NXT gets dirty with the Dirty Dawgs!
Before the NXT Championship match at Stand and Deliver, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode take on Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa!
- Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS The Dirty Dawgs; Breakker & Ciampa win.
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo VS Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell; Kai & Choo win and advance to the semifinals.
- Amari Miller VS Lash Legend; Legend wins.
- Solo Sikoa VS GUNTHER; Gunther wins.
- Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS Draco Anthony; Harland wins.
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Raquel Gonzalez & Cora Jade VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz; Gonzalez & Jade win and advance to the semifinals.
- Andre Chase VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pete Dunne; Hayes wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS The Dirty Dawgs!
The NXT Champion knows the Show-Off is coming for him, but he’s got the Psycho Killer as back-up! They’re wearing matching singlets, will the Big Booty Nephew and Daddy Ciampa put Ziggler & Roode in the doghouse?
The teams fight at the ramp! Ciampa is after Roode, Roode kicks back and ROCKS Ciampa! Roode bumps Ciampa off barriers while Bron keeps on Ziggler. Roode ROCKS Ciampa again, puts him in the ring, but Bron trips Roode up! Ciampa PLANCHAS onto both Dawgs! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Ciampa and Bron both pat themselves on the back. Ciampa gets Ziggler in the ring and “This is Awesome!” as the match finally begins! Ciampa throws hands on Ziggler, stomps him down, then brings him up to wrench the arm. Tag to Bron, he and Ciampa double whip Ziggler to then pop-up SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Bron smiles as he pulls down the straps already! Bron drags Ziggler up, trophy lifts him high, but Roode gets in! Bron DECKS Roode, ZIGZAG outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Ziggler can’t believe it! Ziggler gets a leg, drags Bron away and tags in Roode. Roode stomps Bron, rains down fists, then lets off to taunt Ciampa. Roode drags Bron up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “Welcome Home!” to Roode but he tells them to shut up! Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Bron as fans chant, “Go back to Raw!” Ziggler stomps Bron, taunts Ciampa, then wraps on a chinlock.
Ziggler pulls Bron back, fans chant, “You Don’t Go Here!” Bron fights up, throws body shots, but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler turns Bron for a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Roode, he drags Bron up to snap suplex! Roode then goes to a corner, hops up to flex, BIG double ax handle! Cover, TWO! Roode drags Bron over, tags in Ziggler, and the Dawgs mug Bron again. Ziggler drags Bron up to scrape laces off Bron’s face. Tag back to Roode, Ziggler whips Roode in for Roode to whip Ziggler, Bron dodges the splash and CLOBBERS Roode! Fans bark and rally, hot tag to Ciampa! Fans fire up as Ciampa rallies on Roode!
Ciampa hits Ziggler with a corner clothesline! He then hits Roode with a corner clothesline! Ciampa then dodges and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES the Dirty Dawgs! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Ciampa kicks Roode, hooks the arms, but Roode powers him to the corner! Ciampa fights the Dawgs off, but walks into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ciampa is still in this as NXT goes picture in picture!
Ciampa and Roode slowly get up, and Roode facelocks to keep Ciampa from Bron. Roode leans his weight on the hold but Ciampa endures. Ciampa fights up, powers Roode back, but Roode shifts and throws Ciampa down! Roode drags Ciampa up by his beard and puts him in the corner. Tag to Ziggler and the Dawgs mug Ciampa. Ziggler digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ziggler lets off to taunt Bron and the fans. Ciampa gets to the apron while checking his jaw, but Ziggler tags Roode. Ziggler drags Ciampa into the ropes to HOTSHOT him down, and then Roode SMACKS Ciampa off the announce desk!
Roode and Ziggler drag Ciampa up and Roode scoops to SNAKE EYES Ciampa off the apron! Ciampa flops to the floor, Roode gets in the ring, and Roode taunts Bron while Ciampa flounders. Ciampa gets in at 8 of 10, Roode storms over after him, but Ciampa CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Roode kicks low, but the haymakers fly! Roode stomps Ciampa, tags Ziggler in, and Ziggler drags Ciampa up to snapmare. BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is furious but the count was fair. Ziggler clamps onto Ciampa with a chinlock and grinds him down. Ciampa endures as Ziggler pulls back on the hold and Roode taunts the fans.
Ciampa fades, but he gets a second wind as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up, Ciampa throws body shots but Ziggler keeps him from Bron! Ciampa ROCKS Ziggler, Ziggler still holds on! Ciampa reels Ziggler in, ripcord, but Ziggler kicks low! Ziggler leaps, into Ciampa’s CATAPULT! Ziggler flies out of the ring, Roode hurries to coach him up! Ciampa crawls over but Roode lurks. Roode trips Bron off the apron! And TOSSES him into the crowd! Ciampa swipes at Roode but Ziggler gets in to drag him away! Tag to Roode and fans boo as the Dawgs stomp him. The Dawgs whip Ciampa to double hip toss into a POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Roode is furious with the ref but the count is the count. Roode glares as Ciampa flounders up. Roode slaps Ciampa around but Ciampa seems to be smiling! “Big Bob” gloats and drags Ciampa up, to get a JUMP KNEE! Both men are down and fans fire up! Bron rises up and is back at the corner! Roode and Ciampa crawl, hot tag to Ziggler, and he gets a foot! Ciampa kicks Ziggler away, hot tag to Bron! Bron rallies on the Dawgs! He runs Ziggler over, boots him and clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then one for Roode! Bron gets Ziggler up, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Fans are thunderous as Bron circles Ziggler!
Ziggler slowly rises and Bron takes aim from the corner. Bron runs in, into a KNEE! Ziggler aims but Bron dodges the superkick to SPEAR!! Bron is all fired up and he tags in Ciampa! Ciampa goes up, Bron has the Electric Chair Lift on Ziggler! STEINER BULLDOG! Cover, Roode breaks it!! Bron runs in at Roode but is sent into buckles! Ciampa BOOTS Roode, but Ziggler rolls Roode! With tights!! TWO!! Ciampa blocks the superkick to kick Ziggler and hook the arms! FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, now Ciampa & Bron win!
Winners: Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
Vengeance, thy name is Ciampa! He gets his payback on Ziggler & Roode for both last week and last night! Will this help Bron’s chances of shutting down the Show-Off?
LA Knight speaks.
“I know you’re sitting there saying, ‘YEAH!’ Cuz I can see ya.” Knight wants you to pick up the phone, call, text, whoever, anyone from your grandma to your grandpa to your mom, dad, brothers, sisters, cousins, girlfriend, hell even your side piece. Because in a moment, Knight’s going to the ring to call out the Outback Jackoff himself, Grayson Waller! It’s time to pay the piper. TOOT TOOT, that’s LA Knight, YEAH! But will the 21st Century Success Story stay away from the motivated Million Dollar Megastar?
Gunther calls out Solo Sikoa.
“Tonight, you get exactly what you wanted. You and me, one on one. They call you the Street Champion of the Island? That’s good for you. But tonight, you will face a professional. I will make you the SHAME of your island! Do you think you are the firs tot try and make a name for himself at my cost?” But what makes Solo different is that Gunther will CHOP all those tribal tattoos off Solo’s body and replace them with much needed respect. Solo Sikoa, your undefeated streak ends by the hands of the Ring General, GUNTHER!
LA Knight is already in the ring.
And he already has a mic as fans echo, “YEAH! YEAH!” Knight has them calm down, and then he says, “YEAH! YEAH! Lemme talk to ya!” Grayson Waller and him have been doing this a long time, all the way before Halloween Havoc. They had a match to see who would be the host, and it was Knight who won! They put each other through hell in WarGames, and Waller’s done well enough to get himself three fans in the crowd. Good for him. Because what Waller did next was steal Knight’s car. Waller thought he got rid of Knight but WRONG! Knight returned, beat the ever living holy hell out of Waller, and he goes and gets a restraining order!
Waller gets himself a bodyguard, too! And then Waller thinks, maybe that will keep away LA Knight. Right? NO NO! So then last week, Waller gets crafty, hand full of trunks, and gets the win. Waller finally makes his way out to the ring, or rather to the perch. Waller mocks Knight’s “YEAH!” And Knight’s right. Last week, your winner, GRAYSOOON~! WALLEEER~! Knight was just the roadblock on Waller’s path to greatness. But now that’s done! Finito! No more! Waller, Knight can’t hear you, the fans are busy calling Waller an A-HOLE! Waller says this isn’t a thing anymore! He hopes everyone has a terrible night, good-bye!
Oh, no, Waller’s gonna wanna see this, though. Last week, Knight did lose, but look who was laying there and who was standing tall! So that’s two times! Two times, Knight’s still walked out standing tall. So if Waller’s all about the likes, the tweets, the DM’s and maybe some blocks, because everyone’s been calling Waller out for the punk he is after he got his ass whipped! So Waller can sneak out cheap wins, but every single time, Knight is the one standing! Let’s prove Waller has a shred of manhood in his marbles and prove he can leave Knight laying! LAST MAN STANDING MATCH!
Waller says next week, he’ll get all the likes ‘n’ swipes! He’ll go viral one more time! Waller will be the Last Man Standing! Knight was hoping Waller would say that. Next week, third time’s the charm. Waller will be the one down, not because he’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him get back up. And that’s not an insult, that’s a fact of life, YEAH!
Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell talk backstage.
Persia hopes Indi and Dexter work things out. But aww, Duke Hudson wished them good luck tonight. He’s so sweet. Indi says can Persia just focus? Yeah, she’s focused. Three wins, they get the Dusty Cup and a shot at the tag titles. Good, let’s go. But Persia still texts Duke back. Will things really go their way with all these distractions?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo VS Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell!
The combination of #CobraKai and Ms. Comfy Combat definitely ranks up there in odd couples. But can their sugar ‘n’ spice win out? Or will Persia & Indi finally focus and get back towards the titles?
NXT returns, and not only have Persia & Indi made their entrance, Toxic Attraction has returned to their lounge to watch the Dusty Cup in style. But will they be impressed by either of these teams tonight? Persia starts against Wendy and Persia rushes in. Wendy dodges, stretches, and then goes for a drop toehold. Persia stays up, she drags Wendy right up and has the pig tails! Wendy spins and spins and spins, but then her pigtails get tangled so she spins the other way! Persia has no idea what to do with this, but Wendy hits an uppercut! Wendy headlocks, snuggles, but Persia powers out to ROCK Wendy!
Tag to Indi, Indi whips Persia in to SPLASH Wendy! Then Persia feeds Wendy to Indi’s SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Wendy up, Wendy throws a body shot and a kick, then a dropkick! Wendy has Indi in the corner, but Dakota is distracted by talking to her invisible friends. Wendy tags her in anyway, and they crisscross Indi’s arms to whip her into the corner! Dakota is surprised that they worked together so well! BOOT from Wendy, BOOT from Dakota! Indi flops down, Dakota covers, TWO! Dakota headlocks Indi, Indi powers up but Wendy tags in. Wendy helps Dakota to double atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Wendy huffs and puffs but she drags Indi up. Wendy whips, Indi reverses and runs in, but Wendy dodges! Wendy runs and handsprings but Indi dodges! Wendy hits buckles, Indi CLOBBERS Wendy! Tag to Persia, they drag Wendy up and Persia fireman’s carries. Wendy fights free, she dodges Persia but Persia BOOTS Wendy down! Cover, TWO! Persia is annoyed, Toxic Attraction is nonplussed, tag to Indi. Persia gives Wendy a BACKBREAKER and feeds Wendy to Indi’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Wendy into a seated cobra twist, and even adds a top wristlock. Wendy endures and fans rally up while Dakota seems worried.
Wendy fights up, goes around and arm-drags free! Indi hurries to get Wendy but Wendy cradles! TWO, Wendy crawls under! Hot tag to Dakota! SCORPION KICK! Dakota brings Indi around but Indi shoves her away. Dakota rebounds to redirect, then she DECKS Persia! Flying-mare sends Indi to a corner, Dakota goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up with Dakota and she goes Around the World! BOOT!! Indi’s down, Dakota covers, TWO!! Indi survives and Dakota talks to either herself of those invisible friends. Indi powers Dakota back, Persia tags in and she scoops to SNAKE EYES!
Persia fireman’s carries Dakota to FACEBUSTER! Cover, Wendy breaks it! Fans fire up and Dakota is surprised all over again! Dakota and Wendy get up, Indi goes after Wendy but is sent right out! Persia gets Wendy by the pigtails, Dakota BOOTS Persia down! Tag to Wendy, Wendy goes up! Dakota tags back in, Wendy hits a VADER BOMB! Dakota goes up now, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, Wendy & Dakota win!!
Winners: Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
Jacy Jayne just shrugs, but Indi and everyone else is shocked! How many brackets just got busted? Will the odd couple make sure no one counts them out next round, either?
NXT takes a closer look at Imperium VS The Creed Brothers.
“Perception. Reality.” The Diamond Mine won the Men’s Dusty Cup and Bivens said this is about perception VS reality. The perception: Imperium is about honor and respect. The reality: they don’t respect anyone. Perception: Imperium is the best. Reality: the CREEDS are the best! Perception: Imperium sets the standard here in NXT. Reality: the “world class athletes” are really just world class asses. But Imperium tells the Creeds that the only reality IS Imperium. They don’t care if you won the Dusty Cup. The reality will be Imperium retaining their NXT Tag Team Championships. Well next week, it all goes down!
Imperium is the last roadblock for the Creeds, and they swear to walk into Stand & Deliver as champions! But Imperium vows the Creeds will NEVER take these belts. Bivens can’t wait for the reality to be Diamond Mine whooping some ass. The perception is, two teams battle for the top stop in the NXT Tag Division. What will be the reality?
Amari Miller VS Lash Legend!
These two were teammates for the Women’s Dusty Cup, but they were first-round knockouts at the hands and feet of Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray. After the loss, Lash said Amari cost her. She knew she shouldn’t have teamed with someone who dresses like her. Amari wishes she was on Lash Legend’s level! Fashion diss aside, will Amari show Lash who was really the weak link in their team?
The bell rings, Lash gets a lot of attitude and gets right in Amari’s face. Amari tries to get Lash to back off, so she shoves her then fires a forearm! Lash stays up, so Amari fires off more shots! Amari waistlocks, Lash bucks her away, but Amari KICKS a leg out! Amari runs, into a BOOT! Lash looms over Amari, drags her up and scoops her. Lash carries Amari around, then puts her head between ropes to dribble between them! The ref counts, Lash stops at 4 and dumps Amari down. Lash walks around, talks more trash, and then drags Amari up. Lash scoops for a BACKBREAKER, and then the backbreaker rack!
Amari endures but fans rally up. Amari throws knees but Lash pushes harder on the stretch! Amari still throws knees, but Lash throws her down! Lash runs, but Amari avoid the elbow drop! Fans rally while both women are down. Amari drags herself to a corner but Lash grabs a foot! Lash drags Amari up, Amari has the ropes, Amari KICKS free! Amari fires more forearms, then gets around to mule kick! Amari roars and runs, SHOTGUN dropkick! Fans fire up with Amari and she SUPERKICKS Lash down! Amari runs in, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Lash survives and Amari can’t believe it!
Amari runs in again but Lash sends her into buckles! Lash gets up, fireman’s carries, WIDOWMAKER POWERSLAM! Cover, Lash wins!
Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall
She may not have won in the Dusty Cup, but “Now that’s how I get things done!” Lash says she’s the new star in this division, not anyone else, not even Nikkita Lyons! Lash drops quite the name, will Nikkita make sure she puts some respect on it?
Backstage interview with Solo Sikoa.
McKenzie says in a few moments, he faces off against Gunther. Solo heard what Gunther had to say about the chops. Solo will still keep coming forward. Gunther can bring everything he’s got, Solo will still keep fighting. Gunther says he’s gonna beat respect into Solo? Respect is a two way street! Gunther’s in for a fight, LET’S GO!
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen browse pictures.
They both seem to agree, “That is the one.” Elektra Lopez overhears them as Brooks says, “Look at the rear on that one! I would ride that all night long! WOO~!” She asks what they’re going on about, and the guys apologize. They’re looking at new trucks. Briggs lists off the details and the boys get fired up. Uh, Lopez doesn’t drive cars like that. Well, Brooks is putting his love life on hold right now and focusing on trucks. This is the one. Oh, well good for him. He wouldn’t know what to do with a real woman if he saw one anyway. Well, joke’s on Brooks! He’s never been with any woman! BOOM! In your face.
Uh, no, Brooks. Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. He does, and he loves how they sound. Sigh… Will Brooks ever get it right in love or in life?
Solo Sikoa VS GUNTHER!
Street Champion of the Island VS Ring General of Imperium! Worlds collide, will Sikoa be able to solo “WAL~TER” in their first encounter ever?
NXT returns and Solo makes his entrance. Fans chant for the “UCE-SO!” and the bell rings. The two tie up, Gunther gets around and CLUBS Sikoa in the back. Gunther drags Sikoa up to EuroUpper, then whip him to ropes to CLOBBER him! Gunther gets Sikoa up to put him in a corner, and CLUBS him again and again and again! Then he gives another EuroUpper! The ref has Gunther back off, but Sikoa fires off forearms and CHOPS! So Gunther CHOPS Sikoa off his feet! Then NECK CRANK! Sikoa writhes but Gunther circles. Gunther scoops and SLAMS Sikoa then looms over him.
Gunther drags Sikoa up, KNEES him low, then fish hooks his face! The ref reprimands but Gunther JAMS an elbow into Sikoa’s face! And then CLUBS him in the chest! Sikoa blocks the forearm to wrench and throw back elbows! But Gunther shoves him away and BOOTS Sikoa down! Gunther eggs Sikoa on, then gives him another NECK CRANK! Fans rally up and Gunther hits a headlock takeover. Sikoa moves around, Gunther grinds him down, but Sikoa gets up. Sikoa powers up but can’t power out! Gunther grinds the headlock, fans rally up, and Sikoa fights up to power out. Gunther holds ropes and he BOOTS Sikoa again!
Sikoa dodges the lariat to fireman’s carry! But Gunther slips off to short arm LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Sikoa surprises and frustrates Gunther, but he looms over Sikoa again. Gunther stomps Sikoa, gets the legs and starts to turn him over, BOSTON CRAB! Sikoa endures, even as Gunther sits deep! Sikoa fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Gunther lets off in frustration but he comes back to CHOP Sikoa again! Gunther eggs Sikoa on, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Sikoa glares, Gunther ROCKS him again! Sikoa throws body shots, but Gunther CHOPS him again! Fans fire up as Sikoa grits his teeth!
Sikoa fires body shots and KICKS and CHOPS of his own! Sikoa whips, Gunther reverses but Sikoa dodge to fire a forearm! Sikoa runs, Gunther hurdles, but Sikoa WHEEL KICKS! Sikoa aims from a corner, fans fire up and he SUPER- NO! Gunther blocks the kick, reels Sikoa in, but Sikoa fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP! But Gunther manages to get out of the ring! Sikoa just goes to the apron and FROG SPLASHES to the floor! Fans rally up, Sikoa gets Gunther up and into the ring, and he aims from a corner again. SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Sikoa is surprised but he keeps his cool.
Sikoa gets up, goes to the corner and fans rally up again. SAMOAN SPLASH FLOPS! Gunther drags Sikoa into a SLEEPER HOLD! Sikoa endures as Gunther thrashes, and Sikoa JAWBREAKERS free! But Gunther CHOPS him on the back! SLEEPER!! Sikoa is fading fast, but Gunther brings him around, POWERBOMB! But that’s not enough, Gunther gets Sikoa up again for another POWERBOMB! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
And just as he promised, Sikoa is no longer undefeated! Will Der Ring General continue to dominate until he is atop NXT?
Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
He lost the tag match, but how does he rebound? Ziggler says he saw the weaknesses, he knows what to do. He wants his title shot at Bron Breakker next week! Ciampa walks in and says there is a fine line between “want” and “deserve.” Ziggler may want his title match next week, but does he deserve it? No, that whole thing about being #1 contender is out the window after Ciampa pinned Ziggler tonight. Ziggler is sure Ciampa thinks he has seniority around here, which he does in Florida. But Ziggler calls the shots! He says when it goes down! Bron walks in and says Ziggler doesn’t call anything around here.
Oh, is that so? Just because Bron’s the champ, huh? That is, until next week. Ziggler is the roadblock to Stand & Deliver for Bron! Ziggler knows he can beat Bron, and Bron knows it, too! Ziggler can see it in his eyes! Ciampa probably thinks he can, too. Not that that’s Ziggler’s business. Well, Ciampa already has beat Bron. Bron says he can kick both their asses! That is what Ziggler wanted to see! Great call. Good luck with all that. See you next NXT. Is the Show-Off luring both Bron and Ciampa into some kind of trap?
Joe Gacy talks with Harland.
Tonight, Gacy will allow Harland to take out his feelings on Draco Anthony. But remember, Draco isn’t the source of those feelings. “Everyone fighting their own battle.” Will Gacy’s horrifying cohort unleash everything onto Draco? Or will he actually show him mercy?
Indi & Persia regroup backstage.
Another opportunity down the drain. How did they let this one slip through their fingers? Wendy & Dakota aren’t a team, they don’t even have matching gear! Persia says she’ll take the blame, but Indi says they win as a team and lose as a team. They can get those titles another time. But then Duke waves to Persia and gives her a comforting hug. While looking at Indi… Duke and Persia take off, Indi wants Dexter to text her back already. Is the drama only going to increase for Indi and Persia?
Next week’s NXT is being nicknamed “NXT ROADBLOCK,” and just as we heard from Bron, Ciampa and Ziggler, things are getting complicated! It will be a TRIPLE THREAT for the NXT Championship as Bron takes on BOTH Ciampa and Ziggler! Will the Show-Off steal the show and the title after goading Bron into this?
Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS Draco Anthony!
You can call him twisted, you can call him scary, just don’t call him a freak. Will Harland keep his emotions under control? Or will he go too far in another match?
The bell rings, Draco and Harland tie up and Harland powers Draco to a corner. Draco uses that to get a headlock but Harland powers out. Harland knees Draco low, whips him to ropes, but Draco holds ropes and bails out. Gacy is there and just smiles, and Harland drags Draco up by his hair! Draco HOTSHOTS Harland away, YANKS the arm, but Harland stays sturdy! Draco keeps trying those shoulder tackles but Harland whips Draco to a corner to SPLASH him down! Harland then hits another SPLASH, and he looms over Draco. Draco goes to a corner, Harland ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again!
Harland swats Draco around, then puts him up on the top rope to bend him against the buckle! Gacy just has his creepy smile as Harland CLUBS Draco. Draco BOOTS back, then fires forearms! Draco dodges Harland to hit a BIG shoulder tackle! Cover, ONE!! Harland shocks Draco, but Draco fires himself up. Draco reels Harland in, clinches, but Harland breaks free to SLAM Draco right down! And then he starts dribbling Draco off the mat! Gacy’s smile just gets bigger and creepier, as Harland deadlift back suplexes! Cover, Harland wins!
Winner: Harland, by pinfall
Gacy gets in the ring to stand with Harland, the hulking minion victorious. Harland’s “feelings” are still boiling, so Gacy nods. Harland drags Draco up, and HUGS him!? Fans cheer and Harland lets Draco go. As confusing as this is, will Gacy convince Draco to start seeing things his way?
Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.
McKenzie brings up the North American Championship main event, and Trick says that every time Melo steps in the ring, it IS the main event. Whether they start the show, end the show, or tap dance at halftime, it doesn’t matter. Melo says it don’t. This goes without saying, Pete Dunne is one of the greatest performers in NXT. That was, until Melo walked in here. Dunne’s been champion, but he was never THE A Champion, and he never will be. Trick says Melo was born for moments like this. he ain’t worried. When you’re at the top, you look down on everyone. Melo makes history, leads the way. It won’t be about who’s next, it’ll be about who’s left!
Tatum Paxley walks over to Ivy Nile.
Ivy is busy beating up a dummy, and Tatum says she let her down. Failure is not an option, right? No, it’s not that simple. Last week was a taste. If you want to be part of Diamond Mine, you gotta learn the hard way. Will Tatum stick around to learn what the hard way looks like?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Raquel Gonzalez & Cora Jade VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz!
Big Mami Cool & #GenerationJade have proven in the past they can work as a team, and they strengthened their bond in preparation for this tournament. Will they take that final semifinal spot? Or will they be on the end of another bracket buster?
NXT returns, and Toxic Attraction has returned to their lounge. The teams sort out, Cora starts against Leon. They circle, tie up, and Leon waistlocks to SLAM Cora down. Cora gets up fast as Leon does a little dance. Tag to Raquel and Leon says she ain’t afraid. She gets a waistlock, but Raquel breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Leon rolls, kips up and wrenches to headlock. Raquel powers up, Leon holds on tight, and Feroz tags in. Raquel powers out but Leon wrenches and Feroz dropkicks a leg out! Feroz LARIATS, covers, TWO! Feroz stays on Raquel but Raquel fireman’s carries her up!
Raquel throws Feroz but Feroz handsprings through! Feroz ducks, dodges and RANA- NOPE! Raquel brings Feroz up, but Feroz sunset flips! Raquel stays up to TOSS Feroz to the corner! Tag to Cora, Raquel whips Cora in to UPPERCUT Feroz! Cora whips, Feroz reverses but Cora RANAS! Feroz flounders to a corner, Cora runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora then runs in at the ropes, SHINING WIZARD! Cora brings Feroz over, but Feroz rolls her up and out of the ring! Fans are all fired up as Feroz tags Leon. Leon and Feroz coordinate, Leon helps Feroz FLY, but Raquel gets Cora out of the way! Feroz and Raquel go down at the ramp!
Fans fire up but Leon builds speed now, to DIVE! Somersault tope and Raquel goes down again! Leon & Feroz are fired up but Toxic Attraction is mildly impressed. Cora tries to rana but Leon blocks. Cora slips free, kicks and whips but Leon reverses, and Leon POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Cora is still in this but Leon brings her up and over. Feroz tags in, Feroz kicks Raquel away then runs to get another boost from Leon, sunset flip on Cora! TWO! Feroz grows frustrated and she gets Cora up for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Cora clutches an arm, tag to Leon and she goes up. Missile dropkick to that shoulder! Cover, TWO!
Leon drags Cora but Cora kicks so Leon stomps her. Cora keeps kicking and gets free! Hot tag to Raquel! She catches Feroz and FALL AWAY SLAMS her! Raquel BLASTS Leon, CLOBBERS Feroz, and she gets Feroz by her hair to CLUB her down! Raquel drags Feroz up, CHINGONA BOMB!! Tag to Cora, and Raquel gives her a boost. Leon runs in but Raquel BOOTS her away! CHINGONA SPLASH!! Cover, Raquel & Cora win!
Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Cora Jade, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
Toxic Attraction is again bored, but we have our final four! Will Raquel & Cora prove they’re worthy of the Dusty Cup? Or will things fall apart as they take on Dakota and her new teammate?
Sarray is praised for her sun medallion.
The NXT prospects have never seen something so beautiful. But Tiffany Stratton pushes her way through. Oh, they’re admiring that necklace? Seems a little tacky to her. Sarray can have one of Tiffany’s. No thanks. She likes this one. Tiffany shoves Sarray into the wall! No one says no to her! The prospects get Tiffany to back off and ask what’s wrong with her. Tiffany scampers away, will Sarray make sure to slap some sense into the spoiled little rich girl?
Tony D’Angelo speaks.
“You smell that? That’s the smell of opportunity in the air. WrestleMania weekend, the biggest weekend of the year, and everybody’s jocking for position.” But when you zig, Tony zags. He has his eyes on a big fish. A white whale, if you will. He carries a big stick and swings it just as well, but Stand & Deliver will be Tony’s showcase. As for his opponent… He’ll be sleepin’ with the fishes. But just who is Tony hoping to hook for NXT’s biggest event of the year?
Andre Chase VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
Some Chase U students clumsily unfurl a Chase U banner while Bodhi Hayward waves the flag. Bodhi busts through the banner for Professor Chase, but are we going to see a #TeachableMoment? Or will Robert Stone’s newest client pass this “test” with flying colors?
NXT returns as Von makes his entrance, wearing all new gear courtesy of the Robert Stone Brand. The bell rings and Chase dodges Von to throw JAB after JAB! Chase kicks, CHOPS, and whips, but Von reverses to scoop Chase! Chase slips off and shoves Von to a corner, then he fires off forearms and CHOPS! Von DECKS Chase in return! Von catches Chase as he runs back in, and RAMS him into the corner! Von RAMS his shoulder in more and more, the ref counts and Von lets off at 4! Fans rally for Chase and he boots back! Chase fires forearms again, but Von scoops and POWERSLAMS! Stone tells Von this is his world!
Von CLUBS Chase, stomps him, CLUBS him again, then BOOTS him down! Chase U rallies for their teacher but Von knees him into the corner. Von whips Chase out then back in, then corner clotheslines! Fans boo but Von TOSSES Chase across the ring! Von roars and looms over Chase as he sputters and gasps. Von drags Chase up, knees him into a corner again, then he clamps on a facelock to grind Chase down. Fans still rally for Chase, and Chase endures the facelock. Chase fights up, throws body shots, but Von knees him low again. Von scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Von snarls, drags Chase up again, and puts him in the corner.
Chase dodges, knees Von in return, and then blocks a boot to hit a KNEE JAMMER! Von staggers, Chase fires off KICKS on the leg! Von clinches but Chase breaks free to CHOP BLOCK! Chase runs, and he LARIATS Von! Fans fire up, and they spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps away! Stone distracts the ref, but Bodhi goes after Stone! Chase has Bodhi stand down so he can get in Stone’s face. But then Von DECKS Bodhi! Chase POSTS Von for that! Chase checks on his star student but Bodhi says to worry more about the match. Chase hurries into the ring, Von CLOBBERS him! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Von wins!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall
Well, Chase just learned that if compassion gets in the way of focus, you lose. Will vicious Von continue to only care about the victory?
Nikkita Lyons speaks.
She heard what Lash Legend said about her. Lash is clearly threatened by Nikkita, and she should be! So then, maybe Lash brings back her talk show so they can talk this out face to face and “keep that same energy.” Will Lash like what Lyons has to say when these two finally meet?
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pete Dunne!
Another title match, another shirt for Melo’s opponent. There’s a big X over Dunne, will The A Champion cross him off the list? Or will the Bruiserweight make history by being the first to hold the NXT United Kingdom and North American titles in his career?
NXT returns as Dunne makes his entrance. The introductions are made, this title is raised, and we see if Melo shoots down another challenger!
The two circle, tie up, and fans rally up. Dunne chinbars Melo to the mat, then gets the arm. Melo rolls, knees low, headlocks, but Dunne powers out. Things speed up, Dunne hurdles, Melo jumps and slides and LARIATS Dunne down! Fans fire up and Trick points to Melo. Melo mocks the shrug, he CLUBS Dunne and whips him to ropes. Dunne reverses but Melo slips off Dunne’s back, only for Dunne to LARIAT, and then KICK Melo back! Trick frowns, Dunne has Melo’s arm and wrenches. Dunne bends the fingers, wrangles Melo tot he mat and isolates the arm. PENALTY KICK to the arm!
Dunne kicks Melo more, then drags him up to CHOP! Dunne whips, clobbers Melo at the ropes, and then runs. Melo CLOBBERS Dunne in return, then runs, only for LARAITS to collide! And again! And again! Dunne keeps hitting, Melo snarls and gives them back! They just keep hitting over an dover, until both men drop to their knees! Fans fire up as they both get up, and LARIAT again! Melo wobbles, Dunne gets around him, “This is Awesome!” as Dunne gets Melo up for an X-PLEX! Now Dunne shrugs, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne looms over Melo, drags him up and wrenches the arm to a hammerlock. Dunne stands on Melo’s head, gets the other arm, and he pulls that around to even bend the fingers! Melo endures as Dunne contorts him into a recliner! Dunne STOMPS the open ribs! Dunne drags Melo up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and runs in at the corner. Melo BOOTS back, then he dodges to springboard and SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Melo is frustrated and he kicks Dunne before raining down fists! Melo lets off, Trick talks some trash, and Melo drags Dunne up. Melo ROCKS Dunne, and Dunne drops to a knee!
Melo gets Dunne’s arm for an armlock now, but Dunne grabs at an ear. Dunne wrenches, reels Melo in, BIG back suplex! Dunne has the arm again and brings it around for an armlock. Melo endures, Dunne tries for the chinbar, and NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Dunne wrangles Melo back down, grinds that shoulder, and Melo fights up. Melo throws forearms, but Dunne gives them back! They go back and forth now, fans rally up as both men stagger. Dunne dodges Melo but Melo denies the snap German to trip Dunne to a HALF CRAB! Dunne turns, kicks Melo away, and then gets to a corner.
Melo runs in, he blocks Dunne’s boot and puts Dunne in the ropes to ENZIGURI! Dunne hangs there in the ropes, Melo IMPLODER, but Dunne avoids the leg drop! Melo hurries over into a GAMANGIRI! Dunne glares at Trick and Trick says to cool off. Dunne goes to the apron, Melo slingshots, APRON DDT!! Fans fire up and Trick talks trash on Dunne. Melo gets up, puts Dunne in and covers, TWO! Melo stomps Dunne over and over, drags Dunne up and whips, then CLOBBERS Dunne with the back elbow! Melo shoots the three, and he makes it. Melo drags Dunne up, traps the arm and wrenches Dunne’s neck!
Fans rally, Dunne endures, even as Melo digs his forearm into Dunne’s face. Dunne gets his arm free, fight sup to his feet, but Melo ROCKS Dunne again! Melo keeps Dunne from dropping, stands him up again and ROCKS him with another forearm! Fans rally for Dunne and Dunne ROCKS Melo right back! Then GAMANGIRI in the corner! KNEE DROP to the arm! Melo is on his hands and knees, but he avoids the stomp to the hands! Melo springboards, into a BIG forearm! Cover, TWO!! Trick is relieved but he felt that shot, too. Dunne gets up, drags Melo up by his chin and SLAPS him across the face! Melo rebounds to BOOT!
Melo drags Dunne up, but Dunne slips out of the suplex to BUZZSAW! Dunne gets Melo up, but Melo lands out of the X-Plex! Melo jumps up to SPIKE Dunne with the Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, this is why he was such a dominant NXT UK Champion! Trick coaches Melo, fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Dunne and Melo slowly rise, and Melo runs in, but Dunne blocks the boot! Dunne turns it to an ANKLE LOCK! Melo endures, so Dunne stands him up to KICK the arm! Dunne aims again, Melo dodges the Penalty Kick to roll up and SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Dunne flounders, Melo runs back in, tilt-o-whirl but no takedown! Pump handle, BITTER END OUTTA NOWHERE!! But Dunne has to crawl to the cover, and Melo crawls away! Even Trick is surprised Melo has that much left in him! But Dunne gets on, gets the arm, TRIANGLE HOLD! Dunne even bends the finger! But Melo makes it a cover! TWO as Dunne has ropes, but Melo CATAPULTS Dunne into the rope! Tilt-o-whirl TAKEDOWN, to the CROSSFACE! Dunne endures, gets a finger and BENDS it! And then SNAPS it!! Dunne hurries to get Melo up, pump handle and BITTER- NO! Melo slips out to suplex, CUTTER!
Melo hurries to the corner, gets up top, but Dunne ROCKS him first! Dunne climbs up after Melo but Trick is there! So Dunne gets Trick’s fingers to SNAP them! Dunne gets Melo up, fans are thunderous, but Melo shoves Dunne down! Dunne flounders up, into the FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Trick with the assist, Melo with the half court shot! Trick gets the mic for Melo to say, “And STILL your A Champion, Carmelo Hayes! Talk your talk, dog!” Melo says he is a GOLD MINE! They need to build Fort Knox around HIM! That’s why Melo is taking his talents to Dallas, Texas, WrestleMania Weekend and Stand & Deliver! They gonna do this in the same match that the title was made: a ladder match! Melo wants to up the ante, but will he regret giving a chance to that many challengers?
Another great NXT, and apparently it was also to set up a huge night for next week. “NXT Roadblock” of course references WWE Roadblock from years ago, which eventually turned into WWE Fastlane. And oddly enough, there are a lot of blow-offs and big matches happening on it because, sadly, it seems Stand & Deliver will be a much shorter, less awesome event than it was last time. LA Knight calls out Waller, though in promos that were more passion than substance. Obviously it’s Last Man Standing to finish things off, and that could go either way since Sanga can get involved.
We got a good tag match to open with Bron & Ciampa winning over Dirty Dawgs. The interview promo backstage was pretty good, and what a surprise that it turned the title match into a Triple Threat. This could be a way for Bron to win against both these guys, and then the odd man out gets the title match at Stand & Deliver. Given that, I bet Ziggler takes the loss in the Triple Threat, and we get Bron VS Ciampa III: the Tiebreakker at Stand & Deliver. Then Bron wins on the biggest NXT show in the 2.0 Era, fully establishing him as the guy in NXT while sending Ciampa off to Raw.
We got a very fun couple of Women’s Dusty Cup matches tonight. I should’ve figured Wendy & Dakota were going to win so that next round, Dakota and Raquel can face off for old time’s sake. Indi & Persia continue down their dramatic love square story, maybe we get a weird mixed tag of Duke & Persia VS #InDex? Fans were really fired up for Feroz & Leon, but they also do like Raquel & Cora, so the fans were happy either way. The semifinal of Cora & Raquel VS #KaiChoo (like “kaiju” but cute and cuddly) could actually go either way at this point, but I am leaning towards Cora & Raquel.
I find it odd that Tatum Paxley wants to still stick around Ivy Nile and Diamond Mine, but maybe this is the start of a feud for Ivy. Tatum might get fed up with the tough training, she and Ivy have a match, Ivy wins and climbs up towards the NXT Women’s Championship. I do appreciate that they didn’t make Sarray socially awkward and being picked on, other than Tiffany Stratton showing her Mean Girl side. Sarray VS Tiffany should actually be a really good match, and I would hope Sarray wins. Amari VS Lash was alright as a match, but I should’ve figured Lash would win. Lash VS Nikkita seems like a good feud already, not sure how that one goes.
That segment with Brooks & Briggs and Elektra was just hilarious. Brooks plays the overly confident doofus perfectly here, Briggs is a great straight man here, but when are these guys getting back in the ring? Maybe they’ll face Legado del Fantasma’s Wilde & Mendoza, and Elektra can have a feud with Fallon Henley to go with it. We got good promos from Gunther and Sikoa, and a very good match out of them, but I still want to type “Walter.” Walter of course wins, and I am hoping he gets towards a title as soon as possible. On the flipside, Harland VS Draco was… Well, it was a match. But as I figured, this is how Gacy recruits people: Harland beats them up, then makes nice. I’m thinking Draco rejects the invitation and the rematch will be a good match.
Tony D’Angelo has a good promo where he is purposefully vague about who he’s talking about. There was a montage of top names shown, which Tony has interacted with at one point or another. I’m thinking it’ll be someone we’re not expecting much at all. And we got an awesome main event for the North American Championship. Melo is definitely a top star, he’s got everything in the ring and on the mic that’ll make him a top guy even on RawDown. And while Trick helps him win, Melo is still champion material, and I like the guts he’s showing in asking for that ladder match. Just about anyone could get in on that and it’d be an awesome match. Plus, it’d be a way for Melo to lose without hurting his power level, but also a way to propel him to an awesome level if he wins.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!
While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?
- Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
- TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
- Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.
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10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?
LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.
Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!
Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.
Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!
The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.
LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.
Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!
Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!
Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.
Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!
Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”
Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?
KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!
Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.
Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.
Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.
Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!
Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.
Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!
Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!
Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!
Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!
Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.
Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!
Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!
Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!
Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission
The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.
“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.
“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?
Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.
The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!
Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
- The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
- Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
- Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
- No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!
Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.
Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.
Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.
Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!
Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”
Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?
Backstage interview with The Mysterios!
Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!
San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!
Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!
Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!
Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!
Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!
Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!
Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!
Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!
Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!
But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification
Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!
But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?
The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!
But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!
Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…
The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!
Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?
The Miz VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!
Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.
Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.
Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?
Liv Morgan is here!
And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”
The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!
Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.
But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.
So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!
Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!
Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.
Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.
Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!
Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!
Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!
Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?
Raw returns to the cookout!
Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!
Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.
But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?
A cryptic video plays.
A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?
Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!
Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!
Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!
Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!
Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!
Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?
Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?
Raw returns to the cookout!
The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?
Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.
Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!
Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!
The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.
Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!
Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!
But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!
Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall
A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!
Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!
Uncle Sam is here?
Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”
But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!
Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!
The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall
The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?
No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?
Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.
Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!
Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!
Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!
Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.
Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!
Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!
Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!
Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?
After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.
And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.
Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.
Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.
And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.
I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
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