The battle of the brands begins again!
WWE pits Raw against SmackDown in a new Survivor Series! Who will be Sole Survivor? Will the Tribal Chief topple the Powerhouse of Positivity?
- Kickoff Show – Damien Priest VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs; Nakamura wins, by disqualification.
- Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Becky wins.
- 10 Man Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Team Raw wins.
- The Rock’s 25th Anniversary 25 Man Battle Royal; Omos wins.
- RKBRO VS The Usos; RKBRO wins.
- 10 Woman Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Team Raw wins.
- Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Reigns wins.
- Final Score: Raw wins, 5-2.
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It’s the Survivor Series Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T and Peter Rosenberg in analyzing, discussing and predicting all of tonight’s action!
SmackDown’s Women’s Team talks backstage.
As the captain, Sasha Banks wants to make something clear. They will NOT lose tonight. Team Raw is one hell of a team, but their team is the better team! The Boss, the Standard, the Blueprint of the WWE is here with the woman who out-manipulated Charlotte Flair in Toni Storm! We have the Best Of All Time, Natalya! We have the woman who will squeeze the life out of anyone in Shayna Baszler! And we have… Roxie? Trixie? It doesn’t matter what your name is! Follow the Boss and she’ll lead them to victory. Then let’s go right now! Natty keeps the peace, but is this team going to fall apart even before the 5v5?
Kickoff Show – Damien Priest VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs!
Raw’s United States Champion takes on SmackDown’s Intercontinental Champion! And things are already rocking with Boogs giving the King of Strong Style his introduction! Who gets the first points for their brand here in Brooklyn?
The bell rings and the two circle as fans fire up already. They tie up, Priest wrenches, hammerlocks, but Nakamura goes for a leg. Priest holds on and wrenches to a wristlock. Nakamura endures but Priest wrangles him down with a leg. Boogs starts rocking and Priest gets distracted, Nakamura rolls, kips up and cartwheels to wrench back! Nakamura hammerlocks, headlocks, but Priest powers up and out. Priest arm-drags, but then Nakamura fakes him out! Priest avoids the kick and the two stand off, which fans cheer. Nakamura mocks the Archer of Infamy’s bow ‘n’ arrow but the two circle again.
They tie up, Nakamura throws knees but Priest gives them back! Priest whips Nakamura to a corner, runs in but only gets buckles! Nakamura KICKS him down, then give shim GOOD VIBRATIONS~! Boogs rocks out with Nakamura and then Nakamura puts Priest on the ropes. TOP SHELF- NO! Priest avoids the knee to ROUNDHOUSE Nakamura! Priest climbs up and steps in to LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed with Boogs but he throws knees on Nakamura. Priest whips and back elbows! Cover, TWO! Priest wraps on a chinlock and grinds Nakamura down. Nakamura endures, fans rally up and Nakamura kicks around.
Nakamura fights up as Boogs rocks for him again. Priest is getting more annoyed but Nakamura throws body shots. Priest CLUBS him and KICKS him down! Priest tells Boogs to knock it off. Priest drags Nakamura up, scoops him but Nakamura slips out and shoves to then duck and dodge, DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Priest staggers about, Nakamura eggs him on! “C’MON!” Strike Fest and KICKS for Priest, but Priest blocks one, only to get an ENZIGURI! Nakamura goes corner to corner but blocks boots! He puts Priest in the ropes, KICKS him, then SLIDING GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!
Priest gets up but Nakamura is on him with a waistlock. Priest elbows free, runs in but into BOOTS! Nakamura goes up, leaps, but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans rally and duel, Priest shakes out some cobwebs and goes after Nakamura. Priest ROCKS Nakamura with big forearms then KICKS! DISCUS HAYMAKER, then a FLAPJACK! Priest roars and fans fire up with him! Priest runs in to back elbow in the corner! Then he suplexes, but Nakamura slips out and shoves, only to get a LARIAT! Priest suplexes to BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is tougher than that but Priest keeps his cool. Priest waits on Nakamura to rise, then he clamps on a choke grip!
But Nakamura knees free! Nakamura swings but Priest blocks and KICKS! Nakamura KNEES but Priest BELL CLAPS! Ripcord but Nakamura ducks! Priest ducks but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura aims from a corner, KIN- NO! Priest rolls Nakamura up, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE from Priest, and then a springboard- into a knee! Ax kick and SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is learning Priest is tough, too! Nakamura aims from a corner as fans rally and duel again. “YAO~!” KIN- NO! Choke grip and SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Priest can’t believe Nakamura survives, but this is why he’s the King of Strong Style!
Priest gets up, scowls and drags Nakamura up to dragon sleeper. But Nakamura drops! Priest blocks the takedown and stomps Nakamura down! But Nakamura catches Priest to a FLYING ARMBAR! Priest clasps hands and throws Nakamura away, to a SNAKE BITE!! Nakamura endures but he’s fading! Boogs rocks out and it revives Nakamura! It’s a cover, TWO!! But now Priest is pissed! Priest goes out and Boogs apologies, but Priest takes the guitar and BREAKS it! And then he CLOBBERS Boogs with the body of it! Nakamura attacks Priest but Priest CLOBBERS Nakamura!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by disqualification (Raw: 0; SmackDown: 1)
The rage of Damian gets the better of Priest! And that gives SmackDown the first win of the night! Will this loss of control have its consequences come Monday night?
“In a world where survival is everything, two sides prepare for battle.”
WWE Survivor Series and The Rock’s new film, Red Notice, have a lot in common that makes them epic. Tonight, the unpredictable is always expected. Like these openers always say, there is no glory without risk, no triumph without opportunity and no survival without alliances. Red VS Blue, champions VS champions, the best VS the best. Who survives? Who owns the night? It all collides, and here tonight, anything can happen! “See? I told you it’d be epic.”
Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!
Once upon a time, Big Time Becks and The Queen were just two of the Four NXT Horsewomen and the best of friends. But gold, glory and greed have torn them apart and turned them against each other. This isn’t going to be about the brands, this is about their superiority! Who proves they are THE ALPHA FEMALE of the WWE?
The bell rings and Charlotte ROCKS Becky then pulls hair! Becky fires back with forearms but Charlotte hits back. They brawl, Charlotte RAMS Becky to a corner! They scrap, the ref backs Charlotte off and Becky kicks low! Then again! But Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS! NATURLA_ NO! Becky slips out to the DISARM-HER! But Charlotte pulls more hair! They both pull hair, then Becky gets a SOBAT to Charlotte’s face! But Charlotte SPEARS Becky down! Charlotte doesn’t even cover, she just hammers away on Becky! They both go out, Charlotte digs Becky’s face into the apron! The ref counts but Charlotte CLUBS Becky. Becky POSTS Charlotte!
Becky RAMS Charlotte into the barriers, gets in the ring at 7 of 10, and fans fire up as she paces furiously. The count restarts, Charlotte gets up and in at 6. Becky stomps Charlotte at the ropes, kicks her around and fans are on her side here. Becky reels Charlotte in but no urenage! Charlotte hits the BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT, then just KICKS Becky down! Charlotte seethes but fixes her hair before she slaps Becky around. Charlotte dribbles Becky off the mat, stands on Becky’s head, but the ref counts. Charlotte lets off at 4 and Becky goes to the apron. Becky seethes, dodges a boot and ROUNDHOUSES back!
Becky gets in, Charlotte KNEES her down! Becky is on the ropes, Charlotte POSTS Becky! Becky falls to the floor as fans rally and duel! Charlotte climbs up top while fans fire up, but Becky SHOVES her down! Charlotte hits barriers on the other side! Becky sees Charlotte down, clutching her knee. Becky goes back out and swings on Charlotte, but gets a BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! The front row gets even closer to the action with that one! The ring count is climbing past 5 of 10, Charlotte gets in at 8, and Becky is in at 9.5! The two stare down, or rather glare down. They’re talking a lot of trash, and they start throwing SLAPS back and forth! Charlotte LARIATS Becky down!
Charlotte composes herself, crawls after Becky, and then rains down slapping strikes! Cover, ONE! Charlotte grins and brings Becky up. Fans rally and duel, but Charlotte DECKS Becky! Becky gets back up, back elbows Charlotte, but Charlotte elbows back! And CHOPS in the corner! Becky pushes but Charlotte fires off forearms! Charlotte lets off, blocks a boot and ROCKS Becky, to then put the leg on the ropes! Becky avoids the knee drop to JUMP KICK Charlotte! Becky runs and tilt-o-whirls but Charlotte makes it a roll-up! TWO, into a deadlift and POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is laughing, but perhaps because she’s at a loss for words. Another cover, TWO!
Charlotte pulls Becky’s hair but Becky gets her in a ghost pin! TWO, Disarm-Her! Charlotte rolls Becky up, TWO! Becky wants the arm but Charlotte whips her to a corner. Becky back elbows then stomps away on Charlotte! Becky fires big forearms, fans are thunderous as Becky stomps more! Becky reels Charlotte in but Charlotte fights the Becksploder to EXPLODER Becky into buckles! Charlotte kips up and raises her hands in triumph. Charlotte then drags Becky by an arm, dares her to talk crap when fans know Charlotte is the greatest! Charlotte steps on Becky, goes to the corner and climbs up again. MOONSAULT!
Becky moves, so Charlotte STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Charlotte grins despite being frustrated. Charlotte talks trash, Becky pie faces and slaps, so Charlotte slaps and clubs back! Becky blocks a suplex to a cradle, TWO! Becky ROCKS Charlotte, Charlotte KNEES low! Charlotte whips, Becky reverses, Charlotte tumbles up and out and shoulders back in. HOTSHOT! Becky staggers, Charlotte takes a moment to catch her breath. Charlotte goes back to the apron and boots but Becky blocks to then HOTSHOT Charlotte! And then she has Charlotte in the ropes for forearms and EuroUppers and hammering hands!
The ref backs Becky up, but she goes to the corner, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Now Becky is the one grinning despite frustration creeping in. “This is Awesome!” and this is just the first match of the main card! Becky CLUBS away on Charlotte, fires off forearm after forearm and EuroUpper, but Charlotte blocks the kick! Becky uses that to drag Charlotte down, DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Charlotte rolls but Becky makes it a cover, TWO! Becky kicks low, brings Charlotte up and throws more EuroUppers! Charlotte stays up, Becky runs, boot feint to ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Charlotte is still right over Becky as Becky flounders in a daze.
Charlotte wants Becky to get up. “Run away. Run away, Becks.” Becky elbows Charlotte back, headlocks, but no bulldog but Becky bucks the O’Conner Roll! BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is showing her frustration now as Becky survives that shot! Charlotte gets the legs but Becky kicks away on Charlotte! Becky gets up, Charlotte scoops but Becky slips out to INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO! Becky hammers away on Charlotte while she’s down, then lets off to catch her breath. Fans rally up as Becky stands on Charlotte and pushes her to a drop zone. Becky steps on Charlotte, Charlotte tries to anchor her so Becky hammers away on Charlotte!
Becky goes up the corner now and fans fire up. Becky leaps but her leg drop misses! Charlotte comes back, Becky dodges the boot to MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Becky can’t believe it, but she didn’t realize how close she was! Becky drags Charlotte by her legs, and steps through! BECKY STEALS THE FIGURE FOUR!! Charlotte blocks but Becky still has a Heel Hook! The SLAPS start flying again! Charlotte turns things over, and reverses the pressure onto Becky! Becky gets the ropebreak, the leglock is undone, but both women are down and clutching their knees. Becky goes to the apron, Charlotte runs and BOOTS her down!
Charlotte goes back to the corner, she climbs back up! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Becky! Charlotte gets up and shouts, “I’M THE GREATEST EVER!!” Charlotte drags Becky up, puts her in and crawls to the cover, TWO! But Charlotte STEALS THE DISARM-HER!! Becky endures her own hold now, moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Charlotte lets go quickly and CHOPS Becky again and again and again! Charlotte fires off CHOPS in the corner, the ref backs her down, Becky ROCKS Charlotte with a right! They dosido, Charlotte rolls Becky and holds the ropes! The ref sees that! Becky turns it around, and she gets the ropes! BECKY WINS!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (Raw: 1; SmackDown: 1)
Pat McAfee shouts, “NOT LIKE THAT!” but The Man knew how to sneak one even better than the Daughter of the Dirtiest Player in the Game! But is this really the end of things between Becky and Charlotte?
10 Man Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley and Austin Theory take on Jeff Hardy, Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, “Happy” Corbin and Sheamus in the traditional 5v5! Will Raw wipe out SmackDown like they did last year? Or will the tide turn and give the blue brand a big win?
The teams sort out and Kevin argues with Rollins but eventually it’s decided, “the star,” Kevin starts with King Xavier! Kevin fires up, circles with Woods, then bails out and takes a walk up the ramp! Is Kevin throwing his part of the match!? The count is climbing, Theory tries to get him to stop but Kevin ELIMINATES himself! And then SmackDown opens fire on Raw! Woods HIP TOSSES Theory into the ring, CHOPS him to a corner, and CHOPS him in the corner! Woods ROCKS Theory with a right, put shim back in the corner and CHOPS again! Woods whips corner to corner, Theory back elbows! Theory storms over but into a drop toehold!
Woods runs to dropkick Theory on ropes! Cover, TWO! Woods wrenches Theory, YANKS the arm, and tags in McIntyre, despite Corbin holding his hand out. McIntyre stomps Theory’s hand, drags him up and TOSSES him to a corner! McIntyre CHOPS now and Theory flounders! McIntyre CHOPS Theory again! McIntyre headlocks Theory, tags in Sheamus, and the Celtic connection mugs Theory. Tag to Corbin, he and Sheamus mug Theory now. Corbin smiles and ROCKS Theory with a right! Theory staggers, Corbin brings Theory up but Theory kicks low! Tag to Rollins, Theory rocks Corbin but Corbin ducks Rollins springboard!
Corbin KNEES, whips and CLOBBERS Rollins! Moss is laughing on the outside as Woods tags in. He and Corbin mug Rollins together, and Woods wrenches an arm to tag in Hardy. Fans fire up as Hardy goes up to drop ax handles! Hardy RAMS Rollins into the corner, the ref counts but Hardy bumps Rollins off buckles. Rollins falls over, Hardy drags him over to a cover, ONE! Hardy drags Rollins back up, wrenches, grinds the arm, tag to Sheamus. Sheamus CLUBS Rollins on the back, ROCKS him with a EuroUpper, but Rollins throat chops! Rollins wrenches, YANKS, tags Balor and Balor goes up to drop ax handles!
Balor goes after the arm, wrenches through but Sheamus fights him. Sheamus DECKS Balor, tags Corbin, and Corbin stomps Balor down. Corbin smiles and drags Balor up to tag Woods in. Corbin DECKS Balor, Woods drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Woods facelocks, wrenches, tags McIntyre, and McIntyre kicks Balor down. McIntyre facelocks to DEADLIFT suplex, and holds Balor up for a few before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! McIntyre chinbars, wrenches, tags Hardy, and they mug Balor. Hardy lets Balor be on the ropes while staying in front of Team Raw. Fans rally up as Hardy wait son Balor. They tie up, go around, but then Balor ends up in the corner.
Tag to Corbin, they mug Balor again as Corbin throws big haymakers. But Balor throws body shots! Balor reaches out but Corbin whips him away! Corbin runs in but into boots! Balor fires off on Team SmackDown, sends Corbin into Sheamus, rolls Corbin up, TWO! BOOT for Moss on the apron! But he turns around into a DEEP SIX! Cover, Lashley breaks it! McIntyre gets in to give Lashley an OVERHEAD Belly1Belly! Rollins KNEES McIntyre out, Sheamus KNEES Rollins down! Theory ELBOWS Sheamus, Corbin CHOKE SLAMS Theory! Balor runs in, misses, Corbin POSTS himself! Balor GAMANGIRIS then goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor ELIMINATES Corbin!!
The teams all regroup now that we’re even again at 4v4. Hardy steps up so he and Balor can go again, and fans are loving that! They tie up, Balor wrenches, Hardy throws body shots and kicks. Atomic drop to a takedown, leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick, and an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Hardy CLUBS Balor, whips him to ropes, but Balor reverses. Hardy sunset flips, Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Balor tags Rollins in, Rollins CLUBS Hardy down! And again! Rollins drags Hardy up and RAMS Hardy into the corner. Rollins rams his shoulder in over an dover, then Lashley tags in! Lashley runs to RAM into Hardy!
Lashley drags Hardy up, reels him in, throws elbows in the corner over and over, then tags in Balor. Balor brings Hardy around, snapmare and elbows into the shoulder. Balor wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Hardy down. Fans rally up, Hardy fights and reaches out but Balor snapmares Hardy from his corner. Tag t Rollins, he and Balor put Hardy up top. They both climb up, Hardy fights them off with elbows! Hardy adjusts, WHISPER IN THE WINDS! A two-for-one special! Cover, but who is legal? Lashley just goes after McIntyre on the outside! Fireman’s carry and then Lashley POSTS McIntyre! The team has no idea what to do, and Sheamus just kinda talks trash on McIntyre.
Theory DECKS Sheamus, stomps Hardy then covers, TWO! Theory gets Hardy up, suplexes, but Hardy turns that to a cradle, TWO! Theory runs in but Hardy dodges, hot tag to Woods! Woods rallies on Raw! He dodges Theory to LEG LARIAT! Rollins whips but Woods boots him back! HONOR ROLL! Theory whips, tilt-o-whirl but Woods RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Fans fire up with Woods as he mule kicks, takes a bow and ROLLING ELBOWS Theory down! Woods goes to the corner, but Lashley trips him up while Rollins distracts the ref! Theory tags in Lashley! Lashley runs in at Woods, SPEAR!! Then the HURT LOCK!! Woods fades out, Lashley ELIMINATES Woods!
Sheamus and Hardy mug Lashley but a little too late! They end up brawling with Rollins and Balor! Hardy shoves Balor, Sheamus shoves Rollins, but DOUBLE SLINGBLADES come back! Balor PLANCHAS but into Sheamus’ arms! Rollins DIVES and knocks them both over! Hardy is still in the ring, he’s legal for SmackDown now. But wait! McIntyre rises up and tags in! The Scottish Warrior is looking for revenge on the Rocky Mountain Machine! Fans fire up as the two stare down, McIntyre dares Lashley to take a shot! Lashley backs away to see no one is there to tag, so McIntyre fires off hands! They brawl, McIntyre fires off and CHOPS!
McIntyre runs, but Lashley HURDLES, then gets McIntyre for a COPMLETE SHOT! McIntyre goes to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into McIntyre’s ribs! Lashley whips McIntyre but he comes back to CLOBBER Lashley! McIntyre gets Lashley up to clothesline him out! McIntyre goes out after Lashley but Lashley fireman’s carries! McIntyre fights free, goes to post Lashley but Lashley elbows him! Lashley CLOBBERS McIntyre up and over the barriers! The ring count is climbing, though, as McIntyre BACK DROPS Lashley! DOUBLE COUNT-OUT ELIMINATION!! But even so, Lashley CLOBBERS McIntyre!
Lashley is angry with the ref about the elimination, but McIntyre gives him a CLAYMORE!! Lashley staggers away, McIntyre dares him to come back for more! It doesn’t matter about the match anymore, they just want to fight! Referees and security come out and even MVP tells Lashley to let this go. Rollins sneaks up behind McIntyre and taps him on the shoulder. Rollins says, “Bye bye~!” McIntyre gives him a GLASGOW KISS! Sheamus covers Rollins, TWO!! Sheamus drags Rollins up to EuroUpper! Then CLUB him and DECK him! Rollins end sup in a corner, he dodges Sheamus, hot tag to Balor! Balor shoulders then slingshot sunset flips, TWO!
Sheamus CLOBBERS Balor! And clotheslines Rollins out! He DECKS Theory for good measure before he scoops and POWERSLAMS Balor! Cover, TWO! Sheamus drags Balor up, gut wrench to the Canadian rack but Balor slips out to SLINGBLADE! Sheamus staggers up into a SHOTGUN! Balor goes up top to COUP DE- NO! Sheamus dodges and comes back with a BROGUE!! Sheamus ELIMINATES Balor! Things are even again but Theory somersault SHOTGUNS! Cover, TWO! Theory drags Sheamus over, Rollins coaches him as he stomps away! Rollins tags in, he stomps away on Sheamus. Theory gets a cheap shot in after Rollins lets off.
Rollins gets Sheamus up, snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins wraps on a chinlock but Sheamus endures. Fans rally up, Sheamus reaches and crawls towards his corner but Rollins grinds him down. Sheamus fights up, throws body shots but Rollins CHOPS! Sheamus gets Rollins with the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Hardy! Hardy rallies on Rollins, blocks a kick and hits a JAWBREAKER! Hardy rams Rollins to a corner, whips corner to corner but Rollins reverses. Hardy BOOTS Rollins down and goes up, to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Sheamus, he and Hardy put Rollins in a corner to double whip.
Theory gets in but gets sent into Rollins! Sheamus sets up for Hardy, POETRY IN MOTION! Sheamus brings Rollins up from the apron, has him against ropes, but Theory storms over! Sheamus hits Theory and puts him out, and Hardy joins in! It’s a jam session, BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They get all 10 in, then Sheamus fireman’s carries Rollins. Rollins fights it to sobat! Rollins runs, Sheamus gets him for WHITE NOISE! Fans fire up with Sheamus as he aims from a corner. But Theory gets in again! Sheamus runs him off, Rollins SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Rollins crawls over, and he tags in Theory!
Sheamus shoves Rollins out, Hardy reaches for him but Theory keeps Sheamus away! Sheamus kicks at Theory, but Rollins trips Hardy! Theory rolls Sheamus up with tights! Theory ELIMINATES Sheamus!! Theory talks trash but Sheamus DECKS Theory! Sheamus thinks Hardy left him hanging, so he CLOBBERS Hardy!! They’ve had beef before, these seem to be the leftovers! Rollins tags in and he goes up top! Hardy is in the drop zone for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!! Hardy survives and Rollins can’t believe it! Rollins gets Hardy up, tags in Theory, and they hoist Hardy up top. Theory and Rollins climb up together, but Hardy resists and fights back!
Hardy headbutts Theory then he headbutts Rollins! Rollins falls out, Theory falls in! Hardy stands up to SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Hardy ELIMINATES Theory! Hardy and Rollins are the only ones left! And fans are thunderous for the Charismatic Enigma! The Visionary feels it, too, as he gets back in the ring. Rollins says Hardy’s prime has past him! Hardy kicks low, reels him in but Rollins slips out! He swings into the RUSSIAN LEG SWEPEP! LEG CLUTCH! TWO!! Rollins’ ego almost cost him, but “This is Awesome!” as Hardy gets back up. Hardy kicks Rollins but Rollins blocks to ROLLING ELBOW! Turn and DREAM CRUSHER ELBOW! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins is furious with the ref but Hardy slowly gets up. Rollins runs in, but Hardy blocks the stomp and shoves Rollins down! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and goes up top! Fans fire up as Hardy SWANTON BOMBS onto knees! CURB STOMP!! Collins, Rollins wins for Raw!
Winner: Team Raw, by pinfall; Seth Rollins is the SOLE SURVIVOR (Raw: 2; SmackDown: 1)
The Visionary just finished off Team SmackDown! Will this help him prove that it is Monday Night ROLLINS once and for all?
Roman Reigns walks up to Vince McMahon’s room.
Security lets The Tribal Chief in. Vince is happy to see Roman, and they sit down for some business. Before Roman went out there, Vince wanted to show him something. And that is…? The golden egg from Red Notice? Cleopatra’s Egg, given to Vince by The Rock himself. 25 years ago, The Rock started here on Survivor Series. As a token of appreciation, just look at it! It’s beautiful! The Rock had $7 to his name and look where he is now? This isn’t just a stage prop, either. This is the real deal! Look at those jewels. This is worth MILLIONS (and millions) of dollars. But anyway, this is $100 million right here. Then that’s as much as Roman’s next contract. Roman just named his price, will Vince be able to pay it?
The Rock’s 25th Anniversary 25 Man Battle Royal!
So many stars from all over Raw and SmackDown, but if this is every man for himself, will the color of their shirts matter? And in the end, who will be the one making a name for himself like The Rock did 25 years ago?
The bell rings and it’s chaos! Raw mugs SmackDown, and Styles slipped out so he can just watch? Omos ELIMINATES Gulak, then ELIMINATES Benjamin! Wait, that was a Raw Guy! Omos ELIMINATES Carrillo! R-Truth sneaks out to get himself some pizza! Truth offers it as a peace offering to Omos! Pepperoni~! But then Otis walks over and smells the pizza. Otis takes the slice, takes a big bite, and feels good. Truth thinks he’s found an ally, but his sports spank doesn’t go over well. Otis ELIMINATES Truth! And then he stares down with Omos! Otis dodges Omos but runs into a wall! Omos ELIMINATES Otis!! Now that’s huge!
Gable is shocked, Cesaro throws Gable out! Gable hits back, slides under, comes back, but Cesaro puts Gable on the ropes. Gable gets Cesaro in a HANGING ARMBAR! But wait, he’s on the outside! Cesaro gets free and EuroUppers Gable down! Cesaro ELIMINATES Gable! Ricochet DROPKCISK T-Bar off the top and ELIMINATES him! Mansoor RANAS and ELIMINATES Cedric Alexander! Sami hits Dawkins while Cesaro is after Ziggler. Dawkins and Garza brawl on the apron’s edge, Dawkins DECKS and ELIMINATES Garza! No more Lotharios in this match. The Viking Raiders mug Mahal and throw him out to ELIMINATE him! But Shanky ELIMINATES Erik!
Shanky throws and ELIMINATES Ivar! Shanky gets Omos’ attention and these two towers stare down! Shanky choke grips but Omos breaks free! Omos KNEES Shanky, throws him over and ELIMINATES him! The Dawgs go after Mansoor but Mansoor fights them off! Mansoor runs and SHOTGUNS Ziggler and Roode into the ropes! Mansoor goes again, double clotheslines but he can’t get them up and out! Mansoor tries again, but they give him a GLORIOUS ZIGZAG! Catapult, the Dawgs ELIMINATE Mansoor! Styles likes that there is more red in there than blue as Crews lifts Cesaro and Sami fights Ford. Omos CHOPS Ricochet down!
Omos stares the Dawgs down, the shirts come off because this is about pride! Roode runs into a hand and Omos shove shim out to ELIMINATE him! Omos says this ring is HIS house. Ziggler wants to be buddies now, since he’s without Roode. Omos isn’t so sure, though. Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Ziggler down! And throws him out to ELIMINATE him! Omos and Styles fist bump, and now Sami sees he’s alone with Cesaro and Ricochet as SmackDown blue. He gets Ricochet and Cesaro to regroup with him, and says they have to work together for their brand! They in? Cesaro and Ricochet dont’ really know if they can trust Sam, and so Sami insults them.
Cesaro EuroUppers! Ricochet hits a RECOIL! Sami is down, the Profits pick him up and ELIMINATE him! But then Cesaro and Ricochet go after Ford! Dawkins works to save him! Omos saves Styles from Azeez then CLOBBERS him! Omos ELIMINATES Azeez! Styles and Omos then go after Crews. Crews can’t believe what happened! Styles points his hand at Azeez but Azeez grabs him! Omos tries to save Styles, it’s a tug-o-war on Styles! Cesaro hits Omos, he lets Styles go! Styles is ELIMINATED! Crews dodges Omos but Omos gets him with both hands! Omos throws Crews out and ELIMINATES him!
Omos stands tall but the Profits, Cesaro and Ricochet realize they should work together against him! They all charge him for a 4v1! But Omos shoves the Profits away, then Ricochet, then Cesaro! DOUBLE DROPKICKS and a SHOULDER rock Omos! EUROUPPER! Omos is against the ropes, they all get his legs! Omos CLUBS Dawkins, DECKS Cesaro, then TOSSES Cesaro out and ELIMINATES him! Then he TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dawkins! Ford dodges to BACK HAND Omos. But Omos just glares at Ford! Ford SLAPS Omos, dodges, but Omos TOSSES Ford onto Cesaro and ELIMINATES him! Now it’s just him and Ricochet!
Fans fire up as Ricochet doesn’t back down! Ricochet dropkicks, KICKS and KICKS and fires off hands! Omos shoves Ricochet but Ricochet baits Omos in! Omos gets stuck on the ropes, so Ricochet hurries to pick up a leg! Omos clamps onto Ricochet’s head and throws him out! OMOS WINS!
Winner: Omos (Raw: 3; SmackDown: 1)
TEN ELIMINATIONS from just ONE man! Styles is pumped for his tag team partner and good friend! Is this proof that Omos is the next big thing? But then Ford comes back to ENZIGURI Styles and throw pizza to the people! Just not Byron. Ford hurries away with the rest so that he and Dawkins can keep slinging ‘za! Will the Profits still get the smoke as the holidays approach?
RKBRO VS The Usos!
The Raw Tag Team Champions, the Viper & The Stallion, are taking on the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Jimmy & Jey! But will Randy Orton & Matt Riddle be the ones that take down the Bloodline?
The teams sort out and Jimmy starts against Riddle. They circle, tie up, and Riddle waistlocks to SLAM Jimmy down. Riddle has the ARMBAR, Jimmy makes it a cover, TWO! Riddle avoids the kick but Jimmy shouts out the Bloodline. Riddle and Jimmy tie up, Jimmy kicks low then headbutts Riddle to a corner. Jimmy uppercuts, whips corner to corner but Riddle goes up and over to KICK Jimmy down! Riddle gut wrenches Jimmy and picks him up to swing Jimmy around! Then Riddle gut wrench suplexes Jimmy to the RKBRO corner! Riddle tags in Orton and fans fire up! Orton gets Jimmy’s arm and kicks him in the ribs! Then scrapes laces off the face!
Orton stomps Jimmy more, bumps him off buckles but Jimmy turns things around to CHOP! Fans rally, Jimmy whips corner to corner but Orton comes back! Jimmy avoids the RKO and regroups with Jey. Orton says it was that close while the Usos cool things off. Jimmy gets in, tags Jey, and Jey circles with Orton. They tie up, Jey gets around and CLUBS Orton! Jey RAMS into Orton at a corner! Jey stomps a mudhole, lets off to fire up and fans are torn. Jey points a finger to the sky but Orton pokes a finger in Jey’s eye! Orton snapmares, tags Riddle, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO! Riddle dodges Jimmy and clotheslines him back out!
Riddle goes up and up and to the apron, to PENALTY KICK Jimmy! Then SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with “BRO! BRO!” Riddle gets on the apron but Jey BLASTS him off! Riddle hits barriers, Jey goes out and fires off haymakers! Jey then FLAPJACKS Riddle on the barrier! Jey goes in, tags Jimmy, mugs Riddle, and sets him up for Jimmy to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Riddle! The Usos say, “We the ones!” then Jimmy puts Riddle in. Cover, TWO! Jimmy digs his knee into Riddle at the ropes, then Jey gets a cheap shot in! Tag to Jey, the Usos split the wishbone!
Jey looms over Riddle, follows him as he crawls, then brings him up to back suplex! And again, #WeTheOnes. Jey puts Riddle in a corner, fires off haymakers, but lets off as Riddle sits down. Jey shouts, “UCE!” and the fans shout, “SO!” Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK! Riddle is dazed but Jey raises his finger to the sky again. Jey dares Riddle to go over to Orton, but then runs in again, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans fire up! Jimmy tags in and CLUBS Riddle down! Jimmy wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fights up and throws elbows. Jimmy keeps Riddle away from Orton, Riddle keeps fighting, but he ROCKS Jimmy with a forearm!
Jimmy still holds onto Riddle’s hand and wrangles him into the mat! Jimmy drags Riddle up to snap suplex, cover, TWO! Back to the chinlock! Riddle fights up, throws body shots then fireman’s carries. Jimmy rains down elbows to fight that off, but then he gloats too long! BRO TO SLEEP! Fans fire up, Riddle crawls but so does Jimmy. Hot tags to Jey and Orton! Orton rallies on Jey with big clotheslines, then dodges to POWERSLAM! And one for Jimmy! Jey is on the apron, Orton brings him in through the ropes but Jey drops down to drag Orton out! Orton blocks the desk bump to give the desk bump! And a DESK BACK SUPLEX!
Orton puts Jey in, dodges Jimmy and gives him a DESK BACK SUPLEX! Orton goes in, Jey mule kicks hard! Jey runs in but Orton puts him on the apron, and then gets him in the ropes! DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the fans, and he hears the voices! Jey slowly rises, turns around, but denies the RKO! Mule kick again, then an uppercut! Then a SUPERKICK! Riddle tags in, and KICKS away on Jey! Jey shoves, Riddle comes back and spins to PELE! Jimmy is in as Riddle kips up, ripcord to FINAL FLASH! Riddle forearm smashes Jey for a BROSPLODER! Then forearm smash and BRO- NO! Jimmy fights! But Riddle still BROSPLODERS! And then a BROTON!
BROTON onto knees from Jey! Jey reels Riddle in, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jey slowly rises, fans rally up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Jey crawls, Jimmy tags in but Riddle whips Jey. Jey reverses and Jimmy sets up, POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, TWO! Riddle survives and Jimmy is frustrated. Jimmy drags Riddle up but Riddle throws forearms! Riddle gets the edge, Jey tags in, Jimmy RAMS into Riddle! GAMANGIRI from Jey, SUPERKICK from Jimmy! The Usos set up, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Orton! They then aim at Riddle, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Cover, TWO!!?? HOW?!?
Jey drags Riddle up, tags Jimmy in, and then Jey fireman’s carries. But Riddle fights free to shove Jey into a POST! Jimmy SUPERKI- NO, Riddle blocks! But he gets a DRAGON WHIPO! Orton tags in but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Jimmy shoves Riddle to SUPERKICK him, too! Jimmy hurries to a corner but Riddle isn’t legal! Jimmy reaches the top, leaps, but into an RKO!! Cover, RKBRO wins!!
Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall (Raw: 4; SmackDown: 1)
Orton makes the save #OuttaNowher and now Raw is dominating! Raw’s already won the best of seven for the night, but will Raw’s tag team champions have only tougher competition coming for them on Monday?
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are on the phone.
What a great show! Seamless! They’ll call back. Vince walks in and he thanks them for doing what they’re doing on Raw and SmackDown. They thank him and- Wait. Where’s the Egg of Cleopatra?! Who took Vince’s $100 million egg!? Call the cops! Sonya’s on it. Pearce isn’t sure this is needed, but Vince thinks on who it was that might’ve taken it. A staffer? A crew? A superstar? Wait, this is Brooklyn. But Pearce nods towards the superstars. Vince has Pearce go interrogate the superstars to find that egg. The Rock is gonna be so mad… Find whodunnit! And if they don’t confess by tonight, Vince is coming to Raw!
10 Woman Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
We saw The Boss take charge and establish herself as the leader, but it was really only Shotzi Blackheart who wanted to smack Sasha Banks down. Will they, Shayna Baszler, Natalya and Toni Storm be able to hold it together? Or will Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, Carmella and Zelina Vega solidify Raw’s win this year?
The teams sort out and the Lightning From Down Under starts against the Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE. Mella boasts, then ROCKS Toni with a forearm! Mella tags out, she needs her mask. Vega is in, Toni DECKS Vega! Toni drags Vega from the ropes, Vega lands on her feet and elbows her! Vega stomps away, then JUMP KICKS! Vega kicks Toni down, runs and KNEES Toni down! Mella tags in, Vega helps her put on the mask, but it is taking too long! Rhea throws Zelina down, Toni rolls Mella up! Toni ELIMINATES Mella! Rhea shrugs, the mask is the one to blame. Fans rally for Toni while Mella shouts at Mella, but Rhea gets in Vega’s face.
The EST gets in, so Sasha wants in! Toni tags and we get a WrestleMania rematch! Until Shotzi tags in and pushes Sasha aside. Shotzi and Bianca tie up, Bianca powers Shotzi back but Shotzi turns it around in the corner. The ref counts, Shotzi lets off but they tie up again. Bianca shoves Shotzi down, waistlocks and SLAMS her down! Shotzi fights up, Bianca SLAMS her down again! Shotzi elbows, but Bianca scoops! Shotzi slips out and throws Bianca down tot hen SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shotzi pushes Bianca down, stomps her, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Shotzi bridges, Bianca rolls, gets up and STRADDLES Shotzi down! Bianca stomps Shotzi, and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!
Bianca tags Liv and Liv climbs up. Bianca brings Shotzi over to bump off Liv’s knees. Liv hits a FLYING TAKEDOWN! Cover, TWO! Liv brings Shotzi over but Shotzi JAWBREAKERS, JAWBREAKERS and ROCKS Liv! Tag to Natty and the Queen of Harts stomps to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Liv fights Natty to a sunset flip, TWO! Liv swings, Natty O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Liv trips Natty to jackknife, TWO as Natty bridges and spins Liv around. Natty CHOPS Liv then taunts the fans, but Liv whips Natty to a corner. Liv runs in but only gets buckles! Rebound atomic sit-down! Natty steps on Liv, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty gets Liv up, Liv sunset flips, TWO! Liv basement dropkicks Natty back! Liv drags Natty up, throws forearms then tags in Rhea. Rhea brings Natty up and reels her in for a short arm clothesline! And another! Natty swings but into a ripcord HEADBUTT! Rhea runs to basement dropkick Natty! Cover, TWO! Rhea stares down the SmackDown team but Natty SLAPS her! Rhea scowls, Natty ducks the clothesline to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea ends up in SmackDown territory, tag to Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Harts and Queen of Spades double suplex and stall before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shayna has the arm, stands on Rhea’s head, then isolates the arm!
Shayna lets the hair down but Rhea blocks the stomp! Rhea gets up, wags her finger, and ROCKS Shayna with a right! Pump handle but Shayna fights to gut wrench SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shayna DECKS Bianca for good measure before she knocks Rhea to a corner, Shayna runs in but Rhea dodges the knee! Rhea pushes Shayna into buckles and fans rally up! Shotzi trips Sasha! There’s the dysfunction again. Rhea and Shayna throw forearms back and forth, Rhea kicks but Shayna dodges to forearm! Rhea back elbows! Rhea pump handles but Shayna fights the Riptide! Rhea RAMS Shayna into a corner, then digs her shoulder in!
Rhea puts Shayna up top but Shayna fights her to a TRIANGLE TAKEDOWN! Rhea flails but Shayna has the ARMBAR! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Rhea fights up, throws Shayna off and STOMPS away on her! Rhea pump handles but Shotzi gets in to BOOT Rhea down! Liv ENZIGURIS Shotzi! Natty DISCUS LARIATS Liv! Vega wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS Natty! Toni SHOTGUNS Vega down! Rhea is up, spins Toni around to HOOK KICK! Shayna creeps up to spin Rhea and KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Rhea BACKPACK SENTONS out of it! Both women are down, crawling, hot tags to Sasha and Bianca!
Fans fire up as now we get the WrestleMania rematch! Sasha shoves, Bianca shoves back. Sasha shoves again, then spins around to crucifix! Bianca throws her off but Sasha ROCKS her! Knuckle lock, up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Bianca handsprings through to go up and say “Kiss this!” Then she flips up and over Sasha to swagger around. Bianca hurdle, Sasha wheelbarrows and drags Bianca down! BANK STATEMENT!! Bianca flails, crawls, reaches out, but Sasha rolls her back! Only for Bianca to fireman’s carry! Sasha fights free, runs, but leaps into Bianca’s arms! Bianca gives her a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Bianca kips up, handsprings, knocks Natty off but Sasha gets Bianca! Bianca backs her into buckles, gets free, but runs into DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Sasha reels Bianca in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, Rhea breaks it! Rhea staggers up but Sasha DECKS her! Sasha stalks Bianca, reels her in, but Bianca arm-drags free! Bianca gives Sasha a SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO! Sasha escapes but Bianca gets her up to the torture rack! KISS OF- NO! Sasha lands on her feet, has the hair, but Bianca reels her in, only to get a tilt-o-whirl! Vega tags in, Bianca elbows Sasha down! Bianca picks up the Queen to TOSS her onto Sasha! Cover, TWO!
Vega is frustrated but she KICKS Sasha, runs, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Sasha is in the corner, JUMP KICK! Vega runs back in to METEORA! Vega waves to her subjects, then hops onto Sasha! Sasha blocks Code Red to SWING Vega into buckles! Tag to Toni, BACKSTABBER feed to the RUBY CUTTER!! Cover, Toni ELIMINATES Vega! But then Liv runs in, turns Toni around, backslide! TWO and Toni BOOTS Liv! Toni runs in but Liv goes up and over. Toni comes back, Liv goes Matrix! Roll up, TWO!! HEADBUTT from Toni, and then she gets Liv for a waistlock. Liv fights, switches, O’Conner Roll but Shayna breaks it!
Liv ROCKS Shayna, goes back to Toni, LIV BREAKER! But Shayna gets Liv for a whip! Liv reverses to send Shayna out, ObLIVion to Toni! Cover, Liv ELIMINATES Toni! Liv waits but Shayna gets her! Liv slips out of the klutch to victory roll, TWO! Liv fires off on Shayna, kicks low then KICKS again! ObLIV- NO! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Shayna DECKS Rhea to prevent the tag! Shayna drags Liv over, Shotzi tags in! Liv breaks free, Shotzi climbs but then Sasha tags off Shotzi. Shotzi SPLASHES, Sasha FROG SPLASHES! Cover, Sasha ELIMINATES Liv! 4-2, SmackDown has the advantage! Rhea steps in, Sasha blocks the boot to KNEE back!
Sasha DECKS Bianca, but Rhea HEADBUTTS Sasha! Rhea brings Sasha around, double pump handle now, and she flips Sasha into a stalling suplex! Rhea walks around to then SLAM Sasha down! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed but she goes to the corner. Rhea climbs up, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Rhea fires up and gets Sasha, but Shotzi tags in! Shayna tags in, Sasha BACKSTABBER to Rhea! Shotzi and Shayna work together, ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Then the rest of the team takes out Bianca! Shayna covers and ELIMINATES Rhea! Bianca gets in but Shayna is all over her! Natty tags in, they mug Bianca, but Bianca rolls Natty up! TWO, and Bianca spins Natty to a suplex!
The StrongEST holds Natty up then SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Bianca BLASTS the SmackDown corner, bumps Natty off buckles and RAMS her shoulder in! Bianca climbs up to rain down fists, but has to jump over Shayna! Shayna turns around to be thrown out, but Natty POWERBOMBS Bianca! High stack, TWO! Bianca is down, Sasha tags in. But Shotzi tags in, too? Shotzi and Sasha fight now, but Sasha throws Shotzi out! Shotzi drags Sasha out and Shayna wants them to stop, they’re winning! But then Sasha shoves Shotzi into Shayna and Shayna goes after Sasha! Sasha argues with Shayna, Natty grabs Sasha, Sasha SLAPS her!
But Sasha gets COUNTED OUT!! Sasha has been ELIMINATED! At this point, the team doesn’t care anymore, they’ll just take care of Bianca themselves. Bianca fights them off, but Natty gets her from behind! DISCUS LARIAT! Natty gets the legs, for the SHARPSHOOTER! Bianca crawls, reaches out, but Shayna is there. Bianca rolls to send Natty into Shayna! Natty comes back into a cradle! Bianca ELIMINATES Natty! Bianca is making a comeback all alone! She ducks Shayna, rolls her, TWO! Shayna KNEES Bianca down! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Bianca slips out, chicken wings, GlamEST SLAM! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Shayna!!
Bianca and Shotzi fire off forearms, Bianca RAMS Shotzi into the corner! Shotzi elbows Bianca, BOOTS her, then goes up the corner to reel Bianca into a headscissors! DRAPING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Shotzi lets off and then climbs up. CROSSBODY! But Bianca rolls through! Bianca powers Shotzi up but Shotzi fights with elbows! Shotzi hits a SLING-DOG! Bianca is on the ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Bianca is the toughEST so Shotzi hurries to keep on Bianca. Cravat, SLICED- NO! Bianca DUMPS Shotzi on the buckles! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins for Raw!
Winners: Team Raw, by pinfall; Bianca Belair is the SOLE SURVIVOR (Raw: 5; SmackDown: 1)
Bianca wins it all by herself! Will this help her reESTablish herself in the Raw Women’s Division?
Paul Heyman is again surprised by Kayla Braxton.
Can she please stop doing that? And he knows what she’ll ask: a question! Get it? Heh. Heyman says he doesn’t know a thing about the Egg of Cleopatra. But if you’re looking for a suspect, this is an arena full of people from Brooklyn! ‘Ey, oh, ey, how you doin’? No she wasn’t going to ask about that. She’s talking about the rumors that Brock Lesnar’s suspension is no longer indefinite. Heyman sighs. Go ask Adam PEARCE that question since Pearce has a problem with Brrrock. Lesnarrr. Heyman heads out, but if it isn’t indefinite, how long will Lesnar have to wait until he can come back for Roman?
Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Raw has already won Survivor Series in more ways than one, but this isn’t about the brands. The New Day has been on the receiving end of the Bloodline’s beatdowns, but the Powerhouse of Positivity won’t stand for that! Will the WWE World Champion make the Reigning, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion ACKNOWLEDGE E? Or will the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, be the one left standing at the end of the night?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Roman powers Big E but Big E powers Roman to a corner. The ref counts the break, Big E lets off cleanly. Roman and Big E circle again, tie up, and they go around. Big E shoves Roman to the corner, then storms over. Roman bails out to cool things off. Heyman gives Roman a pep talk, “Whose tribe is this, my Tribal Chief?” Big E tells Roman to get his mind right before coming back. Roman goes up the steps to get in at 8 of 10. He and Big E tie up, Roman waistlocks. Big E switches, Roman elbows the lift and gets free. Roman ROCKS Big E but Big E ROCKS Roman! Roman forearms again, Big E hits back!
Big E whips but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Roman rains down fists, then stomps away on Big E. Roman paces, brings Big E up and bumps him off buckles. Roman fires off more haymakers, bumps him off more buckles, then throws more haymakers. Roman whips Big E to ropes but Big E reverses. Roman KICKS back, runs, but Big E drops then hurdles! Big E CLOBBERS Roman with an elbow! Cover, ONE! Big E KICKS Roman to the corner, then drags him to the apron. Big E CLUBS away on Roman, goes to the apron, and SPLASHES but only gets apron! Roman knew that move well and Big E is clutching a knee.
Roman slides out the side, comes in around the way, and hits a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Big E is down and raises a finger up. Fans are torn as Roman gets Big E up and into the ring. Big E flounders to a corner, Roman storms over and stomps, punches, and rains down on Big E. The ref backs Roman off, Big E gets up but Roman DECKS him with an uppercut! Cover, ONE! Roman is annoyed but he comes back to drop an elbow on Big E! Cover, ONE! Roman wraps on a chinlock and grinds Big E down. Big E endures, fights up, throws body shots, but runs into Roman’s elbow! Cover, TWO! Big E shakes out the cobwebs but Heyman says Big E is trying to humiliate Roman.
Roman hears the fans rallying up for Big E and gets upset. Roman drags Big E up, but Big E ROCKS him with forearms! Big E whips Roman to a corner but runs into a BOOT! Roman runs and BOOTS Big E down! Cover, TWO! Roman is again annoyed at the fans chanting for Big E. “Shut your mouths, Brooklyn! Or I’ll come out there and slap those mouths!” Roman throws Big E out, goes out after him and CLUBS him. Roman POSTS Big E and Big E falls! Roman drags Big E up, POSTS him again, then refreshes the count. Roman wants another count to beat up on Big E. “This ain’t New Day, this ain’t no comedy crap here.” Roman whips but Big E reverses and Roman is sent into steps!
Both men are down on the outside as the ring count climbs! The count is past 5, Big E and Roman get up. Big E and Roman both get in at 9! Roman shakes out his bad arm while Big E slowly rises. Roman is up in a corner, Big E counters the punch with an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Roman flounders up, runs in and Big E gets him for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Big E swivels them hips! Big E runs and BIG SPLASHES! Big E claps and the fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Roman slowly rises, Big E spins him, dodges the clothesline but not the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Big E crawls to a corner.
Big E slowly gets up, Roman storms over and throws point-blank lariats! Roman gets all the way to 9, Big E clinches! Roman punches his way out, then runs in, to hit the tenth! Big E staggers around, Roman runs in again, but into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E focuses, gets Roman around and has the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Roman can only endure as he hangs upside-down! Even Heyman is shocked! Roman powers up to sunset flip! TWO, Roman DEADLIFTS Big E for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and Heyman coaches Roman. Roman rises, goes to the corner and fans are torn as he locks ‘n’ loads.
Roman aims, runs in but Big E dodges to come back, but into Roman’s URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Big E survives and Roman can’t believe it! Fans chant “ROCKY! ROCKY!” while Roman slowly gets back up. Roman grits his teeth, talks to himself as he adjusts his glove and reloads. SUPERMAN PUNCH! But Big E only drops to a knee?! Big E is powering up and fans fire up with him! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Big E drops, but he pounds the mat?! Big E is getting back up and fans fire up more! Roman reloads, SUPERMAN PUNCH AGAIN!! Roman goes back to the corner to talk trash to the fans, saying he’ll hit as many as he punches as he has to to win!
Roman lets out the battle cry, but Big E is just staring Roman down! Roman runs, into a scoop! But he slips off, shoves, but Big E sends Roman out! Big E runs to SPEAR Roman off the apron! Big E is all fired up as he puts Roman back in! Roman rebounds to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman can’t believe it! Fans are dueling as Big E and Roman slowly rise. Roman hears it and is in further disbelief. Roman talks trash to Big E, “You don’t deserve to be in this ring here, you understand?” Roman facelocks but Big E RAMS him into the corner! Big E sees Roman on the apron again, builds speed again, but Roman blocks the spear to a GUILLOTINE in the ropes!
The ref counts, Roman lets go at 4 and then HOTSHOTS Big E! Roman gets back in, brings Big E back up, GUILLOTINE! And with the body scissors! Big E somehow stays on his feet, and gets a second wind! Big E scoops Roman around for a BIG ENDING!! Cover, but ROPEBREAK! Roman saves himself and Big E can’t believe it. Big E fires up and fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Big E goes back to Roman but Roman flops off the apron. Big E goes out, and he smacks Roman off the desk! “You think this is a game?!” He POSTS Roman! Big E RAMS Roman into barriers! Fans fire up as Big E paces around.
Big E gets in the ring just to refresh the count. He goes back to Roman, “I’ve been waiting for this moment.” Big E gets Roman up, brings him around and whips, but Roman reverses to send Big E into steel steps! Big E tumbles over, clutching his knee! Roman catches his breath, then runs in to jump off the steps, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman gets Big E back in the ring, but Big E scoops! But Roman slips out to STOMP the bad leg! And then SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (Raw: 5; SmackDown: 2)
The Tribal Chief finds a way to win, and proves he is the supreme champion in the WWE! Will he continue to be the one on top of the mountain all the way through the holidays? As for Big E, will this loss to Roman cause a ripple affect for his reign on Raw?
A pretty good Survivor Series, but look at that. Another heavily Raw biased booking from Vince. Priest VS Nakamura was a good kickoff match but Nakamura didn’t even really win that because they wanted to push “The Damian inside” for Priest. I wish WWE knew what the hell they were doing with the King of Strong Style. Maybe the build to #WWEDay1 makes Nakamura and the Intercontinental Championship look good. Also they changed to logo for Day 1 so… Okay. Still would’ve rather had TLC. The Women’s Champions opening was a surprise, but what an awesome match! We may not have wanted a title swap, but we got a match that made it all pay off. Becky winning with ropes was a bit of a surprise but I suppose this was one way to keep things alive between the two.
I really thought the Battle Royal would be before the 5v5 matches, and I was wishing that the pizza boxes were closer to ringside so someone could be thrown out onto the pizza. At the same time, that’d be a waste of pizza and then the Profits wouldn’t get to be pizza Robin Hoods, throwing them out to random fans. Battle royals are definitely the perfect match for Omos because he’s so big. Then in the Tag Champions match, I did not expect RKBRO to win. I thought the Bloodline would’ve held it down for SmackDown, but I guess this goes with the Raw bias. At the same time, fans love RKBRO, I’m sure this win was to acknowledge that.
The Men’s 5v5 being first was another surprise, but it was a great match. Kevin walking out was an awesome Heel move, they cleverly gave us a double slingblade spot from Rollins and Balor, and Rollins being Sole Survivor is huge. I think that will feed a lot of momentum into his title match with Big E. Meanwhile, the Women’s 5v5 felt like a mess, and I’m pretty sure fans were either doing the wave or Beach Ball Mania off camera during the middle of it. It was too much story of the Sasha Shotzi dysfunction that wasn’t even consistent. At least copy the “misunderstanding” Sheamus had with Hardy for Shotzi and Sasha. Anything else was forced and awkward, especially considering Bianca makes a huge comeback to win as a sole survivor.
I know Red Notice is a hit with The Rock, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot in it, but did it have to be integrated into the show? Of course, I’m remembering back to Batista’s move with the zombies influencing a match during ThunderDome Era so I guess this is just going to be a thing every time WWE can line up a PPV with one of their stars’ big movies. Makes me wonder what we’ll get when Black Adam debuts. That said, using that gold egg as a plot point is weird, and literally a Vince idea with Vince being involved in the promos. Couldn’t they just have used it for a Gobbledy Gooker gag?
Lesnar’s “suspension” being “lifted” is clearly an indicator that we’re on the build to the Royal Rumble where Lesnar will go after Roman. Roman VS Big E was awesome stuff, though the pacing was a bit slugging at a point. Roman winning cleanly was the biggest surprise of this, but I suppose it is better that we didn’t get something overbooked with the Usos and Woods and whoever else getting involved. Roman still wins, as expected, and he’ll definitely address Lesnar no longer being suspended on SmackDown while Rollins rubs in his win and Big E’s loss in on Raw.
My Score: 8.6/10
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
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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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