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Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Results & Report! (2/19/22)

For the first time in Saudi Arabia!

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This is the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania!

WWE returns to Saudi Arabia, and brings the Elimination Chamber with them! Who survives such a sinister structure to head for WrestleMania?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Miz; Rey wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Goldberg; Reigns wins and retains the title.
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber: Bianca Belair VS Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H. VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Liv Morgan VS Alexa Bliss; Belair wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 38.
  • Ronda Rousey & Naomi VS Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville; Rousey & Naomi win.
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Drew McIntyre VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; McIntyre wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lita; Becky wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Viking Raiders; No Contest.
  • WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar VS Austin Theory VS AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Lesnar wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!

Join Jackie Redmon, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in the WWE Command Center as they discuss, analyze and predict all of today’s action on this last stop on the Road to WrestleMania!

 

Backstage interview with Natalya.

Natty’s been part of just about everything in the WWE, so who does she think wins tonight’s Women’s Elimination Chamber? She’ll answer that soon, but she has a bone to pick with Rhea Ripley. Great little performance in the gauntlet, but calling herself the Ironwoman of the WWE upsets Natty. Natty has THREE Guinness Book of World Records records. But Rhea aside, Natty says Liv Morgan is going to get this. She hasn’t won much of anything, so something’s gotta give, right? Maybe Liv can be as great as Natty one day. Will things come together for Liv to finally have her WrestleMania moment?

 

Kickoff Show – Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Miz!

The King of Lucha wants to settle the score with the Hollywood A-Lister for all the things said and done in regards to Dominik, as well as the late, great Eddie Guerrero. But with Miz having learned some tricks of his own, will he get the better of the Mysterios again? Or will it be BOOYAKA BOOYAKA 619 in the Jeddah Superdome?

The bell rings and Miz fires off on Rey! Miz stomps away in the corner, the ref counts and has to pull Miz back. Miz whips Rey corner to corner hard, then CLOBBERS him from behind! Miz goes up the corner to soak up the heat and taunt Dom at the same time. Dom coaches Rey up, Rey gets to the corner but Miz whips him corner to corner. Rey goes up, Miz catches him, but Rey slips out. Miz kicks low, whips, but Rey reverses and follows to RANA Miz onto ropes! Fans fire up as Rey dials it up, but Miz bails out! Miz talks trash to Dom, but then Rey WRECKS Miz with a dropkick! Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH!

Rey high-fives Dom and fans fire up as he goes back to the ring. Miz slowly gets up, fans chant for the “619! 619!” Miz gets in at 8 of 10, but then bails back out. But Dom shoves Miz back in! Rey KICKS, fires hands, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! Fans count all the way to 9, but Miz dumps Rey out! Rey ROCKS Miz back, goes up the corner, but Miz trips him up! Rey ends up in the Tree of Woe, for IT KICKS! Fans chant, “You Suck!” at Miz, but Miz complains about Dom. Miz drags Rey out of the Tree, then CATAPULT GUILLOTINES Rey on the ropes! Rey sputters and bails out but Miz pursues.

Miz bumps Rey off barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then looms over Rey. Miz drags Rey up but Rey KICKS and throws hands! Rey whips, Miz reverses and kitchen sink knees him down! Then basement BOOM! Cover, TWO! Miz snarls, sits Rey up to dig his knee in. Miz wraps on a chinlock, Rey endures, and fans rally up. Rey fights up, throws elbows and gets free. Miz swings but Rey waistlocks. Miz grabs ropes, elbows Rey away, then swipes at Dom! Dom hits back! Rey rolls Miz, TWO! Miz BOOTS Rey down! Miz complains about Dom again but the ref saw nothing. Dom wags his finger and fans cheer.

Miz gives IT KICKS to Rey, taunts Dom, then KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Miz scowls, powers up, but Rey ducks the buzzsaw! Rey slides under again, elbows Miz from the corner, then BOOTS him! Miz comes back, but into more BOOTS! Rey runs, ranas and POSTS Miz! Dom and the fans cheer Rey as Miz staggers back. Rey goes up the corner, Miz stands, SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Miz is still in this but Rey keeps cool. Miz throat chops Rey! The ref reprimands but Miz runs to sunset flip! Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!

Dom and the fans rally up for Rey as he and Miz slowly get up. Rey whips, Miz reverses then throws Rey out. Rey lands safe on the apron, Miz turns around into a GAMANGIRI! Rey shoulders in, slingshots and sunset flips, but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz seethes, fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Miz gets the legs, steps through, but Rey boots him. Rey ducks a boot, runs in, wheelbarrow, but Miz gets the full nelson! Rey flails, kicks and slips under, to then drop toehold Miz onto ropes! Rey runs, 619!! Fans fire up as Rey climbs, but Miz bails out. Fans boo as Miz gets a chair!

Rey PLANCHAS Miz down first! Rey puts Miz back in, but Miz gets back out. Dom stops Miz from getting the chair! So Miz pulls an Eddie! He makes Dom look like the culprit, and so the ref EJECTS Dom! Miz grins as he gets one over on the Mysterios. Miz then slips in to RAM Rey into buckles, and full nelsons, but Rey victory rolls through! REY WINS!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

The A-Lister is a sore loser, he stomps Rey down! But Dom TACKLES Miz! Dom SUPERKICKS Miz down and Miz staggers about. Fans fire up, the Mysterios double CATAPULT Miz onto ropes! DOUBLE 619! Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH! Rey goes up, he gives a little Latino Heat, for a FROG SPLASH! Miz got what he deserved, will Rey & Dom use this momentum to rise up on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

“The eyes of the world… are locked in.”

“The structure that has no equal now has no boundaries.” This is the international debut of the Elimination Chamber! And this night, the Road to WrestleMania crashes to a halt. The Beast is unleashed inside the steel. The Man faces her hero while six others fight to face the winner. And a match meant for two years ago has finally come to fruition. Tonight, the Road to WrestleMania runs through Saudi Arabia. Welcome to the Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event!

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Goldberg!

The world has waited two years for this, why wait any longer? The Big Dog has changed into the Tribal Chief and no one has been able to stop him. But the Icon wants to return to being the Icon, as well as Universal Champion. Is Roman Reigns next? Or is the past going to stay the past?

The pyro goes off, and Roman is given the mic. “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ACKNOWLEDGE ME.” The fans are more than happy to! Heyman takes the mic back and fans already start chanting “GOLD~BERG!” Goldberg makes his entrance. The introductions are made, and the belt is raised. Are we about to see Roman Reigns “Goldberg” Goldberg?

The two stare down and the fans fire up with the bell. “This is Awesome!” already, because it’s finally happening. Roman and Goldberg circle, and Roman is bothered by the fans all chanting, “GOLD~BERG!” The circling continues, the titans tie up, and are in a deadlock! Roman manages to push Goldberg but Goldberg pushes back. Roman ROCKS Goldberg with a right! And then he knees Goldberg, and HEADBUTTS him! Goldberg staggers, Roman ROCKS him again. Roman whips Goldberg out of the ring! Goldberg staggers and Roman goes out after him. Roman SMACKS Goldberg off the announce desk! And again!

Roman whips but Goldberg blocks! Goldberg reverses to whip Roman into barriers! Goldberg throws elbows, the ring count is climbing and Goldberg ROCKS Roman. Goldberg puts Roman in at 8 of 10, then gets in at 9. Roman ROCKS Goldberg with an uppercut! Roman fires off at the ropes! The ref has Roman let off, but Roman gives Goldberg one more elbow! Roman drags Goldberg up, runs, but into a SPEAR!! Goldberg fires up and fans are fired up with him! Goldberg says HE’S the one, then brings Roman up. But Roman wrenches out to clinch and URENAGE! Cover, TWO!!

Roman is shocked Goldberg survives but fans are fired up again! Goldberg crawls to ropes, Roman gets up and locks ‘n’ loads. Roman runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman fires up and says, “I told you!” Roman lets out the battle cry, runs in, but into GOLDBERG’S SPEAR!! Fans are going nuts as Goldberg gets the better of Roman again! Goldberg drags Roman up, reels him in, calls his shot, and suplexes, but Roman fights it! GUILLOTINE!! Roman has Goldberg caught! Goldberg claws at Roman, tries to stay up, and he RAMS Roman into a corner! Roman still holds on, so Goldberg RAMS in again! Roman is still holding on!

Goldberg moves around, Roman hops on with body scissors! But Goldberg RAMS Roman into buckles again! But Roman drags Goldberg to the mat! Goldberg flails, but he’s turning red, maybe even purple! The ref checks, Goldberg is OUT! Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)

The Head of the Table puts away the Icon! Roman is prepared for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, but will Lesnar be bringing gold of his own to the match?

 

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber: Bianca Belair VS Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H. VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Liv Morgan VS Alexa Bliss!

While The Man, Becky Lynch, still has to battle the legend that is Lita, someone will earn a golden ticket to WrestleMania 38 to face the winner. The EST gets to be the healthiEST in this match as she won the right to enter last. But who among the other five will still be standing when it’s finally her time?

Doudrop makes her entrance next, she’s safe for now, as are Rhea Ripley and Alexa Bliss. Wait, Alexa has a swing in her own pod? Liv and Nikki start and they tie up at the bell. Nikki waistlocks, Liv switches, Nikki switches back but Liv throws Nikki off. Liv RANAS Nikki and storms up on her. Nikki YANKS Liv into the ropes! Nikki stalks Liv out to the grate area, and she aims at the chains. Liv blocks, elbows Nikki, but Nikki blocks being thrown into chains. Nikki throws Liv down on the grate! Nikki taunts Rhea as she smacks the Plexiglas, and she does the same to Alexa. Nikki’s former friends are a distraction, Liv RAMS her into a pod!

Liv drags Nikki up to whip, but Nikki reverses and Liv pinballs against chains and pod! Nikki drags Liv over and spins her into the POST! Cover, TWO! Nikki drags Liv back out of the ring to dribble her face off the mat. The countdown is here, and the first one set free is… DOUDROP! Piper and Nikki have that Celtic connection, but Piper HEADBUTTS Nikki! “Ain’t no friends in the chamber, baby!” Piper drags Nikki up and scoops her, to RAM her into the chains! Piper mockingly asks Nikki if she feels super now. Piper then taunts Bianca, then SPLASHES Nikki against the chains. Liv leaps in, but Piper catches her!

Piper fireman’s carries Liv around, to RAM her into the chains then SLAM her on the floor! Piper stomps Nikki, then SENTONS Liv! Piper says she’ll save one of those for Alexa later. Piper kicks Liv around, drags her up and digs her into the chains! “Isn’t she so beautiful?!” Piper lets off on Liv and Liv slumps down. Piper runs at Nikki, but Nikki sends her into POST! Nikki fires up but the countdown is back! Next out is… RHEA RIPLEY! Rhea grins and Nikki’s no longer feeling heroic. Fans are thunderous as Rhea gets in, but Nikki gets out! Nikki wants to leave but there’s no escaping the Chamber!

Piper CLOBBERS Rhea but Rhea wrenches to SUPERKICK her! And Rhea smiles at Nikki. Rhea storms over, Nikki climbs the steel! Liv chases after but Nikki kicks her away. Rhea grabs at Nikki but she kicks Rhea away. Rhea climbs up alongside Nikki, and says, “You want some brutality, Nikki?” She SMACKS Nikki off the steel and Nikki falls on Piper and Liv! Rhea smiles as she hops down, gets Nikki in the ring, and Nikki begs for mercy. No mercy, only RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Nikki! Just like Monday! Rhea waits on someone to step to her, and she stomps Liv at the ropes.

The countdown is back again, and we know Bianca’s saved for last, so here comes Alexa! Fans fire up for the Five Foot Fury, and she goes right past Rhea to run Liv over! Alexa tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Rhea! STO for Liv, SHOTGUN for Rhea! Fans fire up with Alexa, Insult2Injury for Liv! Cover, TWO! Alexa whips Liv but Liv reverses and Alexa hits buckles! Liv goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Rhea TOSSES Liv! Rhea runs in, into DOUBLE STOMPS! Liv goes up while Bianca grows impatient. Piper steps on Rhea and SHOVES Liv into the pod! Liv gets stuck on the corner, Piper shoves her down!

Piper goes up, but Rhea CLUBS her first! Rhea climbs up to get Piper, but Piper throws elbows and a headbutt! Rhea falls, but Liv ROCKS Piper! Liv goes up, sunset POWERBOMB! High stack, LIV ELIMINATES PIPER!! That might’ve been the biggest moment for Liv yet! But the final countdown is done, here comes Bianca! She dropkicks Liv, kips right up, and then spins Alexa around to whip. Alexa reverses, Bianca slips out and ROCKS Alexa with a right. Liv SHINING WIZARDS Bianca, then hops up. But Bianca ROCKS Liv back. Bianca trophy lifts Liv, with one arm! Bianca DROPS Liv into the ring!

Bianca gets in, and gives Alexa a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! And another kip up! Fans fire up with The EST, but Rhea steps to her! “This is Awesome!” but then Liv and Alexa crawl over. Bianca and Rhea take one each, reel them in, and for old times from NXT, double stalling suplexes! They’re dueling on who can hold it longer! They both drop at 10, but Bianca kips up yet again. Rhea says that’s just showing off. And she SLAPS Bianca! Time to get serious! So Bianca SLAPS, and they brawl! Fans are loving this, and Rhea HEADBUTTS! Bianca ROCKS Rhea, torture racks, KISS- NO! Rhea lands on her feet!

Rhea and Bianca run in, but Liv gives them DOUBLE CODE BREAKERS! But Alexa hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Alexa then drags Liv to a drop zone, goes up top, and TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Alexa ELIMINATES Liv! Natty’s choice is done, and Alexa dropkicks Bianca. Rhea ROUNDHOUSES Alexa, pump handle, but Alexa slips out! Bianca LARIATS and makes Alexa DDT Rhea! Bianca gets Rhea up, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Rhea!! Now it’s just Bianca and Alexa! Who is moving on to WrestleMania? Alexa kicks Bianca low, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Alexa is furious!

Alexa steps on Bianca as she goes to the corner. Alexa climbs, but Bianca goes out to the grate area. So Alexa LEAPS! Bianca blocks the rana to rebound and BOMB Alexa into chains! Another rebound, more chains! And then an ALLEY-OOP into the ring! Bianca goes up, 450EST FLOP!! Alexa dodges, reels Bianca in, but no DDT! Bianca powers through to suplex! Alexa fights free of that to KICK the leg! Alexa reels Bianca back in, but Bianca handsprings through the DDT?! To then handspring MOONSAULT, onto knees! Cradle, TWO!! Alexa tries a roll up, TWO! Bianca is in the corner, Alexa runs in but into an elbow.

Bianca fires up but Alexa fires off SLAPS! Choke grip, but Bianca wrenches out to ROCK Alexa! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)

The EST is heading back to WrestleMania! But will she get the rematch she wants with Big Time Becks? Or will she be facing a legend on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

WWE joined the Special Olympics Unified Sports Competition.

It was an amazing moment for the superstars to see the impact they have on the world and on people of all ages. They came with big smiles and left with even bigger ones.

 

Ronda Rousey & Naomi VS Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is so bad, she damaged “Cruella” Deville with ease! But as payback, Ronda must have one arm tied behind her back during this match! Will Ronda & Naomi still make the Queen and the abusive authority figure #FeelTheGlow and the pain? Or will the SmackDown Women’s Champion handle Ronda before WrestleMania?

The teams sort out and with Ronda starting, the ref ties her right arm behind her back. Sonya is also starting, since she has a bad arm. The bell rings, and Sonya wants everyone to wait! Why? Because surprise! Her arm’s been fine all along! Ronda laughs because she knew something like this was coming. Ronda still circles with Sonya, Charlotte swipes at her, and Sonya attacks! Sonya fires off knees, then headlocks to grind Ronda down. Ronda does the splits to throw Sonya off, then she ROUNDHOUSES Sonya down! And then a step-up KNEE! Ronda tells Sonya to tag Charlotte in! Charlotte says, “You want me?” She tags in!

Fans fire up as we get the SmackDown Women’s Championship match preview. But then Ronda storms over and Charlotte goes back to ropes for defense. Charlotte tags Sonya back in, and then she laughs. Naomi wants in so Ronda tags her. Fans fire up as Naomi dodges, THESZ PRESSES, and rains down hands! Sonya scrambles away but Naomi SPLASHES her in the corner! And then goes corner to corner, but Sonya RAMS her into the buckles to deny the bulldog! DRAPING REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Naomi up, throws knees, then whips Naomi to ropes. Naomi slides under, comes back and elbows Sonya!

Naomi headlocks to BUCKLE BULLDOG her into the corner! Tag to Ronda and she brings Sonya up to HEADBUTT, and ARM-DRAG! Charlotte gets in to BOOT Ronda before the armbar! And then she POSTS Ronda! Charlotte soaks up the cheers and jeers, and Sonya slaps Ronda around. Sonya bumps Ronda off buckles, stomps her, then Charlotte tags in. Charlotte wraps the free arm around ropes, pulls and digs her boot in. Charlotte CHOPS, and CHOPS, and then drags Ronda down for a double wristlock on the free arm. Ronda endures so Charlotte rains down forearms! Charlotte has the hammerlock and she stomps it!

Ronda sits up and grits her teeth but Charlotte pushes her down. Charlotte drags Ronda up, tags Sonya, and they mug Ronda. Fans rally as Ronda does her best to guard, but Sonya wrenches and puts the arm around ropes. The ref counts as Sonya digs her boot in, but she lets off at 4. Charlotte HOTSHOTS the free arm, Sonya SLAPS Ronda, then Sonya fires forearms. Tag to Charlotte, and Charlotte brings Ronda out to wrench and hits SOLE FOOD! Charlotte BOOTS Naomi! Charlotte comes back, Ronda kicks back. Charlotte rams into Ronda but lets off at 4. Ronda kicks back, DECKS Sonya, and repeat!

Ronda powers Charlotte back, but Charlotte uses the rope that ties her arm down to keep her from Naomi! Charlotte brings Ronda around, wrenches and WRINGS her out, to then stomp and kick the arm! Fans rally for Ronda but Charlotte keeps throwing her around. Charlotte mocks Ronda by going for the arm, but Ronda KICKS Charlotte away! Ronda gets free and tags Naomi! Fans rally as Naomi rallies on Charlotte, dropkicks Sonya, then jump kicks Charlotte! And RANA! Naomi dodges Charlotte, springboard for the FLYING CHUCK! Charlotte bails out and fans fire up as Naomi PLANCHAS!

Naomi fires up, Charlotte gets back in the ring. Naomi goes up top, for a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps on Charlotte, reels in, Charlotte elbows free! Charlotte gets under Naomi, back suplexes but Naomi lands on her feet! Charlotte blocks this rana to power Naomi up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte has the leg, she steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naomi endures, but Ronda stomps Charlotte down! Sonya throws Ronda out! Charlotte tags Sonya, she runs and KNEES Naomi down! Cover, TWO!! Naomi’s still in this but Sonya drags her up. Sonya SLAPS Naomi, Naomi ROUNDHOUSES back!

Naomi hurries, hot tag to Ronda! Ronda fires off jabs with the free arm, then knees! Ronda shoves, fireman’s carries and PIPER’S PIT for Sonya! But that’s not all! Ronda dares Charlotte to do something, but Charlotte leaves Sonya to the ARMBAR!! Sonya flails, she taps! Ronda & Naomi win!

Winners: Ronda Rousey & Naomi, by submission

And that’s why she’s the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Naomi helps free that other arm, and Charlotte takes her leave. Will the Queen still be the champion after she and Ronda meet at WrestleMania? Or will Ronda rip off an arm and strip Charlotte of the title?

 

Falls Count Anywhere: Drew McIntyre VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Scottish Warrior would’ve left well enough alone with the human hyena hybrids, The Happy Folks. But they had to go and attack him backstage at Day One, and damn near crush McIntyre’s neck. McIntyre miraculously returned at the Royal Rumble, but that wasn’t enough. Will it be enough when McIntyre can go anywhere and do anything to Corbin’s cackling crony?

The bell rings and fans rally behind McIntyre. McIntyre and Moss circle, and Corbin jumps right in! This is a 2v1 because there are no disqualifications! They mug McIntyre and fans boo, but Moss keeps on McIntyre with hands. Corbin actually lets Moss do this 1v1 now, and McIntyre whips. Moss kicks back but McIntyre CLOBBERS him in return. McIntyre then clotheslines Moss outta the ring, follows him, and CHOPS him! McIntyre RAMS Moss into barriers, but Moss throws hands. GLASGOW KISS headbutt! Corbin CLOBBERS McIntyre, but McIntyre just glares at him. McIntyre chases Corbin up the ramp!

McIntyre lets Corbin go backstage, Moss runs in and McIntyre CLOBBERS him! McIntyre throws Moss into the LED stage! And then McIntyre reels Moss in. But Corbin attacks again! Back to 2v1 as they get McIntyre up to double suplex him to the ramp! Moss covers, TWO! Corbin coaches Moss as Moss brings McIntyre up. Moss throws hands, they go back down the ramp, but McIntyre hits back. McIntyre CHOPS, Corbin runs in to ROCK McIntyre. Moss scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Cover, TWO! The Happy Folks stay focused while fans boo, and Moss brings McIntyre up to CLUB him down the ramp.

Moss throws haymakers to keep McIntyre going, then he bumps him off railing. McIntyre staggers back to ringside, Moss SMACKS him off steps. Moss puts McIntyre in the ring, gives thumbs up, and he taunts “tough guy” McIntyre. Moss runs and builds speed, but into an OVERHEAD THROW! McIntyre snarls, gets to his feet, and clinches Moss for another OVERHEAD TOSS! Moss ends up in a corner, McIntyre kips up! McIntyre runs in, gets through the boot and elbows Moss! Inverted Alabama SLAM! Moss hits head first and the ref checks on him. Moss is somehow okay, and Corbin gets him outta the ring

McIntyre chases Corbin, Moss chases McIntyre! But he still runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre CLUBS Moss, then brings him to the desk! Commentary clears out as McIntyre TOSSES Moss onto the desk! McIntyre stalks Moss and talks some smack. Moss flounders, McIntyre waits for him to get up, but Corbin SMACKS McIntyre with a chair! Moss & Corbin get McIntyre up to RAM through barriers!! Cover, TWO!! The Happy Folks are shocked but the fans are loving this! McIntyre gets up, Moss steadies himself as well. Corbin says Moss has this, and Moss pursues McIntyre into the ring.

Moss goes up the corner, but McIntyre ROCKS him first! McIntyre throws hands then CHOPS Moss! Even Corbin’s stinging from that one! McIntyre goes up, brings Moss up, and fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Corbin breathes easy. “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre pushes himself up. McIntyre throws haymakers but Moss gives them back! They brawl as they stand, Moss knees low but McIntyre kicks. The hands fly, McIntyre CHOPS and punches, but Moss spins him for a backslide! TWO! McIntyre has the underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre stares Corbin down and Corbin stays put.

McIntyre goes to the corner, but now Corbin gets in! McIntyre swings the sword!! Corbin freaks out as he almost gets beheaded! McIntyre counts it down, CLAYMORE KICK! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

McIntyre points his sword at Corbin, because he’s coming for Happy’s head next! Will Baron decide to be Absent Corbin until after WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Kevin Patrick notes the loss to Rey Mysterio, and Miz stops him by raising a hand. Does Kevin know what that means? “When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Miz says the “legendary” Rey Mysterio cheated with the help of his son! It was like a 2v1 handicap and everyone was cheering. But Miz will even the odds by finding himself a tag partner. Someone who is a superlative athlete, with similar handsome features to Miz, and a global superstar like him. He has someone in mind already. Now, excuse Miz while he makes a phone call. Who will Miz reach out to in order to get even with the Mysterios?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lita!

The Man saw the extreme icon as her teenage hero, but now she just sees her as another problem to get rid of. Will Big Time Becks end the legend of Lita? Or is this just a new chapter for the already Hall of Fame career?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see if Becky really is The GOAT.

Becky and Lita stare down then circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, Becky goes for the arm but Lita stops the Disarm-Her! Lita headlocks, Becky powers out but Lita runs her over! Becky gets to a corner and Lita waits on her. Becky slaps her to get back in the game as she circles with Lita. They tie up again, Becky SLAPS Lita! Lita smiles that off and Becky says she was trying to be nice. Lita dodges, Becky kicks her, but then Lita blocks the sobat to trip Becky! Lita arm-drags Becky, SLAPS her back, then waits on Becky. Becky snarls as fans tell Lita, “You Still Got It!” Lita ROCKS Becky, counter punches, and ROCKS her again!

Lita whips, Becky reverses, but Lita tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Lita kicks low but Becky powers out of the Twist. Becky runs and forearms, then kicks Lita down. Becky fires herself up and runs back in, but Lita puts her up on the apron! Becky ducks the haymaker and then HOTSHOTS Lita down! Becky hurries up and in to stomp Lita down. Becky stomps and CLUBS away on Lita’s back! Becky drags Lita up at the ropes, and chokes her against them! The ref counts, Becky lets off to CLUB Lita again. Becky says she’s the champion, so the fans can shut up about Lita. Lita gets to a corner, Becky runs in to forearm!

Becky stomps away on Lita, but she gets annoyed as fans chant for Lita. Becky goes up the corner, LEG DROP! Cover, ONE! Becky can’t believe that, and she’s mad! Becky wraps on a chinlock and she thrashes Lita around. Fans rally as Lita endures, and Lita fights up to JAWBREAKER! And then monkey flip to rain down rights! Becky shoves Lita away, gets to a corner and Lita runs into an elbow. Becky sobats, throws Lita out through ropes, and brings her up for forearms and uppercuts and another sobat! Becky goes to the corner, goes up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated but she stalks Lita to the ropes.

Becky brings Lita up, hooks Lita up, BECKSPLODER! Fans boo and Lita flounders but Becky drags her back up. Becky says this is BECKS-plex City! BECKSPLODER again! Becky soaks up the heat, reels Lita back in, but Lita turns this into a DDT! Both women are down and fans fire up! Lita drags herself up the ropes, fires off haymakers on Becky, and more counter punches. Becky hits back, Lita hits again. They go back and forth and fans fire up as Lita gets the edge. Lita then dodges, runs and runs Becky over! Lita rallies, runs in at the corner, and clotheslines Becky! Lita goes up, boots Becky away, and headscissors Becky down!

Lita goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Lita waits on Becky. Lita brings Becky in, but Becky wrenches out! Takedown, but still no Disarm-Her! Lita rolls, sunset flips, TWO! Becky sits on it, TWO! Becky runs back in to waistlock, O’Conner Roll and rope hold! The ref sees that! Lita pops Becky into a SLEEPER! Lita has the body scissors as they roll around! Becky keeps rolling it, ROPEBREAK! Lita lets Becky free at 4 and gets back up. Becky is in a corner, Lita runs in but misses! Becky jumps, but no kick! RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Lita keeps focus, and goes up top!

Fans fire up but Becky bails out. Lita hops down and hurries after Becky. Lita CLUBS Becky, bumps her off the desk, and then bumps her off the apron. Lita puts Becky in at 6 of 10 and hurries after. Becky goes to the corner and outside, Lita hurries over. Becky HOTSHOTS Lita again! Becky goes up but Lita ROCKS her first! Lita copies Trish Stratus with the STRATUSFACTION! Then a Twist- NO! Becky slips out, but Lita turns that into a CRAVAT DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lita can’t believe it! Lita drags Becky to the drop zone and hurries up top. Fans fire up again, but Becky YANKS Lita down!

Becky drags Lita, gets the arm, DISARM-HER!! Lita endures, claws and flails, reaches out for ropes, but Becky drags her away! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Lita survives by a literal foot! Becky can’t believe it but the fans are loving it! Becky stomps Lita, dribbles her off the mat and then lets off as she’s beside herself. Fans rally hard as ever as Becky drags Lita to a drop zone. Becky goes up, and she’s going to copy Lita?! MOONSAULT FLOPS! Lita hurries to kick and TWIST OF FATE!! But Lita doesn’t cover, she wants to go up top! Lita MOONSAULTS, direct hit! Cover, TWO!?!? Becky survives and no one can believe it!

Fans are thunderous but Lita tries to figure out what to do. Lita drags Becky up, reels her in, but Becky MANHANDLE SLAMS!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

That was a big time desperation play! Becky more or less survives her battle with the legend, but she’s still going to WrestleMania! But with the EST waiting, will Becky run out of time in the big time?

 

The Undertaker is entering the WWE Hall of Fame!

Finally, his legendary career will be given the one honor yet to be given! A truly special superstar, a mythological character in the flesh, a truly larger than life Phenom! A 30 year career, transformation and reinvention again and again, a WrestleMania streak that’ll never be replicated, and the respect of everyone, both wrestlers and fans. A true icon that crossed over into the world of entertainment outside of pro-wrestling, perhaps even the greatest of all time. #ThankYouTaker, #YouDeserveIt!

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Viking Raiders!

The Tribal Chief retained his title, now it is up to Jimmy & Jey to keep the Bloodline golden. They’ve gotten the better of Erik & Ivar save for last night on SmackDown, but will Jimmy & Jey be the ones standing tall in the end? Or will the raid capture gold in the Superdome?

The Usos attack the Viking Raiders at the ramp! Jimmy whips Erik into the steps, then he and Jey mug Ivar! Jimmy holds Ivar open for Jey’s SUPERKICK! Then the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Erik! “You ain’t gettin’ nothin’ tonight!” The Usos drag Ivar up, to double suplex him onto Erik! The refs get the Usos to stop this and they check on the Viking Raiders. Is that a message that the Usos don’t even consider the Viking Raiders worthy? Or is it a sign that they fear what Erik & Ivar could do if given a fair fight?

 

WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar VS Austin Theory VS AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!

The All Mighty got this title off The Beast with some help from the Tribal Chief, but now he has to defend it all on his own. Brock Lesnar is a tough challenge enough, but will having Vince McMahon’s pet project, the Phenomenal One, the Bro, and the Visionary ensure Lashley loses the title again? Or will Lashley prove just how mighty he truly is?

The champion makes his entrance first, and gets a lot of extra fireworks. Lashley goes to a pod, as does AJ Styles and Matt Riddle. Theory takes selfies as he makes his way out, and with each of his opponents in the pods. Theory is one of the first two start, and then Rollins makes his entrance. Finally, Lesnar makes his entrance. He taunts Lashley, Riddle and Styles before going into his own pod. Theory and Rollins start, the belt is raised, and we see how the Road to WrestleMania takes shape!

Fans sing for Rollins but Theory mocks the dance moves. Theory dusts himself off, ties up with Rollins but Rollins slips past to swagger about. Rollins and Theory circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Rollins laughs even as he powers out, and then he hurdles, redirects and SLINGBLADES Theory down! Fans fire up as Rollins swaggers and taunts Styles. Rollins runs in, but Theory dodges and Rollins hits buckles! Theory scoops Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Theory kips up, gets around, and hits a BIG back suplex! Rollins goes to a corner, Theory hits a corner clothesline! Theory throws Rollins down and slingshot STOMPS him!

DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, ONE!! Theory says Rollins isn’t laughing now, and he fireman’s carries. Rollins slips off, shoves and SUPERKICKS Theory, then kicks the legs out. BASEMENT SUPERKICK! Theory is right, Rollins isn’t laughing because he’s mad. Rollins throws Theory out to the grate, then RAMS Theory into the chains! And again! And again! Rollins puts Theory’s arm through chains and pulls! ROLLING ELBOW! Theory is stuck but Rollins brings him around to POWERBOMB into a pod! The Plexiglas gives way and Lashley gets hit with it and Theory! Even Rollins is stunned!

The countdown is here, Rollins hurries to the ring to be ready for anyone. The first one out is… RIDDLE! The Bro spins Rollins around, PELE! Riddle kips up, forearm smashes then runs side to side to forearm smash again! BROSPLODER! BROTON! Riddle hurries to BROTON onto Theory! Medical is checking Lashley, Riddle PENALTY KICKS Rollins! Riddle hurries to fireman’s carry, and he stares at Lesnar. Burt Rollins slips out to ram Riddle into buckles. Riddle elbows back, goes up, but Rollins trips him! Rollins stomps Riddle in the Tree of Woe, and now even Adam Pearce is here checking on Lashley.

Rollins goes up, he aims at Riddle, but Riddle SPIDER SUPLEXES Rollins away! Riddle gets up, Rollins hurries after! Rollins brings Riddle back, INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives, and Lashley is being helped out of the Chamber? Is this a sign that we’re getting a new champion no matter what now? Rollins forearm smashes Riddle, snapmares and hurries up top! The countdown is back as Rollins hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Riddle survives, and here comes… AJ STYLES! Styles dodges Rollins, clotheslines Riddle, then gets Rollins for USHIGOROSHI!

Styles dodges Riddle’s haymaker to wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles dodges a superkick to torture rack and TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but fans rally behind Styles. Styles slingshots to forearm Theory down! Styles RAMS Theory into the chains, then goes back to get Riddle. Riddle fires forearms first and he kicks, but Styles blocks! DRAGON SCREW! Styles KICKS Riddle’s leg out, then he stomps Rollins. Lesnar’s just smiling as Styles puts Riddle up top backwards on a corner. Styles climbs, brings Riddle in, but Rollins CLUBS Styles! And again!

Rollins pushes Styles aside, goes up to get Riddle, but Styles CLUBS Rollins. Styles pushes Rollins aside to go up, but Rollins adds on. They work together, but Theory attacks them both! DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Theory grins as he get sup, but Riddle hits him with a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Riddle drags Rollins up to throw him through ropes. Riddle also has Styles, he wants to shout out Randy! DOUBLE DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up as Riddle hears voices in his head, bro! But the countdown is back…!! Riddle spots that, and he waits for the fight he’s always wanted! HERE COMES THE PAIN!

Wait, what? Oh, it was supposed to be Lashley’s turn! Riddle tries an RKO on Theory but Theory denies it! Styles ENZIGURIS Riddole! Rollins ENZIGURIS Styles! Wait, Lesnar is just busting out of his pod!! He clobbers EVERYONE! Fans are thunderous as Lesnar hauls Rollins up to a F5!! Cover, Lesnar ELIMINATES Rollins!! Lesnar gets Riddle up, F5 for Riddle!! Cover, Lesnar ELIMINATES Riddle!! Lesnar SPINEBUSTERS Styles, and if Lashley doesn’t return, these are the final three. Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES Styles! Fans chant for “Suplex City!” as Lesnar stalks Styles.

Lesnar drags Styles up, fireman’s carries, F5!! Cover, Lesnar ELIMINATES Styles! The Beast has taken out three men in a row! And all that’s left is Austin Theory! Theory drags himself up a post as Lesnar tosses Styles to the door. And Lesnar keeps Theory from running out the door! Theory wants Lesnar to take it easy, but Lesnar just takes the gloves off, literally. Theory hurries around the outside but Lesnar is the Terminator in pursuit. They go around the ring again, Theory tries to hide in a pod but Lesnar BOOTS his way through! And then SNAP SUPLEXES Theory to the grate! Theory writhes as Lesnar stalks up to him again.

Lesnar drags Theory up, but Theory LOW BLOWS!! The kid’s wise beyond his years, sorta. Theory slingshot somersaults and SHOTGUNS Lesnar down! DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Theory fails to finish Lesnar and now Lesnar is just pissed off! Theory hurries to climb up the chains! Theory finds a gap at the ceiling! Lesnar hurries up and drags Theory back in! Theory begs for mercy as he clings to the frame but Lesnar CLUBS him, then SMACKS him off the Plexiglas! And again! And again! Theory slumps down, Lesnar looks down at the ring. Fans are thunderous as Lesnar hauls Theory up! ULTIMATE F5!!! Theory is sent to the floor!!

Fans lose their minds as Lesnar climbs back down. Theory sputters, Lesnar drags Theory back in. Cover, Lesnar wins!!

Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)

A freak accident takes out the Rocky Mountain Machine, and now the Beast is champion again! WrestleMania now has Champion VS Champion, WINNER TAKES ALL!! Will Lesnar get his revenge on Roman and Heyman for the Royal Rumble screwjob? Or will the Head of the Table only become that much greater when he leaves Dallas with two belts?


My Thoughts:

There was a rather strange aura to this “Premium Live Event.” For one, we didn’t get any warning on a kickoff show match even happening. But out of these matches, I figured it would be Rey VS Miz. I did like that the Mysterios were being sneaky Faces and got the better of the Miz for it all, and then Miz teasing a big name tag partner is clearly setting up a WrestleMania match. I was hoping they’d get John Morrison back but probably not. There were also a lot of technical glitches, like them putting up the men’s chamber graphic when it was going to be the women’s first, and then Lashley’s stage pyro didn’t go off right.

Roman VS Goldberg opening was a bit of a surprise, but also not really since we tend to get matches like that with Goldberg. It lasted about the amount of time I expected, but I wouldn’t say Roman “Goldberg’d” Goldberg. He withstood the spears and got his guillotine, no need for help from the Bloodline. As I said with Raw setting up things, this Women’s Chamber had the wrong order. If Bianca was going to win, don’t make it obvious by making her last to enter. Either Rhea should’ve won the whole gauntlet, or you flip Rhea and Bianca entirely. Bianca enters that gauntlet last, wins it. She enters the chamber last, and wins it.

I do suppose Natty’s promo sets up a crossover match with Rhea, but I dunno. Bianca truly rises back up to where she was last year if she actually has to fight as hard as she can, pushing the limits of her being The EST, and then gets that win. Becky VS Lita was very good, though it did seem Lita had to get back to ring pace those first few minutes. The fans were right that she’s still got it, but Becky wins to of course give us a rematch from SummerSlam. Lita could probably still get a big match for Mania, but despite her promo from Raw, she doesn’t seem to have a championship run in her future.

The women’s tag match was pretty good, but of course the twist was Sonya’s arm was all better. And at the same time, Ronda takes out Sonya’s other arm to get the win for her and Naomi. Sonya’s story with Naomi can still continue in some fashion, and Ronda has momentum going into her match with Charlotte. It’s not clear how much time Ronda is going to spend in the WWE, and maybe WWE has Ronda win so that SmackDown gets some star power. Let’s just hope Ronda is better prepared for how wrestling fans will criticize things here and there. If Ronda can do that and keep a bit of that personality we saw last night on SmackDown, she might actually make it work.

I’m rather disappointed in the Falls Count Anywhere and SmackDown Tag title matches, though. It was obvious Corbin was going to help out, but they barely went that far away from the ring. That inverted Alabama Slam header Moss took was definitely a scary moment, but thankfully he was good to continue. McIntyre of course wins, and of course he’s going to take on Corbin next. The Usos jumping Erik & Ivar was rather logical, but I didn’t think they’d completely nullify the match! I suppose they’re going to move this to WrestleMania now, but a No Contest on a PPV is bull. At least have there be a DQ that uses Champion’s Advantage!

And then there’s the main event men’s chamber for the world title. If Lashley getting taken out of the match like that was shoot, I hope he gets well soon. If not, then what kind of BS way is that to keep Lashley and Lesnar from fighting in the Chamber? Yeah, we get it, Lesnar was going to win and move on to face Roman, but c’mon! Disguise it! Lesnar and Lashley could’ve wreaked all kinds of havoc and could’ve been the last two, Lesnar winning in the end. Have Lashley and Lesnar start the match and then have the other four go after them! Something! Lesnar wrecking all other four on his own is fine, since he’s still The Beast, and kudos to Theory taking that final F5, but it’s like Vince is just giving the bare minimum to get to another round of his favorite match-up.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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