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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/14/21)

World Tag League gets a turn!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

World Tag League tags in on the tour!

The Super Juniors had their time, now World Tag League kicks off! But will the Dangerous Tekkers be up for taking on Minoru Suzuki and TAKA MICHINOKU?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask; Kojima & Tenzan win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Guerrillas of Destiny win.
  • World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito; Sanada & Naito win.

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World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku!

What a way to open this year’s tournament! Not only are the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions up first, they’re against their mentors! But will there be any respect shown to the Meanest Man and the Blue Playmaker? Or will Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. make them #JustTapOut like anyone else?

Taichi makes his entrance with ZSJ and he goes right after Taka?! He throws Taka out the ring and whips him into railing! And then more railing! The bell rings to get this on record, Suzuki and ZSJ brawl at the entryway while Taichi whips Taka into yet even more railing! The brawl moves to the ring, ZSJ and Suzuki each egging the other on! Taichi gets a chair, and he SMACKS Taka! Is this just how Suzuki-Gun operates?! Suzuki ROCKS ZSJ, Taichi drags Taka up. Taichi puts Taka in the ring, then drags him back out to RAM him into railing! And he chokes Taka with the mic cord! The ref counts, Taichi lets off, to then choke Taka again!

The ref counts again and Taichi lets off. Meanwhile, ZSJ and Suzuki have each other down on the mat with dueling heel hooks! Taichi puts Taka in the ring and he stands on Taka’s head. The ref reprimands, Taka kicks at Taichi, so Taichi snapmares and KICKS Taka! And KICKS him again! Taka gets up, Taichi kicks him more, then CHOKES him! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi lets off to then dig his boots into Taichi. Taka reaches at Taichi, Taichi lets off at 4. Fans rally up, Taichi drags Taka up to wrench and HOOK KICK! ZSJ and Suzuki throw EuroUppers again, Taihci covers with a knee, TWO! Taka kicks back while ZSJ whips Suzuki into railing.

Taka kicks, Taichi stomps, repeat. Taichi puts Taka in the corner, choke grips, but Taka choke grips back. The ref reprimands as Taichi chokes Taka again. Taichi lets off, then snapmares Taka. Taichi goes after Taka with a neck wrench but Taka endures. Taka even eggs Taichi on! Taichi wrenches harder, then throws Taka down. Taichi gets a leg, Taka resists so Taichi kicks away on him. Taichi stomps, stands on Taka’s head, and has the HALF CRAB! Taka endures, kicks from upside-down, but Taichi pulls the leg way back! Taka crawls, Taichi tries to put more weight on the leg, but Taka gets the ropebreak! Taichi lets go and fans rally but Taichi KICKS Taka down.

Taichi whips Taka into the Tekker corner, tags ZSJ and ZSJ throws EuroUppers! Taka gets up, ZSJ snapmares and NECK TWISTS! ZSJ clamps onto Taka to get the arms for a straitjacket stretch! Taka endures, even as ZSJ bends him back against his knees. Taka gets the ropebreak with a foot, so ZSJ lets off reluctantly. ZSJ stands on Taka’s head, tags in Taichi, and Taichi kicks at Taka. Taka gets up, Taichi pie faces him! Taichi eggs Taka on, they get forehead to forehead, then Taichi sobats! Taka winces, but he dropkicks Taichi’s legs out! But Suzuki is leaving Taka to do this alone? Taka goes after Taichi with a knee, but Taichi shoves him into the corner!

Taichi chokes Taka, ZSJ tags in, and ZSJ gets Taka’s arm! ZSJ wrenches Taka’s arm, brings him to his knees and twists the arm to the wrist. Taka endures as ZSJ bends the fingers way, way back! ZSJ taunts Taka, wrenches again, but Taka fires forearms! Taka is free but ZSJ blocks the boot to a standing toehold! ZSJ scoops, Taka slips out but ZSJ elbows him. ZSJ runs, Taka runs the other way and BOOTS ZSJ down! Fans fire up as now Suzuki tags in! Suzuki runs in to BOOT ZSJ! Suzuki goes corner to corner, ZSJ follows to EuroUpper! ZSJ runs but Suzuki follows to BOOT! ZSJ BOOTS, snapmares, and NECK-

NO! Suzuki spins through to snapmare back! But ZSJ also escapes the neck twist! The two stand off and fans fire up! Suzuki and ZSJ step to each other, Suzuki throws a forearm! ZSJ comes back to push with his shoulder, then throws a EuroUpper! Suzuki CHOPS and ZSJ falls back! Suzuki eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ gets up to EuroUpper! Suzuki forearms, ZSJ EuroUppers, repeat! ZSJ eggs Suzuki on now so Suzuki DECKS ZSJ! Fans continue to rally as Suzuki slaps ZSJ around. ZSJ gets up to EuroUpper, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Suzuki gets the edge but ZSJ headbutts low to EuroUpper and run. Suzuki follows, drop steps and gets the SLEEPER! ZSJ is fading!

Fans rally, ZSJ gasps and tries to get up but can’t. Suzuki stands him up, spins him around and reels him in, but ZSJ drags him down to a one-leg cradle! TWO!! Suzuki escapes but ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! Suzuki SHOTEIS, ZSJ KICKS the arm! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! But SUzuki just snarls so ZSJ KICKS again! Suzuki stays up, so ZSJ gets a good running start, PENALTY KICK! Suzuki is down, ZSJ tags Taichi! Taichi brings Suzuki up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Suzuki snarls but Taichi stands on his head and taunts him. Kowata Kicks! Suzuki laughs those off to throw a forearm! Taichi KICKS, Suzuki forearms, repeat!

Suzuki eggs Taichi on as they keep going back and forth! Suzuki ROCKS Taichi, he staggers to ropes, and Taka wants in? Taichi chokes Suzuki first, and has him against ropes! Taichi whips, Suzuki reverses to headbutt! Taka tags in! Taka runs in to SHINING WIZARD, then a snapmare to a cover, ONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Taka aims from a corner as fans rally up again. Taichi gets up, Taka kicks but Taichi blocks! Taichi spins Taka, spins him again, SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! Suzuki rushes in but ZSJ catches him, but Suzuki switches with him! Around and around they go, ZSJ finally gets the cobra twist!

The Tekkers have double submissions but Taka fights, only for Taichi to wrench harder! Suzuki falls over, but Taka manages to move around and get the ROPEBREAK! The Tekkers let Taka and Suzuki free, but Suzuki and ZSJ go out of the ring. Taichi runs but Taka BOOTS! Taka drags Taichi down to a CROSSFACE! Taichi crawls, reaches, but Taka rolls him away from ropes to then get the other arm! NECKLOCK! Taka gets the legs and the other arm, HEAVY KILLER #3!! But ZSJ gets in to KICK away on Taka! Taka lets go of the hold, to CALF KICK ZSJ down! Fans cheer and rally behind Taka as he sees Taichi go to a corner.

Taka runs in, to JUMP KICK! And HOOK KICK! And SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally even harder as Taka drags Taichi up. ZSJ and Suzuki brawl again, Taka scoops but Taichi slips out to BOOT! Taka CALF KICKS Taichi, but Taichi stays up to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans fire up! Suzuki has ZSJ on the apron with an ARMBAR, but OFF COME THE PANTS for Taichi! Taichi watches Taka slowly rise. Taka roars but Taichi KICKS him down! Taka roar as he sits up and fans rally again. Taichi KICKS Taka back down! Taka gets up again, but Taichi hits AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Taka survives but Taichi keeps his cool.

Taichi toys with Taka and Suzuki shouts to him. Taka gets up, SLAPS Taichi, but Taichi reels him in for DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, Taichi lets up at one?! Suzuki shouts to Taka, fans rally up, but Taichi just waits. The standing count begins and Taka crawls his way over. Taichi brings him up, Taka leans on Taichi, and he throws a forearm. Taichi isn’t affected, so Taka SLAPS him! Taichi DECKS Taka with another forearm! Taichi gets Taka up, Alabama lifts, BLACK MEPHISTO! But Taichi doesn’t cover? Are the Tekkers showing Taka some kind of tough love? A standing count begins again as Suzuki shouts at Taka. Even ZSJ wants Taka to get up!

The count is 7! Then 8! The count reaches 10, Taka is still down! The Tekkers win!

Winners: The Dangerous Tekkers, by TKO (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Taka gain 0)

Taichi tells Taka to get out of the ring, and Taka crawls to the ropes. Taichi stands Taka up just to pie face him down. Fans rally for Taka as he keeps trying to stand. Taka gets to his feet, Taichi seems to argue with Suzuki about having Taka as his tag partner. But Suzuki argues back that they’re all still the same team. Suzuki gets Taka up, Taichi gives Taka another stern talking to, and Suzuki-Gun stands together, stronger than ever! Will this encouragement help Taka get back to his former glory?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask!

Another interesting battle to start WTL this year, #TenCozy takes on their #ThirdGen partner! Blue Justice teams up with Tiger Mask, who is currently IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with Robbie Eagles. Will Tiger Mask start on a journey towards becoming a double tag champion? Or will Kojima & Tenzan be heading for their lucky number seventh reign?

To show some solidarity with Nagata, Tiger Mask wears a blue mask. The teams sort out and Tiger starts with Tenzan. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Tenzan puts Tiger on the ropes but lets off cleanly. Tiger avoids the Mongolian Chops! Tiger kicks low, headlocks, but Tenzan powers out. Tiger rams shoulders but Tenzan stays put. Tiger runs, rams shoulders again, but again Tenzan stays put. Tiger sobats, runs, but Tenzan runs him over! Tenzan stomps Tiger, brings him up and headbutts him! Mongolian Chops! And again! Tiger falls, Tenzan stomps him, then tags Kojima. Kojima DECKS Nagata, then he and Tenzan pinball Tiger between forearms and Mongolian Chops!

Kojima uses the Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up and Kojima brings Tiger up to scoop and SLAM! Kojima goes to the apron, Tenzan runs, but Tiger avoids their senton headbutt combo! Tiger drags Kojima out, Nagata goes after Tenzan! TenCozy ends up on the ropes figuratively as Tiger and Nagata have them against railing. Nagata POSTS Tensan, Tiger CLUBS Kojima into the ring. Tiger stomps Kojima, sits him up and KICKS him! Then cover, TWO! Fans rally, Nagata tags in and he goes after Kojima with forearms! Nagata wrenches an arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then wrenches again for another ELBOW BREAKER!

Nagata CLUBS away on Kojima’s arm, wrenches again but Kojima gets ropes. Tiger tags in and he KICKS the arm! And again! And again! Kojima CHOPS, Tiger SLAPS! Tiger stomps Kojima, clamps onto an arm and pulls it to an armlock. Nagata BOOTS Tenzan down, then mugs Kojima with Tiger. Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tiger tags Nagata, and they get Kojima up for a double whip. They double shoulder Kojima down, then Nagata stomps him. Nagata sits Kojima up to KICK him down! Fans rally, “KO-JI-MA!” “NA-GA-TA!” Nagata kicks and KICKS Kojima around, but Kojima stays up. Kojima blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg, but swings into a waistlock.

Kojima elbows free, blocks another kick, and hits a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as both men are down! Kojima crawls over, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Nagata, DECKS Tiger, then goes back to Nagata with Mongolian Chops! Again and again, then headbutt in the corner! Tenzan stomps Nagata, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Nagata staggers and Tenzan calls his shot! BIG snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nagata has a lot of fight in him, and fans rally up. Tenzan brings Nagata up but Nagata fights the clinch. Tenzan fights Nagata’s clinch, Nagata throws a forearm but Tenzan gives it back! The fans fire up as the two go back and forth!

Tenzan Mongolian CHOPS, then runs, but into a BOOT! Nagata runs but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB BACK DROP! Fans rally up as Tenzan tags Kojima! Kojima DECKS Tiger, stomps and MACHINE GUN CHOPS Nagata! Nagata stops that to fire off machine gun ELBOWS! Kojima brings the MACHINE GUN CHOPS back! Kojima whips corner to corner to forearm smash! Kojima throws Nagata down, fires up, but has to block Nagata’s boot! Kojima fires forearms then a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up while Nagata is down! Kojima drags Nagata back up, whips him to ropes, but Nagata rolls! Fake out to a dropkick to the legs! Hot tag to Tiger Mask!

Tiger is up top, CROSSBODY! Sobat, KICK, KICK, and then a waistlock! Kojima switches, Tiger drops to victory roll! TWO! Tiger runs but into a kick and a DDT! Cover, TWO! Tenzan gets in to DECK Nagata! TenCozy regroups, gets Tiger up, HEADBUTT to double whip! But Tiger fights the combo move off! Sobat to Tenzan, Kojima is in a corner! Nagata runs in to BOOT Kojima! Nagata and Tiger double whip, Tiger run sin to ROUNDHOUSE! Nagata runs in to BOOT, then gets an EXPLODER! Tiger hooks Kojima up, TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan is a little late to the party but Nagata throws him back out.

Tiger rallies the fans, gets Kojima up and chicken wings, but Kojima holds off the suplex! Kojima kicks and COZY CUTTERS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima throws off the armband and aims at Tiger. Kojima runs but Tiger ducks the lariat to crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO, but Tiger has an arm! Tiger gets both arms for a DOUBLE ARMBAR! Kojima endures, moves around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Tiger keeps on the hold, Tenzan stomps him down. Nagata ENZIGURIS Tenzan out of the ring! Then DOUBLE GIRI to Kojima! Tiger fires up, SHOTEI to Kojima, then eh runs, into the COZY LARIAT!! Cover, TenCozy wins!!

Winners: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask gain 0)

The Blue Tigers couldn’t overcome the heart of TenCozy, and so the points go to them! Will Nagata & Tiger Mask shrug off this frustrating loss to get better in the second round? Will TenCozy start their journey back to the top here?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

Everyone’s Kokeshi and the Runaway King Kong are ready to take on the Silverback and the Good Bad Guy! Will the gritty old guard get back to the gold? Or will Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga prove ain’t nobody better than Guerrilla?

GoD Low Sweet, the teams sort out, and Honma starts with Tama. Tama takes off the vest to get serious already as fans rally up. Tama and Honma circle, tie up, and Tama powers Honma to the ropes. The ref counts, Tama lets off slowly and fans cheer. Honma dodges the cheap shot to then headlock. Honma grinds Tama down, but Tama fights up. Tama powers his way to a headlock and grind Honma. Honma powers out, Tama runs him over! Honma gets up and Tama kicks low. Tama whips, Honma reverses and runs in but Tama BOOTS! Tama runs but into a HIP TOSS! Honma runs, runs Tama over again, and fans fire up!

Tag to Makabe and he gets Tama up to ROCK with a haymaker. And then another! Makabe DECKS Tama, Loa talks trash but Makabe drags Tama up. Makabe bumps Tama off Honma’s boot, then throws big forearm sin the corner. Tag to Honma, he stomps away on Tama. Honma drags Tama up, CLUBS him on the back, then brings him around to scoop and SLAM! Honma fires up and runs, but the falling headbutt misses as Tama moves! Loa gets in to DECK Makabe! Tama steadies himself while Loa bumps Makabe off the apron. Tama CLUBS Honma over and over, then drags him up to throw body shots. Tama whips Honma to ropes to CLOBBER him!

Tama sits Honma up to knock him back down, then he tags in Loa. Snap suplex to slingshot senton! Fans cheer the combo as Loa stands over Honma. Fans rally, Loa stands Honma up and RAMS him into the Guerrilla corner. Loa rams his shoulder in again and again, the ref counts, Loa lets off to ROCK Honma with a right! Honma forearms back so Loa hits him again. Honma forearms again and Loa likes the fighting spirit. Loa ROCKS Honma then throws him into ropes! Honma sputters but Loa kicks him out of the ring. Fans rally up again, Tama goes around the way to put Honma back in. Loa DECKS Makabe, then goes back to Honma.

Loa drags Honma up, scoops him, tags Tama in, and then SLAMS Honma. Tama slingshot sentons this time! And he kicks at Makabe on the outside for good measure. Fans rally up, Tama paces then CHOKES Honma! The ref counts, Tama stops, only to CHOKE Honma more! The ref reprimands and counts, Tama stops and drags Honma up. Fans rally, Tama throws body shots on Honma then tags Loa in. Tama continues to mug Honma and CLUB him down. Loa covers, TWO! Loa wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Honma down. Honma endures, fans rally up, and Honma fights his way up. Honma throws body shots, Loa CLUBS him, then clinches for forearms.

Loa scoops Honma, for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Loa DECKS Makabe as the fans rally up again. Tama gets in but Honma throws forearms on them both! Tama CLUBS Honma, Loa ROCKS Honma with a forearm, then the brothers double whip. Loa runs in but misses the splash! Tama catches Honma and Loa runs in but Honma boots Loa away! Honma spins Tama around, then gets Loa, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans rally up, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on the Guerrillas with corner to corner clotheslines back and forth! Makabe climbs up to rain down fists on Loa! He gets 10 but Loa blocks the Northern Lights!

Loa CLUBS Makabe, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Makabe stomps Loa, but Loa shakes his head. Loa gets up, Makabe throws forearms but Jado coaches Loa up. Loa gets fired up as Makabe keeps throwing forearms! Makabe runs, Loa dodges and runs to SPEAR! Hot tag to Tama! Tama gets Makabe up, throws forearms and haymakers, then brings him around to a SLEEPER! Tama CLUBS away on Makabe’s chest then lets him go. Fans rally but Makabe eggs Tama on! Tama throws more haymakers, tells Makaabe to stay down, but Makabe still eggs Tama on. Tama throws more haymakers, whips Makabe to ropes, but Makabe reverses! Tama ducks one but not the LEFT LARIAT!

Hot tag to Honma! Honma gets Tama up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Tama goes to a corner, Honma whips corner to corner then runs in to back elbow! Honma gets a BULLDOG, then fires up to KOKESHI HEADBUTT! Fans fire up and Honma drags Tama up. Honma suplexes but Tama blocks! Fans rally as Honma keeps trying, and he gets Tama up, but Tama slips out! Dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Fans fire up as Tama waits on Honma. Honma stands, GUN- NO!? Honma has a SLEEPER! Tama reaches, flails, but Honma keeps him from ropes, SLEEPER SLAM! Honma runs to BASEMENT KOKESHI! Cover, Loa breaks it!

Makabe goes after Loa, he and Honma coordinate. CROSS BOMBER! Loa falls from the lariat sandwich, Makabe goes after Tama in a corner. Makabe stands Tama up, he whips Honma in to back elbow! Makabe runs in to clothesline! Then Honma hoists Tama up top, and then climbs up to join him. Makabe then goes to Electric Chair Honma? Loa stops them from whatever they were planning, but they mug him and double whip. Loa busts through the lariats to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE them! The Guerrillas get Honma up, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Loa keeps Makabe down on the outside as Tama pounds the mat.

Fans clap along, Honma slowly rises, Tama runs in to GUN STUN!! Cover, Guerrillas win!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Honma & Makabe earn 0)

 

World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

Aaron Henare returned to be Great-O-Khan’s corner man, and now they are tag partners here in WTL! Will the Ultimate Weapon and the Dominator dominate the Crown Jewel and Rogue General? Or will Bullet Club be #TooSweet to start the tournament?

Bullet Club attacks the moment the United Empire is in the ring! Chase knocks Khan down then goes after Henare, and Fale stomps Khan out of the ring. The bell rings to get this on the record as Chase headlocks and punches Henare then Fale smacks Khan off the apron! Chase uses Henare’s own jacket to choke him! The ref reprimands, Fale stands on Khan’s chest. Henare hits back and headbutts Chase! Khan gets up to throw forearms but Fale DECKS him! Chase rams Henare into railing then rains down rights! Chase regroups with Fale and they put Khan in the ring. They stomp Khan, whip him, body shot to knee lift to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fale looms over Khan, drags him up, scoops him and SLAMS him near the ropes. Tag to Chase, and Bullet Club stand on Khan and salute! They let off as the ref counts and Khan gasps and sputters. Chase drags Khan up by his ponytail, wrenches the hair, and CLUBS Khan on the neck! Chase whips Khan to a corner, runs in and forearm smashes, then reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase drags Khan up, throws forearms, but Khan eggs him on as he throws forearms back. Chase throat chops! Chase whips, Khan holds ropes, and then Khan BOOTS Chase! Khan DECKS Fale and runs Chase over! Khan drags Chase up and whips, Chase reverses, Khan DECKS Fale again!

Chase waistlocks Khan, Khan resists the lift, Henare clubs Chase! Henare and Khan double whip Chase but Chase kicks Henare down! Khan spins Chase to get the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Chase endures, Henare gets Chase’s legs for a FLOATING CLOVERHOLD! Chase endures, but Fale gets on the apron! The Empire drops Chase to DECK Fale! Khan drags Chase up to Mongolian Chop him to the corner, and Mongolian Chop him again! And then another Mongolian Chop! Tag to Henare, he drags Chase up to ROCK with a forearm. Henare knees low, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Henare looms over Chase, but Chase throws body shots!

Henare eggs Chase on, then snapmares him to KICK him on the back! Cover, TWO! Tag to Khan, they mug Chase with Mongolian Chops to his back. Khan CLUBS Chase, taunts Fale, then sits on Chase’s head in the corner. Chase grabs at the ponytail but Khan pulls his arms back! Henare and Fale keep the ref busy, but the ref still counts Khan. Khan hops down, tags Henare, and Henare has Chase in a corner with stomps and forearms. Henare knees low, whips corner to corner, and Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! The Empire coordinate, but Chase dodges and Khan BOOTS Henare!

Khan runs at Chase but Chase spins him to a LARIAT! Fans rally up and Chase tags in Fale! Fale gets Khan up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH Henare! Fale whips Henare into Khan, then runs in to SPLASH them both! Khan falls, Fale runs to ELBOW DROP Henare! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Fale takes aim at Henare. Henare gets up, Fale choke grips, but Khan grabs Fale with a sleeper! No Grenades here as Fale flails! Henare gets up, runs in and BODY SHOTS Fale hard! Henare and Khan coordinate, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives and fans fire up! Khan goes after Chase while Henare bobs ‘n’ weaves with Fale.

Henare fires off fast hands and kicks, then SCREW HIGH KICKS Fale down! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives again but Henare scowls. Henare powers up, brings Fale up, but Fale is too big to torture rack! Chase gets in, but Henare dodges to get him for a fisherman! But Fale gets Chase out of the Streets of Raging, and Chase hits a SHI TRIGGER! Khan gets up but Fale DECKS him! Chase takes aim, drags Henare up, Fale runs, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; United Empire earns 0)

An explosive first win for Chase & Fale! Does this mean there’s more power in Bullet Club than once thought? As for the United Empire, will they ever get off the ground without their leader, Will Ospreay?

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!

How rare that a Joker and an Ace work together. But will the provisional Mr. KOPW 2021 and the former IWGP US Heavyweight Champion head towards the tag titles? Or will the King of Darkness and the Tokyo Pimp look to add to the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles they just got?

Wait a minute! Yano and Tanahashi come out dressed like high school ruffians! Tanahashi’s got the start of a duck tail pompadour! The ref isn’t even sure if he wants to check Yano and Tanahashi at this point. The jackets are put aside and Tanahashi still shows off the muscles. Bullet Club Low Sweets, Yujiro starts and Yano impatiently asks Tanahashi who should start. Tanahashi barely says a thing and Yano “agrees” to let him start. Fans rally up already with “Let’s Go, Ace!” as he and Yujiro circle. They approach, Yujiro knees low then slaps away. Tanahashi fires up but Yujiro rakes his eyes! Yujiro headlocks and grinds the pompadour down.

Tanahashi powers up to wrench free and get Yujiro into a headlock! Fans cheer, Yujiro throws body shots, but Tanahashi holds tight as Yujiro tries to power out! Yujiro pulls hair, Yano gets in to pull Yujiro’s hair! Evil gets in to pull Yano’s hair! Yujiro joins in, but then Tanahashi pulls both Yujiro’s and Evil’s hair! The ref reprimands everyone and Yano bails out. Tanahashi refuses to the ref clubs Tanahashi’s hands! Tanahashi is surprised, but he tags Yano in. They double whip Yujiro to double shoulder tackle! Fans rally for “Y T R!” and Yano gets Yujiro up. Yujiro blocks the suplex and BITES Yano’s hand. The ref counts, Yujiro lets go to whip Yano, and surprise! Bare buckles a la Evil!

Tanahashi gets in but Yujiro kicks him, and whips him into the bare buckles! Tanahashi writhes, Evil drags him out and Yujiro kicks Yano out. Yujiro RAMS Yano into railing, and again! Evil uses a shirt to choke Tanahashi! Yujiro digs his knee into Yano’s neck but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally up as the ring count climbs, but Yujiro puts Yano in to cover. TWO, Evil protests but Yujiro rains down fists! Yujiro then pats Yano on the head before he tags in Evil. Evil drags Yano up to throw him out. Evil distracts the ref so that Dick can DECK Yano! Dick drags Yano up, puts Yano in, Evil drags Yano to a cover. TWO, and Evil is upset again!

Evil tags Yujiro, Yujiro stomps Yano but fans rally up. Yujiro digs his heel into Yano’s chest, Evil holds Yano down! The ref reprimands Evil but he lets off. Yujiro drags Yano up, snapmares him down and drops a leg! And an elbow! And a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Yujiro tags in Evil. Evil taunts Tanahashi, then drags Yano up to put him in the cobra twist. And Bullet Club links up to the railing! Yano endures, Tanahashi protests, Evil lets Yano down to cover. TWO, and Evil tries again! TWO, and Evil tries again! TWO!! Yano is still in this, and Evil is furious! Evil stands on Yano’s head, drags him up, btu Yano fires off forearms! Evil rakes eyes!

The ref reprimands and counts, Evil stops but Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks, whips but Yano reverses to throw Evil down by his hair! Fans rally up as both men are down, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to FLYING FOREARM Evil! Tanahashi DECKS Yujiro, fires off fast hands on Evil, then whips. Evil reverses, Tanahashi WRECKS Dick with a dropkick! Tanahashi blocks Evil’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he drags Evil up to scoop and SLAM! Tanahashi goes to the second rope for a SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, Tanahashi runs, but Yujiro and his cane are at the ropes!

Evil reels Tanahashi in, Tanahashi elbows free and runs, but Evil distracts the ref and Dick trips Tanahashi! Yujiro tags in, he gets Tanahashi up and kicks low to then throw forearms and CHOPS. Yujiro whips corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS Tanahashi! Then fisherman, but no buster as Tanahashi fights it to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano rallies the fans, and Tanahashi tags him in! Yano gets the buckle pad untied, but Yujiro attacks him! Yujiro whips, Yano reverses, and Yano finishes with the pad! Then he baits Yujiro into bare buckles! But Evil sneaks up behind Yano to take the pad away from him! Evil kicks Yano low, Tanahashi gets in but Yujiro goes after him.

Dick throws the blue pad in and Yujiro picks it up. The House of Torture takes aim, but Yano and Tanahashi block, to PAD DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Yujiro flounders to a corner. Yano and Tanahashi get Yujiro up to double whip. Tanahashi whips Yano in to elbow, then he adds a SPLASH! Feed to Yano, ATOMIC DROP! Tanahashi fires up, but the lights go out! Not this again! Something is happening, and the lights come back to show House of Torture standing over Yano & Tanahashi. It was DICK who messed with the lights! Evil throws Tanahashi out and CLUBS him down. Yujiro goes after Yano, Evil CLAWS Tanahashi. Yujiro BOOTS Yano down!

Yujiro drags Yano up but he blocks Yano’s low blow! Evil LOW BLOWS Yano! Yujiro gets Yano up to SHOVE into the bare buckles! Then he runs in to BOOT! Evil corner clotheslines, then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Basement dropkick from Yujiro! Dick gets the ref in the ring, cover and count, Tanahashi breaks it in time! Tanahashi brawls with Evil, Evil throws the leg to the ref to mule kick Tanahashi down! Dick gets Yujiro his pimp cane, and Yujiro aims at Yano. Yano dodges the cane shot to shove Yujiro into Evil! The ref is down, Yano hits a DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Dick gets in, he gets added to the pile! Yano and Tanahashi TRIPLE LOW BLOW! Roll up on Yujiro, Yano & Tanahashi win!!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; EVIL & Yujiro earn 0)

The winning hand goes to the Joker & the Ace! Will their unique combination be the key to winning World Tag League? Will the House of Torture be able to redeem themselves next round?

 

World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito!

The Fierce Warrior & the Headhunter meet the Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma once again. They were fighting for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships before, but neither of them could take down the Tekkers. But who gets the all important first win in this first round main event?

Goto-Hashi wait as LIJ take off their elaborate ring gear. Naito’s new maroon suit is just as detailed as his others, but he makes sure to take a moment as this is his return to the ring after having to drop out of the G1. The teams sort out and Goto insists. Hashi steps aside, and after the fist bump, Sanada starts for LIJ. Fans rally at the bell as Sanada and Goto circle. The two tie up, Goto waistlocks but Sanada wrenches and switches. Goto wrenches back, hammerlocks to a headlock, then grinds the hold. Sanada throws body shots, powers out but Goto runs him over! Things speed up, Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! But Sanada dropkicks Goto down then DECKS Hashi!

Tag to Naito, LIJ double whip Goto and double clothesline him down to then double basement dropkick! Naito covers, TWO! Naito drags Goto into a chinlock and fans rally up. Goto endures, Naito grinds the hold, but Goto scoots around to get the ropebreak. Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off. Naito stomps Goto, brings Goto up to CLUB him, then whips him to ropes. Goto reverses, Hashi gets in, they run Naito over! Then they work together to hip toss senton! Sanada gets in but Chaos drums him down! Goto stomps Naito, drags him up, snapmares then chinlocks. Naito endures now as Goto digs his knee in. Naito pulls at hair but Red Shoes reprimands.

Goto JAMS his elbow into Naito’s head! Tag to Hashi, Goto and Hashi stomp Naito in the corner. Hashi brings Naito up to throw a forearm, then another. Naito hits Goto, elbows Hashi, hits Goto again, but Hashi ROCKS Naito then CHOPS! Naito staggers, Goto ROCKS him, Hashi CHOPS again! Goto-Hashi dig their boots in but let off as Red Shoes reprimands. Hashi hangs Naito out to dry, Goto holds him there, and Hashi runs to dropkick Naito down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Hashi drags Naito up. Hashi bumps Naito off buckles, tags Goto, and Goto stomps away on Naito. Naito hits back with forearms but Goto snapmares him down and KICKS him in the back! Cover, ONE!

Goto keeps his cool and stomps Naito back down. Goto drags Naito up, Naito throws body shots! Goto knees low, whips him to a corner and stomps him down! Goto fires off forearms, whips Naito corner to corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! But Naito slips out of the bulldog to get a NECKBREAKER! Hot tag to Sanada! Cold Skull rallies on Goto, arm-drag then back suplex BACKBREAKER! Hashi gets in to get an ATOMIC DROP, and then tossed out of the ring! Sanada PLANCHAS Goto, then gets back in to PLANCHA Hashi! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. They get louder and Sanada is satisfied.

Sanada puts Goto in, aims from the apron and springboards in, but Goto gets under. Goto comes back but Sanada blocks to trip Goto up! Sanada gets the arms and legs, but Goto kicks Sanada away. Goto rushes Sanada, Sanada kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi drags Sanada up to throw forearms and CHOPS! Hashi whips corner to corner, runs in but Sanada dropkicks his legs out! Naito gets on the corner, Sanada crawls over and tags him in! Naito throws forearms, kicks, more forearms, then whips. Naito elbows Hashi down then basement dropkicks!

Naito gets Hashi up, dragon sleeper to the BACKBREAKER and then the PUMA BLANCA! Hashi endures the leg full nelson and fans rally. Hashi scoots around and gets the ropebreak! Naito claims he needs help, so Red Shoes works to undo the hold. Red Shoes has a hard time with it and accuses Naito of resisting. Naito lets Hashi out of the hold and fans rally up. Naito brings Hashi up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then throws more in the corner. Hashi hits back but Naito eggs him on, to then ELBOW him down! And elbow him again! And again! Naito whips Hashi corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK but he misses as Hashi dodges!

Goto runs in to corner clothesline! Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi feeds Naito to Goto’s kick, then Goto-Hashi coordinate, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally up, Hashi runs at Naito in the corner, BIG clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP Naito, then mule kicks! Hashi goes up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Naito as he survives but Hashi fires up. Hashi drags Naito up, reels him in, fisherman but no Kumagoroshi as Naito knees free. Sanada dropkicks Hashi’s legs, kicks and whips Goto, but Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! Sanada slips out the back but Goto elbows him and whips him to a corner.

Sanada tumbles up and out to springboard, but the leg gives out! Goto drags Sanada up but Sanada dropkicks Goto’s legs out! Was it a feint? Hashi dropkicks Sanada’s legs, but then Naito wrenches and reels Hashi in for a TORNADO DDT! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Sanada slowly roll out of the ring and Naito sits up. Naito drags Hashi up, reels him in for back elbow after back elbow, and again and again and again! Hashi staggers, Naito drags him up and puts him on the top rope. Naito climbs to SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up and Naito waits on Hashi to rise. Hashi stands, Naito runs in, but into a SUPERKICK!

But Naito stays up and fires up?! Only for Hashi to LARIAT him down! Hashi drags Naito up, KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Hashi hurries to put Naito into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Naito endures, fans rally up but Hashi leans on the hold. Naito crawls with his legs, reaches out, but Hashi drags him away from the ropes! Goto gets in to play defense, fireman’s carry to USHIGOROSHI! DISARMER!? Sanada and Naito endure the dual submissions, but Naito scoots around again. Hashi drags Naito way, way back! Goto hooks the arm deep on Sanada, but Hashi is losing his grip on Naito. Naito moves around more, but Hashi gets the KIMURA-FLY!

Naito keeps moving, keeps reaching out, Hashi pulls way back on the double wristlock! Naito flails, reaches, fans rally as hard as they can, and Naito gets the ROPEBREAK! Hashi lets go of Naito, Goto lets go of Sanada. Sanada bails out but Goto goes after him. Hashi wraps on a sleeper hold and drags Naito up. Goto gets in, BACKSTABBER and feed to fireman’s carry! But Naito slips out, only to get a SUPERKICK from Hashi! Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! They get Naito up, but Sanada saves him from GYW! Dueling dragon sleepers, so Goto throws Naito away and Hashi turns things around to suplex

Sanada slips out, Goto gets him, Hashi gets the legs! But Sanada fights out to get Goto with a MAGIC SCREW! BOOT to Hashi, Hashi CHOPS Sanada! SOBAT from Sanad, to a BIG back suplex! Naito jackknifes! TWO!!! Hashi escapes but Sanada PLANCHAS Goto down! Naito gets Hashi up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but no Destino! Hashi SUPERKICKS, half nelsons, but no Karma! Shove and ATOMIC DROP, to forearm and ROLLING ELBOW to ENZIGURI! Dropkick, and scoop, VALENTIA! Sanada PLANCHAS Goto again! Naito gets Hashi back up, tries again, DESTINO!!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon gets through Chaos and has a big first win in the tournament! Will Goto-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp in the second round? As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic to speak for the first time since the G1. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall~! Sorry to keep you waiting. But Tetsuya Naito has finally returned to the ring, CABRON!” He wasn’t exactly rushing to get to World Tag League, but don’t worry about him. He does look to win his first one in five years, though. And he wants to get through this year UNDEFEATED alongside Sanada! So please, look forward to it. Fans clap for “L I J!” “NA-I-TO!” “SA-NA-DA!” in hopes of seeing that.

Naito hopes to see everyone here again when WTL returns to Tokyo on November 30th. And they’ll end this night the only proper way it can! “Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros Los Ingoberrrrrrnableeeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Will LIJ take over WTL and then finally get those IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships again?

 

Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 1-0, 2 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 1-0, 2 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-0, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-0, 2 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 1-0, 2 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 1-0, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-1, 0 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 0-1, 0 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-1, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-1, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-1, 0 points
The United Empire: 0-1, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A really good start for World Tag League, but not quite as hot as Best of the Super Juniors’ yesterday. For one, not as many shocking results, but they did have some great matches all the same. For one, Suzuki-Gun fighting itself was a great choice for the start to the entire tournament. This apparently was less about Suzuki’s team winning as it was seeing if Taka still had it. Though, since it turned into 2v1 handicap match 75% of the time, I don’t think Taka was going to do so well anyway. But Tekkers win, and the faction is still in one piece. ZSJ did great in the G1, I’m sure the Tekkers will do a great job in WTL.

We got a really good match out of the older guys, and I was rather surprised that TenCozy got the win there with Tiger Mask and Nagata getting going at the end there. And I really do find it curious that Tiger Mask is in this heavyweight tag tournament when he’s the junior heavyweight tag champ. Probably guarantees that Tiger Mask & Nagata won’t win but will at least have a good showing. Guerrillas of Destiny have got to get back in the tag title hunt, so this was a good start. I was really shocked that United Empire lost to Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale. Maybe this will be their one loss and they go on a tear.

Yano and Tanahashi make a great combination, I already hope they are a finalist team. I almost expected Sho to be the one who messed with the lights to return the favor for yesterday, but maybe Sho’s already on the road to the next location since BOSJ round 2 is tomorrow. And then we got a great main event out of Chaos and LIJ, especially for Naito’s in-ring return. LIJ winning makes sense given that, and there’s a chance Naito & Sanada are a finalist team. Sanada is back to just being a tag team guy, but I would hope he gets to be a tag team champion for it come WrestleKingdom 16.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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