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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/12/22)

It’s a GOLDEN Tuesday!

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NXT puts up three title matches on one night!

Will Dakota Kai finally become THE NXT Women’s Champion? Or will Mandy Rose keep things toxic? Plus, there will be NEW NXT Tag Team Champions!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Cameron Grimes VS Solo Sikoa; Grimes wins and retains the title.
  • KUSHIDA w/ Ikemen Jiro VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; changed to…
  • Ikemen Jiro VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Dakota Kai; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • Draco Anthony VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
  • Five Team NXT Tag Team Championship Gauntlet: Pretty Deadly wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Cameron Grimes VS Solo Sikoa!

The Carolina Caveman finally has gold, but he’s already putting it on the line! Will Grimes still take this title #ToTheMoon? Or will the Street Champion of the Island become a champion here in NXT?

The two men are already in the ring and the introductions are made. The belt is raised, and we open with our first of THREE title matches!

Fans rally with “UCE! SO!” for Solo as he and Grimes circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, and Solo fireman’s carries! Grimes slips off and gets to a corner. He manages to smile and shake that off as he and Solo reset. The knuckle lock, Grimes gest a leg, but Solo gets to ropes. The ref counts, Grimes lets off but Solo shoves him. Grimes comes back and gets around, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Grimes rebounds but Solo ducks the kick to roll up! TWO, and the two stand off. Fans cheer as Solo says it was that close, and that he is getting that belt. Solo and Grimes go again, Grimes gets the waistlock but Solo fights the lift.

Solo elbows but Grimes ducks! Grimes arm-drags and has the armlock. Solo endures the cording hold, fights to get a headscissor, and he holds Grimes down. Fans rally, Grimes kips free, and then he arm-drags Solo again! Grimes has another armlock, but Solo endures. Solo fights up, fans rally, and Grimes wrenches the arm. Solo shoves Grimes to a corner but Grimes goes up and over, to arm-drag again! Grimes grinds that arm, fans rally up again, and Solo gets up. Solo scoops but Grimes fights that and puts more pressure on the shoulder. Solo endures, Grimes reaches and gets a chinbar.

Solo fights up as fans rally again, and Solo powers out. Solo runs Grimes over and fans fire up! Solo runs, Grimes gets up but gets run over again! Solo goes again, Grimes stays low, so Solo drops a SENTON! Fans rally behind Solo as he stalks Grimes. Solo fireman’s carries but Grimes sunset flips! TWO, and Solo avoids a Cave-In! The two stare down and fans fire up again. Grimes offers a handshake, and Solo takes it. Grimes says he respects Solo, and fans like that, but then Grimes says Solo’s bloodline can kiss Grimes’ grits! Grimes and Solo fires forearms and haymakers, fans rally and duel, and Grimes kicks to bump Solo off buckles!

Solo just glares, but Grimes bumps him again. Solo kicks back, bumps Grimes off buckles in return, and then more buckles! Solo clotheslines Grimes out of the ring! Fans fire up with Solo and he goes out after Grimes. Solo puts Grimes in, but Grimes comes back to ENZIGURI! Solo tumbles down, Grimes goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK! And then CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Solo! Grimes grits his teeth and fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as NXT goes picture in picture.

Grimes shakes out his arms, gets to his feet, and drags Solo into the ring. Grimes has Solo on the apron to BOOT him in! Grimes then hurries back in, keeps his eyes on Solo, and Solo sit sup. Grimes KICKS Solo, mocks the “UCE! SO!” cheer, and then fires off KICK after KICK after KICK! Solo blocks a kick, SLAPS Grimes, then trips him up! Solo stomps away on Grimes, KICKS him down, then mocks Grimes’ “To! The! MOON!” Solo KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Grimes down! Fans fire up as Solo paces around Grimes. Solo then covers, TWO! Grimes crawls to a corner but Solo stays focused.

Solo storms up to throw haymakers, whips him corner to corner hard, and Grimes bounces and tumbles off the buckles! Solo raises the finger, then drags Grimes to a cover, TWO! Grimes is still in this, but Solo looms over him. Solo stomps Grimes, says he’s the champion, and then runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Solo keeps cool, and he gets Grimes’ arm for an armlock. Solo is returning the favor from earlier as he grinds the shoulder down and even adds a chinbar. Grimes gets up to fight with body shots. Solo keeps Grimes from ropes with an arm-drag! NXT returns to single picture as Grimes now endures.

Fans rally, Grimes fights his way up, and he arm-drags Solo away! Solo gets up but Grimes fires a forearm! Solo gives a forearm back, so Grimes throws another. They go back and forth, but then Solo HEADBUTTS! Grimes flounders to a corner, Solo runs in to back body block! Grimes sits down, Solo goes corner to corner, but Grimes dodges the hip attack! RANA! Solo clutches his head and Grimes grits his teeth. Fans rally, Grimes runs, and Grimes rallies with forearms! Grimes gets around to waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Solo survives but Grimes keeps focus. Fans rally up for Solo but Grimes grits his teeth again.

Grimes aims from a corner, wants Solo to stand, and Grimes runs in, only for Solo to hip toss him into the corner! Grimes tumbles, Solo fires up! HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and shocks Solo! Solo gets up, he watches Grimes get up, and he fireman’s carries, but Grimes blocks! Grimes fires elbows, then forearms! Solo ROCKS Grimes with a haymaker, Grimes SUPER FOREARMS! Solo SUPERKICKS and Grimes goes to a corner. Solo runs in, but into BOOTS! Grimes goes up and out then climbs the corner, but Solo ducks under the flying stomp! Solo comes back, into a COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!!

Grimes can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Grimes drags himself to a corner and takes aim again. “TO! THE! MOON!” and- SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! Grimes survives but Solo just goes up top! Fans are thunderous again but Grimes hurries up after Solo! Grimes fires off forearms, but Solo HEADBUTTS! Is that Trick Williams?! As Grimes falls onto the ref, Trick trips Solo! But Solo SUPERKICKS back! And then SPLASHES Trick on the floor! Solo hurries back in, into a CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Grimes retains but it was thanks to Trick! Why did Trick help Grimes? Well Carmelo Hayes is here and he attacks Grimes! That’s why! Melo rains down fists on Grimes but Solo gets up to DECK Melo! So Trick CHOP BLOCKS Solo! Trick POSTS Solo, then stomps Grimes! The former A Champion and his right hand man mug Grimes, take turns stomping and raining down fists, then they haul Grimes up for the SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE! Fans boo, and it is clear what this was all about. Melo picks up the North American Championship and holds it up, before putting it on Grimes. Melo’s his shot at become a TWO-TIME “A Champion,” but will he hit the mark?

 

Grayson Waller speaks.

He interrupts Vic Joseph & Wade Barrett hyping up tonight’s Tag Gauntlet, saying he can take it from here. No one wants to listen to them, anyway. “Let’s be real. This Gauntlet match shouldn’t even be happening. We should be handed the tag team titles on a silver platter, but now we gotta go against four other teams in a gauntlet match. And that has riled Sanga up. He is PISSED. And what that means is tonight, he is going to shred those four other teams. In fact, that’s gonna be our method. Big man’s gonna earn his keep, and I’m gonna stand on the apron, looking handsome like only I can.

“And when the smoke has cleared, he’s gonna hand me those tag team titles. Good chat, morons. Back to you. Sincerely, your new NXT Tag Team Champions.” The 21st Century Success Story is confident he and his bodyguard will have success, but will that really be the way it goes with such a stacked line-up?

 

The Creed Brothers and Malcolm Bivens speak.

Bivens says Pretty Deadly attacked the Creeds from behind, hit them with chairs, destroyed the Diamond Mine dojo, and proved that they’re really pretty stupid. This isn’t NXT UK, the Creeds will beat their ass! Brutus says tonight, they kill two birds with one stone. They’ll get revenge, and those NXT Tag Team titles. This gauntlet will show their physicality is unmatched, their pace unrivaled, and that Brutus & Julius are savages. In the ring, bodies are gonna fly and heads are gonna roll. Julius says pressure either makes you or breaks you, but check the track record, look where they stand.

They don’t break, they break others. They don’t feel pressure, they apply it. They’ll right the wrongs of Stand & Deliver and prove they’re the best tag team in NXT. And Julius doesn’t mean now, he means of all time! Pretty Deadly will be equalized. The Creeds will tax their asses, and Bivens adds that Pretty Deadly and those three other teams find out why it is Diamond Mine forever!

In a tag gauntlet lottery earlier today, the Diamond Mine found out where Julius & Brutus will start. They don’t say the number, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Will the Creeds be opening or closing the most grueling tag title match in NXT history?

 

Bron Breakker heads to the ring!

The NXT Champion made it through Der Ring General in last week’s title match, but the celebration was cut extremely short when Joe Gacy revealed he had abducted Rick Steiner! Bron gets the mic to say Joe Gacy wanted to send a message and get his attention. Well, he’s got it! Dad’s home now, safe and sound, but Gacy has some nerve pulling that crap last week! No one messes with Bron’s family! Bron’s father gave 20 years to this business, he is a WWE Hall of Famer and a legend in the business! Fans cheer and bark for Rick, but Bron says, “How ’bout it, Joe? How ’bout you come out here and get in the ring, and we’ll see who the real tough guy is when you’re standing in front of me?!”

Bron wants Gacy to bring his ass out to the ring, but Gacy instead speaks on the tron by a roaring bonfire. Gacy “apologizes” for not being here in person, it was a pleasure meeting Bron’s dad. And through getting to know Rick, he understands Bron a lot better now. “For example, I know why you’re so tough. Because your father took his beating like a man. We set your dad free, but he left one memento behind.” The WWE HOF ring!! Gacy says this ring represents “the sacrifices your father made for your family, Bron.” Those sacrifices made it possible for Bron to stand in the ring right now.

All the miles his father traveled, all the birthdays that he missed, and the hard work that put food on the family table. This ring is their family’s life’s work. Their family can only be tested by fire. And so, Gacy puts the ring in the fire! Gacy laughs as he watches the ring burn. But will Bron make sure it is Gacy who burns for this?

 

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Toxic Attraction.

She joins Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne in the Toxic Lounge as Gigi & Jacy celebrating becoming the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Jacy wants everyone to see how beautiful and shiny the belts are! Gigi adds that they’re two-time champions. Mandy asks McKenzie, “How good does it feel to be sitting with the ladies who hold all the gold in NXT? It’s nice, right? Y’see, Toxic Attraction called their shot last week, and Gigi & Jacy are right back where they belong: as champions. And that Dakota Kai, she has a lot of voices going on in her head, but none of them are whispering to her that she has a chance of taking this title from me.”

Mandy says she will go out there, beat Dakota Kai, and make sure everyone knows they are not just the attraction of NXT, but the measuring stick that no one can reach! The brains, the beauty, the gold, and the beast. But will the Toxic Goddess be brought back down to earth by #CobraKai?

 

Ikemen Jiro hypes up Kushida.

The Time Splitter is preparing to get vengeance on Von Wagner, but as the two head for gorilla position, Von Wagner BLINDSIDES Jiro! Then he CLOBERS Kushida and fires off knees and haymakers! He stomps Jiro for good measure, then he hauls Kushida up for a JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB over road cases!! Robert Stone walks in and says, “Looks like there’s no match tonight.” Jacket Time just got jacked up! Will they have to admit this is Von Wagner’s World?

 

NXT Media catches up with Bron Breakker backstage.

The NXT Champion was in no mood after what Gacy did to his dad’s ring. He told them to get the camera out of his face, he has nothing for them! Then he got in his car and drove off into the night. Is Bron going to try and hunt Gacy down?

 

Robert Stone & Von Wagner are in the ring.

Stone has a mic and he’s watching his watch. “I mean, wow! It looks like Jacket Time has ran outta time. And believe me, what this man just did to those two, you are never gonna see them again. Because this is Von Wagner’s World, and you’re just living in it!” But wait, Jacket Time still makes an entrance? It’s just Jiro! He wants to avenge Kushida now! Von storms over, into a shoulder! Jiro dodges then ENZIGURIS Von out of the ring! Jiro chases Stone, he runs for it! Stone wants Von to wait, but Jiro says “Ikemen is PISSED! So Ikemen gotta kick your ass! RIGHT NOW!” Jiro wants to take Kushida’s place, and the bell rings! It’s happening!

Ikemen Jiro VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

Jiro fires off shots, but Von knees low! Von scoops, Jiro slips off and ENZIGURIS again! Von staggers to a corner, Jiro runs in but Von blocks the monkey flip! So Jiro rains down fists! Von FLAPJACKS Jiro at 6 to then run and LARIAT! Fans boo but Von dribbles Jiro off the mat, then rains down rights and big elbows! Von then drags Jiro up to whip him into a corner hard! Jiro staggers into a scoop, and FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans boo harder but Von roars and looms over Jiro. Jiro sits up but Von hauls him up. Jiro hits back with haymakers! Von shoves, and he gets Jiro for a BEARHUG! Jiro endures, fans rally up, and Jiro fights with elbows!

Von lets Jiro go to knee him low again. Von reels Jiro in, but Jiro slips out of the back suplex to KICK away on Von’s leg! Von swings, misses, JACKET PUNCH! And again! And again! Jiro DISCUS JACKET PUNCH, but Von blocks the whip! Jiro reverses the whip to SHOTGUN KNEE! Fans fire up with Jiro and he runs in, SUPERKICK! Jiro hurries up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Von is still in this and Jiro is shocked! Jiro manages to kip up, Stone distracts him but Jiro swipes. Only to run into a BOOT! Von hauls Jiro back up, fireman’s carries, and DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Wagner wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Von viciously takes out Jiro once again, but Stone wants to finish this! Wait, what is Von looking at? Oh, it’s their new “business associate,” Sophia Cromwell! And she says for Von to finish Jiro. So Von picks Jiro up, military presses and TOSSES Jiro to the crowd!! Fans lose their minds as Jiro crashes down! What wont

 

Backstage interview with Nikkita Lyons.

Nikkita got the biggest win yet over Lash legend. They’ve been going back and forth, but did she prove a point to Lash? Well, Lash talks trash and is athletic as hell, but Nikki doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone but the fans. She can make waves in the division, whether it’s against- LASH BOOTS NIKKITA! Lash asks what’s being proven now! Lash tells McKenzie that if she wants to interview someone, it should be Lash Legend! Lash then storms off, but will Nikkita drag Lash back into the Lyons den?

 

Pretty Deadly speaks.

Sam Stoker is Kit Wilson, and Lewis Howley is Elton Prince, but they’re still the “most extravagant, flamboyant, eccentric and tastiest team in NXT.” They conquered NXT UK for over a year, so they thought they’d come over America. What better way than to attack the biggest and baddest team in the Creeds? Typical meatheads with their cauliflower ears and lack of style. No uh, je ne sais quoi. But this is a gauntlet, so let’s have it! No one has won the NXT Tag Team Championships in their very first match here, but Pretty Deadly is gonna make history! #YesBoy!

And in their tag gauntlet lottery, Stoker/Wilson and Howley/Prince were feeling good. They used their Pretty Deadly magic on the pick, held hands as they picked their number, and #YesBoy! They were very excited to have whatever number they got, are they in the best position to become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Dakota Kai!

Toxic Attraction took back the tag titles rather underhandedly, all thanks to Mandy. #CapKota was furious and vowed Mandy would no longer be safe in NXT. But will Dakota make sure Mandy is no longer champion in NXT? Or will things stay toxic in the NXT Women’s Division?

NXT returns as Toxic Attraction makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the singles title is raised, and we see if Toxic Attraction can keep a hold on all the gold!

Dakota and Mandy tie right up and go around. Dakota puts Mandy in the ring, dribbles her off buckles, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally and Mandy is upset, but Dakota rushes in. Mandy uses ropes as defense. kicks Dakota away, then tackles her to fire off hands! Dakota gets up, but Mandy pushes her down. Dakota hits back, Mandy reels her in to scoop and SLAM! Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, Gigi & Jacy applaud, and Mandy drags Dakota up. Mandy bumps Dakota off buckles, stomps away on her, then lets off. “Who do you think you are?! We run this division!” Mandy then scrapes Dakota’s face on ropes!

The ref reprimands, Jacy & Gigi taunt Dakota, and Mandy scoops. Dakota slips off, slips around and hits a crucifix takedown! TWO, but Dakota CLUBS Mandy down. Mandy whips Dakota, Mandy runs in but Dakota goes up and over to roll up, TWO! Dakota runs in to arm-drag Mandy around! Dakota dropkicks Mandy down, and she fires up! The fans rally and Dakota drags Mandy up. Dakota whips, Mandy reverses, and Jacy swipes at Dakota! Mandy rushes in, but is put on the apron! Dakota BOOTS Mandy down and Toxic Attraction regroups. Dakota goes up to CROSSBODY them ALL down!

Fans are fired up as Dakota gets back up and roars, while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Mandy has Dakota in a body scissor squeeze! Dakota endures, fans rally up, but Mandy thrashes Dakota around. Mandy adds a chinlock, but Dakota pushes back to a cover! ONE, but Dakota is free! Mandy knees low, whips her, but Dakota ducks and redirects. Mandy follows but Dakota hurdles and rolls back to headscissor, only for Mandy to make it a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mandy is growing frustrated, but she drags Dakota up by her hair and whips her to a corner. Dakota bounces off buckles, Mandy digs his knees in but the ref counts. Mandy lets off at 4, and she drags Dakota up.

Mandy snapmares and puts Dakota in a chinlock. Dakota endures as Mandy leans on the hold. Fans rally up, Dakota fights up, but Mandy wraps her in the body scissors again! Mandy adds the chinlock again, but Dakota pries at the hold! Dakota is free of the chinlock but Mandy rolls to the cover! TWO, and Dakota is in the corner. Mandy runs in, but Dakota dodges! Mandy hits buckles, then Dakota boots her! Dakota counter punches Mandy, ROCKS her, then SCORPION KICKS her! Dakota snapmares and DOUBLE STMOPS Mandy! Fans fire up but Toxic Attraction is worried. Flying-mare, and then Mandy is in the corner! BOOT WASH!

Fans fire up as Dakota aims again. Mandy swings but Dakota spins her, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind Dakota and she snarls at Mandy. Dakota fireman’s carries, but Mandy fights off that and CHOP BLOCKS! Dakota hobbles up, Mandy runs in, but Dakota dodges the knee! Mandy ducks a kick, shoves Dakota, and pops her up for a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Mandy is growing further frustrated, and Toxic Attraction are getting worried. Mandy talks trash and pie faces Dakota, but Dakota drags her into a cradle! TWO!! Mandy escapes, but Dakota HEADBUTTS! And kicks out a leg to then hop on, KAI-ROPRACTOR!!

But Dakota can’t make the cover! She has to crawl away while Mandy goes to a corner. Mandy stands, but Gigi distracts! Dakota spots Jacy in the ring and BOOTS her down! Dakota picks up the title belt, but Mandy hits a KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!

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

Give Toxic Attraction the big assist! The pawns help the queen stay on the board, but wait! Is that Wendy Choo? And she uses SUPER SOAKERS to shoot cold water on this toxic celebration! The champions are all upset, but will they make sure not to sleep on Wendy Choo?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“We are a society that lives through social media and emotion. The world is run by the court of public opinion, not by the rule of law. Truth is what people believe, not what people know. Poeple don’t know what they want until you give them exactly what they need. Bron Breakker can’t carry the weight of this brand on his back. I’m the only one that can guide NXT. Bron Breakker is too emotional, too easy to manipulate. Look what I did to him over the course of two short weeks. I made him angry in one moment, and helpless in the next. Bron, I can control your every move. And when I’m done, I will tear down everything in your life. Except I may hang on to one thing.”

Gacy gets tongs to bring out that burnt Hall of Fame ring. And while it’s still hot, he puts it on his finger! Gacy endures the pain, but will that be nothing compared to what Bron’s going to put him through?

 

Santos Escobar talks with Legado del Fantasma.

He says it doesn’t matter if it’s one team, two teams, three, four, they run the bingo! But Tony D’Angelo walks in and tells Escobar he’s sorry to interrupt. But these two, they had a bit of a misunderstanding last week. No disrespect, but if things don’t go Legado’s way this week, here’s just a taste. A peace offering, if you will. Tony hands Escobar an envelope full of money, but Escobar hands it back. The respect of Legado is worth much more than that. Legado heads out, and Tony has to go back to the drawing board. Will The Don of NXT have to find another way to make the Emperor of Lucha Libre respect him?

 

Cora Jade heads to the ring!

Though she didn’t win the NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way, #GenerationJade is still optimistic. She gets the mic to say, “WrestleMania Weekend was the most important weekend of my entire life. And the best part about it was, it was bigger than I could’ve ever imagined. But the best part was that my parents got to sit in the second row and watch me. I’m working on front row, guys, I’m working on it. But y’know, through all of that, through the biggest, most important week of my life. I got in there with three incredibly talented women and I held my own in that ring.”

Yes, she came up short. And she truly felt she was leaving Stand & Deliver as NXT Women’s Champion. But as she’s learning, life doesn’t always work out how you want, and that sucks. She thought she wanted to be champion. After coming so close in Dallas, she knows she NEEDS to become champion! And if you think this is just some other promo about redirecting focus, it’s not. The goal remains the same, because when she was eight years old, she wrote in her notebook that she’d become champion in WWE, and she meant it! Fans cheer her own as she say she’ll work her ass off and bust her ass to get to that reality, hold that title in the air, and her name becomes synonymous with those she grew up with!

Cora wants to be like AJ Lee, Sasha Banks, Natalya, Bayley, Paige, and on and on and on! One day, Cora’s name will be with theirs, and she’ll hold that title up, and the Generation of Jade- Wait! Natalya is here?! The Queen of Harts returns to NXT and fans are loving this! Cora is star struck! Natty then joins Cora in the ring and Cora just waves shyly. Natty gets a mic and seems just as touched that fans are losing their minds! Natty thanks them for that, because she loves them, too! And she’d be lying if she didn’t say this building doesn’t bring back so many memories. Cora, Natty is so good to finally meet you. Most people know her as Natalya.

Cora knows! Natty’s the BOAT, the best of all time, and she doesn’t understand! Cora’s first ever favorite was Natty! Her first action figure! This is surreal right now! Cora doesn’t even care she’s having a freak out, like… Okay, she’ll calm down. Cora remembers messaging Natty on Twitter, she was like 10 years old, and it was a live event at in Hammond, Indiana, and Natty pointed at her! It was so crazy! Natty does remember that SmackDown. And the night Cora debuted in NXT, Natty remembers DM’ing her. And going back to that message from 2011. And it just blows Natty away to know she inspired Cora that way. That Natty pointed to the right girl that night.

Natty says destiny is always chasing. And she sees Cora now, sweet and humble, genuine and kind, and more than anything… Well, gorgeous, yes, but more than anything, Cora has passion for this! Natty loves that! Cora is stunned that Natty would say that. She could pass out and die happy now. Natty puts a hand on Cora’s shoulder and says to trust her: she has mentored, trained and competed against some of the greatest women in WWE history. Natty looks around backstage at that NXT Women’s Locker Room, sees the landscape right now, and says CORA is the future of this division! But the future is bleak! And then she SLAPS Cora!

And then Natty trips Cora and puts her in the SHARPSHOOTER!! Cora taps and Natty smiles! Cora’s hero is her villain! Natty lets go as referees rush out, and the Queen of Harts has just put “the future” on notice. Is the saying right about never meeting your heroes? Can Cora recover from this dream turning into a nightmare?

 

Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley speak.

They’re all fired up, and Briggs says, “Tonight is not about fun, Brooks! Tonight, we need to focus, baby!” Brooks know it is not fun, it is a gauntlet! Every team they gotta go through to become NXT Tag Team Champions! Fallon says tonight, let’s kick some ass! … HELL YEAH, FALLON! YEAH! Will these good ol’ boys bring that gold home in the pickup?

 

NXT hears from NXT UK’s Nathan Frazer.

The British Prodigy made a name for himself competing against the best in the UK, but now he has a one-way across the Atlantic to show NXT what he’s all about.

 

Draco Anthony VS Xyon Quinn!

The One Man Army didn’t like Gacy telling him how to live, but he also got annoyed with the advice coming from someone just trying to be a friend. Will the Warrior Gentleman get that through Draco’s head? Or will Draco isolate himself even further than before?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Draco gets around and dropkicks Xyon to rope! Xyon shrugs that off and circles with Draco again. They tie up, Draco headlocks, but Xyon powers out. Draco jukes then returns, but Xyon runs him over! Xyon offers a hand to help Draco up, but Draco slaps it away and gets to his feet on his own. The two go again, Xyon gets the arm and wrenches. Draco powers Xyon to a corner but the ref counts. Draco lets off at 4, and CHOPS Xyon. Xyon just TOSSES Draco to the corner and RAMS his shoulder in! Then he TOSSES Draco across the way! Fans rally, Xyon runs corner to corner, but Draco leaps over Xyon to come back and LARIAT!

Draco wrenches Xyon’s arm, hammerlocks, and RAMS Xyon’s shoulder into buckles! Then he hits an EXPLODER! Draco grins, he SLAPS Xyon, and mocks his Siva Tao! Xyon’s mad now and he RAMS Draco into a corner and fires off haymakers! Xyon hauls Draco up to TOSS him again! Draco staggers up into a LARIAT! And then a back elbow! Xyon fireman’s carries for the SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up with Xyon and he aims at Draco. RUNNING FOREARM! But he’s not done with Draco, as he hauls him back up and DECKS him with a forearm! Xyon drags Draco up and fans want that “One More Time!”

Xyon runs to CLOBBER Draco again! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

Xyon could’ve ended this with that first shot, but he wanted to teach Draco a lesson. Will Draco be humbled enough to accept advice the next time it’s given?

 

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter talk backstage.

They’re both excited to see tonight’s tag gauntlet, but they get out of the way as Natty struts in. Tatum Paxley walks up to her and says she’s been trying to prove herself to Diamond Mine and the division. If she has to step up to the Best Of All Time, so be it. Alright, fine. As for the rest of the women here, the BOAT is here and they’re all on notice! Will Tatum be the first example made out of the NXT 2.0 roster?

 

Indi Hartwell, Persia Pirotta, Dexter Lumis & Duke Hudson are all watching NXT together.

Indi and Persia can’t wait. Persia’s money is on the Creeds. Speaking of winning, if the match between Dexter and Duke had continued, Indi’s sure Dexter would’ve won. Uh, no, Dukie would’ve won. Don’t say, “Dukie.” But y’know, Dexter’s great, Duke’s great, if they were in this gauntlet, they would win. Indi agrees! Their men should be a team! No way, Duke doesn’t want to team with Dexter. Why not? Just look at him. Indi does all the time. Dex would team with Duke, right? Dexter shakes his head. Oh, c’mon! Duke might be a creep- Hey! Right, just kidding.

But Dex, Indi is sure that if they teamed up, they’d have a real shot at becoming tag team champions. Persia tells Duke that Indi has it right. Fine, Duke will do it. Nice! And Dexter, what do you say? Dexter looks at Duke, then at Indi, then back at Duke, and then gives a thumbs up. Then tag titles, here we come! Persia and Indi give their guys kisses on the cheek, but will this new odd couple tag team really make it work?

 

Five Team NXT Tag Team Championship Gauntlet!

The titles were vacated as MSK is no more, so this is anyone’s match to win! The lottery is all done with, and the first ones out… are the Creed Brothers! Julius & Brutus were more than happy about it, but will they be able to win on the hardest difficulty? Or will another of the four teams take them out and take those titles?

NXT returns and the Creeds find their opponents are Legado del Fantasma! Will Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza feel the pressure of Diamond Mine? Or will they break Julius & Brutus from the jump?

The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Legado del Fantasma w/ Elektra Lopez!

The teams sort out and we begin with Brutus and Mendoza. They tie up, Brutus waistlocks then whips Mendoza, but he uses that to GAMANGIRI Julius right down! Mendoza then dumps Brutus out and GAMANGIRIS him, too! Tag to Wilde, Wilde builds speed and gets a boost, CROSSBODY onto the Creeds! Wilde points to the titles, he says those are Legado’s! Wilde puts Brutus in, covers, ONE! Wilde KICKS Brutus, runs, but into a BIG elbow! Tag to Julius, he rallies on Wilde but Mendoza gets clear. Wilde corner clotheslines then tags Mendoza! Mendoza clotheslines and tags back, then Wilde clotheslines and tags again.

Mendoza GAMANGIRIS, then tags Wilde! Mendoza hits ANARCHY, then Wilde springboards to SOMERSAULT SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Wilde grows frustrated already, but he stomps Julius and scrapes soles off his face. Tag to Mendoza, Legado coordinates, NECK TWIST SLINGSHOT SENTON COMBO! Cover, TWO! Mendoza stomps Julius, tags Wilde, and Wilde boots Brutus down! Wilde stomps some more, but Julius keeps getting up. Julius blocks a kick, rolling leg pick to an ANKLE LOCK! Wilde endures, flails, reaches, but Julius stands on Wilde! Mendoza runs in but Brutus CLOBBERS him first!

Brutus gets Mendoza for an ANKLE LOCK! Fans fire up as Legado endure double holds! Mendoza and Wilde reach for each other, hold hands, and then use each other to pull forward and roll! The Creeds collide and stagger! Mendoza swings, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Julius tags Brutus, Brutus FLAPJACKS Wilde! Brutus then CLOBBERS Wilde with big hammers, then BLASTS Mendoza off the apron! Brutus clubs away on Wilde like a gorilla, then he gut wrenches to a Canadian Rack POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps Legado in this but Brutus stalks him. Brutus KNEES Wilde to the corner, tag to Julius.

Julius hauls Wilde up, back suplex, but Wilde lands on his feet and JAWBREAKERS! Tag to Mendoza and he kicks Julius to CHOP him against ropes! Mendoza whips, Julius reverses and runs in at the corner, but Mendoza dropkicks the legs out! Julius hits buckles, Mendoza runs in but is put on the top rope! Mendoza lands clean to missile dropkick back! Tag to Wilde and he goes up, 450 SLASH! Cover, Brutus breaks it! Mendoza returns and dropkicks Brutus out of the ring! Legado hurry to get Julius up, but Brutus trips Mendoza and drag shim out! Julius then gets Wilde with an OLYMPIC SLAM!

Tag to Brutus, Julius hauls Wilde right up for Brutus’ SPINEBUSTER! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Creeds ELIMINATE Legado! And Bivens is loving it! But testing that stamina they touted is team number three, Briggs ‘n’ Jensen! Will the bar brawlers break through the refined wrasslers of Diamond Mine? Wait, as Fallon and Lopez cross paths, Lopez pie faces Fallon! Fallon wants after her, but the men keep them apart! Will Fallon be able to focus on cheering her guys on?

The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley!

Briggs ‘n’ Jensen offer fist bumps and the Creeds accept. Then they start brawling! Briggs is after Julius while Brooks has Brutus, and the ref wants this to sort out, so NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus onto Briggs! Cover, TWO! Briggs sputters but Brutus tags Julius. Brutus stalks Briggs with a bear crawl, then runs in, only to be tossed out! Julius runs in but misses, Briggs runs to LARIAT! Then Briggs coordinates with Brooks, and they SANDWICH Brutus! Briggs pushes Brutus towards the announce desk, and commentary clears out! Briggs ‘n’ Brooks pop Brutus up for a POWERBOMB through the announce desk! Just like Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan! Fans lose their minds while Brutus is down! Briggs ‘n’ Brooks are all fired up but the ring count is climbing!

Briggs hurries gets in but Julius CLOBBERS him! Fans rally up but Briggs ROCKS Julius with haymakers! Briggs scoops but Julius fights off to dropkick! Brooks tags in, Julius runs in to whip Briggs, but Briggs reverses! The good ol’ boys double shoulder tackle! Then they run, slide out and DOUBLE HAYMAKER Julius! They DOUBLE HAYMAKER Brutus, too! Brooks slides in, he drags Julius into a chinlock stretch! Julius endures, fans rally for the Creeds, and Julius gets up. But Brooks facelocks and brings him over to tag in Briggs. They whip, then ATOMIC DROP BOOT COMBO! There’s some dysfunction on the cover, though!

Briggs tags Brooks back in, they get Julius up for the same BIG BOSS BOMB like on Brutus! Cover, TWO!! Briggs DECKS Brutus off the apron, but Brooks is frustrated. He drags Julius up, tags Briggs back in, and they try another double team. Briggs hauls Julius up, Brooks is up top, FLYING KNEE DOMINATOR! Cover, Brutus barrels in to break it! Brutus saves his brother and this round continues! Brooks is after Brutus but Brutus throws Brooks out! Briggs BOOTS Brutus! Briggs hurries to tag Brooks back in, and they get Julius for a double whip. Julius yoyos in the ropes and Brutus tags in!

Brooks ‘n’ Briggs get Brutus first, double hip toss! They haul Brutus up, they run, but Julius trips Briggs and drags him out! Brutus avoids the leg sweep then SLIDING LARIATS Brooks! Cover, Creeds ELIMINATE Briggs ‘n’ Jensen!! What a comeback! But they’re only halfway through, because here comes team number four! The 21st Century Success Story may have only one arm, but he also has a whole Sanga! Will this be where the Creeds crumble?

The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Grayson Waller & Sanga!

Sanga gets in the ring, Julius dodges his clothesline but not that BOOT! Sanga roars, “NAMASTE” and covers, TWO! Waller is trying to anchor Brutus but Brutus kicks at him. Waller hurries away to his corner, Sanga hurries to haul Julius up. Sanga ROCKS Julius with a EuroUpper! Then another! Sanga choke grips and talks trash, but Julius slips out! Julius fires off haymakers, but Waller is too busy talking trash to notice! Sanga shoves Julius away, and with how Waller is sitting on the ropes, Julius falls out of the ring! The ref notices and Waller says he was just sitting here! Wait, Waller tags in?

Waller clutches the arm in a sling, but then slips it out to ROLLING ELBOW Brutus down! He’s 100% after all! And he stomps Julius down! Fans boo but we all fell for it! And now Waller is rubbing it in with shadowboxing and jumping jacks while NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller gloats and talks trash, then he drags Julius up and into the ring. Waller throws off his vest, swaggers about in the ring, then knees Julius down. Waller stomps Julius, then talks more trash. But Julius gets him down with a leg pick! Julius can’t do much more than that, though, and Waller CLUBS him away. Waller puts Julius on ropes, tags Sanga, and then holds Julius out for Sanga to BOOT down! Sanga stomps Julius, drags him up, and CLUBS him down! Sanga stomps Julius more, keeping him form Brutus, and then scoops to SLAM! Tag back to Waller, and Sanga scoops Waller to SLAM him onto Julius! Cover, TWO!

Waller drags Julius up and has a facelock, but Julius BACK DROPS Waller away! Fans rally while both men are down, and Bivens coaches Julius. Waller crawls, Julius does, too, hot tags to Sanga and Brutus! Sanga CLOBBERS Brutus right away, then tags Waller back in. Waller pushes Brutus down for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Waller clamps onto Brutus with a chinlock and grinds him down while NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Brutus endures, but Waller thrashes him about. Brutus still fights to his feet, and back suplexes Waller high and hard! Fans fire up, Brutus crawls over, hot tag back to Julius!

Waller turns around and wants to run to Sanga, but Julius gets right between them to CLOBBER Waller! Julius rallies with big forearms, and he dropkicks, only for Sanga to avoid it! Julius crashes down and Sanga talks trash, but Julius still avoids Waller to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Julius hurries to facelock Waller, Brutus tags back in, but Waller JABS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Brutus shoves and CLOBBERS Waller! Sanga kicks Brutus low and clamps on shoulder claws! But Brutus gets under for a GOTCH LIFT SUPLEX!! Fans are thunderous as Brutus crawls again, hot tag back to Julius!

Julius gets Sanga up for himself, for a ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, The Creeds ELIMINATE Sanga & Waller!! Another win while coming back from behind, but that just leaves one last team!

The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Pretty Deadly!

Whether they’re Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley or Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions are here to make some history! But will they make it by winning THE NXT Tag Team titles their first try? Or by being the last stepping stone in the story of Julius & Brutus?

Pretty Deadly rush in wearing their powder blue ‘n’ yellow, and they stomp away on the Creeds! Prince throws Brutus out, then he helps Wilson mug Julius! Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Julius then flops out of the ring. Wilson goes out to fire off on Julius and put him in the ring. Prince wants right at him but the ref wants to make sure Julius is up for this. Julius says he’s gonna fight, so the final round begins! And Prince RAMS Julius right into the corner! Prince rams his shoulder in again and again, then whips Julius to ropes. Prince CLOBBERS Julius, then covers, TWO! Prince CLUBS Julius, sits him up with a chinlock, but fans rally for the Creeds.

Tag to Wilson, Pretty Deadly mug Julius. Wilson stomps but Julius grabs the foot! Wilson grabs Julius’ foot in return, gets around and drops an elbow! And then another elbow! Tag to Prince, Pretty Deadly mug Julius again. Fans still rally behind the Creeds but Prince drops an ax handle. Cover, TWO! Julius still has fight and the fans still have their backs! Julius CHOPS but Prince EuroUppers! And again! They clinch, Julius fires hands but Prince CLUBS him! Julius resists the suplex, and uses a leg trip! But Prince hurries to get up and tag Wilson! Wilson drops an elbow on Julius, covers, TWO!

Bivens and the fans rally but Wilson runs to KNEE Julius down! Tag to Prince, and Pretty Deadly double suplex, only for Julius to fight! Pretty Deadly throw body shots but Julius still resists! Pretty Deadly powers through to suplex up and over! Prince covers, TWO! Prince gets Julius’ arm for a top wristlock but Julius endures. Fans rally, Julius fights up, but Prince keeps him on his knees. Prince cranks the arm, but Julius fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Prince staggers but he comes back to CLOBBER! Tag to Wilson, and Pretty Deadly mugs Julius again! EuroUpper and Julius ends up in a corner!

Wilson mocks Brutus and he back elbows Julius! Tag to Prince, but Julius avoids the elbow! Prince hurries to get Julius up for more EuroUppers, but Julius manages to fire back! They go back and forth, forearm for uppercut, and then they clinch. BELLY2BELLY from Julius! Fans fire up, hot tag to Brutus! Brutus shoulders Prince away, but Prince tags Wilson. Prince RAMS Brutus into the corner and Wilson follows, BIG back elbow! Pretty Deadly coordinate, fireman’s carry to a GUTBUSTER DROP! Prince even RAMS Julius into steel steps! Wilson covers, TWO!?! Fans are thunderous for the Creeds as they’re still in this!

Wilson storms about, and grabs at Brutus, but Brutus drags him to a cradle! TWO!! Wilson KNEES Brutus back down! Tag to Prince and he brings Brutus up. They work together, BOOSTED CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!?! Brutus survives and Pretty Deadly is freaking out! Prince hurries to haul Brutus up, then he tags Wilson. Prince runs in but Brutus POSTS him! Only for Wilson to KNEE Brutus down! But Julius is there to CLOBBER Prince! Wilson elbows Brutus, “This is Awesome!” as Brutus HEADBUTTS Wilson down! The ref keeps Julius out, he’s not the legal Creed. But Julius protests because Prince has been in there as the illegal Pretty Deadly!

Brutus is in a corner, he aims at Wilson, but Prince BOOTS Brutus down! The ref misses it because he’s too busy arguing with Julius! Wilson then DECKS Julius! Wilson goes to the corner, tags in, and now Pretty Deadly give Brutus SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!!

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

By hook AND by crook, Pretty Deadly make history! First try and they’re NXT Tag Team Champions, and they’re only the second team ever to have been both NXT UK and NXT Tag Team Champions in their careers! Will everyone be crying over Spilt Milk?


My Thoughts:

This was a great episode of NXT! Though, I will say I’m disappointed in the next step in the InDex Dusia story. There should’ve been InDex VS Dusia in a Mixed Tag Match, but instead, we skip right past that to shove Dexter and Duke together to be a tag team. I can only hope that breaks down quickly and we get the Mixed Tag Match. At the same time, it’d be pretty cool if Persia & Indi become Women’s Tag Team Champions while Duke & Dexter get the men’s titles. They’d be honoring The Way by being a “family” of champions. And I should’ve known Lash would attack Lyons to prompt a rematch. Just kind of filler here that could’ve happened any time.

Grimes VS Solo was a great opener, and I guess Melo & Trick having a hand in the finish was to keep Solo strong in his loss. I sense a tag match of Grimes & Solo VS Melo & Trick, and then somehow that gives us Grimes VS Melo for the North American Championship. We got some pretty good segments from Bron and Gacy, though it was almost a letdown that Gacy let Rick Steiner go so easily. Though I guess that’d end up bringing in authorities, even in kayfabe. But putting the ring in fire wasn’t really gonna destroy it, so I guess the whole point was Gacy showing how crazy he is by putting a red hot ring on his finger. Bron VS Gacy for the title is going to be pretty intense.

Tangentially, Draco VS Xyon was a great match, but no real mention of Gacy in it. Though I will say Draco enraging Xyon was a pretty good way for Xyon to go off on him and get the win. This could end up pushing Draco closer to Gacy’s side. Frazer having a “one way” ticket is a bit upsetting, though. Why can’t he just continue in NXT UK? Though, at the same time, there aren’t enough people not in a story for him to feud with to build towards the NXT UK Championship. Maybe moving over to NXT USA is a way for him to get noticed by the WWE fans and build his power level so that one day, he can face Dragunov again.

Cora and Natty had an incredible promo segment tonight. For one, fans are really supportive of Cora, and then they loved seeing Natty show up. Cora did great being star struck in kayfabe, and Natty really reeled me in with how emotional she was getting, and then she did a 180! Obviously, Natty is working with Cora because what she said about the passion Cora has is true, and also by being the Heel, Cora as Face will really gain a lot out of this so that one day, she will become NXT Women’s Champion. Natty is also going to really get the other new recruits going, such as Tatum Paxley. Maybe Tatum’s showing against Natty impresses Diamond Mine.

And speaking of, Mandy VS Dakota was… Well, it got good but then was brought back down because Toxic Attraction cheated. Wade Barrett on commentary was pushing kayfabe a little too hard, Mandy is not a 10-outta-10 in technique. Mandy’s lack of sharpness really stands out against someone as sharp as Dakota. I feel like there was half a dozen miscues in this first segment alone. But whatever, Vince wants her to be his Heel champion so here we are. Dakota stays strong because the cheat is what beat her, and just as I thought it up, Wendy Choo appeared to basically stake her claim as Mandy’s next challenger. Mandy will surely cheat to win there, too, so that’s annoying.

We got great stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight. The issues between Nash Carter and Kimber Lee killed MSK just as they were getting going again, but NXT was able to adapt with awesome execution. Great promos from all the teams, even with some story overlapping, such as Tony D’Angelo trying and failing to pay off Escobar into being pals, and Lopez and Fallon still hating each other’s guts. The Creeds had an awesome performance, and if they weren’t big names in NXT before this, they are now. They had a great first round with Legado, and an equally great one with Briggs ‘n’ Jensen. Didn’t even know Jensen was Bull Buchanan’s son until it was alluded to on commentary.

Waller with the bad elbow swerve was great stuff, it really adds to his Heel heat. The Creeds getting to throw Sanga around really built their power level, too, but I had a feeling that Pretty Deadly was going to capitalize as the last team in the gauntlet. The name change for Stoker & Howley into Wilson & Prince is still confusing, and going to be hard to get used to. I kept wanting to just type Stoker and Howley like with Gunther/Walter, but whatever. Also, apparently Mendoza is becoming “Raul Del Toro” outta nowhere and for no damn reason. But anyway, Pretty Deadly definitely deserve to make some history, they did great work in NXT UK. And as Natty said herself, destiny is always chasing. The Creeds are going to get their moment on whatever next big NXT special is coming, and that’ll be awesome.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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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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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