures as Dunne twists his wrist and digs into the shoulder! Dunne puts the arm back down and stands on it, but Gargano is there. Dunne DECKS Gargano and kicks him down, then goes back to Kyle! Dunne arm-drags to a wristlock, then headscissors for a squeeze! Kyle endures but Dunne throws elbows. Dunne gets Kyle’s hand and again bends fingers! Dunne lets off the scissors to hammerlock and KICK the arm! Dunne sees Gargano getting up so he goes out to RAM him into boards! Dunne goes back to Kyle but Kyle is up and throws forearms! Dunne DECKS Kyle all the same! Dunne KICKS Kyle in the side, and drops knees on his stomach!
Kyle sits up and sputters but Dunne stands on his hand. Dunne hooks Kyle’s face, stands him up and throws knees. NXT returns to single picture as the knees keep hitting! Gargano is back again and baits Dunne to the ropes. Kyle gets Dunne with a kitchen sink knee! Kyle BOOTS Gargano, ROUNDHOUSES Dunne, then fires off a strike fest on Gargano! Leg sweep and fans fire up with Kyle! Kyle runs at Dunne to forearm smash against ropes! Kyle wrenches the arm, hits an elbow breaker, but Dunne throws forearms. Kyle knees low and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES, but holds on, for another! Gargano runs in, he gets a BUTTERFLY SLAM onto Dunne! Kyle covers Dunne, TWO!
Gargano stays by ropes but Kyle KNEES Dunne out of the ring! Kyle runs to SLIDING KNEE Gargano in the ribs! Kyle goes out but Dunne ROCKS him! Kyle fights the X-Plex, goes to the apron, and hits Dunne with a FLYING KNEE! Gargano DIVES onto Kyle outta nowhere! Gargano gets back in to DIVE out onto Dunne! And then does it again to DIVE on Kyle into the boards! The fans are rallying and dueling as Gargano puts Kyle in. Gargano aims, slingshots and SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Kyle keeps this alive and Gargano grows frustrated. Gargano hobbles, gets Kyle up and CHOPS him in a corner! And CHOPS him again!
Fans want that “One More Time!” but Gargano tells them nope. Gargano puts Kyle up top, has the inverted crucifix lift, but Kyle slips off to try a backslide! Gargano holds it off, Dunne KICKS their legs out! Dunne BUZZSAWS Kyle and basement SHOTGUNS Gargano! Dunne STOMPS Kyle’s hands, and another BUZZSAW! Dunne gets Kyle up, LIGER BOMB! Cover but Gargano BOOTS it! Kyle has a prawn hold cover, but Gargano mule KICKS him! Gargano drags Dunne up, but Dunne hits the X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and all three men are down as the CWC fires up! “NXT! NXT!” knows how to open a show!
Dunne has Kyle’s arm and wrenches it to a BODY SCISSOR KIMURA! Kyle uses his own tights to block, and then Gargano CLOBBERS Dunne! Kyle CATAPULTS Dunne out! But Gargano rolls Kyle, with tights! TWO, school boy kick into a HEEL HOOK! Kyle twists Gargano’s leg but Dunne BOOTS him! Dunne drops knees on Gargano’s arm! Pump handle, BITTER- DDT!! Gargano scoops Dunne, to LAWN DART him into Kyle! Kyle falls out of the ring as Gargano covers Dunne, TWO!! Dunne survives but Gargano is too tired to be frustrated. The CWC hopes these guys “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Gargano and Dunne brawl on the mat, forearms and CHOPS and jabs and elbows! Dunne gets the edge, Kyle returns to fire off KICKS on both men! KICK for Dunne, KICK for Gargano and back again! Gargano ducks the next kick, rolls Kyle, SCHOOL BOY BUZZSAW COMBO on Kyle’s head! Dunne STOMPS Gargano’s hands but Gargano ducks the buzzsaw to ENZIGURI! Kyle gives Gargano AX ‘N’ SMASH! Dunne ENZIGURIS Kyle! Kyle rebounds into a SUPERKICK! But Kyle just rebounds again to DOUBLE LARIAT! All three men are down and the CWC are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet!
Gargano goes to the apron, slingshots, but Kyle catches for a GUILLOTINE! Kyle squeezes tight but Dunne gets Kyle for a SLEEPER! Kyle is already fading, and he lets Gargano free! Kyle fights, but Gargano runs in! Tilt-o-whirl and takedown, GargaNO Escape on Dunne!! Dunne flails, claws at Gargano’s fingers and gets free to SNAP them! Dunne gets Gargano up to pump handle, BITTER END! But Kyle climbs to KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Fans are thunderous again as Kyle and Dunne brawl on the apron. They boot back and forth, but Gargano DECKS Kyle! Dunne DECKS Gargano, goes after Kyle but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both men down!
All three men are down again but only Gargano is in the ring. Dunne crawls for the ring, Kyle stands up, ADAM COLE attacks Kyle with a CHAIR! And then he SMACKS Dunne! Gargano DIVES but Cole THROWS the chair into him! Cole rains down fists on Kyle, then DECKS the ref! Dunne gets Cole with a guillotine, but Cole RAMS Dunne into the ref! The ref hits boards and flops over, Cole gives Dunne a BRAINBUSTER to the ramp! And a LAST SHOT to Kyle! Gargano sits up in the ring, Cole gives him a LAST SHOT! Cole just wrecked all three men but William Regal storms in with security!
Cole says he’ll leave, because he already did what he wanted. He tells Regal and the guards to back up and give him space. But then he SUPERKICKS Kyle again! Cole says now he’s going, but he wants Regal to understand NXT needs Cole. What is going to happen to this Triple Threat? We’ll see, after the break.
NXT returns, and Cole still hasn’t left?
Regal and Cole keep arguing, but Ember Moon storms past them to go to the ring! Security drags Cole to the back while Ember gets on the mic to tell Raquel Gonzalez, “Get your big ass out here! You think what you did to Shotzi was funny?! I am not gonna let that slide!” Ember will hold the show hostage if she has to! The NXT Women’s Champion makes her entrance but Regal tells her to stay back. she won’t, and the brawl is on in the ring! Ember SUPERKICKS, front kicks and SUPERKICKS again! ROLLING ELBOW!! Raquel tumbles out but is right back up! Regal keeps this from going any further, but the fans want to “Let Them Fight!”
Raquel says Ember called her out so she’s gonna get what she gets! And that’s DAKOTA KAI from behind! Kai fires off Kowata Kicks on Ember’s face with those Timberlands! And then a BOOT from those boots send Ember tumbling! Regal realizes the bait ‘n’ switch and now tells both Raquel and Kai to get out of here! Now on top of the NXT Championship, what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Championship?
NXT hears from El Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar says, “Familia is everything. And that’s what we are.” Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza were there for him a year ago when he became Cruiserweight Champion. He will be there for them when they take what is rightfully theirs in the NXT Tag Team Champions. Mendoza says a true warrior doesn’t back down and isn’t afraid of bleeding, especially to become campeones. Wilde says tonight is their coronation, and tonight they follow in Escobar’s footsteps by becoming Leaders of Leaders, Champions of Champions! They will do what they do best: take what’s theirs. But will MSK let them take over so easily?
LA Knight speaks.
“It’s that night of the week! The greatest wrestler alive! Hit that LA jam, dummy!” Knight makes his way to the ring for the LA Knight Show, “let me talk to ya! Live and in living color, everybody’s got a price! And who drew the short stick this week, but the one man that defeated Cameron Grimes two weeks ago. I think his name is Jake Atlas.” But Knight has it on good authority that Ted DeBiase will be watching backstage as Knight drops “this cross-eyed halfwit on his head,” just like he did to Grimes! This is the Mega Star and the only man to carry the Million Dollar Legacy! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! Will Knight put his money where his mouth is against Atlas after the break?
NXT shares what happened earlier today.
As seen on WWE’s YouTube and other social media, Drake Maverick was simply arriving but Ever-Rise gets in his face about last week. But then Hit Row rolls up and the Ever-Rise boys tease “The Dollar King” and the “Music Boy.” B-Fab teases them back as the “runts,” and Swerve says they’re the clowns of NXT. Adonis wants them to pause, rewind and watch their mouths. Top Dolla says these boys are drinking their own Kool-Aid. Swerve asks what Maverick is laughing at. Well they called him a clown, so Maverick will make them laugh: Swerve needs a new dentist. Swerve says Maverick should run and get help. No need to run, Killian Dain walks up right behind Maverick.
Dain tells Swerve that if he has a problem with Maverick, he has a problem with Dain. Dolla says if Dain’s feeling froggy, then jump. Maverick jumps in but he can’t stop this. Swerve tells Dain to check his little buddy, or they’ll both end up on the hit list. The Hit Row moves on, because they’re here to get money, not mess around with dorks. “Let’s blow this popsicle stand.” Ever-Rise doesn’t get what that line’s about, but will these teams be lining up to take shots at Hit Row?
LA Knight VS Jake Atlas!
NXT returns to the ring and Atlas is already here. The bell rings, Atlas dares Knight to bring it on. Fans are on Atlas’ side as he and Knight tie up. Knight arm-drags but then brags, only for Atlas to roll him up! TWO, and Knight kicks low! Knight throws hands, whips Atlas to ropes, but Atlas gets around to arm-drag Knight back! And dropkick him down! Atlas keeps moving, and springboard arm-drags! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps on Knight with an armlock, and SLAMS the arm down! Atlas gets Knight up, is after the arm again, and WRINGS Knight out! Cover, ONE! Atlas keeps on Knight’s arm but Knight endures as Atlas CLUBS it!
Atlas hooks the leg to drop a knee! Knight gets up, Atlas CHOPS him then arm-drags! Atlas grinds the arm, Knight fights up and pulls hair! The ref counts, Knight whips but Atlas reverses. Knight sunset flips but Atlas sits on it, TWO! Knight kicks but Atlas blocks to BOOT back! Atlas reels Knight in but Knight wrenches out. Atlas knees and uppercuts first! Atlas gets Knight up, Knight throws hands but Atlas hits back! Atlas runs but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Knight hits a LEAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans taunt Knight, “You Still Suck!” but here comes the Million Dollar Man! DeBiase is here to see this in person as Knight says he’ll shut Atlas up.
Atlas fires off hands, but Knight ROCKS him! Knight says this is chump change! But then Atlas catches him by surprise with a springboard sunset flip! High stack, TWO! Knight almost got caught, but he scoops Atlas for a FALLING SLAM! Knight gets his ego back as he hits a Million Dollar Fist Drop! Atlas gets to a corner, Knight chokes him on the ropes! Knight lets off as the ref counts, but he KICKS Atlas in the ribs! Knight drops knees, gets the legs and grins as he STOMPS Atlas in the gut! Knight drags Atlas up but fans rally for Atlas as Knight chokes him on ropes again! The ref counts, Knight lets off and KNEES him back down!
Knight slingshots for a FLYING SHOULDER! DeBiase seems mildly impressed, but Knight still has to win. Will Knight do just that after the break?
NXT returns and Knight battles with Atlas for suplex control. Knight knees Atlas low, reels him back in and suplexes, but Atlas slips out! Atlas suplexes but Knight lands on his feet for a NECKBREAKER! DeBiase does like that as Knight gets back up. Knight has Atlas in a waistlock and wants a nelson but Atlas RAMS him into buckles! Atlas flounders up but Knight is after him again! Knight wants the Million Dollar Dream but Atlas arm-drags him away! Atlas runs, ducks and dodges and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Atlas fires up and fires off forearms! Atlas whips, Knight reverses and then throws Atlas WAY out of the ring! Atlas hits the ground hard, right in front of DeBiase.
Knight gloats and soaks up heat on the top rope. A ring count climbs and Knight says this is what the Million Dollar Legacy looks like! Atlas gets up at 7 and in at 9 of 10! Knight stomps Atlas, CLUBS him down, but fans chant “To The Moon!” for Grimes. Knight is annoyed and he rains down fists on Atlas. Knight goes to the corner, climbs up and tells the incels to watch this. Knight leaps into Atlas’ body shot! Fans fire up and DeBiase seems disappointed in Knight there. Knight runs at Atlas but gets a JAWBREAKER! Atlas waistlocks and spins Knight for a LARIAT! Atlas fires off haymakers, and here comes Grimes!
Grimes talks up up DeBiase as Atlas KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Knight! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Grimes says DeBiase should reconsider and let him have the Million Dollar Legacy. Atlas aims at Knight, brings him around and fireman’s carries but Knight slips free to cravat knee! Atlas stays up, and turns Knight’s clothesline into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! PENALTY KICK, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Grimes says that was close! Is DeBiase sure Knight is the right guy? Atlas goes up, but Knight ROCKS him first! Knight climbs, but Atlas ROCKS him! Knight comes back, leaps to the top, and grins but Grimes distracts!
Atlas trips Knight up! Knight lands on his pawn, Atlas aims and CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, ATLAS WINS!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
Grimes laughs at Knight’s loss, but it isn’t quite the Million Dollar Laugh. Knight glares at Grimes and Grimes says he’ll wait DeBiase’s call. DeBiase leaves without Knight and Knight desperately flounders after. Has Knight just missed out on a major endorsement?
Kyle, Gargano and Dunne are all in the trainer’s room.
Oney Lorcan checks on Dunne while Austin Theory talks with Gargano. Oney tells the camera to get out of here. All we need to know that if not for Cole, Dunne would be #1 contender already. Austin hears that and says that it would be Gargano a #1 contender! Because that’s the way it is! They start fighting now! Security keeps these two apart, but the bigger question is, what happens with the NXT Championship match?
Backstage interview with Ted DeBiase.
He just saw Knight lose, so who is he considering for the Million Dollar Legacy now? Well, Knight dropped the ball. Grimes showed that it takes not only mind but brawn together. Cole storms past DeBiase to go right to gorilla! What is he doing back in the building?! And what the hell is he going to do now!?
Next week, Poppy returns!
The Grammy nominee is ready to rock NXT again next Tuesday!
NXT returns and Cole is in the ring with a mic.
“Two years ago to the day, I became the NXT Champion! And whether NXT wants to admit it or not, whether Regal wants to admit it or not, you’re looking at the REAL #1 Contender!” Cole’s been gone two months, and for those two months, he watched as everyone tried to live up to his legacy! Surprise surprise, everyone’s failed! Cole took out THREE of NXT’s best, in one night! So what does that mean, boys ‘n’ girls? Ol’ Adam Cole BAYBAY wants the title back!
Which brings him to Karrion Kross. People think Kross is a monster but Cole sees through him: He’s a big, overrated muscle head who doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as him! You think it was a mistake Cole had the title for 403 DAYS? You think that- Wait, here comes Kross and Scarlett! Kross goes right to the ring, gets himself a mic, and tells the “little man” that his motives tonight are understandable. But the title isn’t Cole’s. And no matter what he says, Cole will never change things in the grand scheme. Because when Kross signed with NXT, Cole was no longer special and he knows that. We can talk about it here.
But hey, humor Kross! Tell him a story, entertain him, Mr. Cole! Oh Cole would happy to, Mr. Overrated! But the truth is, Kross is never going to be Adam Cole BAYBAY. This brand has done everything in its power to make KROSS feel special! Cool music, the lights, the fog, the girl. But what do they do to make Cole feel special? They ring the freakin’ bell!! Even on Kross’ best day, he couldn’t lace Cole’s boots! Kross can’t hang with Cole and isn’t on Cole’s level! And anyone who watches pro-wrestling can see it! If we are talking special, Kross is NOT special, COLE is special. Kross is just someone who has Cole’s property!
Regal walks out and tells Cole that he knows what’s going on and it won’t work! Cole won’t weasel his way into a 1v1 for that title! But Kross tells Regal to shut up! Kross doesn’t care what Regal thinks, or what Cole thinks. This is about what Kross wants. And what he wants at TakeOver… is EVERYONE!! WHAT?! Kross wants Kyle, Gargano, Dunne AND “this gas station weasel” Cole!! Kross promises that no matter what Cole thinks he can do until then, he’s not avoiding disaster. Cole says Kross will regret it. He’s a different animal. The fans want this match, Regal is smirking already, and the match is made!! Cole leaves the ring, to tear up the desk!
“I RUN THIS SHOW, KROSS!” Kross can kiss the title good-bye, because Cole runs this! Always has, always will! And then he throws water at Kross and Scarlett. “See you soon, punk!” Things were heated before tonight, it is about to get downright explosive at TakeOver! The biggest match ever for this title, but who comes out the most powerful champion NXT has ever had?
Backstage interview with The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.
Indi is wearing noise cancelling headphones while McKenzie notes the major news we just heard: Poppy’s back! And then there’s- Whoa, whoa, whoa, McKenzie. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are right here, but you want to talk about that idiot, Kross, who of course is going to lose to Gargano, by the way. And Poppy? Really? Why do we keep bringing her back? To pull a Bad Bunny? Pff, grow up, kids. Right, Indi? Indi? Candice takes the headphones off. The music playing is an 80’s power ballad? Let’s go, Indi. C’mon. The song is hard to hear but clearly it relates to the pain in Indi’s heart. Is there still hope for #InDex?
NXT hears from Christian Casanova, now Carmelo Hayes.
Hayes impressed so much at the WWE Performance Center, that NXT is allowing him to answer Kushida’s Open Challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship! “Walking in the door and being given this opportunity, it’s humbling.” But he’s going to make an impression on the world, and why he is THE Generational Talent. You won’t ever see another him. His ability is once in a lifetime, and in his humble opinion, we’re looking at the NEXT NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Hayes may have gotten people to notice him, but will he be able to make NXT acknowledge him?
NXT hears from Tian Sha.
Xia Li tells Mercedes Martinez, “Something I will never forget is how you tried to embarrass me.” It as the Mae Young Classic, and Xia’s first match ever. Mercedes tried to bring shame to her name and disgrace her family! She feels sick thinking back to that. She’s been waiting for this moment for FOUR YEARS! “Now I am a true warrior, and you stand in the way of my destiny!” Mercedes, at TakeOver: In Your House, Xia will HURT YOU! For the glory of Tian Sha, will Xia Li slay her dragon?
Those headphones are still playing the power ballad playlist.
But someone comes by to pick them up. It’s DEXTER LUMIS! He listens to what Indi was listening to. And he starts to tear up! Is #InDex still possible?!
BREAKING NEWS for TakeOver!
Not only has the Fatal 5 been approved, but Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight is happening! Will this Million Dollar Grudge Match help DeBiase decide who to pass the legacy on to?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS Carmelo Hayes!
NXT returns to the ring as Hayes makes his entrance. This is quite the debut for this young and insanely confident superstar, but will he learn the difference between him and the Super Junior?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the Time Splitter puts the new kid to the test!
Fans rally as the two stand off and slowly circle. They tie up, Hayes gets around to roll Kushida up, ONE! Hayes says he’s taking the title, but Kushida just keeps focus. They circle. Kushida calls for a test of strength, and Hayes accepts. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, and Kushida pushes Hayes down. Hayes tries a monkey flip but Kushida prevents it. Kushida gets Hayes up but Hayes goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, but Hayes gets Kushida in a headlock. Hayes hits a headlock takeover, Kushida fights up and powers out. Things speed up, Kushida hurdles but Hayes leaps and hurdles to mule kick! Hayes arm-drags Kushida around then dropkicks him down!
Fans duel as Hayes looms over Kushida. Kushida hits back, CHOPS and has Hayes in a corner. Kushida CHOPS again, whips him, but Hayes reverses. Hayes runs in but Kushida boots him! Kushida swings but Hayes gets around to roll and EDDY GORDO! Fans cheer that move as Hayes covers, TWO! “Melo! Melo!” has fans but Kushida has just as many. Hayes gets Kushida up but Kushida wrenches and headlocks. Hayes tries but can’t power out as Kushida holds on tight. Kushida grinds but Hayes powers up to power out. Kushida handsprings and back elbows Hayes down! Kushida powers up and watches Hayes, then runs in at the corner.
Hayes dodges and ducks the boot to put Kushida in ropes for an ENZIGURI! Kushida is in the ropes, Hayes springboards for a DRAPING LEG DROP! Kushida is in a daze as Hayes drags him to a cover, TWO! Hayes grows frustrated but he still has the champ reeling as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Hayes throws haymakers on Kushida. Hayes KNEES him low and hard, bumps him off buckles, then paces around him. Hayes gets Kushida up to whip him, but Kushida holds ropes. Kushida puts Hayes outside, runs and handspring kicks him down! Hayes hits boards! Kushida aims from the apron, Hayes gets up, Kushida FLYING KNEES the arm! Kushida drags Hayes up and around to put in the ring. Kushida climbs the corner, Hayes gets up again, and Kushida FLYING- NO! Hayes dodges to SUPERKICK! Kushida stays up but Hayes fireman’s carries. TKO KNEE SMASH! Hayes runs, springboards, FLYING SLINGBLADE! Hayes has to crawl to the cover, TWO!!
Kushida survives the #SpringBlade and the two slowly sit up. They throw forearms back and forth, Hayes CHOPS, but Kushida snarls. Hayes CHOPS but Kushida stays up! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS but Hayes eggs him on, to get a SHOTEI! Kushida powers up, but Hayes dodges again, to tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up while Hayes tries to figure out what he has to do. Hayes says he NEEDS this, and he runs, but Kushida turns the tilt-o-whirl into a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! FAST BALL! PENALTY- NO! Hayes avoids the kick, waistlocks, they trade standing switches, but Kushida gets the arm!
Hayes grits his teeth and shakes his head. He wrenches, dodges a clothesline, and springboards, into a FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida gets Hayes’ arm for the HOVERBOARD!!! Hayes endures, flails, reaches, but he taps! Kushida wins!!
Winner: Kushida, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
What a debut for the newest recruit to the Cruiserweight Division! Kushida shows his respect to Hayes, Hayes shows respect back. Who will be next for the Time Splitter and the title? Will Hayes climb his way back up to try again some day?
MSK talks backstage.
Wes Lee tells Nash Carter that Legado been talkin’. Talking about warrior spirit, giving up blood, sweat and tears to get an opportunity at MSK’s NXT Tag Team Championships. But honestly, when have they been doing it? They just use backhanded tactics to get MSK’s attention! Just like in that Six Man! Exactly. That isn’t happening tonight. Tonight, MSK gonna beat the brakes off these boys! Odale, vato, Lee is feeling it! Because no matter what Legado does, MSK is NOT walking out without the titles. Everyone will hear, “And still! NXT Tag Team Champions, M! S! K!” That’s all night, and all day! The Must-See Kids are fired up for this must-see main event!
Franky Monet finishes up with the make-up department.
The reviews for her world premiere last week are in! “The Franky Monet debut was perfect!” YAAASS~! “Franky Monet picks up a quick win in impressive debut, I’m hyped.” YASS~! “Franky Monet killed her debut, welcome to the La ERA of Franky Monet!” Gurrrl~! Oh, and she’s just getting started.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier!
The Way is feeling great, as they are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions and are hoping Gargano gets THE NXT title back in the near future. But first, Candice & Indi Wrestling are taking on a new duo. Will they put #ZNZ to sleep? Or will this be a happily ever after for the two upstarts?
The teams sort out, Indi and Zayda start and tie up. Indi throws Zayda down then drops an elbow! Indi scoops Zayda, SLAMS her, and tags Candice so she can NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Candice is already annoyed and gets Zayda up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Indi, but Zayda fights back. Indi stomps her then puts her through ropes to ROCK Zayda with an uppercut! Candice tags in before Indi BOOTS Zayda down! Candice covers, TWO! Candice sits Zayda up for a neck wrench but fans rally up. Zayda fights, gets to her feet, but Candice throws her down! Cover, TWO! Candice wraps on a sleeper and grinds Zayda down.
Zayda gets up, rolls Candice up, TWO! Candice CLOBBERS Zayda then tags Indi. Indi BOOTS Zayda down before she can reach Stark! Indi gets in Stark’s face, drops elbows on Zayda, but Zayda gets up to ENZIGURI! Both women are crawling, hot tag to Candice! Candice drops elbows on Zayda! Then sucker punches Stark! Zady gets up to fire off on Candice, but Candice shoves her away. Zayda SUPER WOMAN PUNCHES Candice down! Hot tag to Stark! Stark rallies on The Way with big lariats! HEEL KICK to Indi! Stark fires up, handsprings and ENZIGURIS Candice! Cover, TWO! Stark tags Zayda, they combine for a wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, Indi breaks it in time!
Indi gets up and dumps Stark out hard! Zayda runs but Candice CLOBBERS her again! Tag to Indi, The Way coordinates, WICKED STEP SISTER and IMPRESSIVE ELBOW! Candice DIVES to take out Stark while Indi covers, The Way wins!
Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell
That was a #WickedSavage combination, and are rolling towards TakeOver! But who will meet them In Your House for a golden opportunity?
Mercedes Martinez speaks.
“So Tian Sha wants to mark me as their next victim. News flash! I’ve been a marked woman my entire career! Xia, you’re not the same girl I faced at the Mae Young Classic. You’re more badass, you’re dangerous, and I get it, but so am I. You say I’m standing in your way of your destiny? No, you’re standing in MY way back to the women’s title. So listen real close, chaquita.” Mercedes beat Xia at MYC, so she’ll run THROUGH her at TakeOver! Is there no fear as Mercedes and the frightening Xia are headed for a collision course?
The Diamond Mine is opening soon!
This is they key to realize your potential. Pressure makes diamonds, but who will shine in NXT?
Backstage interview with Ember Moon.
How is she feeling after the confrontation earlier tonight? How is she supposed to feel? Happy and jumping for joy? No, she’s livid. But what she can’t wrap her head around is that Raquel is one of the most dominant women’s champions in NXT history, and yet consistently uses her lackey, Dakota, to fight for her! But Ember says that’s fine. She will get Raquel where it hurts her the most. Ember gets revenge on the insurance policy, and then goes In Your House to take what matters most to Raquel and become a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Champion! Raquel thinks she’s unstoppable, but hell hath no fury like Ember’s Law! Will #CobraKai regret riling up the Evolved Shenom?
NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma!
Lee & Carter made an impact debuting and WINNING the Dusty Cup and eventually taking these titles for their own. But Escobar accompanies the “technical assassin” and “death from above” to the ring. Will his presence be a factor in this big money main event?
The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and we see if MSK can deny Legado their crowning achievement!
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Wilde. Wilde and Lee circle, show off some agility, and tie up. Lee waistlocks, Wilde pries the hold, but Lee SLAMS Wilde down. Lee gets Wilde up but Wilde arm-drags him! Lee sweeps, covers, ONE! Wilde sweeps but Lee handsprings through to headlock! Wilde gets up, but he can’t power out as Lee holds tight! Lee rolls to get back to a better vantage point, but Wilde back suplexes! Lee lands on his feet, headlocks again, but Wilde throws him by his hair! Wilde drags Lee but Lee BOOTS him to the corner! Lee runs in, is put outside but Carter tags in! ENZIGURI, then Carter runs in, but Wilde slides out of the way!
Carter bronco busts buckles, Wilde CLOBBERS Lee! Legado fires up and the fans are dueling as Wilde bumps Carter off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, they stomp mudholes into Carter and Escobar is very amused! Mendoza CHOPS Carter, then BOOTS him down! Tag to Wilde, Legado double whips Carter to double back elbow! Mendoza uses Wilde as a weapon, GOURD BUSTER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wilde gets Carter up to DECK him with an uppercut! Wilde scrapes his soles off Carter, runs and BASEMENT CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps on Carter with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, duel and Carter fights up to JAWBREAKER free!
Hot tag to Lee, he runs in and MSK fires off strikes on Wilde! Kick to ENZIGURI to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Carter KNEES Mendoza down, Wilde RAMS Carter into buckles! Wilde does his dance, but into Lee’s HANDSPRING PELE! All four men are down and the CWC fires up! The ref checks on everyone, but here come the Grizzled Young Veterans! These two claim they’re here to watch, but Ciampa & Thatcher get to them first! Ciampa clubs away on Zack Gibson while Thatcher is after James Drake’s EYE! These four go up the ramp and to the back while the teams in the ring reset.
Lee dodges Wilde and dumps him out of the ring! Lee BOOTS Mendoza at Carter and Carter dumps Mendoza out! Carter goes up and out and up again to MOONSAULT Mendoza down! Lee FLIES to hit Wilde! Fans go wild as NXT goes picture in picture!
MSK puts Wilde in, Lee climbs up top and leaps! Lee has to bail out of his 450 as Wilde moves, but Wilde returns for Lee to arm-drag him down! Lee grinds the armlock, Wilde claws at him but Lee digs a knee into Wilde’s head. Wilde gets up to throw hands but Lee just cranks the arm harder! Wilde endures, Lee steps through to La Magistrol! TWO, and Lee arm-drags again! Wilde seethes as he endures another armlock. Wilde fights up, pulls Lee’s hair, and uses that to whip, only for Lee to wrangle Wilde back down. Wilde fights up, glares at Lee and throws more haymakers. Lee grinds the arm even more, then KICKS it! And DECKS Wilde!
Lee gets Wilde to the MSK corner, tags Carter, and Lee snapmares Wilde for Carter’s slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Wilde crawls for his corner but Carter stops him with a facelock. Carter shifts to go after the arm and continue where Lee left off. Carter drops knees on Wilde’s arm, then whips him to the corner for a EuroUpper! Tag to Lee, MSK mugs Wilde and Lee keeps Wilde cornered for more body shots and a BOOT! Lee brings Wilde around but Wilde throws Lee into buckles! Wilde bumps Lee off more buckles, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Mendoza snapmares Lee to stomp him down, then sits him up for a cobra clutch!
Lee endures now as Mendoza leans on the hold. Carter and fans rally up as Lee fights. Lee throws hands, NXT returns to single picture, and Mendoza knees low and hard. Mendoza bumps Lee off buckles, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Mendoza runs in but Lee BOOTS him back! Lee hops up, Mendoza handspring GAMANGIRIS! Lee tumbles and Mendoza drags him into the ring to cover, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Mendoza stomps Lee down. Mendoza drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles and tags Wilde. Legado double whip Lee to double SPINEBUSTER! And split the wishbone, to basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde fires off on Lee with furious fists! Escobar likes that as Wilde taunts Lee. Wilde gets Lee up, snapmares him, and KNEES him in the back. Wilde clamps on a chinbar and armlock but Lee endures. Mendoza talks trash from the corner but Lee fights up. Lee throws body shots and even punches Wilde’s legs. Lee throws forearms, runs, but Wilde CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Wilde covers, TWO! Wilde pushes Lee to the ropes, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza slingshot sentons. Mendoza stomps Lee, tags Wilde back in, and Wilde slingshot SPLASHES! And hits a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Legado is furious but the CWC is fired up!
Tag to Mendoza, he digs his boot into Lee, but lets off as the ref counts. Mendoza CLUBS Lee down, taunts Carter, and drags Lee up. Mendoza gets Lee up but Lee turns bomb into DDT!! Both men are down, fans are dueling, and both men crawl. Hot tags to Wilde and Carter! Carter rallies on Wilde, headbutts and uppercuts then KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Wilde flounders, Carter fires up and SHINING WIZARDS in the corner! Snapmare roll, SUPERKICK for Mendoza and PENALTY KICK for Wilde! Tag to Lee, MSK coordinates, PUSH SAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel as Escobar stresses. Lee gets Wilde up but Wilde JAWBREAKERS!
Wilde runs in but only gets buckles! Mendoza sneaks a tag, Lee ENZIGURIS Wilde to then BACK SUPLEX! Mendoza tightrope MISSILE DROPKICKS! Mendoza gets Lee up for ANARCHY!! Cover, TWO!!? Lee survives and no one can believe it! Mendoza powers up and “This is Awesome!” Mendoza sucker punches Carter, runs and clotheslines Lee! Wilde tags in and clotheslines! Mendoza tags in and clotheslines! The cycle continues, Wilde tags back in and puts Lee up top! Mendoza tags back in, Wilde climbs, SUPER STEINER POWERBOMB COMBO!! Cover, TWO??!?! How does Lee keep doing this?!
Mendoza rains down furious forearms to make Lee pay for defying them! Lee hits back, but Mendoza ROUNDHOUSES Lee out of the ring! The ref check son Mendoza and his mask, Escobar RAMS Lee right into steel steps! Escobar gets away with it as he goes back to his sat, and Wilde tags. Legado coordinates for the GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Carter breaks it in time!! Escobar is furious! But Bronson Reed shows up outta nowhere to SQUASH Escobar against boards!! Fans are fired up but Legado is in shock! MSK hits Mendoza with the RAILGUN DROPKICK! Wilde runs into the MUST-SEE HART ATTACK!! Cover, MSK wins!!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
That wasn’t just must-see, that was colossal! Escobar tried to screw over the champions to help his team, but that only got him steamrolled by the North American Champion! Will Reed make sure Escobar gets more than that when they finally meet 1v1? And while MSK still have the tag titles, will they still reign In Your House?
Another great NXT, but what a twist on that opener! I thought the Triple Threat was first just so it had time to breathe, but it was really to set up Cole’s return and him screwing them all over, not just Kyle. Cole and Kross having that confrontation felt like a worked shoot. They might not like each other that much backstage, and a Fatal 5 Way helps make it so they don’t always have to fight each other. Plus, this is just a huge match to really get a lot out of the way at once. Cole and Kyle can battle to settle their grudge, but Cole of course doesn’t have a lot of kayfabe love for Gargano or Dunne, either. And I assume Cole loses so that he can move on to RawDown (hopefully SmackDown not Raw).
Kross won’t completely clear out his contenders since he’d have to pin just one, and I bet that’s Cole to send him off. Then he can use the rest of the year to go through the list, from Dunne to Kyle to Gargano. Actually, the order might have Kyle go last so that his 1v1 match with Kross could be Kyle’s crowning achievement where he finally gets the NXT Championship. Also, it’s of note that the segment with Lorcan and Theory, I almost thought we were going to get a weird proxy Triple Threat, Lorcan VS Theory VS Fish to represent Kyle. Fish could two birds one stone by going after Lorcan and helping out his friend.
There was a lot of great chaos at the opening, too, going from Cole attacking to Ember calling out Raquel. Dakota of course is the one to attack, she’s like a weird gatekeeper for Raquel right now. Ember is definitely beating Dakota to face Raquel at TakeOver, I bet Dakota gets involved but then Shotzi goes after Dakota, and Raquel uses all that to win. Raquel is still building her reign so she isn’t going to lose for quite some time, and adding Ember to the list of accomplishments is going to be big for her. Sarray is still building her strength, she’ll probably be ready for an NXT Women’s Championship match by year’s end, and she will at least take Raquel to her limits.
LA Knight VS Atlas with DeBiase and Grimes having a part to play was a good segment. I almost thought DeBiase was going to consider Jake Atlas for the Million Dollar Legacy. Honestly, that’s still not out of the realm of possibility, even with Grimes VS Knight happening for TakeOver now. The winner will think he’s earned the legacy, but then DeBiase swerves them and says Atlas is the Million Dollar Muscle of El Monte or whatever. Speaking of swerve, Swerve and Hit Row had a good segment with Ever-Rise, Maverick & Dain. If Hit Row had a fourth male superstar, I could see a big 8 Man happening, but maybe Dain stands down so it’s a 3v3, then Dain takes Swerve on 1v1.
Mercedes VS Xia being on TakeOver is big. I really thought that match was going to be something to make the go-home bigger, but this makes the feud bigger. That could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Tian Sha/Mei Ling having a part to play so that Xia wins and the feud extends over the summer. The Way VS Zayda & Zoey was a good match, but of course The Way wins to stay strong. #InDex having their moment with the headphones was nice. I have a feeling whatever tag title match is happening next, Dexter shows up with a big, romantic picture of him and Indi, that distracts her and costs The Way the titles.
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship being defended tonight was a great surprise, and it’s extra surprising that it was a brand new superstar to step up to Kushida. Carmelo Hayes definitely had a great showing, and he has a bright future ahead of him, but naturally Kushida wins. At some point, 205 Live needs to be integrated into NXT better so that other new guys (Ari Sterling, Asher Hale and Ikemen Jiro) get a chance to get some real attention from fans. Hell, we hardly get much of August Grey on NXT anymore, why not let Retro AG answer an open challenge? I bet he could give Kushida a good match.
I’m a little confused, though. The Diamond Mine is still not here yet, but is it a faction or a place? “Opening soon” would mean the latter, but then who runs it? That person or people would still have to debut. And it honestly sounds like a knockoff of Thatcher’s Thatch As Thatch Can class, which I feel like could’ve kept doing even though he’s Face alongside Ciampa. Thatcher & Ciampa stopping GYV was great stuff to add to the tag title main event, which was awesome all by itself. The CWC still love Legado, but MSK keeps the belts. I like that Reed showed up to counteract Escobar and further their North American Championship build, and MSK is open to face GYV or Ciampa-Thatcher next.
I’m thinking the go-home announces that match on top of a lot of others still not accounted for. Though we’re already at five matches with Grimes VS Knight, Mercedes VS Xia, and the three major titles (NXT Champion, NXT Women’s Champion, NXT North American Champion), so maybe this is where it stays. NXT is good about keeping TakeOvers to a manageable length of time, so two grudge matches and the three title matches works for a good three-hours-or-less special, especially with that Fatal 5 being a massive match by itself.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?
The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!
“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
- Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
- Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.
Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.
But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”
Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.
But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.
Chad Gable prepares a speech.
“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!
Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!
Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!
Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!
Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?
Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.
Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.
Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?
Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?
Kevin heads to the ring!
The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.
Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.
“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!
That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!
Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.
And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?
In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?
Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.
Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!
Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.
What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.
And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?
The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.
Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?
Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.
But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.
Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.
Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.
Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.
Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.
Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?
Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.
Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?
WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.
Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.
Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!
But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?
Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!
Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.
But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!
Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?
Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.
What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?
Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!
Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?
Maryse heads to the ring!
As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.
Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.
But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.
Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!
Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?
8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked
Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!
Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!
Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall
Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?
WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.
“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.
After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.
“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.
A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.
These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?
The Miz & Maryse are heading out.
Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.
Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?
Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.
She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.
The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!
Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!
Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!
Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!
MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!
Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!
Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?
This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?
Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.
We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?
Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.
The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.
Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
A lucky seven for Elevation!
AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!
- Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
- Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
- Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
- Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
- Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
- Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.
Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.
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