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Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (7/18/21)

Money in the Bank gets Rated R!

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WWE MITB 2021

The stakes are high and the prizes are big in Fort Worth, Texas!

Fans are back, Money in the Bank is back, but will KofiMania be back? Or will the All Mighty WWE World Champion, Bobby Lashley, bring the hurt?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Usos; The Usos win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Match: Nikki ASH wins and is Ms. Money in the Bank 2021.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The Viking Raiders; Styles & Omos win and retain the titles.
  • WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kofi Kingston; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Match: Big E wins and is Mr. Money in the Bank 2021.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge; Reigns wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, “birthday boy” Peter Rosenberg, and the live crowd, in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action set for this great return to fans at a WWE PPV!

 

Sonya Deville joins the panel.

JBL is upset Rosenberg didn’t offer her a chair but she points out her standing and Rosenberg sitting are the same height. Kayla points out that when it comes to Women’s MITB, every woman that’s cashed in, they win the title. 100% success rate, and every woman who has held the briefcase have become stars. And the winner this year could be THE face of the Women’s Division soon enough. Sonya Deville was involved in a Women’s MITB helping Mandy Rose, but Bayley took them both down. But this is a point that anything can happen tonight. We’ve seen Liv Morgan fight her way in, Carmella was in but got her title match before, anything can happen.

Everything is on the line, Sonya wants to see the women step up, she is hoping Liv shows us something tonight. Booker says that he never won MITB either. It is about sacrifice, the person wanting it most wins. Liv has been putting in work, she might win. Liv is here via video chat and Kayla notes this is Liv’s first MITB ever. What’s going in her head right though? She is so excited! This is the biggest night of her career and she can’t wait to win. Peter asks that with what we saw on an electric Friday night, the fans say, “You Deserve It!” What does that mean to her?

That was so unexpected, but it meant more to her than anything. Liv loves this more than anything ever in her life. She cannot get this feeling anywhere else, so having that love is amazing. Booker says not to put the carriage before the horse, is she too caught up thinking she’s just getting this? She has to have eyes on the back of her head and much more. Liv says she’ll risk it all, there is nothing she won’t do to make sure she’s at the top of the ladder with the briefcase in hand. She has no other option but to win! They all like that and they wish her luck. King knows the song is “I Love a Loser When They Cry,” but he loves a winner when they cry. And if Liv wins, the emotions will pour forth.

The kickoff show returns and Sonya sticks around to talk the Raw Women’s’ Championship. Who does she feel has the upper hand here? Charlotte Flair, one of the most decorated women in WWE, but Rhea Ripley has earned her spot. Sonya says this is about mental strengths and weaknesses. Rhea will take and take and play by the rules for as long as she can, but then she’ll bring out the Nightmare. That is the point to where Charlotte has pushed rhea, and that’s who we see tonight. That is Peter’s concern. Is Rhea good? A nightmare? Caught in Charlotte’s game as the Dirtiest Player in the Game’s daughter? JBL agrees, Rhea is trying to beat Charlotte at her own game, but that’ snot what you do in a match like this.

Kayla knows Charlotte sees something of herself in Rhea, but Booker says Rhea is a work in progress. There will always be someone trying to take your spot, and the Ripper wants to rip Charlotte’s spot away from her. King says how can Booker call the champ a WIP? Well you always get better. Two things you don’t do: don’t let the dog guard the food, and don’t play games with The Queen. Sonya relates to Rhea, she sees the true Rhea. You can get pushed and pushed only so far. Even a nice person can only take things for so long before ripping off the mask and becomes the most passionate fighter. A quick poll: King says Queen Charlotte; Booker says Charlotte; JBL says Charlotte, too; Peter says don’t sleep on The Ripper, Rhea is a top star, she will retain.

Another title from Raw is the tag team titles, and the Viking Raiders get their shot at AJ Styles & Omos. Ivar pinned Styles last Monday, but Omos won his singles debut against Erik. The titles are on the line tonight, and there’s a lot of seize in the ring, not necessarily including Styles. Peter remembers the Great Khali being a dominate force on size and strength, what do you do with such a big man? JBL says you try to take them out of their game, but doubts the Vikings can do that. Booker knows Omos is strong, big, and hungry. You don’t really mess with that guy, especially with a veteran mentor like Styles. King thinks to call MIB, this guy might be an alien.

But King talks to Styles insulting the Viking Raiders. Styles has said they’re stinky barbarians, and King admits they could use a bath. But the Raiders have been away from these titles the better part of a year, they’re hungry. JBL says Styles is the greatest of this era, Omos is a great up-and-comer, but the Raiders are already a great tag team. This could be an instant classic. Quick poll: King says Styles & Omos, as does Booker and JBL; Peter feels that as a fellow former (24/7) champion, he has no choice but to say the champs retain. Will it be as phenomenal as this sweep when Styles & Omos take on Erik & Ivar 2v2?

 

The Miz and John Morrison crash the panel!

Fans fire up as the Most Must-See duo arrives! Wet guys are the best guys! Get some Drip Stick! Careful, you’re getting Booker’s suit wet. Fans chant for “Johnny Drip Drip!” and Miz is fired up. Booker has no idea what’s going on. Is Miz okay? Yeah, he’s gotta be here for Morrison to get the MITB contract. Well what kind of advice as one of the most decorated MITB winners given to Morrison? Morrison doesn’t need advice, he’s been preparing for this his whole career! MITB changes your whole career, Miz got to go to the WrestleMania main event, so Morrison is doing that tonight! Fans chant, “Miz is Awesome!” and that fires Miz up more.

Any nerves, Johnny Drip Drip? Of course! When you stop getting nervous, you stop caring! Morrison isn’t just hungry, he’s thirsty, for that case! Well let’s go to ringside for the kickoff match! Miz and Morrison head out to prepare, will Morrison be dripping with the MITB briefcase?

 

Kickoff Show – SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Usos!

The King of Lucha Libre and his son, the first-ever father-son championship tag team, got cheated in the Six Man Tag last Friday Night SmackDown. But they won’t let the Bloodline completely conquer the blue brand just yet! Will Rey & Dom deny Jimmy & Jey their SEVENTH tag title reign?

Rey & Dom get a very special entrance, with a portal back to the Aztecs, the origins of lucha libre! Then they warp back here to Texas! The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Mysterios draw first blood from the Bloodline!

Dom starts against Jimmy and fans fire up. Jimmy and Dom circle, approach, and tie up. Jimmy puts Dom in a corner, the ref counts, and Dom gets around to throw hands! Jimmy swings on Dom but Dom dodges to fire off haymakers! Dom whips and dropkicks Jimmy down, then dropkicks him again! Dom gets Jimmy up, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up, to flying arm-drag! Jimmy gets up but into another arm-drag! Dom has the armlock, Jimmy fights up but Dom tags Rey. Rey kicks the bad arm, the Mysterios double whip and double hip toss! Rey gets a boost from Dom, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Rey gets Jimmy up to wrench, but Jimmy RAMS Rey into the corner! Jey tags in, Jey runs in to forearm smash! Jey runs, but Rey dropkicks him down! Rey gets Jey up and headlocks but Jey powers out. Jey ducks, Rey comes back but is sent out of the ring hard! The ref counts, Jey snarls and goes out after Rey. Jey puts Rey in the ring, drags him over, and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy drops a headbutt on Rey, then covers, TWO! Jimmy CHOPS Rey, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts, so Jey can get a cheap shot in! Dom is furious but the ref keeps him back. Jimmy grins and swaggers back over to get Rey up. Jimmy headbutts Rey down, then brings him up in a chinlock.

Rey endures, fans rally up, and Rey fights up and fights back. Jimmy headbutts, back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Rey slides under and tags in Dom! Dom forearms then slingshots to FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jimmy gets up but into a NECKBREAKER! Dom drags Jimmy over, stomps him in the drop zone, then goes up and up and around to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Dom whips Jimmy to ropes, Jimmy reverses but Dom ducks. Jey is there but Dom dropkicks him! Dom throws Jimmy out to GAMANGIRI! The Usos are both down on the outside and Dom fires the fans up as he climbs. Dom LEAPS, but the Usos both catch him! They SLAM Dom into barriers!

Jey gets Jimmy up and the Usos loom over Dom. Jey refreshes the count, Jimmy backs off and Jey puts Dom into the ring. Dom ends up in the Usos’ corner, Jey runs in and HIP ATTACKS! Fans boo as Jey snarls and talks trash on Dom. Jey chokes Dom, throws down hands, but the ref backs him off. Jimmy gets a shot in, Jey paces, and fans duel. Jey scoops Dom to SLAM him, then drags Dom back over. Tag to Jimmy, the Usos split the wishbone! The ref reprimands but the damage is done. Jimmy sits Dom up for a chinlock and grinds him down. Fans rally up, Jimmy thrashes Dom, facelocks and CLUBS him, then bumps him off buckles.

Jimmy puts Dom up top, ROCKS him with an uppercut, then climbs up. Jimmy fireman’s carries but Dom fights free and SUNSET- No, Jimmy holds on! Dom pushes Jimmy off the corner and Jimmy falls to the floor! Dom hurries as fans rally up. Dom has to boot Jey away first, then he crawls towards his corner! Jimmy gets back in at 6 of 10, crawls after Dom to get a foot, but Dom kicks at him. Jey tags in, but so does Rey! Rey rallies on Jey, Jey mule kicks low! Jey ROCKS Rey with an uppercut, whips to ropes, but Rey duck sand dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Fans fire up as Jey gets to a corner. Rey runs in but is put on the apron.

Rey forearms Jey away, climbs up and leaps, SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Rey keeps his cool, stalks behind Jey and gets him up. Jey switches, Rey elbows the O’Conner Roll away, then springboards back. Jimmy tags in before the SPINNING RANA, and Jimmy SUPERKICKS Rey down! Jimmy whips Rey to pop-up SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Jimmy is seething! Jimmy tags Jey and the Usos coordinate. Rey gets up, but Dom trips Jimmy and drags him out! Dom fires off, Jimmy POSTS Dom! Rey rolls Jey, TWO!! Rey keeps moving, and he puts Jey on ropes! Dial it up, but Jimmy intercepts for Jey! Rey still KICKS Jey away, then springboards, into a SUPERKICK!!

Jey drags Rey to a drop zone, climbs up, USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Rey survives and no one can believe it! Jimmy argues with the ref but two is two! Maybe 2.9! “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the KICKOFF! Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos take a corner each, but Dom trips Jey! Jimmy DECKS Dom, Rey gets over but is bumped off buckle! Jimmy rolls Rey, Jey holds him in place?! THE USOS WIN!?!?

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

Lucky number seven, but it wasn’t luck! It wasn’t paranoia! It was the Uso Penitentiary!! But if it took this to take the titles, will Jimmy & Jey be able to hold onto them?

 

The Money in the Bank briefcase is opportunity incarnate.

Risk becomes reward, and it all starts here. Two star-studded fields of eight. Ladders as far as the eye can see. And a single prize that can and has been proven to create breakthroughs. SO here’s the million dollar question: when opportunity calls, who will do whatever it takes to answer it? And who will do whatever it takes to keep their gold? A Queen challenges a Nightmare. KofiMania collides with the All Mighty. And the Rated R Superstar wants to break the Head of the Table! And in front of a fired-up WWE Universe, live and in person, it is all about the money money money! Who hits the jackpot with their careers as the ante?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Match!

Raw’s Asuka, Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Nikki ASH (Almost a SuperHero), SmackDown’s Zelina Vega, Liv Morgan, Natalya or Tamina. Only ONE can take down the briefcase and have their golden ticket to a title match. Luck will be a lady tonight, and someone gets to be the Miss Fortune for a champion the next 365 days! Who will be the NEW Ms. MITB?

The bell rings and everyone looks to the briefcase, but for only a moment! They rush out for ladders,  Natty throws  Naomi down while Alexa hasn’t done anything but stand on the corner… Liv fights off Nikki and Zelina and now Alexa skips and frolics in the ring. The fans fire up as the other seven are put off, and Alexa reaches a hand up? Asuka hurries to GERMAN SUPLEX Alexa! Zelina BOOTS Asuka, Liv ENZIGURIS Zelina! Natty DISCUS clotheslines Liv, Nikki boots and TORNADO DDT’s Natty! Naomi hits a REAR VIEW, but Tamina SUPERKICKS! Tamina looks up but Alexa jumps on with a sleeper! Tamina throws Alexa off then CLOBBERS her!

Tamina gets a ladder, wedges it in a corner over Alexa, then gets Alexa’s legs for a LADDER GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Nobody meana than Tamina! Tamina gets another ladder, stands it up, but Liv climbs it?! Zelina keeps Liv from grabbing the briefcase, Tamina shoves the ladder over! SUPERKICK for Vega, forearm for Liv, then a DOUBLE SPLASH for Liv and Vega! They flop out of the ring and Tamina is alone to put the ladder back up. But Asuka stops her from climbing! They shove each other, Asuka bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off hands! And back hands! Asuka whips but Tamina blocks to reverses. Asuka ducks the ladder to HP ATTACK Natty!

Asuka avoids the ladder as Tamina shoves it, and Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Tamina down! Fans fire up for the Empress as she stands the ladder back up on Tamina! She SLAMS the ladder down to use the rung on Tamina! Fans fire up again as Asuka climbs, but Tamina bench presses the ladder! Liv jumps on to bring it back down on Tamina! Liv hits a CODE BREAKER to Asuka! Liv hurries, fans fire up, but Natty pushes the ladder over! Liv hotshots off ropes on the way down, then Natty hurries to shove the ladder. Liv avoids it but barely. Natty clips Liv, Liv hobbles after her. They tug-o-war over the ladder, but Nikki gets in.

Nikki ducks the ladder but Natty and Liv come back to RAM her! Naomi ends up in a similar situation, she SMACKS and KICKS Tamina, but Tamina catches her out of the air! SAMOAN DROP! Liv and Natty still fight over the ladder, Asuka and Vega drag Tamina out. Vega goes up to FLYING RANA and sends Tamina away! Asuka runs to HIP ATTACK Tamina into barriers! Natty powers Liv into a corner! Alexa throws Natty down with a backbreaker! Alexa crawls up the ladder like a spider, but Liv flails to escape. Natty gets Alexa up for an atomic sit-down, but Alexa just laughs?! Natty hesitates and Alexa drop toeholds her onto the ladder!

Liv runs at Alexa but Alexa throws her down with the STO! FLIPPING SENTON! Fans fire up as Alexa is alone now with a ladder. She starts standing one up, then starts climbing, but so does Vega! They meet at the top and Alexa’s smile scares Vega. Then Alexa starts hypnotizing Vega?! Vega is Alexa’s puppet, and they climb back down! Then Alexa climbs up without Vega, only for Natty to stop her! Rebound BOMB into ladder, then SIT-OUT BOMB! Natty goes up but Vega throws her down! Vega BOOTS Nikki, and wheelbarrows Asuka to a FACEBUSTER! Vega sees Liv up top and kicks her down! Vega uses the ladder as a platform but Liv resists the suplex!

Liv fires body shots and throws Vega down. Naomi puts Vega in place, and POWERBOMBS Liv onto Vega and ladder! Fans fire up as Naomi is alone with the ladders! Naomi sets the corner ladder up beside the first, but Natty attacks! They brawl, Tamina gets in, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion work together only to get a DOUBLE FLYING CHUCK! Naomi gets both for DOUBLE STUNNERS! Nikki RAMS into Naomi, but leaps into her arms, POWERSLAM on a ladder! Nikki writhes but Naomi DROPS THE SPLITS! Naomi climbs the ladder, fans fire up, but Natty drags Naomi down and throws her out! Natty climbs but Vega goes after her!

Vega climbs up onto Natty for a sleeper backpack! Natty still fights towards the top! Vega squeezes tighter but Natty reaches the top! Natty grabs the case, Vega pulls her back, Vega reaches up! Liv gets in and drags them both down!! Ladder topples over while every woman is down somewhere around ringside! Fans rally up as Natty, Vega and Liv stagger. Asuka and Tamina get in, Natty fires hands on Liv and Vega! Tamina clubs Asuka. Asuka kicks Vega, hits Liv, ladders are moved side, and the champs mug whoever comes close. Naomi joins in, it is a chaotic brawl, but Nikki climbs a ladder on the outside?! ALMOST A SUPERHERO CROSSBODY!! She takes EVERYONE out!

Fans fire up as Nikki gets a ladder back in the ring. Nikki stands it up, starts to climb, but Alexa drags her back down! Nikki throws a forearm, Alexa ROCKS Nikki back! Nikki shoves, Alexa spider-womans in the ring, then gets Nikki for a TWISTED DDT!! Alexa climbs all alone now, but Natty drags her down! Natty and Tamina mug Alexa, throw her out, but Natty keeps on Alexa and RAMS her into a barrier! The tag champs get a ladder together to RAM Alexa into the barriers harder! And then they set the ladder on top of her! And another ladder! And another! Asuka and Vega help out, they know to pile on the most dangerous woman in this match!

Fans boo but Natty says Alexa deserves this. But Liv slips past Vega and the others to get the ladder in the center! Liv climbs, fans fire up, but Tamina drags her down, only for Liv to RANA her away! Liv stomps away on Tamina, Natty gets in with another ladder, and Natty DECKS Liv! Natty sets up her own ladder next to the first, but Liv stops Natty from climbing! Liv waistlocks, Natty bumps free but Liv spins her to BOOT her into ladder! Asuka and Vega set another ladder up, Liv throws them away! Body block into Vega, then Liv keeps Asuka from climbing. Asuka misses her hip attack and gets ObLIVion!! Liv is in the clear again and climbs!

Naomi and Liv are on the same ladder, Natty and Tamina go up the other two! Asuka and Vega join in, six women fight and paw at the briefcase! Nikki gets back in, she tips the scales by going up the middle! Asuka fights Tamina, Nikki climbs up everyone and GETS THE CASE!!!

Winner: Nikki ASH (NEW Ms. Money in the Bank)

The others may have doubted her, but that was their mistake! Nikki slips in and snatches victory away from everyone else! She may be almost a superhero, but will she a shoe-in for new champion?

 

The Bloodline celebrates backstage.

The Usos are feeling great, and Roman is happy for them. Jimmy & Jey offer the belts to him but he says they can hold onto those for him. This has been a long journey. All the pressure, all the tough love, now they’re golden. Jimmy was smart enough to learn from Roman. But let’s not get this confused. This was the easy part. Roman did the heavy-lifting. Who brought Jey back? Roman. And Jimmy… Well, they’re here now, dripping in gold. The Bloodline is gold. This is about reputation. The family is always watching. Now that Roman has given them what they want, they need to get him what he wants.

Jey says Roman knows him, Uce. Roman’s Jey’s Tribal Chief. And that’s from Right hand Man! Jey nudges Jimmy and says he acknowledges Roman as Head of the Table and Tribal Chief. Roman accepts that, and is proud of them. The bring it in for a hug, but will things stay good for the fam with Edge coming for the title later tonight?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The Viking Raiders!

The Phenomenal One and the mountain of a man beside him took these titles their first try! But now, they have to prove they can hold onto these belts against a duo that have held titles in every company they’ve worked for and at every level they’ve been on! Will Erik & Ivar get the gold back for the glory of their Viking ancestors? Or will Styles & Omos make them look like nothing more than “stinky, stupid barbarians?”

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and MITB gets phenomenal!

Erik starts with Styles, but then Styles tags out to Omos. Omos already beat Erik, will he do it again? Erik circles with Omos, but then he smirks and tags out to Ivar. And then the Viking Raiders go after Omos together! But Omos bodies each of them in turn! “This is MY house!” Ivar sits up, Oms mocks him wobbling, and tags in Styles. Styles fires off shoulders in the corner then snapmares him to KICK him! Styles drops a knee, covers, TWO! Styles looms over Ivar, gets him up, but Ivar lifts him and RAMS him into the Viking corner! Ivar RAMS Styles, tags Erik, but many fans chant for Styles. Erik clinches, throws knees, and then SLAMS Styles down!

Tag to Ivar, Ivar scoops and slams Styles, then Erik scoop sand SLAMS Ivar onto Styles! Fans are divided but Ivar covers, ONE! Styles is tough but Ivar bumps him off buckles. Tag to Erik, Erik feeds Styles to Ivar’s knee, and then Ivar feeds Styles to Erik’s KNEE! Cover, TWO! Erik looms over Styles, drags him up, but Styles throat chops! Erik sputters, Styles dropkicks him out! Styles doesn’t tag Omos, he dropkicks Ivar first! Styles now tags Omos, and Omos gives Styles a boost to FLY and RANA Erik?! Fans are thunderous for that truly phenomenal attack! Styles tags back in, fetches Erik into the ring, and stalks him. Styles pulls Erik back into a chinlock and squeezes tight.

Erik endures as fans rally and duel. Erik fights up, breaks free and ROCKS Styles with a right! Styles rebounds but into a BIG back drop! Both men are down, Erik crawls, hot tag to Ivar! Ivar runs at Styles and rallies with big shoulders! Scoop and Sidewalk SLAM! Ivar keeps moving, BASEMENT SPLASH! Ivar fires up and fans fire up with him as he gets Styles up. War Beard scoops but Styles slips out to shove. Ivar cartwheels and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Ivar gets Styles up, Styles jawbreakers free! Tag to Omos and he rushes in, but Ivar cartwheels and LARITS! Omos stays up!? Ivar goes up top, leaps, but Omos catches him in a choke grip! For a scoop and SLAM!

Omos is fired up and fans duel. Omos runs in at the corner to back body block! Ivar falls over, Omos kicks at him then drags him up to clamp onto the shoulders with claws! Ivar endures as Omos’ massive hands dig into his shoulder but fans rally up. Ivar gets up but Omos throws him down! Styles tags in, he gets Ivar up and taunts Erik before throwing forearms on Ivar. Ivar hits back with haymakers! Ivar kicks low, CHOPS, but Styles throws forearms back. Styles CHOPS Ivar, Ivar ROCKS Styles! Ivar runs and goes over Styles to tag Erik! Erik fires off on Styles, but Styles fires back! Erik ducks the back hand to ROCK Styles!

Erik ROCKS Styles again, whips him to a corner but Styles reverses. Erik goes up and over and runs back in, SHOTGUN KNEES! Erik gets Styles up again, pops him from waistlock to FALL AWAY SLAM! Tag to Ivar, the Viking Raiders whip Styles to a corner, Ivar SPLASHES! Erik uses Ivar as a weapon again, HIP ATTACK! Ivar knocks Omos off the apron then tags Erik back in! The Viking Raiders get Styles up, throw him to a waistlock, SPRINGBOARD LARIAT GERMAN!! Cover, TWO!! Erik seethes as Styles survives but he tags in Ivar. The Viking Raiders coordinate again, Styles fights back and PELES Ivar at the top rope! Styles throws Erik out, hot tag to Omos!

Omos goes after Ivar on the corner, MOUNTAINOUS ROCKET LAUNCHER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ivar survives falling from the mountain top, but Omos tells him to get up then. Styles tags in, Omos whips him in but into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar dodges Omos and sends him into buckles! Hot tag to Erik! Erik forearms Omos, tags Ivar, and then forearms again! Ivar knees Omos, feeds him to Erik’s KNEE, then the Vikings together KNEE Omos again! Omos staggers, Ivar runs to clothesline Omos out of the ring! Omos is still on his feet but Erik DIVES! Tope Suicida rocks Omos but he’s still up!? Styles rolls Ivar, TWO!!

Styles boots Ivar, ENZIGURIS, then runs in, but is put on apron! Styles ROCKS Ivar, springboards, but Erik saves Ivar! THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, but Omos shoves Erik onto it!! Omos saves this by mere milliseconds! Styles and Ivar crawl, “This is Awesome!” as Erik and Omos tag in! Erik runs in to fire off forearms, but Styles HEEL KICKS him! Ivar LEG LARIATS Styles, Omos BOOTS Ivar! Erik KNEES Omos, runs, but into a TWO-HAND SLAM!! Cover, Omos and Styles win!

Winners: Omos & AJ Styles, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

A big save and an even bigger victory, Omos has proven himself worthy of the tag titles! Will these two be even more than phenomenal as Raw Tag Team Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

The Scottish Warrior is getting ready, but what will it take to win in that stacked Men’s MITB match? Does something seem different to Kevin? McIntyre can’t put his finger on it. Oh wait! Fort Worth, can he get some noise? He does! Kevin, McIntyre is in the position not of wanting to win, but having to win. Last time, McIntyre won the Royal Rumble as fans lost their minds! McIntyre slayed the Beast, Brock Lesnar, and is very proud of being the world champion in the ThunderDome. But he speaks for everyone, if we never go back to ThunderDome, we’ll all be very happy. Being in front of live fans as champion didn’t work out that way, so this is his absolute last chance.

Everyone loves story time, right? Well here’s a story: Tonight in Fort Worth, McIntyre walks in, breaks bones, kicks heads off, climbs a ladder and becomes the NEW Mr. Money in the Bank! Will that story come true, happy ending and all? Or will one of the other seven men get lucky instead?

 

WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kofi Kingston!

After the shocking upset from Monday Night Raw, the Chief Hurt Officer wants to HURT someone. And he even admitted, Kofi was right. Lashley wants to prove he still has that edge, that killer instinct, that utterly dominant violence! Will Lashley make sure #KofiMania2 never happens again? Or is his rage only going to throw him for a loop?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Power of Positivity can hold it down again!

Lashley rushes Kofi at the bell as MVP anchors him! Kofi gets free, sunset flips, TWO! Kofi goes up fast to FLYING STOMP! Cover, TWO! MVP is furious but Kofi facelocks, Lashley back drops hard out of it! Lashley has Kofi in a corner and fires haymakers! Kofi boots but Lashley blocks to reel him in and CLOBBER him! Fans boo but MVP riles them up as Lashley paces. Lashley gets Kofi up to RAM him over and over, then RAM him again! And again! Lashley goes corner to corner, but Kofi moves and swing kicks Lashley! Kofi springboards, into Lashley’s arms! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo but Lashley tells them to quiet down.

Lashley looms over Kofi, gets him back up, and scoops him to TOSS him out of the ring! MVP taunts Kofi as Lashley fetches him. Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS Kofi! Lashley goes back in the ring to let the count finish this. Kofi stirs but Lashley goes out after him again. MVP wants Lashley to punish Kofi, so Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS him again! Kofi sputters as MVP cheers Lashley on. Lashley gets Kofi up again, puts him in the ring, and drags him back up by his hair. Lashley puts Kofi in a corner but fans rally behind Kofi. The ref counts but Lashley throws back elbows. Lashley throws hands, has Kofi in a corner and throws more elbows.

Lashley paces, goes side to side and ROCKS Kofi with a forearm! Kofi clutches his shoulders, Lashley gets him up for a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! MVP says to put the hurt on Kofi, and Lashley looms over Kofi. Lashley watches Kofi flounder up and try to stand, but Lashley gets him for a HURT LOCK!! Kofi flails, reaches, but Lashley won’t even let the ref check on Kofi before a PUMP HANDLE FALL AWAY SLAM!! Lashley snarls as he stands on Kofi’s head at the ropes! The ref counts, Lashley gets Kofi up but Kofi throws hands! Lashley gets him for another COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley rains down fists on Kofi, digs his fingers in, throws more hands, then lets off as the ref reprimands.

Lashley drags Kofi up again, MVP says now they can finish him! Lashley gut wrenches, for the DOMINATOR!! But still Lashley isn’t done with Kofi!? Lashley gets Kofi up again, gut wrenches a second time, for a SECOND DOMINATOR!! Some fans want “ONE MORE TIME!” Lashley paces about, drags Kofi back up, and gut wrenches for a THIRD DOMINATOR!! Lashley hushes the fans but they boo him now as he looms over Kofi. Lashley drags Kofi up yet again, for the HURT LOCK!! Kofi is fading out, he finally taps! Lashley wins!

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

The wrath of the All Mighty rips Kofi Kingston apart, and the gold stays where it is! Is this also a message that whoever is Mr. MITB should not even consider Lashley a target?

 

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

The Nightmare says anything the Queen can do, she can do better. Charlotte likes the spirit, but she is looking to also crush that spirit and get back to the throne. Will Rhea beat Charlotte at her own game? Or will the Queen put the champion in checkmate?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who’s the better player once and for all!

Rhea and Charlotte stare down at the bell, but Rhea smirks. Fans rally up as the two slowly circle. Rhea brushes off the fans chanting for Charlotte, then she and Charlotte tie up. They go around, Charlotte puts Rhea in a corner but Rhea powers out. The two break, Charlotte keeps her cool, but then fans chant “WE WANT BECKY!” Charlotte flips the fans off!! Rhea and Charlotte tie up, Charlotte waistlocks but Rhea switches. Charlotte pulls hair to turn things around but Rhea HEADBUTTS! Charlotte SLAPS, Rhea SLAPS back! Rhea blocks the boot, throws Charlotte down, and then says neener neener. Charlotte get sup, Rhea dodges, runs and dropkicks Charlotte down!

Charlotte ends up in a corner, Rhea runs in but is put on the corner. Rhea throws forearms, pulls Charlotte to the apron but Charlotte hits back! They brawl on the edge, Charlotte CHOP but Rhea fireman’s carries! Charlotte fights free, kicks the leg but Rhea dodges the chop block to drop knees! Rhea runs to baseball slide Charlotte to the floor! Rhea goes back to apron for a CANNONBALL, but Charlotte moves! Rhea lands on the floor, gets to barriers, but Charlotte SHOTGUNS her into them! Charlotte puts Rhea in, covers, ONE! Charlotte is annoyed but she looms over Rhea. Charlotte gets Rhea up to EXPLODER her into the corner! And kip up!

Charlotte stomps a mudhole into Rhea, the ref counts but Charlotte lets off at 4. Charlotte gets a leg, drags Rhea around and throws her down, covers, TWO! Charlotte sits Rhea up for a thrashing chinlock. Fans rally for Rhea as she fights up, but Charlotte throws her down by her hair! Charlotte shows off with a handspring and BOOT! Charlotte eggs Rhea on, Rhea hits back but Charlotte clubs her. They brawl as Rhea gets up, and Charlotte brings Rhea around to scoop. Rhea slips out, waistlocks, but Charlotte elbows out hard! Fans duel, Rhea elbows Charlotte but Charlotte hits back! Charlotte puts a leg on ropes but Rhea disrupts the knee drop and dumps Charlotte out!

Rhea catches her breath while Charlotte is down. Fans still want Becky but Rhea pursues Charlotte and leaps of steps, CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Rhea fires up! Rhea chases Charlotte back into the ring, swings her around and throws short arm lariats! Charlotte ducks one, breaks free, but Rhea HEADBUTTS again! Rhea snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks Charlotte down! Rhea wants Texas to get loud and they fire up. Rhea cravats to throw in knees, but Charlotte breaks free, only to get a HOOK KICK! Rhea hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Charlotte rolls to ropes and fans rally up as Rhea chases after.

Charlotte hotshots Rhea, then gets in to waistlock. Rhea bucks her off, swings, but into a waistlock. Back suplex, but Rhea land son her feet to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea gets up, climbs a corner, leaps at Charlotte, but Charlotte catches the missile dropkick to a BOSTON CRAB! Rhea endures, powers out, sits on a corner, TWO! Rhea gets up but Charlotte trips her to step through. Rhea rolls back to a leg clutch cover, TWO! Rhea kicks but Charlotte ducks to BOOT Rhea down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte is a bit surprised but she thinks of what she has to do to win. Charlotte drags Rhea to a corner, goes up top, but Rhea trips her up!

Charlotte staggers, Rhea gets her up on the ropes again and Electric Chair lifts! Charlotte holds ropes but Rhea gets her arms, only for Charlotte to turn and sunset flip! Rhea rolls through, double pump handle and she flings Charlotte into a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO!! Rhea grows frustrated as Charlotte survives. Charlotte slowly rises, fans still want Becky, but Rhea CHOPS Charlotte! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Rhea whips, Charlotte reverses and she sends Rhea tumbling up and out! Charlotte fires up, Rhea is on the apron, and Charlotte BOOTS her back down! Charlotte goes up top, fans get on their feet for the SUPER MOONSAULT!! DIRECT HIT!

Charlotte gets up and fans are thunderous as she brings Rhea up again. Charlotte puts Rhea in the ring, then NATURAL- NO! Rhea slips free, trips Charlotte, and ties up the legs! PRISM TRAP! Charlotte endures a leg lock now, but she rolls and drags Rhea to a cover, TWO! Charlotte gets up to get a ROUNDHOUSE from Rhea! Rhea pump handles, RIP- DDT?!? Charlotte counters, covers, TWO!?! Rhea survives and Charlotte is in shock! Charlotte gets emotional, Rhea rolls away, but then Charlotte refocuses. Charlotte and Rhea start throwing hands back and forth and fans fire up! Charlotte CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS!

Rhea back elbows outta nowhere! Then she dodges a boot but the elbow hits! Feet on the ropes in the cover, but the ref sees it! Charlotte feels foolish for getting caught, but she gets mad at the ref about it! Charlotte backs off, but Rhea KICKS from below! Rhea slaps sense into herself, runs in and RAMS into Charlotte! And again! The ref counts, Rhea lets off and she gets Charlotte up top. Rhea throws hands, Charlotte hits back, they brawl but Rhea ROCKS Charlotte. Rhea climbs, fans fire up, and Rhea gets Charlotte up, only for Charlotte to attack the leg! Rhea tumbles, Charlotte adjusts, SUPER NATURAL SELECTION!?! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?! HOW!?!?

The Queen is beside herself as Rhea survives. “This is Awesome!” as Rhea writhes and Charlotte tries to compose herself. Charlotte glares at Rhea, gets a leg, but Rhea schoolgirls Charlotte into buckles! Charlotte falls out of the ring, Rhea gets up and fans rally up. Rhea bumps her head off the mat to fire herself back up, and she gets Charlotte up. Charlotte POSTS Rhea! And then puts a leg inside the steel steps!? Charlotte BOOTS the steps! And again! And again!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte gets in to get the leg! FIGURE FOUR!! FIGURE EIGHT!! Rhea endures but she’s caught, she TAPS! Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)

The Queen again defeats the Nightmare when it counts the most! WrestleMania 36, MITB 2021, Charlotte takes a title from Rhea and is back on top! And with the fight it took to get this belt back, will Charlotte keep this crown for a good, long time?

 

Matt Riddle talks with Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs.

The Bro talks with his fellow MITB entrant and the rockin’ bard. Riddle digs Boogs’ vibe and can totally shred. He’s like a modern day Shreddy Kruger. Boogs digs that reference, and says he and #Kingsuke dig Riddle’s vibe, too. Boogs wishes Riddle luck, but Riddle wishes Nakamura luck, too. Riddle just wishes his best bro, Randy Orton, was here. Riddle says Orton is one of Boogs’ biggest fans. REALLY!? Well, okay, Orton’s never said that but he and Riddle are best buds so Riddle can tell. Riddle imagines Orton as a king! King Randy! Huge snake with a crown! And then no one would wear pants, because Orton hates pants.

Riddle asks Boogs a favor before they all go out there. Can he play Randy Orton’s theme song? Uh… Boogs has never played it before, so he isn’t so sure. JUST KIDDING! It’s the best song ever! Riddle sings the opening lyrics, Boogs does a cover of Voices, Nakamura rolls his eyes, but he does do the Orton pose. And then Kevin Owens walks in. Kevin has no idea what he’s witnessing, so he just heads to the stage.

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Match!

We’ve heard from McIntyre saying this is a desperate situation, and we just saw Riddle and the King of Strong Style rock out with Boogs. The Prizefighter shrugs off what he just saw to get fired up! Kevin, Riddle, Nakamura, Ricochet, Morrison (with The Miz rolling in with him), Big E, Seth Rollins, and of course McIntyre himself, are all hungry for that golden ticket in the briefcase. But who will be the most willing to risk their physical well-being to win the prize?

The bell rings and the brawling begins! Kevin is after McIntyre, Big E is after Ricochet, Riddle and Nakamura brawl despite their chat earlier, but Rollins and Morrison bail out. McIntyre switches to Nakamura, Riddle goes after Kevin, Big E is still after Ricochet, but Rollins and Morrison start  to argue about who is the true Drip King of WWE!? Riddle goes to the apron and PUNTS Rollins! Morrison laughs at the Architect, but Ricochet FLIES over Riddle to take down Morrison! Rollins laughs but now Riddle FLOATING BROS onto Rollins! Fans fire up as Kevin runs but Big E CLOBBERS him! McIntyre throws Nakamura out, and look who’s alone in the ring!

Fans fire up seeing Big E and McIntyre stare down. Riddle gets in but he gets an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly from Big E! Ricochet springboards in, gets caught by McIntyre, and McIntyre TOSSES Ricochet out! Big E runs to hit Rollins, McIntyre fires up and fans do, too! The haymakers and forearms start flying, Big E gets the edge and runs, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre runs, Big E gets up to throw him to the apron. Big E runs to SPEAR SUICIDA! Both men crash down, and Kevin gets a ladder in the ring! Nakamura runs in, kicks the ladder down then WHEEL KICKS Kevin! Nakamura gets Kevin for an INVERTED EXPLODER onto the ladder!

Nakamura gets the ladder up as Kevin bails out. Riddle kicks Morrison around but Morrison RAMS Riddle into apron. Morrison gets in to KICK Nakamura’s leg and then DECK him with a right! Morrison climbs but Nakamura gets up to shove the ladder! Morrison flips through to land on his feet! Morrison steadies the ladder but Nakamura pushes him into a corner with it. Morrison reaches through to poke Nakamura in the eye! Morrison goes up the corner, up the ladder, and leap frog TORNILLOS onto Nakamura! Fans fire up as Johnny Drip Drip uses that parkour power! Morrison gets the ladder up, climbs it as fans chant, but Nakamura moves the ladder around again.

Nakamura climbs, throws body shots and forearms on Morrison, then climbs up to get a ESCALATED TRIANGLE! Rollins springboards in to KNEE Nakamura down! Morrison also falls, and the drip warriors stare down again. Fans chant “DRIP! DRIP! DRIP!” and they make an alliance! They stomp away on Nakamura, get the ladder up and RAM Nakamura with it! Then they RAM Big E off the apron! And RAM McIntyre! And Riddle! Riddle flounders, Rollins feeds him to Morrison’s fireman’s carry, SAMOAN POP on the ladder! Riddle writhes and flounders, clutching that elbow! The drip bois get the ladder on the ropes but Ricochet fires off hands!

Ricochet CHOPS Morrison, haymakers Rollins, but Rollins shoves Ricochet, and the drip bois double BACK DROP Ricochet onto the ladder! Ricochet writhes away but Big E gets a ladder of his own into the ring. Rollins intercepts, Morrison dropkicks the ladder to jam it into Big E! The drip bois high five but Kevin drags Rollins out! Morrison saves Rollins with a kick! Rollins and Morrison stomp Kevin down, then they clear off the announce desk! Rollins SLAMS the hood down on Ricochet, then Morrison SHINING WIZARDS Kevin! The drip bois get the ladder up and make a bridge. Fans want tables but they’re getting a bit more than that here!

Rollins has Morrison fetch Kevin but Kevin hits back! Kevin throws Rollins into ladders, hobbles into the ring, but Rollins hobbles and chases him down! Rollins clubs Kevin down, Morrison KICKS Kevin in the leg! And then switchblade kicks Kevin for good measure. Rollins and Morrison get a ladder but Kevin boots it first! Kevin QUEBRADAS the ladder?! It flattens Morrison and Rollins, and fans fire up! Kevin sits the ladder up on its side, then drags Rollins up to reel him in. Morrison saves Rollins again by hitting Kevin with a forearm! Rollins gets Kevin in position, he and Morrison DOUBLE SUPLEX Kevin for a FALCON ARROW on the ladder!!

Morrison says that’s the power of drip! The drip bois kick Kevin out of the ring, but McIntyre sneaks up behind them! McIntyre fires off haymakers and CHOPS! He CHOPS Morrison off his feet, then CHOPS Rollins off his! McIntyre windmill haymakers and stomps Morrison and fans fire up with him! McIntyre gets Morrison up, fireman’s carries, but Rollins ROCKS McIntyre! Morrison ROUNDHOUSES, Rollins DREAM SMASHER ELBOWS! McIntyre is down on a ladder, the drip bois push him around into position, and Morrison goes up top. Rollins holds McIntyre down for Morrison’s FLYING KONG ELBOW?! It was a clipping blow and double-edged!

Rollins has the ladder and he RAMS McIntyre down for good measure! But then he RAMS Morrison! No more drip bois, just Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Rollins stands the ladder up, climbs up all alone, but Big E and Ricochet pull him down! They and Nakamura mug Rollins, Riddle hits an RKO on Rollins!! That’s for you, Randy! But now everyone goes for the ladder! Riddle boots Big E, Nakamura ENZIGURIS Ricochet! Riddle pushes the ladder down but Nakamura gets a strike fest! Riddle dodges the ax kick to give his own strikes, then spins through one of Nakamura’s kicks, only for Nakamura to block the Pele! DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES stagger both men!

Riddle reaches out, but here comes McIntyre with a DOUBLE CLAYMORE!! Big E is stalking McIntyre, and he runs in, only for McIntyre to spin him around into a FUTURE SHOCK DDT! McIntyre has cleared a path, but here comes Ricochet! McIntyre blocks the rana, pops Ricochet to an Electric Chair, but Ricochet fights! POISON- NO! McIntyre blocks the inverted steiner and has the inverted ALABAMA SLAM into a ladder!! Ricochet flops out of the ring and again, McIntyre’s path is clear. Fans are torn, but McIntyre builds speed?! To FLY!! Down goes Ricochet, Riddle, Morrison, Nakamura and Big E!

Fans fire up as McIntyre gets in, but Rollins runs over! McIntyre avoids an attack to GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre aims, gives us the countdown, CLAYMORE!! Direct hit and NOW McIntyre has a clear path! He sets the ladder up under the case, climbs up, but here comes VEER! And SHANKY! Jinder Mahal’s minions are getting revenge on McIntyre over the Modern Day Maharaja’s motorcycle! Veer & Shanky mug McIntyre as fans boo and they shove him out of the ring, for Jinder himself to JAM a chair into him! And SMACK McIntyre on the back! Mahal keeps McIntyre going up the ramp with more chair shots! SMACK after SMACK as McIntyre is down!

Veer & Shanky drag McIntyre away for Mahal, but back in the ring, Riddle has the ladder up! Riddle climbs, but Ricochet is at a corner! Ricochet tightrope walks and SPRINGBOARDS to the ladder! Ricochet fires off hands, knocks Riddle down, then reaches out! But Riddle pushes things over, Ricochet jumps to the rope and SPRINGBOARD SWANTONS onto everyone else!! Fans are thunderous and even Riddle is shocked seeing that! Riddle sets the ladder quickly but Ricochet is back! Ricochet climbs, Riddle clubs him, they brawl up top! Riddle has a double wristlock but Ricochet rakes Riddle’s eyes! Ricochet tries to suplex but Riddle resists!

Rollins sets another ladder right next to the other, and climbs up while Riddle and Ricochet brawl! Big E yanks Rollins down to throw him away! Big E gets Riddle for an Electric Chair but Riddle fights free, to RKO AGAIN! Riddle gets Ricochet, ANOTHER RKO! The Viper’s spirit is strong in the Stallion, only for Rollins to CURB STOMP it out!! But Nakamura fireman’s carries Rollins for a GO TO SLEEP!? Nakamura climbs the ladder Rollins set up, Morrison climbs the other one. DRIP STICK SQUIRT SQUIRT! Morrison smacks Nakamura’s head off the ladder and down he goes! Morrison climbs but Kevin yanks Morrison down! Kick and STUNNER!

Kevin hobbles back up but Nakamura drags him back down, STUNNER! Ricochet returns, he gets after Kevin, Kevin gets him a STUN- NO! Ricochet runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Kevin hurries up the bigger ladder, reaches out, but Rollins attacks the bad leg! Kevin slides down, Rollins has him in position, POWERBOMB through the ladder bridge!!! Fans lose their minds as referees check on Kevin! Rollins hurries to his ladder, gets it centered, “This is Awesome!” because Big E returns! Big E grabs at Rollins but Rollins transfers to the other ladder. Big E clubs away on Rollins’ back, scoops him, SUPER BIG ENDING!!! Big E climbs, fans are going nuts, BIG E WINS!!

Winner: Big E (NEW Mr. Money in the Bank)

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that goes for the BIGGEST moment in Big E’s WWE career! Big E wins this contract the very first time he gets at it, and now things could be changing BIG time!

 

Seth Rollins is backstage, very upset.

The Architect refuses to accept this loss, and Kevin Patrick comes by to interview him. It was a valiant effort- Effort? EFFORT?! That wasn’t good enough!! This was Rollins’ destiny! DESTINY! He should be Universal Champion, but it got stolen from him! He was robbed! Rollins shouldn’t have needed to be in the MITB match in the first place! He should’ve been in the main event tonight! But Edge stole that from Rollins…! Rollins says, “Change,” over and over and over, and then says he needs a new plan. Rollins says whoever wins tonight, he’s not waiting. “I’m next in line. I’M NEXT IN LINE!!” If that’s the case, then will it be Tribal Chief or Rated R Superstar Rollins steps to?

 

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

The Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (Mostly) Uncontroverted Universal Heavyweight Champion, The End All Be All, Center of the WWE Universe, THE Main Event of ALL Sports Entertainment… fears Edge! Roman will never admit it, it is not on a win-loss record, but Roman has tapped out to Edge’s brutal crossface every single time Edge clamps it on! The Tribal Chief refuses to accept the truth, but will the Rated R Superstar make Roman acknowledge him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the 1v1 Edge was refused at WrestleMania 37 finally happens in Fort Worth!

Fans are fired up already as Roman and Edge stare down. They slowly approach, Roman talks some trash, fans duel and that annoys Roman because it should just be about him. Edge just soaks it all in as he and Roman circle. They tie up, go around, and Roman powers Edge to a corner. The ref calls for a ropebreak, Roman lets off with a pie face. Edge keeps his cool as fans boo and Roman talks smack. Edge and Roman circle again, fans fire up again, and they tie up again. Edge powers Roman back to a corner now, and then Edge returns the pie face! Roman seethes but stays focused as he and Edge reset. Fans are strongly behind Edge now and that annoys Roman more.

Roman and Edge tie up again, Edge waistlocks but Roman works on an escape. Edge gets Roman on the mat, rear mounts, and slaps him around! Roman seethes as Edge says, “I can do this all day.” Edge and Roman circle again, they tie up again, and Edge waistlocks to a headlock. Roman powers out and runs Edge over with a shoulder! Edge bails out and Roman talks a lot of trash. Fans are fired up both ways as a ring count begins. Edge takes his time, the count is 8 of 10 when he returns. Then Edge bails right back out to give himself another 10 count. Edge returns at 6 this time, and fans rally as Edge and Roman circle yet again.

They tie up, Edge wrenches, hits elbow breaker after elbow breaker, then an ARM JAMMER! Edge wrenches again, but Roman ROCKS him with a right! Roman gets Edge up to headbutt him, then CLUBS him in the corner. Roman gets Edge up again, bumps him off buckles, then digs his palm into Edge’s face before he gives those point-blank lariats! The ref counts, Roman lets off, but then comes back. Edge blocks a lariat to wrap the arm around ropes! Edge CLUBS the arm, and his target is clear! Edge POSTS Roman, then takes him to the other corner to POST him again! Edge goes after the arm and gets Roman down but Roman bails out fast! No crossface just yet!

Roman paces, using the count to his advantage now. Heyman coaches Roman as we pass 5 of 10, and then Roman gets in at 7. Heyman says to teach Edge what fear is, but Edge forearms Roman! Roman forearms back, Edge forearms again! They go back and forth, Roman gets the edge but Edge BOOTS the arm! Edge runs to KNEE Roman out of the ring! Roman gets up but Edge comes in around the way, only to run into a SAMOAN DROP! The ring count climbs again, we’re at 5 of 10 as Roman gets up. Roman gets in at 6, then exits at 8 to go after Edge. Roman POSTS Edge, then goes back into the ring. Now Roman will let the count take care of Edge!

Edge sits up at 6 of 10, gets up at 8, and slides in at 9! Roman is annoyed and he stomps Edge down. Roman gets Edge up, knees him in the side, then stomps a mudhole into him at the corner. The ref counts, Roman digs his boot in, but lets off at 4. Roman glares at the ref as the ref reprimands him, but Roman gets Edge up to throw him back out. Roman follows, bumps Edge off steel steps, then drags him up again just to smack him back off the steps. Roman puts Edge in, covers, TWO! Roman is furious so he rains down forearms on Edge! Edge can’t even get a guard up as Roman throws headbutts! Fans rally and duel again as Roman lets off.

Roman talks trash as he paces around, and he drags Edge. “You’re trying to take my money, huh?” Roman POSTS Edge! Fans duel harder than ever and Roman can’t believe fans are booing him when he’s winning! Roman gets Edge out of the corner, makes fans look at him, and says, “This is what happens when you get in here with the Head of the Table!” Roman POSTS Edge again! Fans boo as Roman swaggers around, then he snap suplexes Edge! Cover, TWO! Roman clamps on the inverted cravat to crank Edge’s neck! Edge endures as Roman leans all his weight on him. Fans rally up, Edge pries at the hold, and he fights up off the mat!

Roman tells Edge not to do this, but Edge pries the hold open! Roman just shifts to a sleeper! Roman thrashes Edge down to the mat, and Roman says, “I could lay on this sumbish all night long!” Roman squeezes tight but Edge still endures. Fans rally up, Roman throws his weight down on Edge, and Edge starts to turn red in the face. Roman doesn’t want fans to clap but they clap! They rally up, Edge gets a second wind, and the fans fire up! Edge stands, throws body shots and is free! Edge runs but into an uppercut! Edge goes down and ends up on ropes! Roman goes out to the apron, takes his time going down the steps, and builds speed to DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! “OH YESSIR!”

Roman pushes Edge into the corner, covers, TWO! Edge is still in this and Roman is growing frustrated. Roman goes to a corner as Edge flounders his way to the other, and Roman locks ‘n’ loads! Roman aims at Edge as he stands, SUPERMAN- NO! Edge ducks to backslide! TWO!! DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down! And yet Heyman is the one stunned! Fans fire up again as Edge and Roman stir. A standing count begins, it reaches 5 of 10, but Roman sits up at 6. Roman gets up, Edge follows, we’re at 9 as both men are on their feet! Edge throws a forearm, Roman rebounds to give it back! Edge rebounds to give another, but so does Roman!

Edge, Roman, Edge, Roman, then Roman gets the edge on Edge again! Edge dodges the uppercut to get an EDGE-O-MATIC!! Cover, TWO!! Edge sighs and gets back to ropes. Fans are thunderous as Edge rises, and he snarls as he looks at Roman. Roman staggers up, Edge CLOBBERS him! Roman boots from a corner, runs, but Edge hits a FLAPJACK! Then an IMPALER!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives #Edge-ecution, and fans are hoping these two “Fight Forever!” at this rate. But someone has to win, Edge gets up and stalks Roman to a corner. Edge CLUBS Roman, ROCKS him with a right, then puts him up top backwards.

Edge climbs up behind Roman, but Roman elbows Edge down! Edge is on the apron, Roman catches his breath but Edge goes up to SMACK Roman off the post! Roman ends up in a Tree of Woe! Edge hurries back in as Heyman protests, and Edge stomps a mudhole into Roman! The ref counts, Edge lets off at 3! Roman falls out of the Tree but Edge gets him for an STF!! Roman endures a form of the crossface, pries at the hold, but Edge clamps it on tighter! Roman crawls, drags himself and Edge along, Heyman stresses out, but Edge shifts to a FULL CROSSFACE! The arm is caught, Roman shows fear in his eyes again! Roman scoots, reaches, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

Edge holds until the ref counts 4, and both men are down again. Edge slithers to a corner as he watches Roman. Roman slowly rises, Edge wants his target! Edge runs in, SPE- NO! GUILLOTINE!! Roman catches the Spear but Edge still RAMS Roman into a corner! Roman lets go, but then just shifts to the other arm! Roman cranks back on the Guillotine but Edge endures! Edge reaches, but he’s turning red again! Edge gets a third wind and he powers Roman OUT of the ring! They tumble and hit the floor and a ring count begins. Roman and Edge stir as we reach 5 of 10. Roman gets in at 6 to refresh the count, and he aims at Edge.

Roman runs in, but Edge dodges! Roman spears himself through barriers!! Edge hurries back to the ring and has the ref stop counting. Edge goes back out to fetch Roman because he has to win this in the ring but he SPEARS Roman through more barriers!! Heyman is freaking out, as are the fans, and Edge drags Roman up. Edge fireman’s carries Roman to the ring and gets him in at 8 of 10! Edge drags Roman back to center, covers, TWO?!?! Roman barely survives and no one can believe it! Edge sits up as fans are electric! Edge stands, brings Roman up, reels him in, but Roman resists the DDT! Roman ROCKS Edge with an uppercut, then runs, SPUERMAN PUNCH!

But Edge falls into the ref! Heyman points that out to Roman, and they both look at each other. Roman looks back at the downed ref, and now the door is wide open! Roman goes out of the ring, looks at what’s around, and takes the timekeeper’s chair away. Roman breaks off the crossbar, just as he did Friday, and as Edge has done time and again! Roman brings the crossbar to the ring, saying he’s going to teach Edge a lesson about fear! Fans boo as Roman creeps up on Edge. Roman tells fans to shut up but they boo harder. Roman gets Edge, but Edge holds off the crossbar! Edge throws elbows, haymakers, and then HEADBUTTS!! SO MANY HEADBUTTS!!

Heyman tries to shout to the WWE officials and medics helping the ref about this but they leave as Edge puts on THE CROSSBAR CROSSFACE!!! Roman’s eyes are full of fear again as his mouth is full of metal again! But here come the USOS! But behind the Usos are the Mysterios! Jimmy & Jey get in but are pulled right back out by Rey & Dom! Revenge for the tag titles as Dom SEATED SENTONS Jimmy and Rey RANAS Jey! The Mysterios run the Usos off, Roman is fading!! If only there was a ref! But then Roman gets a second wind, but wait, something’s coming in from the crowd! It’s ROLLISN! SUPERKICK to Edge!! The Architect wants next, but why did he stop Edge?!

Rollins storms off, having gotten some payback on Edge. Roman crawls, Edge stirs, but there’s still no ref to call anything! Roman says he never gives up! The Bloodline owns everything! “I’ve got the juice!” Roman fires himself up as fans boo, and Roman lets out the battle cry, “OOOAAH~!” Roman runs in, but Edge SPEARS him first!!! Cover but where’s a REF?!?! This is a five count! Here’s a ref, the count now, TWO!??!! This was Edge’s if not for Rollins!! Heyman is the only one elated about this! “This is Awesome!” and somehow still not over! Edge goes back to a corner, he watches Roman flounder, and ten Rollins returns?! Edge BOOTS Rollins, Roman SPEARS Edge!! Cover, Roman wins!!!

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

And it is all thanks to the Architect!! Rollins may have wanted next, but he made sure it wasn’t the Rated R Superstar! Roman draws ever closer to one full year as champion, is he going to make it there now?

And then Rollins goes after Edge to vent with furious fists! Fans boo as Rollins stomps away, then Rollins and Roman lock eyes. Rollins tells Roman that this is all thanks to him! This isn’t Roman’s show! But then Edge goes after Rollins! Edge throws Rollins out of the ring, then into barriers! And then over barriers! And then they brawl in front of the fans! They fight to the back and Roman finally gets to celebrate in the ring. Heyman fetches a mic for Roman and hands it over. Fans boo as Roman looks to address the WWE Universe. “Now the whole world can acknowledge me!” BUT WAIT! IS THAT JOHN CENA?!?!

Fort Worth practically explodes as Cena is back! Cena says he missed us all, and he gets in the ring! Cena gets to run the ropes and throw his hat again for the first time in over a year! Roman and Heyman are the only ones not happy about this. Cena steps closer, and closer, and looks at the Universal Championship. Then with his hand gesture says, “You Can’t See Me!” Fans are thunderous for the return of the 16 time world champion, but is he planning on making the 17th universal?


My Thoughts:

What! A! Night! Alright, not everything was perfect, and there was an entire rant I had in real-life about the Peacock having those damn technical difficulties as the Men’s MITB was about to start. But I can’t hold the errors of that overrated streaming service against the WWE, this show was awesome. And you know it’s awesome when the kickoff match gets a “This is Awesome!” chant. The Usos VS Mysterios was great stuff, and the Mysterious had an amazing entrance with the “portal,” but I am utterly shocked that the Usos won. I thought Jimmy’s DUI was going to get in the way, but there was that oddly humorous little allusion to it when Roman was talking with the Usos. Maybe there’s something going on that’s under wraps since it is technically a personal issue.

The Women’s MITB opening was a great move, because it teased a cash-in, though not getting one tonight was a bummer. It was a great match, and I like that the others buried Alexa under ladders to keep her down. Though, it was also like the perfect set-up to her using Fiend powers to teleport and be in the ring. Fans were really behind Liv, but I just knew from Friday that the math wasn’t in her favor anymore. Still, she seemed almost legitimately emotional in the kickoff and after the match, you do have to feel for her. But Nikki winning it by simply getting up and over everyone was the most creative way to win any ladder match period. Nikki’s been on a great roll, even if it was all quick pin wins, and she is going to have a lot of fun with that briefcase.

Speaking of that women’s title match, Rhea VS Charlotte here might’ve topped their WrestleMania 36 match. Charlotte still has Rhea’s number and wins again, but that’s part of why I was hoping for some kind of same night cash-in from Ms. MITB. I suppose Charlotte will build to a SummerSlam match with someone while Nikki just waits in the background. With pieces moving all over the place because Vince is impulsive, no Mandy & Dana to challenge Natty & Tamina, and that also makes you wonder what Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler are going to do. I honestly feel like this could be an opening for Shayna to get back up after the Lily debacle, but Alexa could also move up, eventually pitting her and Nikki against each other again.

The Raw Tag Team Championship match was very good, Omos is really coming into his own. He isn’t just a big guy who lumbers around and relies too much on how he’s the big guy, he is actually doing some stuff in there. For that reason, it’s why he and Styles are champions at all, and they get a great win over the Viking Raiders. Then, I was a little surprised the world title went before the men’s MITB, I would’ve thought they’d want maximum MITB tease, but guess they figured to put that more on the Universal title. At the same time, I don’t think we’ve ever gotten a case where on MITB PPV night, a (Heel) champion insisted they go before the respective MITB match to avoid a cash-in.

This wasn’t that, and Lashley VS Kofi was brutal because Lashley was destroying Kofi. I feel like it would’ve been a better match if, y’know, Kofi got to give Lashley a fight. Yes, it was pretty apparent from the math that Lashley was winning, but why is it that Kofi was only strong during KofiMania at WrestleMania 35? Lesnar squashes him, Kofi gets more tag titles, but then can’t even put a dent in Lashley tonight. But we got an awesome Men’s MITB to make up for some of that. The lead in with Boogs and Riddle was great, I loved that Rollins and Morrison first argued then teamed up over their shared dripocity, and naturally, Mahal and his guys keep McIntyre out of the running.

There was a lot of great innovation in the Men’s MITB, some slightly really rough stuff, but Ricochet got to do some amazing stuff, too. Big E winning is amazing, and apparently there are rumors of a New Day/unicorn design for the briefcase already in the works so that is great. When a superstar gets to customize the briefcase, you know something special- Well, okay, Damien Sandow got to customize his briefcase and then he got buried like a chump by Cena. But for the most part, a custom briefcase is a sign of big things so hopefully that’s how it is for Big E.

Then the Universal Championship was another epic from Roman and Edge, a lot of great story beats borrowed from previous encounters, but they did one sloppy ass job with that ref bump. And also getting a new ref out there, but I suppose how else was “The Deal” supposed to be used? Can’t crossbar crossface someone in a normal match, that’s a DQ, so the WWE had to look like a bungling management system for a minute to make it work. I like that the Usos were thwarted by the Mysterios, and I hope we get a rematch of those two on the way to SummerSlam, if not AT SummerSlam.

Rollins costing Edge was a given but it does contradict with how he said he didn’t care. He obviously did care, he didn’t want Edge winning. Roman wins, Edge and Rollins fight, and those two will go on a detour for SummerSlam so that JOHN CENA can be Roman’s next opponent! A little disappointed we never got “Cena breaks out of Firefly Funhouse” as a story arc, but screw it, WWE isn’t even using Fiend right now because they’ve hit another Vince creativity anomaly or something. But I think there was continuity in that the outfit Cena wore tonight was the same one he wore in the Firefly Funhouse Match, so that’s something.

Roman VS Cena 2 for SummerSlam is going to be great, and it’s already a great story: Roman’s dominance as Tribal Chief or Cena’s historic 17th top title reign, something’s gotta give.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/28/22)

The Super Juniors keep going!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Who stays alive in round five?

NJPW isn’t slowing down, they’re just speeding things up with another night of the Super Jr. Tag League! Will Ace Austin & Chris Bey be the ONLY 5-0 team?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight; Taguchi & Connors win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo; TJP & Akira win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi & Titan win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Yoh & Lio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight!

The Wild Hips and the #TimeJet are both down after round four, and are walking on the edge of elimination! Who stays alive in round and who runs out of time?

Knight shows off his new orange sweatpants, and says it’s for their team, “Time 2 Fly.” Taguchi doesn’t understand why, but Kushida says Taguchi is just jealous. Taguchi offers a beer? Fans applaud and Knight accepts it. He and Connors toast, crack ’em open and sip. Fans applaud the sportsmanship, and the fans sort out. Taguchi and Knight start, fans rally as they circle. They both show off their footwork, Taguchi tests the water with a jump and Knight backs away. Then Knight jumps and Taguchi backs away. Fans applaud as both men are aware of the other’s air moves.

Knight and Taguchi circle, tie up, and Taguchi waistlocks. Knight switches, Taguchi wrenches out and has the wristlock. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud as Knight has the wristlock. Taguchi rolls and trips Knight to a toehold. Knight endures, gets Taguchi with a chinlock and brings him down. Taguchi rolls but Kushida stays on him! They stand and Knight wrenches to another wristlock. Knight whips, Taguchi reverses and Taguchi runs in, but Knight dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Taguchi up but Taguchi pushes him away, and both men go to their corners.

Kushida tags in, Connors does, too. They circle, tie up and Kushida headlocks. Connors powers out but Kushida runs him over. Things keep moving, Connors hip tosses but Kushida makes that an arm-drag! Connors runs back in but into another arm-drag! Kushida goes for another but Connors avoids the arm-drag, to CLUB Kushida down! Fans applaud as Connors brings Kushida up. Knight tags in as Connors whips, and Kushida reverses the whip. Time Jet bypasses Connors, Knight drop toeholds and wrenches the arm. Kushida knocks Taguchi down then PENALTY KICKS Connors’ arm! Fans fire up as Time Jet have a secret handshake!

Knight drags Connors up and wrenches the arm, then tags Kushida back in. Knight hands off the arm for Kushida to wrench, then he tags back in. Kushida hands off the arm for Knight to wrench. And then they handoff the wrench over and over and over! Then they double wrench, snapmare and double knee drop the arms! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Knight drags Connors up. Knight has an armlock and he grinds the shoulder but Connors fights up. Connors throws body shots, but Knight knees low! Knight says its time, he runs, but Connors drops and POUNCES! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Connors and Knight crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kushida and Taguchi! Kushida dodges to kick and run, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Kushida against ropes! And again! And then the baseball slide and APRON HIP! Fans applaud, Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi brings Kushida up, fans rally, and Taguchi snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex for Dos Amigos! But Kushida slips free of the third for a ROLLING ELBOW! Kushida runs but Taguchi mule kicks him! But Kushida winds up, only for Taguchi to block the fastball! Taguchi winds up, SIDE ARM BODY SHOT!

Fans fire up while Taguchi tags in Connors. Wild Hips put Kushida in the corner and Connors ROCKS him. Wild Hips coordinate, for the WHIP HIP! And then another! Knight comes in, but he gets a WHIP HIP! Then Taguchi whips Connors to WHIP HIP Kushida! And WHIP HIP Knight! Fans fire up with Wild Hips and Connors whips Taguchi in, but Kushida dodges! Kushida elbows Taguchi to keep him in the corner, then sits him down. Connors runs in, but Kushida drop toeholds Connors into Taguchi’s gooch! Connors sits up in a daze, Kushida whips and hip tosses to handspring basement dropkick!

Tag to Knight and he runs at Connors to SPLASH! Knight runs to SPLASH Taguchi! And SPLASH Connors again! Taguchi runs in but Knight dodges, the HIP ATTACK hits Connors! Knight SPLASHES them both! Taguchi falls down, Knight scoops and SLAMS Connors! Knight then runs from the corner, SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Knight brings Connors up. Knight scoops but Connors slips out. Knight switches, shoves, and DROPKICKS! Kushida hops in and Electric Chair Lifts Connors. Knight says it’s time to fly! DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, but Taguchi barrels in to break it!

Fans fire up, Kushida brings Taguchi up but Taguchi ENZIGURIS! Knight drags Connors up to UPPERCUT! Knight dodges Taguchi again, but Connors gives Taguchi the boost, POUNCE HIP! Fans fire up again and the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida throws Taguchi out then runs at Connors. But Connors dumps Kushida out! Connors drags Knight up, snap suplex! Connors says HE is too fly! Connors goes up the corner and fans rally. But Knight springs up after him! Connors throws body shots and shoves Knight away! Knight comes back, into a FLYING SPEAR!!

Connors drags Knight up, reels him in, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Wild Hips win!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

It may have been #Time2Fly, but it wasn’t their time to win. Will the Wild Hips be untamable on their way to a comeback?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Catch 2/2 may not be the top of the block, but they’re not out of the running either. Can they stay close to the front of the pack? Or will the Murder Machine and Spoiler be a huge spoiler for the United Empire?

As always, Gideon Grey is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. But Sho & Dick attack right at the end! Sho stomps Akira while Dick stomps TJP, but Gideon jumps on Sho! Fans cheer the Orchestrator on but Dick drags him off Sho to SLAP him down! Now Dick & Sho stomp away on Gideon! But Catch 2/2 DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! And then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up with the champs and the bell rings to get this on record. Catch 2/2 put Sho in the ring and they whip him to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN!

TJP snapmares Sho, steps on his face, then covers, TWO! Sho crawls away but TJP is right on him. TJP drags him up, tags in Akira, and fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip to double atomic drop, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Akira taunts Dick then has the ref stop him from getting in. Akira drags Sho up, brings him over, and tags TJP in. TJP sits Sho down and fans fire up as TJP scrapes Sho’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! TJP gets fans on the “CATCH! NI NI!” rhythm. TJP drags Sho up and around to whip to ropes, but Sho reverses.

TJP holds ropes then BOOTS Sho, but Sho distracts the ref from seeing Dick DECK TJP! Sho DECKS Akira, and if only fans could boo, they would. Sho throws TJP out and distracts the ref again so Dick can DECK TJP! Dick then sets TJP up for a PENALTY KICK from the apron! Sho talks trash to the timekeeper, and then Dick sets Akira up for a PENALTY KICK! The ref reprimands but Sho just laughs. Dick rakes TJP’s eyes, ROCKS him with an uppercut, and he CHOKES TJP before putting him in. Dick holds TJP down, the ref reprimands, but Sho ROPE GUILLOTINES! Sho covers, but the ref refuses to count because of the shenanigans!

Sho throws a fit but fans applaud the ref standing up for the rules. Sho tags Dick but fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” Dick and Sho tell the fans to shut up, and Dick headlock punches TJP down! Dick pushes TJP to a cover, but the ref notices it’s a choke! Dick lets off, but he chokes TJP with his knee! The ref reprimands again and Dick lets off to put on a headscissor squeeze. Fans rally as TJP endures. TJP reaches out, turns things over, and he pops out the back. TJP goes for an arm, but Dick slips out to hammerlock TJP back! Dick drags TJP up, snapmares and then FIST DROPS! Cover, TWO! Dick & Sho are frustrated but the fans fire up.

Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” but Dick stands on TJP’s hands. Sho tags in and stands on TJP’s hands. Akira protests, but Sho claws TJP’s face! Akira protests more and the ref finally notices. Sho shifts to have a chinlock so that it’s all legal. Sho digs his knee in and cranks the hold, but fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” TJP fights up, throws body shots and is free. TJP runs, kicks Sho’s back drop away, and even dodges Dick’s sucker punch to dropkick him down! Sho runs in, TJP goes up and over and TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down, fans fire up as TJP crawls over! Hot tag to Akira! Akira runs in at Sho to clothselien in the corner!

Akira keeps moving, he back elbows in the corner! Akira goes up top but Dick anchors a foot! Akira kicks Dick away, jumps over Sho, but Sho hits low. Sho runs, Akira follows and wheelbarrows to STOMP 182! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Akira brings Sho up. Akira chicken wings the arms, lifts and HIGH- NO, Sho fights the suplex to wrench an arm. Sho bends the fingers! The ref reprimands, Akira swings on Sho, but Sho rakes Akira’s eyes first! Sho runs, but Akira BOOTS him! Akira runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho SPEARS Akira down! Fans rally as Sho and Akira stir. Sho tags in Dick!

Dick and Sho stomp Akira around, then drag him up. They double whip him corner to corner, Sho runs in but Akira BOOTS him! Dick runs in but into a backslide! Dick rolls through but Akira uses him as a step to SHOTGUN Sho! Fans fire up but Dick rakes Akira’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick ROCKS Akira then whips him to ropes. TJP sneaks a tag, Akira catches Dick, then TJP rushes in. Dick ducks the superkick but Akira catches that! Akira sends the kick at Dick but Dick blocks that, so Akira ENZIGURIS Dick! Fans fire up as TJP brings Dick around to springboard FLYING FOREARM! And off comes the shirt!

TJP goes to the corner, climbs up top and fans fire up! MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Dick dodges! Dick CLOBBERS TJP! Dick fires up and he stomps TJP around. Dick ROCKS TJP to a corner, whips him corner to corner but TJP reverses and runs in. Dick BOOTS TJP, runs to sunset flip, TWO! TJP sits on it, TWO! Ghost pin from Dick, TWO! CROSSFACE!! TJP endures as Dick pulls back on the hold! Fans rally for “T! J P!” and he reaches back, ROPEBREAK! Dick lets go and he drags TJP up. Dick underhooks the arms, but TJP blocks the Pedigree. Dick CLUBS TJP, hooks him up again, but TJP slips out!

Dick blocks a kick but TJP Rolls to drag Dick down into a PINOY STRETCH!! Akira intercepts Sho with a GUILLOTINE! But Evil & Yujiro grab Gideon! They threaten him, so Catch 2/2 let Sho & Dick go! They say okay, but then here comes AUSSIE OPEN! Davis & Fletcher dodge Evil & Yujiro, pick them up and SANDWICH them! Fans fire up as the Empire stands together! Catch 2/2 focus on Sho & Dick but then Sho & Dick rake their eyes! Dick & Sho whip the champs at each other but they reverse and send Sho & Dick into each other! Akira tosses Sho out, then he and TJP focus on Dick.

TJP brings Dick around to Electric Chair Lift and Akira climbs! Fan sfire up but Sho shoves Akira down! Dick slips off to rake TJP’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick stops, and Dick argues with the ref while Sho gets his wernch! Wait, It’s not there?! Akira has it!! Fans cheer, Akira throws the wrench to TJP! TJP drops the wrench, and plays like he got hit! Fans fire up as Sho & Dick defend their innocence! But Akira then SHOTGUNS Dick into Sho! TJP rolls Dick up, TWO!! Dick swings, into a SUPERKICK from Akira! The champs fire up and run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture keeps trying tricks to win, but they continue to fail! They’re out of the running, will they have even one win before this is done? As for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, can they finish strong and conquer the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The Flying Tigers are right in the middle of it all, but that means they still have an outside shot! Will the Sniper of the Skies and the living legend make that shot? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

The teams sort out and Eagles starts against Zayne. Fans rally and Eagles encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Eagles circles with Zayne. They tie up, Zayne powers Eagles back and headlocks, but Eagles powers out. Zayne turns that around but Eagles holds ropes to block the whip. Zayne keeps trying but Eagles holds on. So Zayne wrenches the arm, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag Zayne! Things speed up, Eagles RANAS but Zayne manages to to handspring through! Fans applaud as Zayne wags his finger. Things speed up again, Zayne rolls off Eagles back!

Things keep moving, Eagles handsprings over the dropdown to strut! Fans applaud, but Zayne sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE! Eagles sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! The dropkicks cancel out, and both handspring up to pose! Fans fire up as Eagles aims his finger gun while Zayne twirls his hair. Zayne and Eagles fist bump to show respect and fans cheer that, too. Lindaman and Tiger tag in and they rush in! Lindaman knees low, CLUBS away, then brings Tiger around. But Tiger clinches! Lindaman ROCKS and whips Tiger, but Tiger reverses, only for Lindaman to come back and pick him up! Tiger fights free to get a SLEEPER!

Lindaman endures, fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Fans rally and Lindaman wants a very special challenge. The ref is to judge who has the better… back muscles? The ref has them stand side by side and he looks them over, and declares TIGER the winner! Lindaman can’t believe it! He boos, then kicks low. Lindaman CLUBS away, runs, but Tiger scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Tiger tells Lindaman he’s a sore loser, then tags in Eagles. Flying Tigers kick, KICK and DOUBLE KICK Lindaman down! Zayne runs in, into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! The Flying Tigers KICK, KICK and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Eagles brings Lindaman up and bumps him off buckles. Eagles CHOPS and then he bumps Lindaman off buckles. Eagles says one more time, and he CHOPS again! Tag to Tiger, he snapmares Lindaman and JABS him in the head with an elbow. Tiger clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Lindaman. Lindaman talks smack even now and Tiger ELBOWS him again! Tag to Eagles and he brings Lindaman up. Fans rally, Eagles whips but Lindaman blocks. Lindaman UPPERCUTS, spins, but Eagles avoids the discus to mule kick! Eagles whips Lindaman but Lindaman reverses! Lindaman runs in, blocks the boots, puts Eagles in the rope to DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Lindaman rolls and tags Zayne. Zayne ELBOWS Tiger off the apron, he blocks Eagles’ kick and spins Eagles around to LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Zayne fires off forearms and elbows! Zayne mule kicks, runs, but Eagles avoids the somersault kick! Zayne avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Eagles into an EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up as Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Eagles goes to a corner. Zayne runs in to ELBOW him, then puts him up top. Zayne climbs up but Eagles throws body shots. Eagles shoves Zayne away but he flips and lands on his feet! Zayne comes back, Eagles leaps, but Zayne blocks the rana!

Zayne swings Eagles back up to POWERBOMB him down! Zayne then hurries to drag Eagles up. Zayne whips but Eagles reverses to kick, but Zayne ducks under it! Zayne hooks Eagles up, TACO- NO, Eagles slips free! Eagles cravats, ASAI DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles and Zayne stir, Eagles crawls to hot tag Tiger! Tiger KICKS Zayne to a corner, whips him corner to corner, then storms up to ROUNDHOUSE! Tiger brings Zayne back out, underhooks, but Zayne fights free! Tiger gets around, Zayne switches but Tiger victory rolls, TWO! Tiger chicken wings but Zayne breaks free.

Tiger kicks Zayne, rolls and drags Zayne down to a KNEEBAR! Zayne reaches out, but Lindaman CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles gets in to ROCK Lindaman and throw him out! Flying Tigers double whip Zayne to a corner, then Eagles goes to the apron. But Zayne slips away before the kick combo connects! Eagles ends up stuck up top, Tiger storms after Zayne and kicks him low. Tiger whips but Zayne reverses, Tiger runs into Eagles’ knees! Zayne runs in, uses Tiger as the boost to SUPER STEINER Eagles! Zayne waistlocks Tiger but Tiger fights the German Suplex. Tiger switches, but right into Lindaman’s waistlock! Zayne SUPERKICKS, but Tiger ducks so it hits Lindaman!

Tiger runs, crucifix takedown, TWO! Tiger underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER!! High stack, but Lindaman breaks it! Eagles kicks Zayne out, fans rally, “GO GO TIGER! GO GO TIGER!” Tiger SOBATS, Eagles mule kicks, and DOUBLE BUZZSAWS take down Zayne! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Flying Tigers coordinate and put Zayne in the corner. They double whip again, then Eagles goes to the apron. BOOT GAMANGIRI COMBO! Tiger then hoists Zayne up top and climbs up after him. Tiger underhooks the arms, but Lindaman CLUBS Tiger down! Tiger fires forearms on Lindaman, but runs into a DROPKICK!

Eagles springboards but Lindaman catches him for an EXPLODER! Tiger swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Zayne adjusts while up top. Lindaman drags Tiger over, KUMAGOROSHI! Lindaman FLIES to take out Eagles! Zayne aims, “ITADAKIMASU~!” CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, #GLEATSAUCE wins!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

GLEAT win for Lindaman & Zayne! They’re still hot in the block, but will they stay hot all the way until the finals? As for the Flying Tigers, have they been grounded once and for all? Or can they reload and try again next round?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Black Mask & El Inmortal are in a great position, having beaten the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and still strong in the block. But will they be careful not to stumble before the end? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master be a roadblock to the finals?

The teams sort out and Douki is calling out Titan. Titan accepts the challenge and fans rally at the bell. Douki and Titan circle, tie up, and Douki waistlocks. Titan spins through to facelock, but Douki wrenches out to wristlock. Douki keeps Titan from ropes, but Titan spins and slips through to wrench back. Titan wristlocks but Douki slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Douki twists the wrist, keeps Titan from ropes again, but Titan rolls, handsprings and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Titan DROPKICKS Douki out of the ring! Titan builds speed, but he rolls and backflips out of the ring as Douki moves.

Titan raises the LIJ fist but Kanemaru BOOTS him down! Kanemaru stomps Titan, Douki ROCKS Bushi, then they switch. Kanemaru CLUBS Bushi, Douki POSTS Titan! Titan staggers to the timekeeper’s table but Douki puts him in the ring. Douki drags Titan around while Kanemaru puts Bushi in. Suzuki-Gun goes after LIJ’s masks! The ref reprimands but Douki and Kanemaru undo the laces! The ref counts and Douki leaves Titan alone. The ref has to count at Kanemaru, too, and then Kanemaru lets off of Bushi. Douki drags Titan up, puts him up top in the corner, and climbs up after him, to go after the mask!

The ref reprimands and counts again, Titan fights to keep his mask on, and he throws elbows! Douki falls back, he CLUBS Titan, and then tags Kanemaru. Titan is put in a Tree of Woe for a basement dropkick from Kanemaru! Kanemaru drags Titan to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for “L I J!” but Kanemaru CLUBS Titan down then stomps him. Kanemaru drags Titan back up, and hits a DDT! Tag to Douki and Douki kicks Titan around. Douki drags Titan up but Titan ROCKS Douki back! Douki slaps Titan around but Titan ROCKS Douki again! Douki still slaps Titan, then drags him up. Fans rally, Douki scoops and SLAMS, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Douki keeps on Titan, bumps him off Kanemaru’s boot, then Kanemaru tags in. Fans still rally for LIJ as Kanemaru whips and ELBOWS Titan down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi for good measure, then he stomps Titan down. Kanemaru stomps Titan and talks trash, then keeps on stomping. Fans rally but Kanemaru just stomps away on Titan! Kanemaru drags Titan up, CLUBS him on the neck, and then stalks him. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT Titan down! Kanemaru drags Titan back up but Titan blocks the suplex! Kanemaru gets Titan up but Titan slips out to CLUB Kanemaru!

Kanemaru knees low, whips, but Titan reverse, then goes Matrix to CALF KICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan crawls, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi kicks Kanemaru, whips, but Kanemaru reverses, only for Bushi to RANA! Douki gets in to kick low and CLUB Bushi! Douki & Kanemaru double whip, but Bushi gets around to shove Douki into Kanemaru! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS them down! Fans fire up and Bushi drags Kanemaru up. Kanemaru swings but Bushi spins him to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi runs corner to corner but Kanemaru dodges. But then Bushi SWING KICKS him away!

Bushi climbs up to MISSILE DROPKICK! And Bushirooni! Kanemaru bails out, Bushi builds speed but Douki cheap shots him! And HOTSHOTS him! Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru crawls, hot tag to Douki! Douki stomps Bushi in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but runs into a BOOT! Bushi goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Bushi crawls over, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY Douki! Kanemaru throws Titan down but Titan kips up to PELE! Douki storms up and kicks low, but Titan fires back a flurry of palm strikes! SOBAT, then Titan runs, but is put on the apron!

Titan GAMANGIRIS Douki in return, springboards and FLYING RANAS! Douki bails out, fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit and fans fire up as Titan rises! Titan roars and he brings Douki back up. The ring count climbs but Titan puts Douki in at 11 of 20. Titan and Bushi coordinate, double whip Douki to ropes, and SOBAT, sunset flip, and SPRINGBOARD SPLASH into boots! Titan staggers away, Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi down! Kanemaru tilt-o-whirl DDTs Titan down! Douki is up top, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Kanemaru dropkicks Bushi’s leg!

Kanemaru trips Bushi into the FIGURE FOUR! LIJ endure simultaneous submissions! And with Bushi in the way, Titan can’t get to the ropes on that side! Titan heads the other way but Douki rolls Titan away! ITALIAN STRETCH! Fans rally, Bushi grabs the ref and shoves him into Douki! Titan is free, Bushi and Kanemaru go outside. Kanemaru stomps Bushi down, Douki goes to the apron. Douki slingshots to hit DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans fire up! Douki roars and he reels Titan into the wheelbarrow. Full nelson, but Bushi runs in! Douki drops Titan to HELL STAB Bushi! Douki runs, but Bushi spins him to a BACKSTABBER!

Bushi DECKS Kanemaru off the apron, he sunset flips Douki and Titan SPRINGBOARD SPLASHES again! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Bushi throws Kanemaru back out to then DIVE! Direct hit and a Young Lion has to keep Kanemaru from hitting the front row! Titan runs corner to corner at Douki, LOCO LARIAT! CODE BREAKER! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

That was the strongest showing from Douki & Kanemaru yet, but it wasn’t strong enough! Are they relegated to simply spoiling another team’s run in the later rounds? As for LIJ, they stay strong, just behind the front of the pack. Can Titan & Bushi take over and guarantee a spot in the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The Men of the Hour have perhaps the match of the tournament on their hands! The #InevitableFinesse have been unstoppable so far, but will they make it to 5-0? Or will there be chaos in the block?

Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the teams sort out. Lio calls out Bey and Bey obliges, but then they argue about the other partners stepping out. Yoh and Ace exit at the same time and the bell rings. Fans rally as Bey talks trash with “The Bad Child.” Bey says it’s all about Bullet Club for life! Lio says Chaos for life, then he pie faces Bey with the three fingers. Bey and Lio start throwing forearms! Fans rally, Bey mule kicks and runs, but Lio follows! Bey ducks under the clothesline but Lio comes back to springboard and whip! Lio then redirects, Bey keeps up, but Lio ducks under. Bey ducks under, both men block kicks and both men SLAP!

Bey and Lio get forehead to forehead and talk more trash! Ace and Yoh shout to their guys to cool it off. Bey and Lio point to each other’s corners, and they both back away . Tag to Ace and Lio eggs him on. Ace wags his finger, he wants Yoh! Lio asks the crowd and they applaud. Lio says fine and heads for his corner, but then Ace pulls Lio’s hair! Lio kicks, Ace blocks and flips him, but Lio lands on his feet! Yoh tags in, Ace runs in, but Yoh ROCKS Ace! Yoh clinches but Ace throws body shots and forearms. Ace runs, Yoh drops then sidesteps to drop toehold! Yoh keeps moving to basement dropkick! Fans rally as Yoh stays between Ace and Bey.

Yoh clinches but Ace cradle counters, TWO! Ace kicks low, CHOPS Yoh to the corner, then shoos Lio. But Yoh fights back with elbows and forearms! Ace swings, misses, but he ELBOWS Yoh! Ace runs, but Yoh dumps him out! Yoh builds speed, but Bey trips him up! Bey drags Yoh out but Lio rushes over to slide! But Bey avoids the dropkick! Bey shoves Lio at Yoh but Lio stops himself. Bey whips but Lio reverses to send Bey at the apron, only for Bey to tiger feint kick! Lio ducks it, Yoh kicks Bey low! Ace rushes over but Lio moves! Yoh swipes at Ace but he handsprings over to SUPERKICK Yoh away! But Lio gets in the ring to HANDPRING KICK Ace down!

Lio builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit with the tope and fans fire up! Lio calls to Yoh to get Ace and Yoh drags Ace up. Yoh puts Ace in, then CLAWS Ace on the back. Yoh stomps Ace, bumps Ace off buckles, and tags in Lio. Lio & Yoh double whip Ace corner to corner, Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow! Lio SPLASHES, then he hooks up with Yoh, ROLLING- GAMANGIRI from Bey! Ace pushes Yoh over to BUZZSAW! Bey kicks Lio away, then tags in, and Bullet Club double whip Lio to a corner. Bey sets up for Ace’s POMMEL KICK! Ace sets up, FINESSE IN MOTION! Drop toehold, EDDY GORDO and a DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans applaud the great combinations, and Bey isolates Lio’s arm! Bey STOMPS the elbow! Lio clutches his arm but Bey drags him around. Bey wants Lio to look into the camera to “say hello to The Elite!” Bey then CLUBS Lio with a crossface forearm. Bey talks more trash, but Lio fires back with forearms! Bey ROCKS Lio, then stomps a mudhole into him in the corner! Red Shoes counts but Bey lets off at 4. Fans rally with claps for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Bey shakes his head, drags Lio up but Lio ROCKS Bey! Bey CLAWS Lio’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Bey lets off. Bey talks trash, pulls on Lio’s ear, then brings him up to ROCK with a haymaker!

Lio flops to ropes, Bey drags him back up and whips him into the corner. Tag to Ace, he and Bey DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ace drops a knee on Lio’s head and digs it in. Ace stalks Lio and deadlift GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Ace stays between Lio and Yoh, and he makes Lio look at Bey as he flexes. Ace bumps Lio off buckles, Bey digs his boot in, then Ace bumps Lio off Bey’s boot. Fans rally, but Ace sucker punches Yoh! Bey tags in, he brings Lio up, but Lio fights the suplex. Lio cradle counters, TWO! Bey escapes, and he ELBOWS Lio down! Fans rally back up as Bey tells Yoh to “SUCK IT!”

Bey drags Lio up, brings him over, and bumps him off Ace’s boot. Tag to Ace, he and Bey both dig their boots in. Red Shoes counts, Bullet Club lets off, and Ace tags Bey back in. Ace & Bey double whip, but Lio stops himself and goes to where Red Shoes is! Lio BOOTS Ace away, he BOOTS Bey away, Red Shoes slips away as Lio handsprings to dodge the lariats! Lio kicks but Ace blocks and hands it off to Bey. Lio ENZIGURIS but Bey ducks, so Ace takes the hit! Fans fire up and Lio crawls for his corner! Bey rushes in, Lio slides under and KANGAROO KICKS! Hot tag to Yoh! Direct Drive rallies on Bey with big forearms!

Yoh whips, Bey reverses but Yoh ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Ace returns, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Yoh as he scoops Bey. Yoh SLAMS Bey down, goes up the corner, TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Yoh brings Bey back up. Yoh reels Bey in, suplexes, but Bey slips out to waistlock. Yoh switches, Bey elbows free, but Yoh reels him back in, only for Bey to break free and PELE! Bey crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally back up, and Bey drags Yoh up. Tag to Ace, Ace brings Yoh around, SLIDE KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! Then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans applaud as Yoh is still in this, but Ace CLUBS Yoh in frustration. Ace puts Yoh in a corner, he tags Bey, and Bullet Club double wrench to CLAW his back! Then they double drop toehold, to DOUBLE CLAW him again! And Too Sweet. Yoh writhes but Bey looms over him. Fans rally up, Bey drags Yoh up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Bey suplexes again, Dos Amigos! But Yoh fights the third to suplex and FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bey and Yoh crawl, hot tags to Ace and Lio! Lio rallies on Ace with big lariats! Lio whips, Ace reverses but Lio stops with a slide! Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off fast hands and a BIG forearm!

Ace staggers, Lio whips but Ace reverses. Lio springboards, but Ace blocks Rush Hour! Ace waistlocks, Lio switches and rolls Ace, for the SPIN KICK! Fans fire up again as Lio covers, TWO! Lio is surprised, but then he calls to Yoh. Yoh tags in, they high-three and then double whip Ace. Bey stops Ace, Yoh runs in but blocks Ace’s boot. Yoh flips Ace to the apron, but Ace avoids the shoulder! Ace & Bey DOUBLE KNEE Yoh down! Lio runs in but Ace blocks the handspring kick! Bey slips in to SUPERKICK Lio! Bullet Club fires up, Bey tags back in, and they drag Yoh up. Spin and SMASH to a YOYO SLAM! Then a BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK to the HOUSE OF CARDS! Bey covers, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Yoh survives the onslaught! But Bullet Club fires back up and the fans rally with them. They line up the shot, ONE TWO S- NO, Lio saves Yoh to shove Bey into Ace! Bey switches with Lio but Lio victory rolls and uses Bey for the ROLLING STUNNER! Fans fire up as Lio mule kicks Bey. Bey ducks the heel kick, rolls Lio up, but Lio avoids the Superman Punch and Yoh SUPERKICKS Bey outta the air!! Then Lio runs, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh hooks Bey up for the FALCON USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Lio tags back in and climbs up! But Ace anchors Lio! Yoh SUPERKICKS Ace, then PLANCHAS! Direct hit!

Fans fire up as Lio aims, FINAL HOUR!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)

What a shocker! The hot hand finally busts, Ace & Bey are no longer the top of the block! But with four rounds left, can they still cash in on a spot in the finals?

As for the Men of the Hour, Lio is the first to get the mic. He tells Yoh in English, “Very tired. Very tired. Very hot. Very hot!” Then to the crowd, “Konnichiwa~!” Fans applaud, knowing Lio knows Japanese. Lio returns to English to say that Yoh knows, and maybe some fans know, that Lio Rush knows very little Japanese. “But I hope you can understand when I say, I love NJPW.” Fans applaud as they do understand that. Lio also hopes the fans understand when he says, “I love my new partner, Yoh.” Fans again applaud, and Lio says, “Me and Yoh, very good tag team, but very new. And this was a learning experience for the both of us.

“But… We are on our way to being Super Junior Tag League Champions.” Lio tells Yoh that they are number one, all the way! “My friend, arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” Fans applaud, and Lio lets Yoh take the mic. Lio know the fans want it, and the fans applaud to agree. Yoh takes up the mic and says that since Lio asked, he’ll speak. “Well, not just speak. I’ll ask a question. Do you all like NJPW?” Fans applaud because they do! “Do you like the NJPW Junior Heavyweights?” Fans applaud again because they do! “Do you like Yoh & Lio Rush?” And again, fans applaud because they do!

“Then it’s no problem if we win the Super Junior Tag League, right?” Fans applaud once again because they’d love to see it. “Thank you. Let’s do it!” Yoh & Lio high-three again, will they truly be the Men of the Hour and take the whole tournament?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Yoh & Lio: 4-1, 8 points
Austin & Bey: 4-1, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-1, 8 points
TJP & Akira: 4-1, 8 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 4-1, 8 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-3, 4 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-3, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-4, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great event and another great round for Super Junior Tag League. Also of note, Suzuki-Gun beat LIJ straight up, Taichi got the Gedo Clutch on Takagi without a restart. But anyway, I expected the bottom of the block to stay the bottom of the block, and mathematically, they are out. Only four rounds left, no way either of those teams will be a finalist by this point. But FIVE teams at 4-1, that’s wild stuff. These last four rounds are going to get wild because of that, and that’s really exciting.

I like that Zayne & Lindaman are in that mix, both guys are kinda underappreciated. Everyone in this has great ring work, but they’ve got great character work and energy. They’re up against LIJ next, that’ll be a big one, but I feel like LIJ will win to keep their chance alive. Yoh & Lio get a great upset win, I said just yesterday that I didn’t see Ace & Bey losing in the fifth and here we are! I like Lio more or less sharing some real feelings in the promo, he is getting to do great stuff here in NJPW and has blended really well with Yoh already. They really could be a dark horse candidate for the finals, but maybe Sho & Dick in the next round could be a “trap game” given the history between Yoh and Sho.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/28/22)

Fallout from Survivor Series!

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WWE Raw 2022

No Damage Control here!

Survivor Series was war, and the RawEST team came out on top! What, or who, is next for the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Mia Yim; No Contest.
  • 8 Person Mixed Tag: The OC VS The Judgment Day; The Judgment Day wins.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Profits win.
  • Anything Goes: Dexter Lumis VS The Miz; Lumis wins a WWE contract and the money Miz owed.
  • Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage CTRL; Candice wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso w/ The Bloodline; Kevin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline is here!

Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa and the Usos are all united after defeating Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre and the Brawling Brutes at WarGames! What do they have planned for Monday Night Raw?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

Speaking of WarGames, here comes The Man who finished it off for Team EST! Raw’s commercial free first hour is already Big Time as Becky heads to the ring. Fans are fired up for Becky as she gets the mic. “The Man has come around to Norfolk, Virginia~! Man, it feels so good to be back and once again say, welcome to Monday Night Raw! I missed you guys.” Fans chant, “Welcome Back!” Becky appreciates that, and says it feels good to be back. Now this doesn’t feel right, though> The Man of the People should be out there with the people! She wants to come say hi to the fans! She finds a fan with her shirt, as well as Norfolk 3:16.

Becky high-fives fans, especially one with a Seth Rollins shirt. Fans cheer for Becky as she goes up higher into the bleachers. Who is this in the yellow? Bobby. Fans cheer for Bobby now! Well, Bobby, after four months on the bench, coming back at WarGames was probably the most physical brutal way to come back, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. And who is this? Zachary! Well, Zachary, now that she IS back, she’ll tell him that she’s ready to go through hell, jump off cages and flatten fools, and take care of business! There’s a lot of business to be taken care of! Zach says that’s what the man does and that’s right!

But in the time she’s been gone, a lot of change has happened. A lot of new faces showed up, a lot of a familiar faces came back, and she’ll slap the heads off every one of ’em! It started on Friday with Bayley, and in Saturday at Survivor Series, and… Bayley heads out! Bayley says, “No no no! Y’know what, Becky?” Becky sings, “Here she comes to ruin the day~!” Bayley says when she saw Becky come out here, she thought Becky was feeling humbled since she’s out there with the peasants. But Becky went on and on and on! Bayley tells fans to shut up but they boo more. Becky talked about putting her body on the line for the people? UGH!

Isn’t that what Bayley has been doing? Has Becky not seen- But then fans chant for Becky and drowns her out! Oh c’mon! Becky had one brutal match and that’s how you treat her? But Bayley gets NO respect these last four months! Ladder Match, Last Woman Standing, WarGames, and yet these idiots have no appreciation for their Role Model. Becky says first off, Bayley, don’t call Bobby a peasant. Well Bob sucks! No he does not! Bayley’s reason for no respect is she kept losing! SHE’s the loser! But Bayley and her lackeys started it, Becky ended it, but if Bayley still wants to fight, then Becky will get in the ring and they’ll fight.

Big talk from the big man all the way over there! Becky asks Bobby if she should fight Bayley. Bobby says to go kick her butt! But then Sky & Kai come down from the steps! They mug Becky, even as Sky has a neck brace! Becky uses a fan sign to slap them all around! Bayley storms up, now it’s 3v1! They brawl into the concourse! Fans waiting over there cheer this brawl! DMG CTRL TOSS Becky into the merchandise area, but she throws things at them! She BASHES Sky & Kai with a chain necklace, but Bayley BASHES Becky with a Money in the Bank briefcase lunchboxes! Becky TOSSES Bayley into the table! The displays fall over!

Sky & Kai come back for more, Becky deals with them, but Bayley rains down fists! Becky kicks Bayley into the cameraman! The refs and security rush over to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Becky and DMG CTRL still want after each other, how will this end now that it’s hit a new level of animosity?

 

Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Mia Yim!

The Judgment Day’s Eradicator and the Head Baddie in Charge still have a score to settle on their own, and they look to do that here tonight. Will Rhea drag Mia down into the Riptide? Or will “Michin” go crazy and make Rhea Eat Da Feet?

The bell rings and the two circle slowly. They tie up, Rhea powers Mia to a corner but Mia turns it around on her. Rhea shoves Mia away, Mia dodges the boot and arm-drags Rhea around! Rhea bails out and regroups with Dom while fans boo. Mia shrugs and says she thought Rhea was ready. Rhea whispers something to Dom and Rhea slowly returns. Mia warns Dom but Dom stays back. Mia and Rhea tie up again, Rhea knees low, then she trips Mia up. Rhea RAMS Mia into a corner, RAMS in again and again, then digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off at 4, and says Mia’s no solution! Mia shoves Rhea but Rhea CHOPS!

Mia BOOTS Rhea, then reels her in for a TARANTULA! The ref counts, Mia lets off at 4, and then she trips Rhea up! Mia tells Dom to stay back, but Rhea goes out after her. Mia dodges Rhea, Rhea almost runs into Dom, and Mia ROCKS Rhea! Mia puts Rhea in the ring, dodges Rhea again and trips her up! Mia rains down forearms but Rhea kicks her away. Rhea kicks Mia low, stomps her foot then SMASEHS her against a knee before she hits a LARIAT! Dom soaks up the heat for Rhea while Rhea drags Mia up. Rhea KICKS Mia in the side, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Rhea lets off at 4, and she stomps Mia to a corner.

Rhea whips Mia corner to corner hard and Mia bounces off buckles! Rhea drags Mia up but Mia throws body shots. Rhea CLUBS Mia, whips her corner to corner hard again, and Mia bounces off buckles again. Rhea soaks up the heat now, then she looms over Mia. Rhea drags Mia up, reels her in and suplexes, and she holds Mia up before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Dom argues the count but Rhea dribbles and CLUBS Mia against the mat. Rhea grinds Mia’s face into the mat, “You think you’re the problem solver, Mia? HUH!?” Fans rally and duel, and Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea pushes Mia around, pie faces her, and says Mia can’t just come into her world and step to her.

Mia snarls but Rhea stands her up. Mia KNEES Rhea in the head! And again! Mia KICKS, KICKS and KICKS Rhea down! Then KICKS her down again! Rhea flounders, Mia says she talks too much! SHOTGUN! Rhea ends up in a corner, fans fire up for Mia, and Mia runs in, but is put on the apron! Mia ROCKS Rhea first, then steps in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Rhea is hanging tough but Dom is worried as Mia drags her up. Mia wrenches and hooks Rhea up but Rhea powers out! Pump handle, but Mia turns that into a DDT!! Rhea bails out but Mia glares as she crawls that way over.

Mia aims, builds speed, but Dom stands in the way! The ref tells Dom to get down but Mia YANKS him into the ring! Fans fire up and Dom wants her to cool off! But Rhea CLUBS Mia, trips her, then rains down fists! Dom cheers but the ref reprimands. Here comes AJ Styles! Styles CLOBBERS Dom onto Rhea and the ref rings the bell!

No Contest

Styles rains down fists on Dom then kicks him around! Fans fire up as Styles keeps hitting Dom! But Damian Priest & Fin Balor slip in! Styles DECKS Finn, but Priest BOOTS Styles! But the Good Brothers show up! It is another massive brawl! The OC runs off the Judgment Day, but Styles wants a mic! “Where you going?! I thought this was over at Survivor Series, but I guess I was wrong. But it’s gonna end tonight.” Fans like the sound of that! Styles says to make it a EIGHT PERSON MIXED MATCH! The ref gets in the ring, and the Judgment Day storm back up! It’s a 4v4 brawl and Norfolk is loving it!

The OC clear the ring again, and it’s Finn and Styles left inside! Finn dodges a clothesline but bails out, only for Styles to SLINGSHOT FOREARM! Finn is down and Anderson TOSSES Dom to the crowd! Rhea CLUBS away on Mia, Gallows scoop SLAMS Priest on the stage! Rhea whips but Mia reverses to send Rhea into steel steps! Styles puts Finn back in the ring, the bell sounds, and this 8 Person Tag is on!

8 Person Mixed Tag: The OC VS The Judgment Day!

Styles whips Finn, Finn reverses but Styles sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn  looks for a tag but no one is there! Finn drags Styles up, but Styles stops the suplex! Styles snap suplexes Finn in return! Styles drags Finn back around to hit a BACKBREAKER! Styles asks his guys if they want some, and they say yes! Styles bumps Finn off buckles, tags The Machine Gun, and Karl stomps Finn. Karl bumps Finn off buckles, brings him back around and bumps him off more buckles. Tag to Luke Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Finn, and Gallows suplexes Finn! Cover, TWO! Gallows bumps Finn off buckles again, then ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Tag to Karl, he gets space and fans fire up for the JUMP KICK! Tag to Styles, he runs in to clothesline! Tag to Gallows and he runs in to SPLASH! Gallows scoops Finn but Finn slips off to tag Priest! The Punisher and Big LG square off, Priest knees and clubs and body shots! Priest whips, Gallows reverses but Priest kicks him away! Priest runs to back elbow in a corner! Priest brings Gallows out to suplex, but Gallows fights that to suplex! Priest slips out and BELL CLAPS! Priest KICKS and KICKS and ROLLING- UPPERCUT from Gallows! ROUNBDHOUSE from Priest, ROUNDHOUSE from Gallows!

Gallows runs in to uppercut Priest! Gallows runs again but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest runs, but into a FLAPJACK! Priests staggers to the corner, Gallows storms over to fire off body shots and an UPPERCUT! Gallows roars, he clinches Priest for the lift. Dom distracts, Gallows drops Priest and Dom runs away! Priest WHEEL KICKS Gallows! Tag to Finn and Finn fires off on Gallows! Finn tags Dom, Dom RAMS into Gallows again and again! Fans boo but Dom tags Finn back in. Finn throws hands but Gallows ROCKS Finn! And again! And again! Finn dropkicks Gallows’ legs! Tag to Priest and he runs to SUPERKICK Gallows down! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Dom but Gallows DECKS Dom! Dom tags out to Priest already, but Gallows BOOTS him! Tag to Anderson, he dodges Priest to CHOP, UPPERCUT, repeat! Priest shoves back, Anderson dodges the boot to fire off more shots! Priest choke grips and TOSSES Anderson, but Anderson dodges to CHOP and throw forearms! Anderson whips corner to corner, Priest reverses and runs in, but Anderson dodges to JUMP KCIK! Finn runs in but Anderson CLOBBERS him! Dom runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! The Machine Gun drops a SENTON on Finn! But Priest CLOBBERS Anderson! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Priest pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Anderson endures, fans rally, and Anderson fights up, only for Priest to KNEE low and CLUB him! Priest tells the OC to “SUCK IT!” but Anderson fights out of the corner! He BOOTS Priest, leaps, but Priest catches him! Priest RAMS Anderson back into the corner! Finn tags in, Priest snapmares Anderson for Finn’s slingshot STOMP! Tag to Dom, slingshot SENTON! Dom tags Finn back in, he tags Priest. Finn and Priest bring Anderson up, BACKBREAKER and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues the count but Priest stalks Anderson to the corner.

Priest offers a tag to Rhea and she takes it. Fans are torn, and they mug Anderson! Rhea CLUBS Anderson, then she tags to Dom. They mug Anderson, Finn tags to stomp Anderson. Finn snapmares Anderson and clamps onto a chinlock. Anderson endures, fans rally, and Anderson fights up again. Finn KNEES low, bumps Anderson off buckles, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner and runs in, but Anderson dodges! Anderson gets Finn for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both men crawl! Hot tag to Dom, and he CLOBBERS Anderson! Fans boo as Dom rains down fists on Anderson!

Dom soaks up the heat, drags Anderson back up, and he snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! And then Dos Amigos! Fans continue to boo as Dom gives some Latino Heat. THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Rhea is upset that that wasn’t three! Finn tags in and he stomps Anderson down! Finn soaks up the heat now, then he mocks the Too Sweet. Finn wraps on a chinlock and grinds Anderson to the mat. Fans rally up as Anderson endures and fights back up. Anderson hits a JAWBREAKER! Fans fire up but Finn keeps Anderson from his corner! Anderson ROCKS Finn, reaches out, but Finn still holds on!

Anderson ROCKS Finn again, reaches out again, but he just can’t! He swings, but Finn catches Anderson for an ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, but Styles breaks it! Finn is furious but drags Anderson up and reels him in. Finn stares Styles down as he mocks the Clash! But Anderson slips out to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans are thunderous as both men crawl! Hot tag to Styles! Styles rallies on Finn, he BLASTS Dom and Priest, then fires off a Phenomenal Blitz on Finn! LARAIT, then SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Styles, he drags Finn up to fireman’s carry! Priest gets up so Styles drops Finn to DECK Priest!

Gallows runs over to SPEAR Priest onto the desk! Styles runs but Finn puts him on the apron. Styles ROCKS Finn, avoids Dom, SLIDING KNEE takes Dom out! Styles hurries in, Finn rushes over but into an elbow! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, but Rhea breaks it! The Eradicator continues to bend the rules! Fans boo, but then Rhea kicks again, and Styles blocks it! But Finn rolls Styles! TWO!! SLINGBLADE! Both men are down and fans fire up as Rhea and Mia are the only ones left! Styles and Finn crawl, hot tag to Michin and Rhea! Mia dodges Rhea, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mia DROPKICKS Rhea, runs and DROPKICKS again! Rhea runs into a FLAPJACK! Mia KICKS, ROCKS, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Rhea down! Fans fire up with Mia and she runs in at Rhea, BOOT in the corner! Then a run, slide and CANNONBALL! Rhea flops out, but Mia just builds speed! This is the DIVE she wanted earlier, and it hits! Gallows puts Dom in the ring, Anderson CLOBBERS Dom! Priest choke grips Anderson but he slips free! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS, and he brings Priest up! But Dom saves Priest from Magic Killer and he POSTS Anderson! Gallows UPPERCUTS Dom, but Priest hits SOUTH OF HEAVEN on Gallows!!

Styles hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM on Priest! But Finn TOSSES Styles! But Mia gets in! Finn turns around, into a scoop! Mia SLAMS Finn!! Fans lose their minds as Mia BOOTS Dom, reels him in, but Rhea KICKS Mia! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall

Rhea redeems herself for her loss at WarGames, and she redeems the Judgment Day for falling short against the OC! Will this only be the beginning of the true war between these factions?

 

Backstage interview with The Street Profits.

Angelo Dawkins says it feels so good to be back! Byron Saxton surprises them and welcomes them back. Tonight, they’re set to take on the Alpha Academy, but how does it feel just to be back? As good as Byron looks in that suit right now. But it seems everything’s changed. Becky is back, Rey left, Theory lost his briefcase… But that changes now! The Profits are back in business! And the Profits are up and- “SHOOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable thought he never had to hear that catchphrase again. But while the Profits were “galivanting on their vacation,” Gable & Otis have been working, quietly becoming the best part of Monday Night Raw.

And this place has just generally been better without the Profits. But Gable isn’t the kind to raise problems, he has solutions! HE requested this match, and since his ideas are awesome, the match was approved. So tonight, the Academy puts the Profits on the shelf, for good! Oh…? Speaking of shelves, anyone ever told Gable he looks like the Elf on the Shelf? Where are you, Gable?! But the more things change, the more things stay the same. The Profits beat the Academy before, tonight will be no different. And why’s that? Because the Street Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Now get outta here, elf! Will things really be the same between these teams later tonight?

 

The Bloodline heads to the ring!

Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa, and the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions are, as Sami’s shirt says, “Feeling Ucey,” and they go to the ring together. They get the mics, and fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Jimmy has the mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” They raise their fingers and so do many of the fans. “WE THE ONES! WE THE ONES!” Fans also chant “SAMI USO!” Jey says on Saturday, it was war at WarGames. “Y’all saw that. It’s probably one of the worst matches we’ve ever been through in our careers. I think I broke my hand for real. But uh, you see who was left standing tall, right?” They all raise their fingers again.

Jimmy says for the first time ever, “there are no crack sin the Bloodline, baby! Yes, sir!” But someone must be mad. Kevin Owens, that is. Kevin’s mad cuz Sami Zayn is not his dog, he’s the Bloodline’s dog! “My dawg!” Fans cheer the secret handshake! Fans then return to chanting “UCEY! UCEY!” Sami says that for the past six months, Jimmy accepted him no matter what. Jimmy really has been Sami’s “Down since day one.” That means everything to Sami.  And Jey… Well, the last six months haven’t always been easy. Sami knows most of that time, Jey didn’t trust him. Sami knows Jey didn’t like him, either.

But at WarGames, “the way that you accepted me into this family… The way that you embraced me at the end of that match, that…! That! THAT! That was Ucey.” Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” again, and Sami wants Jey to know that here on out, any Bloodline business that they have to handle, Sami and Jey are on the same page. Sami offers a handshake, and Jey accepts it with a hug! Sami gets Jimmy to join the hug! Sami wants Solo to join in, and fans cheer Solo on. Jey and Jimmy tell their brother to join in, but then KEVIN OWENS appears! Sami tells Kevin to stop right there. “Before you do something stupid like come out here and try to fight me…”

Kevin says that isn’t why he’s here at all. Kevin says he’s actually here to tell Sami that he “gets it.” He completely understands why Sami did what he did on Saturday. Because how many times has Kevin done the exact same thing to Sami? How many times has Kevin betrayed Sami, stabbed him in the back, whatever you wanna call it, so Kevin gets it. He is actually not mad, he can’t blame Sami for that one bit. Kevin isn’t here to fight, it’s quite the opposite. Kevin can’t help but think about how, for 20 YEARS now, their careers have been linked to one another.

But after Saturday… Kevin doesn’t wanna fight Sami, team with him, ride to shows together, none of it. Kevin is just done with Sami. Kevin wants nothing to do with Sami. Sami says that’s fine. Because he feels exactly the same. Sami never wants to team with Kevin, never wants to fight Kevin again, and he’s fine never being in the same room as Kevin! Sami does NOT need Kevin anymore! He has family now. Yeah, well, Kevin is genuinely happy for Sami. Because finally, everyone here in the WWE Universe can finally see just how great Sami Zayn is. Kevin has known it for 20 years, Sami deserves to finally have this recognition. Kevin loves it.

“But Sami, here’s the thing. Doesn’t matter who many times they tell you you’re in the Bloodline, and it doesn’t matter how many times you call them family, just remember this: You’re not their real blood, and you never will be.” Fans are torn hearing that, but Jey says not to worry about that, he has this. Jey says Kevin is mad cuz he ain’t got no family. “But check this out, KO! If you got a problem with Sami Zayn, you got a problem with Main Event Jey Uso now. That’s on me!” Kevin says he has good news for Jey, then. Kevin said he was done with Sami Uso, but he’s not done with Jey! He’ll kick his ass any day of the week!

So why not meet back up later tonight and let’s see what happens?! Jey says cool! He pinned Kevin at WarGames, and he’ll pin Kevin’s ass tonight! Challenge accepted!! The Right Hand Man VS the Prizefighter, will Jey get Kevin on behalf of his new brother in arms?

 

Candice LeRae is back!

But as she heads to gorilla, Nikki Cross is watching. Cathy Kelley walks up to welcome Candice back, and asks how Candice is feeling going into a match against Dakota Kai. Candice says she hasn’t been here on Raw long, she was just keeping her head down and trying to get a lay of the and. But then DMG CTRL just attacked her, injured her, and maybe they thought she was a threat. She takes the mic to “reintroduce” herself: She’s Candice LeRae, the woman who will take Dakota OUT, tonight! Candice heads out, but will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai before getting stung herself?

 

Backstage interview with Matt Riddle & Elias.

Byron says they’ve had a successful tag match, but what has it been like teaming? The Bro says it’s awesome! It’s like they were teaming up for years! Elias hits the Drift Away, Riddle hit the Floating Bro, they got the 1-2-3! Does Elias remember that? Yes, it was only just last week. Right, that was awesome! Elias says yes, it is awesome. But while Elias sees himself as a solo artist, he has to admit that they made a great duo. Riddle says they should go after those tag titles! What’s Elias say? Elias never has had WWE gold… But speaking of, The Usos, with Sami & Solo, walk over! Jey says Elias never will have gold. They’re the twos, and #WeTheOnes!

Oh, is that right? Then why don’t they put their money where their mouths are and put those titles on the line. Any time, any place! YEET. The Bloodline heads out, Sami rolls his eyes at Elias & Riddle, but Solo stares them down. Riddle says he and Elias have this. Will The Drifter & The Bro have a smash hit on their hands already?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford bring back the red Solo cups, and they go through the crowd! They’re back, and are facing some familiar foes. Will it be like old times for the former tag team champions? Or will “Master Gable” have a winning game plan for him and his number one guy, Otis?

Raw returns and the teams sort out. Gable and Ford start, circle, tie up, and Gable wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ford endures, rolls, rolls and handsprings to wave hi to then wrench back. Ford has the wristlock and he mocks Gable’s pain. Ford tells Otis that if he tags in, Ford will whoop his ass, too! Ford wrenches again, but Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to headlock, spin and drop toehold! Gable headlocks and says “A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo but Ford fights up. Gable tags Otis, Otis KNEES Ford low then CLUBS him down! Ford goes to ropes, Otis CLUBS away with big crossface forearms!

Gable talks up his number one guy, Otis puts Ford in the corner. Otis runs in but Ford dodges! Gable tags in, but Ford drop toeholds him into a headlock! Gable keeps his shoulder up, fights up, but Dawkins tags in. Ford whips, Dawkins CLOBBERS Gable! Dawkins clamps onto an armlock and he grinds Gable down. Gable endures, slips out and around to trip Dawkins! Gable facelocks, gator rolls, but Dawkins slips out to headlock. Gable powers Dawkins to a corner and powers out but Dawkins whips. Gable goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dawkins CLOBBERS Gable! Dawkins waistlocks, throws Gable, but Gable throws Dawkins!

Dawkins dodges, handsprings over, then arm-drags Gable! Gable arm-drags back but Dawkins DROPKICKS Gable down! Fans fire up over that exchange as Dawkins covers, TWO! Dawkins drags Gable up, wrenches, and tags Ford. They whip Gable, Ford LARIATS Gable now! Fans fire up as Ford flexes, but Otis runs in! Ford sends Otis out, then he sends Gable out onto Otis! The Profits build speed to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on Otis AND Gable, and fans fire up with the Profits while Raw goes picture in picture!

Fans cheer the Profits on and they wait on the Academy. Otis storms in but Ford dodges and mule kicks! Ford KICKS, ENZIGURIS, and Otis staggers around. Ford SCOOPS OTIS?! But Gable CHOP BLOCKS Ford and Otis falls on him! Gable covers, TWO! Gable tells fans to “SHOOOOSH!” Gable drags Ford around, JAMS the arm, JAMS it again, then SLAMS it on the mat! Gable hauls Ford up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Gable tags Otis, the Academy mugs Ford, then Otis CLUBS Ford to the ropes. Otis CHOKES Ford but the ref counts. Otis lets off at 4, Gable gets a cheap shot in! “A THANK YEW~!”

Gable soaks up the heat while Otis runs and SPLASHES! Ford sputters while Otis soaks up the heat. Otis stands on Ford at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps away at 4, and then Otis drags Ford up on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS! But Ford steps into the WRECKER ELBOW! Gable soaks up the heat, Otis drags Ford up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Gable, and a feed to a CROSS CHOP! Cover, TWO! Gable taunts Dawkins then stalks Ford to ropes. Gable CHOKES Ford now, lets off as the ref counts, then brings Ford around. Gable snapmares Ford and clamps on a top wristlock.

Ford endures as Gable thrashes the arm. Ford fights up, Raw returns to single picture, but Gable wrangles Ford back down! “SHOOOOSH~!” Fans boo but Ford still endures. Gable pulls on the bad arm, Ford fights up and throws body shots. Ford reaches out but Gable whips Ford away. Ford CHOPS Otis, leaps over Gable to sunset flip, but Otis distracts! Ford would’ve had this won! Gable THROAT CHOPS Ford down! “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable drags Ford up through the ropes but Ford shoulders into him! Ford GAMANGIRIS Otis, shoulders into Gable, slingshots but into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Gable BLASTS Dawkins! Gable brings Ford up and waistlocks, CHAOS- NO, Ford fights the German Suplex with elbows! Gable ducks an elbow, but Ford hits a DDT! Both men are down, but Gable crawls, hot tag to Otis! Otis runs in at Ford in the corner, but Ford dodges! Otis POSTS himself! Fans rally, Dawkins is back! Ford and Otis crawl, hot tags to Gable and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Gable with big lariats! Dawkins DECKS Otis but Gable whips Dawkins! Dawkins hurdles over Gable to come back with a FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI!

Gable staggers, into the SILENCER! Cover, but Otis breaks it! Otis drags Dawkins up and puts him in a corner. Otis runs in but Dawkins dodges! ENZIGURI for Dawkins! Dawkins runs but Gable dodges the cyclone! DRAGON SCREW! Gable waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Ford breaks it!! Everyone is down and fans rally back up! Otis storms in, he hauls Ford up, but Ford lands out of the back suplex! For dodges, and SCOOP SLAMS Otis!!! Ford fires up and fans fire up, too! But then Ford wobbles, adrenaline wearing off. Ford sees Gable, and Gable rushes in, but Dawkins JABS Gable first!

Gable wobbles, Dawkins tags Ford! The ANOINTING to FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Ford & Dawkins are back and it’s as if they never left! Will they be partying all the way back to the top of the WWE Tag Team Division?

 

Austin Theory is here!

And after that fast and furious Triple Threat, he is the NEW United States Champion! The Youngest Two-Time United States Champion Ever goes to the ring, he gets the mic, and fans boo while he says, “Who’s the kid now? All of you wanted to hold me down. You wanted to be the nail in the coffin to the end of my career. But it’s not gonna change the fact that all of you said that that kid had the worst MITB cash-in of all time. You all said that that kid was stupid. Well who looks stupid now?” Fans shout, “YOU~!” But Theory won’t ever be called a kid again after what he did at Survivor Series. He beat Seth Freakin’ Rollins AND the All Mighty Bobby Lashley at the same damn time!

“And that makes me a TWO-TIME United States Champion!” And to make it clear, he is no longer the next big this or that, he has arrived and is the Now and Forever of the WWE! He is the Face of Monday Night Raw! Fans boo but Theory says there’s something he’s been thinking about a lot lately. Ever since getting to the WWE, day one everyone has had a problem with him. “And why is that? One simple word: Jealousy! Because everybody wants to be Austin Theory! That’s right, everyone wants to BE Austin Theory! And all of you, you see the inevitable. I’m younger, I’m stronger, I’m better, and I am the unescapable. And the Austin Theory Era begins NOW!

“And I’ll tell you what else!” BURN IT DOWN~! Here comes Seth Rollins! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins swaggers in a mess suit. Rollins gets in the ring, goes past Theory and gets himself a mic. Rollins throws off the sunglasses, and he stops Theory from saying anything to say, “Shut your mouth, and let them sing.” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Theory says, “What happens when someone so young, so talented, so far ahead of every single person in this entire industry makes the so-called, once-upon-a-time undisputed future look like the past?”

Rollins tells Theory, “You may have lucked your way into that United States Championship on Saturday, but that doesn’t change a damn thing! Because you know deep down in your soul, Monday nights belong to me!” Fans cheer that, and continue to sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins looks at Theory, and at the belt, and says, “Before I go, I’ve only got one thing left to say to you. Congratulations… kid.” Fans cheer as Rollins asks Theory what’s wrong. Does he not like that? Does he want to hit Rollins? Does Theory wanna fight Rollins?! Well they ain’t gotta wait! They can do it here and now! “Gimme your best shot, kid.”

Fans sing, Rollins waits for Theory to do something, but Theory says, “I’ll fight you. But on the champ’s time.” Fans boo as Theory says, “I’m not your damn kid.” Theory pushes past Rollins and Rollins laughs. When and where will Theory and the Visionary fight for the gold?

 

WWE Investigates returns!

Byron Saxton says, “Over the past few months, Dexter Lumis has stalked The A-Lister, The Miz. With a series of mental and physical attacks. Johnny Gargano has come forward claiming to have a bomb shell regarding this explosive situation.” Johnny Wrestling revealed it was all a scam cooked up by The Miz! Miz claimed Gargano’s interview was completely false and a blatant smear job! But then Gargano revealed a Hollywood producer Miz met with was really a private investigator with hidden camera! Miz’s defense was shot full of holes, and he was exposed as holding out on Lumis.

So this all comes to an end in Lumis VS Miz, and if Lumis wins, he gets paid everything he’s owed on top of that WWE contract! It will be Anything Goes, will nothing stop the Tortured Artist from exacting both revenge and achieving redemption?

Raw returns and Byron interviews Miz on his way to gorilla. They’re moments away from the match, and Miz has Byron save his questions. Wait, is that bag full of the money owed? Yes, but this doesn’t matter, because that match isn’t happening! Miz reinjured his hand! Competing in this condition would go against any medical physician’s advice. But Adam Pearce walks in and calls Miz’s bluff. We know Miz isn’t hurt. How can he say that! Because that’s not even the right hand. Yeah, it’s his left. Not what Pearce meant. And not the point! Miz is too hurt to compete in any match, let alone Anything Goes! That’s a free for all! Whose dumb idea was that, anyway?!

Pearce tells Miz that whatever he says will not stop this match from happening, and it is happening tonight. Fine, Miz will compete. But let it be known that Lumis’ hopes of ever becoming a WWE superstar end tonight! And before the show is over, Pearce will be hearing from Miz’s lawyer! Miz heads out, bag of money in hand and bandages all around the other. Will Miz end up needing bandages for some real injuries after tonight?

Anything Goes: Dexter Lumis VS The Miz!

Miz makes his entrance, but shakes his head. He turns around, but Adam Pearce is there! Miz is still aginst this, but he says whatever happens is on Pearce. But Miz looks back and Lumis has crept closer. Miz yells at Pearce, then turns around, and Lumis is gone!? Pearce takes the bag of money, Miz looks around and Lumis CLOBBERS him from outta nowhere! Lumis drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Lumis slides in, but into a BASEMENT DDT! Miz got the drop on Lumis and now he feels confident! The bell rings and this match is on. Miz turns around and Lumis sits up! Lumis slithers up and keeps Miz from running away!

Miz kicks Lumis away, but Lumis dodges the haymaker to THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Lumis drops a forearm and Miz bails out! Lumis slithers out to DECK Miz! Lumis puts Miz back in, and then on the apron, to SLAM him against the LED! And then SLAMS Miz again! And again! Miz flops down, Norfolk chants for tables, but Lumis RAMS Miz into barriers! Lumis SMACKS Miz off the desk, then clears off the desk! Fans fire up and Lumis brings Miz over. They get up on the desk, Lumis clinches but Miz fights back! Miz full nelsons, but Lumis pries free to SHOVE Miz off and into barriers! Miz flops over into the timekeeper’s area and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Miz is tightening a literal vice on Lumis’ head! Lumis endures, but he just stares Miz down! Lumis stands up and stares Miz eye to eye and that scares Miz! Miz asks, “What is wrong with you?!” Lumis DECKS Miz, then takes off the vice! Lumis hits Miz with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Lumis stalks Miz to ropes. They go outside, Lumis stalks Miz to the timekeeper’s area and into the crowd. Miz throws trash but Lumis doesn’t shrug. Lumis CLUBS Miz, brings him around, and aims for the tech area! Miz knees low and RAMS Lumis into barriers! And more barriers! Miz angles the tech area screen and chants for “MIZ TV!”

Miz brings Lumis around but Lumis knees low. Lumis RAMS Miz into the TV! Lumis then brings Miz around and puts him on the table! Fans fire up and Lumis goes to the barriers. Lumiz climbs up and takes aim, and he says he’s gonna make it rain! FOLEY ELBOW through the table!! Norfolk loses its mind as both men are down in the wreckage! Lumis stands up while Miz sputters and coughs. Lumis hoists Miz up and carries him back to ringside! He dumps Miz down, then pushes him into the ring. Miz crawls but Lumis just stalks him again. Lumis drags Miz up, reels him in, but Miz pulls off a buckle pad to hit Lumis with!

Lumis staggers, Miz runs in, but into a clinch! Miz elbows free to then full nelson, but Lumis arm-drags free! Miz ends up in the corner, Lumis runs in, Miz sends him into the bare buckles! Roll up, with feet on the ropes! TWO!! Lumis survives and Miz is furious! Miz fires up but fans boo. “MASSIVE! BALLS!!” But Lumis kips up! SIDE EFFECT! And THE SILENCE!!! Miz taps, Lumis wins!!!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission (wins the money and the contract)

Pearce presents the contract and welcomes Lumis to Raw as he signs on the dotted line. Fans fire up and Lumis has the bag of money! “You Deserve It!” Lumis pulls the money out to give a kid in the front row $100! And the same for a few other kids in the front row! This was never about the money but the principle! But then Miz CLOBBERS Lumis! Miz steals the money back, and even snatches one kid’s $100 bill! Fans boo, but then a SUPERKICK from Johnny Gargano takes Miz out! Gargano grabs the bag, and he gives that kid the $100 bill back! Lumis and Gargano thumbs up. Will things start going Lumis’ way now that he’s a true WWE superstar?

 

Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai!

Just as things aren’t over between The Man and Damage CTRL, things are far from over between these two former rivals from NXT. Will Mrs. Wrestling teach #CobraKai a lesson about being a bully?

Raw goes picture in picture while Dakota makes her entrance, and Candice CLOBBERS her from behind! Candice fires off on Dakota, RAMS her into railing, then CLUBS her some more! Candice drags Dakota along to the ring as the ref reprimands, and Candice sends Dakota into the LED! Then into more barriers! Candice drags Dakota back up to whip her into more barriers on the other side! Candice stomps Dakota, rains down fists, then brings her up to SMACK off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but Dakota kicks Candice in return! Candice puts Dakota in the ring but the ref has Candice back off.

The ref checks on Dakota, she wants the match still, so the bell rings! Candice rushes in to ROCK Dakota! Candice snapmares and hammers away on Dakota! Candice drags Dakota up, snap suplexes, then covers, ONE!! Damage CTRL storms their way out but Pearce, other WWE officials and the referees all rush out to stop them! Candice drags Dakota up, bumps her off buckles, then shouts at Iyo & Bayley. Pearce tells Iyo & Bayley to go to the back, and Candice goes back to Dakota. Dakota ROCKS Candice, CLUBS her, but Candice trips Dakota up! Candice stomps away in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.

Candice taunts Bayley, but officials keep Bayley & Iyo heading up the ramp. Pearce tells Candice to let them handle DMG CTRL, so she goes back to the ring. Candice keeps glaring at Bayley, but as Raw returns to single picture, Dakota ROCKS and BOOTS Candice down! Candice goes to ropes, Dakota stomps away on her! Dakota lets off as the ref counts, Dakota CLUBS Candice then whips her to ropes. Candice sunset flips, TWO! Dakota swings, Candice gets around to backslide, TWO! Candice Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Dakota LARIATS Candice down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Candice crawls but Dakota stalks her.

Dakota stomps Candice, KICKS her in the back, then snarls as she shakes out the bad arm. Dakota drags Candice up, CLUBS her, then tosses her out of the ring. Dakota shouts, “How does it feel, huh?” Candice slowly sits up and fans rally as the ring count climbs. Candice slides in at 5 of 10, but Dakota stomps her down! Dakota CHOKES Candice on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and she drags Candice up to slap her around. Candice throws body shots, snapmares Dakota to NECK SNAPPER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Dakota gets up to BOOT Candice back down! Dakota storms back over to bring Candice back up.

Dakota LCUBS and whips Candice hard to a corner, then storms up again. Dakota whips corner to corner, and Candice hits buckles hard again! But Candice avoids the boot wash! Dakota hobbles, hurries after Candice, but Candice puts her on the apron. Candice throws a shoulder but Dakota BOOTS her down! Dakota has Candice on the apron, drags her up, but Candice fights the suplex! They fight for control, Candice throws body shots but Dakota shoves her. Candice comes ack, APRON COMPLETE SHOT! Dakota dangles over the edge but Candice pushes her back in! Candice goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!

Candice grows frustrated but she sees Dakota bail out. Candice DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Both women are down and Dakota still works on her bad arm as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and both women are down in the ring now. Dakota sits Candice up for Kawada Kicks! But Candice blocks one to ROCK Dakota back! Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS over and over, then fires off fast hands in the corner! And again! Fans fire up as Candice stomps a mudhole in! Candice lets off as the ref counts, then she runs in to back elbow! Snapmare and a spin, Candice ducks the roundhouse to PUMP HANDLE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota escapes but Candice keeps her focus. She hits the STEP-UP- NO, Dakota moves and Candice flops! Candice goes to a corner, Dakota runs in but into an elbow!

Candice goes up the corner, leaps, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated, Candice goes back to the corner. Fans rally up, Dakota runs Around the World, BOOT! Snapmare and PENALTY- NO, Candice ducks and rolls Dakota up, TWO! BUZZSAWS! MULE KICK! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Dakota is down and Candice goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Dakota moves! Candice clutches her ribs, Dakota storms up to ROCK her with a forearm! Candice ROCKS Dakota! Dakota ROCKS Candice! They go back and forth and Norfolk is on Candice’s side! They go faster and faster, it’s just a scrum!

But Dakota pulls hair! Candice ROCKS Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS in return! Candice wobbles, Dakota fireman’s carries! DYNAMITE KICK! Cover, TWO!! Candice survives and Dakota can’t believe it! Candice crawls, sits up, and Dakota CLUBS her. Dakota hoists Candice up top, ROCKS her, but Candice SLAPS back! Dakota GAMANGIRIS Candice down! Dakota drags Candice back up, pushes her back to the top, and then climbs up after her. Candice fights with body shots, adjusts position, and hits MRS. LERAE’S WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!!

Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall

Candice came back from that beating and just beat Dakota! Is this a sign that Damage CTRL will not take control of Raw?

 

The Bloodline prepares backstage.

Jey Uso does push-ups to warm-up, and he has Jimmy and Sami cheering him on. Jey’s loose and ready, but will he handle Kevin Owens? Or will Kevin #JustKeepFighting?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka, Alexa Bliss & Bianca Belair.

White Rabbit glitch… But Cathy Kelley asks the three how they feel just after their WarGames win. Physically, they’ve been better. But mentally, they’re good because it’s all over with. Bianca and Bayley had been going after each other for months, because it started at SummerSlam, but ended at Survivor Series. But DMG CTRL thought they could take out Becky and take over Raw, but Bianca held it down and called Becky. Every single plan that DMG CTRL had backfired. So now, Bianca is very happy with her team, because her girls did what they had to do to finally end this. Asuka agrees, and says in Japanese that sure it hurts, but it was all worth it!

Alexa… is distracted. She snaps out of it and says Bianca was right, Becky was a great call. Is everything alright with Alexa mentally as well as physically…?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

Since the challenge was made and accepted, THE Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships are on the line next week! The Usos take on Elias & Riddle, will Jimmy & Jey make it past 500 days as champions? Or has their longest tag title reign ever be no longer?

 

Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso w/ The Bloodline!

The Prizefighter says he’s done with Sami, but he’s NOT done with The Bloodline! Will Kevin fight his way all the way back to the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns? Or will Main Event Jey win this main event to take care of Bloodline business?

Raw returns and Jey makes his entrance, the Bloodline by his side. The bell rings and Kevin circles with Jey. But Kevin glares at Sami and Jey says not to worry about him. Jey rushes in but Kevin ROCKS him first! Kevin fires off on Jey in the corner, lets off, but Jey throws body shots. Kevin ROCKS Jey again and again, the ref counts, and Kevin lets off again. Kevin CHOPS Jey, CHOPS again, but Jey kciks low. Jey ROCKS Kevin, but that’s his bad hand! Kevin ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again and again! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then he storms back up to CHOP! Jey ROCKS Kevin with a forearm!

Jey throws more forearms, HEADBUTTS Kevin down, and Sami rallies the fans for Jey. Jey whips Kevin but Kevin reverses to then ELBOW him down! Jey bails out, Jimmy and Sami go to his side, but Kevin goes out the side to CHOP Jey! Kevin whips Jey hard into barriers! Then he SENTONS Jey on the floor! Kevin stares Solo down, goes back for Jey and puts him in the ring. Kevin glares at Solo but he blocks Jey’s kick! But the DRAGON WHIP comes back around! Kevin falls to the ground and Raw goes picture in picture.

Sami is there to look down on Kevin, but Jey goes out to fetch him. Jey drags Kevin up, SMACKS him off the desk, and the Bloodline cheers him on. Jey throws hands, the ref counts, but Jey lets off. But Kevin kicks back to SMACK Jey off the desk! Jey gets in the ring, Kevin hurries in after him at 8 of 10. Kevin drags Jey up but Jey YANKS Kevin into the POST! Kevin clutches his arm as he sits in the corner. Jey storms up to swing, but Kevin counter punches! And again! Kevin whips, Jey reverses and Kevin hits buckles hard! Kevin falls over, the ref checks on him, but he’s okay to continue. Jey storms over again, and drags Kevin from the ropes.

Jey stomps Kevin in the gut, then paces around. Kevin clutches his ribs while Jey shakes out the bad hand. Both men are fighting through WarGames battle scars as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey has the finger up, #WeTheOnes. But Kevin TACKLES him to rain down fists! Jey pushes Kevin away, but Kevin kicks low and hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Jey is still in this but Kevin pushes him down again. Kevin drags Jey to a drop zone, climbs up the corner, and SWANTONS onto knees! Kevin writhes, Jey drags him up and whips, scoop to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kevin is still in this but Jey keeps his cool. Kevin sits up, Jey rains down a fist, but again that’s the bad hand! Kevin crawls to the corner, Jey grits his teeth and storms over, but Kevin CHOPS him! Jey goes to the far corner and fans rally up.

Jey runs in but Kevin kicks low! Kevin suplexes but the back won’t let him! Jey whips Kevin hard into the corner! Kevin falls again and the Bloodline fires up! Norfolk is torn but Sami tells Jey to finish this! Kevin sits up, clutching his back, but Jey punches him down! Jey stomps away on Kevin, but lets off at the ref’s count. Jey’s hand still bothers him, but he storms up on Kevin to whip corner to corner. Kevin reverses and Jey hits buckles, then Kevin clotheslines! Kevin goes corner to corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Kevin and Jey slowly rise, and Kevin gets to ropes.

Jey stands and fans fire up, Kevin storms up after Jey. Kevin ROCKS Jey with a forearm but Jey ROCKS Kevin back. Kevin ROCKS Jey, Jey ROCKS Kevin, but then Kevin counter punches! Kevin forearms again and again, whips but Jey reverses! Kevin hits the corner hard and tumbles down! Cover, TWO!! Kevin refuses to give in but Sami argues the count. Jey says he’s got this, and he sees Kevin flounder to the corner. Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK! Jey raises up the finger and Raw goes picture in picture.

Kevin flops out of the ring and Sami moves away from him. The ring count starts, Jey paces as it climbs, but Kevin stirs at 5 of 10. Jimmy says to stay down but Kevin crawls over at 7. Kevin stands at 8, and he manages to get in at 9! The screen goes dark… Oh, it’s back, and yes, Kevin is in the ring. Jey stomps Kevin down, he and Jimmy and Sami all talk smack. Kevin dares Jey to hit him harder! Jey shakes out the bad hand, to ROCK Kevin! But Kevin ROCKS Jey back! And again, and again! Kevin whips Jey, Jey reverses and scoops, BACKBREAKER! Jey shakes his head while Kevin writhes. Kevin sits back up, still not done.

Kevin crawls to ropes, Jey storms up, but Kevin CHOPS him! Jey snarls and he ROCKS Kevin again! Jey shakes out the bad hand, hoists Kevin up top, and he climbs up after Kevin. Jey drags Kevin up, but Kevin fights the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Jey! And HEADBUTTS again! Jey wobbles, Kevin DECKS him to the mat! Kevin adjusts to SWANTON BOMB!! Direct hit this time! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and the Bloodline can’t believe it! Raw returns to single picture as Jey and Kevin go to opposite corners. Sami tells Jey to keep on that back. Kevin stands, Jey sputters, Kevin storms over to drag Jey up.

Kevin headlocks Jey but Jey hits a POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Jey fires up and he punches Kevin again and again, not caring about the bad hand! Jey eggs Kevin on, stomps him down, then watches Kevin go to the corner. Fans are torn as Kevin stands up again. Jey storms up but Kevin ROCKS Jey! Jey UPPERCUTS Kevin! Jey eggs Kevin on, pushes Kevin around, but Kevin JABS! Jey UPPERCUTS, Kevin JABS, then Jey fires off forearms and haymakers! The ref backs Jey off, Kevin CLOBBERS Jey! Fans fire up as Kevin stomps Jey around! Kevin goes up the corner, but his back slows him down. Jey ROCKS Kevin back!

Sami and the Bloodline cheer Jey on as he climbs up again. Jey brings Kevin to the very top, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin hooks the leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Fans fire up and Sami is panicking! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin and Jey are both down. Kevin crawls over to Jey but Jey crawls to the ropes. Kevin drags Jey around to a drop zone, climbs up the corner again, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Sami is growing frustrated on his behalf! Kevin drags himself up in the corner, he hobbles after Jey, and he brings Jey up. Sami coaches Main Event Jey and fans duel, “KO!” “UCEY!”

Kevin brings Jey around but Jey breaks free to SUPERKICK Kevin! Both men fall down again! The Bloodline cheers Jey on while fans continue to duel. Kevin crawls to one corner, Jey crawls to the other. Kevin runs corner to corner, into a JUMPING SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Kevin survives and no one can believe it!! Sami and Jimmy argue that count but the ref defends it was still two! Fans rally up again, Jey runs in at the corner, but Kevin BOOTS him! Kevin storms up, into a fireman’s carry! But Kevin slips off, kicks, but Jey powers out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Sami is furious but Kevin is still in this!

Jey glares at Kevin, Kevin sits up, and Jey SUPER- NO, Kevin blocks to SUPERKICK back! Whip and POP-UP POWER- NO, the back gives out! SUPERKICK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin is inhuman and the Bloodline is incensed! Norfolk is thunderous as Kevin flops out of the ring. Kevin staggers around, Jey builds speed, but Kevin ROCKS him! Jimmy gets on the apron but Kevin SUPERKICKS him down! Jey rushes over but Kevin ROCKS him first! They brawl at the ropes, the ref backs Jey down, but Solo TRIPS Kevin up! Kevin flops into the ring, Jey goes up top! USO- NO, Kevin avoids the splash to STUNNER!!! Cover, KEVIN WINS!!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Bloodline is beside themselves! Despite all he went through on Saturday, and despite all he went through tonight, the Prizefighter comes out on top! Will Kevin continue to #StunTheWorld and find his way back to a match with the Tribal Chief?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw to follow up Survivor Series, and a great commercial free first hour. Great promo from Becky with the fans, as well as a brawl with DMG CTRL. This definitely fits what I felt in Becky and Bayley feuding, and I’m pretty sure this will determine a #1 contender to face Bianca at the Royal Rumble. Bianca, Asuka and Alexa had a good promo, and clearly Alexa is still likely to join in on the story building with Bray Wyatt. White Rabbit glitch during the promo, she’ll definitely “relapse” into being spooky Sister Abigail Alexa, and maybe we’ll get something more like Alexa at last WrestleMania with the dark crown and all that.

Good stuff from Judgment Day and OC. Rhea VS Mia turning into a Mixed 8 Tag was an interesting move, and clearly things aren’t done in this feud. I suppose that’s fine, but I can’t be sure what the endgame is. They keep teasing co-ed interaction with Rhea and Mia each getting their shots in on the guys, maybe a real co-ed rules match is what they’re after? Really good return promo and match from The Street Profits, and of course they win in their return. It’s hard to say where the Profits are going next, but all tag teams should be aiming for the tag titles. Elias & Riddle challenging the Usos already makes me think that’s just for Elias to turn on Riddle.

Great return match for Candice against Dakota, and I do like that they kept Bayley & Iyo from being ringside because they’re (in kayfabe) not cleared to compete. Iyo wearing a neck brace was a nice touch to that, too. Candice getting the win was good stuff, but I think Nikki Cross might be her real feud after spotting her in the background. And great stuff out of the Miz VS Lumis story. I noticed Miz was faking the wrong hand, which was hilarious, and it was great that Pearce pointed it out. For “Anything Goes,” what we got on TV was rather tame, but I did like them thinking outside the box with that vice.

Naturally Lumis wins to have the vice and the money, and how great that a few kids got $100. Granted, a bit of a shame that not all the kids up front got $100 but who knows how much money was even really in that bag. But this is far from the blow-off, and with Gargano still getting involved, there has to be something building so that more of The Way is working together on Raw. Theory and Rollins had a great promo together, and that is clearly the 1v1 feud with no Lashley or even Mustafa Ali getting in on things. Rollins VS Theory 1v1 will make for a great Royal Rumble match, or even just a great match on Raw to get some great ratings.

And speaking of a great match, great stuff out of the Bloodline and Kevin Owens. Great promo where Kevin and Sami certainly say they’re no longer friends after the TWENTY YEARS together, but with these two, you never know. Kevin VS Jey was so good, and Kevin winning is great stuff. I thought in WarGames, there was going to be a point where Sami ends up torn. Maybe if Kevin keeps having matches like this and it’s up to Sami to screw him over again, that could be the pivotal moment where Sami can’t bring himself to do it. They’ve been doing such a great job with the story, I have no doubt they’ll pull this one off.

My Score: 8.6/10


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