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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/18/22)

One more stop before Saudi Arabia!

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SmackDown 2022

What happens just half a day before Elimination Chamber?

While Elimination Chamber has a lot of gold on the line, SmackDown puts up the WWE Intercontinental Championship! Will Sami Zayn get back “his” title?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins.
  • Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Ivar w/ Erik; Ivar wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Pearce is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!” The four women we saw last week are going to have a tag team match at the Elimination Chamber event! But only if they all sign the contract. So please welcome the team of WWE official, Sonya Deville & the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair! Sonya, arm still in a sling, makes her way out, followed by The Queen. Charlotte holds up her title before taking her seat with Sonya at the table. Next, Pearce introduces Naomi & the Baddest Woman on the Planet, Ronda Rousey! Naomi is out first, then Rowdy Ronda makes her entrance.

Ronda and Naomi are all smiles as they go to the ring and Naomi even rocks out to Ronda’s theme as they take their seats. Pearce says they just need four signatures, but Sonya interrupts. She knows how these work, she’ll sign. But then Sonya thinks to have things explained to Naomi & Ronda, since they don’t know how to follow rules. Ronda knows rule one is sign the damn contract. Naomi says rule two is to slap the taste outta Sonya’s mouth. Sonya says this is why she doesn’t like them. They have no respect for authority- Sonya, stop stalling and sign. Don’t tell Sonya what to do! Ronda asks if Sonya forgot how to spell her name. It’s B I T-

Oh haha. Why do they think this is so funny? Naomi lost to Charlotte last week. And Ronda’s never beaten Charlotte. But that’ll change. Don’t interrupt! Sonya wants them all to respect her but Ronda says to shut up! Just sign it, Sonya. Sonya does, and passes it to Charlotte. Charlotte signs her part, and even dots the I. Now, this is their last chance to back out. if Naomi or Ronda want to speak- Naomi says Sonya better stop stalling or she’ll flip the table over and use Sonya’s head as the pen. Charlotte hushes everyone, and then laughs. “The both of you need to listen to Sonya’s new stipulation.”

What now? See, this is what’s funny. Those two don’t listen, but Sonya was trying to tell them something. Ronda did an interview a few days ago, where she said she could win with one arm behind her back. So then Sonya thought, “What a badass idea! Ronda Rousey wrestling with one arm tied behind her back!” So the higher ups added here in the fine print, “Ronda Rousey will wrestle this match with one arm tied behind her back.” They can back out if they want. Nope, Ronda just signs her part, and does Naomi. Ronda says she could have no hands and still tap dance on Sonya’s head.

But this match is up tomorrow, and Ronda has both hands now. She throws the contract at Charlotte, then smacks her off the table! Naomi ROUNDHOUSES Sonya, then she and Ronda both flip the table onto their opponents! Sonya & Charlotte just felt humiliated, but will they #FeelTheGlow and the pain at Elimination Chamber?

 

Sheamus & Ridge Holland meet up backstage.

The Fella tells his protégé that it was a bit of a letdown last week. That insignificant flea, Ricochet, got the better of him. Sheamus explains to Ridge that he has never had a problem with Ricochet. Always knocked the snot outta him. But the fact Ricochet beat Ridge, that’s annoying. Ridge needs to give Ricochet a hammering he’ll never forget! Is Ridge retaining any of this? He is. Then what did he say? When they go out there, you tool up and get your head in the game. Ridge said that he wants to be great like Sheamy. So tonight, he will watch what Sheamus does when he takes Ricochet’s bleedin’ head off. It’s fight night, but will the Celtic Warrior win the fight?

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

SmackDown returns and the One and Only makes his entrance. The bell rings and Sheamus makes sure Ridge is watching. Ricochet dropkicks Sheamus! And again! And fires off in the corner! Sheamus shoves him away but Ricochet comes back, sunset flips out of the scoop, TWO! Sheamus knees low, CLUBS Ricochet, then EuroUppers him to ropes. Sheamus whips, Ricochet kicks back! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet dropkicks him outta the ring! Ricochet builds speed and DIVES for a somersault tope! Direct hit and Sheamus goes into barriers! Fans fire up as Ricochet KICKS Sheamus then gets him in the ring.

Sheamus staggers up, swings but misses, and Ricochet ROCKS Sheamus. Ricochet springboards, Sheamus gets under and scoops Ricochet for a BACKBREAKER! Sheamus drags Ricochet to a corner, digs his knee in, but lets off at 4. Sheamus digs his boot in now, lets off again, and argues about the count. Ricochet kicks back from below, but Sheamus brings him up. Ricochet fires body shots, haymakers and CHOPS! Sheamus ROCKS Ricochet back, bumps him off buckles, then reels him in for a BIG back suplex! Ridge applauds his mentor and Sheamus wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus grinds Ricochet down but Ricochet endures.

Fans rally up, Ricochet JAWBERAKERS, then JUMP KNEES! Ricochet runs, and CROSSBODIES himself and Sheamus out of the ring! Ricochet then MOONSAULTS, but Sheamus catches him! Sheamus pops Ricochet around to FALL AWAY SLAM Ricochet over the announce desk! The Fella is still seething but standing tall as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sheamus is up top! Ricochet stands, Sheamus leaps to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Ridge wants Sheamus to finish this, and Sheamus drags Ricochet up on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS away for the Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9, goes out, and he CLOBBERS Ricochet into the ring for 10! Ridge and Sheamus both ask, “Are you not entertained?!” Sheamus then goes inside, kicks Ricochet around and drags Ricochet back up to put him in a corner. Ricochet BOOTS back! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDTs Sheamus down! Ridge looks worried and coaches Sheamus up.

Fans rally, Ricochet slowly gets up and shakes out the cobwebs. Sheamus drags himself up the ropes, Ricochet bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws hands! Ricochet CHOPS, whips, but Sheamus reverses. Ricochet springboards to CROSSBODY! Ricochet springboards again, FLYING LARIAT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Sheamus sputters, Ricochet PENALTY KICKS him! Then LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps cool, gets to a corner, and he wants Sheamus to stand. Ricochet goes to fireman’s carry, Sheamus elbows that away. Sheamus whips Ricochet, Alabama lifts, ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Sheamus and Ridge are both frustrated that Ricochet is still in this. Sheamus slaps Ricochet down, goes back to a corner and climbs back up. Ridge cheers his mentor while the fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet gets Sheamus’ leg but Sheamus CLUBS him down. Sheamus stands up, but Ricochet gets right up there with him! SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and Ridge is relieved. Ricochet drags Sheamus into the drop zone and goes to the corner. Ricochet climbs, Ridge gets up on the apron to distract! Ricochet hops down, dodges Sheamus, Ridge almost gets the Brogue! Sheamus is upset, turns around, RECOIL!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

Ridge can’t believe he just cost Sheamus that match! Does the One and Only just have their number? Ridge gets in, apologizes to Sheamus, but Sheamus shoves him away. Sheamus argues with Ridge, then shoves him down! Ridge isn’t listening to his lessons! Ridge keeps trying to apologize, but will his mentor forgive him after he’s cooled off?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Kayla asks Sami about his Intercontinental Championship that he lost over a year ago. With Rick Boogs out of the picture because of “suspiciously faulty wiring,” how- Sami stops her there because he knows what she’s getting at. First and foremost, he had nothing to do with that and accepts no responsibility. But it’s cute how so much Kayla cares. Especially when she, and basically no one in the WWE Universe, has ever cared what happened to Sami. He lost? He did not. He was robbed of it, ousted, overthrown in a coup. And the WWE has done everything they can to keep him from getting it back, and done everything to embarrass Sami!

They’ve blocked Sami’s documentary from releasing. He has been shocked, arrested, put in a wheelchair. It has been the worst year of his life. But none of that matters because tonight will be the best night of his life! He’ll regain HIS Intercontinental Championship! And respectfully, Kayla, please get away so he can center himself. There’s still a lot of time before the main event, will the Great Liberator “center” himself enough to be ready for the King of Strong Style?

 

The Undertaker is entering the WWE Hall of Fame!

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

 

Roman Reigns talks with the Usos in his suite.

Whatever it is he is saying, Jimmy & Jey are having a good laugh. But will the Tribal Chief be anything but smiling after tonight’s face-to-face with GOLD~BERG?

 

Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Ivar w/ Erik!

The SmackDown Tag Team Champions made one Viking Raider look like a chump when it was Jimmy VS Erik, and then they got the jump on both Viking Raiders and took their headdresses from them! Will things continue on that trend now that we’re seeing the other halves go 1v1? Or will the War Beard bring the raid?

SmackDown returns and the Viking Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings, Jey dodges Ivar to mule kick! Jey storms up to throw body shots in the corner, then haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Jey taunts Erik but Ivar ROCKS Jey with haymakers and back hands. Ivar whips Jey to a corner, Jey goes up and over and rolls, to come back into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar covers, TWO! Ivar stalks Jey to the ropes, drags him up by his hair, and whips him to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Ivar keeps moving, but Jey avoids the splash! Jey SUPERKICKS Ivar down then covers, TWO! The Usos are annoyed but Jey keeps focus.

Jey throws down haymakers then clamps on a chinlock. Ivar endures but Jey throws crossface forearms. Erik rallies the fans with “RAID!” and Ivar fights up. Jey slips off the fireman’s carry but Ivar cartwheels around him! Ivar blocks the kick, but Jey DRAGON WHIPS through! But then Ivar comes back to LARIAT! Ivar gets up, catches his breath, and he rallies with the fans. Ivar runs corner to corner, BRONCO BUSTER! Ivar goes up top and fans fire up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, Jimmy attacks using the headdresses!

Winner: Ivar, by disqualification

Erik ROCKS Jimmy, then takes the headdress to CLOBBER Jimmy! Jimmy & Jey are still on the losing end of this one, but will they win when the gold is on the line?

 

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The Scottish Warrior, his sword in hand, is ready for his Falls Count Anywhere match with Mad Cap Moss. But what will he have to say about that match here tonight? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns and McIntyre has the mic. “In this job, I’ve gotten to travel to some cool places, live in some cool places, and I used to live in Mandeville, just over the bridge.” He used to hang out in New Orleans all the time, back in 2010 when the Saints won the Super Bowl. The Bourbon Street was wild! The only people that can keep up with Scots when it comes to drinking, is New Orleans. McIntyre ended up in a police car, it wasn’t his fault, but luckily someone recognized him and had him party with them all night long! And McIntyre’s been thinking, reflecting on his career and life. It almost ended because of “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss.

Footage replays from Day One’s attack backstage, where Corbin nearly crushed McIntyre’s throat. McIntyre says that he wanted to play that not for anyone but his benefit. He wants to remember how he felt during that moment, during rehab and how he was told he wouldn’t make it back to WrestleMania. Last year, McIntyre was champion This year, it is personal! But Mad Cap, it is anything goes! McIntyre do whatever he wants! He can beat Moss up in the ring, up the ramp, in the crowd, go backstage, flush his head, take him to the desert, drown him in the Red Sea! The ideas are unlimited! Hell, give McIntyre some help coming up with more!

And today, that means a hashtag! #MadCapMauling! Send McIntyre all your ideas on how he can inflict pain! He’s got a lot of time on the flight to Saudi Arabia! But here comes Corbin & Moss! Corbin wants to stop this. This is ridiculous. McIntyre is coming up with a hashtag to bully Moss, talking about drowning him in the sea! McIntyre, what kind of role model are you to little Scottish kids? Moss hopes McIntyre packs a good neck pillow. From what Moss hears, McIntyre isn’t near 100%. But he’s right about one thing: tomorrow, they can fight all over the place. But the joke’s on McIntyre. And like any good comedian, Moss is great at using the environment.

And after Moss finishes what started on Day One, he and Corbin will be laughing all the way home. And here’s one more joke: “What does Drew McIntyre’s bad neck have in common with a popular breakfast cereal? They both go snap, crackle, pop!” McIntyre says this is actually rather sad. Moss, aside from your terrible jokes, you have all the talent in the world. Yet he aligns with a piece o’ crap like Corbin, and then went after McIntyre. At Elimination Chamber, McIntyre will hurt Moss, end him, and make this Saturday the night laughter died! Will McIntyre do anything and everything he wants to finally shut Moss up?

 

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

Kayla lets him know Sami’s vowed to get the title back. But what’s his plan without having Boogs here? The plan is to kick Sami in the face. He does enough talking. But he thinks he can win the Intercontinental title, so Sami but be InZayn! The King of Strong Style heads out, will he deny Sami the “justice” he’s been seeking?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Sami Zayn!

SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Master Strategist has a legitimate way to take the title back.

The two circle at the bell, feel out the grapple, but then Sami goes to ropes for defense. Nakamura is annoyed but he backs off. Sami comes back, circles with Nakamura again, and feel out the grapple again. Nakamura kicks but Sami manages to get back to ropes. Fans rally behind Nakamura as Sami cools off. They circle, tie up, and Sami waistlocks to a headlock. Nakamura powers Sami to a corner but Sami turns it around. The ref counts, Sami lets off with a cheap shot! Then a haymaker! Sami throws more hands, stomps Nakamura down, then whips Nakamura corner to corner. Nakamura comes back to DYNAMIC DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Nakamura KICKS and KICKS, but Sami blocks! Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Nakamura throws KNEES into Sami’s head ‘n’ shoulders! Nakamura has Sami in the corner for some Good Vibrations! Or is it bad? Nakamura puts Sami up top and throws body shots. Nakamura then runs in for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Sami flops down to the apron, Nakamura slides out and brings Sami further out. Nakamura runs to KNEE LIFT! Then Nakamura goes up, GUILLOTINE KNEE misses as Sami moves! Nakamura hits the floor and clutches his knee as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami rains down rights on Nakamura’s head! Sami then throws crossface forearms before clamping on a chinlock, even trapping an arm. Nakamura endures and fans rally up. Sami squeezes tight, leans on the hold, but Nakamura gets his arm free. Sami leans all his weight, then pushes Nakamura down for an elbow drop. Cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami is frustrated but he kicks Nakamura around. Fans rally up for Nakamura and Sami mocks their applause. Sami brings Nakamura up to CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Sami runs and LARIATS Nakamura down! Cover, TWO!

Sami looms over Nakamura, rains down elbows right on Nakamura’s head, then clamps on the chinlock. Nakamura flails, fans rally up more, and Nakamura gets up. Nakamura arm-drags free, then spins around for an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Sami flails, moves around, makes it a cover, TWO! Sami is free, but Nakamura counter punches! And again! Nakamura fires off a strike fest, then the AX KICK! SLIDING KNEE! Sami flounders to a corner, Nakamura bumps him off buckles. Nakamura goes corner to corner but blocks knees. He puts Sami in the ropes, CLUBS him, then runs to SLIDING GERMAN!

Fans fire up with Nakamura as he gets back in. Cover, TWO! Sami shakes out the cobwebs but Nakamura is on him with a chinlock of his own. Nakamura drags Sami up but Sami fights the clinch with elbow after elbow after elbow! Sami tries now, but Nakamura returns those elbows! And then a knee! Nakamura runs, but Sami scoops for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives! Sami hurries but Nakamura flops out of the ring. Sami knows he can only win the title in the ring, so he goes out the side, runs in, DAREDEVIL BOOT from Nakamura! Sami tried to go back in time but flops to the floor!

Nakamura refreshes the ring count, takes aim, but Sami sends the Kinshasa into the steel steps! Nakamura is clutching that knee again as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns yet again, and Sami lets off in a corner, but then stomps away on the bad leg again! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4, and then he SLAPS Nakamura. Fans chant, “Sami Sucks!” as Sami puts Nakamura up top. Sami climbs and stands Nakamura up, but Nakamura fires off elbows! Nakamura knocks Sami down, Nakamura hits a FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is growing frustrated while Sami sits up in a daze. Nakamura stands him up, Sami ducks one kick but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to the corner, takes aim, “YAO~!” But Sami dropkicks the legs out! Then gets Nakamura up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Sami looks to the ref in frustration but he accepts the count. Nakamura drags himself to a corner, Sami storms over and fires off hands. Sami boxes Nakamura, stomps him, but the ref gets him to stop. Sami mocks Nakamura, “C’MON~!” Sami stomps Nakamura more, but Nakamura gets up and has the leg! Nakamura ROCKS Sami with fast hands and knees and kicks! Nakamura has Sami on the ropes, kicks him more and more while hearing the count, and lets off at 4. Nakamura then tells Sami, “C’MON~!” Sami get sup, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Sami staggers, Nakamura pushes him down to kick him more and more.

The ref counts again, Nakamura again stops at 4. Nakamura aims and powers up, “YAO~!” KIN- NO, Sami bails right out! Nakamura stops and is frustrated again, but he reaches at Sami from the ropes. Sami trips Nakamura and SLAMS the leg against the post! And again! And again! The ref reprimands but Sami just slams the leg over and over and over! Sami finally lets off, slithers in, and catches the kick to BOOT the other leg! Cover, SAMI WINS!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)

No one can believe it! A deep leg hook finishes Nakamura off! Sami had a master plan all along, and it worked out in his favor!

 

WWE celebrate Black History Month.

Booker T visited the For Oak Cliff Community Center in the Oak Cliff Dallas area. For Oak Cliff was founded by Taylor Toynes and Xavier Henderson, two young men who grew up in the area and even worked as teachers before founding the organization. They want to build the community up through their four pillars: education, advocacy, community building, and art. They serve all ages, and have served more than 30 THOUSAND community members, and have distributed 4 MILLION pounds of food.

 

Aliyah congratulates Ricochet backstage.

She’s very impressed with that huge win over Sheamus. She’s never seen anything like that! He thanks her for that, and it felt good. Sheamus is a former US Champion, WWE World Champion, and for some reason, he’s just been trying to make Ricochet miserable. But after winning, Ricochet realizes Sheamus’ past could be his future. This was one step forward, so yeah, it was good. Ricochet leaves, but Sami walks over and says if they wanna talk about big wins, what about the Intercontinental Championship? He just won it back! Talk later! Sami asks people around if they want autographs and pictures. Will Sami’s big win just inflate that ego?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Tribal Chief, with Paul Heyman carrying the belt for him, is a 536 DAY WWE Universal Champion, the longest reigning world champion of the last 35 YEARS in the WWE. He holds up that title and the pyro goes off. Then he and Heyman continue towards the ring, Heyman of course holding the title up as a banner. The Head of the Table will have one more face-to-face encounter with the Icon, GOLD~BERG, but will it be civil? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Roman is in the ring, and he holds up the belt to cue more pyro. Heyman has a mic in hand, and he passes it to Roman. Roman smiles, and says, “New Orleans… Acknowledge me.” Many of the fans seem happy to, but others still refuse. Roman hears the chants for his name, but also the chants for “GOLD~BERG!” Roman wants “The Wiseman” to celebrate him. Heyman speaks, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the best part of my day, because I know none of you understand what it’s like to stand this close to true greatness, but I? I find it spiritually orgasmic.

“If you never got a chance to see, in his prime, Michael Jordan. If you never got to see, in his prime, Wayne Gretzky. If you never got a chance to see, in his prime, Drew Brees, then you didn’t miss a damn thing cuz he played for the Saints.” But if you never got to see Tom Brady in his prime, then does Heyman have a gift for you. But the fans chant, “Who dey? Who dey?” Heyman and Roman wait it out. The 11th Commandment on the Island of Relevancy, “Thou Shalt Not Interrupt the Wiseman’s Promo.”

But 14 hours from now, it is your opportunity to see, in his prime, at his best, in the ring, doing what he does to continue to cement his GOAT status! YOUR Tribal Chief, YOUR Head of the Table! The End All Be All, the Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns! Fans do cheer for that. But here comes GOLD~BERG! He has his security detail through the hallway before he walks out on stage for his pyro. Goldberg then gets in the ring, gets himself a mic, but then drops it! Roman smirks at that, and says, “I was going to give you one last chance to acknowledge me, but…” Goldberg steps closer. And then closer.

Fans are fired up and chanting “GOLD~BERG!” as loud as they can. Goldberg smirks now, and takes one more step closer. Roman doesn’t want Goldberg crowding him. Roman runs things around here, so Goldberg is either here to fight or talk. Which is it? Roman hands Goldberg his mic, and Goldberg says, “Tomorrow, 12 o’clock, I gotta apologize in front of all these wonderful people in the entire world, I was wrong. You’re not next. When it comes to the Universal Championship, I’M NEXT!” Goldberg has said his piece, but will he be leaving Elimination Chamber in one piece? Or will Roman force Goldberg to acknowledge him?


My Thoughts:

This episode was about the same as last week’s episode, so it was like we got two subpar go-homes in a row for SmackDown. Only three matches, a lot of recaps to fill time, but I did really like that Undertaker vignette to officially announce his Hall of Fame induction. We got a pretty good contract signing segment for the women’s tag we’re getting at Elimination Chamber. Ronda & Naomi were giving Charlotte & Sonya some real good sass, and it does kinda play in the twist Sonya revealed about Ronda having one arm restrained. That’ll make for an interesting match, but I feel like Ronda & Naomi still find a way to win, and I bet Sonya takes the loss.

The Viking Raiders finally get going with Ivar’s win over Jey, but they still don’t look likely to win the tag titles. They should’ve been given much more in this build but Vince doesn’t like tag wrestling as much these days, and he has been doing all kinds of things to try and hinder Erik & Ivar, such as renaming them Erik & Ivar. If only they got to be War Raiders, Ray Rowe & Hanson. We got a pretty good promo segment out of McIntyre, Moss and Corbin, and honestly, Moss’ joke here was the best joke he’s ever told. But I like that McIntyre wants some fan interaction to hype this match, and I hope their Falls Count Anywhere really does explore the arena quite a bit.

Sheamus VS Ricochet was very good, and it was a good move for Ricochet to win. There’s tension between Sheamus and Ridge now, and I would think at some point, those two split up. Ridge should really be the one to dump Sheamus, he shouldn’t have even needed to be in this role in the first place, and this is probably his chance to strike out on his own on SmackDown. Aliyah congratulating Ricochet made me think they were bringing Mustafa Ali back into things given how those three were interacting when Aliyah first showed up. Instead, Sami gloats about his own win. Sami VS Nakamura was a great match, but could’ve been even better if there weren’t recap fillers.

Honestly, there’s a way the face-to-face of Roman and Goldberg could’ve been shorter. I get it’s all in Roman’s character to take his time, but in case you didn’t know, this wasn’t actually a live episode. This was recorded with last week’s episode in New Orleans, because how else could the SmackDown team make it to Saudi Arabia in time? They didn’t need a commercial break during Roman’s entrance, and honestly, Goldberg could’ve been defiant by interrupting things and just getting to that final line. Then whatever time that would’ve saved can be given to Nakamura VS Sami.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)

A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!

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Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?

For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
  • The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
  • Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
  • (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgement Day is here!

Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.

And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!

Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!

But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!

Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?

 

Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!

This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?

But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!

Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.

Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!

Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!

Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)

They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?

 

Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!

The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”

But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!

Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?

Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.

Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!

But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?

The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!

The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.

Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!

Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!

Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!

Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!

Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?

 

Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.

Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!

 

Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.

But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?

 

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”

To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!

And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.

But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!

But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!

And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.

They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!

Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?

Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!

McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.

The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!

Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.

McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!

McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!

Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.

Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?

Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!

Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!

Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Riddle.

Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?

 

Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!

The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?

The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!

Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall

Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.

What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.

Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?

 

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!

Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!

Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.

Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!

Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.

Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!

Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!

Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!

Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!

Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!

Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!

Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!

The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?

The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!

Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?

 

(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?

Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!

Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.

Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!

Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!

Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!

ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!

Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!

Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall

Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.

Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.

And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.

Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…

We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)

Minneapolis gets Elevated!

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It’s a Superbad return!

Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
  • Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
  • Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
  • Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.


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