Who has a path to WrestleMania open for them?
The Alpha Academy knows they only have a 33.33% chance of retaining their Raw Tag Team Championships, but can they beat the odds? Or will new champions be crowned a month out from WrestleMania?
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; RKBRO wins and becomes the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke w/ Reggie VS Tamina w/ Akira Tozawa; Brooke wins and retains the title.
- Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS The Dirty Dawgs; Breakker & Ciampa win.
- Omos VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Omos wins.
- Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega; Ripley & Morgan win and join the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Balor wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!
Chad Gable & Otis tried to deny Randy Orton & Matt Riddle this opportunity through the Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, but failed. And then the Visionary and Prizefighter got in just on their star power! Will Gable & Otis be able to win even though their odds drastic go down?
Before the match, Rollins and Kevin get the mics. “Hello, Cleveland and welcome to Monday Night Rollins! Oh yeah, oh yeah, and I am fired up!” Rollins and Kevin are just moments away from becoming the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions~! Kevin says it seems like almost every week, they’re always this close to securing a spot at WrestleMania but then something got in the way. Day One, Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, over and over, the deck has been stacked against them! But tonight, their luck finally changes! They’re taking the tag titles and going to WrestleMania, BABY!
They were this close, and imagine what WrestleMania would be like without Kevin and Rollins? NO WAY! Kevin can’t imagine it, won’t imagine it, can’t believe it. But he also can’t believe that once they win the tag titles, they go to Mania and compete in the dump known as Dallas, Texas! But y’know what? It is a sacrifice they have to make. The only thing that makes it bearable is that Kevin will be there with his best friend, Seth Freakin’ Rollins! That’s right, baby! Dreams do come true! And Rollins wants to take a trip down memory lane. Let’s see how we got here! It was that they took RKBRO down in a tag match!
That was two weeks ago! What was even better was last week when they did the same to The Alpha Academy! Two weeks in a row for this team, over the #1 contenders and the champions, c’mon! You watch that, it is undeniable that momentum is on their side! Kevin and Rollins are undeniable! Just like how it’s undeniable that tonight, they punch their tickets to WrestleMania and that Dallas sucks! And just like how Shorty G & Otis suck! And that RKBRO suck! “SHOOOOSH! Shoosh please.” Here come the champions! That win last week was erroneous! And for the dummies in Cleveland, that means it was a joke! A fluke!
Gable says he was still reeling from the Stunner in that little talk show. Gable is an Olympian and he has a Master’s Degree! That alone means if anyone should go to WrestleMania, it’s Master Gable! And his number one guy, OTIS! Look at that face! So tonight, we finish this crap! The Academy waltz onto the Grandest Stage of Them All to defend their titles! A THANK YEW~! But RKBRO is fired up backstage. Kevin Patrick asks them about those strong words, any last words from them? Riddle has a pretty good vocabulary, and tonight will be tubular. But when the gears get going, Riddle thinks tonight is the most important night in their entire tag career!
Riddle won’t let their stupendous journey end. Hey Randy, do you got any big words, bro? Does Orton have big words? Well, let’s see… Here’s one big word! That word is WIN! Win by any means necessary! they’ve come too far and worked too hard to not go out there and kick everyone’s ass to take those titles back!! Riddle is fired up and RKBRO heads out! Will the Stallion & Viper make good on those big words? We’ll see, after the break!
Raw returns and the belts are raised. In this kind of Triple Threat, a member from each team is active, so Riddle starts with Rollins and Gable. Rollins SUPERKICKS Gable, dodges Riddle, but Riddle dodges Rollins to fire hands. Things speed up, Rollins hurdles and redirects to SLINGBLADE! Cover, ONE!! Kevin argues it was three but not even close. Rollins drags Riddle over, tag to Kevin, and they double whip. Riddle gets run over, then Kevin drops a SENTON! Kevin tells Otis to “SUCK IT!” then he drags Riddle up. Riddle fires KICKS in return but Kevin blocks to stomp Riddle’s other foot! DDT! Cover, TWO!
Kevin drags Riddle up, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Kevin CHOPS again, whips, but Riddle holds ropes. Riddle elbows Kevin, Gable drags Riddle out for an EXPLODER to the floor! Gable gets up and HOTSHOTS Kevin! Gable gets in to waistlock but Kevin elbows free. Kevin fireman’s carries but Gable slips down to waistlock. Kevin bucks Gable and ENZIGURIS Gable away! Kevin puts Gable in a drop zone for a VADER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kevin CHOPS Gable, tags Rollins, and Rollins whips Gable to drop toehold. Kevin drops a SENTON! Rollins covers, TWO! Rollins drags Gable up to suplex, but Gable slips out!
Gable waistlocks, Rollins switches and RAMS Gable into a corner! Gable is stuck in the ropes, Rollins run sin to forearm smash from behind! Riddle adds hi sown! But then Rollins back suplexes, only for Riddle to land on his feet! Riddle puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins ROCKS Riddle! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Tag to Kevin and he DECKS Otis while Rollins DECKS Orton! Rollins gets Riddle BUCKLE SHOT! Kevin CANNONBALLS Riddle, but Gable waistlocks Rollins. Kevin SUPERKICKS Gable, Rollins PELES, and then Kevin throws Gable out. Fans fire up as Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit onto Gable and Riddle!
Rollins puts Gable in as Kevin goes up top! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Master Gable survives and that frustrates Kevin and Rollins, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle KICKS Gable, then KICKS away on Rollins! Otis tags in to CLOBBER Riddle! nd DISCUS Rollins! Kevin gets in to get the WRECKING ELBOW! Otis scoops Rollins to TOSS him out! Otis roars but fans boo. Otis whips Riddle to a corner hard and Riddle bounces off buckles. Otis drags Riddle around to stand on Riddle’s stomach! Otis lets off and fans rally up for the “BRO! BRO! BRO!” Otis runs to SPLASH! Cover, but Otis lets off at two?! Otis drags Riddle over, tag to Gable, and Otis feeds Riddle to Gable’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Gable gives Riddle toehold KNEE JAMMERS, then YANKS the leg!
Tag to Otis, they hold the leg out to stomp it! Otis sees Rollins return and he DECKS him! Riddle crawls, but Otis stops him from tagging Orton! Otis snapmares Riddle and clamps on the neck wrench. Fans rally as Riddle endures, fights up, but Otis CLUBS him down! Otis taunts Orton and Gable cheers as Otis SPLASHES Riddle in the corner! Otis says that’s it, and he goes up for a VADER FLOP! Fans are thunderous as Riddle crawls, hot tag to Orton and Gable! Orton rallies on Gable with big lariats, then dodges to POWERSLAM! Rollins returns, but he gets a POWERSLAM! Orton DECKS Kevin, too!
Orton drags Gable through the ropes but Rollins hurries over. Orton kicks Riddle and adds him to it! DOUBLE DRAPING DDTS! Fans are loving this as Orton hears the voices in his head! Orton watches Gable but Gable trips Orton! Orton kicks Gable away before the leg lock, and he avoids a curb stomp to RKO Rollins!! Cover, but Kevin drags Orton out of the ring! Orton gets Kevin for a DESK BACK SUPLEX! Then one for Gable! Orton gets Otis, but he’s way too big! Riddle CLUBS Otis, RKBRO works together! DOUBLE DESK BACK SUPLEX!! The desk somehow stays standing and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again, and Riddle brawls with Gable! Gable gets the edge, runs, but into a forearm! Riddle runs but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Gable chicken wings, but Riddle victory rolls! TWO, and Riddle gets around to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Gable is dazed, Riddle gets him to a drop zone. Riddle goes up to FLOATING BRO!! Cover but Kevin breaks it! Kevin scoops but Riddle slips out to hop on for a SLEEPER! Kevin endures, and BACKPACK SENTONS onto Gable! Orton tags in to fire off on Kevin but Kevin hits back! They brawl, Orton gets the edge! Kevin knees low, runs, but Orton gets around to hit a BACK2BACKBREAKER!
Orton drags Kevin to a cover, TWO! Orton gets up but Otis scoops him for a POWERSLAM! Riddle runs in, but Otis has him for an URENAGE! The Academy regroups, Otis tags in. Otis drags Riddle to a drop zone and tags back to Gable. Otis climbs and VADER BOMBS! Gable goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Otis hurries to get Rollins up and put him in a corner. Rollins dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Otis slumps out of the ring but Gable is up top! Rollins trips Gable up! Rollins then CHOPS Gable, throws haymakers and then another CHOP! Rollins climbs, Gable CLUBS him back!
Gable CLUBS Rollins more, fires forearms, then headbutts him down! Gable adjusts but Rollins springs right up! Gable still fights, and he HOTSHOTS Rollins down! Gable climbs up but Kevin gets in. Kevin helps Rollins against Gable, but then Otis adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!! Double Powerbomb Superplex!! All four of those guys are down, so RKBRO hurries back in! Kevin regroups with Rollins and they go after Orton while the Academy is after Riddle! Then they all brawl and mix around, then spill out of the ring! Rollins is after Orton, Gable is after Riddle, Kevin is after Otis, and Raw goes to another break!
Raw returns once again, and all six men are down by the ramp! Replay shows it was from Kevin’s SUPER SWANTON to the cluster! Gable and Riddle get in, Riddle fireman’s carries, BRO TO SLEEP! But Gable flounders out of the ring! Riddle hurries to the corner, but Rollins trips him up! Riddle is in the Tree of Woe so Rollins goes up, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Rollins can’t believe it! Rollins looks longingly at the WrestleMania sign, that is what he wants! Rollins aims at Riddle, runs in, but Riddle catches the elbow into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins flails and high stacks, but Riddle bridges to bend the arm!
Gable DIVING HEADBUTTS outta nowhere! Orton gets in, but Gable gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gable waistlocks Rollins, rolls him, CHAOS THEORY!! And then CHAOS THEORY for Riddle!! “FOR THE ACADEMY!” Gable drags Riddle back up, EXPLODER! Gable goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Orton RKOS the MOONSAULT!!! But Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton away! SUPERKICK for Otis! Another SUPERKICK for Otis! He’s still up so DOUBLE SUPERKICKS send him out! Kevin gets Gable up, he helps Rollins with the BUCKLE BOMB! Then a STUNNER!! And CURB STOMP!!
But Riddle tosses Rollins! Cover, RKBRO WINS!!
Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
Talk about outta nowhere! Orton and Riddle get that massive win, and neither Kevin or Rollins can believe it! Does this mean WrestleMania will be without the Prizefighter and the Visionary?
Kevin Patrick interviews the NEW champions, and asks what this win means to them. This means that they’re going to WrestleMania, bro! Orton says he has been doing this for more than 20 years now and he’s never had this much fun as he is with his teammate, Riddle! Orton means that from the bottom of his heart, and he’ll say the F word. Not a word he’s said in 20 years. Riddle is Orton’s FRIEND, and he wouldn’t be out here other than him! Truth be told, he doesn’t have any other friends. But they’re going to Mania, ladies and gentlemen! But RKBRO knows they’ll have to defend these belts, so who will step up to challenge them?
Kevin sits alone backstage.
Kevin is seething, because he can’t put anything he’s feeling into words. Where is Rollins right now? Are these two no longer friends after the dream’s been crushed?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke w/ Reggie VS Tamina w/ Akira Tozawa!
Cleveland’s own Flex Appeal is ready to defend her title! Well, she’s always ready because it’s the 24/7 Championship, but will she be able to hold onto it when she can’t run away? Or will the Daughter of Superfly get some gold on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw returns and Tamina makes her entrance, accompanied by Tozawa. Despite their kiss last week, Tamina still hasn’t softened up towards him. The introductions are made, the belt is raised and Tamina finally has a fair shot at the gold!
Tamina and Dana rush each other and Tamina CLOBBERS Dana! Tamina hammers away on Dana, lets off as they end up in the ropes, and Tamina taunts Dana. Tamina TOSSES Dana, but Dana dodges in the corner! Cleveland cheers for their hometown girl as she hits a handspring back elbow! But Tamina comes back to CLOBBER Dana! Tozawa cheers Tamina on as she stomps Dana and then gets the legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Dana endures, reaches out, and Reggie rallies the fans for Dana! Dana crawls but Tamina drags her away and sits deep! Dana continues to endures, powers up and turns it around to a cover! Dana wins!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)
Reggie plays defense but Tozawa says Dana cheated! The winner should be “the love of my life,” Tamina! Tozawa offers up a comforting hug, but Tamina puts his arms down. Tamina walks past Tozawa, but then stops at the ropes. She looks back at Tozawa and fans chant, “KISS HIM! KISS HIM!”Tamina blows a kiss to Tozawa and he smiles. Tozawa follows after Tamina, will this oddest of odd couples find a way to take that title from Dana?
Seth Rollins looks off into the distance.
Kevin Patrick asks him about the loss tonight. Rollins doesn’t respond. Kevin Patrick knows this must be devastating, does he have a comment? Still nothing. If anything, Rollins is getting angry. Kevin Patrick hurries away before things boil over, will Rollins and Kevin regroup and figure this out?
The Miz heads to the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister is here in his hometown, and he’s holding a homecoming with his WrestleMania tag partner, Logan Paul! And let’s not forget their legendary guest, the King of Cleveland, Jerry Lawler! Will this be must-see TV? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz has the mic to say, “Cleveland… I’m home!” Fans cheer for that, and then chant for Miz! “You hear that? That is respect!” Fans cheer and chant, “Miz is Awesome!” but Miz says Cleveland is awesome! And Miz says that last week, we saw the Mysterios learning what it’s like to eat Skull Crushing Finales! Because of what the Mysterios said about him and his tag team partner. Did you hear that disrespect from Dominik towards two hometown boys? Miz introduces the millionaire mogul who will help him defeat the Mysterios, LOGAN PAUL! Logan makes his way out, Miz dances to the theme, and fans boo.
Logan joins Miz in the ring and gets a mic to say, “What’s up, CLEEEEEVELAAND? It is good to be home!” Logan is honored to be Miz’s tag partner at WrestleMania, and to be back home! But it sounds like everyone knows he grew up here. West Lake High, represent! Logan was a high school wrestler, fifth in the state, and he’s got nothing but respect for his city. Cleveland made Logan into the man he is today! Miz says Logan doesn’t need to be modest. Logan made himself. Cleveland didn’t get him a hit YouTube channel. If Miz followed his dad’s footsteps, he’d be flipping burgers at Mr. Hero.
But Dom’s dad got him a WWE contract before he was ready. Now don’t get Miz wrong, Rey is a legend. And being the first-ever father-son tag team champions is incredible. Rey has earned the right to be beloved. But hasn’t Miz earned it? Miz has done everything Rey has, but he is booed. Not here, though, because Cleveland gets Miz. The Mysterios have only beat Miz cheating. Who would you rather see? A father-son tag team losers? Or the pair of future pop icons standing before you? Logan says Rey is a legend, and Dom is just riding the coattails. But that’s not what Cleveland does. Cleveland steps up, steps out, and KICKS ASS!
Miz says someone else who shares that point of view is their next guest. Get out of your seats for this legend born and raised here in Cleveland, the WWE Hall of Famer, JERRY “THE KING” LAWLER! Fans cheer to see Lawler with his crown and Browns jersey. Lawler joins Miz and Logan and shakes their hands. Lawler then gets a mic as fans chant for “JERRY! JERRY!” Lawler says he can’t begin to tell you how awesome that is. Miz, Logan, you guys have history here, but Lawler goes way back. Anyone heard about Lorain, Ohio? Or perhaps Vermillion, Ohio? But Lawler was in Amherst, Ohio for about 8 years, too.
Lawler says he wore this jersey tonight because he was in Cleveland in 1964 when they won the NFL Championship! So exciting to be here for Miz’s homecoming. And Lawler just realized, he’s looking at Miz beneath the WrestleMania sign, and thinking, “How would it be if WrestleMania was right here in Cleveland?” Fans love that idea! What does Miz think? Logan says that’s an awesome idea! Miz asks, “Really?” He isn’t so sure. But Miz was just singing the city’s praises! Yes, Miz loves the city of Cleveland, but it isn’t really a WrestleMania city.
Don’t boo him for that! Let’s be real! The pyro alone would be too much for this city. The only pyro this city can afford is when the lake catches on fire! And Miz doesn’t even live here anymore. No one really lives here. Once you get an ounce of success, you leave! Like when the Browns went to Baltimore to become the Ravens, and the Ravens won the Super Bowl! And then Odell Beckham Jr did the same! LeBron James won a title and left. The same reason Cleveland will never host a Super Bowl is the same reason they won’t host a WrestleMania. It’s time for Miz and Logan to go to Mania, defeat the Mysterios, because winners leave Cleveland! Buh-bye!
Miz goes to the ropes and Logan does follow, but Logan seems a little confused by Miz’s attitude. Miz tells Logan all about the logic, but will Logan see things his way?
Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker.
The Psycho Killer and NXT Champion are here, and this is Bron’s first night on Raw. Bron’s still taking it all in, he is excited if you can’t tell. Now, on NXT Roadblock, they’re going to face off against each other and with Dolph Ziggler over the title. But tonight, they will team up again against the Dirty Dawgs. Any concerns over Ziggler & Roode having homefield advantage? Bron says this is a dream come true! He is so grateful to be here on Raw representing NXT and making the most out of this to get at Ziggler and that “goon,” Roode.
Ciampa says Ziggler talks a big game and has earned that right given he’s held almost every title possible. Except for the NXT title. But Ciampa & Bron beat the Dawgs before, they’ll do it again here on Raw. The NXT stars head out, will they give a repeat performance from just last Tuesday?
The Street Profits are backstage.
But Sarah asks them about the “most stupendous” WrestleMania being less than four weeks away, and as of right now, much like Rollins, Kevin and the Alpha Academy, there isn’t a clear spot on the card for them. Sarah, they thought they were closer than that. But four weeks is time enough to sprinkle some magic to make their way to Mania. Let us remind everyone, last week, ya bois, the Profits, pinned the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, RKBRO! So if anyone is first in line for a shot, it’s ya bois, the Street Profits! YESSIR! Besides, Otis & Gable are at the back of the line, hit the books, get a crash course on pyramid schemes. Otis, Gable’s stealin’ your money.
Seth and Kevin are moping like they’re rich kids who got cut off from a trust fund. “I need money, honey!” So if anyone is next, Sarah, it’s the Profits! In fact, anything in the future involving Raw Tag Team gold, it better have the Profits’ name on it! Tell ’em why, Dawks! “Because the Street Profits are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE!” Will Orton & Riddle have to worry about Ford & Dawkins putting pedal to the metal on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns as Ciampa makes his entrance, followed by Bron. The teams sort out and Bron starts against Roode. They circle, tie up, and Roode headlocks. Bron powers up and powers out, then things speed up. Bron hurdles, then gets Roode for a gator roll and stalling suplex! Bron holds until 10 before the SLAM! Bron kips up and he drags Roode up. Ciampa tags in, they mug Roode, and then Ciampa puts Roode in the corner to CHOP! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Roode reverses but Ciampa stops to come back and CLOBBER Roode! Cover, TWO! Ciampa keeps Roode down with a chinlock!
Roode endures, fight sup, and he puts Ciampa in the corner. The ref counts, Ciampa counter punches Roode then elbows Ziggler! Ciampa fires hands, gets around Roode and ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he BOOTS Ziggler! But Roode hits a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down, but Ziggler tags in. Bron avoids the sucker punch, and he gets Ciampa out to safety. Ziggler wants after them but Team NXT cools things off while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ziggler waits on Ciampa to get up. Ziggler then dropkicks Ciampa back down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler throws a fit and Roode complains about the count. Roode tags in, the Dawgs double whip Ciampa to ropes, then they double elbow him down! Roode drops a knee, covers, TWO! Roode keeps between Ciampa and Bron and tells Bron that Ziggler’s the future champion. Roode tells Ciampa he’s in the big leagues now, but Ciampa JUMP KNEES Roode down! Both men are down and they crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Ziggler and Bron! Bron rallies on Ziggler with big shoulders, DECKS Roode, then CLOBBERS Ziggler!
Bron shoves Ziggler to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then he CLOBBES Roode! Bron drags Ziggler up, but Ziggler kicks low! Ziggler whips, Bron catches him for a SPINEBUSTER! The straps come down and Bron aims from the corner. Bron runs in, into a KNEE! Ziggler staggers and Bron CLOBBERS him in return! Bron steadies himself, drags Ziggler up, and trophy lifts! Roode gets in so Bron runs him off first. Ziggler rolls Bron, TWO!! Bron runs in but only gets POST! ZIGZAG!! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Roode gets in but Ciampa throws him out and KNEES him down! Ciampa gets to the corner and calls to Bron.
Ziggler slaps sense into himself, but Bron blocks the superkick! Bron trophy lifts Ziggler to BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker, by pinfall
Ciampa helps Bron up and hands him the belt. But while they won together, Ziggler gets the mic to tell Born got one over on the Dirty Dawgs. Ziggler loves how theses two worked together so well. But tomorrow, on NXT, there is a Triple Threat for the title! And the second that Bron turns his back on Ziggler to look at Ciampa, that is when Ziggler strikes! And that is when Ziggler becomes NEW NXT Champion while Bron will be stuck with his whole world crumbling around him! Ziggler will be there in all his glory with one more trophy for his big ass case! See you tomorrow, kids! The Show-Off just had to get the last word in, but who has the last laugh?
Backstage interview with Omos.
His in-ring interview was last year at WrestleMania. Since then, he has been dominant, but is he worried that he won’t have a place on the show this year? “How many victims do I have to dominate to get my WrestleMania moment, huh? I have annihilated everyone for one reason. I am not waiting for my WrestleMania moment, I am taking it! Even if I have to punish and dominate every single superstar until there’s none left!!” Omos storms out to the ring, will he leave the WWE with no choice but to put him on the Most Stupendous WrestleMania ever?
Omos VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!
Raw returns and Apollo makes his entrance. The bell rings and Apollo steps up to Omos. Omos says after he beats Apollo, Azeez is next. But Apollo dropkicks him! And fires off hands! Omos shoves Apollo away then BOOTS him down! Omos roars and then circles around Apollo. Omos clamps both hands on Apollo’s shoulders, then gets both arms for a motorcycle stretch! That’s one big motorcycle! Apollo endures, but Omos lets him go. Apollo gets away while Omos stares Azeez down. Omos goes to drag Apollo up from the apron, and he DECKS Apollo to the floor! Azeez wants to go help Apollo but Omos is that scary.
The ring count is climbing, but Omos goes out to fetch Apollo. Omos puts Apollo in the ring, gets back in, and then TOSSES Apollo to a corner! Omos roars and runs in, but Apollo dodges! Omos hits buckles, Apollo ENZIGURIS! Apollo gets up, leaps, but into Omos’ hands! MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
The dominance continues! He towers over Apollo, then he sees Azeez get in. Omos did promise to make Azeez next… Azeez is almost as massive, but Omos smirks and leaves. Will Omos make Azeez look like any other man when the time comes for them to face off?
EDGE is here!
He stands under a single spotlight, in a suit, and walks down the ramp as everything is bathed in an eerie light. The Rated R Superstar dared someone to step up, and AJ Styles did just that. However, in trying to bring out the Phenomenal Pitbull, Edge ended up bringing out the monster inside himself. Edge takes his time getting a mic while fans boo and jeer. The spotlight returns to cast its eerie light on Edge, and then he speaks. “You think you know me? Clearly you don’t, AJ. And I know that you’re at home right now, so I’m going to speak directly to you. But put the kiddos to bed. Mama probably doesn’t wanna see this, either.”
Edge says what he did to Styles last week, he did for Styles! Edge did that to help Styles. Styles wants to face Edge at WrestleMania, so Edge needs the best AJ Styles. Edge needs that flesh-tearing Pitbull AJ Styles. And Edge helped Styles. Ironically, it also helped Edge, too. It was like Edge’s brain cracked open and finally let out the real Edge to fly again. “And it felt so good. It was a me that I’ve never met before, it is a me that I have fallen in love with!” Fans boo because they sure don’t like this new Edge. Edge says he finally feels in control in the ring, of everything that’ll ever happen in the ring, and that’ll ever happen in the industry!
Edge continues to say that he is standing on the mountain of omnipotence, and the view is phenomenal. Edge then drops the mic and stares right into the camera. He might even be staring right into AJ Styles’ soul. But will Styles even be able to make it back to face down this new, darker Edge?
Kevin paces backstage.
Kevin Patrick asks him about the loss in the Triple Threat Tag. They no longer have a path, so what is going on in KO’s mind? KO looks at KP and says he isn’t as distraught as Rollins because that feeling Kevin had at the end of the match when they lost, he never wants to feel that again. But Kevin won’t have to. Y’know why? He just had an epiphany. Do you know what an epiphany is? It’s when you have an idea so brilliant, no one else can have it. Kevin has an idea, and that idea will change his entire Mania future. Will he share that idea? No, not yet. Kevin has to iron out the details, but he has a plan. Kevin will share that plan later tonight. What was the Prizefighter’s WrestleMania epiphany?
Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega!
Even though SmackDown’s Sasha Banks & Naomi have their WrestleMania match with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the Nightmare and the Living End might get one of their own! Will Rhea & Liv make a brand new winning combination and join everyone at WrestleMania? Or will the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE and the Queen of the Ring not fall into the same trap as Alpha Academy?
Raw returns and the Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. Mella gets her mask on before she starts with Liv. They tie up, Mella powers Liv to a corner by pulling hair. The ref counts, Mella lets off and knees low. Mella whips Liv but Liv reverses and runs in to back body block! Liv slaps Mella around, brings her over and tags in Rhea. Liv hits an STO, Rhea hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rhea smirks at Vega and drags Mella up. Mella swings but Rhea spins her and cravats for knee strikes! Rhea knees Mella down but she scrambles away to tag Vega! Rhea swings, Vega dodges and DECKS Liv! But then Rhea kicks low!
Rhea reels Vega in, suplexes, and holds her up! Mella gets in but Rhea BOOTS her down! Vega kicks free of the suplex but Rhea keeps her from the corner! Vega dodges to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Tag to Mella and she aims at Rhea, FABULOUS KICK and Rhea ends up hitting steel steps! Mella celebrates with Corey Graves while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Vega has Rhea in a MUTA LOCK! Rhea fights free of the leglock but Vega shifts to have a straitjacket stretch! Rhea still endures, so Vega SLAMS Rhea down! Vega bumps Rhea off buckles, JUMP KICKS, then tags Mella! Mella BOOTS Rhea into the post! Cover, Liv breaks it! Mella is frustrated but she dribbles Rhea off the mat! Mella clamps on a chinlock and grinds Rhea down while stretching her back. Rhea endures again and Liv rallies the fans. Rhea fights up, throws body shots, then scoops Mella, only for Mella to slip out and hit an EDGE-O-MATIC! Mella taunts Liv, but Rhea gets up to KICK Mella down!
Rhea and Mella are both down and fans fire up! Rhea crawls, as does Mella, hot tags to Vega and Liv! Liv dodges then ENZIGURIS Vega! Vega goes to ropes, Liv dropkicks her down! Liv then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and Liv goes up and up to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Liv drags Vega up but Vega JAWBREAKERS! Liv dodges the lariat with a Matrix bridge and she rolls Vega up! TWO, and Vega DECKS Liv! But Mella isn’t there to tag, she’s being comforted by Corey! Vega shouts to Mella but Liv waistlocks! Vega bucks the O’Conner Roll, but runs into a CODE BREAKER!
Liv tags Rhea in and Rhea storms right up to Vega! Pump handle and RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea & Liv are in!
Winners: Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, by pinfall (joining the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match)
Another Triple Threat for tag titles is happening! Mella is upset, but maybe she needs to focus less on her looks and more on her matches! Will we be guaranteed to see new champions on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Vader is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame!
The late great Mastodon redefined what it was to be a big man in wrestling, and what it was to be a wrestler in the world of entertainment! He joins Undertaker in this year’s class, what other big names will join them?
Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!
The Prince is the NEW WWE United States Champion after defeating Damian Priest, but he’s lucky to be standing after Priest lost his cool. At the same time, Finn has a chance to get back at Vince McMahon’s protégé for everything that went down between them. Will Finn make the Road to WrestleMania rrrrreeeeal? Or will he have to “expect the unexpected” all over again?
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings and Finn fires off on Theory! The ref counts, Finn lets off, then he headlocks and grinds Theory down. Theory powers out and runs Finn over, then talks trash. Theory stomps Finn, Theory bumps Finn off buckles, then RAMS his shoulder in! The ref counts, Theory snapmares Finn and stomps him down again! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on a chinlock and digs a knee in. Finn endures, fights up, pries the hold open but Theory knees low. Theory ROCKS Finn with a forearm, then puts him against ropes to CLUB him in the back. Theory talks trash because he’s going to Mania!
Theory CLUBS Finn again, then whips. Finn reverses but Theory sunset flips, only for Finn to roll through and basement dropkick! Finn KICKS Theory, but Theory gets out to avoid the stomp! Theory bumps Finn off the apron, then fireman’s carries. He talks too much trash, Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes while Finn gets in the ring and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Theory whips Finn corner to corner, Finn reverses but runs into a drop toehold and hits buckles! Theory then slingshot SHOTGUN dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on a chinlock and grinds Finn down. Finn fights up as fans rally, and Theory knees low. Theory puts Finn in a corner but Finn BOOTS back! Finn rallies with forearms, whips but Theory reverses, only for Finn to FLYING FOREARM! Finn trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Finn then runs in and CHOPS at the corner! Theory blocks the whip to kick back, but Finn wheelbarrows for a victory roll and STOMPS!
The ref counts as Finn stomps away at the ropes. Finn lets off at 4, then drags Theory up. Finn suplexes, but Theory blocks! Theory throws body shots, shoulders into Finn, then throws Finn down by his hair! Slingshot STOMP! Theory then DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Theory snarls and drags Finn up. Theory grins as he fisherman’s but Finn wrenches out. Theory ELBOWS Finn, gets the leg again, AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Theory is furious! Theory calms himself down, looks to the WrestleMania sign, and says it’s A-Town Down! He fireman’s carries but Finn slips out, ELBOW DROP DDT!
Finn runs and SHOTGUNS Theory into the buckles! Theory is down, Finn goes up top! But DAMIAN PREIST appears! He grabs Finn and TOSSES him for a hotshot!
Winner: Finn Balor, by disqualification
Damian Priest ruins things for Theory but he just wants Finn for himself! Priest reels Finn in, Canadian rack and RAZOR’S EDGE! Fans boo but Priest no longer cares what they think. Will the Archer of Infamy be aiming for the US title at WrestleMania? As for Theory he gets Finn up to hit the A T L! And now he takes the victory selfie. Will Theory’s ego explode if he wins at the most stupendous WrestleMania ever?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Kevin Patrick asks The EST if she’ll be using that hair of hers as a weapon at WrestleMania. Bianca says she has one simple rule for her opponents: do not touch the hair! She doesn’t need to use her hair to win, though. She and Becky Lynch are WrestleMania main eventers, they should do it with respect. But since Becky wants to use the hair against Bianca, she got what she deserved. And that scar may last forever, but what won’t last forever is Becky’s title reign. Bianca is going to put the EST back in WrestleMania and walk out NEW Raw Women’s Champion.
Kevin Owens heads to the ring!
He promised to share his plan for WrestleMania, so he’s heading back out to do just that. But just what was this most stupendous epiphany? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin has a mic. “Okay, so uh, it’s official. I don’t have a match at WrestleMania. But y’know what? I can accept that now because I think I found a way to get there, and it depends on the answer to the challenge I’m about to issue. I want to have the biggest, most stupendous KO Show in history, and I want to do it at WrestleMania. And I’ve been thinking about who my guest could be, and obviously because of where WrestleMania is being held, I know it has to be some lowlife from Texas.
“And there’s a few people that fit the bill, right? I could invite, uh, oh! I could invited that blowhard bag of wind, JBL! But let’s be honest, the horns on the hood of his limo would make a more interesting guest. So JBL, no thanks. Who else? Oh, Booker T! Booker T went on social media and called me a liar, but I don’t think I’m the one lying about how I feel about Texas, because Booker, you are from Texas, yet you spent most of your career in a tag team called Harlem Heat! And then you were King Booker and you spoke in a horrible British accent! So Booker, there’s no room for hypocrites on the KO Show, so no thanks!
“And then, there’s the one and only Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. A legend no doubt, one of the greatest of all time, and a proud Texan. But Shawn, I am a proud Canadian, and with that in mind, it would be sacrilegious to have you on the KO Show. So out of respect for Hitman Hart, you’re not invited.” Kevin says he could humiliate any of them easily, but he wants to invite someone who embodies Texas like no one else. That’s because he is a broken down shell of his former self living on former glory. Since we last saw this guy, he’s probably let himself go. He’s probably drinking beer all day and all night like the redneck he is!
Kevin says his knees are so shot, he needed knee braces just to get through his matches! And if he accepts Kevin’s invite, what will this guy need to get down the ramp? A walker? It’s a long ramp! Nothing would make Kevin happier than to beat the hell outta this guy in his home state and at WrestleMania and “give him a Stunner the world would talk about for years! And then pour a nice cold glass of milk over his lifeless body.” Kevin knows that guy is watching, and that guy doesn’t have the guts to show up. But the bottom line is… Kevin is calling out STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!! Fans fire up to hear that one! Will the Prizefighter regret asking the Texas Rattlesnake to come back?
A pretty good Raw here, but the best stuff was at the beginning with that awesome Tag Team Triple Threat. And it was pretty great that RKBRO got these belts back, Orton had a great promo to celebrate and call Riddle his friend. The Profits had a good promo, as well, to hype up that they’re coming for those belts. As for Kevin and Rollins, I like that Kevin decided to call out Stone Cold, as we all figured would happen. Didn’t make the biggest impact as the final segment of the night, but it was still great that he went there. I’m pretty sure Austin will show up for the WrestleMania edition of the KO Show, and that he will be giving out the Stunner.
Hooray for Dana Brooke winning as WWE hardly ever has hometown heroes win. Tamina’s growing relationship with Tozawa seems to be the biggest development out of this 24/7 Championship feud, but I’m hoping we get more out of this title for WrestleMania. The “homecoming” for Miz, Logan Paul and Jerry Lawler was a good segment, and I do like that there’s this sense of conflict over how Miz doesn’t like Cleveland. It’d be really weird if Logan has a Face turn during the match with the Mysterios because Miz turns out to be the even bigger jerk. Leave it up to The Miz to actually make a story with Logan Paul interesting.
Edge had a great promo to frame this newest Heel persona and why he attacked AJ Styles so ferociously, but a great part you have to see for yourself is that lighting they were using. It made Edge look like a monster, because that’s what he’s becoming for this feud. We get a good rematch of Bron & Ciampa VS Dirty Dawgs, but much like Ciampa’s other matches on Raw, it was all an advertisement for NXT. The NXT Championship Triple Threat for “NXT: Roadblock” is going to be a really good one, but I don’t know why Vince thinks Raw needs to help NXT when Vince is the reason for NXT’s problems.
Poor Apollo Crews. It looked like he had a new lease on his WWE career, but Vince brought him over to Raw to do nothing with him. And of course he’s fed to Omos. Now, Omos VS Azeez looks interesting, but the way Azeez and Omos interacted, it just felt like Omos already squashed Azeez without even having a match. And I refer you back to last week when I said Omos already has a ceiling on him because he hasn’t taken any real bumps. And speaking of ceilings put on them, the WWE Women’s Tag Division! Tonight’s match was better than most these days since it lasted past a commercial break, but it was still quick. Rhea & Liv win and get in, I really hope we get news champs at Mania.
Finn VS Theory was a pretty good match, up until Damian Priest “ruins” it with his attack. But at the same time, Priest was going to do something like this to move towards a title rematch at WrestleMania. And then Theory adds Heel heat by picking the bones. I hope one of these weeks, Pat McAfee shows up on Raw to mess Theory up in return for Theory’s visit to SmackDown. Bianca had a good promo, and as Becky Lynch posted herself on social media, Becky’s voice box is damaged right now. Becky won’t be talking but I am sure there will be plenty of social media posts to be her promos. And she’ll be back for Mania, so Becky VS Bianca is still on and still going to be great.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022
The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!
Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
- Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
- Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
- IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
- Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
- Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****
Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey
Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.
Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.
Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.
Check out what @theraveneffect had to say about @TheMooseNation and @TheSamiCallihan going to war in his creation..The Clockwork Orange House Of Fun Match TOMORROW NIGHT at #AgainstAllOdds!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/VEN90fmA44
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw
Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.
Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.
Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.
A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.
Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace
Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.
After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!
IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More
Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.
PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.
Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.
Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne
Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.
Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!
Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley
If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.
We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.
This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.
Overall Score: 9/10
Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.
My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)
WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!
Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!
Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?
- Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
- Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
- Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!
NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?
The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!
Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.
Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?
NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.
The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!
So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?
Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.
The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.
Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?
Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!
#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!
Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.
They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!
Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!
Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!
Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall
Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?
NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.
They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?
NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.
The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.
Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?
Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!
The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.
Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!
Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!
Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!
Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.
Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!
Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!
Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall
Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?
Trent Seven heads to the ring.
And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”
But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”
Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.
“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?
Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?
A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.
Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.
We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.
Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.
My Score: 8.5/10
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