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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/29/21)

Monday gets Rated R!

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Coverage Raw 2021

It’s a monumental Monday Night Raw!

The Rated R Superstar, EDGE, returns to Raw on a night filled with gold! Will RKBRO still reign over the tag division? Will Damian Priest hold onto the WWE US Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews w/ Azeez; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Mysterios win.
  • 10 Woman Tag: Team Liv VS Team Becky; Team Liv wins.
  • WWE Championship Contenders Match: Big E VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins, by disqualification, and is added to the title match at WWE Day 1.

PLAY BY PLAY

Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins!

The Prince and The Visionary were supposed to have this match last week, but Rollins saw to it that all Balor got was a beat down! Will Balor return the favor and beat down Rollins to open the night?

Before the match, Rollins has a mic and says, “After last week, you guys might expect me to be in a bad mood. But I’m Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and nobody can keep me down! Not Kevin Owens, not Finn Balor, not Big E, not anybody else!” But there is a special reason Rollins is in a good mood: “I’ve got a secret~!” Some breaking news, even! Wanna hear it? You wanna hear it? The fans do, so give us a drum roll. It is official! At Day One, Atlanta, Georgia, Big E VS Rollins for the WWE Championship! And what a fitting name. It will be the first day of a new year, the first day of a new era, and the first day of Rollins’ next reign!

“A reign that will define the future of Monday nights! Because I am a Visionary! I am a revolutionary! I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins!” But here comes Balor! And he tackles Rollins! Rollins throws Balor off but Balor DECKS him! Rollins bails out, Balor runs and CLOBBERS Him into the timekeeper’s area! Balor bumps Rollins off the apron, then TOSSES him over the announce desk! Balor kicks Rollins then throws him into the ring! Rollins DECKS Balor, then ruins, to DIVE! Direct hit, even with the jacket on! Rollins throws his jacket off but Balor SLINGBLADES Rollins down! Balor pulls the steel steps apart! And he RAMS Rollins down!

Balor puts Rollins back in the ring, the ref has Balor stand down and Rollins demands they ring the bell. The bell rings, Balor SHOTGUNS Rollins down! Balor climbs, but Rollins bails out. So Balor FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and Balor is fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Rollins reverses a whip, only for Balor to reverse it to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth and he KICKS Rollins to the ropes. Balor stomps away on Rollins, but Rollins gets up to hotshot Balor back! Rollins springboards but Balor gets under. Balor GAMANGIRIS from the apron, climbs up top, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up, brings Balor up, but Balor throws body shots. Balor shoves Rollins down, but Rollins comes right back! SUPERPLEX! Roll through and FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes, goes to the apron and climbs up the corner. Rollins FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Cover, TWO!!

Balor trips Rollins to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Balor aims from a corner, Rollins stands, but he avoids the slingblade to shove, run and SLINGBLADE Balor! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes, fans rally up, Rollins rains down forearms and hammer fists! Rollins goes to a corner, fans boo and jeer, but Rollins aims at Balor. Rollins runs in, into a SLINGBLADE! Balor SHOTGUN dropkicks again! Rollins is down, Balor goes up top! COUP DE- NO, Rollins moves! But Balor avoids the stomp to roll up, TWO! Both men forearm each other down! Fans build to a rally, “This is Awesome!” as both men stand.

Rollins and Balor forearm again, then forearm back and forth over and over. Rollins gets the edge, ROLLING ELBOW, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Rollins in but Rollins PELES back! Rollins ripcords but Balor gets around, ELBOW DROP DDT! Dragon sleeper, but Rollins gets Balor in the eye! Rollins runs in, spins Balor, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect saves himself and snatches away the win! Will he snatch the title away from Big E on New Year’s Day?

 

Vince McMahon is visited by Austin Theory.

They have a seat and Vince doesn’t need Theory to be all nice. No one really wants to know how Mr. McMahon is doing. It’s all phony. But what wasn’t phony was Theory’s match with Big E last week. Vince is sure Theory was surprised. But he was ready for it. So tonight, guess what’ll happen? Theory will sit here in the office to watch to show with Vince. And they’ll see if there are any surprises tonight. We’ll see if anyone expects the unexpected, and if they do, how they respond. And also, if Theory ever steals from Vince again, he will kill him. Understood.

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man’s come around to Long Island, and she’s ready to put pen to paper. She and Liv Morgan make it official with a Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, after the break.

Raw returns and Sonya Deville is in the ring, along with the table and armchairs. Sonya welcomes us to the contract signing, and says in the ring is the reigning, defending, Raw Women’s Champion, #BigTimeBecks, Becky Lynch! Becky says we can get Lil’ Livvy out here now. Yes, it is the “rebellious” Liv Morgan! Liv makes her entrance, joins the others in the ring, and Becky realizes this is Liv’s first contract signing. Liv can thank Becky for that. Liv looks proud of her sucker punch, huh? First bit of fire out of her. You can thank Becky for that, too. Becky wanted to see if Liv had that fire in her. She has one hell of a right.

But then what? Liv did nothing? She held back like she always does. One punch doesn’t beat Becky, but Liv knows that, too. So what’s gonna happen when it comes to the big fight? Liv gonna hold back again? Gonna prove Becky wrong? Becky knows the answer but that’s on Liv to prove. Becky’s signed her part, but Sonya, go ahead and tell Liv how long she has to decide. Well this match happens next Monday on Raw. Oh, wow, Long Island must be salty. The other place gets the title match, not them. Well, considering the crappy hockey team, the Islanders, hasn’t won a thing, nothing different, huh? But never fear, Big Time Becks-

“Would you please just shut up for once?!” Liv signs her part, while staring Becky down, and then says if she’s not holding back, here goes. Liv got upset last week. But Liv channeled the emotion into her first, instead of becoming a big blubbering mess. Like Becky crying about Charlotte after Survivor Series. Oh, Becky didn’t forget about that, did she? Liv sure didn’t. Liv even has the footage ready, courtesy of WWE’s social media team. Let’s look at the tron. Becky was emotional speaking on how she and Charlotte went through so much. The fact they despise each other now, Becky was ready to rip Charlotte apart. Becky didn’t break Charlotte’s arm, she isn’t sure how to feel about that, but she won.

Wow~! Who knew Big Time Becky could cry like a baby. But guess what else? Becks is the reason why her friend is gone, just like that big fat greedy contract is why Liv’s friends are gone. Becky is nothing but a bully, so tell us. How does it feel knowing that Becky has become everything she once despised? Becky hates Charlotte for making her number tow, but Liv is supposed to be Becky’s? Too bad. Liv’s learned from Becky’s mistakes. This isn’t the Becky Liv once admired and this isn’t the Liv Becky left behind. So if Liv’s punch wasn’t enough to show her that, maybe the next one will! But Sonya keeps the peace!

Becky says that was big emotion after a big match! Liv wouldn’t know anything about that! And some of them deserve to get paid. Now, if Liv would’ve let Becky finish, Becky would’ve shared she has a big opportunity for Liv. If Liv thinks she can be a leader and a champion, well then Becky pitched a little match, a little 5v5, Team Liv VS Team Becks tonight. Put the graphic up! Sonya cues up the teams, and Liv gets Bianca Belair, Dana Brooke, Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. to take on Becky, Tamina, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, and the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega. Liv says Becky is way too selfish to ever be a real leader. Challenge accepted!

Liv drops the mic but Becky raises the belt. Will Liv prove she’s ready in tonight’s 10 Woman Tag?

 

RKBRO meets up backstage.

Matt Riddle scoots up, and asks where Randy Orton’s shorts are. He looks rad as usual, but after last week with Riddle being Randy, he thought Randy would be Riddle. Why in the hell would he do that? Because they totally Freaky Friday’d last week. Imagine if they remade that movie with RKBRO! Plus, Riddle did so great hitting an RKO, and then he saw Orton hit the Bro Derek, and then he “saw the lettuce flowing from your head,” and just thought they’d both be scootering around. Orton gets Riddle to stop right there. They’re defending their tag titles. If Riddle thinks Orton was going to ride his scooter to the ring bare foot, then Riddle’s more brain dead than Orton first thought.

Orton says he does appreciate Riddle, but they don’t need to dress up as each other to keep the titles. They need to be more ruthless than anyone else, and stay ten steps ahead. Got that? Yes, but could Orton do him a favor? He wants Orton to close his eyes. Orton does, and Riddle puts a wig on him! Orton sees himself in the mirror and says Riddle has two seconds to get this off his head. One- Riddle takes the wig away. Don’t ever do that again. Sorry… The music hits and RKBRO heads out. Will the Viper and the Stallion stay golden against the Glorious One and the Show-Off?

Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. The titles are raised and we see if Ziggler & Roode return to title glory.

The bell rings and they attack RKBRO from behind! Orton goes down, Ziggler bumps Riddle off buckles, tag to Roode. POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Roode DECKS Orton, stomps Riddle, then tags Ziggler. Catapult into the SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Riddle with a sleeper and body scissors but fans rally up. Riddle fights up, Ziggler brings him around, but Riddle throws body shots. Riddle reaches out but Ziggler pulls hair to stop the tag! Ziggler has Riddle in an open corner, throws body shots, then haymakers. Ziggler runs but Riddle dodges the splash! Ziggler hits buckles, Riddle crawls over, but Ziggler anchors a foot.

Riddle BOOTS Ziggler, hot tags Orton! The Viper rallies on the Dawgs! He dodges Ziggler to POWERSLAM on the return! Fans fire up, Orton has Ziggler on the apron and through the ropes. But Roode anchors Ziggler’s feet and save shim from the DDT. So Orton drags Roode up! Ziggler drags Orton down, Orton fights the Dawgs off! Orton SMACKS Ziggler off the desk, then back suplexes, but Ziggler lands on his feet! SUPERKICK! Riddle runs over but Roode kicks him down! Roode gives Riddle the DESK BACK SUPLEX! The Dawgs are fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ziggler tags in. The Dawgs mug Orton, Ziggler fires body shots in the corner. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off and tags Roode back in. Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, SPLASH in the corner! Feed to a kick and a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off, then CLUBS Orton down. Roode wraps on a chinlock, fans rally as Orton endures. Orton fights up, but Roode wrangles him down! Roode talks trash while grinding the hold, but Orton fights up. Orton reaches out but Roode keeps him away from Riddle. Orton slips around to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Orton crawls, hot tag to Riddle!

Ziggler tags in but Riddle gets around to ripcord FINAL FLASH! Riddle spins Roode around to PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes Ziggler for a BROSPLODER! Then a forearm smash and BROSPLODER to Roode! BROTON for Roode! BROTON for Ziggler! PENALTY KICK for Ziggler! Roode gets in the ropes but Riddle kicks him! Fans fire up as Riddle copies Orton, DRAPING DDT! Tag to Orton and fans fire up as RKBRO both hear voices, bro! The Dawgs slowly get up, but they deny the double RKO’s. Roode clotheslines Riddle out, Ziggler ZIGZAGS! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious that his best shot doesn’t win it!

Fans are thunderous for “RANDY! RANDY!” as Ziggler aims. Orton rises, but he blocks the superkick and rolls Ziggler, RKO!! Cover, RKBRO wins!

Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

The Viper and the Stallion stand tall as another tag team falls! Will they continue to reign into the new year?

 

Kevin Owens finds Seth Rollins backstage.

Rollins stops laughing and asks what Kevin wants. Well an exciting night. Big win tonight, title match at Day 1. But Rollins isn’t the only one with big news. Kevin has something? Yes, and it kinda involves Rollins. If Kevin wins against Big E tonight, he’ll be added to the match at Day 1. Rollins laughs, thinking Kevin is joking. But he’s not. This is the truth. No, there’s no way. This is a lie. It is Rollins’ match. Until Kevin beats Big E. Just go ask Pearce. The bald guy. Rollins will go ask because he doesn’t believe Kevin because Kevin’s a liar. Rollins heads off to find Pearce, will he find out Kevin is actually being honest?

 

Rollins finds Adam Pearce.

Rollins doesn’t want to take up too much time, but what the hell is Kevin talking about? What is he talking about? That Pearce told Kevin that if Kevin wins tonight, he’s added to the match at Day 1. Well Rollins should know not to trust Kevin or anything that comes out of his mouth. Pearce said no such thing, and hasn’t even seen Kevin at all tonight. Of course Kevin was lying. Alright, then it’s just Rollins VS Big E at Day 1. Have a great Raw. Rollins says hey to Sonya on his way out, and she asks Pearce what this was about. Pearce explains about Kevin lying, and then Sonya says that isn’t a bad idea. Did Kevin’s lie just get the ball rolling?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar is back on Raw, and the fans go nuts! But what’s he got planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge says this is the best job in the world, he missed the fans. Yes, he’s back. Last time they saw him, he survived a war in Hell in a Cell with Seth Rollins. And now, Rollins is the #1 contender to the WWE Championship. Edge never thought he’d say this, but Rollins deserves it, he’s on a different level right now. But that’s a different story now. Edge is here to talk about how he’s on Raw! And how he’s in #StrongIsland! And there is a whole new set of opponents Edge can sink his teeth into. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Big E. “It’s really exciting, because everything’s wide open.”

But THE MIZ is back!! And he brought Maryse, too! Miz & Mrs are literally shining in silver and crystals after Miz’s run on Dancing with the Stars, and they’re headed right to the ring. They get the mics and Edge is rather confused to see them. “They gave you the big return treatment. They gave you the big press release, ‘Tune into Monday Night Raw! Edge is back!'” But Edge has been gone a month? Is this Edge’s career now? The big comeback? Injured, comeback. Time off, comeback. Retired, just kidding, comeback. Meanwhile, Miz was representing WWE on a weekly basis and showcasing that the WWE superstars are the greatest entertainers in the world!

Miz got hurt, he got carted in a wheelchair. He takes time off to elevate what it is to be a superstar! And yet no big return, no pyro, not even people clambering for him. What irks Miz the most is that tonight, right here and right now, one of the greatest female superstars in the history of this company, his wife, Maryse, is BACK! And yet, Miz hears the list Edge has his eye on and he forgets The Miz. Is Miz not on Edge’s radar? Well Edge thought Miz was still painting himself like a genie and dancing. Maryse says while Edge was busy chopping wood, Miz was busy being the most entertaining, most charismatic and the best dancer on the entire show! Didn’t he come in ninth?

In everyone’s minds, Miz won! The only reason Miz placed where he was, was because the supposed most “devoted and loyal fanbase” forgot to vote for him! Jojo Siwa has a more devoted fanbase! Fans boo, they’re not taking the Blame for this.  And while Miz danced with the stars, Edge danced with an injury riddled body. So, wait, Miz wants to come out and complain because Edge got the press. But Miz could’ve gone to management and waited until they got what they deserve. But they didn’t, so it’s clear to Edge they have a different agenda. They’re interrupting Edge to place themselves in the main event picture.

Edge could take the easy route and get the fans to scream at the top of their lungs that Miz sucks. Y’know, like this. One, two, three. “MIZ SUCKS!” Miz says, “How dare you. How dare all of you!” Miz is an era defining superstar who deserves respect! He’s not here to place himself in the main event picture when he was WWE Champion six months ago! When was the last time Edge held a title? Right, Edge was the opener to Miz’s main event at WrestleMania! Edge was great in the ring, has a career that most superstars only dream of. But Miz surpassed him long ago. And in Miz’s opinion, Edge should’ve just stayed home for good.

Okay, so Miz is verbally attacking Edge to hang it up. That Edge is dancing with a body that can’t hang. And Miz is right. Edge can’t do this for much longer. The window is small. But Edge fought with every fiber of his being to get this window back. Edge is the guy people want to stand across the ring from and test themselves. They respect Edge, Edge respects them, aka mutual respect, something Miz knows nothing about. Something Miz could’ve and still could have, but he just walks out here, bitches and moans that he doesn’t have this or that, “Lil’ Mizzy needs a pat on the back, does he?”

Edge will give the pat on the back and he means all of this. Miz made it here, standing across the ring from Edge through Tough Enough. Miz wrote notes on his hands and made it all the way to facing John Cena at Mania, and beat him. Miz did that. Edge did “jerk the curtain” that same night, yeah. Miz has people on other shows saying his name just to get a cheap reaction! Miz lives rent free in a lot of heads. He’s built an empire, a mansion and a beautiful family. Miz has made it further or higher anyone ever thought he would or could! Except for Miz. Miz thought it, believed it, and made it happen.

“But the big difference between you and I is that I fought with every fiber of my being to get this small window back. Where you, you use this to get notoriety for your next endeavor.” Next reality show, next dance show, while he leaves his friends high and dry to get fired. But the biggest difference is that Miz expects respect while Edge earns it! Take the shades off, stare Edge down, they can go right now. Edge dares Miz to jump! Miz takes off the sunglasses, the headband, and starts to undo the jacket. They wanna see Miz and Edge dance? “NO.” Miz won’t give Edge or the fans the satisfaction of being egged on, but then when will the Awesome One and the Rated R Superstar throw down?

 

AJ Styles and Omos talk backstage.

Sarah walks over, Styles needs to be guided. Does he have any insight as to why the Street Profits used a fire extinguisher on them last week? Insight? Is that a vision joke? Styles knows why! The Profits can’t beat the Phenomenal One and his personal colossus! Styles has glasses because he can’t see! HE couldn’t even see himself in the mirror! Did someone snicker? That’s not funny! Omos had to help with his beard! The doctors aren’t even sure if Styles will ever get his vision back. Those smoke enthusiasts have blinded him! But that’s okay. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Styles promises the Profits, they’ll get burned. Omos helps guide Styles backstage, will the Profits not see payback coming?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

Speaking of the Profits, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins head out to settle another score. Will they be the ones taking Otis and “Master” Chad Gable to school tonight?

Raw returns and Styles goes to ringside, with Omos helping him down the ramp. As for the match, Ford and Otis start. Otis throws body shots, whips Ford to a corner, but Ford goes up and over, only to get run over! Omos helps Styles get to the announce desk while Otis hotshots Ford off ropes! “For the Academy!” Otis puts Ford in the corner, tags Gable, and whips Gable in for a monkey flip! Otis drops a leg, brother! Gable covers, Dawkins breaks it! Styles asks who is winning. Gables has Ford in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Ford endures, Ford pops to a cover, TWO! Ford hits Otis, shoulders into Gable then slingshots but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Gable DECKS Dawkins, drags Ford up and tags Otis in. Otis brings Ford out to CLUB, but Ford fires off elbows and kicks! Ford CHOPS and CHOPS Otis, but Otis lifts him up! Ford sunset flips but Gable tags in! Ford gets away from Otis but Gable gets the legs. Ford flips to his feet, dodges Gable and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins rallies, but Gable whips. Dawkins hurdles, gets around and HALF NELSON SUPLEXES! Otis gets in but Dawkins dodges to FLYING ELBOW! Dawkins spins Gable to hit the SILENCER! Fans fire up as Dawkins run sin at the corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Tag to Ford, ANOINTING and Ford goes up! But Otis drags Gable out!

Dawkins goes out, the Academy RAMS Dawkins into barriers! Ford CANNONBALLS the Academy down! Gable gets in the ring, Styles springs up and goes after Ford! Ford kicks him down! Of course Styles was faking the blindness! Gable goes up, Ford headbutts him down! FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

The Profits aren’t shocked Styles was up to something. Will Styles & Omos have to go back to the drawing board on how to get even with them?

 

We check back in with Vince and Theory.

Vince asks Theory what he thought about Styles’ surprise. Theory thought that was pretty good. No, it was horrible. We all saw that coming a mile away. Oh, r-right. Expect the unexpected, but the Profits did. Right, of course. You have to be more attentive. Yes, sir. Theory, look at Vince when he’s talking to you. Right. Theory agrees with Vince. What more will Theory learn watching Raw with Vince by his side?

 

Reggie talks with Dana Brooke backstage.

The former 24/7 Champion is probably giving the current champion some pointers on how to hold that title a long, long time. Will Dana make sure her first title in the WWE is with her 24/7 into the new year?

 

Rollins laughs as he finds Kevin backstage.

“What’d I tell you, liar? LIAR~!” He talked to Pearce, Pearce never said anything about Kevin winning his way into Day 1. Liar liar, pants on fire. But Kevin’s pants are not on fire because he’s not lying. If he wins, he’s getting added to the title match. Sure, okay, Kev. Alright, alright, you’re not lying. Good luck, tonight! Hope you win then. Rollins is laughing, but will the joke be on him before the night is out?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews w/ Azeez!

The Archer of Infamy was willing to have this showdown last week, but the Pride of Nigeria does things on his time. And now that it is time, will Apollo make this his title? Or will he unleash the Damian within Priest?

Raw returns and Apollo makes his entrance, Azeez behind him. The belt is raised and the bell rings. The two circle, Apollo gets a waistlock and SLAMS Priest down. Priest gets up, Apollo gets around but Priest throws him off and arm-drags him down. Priest has an armlock, Apollo fights up and pulls hair. Apollo throws body shots, haymakers, then whips. Priest reverses to run Apollo over! Apollo bails out, Priest goes out after him but Apollo falls back to where Azeez is. Azeez is a distraction so Apollo can leap off the apron for a KNEE! Down goes Priest and Apollo fires up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Priest swings but into a back suplex, CREWS MISSILE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is furious that Priest survives! Priest gets up, Crews throws haymakers. Fans rally, Priest counter punches and Apollo wobbles! Apollo fires off fast hands, but Priest throws hands back! JUMPING ROUNDHOUSE! Priest runs and springboards, FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest drags Apollo up while Azeez paces outside. Apollo throws body shots and an ENZIGURI! Priest comes back to LARIAT! Priest drags Apollo up, Canadian rack for a CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO! Apollo survives and Priest grows frustrated.

Apollo bails out, Priest builds speed but Azeez gets Apollo out of the way! Priest stops, bails out, and uses the steps to CANNONBALL Apollo down! Priest drags Apollo up and in, climbs up but Apollo distracts the ref. Azeez YANKS Priest off the corner! The fans boo and the ref suspects what happened! He tells Azeez that he is EJECTED! Fans cheer while Azeez and Apollo are furious! But speaking of fury, Damian rises! He BOOTS Apollo, fires off in the corner, lets off at 4 to BOOT Apollo to the apron! Priest gets Apollo up for a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Then THE RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Priest retains with just the right balance of fury and focus! Will Apollo have to try again another time if he’s to take the title from the Archer of Infamy?

 

Sonya and Pearce talk in their office.

Rollins comes laughing back in and says what a night! But he wants to bring this to their attention. Kevin is still spewing these rumors. it is not healthy, it is a bad look for Raw. Well here’s the thing. It raises the stakes, Sonya thought it was a good idea. Really? Pinning this on Sonya? Wait, what? If Kevin wins, he is added to Day 1. WHAT!? No! Big E VS Rollins is the match! They lied to him! They LIED to him! No, Kevin lied. No, Kevin told- Wait. What is going on?!? Rollins storms off, but now the Prizefighter could be joining him and Big E on New Year’s Day!

 

The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik may have been put way by the Rocky Mountain Machine both separately and together, but can they at least score a win off Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin? Or do the Mysterios have no business taking on the Hurt Business?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business have already entered the ring. Dom starts with Benjamin and the two circle. They tie up, Benjamin waistlock, SLAM Dom down, but Dom moves around to get up. Dom knuckle locks, kicks and forearms, then goes up and hits a flying arm-drag! Benjamin comes back to run Dom over! Alexander mocks Dom’s pain while Benjamin gives him a BACKBREAKER! Benjamin drags Dom up, tags Alexander, snap suplex to slingshot senton! Alexander taunts Rey with Latino Heat before the cover, but they’re in the ropes. Alexander is annoyed but he brings Dom up. Dom cradles, TWO! Alexander CLOBBS Dom for that one!

Alexander snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Tag to Benjamin, he stomps Dom down. Benjamin drags Dom up and taunts Rey before he back suplexes. Dom land son his feet to SUPERKICK! And then leaps over Benjamin to tag in Rey! Rey goes up to SEATED SENTON! Rey runs, Benjamin dodges but Rey tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey goes after Benjamin but Benjamin elbows him back. Tag to Alexander, slingshot sunset flip but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rey DECKS Benjamin, whips Alexander, but Alexander reverses, only for Rey to wheelbarrow victory roll to put Alexander on the ropes!

Tag to Dom, Benjamin gets in but Dom wheelbarrows to put Benjamin on the ropes! Father and son DOUBLE 619!! Benjamin bails out, Dom goes up, Rey SEATED SENTONS Benjamin and Dom FROG SPLASHES! Cover, the Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

Father and son are back on a winning track! Will the first father-son tag team champions climb their way back up to be the first two-time father-son tag team championship team?

 

10 Woman Tag: Team Liv VS Team Becky!

It may not be Survivor Series, but this one’s going to be big! Will the EST, the 24/7 Champion and #SuperBrutality help the #1 contender get momentum against The Man? Or will the Daughter of Superfly, Doudrop, the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE and the Queen of the Ring help Big Time Becks feel even bigger?

Raw returns and Team Becky makes their entrance. Liv’s team put the hands in and are united, but Mella needs her mask. Her team secures it in place while the rest of the team sorts out. Becky says she’s starting as team captain, so Liv does the same. The teams cheer their leaders on, Becky steps up and Liv ROCKS her! Liv then dodges and dropkicks Becky down! Liv SHINING WIZARDS in the corner then BULLDOGS Becky down! Becky flounders to another corner, dodges the elbow to stomp away! Becky lets off at 4, talks trash, then brings Liv up to CLUB her down. Becky tags Mella in, Mella runs but Liv goes Matrix to roll her up! ONE, but Liv kicks low!

Liv whips Mella to ropes, Mella holds ropes to throw Liv by her hair! Mella gloats about her beauty, mocks Rhea’s rocker life then mockingly asks where the titles went. Liv tags Rhea in and Mella runs away to tag Zelina! The Queen is a bit shocked, but she steps up to Rhea. Zelina gets around, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip but Rhea stays up. Zelina runs away form the stomp, tag to Mella! Mella tags Becky, but Becky tags Piper. Piper tags Tamina and Team Becky surrounds Rhea. Rhea just fights them all! Tamina CLUBS Rhea down and Becky gloats, but Rhea throws body shots back! Rhea fires forearms, runs but Tamina CLOBBERS her!

Tamina paces around Rhea, drags her up and headbutts her down! Tamina mocks the fans cheering for Rhea, then she drags Rhea up for a chinlock. Rhea endures as Tamina thrashes her around. Fans rally up, Rhea fights up and fights back but Tamina CLUBS Rhea, then fireman’s carries. Rhea slips out, shoves Tamina into a corner, then CLOBBERS her on the return! Tag to Nikki! Tag to Dana, and then tag to Liv, and tag to Bianca! Turnabout is fair play, and they surround Tamina! Torture rack from Bianca, but Becky gets in to save Tamina! Team Liv wants after Team Becky but they get away. Bianca and team say “Kiss this!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Zelina tags Piper so she can mug Nikki. Piper scoops and SLAMS Nikki, then drops an elbow! Piper wraps on a cobra clutch and thrashes Nikki around. Nikki fights up, throws body shots, but Piper ripcords and LARIATS Nikki down! Piper taunts Liv’s team, Liv coaches Nikki. Nikki throws forearms and CHOPS but Piper DECKS her! Piper drags Nikki up, bumps her off buckles, then tags in Becky. Piper scoops and SLAMS Nikki and Becky talks trash before she drops a leg, then another! Becky runs but Nikki avoids the hat trick! Becky tags Mella, and Mella gets Nikki before she can tag out!

Mella throws Nikki by her hair, puts her in a corner then fires off elbows! Mella taunts the others but Nikki hits back! Mella clubs Nikki down, covers, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock and leans all her weight on Nikki. Nikki fights up, fans rally, and Nikki JAWBREAKERS free! She dodges and tags in Rhea! Rhea CLOBBERS Mella, Mella clutches her head. The mask saved her from some of that, but Rhea gets her up to dribble her off the mat. Becky runs in, Rhea dodges to dropkick the others! HEADBUTT for Becky, elbow for Piper! Mella gets up but gets cravat knees and a snapmare! Rhea runs but Mella avoids the dropkick! Drop toehold and float over to CODE OF SILENCE!

Dana stomps Mella down to save Rhea, then hits the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Zelina BOOTS Dana! Nikki kicks Zelina for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tamian SAMOAN DROPS Nikki, Bianca chicken wings and GlamEST Slams Tamina! Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca and runs to SPLASH! But Liv gets in to bait Piper and dump her out. Becky is in, she gets Liv for the REVERSE DDT! Rhea kicks Becky and throws her out! Rhea pump handles Mella, for the RIP- NO! Mella slips out and stomps the leg! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Team Becky is back on top as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Tamina headbutts Dana to the corner. Tamina runs in but Dana BOOTS her! Dana DECKS Mella, DECKS Zelina, dodges Tamina, but Tamina gets legs. Dana kicks her away, hot tag to Liv! Liv dodges Tamina to DECK Piper, dodge Becky and fire off on Tamina! Liv runs but Tamina SWATS the crossbody! Tamina DECKS Bianca, but Liv hits a LIV BREAKER! Cover, but Becky breaks it! Dana throws Becky out, Nikki CROSSBODIES Becky! Piper runs up to CLOBBER Nikki! Piper scoops Nikki, Dana kicks Piper and Rhea CLUBS Piper down! Dana goes up, Zelina hits her first! Zelina climbs, but Dana resists!

The others gather around as Mella helps Vega and kicks Rhea! Mella shoves Dana onto the others! Everyone but the tag champions are down! Melal then runs at Liv, to get an ENZIGURI! Vega leaps, into Liv’s STO! Liv hurries and DECKS Becky off the apron! But Tamina SUPERKICKS Liv down! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and shocks Tamina! Tamina drags Liv up, Liv slips off and shoves, to wrench and WING SNAPPER! She puts Tamina on the ropes, for ObLIVion!! Cover, Team Liv wins!!

Winners: Team Liv, by pinfall

But Becky stomps Liv right down! And puts her in a corner to stomp away! Piper CLOBBERS Bianca and hammers away! But Team Liv fights back! Mella RAMS Rhea into a barrier, Bianca shoves Piper, SPINEBUSTER! Rhea RAMS Mella! Dana stomps Tamina, Becky reels Liv in but Liv arm-drags free of the slam! ObLIVion to Becky!! If Liv can do this all over again, she’ll become champion! But will Big Time Becks make sure Liv stays small?

 

We check in with Vince and Theory again.

Team Liv was very impressive. Theory liked the match. Vince insists he look at him when they talk again. That was definitely the unexpected. When it’s a surprise, it really has to be. If it’s not, then it’s not a surprise. But if it is, then you’re screwed. Expect a surprise, then it’s a real surprise. Got it? Yes, sir. Stop looking off into space, Theory! Sorry…

 

WWE takes a closer look at Bobby Lashley.

The now All Mighty Lashley started wrestling when he was in the seventh grader. He was a workhorse, and then it was on in college. He used working out as an outlet, and he won big time in his junior and senior years. Then the Army called him up and he wrestled on their team, and was a silver medalist in the World Military Wrestling tournament. Four time All-American, “credible to the max.” His first run in WWE was truly dominant, maybe even superhuman, as he became WWE United States and ECW Champion. Then his return was just as powerful, becoming WWE Intercontinental, US and World Champion. The All Mighty Era never ends.

 

Backstage interview with Big E.

We know the title is on the line at Day 1, but we found out that if Big E loses in the main event, Kevin is added to the match as  a Triple Threat. Does that put any pressure on Big E here tonight? No. Big E goes to leave, but then he realizes they need more words. Well, Big E puts it like this: He fears no man, and he fears no Kevins. Kevin Patrick here included. But Big E also understands that a Triple Threat with two former world champions would make it more difficult to retain “my baby.” So after Big E wins here tonight and rids himself of “that duplicitous scourge,” it’ll just be Big E VS Rollins, man VS man, at Day 1. And please believe he plans on kicking of 2022 with a bang as he retains his WWE Championship! Now you gotta feel that, SUCKA!

 

We check in with Vince and Theory one more time.

So, did Theory enjoy tonight? Yeah, he had a great time and learned a lot. Really? Like what? When it comes to surprise, you gotta be prepared. Expected the unexpected. Okay then. They stand up and Vince SLAPS Theory. Theory didn’t expect that! He’s still got a lot to learn.

 

WWE Championship Contenders Match: Big E VS Kevin Owens!

Big E has stated the facts, and all he has to do is win to keep things as they are. But if the Prizefighter brings things into existence just as he did tonight, things get even bigger for New Year’s Day! Will KO #StunTheWorld and add himself to that world title match?

Raw returns once again and Big E makes his entrance. But then so does Seth Rollins, in a completely different suit and some interesting sunglasses. The bell rings and Rollins goes to commentary as Big E and Kevin fire off hands! Big E gets the edge, backs Kevin down but Kevin kicks back and throws haymakers. Kevin fires off, kicks Big E down, then runs, but Big E drops, hurdles and CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE! Rollins says he’s a mess but Corey says he looks great. Big E throws body shots, CLUBS Kevin in the corner, but lets off at 4. Kevin kicks but Big E shoves him out! Big E goes out to whip Kevin into barriers!

Big E smacks Kevin off the desk, Rollins even cheers him on! Big E puts Kevin in, stomps him down, CLUBS him, but Kevin rolls Big E up! ONE, and Kevin kicks low again. Kevin kicks a leg, then the other leg. Kevin kicks the leg again, runs and CHOP BLOCKS! Big E is down, Kevin says this is HIS show! Kevin drags Big E around, and drops an elbow onto the leg. Kevin has the toehold, punches away on the knee, but Big E chinbars. Kevin punches the knee to make Big E stop that. Big E endures the toehold, Kevin talks trash. Big E CLUBS Kevin, but Kevin hits a DDT to the foot! Kevin then drops a senton on the leg! Cover, ONE!!

Kevin seethes, Rollins glares at Kevin, but Kevin taunts the fans with, “That’s your champ?!” Kevin CLUBS Big E, throws hands, but Big E fires forearms! Big E whips, Kevin kicks back and dropkicks the legs out! Cover, ONE!! Kevin pushes Big E down to get the leg again, and steps over, only for Big E to kick him out! Rollins cheers for Big E right in Kevin’s face. Kevin SLAPS Rollins! Kevin gets in, Rollins gets on the apron, but Rollins can’t do anything to Kevin because a disqualification would give him the win! Kevin knees Big E, reels him in and LARIATS! Kevin goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Big E goes after him!

Big E and Kevin brawl, Big E winds up and CLOBBERS Kevin to the apron! Big E goes out, CLUBS away on Kevin, then gets up on the apron for the SPLASH! Kevin rolls away but Big E pursues. Big E pulls steps apart and says Rollins should watch. Rollins says he’s on Big E’s side! But Kevin gets Big E for a DDT to the steps! Big E’s got some blood in his mouth as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more, Kevin has Big E down with a chinlock. Big E endures, fights up, and fans rally as he throws body shots. Kevin ROCKS Big E with a forearm, CHOPS him then runs, but Big E CLOBBERS Kevin! Kevin goes to a corner, Big E runs over but is pulled into buckles! Big E sputters, Kevin brings Big E up and CHOPS him in the corner. Kevin CHOPS again, hoists Big E up, then CHOPS him again. Kevin climbs, brings Big E up, but Big E resists! Kevin throws body shots, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Kevin clamps on another chinlock and he grinds Big E down. Fans rally up, Big E fights up and throws body shots.

Kevin knees Big E low, mocks the applause, then runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! Big E baits Kevin in, for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels them hips, runs, and SPLASHES onto knees! Kevin goes to a corner, runs and SENTONS onto knees! Big E runs again to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Big E claps and fans chant along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E waits on Kevin to rise, then turns him around. Kevin ROCKS Big E, BOOTS him, but Big E puts Kevin on the apron. Big E runs but into a knee! Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows frustrated but he pie faces Big E while telling him to stay down.

Big E gets up, SLAPS Kevin, so Kevin SLAPS back. They start throwing forearms, Kevin SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Rollins is feeling the heat while Big E goes to a corner. Kevin runs corner to corner but into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out and rolls up, TWO! Big E runs , into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rollins comes out of his chair from that one! But he pretends he’s cool and it’s all good. Kevin brings Big E to a drop zone and goes up top. But then Kevin CLOBBERS Rollins and fires off hands! Kevin took his frustration out on Rollins, then hotshots Big E! Kevin gets in, but still no stunner!

Kevin SUPERKICKS, but Big E comes back to LARIAT! But NOW Rollins gets in! Rollins attacks Kevin!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification (added to the Day 1 WWE Championship match)

Rollins stomps away on Kevin, then he SUPERKICKS Big E! CURB STOMP to Big E!! The Visionary just did what Kevin wanted! Rollins is furious all over again, because now the title match is a Triple Threat! Kevin is feeling great about this! Will he feel even greater when he wins that title off Big E and it being all Rollins’ fault?


My Thoughts:

A fairly good Raw here to set up a lot for the coming weeks. Rollins VS Balor was a really good opener, and I like the ongoing story of the night where Kevin goaded Rollins into just about everything tonight. I was calling for Kevin to get his title shot at some point, and while Kevin VS Big E was a great match on its own, Kevin angering Rollins into giving him the win was quite the twist. That Triple Threat is going to be huge, but I would still think Big E finds a way to win. That is, unless WWE wants to give Kevin Owens reason to stick around and not go to AEW. Giving him another title run would be pretty good incentive.

RKBRO has a really fun tag match against the Dirty Dawgs, but I’m not sure where they go from here as far as challengers. Styles & Omos are continuing things with the Profits, with Styles’ oh so obvious fake blindness trap. I was hoping The Alpha Academy would start building up towards a title match, but maybe the Mysterios can on their end with their win over Hurt Business. Lashley only getting a video package tonight was interesting, and it being a full retrospective on his wrestling journey was also interesting. Something about that felt like they want him to be Face, but he’s been doing so well as a dominant Heel, that wouldn’t make much sense right now.

Priest VS Apollo was a very good title match, but not sure who is next then. Maybe Veer Mahaan? His hype package has been exactly the same this entire time. Edge and Miz have a pretty good promo segment, and I like that Edge gave a nod to AEW’s promo battle of CM Punk and MJF. This wasn’t quite the feud I was expecting for Edge but I suppose it can give us some great promos and a match that will work for Edge. Miz hasn’t been someone who is moving all over the ring, or even that quickly in a closed space. It’ll be methodical and character driven, and definitely a big moment for both Miz and Edge.

Vince hanging out with Theory all night was really strange. I guess this is just the meta of how Vince has taken a liking to Theory already and wants to be an on-screen mentor to him. That was one serious slap, though. Not sure how Vince talking about “expect the unexpected” is going to help Theory, but maybe this is just one of a series of lessons that’ll make Theory a better superstar. Then the contract signing turning into a ready-made 10 Woman Tag was interesting. Liv had her own worked shoot talking about the money for the big names being why WWE is (supposedly) cutting so many people. But Liv’s team, and Liv herself, standing tall tonight ensures Becky wins next week.

Will Becky get Day 1 off? I feel like she’d be a big selling point for that event, so either there’s something screwy in next week’s match that gives Liv a rematch or they get a new contender really quickly.

My Score: 8.2/10


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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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