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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/19/21)

World Tag League, Round 3!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will Dangerous Tekkers stay undefeated through three?

World Tag League is in Nagano, and the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still riding high! Will Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. dominate the block?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 2-0, 4 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 2-0, 4 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-0, 4 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 2-0, 4 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-1, 2 points
The United Empire: 1-1, 2 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-2, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-2, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-2, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi!

Blue Justice and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion haven’t scored once yet, and they’re up against the undefeated Joker & Ace! Will Nagata & Tiger Mask fold again? Or will they finally be able to stand tall?

Tanahashi’s pompadour is getting stronger the more he and Yano keep up the school thug energy. The teams sort out, Yano again “giving” Tanahashi the start against Nagata. Fans rally up as the two circle, tie up, and Tanahashi waistlocks. Nagata wrenches, waistlocks, Tanahashi switches, but Nagata switches back. Tanahashi switches again but Nagata wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Tanahashi drop toeholds and then floats to a headlock, but Nagata slips out the back to have a hammerlock. Nagata full nelsons, spins Tanahashi to a headlock, then hits the takeover. Tanahashi rolls it over to have the headlock for his own! Nagata makes it a cover, ONE!

The two separate and fans cheer. They tie up again, fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” “NA-GA-TA!” as Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Tanahashi fights up, wrenches, wrenches, but Nagata rolls to kick Tanahashi away. The two stand off again, Nagata tags in Tiger Mask. Tanahashi tags in Yano and fans fire up! Yano crouches a la school thug but Tiger kicks him to a corner! Tiger messes with Yano’s hair! The ref reprimands, Tiger whips corner to corner but Yano reverses. Yano fixes his hair but Tiger CLUBS him on the back. Tiger CLUBS Yano more but Yano gets mad and shouts at Tiger. Tiger sobats then puts Yano’s shirt over his head to KICK his leg! And again, and again!

Fans rally up, Nagata gets in and adds on KICKS of his own! The ref has to keep Tanahashi back, but he still gets in. Tiger & Nagata double kick, double whip and double KICK Tanahashi down! Tiger pulls Yano’s shirt down to stomp, then throws haymakers. Tiger knees Yano against ropes, tags Nagata, and they mug Yano. Nagata CLUBS Yano down, stomps him down, then drags him by a leg to have a standing toehold. Yano endures, fans rally up, and Yano moves around to get the ropebreak! Nagata lets go cleanly, but then drags Yano up to throw elbows and kicks. Tag to Tiger, he throws a knee and Yano drops down. Tiger kicks Yano while he’s down, covers, TWO!

Tiger keeps cool and drops a knee on Yano’s head. Tiger digs his knee in, Yano has the ropebreak so Tiger lets off to stomp Yano down. Tiger drags Yano up, Yano hits back and pulls the mask! Tiger kicks low, whips but Yano reverses to throw Tiger down by his mask! Yano crawls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Fans rally as Tanahashi runs to forearm Tiger down! Tanahashi DECKS Nagata for good measure, then he fires off on Tiger Mask. Tanahashi scoops Tiger to SLAM him into the drop zone. Tanahashi goes to the second rope, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus as Tiger rises. Tanahashi runs, but into a boot! Tiger wrenches and drags Tanahashi to a ghost pin, TWO!

Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Tanahashi swings another but Tiger catches him and spins him to underhooks! TIGER DRIVER! But Tiger can’t hold it for the cover! Fans rally up as both men are down! Tiger crawls, hot tag to Nagata! Nagata KICKS Tanahashi in the chest and again, but Tanahashi catches the leg! Nagata forearms free, kicks again, but Tanahashi blocks that one to get a DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down, and Yano is back on the corner! Tanahashi crawls over, hot tag to Yano! Yano goes right to the neutral corner to untie the buckle pad! He throws it at Nagata, the ref has to take it from him now!

Yano SLAPS Nagata on the back of the head, then baits him into the bare buckles! Roll up, TWO! Yano gets Nagata up to whip to ropes. Nagata rolls under, fakes Yano out, and then ENZIGURIS! Tiger is up top, he CROSSBODIES Yano down! Nagata covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Nagata & Tiger get Yano up., They whip, Yano holds ropes and then ducks Tiger to shove him into Nagata! But they block the low blows! He apologizes but they kick him and GIRI SANDWICH! EXPLODER! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Tiger throws Tanahashi back out, Yano gets to a corner. Nagata runs in and SHINING WIZARDS, to then reel Yano in.

Yano grabs the ref, but Nagata avoids the low blow mule kick! ANKLE LOCK! Then Nagata drops onto Yano for the CROSSFACE! Yano endures, fans rally up, Tanahashi and Tiger fight on the outside, Nagata gets the NAGATA LOCK III! Yano endures, so Nagata makes it a ghost pin! Tanahashi tips it over so Yano has the cover, Yano & Tanahashi win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask earn 0)

The Joker & The Ace watched each other’s backs, and now they’re spotless at 3-0! Will they be the dark horse team that takes the league?

 

World Tag League 2021: Taka Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS The United Empire!

Another winless team in the Blue Playmaker & Meanest Man in the World are looking to redeem themselves. However, they’re up against the Dominator & The Ultimate Weapon! Will Taka & Suzuki find a way to make the United Empire #JustTapOut? Or are Suzuki-Gun the next to be conquered by Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare?

As soon as Suzuki-Gun gets in the ring, they attack the Empire! Suzuki throws Khan out while Taka chokes Henare and keeps him in the ring! The bell rings while Suzuki stomps and kicks Khan at the railing. Suzuki then drags Khan up to DECK him with a forearm! As for Taka, he lets off Henare to bring him up and knee him low. Taka rakes Henare’s eyes, stops when the ref reprimands, and then brings Henare over. Henare throws body shots, back hands Suzuki then kicks away on Taka’s leg. Taka falls, fans fire up and Henare CLUBS Suzuki. Henare then deadlift suplexes Taka high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Henare headbutts Taka, runs, but Suzuki gets a cheap shot in! Then he gets Henare for a HANGING TRIANGLE HOLD! Taka DECKS Khan off the corner, the ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4. Khan drags Taka out to whip him into railing! Suzuki whips Henare into railing, but Khan CLUBS Suzuki. Henare and Khan stomp Suzuki down but Taka makes the save. Khan CLUBS Taka for it, then POSTS him! Henare throws body shots, but they forget about Suzuki! Suzuki goes looking under the ring while the Empire mugs Taka. Suzuki returns with a chair! He kicks Henare down, JAMS Khan then SMACKS Henare on the back! Fans cheer as Suzuki even smacks Henare with the seat cushion!

Suzuki drags Henare over to the timekeeper’s area and bounces him off the desk! Fans rally up, “SU-ZU-KI!” as he and Taka mug Henare. Taka BOOTS Henare down, then drags him into a chinlock stretch on the ramp. The ring count starts, Taka drags Henare up and into the ring at 5 of 20. Suzuki stomps and kicks Khan around on the outside while Taka chokes Henare. The ref reprimands, Henare gets the ropes, Taka lets off with his hands but has his knee on Henare’s neck. The ref sees that, counts, Taka lets off. Taka stands on Henare at the apron, the ref reprimands but Taka puts his hands up at 4. The ref pulls Taka away so Taka drags Henare up to knee into the corner.

Taka chokes Henare more, Suzuki tags in and stomps Henare to then snapmare, chinlock, motorcycle stretch, and then turn Henare so he can torture the arm. Suzuki bends the fingers back, then bends the arm back into a hammerlock. The fans rally as Henare endures, and Suzuki even clamps on a chinbar. Taka tags back in, they mug Henare, then Taka bumps Henare off buckles. Taka wrenches, whips corner to corner then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Taka drags Henare up to snapmare. Taka digs his knuckles into Henare’s face! The ref counts, Taka lets off but scrapes his soles on Henare’s face.

Tag to Suzuki, he digs his knuckles into Henare’s face! The ref reprimands, Suzuki brings Henare up but Henare throws heavy hands. Suzuki eggs him on, knees him low, whips, but Henare reverses. Suzuki comes back, but runs into the SAMOAN DROP! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Henare crawls to tag in Khan! Khan DECKS Taka, BOOTS Suzuki, then covers, ONE! Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Suzuki shakes his head as he stays up so Khan Mongolian Chops again! Suzuki still stays up, blocks Khan’s third Mongolian Chops, and then ROCKS Khan with a forearm! Suzuki eggs Khan on so Khan forearms back!

Khan eggs Suzuki on, Suzuki laughs and ROCKS Khan again! Fans rally up as Khan laughs that off to forearm back. Suzuki forearms, Khan forearms, back and forth and fans rally up. Suzuki ROCKS Khan again and Khan staggers, but comes back with the HELLSTAB and MONGOLIAN CHOPS! Khan reels Suzuki in to back suplex but Suzuki elbows free. Suzuki runs, but into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Suzuki slips out of the Eliminator to get his own sleeper but Khan elbows out of that. Khan runs, Suzuki follows, shoots around and gets the SLEEPER! Taka tags in, DECKS Henare, then he and Suzuki double whip Khan! Corner clothesline, then a BOOT!

Suzuki ROCKS Khan again, runs, he and Taka SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Taka covers, Henare breaks it! Suzuki drags Henare up to throw him out, Taka drags Khan up. Fans rally up but Khan blocks the scoop. Taka SLAPS Khan then runs, into a drop sayanagi! Khan drags Taka back up, HITSUJIGOROSHI!! Taka endures the Sheep Killer, but Suzuki CLUBS Khan! Taka is free and he victory rolls Khan, TWO!! Khan escapes but Taka runs to SHINING WIZARD! And then he gets Khan up, but Khan fights the scoop to HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare RAMS Suzuki into the railing and then gets in to get Taka’s legs! ANKLE LOCK HITSUJIGOROSHI COMBO!

Taka endures but gets the ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Suzuki breaks it! Henare fires off on Suzuki but Suzuki hits back! Suzuki COHPS Khan, CHOPS Henare, repeat! Suzuki runs, into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO of the Empire’s! Henare kicks Suzuki out, but Taka pokes Khan in the eye! Only to run into the fireman’s carry! FLAPJACK CUTTER! Cover, the United Empire wins!

Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Suzuki & Michinoku earn 0)

Khan stares Suzuki down, and Suzuki has the chair! They each choke grip, the ref has them stop and Suzuki dares them to come after him! But Khan says Suzuki should get in the ring with him. Suzuki says Khan is scared so Khan goes out after Suzuki! The King of Pancrase never backs down nd he goes after Khan! They brawl all the way to the back! The United Empire may have won this match, but is a war brewing between them and Suzuki-Gun?

 

World Tag League 2021: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Another case of Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, but it’s the Crown Jewel & Rogue General who have a win under their belts! Will Tokyo Pimp & the King of Darkness make things anything but Too Sweet here in round three?

Being all Bullet Club, House of Torture wants to Low Sweet with Chase & Fale. Chase warns Dick he better not see him get in the ring, trying to low blow anyone. But then Chase & Fale are the ones to attack first! The bell rings as Chase kicks Evil out and Fale throws Yujiro. Chase chokes Evil on the railing while Fale throws big hands. Chase DECKS Evil, chases Dick off, then gets Evil up for a headlock and punch! Chase puts Evil in, still tells Dick to stay back, and then Chase climbs up top. Evil ducks under, but Chase ducks and dodges to SHOTGUN BOOT! Chase bumps Evil off buckles and stomps a mudhole in as fans cheer.

Chase chokes Evil again but lets off as the ref reprimands. Chase EuroUppers then CHOPS Evil to ropes! Chase whips, Evil holds ropes and then dodges Chase. Chase BOOTS back, elbows Yujiro down, but has to kick at Dick as he grabs a foot. Evil BLASTS Chase off the apron and to railing! Evil & Yujiro stomp away on Chase while Fale protests, so Fale goes around the way. The House of Torture scurries away and the ref tells Fale to go back to his corner. Fale is furious but he backs away. Yujiro distracts the ref while Evil digs a chair into Chase’s neck! Evil gets away with that, then he drags Chase up and into the ring.

Evil stalks Chase, and uses his shirt to choke Chase! The ref reprimands, Evil lets off at 4, but then he sucker punches Fale! Fale stays up and steps inside but Evil kicks the rope to get Fale in his rogue general! Evil wrenches, YANKS the arm, and tags Yujiro to CLUB Chase’s arm. Fans rally for “CHASE O-WENS!” and he throws body shots and uppercuts on Yujiro, only for Yujiro to mule kick him down! Yujiro gets Chase up for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Evil is upset but Yujiro brings Chase around to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop the headbutt. Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yujiro argues the count, but that was fair.

Yujiro walks over but Chase kicks low! Chase elbows and clubs Yujiro but Yujiro headbutts low. Yujiro knees low, puts Chase on ropes, and Evil holds him in place. Yujiro runs in but Chase boots first! Evil rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Yujiro and Evil double whip Chase into a corner. Yujiro runs in, Chase dodges, then dodges Evil to send the clothesline into Yujiro! Evil keeps Chase from running away and fireman’s carries, but Chase fights out and elbows Yujiro! Chase BOOTS Evil, then gets Yujiro in a headlock, BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! Fans rally up as Chase rolls and hot tags Fale!

Fale drags Evil up to whip him into the corner. Fale whips Yujiro into the opposite corner, then he SPLASHES Evil! And he SPLASHES Yujiro! Evil bails out, Yujiro flops down, Fale drops an elbow on Yujiro! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Fale aims, but Dick grabs the Grenade! Fale breaks free, Dick does a quick prayer before Fale DECKS him! Yujiro gets up, Fale choke grips! But Yujiro BITES the fingers! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets Fale go to block the kick and throw Fale down for a basement boot! Chase gets back in, Yujiro dodges the Shi Trigger but Chase fires off the strike fest! Chase runs but into a BOOT!

Yujiro reels Chase in, but no Incolle Slam! SHI TRIGGER! Chase fires up, gets Yujiro up, Fale coordinates, but Yujiro grabs the ref to make him a shield! Evil gets in to give Fale and Chase chair shots! Dick gets in and gets Fale with the SPOILER CHOKER! Yujiro gets his pimp cane! Chase gets up to get a CANE SHOT! Dick hops on as a backpack on Fale, but he’s still moving! Fale runs Yujiro over! And he runs Evil over! And then he RAMS Dick into the corner! Fans fire up as Fale whips Evil into Dick! And then he whips Yujiro into them! Fale runs to SPLASH the House of Torture! Fans fire up as Fale and Chase coordinate, GRENADE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, Chase & Fale win!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The Texas Heavyweight Champion & Rogue General just blew up the House of Torture! Chase helps Yujiro up for old time’s sake, and Fale drags Evil back in. Chase even shows mercy to Dick as he helps him stand up. Chase still wants Bullet Club to stand as one, and so they all Low Sweet. Is Bullet Club still fine after all?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito!

Everyone’s Kokeshi & Rampaging King Kong are also a struggling team, but they’re up against the undefeated Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma. Will the Great Bash Heels be able to stop Los Ingobernables de Japon? Or is LIJ > GBH?

Naito is actually much faster with his suit than usual. He must be eager to get after Honma. LIJ fist bump and the teams sort out, Naito starts against Makabe. Fans rally up, “L I J!” “NA-I-TO!” and maybe “MA-KA-BE!” Naito stays back, however, but then circles with Makake. They tie up, Makabe wrenches the arm but Naito rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Makabe wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Naito switches that on to Makabe. Makabe throws Naito down, covers, ONE! Makabe keeps the arm, wrenches, but Naito rakes eyes! Naito headlocks while the ref reprimands, and they end up on ropes. The ref calls for the break but Naito scrapes Makabe’s face on ropes!

The ref counts, Naito lets off, but Makabe slips out to CLUB him on the back. Makabe headlocks, grinds the hold, but Naito powers out. Makabe runs Naito over and fans cheers as he tags in Makabe. GBH double whip, double shoulder Naito down, then Honma stomps Naito. Honma CLUBS Naito on the back, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Naito staggers into a kick, Honma scoops and SLAMS him, then fires up! Fans fire up but Sanada trips Honma up! No kokeshi here as Naito also gets up. Honma kicks and whips but Naito holds ropes. Naito boots back, drop toeholds Honma and Sanada dropkicks Honma at the ropes! Makabe gets in but gets an elbow then a basement dropkick!

Fans rally up as Naito drags Honma into a chinlock stretch and Sanada stomps Makabe on the outside. Honma endures as Naito pulls back harder. Fans rally, Honma reaches out, and Honma has the ropebreak. Naito lets off to stomp Honma then he tags Sanada. Sanada drags Honma to drop knees on his back. Sanada then drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, Sanada stomps Honma more, and he tags in Naito. Naito whips Honma to a corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Naito can’t get up and over Honma so he throws haymakers and forearms. Honma hits back, CHOPS and CHOPS, so Naito CHOPS! Naito CLUBS Honma down then tags in Sanada.

Sanada stalks up to Honma, drags him up, but Honma throws a forearm. Sanada gives it back, they go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Honma ROCKS Sanada, gets the edge, but Sanada blocks the kick! Fans cheer as he trips Honma up and goes for the legs. But Honma kicks Sanada away! Sanada comes back to stomp Honma down, then he brings Honma up to suplex. Honma fights that off, tries to suplex back, but Sanada blocks. Fans rally as they fight for suplex control, and Honma gets Sanada up and over! Hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on Sanada, Naito gets away, but Makabe goes back to Sanada with forearms.

Naito gets in to CLUB away on Makabe’s bad back! Naito whips, Makabe reverses and runs in to corner clothesline! Then he corner clotheslines Sanada! And then back to Naito! Naito drops, Makabe gives Sanada another! Makabe then climbs up to rain down fists! He goes all the way to 10 before he reels Sanada in. Sanada blocks the suplex, CLUBS Makabe on the back, but runs into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Makabe is annoyed but he drags Sanada back up. Makabe waistlocks, Sanada resists the lift, so Makabe shoves him to a corner. Sanada goes up and out to springboard and missile dropkick back in! Direct hit and Makabe bails out! Fans fire up and Sanada PLANCHAS Makabe down!

Sanada encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige. Sanada is satisfied with the volume and he puts Makabe back in. Sanada brings Makabe up, fireman’s carries, but Makabe slips off. Sanada elbows him, fires off forearms, then runs, ducks one clothesline but not the LEFT! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Makabe crawls, Sanada does, too, hot tags to Honma and Naito! Honma rallies with a shoulder then a scoop SLAM! Honma puts some stank on the CHOP! And then CHOPS, and CHOPS and whips corner to corner. Honma runs in to back elbow Naito to the BULLDOG! Honma fires up and runs, KOKESHI FLOPS as Naito dodges!

Naito kicks but Honma blocks to club the leg! Honma goes to suplex but Naito blocks! Honma still tries but Naito slips out, shoves and elbows Honma down to basement dropkick! Naito drags Honma up, dragon sleeper, to the BACKBREAKER! Makabe gets in to CLOBBER Naito! Makabe coaches Honma but Naito still gets up to stomp Honma. Naito throws back elbows over and over, then mocks Honma’s raspy voice. Naito throws even more back elbows and Honma drops to his knees. Fans rally up, Naito drags Honma back up, and Naito throws even more back elbows. Honma is hulking out! But he runs into another back elbow!

Naito whips, Honma reverses, Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito then wrenches an arm, but Makabe CLOBBERS Naito! Sanada gets in to dropkick Makabe’s legs out! Honma gets up but Sanada boots his clothesline away. Naito runs in but Honma spins him around to a facelock. Sanada rushes over but Honma catches him, too! COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up as Honma and Makabe coordinate. Naito slowly rises into the DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE SANDWICH! Then they get Naito up, POWERBOMB and BASEMENT HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, to LARIAT Naito down! Cover, TWO!

Sanada goes after Makabe on the outside! Fans rally up, Honma brings Naito up to scoop, but Naito slips out. Honma ROKCS Naito, HEADBUTTS, then runs, into an atomic drop! Sanada forearms and ROLLING ELBOWS, Naito ENZIGURIS and Sanada back suplexes! Rolling jackknife, LIJ wins!

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

LIJ stands tall over GBH, going to 3-0! Will Naito’s promise to win this alongside Sanada come true?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS The Dangerous Tekkers!

#TenCozy fell last round, but Bread Club isn’t toast just yet! But will the undefeated Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. still cut through them like a knife through butter?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and the fans cheer. The teams sort out and ZSJ already tells Tezan to watch his mouth. The champs taunt “the old farts” with the belts, but a brawl breaks out! Tenzan stomps ZSJ, Kojima stomps Taichi and the ref gets the belts out of the way before the bell rings. TenCozy double whip and double shoulder ZSJ down! They then pinball Taichi between Mongolian Chops and forearms, before Kojima tops it off with Mongolian Chops of his own! Kojima scoops and SLAMS, for him and Tenzan to SLINGSHOT ELBOW HEADBUTT COMBO! Fans rally as Kojima stomps away on Taichi at the ropes. Kojima lets off as the ref counts, then brings Taichi up.

Taichi KICKS away on Kojima’s leg but Kojima ROCKS Taichi. Kojima waistlocks, Taichi resists the lift to PELE Kojima down! ZSJ gets in to DECK Tenzan, then go after him on the outside! ZSJ rakes eyes, has a chinlock, and he grinds Tenzan down while Taichi kicks Kojima out. Taichi whips Kojima into railing, then into more railing. Taichi chokes Kojima with camera cord while the ref gets ZSJ to leave Tenzan alone. The Tekkers mug Kojima, ZSJ facelocks and EuroUppers Kojima into railing! And again! Tenzan gets up but Taichi whips him into railing! ZSJ talks trash while leaving Kojima behind and the ring count starts.

Taichi puts Kojima in at 6 of 20, taunts Tenzan, and then stomps Kojima. Fans rally up but the Tekkers go after Kojima in the corner. ZSJ digs his boots in, hops over and fish hooks the face to snapmare and neck lock! Kojima endures as ZSJ pushes up to apply pressure. Kojima endures, ZSJ moves around but Kojima gets the ropebreak with a foot! ZSJ stomps Kojima, tags Taichi, and Taichi snapmares Kojima away from Tenzan to KICK Kojima in the back. Taichi chokes, the ref almost thinks it’s a cover but he reprimands. Taichi lets off, to choke again! The ref counts, Taihci lets off to choke with both hands now! The ref counts, Taichi stops choking Kojima and fans rally up.

Taichi stands on Kojima’s head while taunting Tenzan. The ref has to keep Tenzan back, but Taichi goes over to choke Tenzan! Taichi then puts Kojima in the corner and tags in ZSJ. ZSJ pulls Kojima back and has a cravat for the neck wrench! Kojima endures as ZSJ trashes him around! Kojima fights up and fires body shots, but ZSJ fish hooks his face! The ref reprimands, ZSJ throws Kojima down. ZSJ gets Kojima up but Kojima throws body shots! Kojima reaches out but ZSJ full nelsons. Kojima breaks that, ZSJ ducks the elbow but Kojima hits a DDT! Fans fire up and Kojima hot tags Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on the Tekkers, then fires off Mongolian Chops on ZSJ!

Tenzan headbutts ZSJ in the corner then CHOPS! Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Tenzan kicks ZSJ around, headbutts him again, then eggs him on. Tenzan throws forearms, kicks low, then throws haymakers. ZSJ EuroUppers in return again and again, but Tenzan headbutts low! Tenzan runs into a boot! Then ZSJ gets the arm! Tenzan throws him off but headbutts into a facelock! Takedown and NECK TWIST! Fans rally, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi stands on Tenzan’s head, taunts him while kicking him but Tenzan gets up to throw forearms and CHOPS! Taichi chokes but Tenzan blocks the slam!

Taichi throws Tenzan to a corner, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans rally up again, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Taichi! ZSJ storms over but just gets added to the mix! Kojima reloads to fire off more CHOPS on Taichi! Kojima whips corner to corner and hits a forearm smash! But Taichi comes back to CHOKE Kojima! The ref counts, reprimands, but Taichi won’t let off! So Kojima CHOKES Taichi! Kojima lets off at 4 and fans rally up. Kojima runs in at the corner but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Taichi then throws Kojima down, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Fans fire up as Taichi aims, but Kojima ducks the buzzsaw to COZY CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kojima throws his elbow pad away, runs, but Taichi dodges to get SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! ZSJ intercepts Tenzan, Tenzan kicks ZSJ, but Tenzan Mongolian Chops into a Fujiwara takedown! Fans rally as the Tekkers have DUAL SUBMISSIONS on TenCozy! Kojima endures, reaches out, but Taichi wrenches harder on the stretch! Kojima still fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as the Tekkers let TenCozy free. ZSJ kicks Tenzan out, fans rally up as Taichi rises. Taichi brings Kojima around but Kojima fires off forearms. Taichi kicks low but Kojima holds off the bomb lift.

Taichi fires off Kowata Kicks, reels Kojima in but still Kojmia resists! Kojima back drops Taichi away! Taichi gets up into more forearms, then the ROLLING ELBOW But Taichi GAMANGIRIS Kojima right down! Fans fire up, ZSJ gets in to BOOT Tenzan! ZSJ gets Kojima up, Taichi fires up, but Tenzan gets in to corner clothesline Taichi! Tenzan kicks ZSJ, headbutt him, then whip him to ropes. TENCOZY CUTTER! ZSJ bails out and TenCozy gets Taichi up. They double whip, but Taichi fights off the flapjack to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK Tenzan! Kojima swats away Ax Bomber to hit a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and fans fire up again!

Kojima staggers up, powers up the arm as Taichi rises, and runs into a boot! But he CLUBS the gamangiri away! Kojima goes again, but Taichi boots then AX BOMBERS! Kojima stays up?! But Taichi ROUNDHOUSES him down! Fans fire up as Taichi runs, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Kojima stays up!! Fans rally up and Kojima powers up again. But Taichi gets around, only for Kojima to fight the saido! ZSJ wrenches the arm to PELE, then he intercepts Tenzan! DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives so ZSJ stomps Tenzan out. PENALTY KICK for Kojima! Tenzan is back up and ZSJ eggs him on. ZSJ dodges Tenzan to get him in an IRON OCTOPUS!

Taichi fires up and fans rally as he goes for Kojima. POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kojima survives but Taichi won’t stop here! BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Tekkers win!

Winners: The Dangerous Tekker, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kojima & Tenzan earn 0)

And the champions are still the top of the block! Will the Holy Emperor & Submission Master continue to dominate the Heavyweight Tag Division and add those trophies to their collection?

 

World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Guerrillas of Destiny!

The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter of Chaos have been on the outside looking in when it comes to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, but this could be their chance! Will they #TurnItAllAround against the former champions? Or will they fail to #GetBackUp against the Good Bad Guy & the Silverback?

GoD Low Sweet then teams sort out. Goto and Tama start and fans rally at the bell. Tama and Goto circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Goto finds a point of leverage to push Tama to the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break and Goto lets off. Tama takes the vest off already and he circles with Goto. Fans rally up, they tie up, and are in another deadlock. This time, Tama finds leverage to push Goto back. Goto pushes back! Tama turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Tama lets off but then throws body shots and haymakers! Tama whips, Goto runs him over! Fans cheer, things speed up and Tama hurdles, only to turn around into a headlock!

Tama powers out to run Goto over now! But Goto avoids the elbow drop to headlock. Tama tries to power out but Goto holds tight! Tama tries again, but again Goto holds tight. Tama throws body shots, powers out but Hashi tags in. Goto dodges, then he and Hashi run Tama over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Loa gets in but he gets hammered by Goto-Hashi! Hashi stomps Tama, drags him up to elbow him in the back, then CHOP him against the ropes! Hashi CLUBS Tama, CHOPS him again, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm. Hashi whips, Tama reverses but Hashi holds ropes to BOOT back. Loa swings on Hashi but Hashi ducks to DECK Loa! But Tama dropkicks Hashi!

Tama DECKS Goto, Loa drags Hashi out to RAM him into railing! Loa then whips Hashi into more railing! Hashi falls in a heap and Loa mocks his pain. Tama stomps Goto then whips him into railing. Loa RAMS Hashi into the apron and the ring count starts. Tama goes in at 7 of 20 but Loa CHOKES Hashi. Loa puts Hashi in at 15 for Tama to drop elbow after elbow on! Tama drags Hashi up, throws hands down on him, then brings up again to tag in Loa. Snap suplex to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa drags Hashi up, and RAMS his shoulder in again and again. Red Shoes reprimands but Loa digs his shoulder in.

Loa snapmares Hahsi and wraps on a chinlock. Hashi endures, fans rally up but Loa grinds Hashi down to the mat. Goto gets in and stomps Loa, but Tama gets in to DECK Goto! Tama goes out to stomp Goto, Red Shoes reprimands, but Loa gets Hashi up. Loa scoops Hashi for a SLAM into the drop zone. Tag to Tama, he slingshot sentons now! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Hashi throws body shots. Tama brings Hashi up and fires body shots in the corner. Goto protests but Loa gets away with a cheap shot while Red Shoes is busy with him. Loa tags in, he drags Hashi up and RAMS him into the corner! Loa choke sHashi, lets off at 4, and then he taunts Goto.

Fans rally, Loa goes back to Hashi to choke him more! Goto gets in to go after Loa! Tama protests now but Goto runs, into a SPEAR! Hashi DECKS Tama to fire off on Loa! Hashi whips, Loa reverses to kick, kick and ENZIGURI! Loa scoops Hashi up, to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! But Loa clamps on the OG KILLER! Hashi endures, fans rally up, Hashi reaches for ropes but Loa pulls him back even more! Hashi crawls over, ROPEBREAK! Loa lets go in frustration and argues with Red Shoes. Hashi didn’t quite, despite what Loa says. Goto and the fans rally, Loa scoops but Hashi slips off to shove Loa into a forearm! Hashi then runs to BLOCKBUSTER!

Both Hashi and Loa are down, but Hashi crawls over. Fans rally up as Hashi gets the hot tag to Goto! Goto DECKS Tama, then goes to Loa. Loa headbutts low, whips Goto to a corner, but runs into a BOOT! Goto runs, LARIATS, but Loa stays up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, Loa runs but Goto ducks to LARIAT Loa down! Fans fire up with Goto as he runs in, but Loa boots him! Goto comes back, blocks the boot and clotheslines to a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto gets Loa back up, Loa uppercuts! Loa runs, but Goto ROCKS him with a forearm! Tama attacks from behind! Tama whips Goto to a corner but Goto comes back to run Tama over!

Loa goes after Goto with clubbing forearms, then he whips Goto to a corner, but Goto reverses and runs in, only to miss! Tama runs in to SPLASH Goto in the corner! Loa gets Goto up, whips him out to put him back in and clothesline! EXPLODER! But Goto’s right back up! Only for Loa to dropkick him back down! Loa gets Goto up and hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Goto survives! Loa tags Tama, they get Goto up and double whip. Goto ROCKS Tama, then deflects Loa’s boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Tama kicks, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Goto crawls over, hot tag to Hashi!

Hashi runs in to CHOP Tama at the corner! Then whip and CHOP! Mule kick, whip, but Tama reverses, only for Hashi to RANA! Fans fire up with Hashi as he runs in again, clothesline to NECK- NO! Tama elbows free, but Hashi kicks low. Hashi whips, Tama reverses and SPLASHES! Hashi staggers, Tama gets him up to dragon sleeper. Goto runs in so Tama drops Hashi to fires off strikes. Tama EuroUppers again and again, then whips. Goto reverses, fireman’s carries, but Tama slips out, only to get Hashi’s SUPERKICK! Loa returns but he gets double kick to the HEADBUSTER! Goto-Hashi get Tama up, but Tama fights off the combo move!

Tama suplexes but Goto resists. Goto suplexes, Hashi helps out, G Y R!! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives but Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Goto keeps Loa down on the outside while Tama endures! Tama reaches, moves around, Goto has Loa down with a sleeper! Fans rally, Tama reaches, Hashi gets the arm for a KIMURA-FLY! But Loa powers up with a second wind to fall onto Hashi! Tama is free and fans fire up! Goto and Hashi double whip Loa, but Loa DOUBLE LARIATS them! Fans fire up as GoD get Hashi up! BACK SUPLEX NECKBREKER! Cover, TWO! Tama can’t believe it, but he hurries up top.

Loa has the other corner, DIVING HEADBUTT to SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi is still in this and Tama can’t believe it! Fans rally up, GoD drags Hashi up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Goto breaks it in time!! Loa drags Goto up, Goto fires both guerrillas! Tama kicks low, he and Loa coordinate but Goto fights them off again! Loa body shots but Goto runs. Loa dodges, but Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Tama GUN STUNS Goto!! Tama fires up and aims at Hashi. Fans are thunderous as Tama gets Hashi up and underhooks, but Hashi fights to trip up and jackknife! TWO!! Tama blocks a clothesline but Hashi blocks Gun Stun! KARMA CRADLE! GOTO-HASHI WIN!!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Guerrillas earn 0)

WHOA~! Chaos just took down GoD!! Tama & Loa just dropped out of the top of the block and are furious! Will they be able to recover from this? As for Goto-Hashi, they take a moment to catch their breath before Hashi speaks. “Our second win! World Tag League is just getting started. This series is a long haul. But at the end of it all, I and Goto-san will be the victors! It’ll only take us a moment to capture those World Tag League trophies!” Mic drop! Will Hashi & Goto keep this momentum going to finally reach the top of the Heavyweight Tag Division?

 

Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 3-0, 6 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 3-0, 6 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-0, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 2-1, 4 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-1, 4 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 2-1, 4 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-2, 2 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-3, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-3, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-3, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Alright, now this round of World Tag League got things going. I’m loving that Yano & Tanahashi are undefeated, and I’m rather surprised we’ve got four 0-3 teams, with Evil & Yujiro being one of them. Hell, Chase & Fale are surprises at 2-1. I like that there’s more going on between Khan and Suzuki, that should be a great 1v1 match. Of course Tekkers win to stay undefeated, as do LIJ, but in a surprise, Goto-Hashi take Guerrillas down to kinda change up how it felt like GoD was going to take this. In the same way Hashi finally got a title in NJPW with the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles, I wonder if he’ll get the WTL trophies as a way to reward his perseverance.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chad Gable prepares a speech.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.

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

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

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

Kevin heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Veer Mahaan.

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

 

Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.

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

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

 

The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.

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

 

WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

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

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

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

 

Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!

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

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

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

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

 

Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.

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

Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!

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

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

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

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Street Profits are fired up backstage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall

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

 

WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Miz & Maryse are heading out.

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

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

 

Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

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

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

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8/10


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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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