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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/2/21)

Fallout from the Havoc!

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NXT Coverage 2021

Will Carmelo Hayes miss The Way?

Halloween Havoc 2 brought a lot of change to the NXT landscape, but there are some leftovers! Will Melo & Trick get even with Gargano & Lumis for the haunted open house?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Cora Jade; Kai wins.
  • Robert Stone VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
  • Von Wagner & Kyle O’Reilly VS Legado del Fantasma; Legado wins.
  • Andre Chase VS Bron Breakker; Breakker wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Jeet Rama; Sikoa wins.
  • Boa VS Grayson Waller; Boa wins.
  • Duke’s Poker Room: Duke Hudson VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Johnny Gargano & Dexter Lumis; Hayes & Williams win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mandy Rose heads to the ring!

The NEW NXT Women’s Champion has even more swagger in her step as she struts her way out. She holds the belt high and has plenty of fans cheering her on. Mandy gets a mic as she shoulders the belt, and she says, “Damn it feels good! I told you all that I was on a whole ‘nother level.” Fans duel, “You Deserve It!” “No You Don’t!” Mandy knows she deserves it, she doesn’t need anyone’s approval. She told us week after week after week that she’d become champion. And because she’s a woman of her word, she did. She defeated the unbeatable, the unstoppable Raquel Gonzalez to become the NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Most importantly, she’s still the baddest bitch in the whole gaddamn company!

But she has got to say, this title looks so good on her! Better than anyone who has ever worn it before! And you all know it! With this title around her waist, “you guys are following every move I make, and that goes for all of Toxic Attraction, because we had a hell of a Halloween Havoc!” And she knows everyone is watching and having two thoughts. One: Damn Mandy is hot. And two: Where are her friends? Where are they? Video kicks in of Gigi and Jacy beating up Zoey Stark! They went right after her already beat up leg! Referees rush in and get Toxic Attraction to back off and Mandy pretends to be upset.

But Toxic Attraction runs NXT! There ain’t a woman, team or faction that can stop them! But if anyone thinks different- Io Shirai interrupts! “I saw what your girls did! I don’t like Zoey, but I like you even less. So, I want the leader of Toxic Attraction!” Shirai wants Mandy right here, right now! Mandy says to hold on now. Shirai is forgetting that everyone used to be scared of her, but this is Mandy’s world now! If Shirai wants to go, then okay! SUCKER PUNCH! Mandy fires off and CLUBS Shirai down, then throws her out of the ring! Mandy goes out to bump Shirai off the announce desk! “I ain’t scared of you, Io!” Mandy then POSTS Shirai!

Mandy RAMS Shirai into the apron, and then puts her in the ring. Mandy gets in, picks up the mic again and says, “Aw, Io, honey. This ain’t the old NXT, honey. This is NXT 2.0, and you will never look like me!” Shirai trips Mandy up and fires off hands! Fans are fired up but Mandy shoves Shirai away. Shirai comes back, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Mandy ends up in a corner, in comes SHINKANSEN! Mandy is in the drop zone, Shirai steps on her and goes up, but Toxic Attraction get in! They throw Shirai down and mug her like they did Zoey Stark! Shirai fights them off, throwing Gig out and then getting around to drag Jacy down with a sleeper!

Mandy saves Jacy, Gigi returns and they stomp away! But here comes Kayden Cater! FLYING CLOTHESLINE for Gigi! Kacy Catanzaro gets in to brawl with Jacy! Shirai SHOTGUNS Jacy out, Kacy DECKS Mandy! KC Squared stands with the Evil Genius, will Toxic Attraction find they don’t scare anyone?

 

Toxic Attraction regroups backstage.

But they run across Dakota Kai. Dakota tells Mandy she didn’t do it to help Mandy. She did it to end Raquel. The twisted Cobra Kai goes to the ring now, she’s back in action!

 

Duke’s Poker Room is stacked tonight.

That smug smirk is Duke’s poker face, and one player folds before storming off. Easy money. But here comes Cameron Grimes! He takes a seat and is excited to be here. Speaking of easy money. The buy in is $500. No problem for the Cash Money Caveman. Well Grimes might as well save us time and give Duke all his money now. That’ll save Grimes the embarrassment, and save everyone else the embarrassment of watching him strike out with the ladies. Oooh~! Grimes laughs that off and admits he gets flustered when ladies are around. But he isn’t here for love, he’s here to gamble! What’s the game? 21? Grimes has 22, hit ‘im!

No, Grimes, this is Texas Hold ‘Em. Grimes insists, hit him. Deal it! Alright. Duke deals the cards, Grimes laughs it up, and we’ll see how this goes a little later.

 

Dakota Kai VS Cora Jade!

Halloween Havoc saw Dakota Kai make sure Raquel Gonzalez was no longer NXT Women’s Champion. But if Dakota’s buried her past, does that mean she’s finally moving on? Or will #GenerationJade keep her winning streak going to 3-0?

The bell rings and Kai CLOBBERS Jade right away! Kai rains down hands, puts Jade in a corner but Jade hits back. Kai shoves Jade out of the ring, Jade gets back in but into a BOOT! Kai throws hands, snapmares Jade and wraps on a chinlock to then make it a half straitjacket! Jade endures, fans rally, and Jade fights up. Jade powers out and rallies with clotheslines! Jade ducks and dodges to RANA Kai to ropes! Kai flounders up but into a SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Jade keeps on Kai with a facelock then underhooks, but Kai drops to Alabama lift and NORTHERN LIGHTS!

Both women stir as fans rally up. Kai drags Jade up and glares as she fireman’s carries. GO TO- SUNSET FLIP! ONE, Jade hurries but Kai SCORPION KICKS! Jade staggers to a corner, Kai goes Around the World and BOOTS her down! Cover, Kai wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

But Kai ain’t done with Jade! She drags her right out of the ring and throws her down! Jade flounders, Kai drags her by her hair! Kai gets Jade to the ramp and dribbles her off the floor! Fans boo but Kai brings out a TABLE! Kai puts the table on Jade, goes to the apron, but then thinks better of it. Kai looks at Jade trapped underneath, and gets Jade’s skateboard. Kai puts the board on Jade and leaves. Will Jade count herself fortunate to be spared Dakota’s darkness?

 

Robert Stone calls out Xyon Quinn.

He didn’t appreciate the choke slam through the table at the Halloween party and is challenging Quinn 1v1, mano a mano, and wants to see if Quinn has the guts to face Suit Man Stone. Will this go as poorly as Stone’s Elvis costume?

 

MSK are bummed out.

Nash Carter can’t believe they lost the NXT Tag Team Championships after 202 days. Now he feels like he’s lacking down low. Wes Lee knows what he means. But maybe they need to feel the lowest of the lows to get to the highest of the highs. But is this going to work out? They’re paying a lot for just advice. Well Carter heard this guy helped millions and millions, and is the one who came up with the legend of MSK. Wait, the man behind the curtain? Tell Lee the story! Okay okay! So it all started when they were just little kids. And a bus gets in the way. After it passes, the story is over. Lee loves this guy even more! He deserves all the money! Oh shoot, that was their bus…

Well, maybe they can just walk there. They’ve got the supplies. Carter gives Lee a piggyback ride, but will we learn who this guru of MSK is?

 

Xyon Quinn goes to the ring!

The gentleman fighter has a nice suit himself, but Stone has the music cut. He called Quinn out for embarrassing him last week. But Stone gets it. Quinn is jealous! Everybody’s jealous of Robert Stone and his purple romp-him! It’s because Stone can do anything. First, he’ll out sing Quinn, then he’ll stomp him, while he’s in the rompa, and then pin Quinn one, two, three! “Franky, this one is for you! Hit the music.” Stone sings along with Franky’s theme song, Bougie Bad, and it is very bad. Stone feels he did awesome but the fans say, “You Suck! You Suck!” But Stone is delusional and thinks the fans love him.

He isn’t sure what’s so funny. Does Quinn think he can do a better job? Quinn snatches the mic, and he’ll be honest, that was… interesting. But Quinn is only here to kick Stone’s ass. Fans chant for Quinn to “Kick his ass!” Stone says Quinn is a chicken, but Quinn figures what the hell. Put something on. It’s HBK’s theme song! Stone tries to make it a fight but Quinn makes it a dance! Stone SLAPS Quinn and now the fun is over. Ring the bell!

Robert Stone VS Xyon Quinn!

The bell rings, Quinn drags Stone back into the ring and gives him a HUGE back suplex! It was almost a toss out of the ring! Quinn takes off his suit to TOSS Stone again, and then uppercut him hard in the corner! Fans are fired up as Quinn fireman’s carries for a SWINGING SLAM! And then, suplex to a JACKHAMMER! Cover, Quinn wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

Just as the song says, Quinn ain’t no boy toy, he’s a manly badass! Will Quinn continue to win?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“The world should be a happy place. But in reality, it’s nothing but a cesspool filled with closed minded individuals. We’re in a world where the goal is to drag people down and hope they fail. Take social media. Designed for people to share ideas, and now it’s full of nothing but negative energy. People make instant judgment based on appearance. That is not inclusion. I hear they call a man a monster. Why? Because he’s tall? Because he has tattoos? Because he has a shaved head? You alienate the man without giving him a chance. Well, that stops now.” Gacy promises Harland that they will change the world together.

 

Legado Del Fantasma come across Xyon Quinn.

Elektra Lopez didn’t know he had that side to him. He has many sides. Well that is something she could work with. Quinn moves on, and Legado heads to the ring. Will Legado take care of business before getting to pleasure?

 

Von Wagner & Kyle O’Reilly VS Legado del Fantasma!

NXT returns as both teams are already in the ring. Joaquin Wilde starts with Kyle and they tie right up. They go around, Wilde waistlocks then wrings Kyle out. Kyle bridges but Wilde headlocks. Kyle makes it a cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel as Kyle headscissors. Wilde kips free but Kyle trips him up and floats around to get a headlock. Wilde fights up but Kyle grinds the headlock. Tag to Raul Mendoza but Kyle headlocks him. Mendoza powers out, Kyle runs him over and things keep moving. Mendoza hurdles, sunset flips but Kyle stays up to get the ARMBAR! Mendoza clasps hands, scrambles around and gets the ropebreak!

Kyle lets Mendoza go to kick him around. Tag to Wagner and he waistlocks to SLAM Mendoza. Wagner h0lds on, SLAMS Mendoza again, but Mendoza elbows out and CHOPS! Wagner reverses the whip but Menozda slips out to elbow and springboard. Wagner gets under, scoops for a BACKBREAKER then a FALL AWAY SLAM! Tag to Kyle, he hangs Mendoza out and Wagner LEAP FROGS! Kyle hammerlocks and drags Mendoza down to knee the arm and elbow the ribs! Kyle floats around to do the same to the other. Kyle runs to knee Mendoza low, then he clamps on a chinlock. Mendoza endures, even as Kyle traps an arm.

Kyle wrenches, hammerlocks, and knees Mendoza to the corner. Tag to Wagner, he and Kyle mug Mendoza with KICKS and HEADBUTTS! Wagner drags Mendoza up, scoops, Mendoza slips out to dropkick! Wagner bumps into Kyle. Mendoza CLUBS Wagner and tags Wilde. Legado double whip but Wagner DOUBLE SHOULDERS! Wagner throws haymakers and elbows but Wilde kicks low. He and Mendoza regroup but Wagner DOUBLE SUPLEXES Legado! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Wagner stalks Wilde, drags him up and CLUBS him down. Wagner drags Wilde over, tags in Kyle, and they mug Wilde. Kyle headbutts Wilde down, drags him up and KICKS him off his feet! Kyle ties up the legs, and puts Wilde in a grounded cobra twist! Wilde endures, fans rally and duel, Kyle makes it a cradle! TWO, but Kyle CLUBS Wilde to the ropes. Tag to Wagner and they double whip Wilde to double elbow him down! Wagner drags Wilde up and gut wrench suplexes! Wilde flounders to the apron, Wagner storms over but Wilde HOTSHOTS him away! Wilde gets up and dumps Wagner out! Wilde then bumps him off the apron before putting Wagner back in.

Wilde tags Mendoza, and Mendoza throws forearms. Snapmare and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mendoza rains down forearms, tag to Wilde, and they double whip to a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER, and then the split the wishbone! DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Wilde is frustrated but he wraps on a chinlock. Wagner endures, fights but Wilde throws him down to stomp him! Wilde wraps the chinlock back on and squeezes tight. Wagner endures, even as Wilde thrashes him. Wagner fights up, throws elbows but Wilde wrangles him back down. Wilde leans on the hold but Wagner still endures as NXT returns to single picture.

Wagner fights up, fans rally and duel, and Wilde becomes a backpack! Wagner throws Wilde off, but Wilde gets a foot! Wagner kicks at Wilde, gets free, hot tags to Mendoza and Kyle! Kyle dodges Mendoza to BOOT Wilde, then kitchen sink knees Mendoza! Kyle clinches and fires off knees, KICKS and haymakers! Chest kick and leg sweep! Mendoza gets to ropes, Kyle KICKS the legs out! Mendoza clutches his leg, the ref checks and Kyle runs, but Elektra is in his way! Kyle tells her to get down but she just smirks. Mendoza KNEES Kyle down from behind! Mendoza pumps up and runs in, clothesline and tag! Wilde rolls, runs and clotheslines to tag!

Mendoza clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags! The cycle continues until Mendoza GAMANGIRIS! Tag to Wilde, snap suplex for Kyle and then Mendoza dropkicks Wagner! Kyle gets up but Wilde SWANTONS him down! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Mendoza, Legado has Kyle in a corner and double whips. Wilde runs in but into a BOOT! Mendoza runs in but is dumped out! Wilde gets Kyle’s foot but Kyle kicks him away! Hot tag to Wagner! Wagner rallies on Legado! He whips Wilde to KNEE him down! Then BIG Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Wilde survives and Elektra looks worried. Wagner waits for Wilde to get up, Olympic- No, arm-drag from Wilde!

Wilde runs, Wagner pops him up to uppercut, then OLYMPIC SLAM! Tag to Kyle, PENALTY KICK! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza whips but Kyle throws Mendoza out! Tag back to Wagner, he and Kyle coordinate, but Mendoza BOOTS Kyle! Wilde rolls Wagner up with tights! Legado wins!

Winners: Legado Del Fantasma, by pinfall

Wagner and Kyle were just getting going and Legado snuffs the fire out quick! Will Legado gets back towards the tag titles with this? Can Kyle and Wagner keep it together and try again?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is corrected, Melo is the A Champion of NXT, and Melo says tonight’s back to business. No playing around, Melo & Trick are back in their court. They don’t miss. No more Scooby-Doo ghost chase! Andre Chase walks in and says Melo IS the A Champion. Whoa, he’s still alive? Chase wishes them luck, not that they need it. But since they had his back at the haunted house, he’ll have their back in tonight’s main event. Whoa, this is crazy! Melo & Trick head out, but McKenzie asks Chase his thoughts on the social media chatter. Chase looked like a coward- What?! Someone’s getting a Andre Chase University sized ass-kicking for that one!

 

NXT checks back in with Duke’s Poker Room.

Not even Duke can figure out how Grimes is still in the game. He’s got the biggest beginner’s luck ever! This is Duke’s poker room, and Grimes isn’t even paying attention. Grimes, c’mon! Yeah, he hears ya. Then let’s play. Alright, alright. Grimes calls. Pair o’ Jacks from the gentleman on Duke’s right. Triple sevens for the man on Duke’s left. “Man, fellas, I think y’all might got me beat. I just got diamonds.” Grimes has a Flush!? Whoa, a flush? That’s good? The other two guys leave and Hudson criticizes the one guy for going all in on just Jacks. Ain’t no jacks beat Grimes> Alright, enough beginner’s luck. Let’s play.

Another hand for just Duke and Grimes, one of the ladies loses it all and Duke wishes her luck next time. Grimes comes away with more and more, but then his lady friend loses to Duke’s Royal Flush. Duke says it’ll be alright, Grimes will join her soon enough. Grimes won’t let Duke talk to her like that. She did great. This is Duke’s Poker Room, and Duke will talk to people however he likes. And Grimes has no shot with her, anyway. Same as he has no shot at beating Duke. We’ll see about that. NXT will come back later to see how this all unfolds.

 

Andre Chase goes to the ring!

And he actually has a student section cheering him on! Chase gets a mic to say… Well, it doesn’t turn on, so he throws it at the ring crew. He gets a mic that does work, and he says he isn’t usually the kind to respond to baseless rumors. But he just got told that after last week in Lumis’ haunted house, people online are calling him a coward?! A coward?! A coward. Normally, he would be furious with anyone who called him that, but then he understands that what we have right now is a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Tonight, you’ll learn that Chase fears NOTHING. As his student sessions will attest, the only thing to fear around here is Andre Chase!

So if there’s anyone in the back that wants a PhD in getting their asses kicked, come on to the ring and get your degree! But the lights start to dim, and here comes BRON BREAKKER! Will Bron school Chase here in a minute?

Andre Chase VS Bron Breakker!

The bell rings, Chase tags a swing but Bron blocks it easily! Bron keeps the arm caught, reels Chase in and hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then Bron clotheslines Chase up and out of the ring! Chase scrambles as Bron goes chasing him down! Chase swings again, misses and Bron CLOBBERS Chase in return! Fans fire up, Bron brings Chase up and into the ring. Chase wants a timeout or at least some mercy, but then he suckers Bron into elbows and CHOPS! Chase throws hands, kicks, and CLUBS Bron to a corner. Chase cravats, neck wrenches, throws short shoulders and knees, then whips. Bron reverses and runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!

Bron clotheslines and Belly2Belly suplexes again! Fans fire up and bark as the straps come down. Bron grabs Chase and trophy lifts him for the POWERSLAM! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Chase just learned that not all men are created equal, and that he didn’t have a 50-50 chance o’ winnin’ here! Bron gets a mic to say, “Last week at Halloween Havoc, I had the biggest match of my life, and I failed. Tommaso Ciampa set trap after trap, and I fell for each and every one of them.” Ciampa took advantage of Bron’s inexperience, so it is only fair that Bron says Ciampa is the man in NXT. BUT! There’s nothing that pisses Bron off more than losing. So Ciampa, if you think this is done, you’re wrong! Bron will get another shot and he will win, or die trying! Will the teachable moment here be that Bron never gives up?

 

Backstage interview with Imperium.

McKenzie congratulates Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner on their win last week, and they have attracted media attention all over Europe. It’s been over a year, how does it feel to hold gold again? Barthel responds in German saying, “You’re welcome, NXT Universe. After our outstanding performance over many years and nothing but pathetic performances of MSK, we are two-time NXT Tag Team Champions.” Aichner adds in Italian, “No one can keep up with us. We are built different and we don’t compromise with American ideals.” Speaking of new tag team champions, Gigi & Jacy walk in to congratulate Imperium. They definitely look the part.

And so do they! They found out they have a Six Woman Tag next week. Maybe Imperium should watch them? Yes, they definitely will. Barthel mutters to Aichner, “The mat is sacred, but America has its benefits.” Aichner nods as they watch Toxic Attraction leave. Will both new tag team champions reign parallel to each other as NXT 2.0 continues on?

 

Lash Legend hypes up tonight’s Lashing Out.

Tonight’s guest is Tony D’Angelo! Don’t move a muscle, because that’s up next, after the break.

 

NXT presents a new Lashing Out.

Lash welcomes us back, and says November is here. But let’s put things in reverse to talk about how legendary Halloween Havoc was. That means getting into the costumes! Von Wagner as Brad Pitt? Really? But for every Wagner, there is an Ikemen Jiro, he is our hero~! Then don’t even get her started on Grayson Waller. There’s only one host in NXT, and we know who that is: this girl~! But this week, there’s a very special guest. Please welcome… Tony D’Angelo. The audience boos as Tony walks in but he doesn’t mind. He asks, “How you doin’?” Uh, no. He approached her producer, Mark, about being on the show and Mark tells him no. Then Mark disappears!

What, is Tony a magician? Mark was busy telling Tony why he couldn’t be on the show. Well Tony’s in for a surprise, because Mark is back in studio! Oh~! Give a big round of applause for Mark! Mark has his arm in a sling as he takes a seat. Tony says Mark is so cute being nervous on TV. Maybe Mark should say hi to his lovely wife, Laurie. Go ahead, Mark, say hi. Hi… Mark’s got it made! Big beautiful house with the tire swing in the front. His sons, Georgie and Baker, must be so proud! Say hi to your kids, Mark! Say. Hi. H-Hi, boys… See? Now tell Lash everything’s alright. It’s fine, nothing happened. Good. Now take a walk. Mark leaves and Tony says he loves that guy.

But Tony’s goals from the beginning are still the same. One: make as much money as he possibly can, and that’s in the process. Sometimes he feels like smacking guys around, like that shmuck Lumis, or that fugazzi, Gargano. Don’t even get Tony started on “the baddest man in NXT,” Pete Dunne. Or one better, the champion, Ciampa. Tony’s cousin, Adriana, is tougher than him. Oooh, shade! Tony wants to wrap this up, he’s gotta go call Vito. Oh no, you don’t tell Lash how to run her show. Honey, get yourself something nice, okay? Tony slips her a pretty good amount of money then heads out. Lash lets it slide, she’s gotta get her lashes done. See you next time!

 

Medical update on Zoey Stark.

She has been taken to the hospital for a full check-up on that leg, and there will be updates on WWE’s official social media outlets.

 

Solo Sikoa VS Jeet Rama!

Solo is the Street Champion of the Island, but this is his first match here on NXT. Will Solo still be champion of the streets when he walks down #JeetStreet?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Solo knees low, throws more knees then big forearms and even headbutts! Solo boots Jeet to a corner then UPPERCUTS him down! Solo drags Jeet up, fans rally and duel and Jeet throws hands in return! Jeet whips, Solo reverses and runs in to back elbow! Jeet sits down, Solo runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up with Solo, and he BUZZSAWS Jeet down! Jeet is dazed, Solo goes to the corner. Solo climbs up, and FLYING SPLASHES! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Solo doesn’t even care to have his hand raised, he knows what he just did. Will Solo soon make himself a champion in NXT?

 

Boa talks with Mei Ying.

“It’s time!” Boa heads out, Mei Ying stays on her throne. Will Boa defend the honor of Tian Sha on his own?

LA Knight joins commentary!

The Million Dollar Megastar says Boa’s taking on the “waste of space” Grayson Waller up next, yeah!

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen are out grilling.

Briggs takes a swig o’ beer, then says, “Look, lot of people are asking me about my story.” Brooks says, “So here it is.” Brooks grew up in Alabama, loves sports, and Briggs says sports were his outlet. Wasn’t always the best, but he was always the meanest. Brooks says the same, cuz that’s how his dad taught him. His dad taught him how to cook a steak, took. He leaves the steak on the grill so long, Briggs says it comes out medium rare. The only way a man should eat steak. Speaking of, the day Briggs became a man, he got in a fight with a guy during a game, and he took his helmet off to beat that other guy down with it. He put that guy in the hospital.

Brooks says sometimes he beats ’em down so bad, he drove them to the hospital himself. He showed them what a real man looks like. Brooks is playing cornhole while Briggs is playing horseshoes. Dad didn’t care he got kicked off the team, just didn’t want him tarnishing the family name. That’s the only thing that brings Brooks happiness. That and kicking the sh*t out of somebody. So whether it’s at the county fair, on the football field or in the ring, they may not always win, but you will second guess getting in the ring with them.

 

Boa VS Grayson Waller!

NXT returns to the ring and Boa makes his entrance. Then baller Waller makes his entrance and Knight talks himself up on commentary. The bell rings and Boa rushes in! Waller dodges the boot, throws some testing jabs but Boa gives back some kicks. Boa KICKS a leg out, Waller ducks the buzzsaw and rolls Boa up, TWO! Boa rushes in but Waller backslides, TWO! They stand up, Waller snapmares and ghost pins, TWO! Waller shows off doing knee steps, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to hit back! Waller shimmies and shakes, whips but Boa reverses. Boa runs in but Waller elbows him away! Waller kicks, Boa blocks and powers Waller back!

Boa puts Waller in the ropes, KICKS him then STOMPS him down! Boa drags Waller up, snapmares and KICKS him, then brings him up. Waller throws hands, Boa throws body shots. Boa drags Waller down and gets a half straitjacket, then the full straitjacket! Waller endures as Boa jams his knee into his back. Waller fights up, arm-drags out and avoids the ax kick! Waller elbows Boa, but Boa clinches again. Waller breaks free to ROCK Boa with a right, then clothesline and LEG LARIAT! Cravat and some knees, then Waller gets around to spin and DECK Boa! Fans rally up, Knight says he’s gonna take a walk. Waller’s on the ropes but Knight distracts him!

Boa trips Waller off the ropes! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, Boa wins!

Winner: Boa, by pinfall

Knight shrugs and says, “Shucks,” to mock Waller. Will Knight continue to ruin the good times for Waller?

 

NXT goes back to Duke’s Poker Room.

Duke says he has Grimes right where he wants him. Grimes should just save himself the humiliation and fold. Grimes calls, and it’s all clubs with a 2, 4 and King. Grimes checks, Duke is pretty sure Grimes missed. $500. Oh, Duke’s looking to win big. Call. Uh oh, a 10 of Hearts. Check. $1000. Oh… Man! What’re we here to do? Gamble! So call! Let’s see it! Another King! Check… Duke says Grimes missed everything. Typical Grimes. Coming up short in life, love and in the ring. And now, on the felt. ALL IN. Grimes grins and calls. The biggest pot in Duke’s Poker Room yet! Grimes reveals he has a FULL HOUSE! Did Grimes just win? YEP!

What? Duke had Aces and Grimes called on two more twos?! Two the moon~! HAHA! Drinks on Grimes! Duke is pissed that he just got played! Will he try to get the upper hand back, in the ring?

 

Kay Lee Ray speaks.

“The landscape of NXT is always changing. New superstars, new alliances, new champions. But what about Kay Lee Ray? I didn’t come here just to make up the numbers. I’ve already told you that everybody is going to pay. And next week, I start to rage!” Will the Scary Queen of Scots finally make her mark on NXT in the Fall?

 

Boa returns to Mei Ying.

But she’s gone?! He kneels by the chair, and now HE is the Dragon Emperor! What does this mean for Tian Sha in NXT?

 

Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!

The Psycho Killer is STILL NXT Champion, and still clutching Goldie close to his black heart. Ciampa gets the mic to say, “Halloween Havoc was a changing of the guard here in NXT.” He loves the fans, but there was a shift in NXT. Imperium are the new NXT Tag Team Champions, Mandy Rose is the new NXT Women’s Champion and Toxic Attraction are the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Bron Breakker was supposed to be new NXT Campion, but only problem is, nobody told Ciampa! Now while Bron earned respect last week, there was one thing for sure: “Tommaso Ciampa is the GOD of NXT!”

And with the title comes great responsibility, and a target on Ciampa’s back. “Hell, with that said, this is usually the time…” And out comes Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams! Trick wants Ciampa to calm down, and Melo tells Ciampa, “I really hate to be that guy, but let’s keep it real, I am that guy.” Talk that talk! Melo feels like he’s the one that needs to come out here and put Ciampa in check. Ciampa, if you look around, it isn’t about you anymore. There’s a new school on the rise, and Melo is the leader of it. So Melo will tell Tommaso something, and take this with the most disrespect: As long as Melo is here with this title, Ciampa takes a backseat to him.

Because he IS the A Champion of NXT, and that’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Trick backs Melo up but Ciampa has the fans singing, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you~!” Hard to hear Melo over all that. And Ciampa will say this: Melo almost had him, but then he took the glasses off and Ciampa looked into his eyes and thought, “Damn. He don’t believe a word he’s saying, does he?” But if Melo wants to prove himself, if he’s feeling froggy, then jump. Trick says Ciampa’s tripping. Last time they checked, Melo & Trick are the main event! The people are here to see them! But then Ciampa DECKS Trick! Melo isn’t sure what to do but Ciampa says HIS title is the one that matters!

Fans are fired up as the two top champions in NXT stare down, but Melo and Trick stay back. Ciampa heads out, but Gargano makes his way in. Ciampa and Gargano meet again after a long, long time, and the tension is palpable. Will Melo and Trick be able to refocus on Johnny Wrestling and his sinister son in law?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Johnny Gargano & Dexter Lumis!

NXT returns and Lumis makes his entrance now. He and Gargano high-five on the ramp, and then the teams sort out. Gargano wants Lumis to rock-paper-scissors with him, but Lumis just gives a thumbs up. Lumis starts with Trick and the fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” Trick fires himself up but Lumis isn’t even fazed by the posturing and puffing up of his chest. Tag to Melo, Melo does a rope-a-dope, but then he backs off to tag Trick. But Lumis slithers up to him and scares Melo to an open corner! Trick gets in to fire off hands and whip Lumis to ropes. Lumis reverses, Trick ducks and dodges, only for Lumis to THESZ PRESS for fast hands!

Lumis lets off to drag Trick up and wrench. Tag to Gargano, he hops up and drops ax handles on the arm. Gargano wrenches, tags Lumis, and Lumis goes up to drop, and then uppercut Trick! Lumis drags Trick up, wrenches and wristlocks but Trick throws body shots! Tag to Melo, he says he’s got this, but then Lumis blocks the boot! Lumis brings Melo over just like that and tags in Gargano. Melo gets free but Gargano dares him to bring it. Melo shoves, Gargano shoves back. Melo headlocks but Gargano rolls him away to sweep the legs. Melo avoids the cover, Oklahoma Roll but Gargano rolls through to schoolboy. Melo dodges the kick, goes Eddy Gordo but Gargano blocks.

Melo is in a corner, he puts Gargano outside but Gargano slingshot SPEARS Melo down! Fans fire up for Johnny Wrestling and he brings Melo up to CHOP him against the ropes! Gargano tags Lumis, they double whip and double hip toss to TOSS Melo. Trick is there to help Melo, but they run into DOUBL EHIP TOSSES! And double dropkicks! Gargano slithers around with Lumis while Melo wants a breather. Melo and Trick regroup but get spooked by the double slithering! Gargano and Lumis give thumbs up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Lumis goes out and stalks Melo and Trick as they go around the way. Gargnao kicks Trick, Lumis CLUBS Melo and puts him in the ring. Lumis CLUBS Melo again, then brings him around to scoop and SLAM! Then he drops running ax handles! Cover, TWO! Lumis brings Melo up, tags Gargano, and he feeds Melo to Gargano’s boots. Gargano stalks Melo now, brings him up, and whips Melo to ropes. Melo reverss, RTrick gets a cheap shot in! Gargano swipes at Trick, Meloa springboard LARIATS Gargano down! Tag to Trick and he gets to stomp Gargano while talking some smack. Trick gets Gargano up, tags Melo, and they mug Gargano.

Melo throws hands, tags Trick back in, they mug Gargano more, but Gargano kicks back from below. Trick stomps, Gargano kicks, repeat. Trick brings Gargano up and CLUBS him back down. Trick talks trash to the Gargano fans and CLUBS Gargano again. Trick brings Gargano up, tags Melo back in, and they mug Gargano more. Melo throws forearms, tags Trick back in, and NXT returns to single picture as they double whip Gargano to the open corner. Melo runs in but is put out! Trick runs in but misses the splash! Trick staggers, hurries after Gargano and gets a foot! Gargano hops up to ENZIGURI! But Melo trips Lumis!

Fans boo but Trick throws a body shot then an uppercut on Gargano, then hits a LEAPING LARIAT! Tag to Melo, he and Trick double shoulder tackle Gargano down! Trick gives Melo a boost for the springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Melo drags Gargano up to throw forearms, then he gives a thumbs down to Lumis. Melo KICKS Gargano to the corner, tags in Trick, and Trick throws hands and RAMS his shoulder into Gargano. Trick taunts Lumis but Gargano BOOTS him! Gargano elbows Melo, runs but Trick catches him! Gargano sunset flips, ONE, Trick gets legs but Gargano rolls through! Hot tags to Melo and Lumis!

Lumis rallies on Melo with big hands! The uppercut sends Melo to a corner, Lumis clotheslines and BULLDOGS! Trick runs in but is sent right back out! Lumis stalks Melo to back suplex! And kip up to drop the leg! Fans fire up for Lumis and “NXT! NXT!” Lumis gets Melo up to suplex and rebound suplex off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Fans argue, “That was Three! That was Three!” Lumis drags Melo around, back suplex but Melo lands on his feet and falls back to tag Trick! Trick BOOTS Lumis but Gargano tags in. Gargano runs into Trick’s forearms! Gargano ducks the kicks to SUPERKICK! Melo boots but Gargano blocks and sends it into Trick!

Tag to Lumis, and Gargano puts on a glove! Stereo UPPERCUTS! And SUPERKICKS! Trick and Melo are down, Lumis goes up to MACHO ELBOW on Trick! Cover, Melo breaks it! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Gargano is surprised! Melo gets to the corner, tags in, but so does Gargano. Melo and Gargano stare down and “This is Awesome!” Melo and Gargano step to each other and Melo throws the first forearm! Gargano gives it back! Melo CHOPS, Gargano CHOPS back! Melo wavers, Gargano eggs him on, so Melo THROAT CHOPS! But Gargano come back with furious forearms! Melo rebounds and rolls of Gargano’s back!

Melo blocks the superkick, Gargano blocks the knee, but Melo mule kicks and front kicks to BOOT! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans are thunderous again, tag to Lumis! Lumis reels Melo in, SIDE EFFECT! Trick distracts the ref as Lumis puts on THE SILENCE! Gargano DECKS Trick but that distracts the ref! Trick takes off his shoe to SMACK Lumis with it!! But Gargano DIVES to take Trick down! Melo goes up for the FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo & Trick win!!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall

Trick proves he can be tricky, and he helps Melo snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Will the leader of the new school make sure Johnny Wrestling doesn’t get back to the A Title of NXT?


My Thoughts:

A really good NXT but also really stuffed full again. There was a lot to that opening segment for the NXT Women’s Division and all the titles. First, I’m pretty sure Gigi & Jacy mugging Zoey Stark is to cover for a legit injury that she’s letting heal up. That one landing she took last week was definitely rough so it’s clever to use story to give her time off. Kacy & Kayden getting to move up to go for the tag titles is great, but I feel like Shirai getting a shot at the singles title could be a way to establish Mandy’s reign while being Shirai’s last shot before perhaps moving her to RawDown. At this point, she might end up teaming with Asuka to repeat the momentary success of Kabuki Warriors and give some strength to the RawDown Women’s Tag Division.

Dakota Kai gets an easy win over Cora Jade, but Jade still needs some work. There were some really awkward sells, this is definitely the developmental part of NXT coming back under 2.0 Era. Dakota spares Jade, pushing a bit of moral conflict within her. Kay Lee Ray has another decent promo video, but I really hoped this was the week she’d show up and just go after someone. Hopefully she does that next week. MSK going on a journey to find the man behind their name is interesting, I wonder who they’re getting for that role. Imperium had a good promo in combination with Toxic Attraction, and I’ll admit, funny stuff having even super serious Imperium taking a liking to Toxic Attraction. I bet Walter shows up to keep these guys focused on the mat.

Stone and Quinn had a hilarious segment. I do like Quinn shows his dimension, having both his serious side and his fun loving side. His interaction with Legado Del Fantasma is intriguing. Speaking of Legado, they had a great match with Wagner & Kyle, but of course Legado wins. Kyle and Wagner have a story of trying to make it work as two guys only now even spending time together. Solo Sikoa gets a quick win for his first match, and I almost thought he was just teasing a splash to shout out the Usos and then he wins with a submission or strike attack. Much like Bron, there’s a lot they can do to tease his connection to his family and yet never namedrop them so it’s just a nice little inside joke kinda thing.

Speaking of Bron, I like that they blended his post-Havoc story with Andre Chase’s. I feel like Bron could’ve brought up his family roots here but he chose to just stick to his own character’s determination. We got a decent Lashing Out, and Tony intimidating Mark the entire time was great stuff. The vignette for Briggs & Brooks was great, but really tricky to do in this kind of written form. Briggs & Brooks drawing parallels between themselves does a bit better for their team story than the origins of “We got in a bar fight and now we’re buds.” Give it time, maybe these two can actually be a top team.

Another good blending of stories, with Knight screwing Waller over and Boa getting that win. I’m just a little disappointed that they seem to be phasing Tian Sha out. They had a chance to make that a strong faction, but they waited a little too long, Xia Li got hurt and then got the nod for going to SmackDown. Boa seems to be taking over, maybe he recruits new members, maybe it ends here and Boa is just Tian Sha in all aspects and Karen Q returns as herself. The Duke’s Poker Room thread throughout the night was good, and of course Grimes wins. This definitely will spur on a match in the ring, and who knows how that goes, but we could get a good feud out of this.

Ciampa had a pretty good promo segment with Melo and Trick, and it could turn into a Champion VS Champion feud at some point. I really loved that Ciampa and Gargano encountered each other on the entryway. Great continuity for us fans still watching after the transition, could even be a hook to make newer fans want to go back and watch the 1.0 days on like Peacock or something. The tag main event was great stuff, and I should’ve figured the Heels would win through some sneaky tactics. Gargano can still get his title match with Melo since Lumis took the loss, and I feel like Gargano loses to help bolster Melo’s reign.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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