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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/23/21)

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Undefeated teams battle in the main event!

Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Sanada & Naito are undefeated, but so are Yano & Tanahashi! Will LIJ be able to trump The Joker & The Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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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

 

World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

Blue Justice and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion are floundering at the bottom of the block, but they could still change their luck! Will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter be the first to fall? Or will Goto-Hashi always #GetBackUp?

The teams sort out, and fans cheer as Goto starts with Nagata. They circle, tie up, and Nagata waistlocks. Goto wrenches free to a wristlock but Nagata wrenches through and around to then wristlock back. Goto gets the ropes so Nagata lets off clean. They go again, Goto waistlocks but Nagata wrenches the arm. Goto puts Nagata on the ropes, lets off slowly, pats the shoulders then CHOPS! Nagata shrugs that off and KICKS away on a leg! Nagata fires forearms, Hashi tags in as Nagatao whips and Goto reverses. They double shoulder Nagata down, then coordinate, only for the hip toss senton to miss! Nagata kicks and throws Goto out then stomps Hashi down.

Nagata tags Tiger Mask and he kicks away on Hashi in the corner. Tiger snapmares and wraps on a chinlock. Tiger then gets the arms and pulls back, and stands on Hashi’s back for a deeper motorcycle stretch. Hashi endures, so Tiger jams an elbow into Hashi’s forehead. Tiger brings Hashi up to rock with a forearm, then another against the ropes. Tiger KNEES low, then again, and he KICKS Hashi to an open corner. Tiger snapmares Hashi down, has the arm for a grounded cording hold, but Hashi endures. Tiger lets off to drop a knee on Hashi’s head! Cover, TWO! Tag to Nagata, he snapmares Hashi and KICKS him in the back! Nagata BOOTS Goto for good measure!

Nagata wrenches Hashi’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Nagata CLUBS Hashi then wrenches again to another ELBOW BREAKER! Nagata kicks the bad arm, then brings Hashi up to knee him low. Nagata KICKS Hashi in the chest but Hashi eggs him on! Fans rally up and Nagata KICKS again. Hashi stays up, blocks the next kick to CLUB the leg, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! Nagata runs but into a BLOCKBUSTER from Hashi! Fans rally while both men are down and crawling. Hashi makes it over, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on Nagata, hits Tiger Mask, but Nagata hits back. Nagata runs, Goto follows and LARIATS Nagata down!

Goto stands Nagata up for forearms, then whips him to a corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto fireman’s carries but Nagata slips off! Goto fires off forearms, whips but Nagata rolls to dodge! Nagata fakes Goto out to dropkick the legs out! Nagata runs and boots but Goto blocks to get a waistlock! Nagata elbows out but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS! Fans rally up again while both men are down, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi CHOPS Nagata in the corner! Hashi whips to CHOP again! And then mule kick to a turn, but Nagata fights the neckbreaker. Hashi CHOPS again, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee!

Tag to Tiger Mask and he sobats Hashi, then sobats again! Hashi ends up in a corner, Tiger Mask KICKS him down! Tiger gets Hashi up to the top rope, climbs up, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up as Hashi resists. Hashi throws body shots, knocks Tiger down, but Tiger ROCKS him with a haymaker! Tiger goes back up, underhooks the arms, but Hashi fights again! So Tiger changes it to a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO!! Tiger gets Hashi up, underhooks the arms but Hashi blocks and slips out. Tiger gets a crucifix takedown! TWO, but Tiger gets the arms! DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Goto runs in but into Nagata’s CROSSFACE! Goto-Hashi endures dual submissions!

Tiger changes to have a hammerlock and pulls Hashi way back! But Hashi uses that to get a ropebreak with a foot! Goto-Hashi are let go and Nagata kicks Goto out. Nagata and Tiger double whip Hashi to a corner, and Nagata runs corner to corner to BOOT! Nagata feeds Hashi to Tiger’s sobat, then Nagata reels Hashi in for an EXPLODER! Tiger gets Hashi up, underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Goto breaks it in time! Nagata throws Goto back out, Tiger drags Hashi up and reels him in to chicken wing the arms. Hashi fights the Tiger Suplex and backs Tiger into buckles! Hashi dodges Tiger’s clothesline to spinning mule kick!

Goto gets in, hooks Tiger up, Hashi runs in, BLOCKBUSTER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Hashi gets the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Tiger endures and fans rally up while Goto keeps Nagata out. Hashi gets Tiger’s arm for the Kimura-Fly but Nagata gets in to CLUB Hashi! Goto goes after Nagata and whips him to a corner. Goto whips Hashi in but Nagata dodges! Nagata waistlocks Goto but Goto ducks and Hashi SUPERKICKS! Tiger BOOTS Hashi, but Goto gets him for a suplex! Goto-Hashi combine but Tiger fights out! But Goto ducks the clothesline and Hashi SUPERKICKS! Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to Ushigoroshi throw, then Hashi gets the legs! SHOKOU! Cover, Goto-Hashi wins!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask earn 0)

Another big win for Chaos! Will they be able to keep going until they’re at the top? As for Blue Justice and Tiger Mask, will they have to try harder next round to finally get on the board?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

#TenCozy is struggling, but not as bad as the House of Torture. Will Darkness Fall when the Tokyo Pimp & King of Darkness take on these #ThirdGen members?

Bullet Club Low Sweets and then they go after TenCozy! The bell rings to get this on record as Evil CLUBS Tenzan down and Yujiro puts Kojima in a corner for stomps and CHOPS! Evil and Yujiro whip TenCozy at each other but TenCozy reverses to send Evil and Yujiro crashing into each other! Fans fire up as TenCozy stomps Yujiro then whips him to ropes for double shoulders! Then they go after Evil for forearms, Mongolian Chops, repeat! Kojima adds his own Mongolian Chops! Tenzan stomps Evil while Kojima goes to the corner. Tenzan CLUBS Evil, and CLUBS him again. Evil rakes Tenzan’s eyes! Evil whips Tenzan in, and surprise! Bare buckles in the blue corner!

Evil DECKS Kojima and Kojima hits railing! Evil drags Tenzan outside and RAMS him into commentary! Commentary is sturdier than the timekeeper’s area, but Evil gets a chair to JAM Tenzan in the stomach! Evil wants them to clap but no one claps. Evil stands on Tenzan’s chest, then puts him in the ring. Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues the count but the ref defends it. Tag to Yujiro, he whips Tenzan into the bare buckles! Tenzan falls, Yujiro covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro rains down fists on Tenzan’s head. Yujiro lets off to tag Evil and he uses the House of Torture sure to choke Tenzan! Kojima protests but the ref keeps him back. Evil lets off to cover, TWO!

Tag to Yujiro, he drags Tenzan up. Tenzan throws body shots and haymakers but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags in Evil and he drags Tenzan back while egging Kojima on. The ref keeps Kojima back while Evil puts Tenzan in a cobra twist. Dick and Yujiro link up with Evil, and Evil gets away with it before the ref sees. Cover, TWO! Evil again argues the count but then he taunts Tenzan. Tenzan hits back with big forearms! Evil rakes Tenzan’s eyes! Evil runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima rallies on Bullet Club, kicks and whips but Evil reverses, only for Kojima to CLOBBER him!

Evil hurries to a corner but Kojima runs in to stomp and MACHINE GUN CHOP! Yujiro runs in but gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima lets Yujiro go so he can fire off MORE CHOPS on Evil! Kojima whips Evil to a corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Evil down so he can climb up, but Evil grabs at the ref to keep him from seeing Dick trip Kojima! Dick RAMS Kojima into railing, then puts him in for Evil to cover. TWO, and Evil is annoyed. Evil stands on Kojima’s head while fans rally up. Evil drags Kojima up, Kojima fires off forearms! ROLLING ELBOW! Then a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Kojima drags Evil up to cravat but Evil pulls hair to stop the cutter. Kojima kicks and runs but stops as Dick has a chair! The ref reprimands Dick, Evil reels Kojima in. Kojima elbows free and runs but Yujiro trips him up! Evil tags Yujiro in, Yujiro knees low then knees Kojima against ropes. Yujiro runs to BOOT Kojima! Yujiro keeps going but Kojima kicks him to COZY CUTTER! Fans rally up and Kojima crawls, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Yujiro and fans fire up as he fires off Mongolian Chops! Yuijro ends up in a corner, Tenzan stomps and headbutts, then CHOPS and stomps. Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines!

Tenzan calls his shot, but Yujiro BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro CLUBS the arm, then throws forearms. Tenzan hits back, Yujiro staggers, but he blocks the boot to throw Tenzan down! Basement boot! Evil gets in to baseball slide Kojima! Evil and Yujiro double whip Tenzan, Yujiro runs in and BOOTS! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil then fisherman’s but Tenzan resists, and suplexes Evil away! Yujiro kicks Tenzan, runs but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Cover, TWO! Tenzan stomps Yujiro, drags him up, but Yujiro BITES the hand again! Yujiro runs, but into the TENCOZY CUTTER! Tenzan covers, Evil breaks it!

Kojima kicks Evil, CLUBS him then kicks him out. Dick gets up but Kojima DECKS him! Kojima goes out after Evil while Tenzan puts Yujiro in the ANACONDA VICE! Yujiro fights up but into the ANACONDA BUSTER! And the vice is back on! Dick distracts the ref, the ref wants to confiscate the choker! Tenzan lets Yujiro go, Evil shoves him into the ref! Evil LOW BLOWS Tenzan! But Kojima fires off on Evil! Armband comes off but Evil gets around to LOW BLOW! CANE SHOT from Yujiro! The House of Torture sets Tenzan up, CANE SHOT! Yujiro drags Tenzan up, for BIG JUICE! Cover, the House of Torture wins!

Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TenCozy earns 0)

By hook and by crook, Yujiro & Evil are on the board! How much lower will they stoop as they look to get up the block?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

The Great Bash Heels are hungry for that first win, but the Crown Jewel & Rogue General might be a bit too much. Will Everyone’s Kokeshi & Rampaging King Kong bite off more than they can chew here and choke in round 4?

The moment GBH is in the ring, Chase & Fale pounce! The bell rings to put this on record as Fale chokes Makabe and Chase stomps Honma. Honma fights back, turns it around, as does Makabe. Honma whips Chase in and Chase collides with Fale. Honma then runs Chsae over, and Makabe whips Fale into Honma’s lariat! Fale stays up, so Makabe lariats! Fale still stays up, GBH double whip and double shoulder him down! Fans fire up as Honma stomps Fale. Fale gets up, Honma clubs him with elbows. Honma tries to scoop but Fale’s really big. Fans rally up as Honma keeps trying, but he has to give up.

Honma ducks the big haymakers, tries again, but falls over with Fale’s weight! Fale covers, TWO! Chase gets in to DECK Makabe! Fale stomps Honma, drags him up and bump him off buckles. Tag to Chase, rams into Honma over and over, then throws a hard body shot! Chaes stomps Honma, digs his knee into the stomach, but lets off as the ref counts. Chase drags Honma around, stomps and digs his heel in, then stomps again. Tag to Fale, he and Chase stand on Honma’s back! Salute! Chase hops off to egg Makabe on while Fale adds as much weight as he can. Fale lets off, covers, TWO! Fale drags Honma up, fans rally, and Honma CHOPS and CHOPS, but Fale ROCKS him with a body shot.

Tag to Chase, they mug Honma, Fale DECKS Makabe! Chase gets Honma up, he and Fale double whip to then body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase wraps on a bearhug and squeezes Honma. Chase headstands to add as much pressure as he can on the hold but Honma endures. Chase lets off to knee Honma in the back, then he stands on Honma’s head while he tags Fale. Fale stomps Honma, drags him up, then scoops to SLAM him. Fale runs to drop an elbow, but misses as Honma moves! Fans rally up, Honma crawls over, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rams Fale, DECKS Chase, then clotheslines Fale in the corner! Makabe climbs up to rain down fists!

Chase stops Makabe, whips him away, but Makabe reverses and runs in to clothesline! And then he clotheslines Fale! Back to Chase! Back to Fale! Makabe laughs and fans fire up as Makabe brings Fale around. Fale blocks the lift to CLUB away on Makabe. Fale runs but Makabe LAIRATS! Cover, TWO! Makabe drags Fale up, puts him in a corner and fires forearms. Makabe whips corner to corner, Fale reverses then runs in to SPLASH! Fale shoves Makabe down to drop the elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Makabe survives, but Fale is on him with big clubbing forearms! Fale runs but into a SPEAR! Fans rally up while both men are down! Hot tags to Chase and Honma!

Chase BOOTS and clubs away with elbows. Chase uppercuts, runs, but into a back elbow! Honma runs to run Chase over! Fans fire up and Honma puts some stank on his CHOP! And again! And again! Honma whips corner to corner and back elbows! Then BULLDOGS! Honma fires up and runs, KOKESHI! Fans fire up while Chase writhes. Honma gets Chase up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Honma and Makabe coordinate while Chase gets up, CLOTHESLINE SANDWICH! Honma runs to add the RUNNING KOKESHI! Cover, Fale breaks it! Fale also knocks Makabe down, then he choke grips Honma! The ref reprimands, Makabe saves Honma but Fale hits him back.

Chase knocks Makabe down, and then Bullet Club gets Honma. But Makabe stops the Grenade again! Chase swings but Makabe counter punches! Makabe fires haymakers on both Chase and Fale, but Fale CLUBS Makabe. Fale throws a body shot, he and Chase whip but Makabe breaks the clothesline! Chase ducks Makabe’s clothesline but Fale is staggered. Chase gets Makabe but Makabe fights off the Grenade! Makabe elbows Chase away, then runs, to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Bullet Club down! Honma gets up, Makabe whips Chase his way for the LEAPING KOKESHI! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives but GBH fires up!

Honma gets Chase up but Chase fights the scoop! Chase throws a body shot, fires off a strike fest, but Honma headbutts! Honma runs but Chase DUNK the headbutt! SHI TRIGGER! Then he gets Honma up and tucks him in, PACKAGE DRIVER! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

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

Chase & Fale get another one! Are they proving that Bullet Club still has more than one strong tag team?

 

World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Guerrillas of Destiny!

To think the Blue Playmaker and Meanest Man in the World would be winless after three! But can they pounce on the Silverback and Good Bad Guy after they fell last round? Or will Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga redeem themselves here at Suzuki-Gun’s expense?

Suzuki-Gun doesn’t even wait for GOD to make it to the ring! They brawl at the entryway! Taka has Tama and POSTS him, Suzuki headlocks Loa to smack him off the apron! Taka stomps Tama down, Suzuki ROCKS Loa. The ref reprimands but the attack continues! Suzuki even mugs Jado and puts him in a sleeper hold! Suzuki throws Jado down, takes his kendo stick, and uses it to choke Loa! The bell rings to put this on the record and the ref reprimands. Taka lets off Tama, Suzuki drags Loa up so Taka can BOOT him! Suzuki puts Loa in the ring, then Suzuki gets in and eggs him on. Suzuki kicks Loa around, stomps him down, then eggs him on more.

Loa throws shoulders, body shots, but Suzuki headbutts Loa down! Tag to Taka, Taka stomps Loa down. Taka drags Loa up, knees him low then whips him to ropes. Loa reverses and CLOBBERS Taka! Loa throws Taka out, Tama goes after Taka and bumps him off the apron! Then throws him into railing! Loa goes after Suzuki the same way! Taka is sent into railing, then Tama chokes him! Loa whips Suzuki into railing! Tama claws Taka on the back! Loa chokes Suzuki with cable! The ref reprimands, a ring count starts, but Tama lets off to put Taka in the ring for Loa. Loa drags Taka up and tags Tama in. Scoop SLAM then slingshot senton! Tama takes off the vest!

Tama stomps Taka, the ref has to keep Suzuki back because he has a chair! Suzuki lets the ref have the chair but the ref won’t let him go after Tama. Tama CLUBS Taka in the chest, but he talks trash to Suzuki. Tama stands Taka up to dropkick him down, then he DECKS Suzuki! The ref has to keep Suzuki out again, Tama tags Loa. Snap suplex to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa sits Taka up for a chinlock and grinds him to the mat. Taka endures, flails around, but Loa sits Taka up to lean on him. Tama eggs Suzuki on as he has Jado’s kendo stick but Suzuki gets the chair! They duel on the outside! Suzuki is backing Tama down but Tama bumps Suzuki off the apron!

Loa sets Taka down while Tama headlocks and rakes Suzuki’s eyes. Loa stands Taka up to headbutt! Loa brings Taka around to whip and clothesline in the corner! Tama stands Taka up, claws at his face, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Taka crawls but Loa stands him up to dragon sleeper and backbreaker! Then Loa suplexes and holds Taka up for a JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Taka crawls to the open corner. Loa runs in to clothesline! Then he whips Taka corner to corner, but runs into boots. Loa comes back but Taka dodges to SHINING WIZARD! Taka flounders, hot tag to Suzuki!

Suzuki BOOTS Tama down, then throws knees on Loa. Suzuki whips corner to corner then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki snapmares Loa down to run and PENALTY KICK! One foot cover, TWO! Suzuki eggs Loa on, kicks him around, then KICKS him in the chest. Loa snarls but Suzuki KICKS again! And again! Loa roars, Suzuki ROCKS him with a right! Suzuki runs, into a SPEAR! Loa crawls, tag to Tama! Tama drags Suzuki up to fireman’s carry but Suzuki slips off to SLEEPER! Tama elbows free, whips but Suzuki reverses and follows, ducks and SLEEPERS! Taka tags in to BOOT Loa down! Suzuki-Gun double whips and Taka clotheslines! Suzuki BOOTS!

Suzuki brings Tama around to ROCK with a forearm! Taka aims, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, Loa breaks it! Suzuki drags Loa up but Loa DECKS him! Taka BOOTS Loa! Tama SUPER FOREARMS Taka! Taka runs to BOOT Tama! Taka scoops, but Tama slips out, NECKBREAKR! Fans fire up as Tama gets Taka up, but Suzuki SLEEPER HOLDS! He spins Tama, but Loa CLOBBERS Suzuki! Loa and Tama get Suzuki up, MAGIC KILLER!! Tama wants Taka to get up, and Loa talks trash right to his face! Taka slowly stands, the Guerrillas set him up, but Taka fights out of Magic Killer! Taka forearms and CHOPS Tama, then SLAPS Loa!

Taka runs, into the back suplex NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but he pounds the mat. Taka flounders, Tama aims, GUN- NO! Taka shoves Tama down, LA MAGISTROL! TWO!! Tama escapes, gets Taka up but Taka CALF KICKS! Taka fires up, but runs into GUN STUN!! Cover, Guerrillas win!!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

Another round, another loss, but Suzuki wants more! The Young Lions hold him back and get him out of there! So Suzuki takes it out on them with the CHAIR SHOTS! Will Suzuki & Taka ever get on the board? As for Tama & Loa, will they keep fighthing until they find their way back to the top?

 

World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS The Dangerous Tekkers!

Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare won against Suzuki-Gun, but it didn’t really feel like it with Suzuki himself continuing the fight. Will they have an even worse time against the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

The Dominator doesn’t move from the center so the Holy Emperor “sings” right in his face. The Submission Master boasts, but the Ultimate Weapon is raring to go. The teams sort out, Khan starts against Zack Sabre Jr. Fans rally up as the two circle. They feel things out as they go around. Khan shoots in but ZSJ blocks to facelock. Khan slips around but ZSJ switches it back. ZSJ keeps the facelock but Khan gets away and the two stand off. They reset while fans cheer, and the two go again. ZSJ headlocks, Khan wrenches an arm, but ZSJ goes for a leg. Khan gets a chinlock to fight the toehold, but ZSJ fights up.

Khan keeps on ZSJ with an armlock but ZSJ turns that around. Khan rolls, ZSJ tries a cover, ONE. Khan keeps moving around to get the gut wrench! ZSJ lands on his feet, wrenches to a top wristlock and he wrangles Khan down! Khan scrambles around, and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets off, to STOMP the arm! ZSJ drags Khan up to wrench, then he tags in Taichi. ZSJ tortures the arm while Taichi stomps Khan down. Khan stomps Khan more then snapmares for a KICK to the back! Cover, TWO! Taichi stands on Khan’s hair, then on Khan’s arm. Henare gets in and goes after Taichi but Taichi kicks and CLUBS him down. Taichi goes after Khan but end sup in an IRON CLAW SLEEPER

Henare BOOTS ZSJ down then mugs Taichi with fast hands. Khan hits Mongolian Chops! Khan gets Taichi up for Henare to knee low and hard! Taichi writhes on the mat, the ref reprimands Henare but Khan chokes Taichi! The ref reprimands Khan now and counts, Khan stops at 4. Khan mockingly asks what’s wrong, then he clamps the iron claw into the ribs! Taichi gets the ropebreak but Khan stops at 4. Khan laughs at Taichi’s pain, then he drags Taichi up at the ropes. Khan facelocks and brings Taichi over, Henare tags in.

The United Empire mugs Taichi more. Taichi gives back kicks but Henare eggs him on. Henare then DECKS Taichi with a forearm and rains down more shots in the corner. ZSJ gets in but Khan intercepts to throw him down! Henare digs his boots in, the ref counts, Henare lets off. Khan gets in the ref’s face, and Henare digs his boots back in. The ref still counts, Khan adds on! The ref gets Henare to stop but Khan gets away with the heel in Taichi’s ribs. Henare drags Taichi up, fans rally, Henare suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Henare keeps cool as he drags Taichi back up. Henare gives Kowata Kicks to Taichi, but he’s more toying than anything.

Taichi gets up and KICKS Henare’s leg. Henare ROCK Shim with a right! Henare whips but Taichi reverses to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tag to ZSJ! ZSJ runs and BOOTS Khan off the corner! ZSJ EuroUppers away on Henare, then eggs him on. Henare ROCKS him with forearms and CHOPS and then another forearm! Henare eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ wrenches and PELES the arm, then sweeps the legs! PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE! Henare is up but ZSJ give shim more EuroUppers. Henare ROCKS ZSJ again! ZSJ gets a leg to trip Henare and KNEE JAMMER! And another!

ZSJ paces, gets the leg for a modified toehold, using his head as a point of leverage against the ankle, then another KNEE JAMMER! Fans rally while Henare clutches his leg. ZSJ kicks at Henare, Henare gets up and ZSJ KICKS the leg! And again! Henare seethes, jumps the kick but ZSJ ducks a kick to fire off palm strikes, Henare ELBOW JABS! Then SPINNING KICKS into a HEEL HOOK! ZSJ has Henare down, Henare endures and crawls, fans rally up! Henare gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go but the damage is done. ZSJ stomps the leg, KICKS it, but Henare gets up. ZSJ KICKS the leg more, but Henare blocks to KICK ZSJ down!

Henare grits his teeth, KICKS ZSJ down again, then waits for ZSJ to get up. He KICKS ZSJ down again, covers, TWO! ZSJ blocks the next kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Henare breaks free but ZSJ boots him to a corner! ZSJ dodges Henare’s return to go up and around and GUILLOTINE! Henare stays on his feet and powers up to suplex free! ZSJ lands to wrench and OCTOPUS, but Henare powers out to a SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up while both men are down. Henare crawls, hot tag to Khan! Khan DECKS Taichi, blocks ZSJ’s boot and drops to get ZSJ for a HEEL HOOK! ZSJ flails and reaches, but he turns around to get Khan for a HEEL HOOK!

Khan fights up to a cover, TWO! Khan goes for an arm, ZSJ reels him in for an Octopus, but Khan fights that off. ZSJ chinlocks, but Khan gets HITSUJIGOROSHI! ZSJ is fading as Khan thrashes him around! Khan then scoops, but ZSJ slips out and body scissors. Khan blocks the takedown to pop ZSJ into the iron claw! ELIMI- NO! ZSJ has the TRIANGLE! Khan stays standing, even as ZSJ pulls his arm! Khan lifts ZSJ, pops him around to a waistlock, but ZSJ elbows free to SAYANAGI! Both men are down after the throw, ZSJ tags in Taichi! Taichi KICKS Khan in the chest, and again, and again! Khan flops over but Taichi makes him kiss his boot! That’s usually Khan’s thing!

Taichi drags Khan up to give him Kowata Kicks! Khan fires up and iron claws the ribs! Taichi breaks free to CHOKE Khan! The ref counts, Taichi lets off at 4 to then whip Khan to a corner. Khan reverses, runs in but misses! GAMANGIRI! Henare gets in to whip Taichi, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up because OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi waits for Khan to get up, but Khan ducks the buzzsaw! Kahn swings but Taichi gets around, DANGER- NO! Khan slips out and gets a bearhug! Taichi throws elbows but Khan squeezes tighter! Taichi BELL CLAPS free! Khan staggers, Taichi comes back, but into HITSUJIGOROSHI!

But then Khan scoops Taichi for a BACKBREAKER, and Henare STOMPS Taichi down! Cover, ZSJ breaks it! Henare throws ZSJ into a corner and chokes him! Khan calls for it as Henare keeps ZSJ down in a corner. Khan clamps the claw onto Taichi, drags him up, ELIMIN- NO! Taichi slips out to SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! And ZSJ drags Henare down to an STF! Then DOUBLE ARMBAR! Khan refuses to quit, but Taichi cranks harder on the plum! Khan pushes forward and falls to the ropebreak! The Tekkers let the Empire out of the submission holds and fans rally up. Taichi snarls while Khan crawls away.

Taichi gets up, Khan follows. Taichi runs to BOOT! Khan Mongolian Chops! Taichi sobats, Khan BOOTS, Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Taichi roars as he rises and he drags Khan back up. DANGEROUS SAIDO! Fans fire up while Taichi crawls to the cover, Henare breaks it! ZSJ stomps Henare out of the ring! ZSJ leaves it to Taichi and he gets back up. Taichi aims from a corner as Khan rises. TENSHOU- NO! Khan dodges, but Taichi boots the claw away! Khan blocks the superkick to iron claw! ELIMIN- NO! Taichi CHOKES Khan, ZSJ joins in, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!?!

Fans are thunderous and the Tekkers regroup. They drag Khan up, Alabama, but Henare POUNCES ZSJ! HEEL KICK for Taichi! Then SPIN HIGH KICK! Henare fires off on ZSJ, snapmare but ZSJ snapmares back to NECK TWIST! ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper Khan! And give more EuroUppers Khan gets around, Iron Claw to the ELIMINATOR!! Khan roars, kicks ZSJ out, and aims at Taich. Taichi trips him up, TAICHI STYLE GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Khan narrowly escapes, but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES! But Henare fireman’s carries! Taichi slips off, Henare blocks the boot to body shot! IRON CLAW PUNCH! Fireman’s carry, FLAPJACK CUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Dangerous Tekkers earn 0)

The champions have lost! Khan & Henare just got their biggest win as a team! Will the United Empire be primed to take these titles, even if they don’t win World Tag League?!

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito!

Who would’ve guessed that The Joker & The Ace would make such a strong combination? But Los Ingobernables de Japon promised to take the tournament, completely untouched! Will they keep their word through the fourth round? Or will Yano & Tanahashi use love and energy, and a little bit of mischief, to keep the streak alive?

Naito seems to have his own sash to mock Yano’s. Yano gets impatient that Naito has to take that off on top of his fancy suit. Tanahashi shows off the muscles again and Yano then goes through the selection process. This time, it’ll be Yano who starts! Naito parodies Yano, even pointing to Tanahashi. In the end, LIJ fist bumps and they both step out. What? That’s not how this works! Yano gets impatient and wants someone to step up to him. So both LIJ members step in. They all do the school thug crouch! Finally, Sanada starts for his team and fans cheer. Yano crouches, Sanada just stares at him. Sanada then steps up to crouch with him!

Yano gets up, Sanada trips him up! Yano scrambles to avoid Paradise, so Sanada stomps him down. Sanada drags Yano up, whips him corner to corner but Yano reverses. Yano gloats but Sanada gets him before he can get the buckle! ROLLING CRADLE! They go around and around and around, and around, and around and around, and then Sanada covers. TWO, and Yano staggers around dizzily! Sanada trips him up but Yano kicks him away! Yano crawls away to tag Tanahashi in! Naito tags in, and fans cheer as the two circle. “Let’s Go, Ace!” starts up and Tanahashi tie sup with Naito. Naito gets around but Tanahashi switches.

Naito switches, Tanahahsi switches, Naito drags him down but Tanahashi switches back. Tanahashi headscissors, keeps Naito down, but Naito moves around to pop out and have the toehold. Tanahashi fights back, rear mount, and headlock! Fans cheer the exchange but Naito powers up. But Tanahashi holds tight as Naito tries to power out! Naito rolls to a cover, ONE, Tanahashi keeps the headlock. Naito throws body shots, powers out again, Tanahashi runs Naito over! Things spee dup, Tanahashi drops an elbow on Naito’s drop down! Sanada get sin but gets a kick! Yano & Tanahsahi double whip to double shoulder Sanada down!

Yano kicks Sanada out, Tanahshi scoop SLAMS Naito, to drop the elbow! Tanahashi goes up the corner but Sanada stops him! Sanada brings Tanahashi down and they fire forearms back and forth! Tanahashi gets th eedge, whips but Sanada reverses to double clothesline with Naito! They split the wishbone, then double basement dropkick! Sanada intercepts Yano at the apron, and uses the ropes as part of the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up while Naito RAMS Tanahashi into commentary! Red Shoes doesn’t want to touch the Paradise Lock so Yano’s stuck. Naito kicks and punches Tanahashi, to then whip him into railing!

Naito goes back to the ring, he wants the ring count on Tanahashi. Red Shoes starts the count, Naito looks down on Yano and acts like he can’t hea rhim. Tanahashi gets in at 13 of 20, Naito gets him up and tags in Sanada. LIJ mugs Tanahashi, Yano still wants to be set free. Sanada wrenches and CLUBS Tanahashi’s arm, then CLUBS him on the back. Sanada throws haymakers, and he DECKS Tanahashi. Sanada gets the legs and ties Tanahashi up in Paradise! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. They do get louder, and Sanada runs over to dropkick Tanahsahi out of Paradise, and into Yano! Yano gets knocked free, Sanada covers Tanahashi, TWO!

Sanada brings Tanahashi over, Naito tags in and mugs Tanahashi. Naito throws forearms, whips corner to corner then runs in to jump kick! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Naito mocks the crouch, then stomps Tanahashi. Tag to Sanada, he drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him on the back. Tanahashi fires up to forearm. Sanada forearms back, and they go back and forth. Tanahashi fires off fast hands but Sanada dropkicks his legs out! Tag to Naito, he drags Tanahashi up. Fans rally as Naito cravats and wrenches the neck. Tanahashi throws body shots and is free to fire forearms! Naito fakes the punch to rake the eyes!

Naito reels Tanahashi in for back elbow after back elbow! Tanahashi goes to a corner, but he elbows back. CROSSBODY! Fans rally up as both men are down! Hot tag to Yano! Yano unties the buckle pad! Naito runs in, avoids the buckles, but Yano throws the pad to him. Red Shoes wants the pad, Naito points it at Yano. Red Shoes grabs the pad, Yano SLAPS Naito on the head! And then he unties another buckle pad! Sanada stomps Yano down, then Naito joins in. Tanahashi gets in but Sanada kicks him. Naito and Sanada take a buckle pad each, batter up! But Yano and Tanahashi both block, BUCKLE PAD DRAGON SCREW!

Tanahashi and Yano fire up, but Yano doesn’t want to dive. Tanahashi shouts for him to do it! Yano has no choice, but then Naito and Sanada trip them up and drag them out! Naito puts Yano into the ring, whips, but Yano holds ropes. Naito runs in, Yano dodges but gloats too long, Naito slaps Yano on the head! Naito runs but into an atomic drop! Yano has the legs but Naito pushes him away. Yano comes back, into an atomic drop! Naito has the legs, Yano drags him down to a cradle, TWO! Naito kicks, Yano blocks and pulls hair. Naito pulls hair, Yano breaks free but Naito full nelsons! Yano breaks free to full nelson but Naito breaks free to arm-drag and elbow, then basement dropkick!

Tag to Sanada, he fires forearms on Yano. Sanada whips, Yano reverses and pulls hair to throw Sanada down! Fans rally up, hot tag to Tanahashi! Sanada gets up, to get FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi fires up, drags Sanada up and scoop SLAM him into a drop zone! Tanahashi goes up the corner, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus as Sanada rises. Fans rally, Tanahashi runs, SLING- NO! Sanada sends Tanahashi into Naito’s atomic drop! Dropkick for dropkick, then fireman’s carry for the TKO! Cover, Yano breaks it! Naito throws Yano out and Sanada brings Tanahashi up in the dragon sleeper! Tanahashi endures, spins it around to a cradle, TWO!

Sanada forearms, Tanahashi dodges the rolling elbow to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Sanada stands, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS! Fans rally up and Sanada goes up! ROUNDING BODY- NO, he has to land on his feet! Yano grabs hair, Sanada breaks free, but atomic drop and CATAPLUT to SHOTEI! Tanahashi SHOTEIS Naito, Yano gets Naito and Tanahashi hits a DRAGON SCREW! Naito falls out of the ring Tanahashi runs at Sanada but into an O’Conner ROll! BRIDGE! LIJ WINS!!

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

The Ace got folded up, and now he and The Joker suffer their first loss as a team! Will they be able to redeem themselves in the next round? As for LIJ, they regroup, Naito telling Milano Collection AT they’ll hang out tomorrow. Sanada gets the mic to say he’ll “make a declaration in front of everyone. Sanada and Naito Te-chan will win the World Tag League in a snap. Sorry for the gimmick infringement.” Sanada also apologizes, but because of the lighting situation in the arena, he can’t give the fans a gift this time. But of everywhere in Kanagawa, Sanada loves Kawasaki the best. “OI, KAWASAKI! See You Next Time!” Will the Cold Skull and “Te-chan” stay hot this Fall and win it all?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 4-0, 8 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 3-1, 6 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 3-1, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-1, 6 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 3-1, 6 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-1, 6 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 1-3, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-4, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-4, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-4, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for World Tag League! Though, the surprises weren’t really until the second half of the night. For actual match action, I probably would’ve put Empire VS Tekkers as the main event, especially with the champions losing here. Since WrestleKingdom 16 is three nights, the first two nights could definitely give us Tekkers VS Empire in a rematch from this, winner takes on the WTL winner. The main event they went with makes sense, though, because they were both undefeated teams fighting to be THE 4-0 team at the top of the block. LIJ make the logical choices here, Sanada is pretty much the tag team specialist of LIJ, he and Naito are gonna make a run for those trophies.

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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