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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/23/21)

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The battle lines have been drawn in NXT 2.0!

While Carmelo Hayes puts “The A Title” up against two opponents, Tommaso Ciampa looks to put new crop of NXT in its place, starting with Grayson Waller!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Grayson Waller; Ciampa wins.
  • Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta; Catanzaro & Carter win.
  • Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Malik Blade; Escobar wins.
  • Mandy Rose VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
  • Joe Gacy VS LA Knight; No Contest.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS Yulisa Leon; Nile wins.
  • Grizzled Young Veterans VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen; Briggs & Brooks win.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano; Carmelo wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Grayson Waller cuts into the intro!?

He says the fans don’t care about the has-beens! We’ve got the fastest rising star right here! But you know who wasn’t in that open? Tommaso Ciampa! “One of the greatest NXT Champions of all time, but he ain’t larger than life!” He ain’t a superstar like Waller. But the fans turn all the time, like on John Cena. But Cena’s killing the game in Hollywood. Speaking of Hollywood, what about The Rock? The biggest star in the industry but the fans booed him out of town. And don’t even get Waller started on Roman Reigns! Roman main evented WrestleMania after WrestleMania, gave his all, and the fans booed him! But now Roman’s Head of the Table and killing it!

So all that teaches Waller is that “all you Twitter freaks, with you’re 80 thousand tweets and three followers don’t matter! Superstars do!” John Cena, Roman Reigns, The Rock, and now, Grayson Waller. But Ciampa interrupts! Will the champion make sure Waller is seeing stars when he turns that shine into shiners?

Tommaso Ciampa VS Grayson Waller!

The bell rings, Waller goes to the ropes for defense. Fans chant, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you!” Waller comes back, circles with Ciampa, tests the water with kicks but Ciampa shrugs it off. Waller gives another kick, then toys with Ciampa before slapping him! Ciampa just smiles, but Waller gets mad and shoves him! Waller wants Ciampa to respect him, but Ciampa SLAPS and stomps Waller to the corner! The ref counts and backs Ciampa off but the fans fire up as Ciampa goes for more! Ciampa goes side to side to KNEE WASH Waller! The fans want that “One More Time!” so Ciampa KNEE WASHES Waller again!

Waller goes out, Ciampa CHOPS him into taking a seat! Then Ciampa puts Waller in and in a corner for another CHOP! Ciampa climbs up to rain down rights on Waller’s head! Waller trips Ciampa up at 7 to then get a NECKBREAKER! Waller rains down rights on Ciampa, but lets off while fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at him. Ciampa gets up, Waller throws EuroUppers. Waller JABS Ciampa, whips him to ropes, but Ciampa reverses and elbows Waller down! Ciampa drags Waller up, CHOPS him then whips him to ropes. Waller ducks and then turns Ciampa for another NECKBREAKER! Fans rally for Ciampa but Waller gets up and drives in a knee.

Waller throws a body shot then chokes Ciampa on the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off at 4, but then he pulls Ciampa against the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets go and fans chant “YOU SUCK!” again. Waller CLUBS Ciampa down, drives in another knee, then brings Ciampa up to DECK him with a right. Ciampa goes to a corner, Waller run sin but into a BOOT! Ciampa dodges Waller, ducks the leg lariat, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Waller sets up, pulls off his armband and copies the People’s Champion, drop step and BALLER flop as Ciampa moves! Ciampa comes back to rally with lariats! And a corner clothesline! And another!

Ciampa runs, dodges and then clotheslines Waller out of the ring! Waller bounces off the desk, Ciampa goes out to CLOBBER him again! Ciampa brings Waller up and TOSSES him over the desk! Waller lands in an armchair and Ciampa sits on the desk to pat himself on the back while NXT goes picture in picture.

Ciampa hears the crowd going nuts as he puts Waller back in the ring. Ciampa runs to BOOT Waller down, then he stomps Waller on the head. Ciampa stomps Waller more, CLUBS him on the head, then brings him around to stomp again. Waller staggers up, Ciampa JABS! And JABS! And DECKS Waller with a right! Waller sits up in a daze, Ciampa gets him up to snapmare for a chinlock. Ciampa CLUBS away on Waller’s chest again and again and again! Then he runs, into a LEG LARIAT! Both men are down but Waller pats himself on the back, mocking Ciampa! Waller stomps Ciampa, scrapes his sole off Ciampa’s face, then drags him back up.

Waller ROCKS Ciampa and Ciampa goes to a corner. Waller stomps him, CLUBS him, and throws body shots. Waller whips corner to corner, and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Waller stands on Ciampa in the corner, the ref counts and he lets off at 4. Waller taunts Ciampa, slaps him around, and gives him toying kicks. Waller stands Ciampa up but Ciampa CHOPS! Waller throws a forearm, Ciampa CHOPS again! Waller DECKS Ciampa with the forearm, then drives elbows in. Waller stands on Ciampa’s head at the ropes but lets off again. Waller drags Ciampa up, and CHOPS him as NXT returns to single picture. And CHOPS!

Ciampa ducks to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP again! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Waller stomps himself but the two collide head to head! Waller stays up, hops up the ropes, leaps, but into a KNEE! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Waller drags himself up but Ciampa CHOPS him! Waller CHOPS, Ciampa CHOPS then shoves. Waller elbows back, hops up but Ciampa ducks the leap frog to DDT! Ciampa gets Waller back up, underhooks, but Waller trips him to a jackknife! Cover, TWO! Waller drags Ciampa down to a press, TWO! Roll up, but Ciampa rolls through to KNEE Waller back! But Waller ROCKS Ciampa with a right! Fireman’s carry, WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Waller drags Ciampa to a drop zone and goes to the corner. Waller is up but Ciampa ROCKS him first! Ciampa ROCKS Waller again, climbs up, but Waller resists the superplex. Waller throws body shots, shoves Ciampa down then adjusts, but Ciampa CHOPS! Ciampa goes up and gets Waller for a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!?! Waller survives and Ciampa is frustrated. Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as Ciampa CHOPS Waller! And CHOPS him again! And again! Ciampa brings Waller up but avoids the jab to backslide! Waller rolls through but into underhooks! Waller fights, cravats and throws knee after knee!

Waller torture racks and ROLLING SENTONS! Waller staggers, goes to the corner and BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives Waller’s best shot and he can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Waller builds peed to FLY and take out Ciampa! He puts Ciampa in and somersaults, but into a roll-up! Waller ends up in the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa underhooks and hits FAIRY TALE ENDING! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

Waller may be right that he’s the future of NXT, but the present is Ciampa! Will the NXT Champion continue to be a gatekeeper for all those that think their time is now?

 

LA Knight watches backstage.

McKenzie asks his response, and he says we just saw what happened out there. This is how it goes down. Knight could’ve cost Waller the match but Knight knew Waller would do that himself. McKenzie says you have to give Waller some credit for that match, but Knight will. While Waller went out there and lost, the fans were chanting, “Waller Sucks!” And he DOES suck! That is just a fact of life. But then Joe Gacy comes in to say those facts are destructive and harmful. The reality is, we should be building each other up, not tearing each other down. Knight says what’s really harmful is the build-up of Knight wanting to tear Gacy down.

Gacy says have no fear, the safe space is right out there and it is always open. Why make it sound so perverse, creep? Open the safe space, because there won’t be microaggressions. There might be ruthless aggression, but what you can bet 100% on is Gacy getting his ass stomped! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life YEAH. Gacy says they should leave the hostility in the locker room. But will Gacy bring out his own animosity when the Million Dollar Megastar pushes him in the ring?

 

Toxic Attraction arrives.

NXT Media is already there waiting and it annoys Mandy Rose already. What do they want to know about? Mandy’s match tonight? Or the big match at WarGames? Speaking of Cora Jade, what is she even doing with that skateboard? She doesn’t belong in the ring with Mandy, and she can barely skate on that thing. What a poser. Like she even knows Tony Hawk. Dakota Kai then walks in and they ask what she wants. She fidgets a bit but at least she’s on their team. Mandy says she won’t even need Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne out there, because after she deals with Cora, Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez are gonna have another void to fill.

Whoa, what happened here? A mess of stuff. Is this someone’s rage room? What a freak. The ladies move on, Dakota knocks over a glass. But Kay Lee Ray smashes the bottle! Will KLR look to do the same to the toxic women’s champions?

 

Cameron Grimes heads to the ring!

But he isn’t in a good mood at all. After what Duke Hudson did to humiliate him, he’s fixed his hair and beard by having to go shorter on all sides. Grimes gets the mic while fans chant “To The Moon!” for him. Grimes is already emotional as he says, “I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina. And every day, I would have people that would push me down, that would tell me I wasn’t good enough.” But Grimes showed them that he was good enough. That if he scratched and clawed, it didn’t matter how many nights he slept on a concrete floor or how many dimes scraped just for chump change, he’d show all those people that Cameron Grimes holds it down!

Fans fire up and chant “To The Moon!” even more. Grimes made it in this industry, and even struck it rich. “But through all that, I kept this hair and this beard to remind me of my humble beginnings. To remind me of those times I was crying, by myself. To remind me of those times where I had NOTHING!” Duke Hudson took that from him. Duke humiliated him, Duke embarrassed him, but where Duke really messed up is that he angered him. Duke Hudson, come to the ring right now because Grimes is done talking! But Duke talks via video. He’s getting himself a trim at the barber’s. Duke says he didn’t recognize Grimes.

Duke asks what Grimes even has to be angry about? Last week, Grimes won a lot of money off Duke. And he got a free haircut! Grimes wants Duke to show up but Duke says he is helping transform Grimes. Duke is changing Grimes from the troll that lives under the bridge to a decent, normal human being. Then how about he get in the ring and they can be human beings as they settle it!? Duke says no. That’s not gonna happen. Sorry, not sorry. Duke is smug but Grimes says he gave Duke a chance to show all the people here how big them balls are. But Duke’s just proven that he’s gutless and nutless. But if Duke wants to talk big stakes, then lets put it all there! Let’s go all in!

If Duke wants the rest of Grimes’ hair, let’s do this! NXT WarGames, Grimes VS Hudson, HAIR VS HAIR!! Duke says he wouldn’t mind taking more off the top. Duke stands up and says, “You’re on.” And at WarGames, Duke will take the rest. He has Grimes’ hair in a bag?! That’s weird… But will Duke make Grimes into a Carolina cue ball? Or will Duke have to be smug when completely clean shaven?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“I’ve waited too long to hold a championship in NXT. So I don’t care how many geezers ya put in front of me. Tonight, it changes. And Johnny, you’ve stood in my way too many times before. So I’m about to put you out and send you packing. And Carmelo, leader of the new school. Are you mad? It’s about time I make you pay your dues. Tonight, the Bruiserweight, the baddest man in NXT, becomes North American Champion!”

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta.

McKenzie knows they’re about to have a match, but she was hoping for a medical update on Dexter Lumis. Indi says he has a fractured hand, broken fingers, and will be out for a month. Melo & Trick took away Lumis’ ability to draw, the way he expresses himself. So tonight, Gargano will take that title from Melo. Is Indi okay? Persia’s up for another handicap match if Indi wants to sit this one out. No, Indi’s fine. Okay, then. Indi dedicates this one to Dexter! Will Indi get back in a good mood with a win over the party palooza duo?

 

NXT, here’s a Tiffany Epiphany.

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness must have been poor. Daddy has paid for my tennis lessons since I was a little girl. And now, I have the best serve at the country club. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth because ugh, silver is tacky. Daddy said I’m ready to take over NXT and he’s never wrong.” Tiffany Stratton is coming to NXT, who will she be serving up L’s to in the ring?

 

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta!

Best friends take on best friends, but only one team will be celebrating a victory tonight! Will KC Squared be the life of the party in the NXT Women’s Tag Division? Or will the impressive Aussies win this one for Dex?

The teams sort out and Kayden starts with Persia. Kayden waistlocks, headlocks but Persia powers out. Kayden ducks and dodges but still gets run over by a shoulder! Persia drags Kayden up, Indi is too mopey to tag in! Kayden gets away and Persia tags Indi in. Kacy tags in, she waistlocks but Indi throws her off. Indi gets Kacy up but Kacy RANAS Indi to the corner! Kacy tags Kayden, Indi shoves them both away! Kayden whips Kacy in to trip Indi up, then Kayden springboard dropkicks! Persia coaches Indi up but Kayden brings her up. Indi CLUBS Kayden, whips her to ropes but Kayden holds ropes to boot back! Kacy tags back in to shoulder in, then Kayden table tops her!

Kayden and Kacy coordinate, wheelbarrow suplex SPLASH! Cover, Persia drags Kacy off! Kacy and Persia argue, the ref counts, and Kacy goes back to Indi. Kacy brings Indi up, Indi blocks the whip to whip Kacy to the corner. Indi stomps Kacy, tags Persia and Persia brings Kacy up. But Kacy fires off kick after kick after kick! Persia keeps Kacy from Kayden to scoop and SNAKE EYES! Persia then drags Kacy around, tags Indi back in, and they whip to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER to LARIAT! Cover, Kayden drags Indi off! That’s payback on Persia but Indi tags Persia in. Persia gets Kacy up with a bearhug and squeezes tight! Then she RAMS Kacy into the corner!

Persia runs in but Kacy dodges! Persia POSTS herself, and Indi’s all mopey again! Persia tags her in while she’s not paying attention, and then Kacy tags Kayden! Kayden dodges Indi’s boot to SUPERKICK Persia off the apron! Kayden comes back but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Indi looks at the ring too long, she isn’t covering! Kayden gets a ghost pin, TWO!! Kayden facelocks Indi, drags her up but Indi RAMS her into the corner and knocks Kacy down! That still counts as a tag, but Indi hoists Kayden up top. Kacy gets up, Kayden shoves Indi down, and then Kacy gets a boost for the SUPER SPLASH! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by pinfall

Now that was a stage dive! But will these two continue to dance their way to the top? As for Indi, can she get over Dexter being away at home for the next month?

 

Andre Chase gives his students a tour of the Capitol Wrestling Center.

They go through the top of the line medical center. Oh, what do we have here? They encounter Cameron Grimes, and Chase says this is a #TeachableMoment. “Never make a decision when you’re angry, because it can and will cost you a match. Or in this case, your hair and your self respect.” Grimes gets in Chase’s face and tells him to go to hell. Don’t listen to him. They continue on, but will Chase’s students actually learn something useful?

 

Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS ???

The Emperor of Lucha returned to help show Xyon Quinn and all of NXT what happens when they upset Legado Del Fantasma. Will Escobar’s return to action get him back on track towards a title?

NXT returns and Escobar’s opponent is the hometown hopeful still trying to establish himself. The bell rings, Escobar and Malik circle. They tie up, Escobar puts Malik in a corner, then SLAPS him! Escobar says this is his ring, Malik is nothing! They circle, tie up, Escobar waistlocks and throws Malik around. Malik fights up from the mat, Escobar SLAPS him again! Malik grits his teeth, ties up with Escobar, but Escobar whips him away. Malik rebounds and cartwheels to dodge! Malik then slides under and dropkicks Escobar down! Escobar comes back and kicks away on Malik in the corner! Escobar snapmares then KICKS Malik in the back!

Escobar stomps away on Malik at the ropes, the ref counts but Escobar lets off at 4. Fans rally and duel as Escobar kicks Malik again. Escobar gets Malik up, suplexes, but Malik slips free and sunset flips, TWO! Escobar ROCKS Malik and then hammers away on him. Escobar knees away on Malik in a corner, then brings him around for an EXPLODER into the buckles! Escobar goes corner to corner, “SI! SI! SI!” and DOUBLE KNEES! Malik staggers into a fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER! Cover, Escobar wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

A dominant victory for Escobar, and Elektra Lopez has the mic to say, “No one says no to Legado Del Fantasma.” They offered Xyon Quinn the opportunity of a lifetime! And he said no!? Well look what happened to him. They never needed him anyway. And now that their leader, Santos Escobar, is back, Legado is stronger than ever. Joaquin Wilde adds that now that Legado is back at full strength- Here comes Von Wagner & Kyle O’Reilly! Kyle apologizes for interrupting but these two are here for the same reason: The NXT Tag Team Championships! Raul Mendoza laughs and says too bad! Legado already beat them!

Von tells the “Amigos” that they may think they’ve had success so far, but look at the tape, dumbass. Von’s foot was on the rope. So as far as they’re concerned, they have unfinished business. That’s one hell of a point. But here comes Imperium! They’re up in the stands, and Fabian Aichner tells Marcel Barthel that this is rather sad, but it’s in Italian. Barthel says that not only are these people much more ignorant, they’re also less intelligent! They don’t know Italian, they barely know a second language. But what Fabian was saying was that everyone should be ashamed, fighting like little children!

Kyle and his big friend, Lurch, really think they should challenge the champions? Kyle says, “Si, bueno.” And the lucha clowns really think they can step up to Imperium? The truth is, neither team will be able to stop the absolute standard bearers of this division! And the era of Imperium will continue no matter what! It doesn’t matter who is first, so the chumps can go figure that out while the champs will defend these titles at WarGames! Aichner and Barthel have sent their message, who gets to respond in two weeks?

 

Zoey Stark & Io Shirai walk over to Cora Jade.

Stark just wants to talk to Cora, but then Raquel Gonzalez walks in and bumps Shirai into Stark. Whoa, back up! Chiquitas, don’t think Raquel forgot about Stand & Deliver. Shirai talks back in Japanese but Stark keeps the peace. They need to get on the same page. Raquel points out Shirai doesn’t even get along with Stark. Why she gotta bring that up now? Cora speaks up and asks if they’re really gonna do the “Can they coexist?” thing. It’s so boring and old, outdated even. They are a team, but there’s a problem: They don’t have a fourth. So Cora will leave it to them to go find that fourth while Cora kicks Toxic Attraction ass.

That’s something the other three can agree on. It would be Stark if she wasn’t hurt, but can they find someone who can get along with the rest of them?

 

Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo.

McKenzie says he requested this time to share his thoughts on tonight’s Triple Threat main event. Oh, ‘ey! The business is booming! Forget about it! He’s got the numbers are all over the place, he’s got the bets right here. That paizano, Gargano, then the tough guy fugazi, Petey Poppins. But Tony’s money is on Carmelo Hayes. Does McKenzie got some money she wants to put down? No? Well, inside track is that Petey ain’t got a chance. They could turn that one karat ring on her finger into two, ya follow? Call his guy Hedge, put the bet in, and trust him. Thank you for your time. Back to the three stooges at the desk, oh!

 

Mandy Rose VS Cora Jade!

The NXT Women’s Champion is very confident in herself, but #GenerationJade is hoping to take advantage of that ego. Will Cora fire the first shot before going into WarGames?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Cora waistlocks but Mandy throws her off. They tie up again, Cora powers Mandy back but Mandy throws her down! Mandy taunts Cora as “Just a little girl,” but Cora ROCKS her with forearms! Cora has Mandy on ropes but Mandy knees low! Mandy whips, Cora blocks the hip toss to a takedown, ONE! Cora kicks but Mandy blocks, so Cora ENZIGURIS! Mandy flounders to a corner, Cora runs in but no shining wizard! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Cora up, puts her in a corner and throws big forearms! The ref counts, Mandy changes to stomps, then she brings Cora up to suplex! Cover, TWO!

Mandy mocks Cora while getting a neck wrench. Cora endures, fans rally and duel, and Cora fights up, only for Mandy to throw her down! Mandy puts on a body scissor squeeze! Cora endures, Mandy clamps on a chinlock! Cora endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Cora is free, but Mandy kicks low. Cora blocks suplex to a cradle, TWO! Cora gets up, and she rallies with clotheslines and elbows! Cora ducks and dodges to RANA Mandy to a corner! Cora fires up, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Cora keeps her focus, goes up the corner, but Mandy avoids the missile dropkick! Cora crawls, Mandy waits for her to get up, but KLR struts out with a BAT!

KLR grins but Mandy grows concerned as KLR starts beating the bat on the apron. And the post! And then the timekeeper’s laptop! Mandy wants KLR out of here but KLR tosses the bat to the ref! Cora rolls Mandy up, and WINS!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Give the assist to KLR! Mandy can’t do anything while KLR has her aluminum equalizer, but is this a sign KLR wants in on WarGames?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams speak.

Trick knows Melo knows what he’s about to say. “The disrespect stops tonight!” It should’ve stopped last week. They must not know who Melo is. “I am the A Champion! I am the leader of the new school. And Johnny Gargano, he wants to say he’s been here for five years. You say it like it’s a good thing. Well I’ve been here for five months, and look at all I’ve been able to accomplish. And Pete Dunne, he says he’s got 10 years experience on me, and we’re the same age.” Well Dunne looks 40! And it isn’t about experience, Pete. You can rock with the Old School, but you gon’ fall with the Old School. Tonight, Melo is the one with everything to lose, but keeping these suckers relevant.

You don’t chase Melo, Melo chases y’all. On HIS show, the A SHOW, the A TITLE, Melo is everything he says he is. And when he shoots, he won’t miss.

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“Have no fear of community, for connection needs two people. I am the provider, and we will bring for a new sense of belonging. Let me go open the eyes of the blind.” Harland reaches out his hand, but will he have a part to play when Gacy takes on LA Knight?

 

Cora Jade regroups with Shirai, Stark and Raquel.

They’re happy that Cora won against Mandy, but she asks if they talked to KLR about that. No, none of them did. KLR walks over and says, “I’m in.” They need a fourth, and that’s her. Oh and, she’ll be the one in the advantage ladder match next week. Well hell yeah! Will the Scary Queen of Scots secure this rag tag team a big win over Toxic Attraction and Dakota Kai?

 

Joe Gacy VS LA Knight!

Mr. Inclusion himself waits in the ring, and Knight makes his entrance, only for Waller to attack from behind! So much for leaving hostilities in the locker room! The megastar and the 21st Century Success Story fire off, but the refs come in to break them up. Knight pretends to cool off, only to rush Waller! Gacy gets a mic to apologize for that. He wishes we could’ve shown Knight how to handle his anger peacefully, but that was just not meant to be. So Gacy will take this time to discuss how we can fix- Diamond Mine makes their way out? Malcolm Bivens says this match isn’t happening. And since Gacy tried to steal the spotlight from them, maybe they do the same to him!

Do you hear that? The “Ivy Hive” is buzzing cuz Ivy Nile is getting in the ring! So Gacy can take his ass and step out of the ring. Gacy tells Mr. Bivens that he respects that Ms. Nile has a match, but respect is not something Gacy has for the Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong. Mr. Strong’s name alone is an example of toxic masculinity. And the Cruiserweight Championship is an example of exclusivity and weight shaming. The Cruiserweight title triggers those of a certain body type who find- Fans tell him to “Shut the Hell up” but Gacy criticizes the Cruiserweight Division as something that divides.

Strong says whatever to what Gacy said. Anyone that knows Strong knows that he fears no one! He doesn’t care about Gacy or about the weight limit. What Strong knows is that his next money match is standing right here. Bivens, let’s make this happen so that Strong can embarrass the DORK! Well what the champ wants, he gets. But don’t worry, Bivens will cross the T’s, dot the I’s, and make sure the contract is signed, sealed and delivered! WarGames, Strong beats Gacy down! Gacy thanks Mr. Bivens and looks forward to resolving this issue together as one. Alright. Julius, Brutus, take out the garbage. The Creed Brothers step up, but then Harland appears!

Well alright, maybe not. Strong says this is happening at WarGames. Will Diamond Mine be the ones cracking as Gacy and his fearsome friend come for them?

 

MSK continue looking for the shaman.

They’re stressing out but the car is making up for it. This is good stuff. Wes Lee & Nash Carter wanna just chill and kick it. But are they going too fast? Uh oh… They get pulled over. Think fast! What to do with the stash? Hold it! What? No! But then the officer knocks on the window and asks how they’re doing. Hello ocifer. Uh, officer. What’s the speed limit here? 35? Were they going 40? 45? No, seven. They were only going seven. Whoa… The officer asks they get out of the car for a check. They don’t wanna go to jail! They’re too pretty! Guys, please open the bag. The moment of truth… But then someone who is actually speeding goes by! MSK gets lucky here! They gotta go.

 

Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS ???

NXT returns and Ivy’s opponent is Yulisa Leon. The bell rings and Leon circles with Nile. Nile rushes in but Leon gets away. And then Leon dodges again. Leon shows off her dance moves but Nile trips her up! Nile then waistlocks and drags Leon down to grind her into the mat. Nile does push-ups off Leon’s back! The crowd counts along, Nile stops at 5 to facelock. Leon slips out to hammerlock but Nile fights up to drop toehold. Nile has the arm and grinds Leon’s shoulder. Leon fights up, chinbars, but Nile thrashes the arm. Leon whips free but Nile steps off the bottom rope to LARIAT! Nile then runs in to ONE FOOT DROPKICK Leon down!

Nile gets Leon with another facelock, and she wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS! But Leon sunset flips! Nile drops to get the headscissor necklock! Leon endures, kicks, Nile squeezes and does crunches! Leon kicks around, Nile SLAPS her on the stomach. Leon pushes back, TWO! Another try, TWO! Leon fights up to her feet for a high stack, TWO as Nile throws her away. Leon handsprings through, waistlocks and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Nile has it, rolls it through tot he DRAGON SLEPER! Leon taps, Nile wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission

The behind the back grip did Leon in, Nile is ready to crush the rest of the division! Will we see her do that all the way to the gold?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“NXT is the perfect battleground right now. It reminds me a lot of the streets that I come from.” One day, Solo is with Down Since Day One, then the next, he was all alone. It didn’t matter if he had someone with him, he was always by himself. So he’ll fight anyone. Size, speed, old, new, it doesn’t matter. You’ll all drop down to the Street Champion of the Island!

 

The Grizzled Young Veterans talk backstage.

It all culminates tonight. This is the one. But then they bump into someone on their phone. Whoa, c’mon, lad. Watch where you’re going. They pickpocketed the guy! Bonus. Whoa, Knight and Waller are still brawling! The refs still can’t stop them! What will it take for these two to put this to rest?

 

Boa speaks.

“I don’t know how to control it. Mei Ying has passed on her strength and spirit. It comes and goes. I have no control over it. But once controlled, you will fear Boa!” The spirit of Tian Sha is powerful, what will happen once Boa has tamed it?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!

Zack Gibson & James Drake want to apparently scam their ways to the top, but they’re up against two good ol’ boys who’d rather fight! Will Briggs & Brooks be ready for anything Liverpool’s Number One & Mr. Mayhem try?

The teams sort out, Drake starts with Brooks. They circle, tie up, Drake throws hands! Drake goes to buckle bump but Brooks stops that to bump, cop, forearm and BULLDOG! Tag to Briggs, he and Brooks double whip to double shoulder Drake down! Briggs gets Drake up, wrenches and puts Drake in the corner. Tag to Brooks, Briggs hotshots Drake, then he and Brooks slide out to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! They high-ten, Brooks goes in to keep Drake from Gibson with more haymakers and JABS! Brooks does a two step to then DECK Drake! Brooks talks up his strong left hand, but Gibson blocks the corner splash. Drake SLAPS Brooks!

Drake runs for it, but he baits Brooks into the trap! Brooks grabs at Drake, Drake kicks him away and Gibson tags in! Brooks trips Drake but Gibson knees Brooks into ropes! Gibson smothers Brooks in the mat while talking trash, Gibson gets Brooks up to short arm LARIAT! Gibson headlocks, Brooks fights up but Gibson wrangles him down. NXT shows us that Knight and Waller are still fighting backstage! Brooks reaches, Gibson KNEES Him low then put shim in the corner. Brooks forearms but Gibson gets him in the sleeper! Brooks back suplexes out! Brooks crawls for his corner, Gibson gets his foot and drags him away. Tag to Drake and he grinds Brooks down with a facelock.

Brooks fights up, Drake digs in his heels to keep him back, but Brooks powers up to back drop free! Hot tag to Briggs! Briggs DECKS Gibson, rallies on Drake and BOOTS him down! Then a BOOT to Gibson! SIDEWALK SLAM and a SPLASH for Drake! Briggs fires up, corner splashes then CLUBS Drake, into a double underhook. Drake lips out of the suplex but his leg jams! The ref has Briggs back off, but Gibson climbs the corner! The ref tells Gibson to get down but Briggs BOOTS him! Drake is up but Briggs blocks his boot to see the leg isn’t bad at all. Briggs gets Drake up, BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Tag to Brooks, Brigs runs, HIGH LOW! Cover, Brooks & Briggs win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

A big win over the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Will this help Brooks & Briggs become future NXT Tag Team Champions?

 

NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano!

Melo wants to prove he’s THE champion of NXT, but he’s up against two men who have held titles longer than Melo’s been in NXT! Will the Bruiserweight finally make history by being the first man to have held NXT UK and North American titles? Or will Johnny Wrestling find his way back to the top?

NXT returns as Melo makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the “A Title” is raised, and we’ll see who is a champion in the end!

Melo DECKS Gargano at the bell but Dunne goes after Melo. Melo throws Dunne out but Gargano CHOPS Melo! And CHOPS! And whips, but Melo reverses. Gargano RANAS Melo down, then dropkicks him! Fans fire up as Gargano dusts himself off. Gargano gets Melo up, wrenches but Melo gets around to O’Conner Roll, kip up and Eddy Gordo kick! Dunne gets in but Melo kicks low. Melo headlocks, Dunne powers out but Melo rolls off Dunne’s back. Dunne runs and CLOBBERS Melo! Dune turns around, Gargano schoolboys but no kick as Dunne ducks! Dunne wants a crossface but Gargano slips out to go for his submission! Dunne rolls it to a cover, TWO!

Gargano headlocks, Dunne powers out, drops, hurdles but Gargano holds ropes to avoid the impact. Gargano wags his finger and fans fire up. Melo CLOBBERS Gargano then CLOBBERS Dunne! Melo shoots the three then stomps Gargano. He stomps Dunne, throws forearms, then stomps Gargano more. Melo pie faces Gargano but Dunne trips Melo! Dunne has a standing toehold, Gargano runs in but Dunne adds him on! Dunne has a leg from each man, DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Trick reaches out to help Melo slip out and escape! Gargano turns over, kicks Dunne away, then he wrenches an arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! Dunne fights but Gargano chinbars.

Melo gets in to springboard and DOUBLE FLYING LARIAT! Cover on Dunne, TWO! Cover on Gargano, ONE! Melo is annoyed but the fans are rallying and dueling. Melo gets Gargano up, CLUBS him down, but Dunne comes back to CHOP! Melo fires off on Dunne and DECKS him! Melo facelocks Gargano but Gargano fights the suplex. Gargano runs in to CHOP Melo at the corner! Headlock, BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up for Gargano while Trick coaches Melo up. Gargano gets Dunne for a facelock, and he kicks Melo to get the TORNADO DDT on Dunne! Dunne and Melo both bail out, but Gargano just builds speed!

Gargano DIVES and hits Dunne into the desk! Gargano gets back in to DIVE and hit Melo to the ramp! Fans fire up and get high fives from Gargano as he makes a lap around to RANA Dunne! Gargano gets back in the ring and is fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Gargano sees Melo getting back to the ring, so he goes out to put him in. Gargano talks trash with Trick before he goes up the steel steps. Melo runs in but into a forearm. Gargano slingshots but Melo catches him, turns him around and KICKS him in the back! Gargano is hung up, Melo springboards for the LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Melo is a bit surprised but he just goes after Dunne with stomps. Melo gets Dunne up to CHOP him, Dunne kicks back! Dunne whips Melo hard into buckles, then drags him around to stomp the leg! Melo clutches his knee, Dunne gets Gargano for a deathlock! Melo runs in, Dunne catches him, facelock to a HALF HATCH that SNAPS the deathlock!

Gargano endures as Dunne gets back up and adjusts the hold to a Queen Angelito Stretch! Dunne then lets off to STOMP the legs! Gargano writhes while Dunne DECKS Melo! Dunne stalks Gargano, reels him in but Gargano holds ropes. Dunne gets Gargano from the ropes but Gargano throws elbows. Gargano goes to ropes, Melo RAMS a shoulder in, then slingshots over then both, SUNSET GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! All three men are down as NXT returns to single picture and fans are fired up! Dunne hits Gargano while they’re still on the mat. Melo grabs Gargano by the hair to throw a forearm, then he does the same to Dunne.

Melo CHOPS Gargano, ROCKS Dunne, repeat! Melo stands up, has both opponents, but they DOUBLE FOREARM him! Then they DOUBLE LARIAT each other! And again! Gargano kicks but Dunne ducks the enziguri! Dunne BOOTS Gargano, GAMANGIRIS Melo, then reels Melo into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Melo scoots back to the corner, Gargano basement dropkicks Dunne! Melo puts Gargano on the apron and runs, into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Dunne stomps Gargano’s hands then BUZZSAWS! Pump handle, but Gargano DDT’s out of it! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as all three men are down again!

Dunne goes to a corner, Melo goes to the opposite. Gargano runs in to forearm smash Dunne! Melo dodges Gargano to forearm Dunne. Melo comes back, to the schoolboy from Gargano, BUZZSAW ROLLING KICK COMBO! Gargano throws a forearm on Dunne, Dunne ENZIGURIS Gargano! Mello hits a CODE BREAKER! Melo gets Dunne up to suplex and CUTTER while slamming Dunne down on Gargano! Cover on Dunne, TWO! Melo is furious but fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Gargano goes to a corner, Dunne goes to another. Melo gets up and runs in but Dunne dodges to GAMANGIRI! Then he drops a knee on Melo’s arm! And he stomps Gargano’s hands!

Gargano ducks the buzzsaw to POISON RANA Dunne! Melo gets up to BOOT Gargano! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS LARIAT! Trick is freaking out but fans are loving this! Gargano gets Melo up, scoops and LAWN DARTS to the corner! Gargano hurries to go out and PENALTY KICK Trick! But Dunne tosses Melo, only for Gargano to GAMANGIRI! Slingshot into a forearm! Dunne pump handles, BITTER END!! Cover, but Tony D’Angelo drags him out! D’Angelo RAMS Dunne into steps! Melo goes up to FLYING LEG DROP on Gargano! Cover, Melo wins!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

That wise guy, Tony, just rigged the game! He and Trick aren’t sure if they should fist bump or shake hands, but they just agree that they did right by Melo. But whoa, the brawl of Waller and Knight spills back to ringside! They bump into Tony and Trick and Tony takes offense! Tony brawls with Knight, Dunne goes after Tony for that screw job! Knight and Dunne both beat Tony up, Melo goes after them, but Waller jumps on! Tony and Melo stomp Dunne, Trick stomps Gargano! They all go after Gargano! Trick puts a chair down and brings Gargano around! They wanna do him like they did Dexter! Melo goes up, but CIAMPA makes his way out! And he has a chair of his own!!

Trick rushes out but get a chair shot! Then Ciampa SMACKS Waller! Tony jumps on Ciampa’s chair but Dunne STOMPS Tony’s hand! Ciampa JAMS Tony, he and Melo have chairs, but Knight clears out Waller! Melo sees he’s all alone so he bails out! Ciampa, Dunne and Knight stand tall while Melo, Tony and Waller regroup at the ramp. Fans are chanting for it, and Ciampa helps Gargano up. DIY look to each other and nod, but wait! Here comes BRON BREAKKER! Breakker has a mic to say, “WARGAAAAMES~!” And then all hell breaks lose as the eight men brawl! Gargano has Melo, Knight and Waller, Dunne and D’Angelo, Ciampa and Breakker!

Old school VS new school, who will stand tall inside the steel?


My Thoughts:

This was a really good NXT here, with a lot set up for WarGames, but I still have one major gripe. Can’t they give Roderick Strong an opponent from the Cruiserweight Division? I know I was saying this last week, but they’re “waiving” the 205 pound weight limit just so Gacy can have a match against Strong at WarGames. I admit there was some cleverness in Gacy’s promo, even from a satirical standpoint where Gacy is reading too much in saying Roderick’s last name is somehow misogynistic when it’s the word strong. Strong VS Gacy is going to be a very good match, but Gacy can’t win. That makes the Cruiserweight title obsolete! Thought, that’s probably want Vince wants anyway because he only cares about BEEF.

Waller had his best match ever tonight against Ciampa. And speaking of Gacy, I did like that his match got cancelled because Waller went after Knight. I also liked that Knight and Waller brawled for the rest of the night all over the place. The Triple Threat North American Championship match was awesome stuff, making 2.0 feel a little like 1.0 again. I know Tony D’Angelo called out Dunne but I was kinda hoping the title match would end without interference. But hey, D’Angelo going after Dunne, Bron Breakker adding himself to things, that is going to be an awesome Men’s WarGames match that I hope “Old School” wins. It’s Dunne and DIY! And even Knight can do a match like WarGames and look good.

Of course Escobar wins to get back into things, but that was more a vehicle to plug the tag team titles. Kyle & Von VS Legado’s Wilde & Mendoza next week will be good, but I would think the Faces win to go after Imperium. Also, expect Xyon Quinn to come back and go after Escobar on the side of that match. Meanwhile, I continue to mourn the great run Grizzled Young Veterans was having in 1.0. If they’re failing to cheat and beat Briggs & Brooks, I don’t know what they’re supposed to do now. As for MSK, they had a decent promo to have further marijuana humor. I really hope we meet “the shaman” by WarGames.

I like how Indi was distracted by Dexter’s injury. It was maybe a bit cheesy but that’s been the entirety of The Way’s comedy style this whole time, including the #InDex romance. Plus, it helps build Kacy & Kayden up towards the tag titles. And as I expected, KLR is the fourth woman to face Toxic Attraction & Dakota Kai. Great promos and match moments to set that up, that is going to be a fun WarGames match.

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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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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