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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/31/22)

Royal Rumble fallout!

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw, welcome back to the All Mighty Era!

Bobby Lashley is once again WWE World Champion, but BROCK LESNAR won the Rumble! Will Raw see the Beast choose the All Mighty? Or will he choose revenge on Roman Reigns?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H; Ripley wins.
  • The Miz VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio; The Miz wins.
  • WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory; Theory wins and enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Dolph Ziggler; Dawkins wins.
  • Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Round Two – Scooter Race: RKBRO VS Alpha Academy; Alpha Academy wins and chooses the final Academy Challenge.
  • WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Riddle wins and enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.
  • Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Belair wins.
  • WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio; Styles wins and enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Pearce is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw!” And we’re officially on the Road to WrestleMania after the Royal Rumble event and the shocking return of Rowdy Rhonda Rousey! Plus, we saw the crowning of the All Mighty Bobby Lashley, and pure decimation from The Beast, Brock Lesnar. But on this road, there is a road block: The Elimination Chamber! And in just three weeks, the NEW WWE World Champion will step inside the chamber to defend his title! There will be five other competitors- But here comes Lashley! He’s in a shiny red suit, MVP right behind him, and Lashley is in a great mood.

MVP gets a mic for Lashley, and MVP says that is NOT how this works. Lashley pinned Brock Lesnar 1-2-3, already proved his superiority, going to Hell and back to do it. And now Pearce wants Lashley to defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber? That’s not fair! The odds are awful! What Pearce is doing is wrong! The Chamber is the most brutal and barbaric match in the WWE. What is wrong with Pearce?! Lashley then asks Pearce, “Who the hell do you think you are?” He’s supposed to be celebrating his win over Lesnar. He knew he was better all along. Lashley is a better amateur wrestler, a better MMA fighter and a better WWE Champion!

Everyone thought the Beast could not be slain, and Lashley slayed the Beast. Watch the footage if you have any doubts. So all the Lesnar fans, Lashley asks you, “Who’s the conqueror now? Who’s the beast now? Who’s the champion now? Bobby Lashley.” Pearce tries to reason with Lashley but here comes Lesnar! And he’s still dressed for a fight! Lesnar smiles now as Mr. Royal Rumble 2022 and takes a victory lap to fist bump fans. Lesnar then gets in the ring, gets the mic from Pearce, and tells MVP to shut up or he’ll stick that cane up MVP’s ass. And as for “Bobby Who,” he’s gonna stand here and pretend like he’s the champion? C’mon, Bobby!

From one athlete to another, where’s the pride in that? Lashley knows he didn’t actually win. C’mon. Now, they know the only way Lashley won was cuz of Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman. Lashley laughs that off but Lesnar says he isn’t mad at Lashley. They’re good. Lesnar is mad at Roman and Heyman. Now, after that little “debacle,” a good contest honestly, kudos to Lashley, but uh… Lesnar took it upon himself to enter the Royal Rumble match. News flash: Lesnar won the Royal Rumble! Ain’t that a knee slapper? But Lesnar won, and because he won, he can choose a champion for a fight at WrestleMania.

“Now, listen. No need to worry, Bobby. It’s not you. Y’see, at WrestleMania, I’m gonna face Roman Reigns.” Fans like the sound of that! Lesnar says what this has to do with Lashley, is that at WrestleMania, Lesnar VS Roman is going to be title VS title. So that’s where Lashley comes back into this. See, Lesnar is dressed to fight. So uh, because of that, Lesnar challenges Lashley for a rematch right here in Cinci-freakin-nati! Lesnar is fired up, he wants Lashley to get that $5 suit off and get in gear. Lashley isn’t a fighter, his manager is holding him back! C’mon, Bobby! MVP says “after conferring” with Lashley, the answer is Lesnar can go to the end of the line and earn a shot! Challenge DELCINED!

Lesnar shouts after Lashley as he and MVP go to leave. But Lesnar says Lashley is just CHICKEN SH*T! That pisses Lashley off, but MVP keeps telling him to use logic. Lashley exits the ring, fans boo, but then Lesnar swipes at MVP! MVP gets away, he and Lashley hurry to the ramp. Lesnar keeps shouting, “CHICKEN SH*T!” but Lashley tunes it out. Pearce says Lashley may have said no to a title match tonight, but he will have to defend the title against five superstars at the Elimination Chamber. So then, one of those five will BE Brock Lesnar!! MVP is furious, but Lashley is ready. Will the All Mighty still be mighty inside the Chamber?

 

Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!

The Nightmare and the Almost Super “Hero” are broken up, and now they’re looking to break the other apart! Will Rhea body slam some sense into Nikki? Or will Nikki ride out the Riptide to leave Rhea in the dust?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings, Nikki rushes Rhea but gets run over! Nikki realizes she’s yet to get super strength, but she goes for a leg. Rhea gut wrenches Nikki up to TOSS her! Rhea then drags Nikki back up, scoops, but Nikki slips out and dropkicks the leg. Nikki runs and leaps, but into Rhea’s arms. Rhea pops Nikki around to a suplex! Rhea holds Nikki up there and walks around before she SLAMS Nikki down! Nikki bails out, super durability still not her power. Rhea waits on Nikki but Nikki wants a timeout. Rhea goes out, Nikki slides in. “So you wanna play that game, huh, Nikki?”

Rhea slides in, Nikki slides back out, then traps Rhea in the skirt! Nikki fires off on Rhea, drags her out from the bottom of the skirt, and fans boo while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nikki grinds Rhea down with a top wristlock. Rhea endures, fights up and fans rally. Nikki whips Rhea to a corner, RAMS into her and stomps away. The ref counts, Nikki lets off but ROCKS Rhea with a forearm! Nikki pushes Rhea, goes up top, and she drags Rhea up and in. Tornado but no DDT! Rhea elbows Nikki, then catches her haymaker in a cording hold! Short arm LARAIT! And then another LARIAT! Nikki tries another haymaker but Rhea catches her again, for a HEADBUTT! Snapmare, basement dropkick! Rhea roars and fans fire up with her. Rhea aims from a corner, runs in but Nikki dodges, roll up! ONE, SUPERKICK!

Rhea hauls Nikki up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Rhea gets her up top. Rhea and Nikki brawl with wild haymakers, but then Nikki SMACKS Rhea in the nose! TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Nikki loses her cool! Nikki hurries back up top, Rhea stands, CROSS- NO! Rhea gets under, Nikki rolls, dodges, and CLUBS Rhea on the back. Nikki reels Rhea in, takes a moment to pose, but Rhea slips out of the neckbreaker to pump handle and RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Nikki let her super ego get the better of her and now Rhea is standing tall! Will Rhea be able to move on from this and head back for the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Round Two – Scooter Race: RKBRO VS Alpha Academy!

Kevin Patrick welcomes us to this special event. Representing the Alpha Academy will be Chad Gable, and representing RKBRO will be Matt Riddle. RKBRO has a 1-0 lead in this best of three series, and Riddle chose this stipulation. Would he like to elaborate on the rules of this race? Riddle would be glad to, KP. This is dedicated to Randy. Love you, bro. Gable grabs Riddle’s crumpled paper and sees it. It just says “Gustavo!” Yeah, that’s the name of his scooter. SHOOSH. Shoosh. This is a joke, and a slap in the face to the Alpha Academy that this is part of an academic challenge.

And that spelling bee was rigged! Accents have given Gable nightmares all week. He oughta dissolution both of them. Bro, save the big words for the master spellers. Don’t even right now. Kevin, hit them with the rules they talked about. Certainly. The first man to complete 50 laps around the arena and arrive at ringside first will be the winner. Gable says that’s easier than he thought. And he called some Olympic friends, the speed skaters. They sent him this speed suit to make him more aerodynamic, bro. Gotta admit, that’s a sweet suit. But more flow means quadruple the acceleration. That’s just science.

Kevin introduces the special guest race starter, R-Truth! Scooterers, to your marks! Ready, get set, GOOO~! Gable takes an early lead, but where will they be after fifty laps?

 

Raw checks in with Alexa Bliss’ therapy sessions.

The wheels are spinning. What is she thinking about? “Two weeks ago, you mentioned ‘imaginary.’ But Lily was real. Lily’s always been real.” Any time she was pushed around, looked down on, or made fun of, Lily’s been there for her. That was real. Then how would she feel if Lily returned? Really? Well… She’d hug her, play with her, dress her up in her pajamas, maybe have a sleepover and watch scary movies. They always had so much fun. The doctor would like to show her a replica Lily. It shouldn’t mean anything then, since it’s not really her. He brings it out. How does Alexa feel? She smiles, but is that a good or bad sign?

 

The Miz VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio!

The Hollywood A-Lister may have lost to Edge again, but he won’t let that stop him from stroking his ego. Will he start on re-inflating it at the expense of the Son of Mysterio?

Raw returns and the Mysterios make their entrance. The bell rings, Miz taunts Rey, but then Miz circles with Dom. They tie up, Miz powers Dom to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Miz musses Dom’s hair but Dom pushes back. Dom dodges a haymaker to ROCK Miz with one! Miz grins and gets up to circle with Dom again. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Miz swings an elbow. Dom ducks, fires haymakers, runs and wheelbarrows to body scissor Miz onto ropes! Miz ducks the 619 and asks if Rey thinks this is funny. Dom drags Miz up to the apron! But Miz hotshots Dom back, then shoves Rey!

Miz gets in the ring, has the ref keep Rey back, and Miz laughs at Rey. But Dom runs in to kick, whip, but Miz kicks him back. Miz runs, but then pretends Rey tripped him! Miz is using a Guerrero tactic to get Rey in trouble! The ref EJECTS Rey! Dom is distracted by Rey having to leave. Miz gets Dom in a SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

The A-Lister outsmarted the Mysterios to get back on the winning track! Will Dom get payback soon enough?

 

Dana Brooke is on alert.

But Tamina still finds her! They scuffle, Dana pushes Tamina away and gets moving. The scooterers go by, 18 of 50 laps down! Will Tamina ever catch the 24/7 Champion again? Will Riddle make it a 2-0 sweep for RKBRO?

 

Riddle has the lead in the scooter race!

But wait, he has to stop because Omos is in his way! Oh, hey, Omos. You’ve got beautiful eyes. What? Gable gets the lead back! Oh, sorry, Omos, gotta go! They’re at the halfway point of 25 laps! The finish line is waiting at ringside, who reaches it first?

 

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

Before his Elimination Chamber qualifier tonight, The Prizefighter is holding a “Road to WrestleMania” edition of the KO Show! What will Kevin have to say about his journey back to the Grandest Stage of Them All? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us back to his show. The last few nights have been very exciting. People were thrown over the top ropes, titles were defended and titles were won. We have a new All Mighty WWE Champion! But Kevin agrees, boo that result. But things are only going to get more exciting because we’re headed to, get this, the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania ever! Two nights, double the stupendousness! And as exciting as that might be, here’s a little scoop. Kevin Owens is in the Elimination Chamber match! Well, as soon as he beats that protected, sheltered wannabe, Austin Theory. But he’ll get it done.

Enough about that, tonight is about Kevin’s guest. A man who should be here as your WWE Universal Champion. It is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The Visionary walks out, still moving despite being sore from the chairshots Roman gave him. Rollins goes to the ring and Kevin hands him a mic. Kevin asks how Rollins is feeling. Are they going to sit? Yeah, they’ll sit tonight, Rollins isn’t 100%. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation. Rollins says Cincy is the hottest city in the country! He wouldn’t miss this for the world. Fans chant, “WHO DEY? WHO DEY?” Kevin doesn’t get it but Rollins says it’s a football thing.

Kevin wants to remind everyone what happened on Saturday. “Despicable people in the truck, play the footage.” A highlight reel shows us how Rollins used The Shield attire and theme to mess with Roman, and how he came so close to winning the title. Rollins trolling Roman might’ve gone a bit too far with the fist bump offer, as Roman held onto his guillotine headlock during the ropebreak and got himself disqualified. Roman still retained the title despite losing, but that only made Roman snap and recreate the chair attack from the night of the Shield betrayal. Kevin say she can’t sit, he’s all fired up.

What Roman did to Rollins was “disgusting, it was shameful.” But Roman did that on purpose because he knew he couldn’t beat Rollins. And y’know what? While Rollins may not officially be champion, Kevin wants Rollins to look at him when he says he is the Universal Champion of Kevin’s heart. Rollins tells Kevin thanks, that means a lot. Rollins stands up to say that he may not be Universal Champion, he did acquire something else. And that is a permanent piece of real estate int he mind of Roman Reigns. And the net time he goes back, he will bring back that Universal title. But that’s SmackDown business. Tonight is Raw. Yes, that is true.

So it has come to Rollins’ attention that Lashley is defending his title inside Elimination Chamber. Rollins is here with a special announcement for that match. Oh? Rollins didn’t tell Kevin. Well it’s a surprise. Oh, okay. Surprises are good. Go ahead, the floor is Rollins. Drum roll, please. Uh, ok. The speakers give a drum roll, and Rollins says one of the men in that Elimination Chamber will be… SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Whoa, so he’s in the match? Automatically? Kevin has to qualify. Well Rollins’ match with Roman was enough. Be happy for him. Kevin is happy for Rollins! He’s pumped!

Kevin says this is well deserved. Rollins in the Chamber, that’s awesome. Kevin will get in, too. But where are Pearce and Sonya? In the back. Well maybe Rollins can tell them to just put Kevin in the Chamber or else Rollins will give up his spot. That way, Kevin can just be in the match, too! Uh… Maybe. Kevin says he’d do it for Rollins. That is 100% truth. Well, Rollins wants to believe that but… Austin Theory shows up! Vince McMahon’s pet project is ready for his chance to get in the Chamber! Will KO make his discussion with Rollins moot by winning his way in? Or will Theory make Vince proud with a big win over the Prizefighter?

WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Kevin kicks Theory, CHOPS him, COHPS him more and more, then has him in the corner for more CHOPS! Kevin bumps Theory off buckles, headlocks, but Theory powers out. Kevin runs Theory over, things speed up as Kevin keeps moving, and Theory hurdles. Kevin drops to then CLOBBER Theory, and drop a SENTON! Fans fire up for Kevin as he stands Theory up for more CHOPS! Kevin whips Theory to a corner hard, and Theory bounces off buckles. Kevin stomps Theory, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again. Theory shoves back, kicks and forearms, then throws haymakers.

Theory stomps Kevin in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and wrenches to whip corner to corner. Kevin puts Theory on the apron but Theory hotshots him! Theory slingshots and somersaults to SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps cool, drags Kevin up, and Theory ROCKS Kevin with a forearm. Theory throws back elbow after back elbow then haymakers and body shots. The ref counts, backs Theory off, and Kevin CHOPS him! Kevin ROCKS Theory, CHOPS him, whips, but Theory reverses. Kevin kicks Theory and CLOBBERS him again! Theory goes to a corner, Kevin runs in, but Theory bails out.

Kevin keeps cool but Theory trips him and drags him out. Kevin whips Theory into barriers! And then CANNONBALL! Kevin roars and fans fires up with him. Kevin drags Theory up and into the ring, but Theory bails out the other side. Fans boo, Kevin goes out after Theory, but Theory BOOTS Kevin! Theory throws Kevin backwards onto the steel steps! Kevin writhes on the floor as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Kevin throws forearms over and over on Theory. Theory shoves, kicks, but Kevin ENZIGURIS back! And DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kevin gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up top. But Theory ROCKS him with a forearm first! Theory climbs up, Kevin hits back and headbutts Theory down! Kevin adjusts, goes up, MOONSAULT! Theory moves, Kevin FLOPS! Theory hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Theory is shocked but he shakes his head. Theory stalks Kevin, fireman’s carries, but Kevin fights free to ROCK Theory, and CHOP him! Kevin runs, Theory ROCKS Kevin back!

Theory gets Kevin reeled in, fisherman and AOI SHODOU! Cover, TWO! Kevin survives and Theory is frustrated. Theory drags Kevin up, tries again but Kevin wrenches out and pump handles for a MADE IN JAPAN USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin aims, kicks, but Theory denies the Stunner. Kevin SUPERKICKS back! Theory is down, Kevin goes up, SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Theory survives and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin goes up the corner, reels Theory in, but Theory climbs up to fire off haymakers and forearms! Theory then goes to the very top, but Kevin blocks!

Kevin throws body shots, hooks a leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls, covers, ROPEBREAK!! Theory saves himself by mere inches and fans can’t believe it! Theory gets out of the ring while Kevin seethes. Kevin goes out, CLUBS away on Theory’s back, then bumps him off the apron again and again! And then off the announce desk! And then Kevin reels Theory in, APRON POWER- NO! Theory slips into the ring, Kevin hurries in, Theory kicks the ropes! Kevin gets Kevin up, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber)

And Theory takes a victory selfie. Fans aren’t happy about it, but will Mr. McMahon shower Theory with praises for taking down the Prizefighter?

 

The Street Profits see Riddle scootering up.

They give him a drink as a pitstop, and Riddle says that isn’t a sports drink. But it’ll definitely wash down that tasty burrito from earlier. Thanks, bros! Riddle hurries off, and Gable comes up behind him. He wants a drink, but Angelo Dawkins says NOPE. They’re parched. No! Gable needs a drink! Luckily Otis is there for Gable. Ew, what is this? Steak sauce?! Yes, only the best for Master Gable. No, the sodium will dehydrate him! Gable frowns and scooters on, they’re nearing the last 10 laps! Will Gable be able to come back from behind?

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Dolph Ziggler!

Cincy’s own is here to represent on the Road to WrestleMania! #WhoDey that thinks they can beat the Curse of Greatness? Will the Show-Off be just the Dirty Dawg to do it?

Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings, Ziggler KNEES Dawkins down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler talks trash, scrapes laces off Dawkins’ face, then POSTS him! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grins as he keeps on Dawkins and claws at the eyes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off at 4, then scrapes laces off the face again. Ziggler stalks Dawkins, scrapes his face again, then covers. TWO, Ziggler hurries to full mount and then shoot the half into a headlock. Dawkins endures, fans chant, “WHO DEY!” and Dawkins fights up. Dawkins throws body shots, gets free, but Ziggler kicks low to turn and NECKBREAKER!

Fans boo but Ziggler grins. Dawkins gets away to a corner and Ford coaches him up. Ziggler runs in to SPLASH! Ziggler soaks up the heat, runs in again and SPLASHES! Ziggler mocks the Icky Shuffle, runs in but Dawkins DECKS him with a right! Ford fires up and the fans do, too, as both men are down. Dawkins and Ziggler crawl around, drag themselves up at ropes, and Dawkins speeds up to LARIAT! Dawkins whips, Ziggler reverses but Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! Pump handle EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Dawkins keeps cool, brings Ziggler back up, and underhooks. Ziggler slips out, rolls Dawkins up, TWO! Dawkins clinches but Ziggler fires elbows. Dawkins shoves, pops up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Ziggler can’t believe it! Dawkins flounders, Ziggler waits on him. Ford rallies the fans, Dawkins gets up, and he blocks the superkick to spin Ziggler around! Ziggler flips through the backslide but into the underhooks! SILENCER! Cover, Dawkins wins!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

Who dey? Not Ziggler! Dawkins gets a big singles win, but will he and Ford get back up in the tag division?

 

The scooter race is still on!

They start restoring to pushing and shoving! We’re entering the final lap! Who will make it to the finish line first?!

 

Veer Mahaan is still coming.

“I have been patient like a lion. Waiting, watching, biding my time. But now, the hunter has finally spotted its prey. And soon, I will strike.”

 

Kevin Patrick welcomes us back.

He and R-Truth are at the finish line, waiting for what could be a photo finish here. RKBRO wants to earn that tag title rematch, but who does Truth think will win? The Bengals! Cincy likes the sound of that. Riddle and Gable are making the home stretch to gorilla! Gable has a lead, but Riddle has the stamina! Riddle gets around the corner, Gable goes down! Riddle laughs as he coasts, but then Otis CLOBBERS Riddle feet from the finish! Gable gets up, sees he has a chance, and he hurries back onto his scooter. Gable scoots around Riddle, does some taunting laps around Riddle, then crosses the line!

Winner: Chad Gable

Gable’s number one guy made sure to turn this race into a demolition derby! Riddle protests! That got rid of all the integrity! Randy always said- SHOOSH! Do Gable’s cauliflower ears deceive him, or is Riddle saying Gable’s a cheater? Gable’s never cheated at anything in his life. Not to make the Olympics, not to get a Master’s Degree, and not on his 4.0 GPA, thank you. But if Riddle wants a match, and because Gable is pissed, Riddle has his match with Otis. Will the Dozer demolish Riddle again? Or can The Bro get some semblance of revenge through the ring?

Matt Riddle VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

Raw returns but then Adam Pearce walks out to officially inform us that this match is now an Elimination Chamber qualifier! Winner joins the WWE World Championship match! Ring the bell!

The bell does ring and Riddle fires off on Otis! Otis knees low, whips, runs, and POUNCES Riddle to the ropes! “For the Academy!” Riddle flounders to the corner, Otis runs in and SPLASHES! Otis whips back the other way hard, and Riddle bounces off buckles! Otis stands Riddle up to CLUB him and fire off body shots. Otis CLOBBERS Riddle, drags Riddle up again and back suplexes for a CLUBBING SLAM! Gable soaks up the heat on Otis’ behalf as he runs, for a BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Otis drags Riddle up again, clamps on a neck wrench, but fans rally for Riddle. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, and then forearms!

Riddle runs, but into the WRECKER ELBOW! Otis drags Riddle back up, CLUBS him back down, and says, “I’m the tree trunk!” But Riddle boots from the corner! Otis CLUBS Riddle again, RAMS a shoulder into him, then digs in. The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, and he stalks Riddle. Otis kicks Riddle and Riddle falls out of the ring. The ref counts but Gable laughs at Riddle. Otis soaks up the heat but Riddle drags himself up. Riddle shoulders into Otis, slingshots up and over and gets moving, but Otis POUNCES him again! Otis is all fired up while Riddle writhes. Riddle manages to sit up but Otis CLUBS him again!

Otis has the neck wrench again and Riddle endures. Riddle fights up as fans rally, and Riddle throws more body shots. Otis CLUBS Riddle, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to ELBOW DROP! Riddle flounders and writhes as he clutches his ribs. Riddle sputters, Otis stalks him to ropes. Otis stands on Riddle to choke him on the ropes! The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, then he stands on Riddle’s chest! The ref counts again, Otis lets off, and Gable mocks Riddle’s pain. Riddle gets to the apron, Otis drags him up, but Riddle HOTSHOTS Otis away! Riddle hurries up, slingshots in and ROCKS Otis with forearms!

Riddle runs, ROCKS Otis again, then keeps moving. But Otis LARIATS Riddle right down! “You can’t run through a brick wall!” Cover, TWO! Otis still gloats, and he sits Riddle up again. Otis clamps onto the neck wrench a third time but fans still rally. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, but Otis CLUBS him yet again. Otis drags Riddle back up, back suplexes, but Riddle lands on his feet! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle fires off KICKS in the corner, but Otis blocks to EXPLODER! Gable says Otis has to shut this down. Riddle dodges in the corner to forearm smash! And then side to side, another forearm smash!

Riddle is slowing down but he dodges Otis to ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Otis drops to a knee, FINAL FLASH again! Riddle hurries to a corner and up top, FLOATING BRO!! On Otis’ leg! Otis hobbles as Riddle fires up and hears the voices, bro! Otis stands, and he blocks the RKO! Riddle elbows Otis away from the corner, goes up, FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Jackknife cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber)

A HUGE win for The Bro! The Viper may not be here, but is he proud of The Stallion here tonight?

 

Bianca Belair VS Carmella!

The EST didn’t make history with back-to-back Rumble wins, but she’s still the Iron Woman three years running! Will she fight her way to that Raw Women’s Championship on this Road to WrestleMania? Or will the self-proclaimed Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE put her on a detour?

Raw returns, and Mella wants a timeout. She goes to her team to put on the protective mask. Fans boo, Bianca is annoyed, but Mella finally returns to the ring. The bell sounds, they tie up and Bianca waistlocks to SLAM Mella down. Bianca keeps the waistlock, Mella complains and fights up, but Bianca SLAMS her back down. Mella flails but she can’t get away. “Am I still pretty?” Umm… Mella gets up, Bianca picks her up but Mella elbows free. Mella pushes Bianca and says she’s the hottEST. Bianca laughs it off, but Mella shoves her again. Bianca winds up the hair, and Mella freaks! Bianca says GOTTEE, and then shoves Mella down!

Bianca says kiss this, but Mella SLAPS Bianca! Bianca can’t believe Mella did that, and the chase is on! They go around the ring, back in the ring, and Mella stomps Bianca down at the ropes. The ref counts, Mella lets off and says she’s the prettiEST. But Bianca kips up and runs Mella over! Bianca says she’s the prettiEST. And then she RAMS into Mella, but Mella pushes Bianca back. Bianca stomps Mella, storms up on her, but Mella YANKS her into the buckles. Mella stomps away on Bianca then fires off hands. Mella lets off, fans boo, but Mella soaks it all up. Mella clubs and stomps Bianca, then struts around.

Mella has Bianca in a corner, she digs forearms into Bianca’s face then throws back elbow after back elbow. Mella lets off just a second, then elbows Bianca down! Mella drags Bianca up to CLUB her, then pushes her around to a cover. ONE, but Mella clamps on with a chinlock. Bianca endures, fans rally up for the “E S T! E S T!” and Bianca fights up. Bianca scoops but Mella slips out to throw Bianca down by her hair! Cover, TWO, and Mella clamps on with another chinlock. Mella leans on the hold, “I’m the hottEST!” Bianca endures, fans rally up again, and Bianca powers up against Mella’s leverage.

Bianca throws body shots, scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Mella gets to ropes, she runs back in but Bianca spins her around for a suplex! Bianca kips up, fires up, and fires off on Mella! Bianca whips, Mella ducks and dodges but Bianca ROCKS her! Torture rack for the KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Mella can have her opinion about her looks, but Bianca proved that she’s still the strongEST with that win! Will Bianca find a way to make it WrESTleMania once again?

 

Raw checks back in with Alexa.

Her smile at the substitute Lily assures the doctor that they’re making progress. Alexa says she’s missed Lily so much. But this isn’t the real Lily. This is just a replica from WWE’s shop. Now, he will let Alexa hold her just to prove to her it isn’t THE Lily. Alexa holds onto Not Lily and she gets emotional. Alexa cries, but is she finally getting past her past?

 

Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.

Chad Gable & Otis split the difference with Matt Riddle, but they did win the scooter race. Gable laughs and says of course he won the race! He’s an Olympian! And that means he gets to choose the final challenge. It’ll be a doozy! It’ll be a QUIZ BOWL! And when Riddle & Orton lose the quiz bowl, just like the Bengals will lose their bowl game, RKBRO can kiss their tag title rematch good-bye. SHOOSH. Do the Stallion & Viper stand a chance in the final Alpha Academy Academic Challenge?

 

WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio!

The Phenomenal One was this year’s Ironman of the Rumble, but he still has to fight his way to the world title! Will Styles make the Elimination Chamber that much more phenomenal? Or will the King of Lucha start on his own Road to WrestleMania here tonight?

Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They shake hands to show sportsmanship, and then they tie up. Styles powers Rey to a corner, but he lets off clean. Rey comes back, they feel out the grapple, and Rey shoots in to waistlock. Styles switches, SLAMS Rey, but Rey grabs the ropes. Styles lets off clean again, and he waits on Rey. They circle, feel things out, knuckle lock for a test of strength, but Styles pushes Rey down. Rey kicks up, sunset flips, ONE! Styles sweeps, covers, ONE! Styles has a headlock to keep Rey down. Rey powers up, powers out, things speed up and Styles runs Rey over!

Styles keeps moving, Rey follows and RANAS! Styles gets to a corner, fans fire up with Rey as he runs in, but Styles blocks the monkey flip to put Rey up top. Styles CHOPS, climbs up, but Rey headbutts him back down! Leap frog RANA! Rey whips, Styles reverses but Rey tilt-o-whirls, into a BACKBREAKER! Styles takes a moment to catch his breath, then he drags Rey up. Rey throws body shots, Styles CLUBS and whips Rey to slide him out of the ring! Rey rolls through, that’s new! But Styles slingshots out! Rey dodges, dropkicks Styles down, then builds speed to slide and SPLASH onto knees!

Styles suckered Rey in, and now he fireman’s carries. But Rey RANAS free and sends Styles into barriers! Both men are down while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Styles drags Rey into a chinlock. Rey endures as Styles squeezes tight and leans his weight on Rey. Rey fights up, throws body shots then forearms. Styles shoves, Rey kicks back, and then Rey springboards to QUEBRADA! Styles catches, spins Rey but Rey uses that to DDT! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Rey gets to ropes, drags himself up, and he runs at Styles to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey whips, Styles reverses but Rey ducks and springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rey keeps his cool, fans fire up again and Rey KICKS Styles’ leg. Rey KICKS, whips, but Styles holds ropes to deny the dropkick! SLIDING FOREARM!

Styles fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this but Styles keeps focus. Styles waistlocks and gets Rey up, but Rey victory rolls to put Styles on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Styles ducks the 619! Styles ROCKS Rey from the apron, springboards in, but Rey gets under! Rey runs in but Styles catches him and rolls him. Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! But Rey collapses, both men are down on the mat! Rey crawls to a cover, TWO!! Rey almost caught Styles sleeping on the job, but he keeps cool as he stalks Styles to the corner. Rey RAMS his shoulder in, hoists Styles up top and climbs.

Rey calls his shot, but Styles blocks the Super Steiner! Styles drags Rey into position, SUPER- NO! No Clash! Rey pops out, elbows back and goes up to leap, RANA onto the ropes! Rey redials, 619!! Rey goes up top as fast as he can, for the FROG SPLASH but he flops as Styles sits up! But Rey still gets him for a ghost pin! TWO!! Styles ducks Rey’s clothesline to PELE! Both men are down again, but Styles hurries to get up. Styles drags Rey up, reels him in, but Rey turns Clash into SEATED SENTON! Rey hurries back up top, SEATED SENTON again, but Styles rolls through! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber)

Once again, a phenomenal finish! Styles finds a way to win, and now he is the sixth and final man in that grueling title match! Will he find a way to take that title from the All Mighty Lashley?

 

Rhonda Rousey is here!

As promised, the Baddest Woman on the Planet is in Cincinnati, and she’s back as the winner of the Women’s Royal Rumble! Rhonda gets a mic, she smirks as the fans cheer for her, and then she says, “I’ve been debating since Saturday whose title I want to take at WrestleMania. Charlotte’s, or Rebecca’s. I have unfinished business with both. Now, I could choose Rebecca, but… My attention is a compliment she doesn’t really deserve. Because the biggest fight for any woman at any time is always with me. And Rebecca’s stagnating title reign is not my problem. It is hers, though.

“Now, I could choose Charlotte, just to prove that even as a contender, not even a champion yet, that Rebecca is still on my undercard. Then Charlotte will know, Rebecca will know, and everyone will know, that the baddest big time bitch is me!” But here comes Becky! Dressed like a playing card…? “Oh Ronnie, ya little weirdo. I missed ya!” Using her gov’t name and spouting nonsense. Nice to see Rhonda hasn’t changed. But she’s losing credibility with statements like that, when Becky’s the only one who beat Rhonda. And no one’s beat Becky for a title ever since. Wasn’t even sure we’d ever see Rhonda again.

But now that we are seeing her, the biggest match in anyone’s mind is Rhonda VS Becky. But seeing as this is Rhonda’s first WrestleMania back, Becky won’t blame her going for an appetizer like Charlotte before going after the main course. You don’t just sip down a cup of Gazpacho. But if Rhonda wants to go right for the meat ‘n’ potatoes and chooses Becky, Becky’s all game. But if Rhonda could just please decide soon, because this division has never been hotter, and Becky just wants to know who she’ll beat next. So then, who’s it gonna be? Rhonda stays quiet but Becky gets the fans in on it. The fans want to know, that’s why Rhonda came out.

Rhonda THROWS Becky down! Then she takes Becky’s mic to say, “You’ll have my answer on Friday.” Rhonda just gave everyone a reason to watch SmackDown! Well how rude! Becky thought they were catching up. Make it official, Ronnie Fears Becky! Or maybe Rhonda just wanted to get outta Cincy as bad as Becky does! But in that case, Ronnie, run and- LITA?! Lita’s here?! She’s wearing a Big Time Becks merch shirt, and says, “So rude, amirite?” Yes, so rude! What is Rhonda’s problem? That’s what Becky’s said the last four years! Fans are chanting for Lita, and Lita says Rhonda can’t talk like that to the GOAT. Yes, thank you!

Lita knew since day one that Becky would be right here. Becky has set the division on fire. Yes, completely right. And speaking of legends, Becky’s been a fan of Lita’s since she was growing up. She got in trouble wearing a thong outside the pants, but that’s neither here nor there. Well, Lita says the one thing she respects above anything is that Becky’s a fighting champion and never backs down. Yes, Becky never backs down. Wait, what’s Lita getting at? Well, if Becky never backs down from a challenge, Lita was just thinking… Becky VS Lita at Elimination Chamber? Uh, n-no. Fans say, “YES! YES! YES!”

But Becky never backs down, Lita is giving a challenge, so- Yeah, but Lita is putting words in Becky’s mouth, taking things outta context. Lita says it is a lot of work defending a title. If Becky’s scared, just say so. No, she is many things, but she is NOT scared. If Lita wants that match, she’s got it! Then the match is made! The Man takes on the extreme icon, will Becky regret being so big time?


My Thoughts:

After the Royal Rumble has good action but disappointing results, Raw here did a very good job of turning those lemons into lemonade as WWE turns the corner on the Road to WrestleMania. Lesnar setting out his roadmap was some great stuff. He got on Lashley’s nerve but is in the Elimination Chamber for the first time. Just Lesnar and Lashley could demolish that structure if they wanted to. I like that Rollins was automatically put in more as a point of upsetting Kevin Owens than anything. And we got great qualifier matches to give us the other three entries. Theory beating Kevin of course goes in line with Theory legit being Vince’s new favorite, and it could add to Kevin’s frustrations. Maybe Kevin still faces Damian Priest for the US title.

I really like that they found a way to blend Riddle’s tag team story with his singles story. He gets cheated out of the scooter race, which of course brings up round three of the Academic Challenge, but then Riddle wins huge off Otis to get in the Chamber. Riddle will get another chance to interact with Lesnar in the ring, as well as all these other great stars, he’ll definitely be a highlight of the Chamber match. Just no Floating Bro off the top of a pod, though. Styles VS Rey was great stuff as the main event match of the night, and with Theory in the Chamber, Styles getting in makes sense. Plus, Miz cheating Dom in their match, I’m thinking Miz sets something up with Rey for Mania.

WWE finally did something good for hometown wrestlers with Dawkins winning over Ziggler. Depending on how things go between Alpha Academy and RKBRO, I’m sure the Profits will be set back up for another tag title shot. Veer Mahaan’s still on his way so that’s nice to know. He did mention he has a target in mind now, maybe he’s aiming for the US Championship as his return feud. And we got perhaps one Alexa Bliss segment that was cut into two just for the sake of filling time. I have a feeling she’ll be holding onto that replica Lily as a surrogate, and trying to take it from her could trigger her.

We actually got decent stuff out of the women’s matches tonight. Rhea VS Nikki could’ve still been bigger, but we got a good match for just giving it to us so suddenly. Bianca VS Mella was perhaps one of Mella’s best singles matches in a long time. The stuff with the mask is getting old, though, but there isn’t exactly anything motivating her to give it up. Bianca sweeping the tag champs could lead to her going for tag titles, but I wouldn’t know who to give Bianca as a tag partner. And then Rhonda was of course the last segment of the night, in part. What she said was good teasing of the decision but she seemed bored delivering it. Her getting to throw Becky was probably the part she wanted to do most.

What a great surprise with Lita goading Becky into a title match. That is going to be a lot of fun for Elimination Chamber, and just as Charlotte has a win over Trish Stratus as a feather in her cap, Becky will have one on Lita. Then maybe, just maybe, they use WrestleMania 38 being two nights to set up Rhonda VS one champion, then winner of that VS the other, another Winner Takes All scenario.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)

We’re in the homestretch!

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New Japan Road 2022

NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!

While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
  • TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
  • Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.

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10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?

LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.

Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!

Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.

Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!

The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.

LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.

Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!

Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!

Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.

Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!

Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”

Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?

 

KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!

Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.

Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.

Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.

Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!

Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.

Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!

Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!

Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!

Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!

Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.

Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!

Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!

Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!

Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission

The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.

“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.

“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?


My Thoughts:

Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.

The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)

Happy Independence Day, America!

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WWE Raw 2022

Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!

Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca  Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
  • The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
  • Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
  • Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
  • No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.

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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.

We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!

 

Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!

San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.

Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.

Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.

Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!

Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”

Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?

 

Backstage interview with The Mysterios!

Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!

Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!

San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!

Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!

Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!

Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!

Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!

Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!

Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!

Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!

Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!

But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!

Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification

Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!

But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?

 

The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!

But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!

Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…

 

The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!

Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?

 

The Miz VS AJ Styles!

Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!

Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.

Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.

Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.

Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?

 

Liv Morgan is here!

And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”

The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!

Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.

But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.

So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!

Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!

Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.

Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.

Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!

Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!

Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!

Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!

Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall

The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?

 

Raw returns to the cookout!

Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!

Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.

But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?

 

A cryptic video plays.

A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?

 

Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!

Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!

Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!

Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!

Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!

Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?

Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?

 

Raw returns to the cookout!

The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?

Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?

Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.

Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!

Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!

The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.

Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!

Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!

But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!

Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall

A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!

Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!

 

Uncle Sam is here?

Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”

But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!

Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!

The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!

Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall

The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will

 

Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.

Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?

 

No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!

The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?

Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.

Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky  hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!

Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!

Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!

Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.

Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!

Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!

Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!

Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?


My Thoughts:

After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.

And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.

Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.

Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.

And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.

I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.

My Score: 8.5/10


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