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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/28/21)

It’s ladies night, and it’s time to fight!

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NXT Coverage 2021

The NXT Women’s Division is ready to shine!

Singles title, tag titles and a NO DISQUALIFICATION grudge match, all to put the BEST Women’s Division on display! Who become the NXT alpha females?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: B-Fab w/ Hit Row VS Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma; Lopez wins.
  • Xyon Quinn VS Oney Lorcan; Quinn wins.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Toxic Attraction; Shirai & Stark win.
  • Boa w/ Tian Sha VS ???; Boa wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine VS Grayson Waller; Strong wins and retains the title.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Ridge Holland w/ Pete Dunne; Kyle wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez VS Franky Monet w/ The Franky Monet Brand; Gonzalez wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: B-Fab w/ Hit Row VS Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma!

Someone’s about to feel real bad and big mad as we have a gritty grudge match to open the night! But before the match, Ashante Thee Adonis says tonight is all about the ladiiiiies~! Hey~! Oh~! Ladies in the house tonight, say hey! “Now, it is an honor and a gift to be in y’all’s presence.” But speaking of, the NXT Women’s Championship is on the card, Franky Monet VS Raquel Gonzalez. Ladies, today is your day. And Top Dolla says don’t even get him started on the tag titles. Shirai & Stark might get their titles snatched. Nothing personal, just business. Maybe some titles switches. Dolla’s betting on Toxic Attraction cuz they some of the baddest- Women.

But what title ain’t being defended? Swerve’s. Again! But no one is trying to come for it, like Santos Escobar. However, we do get Strong VS Waller for the Cruiserweight title. And we all know Baldie Bivens the mastermind at just 4′ 9″. In the meantime, let’s pay attention to the “dime of mine,” B-Fab. It’s real, and the spotlight is on B. And she about to beat the brakes off Lopez like she owes currency. Money money money~! Lopez may be big but she ain’t bad. When she in the ring with B-Fab, she gonna be big mad! If you didn’t know, now you know! But here comes Legado already! Will all that talk be backed up? Or will B-Fab have to eat her words?

B-Fab goes out after Lopez, Lopez throws her jacket, B-Fab throws hands! They end up in the ring, the bell rings and the forearms keep flying! Lopez and B-Fab tie up, Lopez pulls hair but so does B-Fab! Lopez knees low, then knees again. Lopez pie-faces but B-Fab scorpion kicks! B-Fab dropkicks Lopez out, then goes to the apron. B-Fab aims and leaps to AX HANDLE Lopez down! B-Fab talks trash, Lopez throws forearms back. The scrap continues but B-Fab bumps Lopez off the apron. Lopez elbows back, fires off forearms then goes looking under the ring. She brings out the trash cans, but B-Fab throws more hands! B-Fab throws Lopez down by her hair then rains down rights!

B-Fab brings Lopez up but Lopez RAMS her into the steel steps! Hit Row checks on B-Fab but Escobar gloats on behalf of Lopez. Mendoza swings on Dolla with the trash can! But Dolla PUNCHES the can out of Mendoza’s hands! Then Dolla throws hands on Mendoza’s head! Adonis and Wilde get involved, too, and then Swerve LEAPS onto Escobar! This is becoming a wild brawl but referees rush out to stop that! NXT tries to make this just B-Fab VS Lopez while going to commercial break!

NXT returns and Lopez digs her boots into B-Fab in the corner. Lopez only lets off to go out and bring out a TABLE! Fans fire up as Lopez has a sadistic grin. But B-Fab STOMPS the table out of Lopez’s hand. They fight over the table, Lopez RAMS it into B-Fab’s stomach! Lopez stands up one leg of the table, then fireman’s carries B-Fab over to it. B-Fab fights free to avoid disaster, then she RAMS Lopez into the apron! Lopez falls, B-Fab stomps a leg and slams it on the floor. B-Fab SLAMS Lopez’s leg against the table leg! B-Fab shoves Lopez into the ring, follows in after her, but Lopez kicks B-Fab’s own leg out! B-Fab lands on her face and Lopez goes out to fetch kendo sticks!

Lopez also puts chairs in the ring, then hobbles over to B-Fab. B-Fab wants to swing a chair but Lopez kicks her low. Lopez then scoops and SLAMS B-Fab on a chair! And then again to another chair! Lopez sets a chair up upside-down but B-Fab hits low. B-Fab crawls to the far side but Lopez storms over. B-Fab drop toeholds Lopez onto the chair legs! Lopez checks her face but B-Fab JAMS her in the ribs! And then has a kendo stick to SMACK her down! And again! And again! B-Fab sits a chair right side up, but Lopez CROSSBODIES her onto it! The chair crumbles under them but Lopez sets up a new chair. Lopez fireman’s carries B-Fab for a GUT BUSTER with the chair!

Lopez tosses chairs out to clear some space. B-Fab shoves Lopez back but Lopez reels her in for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Chair after chair after chair, and B-Fab could not sit back up! Lopez wins for the glory of Legado del Fantasma, will she be looking to go for gold next?

 

NXT catches up with the #InDex Honeymoon.

Indi & Dexter walk hand in hand at the beach, enjoying sun, surf and even some sand art. Cheers to the happy couple as they sunbathe, with Johnny and Candice spying on them. It’s good to see the kids having good, safe fun. Candice asks if Johnny remembers their honeymoon. Oh yeah, he does. Oh wait that’s a bad thing. Indi wants #SexyDexy to join her in the water. Indi definitely gets Dexter’s attention and he likes it. Johnny says this is getting too friendly… But he has an idea! Be right back! OMG it’s a shark! Dexter carries Indi away to safety! But it was just Jaw-nny Wrestling! He knew that’d work to get them to leave the beach. But will Gargano’s plans only backfire on him?

 

“Ladies and gentlemen: Joe Gacy.”

Gacy says yes, he IS Joe Gacy. “And contrary to popular opinion, this is still our safe space. Last week, on NXT 2.0, I made a huge impact. And I have not been cancelled. I made a bigger impact than superstars like Tommaso Ciampa, Roderick Strong and Bron Breakker, using only my words. I didn’t throw one single punch.” See, Gacy speaks for a generation that no one understands except for themselves, “the enlightened ones.” The rest of you are living in a darkened, obsolete world. When he went to the back, there were nothing but “triggered” faces, and he doesn’t understand. Gacy is inclusive! They can solve all of their conflicts with simple discussion and resolution.

“No one person can change the world. But I’m here to usher in the world to a new normal.” Gacy won’t take too much more of our time with a match coming up so thank you for your open minds. Is that really what’s happening here? Or is Gacy just fooling himself?

 

Xyon Quinn VS Oney Lorcan!

A rematch from 205 Live where these two threw heavy hands, they look more than ready for round two! Who stands tall now that they’re on Tuesday night?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Oney headlocks, Xyon powers out then runs Oney over. Oney gets up fast and pie faces, but Xyon SHOVES Oney out of the ring! Xyon goes out after Oney but Oney hurries back in. Things speed up, Xyon CLOBBERS Oney with an uppercut! Xyon snarls, gets Oney up but Oney throws an elbow and kicks, then a basement uppercut! Oney rains down furious fists then paces around. Xyon gets to a corner, Oney CHOPS him! And uppercuts, then throws haymakers. The ref counts, Oney lets off but Xyon TOSSES Oney away! Xyon storms in but into a throat chop! Oney CHOP BLOCKS a leg, Xyon falls and Oney drags him for more ground ‘n’ pound!

Fans rally for Xyon but Oney clamps on with a chinlock. Oney squeezes tight, Xyon fights up and throws body shots. Oney CLUBS Xyon on the back but he just roars! Xyon throws haymakers and a SPINNING HEADBUTT! Oney staggers up into an atomic drop, Xyon runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Oney staggers back up and Xyon RAMS him into the corner! Xyon fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP and kip up! Fans fire up again as Xyon powers up with the Haka! Oney slowly stands, into the RUNNING FOREARM! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

That’s 2-0 for Xyon against the Boston Brawler! From 205 Live to NXT 2.0, is Xyon going to be number one with a bullet?

 

Grayson Waller speaks.

“I’m a thrill junkie. I jump out of a plane and ask questions later. I don’t put my surfboard in the water without riding the biggest wave.” He is a survivor and a risk taker. He is taking his chance with Roderick Strong! His first singles match on NXT will be for the Cruiserweight Champion, and after tonight, everyone will know his name! But will we know him for winning or for losing to the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

MSK is here!

The NXT Tag Team Champions, Wes Lee & Nash Carter, are here to talk about putting respect on their names! But what will they have to say and who will they call out after the break?

NXT returns and Samantha Irvin is in the ring with the champs. She says they’ve been enjoying the view from the top, but what’s next for them? Hmm, what’s next for MSK? It’s that they’re gonna keep smoking… the tag team division! And they’re not content to just be champions. They will remain fighting champions like they said they’d be way back when. So it could be the old bulls or the young calves, everyone can step up, and get knocked down. BOOKA BOOKA! But the Grizzled Young Veterans walk out and James Drakes asks if they’re claiming to be fighting champions. Then where oh where is GYV’s shot?

Zack Gibson says this little reign means NOTHING until MSK defends against the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSOON to- be interrupted by Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams! Hate to interrupt the back ‘n forth, but if we’re talking soon to be champs, just say Melo’s name. Melo is in the chocolate factory cuz he has the golden ticket. He might even be in the mood for the titles. How ’bout it, Trick? Oh they ’bout it, ’bout it, let’s go! But Melo has Trick slow his roll while Gibson asks what they’re going on about. If they’re talking tag titles, then the line starts behind GYV! But MSK tells them both to shut their asses up! The champs are still talking.

But Wes tells Melo & Trick can keep poppin’ off. Use that Breakout contract to come for them, and they’ll learn real quick what the blokes be forgetting. As for GYV, MSK has proven they’re better already. But if they insist, then let’s dance! Gibson asks why everyone talks in riddles! What are they all on about? Wait, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen stroll out now? Briggs & Brooks were about to crack open some cold ones but heard talk about gold ones so- Trick tells Briggs to get his heels clickin’ and boots scootin’! Jensen says this morning, he promised himself one thing. And that was that the first person to look at him sideways would get popped in the mouth. Found one!

Briggs & Brooks brawl with Trick & Melo! GYV turn around into SUPERKICKS from MSK! Those three teams end up together, MSK DOUBLE FLY! A moonsault and a tope, and only Briggs & Brooks are left standing! MSK welcomes all comers, but who will stand tallest to take on the champs?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.

Big Mami Cool has a huge title defense tonight against Franky, but how is she feeling? Raquel knows Franky is good, and she isn’t overlooking her at all, but uh, she’s just another name about to be crossed off the list of everyone in Raquel’s way. La Wera Loca is about to learn how quickly she falls when- Oh wait, Toxic Attraction strolls by. Mandy says the title looks good on Raquel, but it’ll look better on her. Will Mandy be waiting when Ricky Desperado puts away Bougie Bad? And speaking of gold…

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Toxic Attraction!

The Genius of the Sky and the Sin City Soldier may not be best buddies, but neither of them can stand Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne or Mandy Rose. Will the champions keep their golden bond strong? Or will their reign melt away against the Toxic Attraction?

NXT returns and the champs have already made their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if having common enemies keeps Shirai & Stark together.

Shirai starts with Gigi and they tie up. Gigi wrenches, Shirai reverses to a headlock but Gigi pulls hair. Gigi pushes Shirai to ropes, Shirai runs her over, and things speed up. Shirai handsprings, Gigi sidesteps then tilt-o-whirls for a headscissors! But Shirai handsprings through that, and SHOTGUNS Gigi into the corner! Jacy tags in to slow things down, and then she talks trash about being new champ. They tie up with knuckle locks, Jacy kicks low then pie faces Shirai. Jacy talks more trash about being the new champ but Shirai trips her up and throws hands! Mandy is disappointed as Shirai bumps Jacy off buckles.

Tag to Stark, she stomps a mudhole then CLUBS Jacy. Stark whips, Jacy reverses but Stark handsprings and sweeps the leg! Cover, TWO, to a cradle from Jacy! ONE, Stark has it, ONE! Jacy has it, TWO! Stark Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Stark whips Jacy again, Jacy turns hip toss into a takedown, cover, TWO! Stark knees low, CHOPS but Jacy CHOPS back. Stark CHOPS then kicks, then whips Jacy a third time, Jacy grabs ropes, throws Stark out but Stark bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEEL KICK! Stark watches for Gigi, she slingshot sentons in! Cover, TWO! Mandy is getting frustrated for her team but Jacy gets to the apron.

Stark runs in but into a KNEE! Jacy slingshots and somersaults to run in, but into a lift! Gigi manages to tag in, Jacy victory rolls, then sets Stark up for Gigi’s PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Gigi drags Stark up, Stark JAWBREAKERS then CLOBBERS Gigi! Mandy gets on the apron, the ref has her back off and both Stark and Shirai watch her. Stark ROCKS Gigi, Shirai BOOTS Jacy, DOUBLE MISSILE DRPOKICKS send the Toxic Attraction out! Tag to Shirai and she builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Stark goes up to LEAP to take out Jacy! Gigi goes up and aims at Stark to SENTON! Direct hit with that cannonball but Shirai’s up top already!

ARIHARA MOONSAULT onto the challengers! Fans are thunderous as the champions stand tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Gigi drags Shirai up. Gigi has a sleeper but Shirai elbows free. Gigi ROCKS Shirai, Shirai shoves back but Gigi RANAS Shirai to ropes! Tag to Jacy and she KNEES Shirai back in! Cover, TWO! Jacy talks more smack, drags Shirai up and CLUBS her into a suplex! Cover, TWO! Jacy shouts and stomps Shirai. Shirai kicks Jacy away, crawls but Jacy grabs a leg. Shirai rolls and KICKS from below! Jacy staggers, hot tag to Stark! Stark rallies on Jacy and Gigi with big forearms! Stark fires off kicks and a ROUNDHOUSE, into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up with Stark as she runs and BASEMENT BOOTS Jacy down! Cover but Gigi drags Stark off!

Gigi swings but Stark shoves and clotheslines her out of the ring! Mandy check son Gigi but Jacy ROCKS Stark with a right! Stark dodges the boot to fireman’s carry and ROLLING SENTON! Stark goes up the corner and hits a PHOENIX- NO! She has to roll through as Jacy dodges, and then Jacy gets a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Both women are down, fans rally up and Mandy shouts to Jacy. Stark tags Shirai back in, Jacy tags to Gigi! The Evil Genius rallies with big shoulders, then FLAPJACKS Gigi! Gigi flounders to ropes, Shirai comes in, TIGER FEINT! Shirai BOOTS Jacy, springboards back in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Gigi! Cover, TWO!!

Mandy is relieved her team is still in this, but Shirai has a CROSSFACE now! Gigi endures, Jacy runs in but Shira avoids the splash! Shirai has a DOUBLE CROSSFACE! But Mandy sneaks a foot onto the ropes so that’s a ropebreak! Wait, that was Jacy’s foot. Anyway, Shirai lets go, tags in Stark, but Stark springboards into Gigi’s clinch. Shirai runs in, Gigi and Stark both duck but Jacy BOOTS Shirai down! Gigi GERMAN SUPLEXES Stark, with a bridging cover! TWO!! Toxic Attraction can’t believe how close they came! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Gigi & Jacy regroup. Tag to Jacy, she watches Stark rise and runs in to SUPERKICK!

Jacy howls and SUPER- NO! Stark hits the GO TO STARK!! Shirai tags in, she SHOTGUNS Gigi off the corner! Stark hurries over to PLANCHA Gigi down for good measure! Stark and Mandy stare down and Mandy tells Stark to calm down and back off. Shirai SHOTEIS Jacy, steps on her and goes up top! OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, the champs win!

Winners: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Despite the best laid plans of Mandy Rose, Shirai & Stark still found a way to win! They may not have combo moves but winning together is all that matters! Will Shirai & Stark stick together through the rest of the 2.0 era?

 

Bron Breakker speaks.

“Bron Breakker is high energy, high intensity, high impact.” The last two weeks, he’s been shot out of a cannon and he loves it. Trash talking, veins bulging, white knuckle thrill ride. He knows the locker room is full of studs, but he’s here to whip ass! If that’s harsh, he don’t give a sh*t! You wanna friend? Get a dog. Make no bones about it, Bron’s goal is to be champion! And Ciampa better know, Bron isn’t a patient guy. Will Breakker get his chance at the Psycho Killer soon enough?

 

Tommaso Ciampa responds via video chat.

He thanks commentary for allowing the two-time champion this time. Hell of a video and first two weeks for Bron Breakker. But let’s not put him in the Hall of Fame just yet. Yes, Bron Breakker is not patient, message received loud and clear. But Bron should listen to Ciampa. “It took me 908 days to get this title back. A title that I never lost in the first place.” No one’s beaten him before, no one will beat him now. There’s little doubt that Ciampa VS Breakker happens sooner rather than later. When it does. Bron is going to drown in an ocean of inexperience. Ciampa gives Goldie a kiss and says bye. But when will we see Ciampa take on the hungry young star?

 

Boa w/ Tian Sha VS ???

Mei Ying’s last warrior standing is ready to fight again. But will he keep making her proud? Or will he lose and bring dishonor to the team?

NXT returns and we learn that Boa’s opponent is Andre Chase. Chase thinks he’s about to school Boa on behalf of Andre Chase University, but maybe he’s about to learn something you can’t teach in a classroom. The bell rings and Chase circles with Boa. They tie up, Boa snapmares, but Chase snapmares back. Chase hammerlocks, Boa gets up and slips through to hammerlock then headlock. Chase endures the grind, spins through to wrench and arm-drag to an armlock. Boa endures, fights up but Chase puts Boa on ropes. Chase lets off and talks trash but Boa KICKS him in the leg! Boa throws knees then whips Chase for another knee!

Boa whips and KNEES Chase again, then shoves him down. Boa STOMPS Chase’s hand, then BUZZ- NO, Chase ducks the kick to hit a NECKBREAKER! Chase stomps away on Boa, rains down rights, then talks trash. Fans chant for “Chase U!” as he stomps Boa around. Chase clamps on a chinlock and pulls Boa back against his knee. Boa endures, Mei Ying is stoic, and Boa fights up. Boa throws body shots but Chase throws him down! Chase pulls on Boa’s ear to stand him up and talk more trash. Boa blocks the kick to give a kick! And then another kick! And then a BOOT! Chase falls out of the ring and ends up at Mei Ying’s feet.

Chase storms up and shouts at the SOB, but then he turns around to talk trash on Mei Ying. He gets DRAGON BREATH for it! Chase stumbles into the ring, STRAIGHT SHOT from Boa! ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Boa wins!

Winner: Boa, by pinfall

Chase may be a professor, but he needs to learn when not to talk. Will Boa soon target a title for the glory of Tian Sha?

 

NXT checks back in with #InDex and The Way.

Johnny is still proud of his plan but Candice asks where Indi and Dexter went. Well, back to their room, right? And what’s in their bedroom but a BED! Oh, well, that’s fine! What’s the worst that could happen? Then they both look at Candice’s own Baby Wrestling baby bump and Johnny hurries out! #InDex needs protection! Johnny asks around for the room key to Lumis 512. He gets help from the room service and Gargano gets inside. Security sure is bad around here. Bedroom found! Undies found… But yes, condoms found, too. A lot of them… How much are they planning on doing?! Are they at least going to stay hydrated?

InDex is on their way back already! Indi says those chicken fingers for lunch were amazing. Just like Dexter. Oh oops, did she leave the door unlocked? Sorry about that. Johnny panics and hides in the closet! Indi asks if Dex is thinking what she’s thinking. “Give it to me. Harder!” Oh it’s just a pillow fight. But a naughty one… They decide to take a nap, and Johnny uses this moment to sneak back out. But Dexter is watching. He gives Johnny a thumbs up and pulls out the long roll of “protection.” Sounds like it’s gonna be a long honeymoon…

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine VS Grayson Waller!

The Savior of the Backbreaker, with help from his lackeys- er, trainees, took the title from the Time Splitter, and now it’s HIS time to reign! But will the 21st Century Success Story make it his time already? Or will Waller be anything but baller after tonight?

But no time for introductions or title raising as Waller runs in from the crowd side and CLOBBERS Strong! Waller knows he’s taking a big chance so he’s taking no chance in letting Diamond Mine get the edge! Waller fires off forearms on Roddy then BOOTS him out! Fans fire up as Waller DIVES and takes Strong out at the ramp! Strong staggers up and is furious as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Waller clotheslines Strong in the corner. Fans rally behind him as he whips corner to corner. Strong goes up and over but Waller hits an STO! Diamond Mine is furious as Waller goes up, but Strong SHOVES him down! Waller hits apron then the floor, and Strong goes out to fetch him. Strong puts Waller back in the ring, throws hands, CHOPS then more hands! Waller ends up in a corner, Strong CHOPS him again. Strong pie faces Waller but Waller throws body shots. Strong knees and stomps Waller down, then drags him up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Waller with a grounded cobra twist!

Waller fights up, throws body shots but Strong knees low. Strong CHOPS again, but Waller forearms! Waller fires off, whips but Strong reverses, only for Waller to schoolboy! TWO, and Waller turns Strong for a backslide, that Strong makes a backwards sunset flip! ONE, Waller sits on a cover, ONE! Strong ghost pins, TWO! Waller has a cover, TWO! LEG- NO, BACKBREAKER! Strong turns the tide again and then covers, TWO! Strong snarls as he stomps Waller down. Strong talks trash on Waller before clamping on with a camel clutch. Waller endures, fights up, throws elbows to get free, but Strong knees low again. Strong suplexes high and hard then covers, TWO!

Diamond Mine coaches Strong up as he stays after Waller. Waller resists the crossface and crawls to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Strong lets off and he CHOPS Waller again. Strong puts Waller in a corner to CHOP again! Strong hoists Waller up top, climbs up to join him, but Waller fights back. The two brawl, Waller holds on and throws hands to knock Strong down! Waller adjusts and leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down and Diamond Mine is frustrated. Strong runs in but Waller CLOBBERS him! LEG LARIAT! BOOT! Waller runs in, blocks a clothesline to spin and DECK Strong! Waller aims from another corner and goes up the ropes… BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO!!

Waller is surprised but the CWC are fired up for him. Diamond Mine keeps coaching Strong as Waller fireman’s carries. Strong fights out then knees low, but Waller mule kicks and Eddy Gordo Kicks! Strong falls out of the ring, Waller runs and FLIES! Direct hit to the ramp! Waller puts Strong in fast, somersaults and STUNNERS! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and no one can believe it! “That was three! That was three!” But Waller shrugs that off to aim from a corner, for the LEAP FROG, only for Strong to slip out and STRONG KNEE! Cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

Waller showed he could throw down with one of the best, but Strong is one of the best! The Diamond Mine’s front man didn’t need to cheat this one, but will his luck start to run out soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with LA Knight.

The Million Dollar Megastar wants after Odyssey Jones after the verbal confrontation last week, but McKenzie asks if this is biting off more than Knight can chew. Oh, what? Is McKenzie president of the fan club or something? “Let me talk to ya. Do I look like a punk to ya? No, no I don’t.” Knight is the uncrowned champion of NXT, meaning he won’t let a newbie open his big fat head hole and spew nonsense about him. NO! So Jones has one week to learn a very hard lesson. Jones walks up and pats Knight on the shoulder. Jones may be new on campus but you’ve never ever seen anyone like him in the ring.

But then Andre Chase comes storming in calling BULLSH*T on Tian Sha! That smoke should’ve been a DQ! Knight takes that opening to throw hands on Jones and knock him down! Knight says he’s seen guys just like Jones before and this is how he’ll see him next week, YEAH! Knight is talking big but will he be eating those words when Jones #SoundsTheAlarm?

 

Dante Chen speaks.

He represents the spirit of Singapore and its people as he lives by the motto that lets him carve his own path: Passion, Precision, Perseverance. His journey has just begun, but where will we see it go?

 

Backstage interview with Trey Baxter & Cora Jade.

Trey lost to Dante Chen last week but what does Cora Jade have planned for her next match? Cora is very excited because at just 20 years old, she is the youngest superstar in NXT today. She is excited for her future, and is hoping to make NXT 2.0 into the #GenerationofJade. Trey is excited, too, but hopes she doesn’t do what he did. He’s still on that? Cora won’t do any of that. Aw, how sweet. The two head off, but will they both bring #AllHeart to their future?

 

NXT presents Lashing Out with Lash Legend.

Lash has her own studio as her audience cheers. She welcomes us to the premiere and wants to get straight to it. The WWE Draft starts this Friday, October 1st, are we all ready? Now, ya girl knows a little something about drafts cuz she got the rebound record in a single game with 27! That’s big! Very big! And that earned her a WNBA Draft spot! But did you see that Cora Jade and Trey Baxter are kissin’ in the locker room? Now Cora, if you wanna real man, get you one like Ikemen Jiro. Lash appreciates the #StyleStrong.

But the #LashOut of the week goes to Andre Chase. BOO~! That Peewee Herman wannabe has the audacity to go off on a student? Lash bets he wouldn’t do that to her, cuz she’d come and whoop that HELLO. Until next time, kisses and hearts!

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS Ridge Holland w/ Pete Dunne!

Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight don’t even get a chance to go to the ring, #KillerKyle comes for them at the ramp! He wants revenge for them sidelining him out of the NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way a few weeks ago! Holland kicks back but Kyle throws hands. Dunne gets in and it’s a mugging but the refs hurry to stop this! Holland DECKS Kyle but Kyle gets right back up! Will this be a match or a scrap when NXT returns from break?

NXT returns and this match is happening as Holland has Kyle in a rear bearhug. Fans rally up as Kyle endures, but Holland thrashes Kyle around. Kyle fights up, pries at the waistlock and wrenches through to a wristlock. Holland shoves Kyle away, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER to an OVERHEAD suplex! Cover, TWO! Holland grows frustrated as he stalks up Kyle to a corner. Holland throws heavy hands and Kyle staggers to a corner. Holland whips corner to corner hard and Kyle bounces off buckles! Holland hauls Kyle up for a bearhug, Kyle throws elbows but Holland RAMS Kyle into a corner! Holland hauls Kyle back up for more bearhug!

Kyl eendures, throws more elbows, but Holland squeezes tighter. Kyle throws forearms, BELL CLAPS and is free! But Holland shoves to RAM Kyle low! Holland shoves and goes again but Kyle has a GUILLOTINE! But Holland powers up, only for Kyle to sunset flip. Holland stands up but Kyle avoids the knee drop! Kyle KICKS and throws KNEES into Holland, then KICKS at the legs more! Kyle keeps firing off and then sweeps the leg! Holland staggers up and Kyle runs in to forearm smash at the corner! Kyle wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then gets a leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Holland writhes but Kyle runs in to KNEE Holland down! Cover, TWO!

But Kyle wants the arm! Holland holds off the armbar so Kyle gets a leg. Fans rally as Kyle uses leverage to pry Holland’s hands apart and drag him into a TRIANGLE! But Holland powers up to dead lift and BUCKLE BOMB! Holland runs in but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle runs but into a tilt-o-whirl scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but Holland looms over him. Holland brings Kyle up, Kyle slips under to KICK the bad leg. Kyle wants after the leg but Holland POWERBOMBS him down! Cover, TWO!! Holland is growing frustrated with Kyle’s toughness! He hauls Kyle up but Kyle kicks the bad leg! Kyle wants the arm but Holland HEADBUTTS him down!

Holland hobbles over, drags Kyle but Kyle kicks the bad leg! And then CHOP BLOCKS it! AX and SMASH! Holland is down, Kyle hurries to a corner and climbs up, but Dunne returns! The ringside ban means nothing to him and Holland scoops Kyle! Kyle slips off to shove Holland into Dunne! Roll up, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall

But Holland CLOBBERS Kyle all the same! Dunne returns and he mugs Kyle, Holland helping out! But here comes VON WAGNER! He saved Kyle before and he saves Kyle here now! Von throws big hands Kyle, joins in and they throw Holland and Dunne out! Kyle’s got big back-up of his own now, will he and Wagner take the fight to Dunne & Holland?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“These old docks here represent the transfer of items. Me and my family have benefitted from some, uh, goods that may’ve fallen off these docks.” Cousin Richie’s got a place and has eyes like a hawk, watching for the wise guys. Take one or two off the top, that’s fine. Anything more than that, Tony gets a call and takes care of the situation. It’s a family tradition. That tradition will continue in NXT as D’Angelo finally arrives in the CWC!

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez VS Franky Monet w/ The Franky Monet Brand!

Big Mami Cool is ready to main event and continue her dominance into the 2.0 era! But will Bougie Bad be bringing that belt over to their brand? Or will La Wera Loca get some sense slammed into her?

NXT returns and Franky makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and two alpha females fight for the top spot!

They tie right up at the bell and Raquel puts Franky on ropes. Raquel lets off but Franky shoves her. Franky shoots in, Raquel dodges and they tie up again. They go around, Raquel wrenches an arm to a wristlock but Franky rolls. Fans duel, Franky hammerlocks to a waistlock but Raquel spins out. Franky mule kicks, headlocks and hits a takeover. Raquel fights up and pries free to a waistlock and a SLAM! Raquel tells Franky who’s in charge but Franky just laughs it off. “What’s so funny?” Raquel throws a forearm, Franky SLAPS back! Fans fire up as Franky dodges to SLAP and CHOP and SLAP in the corner!

Franky whips Raquel, Raquel reverses and then scoops Franky for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel goes to the corner but the Monet Brand bails Franky out. Raquel goes out and Robert has Jessi stay back as Raquel CLUBS Franky and puts her in the ring. Franky dodges one clothesline but not the BLINDSIDE! Scoop and SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated as Franky bails out. Franky slaps some sense into herself while Jessi and Robert coach her up. But Raquel goes out after them again and CLUBS Franky at the announce desk. Raquel brings Franky over to the steps but Franky THROWS her off them!

Jessi and Robert talk smack as Franky drags Raquel up. Franky RAMS Raquel into the apron, puts her in the ring then covers, TWO! Franky pie faces Raquel and talks trash before she drags Raquel up. Franky bumps Raquel off buckles, fans duel and Franky clotheslines Raquel down! Franky goes side to side to DOUBLE KNEE Raquel against ropes! Snap suplex and a cover, TWO! Franky grows frustrated and drags Raquel by the legs. Franky ties up the legs, CHOPS Raquel on the back then gets the arms. Franky has a modified Angelito Stretch to make it a STOMP! Franky grins as she stands over Raquel then covers, TWO!

Franky reels Raquel into body scissors and squeezes tight. Raquel throws elbows but Franky CLUBS her in the chest then STOMPS her on the back! Franky pushes Raquel around, almost toying with her, then KNEES her point blank! Then KNEES her in the back! Cover, ONE! Franky taunts Raquel in Spanish then pie faces her more. But Raquel blocks the kick and tells Franky she’s gonna kick her ass! Forearms flying, Franky dodges a boot but not those elbows! Raquel kicks hard and Franky falls into a corner! VADER SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Raquel grows frustrated but Franky looks dazed. Raquel gets Franky up, hooks her up, but the back gives up!

Franky grins as she throws Raquel down. DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Franky’s rage is back but she watches Raquel stir. Franky kicks her around, runs, but into a CHINGONA BOMB!!! Cover, Raquel wins!!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Ricky Desperado outlasted that shootout and checked off another name, just as she promised! But then Toxic Attraction makes their way back out? They didn’t win the tag titles but are they aiming for the top title already? Mandy smirks at Franky, then attacks from behind! Mandy, Gigi and Jacy stomp away on Franky, Jessi and Robert, before going after Raquel in the ring! Raquel just sighs and watches the three of them flank her. Gigi steps in but gets a BELT SHOT! Jacy and Mandy go after Raquel, she fights them off with heavy hands, throwing Jacy aside! Mandy CLUBS Raquel down, Jacy gets up and goes after Raquel again, and Gigi returns to CHOP BLOCK!

It’s a 3v1 mugging of the champ but she keeps throwing hands! There’s still life but Toxic Attraction stomp it out! Gigi and Jacy set Raquel up for a KNEE FROM A ROSE! The more of it, the danger it feels, yeah~! Will Mandy finally plant her flag in the women’s division? Or will Raquel come back stronger and run through all of them?


My Thoughts:

Well, well, well! NXT 2.0 can be on par with 1.0! However, and through no fault of Lash Legend, Lashing Out still feels very RawDown and in that it was very cheesy with the fake audience that agree with Lash on things. Though I will say, Lash (and Wade Barrett on commentary) is right on Trey Baxter x Cora Jade being thrown in our faces a little too much. I wonder if Trey and Cora competing with each other in “Who loses first/more?” and that strains the relationship. Also we didn’t get Trey being a superhero yet so hopefully they don’t abandon that just yet. Xyon VS Oney in a rematch from 205 Live is a bit weak but hey, Xyon is undefeated at 4-0 now.

B-Fab VS Lopez almost turning into an 8 Person Tornado was great, I wish they’d stuck with it more than just, “Use this to go to commercial.” B-Fab still needs a little polish for in-ring but she was right there with Lopez on a lot of this stuff, both have potential to become bigger names. Swerve talking about his North American Championship, I hope that means we’re getting Swerve VS Escobar very soon and we finally put some of this feud to bed. There was some great story blending with Tian Sha, Andre Chase, Odyssey Jones and LA Knight. Boa gets help from Mei Ying to beat Chase, though I’m surprised he needed it. Guess it’s more about Chase eating crow. Then good to see we are getting Jones VS Knight in a follow-up from last week, and I have a feeling Knight finds a way to win, YEAH.

I was surprised to see Gacy back, but I guess that’s them playing off the whole Cancel Culture thing, too. Vince still doesn’t know how to do social commentary but maybe he’ll start writing Gacy as more a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, nice and friendly on the mic but mean and nasty in the ring. I am very glad to see the comedy stylings of The Way are still just as good in the 2.0 era as they were before, I really cracked up with that last shot of Dexter. The Cruiserweight Championship was a very good match, especially for Waller, but I’m a little surprised he changed his hair. The bleach blond was a good look on him. Of course Strong won, so maybe Ikemen Jiro is next?

I continue to cringe at Tony D’Angelo promos being blatant Italian mafia parodies. And while I like that NXT is still keeping its tag division strong, I was getting weird flashbacks to the early 2000s, when RawDown had Cryme Tyme, The Mexicools and Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch. But an 8 Man Tag of Faces VS Heels next week, that definitely leads to at least a Triple Threat Contenders match. Being MSK are Faces, I bet GYV gets one more shot while Briggs & Brooks can take on Hayes & Trick on the side. I feel like MSK wins out all the same, maybe GYV get called up to be the first NXT UK tag team to show up on RawDown.

Kyle going after Dunne & Holland before the match was a great move, and Kyle VS Holland was a really good match. I should’ve figured Von Wagner would help Kyle out against Dunne & Holland since WWE let Bobby Fish go. No more reDRagon but it seems WWE prefers making slapped together duos over pushing longstanding ones these days (New Day and Usos not withstanding). And we got great title matches from the women’s division tonight. Very surprised but in a good way that Shirai & Stark won. It is perhaps too soon for Toxic Attraction to have the tag titles but I honestly thought Shirai was going to be without a title so she can be called up.

Raquel VS Franky was also a very good match, but it makes a lot of sense for Raquel to retain. Toxic Attraction going after both of them was a nice surprise, too. Perhaps WWE is learning one thing from AEW in that they are overlapping stories and feuds. Mandy was being passive aggressive to Franky when she first showed up, so maybe the Monet Brand adds a new female so that they can have trios matches against Toxic Attraction. Actually, I’m now fully expecting Raquel works with Franky and Jessi against Toxic Attraction just once, and it all allows Mandy and her team to get a win. I don’t see Mandy being the one to dethrone Raquel but she can have one hell of a match to reestablish her star power.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!

“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
  • Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
  • Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.

Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.

But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”

Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.

But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.

 

Chad Gable prepares a speech.

“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?

 

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!

Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!

Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!

Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.

Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.

Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?

Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?

Kevin heads to the ring!

The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.

Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.

“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!

That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!

Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.

And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?

 

Veer Mahaan.

In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?

 

Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.

Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!

Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.

What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.

And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?

 

The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.

Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?

Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.

But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.

Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.

Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.

Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.

Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.

Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?

 

Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.

Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?

 

WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.

Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!

But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?

 

Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!

Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.

But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!

Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?

 

Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.

What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?

Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!

Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.

Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.

But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.

Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?

 

The Street Profits are fired up backstage!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!

Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?

8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked

Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!

Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!

Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall

Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?

 

WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.

“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.

After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.

“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.

A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.

These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?

 

The Miz & Maryse are heading out.

Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.

Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?

 

Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.

The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!

Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!

Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!

MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!

Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!

Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?


My Thoughts:

This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?

Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.

We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?

Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.

The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.

Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Raleigh gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

A lucky seven for Elevation!

AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
  • Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
  • Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
  • Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
  • Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
  • Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.

QUICK NOTES

Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.


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