The battle lines have been drawn in NXT!
Before going inside the sinister steel, advantage must be won! The NXT Universe voted, who competes in tonight’s Advantage Ladder Match?
- Women’s Advantage Ladder Match: Kay Lee Ray VS Dakota Kai; KLR wins advantage for their team at NXT WarGames.
- Andre Chase VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
- WWE NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Legado Del Fantasma; Kyle & Wagner win and will challenge Imperium at NXT WarGames.
- All-Inclusive Invitational: Joe Gacy w/ Harland VS ???; Gacy wins.
- Solo Sikoa VS Endris Enofe; Sikoa wins.
- Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon; Indi & Persia win.
- Men’s Advantage Ladder Match: Johnny Gargano VS Bron Breakker; Breakker wins advantage for their team at NXT WarGames.
PLAY BY PLAY
Women’s Advantage Ladder Match: Kay Lee Ray VS Dakota Kai!
The teams meet on stage, fans are fired up, and the brawl breaks out! Referees hurry to put a stop to this, only KLR and #CobraKai are to fight! Dakota RAMS KLR into a ladder and knocks it over! Toxic Attraction, Shirai, Raquel and Cora go to the back while Dakota kicks KLR down. Dakota laughs while fans rally for “WAR~ GAMES! WAR~ GAMES!” Dakota puts KLR in the ring, the ref sounds the bell and KLR SUPERKICKS Dakota down! Dakota flops right out of the ring and fans fire up for KLR! She goes up and SUPER SWANTONS Dakota down! Fans lose their minds as KLR looks around and finds a new ladder.
KLR has the ladder but Dakota grabs the other end. They tug-o-war, but KLR RAMS Dakota into the apron! Dakota is stuck, KLR SUPERKICKS her again! Dakota flops down, KLR grins as she brings Dakota up again. Gory Especial, but Dakota fights out to SLAP KLR down! KLR gets up with a scowl and Dakota hurries into the ring! KLR chases her, Dakota bails back out and KLR keeps chasing. Dakota catches KLR to a dragon sleeper! TWISTING DDT to the steel steps! Fans lose their minds all over again while Dakota fidgets and searches for stuff under the ring. Dakota brings out yet another ladder as fans rally for “NXT! NXT!”
Dakota makes this ladder into a ramp but KLR grabs at her foot. Dakota kick KLR away then whips her, only for KLR to reverse and send Dakota into those steps! KLR sees the ladder, puts it in the ring, and looks up at the briefcase. But Dakota yanks the ladder away to throw it down. KLR DIVES right onto Dakota! Dakota hits desk, KLR brings Dakota up to GOURD BUSTER her onto the ladder!! Dakota writhes and clutches her ribs! KLR puts the ladder back in the ring, looks up at the briefcase again, and starts setting the ladder up. “This is Awesome!” as KLR has the ladder under the briefcase and begins to climb. But Dakota gets in to bring KLR down, kick her low and throw her into buckles!
Dakota climbs, reaches out, but KLR yanks her back down! KLR ROCKS Dakota with a forearm and Dakota staggers around. KLR whips Dakota, Dakota reverses and KLR is sent into a ladder again! The ladder tips over, Dakota whips KLR into a corner, then BOOT WASHES! Dakota drags KLR to stomp her down, then she sets the ladder back up. Fans duel as Dakota climbs but KLR throws body shots. Dakota CLUBS KLR down, brings KLR up and bumps her off buckles. Dakota stomps KLR down, digs her boot in, then gives her more stomps. KLR pushes Dakota away and heads for the ladder but Dakota CLUBS her down!
Fans rally, Dakota CLUBS KLR, then CLUBS her again. KLR shoves Dakota, gets around and reels Dakota in for a GOURD BUSTER! Dakota is down, KLR goes up the corner! Dakota BOOTS KLR down! Then DECKS her into a Tree of Woe! Dakota climbs up, to WOE STOMP KLR to the apron!! Fans fire up as both women hit the floor and NXT goes picture in picture.
KLR writhes now, clutching a leg as she tries to get up. Dakota stands up and stomps KLR down. Dakota bumps KLR off the steps, then chokes her! KLR pushes Dakota away but Dakota goes into the ring to climb the ladder. Dakota smiles as she looks at the briefcase but KLR drags her back down. Dakota CLUBS KLR, stomps her, then kicks her around. Dakota climbs again, reaches the top but KLR gets a foot again. Dakota kicks her away, then hops down to shout at her. Dakota stands on KLR’s neck and back, then lets off to taunt the fans. KLR hits Dakota but Dakota CLUBS her down. Dakota straddle attacks KLR down, stomps her more, then drags her around for a HEEL HOOK!
KLR endures, clubs at Dakota’s legs, but Dakota kicks her back down! Dakota keeps on the heel hook, KLR fights back with more stomps from her free leg. KLR gets free, goes to a corner, but Dakota stomps her down! Dakota digs her boot into the bad leg, then lets off to put the leg on the ropes. Dakota PULLS the leg against the ropes, and lets off just to readjust and have a HEEL HOOK in the ropes! KLR endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally and duel. KLR still endures, stomps with her free leg and gets free again. KLR bails out, but Dakota pursues. Dakota grins as KLR slowly stands. Dakota runs in but KLR spins her to a Gory Especial, KLR BOMB to the desk!!
KLR powers through while Toxic Attraction watches backstage. Dakota hurries as KLR climbs with one good leg, and Dakota goes up the other side! KLR and Dakota trade haymakers at the very top! KLR gets the edge, but Dakota blocks to SMACK KLR off the top! KLR falls, Dakota reaches up! Dakota has hands on the case, but she has to unhook the handle! KLR drags Dakota down! Dakota kicks KLR away, focuses her mind, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS KLR!! Fans lose their minds again while Shirai, Raquel, Cora and even Zoey Stark are watching backstage, too. Dakota gets up, climbs again, but KLR drags her back down from under the ladder!
KLR gets Dakota stuck in the rungs, and SLAMS her into a Tree of Woe! Fans are thunderous as KLR climbs up and over Dakota, but Dakota just pulls her down. KLR SUPERKICKS Dakota and Dakota flops out of the Tree! KLR climbs up the ladder, touches the case, and unhooks it! KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray (Shirai, Gonzalez, Jade & KLR have the advantage)
Toxic Attraction is furious! Dakota’s sadism may have cost them! Will this be the key to the Scary Queen of Scots, Evil Genius of the Sky, Big Mami Cool and #GenerationJade taking down Dakota, Mandy, Gigi & Jacy?
Andre Chase vents on Twitter.
Cameron Grimes tried to embarrass him in front of his students! Chase promises that this week on NXT, Grimes will get himself a Chase University sized ass-kicking!
The Grizzled Young Veterans sneak around backstage.
James Drake has the key to Brooks Jensen’s locker. He hands it off to Zack Gibson while keeping watch. But Ikemen Jiro still shows up and loudly asks what they’re doing. Gibson hushes him, and says this is a very sensitive operation. Sensitive operation? SHH! SHH! Kushida finds Jiro and Jiro says this is a very sensitive operation, shh. Everyone is hushing each other, but then Brooks & Briggs show up! GYV run off, Brooks asks what they were up top. Kushida says, “Shh!” and Jiro says, “Very sensitive operation.” Uh, okay.
Andre Chase VS Cameron Grimes!
“Professor” Chase is already in the ring and his student section is already fired up as the Carolina Caveman makes his entrance. Chase wants to make this a #TeachableMoment, but will he learn what it is to be a tune-up for Grimes going into his Hair VS Hair match?
The bell rings, the two circle, Grimes gets a leg but Chase hobbles to ropes. Chase turns things around to a facelock, Grimes WRINGS Chase out and tells him to “Kiss Mah Grits!” Chase gets up, Grimes counter punches him and KICKS him down! Grimes brings Chase up to bump off buckles, then whips him to ropes. Chase whips Grimes away but Grimes then puts Chase on the apron. Chase pulls Grimes’ hair to throw him down! Chase gets in, RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, but Chase jams an elbow into Grimes’ forehead. Chase CLUBS Grimes, whips Grimes to a corner, then stalks up behind him to RAM him into buckles!
Chase gets his student section to spell his name as he stomps away on Grimes. Chase brings Grimes up to scoop but Grimes slips out, shoves and RANAS Chase down! Grimes runs to rally with forearms! Grimes fires up and fans fire up with him! Grimes runs in to JUMP KICK in the corner! Chase falls, Grimes goes up, but Chase gets under the flying attack, only to turn around into a CAVE-IN!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
But Duke Hudson appears to sarcastically congratulate Grimes. Congrats on hi s last victory with a full head of hair. Hudson knows a guy who can do some computer wizardry, and here are some pics of what Grimes would look with different haircuts. First, the Karen. Call the manager on that one. Second, one of those half cuts. Hard to say if it’s half started or half finished. There are a few out here in the fans with that. Fans tell Hudson to shut up but he has the third one, the bowl cut. Fourth Stooge or Dumb, Dumber & Dumbest. And of course, the last one is Hudson’s pick, the full cue ball.
When Hudson humiliated Grimes, apparently Grimes just got more handsome. So Hudson will make him as bald as when he was born. Hudson will take the hair, the beard, and give Grimes a real reason to cry. Grimes sends a message back by throwing Chase into the ring, and bringing out the ELECTRIC CHEERS! But Chase’s top student saves him! Grimes gets a mic and tells Hudson, “I’m shaving you baaald~!” Who ends up fresh faced as a newborn baby this Sunday?
NXT announces the “Old School” representative tonight.
It’s Johnny Gargano! Will it not even matter who steps up from the New School against Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling? The “New School” is arriving at this very moment, so we find out who was chosen, after the break.
NXT, meet Endris Enofe.
All his life, he’s always come across doubters trying to mold him into what they wanted. As a id, he was told he’d never make it out of Inglewood, California. He was always looking over his shoulder. The struggle, the doubt, it was all there. But he signed up to give five and a half years to the military. His service ended with someone telling him that was all he could be and there was nothing else for him. But there he was, surrounded by doubters again. Their words isolated him. Much like his first opponent here tonight, Solo Sikoa, who fought alone on the streets just to prove himself. They’re not so different. But tonight, Endris proves that he has overcome, and he strives to be the Epitome of Excellence!
The “New School” is in the ring!
Alicia Taylor introduces Team NXT 2.0, and informs them that “Team Black ‘n’ Gold” will be represented by Gargano tonight. Before we find out who represents their team, how do they feel about WarGames? Carmelo hears the “Johnny Wrestling!” chants and says we’re looking at the future of the WWE. The Supreme Team meets the Dream Team, and their ice cream only needs one thing. “Ain’t nobody messing with The Kliq!” But Johnny Wrestling, he’s done it all in NXT. He’s had food on his plate for years! Big matches, big moments, championships and action figures, even video games. Melo isn’t asking Gargano to share, he’s saying, “Bring me my plate!”
Melo is the A Champion in NXT, and on Sunday, they’ll know how this goes. When Melo shoots, he don’t miss. We shootin’? Waller tells “Team Hot Dogs ‘n’ Handshakes,” they want the new kids to come in and carry their bags? Tie their bootstraps? Instead, they came in, slapped them in the face, and put it on social media. That is what a good sports entertainer does in 2021! As for that FLOP, LA Knight, Waller would be jealous, too, lad! There’s a fresher, more exciting and more handsome version of him on the scene, and that burns Knight up. But that’s just the #GraysonWallerEffect. Melo applauds that.
Bron Breakker says Ciampa comes out here, calls Bron puppy and even throws out “the math reference,” like Bron is drowning in a pool of his own inexperience. Ciampa wants to preach about his 17 years. Listen, that’s fine! Overlook Team 2.0! This week, at WarGames, they’re coming and will beat Black ‘n’ Gold to then come for the NXT Championship! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Bron bringing up gold? Tony D’Angelo knows about that himself, ‘ey! But enough about him. These four guys, they paved the road that they’re walking on right now, right? Of course he’s right. But that road has some potholes. Those holes need to be filled, with their heads! Starting with Pete Poppins!
Sunday at WarGames, the old school better bring their best, they’re gonna need it! Trick Williams says to talk that talk, Tony! Alicia directs things to the reveal for tonight’s advantage match representative. The winner is… BRON BREAKKER! Fans wanted to see it, and here it is! Bron says he will gladly fight- Gargano interrupts! “What I love about you NXT 2.0 Kids, you live in a unicorn vomit filled fantasy land.” They stand around talking about how they’ll beat the guys who put NXT on the map. Let Gargano tell them something. If not for guys like him, these five wouldn’t have a ring to stand in, and that’s the truth.
But they want to bury all that? Fine. Tonight, they get their opportunity, starting with Bron, “The Big Bad Booty Nephew himself!” But Bron, look. Gargano is here all by himself. But how about Bron showing he isn’t just the nephew, he’s also a man. Leave the team in the back, give the people what they want! Gargano VS Breakker, Ladder match, 1v1, man to man! What does Bron say? “I tell you what. You want a ladder match? I’ll leave my team behind tonight, and will gladly kick your ass!” The battle of young and old goes down in the main event, who gets the advantage for this battle of generations?
Backstage with El Legado Del Fantasma.
Tonight’s a big match, as a win leads to WarGames and the NXT Tag Team Championship match. The only thing in their way is the team of Kyle & Von, who Joaquin Wilde points out they’ve beaten already. They’ll do it again tonight. Raul Mendoza says foot on the ropes, foot not on the ropes, there will be no excuses tonight! Santos Escobar says that history is written by the winners. Hermanos, go out there and write the next chapter. Elektra Lopez says after WarGames, Legado will be draped in gold! That #1 contenders match happens after the break!
MSK are on their way!
Their rental car with its GPS says they’re almost there. Nothing will get in their way. Wait, why did Nash Carter have to say that? Wes Lee is sure something will go wrong now! Nash says Wes should drive next time, then. But the car corrects “dipsh*t” Nash, he’s turning left when he should be turning right. Wait, did the car just- You’ve arrived. About damn time. It only took you five weeks. “The Shaman is inside. Go forth and find your destiny.” Well no idea where this GPS came from, but it better watch its ass. How about Wes watch his? Nash has Wes calm down, they’re here. They exit the car, and they are fired up!
They go up to the building, they have the supplies and each other. Wes, you knock. Nash is all nervous. The door opens, and standing there in the light is… “It’s him.” But who?! Who is the Shaman?!
WWE NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Legado Del Fantasma!
Controversy in their previous showdown is why the question remains: Who is worthy of the opportunity? Will the rag tag duo of Kyle & Von make it work? Or will this be Wilde’s & Mendoza’s time?
Von starts against Mendoza and fans rally up. They tie up, Wagner tosses Mendoza to a corner then dares him to come back. Mendoza steps up, catches the arm and wrenches to YANK. Wagner CLUBS the arms, Mendoza CHOPS and kicks but Wagner reverses the whip. Mendoza goes out, ENZIGURIS, springboards but Wagner gets under. Mendoza comes back, tilt-o-whirl but Wagner blocks the kick to whip and shoulder tackle Mendoza down! Mendoza goes to a corner, tag to Kyle, Kyle KICKS and Wagner HEADBUTTS, repeat! Kyle drags Mendoza up, wrenches and hammerlocks then headlocks. Mendoza endures the grind, fights his way over and tags in Wilde.
Kyle gets Wilde with a headlock but he powers out. Legado DOUBLE SPINEBUSTERS, then split the wishbone before double basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Deep leg hook cover, TWO! Wilde knees, shoves and CLOBBERS Kyle! Cover, TWO! Another deep hook, TWO! Wilde seethes, but he RAMS Kyle into the corner. Tag to Mendoza, he stomps Kyle then CLUBS him. Mendoza CLUBS Kyle again, talks trash, but Kyle trips Mendoza to get the foot! Mendoza gets the ropes then kicks Kyle away. Mendoza kicks Kyle to ropes, whips him to ropes but Kyle reverses. Mendoza sunset flips but Kyle stays up to get the ARMBAR! Mendoza makes it a cover, TWO!
Mendoza kicks Kyle but Kyle boots back! Tag to Wagner, Mendoza whips but Kyle reverses. Mendoza goes up but Kyle stops that for Wagner to LEAP FROG ATTACK! And then waistlock SLAM! Wagner rolls to a cover, TWO! Wagner has a bearhug, and here comes Xyon Quinn? Quinn stares at Escobar and Lopez from across the ring, but Wagner still has Mendoza down as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns while Wilde has Kyle down with a chinlock now. Escobar and Lopez see Quinn approaching, but Escobar puts Lopez in the way. Quinn and Lopez lock eyes as they circle, but Quinn fires off on Escobar! They brawl, Lopez hurries after them. Kyle fights up to thro body shots and ROCK Wilde! Kyle runs but Mendoza is there. Wilde dropkicks Kyle down! Clothesline and tag! Mendoza runs in, clothesline and tag! Wilde runs in to clothesline and tag, then Mendoza does the same! Wilde goes again, then Mendoza tops it off with a GAMANGIRI! Tag to Wilde before Mendoza snap suplexes! Kyle gets up, Wilde SWANTONS! Cover, TWO!
Wilde grows frustrated but Wilde clamps on a chinlock. Kyle fights up but Wilde knees low to turn him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Wilde drags Kyle up, tags Mendoza, they double whip Kyle corner to corner. Kyle boots Mendoza back, then puts Wilde on the apron. Wilde ROCKS Kyle, but Wagner BOOTS Wilde! Kyle crawls, Mendoza anchors a foot! Kyle hops up, tag to Wagner! Wagner fires off on Mendoza, reels him in and LARITS! Then a LEG LARIAT! Wagner whips Mendoza for a POWERSLAM! Wilde gets in, for a COMPLETE SHOT! Wagner gets Mendoza up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Wagner drags Mendoza up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but Mendoza dropkicks legs out! Wagner hits buckles, but he pops Mendoza up. Mendoza lands on the ropes to springboard missile dropkick Wagner down! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as both men crawl. Hot tags to Wilde and Kyle! Kyle fires off forearms but so does Wilde! Wilde gets the edge but Kyle comes back with more! They keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Fans are loving it! Wilde gets the edge but Kyle KICKS, KNEES and sweeps! Wilde jumps that and ROCKS Kyle! Kyle yoyos but Wilde dodges! Wilde blocks a kick to DDT!
Fans fire up for “LEGADO! LEGADO!” but Wilde SLAPS Wagner! Wagner gets in, the ref has to keep him back! Wilde signals to Mendoza, he runs in, but Wagner dumps him out! Kyle knees Wilde, tags Wagner in, and Wagner pops Wilde up for the KICK! Then HIGH LOW!! Cover, Wagner & Kyle win!!
Winners: Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)
Wagner may be green but he’s got a THREE-TIME tag team champion to guide him! Will they bring that #TotalAnnihilation to Imperium at WarGames?
Backstage interview with Imperium.
They just learned who their challengers will be. Their thoughts? They both answer in German and Italian but realize “these people” need a chance to understand. So in English, Marcel Barthel says “It does not matter.” But Kyle & Von show up to say they’ve bounced back. These misfits are ONE WIN AWAY from those titles. See you at WarGames, dumbasses! Barthel keeps Fabian Aichner calm, but will Kyle & Von unleash on Imperium and take those titles away?
NXT, here’s another Tiffany Epiphany.
Tiffany says that since she was born, her daddy called her a princess. A princess should always have the best cars, shop at the best boutiques, and wear the best clothes. Who looks at the price tags anyway? It’s just numbers. And where she shops, Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays don’t exist. Daddy says she can have anything she wants. Tiffany Stratton is on her way, but how will she fare actually putting in the work?
All-Inclusive Invitational: Joe Gacy w/ Harland VS ???
Gacy and his hulking cohort are in the ring as he introduces himself. Standing here is how they believe the future of the NXT Cruiserweight Division will be. They believe the reign of Roderick Strong has created a “toxic and unrealistic environment,” for both the fans and the competitors. In the world of Gacy, this division won’t be about specific height requirements, weight shaming, or even gender bias standing in the way of progression. Tonight, he invited three competitors to give them his best in front of the world as he prepares to dethrone Strong at NXT “Conflict Resolution.” So please, sit back, relax and enjoy your glimpse at the future.
Gacy first starts against #ThaKid. They circle, tie up, Gacy facelocks but Tha Kid slips right out. They tie up again, Tha Kid headlocks but Gacy powers out to run him over. Things speed up, Tha Kid tilt-o-whirls but Gacy stays up. Tha Kid facelocks, Gacy shoves him away but Tha Kid mule kicks then dropkicks! Gacy gets mad and BOOTS him down! Then stomps him to a corner! Gacy clotheslines, reel shim in and hits an URENAGE! Gacy hauls Tha Kid up, and GUT WRENCH POWERBOMBS! Cover, Gacy wins this first round!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
Gacy helps Tha Kid up, and gives him a hug to show no hard feelings. Gacy gets the mic to say, “Now, I would love to give this young lady an opportunity.” Tesha Price steps into the ring, the bell rings and they circle. This is historic in that it’s co-ed, but here comes the Diamond Mine! Malcolm Bivens says Gacy didn’t need to create this spectacle. But y’know what’s missing? Legitimacy! So how about a legitimate fighter, like teh NXT Cruiserweight Champion, steps up? What Gacy’s done is saying this is history tonight, because this is the first, and the very last, All-Inclusive Invitational. At WarGames, Strong and Diamond Mine shut Gacy up for good!
Gacy tells Mr. Bivens that there is no need for this aggression. Gacy respects the passion, but please leave the others outside so that Gacy can talk to Strong person to person. Oooh~! Bivens and Strong step up to the ring and Bivens says Gacy’s done messed up now. Gacy asks Mr. Strong if he allows Mr. Bivens to always speak for him. Strong says he’s done with talking. Strong DECKS Gacy, the invitational is done, and Strong even decks Gacy’s heavyweight guest! But Gacy handsprings and LARIATS Strong down! Harland gets Gacy out of the ring before the Creed Brothers rush in, and fans want to see this fight one way or another!
Will Gacy open the gates when he wins the title? Or will Strong slam them shut when he retains?
Backstage interview with Solo Sikoa.
McKenzie asks him about his mask with Endris Enofe, and how Endris made reference to him. Solo says he gets it. Endris is from the streets of Inglewood. He was in the military, too. But this ain’t the military or Inglewood. Endris steps to the Street Champion of the Island. That right there is a challenge. But Boa walks up, straining to keep the power of Tian Sha contained. Solo says sorry, he can’t understand him. Boa’s on his own with this one. Solo heads out, will he prove there is a difference between him and the rest?
Solo Sikoa VS Endris Enofe!
Both men have been fighting against doubt and the odds for their whole lives, but the difference between these two is that only one can win! Who lives up to their own expectations as they collide here tonight?
The bell rings, Solo and Endris circle. They tie up, Endris headlocks but Solo powers out to run him over. Endris gets up, Solo eggs him on. Endris comes back, Solo gets the arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Robert Stone is watching from the ramp now as Solo has a chinbar. Solo sees Stone taking notes, he wrings Endris but Endris gets up to waistlock. Solo gets free, KICKS a leg, and then runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Solo drags Endris back up, to KICK him back down! Solo stomps away, Stone likes what he sees, but Endris throws body shots. Solo CLUBS Endris, whips him to ropes but Endris dodges to jump, into a SWINGING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up with Solo and he stomps Endris down. Solo CHOPS Endris down, but Endris avoids the elbow drop to PENALTY KICK! Endris shouts out his frat, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Endris hurries to run and BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Endris snarls, drags Solo up, but Solo tosses him away! Endris rebounds but into a KICK! Solo snarls, fans fire up with him, and he body shots, haymakers from all sides, then URAKENS! KICK to the leg, BUZZSAW to the head! Then the SENTON! Cover, TWO! Endris survives the onslaught but Solo runs in at the corner, only to miss! Endris dodges to fire off haymakers!
Endris has Solo in a corner but Solo shoves him down! Endris dropkicks back! Endris runs in to KNEE Solo, then he hops up and leaps, CROSSBODY! Endris fires up, he brings Solo up, DDT! Endris then hurries to a corner, climbs up, 450, but Solo dodges! Endris rolls through and Solo gets him for a SAMOAN DROP! Solo climbs now, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, Solo wins!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
But BOA attacks! He’s in full Tian Sha form as he HELL STABS Solo’s neck! Endris CLUBS Boa but Boa just grabs Endris! Solo runs back in but Boa retreats! Solo wins tonight, and he shows respect to Endris. Will they both have to watch out for Boa creeping in the shadows?
Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta talk backstage.
They have to focus. They can’t lose like last week. But then a phone rings and Indi answers. Is this Indi Hartwell? Yes. This is Parker Sullivan, from the hospital. Dexter Lumis is… missing. What?! Well they can’t find him, he’s gone. Is Persia gonna have to do a handicap match? Indi says no, she’ll be fine. But what about Dexter? Persia’s sure he’ll be fine. For now, they have their match! They gotta go! Indi hurries off with Persia, but will she have problems focusing on anything other than Lumis?
NXT Media interviews Xyon Quinn.
How’d that fight with Santos earlier end? “End? The way I see it, it’s only just begun.” But Lopez finds him. She tells him to relax, she’s here alone. She wishes he wouldn’t mess with Legado. But she admires someone who marches to the beat of their own drum. She wishes him luck against Escobar next week. He’ll need it.
Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon!
First Lumis gets hurt and now he’s gone missing! Will Mrs. Lumis be able to focus? Or will love cost her another win?
Indi starts against Feroz but she’s spacing out again. Feroz shoves her so Indi shoves back. Feroz fires off forearms and kicks, but Indi shoves her away again. Feroz leaps, Indi catches her, but Feroz slips out to KICK a leg out! Feroz shoves Indi down, has the leg and DDT’s the foot! And then again! And then she twists the foot in a standing toehold. Indi endures, kicks free, but Leon tags in. Feroz gets Indi up, Leon climbs up, missile dropkick! Leon does a dance before the STANDING MOONSAULT! Leon gets a leg and turns Indi for the HALF CRAB! Indi endures, Persia coaches her up, Indi reaches out. “Do it for Dexter!” That gets Indi to fire up!
Indi powers out, tag sin Persia, and Persia BOOTS Leon! She CLOBBERS Feroz, CLOBBERS Leon, then scoops and SNAKE EYES Leon! Leon staggers into a fireman’s carry and SIT OUT FACEBUSTER! Cover, Persia & Indi win!
Winners: Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
Now that was impressive! Indi is still worried, but will she and Persia be able to fight up towards the tag titles #ForDexter?
“Those who talk the most usually have nothing to say.”
But in NXT, it’s different. A locker room full of stars who back it up. He won’t talk about what he’ll do, he’ll just show us. He isn’t what NXT wants, he’s what NXT needs. He is Draco Anthony, and his actions will speak louder than their words.
Men’s Advantage Ladder Match: Johnny Gargano VS Bron Breakker!
Johnny Wrestling got the “Big Booty Nephew” to do things his way, and this will truly be 1v1! Will Gargano continue to show why he is the heart of NXT? Or will Bron break Gargano and take the advantage for the new school?
NXT returns and Bron makes his entrance. The bell rings and Gargano eyes the briefcase while he and Bron circle. They tie up, Bron shoves Gargano down and flexes. Gargano smirks and nods as he and Bron circle again. Gargano rolls to get a leg, but Bron headlocks back. Gargano brings Bron down, steps over, headlocks but Bron powers up and powers out. Bron rusn Gargano over again and runs, but Gargano stays low. Bron facelocks, gator rolls and deadlifts to a suplex! Bron even holds Gargano up with one arm as he walks around before the SLAM! Bron fires up, fans fire up and bark as he puts Gargano in a corner.
Bron RAMS his shoulder in, and again, and again. Fans duel, Bron whips but Gargano RANAS! Bron staggers up into a dropkick! Bron bails out, Gargano hurries to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Bron! Fans fire up as Gargano goes to get the big ladder on the ramp! But Bron CLUBS him and the ladder falls. Bron scoops Gargano to SNAKE EYES him off the apron! Bron fetches the ladder now, puts that in the ring, but he avoids the baseball slide! Bron SMACKS Gargano with the ladder, puts the ladder back in, then stands it up. Gargano gets in to climb the ladder! Bron shakes Gargano off, pushes the ladder down but Gargano fires off forearms!
Bron forearms back, breaks through the discus and then POWERSLAMS Gargano down! Bron throws Gargano out, gets the ladder again and stands it back up. Bron climbs, Gargano gets to the apron. Bron runs over, into the SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano goes right up the ladder, paws at the briefcase, but Bron drags him down! Gargano dodges, swings through the ladder to dropkick, then shoves the ladder into Bron! Bron and ladder go down, Bron bails out> Gargano takes aim, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Bron tumbles over the desk! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano checks his leg, he didn’t have the best landing out of that, either. Bron drags himself up from the armchairs but Gargano sets the desk hood up against the desk itself. Gargano ROCKS Bron with a forearm, but Bron hits back! Gargano THROWS Bron onto the hood and cracks it! Bron flops to the floor, Gargano catches his breath, and he takes the desk hood to SLAM it down on Bron! Gargano drags Bron up to throw haymakers, then goes to the steps to walk up to the apron. Gargano gets in the ring, gets the ladder back up, but Bron crawls in. Gargano throws more forearms, Bron ROCKS Gargano back! Gargano staggers but he kicks low and throws more forearms.
Bron gets Gargano for a Belly2Belly! Both men are down but crawling for the ladder. NXT returns to single picture as fans are thunderous again! Gargano and Bron climb opposite sides, but they brawl up top! Bron gets the edge, knocks Gargano down, but Gargano comes back to tip the ladder! Bron tumbles through the ropes and to the floor! Gargano hurries to get the ladder back up as fans fire up again! But Bron returns to run and RAM the ladder into Gargano! The ladder even falls on Gargano! Bron drags Gargano up, clinches, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Fans say, “This is Awesome!” as Bron sets the ladder up against ropes.
Bron gets Gargano up but Gargano fires off forearms! Only to run into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly onto the ladder!! Fans lose their minds while Gargano writhes in pain! Bron snarls, gets Gargano back up, and sets him against the ladder. Bron goes around to the corner, climbs up and ELBOW DROPS onto ONLY ladder as Gargano moves!! Bron writhes in pain now after that crash and burn! Gargano drags the ladder off the ropes, picks it up and sets it on the top rope. But Bron throws body shots and low knees! Bron choke grips Gargano to whip, but Gargano ducks the ladder! Gargano drop toeholds Bron into the ladder battering ram!
Bron is down, Gargano adjusts the ladder’s position, then climbs up. Bron stops Gargano with haymakers, and smacks him off the ladder. Gargano is across the ladder, Bron trophy lifts Gargano and ladder, but Gargano slips off! SUPERKICK to Bron and the ladder! And then another SUPERKICK! Bron drops the ladder, Gargano calls upon the powers of DIY! Bron flips Gargano off, so Gargano SUPERKICKS him even harder!! Fans are thunderous as Gargano gets up, hobbles over to the ladder, then drags Bron up. Bron RAMS Gargano into a corner, Gargano elbows away on Bron. Gargano goes up but Bron throws body shots. Gargano hits back but Bron still climbs the corner.
Bron brings the straps down, stands on the very top, SUPER STEINER! Both men are down and fans are electric! Bron gets up, goes to the ladder, brings it up and fans again declare “This is Awesome!” Gargano throws forearms to stop Bron from climbing, then ROLLING ELBOWS! And another ROLLING ELBOW! Bron stops the third to trophy lift Gargano, only for Gargano to hit a DDT!! Gargano crawls to the ladder, but so does Bron. They both climb, fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow. Gargano SMACKS Bron with the briefcase! Bron falls, Gargano steadies himself, but Bron is right back up! Bron yanks Gargano off to a POWERSLAM!!
Bron gets back up, goes up the ladder, and has the briefcase! Team 2.0 wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker (Breakker, Hayes, D’Angelo & Waller have the advantage)
You can call him the Big Booty Nephew, but now the odds drastic go down for Team Black ‘n’ Gold! But speaking of, Ciampa, Knight and Dunne regroup with Gargano, and they rush the ring! WarGames comes early and the fans are loving this! But how much more insane will it get with these eight inside the double ring, double cage construct of destruction!?
This was a great go-home to WarGames for NXT, as well as still setting up things outside of the… Well, it isn’t a “TakeOver” because it’s not in the name, but it isn’t a PPV because you have to have the Peacock or WWE Network for it. “Special event,” I guess? Well anyway, bookending the episode with the ladder matches was the right choice. Gives you a reason to start, gives you a reason to stick around. Great brawl from the women’s teams, Dakota having the edge to start definitely felt like a set-up for KLR to win. The Faces winning here makes me think the Heels win at WarGames, thereby strengthening Toxic Attraction per Vince’s wishes.
Grimes VS Chase was definitely just tune-up filler so Grimes has momentum going into Hair VS Hair. The promos from Hudson and Grimes after weren’t that good, but you can’t really do a whole lot with Hair VS Hair other than saying, “You’re gonna be bald, loser!” Kinda wish Hudson had a tune-up, too, for Grimes to taunt him during. That would’ve been good build in the go-home. We’re being introduced to a lot of new people really quickly with Tiffany Stratton getting a second video, then being introduced to Draco Anthony, and then we met Endris Enofe on the same night he debuts and then loses to Solo Sikoa.
Boa going Tian Sha like a Jekyll & Hyde continues to be a pretty good story for him, and I like that he’s going after a guy with (at least in kayfabe) some real grit and fighting experience. Solo VS Boa is going to be a pretty good one to see. Also, I just figured out who that person napping on the couch is. That’s Karen Q. Since she’s not being Mei Ying anymore, she’s just snoozing until creative knows what the hell to do with her. Should’ve been her and Xia Li as a tag team while they were all still in NXT, but oh well. Indi & Persia get another quick win thanks to Persia, and I wonder if tension builds where Persia feels Indi is too hooked on Dexter to be a good tag partner or friend.
For that matter, I think Robert Stone could have a really interesting new Robert Stone Brand. He was scouting Persia before, he was scouting Solo this week, but he could easily switch and recruit Endris as a swerve. If not for WWE moving the pieces around, the Franky Monet Brand could’ve added more members, but maybe Stone gets a resurgence to give us another co-ed faction on the level of the Diamond Mine. Diamond Mine crashing the All-Inclusive Invitational is only a minor bummer, as I thought we’d at least see Gacy and Tesha Price tie up. I feel like Gacy is riding that Tweener line since Diamond Mine aren’t Faces, but I still don’t see Gacy winning to create some kind of NXT Open Division.
I think this week’s MSK segment was the best one because it was hilarious with the banter from the GPS. But what a tease to show us a silhouette but nothing else of “The Shaman.” Kyle & Von winning was of course going to happen, they’re Faces and Imperium are Heels. I wish Von had an insult in German ready just to throw it Imperium’s face that Americans can learn/know more than English. Xyon showing up to brawl with Escobar was great, and their match next week will hopefully be a very good showing for Xyon. Too bad we haven’t gotten Walter in NXT 2.0, we could’ve had 3v3v3 of Imperium VS Legado VS Quinn-Kyle-Von somehow.
Then the men’s advantage match was good stuff. Gargano was the natural choice, and then Team 2.0 had pretty decent promos to talk trash on the “Black ‘n’ Gold” team. Gargano had a great promo on Bron, though, and “Big Booty Nephew” was a great deep cut reference to Scott Steiner. They had a great ladder match, and I figured that with the Faces getting advantage for the women, the Heels (which yes, each member of 2.0 outside of Bron is a clear Heel) would win for the men. The brawl was a great way to end, fans ate the entire main event segment up, and it was a classic WWE way to end. But I can’t be sure who wins. Team 2.0 has advantage, the brawl keeps things even as far as the math, but I can’t be sure Black ‘n’ Gold wins if this is NXT 2.0 and it’s all about the new kids now.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?
The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!
“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
- Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
- Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
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?
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?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
A lucky seven for Elevation!
AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!
- Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
- Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
- Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
- Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
- Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
- Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.
Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.
Chairshot Radio: Hockey Talk- All-Star Ignorance 
On this week’s installment of Hockey Talk, Patrick & Dave discuss the upcoming NHL All-Star game…and quickly realize just how...
Cook’s 2021-22 NFL Gambling Picks: Super Wild Card Weekend
Much like the Steelers, Cook has a mediocre at best season and yet finds himself in the Playoffs! How close...
3 Man Weave: NFL Playoff Preview
3 Man Weave is back at full strength! What else could be on the docket today but the NFL's Wildcard...
Chairshot Radio: Hockey Talk- It’s Been A While 
On this week’s installment of Hockey Talk, the guys take a look at some feel good stories going around the...
Cook’s 2021-22 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 18
Basically needing a perfect week to break even, Cook throws out one last Hail Mary for the regular season! Does...
Bandwagon Nerds #114: Return of the Reverend
The Reverend Rey Cash returns to the Bandwagon just in time to discuss all of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Eliminator – Ancient Light (2022)
YO! The JAR tends to like the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound. This band is inspired by that...
BWN Nerds’ Review: The Book of Boba Fett – Ch. 2
After an overall luke warm start, does the second episode heat up at all for The Book of Boba Fett?...
BWN Nerds’ Review: The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 1: Stranger In A Strange Land (2022)
The Nerds tackle Disney Plus series The Book of Boba Fett in the latest edition of the Nerd Review!
Bandwagon Nerds #113 The Marvel/DC Decathlon Pt. 5
The Marvel/DC Decathlon reaches it’s dramatic conclusion as Dave, Patrick, and PC Tunney decide brand superiority with respect to villains...
A Change In Attitude #33 Raw 16th December 1996
The fallout from IYH It’s Time kicks off the run to the 1997 Royal Rumble! Bret Hart isn’t happy...
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin' Doudrop?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
News From Cook’s Corner 1.17.22: Gory Self-Mutilation
AEW tried to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time. Did it work? What other news struck last...
NXT 2021 Year in Review: NXT UK!!!
With the OG NXT rebranding and losing a lot of credibility, at least NXT UK has been consistent! Brad brings...
DWI Podcast #307: Them Thangs Were Thanging!
Brock and Bobby, Seth and Roman & The It Couple vs The Grit Couple... all this and more this week...
The Outsider’s Edge presents The Multiverse Of Wrestling Episode
Rance and Kyle are back to talk Mickie James walking through WWE's forbidden door and the MLW lawsuit.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/14/22)
The tag champs are on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/14/22)
SmackDown gets extreme!
POD is WAR: Back In The Saddle
PiW returns to your earballs with plenty of pro wrestling conversation, some goodbyes and a look at the NFL Playoffs!