Will the champions of Raw be ready for the rest of Summer?
Bobby Lashley dominated at Money in the Bank, “welcomed” Keith Lee back to Raw last week, but now GOLD~ BERG~ wants his shot! How will the All Mighty respond?
- WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Sheamus VS Damian Priest; Priest wins and will have a future WWE United States Championship match.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The Viking Raiders; Styles & Omos win and retain the titles.
- Drew McIntyre VS Veer w/ Jinder Mahal; Veer wins, by disqualification.
- Natalya & Tamina VS Eva Marie & “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Natalya & Tamina win.
- Karrion Kross VS Keith Lee; Kross wins.
- Mustafa Ali & Mansoor VS Mace & T-Bar; Ali & Mansoor win.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
- Matt Riddle VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Morrison wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Reginald VS R-Truth; Reginald wins and retains the title.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Nikki A.S.H is here!
Almost a Super Hero, DEFINITELY a champion! Nikki was only Ms. Money in the Bank for 24 hours and she cashed in to take the Raw Women’s Championship from Charlotte Flair! And she has a mic now to speak to Kansas City, Missouri as they chant her name. “I’ve always wanted to say this: Welcome to Monday Night Raaaaw~!” Fans cheer and Nikki says she is so happy that they’re all here together as she stands here the NEW Raw Women’s Champion! And this feels like a dream. Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” and Nikki smiles as she says, “I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m awake. But this dream is now real!”
Nikki knows in the past, when she reached for the stars, she just didn’t have the confidence that she needed. She was so afraid to fail. But then one day she realized, if she fails, she fails. It’s not a big deal, because she’s still herself. And when she put on this superhero outfit, it gives her the confidence and reminds her. She wants it to remind all of us that no matter what, if you believe in yourself, you can overcome all of the odds! “It worked for me, it can work for you! We can all almost be superheroes!” But Charlotte Flair shows up to interrupt the celebration. The Queen goes to the ring and insists the champion open the ropes for her. A WWE ringside staffer does that for her instead.
Charlotte gets herself a mic as fans boo and some “WOO~.” “Aww, Nikki Ash. That’s nice. That’s a nice fairy tale you’re telling. Except your fairy tale doesn’t have a happy ending.” Nikki as champion is a DISGRACE! She is supposed to represent the WWE, all dressed up like this? Fans like the costume! Charlotte can see Nikki on NBC Today now, and Al Roker will laugh in her face because not even he can believe she’s champion. Maybe the fans believe, but in Charlotte’s book, you have to work for it to be a champion! She sure doesn’t believe this. But that’s why she’s here: to add her star power and perspective!
So just wait. Before this almost idiot takes another victory lap, let’s take a closer look to what really happened last week. Fans tell Charlotte, “You Suck! You Suck!” Charlotte tells them to hush before she tells them to suck it. But like she was saying, she proved her superiority over Rhea Ripley and retained her Raw Women’s Championship, Rhea couldn’t handle it. Rhea acted out like the spoiled, bratty teenager who had her phone taken, and that’s the only way Nikki could cash in. It is beneath Charlotte to complain, but she wasn’t even on her feet when the match started. Charlotte didn’t stand a chance but that’s how Nikki stole the title!
Fans boo Charlotte but Charlotte says she’ll stand here as The Opportunity while Nikki will play dress-up. Charlotte will get her rematch at SummerSlam, Nikki won’t stand a chance, and we’ll all bow down to the REAL champion! Actually, all this injustice isn’t even Nikki’s fault. It’s all the FANS’ fault! They’ve cheered when Charlotte was victimized and cheated! They’re all jealous of Charlotte! The fans are the same when they see the people at work, at home, at school are more successful than you, you want to drag them down! But here comes Rhea Ripley! The Nightmare goes right to the ring and says, “Yeah, yeah, Charlotte. We’re all so jealous of you.”
Fans cheer for Rhea as she says it’s so hard to be jealous of someone who held the title for one whole day. But look, 11-time champion or not, the only way you can win a title is pinfall or submission. And she got herself disqualified because Charlotte was going to lose! SO RHEA should get the rematch at SummerSlam. Nikki tells them all to hold on. Who said anything about either one of these two winning at SummerSlam? Each of them represented the division wonderfully, but like Nikki’s butterfly represents, “This Women’s Division is ready for a metamorphosis! And I will be leading that change as YOUR new Raw Women’s Champion!”
Charlotte’s had it with the superhero crap. Nikki can won everyone else over with her ripoff outfits, but Charlotte is walking out of SummerSlam as champ! Rhea says the title isn’t Charlotte’s, it’s HERS! But Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce walk out to cool this situation down before it all spins out of control. A lot of good arguments here, but let’s take some time to address them. In light of the highly unusual circumstance is to make a TRIPLE THREAT for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam! Charlotte says that’s ridiculous! Oh, well, hold on. Rhea and Charlotte can both get their opportunity.
But that isn’t what Charlotte wants! Nikki is a fluke, Rhea isn’t worthy, Charlotte wants her match TONIGHT! Then she can prove Nikki will never be in Charlotte’s league. Nikki says, “YOU’RE ON!!” Rhea laughs at Charlotte but Charlotte CLOBBERS her! Charlotte throws Rhea out, rushes at Nikki, and Nikki dodges to dropkick Charlotte out! Will Almost a Super Hero definitely win against Charlotte and prove she’s a true champion?
Damian Priest speaks.
Sheamus doesn’t deserve to be United States Champion. A champion defends his title. Sheamus makes excuses, complains, and attacks people from behind. That’s not a champion, that’s a coward, that’s a bully. He deserves to get his ass kicked.” Priest dares Sheamus to grow a pair and face him head on! Will the Fella be shot down by the Archer of Infamy?
Sheamus VS Damian Priest!
Raw returns and the Celtic Warrior is already in the ring, his metal face brace still on. Priest makes his entrance and if Priest wins, he gets his US Championship match down the line! Can Priest hit the bull’s eye? Or will he end up with a broken bow on account of a Brogue?
The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Sheamus puts Priest on ropes but Priest puts Sheamus in a corner. They go along ropes, break, and then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, hits a takeover, but Priest fights up. Priest powers out, Sheamus runs him over, and fans fire up as things speed up. Priest jumps to CLOBBER Sheamus! Sheamus gets up into an arm-drag! Sheamus fights back up, puts Priest on ropes, then knees low as the ref counts! Sheamus CLUBS Priest down, CLUBS him more, then brings him to a corner. Priest blocks the buckle bump to fire off heavy hands! Priest whips, Sheamus reverses but Priest kicks back! Priest eggs Sheamus on, then ducks to back elbow!
Sheamus gets up but Priest clotheslines him out! The ref counts, Sheamus gets up but Priest BOOTS him down! Priest runs to go up, and just fake Sheamus out. Priest slips out to run and leap, but into Sheamus’ APRON BACK SUPLEX! “Are you not entertained?!” Fans seem divided on that as Raw goes picture in picture.
Sheamus catches his breath, adjusts his mask, and Priest drags himself into the ring. Sheamus gets up on the apron, stands Priest up then throws haymakers! Priest staggers, stands back up, and Sheamus ROCKS him again! Sheamus soaks up the heat and Priest flops down as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Sheamus CLUBS Priest. Sheamus puts on the Dublin Smile but Priest powers up and pries free! Sheamus CLUBS Priest in the back with forearms, then shoves Priest, only for Priest to LARIAT on the rebound! Both men are down and fans fire up. Priest rises, Sheamus slowly follows, and Priest ROCKS Sheamus with a forearm! And then a flurry of fists, and the BELL CLAP! WHEEL KICK! The face mask comes off!! Fans fire up, Sheamus is in a corner, Priest runs in, into DOUBLE BOOTS! Sheamus skins the cat to the top rope, stands up, but Priest choke grips! For a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!
Sheamus survives and Kansas City can’t believe it! Priest gets up, drags Sheamus back up by his hair, and reels him in! But Sheamus slips out to Alabama lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and now Sheamus is in shock! Sheamus gets up, stomps Priest, then gets his legs. Priest resists the Cloverleaf, pries at the fingers, and gets free to kick away at Sheamus’ chest! Kick after kick after kick then an arm-drag from the floor! Priest gets up, blocks a forearm with a forearm, then fires off more KICKS! ROLLING ELBOW! Sheamus comes back to KNEE! Cover, TWO!!! No one can believe that the Archer of Infamy still lives!
Priest gets himself to ropes, Sheamus hobbles to a corner and Sheamus powers up. Priest is on the apron, though, so Sheamus storms over to club him! Sheamus wants the Bodhrain but Priest fights with elbows! Priest then wrenches and ROUNDHOUSES! Priest gets in, reels Sheamus in, HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)
That was a reckoning! Sheamus shouts about his nose and demands a doctor check his face! Will the Fella find a way to avoid defending his title, even after all this?
Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The Viking Raiders!
It was a phenomenal defense for the champs at Money in the Bank, but a quick turnaround and now Erik & Ivar get one more chance! Will the raid finally win these tag titles back? Or will Styles & Omos continue to tower over Raw?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Kansas City joins the raid!
Erik starts with Styles but Styles wonders if he should tag Omos. SHOTGUN KNEES! Too slow, Styles! Ivar tags in but Styles dodges, only to get a SEATED SENTON! Tag to Erik, Ivar CLUBS Omos, but he stays up! So Erik picks up Ivar to RAM Omos off the apron! And then Erik DIVES to knock Omos into barriers! But Omos is back up! Styles runs into a HEEL KICK from Ivar! Tag to Erik, they feed Styles to THOR’S HAMMER!!! Cover, Omos drags Erik out and hard! The ref reprimands but Ivar rushes out, only for Omos to KNEE him low! Omos RAMS Ivar into Erik at the barriers! Omos roars and he glares down at the Viking Raiders as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Omos wrenches Erik’s neck! The fans rally up as Erik endures. Erik fights up but Omos throws him down by his head! Tag to Styles, Styles snapmares Erik and wraps on a chinlock. Styles thrashes around, Erik endures and fights up to fight back. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz but Erik DECKS him! Both men are down, crawling, hot tag to Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Styles, then scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! BASEMENT SPLASH! Ivar roars, Styles gets to a corner, but Styles dodges the corner splash and fakes out the seated senton! But Ivar still puts Styles outside, only for Styles to ROKC him! PHENOMENAL-
Cartwheel!? Ivar dodges, runs back in, and LARIATS Styles down!! Fans are fired up as Ivar runs corner to corner but into a SUPERKICK! Styles goes up, leaps, and TORNADO DDT’s Ivar down! Both men are down and Styles crawls to a cover, TWO! Ivar survives but Styles reaches for Omos. Ivar keeps him away, ducks the enziguri and back suplexes, but Styles lands on his feet. Ivar SPLASHES Styles in the corner, tags Erik, and Styles gest fed to KNEES! Ivar goes after Omos, Erik gets Ace Ten Mao! Cover, TWO!! Omos kicks Ivar away and into barriers! Erik sees that and knows he needs to stop Styles! He waistlocks, but Styles breaks free to PELE!!
Styles crawls, and hot tags Omos! Omos runs in to scoop Erik for a MOUNTAIN SIZED SLAM! “This is MY house!” Back elbow into Erik! Ivar returns but runs into a BOOT! Omos throws Ivar out hard! Omos runs in to back elbow Erik again! Erik is down but Omos drags him back up! TWO HAND SLAM! Styles wants in, Omos gives him the tag. Styles aims from the apron, SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Cover, Styles & Omos win again!
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
That was definitely phenomenal and colossal! The Viking Raiders could not topple the Mountain of a Man, will anyone ever conquer that summit?
Drew McIntyre VS Veer w/ Jinder Mahal!
After giving Shanky THIRTY-FOUR chair shots to the back last week, he has eliminated one of the Modern Day Maharaja’s minions, and looks to do almost as much to the other! Will Veer regret ever helping Mahal mess up McIntyre at Money in the Bank?
Raw returns as Mahal, Veer and a new associate make their entrance. Mahal says McIntyre is despicable and the fans are disgusting! That assault on Shanky was horrible! But before Veer gives McIntyre what he deserves, Mahal will give him a chance to apologize. McIntyre shakes his head no. Oh well then, Mahal introduces us to his personal attorney! Vivant Gobar Hatasani, Esquire! And they are going to SUE McIntyre! It will take away everything, so this is his last chance. Apologize or else! Let bygones be bygones. “Jinder, shut up! Shut up, shut up, shut up.” McIntyre thinks for a second: Should he apologize? Fans say, “NO! NO! NO!”
Well, sometimes, McIntyre flies off the handle, but the WWE Universe is back so maybe Kansas City can help him. Should McIntyre apologize and buy Mahal a steak dinner? “NO!” Should McIntyre say, “Screw the lawyer,” and beat Veer within an inch of his life? “YES!” Well McIntyre’s with them! But here’s one last word for Mahal. Here’s a chant for the people to chant at Mahal everywhere and anywhere: “Drew is Gonna Kill~ You!” Veer gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and McIntyre turns his focus on the henchmen. They tie up, go around, and Veer puts McIntyre in a corner. Veer backs off to gloat a bit but McIntyre circles with him.
McIntyre and Veer tie up with knuckle locks but McIntyre wrenches to YANK an arm. Veer ROCKS McIntyre with a right, then scoop SLAMS him down! McIntyre gets up, Veer kicks and headlocks, but McIntyre powers up to power out. McIntyre runs and runs Veer over! Then he gets Veer up for a scoop SLAM of his own! McIntyre gets Veer back up, Veer SLAPS McIntyre! That was a mistake. McIntyre ROCKS Veer, shoves him and stomps a mudhole into him! And CHOPS and windmill haymakers! Mahal gets McIntyre’s attention by banging a chair around ringside. McIntyre glares at Mahal but Veer BOOTS McIntyre down! Veer rains down heavy hands from all sides!
Veer lets off, McIntyre gets up, and Veer has McIntyre in a corner. Veer whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Veer runs to CLOBBER McIntyre with a body check! Veer adds a BIG elbow drop! Cover, ONE!! Veer gets McIntyre in a cravat and wrenches the neck. McIntyre endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Veer knees low! Veer whips McIntyre corner to corner, but McIntyre returns to CLOBBER Veer! McIntyre rallies, whips, and CLOBBERS Veer again! McIntyre dares Veer to get up and the fans fire up. Veer flounders about, McIntyre gets him in a clinch for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Veer gets up, McIntyre gets around Veer to NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre kips up and fans fire up again! McIntyre keeps Veer from running away but Veer throat chops! Mahal slips the chair into the ring but McIntyre CLAYMORES it into Veer’s face!
Winner: Veer, by disqualification
A bit of a controversy about that, but as Mahal and Veer run away, McIntyre targets Vivant! The lawyer tries to reason with McIntyre but McIntyre doesn’t care! Fireman’s carry and a TOSS into the ring! McIntyre gets in, fans fire up with the countdown! THREE! TWO! ONE!! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre is still determined to destroy Veer and Mahal, but how can he do so without getting disqualified?
Eva Marie talks with “Doudrop” backstage.
Forget about last week on Alexa’s Playground. After winning tonight, they’ll be a step closer to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. The #EvaLution will not be stopped, so long as Doudrop does her part. Piper Niven keeps quiet as she and Eva head to the ring, but can their teamwork really make the dream work?
Natalya & Tamina VS Eva Marie & “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Raw returns as the champions make their entrances. The teams sort out and Eva starts with Natty. They circle, they tie up, and Eva gets around to whip her hair at Natty, then throw a forearm! Natty chases Eva to the ropes and Eva shouts for the ropebreak. The ref backs Natty off, fans rally but Eva tags in Piper. Piper and Natty tie up, Natty waistlocks but Piper is too much to lift. Natty headlocks, Piper powers out and runs Natty over! Piper whips her hair, runs, but Natty drops. Piper rolls, taunts Natty then whips, but Natty blocks the hip toss. Piper blocks the counter hip toss to roll and bridge! TWO, Natty has the ghost pin, ONE! Piper gets after Natty but Natty facelocks.
Piper wrenches out, throws Natty down, then whips her hair like Eva. But Natty crawls and tags in Tamina! Tamina and Piper circle now as Eva tries to start a Doudrop chant. Tamina headlocks, hits a takeover, but Piper moves around. Piper pushes back, fights up, but Tamina fireman’s carries! Piper slips off and kicks Tamina down to run and SPLASH! Eva wants in now because her team is winning, so Piper tags. Eva grins as she covers, TWO! Eva wasting time is why Tamina survives. But then a voice says, “Do I have your attention now?” Lilly is parodying Eva Marie! “I am so much more than just a pretty face. I want to inspire others to follow their nightmares. This is Lilly-lution.”
Eva is furious that Alexa’s creepy doll is mocking her! But she turns around into a SUPERKICK! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!
Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall
So that’s a no on the title shot, by the way. But Natty is hopping on one good foot, is this still a bad omen for the statement makers?
Karrion Kross VS Keith Lee!
The NXT Champion is back, but he can’t settle things with Jeff Hardy as Hardy tested positive for COVID. While we wish Hardy well, the show must go on! And there couldn’t be a better replacement as the Limitless One is back again! Who wins the rematch NXT never got to see?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and fans rally as Kross puts Keith in a corner. Kross tries to lift but Keith clubs him away. Kross throws forearms but Keith clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then he runs Kross over! Kross staggers up, Keith clotheslines him out! Keith waits as the ring count climbs, but he goes out as fans sing “OH~ Bask in his Glory~!” But Kross RAMS Keith into apron, then POSTS him! Kross seethes as he gets Keith up for an EXPLODER! Kross stands over Keith as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kross runs corner to corner to CLOBBER Keith! Kross stands Keith up to run corner to corner again for another clothesline, then a forearm and spinning clothesline! Kross digs his knee into Keith, the ref counts, and Kross lets off at 4. Kross paces and grins but fans rally up for Keith. Keith slowly rises but Kross STOMPS Keith’s fingers! Kross gets Keith up, but Keith throws body shots! Kross kicks low, and hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kross vows to end this and he watches Keith stir. Kross stalks Keith and wraps on the KROSSJACKET SLEEPER! But fans rally up for Keith as he fights and flails! Keith powers up, pries at the hold, and shocks Kross as he arm-drags him away!
Kross comes back with forearms but Keith CLOBBERS Kross! Keith staggers as he catches his breath. Kross gets up, but Keith ROCKS him again! And again! Kross swings but Keith clubs the clothesline to back elbow, and HEADBUTT! Kross goes to a corner, Keith runs in to SPLASH! Keith keeps going and he POUNCES Kross down! Fans fire up with Keith as he snarls. Keith powers up, the fans give him their energy, but Kross wrenches out to DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross glares from a corner, winds the hands of time, “TICK TOCK!” DOOMSDAY FOREARM! And the KROSSJACKET!! Keith is stuck, Kross catches an arm, Keith reaches but he taps out! Kross wins!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
A valiant effort from the Limitless One but Kross was determined to make someone pay for Hardy’s transgressions! Will Kross ever get his hands on Hardy to feel fully vindicated? Or will he be satisfied with making everyone else #Fall&Pray?
Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.
Tonight, she accepted a match with Charlotte Flair. What is running through her head as she prepares for this main event? It’s as Nikki said earlier tonight: her confidence has grown and she’s no longer afraid to fail. And it has only worked in her favor. Nikki believed in herself, win or lose, and no one can take that from her. She just wants the little kids of the WEW Universe to know that the hardest challenges are worth fighting for. So tonight, she’ll go out there with her title and super positivity, and know that no matter what, she’ll defend her title at SummerSlam!
But then Rhea walks up and tells Nikki, “I can’t help but respect the unconditional belief you have in yourself. But at SummerSlam, I fully believe that I’m going to be walking out with the Raw Women’s Championship. However, tonight? I hope that you go out there and give Charlotte hell.” Nikki is ready, but will she be able to take the Queen down a peg?
Mustafa Ali & Mansoor VS Mace & T-Bar!
What a turn of affairs this is! The Beacon wanted the menacing monsters across the ring from him to follow his every word to the letter, but that didn’t work out. Mustafa wants the Star of Saudi Arabia to do the same, but it was Mansoor’s idea that they have this match! Will Mustafa face retribution for his actions? Or will he and Mansoor be the ones to #ShutItDown?
Raw returns as Mansoor makes his entrance, followed by Ali’s entrance. Ali is already saying for Mansoor to ignore the WWE Universe and follow his lead. Mansoor is just excited this is all happening. The teams sort out, T-Bar starts against Ali and Ali dropkicks T-Bar right away! Ali fires off, T-Bar shoves him away and CYCLONE KICKS him down! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives but T-Bar stands on his hand! T-Bar gets Ali up, TOSSES him to the corner, then runs in to back elbow! Tag to Mace, and both big men KNEE Ali! Mace throws Ali down, dares him to crawl for Mansoor, then waistlocks and dead lifts to ripcord POWERSLAM! Cover, Mansoor breaks it!
Mace tags T-Bar and T-Bar BOOTS Mansoor! Mace dribbles Ali, then sets him up for T-Bar’s BOOT! The titans roar but fans boo as T-Bar paces. T-Bar covers, TWO! Ali is dazed, T-Bar stays between him and Mansoor, then sucker punches Mansoor! But Ali dodges the Cyclone Kick to WHEEL KICK him down! Fans rally, both men crawl, hot tags to Mansoor and Mace! Mansoor fires off forearms and CHOPS at the ropes! Mansoor whips, Mace reverses but Mansoor ENZIGURIS! Mansoor fires up but Mace whips him away to scoop, only for Mansoor to tilt-o-whirl through to a REVERSE DDT! Cover, T-Bar breaks it! Mansoor tumbles all the way out of the ring!
T-Bar pursues but the ref says he isn’t legal so he can’t attack. Ali DIVES and TORNADO DDT’s T-Bar on the floor! Mansoor says that was awesome! Ali says to watch his back! Mace choke grips Ali but Mansoor kicks the arm away! But Mace just grabs Mansoor! But Mansoor victory rolls the choke slam, Mansoor & Ali win!!
Winners: Mansoor & Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Mansoor celebrates, but Ali gets Mansoor out of harm’s way as T-Bar and Mace rush him! Mansoor hugs it out with Ali but Ali tells him to stay serious while they’re still ringside. Will these two find a way to make it work as a team?
Bobby Lashley makes his way to the ring!
The All Mighty WWE World Champion, with MVP behind him, is ready to respond to last week’s shocking return of Goldberg, and the challenge Goldberg threw down by simply saying, “I’M NEXT!” MVP has the mic to say, “Please rise to your feet and show the proper amount of respect for your All Mighty WWE Champion!” But not everyone in Kansas City does so. MVP says he understands, because Lashley’s dominance is on par with the great Tom Brady, and they still feels some kinda way about that.
But let us address last week, when Goldberg disrespected the champion! It’s real simple: Everyone’s been talking about All Mighty VS Goldberg, and MVP could see it! The champion VS the iconic Hall of Famer! The thing is, it is all up to Lashley to decide. So is Goldberg next? MVP holds the mic out to Lashley, and Lashley says, “I’m not even going to dignify Goldberg’s challenge with a response!” But Lashley will say this: This is HIS ring! Lashley will NOT be disrespected by anyone. MVP says you heard it here first. But wait, Cedric Alexander is making his way out?
Alexander has a mic to say, “Disrespect? You wanna talk disrespect?” How about how they excommunicated him from the Hurt Business just earlier this year? And Alexander wondered why for so long, but he figured out why: Alexander is better than Lashley! Today, PRIMED Alexander steps up, and he wants his opportunity at the champ! But now Shelton Benjamin appears! Benjamin has a mic to say, “Hey, Bobby. Before you answer that question… Cedric, do you have any idea how annoying the sound of your voice is?” Oh, real funny, Benjamin. But Benjamin isn’t here to cry about the past. Benjamin is here to give Lashley a real challenge.
Alexander says no way, but Benjamin tells the “kid” to wait his turn. MVP asks them both if they see how ridiculous they’re being right now. Lashley has no time for either of them. But Lashley says he’ll take them both on! At the same time! Now get a ref! Alexander and Benjamin can’t believe they’re having to team up again! But the ref arrives and we have a handicap match!
2v1 Handicap Match: Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
The bell rings, Benjamin rushes Lashley but Lashley spins him around for a NECKBREAKER! Alexander wants Lashley to take it easy and he goes to a corner. Lashley goes after Benjamin but Alexander attacks from behind! Lashley shoves him away to then get Alexander for a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley throws Alexander out of the ring then RAMS Benjamin into a corner! Lashley roars, fans boo, but Lashley goes out to get Alexander up to fireman’s carry and POST him! Alexander goes flying and Lashley is grinning! Lashley puts Alexander in, but Benjamin is lurking! Lashley gets Alexander up, but Benjamin fires off haymakers!
Lashley knees Benjamin, whips him to a corner, and runs in, but Alexander anchors a foot! Benjamin KNEES Lashley! Alexander reels Lashley in for a TORNADO DDT! Double cover, TWO!! Lashley shocks both Benjamin and Alexander, and Benjamin hurries to get Lashley up. Lashley fights Benjamin off, then sees Alexander coming, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Lashley sees Benjamin, breaks through the clothesline to SPEAR him down!! Lashley isn’t done here, he drags Benjamin up to suplex, and JACKHAMMER! A direct message to Goldberg! But Lashley isn’t done, he gets Alexander up for a DOMINATOR onto Benjamin!! Stacked, double cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
MVP puts the belt back on Lashley and raises his hand in victory! Lashley says he doesn’t care about Goldberg, did he just make Goldberg reconsider targeting him?
The Miz is on his phone.
And he suddenly sees something and has to take his sunglasses off. John Morrison comes in and has his Drip Sticks. Miz and Morrison are fired up and ready to get Kansas City wet! But then Omos & Styles walk in. What are they going on about? Wait, it doesn’t matter. Free country, do what you want. But the champs want to talk with them about something that would help Styles & Omos. Unless Miz ‘n’ Morrison aren’t moist with it. No way, bring it in. Omos keeps the cameraman from hearing this, what devious plan is being cooked up between the Phenomenal and the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century? *stare off into distance*
Matt Riddle VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
The Original Bro is about to have a singles rematch with America’s Moist Wanted, but will Styles’ phenomenal plan play into how this ends?
Raw returns as Morrison makes his entrance, Miz rolling with him. Miz squirts Byron Saxton all over, and does get some of the fans right behind him, too. In this heat, surely the fans appreciate it. The bell rings and Riddle circles with Morrison,. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks, Morrison switches to get a leg. Riddle rolls, gets Morrison in a triangle, but Morrison gets a ropebreak. The ref counts, the two let off, and the two go again. Riddle shoots in, fireman’s carries and kneebars! Morrison rolls to shift around to a facelock. Morrison gets an arm, Riddle gets up but Morrison uses that to get both legs. Riddle sunset flips, TWO, to an ANKLE LOCK!
Morrison moves around, Riddle keeps him from ropes, but Miz reloads his drip stick! Morrison rolls and throws Riddle away, and Miz stands down. Morrison bobs ‘n’ weaves, knee slow, but Riddle gets around to waistlock. Morrison switches, shoves Riddle at a corner, but Riddle goes up and over o then get a BROSPLODER! Cover, TWO! Morrison gets to a corner, Miz wants Morrison to getup, but Riddle fires off kicks in the corner! The ref counts, Riddle lets off, runs side to side, into a FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Riddle survives but Miz is confident as he chants, “JOHNNY DRIP DRIP!”
Morrison gets Riddle up, but no Moonlight Drive! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps his cool as fans build to a rally. But Miz sprays Riddle! Morrison rolls him up, TWO! FINAL FLASH!! Riddle goes up and out and PENALTY KICKS Miz! Miz falls right over, chair and all! Riddle mocks Miz being turtled as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Riddle fights against Morrison’s chicken wing crossface by ramming him into buckles! Riddle gets free, throws hands and a boot! Morrison comes back, Riddle spins him to a PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm smash! And then side to side to forearm smash! And then BROSPLODER! Morrison flounders up and Riddle runs in, but Morrison bails out! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Morrison! And then SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit at the ramp! Miz is furious as he wheels himself around the way. But coming down the ramp, it’s Styles & Omos! Riddle puts Morrison in the ring and hurries after him, trying to ignore the tag champs.
Morrison blocks the RKO to ROCK and elbow and ROUNDHOUSE Riddle! Morrison whips Riddle to a corner, Riddle bounces off buckles, Morrison CALF KICKS Riddle down! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but Miz assures Styles that the plan will work. Morrison taunts Riddle, tells him to get up, and then reels him in, but Riddle slips out of the suplex to ripcord FINAL FLASH! And POWERBOMB! And then a flip over for another FINAL FLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives but Riddle stares down Styles. Riddle gets Morrison to a drop zone and tells Styles & Omos they shouldn’t be out here. Riddle climbs up top but Styles grabs the scooter!
Riddle tells Styles to put the scooter back but Omos grabs it to BREAK it! The handlebars are gone, Morrison gets Riddle for SPINNING SPLASH MOUNTAIN!! And STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Morrison wins!!
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall
The plan was just breaking Riddle’s prized possession!? How petty! Miz loads up the drip stick to do water pyro all over Byron! And then Styles rains down furious fists on Riddle! Styles gets Riddle up, reels him in, STYLES CLASH!! The Bro is down and no Viper to save him. But will this urge Randy Orton to return and help Riddle?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Reginald VS R-Truth!
In another rare occasion, this title that can be taken anywhere, anytime, by anyone, is going to be defended in the ring! Will Truth get his baby back for the fifty-third time? Or will #CirqueduSommelier find a way to get away with the gold?
Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Truth gets impatient with all the flipping Reggie does in his entrance. But that jump right over the top rope was pretty cool, though. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Truth is still mic’d up as the battle for his baby begins! Reggie shows off his agility but Truth keeps clear. “Gimme my baby back, dawg.” Reggie can be like all the great little people in the world: Lil’ Red Riding Hood; the Three Lil’ Pigs; and Lil’ Debbie! Reggie dodges again and smooths his suit out. Reggie wants Truth to understand- Truth grabs the suit! “We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way, dawg.”
Reggie wriggles out of the jacket! Oh is that how it is? Reggie dodges the jacket attacks! Truth throws the jacket right on Reggie’s face! GOTTEE! Truth does the splits, goes corner to corner, but Reggie flounders out of the way! Truth hits buckles! Reggie gets free of his jacket, and dodges the leg lariat! Truth gets tangled up, staggers around, and he needs the ref to check him. Reggie doesn’t stop, 450 SEATED SENTON! Cover, Reggie wins!
Winner: Reginald, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)
But now the other contenders come running out! But Reggie LEAPS over them all and gets to the ramp! Lince Dorado, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak and Humberto Carrillo can’t believe it! Will the slippery sommelier be like Captain Jack Sparrow in the 24/7 Championship race?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
The Queen has taken Nikki’s cash-in rather personally, why is that? The only reason Nikki won is because Rhea assaulted Charlotte! And the only reason Nikki dropkicked Charlotte out of the ring tonight is because Charlotte was dealing with that “petulant child.” But now Charlotte has to deal with a delusional WWE Universe that thinks Nikki can be a proper champion. Charlotte is sick and tired of the division being run down by almost superstars. Charlotte built this title as a five-time Raw Women’s Champion, and there wouldn’t be a Women’s Champion if not for her! Tonight, Charlotte proves that to the Almost Super Hero. But will all this confidence cost the Queen’s opportunity?
Nikki A.S.H. VS Charlotte Flair!
Raw returns as Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings and Nikki is fired up but Charlotte is stoic in her corner. Charlotte says she’s going to win, and then circles with Nikki. The fans rally up as Nikki waits on Charlotte. They approach and Charlotte CLOBBERS Nikki! Nikki gets to ropes, Charlotte gets her in a corner and CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! Charlotte then fakes Nikki out to SLAP her! “This is your champion?!” Charlotte pulls at the superhero mask, chokes Nikki on ropes, but lets off at 4. Nikki hits back but Charlotte CLUBS her down! Charlotte throws Nikki out hard, and shouts, “This is who you cheer for?!”
The ring count climbs as Nikki gets up and Nikki is in at 5 of 10, only for Charlotte to stomp away on her! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, but Nikki hits back again. Charlotte CLUBS Nikki, Nikki hits back! Charlotte mocks the Nikki chants, whips Nikki and CLOBBERS her! Charlotte stands on Nikki, then covers, ONE! Charlotte tries again, ONE! Charlotte mocks the count, taunts Nikki to get up, and then gets her up to pie face her. Nikki throws forearms but Charlotte eggs her on. Nikki hits Charlotte again but Charlotte CLUBS Nikki down! Charlotte kicks Nikki around, puts her back on ropes, and chokes her more! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, but Nikki comes back with more forearms!
Charlotte kicks Nikki away, runs in and corner splashes Nikki! Nikki gets up to throw throat chops and forearms! Nikki fires off but Charlotte turns it around to fire off forearms of her own! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off and fans rally, “Let’s Go Nikki!” Nikki hits back, Charlotte stomps away on her in the corner! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, and she gets Nikki up again. Nikki keeps throwing forearms! Charlotte ROCKS Nikki, goes to suplex, but Nikki cradle counters! TWO, and Nikki rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Charlotte gets up, Nikki dodges and tilt-o-whirls to HEADSCISSOR Charlotte out of the ring! Fans fire up as Nikki strikes a pose!
Nikki then runs to WRECK Charlotte with a dropkick! Nikki goes out after Charlotte with clubbing forearms! Charlotte THROWS Nikki over the commentary table! Fans boo as Charlotte goes into the ring. Nikki is down as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more and Charlotte pulls Nikki against a corner post! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off at 4, and Charlotte goes back in to get Nikki up. Charlotte scoops and EXPLODERS Nikki! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte keeps on Nikki with a thrashing chinlock! Fans rally for Nikki and she endures as Charlotte grinds her down. Charlotte grins but Nikki fights her way up. Fans rally harder for Nikki as she throws elbows, only for Charlotte to throw Nikki down! Nikki rolls away to ropes but Charlotte runs, only for Nikki to dodge the baseball slide! Nikki kicks Charlotte then CROSSBODIES! Nikki fires up and gets back on the apron, to bait Charlotte in!
Charlotte kicks, Nikki dodges and HOTSHOTS the leg! Nikki slingshots to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Nikki keeps moving, dodges and CROSSBODIES again! Nikki rallies with big clotheslines! Sunset flip, but Charlotte stays up. Charlotte drags Nikki up by the hair to toss her into a corner. Charlotte runs in but misses again, Nikki BULLDOGS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Nikki as she pounds the mat! Nikki roars, drags Charlotte up, but Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And again, and again, and again! The ref counts the ropebreak in the corner but Charlotte puts Nikki up top. Nikki CLUBS Charlotte back!
Nikki kicks Charlotte, and again, and reels her in for a TORNADO DDT! Nikki hurries back up top and fans fire up! Charlotte stands, Nikki leaps, SUPER CROSSBODY! But Charlotte rolls it over, and wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
The Queen laughs at Nikki and then mocks her tears, because now the Queen got even with the Almost Super Hero. Kevin Patrick hurries into the ring to have an interview with Charlotte. He congratulates her on the win over the new champion, but she asks why. Seriously, why? Why is he here to congratulate her? What did anyone expect? She’s not The Opportunity for nothing! Just putting on a mask and a cape makes you a hero? Look Charlotte in the eyes as she says this: “No one is in my league. No one!” And it’s just the truth. Sorry not sorry. Charlotte gives Kevin the mic back, but Nikki takes it for her own to say, “I said Almost a Super Hero! I can admit, I lost that match. But I showed myself that I almost could’ve won!”
And Nikki has the confidence that she CAN beat Charlotte! So next week, Nikki challenges her to a REMATCH! Charlotte considers this challenge and demands to be given the mic back. Kevin gets it for her, and Charlotte says she could beat Nikki this week, next week and any week. So then, Nikki’s got it! They’ll have a rematch, and Charlotte offers a handshake. Nikki takes it, only for Charlotte to ROCK her with a forearm, and BOOT her down! Charlotte drags Nikki to the apron and out of the ring to put her against the barriers! All the fans are so inspired, but Charlotte CHOPS Nikki down! Charlotte puts Nikki back in the ring, and BOOTS her down again!
Charlotte adds insult to injury, will she just keep beating Nikki down before SummerSlam?
A very good episode, with a lot of good stuff and no real filler, but there are some things I have issue with. First, why is Vince so obsessed with calling these matches, “Championship Contender’s Matches?” He never made a big deal about someone facing a champion in a non-title match before. And it was always on commentary, as well as fans, to put two and two together that if the champion lost, the opponent would get a chance at the title. But now Vince has to make it blatantly obvious to us that everyone facing a champion could get themselves a title opportunity? Is he copying or mocking AEW for their “title eliminator” matches?
My main problem with this is how it made things with the Raw Women’s Championship so disjointed. Was Charlotte facing Nikki for momentum? Or her own chance at the title 1v1 outside of SummerSlam? Charlotte VS Nikki was a great main event, and it seemed the Kansas City fans took a minute to get behind Nikki in this, but they were there. Charlotte winning does work in story, it makes Nikki the underdog champion, and it is better storytelling when the hero is the underdog, super or otherwise. But the Raw Women’s Championship is also the center of another problem I have with Vince’s other new obsession: Triple Threats just because they can.
Triple Threats are a lot of fun, but why is Vince spamming them on RawDown? Sometimes, a 1v1 is perfect for the story. If Rhea had stayed out of it, then Charlotte winning tonight and using the “championship contender match” stipulation would make perfect sense. Charlotte VS Nikki, 1v1 at SummerSlam, there you go. But Rhea being put in just because she lost at MITB and again last week, she’s being shoehorned in. It oddly exposes how they trimmed down the roster in all divisions because it means, in the eyes of WWE, Rhea has no one to feud with on the side, so she has to default to the title. It sucks, because Rhea is probably just taking the pin for Charlotte or Nikki so the other stays strong, and we do this all again for Extreme Rules.
Honestly, why wasn’t Rhea spun off to any of the other women’s stories? What are Shayna & Nia doing now that they dumped Reginald? Shouldn’t they have been the ones to face Eva & Piper to get a title shot at Natty & Tamina? And it wouldn’t have changed the result: Alexa uses Lilly to mock Eva, which was honestly pretty clever; Eva & Piper lose, someone else gets title opportunities. Also, it would’ve kept Natty from getting hurt, her hobbling after was legit and that sucks. But back to Rhea, why not have her interact with Piper, who she knows from NXT UK? Of course, that issue circles back to Vince’s other problem of NOT acknowledging NXT continuity, because even though it’s in his company, he doesn’t treat it as an equal. Y’know, like an insane person would.
Truth VS Reginald, by the way, was pretty fun for Truth being mic’d up the entire time. Reggie’s got a great entrance with that (clearly trampoline assisted) jump into the ring, and as I figured last week, he shows his agility again to avoid the 24/7 Championship chasers. I keep thinking he stands on the stage too long and he could get caught by someone. Hell, let it be a female superstar not doing much because this title hasn’t been with the women in literal months. At this point, Shayna & Nia should be upset that they dump him, and he gets a belt! Shayna and Nia could go after Reggie, one of them gets the title, and the other serves as the bodyguard. They could even hot potato it just so the others can’t take it from them.
Moving on, Mansoor & Mustafa Ali had a good first tag match with Mace & T-Bar, that was a great choice given the story with Retribution. Mansoor & Ali win with some dysfunctional teamwork, and I feel like they could turn into a good combo down the line. Kross VS Keith was a great choice to make up for not getting Kross VS Hardy, but I should’ve known Raw would serve up a really disappointing version of what Kross VS Keith would be. Kross of course had to win here to make up for last week, but it became that meme about fast food never looking as good as it does on the menu picture. NXT showed us what these two can do against each other, Raw screwed it up as they hurried to serve it to us.
We got a very good Raw Tag Team Championship match, and I’m surprised Styles & Omos only got a “Jobber entrance,” but still won. At the same time, I figured they would win to keep going towards SummerSlam and RKBRO. It is very clear now that WWE is thinking that way, too, as Styles & Omos get Miz ‘n’ Morrison to help them rough up Riddle. Morrison VS Riddle was a great match, even with the overbooking, and I almost thought Orton was returning tonight. Maybe he returns next week, or maybe this drags out so that the Raw before SummerSlam, Orton returns to support Riddle and they get that title match at the PPV.
McIntyre VS Veer started off well, but I feel like Vince and his guys had no idea how to keep this going without McIntyre clearing everyone out too soon. He shouldn’t have been disqualified, but WWE has been very fickle about consistently following pro-wrestling convention since Vince acts like WWE is the end all, be all. Also, WWE posted a playlist of every Punjabi Prison Match ever today, is that an ill omen for where McIntyre VS Mahal is going? Last but not least, Lashley had a very good handicap match against Alexander & Benjamin, but Lashley saying “No” to Goldberg is a little copy ‘n’ paste from Roman Reigns saying “No” to John Cena.
Lashley was furious last week, but I guess after a week, he cooled off and realized he shouldn’t play Goldberg’s game and just give the old guy a match. Which is the most worked shoot thing they could do with the story, actually, as I am among those who didn’t want this in the first place. But surely something happens where Goldberg goads Lashley into it, much like Benjamin & Alexander did to get a match with him tonight. Goldberg could show up again next week or the week after that, bring up Lashley using his moves, try and say Goldberg still does those better (even though he doesn’t), and maybe Lashley’s anger gives us the SummerSlam match.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!
While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?
- Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
- TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
- Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.
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10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?
LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.
Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!
Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.
Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!
The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.
LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.
Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!
Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!
Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.
Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!
Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”
Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?
KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!
Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.
Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.
Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.
Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!
Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.
Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!
Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!
Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!
Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!
Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.
Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!
Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!
Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!
Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission
The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.
“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.
“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?
Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.
The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!
Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
- The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
- Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
- Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
- No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!
Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.
Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.
Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.
Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!
Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”
Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?
Backstage interview with The Mysterios!
Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!
San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!
Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!
Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!
Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!
Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!
Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!
Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!
Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!
Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!
But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification
Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!
But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?
The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!
But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!
Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…
The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!
Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?
The Miz VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!
Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.
Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.
Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?
Liv Morgan is here!
And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”
The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!
Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.
But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.
So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!
Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!
Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.
Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.
Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!
Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!
Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!
Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?
Raw returns to the cookout!
Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!
Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.
But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?
A cryptic video plays.
A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?
Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!
Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!
Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!
Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!
Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!
Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?
Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?
Raw returns to the cookout!
The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?
Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.
Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!
Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!
The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.
Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!
Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!
But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!
Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall
A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!
Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!
Uncle Sam is here?
Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”
But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!
Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!
The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall
The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?
No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?
Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.
Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!
Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!
Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!
Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.
Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!
Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!
Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!
Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?
After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.
And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.
Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.
Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.
And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.
I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
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