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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/24/22)

Will Indi find her own way?

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The NXT Women’s Champion face an impressive opponent!

Indi Hartwell may not have The Way, Persia or “Sexy Dexy,” but she still has fire inside! Will she take down the NXT Women’s Champion and shut her up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan w/ Tony D’Angelo VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Lorenzo & Donovan win.
  • Wes Lee VS Sanga; Sanga wins.
  • Alba Fyre VS Elektra Lopez; Fyre wins.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Semifinal: Roxanne Perez VS Lash Legend; Perez wins and advances to the finals.
  • Mandy Rose VS Indi Hartwell; Mandy wins.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Semifinal: Nikkita Lyons Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley; Stratton wins and advances to the finals.
  • Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Ikemen Jiro; Wagner wins.
  • Bron Breakker VS Duke Hudson; Hudson wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony D’Angelo and his guys get ready.

The Don, Stacks & Two Dimes call out Legado. They must’ve thought they were real cute last week. Santos Escobar couldn’t get it done like a man so he sucker punches Tony with brass knucks. This ain’t over, not by a long shot! Tonight, Legado better pay close attention. What Stacks & Two Dimes do to their opponents will just be a sample of what’s coming for them. It’s time to take care o’ bidness! “You’re getting your faces smashed in!” But Santos was lurking just behind them! Will the Emperor of Lucha have something to say about all that?

Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan w/ Tony D’Angelo VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Stacks & Two Dimes didn’t like Malik & Edris making fun of The Don, though they probably thought the Escobar cosplay was funny. But will there be no laughing when these two get through with the wise guys? Or will the bracket busters get another big upset win here tonight?

The teams sort out, Stacks and Edris start, and Stacks sucker punches Edris! Stacks and Edris brawl, Stacks powers Edris into the corner and Two Dimes tags in. Tony’s boys mug Edris, double whip, then double back elbow! Dimes brings Edris around to cover, ONE! Dimes scoops, SLAMS Edris, then covers again, TWO! Dimes drags Edris up, Stacks tags in, and they mug Edris some more. Stacks ROCKS Edris, whips him to ropes, but Edris gets around to waistlock, Stacks elbows free, things speed up and Edris leaps to then dropkick! Edris rallies, gets an arm, and he drags Stacks over. Tag to Malik and he goes up to drop ax handles!

Fans fire up as Malik & Edris double back suplex! Cover, TWO! Malik keeps on Stacks’ arm, grinds the shoulder, but Stacks fights up. Stacks throws hands, whips Malik but Malik goes up and FLYING ARM-DRGS! Then he dropkicks Stacks down! Fans fire up, Malik tags Edris, and Malik rolls Stacks for Edris to whip into buckles! Malik trips and Edris tiger feints Stacks down! Tony distracts Edris but Stacks runs in! Edris shoulders into Stacks, but then slingshots into an uppercut! Fans boo, Dimes tags in, and Dimes whips Edris hard into the apron! Dimes puts Edris in, KICKS Edris in the side, then looms over him.

Dimes KICKS Edris back the other way. Dimes drags Edris up, whips him into the Don’s corner hard, and Edris bumps off buckles. Dimes CLUBS Edris, tags Stacks and Stacks stomps Edris. Stacks clamps onto Edris with a grounded abdominal stretch and he digs knuckles into the ribs. NXT goes picture in picture to show Legado meeting backstage. Escobar trusts La Madrina has her business handled, yes? Sabes que si. Then Escobar and the boys are going to head out. Where to? Ringside. Back to single picture, Edris endures and fights up as fans rally. Edris throws body shots but Stacks knees him low.

Stacks SLAPS Edris, Edris SLAPS back! The hands start flying, Edris fires off the one two but Stacks gives it back and fans fire up! Edris ROCKS Stacks, Stacks uppercuts back! Edris elbows Stacks, then springboard KNEES! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Edris crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Malik! Springboard FLYING LARIAT! Not the cleanest but Malik rallies! Dimes rushes in but Malik gets around to clothesline him out! Malik dodges Stacks, and again, to CLOBBER Stacks! Fans fire up, he CLOTEHSLINES Stacks at the ropes! Malik goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Malik grits his teeth and gets Stacks back up!

Stacks throws body shots, but Malik slips around to backslide, TWO! Malik leaps to sunset flip! TWO, but Malik LEG LARIATS! Fans fire up as Malik goes to the corner, but Dimes drags Edris down to POST him! Malik escapes the back suplex but Stacks CLOBBERS him! Both men are down, Tony shouts at his guys, but Legado walk out on stage! Fans fire up as Tony spots Santos, Cruz & Wilde! HE wants his guys to finish this, Dimes stags in. Wrench and DOUBLE HAYMAKER! DOUBLE BOOT! The Bada Bing combo! Cover, Tony’s guys win!

Winners: Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan, by pinfall

Tony gets the mic and shouts at Legado, “Hey, listen! We already know how this goes! Get your ass in here, let’s do this!” Legado obliges and the brawl is on! Tony and Santos, Dimes and Wilde, Stacks and Cruz, it’s chaos! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but security and officials break it up. This turf war is only getting more heated, what will it take to finish it?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie can’t believe he is still standing after Von Wagner tossed him out of the ring and onto the announce desk. Why did he pick a fight with Sanga, one of the biggest men on the roster? Wes says he was running on pure adrenaline when he encountered Sanga. After the pain went away, you think he’d realized his mistake. But no, he only felt disrespected. He stands by his challenge. McKenzie tries to defend Sanga, but Wes says this in the nicest way: this is something he has to do. He has to face guys like Sanga to prove to everyone, especially himself, that he can. But will Wes find that there is a point where size does matter?

Wes Lee VS Sanga!

NXT returns as Wes makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lee rushes in, gets around and headlocks. Sanga picks Lee up but Lee sunset flips. Sanga stays up, hauls Lee up, and blocks the kick to put Lee in a corner. Sanga then TOSSES Lee across the ring! Sanga gets Lee back up, then HEADBUTTS him down! Fans want that toss “One More Time!” but Sanga shoves Lee to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Sanga stands on Lee on the apron, but the ref counts. Sanga lets off at 4, then goes out and drags Lee through ropes. Sanga uppercuts Lee hard, and then brings him around to CLUB him! Lee flops to the apron but Sanga shoves him back in.

Sanga gets in, but Lee kicks Sanga’s leg! Sanga kicks Lee, but Lee hits back. Lee scurries under but runs into a knee! Sanga deadlifts Lee in a waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug! Sanga thrashes Lee around but fans rally up. Lee endures, pries at the hold, throws elbows, and gets free! Sanga rushes in but Lee kicks and throws shots on the leg. Lee bobs ‘n’ weaves, CLUBS and KICKS and HEEL KICKS! Sanga stays up, Lee runs, ROLLING LIGER KICK! Sanga tumbles out and fans fire up! Lee KICKS from the ropes, then HEEL KICKS again! Lee aims, slingshots and DOUBLE STMOPS Sanga on the back! But Sanga’s still standing!

Lee runs and SHOTGUNS Sanga into steel steps! Then BOOTS him! The ring count is climbing, Sanga CHOPS Lee down! Fans want that “ONE MORE TME!” Lee BOOTS from the corner, then ENZIGURIS! Lee dropkicks Sanga down, then goes up the corner! Lee leaps but Sanga avoids the double stomps! Sanga CLOBBERS Lee! Then he dead lifts and choke grips, for a CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Sanga wins!

Winner: Sanga, by pinfall

The towering tree throws Lee all around, but then Xyon Quinn appears? Quinn applauds Sanga before he gets in the ring. Quinn looks at Lee and walks over. Quinn says he told Lee that he has to run it straight. But then Sanga gets in between Quinn and Lee! Lee staggers up and Sanga helps him. Fans applaud Sanga for showing his respect for Lee and backing down a jerk like Quinn. Will Sanga show Quinn what it means to #RunItStraight in NXT?

 

Cora Jade talks with Roxanne Perez backstage.

It’s the semifinals of the NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament! Roxie’s got this! Just two more wins, and Roxie is ready, but Lash Legend is twice her size. But remember that time she faced Gemma Waters? Gemma took their stuff, threw it out of the locker room, but Roxanne got pissed and took the fight to her. That’s what she can do to Lash. Yeah but Cora also hit Gemma with her skateboard. No one gets to talk crap about then, not even Elektra. Elektra has a match up next, right? Wanna watch it backstage? Cora wants to watch ringside. Roxie isn’t sure Cora will behave, but Cora says she’ll just watch with a box of popcorn like the fans. Cora heads out, but will she really just watch?

 

Bron Breakker walks backstage.

Guru Raaj says he saw Joe Gacy’s hooded guys go into Bron’s locker room. Seriously? Bron appreciates them looking out. Bron then busts in, but no one is there. Except they left a picture of Bron and his family from when he was a kid. How did Gacy get his hands on that? Is this just another mystery steeped onto the pile?

 

Alba Fyre VS Elektra Lopez!

The flames of Scotland transformed Kay Lee Ray, and now she’s ready to blaze a trail in NXT! But will La Madrina put out the fire already? Or will Lopez get burned for playing with Fyre?

Cora is sitting ringside with popcorn, just as she promised. The bell rings and Fyre and Lopez tie up. They go around, fans rally, the two tumble out of the ring and Lopez pushes Fyre against the desk. Fyre pushes Lopez against the apron but Lopez RAMS her into the apron! Lopez puts Fyre in the ring, hurries in but Fyre elbows her., Lopez LCUBS Fyre, whips her, but Fyre reverses to dropkick! fyre forearms Lopez in the corner, rolls with her and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TTWO! Fyre CHOPS Lopez, and again, but Lopez blocks the third shot. Lopez WRINGS Fyre out, drags her up and wrenches to a hammerlock. Lopez RAMS Fyre into buckles!

Lopez goes to the apron, pulls the arm through and YANKS her into the post! Cora boos, but eats popcorn. Lopez gets in but Fyre kicks her. Lopez stomps Fyre to ropes then YANKS her into the ropes! Fyre staggers up, throws an elbow from the corner, then dodges Lopez. Lopez comes back but into a CHOP! Lopez knees low, whips, but Fyre reverses the HOOK KICK! Fyre hooks Lopez but the arm gives up! Lopez hits an ARMBREAKER DDT! Fyre staggers to a corner, Lopez hits a HIP ATTACK! Lopez stalks Fyre, drags her up, and whips her, but Fyre reverses to roll Lopez up! TWO, SUPERKICK! Lopez staggers, into a HEADBUTT!

Lopez is down, Fyre climbs up top! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Fyre wins!

Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall

Fyre rises up and fights through the pain to get the win! Will she make her way to the title? Lopez glares at Cora and SLAPS the popcorn bucket away! Cora says Lopez is just a sore loser. Will Lopez look to go after Cora as a way to vent her frustrations?

 

Damon Kemp is on the phone.

He says it is what it is, but when he knows, he’ll text them. Have a good day. The Creed Brothers and Ivy Nile walk in and ask what’s going on, where’s Roderick Strong and where is Kemp’s gear? Kemp says it’s not going to happen, Strong rolled an ankle. What? How? They were sparring. Then why didn’t he tell them? So that’s it? Pretty Deadly gets off easy? Strong’s ankle better by hanging on by a thread, that is no excuse. This is Diamond Mine, that’s not how they do things here. Tape it up, lace it up, and go out to perform. Brutus almost blew his knees out with that cannonball, but Brutus would go out again anyway, right? Right! That’s the Diamond Mine way!

Kemp says he won’t get in the middle of anything, he’ll just do what’s asked of him and earn his spot. He’ll go get an update on Strong. Brutus says Pretty Deadly got lucky. That’s fine, because at In Your House, their luck runs out. Will Strong’s ankle be as bad as it seems? Will Julius & Brutus sharpen their edges and be ready to personally crush the NXT Tag Team Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen.

McKenzie says breaking news: Nikkita Lyons suffered an injury and she cannot compete in the Women’s Breakout Tournament. How does Fallon feel knowing she has a bye into the finals? Well it is bittersweet. She wanted to step in the ring with Lyons. Briggs says injuries happen, and Lyons’ happened as a freak accident during training. But some injuries, like Brooks’ hand, is on purpose. Tiffany Stratton says is Fallon really taking the easy road? Rhetorical question, because Tiffany knows who Fallon really is! The “nice country girl” act may full redneck Dumb & Dumber, but it doesn’t fool Tiffany. Fallon didn’t earn her spot.

Uh, you do not talk to Fallon or her boys like that. Fallon earned everything she has. If Tiffany wants to get at her, then yeehaw, bitch! Fallon will come right back at you! Tiffany can meet her in the ring tonight! Then it’s on! Will the Cowgirl hogtie Daddy’s Little Rich Girl and shut her up once and for all?

 

NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Semifinal: Roxanne Perez VS Lash Legend!

One step away from history, the Gamer already got past the Calculator, Kiana James, and the WNBA star crushed the powerlifter, Tatum Paxley. Will Roxie be able to topple the towering Lash? Or will Lash’s legend grow as she goes to the finals?

The bell rings and Lash rushes in! Roxie dodges, wheelbarrows, but Lash tosses her away! Roxie comes back, waistlocks, but Lash trips her and drags her around. Roxie kangaroo kicks, but the arm-drag is blocked! Roxie tries the other angle, but Lash blocks to inverted suplex! Lash holds Roxie up for five before the SLAM, and the kip up! Fans duel, Lash kicks Roxie and covers, TWO! Fans rally, duel, Lash gets Roxie up to a Canadian Rack! Roxie pries free, but Lash CHOPS her! Lash knees low, hauls Roxie up to underhook, and she lifts Roxie for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lash pushes Roxie onto ropes and stands on her but the ref counts.

Fans duel as Lash steps off and hauls Roxie up again. Another Canadian Rack but Roxie slips around to a SLEEPER HOLD! Lash reaches out but Roxie thrashes around! Lash stays on her feet, and she RAMS Roxie into buckles! Rosie still holds on but Lash rams again! Roxie BOOTS Lash, then dropkicks the leg! And again! And then a KICK! Lash swings, Roxie dodges and returns to CLOBBER Lash! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Lash throws Roxie away but Roxie fires up! Fans fire up with her and she runs to uppercut in the corner! And another! Roxie keeps moving, but into a tilt-o-whirl! Lash stops the takedown to throw Roxie down!

Lash hauls Roxie up, fans duel, and Lash reels Roxie in. Lash gets Roxie up, but Roxie turns it into POP ROX! Cover, ROXIE WINS!!

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

Lash can’t believe it! She just got dunked on, and now Roxanne Perez is going to the finals!! Is Roxie going to breakout and have her name immortalized?

 

Toxic Attraction speaks.

Mandy Rose says, “Indi Hartwell, calling me out, honey, was one of the worst decisions of your entire career. Do you wanna put your big girl panties on now?” Jacy Jayne says Indi’s “venturing off into the big blue world all by herself.” Gigi Dolin says Indi has no tag partner, no life partner, but then KC SQUARED attacks! Kayden Carter’s after Gigi, Katana Chance is after Jacy, Mandy tries to help fight them off but security and officials rush in! Mandy has to face Indi alone by herself! Does this feel familiar to anyone? And will Indi be able to capitalize now that it’ll be truly 1v1?

 

Mandy Rose VS Indi Hartwell!

The Toxic Goddess is without her sidekicks, will she be able to actually win this now? Will NXT be reminded just how impressive #IndiWrestling can be?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Mandy headlocks, Indi powers out and runs her over! Indi drags Mandy up, wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then YANKS the arm again and again. Indi RAMS shoulders with Mandy, and again, and again! Indi clamps onto the arm with a cording hold but Mandy reaches out. Mandy gets through the ropes, then cheap shots Indi away! Mandy knees low and throws Indi by her hair! Cover, ONE, but Mandy storms up on her. Mandy wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then YANKS it. Mandy wrenches, CLUBS, and whips Indi, then runs in to BOOT Indi in the corner!

Mandy snapmares and KICKS Indi, then pushes her down to cover. TWO, but Mandy drags Indi back up to bump off buckles. Mandy stomps away, the ref counts, but Mandy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Mandy RAMS into Indi, and again, and again! Mandy digs her shoulder in, lets off, and whips corner to corner. Indi reverses, then fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES! Short arm LARIAT! And another! Fans rally and duel, Mandy gets around and wiastlocks but Indi bucks Mandy away. Indi scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi hurries after Mandy but Mandy gets away, and NXT goes picture in picture!

Mandy wants a timeout to fix her hair and catch her breath. Indi chases Mandy around the way, back into the ring, but she avoids the elbow drop! Indi then runs in at the corner to clotheslines and- No, Mandy pulls hair to deny the bulldog, then she RAMS Indi into buckles! Cover, TWO! Mandy is frustrated but she drags Indi up and puts her in the corner. Mandy fires body shots, stomps her then fires more forearms. Indi shoves Mandy back but Mandy kicks her down. Mandy snapmares Indi and wraps on a body scissors! Indi endures the squeeze, pries at the hold, pushes back to a cover, ONE!

Mandy still squeezes tight, Indi works to move around, throws elbows, and backs up to another cover. TWO, Mandy lets Indi free, but Indi elbows her away. Indi BOOTS from the corner, rolls Mandy up, TWO! Mandy knees low and Indi goes to ropes. Mandy SLAPS Indi down, then chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Mandy lets off, and Mandy CLUBS away on Indi’s chest! Mandy brings Indi out, snap suplexes, then soaks up the heat. Indi drags herself up the ropes, Mandy digs her knee into Indi and chokes her again! The ref counts, Mandy YANKS the ropes to throw Indi down. Mandy drags Indi up but Indi blocks the suplex!

They go around, Indi snap suplexes Mandy! Mandy staggers up, dodges in the corner and she stomps a mudhole into Indi! The ref counts, Mandy stops at 4, then brings Indi out to CLUB the arm! Mandy hooks Indi up, CLUBS her, and has the OCTOPUS STRETCH! NXT returns to single picture as Indi endures. Mandy drives elbows into the ribs but Indi still endures. Indi powers up and gets an arm free to hip toss Mandy away! Mandy runs in, Indi scoops but Mandy slips out to DECK Indi! Cover, TWO! Mandy is shocked but she talks trash on Indi. Mandy drags Indi up, pie faces her, then brings Indi up again.

Indi hits Mandy back! Mandy and Indi throws forearms, then Indi counter punches! And again! Indi starts to rally with lariats and elbows! Indi blocks a kick, throws Mandy down, kicks low and CLUBS her, then ROCKS her again! Indi fireman’s carries, but Mandy slips off as the back gives up! Mandy goes to the apron, but Indi drags her in for uppercuts! And a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Indi is beside herself but she drags Mandy back up. Mandy JAWBREAKERS, kicks a leg out, and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Mandy hurries up, Indi ducks to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! But here comes Jacy & Gigi! They got away from KC Squared, but then KC Squared rush out and CLOBBER them!

Kayden & Katana beat up Gigi & Jacy more! Gigi shoves Kayden away but Kayden hits a THESZ PRESS! Jacy and Katana get in the ring! Jacy DECKS and TOSSES Katana, but Indi BOOTS Jacy! Only to turn around into a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall

Once again, Toxic Attraction finds a way to help each other out! Mandy gets the win, but she can’t believe how hard KC Squared are going after Gigi & Jacy! Those four brawl tot he back, but will they be brawling all the way to In Your House? But wait, Wendy Choo sneaks up behind Mandy and BLAM! She hits Mandy with a pillow case full of basketballs?! Wendy holds up the NXT Women’s Championship, is she coming for the Toxic Goddess In Your House?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie asks him about the strangeness of Gacy’s goons leaving that photo in his locker room. Is he finally getting under Bron’s skin? Bron admits that was strange. But Gacy’s just trying to push Bron’s buttons. Bron’s focus will not be thrown off. But then the television screen plays footage of a football game. It’s Bron Breakker playing football in high school, running back a kick for an 85 yard touchdown. Bron remembers that game because his dad promised to be there, but missed it because he was in Japan wrestling. Is Bron okay? Yeah, he’s good. These mind games won’t work. But will that still be true the closer we get to In Your House?

 

Pretty Deadly speak.

The NXT Tag Team Champions are here, and Elton Prince says, “Another week, another Diamond disappointment.” Strong’s lame excuse in an injury, Kit Wilson says there’s trouble in paradise. All is not well down in the Diamond dojo. Hey, remember when they wrecked the place? More like remodeled. But they never did thank Pretty Deadly for that. And they won’t pull through at In Your House, either. Another match that the rough ‘n’ tough Creed Brothers will sample the two tastiest snacks in NXT.

You mean the team so unified that they’re two bodies, one mind? #YesBoy! The team whose locks flow in the wind like thoroughbreds running in the open field? #YesBoy! And the team that is synonymous with tag team greatness? #YesBoy! The NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly.

 

NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Semifinal: Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley!

Nikkita Lyons is out with injury, so Daddy’s Little Rich Girl gets this spot after egging on the Cowgirl. Will Tiffany win something she didn’t earn? Or will Fallon buck her right out of the bracket and head to the finals?

NXT returns and Fallon makes her entrance, her boys seeing her off. The bell rings and Fallon circles with Tiffany. They tie up, Fallon headlocks, but Tiffany wrenches out and whips. Fallon reverses, Tiffany goes up and over and handsprings to show off. Fans cheer the athleticism, but Fallon headlocks her. Tiffany pulls hair and puts Fallon on ropes, to CHOP! Fallon CHOPS back! Fans fire up, Fallon headlocks again, Tiffany powers out, but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step, then runs. Things speed up, Tiffany hurdles but Fallon ROCKS her! Tiffany pulls hair to keep Fallon from running again, then SLAPS her!

Tiffany blows a kiss, but Fallon SLAPS her back! Tiffany kicks low, whips, but Fallonr everses and back elbows to then mule kick and run. Fallon CALF KICKS Tiffany down and fans fire up! Fallon runs, slides, and ROCKS Tiffany from the apron! Fallon tips her cap and gets back up, but Tiffany rushes her! Fallon shoves her away, but Tiffany gets the arm for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Fallon staggers in, Tiffany runs in to HIP ATTACK at the ropes! Tiffany KICKS the bad leg, then KICKS it again! Fallon falls, Tiffany goes up and out to slingshot and KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Tiffany is frustarted but she gets Fallon’s leg to SMASH it! Tifany talks trash, SMASHES the leg again, but Fallon kicks her from below! Fans rally up, TIffany sunset flips but Fallon stays up! Tiffany slips around to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Fallons taggers to a corner, Tiffany handsprings and back elbows! Tiffany keeps moving, DOUBLE STOMP! Tiffany says she’s going to the finals, and she covers, TWO!! Tiffany is upset but she gets Fallon’s bad leg for a standing leglock, and a BRIDGE! Fallon endures, reachesout, Tiffany blows more kisses, but Fallon SLAPS Tiffany in the stomach! The bridge is broken, Fallon is free, but Tiffany puls her hair!

Tiffany thrashes Fallon, Fallon throws Tiffany down! Fallon gets around, short arm lariat! And forearm, CHOP, repeat! Fallon whips, Tiffany reverses but Fallon hits a FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up, Tiffany is in a corner, she rushes in but into a back drop! Fallon fires up, Tiffany wants the leg, but Fallon DECKS her! Fallon hobbles to a corner, runs corner to corner at Tiffany, but the leg gives up! Fallon is in the corner, Tiffany runs in for a SWINGING DROPKICK! Tiffany puts Fallon in a drop zone, TWISTING SENTON!! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Speaking of a twist, this is like a plot twist in the story of the Women’s Breakout Tournament! Grayson Waller celebrates with Tiffany, will they be celebrating In Your House, too?

 

Backstage interview with KC Squared.

Kayden & Katana told everyone to stop mistaking kindness for weakness. Toxic Attraction keeps dodging them so they hunted those girls down, and they found out these two won’t be denied. It doesn’t matter if this is 1.0 or 2.0, they are fed up and won’t stop until they get what they want. If Toxic Trash wants to do something about this, then they can bring their asses to In Your House, put the tag titles on the line, and we’ll see what happens. Wendy slides in and likes the sound of that. And she likes the sound of her sack o’ balls hitting Mandy upside the head. Um… Okay. But the title does look good on Wendy. Aw, thanks!

Well maybe at In Your House, Toxic Attraction enters with all the gold, but Kayden & Katana leave with the tag titles and Wendy leaves the NEW NXT Women’s Champion. She has plenty of room for the title in her pillow. Will Toxic Attraction survive as these three come after their gold?

 

Thea Hail speaks.

Her high school graduation is tomorrow, and she’s so excited! She and all her friends will accept their diplomas, but while her friends go off to be teachers, doctors, and executives, Thea’s going into the WWE. She studied her ass off, got accepted into some of the best colleges in the United States, but she’s up for the challenge of attending both college and train at the Performance Center. Next week, she makes her decision.

 

Bron Breakker is on the phone.

He isn’t sure how Gacy got footage of his high school game, but the Steiner family has to be careful. Bron has to get ready, but in walks Duke Hudson. Duke says he didn’t do any of the things going on tonight. Bron knows that, this is all Gacy. But Duke says he’s ready for tonight’s main event, so Bron better be, too. A man is dangerous when he has nothing to lose. Oh yeah? Well see you out there. Duke says he doesn’t care if Bron has daddy issues, he just needs to grow a pair. Bron shoves Duke into the locker! Duke smirks, and says Gacy was right about his predictable emotions. Bron lets Duke go, but will he show just how predictable he is in the ring?

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Ikemen Jiro!

Vicious Von thought he’d put away the Handsome One for a long, long time after tossing him into the crowd, but Jiro came back around like retro fashion! Jiro wants revenge, but will he get it? Or will he just find this is Wagner’s World, and he’s just living in it?

Jiro rushes into the ring right away, he dodges Von and handsprings to back elbow him down! Fans fire up and the ref has the bell ring! Jiro fires off haymakers but Von knees low! Von gets Jiro up, Jiro fights and he manages to slip off the bomb! Jiro fires more hands, but Von shoves him and catches the crossbody for a POWERSLAM! Von shakes his head to get rid of the stars, then he drops elbows over and over on Jiro! Von drags Jiro up to SLAM him down! Jiro gets to a corner but Von fires off clotheslines! Von hauls Jiro up, SPINNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans chant, “Wagner Sucks!” but he watches Jiro get up.

Jiro dodges the boot and dropkicks the legs out! Jiro whips but Von blocks to reverse. Jiro elbows from the corner, goes up, but Von gets the leg! Von YANKS Jiro down and Jiro hits buckles! Fans boo, Von looms over Jiro, and Von waistlocks to drag Jiro into a rear bearhug! Jiro endures, fans rally, but Von SLAMS Jiro down! Von squeezes Jiro, fans rally, and Jiro endures, even as Von thrashes him around! Von drags Jiro up but Jiro throws elbows! Von SLAMS Jiro again! Jiro goes to the apron, he shoulders in, GAMANGIRIS, then springboard missile dropkicks! Jiro JACKET PUNCHES again and again and again!

Von staggers, but he whips Jiro. Jiro handsprings again but into a back suplex! Jiro lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Von tumbles out of the ring and fans fire up with Jiro! Jiro WRECKS Von with a dropkick, then ASAI MIOONSAULTS! Direct hit at the ramp and Jiro is right back up! Jiro puts Von in the ring, hurries up top, and he FLYING DDTs!! Cover, TWO!! Von survives and Jiro can’t believe it! But Jiro hurries to take aim and SUPER- NO! Von blocks the kick, throws Jiro down by his jacket, and then gives him some hockey fight punches! Von rips the jacket over Jiro’s head, fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Sophia Cromwell appears, and points to the desk. Von scoops Jiro but BRIGGS shows up! Briggs throws hands on Von for what he did to Brooks! Briggs clotheslines Von out, but Cromwell has Von stay back! Will the good ol’ boy whoop some Wagner ass on behalf of Brooks?

 

NXT Media catches up with Tony D’Angelo and his crew.

The Don says he has no time, though. Stacks & Two Dimes won, but this thing with Legado has gone too far. It has to end at In Your House. Santos thinks he’s a businessman, but how about this? Tony isn’t asking but demanding one last meeting. As a sign of good will, the last time, Legado had to go to Tony’s turf. This time, Tony goes to Legado’s. Two Dimes asks if that’s a good idea, and Stacks says that didn’t go so well with AJ Galante getting nabbed. Tony says it’s fine, he has something in his back pocket. Plus, he’ll make Santos an offer he can’t refuse. They head out, but just what will happen with this next parley between the families?

 

The Robert Stone Brand regroups backstage.

Stone fumes about Josh Briggs, but says forget it! Von has pissed off a lot of people in NXT. Jiro is done, that is great. But there’s Nathan Frazer, Wes Lee, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen. They need eyes in the back of Von’s head! Do they even have a game plan? Sophia tells Stone to relax. If they want to get noticed, they ruffle feathers, and that is what Von’s doing. Trust her, Von can handle anything that comes his way. Stone says she’s right, but will Von really be able to establish dominance?

 

Mandy Rose interrupts Vic Joseph.

Just as Vic and Wade Barrett were hyping up In Your House, Mandy says she wants everyone to shut up and listen. Wendy Choo is DONE. The pajamas, the slippers, the stupid pillows, and now a shot at the title? The thought of Wendy carrying this, let alone touching it, makes Mandy so sick, she’ll throw up all over Wendy’s onesie. If Wendy wants to play practical jokes on Mandy, well, Wendy, you’re the joke! Mandy says Wendy is a grown up kid, but Mandy is a grown ass woman! Jacy says KC Squared thinks they’re the only real tag team here. But let’s be real: KC Squared can’t compete with Toxic Attraction, they’re both two feet tall!

At In Your House, Toxic Attraction sends them all to little Munchkin Land with all the other Oompa Loompas. There’s a big difference between having the ball, and running with it. Toxic Attraction makes it look easy, and even with their Ninja Warrior skills, they can’t keep up. That’s because Wendy, Kayden & Katana are “insecure.” They saw how fast Toxic Attraction rose to the top, but they’ve been struggling to even get a taste. So if they want their chance, they’ve got it! But Toxic Attraction walks in as champions, and walks out as champions. Next week, they make it official! But Wendy, Kayden & Katana don’t have the balls to get the job done!

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams visit the barbershop.

Cut Wiz is A Champion HQ as he brings up In Your House. He needs to get his title back by any means necessary. The event is called In Your House, but Trick’s been in Melo’s house. He has gold chains, gold watches, but he needs gold back around his waist. Melo hasn’t been walking right since he lost it, not talking right, he can’t recognize himself in the mirror. Take it easy, Melo, you’re still that man. Trick has a game plan: jump it twice, third time’s the charm. Grimes- shows up!? Watch out now! Uh, what’s he doing here? Grimes just wants to talk, no need to get hot. He just walks in and asks what’s wrong. Did Melo expect Grimes to jump him from behind or something?

Grimes says he wants to talk man to man, eye to eye. Last week, right before Grimes and Solo absolutely crushed Melo & Trick, Melo said he was lucky. He is lucky! The whole world might’ve been happy to see him win, but not Melo. Melo says Grimes doesn’t deserve that title. Grimes might be great in the ring, but not like Melo. He doesn’t rock that title the way Grimes does. And Grimes sure as hell ain’t The A Champion! Well, maybe he doesn’t deserve it, but he damn sure earned it. Melo was The A Champion, but that’s all: a champion. Melo says Grimes is a title holder. Well this title holder won’t run his mouth.

See, there’s this new guy from who came over from NXT UK. Some are saying he’s faster than Melo, might even be better than Melo! So how else can Grimes get ready for Melo than to beat the better Melo? Grimes VS Frazer, and then at In Your House, Grimes proves that he is better than Melo. See you then. Melo says he has nothing to prove, but will he be watching Grimes very, very closely?

 

Joe Gacy talks to his hooded henchmen.

Tonight, they have done a fabulous job. Clearly, they’re getting to Bron. And in the main event, they’ll make sure it sticks. Just what does Gacy have planned as his final masterpiece of manipulation?

 

NXT hears from a coming superstar.

In Italian, they say, “People attempt to live their ‘best life,’ and then there’s my life. Dayton on the Miranda in Venice, and when the sun goes down, the nightlife in the heart of Rome. Time is the most valuable currency in life. So why not live life in the fast lane? Status is only a negative word to those who can’t achieve it. Style is a way to speak without saying a word. Fashion is a representation of who you are. With all of my success, I am thirsty for more. Dreams are for dreamers. Goals are for achievers. Veni Vidi Vici.” Giovanni Vinci is on his way, will he live his best life in NXT?

 

Bron Breakker VS Duke Hudson!

The NXT Champion might be on edge after what Joe Gacy’s pulled tonight. But will Bron use that edge to cut down big bad Duke? Or will Bron end up breaking down before making it to In Your House?

NXT returns and Duke makes his entrance. The bell rings and Duke circles with Bron. Bron keeps glancing at the perch, and yes, Gacy and his hooded minions are there! Duke sees them, too, but tells Bron to focus on him. They tie up, Duke puts Bron on ropes, but the ref counts. Duke pushes Bron to a corner, throws knees, then whips him to ropes. Duke reverses and waistlocks but Duke elbows free. Bron scoops and SLAMS Duke! Bron then whips Duke to ropes and RANAS him outta nowhere! Bron then clinches Duke for an OVERHEAD Suplex! Fans bark it up, but Duke ROCKS Bron back!

Duke CLUBS Bron, stands on Bron’s leg, but the ref counts as they’re in the ropes. Duke lets off to throw Bron down and cover, TWO! Another cover, ONE! Duke rains down fists on Bron, gives him body shots and even kidney shots! Duke stomps Bron, hauls him up and whips to ropes. Bron reverses and things speed up. Bron hurdles, then gator rolls Duke out of the drop down to deadlift suplex! Bron SLAMS Duke down, and fans fire up! Duke bails out but Bron kips up! Bron dares Duke to get back in, but then he goes out after Duke. Duke CLOBBERS Bron, having suckered him in!

Duke gets Bron up and into the ring, pushes him to a cover, TWO! Duke is annoyed but he looms over Bron. Duke hauls Bron up to OVERHEAD Suplex him in return! Duke mocks the barking and fans boo, but Duke scuffs Bron with his boot. Bron gets to ropes, Duke slaps him around, but Bron shoves back. Duke BOOTS Bron down, then drags him back up. Fans rally, Bron throws body shots but Duke ROCKS him! Duke JABS Bron in the corner, follows him along ropes, but Bron throws more shots. Duke CLUBS Bron, whips him corner to corner, then runs in but into a BOOT! Fans duel, Bron runs, dodges Duke, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!

NXT goes picture in picture while both men stir and Gacy grins. Duke sits up first, he goes over to Bron and throws a forearm. Bron throws a haymaker, but Duke throws another forearm. Bron hits back again, they stand up and Bron throws more haymakers! Duke staggers, kicks low, and he throws body shots. Bron staggers away, Duke whips Bron corner to corner hard, and Bron bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Duke dusts off his hands, then taunts Bron while he looms over him. Duke clamps on with a chinlock and digs a knee into Bron’s back. Bron endures, fans rally up, and Bron fights his way up.

Bron throws body shots, but Duke DECKS him with a shot! Bron goes to a corner, Duke hoists him up to the top rope. Duke climbs up after Bron but Bron hits back. Duke CLUBS Bron, brings Bron up, SUPERPLEX! Duke crawls to a cover, TWO! Duke seethes, puts Bron back in the corner and hoists him back up. NXT returns to single picture as Duke climbs up again. Fans rally, Bron CLUBS Duke down, and keeps raining down hands! Duke ROCKS Bron back, Gacy and his goons have crept up to ringside. Duke goes up, Bron throws body shots and shoves Duke down! Bron adjusts but Duke TOSSES Bron onto the ropes!

Bron tumbles down to the floor and the minions look down on him. Duke goes out to fetch Bron, and he RAMS Bron into steel steps! Gacy grins while the ring count climbs. Duke puts Bron in at 7 of 10, and gets in right after to stomp Bron down. Duke stomps Bron over and over, CLUBS him down with big forearms to the face, then covers, TWO! Duke snarls and he stands over Bron again. Duke clamps onto Bron but Bron resists the camel clutch. Duke throws big crossface forearms, then gets the arms hooked. But Bron slips out the back! Bron hooks Duke up, but Duke fights and THROAT CHOPS!

Bron sputters, the ref reprimands but Duke gets Bron up and reels him in. Bron blocks the lift, and he back drops Duke away! Fans fire up and bark for Bron but Gacy is still pleased. Bron runs and rallies with big shoulders! Bron ducks and scoops to POWERSLAM! The straps come down, and Bron clotheslines Duke and himself out of the ring! Bron stands up and he stares the hooded minions down. Fans rally for Bron as he gets Duke up and in the ring at 6 of 10. But then the goons attack Bron fights them off, then gets back in the ring. Duke has a chair?! Bron kicks Duke, takes the chair, and he sees the goons get in!

Bron CLOBBERS the one, then CLOBBERS the other! Then he TOSSES one out, and Gacy gets on the apron! Bron swings that chair, but Gacy dodges! Duke turns Bron around, Bron SMACKS him with a chair!!

Winner: Duke Hudson, by disqualification

Gacy grins, because it was all according to his plan! Gacy asks Bron if these are games, or if it’s just his natural impulse. Either way, Bron can’t control himself. If Gacy pulls off the same tricks at In Your House, he’ll win the belt! Can Bron learn to control himself before he loses hold of the title?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode here, with a lot more built up towards In Your House. A shame about Nikkita Lyons, as she was a favorite for the Women’s Breakout Tournament finals. But at the same time, it seemed predictable that she and Lash would meet in the finals, and then it felt rather predictable that Lyons would win. No offense to Lash, but she’s still not quite at title contention level yet, so Roxanne getting that win was the logical move. Roxanne VS Lash was a great match, though, and Lash is improving. Tiffany getting in Fallon’s face was a rather clever way to get her into the tournament, and of course Tiffany wins that. With all the champions currently Heels, I feel like Roxie will win to get that great honor of being the first Women’s Breakout winner.

And speaking of those champions, great stuff out of Toxic Attraction and their new round of challengers. Great sneak attack from KC Squared, very good match from Mandy VS Indi, though I should’ve known Mandy would win the way she always does: Toxic Attraction distraction. T A D fits because it’s been done a tad too much. But Wendy hitting Mandy with her “ball sack” was hilarious, I loved it. Mandy VS Wendy, Jacy & Gigi VS Kayden & Katana, all great stuff, and their “championship summit” contract signing segment will be fun. I hope In Your House is where Toxic Attraction loses it all, that needs to be the next chapter in that faction’s story.

We got other good stuff from the women’s division tonight. Good promo with Cora and Roxie, and Cora being ringside for Lopez’s match was a nice detail. Fyre wins, and Lopez gets in Cora’s face, we’re definitely getting Lopez VS Cora and that’ll be a great match. Good promo from Thea Hail to hype up her appearance, but I would think she goes to a college in Florida since that’s where NXT is headquartered. Wait. Wait. What if she enrolls at Chase U!? That’d be amazing if all of this was just a way to introduce Chase U’s first official female faction member! Then if Sarray sticks around Chase U long enough, Sarray and Thea can be a tag team.

Tony D’Angelo and his guys had an okay promo to kick things off right before their match. The match was good, and I figured Stacks & Two Dimes would win. But instead of just jumping to the Six Man Tag, we’re supposedly getting another promo segment where these two factions sit together. That one better break down and set up the Six Man Tag I’ve been expecting, and that Six Man Tag better be No Disqualification since we know these guys all like to be sneaky. Then whoever comes out of this the winner can start as a faction towards multiple title feuds.

Strong being hurt is certainly more for story, and it feels like Strong is closer and closer to getting kicked out of the faction. Pretty Deadly had a good promo to harp on Strong being out, and this adds a bit of heat towards the tag title match, and I feel like Pretty Deadly retains so that Creeds can feud with Strong and Kemp. Good stuff out of Sanga VS Wes Lee, as well as Sanga getting in Quinn’s way of going after Wes. I won’t say “New tag team,” but Sanga VS Quinn would be a great match, and then maybe Wes finally gets his rematch with Quinn.

Great stuff out of Von VS Jiro, but of course Jiro was going to lose that. Sophia looks to be the actual brains of the new new Robert Stone Brand, but that seems typical for the Robert Stone Brand. Briggs stepping up for both Jiro and Brooks was great, Briggs VS Wagner will be a great hoss match. Grimes interrupting the barbershop talk was a nice twist, and I like that he’s bringing back the swagger he had before becoming champion. Grimes VS Frazer is going to be a lot of fun, and I’m sure Grimes wins to have momentum going into In Your House, but I feel it’s still anyone’s match for the North American Championship.

And with THE NXT Championship story, Gacy getting his hands on Steiner family memories was actually the most compelling stuff Gacy’s done since this feud started. Duke pushed buttons, too, and Bron naturally lost his cool, just as Gacy knew he would. And I will say, after a very good match out of Bron VS Duke, they found a very clever way to disqualify Bron and hammer home the No Champion’s Advantage point of the story. I’m sure they’ll try a very similar play at In Your House, but Bron will see through it, maybe find a way to turn it around on Gacy, and somehow survive to keep the title. Also, it seems the fans have already figured out Grizzled Young Veterans are the minions, I’m pretty sure they were chanting “Gibson Sucks!” as things went off the air.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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