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Mitchell’s NXT Stand & Deliver Results & Report! (4/2/22)

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On the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania Weekend, NXT is in Dallas to Stand & Deliver! All the champions are defending their titles, who leaves with the gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai; Raquel & Dakota win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Santos Escobar VS Solo Sikoa VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Imperium VS The Creed Brothers VS MSK; MSK wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Mandy Rose VS Cora Jade VS Io Shirai VS Kay Lee Ray; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • LA Knight VS GUNTHER; Gunther wins.
  • NXT Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Bron Breakker; Ziggler wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Stand & Deliver Kickoff Show!

Join McKenzie Mitchell, Beth Phoenix and Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting the biggest event in NXT 2.0 history!

Kayla Braxton and Peter Rosenberg are even on site at AT&T Stadium for WrestleMania 38 later today, but they join in on the Stand & Deliver predictions!

 

NXT share Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams taking in the sights.

Trick says, “Yo, Melo. You realize that for the past five months, you’ve been running the game? Imagine tomorrow at Stand & Deliver. You get your final Infinity Stone, brother. It’s time for you to snap.” Melo says it is. Everything that the light touches will be his. Being up here in Reunion Tower, it reminds him of the height that he’s brought the title to, and the heights he will continue to take it. He will stand atop the ladder and be atop as the greatest North American Champion of all time. And everyone will realize, when Melo shoots, he don’t miss.

 

Malcolm Bivens joins the panel.

Today is big money, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. He can’t wait to have the ducketts, the cheddar, the mulah, the coins in his pocket. Sam says that could happen, but there are other things to consider. Just standing by Imperium, money was the last thing on his mind. Sam felt in danger, and he was just talking to them! How can the Creed Brothers contend with a force that? Uh, he just said they were broke! MONEY is the most powerful force! No, Sam didn’t say that. He said they were scary. Well he’s easily scared. He looks scared now! But it is hard to argue against former tag champions in MSK.

No disrespect to Imperium, Beth is with MSK. They won the Dusty Cup, won the titles, they innovate, this is their night as Beth sees it. Sam is going with the Creeds cuz Bivens is staring him down. Big money! McKenzie is sure everyone is torn. But why didn’t McKenzie ask Bivens his choice? Well, uh… But wait! Edris Enofe interrupts on the tron! Tonight ain’t about the Creeds, MSK or Imperium! It’s about his boy, Malik da Freak! Bro, c’mon! Is this gift basket enough? Enofe says that ain’t what she’ll be worried about. Dude, c’mon! Malik just thought this would be nice. It is nice. Maybe they should just leave it.

No way! Man up! Walk in! What’s the worst that can happen? He walks in, and Enofe just pranked Malik! This was the IMPERIUM dressing room! April Fools! Man, it’s April 2nd! Now he’s scarred for life…

 

NXT hears from Grayson Waller.

He sits on a longhorn bull statue as he says, “A ladder match for the North American Championship at Stand & Deliver, and what better place than the Lone Star State.” Melo’s been great and all but his time is up. It’s time the title went viral! Waller likes the view here but he’ll like it better on the ladder. Only one man will do what it takes and that man is Waller! WrestleMania Weekend is gonna feel the Grayson Waller Effect, #AndNEW.

 

NXT hears from Santos Escobar & Legado del Fantasma.

“Last year, I climbed a ladder and made history. But this year’s ladder match is more important.” Stand & Deliver, with the whole world watching, they will witness Escobar become the greatest luchador of all time! Escobar leaves four others in the dust, climbs the ladder, and grabs the North American Championship! He’ll do it for history, for legacy, and for family. Legado del Fantasma!

 

#InDex is at Byrd’s Wester Store.

Indi Hartwell & Dexter Lumis are getting ready to take on #Dusia. They are gonna look so hot at Stand & Deliver. They will make Dexter the sexiest cowboy in Texas. He gives a thumbs up, and they get to browsing. Nice leather belt. He planning on using that on her tonight? But meanwhile, Duke Hudson & Persia Pirotta are also shopping. They’ve been here an hour but that’s never been a problem for them before, right? Hat, boots, and Dexter! What’re they doing here? Same back to you! Persia is gonna make Duke the sexiest. No, Dexter will be! Sexy Dexy! Sexy Duke! That sounds horrible. No it doesn’t!

Montage of outfits, and Dexter almost gets Duke with a belt! Things get a bit frisky, but in the end, the looks are in. What will the WWE Universe think?

#Dusia is here live, as is #InDex. Use the right hashtags to vote for your favorite couple. Persia and Indi argue, the boys stare down, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila has joined the panel. He’s Team InDex all the way!

 

Kickoff Show – NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai!

Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne thought they were in the clear just because Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray couldn’t resist going after Mandy Rose. But wouldn’t you know, Toxic Attraction pushed Big Mami Cool and #CobraKai back together! Will the inaugural NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions get these belts back and start anew? Or will Toxic Attraction remain the attraction?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the reunion tour is a success!

Toxic Attraction jump on Raquel and Dakota at the bell! Jacy goes after a knee but gets TOSSED! Raquel then BOOTS Jacy out, but Gigi is right after her with kicks! Raquel knees low, reels Gigi in, ALLEY-OOP HOTSHOT! Gigi staggers and Raquel CLOBBERS her! Tag to Dakota, and they work together for a BIG DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Dakota brings Gigi up, whips her but Gigi gets around to shove then follow. Dakota spins Gigi to a cradle, TWO! Gigi rushes in but into a crucifix takedown! TWO, Gigi has the ghost pin, TWO! Dakota has the ghost pin back, TWO! Gigi trips Dakota up, hooks the arms, O’Conner Roll! TWO!!

Dakota escapes and Gigi is furious! Fans rally up and Dakota leaps to flying-mare! Gigi staggers, Dakota runs in to forearm smash! Raquel tags in, she DECKS Jacy then SPLASHES Gigi! Torture rack, tag to Dakota! Dakota runs, BOOT to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Dakota covers, TWO! Dakota hurries to get Gigi up, but Jacy tags in before the roll-up! Jacy hits a NECKBREAKER of her own, then fires off on Dakota! Jacy roars but fans boo. Jacy says she doesn’t care, and then she taunts Raquel with a “SUCK IT!” Jacy drags Dakota up, puts her in the corner and stomps her down. Tag to Gigi, Toxic Attraction work together, clothesline, stomp and SENTON!

Gigi PENALTY KICKS, then taunts Raquel. Gigi drags Dakota up, fans rally and Dakota hits back with body shots. Gigi gives Dakota Kowata Kicks! Gigi then drags Dakota by a leg for a toehold. Dakota endures, fans rally, and Dakota kicks her way free! Jacy tags in, grabs at Dakota and drags her back! Dakota rolls to throw Jacy away! Raquel avoids the cheap shot, and Dakota slides under Jacy! Hot tag to Raquel! But the ref didn’t see it?! Dakota has to get back in, she JAWBREAKERS Jacy, now a tag to Raquel! Raquel rallies on Jacy, CHINGON- NO! Jacy slips out but Raquel BOOTS her down!

Fans fire up as Raquel steps on Jacy then goes up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Raquel growls and she drags Jacy up. Raquel TOSSES Jacy into the corner, tag to Dakota! Raquel puts Jacy up top, then gives Dakota a boost! Dakota has Jacy for a SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, Gigi breaks it! Raquel goes after Gigi, reels her in, but Gigi ranas to a HEEL HOOK! Jacy BOOTS Raquel down, but Dakota BOOTS Gigi! Dakota scoops but Jacy slips out, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Jacy ducks a kick, Dakota blocks a kick, DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans rally up for “NXT! NXT!”

Jacy and Dakota get up and they start throwing forearms! They go back and forth, Jacy ROLLING ELBOWS! Dakota staggers, Jacy tags Gigi, and Toxic Attraction mug Dakota! They double whip, Jacy SNAP GERMANS and Gigi HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota narrowly gets out of that and Gigi can’t believe it! Gigi snarls, drags Dakota up to CLUB her down, then CLUBS her again. Tag back to Jacy, and they coordinate, TOXIC SHOCK! Cover off the high-low, TWO!?! Dakota survives and Toxic Attraction can’t believe it! But then Gigi turns around, and WENDY CHOO is there! PILLOW BOP! Wait, that didn’t do it.

ORANGE SODA SPLASH! And then Raquel’s BOOT! Gigi is down, Jacy is pissed, and Dakota SCORPION KICKS her! Jacy staggers around, Dakota runs in around the world to BOOT! Tag to Raquel, and she gets Jacy for a CHINGONA BOMB!!! Cover, Raquel & Dakota win!

Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Reunited and it feels so good! Wendy is happy for these two friends, will this new chapter be even better for Raquel & Dakota?

 

NXT hears from Cameron Grimes.

“They say that the journey is better than the destination. Well this journey’s definitely been a struggle, and tomorrow will be no different. Five men want the same thing: to be called a champion. The other four men, they want acknowledgment, fame, clout and legacy. But I, I have a promise to fulfill. I told my father I would be champion. And this is my last chance at Stand & Deliver. Dad, I’m taking the North American Championship to the moon.”

 

High noon in the Lone Star State.

This is WrestleMania Weekend, and the superstars of NXT stand on the doorstep to immortality. They all vow to stand, to deliver on promises they’ve made to us, and to themselves. “We stand on the shoulders of giants.” They vow to stand victorious, to stand as champions, and to deliver instant classics, and to take one step closer to greatness. This IS NXT Stand & Deliver!

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Santos Escobar VS Solo Sikoa VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga VS Cameron Grimes!

History starts NOW! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss. But he’s the one with a target on his back! El Hijo del Fantasma, the Street Champion of the Island, the 21st Century Success Story, and the Carolina Caveman all want what he has, but who is the one that literally climbs over the others to get it?

The introductions are made, the belt is already high above, and we see who is really The A Champion around here!

All five men look up at the belt as the light shines on it, and Melo says it doesn’t matter, “This is the most important championship here, and you, you, you and you don’t deserve it!” Melo BOOTS Waller, but then everyone else goes after him! Trick saves Melo from the mugging, and then everyone else brawls with the others. Waller helps Escobar against Solo, they double whip, but then Melo and Trick trip Solo and drag him out to throw into barriers! Grimes tosses Waller out, dodges Escobar then CLOBBERS him! Grimes keeps moving, another forearm for Escobar !Fans fire up and Grimes runs corner to corner to BOOT! Escobar is down, Grimes is up but Melo shoves him down!

Melo gets back in, sees he’s all alone, and he tells Trick to get a ladder! But then Legado gets in Trick’s way! Solo gets in, Melo talks smack but Solo SAMCKS him! Solo fires off hands, whips, but Melo avoids superkick to BOOT! Escobar clotheslines Solo out, then fires up with the fans. Escobar and Melo circle, Escobar dodges the boot and doges again to dropkick Melo down! Fans fire up with the whistle as Escobar runs. Grimes trips Escobar, drags him out, gets back in, and so does Solo. They mug Melo with big forearms and CHOPS and KICKS! KICK after KICK and Melo is just caught! Waller CLOBBERS Grimes!

Escobar goes after Solo, he and Waller throw them out. Sanga helps Waller get a ladder, but so does Legado on the other end! They bump into each other and start throwing hands! Escobar ROCKS Waller, dodges, him, WRECKS Sanga and Grimes, but turns around into Waller’s JAB! Waller WRECKS Legado, and then he dodges Escobar to LEG LARIAT! Fans boo but Waller tells Sanga to get the big one! Sanga gets the ladder for Waller, but then Solo goes after Sanga! Sanga ROCKS Solo, knees low, and puts him back in the ring. Grimes trips Waller on the apron! Then PENALTY KICKS Sanga!

Solo runs and FLIES onto Sanga! Escobar builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL! Direct hit on Solo at the ramp and fans fire up again! Even Melo nods some respect. But now Melo runs in, but Grimes tosses him out. Melo ROCKS Grimes, then ducks and Grimes FLIES onto Escobar! Melo sees he’s alone again, and he’s torn between the belt and the spot. ASAI MOONSAULT to Grimes! Fans fire up as everyone is down on the outside! “This is Awesome!” but then Waller gets in and gloats. He runs, just to get the ladder! He sets it up, but that’s a small one. Solo drags him down and ROCKS him with a right!

Solo whips Waller into the ladder! Solo then folds the ladder and JAMS Waller wit it! Solo wedges Waller into a corner, Melo runs in but EATS Ladder! Solo sets Melo up to throw hands against the ladder! Escobar has a new ladder, Solo dodges and Escobar ends up sandwiching Melo and Waller! Solo DECKS Escobar, and fans fire up with “UCE! OH!” Solo runs in, HIP ATTACK SUPER SANDWICH! And he even catches the ladder Escobar brought. Solo stands it up, starts the climb, and fans fire up! But Grimes hurries to drag Solo down! Solo fights back, they brawl, Solo HEADBUTTS Grimes down!

Solo sands Grimes up but Grimes dodge and superkick hits ladder! Grimes DECKS Solo and fans fire up with “TO THE MOON!” But Melo GAMANGIRIS Grimes down! Melo folds the ladder and he gives it to Grimes to SUPERKICK it into him! Things speed up, Melo slips off Grimes’ back but Grimes ROCKS Melo. Grimes scares Trick off, then CLOBBERS Melo! But Escobar SHOTGUNS the ladder into Grimes! Escobar sits the ladder up to RAM into Grimes’ coins! And then dropkicks it in deeper! Grimes falls out of the ring, Escobar stands up the ladder! And this is a tall one! But Waller wants it, too!

Escobar SMACKS Waller with the ladder! Escobar stands the ladder up while Waller is in the corner. But Waller somersaults to CUTTER! Escobar flops out of the ring and Waller has a clear path! Waller climbs, he reaches up, but Mello stops him in time! Melo drags Waller down but Waller scoops, fireman’s, and Electric Chairs, only for Melo to get up the ladder! Waller brings Melo down to JAB! Waller climbs, but Melo goes after him, Waller kick shim away but Melo uses that to springboard and FLYING SLINGBLADE! Trick is fired up for Melo and Melo starts to climb! But Solo grabs at him! Melo throat chops back and springboards, into a SUPERKICK!

Trick is shocked but Solo gets up the ladder! He’s at the top but Escobar catches up quick! Low jab through the rungs, then more haymakers up top! Solo hits back, Escobar hits Solo! Solo keeps Escobar from grabbing the belt! Escobar goes up higher, SMACKS Solo off the rung, SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB onto the other ladder!!! Fans lose their minds and even Escobar is stunned that the ladder didn’t break! But Solo might have been broken off those rungs! Escobar sees Grimes in the corner, he runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar runs, Grimes ROCKS him, but Grimes runs, into a KNEE!

Escobar runs, ducks the kick, but runs into COLLISION COURSE! Both Grimes and Escobar are down in the ring, Trick checks on Melo outside, and Trick gets a new ladder in play. Trick sets it up! He shouts to Melo to get up, but Sanga gets in to choke grip and TOSS Trick! Then Sanga CHOPS the ladder apart!! Lopez gets in, for Legado to missile dropkick! Wilde and Mendoza use the pieces of ladder to beat up Sanga! They ram Sanga out, then give Lopez a boost so she can go up and up and CROSSBODY onto Waller! Legado keeps after Sanga but he throws Wilde away and SLAMS Mendoza down!

A ladder bridge is set up nearby, and Wilde tries to hide! Sanga grabs Wilde, but Mendoza SMACKS Sanga from behind! Another ladder bridge is set up, LADDER VICE on Sanga! Then Legado hurries to bring out yet another ladder! But Solo goes after them both! He fireman’s carries Mendoza, then Wilde, to DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Solo hurries to get a ladder and stand it up. Solo climbs, but Escobar hurries in! Escobar hurries up after Solo, they both paw at the belt, but Trick shoves the ladder over! Solo and Escobar end up getting HOTSHOTS off the ropes! Trick resets the ladder and he does a quick prayer.

Trick is climbing?! But his legs are getting wobbly! He reaches up, but Grimes is there! Grimes waves bye and then tips the ladder! Trick FLIES onto Sanga and Legado!! Fans are shouting “TO THE MOON!” and Grimes resets the ladder! Grimes climbs, his eye on the prize, but Melo drags him back down! Melo SMACKS Grimes off the rungs! Then Melo hurries to climb! But he’s out of reach! Waller is up top to fire off! They brawl, CHOP and SLAP, Waller SMACKS Melo off the rung, but Melo grabs Waller’s arms! Grimes sets a new ladder up, he and Solo climb that! Escobar is setting up another as fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”

Waller starts to fade, Escobar is joining in, all five men are reaching out! Waller knocks Escobar away, and kicks the ladder with Solo and Grimes on it! They fall, but Melo ROCKS Waller! Waller hits back, they start dropping, Waller YANKS Melo through the rungs! Then he SHOVES Escobar down! Waller is all alone, but he can’t resist the spot, either! But instead, he grabs the belt! Only for Escobar to drag him down! Waller and Escobar brawl on the side of the ladders, and Waller pulls Escobar up by his hair! Escobar throws more hands, whistles, SUPER RANA!! Both men are down, Solo is up top! FLYING SPLASH!

Solo sees he’s alone, and he gets the smaller ladder out of the way. He starts climbing, but Grimes return! Grimes brings Solo back down but Solo ROCKS and SUPERKICKS! Solo runs in, but Grimes dodges to POST Solo! Solo ends up by the ladder bridge! Grimes CAVE-IN onto the ladders! Grimes tries to get back in but Melo BOOTS him first! They’re on the apron, Grimes BOOTS back! DOUBLE BOOTS put both men on the ladders! And then climbing that super tall ladder Sanga fetched, is WALLER! Waller wants to go viral like WarGames, so he stands on the very top! BALLER ELBOW only gets ladders!!

Fans lose their minds as Waller writhes in the wreckage! Referees check on Waller while Melo gets on the ladder in the ring! Melo has a hand on the belt, but Escobar drags him down! GUTBUSTER, then fireman’s carry for PHANTOM DRIVER! Escobar turns around into a SUPER CAVE-IN!! Grimes climbs, fans are going nuts, Grimes has the belt! GRIMES WINS!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes (NEW NXT North American Champion)

He’s done it! He’s fulfilled the promise he made to his late father! Grimes finally has gold all his own! Is he taking us all #ToTheMoon?

 

Tony D’Angelo pulls up.

He’s in a Galaxie 500 with Netflix’s AJ Galante. Is this the seal of approval on the new don in NXT?

Tommaso Ciampa VS Tony D’Angelo!

9/9/15 to 4/2/22. That is what the Pulse of NXT had on his chair last Tuesday. Win, lose or draw, this is the last chapter for Ciampa. But will it be his Fairy Tale Ending? Or will Tony ruin it all for everyone?

The bell rings and the fans are fired up for Ciampa. Ciampa and Ton tie up, go around, and Ciampa puts Tony on ropes. Tony puts Ciampa in a corner, the ref counts, and Tony lets off. But then Tony kicks low and throws hands! Tony eggs Ciampa on, CLUBS him, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa hits a knee smash that looks familiar, then he whips Tony for a jumping knee that also looks familiar! Then he hits a familiar looking SPINEBUSTER! Ciampa takes a bow to The Game, but Tony bails out. Ciampa chases Tony, gets back in but Tony stomps him down! Fans boo but Tony eggs Ciampa on more.

Tony ROCKS Ciampa, RAMS into the corner, then stomps him down! Tony scuffs his feet and pats himself on the back, all mocking Ciampa. Fans boo but Ciampa turns things around to CHOP and forearm and stomp Tony down! Fans fire up as Ciampa lets off, then runs in to KNEE Tony back down! Ciampa says night night, then runs to KNEE Tony again! And then again! Ciampa goes out and brings Tony with him, to RAM into steel steps! Ciampa then runs in to PUNT Tony! Ciampa sits on the apron to applaud and pat himself on the back! Fans applaud, too, and Ciampa leaves Tony to the ring count.

The count is 5 of 10, but Ciampa decides to go out and peel up floor mats! Fans chant on the Psycho Killer, but this mat is not cooperating. Ciampa says he’s got it, third time is the charm! Ciampa gets back in to fetch Tony but Tony TACKLES him! Tony rains down fists, then stomps Ciampa! Tony throws hockey fight punches, then HALF HATCHES Ciampa! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed but he stomps Ciampa down. Tony chokes Ciampa on ropes but the ref counts. Tony lets off and throws more body shots. Tony whips Ciampa to ropes, CLOBBERS him with an elbow, then says, “This is your guy, huh? I’m the guy now!”

Fans taunt Tony and Galante with “Where’s My Pizza?” Tony chinlocks Ciampa and grinds him down but Ciampa endures. Tony taunts Ciampa, but Ciampa fights up as fans rally. Ciampa throws body shots, breaks free and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ciampa whips, Tony reveres but Ciampa stops to CLOBBER Tony! And again! And again! Ciampa runs in to clothesline at the corner, but that’s just the start! Ciampa keeps hitting clothesline after clothesline in the corner! Tony staggers, swings on Ciampa but Ciampa dodges to CLOBBER Tony again! Fans fire up with Ciampa as his Black Heart gets pumping!

Ciampa aims from the corner and he runs in, but Tony dodges the knee! Tony kicks low, reels Ciampa in, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Ciampa is still in this but Tony goes for the fisherman! Ciampa trips him, rolls him, and reels him in! Ciampa underhooks, but Tony fights! Ciampa spins Tony to fireman’s carry and- NO! Tony slips off rolls up with tights! TWO!! Ciampa rolls Tony up, with tights! TWO!! Tony pie faces Ciampa and says, “Who do you think you are? This is MY ring!” Ciampa SLAPS Tony, then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ciampa rips Tony’s shirt open to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP!

Ciampa puts Tony up top, CHOPS him again, then climbs up after him. Ciampa fireman’s carries Tony, tucks him in, but Tony fights with elbows! Tony shoves Ciampa down then adjusts up top, to leap, into a KNEE! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count starts, and we’re past 5 of 10 before Ciampa sits up. Ciampa stands at 8 and goes after Tony with haymakers! Tony hits back, they start brawling with big shots! Ciampa gets the edge, but Tony kicks low! Tony swings, but into a ripcord, ROLLING ELBOW! Tony staggers all the way to the other corner, but he elbows Ciampa away!

Tony looks to his favorite corner, and he has his favorite crowbar! This is supposed to be a fair match! But Ciampa dodges to BOOT Tony down! The ref gets the crowbar, but Tony LOW BLOWS! SO much for fair! BADA BOOM!! Cover, TWO!!! Ciampa survives and Tony is furious! Tony argues with the ref but that was the count! Fans boo, Tony tells them to shut up! Tony tells everyone to do their damn jobs, and he gets his crowbar back! But as he gets in the ring, Ciampa catches him in the ropes! WILLOWS BELL!! And then the underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Tony survives!

But Ciampa clamps on a GargaNO Escape! Shoutout to Johnny Wrestling! Tony reaches out, Ciampa cranks way back, but Tony still fights his way to the ROPEBREAK! Ciampa lets Tony go, fans chant for “Johnny Wrestling!” Tony slips out, but Ciampa gets him with a waistlock! He wants to use the bare concrete! But Tony fights out and switches! Ciampa fights out, but spins into a DDT to the concrete! Tony makes Galante proud but the ring count is climbing! Tony hauls Ciampa in at 7 of 10, and he looms over Ciampa. Ciampa slowly gets up, and Tony says this is it! He BOOTS Ciampa back down! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

Galante says he told us all, and here’s proof! The Don of NXT has just taken out another black ‘n’ gold star, is there no denying him now?

As for Ciampa, fans chant, “Thank You, Ciampa,” for the near seven years he’s given to the brand. Ciampa kisses the mat, and perhaps closes the book on NXT. But as he exits, Ciampa encounters TRIPLE H!! The Game is here to say good-bye to one of the greatest in NXT history! Where will we see the Black Heart next?

 

Andre Chase University are in the crowd!

Andre Chase, Bodhi Hayward, and the top of the class are here perhaps recruiting new students.

 

NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Imperium VS The Creed Brothers VS MSK!

Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner may have their condescending opinions about Americans and American pro-wrestling, but they still have to prove they’re the best in the world. Will Julius & Brutus bring gold to the Diamond Mine? Will Wes Lee & Nash Carter finally become two-time tag team champions? Or will the mat continue to be sacred?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who finds a way to Stand & Deliver!

In this Triple Threat, one man from each team is active, so Barthel, Brutus and Lee start off. Barthel avoids a takedown and then a roundhouse. Then he CHOPS Lee but Brutus waistlocks. Barthel stomps a foot, switches on Brutus, but Brutus arm-drags and Lee BUZZSAWS! Lee then uses Barthel as a step to leap and BOOT Brutus! Lee dropkicks Brutus out of the ring, but Barthel ROCKS Lee! Barthel whips but Lee goes up and around to ENZIGURI! Lee whips Barthel, then SHOTGUNS him into the corner! Barthel puts Lee out but Carter tags in ! LE ENZIGURIS, Carter BRONCO BUSTERS!

Brutus returns to back suplex Carter but he lands on his feet! Carter fires off strikes on Brutus, ENZIGURI! Then Barthel runs in, Carter dodges so Barthel CHOPS Brutus! Carter waistlocks, Barthel slips out to whip and uppercut Carter! Barthel then shoves Carter into ropes! Aichner tags in As Barthel runs, but Brutus goes after Barthel. Aichner goes after Brutus, Brutus fights him off, then DECKS Carter! Brutus fires off again, Aichner headlocks. Brutus powers out, Aichner ducks and dodges and runs Brutus over! Carter is in but Aichner hits him, scoops, but Carter slips off! Lee tags in, shoulders Aichner, then slingshots over, only to run into a pop-up BACKBREAKER!

Brutus CLOBBERS Aichner! Tag to Julius, he rallies on Imperium, then on MSK! CHOP BLOCK for Aichner! Julius tackles Lee and Brutus tags in! Feed to a fireman’s carry throw, then whip to ropes for Brutus to POUNCE Lee out! But Aichner YANKS Julius into ropes! Aichner JAWBREAKERS Brutus, BOOTS Lee, then tags Barthel. Lee is stuck i ropes, Imperium goes to the corners, but Brutus intercepts Barthel for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Julius intercepts Aichner for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! GERMAN SUPLEX to Lee, but Carter tags in! Carter misses the kicks, Brutus tosses and CLOBBERS Carter!

Brutus grounds ‘n’ pounds Carter, then roars! Barthel runs in, but into a BIG gut wrench suplex! Brutus KNEES Carter to the corner, tag to Julius. Julius drags Barthel up with underhooks for a DEADLIFT OVERHEAD! But he turns around into Carter’s KNEE! Tag to Lee, Lee runs in and the MSK Blitz is on! ENZIGURI and DOUBLE STOMPS! Barthel runs in, but Lee trips him, catapult to SUPERKICK! Then DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, Julius breaks! Bivens is worried at ringside. Barthel shoves Julius and Aichner trips him! Barthel blocks Lee’s boot, “NEIN!” GAMANGIRI! Barthel suplexes then goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT!

Fans fire up as Barthel sets Julius up. Tag to Aichner, now Imperium sets up, DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Aichner runs to CLOBBER Lee, and he BOOTS Brutus! Carter gets in, he dodges and ducks but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Aichner turns around to block Lee’s boot, reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, Carter breaks it! MSK keeps this match alive and Carter whips Aichner. Aichner reverses to toss Carter, then he CHOPS Julius! Aichner whips, Julius reverse but he leaps into the fireman’s carry! Aichner does a squat, then SAMOAN DROP! But then MSK knocks Aichner out of the ring! And FLYING RANAS Barthel onto him!

Imperium manages to get up but Lee runs in to SASUKE SPECIAL them both down! Lee puts Aichner in, tag to Carter. Carter is up top, Lee tags back in, SWANTON BOMB and a TORNILLO SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Aichner survives and MSK can’t believe it! Carter tags back in, MSK drags Aichner back up. But Julius is also climbing, so Carter trips him up first! MSK goes after Julius, but he shoves Lee down! Carter holds on, Aichner goes after them both! Barthel goes after Carter, Lee goes after Barthel! Those two brawl, only for the DOUBLE SUPERPLEX to drop down onto them!

Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while everyone is down! MSK regroups on the outside, the Creeds are left inside the ring. Julius staggers his way over to tag Brutus in, and Brutus climbs!? Brutus CANNONBALLS onto everyone!! Fans lose their minds and Bivens smiles. Brutus gets up and he fires up! Brutus puts Carter in, tags Julius back in, and the Creeds coordinate. They drag Carter right up for a SPEAR! Cover, but Aichner drags Julius off! Julius DECKS Aichner, Barthel CLOBBERS Julius into steep steps! Bivens freaks out, but Brutus grabs Barthel! Aichner attacks Brutus first!

Aichner gets Brutus in position and Barthel is on the apron, EURO BOMB to the floor! Imperium gets in, they get Carter up for the same! But Carter sunset BOMBS Aichner, and Lee GAMANGIRIS Barthel! SUPER STEINER to POWERBOMB!! Cover, MSK wins!!

Winners: MSK, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)

A year long journey with ups and downs finally ends with the biggest win of their career! Lee & Carter are finally back on top! Will they once again make these must-see titles?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“Here it is, Harland. The famous Dealey Plaza. In November, 1963, the world stopped as there was a tragedy in these streets. And on that day, the nation, the world, came together as one. But why is it that only tragedy unites us when it should be triumph? There has to be a better way. I put that on my shoulders. I make it my responsibility. I will unite people. I can only hope you freely choose peace so we don’t have to suffer loss or tragedy ever again. But that depends on all of you, now doesn’t it?” Gacy sends out quite the veiled threat. Will anyone choose to join him? Or will they defy him?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Mandy Rose VS Cora Jade VS Io Shirai VS Kay Lee Ray!

Toxic Attraction just lost two belts, this is the last one they have! The Toxic Goddess says she’s the baddest, but she’s up against some bad bitches in their own right. #GenerationJade wants this to be her time, the Evil Genius wants to be back on top, and the Scary Queen of Scots wants to make history by having held both NXT UK and NXT titles in her career! Will Mandy finally lose this belt? Or will she use her challengers against each other and survive once again?

The introductions are made, the newly recolored belt is raised, and we see if Mandy cashes in on that 25% chance of winning!

The four women approach, watching each other closely, and then all three challengers turn to look at Mandy. Mandy ROCKS KLR then elbows Shirai away, then shoves Cora into Shirai! But then all three stomp Mandy down! Mandy bails out, KLR and Shirai go after Cora! Cora dodges, but KLR snapmares her for a KICK! Shirai basement dropkicks, then KLR drags Cora up again. They double whip, Mandy trips Cora and drags her out to SLAP her! Cora grabs Mandy by her hair! But then Shirai and KLR DOUBLE DIVE onto them! Fans fire up with the Scary Geniuses as KLR CHOPS Cora!

Shirai headlocks Mandy, Cora hits KLR back. Mandy knees free, smacks Shirai off apron, a nd Cora throws KLR into apron! Cora stomps KLR, Shirai hits Mandy and AX KICKS her down! KLR SMACKS Cora off the announce desk! Shirai and KLR get in the ring, and now teammates must be opponents. Fans fire up as the two shake hands, then KLR whips! KLR hooks Shirai up but Shirai fights the Gory Especial, so KLR just backslides! TWO, but KLR tries again! Shirai sunset flips, TWO! KLR kicks Shirai low, reels her in, but Shirai fights the suplex to kick low and underhook. KLR fights to back drop free!

Shirai lands on her feet and fans fire up again! Shirai then drop toeholds KLR onto ropes, but KLR avoids the Tiger Feint! Mandy drags Shirai out hard, then ROCKS KLR out of her dive! Mandy gets in and smirks as she looms over KLR. “I already beat you!” But KLR KICKS Mandy from below! Cora gets in and hits a THESZ PRESS for fast hands! Cora fires off on Mandy all over, CLUBS her on the back, but Mandy ROCKS her! Cora swings, into a waistlock and SLAM! Mandy snarls, whips, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack but KLR drags Mandy off! KLR and Mandy scrap. Mandy throws KLR out onto Shirai!

Mandy puts Cora in a corner, stomps away on her, then digs her knees in! Mandy lets off to soak up the heat from the fans, and then she goes back to Cora. Mandy digs her knee into Cora to choke her on ropes! Cora sputters and coughs but she throws body shots back. Mandy CLUBS Cora, drags her up and suplexes, and manages to hold Cora up for five before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Mandy DECKS KLR off the apron, then she DECKS Shirai. Mandy goes back to Cora, runs in at the ropes, but Cora dumps Mandy out! Cora goes to the apron as fans duel, Cora CANNONBALLS and takes Mandy out!

But KLR sees Cora, goes up and SUPER CANNONBALLS! But now Shirai is up top! KLR turns around into her ARIHARA MOONSAULT! They crash into the desk and hit the floor! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Shirai gets KLR back in the ring. Shirai hobbles over, brings KLR up, waistlocks, but KLR elbows free. KLR runs, but into a back elbow! Shirai drags KLR up but KLR waistlocks. Shirai victory rolls to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up with KLR on the ropes, Shirai hits the TIGER FEINT! KLR flounders, Shirai goes up top! KLR stands for the missile dropkick! Cover, but Mandy breaks it!

Mandy throws Shirai out of the ring, goes to cover KLR, TWO! Mandy is fuming but KLR gets her in a KOJI KLUTCH! Cora stomps away on them both but Shirai rolls Cora! TWO, so Shirai gets a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!  And it’s in deep, too! Fans fire up as these submissions are dueling! Mandy endures, Cora fights and kicks Shirai onto the clutch! All four women are down and fans fire up again! Shirai is up first and she SHOTEIS Cora! KLR gets Shirai for a GOURD BUSTER! Mandy LARIATS KLR! Fans chant for “Women’s Wrestling!” as Cora and Mandy stare down. Mandy whips, Cora RANAS and fires up!

Cora runs in, dodges Mandy, then dropkicks a leg out! BUZZSAW! Cora roars and fans fire up with her! She shakes out the bad leg, runs to springboard and DOUBLE STMOP Mandy on the back! Mandy gets to a corner, Cora runs in, and forearm smash! Then another! And another! Cora goes one more time, but Mandy puts her on the apron! Cora ROCKS Mandy back, blocks KLR’s superkick, and hops on for an APRON DESTROYER!! Fans fire up and lose their minds over that one! But Shirai is back and she TIGER FEINTS Cora in the back! Shirai then climbs up, aims at Mandy, missile dropkick! Mandy is in a corner, here comes SHINKANSEN!

Shirai drags Mandy back up, wrenches to a waistlock, but Mandy fights the suplex! Shirai still GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mandy survives and shocks Shirai! Mandy drags herself to the apron but Shirai is after her! Mandy HOTSHOTS Shirai while fans duel. Shirai ends up on the other side of the corner, Mandy smacks her off buckles! Mandy climbs up?! SHOTEI from Shirai! Shirai gets back in and climbs back up to then go after Mandy, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, Cora SUPER SENTONS to break it up!! Fans rally up as Cora and Mandy are the only two left in the ring!

Mandy gets up, Cora SHINING WIZARDS against ropes! Cora cravats goes up, SLICED BREAD! And then, underhooks for a BUTTEFLY DDT! Cover, KLR breaks it! Cora is furious and she fires off on KLR! KLR HEADBUTTS back! KLR reels Cora in, Gory Especial for the K L R BOMB!! But KLR doesn’t cover, she puts Cora in a drop zone and goes up! But Shirai shoves KLR down! Shirai goes up and fans fire up! OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, but Mandy KNEES Shirai down! High stack, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Mandy survives again! She made sure everyone else was done for before she pounced! Mandy holds up the gold, will anyone ever take it from her?

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell, Dexter Lumis, Persia Pirotta and Duke Hudson.

McKenzie is with #InDex and #Dusia, and Persia gives Duke one more kiss for luck. The winner of the fan poll is… INDEX! 89% to 11% is a landslide, but Persia insists there needs to be a recount! There’s no way this is right! Duke slaps the hat off Dexter but Dexter goes to choke Duke! The ladies keep them apart, but they argue the results just as much. Referees rush in to keep this from getting any more heated, but will the only way to settle this be in the ring?

 

LA Knight VS GUNTHER!

The Megastar may have a big mouth, YEAH, but he doesn’t back down from a fight. And he is definitely going to get a fight from Der Ring General! Will LA Knight survive this shootout in Dallas? Or will Gunther redeem Imperium with his own hands?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally and chant “WAL~TER!” Knight and Gunther egg each other on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Knight finds a point of leverage but Gunther puts Knight in the corner. Knight turns it back around, the ref counts, they continue to go along ropes but Gunther has Knight in the corner. The ref counts, Gunther lets off, but then he SLAPS Knight! Gunther eggs Knight on so Knight fires off haymakers! Knight backs Gunther down, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts 4. Knight goes corner to corner, but Gunther bails out. Knight goes to the apron, FLYING LARIAT!

“YEAH!” echoes through the crowd as Knight ROCKS Gunther, then SMACKS him off the apron. But Gunther RAMS Knight into the apron, then reels him in, APRON POWERBOMB! The ring count climbs as the Ring General gets in. Knight is able to get in at 8 of 10, but Gunther corners him. Gunther stomps, EuroUppers, but Knight kicks back. Knight fires haymakers but Gunther shoves him to ropes to ROCK him with a forearm! Gunther CLUBS Knight, brings him around to scoop and SLAM! Cover, ONE!! Gunther KNEES him in the back, then clamps on a chinlock. Gunther grinds Knight but fans rally up.

Knight fights up, Gunther CLUBS him again. Fans chant “YEAH!” but Gunther EuroUppers again! Gunther brings Knight out to EuroUpper again! But Knight fires off more haymakers! Gunther gets around to ROCK Knight in the back! Gunther shoves and ROCKS Knight again! Gunther rings Knight around to whip to a corner, but Knight avoids the chop for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Knight gets up but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther gets the legs, Knight resists, but Gunther still gets the BOSTON CRAB! Knight endures as Gunther sits deep! Fans rally and Knight pushes up. Knight reaches out but Gunther shifts to an STF!

Gunther grinds Knight but Knight endures. Knight gets his leg free so Gunther focuses on the crossface. Fans rally, Knight fights up and slips out, but Gunther HEADBUTTS him! Gunther whips Knight hard into a corner! Knight bounces off buckles and drops to the mat. Gunther hauls Knight up, whips him corner to corner but Knight reverses! Then he BACK DROPS Gunther! Since when has anyone hit a back drop on the Ring General?! Fans fire up but Gunther CHOPS Knight off his feet! That you see a lot with Gunther. Gunther drags Knight up, suplexes, but Knight fights to suplex back! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Both men slowly rise, Gunther goes to a corner. Knight runs in but Gunther puts him on the outside. Knight slingshots and shoulder tackles Gunther down! Gunther goes to a corner, Knight stomps away on him, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Fans fire up and Knight gives another round of stomps, “YEAH!” Knight runs corner to corner to KNEE Gunther down! Gunther staggers up, Knight reels him in, but Gunther fights the lift! Gunther CLUBS Knight, shoves him, but Knight ROCKS Gunther this time! Knight avoids the chop to scoop and SLAM! Fans spell the name and Knight drops an elbow!

Knight clotheslines Gunther in the corner, and he hauls him up top! Gunther hits back but Knight fights up top. Gunther CHOPS Knight off the ropes! Gunther stands up, but Knight springs right back up! SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Knight drags himself to ropes while Gunther shakes out the cobwebs. Knight stalks Gunther, kicks but no BFT! CHOP blocked! Knight ROCKS Gunther but Gunther hits back! They brawl, but Gunther CHOPS! Gunther ROCKS Knight in the back, then wraps on a SLEEPER HOLD! Knight flails, but he’s fading! Fans rally, Knight gets a second wind, and he torture racks Gunther! BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!!

Knight grits his teeth as Gunther survives! Fans rally back up and Knight goes to a corner. Knight climbs, but Gunther CLUBS him first! Gunther climbs up but Knight throws elbows! Gunther drops back but then he CHOPS the legs out! Knight is stuck, so Gunther goes out to CHOP, then CLOBBER Knight! Knight tumbles, Gunther goes up, SUPER SPLASH! Then a POWERBOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Der Ring General got more of a fight than he expected out of Knight, but he is still the one standing tall! Will Gunther continue to deliver punishing performances until he is on top of NXT?

 

NXT Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Bron Breakker!

The Show-Off showing up in NXT was surprising enough, but him winning this title was shocking! Of course, he did have GLORIOUS back-up helping him. But that was in a Triple Threat. Will the Dirty Dawgs be able to pull off another screw job? Or will the biggest moment in young Bron’s career be his moment to shine?

Bron wears all white in his singlet, but he grabs himself an NXT 2.0 colored chainsaw! And he uses that chainsaw to literally cut down an old school NXT logo! The Dawgs then make their entrance, the introductions are made, and then Ziggler SLAPS Bron! The ref has to keep Bron back, then the belt is raised. The bell rings, and Bron TACKLES Ziggler to the corner! Bron fires off on Ziggler, Ziggler bails out but Bron chases after! Fans fire up, Bron puts Ziggler in the ring, but Ziggler gets right on Bron with fists! Ziggler digs his knee in, but lets off as the ref counts. Ziggler whips, Bron reverses but Ziggler leaps to hit a rolling Blockbuster!

The two get up as Ziggler holds the facelock. Bron powers out but Ziggler kicks him! Bron staggers but he comes back, dodges, and catches the hurdle for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans bark for Bron and he runs in at Ziggler to LARIAT! Bron looms over Ziggler then drags him from ropes. Cover, TWO! Ziggler is dazed but Bron drags him up. Bron OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Roode coaches Ziggler but Bron has him again, another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Bron stalks Ziggler, brings him around again, a third Belly2Belly! Bron says this is done, and he brings down the straps. But Roode goes after Bron!

The ref gets Roode to stop, and he EJECTS him! Fans fire up but Roode is furious! Bron goes out to chase Roode off, but Ziggler is pulling buckle pads away! Ziggler waits for Bron to return but Bron gets under the superkick! BIG back suplex! Bron looms over Ziggler, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Bron puts Ziggler up top, climbs up after him, but Ziggler slips out and trips Bron up! Bron gets stuck on the top, Ziggler steadies himself and comes back, for a SUPER NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler hurries to wrap on a SLEEPER HOLD! Bron endures, Ziggler pushes up for pressure, but Bron is still in this.

Bron fights up, fans rally and Bron pries free to throw body shots! Ziggler kicks Bron’s leg out to then turn him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! But Ziggler clamps onto a CROSSFACE! Bron endures, fans rally again, and Bron moves around. Bron gets back up, throws more body shots, but Ziggler shoves him into ropes! Bron clutches his neck but Ziggler fires off more hands! Ziggler lets off and runs in, but into a back elbow! Bron goes up but Ziggler trips him up again! Bron hits buckles on the way down and he again clutches his neck. Ziggler eggs Bron on as he gets back up.

Ziggler digs his knee in at the ropes but the ref counts. Ziggler lets off, and he drags Bron into the SLEEPER HOLD! Bron endures, Ziggler squeezes tighter and even gets the body scissors. Bron pries at the hold, reaches out for ropes, but he’s also turning purple! Ziggler drags Bron from ropes and then bridges to put on more torque! Bron still endures so Ziggler resets to have the chinlock. Ziggler shakes his head, this has to be the end. But Bron fights up, pries free and throws more body shots! Ziggler kicks low, kicks the legs out, then scrapes laces on Bron’s face! Fans boo but Ziggler soaks up the heat.,

Ziggler turns Bro, swivels hips, but Bron powers out to run Ziggler over! And again! Bron reels Ziggler back in, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Bron whips, tilt-o-whirl scoop, for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bron grows frustrated but he also clutches his neck. Ziggler is in the corner, Bron storms over. Bron drags Ziggler up, fans duel, and Bron puts Ziggler up top. Bron climbs up after Ziggler, and he goes to the very top! Shout out to his uncle, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler survives again and the frustration is growing in Bron. Bron glares as he aims from a corner. Ziggler gets up, Bron runs in, into a KNEE!

Ziggler is shocked that Bron didn’t fall! Bron runs, Ziggler hurdles, SPEAR on the return! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives again and no one can believe it! Bron grits his teeth, drags Ziggler up and choke grips. Ziggler wants mercy, but then he YANKS Bron out of the ring! Bron gets back in, into a RUNNING BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is beside himself as Bron survives that shot. Ziggler slaps sense into himself and goes to a corner. Fans rally and Ziggler starts tuning up the band! Bron stands, but he blocks the superkick! Bron shoves Ziggler away then SPEARS him again! Fans fire up and bark it up as Bron drags Ziggler up!

Bron trophy lifts Ziggler and carries him, for the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, but Roode returns?! Roode drags Ziggler out of the ring! The ref tries to stop Bron, Roode argues with the ref, and Roode says Ziggler doesn’t need this. But Bron builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on both Dawgs! Bron almost loses his singlet but the fans are fired up again! Bron drags Ziggler back into the ring, then he goes after Roode! Bron RAMS Roode into steel steps! The ring count is climbing, Bron gets in at 9 of 10. Ziggler is there, FAMOUSER!! And ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bron survives and Ziggler is losing his mind!

Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Ziggler goes back to a corner. Ziggler goes up the corner, leaps, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Bron is still in this but Ziggler gets to another corner. Ziggler tunes up the band again, fans fire up, but Bron is standing right up! Ziggler shakes his head, he can’t believe this! Bron LARIATS, then SPEARS! And then Bron drags Ziggler back up, trophy lifts him again, but Ziggler rakes eyes! BARE BUCKLE SHOT! SUPERKICK!!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!?

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

He had Roode and a bare buckle help him survive, and Ziggler sure stole this title! Will the Show-Off continue to hold this title by any means necessary? What will it take for Bron to get back on top?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NXT to get back out on the road with, but sadly so much of it showed that this is Vince’s NXT, not HHH’s. The kickoff show was good, with great promos from the North American Championship field, and a rather… controversial basis for Gacy’s promo. But I suppose as a Heel, Gacy would indirectly want to bring up JFK’s assassination… Then that whole montage with #InDex and #Dusia, at least it all happened on the kickoff show and not part of the main show. We got a great Women’s Tag Team Championship match, and it seems that Wendy Choo is totally okay with Dakota going back to Raquel. Great win for Raquel & Dakota, they become two-time tag champs together, and perhaps will get to make up for their insanely short first run back in the black ‘n’ gold days.

But with Toxic Attraction losing the tag titles, I figured they were going to hold onto the singles title. The Fatal 4 Way was awesome stuff, and it was clear from the entrances that it was between Cora and Mandy. But seeing as how Mandy had Robert Roode’s old GLORIOUS Podium while Cora had other skateboarders kinda awkwardly going around the stage, Mandy had the stronger entrance and she capitalized on Shirai taking Cora down. Shirai is certainly moving on to RawDown, KLR and Cora can still try 1v1, but it sadly feels like it’ll be a long time before Mandy loses this belt the way they’re booking her.

Opening with the North American Championship Ladder match was an awesome choice because that was an awesome match. It was “overbooked” with Sanga, Legado and Trick all ringside, but it worked out for amazing extra spots like Lopez leaping from the top and Trick falling from the ladder. The one spot that was the roughest thing all night was Waller and those ladder bridges. Obviously, any spot with a ladder or table runs the risk of injury, but this one was really bad. Hopefully he’s only banged up, not dealing with a dislocation or break. Waller’s been on a strong Heel run, it’d be a shame if it stopped now. Especially with Grimes winning that belt! What a great moment for him, and it was pretty clear it was happening with this all being dedicated to his dad.

Ciampa VS Tony was some really good stuff, both with good custom intros, but man, that was an anticlimactic way for Tony to win. I get it, tradition says the guy leaving loses. But c’mon! It’s Ciampa! And couldn’t they have booked a better finish than that? I almost didn’t realize the DDT happened until Ciampa was the one in a bad way. Tony wins and I’m sure he’ll go for a title now, while Ciampa will surely be full time on Raw since we even saw him in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last night. Maybe Ciampa can hit the ground running with a midcard title feud. Balor seems busy with Priest and Theory so maybe SmackDown to face Ricochet?

The NXT Tag Team title Triple Threat was awesome stuff, too, but I really thought we were going to get interference from the Creed Brothers’ stalkers. Guess that’s being saved for the post-Mania NXT, even though it made way more sense if it was here. But even so, still made sense for MSK to win. Imperium was at the disadvantage, and clearly Creeds have this feud coming up, MSK can carry these belts and either feud with Imperium more or take on any number of the other teams in NXT. Knight VS Gunther was great stuff, and of course Gunther was winning. Fans still want to chant “WAL~TER!” and I still wanna type it, but one way or another, Der Ring General is going to be climbing up the ranks.

But then there’s the main event. I just don’t get it. Bron got another of his “I’m smashing the past to be the future” type entrances, he and Ziggler were doing great stuff, going back and forth, and there were still some rough edges being smoothed out at the beginning with miscues, but I just don’t get why Ziggler won. It’s obvious how he won, but why? Why book Bron like he’s NXT Superman and going to defy everything to get that belt back, only for this to happen? Vince’s brain just seems out of alignment when it comes to writing this stuff. I bet if you gave him peanut butter, jelly and bread, he’d somehow use them to make a salad.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/5/22)

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The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they squat?

Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi are the bad boys of NJPW, but are they mightier than The Mighty? We find out as World Tag League rolls on!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bad Luck Fale VS Oskar Leube; Fale wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Ryohei Oiwa & Tomoaki Honma; Naito & Sanada win.
  • Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Coughlin & Kidd win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Mechanical Bulls have yet to get on the board, and there’s not much time left! Can they bulldoze the House of Torture and finally score? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp have more tricks up their sleeves for this one?

Dick Togo comes out with the House of Torture, so Sho must be lurking somewhere else right now. The teams sort out, but Kidd tells Dick to leave. Dick does leave and fans applaud. Kidd and Yujiro start and fans rally up with the bell. Kidd and Yujiro circle, tie up, and Yujiro headlocks. Kidd powers up to pry at the hold, and he spins it around onto Yujiro. Fans applaud but Yujiro powers out of the headlock. Kidd runs Yujiro over! Evil runs in but Coughlin intercepts him with a kick! Coughlin ROCKS Evil with a forearm, knees him in a corner, and Kidd has Yujiro in the other. They double whip Evil and Yujiro at each other, then they both scoop and SLAM!

Fans fire up as the Mechanical Bulls roar and flex! Coughlin & Kidd double whip Yujiro, kick and knee lift and run him over with a shoulder! Kidd SENTONS, then covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kidd drags Yujiro up and tags in Coughlin. Kidd holds Yujiro for Coughlin’s CHOP! Fans fire up as Coughlin deadlifts Yujiro into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Coughlin looms over Yujiro. Coughlin stands Yujiro up but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro CHOPS, whips, but Coughlin reverses. Yujiro holds ropes, Coughlin runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil runs in to BLAST Kidd off the apron, then he goes out after him!

Kidd kicks Evil but Evil claws the eyes! Evil brings Kidd around and takes aim at the timekeeper, but the ref reprimands! Evil lets off, and he CLUBS Kidd down. Abe-san is spared for now, and Yujiro stands Coughlin up in a corner. Yujiro throws elbows, but lets off as the ref counts. Yujiro brings Coughlin over and tags in Evil. Evil CLUBS Coughlin, then fakes the eye rake to CHOP! Coughlin eggs Evil on, so Evil CHOPS again! Coughlin eggs Evil on more and fans fire up. Evil CHOPS again and Coughlin feels that one! Coughlin CHOPS back and Evil feels that! Evil trips Coughlin for a toehold! But Coughlin reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Evil lets off, drags Coughlin over and he tags in Yujiro. The ref counts, Evil exits and Yujiro stomps Coughlin down. Yujiro drags Coughlin up to knee low, knee low again, then snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil protests the count. Yujiro brings Coughlin up and ROCKS him with a forearm. And then ROCKS him in the corner! Yujiro stomps Coughlin, tags Evil, and Evil scoop SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Evil covers again, TWO! And again, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but the fans fire up again. Evil drags Coughlin up but Coughlin knees low! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!

Evil kicks low, runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Coughlin crawls over, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd rallies on Evil with shoulders and CHOPS! Kidd whips, Evil reverses but Kidd ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Kidd but Yujiro runs in. Kidd kicks him, fires off forearms, then has him in a corner. Kidd clotheslines Yujiro, then runs corner to corner and clotheslines Evil! Yujiro runs in but Kidd sends him into Evil! Then Kidd uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! Down goes Yujiro! Kidd blocks Evil’s kick to Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! And then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up with Kidd as he drags Evil back up. Kidd calls his shot, suplexes, but Evil fights free and wrenches. Kidd CHOPS Evil first! Fans fire up again as Kidd runs in but Evil dodges the clothesline! Evil corner clotheslines then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro stomps Kidd, drags him up, then knees him low. Yujiro CLUBS Kidd, reels him in, but Kidd suplexes first! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as Kidd and Yujiro crawl. Hot tag to Coughlin! The Android picks Yujiro up and RAMS him into a corner! And RAMS again and again, and then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS!

Fans fire up as Coughlin fireman’s carries Yujiro, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Kidd kicks Evil and throws him out. Kidd goes out after Evil with more Tenzan Power! Coughlin powers up, runs, but Yujiro gets around the lariat to backslide! Coughlin rolls through but Yujiro reels him in. Coughlin powers out of Pimp Juice, but Yujiro bumps into the ref! Coughlin shouts, “YOU!” but he runs into a REVERSE DDT! And with no ref, here come Dick & Sho! Fans boo because they can now, but Evil CLUBS Kidd down. Dick & Sho get in the ring, fans tell them to go away, and then Evil & Yujiro say they can go?

Evil & Yujiro say they have this, they don’t need to cheat. Dick & Sho understand, and they exit. Fans applaud while Yujiro and Evil stand Coughlin & Kidd up. But then they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Well, they’re still cheating, just on their own. The House of Torture laughs and Evil stands Kidd up to kick him back down. Dick & Sho then return, and fans boo even more. The House was just tricking everyone, and now they all stomp away on Coughlin & Kidd! Evil drags Kidd up, throws him out, and Sho goes out after Kidd. Yujiro sits Coughlin up, PIMP JUICE! Dick puts the ref back in, he counts the cover, TWO?!?! Coughlin still lives and shocks everyone!!

Fans are thunderous but Evil gets a chair! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro sits Coughlin up and Evil rushes in, but Kidd BOOTS the chair into Evil! Fans fire up more and Coughlin shoves Yujiro into Sho! Then Coughlin scoops Yujiro to the FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, The Mechanical Bulls win!!

Winners: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

FINALLY! Kidd & Coughlin have their first win as a duo! They won’t win the league, but does this mean there’s hope for the Mechanical Bulls as a team? As for the House of Torture, are they ever going to give up their cheating ways?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open!

With the way things are going, the All United Empire Finals might not be happening! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon get a little help from Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher? Or will Dunk-Zilla & the Aussie Arrow make their senpai earn the dream?

Fans cheer as Gideon Grey makes his way out, along with the Karatsu City mascot, Karawan-kun the beetle-helmet wearing dog. The Orchestrator says good evening, and introduces himself. “And today is a very big day, but first, the Great-O-Khan has forged a new alliance.” The United Empire’s newest mascot is Karawan-kun! “And now, as a humble servant to the people of the United Empire, there is no greater joy that I can take than introducing you to your combatants.” That is to say, he gets to do introductions for BOTH teams of the United Empire! They wait to all go to the ring together, showing that the Empire is united, even when they are competing against each other.

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Khan starts against Davis, and they RAM each other at the bell! Fans fire up as they go again, and again, and then get forehead to forehead. Khan forearms, Davis gives it back, repeat, and fans rally as the shots go faster and faster! Davis and Khan get forehead to forehead again, run, but then Henare and Kyle trip them up! Henare and Kyle send Davis and Khan into railing, then rush in at each other to fire off forearms of their own! Fans fire up again as the shots go back and forth! Khan and Davis return, and they return to firing forearms back and forth with each other!

Fans are loving the brawling but the ref wants this to sort out to 1v1! Khan & Henare get the edge, then they both run, but Aussie Open dodges to pick them both up! They SANDWICH their senpai! Fans fire up and Davis tags in Kyle. Aussie Open drag Khan up, double whip him to ropes, but Khan ducks the double lariat! PONYTAIL CHOKE on Kyle! Henare dropkicks Davis’ legs out! Khan drags Kyle down to a HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Henare runs over and has a HEEL HOOK! Kyle endures double submissions, but the ref counts! Kyle gets the ROPEBREAK with his free leg! The ref counts again, Khan & Henare let Kyle go.

Khan drags Kyle up, and has the PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands Henare tags in, and the senpai mug Kyle. Henare stalks Kyle, ROCKS him with forearms, then throws knees. Henare snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Kyle in the back! Fans applaud while Kyle writhes. Henare drags Kyle back up, but Kyle throws body shots and a flurry of forearms! Henare DECKS Kyle in return! Henare drags Kyle back up, whips, but Kyle reverses. Kyle runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Khan BLASTS Davis off the apron, then he and Henare drag Kyle back up. Fans rally as the senpai double whip Kyle to the corner.

Khan whips Henare in but Kyle goes up and over! Kyle ducks under Khan, hot tag to Davis! Fans fire up as Davis runs through Khan’s lariat to corner clothesline Henare! Davis CHOPS Khan, clotheslines Henare again, then CHOPS Khan again! Davis clotheslines Henare again but Khan ducks the chop. Khan & Henare mug Davis, they double whip but Davis handsprings and DOUBLE LARIATS back! Fans fire up and Davis drags Henare up. Davis shoves Henare to a corner, and CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS again! Fans fire up, Davis wrenches Henare and torture racks, but Henare fights free!

Henare BOOTS Davis down, then runs at the corner. Davis dodges and Kyle runs in to LARIAT! Kyle sits Henare down for Davis’ SLIDING FOREARM! Kyle then DIVES onto Khan! Fans fire up and Davis torture racks Henare, for the SPINNING RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kyle and fans rally as Aussie Open coordinates. Fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK! Kyle hops up and Davis scoops Henare for a LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Henare stays in this. Kyle fires up now and Davis helps him stand Henare up. They double pump handle but Khan saves Henare! But then Aussie Open double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM!

Aussie Open dumps Khan out, they get Henare back up, double underhooks and lift, BUTTERFLY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Khan breaks it in time! Fans fire up while Davis stomps Khan. Aussie Open whips Khan to ropes, but Khan BOOTS Kyle and arm-drags Davis! Fans fire up as Khan goes to his corner and calls to Henare. Henare crawls over as fans rally, hot tag to Khan! Khan storms up on Kyle, for Mongolian Chops! And then more Mongolian Chops in the corner! Khan turns Kyle around, to sit up on his throne! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands. Khan hops off at 4, then dribbles Kyle off the buckles! Khan goes to TEN, then he SLAM DUNKS Kyle!

Kyle staggers into a PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, but Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS Davis then throws him out. Khan & Henare double whip Kyle corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Feed to Khan for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare hooks up the legs, FUBUKI! Kyle endures, but he gets MARINE! Cover, Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS and HEADBUTTS Davis, then throws him out again. Henare tags in, he storms up on Kyle. Fans rally, Henare stomps Kyle then drags him up. Kyle CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And then ROCKS Henare with a forearm!

Henare and Kyle stagger, but Kyle runs corner to corner. Henare dodges the kick, Khan rushes in to feed Kyle to Henare’s scoop, BERSERKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and fans rally up. Henare drags Kyle up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs, but Davis clotheslines him out! Kyle slips free, Davis dodges Henare, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Open regroup. Davis goes to the corner, Kyle tags him in, and Aussie Open fires up as they go to opposite corners. They aim as Henare stands up, but he moves as they rush in! Aussie Open stop from colliding, Kyle rushes at Henare but he dodges.

Davis kicks but Henare blocks, to step-over WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Kyle SUPERKICKS Henare down, but then Khan LARIATS Kyle! Davis CLOBBERS Khan but Henare HEEL KICKS Davis! ELBOW JAB for Kyle, but DROPKICK for Henare! Khan dodges Kyle to NECKBREAKER DROP! But then Davis ENZIGURIS Khan down! Fans are thunderous again as the entire United Empire is down! The teams regroup and slowly rise. Aussie Open throw forearms first, but Khan & Henare give them back. Aussie Open hits again, #Khanare hits back! Aussie Open, Khanare, repeat! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster!

Aussie Open gets the edge, they fire up, but Khan Mongolian Chops and Henare body shots! The senpai have control as Khan puts some stank on his Mongolian- NO, Davis blocks! But Henare gets around to ROUNDHOUSE Davis in the back! Davis wobbles, the Monster Rage boils over! Khan scoops Davis, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS and then Khan TENZAN TOMBSTONE DRIVERS!! Henare covers, but Kyle barrels in to break it!! Fans are thunderous again as Khan drags Kyle up. Kyle forearms Khan, CHOPS Henare, repeat! Kyle roars and runs, but into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Khan & Henare get Davis up now!

Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Davis slips off to shove the senpai into each other! Davis reels Henare in, Kyle gut wrenches Khan, DOUBLE DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Khan & Henare both roar as they rise up! But Aussie Open aim from the corners! DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Khan falls, Aussie Open pump handle Henare, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Henare & Khan earn 0)

The All United Empire Finals is no longer going to happen, but based on this, we know what would’ve happened! Davis & Fletcher best their senpai, will they soon prove they are the best?

But in the end, the United Empire all stands together, along with Gideon and Karawan-kun. Gideon wants everyone to understand this was about more than just two points! “This was about the pride beating in the heart of each and every one of these men in this ring!” Fans applaud that. “You wanna achieve greatness? You wanna make a change? Then follow this example! NEVER give less than 100%! NEVER stop moving forward! And NEVER give up! And when your body gives out, which it will, have your allies pick you back up and do it all over again! Get off your ass and do something you can be proud of! This is why United Empire runs the world!”

Fans applaud that passion, and the four stand together at the center. Gideon says this was the best match from the best unit! “This is the power of the United Empire!!” Fans cheer as the faction hugs it out. Will the United Empire soon become the strongest faction in all of professional wrestling?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Bishamon is on the bubble, but they could find a way! Unless the Meanest Tag Team in World Tag League has something to say about it! If #EverybodyDies, does another run come to an end? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #TurnItAllAround before the end?

Naturally, the Murderhawk Monster clobbers a Young Lion, and he goes after Oskar Leube. Then he goes to intimidate Milano Collection AT! Milano runs off, Archer sits in his seat and puts on the headset. Archer says hello to Jushin Thunder Liger, asks if he’s doing well, then says F U and gets back to the ring. Suzuki makes his entrance, he BOOTS Young Lion Ryohei Oiwa down, and fans take full advantage of being able to sing “KAZE NI NARE~!” Goto & Hashi make their entrance, but Archer & Suzuki attack after the introductions! Archer stomps Goto in a corner, Suzuki fires off on Hashi! The bell rings as Suzuki throws Hashi out!

Archer stands on Goto in the corner while Suzuki stomps Hashi against railing! Fans rally up while the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up, then he stomps Goto more. Archer stands Goto up to ROCK him, then CHOKE him against the ropes! The ref counts, Archer stops at 4. Archer runs, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon RAMS Archer with double shoulders! Suzuki runs in but Hashi kicks him first. Bishamon drums Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Bishamon gets Archer now for drumming! But Archer explodes out! Archer runs to CLOBBER Goto, and Suzuki has Hashi in a HANGING ARMBAR!

The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off at 4, and he drags Hashi out. Archer goes after Goto on the outside while Suzuki whips Hashi into railing! Archer digs his knee into Goto’s neck but the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up again, but Suzuki brings Hashi around the railing. Abe-san moves aside so Suzuki can throw Hashi onto the timekeeper’s table! Suzuki then grabs one of the chairs and digs it into Hashi’s head! Archer meanwhile whips Goto hard into railing! Fans rally up while Archer take apart the railing! Archer uses that to choke Goto! The ref reprimands, he starts the ring count, but Suzuki brings Hashi up the ramp!

Suzuki reels Hashi in, Gotch holds, but Hashi resists the lift! The count is 10 of 20, Suzuki KNEES Hashi down, then goes back to ringside. Archer puts Goto in, reels him in and short arm LARIATS! Tag to Suzuki and he covers, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki kicks Goto around, toys with him as he digs his heel into Goto’s face, then gives him some stomps. Goto sits up, Suzuki KICKS and KICKS, but Goto glares defiantly. So Suzuki KNEES Goto down! Suzuki drags Goto around by a leg for a HEEL HOOK, then turns the leg. Suzuki also gets an arm, but Goto still endures. Goto reaches out, but Suzuki lets off to keep him from the ropes.

Archer goes after Hashi on the outside, Suzuki drags Goto up but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki CHOPS back! Suzuki has Goto in the corner, Archer holds Goto up, and Suzuki CHOPS! Suzuki throws body shots, then CHOPS again! Tag to Archer and Archer brings Goto around. Goto fires CHOPS in return! Goto KICKS but Archer kicks and ROCKS and whips! Goto hits buckles hard and bounces off! Archer waits on Goto to stand back up, fans rally up, and Archer runs in to back elbow! Archer keeps moving, he CLOBBERS Goto! Fans fire up while Archer has a cocky cover. TWO, but then Archer DECKS Hashi off the apron.

Archer stomps Goto, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki drags Goto up to wrench and double wristlock! Goto moves around but Suzuki wrangles him down! ARMBAR!! Goto endures, flails and moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off and fans applaud. Tag to Archer, he tells fans rallying for Goto to shut up. Fans rally harder for Goto and Archer eggs Goto on. Archer slaps Goto around but Goto fires off CHOPS! Archer knees low, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Archer stays up, so Goto runs again, to LARIAT! Archer choke grips, but Goto breaks free, dodges, and hot tags Hashi! Hashi RAMS Archer, and RAMS again!

Archer pie faces Hashi to a corner, runs in but Hashi dodges. Hashi clotheslines, whips, but Archer reverses! Hashi comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hashi keeps moving to HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Archer up. Hashi goes to suplex but Archer blocks! Hashi keeps trying, but Archer still resists. Hashi kicks and kicks and fires up! Hashi suplexes, but Archer fights that! Archer wrenches but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Archer again. Archer still whips but Hashi holds ropes. Archer runs in, Hashi drop toeholds him into ropes! Hashi runs and SHOTGUNS Archer down!

Fans fire up and Hashi tags Goto back in. Hashi BLASTS Suzuki, Goto stomps Archer. Bishamon double whips Archer to a corner, Goto whips Hashi in but Archer elbows Hashi away. Goto runs in but Archer BOOTS him! Archer hops up and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Archer tags Suzuki. Suzuki stomps Goto around, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Suzuki runs in to BOOT Goto, then he snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Suzuki argues the count. Suzuki kicks at Goto, drags him back up, and he HEADBUTTS! Goto drops to a knee but Suzuki brings him back up.

Suzuki HEADBUTTS again and again, but Goto throws a forearm! Suzuki snarls and storms up to forearm Goto back! Goto forearms, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Fans fire up as the forearms go faster and faster! Goto gets the edge, but Suzuki just grins through it all! Suzuki comes back to DECK Goto! Fans fire up as Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki eggs Goto on and then runs, but Goto blocks the boot! Goto hooks Suzuki up and Hashi runs in, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Hashi BLASTS Archer off the apron! Fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for lights out! Goto drags Suzuki up, Hashi has th elegs, but Archer attacks them first!

Archer throws knees into Hashi, then he and Suzuki whip Goto and Hashi into each other! Archer then hauls Goto up and Suzuki runs, HART ATTACK!! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Archer drags Hashi up to throw him out! Suzuki drags Goto up and around but Goto’s dead weight. Archer sends Hashi into railing while Suzuki taunts Goto. Fans rally up while Suzuki drags Goto back up. Goto swings, misses, and Suzuki ROCKS him! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goto flails, reaches out, but Suzuki keeps him from the ropes! Suzuki squeezes tighter, Goto is turning purple! Goto sits down, he sputters, and the ref checks! Goto is fading, Suzuki covers, TWO!!!

Suzuki SLEEPERS Goto again and drags him up! Then he spins Goto around, reels him in, and Gotch holds! But Goto resists the lift! Fans fire up as the struggle continues, but Suzuki lifts Goto up! Goto kicks and flails but Suzuki still lifts! Goto fights to back drop free!! Goto roars, runs, but Suzuki follows to shoot around, SLEEPER! But Goto powers Suzuki to a corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE- NO, Archer grabs Hashi by the hair! Suzuki slips off to SLEEPER! Hashi gets around Archer to waistlock, Archer elbows free, but then Hashi dumps him out! Fans fire up as Goto fireman’s carries!

FIERCE FLASH! Into SHOUTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

Goto & Hashi live to fight another round! Can Bishamon #GetBackUp to the World Tag League finals for a back-to-back victory?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

The Joker & The Ace were knocked out of the running just last round, but they aren’t going to let that stop them! Will they bring down one of the frontrunners in the block? Or will Shane & Mikey prove that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The teams sort out and the Mighty want Red Shoes to thoroughly check Yano. Yano says it’s all fine! Tanahashi takes off his jacket, and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” Yano gets the fans cheering for “HIROSHI! HIROSHI!” and Tanahashi starts against Shane. Shane does an air drum while Tanahashi air guitars. Fans rally for Hiroshi as he circles with Shane. They tie up, Shane powers Tanahashi to ropes, but Red Shoes calls the break. Shane lets off to flex his own muscles. Fans applaud as they are impressive, but Tanahashi shrugs that off. Tanahashi and Shane circle and tie up again, and Tanahashi puts Shane on ropes now.

Tanahashi lets off quickly, and he flexes his muscles. Fans cheer even more, and that annoys Shane. But Tanahashi blocks Shane’s kick to CLUB the leg then headlock. Shane powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Shane headscissors. Tanahashi kips free but Shane headlocks for a takeover. Now Tanahashi headscissors and Shane kips free. Tanahashi flexes and Shane backs away. Shane wants Tanahashi to back up, and Tanahashi steps away. Shane resets and circles with Tanahashi again. But then Shane tags Mikey and Yano calls to Tanahashi! Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up!

Yano and Mikey step up, and Yano squats! Fans want Mikey to squat but Mikey mocks it as sumo. Yano stands up and says it’s not sumo, but Mikey kicks him low! Mikey whips, Yano holds ropes to taunt Mikey, then he dodges to go for a buckle pad! Mikey storms over as Yano throws the pad away. Mikey kicks Yano and runs, but Tanahashi catches him! Yano runs in but Mikey moves! Yano stops from running into Tanahashi, but he turns around into a kick! Mikey runs, but Tanahashi gets in, both Yano & Tanahashi run Mikey over! Fans fire up as they both squat by him. Shane gets in to BOOT Tanahashi out of the ring!

Yano says, “Oh sh*t” and Shane BOOTS him down! Mikey gets up, he kicks Yano out, and then goes out after Yano to kick him more. Mikey smacks Yano off the apron, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO! Fans applaud but Mikey drags Yano around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Yano endures, Mikey fishhooks Yano’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, Mikey lets go, and he tags Shane. Fans rally for Yano but the Mighty mug Yano in the corner. Shane pushes Yano out while Mikey BLASTS Tanahashi! Shane sends Yano into railing! Shane puts Yano in the ring, drags him up by his hair, and he snapmares Yano back down for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Shane squats! Fans applaud and Shane SLAMS Yano’s arm down! Then he SLAMS Yano’s other arm! Then he makes Yano clap really hard! Fans clap along, then Shane SLAMS both arms! Fans cheer and Shane flexes. Shane drags Yano over, tags Mikey in, and the Mighty drag Yano up. Yano fights back with forearms, but Shane UPPERCUTS and Mikey reels Yano in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Tanahashi and shoves him out. Mikey stomps Yano more, then drops knees at the ropes. Fans rally while Shane taunts Yano. Mikey eggs Yano on and Yano stands up.

Yano fires off forearms but Mikey hits back! Yano pulls hair but Mikey ROCKS Yano! Mikey whips, Yano reverses and throws Mikey down by his hair! Fans fire up and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Mikey, then whips to ropes. Mikey reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi BLASTS Shane for good measure, then he runs at Mikey. Tanahashi blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! Shane runs in but his kick is blocked, DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he brings Mikey up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Mikey into a drop zone, then goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Tanahashi waits on Mikey. Mikey stands, Tanahashi runs, but into an ELBOW! Mikey runs, ducks Tanahashi’s haymaker, and fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Mikey crawl, hot tags to Yano and Shane! Fans cheer as Yano dodges to SLAP Shane! Yano whips, Shane reverses, but Yano stops from hitting bare buckles! Shane runs in but Yano sends him into the buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano is upset with Red Shoes but Red SHoes says his count was fair. Shane UPPERCUTS, but Yano atomic- NO, Shane slips off to BOOT!

Shane suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this but Shane snarls. Shane calls his shot, goes up the corner, but Yano knocks Red Shoes into the ropes to trip Shane up! Yano apologizes to them all, but Shane YANKS Yano into the bare buckles! Shane adjusts, Yano staggers, and Shane leaps, into an atomic drop! Fans fire up as Yano crawls and tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Shane atomic drops Tanahashi! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Shane runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Shane’s boot misses and he gets hung up on the top rope again! Tanahashi runs, but Shane DROPKICKS him down!

Fans fire up as Shane and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tag to Mikey! Mikey drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi slips free! Tanahashi waistlocks, but he ducks Mikey’s elbow, only for Mikey to DDT! Fans fire up as Mikey roars, and Mikey drags Tanahashi up. But Tanahashi throws a forearm! Mikey forearms back, they go back and forth and fans fire up! Tanahashi UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mikey argues the count, and Shane sends Yano into railing! Mikey scoops Tanahashi, Shane runs in, TANKBUSTER! Cover, but Yano breaks it! Shane throws Yano out and then goes out after him.

Mikey drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi fights the bomb! Tanahashi throws elbows, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up, Tanahashi runs, but into a scoop! MIKEY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mikey can’t believe that Tanahashi survives! Fans fire up as Shane gets back in. The Mighty roar, they drag Tanahashi up, THUNDER- NO, Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi fires off forearms and elbows, but Mikey SLAPS! Shane SLAPS! The Mighty DOUBLE SLAP! But then Tanahashi duck and the Mighty SLAPS each other! Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS Mikey while Yano shoves Red Shoes out of the way!

Tanahashi shoves Mikey into Shane, and Yano DOUBLE LOW BLOWS The Mighty! Tanahashi runs to SLINGBLADE Mikey down! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi PLANCHAS Shane! Yano has Mikey up, ONIGOROSHI!! Tanahashi climbs up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, the Joker & the Ace win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they FELL here tonight! And with Aussie Open as their last opponents, are they doomed to miss the finals?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Red Shoes squats with them to confirm the victory, and then Yano calls in the Mayor! “Shichou” Toshiyuki Sakai says why not, and he gets into the ring! He takes off the suit jacket and puts his mask aside for the moment, so he can squat! Maybe he was a Yankee in his younger days? Fans cheer the photo op, and then Tanahashi gets the mic. “After 25 years, NJPW is back in Karatsu!” Fans cheer for that! Tanahashi thanks the fans for coming out and supporting NJPW, which fans also applaud. Tanahashi says “You all have really let me see so much of Karatsu. Thank you. Liger-san introduced me to this beautiful town. The food, the sights. Thank you for having us.

“But the thing that really struck me about this place was the warm reception all of you gave us. Thank you so much!” Fans cheer that, too. Tanahashi then says, “So next time, we’ll see you in another 25 years?” Fans laugh, then boo, because they hope not! “No? Okay, we’ll see you… next year!” Fans cheer but is Tanahashi putting NJPW in a spot promising that? Tanahashi thanks the fans again for supporting the show until the end. “Finally, to every single one of you in Karatsu… AISHITEMAAASU~!” Fans get to cheer along with that one, and getting to join Yano in “Y T R!” The Joker & The Ace take a victory lap around the ring, but then Tanahashi gets back in the ring.

“Sorry. I forgot the air guitar!” Fans cheer, at least he remembered before he left. Fans chant, “GI-TA-RU! GI-TA-RU!” and a fan sends theirs up to Tanahashi! “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “LET’S ROCK~!” The air guitar concert begins! Yano is even sitting in his red chair doing air drums! Big finish! Fans want an “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi decides to return that previous air guitar, so he can borrow one from the other side of the arena! Another air guitar is sent up, and then Yano switches to air bass! They jam out and fans clap along! Fans cheer Yano for going hard on the bass. But they still want more!

The mayor has an air guitar! Tanahashi takes it, and Yano’s back on drums! Fans cheer the third round of the concert, and Yano is surprised when there’s actually a cymbal crash for his big finish! Tanahashi returns the mayor’s guitar, then gets the mic again. “I can’t just leave it at that, so I have to close on a second Aishitemasu for the first time ever!” Fans fire up as they get to be part of history! “Finally, and really this time, Karatsu… AISHITEMAAAAAAASU!” So much love, energy, comedy and music, will this help carry Yano, Tanahashi and all of  NJPW into a bright future?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 7-1, 14 points
The Mighty: 5-2, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 5-2, 10 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and awesome stuff to see Coughlin & Kidd get a win off House of Torture. I like Coughlin & Kidd as a team, and I know Coughlin’s overall story is going to be hunting down JR Kratos, but maybe Kidd can be his back-up through that story. Aussie Open VS Henare & Khan probably had the actual best match of the night and that probably could’ve been the main event. But at the same time, I get they put this earlier on the card because it was still very clear Aussie Open was going to win. They have such a big lead, Aussie Open is already a lock for the finals, so it all comes down to their opponents.

Goto & Hashi had a great match against Suzuki & Archer to get a much needed win. But I have a feeling they’re going to be out next with Naito & Sanada still in the running, and Aussie Open VS The Mighty being a big match-up on Friday the 9th. Yano & Tanahashi beating the Mighty though being out of the running was big for them, and I really do hope those two keep things going past World Tag League. At the same time, they probably choose not to so that their high school bad boy act doesn’t get tired.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)

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WWE Raw 2022

There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!

United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
  • WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
  • JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
  • Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.

PLAY PY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!

The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will

As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.

In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!

The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.

In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!

The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?

The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.

Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!

Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!

Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.

Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?

 

BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!

Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?

 

The Judgment Day speaks.

Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?

 

JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!

Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”

BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?

 

Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!

A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?

But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?

Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.

So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!

And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.

Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.

Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!

Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and  they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!

Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!

Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!

Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into  a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)

Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.

Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-

Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat Lesnar.

If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!

The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”

Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?

 

Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.

Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.

Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-

Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!

Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?

 

WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!

The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!

Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!

Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.

Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)

Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?

 

JBL is on the phone with someone.

He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?

What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?

 

Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.

Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”

So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?

Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!

AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?

Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.

Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!

Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!

Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.

Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.

Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!

Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”

Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…

But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!

The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo!

Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!

Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?

 

Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.

Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?

No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?

 

Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!

The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!

Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!

Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!

Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!

Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!

But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!

Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!

Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!

Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!

But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)

DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw here, but I guess with no RawDown event between now and The Royal Rumble, they’re really having to stretch builds out. That said, we got some great Triple Threats to get a lot of the women’s roster going tonight. Pretty good promo from Becky and Bayley, though maybe a little awkwardly paced. I don’t know if they were trying to pad for time or they only had a loose idea of what they were to say, but this is all just to set up the feud we knew was coming. Both Triple Threats were awesome, but I should’ve known DMG CTRL would screw Becky. Alexa VS Bayley will be a great match but I would think Bayley loses. We can’t have Bianca VS Bayley again so soon, and there’s a lot of great story for Alexa and Bianca to use.

Rhea going after Asuka after the loss was also an interesting detail. I suppose Rhea and Asuka can feud to bide their time. Bianca and Rhea are surely going to have a feud of their own soon, and it makes all the sense for Street Profits to join in on that. They come to Tozawa’s rescue, we’re getting a Six Man Tag of that first, but then we can bring Bianca and Rhea around into another big Mixed 8 like we saw for Judgment Day VS OC. Speaking of that, why didn’t Dom VS Tozawa happen before OC VS Corbin & Alpha Academy? They left the JBL Poker Invitational first, they should’ve been dressed and ready to go first.

And speaking of the Poker Invitational, those were a pretty fun handful of segments, but I feel like it all fell apart way too soon. Corbin should’ve won one table, Lumis wins the other, and then the final showdown is the set-up to the Six Man Tag. Miz trying to get in and failing was kinda funny, especially with JBL exposing Miz having a fake Rolex. It was a very subtle way to say Miz isn’t done with Lumis, and I’m still thinking we’re getting Miz & Maryse VS Indi & Dexter at some point. Hell, we could even get Miz & Maryse VS Gargano & Candice after that fun little interaction where Candice couldn’t believe that Lumis won such a huge haul. Also Nikki stalking Candice, that’s an interesting story in the works.

Great stuff out of the US Championship scene, but I guess they couldn’t have Ali lose legit. Ziggler looks like a jerk, but maybe we’re building to something huge for the US title. Ali and Ziggler probably fight each other for sure, maybe we see some kind of ladder match for the title by the time Rumble comes around. We also got great stuff out of Rollins and Lashley, from the promo to the brawl to Pearce more or less warning Lashley. Rollins plays the line of Face and Heel with how he was poking at Lashley with the Lesnar loss. Lashley’s temper could be what costs him against Rollins, and then Rollins faces Theory for the title before the year is over, and who knows how that goes.

And what a wild start to the night. I didn’t think the tag title match was going to be first, but that gave it a lot of time to breathe. Great little way to sub Elias out to keep Kevin Owens in the story, and Solo just going nuts on Riddle with all those Umaga references was wild. Riddle being sidelined is a clever way to delay Elias going after him. But then a bit of a shame that McIntyre isn’t cleared for right now. Dunne is going to have a great part of the match now, but I think he also takes the loss for his team so Sheamus isn’t hurt too much. They’re taking a long game approach to things, I like that, and we’ll see some good stuff in building towards Sheamus VS Roman for the Rumble.

My Score: 8.6/10


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