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

Can Moustache Mountain climb back up?

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Pretty Deadly better be watching this one!

The NXT UK Tag Team Division is on display again! Four teams enter, but only one team will win their golden tickets to face Pretty Deadly!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nathan Frazer VS Mark Andrews; Andrews wins.
  • Dani Luna VS Stevie Turner; Luna wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Moustache Mountain VS Symbiosis VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter VS Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff; Moustache Mountain wins and will challenge Pretty Deadly for the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nathan Frazer VS Mark Andrews!

The British Prodigy wants to prove himself against the best, and when it comes to flying through the air, no one’s better than Subculture’s high-fiving, stage diving, skateboarding rockstar! But will Frazer be ready to go from match film to the real deal?

The bell rings and the two circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Andrews waistlocks, snapmares and gets an armlock. Frazer fights up, Andrews wrenches to a wristlock. Frazer rolls, gets up, but Andrews wrangles him back down. Andrews keeps on the wrist but Frazer fights up. Andrews again wrangles Frazer down, but Frazer rolls back to stand up. Frazer spins, arm-drags, but Andrews holds on, showing off his technical side. Frazer rolls, handsprings, cartwheels and wrings Andrews but Andrews handsprings through! Andrews then side steps, Frazer handsprings to return the favor, only for Andrews to slam on the brakes and headlock takeover!

Frazer rolls Andrews to a cover, ONE! Andrews grinds the headlock, Frazer fights up and powers out, but Andrews goes up and over in the corner. Frazer also goes up and over, but then Andrews goes up to CROSSBODY! Direct hit, cover, TWO! Andrews arm-drags, Frazer headscissors, Andrews kips out but runs into Frazer’s arm-drag. Andrews headscissors, Frazer kips free, but Andrews blocks the kick to flip Frazer. Frazer lands on his feet, Andrews jumps his leg sweep, but Frazer blocks the buzzsaw! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as the two stand off. Andrews and Frazer go again, Frazer headlocks but Andrews powers out. Frazer rolls and dropkicks on the return!

Andrews gets to a corner as fans rally up for “Both These Guys!” Frazer CHOPS, and CHOPS, then stalks Andrews to reel him in. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Andrews gets back to a corner, Frazer wrenches and whips corner to corner. Andrews reverses, Frazer goes up and over and handsprings away, but Andrews follows to dropkick him in the corner! Andrews drags Frazer up, wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Andrews clamps onto the arm, then gets the other arm for a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally as Frazer fights up to his feet, and Frazer turns it, only for Andrews to turn it back. Frazer flips to kangaroo kick, but Andrews comes back to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Andrews brings Frazer back up but Frazer throws body shots. Frazer throws uppercuts, Andrews whips him away but Frazer RANAS! Andrews handsprings through to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Andrews gets the motorcycle stretch back, Frazer fights up and fans rally. But Andrews hooks Frazer up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Frazer endures, walks over but Andrews lets him go to Northern Lights, only for Frazer to sunset flip! TWO, but Andrews gets Frazer, only for Frazer to hit him with ANARCHY! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Frazer and Andrews both stand, Frazer throws forearms and haymakers! And a CHOP! And a haymaker, and a CHOP!

Frazer whips, Andrews reverses but runs into BOOTS! Frazer runs the ropes but Andrews follows. Frazer ducks to come back with a SLINGBLADE! Frazer gets a waistlock, but Andrews switches. Frazer elbows free, runs but Andrews reel shim in to back suplex! Frazer lands on his feet, scoops Andrews right to the ELBOW DROP DDT! RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer is surprised and BT Sports Studio fires up again! Frazer brings Andrews up but Andrews RAMS him into a corner! Frazer elbows back, goes up the ropes, but Andrews Tiger Feints the legs out! Frazer hits the mat, Andrews goes up! But Frazer is up to get under the jump!

Andrews comes back, slides under and PELES! Then he reels Frazer in, but Frazer elbows free. Another blocked kick, Andrews flips Frazer again, but gets him for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Andrews can’t believe it! Andrews runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Frazer blocks to LAWN DART Andrews into buckles! “This is Awesome!” as Frazer and Andrews are both down. Andrews drags himself into the corner but Frazer runs in to forearm smash! Frazer whips but Andrews blocks. Andrews puts Frazer on the apron, but Frazer comes back. Andrews slides under, that throws Frazer off, and Andrews trips Frazer from the apron!

Frazer staggers, Andrews whips, but Frazer reverses! Andrews goes up the steps to QUEBRADA! Fans fire up as he takes Frazer down! Andrews puts Frazer back in, then he aims from the apron. Andrews springboards but Frazer intercepts him for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Andrews survives and BT Sports Studio is loving this! Frazer gets back to the corner, fans rally up and he climbs! PHOENIX roll through as Andrews dodges! Roll up and it’s deep, TWO! SUPERKICK! Frazer covers, TWO!! Frazer gets Andrews up, suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Andrews gets to the top rope and fans fire up with him! FALL TO PIECES FLOPS!!

Frazer hurries back in and gets an arm, but Andrews counters La Magistrol! ANDREWS WINS!!

Winner: Mark Andrews, by pinfall

That was in the blink of an eye, and Frazer is stunned! Will Andrews show he’s got what it takes in the singles division?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sam Gradwell.

But he already cuts them off to say they aren’t getting words from him. But they want to know his plans for- “Thunderstorms don’t make plans, they change ’em.” But A-Kid finds him first. He heard what Gradwell was saying about him and Spain. That is unacceptable. AK knows Gradwell likes to talk, but if he wants to talk to AK, do it in his language. What? Spanish? No, he means fighting. You yogurt! AK gets Gradwell with his usual insult! Gradwell says it’s only funny when he does it, yogurt! Will the Spanish Sensation make Gradwell eat his words soon enough?

 

Pretty Deadly are out front of the Hippodrome.

Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley have conquered sports entertainment, but they’re #PrettyDeadlySerious about many other things. So today, they’re checking out Magic Mike Live, the musical version of the hit movie. The NXT UK Tag Team Champions get to show off their side plates to the cast, and note how they got to have a “Told you so!” moment back to their mums who didn’t think they’d make it this far. Ross Sands the choreographer had them run through the routine and see if they could keep up. Pretty Deadly says a big difference between them and the dancers is that Pretty Deadly is more “trim.” But they’re all stars, so it’s all the same. Do you think you’ve got what it takes? #YesBoy!

And in their opinions, they smashed it! Sands commends them on getting it down in under half an hour. Mad respect. But what’s next for Stoker and Howley to get #PrettyDeadlySerious about? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

NXT UK Media finds Kenny Williams up to something.

Uh, what’s he up to with that marker pen? “Sha Samuels is a” but Kenny hasn’t finished. He yells at the reporters, but then he hears someone making a lot of noise. Oh, it’s Saxon Huxley. Kenny didn’t realize it was him, but it seems he’s looking for that missing puzzle piece. Well it won’t translate in the ring against someone as smart as Kenny. Kenny throws his shirt at Saxon, Saxon stomps it down and calls him, “Kenny Cockroach!” The Scum of the Earth may be a bottom feeder, but will he be squashed by the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane soon enough?

 

Dani Luna VS Stevie Turner!

Last week, we saw Flash Morgan Webster go hard but fall against Rampage Brown, while we just saw #MANDREWS fly high against Nathan Frazer. Will Subculture get on the winning side as the Punk Rock Powerhouse steps into the ring? Or will all her strength mean nothing to the Four Dimensional Diva?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Luna powers Turner back, but lets off as the ref counts. Turner slips out to the apron, then slips back in at the other corner. They tie up again, Luna again powers Turner to a corner, but Turner pulls hair to turn things around! The ref counts, Turner pushes Luna, but Luna shoves Turner down! Turner gets up with a bit of fluster, but she calls Luna out for a test of strength? Luna ties up with the knuckle locks, but then Turner stomps a foot! Turner has the knuckle locks, but Luna turns them onto Turner! Luna powers Turner down for the cover! ONE, then Turner kicks free, only to run into a hip toss!

Luna runs Turner over, scoops and SLAMS her, then covers! TWO, but Luna keeps close. She brings Turner up to snap suplex! Una amiga, then a dead lift! But Turner slips out and pulls hair again! Luna swings on Turner, Turner dodges to THESZ PRESS! But Luna turns that around to a dead lift! Turner slips out of the bomb but Luna LARIATS Turner down! Fans fire up while Turner sputters and crawls to ropes. Luna stalks up behind Turner, waistlocks and drags Turner up, but Turner grabs ropes! The ref counts, Turner wheelbarrows Luna into the ropes! Then KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Turner scowls and drags Luna up, turns her, and hits a NECKBREAKER!

But Turner holds on, gets Luna up again, and hits another NECKBREAKER! And then a third! Cover, TWO! Luna survives the hat trick but Turner hooks her up and rains down elbows! Luna endures the seated stretch to fireman’s carry takeover! Luna rallies with shoulders, then she whips and scoops to a POWERSLAM! And then a dead lift to a FALL AWAY SLAM! Luna kips up and fans fire up! She RAMS Turner into the corner, then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Turner is still in this and Luna grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Luna dead lifts Turner but Turner slips out again. Turner reels Luna in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!

Turner grows frustrated, she taunts Luna and pushes her around. Turner stands Luna, Luna shoves her, dodges the boot and BOOTS Turner down! Dead lift suplex! Luna pushes Turner now, gets her up in a fireman’s carry, but Turner grabs ropes. The ref counts. Luna pulls Turner from the ropes to WIDOWMAKER! Cover, Luna wins!

Winner: Dani Luna, by pinfall

It doesn’t matter if it’s third or fourth, strength wins in all dimensions! Will this help Luna power up and head for the title?

 

It’s the Nina Samuels Show!

Nina Samuels welcomes us back as she’s preparing for a scoop. She wants Isla Dawn to talk to her, but she just laughs and goes down the hallway. Some people have no professionalism whatsoever. Isla is one thing, but then there’s that Aleah James! She gets one win and she thinks she’s the bee’s knees! It only took her a whole year to get it, though! But then Aleah James walks up and taps Nina on the shoulder. Nina clearly has a problem with her, so what is it then? Nina says there’s no problem but Aleah says she’ll talk to Sid Scala about making a match. Fine! Aleah walks off and Nina says there’s the exclusive. Will Aleah make Nina watch her back before she runs her mouth?

 

Gallus rides through the city streets.

Markus and Wolfgang can’t believe the nerve of Teoman and Rohan Raja. Who do they think they are? They’re here a minute and call themselves a family. Gallus has been here since day one, making a name for themselves. Maybe they forget that Gallus is a family, but also a business. “These guys take things too personally.” Joe says if the posers want to make this personal, then they’ll remind everyone why it’s Gallus boys on top. Uh oh, are they getting pulled over? Mark, put the boot down. AKA pedal to the metal. Will this still be Gallus’ Kingdom after having it out with The Babo’s family?

 

Subculture celebrates backstage.

FMW and Andrews are fired up for Luna, NXT UK Media says they must be pleased. Yep, 2-0 here tonight for Subculture. They said that they’d start from the bottom, fight to the top. But Blair Davenport says they should just stay at the bottom. The closer they get to the top, Blair will just send Luna back down. Is she right? No fist bump for her so she just leaves. Subculture shrugs that off, but will Luna have to get through the gritty goth if she wants to go for the gold?

 

NXT UK Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Moustache Mountain VS Symbiosis VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter VS Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff!

Trent Seven is so hungry for his first NXT UK gold, he’s practically starving! Will this huge main event be what he, and Tyler Bate, needs to get after those tag titles? Or will another of these young, hungry and impressive duos take that food off Moustache Mountain’s table for their own Pretty Deadly showdown?

In this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and Jack Starz steps up, as does Trent Seven. They circle, tie up, fans sing for “Trent Seven Army~!” as he spins and snapmares Starz to a ghost pin, ONE! He holds onto Starz, turns him back to a ghost pin, TWO! Starz gets away and he resets with Seven. They circle, tie up, and Seven wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Starz rolls, rolls and gets away! Fans cheer, and Seven applauds that as they reset again. They tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Starz kicks an arm, wrenches then drops to leg pick! Starz kips up to the spinning toe hold! Starz then gets up for a standing toe hold, but Seven endures.

Seven moves around as Starz keeps on the toe ‘n’ ankle, but Seven turns over to reel Starz in with a trick from Tyler Bate’s book. But Starz knows that trick to wrench and YANK the arm. Starz wrangles Seven down to JAM the arm, then he wrenches to tag in Mastiff! The Bomber  headlocks, Seven powers out but Mastiff runs him over! Seven grabs onto a leg but Mastiff stomps him. Things speed up for these big boys and Mastiff whips Seven to ropes. Seven comes back with a CROSSBODY! Seven topples Mastiff then fires up to scoop! But he falls over under Mastiff’s weight! Cover, TWO! Seven survives being squashed, but Mastiff stalks him to ropes. And Carter tags in off Mastiff!

Mastiff grumbles but Carter back suplexes Seven! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps on Seven with a wrench, tags to Smith, and Smith takes the handoff to wrench to an ELBOW BREAKER! Smith whip and WRINGS Seven out, then tags Carter. They coordinate, assisted slingshot shoulder tackle! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps Seven down with an armlock, then a wrench. Carter CLUBS the arm, but Seven wrenches Carter back! Seven wrenches again, has the wristlock, but Carter rolls, kips and kicks, but Primate tags in off Seven! Carter still gets Primate with a hip toss! Tag to Smith, he leap frogs to attack the arm! Smith then wrenches and BACK DROPS Primate to an armlock!

Primate endures, Smith shifts to a top wristlock, but Primate powers him to the Mastiff & Starz corner! Starz tags in off Smith, mugs Primate and wrenches his arm to CLUB away on the arm. Tag to Mastiff, Starz JAMS Primate’s arm then Mastiff scoops and SLAMS Primate down! Tag to Starz, Mastiff hits a BACK SENTON! Starz SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Starz CLUBS Primate, wrenches but Primate ROCKS Starz with a right. Primate wrenches Starz’s arm, has the wristlock and clamps onto the shoulder. Primate pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Starz fights up. Primate wrenches again, buts Starz rolls, cartwheels and handsprings to slide under and kick Primate out!

Primate gets on the apron but Starz kips up to dropkick him down! Then a dropkick for Smith! And for Seven! And for Eddie Dennis as he gets on the apron! Starz shouts, “Who else wants it?!” Primate gets in again but Starz dodges to EuroUpper! Bate tags in off Primate before Starz back drops Primate away! Fans are fired up as the Big Strong Boy and Starz stand off. They tie up, Bate arm-drags, Starz headscissors, Bate kips free. Starz trips Bate, Bate uses both legs to throw Starz, but Starz cartwheels through! The two stand off again and fans fire up! The two circle, tie up, Starz headlocks. Bate throws body shots, powers out, and Dennis trips Starz?! The ref reprimands, then EJECTS Dennis!

Dennis throws a fit but fans taunt him with “Nana na na! Nana na na! Hey hey hey! Good-bye~!” But then Tyson T-Bone gets in to DOUBLE LARIAT Bate and Starz! And BLAST Carter & Smith! And BOOT Seven! Mastiff gets in but T-Bone scoops him!? For a FALL AWAY SLAM!? The King of the Travelers just send Mastiff on a trip! And then he fires off heavy hands on Bate! T-Bone bumps Bate off buckles in the Symbiosis corner, then officially tags himself in off Bate! T-Bone shoves Bate away then drags Starz over to tag in Primate. Symbiosis whip Starz into buckles then throw him down for the DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Primate grows frustrated but he tags T-Bone back in.

Bate runs in, T-Bone dodges but Bate hits Primate! T-Bone gets Bate for an EXPLODER! Starz tags Carter in and the Predator Killer rallies on T-Bone! They fire off hands back and forth, Carter gets the edge but T-Bone shoves him. Smith tags in, Carter misdirects T-Bone and Smith ROCKS him! They both fire off hands and CHOPS, then double whip. T-Bone kicks Smith away, blocks Carter’s kick and throws it at Smith, but Smith catches it to flip Carter for a BIG Scorpion Ax Kick! T-Bone staggers into a SUPERKICK! Seven tags in off T-Bone, dodges Smith and shoves him into the corner. CHOP for Smith!

Carter runs in, dodges Seven, jumps off Smith to go over Seven, Seven runs into Smith’s body shot! Carter comes back to DOUBLE KNEE Seven into the buckles, and Smith fires up to LARIAT! They work together again, assisted MOONSAULT! Cover but Mastiff barrels in to break it! Mastiff throws Carter out hard, Seven tags Bate! Carter SUPERKICKS Mastiff but Mastiff falls on Carter! Smith brawls with Bate, EuroUppers back and forth! Bate backs Smith down, Primate tags in off Smith but Smith DECKS him! Bate dodges Smith and they keep brawling with EuroUppers! Bate throws fast hands, Smith shoves to BOOT! Down goes Bate and he bails out!

Smith checks his face while Seven goes up top!? But Smith goes after Seven first! Smith climbs up, they brawl up top, and there’s a crowd forming at the ramp! T-Bone joins in to go after Seven! T-Bone SHOVES Seven onto the others on the outside! SUPERPLEX to Smith!! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as Primate sees an opening! He springboards to CROSSBODY the cluster at the ramp! Primate roars, bangs the steps, and puts Bate back in for T-Bone! Bate slips out of the scoop to ROCK T-Bone! Primate clotheslines Bate in the corner, then hits Seven in the other! Primate dodges Bate to CROSSBODY, but Bate rolls through with that Big Strong Boy energy!

Bate pops Primate up to a AIRPLANE SPIN! Starz gets in but Bate trips him up! Bate adds Starz on, and Cesaro would be proud of this AIRPLANE SPIN SWING COMBO! Bate only goes about half a dozen rotations, through, before he DUMPS Primate on Starz! Then he dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES Primate away! Mastiff drops the SENTON on the bridging cover! Mastiff gets Primate up to the corner and tags himself in! Bate is in a corner,. Mastiff takes aim but he has to CLOBBER T-Bone first! Seven BACK HANDS Mastiff, but Starz POWERBOMBS Seven! Starz is roaring but Primate drags him out to RAM him into steel steps!

Carter tags in off Bate and climbs. Mastiff rushes over to throw body shots! Mastiff climbs but Smith joins in! Smith Electric Chair Lifts Mastiff?! Carter springboards, DOOMSDAY CUTTER!!! Cover, but Primate DIVING HEADBUTTS it apart!! Carter writhes, Primate crawls, T-Bone RAMS Smith into barriers! T-Bone tags in of Mastiff, fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Bate tags in then DECKS Carter! Bate springboards but into T-Bone’s grip! Tag to Primate, POWERSLAM to DIVING HEADBUTT FLOP! Mastiff drags out T-Bone, Bate REBOUND LARIATS! Tag to Seven, Bate DIVES to take out Mastiff and T-Bone! SEVEN STAR LARIAT! Cover, TWO?!!

Seven calls to Bate and tags him back in! Seven gets Primate up, Bate is up, KNEE DROP BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, Moustache Mountain wins!!!

Winners: Moustache Mountain, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships)

All the other teams can’t believe it, but that’s the fury and chaos of a Fatal 4! But Pretty Deadly walk out to once again sarcastically applaud Seven & Bate. Will the dandy highwaymen keep the titles and keep the UK Tag Division #PrettyDeadlySerious? Or will Moustache Mountain make history by being the first team to hold both US and UK tag titles in NXT?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT UK, again with just three matches but all great stuff. Frazer VS Andrews was a great opener, real fast and real fun. For just a second, I thought Frazer was winning but what a great little turnaround on the end there. Frazer was still in good spirits and this was a great Face VS Face that RawDown (and I suppose NXT, too) hardly ever does. We got a really good little encounter of Gradwell and A-Kid, that will be a really fun match. Pretty Deadly are definitely becoming big stars within just the UK realm, this “Pretty Deadly Serious” thing could at least get some more casual UK fans into pro-wrestling.

I like the idea that Kenny Williams was doing Sharpie graffiti to talk trash on Sha Samuels given how Sha helped Dar cheat Kenny in the Heritage Cup Contender’s Tournament, and we’re clearly getting Williams VS Huxley for a match. Luna VS Turner was a solid match, and I was a bit surprised Luna won. I thought Turner was going to get some kinda small push since she’s a Heel and the champion, Meiko Satomura, is Face. But it looks like Luna VS Davenport is going to be a way for Davenport to get up in the rankings towards Meiko. Luna VS Davenport oughta be a great match, too. Luna’s got great power, but Davenport has a bit of that, as well, that could be a great opener.

Nina’s “talk show” continues to set up matches, and I’m thinking Aleah James gets her second win in NXT UK off Nina just to make Nina eat her words. I like that we got another of these theatrical, cinematic promos from Gallus, and how they’re subtly keeping up the idea that Gallus is like Scottish mafia or something. And we got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag. Everyone looked great in this, they did a great job with the blind tags and other-team-tags, they did a great job with keeping it fast and wild, and honestly, what a surprise that Moustache Mountain won here.

I thought one of the other Face teams, like Carter & Smith or Starz & Mastiff, was getting this, but Moustache Mountain getting one more chance is definitely going to get more eyes on this. I still lean towards Moustache Mountain losing again, and that could be a make or break moment for the team. As I said last week, I don’t really want Bate VS Seven as a story, but it feels like that’s where we’re going with this. Well, whatever way they go with this, NXT UK will make it great.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!

“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
  • Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
  • Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.

Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.

But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”

Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.

But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.

 

Chad Gable prepares a speech.

“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?

 

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!

Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!

Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!

Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.

Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.

Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?

Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?

Kevin heads to the ring!

The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.

Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.

“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!

That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!

Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.

And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?

 

Veer Mahaan.

In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?

 

Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.

Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!

Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.

What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.

And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?

 

The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.

Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?

Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.

But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.

Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.

Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.

Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.

Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.

Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?

 

Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.

Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?

 

WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.

Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!

But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?

 

Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!

Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.

But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!

Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?

 

Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.

What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?

Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!

Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.

Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.

But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.

Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?

 

The Street Profits are fired up backstage!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!

Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?

8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked

Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!

Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!

Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall

Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?

 

WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.

“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.

After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.

“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.

A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.

These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?

 

The Miz & Maryse are heading out.

Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.

Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?

 

Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.

The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!

Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!

Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!

MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!

Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!

Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?


My Thoughts:

This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?

Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.

We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?

Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.

The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.

Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.

My Score: 8/10


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

Raleigh gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

A lucky seven for Elevation!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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


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