Time to break more than just hearts!
NXT brings back Vengeance Day, and puts a lot more than love on the line! Will Bron Breakker still be NXT Champion after facing Santos Escobar?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Pete Dunne VS Tony D’Angelo; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta; Toxic Attraction wins and retains the titles.
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Cameron Grimes; Hayes wins and retains the title.
- 2022 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: MSK VS The Creed Brothers; The Creed Brothers win and will challenge Imperium for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma; Breakker wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mandy Rose chills poolside.
“Rise and shine, bitches.” She texts her girls in Toxic Attraction, and they’re ready to stay champions. Indi & Persia don’t stand a chance. But then Tony D’Angelo tries to blow up their phones? He should be more worried about Pete Dunne and the cage match. Gigi doesn’t see the big deal. Maybe Tony will like this: gif of Dunne smacking those fingers! Trick Williams getting in on it, too? Gigi is down to get grimy, though. But what about THE NXT Champion? Let’s see some gold. Happy Vengeance Day!
Weaponized Steel Cage: Pete Dunne VS Tony D’Angelo!
The Bruiserweight is already in the ring, he must’ve decorated the cage himself. But Tony rolls up in style! “Oh~!” Tony pays his driver then goes to the ring. Tony swaggers in, but will he even be walking out?
The bell rings, and Dunne ENZIGURIS Tony! Tony staggers, Dunne RAMS him into the trash can on the wall! And then the other one on the other side! Fans fire up as Dunne takes a chair and SMACKS Tony on the back! And then SMACKS him again! The chair breaks, and Dunne throws it away. Dunne brings down a trash can, but Tony TACKLSE Dunne! Tony sets the can aside, gets Dunne up and suplexes to FALCON ARROW on the can! Tony brings down some chairs, a chain, and a kendo stick! Tony SMACKS Dunne this time! Tony paces, fans want that “One More Time!” Tony opens the toolbox, but Dunne shuts it closed! And then STOMPS the lid!!
Dunne gets the toolbox, and brings out a wrench! Dunne uses the wrench to BEND Tony’s fingers! Hammerlock and STOMP! Tony clutches the arm while Dunne snarls. Fans rally up as Dunne gets his cricket bat! But Tony SPRAYS Dunne with the fire extinguisher! Tony climbs up, rains down fists on Dunne in the corner, then stands Dunne up. But Dunne goes to climb out! Tony stops Dunne at the top, Dunne elbows the hands away. But Tony drags Dunne around, for a SUPERPLEX! Both men writhe and fans lose their minds! Tony crawls to a cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this as fans say “This is Awesome!”
Tony goes back to the toolbox, and he brings out zip ties! Tony must’ve watched Dragunov VS Devlin, as he zip ties Dunne’s hands behind his back! Dunne has no hands, Tony kicks him around. “You thought you could do this to me?” Tony throws down hands, goes back to the toolbox, and has a hammer! Tony puts the hammer’s claw in Dunne’s mouth to mess with the teeth! Fans rally, chanting for the table. Tony gets Dunne up, Dunne HEADBUTTS Tony! Dunne shrugs, knees Tony low, and then jumps, for a NO HANDS TRIANGLE HOLD! Tony endures, stays up, deadlifts Dunne and POWERBOMBS him!
Tony is free, he hauls Dunne up, DDT! Cover, TWO! Dunne survives again, and fans still want tables. Tony drags Dunne up, brings him over to the table and reels him in. Fans fire up, but Dunne turns powerbomb into a GUILLOTINE!! Dunne drags Tony down, but Tony reaches into the toolbox! Dunne has pliers and he snips the zip ties so he can get free! Dunne’s hands are also freed, and as Tony crawls for the toolbox, Dunne grabs Tony’s hand! But Tony RAMS Dunne into the trash can lid! Tony climbs, and he gets himself the crowbar! But Dunne CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg! Dunne brings Tony out, POWERBOMB through the table!!!
Fans are losing their minds as Dunne drags Tony out of the wreckage! Cover, TWO!?! Tony survives and shocks Dunne! Fans argue the count, Tony manages to sit up. Dunne gets the cricket bat again, but Tony still has his crowbar. Dunne stands on the crowbar! And STOMPS the hands! Cricket bat SMACK! The bat breaks, Dunne pump handles, BITTER END!! Cover, TWO?!?! How?!? Fans are thunderous, and Dunne gets the crowbar. Dunne is seething, he aims at Tony, but Tony LOW BLOWS!! Then, FOGEDABOUTIT! Cover off the fisherman buster, TWO!?!? Dunne survives and now Tony is shocked!
Both men are down, fans are thunderous again. Dunne and Tony crawl for items. Tony gets his crowbar, but Dunne finds one he tucked away in a corner! Tony runs in, but Dunne CRACKS him low! Then CLOBBERS him from behind!! Pump handle, BITTER END on table wreckage! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
Dunne had an ace in the hole, and got the better of Tony with his own weapon of choice! Is this just the start of a new chapter for the Bruiserweight in NXT?
Raquel Gonzalez is calling.
Cora Jade wakes up and asks what’s going on. Good morning, time to get up. But it’s 5 AM! Cora, only losers are still asleep. Does she wanna win the Dusty Cup or not? Yes, but can’t they do this more at like 10? No, it’s time to train. Raquel is already outside her apartment! Cora needs time to get dressed…
They then go to the Performance Center, and Raquel says it takes three wins to win the tournament. Time to warm up. They pump iron, with Raquel doing much more. They run, they throw the medicine ball, they do chin-ups, and then Cora gets a snack. Raquel slaps that away. That’s not part of the plan. The Dusty Cup is a grueling tournament, no one is gonna just give up. Does Cora have the stamina to last night after night? yeah, yeah, she’s ready. Then finish strong. Let’s go! They jog in the park, do sit-ups, and push-ups. They gotta work as a team, so they’re gonna do partner carries. Raquel piggybacks on Cora, and Cora almost falls.
Okay, they gotta do this all again tomorrow. All of this? Exactly? Yes. But Cora killed it. Raquel’s proud. Cora might be having regrets, but will this all pay off in the end?
The Women’s Dusty Cup starts next Tuesday!
McKenzie stands by the Dusty Cup trophy because tonight, the men finish up! Who has MSK? Who has The Creed Brothers? We now hear from the finalists.
Malcolm Bivens speaks for Diamond Mine. “The Dusty Cup Finals, MSK VS The Creed Brothers, and boy, these two teams couldn’t be any more different.” Brutus Creed agrees. The Creeds are the ones who put in the work. They’re the ones that lift weights and hit bags. Bivens says the only thing MSK hits is still illegal in 13 states. Julius says the only green they chase is money. “But don’t get it twisted, the money doesn’t make us. We make the money.” The only reason MSK won last year is because the Creeds weren’t in it. And tonight, the creeds take what is theirs! They become Dusty Cup Champions! Diamond Mine forever!
But MSK are pumped up for the finals. One year ago, they walked in the new kids on the block, went to Vengeance Day and walked out Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Champions! There was confetti, sparklers, people were screaming, they were crying. Nash Carter denies every crying. It was allergies. Man, it’s all good. Wes Lee teared up, too. But now tables have turned. They’re going in the veterans against a team rising up the ranks faster than Bivens swipes right on Valentine’s. But everyone knows the Creeds, the freaks of natures who show no mercy. But they didn’t have Shaman Bro Riddle help them reach the mountaintop!
And that is what they’re gonna do this year, risking it all to make history! They’ll walk out two-time Dusty Cup winners! That’s MSK, all night and all day. But then, who puts their names on the plaque to then head for the NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta!
Mandy Rose is still golden through and through, and now it’s time for Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne to put in the work. Will they stay on top of the NXT Women’s Division? Or will they be uprooted and dethroned by the best friends from down under?
But as soon as the challengers get in, the champions attack! Gigi is after Indi, Jacy is after Persia. Indi & Persia push them back but Gigi & Jacy DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Indi & Persia bail out, Toxic Attraction go to the apron. Jacy CANNONBALLS onto Persia, Gigi CANNONBALLS onto Indi! Mandy loves what she sees as her girls high-five. They get Persia up and in, the ref reprimands and Jacy starts with Persia at the bell. ROLLING ELBOW! Persia stays up, Jacy runs, but Persia catches her crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Persia tags in Indi, Persia whips Jacy, then BACKBREAKERS! Feed to Indi’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Indi drags Jacy up, puts her through ropes and EuroUppers! Indi then BOOTS Jacy down, covers, TWO! Indi drags Jacy up but Jacy powers her to the corner! Jacy puts Indi up top, tag sin Gigi, but Indi fights them both off! Mandy distracts, Jacy GAMANGIRIS and Gigi BOOTS! Indi tumbles down to the floor and Mandy mocks her pain. Persia wants to reinforce Indi but the ref has her stay back. Mandy puts Indi in, but gets caught! The ref EJECTS Mandy! Toxic Attraction is furious but fans taunt Mandy as NXT goes picture in picture.
Gigi sits Indi up for Kowata Kicks! Gigi talks trash, then ROCKS Indi with a forearm! Gigi whips, ROCKS Indi again, then whips her for another big forearm. Gigi keeps going, but Indi gets around to roll Gigi up! TWO, Gigi CLOBBERS Indi! Cover, TWO! Gigi stalks Indi, drags her back by her ponytail, and clamps on a neck wrench. Indi endures, Gigi SLAMS her down, then Gigi just drags her up again. Gigi whips Indi into the Toxic corner, tags Jacy, and they sweep the legs. Jacy fires up, mocks Persia, then CANNONBALLS into Indi! Jacy drags Indi to a cover, TWO! Jacy smirks as she keeps on Indi and whips her to the corner for a SPLASH!
Tag back to Gigi, Gigi snapmares Indi and KICKS her in the back! Gigi tells Persia to kiss this, then she hip drops Indi. Gigi hip drops again, then taunts Persia. Gigi drags Indi up but Indi throws body shots. Gigi CLUBS Indi, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Jacy, they mug Indi with stomps, then tag again. Gigi stomps Indi more, lets off as the ref reprimands, but she keeps Indi in the corner. Tag to Jacy, Jacy digs her boot into Indi but lets off at 4. Jacy stalks Indi as she crawls then stomps her down. Jacy gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Indi endures, Jacy shakes her head and pulls the arms more.
Indi fights up as NXT returns to single picture. Jacy throws Indi down, then slaps her around. Indi throws body shots, Jacy CHOPS! Indi CHOPS, then blocks a kick to JAB! Jacy staggers, runs back in, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS take both women down! Fans rally up as Indi and Jacy crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Gigi and Persia! Persia rallies on Gigi, runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Persia scoops Gigi for SNAKE EYES! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Powerhouse Persia fires up, but Jacy jumps on! The ref reprimands, Persia RAMS Jacy into a corner! Persia fireman’s carries Gigi, stacks Jacy on top, and DOUBLE SAMOAN DROPS! Cover on Gigi, TWO!!
Persia drags Gigi up, CLUBS her, fans duel but Persia tags Indi. Feed to Indi’s lift, COMBO SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Jacy breaks it with a senton! A close call, but Persia goes after Jacy! They spill out of the ring as Persia keeps clubbing Jacy. Jacy gets up, Persia runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Indi sees Gigi is down, and she springboards, only for Jacy to trip her up! Gigi QUESTION MARK KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Indi still lives and fans fire up! Tag to Jacy, she and Gigi get Indi up. Gigi ROCKS Indi and Jacy runs, DISCUS HIGH-LOW!! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!
Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Mandy may have been removed but Jacy & Gigi are still very sneaky. Will Toxic Attraction always been on top of the division? Or will the winners of the Women’s Dusty Cup be able to stop them?
Amari Miller and Wendy Choo hang out backstage.
Amari and Wendy realize Amari’s phone case matches Wendy’s thermos cup. They should’ve been a team all along! They both had good Valentine’s Days, but what about the Women’s Dusty Cup? Amari wishes Wendy had asked last week, she already accepted someone else’s offer. Wendy says that’s fine. Amari thanks Wendy for the shopping spree again, and Wendy says it’s good. Good luck out there! But then Wendy gives a thumbs down when Amari leaves. Who will she get for the Dusty Cup? Wait, Dakota Kai!? Wendy walks over and says, “Hey, loser. A spot on my team just opened up for the Dusty Cup. What do you say? Me, you?”
Dakota talks to her invisible friends in disbelief. Wendy wants to team with her? Sure, why not? Dakota again talks to her invisible friends about how weird that’d be, but Wendy interrupts. It can be a lot of fun. Dakota did win last year. But no, that’d be a horrible idea. Well, when Dakota and whoever else is here figure this out, come find Wendy. Dakota says it’ll be fine. But will whoever she’s talking to accept that?
Grayson Waller arrives, with the police!
The 21st Century Success Story tells Sanga to stay here, and when Waller returns with LA Knight in cuffs, they can get it on video, put it in TikTok and go viral! Waller talks to the officers. Knight has been harassing Waller for months, been a real nuisance, so Waller has no other choice. Waller leads the officers in, are we about to see Knight spend the night in jail?
Brooks and Briggs are at the bar.
Well, how did the date go? It went good. Brooks thanks Briggs for taking Kacy to the movies. Briggs says Brooks owes him $50 for the movie tickets, the popcorn, and a lotta beer. Okay, okay. But Brooks appreciates the alone time he had with Kayden. So how’d that go? Well, he picked her up in the pick-up truck, had a dinner, talked about the Dusty Classics, and being the independent woman that she is, she paid for herself, and then he took her back to her place. So was it nice? Yeah. What the hell, Brooks? Well, they hugged, said g’night, and then she said something really sweet. She thinks of him as a little brother.
Oh, brother. Briggs knows Brooks is from ‘Bama but that ain’t a good thing! That means you’re just friends! No way. Look, they’ll ask the bartender. Wait, Fallon? You work here? It’s her family’s place, she helps out from time to time. Well, okay, they can get a woman’s opinion on this. Hypothetically, maybe Brooks went on a date- Listen. Brooks went on a date, the lady paid for herself, she gave him a hug, and said he was like a brother to her. Good or not? In a way it’s good. A friend for life, for sure. Just a friend…? Brooks shouts, “NOOO!” Did Fallon say something wrong? No, it’s just Brooks is in… “The Zone.”
LA Knight goes to the ring!
Knight gets a mic, but Waller appears before Knight can speak! Waller points at Knight and tells the officer that that’s the man who’s been stalking him and attacking him! IT didn’t have to be this way, but Waller has no other choice! Officers, Waller will show you footage as to why this is happening. Last month, Waller fought his heart out against Styles, and then “this maniac viciously attacks” Waller, and has caused him emotional trauma! Waller protected himself with a restraining order, and yet Knight still puts his hands on him! Waller can’t sleep at night! He’s got so much anxiety! It’s not fair!
So the officers have seen the evidence, Knight violated the order, he should be arrested! Knight snatches the order and asks the officers to wait. He won’t stop them from doing their jobs. He knows he has the right to remain silent, but he also knows he has a right to explain his side of things, “So lemme talk to ya!” Knight read the order front to back, and knew that Waller would bring his own video evidence, so here’s some of Knight’s! Waller was the one who attacked Knight two weeks ago! Knight ain’t no legal beagle, but we all know that according to page two of the order, it reads, LA Knight cannot touch Grayson Waller but Grayson Waller can’t touch LA Knight!
So what that means is, this order ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on, ya dumb son of a bitch! No, in Australia, it’s only one way! But we’re in USA, Waller. The police leave, nothing to see here. Waller asks if there’s nothing stopping Knight right now. There isn’t. And Knight CLOBBERS Waller! Knight rains down rights, then stomps away in the corner! Fans chant, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” But here comes Sanga! Knight knocks Sanga off the apron, then TOSSES Waller at him! Sanga catches Waller, and Knight says it is open season on Waller! Next week, Knight VS Waller, and Waller gets his ass stomped out by who? L A KNIGHT, YEAH!
Persia & Indi regroup backstage.
They were so close tonight! They worked so hard for those titles. Indi wants to take the blame but Persia says it’s fine. They can win the Women’s Dusty Cups and do it all over again. Dexter Lumis visits and Indi hugs. Indi tells Persia they’ll hang out later. Indi goes off with Dexter, and Duke Hudson walks in. Duke says he knows what’ll cheer Persia up. Seems Persia has a man of her own now. Will both Indi & Persia feel much, much better at the end of tonight?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“I have spent the last six years of my career, of my life, building a brand, moment after moment, triumph after triumph, setback after setback. Building MY brand, building MY home. And yet still, there are people out there who act as if none of that matters. They act as if I’ve been doing this all in some sort of minor league farm system.” Ciampa sees it in their eyes, in how they look at him, how they talk to him, their body language. Those people think they’re better than Ciampa! Dolph Ziggler thinks he’s better than Tommaso Ciampa! But Ciampa thinks Ziggler has mistaken loyalty for fear.
Ciampa says it isn’t about that tonight. Tonight is Bron Breakker VS Santos Escobar for the NXT Championship. The same title Ziggler wants, the same title Ciampa wants. Quite the predicament. Ziggler surely will be watching tonight, knowing that Ciampa will be watching, too. After all, this is Ciampa’s home. The Psycho Killer has sent his message, but will the Show-Off heed the warning?
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Cameron Grimes!
Melo says himself, “I am NXT’s Breakout Superstar. When I shoot, I don’t miss.” Trick says to talk your talk. This is why Melo IS the Unified North American Champion, THE A Champion! Will Melo be pouring out another one, just like it shows on the shirt? Or will this top star be left in the dust as Cameron Grimes goes #ToTheMoon?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Melo still stays the A Champion.
Fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” and Grimes hopes Melo hears all that. Grimes says he’s goin’ TO~ THE~ MOON~, and then points a finger to the sky. Melo aims at the “rocket,” shoots it down, and then stomps on it! Grimes and Melo circle, tie up, and go around. Melo puts Grimes on the ropes, the ref counts, Melo lets off quickly. The two go again, Grimes gets a leg but Melo hops to the ropes. Grimes lets off quickly, and the two reset again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Grimes spins to wrench and wrangle Melo to the mat. Melo kips up and wrenches back. Grimes slips through, fireman’s carries takeover, cover, ONE!
Melo gets away and fans cheer the exchange. The two go again, Grimes shoots in to get a leg then a waistlock. Melo fights up, backs Grimes into a corner, but Grimes avoids the cheap shot to arm-drag and armlock! Grimes grinds the arm, Melo fights up, but Grimes wrenches and WRINGS Melo out. Cover, ONE as Melo goes Matrix, but Grimes clamps onto the arm for another armlock. Melo kips up, arm-drags back and has the armlock back. Fans rally and duel, Grimes works his way up, and Grimes arm-drags Melo down. Melo facelocks, Grimes fights up and wrenches out to a headlock. Melo powers out, Grimes runs him over!
Fans fire up, things speed up, Melo hurdles, Grimes handsprings and says, “Kiss Mah Grits!” Grimes then counter punches Melo, CHOPS him, and Melo is stinging! Grimes KICKS Melo against ropes, then whips him. Melo reverses, bumps shoulders, kicks low, CLUBS Grimes on the back, then whips. Grimes reverses back, and back drops Melo high and hard! Fans fire up, Trick talks trash to distracts Grimes. Melo mule kicks low! Melo drags Grimes up to throw forearms. Melo whips Grimes, Grimes reverses but Melo slips off the back to CLOBBER Grimes! Melo runs in, but Grimes throws him out!
Grimes goes to the apron, but Trick is in the way! Melo blocks the kick to trip Grimes! Melo gets in, runs in, but blocks a boot. Melo avoids the enziguri, puts Grimes in the ropes, ENZIGURI! And then a FADE AWAY! The imploding leg drop takes Grimes down, Melo pats himself on the back as NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo and Trick high-five while Grimes flounders in the corner. Melo stomps a mudhole, lets off as the ref counts, and then he drags Grimes to a cover. TWO, and Melo is annoyed. Melo pushes Grimes around, has him in a corner, and whips him corner to corner hard! Grimes bounces off buckles, Melo covers, TWO! Trick talks trash on Grimes, Melo talks a little trash of his own, and then Melo snapmares Grimes into a chinlock. Grimes endures as Melo grinds him into the mat. Trick says to squeeze, but Grimes fight sup. Grimes throws body shots, gets free, runs, ducks and dodges, CROSSBODY!
Both men are down, Trick is stressing out but fans rally up. Grimes gets up, goes for Melo, but Melo YANKS him into buckles! Melo gets up while the ref reprimands, and Trick gets a cheap shot in! Melo drags Grimes to a cover. TWO, and Melo is annoyed again. Melo stomps Grimes down, drags Grimes up and CHOPS him down, then drags Grimes up again for another CHOP! Grimes falls back down, Melo gets the arm for a top wristlock. Grimes endures the grind as Melo leans on the hold. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Grimes sits up but Melo twists the wristlock. Trick says to keep on that, but Grimes fight sup again.
Grimes goes around and around, arm-drags Melo off, and then gets to a corner, Melo runs in, Grimes BOOTS him away this time. Melo comes back, Grimes goes up and over, ducks and dodges, COLLISION COURSE! Both men are down and Trick is freaking out! Fans are fired up as Melo and Grimes stir. Grimes kips up! Grimes fires up and fans cheer as he fires off on Melo. Melo hits back, they go back and forth with forearms! Melo wobbles, winds up, then throat chops! Grimes blocks the kick to RANA Melo! Grimes rallies with running forearms, then runs in at the corner, but Melo BOOTS him!
Melo runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Grimes powers through that to tilt-o-whirl SLAM Melo! Cover, TWO! Trick is relieved but fans argue the count. Grimes wants another cover, Melo shoves him away. “This is Awesome!” as Grimes waistlocks Melo. Melo resists the lift, elbows free, but Grimes SUPER- NO! Melo blocks the punch to CODE BREAKER! Melo runs, springboards, FLYING SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can’t believe it! Fans argue the count again but Melo just tries to refocus. Melo snarls, says he IS the A Champion, shoots the three, but Grimes ROCKS him with a back elbow!
Grimes kicks but Melo ducks it to JUMP KICK back! Melo rolls off Grimes’ back, but into Grimes’ SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Grimes can’t believe it! Melo checks his teeth, Grimes snarls and gets up. Melo sits up, Grimes KICKS Melo in the chest, and KICKS him again! Trick distracts Grimes, Grimes dares Trick to try something! Melo runs in, Grimes sidesteps and Melo almost collides with Trick! Grimes jumps up, POISON-RANA on Melo!! Then PENALTY KICK for Trick! Grimes hurries and fans are thunderous! Melo is up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! That’s not enough yet, and Melo even shakes his head!
Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” and shout along, “TO~ THE~ MOON~!” But Melo bails out to deny the stomps! So Grimes goes to the apron, CAVE-IN on Trick as Melo moves! Melo RAMS Grimes into the barriers! Melo tells the belt he’s never gonna lose it. Melo puts Grimes in, runs to ropes, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!? But into the CROSSFACE! Melo bends Grimes way back! Grimes endures, fans rally, and Grimes gets his arm free! Grimes crawls, Melo pulls on the bully choke! Trick pulls on the rope! The ref reprimands, Melo kicks off the rope to roll back, but Grimes makes it a cover! TWO!!
Grimes is free, he hurries to the corner, Melo runs in but is put on the apron. Melo YANKS Grimes back by his hair! Grimes staggers, Melo hits the FLYING LEG DROP!! Cover, Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Melo #DroppinDimes and keeping the gold! Trick says that’s the A Champion, all because he played his part in this. Will Melo never miss when he has Trick for the assist?
Kay Lee Ray talks with Io Shirai.
The Scary Queen of Scots smashes class with her bat, and asks the Evil Genius if she wants a turn. Shirai says no thanks. Not her style. Aw, c’mon. Surely Shirai is mad about something. Like how there’s no title around her waist, and how she can’t stand Toxic Attraction. Right now, Toxic Attraction has all the gold, they injured Zoey Stark, and- Okay, okay. Shirai will try. SMASH! Homer after homer! Shirai & KLR are having fun now! Shirai does feel better. Stark asks what the heck is with this mess, and then Shirai takes Starks’ coffee cup and SMASHES it on the ground.
Shirai likes KLR. Well, that’s a better start than with Stark. KLR says they’re gonna have some fun. Will they have fun smashing their way through the Dusty Cup to then smash Toxic Attraction?
2022 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: MSK VS The Creed Brothers!
Once again, the finals are must-see. Carter & Lee can make history by being back-to-back winners, but Julius & Brutus could prove they’re the future of this division. Will MSK become NXT’s dream team? Or is Diamond Mine about to crush them on the way to the gold?
The teams sort out, Brutus starts with Carter. Brutus shoots in, Carter steps over, they roll, and Brutus still has the leg. Carter gets the ropes, Brutus lets off and CLUBS Carter down to fireman’s carry throw. Tag to Julius, Brutus feeds Carter to Julius’ fireman’s carry takeover, and then Julius feeds Carter back to Brutus’ fireman’s carry takeover. Julius pushes Carter around, waistlocks, but Carter elbows back. Julius still GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Carter lands on his feet! Lee tags in, shoulders into Julius and then slingshots and body blows! Carter KICKS, Lee KICKS, Carter KICKS and Lee ENZIGURIS! Carter DOUBLE STOMPS and fans fire up!
Lee taunts Brutus but Julius bails out. The ref keeps Brutus back, Lee runs and FLIES over the corner to hit Julius! Lee puts Julius in the ring while fans are losing their minds. Lee springboards, handsprings, but Julius SLAMS him down! Julius gut wrenches, rolls with Lee, and then gets him up to throw him into ropes! Julius DECKS Carter, runs and POUNCES Lee to the announce desk! Fans fire up for “CREED! CREED! CREED!” and NXT goes picture in picture.
Julius goes out to fetch Lee into the ring, then goes in to HALF HATCH Lee to the corner! Tag to Brutus, Brutus KNEES Lee in the side, Julius KNEES Lee back, and repeat! Brutus looms over Lee, brings him around, CLUBS him down, then drags him over to tag in Julius. Brutus DECKS Lee, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on him! Julius taunts Carter, drags Lee up, and waistlocks for a rear bearhug. Lee endures, throws elbows, but Julius keeps him from Carter,. Lee elbows even harder, but Julius CLOBBERS him! Julius drags Lee away, tags in Brutus, and now Brutus JUDO THROWS Julius onto Lee!
Brutus drops elbows on Lee’s leg, circles him like a shark, then drags Lee back up. Brutus wraps on the bearhug and Lee endures the squeeze. Brutus thrashes Lee around but Lee throws down elbows. But Brutus squeezes tight again! Lee still endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Brutus SLAMS Lee down, then rains down clubbing forearms! Lee gets away and Brutus hammers the mat! Brutus snarls as he stalks Lee. Brutus lunges in but Lee dodges and Brutus hits buckles! Lee crawls, Brutus gets the legs, but kicks Brutus away. Hot tags to Julius and Carter! Carter rallies on Julius, CHOPS him, then whips.
Julius reverses, Carter turns hurdle into FLAPJACK, then SNAP GERMANS Julius down! Fans fire up as Carter fires off strikes. Carter sweeps the leg and PENALTY KICKS! SUPERKICK for Brutus! Carter sees Julius go out, and he has Lee coordinate. APRON PUSH-SAULT! Down goes Julius and fans fire up with Carter! Carter drags Julius up and into the ring. Carter goes up, Lee tags in, Carter SWANTON BOMBS! Lee goes up as Carter dropkicks Brutus! Lee MARIPOSA SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives the corkscrew, “This is Awesome!” Lee KICKS Julius, tags Carter, and MSK coordinates, RAILGUN DROP-
NO! Julius catches Carter to dump him out! Julius runs at Lee but into a basement dropkick! The legs go out, Lee gets Julius, CATAPULT SUPERKICK! DOUBLE STOMPS!! Carter covers, Brutus barrels through Lee to break it!! Fans are fired up again as all four men are down! Lee BOOTS Brutus, Brutus BOOTS back! Carter KNEES Brutus out of the ring! Julius bails out but Carter builds speed, to DIVE into a SPINEBUSTER!! Julius puts Carter in, fans are losing their minds again, and Julius brings down the straps. SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, CREEDS WIN!!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (2022 Dusty Rhodes Classic winners)
Bivens is almost tearing up, he’s so proud of his guys! Julius & Brutus raise the cup high as the confetti rains down! But will they be able to end the reign of Imperium?
Nikkita Lyons speaks.
“One night, my dad sat me down to talk to me before one of his gigs.” He told her to stop beating people up and pushing people away. She was here on this planet to bring people together. Her eyes lit up, and the rest is history. Nikki’s feelings of crushing a routine is only compared to a knockout blow on an opponent. Nikki knows she’s a whole lotta woman who’s ready to do a whole lotta whoopin’. She won’t hide it, deny it or apologize for it. Watch out for Lyons’ roar, because she’s coming to NXT next week!
Imperium is in the ring!
The NXT Tag Team Champions and Gunther are here, and Gunther wants the ring announcer to get it right: “It’s GUNTA!” Fans still chant “Walter! Walter!” Aichner says, “Congratulations to the Creed Brothers, Dusty Classic winners. After a grueling tournament, you have now earned the opportunity at our tag team titles. But that’s all it is: an opportunity.” Barthel says that to truly understand what Imperium stands for, “you must be willing to persevere through suffering, anguish, and the misery that you are not prepared to endured just yet.” Gunther says Marcel & Fabian have brought honor to our great sport!
But for himself, it is time he sets his eyes on championship gold in NXT! Tonight, he will be watching Bron VS Escobar with “the highest of interest.” For they are Imperium, and to them, the mat- They’re interrupted by Solo Sikoa! The Street Champion of the Island says, “Yo, we get it. The mat is sacred, right? That’s what you was about to say. I don’t give a damn about that mat. Because on the island, you gotta climb the ladder, find the biggest and the baddest dude, and then we smack the taste outta his mouth!” That’s what he’s about to do to Gunther! Solo doesn’t care how to say his name, he’s gonna wipe the mat with the Ring General, and make him his BITCH.
Walter/Gunther keeps Barthel & Aichner from going after Solo. Will the Ring General make the Street Champion wishes he never got into the family business?
Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
The Show-Off got hit with a drink in his face by Ciampa last night on Raw. Not the first time someone’s done that to him, and certainly not the last. But it wasn’t just water, either. Ciampa got a nice kick for his troubles, though. But it must be nice being Ciampa. Staying in his lane, soaking up the Florida sun, popping off and being annoying. Sure, Ziggler can handle that. But Ciampa showed up on Raw, flew himself on his own dime, middle seat in the back. He was on commentary, flexing his muscles. Hope Ciampa got a nice big picture of that, he can make it into an 8 x 10 and put his autograph on it to sell for a lot of money, here in Florida.
Ziggler knows Ciampa is the pulse of NXT, but Ziggler stops that pulse next week. This is Ciampa’s home? Well next week, Ziggler kicks down the door, opens up the fridge, drinks milk outta the carton, takes a bathroom break and a little more. Now, the NXT Championship match is next, and you better believe Ziggler will watch it closely.
Melo & Trick regroup backstage.
They’re talking about who will win tonight’s main event. Bron may be good, but what does being good matter to someone who is great? Good point, Melo. But then Pete Dunne walks over. “Congrats, mate. Still North American Champion… for now.” The Bruiserweight coming for The A Champion next, will he be the first to make Melo miss?
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma!
All eyes are on this main event! Two second generation wrestlers collide for the biggest prize on this brand! And for that reason, this main event is COMMERCIAL FREE!! Will the Big Booty Nephew hold onto the gold to then welcome everyone else to try? Or will The Son of the Phantom solidify his own legacy by reaching the mountaintop?
NXT returns one more time, Bron makes his entrance, using a flare to ignite the old school Vengeance logo. Bron then makes his way out, all fired up. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins this make-or-break match!
Escobar talks trash on Bron but Bron just smirks. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Escobar keeps trying but then Bron pushes him back! They end up in a corner, Bron lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Escobar shoves but Bron doesn’t budge! They tie up again, turn around, Bron shoves Escobar away. Bron flexes, Escobar gets up and the two circle again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks but Bron headlocks back. Escobar endures the grind, powers up but can’t power out as Bron holds tight. Escobar tries again, he stomps on Bron’s foot and powers out. But Bron runs Escobar over! Fans bark for Bron as he looms over Escobar.
Escobar gets up, Bron headlocks again but Escobar powers out. Things speed up, Escobar dropkicks Bron down! Fans rally but Bron is right back up. Bron says that was pretty good. They tie up, Born headlocks, but Escobar powers out. Bron sees the drop down and gator rolls it to a suplex! Bron holds Escobar up, walks around with him, and then SLAMS him down! Bron kips up! Fans fire up, bark for Bron, but Escobar bails out. Bron pursues, Escobar gets back in, but Born dodges. Things speed up, Escobar hurdles, but Bron ducks and dodges to LARIAT Escobar down! Bron RAMS Escobar in the corner, then RAMS his shoulder in more.
The ref counts, Bron lets off and scoops Escobar to carry him around. Fans duel, Bron hits a BACKBREAKER! Wilde distracts Bron in that bright red suit, then runs off as Bron storms over. Escobar CLOBBERS Bron from behind! Bron goes out, Escobar builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL! Direct hit with that powerful tope and Escobar whips Bron into steel steps! Escobar drags Bron up, puts him in, then pushes him down to a cover. TWO, but Escobar hammers away on Bron’s back. Escobar drags Bron up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Escobar gets annoyed but he keeps on Bron with a chinbar and armlock.
Bron endures, Escobar shifts his grip on the chinbar, then digs a knee into the back. Escobar drags Bron through the ropes, turns him, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Escobar takes time to fix his hair, “Viva Mexico, Vic!” Escobar gets in to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Escobar gets Bron up as fans rally and duel. Escobar puts Bron in a corner but Bron throws body shots! Bron turns thing around and throws more hands! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but then runs back in, into a BOOT! Escobar drags Bron back up, puts him back in the corner with buckle bumps, then clubs his back. Escobar goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES!
Escobar pushes Bron down to cover, TWO! Escobar grows frustrated but he drags Bron to a corner. Escobar brings the legs onto the steel steps, then brings Bron all the way out. BOSTON CRAB against the post! The ref reprimands and counts, Escobar lets go at 4. Escobar puts Bron on the steps and RAMS his head into the post! Escobar puts Bron in the ring, drops an elbow, then drags Bron around for another elbow drop! Escobar is after the neck as he digs a knee in and pulls on the arm. Bron endures, fans rally and bark, but Escobar pulls on the arm more. Escobar sits Bron up for a chinlock against the knee.
Bron still endures, fans rally and duel, and Escobar pulls Bron back more. Bron fights up as fans rally more. Bron throws body shots, Escobar CLUBS him on the neck over and over. Escobar whistles and fans cheer. Escobar drags Bron up, “I told you, Bron! Callete, cabron! I told you, this is MY time, cabron.” Escobar winds up, but Bron blocks the punch! Bron fights up, bends the hand, then ROCKS Escobar! And again! And again! Bron rallies with shoulder tackles, then dodges Escobar to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Bron fires up, fans bark and Bron aims from the corner. But Mendoza distracts now, so Bron DECKS him!
Bron sees Wilde and TOSSES him into the ring! Wilde gets up, Bron clotheslines him out! Elektra distracts now, but here comes ZIGGLER! SUPERKICK!!! Escobar hurries to cover, TWO!! Bron survives the screw job from the Show-Off! Ziggler throws a fit, gets back in, but CIAMPA drags Ziggler out! They brawl again, and Ciampa runs Ziggler off! Escobar goes to a corner, seethes as he aims at Bron, and Bron flounders up. Escobar runs in, TORNADO DDT!! Bron is down, Escobar goes up! He shouts out Eddie Guerrero, but he has to bail out of the frog splash! Escobar fireman’s carries but Bron fights free!
Bron shoves, runs, and SPEARS!! Straps come down, fans are thunderous, and Bron gets Escobar up. Trophy lift, for the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron wins!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
The young champion is still champion, even as Escobar had more than just Legado helping him! Will Bron continue on as the Face of NXT? Who will come for him next?
An awesome episode for NXT! The fanservice eye candy opening with Toxic Attraction was very much what Vince has made NXT into, but things got serious right away with the Weaponized Steel Cage Match. It was great stuff, and what a clever spot with Dunne getting the secret crowbar out. Dunne winning was quite the surprise, but then after the awesome North American Championship match of Melo VS Grimes, we see why. Dunne is at least going to put Melo over to build that reign, but I would love if Dunne finally got some crossover in his résumé. Former NXT UK Champion becoming North American Champion, that’d be pretty cool.
The training montage for Raquel and Cora was pretty fun stuff. KLR and Shirai bonding over smashing things was a nice little touch. And then I had a sneaking suspicion that Wendy and Dakota were going to team up for the Women’s Dusty Cup. Amari Miller is either teaming with Tiffany Stratton, or Lash Legend as Amari and Lash worked a few matches on 205 Live together. Or I guess we’ll be calling it NXT: LVL UP now. Not that it’s a level up, it’s still going to be NXT Lite to me. We got a great NXT Women’s Tag title match, but I figured Toxic Attraction would retain. I’m already thinking our semifinalists are going to be Raquel & Cora, Wendy & Dakota, Shirai & KLR and then Indi & Persia. And other than Wendy & Dakota, any of those teams could take the cup.
Duke Hudson made his move, that is planting the seeds of Persia & Indi breaking up, so maybe they aren’t winning the Women’s Dusty Cup, either… Brooks & Briggs have really good comedy chops, they’ve really turned this romcom with KC Squared around. I like that they got Fallon Henley (Tesha Price) in on this one, and I sense more these three becoming a faction over Brooks getting Kayden to see him as a romantic interest. Nikkita Lyons has another good promo, her debut is coming, I actually expect some big things from her. She was already a rather promising talent when she got her start in Women of Wrestling, let’s just hope Vince doesn’t ruin things.
The segment with Waller and Knight was actually a good surprise that Knight turned tables on Waller. Their match is going to be great stuff. Last week, I said that match with the Grizzled Young Veterans was The Creed Brothers’ best match. This week, the match with MSK was The Creed Brothers’ best match. The finish was abrupt but this was a great win for The Creeds, I did not think it was going that way. Imperium had a good promo to frame the win as more the honor of losing to them, but wow I didn’t think someone would step up to Walter/Gunther. Solo Sikoa VS Walter/Gunther is going to be great stuff, but it’ll certainly be a win for Walter/Gunther on his way to the top title.
We got good promos from Ziggler and Ciampa, and we should’ve figured they’d have a part to play in the main event. Their match is going to be great, and I would think Ziggler as Jobber to the Stars puts Ciampa over so even RawDown fans understand Ciampa is great. Bron VS Escobar was also great, and I really liked Escobar’s tights being tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Eddie’s first world title win. But in the end, Bron IS NXT 2.0 personified for Vince, so Bron wins. Bron will take on the winner of Ciampa VS Ziggler, or maybe even both of them regardless. I can’t be sure who takes the title off Bron, it feels like it’s gonna be all year before that happens.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
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?
- 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?
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
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
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?
- 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?
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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