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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/18/22)

Mella gets one more shot!

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WWE Raw 2022

Will this be the last time the EST has to worry about Carmella?

The Raw Women’s Championship is on the line again, and again between Bianca Belair and Carmella! Will third time be the charm for Mella? Or is it three strikes and she’s out?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Champion’s Advantage Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Belair wins and retains the title.
  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Damian Priest w/ Finn Balor; Priest wins.
  • Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Omos w/ MVP; Dawkins wins, by disqualification.
  • The Street Profits VS Omos & MVP; The Street Profits win, by disqualification.
  • (Austin) Theory VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sideshow Scramble: Akira Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sideshow Scramble Part 2: Nikki A.S.H. wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sideshow Scramble: Alexa Bliss wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sideshow Scramble: Piper Niven wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sideshow Scramble: Tamina wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sideshow Scramble: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Asuka & Dana Brooke VS Tamina, Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Alexa, Asuka & Dana win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Titus O’Neil is in the ring!

Fans fire up to see The Real Deal back again, and Titus says when he came to the WWE and became a WWE Tag Team Champion and then entered the Hall of Fame as a Warrior Award winner, Titus thought that was the height of his personal achievements. But Titus has gone even higher by becoming a WWE Global Ambassador! He will represent the WWE all over the globe, in something he feels we need now more than ever: good will. There is no question that each and everyone of the superstars want to put smiles on fans’ faces in and out of the ring. They help those less fortunate, they support the servicemen and women all over the world.

Fans chant for “U S A! U S A!” and Titus says the WWE also supports family, health and community. All these things help bring people together to do good in the world. That is what they do! That is why we will never hear politics, religion or anything else divisive in the WWE. That is because regardless of race, economic status or nationality, the WWE is a place that we all deserve to have a safe haven! This is a place where we can all be sure we all have a good time! So that said, that is what we’re going to do here tonight! “Ladies and gentlemen, everyone around the world, welcome to Monday Night Raw!”

 

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Raw hits the Big Time as Becky swaggers out, and she gets a mic. “Welcome to the Big Time!” Fans cheer and Becky says, “You all know the story of the little engine that could, right? This little engine that was carrying this great heavy load, and it kept meeting obstacle after obstacle after obstacle, but it just kept going.” Becky realized that is kinda how her journey since WrestleMania has been. But she isn’t a little blue choo-choo, she is a steely ginger locomotive! This is the Big Time Becks Express! But when Big Time Becks becomes unhinged, she cannot be stopped. And that is why when Asuka tried to derail her, Becky didn’t become a complain train. No, she rolled right over Asuka!

And when the train is coming, it stops for nobody! Everyone stops for the train, just like she stopped five women on the way to Money in the Bank. But every journey has to hit its stations. She hit Defeat Junction, Loser Place, but she’s on Legendary Road, History Maker Grove, Breaking Barriers Bend, and now, we can all get off at Appreciation Station when she becomes the next Raw Women’s Champion~! Oh, fans love that, huh? That booing is fine because Becky has been informed that the winner of tonight’s Raw Women’s Championship will have to face Becky at SummerSlam for the title!

So yes, yes, yes! The Big Time Becks Express could, can and will be your NEW Raw Women’s Champion~! Becky is ready, but here comes the readiEST! Bianca tells Becky, “now, now, Becky. You know what you did last week was foul, right?” Becky can’t just sit on the sidelines, she had to go cause a distraction just so Bianca would lose. But y’know what? Bianca tells Becky that she can do whatever it is she wants to try and take focus from Bianca, but this is not the Becky Lynch WrestleMania comeback story! Yes it is! No, it’s the Bianca Belair Comeback from SummerSlam 2021! Losing that title to Becky in 26 seconds was the lowest moment in her career.

Becky shocked us all with her comeback that no one expected. She challenged Bianca on the spot, and Bianca has vowed to see every opportunity would be to redeem her reputation. Look as us now! A whole year later and Bianca is proud to say she did just that! And after she whoops Carmella, she will rewrite that last chapter in her story at SummerSlam, and kick Becky’s caboose all the way back to Ireland. Choo-choo~! But here comes Mella! She tells Bianca that she’s making the biggEST mistake by overlooking her. Mella is a badass with a great ass. And last week, she still won! Although, Mella will say it is convenient Bianca got distracted and couldn’t get in the ring.

Or maybe, Bianca realized she was outmatched and needed a shortcut. Fans boo but Mella says regardless, tonight, if Bianca gets counted out again, not only will Mella be money, but she WILL be the NEW Raw Women’s Champion! Oh, girl, uh-uh! No no no! Bianca is sick and tired of the talk, so it is time for everyone to remember why Bianca is the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the quickEST, the great- Becky and Mella blindside Bianca! They stomp Bianca down, then drag her up. But Bianca fights back! She RAMS Becky into a corner, Mella rushes in to go after her! Bianca DEKCS Mella!

Becky gets Bianca for a MANHANDLE SLAM! Corey Graves shouts to have this match happen now, but the ref tells everyone else to back off while Raw goes to break!

No Champion’s Advantage Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella!

Raw returns and the ref checks with Bianca if she still wants this match. She says yes because she is the toughEST, and the bell rings! Mella rushes in, Bianca gets around to waistlock but Mella elbows free. Mella throws Bianca down by her hair and taunts her. Mella puts Bianca in a corner and throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Mella lets off and Mella “makes it rain.” Mella then runs in but Bianca dodges the Bronco Buster! Bianca swings, Melal dodges and runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca blocks! The strongEST hits a BACKBRAEKER, holds on and hits another BACKBREAKER! Mella writhes but Bianca is still recovering, too.

Bianca gets up and runs Mella, ROCK S her then dropkicks her! Bianca kips up, drags Mella up and scoops to then FALL AWAY SLAM! Bianca keeps moving, handspring MOONSAULT, but she lands on her feet as Mella bails out. Fans boo while Becky talks herself up on commentary. Bianca fetches Mella and puts her in the ring. Becky rushes over to distract again, but Bianca gets in at 5 of 10. Mella bails out the other side but Bianca is after her again. Bianca ROCKS Mella, torture racks, but Mella grabs ropes! Mella scurries in as the ring count climbs, and she YANKS Bianca into the post! The count is 7 of 10!

Bianca gets in at 8, Mella rains down hands, then throws her out! FABULOUS KICK! Down goes Bianca! Mella then hurries out to TOSS Bianca into the timekeeper’s area! Mella wants the count to climb, Graves is feverish on commentary for his wife, and the count is 7 of 10 again! Bianca is in at 8 again, but Mella hammers away! Mella is frustrated but she drags Bianca up. Mella whips Bianca to a corner, Bianca elbows Mella then goes up. Mella TOSSES Bianca out again! Bianca hits steps on the way down! Becky and Graves count along, but Mella is impatient. We’re past 5 of 10, Bianca stirs at 7, springs up and in at 9!

Fans fire up as Bianca survives and both Mella and Becky are frustrated. Will Bianca make the greatEST recovery while Raw goes to break?

Raw returns and Mella has Bianca in a sleeper! Mella becomes a backpack but Bianca RAMS her back into buckles! And again, and again! Bianca gets free, until Mella grabs her hair! Bianca uses that to whip Mella corner to corner, then dropkick her down! Bianca kips up and fans fire up! Bianca RAMS into Mella, goes up and rains down fists! Fans count this one, Bianca backflips off nine to DECK Mella for the tenth! Bianca HANDSPRING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Mella survives and Bianca is frustrated while Becky is stressed. Bianca runs at the corner but Mella elbows her away. Mella swings into chicken wings!

But Mella victory rolls Bianca into ropes, then rolls her up, feet on the ropes! The ref doesn’t realize, TWO!! Bianca escapes but Mella FABULOUS KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Mella and Becky are both beside themselves as Mella drags Bianca up. Bianca JAWBREAKERS free, then RAMS into Mella again! Bianca hoists Mella up top, climbs up after her, and fans rally for the “E S T! E S T!” Mella resists the superplex and shoves Bianca away, but Bianca backflips to land on her feet! Mella CROSSBODIES, into Bianca’s arms! Bianca pops Mella around into a suplex! Mella scurries away to the apron and Bianca storms over, into a HOTSHOT!

Mella runs in to hit a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Mella can’t believe it! Mella talks trash, pie faces and says she already won! Becky talks as much trash on commentary but Bianca glares at Mella. She might be the angriEST, but then Mella SLAPS her! Mella runs, but Bianca slips around to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

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

Becky is Big Time disappointed, but she has the Raw Women’s Championship belt in her hands! Becky assures the belt it’ll come home with her soon enough, but Bianca says to hand it over. Becky drops it at Bianca’s feet, then leaves. Bianca picks the belt up, but will the biggEST rematch go Bianca’s way in Nashville?

 

Backstage interview with The Street Profits.

Sarah reminds us that the special guest referee for the Undisputed Tag Team Championship rematch is none other than Jeff Jarrett. What do they expect from the WWE Hall of Famer, Double J? Angelo Dawkins says we’re going from Nashville to Smashville! A WWE HOF as the ref, that’s J E Double F, J A Double R E Double T! He won’t let anyone step outta line. The Usos are gonna get a guitar to the back! Montez Ford says make no mistake! Whether it’s Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Bridges or even Cousin Jeff, the Profits will walk out of Nashville, Cashville, the Dirty Dirty on SummerSlam Weekend as THE Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!

Ford says nothing changes when they act strange. The Profits are up, and #WeWanttheSmoke- Wait, who is this? Omos and MVP walk in and MVP says the Profits should be glad Omos wasn’t chosen considering what he did last week. They remember, right? Or maybe they were sipping on those cups to forget. Dawkins got spiked to the mat like a football in the end zone. Fam, that’s tough talk from a hype man. You got a problem, step to the Profits. Oh~, Dawkins is spicy! MVP would love to tag with Omos but he is not properly dressed. But there is someone who wants to step up.

So here’s a solid. MVP will talk with Adam Pearce to get Dawkins VS Omos 1v1 because y’all don’t want this smoke! Omos and MVP head out, will Dawkins find a way to topple the Nigerian Giant this close to SummerSlam?

 

Kevin Owens is back!

And he is back to host another episode of the Kevin Owens Show! His special guest: The Original Bro, Matt Riddle! What will the Stallion have to say to the Prizefighter? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and fans are torn as Kevin has the mic to say, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Kevin Owens Show is back on Monday Night Raw! I know you missed me, but before I tell you all where I’ve been, let me bring out my guest. Please welcome… RIDDLE!” Riddle scooters on out, ready to take on Seth Rollins at SummerSlam! Riddle gets the mic to say, “Bro, I just want to say thanks for having me on the show. But you know why I’m here: You promised me a Mountain Dew Baja Blast, so where is it?” Kevin has no idea what Riddle is talking about, but anyway… They take a seat and Kevin thanks Riddle for coming here.

Kevin says the real reason Riddle is here is because the last few weeks, Kevin hasn’t been here. Maybe Riddle’s noticed, or maybe not since he’s in his own little world. See, the last few weeks, Kevin has had to step away because for the last few months, Kevin was obsessed. He was nearly driven insane trying to prove Ezekiel and Elias were the same person. Kevin came so close to losing his mind that he took a step back. He took a nice little nature repeat, tried to find some inner peace. Kevin watched Raw, and realized there is something about Riddle he admires. Riddle is constantly cool, calm and collected. Maybe he has some help in being that way, but Kevin wants to be like Riddle!

Kevin centered himself an realized he doesn’t care about Elias, Ezekiel or Elrod! He doesn’t care about them! He wishes them the best. No, wait, he doesn’t! He hopes the all fail miserably! But that’s not the point. Kevin will let those guys do whatever. He is here with Riddle because of Riddle’s match at SummerSlam with Seth Rollins. Rollins is someone else who caused Kevin some great anguish. Rollins used to be Kevin’s best friend, or at least pretended. And then he betrayed and humiliated and insulted Kevin! Kevin lost his best friend that night, just like Riddle lost his best friend, Randy Orton.

Riddle isn’t sure where this is going but Kevin says that’s the truth. Everyone needs some back-up, especially in the WWE. And Kevin realized the answer was right here all along. Riddle, RK-BRO was great. But BRO-KO could be greater. Fans are mixed, but Riddle has Tampa Bay hold on. If Riddle’s being honest, bro, Kevin is the biggest liar he knows. Kevin understands that, given his past. But Kevin says Riddle can trust him, he’s turned over a new leaf. Kevin will ever go back to that, no one can call him a liar. And Riddle trusted Randy Orton, the biggest snake in the history of the WWE! No one’s been less trustworthy than that guy!

Riddle says he doesn’t like it when people talk about his best friend like that. If Riddle knew Kevin was goin to talk to him like this, Riddle wouldn’t have come out here at all. But now there’s no more talking! Riddle gets up, but then we hear “BURN IT DOWN!” Is that Kevin’s doing?! Rollins attacks from behind! CURB STOMP! Kevin DID have something to do with that as Rollins soaks up the heat. Rollins clears out the KO armchairs to aim, and CURB STOMP AGAIN!! Rollins revels in the moment, but will he be the one standing tall when he has to face Riddle head on?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick asks why Rollins targeted Riddle. It’s easy: Riddle is so STUPID, it is driving Rollins crazy! And that stupidity is also becoming arrogance. Riddle is so dumb, he thinks Randy Orton actually cared about him! He’s so dumb, Riddle turned down Kevin Owens’ help! Rollins isn’t a big fan of KO’s, but it means Riddle thinks he can beat Rollins! But then Ezekiel steps up to get in Rollins’ face! Rollins does whatever he wants, that’s not how it works! Oh? How does it work? Because guess what! He’s Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! He does what he wants, when he wants, like Curb Stomp Riddle, or even Curb Stomp Zeke! Or even his brothers and his mama!

Don’t you dare talk about Zeke’s family! Well then stay out of Rollins’ business. Zeke says Rollins IS his business, and business is about to pick up. Zeke better hope so! Rollins laughs his way off, but will he be laughing after another run in with #ZekeDaFreak?

 

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Damian Priest w/ Finn Balor!

The Mysterios have yet to convince The Judgement Day to leave them alone, but that’s because the Judgement Day isn’t convinced Dominik isn’t being held back by his father! Will the King of Lucha defend his son and his reputation from the Punishment? Or will this Saint of Fate force Dominik’s hand?

Raw returns and Priest has the mic to say, “RISE…! Rise for a Prince! Rise for a Punisher! Rise for the Judgement Day!” Fans boo instead. Priest says Judgement Day chose not to hurt Dominik, because Dom will make the right choice and join them. They guarantee that Dominik joins tonight! Priest says he’s seen the look in Dom’s eyes, he is just waiting to ditch his father. Then do it! Stop letting Rey hold you back! Stop letting him stifle you! Here is a reminder of the last time a legend tried stifling the new generation! Footage replays of the Judgement Day throwing Edge out of the group with a violent mutiny!

Finn says he could watch that footage over and over and over again! But he won’t get to, because Rey and Dom make their way out! The battle between these forces continues after the break!

Raw returns again and this match is already going. Finn is talking trash on Rey on the outside. Rey leaves Finn to put Priest in the ring, SPRINGBOARD SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Rey shoulders into Priest, slingshots, but Priest ROCKS him! Rey tumbles down, Priest puts him in a corner and fires off hands and stomps! Priest drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Rey hits buckles chest first. Priest runs in to back elbow Rey down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Rey with a chinlock but fans rally up. Rey endures, fights up, and throws elbows. Rey is free, he runs, but Priest scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Priest clamps onto the chinlock again but Rey endures. Dom and the fans rally up and Rey fights the hold. Rey stands up, but Priest KNEES him low and CLUBS him on the back. Priest ROCKS Rey with another right hand, then he throws knees against the ropes. Priest whips, but Rey holds ropes and BOOTS back! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows, and BULLDOGS! Fans fire up again, Rey gets himself to a corner. Rey climbs, Priest hurries over and choke grips! SUPER CHOKE- RANA! Rey turns things around, then dodges Priest! Priest POSTS himself, and Finn is frustrated! Rey goes back up top to SEATED SENTON!

Rey keeps moving, springboard to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey but Rey goes up, only to get caught! Rey spins it around, DDT! Cover, TWO! Priest is still in this but Dom keeps the fans rallying up. Rey hurries to dropkick Priest onto ropes! Rey runs but Finn is in his way! So Dom trips him up! But Finn RAMS Dom into barriers! Rey WRECKS Finn, sending him into Dom! Priest runs in, but Rey drop toeholds Priest onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but into a SUPERKICK from Priest!! Cover, TWO!! Priest is furious that Rey survives! Priest drags Rey up, reels him in and choke grips, but Rey wheelbarrows to send Priest into ropes!

Rey dials it up, 619!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Rey climbs up, leaps, but the seated senton is blocked! Priest gut wrenches Rey around, into the RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Two weeks in a row, and judgement was passed on Rey! But Priest stomps away on Rey while Finn grabs a pair of chairs! Finn sends those in and Priest sets Rey up! Priest gets the mic to say, “Dominik! I told you! Your joining the Judgement Day tonight! Or we take his head off.” Finn stomps Rey onto the chair, and he holds the other chair in his hands! Dom slides in and says he’ll join! Just spare his father! Finn drags Dom up to his feet and Priest wants Dom to say it so we can hear. Dom says they need to stop! He’ll join! Oh, now he wants to join! Well, Dom, it doesn’t work that way. Finn SMACKS Dom with the chair!!

Rey avoids the Con-Chair-To, but the Mysterios are both writhing on the ground. Dom joining to spare his father is not good enough. The Judgement Day wants Dom to join because he wants to join, but will they end up destroying Dom instead?

 

Another mysterious video.

A chalice. A flannel shirt on a chair. An RKO shirt. A John Cena hat. And writing in blood…! Do you know who it is?

 

Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!

Whether or not Kevin Owens helped trap Riddle, Rollins is still feeling good after hitting the Bro with the stomp. Will he feel even better after hitting Elias’ younger brother with a stomp? Or will Tampa Bay #ZekeOut when Rollins is the one down on the ground?

Raw returns and Zeke makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Zeke pushes Rollins around into a corner. Rollins turns things around, lets off with a laugh, and a hard push on the shoulders. Zeke pushes back, they tie up again, and Rollins is after an arm. Rollins wrenches, wristlocks, but Zeke spins through to arm-drag. Rollins holds on and drags Zeke down to a hammerlock. Zeke sits up, stands up, slips around and spins Rollins to a headlock takeover! Rollins fights up but can’t power out as Zeke holds on tight. Zeke hits another takeover, Rollins fights back up to back suplex, only for Zeke to flying headlock takeover!

Fans rally as Zeke grinds the hold. Rollins fights up, pulls hair then throws body shots before he powers out. Zeke runs Rollins over, things speed up and Rollins hurdles to arm-drag Zeke. Zeke turns that right around into a headlock! Rollins puts Zeke in the corner, the ref counts the ropebreak and gets between them. Zeke dodges the cheap shot to CHOP Rollins! Zeke whips, Rollins throws Zeke down by his hair! Rollins kicks Zeke to a corner and he fires off fast hands! Fans boo, the ref counts but Rollins lets off at 4. Rollins soaks up the heat, whips Zeke corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS!

Rollins flounders, Zeke hurries after him as he goes outside. They go around the way, get back in the ring, and Zeke pops Rollins up for a FLAPJACK! Rollins gets up, Zeke runs in but Rollins sends him out. Rollins DIVES, but Zeke catches him to RAM him into barriers and POST him! Zeke puts Rollins in, climbs up top, but Rollins trips Zeke up! Zeke is stuck up top and Rollins goes up after him, HUGE KNEE DROP! Zeke writhes and Rollins snarls as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Zeke is rallying on Rollins! Rollins swings but into a FISHERMAN FALL AWAY SLAM! Zeke runs in to STINGER SPLASH in the corner! Zeke runs, dodges, Rollins runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Rollins is still in this but Zeke storms after him. Zeke drags Rollins up, Electric Chair Lifts, but Rollins fights free. Zeke kicks low and reels Rollins in but Rollins uses that for a cradle! TWO, SUPERKICK from Rollins! Cover, TWO! Rollins is beside himself as Zeke survives! Fans rally, both men get up and Rollins goes to a corner. Rollins runs in, but Zeke avoids the stomp to roll Rollins up! TWO!

Zeke slips around to backslide! TWO, and Rollins CURB- NO, Zeke pops Rollins up! Rollins victory rolls free, TWO! Zeke kicks low, gets Rollins up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Zeke is frustrated that Rollins is still in this but Tampa rally for him. Zeke drags Rollins up but Rollins throws a haymaker. Zeke DECKS Rollins with a forearm, but then Rollins gets up to ROCK Zeke back. Zeke ROCKS Rollins., Rollins throws body shots! Zeke CHOPS, Rollins forearms! Zeke forearms, Rollins headlock punches! Zeke ROCKS Rollins with more forearms, but Rollins PELES! Rollins runs, but Zeke puts him on the apron!

Rollins ROCKS Zeke and takes aim again, springboard for the FLYING- JUMP KNEE FROM ZEKE!! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives that anti-air and Zeke can’t believe it! Zeke goes to a corner and he goes up top. But Rollins springs right up at him, for a SUPERPLEX! And the roll through to the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Zeke still lives and fans can’t believe it! Rollins hurries to underhook the arms, but Zeke powers up out of the Pedigree! Rollins sunset flips, Zeke sits on it, TWO!! ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins, tot he DREAM SMASHER! And then the CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Zeke may be a freak, but Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins just got him! Will Rollins be blazing a trail all the way to SummerSlam and his match with Riddle?

 

MVP hypes Omos up backstage.

MVP wants the Nigerian Giant in the zone with his match up next. But then the Usos walk over and smile. Seven foot three, four-hundred and three pounds! Damn, Uce, no one has a chance against Omos! Will Dawkins even make it to SummerSlam? Even if he does, Omos will make things real easy to beat the Profits again. Even with that special referee! The Usos want a front row seat for this one! The Usos head out, will Omos do their dirty work for them?

 

Raw announces a huge celebration!

Next week, it’s the 20th Anniversary of Rey Mysterio! And it will coincide with the WWE’s return to the world’s most famous arena, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!

 

Judgement Day speaks.

Finn says the world all saw what happened! For all of Dominik Mysterio’s potential, he’s just not made of the right stuff. So congrats, Dom, you FAILED. Priest saw right through Dom. The only reason Dom would join was to save his dad. But instead, Dom should’ve smashed Rey’s head in himself! Just like they did to Edge. But next week, MSG, 20 years of Rey in the WWE! This ends there! The Mysterios will fall, the Judgement Day will rise!

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Omos w/ MVP!

Raw returns and Omos makes his entrance. But backstage, the Profits hype themselves up. Ford says, “Ready! Ready! Ready! You ready? You up? You wanna know why?” Because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Dawkins is locked in, but will he be crushed by Omos like he was last week?

The bell rings and Omos stares Dawkins down. They tie up, Omos powers Dawkins to a corner, then he TOSSES Dawkins across the way! Ford grabs at Omos’ legs while the ref checks Dawkins! Omos kicks Ford away but Ford plays innocent. Dawkins ROCKS Omos with big hands, but Omos shoves him away. Omos runs Dawkins over then roars! But then Ford chatters at Omos to distract him more. Omos still runs at Dawkins to back body block him in the corner! Omos roars, goes corner to corner, but Dawkins dodges! The boot gets caught up and Dawkins fires off! Omos shoves Dawkins away again, but Dawkins comes back, CYCLONE SPLASH!

Dawkins keeps moving, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI! Omos wobbles, Dawkins runs, but MVP trips Dawkins! Except MVP gets caught red handed!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by disqualification

MVP protests, but it is only cheating when you get caught! And since MVP got caught, he was the one cheating! Omos is furious, MVP is livid, but the Profits stand their ground. Adam Pearce walks out to say hold on now. We know everyone is upset, but here is a working solution! MVP said he would love to team with Omos tonight… Well don’t say they don’t give you what you want! This is now a tag team match! And that’ll be right NOW! MVP is shocked, but will he get what he wants? Or just what he deserves?

The Street Profits VS Omos & MVP!

Raw returns, the bell rings and Omos and Dawkins start again. But then Jimmy Uso swipes at Dawkins! The distraction allows Omos to CLOBBER Dawkins! Omos bumps Dawkins off buckles then stalks him around the way. Omos CHOKES Dawkins and dribbles him, but lets off as the ref counts. Omos then runs corner to corner to back elbow! The Usos applaud as Omos whips Dawkins corner to corner. Omos roars and runs to back body block! Dawkins flops down, Ooms roars and looms over him. Omos stands on Dawkins’ hand! The ref reprimands but Omos stomps the fingers!

Omos drags Dawkins up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Dawkins bounces off buckles! Tag to MVP now that Dawkins is in a bad way, and MVP talks trash. MVP kicks Dawkins around, stomps him down, and he throws forearms. Dawkins throws body shots on that nice suit, but MVP throat chops and KNEE SMASHES! MVP grins and runs, BALLIN~! Cover, ONE! MVP is annoyed but he kicks Dawkins around. MVP lines up the shot, but runs into a BIG right hand! Both men are down, fans fire up, and the two crawl, hot tags to Omos and Ford! Ford sees Omos coming and is worried. Ford GAMANGIRIS, goes up top, and leaps, into Omos’ arms!

Omos carries Ford around to then pop him up and trophy lift! Ford lands on his feet! Ford mule kicks, front kicks and ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Omos is still up, Ford springboards, into a CHOP! Omos runs, to BOOT Ford down! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! MVP goes after Dawkins, but Dawkins throws MVP out! MVP drags Dawkins out but Dawkins DECKS MVP, and throws him into the Usos!! The Usos rush in but the ref has them stop! The Profits work together, double dropkicks and double SUPERKICKS! Ford goes up top, to fly in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, ONE?!?! Ford has seen a ghost! Or rather, a giant!

Ford backs off to a corner, hurries up top again, but the Usos shove him down!

Winners: The Street Profits, by disqualification

The Usos and Profits brawl! The Usos SUPERKICK the Profits, and Omos choke grips them both! DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS! The Profits went up against a stacked deck, and though they technically won, they’re not feeling like winners. Will the Usos hold all the gold over the Profits again in SummerSlam?

 

Backstage interview with… Veer Mahaan?

Apparently he’s crashing this interview. Sarah holds the mic up to the Lion of India, and he smiles as he says “Boo!” Veer laughs at his own little joke, but will everyone come to #FearVeer?

Backstage interview with The Miz.

This is Sarah’s real guest, and she asks him what to expect from tonight’s MizTV? Miz says Veer was unexpected. And honestly, Veer likes Sarah~. But to answer the question, a great host never reveals the surprises they have in store. But Miz does feel that Logan Paul will finally come to his senses and retract his original statement about facing Miz at SummerSlam. Then they can become Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! But what if Logan doesn’t do that? Well then, that scenario makes Logan Miz’s enemy. If Logan didn’t like Miz as a partner, he’ll hate being Miz’s opponent. Will the Most Must-See Superstar come through on that threat?

 

The mysterious video continues!

There’s a Rey Mysterio mask, a burnt picture of Seth Rollins, and the Undertaker’s urn! The blood writes out a clear message now. “I AM COMING TO” To what? When and where will we know who this is?

 

(Austin) Theory VS AJ Styles!

The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever is still arrogantly ready to become the Youngest Undisputed Universal Champion Ever! But will his youth and exuberance fail him against the age and ability of the Phenomenal One?

Raw returns and Theory gets a mic. “Before I wipe the mat clean with AJ Styles tonight, I got a few things I need to address. We are on the cusp of literally the biggest SummerSLam of all time. And why is that? Because I am gonna take back my United States Championship from Bobby Lashley, and then I’m gonna cash in my MITB contract on whatever’s left of either Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar after their- What? What? SHUT YOUR MOUTHS! Whatever left of those two after their hellacious Last Man Standing match, it doesn’t matter. Because I am going to become, by cashing in this contract, the brand new Undisputed WWE Universal Champion!”

Fans boo and chant “You Suck!” at Theory, but he just soaks it all up. The fans love him, he knows. But we all know that Lesnar and Roman are going to completely destroy each other! If you don’t believe Theory, here’s some footage of Lesnar that shows what he’s capable of. It is from last week, where The Alpha Academy tried to go after Lesnar on Theory’s behalf, only to be thrown around ringside! Theory says that right there just shows it is the perfect opportunity to cash in at SummerSlam! The stakes are high, and even though Theory was screwed out of the US Championship, Theory always comes through in the clutch!

Fans can “What?” but that’s why fans have a problem with Theory! Roman doesn’t like him, Lesnar doesn’t like him, Mad Cap Moss doesn’t like him, the Usos don’t like him, and all the idiots in the crowd don’t like him! And oh, Dolph Ziggler doesn’t like him, either! Because they’re all jealous! Ziggler stuck his nose in Theory’s business last week because he’s jealous! Just look at this footage! Also from last week, the Showoff showed up outta nowhere during Theory & Rollins VS Riddle & Lashley. Ziggler made sure Theory couldn’t cheat a win and that caused Theory to lose! And Ziggler added on with a SUPERKICK. How pathetic.

“WHAT?!” Theory says it IS pathetic, but he can’t blame Ziggler, because look at him! No one is on Theory’s level! But wait! Styles makes his entrance! And he has a mic, too, to say, “Theory, you’re out here making some big promises. So why don’t I make a promise?” Whatever happens at SummerSlam, whether Theory wins the US Championship or cashes in to get the Universal Championship, or hell, Theory might do both! But just know that Styles will be the first in a long line of superstars who will take all that from Theory. Fans chant for Styles as he gets in the ring, and Styles tells the “kiddo,” the locker room isn’t jealous of Theory. They just think he’s a jackass.

Theory says OOOH~, Styles. You’re so easy to figure out. And if the fans go “WHAT” again…! But Theory has been on Raw for less than a year and became the Youngest US Champion AND Youngest Mr. MITB. Theory asks Styles, “What the hell were you doing at my age?” How long did Styles scratch and claw, hitting barefoot hillbillies with Phenomenal Forearms in rundown barns in Georgia to get to the WWE? As for Theory, just look at him! He is an overnight sensation! They should call Theory the Phenomenal One. But Theory knows why Styles doesn’t like him: Theory is young-

OH NO NO NO! There’s not enough time left on Raw for Styles to say why he doesn’t like Theory! Fans cheer that one! But Styles is proud of where he’s from. And his background made him the man he is today! And what is that? An old, jealous, grizzled veteran? No, no, Styles is the guy that’s gonna knock some respect into Theory! Then Styles DECKS Theory with one right hand! Theory bails out and Styles tells him there’s more where that come from! Speaking of, here comes Ziggler! The Showoff is back again, will he get in Theory’s head just like last week?

Raw returns again and the match begins! Theory runs right into haymakers from Styles! Styles CHOPS Theory, whips him but Theory reverses. Styles slides under and ROCKS Theory again! Styles CHOPS Theory, fires off more forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Theory reverses, Styles goes up and over but Theory ducks to scoop and hit a BACKBREAKER! Theory stomps Styles’ arm over and over, then drags him up to LARIAT him down! Fans boo but Theory drags Styles up. Styles slips out of the back suplex to ROCK Theory again, then CHOP him in the corner. Styles reels Theory in for a BACKBREAKER of his own!

Ziggler watches intensely as Styles looms over Theory. Theory throws body shots but Styles CLUBS Theory down. Styles bumps Theory off buckles, throws body shots, then RAMS into him with shoulder after shoulder. Styles lets Theory go and stalks him. Theory throat chops back! Theory ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then stomps him into a corner. Theory whips corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Theory snapmares Styles into a chinlock and grinds him down! Fans taunt Theory, “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Styles fights up to his feet but Theory throws him down! Cover, ONE!

Theory clamps back onto the chinlock but Styles endures. Styles fights up, but Theory wrangles him back down. Fans rally, Styles fights up again, and he throws back elbows. Styles switches to a BIG back suplex! Styles drags Theory back up, whip shim to ropes, but Theory reverses. Styles KICKS Theory away, but then Theory throws Styles out! Theory then builds speed, but Styles slides in as Theory tumbles out. Theory is annoyed but Styles eggs him on. Ziggler stands up and Theory is very wary. Ziggler says to just focus on the match, but then Theory shoves him down! Theory hurries to beat the ring count, Styles PELES him back out!

The ring count restarts and Styles waits on Theory. Theory clutches the back of his head while keeping an eye on both savvy veteran superstars, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Theory has a headlock. Styles throws body shots and CHOPS, then runs, but into a back drop! Theory covers, TWO! Theory clamps right back on with an armlock and he digs his forearm into Styles’ face. Styles endures again and fans rally up. Styles fights up but Theory grinds the shoulder. Styles fires off haymakers, then the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT! SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Theory gets to a corner. Styles runs corner to corner to forearm smash! And then a suplex, to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory is still in this after that switcheroo, but Styles keeps his cool.

Styles looms over Theory, drags him up, reels him in, but Theory powers out of the Clash! Styles sunset flips, TWO! Theory drop toeholds Styles into buckles! Styles staggers, Theory slingshots, somersaults and SHOTGUNS Styles down! Theory hurries to fisherman the leg for an AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives the fisherman Ushigoroshi combo, but Theory glares at Styles and at Ziggler. Theory fireman’s’ carries, but Styles fights free and rolls Theory into a CALF CRUSHER! Theory reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Styles lets Theory go and Theory flops out, right in front of Ziggler.

Ziggler stays put this time and Styles goes to the apron, SLIDING- NO, Theory catches Styles, but has to worry about Ziggler being there. Ziggler moves, Theory FLAPJACKS Styles on the desk! Theory hauls Styles up and in, the ref checks on Styles, and Ziggler SUPERKICKS Theory down!! The Dirty Dawg gets away with that one and fans are loving it! The ring count is 5 of 10, then 7! Theory flounders around, gets turned around, and misses the ring! Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by count-out

A big assist from Ziggler and Theory tries to point it out! But then Styles gets Theory with a STYLES CLASH!! Theory still gets what was coming, but just what does Ziggler have against Theory?

 

Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Asuka & Dana Brooke VS Tamina, Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

The Five Foot Fury and Empress of Tomorrow add the WWE 24/7 Champion against the Daughter of Superfly, the Scottish supervillains! With the Raw Women’s Championship on the line at SummerSlam, who proves themselves worthy of it next with this match?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. Everyone else is already here, so the teams sort out. Asuka and Nikki start and the two tie up! Nikki headlocks, Asuka throws body shots then powers out to run and run Nikki over! Nikki bails out, tells fans to shut up, and she catches Asuka in the apron skirt trap! Nikki clubs away on Asuka, lets off as the ref counts, and Nikki gets in to distract so that Tamina can HEADBUTT and Piper can SQUASH Asuka! But Dana goes up top to SUPER CROSSBODY them both down! Fans fire up with Dana, but then Reggie runs out from the crowd! Dana tells him to back off, but out from under the ring is Akira Tozawa and a second ref!

Tozawa rolls Dana up, and wins the 24/7 Championship!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Raw forgot to suspend the 24/7 rule for this match, and now the Stamina Monster has the belt! But he swaggers too much and Nikki attacks! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, Nikki wins the belt!

Winner: Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

And now Nikki does a victory dance! But Alexa is there to hit a DDT!! Cover, Alexa wins the belt!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But then she turns around into a CROSSBODY from Piper! Cover, Piper wins the belt!

Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Bliss’ first time as the 24/7 Champion was short lived, Piper has her second reign! But then Tamina SUPERKICKS Piper down! Her own teammate! Cover, Tamina wins the belt!

Winner: Tamina, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But then Dana rolls Tamina up, and wins it back!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Things are as they were, but Tamina chases Dana to the back! So then the Six Woman becomes a 2v2? Asuka SOBATS and FLYING ARMBARS Nikki, into the ASUKA LOCK!!! Nikki taps, Asuka’s team wins!

Winners: Asuka, Alexa Bliss & Dana Brooke, by submission

The Empress celebrates all on her own, getting a win no one can take from her! Alexa celebrates with her, and Asuka really gets into the dance moves. Will this lead Asuka back to the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

The Mysterios speak.

Dom says Finn and Damian should’ve known he’d never actually join them. He may have failed their test, but at the end of the day, he lived up to the Mysterio name! The Judgement Day doesn’t know a thing about their legacy. Rey says Finn & Damian aren’t the first ones to threaten the Mysterios. They’re not even the first to try and tear up the family! And they sure as hell won’t be the first to fail to do that. In MSG, Rey celebrates 20 years in the WWE, and that celebration is capped off by decidedly showing the Judgement Day what it means to be a Mysterio! Ariba mi raza! Will Rey & Dom be done with Finn & Damian once and for all?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

The Hollywood A-Lister, dressed like a preppy private school student, swaggers his way out for another episode of MizTV. He was the MVP of the MLB All Star Celebrity Softball Game’s winning team, but will he be hitting this one out of the park? Or will Logan Paul strike him out?

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. he is super excited to have tonight’s guest here. They’ve been going back and forth on social media, stirring up controversy and getting fans talking. So let’s get up out of our seats for LOGAN PAUL! Fans are torn on Logan walking out to the ring, but Logan still gets in the ring and gets a mic. Miz expects a high five or hug, and Logan says, “What’s up, Miz? I’m here, face-to-face. Do you accept my SummerSlam challenge or not?” Miz doesn’t want to do this here. Let’s talk about the good things! Like the last time they were in a ring together at WrestleMania 38!

Flashback to the Miz and Logan defeating the Mysterios in a tag team match. Miz says that was awesome! But Logan wants to keep the footage rolling. Miz betrays Logan with a SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE! Yeah, uh… Miz wants to explain that. He was teaching Logan. Teaching him what? The only thing Logan learned was that he had to come back, sign a contract with the WWE, and beat Miz’s ass 1v1 at SummerSlam! Miz says Logan doesn’t understand who he is in the ring with. Blah blah, the only two-time Grand Slam Champion! We get it. And star of Miz & Mrs., which has a new episode up next.

But this isn’t about Miz! This is about Logan Paul, a kid from Cleveland who became a global star with 23 MILLION Instagram followers! Logan Paul went the distance with pound for pound the greatest boxer of all time, Floyd Mayweather, in his debut! And with Miz’s guidance, Logan Paul harnessed his WWE potential faster than anyone ever! Logan is unique, one of a kind, and has so much promise! Logan thinks he’s ready, but Miz knows he is not. WrestleMania was a tag team match that Miz used to protect him. But 1v1, Miz has been doing this 18 YEARS! Out there? Yes, Logan is absolutely a star!

But in here? This is MizTV! And Miz hosts it. Logan can’t host MizTV, he can’t face Miz 1v1 at SummerSlam. Logan is a rookie and must earn his right to challenge someone like The Miz, so that challenge is denied! Logan takes off his jacket and says Miz doesn’t think he’s tough enough? Logan was told that he wasn’t ready to build a social media career but he revolutionized the industry. He was told he couldn’t last eight rounds with Mayweather, but he put Floyd on the highlight reel. And Logan was told he couldn’t make it to WrestleMania, and yet he committed himself, worked his ass off out of respect for the sport, and is in his prime.

When someone tells Logan he’s not ready, it only motivates him. So right now, Logan’s sole motivation is to prove Miz wrong and beat the hell out of him! Logan will be back for Raw in MSG to host his own version of this talk show. It’ll be… #ImPAULsiveTV! And this rookie will show Miz just who is better. Oh, okay, he’s going to do what Miz does? The answer to SummerSlam is still no. Logan laughs that off and says he isn’t surprised. And why is that? Because that is exactly what everyone would expect to hear from a man with two blueberries in his pants! Tampa, say it with him now: “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!”

The fans chant it and Miz is upset. Miz throws off his tie, unbuttons his shirt, and his shirt says “Hello, MY BALLS ARE MASSIVE!” Miz says if Logan wants the match at SummerSlam, and if the fans want that match at SummerSlam, then MIZ ACCEPTS!! Logan just goaded the Miz into it! And he ducks the cheap shot to tackle Miz! Logan fires off hands, Miz gets up but Logan clotheslines Miz right out! But then CIAMPA attacks! The Guardian Psycho strikes again! Ciampa clamps onto Logan to set him up for Miz to get in Logan’s face. But Logan BOOTS Miz and elbows Ciampa! Logan dodges Miz and gets away from the 2v1!

Sarah appears to interview Miz about everything Logan said. What’s his response? Miz says there is only one Miz and only one MizTV! There is a reason Miz is the Most Must-See Superstar! This is MIZ’S house! No one comes in here and embarrasses him! Outside the WWE, Logan’s glitz ‘n’ glam are amazing to the masses. But in the WWE, there is only ONE man that owns this place! Because he’s the Miz, and he’s AAAAAWESOME! Will Logan get revenge from WrestleMania? Or will Miz back up all his words and then some?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of Raw, but with some go-home elements a week early. I completely skipped an honestly well made recap vignette for Bianca VS Becky, but it was definitely very go-home. The Raw Women’s Championship scene being the first match up was rather surprising but it was all good stuff. Of course Becky tried to mess Bianca up again but it didn’t work out and now we get that awesome rematch. Titus O’Neil also had a great opening segment to reassure the WWE fans that WWE isn’t going to get bogged won with the real world’s problems. Also this was probably to deflect from Vince’s crap but at least it wasn’t Vince saying it as if that was going to help.

Good stuff from the Profits with MVP, Omos and the Usos, though I feel two disqualification finishes in a row was a bit much. But at this point, the Profits are on the ropes so they have a good chance of getting those belts at SummerSlam. We got good stuff out of Kevin Owens, Matt Riddle, Seth Rollins and Ezekiel. Kevin claims he’s back to Face but that’s not going to last with him still upset over the Zeke stuff. Rollins gets a good sneak attack on Riddle and has perhaps match of the night with Zeke. I find it interesting Zeke is getting to shine a lot more in-ring than Elias ever did. But maybe after SummerSlam, feuds trade partners, with Riddle and Kevin fighting towards Clash at the Castle or Extreme Rules.

We got good stuff from Judgement Day and Mysterios, though I feel like they used a certain story beat too soon. Dom wanting to join just to spare his dad would’ve worked better if this was in that tag match next week. At this point, I can’t be sure how this finishes. But with the Edge vignettes getting more obvious, maybe something happens to Dom and we end up with Rey & Edge VS Finn & Priest to try and top this story off. That’d be a pretty great moment as Rey and Edge were once WWE Tag Team Champions together and what a great way for both men to acknowledge both historic careers by taking on the newer stars together.

I kinda dug that Veer just “showed up” to remind us he’s here. It’s showing some personality to the menacing monster we know he is, and maybe he should do this more often while not really in a feud. That said, shouldn’t he be hunting down Mustafa Ali and/or Cedric Alexander? The Six Woman Tag turning into a 24/7 Championship frenzy was both great and not great. I was thinking this was somehow going to get things going in the Women’s Tag Division, but I should’ve known better. Dana still leaves with the belt by the end, and Alexa checks this title off the list, and Asuka still wins for their team, so they’re all having a good time right now.

Styles VS Theory was great stuff, especially with Ziggler ringside again. That was one sharp Superkick from Ziggler, and I feel like they are waiting until after SummerSlam for Ziggler to give his reasons behind doing this. And there’s half a chance Ziggler screws Theory out of winning one of the things he’s after going for at SummerSlam, further adding heat to the feud and angering Theory into knowing what this is about. And then, we got a pretty good MizTV in the main event segment to close the show. Miz does well on the mic again, Logan does pretty well, and of course Ciampa is after Logan on Miz’s behalf. Logan VS Miz is set, but you can bet Ciampa will be hanging around, so who knows how that match goes.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)

Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!

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The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!

Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Slim J VS Mascara Dorada; wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; wins.
  • The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; wins.
  • Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; wins.
  • Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
  • Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; wins.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; wins.

QUICK NOTES

Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/6/23)

Time to rage in the cage!

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Will it end where it all began?

Damage CTRL denied us and Becky Lynch the cage match with Bayley before, but now that Raw is in Orlando, The Man VS The Role Model WILL happen! Will this all come full circle for both these Horsewomen?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins; Priest wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
  • Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano; Lumis wins.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella; Carmella wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
  • Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy; Alexander & Benjamin win.
  • Chelsea Green VS ???; Asuka wins.
  • Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford; Ford wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
  • Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Edge and Beth Phoenix are here!

Orlando goes nuts as the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon make their way to the ring! Edge even takes some selfies with fans in the front row before he stands with Beth in the ring. The Grit Couple is of course here for revenge on the Judgment Day, a grudge that goes back to last year and Extreme Rules. They get the mic, and Edge says, “Oh, Orlando…! I gotta try and bring my heart rate down after watching that video, and just say it is so damn good to be back.” Orlando is happy to have them back, and Edge says he’s “The King of Comebacks as this point, it’s getting silly.” But we all know why they’re here this time: The Judgment Day.

Fans boo and Edge agrees. But the Judgment Day is his fault. The idea was to try and elevate talent he felt deserved it. And to be honest, it worked. All of them are at a better place now than they were a year ago. Finn Balor is on a level Edge has never seen before and that is saying something. Damian Priest has proven he’s a workhorse that come out week after week against the very best. Rhea Ripley, well… Fans do cheer Rhea, and Rhea went from number one to outlast everyone, and has punched her ticket to WrestleMania. Edge makes sure everyone sees him point at the sign. Oh, and Dom’s there, too.

“For the last year, we have battled back and forth. From Cardiff to Portland to Toronto, all leading up to Extreme Rules. And I knew that Finn Balor didn’t have what it takes to physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ But as you saw in the video, the minute I saw Rhea Ripley bash Beth in the back of the head with brass knuckles and hold that chair in her hand, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was helpless to stop it. And I am the kind of man, and I know a lot of you can relate out there, I am the kind of man that is not used to feeling helpless.” Fans cheer, and Edge “congratulates” Judgment Day with a sarcastic clap.

Fans chant “You Still Got It!” and Edge says, “I never lost it.” Fans cheer that! Edge continues to say, “But here’s the thing, guys. You just made a bad problem even worse. Because I am a cruel, vindictive, sick bastard, who will sink to any level to get my pound of flesh!” Beth calms Edge and says she’ll cut to the chase. “If you’ve got the stones, Ripley, Balor, my husband and I are here to finish this.” But speaking of, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn, Priest and Dom have the mics but Rhea isn’t here. Finn asks if he’s the only one who notices a pattern. Edge makes his triumphant return, only for the Judgment Day to beat him down again and again and again!

Finn tells Edge, “It might be time for you to say ‘I quit.’ HAHAHA!” Dom says word on the street travels fast. Fans boo Dom but Finn tells them to let Dom talk. Dom says since Edge & Beth have been gone, he has served hard time! Fans continue to boo, Finn again says to let Dom talk! Dom tells Edge & Beth to run along, before he does something to them he learned “on the inside.” Just like he did to his deadbeat dad! Rey didn’t even make it into the Rumble match! Priest says Dom’s right. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Priest says it doesn’t matter. Edge and Rey are “something else.” Every time they come back, Judgment Day beats them down, but they come back for more.

So next time they beat Edge down, Extreme Rules will look like child’s play. And speaking of child’s play, after Dawkins gets cooked and Priest enters the Money… Wait, no, Edge has him so flustered. Finn says it’s alright, Edge has Finn all mad, too. Priest promises Edge that he hates him that he can’t even speak right. Priest is getting inside the Elimination Chamber to be the United States Champion! Dom wishes Rhea was here, she could see what they’re about to do to Edge. But Rhea is busy promoting WrestleMania. Edge tells Dom to shut up! Fans cheer that! Edge says he was right, but they all confuse him! They don’t know what they really want!

Priest, the night he clotheslined Edge’s head off, he claimed he didn’t want a leader. And yet, he’s following Finn around like a giant labradoodle. He’s better than that! As for Finn, he’s a Dollar Store Jamiroquai! It’s insanity. Google Jamiroquai, kids. But the difference between Judgment Day and The Grit Couple is that Edge and Beth have each other’s backs. But they all just drop each other quicker than “Ex Con Dom” did his drawers in the clink! “Which is fitting, considering how many times you screwed your dad over.” And by the way, Edge can’t wait until Rey snaps and 619s Dom’s teeth down his stupid throat! It’s coming!

Beth says Rhea’s not here cuz she’s doing promotional appearances? We all know it’s because Beth speared Rhea’s soul out of her body. But listen to her very closely: she didn’t come here to talk. She came to beat Rhea’s ass!! But if she’s not here tonight, how about this? The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley at Elimination Chamber! Oh, oh, really? Does Dom think Rhea’s in? Dom says Mami is totally in. Finn is in, so they accept! That is, if Edge & Beth make it to Elimination Chamber. The Judgment Day surrounds the ring, Edge & Beth stand their ground, and the fight is on!

Beth runs off Dom, Priest & Finn go after Edge, but here comes ANGELO DAWKINS! Dawkins BLASTS Dom, then fires off on Priest! Dawkins clotheslines Dawkins out, Edge SPEARS Finn down! Dom is freaking out, and Ford creeps up behind him. Ford spooks Dom, puts him in the ring, and Dom wants mercy! He gets chicken wings and a GLAM SLAM instead! Orlando is all fired up, but will the Curse of Greatness be able to take down Damian? Or will Punishment be heading for Montreal?

Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins!

Raw returns as Priest stomps away on Dawkins, this match already underway. But it is also truly 1v1 as Adam Pearce made sure during the break to say no one else is allowed ringside! Priest stands Dawkins up to ROCK him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Dawkins handsprings over and DROPKCIKS Priest! Dawkins fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest bails out, Dawkins builds speed, but Priest moves. Dawkins stops, slides out the side, and runs in to POUNCE Priest onto the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous as Priest flops to the floor! Dawkins puts Priest in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to CYCLONE- FOREARM!

Priest snarls as he stomps away on Dawkins again. Priest drags Dawkins up, rams him into a corner and fires off hands! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Dawkins up for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls, he sits Dawkins up and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Dawkins endures, Orlando rallies up, and Dawkins fights but Priest CLUBS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps on with a chinlock now, and he bends Dawkins against his knee. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, and Dawkins fights up. Priest swings, Dawkins blocks to ROCK back! And again! And again! Anda gain!

Priest shoves, Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves then ROCKS Priest again! Dawkins dodges Priest’s boot to ENZIGURI! Priest runs in again but Dawkins dumps him out! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes out and runs in again, but into a LARIAT! Priest glares at Dawkins as he storms up on him. Priest drags Dawkins up, BIG suplex to the floor! Priest slides in the ring but just to refresh the count. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps and FLYING KCIKS Dawkins down! Fans boo but Priest is in control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision. Fans rally up, Dawkins and Priest go to opposite ends, and Dawkins runs in to rally with clotheslines! Priest hits low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Dawkins, he runs corner to corner to CYCLONE! And ENZIGURI! And facelock, but Priest wrenches out, Dawkins ducks the lariat, to clinch and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grows a little frustrated but fans rally up. Dawkins brings Priest up, ROCKS him with a right, then climbs a corner. Priest choke grips first! Priest then climbs up to join Dawkins, but Dawkins HOTSHOTS him back!

Dawkins hurries in, but into a SUPERKICK! Clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Priest is growing frustrated now. Priest holds up his hand and fans boo. Dawkins rises, Priest clamps on, SOUTH OF- NO, Dawkins pops free for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins hurries to a corner and climbs back up! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Dawkins is beside himself! But Orlando fires up as he drags Priest back up. Priest clamps onto a leg, Dawkins throws hands! Dawkins brings Priest up again, but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest staggers, into a RIGHT from Dawkins!

Priest goes to a corner, Dawkins runs in, but into a SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)

The Punisher pulverizes Dawkins, and now he’s taking aim at the US Championship! Will Priest hit his mark and take that title back?

 

The United States Champion pulls into the arena.

Austin Theory drives a black Lamborghini, showing that The Now rides in style. Will he have anything to say about the Elimination Chamber field as it fills out tonight?

 

Adam Pearce meets with Maximum Males Models.

Maxxine Dupri finishes signing the contract, she, Maçé & Mansöôr are now officially part of Monday Night Raw. Pearce is happy to have them here, and is sure they have big WrestleMania plans. Maxxine confirms, she has big, BIG plans. But then Chelsea Green walks in and asks, “Are you the manager?” Chelsea, you know Pearce is the manager, they spoke last week. Pearce has MMM excuse themselves, and Chelsea says that, as they spoke last week, she is supposed to have a private room, with Swiss chocolates and fresh spring water. He took care of that. Oh, well, that was Belgian chocolate. She’s been to Belgium, she knows the difference.

Anyway, while she has him, she wants to talk about how she’s NOT in the Elimination Chamber match. But Liv is, Raquel is, Nikki is, all of who she could be. With all due respect, Chelsea, you didn’t even last five seconds in the Women’s Rumble, so- Uh, sorry, does she need to call his manager? All she wants is an opportunity. her family is in attendance, so she deserves a match. And in that match, she deserves to be presented as the big star she is. So he either makes this right, or… One call could cost him his job. Okay, thanks, bye. Chelsea heads out, but will Pearce bend to her demands?

 

Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!

The Modern Day Wrestling God didn’t last all that long in the Men’s Rumble, and he didn’t get a win over Johnny Wrestling last week. The Rumble was because of Lesnar, that match with Gargano was because of Lumis. Can Corbin even the score with the Tortured Artist? Or will JBL start to question his investment into Baron?

Raw returns and Lumis makes his entrance. Corbin attacks Lumis as soon as he’s in the ring! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Corbin lets off. The bell rings and Corbin hits a SPLASH in the corner! Corbin throws Lumis down, elbows him down, then clamps on a chinlock. Corbin grinds Lumis down but fans chant, “Corbin Sucks!” Lumis endures, fights up and fights free of the hold. Lumis then headlocks, but Corbin powers out. Corbin CLOBBERS Lumis, then rains down more elbows! Corbin clamps the chinlock on again, and insults the fans. JBL coaches Corbin, Lumis still endures and fights his way back up.

Corbin knees low, he puts Lumis in a corner and fires off forearms. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Lumis bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin says Lumis is nothing and Gargano isn’t anything, either. Gargano says he still got a win off Corbin. Corbin grinds forearms into Lumis’ face, then twists Lumis’ head in a neck wrench. Fans rally and Lumis fights up again. Lumis throws hands, dodges Corbin’s, then DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis runs to clothesline in the corner, then BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Lumis catches Corbin for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP!

Fans fire up as Corbin flounders up. Lumis clinches, but Corbin RAMS him into a corner. Corbin fires off elbows, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Lumis clinches for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Lumis wins!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by pinfall

JBL is speechless as Gargano stands with Lumis. Gargano is headed to the Elimination Chamber for the US title, but will Lumis find himself in title talks soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Byron Saxton says The Man finally has Bayley inside that Steel Cage. What does tonight mean to her? “Orlando, Florida! Orlando, where it all began. Ten years ago, when I got off the plane with my bags to chase this WWE dream. When I first met you, Byron Saxton. A lot has happened in Orlando in those ten years, but ten years ago, I first met Bayley. In the weight room in the NXT Performance Center. And she seemed sweet and she seemed kind, and she wanted to be great. And her way of being great was high-fiving people and hugging people, and attaching herself to whoever she thought would be her meal ticket to the top.

“But I, too, Byron, I wanted to be great. And my way of being great was smashing faces, kicking down doors and changing the game so that I could become The Man of this industry! And Bayley… Bayley didn’t like that. No, she didn’t like that. So she’s attacked me and hit me with chairs and separated my shoulder. And she brought my family into this. And Bayley, I’m gonna learn you to not talk about my family. But all that aside, I had a plan. And tonight, I got what I want, and that is a Steel Cage Match.

“And so Bayley, you can bring your little friends, and you can bring your little tricks. Well, there is one hand that I haven’t played yet, and I’m thinking… I’m thinking, Byron, tonight might be the night.” What does Big Time Becks have planned for the Role Model in tonight’s main event?

 

Brock Lesnar is here!

Orlando goes nuts again as The Beast walks out to the ring and tips his cowboy hat with a feather in it. Lesnar gets the mic to say, “I appreciate ya. Thank you very much. Good evening, Orlando. Did y’all by chance catch the Royal Rumble? I did, too. I thought it sucked. At least, I had a sucky experience. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar got his ass thrown out over the top rope. That’s not the worst of it. I got my ass thrown over the top rope, by Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Now I apologize. I wasn’t on Raw last week, I had to get my head together a little bit. Bobby, you finally struck a chord in Brock Lesnar.”

All last week, Lesnar could not get Lashley out of his head. Lesnar tried to go hunting, and all he could think about was Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Next day, Lesnar wakes up, wants to go ice fishing. He likes coastal fishing, too, but he tries to go, but all he can think of is Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! He sits down for a big ol’ steak dinner, and all he can think about is Bobby Lashley! He gets into bed at night with his wife, and… Well, four or five hours later, all Lesnar could think about is Bobby Lashley! So for a whole week, Lesnar thought about what he’s gonna do with Lashley. Lesnar has a resolution. A violent resolution, but still.

You see, within Lesnar’s “five dollar denim jacket, is a multi-million dollar contract.” Fans like the sound of that. Lesnar reads the contract: “Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber.” Now Lashley, if you’ve got balls, you’ll get down here and sign the contract! Well here comes Lashley! Lashley is in shades and a nice suit as he heads down the ramp and to the ring. Lashley gets himself a mic, and he says, “Well nice of you to grace us with your presence, Brock. I didn’t even know you were gonna be here. But since you are, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.”

Match number one, what happened? Lashley pinned Lesnar. Match number two, Lesnar won. But if memory serves, Lashley laid Lesnar out cold as he walked out of the ring. And the third meeting was at the Royal Rumble, and Lashley threw Lesnar out without a problem. Lesnar steps closer and hands Lashley the contract. Lashley takes it, and again says that if memory serves, Lashley will be done under his terms. Lashley is going to take Lesnar’s contract and let his agent look at it, and his manager, and his lawyer, then Lashley will get back to Lesnar. This will be under consideration.

Oh, is Lesnar surprised? Surprised that Bobby Who has one up on you? Lashley emphasizes that with a poke of the finger. Lesnar smirks, and he reels Lashley in! F5!! Lesnar puts the contract in Lashley’s pocket, but fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures why not! Fireman’s carry, F5!! The Beast puts his hat back on, takes his leave, and the ball is now in the All Mighty’s court. Will this all but guarantee Lashley will want that match with Lesnar in Montreal?

 

Johnny Gargano finds Candice LeRae backstage.

Mr. Wrestling says hello to Mrs. Wrestling, tonight is big, right? How is she feeling? Luck hasn’t been on her side but she feels good. Lumis has a picture for good luck. Wow, the whole family! Gargano, Candice, little Quill and their dog, Pawdme, and… Who is that in the back? Nikki Cross? Cuz she’s SPYING on them! Nikki laughs and runs off! Candice isn’t sure what to make of that, but will she worry more about it once she’s in the chamber with crazy Cross?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella!

Raquel Gonzalez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, Asuka and Natalya are waiting, and there’s just one spot left in the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match! Will it be Michin, Mrs. Wrestling, the Scottish Viper, or the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island going all the way to Montreal for that golden opportunity?

Raw returns, Candice is already in the ring as Mia makes her entrance. Then, last but not least, Piper Niven! She’s dropped the nickname, will she make a name for herself on the Road to WrestleMania? The bell rings and Piper CLOBBERS Mia and Candice! Piper and Mella stare down, Mella talking trash even though this is her return match. Piper scares Mella with a growl and Mella bails out to hang by hubby Corey Graves. Piper whips Candice into Mia at a corner, then runs in to SANDWICH them! Candice and Mia both fall, and Piper grins. Mella hops on for a SLEEPER! Piper throws her right off!

Mella bails out again, but Mia and Candice fire off on Piper! Piper shoves them away, runs, but into a double drop toehold! She ends up on ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS send her out! Fans fire up with Mia and Candice, but then the two friends circle. They fist bump, and then Mia rushes in. Candice avoids the clothesline but Mia jumps over the leg sweep. Candice deflects a boot to waistlock, but Mia switches. Candice elbows free, Mia blocks a kick, and Mia slips under to pick Candice up! BUCKLE BOMB! Mia hoists Candice up top, CHOPS her, then blocks another kick! Mia has Candice in an Electric Chair, but Candice POISON-RANAS!

Mella scurries in to cover Candice, TWO! Cover on Mia, TWO! Cover back on Candice, TWO! Another cover on Mia, TWO! Piper TRIPLE SPLASHES them all!! Cover on Mia, TWO!! Piper drags Mia up to throw her out, then she kicks Candice out. Piper covers Mella, TWO!! Piper drags Mella up, throws her right out, and Piper is all fired up! Orlando is fired up with her, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Piper has everyone in corners. Piper SPLASHES Mia, SPLASHES Candice, but Mella dodges! FABULOUS KICK! Piper rebounds to CLOBBER Mella! Candice CROSSBODIES, but Piper catches her! Mia runs in to hit a NECKBREAKER that takes Piper down! All four women are down but Piper bails out of the ring! Orlando fires up while the others stir. Mella shouts, “This is MY match!” But Mia says no it ain’t! Mella throws a forearm, but Mia ROCKS Mella! Mella throws another, but Mia fires off a flurry! Mia BOOTS, then wrenches to hit EAT DA FEET!! Cover, Piper drags Mella away!

Fans are torn but Mia is shocked! Piper storms in, Mia throws body shots and haymakers! Piper ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Mia wobbles, Piper reels her in but Candice is up top! MISSILE DROPKICK! Piper is down, Candice LIONSAULTS! cover, Mia breaks it! Friends or not, this is every woman for herself! Mia says sorry, but then Piper shoves Mia into Candice! Candice falls, but Mia runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Candice breaks it! Piper pulls at her hair and bites her fingers in frustration, but she has Candice to herself now. Candice fires off haymakers, but Piper shoves her down. SENTON FLOPS as Candice moves!

Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! But Mella rolls Candice up! TWO!! Candice escapes, DEKCS Mella, and Mella goes to a corner. Candice runs in but is sent into buckles! Mella shouts at Candice and stomps a fabulous mudhole in! Fans boo as Mella moonwalks and says, “Mella! Is! Money!” FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! But Piper runs in! Mella dodges, CANNONBALL for Candice! FABULOUS KICK for Piper! Mella stacks Candice, and WINS!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match)

The Princess of Staten Island took advantage, and she is heading to Montreal! But will she be the one heading to WrestleMania with that golden ticket?

 

Baron Corbin regroups with JBL backstage.

Corbin laughs it off. “That didn’t go as planned, did it?” But where are they going to eat? Maybe get some drinks or something? JBL asks, “We? There ain’t no ‘we’. I headlined WrestleMania, I sold out arenas all over the world, I was must-watch television. You are channel changing television. That sound you hear when you get the ring, that’s the sound of remote controls around the world changing the channel to watch anything but you. And I don’t give a damn about you. I give a damn about the fact that MY Hall of Fame legacy, my CHAMPIONSHIP career, has lost all credibility, because of YOU!”

Corbin frowns but JBL continues. “Modern Day Wrestling God? I’ll tell you what you need. Not some cute little shirt, but a red nose and floppy shoes. Because you are a clown. You do not belong near me.” Corbin asks where this is coming from. He can do better! He’ll do better! JBL says, “You can’t polish a turd. I tried.” JBL storms off, did Corbin blow another major opportunity?

Meanwhile, we can see in the background that MVP is talking with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They shake hands, having a much better talk than JBL and Corbin just did. As the Wrestling God partnership falls apart, are we seeing the return of the Hurt Business?

 

Piper Niven finds Candice LeRae backstage!

Piper blames Candice for that loss! Piper should be going to WrestleMania! Mia storms in and makes Piper back off. Piper says they’re both very luck. If either of them get in the way of her and the title again, she will not be forgiving. Mia and Candice stick together, but will they both have to worry about the angry Scottish Viper slithering around?

 

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy!

Speaking of, PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard are going up against “Master” Chad Gable and his number one guy, Otis! It’s a battle of former Raw Tag Team Champions, will one of these teams make a big impression on the Road to WrestleMania?

Raw returns and MVP is with Cedric & Shelton in their entrance! The teams sort out and Gable circles with Cedric. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and SLAMS Cedric, but Cedric gets up, only for Gable to snapmare. Gable rolls with Cedric, has a waistlock again, but Cedric pries free, only for Gable to headlock for the takeover. Cedric headscissors, Gable kips free, but Cedric arm-drags Gable. Gable arm-drags back, then blocks Cedric’s arm-drag to say, “SHOOSH!” Gable stands Cedric up but Cedric mule kicks back. Cedric runs, handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cedric flounders and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!”

Gable tags Otis, the fans fire up and Otis struts. Gable cravats Cedric, Otis runs and CLOBBERS Cedric! Fans fire up but MVP protests. Cedric tags Shelton and he fires forearms on Otis! Shelton whips but Otis blocks! Otis whips, Shelton LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Shelton runs but Otis scoops! Shelton slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Otis staggers, Shelton runs in to STEP- UP- NO!! Otis carries Shelton out for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans fire up with the tree trunk and he runs, to SPLASH! Fans rally while Shelton sputters, but Otis CLUBS him on the back. Otis whips Shelton corner to corner hard and Shelton falls to the mat!

Fans rally behind Otis and he brings Shelton up. Shelton kicks but Otis blocks, and Otis spins Shelton around, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Otis staggers around, Shelton runs in but into another SLAM! Otis drags Shelton up, puts him in a corner, and then runs in, only to get buckles! MVP coaches Shelton and he crawls, but so does Otis! Hot tags to Gable and Cedric! Cedric rallies on Gable, runs in to forearm smash int he corner, then snapmare and BASEMENT DROPKICK! MVP is fired up with Cedric and Cedric whips. Gable reverses, Cedric goes up and over. Things keep moving, NEURALIZER!

Gable flops out of the ring, Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gable puts Cedric in while MVP shouts to shake it off! Gable is up top, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Shelton breaks it! Otis CLUBS Shelton, throws him to a corner, and then runs in, only to get more buckles! STEP-UP KNEE! And then another STEP-UP KNEE! And a SAMOAN DROP!?! Fans are thunderous after that, but Gable KNEES Shelton out! Cedric is up, Gable CLOBBERS him! Gable goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Cedric avoids it, back suplex, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Cedric & Shelton win!

Winners: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall

MVP is all fired up! He celebrates with his guys, is this the revival of the Hurt Business?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Cathy Kelley knows The A-Lister was caught off guard last week by Rick Boogs, but what is his reaction to that return? His reaction? Miz will gladly give it to Pearce, along with a bill for the damages to his $10,000 suit that Maryse bought Miz! Who makes someone compete in a suit?! And as far as “Boogs” goes, what? He’s supposed to be impressed that Boogs can bench press 500 pounds and play the electric guitar? But speaking of, here comes Boogs! Uh, how did he get a meeting before The Miz? Oh, of course, he’s special, right? Wow, Boogs is special? Thanks, Miz.

But Boogs is just excited to be reunited with the Boogs Crew in the WWE Universe. The Boogs Crew? Oh, cut the humble crap. Miz would’ve won easily, if he was dressed and ready. Boogs got luck and he knows it, but he’s also lucky that Pearce is a lazy and incompetent official. Because if it was different and Miz was ready, it would’ve been a different story! Pearce walks up behind Miz and says, “Tell me how you really feel.” Miz sighs and smiles at Pearce. Pearce says that if Miz wants a rematch with Boogs, all he had to do was ask. In fact, how about next week? Boogs says that is righteous! THICK RICK VS The Miz, he’s so excited! Rick “Boogs out” on his exercise bar!

Miz looks at Pearce, then frowns as he walks away. But then Chelsea walks back in. She’s about to go to the ring, so she wants him to find an opponent, or she will call his boss. Okay thanks, bye~! The Hot Mess heads out, but who will Pearce send out to face her?

 

Chelsea Green VS ???

“Shh… It’s Chelsea.” Orlando has mixed feelings as The Hot Mess struts her way to the ring in her first singles match since coming back to the WWE. She’s already got an ego over the fact that she is back, but is she going to be ready for her opponent tonight? Because her opponent is ASUKA!!

Wait, is that Raquel Rodriguez in the crowd? Big Mami Cool snuck in from SmackDown to watch Raw in person, and she’s distracting Asuka! The bell rings and Chelsea SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Chelsea CLUBS away on Asuka, but now we see Natalya sneaking in from the other side! And Liv Morgan! Chelsea dribbles Asuka off the mat, brings her up, and shushes her, before she SLAPS her! Mella struts her way back out, since all the Chamber entrants are here. Chelsea BOOTS Asuka into buckles! Chelsea drags Asuka up, clinches, picks her up, COMPLETE SHOT! Chelsea sees everyone else and asks if they all watched that.

Chelsea says SHE should be in the Chamber, not “whatever this is,” in reference to Mella. Chelsea goes back to Asuka, kicks dirt, and also talks trash on Natty. Wait, Nikki sneaks out here now? Nikki laughs at Chelsea. Chelsea says if Nikki wants crazy, she’ll give her crazy! Chelsea also talks trash on Liv and Raquel. But Asuka gest back up! Chelsea senses something is wrong, and Asuka eggs her on in Japanese! Chelsea swings, misses, and Asuka fires off a strike fest! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! FRONT KICK! URAKEN and HEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Chelsea wants a time-out!

Chelsea gets to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Chelsea BOOTS her! Chelsea runs in, into a CODE BREAKER, which Asuka then turns into a DOUBLE ARMBAR!!! Chelsea verbally quits, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The Empress of Tomorrow stands tall tonight, and she makes sure to look her future opponents in the eye. But then BIANCA BELAIR appears! The RawEST Women’s Champion is here, and she tells them all, “I want all of y’all to take a good look at each other and tell me what you see. Cuz I’ll tell you what I see. I see six top tier women in the WWE.” Fans cheer that. “But… Who has what it takes to win the Elimination Chamber match? Who has what it takes to go one on one with the EST of WWE? Because last year, I was in your position. I know what it’s like to be in an Elimination Chamber match, and I know what it takes to win. That’s how I got this.”

Bianca holds up the title, and says, “I want to wish each and every one of you good luck. Because whoever makes it out… I’ll be ready to see you at WrestleMania.” The EST has sent her message to all her potential contenders, but just who will survive the Chamber to meet Bianca in Hollywood?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Orlando goes nuts again as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring. Fans chant Cody’s name as he gets the mic. “So, what do you guys wanna talk about? Hmm… Last week, I used my interview time to come out here and talk to you with respect about my current WrestleMania opponent, The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the biggest superstar in the world, the Best in the World, Roman Reigns.” Fans boo Roman, then chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” So they just read Cody’s mind. Cody did say “current.” Cody’s path to WrestleMania is straight and clear, but the destination is foggy.

The reason being, Roman is putting the titles on the line at Elimination Chamber, “against a guy who has kicked up all the dust, a guy who has all the momentum, a guy that’s walking into his hometown, and that is Sami Zayn.” Fans cheer and chant for Sami and Cody continues. “You guys seem like a perfect judge for my next question. It looks more and more like at WrestleMania, it’s going to be me standing there, challenging for the championship against Sami Zayn.” Fans like the sound of that! Cody says this with the utmost respect. “I have respect for anyone avenging an injustice done to them. I have respect for my friend, Sami Zayn. I wish you the best of luck, may the best man win.”

But wait! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel, and The Wise Man, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans boo as Heyman continues into the ring. Fans chant “E C DUB!” and Heyman steps into the ring. Heyman tells Cody that something he may one day find out in life, “hopefully not at my expense, but one day, is that life at the very top in this industry requires an understanding that the only week busier than the week leading into a major event like the Royal Rumble, or watch the point, WrestleMania…

“Is the week coming out of a major event, like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. And I’m sure you know that the Tribal Chief and I have had a lot on our plates in the last week. And a few things fell through the cracks, admittedly, on the Island of Relevancy. One of which is the Tribal Chief and I, in front of the entire world, want to congratulate you on winning the 2023 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble match.” Cody and Heyman shake hands and Heyman says Cody earned it and that he’s very proud of Cody. Fans cheer that, and chant, “You Deserve It!”

Cody knows that his father had a nickname for Heyman, his brother had a nickname for Heyman. But if you’ll indulge Cody, Cody will go with “Mr. Heyman.” It is because Cody has “unparalleled respect” for Heyman and Heyman knows why. But if they’re going to pull back the curtain here, might as well pull it back for everyone here in the crowd and watching at home. This is a story that should’ve been told a long time ago. The year was 2000. The till in Cody’s family dried up a bit, and Hard Times was more than a famous promo. “Simply put, my family went broke.” $100 in a checking account for all of them.

To put a visual on it, Cody’s dad was doing local car commercials and not for money. Just so he could keep a car. Fans chant for Dusty now and Heyman gets emotional. “But then he got a phone call,” Cody continues. Heyman called Dusty. Heyman told Dusty that ECW as in town, that Steve Corino was gonna talk some smack, and that if Dusty would just agree to appear on camera, that if Dusty would be on ECW TV, Heyman “would pay him and pay him well.” Fans again chant for “E C DUB!” Cody says Heyman kept his word. In addition to the money that the Rhodes family sorely needed, ECW gave Dusty his confidence back, and Cody can never repay Heyman for that.

Flash forward a bit, and they might talk about it, but before coming back here, Cody was somewhere else, “causing a little bit of trouble.” From one disruptor in sports entertainment to another, Heyman showed Cody the way, so thank you again. Fans applaud that, and Heyman again gets emotional. Fans chant, “Thank You, Paul! Thank You, Paul!” Heyman says Cody is good. Cody really got Heyman there. Heyman was here to schmooze business with him, and Cody got him personally. Heyman sighs, fans cheer, and if we’re peeling back and shooting from the hip, let’s go all the way.

Heyman says this isn’t about him, and with all due respect and love and admiration and even acknowledgement, this isn’t about Dusty. This is about Cody, about everything Cody has fought for from the bottom to the top, out the door, back in, to winning the Rumble to main-eventing WrestleMania! “And winning WrestleMania is a whole different story. Just getting there is a long, long road.” And that’s Cody’s story. That’s Cody’s story that he needs to finish to find out if this is a dream come true, or if he must “suffer the nightmare of coming just this close.”

Because Cody isn’t just main-eventing WrestleMania, he’s trying to “take away from the greatest box office attraction and greatest champion of all time, Roman… Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says that’s no easy task for any mere mortal, let alone someone that has no idea what it’s like under that spotlight. Will Cody crumble and wither? Will he self-destruct under that pressure because no one ever prepared him for it? Heyman says down the road is the WWE Performance Center. At that very place, Cody’s father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, trained and prepped the biggest stars of this generation.

Cody’s father, Dusty, trained and prepped Seth Rollins, trained and prepped Becky Lynch, trained and prepped Bayley, trained and prepped Kevin Owens, trained and prepped for the highest level of success, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. But do you know who Dusty didn’t train and prep? Dusty did not train nor prepare Cody. Cody tries to smile through that but Heyman says he could counsel Cody that maybe, just maybe, Dusty wanted Cody to make it on his own. That’s how much love Dusty had for him. That Dusty wanted Cody to step out of the shadow of a national monument such as the American Dream himself.

Perhaps Dusty didn’t want Cody going through life as “Dusty’s son,” but as Cody Rhodes, “WrestleMania Main Eventer Who Stopped the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Maybe. But Cody, Heyman can’t convey in words how much he loved Dusty. But he can say to Cody’s face that Dusty loved Cody. To share this personally, in Heyman’s last conversation with Dusty, Dusty told Heyman… “You, Cody, were his favorite son.” Cody and the fans aren’t sure what to make of that, but then Heyman adds, “But Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.” Heyman drops the mic and fans cannot believe he just said that!

Cody rushes up on Heyman but Heyman backs away. Fans want Cody to go after Heyman but Heyman wants him to reconsider. Cody offers a handshake, then makes Heyman take it. “I’m just trying to win a wrestling championship, and everybody, everybody, wants to make it personal. And that’s what you just did, and you’re not gonna pay for it, Mr. Heyman. Your boy, Roman Reigns, is going to pay for it. At WrestleMania, when I take those titles, personally.” Cody pushes the mic into Heyman then heads out. Will Cody ironically be hoping Roman beats Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber so he can be the one to tear the Tribal Chief down?

 

Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford!

There is just ONE spot left in the United States Championship match, and it comes down to The Drifter and the flyest high flyer WWE has seen in a long time! Will all of Montreal #WalkWithElias? Or will this Profit be up, looking for gold?

Raw returns and Elias makes his entrance while Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and Elias circles with Ford. They tie up, and they are in a deadlock. They go around, Ford puts Elias in a corner but Elias turns it around. The ref counts, both men let off, and they reset. Ford and Elias tie up again, Elias headlocks and he grinds Ford down. Ford powers up but Elias holds tight. Ford tries again, but Elias still holds tight. Theory isn’t concerned about Elias’ level of aggression, because the person with aggression is him. Ford powers up and out, but Elias runs him over! Cover, TWO!

Elias stands Ford up but Ford rolls Elias up, TWO! Ford cradles, TWO! Elias headlocks again and he hits a takeover. Ford keeps his shoulder up, moves around, and fans rally. Theory likes Ford’s athleticism, and the move on his regimen, but he’s intrigued to face Elias since they’ve never met in a match. Ford fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Ford hurdles then runs Elias over! Ford DROPKICKS Elisa, and then Ford snarls as he whips. Elias reverses but Ford KICKS back! Ford runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Ford sputters to a corner and Elias storms up to CHOP, UPPERCUT and repeat!

Elias fires off, the ref counts, and Elias lets off. Elias then stomps Ford again, CHOPS him, and whips to back drop Ford! Ford bails out, Elias pursues, and Elias RAMS Ford into barriers! Elias then brings Ford up to STEEL STEPS BACK SUPLEX! Elias roars and fans are torn as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Elias has Ford in a motorcycle stretch. Ford endures, turns, but Elias drags him up into a waistlock. BACKBREAKER! Elias then goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Ford hops up after him! Ford fires haymakers, Elias throws body shots, and Elias CLUBS Ford down. Elias SUNSET FLIPS, but Ford holds onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Ford fights his way back up, and he ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias turns things into an Electric Chair Lift! SPINNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Theory says he thought that would end it, though he sounds a bit sarcastic.

Ford crawls to the apron and Elias storms over. Ford GAMANGIRIS Elias, ducks a haymaker, then bumps Elias off buckles to GAMANGIRI again! Ford goes back up, CROSSBODIES, and says “SUCK IT!” Ford rallies with clotheslines, then runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Elias staggers, Ford pumps up and hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up but Ford’s back tightens up. Ford powers through to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Theory likes that Elias is still in this, but Ford brings Elias up. Elias CHOPS! ford ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias ROCKS Ford, but Ford ENZIGURIS! Ford runs, into the SYMPHO-KNEE!

Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and Elias grows frustrated. Theory doesn’t worry about the match, and goes on to talk trash on the other entrants. Theory thinks Johnny Gargano will be a stay-at-home dad, Bronson Reed probably can’t fit in a pod, but then gets mad at Kevin Patrick for bringing up the loss to Bronson back in their NXT days. Elias meanwhile RAMS Ford into a corner, RAMS him again, and again, and again! Elias backs off, runs in again, but Ford puts him on the apron! Elias shoulders in, slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER!

Elias flounders away, Ford goes corner to corner to FLY!! Direct hit and down goes Elias! Ford puts Elias in the ring and fans fire up! Ford goes up top, and leaps in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)

Ford takes the last spot, but Theory stands on the desk to hold up the title. Will Theory still have that title after the Elimination Chamber? Wait! SETH ROLLINS CLIPS THEROY! Theory hits the desk and Rollins laughs! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the CURB STOMP to the floor! The Now didn’t see The Visionary coming, will nothing and no one stop Rollins from winning in the Chamber?

 

Bayley talks with Damage CTRL backstage.

Dakota Kai is in crutches given what Becky Lynch did to her last week, but Bayley isn’t worry. She tells Kai & Sky the plan and prepares for the main event, which is up next!

 

Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch!

The Role Model used Damage CTRL to take control away from The Man and deny us all this match on the Raw 30th Anniversary episode. But now, there’s no running from this, there’s no hiding from this, and there’s no getting around this! Will Bayley survive Becky’s Big Time wrath? Or will Becky leave Bayley behind just like when they were in NXT?

The bell rings, fans fire up, but Bayley smirks. Fans rally for Becky as she and Bayley circle. They feel things out, Bayley ROCKS Becky then climbs the wall! Becky yanks her down, she won’t let Bayley just run away like a coward. They talk trash, Bayley says Becky doesn’t tell her what to do or when to do it. Bayley shoves Becky, so Becky ROCKS Bayley! They go back and forth, Becky gets the edge, but Bayley kicks a leg out! Becky trips Bayley! Becky says she was going for the door, but that’s not how this is going down. Becky whips but Bayley turns it around, only for Becky to stop from hitting the steel.

Becky hits Bayley back, but Bayley also blocks hitting steel. Bayley elbows Becky away but Becky goes for an arm! Bayley and Becky go around, but Bayley throws Becky into the steel! Kai & Sky like what they see as Bayley sends Becky into more steel! Bayley stomps away on Becky, then digs her boots in! She also digs Becky into the frame of the cage! Fans boo but Bayley covers, ONE!! Becky is hanging tough, so Bayley decides to climb. Becky hurries over and dropkicks the cage to shake Bayley loose! Bayley falls to the mat, then Becky drags her up to RAM her into the steel! Becky drags Bayley up again to RAM her into more steel!

Becky runs to basement dropkick Bayley into the steel! And again! Becky stomps away on Bayley now, then pushes her face into the steel! “You think you can talk about my husband?! You think you can talk about my husband now, Bayley?!” Becky lets off, then drags Bayley up. Fans rally and Becky throws Bayley into more steel! Bayley drags herself out while Becky climbs the cage. Bayley hurries to anchor Becky, but Becky kicks her away. Bayley climbs up after Becky, but Becky kicks her again. Bayley anchors a foot, but Becky dribbles Bayley’s face off steel! Becky then adjusts, brings Bayley around, but Bayley RAMS Becky into steel!

Bayley dribbles Becky now, throws her off the ropes, then adjusts to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kai & Sky coach Bayley on as she has control, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns just as Becky kicks out of a cover! And she wants the arm! Bayley hurries to push Becky away, but Becky hits a FLYING FOREARM! Both women are down and Orlando fires up! Kai & Sky coaches Bayley as she and Becky both stand. The forearms go back and forth again! Fans rally behind Becky as she gets the edge, uppercuts and SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and JUMP KICKS Bayley down! Becky whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley uses that to get up the wall! Becky grabs Bayley’s legs to SLAM them against the steel! And again! Bayley holds on with her hands but Becky RAMS her into the steel again and again! SUPER JUMP KICK!

Bayley ends up slumped on the ropes, for Becky’s SUPER GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Becky fires up. Kai & Sky plead with Bayley as she gets up, but Becky clinches. Bayley slips out of the slam to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Becky is still in this and fans fire up again! Bayley drags herself to ropes, climbs the cage, but Becky rises! Becky drags Bayley back down, has her draped on the ropes and TOSSES her into the steel! Becky runs, to drop a leg, brother! But Bayley turns it into a HEEL HOOK!! Becky flails, reaches out, and crawls her way to the door! Becky grabs the frame but Bayley drags her away!

Bayley stands Becky up but Becky rolls to send Bayley into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Back to the HEEL HOOK! Becky still crawls, they roll to ropes, and Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel! And again! And again! Bayley is dazed but Becky hobbles back up. Becky climbs a corner but Bayley anchors her foot. Becky kicks her away, but Bayley tries again. Becky kicks Bayley again, but Bayley hurries up after her! They brawl, Becky shoves Bayley away! Becky is on the top rope but Bayley CLUBS her! Bayley clubs after and they braw on the top rope! Bayley RAMS Becky into the steel, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?!

Kai & Sky can’t believe it, and neither can Orlando! Bayley stalks Becky, but then decides to climb the wall! Bayley reaches the top! Becky hurries up after Bayley, catches up to Bayley, and they brawl up top now! Fans rally as the haymakers go back and forth! Bayley SMACKS Becky off the top! But Becky grabs an arm! Becky uses that to drag herself back up, DISARM-HER ON TOP OF THE CAGE!!! Bayley slips free, gets caught up on the ropes, and flops to the mat! But Becky just adjusts, only for Sky to climb up after her! The Evil Genius brawls with Becky, and then she kicks Becky down into the ring! Kai sneaks a crutch to Bayley!

Bayley JAMS Becky with the crutch! But wait, is that LITA?!? The living legend is here and she goes up after Sky! Lita YANKS Sky right off the cage! Lita storms up on Kai and uses her other crutch to YANK her into steel steps! Lita JAMS Sky, reels her in, TWIST OF FATE to the floor!! Bayley is flabbergasted, but she hurries for the door! Fans are losing their minds as Lita SLAMS the door shut! Bayley staggers into a MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Becky had Big Time back-up, was this the ace in the hole she talked about? Did Lita help Becky put behind her Damage CTRL once and for all?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw, and full to the brim at that. Great opening segment with Edge, Beth and Judgment Day. I am glad they’re giving us that Mixed Tag for Elimination Chamber, but I was hoping they would make it Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom. But at the same time, if Dom was involved, it’d be obvious Dom would take the loss just so The Grit Couple can win without really hurting Rhea’s momentum. With Finn in that match instead, it could go either way. Rhea could beat Beth to win it while we see Edge and Finn set up a 1v1 rematch for WrestleMania. That’s two birds, one stone, so perhaps WWE will go with that.

I also like that they used the brawl that broke out to bring in the Profits. Dom taking the Glam Slam was beloved by all, and of course we go right into Dawkins VS Priest. Priest winning makes sense, he really is the workhorse Edge said he is, Priest will have a great showing in the Elimination Chamber. Elias VS Ford was great stuff, even with Theory on commentary. Theory wasn’t bad, but what does he really add talking himself up? At the same time, it was great for Rollins to drive-by Theory to get himself some momentum while not in the ring. And as I’d hoped, Ford is in the Chamber now, so get ready for a From the Heavens off a pod.

Corbin VS Lumis being a comparative squash was a bit of a surprise, but it leading to JBL dumping Corbin was also quite surprising. At the same time, something had to give. The WWE never books Corbin strong forever, which is why Corbin has been through more changes to his character these last few years than anyone else. I’m not sure what’ll get Corbin to the next level, if WWE even cares to do that. I still think they skipped through the Bum Ass Corbin stuff too soon, but that’s on Vince. Maybe Corbin will start trying to earn JBL’s respect like he needs it as validation for who he is.

And because HHH’s team is really clever, they gave us another “Easter egg” in a promo, with MVP talking with Cedric & Shelton before their match. Their match against Alpha Academy was pretty good, though it seemed clunky at the start. Commentary touched on it, I think Shelton was just not quite ready for how big and strong Otis was gonna run in there. But Shelton & Cedric win because clearly, the Hurt Business is on its way back. Lesnar and Lashley had a good promo together, and I’m a little surprised we’re getting that match at the Chamber. Maybe there will be something crazy that happens, compelling a WrestleMania match. Plus, from Lashley’s promo, he’s counting their Rumble match confrontation as part of the record, so the Chamber match would be round 4, making Mania round 5 and a tiebreaker of sorts.

Good backstage promos with Adam Pearce. Miz putting his foot in his mouth and ending up in a rematch with Boogs was good stuff. Officially signing MMM to Raw was a nice detail to help give us a reason we’re even watching Pearce, which sets up Chelsea “Karen Joke Punchline” Green complaining to him and getting a match. And seeing as how Chelsea avoided bringing Asuka up, it was perfect that she had to fight Asuka. It was a logical surprise to have the other women in the Elimination Chamber match show up, though I feel like Chelsea could’ve been faster about talking trash. Asuka wins, of course, and Bianca had a great promo calling out all the contenders.

Speaking of, the Fatal 4 was great stuff, and I suppose Mella winning is a good choice. She’s returning, she’s got momentum just on that, but she’ll surely be used to build up Asuka in that match. Mella had that segment with Asuka last week, Asuka will definitely mist and eliminate Mella. Asuka is definitely a frontrunner to win the Chamber, and this return to Kana in presentation has to mean Asuka’s going to WrestleMania. Piper threatening Candice and Mia was good stuff. Piper might get a partner to take them on at some point, but we can get some great 1v1 matches out of Piper VS Candice and Piper VS Mia.

Cody’s promo segment with Heyman was so good. I just knew Heyman was setting up that insult on Cody about Dusty wanting someone like Roman as a son, and it was still powerful. And while Sami Zayn is great, it of course gave the idea that WrestleMania’s main event will stay Roman VS Cody. Then we got a great main event in the Steel Cage match. Granted, it was the usual Steel Cage formula: throw each other into steel; keep each other from climbing up and out multiple times; Heel still has minions interfere. But I did like that Lita showed up to help Becky in a callback to their Crown Jewel match. Lita helping Becky win was good stuff cuz it was DMG CTRL facing karma, and fans got to see the legendary Lita celebrate with the iconic Becky. Hell, maybe we get some kind of tag match now so Lita can return to WrestleMania.

My Score: 8.7/10


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