The Raw champions have some business to handle!
While Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, keeps Liv Morgan waiting, the WWE World Champion, Big E, might go right after Kevin Owens!
- Big E & Matt Riddle VS The Usos; Big E & Riddle win, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: Big E & RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & The Usos; Rollins & The Usos win.
- Bianca Belair VS Tamina; Belair wins.
- The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.
- Nikki A.S.H. w/ Rhea Ripley VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Vega wins.
- Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Carmella w/ Zelina Vega; Ripley wins.
- Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- AJ Styles & Omos VS The Dirty Dawgs; Styles & Omos win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio; Lashley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Big E heads to the ring!
Indianapolis fires up for the WWE World Champion. He gets the mic to say that since becoming WWE Champion, which fans love to hear, “Y’all’re too much.” But it appears that a lot of people have their eyes on him. But with Thanksgiving around the corner, Big E has plenty to give, with leftovers. So let’s not waste any time and get to the matter at hand. He’s talking about Roman Reigns. “You see, Roman. It was just supposed to be Brand VS Brand. It was just supposed to be Champion VS Champion. But you… You and your little cousins, you took it to a place that we can never come back from.” The Bloodline put their hands on Big E’s family! So now Big E’s gotta beat Roman’s ass like he stole something!
Now, Big E is going to make sure there are empty bends in the Brooklyn hospitals for Roman. Now he’s gotta take a piece of Roman that he will never get back. But that is Sunday and Survivor Series. This is Monday Night Raw! So he will speak to a fellow member of the roster, Kevin Owens. “So, Kevin, bring your lying, treacherous carcass out here so we can handle our business.” And Kevin obliges! Kevin has a mic, and he stays on the stage to say, “Look, there’s nothing I’d love more than to get in that ring and beat the hell out of you again, and I will do that in a minute.” But Kevin has to get something off his chest first.
Last week, Big E cost Kevin against Seth Rollins by getting in the way, which gave Kevin his third straight loss. And he isn’t even talking about how Big E has for weeks called Kevin a liar and questioned his sincerity, getting the fans and the other wrestlers to do the same. Kevin snapped, and how could he not? Kevin was never lying, but it doesn’t matter since Big E said it. Everyone loves Big E and they believed him so that makes it true. Kevin is being judged, but everyone judging Kevin can go to hell, including Big E. The saying, “Perception is reality,” is true. Kevin is seen as a liar and a horrible person, so why fight it?
Guess what? Kevin will be the bad guy, but not just some normal bad guy. He’ll be worse! Kevin will Breaking Bad on everyone in the locker room and arena around the world, and especially on Big E! So just know this! Big E will deserve it! Everything that happens from here on out is Big E’s fault! Big E says they’ve talked enough! Kevin needs to get in the ring. Kevin leaves! Big E pursues, but the USOS attack?! The Usos have come to Raw to soften up Big E for Roman Reigns! They mug Big E and whip him into the apron! They pull his jacket off and fire off hands, then put Big E in the ring! The Usos stomp away on Big E over and over, then rain down hands!
Jey gets the mic to say Big E might not hear him right now, but Roman sends his regards. See you Sunday at Survivor Series! And oh yeah! RKBRO can get this work, too! The Usos run Fridays, and even Mondays! It don’t matter no more, Big E! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Stallion fires off on the Usos! Big E gets up and helps him fight the Usos off! Sonya Deville hurries out to say this might be unorthodox, but she’s calling it on the fly! We’re having a tag team match, RIGHT NOW! But then Seth Rollins appears?! The Visionary wants to watch this one in person! But will he have a hand in the outcome as the Bro and the Powerhouse of Positivity step into the Uso Penitentiary?
Big E & Matt Riddle VS The Usos!
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Big E starts with Jimmy, and Seth Rollins is laughing it up on commentary. Big E and Jimmy circle, tie up, and Big E throws body shots. Big E puts Jimmy in a corner for more body shots, then he brings Jimmy around to whip to a corner. Big E RAMS in, then whips Jimmy corner to corner. Jimmy bumps off buckles, Big E catches him to an abdominal stretch! Big E CLUBS Jimmy in the ribs over and over, then lets him out to whip to ropes and CLOBBER with an elbow! Cover, ONE! Big E tags in Riddle, they mug Jimmy, Riddle whips but Jey tags in. The Usos double elbow Riddle down then double elbow drop! Jey covers, TWO!
Jey drags Riddle up, Riddle throws body shots. Jey ducks the haymaker, whips Riddle to a corner, but Riddle goes up and over to KICK Jey down! Tag back to Big E and he runs, but into a BOOT! Jey CLUBS away on Big E, DECKS Riddle, but then turns around into Big E’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jimmy get sin but Big E TOSSES him up and out of the ring! Big E goes out to drags Jimmy up, then whips him into Rollins! Rollins is furious, Big E DECKS him! Fans fire up as Big E goes into the ring,. Jey mule kicks, Rollins attacks Riddle!
Winners: Big E & Matt Riddle, by disqualification
Rollins and Jey mug Big E! Rollins stomps Riddle, Jey stomps Big E, but here comes RANDY ORTON! The Viper won’t let Rollins beat up his Bro! Orton slides in, Jey runs into an RKO!! Big E and RKBRO stand tall, as Raw goes to break!
Six Man Tag: Big E & RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & The Usos!
Holla holla, player! Orton stomps Rollins’ hand, then scrapes laces off his face! Orton EuroUppers Rollins to the corner, snapmares him and stomps the hand again. Tag to Riddle, Assisted Floating Bro! Cover, ONE! Riddle clamps onto an arm, wrenches and has a standing double wristlock. Rollins endures, moves around, but Riddle waistlocks and powers him to the corner. Tag to Orton, RKBRO mugs Rollins. Orton EuroUppers again and again, then headbutts! Tag back to Riddle, Riddle fires off forearms and kicks! Riddle has Rollins in the open corner, throws body shots, but the Usos distract and Rollins hits back!
Rollins throws hands on the ropes, puts Riddle in the corner, Jimmy tags in and joins in on the mugging. Tag to Jey, he joins in. Jimmy RAMS into Riddle, Jey forearm smashes! Jey scoops and SLAMS Riddle down, then talks trash while looming over Riddle. Jey anchors Riddle’s foot, tags Jimmy, and Jimmy stomps Riddle down. Jimmy wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Riddle down. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, then fireman’s carries! Jimmy fights out, CLUBS Riddle down then sucker punches Orton! But Riddle dropkicks Jimmy down! Fans fire up as Jimmy and Riddle crawl! Jimmy drags Riddle away, Riddle fights with kicks and stomps, and gest the HOT TAG!
Big E rallies, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jimmy! BIG hands for Rollins and Jey, then another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jimmy! And then the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels them hips, runs side to side, to BIG SPLASH! Fans fire up, Big E claps it up. Fans rally with him, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E spins Jimmy, blocks the kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Jimmy run sin, into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Jimmy to the apron, CLUBS away on Jimmy’s chest, and gets all the way to 10! Big E goes to the apron, fans fire up as he runs over, to APRON SPLASH! Big E is all fired up and Jimmy flops to the floor as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins is a sleeper backpack on Orton! Orton fights, Rollins slips off, Orton EuroUppers but Rollins PELES! Cover, TWO! Rollins argues with the ref but the count was fair. Rollins tags Jimmy in, they split the wishbone, then Jey tags in. The Usos split the wishbone, then Jey sucker punches Big E down! Jey clamps onto Orton with claws in the shoulders! Fans rally up, Orton fights and reaches out, but Jey clamps down even harder! Orton fights up to get around and back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Riddle is chomping at the bit! Orton crawls, Jey does, too! Hot tags to Rollins and Riddle! Riddle dodges Rollins to PELE!
Riddle handsprings, gets around Jimmy, ripcord to FINAL FLASH! Forearm smash for Rollins to a BROSPLODER! Then the same for Jimmy! FINAL FLASH for Jey! BROTON for Rollins! BROTON for Jimmy! PENALTY KICK for Rollins! Cover, Jey breaks it! Big E gets in to dodge and then CLOBBER Jey out of the ring! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Big E, Orton CLOBBERS Jimmy! Rollins throws Orton up and out, Riddle ripcords but Rollins breaks free to ROLLING ELBOW! DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!! Cover, Rollins & the Usos win!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & The Usos, by pinfall
The Architect found a way to use the chaos to claim victory! But the Usos want to do damage to their Survivor Series opponents! Jimmy gets Riddle up, Jey takes aim from a corner. But Riddle throws Jimmy up and out, Orton gets Jey an RKO! RKBRO stands tall in Indy, but will they take down the Bloodline in Brooklyn?
As for Big E, he gets in and he looms over Jey. Big E sits Jey up to tell him, “You tell your daddy, Roman, that I received his message. Message received loud and clear. But I’ve got a return message for his ass! And it goes a little something like this! This is for YOU, Roman!” Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Both sides have given their ultimatums, but will the Powerhouse of Positivity positively pulverize the Tribal Chief?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST says Doudrop made it clear that she thinks she should be on the Raw Survivor Series team and not Bianca. But Doudrop doesn’t make the rules around here, so if she wants to mix it up with Bianca, she did what she did, said what she said, Bianca feels what she feels and it is what it is. Bianca isn’t taking anything away from Doudrop’s abilities. But Doudrop keeps sticking her nose in Bianca’s business. But Tamina steps up and says tonight, Bianca is HER business. Oh, well, Tamina will do. Bianca heads to the ring. Will there be a message sent to everyone not on Team Raw right here tonight?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
Not withstanding the truth or the lying- Wait, is Sarah saying he’s lying? Well he said he’d meet Big E in the ring, but then he didn’t. Yeah, he was lying then. He’s being the bad guy, so he is telling the truth that he’d lie. But then Finn Balor walks over. The Prince tells KO that sorry he wasn’t there to vouch for Kevin. Because he would’ve said right to his face that he doesn’t trust him one bit. Now, Finn knows Kevin’s on his way out, but uh, it was supposed to be Finn VS Rollins tonight, but turns out it’s going to be Finn VS Kevin. Oh, tonight? Yeah. Well that’s really too bad for Finn. And that’s no lie. Will the Prizefighter be genuine when he brings the fight to Finn tonight?
Bianca Belair VS Tamina!
Raw returns as Tamina is already in the ring. The bell rings and Tamina goes right after Bianca! Bianca turns things around in the corner to stomp Tamina! Bianca whips Tamina corner to corner, Tamina reverses but Bianca goes up to say, “Kiss this.” Tamina run sin, Bianca jumps over her then jumps back on to rain down fists! The fans count to 8 before Tamina shoves Bianca away. Tamina runs in, Bianca jumps over, but Tamina comes back to CLOBBER Bianca! Tamina dribbles Bianca’s head off the mat! Tamina thrashes Bianca around in a chinlock, but Bianca endures. “Doudrop” Piper Niven is watching backstage and enjoys seeing Bianca be thrashed around.
Bianca fights up, throws body shots, gets free and runs, but into an elbow! Tamina drags Bianca up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Then she reels Bianca into another clothesline! Tamina runs to drop an elbow, covers, TWO! Tamina is back on the chinlock and back to thrashing Bianca around. Bianca fights up but Tamina CLUBS her. Tamina back suplexes, Bianca lands on her feet and goes to the corner! Bianca BOOTS Tamina, goes up and leaps over Tamina to then roll and come back, to dropkick! Bianca kips up and fans fire up with her as she whips Tamina corner to corner. Tamina reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Bianca keeps her cool, drags Tamina up, but Tamina ROCKS Bianca with an uppercut, then SUPERKICKS Bianca down! Bianca is in a drop zone, Tamina goes up top! Bianca goes up to ROCK Tamina with forearms first! Then she TOSSES Tamina off the top! Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT onto knees! Tamina gets up and aims again, but Bianca blocks the superkick to spin Tamina around Tamina fights the chicken wings, whips Bianca to ropes and fireman’s carries, but Bianca slips out to ROCK Tamina! Torture rack and KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Never count out the EST! She takes down the Daughter of Superfly, and proves why she is on Team Raw! But here comes Piper! Piper has a mic and says that now Bianca’s had a match, she must be exhausted. It wouldn’t be fair for Piper to come and take advantage. But Piper wants Bianca to know, after Survivor Series, she’ll be looking for her. Piper’s put Bianca on notice! Will she DouDROP Bianca after Sunday? Or will Bianca make the Piper pay her?
Becky Lynch is here!
The Man has come ’round to Indianapolis, holding the Raw Women’s Championship up high! She’ll be facing her familiar frenemy, The Queen, this Sunday, and looks to comment on all of that, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky has the mic to say, “Indianapolis, welcome to the Big Time!” But in case you missed it, here’s a bit of what Charlotte Flair had to say about Becky from Friday. Charlotte said Becky’s gone from Lass Kicker, to The Man, to Becky Two Belts to Big Time Becks, and said there’s nothing natural about her! Like Charlotte don’t know who Becky is. So here’s a reminder. Becky used to be the person who was Charlotte’s best friend. The person who was on the road with Charlotte everywhere she went. The person who was there, so happy for her at every opportunity and title reign she got. But also there as the shoulder to cry on when things didn’t go Charlotte’s way.
Becky also realized a friendship with Charlotte Flair comes with conditions. Those conditions are that Charlotte is the star and Becky is in the background. So Becky said to hell with that and slapped Charlotte so hard, it sent Becky into a different stratosphere! Becky’s the person who had to do so much more than just be a one-note ripoff of someone else! Becky had to tear herself apart and recreate herself time and time again to be the biggest star in the industry! She’s the person whose success has made Charlotte the most miserable person Becky’s ever met. So much so, Charlotte doesn’t even like herself anymore!
But most importantly, Becky’s the one Charlotte goes face to face with, and face the insecurities and inner demons. This isn’t about brand supremacy! This is about personal legacy! If Charlotte still doesn’t remember who Becky is, then this Sunday, Becky will be the person who beats “the ever-loving PISS” out of her! Uh-ohhh~! But wait! Here comes Liv Morgan! The NEW #1 contender, all in Raw red, has her own mic. “Oof. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for coming out here and interrupting this weird little love-hate obsession thing you and Charlotte seem to always have.” But last week, Becky just walked away from Liv. Just walked away, and Liv can’t let her do that again.
Especially not after Liv finally won an opportunity that she’s been waiting for: A chance to take the title off of the person that at one point, Liv admired most. Becky cuts Liv off there. No no no, look! Last week, Becky left to give Liv the moment to celebrate her victory. Lord knows she doesn’t get many of those. At one point, Becky was Liv’s biggest fan. Does Liv remember what Becky told her before she left? Of course Liv does! She told everyone about it! Becky expected the interruption, she’s done this herself once or twice. So Becky went through the trouble of preparing a video. Let’s take a look.
Four months ago, on a Talking Smack, Liv told Kayla that she gave Becky a hug good-bye. Becky said to Liv, that when Becky comes back, Liv will be champion. Liv thought about that every single day. Becky is back, Liv isn’t champion. But Liv is so looking forward to proving Becky right. Liv will be champion, and she’d love to take it from Becky. Back to present and Becky says that was her bad. She is sorry for getting Liv’s hopes up. She had no idea Liv would under perform so badly. No no no! Don’t boo that! It isn’t Becky’s fault, she wasn’t here! The Man didn’t hold Liv down, she wasn’t around! The truth is, some people have it. And some people don’t.
Just look at Becky. She left for year and a half, won the title in 26 seconds and has been killing it ever since. And what has Liv done? Nothing. And no no, Liv, you’re missing the point. Becky told Liv to get the title, because now that Becky’s back, Liv ain’t ever getting her hands on it. Well, on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, we can all agree that “Big Time Becks” is just a big time BITCH! Becky throws the title down, gets Liv, but Liv arm-drags out of the slam! Becky bails out, Liv shrugs. Becky says that was lucky! Liv says she won’t wait much longer. in fact, she picks the title up right now! Liv sets it down for Becky, but will she take it from her as soon as next Monday?
RKBRO talks backstage.
Riddle says his mind was moving a mile a minute, but Orton asks how many times they have to have this conversation about Riddle playing hero. Rhetorical, Riddle! Here’s a real question. The last two weeks, Riddle helps the Street Profits, his buddies. What did that get him? What happened? Omos flattened him! And it was Riddle’s own fault for interjecting himself. Tonight with Big E, his mess and Riddle gets in it! Big E is world champion, he doesn’t need Riddle’s help. Riddle needs to concern himself with only their titles and RKBRO! Yeah, Riddle just wish he could osmosis some of that sweet knowledge from Orton.
Riddle just thought that it’d help to help Big E. Enemy’s friend is your friend’s enemy and your enemy- No, no, Riddle. That’s not the saying because it makes no sense! Orton doesn’t understand Riddle because no one can! One last time: The only thing that matters to Orton is this team and these titles! So Orton does care about Riddle? Orton screams and shouts as he storms off, but then the Profits come in. Sup, fam? Heard that conversation with Orton. He still doesn’t like them? Well Orton has a funny way of showing if he likes you. But to be fair, Riddle needs to be more like Orton.
Dawkins isn’t so sure. The only time to act and think like your partner is when the bell rings. Speaking of, that’s where these two are headed. It is Monday, class is in session. They have business with the Academy. The Profits are UP, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Riddle finishes the catchphrase for them, but they’re cool with it. The Profits head out, but will they still be in a good mood after tangling with Chad Gable & Otis?
The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!
Raw returns as Gable & Otis make their entrance. The teams sort out and Gable starts with Dawkins. They circle, tie up, and Gable gets a leg. Dawkins turns things around to a waistlock but Gable switches. Dawkins switches, Gable switches back and throws Dawkins down but Dawkins rolls through to keep moving. Dawkins runs Gable over, then things speed up. Dawkins hurdles, Gable side steps and hurdles back. Dawkins handsprings?! But Gable arm-drags! Dawkins arm-drags back then EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Gable flounders to a corner. Dawkins brings Gable over, tags in Ford, the Profits whip to dropkick! Ford mocks Otis, covers Gable, TWO!
Ford brings Gable up, wrenches but Gable pulls hair. Ford wrenches through, Gable pulls hair again. Ford keeps on the wristlock, Gable rolls and spins and drop toeholds to then facelock! Ford fights up, Gable wrenches and arm-drags! Ford comes back, side steps and hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Ford again mocks Otis, drags Gable up and over, tag to Dawkins. The Profits whip again, drop to run Gable over! Back suplex SPLASH, to the running SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Gable but Gable throat chops! Tag to Otis, and the Dozer CLOBBERS Dawkins! He glares at Ford, runs and FALLING HEADBUTTS! Gable says Otis is 4.0 as Otis whips and body shots Dawkins!
Dawkins flounders to a corner, Otis DECKS Ford! Otis then runs in but Dawkins dodges! Dawkins comes back but Gable saves Otis from the cyclone! “For the Academy!” But Ford FLIES out to take out Gable! Otis goes out to CLOBBER Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins, too! The Dozer stands tall as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Gable gives Dawkins KNEE JAMMER after KNEE JAMMER! Gable gets Dawkins up but Dawkins throws body shots! Dawkins runs, sunset flips, TWO! Gable slides under to get a HALF CRAB! Gable drags Dawkins away from the Profits’ corner and pulls way back on the leg! Dawkins endures, Ford coaches but Gable drags him away! Tag to Otis, Otis drops an elbow on Dawkins! Gable YANKS the leg on his way out, and Otis drags Dawkins around to then SPLASH on the leg! Dawkins clutches the knee but Otis looms over him. Otis drags Dawkins up, CLUBS him down, then stomps the bad leg.
Tag to Gable, he YANKS Dawkins’ bad leg. Gable bumps Dawkins off buckles, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then ROCKS Dawkins as he lets off. Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins ROCKS Gable back! Dawkins kicks but Gable puts the leg in the ropes. Gable gets the other leg, DRAGON SCREW! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Gable puts Dawkins in a drop zone and goes up top, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Dawkins moves! Dawkins hobbles up to get Gable with the SILENCER! Fans rally up as Dawkins and Gable crawl. Hot tags to Otis and Ford! Ford dodges, LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Ford runs to LARIT, Otis is still up! And even the third!
Ford fires up, runs, LARIATS, then kicks, KICKS, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Ford fires off more chops, slows down a bit, but Otis eggs him on. Ford CHOPS, ENZIGURIS and then runs, but into a pop-up POWERSLAM!! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! Otis whips Dawkins to CLOBBER him! Gable calls and tags in. Gable gets Ford up. Otis runs but Dawkins trips him! Ford victory rolls, TWO! Otis CLUBS Dawkins, Gable tackles Ford! Otis runs at Dawkins but is sent into the barriers! Gable is up top but Ford springs up after him! Gable shoves him away to CROSSBODY! But Ford rolls it through! The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
The Alpha Academy may be book smart, but the Profits are street savvy! Ford & Dawkins snatch that one away, will they be the ones heading for the tag titles after Survivor Series?
Rey Mysterio confronts Adam Pearce.
He wants to know what that was about with Dominik last week! Pearce wants Rey to calm down but Rey won’t calm down, that was his SON in there with Bobby Lashley! Pearce doesn’t understand. They had a verbal agreement that Dom would be on the team! Yes, Pearce knows the frustration. Then just answer one question. Is Pearce a man of his word? Pearce says Rey is a legend but he better stay in his lane. As far as what kind of man he is, he’s the man putting Rey in a match tonight, with Lashley. Is the All Mighty about to mangle another Mysterio this close to Survivor Series?
Veer Mahaan is coming.
Be ready for his million dollar arm and his bottomless aggression!
Nikki A.S.H w/ Rhea Ripley VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!
The Almost Super Hero takes on the Queen of the Ring, and the Nightmare is backing her up! Will Raw management realize that both WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions should be on the Survivor Series?
Raw returns and the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE leads the way for Queen Zelina. The bell rings and Nikki circles with Zelina. They tie up, Nikki headlocks to a takeover. Zelina fights back up, powers out, but Nikki CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE, but Nikki runs in at the corner. Zelina puts her on the apron, Nikki punches, shoulders in, then slingshots to an Oklahoma Roll! TWO, but Nikki fireman’s carries! Zelina slips out, shoves Nikki to the corner, then JUMP KICKS! Zelina digs her boot, Nikki gets away but Zelina KNEES her down! Cover, ONE! Zelina drags Nikki up and wraps on a chinlock. Mella cheers the Queen but Nikki endures.
Nikki fights up, throws body shots, but Zelina knees low. Zelina whips, Nikki goes up and over and runs to then duck and dodge and dropkick Zelina’s legs out! Then a basement dropkick! Nikki fires up and runs in to SPLASH Zelina at the corner! Nikki climbs to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, ten Nikki tops it off with an 11th! Nikki fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Nikki hurries to a corner, climbs up but Mella distracts. Zelina gets up and goes after Nikki but Nikki clubs her down! Nikki adjusts, but Zelina trips her up! Nikki tumbles to the mat, Zelina gets up and hits CODE RED! Cover, Zelina wins!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall
Mella is ecstatic for Zelina, but now it’s her turn against Rhea! Will Rhea’s brutality show Mella who’s really the loser here?
Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Carmella w/ Zelina Vega!
Raw returns and Rhea has Mella up in a stalling suplex! She’s walking around the ring with Mella and then SLAMS her down! And yes, Mella has her protective mask but it doesn’t help her back! Rhea gets Mella up to HIP TOSS across the ring! Mella flounders, Rhea barks at Zelina, then she storms after Mella on the apron. Mella kicks Rhea’s leg out then clubs away on Rhea in the ropes! Mella FABULOUS KICKS Rhea into the post! Cover, TWO! Mella rains down fists from all sides, then she covers, TWO! Mella drags Rhea up but Nikki rallies the fans. Rhea throws body shots, Mella kicks low. Mella CHOPS Rhea on the back! And then CHOPS her again!
Mella mocks the rock ‘n’ roll life, covers Rhea, TWO! Mella clamps onto a chinlock and leans on the hold. Rhea endures as Mella thrashes her around and fans rally up again. Rhea fights up with Mella as a backpack, and she RAMS Mella into buckles! And again! And again! Mella lets go, but then CHOPS Rhea on the back again! Rhea seethes and Mella looks worried. At least, maybe she is because that mask is in the way. Rhea scares Mella with the haymaker, to CHOP Mella on the back! And then she reels Mella in for LARIAT after LARIAT! Ripcord and kick to a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rhea fires up and fans fire up with her!
Rhea gets Mella up, ducks the elbow to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Mella survives and Rhea is amused! Rhea stalks Mella to the ropes, Mella kicks her away. Rhea comes back to dropkick but misses as Mella moves! FABULOUS KICK! Rhea is in a daze, Mella FABULOUS KICKS her again! Cover, TWO!! Mella can’t believe Rhea survives! Fans rally for Rhea as Mella drags her up. Rhea HEADBUTTS! Pump handle and RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions go 1-1, but Zelina shouts, “Silence, peasants! Your queen has something to say!” Rhea, congratulations on your triumphant victory. And on the flipside congratulations to Nikki for being friends with a winner. But that fluke doesn’t change a thing! “Your Majesty,” Queen Zelina and the Most Beautiful- SHUT UP! Zelina & Mella will lead Team Raw to victory at Survivor Series! As for Nikki, she’ll be home alone with the losers~! Zelina laughs it up, but will Rhea & Nikki get the last laughs down the line?
Big E meets with Adam Pearce.
Pearce knowns Big E is taking on Roman at Sunday, Pearce wants Big E focused on that. Big E says there’s no reason to worry about him. He has Roman at Survivor Series, Rollins coming for the title, and Kevin Owens just being Kevin Owens. To that point, there’s a lot of chaos, Big E needs to be above it. Big E wants his match with Roman, right? So Big E better not be anywhere near Finn VS Kevin. And if Big E doesn’t think Pearce is serious, he has two words for you: Brock Lesnar. Will the champion keep his personal feelings out of this for the sake of the brand?
Seth Rollins struts his way to the exit.
But McKenzie stops him for an interview. Rollins has his assistant put the stuff on the bus, and warns him to NOT wake the baby. McKenzie brings up how Rollins teamed with the Usos of SmackDown tonight, but will be part of Team Raw on Sunday. Oh, she wants to rephrase that, right? Rollins won’t be part of Team Raw, he will LEAD Raw to glorious victory! Leading is what Rollins was born to do. Just like tonight when Rollins led the Usos to victory out there. But after Survivor Series, Rollins will turn his attention to Big E. Simply put, Rollins will take the WWE Championship from Big E, and he will lead Raw, HIS show, THE SHOW, to the mountaintop.
Because Rollins is the Visionary. He is the revolutionary. He is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Rollins laughs his way out, DO NOT WAKE THE BABY. Will Rollins make all these things come true here on Monday nights?
Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens!
The Prince never has and never will trust the Prizefighter because he has a list of reasons not to. Will there be no love lost as these two battle 1v1 before being Survivor Series teammates?
Raw returns as Kevin makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin and Finn circle. They tie up, go around, end up on ropes, and Finn lets off with a push. Kevin and Finn go again, another tie up, and Finn wrenches an arm. Kevin puts Finn against ropes, lets off, then sucker punches Finn down! Kevin stomps away on Finn, lets off and cools off while fans fire up. Kevin CLUBS Finn, stomps him, CLUBS him again, then drags him up to whip at ropes. Kevin elbows Finn down, then mocks Finn’s posing. Kevin drops the BACK SENTON! Cover, ONE! Kevin argues it was three but not even close. Kevin elbows Finn in the head then wraps on a rear bearhug.
Finn endures the squeeze, fights up and pushes at the arm, then gets a JAWBREAKER! Finn throws haymakers, Kevin knees low! Kevin CLUBS Finn, whips Finn to ropes but Finn reverse. Kevin KICKS Finn, reels him in, but Finn resists the powerbomb to back drop! Kevin sunset flips through but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Kevin goes to the apron, Finn drags him up, but Kevin hotshots him away! Kevin drags Finn out and reels him in, but Finn fights the bomb and gets to the apron! Finn kicks Kevin, but then Kevin blocks the kick to trip Finn! Finn hits apron, Kevin puts him in the ring and gets him up, ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO!
Finn grits his teeth but Kevin seethes. Kevin wraps Finn up in a modified cobra clutch, but Finn endures as fans rally up. Finn fights up, pries free, but Kevin kicks low! Kevin CLUBS Finn on the back, CHOPS Finn in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Kevin runs in but Finn BOOTS him! Finn fires off forearms, whips but Kevin reverses. Finn ducks and dodges to forearm smash! Fans fire up with Finn and he trips Kevin to DOUBLE STOMP! Finn kicks Kevin, throws him out of the ring then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Kevin! Indy is loving the Prince as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Finn has Kevin up top! Kevin resists the superplex, throws body shots, then gets Finn for a fireman’s carry! SUPER ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and infuriates Kevin! Kevin paces around, tells everyone to shut up, then he gets Finn up. Kevin whips Finn to ropes, Finn holds ropes and BOOTS back! Finn ducks, dragon sleepers and ELBOW DROP DDT’s! Both men are down again but Finn grits his teeth. Finn gets up, runs in and KICKS Kevin to ropes! Finn stomps away on Kevin, and tops it off with a springboard stomp! Kevin crawls to a corner, Finn CHOPS him!
Finn whips, Kevin reverses, Finn goes up and over and runs, but into Kevin’s arms for a swinging AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO! Kevin is beside himself as Finn stays in this. Kevin kicks Finn but Finn rolls up the stunner! TWO, and Finn comes back with a SLINGBLADE! Finn fires up, aims from a corner, runs and SUPERKICK from Kevin! Cover, TWO! Finn sputters to the apron, Kevin storms over. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin has Finn up on the apron. Kevin reels Finn in, but Finn resists the lift! Finn back drops Kevin to the apron! Both men go to the floor, Finn runs in to SHOTGUN Kevin into the barriers! Fans fire up as Finn puts Kevin in then climbs up top!
COUP DE- NO, Kevin moves, to get the POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives again and it shocks Kevin! Kevin shrugs it off to go up top, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Finn aims, runs in, SHOTGUN DROPKICK into the corner! Kevin hits buckles and ends up in the drop zone! Finn goes up yet again, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin drags Finn off the apron, kicks and STUNNERS!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The rage of Kevin Owens carried him through to take down Balor. But will he only get worse as his return to being bad continues?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles & Omos.
Sarah brings up the friction between them and the Dirty Dawgs. How are they planning to address it? Dressing the Dirty Dawgs is a good name. But uh, yeah, those guys aren’t even in the same food chain. There are some facts that are undeniable. Starting with, the world would be a better place if the Usos could just get rid of the New Day once and for all, and not be on STYLES’ show! Sorry, their show. And then the Profits, always wanting the smoke. Styles doesn’t get what that means, but there’s this thing called Duralog. You get that, light it, boom, smoke for everybody. But here’s the thing, you don’t cross Styles or Omos.
There was this movie called the Avengers. The villian was Loki. Loki had an army, Styles has an Omos. Which then makes Styles IRONMAN! That’s awesome! Two guys watching cool movies! But back to the Dawgs. The Dawgs stole that win last week, but tonight- Omos cuts Styles off to say that HE will make them suffer! YES! Styles loves that! Omos watched Godzilla, right? Great monster movie! Styles and Omos head out, will Styles’ personal kaiju destroy Ziggler & Roode? But speaking of…
The Dirty Dawgs respond!
“You want to talk movies, jack?” Ziggler & Roode were browsing The Peacock streaming service, and they found a true classic that reminds them of Styles & Omos. Omos being Schwarzenegger, Styles being Devito. The movie was TWINS. But will Omos take that Schwarzenegger metaphor and go all Terminator on the Show-Off and “Big Bob?”
AJ Styles & Omos VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. The teams sort out and Styles starts against Roode, but then he tags out to Omos! Roode is worried already, but Ziggler coaches him up. Roode circles with Omos and Styles wants Omos to destroy him! They tie up, and Omos doesn’t budge! But then he throws Roode into the corner, then CLOBBERS him! Omos watches Roode go to a corner, then run sin to BACK BODY BLOCK! Roode falls from being squashed, and Omos looms over him. Omos drags Roode up, puts him back in the corner, then powers up to CHOP Roode right off his feet! Omos smirks at Ziggler as he stalks Roode.
Omos scoops Roode, SNAKE EYES off the Dawgs’ corner. Omos dares Ziggler to get some! Ziggler tags in, gets in, and eggs Omos on. Omos steps forward, Ziggler gets around and gets the sleeper! But Omos throws Ziggler down! Omos runs in to run Ziggler over! Omos fireman’s carries Ziggler, gets him up in the trophy lift, and MOUNTAIN TOSSES Ziggler to the mat! Styles reaches out a hand and Omos tags him in. Styles aims, springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles & Omos win!
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall
That was definitely like an old school Godzilla movie! Omos and Styles, but most Omos, demolish the Dawgs, who will be next on their path back to the tag titles?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley
He faces a Survivor Series teammate after removing Dominik from the team. “Removing?” Dom shouldn’t have been on the team to begin with! No one is more destructive, invincible or dominant than the All Mighty! Did you see the look on Rey’s face when he heard he had to face Lashley tonight? The same face Dom had when he was tapping out to the Hurt Lock. Rey doesn’t want any part of Lashley, and neither does all of Team Smackdown! Rey can lick his wounds, go to Survivor Series, stay on the apron and cheer on Lashley as he walks through Team SmackDown! If anyone has a problem with that, they can come see Lashley. He’s not hard to find. Will Rey even survive tonight to make it to Survivor Series?
Bobby Lashley VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio!
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance. Lashley gets his pyro, but will he get his comeuppance from the King of Lucha Libre? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns once again, and the bell finally rings. Rey and Lashley circle, Rey gets around and CLUBS Lashley! Rey dodges again, fires off forearms and KICKS, then runs to slide under. Lashley catches Rey to scoop him, but Rey clubs free to get to the apron. Rey shoulders in, forearms away, then climbs up again to SEATED SENTON! Down goes Lashley but Rey keeps moving, only to run into a BOOT! Lashley glares at Dom, rains down rights on Rey, then digs his knee into Rey’s face! Lashley lets off, Pearce watches closely as Lashley CLUBS Rey in the chest. Lashley looms over Rey, waits for him to rise, but Dom gets on the apron. Lashley steps to Dom, Rey attacks from behind!
Lashley is on the ropes, Rey slides, but Lashley gets him for a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows and knees, moves around and RANAS Lashley into the POST! Rey gets back in the ring to WRECK Lashley with a dropkick! Rey runs and hits a 619 through the ropes! It wasn’t the best, but Rey slides to SPLASH down! Fans fire up as Rey gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Lashley stirs, Rey takes aim again. Slingshot for the PLANCHA, but Lashley catches Rey! Lashley SLAMS Rey into the barriers! Lashley claps mockingly as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more, Rey fights back with body shots but Lashley RAMS him into a corner! Lashley stomps Rey, backs up and runs in to clothesline! Lashley paces, runs in again and clotheslines! Fans rally for Rey but Lashley waves a dismissive hand as he gets Rey up. Lashley pumps up and runs in again, but Rey dodges! Rey KICKS and CLUBS away, then runs, ducks, dodges and baits Lashley into a BOOT! QUEBRADA, but Lashley catches Rey and pops him around to a DOMINATOR! Lashley mockingly applauds, then he drags Rey up to slide out of the ring! Rey bounces off the ground to also hit barriers!
Lashley goes out, drags Rey up and fireman’s carries. Rey fights but can’t get free this time, and Lashley POSTS him! Lashley flexes while Dom checks on his father. Lashley goes back to Rey, drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 10. Lashley watches Rey flounder around, runs in corner to corner, and RAMS into him! Lashley lets Rey fall, then gets him up to suplex. Lashley holds Rey up, points at Dom and slashes his throat, to then SLAM Rey down! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this and fans cheer! Lashley kicks Rey, stands on Rey’s head, but lets off as the ref counts. Lashley drags Rey up, puts him in the Tree of Woe with a single gut wrench, then he goes corner to corner, only for Rey to sit up!
Lashley hits buckles, Rey gets out and runs to 619 Lashley in the stomach! Dropkick puts Lashley back on ropes, and Rey redials but Lashley runs at him! Drop toehold, 619!! Direct hit to the head and Rey goes up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! And Lashley sits up with Rey to scoop and HURT LOCK!! Rey is a ragdoll, but he taps out! Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
But Lashley wants to hurt Rey! Dom wants to get in but he can’t help but be intimidated given he just felt that hold himself seven days ago. Lashley lets Rey go finally, and Dom gets in to check on his father. Will Rey even be able to help his team?
Backstage interview with Adam Pearce.
Any last minute thoughts on Survivor Series? Actually, yes. Pearce borrows the mic to go out on stage. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is literally my job to make sure that we have the best competition possible at Survivor Series.” That is why it pains Pearce to say that for the wellbeing of Raw, and for the wellbeing of Rey Mysterio, Pearce has “no choice” but to remove Rey Mysterio from Team Raw! His replacement will be named at a later time. Dom can’t believe this! Disrespect to him is one thing, but to his legendary father?
But Austin Theory shows up to give Dom an ATL!! And then he gets his selfies! Oh, hold on then. Pearce decides that Austin Theory should replace Rey Mysterio! Insults added to injury! But will Theory’s career take off with Survivor Series as the launchpad?
This Raw did not feel like a go-home at all. But mostly because the last few weeks have had Go Home Syndrome from all the unnecessary recaps and short matches. Hell, roughly ten minutes were wasted in the last half hour because they needed to do a huge SmackDown recap! Lashley VS Rey could’ve been way better if we’d gotten those 10 minutes back. But whatever, I should’ve figured ad revenue means more to Vince than the actual product. Rey being out and Theory being in was a disappointing surprise, but it seems Raw just had to have a parallel to Sonya’s bias against Naomi. Pearce will be biased against the Mysterios, maybe they feud with Lashley and the Hurt Business.
We got pretty good stuff out of Big E’s story, and I do have to admit they are blending stories through him. New Day VS Bloodline, but then also Big E has both Rollins and Kevin to worry about. I feel like WWE actually did something clever today, advertising Rollins VS Balor on social media only to “change plans” when Rollins gets involved with Big E, Riddle and the Usos. We got good tag matches from them, Rollins gets a good, quick win before running away, but RKBRO and Big E stand tall after. The math therefore says the Bloodline finds a way to win at Survivor Series in both the tag and the top title matches.
There does appear to be mounting pressure within RKBRO, and there are plenty of teams that are coming for the titles. Profits get a quick win off the Academy, Styles & Omos get a win over the Dawgs, but I’d rather put Profits in against RKBRO than Styles & Omos again. Plus, I feel like if Styles & Omos are sticking together, they’re working to make that turn to Face, what with all the movie and pop culture talk. Finn VS Kevin was a great “change,” they gave us a great match, and Kevin got a great win for himself to start this new Heel turn. Kevin should get a shot at the world title, even while Rollins has his shot on deck. Finn meanwhile could go for the US Championship and add to his legacy.
The women’s division did about the same as they have been these days, in that the midcard is lacking in favor of the top of the card. I did like that Tamina wanted her piece of Bianca, sort of making Bianca the gatekeeper on the way back up the rankings. Piper puts her on notice and their feud will certainly carry them both to #WWEDayOne and the Rumble. The main thing I appreciated from Becky’s promo with Liv is that they actually used material from Talking Smack. That show finally matters again, and I would hope tonight’s Raw Talk with Liv on it will be treated the same the closer we get to Liv’s title match.
The tag champions going back to back in matches was logical stuff, but them trading off with Zelina and Carmella of course leans towards a tag title match. I really hope the tag title match is actually good. Like, really, really good. The Women’s Tag Division on RawDown hasn’t been given much respect outside of when Bayley & Sasha had all the belts, Vince needs to learn he can make the other women stars through this division rather than using stars try and raise the division up.
My Score: 8.2/10
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.
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