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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/21/22)

Fallout from Elimination Chamber!

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw enters the homestretch to WrestleMania!

The Beast, Brock Lesnar, is the NEW WWE World Champion, heading for Winner Takes All with Roman Reigns! What will he have to say on Raw tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
  • Tommaso Ciampa & Finn Balor VS The Dirty Dawgs; Ciampa & Balor win.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H; Ripley wins.
  • Damian Priest VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander; Priest wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Would Do Anything For Love: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Belair wins.
  • RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; Rollins & Kevin win and are added to the Raw Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Brock Lesnar is here!

And he is once again WWE World Heavyweight Champion! The University of South Carolina fires up for The Beast as he goes to the ring with belt, cowboy hat and even a sweater. He gets up on the announce desk to hold up the title as the fans all cheer. Lesnar gets the mic as he gets in the ring and fans chant, “Suplex City!” Lesnar says it’s getting hot in here! He takes off the sweater and puts it aside to say, “Now where were ya?” “Suplex City!” Lesnar thanks them for that, and says your NEW WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World is here in South Carolina. But then, “Ladies and gentlemen! My name is-”

Lesnar cuts Paul off. That’s as far as he’ll let Heyman go. Heyman stays on stage and fans chant, “You Suck!” at him. Lesnar even joins in! Heyman says the Special Counsel for the Tribal Chief does not suck. But speaking of, Heyman must say that he is the Special Counsel for the only real Heavyweight Champion in WWE: the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman… Reigns. Now, Heyman came here not to be disrespectful but out of love for their 20 years of business and friendship. Heyman knows Lesnar is so “myopic” thinking of WrestleMania’s Winner Takes All title match. Except, there is a roadblock in the way, farm boy! Lesnar might not even make it to Mania as a champion.

For 20 years, Heyman took care of the small details. Such as… Lesnar has to defend that title on Saturday, March 5th in Madison Square Garden! That means, Mr. Lesnar, “you ain’t gonna make it to WrestleMania as the champion!” So thank you very much. If there is anything else Heyman can help Lesnar with, feel free to let him know. Lesnar tells Heyman, “I can still appreciate you Paul, even though you’re… such a dick.” Heyman wants Lesnar to stop but Lesnar “thanks” Heyman for telling him where he’ll be when he already knows all that.

Then does he knows that it is against Bobby Lashley? Or that Lashley might not even pass concussion protocol? Or that if Lashley doesn’t pass, Heyman will make sure that match is a match worthy of MSG? So BRRROCK, see you at the Garden! Well news flash, Heyman, Lesnar is doing just fine without Heyman. Lesnar also thanks Heyman for telling him where to be. But Lesnar will tell Heyman where he’ll be Friday night. See, Friday, Heyman will be in Hershey, Pennsylvania next to the lil’ Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, demanding acknowledgement. Then guess where Lesnar will be that night! Saskatchewan?

NOPE! This Friday, Lesnar is coming to SmackDown to “introduce” Heyman and Roman to the NEW REIGNING! DEFENDING! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD~! BRRROCK! LESNARRR! The Beast has made his plans know, what will the Special Counsel plan to counter this move?

 

Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens talk backstage.

If only Kevin was there on Saturday. Rollins was fighting in the chamber, he threw Theory through the thing, and- Kevin Patrick appears. KO and Seth both seethe as they look over at him. What does he want? Given that we’re just six weeks from WrestleMania, and these two are main event superstars, their path to the Grandest Stage doesn’t seem clear at all. Does Kevin not get it? They have a path! You’re looking at the best tag team on Raw! Do you not remember how they beat RKBRO a couple weeks ago? And then last week, Seth Freakin’ Rollins beat Randy Orton 1v1.

Yes, and that is why Seth & KO went to management. When they win the tag main event tonight, they will be added to the Raw Tag Team Championships match in two weeks! And then, when they win that, they will be Raw Tag Team Champions! And then, the possibilities for Mania are endless! They can challenge the Usos for Champions VS Champions! Title for title for title! How’s that for a path, Patrick!? Seth laughs, KO says that is the whole thing. WrestleMania will be stupendous, because of them! That path is so good, right? KO and his best friend, it is so good, it is bearable now that Mania is in the hellhole called Dallas, Texas.

Will the Architect and Prizefighter have the perfect plan to get into the title picture?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

After the big news from Rollins & Owens, there is a lot more riding on this match than before! Can Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins convince management to add them to things with a win here? Or will Chad Gable & Otis be able to preserve the title scene on their end?

Raw returns as the Raw Tag Team Champions make their entrance. The teams sort out, Dawkins starts with Gable and the two circle. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks but Gable powers out. Dawkins runs Gable over and things speed up. Gable ducks but Dawkins whips him. Gable drops to roll and waistlock, but Dawkins rolls free! They keep going., Dawkins leaps over and then arm-drags Gable for an armlock! Fans fire up, Dawkins brings Gable over and tags in Ford. The Profits whip and dropkick Gable down! Cover, TWO! Ford clamps onto the armlock and grinds the elbow. Gable gets up, Ford wrenches but Gable throat chops!

Tag to Otis, Otis brings Ford out to CLUB him down! Otis flexes but fans boo. Otis brings ford up, whips him to ropes and throws a heavy body shot! Ford gasps, Otis and Dawkins stare down, but Otis brings Ford up. Scoop SLAM, and then Otis just snarls. Otis puts Ford in the corner, tags in Gable, and Gable sucker punches Dawkins! The Academy double whip Ford, Ford holds ropes and dumps Otis out! Gable runs in but Ford TOSSES him out onto Otis! Otis manages to get Gable on his feet, they drag Ford out as Dawkins tags in! Dawkins runs in to FLY!! Direct hit and Dawkins is all fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Otis has Ford in a neck wrench. Ford endures, fights up as the fans rally, but Otis CLUBS him again. Otis whips, Ford goes up and over in the corner, but Otis CLOBBERS him with a left lariat! Tag to Gable, and Gable gushes about Otis while Otis says he hates South Carolina. Gable stomps Ford to the apron but Ford shoulders back in. Ford waves by to Otis to slingshot, into Gable’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ford escapes the incredible counter but Gable fires off hands! Gable clamps onto an armlock but Ford endures again. Gable steps over to wrench the arm but fans rally up.

Ford fights to his feet, reaches out for Dawkins but Gable knees low. Gable scoops, Ford slips out and jumps over! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the Academy, but Gable chops and whips. Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! And then EXPLODER! Dawkins spins Gable, underhooks, SILENCER! Dawkins runs corner to corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Ford tags in, Dawkins gets Gable in an Electric Chair, DOOMSDAY BLOCKBUSTER! Cover,  Otis breaks it! Dawkins gets in but Otis throws him out. Otis goes out, he and Dawkins throw hands, then Otis throws Dawkins into barriers!

Ford runs to PENALTY KICK Otis from the apron! Gable ROCKS Ford, brings him in, suplex but Ford slips out! Otis tags in during the waistlock! Gable switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford kicks and throws Gable out, dodges Otis and mule kicks to front kick and ENZIGURI! Otis staggers against ropes, Ford fires up and SCOOPS HIM!? But he falls over with Otis’ weight! Cover, Gable holds Ford’s feet down! The Academy wins!!

Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall

Gable’s a hypocrite! Never cheated? Then what was that?! But that means the Raw Tag Team Champions stay spotless, will they only have to worry about RKBRO in their title match?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.

The Psycho Killer is an NXT Superstar, but does he feel pressure in tonight’s tag match here on Raw? This all started because Dolph Ziggler showed up on Ciampa’s home of NXT and started something. Ciampa doesn’t feel pressure. He’ll gladly take on Ziggler any night of the week. Roode is a bonus. But this is a tag match, and Ciampa knew just the guy to call. In steps FINN BALOR! Balor says Raw is his home, but he will never forget where he came from. And he will never forget stepping in the ring with Tommaso Ciampa. They may have stood toe to toe in the past, but tonight, they’ll start their road to WrestleMania shoulder to shoulder.

The Prince is helping the Pulse of NXT, will they both wipe the floor with those Dirty Dawgs?

Tommaso Ciampa & Finn Balor VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. Then the Show-Off & GLORIOUS One make their way out. The teams sort out and Roode starts against Ciampa, but Ziggler does taunt Ciampa. Ciampa and Roode circle, Ziggler is squirrely, so Ciampa swipes at him. Roode kicks Ciampa low, headlocks, but Ciampa powers out. Roode runs Ciampa over but things speed up and Ciampa CLOBBERS Roode! Ciampa dares Ziggler to do something, but brings Roode up to headlock and takeover. Ciampa grinds Roode while eying Ziggler and then he traps an arm. Roode fights up, powers Ciampa back and Ziggler tags in.

The Dawgs mug Ciampa, Ziggler taunts “the kid” and rakes Ciampa’s eyes. Ziggler also taunts Balor, then pie faces Ciampa. “All night long!” But Ciampa ROCKS and CHOPS Ziggler! And again! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ziggler reverses but Ciampa slides and comes back to CLOBBER Ziggler! Fans cheer and Ciampa covers, TWO! Ciampa wrenches Ziggler, whips him but Ziggler reverses. Balor tags in, Ciampa fakes Ziggler out and KNEES him off the apron! Roode goes after Ciampa but Balor DECKS Roode! The Prince has Ciampa’s back, and Ciampa helps Balor FLY! Direct hit on the Dawgs and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Roode has Ciampa in a facelock. Tag to Ziggler and the Dawgs mug Ciampa again. Ziggler is moving around, taunting Ciampa. Ziggler then kicks Ciampa down, but Ciampa grins as he gets back up. Ziggler rope a dopes, but Ciampa blocks, ROCKS and CHOPS! But Ziggler kicks out the bad leg! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dawgs mug Ciampa some more, and then Roode digs his boot into Ciampa’s head. Roode taunts Balor, tags in Ziggler, and Roode chokes Ciampa on ropes! Fans rally and chant, “We Want Balor!” but Ziggler drags Ciampa up. Ziggler squeezes the facelock tight and Ciampa turns red.

Fans rally more, Ciampa fights up, but Ziggler kicks low! “I say when we’re done!” Ziggler turns Ciampa but Ciampa slips through to shove and LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to Roode and Balor! South Carolina is thunderous as the Prince rallies! Roode reverses the whip but Balor FLYING FOREARMS! Takedown and DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor CHOPS Roode in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Roode reverses and kicks low. Balor slips out to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ziggler reverses to throw Ciampa out! But Balor CLOBBERS Ziggler!

Balor turns around, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Balor is still in this and Roode can’t believe it! Roode drags Balor up, fisherman, but Balor slips out the suplex to SLINGBLADE! Tag to Ciampa, and he runs in, but into an elbow! Roode hops up, but jumps into a KNEE! Ciampa gets Roode hooked up, but Roode back drops, only for Ciampa to sunset flip and high stack! Ciampa & Balor win!

Winners: Finn Balor & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

It was their first time teaming up and it is a success! Ziggler is furious, but will he be able to do anything about this tomorrow on NXT? Or will the Show-Off not survive the Black Heart of NXT?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

After losing to Rey Mysterio on Saturday, the Hollywood A-Lister promised he’s going to call in an equally famous and handsome global star to help him. He looks to reveal who that is, on an all-new Miz TV! That’s coming up, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us back to the most must-see WWE talk show, and before getting to his special guest, he wants to give us the realization he had at Elimination Chamber. Most wont’ ever know what it’s like to fly across the world in a private jet like he has. Or even to leave your small podunk hometown. ANd if he’s really being honest, most don’t even know what it’s like to leave the couch. They all want the success, the family, the wife and the life he has. But for us, it feels unobtainable because it is. So we turn to someone we can relate to, like Rey Mysterio!

Despite the physical differences, Miz and Rey aren’t that different. They both do whatever it takes to get ahead. Yet, because we see ourselves in Rey, we look past all the misconduct, including using his son to cheat and win! That is because we need Rey to succeed. We yearn for his success because it makes us feel better. Rey is everything we despise in Miz! We just choose not to see it! So therefore, Miz realized that we are the ones that cannot be trusted. And Miz has found a new tag team partner going into WrestleMania. Someone he can relate to! Someone he can trust! Someone from a fighting family, a pioneer, and very dashing.

Someone who is an athlete and celebrity! Someone- Interrupted by Rey! Rey tells Miz that to get one thing straight, they’re NOT the same. Rey doesn’t know anyone who would partner with Miz. Rey knows for a fact that the locker room can’t stand Miz! So whoever it is Miz brought, whoever this outsider is, that guy can go right back to where he came from and give his WrestleMania moment to someone who deserves it. Deserves it? Miz says he knows what’s best for the industry. Not Rey, not Dom, and certainly not the fans. See, at Elimination Chamber, it was supposed to be 1v1 but it felt like a handicap match.

Did Miz deserve to lose that match? Fans say, “YES!” Did Rey deserve to win that match? “YES!” Well then, does Dom deserve a WWE contract? Or did Daddy get him one? Dom says Rey brought him in, put him in the front row since he was seven years old. Dom watched the WWE night after night, complete with blood, sweat and tears. Dom knew what it took to become a WWE superstar. Rey brought Dom here, but Dom will do whatever it takes to stay. This is Dom’s blood! This is Dom’s family! This is Dom’s life! This is everything Dom knows. So if Miz says one more thing about Rey, Dom swears to God he’ll show-

Show what? Another outnumbering? Another handicap? No! Miz and his new partner VS the Mysterios at Mania! Now allow Miz to introduce his special guest. Ladies and gentlemen, get up out of your seats for social media megastar, LOGAN PAUL! Fans boo as Logan Paul chugs his protein drink and then goes to the ring. “Oh man, oh man! No disrespect, Rey Mysterio, you’re a WWE legend and all, but uh, I’ve got pool toys bigger than you, bucko.” Dom says if this jackass is Miz’s partner, then they accept! Miz CLOBBERS Dom, Logan Paul gets Rey! Miz stomps Dom while Logan Paul dribbles Rey!

Miz & Logan Paul are fired up but fans boo. Miz & Logan Paul then POST Rey together! And then they go get Dom, to POST him, too! But they’re still not done! Logan Paul brings Rey out, feeds him to Miz, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Logan Paul wants to try something, so Miz gets Dom up and feeds him to a LOGAN PAUL FINALE! Will the biggest, most arrogant pair of jerks actually have a WrestleMania moment together?

 

Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.

Kevin Patrick notes their impressive win, but how are they feeling with tonight’s main event impacting- SHOOSH! Gable knows about all that. He has a Master’s Degree and 4.0 GPA. And not from some worthless institution like the University of South Carolina. What’s their mascot again? A gamecock? A chicken!? Bawk bawk. Disgusting. Just like tonight’s main event. At least RKBRO earned a title opportunity. But Seth & KO just complain and they get this? Disgusting!

And not only that, the odds go down from 50% to 33.33 repeating! Otis hates math! But Otis loves winning. So regardless of how many opponents there are, the Academy will win. Will the numbers spell disaster for Gable & Otis after tonight?

 

Veer Mahaan is still on his way.

“You question because you do not understand. You do not understand because you do not believe. That is why your kingdom is empty. And soon, your kingdom will become mine.”

 

Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!

The Nightmare and the Almost Super “Hero” go another round in their break-up rivalry! Will Rhea finally get past the past? Or will Nikki never leave her alone for “holding her back?”

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings and Nikki starts shouting about Rhea ruined things for her in the Chamber. Nikki SLAPS Rhea, and shouts, “I am a superhero!” Rhea HEADBUTTS Nikki down! Then she TOSSES Nikki to a corner! Rhea runs in and RAMS Nikki with a shoulder, then digs her shoulder in. The ref counts, Rhea lets off and throws body shots. Rhea says lets’ see the superhero fly! She TOSSES Nikki back the other way! Rhea runs in, but Nikki moves. Rhea stops herself, elbows Nikki, then brings her in to suplex. Rhea holds Nikki up for a count of 10 before the SLAM!

Nikki bails out but Rhea just shrugs and shakes her head. Nikki complains to commentary that Rhea’s the villain, but Rhea goes out and SMACKS Nikki off the desk! Rhea says, “I’m the villain apparently.” Rhea puts Nikki in, gets in, but Nikki clubs away on Rhea’s back! Nikki is snarling and seething, then runs into a SUPERKICK! Rhea pump handles, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Rhea stands tall again, is she finally moving on on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

The Undertaker is entering the WWE Hall of Fame!

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

 

Damian Priest VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander!

The Archer of Infamy has been able to keep his rage at bay, as well as keep the WWE United States Championship around his waist. But will the Gold Standard score a big win and get a golden ticket?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business make their entrance. Alexander is even more fired up for this than Benjamin, and the bell rings. Priest and Benjamin circle, Alexander distracts and Benjamin attacks! Benjamin throws hands in the corner but lets off at 4. Priest ROCKS Benjamin with haymakers but Benjamin knees low and punches back. Benjamin whips, Priest reverses and choke grips, but Benjamin slips out to throw Priest out! Alexander stays clear until the ref is busy with Benjamin, PENALTY KICK for Priest! Benjamin fetches Priest into the ring, hauls him up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Benjamin rains down hands as Alexander says to hurt him! Benjamin wraps on a chinlock and he has the hometown crowd on his side. Priest fights up, Benjamin knees low and whips. Priest reverses and back elbows Benjamin down! Damian might be creeping out, and he starts firing off KICKS on Benjamin! ROLLING ELBOW, then LARIAT! Benjamin gets to a corner, Priest runs in to back elbow! Priest keeps moving, he ducks and dodges to WHEEL KICK Benjamin down! Alexander distracts but Priest DECKS him! Benjamin runs in to STEP UP KNEE! And T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Priest survives but Benjamin keeps cool. Benjamin waits for Priest to stand, then runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Priest choke grips, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Priest snarls, fires up, and he dragon sleepers for the RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

The Gold Standard didn’t measure up to the champion, but Priest gets on the mic to give credit to Benjamin. He’s one of the few legends out here that’ll fight Priest like a man. But Priest has beaten athletes of his caliber before. In fact, there’s a whole list of former world champions that Priest has also beaten. Serious fighters, serious athletes, Priest has stepped up to their challenges and remained our US Champion. But now, Priest looks to WrestleMania! He wants his next opponent to match that caliber. Next week, Priest is volunteering his US Championship, but against someone of world title caliber.

“I am Damian Priest, the United States Champion! Who’s gonna try to take that from me?” The Archer of Infamy has held the door open, but wait! In walks FINN BALOR! The Prince already has a mic and he says, “You wanna face a serious athlete? You wanna face a serious fighter? You want a world champion level opponent? Sounds like you’re talking about me.” Fans sure like the sound of this! Balor tells Priest to be careful what he wishes for. And see you next week. Will the inaugural Universal Champion look to add one more belt to his resume?

 

Reggie heads to the ring!

The NEW WWE 24/7 Champion springs in, after having busted out of the Friend Zone when he took this title back. But what will he have to say about the whole thing? And will someone try to take this title away from him while he’s out in the open? We’ll se, after the break.

Raw returns and Reggie has the mic. “So, I just came out here to get something off my chest. And I promise that I won’t be interrupted by any 24/7 shenanigans until I’m done. But I would like to bring out the former 24/7 Champion, Dana Brooke. Dana, could you come out here, please?” Dana does oblige, not really sure what this is about. She gets in the ring, and he wants her to listen. He has been very supportive of her since the beginning. He cared for her, maybe as more than just friends. And he gets it, that’s all she ever wanted to be. And that was fine. But last week, Reggie just… lost sight of what was important.

Reggie saw an opportunity and took it. He couldn’t resist. But then he had this horrible feeling in his stomach. He’s just trying to say, from the bottom of his heart, he’s sorry. And more than that, he wants to show Dana that she means so much more to her. Please, let’s get a ref out here. A ref hurries, and Reggie does a flip and a spin, before he lies down for Dana! Dana is surprised, covers him, TWO! Reggie smirks, he couldn’t help it! He’s just playing. She covers deeper, TWO! He kicks out again! Dana can’t believe he’s playing around. He swears he’s not! Dana covers, and Dana KISSES Reggie! Dana wins!!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Talk about a literal lip lock! Dana blows Reggie a kiss, and Reggie can’t help but respect that move. But here come the others! Reggie dropkicks R-Truth away, then Dana shoves Akira Tozawa into Tamina’s arms! Tozawa wants a kiss, Tamina DUMPS him! Tamina runs into the ring, Dana and Reggie head for the hills! They run through the crowd, will the Daughter of Superfly get that belt off Dana?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The EST won last week’s gauntlet, and she won the Elimination Chamber match, which means she’s going back to WrestleMania! Bianca is ready to go after the Raw Women’s Championship and Becky Lynch, and we’ll hear her thoughts, after the break.

Raw returns and Bianca has the mic while fans chant “EST!” Yes, your girl is going back to WrestleMania! Last year, history was made when she main evented and won the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And now she’s gonna run it all the way back. Only, this time for the Raw Women’s Championship, and we all know how she feels about “Big Time” Becky Lynch. But before getting into all that, Bianca gives it up to all the other women in the Chamber match. Fans cheer, and Bianca says, “Those are some tough women.” Especially Doudrop, her opponent here tonight. But can there only be one toughEST.

Bianca is the EST, that means she’s the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the best, but she wants to get this across: she is the hardEST working woman in the WWE! She has been working non-stop just for this moment! So if you think she’s about to let up now, “Girl. Uh-uh.” Just in six weeks, she’ll show Becky exactly why you can’t WrestleMania without the E S T. But speaking of, here comes Becky! Becky holds up her title, still having it after defeating Lita. Becky goes to the ring, gets herself a mic, and she “congratulates” Bianca for making it back to the big time.

And while Bianca doesn’t get any bigger than the only two women to ever win a WrestleMania main event, them going 1v1 in this year’s main event, just don’t forget Bianca got here is because Becky did it first. Oh? Bianca admits, Becky did it first. But Bianca did it better. Oh, you did it better? Okay, well, if Becky remembers correctly, Becky walked out WM35 as #BeckyTwoBelts! One of those titles, the Raw title, has been hers ever since! She hasn’t lost it in three years! And the other, well, gosh. It was just six months ago today, happy anniversary, when Becky won it off Bianca in just 26 seconds.

Bianca was waiting on that. Becky loves bringing it up like we all forget. Oh, Becky knows no one forgets. Bianca uses it to play victim. What? Victim? Well Bianca could’ve tucked away her braid and left so Becky wouldn’t have to worry about her anymore, which is what Becky wanted. But Bianca actually listened to Becky. Becky said to go to the back of the line, which is what happened. Because then, after Survivor Series, Bianca was the Sole Survivor. Bianca then fought her way through and won the Elimination Chamber and didn’t make any excuses. So she isn’t a victim, never claimed to be one-

Right, she’s not! Becky’s the victim! Yes! Listen to the people chant! Before Bianca came along, the people loved Becky! The Man of the People! Bianca raises an eyebrow as Becky says she had a hero’s welcome. But because of Bianca, the people despise Becky. And for that, Becky despises Bianca. At Elimination Chamber, we saw what Becky did to Lita. Lita is someone Becky loved. So imagine what she does to someone she despises. This isn’t Bianca’s redemption story, it’s Becky’s! Well if Becky wants to play victim, how about Bianca just make her one? Off come the earrings! But here comes Doudrop!

Becky points to Piper Niven as she heads down the ramp, knowing Bianca has her hands full. Will the EST get past Doudrop again to give Big Time Becks something to think about?

Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Raw returns again and the bell rings. Becky’s on commentary as Bianca and Piper approach. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Piper pushes Bianca back a step. Bianca pushes Piper back to a corner, but the ref counts. Bianca lets off, blows kisses to Piper and Becky, but Piper puts Bianca in the corner. Piper digs her hands into Bianca’s face but lets off as the ref counts. Bianca dodges Piper to headlock! Piper powers up and out, Bianca handsprings over and tells Piper to kiss this! Piper runs in, Bianca dodges, hurdles, but Piper counters hip toss to a rolling cradle, ONE! Piper scoops Bianca but Bianca slips off.

Piper blocks the whip, whips Bianca, but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Piper back! Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Bianca runs in to RAM Piper. Bianca RAMS in again, lets off at 4, and then bumps Piper off buckles. Becky says it isn’t her fault for using sneaky tactics, it is her opponents’ faults for not seeing that coming. Bianca bumps Piper off buckles, but Piper bumps Bianca back. Piper CLUBS Bianca, then throws a heavy body shot. Piper bumps Bianca off more buckles, but Bianca hits back with body shots! Fans rally but Piper DECKS Bianca! Piper looms over Bianca then brings her up.

Piper whips but Bianca stops from hitting buckles. Bianca bumps Piper off buckles, but Piper fights the torture rack! Piper goes to ropes for defense, Bianca is after her, but the ref has Bianca back off. Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca! Bianca just snarls and handsprings to kick Piper down! Bianca then goes out to CROSSBODY Piper down! Bianca tells Becky that the belt’s gonna be hers, but then Piper CROSSBODIES back! Becky laughs at Bianca for that one as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Piper grinds Bianca down in a cobra clutch. Bianca endures, fans rally up for the EST, and Bianca gets up to throw body shots. Bianca is free, but she swings into a SAIDO! Becky says Bianca should focus on Doudrop so that wouldn’t happen. Piper runs corner to corner, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Bianca feeds off the energy! Handspring MOONSAULT! Becky no longer likes what she sees as Bianca gets Piper up. Bianca reels Piper in, suplexes, but Piper powers out and wrenches to whip. Bianca goes up, tells Piper to kiss this, then goes over. Piper runs into a spin, Bianca tries again, but still no suplex!

Piper tries but Bianca blocks. Bianca manages to SNAP SUPLEX Piper down! Becky is seething, claims the jacket is too warm for this arena, but Bianca fires up. Bianca goes after Piper, blocks a buckle bump and elbows free. Bianca goes to boot but Piper blocks it to throw Bianca down hard! Piper runs corner to corner again, CANNONBALL into buckles as Bianca moves! Both women are down and fans fire up! Bianca drags Piper to a cover, TWO! Becky applauds Piper’s toughness but Bianca stomps Piper. Bianca drags Piper up but Piper scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Piper can’t believe Bianca survives, but this is the toughEST, after all! Piper gets up, stomps Bianca, then goes to the corner. But Bianca gets up to bump Piper off buckles! RUNNING POWERBOMB!! The strongEST shocks Becky! Bianca still isn’t done, as she gets Piper up the corner for the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

And Becky can’t stand it! Becky gets up on the desk to make sure Bianca sees her holding up the belt. But will Becky still be a champion after another WrESTleMania moment?

 

WWE celebrate Black History Month.

Booker T visited the For Oak Cliff Community Center in the Oak Cliff Dallas area. For Oak Cliff was founded by Taylor Toynes and Xavier Henderson, two young men who grew up in the area and even worked as teachers before founding the organization. They want to build the community up through their four pillars: education, advocacy, community building, and art. They serve all ages, and have served more than 30 THOUSAND community members, and have distributed 1.4 MILLION pounds of food.

 

EDGE is here!

The Rated R Superstar is fired up and so is South Carolina! Especially for the pyro! Edge goes to the ring, and sits in the chair already waiting for him. “You smell that? C’mon, South Carolina, you gettin’ a whiff of that? I’m not talking about my massively manly pheromones that totally reek of awesomeness. No, that’s the smell of WrestleMania in the air.” Edge wants to take us back a bit: WrestleMania 3! Edge sat beside his uncle’s radio to wait for the match results. Finally, the DJ cuts in, “Hulk Hogan has body slammed Andre the Giant. Not only that, he beat Andre the Giant.” Edge will never forget that.

That’s why his heartrate goes up and everyone else in the locker room understands the physical and emotional toll it takes to get on the Showcase of the Immortals. Edge knows firsthand. The first Mania he was on as a talent was 14, that’s how old he is. Fans cheer and Edge says it’s good to be back. But Edge took two more years to actually get on the show. He finally got his match, he threw caution to the wind and put on the performance to elevate his career. And they did it! But in doing that, Edge understood the stakes. He understood that every year, he’d have to outdo himself.

At Mania 17, against two of the greatest tag teams of all time, in a TLC match, on possibly the greatest show of all time, they stole the show. We’re thinking about you, D-Von! Then at Mania 21, Edge won the first Money in the Bank ladder match. Then at Mania 22, he put Mick Foley through a burning table and stole the show again! Then at Mania 24, Edge main evented against The Undertaker. The world title against the streak, and Edge came that close. Also, congrats to the Deadman’s Hall of Fame induction, you deserve it. But then WrestleMania 27, Edge had what he thought was his last match, where he retired as WHC.

For many, that’d be enough. Not for Edge. So Edge busted his ass for 10 years to get WrestleMania back! Last year, Mania 37, Edge main evented again. For 38 years, WrestleMania has been the stuff of dreams. Some kids dream of the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl or Broadway, but not Edge. Edge dreams of WrestleMania. And ever year, Edge still dreams that dream. What it’ll feel like to go down the aisle, what it’ll feel like to stand in the ring, and what it’ll feel like to soak in all the energy of the fans so that he can be phenomenal! Because at Mania, Edge makes everyone and everything around him better!

Edge steps up to the challenges. At Mania, you need to throw caution to win, fight your inner demons, and become undeniable. Edge needs WrestleMania. This is supposed to be the most stupendous Mania ever, but you can’t say that without Edge! As much as Edge needs Mania, Mania needs Edge. So Edge is throwing down the gauntlet, laying down a challenge to everyone in the locker room! Someone needs to step up. If you wanna prove yourself, stand across the ring at WrestleMania against a man who is still the best in the industry today! A certifiable legend! Fight Edge at WrestleMania and he’ll make you live forever.

“So step up, boys. I’ll be waiting.” The Rated R Superstar just put out the biggest call to action ever! Will someone answer it? Will more than one answer it?

 

RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!

The Stallion & The Viper, the former Raw Tag Team Champions, won the Alpha Academy Academic Challenge and have their tag title rematch. However, the Architect & Prizefighter have politicked their way into an opportunity of their own! Will Seth Freakin’ Owens and Kevin Freakin’ Owens add themselves to that match? Or will RKBRO deny them their path to Wrestle Freakin’ Mania?

Raw returns and KO makes his entrance, followed by Rollins. The teams sort out, and Riddle starts against Rollins. Fans sing Rollins’ theme, but then Kevin and Rollins switch. Kevin and Riddle tie up, Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Kevin down. Kevin gets up, elbows free and switches the waistlock, then gets a headlock, Riddle powers out but Kevin runs him over! Riddle is right up but he holds back. They tie up. Riddle shoots around to get a SLEEPER! Kevin snapmares free, SENTONS Riddle, then taunts Orton. Kevin stomps Riddle, brings him around, and CHOPS him! Tag to Rollins and Rollins throws hands on Riddle.

Fans rally for Orton, Riddle fireman’s carries! Rollins slips free, runs and SLINGBLADES Riddle down! Rollins struts and the fans sing, “OH~ OH~ OOOOH~!” Rollins brings Riddle up, but Riddle gut wrench suplexes him away! Tag to Orton and fans fire up! Orton stomps Rollins’ legs, then he stomps Rollins’ arms. Orton drags Rollins up to scrape laces on the face, then he tags Riddle in. Snapmare and ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, ONE! Riddle hurries to chinlock and bring Rollins around. Orton tags in to stomp Rollins back down. Orton knees low, whips to ropes, but Rollins kicks him back!

Rollins throws body shots and haymakers, but the ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, but Orton DECKS Kevin before Kevin can hit him! Orton then throws Rollins right out! Orton goes after Rollins, but Kevin saves Rollins from the back suplex! Only for Kevin to take the ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! But Rollins DIVES and blasts Orton over the desk! Fans fire up and Rollins tells Kevin to get up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Rollins has Orton in a facelock. Orton reaches for Riddle but Rollins whips him away into the corner, only for Orton to rebound and LARIAT! Both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin runs over to DECK Riddle! Kevin then stomps Orton while mocking him, and he covers, TWO! Kevin clamps on with a chinlock but fans rally up for “RANDY! RANDY!” Orton fights up, reaches out, but Kevin keeps him form ropes. So Orton shifts to get a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up again as Orton crawls, but Alpha Academy is watching backstage. They don’t like this, hot tags to Rollins and Riddle!

Riddle fires off a flurry of palm strikes, then spins around Rollins to PELE! Riddle kips up, goes side to side to forearm smash in the corner! And then from the other side! But Rollins fights the Brosploder! Only to spin into the BROSPLODER! BROTON on top! And a PENALTY KICK! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Riddle keeps his focus. Fans rally, Riddle goes up, but Rollins drags him down. Riddle elbows Rollins away but Kevin trips Riddle up behind the ref’s back! Rollins has Riddle in a Tree of Woe and goes up, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up but Rollins can’t believe it! Tag to Kevin, he brings Riddle up to pump handle, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives again and Kevin is furious! Kevin waits for Riddle to stand, he kicks but no stunner! Kevin still ROCKS Orton, but Riddle gets around. Ripcord, but Kevin breaks free to ENZIGURI! Kevin tags Rollins, then Kevin climbs! SWANTON BOMB! Rollins is right up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and neither Kevin, Rollins or the fans can believe it! Fans are fired up for “RKBRO!” but Rollins tells them to shut up! Tag back to Kevin and they get Riddle up.

Riddle lands out of the double back suplex! He dodges Rollins, then Kevin, hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies on the Prizefighter, then dodges to POWERSLAM! Rollins runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Orton gets Rollins up and into the ropes! Orton also has Kevin, but Rollins drops down! Kevin is still stuck, so Kevin gets the DRAPING DDT! Fans are fired up again as Orton hears the voices in his head! RK- NO! But Riddle tags in! Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton, clotheslines him out, but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES again and again! Kevin blocks, STOMPS a toe, and Rollins sneaks around to CURB STOMP Orton on the ramp!!

Kevin runs into a back elbow! Riddle goes up, FLOATING BORO ATTACK! But Rollins tags in! Kevin swings, into a RK- NO!! Rollins catches Riddle for a BUCKLE BOMB! STUNNER from Kevin! CURB STOMP from Rollins!!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall (added to the Raw Tag Team Championship match)

They freakin’ did it! The Academy is furious, will they no longer be champions after the Triple Threat they’re now in? Or can Chad Gable and his Master’s Degree cook up a way to escape with the gold?


My Thoughts:

So Raw ended up better than Elimination Chamber, if only by a little bit. Lesnar and Heyman had a very good promo segment to open, and while Lesnar going to SmackDown this week makes all the sense, I’m more surprised they’re trying to add something more to the Road to WrestleMania at the last minute. A “roadblock” at Madison Square Garden, since we’re not getting Fastlane this year, which originally was “Roadblock the PPV.” I hope they put this MSG event on the Peacock, or else what’s the point? And though they kayfabed Lashley’s shoulder injury as a concussion, he’s not going to be cleared to compete and who knows who Lesnar faces. Lesnar is still winning, though, they aren’t going to say Winner Takes All is happening and then make a U-turn on it.

I really liked Edge’s promo teasing no less than three different possibilities. He said “phenomenal” for AJ Styles, “inner demon” for Finn, and “live forever” for Damian Priest. Priest had a decent match with Benjamin, but we all know those guys could do way better than that. I was surprised Priest’s open challenge was answered so soon, but it’s awesome that Finn Balor was the one. Balor hasn’t been US Champion yet, that’d be awesome if he got it. Hell, I would love if all four guys had a match for that title at WrestleMania. Edge has had the US title but only once, way back when it was still called the WCW US Championship. I don’t know if Edge, a part-timer, would win the title, but he’d add something special to the match.

Speaking of Finn, his surprise return actually being part of the tag match with Ciampa was great, too. It was a really good match, but of course Ciampa and Finn win since Finn was back and Ciampa is going to face Ziggler tomorrow on NXT as NXT builds towards Bron Breakker’s next challenger. Ziggler probably finds a way to win so he can then take on Bron. We got a decent Miz TV, and sadly the Logan Paul news leaked, so despite everyone thinking it would be free agent Cody Rhodes, it was not Cody Rhodes. Miz did his best to tease things in his promo, but all just to make Logan Paul the disappointing swerve. The Mysterios are surely winning this, but probably pinning Miz, not Logan Paul.

Rhea VS Nikki happened again because Vince let one too many women wrestlers go, but there’s a chance this feud is far from over. The 24/7 Championship situation has gotten even sadder. I was actually digging that they made it the crux of the relationship between Dana and Reggie, but Reggie regretting what he did and letting Dana have the title back was a bit sad. I hope someone out of Tamina, Tozawa and Truth get that title off Dana and Reggie at Mania, to then leave Dana and Reggie to figure out their kayfabe romance. Hell, why hasn’t this title been on SmackDown and Fox at all? Does Fox just not care about this thing anymore?

Bianca had a great promo segment with Becky, and a great match with Piper. This match tonight from Piper and Bianca should’ve been how their blow-off from their best of three series went last year. But in the end, Bianca is going to build a lot of momentum going towards WrestleMania and we’re going to see an epic match. And then, in quite the twist for the tag titles, Rollins & Kevin just have their contenders opportunity. Alpha Academy have a great match with the Profits to get momentum, and have a good promo to note on Rollins & Kevin getting their chance.

RKBRO VS Rollins & Kevin was great stuff, and naturally Kevin & Rollins find a way to win. That tag title triple threat is going to be great stuff and really could go any which way. And if I recall, Kevin used to have the “Kevin Freakin’ Owens” thing going for him, maybe he should bring that back. Then he and Seth can be the Best Freakin’ Friends!

My Score: 8.3/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

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

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

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

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

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

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

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

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 9/10

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

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


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

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

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

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

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

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

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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