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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/17/22)

Time to settle scores!

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NXT 2.0 has some grudge matches on deck!

Before going In Your House for the NXT North American Championship, Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams take on Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa! Will Grimes & Solo #WhoopThatTrick? Or will the former A Champion and his right hand man hit their shot?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Grimes & Sikoa win.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Lash Legend VS Tatum Paxley; Lash wins and advances to the next round.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Grayson Waller VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward; Waller wins.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Roxanne Perez VS Kiana James; Roxanne wins and advances to the next round.
  • Wes Lee VS Nathan Frazer; Frazer wins, by disqualification.
  • Tony D’Angelo VS Santos Escobar; Escobar wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams walk out on stage!

The former NXT North American Champion and his right hand man are here, ready to team up, but they have mics to say, “First thing’s first. Solo, you need to shut yo’ ass up about ‘I got next.’ Nah, sucker. You got last.” Trick says that’s right! And then Grimes is a lucky dude. But in three weeks, the title goes back to where it belongs. And that is because Melo is the rightful A Champion. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be. Melo & Trick have said their piece, but will they back up that talk as their tag match starts things off?

Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

The teams sort out and fans are already chanting for “SO~LO! SO~LO!” Melo & Trick rush Grimes & Solo but get BOOTS for it! Grimes whips Trick and KICKS him down, Solo adds a SENTON! Fans fire up and Solo keeps on Trick with headbutts! Solo stomps Trick around, KICKS him down, then stomps and KICKS again! Trick stagger sup but Solo scoops and SLAMS him down! Solo snarls, KICKS Trick down, then drags him up to ROCK with an uppercut! Fans rally and Solo RAMS into Trick. Grimes tags, he KICKS Trick, Solo CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, repeat! Grimes snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Grimes drags Trick up to wrench the arm and grind the shoulder. Grimes adds a chinbar but Trick endures. Grimes wrenches, whips, but Melo tags in. Trick KICKS Grimes, runs and CLOBBERS him, then gives Melo the boost for a CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! Melo stays between Grimes and Solo, CHOPS Grimes, then has him on ropes. Grimes BOOTS back, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Melo throws forearms and knees back. Melo runs, rolls off Grimes’ body, and Grimes dodges! Hot tags to Trick and Solo! Solo rallies on Melo, rallies on Trick, then whips Trick to a corner to SPLASH! Trick sits down, Solo goes corner to corner, HIP ATTACK!

Fans are all fired up for Solo, and Solo goes up the corner. Melo creeps over but Solo scares him off! Trick distracts the ref, Melo ENZIGURIS Solo! Trick runs for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Trick throws the ball to Melo and Melo shoots and scores. Trick then stomps Solo while NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick taunts Grimes, tags Melo, and Melo stomps Solo. Tag back to Trick, he and Melo get Solo up to double whip and dropkick! Trick covers, TWO! Trick taunts Grimes then stomps Solo. Tag to Melo, he stays between Solo and Grimes while he stomps Solo again. Melo dares Solo to crawl to Grimes, then stomps him again. Solo gets up and Melo headbutts, but it backfires! Solo HEADBUTTS Melo and he falls over! Melo JUMP KNEES in return, then he facelocks to keep Solo down. Solo endures, Melo tags Trick in and Trick helps drag Solo up to POST him! Trick CLUBS Solo, then tags Melo back in.

Melo & Trick double whip again and they DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Melo covers, ONE!! Melo is shocked and he shakes his head. Melo SLAMS Solo’s arm on the mat, and again! Tag to Trick, Trick stomps away on Solo, then drags him up with a facelock. Trick scoops and SLAMS Solo, tags Melo in, and Melo runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Melo is frustrated but he drags Solo up. Solo throws body shots but Melo BOOTS him down! Melo stomps Solo around, then taunts Grimes. Melo drags Solo up into a chinlock and grinds him down. NXT returns to single picture and the fans rally up as Solo endures.

Melo grinds his forearm into Solo’s face, but Solo fights up. Melo knees low, throws haymakers, but Solo ROCKS Melo! Solo elbows Trick, TOSSES Melo out, but Melo and Trick trip Solo up! Melo SLINGSHOT ELBOW DROPS! Fans boo and Grimes rallies the fans up for Solo. Trick tags in, he wants Solo to get up, and then he runs in, only for Solo to shove him away! Solo dodges the corner splash, and fans fire up! Hot tags to Melo and Grimes! Grimes rallies on Melo, CLOBBERS Trick, and then ROCKS Melo! Grimes gest Melo & Trick in a DOUBLE RANA! Melo & Trick bail out, Grimes goes out to PENALTY KICK Trick!

Melo runs in but Grimes shoulders him away! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Grimes aims from the corner, “TO! THE! MOON!” Solo tags in? Grimes is upset, he was about to end this. Melo runs in, Solo fireman’s carries but Trick saves Melo. Melo BOOTS Solo, Grimes gets in and Melo dodges so the SUPERKICK hits Trick! Melo and Grimes go around, Grimes elbows free of the waistlock. Melo dodges Grimes to SPRING-BLADE! But Solo hits the URENAGE!! Solo drags Melo to a drop zone and he goes up top! Grimes gives Trick a CAVE-IN! FLYING SOLO!! Cover, Solo & Grimes win!

Winners: Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

The Carolina Caveman and the Street Champion of the Island take down their common enemies! The ref brings the North American Championship into the ring, and Solo takes it. Solo hands it over to Grimes, but the fans chant, “You Got Next!” Will Solo be facing Grimes 1v1 after In Your House? Or will Melo return to being The A Champion of NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

McKenzie says the NXT Tag Team Champions are facing The Creed Brothers at In Your House, how are they feeling? Elton Prince says he and Kit Wilson are scared. They’re terrified, even. They can’t sleep. Then they bust up laughing. For some reason, the entire locker room is in awe of the Creeds, but in their first match here, Pretty Deadly beat the Creeds to get these titles. SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Well, yes, but that win was after the Creeds already ran through three other teams. Blah blah blah. Diamond Mine can get whatever training partners they want for the Creeds, because Pretty Deadly are two tasty snacks, one meal deal.

Kit says after they beat the Creeds, Julius & Brutus are but mere shells of their former selves before Pretty Deadly ruined their lives. Tonight, we’ll see what happens after The Viking Raiders destroy them! Pretty Deadly mock the raid drum, but will Kit & Elton see just how strong the Creeds are at 100%?

 

NXT profiles another new star.

18 year old Thea Hail has been training hard as a new NXT signee, and says the tryout was perhaps the toughest thing she’s ever done. She is pretty sure she was the youngest one there, but she didn’t care. She just wanted to prove how much she wanted it. And she flipped out when she got the call. Though, there is one thing she needs to do first: graduate high school. That’s next week. And the WWE is even letting her train while she’s in college! Will Thea get a PhD in pro-wrestling and become the future of NXT?

 

NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Lash Legend VS Tatum Paxley!

Lash knows how to ball and knows how to brawl, but she’s looking to rebound after being knocked down by Nikkita Lyons. Will Legend lash out and move on in the tournament? Or will Tatum prove to Lash, the fans and herself that she has what it takes to break out in NXT?

NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash CLOBBERS Tatum! Cover, TWO! Lash stomps Tatum down, drags her up, and whips her to a corner. Tatum goes up but Lash catches her! Tatum fights to get free and headscissor Lash down! Tatum squeezes tight, Lash endures and fans duel. Lash kips free but Tatum kips up, and Tatum smirks while she stares Lash down. Lash swings but Tatum dodges, and Tatum dropkicks a leg out! Then she basement dropkicks Lash down! Cover, TWO! Tatum hurries and Electric Chair Lifts?! No, Lash is too tall and strong for that, she knocks Tatum down!

Tatum shoves Lash to a corner, runs in, but Lash sends Tatum face first into buckles! Lash then drags Tatum out to SLAM the leg into the post! Fans cheer and jeer as Lash gets in. Lash runs in but Tatum elbows her away. Tatum jumps up and over to sunset flip, but Lash rolls through. Lash stomps Tatum’s leg, then she handsprings to YANK Tatum’s leg! Tatum crawls to ropes, Lash goes out to the apron to get after her, and she pulls Tatum’s leg against the ropes! HOTSHOT! Lash talks trash then goes after Tatum in the ring to cover, TWO! Tatum clutches her leg but Lash is after it with a STRETCH MUFFLER!

Fans rally as Tatum endures hanging upside-down! Lash thrashes Tatum, but Tatum sits up and throws down elbows! Tatum sunset flips, high stacks, TWO! Tatum ROCKS Lash, fires more shots, then gets around to Electric Chair Lift! Lash fights off again and sends Tatum into the corner. Lash runs in but Tatum sends her into buckles now! Tatum reels Lash in, to suplex her! Tatum clutches her leg and she hobbles up. Tatum fights through to MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Tatum keeps on Lash, drags her up, but ducks the heel kick! Tatum tries again, Electric Chair Lift! But she loses her hold, Lash BOOTS Tatum down! Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Tatum kept trying, but she was perhaps too focused on the power game. Lash is moving on, will she make herself a true legend by winning the whole tournament?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Santos, you messed up big, my guy. And it didn’t have to be this way. But tonight, when I’m done pummeling you, you’ll have nobody to blame but yourself.” But Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo asks Tony how they’re doing this. Balboa speed-bagging like in grade school? Or maybe what they did to Ray Ray on the corner? “Two Dimes” Troy Donovan asks for clarification: what they did to Ray Ray the first time? Or the second time? Tony liked the second time better. He remembers Ray Ray soaring through the air. But this is different. Remember what they did to Beansie? Beat him so bad, he had to start pitching with his left hand.

But what was that? Hell in a hand basket! That’s it! But Tony flew solo on that one. Yeah, everyone was worried about that, and the Warriors covering the spread. And look what happened. No more problems at the bakery, and Steph covered it. Tony can take Santos alone. It’s The Don! Trust him on this. But will Legado del Fantasma play by the same rules?

 

NXT hits the road again!

Starting June 10th, they’re coming to your city! Check the list: Tampa 6/10, Largo 6/11, Jacksonville 6/24, Venice 6/25, Citrus Springs 7/8, Orlando 7/9, Melbourne 7/22, Cocoa Beach 7/23! The Summer of 2.0 begins, get your tickets starting this Friday!

 

Backstage interview with Duke Hudson.

McKenzie says the fans all want to know, what’s next for Duke Hudson? Oh, they do, do they? Well make sure to thank them for him. NOT! He doesn’t care what we want or need, that got him into this mess in the first place. And that’s why Duke had to take some time off. He had to dig himself out of the hole, clear his mind, and now he’s back. No one can measure up to Duke- Then something rattles and it’s Bron Breakker walking through! Bron wants his music, and Duke storms off.

The NXT Champion is heading to the ring!

Fans bark for Bron as he returns, a very serious look in his eyes tonight. Bron gets a mic and says, “The last time you guys saw me, Joe Gacy dumped me in some field somewhere like a piece of trash, and now he’s offering for me to come and join him!” Gacy’s pretty persuasive since he’s got two new guys working for him that do everything he tells them to. But Joe, with all due respect, after everything they’ve been through, “You can kiss my ass!” Gacy should’ve finished Bron in the field! Bron isn’t coming just to beat Gacy, he’s coming to knock Gacy out! But speaking of, here comes Gacy! Bron is ready for a fight, but Gacy is up in the perch.

Gacy says this is where Bron took his “leap of faith.” Gacy says he isn’t here to fight, but Bron tells him to shut up! Gacy has his goons, huh? Bron doesn’t trust Gacy at all, he’s ready for whatever Gacy has planned! Better yet, Gacy should just come to the ring! Oh, so predictable, Bron. But when a man is consumed by rage, he becomes predictable, and Bron has a long history of losing his temper. Gacy sees the fire burning in Bron’s eyes, envisioning the violence he wants to cause. But their journey together is not yet over. Bron rejected the opportunity of a lifetime to join Gacy. But Gacy is not the kind to hold a grudge.

Fans tell Gacy to “Shut the Hell Up!” but Gacy ignores them as he says this opportunity is for everyone here. They’ll get to see Bron VS Gacy 1v1 one more time. Bron says sounds good, it’s done! Gacy says it is time to up the stakes. After all, Gacy roughed up Bron’s dad and disrespected the Steiner legacy. Gacy abducted Bron and left him all alone in the wilderness. By all means, Bron should kick Gacy’s ass all over the arena and inflict pain like Gacy’s never felt before! Bron can go crazy and lose control! But if he does, then he loses his most prized possession. Because In Your House, if Bron gets disqualified, he’ll lose the title!

The question is then, Bron, how bad do you want Gacy? That’s up to Bron. Bron sighs, fans boo Gacy, and Bron says, “YOU’RE ON!” A No Champion’s Advantage match for the NXT Championship? Is this just as Gacy wants? Or can Bron control himself as he crushes Gacy for what he’s done?

 

Indi Hartwell speaks.

These last few weeks have been a rollercoaster for her. She went from being at the top to rock bottom in the blink of an eye. But she’s tired of feeling sorry for herself! She has the biggest opportunity of her life, and it’s right now. For the first time in her career, she’s going solo! No family, no tag partner, no life partner, just Indi! And she’ll sink or swim on what she does. So she’s calling her shot! Mandy Rose, if you wanna kick Indi while she’s down, try kicking her when she’s staring you dead in the face. If Mandy is the measuring stick, let’s see where Mandy measures up when Indi takes that stick and shoves it up her ass! Will Indi become the most impressive NXT Women’s Champion yet?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie says his match scheduled for tonight has been postponed, and Wes says Xyon Quinn is somehow not medically cleared. Again. Another match Quinn is ducking! One week it’s his shoulder, next week it’s he doesn’t have the right hair gel. When Quinn is cleared, whether that’s next week, next month or in 2030, Quinn knows where to find Wes. But then Nathan Frazer walks in. He heard about the thing with Quinn, and sees Wes really wants to get in that ring. And so does Nathan. Wes appreciates him stepping up but this might not be the right time. Wes has a lot of pent up aggression for Quinn, he doesn’t want to take it out on Nathan.

Well, if that’s so, Nathan looks forward to the challenge. Will the British Prodigy be ready for what the Must-See Kid is bringing?

 

The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS The Viking Raiders!

Julius & Brutus didn’t appreciate Roderick Strong tainting the victory over Erik & Ivar, so now they’re giving the former NXT Tag Team Champions a fair fight! Will Julius & Brutus win this one on their own? Or will the raid start to take over NXT once again?

NXT returns and Diamond Mine accompanies the Creeds. The teams sort out, Julius starts with Ivar, and Julius hurdles Ivar to then DECK Erik! Julius ROCKS Ivar, tags Brutus, but Ivar scoops Julius! Brutus saves his brother and the Creeds RAM Ivar out of the ring! Ivar is fired up but the Creeds are ready. Ivar gets in, tags Erik, and then Brutus tags Julius back in. Julius headlocks, Erik powers out, things speed up and Erik CLOBBERS Julius! Tag to Ivar and the Vikings hammer Julius down! Fans are fired up and dueling as the Vikings roar. Tag to Erik, Ivar scoop SLAMS Julius and Erik covers. TWO, but Erik clamps onto Julius. Julius endures and fights up as fans duel.

Erik has the leg, Julius tries to fight free but Erik puts him in the corner. Ivar tags in and ROCKS Julius with a forearm. Ivar RAMS into Julius with his shoulder, then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Tag to Erik, Ivar holds Julius in place for Erik’s KNEE! Erik then feeds Julius to Ivar’s BODY CHECK! Cover, TWO! Erik facelocks to keep on Julius but Julius fights free. Erik gets the leg again, fans rally and Julius slips free! Tag to Brutus, he dodges Erik to RAM him, then CLOBBER him! Brutus CLUBS Erik, DECKS Ivar, and TACKLES Erik! Brutus rains down hammering fists and them bear crawls around.

Fans rally, Brutus waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Brutus dodges Ivar to go for the legs. Ivar’s big, but maybe not for Brutus! Brutus puts Ivar up top, Julius DROPKICKS him down! The Vikings regroup at the ramp but Brutus goes up top! Fans go nuts for the BRUTUS BALL! Direct hit on both Vikings and fans are loving it as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Julius grinds Erik down with a cobra clutch. Erik fights up, fans duel, but Julius keeps Erik from Ivar and whips him into the Creed corner! Tag to Brutus, GUT WRENCH SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Brutus tags Julius back in, they get Erik up to throw knees, then Brutus throws forearms in the corner. Julius tags Brutus, Erik pushes free and starts throwing forearms on them both! He DECKS Brutus, DECKS Julius, then flounders for his corner! Julius hurries to tag back in, but hot tag to Ivar! The War Beard rallies, SPLASHES on Julius, and then short arm LARIAT! Ivar DECKS Brutus and then fires off elbows on Julius in a corner!

The ref counts, Ivar lets off at 4 to go corner to corner, BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Strong and Kemp coach Julius, Ivar tags Erik. Julius shoves Ivar out, ROCKS Erik, and rolls to hot tag Brutus! Brutus gets around Erik to fireman’s carry! Julius KNEES Erik into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Brutus tags Julius. The Creeds double whip, but Erik tosses Brutus out! Erik dodges Julius, tag to Ivar! Ivar hits a SEATED SENTON! Tag back to Erik, Ivar goes up a corner and Erik gives Julius a lift. Ivar has Julius up top, for a SUPER POWERSLAM! Erik covers, Brutus breaks it!

Brutus waistlocks but Erik switches to GERMAN SUPLEX Brutus! “This is Awesome!” as Erik tags Ivar back in! Ivar goes back up the corner, Erik back suplexes but Julius slips out to GERMAN SUPLEX Erik! Julius goes right up to get Ivar! Ivar shoves Julius down, adjusts, VIKING SPLASH FLOPS as Julius moves! Oklahoma roll, Erik KNEES it apart! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” The Creeds regroup on one side, the Vikings regroup on the other. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. The Creeds and the Vikings stare down, growl, and fire up! THE BRAWL IS ON!!

Hands are flying in all directions, Ivar BOOTS Julius, Erik KNEES Brutus, but the Vikings fall, too! Kemp distracts the ref, Strong gets in, but Julius redirects him out of the ring! Julius tells Strong that they don’t want and don’t need that kind of help! But then Julius turns around into a HEEL KICK! Tag to Erik, the Vikings get Julius up for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB! High stack, Viking Raiders win!!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The leader of Diamond Mine just screwed his team up! Kemp tries to keep the peace, but is Strong going to be the reason this group implodes?

 

Legado del Fantasma speaks.

Santos Escobar tells Tony D’Angelo, “Since our paths crossed, I have realized: you wanna be just like me. I don’t blame you, but there’s only one Santos Escobar. I’ve always been one step ahead of you. And now I’m inside your head, I’m under your skin. That is why tonight I trust it’s going to be one-on-one, no Legados by my side.” Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde are surprised to hear this. Is he serious? Tony and his guys jumped Cruz and locked him in their trunk! This can’t just be 1v1. Cruz & Wilde want to get even. But Santos asks La Madrina, Elektra Lopez, what they always talk about. “You never let your emotions get in the way of business.” Exactly.

Escobar trusts everyone, just not the devil inside them. Legado knows how they can help and exactly what they need to do. Wilde & Cruz nod, will they do their part behind the scenes?

 

Grayson Waller warms up backstage.

But his concentration is broken when Tiffany Stratton reacts to stuff on social media. It is a travesty that she isn’t in the Women’s Breakout Tournament! If anyone is a star in NXT, it’s her! He is so right. But can Waller do her a favor? Take care of this Andre Chase situation. It is so annoying. He promises to do that right now. Be sure to watch. Will Waller teach Chase a thing or two when they go 1v1? Or will Chase make Waller go viral for all the wrong reason?

 

NXT Media catches up with Bron Breakker in the parking lot.

They ask him about his championship rematch with Gacy with No Champion’s Advantage. Is he worried about playing right into Gacy’s hands? “Listen, Gacy talks about acceptance, inclusion, alright, but his actions are the complete opposite. As long as I have this championship, Gacy’s not gonna do a damn thing.” But then Duke Hudson barges in, saying it doesn’t feel too good being interrupted, does it? If Bron does that again, he won’t make it to In Your House. Bron says if Duke is feeling big and bad, they can go back inside and settle this in the ring.

Sounds good to Duke. But it sounds better next week. Speaking of hands, is Duke about to change the one he’s been dealt by going after THE NXT Champion?

 

Grayson Waller VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward!

The 21st Century Success Story and Daddy’s Little Rich Girl lost in a Mixed Tag against Professor Chase and the Warrior of the Sun. But will Waller be able to change things going 1v1? Or will this be another #TeachableMoment?

The bell rings and Waller is already taunting Chase. Waller gets around, SMACKS Chase, CLUBS him, then throws knees. Waller puts Chase in a corner, mocks the U, then throws elbows! Waller CHOKES Chase on the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off but brings Chase around to whip him to ropes. Chase ducks and dodges, then blocks hip toss to hit a NECKBREAKER! Chase kicks low, EuroUppers, then EuroUppers again! Chase throws a body shot, but Waller elbows Chase back. Waller runs, things speed up again, but Waller fakes Chase out to BOOT him down! Waller gives some ground ‘n’ pound but fans boo.

Sarray is in the student section, she also boos and gives a thumbs down. Waller just scowls and brings Chase up. Chase fights the suplex, Waller throws body shots and powers Chase up and over! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he slaps Chase around. Waller kicks Chase to ropes then into a corner. Fans chant, “Waller Sucks!” but Waller whips Chase to a corner. Chase stops himself to elbow back! Waller blocks a boot but Chase KNEES him away! Chase goes up to sunset flip! TWO, and Waller LEG LARIATS Chase down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Waller glares at the student section.

Waller knees Chase but Chase scowls now. Waller knees Chase again, Chase gets up and throws body shots, but Waller CLUBS him down. Fans rally for Chase as Waller fireman’s carries, and Chase elbows free. Chase waistlocks but Waller switches, only for Chase to dodges the rolling elbow! Chase blocks the kick, trips Waller, and then CATAPULTS him into buckles! Waller wobbles, Chase CLOBBERS him with Polish Hammers! Chase hits an atomic drop then a whip, but Waller reverses. Chase reverses back to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps Waller!

Waller staggers up, Chase clinches but Waller JABS! Chase wobbles, but he tosses Waller out onto Bodhi! Chase realizes what happened to his star pupil and he helps Bodhi up. Bodhi says it’s good, just get in the ring! Chase does, but SOMERSAULT STUNNER!! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Chase just learned he has to focus on himself! Waller gets a win to rebound from last week, can he keep this momentum going through the summer?

 

Toxic Attraction watches a WWE Digital Exclusive.

It’s KC Squared, Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, criticizing Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin for skating by against makeshift tag teams. They just want titles for the perks and clout. But KC Squared want the titles for what they represent. And they’re the only legit tag team that can take Toxic Attraction on. Mandy Rose then storms in and asks if they heard what Indi said about her. They show Mandy what Kayden & Katana just said about them. Why is everyone so obsessed with Toxic Attraction? Well, other than the obvious. But didn’t anyone see what Toxic Attraction did to “twinkle toes” Wendy Choo? That title shot set Wendy straight, but it didn’t translate to the rest of the roster.

Are they all blind? Toxic Attraction have dominated for eight MONTSH! “We wAnT tHe TiTlEs fOr wHaT tHeY rEpReSeNt~!” Big deal. There needs to be respect on Toxic Attraction’s name, and that starts with Indi Hartwell! Will the champions make sure the NXT Women’s Division stays toxic at In Your House?

 

Diamond Mine is arguing in their locker room.

Kemp is still trying to keep the peace as the Creeds are upset with Strong interfering. Strong says with his help, they got that NXT Tag Team Championship match! They should be thanking him! There’s no way they can beat Pretty Deadly without listening to Strong and following his lead! The Creeds storm off, and Strong tells Kemp to go get them ready. Strong is upset, but then in walk Pretty Deadly. With all due respect, it doesn’t matter how much tape the Creeds watch, they will still lose. Is that so? A shame, really. A former two-time NXT Tag Team Champion can’t show them how it’s done. He’s a singles guy now, right? Leader of Diamond Mine!

Strong says they’re so funny. How about the leader of Diamond Mine and Damon Kemp take Pretty Deadly on next week. Oh, sounds fun. Pretty Deadly leave, but will Strong & Kemp grind them down before the Creeds get their turn?

 

NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Roxanne Perez VS Kiana James!

The Opening Round reaches the close as we have one more match! Will the Gamer Girl break through to the semifinals? Or will the professional professional wrestler prove to everyone that she means business?

NXT returns and Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and Kiana circles with Roxie. They tie up, Roxie waistlocks but Kiana breaks free to switch and SLAM! Then she steps on Roxie with a big smile. Roxie gets up, gets around but Kiana wrenches to an armlock. Roxie endures and fans rally as she whips free. Kiana runs Roxie over, pops her collar, then runs the ropes. Roxie drops, Kiana handsprings over and has another cocky smile, then things speed up again. Roxie handsprings and takes a bow, then she drop toeholds Kiana down! Roxie arm-drags Kiana around, mule kicks, and runs to SHOTGUN Kiana down! Cover, ONE!

Roxie keeps on Kiana with another whip, but Kiana reverses. Roxie ends up in the corner, but Kiana blocks the boots to put Roxie in the ropes. Kiana CLUBS Roxie, then hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! The ref reprimands but Kiana covers, ONE! Kiana is upset and she stomps Roxie. Fans rally and Kiana clamps onto Roxie for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Roxie endures, pops free to cover, TWO! Kiana knees low, puts Roxie in a corner, and runs in to RAM into her! Kiana shoves Roxie, stomps her down, then gets both legs. Roxie fights but Kiana kicks her. Kiana tries but Roxie throws Kiana off the Boston Crab!

Kiana kicks Roxie around, stomps her down, then gets the legs again. Roxie kicks, Kiana kicks, and Kiana works to turn Roxie! Roxie resists, Kiana kicks her and gets the BOSTON CRAB! But Roxie scrambles forward and reaches out! Kiana drags Roxie back, Roxie powers up and rolls to sunset flip! Cover, ONE! Kiana hurries but Roxie rolls her up, TWO! Roxie tries the crucifix, but Kiana swings her into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana whips but Roxie blocks! Kiana pulls hair, whips, but Roxie reverses to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Both women are down and fans rally up for Roxie! Kiana rushes in but Roxie ROCKS her!

Roxie fires more forearms, whips Kiana to ropes and CLOBBERS her! Roxie rallies with more clotheslines, then dodges to THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Kiana kicks Roxie away, Roxie uppercuts in the corner! Roxie whips and wrenches to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Kiana is still in this but Roxie drags her back up. Roxie suplexes but the back gives up! Kiana grabs at Roxie, Roxie shoves her away but runs into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Roxie is still in this and fans are still behind her. Kiana runs in, but Roxie goes up, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Roxie’s take on the Sunset Flip Powerbomb gets it done! Roxie is taking on Lash next round, Lyons takes on Fallon, who will be the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament finalists?

 

Malik Blade cosplays as Escobar?

“Tony, we’ve agreed to leave our crews behind. Tonight, we settle this.” And then Edris Enofe is Tony D’Angelo! “Tony D ain’t afraid o’ nobody. Santos, we settle things, with our hands!” They put up the dukes, but then Edris D’Angelo loses control of the Mamma Mia hands, and Malik Escobar has to answer his phone. MI FAMILIA! Edris says he always wanted to be a gangsta. But Malik says not him. He always wanted to be the leader of leaders of leaders! Wait, how many leaders? Two liters of Coke? But then Two Dimes & Stacks walk in and see the wise guys making jokes.

Edris asks, “Are they talkin’ ta me? Are they, talkin’ ta me?” Malik says yes, they’re the only ones in the room. Stacks tells them that instead of playing pretend, they face the real thing. Let’s do this next week. Okay, now they’re speaking the same language. See you next week, Mama Luke!

 

Nathan Frazer heads to gorilla.

As he does, he passes by Sophia Cromwell and nods hello. Does the British Prodigy know what happens to guys who look at Sophia…?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie congratulates her on that big win in the tournament, and Cora Jade comes over to congratulate her friend. That was amazing, and just two more wins to go! Sorry to interrupt, but they have been friends a long time. McKenzie wants to talk about Cora going to the limit with Natalya, but Cora says this is Roxie’s moment. She’s been killin’ it since she arrived and Cora’s so proud. Roxie says she’s also proud of Cora, and Cora was the one who convinced her to come to NXT. They’re both doing great, but then in walks Elektra Lopez. She says tonight is about Legado, just like it will be next week when Lopez takes out Alba Fyre.

And what she sees here right now is an overachiever who will lose to Lash Legend in the second round, and an underachiever who gets just as excited about losing as she does winning. Uh, what is Lopez’s problem? Well, looking at these two, not them. Lopez walks off but Cora and Roxie shrug that off. Will #GenerationJade and the Gamer Girl rock NXT as we roll into the summer?

 

Wes Lee VS Nathan Frazer!

The Must-See Kid wanted to see the Gentleman Fighter, but it seems #RunItStraight makes run away from a challenge. Will Wes be careful not to vent his frustration on Frazer? Or will he see why they call Nathan the British Prodigy?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Frazer and Wes tie up, and Wes wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Frazer slips through, slips around, headlocks, but Wes powers out. Wes then reels Frazer in to headlock. Frazer powers out, Wes goes up and over in the corner, but the arm-drag is blocked! Frazer whips, Wes reverses, things speed up, Wes hurdles but Frazer leaps! Frazer sidesteps to arm-drag Wes, but Wes arm-drags back! Frazer avoids the next, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Wes sweeps, covers, ONE! Frazer ducks the kick, Wes backflips over one, but Frazer blocks the next! Fans fire up for this standoff!

Fans love “NXT! NXT!” for this fast ‘n’ furious match, and Frazer headlocks. Wes powers out then sidesteps, only to stop short as Frazer shows superkick. “This is Wrestling!” as Wes tosses Frazer to the apron. Wes fakes Frazer out with the haymaker, to flick the rope into Frazer’s face! Wes wasn’t kidding about aggression, and he PLANCHAS Frazer down! Wes puts Frazer in, but Frazer comes back to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp, and Frazer hurries to put Wes in the ring. Wes stands, Frazer springboards, but he blocks the kick! Wes ENZIGURIS! And deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!

Wes is annoyed but he sees Frazer go to the corner. Wes runs in, Frazer moves but Wes stops himself. Frazer returns but into Wes’s back elbow. Wes goes up and up but Frazer ENZIGURIS him first! Wes wobbles up top, Frazer goes up after Wes, and fans rally as Frazer SUPER- NO! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives that counter and gets himself to the corner. Wes runs in but Frazer SUPERKICKS him down! Frazer goes up and fans fire up, PHOENIX SPLASH but he has to roll through! Wes runs in, slips out of the scoop and shoves, but Frazer hurdles! DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!

Fans fire up and the ref check son both men. They’re both okay to continue, “This is Awesome!” But then VON WAGNER attacks Frazer! And tosses him out of the ring!

Winner: Nathan Frazer, by disqualification

Wes SUPERKICKS Von! And GAMANGIRIS in the corner! Wes takes his anger out on Von, but Von shoves and BOOTS Wes down! Robert Stone coaches Von on as he hauls Wes up. Von trophy lifts Wes, and TOSSES him at commentary!! Fans lose their minds as Wes bounces off the desk! Stone cheers his client on, because this is Wagner’s World, and he’ll hurt anyone he wants in it!

 

NXT returns as Frazer and Wes regroup backstage.

Wes and Nathan don’t get what’s up with Von. Sanga is there, and he tells them they were having a great match, and it was unfair what Von did to them. Two men of their size stands no chance against a man like Wagner. Uh, what? Are they taking shots at them? Frazer says no, that can’t be it. Everyone is small compared to Sanga. Wes says Sanga was insulting him, and now Frazer is defending him? Frazer says if Wes wants to fight everyone, fine, but Frazer’s out. Wes says he won’t stand for disrespect. Let’s see if Sanga keeps this same energy in the ring against him. Sanga says what is it Wes wants. And Wes says he wants to prove you don’t have to be 10 foot tall to be successful here.

Well, okay. Sanga stands up, and says he and Wes will have a match. Will Wes learn to pick his battles? Or will he make everyone understand not to pick on him?

 

Tony D’Angelo VS Santos Escobar!

No Stacks, no Two Dimes, no Wilde and no Del Toro. The Don of NXT and the Emperor of Lucha want to settle this face to face, man to man, 1v1. Will they prove they are men of honor? Or will one of these leaders have a trick up their sleeve after all?

The bell rings and fans rally up behind Santos. Escobar says NXT belongs to him, but Tony rushes him! They tie up, end up on ropes, and the ref counts. Tony lets off with a body shot! Tony talks trash, Escobar circles with him, and they tie up again. Escobar waistlocks, drags Tony down, then floats to a facelock. Tony fights up, Escobar has the facelock and fans duel. Escobar switches to a waistlock but Tony gets the ropebreak. Escobar lets off with a body shot of his own. Escobar mocks Tony’s rope-a-dope, and the two circle again. They tie up, Tony facelocks but Escobar wrenches to a wristlock.

Tony ROCKS Escobar, whips him, and elbows Escobar down! Tony stomps away then rains down fists! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers but Tony talks trash. Tony puts Escobar in a corner, RAMS into him, then whips corner to corner. Escobar reverses, runs in but is put o the apron. Tony ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT Escobar down. Fans are torn again as Tony paces around Escobar. Tony drags Escobar up, CLUBS him, then runs to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tony looms over Escobar, talks trash, and brings him up with a cravat. Escobar gets to the ropes, the ref counts, but Tony grinds Escobar’s face on the ropes!

The ref reprimands, Escobar writhes and fans rally up. Tony drags Escobar up, throws body shots like a hockey fight, then he runs, but Escobar slips out of the neckbreaker to ENZIGURI! Tony tumbles out, Escobar takes aim! Escobar builds speed for the ARROW FROM HELL into a forearm! Tony has Escobar in the ropes, puts on his fedora, and mocks the Legado fans. “Wake up, you’re making a fool of yourself.”

NXT goes picture in picture as Tony DECKS Escobar! Tony taunts the fans who are booing him and he goes into the ring. Tony tosses his hat aside to drop knees on Escobar’s arms. Tony then gives Escobar some ground ‘n’ pound, and he soaks up the heat. Tony facelocks, CLUBS Escobar, and has him in a corner. Tony RAMS into Escobar, and again and again. Fans still duel, Escobar pushes Tony so Tony CHOKES Escobar! the ref reprimands, Escobar ROCKS Tony with haymaker after haymaker! Tony rebounds to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Tony stomps Escobar and CLUBS him, then puts him on ropes. Tony CHOKES Escobar again but the ref reprimands.

Tony puts Escobar in a corner, backs off, and Escobar gest up to throw haymakers back! Tony knees low, CLUBS Escobar, then whips him to ropes. Escobar ducks and dodges, but Tony blocks the rana! POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony grows annoyed but he drag Escobar into a seated cobra twist. NXT returns to single picture as Escobar endures and fans duel. Escobar fights, Tony dragon sleepers! Escobar kicks but Tony hits a REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Escobar grits his teeth but Tony mocks the fans chanting for Escobar. Tony stomps Escobar, stalks him to ropes, and brings him up to throw body shots.

The ref counts, Tony pushes Escobar and lets off at 4. Tony taunts Escobar but Escobar DROPKICKS him! And CALF KICKS him! Tony falls out of the ring, Escobar builds speed again! ARROW OF HELL hits!! They both go down at the ramp, but Escobar gets up and fans fire up with him! Escobar RAMS Tony into steel steps, then puts Tony in the ring. Escobar aims, slingshot senton! Escobar whistles and the fans fire up. Escobar digs his boots in, the ref counts, and Escobar lets off at 4. Tony flounders, Escobar brings him up and around to wrench, ELBOW BREAKER and ARM WRINGER! Escobar then pulls on Tony’s arm and traps it.

Fans rally and duel, Tony endures the omoplata but Escobar grabs for the other arm. Tony gets the ROPEBREAK first! Escobar lets off quickly, and runs in to DROPKICK Tony down! Escobar drags Tony up but Tony throws body shots. Escobar hits an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tony is still in this but Escobar grabs the bad arm. Escobar has a cording hold but Tony endures. Tony fights up but Escobar CLUBS the bad arm. Escobar whistles, but Tony ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And LARIATS! Tony rallies with forearms and elbows, then a BELLY2BELLY! Tony shoves Escobar to a corner, clinches again, another BELLY2BELLY!

Fans duel, “You Still Suck!” but Tony clinches again! A third BELLY2BELLY! Tony hits the hat trick and grabs at Escobar’s legs, but Escobar bails out. Tony grabs Escobar’s hair and drags him up, to suplex Escobar up. Escobar fights, lands back on the apron and he CHOPS Tony! Tony goes up the corner and Escobar springboards, but Tony blocks! Tony goes up higher, but Escobar still SUPER STEINERS! Fans are losing their minds from that one! Tony crawls his way to his favorite corner, and… Wait, where is his crowbar? But Cruz is on the stage and says, “You looking for this?” Legado has the crowbar!

Tony is furious and he shouts at Cruz & Wilde, but he misses Escobar getting something of his own! Stacks & Two Dimes attack Wilde & Cruz, they brawl goes around ringside, and Tony goes for Escobar. BRASS KNUCKLE RIGHT! Cover, Escobar wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

Well, so much for either of these two doing this with honor! Tony wanted his crowbar but Escobar had his own trump card. Will Legado del Fantasma continue to do whatever they want until they run all of NXT?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“On our journey together, Bron, I predicted your every step, your every move. Tonight, declining my offer but accepting my match, we all know you have uncontrollable rage inside of you.” Bron won’t be able to control his anger next week or at In Your House. That lack of control will deliver Gacy full control of the title, the brand, and the world! Gacy laughs into the night, but will he accomplish his goal and get the gold?


My Thoughts:

A great night for NXT as we continue towards In Your House 2022. Opening with Grimes & Solo VS Melo & Trick was a good move, fans still love all those guys, and I was surprised Melo took the pin. But I suppose Solo gets momentum for himself when he “gets next,” and Melo is down points so he could be the one winning the title. At the same time, there are hints to Grimes turning Heel and ironically, I feel like that’s what fans would cheer for. Grimes getting that cocky swagger back is what got fans to like him, so a braggadocios Heel Grimes VS Face Solo would be the best move out of all the combinations after In Your House.

Good stuff out of the NXT Tag Team Championship story. Pretty Deadly have a good promo to talk down on the Creeds, and a good interaction with Roderick Strong to set up their tune-up tag match. Creeds VS Viking Raiders was great stuff, and where I thought Kemp alone was going to cost the Creeds, it ended up being Strong again. Creeds VS Pretty Deadly was just made through social media so there isn’t a great moment where the Creeds earn it or egg Pretty Deadly into giving us this match, but hey, we’ll get something great. And maybe in the end, Strong & Kemp do take on the Creeds, and it’ll be for the titles as well as membership in Diamond Mine.

Is it just me, or is WWE making sure NXT has the youngest superstars they can? Thea Hail is only 18 and, according to her promo, a high school senior. If she’s really that good, then all the better for her to get going now and build her brand. But while NXT is still the developmental brand, I hope they don’t air matches where it’s obvious these kids are learning how to do matches. But at least NXT is hitting the road again. Only eight dates to start but a house show circuit can definitely help these youngsters get going, learn how to appeal to more than just the Performance Center crowds, and be ready for when they’re on TV.

Waller VS Chase was a good rematch, and I loved seeing Sarray as part of the Chase U student section. It seems this feud is far from done, so there has to be a way where Sarray finally gets that win that puts Stratton in her place. Maybe it’ll be something big for the go-home to In Your House. Wes Lee’s story is getting quite interesting. He seems to be ready to fight anyone, but perhaps for good reason. The frustration of what happened to MSK, Quinn ducking him, Von Wagner interfering just because Frazer nodded to the woman Wagner has the hots for, and then Sanga inadvertently insulting him, Wes is ready to snap and go Heel at any moment.

Good stuff from the NXT Women’s Championship and Women’s Tag Team Championship stories. KC Squared is calling out Gigi & Jacy, Indi Hartwell is calling out Mandy Rose, I hope we see those titles leave Toxic Attraction. Eight months is about two months two long given the gimmick is, “We’re hot, you’re not, and we help each other win.” Indi VS Mandy could especially be good, and it’d be great for Indi to get that singles title and join Raquel Gonzalez/Rodriguez, Io Shirai and Ember Moon in a very select club. And KC Squared has been around long enough that they deserve something for once.

We got great stuff from the Women’s Breakout Tournament tonight, even with the outcomes a bit apparent. Lash beats Tatum because there’s a chance we get Lyons VS Lash in the finals. Tatum got a good showing, and I like that she insisted on using her powerlifting skills, and maybe stuff like that convinces Ivy Nile to let her into Diamond Mine. Meanwhile, Roxie VS Kiana was great stuff, and Roxie wins because she’s definitely a fan favorite and getting the support of management. I did like that they connected Roxie and Cora, and I bet if KC Squared doesn’t get the belts, Cora and Roxie have half a chance.

We got some decent stuff for the NXT Championship story. Duke striking back out on his own is the logical next move after the debacle of Dexter Lumis and Persia Pirotta being released, and Duke going after Bron is a logical move. Bron VS Duke will be a good tune-up before Bron takes on Gacy in the rematch. Though, Gacy having one last promo bit tonight seems really weird. Why not save that for next week after Bron beats Duke? Or even for the go-home after who knows what happens. I have a feeling Gacy wins because of his red hood wearing henchmen, who might reveal their identities at In Your House. And then Bron becomes a three-time NXT Champion with the same superman push Vince gave Cena and Roman in the past.

And we got some really good stuff out of the main event story. Tony’s promo with his guys was a bit cheesy because they were inventing the kayfabe mafia stuff they’d done in the past, even though Tony just brought in Stacks and Two Dimes recently. And I had to stop myself from laughing too hard at Malik & Edris parodying Escobar and Tony. Those guys really need to be pushed, they’re very entertaining. And the main event match was good stuff, and of course both these guys still have Heel tendencies. Pretty sure we’re getting a Six Man Tag, Legado VS Tony’s Family, probably even No Holds Barred or something to flashback to when Legado took on Team Swerve.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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