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

BOSJ, Round 4!




The rivalry reignites between Rogue Luchador and Ticking Timebomb!

Now that he finally got a win, El Desperado looks to prove he’s the Best of the Super Juniors! Will he do so against his rival, Hiromu Takahashi?


  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Desperado VS Hiromu Takahashi; Time Limit Draw.


Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 3-0, 6 points
Taiji Ishimori: 2-1, 4 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-1, 4 points
Douki: 2-1, 4 points
Bushi: 2-1, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-1, 4 points
El Desperado: 1-2, 2 points
El Phantasmo: 1-2, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-2, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-2, 2 points
Robbie Eagles: 1-2, 2 points
YOH: 0-3, 0 points


Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

It’s Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun to open this round! Both Japones Del Mal and the Heel Master suffered loss last round, will there be any hard feelings after only one of them rebounds?

The bell rings and the two circle. But then Kanemaru snatches Douki’s metal pipe! He bangs it against the buckle pad, but the ref tells him to put it down. Kanemaru puts the pipe down and Douki kicks him! Douki wrenches, Kanemaru wrenches back and hammerlocks. Douki reaches back to flying-mare free! Then he arm-drags Kanemaru, dodges the kick and jumps to arm-drag Kanemaru out! Fans fire up but Kanemaru jumps the railing to deny Douki his dive. Douki waits for Kanemaru to return and fans rally up. Kanemaru takes his time, goes around the way and gets in, only for Douki to stomp him. Douki throws an elbow but Kanemaru rakes eyes! So Douki rakes eyes, too!

The ref reprimands them both and they both stop going after the other’s eyes. Kanemaru kicks low, snapmares and jams an elbow into Douki’s head. Kanemaru wraps on a chinlock, drags Douki down, but Douki kicks and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts it, Kanemaru lets Douki go and he brings Douki up to CLUB him on the neck. Douki CHOPS back, then throws forearms. Kanemaru rakes eyes again! Kanemaru drags Douki up but Douki hits back. Kanemaru rakes eyes again and Douki falls. Kanemaru scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then paces as fans rally. Kanemaru sits Douki up to drive his elbow in again, and again. Kanemaru stomps Douki then brings him up.

Douki reverses the whip but Kanemaru avoids the dropkick! Kanemaru stomps Douki more, then runs. Douki somersaults and FLYING FOREARMS Kanemaru down! Both men go to opposite corners. Douki runs in to clothesline! Douki suplexes, Kanemaru slips out and waistlocks but Douki elbows back. Kanemaru keeps him from running, but Douki mule kicks then dropkicks Kanemaru down! Fans fire up as Douki aims, and Douki PLANCHAS Kanemaru down at the ramp side! Fans rally up while both men slowly stir. The ring count climbs, Douki is up at 8 of 20. Douki drags Kanemaru up and into the ring, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Douki keeps his focus as Kanemaru slowly rises. Douki aims from the apron, slingshots, but into BOOTS! Kanemaru rolls Douki up, TWO! Kanemaru crawls over to Douki’s corner and gets the pipe again! But Douki has Kanemaru’s whiskey! The ref reprimands, the two argue, and they trade, only for Kanemaru to kick low! Now he has the whiskey and the pipe! But the ref grabs the pipe, Douki ENZUGIRIS Kanemaru! Douki runs and LARIATS Kanemaru down! Douki fires up, scoops and swings Kanemaru for SARAHABI SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kanemaru escapes and fans rally up as Douki crawls back to the apron. Douki aims and slingshots, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Douki powers up and calls his shot! Douki reels Kanemaru into the wheelbarrow but Kanemaru elbows free! Only to turn around into the HELL STAB! Douki runs, but Kanemaru dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDT’s Douki down! Fans fire up and rally as both men slowly stir. Kanemaru gets up, goes to a corner and hops up. Douki stands, but he turns Deep Impact into a takedown! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Kanemaru reaches around but Douki rolls him away and reapplies the Italian Stretch! Kanemaru falls over! Fans rally up, Kanemaru kicks around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go but he fires back up!

Douki brings Kanemaru around by the legs but Kanemaru reaches for ropes again. Douki brings Kanemaru into the wheelbarrow but Kanemaru slips out and suplexes Douki to a BRAINBUSTER! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Kanemaru crawls over to Douki and drags him up. Another suplex, but Douki turns it into a cradle! TWO, Kanemaru suplexes again, another BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Kanemaru wins!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Heel Master wins, but he still shows his teammate respect by helping him up. Will Kanemaru and the others be toasting after tonight?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Way of the Grandmaster ended up El Desperado’s first win of the tournament, while Bone Solder Reborn outgunned the Sniper of the Skies. Will Wato break even or just break as Taiji works to keep his momentum?

The bell rings and the two circle. Wato and Taiji feel out the grapple, Wato gives a kick but Taiji shrugs it off. Wato shoots in but Taiji blocks to a facelock. Taiji gets a waistlock, Wato slips out but Taiji again uses a facelock. Wato spins out of that but Taiji spins back. Taiji gets an arm, wrenches, but Wato rolls to wrench back. Taiji gets to ropes and flips through to hammerlock. Wato wrenches out and hammerlocks back, but Taiji drop toeholds to a headlock. Wato makes it a cover, ONE! Taiji hits another headlock takeover, Wato headscissors but Taiji kips free, and the fans cheer the standoff.

Taiji and Wato reset as the fans rally up. They tie up, Wato trips and runs but Taiji hurdles then drops. Wato leaps over, they keep going. Wato hurdles to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Taiji sits up but Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS him from all sides. Wato then brings Taiji up, whips him to ropes but Taiji reverses, slides under, drags Wato down and WRINGS the arm! Taiji gets the arm for a cobra clutch! Wato endures, fights up, but Taiji ripcords him for a shoulder ram. Taiji then WRINGS Wato out again! Taiji gets the arm and pulls on it, but Wato endures and reaches out. Fans rally, Wato fights up, but Taiji wrenches him down again, only for Wato to get the ropebreak!

Taiji lets go, drags Wato up and wrenches the arm again, to then top wristlock and wrangle Wato back to the mat. Wato moves around, Taiji keeps on the arm and isolates it, to then STOMP it! Wato clutches the elbow while Taiji paces. Fans rally up, Taiji kicks at Wato but Wato elbows back. Taiji ROCKS Wato with a forearm, then wrenches to hit an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Fans rally up but Taiji drags Wato up and has the arm. Taiji bends it back, moves it around, but Wato fights. Taiji keeps after the arm then SNAPS it back! Wato clutches the elbow and fans rally up again.

Taiji gives Wato more toying kicks but Wato back elbows and CHOPS. Taiji CLUBS Wato down, then whips, but Wato reverses to CALF KICK Taiji out! Fans rally up, Wato builds speed and FLIES! The Tornillo hits at the ramp and fans fire up! Wato drags Taiji up, puts him in the ring, and fires himself up as he aims from the apron. Wato springboards but Taiji gets under. Wato runs back but is put on the apron. Wato ENZUGIRIS Taiji away then springboard FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Wato as Taiji gets up, and Wato fires off kicks! Sobat, front kick and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Wato waits for Taiji to rise, but Taiji avoids the screw high kick! Wato blocks Taiji’s boot to sobat back! Wato whips, Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Wato goes to a corner, Taiji runs in and blocks the boot to put Wato in the ropes! SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up with Taiji as he gets back in. Taiji drags Wato up, hammerlocks and arm then drives elbows into the shoulder over and over and over. Taiji drags Wato up, half nelsons and scoops, SHOULDER BUSTER! Wato writhes, Taiji covers, TWO! Wato is still in this but he clutches his arm while he writhes.

Taiji drags Wato back up as fans rally up. Taiji gut wrenches, but Wato slips out and SCREW HIGH KICKS Taiji down! Wato drags Taiji up, wrenches and reels him in, but Taiji fights the mouse trap! So Wato steps over to make it an OCTOPUS HOLD! Taiji fights up, heads for ropes, but Wato brings him around for the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Taiji escapes but Wato fires up. Wato drags Taiji up, scoops, but Taiji slips out! Taiji blocks the roundhouse, gut wrenches and hits CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down but fans fire up! Taiji takes aim and says BANG before he drags Wato back up. BLOODY-

NO! Wato slips out, tilt-o-whirls and rolls up, but Taiji rolls through, only to get caught to a cradle! TWO!! Taiji blocks the roundhouse and tilt-o-whirls for a TAKEDOWN, into the BONE LOCK!! Wato crawls, Taiji rolls him from ropes! Wato taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The Bone Soldier bends Wato and Wato breaks! Will Taiji be able to continue this run until he’s the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH!

The Funky Weapon was so worried about the House of Torture that Sho got one over on him! But the Direct Drive hasn’t had any luck at all. Will this be where rubber meets the road for Yoh?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, let off then tie up again. Taguchi shoots in, gets a leg, but Yoh blocks with a facelock. Yoh gets around to a waistlock but Taguchi switches. Yoh gets an arm, Taguchi rolls but Yoh wrenches to a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, wrenches back, grinds the shoulder as he gets the wristlock, but Yoh rolls to trip Taguchi. Yoh has a toehold, Taguchi fights back with a chinlock, then he hooks Yoh with a leg. Taguchi wants an armbar, Yoh rolls it to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as the two reset. Yoh and Taguchi tie up, Yoh headlocks. Taguchi pries at the hold but Yoh squeezes tight.

Taguchi powers out, things speed up, Taguchi side steps again and again to keep Yoh moving. Yoh manages to whip Taguchi and turn the tables on him! Then Yoh hits a drop toehold and adds a basement dropkick to the butt! Fans cheer while Taguchi holds his butt, legs stuck up in the air. Yoh stomps but Taguchi doesn’t feel it? Yoh stomps again but Taguchi stays prone on the mat. The ref checks on Taguchi and then starts a standing count! It reaches 5, Yoh shouts at Taguchi to get up, and Taguchi springs up at 9! Fans cheer and Taguchi rushes in, but Yoh arm-drags to an armlock! Taguchi endures, fights up, but Yoh wrenches to CLUB the arm.

Taguchi writhes and clutches his arm. Yoh brings Taguchi up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh wraps on a headscissors necklock to keep Taguchi down. Yoh squeezes tight but Taguchi endures. Fans rally up as Yoh puts on as much pressure as he can. Taguchi kicks around and gets the ropebreak! Yoh lets go but stomps Taguchi down. Fans rally while Taguchi sputters. Yoh drags Taguchi up, but Taguchi throws body shots and then a CHOP! Taguchi kicks, Yoh kicks back then whips. Yoh elbows Taguchi down, covers, TWO! Taguchi is down again but Yoh drags him up to throw a forearm! And another!

Taguchi goes to a corner but Yoh wrenches and whips him corner to corner. Taguchi reverses, Yoh goes up and over then atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh runs but Taguchi somersaults to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down. Taguchi gets up, fans rally, and he runs to hip attack Yoh at the ropes! And then again! And then he slides out, to apron KICK! Taguchi aims from the apron to springboard and MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Taguchi looms over Yoh. Taguchi brings Yoh up, snap suplexes for Uno Amigo! Snap suplex again for Dos Amigos! Yoh fights the third but Taguchi fights Yoh’s suplex to complete THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up, Taguchi gets Yoh up and chicken wings, but Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!! OH MY GAR- NO, Yoh victory rolls through! TWO!! Taguchi mule kicks, whips but Yoh reverses to dropkick Taguchi down! Taguchi bails out, Yoh builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and both go down! Fans rally up as the ring count starts. Yoh is up at 10 of 20, gets Taguchi up and in at 15, then brings Taguchi up for a suplex. FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Taguchi back up, reels him in to full nelson but Taguchi breaks free! Taguchi runs but is sent at the corner. Taguchi goes up and up and jumps, into an atomic drop!

Yoh spins Taguchi to ROLLING ELBOW him down! Fans fire up as Taguchi goes to a corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, then he RAMS his shoulder in. Yoh puts Taguchi up top, CLUBS away on him, then brings him up. Taguchi resists the superplex, throws body shots and shoves Yoh down. Yoh staggers, but he comes back to ROCK Taguchi with a haymaker! Yoh goes up but Taguchi still fights the superplex! SUPER GOURD BUSTER to Yoh! Taguchi powers up and leaps, FLYING BUMAYE! And then he aims from the corner as he calls on the powers of Strong Style, “OHYA~!” But Yoh rolls up Bumaye! TWO!!

Taguchi mule kicks, runs, but Yoh handsprings to avoid the hip attack! SUPERKICK and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives but Yoh fires up! The fans fire up, too, and Yoh drags Taguchi up for underhooks. Taguchi fights out but swings into a full nelson! Taguchi breaks free again and drop toeholds to the OH MY GARFUNKEL! Yoh endures and scrambles around, but Taguchi drags him from ropes and chicken wings! Yoh blocks the Dodon so Taguchi makes it a TIGER SUPLEX! Fans rally up as Yoh drags himself up in the corner. Taguchi kips up! Taguchi runs in to HIP ATTACK in the corner!

Taguchi keeps moving, but Yoh gets him for a DRAGON SUPLEX! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Yoh staggers up, brings Taguchi up and reels him in to suplex. Taguchi knees free, but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs, into an ENZIGURI! Taguchi gets Yoh up, chicken wing, DODON GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Taguchi fires up! Taguchi drags Yoh up, chicken wings again, DODON BUSTER!! Cover, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)

Yoh is down to 0-4! At this rate, he won’t be the Best of the Super Juniors, but will he even get any points? As for Taguchi, will he be able to fight his way to the top?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS SHO!

The Black Mask is just a step behind the Murder Machine, and looks to change that here! Will Sho be on the other end of a shocking loss this time? Or does the house always win?

The bell rings and the two stare down as fans rally up. Bushi waits on Sho but Sho plays his games, so Bushi runs in to elbow Sho into the corner! Bushi rains down forearms then stomps away! The ref backs Bushi down but Bushi gets Sho up to whip. Sho reverses but Bushi RANAS him down! Bushi gets Sho up, suplexes to hang him out to dry, then CLUBS him on the back. Bushi goes to the corner to dropkick Sho down! Bushi goes to the apron then drags Sho through the ropes. Sho fights off the draping DDT and bends Bushi’s fingers! The ref reprimands, counts, but Sho lets go at 4 to sweep the legs! Sho runs to dropkick Bushi off the apron!

Fans rally up and Sho goes to the apron now. Sho PENALTY KICKS Bushi down! Sho then drags Bushi up to bend fingers, knuckle lock and whip Bushi into railing. Bushi falls in a heap but Sho bends the fingers again. The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4, and then Sho puts the arm through railing to pull the hand! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Fans rally while Sho smiles and stomps Bushi down. Sho drags Bushi up to put him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Sho gets annoyed but he pulls Bushi’s shirt off him to choke him with it! The ref counts and Sho lets go, complaining that the count was too fast!

Fans rally up, Sho stands on Bushi’s face. Bushi pushes Sho’s foot away to then fire off forearms. Sho rakes Bushi’s eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops, but then Sho kicks, only for Bushi to block! Bushi then spins Sho around to DDT! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sho rolls around towards ropes and Bushi goes after him. Bushi drags Sho up to throw more forearms, and Sho wants mercy. Instead, he gets Bushi’s shoe in his neck! The ref counts, Bushi lets off and Sho sputters in the corner. Bushi stands Sho up, whips him corner to corner but Sho reverses. Sho run sin but into a swing kick! Bushi goes up top to missile dropkick! Sho bails out during the BUSHIROONI!

Fans fire up as Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Sho hits railing! Both men are down and the ref checks. Fans rally up as both men are okay to continue. A ring count starts but Bushi fires up! Bushi gets Sho up an in at 5 of 20, then drags him up to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Sho writhes but he’s still in this. Bushi drags him back up, fisherman but no screw as Sho slips out. Sho shoves Bushi at the ref but Bushi blocks the low bow! Bushi ROCKS Sho, runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Then Sho SPEARS Bushi down! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Sho crawls to a corner, then aims from the ropes. He PENALTY KICKS Bushi’s arm!

Sho gets the arm for a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Bushi fights up, Sho drags him down, and wrenches back on the arm! Fans rally as Bushi endures! Bushi moves around, fights up, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK with a foot! The ref counts, Sho lets go at 4. Fans rally again as Sho drags Bushi by the bad arm. Sho knuckle locks and wrenches to then kick and kick and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho waits for Bushi to rise, and he runs, but Bushi swats the clothesline away! Sho comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sho drags Bushi back up, tucks the arms, CROS ARM PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Bushi survives!

Sho aims his bow and drags Bushi back up. Sho reels Bushi in, pump handles, SHOCK- NO! Bushi slips out, Sho blocks the kick and ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Sho staggers, Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Sho drops Bushi to then reel him in for SNAKE BITE! Bushi endures, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Sho lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Sho gets up, brings Bushi around, pump handles again, but Bushi back drops free! Sho comes back with boxing elbows, then runs, into an ENZIGURI! Bushi runs, but into a JUMP KNEE! Sho roars and runs, into a dropkick! Bushi runs again to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Sho survives but Bushi keeps his cool. Fans rally as Bushi goes to a corner and climbs up. Bushi leaps, but Sho again uses the ref as a shield! The ref goes down, Sho LARIATS Bushi down! Sho then hurries back over to his corner and brings out the WRENCH! Sho waits for Bushi to get up but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! LA MAGISTROL! But the ref can’t count, he’s still down! Bushi would’ve won by now! Bushi lets Sho go and Sho LOW BLOWS! Sho gets his wrench again, and CLOBBBERS Bushi with it! Sho gets the ref up now, drags Bushi up and reels him in, SNAKE BITE!! Bushi is already out, the ref calls it! Sho wins!!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

The House of Torture didn’t need to step in this time, either! Sho did Bushi dirty all by himself! Will the Murder Machine stay spotless until the end?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo!

The Sniper of the Skies is falling, but the Headbanga is rising. Timing is everything, so is this the right time for ELP to break even?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, Eagles manages to push ELP back but ELP pulls hair to put Eagles on the ropes. The ref reprimands, ELP lets off with a slap to Eagles. Eagles slaps back! Eagles then headlocks, ELP powers out to get Eagles in a headlock, but Eagles powers out, only for ELP to run him over. ELP flexes, fakes Eagles out on the drop down, then struts about. ELP says he’s too smart, but Eagles trips him. Things speed, up, Eagles handsprings over ELP to strut around. Eagles comes back, dodges and RANAS but ELP handsprings through to strut again. ELP mocks the fans applauding, but Eagles goes up and around to arm-drag!

Things speed up again, Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! And WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as ELP bails out, but Eagles runs, fakes him out and springboards back to mock ELP’s strut. Fans rally up while ELP seethes. ELP gets in the ring, talks trash then throws a forearm. Eagles forearms back, ELP forearms Eagles again. Eagles forearms, ELP knees low and headlocks to a takeover. Eagles headscissors, ELP kips free but runs into a headlock takeover. ELP headscissors but now Eagles kips free. Fans cheer, but ELP sweeps and covers. ONE, ELP jumps the sweep to body scissor clutch, TWO! Eagles has the cover, TWO!

ELP sunset flips but Eagles rolls through to jackknife! TWO as ELP bridges up. ELP gets Eagles for a backslide, TWO! Eagles switches the hooks, backslides ELP, TWO! ELP blocks a kick but Eagles dodges the sweep. Eagles jumps aside to avoid the dropkick, and both men handspring up to aim finger guns at each other. Fans cheer the stand off, but then ELP throws a forearm. Eagles give sit back and they go back and forth with forearms! The fans rally up, Eagles ROCKS ELP but ELP hits back. Eagles ROCKS ELP again, but ELP comes back with another forearm. Eagles steadies himself, he and ELP start firing off fast hands! Fans fire up, but the two do slow down.

Eagles fires off several forearms, then sobats, front kicks, only for ELP to stomp his foot! The loaded boot may have just crushed Eagles’ toe! ELP gets up to do jumping jacks, just to mock Eagles. ELP stands on Eagles’ arm and STOMPS the hand! ELP tortures the fingers by bending them all over, and he SNAPS the pinkie! ELP wrenches, knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and all around, to jump and CLAW Eagles on the back! The ref reprimands but ELP puts Eagles in a Tree of Woe. ELP digs his boot in, goes corner to corner, and then just stands on Eagles’ groin! The ref counts, ELP hops down at 4.

ELP stands on Eagles’ head and taunts him. Fans rally up, ELP snapmares Eagles and hushes the crowd, so he can just clamp on a chinlock! ELP mocks the fans with how they can’t boo, and then he jumps an elbow into Eagles’ head. Fans rally as Eagles fights up, but ELP cravats. Eagles throws body shots, runs, and rolls ELP to a takedown and basement dropkick! Fans rally, Eagles gets ELP up to cravat. ELP slips out of the standing Sliced Bread and elbows Eagles to then run, but into Eagles’ BOOT! Eagles runs but into a mule kick from the loaded boot! Eagles falls out of the ring and sputters on the outside!

The ref checks on Eagles, fans rally up but ELP goes outside. The ref questions the boot but ELP defends it’s normal. ELP puts Eagles in, kicks him around, then drags Eagles up to a BACKBREAKER! ELP bends Eagles back in the backbreaker rack, then picks him up for another BACKBREAKER! ELP bends Eagles again, fans rally as Eagles endures. ELP pulls hair, but Eagles fights with knees. ELP elbows Eagles against his own knee, then scoops. Eagles slips out to CLAW ELP in return! And rolling kick tot he leg, then a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Eagles sits ELP up to KICK away on his chest!

Eagles runs, ELP eggs him on, LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags ELP up, but the arm holds back the suplex. ELP whips, Eagles reverses and DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back as ELP sits down, METEORA! Eagles sits ELP back up, another METEORA! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags ELP by a leg, stomps away on it, then steps through. ELP punches away on Eagles to avoid the leglock, but Eagles hits a spinning toehold! Eagles tries again but ELP kicks him out of the ring! Fans rally up, ELP drags Eagles up to the apron but Eagles Tiger Feints to sweep the legs! ELP hobbles, Eagles springboards, missile dropkick to the legs! Cover, TWO!

But Eagles holds the leg to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! ELP endures, crawls around, reaches out, but Eagles put smore pressure on the legs! ELP flails, grits his teeth, reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets off at 4, then grabs a leg. ELP holds ropes, but Eagles stomps him and rolls him, hooks him up, but ELP rakes eyes to avoid the backpack! Straitjacket torture rack, but Eagles slips out! ROUNDHOUSE! HEEL KICK! But ELP ROUNDHOUSES back! Fans fire up, ELP gets Eagles up, SAIDO! But Eagles is right up to BACK SUPLEX! ELP lands hard but he’s back up, only to get a SUPERKICK and POISON-RANA!

But ELP’s right back up!? Only to fall right out of the ring! Fans rally up and a ring count starts on ELP. Eagles takes a moment to catch his breath, ELP staggers around outside then falls over. ELP manages to stand up, Eagles DIVES! Direct hit and into the railing! Quite the crash and burn! Eagles crawls and the fans rally up as he sits up. The ring count starts, Eagles stands right away. Eagles gets ELP up, puts him in the ring at 8, and he goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Eagles climbs and aims. But ELP kicks the ref into the ropes and that trips Eagles up! ELP crawls over and climbs up the corner to poke Eagles in the eye!

ELP then throws forearms, climbs up more, and has Eagles for a TOP ROPE SUPER STEINER!! ELP then jumps up and takes aim, THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and ELP is frustrated, but the fans fire back up. ELP hobbles to ropes, gets Eagles up and reel shim in. But Eagles back drops! Eagles sits on the sunset flip, TWO! ELP kicks but Eagles blocks to SLAP, CHOP, and- ELP HEADBUTTS Eagles to stop the backpack! ELP straitjacket torture racks Eagles for a BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Eagles survives and ELP can’t believe it! Fans fire up again while Eagles is dazed. ELP gets to a corner and gets his boot just right.

Eagles flounders, ELP aims, but Eagles isn’t rising. ELP stands him up but Eagles flops right back over! ELP sees him flounder to ropes and decides to be like The Cleaner! V-TRIGGER! And then Electric Chair Lift, but Eagles turns it to a sunset flip! TWO!! Eagles catches ELP for a backslide, TWO!! ELP STOMPS the hand! And BUZZSAWS! Then he tucks Eagles in, gets the arms, but Eagles RANAS out of the CR2! EAGLES WIN!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

ELP can’t believe it! Eagles snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Will Eagles be able to mend his wings before the next round so he can fly again?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Desperado VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Just as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion gets on the board, he faces his toughest challenge yet! He and the Ticking Timebomb have already had quite the rivalry, what happens in this next chapter?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other! They ram shoulders, throw forearms and fans rally up as they go back and forth! Desperado CHOPS so Hiromu CHOPS, now it’s a CHOP fight! They keep going, then make it tin o a SLAP fight! Slap for slap, then back to forearms! Desperado tackles Hiromu and rains down forearms! Hiromu turns it around to give those forearms back! Hiromu drags Desperado up and we’re back to forearms back and forth! ELBOW LOCO! But Hiromu comes back to forearm again! Desperado throws another, Hiromu hits back again. Desperado ROCKS Hiromu but Hiromu comes back again. Desperado COHPS again, so it’s back to CHOPS!

CHOP for CHOP, back and forth, over and over and fans rally as they speed up! Hiromu gets the edge, backs Desperado down, then fires off in the corner with forearms! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu gets one more in before he lets off. Fans cheer, Hiromu runs in to SHOTGUN Desperado down! Fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” as he drags Desperado up. Desperado slips out of the suplex but Hiromu elbows him way, Things speed up, Hiromu jumps to get D! The triangle hold has Desperado down but he scrambles around. Hiromu squeezes as tight as he can but Desperado windmills and flails his arms.

Desperado starts fading out but the fans rally up, and he gets a second wind to the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets him free and Desperado goes outside, Hiromu follows to whip Desperado hard into railing! Desperado flops up and over, and Hiromu mockingly asks what’s wrong. Hiromu drags Desperado back up and to ringside to whip him hard into more railing! Again, Desperado flops up and over! Red Shoes wants this back in the ring and fans rally up as Hiromu fetches Desperado. Hiromu brings Desperado onto the apron, hooks him up in the ropes, and gets space to then DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Desperado flops to the floor and clutches his arms.

A ring count starts, Hiromu gets Desperado up and in at 7 of 20. Hiromu covers with a knee, ONE! Hiromu CLUBS Desperado on the neck, Desperado throws body shots but Hiromu CLUBS him again. And CHOPS him in the corner. Hiromu whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines, then snapmares to run, but into a SPEAR! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Desperado drags Hiromu up, reels him in, suplexes high and hard! Desperado then drags Hiromu up to throw him out. Hiromu CHOPS but Desperado CHOPS. Desperado rakes eyes then whips Hiromu hard into railing! Hiromu crashes to the no man’s land but Desperado follows.

Desperado drags Hiromu up and back to ringside. Desperado wrenches to whip Hiromu into even more railing! Again, Hiromu flops into no man’s land. Desperado leaves Hiromu behind while Red Shoes checks. Hiromu is writhing but okay to continue. Fans rally up as the ring count starts again. Hiromu gets up at 12 of 20, hobbles over and takes a few more seconds to get in at 15. Hiromu chops but Desperado kicks the bad leg! SHINBREAKER! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Hiromu clutches his leg, writhes, but Desperado clamps on with a chinlock. Hiromu gets a ropebreak but then Desperado stands on the bad leg. Desperado stomps it then YANKS it!

Hiromu hobbles away to a corner, Desperado goes over to choke Hiromu on the ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Desperado lets off to stomp the bad leg again! Fans still rally but Desperado taunts Hiromu. Where’s all that energy from earlier? Hiromu gets up to chop and chop, but Desperado CHOPS Hiromu off his feet! And again Desperado stomps the bad leg. Desperado grabs the leg and turns Hiromu, but Hiromu resists the turnover. So Desperado drops knees into the gut! Then he gets the HALF CRAB! Desperado sits deep, but Hiromu crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu goes out, Desperado follows and he POSTS Hiromu!

Desperado looks under the ring and brings out a chair! He drags Hiromu along up the ramp, sets the chair down then scoop SLAMS Hiromu onto the ramp. Desperado then gets the chair, the cushion is already loose so he just takes it off, and uses the frame to SMACK Hiromu’s bad leg! Red Shoes hurries out and reprimands, but Desperado SMACKS the bad leg again! Red Shoes confiscates the chair and Desperado goes back to the ring. Desperado mockingly tells Hiromu to get back to the ring already. Hiromu crawls, gets in the ring, and fans cheer, but Desperado is right on the bad leg. Cover, but Red Shoes refuses cuz of the shenanigans.

Desperado is upset, he would’ve won here! But then Hiromu comes back with forearms! Desperado hits back and we’re back to the brawl! The fans rally up as Desperado eggs Hiromu on. Hiromu throws more forearms but Desperado kicks the bad leg. Cover, TWO! Desperado is annoyed but he paces around. Desperado drags Hiromu up, Hiromu holds ropes to block the whip. So Desperado kicks the bad leg then stomps Hiromu down! Fans rally up as Desperado stands on Hiromu’s head. Hiromu pushes him away but Desperado kicks Hiromu down! Desperado drags Hiromu up and whips, but Hiromu can barely run!

Hiromu somehow makes it to the ropes, and then dodges Desperado to RANA! Maybe he was playing possum? Or was it a bit of adrenaline? Desperado comes back and drags Hiromu up to whip corner to corner. Hiromu reverses then runs in to clothesline! Hiromu snapmares, powers through and basement dropkicks! Then Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Desperado crashes into railing and fans fire up with Hiromu! Hiromu gets Desperado back in the ring, and gets him for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets up, walks off the pain in his leg, then fireman’s carries. Desperado slips off as Hiromu heads for the corner!

Desperado runs in, blocks the kick and puts the leg in the ropes to then dropkick the other leg! Desperado then SPLASHES the leg! Cover, TWO! Desperado is frustrated but he stomps away on Hiromu’s bad leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Hiromu kicks with the free leg so Desperado rolls him and scoops. But Hiromu slips out, only to jam the bad leg! Desperado runs but Hiromu dumps him out! Fans rally up, Hiromu gets space so that he can run in! SUNSET FLIP, but the bad leg jams again! Desperado gets in to DIVE! Direct hit with the somersault tope, but they both crash into railing! Did Desperado just do damage to his own legs there?

Desperado drags himself from the railing while the ring count starts. Fans rally hard as Desperado gets up at 8 of 20. Desperado gets in the ring at 10 but Hiromu is still down. The count reaches 15 of 20, Hiromu flounders and gets in at 19! Desperado drags Hiromu back up, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Desperado is frustrated again but he drags Hiromu up. Double underhook but Hiromu wrenches out! ELBOW LOCO! Desperado rehooks but Hiromu breaks free to fireman’s carry! Desperado slips off again, but Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks and fireman’s again. CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Hiromu roars!

Hiromu drags Desperado up, fireman’s carries again, but Desperado escapes to torture rack, and OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives, Desperado roars! Desperado drags Hiromu up, hooks and lifts, but Hiromu RANAS free, to TRIANGLE D!! Desperado fights up to deadlift POWERBOMB! But Hiromu holds on!! Desperado endures, fans fire up, and Desperado deadlifts again for another POEWRBOMB! But Hiromu still holds on!?! Desperado keeps moving around, Hiromu tries to stop him, but Desperado gets up again to aim at ropes! But Hiromu turns bomb into headscissors and sends Desperado into railing!

Fans are thunderous as they rally for “HI-RO-MU!” Hiromu runs and SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! Fans fire up while Desperado writhes on the mat! A ring count starts, fans rally up and Hiromu manages to stand at 13 of 20. Hiromu hobbles into the ring at 14, Desperado is still down at 15! And at 18! Desperado springs to life at 19 and gets right in the ring! Fans rally as both men are still in this! Desperado grits his teeth as he glares at Hiromu. Hiromu crawls over and the two go forehead to forehead. Hiromu throws a haymaker, Desperado throws a forearm. Hiromu throws another forearm, Desperado CHOPS! Hiromu CHOPS, Desperado CHOPS!

Hiromu CHOPS, Desperado needs a second, and then he kicks the bad leg! Hiromu throws another forearm! Then he catches Desperado, spins him, RANA, but Desperado turns D into the STRETCH MUFFLER! Hiromu endures as Desperado reaches for an arm! NUMERO DOS!! Hiromu endures, reaches out with his one free arm, but Desperado drags him away from ropes, gets him up, SPINEBUSTER! But Hiromu rolls Desperado to a cradle! TWO!! Desperado has the leg but Hiromu SLAPS him away! Hiromu kicks but misses, only to catch Loco Mono into D!! Fans rally as the time is running out! Desperado fights up, deadlifts again, but Hiromu slips out to go for a lift!

Desperado resists to back drop Hiromu! Hiromu sunset flips and high stacks! TWO!! But Hiromu gets Desperado in a cradle, TWO!! Desperado gets up, Hiromu wrenches but Desperado rakes eyes! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS! Desperado runs but into Hiromu’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Time is running out and fans are electric! Hiromu himself fires up and drags Desperado up. He gets the bad leg going so he can run, into LOCO MONO!! Both men are down again but the fans are electric as Desperado roars! Desperado gets Hiromu up, underhooks and PINCHE- NO! Hiromu fireman’s carries!

Desperado slips out but Hiromu suplexes! Desperado knees free, runs in, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the buckles! Literally last minute here as Hiromu drags Desperado back up! Suplex, VICTORIA! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and we’re down to mere seconds! Hiromu tries the inverted suplex, Desperado drags Hiromu down to the mouse trap! TIME’S UP!!!

Time Limit Draw (each get 1 point)

A 30 minute classic that just needed one more minute to be decided!! What a way to end the newest chapter of this story between Rogue Luchador and Ticking Timebomb! Both men are frustrated, but Hiromu crawls over to Desperado to promise they’ll settle this next time. Desperado seems to agree, but in order for these two to meet again any time soon requires one to win this tournament! Will they be fighting less for a title match and more for their rivalry?


Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 4-0, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-1, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-1-1, 5 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-2, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
El Desperado: 1-2-1, 3 points
El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
YOH: 0-4, 0 points

My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ! Though we already got Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun in the World Tag League, seeing it here in BOSJ was pretty cool. I figured Kanemaru would win, Douki’s had his fun. I figured Ishimori would win, but Wato gave him a pretty good match. Taguchi’s matches continue to be a lot of fun, and Yoh’s story continues to be that he’s losing, still struggling to prove he belongs. Sho still cheated but he won on his own, so that was a bit of a surprise. Sho and Yoh are on a collision course at this point with one undefeated and the other winless. I feel like Yoh could be a spoiler and there’s a “wrench in the plan” joke to be made from it.

Eagles VS ELP was a very good match, a lot of fun with the posturing and taunting early, and Eagles seems to be redeeming himself from his earlier losses, including losing the title. Desperado VS Hiromu being a classic wasn’t just kayfabe. That 30 minute time limit draw was insanely good. Those guys are awesome rivals, and this was a great way to give some depth to the story. It seems Desperado has yet to beat Hiromu 1v1, this will only motivate him more in their next rematch, not to mention the rest of these matches.

My Score: 8.9/10

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

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?



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?


  • 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.


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!



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!


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


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

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