Will RKBRO earn a Raw Tag Team title match?
Raw may be on Syfy, but this isn’t science fiction! Either Randy Orton & Matt Riddle win the quiz bowl, or they lose their chance at the tag titles!
- The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Final Round: Quiz Bowl – The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO; RKBRO wins and are going to challenge The Alpha Academy for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
- WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and earns a future title match.
- Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz w/ Maryse; Dominik wins.
- Bianca Belair VS Nikki A.S.H; Belair wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Friend Zoning Permits: Dana Brooke retains the title.
- Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory; Kevin wins.
- Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Riddle wins, by disqualification.
- RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; Rollins & Kevin win.
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The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Final Round: Quiz Bowl – The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO!
This is it! The final round of Chad Gable’s challenge, and it’s for all the marbles! Either Randy Orton & Matt Riddle win here and have a tag title match on the horizon, or “Master” Gable and Otis the tree trunk deny them. Kevin Patrick welcomes us to the show and introduces the teams. Kevin explains that this is must-win for RKBRO, and revisits the last two round with a video package. Gable arrogantly failed the spelling bee, but then had Otis be a massive speedbump for Riddle in the scooter race. Now, Kevin will explain- SHOOOOSH! Gable can handle this. He’ll explain it in a way even the mouth breathers of Denver can understand.
This is a quiz bowl. They will be given categories and multiple choice questions. A correct answer gets one point, but an incorrect answer, which will of course come from RKBRO, the other team has a chance to steal. First to five wins! Kev, hit us with the categories! They are: Greek Mythology; Film & Literature; Cartoons; Biology; Metric Conversions; Geography; US Presidents; Sports; and Pop Culture. Since Alpha Academy won last round, they get to go first. Gable says US Presidents! Which US President was first to be elected with a college degree? Was it: A) George Washington; B) Abraham Lincoln; C) Thomas Jefferson; or D) John Adams?
Gable says this is a cake walk. He knows college degrees cuz he has his Master’s Degree with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Don’t boo education, guys. Education is why we’re here tonight. Washington led the revolution but that dummy didn’t go to college. This is D, John Adams. Correct! Now, RKBRO’s turn. Riddle wants something he’s good at: Biology. “An octopus may have 8 arms, but how many hearts does it have?” A) 1; B) 2; C) 5; or D) 3. Hmm… Riddle’s cousin is a marine biologist and they went to Maui and they dissected an octopus, so Riddle says D, 3. Correct! Orton is proud of Riddle but Gable says that was all luck.
Gable goes with Greek Mythology! “Who flew too close to the sun and fell to his death when his wax wings melted?” A) Apollo; B) Helios; C) Icarus; or D) Pegasus. Yawn. Was that really the question? Gable is snoozing with these softballs. It’s C, Icarus! Correct! RKBRO’s turn. Orton says they’ll go with something even easier. Cartoons! Fans like the sound of that. “Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle used a pair of nunchucks to fight Shredder?” A) Leonardo; B) Donatello; C) Michelangelo; or D) Raphael. Fans know this one, too! Riddle says, “Cowabunga, dude!” C, Mikey! Correct! And Gable can’t believe this! How did this get in the challenge?
Orton tells Gable to shut up and let his partner, Otis, answer something. That’s not a bad idea. Gable’s been training Otis, he’s ready. Otis goes for… Geography. “Which of these states is largest of the 48 continental United States?” A) Texas; B) California; C) Montana; or D) Colorado. Otis says if this was about lowest IQ, it’s Colorado. Fans boo again, but Otis tells ’em to shut up! Everything is bigger in A, Texas. Gable is super proud of Otis because that is correct. RKBRO’s turn again. Riddle says Pop Culture! In 2018, global superstar Justin Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin, who is the daughter of which famous Baldwin brother? A) Stephen; B) Alec; C) Billy; or D) Daniel?
Riddle takes a moment to talk with Orton. Orton has no idea about this one. Riddle wants to use a lifeline, and he’ll call Justin Bieber. What? There’s no life lines in this game. Orton takes a stab, Alec. WRONG. The Alpha Academy gets a chance to steal. Gable says this man happens to be in one of his favorite films, Biodome, it is A! Stephen! Correct! They’re ahead 4-2, and could finish this off! Gable is gonna enjoy this. With all the downtime RKBRO will have, they can go read a book and learn something. Kev, give Gable Film & Literature. Which Shakespeare play has been adapted into the most movies? A) Romeo & Juliet; B) Hamlet; C) Othello; or D) Macbeth?
Otis gets fired up hearing about ham but Gable has him calm down. It is the greatest love story of all time, but Otis wants to talk about ham. Shoosh, Otis. Just like that kiss being the kiss of death, kiss the titles good bye! Romeo & Juliet! WRONG! Wait, what?! That buzzer startled Gable. To be, or not to be, that is the question, Randy. Does Riddle know it? Yes. It is HAMLET! Otis was gonna say it! So Otis wasn’t just talking about ham? RKBRO, you must get this one correct or Alpha Academy can win it. Fans are shouting categories, but Orton says sports. Fans like that choice.
“Which quarterback has the most wins in Denver Broncos history?” Fans really like this question! A) Peyton Manning; B) Jake Plummer; C) Jay Cutler; or D) John Elway. Fans are cheering the answer and Orton asks them for help. Is it A? “NO!” Is it B? “NO!” Is it C? “NO!” So is it JOHN FREAKIN’ ELWAY!? YES!! Final answer, D! CORRECT! Gable says the fans can’t help! That’s against the rules! But now here comes what could be the last question. Gable wants fans to shoosh and that buzzer turned down so he can think. Fans refuse to shoosh, so Gable nervously asks for the only category not yet chosen: Metric Conversions.
“How many grams are in an ounce?” A) 16; B) 32; C) 28; or D) 12. SHOOSH! Gable needs to think! SHOOSH! Gable panics and can’t decide! Final answer, 12! WRONG! Gable gets startled again. And Orton smiles because he knows Riddle knows. “So the other day when I was calibrating my scale…” Orton says he can take this. Really? How does Orton know? You think Riddle’s the only one that bakes, bro? It is exactly, precisely 28. CORRECT! RKBRO wins!
Winners: RKBRO (NEW #1 Contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championships)
Gable says that wasn’t a question in the approved cards! Riddle says SHOOSH! And Gable, you just got outsmarted by the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment! R K BRO! Gable blames the fans but then the buzzer keeps messing with him. Will the Viper & The Stallion add on to the misery when they take the tag titles back?
But then the Street Profits appear! Montez Ford has a question for Angelo Dawkins: Who just lost the quiz bowl? Alpha Academy! CORRECT! Bonus question: Guess who now owes RKBRO a tag title match? The… Alpha Academy! CORRECT! Gable asks if they think they’re funny. Here’s a brain buster for them! Who’s about to get their asses kicked by the Alpha Academy? Oh, is that a challenge? Well this is the Mile High City, so let’s get high tonight! The Street Profits are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE! But then Otis CLOBBERS Ford! Will Dawkins make sure the tree trunk gets chopped down? Or will the Alpha Academy instantly redeem themselves?
The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!
The teams sort out, Ford starts with Gable, but Ford dropkicks Otis right at the bell! Gable waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford KICKS, CHOPS, hurdles, follows and LARIATS Gable down! Ford keeps moving, PENALTY KICK puts Gable in the Profits corner. Tag to Dawkins, they whip Gable, run him over, then Dawkins covers, TWO. Dawkins headlocks, Gable powers out, but Dawkins runs him over again. Dawkins keeps moving, Gable drops but Dawkins hurdles and whips. Gable drops to gator roll, but Dawkins rolls free. Things keep moving, Gable hurdles, Dawkins handsprings!
Gable arm-drags, Dawkins arm-drags! Dawkins dropkicks and fans fire up! Tag to Ford, Dawkins whips him in but Gable puts him on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS, but Otis trips Ford up! Fans boo, Ford drags himself in, and Gable tags Otis in. Otis storms over to drag Ford up, CLUB him down, and then whip him to the corner. Ford goes up and over, but Otis CLOBBERS Ford! Otis stalks Ford to ropes, drags him up, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to SPLASH! Fans boo but Otis stalks Ford to ropes again. Otis drags Ford up, whips him to ropes, and throws a heavy body shot. Fans rally but Otis snapmares Ford down.
Otis clamps onto a neck wrench and leans on Ford. Ford endures, fans rally up, and Ford fights up. Otis CLUBS Ford down, then ROCKS him to a corner. Otis runs in to SPLASH, then goes corner to corner again. Ford dodges, Otis POSTS himself! Ford crawls, but Gable gets Otis out of the corner. Otis brings Ford up, Ford ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dawkins! Gable tags in but Dawkins rallies on him! Gable spins Dawkins around to ROCK him, then he whips. Dawkins hurdles again, FLYING ELBOW! EXPLODER! Dawkins drags Gable up to whip to a corner, and hits the CYCLONE SPLASH!
Dawkins keeps moving, and moving, but Gable throat chops him! OVERHEAD Belly2Bell! Cover, TWO! Gable snarls and goes up the corner, to MOONSAULT! He lands on his feet as Dawkins moves, Dawkins JABS! Double underooks, SILENCER! Cover, Otis breaks it! Otis throws Ford, Ford kicks back but Otis blocks. Ford ENZIGURIS again, then dumps Otis out! Ford builds speed to FLY! Direct hit with that superman tope! Dawkins rolls Gable up, TWO!! Gable swings, Dawkins spins him, but no Silencer that time! Leg pick, ANKLE LOCK!! Dawkins rolls, but Gable sits on it! The Alpha Academy wins!
Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall
Gable snatches one away #ForTheAcademy! But will Gable & Otis have to study hard to be ready for their rematch with RKBRO?
MVP is in the ring!
“Ladies and gentlemen of the WWE Universe. It is my privilege, my honor, as a matter of fact, everyone please rise.” Not just because this man is from Denver, but because this is the Beast Slaying, Brock Breaking, title taking, All Might, TWO-TIME REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! Bobby! Lashley!! The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his way out, another nice suit to go with the world title around his waist. Lashley has a big smile, too, as his hometown cheers him on. MVP says last week, they should’ve had a proper celebration because Lashley won “The collision with consequences.”
A match built up for decades, two Leviathans going head to head, Lashley VS Lesnar, and Lashley slayed The Beast and took back HIS WWE World Championship! Now, there are some out there saying that Lashley only one because Roman Reigns interfered. But Lahsley didn’t see or no about that. Lesnar would’ve still done the same exact things. Lashley could’ve seen things and still capitalized because in the end, he pinned Lesnar and stood victorious! Last week, there should’ve been a ticker tape parade, a marching band, show girls and champagne! Last week should’ve been Bobby Lashley Day!
But instead, what did we get? Adam Pearce telling Lashley that he’d have to defend this title in the Elimination Chamber match against five other superstars. And that brings us back to Lesnar. Lesnar won the Royal Rumble match, no question about that. A very impressive feat. Evne more, considering two hours before, Lashley left him laying. But Lesnar earned a match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. However, Lesnar entering the Chamber and taking the All Mighty’s title to make it Winner Takes All at Mania? Pure fantasy! Lashley will leave the Chamber the same way he did the Rumble: WWE World Champion!
That’s not to disparage the other five superstars in the match. AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, former champions and two of the best to have ever done it. There’s also Matt Riddle and Austin Theory, the future of this company. All stellar stars. But they’re just men. When you talk about Lashley and Lesnar, those are monsters! And MVP’s associate, Lashley, is the biggest, baddest monster of them all! Lashley says, “The champ lives here!” Lesnar has disrespected Lashley for the last time. Lesnar showed up in his MMA gear, all pumped up, demanding a rematch. You don’t make demands of the All Mighty.
“Brock Lesnar came in, saying this and saying that, demanding everything that he never worked for. Brock Lesnar… When was the last time Brock Lesnar defended the WWE title? More importantly, when was the last time Brock Lesnar had a match on Raw?” Lashley truly hopes that it comes down to him and Lesnar in the Chamber, just so Lashley can pin Lesnar once again! Lashley isn’t locked inside the Chamber with Lesnar, it’ll be Lesnar locked inside the Chamber with Lashley! Fans cheer, and Lashley takes a moment to enjoy it.
So Lashley will say this: When Lesnar wakes up, shaking at the mere sound of “Bobby Lashley,” the so-called Beast can challenge for the Universal Championship. Meanwhile, Lashley will defend HIS title in the main event of WrestleMania! Will the Rocky Mountain Machine write the final chapter with Brock Lesnar? Will the Beast turn the Chamber into Suplex City? Or will one of the other four entrants surprise everyone in Saudi Arabia?
Alexa Bliss continues her therapy.
The doctor can’t deny how well she looks with the substitute Lily. Separation from something she loves can be difficult, but he wants to prove she can do it. Remember, this has been a replica. So then, please hand it back. He holds out a hand, Alexa hands it over. See? It’ll be okay. She gets emotional again, perhaps progress is more difficult to make than expected.
WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles!
The Archer of Infamy is still US Champion, and the Phenomenal One is going for the world title in the Elimination Chamber match, but that doesn’t mean this title can’t be on the agenda. Will Styles avoid waking Damian to pin Priest and set up another title match?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Priest. They tie up, Styles gets around to CHOP! Priest TOSSES Styles to a corner, Styles dodge and CHOPS again. Styles whips but Priest blocks so Styles CHOPS again. Styles runs, into a FLYING ELBOW! Styles gest to the ropes, Priest rushes over but Styles dumps him out! Priest stands, Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Priest down! Styles gets Priest up and in, Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Styles keeps close and clamps on a chinlock. Priest powers up to RAM Styles in a corner, then he FLAPJACKS Styles down! Priest runs to BACK ELBOW in the corner!
Styles slips out of Broken Arrow but Priest bucks the waistlock to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest sits Styles up to clamp onto the arm, but Styles gets to a corner. The ref counts, Priest lets off with an uppercut! Priest hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, and stands Styles up. Styles resists the superplex, slips under and trips Priest up! Priest hits buckles, Styles fireman’s carries! Priest fights off, dragon sleeper, but Styles slips to turn it around! Priest fights free, Styles kicks and reels him in! Priest fights out of the Clash, Styles ducks the heel kick! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!
Priest gets to a corner, Styles runs in, but Priest dodges! Styles hits buckles, but he elbows Priest away. QUEBRADA, but Priest gets clear! HEEL KICK! Down goes Styles, but Priest drags him up to HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Styles is still in this and Priest is frustrated. Priest drags Styles up, fans rally, and Styles ROCKS Priest with a forearm! Priest ROCKS Styles back, Styles fires off more forearms. Priest kicks and KICKS and KICKS! Styles blocks the rolling elbow, PHENOMENAL BLITZ! Priest dodges the lariat to JUMP KICK! Styles PELES! But Priest falls onto the cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as both men are down. Priest crawls to a corner, gets himself up to his feet, but Styles runs in. Priest puts Styles on the apron but Styles ROCKS Priest! Styles springboards, into a HARD right! Priest stands Styles up to HEADBUTT! Priest runs, into a PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)
Styles just got himself a future United States Championship match! Will Priest be able to keep his cool the next time he faces the Phenomenal One?
To determine a challenger at WrestleMania for the Raw Women’s Championship, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber match! Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, “Doudrop” Piper Nivens, Bianca Belair, Nikki A.S.H, and a competitor to still be determined will battle to get a golden ticket to Dallas! Who will be the sixth and final entrant?
Seth Rollins talks with Kevin Owens backstage.
The Visionary cheers on “K O! K O! K O!” Rollins knows Kevin is getting ready for his match with Theory, but Rollins just wants to say, “I can’t believe you’re not in the Chamber match with me!” The nerve of Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville making Kevin fight for a spot. Kevin never did like Pearce. Rollins never did, either. But no need to be sad or upset, because here’s the thing. With Rollins’ “influence” and support, and Kevin’s determination and popularity, Kevin has a good feeling that after he beats Theory, management will have no choice but to put Kevin in and take Theory out. Then they’re both in!
That’s a great idea! Not sure if that’s how it works, but Rollins likes the enthusiasm. Rollins has Kevin’s back and is rooting for him. He’s not just saying that, is he? He’s not… lying, right? Rollins laughs that off. Rollins is many things, but a liar is not one of them. Good luck! Will the Prizefighter #JustKeepFighting until he’s in the Chamber at Theory’s expense?
The Miz & Maryse head to the ring!
The It Couple is back, ready to host an all new Miz TV! Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and before things get started, Miz wants everyone to get up on their feet, show the respect his wife deserves! Such guts, such determination! Show your love for the most beautiful, gorgeous, sexy and intelligent woman, Miz’s wife, MARYSE! She is his queen! Miz says, speaking of royalty, these are lucha royalty! Welcome the man Miz defeated in Dominik, and his legendary father, Rey Mysterio! The Mysterios make their way out, Miz and Maryse “dance” to the theme song, and Miz welcomes the Mysterios to take a seat.
Miz knows they’re curious as to why he invited them on the show. When he senses conflict, he faces it head on. He noticed some hostility last week. Just in case anyone was wondering what he means, he plays footage from last week. Miz pretended that Rey tripped him, so that he could sucker Dom into a Skull-Crushing Finale. Miz says he looks at that and sees nothing wrong. Rey goes, “Really?” So Rey has a problem? If Miz means using underhanded tactics to beat Dom, then yes, Rey has a problem. Underhanded? Miz? Is Rey saying Miz is a cheater? Fans chant, “YES!” Miz raises his hand and hopes they know what it means.
“When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Miz is NOT a cheater! Look no further than Edge & Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble! Beth punched and kicked Miz, illegally! It’s amazing that when Beth or Rey or Edge or Eddie Guerrero use underhanded tactics, they’re cheered. Yet Miz gets booed and called a cheater! Miz isn’t a cheater, he just outsmarted them. Dom, here’s advice. Miz has been here a long time, so you know what he’s getting. If you lose, that’s on you. MIZ was cheated out of being in the Elimination Chamber and the WWE World Championship, a position he should be in!
But who got that instead? Rey Mysterio! Even though Miz has been on a tear since winning the Money in the Bank contract! That he cheated to win. Uh, Miz beat Drew McIntyre when McIntyre was unstoppable. With Lashley’s help. But he became WWE Champion! Fans still call Miz a cheater and he gets mad now. Miz isn’t a cheater! He’s the biggest star in this company! Miz was on Dancing with the Stars!! Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in the HISTORY of the WWE! But is he on posters? Is he on the trucks? Is he on WWE 2K22? NOPE! But y’know whose face is? It’s REY! Available worldwide on March 11th.
Surprise, surprise! BOOYAKA BOOYAKA! What does Rey have that Miz doesn’t? What does Rey have that Maryse doesn’t? She should be on WWE 2K games! Did you see her at the Rumble? She was tremendous! Maryse says Rey could learn a thing or two from him. He could become Rey Maryse-sterio! Yes, that’s actually pretty clever. But no thanks. Miz is just asking for a little respect here. Where is HIS appreciation? The cheers?! The respect?! Dom says, “Exactly.” Where is Miz’s respect? Dom gets up, and says Miz should show REY some respect. Oh, is this how things are now? Rey hides behind his son? Does Dom want to put his big boy pants on?
Miz says if Dom wants a rematch, then it’ll happen tonight! Rey isn’t sure but Dom says it’s all good. “You’re on!” Miz never noticed. Dom is a lot taller than his dad. Are we sure he’s not Eddie’s son? Rey wants to go after Miz now, but Dom keeps him back. Dom says he’ll handle this. And he shoves Miz down! Miz scrambles out of the ring and Dom is fired up now! Will the Hollywood A-Lister be able to compose himself? Raw goes picture in picture as the ring is prepped for the match! In fact, Dom helps by throwing the chairs out at The Miz!
Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz w/ Maryse!
Miz riles up the fans as he stands on the announce desk. Dom waits on Miz in the ring, Miz and Maryse pace around the ring, and Miz whispers something to Maryse. Perhaps the It Couple is planning their newest underhanded tactic. Dom wants after Miz as soon as he’s on the apron but Miz shouts for him to stay back. Miz finally gets in, the ref checks with each man, and the bell rings. Miz bails right out! Miz acts like that’s something to be proud off but fans are booing and giving thumbs down. Miz gets back in, grins as he trolls Dom and just exits the ring again. Dom is getting annoyed but Miz whispers things to Maryse again.
The It Couple have a long, long kiss, Dom gets up to Viva La Raza! Fans fire up for that more than the kiss. Miz gets back on the apron, the ref has the ring count going, but Miz climbs up the corner to taunt Dom. Miz gets back in, Dom gets the fans to cheer. Raw returns to single picture, these two finally tie up! They go around, Dom powers Miz back but Miz turns it around to put Dom in the corner. Miz soaks up more heat, taunts Rey with is rope a dope, but Dom comes back to circle with Miz. They tie up, Miz wrenches, wristlocks, but Dom rolls and rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Dom puts Miz in the corner and now Dom shows off his dance moves!
Miz is upset, but Dom baits him into a drop toehold! Dom runs, but Maryse legit trips Dom! The ref saw that in plain sight! He EJECTS Maryse! So much for the It Couple’s master plan! Miz runs, basement BOOTS Dom, then complains to the ref. Miz runs, Rey legit trips Maryse! But the ref missed it! Miz is furious that things aren’t going his way, Dom rolls Miz up! High stack, Dom wins!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
Payback sucks, doesn’t it? The Mysterios celebrate while the It Couple is beside itself! With things 1-1, will Miz be willing to give Dom a tiebreaker?
Bianca Belair VS Nikki A.S.H!
Denver, the highEST city in the USA, welcomes the EST of the WWE! But will Bianca be able to get some momentum towards the Women’s Elimination Chamber match against the Almost SuperHero? Or will Nikki be the one flying high in the Rocky Mountains?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings, Bianca and Nikki tie up, and Bianca headlocks. Nikki powers out but Bianca runs her over! Bianca says to kiss this, then she runs. Nikki drops, Bianca handsprings and dropkicks Nikki out of the ring! Bianca waits on Nikki, drags her up from the apron, but she avoids Nikki’s skirt trap! Bianca steps onto the apron, but Nikki YANKS the skirt! Nikki still had a trick! She fires off on Bianca in the ring, and she roars as she strikes her hero pose. Nikki has a leg, stomps it, then drags Bianca around into a HALF CRAB! Nikki sits deep on the leg but Bianca endures!
Bianca reaches out, powers up, and clubs Nikki’s legs. Bianca turns over to kick Nikki away! Bianca hobbles up, Nikki dropkicks a leg out! Nikki runs, but Bianca catches her crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Nikki writhes and Bianca slaps feeling into her leg. Bianca kips up, but she hops on one good leg. Bianca manages to scoop and SLAM Nikki! And then scoops and SLAMS her again! ToughEST, strongEST, but Nikki slips out of the third! Bianca elbows back from the corner, goes up top and leaps, but Nikki dodges. Bianca rolls, wrenches Nikki and reels her in, snap suplex! Roll through, stalling suplex! Cover, TWO!
Nikki hurries to a corner and begs for mercy. Bianca says nope, but Nikki YANKS her into buckles! Nikki goes up, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Nikki is furious! Nikki sees Bianca go to a corner, runs in, but Bianca slips out! Nikki POSTS herself, then Bianca BOOTS her into the post! Bianca gets in, torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST powers through the pain and gets a big win! If this happens in the Elimination Chamber, will we see WrESTleMania’s sequel?
The 24/7 Championship chase is on backstage!
R-Truth, Akira Tozawa and Tamina are scrambling around backstage. Truth says he knows where they are! He leads them on, but they just miss Reggie and Dana Brooke. Dana thanks Reggie for having her back. And also, just being a nice guy. She’s a better champion cuz of him. Dana gives Reggie a kiss on the cheek and Reggie asks her something. She says all these nice things about him, and then the kiss… What does this mean? It means that they’re friends. Like, really good friends. Hopefully that never changes. They hug it out, but then they back away. The awkward tension is cut by Truth and the others coming back!
“Y’all can run, but ya can’t hide!” Truth, they’re doing both. Truth say sit’s a matter of time. He’ll get his bay back! Now, this way! No, Truth, they went the other way… With Dana’s title on defense around the clock, will there ever be time for more than that?
Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory!
The Prizefighter gets his rematch with the All Day Superstar, but will he succeed in his plan to replace him? Or will Theory make Vince proud by building more momentum towards the Elimination Chamber?
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin dodges Theory to fire off on him in a corner! Kevin lets off at the ref’s count of 4, Theory goes to the apron. Kevin storms over, into a HOTSHOT! Theory slingshots to SHOTGUN dropkick Kevin from behind! Cover, TWO! Theory drags Kevin up, puts him in a corner and fires off hands and stomps of his own. Theory talks trash but Kevin hits back! Kevin CHOPS, Theory kicks and ROCKS Kevin. Kevin CHOPS again, Theory stomps Kevin into the corner. Theory whips corner to corner hard and Kevin bounces off buckles! Cover, ONE!!
Kevin ROCKS Theory! Theory tackles Kevin and rains down fists! Theory is furious but fans rally up for Kevin. Theory drags Kevin up in a facelock, whips him to a corner, but Kevin comes back with a LARIAT! Kevin drops a SENTON! Kevin is fuming, he runs corner to corner, but Theory dodges and Kevin POSTS himself! Kevin flops to the apron, Theory gets up and goes out after him. Theory brings Kevin around, but Kevin shoves him away to SMACK Theory off the steps! The ring count is climbing, Kevin goes up the steps, CANNONBALL! Kevin roars and Denver is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture.
Kevin puts Theory in the ring, paces around, and Kevin stands Theory up to throw out of the ring. Theory lands hard, Kevin goes out after him and scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM into barriers! Kevin gets back in the ring as the ring count climbs past 5 of 10. Theory crawls, and gets in at 9! Kevin is on Theory with CHOPS in the corner. Kevin taunts Theory but Theory turns it around. Kevin blocks the chop to DECK Theory! Kevin tells Theory to SUCK IT! Theory goes to ropes, Kevin CHOPS him down. Theory gets to a corner, Kevin taunts him more. Kevin CHOPS Theory again, climbs up, and rains down fists!
Theory slips out before five to trip Kevin up! Theory THROWS Kevin down out of the Tree of Woe! Theory gets Kevin up on the apron, throws more haymakers, then CLUBS Kevin on the back. Kevin ROCKS Theory back! Kevin suplexes Theory but Theory blocks. Theory fights back with body shots, CLOBBERS Kevin, and covers, TWO! Theory grows frustrated so he stomps away on Kevin. Theory talks trash, seethes, and fires hands on Kevin in a corner, Theory whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Kevin goes up, reels Theory in, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, but Kevin gets himself up and to a corner.
Theory stands up, Kevin storms up to fire forearms. Theory gives them back so Kevin CHOPS. Theory throws haymakers, Kevin gives them back. Kevin gets the edge as Raw returns to single picture, but Theory knees low. Theory whips, Kevin reverses and clotheslines! Kevin keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Theory flounders, Kevin storms over but Theory bails out of the ring. Kevin goes out the side, is on the apron again, FROG SPLASH to the floor! The count restarts, Kevin puts Theory in the ring and hurries to cover. TWO, and Kevin is annoyed. Kevin stalks Theory, whips him to ropes, POP-UP-
NO! Theory slips out and ROCKS Kevin! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Kevin slips free, kicks, but no stunner! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Theory drags Kevin up and throws big knees and forearms in the corner. Theory puts Kevin up top, climbs up to join him, but Kevin fights back with body shots. Kevin fisherman’s but Theory slips free! Theory ROCKS Kevin, springs right up, but Kevin fireman’s carries! SUPER ROLLING SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Denver can’t believe it! Kevin drags Theory to a drop zone, climbs up top, SWANTON onto knees! Theory saves himself, and he gets to the apron.
Theory slingshots and somersaults, into a SUPERKICK! Theory staggers into a kick and STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The Prizefighter just got a win over Vince’s pet project! Will the rest of his plan work out? Or will management refuse to rewrite the Elimination Chamber card?
RKBRO talks backstage.
Riddle says they just won the big bowl, and now they’ll win back the Raw Tag Team Championships! Orton wants Riddle to focus, though. He has another big opportunity in front of himself, too. The Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Championship. Orton’s been in a handful of those, and that is an unforgiving structure. But if Riddle wins, he’ll main event WrestleMania! But before that, Riddle needs to focus on tonight and Seth Rollins. Take it from Orton again, do not take this lightly. There’s a reason Rollins is the Architect. Rollins will do whatever he has to in order to win, so just focus. Got it, Randy!
Riddle heads out, but then he comes back to say, all he has to do is win the Chamber. Then if they win back the tag titles, Riddle will be a double champion! How sweet will that be? And in honor of tonight’s quiz bowl win, Riddle’s gonna throw an RKBROGA party next week. Like Animal House, bro. Can Orton make it? Orton says to focus on tonight. Right, right, focus on Seth. Riddle heads out again, but will he make it through to his own toga party?
Lita is here!
The extreme icon and WWE Hall of Famer is back, ready for her Raw Women’s Championship match at the Elimination Chamber. But what will she have to say about her first title match in years? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Lita has a mic while the fans cheer. “I had no idea I would be on Monday Night Raw in Denver a couple weeks ago. What? I dunno, though, after being in the Royal Rumble with some of the top stars, it started to feel like I was home.” She was in there with Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, Bianca Belair, “The Nightmare” Rhea Ripley! But one person conspicuous by her absence, a woman at the top of her game and is smashing through all the glass ceilings. Lita came to Raw, took her shot and challenged Becky Lynch! They go back a long way, she’s wanted this for a long time.
But wait! The Man comes ’round! Becky says, “Wow. Wow, wow, guys. Do you have any idea how incredible it is to come out here and hear Lita say such amazing things about me?” For real! It is one thing for Becky to come out here to prove she’s the best so much so that Ronnie’s runnin’ scared, but it is a whole different thing to hear this from your teenage idol. Now, last week, Lita came out here and issued a challenge. Becky first said no, and she’ll explain why. She grew up worshipping Lita, because Lita showed us what was possible for a woman in the WWE. When Becky finally made it here, many people turned their noses up at her.
But not Lita. Lita saw something in Becky, supported her, and for that, Becky is eternally grateful. Becky would go as far as to say that without Lita, there would be no Becky. But now that there is a Becky, there can be no Lita! Becky asks Lita, “Do you have any idea how hurtful it is to have the one person you looked up to more than anyone try to take everything away form you?” This title is the most important thing in Becky’s life, during the most important time of the year with WrestleMania season! Becky’s had to get rid of everything to be champion! Friends? No problem! The fans? No problem! And Becky will get rid of Lita no problem!
Because Becky is in the prime of her career! She’s beaten everyone in her way. Lita may have helped bring Becky up, but Becky will have no problem putting Lita down. Lita says Becky’s right. She’s at the top of her game, beating woman after woman, night after night. But odds are, Becky is the odds on favorite. That’s why Lita is here. Lita has no problem being the underdog. She was just some punk rock dumpster diver who chased a dream. But it was the fans that helped her become a four-time champion. It is the fans that chanted her name from the first day and helped her live those dreams.
So Becks, it may be true that Lita hasn’t had a shot in 15 years, there’s something that hasn’t changed: The WWE Universe still supports Lita to this day! And as long as the fans are here, there’s still a Lita! She’s okay with her odds. What Becky has to get right is how she’ll feel when Lita walks out of Elimination Chamber a FIVE-TIME women’s champion! Okay, okay, Becky will leave Lita with the people. They’re all she’ll ever have! Lita sees the sucker punch coming! But Becky gets out of the Twist of Fate to DECK Lita! Becky rains down rights, then stomps away! Lita gets to a corner, Becky grabs her belt.
Becky holds the belt up, but she won’t leave Lita alone! But Lita fights the Manhandle Slam! TWIST OF FATE!! Lita isn’t done with Becky now! Lita goes up top, MOONSAULT!! Picture perfect! Will Lita hit that on Becky again to take that title on the Road to WrestleMania?
Adam Pearce talks with Sonya Deville in their office.
How is her arm feeling after what Ronda did to it? It’s in a sling, but Sonya says it’s fine. That’s for SmackDown, and she’ll handle that. Right now, in walks Kevin Owens. Just the people he was hoping to see. They look great, especially Sonya’s suit. But just to check with them, they surely saw what he did to Theory. Pretty awesome, right? He’s gonna be in the Chamber, right? Sorry, no. What? The qualifying matches were final. Aw c’mon, they gotta be kidding! Kevin’s been nothing but genuine and honest and this is what he gets? They’re going to deprive the fans of seeing Kevin in the Elimination Chamber and win to go to WrestleMania?
Well, yeah. To be honest, Kevin might not even be on WrestleMania. W-What? No, they can’t do this! They can’t do this to him, and to the people of Texas. Texas loves Kevin almost as much as he loves Texas! If you do this, there will be a riot! Deep in the heart of Texas, deep in the heart of Kevin! Kevin has had so many moments in Texas! He became Universal Champion, eh became Intercontinental Champion, his first WrestleMania was in Dallas! Kevin loves Texas, from the cowboy hats, to the cowboy boots to the rodeo and the bulls! He has to be there! The people need him! He knows they think he’s lying, but he’s not. Please, just think about it.
Kevin leaves, but will Pearce and Sonya buy any of that? Is KOMania not returning to Texas?
Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Another two of the Women’s Elimination Chamber entrants compete against each other! Will Liv prove she still belongs in the spotlight? Or will Piper force Liv to give up on her dreams?
Raw returns and Piper makes her entrance. The bell rings, they tie up, and Piper pushes Liv down. Piper grins but Liv manages to laugh it off. They tie up again, Piper SLAMS Liv down now, and Piper smirks. “No chance!” Piper hauls Liv up, scoops, but Liv slips around to a SLEEPER! Piper stays up, even with Liv as a backpack, and she RAMS Liv into buckles! Liv holds on, Piper keeps RAMMING back, and Piper gets free. Piper runs in, but Liv dodges! Piper hits buckles, Liv back body blocks! Liv runs in to body block again! But then Piper CROSSBODIES Liv down! Liv writhes while Raw goes picture in picture.
Piper taunts Liv, Liv hits back from below. Piper KICKS Liv, stalks her to ropes, then whips her to TOSS her out of the ring! Liv tumbles to the floor, Piper dusts off her hands and lets the ring count climb. Liv drags herself up and into the ring at 5 of 10, Piper DECKS her! Piper looms over Liv, drags her back up, and whips her into buckles. Piper talks some trash, ROCKS Liv with a forearm, then paces around. Liv goes along ropes, Piper bumps her off buckles! Piper goes corner to corner but Liv goes up and over! Liv comes back, but Piper CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Piper is annoyed but she keeps cool.
Piper stalks Liv more, has her at the ropes and HEADBUTTS her down! Liv is dazed, Piper stands her up. Liv pushes Piper, ROCKS her with forearms, then BOOST her! Piper swings, Liv gets around and waistlocks, but Piper bucks the roll-up to run Liv over! Cover, TWO! Piper is further annoyed, but she clamps onto Liv with a cobra clutch. Liv endures as Piper leans on the hold, and Liv fights up to throw body shots. Piper ripcords, ROCKS Liv, then scoops her. Liv slips off, runs, but her lariat bounces off Piper! Liv can’t believe it, she runs and SHOTGUNS! Piper still stays up! Liv runs and crossbodies, but into Piper’s arms!
Piper POWERSLAMS Liv down! Piper runs, Raw returns to single picture, SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Liv is still in this and Piper is frustrated. Piper clamps on with another cobra clutch and again Liv endures. Piper thrashes Liv around, fans rally up, and Liv fights up. Liv throws body shots, Piper ripcords but Liv dodges to KICK and KICK and KICK! Piper blocks the whip, whips Liv to a corner, then runs in, into boots! Liv goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Piper falls but Liv is down, too! Fans rally up and a standing count starts. Piper slowly stands at 7 of 10, but Liv kips up! Liv roars and fires off forearm after forearm!
Piper shoves Liv, Liv ENZIGURIS back! Liv has Piper on the ropes to dropkick her in the back! Piper goes to a corner, Liv hits a SHINING WIZARD! Piper staggers, Liv runs and springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives but Liv keeps her cool. Liv gets Piper up, Piper shoves Liv away, and Piper blocks rana into an Electric Chair FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Liv still lives! Piper pulls her hair in frustration, but she drags Liv up. Piper hauls Liv to the top rope, but Liv fires a forearm! Liv boots Piper, but Piper YANKS Liv off the top! Piper hurries up, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: “Doudrop” Piper Niven, by pinfall
Liv has been flattened, Piper is rising! Will the Elimination Chamber be Piper’s to win and get back to the Raw Women’s Championship?
We check back in with Alexa.
She may have cried giving back the fake Lily, but she did not lash out. That is good. Has Alexa had any emotional outbursts lately? Well, she was driving along and this car cut her off, almost hit her, and Alexa thought that was going to ruin her day. But she took a deep breath, cooled off, and went to the mall. But then another car cuts her off to take her parking spot. Alexa wanted to confront them, but she took a breath, cooled off, and found a new spot. Excellent! Dare he say, progress. And then, Alexa was at the grocery store, in a real long line, and “this evil creature” of a woman cut her off in line!
Who was this? She had rainbow hair, big button eyes, really deep red lipsticks, and her teeth were like… little skulls. Uh… Did that make Alexa angry? Well… Alexa threw her into aisle three and hit her with bread. But then she took a deep breath, controlled her anger, and left the store. Okay… We still have some work to do.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Before his match with Riddle, will he elaborate on what it’ll take to win the Elimination Chamber? Kevin Patrick, do you even know who you’re talking to? No offense to the other five, it is no fault of theirs, but they are simply not Seth. His resume speaks for itself! The one thing Rollins has yet to do is headline WrestleMania as WWE World Champion! But that changes this year, because it is Rollins’ time! It doesn’t matter if your Lesnar, Lashley, Styles, Theory or Riddle! It just means you’re not Seth.
So does Kevin Patrick know who he is talking to? He is talking to the visionary, the revolutionary, to the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber and next WWE World Champion: Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! Rollins heads out, will he make The Bro the first to accept that truth?
Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!
Raw returns and Riddle makes his entrance. The bell rings and these two tie up. Riddle headlocks, Rollins powers out and things speed up. Rollins hurdles, redirects and SLINGBLADES Riddle down! Rollins swaggers about and laughs at Riddle, but Riddle gets him for an ARMBAR! Rollins gets the ropebreak, Riddle lets off quick, and Rollins fires off in frustration! Rollins fires haymakers at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Rollins’ swagger returns. Riddle gets Rollins with a headscissor to throw Rollins out! And then PENALTY- NO! Rollins drags Riddle off the apron to BARRIER BOMB! Rollins laughs and Raw goes picture in picture.
Riddle is down, Rollins swaggers about, and then Rollins gets Riddle up and into the ring. Rollins covers, TWO! Rollins paces about, stands Riddle up and ROCKS him with a right. Rollins wrenches and whips Riddle hard into a corner! Riddle bounces off buckles, Rollins continues to swagger about. Rollins runs in to forearm smash and snapmare, for a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins just laughs while Riddle sputters. Rollins clamps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Riddle runs, Rollins knees low! Rollins whips, KNEES Riddle again, then fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER!
Riddle writhes while Rollins swaggers about again. Rollins looms over Riddle, drops a knee on Riddle’s head, then drags Riddle out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS Riddle over and over, then swaggers about, before he BOOTS Riddle down! Rollins drags Riddle up and puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on another chinlock and he squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fans rally up and Riddle fights as Raw returns to single picture. Riddle throws body shots, Rollins knees low then knees him again. Rollins shoves Riddle to a corner, runs in but Riddle back elbows! Riddle goes up, but Rollins trips him up!
Rollins CLUBS Riddle into a Tree of Woe then fires off more! The ref backs Rollins off, but Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins climbs up the corner and WOE STOMPS Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Riddle is still in this but Rollins is amused. Riddle flounders to a corner, Rollins swaggers about yet again, and then Rollins runs corner to corner. Riddle dodges, Rollins goes up and comes back to back suplex. Riddle lands on his feet, spins Rollins around, PELE! Both men drop and Rollins checks his eye. Riddle handsprings up to forearm smash in the corner! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm!
Rollins fights the Exploder, but spins into the BROSPLODER! Riddle gets up, BROTON onto knees! Riddle and Rollins each go to ropes, Rollins runs in but is sent out of the ring! Riddle goes up and to the apron again, PENALTY KICK! Springboard, FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and down goes Rollins! Fans fire up with Riddle as he gets back up, but KEVIN OWENS attacks!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by disqualification
Kevin saves his best friend! But here comes Orton! The Viper gets in, dodges Kevin, and hits an RKO! But Rollins gets in and stares Orton down! They argue, is this going to escalate after the break?
RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!
Holla, holla! The Prizefighter ruined Riddle’s first match against Rollins, so now the Stallion & The Viper are going after both him and the Visionary! Will Orton & Riddle have even more of a reason to celebrate next week? Or will Kevin & Rollins #JustKeepFighting until they #BurnItDown?
This match is already underway as Orton bumps Rollins off buckles and throws EuroUppers. Adam Pearce is ringside to make sure there is a winner. Rollins kicks low, CHOPS back, fires haymakers, then whips. Orton comes back from the corner to LARIAT Rollins! Fans fire up, Orton drags Rollins back up. Rollins JAWBREAKERS back! Rollins clotheslines Orton out of the ring, Orton stumbles to the desk, and Rollins hurries out to get Kevin up. Kevin says his neck hurts, he got an RKO earlier. Rollins storms after Orton, but into an announce desk back suplex! Rollins staggers, Orton puts him in the ring.
Orton tags Riddle, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps cool as he poses, then gets Rollins up. Rollins headlocks, Kevin tags in as Riddle powers out. Riddle LARIATS Rollins, Kevin SUPERKICKS Riddle! Kevin rains down fists then drops a SENTON! Kevin SLAPS Riddle down, shouts at Orton, “You think it’s funny? It’s not funny!” Kevin throws more hands on Riddle, then reels him in for a short arm clothesline! Kevin goes up and up MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin mocks Orton’s pose, then dares Orton to do something. Kevin stomps Riddle, tags Rollins, and Kevin sets Riddle up for Rollins’ ax handle!
“And that’s why this is OUR show!” Rollins stomps Riddle’s hand, stomps the other hand, then claws Riddle’s face! The ref counts, Rollins lets off to drop an ax handle on Riddle’s head. Rollins grins as he slaps Riddle around. Riddle CHOPS, fires off forearms, then runs, but into an elbow from Rollins! Rollins drags Riddle over, tags Kevin, and Rollins holds Riddle down for Kevin’s DOUBLE STOMPS! Kevin gets Riddle’s leg and kicks the foot! Then he SLAMS the leg on the mat, and has a toehold! Riddle endures, fans fire up and Riddle hops up. Kevin reels Riddle in for a short arm clothesline!
Kevin taunts Orton, stomps Riddle’s bare feet, then drops a leg on the leg! Cover, TWO! Kevin KICKS Riddle down, drags him over, and bumps him off buckles. Kevin CHOPS Riddle, Rollins pie faces Riddle, Riddle fires off on both of them! Riddle fires off on Rollins but Kevin kicks the bad leg! Tag to Rollins, Rollins stomps a mudhole into Riddle. The ref pulls Rollins away, Kevin gets a cheap shot in! Orton protests but Rollins drags Riddle with a facelock. Kevin holds the tag rope to show he’s playing fair. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, but Rollins knees him low. Rollins sucker punches Orton! And SUPERKICKS Riddle!
Rollins goes up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Riddle moves! Kevin panics, reaches out, Rollins tags him in! Kevin gets Riddle in a waistlock but Riddle throws elbows. Kevin BOOTS Riddle, Riddle KNEES Kevin down! Both men are down, fans fire up for Orton! Hot tags to Rollins and Orton! The Viper rallies on the Visionary! Duck and POWERSLAM! Orton sees Kevin coming, POWERSLAM! Orton has Rollins on the apron, drags him up through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up more as Orton hears the voices! Rollins stagger sup, but he denies the RKO! Riddle tags in, Orton blocks Rollins’ superkick but Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton!
Riddle KNEES Kevin down! Rollins kicks, misses, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Rollins! Ripcord, but Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Then a turn and DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins runs in, CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The Visionary has momentum for the Chamber after all! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Kevin again! Rollins laughs it off, does he only care about himself on the Road to WrestleMania? Can RKBRO get back on a winning track with all these title matches coming?
A really good Raw, and one that moved very quickly. A commercial free first hour (though with WWE’s own ads used in their place) and resurrecting picture in picture certainly helped with that. The quiz bowl opening the night was a good move, and it was a hilarious segment, especially with it coming down to the grams to ounces question. RKBRO gets their tag title match, can’t wait to see how that goes. RKBRO getting into action as Kevin “ruins” Riddle VS Rollins was quite the surprise, and quite the way to keep RKBRO’s momentum at 50-50. Rollins is very confident going into Elimination Chamber, Kevin is left in the lurch, those two are certainly turning on each other before Mania.
I will say, Kevin had a great match with Theory. Vince is surely going to have a talk with Theory in next week’s episode, and Theory could become desperate to get something for WrestleMania. The debacle with Shane McMahon is a shame because Theory VS Shane would’ve made for an interesting story. But at the same time, it probably would’ve ended up a horrible time vampire that made Raw worse since Shane just doesn’t have it in terms of character. Maybe Theory will pick a fight with Edge or some other legend. Actually, something about Theory going after Edge works in a similar vein to how Miz went after Edge.
Speaking of The Miz, his story with the Mysterios is building, as I expected from last week. Getting Maryse in on it was good, but how could they do the horrible “Maryse-sterio” joke when Mizsterio works so much better? Miz gets his comeuppance against Dominik, and I’m actually interested in seeing their tiebreaker. I feel like Miz wins that so he can go after Rey next, setting up a WrestleMania match. If only WWE didn’t get rid of John Morrison, I would love to see the Mysterios VS The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *look off into distance* and what goofy music video diss they could come up with on Rey & Dom.
MVP and Lashley have a pretty good promo to hype up Lashley’s part in Elimination Chamber. I feel like the best way for Lashley to come out of Chamber is to be one of the final two with Lesnar. Lesnar is surely winning to give us Winner Takes All with Roman, but Lashley deserves to be given something. Of course, the shocking thing would be if Lesnar was in there with anyone else at the end, where Lashley is eliminated somewhere in the middle. AJ Styles getting a match with Damian Priest and winning to become a US Championship contender was an interesting move. Styles is getting that title match next week as his go-home match, I honestly feel like it could go either way.
This week’s 24/7 Championship segment was rather awkward, but I’m pretty sure this is setting up a Valentine’s Day segment for next week. Reggie expected more, Dana is giving him mixed signals, and if this doesn’t end with Reggie taking the title off Dana, I’m going to be disappointed. Alexa’s continuing her therapy, so she’s definitely coming back closer to WrestleMania. No idea where it’ll go once she does appear, maybe they’ll give her a feud with Nikki A.S.H. to revisit their history. There’s no title for her to go right after since the Raw Women’s Championship is going to have a contender out of the Women’s Chamber match.
And speaking of which, we got good matches out of that news. Bianca VS Nikki wasn’t a long match but it was a very competitive match and was a strong win for Bianca. Liv VS Piper was also very good, and it seems the Vader Bomb is going to be Piper’s finisher now, not the Michinoku Driver. There are many other roster members to be the mystery entry, but I don’t see Mella and Vega fighting each other while still Women’s Tag Team Champions. We can only hope WWE brings back Asuka, she hasn’t had anything to do in a long time. At the same time, the Elimination Chamber feels like Bianca’s way back to Mania and a match with Becky.
Lita and Becky had a very good promo segment together, and Lita gets the better of Becky again. Lita surprised me with that moonsault. She’s going to look even better in a full match with Becky, but Becky is still going to retain. Then we’ll get Becky VS Bianca for Mania and that’ll be an all time match right there.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!
While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?
- Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
- TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
- Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.
PLAY BY PLAY
10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?
LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.
Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!
Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.
Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!
The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.
LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.
Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!
Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!
Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.
Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!
Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”
Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?
KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!
Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.
Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.
Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.
Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!
Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.
Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!
Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!
Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!
Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!
Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.
Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!
Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!
Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!
Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission
The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.
“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.
“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?
Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.
The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!
Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
- The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
- Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
- Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
- No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!
Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.
Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.
Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.
Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!
Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”
Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?
Backstage interview with The Mysterios!
Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!
San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!
Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!
Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!
Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!
Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!
Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!
Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!
Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!
Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!
But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification
Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!
But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?
The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!
But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!
Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…
The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!
Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?
The Miz VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!
Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.
Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.
Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?
Liv Morgan is here!
And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”
The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!
Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.
But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.
So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!
Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!
Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.
Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.
Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!
Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!
Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!
Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?
Raw returns to the cookout!
Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!
Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.
But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?
A cryptic video plays.
A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?
Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!
Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!
Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!
Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!
Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!
Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?
Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?
Raw returns to the cookout!
The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?
Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.
Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!
Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!
The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.
Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!
Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!
But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!
Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall
A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!
Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!
Uncle Sam is here?
Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”
But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!
Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!
The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall
The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?
No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?
Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.
Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!
Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!
Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!
Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.
Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!
Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!
Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!
Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?
After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.
And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.
Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.
Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.
And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.
I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
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