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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/29/22)

One last stop before SummerSlam!



SmackDown 2022

An Irish Donnybrook determines the next contender!

SmackDown bring out the shillelaghs as Drew McIntyre and Sheamus fight for that golden ticket to Clash at the Castle! Who will go to Cardiff to meet the Undisputed Universal Champion?


  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Irish Donnybrook: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus; McIntyre winners challenges for the title at Clash at the Castle.
  • Aliyah VS Shotzi Blackheart; Shotzi wins.
  • Ronda Rousey & Liv Morgan VS Sonya Deville & Natalya; Ronda & Liv win.
  • The New Day VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.


Undisputed WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Irish Donnybrook: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus!

That’s a bit of a mouthful, huh? But the bottom line is, after ducking and dodging the Scottish Warrior, the Celtic Warrior has no choice but to fight! No disqualifications, no count-outs, and no swords, but all the shillelaghs you could want! Who survives this to go all the way to Clash at the Castle?

Sheamus attacks McIntyre during his entrance! The bell rings, Sheamus throws McIntyre into barriers and CLUBS him down the ramp. Fans boo as Sheamus fires off haymakers, then brings McIntyre to some kegs! McIntyre stops himself, hits Sheamus back, and he whips Sheamus into barriers! Sheamus POSTS McIntyre in return! And then puts McIntyre in the ring! Sheamus fires off haymakers in a corner, stomps McIntyre, then throws body shots in another corner. Sheamus whips corner to corner, McIntyre comes back to LARIAT! McIntyre CHOPS Sheamus, ROCKS him, CHOPS him again, then whips him to ropes.

Sheamus kicks McIntyre back, runs, but into a scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, ONE!! Sheamus bails out but McIntyre pursues, only for Sheamus to trip him up! McIntyre hits the apron, and Sheamus gets a shillelagh! McIntyre avoids getting clobbered but Sheamus grins as he follows McIntyre. Fans rally up for McIntyre as he circles with Sheamus. McIntyre dodges again, and hits a BIG back suplex! McIntyre gets the shillelagh! But Sheamus kicks him low! And clotheslines McIntyre and himself out! They both stagger around by commentary, and McIntyre fires off big forearms! McIntyre TOSSES Sheamus over the desk!

Fans fire up as Sheamus flounders. Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” McIntyre looks under the ring, and he finds a TABLE! Atlanta is fired up but Sheamus attacks! Sheamus CLUBS McIntyre down, grins and mocks the fans as they boo, then he RAMS McIntyre into steel steps! Sheamus soaks up the heat, then drags McIntyre up and into the ring. Sheamus gets the table and moves it to a corner of the barriers at ringside. Sheamus leans the table up against barriers, then goes into the ring. Sheamus undoes a corner crossbar’s cover, and surprise! The shattered shillelagh from last week! Sheamus CLUBS away on McIntyre with it!

Sheamus DIGS the shillelagh into McIntyre’s face! McIntyre shouts in pain, gets to the apron, but Sheamus grabs McIntyre. BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN with the shillelagh! Fans count all the way to 10, then past that to 20! McIntyre flops down on the apron as Sheamus lets off. Sheamus kicks McIntyre to the floor, then goes out after him. Sheamus positions the table, brings McIntyre around, and he suplexes McIntyre, only for McIntyre to block! McIntyre suplexes Sheamus up and over to the floor! Fans fire up as McIntyre RAMS Sheamus into barriers! And then the POST! And then the steel steps!

McIntyre hauls Sheamus up to BARREL the kegs over! Atlanta is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Sheamus has the shillelagh in McIntyre’s mouth like a gag! McIntyre fights it off as fans rally up, and McIntyre kicks low! McIntyre CHOPS, runs, but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Sheamus goes out to grab a chair from the timekeeper’s area! Sheamus brings it to the ring to JAM McIntyre, and SMACK him on the back! Sheamus wedges the chair deep in the corner, then drags McIntyre up. The chair pops out on its own so Sheamus fireman’s carries instead. McIntyre fights free with elbows, then POSTS Sheamus! Sheamus’ plan only partially backfires, and both men rise.

McIntyre rallies on Sheamus, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Then clinch in the corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Sheamus runs back in but into a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and the fans fire up! McIntyre goes out of the ring to get himself some chairs! Then McIntyre brings out more chairs from under the ring! Fans fire up as McIntyre has at least half a dozen chairs, but Sheamus CHUCKS one into McIntyre’s face! McIntyre goes down and Sheamus stacks the rest. Sheamus drags McIntyre up, fireman’s carry to the- NO, McIntyre slips off, FUTURE SHOCK onto the chairs!! Cover, TWO!! Atlanta can’t believe Sheamus survived!

McIntyre fires up and fans fire up with him. McIntyre drags Sheamus up, reels him in, but of course the Brawling Brutes show up! Ridge Holland BREAKS a shillelagh on McIntyre’s back! Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO!! No one can believe it, least of all Ridge! Ridge drags McIntyre out of the ring to scoop him, but McIntyre slips off to POST him! And then McIntyre OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Ridge through the table!! Fans are thunderous and McIntyre is seething as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and McIntyre fires off haymakers and headbutts on the top rope! McIntyre drags Sheamus up but Sheamus trips McIntyre up! Sheamus throws haymakers on McIntyre and puts him in a Tree of Woe. Sheamus grins and soaks up the heat, but McIntyre sits up! SPIDER SUPERPLEX!! McIntyre gets out of the Tree, takes aim, but Sheamus avoids the Claymore! Sheamus Alabama Lifts and ALABAMA SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is frustrated that McIntyre is still in this, but the fans rally up. Sheamus drags McIntyre up, puts him on the apron and kicks him to the floor again.

Fans duel, Sheamus stalks McIntyre and brings him up, to whip, but McIntyre reverses! Sheamus hits the family bar!! The beer goes flying, but McIntyre RAMS him in again! The bar cracks, but BUTCH flies in off barrels!! Pete Dunne gets some air and takes McIntyre down! Sheamus uses a bar stool and he SMASHES McIntyre’s back! Sheamus puts McIntyre in the ring, drags McIntyre up to a fireman’s carry, and he climbs the corner! SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives and Atlanta is thunderous! Dunne is furious, Sheamus is seething, but McIntyre will not go down easy!

“This is Awesome!” as Dunne gets the SUPER SHILLELAGH! Sheamus holds that up, swings, but misses! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERSMASH for Dunne! SUPER SMASH for Sheamus! McIntyre counts it down, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAYMORE on DUNNE! BROGUE from Sheamus!! Cover, TWO!?!? McIntyre survives and no one can believe it!! Sheamus watches McIntyre crawl to a corner. Fans boo Sheamus as he powers up from the opposite corner. Sheamus runs in, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB through the table!! Fans are electric as McIntyre gets himself to a corner again.

Sheamus stirs in the wreckage of the table and McIntyre tells him to stay down. Sheamus refuses, as he crawls to the shattered shillelagh. McIntyre runs in, BASEMENT CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

The Scottish Warrior wins! He conquers his former friend, and now he is moving on to Clash at the Castle! Kayla Braxton congratulates McIntyre, and he will head home to the UK to face whoever is champion. This must feel really good. McIntyre says first off, Hotlanta’s been rocking all match! And Sheamus, it didn’t have to be this way. But McIntyre knew what he had to do, because someone has to do something about that part-timer champion! But wait, (AUSTIN) THEORY CLOBBERS McIntyre with his MITB briefcase! And CLUBS him down! And again, and again! Theory reminds everyone that he’s got the contract, and he SMACKS McIntyre again!

Atlanta’s own gets booed as he says he’ll have the titles on his shoulders as the NEW Undisputed WWE Universal Champion! But will that become reality at SummerSlam? Or will Theory be champion only in theory?


Baron Corbin taunts McAfee from the crowd.

Corbin says he’s here as a fan, and that’s why he has a sign that says “LOSER” with a picture of McAfee on it. Corbin says McAfee can’t touch him, either! Corbin takes a seat with his big bag of popcorn and ticket in hand. McAfee wants to fight Corbin now, but he has to wait until SummerSlam.


Seth Rollins VS Matt Riddle for SummerSlam is OFF!

The Visionary’s vicious attack on The Bro, culminating in a Curb Stomp to steel steps has given Riddle a brachial plexus injury. Riddle has been medically disqualified from the coming match, but will there be substitute named so that the Visionary can still be on the card?


Corbin keeps badgering McAfee from his front row seat.

McAfee has had enough of it, but it’s security that comes by to stop this before it gets started. Corbin throws the whole bag of popcorn at McAfee! Then he jumps the railing! The officials try to get McAfee to sit down, but then Corbin LOW BLOWS him!! Fans boo while McAfee writhes on the ground. Corbin leaves with an obnoxious grin on his face, but will McAfee get the last laugh?


Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory.

But he already knows Kayla wants to ask him about the attack on McIntyre. Okay, then what’s his answer? He is sick and tired of everyone treating him like a punching bag. He is a future two-time United States Champion, and he is  already the youngest Mr. MITB in history. He can’t help it if guys like Dolph Ziggler and Mad Cap Moss are jealous of him. But just because they’re jealous doesn’t mean he’ll stop cashing in tomorrow on SummerSlam to become the NEW Undisputed Universal Champion. And sure, Brock Lesnar gave Theory an F5m but that won’t stop him. Roman Reigns and the Bloodline attacked Theory, but that won’t stop him.

As a matter of fact, NO ONE will stop Theory becoming champion and then go to Cardiff to make McIntyre his punching back. But then Paul Heyman stands in his way. Heyman walks and talks with Theory about his bright future. Is the Wise Man going to somehow convince Theory of another way to the top?


Aliyah VS Shotzi Blackheart!

This was supposed to be Aliyah’s chance to get at Lacey Evans, but apparently Lacey isn’t medically cleared to compete tonight. The silver lining is that Aliyah gets another go at another foe in the wild child. Will Aliyah show everyone that she’s not some pushover? Or will Shotzi welcome her to the ballpit?

The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Shotzi headlocks then facelocks then hammerlocks. Shotzi messes Aliyah’s hair and talks trash, but Aliyah keeps her cool. They circle, Aliyah dodges to headlock. Shotzi powers out but Aliyah hits a THESZ PRESS! Aliyah fires off fast hands, then she wrenches Shotzi to a cording hold. Shotzi throws Aliyah down by her hair! Shotzi stomps a mudhole into Aliyah, then she CHOKES Aliyah on the ropes! The ref counts, Shotzi lets off, and Shotzi runs in to SENTON Aliyah against ropes! Cover, TWO! Shotzi gets the leg, drags Aliyah around, and she stomps Aliyah in the stomach!

Shotzi then brings Aliyah around to a BOSTON CRAB! Aliyah endures, fans rally, and Aliyah drags herself over, to the ROPEBREAK! But Shotzi just drags Aliyah away! Aliyah turns over, kicks free and then kicks Shotzi away! Fans fire up, Shotzi runs in but Aliyah ROCKS her first! And again! Boxing elbows! SOBAT! Aliyah runs and LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Shotzi bails out but Aliyah goes to the apron! FLYING THESZ PRESS! Aliyah fires off hands and fires up, and fans fire up with her! Aliyah brings Shotzi around but Shotzi POSTS her! Shotzi snarls and drags Aliyah up and into the ring.

Shotzi drags Aliyah up, hooks her legs, FISHERMAN DDT! Cover, Shotzi wins!

Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall

Shotzi just made sure Aliyah will #NeverWakeUp with that one! Will Shotzi use this momentum to make her way towards the title?


SmackDown shares exclusive footage from last week.

After losing to Raquel Rodriguez, Sonya Deville vented at the WWE Universe. They boo when she wins and cheer when she loses, but there is not a single person in that locker room that will make her leave! But RONDA ROUSEY showed up! And she fired off on Sonya, then hit the PIPER’S PIT! And the ARMBAR! Sonya tapped, will she learn not to run her mouth now?


Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan have a photoshoot.

Challenger and champion stare down in front of a SummerSlam poster, but Natalya walks in to tell Liv to soak it all in. Liv needs to enjoy these final few hours of being SmackDown Women’s Champion, because Ronda will destroy her in record time! Liv says, “I don’t think so.” Natty says the photographer should be taking pictures of her with the title, because she’s the only reason Liv has it! But then Sonya Deville walks in. Natty has amazing points, but isn’t it ironic that Ronda is the “Baddest Woman on the Planet,” but she went after Sonya after Raquel already did the damage? Ronda storms off but Liv says this is more like being a sore loser.


Shotzi is laughing in the ring!

She says Aliyah will never- Wait, Ronda is coming out here?! Seems Sonya’s whining set her off, and Shotzi’s the one in the ring. Ronda tells Shotzi to go, but Shotzi tries a sucker punch! She gets thrown around, and then gets a PIPER’S PIT! “Bye, Shotzi.” Ronda is sick and tired of everyone else complaining they should be in the title picture instead of her. And that heckler should shut up, and their mom failed them. But Liv, you come out here and show the other chicks why they’re the title match and not the others! Ronda wants a fight, who will give her that fight?

SmackDown returns, and Liv makes her entrance. The champion took Ronda up on her offer, but what kind of match are we getting? HOLLA HOLLA, PLAYA!

Ronda Rousey & Liv Morgan VS Sonya Deville & Natalya!

Adam Pearce made this match during break, now we’ll see if Ronda can break Sonya and Natty before going after Liv as her opponent!

The teams sort out, Ronda steps up against the Queen of Harts. Natty shoves Ronda, but Ronda blocks the kick to throw Natty around! Natty gets up, she and Ronda circle and tie up. Natty waistlocks, Ronda wrenches to a hammerlock, but Natty hits a fireman’s carry takeover. Natty has the armlock, but Ronda fights up. Natty wrenches, Ronda slips through to wrench back. Natty endures, rolls, handsprings, and wrenches but Ronda hits a hip toss! Cover, TWO! Ronda facelocks, tags Liv, and fans fire up. Natty gets away but Ronda gives Liv a boost to RANA! Natty tags out to Sonya, she rushes in but misses as Liv kicks, KICKS, but Sonya ROCKS Liv!

Sonya fires off kicks in the corner but lets off as the ref reprimands. Sonya rushes back in but Liv goes up and over. Sonya kicks Liv low, runs but Liv follows to SHOTGUN! Liv fires up and the fans fire up with her, she runs in to back body block! Liv rolls and comes back to whip Sonya to the corner. Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Ronda tags in, but Liv says she was fine. Sonya runs in, Liv goes Matrix and Ronda BOOTS Sonya down. Ronda gets a leg but Sonya gets to ropes! Liv tags in as Ronda lets go, they argue again, but Sonya trips Liv! Sonya RAMS Liv into barriers and soaks up heat! Fans boo but Sonya puts Liv in to KNEE in the side!

Liv crawls to ropes, Sonya tags Natty. Sonya CHOKES Liv, Natty smacks Liv around. Natty snap suplexes then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and Liv fights up to throw body shots. Natty CLUBS Liv, throws her out, then pursues to snap suplex Liv to the ramp! Liv writhes and Natty grins while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Sonya dribbles Liv off buckles! Sonya lets off as the ref counts, and she throws Liv down. Sonya lines up a shot and KNEES Liv down! Cover, TWO! Liv survives but Sonya drags her up. Sonya puts Liv back in the corner, tags Natty, and they double suplex Liv! Fans rally up for Liv and Ronda but Natty clamps on a chinlock. Natty holds out Liv’s hand mockingly, then she turns Liv around. Liv throws body shots but Natty throws Liv down! Natty gets the legs, stomps Liv in the stomach, then steps through. Liv kicks Natty away, dodges her, but Natty gets a foot to reel Liv in! CODE BREAKER! Liv thinks about the tag but covers, TWO!!

Liv drags Natty back up, fires off haymakers but Natty hits back! Natty whips Liv into the corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Liv swings on Sonya but Natty CLOBBERS her! Natty SLAPS Liv, tags Sonya, and they mug Liv. Sonya gets in Liv’s face, then ROCKS her with a forearm! Sonya snapmares Liv, clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Liv around. Liv endures, Ronda coaches Liv up, and fans rally up again. Liv throws elbows, ROCKS Sonya with haymakers, but Sonya shoves and ROUNDHOUSES! Liv ENZIGURIS! Both women are down and fans fire up! Liv and Sonya crawl, hot tag to Natty, but Liv says no!

Liv runs at Sonya, misses, Natty has her for a REBOUND- VICTORY ROLL from Liv! TWO!! Liv hurries up but into a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Liv is trying to do this on her own but that makes this a handicap match! Natty runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Liv has a clear path, she makes her way over, Ronda tags herself in! Ronda rallies on Sonya, then goes up to ELBOW Sonya down! Fans fire up as Ronda gets Sonya up for a PIPER’S PIT! Ronda talks some smack, but Natty CLOBBERS her from behind! But Liv goes after Natty! Liv gives Natty ObLIVion! Ronda has the ANKLE LOCK on Sonya!! Sonya taps, Ronda and Liv win!

Winners: Ronda Rousey & Liv Morgan, by submission

The challenger and champion win together, but now they’ll have to fight each other tomorrow night! Will the Baddest Woman on the Planet take back that belt? Or will Liv prove she can be more than a one and done?


The Street Profits are here!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are in Atlanta for a very special face-to-face with The Usos, and special guest referee, Jeff Jarrett! Double J is going to lay down the law, but will he have to flex his authority here tonight?

SmackDown returns as The Usos make their entrance. And then Jarrett comes out to say whoa whoa whoa! Double J has something to say! He has some words for the Profits, and the Usos! Jarrett felt it’d be a good idea for the five of them to get things straight before SummerSlam. He wants them all to understand just how serious he’s taking his job of being a special guest referee. Jey says hold up, ATL! It’s J E Double F, J A Double R E Double T! Jey wants to know if it’s a DQ if Jey hit Ford in the face and his nose started leaking on the canvas like on Monday. Jimmy asks Jarrett if it’s a DQ if he took both belts and wrapped them around Dawkins’ head like those headbands he has!

Dawkins says hold on. Is it a DQ if he hits Jimmy so hard, he comes back with face paint on? The Profits mock the haka, then Ford asks if it’s a DQ if they do that and more and then you look on the mat and see the Profits did nothing but drop bodies. Bodies? BODIES! And then you see NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! The Profits are up, and nothing changes! #WeWantTheSmoke!! Jarrett has everyone hold on. The four of them certainly have some creative imaginations. But listen: Jarrett isn’t here to contain them. In fact, he’s just here to let them run wild! He just has one job: when two shoulders are down, he counts 1-2-3.

BUT… that’s tomorrow. As far as tonight goes, it is very apparent that these four have some outstanding issues. So if they feel froggy, why don’t ya jump? Dawkins says hey, ain’t no jumping. But one more question: Is it a DQ if he SUCKER PUNCHES! The brawl is on! Jarrett watches from a corner as this all goes around the ring! But then Ford dodges and a SUPERKICK takes Jarrett down! Everyone is stunned! Jey is worried, is that going to affect Jarrett’s thoughts on them? Jey apologizes, then he and Jimmy help Jarrett up. But Jarrett shoves the Usos away! And then Dawkins POUNCES the Usos out of the ring! And Ford FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp!

The Profits stand tall and Jarrett stares at the Usos as they regroup. Will the Usos’ historic reign end in Nashville?


Maxxine Dupri speaks.

“Hi. I’m Maxxine Du-Pri, and I’m the Director of Talent for Maximum Male Models. Welcome to the debut of the 2022 SummerSlam beach wear collection.” Maçè is sporting the SummerSlam swim shorts, accentuating his symmetric quadriceps. And Mansôör is styling the ultra modern SummerSlam crop top, perfectly displaying his awe-inspiring abdominals. And Max Dupri is back! He and his sister are still seeking those who embody the excellence of physique to titillate the juices of your guilty pleasures.


The New Day VS The Viking Raiders!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods have tried fighting the new and vicious Erik & Ivar, and they’ve tried poking fun at them, too. Neither has really worked out for them, but perhaps an actual match will finally settle this! Will ya bois be able to stop the raid? Or will the warpath continue right through SummerSlam weekend?

SmackDown returns and the Viking Raiders make their entrance. The teams sort out Woods starts against Erik. They tie up, Woods headlocks but Erik powers out. Woods goes up and over, ROCKS Erik, but Erik puts Woods in the corner. Woods dodges the haymaker, CHOPS and fires off hands! Woods climbs up to rain down fists but Erik carries him out. Woods sunset flips, ONE! Erik CLOBBERS Woods, then he drags Woods up to whip. Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, Kofi tags in, and Woods shoves Erik into Kofi’s shoulder. Kofi then springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Erik with knees, then whips. Erik reverses, Kofi goes up, FLYING RANA!

Kofi gets up, but Erik FLYING KNEES! Both men are down but Ivar tags in. Erik drags Kofi up, he and Ivar mug Kofi at the ropes! The ref counts, the Vikings let off and the fans boo. Ivar drags Kofi up to put in a corner, fire haymakers, and he tags Erik. Erik throws body shots, but fans rally up. Kofi fights back with body shots on Erik, elbows on Ivar, but Erik shoves Kofi back. Ivar tags in, Erik shoves Kofi and Ivar YANKS Kofi out of the ring! BASEMENT CROSSBODY against barriers! Kofi is down and dazed while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Ivar has Kofi in a chinlock. Kofi endures as Ivar thrashes him around. Kofi fights up as fans rally and he throws body shots! Ivar DECKS Kofi with a haymaker! Ivar drags Kofi up and DECKS him again! Ivar then gets Kofi up again, but Kofi counters with an SOS! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl, hot tags to Erik and Woods! Atlanta fires up as Woods dodges, rallies, and whips. Erik reverses but Woods tilt-o-whirls into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! But Ivar clamps on and whips Woods to ropes! Woods dodges Ivar to dropkick him out! Then he baits Erik into a drop toehold onto ropes!

Woods runs side to side, SLIDE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO! He takes both Vikings down, then GAMANGIRIS Erik to set up the SLINGSHOT TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Woods drags Erik up. Fans rally as Woods suplexes, but Erik is too big for that! Erik wrenches and DECK Woods! Erik then hauls Woods up, but Woods slips out of the back suplex to mule kick! Kofi tags in, Woods manages the suplex for the GOURD BUSTER! Kofi FROG SPLASHES! Cover, Ivar breaks it! Woods runs in but into a LEG LARIAT! Kofi SOBATS Ivar out! Erik waistlocks, Kofi switches and rolls him up, TWO!

Erik gets Kofi for Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar, Erik feeds Kofi to the SEATED SENTON! Then Erik and Ivar drag Kofi up for the DOUBLE POEWRBOMB!! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Erik & Ivar put away the eleven-time tag team champions, and then they grab their shields and some chairs! The win is not enough, they want to destroy the New Day! Woods hurries in to save his friend, but he gets a SHIELD BASH!! Erik throws Kofi out and now Ivar puts the chair around Woods’ leg! Ivar then picks up his shield, he and Erik DOUBLE SHIELD BASH THE CHAIR!!! Woods clutches his leg, the very leg that was injured and kept him out of action! Have the Viking Raiders sidelines Woods themselves?


Paul Heyman is in the ring.

The Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief gets an introduction from the ring announcer while he paces. Heyman says, “Ladies and gentlemen, my name…” “…is Paul Heyman!” Atlanta knows the introduction, but Heyman says it himself. And Heyman serves as Special Counsel to YOUR Tribal Chief. “The one and only Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, not just all of WWE, but all of sports entertainment, the GOAT, the Greatest of All Time, the Head of the Table, and tomorrow night, tomorrow night, tomorrow night at SummerSlam, the last! Man! Standing! Roman…! Reigns!

“700 days in the modern era as the heavyweight champion. An unheard of accomplishment, not for a few years, not for a decade, but for 35 years, no one has gotten to 700 days as the heavyweight champion. And guess who is gonna be the spoiler tomorrow night? BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Over my damn, dead body. Tomorrow night, Roman Reigns will not pin Brock Lesnar. Roman Reigns will not just smash Brock Lesnar. Tomorrow night, Roman Reigns is going to put Brock Lesnar down for 10 seconds, stand over a defeated, humiliated, embarrassed, victimized Brock Lesnar, hold both titles up in the air, be the last man standing, and we all be done with Brock Lesnar once and for all!”

Fans are a bit torn on that, but then HERE COMES BROCK LESNAR!! Heyman looks like he’s seen a ghost as the Alpha Male of Our Species makes his way down the ramp! Lesnar grins as he circles the ring and Heyman clutches his chest. Lesnsar gets in the ring, and Heyman offers him the mic. Lesnar steps to Heyman and Heyman cowers in the corner. Theory attacks with the briefcase! But it doesn’t take Lesnar down! Lesnar DECKS Theory, SMACKS away on him with the briefcase, then hauls Theory up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Hotlanta is #SuplexCity!

Theory crawls away with the case, flounders up the ramp, but turns around into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre gets payback on Theory, and he stares Lesnar down! Could we see a rematch from WrestleMania 36 happen at Clash at the Castle? Will the Tribal Chief retain the titles? Or will Theory, beat down as he is right now, still pull off the cash-in after calling his shot?

My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that didn’t feel like the usual WWE go-home, and that’s a good thing. They didn’t stuff this thing full of recap videos, we just got a lot of action that helped build the energy going into SummerSlam. Opening with McIntyre VS Sheamus was quite the surprise, but that was so the match could breathe and really give us everything they could. A little annoying that the Brutes got involved but of course they were going to. Why can’t there ever be a point where management thinks, “Hey, maybe we should do a ringside ban, threatening suspensions and fines?” But in the end, McIntyre comes out looking even stronger.

And I do appreciate that Theory attacked McIntyre here. He didn’t say it in his backstage interview promo, but he is becoming the afterthought because even commentary was saying the winner of the Donnybrook was going to be taking on either Roman or Lesnar. Heyman talking Theory into jumping Lesnar in the final segment was also rather clever. It’s Heyman playing off that ego to sucker Theory in while also trying to weaken Lesnar up even just a little. But naturally, that doesn’t happen, Lesnar is too tough for Theory. And McIntyre getting even with Theory definitely does tease the possibility of Lesnar VS McIntyre finally happening in front of fans. However, I don’t see it, as there’s still a lot in Roman’s favor.

Rollins VS Riddle being off of SummerSlam is definitely a new angle in the story. I don’t know why it’s happening, unless Randy Orton is making a shockingly quick return. Randy could prove everyone wrong and fight Rollins on Riddle’s behalf, showing us that RKBRO is still a thing. If that’s not the case, then I don’t know. Is there real heat between Rollins and Riddle again and HHH is trying to help that now that he’s in charge? Also Corbin heckling McAfee the entire time from his seat was actually pretty hilarious because McAfee kept pointing it out. And then of course Corbin uses it to take advantage and get that cheap shot. I really hope this means McAfee wins.

Pretty good stuff out of the women’s division tonight, but I will say this: a new problem I have with this Lacey Evans Heel thing is that she doesn’t even wrestle. She walked out of three matches in a row, from the tag match with Aliyah to the two singles matches with Aliyah. And now she doesn’t even show up, (kayfabe) claiming she is hurt. But Shotzi subbing it was definitely good for Shotzi, she got to get a win for it. Good promos from Ronda, Liv, Natty and Sonya, very good tag match between them, and of course Ronda and Liv win so that they both have momentum and the math is still the same. And as I’ve been saying, I really hope Liv wins and gets to have more than one month as a champion. Then it can be Liv giving us some fresh match-ups going towards Clash at the Castle.

A little surprised LA Knight is still Max Dupri after rumors were flying around, but I guess those rumors were wrong. Now Maximum Male Models is a four person faction, but seeing as how Sophia (Maxxine) didn’t wrestle in NXT, I don’t see her wrestling on SmackDown. I just wish MMM would get in the ring already. Great to see New Day and Viking Raiders finally have a match, and it was a very good one. Viking Raiders winning and going after Woods’ leg like that were some big surprises, but I suppose this is part of their new vicious attitude. At this point, I’d expect the Viking Raiders to be next for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships.

And speaking of which, we got a great segment between the Usos, Profits and Jarrett. I was kinda hoping Jarrett would be a bit more direct about how he said his only job was to count a pin. If this was some kind of No Disqualification tag, or something akin to that, I feel like it’d finally make sense to have a special guest ref. But anyway, we got a great brawl from the teams, and a great sell of that superkick from Double J. But with the Profits standing tall, I have a feeling the Usos are going to continue on as champions. Unless WWE suddenly decides to go against go-home math, which would be pretty cool.

My Score: 8.6

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

Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!



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?


  • 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.


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!



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?


  • 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.


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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