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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/12/21)

Who is the true sovereign of SmackDown?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

The Tribal Chief takes on the King of the Ring!

SmackDown has a power struggle on its hands! Will Xavier Woods make the Reigning, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion bow down?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Naomi & Aliyah VS Shayna Baszler, Natalya & Shotzi Blackheart; Banks, Naomi & Aliyah win.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs VS Los Lotharios; Los Lotharios wins.
  • Team SmackDown Eliminator: Jeff Hardy VS Sami Zayn; Hardy wins, Sami is off the team.
  • Bend the Knee: Xavier Woods VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Woods wins by disqualification, Reigns kneels.

PLAY BY PLAY

Sonya Deville is in the ring.

She’s joined by Shotzi Blackheart, Natalya, Shayna Baszler and Aliyah. Sonya has a mic to say that a week from this Sunday is Survivor Series in Brooklyn. That said, she is here to present to us the SmackDown Women’s Team! She goes down the line, introducing the wild child, the Queen of Harts, the Queen of Spades and the newest addition to SmackDown! But leading them all is The Boss, the Blueprint, the Standard, Sasha Banks! Sasha gives her sunglasses to a young fan in the front row then goes to the ring to join her teammates. But she and Shotzi want right after each other! Naomi then comes out and Sonya is not happy about that.

Naomi gets right in the ring to get in Sonya’s face! Shayna pulls her back but the forearms start flying! Shotzi and Aliyah brawl, Sasha is after Natty! Sonya wants the chaos to stop but she can’t get anyone to back down! Sasha bumps Shayna off buckles, stomps away, everyone else spills out of the ring! Shayna bumps Sasha back, and SmackDown goes to break!

 

Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Naomi & Aliyah VS Shayna Baszler, Natalya & Shotzi Blackheart!

Holla holla! The Boss, the Glow and… Aliyah… join forces to take on the Queen of Spades, the Queen of Harts and the queen of the ballpit! Will there be any way for any of these women to coexist at Survivor Series after this?

The teams sort out, Sasha starts against Natty, and Natty shoves Sasha. Sasha CHOPS back! Then knuckle locks to go up and flying arm-drag! Sasha eggs Natty on, dodges her but Natty runs Sasha over! Things speed up again, Sasha hurdles, drops, Natty rolls and eggs Sasha on. Sasha runs, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Natty gets up, pushes past Sasha and tags Shayna. Sasha rushes into a waistlock and SLAM! Shayna sucker punches Naomi, but Sasha double knees Shayna! Tag to Aliyah, Sasha helps her get up to RANA Shayna down! Shayna staggers up into a dropkick! Shotzi tags in, Aliyah dropkicks her! Cover, TWO!

Aliyah brings Shotzi up, whips her to ropes but Shotzi holds ropes, side steps and yanks Aliyah down to then throw her by her hair! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Shotzi is already frustrated, she gets Aliyah up and tags Natty in. They mug Aliyah, then Natty stomps away. Shayna tags in, she gets her stomps in, then tag to Shotzi. Shotzi stomps Aliyah, tags Natty, and at least this team is working together. Natty goes to suplex but Aliyah makes it a cradle! TWO, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both women down! Natty manages to cover, TWO! Natty taunts the fans who like Aliyah and then says they’re pathetic! Tag to Shayna, they mug Aliyah, Aliyah throws body shots on Shayna.

Shayna shoves, gets Aliyah in the sleeper, but Aliyah pushes back to roll and tag Naomi! Naomi dodges, ROUNDHOUSES then dropkicks Shayna down! Naomi slides under a boot to CHOP her back! Naomi scoops but Shayna slips off to waistlock. Naomi switches, Natty tags in as Shayna bucks the roll-up! Naomi dodges, goes up but gets a HOTSHOT to a KNEE! The Queens are working together well, and Natty gets a DRAPING SUPLEX! Sasha and Aliyah storm over but Shayna and Shotzi keep them back. Natty gets Naomi up, to snap suplex to the floor! The ref counts, Natty puts Naomi in at 6 of 10, then gets in to bring Naomi away from her corner, another snap suplex!

Natty pushes Naomi to a cover, TWO! Natty drags Naomi up, Naomi throws body shots to fight off the suplexes. Naomi runs, Natty gets her for a DISCUS LARIAT! Natty soaks up the heat before she covers, TWO! Natty is frustrated but she drags Naomi over to tag in Shayna. Natty throws Naomi out, Shayna goes out after her. Shayna RAMS Naomi into the barriers! The Glow is in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Natty drags Naomi around. Tag to Shayna, they split the wishbone! Shotzi tags in, WELCOME TO THE BALLPIT! Cover, TWO! Shotzi brings Naomi up but Naomi starts to power her way towards the corner. Shotzi CLUBS her, puts her in the other corner, tag to Shayna. They mug Naomi, Shayna snapmares and wrenches Naomi’s arm to a top wristlock. Shayna isolates the arm, and STOMPS it! Naomi clutches the elbow, Shayna brings her up with a chinbar and puts her on the ropes. The ref counts, Shayna lets off but Natty gets a cheap shot in! Shayna has the top wristlock again but Naomi endures.

Fans rally up for Naomi, she fights up and throws body shots! Naomi runs but Shayna gets around to the sleeper! Naomi hits a JAWBREAKER! Naomi hurries but Shayna whips her away! But Naomi BOOTS back, elbows Shotzi and hits Natty! Naomi throws Shayna out but Shayna pulls hair! Naomi ENZIGURIS Shayna down! Fans fire up as Naomi crawls, but Natty tags in to CLOBBER Sasha! But Naomi O’Conner Rolls! TWO, hot tag to Aliyah! She ROCKS Natty, goes up top and leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Aliyah hits a THESZ PRESS! Then another! And fast hands! Natty shoves her away, Aliyah spins it around to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Aliyah can’t believe it, but she hurries to get Natty back up. Natty trips Aliyah but Aliyah kicks her to roll her! TWO, Natty scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Natty whips, Aliyah reverses and runs in but into an elbow! Natty spins but Aliyah ducks to kick low! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Shayna breaks it! Sasha gets in, blocks the kick to KNEE Shayna down! Shotzi runs in but is sent right out! Sasha goes to the apron, METEORA to Shayna! Shotzi avoided that but not the REAR VIEW from Naomi! Naomi gets up, Natty WRECKS her with a  dropkick! But Aliyah spins Natty, only for Natty to back drop! Aliyah sunset flips but they’re in the ropes!

Natty gets the legs, SHARPSHOOTER!! And she has the ropes! But Naomi HOTSHOTS Natty! Aliyah sunset flips, and wins!!

Winners: Aliyah, Sasha Banks & Naomi, by pinfall

What a way to debut on SmackDown! Aliyah has proven her worth to the team by taking out the BOAT, but will the whole team work together to take down Raw’s five?

 

Sami Zayn speaks to…?

He wants everyone to know that he takes this responsibility very seriously as the “elder statesman” of SmackDown. As the locker room leader and de facto captain of Team SmackDown, he will do everything in hos power to ensure victory. We all have our reasons to have doubts and bitterness, they all have their differences. Sami was once ranting about a conspiracy theory, but none of that matters now! The camera zooms out to see Sami is speaking to himself in the mirror. Sami is rehearsing what he’ll say to rally Team SmackDown, but in walks Jeff Hardy! Sami sees him and is a bit embarrassed. How much of that did Hardy see? The whole thing.

But what did he think? Honestly? “It sucked!” Yeah, okay, real nice, Jeff. But one way or another, will Team SmackDown be able to work together any better than the SmackDown Women’s team?

 

Aliyah is so excited!

Megan congratulates her for that big debut win. Aliyah is a winner, she’s on Team Survivor Series and- Sonya walk sin. She asks how long Aliyah’s known Naomi. Y’know what? Never mind. This excitement is warranted. It is amazing. But Sonya was just “advised” that Aliyah is no longer on Team SmackDown. Oh, sorry, gotta take this. Aliyah’s mood just came crashing down. Is Sonya punishing anyone even remotely helped by Naomi just to stick it to the Glow?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman.

Kayla caught them just as they were going to Roman’s private locker room, and she wants a word. Roman figures she’s here to either acknowledge him, or to flirt with the Wiseman. But what is it that she wants? To ask- No one cares what you want! But they do care what Roman wants. “Wiseman.” “My Tribal Chief?” “Smarten her up.” Of course, though that may be the hardest task Roman’s ever given him. Heyman will do his best, for the Tribal Chief has authorized Heyman to “up the ante against Xavier Woods.”

Tonight live on SmackDown, Woods will take a bended knee and acknowledge Roman as Tribal Chief. If Roman isn’t man enough to make that happen, then Roman Reigns will take a bended knee live tonight. And just so everyone knows there are no games, if Roman violates these conditions, they may strip the title from Roman and banish him from SmackDown. And in the commonwealth of Virginia, that is a binding verbal contract. Doesn’t that make tonight a lot more interesting? Heyman excuses himself, and he’s right! This got a lot more interesting! Can Woods change the entire dynamic of SmackDown with one match?

 

Rick Boogs is on stage!

The rockin’ bard gets the fans to call and response before he introduces the Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke NakamurAAAAAAAA~! The King of Strong Style makes his entrance, and it’s time for payback from the Halloween shenanigans! Will this get ugly for the most handsome tag team in WWE?

 

“Happy” Corbin and “Mad Cap” Moss laugh it up backstage.

Last week was a big riot for these two, but Corbin hopes Moss has another Viking related joke. Of course he does, he’s Mad Cap! “What do you call a Viking entirely made of carbohydrates. Erik the BREAD!” They lost it laughing again, but will the Viking Raiders find them to have the last laugh?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs VS Los Lotharios!

SmackDown returns as Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo make their entrance. The teams sort out and Carrillo starts with Boogs. Fans rally, the two tie up and Boogs shoves Carrillo away. Fans fire up with the air drums, but Crrillo runs back in. But into an EXPLODER! Boogs runs, slides and shreds on the air guitar! Then he trips Carrillo, floats to a dead lift gut wrench and he throws Carrillo around before the suplex! Boogs pumps up but Carrillo elbow shim back! Tag to Garza, Carrillo throws Boogs into boots! Garza has Boogs in the ropes with the armlock, then lets off to fire off hands and knees!

Garza headlocks, tags to Carrillo, and the cousins put Boogs up in the Tree of Woe. DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE! Carrillo keeps on Boogs with fish hook sin the face! The ref reprimands, Carrillo lets off to rain down fists! Carrillo drags Boogs up, the fans rally up, but Carrillo CLUBS Boogs. Carrillo whips Boogs into the corner, clotheslines, and Garza tags in. Carrillo clubs Boogs more then feeds Boogs to Garza’s forearm! Cover, TWO! OFF COME THE PANTS! Basement dropkick! Garza wraps on a chinlock, throws down forearms, then wraps the chinlock on tighter. Garza clubs away, Boogs fights up and carries Garza in a crucifix! SNAKE EYES!

Boogs hurries to his corner but Garza gets a foot! Boogs rolls, boots Garza away, hot tag to Nakamura! Carrillo tags in but Nakamura dodges to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! KNEE for Garza, then the AX KICK! Nakamura goes corner to corner at Carrillo but blocks boots. He puts Carrillo in the ropes, KICK, SLIDING GERMAN! Nakamura gets in, pushes Carrillo out of the corner and goes up. Nakamura waits, leaps, FLYING KNEE! Cover, but Garza breaks it! Boogs clotheslines Garza and himself out! Nakamura aims at Carrillo but Garza POSTS Boogs! Garza saves his cousin but Nakamura WRECKS Garza with a dropkick!

Carrillo runs in but DIVES into a roundhouse! Garza grabs Nakamura’s foot, Carrillo basement dropkicks! Tag to Garza, they get Nakamura up, CERRO DE LA SILLA! Cover, Los Lotharios win!

Winners: Los Lotharios, by pinfall

Garza & Carrillo blow kisses but the fans boo. Will Los Lotharios be kissing those SmackDown Tag Team Championships soon enough?

 

NXT’s Von Wagner meets with Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville.

They’re discussing a contract, but Pearce wants to know why Sonya took Aliyah off the team. It was simply to make the team stronger. But maybe Pearce should do the same? Sonya leaves, Sami walks in, and Sami doesn’t want to throw his weight around but as team captain, he has some concerns about his team. Namely, Jeff Hardy. You should’ve seen how he disrespected Sami! Sami demands Hardy be removed from the team. Demand? Well, they were just talking about making the teams stronger. And maybe that is a great idea. Sami will face Hardy 1v1, loser is off the team!

What? No! Is this Pearce sticking it to Sami? Pearce tells Sami the match is official. And with Wagner backing Pearce up, Sami doesn’t argue it. Sami leaves, but will he earn his spot on the team? Or will the Charismatic Enigma render him OBSOLETE?

 

Charlotte Flair walks out to the ring!

The Queen, the SmackDown Women’s Champion, will get to face The Man, Becky Lynch, at Survivor Series. But she has some words on that, and we’ll hear from her, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Charlotte has the mic. “It’s good to see you guys, too. Becky Lynch, my Survivor Series opponent, has gone from being the Irish Lass Kicker, to The Man, to Becky Two Belts, to Big Time Becks. Becky, who the hell are you?! There is nothing natural about you!” From the catchphrases to the orange hair to “God knows what else,” Becky is just a fabricated champion. Now, Charlotte isn’t saying Becky hasn’t had her moments. WrestleMania 35, winning both titles in one match, is because of Charlotte. Or that SummerSlam return, where Becky beat the fastEST rising star in 26 seconds,.

But at Survivor Series, Becky will have a new nickname: “Becky Uh-Oh~.” Say it with her now! Becky Uh-Oh! Charlotte beat her, uh-ohhh~! Charlotte’s far superior! Uh-ohhh~! Becky came back from having a baby too soon! Uh-ohhhh~! Charlotte’s gonna beat her up! Uh-ohhh~! Now here’s the thing. Not only can Charlotte beat Becky, but she can beat any woman who steps through these ropes. Two weeks ago, Shotzi had her opportunity, but just being in the ring she cemented herself in the division. Just by getting in the ring with Charlotte, even losing to her, you become a star! Charlotte should be “The Star Maker!”

And here’s the thing. Toni Storm interrupts! The Lightning From Down Under tells Charlotte, “Offering title opportunities to the women’s locker room, helping the younger generation really hone their craft. How… generous. But the reality is, you don’t actually do any of that!” Becky defended her title on Raw just over a week ago. Now has Charlotte done that since she’s been on SmackDown? Uh-ohhhh~! NOPE! Can’t say that she has! So how ’bout this? Charlotte can put her money where her mouth is and accept Toni’s challenge here TONIGHT! Fans want to see that! But Charlotte says, “Absolutely not.” Charlotte blows right past Toni, but will she have to face the Storm sooner or later?

 

Backstage interview with Xavier Woods.

Kayla asks the King of the Ring about the stipulation. Someone will bend the knee, but what about The Hand of the King? Yes, Woods has one hand tied behind his back. But the brutish, disgusting acts makes Roman think Woods will acknowledge him? He is sorely mistaken. But to get real for a second, Kofi Kingston being injured and Big E taking an apron powerbomb on Raw, the New Day has had a rough week. But that stops tonight! You want a royal proclamation, it is that Roman WILL bend the knee! King Xavier, first of his name, Bringer of New Days and clotter of bloodlines will storm the Island of Relevancy and plant his flag in the name of King Woods! If Roman wants to be king, Woods will make him get serious!

 

Aliyah is on the phone.

She doesn’t know what happened but Sonya kicked her off the team. This was her dream and now… Mustafa Ali walks in. He gets it. One moment, you’re on top of the world, then everything comes crumbling down. This was mean to be the biggest moment in Aliyah’s life, but now it’s the worst. Ricochet interjects. He doesn’t know what Ali is saying to her, but he wouldn’t believe any of it. Aliyah still crushed it against some legit living legends. And Aliyah did win. Keep your head high and keep moving forward. Aliyah walks off with Ricochet, will Ali learn not everyone is as bitter as he is?

 

Team SmackDown Eliminator: Jeff Hardy VS Sami Zayn!

Drew McIntyre, King Xavier and Happy Corbin are staying put, but they’re going to be losing a teammate! Will the Charismatic Enigma make Sami eat his words? Or will the “elder statesman” stay the self-proclaimed team leader?

SmackDown returns as Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings and Hardy circles with Sami. They tie up, Sami gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock but Hardy reverses and YANKS the arm. Sami pulls hair, throws Hardy down, and has a chinbar with the armlock. Hardy fights up and fans rally as he throws body shots. Hardy whips Sami to ropes, Sami reverses but Hardy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to a corner, Hardy RAMS into him. Hardy climbs up, rains down fists, and fans count all the way to 10 for him. Hardy hops down but Sami kicks him back. Sami goes to buckle bump but Hardy gives one to Sami first!

Hardy goes to jawbreaker but gets a knee! Cover, TWO! Sami is frustrated and he rains down fists from all sides! Fans boo as Sami lets off and seethes. Sami brings Hardy up, throws hands, then whips to ropes. Hardy reverses, Sami holds ropes and bails out! But Hardy WRECKS him with a dropkick! Hardy whips Sami into railing! Then Hardy gets space to run, and he leaps off the steps, but Poetry in Motion crashes ‘n’ burns into barriers! Fans boo Sami but he’s standing tall as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami taunts Hardy’s dance moves as he covers, TWO! Sami argues with the ref, but he drags Hardy up into a chinlock. Sami squeezes tight, Hardy endures and fans rally up. Hardy fights up, throws body shots, and then counter punches! He whips, Sami reverses but Hardy reverses back to CLOBBER Sami! ATOMIC DROP, to the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans can’t believe that wasn’t three! Hardy stalks Sami, rams into him at the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Sami reverses but runs into an elbow! Hardy goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as Sami survives! Sami is on the ropes, Hardy waits for him to rise. Kick and TWIST- NO! Sami  underhooks to backslide, TWO!! Sami reels Hardy in, but Hardy JAWBREAKERS! Hardy runs in but misses the splash! Sami rolls him, and has feet on the ropes! The ref sees that and doesn’t count! Sami is furious but Hardy gives him a TWIST OF FATE! The shirt comes off, Hardy goes up top! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Hardy wins!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall; Sami is OFF the Men’s Survivor Series Team

And that is why Hardy is a living legend! Sami is distraught as his face is taken off the graphic! But then, who replaces him to face Team Raw?

 

Hit Row speaks.

Adonis says being on SmackDown is bananas! Like when you find the perfect kicks, the details is crucial. Naaah~! That ain’t it. Top Dolla says they’ve come a long way, so they ain’t backing out now. Time to make this show SmackDolla whenever you talkin’ smack! Swerve says the WWE Universe should show love to these gentlemen, because they can’t think of any better men to receive such sentiments. It’s been their love, the WWE fans welcoming us, because everyone knows they’re on deck. They’re the next ones up. Hit Row, Hit Row, best of the bunch! If you feeling it, sing along! They the culture! And if you didn’t know, now you know!

 

Jinder Mahal & Shanky laugh.

The Modern Day Maharaja wants “The Real Slim Shanky” to drop some bars of his own! Oh yeah~! It’s all in Punjabi but it is definitely fire. #IceIceShanky and Jinder break it down, but Mahal’s turn! DJ Shankenstein, give him a beat. “We’re Hit Row, we love our fans! Even if we lose, we’re here for the drip. And that’s why the talk and the shoes…” Mahal has more than that. They can do the dances. Hit the road, Hit Row! “Hit Row? More like Cringe Row.” Um, Jinder’s one to talk… But does this mean Hit Row’s hit list will have Mahal & Shanky first?

 

Xia Li is ready.

But will SmackDown be? The fierce warrior is coming soon!

 

Backstage interview with Ridge Holland.

Yorkshire Grit shared his praise for Sheamus, and he was speaking from the heart. Sheamus is his idol. Where he’s from, if he was to make 10 pounds, he’d knock it out of someone’s hand. He never thought he’d leave the streets. But then he saw Sheamus doing what he did, fighting like he fought, but making a living. He didn’t think he could make good money hurting people. “Sheamus showed me a way. And I’m proud to follow in his footsteps.” But then, Cesaro walks in and apologizes for interrupting. Cesaro’s known Sheamus a long time. They didn’t just set the bar, they were The Bar. But Sheamus’ attitude lately Just be careful what you wish for.

Holland knows about that relationship. But he wants Cesaro to know that he’ll take Cesaro’s place. Holland and Sheamus will be a better tag team than The Bar ever was. And if Cesaro doesn’t like what Holland is saying, take it up with Sheamus. He returns next week. Holland heads out, but will the Swiss Cyborg be proven right when Holland finally meets his hero?

 

Bend the Knee: Xavier Woods VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!

The King of the Ring may be alone, but he’s not going to back down from this fight. But will he be made to bow down and acknowledge the Tribal Chief? Or will Woods make Roman choose between his pride and his title?

Roman makes his entrance first, raising the belt for the pyro before going to the ring. Then he gets the belt again, raises it and sets off the second pyro. The Head of the Table is calm and focused, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Woods makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle then tie up. Woods gest an arm to wrench but Roman ROCKS him with a right hand. Roman fires off in the corner, but Woods trips him up! Woods climbs now to rain down fists of his own! Roman stops Woods at 9 to flapjack him on the corner! Roman then runs, but Woods dodges to SHOTGUN dropkick Roman out of the ring! Roman lands on his feet but Woods eggs him on. Roman moves to get in but Woods is there. Roman backs off, Woods barks at him, then runs to WRECK Roman with a dropkick! And he SMACKS Roman off the desk, then throws hands and CHOPS on repeat!

Woods puts Roman in the ring, ducks and dodges and slides and runs into an uppercut! Woods flops out of the ring and Roman has his arrogance back. Roman goes out, stalks Woods, brings him up and URENAGES him onto the desk! A message to Big E, perhaps? Roman raises the finger, #WeTheOnes, as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Roman looms over Woods. Woods slowly rises as Roman mocks him, but Woods headbutts low! And headbutts high! Roman DECKS Woods with a hand, but Woods rises to throw body shots and haymakers back! Roman shoves him but Woods KICKS back! Woods and Roman both rebound, Roman BOOTS Woods down! Cover, TWO! Roman watches Woods go to a corner and walks over. “Are we really going to do this? I gave you the option.” Roman throws the point-blank lariats over and over! He gets all 10, then runs, into a forearm from Woods! Woods staggers, runs, but Roman DECKS him with another uppercut!

Roman steadies himself, Woods goes to the apron. Roman storms over, into a GAMANGIRI! Woods steps in, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Roman and Woods slowly rise. Roman swings but Woods blocks to CHOP! And haymaker, and CHOP, repeat! Woods fires off faster and faster but Roman knees low! Roman back suplexes but Woods lands on his feet! Woods ducks, dodges, slides and ROLLING ELBOWS! Roman rebounds, into a LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Roman is gasping, Woods hurries to get up. Roman stands, into a mule kick! Woods runs, BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Woods grits his teeth and Heyman is worried. Woods climbs a corner, Roman ROCKS him with another uppercut! Woods hits back from above as Roman tries to climb. Roman drops, Woods leaps, into another URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Roman is a bit surprised, but he goes to the corner. Fans fire up with Roman, others boo, but Roman lets out the battle cry! Roman runs, into a SUPERKICK! Woods goes to a corner, Roman runs in, but only gets buckles! Woods goes up top, walks the tightrope, LIMITBREAKER!! Cover, The USOS drag him out and mug him!!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by disqualification

The Usos finally appear at the right time, and they’re mugging Woods all over ringside! Jey pulls steel steps apart, he and Usos RAM Woods into the announce desk with them! And then again! Woods tumbles up and over the desk, then they join Roman in the ring. But Roman did lose, so he kneels! But that’s so the Usos can put Woods’ crown on Roman’s head!! Roman technically fulfills the stipulation by kneeling, but not to any man! Roman stands with crown on head and finger in the air! #WeTheOnes who cheated to stand tall. Will Big E avenge his New Day brothers when he and Roman meet at Survivor Series?


My Thoughts:

This SmackDown went by fast, but that’s because we didn’t get a whole lot out of it. And why did this feel like half a go-home episode? The way everything went with The Bloodline felt like this was leading right into Survivor Series. Roman VS Woods was a great match, but The Usos weren’t part of this episode until the very end, as I figured was the idea when they didn’t even walk out there with Roman. This has to lead to more Roman VS Woods after Survivor Series, on the road to #WWEDayOne. Also, the Usos really should defend their tag titles on that event, for that #DayOneIsh. Though at this rate, it feels like other Heels will be challenging.

It’s great for Los Lotharios to get the win, but boy has WWE let Nakamura fall off. He hasn’t defended his title, even though “Happy” Corbin got that win over him, and they don’t even seem to want to build up contenders for him. They’re instead making Ridge Holland into Sheamus’ fanboy and possibly tag partner. Holland should be showing us that Northern Grit in matches and building himself towards a title shot against Nakamura. And then, while I’m grateful we only got Corbin & Moss backstage and not in a Happy Talk segment, why didn’t we also get the Viking Raiders responding? Maybe they could make “jokes” about Corbin & Moss.

Hit Row had a great bit, but WWE should really get B-Fab back. The group just feels odd without her. And while I’m sure Shanky killed it, the entire response promo from him and Mahal was the real cringe maker. Clearly, we’re getting Mahal & Shanky VS Hit Row, but I feel like they should’ve let Veer stick with them so it could be 3v3. Charlotte Flair had a good promo, though everyone can make a joke about who’s really the “real” one. In fact, I think Becky tweeted a counter jab like that herself. Toni Storm stepping up is good, but Charlotte turned her down more because no champions are defending/losing titles until after Survivor Series, but it works in character, too.

The Survivor Series stories seem to be copy, paste, and edited between the shows. OMG cAn ThEy CoExIsT~?! We get the weird Five Way on Raw, we get a brawl that turns into a Six Woman Tag here on SmackDown. Sonya replaces Aliyah as an indirect way to spite Naomi but also to copy Pearce removing Dominik from the Raw men’s team. But at the same time, Pearce pits Sami against Hardy and now Sami is off the team. Who even replaces Sami, though? And why is Von Wagner just here?! Why is he getting a pseudo call up while in story with Kyle O’Reilly on NXT? I shake my head then my fist at Vince.

Then it feels strange that while Aliyah didn’t quite get anywhere in NXT and Shotzi did, there’s a bit of a swap here where Aliyah gets to have this big Face debut and win while Shotzi was in limbo until after the draft. Aliyah gets a big win, but then is the victim of Sonya’s bias against Naomi, but then has both Ali and Ricochet vying for her acceptance of their philosophy. Shotzi, meanwhile, was in limbo until the Draft and turns Heel unnecessarily. WWE is bizzaro land now. But at least we’ll get Shotzi VS Sasha in the true go-home. That’ll be a good match, it’ll add drama to the Survivor Series team match, and could be the start of a feud going towards Day One and the Rumble.

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.

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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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