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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/13/21)

The All Mighty speaks!



Coverage Raw 2021

Will Bobby Lashley be part of Day 1?

After ambushing the WWE Champion and challengers on last week’s Raw, Bobby Lashley will be here this week to explain exactly what he wants!


  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Otis wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Nivens; Bianca wins.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 1: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kevin Owens; Lashley wins and advances to part 2.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Tis the Season: Dana Brooke retains the title.
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Dirty Dawgs win.
  • Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Vega wins.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 2: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 2.5, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins and advances to part 3.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 3, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Big E; Lashley wins and joins the WWE Championship match at Day 1.


Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is in a red suit as he and MVP strut out in front of the St. Paul crowd. Lashley and MVP get mics, and Lashley starts by saying, “Last week, I showed these guys exactly what happens when you disrespect the All Mighty.” MVP adds that Lashley is the single most terrifying man in the entire WWE. And MVP knows that because people are terrified to even say his name. It’s like the Candyman! But instead of three times, you just say his name once and he shows up, and bad things happen. But there is an issue of respect in this generation of superstars. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins come out, complain and backstab to get into a WWE Championship match.

But do you know who doesn’t complain? Bobby Lashley. Do you know who doesn’t whine Bobby Lashley. And he made a statement! Not just to Big E, Rollins and Kevin, but also to management. It is imperative that Lashley be added to that WWE Championship match at Day 1 on New Year’s Day. There is no better way to start off the new year than with this man as your ALL MIGHTY WWE Champion! Fans boo but then here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic, and he says, “You’re out here talking about how I’m disrespectful?” Kevin hasn’t even paid attention to Lashley the last two years. Until last week when Lashley saw fit to attack everyone from behind!

And now Lashley is weaseling into Kevin’s title match. As much as Kevin doesn’t want to, he gives credit to Rollins for earning his way to the match. Just like the greatest superstar in this industry, Kevin Owens, did! But Lashley hasn’t earned anything! In 19 days, Kevin NEEDS to become WWE Champion so he can give the fans a champion they can be proud of! He’s doing this as a good example to the fans! Lashley has no place in the match! It is already tough against two top tier superstars. Lashley doesn’t belong, Kevin is going to talk to Pearce & Sonya- But here comes Seth Rollins!

The Visionary is in lavender and says we can’t start this show without the STAR! And the star is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Now, while Rollins admires Lashley’s suit game tonight, and as much as Rollins despises Kevin, Rollins has to agree with Kevin. Lashley should NOT be in Rollins’ match, just like Kevin shouldn’t be! Kevin earned it! MVP says these two are terrified! Lashley says they can come in here and do something about him. They can talk or they can get in the ring! Kevin and Rollins are agreeing right now, so they should agree to work as one against Lashley. Lashley can’t take them both. Rollins agrees here, too! So deal! Rollins first then.

Wait, why Rollins first? He’s in a suit. But Rollins is faster. MVP says Lashley will hit Rollins and Kevin will run. Kevin and Rollins pretend they didn’t hear that. Should they rock-paper-scissors? But here comes Big E! The WWE Champion has his own mic, and he says, “Well, if it isn’t my favorite collection of idiots.” Rollins and Kevin are quaking in their boots at the mere idea of being in the ring with Lashley, Big E will remind us all that he beat Lashley to become champion! While injured, but sure. Big E tells Lashley to hush cuz Big E won inside a steel cage, and has no problem doing it one more time!

Rollins and Kevin argue but Pearce & Sonya appear to stop this. If anyone touches anyone, there will be severe consequences. Pearce & Sonya are not afraid to deal out fines or suspensions. Sonya says they’ve heard everything and have decided: A Fatal 4 Way sounds like a great idea! But with that being said, Lashley will be officially added to Day 1! MVP and Lashley like that! But wait, MVP, they aren’t finished. Lashley will be added, IF Lashley can defeat, in no particular order, Big E, Kevin Owens AND Seth Rollins. Simple: If Lashley beats them all in a GAUNTLET, he’s in! MVP says Lashley ACCEPTS! Is the Rocky Mountain Machine going to steamroll the field to go to Day 1?


Matt Riddle inspects the blazers.

Randy Orton asks why these are still here. Well Riddle was a little distracted. There’s a lot of sentimental value. And Riddle’s been watching tape. There’s ideas flowing. Then Orton hopes he means he was watching his potential opponents, and not just wearing blazers and watching literal tape. Riddle says he’s been watching all the different versions. Riddle, your broadcasting career was over before it began. And your number one priority needs to be these tag titles. Right. Next move: podcasters! Pat McAfee is raking it in! They could be swimming in cash like Scrooge McDuck. Or they could be shamans to give advice to people!

No, no podcasts, no shamans, and no more Jackass guys. But it was pretty sweet hanging out with them. And imagine if Riddle was in a movie like that! Orton says Riddle is on to something. He is a jackass and could’ve been in that movie. But Riddle’s reality is that he’s facing Otis, the human wrecking ball. Focus on Otis tonight, get that done, and then one day, in the distant future, Orton will allow Riddle to wear the blazer. YES! Riddle is so focused! Will the Bro be able to shut down the Dozer? Or is Otis going to win one #ForTheAcademy?


Update on the RKBRO-nament.

Injuries suffered by the Street Profits and the Mysterios make both teams unable to compete, so the #1 contender’s match finals will be postponed!


Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Big E talk with Sonya and Pearce backstage.

Rollins shouts that no one wants Lashley at Day 1! Sonya says that’s why it’s only if Lashley beats them all tonight. That means even one loss is enough to eliminate him. But since Kevin was last one added, he’s first one up. What?! Why!? But then Rollins grumbling makes Kevin fire up. Kevin beat Rollins so he can beat Lashley. Rollins sarcastically says he believes Kevin. Kevin storms off, and Rollins goes to get dressed. Big E understands adding Lashley makes it harder to retain, but whether Triple Threat or Fatal 4, he will STILL walk out champion. Big E heads out, will Big E and Rollins even be needed if Kevin gets the job done?


Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

Raw returns as the Alpha Academy makes their entrance. The bell rings, Otis and Riddle circle while Gable gets a seat by commentary. Otis ties up with Riddle then throws him to a corner! Otis eggs Riddle on, they tie up, and Riddle jumps on to get an arm! But Otis scoops and SLAMS Riddle down! Gable says, “That’s my number one guy!” Otis swings on Riddle in the corner but Riddle dodges to fire off KICK after KICK! Otis shoves Riddle but Riddle runs to forearm smash! Riddle runs again but Otis CLOBBERS him! Otis then drags Riddle up to throw him out of the ring. The ref wants Otis to stay in, but Orton keeps Gable back.

Otis goes out after Riddle after all, and CLUBS him right in front of commentary. Otis puts Riddle in, Gable cheers him on, but Riddle hits a FINAL FLASH knee! Then he jumps to the apron, but Otis yanks Riddle down to RAM him into the barriers! Gable is fired up and so is Otis as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Riddle fights out of a chinlock, only for Otis to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Otis drags Riddle up while Orton coaches him up. Otis has a neck wrench and he leans on Riddle. Orton gets the fans to fire up, and Riddle fights up with body shots. Otis CLUBS Riddle, whips him to the corner, but Riddle goes up and over and Otis POSTS himself! Riddle goes out to the apron to KICK Otis back from the corner! Riddle goes up and CROSSBODIES, into Otis’ arms! But Riddle slips out to fire off palm strikes! Otis shoves, Riddle FINAL FLASH KNEES! Then FLYING CHUCKS! Riddle powers out but Otis blocks the roundhouse to shove Riddle.

Riddle elbows Otis away, goes up top, FLOATING BRO takes down Otis! Fans fire up and so does Orton! Gable panics as Riddle hears voices in his head, bro! Otis staggers up, but he blocks the RKO to pop-up and POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis wins!!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

The Dozer just crushed Riddle! Orton gets in, Otis denies the RKO so Orton RKO’s Gable! But then Otis CLOBBERS Orton with the back elbow!! The Alpha Academy’s top student just demolished RKBRO! Will Gable & Otis have their shot at the gold even outside of the RKBRO-nament?


Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Nivens!

The EST gets a rematch with Doudrop, who literally walked away from the fight to avoid the loss last week. Will Bianca make sure Piper doesn’t slip through her fingers this time so that we get an actual finish?

Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up for the EST. Bianca and Piper approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock in the power game until Piper shoves Bianca away. Piper says Bianca isn’t the strongEST anymore! They tie up again, Bianca pushes Piper back slowly, but Piper pushes back and has Bianca in a corner! Bianca goes up the buckles to then arm-drag Piper! Bianca waistlocks, Piper bucks the O’Conner Roll, and then Piper scoops. Bianca slips out, waves hey, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to shove and hurdle! Bianca tells Piper to kiss this, then eggs her on. Piper runs in, Bianca sidesteps and gets around to redirect again and again, to then dropkick!

Piper stays up but Bianca brings her in. Bianca tries to scoop but can’t, Piper’s too big! Piper scoops and SLAMS Bianca! Cover, TWO! Piper stomps Bianca to a corner, stands her up and CLUBS her in the chest, then runs in to SPLASH! Piper CLUBS Bianca again, then again. Fans rally behind Bianca but Piper CLUBS her more in the corner. Piper brings Bianca around, whips her to a corner, then runs in again, only to get a BOOT! Bianca goes up to RANA Piper into the ropes! Piper tumbles out of the ring, a ring count starts but Bianca hurries to get Piper up. Bianca fires BIG forearms, but Piper ROCKS Bianca back! Piper rings Bianca to the corner but Bianca bumps Piper first!

Bianca runs and handsprings, but Piper catches the legs to have them against the ropes! The ref counts as Piper pulls the legs and KICKS Bianca in the head! Piper pushes Bianca down, then step-in ELBOW DROPS! Piper sneers as Bianca falls out of the ring and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bianca fires back forearms and a dropkick! Bianca kips up and runs in to RAM Piper in the corner! Bianca clubs up to club away but Piper slips out. Bianca kicks Piper away and leaps, but Piper catches her and moves her around. Bianca slips off, shoves, but Piper holds ropes. Piper back elbows, then scoops Bianca again, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Piper is seething all over again but fans rally for the EST. Piper crawls and stalks Bianca, “This is Awesome!” as Piper drags Bianca up. Piper tells Bianca she ain’t better than her! Piper slaps Bianca around while mocking the EST chants.

Piper has Bianca by her jaw, but Bianca blocks the slap to ROCK Piper! But Piper wrenches, reels Bianca in, SAIDO! Bianca writhes to a corner, Piper crawls and covers, TWO!! Bianca barely gets out of that one and Piper is fuming again. Piper looms over Bianca, drags her to a drop zone and then climbs up the corner. But Bianca BUMPS Piper off the buckles! And then gets in to SUPER POWERBOMB Piper down!! Fans are fired up as Bianca climbs! EST 450! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

That was perhaps the hardEST match Bianca has had in a long time, but she came out the winner! Is Bianca moving on to bigger and better now? Wait, Piper attacks Bianca at the ramp! It seems Doudrop is the saltiEST in the WWE, will she crush Bianca and take away that spotlight?


Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Kevin Patrick wants a word before his match with Lashley. How about, “Trash?” This whole thing is trash! Lashley adding if he wins is trash, Kevin going first is trash, and St. Paul is trash! But the good news is Kevin going first means he can just end this here and now, and then go on to win the WWE Championship at Day 1. And that is no lie. But will the Prizefighter end up trashed by the Rocky Mountain Machine?


Gable Steveson is in the crowd!

The Olympic Gold Medalist and future WWE superstar is here to watch how it’s done in the squared circle. When and where will the WWE’s second-ever gold medalist wrestler finally get between the ropes?


All Mighty Gauntlet part 1: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance. Lashley fist bumps Steveson, then gets in the ring with Kevin. The bell rings, Kevin jumps Lashley while he’s talking to MVP! The ref counts as Kevin fires off in a corner, and he headlocks. Lashley powers out, they ram shoulders, then things speed up. Lashley runs Kevin over and Kevin flounders to a corner. Lashley brings Kevin up to fire off haymakers, then he reels Kevin in to “take him for a ride,” as MVP says. Stalling suplex and SLAM! Lashley high-fives MVP, then takes aim. Kevin dumps Lashley out to avoid the spear! Lashley gets up but Kevin hotshots him down! Kevin aims from the apron, to CANNONBALL and WHIFF!

Lashley says that’s one, and he gets in the ring. Kevin writhes on the floor, Lashley lets the ring count climb to 6 before he goes out and CLOBBERS Kevin! Kevin leans against barriers, gets back in the ring, but Lashley gets in, for a SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries to get Lashley up and POST him! Kevin goes corner to corner and CANNONBALLS! Rollins is watching backstage, he’s surely worried, but Kevin drops a SENTON! Cover, ONE!! Big E is watching and taking notes as fast as he can as Kevin throws forearms. Lashley whips Kevin away, runs in but into a BOOT! Kevin goes up and reels Lashley in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

MVP says Kevin is disrespecting Lashley, an Lashley gets up. Kevin CHOPS him in the corner, but Lashley gets mad! Kevin kicks and whips but Lashley reverses and Kevin tumbles up the corner to fall down hard! Lashley drags Kevin up, RAMS him in the corner again and again, then runs corner to corner to RAM into him again! Lashley brings Kevin around to NECKBREAKER! Lashley looms over Kevin, Kevin stands up but Lashley counter punches! Lashley gut wrenches Kevin to the Canadian rack and DOMINATOR! Lashley says it’s done, and he gets a half nelson! Kevin rolls Lashley up, TWO!! Kevin kicks and- NO, no stunner! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!!

Lashley stalks Kevin, and clamps on the HURT- Wait, Kevin taps before the full nelson!?

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (advances to the next match)

Kevin spared himself the pain, and Lashley still moves on to round two! Kevin couldn’t stop Lashley, and Rollins is furious! But Sonya lets Rollins know that he’s next. She wishes him luck, but will he need far more than that to shut down the Rocky Mountain Machine?


Veer Mahan is coming.

The lion is the king of the jungle, but the lion must hunt its prey, kill it, and eat it. But in Veer’s case, it’s just for fun. When and where will the million dollar arm strike down its first target?


Becky Lynch is here!

The Man comes around to St. Paul still Raw Women’s Champion after holding the ropes and keeping Liv Morgan down. But what’s next for Big Time Becks? We’ll hear from her after the break.

Raw returns and Becky welcomes us to the big time! It is a big night for St. Paul with Becky in the building. A lot of the fans thought it was going to be a big night for Liv Morgan. And it was! First-ever championship match for her, and what a match it was! But Becky’s still here as our champion, just as she said she would. Some fans are happy, a lot of them wish Liv would’ve won. But say on the off chance Liv did win, if she was here with the title tonight, the fans would find every reason to doubt the same woman who got them to believe in her. Is Becky wrong? No, she’s never wrong! Fans don’t know what they want! Remember when they wanted Becky back? “We Want Becky!”

And then Becky came back and a lot of them had opinions about how she does her job, even though they’ve never stepped foot in the ring or changed the game or broke down barriers to become the biggest thing in the industry! No one ever left their careers and then came back better than ever! They never had to evolve. If you don’t evolve, you get left behind and disappoint all the fans, just like Liv! Becky has the new “Miz girl” with the girl from last week! All the Liv fans can get used to that face. Becky will be holding onto the title for a very long time. But speaking of, here comes Liv! Liv says she’s not getting used to anything, and St. Paul is sick and tired of Becky’s broken record.

Becky keeps saying people would doubt Liv if she were champion. But the only person that’s doubting Liv is Becky! And y’know what? Becky doubting Liv is the exact thing why Becky almost lost, and why she had to cheat to win! Liv’s prepared her own little photo to prove it! Becky holding the ropes during the cradle! Becky should be so proud of herself. But y’know what? Becky is the best, at cheating to win. Liv cried a little last week after that match, but not because she’s weak. It’s because she’s human, and because she was disappointed. She was disappointed, but snapped out of it, because she knows she can beat Becky! Just like that #LivGirl, Liv believes in herself!

So does Becky think the photos would embarrass Liv? No. It just reminded Liv why this isn’t over! Liv won’t give up until she makes the title to mean something for everyone, just like that little girl! And if Becky’s really big time, then she’ll accept a rematch at Day 1! Becky says no. She didn’t do that because she had to, but because it was easy. Don’t blame Becky for grabbing ropes, blame yourself for not doing it first! Blame yourself for not being ready for it! If Liv were ready, she’d know Becky would pull that, but Liv isn’t ready. Liv’s just proven she has no killer instinct. Instead, Liv’s doing the same thing she always does: NOTHING.

Liv rushes the ring! And dodges the punch to THESZ PRESS! Liv fires off hands, gets up and kicks low to then KICK and ENZIGURI! Liv roars, chases Becky out and goes after her by the commentary. But then Becky RAMS Liv into steel steps! Becky puts Liv’s hand in between steps and post and stomps away on the arm! Then Becky BOOTS the steps! And again! Liv can’t get her arm out so Becky stomps away on it! Refs appear and tell Becky to back off! Becky leaves Liv crying in pain as she gets the mic. “Oh no, Liv. Looks like you went and injured yourself. Well if you still want that match, you’re on!

“And now, seeing as there are no other able bodied women to challenge me for my title, I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna train, I’m gonna hang out with my hot husband and my beautiful baby. Maybe you should put some ice on that.” Becky holds her belt up as she struts away, but will she still make 2022 big time?


Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Styles & Omos haven’t been working as well as they used to. They’ve gone from tag team champions to having dysfunction, does he care to comment? Well, he admits they were at odds last week, but it was disrespectful for Omos to walk out on him, but Styles hasn’t given up on the team. Omos’ raw talent, Styles’ guidance, you can’t give up on that. This is just growing pains. We’ve seen them at their best, so Styles won’t give up. He’s been in the business a long time and has never seen anyone like Omos. Things go off the rails, that’s on Styles. He’s the one having to show Omos how to do things the right way.

Styles bringing in Omos wasn’t to boost Styles’ career, but an investment. Styles knows Omos is a good kid and wants to see him succeed in the business. Omos then walks over and says they’re good. Styles says he’s not giving up on the team, and neither is Omos! Will the Phenomenal and the Colossus still make it work?


Reggie and Dana Brooke walk around St. Paul.

Reggie is a sucker for the holidays. Dana is, too! She appreciates that he helped her last week. He’s just happy to have been of help. he was 24/7 Champion for over 100 days, and he’d pass on what he learned. If she wants. Maybe over some hot cocoa? She’d like that, and would love to hear any advice. A snowman sneezes and a tree says gesundheit. It’s R-Truth and Tozawa in disguise! They’re supposedly spreading cheer for the holidays, fa la la la. Dana, run! But then Tamina’s there! Dana ROCKS Tamina but Tamina waistlocks! Dana elbows free, kicks and fires off forearms! Tamina staggers and Dana runs for it! Dana JUMPS into a snow pile, then Reggie launches in after her!

Every time! Tamina says Truth and Tozawa messed it up! Stay outta her way! Truth says Tamina meant Tozawa. No, she meant Truth. No, you! NO, YOU! Will anyone get the title off Dana with Reggie watching her back?


Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS The Dirty Dawgs!

The Prince joins the Archer of Infamy in taking on some common enemies in Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. Will Finn & Priest be able to work together despite their history in NXT? Or will the Show-Off & the Glorious One be able to divide and conquer?

Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. The Dawgs are already in the ring and the teams sort out. Priest starts against “Big Bob” and they circle. Roode kicks low, bumps Priest off buckles and throws haymakers! The ref counts, Roode lets off, and he brings Priest up. Priest ROCKS Roode, Roode kicks back! Roode brings Priest over but Priest powers up to head for his corner! Roode digs in his heels, CLUBS Priest then DECKS Balor! Fans boo but Priest dodges Roode to WHEEL KICK him down! Ziggler gets in but gets a BELL CLAP! Priest ripcords and FLAPJACKS Ziggler! Fans fire up and Priest runs in to back elbow Ziggler! Then he runs to back elbow Roode!

Priest goes back to hit Ziggler, then he BOOTS Roode out of the ring! Priest dumps Ziggler out to join Roode, and then fans fire up as Priest goes outside. Priest runs to leap off the steps, and he CLOBBERS the Dawgs! Fans fire up with Priest as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Priest CLOBBERS Roode! Both men are down and fans fire up! Priest and Roode crawl, hot tags to Ziggler and Finn! Finn rallies, whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Finn DECKS Roode, he trips Ziggler and DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up with Finn and he CHOPS Ziggler in a corner! Finn whips, Ziggler reverses but Finn reverses ack to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Roode breaks it! Priest drags Roode out to choke grip! Roode slips out to SPINEBUSTER Priest! “That’s why I’m Big Bob!” Finn clotheslines Ziggler out, then he FLIES to take out the Dawgs! Fans fire up with Finn and he gets Ziggler back in the ring!

Finn aims from a corner, SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Ziggler hits buckles, falls to a drop zone, but Austin Theory shows up to get a selfie! Finn CLOBBERS Theory, Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG!! Cover, Dirty Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall

Theory cost Finn that win, and then gets himself another selfie! Priest rushes in to run Theory off, but will this be enough to impress Vince McMahon?


Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H meet up backstage.

Nikki says Rhea’s got this! She’ll make Zelina Vega pay! It’s what she does best. Unlike Nikki… What? Nikki barely slept because of what happened last week. She was so close and yet she lost. She’s really trying her best but she keeps letting Rhea down. Nikki, snap out of it. Rhea is her tag partner because of Nikki’s fire. Nikki beat seven other competitors to win Money in the Bank and she cashed in on Charlotte! Nikki beat Charlotte 1v1, something not even Rhea’s done. Rhea wants that Nikki back. Nikki appreciates Rhea trying to cheer her up. Nikki has Rhea’s back. Good. Because it’s time to shut these Muppets up and get those tag titles back!


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Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

The Nightmare takes on the Queen of the Ring, will she avenge Almost a Super Hero and their tag title defeat? Or will Zelina continue to be a royal pain in the butt?

Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, Carmella, makes her entrance. She wants fans to take off their “cheap, tacky earmuffs” to pay attention to her. For we are about to be graced by the presence of Her Majesty, QUEEN~ ZELINA~! Zelina makes her entrance now, with a new, regal remix of her song. Zelina thanks the fans and her “glamorous and glorious partner” for that introduction. And as our queen, Zelina feels it is her royal duty to grace the frozen tundra with her presence. She will accept applause now. She gets boos instead so she tells them to shut up. Guess they’ve chosen sides, huh? Low class trash sides with low class trash!

Zelina calms down and apologizes to her loyal subjects. For as sorry as she feels for Rhea carrying the deadweight in Nikki, it will be her duty to show why while some deserve to be on top, others deserve to be buried in the snow in a “flyover state” like Minnesota. Zelina gets in the ring, has someone take her scepter, cape and crown, then the bell rings. Rhea and Zelina approach, Zelina dodges and bows. Rhea dropkicks her down! Rhea drags Zelina up, scoops and carries her. Mella tells Rhea to put Zelina down, so Rhea SLAMS Zelina down! Nikki chases Mella, they end up in the ring! FABULOUS KICK for Nikki!

Rhea chases Mella out, checks on Nikki, but gets a METEORA to the back! Roll up, Zelina wins!!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

Is that an upset!? Rhea is definitely upset by it, but Nikki seems to see it as her fault. Will Nikki ever get her head right?


Rollins thinks about how to fight Lashley.

He’s faster and- Wait, what is Kevin doing here? What does he want?! Rollins has to do what Kevin couldn’t and defeat Lashley! Kevin doesn’t understand why Rollins is yelling and raising his blood pressure. Rollins has to calm down. They have to handle this. Kevin will go out to help Rollins since Lashley has MVP. No, Rollins doesn’t want Kevin anywhere! Kevin tapped out before he even got put in the hold! Well everyone knows there’s no escape from the Hurt Lock, so Kevin wasn’t going to let Lashley lock on the Hurt Lock and potentially get hurt by the Hurt Lock before his match at Day 1! Hurt Lock.

Kevin is smart, so he should be there with Rollins. Rollins doesn’t get what’s in Kevin’s stupid little brain but Kevin’s plans don’t work for Rollins. Rollins will figure this out on his own. Bye. That’s a mistake! Kevin keeps talking as Rollins walks away. Is Kevin right? Should Kevin be in Rollins’ corner to cancel out MVP?

All Mighty Gauntlet part 2: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

Lashley heads back out to the ring, and he looks like he’s got plenty left in the tank! Will he make it through this round to go after the WWE Champion? Or can the Visionary see a way to defeat the All Mighty and deny him a part in the title picture?

Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Rollins waistlocks, headlocks, but Lashley powers up to lift and SLAM Rollins down! Rollins bails out and Lashley is already annoyed. Lashley grabs at Rollins but Rollins grabs at Lashley’s foot. Rollins then DECKS Lashley, drags him out and fires off haymakers! Lashley fireman’s carries but Rollins slips off to POST Lashley first! Rollins then brings Lashley around to POST him again! Rollins gets in the ring at 6 of 410, but MVP coaches Lashley up. Lashley gets in at 9, Rollins CLUBS him down! Rollins turns Lashley, ROLLING ELBOW! And then DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!

Lashley flounders, Big E is taking more notes, and Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley gets Rollins for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, then the COMPLETE SHOT! MVP says the angrier he gets, the stronger Lashley gets! “BOBBY SMASH!” But Rollins bails out to avoid the Dominator! Rollins catches his breath, but Kevin comes out to DECK Rollins! And stomp away! That’s a disqualification!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

Wait, doesn’t that mean Lashley doesn’t get to complete the gauntlet?! Rollins gets it now! Kevin gives thumbs up, and now Day 1 STAYS a Triple Threat! Wait, Sony and Pearce see through that. It was clever, they’ll give Kevin that. Rollins did win, but not fair to St. Paul. So we’re going to restart this match, and it’ll be NO DISQUALFICATION! Ring the bell!

All Mighty Gauntlet part 2.5, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

Rollins turns around, into a SPEAR!!! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (advances to the final round)

And now Lashley is one step closer! Big E’s got an even harder challenge on his hands, will he be the one to stop the Rocky Mountain Machine’s momentum?


Vince McMahon meets with Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez.

The Chairman promises these two that Raw will be seeing a lot more of them in the ring. Theory barges in and hopes Vince saw what happened. Finn sure didn’t expect the unexpected! Wanna see? Vince excuses Crews & Azeez, and is in fact impressed by the selfie. NOT. Did Theory think he was going to get something for that? Like a pat on the back? Or a trophy or something? Anything! Oh, well then maybe something really important, like an autograph on a doily. Uh… Okay? No. Well, then maybe if Theory had a match, he could show Vince what he’s really capable of. Well, Theory did barge in during an important meeting like they’re friends or something. Theory wants that, right?

Theory just thought that if he followed Vince’s lessons- SHUT UP! Vince and Theory are not friends. Vince has no friends, because he doesn’t want any. Theory hasn’t impressed Vince yet. And he doesn’t know what to say, right? What Vince will do, and he doesn’t really want to, but he’s in the frame of mind to… use one of his most deadly weapons in the world. Huh? Vince brings out a PENCIL! Wait, a pencil? Yes, a pencil. Not the lead, but the eraser. Theory still isn’t quite sure what Vince is getting at, but will it be very bad for him?


Maryse heads to the ring!

And that’s because tonight, she is the special guest for tonight’s Miz TV!

Raw returns and she welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and says tonight is a very special edition. That’s because she’s the host! Oh? Yes, it is very interesting looking out at St. Paul. They’re not really quite used to seeing a woman like her around here. And that they don’t know what a real man looks like, so let’s get to it! Ladies and gentlemen welcome her husband, the father of her children, and the Most Awesome Human on Earth, THE MIZ! Miz makes his entrance, and Miz says Maryse looks astonishing. Only someone as hot as Maryse can make a cold Minnesota night feel like paradise.

Miz & Mrs. have a kiss, and Miz says you don’t get the finer things in life without being proactive. Miz wants to be proactive and formally endorse the first, headlining name in the 2022 Hall of Fame class! This person has done so much in and out of the ring, so influential to future generations, and so for your consideration, “the most must-see inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame is…” MIZ! “His unprecedented journey” could not be stopped. “A stratospheric rise” and an A-lister darling of Hollywood. But how can you make the best even better? What do you give a man that already has it all? “A legend in the ring, a global icon, a true role model,” and now a WWE Hall of Famer!

Miz and Maryse are emotional over the video package they surely put together themselves. Let’s raise a glass or whatever you might have, “Here’s to beating Edge at Day 1, and sending him back into retirement, highlighting my resumé once again.” And hopefully this time, Edge’s retirement will be permanent. But speaking of, here comes Edge! Fans fire up for the Rated R Superstar, and Edge goes to the ring. “Sometimes, the squeaky wheel doesn’t get the grease. It just squeaks and squeaks and squeaks, and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks, and squeaks and squeaks,” so on and so on.

Is he done?! Oh did he find that annoying? YES, VERY! Good. Then Miz knows how we all feel when he opens his mouth. Miz, you’d get all the pats on the back and praise and so on that he craves, if he would just shut up! Edge knows Miz is good, but he knows why Miz acts the way he does. Oh, Edge thinks he knows Miz. Well played. But yes, Edge does. Miz broke through, but Edge has seen so many like him crash and burn. The layers of BS and “me first” is all to hide insecurities. Face it, Miz, you’re afraid. Oh he’s afraid? Of Edge? Old Edge? Sure! But this old Edge, meh.

Edge knows Miz has been told he’s not good enough so often, he deep down believes it and overcompensates by being an obnoxious, overbearing jagoff. But the thing is, Edge knows Miz IS a future hall of famer. Edge isn’t taking this match lightly. But Miz, at the end of the day, Edge will have to teach Miz a lesson. Miz says Edge didn’t hep him enough, and maybe he didn’t. Edge will show Miz he still has lessons to learn, and knock that stupid, constipated look off his face. That one right there. Miz throws champagne in Edge’s face and fires off hands! Edge shoves Miz back, kicks low and hits the IMPALER! Edge throws the director’s chairs out, tips the table, and aims from a corner!

But Maryse ends up a shield for Miz! Miz BOOTS Edge, then hits the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Fans boo that Miz would do that just to get one over on Edge! Even Maryse pulls away from Miz for that. Miz says it’s fine, Edge wasn’t going to hit her. She was where she was supposed to be! Maryse is still upset, and she SLAPS Miz! Maryse storms off, Miz hurries after to try and talk to her.


Kevin and Rollins find Big E backstage.

They’re giving him a pep talk of sorts because he’s their last hope. Look, you idiots! Don’t come anywhere near the ring. He doesn’t want nor need their help. He can and will, will, WILL beat Lashley without them. If they want to keep this a Triple Threat, just stay far, far away. But they have a plan! STAY FAR AWAY! Kevin has a PowerPoint to show him, though! Rollins and Kevin argue about this but Big E is ready. Will he be the one to keep the Rocky Mountain Machine out of Day 1?


Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley & MVP.

Lashley’s successfully won against Kevin and Rollins, but this final match will be No Disqualifications. MVP says what Lashley has already done tonight, not even an extraordinary individual could do that. This was a Herculean task, but Hercules has nothing on Lashley! When they make it three for three, there will be no denying we’re in the All Mighty Era! No DQ just means Lashley is free to inflict as much pain and damage as he wants. The new year’s resolution for everyone will be to bow down to their new champion!


All Mighty Gauntlet part 3, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Big E!

This is it! Either the All Mighty completes the sweep and ups the Triple Threat to a Fatal 4 Way, or he’ll have to wait until after Day 1 to go for the gold. Will Lashley succeed? Or will he feel~ the power~ in St. Paul?

Raw returns as Lashley once again makes his entrance. The bell rings, they tie up and Big E fires off clubbing forearms! Big E throws body shots then he CLOBBERS Lashley! Lashley bails out so Big E slips out the side. Big E decides to bring the No DQ stipulation up first, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are loving that, and Big E props the table up. But Lashley CLOBBERS Big E! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers, then RAMS him into more barriers around the way. Lashley puts Big E in the ring, MVP puts the table away! Fans boo, but Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E goes out and walks past MVP to bring the table back out!

Big E gest the table in the ring, he CLUBS and stomps Lashley down, then he sets the table up in a corner. Big E CLUBS and scoops Lashley, but Lashley slips off! Big E stops himself, only to turn around into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley goes out and looks under the ring, and MVP points out the chairs! Lashley brings a chair into the ring, wedges the chair in a corner, and hen he goes to Big E, But Big E hits him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! And then he doges for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels them hips! Big E runs side to side to BIG SPLASH but flop! Lashley gets Big E up to whip, but Big E reverses and Lashley CRASHES into chair!!

Lashley tumbles out of the ring and MVP checks on him as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Lashley drags Big E up. The table is set up on both legs, Big E resists the suplex, to suplex Lashley away! Big E covers, TWO! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron, CLUBS away on his chest all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Then Big E gets on the apron, for an APRON SPLASH! Lashley flounders into the ring, then to the other apron. Big E goes out after Lashley, only for Lashley to fireman’s carry! Big E slips off, Lashley elbows him, cameraman is down! Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS Big E! Fans boo but Lashley soaks up the heat. Lashley leaves Big E behind to go looking under the ring. He brings out another TABLE!

Big E gets in the ring as MVP also gets a table! Lashley sets his table up by ringside, goes up the steps and brings Big E up at the ropes. Big E resists the suplex and throws body shots! Big E ROCKS Lashley with a forearm, then ROCKS him again! And a third time! Lashley wobbles, Big E builds speed! Lashley KNEES Big E away, to get in and MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER Big E through the table!! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Lashley can’t believe it as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, Lashley stalks Big E on the outside as they go around the corner. Lashley whips Big E, Big E reverses and Lashley hits steel steps! Big E pulls the steps apart, drags Lashley up and scoops, to SLAM him on the base steps!! Lashley writhes but Big E gets Lashley up to put in the ring. Lashley crawls, fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Big E scoops again. Lashley slips off to go for the nelson! Big E resists, arm-drags free, and then gets up, into a SPEAR!! Lashley has to crawl to a cover, but here come Rollins and Kevin! They attack and take advantage of the No DQ stipulation! Big E didn’t want their help but they’re doing this for themselves!

Big E goes after Rollins and Kevin to win this his way, so they mug him now! But Lashley gets up and he attacks Rollins and Kevin in return! It’s become a 2v2 brawl! Kevin kicks Big E out and RAMS him into barriers! Rollins has Lashley down, Kevin brings Big E around, but Big E resists the powerbomb! Big E gives Kevin an URENAGE through the table! Lashley kicks Rollins to SPEAR him through the table!! Lashley does his best to get out of the wreckage as Big E gets in the ring. Fans are thunderous as Big E wants Lashley to get up! Lashley rises, Big E says they can end this! Lashley stands, MVP CLUBS Big E with his cane!! Lashley SPEARS Big E down!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (joins the WWE Championship match at Day 1)

Even with Rollins and Kevin “helping,” it was Montel Vontavius Porter that becomes Lashley’s ace in the hole! Now we have a FATAL 4 WAY for the title on New Year’s Day! Have Big E’s chances of winning now dwindled to almost nothing? Or can he prove he’s mightier than the mightiest when he defeats three top opponents in one match?

My Thoughts:

Once again, when WWE has to make a change and adlib stuff, they actually give us some great stuff. Granted, the way the world title story went tonight could’ve still gone this way even if the RKBRO-nament continued, but I feel like making it one match per hour was to fill time. Great stuff from all of them, and Lashley having three matches in one night was definitely a great feat in itself. I like that Kevin pulled the “attack the other guy” move, and I have to give them credit for also seeing through that by giving Lashley a second try against Rollins. Lashley VS Big E could’ve just been the one match and tonight would’ve still been great.

I feel like Big E was being too Face here, but I suppose it is a point of pride that he defeats Lashley himself. Which he doesn’t because he forgot MVP is there. But I figured as much last week that WWE wants to make Day 1 be a big deal so they gotta go bigger with the WWE World Championship. And as I also figured, WWE is going to have Big Time Becks on the card. She and Liv had a good promo segment, though maybe Liv was a bit weaker than Becky. Kinda hard with a diehard Becky fan who is also a little kid right there… But Becky going after Liv’s arm in the steps was pretty hardcore, and I hope this leads to something big for Becky VS Liv at Day 1, like a No DQ stipulation.

Riddle VS Otis tonight was also something that was probably going to happen even if we got more RKBRO-nament. Otis winning was quite the shocker, though. Maybe with the RKBRO-nament pushed back, we’ll see Alpha Academy get a “Championship Contenders Match” to see if Alpha Academy can just skip the line and get a shot anyway. Then, I’m a little torn on Styles and Omos making up as a team already. I was hoping there’d be a little bit more to that tension, but at least there’s still another team in the tag division. Then Balor & Priest VS Dirty Dawgs was a decent tag match but it turned out to be just about Theory getting at Balor.

Theory and Vince had a decent segment this time, and Vince using the pencil was a visual metaphor for how he’s in charge. He could take Theory out of stuff as easily as he could put him into stuff. Maybe this is just the meta of Vince pushing Theory. Still no idea where it’ll go, outside of Theory VS Finn, and maybe Theory wins to move on to the US Championship. We also got a decent segment for the 24/7 Championship, and I like that it was another on-location one. But it was so obvious Reggie and Dana had a trampoline to jump into the snow. I kinda hope Tamina just bulldozes Truth, Tozawa and Reggie to get to Dana and get the title.

Bianca VS Piper rematch tonight was great stuff, and I am glad it had a real finish, but I guess Bianca had to win for Piper to be a sore loser Heel and escalate things for another match. I feel like Piper should win the third one, because the only next step from this feud would be the Raw Women’s Championship. Bianca already faced Becky, and I feel like Becky could just pivot to Face in order to have a match with Piper. The WWE Women’s Tag title story is very clearly isolated to Raw, and it should’ve been clear that Vega was going to win in part thanks to Mella and Nikki being a distraction. I still hope with that loss, and with the promo Rhea and Nikki had before, Nikki goes back to being Nikki Cross, and her SAnitY appearance so that she and Rhea can go heavy metal hog wild on Mella & Vega.

We got quite a great bit from Miz, Maryse and Edge here to build their story. Maryse “hosting” Miz TV to welcome Miz, and then they had a very well made video package to show, in all honesty, Miz’s great career. Edge pointing out Miz (the character) has just been this heat magnet was great stuff, too, and just when I thought this was where Beth Phoenix was going to appear, we instead get quite a twist with Maryse getting mad at Miz over the human shield bit. I’m intrigued in how they’ll use that for the story, and we’re going to have a very good match out of Edge VS Miz with this growing heat.

My Score: 8.4/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/29/23)

Monday Night of Champions!



Who runs the Women’s Tag Division?

Night of Champions has come and gone, but Monday Night Raw has one more title match! Who will be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?


  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricochet VS The Miz; Ricochet wins and advances to MITB.
  • Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal VS ???; Indus Sher wins.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Bronson Reed; wins and advances to MITB.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: ???
  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart VS Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Bayley & Iyo Sky VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler; win and are the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Seth Rollins & AJ Styles VS The Judgment Day; win(s).


Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

Fans fire up as Seth Freakin’ Rollins walks down from the top of the stands! They sing his song as he struts with the new World Heavyweight Championship belt around his waist and makes it to ringside. Then Rollins takes a victory lap before getting in the ring, for streamers and pyro! He revels in the moment as fans still sing, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins then gets the mic, fans sing some more, and he says, “ALBANY, NEW YORK! Welcome to Monday! Night! ROLLINS! I am a Visionary. I am a Revolutionary! I am… SETH! FREAKIN! ROLLINS!” Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Rollins takes a moment to enjoy that.

Rollins says he is the World Heavyweight Champion, and the fans cheer. Rollins says it has been a long, long road to get here. Lots of lows, lots of highs. But standing here tonight, it just feels right, doesn’t it? HE doesn’t wanna talk too much about the past, he wants to focus on the future. “Because finally, Monday Night Raw has a champion that wants to be here, a champion that is going to be here, and most importantly, a champion that is ready for a fight!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant “Thank You, Seth!” and sing his song, but Rollins says yeah, he’s ready! He wants to fight! He wants ALL the fights!

Because it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, if you step to Rollins, the result will always be the same: Rollins, every Monday night, standing in this ring with the World Heavyweight title around his waist and the world singing his song! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But wait! AJ Styles is here? The Phenomenal One is a SmackDown superstar, but he’s here on Raw to step into the ring with the man he lost to at Night of Champions. Rollins looks at him over the brim of his sunglasses, but Styles gets a mic. Styles knows he’s supposed to be on SmackDown, but he couldn’t resist coming here to Raw… to say, “Congratulations.”

Fans cheer and Styles tells Rollins he gave it everything he had, left it all in the ring. It was like Rollins knew what he was gonna do before he did it. And the fans, they say Rollins “deserves it.” Styles says he doesn’t think Rollins deserves anything. Fans boo, but Styles says Rollins earned being World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins smiles and fans sing again, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins tells Styles that he’s not too good at these things, but after the beating he gave Styles at NOC, Styles earned this: a handshake. Fans cheer as Styles accepts! There’s respect here, but then the Judgment Day comes out!

Finn Balor pretends to be sick as he has a mic of his own. He asks if this is making the others just as sick. Whatever this is makes Finn wanna PUKE! Damian Priest agrees, he’s queasy. Let’s get to something more positive. What’s that thing Rhea Ripley says? “The Judgment Day, we run Monday Night Raw!” The four get in the ring, and Priest says Rhea’s right. But after watching The Bloodline implode on Saturday, without a shadow of a doubt, the Judgment Day runs the entire WWE! And let’s not forget, Finn & Priest beat the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, something not even Roman Reigns could do!

And to Seth, from the champion to just another champion, Rollins shouldn’t get too comfortable with his new title. Because chances are, someone from Judgment Day will take it from him. Yeah, could be big Damian! Aw, thanks, Finn! He feels the same about you! Aw shucks, thanks, mate. Rhea says it could even be her Dom-Dom. Fans boo that and Rollins looks to Styles. They laugh at that! Dom asks why, what’s so funny? He beat Styles! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” at Dom, but Finn has everyone calm down. Finn says we saw Styles and Rollins beat each other half to death at Night of Champions. And-

Dom cuts in to say that the Judgment Day will finish the job! Fans boo but Styles asks if Rollins heard that. That almost sounds like a challenge. Rhea says it IS a challenge! Then they ACCEPT! Rollins says that’s right! Any two from Judgment Day VS Rollins & Styles in the main event of his show, Monday Night Rollins! Who will step to this phenomenal dream team? And will they only get stomped into the mat?


Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He discusses with someone. We’re all on the same page, because Rollins, Styles and the Judgment Day want this match. And yes, he understands it flies in the face of the new brand split of Raw and SmackDown, but… Yes, sir. No, Pearce thinks this match is incredible and happens tonight. Oh, hold on, they’re right here. Pearce sees Styles and Rollins talking and steps in. He knows they all want the match, so he’s working on it. Rollins says c’mon, it’s his first night as champion. Don’t embarrass him! Make the match! Styles says Rollins doesn’t speak for him. Oh, is Styles afraid of Dom? Does Rollins really think that? No, but maybe Styles is afraid of Rhea.

Pearce has them calm down and says he’s trying to get this approved. Does everyone have their gear? Styles is a pro, of course he does! Make it official! Then get Rollins to change his pants. Oh, good point. The superstars head out, Pearce is sure you know who heard all that. Then it IS official! The main event is going to be phenomenal, but who will Judgment Day send at Styles and the champ?


Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricochet VS The Miz!

The King of Flight is ready to take his career to new heights, and we all know the Money in the Bank briefcase can do that. Just as The Hollywood A-Lister. Will Miz look to launch into a new sequel from his previous MITB runs? Or will the One and Only be the one going to London?

Raw returns as Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings, Miz rushes in but Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Miz powers out, Ricochet rolls over the drop down and ducks the lariat to handspring, but into a full nelson! Ricochet arm-drags free, things speed up again and a kitchen sink knee hits Ricochet down! Miz then runs, but Ricochet ducks the boot to kip up, spin and PELE! Miz bails out, Ricochet builds speed! Miz moves but Ricochet tumbles up and out to the apron. Ricochet avoids the sweep, PENALTY KICKS Miz, then goes up the corner to MOONSAULT! Fans fire up for the direct hit at ringside!

Ricochet drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Ricochet goes up the corner, but Miz gets under the leap! Miz runs in to RANA! Miz surprises us with that, and then he BOOTS Ricochet down! Miz talks trash, and he looks up to the briefcase. Fans taunt Miz’s “TINY BALLS!” but he goes out after Ricochet. Miz SMACKS Ricochet off the desk, and again, then pushes him over the desk. Fans boo as Miz shouts, “MASSIVE!” Miz drags Ricochet up, brings him back to ringside and puts him in the ring. Miz then climbs up, leaps and AX HANDLES Ricochet down! Cover, TWO! Miz hurries to clamp onto Ricochet with a chinlock as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Miz is stuck in the ropes! Ricochet ROCKS him, then jumps in, but Miz avoids the stomps! Miz ROCKS Ricochet, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and Miz can’t believe it! “I springboarded and everything!” Miz is mad at the fans laughing at him, but Miz KICKS Ricochet in the chest! And again! And again! And again! Miz soaks up the heat, takes aim from a corner, but Ricochet blocks the buzzsaw! Ricochet KICKS and KNEES and runs, to CLOBBER Miz! Fans fire up, Ricochet feels it, and he runs in at the corner to RAM into Miz and go to the apron!

Ricochet bumps Miz off buckles then ROUNDHOUSES him away! Ricochet springboards, but into a full nelson! Ricochet RAMS Miz into a corner, but then Miz RAMS Ricochet into the other corner! Miz runs in, into an elbow! Ricochet goes up, Miz trips him up! DRAPING CODE BREAKER, to a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Miz is shocked! Miz scowls and looks to the briefcase, but fans rally up for Ricochet. Miz shouts MASSIVE! Full nelson, but Ricochet victory rolls! TWO, Miz has it, TWO! Ricochet HEEL KICKS! And then cravat, for an ASAI DDT!

Fans fire up again as Ricochet goes to a corner! Ricochet climbs up, aims, and SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Add it to the highlight reel, Ricochet beats the two-time Mr. MITB to go to London! Will Ricochet win the golden ticket across the pond?


Trish Stratus is here!

Albany is torn seeing the WWE Hall of Famer after she cheated Becky Lynch at Night of Champions! But what does she have to say about that victory? We’ll hear, after the break.

Raw returns and Trish has a mic. She makes sure we all see “Thank You Trish” on her back, and she thanks some fans for saying it. You know what it means to her to hear it? NOTHING! She doesn’t care what the fans say. And she hates to say, “I told you so,” but she TOLD US SO! She said she was gonna go to Night of Champions and beat Becky. And what’d she do? She beat Becky! Just like that. But you shouldn’t be surprised, this is GOAT Things! This is what you do when you’re the greatest of all time! This is what you do when you’re number one! This is what you do when you’re “It.”

And now, Becky can crawl back to that dark hole and go do “stuff.” The stuff that everyone goes through. Well, not everyone. Not when you’re thriving like Trish. But it’ll give a chance for the real superstars to reach the Big Time. Like the one who had Trish’s back. Not that Trish needed the help, but because this superstar wanted to help. “A superstar with more attituded, aggression and ruthlessness than I’ve seen in a long, long time. Someone that reminds me of me. Ladies and gentlemen, please stand on your feet, get your hands ready to applaud, let me introduce you to… Zoey Stark!”

Fans boo instead as The Hunter makes her way out, wearing a “Thank You, Trish” T-shirt. Trish applauds as Zoey joins her in the ring. They hug it out while fans boo more. Zoey gets a mic now and says, “See, I came into this business, to the WWE, to be the best and to make a statement. And who better to learn by than the OG herself? And yeah, look, I could’ve taken the long, hard, difficult road, just like what Becky Lynch did. Or I could be smart! And be led by Trish Stratus! Trish is so giving, so humble, so kind. So now that I have the floor, I would just like to say one thing. Thank you, Trish.”

Fans boo more but Trish smiles. Trish says “You’re welcome.” Oh, what’s that on Trish’s face? Where? Up here? Other side. A little lower. Oh on her chin. That would be something courtesy of Becky Lynch. If Becky ever shows herself again, for messing with this perfect face, guess what Trish will do? Trish will have her new friend Zoey show you what’s up. But then here comes Becky! The Man is still wearing her Kill Bill jumpsuit and she says Zoey is gonna show her what’s up? No, Becky’s gonna ruin Zoey’s life. And Trish, you’re still in your gear, Becky’s still in hers… “Why don’t we restart that match and finish it one on one right here, right now?”

Fans love the sound of that, but Zoey rushes out! Becky DECKS her! And THROWS her into the barriers! Trish says okay, bring it! Becky gets closer to the ring and fans are fired up. Becky steps up to the apron, steps into the ring, and runs in! Becky dodges Trish, CLOBBERS her, BOOTS Zoey from the apron, then trips Trish to rain down fists! But Zoey attacks Becky from behind! And SLIDING KNEES her down! Fans boo but Zoey throws off the jacket so she and Trish can stomp away on Becky! Trish CHOKES Becky, then lets off so Zoey can bring her up. But Becky hits back! Zoey kicks Becky low, and reels her in for Z360!!

Fans boo as Zoey and Trish aren’t done, they get Becky back up! Trish kisses the ring, to DECK Becky with it!! Fans boo as the Hall of Famer needed her new protégé and a HOF ring to take down The Man! Then they put Becky in a corner and force her to wear a Thank You Trish shirt! Zoey says it looks great on her. Will Becky be able to recover and get some big time revenge?


Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal VS Javier Bernal & ???

Veer & Sanga have already been dominating and demolishing opponents since being drafted to Raw, and they want more. Will their thirst for combat be quenched here tonight?

The teams sort out, and Veer just CLOBBERS Javi and his teammate! Sanga then BLASTS the teammate off the apron! Veer drags Javi up to RAM him into the corner, and the bell finally rings. Veer runs to SPLASH Javi, and Javi staggers around. Veer shoves Javi down, stalks him, and stomps him down! Javi flounders to the apron, Veer tags Sanga, and Veer drags Javi up onto the ropes for Sanga to BOOT down! Sanga drags Javi up, THROWS him tot he corner, and he dares the partner to tag in. The partner does, but then Sanga blocks his haymaker to a FALCON ARROW! Sanga SPLASHES Javi for good measure!

Sanga then choke grips Javi to CHOKE SLAM him onto his teammate! Tag back to Veer, and they drag the tag partner up. SIDEWALK SLAM LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, Indus Sher wins!

Winners: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Like true tigers, Veer & Sanga tore into their prey and feasted on the meat! Will they soon be tasting a tag title opportunity?


Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are backstage.

Speaking of the tag team champions, these two are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions and are in a great mood. They’re headed to gorilla, what will they have to say about finally being done with The Bloodline?



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Mitchell’s NXT Battleground Results & Report! (5/28/23)

Will Bron break… HIM?



NXT Battleground

Who is truly the top dog of NXT?

Lowell, Massachusetts becomes a Battleground as hometown hero, Carmelo Hayes, defends his NXT Championship in a rematch against Bron Breakker!


  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Tyler Bate VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine; Wes wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ ??? VS Dragon Lee w/ Nathan Frazer; Dar wins and retains the cup.
  • Last Man Standing: DIJAK VS Ilja Dragunov; Dragunov wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile; Gallus wins and retains the titles.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Finals: Lyra Valkyria VS Tiffany Stratton; Tiffany wins and is the new NXT Women’s Champion.
  • NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Bron Breakker; Melo wins and retains the title.


It’s the NXT Battleground Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant, Matt Camp & Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight!


Noam Dar talks with Oro Mensah backstage.

Will Oro be Dar’s cornerman now? He got Oro a first class ticket out here to Lowell, and that 5 star hotel. Oro does like the hotel room with the jacuzzi. Dar says they can live that high life together, if Oro is Dar’s second to defend the Heritage Cup in its first match on American soil! Oro says he’ll think about it. What? But the match is tonight! There’s no time to think! Dar cradles the cup, is the Scottish Supernova gonna lose his baby?


WWE returns to Lowell!

The People’s Champion, the Degeneration X, and more, “this town has always embraced the new generation.” NXT is that new generation, is still that new generation, and yet, walking into Lowell isn’t always easy for the champions. Beneath the shadow of Bean Town is the precipice of another milestone. Who will be left standing? Who will stand tall as champions? And who will make history all their own? This is NXT Battleground!


NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Tyler Bate VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine!

The Cardiac Kid has had quite the must-see title reign, but his fighting-champion ways may have gotten him stuck between a rock and a hard place. The Big Strong Boi was his friend, but he couldn’t be upfront about wanting this match. The Schism’s sinister leader is a snake in the grass, but at least he was honest about his greed. Will one of them take this title away from the #WesSide? Or will the champion win that historic title defense record?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see which way history moves!

The bell rings and Gacy rushes Wes! Wes rolls Gacy, Bate rolls Wes, but Gacy rolls Bate! TWO! The three stand off and fans cheer. The three reset, circle, and Gacy grins as he points to Bate and WEs. But Bate and Wes rush him! Gacy dodges, and Wes gets mad at Bate. Gacy tries to turn Wes against Bate again, but Batge throws hands on Gacy! Wes throws Gacy out, but then Wes shoves Bate. The “friends” circle, feel things out, but Gacy returns to egg this on. Bate and Wes change their minds and go out after Gacy! They pinball him with haymakers and forearms! Wes puts Gacy in, Bate pushes past but Wes drags Bate out.

But then Bate drags Wes out! Now Bate shoves Wes, so Wes shoves back. They throw hands! Fans fire up, but Gacy DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and Gacy stands tall! Gacy puts Bate in and BOOTS Wes! Gacy goes into the ring but Bate CHOPS! Bate whips, Gacy reverses but Bate leaps, into Gacy’s arms! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, Wes breaks it! Gacy ROCKS Wes and Wes flops to the apron. Gacy goes back to Bate but Bate slips under and waistlocks. Gacy pries the hold but Bate lifts him! Gacy fights with elbows, switches, but Bate goes to ropes. Wes FLYING SUNSET FLIPS and that sends Bate flying via a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Wes covers Gacy, TWO, and fans fire up as Wes stands tall. Wes throws hands and elbows on Bate and Gacy, then SUPERKICKS Bate! Wes fires off strikes on Gacy, has him down and DOUBLE STOMPS him! Wes then RANAS Bate! Cover, TWO!! Bate escapes and that’s also good for Gacy. Wes is annoyed, but he sees Gacy in a corner. Wes brings Bate up but Bate swings. Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves, throws hands and a BOOT! Bate boots back, Wes blocks, but Bate KNEES him away! Bate goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate runs at Gacy, into an elbow! But then Gacy runs into an EXPLODER!

Bate kips up, fans fire up, and Wes runs in. Bate catches Wes, to EXPLODER! Bate kips up again, to SHOOTING STAR Wes! Cover, Bate moves and Gacy drops an elbow on Wes! Bate fireman’s carries, Gacy slips off. Bate dodges Gacy, Bop up but Gacy ducks, so Bate KICKS Gacy! And then BANG! Fireman’s carry and AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around, but then he blocks Wes’ kick! Bate trips Wes, and we get a AIRPLANE SPIN GIANT SWING COMBO! He is truly a Big Strong Boi! Bate stops at 5 to SLAM Gacy onto Wes! Bate then runs to REBOUNDER on Gacy! Cover on Gacy, Wes SMACKS Bate!

Fans fire up while all three men are down! Fans rally for Wes and he brings Bate up. Bate throws body shots but Wes throws forearms. Bate UPPERCUTS, but Wes stays up to ROCK Bate! Bate UPPERCUTS again, fans rally and duel between him and Wes, but Wes fires off a strike fest! ROLLING ELBOW, then a whip! Bate reverses, BACK DRO POWERBOMB as Gacy joins in! Gacy deadlifts Wes to BOMB Bate! Fans fire up for that show of strength, but Bate KNEES Gacy back! Bate goes up, FLYING- NO, Gacy catches Bate to a dragon sleeper! Wes runs in, but into a clinch! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO!

Gacy clamps onto Wes with the RINGS OF SATURN!! Wes endures as Gacy pulls back! But Bate is up, and he BOOTS Gacy! But Gacy just grins!? Gacy tortures Wes while grinning at Bate. Bate says okay then, and he fires off fists on Gacy! Gacy lets Wes go, Bate keeps on hammering and fans fire up again! Bate backs off from Gacy and goes to a corner. Bate runs in again, SHOOTING FLOP, and Gacy has the RINGS OF SATURN on Bate! Gacy thrashes Bate around but Bate endures! Wes DOUBLE STOMPS Gacy and Gacy lets go! All three men are down, Ava looks worried for Gacy, but “This is Awesome!” for the fans!

Gacy goes to ropes, Bate goes to the opposite side. Wes rises up, he ROCKS Gacy! And MULE KICKS Bate! And ROCKS Gacy again! And ELBOWS Bate! Haymaker for Gacy, but Bate UPPERCUTS Wes! Gacy ROCKS Wes! Both Bate and Gacy run, but Wes moves and the REBOUNDER collides with the UPSIDE-DOWN!! Wes has his choice, he decides to handspring DOUBLE PELE!! Cover on Gacy, TWO!! Cover on Bate, TWO!! Wes is beside himself but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for making this the opener. All three men stir, Gacy goes for a corner, and Bate goes for the opposite, leaving Wes in the middle.

Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Wes runs in to UPPERCUT Gacy! Wes runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT Bate! Wes runs but Bate reels him in. Wes ELBOWS and ROCKS Bate, then GAMANGIRIS! Bate sits down, Wes runs at Gacy, but Gacy dodges! To then DECK Wes! Gacy runs but Wes reels him in! SLEEPER! Wes is a backpack and Gacy starts to fade! Gacy reaches out, not that ropebreaks would change much. Fans rally, Gacy picks Wes back up, and he CANNONBALLS! Gacy drags Wes from the corner, covers, but Bate TORNILLOS! And then underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, METEORA from Wes!! Cover, Gacy TOSSES Wes!

Gacy has Wes on the apron but Wes GAMANGIRIS! Gacy staggers away, Wes puts Bate on the apron. Gacy runs in but BLASTS Bate! Wes comes back, ENZIGURI! Wes puts Gacy up top, ROCKS him, then goes corner to corner, but Gacy leans and Wes FLIES out onto Bate!! Fans are thunderous, Wes gets in and runs at Gacy, but into an URENAGE!! Gacy roars, runs, handsprings, but into a CARDIAC KICK!!! Cover, WES WINS!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Another incredible win for Wes Lee, and now both title and record are his! Will nothing stop the Cardiac Kid from making history?


NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ ??? VS Dragon Lee w/ Nathan Frazer!

Forged in NXT UK to celebrate the lineage of European wrestling, this will be a test of strategy, ability and determination! Six rounds, three minutes at a time, and first to two falls wins, aside from a disqualification or knockout. Will the Scottish Supernova keep his historically long reign going? Or will the Wonder Boy be the one that finally dethrones him?

Dragon Lee has the British Rocket by his side, but last we saw, Oro Mensah left Dar hanging. Does Dar have a cornerman? Doesn’t look like it. The introductions are made, the cup is displayed, and we see if Dar will be delighted or dismayed!

The bell rings, round one begins, and fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, give testing kicks, and Dragon’s hits harder. They tie up, Dar waistlocks and drags Dragon down but Dragon slips to a facelock. Dar gets up, facelocks back but Dragon trips Dar. Dar pulls at the mask but Dragon has the leg. Dar gets an arm, they stand, and then Dar wrangles Dragon. Dar JAMS the arm, pushes on it, messes with the mask, but Dragon fights up. Dragon rolls, Dar fights the takedown to wrangle Dragon again. Fans rally for Dragon but Dar SMACKS the hand! Dar drops a knee on the arm, then brings Dragon around.

Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, but Dragon grabs at Dar’s face. Dar ELBOW BREAKERS again, but Dragon rolls, wrenches and WRINGS Dar’s arm! Dragon twists the wrist and bends the fingers but Dar moves around. Dar rolls, trips Dragon, steps through for a standing deathlock, then gets the other leg. Dar wants an Indian Deathlock but Dragon shoves him away. Dar hits a headlock takeover but Dragon headscissors. We’re under a minute, Dar bridges, but Dragon pushes him back down. Dragon puts on the squeeze but Dar headstands and pops free. Dar headlocks, Dragon fights up and powers out.

Dar jumps over, stops himself, but Dragon avoids the leg sweep! Dragon sunset flips, Dar gets free, both men avoid kicks but Dar almost gets hit! We’re at 15 seconds, Dar gets up to shove Dragon. But Dragon blocks the slap to DECK Dar! Dar bails out, Dragon builds speed to WRECK Dar off the apron! And that’s the round!

Dar: 0; Dragon: 0

Fans cheer a great opener, and wait! Oro Mensah does head out here? He wants to be on Dar’s side, though Dar says it was three minutes too late. In that case, fan him! The break is over, round two begins. Dragon gets around Dar but Dar fights the lift. Dar throws elbows, but Dragon CLUBS him! Dragon RAMS Dar into a corner, runs in to clothesline, then snapmare and ELBOW! Dar gets up into another ELBOW! Dragon scoops but Dar slips off and shoves. Things speed up as Dragon ducks n’ dodges ‘n’ RANAS! Dar flounders, Dragon runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON!

Fans fire up and Dragon stares at Dar. Dar eggs Dragon on, but Dragon rains down forearms! The ref counts, Dragon lets off to run corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this and he victory rolls Dragon! TWO, Dragon dodges a boot but not the BACK ELBOW! Dar rolls with a deep bridge, Dar scores!

Dar: 1; Dragon: 0

Fans boo but Supernova 11 has the all-important first point. Frazer helps Dragon get ready, here comes round three! Dar eggs Dragon on, then bails out. Dar leads Dragon on a cat ‘n’ mouse in and out of the ring, but Dragon ducks the buzzsaw! Dragon tackles Dar, rains down fists, but Dar shifts to an omoplata! Dar CLUBS Dragon, but Dragon rolls to KICK Dar! Dragon is free and he goes to a corner. Dar runs in but into an ELBOW! Dragon goes up, but Dar trips him up! Dar then covers, TWO! Dragon is still in this but Dar drags him up. Dar goes up the corner, he CLUBS away on Dragon, but the ref counts.

Dar shoves Dragon away and shouts, “I’m the best at this!” Fans boo as Dar flexes, then Dar drags Dragon back up. Dar throws knees, but Dragon rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dragon V-TRIGGERS Dar! Dar drops to his knees, Dragon SUPERKICKS! Dar goes to a corner, fans fire up as Dragon runs, but Dar bails out to the apron. Dragon still runs in, FLYING RANA to the floor! Fans are thunderous and we’re at the last minute of round three! Dragon gets in the ring, he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp, this is what Dragon wanted at the end of the first round! Dragon puts Dar in and then KNEES Dar down! Cover, TWO!!

We’re at 30 seconds now as Dragon thinks on how to get on the board. Dar crawls, Dragon storms up behind him, and Dragon gives toying kicks. Dragon stomps Dar, but we’re at 10 seconds. Dar gets away but Dragon fires off more hands! The round is over, Dar gets a cheap shot!!

Dar: 1; Dragon: 0

Fans boo but Dar claims he had no idea the round ended! Frazer has to drag Dragon over to the corner, that was almost a knockout in itself! Dar defends his innocence, but he’s got a huge advantage going into round four. The ref sounds the bell, Dragon drags himself up, Dar runs in! Dar only gets buckles, but then he dodges Dragon to run and BOOT! Dar snapmares Dragon, runs in and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dragon is still in this but Dar soaks up the heat. Dar aims from a corner, demands Dragon get up, but Dragon flounders. Dar gets annoyed, he drags Dragon up but Dragon cradles! TWO!!

dragon was playing possum but Dar ROUNDHOUSES! Pop-up, ARMBAR! Dragon clasps hands, Dar kicks at the arms, and he has the ARMBAR! Dragon flails, scrambles, reaches out, but Dar drags him from ropes! ARMBAR, but Dragon stacks Dar! TWO, and Dar lets Dragon go! Dragon SUPERKICKS! And then trips, ties up the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Dar endures, scrambles, reaches out, Oro leans on the ropes to help with the ROPEBRAEK! Frazer gets in Oro’s face and fans fire up! Oro apologizes, but then RAMS Frazer into steel steps! Dragon is distracted, Dar rolls him up, TWO!!

Dar runs in, Dragon dodges and returns, tilt-o-whirl REVERSE DDT! Cover, Dragon scores!!

Dar: 1; Dragon: 1

We’re going into the next round all tied up! Oro drags Dar to the corner now, but then Frazer goes after Oro! Fans are thunderous, Frazer SUPERKICKS Oro! The ref reprimands but Frazer FLIES out onto Oro! The cornermen scrap up the ramp and refs rush in to stop this! Seems like both men lose their seconds! This is just Dar and Dragon now, and here’s round five! They both run in, DOUBLE LARIAT! They both fire forearms, Dragon gets the edge and BOOTS! Bar blocks the knee to DRAGON SCREW, and ANKLE LOCK! Dragon rolls to send Dar to the apron! Dragon runs in again, FLYING- POWERBOMB to the floor!! Fans lose their minds as Dar puts Dragon in!

Dar ELBOWS Dragon down, covers, TWO!?!? Dragon survives and no one can believe it! Fans rally up for Dragon but Dar stands. Dar eggs Dragon on, and then KICKS him! And KICKS him! And BOOTS him! Dar slaps Dragon around, but then Dragon blocks the kick! Dar ELBOWS Daron, STEP PUNCH, but then SNAP GERMAN from Dragon! V-TRIGGER! Dragon reels Dar in, fans fire up, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and Dragon can’t believe it! We’re at one minute, and JAKARA JACKSON is here? The ref has her stay out, but LASH LEGEND is here! She SMACKS Dragon with a water bucket!!

NOVA ROLLA!!! Cover, Dar wins!!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (still NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

With 41 seconds left in the fifth round, Supernova 11 gets a huge assist from two people who were hatin’ on him just last week! Why did Lash & Jakara help Dar? Will anyone ever take the cup from Dar now?


Last Man Standing: DIJAK VS Ilja Dragunov!

#HardJustice and #UNBESIEGBAR are like an unstoppable force and an unbreakable object. But will Dijak prove there is no such thing as invincible? Or will Dragunov prove Dijak has no authority here in NXT?

The bell rings and the two rush in! The hands start flying and fans fire up! Dijak powers Dragunov to a corner, and just windmills big forearms to the chest! Dijak CLUBS Dragunov, puts him in another corner and ROCKS him! But Dragunov CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Dijak CLOBBERS Dragunov! Fans fire up more as Dijak hoists Dragunov up to a torture rack! Dragunov fights free, knees low, then waistlocks. Dragunov lifts but Dijak fights free. Dijak switches, shoves but Dragunov CONSTANTINE- NO, Dijak BOOTS Dragunov to the floor! Dragunov sputters, but Dijak goes out to stomp him!

Dijak pulls the steel steps apart, but puts the top half in the ring. Dijak then puts Dragunov in the ring, but Dragunov KNEES him back out! Dragunov CLUBS Dijak, CLUBS him again, and CLUBS him again! Dijak ROCKS Dragunov but Dragunov PELES! Dragunov SMAKCS Dijak off the desk, then JUMP KICKS him down! Fans fire up with The Czar and he grabs the base steps! Fans fire up as Dragunov brings those closer, runs and jumps off them, but into a BOOT! Dijak then hauls Dragunov up, suplexes, and SLAMS him on the steps! Fans are going nuts as Dragunov flops to the floor. The count starts and Dijak paces.

Fans chant “We Want Tables!” while the count reaches 5 of 10. Dijak looks under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dijak stands this table up, but Dragunov runs in to BLAST through the table!! Fans love “NXT! NXT!” for this one while both men are down in the wreckage. Dijak is against the barriers, Dragunov has a cut on his chin, and the count begins. We reach 5 of 10 before Dijak stirs. Dijak crawls to the ring, Dragunov sits up. They both stand at 8, and they lean against the apron. Dijak drags himself into the ring but Dragunov returns. Dragunov throws hands, but Dijak choke grips! Dragunov ENZIGURIS free!

Fans rally as Dragunov waistlocks. Dragunov drags Dijak up in a waistlock but Dijak fights the lift. Dijak grabs ropes, Dragunov keeps trying, but Dijak bucks Dragunov off, and he falls on the steel steps! Dragunov writhes and Dijak drags him back up! Dijak aims at the steps, for HIGH- NO, Dragunov DDTS Dijak on the steps!! Double-edged since Dragunov has to hit the edge of the steps, but the fans are thunderous! The count begins, Dragunov stirs at 3 and rises at 5. Dijak stirs, is dazed, but Dragunov drags Dijak up. Dragunov puts Dijak in a corner, and scrapes his boot off Dijak’s face again and again!

Dijak sputters, Dragunov goes back to the steel steps. Dragunov picks those up, and runs in to RAM Dijak!! Fans lose their minds, but Dragunov then wedges the steps against Dijak. Dragunov flounders his way to the adjacent corner, and then he climbs up! Fans fire up, anticipating what’s coming! Dragunov blows a kiss before going FULL METAL COAST2COAST!! Fans lose their minds again while both men are down again! The standing count starts on both men, and Dragunov already rises at 4! Dijak stirs at 7, grabs at ropes, and drags himself up at 9! But Dragunov pushes the steps aside to CHOP Dijak!

And CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP! Dijak CHOPS back, SJUEPRKICKS, but Dragunov CHOPS again! And again and again and again and again! Dragunov roars, winds up, and BACKHANDS!! Both men fall, but Dragunov just throws more CHOPS from the mat! Dragunov spins, FALLING BACKHAND!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down. “This is Awesome!” as the count reaches 5 of 10. Dragunov rises first, he stalks Dijak, and he waistlocks to drag Dijak up. GERMAN SUPLEX!! Dijak almost lands on his head! But Dijak rises!? Even Dragunov is surprised! But Dragunov also likes this!

Fans fire up, Dijak choke grips, but Dragunov SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS! Dijak shoves Dragunov to the apron, but Dragunov throws more chops. Dijak APRON CHOKE SLAMS Dragunov!! Fans are shocked as Dragunov flops to the floor! The count begins again, Dijak rises at 6 and Dragunov manages to stand at 9! Dijak and Dragunov stare down, both gritting their teeth. Dijak drags Dragunov into the ring, torture racks, FEAST YOUR EYES!!! Dragunov staggers all the way to a corner, but the corner helps him stand! He might be out on his feet! Dijak is furious, he roars and storms out of the ring.

Dijak goes around the way from the outside, and he looks under the ring. Fans fire up as Dijak brings out a kendo stick! Dijak brings the stick into the ring, he aims at Dragunov in the corner, and he says that if Dragunov likes pain, he’ll love this. SMACK to the ribs! Dragunov’s legs wobble and shake but fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Dijak asks if Dragunov feels alive. Another SMACK to the ribs!! Dragunov says, “NOT EVEN CLOSE!!” Dijak CHOKES Dragunov with the stick, saying Dragunov is making him do this. A third SMACK to the ribs!! Dragunov sputters, but he doesn’t fall over yet.

Dijak shows Dragunov the blood on the kendo stick. Dijak tells Dragunov to stay down. “Don’t you make me do this.” A fourth and a fifth SMACK to the ribs!! The stick is breaking, so Dijak just finishes it with his own knee! Dijak throws the stick away, goes to the outside and he brings out a chair! Dijak brings the chair in now, and he digs it into Dragunov’s neck! Dijak says Dragunov’s forced his hand. But Dragunov throws hands on Dijak! Dijak JAMS Dragunov with the chair, then SMACKS him on the back!! Dragunov writhes, Dijak goes to the far side and winds up, but TORPEDO MOSCOW hits!!!

Fans are thunderous as Dragunov staggers all around a sputtering Dijak! Dragunov winds up, FALLING FOREARM!! Dijak still reaches for a chair but that’s about all he can do. Dragunov gets the steel steps! Dragunov stands them up the tall way, then stands on the steps. SUPER FALLING FOREARM onto the chair!!! Both men are down and the count begins! We’re at 5 and only Dragunov stirs. Dragunov rises, he stands at 9! Dijak is DOWN, Dragunov wins!!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov

And there is your proof! Dragunov is truly UNBESIEGBAR! He is the Last Man Standing, will he look to fight his way towards a championship now?


NXT checks in on Chase U.

Substitute teacher Duke Hudson says he has put in the results of everyone’s quizzes into the system, and they all did very well. EXCEPT RICKY! Ricky sucks! Aww…. Moving on, the MVP of Chase U and substitute teacher has been time consuming, as well as life draining. So he is bringing in two men to teach the Art of Catch Wrestling: Charlie Dempsey & Drew Gulak. And if anyone needs Duke, he is going to be in the back, working on the Money in the Bank study guides.

Gulak thanks Duke and tells the students that normally, you learn what to do. Today, let’s focus on what not to do when the bell rings. And who better to use as an example than Chase U’s own Thea Hail? Wait, what? Thea losing to Kiana James is used as the main example, and Dempsey says that Thea’s lack of grappling knowledge puts her at a severe disadvantage against every opponent. This is NOT how to become a superstar. But good news, not all students have to fail like Thea. Thea storms out, which gets Duke’s attention.

Gulak says with the right guidance, they can learn to crunch and crack opponents in half. Duke asks what the heck these two are doing, and Dempsey says they’re showing the Chase U students what not to do. Yeah, he knows that was the lesson, but they just made someone leave the classroom crying. Gulak says there’s no crying in WWE. This is  a reality check. No one talks to Thea or any of Duke’s- er, Chase U’s students like that! Next week, Duke has a better lesson prepared for them, in the ring. Get out. Gulak & Dempsey leave, Duke dismisses the class, and wants someone to check on Thea.

But at the same time, looking at the highlight reel, Duke isn’t happy. Will he need to start using some tough love to get Thea’s record up?


Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his team.

They’re all celebrating but McKenzie Mitchell asks for a word. She does congratulate him on retaining, but what is this? This is history! “They” just defended the cup on American soil! The lovely Miss Jackson is holding the cup, Lash and Dar’s “main man” Oro are by his side. There’s levels to this, and THEY are at the top! CHECK PLEASE! Thank you, buh-bye! They head out, but will this Supernova squad still be partying into the summer?


The NXT Great American Bash is back!

July 30th, NXT salutes the stars ‘n’ stripes from Cedar Park, Texas, as their next Premium Live Event! Will everything be bigger in Texas?


NXT Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile!

The Iron King’s return at Stand & Deliver is why Mark Coffey & Wolfgang are still on top, but now that trump card is out in the open. Will Julius & Brutus be the ones back on top now that they know all the pieces in play? Or will nothing stop Gallus from making this their kingdom?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who really runs the tag division!

The teams sort out and Julius starts with Wolfgang. Julius gets a takedown but Wolfgang fights up to UPPERCUT! Tag to Mark, Gallus mugs Julius, then Mark facelocks to wrangle Julius down. Julius fights up to an armlock, they go around, and Julius wrenches to a SAYANAGI, and then another armlock. Mark fights up, Julius puts him in the Creed corner to tag in Brutus. Brutus wrenches and cranks the arm, trips Mark, and fights to a headlock. Mark moves around, Brutus has an arm but Mark turns that around onto him. Mark grinds the shoulder, but Brutus gets free, and Wolfgang tags in.

Julius backs Brutus up and the teams talk trash. The ref keeps the peace, things calm down, but then Wolfie runs in! Julius DECKS him, and Brutus fireman’s carry takeovers! Brutus has Mark’s arm, tags Julius, and the Creeds pinball Mark between knees to the side! Brutus drags Mark up to hit a BIG back suplex! Julius covers, TWO! Julius keeps on Mark with an armlock but Mark fights up. Julius arm-drags Mark, keeps on the armlock, but Mark fights up to ROCK Julius! Mark whips, Julius goes up and over and then runs. Brutus tags in as Julius ducks ‘n ‘dodges! Brutus then goes up, FLYING AX YHANDLES!

Brutus SMASH again and again on Mark, but Wolfgang distracts. Brutus runs Wolfgang off but Mark UPPERCUTS! Brutus just powers through to hit a headlock takeover! Mark keeps his shoulders up, powers Brutus to ropes and Wolfgang tags in as Mark powers out. Brutus returns into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Brutus sputters, Wolfgang CLUBS away on him, then drops knee after knee! Wolfgang CLUBS Brutus again, then clamps on a neck wrench. Brutus endures, fans rally, but Mark tags in. Gallus stomps Brutus down, Mark CLUBS Brutus, cover, TWO! Mark KICKS Brutus in the back!

Mark drags Brutus up to ROCK him with forearms, but Brutus hits back! Mark whips and kitchen sink knees Brutus! Tag to Wolfgang, BASEMENT SENTON! Wolfgang then clamps on with a cobra clutch. Fans rally, Brutus fights up, but Wolfgang tags Mark. Ripcord shoulder, then a FLYING SHOULDER! Cover, TWO, but Mark clamps on with a chinlock. Fans rally as Brutus endures and fights up. Brutus pries the hold but Mark throws him down! Mark grinds Brutus down but Brutus keeps his shoulder up. Fans rally, Brutus fights up, and he powers up to lift Mark, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men writhe!

Mark crawls, tags Wolfgang, and Wolfgang keeps Brutus from Julius with a facelock. Fans rally, Brutus fights up again, but Wolfgang CLUBS him! And then ELBOWS Julius! The ref reprimands and Julius is mad, but then Brutus back drops Wolfgang! Tag to Julius! Julius fires off hands on Wolfgang, then clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Julius kips up, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Mark! Wolfgang returns, for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Julius kips up again to hit another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another kip up for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Wolfgang!

Fans are thunderous, Joe Coffey can’t believe this, Mark gets another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Julius kips up, brings down the straps, but Wolfgang ELBOWS him! But Julius still OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Mark tags in, but he runs into a seventh BELLY2BELLY! SHOOTING STAR! Brutus tags in to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans are still fired up for the Creeds, and Brutus brings Mark over. Julius tags back in, he hoists Mark up in an Electric Chair. Brutus climbs, but Mark victory rolls! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang runs in to trip up Brutus! Mark ROCKS Julius, he and Wolfgang DOUBLE URENAGE Julius!

But Brutus is still up top! BRUTUS BALL still hits!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup in corners. The Creeds fire each other up, they egg Gallus on, and Gallus fires up now! And the brawl is on!! Fans are loving it as fists fly! Mark shoves Julius but Julius SPEARS Mark! Wolfgang DEGS Brutus, Julius DECKS Brutus! Mark ROCKS Julius, Julius JUMP KNEES Mark! And then ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Julius throws off the elbow pad! Joe hurries in! The ref reprimands, but Ivy trips up Joe! Julius clotheslines Joe out!

Julius gives thumbs up to Ivy, but wait! AVA RAINE POSTS IVY!! She still isn’t done with Ivy! GALLOW’S GATE hits Julius!! GALLUS WINS!!

Winners: Gallus, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The roots of Schism’s tree reach further than expected, and it helps Mark & Wolfgang survive the Creeds! Will Gallus Boys always be on top?


The hooded attack watches her handiwork.

“I have wreaked havoc on the NXT Women’s Division for months. This Tuesday, I will reveal myself.” Who is this that has been picking apart the roster from the shadows?


NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Finals: Lyra Valkyria VS Tiffany Stratton!

Between injury and the WWE Draft taking Indi Hartwell away, the title was going to be vacated, and a new champion would need to be crowned. The Morrigan fought through Kiana James and Cora Jade while The Center of the Universe made it through Gigi Dolin and Roxanne Perez. Will Lyra ride on the winds of change to reach new heights? Or will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl once again get what she wants?

The introductions are made, the belt is on display, and one way or another, we will have a new champion!

The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Lyra and Tiff circle, stare down, and then tie up. They go around, Tiff puts Lyra on ropes but Lyra turns it around. Tiff puts Lyra in a corner but Lyra pushes back. Tiff pushes, too, they tie up again, and then Lyra headlocks for a takeover. Tiff kicks and moves around, fights up to her feet, and Lyra wrenches. Tiff ROCKS Lyra, wrenches the arm, YANKS away on it, but Lyra rolls, kips up and WRINGS Tiff out! Tiff kicks around, rolls, kips, but Lyra wrangles her with a headlock! Lyra traps an arm, rolls Tiff to a ghost pin, TWO! Tiff gets away to ropes and Lyra smiles.

Fans rally up as the two reset. They circle, they tie up, then Lyra gets a waistlock. Tiff elbows free, snapmares, ghost pins back, but Lyra rolls through! Reverse sunset, TWO! Tiff scrambles away all flustered but Lyra is loving this. The fans love it, too, and the two reset again. They tie up, Tiff knees low, then headlocks. Lyra powers up and out, but Tiff runs her over. Tiff blows a kiss, things speed up, Lyra hurdles but the bad leg gives out! Lyra hurries to a corner, walks it off, and Tiff smirks now. The two approach and Tiff wants a test of strength. They knuckle lock, they go shoulder to shoulder, but Lyra rolls back to put the pressure on!

Tiff turns things around, throws Lyra over, but Lyra then MONKEY FLIPS Tiff away! Tiff staggers up, into a SWINGING ARM-DRAG! Tiff bails out, fans fire up for Lyra, and she watches Tiff go around the outside. Lyra then runs, but she just fakes Tiff out. Tiff scowls and storms into the ring. They tie up again, go around, and Lyra arm-drags Tiff out again! Fans rally again, Tiff is even more upset, and Lyra waits on her. Lyra then builds speed to WRECK- NO, Tiff blocks the dropkick, drags Lyra out and SLAMS her to the apron! Tiff then hoists Lyra up, SHIN BREAKER to the post!

Tiff looms over Lyra, slaps her around, stomps her around, then drags her by the bad leg. Tiff stands Lyra up, gets the leg again, and SHIN BREAKER to the post, AGAIN! Fans cheer and jeer while Tiff goes into the ring to let the count handle this. Tiff then goes back out, stomps Lyra, and pulls at the knee brace! The ref reprimands but now Lyra has no protection on that leg. Tiff tosses the knee brace and puts Lyra in the ring. Tiff lifts Lyra, SHIN BREAKER! Lyra hobbles, but Tiff DRAGON SCREWS her! Tiff drags Lyra up, has the leg again, SHIN BREAKER, and then another DRAGON SCREW!

Tiff smiles as she pushes Lyra to a cover, TWO!! Lyra is hanging tough but Tiff doesn’t let up. Tiff gets the leg, turns Lyra over, and then hooks the leg up. SNAP LOCK! Tiff puts pressure on the leg, stands back up, and SNAP LOCKS again! And then Tiff stands back up, ties both legs together in a deathlock, and fans cheer as she bridges back! MUTA LOCK!! Lyra endures as Tiff pulls on her! Fans rally and duel as Lyra pries the chinlock open! Tiff lets the leglock go, covers, TWO! Tiff stomps Lyra’s leg and Lyra goes to ropes. Tiff gets the leg again, but Lyra SLAPS her! Tiff SLAPS back! They SLAP fight!

Lyra kicks but Tiff ducks, then SMASHES the knee on the mat! Tiff drags Lyra to a cover, TWO! Tiff huffs and puffs but she gets the leg, for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Lyra bridges to relieve pressure and then reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Tiff lets go quickly, but then drags Lyra back. STRETCH MUFFLER! But Lyra kicks at Tiff with her free leg! Tiff lets go, clutches that arm, but she goes after Lyra again. SHIN- SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! Tiff escapes, stomps Lyra, and then steps through. Lyra boots Tiff into buckles! Tiff checks her teeth, Lyra O’Conner Rolls and it’s deep! TWO!!

Lyra ends up in the corner now, clutches her leg, but she says she’s still good to go. Tiff runs in, into an ELBOW! Lyra goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK! But it proves double-edged given the leg damage! Fans rally while both women are down. They stir, Tiff crawls after Lyra and they both stand. Tiff ROCKS Lyra with a forearm, but Lyra UPPERCUTS back! Tiff SLAPS Lyra, but Lyra UPPERCUTS again! Tiff runs in, Lyra dodges to SOBAT! Front kick! HEADBUTT! AX KICK!! Lyra grits her teeth, brings Tiff up again, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridge, roll through, and then another NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridge, roll through, but Tiff kicks the leg!

Tiff runs, but Lyra ENZIGURIS!! Tiff flops out of the ring and fans fire up as Lyra slaps her leg. Lyra scowls, builds speed, and she WRECKS Tiff! Then CROSSBODIES her to the floor! Lyra drags Tiff back up, puts her back in, and hurries up the corner! The bad leg does slow her down a bit but Lyra still reaches the top. Lyra aims, for a CROSSBODY! But Tiff rolls through! Tiff powers lyra up, but Lyra CRUCIFIX DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!!! Tiff survives and fans fire up! Lyra drags Tiff to a drop zone, goes back up the corner, and fans fire up even more! But Tiff trips Lyra up! Lyra ends up in a Tree of Woe!

Tiff runs in, she DROPKICKS Lyra out of the Tree! PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, TWO!??! Lyra survives and Tiff can’t believe it! Tiff scowls and she drags Lyra up. Tiff fireman’s carries, but Lyra slips out to waistlock! Tiff kicks the bad leg out! Lyra sits down, Tiff runs, DOUBLE- NO, SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!!! Tiff grows frustrated but the fans stay fired up. Tiff storms up on Lyra, grabs the leg and then rolls to THROW Lyra! Lyra is in a corner, Tiff handsprings in, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Lyra roars, Tiff stands, but the bad leg gives out!!

Lyra tried the spin back kick but the leg gave up on her! Tiff drags Lyra up, fireman’s carries, ROLLING SENTON! Tiff goes up now, PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- FLOPS!! Lyra fights to her feet, SPINNING HEEL KICK!!! But the bad leg slows her down, she can’t make the cover! Lyra crawls to Tiffany, ROPEBREAK!!! Tiff survives by a literal foot and Lyra cannot believe it! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Lyra grits her teeth. Lyra drags Tiff into the drop zone, goes up the corner, but Tiff goes up after her! Tiff throws forearms, Lyra CLUBS her back! Lyra digs her elbow into Tiff’s back, then adjusts position.

Lyra balances on one leg, SUPER SUNSET- NO, Tiff holds on! Then she RANAS Lyra away! Tiff hurries to fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON again! And then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER!!!! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)

The Center of the Universe finally has the prize she’s been seeking since day one of her career! She may be rich, she may be a brat, but she still earned this one all on her own. Will Tiffany Stratton make this HER era of NXT?


NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Bron Breakker!

Boston’s hometown hero is none other than HIM! Melo is back in Massachusetts, ready to have a rematch from the main event of Stand & Deliver. But while Melo is still Melo, the Big Bad Booty Nephew has changed. This dog is now #MeanerThanEvil, and he wants to bring scorched earth to Lowell! Will Bron break Melo to become a THREE-TIME NXT Champion? Or will Melo still not miss?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s a sadistic sequel to see who is really leader of the pack!

The fans chant for “MEL~O!” already and the bell rings. The two rush in, Melo dropkicks a leg out! Melo fires off haymakers, Bron shoves him away, but Melo comes back for more! Melo KICKS the leg, Bron shoves him again, but Melo just KICKS the leg out! Bron ELBOWS Melo from a corner, hobbles but runs Melo over! Fans boo, things speed up, Melo kips up to PELE! And then runs in to BOOT Bron out of the ring! Melo builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp, if only barely! Melo then rains down fists on Bron, dusts himself off, and CHOPS Bron against barriers! The fans fire up as Melo CHOPS him again!

Melo brings Bron around but Bron RAMS him into the apron! Bron puts Melo in at 6 of 10, shoulders into him, then storms in. Melo dodges, Bron dodges back, and Bron turns leap into SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo but Bron puts Melo in a corner. Bron RAMS into Melo, and again, and again! The ref counts, Bron keeps going until 4. Melo BOOTS Bron back, runs and rolls off Bron’s back, to then DROPKICK Bron to the corner! Melo runs in to forearm smash! Melo whips, Bron reverses, but Melo goes up, only to get caught! Bron TOSSES Melo away, then mocks the chants, “Let’s Go, Melo. IDIOTS!”

Melo goes to the apron, Bron brings him up, but then Bron blocks the gamangiri to DECK Melo! Bron goes out after Melo, fans boo but Bron kicks Melo into the barriers. And SMACKS him off them! Trick protests but Bron brings Melo around to put in the ring. Bron tells Trick to back off, and he goes to the apron, Melo KICKS Bron, and then HOTSHOT STUNNERS him! And then FADE AWAY LEG DROP! Cover, ONE!! Bron is hanging tough but Melo drags him to the ropes. Melo has the leg on the ropes to springboard STOMP it! Bron writhes, Melo grabs the leg and stomps away on it more!

Melo drags Bron around, steps over, HALF BOSTON CRAB! Fitting since this is #Melochussetts! Fans cheer, Bron endures, and Bron fights up. Trick demonstrates how to stretch Bron, but Bron turns things over! Bron BOOTS Melo away, then hobbles up. Melo runs back in, but Bron dodges! Melo goes up, FLYING ARM-DRAG! Melo runs in, but into a LARIAT! Bron’s good leg still has some explosive power to it! Bron hobbles around, he stalks Melo, and Bron brings Melo up, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Melo writhes and Bron walks off the pain in his legs. “Boston sucks!” Bron then stalks Melo and drags him up.

Bron clinches, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! Melo shakes his head and the fans boo Bron. Bron tells them to shut up, and he stalks Melo to ropes. Bron waistlocks but Melo holds the ropes! Bron gets in between Melo and ropes, for a SPINNING BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!! Bron does push-ups just to mock Melo! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Bron but he doesn’t care. Bron scuffs Melo, says, “This is what Boston looks like?” Melo throws body shots! And a CHOP! Bron KNEES low, whpis, but Melo sunset flips! Bron stays up, drags Melo up, another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Bron stalks Melo to a corner, drags Melo up and pie faces him. Fans still chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Bron throws body shots on Melo. Bron puts Melo up top, but Melo throws haymakers! Bron ROCKS Melo back, climbs up and brings Melo up, but Melo fights back with body shots! Melo KICKS Bron’s bad leg! Bron staggers back, but returns, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives but Bron smirks, he’s starting to have fun with this. Bron drags Melo up, reels him in, short arm LARIAT! Bron taunts the fans as they boo him, and he drags Melo up again. Short arm LARIAT!

Bron says this is as easy as beating up one of the fans. Bron drags Melo back up, scuffs him, but fans chant “You’re Not Him!” Bron short arm- NO, Melo ducks! Melo KICKS the legs, CHOPS Bron, then ROCKS Bron! But Bron gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bron still has power to spare, but also attitude as he mockingly chants, “Let’s Go, Melo.” Bron HIP DROPS Melo, then HIP DROPS again! Melo crawls, but Bron says it’s done! Bron hooks up an arm, Melo resists, and he gets that arm free. HIP- KNEES! Melo gets Bron low, then KANGAROO KICKS him away! Bron staggers up, kicks low, and suplexes!

But Melo turns it into a DDT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Trick fires up and he coaches Melo! The fans are thunderous as Melo stands up again! Bron shakes out the stars in his head, but Melo dodges the haymaker to give haymakers! Bron hits back, but Melo gives more! Bron ROCKS Melo, Melo ROCKS Bron again and again and fires off body shots! Bfron shoves Melo, Melo spins Bron around, SMASH and SUPERKICK! Melo runs to BOOT! Melo keeps moving, he springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans are thunderous again as Melo aims from a corner. Melo runs in, tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Cover, ONE?!?!

Bron says “Is that all you got?!” Melo KNEES Bron in the face! Suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this and Melo is starting to wonder what he has to do. Melo drags Bron up, SLAPS him, but Bron DECKS Melo! Fans boo but Melo gets up to throw hands. Bron ROCKS Melo with just one! Melo ROCKS Bron, Bron ROCKS Melo! Melo staggers, comes back and he fires off a flurry! Bron UPPERCUTS Melo! Melo kicks but Bron blocks to choke grip! Trophy lift, but Melo hits a CODE BREAKER out of it!! Melo hurries up the corner, Bron stands, NOTHING- NO, Bron dodges! Bron runs in, but Melo POSTS him!

Melo runs, springboard- SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Bron got Melo like he did a few weeks ago, but this time Melo survives! Bron is the one shocked now, and even Trick looks in disbelief! But the fans are electric for Melo! Bron gets mad, he brings down the straps! Bron gut wrenches Melo up to SLAM him down! And then another gut wrench for another SLAM! Bron says he’s gonna end it, and he waits on Melo to rise. Choke grip, trophy lift, but Melo cradle counters! TWO!! Bron escapes, but Melo SUPERKICKS again! Bron sputters but stays up, so Melo SUPERKICKS again! Bron is still up!? SUPERKICK AGAIN!!

Bron is still up so Melo runs, springboard, FADE AWAY DDT!! Melo hurries up top, takes aim, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, MELO WINS!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Count it! Melo was in a shootout but he gets the game winner! The hometown crowd cheers their hero, has he dispatched of Bron once and for all? And if so, then who is next to challenge… HIM?

My Thoughts:

Awesome stuff for NXT here. Even though they call these Premium Live Events, this felt about as close to a TakeOver as we’re getting in this era. As such, this also flew by rather quick, and I’m not sure where they really could’ve given more time to anything because all these matches felt just right. The Triple Threat was a great opener, and I really liked Tyler Bate’s new robe and ring gear. And it was great for Wes to retain the title, he has done great work so he definitely deserves to be deemed the winningest North American Champion. There’s still any number of people he can face before ever losing the title.

Great follow-up in the Heritage Cup match, though boy I wish it was Sha Samuels who helped Dar win. But it is great for Oro Mensah, Lash Legend and Jakara Jackson to all have a spot in story and on TV. No idea how this is going to go now, other than Frazer VS Oro given their interaction. Dar can also face just about anyone next, and it feels like maybe they want it to be Frazer, between them both having talk shows, Frazer getting involved on Dragon Lee’s behalf, and the history between Frazer and Dar from NXT UK. Frazer is also great, and also deserving of things, this could be a great summer build for him.

That Last Man Standing match was wild! Never seen someone get a busted open chin the way Dragunov did, but it added something to this. Dragunov winning also made sense, as he’s been a great “giantslayer” before. But I can’t really be sure where he goes next, unless it’s the Heritage Cup with Dar being the Heel champion to Dragunov’s Face challenger. Great tag team championship match, it felt like the black ‘n’ gold era’s tag team wrestling. Though I should’ve known Ava and Ivy weren’t done fighting this out, and that is why The Creeds lose. The Tony D’Angelo arrest story is going to shake out, and maybe the D’Angelo Family gets to face Gallus over the summer, but a two month build to Great American Bash might be too much for this.

Speaking of which, great to see Great American Bash becoming more than just a themed episode on TV. A little surprised they aren’t trying for a little closer to July 4th, which is a Tuesday, but I guess that’s just how scheduling their events goes. And nice surprise promo from Chase U and Not Catch Point. Duke standing up for Thea is a good detail, but I feel like he’s going to get cheated by Gulak & Dempsey. And we might even get a tag match now of Dempsey & Gulak VS Duke and a returning Andre Chase. And good promo from this mysterious attacker, good that we’re finally going to see who this is. I’m hoping Blair Davenport, but for some reason the presentation of the character makes me think it’ll be Stevie Turner, making her streamer gimmick just her façade to fool us.

And awesome stuff from both top titles to close out the show. I wasn’t sure who was going to win in Lyra VS Tiffany, but it did feel too soon for Lyra. They kept her strong by making it about the injured leg, damage done by Cora Jade, and I don’t doubt Cora will take credit for it on Tuesday. Tiffany wins because she really is great in the ring, and is just too good at playing her character because it really gets the Heel heat from me. But HBK is also of the school that the Face is better in the chase, so whoever it is, whether Roxanne Perez, Gigi Dolin or even Lyra rising back up, they’re going to go after Tiffany over the summer.

In Bron VS Melo, I feel like Bron’s logo needs to change colors to go with his Heel side. Instead of the cyan, magenta and yellow, it should be like red, white and black. He was even wearing a white wolf mask with a black hoodie that was all “torn up and bloody,” so there it is: red, white and black. But naturally, Melo was winning here, 2-0 and winning the blowoff in his hometown. Great moment that Melo got to keep, no new challenger showing up at the end to shift attention or anything. That can be on Tuesday when Trick Melo Gang surely celebrates this win. Much like Wes and his title, Melo can move on to just about anyone for a fresh new feud to truly define Melo’s reign.

My Score: 8.9/10

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