Who proves they’re the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
WrestleMania 38 didn’t settle anything, so here comes the Backlash! Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women’s Championship, in an I QUIT MATCH!
- Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins; Cody wins.
- Bobby Lashley VS Omos w/ MVP; Omos wins.
- AJ Styles VS Edge; Edge wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey; Rousey wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss; Moss wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Bloodline VS RKBRO & Drew McIntyre; The Bloodline wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania Backlash Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action tonight!
MVP joins the Panel.
Montel Vontavius Porter says he’s a little nervous being on the panel. But with everything he’s done for Bobby Lashley, leaving him and joining Omos is what for him? Booker T corrects Kevin Patrick by saying Lashley abandoned MVP. MVP thanks Booker for that, and JBL says MVP ought to slap Kevin Patrick. Booker asks how MVP feels about being abandoned. Well he felt some kinda way, but he never let those emotions affect his business decisions, because that is what this was. It was a business decision to move on to bigger and better.
So there is no concern that emotions will hinder his guidance of Omos? If MVP allowed his emotions to guide his decisions, he’d be a very unpopular radio show host who is unpopular with hip hop fans in New York. Kayla says some might use- Who are those people? Well, just some people. MVP was key to Lashley’s success, but MVP is perhaps hopping on an Omos “bandwagon.” Why is Omos more of an attraction? Because MVP is with him. MVP is the X factor. Without MVP, Lashley is just “Bobby.” Then MVP made him the All Mighty. But now, Omos has MVP and becomes The Colossus, the Nigerian Nightmare, and with MVP’s guidance, become bigger than even Lashley.
JBL says they need to get past the woke, “oh how are you feeling?” questions and that crap. How BAD is Omos gonna beat up Lashley? That’s what MVP was waiting for! Omos will make a point. At WrestleMania 38, that was embarrassing. Omos came to MVP, knew what MVP did for Lashley, and that Lashley abandoned MVP. So Omos wanted MVP to give him that guidance. Expert tutelage and coaching! So Omos told MVP that the goal tonight is to literally break Lashley in half! His whole body! Kevin Patrick remembers that from Raw, but Lashley says MVP is selfish, and that this is the biggest mistake of Omos’s career because MVP makes things all about MVP.
MVP asks how he is selfish. Is he the one who went to WrestleMania 38 all alone to hog the spotlight? No. Lashley did. It’s all about Lashley. So how dare someone repeat something so ridiculous! MVP selfish? That’s insane. Do they just give journalism credentials away in Dublin? Kevin says yes, they do. Just six months and you’re in. Before MVP leaves, Kayla wants everyone to predict the match. Booker says Lashley had a great thing going. He had a huge bus. Booker is going with OMOS. Kevin Patrick says we’re forgetting Lashley’s recent achievements. He’s sorry, but he goes with LASHLEY. MVP says yes, Kevin is sorry.
MVP says to remember that Lashley was impressive before MVP helped him. After MVP helped him, Lashley become the single most dominant force in WWE. Omos is the biggest, strongest and most impressive specimen in WWE today, and he came to MVP for tutelage. MVP wants us to know, he is the X factor. JBL says there have been all sorts of X factor managers, and MVP is among them. JBL goes with OMOS. Peter says 7’3″, 400 pounds, that makes him a “big guy.” Peter goes with OMOS, not just cuz MVP is here but because he sees it. Lashley’s had a great year, t twice a day. MVP says even a broken clock is right twice a day. MVP wants us ready for big things.
Mad Cap Moss joins the panel.
Booker’s fired up for this one! Before we get to questions, let’s get a joke. Moss appreciates Booker wants a good joke, but tonight’s not the night for jokes! He just roasted Corbin on SmackDown, the Big Bald Wolf went running with his tails between his legs. Fans chant “Big Bald Wolf!” and Moss says he’ll embarrass Corbin with a checkmark in the L column! Kayla was hoping Moss would get past the dead weight of Corbin, but it still stings that a friendship fell apart. Does any part of Moss feel bad about how this turned out? Moss says they had great times together, cracking up and spending money, but that was when things were good.
As soon as things got bad, Corbin pointed the finger and passed the blame onto Moss. Corbin treated Moss like dirt, and Moss can only be pushed so far before he hits back. Corbin couldn’t take the blame, he though the was better than everyone just because of money, but Moss taught him a lesson. Booker remembers back to when The Miz and Alex Riley had a fallout. Is this Moss breaking out on his own? Well, Moss wasn’t thinking that at the time, he was just standing up for himself, reacting naturally. There was no master plan, but y’know what? Moss sees the fans behind him, he hears them chanting for him, and he gets chills! He wants it all!
JBL asks Booker, which one was he comparing Moss to, Miz or Riley? Booker says Riley stopped sucking up, and that’s what Moss did. Booker has fashion advice, though. Suspenders and a belt? That’s too much, choose one. Moss says he wants as much protection as possible. His pants are NOT falling down tonight! He will be ready to go all match. Kevin says Corbin acts like he’s better, but there is an argument to be said that Corbin is better, given he was former WWE US Champion, a King of the Ring and more experience. What makes Moss think he can win?
Moss admits, Corbin has all that, he even retired Kurt Angle. He is a Golden Gloves winner and the End of Days is powerful. Moss has his work cut out for him, but Corbin is underestimating Moss, thinking he can just walk right past. Moss has speed, athleticism and toughness, and RHODE ISLAND! Fans cheer Moss, and Kayla will be the first to choose sides: she says MOSS! Kevin sides with Kayla, MOSS all the way. Peter likes Moss, he is a great guy, with a bright future. But Corbin has the edge, go bald brothers. Well Peter will look even dumber than he does now but Moss understands.
JBL’s pick says Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, who cares? Moss might be the one at fault, Corbin annihilates him. JBL sounds like Corbin to Moss. But Booker likes the energy. He likes Moss being serious tonight, this is business! Booker says Moss! Moss has 3-2 from the panel, but will he get the 1-2-3 in the ring?
Backstage interview with The Bloodline.
Or rather, just Paul Heyman and The Usos. Sarah wants to talk the Six Man Tag main event. Heyman can’t believe she didn’t wish a Happy Mother’s Day to Roman Reigns’ mom! What is wrong with her? But Happy Mother’s Day to the Tribal Chief’s mother. She should have statues and monuments in her honor. And the same for the mother of the Usos, she gave birth to the greatest tag team ever, and not even separately. These two being born at the same time, more mothers should aspire to be like Mama Uso. Jimmy & Jey say they love their mama. Well, what does this have to do with the main event?
Everything! Jimmy, Jey & Roman Reigns are going to look across the ring at Orton and Riddle, and the fans will realize their mothers failed them. They failed to raise men who could stand up to the Bloodline! Um, Heyman didn’t mention McIntyre… Well, he named a sword after his mom. That is someone in need of psychotherapy, which he will receive at the hands of Roman… Reigns…! The Usos and Heyman head out, but will them insulting #RKMcBro and their mothers only make things more intense tonight?
The Most Stupendous WrestleMania… Backlash?
“Imagine if there was a place. A new dimension. A dimension of change. A dimension of possibility. Where an anomaly created a reaction of events past, creating the way for an alternate future. Tonight, we cross over. And what happens here will ripple across the universe. There is no going back. There is no undoing. As we cross over into WrestleMania Backlash.”
Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins!
The American Nightmare made a thrilling return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38, as the surprise opponent chosen by Vince McMahon. The Visionary claims that was the only reason he lost, and vows to avenge himself here at Backlash! Will the Architect make that vision a reality? Or will Cody go 2-0 against Seth Freakin’ Rollins?
The bell rings and they circle. Rollins grins as they feel out the grapple. They knuckle lock but Rollins slips away from the leg pick. They go again, Rollins keeps away but then they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Rollins wrenches to a hammerlock the n back suplexes, but Cody lands on his feet! Cody drops, but Rollins blocks the Rhodes Uppercut! Rollins says he knows Cody’s game plan, he won’t fall for it. They circle again, feel out another knuckle lock and they go shoulder to shoulder. Cody wrenches, puts Rollins in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Rollins turns things around but he lets off, only to kick low!
Rollins whips corner to corner, Rollins runs in but Cody goes up and over, only for Rollins to fake him out! Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Rollins smiles while Cody frowns and the two reset. They circle, tie up, and Cody waistlocks. Rollins switches, Cody switches, repeat, Rollins SLAPS Cody on the back of the head! Cody DECKS Rollins! Cody fires off hands in the corner, then climbs up to rain them down! Rollins bails out before even three, but Cody gives chase! They get in the ring and Rollins CLUBS Cody down! Rollins throws hands on Cody, the ref counts as they’re in the ropes. Rollins lets off to stomp Cody in the corner.
The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, then he goes back to dig his boots into Cody. Rollins scrapes Cody out of the ring, waits for him to get up, and then runs to KNEE Cody down! Fans boo but Rollins grins and soaks up the heat. Rollins then goes out and pursues Cody, but Cody blocks the steel step bump to give it to Rollins! Cody chases after Rollins, only for Rollins to CLOBBER him! Rollins puts Cody in, covers, ONE! Rollins keeps cool as he watches Cody closely. Fans rally for Cody but Rollins rakes eyes and CLUBS Cody in the head! Rollins DECKS Cody, then clamps on a chinlock. Rollins shifts to a neck wrench but Cody fights up to his feet.
Cody throws body shots and forearms but then blocks a kick to give a kick! RHODES UPPERCUT! Rollins staggers into Cody’s suplex! Cody holds Rollins up for a count of 10 before the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then runs and springboards, DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps cool while Rollins scrambles to ropes. Cody hobbles his way after Rollins but Rollins goes for a cheap shot! Cody gets a headlock and punches Rollins! Cody runs, but Rollins dumps him up and out of the ring! Cody tumbles and Rollins catches his breath. Rollins then bails out, goes around the way, and he RAMS Cody into barriers!
Rollins drags Cody up to SMACK off the announce desk then shove into the ring. Rollins rains down fists, then lets off to soak up the heat. Cody gets up as fans rally, and Rollins sneers. Rollins stomps Cody on the shoulder then CLUBS him on the back. Cody gets up to ROCK Rollins with a forearm but Rollins ROCKS Cody back. Rollins and Cody start trading shots! Fans rally behind Cody as he gets the edge, and then he whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses and Cody hits buckles hard! Then Rollins CHOKES Cody on the ropes! The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4. Rollins drags Cody up and snapmares to then KICK Cody in the back.
Fans rally but Rollins drops knees. Rollins clamps on a chinlock but Cody fights up. Rollins grinds and leans on Cody to keep him down, then shifts to a full SLEEPER HOLD! Cody endures, fights up, reaches out, grabs at Rollins’s hair, but Rollins holds on. Cody throws body shots but Rollins CLUBS Cody. Rollins ROCKS Cody to a corner, then talks trash. “Do you understand who I am?!” Rollins CLUBS Cody but Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Cody back hands and haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses, Cody goes up and over and hops on, but Rollins blocks the sunset flip! He’s holding ropes! TWO, and Cody has the sunset! TWO!
Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. Rollins ROCKS Cody and goes up, but Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Cody climbs up, fans fire up as Cody CLUBS Rollins and brings him up, for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans are fired up while both men are down! Rollins and Cody slowly rise, and they head for each other. Rollins stands, and he CHOPS Cody. Cody CHOPS back! Rollins CHOPS Cody, and Cody CHOPS back! They go CHOP for CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Fans “WOO” with every shot and then it just becomes a scrap! Rollins kicks low, runs, but Cody follows to CLOBBER Rollins! Cody goes up and over in the corner, POWERSLAM!
Rollins staggers up, Cody clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as Cody runs, TRIANGLE JUMP CROSS- NO! Rollins gets in the ring and Cody hits barriers! Rollins builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Cody hurries in, duck sand springboards, CODY CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Cody keeps his focus. Fans rally up as Rollins rolls away to ropes. Cody stalks Rollins to ropes and waistlocks but Rollins elbows Cody away. Rollins kicks low and hooks the arms but Cody bails out. Rollins PELES, then rolls to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins is frustrated while he and Cody are down again.
Rollins conducts the fans as they sing “OH~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins then aims, runs in, but no curb stomp! Dragon sleeper, but Rollins slips out to RAM Cody! Rollins whips, Cody goes up and out then ROCKS Rollins! Cody goes up top, leaps, but into a kick! Rollins hooks the arms but Cody wrenches out! Cody hooks the arms!! But Rollins fights out to ROLLING ELBOW! And then DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but Rollins is too tired to be upset! Fans say “This is Awesome!” while Rollins grits his teeth and drags Cody up. Rollins reels him in, but Cody blocks the lift!
Rollins CLUBS Cody over an dover, then whips to ropes for a knee. And then the other way for another knee. Cody reverses the third, kicks and springboards, into the BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins goes up top, FROG SPALSH! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives again and Providence is thunderous! Rollins shakes his head, he doesn’t know how Cody’s still moving. Rollins sees Cody still down, though, and he goes back up top. PHOENIX- NO! Cody dodges, then SUPERKICKS Rollins down! Fans fire up with Cody and Cody goes up. Rollins springs up after him! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, FALCON ARROW- NO! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Cody cannot believe it! Rollins survives by mere inches! Fans are thunderous again, and Cody goes out after Rollins. Cody brings Rollins over to SMACK off the desk! And then rains down fists! The ring count is climbing as Cody SMACKS Rollins off the desk again! Cody hops up on the desk, fans fire up, and Cody CLUBS Rollins. Cody puts Rollins in at 8 of 10, then hurries back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS! Rollins kicks low, hooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Cody survives and no one can believe it! Rollins seethes, and he kicks at Cody. “Don’t you touch my shoes!” Rollins gives Cody Kowata Kicks!
Rollins talks trash, saying Cody isn’t good enough to lace those boots. Then more Kowata Kicks! Cody still gets up, Rollins grabs his ear, and he JABS! Rollins grins as he JABS, JABS and JABS! Rollins mocking the flip, flop ‘n’ fly, but he swings into a CROSS RHODES!! But Cody holds on, only for Rollins to knee free! Cody still goes after Rollins but Rollins snapmares, only to swing into a spin around! Inverted Gory Especial, DINN’S- NO! Rollins slips out, O’Conner Rolls with tights! TWO, and Cody has tights!! CODY WINS!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Turnabout is fair play, and Cody beat Rollins at his own game! Rollins can’t believe he got caught, but a win is a win! Will Cody leave Rollins behind as he heads for his dream of becoming Undisputed WWE Universal Champion?
Bobby Lashley VS Omos w/ MVP!
The All Mighty defeated the Colossus at WrestleMania 38, and defeated him in an Arm Wrestling Contest. But Omos did not let Lashley walk away from those victories, and vows Lashley won’t even walk away tonight! Will Omos obliterate the Rocky Mountain Machine? Or will we see another 2-0 sweep from WrestleMania to Backlash?
The bell rings and Lashley circles around Omos. They tie up, Lashley gets around and CLUBS Omos with big haymakers! Omos choke grips but Lashley breaks free! Lashley fires off more hands, has Omos on the ropes, but Omos shoves him away. Lashley mule kicks, throws more and more and more haymakers, then fires up. Lashley runs but MVP is in his way! Lashley turns around into a BOOT from Omos! Omos looms over Lashley drags him up and whips him into a corner. Omos runs in to back elbow Lashley and MVP wants Omos to smash him! Omos SPLASHES, then goes corner to corner for an even bigger SPLASH!
Lashley falls over, Omos stalks behind him and clamps on hands for a massive neck wrench. Lashley endures, fights, and fans rally up. Lashley throws body shots and haymakers but Omos clamps on an IRON CLAW! Omos POWERS Lashley out of the ring! MVP is fired up while Lashley is down on the ground. Omos waits as the ring count climbs and MVP talks trash on Lashley. Lashley gets up and glares at MVP before he gets in at 7 of 10. Omos drags Lashley up to scoop and carry Lashley. Omos says Lashley is small! SNAKE EYES to a BOOT! Omos gloats and so does MVP, and Lashley drags himself to ropes.
Omos drags Lashley up to CHOKE him on the ropes! The ref counts, Omos lets off at 4, and MVP talks more trash. Is Lashley rethinking his decisions? The ref tells MVP to back off, and Omos drags Lashley up for another scoop. But Lashley slips off, elbows Omos back, then kicks low. Lashley gets to a corner, he elbows Omos away again, then hurries to hop on for a SLEEPER HOLD! Omos stays up and MVP coaches him, Omos throws Lsahley off! Omos runs in, but the splash hits buckles! Lashley gets moving, and he RAMS into Omos! Lashley RAMS Omos in the corner, then runs side to side to RAM into him again!
Lashley fires off more haymakers, then runs to LARIAT Omos against ropes! Lashley ties Omos up in the ropes! MVP protests but Omos is trapped! Fans fire up as Lashley fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Lashley gets 10 shots in! Lashley then lets off, to fire off more haymakers! Lashley gets another 10 in, and MVP tries to crowbar Omos free with his cane! Lashley goes out after MVP! THE HURT LOCK!! Omos gets free, grabs at Lashley, but Lashley HOTSHOTS that arm! Lashley gets in, runs and dropkicks a leg out! Lashley reels Omos in, COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Lashley stalks Omos.
Lashley gets a half nelson but Omos is big! Lashley works on the full nelson! HURT LOCK!! Omos endures, MVP coaches him, and Omos fights up, only to fade again! But Omos gets a second wind to RAM Lashley into buckles! MVP says Lashley still has to let go! Lashley is letting go as the ref counts, and Omos is free. Omos throws back elbow after back elbow, even as the ref counts! Omos stops at 4, then CLUBS Lashley in the chest! And then again! And again! Lashley drops and the ref reprimands but MVP coaches Omos. Fans boo as Omos runs corner to corner, into BOOTS from Lashley!
Lashley fires off more shots, bumps Omos off buckles, then bumps him again. Lashley fires forearms over and over, then runs side to side to RAM into him again! Lashley brings Omos out, reels him, and wants to suplex?! Omos throws body shots to get free, and then runs, into a SPINEBUSTER!! Fans are thunderous as Lashley aims from a corner. MVP shouts for Omos to get up, and Lashley runs in, but into a knee! Omos then POSTS Lashley, but the ref has him back off. MVP JABS Lashley with the walking stick! Omos gets the hands, COLOSSAL BOMB!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
The Nigerian Giant gets a huge assist from Montel Vontavius Porter! MVP talks trash in Lashley’s face, saying “I told you!” But with things tied up 1-1, will Lashley be back for revenge on both traitor and titan?
AJ Styles VS Edge!
The Phenomenal One almost had The Iconoclast at WrestleMania 38, but Damian Priest appearing and joining the dark side tipped the scales in Edge’s favor. Judgement Day vows to sentence those who oppose them to pain and defeat, but will Priest being barred from ringside be enough to give Styles a fair shot? Or will Edge prove he is now, then and forever the top of the mountain in the WWE?
The bell rings and the two start throwing hands! Styles gets the edge, headbutts and stomps Edge in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. Fans are fired up with Styles and he storms back in to whip corner to corner. Edge slides to a stop, but runs into a dropkick! Styles goes out after Edge and SMACKS him off the barriers, and then off the steel steps! And then back into barriers! The ring count climbs, Styles gets back in just to refresh the count. Styles then gets Edge for a COMPLETE SHOT to the desk! Fans fire up, Styles puts Edge in at 5 of 10, then hurries after him. Edge bails out the other side but Styles just runs and WRECKS Edge with a dropkick!
Fans fire up as Styles looms over Edge. The ring count starts again, Styles goes up to the apron to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Edge at the ramp! Styles brings Edge up and puts him in the ring, and Styles prepares that forearm already! Edge stands and he BOOTS Styles mid-springboard! Styles holds his left arm, the shoulder Edge went after on Raw. Edge POSTS Styles and Styles even hits steps on the way down. Edge PULLS on the bad arm around the crossbar! The ref counts, Edge lets off, and then hurries to untie buckle pads! Fans boo but Edge goes out after Styles to ROCK him!
Edge hauls Styles, trips him and CATAPULTS him into ring post and steps! Styles flops down and Edge soaks up heat. Edge then goes back out after Styles to SLAM the bad arm on the steps! Edge puts Styles in, rips the tape off and stomps the shoulder. Styles gets to ropes but Edge wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Styles writhes but Edge just stalks him. Edge rams a knee into the bad shoulder, then clamps on an armlock and chinbar. Styles endures, fans rally, but Edge grinds the shoulder. Styles still fights his way up, throws haymakers and backs Edge down. Styles whips, Edge hits an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO!
But Edge has a wristlock then keylock to shoulder lock! Styles endures again as Edge grinds the arm. Edge even talks trash about the bad arm while fans rally up. Styles fights to his feet, powers Edge back to a corner, and the ref counts. Edge lets go but then hoists Styles up to HOTSHOT off the ropes! Styles is down in the corner but Edge stomps him. The ref counts, Edge stops at 4, then Edge drags Styles up. Styles throws haymakers with the good arm! Edge kicks and swings, but Styles dodges to PELE Edge down! Edge is dazed and Styles drags himself away. Styles runs back in but Edge dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!
Fans rally while both men are down. Styles drags himself up the ropes, runs in, and he rallies with LARIATS! Styles keeps moving, SLIDING FOREARM! Styles fires up and the fans are with him! Styles runs in at the corner, BIG clothesline, then a fireman’s carry! But the bad arm holds him back! Edge slips off, but swings into a wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles winces as he clutches the bad arm and gets back up. Styles hoists Edge up the corner and climbs up after him. Edge CLUBS the bad arm and Styles hops down. Styles throws body shots, climbs back up, and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!
Styles shakes his bad arm then drags Edge back up. He calls for it but Edge blocks the Clash! Edge wrenches out but Styles avoids the Impaler to USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Edge drags himself to ropes and to his feet. Styles storms over to get a leg and CLUB it! And KICK it! Edge pokes Styles in the eyes! Then dragon sleepers for a BACKBREAKER! Edge has the CROSSFACE, trapping the bad arm! Styles pries free, goes for the leg, CALF CRUSHER! Edge endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks the bad leg! Edge still fights, grits his teeth and pulls his hair, to then grab at Styles and SLAM his head down!
But Styles keeps on the CALF CRUSHER! Edge reaches out desperately, ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go quickly but he’s no less frustrated. Edge drags himself up to his feet in the corner but Styles goes after his leg again. Edge holds on, Styles tries a waistlock. Edge undoes the buckle pad but Styles GERMAN SUPLEXES! Styles wants another, Edge elbows free and then runs, but Styles sends the Spear into buckle!! Roll-up, TWO!! Edge survives his own error, but Styles hurries to run in, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!!! Styles survives Edge’s best shot! “This is Awesome!” as Edge and Styles get to opposite corners.
Edge aims again, runs in, into a V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Styles reels Edge in, hangs him out to dry, then reels him into position! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Edge survives Styles’ best shot now! Styles hurries to the apron, he prepares the arm again, but the bad arm is holding him back. Styles decides to just climb the corner then! Fans fire up, but is that Damian Priest? He’s barred from ringside, but he’s at the border, the ramp! But wait, here comes FINN BALOR! The Prince goes after Priest, they brawl into the ring, and then back out of it! The ref is busy yelling at them, but someone else HOTSHOTS Styles!!
Edge hurries to get Styles’ arm! CROSSFACE!! Styles endures, reaches out, but Edge changes it to a BULLY CHOKE!! Styles is OUT, Edge wins!!
Winner: Edge, by submission
And the Iconoclast is 2-0 over the Phenomenal One! Priest was thwarted but who was the masked figure? They get in the ring and kneels by Edge’s side. Who is this? Edge bids them rise, and they reveal themselves to be RHEA RIPLEY!! She darkened her hair to be even darker and more brutal than before! Judgement Day grows stronger, will Rhea bring their brutality to the Raw Women’s Division?
SmackDown Women’s Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey!
The Daughter of the Dirtiest Player in the Game knows how to lose without really losing, and that happened at WrestleMania 38 when the ref went down and missed Charlotte tapping out. Charlotte pretends it never happened, but she won’t be able to deny what happens tonight. Will she say those dreaded two words? Or will she still have this title, no matter what Rowdy Ronda does to her?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is truly the Baddest Woman on the Planet!
Ronda dodges the boot to fire off knees! Charlotte ROCKS Ronda back with a forearm, but then runs into a KNEE! Ronda drags Charlotte up in a waistlock but Charlotte elbows out hard! Ronda just shrugs that off, blocks the clothesline and throws Charlotte around with drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Charlotte goes to a corner, Ronda runs in but into a boot! Charlotte CLOBBERS Ronda, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte asks if this is too easy, and she hauls Ronda up to scoop and- FISHERMAN from Ronda! Ronda gets that leg again, rolls through to a fireman’s carry, but Charlotte fights free to DECK Ronda!
Charlotte waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Ronda high and hard! Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO~” as she dusts herself off. Charlotte paces around, taunts Charlotte and fans, then gets Ronda’s leg. But Ronda turns figure four into arm-drag! STEP-UP KNEE! Charlotte flounders, Ronda runs in and goes up for a FLYING ARMBAR! Charlotte scrambles out of the ring and they both fall to the floor! They get up, Charlotte RAMS Ronda into barriers! And again! Fans rally and duel as Charlotte CHOPS Ronda against barriers. The ref asks and Ronda says she has to chop harder than that. So Charlotte CHOPS again!
Charlotte brings Ronda around, CHOPS her against the apron, “WOO~!” Ronda says Charlotte chops like a bitch, so Charlotte whips her. But Ronda reverses and POSTS Charlotte! Charlotte staggers away and Ronda storms up on her. Ronda hauls Charlotte up to TOSS her into the timekeeper’s area! Ronda goes after Charlotte, but Charlotte BOOTS her! Charlotte gloats and soaks up the heat, but Ronda refuses to say the words. Charlotte goes looking under the ring, and she brings out a kendo stick! But Ronda dodges! And then fires elbows! Ronda has the stick, and Charlotte freaks out! Charlotte gets in the ring, Ronda chases her out the other side!
They’re at the ramp and going to the stage! Charlotte wants mercy but then she ducks around backstage. Charlotte brings out double kendo sticks! They CLASH sticks, Ronda is disarmed! Charlotte SMACKS, but then Ronda catches them both! Ronda reels Charlotte into a MONKEY FLIP! Ronda dual wields now, and she shows her how it’s done! Ronda SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS Charlotte all the way back to ringside! The ref asks but Charlotte says “HELL NO!” Ronda SMACKS Charlotte more, the sticks start breaking! Charlotte get a camera and TOSSES it! Ronda dodges, the camera goes flying!
Charlotte runs away into the crowd but Ronda pursues! They brawl right in front of fans! Charlotte can only defend, Ronda ROCKS her, then runs in, into a SPLASH of water! Charlotte TOSSES Ronda into the wall! Ronda refuses to stop, but Charlotte drags her back up. Charlotte brings Ronda along in a headlock up the bleachers! Charlotte puts Ronda through the railing to throw KNEE after KNEE! Ronda endures even as Charlotte pulls her back with a chinlock! Ronda pries at Charlotte’s fingers but Charlotte shoves her down. Charlotte drags Ronda back out, kicks her down the steps, and Charlotte SLAPS Ronda!
Charlotte tells fans to clear out, and she grabs a chair. But Ronda blocks the chair shot and kicks low! Charlotte runs for it! Charlotte goes under the ring as Ronda stalks her. Charlotte gets a chair now, and she BOOTS Ronda’s chair away! Charlotte SMACKS Ronda off the desk, then again! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” and Charlotte snarls as she brings Ronda around the way. Charlotte gets Ronda up to POWERBOMB against barriers! Ronda writhes, Charlotte tells her to give up, this is HER belt! Ronda says NO, but Charlotte snarls. Charlotte pie faces Ronda around, says this is HER house, HER title, and HER company.
But Ronda grabs that arm to SLAP Charlotte down! Ronda says Charlotte is tasting a real slap for once. Ronda throws body shots, uppercuts, then fireman’s carries for a- NO, Charlotte rakes eyes! And she POSTS Ronda! Then she RAMS Ronda into steel steps! Ronda writhes, clutches her arm, and Charlotte grins. Charlotte climbs up the corner, fans still want tables, but Ronda trips Charlotte up! Charlotte is in a Tree of Woe, and Ronda gets the ARMBAR!! Charlotte is caught, what will she say?! Charlotte shouts and cries but refuses to give up! So Ronda makes it a HANGING ARMBAR!!!
Charlotte cries in pain but she is refusing to give up! She gets her leg free and they both fall to the floor! Fans rally as both women slowly rise. Charlotte grabs a chair, manages to get up, and she RAMS Ronda! Then SMACKS her on the back! Ronda won’t give up with that, so Charlotte puts the chair in the ring. Charlotte puts Ronda in the ring now, then has an even smirk. FULL METAL NATURAL SELECTION!! The ref asks Ronda but Ronda might not even be conscious to say anything! Ronda manages to say NO, so Charlotte grows frustrated. Charlotte gets the leg, Figure Four! Ronda grabs at the legs but Charlotte SLAPS her!
Charlotte bridges to the FIGURE EIGHT!! Ronda endures, but she can’t go anywhere! What does she say? “NEVER, BITCH!” Ronda uses the chair to SMACK Charlotte!! Charlotte lets the Figure Eight go, but she BOOTS Ronda back down! Charlotte goes back to the chair, sits it up, and she warns Ronda that this is her last chance. ‘Happy Mother’s Day.” But Ronda turns this around, FULL METAL ARMBAR!! Charlotte shouts NO over an dover, but Ronda was hoping for that. Ronda uses the chair to pull DEEPER! CHARLOTTE SAYS SHE QUITS!! RONDA WINS!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
And the Baddest Woman on the Planet proves that title is accurate! Ronda also adds the SmackDown Women’s title! Will Charlotte ever live this down? Will Ronda ever let that title go after how hard she fought to get it?
Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss!
The Happy Folk had fun while they were winning, but losing turned things sour. Corbin tried to put Moss down, but that only made Moss rise up! Will Moss have the last laugh? Or will Corbin be the happiest man in the WWE after putting down his former sidekick once and for all?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Moss as he ties up with Corbin. They are in a deadlock, but Moss powers Corbin to ropes. Corbin kicks low and then throat chops! Corbin bumps Moss off buckles, brings him around but Moss elbows and forearms back! Moss throws hands, knees then another knee. Moss runs and RAMS Corbin, but Corbin rebounds. Moss blocks the kick to give a kick! Moss says Corbin’s the joke, and things speed up. Moss hurdles then hip tosses! Fans fire up, Moss runs in but is put on the apron. Moss still ROCKS Corbin, but Corbin KICKS Moss as he gets in! Corbin then choke grips for a CHOKE SLAM!
Corbin seethes while fans boo, and Corbin stomps Moss out of the ring. Corbin goes out, runs up behind Moss, and KNEES him into the POST! Corbin looms over Moss, grinds him into the barrier, then rains down forearm after forearm! The ring count climbs, Corbin puts Moss in the ring and fans boo. Corbin gets in, he taunts the fans but they taunt him back with “Big Bald Wolf!” Corbin gets Moss up but Moss throws body shots! Moss runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Corbin covers, TWO! Corbin is annoyed but he looms over Moss. Corbin drags Moss up, puts him in a corner, and he throws body shots and haymakers.
Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Moss bounces off buckles. Corbin looms over Moss as he crawls and then taunts him. Corbin brings Moss up to drive down elbows! Corbin thrashes Moss around in a half nelson chinbar combo but Moss endures. Corbin tells Moss that Moss is the joke, and then leans on the hold. Fans rally up and Moss fights his way up. Moss throws body shots, backs Corbin down, and then whips him corner to corner. Corbin reverses and Moss hits buckles again, but he dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Moss is still in this and Corbin grows frustrated.
Corbin grins while fans taunt him, but he tells them to hush. Corbin brings Moss up, reels him into a half nelson, and then fisherman’s, for a SLAM, and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated that his new moves didn’t finish this, but he goes back to Moss. Corbin stands Moss up to ROCK him with a right. Moss staggers, Corbin runs in and Moss ELBOWS him away! Corbin tries again but Moss tosses him out! Corbin gets back in, Moss dodges and ducks to RAM Corbin out of the ring! Moss then goes out to CLOBBER Corbin! Moss rains down fists, gets Corbin up and POSTS him! Moss fires off more hands as the ring count climbs!
Fans fire up with Moss as he gets Corbin in at 7 of 10. Moss runs and RAMS Corbin into the corner! Corbin staggers, Moss runs in but into a knee! Corbin runs, but Moss catches him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moss stalks Corbin, reels him in, and turns Corbin, but no Punchline yet! Corbin back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated and he looms over Moss. Corbin says he’s better than Moss and Moss should’ve listened to Corbin! Corbin throws hands but Moss ROCKS him! Moss runs in but is put in the corner for stomps and haymakers! Corbin lets off as the ref counts, and then he hoists Corbin up top.
Corbin hears the fans taunting “Big Bald Wolf!” as he climbs, and Moss fires forearms! Moss leaps, Corbin dodges, but Moss comes back! DEEP SIX from Corbin! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin argues with the ref but the count was fair. Corbin SPLASHES in the corner, then goes corner to corner, but Moss dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in, Moss dodges and sunset flips! MOSS WINS!
Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall
Corbin is furious! Moss got Corbin with a quick pin, will Moss be laughing all the way to the bank? Will Corbin do another name change and be Frustrated Corbin?
Medical update on Charlotte Flair.
Kayla has an update on Charlotte’s arm. The x-rays confirm a fractured radius. Stay tuned to WWE’s outlets for more on this.
Six Man Tag: The Bloodline VS RKBRO & Drew McIntyre!
Roman Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, and he wanted The Usos to become Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, but plans changed when Randy Orton & Matt Riddle looked poised to defeat Jimmy & Jey. The Tribal Chief savagely beat down the Viper & the Stallion, and the Scottish Warrior stepped up! Will this star-studded match prove Roman had reason to worry? Or can the Bloodline show #RKMcBro are the twos and #WeTheOnes?
The trios sort out and fans chant for “Randy! Randy!” With that, Orton steps up and starts against Jimmy. They circle, fans still chant for “Randy! Randy!” and Orton teases using McIntyre’s sword. Orton and Jimmy tie up, Jimmy puts Orton in a corner but then fires off haymakers and body shots! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off, Orton pokes an eye! Orton EuroUppers Jimmy down, tags in Riddle, and gives the ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! They stomp Jimmy around, then Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle keeps after Jimmy, whips him corner to corner but Jimmy reverses and Riddle hits buckles hard! Jimmy drags Riddle up to CHOP!
Jimmy uppercuts Riddle, whips him corner to corner, but Riddle goes up and over and KICKS Jimmy down! Riddle then gut wrenches Jimmy, tags McIntyre, then suplexes Jimmy away! McIntyre looms over Jimmy, stares Roman down, then bumps Jimmy off buckles. McIntyre CHOPS Jimmy, glares at Roman, then CHOPS Jimmy again. McIntyre stays between Jimmy and his corner but Jimmy throat chops! Jimmy storms after McIntyre, whips him corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Jimmy goes up but McIntyre KICKS him out of the air! Then McIntyre deadlift suplexes Jimmy up and down!
Jimmy scrambles away, McIntyre points at Roman! Fans fire up but Roman frowns. Roman and Heyman talk it out, the Special Counsel tells the Tribal Chief that he doesn’t have to. Roman still wants to! He tags in and fans are thunderous as he gets in with McIntyre! They circle, Roman talks a bit of trash, and then he tags out to Jey. Heyman laughs at all the fans and Roman says HE runs the show! HE’s the shot caller, not the fans! The Right Hand Man rushes McIntyre, into a BOOT from McIntyre! McIntyre hauls Jey up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jey ends up in the RKMcBro corner, tag to Riddle.
Riddle stomps Jey’s hand, then gut wrench suplexes him! Riddle fires forearms, Jimmy sneaks a tag and Jey shoves Riddle into an ENZIGURI, to add a LARIAT! The Usos drag Riddle over, stomp away on him, and then let off as the ref counts. The Bloodline holds up their fingers, #WeTheOnes! Jimmy CHOKES Riddle on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Riddle flounders and both Orton and McIntyre protest but the ref can’t do anything about what he misses. Tag to Jey, the Usos split the wishbone! Riddle writhes more but Jey drags him up. Jey scoops and SLAMS Riddle, then looms over him.
Jey stomps Riddle’s hand in return, then pushes him to the ropes. Fans rally but Jey CHOKES Riddle! The ref counts, Jey lets off and Jimmy gets a cheap shot in! Orton wants after Jimmy but the ref keeps him by his corner. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle flounders but Jimmy grins. Roman talks some smack, and now Heyman says it’s good to tag in. Jimmy ROCKS Riddle, tags Roman, and fans fire up again. Roman stalks Riddle, drags him up, and throws him down by his hair. Roman talks trash on Orton and McIntyre, then drags Riddle up again.
Roman bumps Riddle off buckles, throws hands over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Roman argues with the ref but the ref says he is the authority in the ring. Fans rally and duel, Roman turns and Riddle fires off haymakers and forearms! Roman knees low, whips Riddle to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Fans cheer and jeer while Roman taunts Orton and McIntyre. Roman drags Riddle up and reels him in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Roman smirks and he drags Riddle back up. Roman puts Riddle in the corner, tag to Jimmy and they mug Riddle. Jimmy bumps Riddle off buckles, CHOPS him, then points to Orton.
Jimmy runs in but Riddle dodges the splash! Jey manages to tag Jimmy and he gets in to CLOBBER Riddle! Jey POSTS Riddle, then tells fans to hush. Jey SUPERKICKS Orton down! Jey says night night! Jey tells fans to sit down as he raises the finger. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but into a BUSAIKU KNEE! Riddle and Jey are down and fans fire up again! Jey flops out of the ring, Riddle flounders around, but Roman goes over to Jey to put him in. Roman tags Jey, Riddle hot tags McIntyre! Roman sees the mistake he just made but there’s no going back now! Fans are thunderous as warrior and chief stare down!
Heyman tells Roman that McIntyre disrespected him! McIntyre says he wants this fight! They start throwing hands and fans are loving it! McIntyre gets the edge, but Roman KNEES low! Roman whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to LARIAT! And again! McIntyre clinches, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then NECKBREAKER! McIntyre sees Jimmy coming, he gets a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre loads up, but he has to DECK Jey first! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! McIntyre bails out, Roman shakes his head as fans rally. Roman goes out after McIntyre to SMACK him off apron, then RAM him into barrier!
Roman puts McIntyre back in the ring and runs to BOOT McIntyre down. Roman runs again for another BOOT. Roman drags McIntyre up, throws hands, and talks trash on RKBRO. Roman hears fans chanting for “Randy! Randy!” but he gives point blank lariats to McIntyre! Roman goes all the way to 10, then he runs for a LEAPING LARIAT! Roman soaks up the cheers and the jeers and then has Heyman hand him the belts. Roman holds the belts up to gloat, then hands those back to Heyman. Roman talks trash then DECKS Riddle! The ref keeps Orton back and Roman grins. But then he turns around into a CLAYMORE!!!
Both men are down and fans are thunderous! McIntyre fumes as he gets back up! Roman also gets up, hot tags to Jimmy and Orton! The Viper rallies on Jimmy, then dodges for the POWERSLAM! Jey gets in, Orton gives him a POWERSLAM, too! Orton has Jimmy on the apron! Fans are fired up for the DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices and the fans are thunderous again! But Jey gets in, so Orton kicks him and kicks him out! Orton dusts off his hands, Roman gets in, RKO FOR ROMAN!! Fans are electric as Orton turns around, into a SUPERKICK! But he stays up!? RKO!!! Cover, Jey breaks it! The Bloodline keeps this going!
McIntyre gets in and he TOSSES Jey to a corner! McIntyre fires off on him with haymakers, then suplex TOSSES Jey away! McIntyre wants a countdown! “Three! Two! One!” But Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey gets Jimmy up, they load up, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for McIntyre! McIntyre flops out, Orton is down, but Riddle is ready! Jey drags Jimmy away to the corner, Jey tags in! Orton hot tags Riddle! The Bro gets around to PELE Jey! Kip up and forearm smash in the corner! Riddle KNEES Roman down, then gets Jey for a BROSPLODER! KNEE for Jimmy, but Jey avoids Penalty Kick and moonsault. But not the BROTON!
PENALTY KICK! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Riddle hurries up top, FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Riddle can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Riddle hears the voices, bro! Jey stops the RKO to roll-up, TWO! Jey ducks a roundhouse, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, Orton breaks it! Jimmy goes after Orton, they brawl, and Orton CLUBS to TOSS Jimmy! Orton goes out after Jimmy to hit him off barriers, off post, and then he fires off uppercuts and haymakers! Jimmy shoves Orton away and Roman FLYING SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Down goes Orton! But McIntyre RAMS Roman into steel steps!
McIntyre eyes the announce desk. He clears it off and fans are thunderous again! The fans wanted table in the I Quit match, but they might get it here! McIntyre reels Roman in but Jimmy makes the save! GLASGOW KISS for his troubles! But Roman URENAGES McIntyre through the table!! Roman helps Jimmy up, but Riddle FLIES! Direct hit on them, but Jey DIVES onto Riddle! All six men are wrecked, but Jey gets up to put Riddle in! Jey ducks a kick, Riddle blocks a kick, but Jey DRAGON WHIPS! FINAL FLASH from Riddle! SUPERKICK from Jey! Riddle is down and fans are thunderous as Jey climbs!
Jey is up top, but Riddle gets right up there, SUPER RKO!! But Roman tags in! SPEAR!!! Bloodline wins!!
Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall
The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is the one who strikes #outtanowhere to finish this off! Is there any stopping the Tribal Chief and The Usos from reigning over all of the WWE?
This was probably one of the better Backlashes in a long time. Granted, only six matches, and not all of them had the best builds. But what a wild three hours, with some great matches. The four WrestleMania rematches from tonight might’ve even outdone the WrestleMania matches, though that would make sense. Good promos in the kickoff show, and I liked the intro video’s very clear shoutout to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, as well as some Twilight Zone vibes. Cody VS Rollins opening was a bit of a surprise but what an awesome opener. I was surprised Cody won, but he did it with that tight pull to get Rollins with what he would’ve done, doing that same “Heel Not Heel” tease from Cody’s AEW days. Hell in a Cell is up next, I bet that’s another Cody VS Rollins match.
Lashley VS Omos was also great stuff, but naturally MVP had something to do with Omos winning. They’re 1-1, I wonder if they get in on Hell in a Cell as their blow-off if Cody VS Rollins isn’t doing that. That’d be pretty great for Omos win or lose, as he and Lashley can just throw hands and bounce off the steel cage. Styles VS Edge was also a great rematch, and Priest coming very close to breaking the ringside ban was a fairly expected move, as was Finn going after him. But that was quite the twist in giving Judgement Day a third member already, and it being Rhea Ripley. I would’ve thought another male superstar joins here, but maybe Liv Morgan sides with Styles and Finn?
One little flaw was Backlash being clearly cut into a Raw half and a SmackDown half. I feel like they could’ve switched things up since the Raw grudge matches were so great, and then they have the I Quit Match before Moss VS Corbin. It’s great for Moss to win here but it was a sunset flip finish, and it honestly only felt like a strong TV match. I would’ve had that as the halfway point of the show and then finish strong with the I Quit and Six Man matches. The I Quit match was awesome stuff, especially Ronda dual wielding kendo sticks. The chair based armbar was a great finish, and I figured Ronda would win. Charlotte’s injury is definitely kayfabe, and is a clever way to keep Charlotte and Ronda apart to give another Heel a shot.
And speaking of the Six Man Tag, while it sprang from a change to the tag title unification, these six guys are all great and this was one of the best Six Man Tags WWE has put on in a long time. The fans were eating it up, too, and that was quite the finish. I’m not so sold on the Bloodline winning when they need to be setting up Roman’s first Undisputed Champion feud and keep the tag title unification idea on the table. They could’ve turned it around, McIntyre getting the sudden Claymore on an Uso, but I suppose this puts the pressure on the Faces in the chase. Hell in a Cell could give us one or both RKBRO VS Usos and McIntyre VS Roman, but maybe they still want to wait for something more.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/5/22)
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!
- 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]
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
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Who will be The Ones?
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!
- 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?
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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