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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/28/22)

Who gets Rated R with Edge?

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw paves more of the Road to WrestleMania!

Tonight, Finn Balor challenges Damian Priest for the WWE US Championship while the Rated R Superstar, Edge, addresses his WrestleMania future!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Alpha Academy VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins; Owens & Rollins win.
  • Omos VS T-Bar; Omos wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan; Belair, Ripley & Morgan win.
  • Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
  • Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa; Brooke & Reggie win.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins.
  • RKBRO VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

And he’s ready to host a new episode of the KO Show, while incorrectly wearing a cowboy hat on purpose. He asks us to welcome his tag team partner, who will be by his side when they become Raw Tag Team Champions next week and defend the titles at WrestleMania, and more important the man who is Kevin’s best friend, SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLING! Rollins makes his entrance with an extra bit of swagger, and Kevin tips his hat to him. They go to the ring together now, and Kevin says, “What a night we have in store for everybody. But right now, it’s time for me to welcome you all to the Kevin Owens Show!”

Kevin says he won’t lie, he and Rollins can admit, it’s been a tough time for them. Neither has secured a place on WrestleMania yet, and that’s not okay. Two of the- No, THE TWO BIGGEST stars in WWE history are not on Mania?! That’s a travesty! Rollins says that is no lie, and it is no secret that these two have been screwed in every single possible imaginable way! But the WrestleMania gods have given them one more card to play in the form of the Raw Tag Team Championships! They’ll take those titles into Mania, into Dallas, Texas, and do what they do best: make moments. They’ll make Mania moments!

Kevin loves the sound of that. He assures us that he’s heard what people are saying. His disdain for Texas might distract him. But Rollins ahs Kevin’s word that nothing will keep them from becoming tag team champions next week! And then they will go on and defend the titles at Mania, because they are the absolute BEST! Nothing will distract Kevin from that. Not the people of Texas, not the Texas legends like JBL or HBK, or even this ridiculous, stupid hat! Kevin takes it off to stomp it! And then kick it out of the ring! Rollins says he understands, Kevin doesn’t like Texas. But they’re not in Texas tonight! They’re in Columbus, Ohio!

And what a show tonight! Let’s bring out their guest, the current Raw Tag Team Champions, the Alpha Academy! Chad Gable & Otis head to the ring, Gable wanting the fans to “SHOOSH!” already. Gable & Otis join Rollins & Kevin in the ring, and Kevin welcomes them to take their seats. Otis’ chair is extra sturdy. Easy, easy. There we go! He’s good. Gable says this is the first time on the KO Show, and so he’ll start with “a thank yew!” Why does he say it like that? Anyway, before going forward, they should address that. When he says “thank you,” it sounds weird. “A thank yew~!” Yeah, no, that’s just weird.

Gable takes being different as a compliment. But they’re happy to be here. All Gable’s heard is a couple asses making ass-sumptions about the title match. Whoa, they’re talking about Kevin & Rollins? Yep. Don’t forget, you can talk all you want, but the current, defending champions are Alpha Academy. A thank yew~! Rollins & Kevin seem bothered now. Kevin says they are aware who the champions are, until next week. Then those tiles are coming home with Kevin and Rollins! No hard feelings, they like Alpha Academy, but uh, yeah. Mania needs them, they need it. But problem is, you guys weaseled your way into that match.

As someone with a Master’s Degree, Gable will explain to them and to the moronic fans who went to that poor excuse for a community college, Ohio State University- Wow, lots of Buckeyes here… SHOOOOSH! Gable will give them proper education. Their odds automatically went from 50% to 33.33%, and that is ridiculous. Kevin says he doesn’t like math, but the only thing the Academy needs to know, this isn’t personal. They need the titles to go to Mania. This is business. That’s so sad. They’re so worried about their spot that they’ll do anything! They had their chances, they’ve had their main events!

Gable hasn’t even been on the show! He and Otis busted their asses to earn their spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, A THANK YEW! Rollins wants everyone to wait. Lightbulb moment for Rollins! After Rollins & Kevin win and take those Raw Tag titles, they can have the rematch at Mania! A win-win, baby! SHOOSH! Kevin doesn’t want Gable shooshing Rollins or shooshing him! Stop! SHOOSH! YOU SHOOSH! It’s a shoosh fight! SHOOOOSH- STUNNER!! Otis is furious now! Will the Dozer get after the Prizefighter for that?

 

The Alpha Academy VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins!

Holla holla! After that Stunner, the Raw Tag Team Champions want to prove why the Prizefighter & Visionary don’t belong in the title match! But will this simply be a sample of the victory Kevin & Rollins will taste next week?

Raw returns and Rollins fights off Otis to tag in Kevin. Kevin kicks and headlocks Otis but Otis powers out to run Kevin over! Gable is still down on the outside but Otis fires off on Kevin. Otis whips Kevin hard to the corner then runs in to RAM his shoulder into Kevin! Otis brings Kevin around to CLUB him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, forearms and fires off, but his lariat doesn’t move Otis at all! Otis LARIATS back then CLOBBERS Kevin with the back elbow! Kevin sits up in a daze but Otis keeps him from Rollins with a scoop and SLAM! Otis taunts Rollins then runs, but Kevin avoids the elbow drop! Kevin drops a SENTON! And then another SENTON!

Kevin stomps Otis, tags in Rollins, and Rollins fires haymakers and CHOPS! He backs Otis down, ROLLING ELBOW! But Otis puts Rollins on the apron! Gable grabs at Rollins’ feet, Otis BLASTS Rollins to the barricade! Gable taunts Rollins and Otis fetches Rollins to RAM him into barriers! Otis RAMS Rollins into the apron, then puts him in the ring. Otis keeps Rollins from Kevin, whips him into the corner, tag to Gable. Gable runs and Otis whips Rollins into the FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Gable tweaks Rollins’ arm, and again. Gable slams the arm on the mat, then snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!

Tag to Otis and he stomps Rollins down. Fans rally for Rollins but Otis drags him up. Rollins throws body shots, Otis shoves him away and SPLASHES in the corner! Rollins falls to the drop zone, Otis goes up the corner! Otis says this’ll end it! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Rollins moves! Rollins hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin runs in to DECK Gable, then he says, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL for Otis! Gable gets back in but Kevin throws him right back out! Kevin then goes to the apron, CANNONBALL for both champions! Fans fire up with Kevin, “This is MY show!” Kevin resets, and FROG SPLASHES Gable on the floor!

Otis CLOBBERS Kevin in return! The tree trunk just trucked Kevin, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Otis has Kevin in a neck wrench. Fans rally as Kevin endures and fights up. Kevin throws body shots but Otis whips him hard into the corner! Tag to Gable and he drags Kevin out to tweak the leg! And again! And then he YANKS the leg, to then hit a spinning toehold! Kevin endures as Gable keeps on the knee lock. Fans rally, Kevin CHOPS free, but Gable waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! And he holds on, only for Kevin to grab ropes. Kevin elbows free, Gable blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! Both men are down and crawling as fans fire up! Hot tag to Rollins! Rollins rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses.

Rollins redirects Gable and hits a SLINGBLADE! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Otis down, then gets Gable for a BUCKLE SHOT! Springboard FLYING KNEE! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Gable escapes but Rollins still smirks. Fans rally up, Rollins swaggers around as they start singing his theme. Rollins waits on Gable to get up, ROLLING- NO! Gable gets under, but Kevin tags in before the roll-up! SUPERKICK! Gable staggers into an ENZIGURI! Kevin reels Gable in, pump handle USHIGOROSHI! Cover, Otis breaks it! Rollins runs in but Otis scoops him for an EXPLODER!

Otis roars and he helps Gable to their corner. Otis tags in, but Kevin kicks him! No Stunner, and Otis SPLASHES in the corner! Otis drags Kevin over then climbs up. Gable tags in before the VADER BOMB! MOONSAULT from Gable! Cover, but Rollins gets past Otis to break it! Otis whips Rollins to a corner, Rollins dodges and Otis hits POST! Rollins SUPERKICKS Otis down, then ducks and dodges Gable to DIVE onto Otis! Kevin rolls Gable, TWO!! STUN- NO! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Gable then drags Kevin around and goes back up! MOONSAULT, but Kevin gets clear! Rollins tags in! POP-UP to Rollins! BUCKLE BOMB!

STUNNER!! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Raw Tag Team Champions just lost 2v2! Will the Visionary & Prizefighter #StunTheWorld and #BurnItDown when it’s a Triple Threat?

 

Backstage interview with Omos.

Kevin Patrick says Omos’ time here has been nothing short of a rampage. But tonight, he’s against- Omos shouts “ENOUGH!” Ever since he’s shown up, he’s dominated RKBRO, the Street Profits, the Dirty Dawgs, the New Day, and even AJ Styles. Tonight, Omos comes across the largest man he’s ever faced in the ring in T-Bar. Tonight, Omos dominates T-Bar, too! Will there be any arguing with that?

Omos VS T-Bar!

Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. T-Bar gets on the apron and Omos BLASTS him right off! Omos then goes out to drag T-Bar up off the floor and scoop him! Omos puts T-Bar in the ring, drags him from the ropes, and the ref says this match can’t start with T-Bar in this state. Omos drags T-Bar up to TOSS him into the corner! The ref asks if T-Bar wants to compete, and T-Bar does! That’s rather gutsy, and the bell rings. Omos runs in, T-Bar dodges! Omos hits buckles and now both giants are sputtering. T-Bar gets up, Omos LARIATS him inside-out! Omos drags T-Bar back up, two hands for the MOUNTAINTOP SLAM! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

He did just as he said. He showed up and dominated T-Bar! Will Omos continue to dominate until he is at the very top of the WWE?

 

Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven speak.

The Almost Super Hero says Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan and especially Rhea Ripley think they’re the heroes of this story. But it is her, Nikki A.S.H, who is the only superhero Raw needs. Piper says that’s fine, because she’s just fine with being a villain. And The Man says it doesn’t matter if you’re hero or villain, the only thing that does matter is winning. She may have had her issues with Doudrop in the past, but they are putting that aside to be winners. Just like Becky was at SummerSlam, in 26 seconds. And just like Becky will be again at WrestleMania, still Raw Women’s Champion.

Nikki wants a fist bump but is left hanging. Will this Celtic connection come crumbling down against the EST, the Living End and the Nightmare?

Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan!

Raw returns as Rhea and Liv meet up backstage. Tonight isn’t going to be easy. They have Nikki, Piper and Becky. What’s the strategy? Brutality. Hmm, Liv likes that. Bianca arrives and she knows they’re talking strategy, but please! Give Bianca Becky. She’s been waiting to get back at Ms. Big Time, and there is a long overdue KOD. So let’s go, show up, show out, and give Becky a preview when Bianca wins at WrestleMania. Okay? Rhea reluctantly joins the fist bump and then makes her entrance. Then Liv and Bianca make their entrances, and these three head to the ring. The teams sort out, and Liv starts against Becky.

But then Becky says she wants Bianca? Well, Liv tags Bianca in, and fans rally up as these two circle. Then Becky dodges Bianca to tag Nikki. Bianca figured that was happening, so she tags back out to Liv. Liv and Nikki tie up, Liv waistlocks but Nikki switches. Liv switches, Nikki switches again, but Liv throws Nikki down! Nikki gets up, Liv RANAS her away! Piper tags in and she circles with Liv. They tie up, Piper shoves Liv down hard! Liv shrugs that off, comes back and gets around to ENZIGURI! Piper wobbles, tag to Bianca! Bianca reels Piper in, but Piper blocks the suplex! Bianca and Piper throw body shots!

Tag to Rhea and she helps Bianca DOUBLE SUPLEX Piper! Fans fire up with Rhea and Bianca, but Nikki and Becky run in! They’re both sent out to join Piper, and then Liv tags in. Liv gets a boost from Rhea, up and SUPER CROSSBODY! Down go Becky, Nikki and Piper! Fans fire up as Liv, Rhea and Bianca stand tall, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Becky drags Bianca around. Bianca counters Disarm-Her with a roll-up! TWO, Bianca spins Becky to a stalling suplex! But Becky makes it a cradle! TWO, and Becky knees Bianca low. Becky whips but Bianca blocks! Bianca whips Becky to a corner, but Becky puts her on the apron. Becky ROCKS Bianca then JUMP KICKS her down! Becky goes to the apron to get the ponytail! Becky YANKS Bianca right into the post! And then through to the other side to sobat Bianca back into the post! The ref keeps Rhea and Liv in their corner while Becky drags Bianca up. Becky wraps the hair around the rope to then stomp Bianca down!

Fans boo but Becky mocks Bianca. The ref undoes the hair and Bianca is free, but Becky brings Bianca through ropes to fire off EuroUppers! Becky kicks Bianca, goes to the corner, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Becky stomps Bianca down! Becky bumps Bianca off buckles, tag to Piper and they start stomping away! Piper CLUBS Bianca in the chest, then brings her out to bump off buckles. Piper brings Bianca around to scoop and SLAM, then she drops an elbow! Piper tags Nikki, and Nikki hits a NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this but Nikki rains down furious fists!

Fans boo as Nikki strikes her heroic pose. Nikki then drags Bianca back, and tag to Becky. Bianca kicks but Becky stomps her down. Becky stands on Bianca’s hair to keep her from her corner! The ref reprimands and counts, Becky steps off to whip Bianca into the corner. Becky runs in, into a BOOT! Bianca fights the others off, goes up and over Becky, hot tag to Rhea! The Nightmare gives Becky short arm LARIAT after LARIAT! Then ripcord and SUPERKICK! Rhea reels Becky in, atomic FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Rhea HEADBUTTS Becky, then cravats for knee after knee after knee!

Rhea snapmares Becky to run and basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Rhea Electric Chair Lifts, for a SLAM! Cover, Piper SPLASHES it apart! Liv SHOTGUNS Piper! Nikki kicks and throws Liv out, then hurries to get Becky to their corner! Nikki tags herself in, but Rhea tags Bianca! Bianca scoops Nikki and brings her around, but Nikki slips off. Bianca blocks that to chicken wing Nikki! GlamEST Slam! And then handspring MOONSAULT disrupted by Becky! Liv gets in to DIVE onto Becky! Fans fire up with Liv as she hurries back up. Piper BLASTS Liv to the floor! But Rhea dropkicks Piper!

Nikki is up top, CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Rhea! But Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Becky breaks it by pulling ponytail! The ref reprimands, Bianca use the hair to whip and LASH Becky! And again! And again! And again!! Becky runs away, marks all over her abs! Becky is running away, Nikki rolls Bianca up! TWO!! Bianca ROCKS Nikki, then torture racks! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca’s team wins!

Winners: Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Becky is in disbelief, but all she has to do is rewatch the footage! Well, she probably won’t want to. But are those marks only the beginning for her and The EST going into WrestleMania?

 

Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa!

The Dirty Dawgs made their mark on NXT last week when the GLORIOUS One helped the Show-Off cheat to become #1 contender to the NXT Championship. But will the Psycho Killer get just a bit of revenge before he and Bron Breakker take on both Dawgs tomorrow night?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ciampa rushes Roode! Roode avoids the knee and the haymakers start flying! Ciampa DECKS Roode, but Roode knees low and ROCKS Ciampa. Roode whips but Ciampa KICKS him away! Ciampa goes to the corner but Roode kicks him back. Roode throws Ciampa out, Ziggler stays clear, but Ciampa sees Roode coming. Ciampa drags Roode out to ROCK him with a right! Ciampa whips, Roode reverses but Ciampa stops himself to come back and CLOBBER Roode! Ciampa shoves Ziggler, Ziggler gets mad, but he lets Ciampa put Roode in the ring.

Ciampa drives elbows into Roode’s shoulder, then stomps him down. Cover, TWO! Ciampa CHOPS Roode, wrenches and whips him but Roode reverses for a SPINEBUSTER! Ziggler fires up as Roode covers, TWO! Roode drops elbows, throws down fists, then drags Ciampa up to bump him off buckles. Roode CHOPS Ciampa now, then whips him corner to corner. Roode runs in, but Ciampa BOOTS him away. Ciampa then gets around, ripcord and ROLLING ELBOW! Ciampa dragon sleepers for the REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is relieved Roode survives, but Ciampa brings his kneepad down.

Roode avoids the knee, rolls him up, but Ciampa rolls out! Ciampa hooks arms, Roode back drops it and sits on the cover, TWO! Ciampa is up, he dodges Roode to KNEE Ziggler down! Roode hits Ciampa, but no DDT! Roll up, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

But then Roode CLOBBERS Ciampa! The Dirty Dawgs are sore losers and they drag Ciampa up. SUPERKICK! Ziggler demands a mic, and he gets one. “Ciampa, kid, you got lucky once! But tomorrow night on NXT, you and the NXT Champion, Bron Breakker, step foot in the ring with the two-time WWE Tag Team Champions! And tomorrow night, we prove why the Dirty Dawgs are the dirtiest dawgs in the game, Jack!” Ziggler & Roode stand tall 2v1, but what happens when things are even?

 

Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa!

While the Flex Appeal and slick sommelier have patched up their friendship and how the WWE 24/7 Championship fits into it, they still have those who would take it away from them! The title, not the friendship. Will Dana & Reggie stick together against the Daughter of Superfly and the Stamina Monster? Or will that title get between them again?

The teams sort out, and it’s ladies first as Dana starts against Tamina. They circle, tie up, and Tamina throws a knee. Tamina whips, Dana tilt-o-whirls through and headscissors Tamina into buckles! Fans fire up for Dana as she handsprings and back elbows! Dana runs in again but into a back elbow! Tamina fire sup, Tozawa cheers her own, and Tamina TOSSES Dana to the other corner. Tamina runs in, but into a boot! Tozawa tags in, Reggie gets in and he handsprings to dodge! Reggie waistlocks, Tozawa switches, but Reggie slips under and comes back, into a sobat and SPINKICK from Tozawa!

Tozawa runs, but into a body scissor roll up! TWO, and Reggie dropkicks Tozawa down! Cover, Tamina drags him away! Dana gets in, she KICKS and dropkicks Tamina out of the ring! Tozawa waistlocks but Dana elbows him away. Reggie 450 SEATED SENTONS! Cover, Reggie and Dana win!

Winners: Dana Brooke & Reggie, by pinfall

And to celebrate, Dana gives Reggie a BIG kiss! Has Reggie somehow, someway found his way out of the Friendzone? But Tamina drags Tozawa up to his feet. Tozawa puckers up, Tamina grabs him by his face, and KISSES Tozawa! This is all a little late for Valentine’s Day, but is love still in the air?

 

The Street Profits are pumped up!

But Kevin Patrick asks them about facing the former tag team champions, RKBRO, this close to the Triple Threat Tag for the titles. What would a victory here mean? C’mon, Kev, Montez thought they were closer than that. Montez and Dawkins are former tag team champions, too, and if and when they take out R K BRO! What? R K BRO! What? These two might be next in line. Don’t get them wrong, Riddle’s their homie, but ain’t no love lost over the titles. RKBRO are a roadblock from the Profits saving Raw from the real-life version of Accepted. Like, really, what’s really happening with the enrollment money? Is it going to the scholarships? No one knows what’s going half of the time!

And then Rollins is out here doing his Dr. Eggman impression. It doesn’t matter who wins, those titles have to be defended at WrestleMania. And Dawkins knows two humble, charismatic, and courageous young brothers who are available. So RKBRO better be ready~, ready~, cuz the Profits are up and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will Ford & Dawkins make the Road to WrestleMania that much more complicated for the Raw Tag Division?

 

WWE celebrates Black History Month and honors Titus O’Neil.

Titus O’Neil founded the Bullard Family Foundation, which hosts programs every year to help children, such as the Back to School Bash. In 2021, they donated 30 THOUSAND backpacks full of school supplies to help under resourced students. Titus’ work also led him to support a Tampa Bay school, and it was renamed the Thaddeus M Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School. Then the foundation helped the school build gardens. Titus is also in the Boys & Girls Club of America Hall of Fame.

 

The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik know The Miz and Logan Paul are coming for them, but the Mysterios are going to show what Logan’s getting himself into. Will the King of Lucha Libre and his son send a message to the A-Listers through Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin?

Raw returns and the Mysterios have mics. Rey says last week, Miz came out here with Logan Paul and challenged himself and Dom to a match at WrestleMania. They accepted, it’s happening, but Miz still had to get his the only way he knows how. Miz and Logan dropped the Mysterios, humiliated them, but make no mistake. At WrestleMania, Miz’s BS is DONE! Dom says tonight, they’re not worried about “some Hollywood mega dumbass and his fanboy.” This is about their match with The Hurt Business. But wait, here comes Miz! “Hollywood mega dumbass? You think I’m a Hollywood mega dumbass?” Fans seem to think so.

And they think Logan Paul is a fanboy? “YES!” Well Miz will rundown his proudest moments in the WWE. First, he is the host of The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, Miz TV! He married the most gorgeous, sexy, beautiful woman in all the WWE, Maryse! And together, they made the WWE Intercontinental Championship the most prestigious title ever! Miz beat JOHN CENA in the main event of WrestleMania! Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in the history of WWE! And one of the proudest moments was when last week, he and Logan Paul, two A-Listers, joined forces on the road to dominating the tag division!

Logan Paul is a man! He’s more man than every single one in the arena! “Logan Paul went the distance with pound for pound, the greatest fighter in the world!” Logan is a social and NFT pioneer! The next best thing in the WWE! And with Miz, Logan will become the greatest star in WWE, second to only Miz himself. The only one who loved beating the Mysterios down more than Miz was Logan Paul! They’ve watched it over and over again and again! And it sounded like some cheers last week! The fans cheered! Miz is finally getting the respect he deserves. To think the answer was Logan Paul!

Because let’s be honest- Fans chant, “You Suck!” So he puts his hand up. “When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Fans want to talk about the Mysterios. DO they want to watch them in the ring? Of course! do they want the Mysterios to be tag team champions? Of course you DON’T! You’re sick of watching the same old standard CRAP! Father-son tag team champions, the Mysterios equal same old crap. Logan and Miz are bigger, better and newer! They are global stars, and they are AWWWWESOME! The Mysterios dare Miz to get in the ring, but instead, The Hurt Business finally make their entrance. This match finally happens, after the break.

Raw returns and Benjamin whips Rey. Rey slides under, goes for a leg, but Benjamin blocks that to fire off forearms. Benjamin whips, Rey tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Benjamin! Rey runs in but is put on the apron, and Alexander tags in. Rey gets caught off guard, SLAM to the apron! Alexander pushes Rey in, covers, ONE! Alexander is frustrated already but he fires off on Rey in a corner. The ref counts, Alexander lets off at 4 and then mocks Latino Heat! Alexander snapmares Rey, JAMS an elbow into his head, and then clamps on a chinlock. “All day long!” Rey fights up as fans rally and Rey throws body shots.

Alexander throws Rey down by his mask! The ref reprimands but Alexander asks what’s wrong. Tag to Benjamin, the Hurt Business mugs Rey. Benjamin scoops and SLAMS Rey down! Benjamin rains down fists, then drags Rey up. Tag to Alexander, the mugging continues, and Alexander bumps Rey off buckles. Alexander throws forearms, lets off, but Rey hits back! Rey elbows Benjamin, too, and then gets under Alexander. Alexander stops Rey, brings him back and gut wrenches, only for Rey to RANA him into Benjamin! The Hurt Business is down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, hot tag to Dom! Benjamin tags in, to get a CROSSBODY!

Dom keeps going, he ducks and dodges to RANA Benjamin! Dom then runs in at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dom HOTSHOTS Benjamin, then shows how Latino Heat is down! Slingshot senton flops as Benjamin moves, but Dom still hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dom whips Benjamin, Benjamin reverses to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Dom goes to a corner, Benjamin runs in but Dom dodges the knee! Dom then runs to TORNADO DDT! Cover, Alexander breaks it! Rey gets in but Alexander ROCKS him! Alexander runs in but is tossed right out! Rey slingshots but Alexander catches him, only to get SPIKED!

Dom wheelbarrows and body scissors Benjamin to ropes! Dial it up, but Benjamin dodges! So Dom DIVES! But into Benjamin’s hands! Benjamin scoops, but Dom slips off to POST Benjamin first! Dom puts Benjamin in, but Miz returns! Miz grabs at Dom, Dom kicks him away! Rey runs Miz off, and all the way to the back! But Benjamin rolls Dom up, Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall

Dom is shocked, but he should’ve known Miz would pull something like that! Is this a sign of things to come at WrestleMania against Miz and Logan Paul?

 

RKBRO meets up backstage.

“Oh, hey, Randy.” Orton surely wants to know what Riddle’s up to, so he’ll let him in. He’s coloring in his coloring book, trying to stay in the lines to help him focus. He’s been feeling foggy. Like last week, Riddle’s mouth was dry, he had the giggles. It was either the curb stomp, or putting the high in Ohio. What does Randy think? Well, based on what Riddle just said, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. So Riddle is fine. Oh, Randy, you always know how to make Riddle smile. Btu does Orton have any sweet sage like advice for him? Let’s see… No, because they’re good. Riddle knows, Orton knows, they’re going to kick some ass!

And then next week, they win back the Raw Tag Team Championships if it’s the last thing they do! And they’ll do it with the three most devastating letters in sports entertainment! Does Orton wanna say it? Nah, Riddle can do it. R K BRO!! The Viper and the Stallion are on the same page, but will they be able to write their own story from here to WrestleMania?

 

Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega meet backstage.

They each compliment the other for looking gorgeous, and Vega says she loved Corey & Carmella. “All you guys do is talk about sex.” Mella admits, they do. But also, in response to that challenge from Naomi & Sasha Banks on SmackDown, they accept, of course. After they win at Mania, Mella will bring her fiancé out to put on a show. If you think all they do is talk about it, just wait until you see how they celebrate. Will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions still have the gold? Or will they #FeelTheGlow when it’s #BossTime at WrestleMania?

 

RKBRO VS The Street Profits!

Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. The teams sort out and Riddle starts against Dawkins. They circle as fans rally up, and the two tie up. Riddle waistlocks but Dawkins switches. Dawkins SLAMS Riddle down, holds on and brings Riddle back up, to headlock. Riddle powers out, Dawkins hurdles and then FLYING BACK ELBOWS! Dawkins gets Riddle up again, tag to Ford. The Profits whip then dropkick Riddle down, and then back suplex SPLASH into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle turns things around, but Ford fights up to a cover, TWO! Ford is free, but Riddle gut wrenches him for a suplex!

Tag to Orton and fans fire up! Orton stomps Ford’s fingers, then his foot! Then the other foot, then the other arm! Orton stomps away on Ford’s chest as fans cheer him on! Tag back to Riddle, and they coordinate for the ASSISTED FLOATING BRO onto knees! Ford returns the favor and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Riddle up, bumps him off buckles, then fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Dawkins stomps before he backs off. Dawkins stands Riddle up but Riddle throws all those fists back! Tag to Ford as Riddle powers out! Riddle clotheslines Dawkins out, slingshots out and SPRINGBOARD BROS!

But Ford is legal and he DECKS Orton! Ford then sees Riddle, he goes up and out to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Riddle fights with body shots. He gets free but Dawkins still keeps him from Orton! Riddle and Orton are fingertips away, Dawkins reels Riddle in for a LARIAT! Dawkins gets Riddle back up, Riddle KNEES Dawkins down! Fans fire up while both men are on the mat! Riddle and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Orton and Ford! The Viper rallies as fans fire up! POWERSLAM! Ford flounders and Orton gets him through ropes, for the DRAPING DDT! Dawkins slides in but Riddle goes in. Dawkins dodges the knee, ROCKS Riddle, but Riddle RANAS himself and Dawkins out! And Orton hears voices in his head!

Ford slowly gets up, but he denies the RKO to ENZIGURI first! Ford hurries to a corner and goes up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Ford crawls his way over but Orton crawls towards ropes. Cover, Orton reaches out but Dawkins swats the foot away! The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Dawkins denied Orton his escape and now RKBRO is on their back heel! Will they be able to take those titles in the Triple Threat like this? Or are Kevin Owens and Seth Freakin’ Rollins going to be undeniable? Speaking of…

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens.

Kevin Owens shouts down Kevin Patrick, they don’t want to hear the questions. Rollins says they have all the momentum! And they’ll ride that momentum and take the Raw Tag Team Champions for their own! And then they go to WrestleMania, where the possibilities are limitless! The world is their oyster! They could challenge The Usos, for another Title VS Title, Winners Take All! They can do whatever they want! And the best part, after doing all that, they can leave that hellhole of Dallas, Texas. Here’s a preview. KO walks away and Rollins hopes K-Peezy got that. Rollins also leaves, but will he and Kevin Owens really walk into Dallas as the champions?

 

Vince McMahon talks with Austin Theory in his office.

Vince is sure Austin is curious about Vince being a guest on The Pat McAfee Show. This Thursday is a huge episode! McAfee is pretty unbelievable. A former NFL football player, created his own foundation, and has one of the most lucrative deals in podcast history. Vince agrees, that is impressive. Theory says it’s been about 20 years since Vince has done a sit-down interview. Last time, he slapped the papers out of the interviewer’s hand and scared him to death. But what if that interviewer got up and hit back? All Theory is saying, maybe McAfee says something that gets under Vince’s skin and pisses him off. And then what if McAfee tries to fight him?

Theory could be there if he wants. He’d go with Vince? Yeah, he’s got Vince’s back. Well it won’t be that kind of show. Vince excuses himself, and Theory picks up the pencil. “It could be.” Is Theory going to make sure he expects the unexpected?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Finn Balor!

The Archer of Infamy and The Prince met back in NXT, and when it was In Your House, it was Finn who took the win. But now, with a belt around his waist, will Priest get that loss back? Or is Finn going to make the US title rrrreeeeeal?

Raw returns and after a long SmackDown recap, Priest makes his entrance. This battle for the belt begins, after the break.

Raw returns again, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and finally we get to see if Priest can beat the Prince!

Priest and Finn circle. They tie up, Priest powers Finn back and pushes him to a corner. Finn brushes that off as he circles with Priest again. They tie up, Priest scoops but Finn slips off. Finn headlocks, Priest fights up and picks Finn up to put him on the ropes. The ref counts, Priest powers out and runs Finn over! Finn gets up to CHOP! Priest knees low, whips, and back elbows Finn down! Finn gets to a corner but Priest is on him. Priest HEADBUTTS Finn, then whips him corner to corner. Finn slips around and goes for the arm! Priest drops to a knee as Finn leans on the shoulder, and then he powers right up!

Priest puts Finn in a corner and fires off fast hands! Priest ROCKS Finn with an uppercut, and then watches him go to another corner. Priest runs in to jump and back elbow! But Finn wants a leg! Priest CLUBS Finn down, then clamps on a chinlock. Priest digs a knee into Finn’s back as he pulls him back. Fans rally up and Finn fights up, only for Priest to throw him down. Cover, ONE, but Priest chinlocks. Finn endures, fights up, and he works on the hold. Priest knees low then reels him in, but Finn back drops him! Priest sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn KICKS Priest to ropes and stomps away!

The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, and then sees Priest bail out. Finn builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns yet again and Finn JAWBREAKERS free, only to run into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Priest grows annoyed but he keeps his focus on Finn. Priest wants Finn to get up, and Finn stands, to get KICK after KICK from Priest! But Finn CHOPS back, KICKS back, only for Priest to BELL CLAP and ROLLING HAYMAKER! Finn PELES Priest and they’re both down! Priest leans against ropes but Finn gets to his feet. Finn is in a corner, Priest runs in, but Finn BOOTS him away! Finn ROCKS Priest with forearms, whips, but Priest reverses. Finn hits a forearm, but Priest stays up! Finn blocks the kick to trip and DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up as Priest gets to a corner. Finn storms over to CHOP, throws body shots and RAM his shoulder in! The ref counts, Priest powers through to gut wrench Finn to a Canadian rack! But Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE! Finn takes aim, SHOTGUN dropkick! Priest bounces off buckles and Finn goes up top! Fans fire up for the COUP- NO! Priest dodges and LARIATS Finn down! Priest hauls Finn up, choke grip, but Finn victory rolls! TWO!! JUMPING ROUNDHOUSE! SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE!! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Finn survives and Priest is beside himself!

Priest refocuses while fans rally up. Finn sputters and checks his chin, but Priest brings him up. Priest slashes the throat, scoops Finn to put into the dragon sleeper, but Finn fights through to ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans fire up as the SHOTGUN dropkick hits again! Priest is back down, Finn goes back up! COUP DE GRACE hits!! Cover, Finn wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)

NXT Championship, Universal Championship, Intercontinental Champion and now United States Champion! The Prince is back on the throne! Priest gets up and gets a mic to say, “Let’s face it, Finn. These people carried you to winning my United States Championship.” All that motivation, all that respect. Priest never heard that. His entire reign, no one gave him that, even though he busted his ass! He was successful in spite of the fans! So basically, Priest will win that title back. And all that love and admiration won’t mean a damn thing! Finn gets in Priest’s face, but Priest backs down, to sucker LARIAT Finn!

Priest drags Finn up and throws him out while fans chant, “You Suck!” Priest goes out, drags Finn up and reels him in. Priest gets Finn up in the Canadian rack to CRUCIFIX BOMB him onto the announce desk! “I am the bad guy, yeah!” Priest leaves Finn down and out, and even mocks the Too Sweet! But will Damian find Finn has his own dark side to watch out for?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar put out the call, but who will answer him? We see how Edge’s WrestleMania plans turn out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge has the mic. “Okay, here it is. What I’ve been waiting for, the moment for someone to step up, take their place in history, and accept my challenge for a match at WrestleMania.” His road gets a lot clearer tonight. Do the fans wanna see it? “YES!” C’MON COLUMBUS! Do you wanna see it?! “YES!!” Then someone, anyone, Edge is begging you! Step up! Edge waits, fans chant names of all kinds, but still nothing. Seriously? What has happened to this place? But wait! Here comes AJ STYLES! Columbus is fired up as the Phenomenal One makes his way out and goes to the ring to join Edge.

Styles gets a mic, and he says, “I accept.” Good. Edge is happy because he’s wanted this match for a long time, Styles has wanted this match for a long time, and clearly the fans have wanted this for a long time! But tell you what. Edge wants that bulldog. Not the guy who was playing tag team bitch to Omos! Oh, is that how this is going to be? Edge offers a handshake all the same, and Styles goes to take it, only for Edge to sucker punch him! Edge fires off, bringing out the Ultimate Opportunist! But then Styles hits back! ENZIGURI! That Georgia bulldog is off the leash! Styles throws off his vest, goes to the apron, takes aim, but Edge ducks the springboard! LOW BLOW!

Styles writhes and fans are torn! This is definitely that Edge, as he rains down forearms over on Styles! Columbus cheers and jeers as Edge stands over Styles, and then seems to snap out of his fugue state. Edge goes to leave, but then he thinks. Edge then storms over and takes chairs from the timekeeper’s area! Styles is still down as Edge creeps into the ring with the chairs. Edge puts Styles’ head on one, then looks over at the other. Edge takes a deep breath, but he still picks up the chair. But then he drops the chair, paces a bit, and the fans are just as conflicted as he is. But Edge gets the chair! CON-CHAIR-TO!!

Edge seethes and grits his teeth as fans lose their minds seeing that. Edge is somewhere between smiling and sobbing, but he hits another CON-CHAIR-TO!! Didn’t Edge want a WrestleMania moment? How is he going to do that if he just took out the Phenomenal One?!


My Thoughts:

All in all, a good Raw but with the usual weak points of WWE. Omos VS T-Bar was short, Dijak deserves much better than that. But at the same time, Omos is getting a push, yet I still question how far he can go when he hasn’t even taken a bump. Omos knows his character and executes it well, but he won’t be able to maintain this. Then Ciampa VS Roode was a match that was really more an advertisement for NXT tomorrow night. Ciampa wins here but gets beat down so that the math is a wash. I would still think Ciampa & Bron win but with Roode taking the loss so Ziggler is still strong going into the NXT title match.

We actually got a pretty good Six Woman Tag. Everyone got to look good, and the Faces win so Bianca can have momentum. At some point, Becky’s gonna get Bianca to try and even things out, because I feel like WrestleMania could go either way. Meanwhile, I actually hope we get new tag teams out of this. Piper and Nikki, Rhea and Liv, because damn does the RawDown Women’s Tag Division need more teams. Mella & Vega accepted the challenge from Sasha & Naomi with a simple backstage promo, and then Mella basically teased her and Corey Graves being the sequel to Edge and Lita having the Rated R sex celebration… That’s just another reason why Naomi & Sasha should win.

Miz of course played a part in the Mysterios’ loss to the Hurt Business, but I did notice the slightest teases for Cody Rhodes in his promo. Though, every time the words “if you will” are used, I can’t help but think of Dusty Rhodes. But the Mysterios are going to be the underdogs going into their match with Miz and Logan Paul because they are going to win. Vince and Theory plugging the Pat McAfee Show as a promo was alright, but it was a good way to weave it into kayfabe. Rumors have been swirling that there’s a McMahon VS McAfee story, I bet the match is McAfee VS Theory. McAfee did great in NXT, he and Theory can have a pretty good one, and chances are, Theory wins.

Kevin and Rollins had a great promo segment and match with The Alpha Academy, and then we got a really good match out of RKBRO and the Profits. I think Ford landed pretty hard on Orton’s head and shoulders in his splash, Orton seemed legit rocked. Dawkins swatting that ropebreak away was a bit of a surprise. Are the Profits going to turn if they don’t get the titles? Rollins & Kevin had another good promo with Kevin Patrick, and it almost feels like a given that they’re going to win the tag titles. The Raw tag titles might have the most interesting championship story going into WrestleMania at this point.

The Mixed Tag was alright as far as a match. The Faces win, of course, and as expected, the romance angle is deepening. Tamina giving in and kissing Tozawa was quite the surprise, though. Still hoping for something bigger for the 24/7 Championship at WrestleMania. And while we’re not getting a huge US title match, Priest VS Balor was great stuff tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Balor win. He’s held all but THE WWE Championship, which might not even exist after WrestleMania. Priest turning was a bit of a disappointing move, but I suppose it was the only thing to keep him going. I have a feeling Priest faces Demon Balor at Mania for the rematch.

And then while Edge teased all sorts in last week’s promo, it was all too obvious AJ Styles would be the one to answer. Though then it was quite the surprise for Edge to basically go Heel on him and beat the hell out of Styles. TWO Con-Chair-tos was even more shocking. Was Styles answering a swerve so we don’t expect someone else? With Cody Rhodes still unaccounted for anywhere, we can’t write him off, but chances are, Styles manages to recover and he brings that “bulldog” Edge wants.

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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