Will there be any tricks or treats this year?
NXT puts up a lot of gold for Halloween Havoc 2021! Will the 2.0 generation take over? Or will Ciampa, Gonzalez, Shirai & Stark still reign?
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Scareway to Hell: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Toxic Attraction; Toxic Attraction wins and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Joe Gacy VS Malik Blade; Gacy wins.
- Diamond Mine Open Challenge: Roderick Strong VS Odyssey Jones; Strong wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Trick or Street Fight: Raquel Gonzalez VS Mandy Rose; Rose wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Tag Team Championships Lumberjack O’ Lantern Match: MSK VS Imperium; Imperium wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
- NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker; Ciampa wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Costumes, candy and carnage!
That special time of year where things are a little scarier, darker, and more violent. Chucky’s helping us get in the swing of things. These superstars are looking to inflict some serious pain as they spin the wheel and make the deal. And the main event has a “puffy faced gremlin” taking on a man who lives by Chucky’s favorite motto, “No one will survive.” Who wreaks the most havoc just in time for Halloween?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Scareway to Hell: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Toxic Attraction!
Starting off is a commercial free half hour, and for all we know, this one could take up all 30 minutes! The Evil Genius and the Sin City Soldier still don’t quite see eye to eye, but they’ll still have each other’s backs to keep the gold around their waists. Will Shirai & Stark climb to new heights to stay champions? Or will another team steep to new lows to take these titles from them?
The introductions are made, the belts are already high overhead, and it’ll be a full metal frenzy to start Halloween Havoc!
Toxic Attraction goes after the champs first but then Indi & Persia get involved! Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne get pinballed between them and the champs, then DECKED by double clotheslines! Toxic Attraction is literally thrown out and now Persia & Indi stare down with Zoey & Io! Then they brawl! SUPERKICK and ROUNDHOUSE for Persia, then Stark throws Persia out. She and Shirai double suplex Indi, and Indi bails out to join Persia. Indi ducks the Penalty Kick but not the heel kick! Shirai goes under the ring and brings out a ladder! Stark watches the other end, and she swings to keep Jacy away. But Gigi sneaks in to RANA Stark to ropes! DOUBLE BOOTS takes her down!
Persia YANKS Shirai off the apron, Indi gets in but Toxic Attraction is all over her! Gigi stops Persia from bringing the ladder in, but then Persia pulls back to HOTSHOT Gigi! Indi sends Jacy into Gigi, then she whips Persia in for a SPLASH! Persia feeds Jacy to Indi for a LARAIT, then feeds Gigi to Indi for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Persia picks up the ladder and she RAMS them both down! The besties set the ladder up together, but Shirai and Stark MISSILE DROPKICK in to take them out! Stark and Shirai set the ladder up as fans rally up. They both climb, but Jacy boots the safety bar! It doesn’t do much, but she still tips the ladder down!
Shirai and Stark tumble and stumble, Jacy BOOTS Stark out then shoves the busted ladder out. Gigi brings in a fresh one but Stark SUPERKICKS Jacy back! Gigi gets in, ducks a roundhouse, but DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both down! Persia bumps Shirai off the announce desk, Indi clears it off! Indi makes a ladder bridge and then helps Persia, but Shirai turns double suplex into DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up for Shirai and she gets in the ring. Shirai baseball slide dropkicks a ladder into Toxic Attraction! Then she takes that ladder for her own to stand it up. Shirai climbs, but Indi springboards to get on the ladder! That was impressive!
Indi shoves Shirai but Stark jumps on! Stark and Indi brawl, reach for the belts, repeat. Fans rally and duel, Stark bumps Indi off the ladder, but Persia sets up another ladder right nearby. This is a taller ladder and she climbs it, but Gigi brings her down to DECK her! Gigi climbs, Indi hops over to intercept! They brawl now, fans are dueling three ways, but Stark gets after Gigi. Jacy’s after Stark but gets a mule kick. Stark throws Gigi down onto Jacy! Stark ROCKS Indi, Shirai jumps on to be a backpack! Persia drags Shirai down but Indi comes with. Shirai fights them both but Persia BOOTS her down!
Stark has a hand on a belt but Persia tips the ladder! Stark manages to springboard, and she takes out Indi and Toxic Attraction!! Persia tries to figure out which ladder still works, but Stark gets in. Persia RAMS her with a ladder, pushes it against her and BOOTS it in harder! Persia gets a good ladder standing, climbs it, but Shirai hurries up after! Persia switches up to bring Shirai down, but Gigi’s sneaking up the other side! Persia brings Gigi down to CLUB her and throw her out! But Shirai’s up top already! Persia hurries, drags Shirai down and fireman’s carries her for a SNAKE EYES off the corner! Gigi climbs again, Persia is after her with CLUBBING forearms!
Persia brings Gigi into position, POWERBOMB onto a ladder!! Fans lose their minds for the powerhouse Persia as she climbs up the ladder! She paws at the belts but Jacy attacks! Jacy brings Persia down, climbs up over her, but Persia fights back! Persia drags Jacy back down, brings her into position, but Jacy RANAS Persia into a ladder! Jacy grabs that same ladder and puts it on Persia’s back on the ropes! Jacy thrashes and grinds Persia down with the ladder! Jacy then repositions the ladder and climbs up, only for Shirai to catch up behind her! BACK SUPLEX onto the ladder! Shirai springboards to LIONSAULT Jacy on the ladder!!
Jacy is writhing, the CWC is thunderous and Jacy gets herself to a ladder! Indi drags her down and BOOTS her! But Stark SUPERKICKS! ROUNDHOUSE for Persia! Stark brings Persia onto a ladder and into a drop zone, she goes up top! Stark wants to be like Shirai, PHOENIX SPLASH onto Persia and the ladder! Stark hurries to stand a ladder up but Indi SPINEBUSTERS her onto a ladder! Indi climbs the ladder Stark set up, but Shirai hurries back in! “This is Awesome!” as they both meet at the top! Shirai bumps Indi off the top and she falls down! Shirai grabs the belts but Indi tips the ladder! Shirai gets hooked by this ladder before she falls onto the ladder bridge!!
Fans lose their minds and even INDI has to check to make sure Shirai’s okay after that one! What is this match doing to everyone!? Indi focuses and gets the ladder back up. Indi climbs as fast as she can, grabs at the belts and pulls on the straps, but Jacy drags her down! Indi kicks Jacy away, but Gigi has gotten to the top! Gigi BOOTS Indi down, looks up at the belts, and pulls them down! TOXIC ATTRACTION WINS!
Winner: Toxic Attraction (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Gigi & Jacy have surely made Mandy proud, because this was one hell of a match! Will Mandy make her team proud by doing the same and taking a title away?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams arrive at Dexter Lumis’ “Open House.”
It looks bigger than last year. Lumis probably got a new place. He’s got that big money now, y’know? That Gargano cash. Well she ain’t a gold digger, but they ain’t messing with no- No, wait, let’s focus. This is to get Melo’s belt back. Let’s go. Uh, Melo can take care of business and Trick can be the getaway driver. Hey, all that talk about #BoutItBoutIt, let’s go! Trick’s comin’ with. Trick wants to chicken out but Melo won’t let him. They go up to the house, see the dead guy in the yard, and it’s more than just a prop. Gargano and Lumis are watching on cameras. Gargano “Home Alone’d” the crap out of this place. But with a little bit of help. Zombie Ref is back!
Spooky machete guy in the Taker costume! Wait, is that Gargano? They turn around a spooky dead kid. Wait, what?! The spooky kid welcomes them in, and Trick clings a little too close to Melo. They make it to the front door but Trick’s already had it. They should just get a replica. No, Melo wants the one with his side plates on it! Melo opens the door, and they psych themselves up. We’ll check back in with them later tonight.
Grayson Waller is taking over hosting duties?
LA Knight won the rights but something happened to him. Maybe it was the pressure. But run around the post, Waller is saving the show! And the party ain’t just in the ring, no no. The party is hopping backstage. There are plenty of pretty ladies, and right now, they’re wearing some of the tightest, tiniest- Joe Gacy interrupts. He takes the mic from Waller and says “corrupt minds” like his is why Halloween isn’t very inclusive. “It’s merely an excuse to exploit and sexualize all people.” To balance this out tonight, Gacy is here to send a much more positive message through is opponent, Malik Blade. Violence is not the answer. But Malik dropkicks Gacy the second he’s in the ring!
Joe Gacy VS Malik Blade!
The bell rings, Gacy kicks back! Gacy CLUBS away on Malik, stomps him down, and a security cam is watching Gunner Harland creeping his way into the arena! Gacy whips Malik to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Gacy brings Malik up, whips him to a corner then gets him for an URENAGE! Gacy smiles then stomps Malik down. Malik throws body shots, Gacy CLUBS him down! Gacy stomps Malik and stalks him. Gacy brings Malik up to suplex high and hard! Gacy whips Malik into a corner, runs in and SPLASHES, then throws Malik out of the ring hard! And HARLAND appears! Harland drags Malik up, the ref warns him and Gacy tells Harland he doesn’t have to do this.
Harland lets Malik go and Malik gets back in the ring. Gacy says he has this, and he dodges Malik to handspring LARIAT! Cover, Gacy wins!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
Gacy goes back to Harland and says he understands he has a lot of rage. “Harland, you can trust me.” Has Gacy found his first follower?
Kay Lee Ray speaks.
“I was the longest reigning women’s champion in nearly 60 years. What did that get me in NXT 2.0? Nothing! No respect, no appreciation, and no admiration. Now, I’m pissed. And everybody is going to pay. It’s time to rage!” KLR is ready, who will feel her wrath first?
Waller checks in with the party.
Good to see Brooks & Briggs having a good time. Hey, Cora. Jiro, Kushida, thanks for coming. But Jiro understands that Halloween is kids going to strangers’ houses to get candy. That’s strange. It isn’t just about candy, it’s about costumes. Like cosplay! Like Jiro knows anything about Cosplay. But Kushida gets an idea, and they head out. Waller mutters, “Foreigners are weird.” ‘Ey, Tony, glad you could come! Frankie Money and Lash Legend usher Waller on, and he flirts with a bunny and an angel. He likes tricks but he loves treats, too. Cameron Grimes walk sin as an astronaut, and tries a pick-up line. “Hey, are we in outer space? Cuz I see some extra terrestrials.” The girls leave.
Waller tells Grimes it’s fine. He’ll get it next time. But will Grimes get some better material next time?
Diamond Mine walks and Malcolm Bivens talks.
“It’s one of the biggest shows of the year, and we have a special treat for you. Diamond Mine Open Challenge! You get to pick your poison. You could be knocked out by Ivy Nile. Or you could get your wig split by the Creed Brothers. Or you could be stomped out by the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong! Choose wisely, the choice is yours.” Diamond Mine is ready, but who is daring enough to take on the pressure?
NXT returns and Diamond Mine is in the ring. Bivens asks who is stepping up to the plate. And we #SoundtheAlarm! Odyssey Jones is here and he calls Strong out! Wait, wait, wait. Bivens means this with all due disrespect. “Your big ass ain’t 205 pounds.” But Strong doesn’t mind, he is ready for a rematch from 205 Live!
Roderick Strong VS Odyssey Jones!
The bell rings, the two tie up and Strong gets a leg. Jones powers him off but Strong comes back with forearms and CHOPS! Strong runs but Jones FLAPJACKS him! Fans fire up with Jones as Strong sputters to a corner. Jones whips to put Strong back in the corner, then he blocks a boot to SPLASH! Strong flounders to another corner, Jones RAMS his shoulder in! Jones lets off as the ref counts, and he RAMS into Strong again. Strong flops to the apron, Jones drags him back in and up to then jump and HEADBUTT Strong down! Strong flounders, Jones stalks him and brings him up to scoop. Strong slips around to a SLEEPER!
Jones stays up as Strong is a backpack, and he manages to throw Strong off! Jones runs but into a BOOT! Strong kicks away at a leg, boots then BOOTS Jones down! Strong rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Strong comes back after Jones and clamps on a sleeper. Fans rally for Jones but Strong has a grounded stretch. Jones fights up, Strong adds a wristlock to it but Jones still gets to his feet. Strong kicks a leg out then CLUBS Jones on the back. Strong gets a leg and has a CALF CRUSHER! Fans rally and Jones endures as he crawls. Strong drags Jones from the ropes but Jones BOOTS Strong out of the ring!
Strong gets back in but Jones dodges the knee to rally with a body check and a scoop SLAM! Jones scoops and hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans fire up as Jones runs but Strong crawls away. Jones grabs at Strong, Brutus Creed distracts! Jones DECKS him, then THROWS Julius into the ring! Jones clotheslines Julius out but Strong hits the STRONG KNEE! Down goes Jones, Strong powers him to a cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall
A near knockout on 205 Live, another one here on NXT! Of course, Diamond Mine gets the assist. Will anyone have a chance when Strong has his team with him everywhere he goes?
Backstage interview with Imperium.
Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are ready for their tag title match tonight, but have they had a chance to talk to Walter about this? Barthel answers in German, “Loyalty is one of our biggest strengths. We’d never let anything get between us and Walter, but fact is Walter is not here tonight. Tonight is about us, tonight is about the gold.” Aichner adds in Italian that “We worked harder for this opportunity than anybody else. We’ve never been more ready, we’ve never been more prepared, tonight is our night.” They are Imperium, and to them, the mat is sacred. But with the wheel yet to spin, what situation will Imperium find themselves against MSK?
NXT checks back in with the party.
Robert Stone is Elvis but he doesn’t get who Xyon Quinn is supposed to be. Lash says the party is lit but Tony wants her to reconsider his offer. Well since he wants to be on her show so bad, she will let him be her guest next week. Just don’t disappoint. Brooks, now with his shirt off, asks Von Wagner who he’s dressed as. He’s being Brad Pitt. Don’t you see it? Maybe Brooks is just dumb. Briggs is out, though. Duke “Hefner” Hudson feels bad for Grimes’ tough luck with the ladies. Does he still got money? Yeah! Does Duke still have cards? Then see you in the poker room next week! Stone gets upset with Quinn for stepping on his shoes! Good thing they weren’t blue suede.
Stone fires up, takes the crane stance, and flicks Quinn on the forehead. Quinn puts down his drink, and CHOKE SLAMS Stone through the buffet table! Frankie Monet is upset, Waller says this is the best Halloween party ever!
NXT Women’s Championship Spin the Wheel: Raquel Gonzalez VS Mandy Rose!
Big Mami Cool and the sinfully seductive leader of Toxic Attraction are battling for the top gold in the NXT Women’s Division, but that wheel is back. What will fate have in store for them? We find out, after the break.
Mandy waits while Raquel rolls in on her chopper. (That’s slang for motorcycle) Rick Desperado goes right to ringside with it, too! And now, we spin the wheel to make the deal! And this match will be… CHUCKY’S CHOICE! The psycho puppet goes with Trick or Street Fight! No count outs, no disqualifications, but this must end in the ring! The belt is raised and it’s time to throw the rules out the window!
Mandy fires off, Raquel CLUBS her down! Raquel kicks Mandy around, whips her to a corner hard, then storms up to bring Mandy around to CLUB her again! Mandy JAWBREAKERS back and fires off haymakers! Mandy stomps a mudhole into Raquel then brings her around, only for Raquel to block the suplex. Raquel shoves Mandy and SPLASHES her in the corner! Mandy bails out, and gets a kendo stick! She SMACKS Raquel in the stomach, then SMACKS her on the back! Raquel staggers into another SMACK to the stomach, and then another SMACK on the back! Raquel grabs the stick and reels Mandy in for haymakers! Raquel whips Mandy into Plexiglas!
Raquel goes looking under the ring now, Mandy ROCKS her and kicks her first! Mandy fires off more hands but Raquel shoves her into the post! Raquel runs in, Mandy dodges and Raquel gets caught! Mandy fires off, then has the kendo stick again! Mandy SMACKS Raquel into the ring and then stalks up behind her as AEW goes picture in picture.
Mandy brags she’ll be champ soon, and she stomps Raquel to a corner. Mandy bumps her off buckles, stomps another mudhole in, then brings her around to whip. Raquel reverses and Mandy hits buckles again. Raquel scoops and spins for the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel is frustrated but she drags Mandy up to scoop again. She RAMS Mandy into a corner to put her in the Tree of Woe! Raquel gets to stomp Mandy now, then she CLUBS Mandy down. Raquel goes out and looks under the ring. Raquel brings out chair after chair after chair! Raquel JAMS Mandy with one chair, then gets another idea. Raquel goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE!
Raquel puts the table in the ring, sets it up in a corner, then goes back to Mandy. But Mandy’s freed herself from the Tree! Mandy throws hands but Raquel throws a body shot. Raquel scoops Mandy and runs but Mandy slips off! Raquel and Mandy scrap, Raquel CLUBS and kicks her down, then JAMS her with a chair! Raquel wedges a chair in a corner, then wedges another! It’s a chair triangle in the corner! Raquel stomps Mandy down, sits a chair on top of the triangle, but Mandy throws Raquel out of the ring. Mandy runs and slides, but Raquel catches her as we return to single picture. Raquel YANKS Mandy to the floor, then brings out a new kendo stick!
Raquel SMACKS Mandy while she’s down! And bumps her off the desk! And SMACKS her again! Raquel grabs at Mandy but Mandy kicks her away! Mandy uses an armchair and RAMS it into Raquel! Mandy makes Raquel take a seat, and then she SMACKS away with the kendo stick! Mandy traps Raquel in the chair with the kendo stick through the arms! Raquel tries to stand up but gets a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Mandy, this isn’t Falls Count Anywhere! She can’t cover out there! She takes the kendo stick back out to SMACK away on Raquel again! And throw a fit, too! Mandy argues with the ref, but then she looks under the ring.
Mandy brings out more chairs and kendo sticks, but she’s looking for something more. Raquel returns with a Jason Voorhees hockey mask, and the FIRE EXTINGUISHER! She hoses Mandy down! Raquel then storms up and HEADBUTTS Mandy with the mask! Raquel throws the mask off, hauls Mandy into a fireman’s carry and TOSSES her into the ring. Raquel runs and CLOBBERS Mandy, then scoops her to SNAKE EYES off the chairs in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mandy is still in this and Raquel is fuming! Raquel hauls Mandy back up, RAMS her into a corner, digs her shoulder in, then hoists Mandy up top. Mandy jumps down before Raquel can boot her!
Raquel goes out and BOOTS Mandy anyway! Raquel pulls steel steps apart, drags Mandy over and RAMS her into them! Fans are dueling as Raquel brings the base steps up and puts it on the apron. Mandy scurries away and back into the ring. Raquel pursues but Mandy KICKS her in the ropes. Mandy sees the steps and RAMS Raquel into them! Raquel is down and out inside the ropes, Mandy drags her to a cover, TWO! Mandy is losing her cool as Raquel gets back to the apron. Mandy HOTSHOTS the arm, CLUBS and throws hands, then a KNEE! Raquel flops down, Mandy drags her back in, cover, TWO!
Mandy reels Raquel in but Raquel back drops out of the bomb! Raquel gets to a corner, Mandy staggers up to her feet. Raquel runs in and SPEARS Mandy through the table!! The CWC is thunderous and Raquel drags Mandy to a cover, TWO!! Mandy survives and shocks Raquel! But wait! What is that mysterious hooded figure? They SMACK Raquel with a shovel! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
Ironically, it wasn’t Toxic Attraction helping their leader in this one! Mandy is finally a champion, and Toxic Attraction is 100% golden!
But who is the hooded figure that helped Mandy out? They stand over Raquel in the ring, still holding the shovel that did the deed. And SURPRISE! It’s Dakota Kai! She got her revenge on Raquel one way or another, but what is next for her now that she’s back?
NXT checks back in with Melo & Trick.
They’ve made it deeper into the Lumis house of horrors, but will they find the North American Championship? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns and Trick admires the lovely lady in the portrait. But as they go down the hall, they find a dinner of the damned. Hopefully they brought their appetite. No thanks, creepy lady. Pumpkin head!! They throw biscuits at him then get out. Melo wants Trick to lock it in. But another creepy lady welcomes them to the parlor. What is wrong with people here? Wax figurines and silhouettes. Some move and that spooks them out of the room. Someone is chasing them! Did someone say Andre Chase? No, no one brought you up! Why are you even here?! He took his class on a field trip but can’t find them now. Oh uh, Trick saw them in the woods. That dead kid maybe? Dead? What?
Anyway, maybe Chase can lead the way out. A teachable moment, if you will. Alright then. Chase leads the way, and now Gargano decides it’s time to make a movie. Zombie Ref, you stay here to watch the cameras. Chase, Trick & Melo make it to a mirror. Lumis appears! But then he’s gone. And so are they! They make it through into a stone maze, and HOLY S*IT, a skeleton! And grabbing arms! Zombies get Chase! Melo falls into a secret passage! Trick bumps into Lumis! Trick hurries through the maze but a birdman is after him! And that dead guy from the front yard! Trick screams and runs, but runs into NOSFERATU!! Any requests? No, man, it’s fine.
Melo puts a hand on Trick’s shoulder and Trick freaks out and punches him! OW! Oh, sorry. Why’d you sneak up on him? Melo say sit was Gargano. Now they gotta get him back! They move on, and the belt is there! But wait, it could be like the movies. It’s never this easy. Easy? Melo almost died for this! He takes the belt and slaps the skeleton. Melo’s a bad, bad man. Melo don’t miss. But Gargano and Lumis are right there! They DECK Melo and Trick with uppercuts! Melo and Trick hurry away, but more zombies appear! The zombies get thrown around, but then Lumis grabs the other end of the title belt. Gargano says “Boo” and Trick runs screaming!
“Dexter, your house is kinda weird, man. Next year, we’ll do Halloween at my place.” Lumis and his creepy friends all give thumbs up.
Waller is in the ring.
The party’s hot tonight! Trick & Melo are ’bout it ’bout it, but the real star of the show is him! Jump on the band wagon, yo. Pretty lady in the truck, put the handles on the screen. He’s got exclusive content on his social media! But here comes LA Knight! And he’s also Dracula? Knight tells Waller to take his costume back to the discount store, because now this is HIS show. Have respect! Knight saved the show. It’s not Waller’s fault Knight had car problems. Who told you he had car problems? Uh… Maybe Chucky did it? Oh ha ha. But wait, here comes SOLO SIKOA! The Street Champion of the Island is here!
Waller says it’s not all about Knight. This is all about NXT 2.0’s newest signee! But Knight feeds Waller to Sikoa’s fists! And Belly2Belly suplex that throws Waller up and out! Knight gives a thumbs up and bails out. Solo Sikoa has made his impact, but what will he do once he has himself a match?
Bron Breakker prepares in his locker room.
And he spots a Chucky doll in a locker. “Hey, I know you!” Bron is pumped up even more now, but will Ciampa make sure he gets no tricks or treats tonight?
NXT Tag Team Championships Spin the Wheel: MSK VS Imperium!
The champs get a live remix from DJ Tommy as they make their way down. Wes Lee & Nash Carter have put respect on the names, but the wheel shows no favorites! What will it decide for them and Imperium in this title showdown? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns and Imperium has made their entrance. The introductions are made and Chucky cues the wheel! Samantha Irvin gives NXT Guest of the Night, Alex, the chance to spin! He gives it a good go, and we’re in for a… Lumberjack O’ Lantern match! The rest of the roster gets to be ringside to make sure no one runs away! Jiro and Kushida are amateur mat wrestlers as they lead the charge for the costume wearing superstars. The belts are raised and this battle begins!
Aichner starts with Carter and they circle. They tie up, Aichner waistlocks and TOSSES Carter to a corner! Carter gets up, ties up with Aichner again, but Aichner wrenches to a wristlock. Carter rolls, kips up and flips to then arm-drag, but Aichner blocks! Aichner blocks a boot but Carter gets around, only for Aichner to throw off his crucifix takedown. Carter runs and jumps but into a scoop and SLAM! Aichner drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Aichner has a top wristlock, then shifts to a cording hold. Barthel tags in, Aichner whips and Barthel hits an arm-drag. Carter gets up, Barthel wrenches but Carter rolls. Barthel rolls with him to keep the hold, then arm-drags Carter down.
Carter kips up and arm-drags but Barthel holds onto the wristlock. Carter JAWBREAKERS, then handsprings under to sweep the legs! Carter basement dropkicks and fans fire up! Carter brings Barthel up to EuroUpper, then he runs in to uppercut again. Snapmare and a tag to Lee, he knee-board sentons! Lee waistlocks, Barthel back shim into a corner and Lee lets go. Lee ducks the back elbow but not the BOOT! Lee throws hands but Barthel CHOPS and CLUBS, then whips and ROCKS Lee with an uppercut! Barthel snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Lee down! Then Barthel shouts, “NEIN!” Barthel throws Lee out but Lee skins the cat to avoid the lumberjacks!
Lee dodges, hurdles, throws a body shot and then a kick! Lee shoves and dropkicks Barthel out to the lumberjacks! Barthel fights them off! Aichner joins in, things are wild outside, and MSK DOUBLE DIVE in onto Imperium! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.
MSK has the ring and they wait on Imperium. The lumberjacks give them a hand and throw them into the ring, Carter uppercuts Barthel to a corner. Carter runs in, blocks a boot, but Barthel brings him down to KICK him away. Barthel runs to get around and waistlock. Carter switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Carter tumbles outside, Boa and other lumberjacks stomp him down! They throw Carter in, Aichner tags and he stomps Carter more. Aichner drives elbows into Carter’s shoulder then wraps on a chinlock. Aichner grinds Carter down but fans and some lumberjacks rally up. Carter fights up, throws hands, but Aichner headbutts low!
Aichner dares Carter to get up, and then he stomps Carter down. Aichner nap suplexes, covers, TWO! Aichner kicks at Lee’s hand reaching out, and then brings Carter up. Carter throws body shots but Aichner CLUBS him. Aichner back suplexes but Carter lands on his feet to dropkick! Tag to Lee, MSK double whip and fire off, Chancery BOOT! Cover, TWO! Lee CLUBS Aichner to the corner, Aichner shoves him away. Lee runs in but is put on the apron! Carter tags in, MSK trips Aichner and then Carter runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Carter brings Aichner to a cover, TWO! Aichner throws hands and shoves Carter but Carter kicks back.
NXT returns to single picture as Carter runs but Aichner picks him up to scoop SLAM into the ropes! Tag to Barthel, he drags Carter up and puts in an open corner to EuroUpper! HALF HATCH suplex, then Barthel goes up top to jump, into a KNEE from Carter! Both men are down and fans fire up. The lumberjacks also rally, hot tag to Lee! Lee rallies on Barthel, heel kick to WHEEL KICK! BOOT for Aichner, but Barthel runs in. Lee dodges to ENZIGURI, snapmare and handspring PELE! Cover, TWO! Lee drags Barthel over, tags in Carter, but Barthel throws Lee away and ROCKS Carter with an uppercut! Barthel dodges Lee, hot tag to Aichner!
Aichner rallies on MSK now, he blocks a kick to reel Lee in for a LARIAT! CHOP for Carter, Carter reverses the whip but jumps into Aichner’s fireman’s carry! Aichner powers up to add Lee to the pile! Aichner can’t maintain the weigh and MSK fights, but he gets them up after all!! DOUBLE ROLLING SENTON! Fans are thunderous, Barthel tags in! Aichner gets Carter up but he RANAS Aichner out! Barthel grabs at Carter, Lee runs in to FLY over Barthel and onto Aichner and the lumberjacks! The Creed Brothers finally realize Jiro and Kushida have been mocking them in those wrestler singlets! Barthel is distracted by the carnage down below, Carter ENZIGURIS him up top!
Carter climbs up and brings Barthel along, SUPER CUTTER onto the lumberjacks!! Jiro & Kushida get after the Creed Brothers, other lumberjacks brawl with each other, and extra referees clear them out. MSK and Imperium are all by themselves now as they drag themselves into the ring. Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as the teams regroup. They all stand, Barthel blocks Carter’s kick and sends it at Lee! Lee ducks, kicks but that is blocked! Aichner coordinates with Barthel but Carter SUPERKICKS him! Barthel ROCKS Lee with a haymaker, Carter SUPERKICKS Barthel! Carter fires up, he and Lee hit Imperium with EuroUppers in the corner!
MSK go corner to corner but Imperium follows them, Barthel and Aichner CHOP! They whip MSK but MSK reverses to JUMP KNEE! MSK runs again, but into DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are torn as Imperium sets up in the corner, but Lee runs in! He goes off the corner but Aichner catches him, only to get a TORNADO DDT! Barthel hits a FLYING UPERCUT! Carter hits a FLYING DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous as MSK hurry, PUSH-SAULT! Cover, TWO!? Barthel survives and fans can’t believe it! MSK hurry to coordinate at the corner. Lee tags in then climbs as Carter gets Barthel up. “This is Awesome’ as Aichner shoves everyone into Lee!
SPINEBUSTER and PENALTY KICK for Carter! Lee runs in but is popped up top for a GAMANGIRI! Tag to Aichner, ICONOCLASM to BRAINBUSTER!! Then they get Lee back up, IMPERIAL BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)
Somewhere, Walter is watching, proud of his men for taking these titles back. They even get to bring out the pyro! Will they keep the mat sacred now that they’re back on top?
This was the match he was waiting for! He’s sure Bron cried himself to sleep hearing scary stories about a killer with soulless eyes. Well that nightmare comes true against Ciampa!
NXT takes a closer look at this match.
September 14th, 2021. Ciampa said, “The experts seem to think that this match marks the end of the NXT Black ‘n’ Gold Brand as we know it and that it marks the beginning of NXT 2.0.” The vacated title Fatal 4 Way was wild, but the “greatest love story in sports entertainment history gets a second chapter.” Ciampa won that night, and he became the face of 2.0. He dared someone, anyone, to step up, and it was Bron that stood up. If you aren’t here to be a top champion, pack your bags and go somewhere else. Bron knows he can’t outsmart Ciampa, he’s got too much experience. But this isn’t a chess match, it’s a slug fest. Bron’s game plan is explosiveness, power and domination.
Ciampa is the gatekeeper, the measuring stick, and tonight, Bron will drown in an ocean of inexperience. Bron knows Ciampa is a control freak, but Bron is a genetic freak, and Ciampa won’t have any control when he is pressed overhead and spiked through the mat. The title completes Ciampa and changes him. At Halloween Havoc, Ciampa will win by any means necessary. Bron knows Ciampa holds onto the title tightly, but Bron will rip Ciampa’s heart out when he leaves the new champion! Will the Blackheart keep beating to show 2.0 hasn’t changed a thing? Or is there no stopping the new generation from taking over?
NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker!
Chucky says, “Time to sink or swim, little pup. Hopefully being a loser doesn’t run in the family.” Fighting words from the doll that isn’t even here, but will that only motivate the second generation superstar more? Or will Ciampa truly embody Kratos and show he is the true god of war in NXT?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Halloween Havoc gives us one more fight for the gold!
Ciampa pushes Bron, Bron pushes back, and they tie up. Bron puts Ciampa on ropes but the ref counts the break. Bron lets off, they tie up again and Bron headlocks. Ciampa powers out, drops, hurdles, but Bron runs him over! Ciampa gets up, storms up the steps, and gets in at the corner. Ciampa and Bron feel things out, Ciampa waistlocks to a headlock but Bron blocks the takeover. Bron throws Ciampa away but runs into a drop toehold. Ciampa gets the headlock again and fans cheer the technical exchange. Bron pries the hold, powers his way to a top wristlock, but Ciampa slips around to a waistlock. Bron switches with a hammerlock but Ciampa elbows out.
Ciampa headlocks, Bron powers out and runs Ciampa over. Things keep moving, Bron sees the dropdown and rolls to get the waistlock! Bron deadlifts then SLAMS Ciampa, then does it again! Bron runs to run Ciampa over again, and again. Bron ducks and dodges but Ciampa ducks the flying shoulder tackle! Ciampa drags Bron up to whip and kitchen sink knee! Ciampa keeps right on Bron with a body scissors! Bron endures the squeeze, Ciampa adds on a chinlock, and Bron fights up only to get a knee low. Ciampa CHOPS in the corner, then clotheslines! Ciampa runs and redirects Bron but Bron hurdles and catches Ciampa for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Ciampa bails out and Bron goes out after him as NXT goes to picture in picture. Bron walks into a mule kick, but he scoops Ciampa anyway. Ciampa slips off to shove Bron into the announce desk! Ciampa puts Bron in the ring, refreshes the count, and then goes looking under the ring. No, he starts pulling at the seams of the mats on the floor! Ciampa exposes concrete! Ciampa stomps Bron to the ropes, stomps him at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Ciampa literally kicks Bron out of the ring and brings Bron over to suplex. Bron blocks, suplexes and Ciampa hits the floor! Luckily it was padded but that still hurt!
The ring count climbs and Bron puts Ciampa in at 7. Bron gets in, blocks a kick and DECKS Ciampa! Bron hauls Ciampa up, suplexes, but Ciampa fights free with body shots! Bron tries again but Ciampa slips out to this time to get a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down but fans rally as Ciampa gets up. Bron is in a corner, Ciampa storms over and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Bron is stinging but he hits back! NXT returns to single picture as the two brawl, but Ciampa gets the edge! The ref counts and Ciampa lets off, to come back with more stomps! Fans fire up as Ciampa goes side to side to BOOT WASH!
Ciampa sits up on the top rope to applaud himself and pat himself on the back. Then he drops ax handles! Cover, TWO! Ciampa wraps on a rear bearhug but Bron endures. Bron fights up, powers through and gets his arms in but Ciampa BELL CLAPS! Ciampa runs but into an elbow. And then a boot! Bron runs to SHOULDER TACKLE! Bron clinches Ciampa for a Belly2Belly! Bron goes up a corner, fans bark it up with him, but he slips off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Was that some of that inexperience Ciampa talked about? Or is his gas tank running low? Ciampa doesn’t care, he CHOPS and CHOPS! Bron hits back, but Ciampa gets the edge.
Ciampa whips, Bron ducks and SHOULDER TACKLES again! Ciampa bails out, Bron hurries after him because of Champion’s Advantage. Bron puts Ciampa in, but Ciampa gets him for WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, TWO! Bron survives but Ciampa refocuses quickly. Ciampa stomps Bron, kicks him around, throws hands, but Bron stays seated up. Ciampa brings him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Bron barks it up, Ciampa KNEES him down! Cover, ONE?! Ciampa runs and runs but into a RANA?! Or should we call that a Frankensteiner? Bron reels Ciampa in, underhooks, TIGER SUPLEX SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bron isn’t sure what to make of that!
Fans rally and duel hard as ever, Bron says this is it! Bron gorilla presses Ciampa, but Ciampa turns that into a REVERSE DDT! Both men are down again, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Ciampa sits up, Bron follows, and they throw hands on the mat. They go back and forth, stand up and keep throwing haymakers! Ciampa JABS and JABS, then kicks, JABS, throws more hands in the corner, not letting off! But Bron gets under to put Ciampa out and throws hands! Ciampa trips Bron, Bron kicks Ciampa to the announce desk! Bron waistlocks, Ciampa grabs apron skirt and switches! Ripcord, DDT to the concrete!!
Ciampa drags Bron up, in, and the ring count stops at 7. Ciampa drags a busted open Bron up, underhooks the arms, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bron survives all of that?! Ciampa snarls and glares from a corner as he brings the kneepad down. PSYCHO KNEE!! Bron is dazed but somehow sits up again, so he gets another PSYCHO KNEE!! And then a THIRD PSYCHO KNEE!! Underhooks and FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
Bron Breakker proved he’s not normal, but Ciampa proved he’s ruthless as ever! Will no one separate Ciampa from Goldie now that he has her back?
A great Halloween Havoc for NXT again this year. I do like that they played around with the hosting duties, where Chucky was doing more than either Waller or Knight. And then of course, the implication that Knight was sabotaged by Waller. Solo Sikoa didn’t have quite the debut I expected but I’m sure he and Waller will have a match based on that interaction. I did like that they used the Halloween party backstage to set up some stuff, too, even if it’s for Lashing Out and Duke’s Poker Room next week. If Duke actually plays a game of poker against the superstars he’s feuding with, okay, I can see them using that as a way to build towards a match. They talk while playing for some good promo material, winner of the game “stands tall” and that contributes to the momentum math.
Kay Lee Ray’s promo was a good way to express probably some real frustrations for her. She came in just as she said, the former NXT UK Women’s Champion who set the record for the entire company, but no, 2.0 has to push Toxic Attraction up and over KLR and Sarray. KLR should definitely go after Mandy as soon as next week. Toxic Attraction win all the belts tonight in honestly some great matches, though. The ladder match was really good, the hardcore carnage covered up anything lacking in the ring for the younger stars. Persia also got to show a lot of power. That ladder fall spot for Shirai was scary, though, so I can understand if Indi was shoot reacting to it.
Raquel VS Mandy was a good Street Fight match, but I should’ve figured that it would be totally obvious Dakota Kai in disguise screwing Raquel over instead of the usual “Heel faction members help their leader” move. Dakota and Raquel are of course going to have a grudge match, not really sure anything has really changed for Dakota despite the vignettes. But again, those vignettes were badly done red herrings anyway, so whatever. Gacy VS Malik was a short match for the sake of furthering the stable being formed. Harland will definitely be Gacy’s muscle as this story builds, who knows who they actually feud with, though.
Strong VS Jones was a good match but I’m disappointed that commentary didn’t reference this happening on 205 Live, too. Vic Joseph is literally on both shows, but I didn’t hear one peep from him about it. I did like that Jiro and Kushida decided to make their Halloween costumes “amateur wrestlers” to poke fun at the Creed Brothers, but they didn’t get nearly as much banter out of it at ringside as they should have. The tag team lumberjack match was pretty good stuff, but it was quite surprising Imperium won. This does freshen things up a bit, but I hope we get some Walter on NXT, too. He can congratulate them, they can help him get a title shot.
The “Open House” stuff tonight was good but not quite what I expected, and certainly not on the level of the Haunted House match last year with Grimes. Though, that’s because this didn’t turn into a match or even a brawl between Melo, Trick, Gargano and Lumis. If Gargano and Lumis were fighting Melo & Trick more, it might’ve been better. But we’re getting a tag match out of this anyway so whatever. Then for being just a standard singles match, Ciampa VS Bron was very good, and I like that Ciampa busted out bare concrete. Bron getting busted open and still surviving a Fairy Tale Ending was a bit much to me, but it does build Bron up in his loss. Ciampa can literally take on anyone next and it’ll be awesome, but Bron is still pretty well off as he can also do just about anything next.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?
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?
- 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?
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?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
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!
- 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.
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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