NXT is almost ready to TakeOver again!
Before NXT returns In Your House, the Million Dollar Man has a Priceless Announcement, and Karrion Kross confronts ALL FOUR of his challengers!
- Oney Lorcan VS Austin Theory; Lorcan wins.
- Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott w/ Hit Row; Swerve wins.
- Mercedes Martinez VS ???; Martinez.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS August Grey & Jiro Ikemen; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Moon wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Oney Lorcan VS Austin Theory!
The Boston Brawler and Johnny Gargano’s protégé brawled backstage on behalf of their leaders, and now are going to fight for themselves! Will Theory feel the fury? Or will he make it #TheWayAllDay on a Tuesday night?
The bell rings, the two tie up and go around the ropes. Theory forearms then headlocks, but Oney brings Theory down to a knee and goes after the arm. Theory endures, fights up but Oney wrenches. Theory kicks low, has Oney in a corner and fires forearms. Theory whips, Oney reverses but Theory goes up and over and dropkicks Oney down! Oney gets up into Theory’s headlock takeover. Theory says “That’s the way!” but Oney headscissors back. Oney squeezes tight but Theory moves around. Oney pushes up to add pressure, but Theory gets up and pops out of the scissors to get another headlock. Oney grinds forearms in Theory’s face but Theory holds on tight.
Fans rally, Oney fights up, and Oney powers Theory to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Oney lets off but EuroUppers! Theory EuroUppers back, but so does Oney! They go back and forth with EuroUpper for EuroUpper! Oney goes after a leg and trips Theory! Oney has a toehold but Theory endures. Fans tell Oney, “You Suck! You Suck!” but he cranks the leg to torture Theory. Oney shifts to pull on the leg harder! Theory reaches for ropes, CLUBS Oney, but Oney shifts to go for a Half Crab! Theory BOOTS Oney away, gets up and runs in to clothesline in the corner! Theory throws Oney down and slingshot STOMPS! Then a DEAD LIFT SUPLEX!
Fans fire up for Theory and he says that’s the way it is. But Oney CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Oney has Theory in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts. Oney brings Theory up to whip and CLOBBER with a back elbow! Oney snarls while fans boo and Theory checks his face. Theory gets up and throws body shots but Oney EuroUppers again! Oney has Theory up and throws him to the apron. Theory shoulders in but into a knee! Theory falls to the floor, Oney goes out and CHOPS him again! Theory blocks the next one to CHOP back! Theory forearms Oney then puts him on the apron.
Oney clings to ropes as Theory climbs up, and Oney TRIPS Theory! Theory lands hard on the apron then flops to the floor! Pete Dunne now strolls out to ringside and NXT goes picture in picture.
Theory sees Dunne, Oney refreshes the ring count and gets Theory in the ring. The ref warns the Bruiserweight but Dunne stays back as Oney goes into the ring. Oney clotheslines Theory in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Theory tumbles up then back into a CHOP! Theory falls and Oney gets the legs! Oney turns Theory for the FULL Boston Crab! Theory endures as Oney sits down, and Theory reaches out to get the ropebreak! Oney lets go to stomp away on Theory’s back! Theory gets to a corner, Oney brings him up and scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Oney clamps onto Theory with a partial camel clutch and pulls Theory back!
Theory endures, reaches for ropes again, but powers up, only for Oney to knock him down! Oney gets the camel clutch back and continues to pull Theory. Theory fights up but Oney knocks him down again! Oney soaks up the heat before he puts the camel clutch back on again. Theory refuses to give in, and he still reaches for ropes. Theory tries to pry free but Oney just shifts to a new grip. Theory still works on Oney’s hands, gets some breathing room, and gets up with Oney as a backpack! Oney CLUBS Theory with a crossface forearm to bring him back down! NXT returns to single picture as Gargano is now ringside!
Oney whips, Theory reveres, but Oney CLOBBERS Theory with a EuroUpper! Theory flounders to a corner, Oney goes corner to corner and back body block! Oney keeps moving, and hits another back body block! Oney wants a third, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT BLOCKBUSTER! The fans are fired up and Gargano coaches Theory up. Theory gets Oney with forearms but Oney EuroUppers back! These two brawl again, then Theory clotheslines Oney out of the ring! A ring count starts as Oney crawls. Oney stands at 3, gets in at 5, and shoves Theory hard out of the ring! Fans boo as Oney goes out after Theory, but glares at Gargano.
Oney stands Theory up but Theory throws Oney into boards! And then again! Theory gets Oney up and into the ring. Oney swings but into a cording hold, and then Theory CLOBBERS Oney! Theory runs in to corner clothesline, and he hoists Oney up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Theory runs in but into a BOOT! Oney hops up, but Theory LEAPS up for an ARABIAN PRESS SPANISH FLY!? Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Oney bails out. Theory glares as he follows Oney and lines up a shot. Theory runs in, but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! Dunne and Gargano check on their compatriots, but spot each other. They brawl!!
Dunne throws Gargano up the ramp but referees hurry in to stop this! Gargano and Dunne keep fighting, but the refs manage to separate them. Meanwhile, Theory bumps Oney off apron and gets up. Theory is still distracted, through, and Oney SMACKS Theory off a corner! Oney hits a HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, Oney wins!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by pinfall
That was not the way Theory wanted that to go! Oney bails out to regroup with Dunne while Gargano checks on his guy. Will things go any better for Johnny Wrestling when he, the Bruiserweight, and the other top contenders meet again later tonight?
LA Knight is enjoying some downtime.
He sings Ted DeBiase’s theme song as he showers in his luxurious home. Knight brings up DeBiase wanting to pass on the Million Dollar Legacy, and if DeBiase wants someone to take it to unseen heights, it’s L. A. Knight! Knight thanks the woman helping him with his robe, then asks all his ladies if they want to hear a story. Meet him in the hot tub.
Cut to said hot tub, the ladies having glasses of champagne, and Knight is having them imagine how TakeOver: In Your House will end. That idiot, Cameron Grimes, will get his ass kicked in while everyone else around the world, including Grimes’ idol, the Million Dollar Man, is laughing their asses off at him! AHAHAHAHA! The ladies don’t get it but they laugh along as best they can. Alright, enough. The ladies help Knight with his Mercedes Benz, and he says DeBiase has gotten to see everything. Knight says the answer is clear: you go with L, A, Knight, yeah! But will DeBiase choose to let actions speak for themselves come TakeOver?
“Wellllll HELLO~ WWE Universe!”
Dok Hendrix is here to give us the In Your House slam jam! L I V E this Sunday, June 13th, we see Ember Moon challenge Raquel Gonzalez for her NXT Women’s Championship, Cameron Grimes and LA Knight fight over the Million Dollar Legacy, Xia Li look for vengeance on Mercedes Martinez, and of course, THE FATAL 5 WAY for THE NXT Championship! See you this Sunday, In Your House!
El Legado del Fantasma is in the ring!
Santos Escobar calls out Bronson Reed, telling him that after what he did to Escobar, and how he cost Escobar’s hermanos their NXT Tag Team Championship match, Escobar will make him pay! But here comes the COLOSSAL North American Champion himself! Reed tells Santos, “I was gonna come out here and tell you you’re full of it, but after I squished you last week, I think I emptied you out.” The replay shows it, and yes, Escobar definitely had to clean his pants out after that. Wanna see it again? Here it is on the big screen! Again, and again, and again! Legado is furious but Reed and his fans are enjoying himself.
Escobar says if Reed thinks he’s so tough, then get in the ring and do it again! “You’re on!” Reed storms to the ring, but MSK shows up to keep the numbers even! Escobar says he should’ve known. Legado backs off, Escobar vowing that they’re going to take Reed’s title and his guys are gonna take MSK’s titles! And better yet, let’s do it all at once! A Six Man Tag match, WINNERS TAKE ALL! Reed talks with MSK, and they agree. Fine! Fine! FINE! Wes Lee wants to see the squash again. The replay hits again, and again, and again. Will that happen when both the North American AND Tag Team Championships are all on the line at the same time?
Wait, here comes Hit Row! Briana “B-Fab” Brandy, “Top Dolla” AJ Francis, Ashante THEE Adonis, and of course, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott strut down the ramp and stare Legado down. They also talk some trash with the Colossal and the Must-See Kids. All these trios might meet one day, but for now, this is about the fight they picked with Big Damo and Rockstar Spud. Will the Belfast Beast be checked off Hit Row’s hitlist?
That Winners Take All Six Man IS happening, and at TAKEOVER!! Will Legado del Fantasma use one match to take over two divisions?!
Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott w/ Hit Row!
NXT returns as Dain & Drake make their entrance. Dain has Maverick stick by a corner and the bell rings. Swerve and Dain circle, fans rally and duel, and the two tie up. Dain puts Swerve in a corner, Swerve calls for the ropebreak and the ref counts. Dain lets off, Swerve shrugs it off and circles with Dain again. They tie up, Swerve pulls hair to get a headlock, but Dain wrenches and wrenches to wrangle Swerve with a wristlock. Dain digs his knees in, Swerve kips up but Dain wrenches again. Dain reels Swerve in to shoulder him down! Dain gets Swerve back up, reels him in and shoulders him down again! Hit Row coach Swerve but Dain hits a fireman’s carry takedown!
Swerve scrambles to ropes and Dain dares him to come back. Swerve BOOTS Dain, then SLAPS him! Dain snarls and Swerve bails out to regroup with Hit Row. Dain builds speed?! Hit Row gets out of the way and Dain dares them to man up. Top Dolla talks trash to distracts and Swerve blindsides Dain! Swerve whips, Dain reverses and CLOBBERS Swerve! Swerve gets back to the apron and Dain goes up and out to join him! Dain CLOBBERS Swerve against ropes! Swerve flops back into the ring, B-Fab distracts Dain and Swerve trips Dain up! Swerve mule KICKS Dain to the floor, then goes to the apron to BOOT Dain from above!
Hit Row talk smack and mock Dain’s pain as Swerve puts him in. Swerve digs forearms in for the cover, ONE! Swerve gives toying kicks, Adonis is enjoying some popcorn, but Dain wrenches and TOSSES Swerve! Swerve comes back to DECK Dain with a forearm! Swerve pushes Dain for the cover, ONE!! Swerve keeps on Dain with an armlock and a fish hook to get the chinbar. Dain endures, fans rally up, and Dain powers up to power out. Swerve BOOTS, but Dain just scowls! Swerve talks more trash, Dain blocks the boot this time, but Swerve SLAPS him again! Dain SLAPS Swerve, and the forearms fly! Dain kicks, EuroUppers and has Swerve in a corner!
Dain fires off hands, ROCKS Swerve them whips him corner to corner hard! Dain reels Swerve in to CLOBBER him with that point-blank clothesline! Dain whips, Swerve goes up and around and speeds things up, but runs into the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Dain drags him back up. Dain fireman’s carries, but Swerve fights free and SLAPS Dain on the back! Swerve runs but Dain follows. Swerve rolls to dodge, then somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT! HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! Dain survives and Maverick fires up with the fans! Swerve snarls as he gets a half nelson on Dain. Swerve drags Dain up, wants the full, but Dain snapmares free to mule kick!
Dain reels Swerve back into the fireman’s carry, for a WASTELAND SLAM and BACK SENTON! Dain keeps going to the corner, but Adonis is there! Maverick CANNONBALLS to wipe Adonis out! Dolla gets Maverick for a fireman’s carry and APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Dain is furious but Dolla eggs him on. Swerve KICKS Dain’s legs out and Dain falls off the corner! Swerve grins then gets serious as he runs in to JUMP KICK Dain in the corner! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
That was a killshot on the North Ireland Nightmare! Will Hit Row move on to bigger and better? Or will they run it back in a remix against both Dain and Drake?
Poppy is here!
The Grammy award nominated favorite of the black ‘n’ gold is back! How hard will she rock the CWC this time?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.
Mrs. Wrestling has been vocal about how she doesn’t like Poppy hanging around NXT, and we just saw Poppy arrive. Why is Candice so against her? This right here is why! We’re again talking to The Way, but you have to bring up Poppy? Right, Indi? Actually, Indi heard Dexter Lumis came by and picked up her headphones last week, and even teared up! Indi thinks Dexter still loves her! She has to go! No, Indi, no! Why is this still happening? They weren’t a thing! They weren’t a thing! Candice is frustrated and storms off, but will she worry more about Indi falling for the Tortured Artist or about the musical artist preparing to perform?
Cameron Grimes shows off his crib this time!
Grimes hits a CANNONBALL~ into his indoor pool! Grimes also says that DeBiase is looking for a man worthy of the Million Dollar Legacy! Will it be LA Knight? Or the man in the deep-end, Cameron Grimes? Grimes is just watching his money literally burn, and using it to light his fancy cigars, only to cough on the smoke. Grimes says that just like DeBiase, he can enjoy a “fine Cubano in my spare time.” Then the Scotch is STRONG. Has DeBiase tried this before? Does he like it? Cuz Grimes loves it *cough cough*
Grimes gets a massage and tips big. Grimes even gives the masseuse a massage just cuz he can! Grimes pulls up in his Rolls Royce and admits, he hasn’t shown DeBiase anything DeBiase hasn’t seen before. But Grimes will focus on taking the Million Dollar Legacy TOOOO THEEEE MOOOON~! Will this sales pitch convince the Million Dollar Man? Or is DeBiase going to leave things in Grimes’ hands?
Mercedes Martinez VS ???
We already know Mean Ms. Martinez is heading towards TakeOver to take on Tian Sha’s living weapon, but- Oh wait! Xia Li attacks Mercedes from behind! Xia is bringing us TakeOver early as she shoves Mercedes into the apron and CLUBS he down! Xia brings Mercedes up to KICK her against barriers, and again! Xia tears Mercedes’ jacket off and puts her in the ring. Mercedes’ scheduled opponent moves aside as Mercedes fires off on Xia! Xia shoves Mercedes away but Mercedes BOOTS her down! Mercedes pursues Xia to CLUB her and CLUB her and RAM her into the apron! And then TOSS her over barriers! Referees hurry to keep Mercedes back, this fight has to wait for Sunday!
Mercedes storms into the ring, still wanting her match!? Has Xia softened Mercedes up enough for a young upstart to take advantage?
The bell rings, and Mercedes KNEES her opponent down! Mercedes drags her opponent up, reels her in to a fireman’s carry, and hits the AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Mercedes wins!!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
“Xia! You messed with the wrong one!” Mercedes has sent a message of her own, but will she be able to capitalize and crush Tian Sha’s assassin?
Backstage interview with Breezango.
McKenzie welcomes Tyler Breeze & Fandango back to NXT, but asks them how they feel about Walter’s orders to Imperium. Fandango hushes “Makakenzie” and says he has questions for her: One, does she like their shirts? Yes. Then two, why is Walter so angry? Hasn’t he been German Champion for nine years now? Breeze corrects Dango, it’s NXT UK Champion, and yes he’s been a dominant force all over Europe. Then that makes him the Bruno Sammartino of Europe. Yeah, but they need to worry about Fabio and Marsupial. No, no, Breeze, it’s Fabian and Marcel. Oh Dango’s going to correct him now?
Well point is, Imperium is after them. Breeze saw the propaganda video, just like Dango did. They have sour grapes over losing the titles to Breezango. So Breezango needs to beat Imperium again on their way back to the titles, which means Imperium will disappoint Walter again. Dango shows off a bit more chest before taking his exit with Breeze, but will the Lord of the Dance and Prince Pretty have to get ugly to overcome the Ring General’s soldiers?
Triple H and William Regal welcome Poppy back.
They’re happy to have her again, and HHH wants to tell her how much he loves her newest tracks. All the new tracks she is allowing them to use, from Eat to Say Cheese, it’s all awesome. But when will the album “drop?” Poppy says it’s dropping right NOW! What? Really? She’s just gonna push a button and boom? Yep. Sweet! Do it! Done. So okay, hold on. All she did was push a button on her phone, and boom, world premiere of the Poppy “Eat” NXT Soundtrack? All five tracks? Yes! From Spotify to Apple music and iTunes, all of it, for the whole world? Yep. Technology’s amazing. HHH loves it. So does Poppy.
Dexter Lumis walks in, looks at Poppy, and offers her a custom piece of artwork! Poppy is honored and thanks him for it. She even gives him a hug! Indi walks in and misunderstands! She runs away crying and screaming, and now Dexter might have found him in the dog house. Well, that’s awkward. How can Lumis make this up to Indi?
Cameron Grimes pulls up into the parking lot.
And then so does LA Knight! Well about time! Yeah it is. And it’s about time Grimes take his trash, turn it around and drive it out of here. Security keeps these two from arguing, because DeBiase will be waiting in the ring. Well they can’t keep the Million Dollar Man waiting. Grimes says Knight looks like a waiter: BEGGIN’ FER TIPS! HAHAHA! Knight is BROKE! Says the rich troll living under the bridge. Yeah, so rich, he lives under TWO bridges! Grimes gives a big tip to the security guard to get something nice for his family. Oh wait, he doesn’t have a family! AHAHAHA! Anyway…
Ted Debiase is in the ring!
“Well before I make this absolutely Priceless Announcement, I would like for Cameron Grimes and LA Knight to join me here in the ring.” Grimes says he’ll take all the time he needs but Knight says Grimes just makes noise to make noise. Knight slaps Grimes’ money out of his hand then leaves him behind as he goes to gorilla. Knight makes his entrance but Grimes cuts the music off to put HIS song on! Grimes struts past Knight and goes to the ring, but Knight follows after while asking DeBiase if Grimes is really who he wants for this. Grimes counts his money and fans sing along with his song, but DeBiase has them get to business.
“Gentlemen, this Sunday is the ultimate test.” They’ve both proven themselves worthy, but it is time for them both to literally climb the ladder of success! A ladder descends from above, and it’s gold! It’s gonna be a MILLION DOLLAR LADDER MATCH! Knight says it has been abundantly clear since day one that he walks head and shoulders above the rest of the wrestlers. This Sunday, it doesn’t matter if Knight has to knock Grimes’ head off or climb the ladder, there is no hill he won’t climb or hillbilly he won’t step on, because there is only ONE man that can carry the Million Dollar Legacy, and that’s him! And why is that? That’s because this is L A Knight’s game!
Hillbilly? Grimes says Knight might be right, Grimes may be a hillbilly and a bit smelly, but he’s worth a million bucks! This hillbilly lives on the hilltop, looking down on Knight! Grimes knows DeBiase said this isn’t about the fame or the money, it was about what happens in between the ropes! Well what happens when Grimes is between these ropes and turnbuckles and in front of the people, Grimes cannot be beat! So take his money, take his fame, because he’ll take the legacy straight TO! THE! MOON~! Grimes climbs, and says as he looks to the top of the CWC, he doesn’t see what he’s supposed to be reaching for! DeBiase, what is Grimes reaching for?
DeBiase is glad Grimes asked. Gentlemen, bring it in. The security guards bring in a big briefcase, set it on the table for DeBiase, and open it up for him. Gentlemen, DeBiase wants you to know that you will be fighting, crawling, grabbing and using every fiber of their energy for what is inside here. THE MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP!! Knight and Grimes are beside themselves with excitement and awe! At TakeOver, the winner of this ladder match will be the NEW Million Dollar Champion! AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now THAT is a legacy worth carrying! Will it be Knight’s belt, yeah? Or will Grimes take this title with him TO THE MOON~?
Something’s going down backstage!
Security and referees are rushing in to stop Kyle O’Reilly and Karrion Kross from fighting! Regal rushes in to tell them to stop! None of this is happening tonight! Kross and Kyle are still snarling, but will they be able to wait until Sunday?
“The following announcement has been paid for by the Ever-Rise.”
Friends of the show, they have big news for you! Your boys, THE Ever-Rise, are hosting the TakeOver: In Your House pre-preshow! It’s available on all social and digital platforms! Now you might be asking yourself, what is that? It’s the show before the preshow! And if you didn’t know, now you know! Wait, that’s Hit Row’s catchphrase. But it’s really good. Well, see you Sunday! Ever-Rise RULES! Okay that one is theirs.
Grizzled Young Veterans VS August Grey & Jiro Ikemen!
Zack Gibson & James Drake want to settle things with Old Man Ciampa and Toothless Timmy, but for now, they’ll have to settle for 205 Live’s life of the party tag team! Will #RetroAG and The Handsomest Man be able to survive against Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem?
Gibson and Grey start and fans chant, “Gibson Sucks!” Grey and Gibson tie up, Gibson waistlocks and SLAMS Grey. Gibson shifts to a facelock, Grey gets up but Gibson wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Gibson wrangles Grey, Grey gets up and handsprings to wrench back. Grey headlocks, Gibson powers out but Grey headscissors Gibson down! Gibson gets up in a huff but Grey wrenches his arm. Tag to Jiro, he takes the hand-off, but Gibson pulls hair to throw Jiro down! Gibson gets Jiro up and grinds the headlock, but Jiro powers out to speed things up! JACKET PUNCH! Gibson flounders up and Jiro smiles as he reels him in. Gibson dumps Jiro to the apron but Jiro shoulders back!
Jiro springboards up and over to headscissor Gibson! Fans fire up with Jiro but Gibson jawbreakers back! Gibson sucker punches Grey, gets Jiro up and pulls his jacket up over his head! Jiro gets free to fire off PALM STRIKES! Jiro fires off fists then whips, but Gibson reverses to a headlock. Drake tags in, GYV speeds things up, and Drake sweeps the legs for Gibson to basement dropkick! Jiro flounders, MAYHEM IN MOTION for Grey! Fans fire up because that is still good, and GYV have their secret handshake. Drake KICKS Jiro’s bad leg and then twists it with a standing toehold! Drake eggs Jiro on then stomps and kicks the bad leg more!
Drake drags Jiro around, drops an elbow on the knee, then tags Gibson. GYV get Jiro up, they double scoop for a double slam into ropes! Jiro writhes, Drake talks trash, and Gibson gets Jiro’s leg. Jiro BOOTS Gibson, but Gibson kicks low! Tag back to Drake, SHINBREAKER and hand-off to DRAGON SCREW! Drake has the leg and he turns Jiro for a HALF CRAB! But here come Ciampa & Thatcher! GYV regroup but the grizzled old veterans just take seats at ringside. Jiro crawls, hot tag to Grey! Grey rallies on GYV with big haymakers! Grey fires off on Drake, Gibson goes after him but gets a JAWBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!
Grey runs and CHOPS Drake, then whips Drake around to reel him in for a BULLDOG! Grey fires up with the fans and he goes up top. TIGHTROPE CROSSBODY! Direct hit and fans fire up more! Grey has the arms hooked, but Drake denies So Much Prettier to then CLOBBER him! Drake seethes, tags Gibson, and Drake DECKS Jiro! They get Grey up for TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover as GYV stares down with Ciampa & Thatcher, GYV win!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
Jiro & Retro did what they could but it wasn’t enough to overcome these former NXT UK Tag Team Champions! GYV get mics and hope the lads are listening! GYV is DONE with them, yet here they are, lingering like a bad smell! GYV are here for MSK and the tag titles! They’ve already proven they’re better, but Ciampa & Thatcher have only proven they’re two hooligans! Well GYV doesn’t get it, right? GYV isn’t getting their shot without going through Ciampa & Thatcher! Gibson gets angrier, but then Ciampa & Thatcher throw their chairs at him and Drake! Gibson wants Ciampa & Thatcher to listen. “If it’s a scrap you want, then it’s a scrap you’ll get!”
GYV VS Ciampa & Thatcher, no tag rules! TORNADO TAG to finish this the old fashioned way! Oh well GYV needs to know about Ciampa & Thatcher! They love tornadoes! They don’t need to tag! And they sure as hell don’t need to wait! Ciampa & Thatcher rush the ring but GYV bails out! Thatcher’s said it before and he’ll say it again: “I’m going to enjoy breaking your limbs!” The song says, “No one will survive,” and will that be true when young and old grizzled veterans collide in a match with no restraints?
Candice LeRae is storming towards gorilla.
What is she going to do and say as soon as she hits the ring? We’ll find out, after the break!
NXT hears from Bobby Fish.
The Infamous One is working out his frustrations in his own personal gym, and he tells Oney that he hasn’t forgotten. Will Fish sink his teeth right into the Boston Crab once he’s back in the ring?
Candice LeRae heads to the ring!
The Poison Pixie goes it alone, and she gets a mic to get to the point. “Poppy, Poppy, Poppy. I am so sick of hearing about Poppy!” The fans chant Poppy’s name and Candice says Poppy hijacked her interview last week, and then stole Indi’s man! And don’t act like you didn’t know Dexter Lumis was Indi’s man! Everyone loves #InDex! Now because of Poppy, Indi has left the building in tears, completely devastated. So Poppy has two options: The easy way, facing Candice right now, or the hard way, where Candice “properly introduces” Poppy to the parking lot. Poppy’s own music plays because here she comes!
Poppy tells Candice, “I don’t wrestle. But I know someone who does.” It’s IO SHIRAI! The Evil Genius is back, and she has no love lost for Candice! Candice panics as Shirai and Poppy head to the ring together. Poppy helps Shirai with her jacket, and then Shirai TACKLES Candice! Shirai gets Candice up for a FLAPJACK! Candice ends up on ropes, Shirai hits the TIGER FEINT! Shirai goes up and up and MISSILE DROPKICKS Candice out of the ring! The fans are fired up, Shirai and Poppy high five and toss their hair back. Candice is furious, but is there no way avoiding Shirai?
Dok Hendrix gives us more In Your House slam jam!
What a night it has been! And the card just keeps getting bigger and better! The Six Man Winners Take All, for the North American AND Tag Team Championships! Xia Li’s TakeOver debut is getting spicier, and the stakes are raised as Grimes and Knight now compete in a MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH! And again, Ember and Raquel battle for the NXT Women’s Championship, and the FATAL 5 puts THE NXT Championship on the line between the very best today!
NXT shares footage from during commercial.
As Poppy and Shirai were heading back to the back, they crossed paths with Raquel and Dakota making their way to gorilla. Shirai tells Raquel to be ready for when she comes back for the title, but Raquel just smirks.
Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!
The Evolved Shenom wants the NXT Women’s Championship back just as badly as anyone else, but this is about what happened to her friend and tag partner, Shotzi Blackheart! Will Ember’s Law punish #CobraKai before going after Gonzalez and the gold at TakeOver?
The bell rings and Ember rushes in but Dakota dodges. Dakota swings kicks but Ember dodges, and vice-versa. Kicks hit kicks, forearms hit forearms, and the two stand off while fans cheer. Dakota shoves Ember, Ember shoves back! They tie up, go around and Ember puts Dakota in a corner. They go around more, Dakota puts Ember in a corner and dribbles her off buckles. Ember powers Dakota to the far side, the ref counts as Ember dribbles Dakota, but Ember lets off at 4. Ember argues with the ref, but Dakota YANKS Ember into buckles! Dakota goes side to side for a BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Ember to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel, Dakota CLUBS Ember, then brings Ember up to bump off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts and Dakota lets off. Raquel talks trash, Ember swipes at her, but Dakota get Ember up to whip her hard into a corner! And then another BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated, CLUBS Ember again, then stomps her. Dakota stands on Ember’s chest, the ref counts, but Ember shoves Dakota away. Dakota CLUBS Ember again, fans rally and duel, Dakota pie faces Ember. Then SLAPS her! Ember roars, but Dakota knees low! Dakota whips, Ember handsprings through the hip toss to arm-drag and dropkick!
Dakota is in a daze but Ember wants her to get up! Ember sweeps the legs, runs and BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Raquel was ready to get in, but she doesn’t have to as Dakota survives. Ember clamps onto Dakota’s jaw and then her hair, and CLUBS Dakota on the back! Dakota goes to a corner, Ember is after her again and snapmares her to KICK her in the back. Ember talks trash to Raquel, stands on Dakota’s head then stands her up. Ember ROCKS Dakota with an uppercut, then whips her corner to corner. Ember back body blocks, then whips Dakota back the other way. Dakota slips out to the apron to throw hands but Ember hits back!
Ember drags Dakota through ropes, Dakota fights with body shots, but Ember CLUBS her! Dakota gets up, ROCKS Ember back, then trips her up to ROCK her again! Dakota SPINS Ember into the post! Ember flops to the floor as NXT goes picture in picture!
Dakota takes a moment while Ember is dazed on the floor. Dakota gets in the ring to let the count handle this, but Ember sits up at 5 of 10. Ember drags herself up and in at 7, but Dakota stomps her down at the ropes! Dakota drags Ember around, smears Ember’s face into the mat, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Dakota dribbles Ember off the mat, covers, TWO! Dakota snarls and dribbles Ember off the mat again. Dakota gets Ember up, Ember throws body shots and rolls Dakota up, TWO! Dakota BOOTS Ember right down! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Dakota is frustrated. Dakota CLUBS Ember, reels her in and puts on a body scissor squeeze!
Ember endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Dakota clubs away on Ember’s back then squeezes tighter. Ember still endures, works to pry the scissors apart, but Dakota turns her around. Ember pushes back to another cover, TWO and Dakota lets Ember free to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Dakota is seething but she drags Ember around for a cravat neck wrench. Ember endures again, fights up, but Dakota snapmares. Ember handsprings through! Only for Dakota to throw her by her hair! Dakota wraps on a sleeper and squeezes tight! Ember fights up, Dakota hops on as a backpack, but Ember rolls for a SENTON! Dakota lets go and both women are down!
Ember and Dakota get up at the same time, Dakota swings into Ember’s BACK SUPLEX! Ember starts rallying with forearms and an ENZIGURI! Dakota ends up in a corner as Ember fires up! The CWC fire up with Ember as she snapmares Dakota. Ember climbs, leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives but Ember keeps her cool. Ember drags Dakota up to CLUB her down. Ember runs but Dakota reels her in. Ember breaks free to SUPERKICK, but runs into a FOREARM! Dakota runs, Ember follows but Dakota side steps to BOOT her at ropes! Dakota snapmare and KICKS Ember in the back, then runs, only for Ember to duck and kip up and HOOK KICK!
Ember gets Dakota back up, dragon sleeper to a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives but again Raquel was ready to rush in. The CWC is thunderous as Ember gets Dakota in another dragon sleeper. Ember pulls back on the hold to squeeze the air out of Dakota, but Dakota fights up to her feet. Dakota turns things around to have a dragon sleeper of her own, TWISTING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ember lives and Raquel is frustrated must of all! Dakota drags Ember up, gives her Kowata Kicks, and then an extra round! Ember blocks to throw Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS and then BOOTS Ember!
Ember ends up in a corner, Dakota goes Around the World for a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dakota and Raquel are both beside themselves as Ember survives. Fans rally and duel, Dakota gets Ember up to fireman’s carry, but Ember fights free! Ember Electric Chair lifts, pops Dakota around, LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Now Ember feels the frustration as Dakota bails out. Raquel goes to Dakota’s side but Ember rushes out. Dakota gets in the ring and Raquel blocks Ember’s way. The ref is busy checking on Dakota so Raquel takes a swing, but Ember dodges boot to ROCK Raquel! Ember goes to the apron and dumps Dakota out! Ember builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on BOTH targets!
The CWC is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Ember puts Dakota in and BOOTS her! Ember hurries to a corner while Dakota is dazed! Ember goes up top, but Raquel gets in to BOOT her down!!
Winner: Ember Moon, by disqualification
Ricky Desperado doesn’t care about Dakota’s win-loss record, so long as she gets to extinguish Ember! But she’s too busy checking on Dakota and Ember attacks! But that’s a 2v1 situation as Dakota hits Ember! Ember shoves Dakota away to BOOT her! Raquel DECKS Ember now! Raquel snarls and gets Ember back up, hooks the leg, DESPERADO- STUNNER?!? Ember counters Raquel’s power and runs in, but Raquel puts her on the apron! Only to run into a HOTSHOT! Ember climbs again, for an ECLIPSE!!
The Prophecy of Flame lights the champion up and grabs the title! Ember tells Raquel to hold onto that for her until Sunday. Will the Shenom become a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Champion after TakeOver?
Karrion Kross speaks.
“GENTLEMEN! You have all been afforded an opportunity to be face-to-face with me tonight. But you don’t have to wait until Sunday to feel what it’s like to get flat-lined! You think you’re going to take me out? You really believe that? Now is your opportunity to show the world what you can really do. Don’t be late. Tick-tock.” Kross and Scarlett head for gorilla, but will the end come early for someone at the end of NXT?
NXT returns with Kross, Scarlett and Regal in the ring.
Regal reminds Kross who the general manager is around here. Kross is champion, but he doesn’t run the brand! Regal has seen enough chaos tonight, this is NOT happening now! Kross tells Regal he doesn’t run ANYTHING. And Regal barely runs NXT, this show has been out of control for a very, very long time. Now, we’re in Kross’ world, and he’s telling Regal that he is not leaving until his four challengers show up and get their asses kicked. But Kyle shows up and says he’s right here! Now clearly the “gas station weasel,” Adam Cole, got under Kross’ skin, and Kyle doesn’t get that. Kross is the champion and the most dominant one yet, but with the thinnest skin.
Kyle can tell because it’s that vein in Kross’ forehead that is always about to burst. It is the snarling and flexing and the compensating. Kross is insecure because he knows it is a matter of time before a guy like Kyle walks down the ramp and takes the title from him! Wow, someone call a doctor because those are sick burns! Gargano enters in from the timekeeper’s area and gets up on the commentary desk to ask Kross if he’s going to let a guy in a jean jacket talk to him like that. Kross is supposed to be the biggest and baddest dude here. Well, he’s not Johnny Wrestling, and he’s definitely not Johnny TakeOver.
But Kross IS the NXT Champion. If Gargano were Kross, which he isn’t, he’d choke Kyle out right now! But be careful not to stumble over there, we all know Kross isn’t the most graceful guy in the ring. Kross tells “Johnny Mark” that if he wants to get off the desk and into the ring, Kross will show- Dunne tells Kross to shut his mouth! Dunne is sick of all this talking and waiting. The Bruiserweight wants to show everyone why HE is the baddest in NXT, and then on Sunday we can just call him champion! But then Adam Cole talks via titantron to say, “Well, well, well. If it isn’t the four chumps I absolutely humiliated last week!”
Cole isn’t about to go down there after already embarrassing them all. But in that ring, Kross is the biggest MORON of them all. Kross says he’s the champ and thinks he’s unbeatable. Cole is pretty damn sure he “beat” Kross last week with that verbal annihilation, and Kross couldn’t do a damn thing back. Kross tricks people into thinking he’s a tough guy, just cuz he wants to face all four at once. Cole sees right through that. The idea of going 1v1 with ol’ Adam Cole Baybay has Kross shaking in his boots! Kross doesn’t want the world to see Cole run circles around him! Cole doesn’t blame Kross, but will remind him that Cole doesn’t need to beat Kross to win.
Cole might beat Johnny Wrestling again, or maybe beat Pete Dunne again. Or maybe he’ll beat the guy who doesn’t even deserve to be in this match, (Kyle O’Reilly) or maybe he’ll beat Kross. Then he’ll show everyone that Kross’ reign has been one big fat disappointment. Cole will let these boys get back to their hissy fits, and see them all on Sunday. Kyle says that Cole is clearly too much of a bitch to be here tonight and kick things off early, but Kyle ain’t. Kyle gets in Kross’ face and Kross asks who Kyle is exactly. Kyle SLAPS Kross in the face! Kross DECKS Kyle, Dunne gets in and stomps Kross, and then Dunne and Kyle mug Kross together!
Security rushes the ring, but Dunne and Kyle just go after them! Kross gets to the far side, but Gargano is there! Gargano slingshot SPEARS Kyle, but Dunne fires off hands on Gargano! Gargano and Dunne brawl, Kross interrupts to DECK Gargano and TOSS Dunne! Gargano gets up but Kross TOSSES him! Security guards get in, they each get TOSSED! Kyle gets up to fire off on Kross! Kross shoves Kyle and BOOTS him down! Kross is seething, more security gets in and restrains Kross, leaving him open to Gargano’s SUPERKICK! And Dunne’s ENZIGURI! And then they throw security out! Kross is in a corner, Kyle gives him a HELLUVA KICK! Sami would be proud!
Gargano SUPERKICKS Kyle! Dunne BLASTS Gargano! Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS Dunne! Kyle roars, but Kross gives Kyle an APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross grabs his title and says it is one versus EVERYONE! But wait, Cole IS here as he SUPERKICKS Kross from behind!! And AGAIN! Scarlett freaks out as Cole hits the LAST SHOT!! The Panama City Playboy just played everyone and shouts, “SAY HELLO TO THE CHAMP!” The CWC is thunderous for Cole as HE holds up the title! Cole already held this belt for over 400 days, is he about to take over and hold it for another 400?
What an amazing go-home! Not at all like how Raw tends to do them. For one, no filler of any kind. No recap packages that we don’t need because promos already take care of a lot of that, and no filler matches where it’s just copy-paste from last week. Though, I suppose Dok Hendrix didn’t need to re-hype matches he hyped before. But we got some fairly over-the-top and hilarious vignettes from Knight and Grimes to hype up DeBiase’s big news tonight, along with their TakeOver match. It is the most natural and exciting move for DeBiase to bring THE Million Dollar Championship to NXT for someone to have. I really hope Grimes wins, he really can make the most out of this because of his charisma and comedic sense.
I haven’t been the biggest fans of Legado just because Escobar overused Mendoza & Wilde in helping him in the early days of his Cruiserweight Championship reign, but I am all for this Six Man, double title match. We get Reed VS Escobar, which 1v1 would’ve been awesome, but now we can see Reed take on Wilde & Mendoza, we can see Escobar take on Lee & Carter, maybe there can be colossal tag moves from Reed and MSK. Also, it saves space on the TakeOver card. Putting the belts up like this, this match could go either way, but I can’t see Reed and Escobar being one and done. Legado wins to be golden and then Reed gets his rematch on perhaps NXT Great American Bash 2021.
The transition from the Legado-Reed-MSK segment to Hit Row with Maverick and Dain was very good. Another trio that will be coming for those same titles reminds everyone of that very mission, and then Hit Row works together to mess with Dain and help Swerve win. That is about on par with how Legado has operated, so it got great Heel heat and is showing where Swerve is in those power rankings. I am pretty sure that Dain and Drake will regroup to take on Adonis and Top Dolla, that is a great match up because they parallel each other with the big strong hoss and the smaller, faster guy, but I would think Hit Row wins there, too.
I really like that Xia Li attacking Mercedes did not cancel Mercedes’ match with, uh, whoever that was. Mercedes is proving she is tough as nails, and that TakeOver match is going to be some brutal stuff. I feel like since Mercedes stood tall here, and won way back at MYC, Xia Li wins at TakeOver. GYV of course get a win off 205 Live’s Grey & Jiro, and of course they set up a grudge match with Ciampa & Thatcher, but I really like that it’ll be Tornado Tag rules. That is going to be awesome for the post-TakeOver episode, could really go the distance if they need to fill for time, and can definitely act as the unofficial contender’s match to go after the winners of TakeOver’s Winners Take All.
Breezango had a good promo to call out Imperium in return, Ever-Rise plugging their own social media show was good, and I like that Ever-Rise used Hit Row’s catchphrase to call them out, too. Oney VS Theory was a great opener, it was also a good vehicle to get Dunne and Gargano to interact, but something about Oney using distraction to win makes sense. Oney and Dunne are the Heels fans still like to treat as Heels while Theory was getting cheered, so it gets good Heel heat for Oney and Dunne. Kyle scrapping with Kross randomly seems a bit unneeded since we all knew there would be a face-to-face segment, but I suppose it was to add to Kross saying Regal has no control of NXT anymore.
I knew even with last week that Candice accusing Poppy of just pulling a Bad Bunny meant she was going to start “pulling a Bad Bunny,” but I do like that Poppy already has a natural proxy to go with. Io Shirai brawling with Candice works on many levels, as did that moment backstage where Shirai glared at Raquel. Tying in the #InDex drama makes me think we’re getting The Way VS Shirai & Poppy, non-title, but maybe the real plan is Shirai and Poppy recruit another proxy so that Shirai and this other superstar take The Way on in a title match. At the same time, Franky Monet calling Shirai out a few weeks ago makes me think Franky will “ruin” that stuff and make a high profile feud out of it.
Ember VS Dakota was a great main event match, but I had a feeling Raquel would interfere. Dakota was losing either way so of course the Heel champion makes sure their contender gets wrecked. But Ember turns things around and stands tall, so she clearly isn’t winning at TakeOver. Then the face-off closing, it had great promos and great brawling, and I should’ve known Cole was lying about not being at the CWC. Kross stood tall until Cole knocked him down and stood even taller, so as I figured, Kross is totally pinning Cole to send him off to RawDown. Kross can fill the Summer with the other feuds, anyone’s guess as to who takes Kross out, if it’s happening at all this year.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!
While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?
- Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
- TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
- Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.
PLAY BY PLAY
10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?
LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.
Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!
Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.
Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!
The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.
LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.
Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!
Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!
Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.
Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!
Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”
Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?
KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!
Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.
Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.
Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.
Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!
Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.
Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!
Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!
Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!
Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!
Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.
Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!
Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!
Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!
Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission
The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.
“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.
“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?
Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.
The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!
Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
- The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
- Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
- Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
- No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!
Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.
Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.
Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.
Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!
Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”
Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?
Backstage interview with The Mysterios!
Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!
San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!
Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!
Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!
Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!
Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!
Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!
Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!
Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!
Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!
But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification
Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!
But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?
The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!
But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!
Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…
The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!
Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?
The Miz VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!
Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.
Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.
Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?
Liv Morgan is here!
And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”
The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!
Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.
But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.
So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!
Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!
Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.
Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.
Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!
Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!
Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!
Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?
Raw returns to the cookout!
Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!
Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.
But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?
A cryptic video plays.
A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?
Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!
Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!
Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!
Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!
Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!
Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?
Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?
Raw returns to the cookout!
The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?
Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.
Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!
Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!
The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.
Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!
Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!
But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!
Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall
A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!
Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!
Uncle Sam is here?
Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”
But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!
Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!
The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall
The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?
No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?
Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.
Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!
Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!
Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!
Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.
Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!
Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!
Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!
Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?
After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.
And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.
Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.
Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.
And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.
I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
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