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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/10/21)

Forever Champion VS Final Boss, THE REMATCH!

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The NXT UK Women’s Champion takes on the Best in the World, AGAIN!

Will Kay Lee Ray stay on top against Meiko Satomura in this epic rematch? Or will forever come to an end as the Forever Boss comes back for revenge?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jordan Devlin VS Saxon Huxley; Devlin wins.
  • Symbiosis w/ Eddie Dennis VS Andy Wild & Dan Moloney; Symbiosis wins.
  • NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Meiko Satomura; Satomura wins and becomes the new NXT UK Women’s Champion.

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Walter is here!

The longest reigning NXT UK Champion ever, Der Ring General, is back on NXT UK! His soldiers in Imperium are in the states trying to dominate NXT USA, but Walter is here to say, “Recently, I have defended the NXT UK Championship twice in the same week, on two different continents.” And now, Walter is THE longest reigning champion in the modern WWE. “This title is now one of the most prestigious prizes, the grand prix of professional wrestling!”

But Walter is also here to remind everyone that his motivation and his mission have not changed. Any time Walter steps in the ring, he is still driven by the force to respect and restore the honor of this great sport. Walter will forever be the NXT United Kingdom Champion! Walter holds up his title, but then, who will step up and try to change all that?

 

NXT UK shares footage of Jordan Devlin arriving at BT Sports Studio earlier today.

The Irish Ace smiles, as he sees his demands have so-far been met. He has a lavish private locker room, and takes a moment to prepare for his return to NXT UK. That return, will be next!

 

Subculture speaks.

Since day one, Jinny’s been looking down on Dani Luna because she doesn’t fit Jinny’s “mold” for a WWE superstar. Flash Morgan Webster doesn’t want to even get started on how Joseph Conners has done the same to him. Conners wants to prove he’s worthy, but he’s only worthy of getting his head kicked in. If Joseph & Jinny want to talk about Subculture so much, then they’re in luck. It’ll be Dani & FMW taking on Jinny & Joseph in a mixed tag! Start from the bottom, fight to the top! That’s #Subculture!

 

Jordan Devlin VS Saxon Huxley!

The Irish Ace is back in action and already going big for his return! Will the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane have to fold his hand as Devlin cashes in?

The bell rings and Devlin circles with Huxley. Devlin avoids Huxley’s boot but Huxley corners him. The ref counts but Huxley tosses Devlin into the buckles. Devlin dodges Huxley to fires off haymakers and a CHOP! Huxley just gets mad! Huxley blocks a punch, wrenches the arm and ROCKS Devlin with body shots! Huxley TOSSES Devlin across the ring, then corner SPLASHES! Huxley headlocks and grinds Devlin down. Devlin pulls hair, puts Huxley on ropes, and the ref counts the ropebreak. Devlin wrenches at 4 to CLUB the arm and whip. Huxley reverses but Devlin dodges. Huxley dodges Devlin to run Devlin over! Huxley scoops, spins and SLAMS Devlin, then covers, TWO!

Devlin sputters but Huxley is after him with a facelock. Huxley thrashes Devlin around, but Devlin wrenches out hard! Devlin baits Huxley to the ropes and dumps him out! Huxley gets up in a huff and drags Devlin out of the ring! Huxley gets Devlin up to whip him HARD into barriers! Devlin tumbles over, Huxley drags him back to ringside and gets him up to SNAKE EYES off more barriers! The ring count is 8 of 10 but Huxley puts Devlin in at 9! Huxley gets Devlin up to bump off buckles then BOOTS him down! Huxley scrapes his boot off Devlin’s face again and again but lets off as the ref counts. Huxley runs side to side to KNEE Devlin in the corner!

The ref checks on Devlin but Huxley goes out to DRIVE-BY BOOT Devlin back into the ring! Devlin is dazed and Huxley drags him up at the ropes. Huxley gives crossface forearms, then whips him to ropes. Devlin hurdles, but runs into a THESZ PRESS! Huxley dribbles Devlin off the mat, then drags him up for a TWO HAND- NO! Devlin rakes Huxley’s eyes! Devlin gets to a corner, Huxley runs in but Devlin slides out to the apron. Huxley hits buckles, Devlin slingshots for a CUTTER! Both men are down as Devlin tries to catch his breath. Devlin gets up, grits his teeth and KICKS Huxley in the side! Devlin stomps Huxley down, then stands on his head at the ropes!

The ref counts, Devlin steps off and Huxley is huffing and puffing. Devlin KICKS Huxley, Huxley hits back but Devlin ROCKS Huxley! Devlin gets Huxley up to ROCK him with a haymaker! Devlin tries the ripcord but Huxley holds ropes! Devlin kicks Huxley, Huxley holds on, but Devlin keeps trying. Huxley choke grips and TWO HAND SLAMS Devlin! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and Huxley is beside himself! Huxley stomps around, slaps himself, and gets Devlin in a fireman’s carry. Devlin fights free, and HEADBUTTS Huxley in the back of his head! Devlin steadies himself, ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall

Devlin had to work off some rust and get back into the groove, but he got back in the win column! Will Devlin keep his ego in check to get back to some gold? Or will things only get harder from here on?

 

Pretty Deadly is here!

The NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley, are going to join commentary to watch the tag division in action! Will these self-proclaimed “tasty dishes” see something appealing after the break?

 

Gallus meets with Sid Scala in his office,

Mark Coffey & Wolfgang are making sure cameras get this as they argue about who is better overall. Mark says he can do at least 10 things better than Wolfgang. Like for one, throwing! Don’t throw Sid’s laptop! He knows Gallus makes a great team, but after talking with Johnny Saint, it has been decided that Gallus will prove themselves worthy in singles competition. Wolfgang likes that! Mark says he can beat his guy faster than Wolfgang does his guy! But then Sam Gradwell barges in, sees Gallus there, and apologizes for interrupting this “pointless bit of nothing,” and will check with Sid later. “In a bit, YOGURTS!”

Wolfgang calls dibs on Gradwell! Sid says he will see what he can do, so Gallus goes for a pint. And Wolfgang makes it a competition again by saying he can drink more faster than Mark. But will the Thunderstorm be a bit too much to make a bet over?

 

Symbiosis w/ Eddie Dennis VS Andy Wild & Dan Moloney!

The Welsh Dragon has helped Primate and Tyson T-Bone evolve, but they still need something to make them the alphas of NXT UK. Will making a meal of Wild and Moloney be what they need to go after Pretty Deadly’s titles?

The teams sort out, Moloney starts with Primate and they circle. They tie up, Primate kick slow then CLUBS Moloney down. Moloney gets to ropes, Primate headlocks and grinds Moloney, but Moloney throws body shots. Moloney powers out but Primate rams his shoulder into him! Primate headlocks again, Moloney powers out but Primate  blocks the hip toss to uppercut and knee low! Primate has Moloney in a facelock now, but Moloney powers up! Wild tags in, Moloney WRINGS Primate, and Wild runs Primate over! Primate gets to the Symbiosis corner, T-Bone tags in. T-Bone ties up with Wild, they go around, and T-Bone puts Wild in a corner. Wild dodges the haymaker to headlock!

T-Bone throws body shots, powers out, and Wild rams him! T-Bone stays up to RAM Wild into a corner! T-Bone drives his shoulder in again and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Wild dodges, snapmares and drops elbows on T-Bone! Cover, TWO! Wild wrenches, tags Moloney, but T-Bone gets away. Moloney dropkicks, waistlocks but T-Bone bucks free. T-Bone catches Moloney’s crossbody and makes it a BACKBREAKER! T-Bone gives Moloney a FALL AWAY SLAM! T-Bone KICKS Moloney towards the corner, gets him up and CLUBS him hard in the back! Dennis likes that as T-Bone tags Primate.

T-Bone drapes Moloney out along the ropes for Primate to springboard ax handle Moloney down! Primate CLUBS Moloney then hits a BIG back suplex! Primate stays between Moloney and Wild and stomps Moloney towards the Symbiosis corner. Primate DECKS Moloney, gets him up and clubs him more. Tag to T-Bone, Symbiosis whip Moloney HARD into the corner then throw him down, for a DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Moloney flounders away but T-Bone stops him from reaching Wild. Moloney throws hands but T-Bone gets around to hit a BACKBREAKER! Moloney writhes but still tries to kick T-Bone. T-Bone stomps Moloney then puts him in a corner.

Moloney BOOTS T-Bone, hops up, then leaps, but into T-Bone’s arms again! T-Bone tries another Fall Away Slam but Moloney lands on his feet! Moloney JAWBREAKERS then dropkicks T-Bone down! Moloney hurries, hot tag to Wild! Hot tag to Primate but Wild goes Wild on Symbiosis! But Primate CLUBS him from behind! Symbiosis whips Wild into their corner, but Wild still fights back with a BOOT and a forearm! Wild DECKS T-Bone and clinches Primate for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Wild hurries to cover, TWO!! Dennis is frustrated as Primate staggers about. Wild gets Primate, whips him out then back in hard, but Primate ducks under! EXPLODER!

Wild staggers up into Primate’s SPEAR! Tag to T-Bone, then tag right back. T-Bone scoops and Primate climbs, POWERSLAM and then a forearm for Moloney! Primate hits a DIVING HEADBUTT on Wild, covers, Symbiosis win!

Winners: Symbiosis, by pinfall

Pretty Deadly talks smack on dry, leathery T-Bone and pale, hairy Primate, but will they be made to eat their words along with their own teeth should this dangerous duo come for their gold?

 

Teoman speaks.

“Oliver, I won’t allow you to interfere with my business again.” But he’s in a good mood because his family is happy, so he is happy. He reminds everyone that he is willing to put every member of the NXT UK roster in the hospital. Oliver’s family doesn’t want to see him in the hospital, right? And what about Ashton? Would he even visit Oliver? Ashton is Oliver’s tag partner, not his family, so the answer is NO. That is their weakness. The Evil Eye sees all. Will it help Teoman see Oliver’s tragic future and make it a reality?

 

NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Meiko Satomura!

The Scary Queen of Scots claims that she will reign then, now and forever! She and the Final Boss faced once before, and KLR came out the winner. But will Meiko use what she learned in that first match to turn the tables and take the throne?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and for the second time on the NXT UK brand in the year 2021, we witness a historic battle!

KLR and Meiko stare down, KLR wondering if Meiko is ready for the rematch she wanted. Meiko steps and KLR scrambles back. KLR rushes Meiko, Meiko dodges and fires off KICKS! KLR blocks a kick to elbow the leg but Meiko still KICKS back! Meiko throws forearms and has KLR in the corner! The ref counts, KLR shoves Meiko but Meiko dodges the superkick! Meiko fires off more forearms, then KICKS KLR in the leg again. Meiko has KLR in another corner, the ref counts as Meiko digs her palms into KLR’s face, but Meiko lets off at 4. KLR rushes in, gets around, and Gory Especials! Meiko fights out, fireman’s carries, but KLR fights free!

KLR shoves Meiko away then bails out to throw a tantrum! Meiko pursues and ROCKS KLR with forearms, then KICKS! The ring count climbs as Meiko keeps kicking KLR around. Meiko puts KLR in, BT Sports Studio fires up, and KLR SUPERKICKS Meiko down to the floor! KLR goes out to fires off on Meiko in return! KLR puts Meiko in the ring now, then gets in to cover, TWO! KLR wraps onto Meiko with a chinlock, but Meiko endures, fights up and fights back with body shots. Meiko powers out but KLR whips. Meiko sees the drop down coming and KICKS KLR around some more! Meiko steps over the arm to mule kick KLR in the head!

KLR gets up, Meiko blocks her punch to wrench and KICK, KICK and SWEEP the legs! Meiko drops knees KLR’s chest, covers, TWO as KLR pulls hair! That’s different! KLR CHOPS Meiko down while the ref reprimands her. KLR gets Meiko up to CHOP her again! And CHOPS her against ropes! Meiko goes to a corner, KLR brings her out, but Meiko blocks the suplex. KLR CLUBS Meiko, cravats and snapmare rolls for a KICK! Cover, TWO! KLR is remembering how tough Meiko was the first time, but she strikes her pose. KLR runs in and CLOBBERS Meiko, then growls as she looms over her. Meiko sits up, KLR CLUBS her down!

KLR paces, brings Meiko up and reels her in for a suplex to GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! But KLR drags Meiko into a KOJI KLUTCH! Meiko fights free to an STF!! KLR resists but Meiko still gets the crossface! KLR pries at the hold, reaches and crawls for ropes, to get the ROPEBREAK! Meiko lets off at 2, and BT Sports Studio is fired up as KLR drags Meiko to the apron. KLR spins Meiko to ROCK her with a forearm! KLR shoves Meiko back in, takes her time returning, and step-in KNEE DROPS! Cover, TWO!! Meiko survives KLR’s springboard improvisation, but KLR clamps onto her with a seated cobra twist. Meiko endures as KLR stretches and grinds her shoulders!

Meiko isn’t giving up, so KLR throws Meiko down by her hair! KLR seethes as she stands on Meiko’s face! The ref counts, KLR lets off and paces as she thinks. KLR brings Meiko up, whips her to a corner, but Meiko goes up and up, only to leap into a BIG forearm shot! Cover, TWO! Meiko isn’t done yet, she might be proving even tougher than last time. Meiko throws body shots, KLR clubs her and Gory Especials, but Meiko fights again! KLR ROCKS Meiko, tries again, but Meiko blocks and turns to a fireman’s carry! KLR fights to get the crucifix takedown to ghost pin, TWO! KLR tries a Canadian rack to get to the Gory, but Meiko slips out, spins KLR and hits a DDT!

Meiko fires up, runs, and handsprings but KLR dodges the kick! Wait, maybe a toe makes contact! Meiko covers, TWO! KLR finds a way to survive, but Meiko gets her up. KLR fireman’s carries now for a DEATH VALLEY BOMB!! KLR steals one of Meiko’s favorites, and reaches down, but Meiko KICKS her back! Meiko turns KLR for a Gory Especial?! Meiko steals the GORY BOMB!! But Meiko can’t make the cover!! KLR crawls away as Meiko slowly rises. KLR turns around into a ROUNDHOUSE! KLR wobbles, Meiko whips, but KLR reverses to SUPERKICK! Meiko stays up and SMILES?! BT Sports Studio is loving this as Meiko throws a forearm! KLR scowls to forearm back!

Meiko still smiles as she comes back with another forearm! KLR forearms again, Meiko hits back, and we have a brawl! KLR gets the edge, whips Meiko to ropes, but Meiko reverses to EuroUpper! KLR drops and Meiko runs, HANDSPRING KICK!! A direct hit this time! Cover, TWO!! KLR survives and proves she’s tougher than before! KLR wrenches and reels Meiko in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Meiko gets right to her feet and is smiling again! KLR can’t believe this as Meiko eggs her on! KLR SUPERKICKS!! Meiko falls, but rises again!? SUPERKICK!! Meiko still has life! KLR is furious, and she SUPERKICKS Meiko right in the nose!

KLR gets Meiko up but Meiko hits a HUGE SAIDO!! Meiko grins as she gets KLR back up, fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!!! KLR survives and Meiko is shocked! KLR flounders to the ref but Meiko is aiming! Meiko runs in, into a SUPERKICK!! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB!!! KLR won’t end it here, she goes up top! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Meiko survives and KLR is in disbelief! BT Sports Studio is thunderous as KLR panics and goes outside the ring. KLR gets her belt and wants to leave! She wants to use Champion’s Advantage! The ref stands in her way and wants her to get in the ring, but then Meiko is at the ramp!

KLR rushes in, Meiko dodges the belt shot and hits a DEATH VALLEY BOMB to the floor!! A ring count starts but Meiko drags KLR up and puts her in at 5 of 10. KLR bails out as Meiko gets back in, but Meiko pursues. KLR drags Meiko down and tosses her to the floor! Meiko gets up but KLR gets the arms! APRON GORY BOMB!!! KLR shoves Meiko back in, covers, TWO!!! Meiko still refuses to lose! KLR grits her teeth and hobbles over. KLR gets Meiko up, reels her in, but Meiko back drops free! Meiko fires up and stomps KLR into a drop zone. Meiko climbs but KLR SLAPS her! KLR climbs, stands Meiko up, but Meiko fights back!

Meiko clubs and clubs and SUPER SUNSET BOMBS!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! KLR survives, and though Meiko is frustrated, Meiko keeps focus. Meiko drags KLR up to KICK her in the chest, then wrap on a SLEEPER! KLR snapmares free, scrambles, but Meiko is back on for another sleeper! Meiko grinds KLR down and squeezes tight! KLR is already turning red and is reaching! KLR FALLS to the ROPEBREAK! Meiko lets off and KLR is somehow conscious. KLR staggers up into Meiko’s PELE! Cover, TWO, KOJI KLUTCH!!?! KLR gets Meiko outta nowhere, but Meiko pushes to a cover, TWO!! KLR has to let Meiko go, Meiko hits a BASEMENT WHEEL KICK!

Meiko says she’s going to end this! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!! KLR flounders but Meiko says this isn’t enough! Meiko roars and runs, SCORPIO RISING!!!! Cover, Meiko wins!!!

Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion)

Forever ends on June 10th, 2021, the 649th day of KLR’s reign! And it was a battle truly worthy of two of the best women in the WWE AND THE WORLD! Meiko raises the title over her head and streamers fly! She has dethroned the Scary Queen of Scots, what will it take to stop the Final Boss now?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome episode! For one, I am happy the main event got about 20 minutes. That is a main event length, and we got true main event, title match action. They did a great job making us think KLR was going to run away to avoid losing, but it was great that Meiko intercepted her and forced things to finish. I had a feeling this was finally the time, and it was! Meiko is our new champion! KLR could stick around since the series is tied, but she could also move on to NXT USA to mix it up in the other NXT Women’s Division. When we all say NXT has the best women’s division around, NXT UK needs to be included, and this is your evidence.

We also got some good matches made for the following weeks. The promo was horribly mic’d, but I like that Gallus is going to have separate matches. Wolfgang VS Gradwell is going to be a really good match. I don’t know who Mark could face that is considered tougher, unless he literally makes it a Beat the Clock Challenge, trying to beat Gradwell even faster than Wolfgang does, assuming Wolfgang beats Gradwell at all. Teoman has a good promo to call out Oliver Carter, and their match is going to be really good, but I think Teoman wins again. Smith & Carter might force Teoman to take them on in a tag situation, so who knows how that goes.

We also didn’t get much more on the stare down of Joe Coffey, Rampage Brown and Ilja Dragunov that ended last week other than a quick recap thing they had to open the night that I ended up skipping. It wasn’t much so whatever. Walter’s appearance to open the night was alright, but again, it didn’t build off anything from last week, either. They could’ve had him address the three men at the end of last week, but nope, just the usual, “I am Walter, I am the most dominant man in NXT UK, and I always will be.” I hope next week does better on that front. Maybe it starts with promos pointing out how Walter didn’t do jack, and the contenders argue about who steps up to him. Boom, there’s our Triple Threat.

I think it was rather amusing to have Pretty Deadly on commentary, ripping jokes on a Heel team like Symbiosis. Pretty Deadly are entertaining enough to be a Tweener team, making fun of Heels and Faces alike and letting fans choosing a side in the moment. Symbiosis of course wins, but it’s great how jobbers in NXT UK aren’t just scrubs. Wild & Moloney put up a great fight but in the end, T-Bone & Primate had better teamwork. Symbiosis can definitely get in the tag title mix, along with Gallus, Smith & Carter and Subculture. Oh, and let’s not forget Noam Dar & Sha Samuels and Moustache Mountain as possibilities if they really need to.

Subculture had a decent promo to set up the obvious mixed tag match we were getting, but I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get it as Jinny & Joseph VS Dani & Andrews. Maybe Andrews is a little banged up and FMW is still fine, but it just seems a little off target from what it looked like. Devlin’s return was pretty great overall. He gets his great looking dressing room, he and Huxley have a very good match, but Devlin naturally struggles to give some drama to it. Devlin’s ego could be a good foil to Tyler Bate’s new Zen based modesty, we get a killer Heritage Cup match, and either way, Devlin’s building himself back up in NXT UK.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)

A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!

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Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?

For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
  • The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
  • Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
  • (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgement Day is here!

Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.

And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!

Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!

But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!

Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?

 

Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!

This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?

But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!

Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.

Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!

Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!

Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)

They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?

 

Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!

The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”

But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!

Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?

Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.

Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!

But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?

The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!

The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.

Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!

Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!

Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!

Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!

Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?

 

Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.

Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!

 

Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.

But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?

 

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”

To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!

And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.

But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!

But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!

And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.

They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!

Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?

Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!

McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.

The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!

Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.

McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!

McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!

Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.

Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?

Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!

Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!

Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Riddle.

Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?

 

Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!

The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?

The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!

Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall

Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.

What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.

Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?

 

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!

Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!

Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.

Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!

Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.

Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!

Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!

Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!

Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!

Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!

Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!

Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

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

That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!

The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?

The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!

Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?

 

(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?

Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!

Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.

Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!

Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!

Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!

ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!

Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!

Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall

Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.

Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.

And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.

Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…

We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)

Minneapolis gets Elevated!

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It’s a Superbad return!

Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
  • Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
  • Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
  • Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.


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