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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/8/21)

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Coverage Raw 2021

Will there be no apologies for this one?

Everyone wants to be the face of Raw, but someone will face the consequences of their actions! Will Seth Rollins be sorry for making a fool of Kevin Owens?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: RKBRO & The Street Profits VS Omos, AJ Styles & The Dirty Dawgs; Omos, Styles & The Dirty Dawgs win.
  • Raw Survivor Series Team Qualifier: Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins and is on Team Raw.
  • Big E VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Big E wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Reggie VS Drake Maverick; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hurt Business As Usual: Akira Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hurt Business As Usual 2: Corey Graves wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hurt Business As Usual 3: Byron Saxton wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hurt Business As Usual 4: Drake Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hurt Business As Usual 5: Reggie wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5: Rhea Ripley VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Zelina Vega VS Carmella; Morgan wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the title.
  • Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins, by count-out.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens talks with Big E backstage.

For years, Kevin’s tried to show he’s not the guy who turns on people. Big E is rubbing cocoa butter on his body, he doesn’t know why Kevin cares. Kevin cares about very few people’s opinions but Big E’s is very important to him. The history with the New Day, this means a lot to him. He swears he didn’t really know what happened with Rollins. Big E says he has a match tonight, so he doesn’t really care. Big E leaves, but will Kevin prove himself tonight?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring.

He swaggers out with his title contract… and a blue trench coat? Rollins soaks up the heat from Louisville, then gets a mic. “Welcome to Monday! Night! Rollins! And as the undisputed Face of Raw, it is my duty to inform you that I AM a Visionary! I AM a revolutionary! I AM Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! And I am your next WWE Champiooon~!” Now Rollins was going to come out and wax poetic about how he will lead Team Raw to glorious, glorious victory at Survivor Series over the “bums” on SmackDown… Fans chant “You Look Stupid!” at him but he laughs it off. Like the morons here in Louisville know anything about fashion! Just look at ’em!

But enough of that! There’s a very important question to answer, based on what we just saw. “Who exactly is Kevin Owens?” Is Kevin the Prizefighter? Is he the hero? Is he the man who will do anything, put his body on the line and fight it out for the WWE Universe? Or is Kevin a snake? Is he a gutless, spineless coward? Is Kevin Owens a liar? What do the fans think? They boo Rollins but he says that he’s known Kevin a very, very long time. They go way back, coming up together in the industry. Slept on the floor at some Econo Lodge together. And for as long as Rollins has known Kevin, there’s one thing you can count on with him: He would stab you in the back any chance he got!

Don’t believe Rollins? Ask his old buddy, Sami Zayn! That didn’t work out there! Or Kofi and the New Day! Didn’t work out there, did it? Kevin is as low as it gets! He is a paramecium, an amoeba that cannot be trusted. You can’t trust him as far as you can throw him, and no one can throw Kevin that far. Kevin is a snake, a coward, gutless, soulless and a LIAR! After Rollins beats Kevin in the main event, not only will Kevin be the biggest liar, he’ll be the biggest LOSER in the world! But speaking of, here comes Kevin! Rollins wants Kevin to take it easy, but the chase is on! They go around, then in the ring, and Kevin blocks to DECK Rollins!

Rollins bails out but Kevin gets him by his blue jacket to get him up! Rollins scrambles into the ring to avoid the apron powerbomb and then runs away entirely! Kevin throws the contract at him, then dares the real coward to do something! Rollins is willing to wait until later tonight, but will he be made to eat his words?

 

RKBRO talks backstage.

Riddle says it is awesome to team up with the Street Profits! They’ll be like the Eternals, or Voltron, and become a super fighting robot! And then they can call themselves the Bro-Bot and get some sweet payback on Omos. Orton wants Riddle to remember that they are Raw Tag Team Champions so they have a target on their back. RKBRO can’t pick fights with giants. Omos attacked them last week! No, he attacked the Profits last week but Riddle had to play hero. And he got mauled for it! So let’s not do that again. But the Profits- Orton doesn’t care about the Profits. Ouch. Well we can talk about that later, but the Profits are right behind Orton…

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are nonplus about what Orton said. Riddle assures them he still wants the smoke, but Orton says he meant every word. It doesn’t matter what happens in the ring, but if the Profits have a vendetta with the giant, Omos, then they’re on their own. The music hits and Orton heads out. Riddle says that went as best as possible. Wait up, Randy! Riddle scooters out behind Orton and the champs lead the way. Will the Stallion and the Viper be able to work with Tez & Dawks against the giant, the Phenomenal, and the Dirty Dawgs?

8 Man Tag: RKBRO & The Street Profits VS Omos, AJ Styles & The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and Styles makes his entrance with Omos by his side. The Profits are already in the ring with Orton & Riddle while Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode wait at ringside. The teams sort out, “Big Bob” starts with Ford. They circle and tie up. Ford pushes Roode to a corner but Roode turns it around. Roode lets off, but then throws sucker punches! Ford counter punches, Roode headlocks but Ford powers out. Roode runs Ford over, things speed up, Ford hurdles then hurdles then dropkicks Roode down! Ford kips up and does push-ups just to show off! Ford brings Roode over, tags to Dawkins, and the Profits whip to run Roode over! Back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up but Roode knees Dawkins low. Roode CLUBS Dawkins, tags in Ziggler, and the Dawgs double whip. They double elbow Dawkins down, then Ziggler brings Dawkins up. Dawkins blocks the punch to ROCK Ziggler, then he wrenches and tags in Orton. Fans fire up as Orton kicks Ziggler low. Orton drags Ziggler around by his legs to stomp him in the stomach! And again! And again! Orton stomps a foot, then the other foot. Tag to Riddle, Ziggler gets laces to the face, and Orton helps Riddle with the Assisted Floating Bro! Riddle brings Ziggler up but Ziggler kicks low then dropkicks Riddle down!

Ziggler drags Riddle over, tag to Styles. They mug Riddle, Styles CHOPS Riddle to a corner then whips corner to corner. Riddle goes up and over and KICKS Styles down! Riddle brings him up but Styles throat chops! Styles reels Riddle in but Riddle kicks the Clash away, and drags Styles down into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Styles flails, reaches, gets up and deadlifts to go for ropes, but Riddle headscissors Styles out with him to the floor! Orton and the Profits keep the Dawgs at bay as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Roode whips Riddle hard into a corner. Roode runs in but only gets buckles as Riddle dodges! Fans fire up, Riddle brings Roode up for forearms and KICKS! Ziggler runs in to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle DECKS Styles, but Roode hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode drags Riddle up, suplexes high and hard, then tags in Ziggler. Ziggler lines it up and drops a jumping elbow! Cover, TWO! Ziggler wraps onto Riddle with a chinlock and chicken wing. Riddle endures, fans fire up, and Riddle fights up to throw body shots! Ziggler throws Riddle down by his hair! Ziggler drags Riddle over, tags in Styles, and Styles drops a knee on Riddle’s head.

Styles sits Riddle up, drives an elbow into the shoulder and then wraps on a chinlock. Riddle fights, gets to the ropes, and Styles lets off to stomp him down. Fans rally for Riddle, Styles drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Ziggler, leaving Roode hanging. Styles and Roode argue but Ziggler gets Roode to tag in. The Dawgs mug Riddle, Roode turns Riddle for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off now. Roode stomps Riddle, fans rally up for Riddle but Roode steps on his neck! The ref counts, Roode lets off, and Riddle sputters. Ziggler tags in, he brings Riddle up to scrape laces off his face.

Ziggler taunts Orton, brings Riddle up, and blocks a kick! He flips Riddle but he lands on his feet to DECK Styles! FINAL FLASH for Ziggler! Fans fire up as both men are down! Ziggler goes for a foot but Riddle tags in Orton! Orton rallies on the Show-Off, duck sand hits the POWERSLAM! Roode gets in but he gets a POWERSLAM! Orton brings Ziggler to the ropes, brings him through, DRAPING DDT! Fans are all fired up as Orton hears voices in his head! Ziggler rises but Roode slides in! Orton kicks Roode to throw him into Omos! Roode staggers, Orton clotheslines him out! Styles springboards in but Orton dodges! Orton kicks low to throw Styles out onto Omos!

Omos catches Styles with ease and now he storms up to the apron! It’s red hot in Louisville but Raw has to go to break!

Raw returns again and Ford is on Omos as a backpack! But Omos shifts him around to SNAKE EYES Ford, and then run to BOOT him down! Ford flounders, Omos drags him up and tags Roode in. Roode CLUBS Ford down, CHOPS Ford in the corner, then CLUBS him down again. Roode stands Ford up, tags in Ziggler, they mug Ford, then Ziggler chokes Ford on the ropes and rakes at his eyes! The ref reprimands, Ziggler lets off and Ford sputters. Ziggler scrapes laces off Ford’s face again, then Styles tags in. Styles stomps Ford, scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Styles stays on Ford with a facelock and he brings Ford over. Ziggler tags back in and they mug Ford.

Ziggler taunts Ford to then DECK Orton with a sucker punch! “What’re you gonna do?” The ref has to keep Orton and Riddle back, Ziggler hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler and Roode talk trash, egg Ford on, but Dawkins coaches Ford. Ziggler runs but Ford turns Famouser into pop-up, only for Ziggler to sunset flip! TWO, and Ford ENZIGURIS Ziggler down! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Hot tags to Roode and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Styles, Ziggler and Roode! Roode reverses a whip but Dawkins hurdles to flying elbow! Then EXPLODER for Ziggler! Roode gets up, he gets an EXPLODER, too!

Roode ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH Styles come sin but gets the SILENCER! Not the cleanest but Dawkins is fired up, only for Omos to tag back in! Dawkins thrwos hands but Omos grabs him with both hands for a CHOKE SLAM! Ford is up top, he leaps in, to get caught! Omos SHOVES Ford out with one hand, but Riddle tags in! Orton told Riddle no, but Riddle hits a FINAL FLASH! Omos actually staggers! Another Final Flash, but Omos gets him with the TWO HAND SLAM! “This is Omos’ house! How do you think this ends?” Fans rally for Orton and Orton grumbles about getting in. But the Dawgs drag him out anyway, and throw him into steps!

Styles calls to Omos, he wants to finish this. Omos reaches out, but Ziggler tags in?! Ziggler and Styles argue about that, and then Roode gets in the arguing. Roode shoves Styles, Omos clamps onto Roode! Omos RAMS Roode into barriers! Ziggler hurries to cover Riddle, the Dawgs and team still win!

Winners: AJ Styles, Omos & The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall

RKO for Ziggler!! The Viper struck to remind everyone who the champions are! And Riddle apologizes for not listening again. Will the champions have to be very careful with so many teams targeting them?

 

Rey and Dominik Mysterio talk backstage.

Kevin Owens finds them and wants to let Rey know he values his opinion. He’s looked up to Rey his entire career, and he wants Rey to believe him. Rey says sorry, he’s a bit busy, Adam Pearce made a match. Kevin just wants Rey to say he believes him. Yeah, Rey does believe him. They can talk more later. The music hits, Rey and Dom go to the ring! And waiting for them is Adam Pearce himself. We learn what this is about, after the break!

 

Veer Mahaan is coming.

A million dollar arm and bottomless aggression make him priceless, but when will he prove his worth?

 

Raw returns and…

Pearce has a mic to tell Rey & Dom thanks for joining him. But before getting into why, let’s talk Survivor Series in two weeks. Since 1987, we’ve seen history making moments. The debut of The Undertaker, The Rock and The Shield! And this is the one time a year where the champions of Raw take on the champions of SmackDown, culminating in the 5v5 elimination matches, where one-by-one, superstars are eliminated until only one team stands victorious. That match alone has propelled like Roman Reigns and Randy Orton into superstardom, and the pressure this year is even bigger. Team Raw has to live up to last year’s team, the clean sweep of 5-0!

That is why Rey & Dom are here, and that brings Pearce to his announcement. It’s almost embarrassing to admit this, but when the roster for Team Raw was announced, he couldn’t help but feel like he made a huge mistake. He’ll explain. Every member of Team Raw is a former WWE Champion. Every member, except for Dominik. That is an issue for Pearce. He sees the confusion and wants them to listen. Dom has a ton of potential, but Team Raw needs to win. So don’t get him wrong. Dom, as of right now, you are still on Team Raw. That is, unless he loses right now to… To how? Pearce leaves before anyone comes out! Rey tells Dom it’s fine, but then it’s BOBBY LASHLEY!!

Raw Survivor Series Team Qualifier: Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

The All Mighty makes a return to action, and Montel Vontavius Porter makes a return to television! Will the Hurt Business get back on the right track destroying Dominik? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns, the bell rings and Lashley stares down Dom. They tie up, Lashley puts Dom in a corner but lets off as the ref counts. Lashley taunts Rey, Dom gets a headlock! Lashley powers up to SLAM Dom down, then runs to run Dom over! Lashley glares at Rey, brings Dom up and puts him in a corner. Lashley goes corner to corner to RAM into Dom! Lashley brings Dom up and reels him in for a suplex! Lashley holds Dom up but Dom fights free with knees! Dom baits Lashley into a corner, slips out and ROCKS Lashley with a forearm! Dom shoulder sin, throws another forearm, then goes up top to CROSSBODY! But Lashley catches him!

Dom gets free again, baits Lashley in again and dumps him out! Lashley lands on his feet but Dom PLANCHAS! Lashley catches Dom again, pop shim around to a fireman’s carry and Dom flails, but he still gets POSTED! Lashley snarls, stalks Dom and Pearce watches backstage. Lashley puts Dom in the ring, looms over him, and Dom can only flounder to ropes. Lashley stands on Dom, the ref counts and Lashley lets off. Lashley brings Dom up for the COMPLETE SHOT! Rey coaches Dom but it’s no use, the HURT LOCK is on! Dom flails, but Lashley won’t even let him tap! Lashley KNEES and CLUBS Dom, then slides him out to the floor!

Lashley paces, wanting a count out victory. Dom writhes, Lashley gets impatient and goes back out. Lashley looms over Dom, drags him back up, fireman’s carries again but Rey pulls Dom down! Lashley BOOTS Rey down! And then fireman’s carries to POST Dom again! The ring count passes 5 of 10 but Lashley puts Dom in at 7. Lashley aims from a corner, Dom staggers up, into a SPEAR!! But Lashley doesn’t even care to cover, the ref checks on Dom but then Lashley drags Dom up into the HURT LOCK!! Dom taps, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (joins Raw’s Men’s Survivor Series team)

The All Mighty shows no mercy, and now Pearce has a team of all former world champions. Will Lashley be the ace Pearce needs so that Raw sweeps again?

 

The Alpha Academy prepares backstage.

Chad Gable wants Otis to really focus on these concepts. Seth Rollins comes by, and he knows Otis has his match with Big E. Love to see it. They’re going to show Big E he is NOT the face of Raw. But while they’re all here, can Rollins asks? What do they think about Kevin Owens? Rollins is right, right? Kevin is scum, right? Gable says Rollins has come to the right guy. Gable just graduated with a Masters Degree and perfect 4.0 GPA. Now having said that, Gable can categorically confirm that Kevin IS an enormous liar! Much in the same vain as Aaron Rodgers. How disgusting. And Big E? No, he does not have what it takes to be the face of Raw. But he’ll learn.

Tonight, the Master hands out free lessons, courtesy of the Alpha Academy. Rollins loves it! And knew they’d see things his way. But gorilla is the other way. But will Big E be the one teaching a lesson here tonight?

Big E VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

Raw returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings, Gable and Big E circle, tie up, and Gable waistlocks. Gable headlocks, spins, hammerlocks, spins Big E to a cravat, then shifts to a wrench and wristlock. Big E wrenches and wristlocks back, but Gable rolls, bridges, and handsprings to wrench again. Gable whips, Big E reverses but Gable goes up and over. Things speed up. Gable ducks and jumps and Big E hurdles to hit Gable with a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Gable to the apron and CLUBS him on the chest over and over! Big E goes to the apron, takes aim, and APRON SPLASHES! Gable sputters and Big E wants to check the sternum. Cover, TWO!

Big E keeps cool and he brings Gable up. Big E puts Gable on the top rope but Gable elbows back. Gable then rolls back, but Big E elbows him away. Gable blocks a boot, puts that leg in the ropes and then hits a DRAGON SCREW on the other! Gable gets that leg and hits a KNEE JAMMER! Another KNEE JAMMER! Then he YANKS the leg, and hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD! Otis cheers Gable on as he wrenches Big E’s foot. Big E clubs but Gable YANKS the leg again. Big E hobbles, Gable CHOP BLOCKS! Gable runs to CHP BLOCK again! Big E falls but gets up again, only for Gable to run again. Big E sends Gable out for a moment of reprieve, but Gable returns fast!

Big E catches Gable, but Gable turns things into HIS Belly2Belly! Gable goes to a corner, climbs up top, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Big E gets up but Gable throws forearms. Gable runs, but Big E scoops! Gable slips off and throat chops! Then he rams Big E into a corner, for the CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Big E escapes and Otis grows frustrated. Gable shouts, “FOR THE ACADEMY!” Gable goes to Electric Chair Lift Big E?! He gets him up but Big E clubs free and pushes Gable to a corner. Gable dodges, but runs into the Urenag-E! Big E brings down the straps and fans fire up. Gable staggers up into the scoop, BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E wins!

Winner: Big E, by pinfall

But Otis gets in and stares down with the champ. The ref keeps the peace but Big E dares Otis to do something. Will The Dozer get his chance to run full steam at the Powerhouse of Positivity?

 

Kevin Owens pleads his case again.

Big E, Rey Mysterio, and this locker room leader matter to Kevin.  Kevin wants to ask if R-Truth believes in him. Truth does believe in KO. And in Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the monsters under the bed. They spoke to him. And that leprechaun in the hood! Truth saw him! And Truth believes the earth is flat, but round in certain parts. Kevin sighs and leaves as Truth goes on about Mermen and Mermaids. Can Kevin find someone who believes he’s a changed man? Or has he simply burned too many bridges, and there’s no going back?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville meet with the Raw Women’s Division.

They thank everyone for being here, and Sonya knows they know about the five chosen women. Congratulations to Carmella, Queen Zelina, Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan & Bianca Belair. They decided to make a friendly competition among the five, and the winner gets a chance at The Man, Becky Lynch, for the title. Liv is so excited! This is the opportunity she’s been hoping for! “Doudrop” Piper Niven speaks up to ask Sonya that when they announced the team, Piper tried to be cool about this so we didn’t have to do this here. But why wasn’t Piper included? Instead of, say, Bianca Belair. Bianca had her title opportunity, but she crashed ‘n’ burned. Oof…

Becky’s moved on from Bianca, why hasn’t Bianca moved on from Becky? Wow, first of all, who does Doudrop think she’s talking to? Pearce keeps the peace, and management felt this was the best decision. Well if they’re all speaking their minds, Dana Brooke wants to know why she wasn’t considered. And Liv has been waiting? Dana’s been overlooked than every single one of them! Time they show her some respect! Nikki A.S.H. wants to talk about team worthiness, and has actually BEEN champion. Oh boohoo. Quite the fall from grace, then. It’s hard to stay up at the top. Especially when it’s so much fun looking down on you from up here.

Rhea still defends Nikki. If Mella talks to her like that again- Wait, everyone, hold on! The decisions are all final! But who wins out of the Fatal 5 to take on Big Time Becks?

 

WrestleMania is heading back to Dallas, Texas!

It was back in 2016 that Dallas broke the attendance record, and had a huge night all its own. But now, WrestleMania 22 is going to be so big, it’ll be TWO NIGHTS! April 2nd and 3rd, get ready to see all the stars shine in AT&T Stadium!

 

Backstage interview with the Mysterios.

Kevin Patrick asks Rey how Dom is doing, and it would seem Dom suffered a neck strain. He’ll be alright, but what we just saw was BS. Rey knows people are questioning Kevin’s integrity, but we should question Pearce’s! Dom was announced to be part of the team! If Pearce wanted Dom out of the match, he could’ve just done it! But it seems The All Mighty isn’t here to win, he’s here to do damage, and he just did that to Rey’s son. Kevin leaves, Austin Theory sneaks a selfie! Theory aside, will Rey look to take this up with management?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Reggie VS Drake Maverick!

To keep the slippery sommelier from getting away again, Rockstar Spud has Reggie in the ring! Will the best laid plans still fail when they’re 1v1? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Maverick makes his entrance. The title is raised, and the bell rings on this very conventional match. The two tie up, go around, Reggie puts Maverick on the ropes. The ref counts, Maverick turns things around and ROCKS Reggie! Then CLUBS him down! Cover, ONE! Maverick scowls, Reggie ROCKS him with haymakers! Reggie EuroUppers, whips Maverick to ropes, but Maverick reverses. Reggie goes Matrix under the lariat! Then handsprings, handsprings again and dropkicks Maverick down! Maverick flounders, Reggie throws off his suit jacket! Reggie runs corner to corner to handspring clothesline!

Maverick falls, but R-Truth and a ref come out. He’s clearly waiting for this to end to pounce, but the Hurt Business pounces on him first! Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Truth at the ramp, Reggie gets distracted and Maverick rolls him up! Maverick wins!!

Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But Akira Tozawa betrays Maverick and rolls him up! Tozawa wins!!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

The Hurt Business throw Truth into the ring then go after Maverick! And Reggie! Tozawa is wary of them, but he doesn’t see Corey Graves coming!? Graves rolls Tozawa up, and wins?!?!

Winner: Corey Graves, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Graves has the first title in a long time! But Byron Saxton rolls Graves up! BYRON WINS!!

Winner: Byron Saxton, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Byron has his first title EVER! This is historic! But then Maverick rolls Byron up, and he wins it back!

Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Rockstar Spud is a two-time champion in one night, but then he sees the Hurt Business coming for him! He gets in the ring, where Reggie hits him with a CORKSCREW CROSSBODY! Cover, Reggie wins the title back!

Winner: Reggie, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Well, back to square one for Maverick’s team as Reggie flips right out of the ring! The chase continues, will anyone keep Reggie down for long?

 

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

The Man comes around to Louisville because she wants to see who’s coming for her gold next. Of course, she’ll be taking on Charlotte Flair in Champion VS Champion, will she be able to focus on one match-up while learning of another? Will these five be able to work as a team after fighting as every woman for herself?

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5: Rhea Ripley VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Zelina Vega VS Carmella!

Raw returns and Piper walks over to Bianca. Bianca says she has no time for this. Well that’s Piper’s problem, too. After being drafted to Raw and only here for three weeks, Bianca loses, only to get another opportunity? Piper and the other women- No no no, Piper is clearly speaking for just herself. The EST heads out, will Piper be right about Bianca dropping the ball again?

Out next is the Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE, who puts on her protective mask. Then Liv, Queen Zelina and Rhea Ripley make their entrances, in that order. Bianca calls Becky out from the ring, but Mella and Zelina throw her out and attack! The bell hasn’t rung, this isn’t a match yet, but Rhea RAMS Mella into barriers! Liv is after Zelina but Zelina RAMS her into the apron! Bianca bounces Vega off the desk! Becky says this is why no one can beat her. The chaos continues, referees rush out to stop the brawl, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, the brawling has stopped and the five women get in the ring. The bell rings, Mella FABULOUS Kicks Liv down and Zelina kicks Bianca. Mella goes after Rhea, Bianca throws Zelina out and Rhea does the same to Mella. Fans fire up as Rhea and Bianca are face to face, but then Zelina and Mella attack from behind. Rhea trips Mella to rain down fists, Bianca DECKS Zelina and goes out after her! Mella gets to ropes, Rhea clubs her out. Bianca kicks Zelina around, Rhea ROCKS Mella. Bianca sends Zelina into apron, Rhea sends Mella into barriers. Becky talks trash to Bianca for losing four times total.

Bianca and Rhea get in the ring and fans fire up as these two try again. They circle, tie up, and Bianca manages to power Rhea back a couple steps. Rhea powers back, but Bianca gets to a waistlock. Rhea holds off the lift, switches, but Bianca switches back. Rhea trips Bianca but Bianca kicks her away. Things speed up. Bianca handsprings but Mella & Zelina trip her up to throw Bianca into barriers! They high-ten, but Rhea is annoyed. Mella and Zelina get in but Rhea HEADBUTTS Mella then BOOTS Zelina! Rhea snapmares Mella, runs and basement dropkicks Mella down! Fans fire up with Rhea but Zelina CHOP BLOCKS her down!

Mella and Zelina mug Rhea, Becky thinks this is smart strategy. Mella mocks Rhea’s rocker style then gives her a FABULOUS KICK! Cover, Zelina drags her off! This is first fall to a finish, the alliance is being tested already. Liv returns but Mella DECKS her! Zelina and Mella mug Rhea, put her in a corner, and Mella throws back elbow after back elbow. Zelina adds a JUMP KICK, then Mella DECKS Bianca. Zelina covers, but Mella breaks it up! Again, some tension forming, but Rhea CHOPS away on both of them! Rhea lifts Zelina but Zelina fights out. Mella helps Zelina throw Rhea down! Zelina sits Rhea up, Mella puts some stank on the CHOP! And another CHOP!

Rhea dodges, Mella CHOPS Zelina! Rhea DECKS Mella, then scoops, but Mella slips out to throw Rhea down! Mella puts Rhea in a corner, stomps away, then Zelina adds on. Mella soaks up the heat, Zelina digs her boot in, then Mella runs into FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Zelina runs in but Rhea dodges the double knees! Mella asks if Zelina is okay. Liv returns and fires off on Mella! Fans fire up with Liv as she whips Mella to a corner. Liv runs in to BACK BODY BLOCK! Then rolls and runs in again to SHINING WIZARD! Liv whips but Mella reverses, only for Liv to roll and ENZIGURI! Liv runs in again to DOUBLE STOMP Mella down! Cover, Zelina breaks it!

Zelina CLUBS Liv, spins Liv around to cravat KNEE then throw her down! Fans boo but Zelina soaks up the heat, but Rhea returns! Zelina is afraid to be alone with the Nightmare, the lariat does nothing to stop Rhea! Rhea TOSSES Zelina across the ring! And then TOSSES her back the other way! Then she cravats to give the knees back! Fans fire up with Rhea and she brings Zelina up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bianca breaks the bridging cover before there’s even a count! Bianca throws Rhea out hard, then runs in to RAM Zelina in a corner! Bianca adds body shots, then climbs up to rain down clubbing hands! Fans count, Bianca flips up an dover Mella to rain down rights on them both!

Fans count to six, Liv tries to add on but Bianca flips over! CODE BREAKER from Liv! Mella hits a tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, Rhea breaks it! Then she dropkicks Mella! And scoops Zelina, but Zelina tilt-o-whirls to DDT Rhea down! Cover, TWO! Zelina grows frustrated but Bianca returns to RAM Zelina down! Mella, Rhea and Liv brawl outside, Bianca trophy lifts Zelina to TOSS her out onto them all! The EST takes out everyone and fans are loving it as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Liv brawls with Rhea up top. Zelina climbs up to help Liv, but Rhea resists the double suplex! Bianca joins in and she gets a DOUBLE POWERBOMB on Liv and Zelina! But Rhea leaps in to missile dropkick! Mella FABULOUS KICKS! Cover on Rhea, TWO! Cover on Zelina, TWO! Mella covers Bianca, TWO! Mella covers Liv, TWO! Mella is shrieking in frustration as she couldn’t get a fall off anyone! Becky commends Mella for being the most strategic one here. Mella goes out but Bianca blocks the kick to smack Mella off the desk! Rhea gets up in the ring, Bianca sees her and we get one more round between these two.

Bianca rushes in, Rhea spins her, ripcords but Bianca ROCKS Rhea! Rhea ducks the kick to pump handle but Bianca sips out to torture rack! Rhea lands on her feet, ducks and dodges and BOOTS Bianca out of the air! Pump handle and RIPTIDE!! Cover, Liv breaks it!! Fans fire up as Liv gets Rhea up, but Rhea HEADBUTTS! Rhea runs, Liv reels her in and runs, then RANAS Rhea to a corner! Liv runs in but gets TOSSED away! Rhea drags Liv up, pump handles her, RIP- NO! Liv slips out, WING SNAPPER, and a boot into the ropes! Liv runs in obLIVion!! Cover, Zelina breaks it! Zelina puts Liv in the corner, JUMP KICK! Zelina goes corner to corner to METEORA!

Zelina pushes Liv around, says this is too easy, and then she brings Liv in. Bianca drags Zelina off Code Red, Liv ducks the boots but Bianca boots her anyway! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, but PIPER drags her off the cover! And then POSTS her! Mella scrambles in to cover, but Liv rolls her up! Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)

Becky is the most surprised of anyone that Liv just won! She’s already playing it off as a lucky win, but will Liv get lucky again when she takes Becky on? Becky raises the belt on top of the desk but Liv gets on the desk to stare her down. Becky backs down for now, but will she have no choice but to admit Liv is a threat?

 

Big E walks the halls.

Seth Rollins comes in and says he comes in peace. Rollins has his match with Kevin, but he just wants to understand where Big E’s head is at. There is no way anyone can believe the words that come out of Kevin’s mouth. Yes, Rollins did pop Big E, but it is much better to trust the devil you know than the one you don’t. Big E tells Rollins that he doesn’t trust either of them. But Rollins can bet his sweet cheeks that Big E will be ringside to make sure this all goes smoothly. Both men laugh sarcastically and then Rollins heads out. Will the Visionary be able to keep his focus on the Prizefighter when the world champion is ringside?

Big E heads to the ring!

Just as promised, here he is! He’ll be heading to Survivor Series to take on Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, but will Big E have plenty to think about with tonight’s main event?

Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and… Austin Theory comes out? He’s vlogging on his phone as he heads to ringside, and gets a selfie with Byron, Jimmy and Corey. He wants one with Big E but Big E slaps the phone down! Theory doesn’t appreciate that, but he walks away and Rollins makes his entrance. Rollins gets a mic to say, “Look, I know I’ve got a match with Kevin Owens right now, but there’s something I gotta get off my chest before we get to this. This is important, this is important. This has been weighing on me, weighing on my conscience really for an entire week.” Rollins takes a moment, then says he knows he came out here and called Kevin a liar. That is true, but Kevin isn’t the only one lying.

Rollins tells Big E that what happened last week was a plan between him and Kevin. He’s sorry, it was a plan they came up with weeks in advance. Rollins and Kevin said they needed to make Big E understand he’s not the face of Raw. Rollins took the shot, Kevin took advantage. Trust the devil you know, now the one you don’t. Rollins is coming clean because unlike Kevin, Rollins is a man of integrity! Kevin storms out and Rollins keeps defending he’s the one telling the truth. Kevin fires off hands on Rollins! The ref rushes in, but Kevin and Rollins spill out of the ring! Rollins runs away into the crowd! Kevin dares Rollins to get back in the ring, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again, and this match finally happens! Kevin and Rollins fire off hands, Kevin gets the edge and he CLUBS Rollins all around the ring. Kevin CHOPS and CHOPS and whips, but Rollins holds ropes to bail out again. Kevin grows frustrated, so he goes out after Rollins again. They go back in, Rollins stomps Kevin down, then runs. Kevin drops down to then CLBOBER Rollins with an elbow! Kevin whips Rollins corner to corner hard and Rollins bounces off buckles. Kevin gets Rollins up, CHOPS him, throws forearms in the corner then CHOPS again. Fans rally for Kevin as he headbutts Rollins down. Kevin goes corner to corner but Rollins bails out again.

Kevin goes out after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low and throws Kevin into the apron. Rollins throws hands, follows Kevin around the way then whips. Kevin reverses to send Rollins into barriers! And then clotheslines Rollins down to drop a SENTON! Kevin refreshes the count, gets some space, and runs in to CANNONBALL Rollins into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin while Rollins staggers away. Kevin pursues to the ramp, and he keeps Rollins from running away! Kevin puts Rollins in the ring, Rollins staggers up and throws hands. Kevin hits back, CHOPS Rollins in the corner, then CHOPS again! Rollins grits his teeth as he puts Kevin in the corner to CHOP!

Kevin just CHOPS Rollins off his feet! Fans fire up with Kevin and he drags Rollins to a drop zone. Kevin DOUBLE STOMPS Rollins on his way to the corner! Kevin goes up, Rollins bails out to the apron. Kevin hops down to KICK Rollins, stand him up, kick and reel him in, but Rollins holds onto ropes! Rollins clubs Kevin’s legs, headbutts him and then reels Kevin in! Kevin holds off the suplex, throws body shots, and he TOSSES Rollins to the announce desk! Rollins bounces off, Kevin CANNONBALLS onto knees! Rollins RAMS Kevin into the announce desk! Rollins gets in the ring to avoid the count while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Kevin counters a cover to a ghost pin, TWO! Rollins CLUBS Kevin down, hammers away on Kevin’s ribs, then rains down forearms! Rollins paces, fans boo, but Big E is stoic as he watches. Rollins tells Big E to keep his eyes on him, then he brings Kevin around by his legs to stomp his stomach! and drop an elbow! Kevin sits up to fire off fists on Rollins! Rollins drags Kevin up to whip to ropes and KNEE against them! Then back the other way for another KNEE! Rollins gets Kevin up for a Big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Kevin but Rollins wraps on with a rear bearhug. Kevin endures, pries at the hold, gets the hands apart, but Rollins KICKS him down!

Rollins aims as Kevin gets up and he kicks Kevin in the stomach! Rollins digs his knees in at the ropes, the ref counts, but Rollins stomps the ribs now. Rollins brings Kevin up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins is annoyed but he focuses as Kevin goes to ropes. Kevin gets up to SLAP Rollins! Rollins SLAPS back, Kevin SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight at the ropes! Kevin changes up to forearms, Rollins sobats! And front kicks! Kevin blocks a kick to KICK the leg, then hits a DDT! Kevin gets to ropes while Rollins sits up in a daze. Rollins staggers up, Kevin hobbles over and fireman’s carries. But the ribs bother him! Rollins slips off to SLINGBLADE!

Rollins hurries to the top rope while Kevin’s down! FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Kevin moves out of the way! Kevin goes up top now, to FROG SPLASH back! Direct hit, and a cover, TWO! Rollins survives and both men are down as Raw goes to another break.

Raw returns once again and both men are down again. Kevin slowly crawls to a corner, and Rollins goes to the other. Fans rally up for Kevin and Rollins gets mad hearing that. Rollins runs corner to corner but into a SUPERKICK! Rollins is down again but Kevin catches his breath. Kevin and Rollins stand, Kevin kicks low but no stunner! Kevin ducks a roundhouse, rolls Rollins but he rolls through to SUPERKICK! Kevin SUPERKICKS again, but Rollins PELES! Kevin rebounds to LARIAT Rollins inside-out! And yet Big E is still stoic. Kevin sits up and goes back to a corner. Rollins is in the drop zone so Kevin drags himself up the ropes.

But Rollins springs up to ROCK Kevin with a forearm! And CHOP him! And climb up again. Kevin blocks the suplex, Rollins throws body shots but Kevin hits back. Kevin CLUBS Rollins, and CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then headbutts! Rollins flounders away, Kevin roars, but Rollins is right back up! But Kevin makes it a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both men are down again and fans say, “This is Awesome!” Kevin drags himself to a cover, ROPEBREAK by a foot! The ref points it out to Kevin and Kevin is at a loss for words. Kevin stands up, drags Rollins up, but the ribs bother him again! Rollins hurries to underhook and PEDIGREE!! But Rollins can’t cover!

Rollins crawls over, turns Kevin over to get the cover, TWO!! Kevin is still in this and now Rollins is the one beside himself. Rollins grits his teeth, shouts in Kevin’s face, “What is wrong with you?!” Rollins rains down fists right into Kevin’s face, and then hobbles to the corner. Rollins pushes himself up to the top, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin turns Rollins around to face him forward, and then he goes up top. Rollins slips under to bring Kevin out for a BUCKLE BOMB! Kevin flounders, but he pops Rollins up for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin doesn’t even let that bother him, he just snarls as Rollins gets up. Kick low but still no Stunner as Rollins hits him in the back!

DREAM CRUSHER ELBOW!! Kevin flops out of the ring and leans against steel steps. Rollins slithers out the side, Kevin staggers around. Rollins runs and leaps off the steps but Kevin sends him into the chair! Luckily Big E got out of the way in time, the two of them go toppling over! Rollins and Kevin brawl, the count is climbing and Kevin bumps into Big E! Rollins gets in first, Kevin gets counted out!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by count-out

Rollins laughs it up, he just escaped with this win! And Kevin blames Big E! Kevin BOOTS Big E, rains down fists, and then drags him up to RAM him into steel steps! Kevin isn’t done, either! He drags Big E up to RAM him into the steps again! Kevin is throwing a fit as he throws things off the announce desk! Kevin drags Big E up once more, pops him up, APRON POWERBOMB!! Big E is down and Kevin’s roaring with rage! Kevin rains down big haymakers on Big E, referees rush out to stop this but Kevin leaves Big E behind. But then Kevin comes back to stomp Big E down! And rain down more fists!

Referees and even producers try to stop Kevin, but he storms off in a rage. What does this mean for the Prizefighter’s attempts at reforming himself?


My Thoughts:

Another mixed bag episode for Raw here. We got great action for the most part, but a lot of story elements were the usual mess we’re stuck with because of Vince and the talent cuts and all the problems that’ve been building for awhile. The promo with all the women wrestlers on Raw basically pointed out the flaws, except I don’t think WWE meant for it to be meta. How dumb of them to one, announce these teams online over the weekend, and then two, make it a situation of “oh no~, can they coexist~?” For that matter, that’s all the teams, the men and the women. But in the case of the women, they don’t even put the tag champions together?

The Fatal 5 was still great, but obviously they’re giving us Bianca VS Piper, and I knew Liv was winning with her confronting Becky backstage last week. I just wish the order of things were different. There was some point where they could’ve done this differently but Vince and team missed it and now it’s a bit sloppy. Same with the men, where Dom was on the team but then they have him lose that spot to Lashley, and Rey is the one to point it out without it meant to be meta. This better not turn into another case where the McMahons come out, apologize, blame someone else, and then give us a small stretch of good before returning to right where we are now.

The 8 Man Tag was still a really good opening match. I was hoping Styles, Omos & the Dirty Dawgs would become a faction but I guess Omos & Styles are still part of the tag division so they didn’t get along with the Dawgs and then turned on them. There is probably a big contender’s match in the works, and honestly, I don’t want Omos & Styles again. The Profits should win, but no team turns. Orton is still who he is with Riddle, the Profits are still who they are, we just get a really good title match between Face teams. WWE needs to spice things up, so simply going away from Face(s) VS Heel(s) for one match would help.

While Reggie VS Maverick as a traditional match looked rather lame, I actually really liked that we got another title hot potato moment. No offense to Reggie, but I kinda wish Maverick kept the title at the end there. The 24/7 Championship stuff needs spicing up and that would mean someone else has the belt for a stretch. Maverick’s lost so much in the grand scheme of the WWE, him having a lengthy reign would be nice. And for the most part, the story of the world title and Kevin Owens’ morality was a good thread through the night. Kevin definitely seemed desperate to find someone who accepted him as a Face, and him finding no one basically made him snap and go back to Heel.

Kevin and Rollins had a great match, the way Big E messed Kevin up was fairly clever, and I really hope they give us a Triple Threat title match. Too bad TLC was cancelled in favor of #DayOne, that’s a bunch of BS.

My Score: 8.1/10


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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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