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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/5/21)

BOSJ, Round 9!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion finally take over?

We’re entering the Best of the Super Juniors homestretch, but El Desperado still isn’t in the lead! Will he get closer to that with a win over Bushi?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS SHO; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-2, 12 points
El Desperado: 4-3-1, 9 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3-1, 9 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-4, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-4, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-4, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-4, 8 points
Bushi: 4-4, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-4, 8 points
YOH: 4-4, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-5, 6 points
Douki: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori!

Japones Del Mal is not in the running, but he can be a spoiler for everyone he faces next! Will Bone Soldier Reborn be the first run Douki ruins?

The bell rings and Taiji goes right at Douki with a low kick! Taiji whips, Douki reverses, Douki hurdles and rolls back but Taiji throws him down, only for Douki kip up and arm-drag Taiji away. Douki blocks the haymaker to knuckle lock, CHOP, go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Taiji bails out, Douki slingshots to the apron but Taiji disrupts the asai moonsault! Fans cheer the exchange, and Taiji drags Douki up to whip him into railing. Taiji wraps Douki’s arm around railing and pulls! The ref reprimands, Taiji hammerlocks the arm to POST Douki’s shoulder! While the ref checks on Douki, Taiji goes to the blue corner and unties the buckle pad. The Bullet Club special comes into play!

A ring count starts, Douki slowly gets up and stands at 10 of 20. Douki gets in at 11 but Taiji is right on him. Taiji wrenches the arm, hammerlocks, and RAMS Douki into the bare buckles! Douki writhes, the ref reprimands, but Taiji covers, ONE! Fans cheer but Taiji traps an arm to pull on the other. Douki endures as Taiji moves the arm around, then Taiji SNAPS it back! Douki writhes and clutches his shoulder but Taiji looms over him. Taiji slaps Douki around, brings him up, but Douki throws body shots and CHOPS! Taiji CLUBS Douki, drags him up and scoops, but Douki slips off to roll-up! TWO and Taiji BOOTS Douki! Taiji runs but into a dropkick!

Both men are down and fans rally up. Taiji goes to a corner, Douki goes to the other. Douki runs in to clothesline, then he runs, only for Taiji to dodge. Douki wheelbarrows and arm-drags, then dodges to springboard back elbow! Fans fire up as Douki runs and he DOUBLE STOMPS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Taiji up, hooks him up, but Taiji resists the Gory Especial. Douki spins Taiji around, knees him low then whips, but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taiji and Douki go to opposite corners again, and this time Taiji runs corner to corner.

Taiji blocks boots, puts Douki in the ropes to ENZIGURI and SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Taiji drags Douki up, and POSTS him in the bare corner! Taiji then drags Douki back to wrench the bad arm, ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji runs, but Douki blocks the boot to hook Taiji up! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO! Taiji rushes in but into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji endures, fans rally up, and Taiji reaches out to ropebreak! Douki lets go, goes to the apron, and takes aim. Slingshot, but no Daybreak! Taiji powers Douki up and around to CIPHER- NO! Douki turns that into a wheelbarrow! But Taiji fights the full nelson and switches, but Douki elbows him away.

Douki goes to run but Taiji reels him in. Douki breaks free, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Douki goes back to the apron, slingshot, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives but Douki fires up! Fans rally up more and Douki brings Taiji into the wheelbarrow. Taiji arm-drags then FUJIWARA! BONE LOCK!! Douki endures, crawls, but Taiji rolls Douki away from ropes! Taiji facelocks but Douki slips out and rolls him up, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji fights up but Douki pulls harder on the hold! Fans rally, Taiji starts to fade, but he fights back up. Douki rolls him from ropes but Taiji drags Douki up!

Douki fights Bloody Cross to torture rack, but Taiji slips out of the swinging slam! Taiji tilt-o-whirls for the takedown! BONE LOCK!! Douki crawls, Taiji rolls him from ropes and pulls way back! Douki taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Bone Solder is still alive in the BOSJ! Will he still have a chance to reach the finals this year?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Direct Drive broke even by getting a huge win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! But will the Heel Master get revenge on El Desperado’s behalf? Or will Yoh continue this incredible comeback run?

Yoh makes his entrance and Kanemaru attacks! Kanemaru kicks and CLUBS Yoh against the railing, the ref reprimands but Kanemaru whips Yoh into railing! The bell rings to get this on record as Kanemaru stomps Yoh down. Kanemaru drags Yoh up to CLUB him on the neck, then whips him towards more railing. But Yoh grabs the post to swing himself into the ring! Kanemaru hurries to the apron, Yoh dropkicks him down! Yoh then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh stomps Kanemaru now, then drags him up to put in the ring. Fans cheer as Yoh continues to stomp Kanemaru. Yoh drags Kanemaru up to forearm, whip, pass and drop toehold!

Yoh adds the basement dropkick, covers, TWO! Yoh drags Kanemaru back up, CLUBS him on the neck now, and fans rally up. Yoh snapmares to chinlock but Kanemaru endures. Kanemaru fights up, pries at the hold, but Yoh squeezes tighter. Kanemaru powers up but can’t power out as Yoh holds tight! Yoh grinds the hold, Kanemaru fights up and throws body shots. Kanemaru gets the leg for a SHINBREAKER! He holds on to CLUB the leg, then dropkick it out! Yoh writhes but Kanemaru stomps Yoh. Kanemaru gets the leg, drags Yoh around and YANKS the leg. Kanemaru gets the leg again to drop elbows on the knee and then trap it in a toehold.

Yoh endures, fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru twists the foot. The fans rally, Yoh drives elbowsinto Kanemaru but Kanemaru pulls on the foot more. Yoh drags himself and Kanemaru over to the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps the leg. Yoh goes to the apron but Kanemaru still drops a knee on the bad knee! Kanemaru baseball slide dropkicks Yoh to the floor! Fans rally up while Kanemaru watches Yoh. The ring count starts but Kanemaru goes out to CLUB Yoh’s leg! Kanemaru wraps the leg around railing and BOOTS the railing to jam the leg! Yoh falls over but Kanemaru just SMASHES the knee into the floor!

Yoh clutches his knee and Kanemaru leaves him behind as the ring count starts again. The count is 10 of 20 before Yoh gets up. Yoh hobbles in at 12, Kanemaru has the leg to trip Yoh and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Yoh endures, powers out, reaches out, crawls his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration, and he stomps Yoh’s leg again. Kanemaru kicks Yoh, then stomps the leg. Yoh CHOPS back, but Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Yoh writhes, Kanemaru kicks at Yoh again. Kanemaru throws a haymaker but Yoh comes back with a forearm. Kanemaru kicks the leg again, runs, but Yoh blocks the boot! Kanemaru rakes the eyes!

Kanemaru whips but Yoh FLYING FOREARMS back! Both men are down and fans rally up. Kanemaru rolls to a corner, Yoh drags himself up. Yoh runs in and back elbows, then wrenches an arm, only for Kanemaru to duck the clothesline. Kanemaru waistlocks, Yoh switches, but Kanemaru elbows free. Kanemaru runs, but Yoh handsprings to dodge! But the bad leg slows him down! Yoh still dodges the clothesline to NECKBREAKER! Yoh gets Kanemaru back up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yoh stands and brings Kanemaru around. Yoh full nelsons but Kanemaru breaks free, only to end up in a waistlock.

Kanemaru holds off the lift, mule kicks the leg, but Yoh EuroUppers. Yoh runs, Kanemaru dodges and runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Yoh shoves Kanemaru away. Kanemaru ducks the superkick and dropkicks Yoh’s leg out again! Fans rally but Kanemaru gets the FIGURE FOUR! Yoh endures as Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can on the hold! Fans rally as Yoh reaches out. Yoh pries at the hold but Kanemaru applies more pressure. Yoh moves around, crawls over, but Kanemaru drags him away from ropes! Kanemaru pulls on Yoh’s foot but Yoh keeps reaching and crawling! ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go at 4, drags Yoh back up, and scoops for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up but Kanemaru drags Yoh around to crotch lift for a FACEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Kanemaru goes up the corner! Kanemaru waits for Yoh to stand, DEEP- NO! Yoh gets around, but Kanemaru denies the O’Conner Roll. Tilt-o-whirl DDT! Yoh staggers, dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fans rally as both men stir. Yoh gets up and fires himself up! Yoh drags Kanemaru up, underhooks the arms, but Kanemaru blocks and slips out to victory roll! TWO and Yoh sits on the cover, TWO! Kanemaru has the victory roll back, TWO! Dropkick to the leg!

Kanemaru gets the legs and steps through, but Yoh rolls him back into the FIVE STAR CLUTCH! YOH WINS!!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another shocker for Direct Drive! Is Yoh going to propel himself to the top with this momentum?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo!

The Funky Weapon lost to the Ticking Timebomb while The Headbanga asserted Bullet Club dominance over the Murder Machine. But now, Taguchi and ELP meet again after their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship rivalry. Will Taguchi win and expose “that” in ELP’s boot? Or will his pursuit of the truth cost him the match?

Taguchi does a jump off the corner and then holds his right foot. ELP already knows he’s just mocking his “not” loaded boot. ELP holds his sunglasses out to a fan, but then makes him reach. ELP says too bad, and then gives the glasses to Milano Collection AT. ELP then says this is a clean match, there’s nothing in his boot. The bell rings, fans rally and the two dance around to the clapping. They get the fans to rally a bit more, and it’s starting to look like a 2D fighter with how these two are approaching. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but ELP gets around to waistlock. Taguchi pries the hold open and wrenches to wristlock. ELP rolls, kips up and wrenches back.

Taguchi rolls, kips but falls. Taguchi keeps trying but he can’t quite get up. The ref helps Taguchi kip up and Taguchi wrenches! ELP gets away and tells the ref he can’t help Taguchi! “No! No! Bad referee.” ELP is saying Taguchi is cheating but Taguchi gives the ref a thumbs up. ELP and Taguchi reset, fans rally up, and ELP gets them on the “E! L P!” rhythm. ELP gets around to waistlock then headlock Taguchi. Taguchi powers out, things speed up, Taguchi keeps ELP moving, but then ELP whips Taguchi to turn the tables. ELP keeps Taguchi moving with the bypass and drop down but Taguchi seems to be slowing down. Fans rally and they keep going!

Taguchi trips over ELP and ELP covers, TWO! ELP shows off with jumping jacks and fans rally back up. ELP drags Taguchi up, ROCKS him with a right, then another. Taguchi ends up in a corner, ELP whips but Taguchi reverses. ELP goes up and over, rolls back, and cartwheels to show off more. ELP even handstands and jumps out of the ring to strut about. ELP then slingshots back into the ring to do drop steps and a Quebrada! ELP poses and fans applaud. ELP takes a bow, then he dares Taguchi to show his athleticism. ELP whips Taguchi corner to corner, Taguchi goes up and over and rolls and cartwheels, then shows off his dance moves.

Taguchi then rolls out to dance around ringside as fans rally, then Taguchi gets back in to hop up, but then hop down. Fans cheer as Taguchi strikes a pose. ELP asks, “You guys think that’s good? Sugoi, huh? BOO!” ELP shoves Taguchi so Taguchi shoves back. ELP pushes a shoulder, so Taguchi pushes back. ELP pats Taguchi on the face and Taguchi pretends like it hurt. Taguchi gives ELP a bit of a pec check, so ELP “kicks” Taguchi in the shins. Not quite Freshly Squeezed but Taguchi says something and ELP asks for a translation. Taguchi is simply saying ELP kicked him. ELP returns the pec check, and some slaps.

Taguchi wants to purple nurple but ELP slaps the hands away and stomps the foot! Taguchi clutches his foot, surely “that” is in ELP’s boot after all! Taguchi has wobbly legs, but ELP BITES Taguchi’s hand! Knuckle lock, CHOP, and ELP goes up and up and jumps around to then leap and PURPLE NURPLE! Then DOUBLE! The ref reprimands, ELP lets off and argues with the ref. ELP swings but Taguchi blocks the chop! Taguchi knuckle locks, he goes up and up, then tightrope walks! Fans rally as he goes slowly and carefully, but ELP says he’s got him. Fans rally up more, Taguchi tries the jump trick but ends up crotching himself!

ELP shoves Taguchi down and out, and Taguchi is stiff as a board! ELP goes out to fetch Taguchi but he isn’t even sure if Taguchi is okay. ELP drags Taguchi up and into the ring, then struts around on the apron as fans rally up. ELP has them change to the “E! L P!” rhythm again before he slingshots, only for Taguchi to slowly roll away. So ELP handstands and walks for the SENTON! Cover, TWO! ELP drags Taguchi up, wrenches and wristlocks, then shouts for Taguchi to tap out. Taguchi fights up, throws body shots, then runs, ducks and dodges, but ELP avoids the hip attack! Taguchi crashes and burns! ELP drags Taguchi back up, wrenches and wristlocks again, then hammerlocks.

Taguchi steps through the ropes, then back in to have ELP’s arm wrapped around ropes! Taguchi hip attacks the arm! Taguchi runs, into an atomic drop! But ELP holds that foot, “that” is a bit double-edged. Taguchi HIP ATTACKS ELP down! Fans fire up as Taguchi hip attacks ELP against the ropes, then again! Then slide for the APRON HIP! Taguchi aims as fans rally up, and Taguchi springboards for the MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags ELP up, snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “OHYA~!” Taguchi runs in, but ELP rolls him up! TWO! ELP rakes Taguchi’s eyes!

ELP tunes up the band, but Taguchi blocks and rolls ELP! TWO, Taguchi backslides! TWO! Taguchi small packages, TWO and ELP has the package! TWO and it’s back to Taguchi! ROLLING PACKAGE! They end up breaking, and both men stagger around dizzily. ELP wants a timeout! Taguchi says no, but his enziguri whiffs! ELP drags Taguchi up, straitjacket torture rack, SWINGING- No, wait, that just makes ELP dizzier. ELP falls out of the ring, Taguchi gets in the ropes to stay in. ELP gets back and Taguchi is stuck? ELP tunes up, but Taguchi drops to avoid Sudden Death! ELP crotches himself on ropes and Taguchi covers! TWO, and ELP low blows as he kicks out!

ELP drags himself to the apron and dry heaves from getting hit low. ELP claims he needs to clean up but Taguchi grabs him. The ref is looking to see if ELP actually barfed, and ELP fakes Taguchi out to mule kick low! ELP wrenches the wristlock, Taguchi taps!! ELP WINS!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by submission (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

ELP used trickery, but the record book is going to show that Taguchi tapped out to a simple wristlock! Will this ensure the Headbanga is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS SHO!

All of Chaos was betrayed when High Voltage joined the House of Torture. Will the Sniper of the Skies get his own revenge on the Murder Machine? Or will he be just another victim of Sho’s dark side?

The bell rings and Sho offers “Robbie-chan” a handshake. Robbie isn’t trusting that at all, so Sho tries a Too Sweet. Eagles kicks that, so Sho goes to ropes. The ref has Eagles stay back, but Eagles chases Sho around the ring. Sho stays near the ropes so Eagles has to stay back. Eagles dodges the sucker punch! Eagles wrenches Sho to a wristlock but Sho wrenches back, only for Eagles to roll and wrench Sho. Sho drops, trips Eagles and has the leg to then get the arm. Sho wrenches, Eagles uses ropes to flip through and wrench back! Eagles hammerlocks and fans cheer, but Sho hammerlocks back. Eagles reaches back to headlock and hit the takeover. Sho pulls hair, the ref reprimands.

Sho kicks around, gets the headscissor, but Eagles moves around to headstand and pop free. Eagles steps through but Sho kicks him away. Sho goes to ropes again but Eagles storms over. Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, and Eagles drops back. Sho stands on Eagles against the ropes, the ref counts, and Sho stops at 4. Sho brings Eagles up but Eagles blocks the whip. Sho rakes eyes! Sho whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Sho blocks the arm-drag. Sho whips, Eagles ducks and dodges but Sho blocks the rana! Sho brings Eagles up but Eagles pops off to back elbow. Eagles goes up to FLYING RANA! Sho gets up, into a WHEEL KICK!

Eagles kips up and Sho scrambles! Fans rally as Eagles builds speed, but Eagles fakes Sho out. Eagles runs and DIVES, but Sho makes a Young Lion take the hit! Sho then kicks Eagles and whips him into railing! Sho laughs at the Young Lion’s pain while he gets Eagles up and chokes him with his own bandana! Eagles throws elbows but can’t get free. The ref sees this and counts, Sho lets go at 4. Sho drags Eagles up, puts him in the ring, and stomps Eagles down. Sho brings Eagles up, bumps him off buckle then stomps away. Sho digs his boots in, the ref reprimands and counts, but Sho lets off at 4. Eagles CHOPS Sho, and chops again, and again!

Eagles throws forearms and ROCKS Sho, but Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! Sho shoves Eagles down then storms around. Eagles flounders, Sho gets the wrist and twists! Sho even bends the fingers! The ref counts, Sho lets go to bring Eagles up and around. Sho suplexes but Eagles blocks. Eagles suplexes but Sho blocks to bend the fingers! The ref counts, Sho CLUBS Eagles’ hand, then brings Eagles up for a suplex. Eagles slips out to rolling kick the leg, and BLINDSIDE CLOTHESLINE! Sho bails out, fans fire up and Eagles builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and they both crash into railing! Eagles checks on Milano Collection and he’s okay, so Eagles fires up.

Sho drags himself away but Eagles follows. Sho wants mercy but Eagles CHOPS him instead. The ring count climbs, Eagles drags Sho up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Eagles aims, springboards, and dropkicks the legs out! Eagles runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Eagles and he runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE! Sho BOOTS back but Eagles 619’s the legs out! Eagles then goes corner to corner again, METEORA! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Sho by a leg, Sho wants mercy and Eagles says this IS mercy. But Sho grabs Eagles’ bandana! Eagles gives Sho a spinning toehold! Eagles rolls Sho, hooks him up, but Sho pushes Eagles at the ref!

Sho runs in, Eagles saves the ref to ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE Sho down! Fans fire up, Eagles drags Sho around, cravat but Sho shoves him away. Eagles goes to the apron, springboards in, but Sho again shoves the ref at him! Eagles pushes the ref aside, but Sho SPEARS him down! Sho drags Eagles up, reels him in and double pump handles, but Eagles slips out of Shock Arrow! So Sho drags him down to SNAKE BITE! Eagles stays on his feet as fans rally, and he moves around to the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets go at 4 and Eagles flops down. Fans fire up as Eagles sputters but Sho twists the wrist again. Sho wrenches, kicks, kicks and KICKS away on Eagles’ chest!

Eagles falls over but Sho shakes his head. Sho drags Eagles up to kick, KICK and SUPER- NO! Eagles blocks to CHOP and hook, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! Eagles rolls to SUPERKICK Sho back down! Eagles goes up top and 450 FLOPS! Sho avoids the splash just in time and fans rally up as Eagles stirs. Sho runs in to PENALTY KICK the arm! Sho then has the arm for a KIMURA! Eagles moves around, waistlocks, but Sho switches. Eagles mule kicks the leg, cravats, SHIRA- NO! Sho shoves Eagles into the ref! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES Eagles down! Sho crawls his way to his corner, and he gets the wrench! Fans rally up as Eagles rises, but Sho takes aim.

Eagles ducks the wrench to dropkick Sho’s legs out! Fans fire up and Eagles has the wrench! The ref sees the wrench and wants Eagles to drop it. Eagles wants to use it but the ref stops him! So Sho reels Eagles in! Eagles blocks the low blow to SHIRA- NO, Sho slips out and elbows. Sho waistlocks but Eagles victory rolls! TWO, but Eagles schoolboys with bridge, TWO! Step through, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Sho endures, flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Fans fire up as Eagles puts more pressure! Sho taps, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

Now that is a shocker! The Murder Machine’s lead is slipping, will he end up not making it to the finals? As for Eagles, is this win going to help him fly higher than ever?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato!

Both Ticking Timebomb and Way of the Grandmaster won last round, but while one is so close to the top, the other is on the bubble. Will Hiromu pop that bubble for Wato? Or will his plans for the back-to-back tournament finals blow up in his face?

Hiromu’s page for Wato in his guide book reminds Wato of his brutal loss to Sho and his failed World Tag League run with Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They approach, Wato tests the waters with a kick but Hiromu avoids it. They tie up, Hiromu powers Wato to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Hiromu lets off slowly, but Wato avoids the chop to kick Hiromu! Wato CHOPS Hiromu, KICKS him agains tropes, then whips Hiromu to ropes. Hiromu reverses. hurdles, Wato leaps, and things keep moving. Hiromu follows Wato to RANA, but Wato handsprings through. Hiromu avoids the Penalty Kick, waistlocks, but Wato switches.

Hiromu elbows free, whips and corner clotheslines, then runs, but into the back elbow, uppercut and sobat! Fans cheer Wato and rally up as Wato stalks Hiromu. Hiromu sits up, Wato KICKS him! And KICKS! And KICKS! Hiromu eggs him on so Wato KICKS again! Wato runs but into a boot! Hiromu hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Hiromu lets go at 4 to drag Wato out and RAM him into railing! Hiromu brings Wato around and whips him at the post! Wato swings around the post to get in the ring! Hiromu gets on the apron, Wato dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as Wato aims, PLANCHA but Hiromu gets clear! Hiromu then whips Wato into railing!

Wato falls on the floor, Hiromu drags Wato up and brings him around to snap suplex to the floor! A ring count starts, Hiromu drags Wato up at 6 of 20 and puts him on the apron at 8. Hiromu hooks Wato’s arm sin the ropes and fans rally up. Hiromu gets space to run in and DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Hiromu drags Wato around, has the legs, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Wato clutches his throat, Hiromu drags him to a cover, TWO! Wato is still in this and fans rally up. Hiromu drags Wato up, but Wato CHOPS! Wato forearms, Hiromu DECKS him! Hiromu drags Wato up to scoop and SLAM! Hiromu gets the legs again, ties them up, and hits a Texas Cloverleaf LEG DDT!

Wato writhes, Hiromu gets the leg for a toehold, then a modified ARMBAR! Wato endures this unique submission, he reaches out for ropes, but Hiromu pulls him back in! Wato still fights so Hiromu rolls him to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up as Hiromu drags Wato up. Hiromu CHOPS Wato, CHOPS again, then whips. Wato blocks by holding ropes, so Hiromu CHOPS him again. Hiromu whips, Wato holds ropes and boots back. Wato BOOTS again, then runs in to RANA Hiromu down! Hiromu bails out, fans rally up and Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down on the outside.

The ring count starts, Wato crawls over to Hiromu at 5 of 20, drags him up at 10, and then puts him in at 12. Fans rally as Wato aims from the apron. Wato springboards for the FLYING UPPERCUT! Wato fiers up and fans rally as he waits on Hiromu. Hiromu rises, Wato KICKS him from all sides! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches, hooks Hiromu up, but Hiromu fights the Mouse Trap, so Wato makes it an OCTOPUS! Hiromu endures, Wato brings him from ropes, MOUSE- NO! Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Wato slips out. Wato runs in but Hiromu dodges to corner clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick!

Fans rally up, Hiromu gets up and drags Wato up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Wato fights. Hiromu throws Wato, Wato lands on his feet to knee low. Hiromu catches Wato’s clothesline to swing him around and jump, D! Wato is caught in the triangle hold and Hiromu squeezes tight! Fans rally as Wato endures, moves around, rolls, but Hiromu rolls Wato away from ropes! Wato high stacks, dead lifts, but Hiromu lets go to ROLLING ELBOW! Hiromu runs but Wato BOOTS! Wato runs but Hiromu LARIATS! Hiromu runs but Wato boots the lariat away to ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu goes down and fans fire up with Wato!

Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Wato goes to the corner. Wato climbs, but Hiromu rolls away. So Wato goes for the COUP DE GRACE instead!! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu ends up in another drop zone, Wato goes up top! R P P FLOPS!! Hiromu and Wato are both down and fans rally back up. They are in opposite corners, but Hiromu drags himself up. Wato also rises, runs in, but avoids the overhead suplex! Wato goes up but Hiromu drags him down with a waistlock but Wato switches. Wato avoids the elbow to kick, kick, sobat and KICK!

Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks, but Wato ducks the superkick to SUPERKICK! Hiromu HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but fans fire up again! Wato gets up, and he waints on Hiromu to get up. Hiromu guards but Wato kicks him in the back! Hiromu catches the kick to the front, but Wato ducks the clothesline. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu roars, runs, but Wato slips around to tilt-o-whirl, only for Hiromu to block! DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Hiromu sits up, grits his teeth, and he drags Wato back up. Wato fights the suplex, wrenches, SCREW HIGH- NO, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!

But Wato roars and rises! Hiromu ducks a kick to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hiromu roars, fans fire up and Wato flounders. Hiromu runs, but into a snap cradle! TWO!! Hiromu escapes, Wato CHOPS! Hiromu staggers into a SLAP! And then another! Hiromu SLAPS back! Wato kicks but misses, Hiromu suplexes, VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO! Wato survives, fans fire up, and Hiromu slaps himself to get back up. Hiromu drags Wato up, dragon sleeper, but Wato slips out of the suplex to tilt-o-whirl roll-up. Hiromu rolls through, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu fires up and fans are thunderous as he gets Wato up. Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB II!! Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points, Wato earns 0)

The bubble has burst and Wato’s run is done! But will Hiromu be able to stay afloat until the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

The Black Mask has built back up to break even at 4-4, and he’s just behind the Rogue Luchador. Will Bushi get a huge win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Desperado start establishing that he IS the Best of the Super Juniors?

Bushi attacks during Desperado’s introduction! He stomps away, the bell rings, and Bushi kicks Desperado around. Desperado gets up, they start throwing forearms back and forth! Fans fire up as they go faster, then Bushi ROCKS Desperado. Bushi talks trash but Desperado rakes the eyes! Desperado whips, Bushi RANAS! Desperado bails out, Bushi runs but Desperado ducks the baseball slide to RAM Bushi into railing! Desperado then DECKS Bushi as payback for how this started. Desperado stomps Bushi, also as payback. Desperado looks around and brings out some chairs from under the ring! Desperado brings one over but Red Shoes stops him.

Desperado pushes Red Shoes aside but Bushi dropkicks the chair into Desperado! Desperado clutches his ribs, Bushi stomps him down. Bushi drags Desperado up and whips him into railing! Desperado falls back, Bushi brings him around to CLUB him on the neck. Bushi RAMS Desperado into the apron, then stalks him as Desperado goes around the way. Bushi stomps Desperado, puts him in the ring, stomps him over and over, then takes off his shirt to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Bushi lets go to then cravat and NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Bushi keeps cool while fans rally up. Bushi drags Desperado up, brings him around, hangs him out to dry on the ropes then CLUBS him.

Bushi goes to the corner to dropkick Desperado down! Fans rally up, Bushi drags Desperado through the ropes, but Desperado denies the DDT and shoves Bushi down! Desperado then runs and DIVES! Direct hit and they both hit railing! Both men are down and fans fire up! Desperado rises as fans rally, and he goes back to where he left the chairs. Desperado puts one chair on Bushi’s leg, then has the other chair. CON-CHAIR-TO to Bushi’s leg! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is already done! Desperado drags Bushi up and puts him in the ring. Desperado kicks railing in frustration while he talks some trash on Bushi.

Desperado then gets in the ring, taunts Bushi, then gets the leg to YANK it! Desperado stands on the knee, Bushi pulls at Desprado’s mask but Desperado RAKES his eye! Desperado SPLASHES the leg! Cover, TWO! Bushi rolls away, Desperado drags him into a chinlock. Bushi endures, fans rally up, and Bushi fights up. Desperado squeezes as tight as he can and even twists on the chinlock! Bushi keeps fighting, reaches out, but Desperado rakes eyes! Bushi still gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Desperado lets off but STRADDLE ATTACKS the leg! Fans rally as Bushi writhes and clutches his knee. Desperado tells them to hush, then he drags Bushi up.

Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Desperado kicks the bad leg out! Bushi writhes again but Desperado gets the legs tied up for a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Bushi endures as Desperado moves around and applies pressure. Bushi sits up to dig his head into Desperado’s chest, but Desperado puts even more pressure on the stretch! Bushi throws forearms in return! Desperado “falls” to apply pressure, then he shifts to a traditional Deathlock so he can taunt Bushi while reclining. Bushi endures, reaches, crawls, but he CHOPS Desperado. So Desperado sits up for the Butterfly! Bushi crawls, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go, and “Oops!” drops knees on Bushi’s knee.

Desperado drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, but Bushi can’t even run on the bad leg! Desperado taunts Bushi but fans rally up. Bushi drags himself up in the corner, Desperado runs in but Bushi puts him on the apron. Desperado kicks Bushi’s bad leg through the ropes! Desperado drags Bushi to the apron but Bushi BOOTS Desperado into the railing! Fans fire up as Bushi aims and slingshots, FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Bushi fires up as he stands! Bushi gets in the ring, manages to build speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing! Both men are down again and fans rally back up.

The ring count starts and Bushi sits up at 10 of 20. Bushi stands at 12, hobbles over at 14 and brings Desperado up to put him in at 17! Fans fire up as Bushi climbs the corner. Missile dropkick! But no Bushirooni, his knee hurts too much. Bushi drags Desperado up, blocks the elbow and spins him for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi drags Desperado up, reels him in, but his bad leg stops him from using the Destroyer! Desperado shoves Bushi away, rolls him up, STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Desperado thrashes the leg but lets go at 4. Desperado stomps the knee! Bushi writhes an clutches his leg again, but Desperado drags him back up.

Desperado has the leg, but Bushi CLUBS away to stop the shinbreaker. Desperado keeps Bushi from running, SHIN BREAKER, to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures, fans rally up, Desperado thrashes the leg more! Bushi crawls, reaches out, but Desperado drags him away! Desperado gets an arm, NUMERO DOS!! Bushi endures, reaches and crawls with his one free arm, but Desperado pulls back harder! Bushi refuses to give up here, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration, but then drags Bushi away from ropes. Desperado goes up top for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up, Desperado gets up, then gets Bushi.

Bushi fights Guitarra, Desperado ducks the enziguri and prevents the heel kick with a STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi rolls to make it a cradle! TWO, Bushi dodges the clothesline to shove Desperado. Desperado holds ropes but Bushi blocks the boot! Bushi puts the leg in the rope, dropkick to the leg, then DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Desperado is down but fans fire up as Bushi goes to the apron. Bushi drags Desperado up and through the ropes, APRON DDT! Desperado is stuck in the ropes but Bushi gets in to pull him into a cover, TWO! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Bushi drags himself to a corner and climbs up. Desperado stands, Bushi leaps, but Desperado gets under!

Bushi’s leg jams, Desperado dropkicks the leg out! Fans still rally as both men are still down. Desperado stands and drags Bushi up. Bushi fires a forearm! Desperado forearms back! Bushi forearms, Desperado forearms back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster! Bushi ROCKS Desperado, but Desperado PALM STRIKES! Desperado then spins Bushi around, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out! Desperado elbows Bushi, runs but Bushi boots! Bushi runs, Desperado elbows him! Desperado fakes Bushi out and SPINE- NO! Bushi fights that off, spins Desperado around, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out to kick the bad leg!

Despereado says too bad, but he runs into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bushi gets up and roars! Bushi gets Desperado up, CANADIAN DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and both men are down again. Fans rally up as Bushi rolls his way to a corner. Desperado goes to the other, Bushi runs in, but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to a SPINEBUSTER! Roll and gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and Desperado is furious! Desperado gets Bushi up, underhooks, but no Pinche! Bushi wrenches out, enziguri misses but the heel kick hits! Backslide, Desperado rolls through to LOCO MONO!!

Desperado reels Bush in, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

The Black Mask falls to the Rogue Luchador! Is Bushi now on the outside looking in on the finals? Desperado doesn’t wait long to get the mic, either, saying, “”I said before the Best of the Super Juniors, I would go into every match with a main event title match approach. But if my opponent doesn’t feel that strongly about it, I can’t carry it all on my own. Thanks for the effort, Bushi. With that, I was pushed to win this main event.”

Desperado continues to say that there’s a lot of talk, but no one is running away with this tournament. Who knows who’ll be in the finals. But Desperado knows he will show hat it means to be Junior Heavyweight Champion. “I will be in the final, and I will win it.” Desperado leaves it at that, but will he be the one determining his own future?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-3, 12 points
El Desperado: 5-3-1, 11 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-3-1, 11 points
El Phantasmo: 5-4, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-4, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-4, 10 points
YOH: 5-4, 10 points
Bushi: 4-5, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-5, 8 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-5, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ, and honestly, we could probably consider the 4-5 block as eliminated, too. Yoh getting the win over Kanemaru was a great shocker, and Taguchi VS ELP was very funny stuff. Eagles winning over Sho was another surprise, but again, Sho had a loss to give because he’s that far ahead. Wato had another great match against Hiromu, but not quite on the level of the match he had with Desperado. Hiromu and Desperado staying tied makes me want to see the Triple Threat finals happen, just as I said last round.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!

“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
  • Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
  • Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.

Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.

But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”

Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.

But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.

 

Chad Gable prepares a speech.

“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?

 

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!

Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!

Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!

Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.

Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.

Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?

Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?

Kevin heads to the ring!

The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.

Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.

“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!

That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!

Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.

And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?

 

Veer Mahaan.

In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?

 

Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.

Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!

Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.

What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.

And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?

 

The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.

Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?

Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.

But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.

Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.

Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.

Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.

Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.

Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?

 

Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.

Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?

 

WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.

Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!

But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?

 

Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!

Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.

But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!

Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?

 

Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.

What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?

Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!

Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.

Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.

But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.

Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?

 

The Street Profits are fired up backstage!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!

Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?

8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked

Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!

Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!

Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall

Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?

 

WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.

“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.

After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.

“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.

A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.

These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?

 

The Miz & Maryse are heading out.

Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.

Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?

 

Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.

The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!

Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!

Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!

MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!

Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!

Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?


My Thoughts:

This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?

Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.

We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?

Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.

The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.

Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Raleigh gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

A lucky seven for Elevation!

AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
  • Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
  • Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
  • Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
  • Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
  • Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.

QUICK NOTES

Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.


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