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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/16/21)

Raquel Gonzalez is coming for revenge!

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NXT Coverage 2021

Time for some serious payback!

Cameron Grimes returns to Duke’s Poker Room, Dexter Lumis looks to shut Tony D’Angelo up, and Raquel Gonzalez wants revenge on Dakota Kai for costing her the NXT Women’s Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony D’Angelo VS Dexter Lumis; D’Angelo wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Odyssey Jones & Jacket Time VS The Diamond Mine; Jones & Jacket Time win.
  • Andre Chase VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
  • Poker Showdown: Duke Hudson VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen; O’Reilly & Wagner win.
  • 2v1 Handicap: Persia Pirotta VS Gabby Stephens & Jenna Levy; Persia wins.
  • Raquel Gonzalez VS Dakota Kai; Gonzalez wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony D’Angelo VS Dexter Lumis!

Tony said “How you doin’?” to Indi Hartwell while also saying the Tortured Artist would be sleepin’ with tha fishes, and now he’ll try and make the message even clearer. But Lumis makes his entrance and reveals his latest work of art. TONY is the one sleeping with the fishes! Will Lumis look to leave the gun and take the cannoli?

The bell rings and Tony bails out! Lumis slithers out after him and chases him around the ring! Tony gets in, Lumis follows but Tony stomps him down! Tony CLUBS Lumis, throws haymakers, then whips him to ropes. Lumis reverses, Tony duck san dodges then fakes Lumis out. Tony says he’s too smart but he gets ROCKED, then hit with a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Lumis lets off, then runs to drop ax handles! Lumis brings Tony up, bumps him off buckles, and fans rally behind him as he throws body shots and uppercuts on repeat! Lumis brings Tony around, puts him in another corner and stomps him.

Lumis whips corner to corner, runs in but Tony dodges! Lumis turns around into a clinch and Belly2Belly! Tony scowls and stomps away on Lumis! Tony fires up, wraps on a chinlock and grinds Lumis down. Fans rally, Lumis fights up and throws body shots. Tony scoops and SLAMS Lumis, then talks some trash. Tony talks trash to Lumis but Lumis gets him in the SILENCE! Tony throws elbows to get free, but Lumis DECKS him with a right! And another! And then ROKCS him with an uppercut! Lumis frames the shot to clothesline but no bulldog as Tony slips away! But Tony gets caught at the ropes! Tony HOTSHOTS Lumis, then grabs the easel!

The ref reprimands, takes the easel away, but Tony pokes Lumis in the eye! BADABOOM! Cover, Tony wins!!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

The Fisherman Screw just screwed Lumis, but he springs right up! Tony bails out, and then Carmelo & Trick attack! They have their own beef with Lumis and Tony doesn’t mind. CODE BREAKER to a LEAPING LARIAT! Melo stomps Lumis while Trick fetches a chair! They put the chair around Lumis’ arm, and Melo goes up! Thumbs down, FLYING STOMP to the chair!! Lumis clutches his busted arm but here comes JOHNNY! Gargano runs Melo and Trick off while referees check on Lumis. Trick adds insult to injury by tearing up Lumis’ painting. Will Gargano find a way to get back at The A Champion and his sidekick?

 

NXT returns with Gargano on the mic.

A video plays to show us Indi helping Lumis to the back but Gargano says we don’t need to see it. Gargano calls out Carmelo Hayes for making this very, very personal. Originally, it was just about the title and proving Gargano is better than Carmelo. But now, Melo screwed with the wrong son-in-law! He screwed with Gargano’s family, and if you do that, Gargano kicks your teeth down your throat! Gargano knows Melo is still in the building so come back out to meet him face to face! But instead of Melo, he gets Pete Dunne! The Bruiserweight says no no, don’t try and warm into a title match. Gargano saw and watched Dunne pin Carmelo. Yeah, with Gargano’s help!

Dunne doesn’t need any help! But cheers mate, tell y’what. Fans troll with “Yes You Do!” And then Melo & Trick return! Gargano, just turn around. They come in from the crowd! Watch out, Grumpy & Dopey, Snow White is missing two dwarves. They’re right here bickering and battering. “I want Melo~!” “I beat him last week!” “But I deserve it!” “I don’t care!” Y’all make Trick sick! Dunne asks who even is that. Gargano knows! That’s the guy that carries Melo’s bags. Oh no no, you got it all wrong! Let’s keep it real, Johnny !If not for this title, none of them would be relevant. Melo is the leader of the new school-

“SHUT UP, MATE!” Dunne’s the same age, but with 10 YEARS more experience! Plus, he already has a win over Melo. But carry on, talk the talk. Gargano agrees, talk yo’ talk. Then how about this? They run it back, and Gargano can get his, too. In fact, do it at the same damn time! Oooooooh WOO! To sweeten it more, it’ll be for THE A CHAMPIONSHIP, the most important championship on NXT because it’s on Melo’s waist. It’ll be next week! When Melo shoots, he don’t miss! Uh, he missed last week. Well now, Melo’s only been here six months. Melo don’t miss, most of the time. But Gargano’s been here for five YEARS.

And ask anyone, Gargano in this ring, THAT is absolutely CAN’T MISS! So then next week, Gargano VS Dunne VS Melo, Triple Threat for the North American Championship, you don’t want to miss that! This could be the biggest match in the title’s history! But will Melo completely miss this shot? Will he even be involved in the decision?

 

Diamond Mine warms up backstage.

Malcolm Bivens says tonight, they show the entire world why they are the most dominant in NXT. Not as individuals, but as one group, one unit, under the direction of THE NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong. The Creed Brothers will- Wait, Joe Gacy walks in. Gacy says he enjoys a group of people can unite under one roof for a common bind. As a leader, Strong has a great responsibility to keep the door open to opportunities. Well if he wants to try out, it’s in a few weeks, $837.50, no refunds, no exchanges, “and it doesn’t matter what your credit card company says, but I digress.” If Gacy wants a shot, holla at him.

Just what Gacy wanted to hear. Thank you for the generosity. What does Mr. Inclusion have planned for a group as hardened as Diamond Mine?

 

LA Knight talks to ya.

“People look at me, and maybe what I wear, and they may get an opinion of me. Man, you don’t know who I am. Hell, you see this watch? Hey, man, I don’t need that. You can get rid of the shirt, you can get rid of the jacket, you can get rid of any of it, I’m still 100% a megastar because I don’t need any of that.” Knight can be labeled 2.0, 1.0, it doesn’t matter. He has a goal: NXT Champion. He feels uncrowned, but just he’s about to make that turn, Grayson Waller walks in like he’s somebody. Waller thinks he can just host Halloween Havoc? NO! Knight has done everything it took to get here, and what did Waller do? Just walked in through an open door.

So what does Knight have to do to Waller/ Break the brakes off him! Waller can tweet, post, swipe, Knight doesn’t need that trash! There’s one megastar in NXT, and it ain’t Waller. Is that enough for you?

 

Six Man Tag: Odyssey Jones & Jacket Time VS The Diamond Mine!

#SoundTheAlarm, it’s JACKET TIME! Odyssey is ready to go on a journey with Kushida & Ikemen Jiro in order to take down some common enemies. Will Roderick Strong and the Creed Brothers crack under this pressure?

The trios sort out, Strong starts against The Handsome One! They circle, tie up, and Strong shoves Jiro down to then CHOP Jones! Jones doesn’t even flinch! Jones reaches out, Jiro tags him in! But then Strong tags out to Julius Creed. Jones doesn’t mind, he circles with Julius. Julius shoots in, has the leg, gets around and becomes a backpack, but Jones throws him off! Jones CLOBBERS Julius, drags him up and over, tag to Kushida. Ax handle to the arm, then Kushida wrenches. Jones tags back in, he goes up and drops an ax handle of his own! Jones tags Jiro, Jiro climbs up and leaps, but Julius dodges to HALF HATCH Jiro to the corner!

Tag to Brutus, he drags Jiro up and scoops, but Jiro slips out to kick and throw haymakers. Jiro whips, Brutus blocks! Brutus whips Jiro to a corner, Jiro bounces off buckles into the gut wrench POWERSLAM! Brutus is like a junkyard dog as he crawls after Jiro and stomps him down. Brutus shoves Jiro over, tags in Strong and Strong fireman’s carries. Jiro slips off, shoves Strong then tags Kushida! Kushida rallies on Strong with palm strikes then an ATOMIC DROP! Whip and hip toss, cartwheel basement dropkick! Brutus gets in but Kushida dodges to PELE! Julius gets in but Kushida kicks and whips! Julius reverses but Kushida handspring back elbows!

But Strong CLOBBERS Kushida! Fans boo as NXT goes picture in picture. Strong stomps Kushida at the ropes, the ref counts and Strong lets off at 4. Strong soaks up the heat, drags Kushida up and CHOPS him to the corner. Strong throws knees, tags to Brutus, and Brutus fireman’s carry throws Kushida down. Brutus drops knees on Kushida’s arm, then kicks him around. Brutus drags Kushida up, double underhook and a stalling lift before the SLAM! Brutus tags Strong, he tags Julius, and Strong gets Kushida up for a GUTBUSTER! The brothers DOUBLE KNEE Kushida in the sides! Julius pushes Kushida around, then gut wrench suplexes Kushida away!

Julius drags Kushida from the corner, stomps him down, then tags in Strong. Strong drops an elbow, clamps on a camel clutch and pulls Kushida back. Kushida endures, fights up and throws body shots. Kushida fires off fast hands but Strong kicks him in the gut! Strong rains down fists at the ropes, and Bivens is there to talk trash. Tag to Brutus, he drags Kushida to drop an elbow on the leg, then drop knees on the knee. Brutus kicks Kushida around, pushes him around, then eggs him on. Brutus brings Kushida up, Julius tags in, and they mug Kushida. Julius scoops and dumps Kushida down, then clamps on a half nelson chinbar.

Kushida fights up, throws body shots but Julius shoves him away. Julius runs in but is sent into the rope! Brutus tries but he’s also sent into ropes! Hot tag to Jiro! Jiro rallies on Julius, JACKET PUNCH after JACKET PUNCH! Julius staggers to a corner, DISCUS JACKET PUNCH! Jiro fires up, DISCU SJACKET PUNCH again! Whip corner to corner but Julius reverses. Jiro goes up and over and JACKET SPANK! NXT returns to single picture as Jiro taunts Julius, then trips him to PENALTY KICK Julius in the butt! Strong gets in, Jiro dropkicks him down! But Julius scoops to SLAM Jiro down! And then kick him while he’s down, and rain down forearms!

Julius tags Brutus, Brutus gives his own ground ‘n’ pound. Jones rallies the fans for Jiro but Brutus drops knees on Jiro’s head. And again, but Jiro moves! Brutus clutches his leg, both men crawl, hot tag to Strong and he gets Jiro’s feet! Jiro boots Strong away, hot tag to Jones! Jones swats Strong down, then rallies with big body checks! And a FLAPJACK! Brutus gets in but gets sent into his brother! Then Jones back body blocks Brutus! Jones runs at Strong but Strong BOOTS him, then ENZIGURIS! Strong OLYMPIC SLAMS Jones!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Strong crawls to a cover, Jacket Time break it! Then they double dropkick The Creed Brothers!

Strong gets up, he gets a JACKET PUNCH! And a SHOTEI! And a CROSSBODY from Jones!! Cover, Jones & Jacket Time win!

Winners: Odyssey Jones & Jacket Time, by pinfall

Now that was a big win for Jones, Jiro & Kushida! Odyssey may be too big for the Cruiserweight title, but will this prove he’s worthy of some title opportunity in NXT?

 

The Grizzled Young Veterans are backstage.

They have the Women’s Tag Team Championships on their shoulders? Zack Gibson gets his Nana on the phone for video chats, and she thinks they’re REAL champions! He dedicates the victory to her! But they’ve gotta go, lots of new responsibilities. Gotta go! Bye~! Gibson hangs up, and says if that doesn’t secure him the “lion’s share” of the inheritance, he doesn’t know what will. Now they just have to put these back before Toxic Attraction is any the wiser. They weren’t just replicas?!

 

MSK’s journey continues!

Wes Lee & Nash Carter arrive at the next destination, and they’re ready to see “him.” Oh, wait. They gotta get through security. But their “supplies…” They argue who goes through TSA with “it,” and they somehow make it through. The shaman has to be better than ever. Someone just got $1500 in food vouches, 400 air miles and upgraded to first class, with a free blanket! They’re switching flights. What? Why? They gotta do this together, dude! But Carter goes alone on his flight and is pumped. They meet up at the airport, and MSK is almost there. And guess who Lee sat next to? The shaman? No! But someone who knows him! This guy is a master of tag teams!

Carter hushes Lee and says, “No more words. Let’s go find him.” But just who is worthy of such high expectations?

 

Andre Chase VS Xyon Quinn!

The (very tiny) student section is all fired up for their favorite short-fuse professor. But will this be a #TeachableMoment on when to call in sick? Or will the Gentleman Fighter get yet another win for the undefeated streak?

NXT returns as Quinn makes his entrance. The bell rings and Chase circles with Quinn. They tie up, Chase gets the arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Then a wristlock. Quinn wrenches right back and has the wristlock. Fans chant, “Chase U Sucks!” but Chase rolls, breaks free, and trips Quinn to then float all over him and slap him around. Quinn gets up as Chase grins, and Quinn blocks the kick! Quinn spins Chase, gets him up for a BIG Atomic Drop! Chase staggers around into a LARIAT! Quinn runs in again to CLOBBER Chase with a shoulder! Quinn goes corner to corner but Chase dodges! Quinn hits buckles, Chase hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Chase rains down rights on Quinn, drags him up by his ears, and snapmares him down to then stomp away while calling to his student section. Chase clamps on with a chinlock and thrashes Quinn around. Quinn endures, fights up, and picks Chase up in a fireman’s carry! Chase fights out with elbows then rains down more elbows into Quinn’s shoulder. Chase has the headlock but Quinn powers out and fireman’s carries. This time, the elbows do nothing. SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Quinn seethes, powers up, and Chase staggers up into a suplex, for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, Quinn wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

But Legado Del Fantasma attacks! Quinn throws Wilde out, then Mendoza. But they regroup and trip him up to drag him out! They mug Quinn, he still fights them off with big hands! Quinn sends Legado scurrying, but then ESCOBAR attacks from behind! The Emperor joins in and they stomp away on Quinn! They get Quinn up for Elektra Lopez to walk up. “No one says no to Elektra Lopez!” And then Escobar SLAMS Quinn down on the steel grating on the floor! Lopez gives one last look at Quinn, but leaves him behind. Is this how Lopez moves on from rejection?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.

In tonight’s main event, she looks to settle the score with Dakota Kai. What can we expect to see? Raquel hasn’t had a good night’s rest since before Halloween Havoc. Being a champion for over 200 days, the title becomes a part of you. She was taking it everywhere, from airports to appearances to the gym. But one shovel shot to the back, and Dakota ripped it all away. Now Raquel has to watch Mandy Rose walk around with the title. But Toxic Attraction is for later. “Dakota, you were jealous of my success, because you knew you could never beat me. Well tonight, I’m gonna beat the hell out of you. Tonight is about revenge! Make sure you bring that shovel, chiquita, because I’m gonna bury you with it.” Will Dakota be wishing she had stayed gone from NXT?

 

Poker Showdown: Duke Hudson VS Cameron Grimes!

The first time these two played cards, The Smug Hudson didn’t take the Carolina Caveman seriously, and Grimes hustled him hook, line and sinker. But now the table is in the ring, no limit Texas Hold’em! The rules of the game is explained, but Duke and Grimes surely know all this. Grimes is already laughing and smiling, but Duke say she doesn’t need luck. Luck is for losers, like everyone here. Luck is for a loser like Grimes! But while this isn’t Duke’s Poker Room, this is still Hudson’s ring, chips and cards. Tonight, Grimes becomes Duke’s BITCH. Some big words, big guy. But everyone here sees Duke is nervous! He’s sweating like Shaq at the free throw line.

But if Grimes remembers correctly, last week was chanting that Duke got played. Fans chant it now! Oops, did Grimes start something? Duke tells everyone to shut up, and the dealer to deal. First hand, and Grimes gets first action. A King of Spades and a Three of Spades. Grimes ain’t never seen two cards that he didn’t like. He starts the bidding at $500. Wade Barrett says Grimes has no idea what he’s doing. Duke’s hand is two Fives, a Diamond and a Club. Duke says this isn’t enough, he raises to $1000. Starting hot, huh? Big money game! Grimes is a big money player, too, so he calls. That makes the pot $2000.

The flop comes in and it is all hearts, a Five, Jack and Ten! So basically, Duke has a huge advantage. Grimes laughs it off, and says that flop looks good to him. Grimes will make it another $1000. Duke says he’ll end it tonight by going right to FOUR THOUSAND. Well that’s Duke’s problem! He tries to intimidate. But Grimes ain’t afraid o’ no man. Call. The pot is now $10,000! The turn is the Queen of Spades. That tips things slightly back towards Grimes, and Grimes says if you can’t handle the heat, get outta the kitchen! He puts up another $2000! What’s “Dukey” say? Duke gets annoyed by that, and he asks Alicia to tell the fans to shut up.

Alicia requests the fans stay quiet, but they don’t. If anything, they get louder just to stick it to Duke. Duke still calls, and we now have a $18 THOUSAND POT! The river is… a Seven of Hearts! That is ALL Duke now! Grimes says Duke has everything that it takes to be a big star player. But when it comes down to the moments that make you a star, Duke drops the ball. That’s okay, Duke! That’s okay. Today, right now, is Duke’s change all of that. Tonight is the chance to show everyone how big Duke’s balls are. Grimes goes ALL IN! Fans chant “TO THE MOON! TO THE MOON!” Duke tries to understand Grimes’ psychology, but Grimes asks if his balls are raisins or cantaloupes.

Duke paces around the ring a minute as fans taunt him with “RAISINS~! RAISINS~!” Duke says this keeps happening. Grimes trapped him last week, he’s trapping him now! Grimes’ smile is his tell! What? Grimes must have a flush, huh? Well if he knows that, then make the right call, Duke. Duke won’t get got again. Not this time. Then Duke will live to fight another day and fold. Grimes wins the hand and laughs it up. Grimes didn’t even knew Duke knew how to do that. Grimes, what did you have? Uh, this is the winning hand. NO! He has to know!! Duke grabs those two cards, and sees it wasn’t a flush at all! It was utter crap! “You got played! You got played!”

Duke is losing his cool over that, and he BOOTS Grimes right out of his chair! Duke stomps away on Grimes, drag shim up and tears up the suit! Duke rains down fists, then POWERBOMBS Grimes through the poker table! Duke is still fuming while fans lose their minds! Duke isn’t done there, either! He goes under the ring, finds a toolbox, and brings out a HAMMER! No, not good enough. He wants the SCISSORS! Duke goes to the ring, drags Grimes from the wreckage, and he starts cutting the beard!! And the hair!! Duke lost the game, and his cool, but will Grimes make sure he loses so much more than that?

 

Kyle O’Reilly finds Von Wagner backstage.

“Well if it isn’t Adam Pearce’s bodyguard.” Kyle saw SmackDown. But he’s not worried about that, or about their loss to Legado. What matters is tonight, and what do they do on Tuesdays? They go to work. Von isn’t worried, either. They’re going to handle business! But will they be able to take the fight to the bar fighting brothers in arms?

 

Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!

Kyle and Von might be an odd fit, but Briggs & Brooks get along like pork ‘n’ beans, mustard ‘n’ ketchup, or a couple o’ cold ones at a barbecue. Will Kyle and Von handle business and make inroads to the tag titles? Or will they end up well-done like steaks on the grill?

The teams sort out and Kyle starts with Brooks. The tie up, Brooks throws Kyle right down then does a two-step. Kyle kicks back, gets up and headlocks, but Brooks powers out to ram shoulders! Kyle ducks, KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Brooks hobbles, blocks a kick to scoop and SLAM, then drops an elbow, only to miss! Kyle headlocks, Briggs tags in as Brooks powers out, and the good ol’ boys double shoulder Kyle down! Briggs & Brooks run to slide out and DOUBLE HAYMAKER Kyle down! They fist bump but Imperium is watching very closely backstage. Briggs gets in, but Kyle clamps onto his arm! Kyle brings Briggs over, tag to Von!

Von and Briggs stand off as the two biggest men in the match, and they tie up! They push each other around, Briggs headlocks but Von powers out. Briggs rams shoulders but Von stays up. Von eggs Briggs on, Briggs shoves him but Von shoves back. Briggs throws haymakers, then whips, but Von ducks and dodges to SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Von, he gets Briggs in the corner and tags Kyle. Kyle KICKS, Von HEADBUTTS, repeat! Kyle wrenches Briggs’ arm to an elbow breaker, then KICKS the arm! Briggs elbows back, Kyle KICKS! Kyle whips but Briggs blocks, so Kyle KICKS the leg. Kyle whips, Briggs reverses but Kyle BOOTS Brooks! Only for Briggs to BOOT Kyle!

Brooks tags in, he kicks and stomps and hammers Kyle! Brooks fires up, brings Kyle around and bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kyle and he SLAPS Brooks! Brooks CHOPS Kyle! Then lariats, then CHOPS, repeat! DISCUS! Brooks shoves Kyle down, runs and drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Brooks drags Kyle up, whips him to ropes and picks him right up for a bearhug! Kyle endures the squeeze, Brooks powers him to the corner. Briggs tags in, and Brooks feeds Kyle to Briggs’ bearhug. Briggs RAMS Kyle into the corner, Brooks tags back in. Another feed, another bearhug! Kyle BELL CLAPS free! He dodges Brooks, tag to Von!

Von rallies on Brooks with big forearms, then reels Brooks in for a LARIAT! GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Brooks is on the ropes, staggers into Von’s clinch, COMPLETE SHOT! Von fires up and fans cheer him on. Briggs gets in but Von dodges and Kyle dumps Briggs out! Briggs stagger sup, Kyle hits a FLYING KNEE! BUTTERFLY SLAM from Von to Brooks! Cover, Von & Kyle win!

Winners: Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner, by pinfall

The odd couple rebounds, but Imperium shares their opinions. Fabian Aichner says, in Italian, “Looks like they are getting better.” Marcel Barthel says, in German, “They are getting better, but they are not on our level. There is nobody that is on that level.” Aichner agrees, not even close. Barthel adds that Kyle & Von “have a better chance getting a security job around here than beating us for the tag team titles.” Aichner laughs at that, and agrees, those two will never beat them. Are Imperium speaking the truth? Or are they just worried about what Kyle & Von can do?

 

Persia is with Indi outside the medical room.

Indi hopes Dexter is okay. But Persia says they have to focus, they have a match. But Dexter is getting checked at a medical facility. Johnny’s going, but Indi’s Dexter’s wife! Persia says she has this, Indi can be there for her man. Really? Thanks so much, Persia! Will Persia really be fine without her best friend in her corner?

 

NXT presents an all new Lashing Out.

Lash Legend welcomes us back to her show, and they gotta address the elephant in the room. Kay Lee Ray has the audacity to interrupt Toxic Attraction? We saw that look in KLR’s eye, and that’s girl code for “Something ’bout to get messed up.” But listen, KLR. You gotta realize that there’s three of them, and only one- Grayson Waller! He walks on stage and Lash can’t believe what he’s doing. But he just loves this show! And he has tea to spill. Oh he got tea? Well okay, spill! Waller heard what Knight said about him, not paying his dues and stuff. Why? Because Waller didn’t drive 500 miles to a high school gym to get a hot dog and a handshake? Seems kinda stupid to him, really.

There are all these veterans who sacrificed for so long to get where they are. They missed birthdays, hospital visits, and yet all Waller had to do was survive on a reality show in Australia, put out a video, and then WWE came to him! But hey, here’s a little secret. This business isn’t about wins and losses anymore. “The story of DIY journeymen finally achieving a boyhood dream… is DEAD!” Fans boo that, but Waller says it’s true. It isn’t about how many stars your matches get, but how many likes and followers you have. That goes for Knight and the veterans. They keep asking, “Whose game is it?” Well don’t be mad at Waller, but the game has changed, and it’s HIS now.

Waller storms off and Lash says, “Clean up on aisle 8, honey! The tea has just been spilt!” That’s all the time she has, see you all next time!

 

2v1 Handicap: Persia Pirotta VS Gabby Stephens & Jenna Levy!

Being the best friend she is, Persia is letting Indi stand by her man. But will Persia be able to stand after taking on two opponents at once?

The bell rings and Persia ties up with Jenna, to then shove her down! But then out walks Robert Stone. What’s his interest in Persia? But then Gabby tags in and blindsides Persia with forearms! Jenna joins in, but Persia fights them both off with kicks! Persia POSTS Jenna, then scoops Gabby to SNAKE EYES! Gabby staggers around, fans cheer Persia but Jenna tags in. Jenna comes back but Persia LARIATS! Persia corner splashes, whips corner to corner, and runs in to splash again! Persia keeps going and BOOTS Jenna down! Persia drags Jenna, Jenna kicks her away, and crawls to tag Gabby!

Gabby climbs up, Persia CLUBS her down! Persia then gets Jenna up, fireman’s carries her, and then adds Gabby to the stack! DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP!! Stone likes that, and so do the fans! Persia gets Gabby back up to SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Cover, Persia wins!

Winner: Persia Pirotta, by pinfall

Persia’s a powerhouse, and Stone is impressed! Will Stone look to rebuild his brand with Persia in mind?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.

A huge main event against Raquel tonight, and McKenzie brings up how Raquel vows to bury Dakota with the very shovel Dakota screwed her over with. Dakota laughs at that, and is McKenzie Raquel’s new bestie? Is Dakota gonna hit McKenzie with a shovel? Because maybe… Well ever since TakeOver, Dakota’s been lost. She isn’t even sure who she is anymore! Her mind is cloudy, so the only way to get rid of all that is to get rid of her past. That begins with ending Raquel! See, it all started at Halloween Havoc, and Mandy walks in to finish the sentence, “And it all ends tonight.”

Dakota looks at the title, and Mandy loves it, doesn’t she? They don’t just owe Dakota for that, they owe Dakota TWICE! Mandy keeps Gigi & Jacy from going after Dakota. But then the GYV finally return the belts! Gibson says some tech dorks were facetiming their grandma, pretending they were tag champs or something. Can you believe that? No, that’s pathetic. Who lies to their grandma? Uh, yeah, it is- Okay, bye. Gibson tells Drake that the best way to get away with a lie, is to hide it right next to the truth! Brilliant! Smashing!

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“On the premiere episode of NXT 2.0, NXT was in need a leader. The new champion was crowned. Enter Tommaso Ciampa, the greatest NXT Champion of all time. In a short two months, I have successfully defended this title here in the states and overseas in the UK. I carry her with integrity, respect, prestige. Then I look around this locker room, and there is a lack of integrity, a lack of respect. This new crop of talent… Y’know what? Screw it. I’ll address them in the ring.” Ciampa storms off, will he call out some specific superstars on the roster?

 

NXT hears from Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter.

When these two aren’t kicking ass in the ring, they go to as many music festivals as they can. Last week was EDC Orlando. There’s such an amazing feeling and vibe. The music, the lights, the craziness, it’s hard to explain. IT’s all about having fun and for a few hours, forgetting your problems. They’ve had some downtime, and they want to share that with the audience. Seeing a community come together to be themselves, that’s what they want in NXT 2.0. The life of the party is bring that party to the ring, who will be feeling the vibe?

 

Ciampa heads to the ring!

Ciampa wants us to bear with him and let him vent for a moment. There are guys in the back like Carmelo Hayes, who comes out here week after week, desperately trying to convince himself that he’s holding on to the A Title. Let’s be real for a second. Melo ain’t taking a shot in Ciampa’s direction, because he knows if he does, he won’t just miss. He’ll shoot an air ball. Ciampa then says there’s “little bitch ass Grasyon Waller.” Talking about how guys from Ciampa’s generation, them traveling around and working the indies like there’s something wrong with that! Like somehow Grayson~ Waller~ is above that?! “Well Grayson, I’ll tell you what you can do with my hot dog.”

Then there’s Tony freakin- Well, before Ciampa can tear into D’Angelo, here comes Bron Breakker! Fans bark it up for him as he joins Ciampa in the ring. Breakker says Ciampa is calling out guys who did the same things he has to make it to the top. Ciampa’s worried about Waller and Hayes, but he probably can’t stand this new crop of talent coming down. It pisses him off, right? Well that means NOTHING to Breakker! The only thing Ciampa should worry about IS Breakker, and if he’s not, Breakker will run through Ciampa and take that title!

Wow, that was powerful. Ciampa isn’t sure exactly how this works, but some place, there’s some guy in a truck who can pull up footage! Maybe the ending to their match at Halloween Havoc? Because Breakker seems to need a reminder. So magical man in the truck, please pull up the ending of that match? It does come up, and Ciampa gave Brakker knee after knee then the Fairy Tale Ending! Right, that was 1-2-3. Ciampa ain’t a math major, and Breakker probably ain’t either. But Breakker has a less than a 33 and one third chance of ever taking the title from him. Now Breakker can bark up the tree all he wants, but he’s just a puppy. Ciampa is the NXT CHAMPION.

Mic drop and Ciampa heads out! But will Breakker grow up and get another shot at that title?

 

Raquel Gonzalez VS Dakota Kai!

Once the closest of cohorts, now the worst of enemies! Big Mami Cool wants to crush Cobra Kai, but will she get bit by the snake that betrayed her?

NXT returns as Dakota makes her entrance. The bell rings, Raquel CLOBBERS Dakota, then dribbles her in the corner! Raquel stomps a mudhole but lets off at 4, only to come back with haymakers! Raquel whips corner to corner hard and Dakota bounces off buckles! Dakota bails out, Raquel chases her around the ring, and then RAMS Dakota into Plexiglas barriers! Fans are fired up as Raquel puts Dakota back in, then runs her down for a FLAPJACK! Dakota flounders out, Raquel is furious but she goes back out. Raquel runs in around the way, to FLAPJACK Dakota on the ramp!

Dakota crawls, Raquel drags her up and bumps her off the apron. The ring count is 5 of 10, Raquel fireman’s carries to lift and SLAM Dakota on the apron! Dakota kicks back from the apron, then PENALTY KICKS! Raquel staggers back into the ring, Dakota rushes in, ducks and dodges but Raquel elbows her away! Raquel puts Dakota in the corner, dribbles her more, and then shouts, “I TRUSTED YOU!” Dakota is smiling?! Is she enjoying this?! Raquel gets Dakota up, Dakota blocks the suplex but Raquel CLUBS her down! Dakota scrambles, shoves Raquel and kicks back, but Raquel dribbles her off buckles again!

Raquel bumps Dakota off the corner, then keeps her from running away! Raquel gets Dakota in a gut wrench, Canadian rack, and then a BACKBREAKER RACK! Dakota endures, then Raquel RAMS her into a corner! Dakota ends up on the top rope, and Raquel wants her to look her in the eyes. Then she CLOBBERS Dakota with a EuroUpper! Raquel runs in but POSTS herself as Dakota moves! Raquel flops out of the ring, staggers up, and Dakota comes in to BOOT her down! Fans boo as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dakota grits her teeth, is riding the line of anger and joy, then refreshes the ring count to club away on Raquel. Dakota pushes Raquel onto the apron to SLAM an arm on the edge! Raquel goes writhing away but Dakota hurries to get a cover. TWO, and Dakota smiles. Dakota drags Raquel by the bad arm, wrenches and CODE BREAKER to the arm! Raquel staggers to a corner, Dakota storms over but Raquel kicks back. Dakota fires off forearms, wraps the bad arm on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Dakota lets off, but then she snapmares to a cover. TWO! Dakota keeps on the arm with a cording hold, but Raquel endures.

Dakota pulls harder, steps over, but Raquel reaches out for ropes. Dakota thrashes the arm, drags Raquel ,but Raquel makes it a cover! TWO and Dakota lets Raquel go to fire off forearms! Raquel hits back with the good arm, then whips Dakota to ropes. Dakota BOOTS Raquel down again! Cover, TWO! Dakota can’t believe it but she should know Raquel’s tougher than that. Dakota has a top wristlock and she thrashes Raquel around again. Raquel fights up, RAMS Dakota into a corner, and NXT returns to single picture as Raquel gets free. Dakota is on the ropes, but she drop toeholds Raquel! Dakota runs to BOOT Raquel against the ropes! Cover, TWO!

Dakota is beside herself, but she sees Raquel go to the apron. Dakota gets the arm, kicks at Raquel’s face, then goes out the opposite side. Dakota drags Raquel up the corner, HEADBUTTS her, but Raquel roars and fires off headbutts in return! Raquel climbs up now, but Dakota fights the superplex to HOTSHOT Raquel down! Raquel flops into the ring, Dakota gets on the apron to BOOT Raquel through the ropes! Dakota drags Raquel to a cover, TWO! Fans are dueling while Dakota drags Raquel by her hair. Raquel glares at Dakota and choke grips her! Two hands up, DOUBLE HAND SLAM! Raquel gets her bad arm working and runs in to LARIAT! And BOOT!

Raquel keeps going, but Dakota ducks, only to get the BLINDSIDE! Raquel stalks Dakota to a corner, drags her but Dakota pulls the bottom buckle pad off! Raquel gives Dakota a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then the VADER BOMB ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Fans are loving this as Raquel drags Dakota back up. Raquel hooks her up but Dakota fights the Chingona to a sunset flip! Raquel punches but only hits mat! Dakota avoids the elbow drop, too, covers, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Dakota SCORPION, but Raquel blocks to a Stretch Muffler and SWINGING SLAM! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as Raquel drags Dakota back up.

“This is Awesome!” as Dakota blocks the suplex again, they go to the corner, Dakota WRINGS Raquel into the bare buckle! Fans boo while Raquel is dazed. Dakota watches Raquel flounder around, and she goes out to get the SHOVEL!! Dakota brings it in, is laughing like a lunatic, but Raquel kicks her down! Raquel snatches the shovel now, and fans want her to use it! Raquel looks ready to use it and Dakota begs for mercy! But Toxic Attraction attack!!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by disqualification

This is them returning the favor! They hold Raquel up for Dakota’s SUPERKICK! They all mug Raquel, but here comes Cora jade! She uses her skateboard to SMASH Gigi, SMASH Jacy, and then TOSSES it at Dakota! Dakota ducks, Mandy CLOBBERS Cora! They all fire off on Cora now, she does her best to fight, but they double whip and BOOT Cora down! Dakota stomps Raquel down, Mandy digs her knee in, but is that Zoey Stark?! She has her crutches and leg brace, Toxic Attraction mocks her. But Zoey is just a harbinger for IO SHIRAI! Zoey gives Shirai a crutch and Shirai tees off on Gigi & Jacy! Then on Mandy!

But then Dakota SMACKS Shirai with Cora’s skateboard! Shirai stays up to SMACK Dakota back! And again! And again! Cora gets back up, she helps out, but they’re still outnumbered 4v2! Mandy and Cora brawl, Shirai fights off Jacy. They double whip Mandy into a CRUTCH CLOTHESLINE! Jacy wants more but Cora JAMS her with the board! Dakota is on Raquel’s back but Raquel is up to throw her out! Cora gives Jacy a COMPLETE SHOT to the board! Raquel scoops Gigi to RAM her into Dakota! Dakota and Toxic Attraction bail out, and Shirai gets a mic! “WARGAAAMES!!!” Fans are loving that! Will Toxic Attraction and Dakota pay for what they’ve done in the worst way possible?


My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode of NXT right here. I was hoping for more out of D’Angelo VS Lumis, but it ended up more a vehicle towards a big time North American Championship match. Melo VS Dunne VS Gargano is going to be a BADASS Triple Threat that might make 2.0 feel as good as 1.0 in the ring. But at the same time, having two opponents, Melo is going to squeak out the win and use this to brag even more. Speaking of bragging, we got a lot of that from Knight and Waller to give us this rather odd take on the usual “Indy Darling VS WWE Guy” like we’d gotten out of just about anyone against John Cena.

What I’m surprised by is, Waller is coming off the Heel. Does that make Knight the Face? That’s interesting… But at the same time, Ciampa calls Waller and other 2.0 homegrown guys, taking this from a different angle as the Indy Darling who made it big in the WWE. Or as big as WWE will let NXT look to even their own fans. And I love that he referenced Steiner Math! But it’s very interesting that NXT is playing things out this way, though I suppose 2.0 would be the first time in a long time that NXT had this many homegrown wrestlers they want to treat as stars, it probably had to happen at some point.

We got a good Six Man Tag, Jones & Jacket Time winning makes sense to keep this feud going. But I feel like it’s bad planning that there isn’t another Cruiserweight involved in this to get at the title. Doesn’t help that Nick “What the Frick” Khan cuts people that could actually play that role. Trey Baxter, either member of Lucha House Party between Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik, even Oney Lorcan going back on a Face run could give Strong a strong challenge. Quinn of course wins against Andre Chase, but it was a vehicle to get Legado to go after him. Pretty sure this leads to Escobar VS Quinn in a sort of proxy match for this story between Quinn and Lopez.

Good stuff out of the tag division. MSK has an okay vignette this time, but I hope next week is the conclusion so we can get to that next part of their story. GYV becoming NXT’s greatest con men is still a rather interesting move, and it’s not like they aren’t pulling off the promos, but I wish they were the tag champs right now. There was a window in the latter days of 1.0, but they waited too long and then look what happened. I do like that Kyle acknowledged Von going to SmackDown, even though SmackDown never acknowledged who the hell Von is, and I like that they got a win over Briggs & Brooks.

Imperium watching Kyle & Von was a lowkey great thing because they were watching at a normal angle! That little bit also gives the nod that they’re heading to a tag title match, but I honestly would hope Imperium retains. Von is getting that 2.0 push but I don’t know where he’s really going right now. Similar to GYV, there was a window where Kyle was going to be a singles champion in NXT but they missed that window and here we are. The poker game being in the ring, it was a rather interesting change, but I think this one played out even better than the previous. They might’ve overdone Grimes bluffing his way into winning, but Duke did great in losing his cool. I really hope they put a stipulation on their match. Maybe Hair VS Hair what with Duke cutting into Grimes’.

We got good story blending through Lumis & Indi. Lumis’ kayfabe injury has Indi stay out so that Persia can show off her strength. Robert Stone appearing is random, but when he has nothing now because they cut Franky Monet and Jessi Kamea, he might be trying to start from scratch. That could complicate things within The Way if Stone manages Persia but Johnny & Candice don’t want Indi joining up. We got a great main event out of Raquel and Dakota, even with Toxic Attraction getting involved. I just knew Dakota was going to get lumped in with Toxic Attraction so we could get a Women’s WarGames.

Cora Jade is the surprise on who joins the Faces, but I think the secret weapon for them is Kay Lee Ray. She had her run-in with Toxic Attraction, she wants to just let loose, what better match than WarGames? I would’ve thought Kacy & Kayden were, but maybe things changed when Zoey Stark got injured.

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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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Raleigh gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

A lucky seven for Elevation!

AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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


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