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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/25/22)

20 YEARS of the Viper!

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw celebrates Randy Orton’s newest milestone!

April 25th, 2002, Randy Orton made his WWE debut, and the rest is history! How will Raw and Matt Riddle celebrate the Viper reaching 20 YEARS?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Sonya Deville; changed to…
  • Raw Women’s Championship No Holds Barred: Bianca Belair VS Sonya Deville w/ Carmella & Zelina Vega; Belair wins and retains the title.
  • Veer Mahaan VS ???; Mahaan wins.
  • Arm-Wrestling Contest: Omos w/ MVP VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins.
  • Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa; Tamina & Tozawa win.
  • Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Priest wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS The Miz; Ali wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Usos VS Cody Rhodes, Ezekiel & RKBRO; Cody, Ezekiel & RKBRO win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Matt Riddle is in the ring!

The University of Tennessee has the Bro in the ring and all the superstars of Raw around ringside. Seth Rollins, however, is sitting by the announce desk. Riddle says what’s up, and welcomes us to Monday Night Raw! Tonight is special, because this is the 20th Anniversary of one of the greatest to ever do it. Let’s take a look back at the debut of Randy Orton! A good match against Hardcore Holly, and even more importantly, a win! Then from there, it was Evolution, the Legend Killer, Intercontinental Champion, the youngest World Heavyweight Champion ever, the Apex Predator, and now RKBRO!

Tennessee applauds and chants for “Randy! Randy!” and Riddle says there’s only one thing left to do. Give it up for Riddle’s friend, the Viper himself, RANDYYY! ORRRTOOON! The man of the hour makes his way out, and he gets nods and fist bumps of respect from the superstars at ringside. Fans cheer as Orton gets in the ring with Riddle, and then he gets a mic. “So I appreciate you, man. This is pretty cool.” And Knoxville is where Orton was born. Wikipedia was right on this one. SO it’s great that they’re able to do this here. His journey has had ups, downs, twists and turns, but he hopes no one is sick of him, because he ain’t going anywhere!

Those 20 years flew by in a flash. He made a to of relationships, had a lot of killer matches with some real badass men. John Cena, Triple H, the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley especially. It was because of Mick Foley that Orton became the Legend Killer, and that Orton is even here now. Same for HHH, Ric Flair and a lot of others. But there is one thing that’s different these days. Orton is having more fun right now than he’s ever had in his entire career, all thanks to Riddle! Much love. And they hug! Fans cheer for “R K BRO! R K BRO!” and Orton says he’s gotta let us all know something.

We’ve all had our twists and turns, too, but they’ve always supported him. If it wasn’t for the fans, there would be none of this. He thanks all of them, as well. Fans chant, “Thank You, Randy!” “Randy! Randy!” and Riddle says he has a surprise! This man wanted to come out, says Orton’s a mentor to him. This is a second generation star who looks up to Orton as a locker room leader, and even says they were friends. So then, Knoxville, here is the AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, CODY RHODES! Cody makes his way out and Orton can’t help but smile. They hug it out, but now Rollins has to speak up.

“Awwwwwwww… Well, isn’t this cute? Don’t trust him, Randy~. Don’t trust Cody Rhodes. No no no. He’s not out here to show you love. He’s out here to try to steal your spotlight, just like he tried to steal MY spotlight at WrestleMania!” Rollins wants to let Mr. Nightmare in on a secret: not everything is about YOU! Rollins laughs and says tonight is specifically about Randy Orton, baby! Rollins picked out his finest suit for the occasion. What a career, 20 years in the past. Call a spade a spade, Orton’s best years are behind him. Orton is the past, but he’s not the present or the future. And neither is Cody!

Rollins says the next generation won’t be inspired by a Nightmare, a Bro or a Viper, but by a Visionary, a revolutionary, by Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! HAHAHAHA! But Ezekiel speaks up now? Ezekiel says as one of those newer stars, now would be a great time to congratulate Orton and introduce himself. He’s Ezekiel, Elias’ brother. He shakes Orton’s hand and Ezekiel says he’ll never forget him and Elias watching Orton dominate! But then Kevin Owens barges out from the crowd to call Ezekiel a LIAR! Kevin can’t stay back and let someone lie to Orton! Ezekiel looks like and talks like Elias BECAUSE IT IS!

Is Orton gonna let someone lie to him on tonight of all nights? This is how you pay tribute? Ezekiel disgusts Kevin! Kevin says Ezekiel passed the lie detector test but he’ll figure this out! Kevin’s the only sane one around here! Riddle wants Kevin to calm down, but here come the USOS! Jimmy & Jey are back again, and Jimmy says, “20. Years. 20 years, Uce. Two decades your boy, the Viper, been doing this thing in the WWE.” Jey says they were 15 watching Orton! Does Jey have a favorite Orton moment? Yes he does! The Usos get in the ring with everyone, and Jey says check it. They were watching Orton when they were down here, but now they’re fighting him while they’re up here!

What’s Jey’s favorite moment? When the Usos beat them at Backlash and unify the tag titles to solidify THEIR legacy as the best damn team in the world! RKBRO are the twos, #WeTheOnes! Fans boo and Adam Pearce has everyone wait right there. Before the celebration is tarnished, he will make this clear. All of them will be in competition tonight in the biggest match he can make! In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, it’ll be an EIGHT MAN TAG! Rollins, Kevin & The Usos VS Cody, Ezekiel & RKBRO! Fans love that! But as the teams argue, Kevin DECKS Ezekiel! So Orton RKOS Kevin!!

Rollins and the Usos back off, but they’ll have to stand their ground in tonight’s massive main event! Will these combustible elements blow the roof off the University of Tennessee?

 

Bianca Belair talks with Kane- Er, Glenn Jacobs, backstage.

The Knoxville native gets some encouragement and congratulations from the Knoxville County Mayor. Will Bianca make Tennessee the proudEST ever as she retains the title in her hometown?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Sonya Deville!

The EST is a fighting champion, but she ended up getting suckered into this by the power hungry and power abusing “Cruella” Deville. Sonya is blurring the lines of competitor and management again, but will Bianca make her pay for it? Or will Sonya end up trading in her jacket for a title belt?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the hometown hero can stay the champion!

The two tie up at the bell, Bianca headlocks but Sonya powers out, only for Bianca to run Sonya over! Fans cheer as Sonya bails out and Bianca blows a kiss. Sonya gets on the apron, Bianca goes after her, but Sonya uses that to trip her up! Sonya drags Bianca out to bump her off the apron, and then whip. Bianca reverses and Sonya goes flying over the table! Bianca gets back in the ring and the count is climbing! Sonya drags herself up at 9, but she can’t get past the desk! Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by count-out (still Raw Women’s Champion)

But Sonya stops the announce from saying it! She claims there’s a wet spot, this is not a fair match! She wants to restart this, and she wants NO count-outs! Well there Sonya goes again. She uses her authority to bend things in her favor, but Bianca just shrugs it off. The bell rings again, Bianca rushes out to fire off on Sonya! Sonya brawls with Bianca, they go around, and Bianca reels Sonya in, only for Sonya to RAM her into the apron! And RAM her into the barriers! “Tennessee sucks!” But Bianca RAMS Sonya, then scoops! Sonya slips out and pulls the hair! Bianca uses that to whip Sonya OVER barriers!

Sonya flounder sin the timekeeper area, Bianca staggers that way, but Sonya uses a CHAIR! She SMACKS Bianca down, the bell rings again!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by disqualification (still Raw Women’s Champion)

And again, Sonya says no! Bianca cheated first using a foreign object: her hair. The chair just levels the playing field. Now it’s NO HOLDS BARRED!! The bell rings again, and now Sonya is waving to someone? Out come Carmella and Zelina Vega! The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are at least on the same page now that they’re against Bianca. What will happen as Sonya keeps stacking the deck? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Sonya is mugging Bianca with Mella’s help! Fans boo as Sonya talks trash to Bianca’s face, then runs, into a BOOT! Bianca ELBOWS Mella, then SPINEBUSTERS Sonya! Bianca rains down fists on Sonya but Vega helps out! Vega hops onto Bianca’s back, but Bianca stays up. Sonya kicks Bianca down, she and Vega double whip to put Bianca in a corner. Vega whips Sonya in so she can RAM Bianca. Mella returns, Sonya whips Vega in, but Bianca tosses Vega out and DECKS her! Bianca tosses Mella, too, then dodges Sonya! Sonya hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Sonya! Bianca gets in, chicken wings, but Sonya victory rolls to send Bianca into buckles!

Fans boo but Sonya gets a chair! Sonya puts the chair down and reels Bianca in. FULL METAL DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Bianca survives and Sonya can’t believe it! Bianca really is the toughEST! Bianca calls to Vega, she helps wedge a chair into a corner. Sonya whips Bianca in, but Bianca turns it around! Sonya CRASHES into chair! Bianca DECKS Vega, handspring kicks Mella away, then torture racks Sonya! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

And this is for real now! Bianca overcame the unfairEST match Sonya could make, and she keeps that gold around her waist! Is there no stopping her now?

 

Mella and Vega argue backstage.

Sonya barges in and tells them both to shut up! They both failed to get her the title, so now they don’t get an opportunity. Then she’s going back on her word! Vega can’t believe Sonya is doing this to them when she promised! Sonya SLAPS Vega! And she tells Mella not to slap her back. She’s still their boss. Mella blames Vega but Sonya SLAPS Mella, too! Is the tyrant going to cause a revolt on Raw?

 

Edge and Damian Priest speak.

The Iconoclast says, “We look down on everyone, sitting atop our mountain of omnipotence. And if anyone comes close, we just kick them in the face down to the bottom of the mountain. People like AJ Styles, or Finn Balor. Tonight, Finn’s stay of execution ends. Damian deals with his unfinished business. Now, we’re better than everyone, but we haven’t shown that. We’ve let things like caring about what you think affect us. The kind of people who would cheer for a lousy program like the Tennessee Volunteers. Or the type of people who will fold themselves into their Pintos, shamble down to the polls, and support the current mayor of Knox County.”

The WWE Universe is such a fascinating cross section of society. People mock Edge for wearing suits and using big words and the purple lights, saying those belong to the Undertaker and this is blasphemy. People don’t like it when the truth slaps them upside their ugly faces. Edge and Priest are better than your favorites! Chew on that. You may not like the flavor since it’s not a cheeseburger or bag o’ chips, but you need to choke it down because it’s true. And speaking of favorites, where’s AJ Styles? Jury duty excuse? Or just mending the left arm they went after, the one Edge separated the first time in the Royal Rumble, the night Edge started his miraculous comeback.

Styles, Edge is speaking to you now. Edge thought back and realized Styles didn’t hit the Phenomenal Forearm. Styles probably thinks if he had, he would’ve won. But at WrestleMania Backlash, Edge will show it won’t. Edge says Styles can’t hit that move with one arm. Don’t let the lemmings push you into a situation you can’t handle, AJ. Stay home, hug your kids with your one good arm. As for Finn, they’ll see him later. Priest tells Finn that his guilt has been determined, and Priest shall be the punishment. Judgement day has arrived! But will Finn be able to beat the rap?

 

Veer Mahaan VS ???

First, he dominated Dominik Mysterio. Then he broke Jeff Brooks. Who will the Lion of India hunt down and maul this week?

Raw returns and Sam Smothers is the opponent. The bell rings and Veer BOOTS Sam down, then drags him up to whip. Sam hits buckles then Veer SPLASHES him! Sam staggers into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Veer growls and stalks Sam, to hip drop and CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Sam taps, Veer wins!!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by submission

An even faster victory for Veer, but there’s still no mercy! He POSTS Sam, then goes outside after him! The ref already calls for reinforcements but Veer clamps o the CERVICAL CLUTCH again! Veer thrashes Sam around, but lets go as the refs tell him to stop. Fans boo but Veer revels in this moment. Sam stirs, and Veer drags him up to SPINEBUSTER on the announce desk! Then Veer jumps up onto the desk, to clamp on the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Sam can only gurgle and sputter! The refs tell Veer to stop but he holds on until he is satisfied. Will all of Raw soon #FearVeer?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.

He is warming up, but perhaps for more than just tonight’s Arm-Wrestling Contest. Well Lashley is confident that he is still stronger than Omos. But if it goes past this, he has to be ready. He doesn’t trust Omos or that backstabber,  MVP. Sarah wishes him luck, but will he need far more than that against The Colossus?

Arm-Wrestling Contest: Omos w/ MVP VS Bobby Lashley!

Raw returns and Omos and MVP are already in the ring. MVP has the mic to say, “Aw man, I’ve looked forward to this day. The day where Bobby Lashley is destroyed by his own ego. The ego that made him forget who made him All Mighty.” MVP tells the fans to shut up with the “What?” as he continues to say Lashley’s ego made him think he could go to WrestleMania without MVP, and to accept a challenge from an athlete superior to Lashley in every single way. Lashley’s muscles, athleticism and strength make him unstoppable for the average superstar. But this isn’t average, this is COLOSSAL!

Here’s a way even Tennessee can understand. And if you have a friend who can read, they can read the definitions of these words to you. Anyway, Omos will wrap his colossal hand, wrap it around Lashley’s puny digits, crush them, then rip the hand off at the wrist! But enough talk, here comes Lashley! He steps into the ring and they square up to the podium. Fans cheer for Lashley but MVP wants Omos to teach Lashley some humility. They lock up, the ref makes sure the grip is good. Ready, GO! These titans are in a deadlock and MVP taunts Lashley if he has second thoughts. Omos is gonna beat him! Oh yeah!

Lashley’s arm is at 45 degrees, but MVP is just egging him on and pissing him off! Lashley powers up to tilt things back his way! Omos holds on, keeps his hand off the pad, but MVP keeps talking trash, saying Lashley is nothing without him! Lashley powers through and WINS!

Winner: Bobby Lashley

MVP takes aim with his cane but Lashley is ready! So Omos CLOBBERS Lashley instead! And SMACKS him off the podium! And again! And again! Omos smothers Lashley into the podium then SMACKS him off it again! The podium is pushed aside, Omos drags Lashley up and throws knees! Omos CLOBBERS Lashley again! MVP grins as he and Omos stand over Lashley. But MVP also has Omos keep from dragging Lashley up. Instead, MVP wants Omos to use the podium! Lashley ain’t so might now, is he? Omos SMASHES Lashley with the podium again and again! Then he smothers Lashley with it again!

The refs tell Omos to stop but MVP says one more! Omos listens to MVP and he SMASHES Lashley again! “And there is your All Mighty.” MVP has Omos TOSS the podium out of the ring, and MVP raises Omos’ hand in victory. Lashley manages to sit up, will he be able to recover from such brutality?

 

R-Truth heads to the ring!

And he’s the special guest referee! Maybe R stands for “Renaissance.” That said, he’s going to keep the peace during this upcoming rematch!

Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa!

Raw returns and shares what set up this match. The committed couples were arguing about the debacle during their ceremony last week, and “therapist” Truth had them calm down. This was a group couples counseling session. Truth not only marries couples, he keeps them together. He is certified in therapeutic, scientific togetherness training. And y’know what, if he has to, he’d tear them all apart to keep it together. They’ve got 99 problems but love ain’t one. Tozawa says he has a lot of love. This sparks another argument but Truth shouts them down again. They have to put the T R U back in trust.

Management says as an exercise in team work, we have this Mixed Tag Match. And ain’t no one gonna pin Dana for the 24/7 title, the rules will be suspended for the duration. And furthermore, he’s keeping an eye on them as the referee. Yep, he’s certified! Don’t hate. So back to present, the couples have made their entrances, and the gentlemen start! Will this work out to keep them all together? Or will it only tear them all apart?

The bell rings, Tozawa and Reggie tie up. Tozawa whips and hip tosses, but Reggie kangaroo kicks and arm-drags! Reggie holds on, Dana tags in, but that allows Tamina in. Tamina runs in but Dana dodges, only for Tamina to scoop! Dana slips out, kicks low and whips Tamina. Tamina blocks, whips Dana, then reels her in and dips her. Tamina says if Tozawa has a lot of love, then so does she! Truth say sno, that ain’t PG! Tozawa tags in, Reggie gets in and dodges to then TWISTING CROSSBODY! And then, SOMERSAULT- NO! Tozawa avoids the seated senton, he sobats, spin kicks, slides under and SCREW HIGH KICKS!

Tozawa drags Reggie to a drop zone, goes up top, and “I LOVE YOU!” SUPER SENTON!! Cover, Tozawa and Tamina win!

Winners: Akira Tozawa & Tamina, by pinfall

Tozawa and Tamina hug, and then Tamina looks at Dana. Tamina throws Dana down, Tozawa covers, but Truth throws Tozawa into Tamina! Dana wants the title! Truth offers her an escape, but then rolls her up! And he counts it himself! TWO!! Dana escapes again and asks what the heck! She trusted him! Truth says he was testing her! Dana runs, leaving Reggie behind. Is the title too important to everyone to leave room for love?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

But despite the great sunglasses and outfit, Big Time Becks is feeling pretty low since she’s not Raw Women’s Champion. What will The Man have to say about not bringing the belt back home at WrestleMania? We’ll hear about it, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky has the mic. Fans are torn but she says, “Three years. It’s been three years since I’ve walked out on Raw without my championship. Three years and nobody was able to beat me for that title, and I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t wanted to show my face on Raw because I don’t know who Becky Lynch is without that title. I’ve grown so accustomed to looking in the mirror and seeing a champion that after WrestleMania, I didn’t recognize myself anymore. I’ve hit rock bottom. That’s it. I’ve hit rock bottom, that’s all I have to say, so…” Becky takes a breath and supports herself with hands on knees.

But wait, wait. If Becky hit the bottom, then there’s nowhere else to go but up! This isn’t the end! No no no! This is just the beginning of a legendary comeback! Becky laughs a bit like Rollins as she says no one can do a comeback better than her! She can’t stay down and wallowing with the shlubs of the Earth! She’s an arrow being pulled back so she can shoot into heights unknown! PEWWWW~! And all of you, you get to witness and be inspired by her rise! Her returning to the top, her prize, her precious! She’ll overcome Tennessee’s hometown girl and Becky will be champion again! She’ll be champion forever! No one can stop her! Not Bianca, not Sonya, not Liv, not Dana, not-

ASUKA!?! Fans go nuts seeing the Empress of Tomorrow return! And she goes right to the ring, where Becky looks like she’s seeing a ghost! Asuka takes off the mask to smile and dance around. Asuka gets herself a mic and says in Japanese that she’s happy to be back! Fans are happy to have her back, too! Asuka then tells Becky, “I will stop you! Because no one is ready for ASUKA!” Becky smirks, Asuka boops her on the nose, and that upsets Becky. Becky swings, misses, and barely dodges a back hand! Asuka’s put Becky on notice, will the Big Time Comeback be over before it even begins?

 

The Street Profits speak.

Angelo Dawkins is fired up as usual, and Montez Ford says 20 years of Viper, chef’s kiss. That’s a lot of RKO. Dawkins’ neck hurts just thinking about it. But real talk, much respect to Orton. Bottles poppin’, show ain’t stoppin’, even Mayor Glenn Jacobs spotted. And of course, Bianca Belair successfully defended her Raw Women’s Championship in her hometown! You go, girl! Sonya making excuses like Ben Simmons in Game 4. But that ain’t all, fam! RKBRO uniting with The American Nightmare and Ezekiel, who we keep confusing for his brother, Elias. And they’re against the Usos, Seth Freakin’ Owens & Kevin Owens.

Who Dawks got? Oh, his money’s on ZEKE! Ford isn’t sure so. Usos might have to do their Tribal Chief proud and make someone ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. But straight from Pearce, no matter who wins here or at Backlash, Profits got next for those tag titles! They’re coming for THE Unified WWE Tag Team Championships because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke!

 

Finn Balor VS Damian Priest w/ Edge!

The Prince knows the Archer of Infamy all too well between their battles on NXT and Raw. But this Priest has a new Edge to him. Will Damian cut Balor down once and for all? Or will Finn make things Too Sweet on behalf of AJ Styles?

Raw returns and Edge and Priest makes their entrance. Edge sits upon the obsidian throne from his mountain of omnipotence, and he sends his envoy of punishment to the ring. The bell rings, the two circle, and tie up. Balor waistlocks, headlocks, but Priest powers out. Priest runs Balor over, but Balor hurries to get up. Priest is on him and tosses him to a corner! Priest ROCKS Balor, fires off stomps and uppercuts, but lets off as the ref counts. Priest then HEADBUTTS Balor, wrenches and whips corner to corner, and Balor hits buckles hard! Priest runs in but misses the back elbow, and Balor fires off shots!

Priest shoves Balor but Balor clotheslines Priest out of the ring! Edge looks upset but Priest drags Balor out. Balor fires back, body shots and haymakers, but Priest CLUBS Balor down. Priest Canadian racks Priest, APRON RAZOR’S EDGE! Edge is amused and Priest stands tall as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest grinds Balor down in a seated cravat. Balor fights up as fans rally, but Priest knees him low. Priest whips Balor to a corner, runs in, but Balor BOOTS him! Balor runs in to forearm, but Priest stays up! Balor whips, Priest reverses but Balor ducks and dodges to forearm again! Balor trips Priest to DOUBLE STOMP him! Edge is annoyed again as Balor runs and CHOPS Priest in a corner! Balor whips, Priest reverses and scoops but Balor slips out to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Priest and Balor slowly get up, Balor KICKS Priest in the side. Balor throws body shots, wrenches, but Priest ROCKS him!

Priest KNEES, KICKS and KICKS, but Balor SLINGBLADES outta nowhere! Balor aims from a corner, runs in, but Priest choke grips! But Balor turns coke slam into victory roll, TWO! Priest runs in at the corner, Balor dodges and goes to the apron! GAMANGIRI and Priest goes down! Fans fire up and Balor climbs, but Edge stands up! Balor is distracted, Priest choke grips and drags Balor down! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Edge is pleased again, and Priest drags Balor up. Priest reels Balor in, for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Judgement Day came for Balor and dealt out the punishment. Priest returns to his mentor and kneels before him. Edge says he may rise, and Priest raises his hand in victory. Will they continue to deal out pain and punishment against even the Phenomenal One?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

And he’s ready to host a championship edition of MizTV as his guest will be the NEW WWE United States Champion, (Austin) Theory! Will the University of Tennessee be able to handle all this hot air? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and what a night it’s been! They’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Randy Orton! A living legend whose career might stack up to Miz’s one day. But not only that, tonight’s guest is a true star in the making, who might remind you of someone in this very ring. Miz welcomes (Austin) Theory! Theory makes his entrance, and then takes a selfie with Miz. Miz admits, it’s like looking in a mirror. They take their seats and Miz says when he was a younger man, he had to earn “The.” But Theory will get there. So, “The Theory?”

No no, Vince McMahon has made it clear to him, it’s #JustTheory. Well then, Just Theory, it has been awhile since someone has brought credibility back to the US Championship. In fact, it has felt like 12 years since, wink wink nudge nudge. Miz was champion then, wasn’t he? CORRECT! And for the second time! He escalated the title to a level he knows Theory will uphold. Well thanks, Miz. The Miz. Now, how does it feel to be the new champion? Honestly, feels like he’s on another level. Miz is someone Theory grew up watching. Like, an inspiration! Guys, stop with the “What?” already.

But Miz overcame the odds and became a TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion! A WrestleMania main eventer! Miz did! And y’know what else? Theory wants to live up to those standards, and continue to prove why he is Vince’s best investment ever. Fans boo but Miz applauds. Show respect to the guest, please! They boo more. Theory says he’ll take the US Championship to heights it’s never been to before! And sure, he’s the youngest US Champion in history, but he’ll be remembered as THE US Champion! Bet all your money on that, because he can do this all day.

Miz does want to give him some advice, though. When you become champion, everyone around you becomes jealous. “Nothing infuriates people more than when handsome, young trendsetters like us succeed at every turn.” The locker room is full of parasites, and previous champions handed out title matches like glow sticks at Coachella. Everyone needs to EARN the right to face Theory in the ring! No one comes out and just demands a title match! Theory is THE US- Wait, someone is interrupting Miz! It’s MUSTAFA ALI! The Beacon is back on Raw! And he joins these two in the ring, holding a mic of his own.

Ali soaks in the moment as fans chant, “Welcome Back!” But then Miz keeps him form speaking. This guy still works here? Ali pushes the hand aside, but then Theory says, “Aren’t you the guy who took his ball and went home?” Miz laughs but says he knows what this is! It’s Mufasa, younger brother of Mustafa. Get it? Yeah, Theory gets it. Oh, Miz, that joke was not funny at all. Honestly, why is Miz out here cracking jokes? If Ali wants a laugh, he can just watch Miz wrestle. Theory has Miz keep cool but Ali says to get to business. He is back on Monday Night Raw!

Ali was back there talking with Pearce, discussing matters, but when Ali heard the NEW US Champion was going to be on MizTV, Ali just had to come out here! Cuz he’s kinda hoping Theory is going to announce he’s holding an Open Challenge for the title. And Ali is also kinda hoping that he’s the one to answer it. What’s Theory think about that? Theory VS Ali, US Championship, TONIGHT! Fans want it, but Miz says not to listen to that. Theory says he’ll think about it. NO. Well, Ali isn’t surprised. Theory is Mr. McMahon’s protégé, right? So he has no spine, all biceps and no balls. Is he afraid? Theory’s out here running his mouth but running away like his name’s The Miz!

Theory says Ali is talking to a former champion! A trailblazer! A future Hall of Famer! Miz doesn’t run away! Miz knows Ali is using his name to get himself some notoriety. There is nothing Miz would love more than to embarrass Ali right here and now, but he must’ve forgotten how thinks work around here. Miz doesn’t have some magic wand that makes matches. Theory says he does! He texted Vince, Miz VS Ali is happening now! He… What? Yeah, it’s what Miz wanted, right? Well, yes, thank you… But then Miz explains to Ali. After this match, Ali will wish he got those walking papers.

Ali SLAPS Miz! Ali dares Miz to bring it, and then Ali exits so the MizTV set can be set aside. Will the Hollywood A-Lister be blinded by the Beacon taking his spotlight?

 

Orton and Glenn Jacobs talk backstage.

These two know each other well. They seem to be reminiscing on old times and having a good laugh.

 

Mustafa Ali VS The Miz!

Raw returns and the match begins! Ali and Miz circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Ali wrenches and wristlocks. Miz rolls, cartwheels and wrenches back to a wristlock. Miz says, “How ’bout that?” Ali rolls, handsprings, wrenches, but Miz ROCKS him with a right! Miz headlocks, Ali endures the grind and powers out, then spins Miz around for his own headlock! Miz powers out, Ali ends up in a corner but he goes up and over and handsprings! Miz didn’t even know where he went! Ali says “AWESOME~” to mock Miz, then he CHOPS and ROCKS Miz. Miz shoves and BOOTS Ali down!

Miz snarls, stomps Ali, then stomps him to ropes. Miz chokes Ali, smothers him, claws his face, then lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Miz stalks Ali, hip drops him, then claws his face again. The ref reprimands, Miz shifts to a chinlock. Ali endures, fans rally up, and Ali fights up. Ali throws body shots, CHOPS, then CHOPS again. Ali whips, Miz reverses and kitchen sink knees! Miz runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Miz is annoyed as Ali goes to a corner. Miz storms over, drags Ali up and CHOPS him back. Miz stands Ali up to CHOP him again. Ali staggers but Miz follows him.

Miz and the ref argue, Ali dodges the chop to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Ali whips, Miz reverses and Ali hits buckles hard! Miz is seething while Ali is writhing. Miz rains down left hands and then digs his forearm into Ali’s face! The ref counts, Miz lets off and taunts Ali. Miz stomps Ali, KICKS him, but Ali manages to sit up. Miz KICKS him again, then KICKS him again! And again, and again! And again! And again! Ali still sits up, fans boo but Miz soaks it all up. Miz runs in, Ali ducks the buzzsaw to WHEEL KICK back! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Ali rallies the fans.

Ali blocks Miz’s punches to give punches, then he whips. Miz reverses but Ali ducks and dodges to DROPKICK! Ali CHOPS Miz in the corner again, whips, but Miz reverses. Ali slides, slips out, Miz hits buckles and Ali somersaults in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ali is surprised but he focuses and gets Miz up. Miz blocks the suplex, suplexes back but Ali slips out. Miz elbows but Ali waistlocks. Miz bucks the O’Conner roll, kicks low, BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated and shouts as Ali gets to a corner. Miz goes to a corner, runs in, but Ali puts him on the apron. Miz ROCKS Ali, climbs, but Ali ROCKS him back!

Ali goes up top to join Miz, but Miz shoves him away! Ali lands on his feet but Miz dropkicks the legs out! Miz has the leg, steps through, but Ali rolls him up! High stack, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

Miz is shocked! The TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion just lost! Ali’s return is off to a great start, but then TOMMASO CIAMPA attacks?! The Psycho Killer looms over the Beacon, just what brought this on?

 

Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.

One week after viciously attacking Liv Morgan, will she tell us why? “You wanna know why, Sarah? Because I finally opened up my eyes. When I first came here, I became the Raw Women’s Champion, on my own. And since then, I’ve been tossed into the Tag Division, surrounded by tag partners that do nothing but bring me down to their level and make me weak. So I’m done.” She’s done with disappointments like- LIV ATTACKS! They brawl, referees hurry in to stop it, but easier said than done! Will Rhea and Liv tear each other apart on sight from here on out?

 

Kevin Owens argues with Chad Gable backstage.

They’re of course arguing about the lie detector test. Kevin refuses to pay what he owes until he gets definitive results. But then Rollins walks over to say hey to his best bud. But Gable has him SHOOOOSH! This is an A+ and B conversation, so Rollins can just see himself out. Did he just say Kevin is a B? Get outta here! He’s still not paying! And what does Rollins want? Duh, the tag match. They gotta game plan. Oh really? You think Kevin just magically forgot about last week? What does Kevin mean? Uh, he was fighting his heart out for Rollins against Cody, and Rollins goes and insults him!

Rollins laughs that off but Kevin isn’t. Maybe Kevin should but Rollins in a lie detector test to see if he means what he says! Cuz Rollins has not been as good a friend to Kevin as he is to Rollins! This is not a competition, Kevin. Well if it was, Kevin would win! But the Usos have these two calm down. They need to fall in line behind the Bloodline. Ain’t no more games, Uce. They need the W, they need to win! And the Usos are gonna make sure these two don’t lose it for them. Tonight ain’t just about Orton’s 20th anniversary. After Backlash, Usos are gonna show RKBRO and everyone why you don’t mess with the Usos. So we all better be on the same damn page.

Otherwise, The Tribal Chief gon’ be real mad. And you don’t want to be on his bad side. Rollins laughs that off and asks Kevin if he can believe those guys. Raw is THEIR show. Now- Kevin shrugs Rollins off and heads out after the Usos. FINE! Rollins will just do this on his own! But will that only ensure their team falls apart?

 

MVP and Omos talk backstage.

MVP tells Omos that the world is his now. It’s in the palm of his hand. Kevin Patrick walks over to ask about Omos brutalizing Lashley after Lashley won the arm-wrestling contest. MVP has KP hold it right there. Is he daft? Did Lashley look like a winner after all that? The arm-wrestling contest wasn’t about brawn, it was about brains. And without MVP, Lashley can’t see that. Lashley just isn’t mighty without MVP. And this is just a preview of things to come, because Omos is challenge Lashley to a rematch at Backlash. Omos grabs the mic and says, “After I’m done with him, there isn’t gonna be much left of the All Mighty.”

 

8 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Usos VS Cody Rhodes, Ezekiel & RKBRO!

The Architect wants after the American Nightmare, the Prizefighter wants after the Drifter’s little brother, and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions want after the Raw Tag Team Champions. Luckily, the feeling is mutual! Will Cody, Zeke, Riddle and Orton be able to cap the celebration off with a victory?

Raw returns and Ezekiel, brother of Elias, makes his entrance, followed by RKBRO. Then the Usos lead the way out for their team, followed by Kevin, and Rollins. Ezekiel attacks Kevin in retaliation for earlier, and now it’s just a brawl! Cody brawls with Jimmy, Riddle has Jey, and Orton is after Rollins! Then Zeke throws KO out, the Usos and Rollins are also thrown out with them, and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Ezekiel throws Jimmy with a headlock takeover! Jimmy fights up, powers out, but Ezekiel runs him over! Ezekiel runs, things speed up, Ezekiel whips Jimmy to BOOT him! Then backslide, ONE! Zeke rolls, wrenches, reels Jimmy in, and suplexes to hold Jimmy up! Fans count, Ezekiel puts a twist on it for the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ezekiel wrenches Jimmy, knuckle locks, and straight arm levers to lift Jimmy up again! Then tag to Riddle, Zeke wrenches and Riddle KICKS Jimmy! Riddle snapmares Jimmy, tags Orton in, and they coordinate, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Orton stomps away, picking Jimmy apart!

Orton scrapes laces on Jimmy’s face, then he tags Cody in. Legacy reunited as they mug Jimmy. Cody stomps a mudhole into Jimmy, Rollins protests that the ref isn’t doing his job. Cody suplexes to TOSS Jimmy, but Rollins gets in just to distract Cody. Jimmy whips, Cody reverses, kicks and Rhodes Uppercut! Jey tags in, Cody throws Jimmy out but Jey SAMOAN DROPS Cody! Cover, ONE!! Jey ROCKS Cody with haymakers and Rollins say sot keep going. Jey keeps Cody from getting away but fans rally up. Cody throws counter punches and kicks but Jey DECKS Cody with an uppercut! Tag to Jimmy and the Usos split the wishbone!

Jimmy keeps Cody from his corner and puts him on ropes. Fans boo, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off but Kevin gets a shot in! Tag to Jey, the Usos mug Cody, then Jimmy holds Cody in so Jey can forearm smash! Rollins wants in, so Jey tags him. Rollins swaggers around while Cody gets to a corner. Rollins runs in, but hits buckles as Cody moves! Rollins hits buckles, but he crawls after Cody! Rollins gets up, to DECK Orton! But he turns around and collides with Cody! Hot tag to Ezekiel! Zeke rallies on Rollins, whips him but Rollins kicks back! Zeke JUMP KNEES and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO!

Fans fire up with Zeke and he shouts, “Who wants to hear Zeke speak?!” Kevin says no one! But Ezekiel trophy lifts Rollins! Rollins slips off, shoves Zeke away, Riddle tags in! Riddle spins Rollins around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up to BROSPLODER! Fans fire up with Riddle and he BROTONS onto knees! Riddle gets to a corner, Rollins runs in but into an elbow! Riddle goes up top but the Usos trip him up! Orton protests but the ref is busy with him and Zeke! Rollins goes up, drags Riddle up, INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up again as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again and Rollins grinds Riddle down with a chinlock. Fans rally, Riddle fights up and throws body shots but Rollins knees and whips him away. Riddle elbows Rollins again, goes back up, and FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Both men are down, they crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jimmy! Jimmy CLUBS Riddle down, covers, TWO! Jimmy clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Riddle around. Riddle endures again and fans rally more. Riddle fights up again, throws more body shots, but Rollins barks at him. Riddle swipes at Rollins, but Jimmy CLOBBERS him! Jimmy drags Riddle over by a leg, tag to Jey.

Jimmy anchors Riddle and Jey stomps Riddle down. Jey then stays between Riddle and the team, brings Riddle up, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Tag back to Jimmy and the Usos hear fans rally for Riddle. The Usos double whip Riddle to their corner hard, and Riddle falls to the mat. Jimmy then DECKS Ezekiel, DECKS Cody, and swipes at Orton. But Riddle is fighting back against Jey, Rollins and Kevin! Jimmy turns around into a BOOT! Riddle crawls for his corner, Rollins runs in but is sent back out! Jimmy hurries to waistlock and back suplex, but Riddle lands on his feet! Ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Both men are down and fans fire up again!

Riddle and Jimmy crawl, hot tag to Jey, and Rollins trips Orton! Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK Riddle! Jey tags Kevin, then Jey drags Riddle into position for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but Kevin tags Jey back in. Jey looms over Riddle, drags him back up, but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off forearms! Jey wobbles, but he blocks a roundhouse! Riddle blocks the kick, but gets the DRAGON WHIP! But he staggers into a hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies and fans go wild! POWERSLAM! Jimmy gets in, POWERSLAM! Orton is all fired up, he DECKS Kevin and DECKS Rollins!

Orton has Jey on the apron and then drags him in through ropes. But Jey drops to drag Orton out! Jey goes for the desk but Orton blocks that, to SMACK Jey instead! And then ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Orton avoids Rollins’ flying knee, ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Kevin rushes in, Orton pokes him in the eyes! Kevin shouts in pain, but he gets an ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Orton gets a hat trick, Riddle points out Jey to him. Jey flounders, Orton drags him in through the ropes! DRAPING DDT! Fans are thunderous as Orton hears the voices! Jey staggers up, but Rollins CLOBBERS Orton!

Cody gets in, dodges Rollins to give him a DISASTER KICK! Then RKO for Rollins! Kevin SUPERKICKS Cody, but Orton denies a stunner! Orton gives Kevin to Ezekiel’s haymaker! RKO for Kevin! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Ezekiel! Jimmy aims for Orton but he blocks, Riddle FINAL FLASH KNEES! Riddle then pops Jimmy up for an RKO! Jey is up top, he leaps in but into an RKO!! All four get one, Orton covers, Orton’s team wins!

Winners: Cody Rhodes, Ezekiel & RKBRO, by pinfall

There was no running from it, the RKO hit all of Orton’s opponents tonight! RKBRO look unstoppable, will they commemorate Orton’s 20th year by becoming THE Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions?


My Thoughts:

This was a good Raw, though still lacking a bit. I will say, it was great to see Asuka back. I don’t know why they waited so long for her return, but at least it works to coincide with Becky having her crisis of confidence. Becky and Asuka never did get that feud in 2020 because COVID 19 showed up, but we are also looking at a different Becky than back then. Either way, their match (or maybe matches) will be awesome, and you can be sure the winner goes right for the title. Speaking of, that Raw Women’s Championship match played out how I figured. Sonya would abuse her authority yet still fail, I just wish she didn’t bring Mella and Vega into it. But at the same time, Sonya slapping them like the tyrant she is, I really hope we get a match where if Sonya loses, she’s no longer management.

Another great return out of Mustafa Ali, and he has a very good part of MizTV with Theory and Miz. Theory being dense about making Miz eat his words is still good character stuff out of Miz. I hope Theory keeps that part of his character for a long time, it’s one of the things that still makes him bearable as a Heel. Miz VS Ali was a great match and it was good for Ali to win. Quite the surprise for Ciampa to go after him, but they could have a real great match next week for the Backlash go-home or even Backlash kickoff show. Then maybe if Ali wins, that earns him the US Championship match with Theory.

Edge and Priest having a thing with Balor is logical given the Bullet Club connection between Styles and Balor that WWE still hasn’t ever really said but have always alluded to. Naturally, Edge helps Priest beat Finn. While Edge VS Styles is the plan for Backlash, I wouldn’t mind a tag match of “Judgement Day” (that’s apparently the faction name) VS Styles & Balor. If Styles and Balor get into the tag division and win those undisputed titles, that’d be really cool. Rhea had a good promo and brawl with Liv, that will probably be a go-home match. Veer destroys another rando, but still no Rey, so maybe the go-home has Rey confront Veer to set up a Backlash match?

Good promo out of Street Profits to establish they’re up next, which was a given anyway. We got a pretty good arm-wrestling segment out of Lashley and Omos. Probably the best arm-wrestling match in WWE with Lashley getting stronger with his anger, but then of course we get a beatdown that gives us the Backlash match. Lashley managed to win at Mania so pretty sure Omos wins here with MVP’s help. I really liked what we got out of the 24/7 Championship story tonight, with Truth becoming a jack-of-all-trades. And of course him being special guest ref also led to him trying to count his own pin. Can’t wait to see where this goes next.

And of course, great stuff for Orton and his 20th anniversary. Great video package, though using Voices by Motionless in White is A) financially cheap, they already used that song back in NXT 1.0 and B) not really fitting other than playing a name pun off Orton’s theme, Voices by Rev Theory. But either way, that Orton celebration segment was of course going to set up a match for tonight, and that 8 Man was a really good one. Elias being Ezekiel now, his moveset is a good hybrid of Elias and some old school wrestlers like Ultimate Warrior. And that ending sequence was exactly what it should’ve been with Orton hitting all the Heels with RKOs and getting the win.

Chances are, something happens on SmackDown to give momentum back to the Usos to keep things even going towards Backlash. I still can’t be sure of their chances, but I would love if RKBRO got to be the unified champions to add that to Orton’s career since it’s his 20th year. Plus, Roman is already unified world champion, there needs to be conflict and struggle for the Bloodline somewhere and that can be the Usos not living up to his expectations.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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