SmackDown, ACKNOWLEDGE your Tribal Chief!
The Reigning, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns, returns to SmackDown to “welcome” the new faces to his island.
- Naomi VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins.
- Los Lotharios VS Mansoor & Cesaro; Los Lotharios win.
- Open Challenge: Drew McIntyre VS Ricochet; McIntyre wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss; The Viking Raiders win, by count-out.
- Xavier Woods VS Kofi Kingston VS Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso; Woods wins.
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Roman Reigns is here!
SmackDown’s back on Fox, and the Tribal Chief is back! The Bloodline and Paul Heyman follow him out on stage, and then the belts are raised to cue the pyro. The Ford Center is divided as they go to the ring, raise the belts again and get more pyro. Roman gives Heyman the belt and Heyman gives Roman the mic. Roman says, “Last week, your Tribal Chief wasn’t at SmackDown. Because when you smash somebody like Brock Lesnar, you gotta celebrate! So I took a vacation! And I heard y’all grumbling, complaining,” but don’t worry. He’s here now. So “tiny little no name town,” #AcknowledgeMe!
Roman had a great week. He was on a private island, naked, his wife loving it. But from his understanding, not everyone had a good week last week. In fact, it was a bad week last week because he wasn’t here. And y’know who else had a bad week last week? That dumbass, Brock Lesnar. Because Brock went and got fined a million dollars and suspended indefinitely. You can thank Roman because he’s responsible for it. He has the stroke, the juice, he makes things happen around here. “Wiseman.” “Yes, my Tribal Chief?” “What else happened last week?” Heyman laughs it off, Kayla was just bugging him about Lesnar.
“Wiseman.” “Yes, my Tribal Chief?” “What else happened last week…?” “Oh, that… Well, the Usos had a match with The New Day, and the titles were not on the line, because-” Roman cuts Heyman off to ask about who won and lost that match. Heyman says the match was won… by the New Day… Fans chant, “NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and that annoys Roman. Do they like the new day? The fans cheer, and Roman says the New Day is great, they’re entertaining. “But they’re not better than the Bloodline.” See, Roman is having trouble understanding how his cousins, the greatest tag team of this generation, LOST to the New Day!
Roman asks, “Which one of you got pinned in that match?” They point at each other. Roman singles out Jimmy, puts an arm around his shoulders, and asks if Jimmy can hear the fans cheering for the New Day. That’s because of Jimmy. Jimmy lost. “Tell us all how you gon’ fix this problem.” The mic is given to Jimmy, and Jimmy says he’s got this. He’ll kick the crown off Woods’ big ass head! He will make Woods acknowledge who the REAL king is! And he’ll make Woods acknowledge the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns! But here comes the New Day! Sir Kofi and King Woods are on stage and they have mics!
“Hear ye, hear ye, WWE Universe! Lend me your ears so you may here the creed~ of King Woods.” Woods says it looks as if they’ve forgotten his table. He thought that when you’re king around here, you sit at the head of the table. And then never stop talking about sitting at the head of the table. And then make a shirt for it just in case you lost brain cells and forgot about that. Or may haps the table was forgotten on the Island of Relevancy. An island in which only you can reside. Must be so sad and lonely on that only. Fans still chant for New Day and Woods says alas, it is time to get to the portion of the program the people actually care about.
The people here in EVANSVILLE, INDIANA- Yes, cheer for yourselves! But Mr. Reigns, Woods has a challenge. If his friend known as Jimmy Uso defeats Woods, then he will have no problem acknowledging Roman. But when, and emphasis on when he defeats young James Uso, Jimmy will do as he should be doing and #BendTheKnee. Fans chant “Bend The Knee! Bend The Knee!” Right, right. No one is taking orders from the chumps. Jey gets the mic to say no one is bending a knee. The Bloodline bends the knee to nobody! No matter what day it is! Roman calls for the mic and Heyman makes Jey put the mic in his hand.
“The Bloodline accepts.” Well that’s a surprise! Then thy king’s will be done! Tonight, James Uso- Wait, is it James or Jim? Or Jimminy? JIMMINY USO VS XAVIER WOODS, TONIGHT! “HAIL! KING WOODS! HAIL! KING WOODS!” Will Woods defeat Jimmy again and humble the Bloodline?
Naomi VS Shayna Baszler!
Evansville wants to #FeelTheGlow but Naomi wants some payback on the Queen of Spades! And with a proper referee calling this match, will Naomi get just that? Or will Shayna find her own way to defeat Naomi for the third time in a row?
SmackDown returns and Shayna makes her entrance. Sonya Deville is watching backstage and Kayla Braxton asks her about the personal vendetta against Naomi. Uh, because she filled in for a referee? When was the last time you saw this kind of fire inside of Naomi? Heard this kind of passion in her voice? The answer is never. Naomi is glowing with confidence because Sonya lit that fire! Now let’s see what she does with it. And maybe one day, Sonya will give her that 1v1 match. Maybe. Sonya sure is trying to spin this, but will all this come back to haunt her?
The bell rings, Naomi and Shayna circle then tie up. Naomi waistlocks, Shayna bucks her and comes back. Naomi hurdles, drops, and THESZ PRESSES! Naomi rains down hands but Shayna shoves her to get the leg! Naomi slips through the crab to kick Shayna away, then dropkick her down! Naomi runs to slide and SLAP Shayna down! Cover, ONE! Naomi keeps her focus, brings Shayna up and whips, but Shayna reverses to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Naomi flounders to ropes, Shayna runs in but Naomi avoids the baseball slide! Naomi dropkicks Shayna out of the ring, but Shayna grabs at her on the apron.
Shayna drags Naomi down, Naomi holds the ropes, and she KICKS Shayna! Naomi RAMS Shayna into the apron, throws forearms, then puts her in the ring. Naomi hurries up the corner, leaps and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Shayna bails out and Naomi gets frustrated. The ref counts, Naomi slingshots but Shayna avoids the plancha to drag Naomi down for a gut wrench suplex to the floor! Naomi gasps and sputters as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna has Naomi on the apron. Naomi ROUNDHOUSES back, then brings Shayna into the ring for a HEATSEEKER to the apron! Shayna staggers up, Naomi sunset flips, TWO!! Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Naomi fights up, gets the ropebreak, but Shayna holds on to drag her away! Naomi victory rolls, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
But Sonya Deville comes out to say hold on. “No one’s gonna leave the ring until I make my remarks.” Sonya goes to the ring, and says right before the pinfall, Naomi grabbed the ropes, so that should’ve been a ropebreak and it should’ve been null and void. She gets Naomi is upset but rules are rules so Sonya has no choice but to restart the match. Naomi glares at Sonya but the bell rings again! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Naomi fades out and Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
Sonya screws Naomi over again! Will Naomi ever get past this stacked deck?
Roman Reigns talks backstage.
“When you want something done right, you do it yourself. One week. I take one week, I go on one vacation, and it all falls apart. I take one vacation, and SmackDown SUCKS. It’s almost as bad as Raw!” Jimmy laughs but Roman asks if he thinks this is a joke. Jimmy says no, there was no disrespect. Does Jimmy think Roman is here to “pop” him? Jey, what don’t we do? We don’t lose, Uce. And why don’t they lose? Because #WeTheOnes. Jey promises they’ve got this. Will the Usos redeem themselves in the eyes of the Tribal Chief.
Xia Li is coming.
Tian Sha sharpened her into a deadly edge, and she’s ready to cut a path through the SmackDown Women’s Division!
Backstage interview with Ridge Holland.
What is he most looking forward to as part of SmackDown? That’s easy, meeting his idol, the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus is tough, rugged, and operates just like he does. Sheamus would’ve fit right in with the lads back home in Yorkshire. Whenever Sheamus had a big match, they’d all squeeze around the TV at the pub. When Sheamus beat John Cena, they all went mental! They ripped the walls down when Sheamus won the Royal Rumble, and when Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and beat Roman Reigns, they had a party so legendary, Ridge can hardly remember it. Ridge has learned a lot watching Sheamus, and that’s awful news for the rest of SmackDown.
Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart.
We saw what happened last week, but what fans forget is that she came out on SmackDown with the tank and the green hair- Shotzi interrupts Megan and says, “I’ve had enough! I have finally had enough. Ever since I came to SmackDown, I’ve lost title opportunities, I lost my tag partner, I lost the support of the WWE Universe. And last week, thanks to Sasha Banks, I lost the biggest match of my entire career!” Shotzi won’t smile and pretend it’s okay. Sasha’s patronizing attitude was Shotzi’s breaking point. And now, Sasha is her target! Shotzi is going to run over Sasha Banks and anyone else that gets in her way! And she doesn’t need her tank to do it.
Los Lotharios VS Mansoor & Cesaro!
Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza have a tag team name, and are ready for tag team fame! Will they outshine the Star of Saudi Arabia and the Swiss Cyborg in their SmackDown in-ring debut?
SmackDown returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. He and Mansoor go to the ring, Mansoor starts with Garza. They tie up, Garza throws Mansoor down and rains down elbows and knees. Garza gets a double wristlock, Mansoor kips up and wrenches to a hip toss! Garza flounders up into a dropkick! Mansoor facelocks but Garza SPINEBUSTERS! Garza rains down forearms, drags him and RAMS him into the corner, then tags in Carrillo! The cousins put Mansoor up top and into a Tree of Woe for a DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Carrillo drags Mansoor to cover, TWO! Carrillo drags Mansoor up to CHOP him to the corner, but Mansoor hits Garza!
Carrillo stomps Mansoor down, lets off at 4, and Garza gets a cheap shot in! Carrillo brings Mansoor up to throw hands, then tags to Garza. Garza puts Mansoor on the ropes, Carrillo runs to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Then a feed to Garza’s back drop! OFF COME THE PANTS! Basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Garza kicks at Mansoor, eggs him on, then drags him around by a leg. Mansoor resists the Half Crab, fans rally up, and Mansoor fights up, only for Garza to club the leg. Mansoor ENZIGURIS free with the good leg! Garza grabs at Mansoor and keeps him from Cesaro, but Mansoor keeps reaching! Mansoor tries again but misses the enziguri!
Garza rolls Mansoor but Mansoor gets him for a DDT! Mansoor crawls, hot tags to Carrillo and Cesaro! Fans fire up as Cesaro rallies on Carrillo! EuroUppers, whip to the corner, another EuroUpper, repeat! Back and forth, EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Cesaro then runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Cesaro goes out, with Garza’s pants, and runs around the way to PANTS UPPERCUT Garza! Cesaro gets back in, ducks and dodges to springboard FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans are fired up again because he calls for the swing! But Garza gets in, so Cesaro trips him up for the SWISS SWING! Garza goes around half a dozen times but Carrillo CLOBBERS Cesaro! Cover, Mansoor breaks it!
Mansoor is all fired up but Carrillo throws him into ropes! Carrillo suplexes, Cesaro makes the save but Carrillo SUPERKICKS Cesaro into Mansoor! FLYING CHUCK! Tag to Garza, Carrillo Chancery and the BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, Los Lotharios win!
Winners: Los Lotharios, by pinfall
“Cerro de la Silla” topples Cesaro and Mansoor, and now Garza & Carrillo stand tall! Will they soon be on top of the entire SmackDown Tag Division?
Aliyah talks with Jeff Hardy backstage.
She invites him out to horse riding, Kayla walks over to get a word. Hardy asks if she’s met Aliyah. Aliyah lets Kayla the interview continue but Hardy follows Aliyah and they encounter Sami Zayn. Sami is again touting himself as the “elder statesman” of SmackDown and is happy to give newcomer Aliyah some advice. This place: all about appearances. Think about how you look. Not so much clothes, Aliyah’s outfit is great. This is about meaning business. So two words for you: Pants suit. Just think about it. Aliyah asks if Sami is always like that. Jeff says yes, and welcome to SmackDown.
Open Challenge: Drew McIntyre VS ???
The Scottish Warrior is always ready to fight, no matter who it is! And once again, he’s offering an open challenge to anyone brave enough to take him on! Who will answer the call? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and McIntyre has a mic. “It’s Friday night, Drew McIntyre is in the ring, you know what that means. It’s time for the SmackDown Warrior’s open challenge! Now, let’s talk less, Claymore. Who wants to fight me?!” He waits, and the one to come out is… Ricochet! The One and Only is here and he tells McIntyre, “I’ve known you for a long time, and you are in fact the biggest and baddest guy that I know. But Drew, you’re playing with fire.” Ricochet says that because if McIntyre keeps coming out here every week like this, one of these days, someone will walk out here and step into the ring, and that someone won’t care about the pec flexing and catchphrases. He’ll just smack McIntyre right in the mouth.
And then Ricochet SLAPS McIntyre! Ricochet grins but McIntyre scowls. The bell rings and McIntyre RAMS Ricochet into the corner! McIntyre fires off, then CHOPS Ricochet! Ricochet falls over but McIntyre stands him up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Ricochet across the ring! Ricochet flounders but McIntyre bumps him off buckles. McIntyre scoops, Ricochet slips out and fires off hands! McIntyre shoves Ricochet, Ricochet dumps McIntyre out! Ricochet goes to the apron to BOOT, then RANA, only to be caught! Ricochet pops out of the bomb but McIntyre gets Ricochet up for a BIG apron back suplex!
McIntyre tosses Ricochet in at 8 of 10, stalks Ricochet in the ring, and runs in to SPLASH, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ricochet is dazed in the corner, McIntyre CHOPS him! Mustafa Ali is watching backstage and Megan walks over for an interview. Obviously, Ali shows interest in this match, and he says he does. McIntyre goes up, Ali says he and Ricochet have a lot in common. McIntyre watches Ricochet stand, and leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Ricochet has evened things for a moment and both men slowly stand up. Ricochet throws hands, McIntyre swings but Ricochet bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off kicks.
McIntyre CHOPS, then short arm lariats but Ricochet slips through! Springboard CROSSBODY! Fans fire up with Ricochet, he STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, but McIntyre rolls back and scoops Ricochet to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but McIntyre tosses him into a corner. McIntyre back elbows, brings Ricochet up in the inverted Alabama, for the VICTORY ROLL from Ricochet! TWO, and Ricochet SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS again! McIntyre staggers, Ricochet runs in and goes up the corner, QUEBRADA into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
That was fast and furious to say the least! But McIntyre shows respect to Ricochet for that one. McIntyre heads out, but will there come a point when McIntyre does run into someone that’s too much even for him?
The New Day prepare backstage.
Woods stretches his royal hamstring, Kayla walks over for an interview with His Highness. Surely she is here to request an audience with King Woods about his match with Jimminy Uso the Left. She is! The stakes for the main event have been set: If Jimmy wins, Woods must acknowledge Roman; if Jimmy loses, he will #BendTheKnee. Woods says the only thing he’ll be acknowledging about Roman is that if Roman walked any slower to the ring, he’d go in reverse. Tonight’s match will be fair and just, so let it be known that the outcome is not in doubt. Jimmy better limber up with wobbly knees and trunk rotations, because they’d hate to see him pull a muscle when he inevitably… Bends… the knee! #HailKingWoods!
Mustafa Ali talks with Ricochet backstage.
They are the most talented wrestlers on SmackDown. They’d compliment each other perfectly! So next week, they should team up. What’s Ricochet think? Uhhh no. What? Why? Because Ali isn’t a winner, he’s a whiner. He makes excuses and points fingers, but doesn’t look in the mirror. And besides, Ali treated Mansoor like dirt. And on top of all of that, Ali’s just a jerk. Ricochet leaves Ali behind, but Ali says Ricochet will regret this.
“Happy” Corbin and “Mad Cap” Moss are here!
Baron and Riddick are still feeling good, because Happy Talk is back for another episode! But will the good times continue when they have the Viking Raiders as their guests? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Happy Talk set is all set up. If you’re happy and you know it, Moss claps his hands. Corbin says they’ve got a lot to be happy about. Like destroying Nakamura and Boogs last week. Those two keep competing against Moss & Corbin in matches, those two will be known as “Pinsuke Nakamura” and “Rick Oops!” But it’s not their fault. There is just no serious competition here on SmackDown. Take their next guests. Please, take them. But joining SmackDown for the very first time through the Draft, it is the former Raw Tag Team Champions, the Viking Raiders! Erik & Ivar make their entrance, with pyro!
But they don’t take their seats. Moss says these two don’t look happy at all. It’s like they don’t understand the concept of this show. Erik says they’re not here to be guests. And they’re not here to be happy. As a matter of fact, these two make the Viking Raiders miserable! Ivar says they are here to RAID Happy Talk, because it is corny and it SUCKS! Fans agree with that! Corbin says the Viking Raiders are so sour, especially for two guys still in Halloween costumes. But luckily, they have something to cheer them up. Moss, give them something to make these two happy. Okay. “How did the young woman suffocate from body order? She took a liking to a Viking!”
Corbin and Moss laugh it up, so the Viking Raiders start throwing chairs around! And they tip the table over, then throw the laps and velvet ropes! Corbin and Moss bail out and SmackDown goes to break!
The Viking Raiders VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss!
Holla holla, this match was made over the break, and SmackDown returns as Erik and Corbin tie up. They go around, Erik waistlocks but Corbin backs him down to a corner. The ref counts, Erik ducks the elbow to have a bearhug! He squeezes tight but Corbin pries free to scoop. Erik lands on his feet, waistlocks but Corbin bucks the O’Conner roll to knee low. Corbin whips Erik to a corner, Erik goes up and over and rolls to then come back with a BIG forearm! Corbin rebounds and BOOTS but Erik just snarls! Erik and Corbin back off, tags to Ivar and Moss. Ivar and Moss tie up, Moss waistlocks but Ivar throws him off then runs him over!
Ivar wrenches, RAMS his shoulder into Moss, and grinds the shoulder. Ivar wrenches, Moss knees low, and he throws forearms back. Moss headlocks, grinds the hold, but Ivar powers out. Erik tags in, Moss dodges Ivar but Erik scoops and SLAMS Moss! Then he scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Moss! Cover, ONE as Corbin gets in and Erik stares him down. Corbin bails out, Moss gives Erik a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin grins, Moss brings Erik up and bumps him off buckles. Moss stomps Erik down, tags in Corbin, and Corbin drags Erik up to ROCK him with a right hand! Corbin rains down elbows into Erik’s shoulder then clamps on a chinbar and half nelson!
Erik endures, fans boo Moss and Corbin, and Erik fights up and fights back. Corbin shoves him away, but Erik dodges. Corbin slides out, slides in and LARIATS! Cover, Ivar breaks it! Moss gets in to SHOVE Ivar out of the ring! Moss then goes out after Ivar, Corbin gives Erik a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin drags Erik over, tags in Moss, and they get Erik up for a double back suplex. Erik lands on his feet to give Corbin the takeover! Erik DECKS Moss, and KNEES Corbin! Erik then dodges Moss to tag in Ivar! The Warbeard rallies on the hyenas! SIDEWAL SLAM for Moss, then the BASEMENT SPLASH! Corbin gets back in but gets a BOOT!
Ivar runs but Moss dodges to put him in the corner. Moss comes back for a SEATED SENTON! Tag to Erik, Corbin returns but Ivar cartwheels! Erik gets Corbin for an EXPLODER! And then Erik lifts Ivar for the HIP ATTACK in the corner! Tag back to Ivar, the Vikings get Moss up, double clutch for a POWERBOMB and- Corbin gets Moss out of the ring! Ivar is denied his splash, so he just goes up higher! Corbin and Moss freak out and run away! The ring count is climbing, Corbin and Moss let it hit 10! The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by count-out
Erik & Ivar dare Corbin & Moss to show some guts, but they’d rather live to laugh another day. Will the raid continue until the Vikings have gold again?
Sami Zayn finds Hit Row backstage.
“Look at this! Look at this!” Sami does his best to sing Hit~ Row~ but as elder statesman, he has to sometimes tell people stuff they don’t want to hear but need to hear. They get that. So he has to be honest, their entrance a couple weeks ago was a little… Flat. To be honest, it sucked. Adonis gets mad but Swerve and Dolla keep him cool. He just says that to say that these three could be the future stars of SmackDown! Dolla could be a pillar! It’ll take some work, maybe some finesse but… Alright, quick question. Does Sami think he can show them what he means by that? How to make a proper intro? Oh, yeah, he can! Follow him. Hit Row is going to love this. They follow Sami, but will it be more to learn what not to do?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
And just as promised, he shows off his best moves for his own entrance. Though, his best moves aren’t exactly that good. “That is how you do it! That is how you do it, kids! That is called being fearless. That is called having presence. That is called being in the present. Those are the qualities that you need to be a superstar in MY locker room.” Now he knows these guys can possess all those qualities and more, with the right leadership. So please give a big SmackDown welcome to HIT ROW! Adonis starts off, “It’s SmackDown, Friday night. And we in Indianaaa~!” Dolla says they’re rolling in the house with Sami Zayn~! “FREE LIBERATORS IN THE HOUSE~!” Okay, Sami, turn up.
Sami does more dance moves, and Dolla says Smai’s sleeping on them. Get him pajamas. Sami, Sami, Zayn must be in-Zayn thinking he can run Hit Row like he Coach Carter. Truth be told, they wouldn’t let him run their bath water. Look, Sami is big mad, but that’s cuz he pressed his luck. Sami Zayn? Nah, homie. Sami SUCKS. BURN! Fans chant “Sami Sucks!” and Sami says if they don’t want his advice, fine. He’s outta here. But Hit Row blocks his way up the ramp. Sami didn’t come here for a fight, he just wanted to help. Oh, alright. They move aside and he goes up the ramp in a hurry. Sami says he won’t forget this, though. Hit Row says if you didn’t know, now you know.
The Usos fire themselves up.
Jimmy’s ready, Jey says “Let’s get it.” But is Roman coming? Roman asks back, “How many of your problems do I need to fix around here?” Jimmy heads out, is Roman making this the last straw?
Xavier Woods VS Kofi Kingston VS Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso!
The moment of truth has come! Will the King of the Ring make #NobodysBitch kneel before him? Or will even the King of the Ring be under the Tribal Chief’s iron fist?
SmackDown returns as the Usos make their entrance. The bell rings and Woods circles with Jimmy. They talk some trash, get face to face, Woods ducks the haymaker to roll Jimmy up! TWO, and Woods says it was that close. They tie up, Jimmy puts Woods in a corner to uppercut, CHOP and uppercut again! Jimmy whips Woods to ropes, Woods kicks him back! Woods whips but Jimmy blocks the hip toss. Woods blocks, Jimmy blocks again, but Woods hits low. Jimmy denies the Famouser and whips, but Woods tilt-o-whirls to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And a basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Jimmy bails out and regroups with Jey as fans cheer on Woods.
Jey coaches Jimmy to tighten it up, but Woods drags Jimmy up by his hair! Jimmy ROCKS Woods with a haymaker, then grinds Woods’ face against the ropes! And then back the other way to bump him off buckles! Jimmy goes up top, leaps, but into an anti-air dropkick! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps cool and drags Jimmy up to CLUB him down. Woods stands Jimmy up to CHOP him then brings him in to suplex. Jimmy blocks, wrenches and HEADBUTTS, then FLAJPACKS Woods into buckles! Woods staggers, Jimmy brings him around and slides him into the ropes! Woods is down but Kofi coaches him up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Jimmy has Woods in a headlock, until Woods JAWBREAKERS free! Woods CHOPS, throws haymakers, but Jimmy shoves, only for Woods to CROSSBODY! Cover, TOW! Jimmy kicks, Woods blocks and spins Jimmy but gets a DRAGON WHIP! Woods ends up in a corner, fans boo but some follow the “UCE!” “OH!” and Jimmy hits the HIP ATTACK! Then he goes side to side to KNEE Woods against ropes! Cover, TWO! Woods is still in this and Kofi coaches him up. Jimmy is frustrated but Jey says he is close! Jimmy wraps on a chinlock and grinds Woods down. Fans rally up with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Woods fights up.
Woods snapmares free, mule kicks hard, then throws hands, but Jimmy ducks to back suplex! Woods lands on his feet, ducks and dodges and then slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Jey panics as Woods LEG LARIATS Jimmy down! Woods gets Jimmy up and hangs him out to dry! Woods then runs side to side to KNEE Jimmy down! Woods keeps moving as Jimmy bails out, Woods WRECKS Jimmy with a dropkick! Woods puts Jimmy back in the ring and hurries to the corner. Woods climbs, for a SUPER LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and Jey is relieved, but he still coaches Jimmy hard as he can.
Woods goes back to the corner, climbs back up, but Jey gets on the apron! The ref has him back off, but Jimmy trips Woods up! Jimmy climbs up to fireman’s carry Woods, for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Jimmy crawls to the cover, TWO!! Jey can’t believe it but neither can Indiana! Jimmy and Woods crawl towards the same ropes, “This is Awesome!” Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up top, USO SPLASH into boots! Roll up, high stack, TWO!! SUPERKICK deflected! But Jimmy rakes eyes to avoid the saido! Kofi distracts the ref just long enough, but Jey puts his shoes on Jimmy! The ref sees that and the pin is stopped! Woods rolls Jimmy, WOODS WINS!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
And the king stands tall! Jimmy has to #BendTheKnee! Fans chant, “Bend! The Knee! Bend! The Knee!” The Usos are beside themselves, Woods demands Jimmy bend his knee! Jimmy starts to kneel, but Roman gets in to SUPERMAN PUNCH the crown right off Woods’ head! Kofi gets mugged by the Usos! The Bloodline don’t care who is king, because #WeTheOnes! They stomp away on Kofi but Woods comes back to fire off on Roman! Fans fire up, Roman shoves Woods away into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Usos then get Kofi up and whip him into Roman’s SPEAR!! Roman has Jimmy get Kofi up, and Jey STOMPS Kofi’s leg!!
Roman makes Woods look at Kofi as they isolate the leg with a Half Crab! Jimmy USO SPLASHES the other leg! Roman throws Woods down then gets his title. Roman tells them HE is king around here! If Woods shows up next week, Roman will show him what a real king looks like. Roman holds up the title, will the Bloodline continue to rule as tyrants over Friday nights?
A very good SmackDown, but still some rough spots. For one, the huge releases this week may not have hurt SmackDown, but B-Fab being gone does kinda hurt Hit Row. I don’t even think her voice is on the Hit Row theme song anymore. I’ll skip the ranting other than B-Fab completed Hit Row and allowed them to truly dominate a brand in all divisions. But seeing how Team Vince can’t figure out how to book the women’s division all that much anymore, I suppose that’s why they don’t care for a faction to have a female member. Hit Row still had a good segment with Sami Zayn, and Sami had more great, spastic dance moves, so that feud will help build Hit Row up.
Speaking of the women’s division, the only thing we got to build off last week was Shotzi giving us a promo to further her unneeded Heel turn. Her line about the fans not supporting her is total Vince crap. You edit that line out and she’s the edgy Face who will whoop Sasha and Charlotte, even if she doesn’t win the title. Oh, and we got another way for Sonya to screw Naomi over. We’re getting ever closer to Naomi turning to the Bloodline to counter Sonya’s bias, even if that seems like Roman cleaning up one of Jimmy’s messes. And again, can we get women’s matches that last longer? Naomi and Shayna both deserve better than just three or for paragraphs, and I really hope Naomi VS Sonya is longer than that.
Another rough spot: SmackDown making Holland a fan of Sheamus. I mean, I don’t doubt a lot of WWE fans in the UK are fans of Sheamus, but you can’t make his second promo on SmackDown about him looking up to Sheamus. Hell, where is Sheamus? The two of them should’ve interacted instead, maybe see if there’s chemistry. The roughest spot: Happy Talk. Though, I do like that the Viking Raiders got Face momentum by wrecking that set. Corbin & Moss losing by count-out was a bit of a cop out. These four guys all need to look strong, and then maybe we’ll get a real finish that is meant to build up tag contenders at some point.
The tag match of Los Lotharios VS Cesaro & Mansoor was really good, though. Bit of a shame that Cesaro went from facing Roman to putting someone else over in the tag division, but what else would WWE do? McIntyre VS Ricochet was fast and short but it was that in an awesome way! And I do appreciate that they’re bringing back the history between Ricochet and Ali. I was kinda hoping with Ricochet getting in McIntyre’s face, he was starting to head Heel, maybe that happens with this new take with Ali. And we got great stuff out of the Bloodline and New Day. There’s tension returning between Roman and Jimmy, Woods could be the one to challenge Roman before Survivor Series, or even after. Stuff related to Roman is the one thing you can count on for the main roster.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?
The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!
“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
- Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
- Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.
Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.
But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”
Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.
But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.
Chad Gable prepares a speech.
“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!
Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!
Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!
Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!
Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?
Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.
Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.
Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?
Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?
Kevin heads to the ring!
The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.
Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.
“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!
That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!
Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.
And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?
In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?
Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.
Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!
Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.
What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.
And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?
The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.
Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?
Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.
But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.
Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.
Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.
Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.
Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.
Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?
Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.
Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?
WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.
Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.
Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!
But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?
Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!
Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.
But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!
Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?
Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.
What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?
Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!
Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?
Maryse heads to the ring!
As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.
Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.
But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.
Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!
Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?
8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked
Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!
Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!
Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall
Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?
WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.
“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.
After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.
“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.
A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.
These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?
The Miz & Maryse are heading out.
Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.
Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?
Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.
She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.
The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!
Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!
Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!
Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!
MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!
Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!
Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?
This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?
Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.
We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?
Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.
The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.
Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
A lucky seven for Elevation!
AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!
- Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
- Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
- Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
- Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
- Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
- Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.
Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.
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