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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/23/22)

Becky Lynch shares her thoughts!

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man wants to be heard!

After losing her chance at the Raw Women’s Championship, Becky Lynch decides to speak on this newest setback. Is this the end of Big Time Becks?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & The Usos; Riddle & The Profits win.
  • Mixed Tag: AJ Styles & Liv Morgan VS Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley w/ Edge; Priest & Ripley win.
  • Alexa Bliss VS Nikki A.S.H. w/ “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Bliss wins.
  • Cody Rhodes VS The Miz; Cody wins, by disqualification.
  • Ezekiel VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Ezekiel wins.
  • Bobby Lashley’s All Mighty Challenge: Bobby Lashley VS MVP w/ Omos; MVP wins and chooses the stipulation for Hell in a Cell.
  • Becky Lynch VS Asuka; Becky wins and makes the Raw Women’s Championship match a Triple Threat.

PLAY BY PLAY

Matt Riddle heads to the ring!

The Bro is somehow scooting into the Ford Center despite taking an Uso Splash through the announce table last Friday. RKBRO no longer have the Raw Tag Team Champions, and Randy Orton isn’t here after taking his own brutal beatdown from the Bloodline, but Riddle still gets the mic. “I’m, uh, this is hard. I’m here with a heavy heart, man. Randy, he’s my best friend, he’s my mentor, he’s my dude, y’know? He’s my bro.” Fans chant for “R K BRO! R K BRO!” and Riddle gets a touch emotional. Riddle says that to be honest, the last couple of years have been hard for Randy.

The last couple months, even though RKBRO have had the time of their lives, Randy’s been having a hard time. Randy’s back has been bothering him. Last Friday, before the title match, Randy could barely walk. Riddle knew they had the match and that Randy wouldn’t let Riddle down because of how much that match meant to Riddle, and how much that match meant to the fans! RKBRO lost to the Usos, yes, but don’t get them wrong. The Usos are one hell of a team, tough as hell and they’ve done it all. Hats off to them. But for the Usos to win that way, with Roman, that backstabbing piece of garbage that calls himself a mountain, he’s a Tribal Piece of Trash!

Riddle assures us, he swears vengeance on Roman, on Jimmy, on Jey and anyone who is part of The Bloodline! By the end of Riddle’s career, he will have his revenge! Now, Riddle knows Randy has done more for him than he has for anyone else, and Riddle loves him and appreciates him for that. Randy is watching at home, Riddle wants him to know he loves Randy. Fans chant for Randy but Riddle says that honestly, who knows what the future holds for RKBRO. Who knows if RKBRO will ever be a thing again. But Riddle knows Randy is home watching, and the WWE Universe, you guys can help him with this. Get on your feet and make some noise to say with him, “R K BRO.”

Fans chant for “R K BRO!” again and Riddle says that’s for Randy! And after the break, The Stallion teams up with Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins to start on that quest for revenge! Will Riddle & the Profits take down the Bloodline and “Rusty” Sami Zayn?

Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & The Usos!

Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. They’ve had their issues with RKBRO over the tag titles, but now they can all go after common enemies! First out, though, is the “elder statesman” of SmackDown, wearing his Bloodline merch shirt proudly. Then on the tron, Jimmy Usos asks, “Hey, Uce! How you think they gon’ feel when they introduce ya boys as the NEW WWE Undisputed Tag Team Champions?” Jey says, “I dunno, Uce, they might be cheerin’. They might be booin’. Little kids might be cryin’. We got grown men out there cryin’! They still might be hatin’ on the Usos!”

Why? Cuz they did like they said they were gonna? Might be the end of RKBRO! Or because they became the best damn tag team in the world! Because you the twos, and #WeTheOnes! And just as they said, the introduction is made and the fans are torn as Sami welcomes the Usos and jams out to their theme. But then Riddle rushes Jimmy at the ramp! Jey and Sami go after Riddle but the Profits back Riddle up! The ref hurries to tell these guys to get in the ring but the brawling  is all over the place! More refs rush out to separate these six but that’s easier said than done! Raw goes to break, will there still be chaos when we return?

Raw returns again and order has been restored. The teams sort out, and Sami starts with Dawkins. They feel things out, but Sami stays in a corner for defense. Sami holds up a finger because he supports “the ones.” Dawkins and Sami tie up, Sami gets around and headlocks. Dawkins endures, powers out and Sami rams him. Dawkins rebounds to run Sami over! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles then whips Sami to dropkick him down! Dawkins runs at the corner to CYCLONE SPLASH! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Sami to dropkick him down again! Ford kips up and he holds up a finger, then covers Sami. TWO, but Ford clamps onto an arm.

Ford wrenches, wristlocks, but Sami endures. Riddle wants in and fans rally up, so Ford obliges. Riddle tags in, to BLOAST the Bloodline! But Sami goes after Riddle and those bad ribs! Sami stomps away, hops on Riddle even, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans boo but Sami stomps Riddle more. Riddle goes to ropes, Sami stands on the bad ribs! The ref counts, Sami hops off, but fans rally up. Sami brings Riddle up to DECK him, then JAM a knee into the back. Sami wraps on a body scissors to squeeze those ribs! Riddle endures, Sami digs a forearm into Riddle’s head, and then thrashes to beat up those ribs.

Riddle elbows free but Sami stomps him down again! Tag to Jey and Riddle snarls as Jey holds up the finger. Riddle gets up to lift Jey! Riddle RAMS Jey into a corner and fires off KICK after KICK then stomp after stomp! The ref counts, Riddle lets off and drags Jey back up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Riddle has Jey’s arm, he tags Ford in, and they mug Jey. Ford whips Jey, LARIATS him then mule kicks, haymakers and whips. Jimmy tags, Jey reverses, and Jimmy dumps Ford out! Jimmy RAMS Ford into steel steps, then SUPERKICKS him down! The Usos stand over Ford and fans boo while Raw goes to another break.

Raw returns and Sami rains down elbows into Ford’s shoulders. Sami clamps on a chinlock but fans rally up for Ford. Ford fights up, throws body shots, but Sami keeps him from the corner. Ford keeps fighting, but Sami throws him down by his head! Sami looms over Ford, brings him up and back suplexes, but Ford lands on his feet to hit a back suplex in return! Fans fire up and rally as the two men crawl for their corners. But Sami gets up to DECK Dawkins, then Jey trips Riddle from the outside! Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Jey gives Riddle a BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Sami gets Ford up but Ford cradles, TWO!!

Sami CLOBBERS Ford! Tag to Jey, Jey brings Ford around and rains down fists. Jey raises the finger but fans boo. Jey brings Ford up, whips him at the corner, but Ford CLOBBERS Sami and Jimmy! Jey back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet and ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans fire up, especially with Riddle back on the corner! Sami calls to Jey, hot tags to Sami and Riddle! Riddle spins Sami around to PELE! Jimmy back suplexes, Riddle lands on his feet, ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Forearm smash for Sami, one for Jimmy, then back to Sami! Another for Jimmy, then a BROSPLODER!

Sami boots but Riddle blocks, to BROSPLODER! DOUBLE BROTON! Then another BROTON for Sami! Sami flops out, Jey gets in but Dawkins DECKS him! Jimmy gets in, Dawkins dodges to FLYING ELBOW! Ford gets in, builds speed, Dawkins gives him the boost, and Ford FLIES to take out the Usos! Riddle sees Sami, brings him in through ropes, and fans are thunderous! This one’s for Randy! DRAPING DDT! Riddle has the fans fired up as he hears those voices, bro! The Usos distract, Riddle runs them off, and the Usos really do leave! They’re leaving Sami high and dry! RKO for Sami!! Cover, Riddle & the Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits & Matt Riddle, by pinfall

The Street BRO-fits just took down the rusty weasel that is Sami Zayn, but this isn’t enough to complete Riddle’s mission. Will Riddle, Ford & Dawkins look to turn things all around on the Bloodline in the near future?

 

Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

After winning the Steel Cage match with Omos in a rather serendipitous way, Lashley is back to issue a challenge of his own! What will the All Mighty dare the Nigerian Giant and MVP to do? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Lashley has the mic. “Last week, I survived a Steel Cage match against a giant. And when the referee came down and raised my hand in victory, I turned and looked at that giant, and I saw the anger and I saw the defeat on his face, and I knew that we were far from over. Me and that giant have so much more to fight about. So I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that me and that Nigerian Giant will be doing it one more time… At Hell in a Cell!” However, tonight, Lashley has an All Mighty Challenge. And surely, MVP & Omos want to know what this is. So without further ado, let’s bring these two whatever you wanna call them out so they can hear about this challenge.

Omos & MVP make their way out, and MVP doesn’t know why Lashley thinks these two are a couple of dogs who come when he calls. Oh, it’s because Lashley thinks he’s the top gun. But MVP is the Maverick, and the whole world saw the Nigerian Giant beat Lashley’s ass all over that cage. And if not for some faulty equipment when Omos threw Lashley through the cage, we’d be having a completely different conversation. MVP has filed a formal protest, but Lashley tells him to shut his mouth! No one here wants to hear MVP! And why not they listen to his stipulation, since this is clearly not over.

MVP knows that just a regular match, regular stipulations, will not be enough to finish what this is. So Lashley’s challenge is he wants a match tonight. Tonight, the winner picks the stipulation for Lashley VS Omos at HIAC. MVP says Lashley must be on one. Lashley barely survived the last time Omos got his hands on him. There MVP goes running his mouth. HUSH, until they’re finished. Lashley has Omos at HIAC. But tonight is about the unfinished business with MVP. So Lashley’s challenge is easy: The All Mighty VS MVP tonight, and the winner picks the stipulations for Lashley VS Omos at HIAC!

Oh, MVP is standing there all confused, huh? Or is he afraid? MVP isn’t afraid! You think he can’t whoop Lashley!? He’s responsible for Lashley’s rise, so he’ll be responsible for the downfall! And after he beats Lashley’s ass, he’ll pick something not even the All Mighty can overcome! Oh, MVP made Lashley? When was the lsat time MVP won a match? If anyone made anyone, Lashley made MVP! And at HIAC, Lashley will tear Omos apart! But tonight, he’ll put MVP in the Hurt Lock in front of all these people! Well, it seems MVP has accepted the challenge as he and Omos head closer to the ring.

Lashley watches Omos, but MVP creeps up on the apron. But Lashley sees that coming and DECKS MVP! Omos and MVP regroup, and fans rally for “Bobby! Bobby!” MVP says that was stupid! MVP says will bring about Lashley’s downfall, but will it be the other way around?

 

Dana Brooke talks with Adam Pearce backstage.

She’s just saying, if Carmella is cleared to fight, Dana wants after her. He will take that into consideration. Dana goes to exit but Becky Lynch bumps into her. Uh, excuse you, Becky. Excuse you, Dana. Anyway, Becky wants to talk about what Asuka did. She couldn’t see for three days and there’s still some green in her hair after 11 washes! But the point is, if Pearce took his job seriously, he’d strike that loss from the record books. He’s not doing that. No, he can and should. And he should give her the title match. Um, seems after what they both did in that match- What did Becky do? She knows what she did.

And given that, the fair thing would be a rematch with Asuka. Well okay, that’s taking this job seriously. And if Becky wins, then she can have the title match at Hell in Cell. By being added to it in a Triple Threat. Oh… Becky still accepts that, because it’s better than nothing. But will the odds drastic go down for Bianca Belair should Becky get her revenge?

 

Mixed Tag: AJ Styles & Liv Morgan VS Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley w/ Edge!

The saying goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” That much is being proven true as the Phenomenal One and the LIVing End team up against the Judgement Day’s “Saints of Fate!” Will Styles & Liv make things Too Sweet tonight? Or will the Punisher and the Eradicator do exactly that to these resisters?

Raw returns and Judgement Day have the mics. Priest addresses the WWE Universe, “All rise.” Some fans stand but most don’t. “I said… All rise! RISE! RIIISE! And show the proper respect to the Judgement Day.” Fans stand but they boo, too. Priest says last week, Edge offered an opportunity to anyone intelligent enough to follow their mission and join up. One aspect of that mission is modesty. Rhea and Priest are very different from everyone else. You don’t see it, but Edge does. He showed them the way and set them free. If not, they’d be sheep like all of you fans. Sheep just stuck in the mud and trying to figure out what the “right thing” to do is.

Just like the rest of the roster! They wait for instructions and are told what to do. It’s what the fans do! And again, the truth hurts. But the one aspect, the one attribute, everyone is missing is courage. The courage to be who you are, accept it, and be proud of who you are! No one here has that courage. But they can help you! First, you must help yourselves. Rhea then tells Liv, “I know that you use your heart more than your head. But for the first time in your life, stop listening to the peasants on Twitter and the simpletons here in attendance. I might even forgive you for failing me in the past, if you just start thinking for yourself.”

Rhea tells Liv to save herself like Rhea did herself. Join the Judgement Day. Edge now says, “The Judgement Day is truth. A Truth that is right in front of most of your faces, but you’re just afraid to see it. The truth wills et you free. The Judgement Day is power! Clearly it is physical power, but more importantly, it is mental power.” And it is an opportunity to recreate yourself and rewrite your career, while sitting under Edge’s learning tree. Watch every ounce of sweat he puts in to be the best! Imagine Tom Brady or Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan offering this olive branch. Because Edge wasn’t handpicked to sit atop the mountain like John Cena!

Edge sits atop this mountain because he is a miracle of hard work and the success that followed. But that’s just the thing about all of you: you’re afraid. You’re just content to go to work, watch you boss sit in the corner office and make ten times your salary but with a sliver of your brain power, only because you sit on your lazy asses in a cubicle eating Cheetos! You’re all sheeple, afraid to grab life by the throat and wring it for all it’s worth! Judgement Day is not afraid to do that. They offer a mentality that will help you wake up and headbutt glass ceilings to bits! The same ceiling Edge annihilated decades ago!

Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Edge says no no, look in the mirror when you say that. So who will be their next member? Someone will be smart and savvy enough to understand the hand of the humble deity that is being extended. Will it be Tommaso Ciampa? Corey Graves? Alexa Bliss? Drew McIntyre? Oh, didn’t see that name coming, huh? Maybe Liv Morgan, Finn Balor, or AJ Styles. Surely by now, Styles has to understand being shoulder to shoulder with them is better than eye to eye. Make the right choice, Styles, and join them. By the end of all this, maybe Styles kids can call him, “Uncle Edge.” Edge says the choice is Styles’, so he should choose wisely.

Liv finally makes her entrance, and she doesn’t look like she’s joining Judgement Day. Styles follows, and they’re going to take the fight to Judgement Day, after the break!

Raw returns and Styles starts with Priest. They circle, tie up, and Priest knees low, CLUBS Styles, and wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Styles rolls, but Priest keep shim down with a knee. Priest drops a knee on Styles’ arm, wrenches it again, then headlocks. Styles throws body shots, powers out, but Priest runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Priest clamps onto the arm again. Fans rally for Styles as he endures again. Styles fights up, rolls, wrenches Priest back, but Priest swings. Styles gets under, waistlocks, but then ducks the back elbow. Styles headlocks, Priest powers out, but Styles holds ropes. Priest runs in but gets an elbow!

Styles storms up but Priest grabs him with both hands! Styles fights out, fires off his Phenomenal Blitz but Priest stops it at the lariat! Priest KICKS Styles, whips him to ropes, but Styles ducks and dropkicks! Rhea tags in, and she gets in Styles’ face! But Liv runs in, Styles gives her a boost to RANA Rhea! Rhea staggers up into a dropkick! Liv runs corner to corner to back body block! Liv keeps moving, she dodges Rhea to tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! Rhea stays up, drags Liv up, then HEADBUTTS Liv down! Rhea then drags Liv up and TOSSES her to a corner! Rhea grins, then fires off hands in the corner!

Rhea TOSSES Liv corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Liv goes up, leaps, but Rhea catches the crossbody! Rhea grins, pops Liv around for the stalling suplex, but Liv tries to cradle! Rhea blocks, powers Liv back up, but Liv slaps out to a BACKSTABBER! Rhea scrambles away and Priest helps her out of the ring. Liv just builds speed and DIVES! Priest ducks and Liv hits Rhea down! Priest sees what happened, then turns around into a SLIDING KNEE from Styles! Fans fire up with Styles and Liv as they Too Sweet in the ring! Edge tries to get his “saints” up but Liv goes out to fetch Rhea.

Liv gets Rhea up and in, stomps her down, then rains down fists! Rhea shoves Liv away, and EDDY GORDO KICKS Liv down! Rhea CLUBS Liv, hammers away on her, then hauls her up for another suplex. Rhea SLAMS Liv down, covers, TWO! Rhea is annoyed but she looms over Liv. Liv throws elbows but Rhea throws body shots. Liv kicks back from the corner, goes up, but Rhea ROCKS her with rights! Liv stays up to jump and FLYING RANA! Cover, TWO! Rhea kicks Liv from the mat but Liv KICKS Rhea! Tag to Styles, Priest rushes in and the hands start flying! Priest fires off haymakers and kicks, then whips Styles corner to corner

Priest runs in but Styles dodges! Styles runs in, BIG clotheslines in the corner! Priest flounders, bails out, but Styles keeps his eyes on Priest. Rhea barks at Styles but that distracts him so Priest can CLOBBER Styles! Styles falls out of the ring, Edge stays clear, and Priest hauls Styles up to SNAKE EYES him off the apron! Edge talks some trash while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and both men are down! Fans rally up as they crawl, and Priest stops Styles from getting to Liv. Styles kicks but Priest ducks the enziguri, only for Styles to slide under! Styles leaps but Priest catches him, pushes him away and UPPERCKTS, but Styles KNEES Priest back! Priest rushes in but Styles dumps him out! Priest hurries up, grabs Styles by his hair, but Styles PELES! Hot tag to Liv! She dodges Rhea to fire off haymakers! Fans fire up and Liv kicks, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Rhea staggers to a corner and Liv runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Liv rolls and runs back in, but Rhea dodges.

Rhea runs in but Liv elbows her away. Liv goes up to missile dropkick! Then she kips up, roars and runs to springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Edge helps Rhea get the ROPEBREAK! The ref didn’t see that but everyone else knows it, and Styles ATTACKS Edge! Priest goes after Styles but Styles fight shim off, too! The ref tries to get them to stop, Styles gets in and he clotheslines Priest back out! Liv aims at Rhea, runs in, but Edge helps Rhea again! Liv hits the mat, Rhea folds her up, Judgement Day wins!!

Winners: Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Edge gets in to taunt Liv after he screwed her out of winning, but Styles comes back with fists! Priest gets in to fire off hands but Styles hits back! Rhea anchors Styles and Edge DECKS him! Edge rains down fists, then snarls as he has Priest stand Styles up. Edge aims, runs in, SPEAR LEG SWEEP COMBO! Liv crawls to Styles, but Rhea BOOTS her down! And as Edge makes Styles watch, Rhea hits RIPTIDE! “Watch me, Liv! Watch me!” The Judgement Day stands tall over their enemies, but will this break Styles and Liv into joining them? Or will it only motivate them to try harder?

 

The Miz finishes warming up backstage.

Kevin Patrick asks him about his match with Cody Rhodes and the role the American Nightmare has been on. How does Miz plan on halting that progress? Miz says that much like Seth Freakin’ Rollins, Miz is sick and tired of Cody. In life, there is one thing Miz knows: never trust someone with a neck tattoo. And before Cody left WWE and came back at WrestleMania 38, Cody could never beat The Miz, could never steal his spotlight. But then how about now? Miz takes off his sunglasses to look at Kevin Patrick. Miz says Cody’s ego is out of control, and has more pyro than the Fourth of July. You don’t see Miz bragging about season three of Miz & Mrs., do you? NO!

Miz says he is the Kim Kardashian of the WWE! People want to know what he is doing, when he’s doing it and what he’s wearing while doing it. He doesn’t need a countdown, fans will wait all night just to see him! Miz will take Cody down a peg or two, and then no one can ignore him. Except Kevin Patrick. Go away. Kevin Patrick leaves, but will Miz leave having lost to the American Nightmare?

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler is here!

The WWE Hall of Famer is back on Raw, and for a very special edition of The King’s Court! But will it be Jerry’s last when his guest is Veer Mahaan? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Jerry welcomes us to the show. Tonight’s guest has had one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, and since that time, he has left his opponents literally shaking in their boots. So without further ado, it is a lion of a man, Veer Mahaan! Veer makes his entrance while a recap video shows us how Veer brutalized the Mysterios, then the Mysterios returned to get even! In the present, Jerry thanks Veer for joining him tonight. Some in the WWE say Veer is a man of few words, so Jerry wants to give Veer a chance to share with us the secret to his success. Veer looks Jerry in the eye, but chooses not to speak.

Well, Jerry won’t say “cat got your tongue,” but maybe that was a dumb question. But Jerry wants to understand why Veer has targeted the Mysterios. Veer snarls, but still says nothing. Well, maybe Jerry can salvage this. Could it be because what Dominik and Rey have said? Veer is so hairy, when he walks his dog, people pet Veer! Or maybe that he’s so hairy, Big Foot took a picture of Veer! Veer grabs the mic to say he is not here to joke around. Rey Mysterio is a legend. But he is too busy worrying about his little boy, Dominik! And that makes Rey weak. Veer took them both out! Jerry drops the mic but Veer helps pick it up. Is this fear Veer smells on Jerry?

Jerry sniffs himself. That’s just his cheap cologne. Veer snatches the mic away and says no more jokes! Instead of Veer explaining himself, how about he just shows us who he is?! Veer throws off his sash and corners Jerry! But here come the Mysterios! Rey & Dom storm the ring and brawl with Veer! Veer shoves Dom away, then hoists Rey up! Dom runs in but Veer BOOTS him! Veer throws Rey into the ring, then he puts Dom in with him. Veer snarls, but Rey RWECKS Veer with a dropkick! And then Dom adds on! Veer is still up, still mad, but Dom TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS! Veer is back up again, so Rey WRECKS him with another dropkick!

Rey and Dom wait for Veer to try again, and even dare him to get in. Veer warns them both that he’ll get them, in time. Veer leaves, but

 

Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.

Sarah asks how it feels to be back. Oh it’s great having fun and staying out of trouble. Speaking of that, how does Alexa feel about Sonya Deville’s recent actions? Rough couple of weeks, huh? Sonya gets fired as an official, Alexa beats her in her return match, then beats her again in the rematch. Then Sonya gets fined for hitting that ref. Maybe Sonya should look into therapy. Worked wonders for Alexa. But now Alexa now faces her former tag partner, Nikki A.S.H. They were once best friends, but parted ways. It was for the best, because Alexa is best friends with a doll, and Nikki dresses like a superhero.

Okay, that sounds weird when you say it out loud, but it is still great to be back. Alexa smiles and makes her entrance, but will she still be feeling great after her reunion in the ring with Nikki?

Alexa Bliss VS Nikki A.S.H. w/ “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Raw returns and the Almost Super Hero makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Alexa as she and Nikki tie up. Nikki arm-drags, then strikes a pose. Piper tells her to stay focused, but then Nikki turns around into Alexa’s arm-drag! Alexa offers a handshake to her old friend, but fans aren’t sure> Nikki takes it, and she ROCKS Alexa with a sucker punch! Alexa dodges the haymaker to fire off shots of her own! Nikki bails out, Piper coaches her up and Alexa soaks up the cheers. Alexa grabs Nikki and drags her in, but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki gives ground ‘n’ pound and Piper likes that!

Alexa kicks Nikki away but Nikki whips Alexa hard into a corner! Alexa bounces off buckles, Nikki covers, TWO! Nikki clamps onto Alexa with a cobra clutch and thrashes her around! Alexa endures, fights up, and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots, runs, but Nikki clamps on with another sleeper! But Alexa JAWBREAKERS free, then SHOTGUNS Nikki down, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Alexa drags Nikki up, but Nikki RAMS her into buckles! Nikki RAMS into Alexa more, then hoists her up top. Nikki ROCKS Alexa, climbs up after h, and strikes her pose. But Alexa throws body shots in return!

Alexa DECKS Nikki back to the mat! Alexa adjusts, but Nikki returns, into BOOTS! Nikki is down, Alexa stands up, TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

Now she gets her handshake. Alexa gets another win and leaves with Lily, will Alexa make her way back up towards the title?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick asks Rollins about last week’s challenge to a Hell in a Cell match. How have the issues between him and Cody reached such a boiling point? Rollins says, “They used to sing my song. Every night, in every city, and now all I hear is ‘Cody! Cody! Cody!'” Rollins gets angrier with each time he says it, and says it makes him physically ill to hear that name. Cody this, Cody that, Cody here, Cody there. Did you know there is even a countdown clock for Cody? WHERE DOES IT STOP!? Where’s the countdown for Seth Freakin’ Rollins? He’ll tell you where: in Rollins’ head. And it’s ticking away second by second.

“But the question is, what happens when the clock strikes zero?” Rollins laughs at his own devious threat, but will the countdown be over when the cell door closes on him and Cody?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka.

Sarah asks her what it meant to beat Becky last week to get her title opportunity. Becky Lynch was not ready for Asuka, she was too busy crying~! Wah wah, Becky wants her title~! Not fair~! Asuka fakes crying, then laughs about how Becky cried to get another match tonight., Asuka says she’ll just beat Becky again and turn Becky into a Big Time BABY! Because on one is ready for Asuka!! Will the Empress of Tomorrow keep The Man down and out of Hell in a Cell?

 

Cody Rhodes VS The Miz!

Speaking of, the countdown for tonight is up! The American Nightmare is ready, his pyro goes off, and he even gives a young fan his weight belt. But will the Hollywood A-Lister make sure this is a sad scene for Cody? Or will it be another triumph as Cody heads for Hell in a Cell?

Raw returns and The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up behind Cody and that annoys Miz. They tie up, Cody gets a leg but Miz stays up to facelock. Cody wrenches out, facelocks, but Miz puts Cody in the corner. The ref counts, Miz lets off but Cody dodges to COHP! Miz shoves back but Cody dodges to CHOP again. Miz headlocks, hits the takeover, and he taunts Cody as he grinds him down. Cody keeps his shoulders up, headscissors, but Miz kips free. Cody headlocks, hits the takeover, but Miz fights up. Miz powers out, things speed up, Cody hurdles and kicks low to drop for the Rhodes Uppercut!

Cody runs, but Miz CLOBBERS him! Miz uses a knuckle lock cover, ONE as Cody gets an arm up. Miz puts it down, TWO as Cody gets the other arm up. Miz moves around but Cody tuck shim for a sunset flip, TWO! Miz swings, misses, Cody dropkicks him down! Cody runs and DIVES into a forearm! Miz hurries up to the top rope and leaps, but into a body shot! Cody gets Miz with a facelock, then suplexes! Fans rally as Cody holds Miz up! GOURD BUSTER, and fans fire up more. Cody digs his knees into Miz’s back, ties up the legs, and then gets the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Miz endures, slips free and covers, TWO!

Miz goes to a corner, mule kicks Cody, then goes up to jump and sunset flip! TWO, but Miz steps through! Cody kicks Miz away, then knees him low! Cody whips, knees again, then whips for another knee! Fans rally, Cody whips and hits a kitchen sink knee! RUNNING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Cody and Miz go to opposite corners, and Cody runs in, only to be stuck up top! Miz has Cody stuck on his flagpole, BOOTS him, then runs to BOOT him off the ropes! Cody tumbles to the floor and fans boo Miz as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Miz runs corner to corner, but Cody moves! Miz crashes into buckles, fans rally up, but Miz hurries to whip Cody. Cody CLOBBERS Miz! Cody goes up and over in the corner, then hits the POWERSLAM! A kick and a Rhodes KICK, then the CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up, Cody gets Miz’s legs, “WOO~!” FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Miz endures, Cody pushes up to put on the pressure, but Miz moves around to reach out for ropes! Miz can’t reach at first, but he gives a second effort and ROPEBREAK! Cody lets Miz go quickly, Miz bails out, but Cody goes up the corner?! But SETH ROLLINS shoves him down!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by disqualification

Deja vu, and Rollins CLOBBERS Cody on the floor! Rollins rains down fists, then stomps Cody before throwing off his jacket. Cody gets up to fire off the haymakers, but Miz CLOBBERS Cody! Cody throws hands on Miz! Rollins CHOP LBOCKS a leg, Miz stomps Cody down! Rollins joins in, they’re stomping away at the barriers! Rollins hauls Cody up, he and Miz both RAM Cody into steel steps! Cody goes tumbling over the other side! Cody clutches his leg, fans boo, and Rollins storms off. He snatches the weight belt from the kid Cody gave it to! Rollins brings it over to Cody, to LASH Cody on the back!

The ref tells Rollins to leave, and Rollins drops the belt to then storm back up the ramp. Cody manages to stand back up, and the fans rally as he gets the weight belt. Cody hobbles over and gives the belt back to the kid in the front row. Will Cody be able to show this same heroism when he and Rollins enter the cell? Or will the Visionary have far worse waiting for Cody in Hell?

 

Ezekiel VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

Speaking of deja vu, didn’t we just see this? Well, “Master” Chad thinks he can beat Elias’ younger brother this time, but will the third time be the charm? Or will it be three strikes, you’re out for the “smartest man in the world?”

The bell rings, Kevin Owens sits at ringside, and Ezekiel ties up with Gable. Ezekiel TOSSES Gable to a corner, but Kevin shouts at ELIAS! Stop spreading lies! Gable asks Kevin to SHOOSH, and he ties up with Ezekiel. Ezekiel wrenches but Gable rolls, bridges, and handsprings to spin and headlock and spin to a drop toehold! “A THANK YEW!” Gable has the armlock, then a facelock, but Ezekiel RAMS Gable into a corner. The ref counts, Ezekiel lets off but CHOPS! Ezekiel copes “A Thank Yew!” then CHOPS again. Ezekiel whips, scoops, but Gable slips out to go after the arm. Ezekiel whips Gable away, Gable goes up and over, ducks and dodges, then goes up on Ezekiel!

Ezekiel tries to make this his Electric Chair attack but Gable slips off and shoves. Gable drops, but Ezekiel KICKS him away! Ezekiel runs, Otis trips him up! Fans boo but Gable CHOP BLOCKS Ezekiel down! Kevin applauds and Gable hits a DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says, “A THANK YEW!” Kevin says “You’re welcome!” Gable gets the leg again, KNEE JAMMER! KNEE JAMMER! And then a spinning toehold! Ezekiel endures all this but Gable YANKS the leg again. “SHOOOSH!” Gable drags Ezekiel up, NORTHERN LIGHTS, and bridging cover, TWO!

Kevin says this is the truth being beat out of Elias! Gable goes up, MOONSAULT into boots! SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally, Ezekiel CHOPS Gable, throws body shots and another CHOP! Ezekiel whips, Gable reverses, Ezekiel goes up and mule kicks! Ezekiel gets his leg moving, runs and SPLASHES! But Gable distracts the ref so Otis can CLOBBER Ezekiel! But then the ref turns around and sees Otis is on the apron! Otis is EJECTED!! Fans fire up while the Alpha Academy freaks out! Otis leaves, now it’s all on Gable to win #ForTheAcademy! But Kevin slides in?! The ref sees him before he can do anything to Ezekiel! The ref EJECTS Kevin, too!!

Kevin freaks out but he also goes to the ramp! Ezekiel gets Gable in a victory roll, and WINS!

Winner: Ezekiel, by pinfall

Ezekiel runs away to the crowd as Kevin and Otis come rushing in! Ezekiel celebrates with the Ford Center, but Kevin demands the music stop! He’s had enough of this! Who cares if he’s Elias, Ezekiel, or Giuseppe! Kevin just wants to beat the hell out of him! Kevin VS Ezekiel, in Chicago, at Hell in a Cell! Ezekiel accepts that challenge, but will the Prizefighter finally get to the bottom of this?

 

Cody exits the doctor’s room.

Kevin Patrick asks him an update on his health after Rollins’ attack. An update, huh? Well his knee is banged up, but he can still put his weight on it. That’s fortunate for Cody, not so much for Rollins. Cody’s still breathing, still has his heart and lungs. He wasn’t just waxing poetic talking about second chances, that is for everyone! Everyone who was undesirable, has made themselves undeniable, and in Cody’s case, uncrowned. It is dawning on Rollins that he could go 0-3 against the American Nightmare. If Rollins wants to finish the job, Cody will be waiting.

 

Bobby Lashley’s All Mighty Challenge: Bobby Lashley VS MVP w/ Omos!

The Rocky Mountain Machine looks to finally get even with Montel Vontavius Porter directly over the betrayal, and use this win to decide how he finishes things with the Nigerian Giant! But will Omos be a big help to MVP and get the right to decide his own fate? Or will everyone see who really made Lashley the All Mighty?

Raw returns and MVP makes his entrance. MVP whispers something to Omos, perhaps already planning a strategy. MVP wants room to get in and Lashley gives him that room. The bell rings, MVP and Lashley circle, but then MVP bails out. MVP does stretches against the barriers, then gets back in the ring. Lashley and MVP circle again, but MVP uses ropes as defense. The ref has to keep Lashley back, and MVP slowly returns. MVP and Lashley square up, but then MVP bails right out. Fans boo MVP stalling, but Lashley goes out after MVP! MVP hurries in the ring, Lashley gets in but avoids the stomp!

MVP claims his leg hurts, and Omos CLOBBERS Lashley! Omos then dusts himself off and MVP is right back up! MVP gets Lashley up to put in the ring, and he runs in at the corner, HELLUVA KICK! MVP taunts Lashley, “I told you I can whoop you!” MVP slaps Lashley around while saying he made Lashley who he is! Lashley grabs MVP by the neck! MVP breaks free, fires haymakers, then runs, but Lashley follows, gets MVP in a clinch, COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Lashley and he waits on MVP to get up. Lashley runs in to clothesline MVP out! Lashley then goes out after MVP, hauls him up, and fireman’s carries! Lashley POSTS MVP!

Fans fire up and Lashley looms over MVP. The ring count climbs, but Lashley gets MVP up and in at 8 of 10. But Omos rushes in! Lashley dodges, and he fires off hands on Omos! The count finishes at 10 as Lashley clotheslines Oms into the timekeeper’s area! But then Lashley realizes what happened!

Winner: MVP, by count-out (can choose the stipulation for Lashley VS Omos at HIAC)

Lashley scowls at MVP, and says if it’s like that, then HURT LOCK!! MVP still ends up a ragdoll and Lashley throws him down! But now, Omos and MVP can name their game! Will Lashley end up suffering at the hands of the Nigerian Giant?

 

Bianca Belair heads to the ring!

The RawEST Women’s Champion is back again, because once again, she wants to watch what happens between Big Time Becks and the Empress of Tomorrow. Will history repeat itself from last week? Or will Becky get her comeback back on track?

Becky Lynch VS Asuka!

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. Then Becky makes her entrance, and the match begins. They circle, Becky gets around and slaps Asuka in the head. Asuka gets mad but Becky shoves her. Asuka rushes in, Becky gest around but Asuka throws elbows, and a SLAP of her own! Things speed up, Asuka follows Becky and runs her over! Fans fire up, Asuka grabs at Becky but Becky KICKS Asuka away! Asuka rushes back in, Becky rolls Asuka but struggles to get the shoulders down. TWO, Becky blocks a kick to SLAP Asuka! And again! Becky talks trash, but Asuka tackles Becky to a corner!

Asuka RAMS into Becky over and over, then fires off body shots! The ref backs Asuka off, but Becky BOOTS back! Becky mule kicks but Asuka blocks to trip Becky up! Asuka stomps Becky to then get the DISARM-HER! Becky endures her own hold, crawls her away back, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Asuka lets off to BUZZSAW Becky out of the ring! Asuka then goes out to the apron, but Becky dodges the sliding kick! Becky gets up to shove and POST Asuka! Asuka tumbles down and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Asuka is down on the outside again. Becky wants the ring out win, and the count is climbing. Asuka is still down at 5 of 10, but gets up at7! She’s in at 9, but Becky dropkicks her back out! Then Becky runs to WRECK Asuka with another dropkick! Becky goes out to TOSS Asuka into barriers, then gets back in the ring. The ring count starts again, Asuka is still down past 5 of 10 again. Asuka is back in at 9, but Becky rains down fists! Becky tosses Asuka out, then is on the apron, FLYING FOREARM! Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps, drags Asuka up and into the ring, then goes up the corner!

Fans boo and Becky drops THE MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO!! Becky rains down fists and is furious! Bianca is amused as Becky gets Asuka up. Becky whips but Asuka reverses and sends Becky out! Becky rushes back in, DOUBLE LARIATS take both women down! Fans rally up and even Bianca is getting into this as fans duel. Becky and Asuka are in opposite corners, Becky runs in but into an elbow! And then a BOOT! Asuka runs to LARIAT but Becky stays up! Becky kicks, Asuka blocks and slips around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Then HIP ATTACK in the corner! Becky denies the bulldog, but she walks into the SOBAT!

Asuka KICKS and BACK HANDS Becky, then SLIDING KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Bianca can’t help but smile. Becky wasn’t unbeaten for three years for no reason. Fans rally up more and Asuka runs at Becky in the corner, only to be sent into buckles! Roll up, with feet on the ropes! TWO!! Asuka survives but Becky goes up, but leaps into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! But into the ARMBAR!! Becky endures, rolls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Asuka hurries to get Becky up but Becky HOTSHOTS her! Becky goes up top, but Asuka ROCKS her first! Asuka then climbs up to go after Becky, SUPERPLEX! Asuka crawls to the cover, TWO!!

Becky survives and Bianca is smiling but also a bit surprised. Fans rally, Asuka gets back up, and she runs in at Becky, but the hip attack misses! Becky gest a DISARMER IN THE ROPES! The ref counts, Becky stops at 4 to have Asuka in the ropes. But Asuka ROCKS Becky, and hits a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Then the HIP ATTACK! Becky is sent tumbling to commentary! Asuka goes to the apron, SLIDING KICK! Asuka gets Becky up, chicken wings, but Becky slips out! Into a POP-UP KNEE! Becky ends up sitting on Bianca, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES but hits Bianca!! Becky throws Asuka down, the ring count is 7 of 10!

Asuka slides in at 9.99, but into a body scissors clutch! BECKY WINS!!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (joins the HIAC Raw Women’s Championship match)

Bianca is out cold! That’s the only reason she isn’t as shocked as Asuka or the fans! The Man is almost in tears as she says justice has been served, and now she’ll get her title back! Will Big Time Becks use the Triple Threat to beat Empress and EST and once again be the champion?


My Thoughts:

A very good Raw, but it sure felt like it was heavily recycled. The main event was really just the other way last week’s match could’ve gone, and now we have the Triple Threat that was obviously coming three weeks back. It was still a really good match, and a really clever way to get to Becky winning, and now that Triple Threat for the title is going to be great stuff. I can’t really be sure who gets the win but it’ll easily allow for further feuding between Bianca and Becky, Bianca and Asuka, or Becky and Asuka. Another recycled match was Ezekiel VS Gable, and with no warning. Ezekiel was of course winning, and now Kevin VS Ezekiel is set, probably as a kickoff match or something.

The opening was great stuff. Riddle was definitely emotional over Randy having to take this time off, that bad back has to be legit or else it might’ve been Orton stepping up to call Roman out. Street BRO-fits getting the win over Sami & Usos was the logical move, as now the Profits can move up to challenge the Usos for the undisputed tag titles. Riddle can go after Roman at some point, and assuming he fails, it can be Orton or McIntyre next. Still kinda hoping it was to be Nakamura but there’s still the Intercontinental Championship where he, Sami and even Gunther can feud over it for the summer.

I really thought Lashley’s All Mighty Challenge was going to be about having a Hell in a Cell match at Hell in a Cell, but they kinda gave away the rematch with graphics. Instead, it seems they’ll be doing something No Disqualification related that isn’t the cell. Because otherwise, they should’ve just made Lashley say it was a HIAC match. Maybe it’ll be a Last Man Standing match so that they’ll both have to go the extra mile to keep the other down. Alexa VS Nikki was good, but could’ve been so much more if they didn’t book it right before it was time for Cody. Maybe they’ll try again later, there is so much more to that story right there that deserves to be used.

And speaking of Cody and his countdown, I do like that superstars are starting to bring it up and be confused and upset by it. Miz used it in his promo, Rollins used it in his promo, this could be one of the ways WWE plays the “Is Cody really a Face?” story the way AEW was with him and the TNT Championship. Cody VS Miz was a very good match but of course Rollins attacks. Rollins taking the weight belt from the kid was great Heel stuff, and of course Cody gives the belt back. Good Face points both in kayfabe and in reality, and that Hell in a Cell match is going to be really good stuff.

Jerry Lawler returning for a King’s Court was a nice surprise, but it was a rather awkward segment. Though, that might be on purpose. Jerry made juvenile jokes, Veer got mad, Mysterios return and the Mysterios stand tall. We’re surely getting the Veer VS Rey match we should’ve gotten at Backlash, they just have to announce it officially. A little surprised we didn’t get Theory in any capacity, but I suppose that’s fine. There was a lot going on even without him, but I just hope he and Mustafa Ali set up for the US Championship at some point, it’s just obvious.

Judgement Day had a rather long promo segment but at least they were saying things that fit the group better. Edge name dropped quite a few good names for their faction, such as Ciampa, Corey and Alexa. The Mixed Tag was a good match, though I thought they were going to save that for the Six Person Tag. At the same time, no Finn showing up, not sure if something happened where Finn couldn’t be here and they had to change course or if this is supposed to be teasing Finn turning to join Judgement Day. I hope we still get the Six Person Tag first, and then it really should be Ciampa joining Judgement Day since Ciampa has been floating around stories since his call-up.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

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

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

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

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

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

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

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

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 9/10

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

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


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

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

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

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

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

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

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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