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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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.
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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?
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
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Bianca’s the readiEST Raw Women’s Champion!
Damage Control looks to do some damage!
With Bayley coming after the Raw Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules, Bianca Belair looks to remove a pawn from play in Iyo Sky!
- Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control; Bianca wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Rey wins.
- Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy; Kevin & Gargano win.
- Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester; Omos wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day; Riddle wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control!
The RawEST Women’s Champion has the Empress of Tomorrow and the Five Foot Fury backing her up because we all know DMG CTRL doesn’t roll alone! Bianca gets the mic to say, “Y’know, Bayley, I really considered coming out here and challenging you again tonight. I mean, why wait for Extreme Rules? But then I remembered that you would never make this just about you and I. And even if you did come out here and accepted my challenge, it wouldn’t be you alone. I learn from my mistakes, and it was not about to be three on one again, especially not after last week.”
Bayley could’ve faced Alexa 1v1 but no. Iyo & Dakota had to interfere again because Bayley can’t fight her battles alone. So Bayley, Bianca will say this: If Bayley wants the title at Extreme Rules, then good luck. Because her girls will be watching Bayley’s girls to make sure this stays between the two of them. But here comes DMG CTRL makes their way out. Bayley thought Bianca would’ve learned her lesson last week. This will never be just about the two of them because it is bigger than the two of them. Bayley wouldn’t expect the fans to understand, either.
Bianca was groomed, handpicked and trained to be a champion. But those like DMG CTRL had to groom themselves, train themselves, and dreamt about this since they were 12 years old! Bayley said she would take over the WWE and that is what she’s doing! Yes, Bianca is in this position, she’s thriving, she’s accomplished all these things, but she was placed, picked, chosen. “Girl… Uh-uh.” Bianca has earned everything, nothing was handed to her. She’s here because she’s been showing up and showing out. Where’s Bayley been? Rehabbing?
Now, Bianca is sorry Bayley got hurt but she’s not sorry Bayley came back to Bianca as champion. Bianca will not belittle herself to go down to Bayley’s level. Bayley tells fans to shut up! She WAS injured, she DID get hurt. She couldn’t even walk 10 months ago, but she taught herself how to walk again, and how to run again. And Bayley pinned Bianca at Clash at the Castle! Something NO ONE had done in over 300 days! So yes, Bayley was injured, that’s why she wasn’t here. So fall in line like everyone else!
Bianca says no no no. Last time Bianca checked, Bayley WAS here when Bianca reached the top of her game. When Bianca main evented WrestleMania, Bayley WAS here. And the last 1v1 match these two had, Bianca KOD’d Bayley onto a ladder. Bianca gets it, though. She understands why Bayley returned with back-up. It’s because Bayley wasn’t ready to face a champion like Bianca alone. Bayley says, “Y’know what?” But then fans taunt and boo and that upsets Bayley.
“We’re not talking about the past, okay? The past is the past and I’m sick of you running your mouth.” But Bayley just got a great idea! At Extreme Rules, she feels like winning the Raw Women’s Championship in a LADDER MATCH. Fans cheer that ide and Bianca even smiles. Consider the ante up. But since Bianca can’t have Bayley, she’ll get extreme with Iyo tonight! Let’s go! Iyo nods and hands her belt over to Kai. She calls for the ref while the others exit, and the bell rings! For Iyo to turn around into a SHOTGUN dropkick!
Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Iyo bails out! DMG CTRL regroups but Bianca wants the Evil Genius to get back in, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca CLUBS away on Iyo in a corner. Bianca whips corner to corner, Iyo reverses and runs in but Bianca puts her on the apron. Bianca clinches but avoids the haymaker! Bianca waistlocks to bring Sky back into the ring, for a SLAM! Bianca keeps hold of Sky and fans rally up. Bianca ripcords Sky to then run her over with a shoulder! Bianca drags Sky up and TOSSES her across the ring! Sky gets up, and Bianca TOSSES her the other way! Sky gets to a corner, Bianca runs in and RAMS her shoulder in!
Bianca digs her shoulder in, then carries Sky! But Sky sunset flips, only for Bianca to stay up and drag Sky up. Sky dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca blocks it for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sky ends up in another corner. Bianca climbs up to rain down fists. But Sky slips out to trip Bianca up with her hair! Sky fires off on Bianca now but lets off as the ref counts. Sky sweeps the legs and digs her boots in, to then hit a SWINGING METEORA! Cover, TWO!
Sky drags Bianca up and whips her to ropes. Bianca reverses, but Sky reverses back to hook Bianca up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Bianca endures, fights around, pries Iyo off but Iyo sunset flips, TWO! Bianca ends up in a corner now, but she dodges Sky and ROCKS her with a forearm! Bianca runs in to CLOBBER Sky! Sky goes to a corner, Bianca goes up to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! Sky tries to trip Bianca up again but Bianca kicks her away! Bianca flips up and over, then DECKS Sky! Cover, TWO! Bianca is frustrated but she looms over Sky.
Bianca drags Sky up, torture racks, but Sky fights with elbows! Sky swings but into another waistlock! Sky fights the lift, throws some elbows, but Bianca holds on tight! Sky keeps fighting, and she HOTSHOTS Bianca in the ropes! Sky then hits a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK and Bianca hits POST! Bianca flops down and DMG CTRL is loving it as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sky has Bianca in a chinlock, but Bianca powers up! SIDEWALK SLAM! Both women are down and fans rally up. Bianca and Sky rise, Sky is on Bianca first but Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky ROCKS Bianca, Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky runs, Bianca dodges and follows to CLOBBER Sky! Bianca rallies and DROPKICKS Sky down! Bianca kips up, drags Sky up and CLUBS away on her! Bianca whips Sky to a corner, runs in but Sky turns things around, only for Bianca to snap suplex first! And roll through to the longEST stall, and a SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sky survives and Bianca breathes easy again. Bianca drags Sky up, chicken wings, but Sky fights to get the ropes! Sky then switches, rolls Bianca up, TWO! Sky stands on the ponytail! Fans boo but then Bianca trips Sky up with the ponytail! HANDSPRING- NO, Sky avoids the moonsault to kick, run, QUEBRADA, but into a scoop and SLAM! HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sky survives again and Bayley is stressing out. Bianca glares at Bayley, stalks Sky, and she drags Sky up into a torture rack. “This is Awesome!” as Sky fights the KOD!
Sky is on the apron, she ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Bianca away! Sky goes up top for a CROSSBODY! But Bianca rolls it through! Bianca shakes her head, and she FALL AWAY SLAMS Sky down! Cover, TWO! Sky rolls away but Bianca drags her into a drop zone. Bianca climbs up, Sky pops up to SHOTEI! Sky then climbs up after Bianca, fires forearms and a HEABUTT! Sky stands on the very top to SUPER- NO, Bianca blocks the Steiner to push Sky away. Bianca BOOTS Sky, adjusts, but Sky goes up top! SUPER ARM-DRAG!!
Sky fires up and she aims from a corner. Sky runs in for the SHINKANSEN! Bianca is in the drop zone now and Sky goes up! But Bianca trips her up! And SHOVES her onto DMG CTRL! Bianca aims, for a PLANCHA!! Bianca is all fired up and so are the fans! But Sky SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS! Sky pushes Bianca in, springboards, but Bianca gets under! Torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
A big win over the Genius of the Sky! Bianca is ready to fly, will Bayley regret choosing a Ladder Match for their showdown?
Someone arrives in the back.
It’s Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn! They’re here so the Honorary Uce can face AJ Styles, will he make the Phenomenal One pay for the disrespect shown to the Bloodline?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Last week, when Seth Rollins attacked Matt Riddle, that helped The Judgement Day defeat him and Rey. Part of that was also Dominik daring Rey to hit him, even kneeling and begging him to do it. What is going on in Rey’s mind right now? Kevin Patrick’s a father, yeah? So he knows there’s nothing like holding your newborn child in your arms. Wanting to give them the world, watching them grow up, envisioning the kind of person they’ll become, always wanting the best for them, no matter what. Rey will always love Dom, and he will never, under any circumstances, fight him.
But last week, when Dom gave him that chance, Rey wondered what happened to the kid he raised. He could not recognize this man Dom has become. Rey knows deep down inside, this is not Dominik. It can’t be! This is Rhea manipulating Dom’s heart and mind. But Rey can’t let that sway his focus. Tonight, Rey takes on Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins, and he needs to be at his best. Rey’s had his fair share of battles with Rollins, and he knows how savage Rollins can be. Rollins wanted to do more than just injure Riddle last week.
Rey may have mercy for his own flesh and blood, but with everything going on his head right now, there is no mercy for Rollins. Will the King of Lucha be able to take out all his anger on the Visionary?
The Miz meets with security backstage.
“Alright, gentlemen. I have recruited you for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am offering a prize package worht up to one MILLION dollars, including but not limited to an exclusive cameo in the upcoming spinoff movie of the Marine franchise, gift cards accepted at most department stores, a certified pre-owned vehicle, and career advice from yours truly, which in and of itself is worth $2 million.”
Now he did not want big, bulky, muscular dumb security, he wants smart and stealthy! That is why he chose them. They are not just elite security professionals, no! They are MIZFORCE! Say it with him! “MIZFORCE!” Again! “MIZFORCE!” One more time! “MIZFORCE!” Now go! Find He Who Shall Not Be Named and make sure he is not here! GO GO GO! The guards hurry off, but will MIZFORCE find Dexter Lumis before Lumis finds Miz?
Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio!
The Visionary has pushed things with Matt Riddle so far, they’re going into the FIGHT PIT at Extreme Rules! Will Rollins sharpen his edge at the expense of the King of Lucha? Or will he suffer for everything Judgement Day has put Rey through instead?
Before the match, Rollins gets the mic and fans sing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins welcomes Edmonton to Monday Night Rollins! And he is our host for the festivities. He is a visionary, he is a revolutionary, he is Seth “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins should be here as the NEW United States Champion, But the only reason he is not, that reason has a name that Rollins doesn’t even wanna say. But he is not champion now because of Matt Riddle!
Last week, Rollins had Lashley in the center of the ring, dead to rights, but Riddle made Rollins take his eye off the ball for one single second, and it cost him! Riddle has been a thorn in Rollins’ side for months, but that is the last time! In two weeks, they finish this at Extreme Rules inside… THE FIGHT PIT! Fans like the sound of that! Some even chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” But then the singing of “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” drowns that out. Rollins has to be honest, though, this past week, Rollins has heard the whispers and read the tweets. No one thinks he stands a chance!
Everyone says the Fight Pit is Riddle’s match. Rollins had to go home and take a long look in the mirror. Rollins came to the harsh conclusion that he’s SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! It doesn’t matter what kind of match it is! Cage match, Hell in a Cell, Tables, Ladders, Rollins has been in every single type of match you can imagine, and he’s won ’em all! As good as Riddle may be inside the cage, he has nothing on Rollins. Rollins has one thing Riddle will never have: his brain! His Einstein level acumen for the fight game!
Extreme Rules may be Rollins’ first time inside the Fight Pit, but he’ll tell us this. “When all the dust settles, Riddle is gonna be flat on his back, and the entire world is gonna be singing my song, calling me the King of the Fight Pit!” Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins knows Riddle is watching, so Riddle better take notes. Rollins is going to give “Father of the Year,” Rey Mysterio the beating he is too much of a coward to give his own son! HAHAHAHAH! But with that Rey makes his entrance! Will Rey show who’s really the coward here?
Rey DROPKICKS Rollins the moment he’s in the ring! The ref tries to stop Rey but Rollins bails out. Rollins is furious and throwing a fit, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins puts Rey in a corner to grind his forearms in. Rollins talks trash, stomps away and digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Rollins lets off, and wipes the blood from the cut on his forehead. That’s from Rey spiking Rollins off steel steps. Rollins CLAWS Rey’s back, then he fishhooks Rey’s nose! Rollins lets off as the ref reprimands, but he ROCKS Rey to a corner. Rollins whips Rey corner to corner but Rey goes up and over then tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Rey fires off on Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses, only for Rey to KICK him away. Rey runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!
Rey writhes and Rollins seethes while fans rally. Rollins stalks Rey to ropes, drags him up and ROCKS him in the back. Rollins looms over Rey, drags Rey up and ROCKS him again. Then Rollins reels Rey in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins snarls as Rey crawls to the apron. Rollins drags Rey up but Rey counter punches! Rey fires off haymakers, slingshots up and over to a sunset flip, TWO! Rollins CLOBBERS Rey! Fans rally and duel as Rollins stalks Rey.
Rollins kicks Rey around, then kicks him to a corner. Rollins CHOPS Rey, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Rey flops down and Rollins conducts the “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Fans boo, too, though, and that upsets Rollins. Rey stands up, Rollins runs corner to corner, but Rey dodges! Rollins hits buckles and then Rey fires off haymakers! Rey RAMS Rollins, whips but Rollins reverses. Rey drop toeholds to send Rollins into buckles! Rey then climbs up and rains down fists on that bloody forehead! Fans count all the way to TEN, and Rey gives us some Latino Heat!
Rey follows Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses. Rey holds ropes, elbows back then springboards, but Rollins catches him to a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP! Rey flounders but Rollins drags him up to slide him out! Rey belly flops onto the floor and Rollins goes out after him. But here comes Dominik, with a chair! Is Dom here to attack Rollins for their past? Or is he here to watch his father suffer? Dom pats Rollins on the shoulder, so it’s the latter as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins whips Rey HARD into the corner! Dom is sitting ringside now to watch as Rollins drags Rey out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, then lets off to line up a shot. Rollins BOOTS Rey into the ring! Rollins offers a fist bump, and Dom takes it! Fans boo them both but Rollins goes into the ring. Rollins tells Dom to watch this. Rollins drags Rey up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo! And then another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Rollins drags Rey up again, gives some Latino Heat, and suplexes again, but Rey throws knees! Rey makes it a DDT!
Dom isn’t as happy watching now with Rey and Rollins both down. Rey gets up, adjusts his mask and goes to a corner. Rey climbs, but Rollins Electric Chair Lifts him off the corner! Rollins turns Rey around but Rey RANAS Rollins into the buckles! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Rey goes to the apron and fans fire up as he climbs. But Rollins ROCKS Rey first! Rollins climbs up, brings Rey up, but Rey throws body shots! Rey HEADBUTTS Rollins away, but Rollins springs right back up! Rey fights with body shots and shoves Rollins away again! Then SEATED SENTONS!
Rey keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives the sudden turnaround but Rey keeps moving. Rey slides under but Rollins catches him, only for Rey to victory roll! TWO, and Rey dropkicks Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins gets up to get Rey in position, BUCKLE BOMB! And FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Dom is annoyed. Rollins goes to ropes, drags himself up, and thinks what he has to do to keep Rey down. Rey flounders, Rollins aims, but Rey avoids the stomp! Rollins kicks low, but Rey fights the underhooks!
Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, gets him up, but Rey fights and RANAS Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH! Direct hit on Rollins and Dom stands up in frustration! Rey puts Rollins in the ring, hurries up the corner again, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dom sits back down. Fans taunt Dom with “Dominik’s Useless!” Rey dropkick Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins ducks the 619! Rey hurries after Rollins but Rollins shoulders in! Rollins GOURDBUSTERS Rey down!
Rollins climbs up the corner slowly, and Rey trips him up! Rey climbs up after Rollins now, fires some haymakers, then goes up to SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks the Steiner and swings Rey back up! SUPER STEINER AFTER ALL!! Rollins flounders to ropes, 619!! But Rey hit Rollins so hard, Rollins flounders to the far side of the ring! Rey hurries to the apron, and he FLYING RANAS Rollins down again! But Dom gets up and has the chair! Rey turns around to see Dom, and the ref tells Dom no. Dom drops the chair, but then dares Rey to use it now!
Fans boo, Dom is just distracting Rey! Rollins distracts the ref, RHEA RIPLEY POSTS Rey!! Dom puts Rey in the ring for Rollins to CURB STOMP!! Rollins laughs as he puts Rey in a PERUVIAN NECKTIE!! Rey is OUT, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by submission
The Visionary gets to show off his new hold, not that he had to! That was a message to Riddle that Rollins can grapple just like him. But it also shows that The Judgement Day had to help Rollins out. Will The Visionary survive when he has to beat The Bro on his own? As for Rey, is there no reaching Dom anymore?
But speaking of Matt Riddle, he’s watching this backstage.
The Bro’s attention is trained on Rollins, so when someone pats him on the shoulder, he freaks out! Oh, it’s Bobby Lashley. Don’t scare him like that, bro. Didn’t think you were silent but deadly. You gotta keep your head on a swivel around here, y’know? Lashley gets it. He just wants to wish Riddle luck against Damian Priest tonight, not that Riddle needs it. And Lashley also heard what Rollins was saying about The Fight Pit. The MMA guys know what it’s like, but Rollins doesn’t. It’s either you tap out, or you get knocked out. That’s what Rollins fears, so don’t let him get away on this one.
Riddle says he’s not letting Rollins get away. Riddle will fight him, submit him, knock him out, Rollins ain’t going anywhere. Alright. One more thing: Lashley knows Riddle wanted to help Lashley last week, but he should never do that again. “My bad, Bobby.” Well, Riddle has Rollins where he wants him, so knock his teeth out! Damn straight, bro! Riddle is fired up now. Will The Bro take the fight to the Punisher before entering the Pit?
Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens head for gorilla.
Along the way, they find one of the MIZFORCE guards knocked out cold! Is that a bad sign for The Miz?
Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy!
The Prizefighter and Johnny Wrestling have been putting Austin Theory in his place, and that doesn’t sit well with his pals, Chad Gable & Otis. “Master” Gable and #4PointOtis are waving American flags in Canada to try and make a point, but will it be homefield advantage for KO?
The teams sort out and Gargano starts against Gable. They tie up, Gable headlocks, spins and hammerlocks to a drop toehold. Gable then floats back to a headlock and grinds the hold. Gargano powers up and out, Gable runs him over, ‘A THANK YEW~!” Things speed up, fans sing “GA-BLE~, GABLE GABLE GABLE~… GA-BLE~! GA-BLE~!” as Gargano RANAS and wheelbarrows Gable to an arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Gable scrambles away. Tag to Otis and Gargano winds up to tag Kevin! Fans fire up as Kevin and Otis circle.
Kevin and Otis tie up, Kevin headlocks but Otis powers out. They RAM shoulders but neither falls. Kevin runs and RAMS Otis but almost bounces off! Otis nods, so Kevin DROPKICKS him! Otis staggers, Gable tags in but Kevin fires off haymakers! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Gable, then SENTONS! And MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin drags Gable up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he hops on, BACKPACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gable goes to a corner, Gargano runs in but Gable puts him on the outside. Gable runs, Otis tags in, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Gable!
Otis choke grips Gargano, then lifts him up to toss into the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! “For the Academy!” Fans boo Otis as he looms over Gargano and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Gargano fights off the Academy! Otis catches Gargano to keep him from Kevin! And then Otis RAMS Gargano into the corner! Tag to Gable, Otis whips Gable in but Gargano TOSSES him out! Otis run sin, Gable dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Gargano crawls, Kevin reaches out, but Gable anchors Gargano! Gable drags Gargano away, Gargano rolls and sends Gable towards Kevin! Gable stops himself, but Gargano rolls him up, SCHOOLBOY KICK! Fans fire up for the HOT TAG! Kevin rallies with CHOPS and forearms on Gable!
Kevin whips, atomic drops and LARIATS Gable down! Kevin DECKS Otis, corner clotheslines Gable then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Gable is in the corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Kevin then hauls Gable up, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but Kevin hurries to a corner. Kevin climbs, leaps, SWANTON onto knees!! Kevin writhes and Gable crawls to the other corner. Gable climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS! He has to land out as Kevin moves, but he blocks the superkick. Gable spins Kevin around, Kevin fights the waistlock.
Kevin kicks low but Gable denies the Stunner! Kevin comes back to trip Gable, and he steps through! Fans fire up for the SHARPSHOOTER! Gable endures, flails, reaches around, but Kevin drags Gable away! Otis runs in to CLOBBER Kevin! Fans boo but Otis tells them to “SUCK IT!” Gable and Kevin crawl for their corners, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano DROPKICKS Otis down, then he swings a kick. Gable ducks it and waistlocks but Gargano switches. Gable switches back but Gargano switches again, only for Gable to switch one more time. Gargano bucks the O’Conner Roll while tagging in Kevin!
Gargano ROUNDHOUSES Gable, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS Gable into buckles! Kevin goes up top and he SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives and shocks everyone! Kevin drags Gable back up, whips him to ropes, but Gable slips out of the pop-up! Gable gets around Kevin to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gargano tags in and he GAMANGIRIS Gable! Slingshot, but no DDT! NORTHERN LIGHTS, and a roll through, to then EXPLODER! Gable tags Otis and Otis Electric Chair Lifts Gargano. Gable tags in and goes up, for the FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, Kevin breaks it!!
But Otis CLOBBERS Kevin! And SPLASHES in the corner! Kevin flops out but Otis pursues, to CLOBBER Kevin again! Fans boo but Otis clears off the announce desk! Otis runs at Kevin, but Kevin sends him into steel steps! SUPERKICK but Otis stays up! SUPERKICK, and now Otis is on the desk! Kevin goes to the barrier and climbs up! MACHO ELBOW through the table!! Fans are losing their minds while Gable and Gargano stand in the ring. Gargano fires off forearms, then a ROLLING- THROAT CHOP from Gable!
Gable spins now but Gargano mule kicks. Gable blocks the lariat, but not the DISCUS LEFT!! Fans fire up with Gargano and he goes to the corner. Gargano aims and powers up, but THEORY swipes at him! Fans boo, Gable hits a ROLLING ELBOW! And then a CLIFFHANGER DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gargano survives and shocks Theory! Gable is also furious, so he kicks Gargano out of the ring. Theory takes a swing but misses! SUPERKICK takes Theory down! Gargano GAMAN- NO, Gable blocks! But Gargano ducks his clothesline to slingshot, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano & Kevin win!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
The long awaited debut of #PandaExpress is a success! The Academy and Mr. MITB couldn’t stop them, will Kevin and Gargano soon find themselves heading for some gold?
AJ Styles heads to gorilla.
More MIZFORCE guards are down and out but Styles shrugs it off. Kevin Patrick finds him, though, and asks that before facing Sami Zayn, can Styles explain why he rejected Finn Balor’s offer to join Judgement Day? Has everyone forgotten what The Judgement Day did to Styles? To get respect, you gotta show respect. Styles has been on his own for a while now and… Finn appears! Finn says he comes in peace as Styles’ friend. We all know the importance of having friends around here, right?
Finn says The Judgement Day has achieved so much already. But with Styles, him and Finn together, they could change the business again! Okay, hear him out. Styles has a match with Sami Zayn, right? And Sami’s got back up in Solo Sikoa. So as a friend, the Judgement Day would like to offer Styles an olive branch. Styles says they’ll watch his back? Yeah! Styles says he can watch is own back.
Omos & MVP head to gorilla now.
The Nigerian Giant continues to dominate, just how many men will be sent to the slaughter this time?
Theory regroups with The Alpha Academy backstage.
What happened out there? He thought they were the masters of success! Where was the success? Gable says his number one guy, Otis, hasn’t been 100% since throwing down with that “moron,” Braun Strowman! If not for that two ton doofus, the Academy would’ve schooled those fools. Well y’know what, Chad? It would’ve been good to know that before he got hit in the jaw. But they gotta get even with Kevin & Gargano. Gargano’s not gonna embarrass Theory twice in a dump like Canada!
But then Theory gets a phone call. Hello? It’s for Gable. It is? Well, okay. Gable is in high demand. Hello? “A two ton doofus, huh? Bet you think you’re real funny.” Braun promises Gable he won’t be laughing next week, beause the Monster of All Monsters is coming for him in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota! That way, they won’t have to fly Gable’s body home for his funeral! Sh-sh-shoosh please… Theory says Gable’s got this. But Otis, Gargano tried to big dog you out there and you gotta let him know who you are! What you represent! What you’re gonna do!
Next week, Otis VS Gargano, and it’ll be Gargano’s last match because of Otis! It’ll be the end of Gargano’s very short and sad career. Otis is fired up but Gable is dreading next week. Will the Academy’s teacher go into early retirement?
Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester!
Montel Vontavius Porter is sitting with commentary at the reconstructed desk, and the Nigerian Giant against stares down two mere mortals. Will either one of these men survive the night?
The bell rings, Omos choke grips Gibson, and keeps Lester from running away! Omos SHOVES them both out of the ring! Omos then goes out, drags Joey Gibson up and RAMS him into steel steps! And then Omos storms over to Lester, scoops and LAWN DARTS him off the apron, to then BOOT him down!! MVP is singing as Omos TOSSES Lester into the ring, and SPLASHES him in the corner! Omos then goes back for Gibson to drag him up by his head! Omos TOSSES him into the ring, too! Omos then clobbers Gibson back down!
Omos roars, he drags Lester up with both hands, MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB! And then MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB for Gibson! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up for Omos, and Omos then TOSSES his opponents out of the ring! MVP says Braun may be a Monster Among Monsters, but Omos is the only titan of WWE! Omos puts Gibson onto the desk, then places Lester next to him. Omos then climbs up onto the desk! Omos roars triumphantly, will he soon stand tall over all of the WWE?
The Miz regroups with MIZFORCE.
But they’re all out cold and heaped on top of each other! Miz is freaking out! MIZFORCE was supposed to be the best of the best! But of course this what happens. Wait, is he… LUMIS IS IN THE HOCKEY GEAR! Miz turns around to see him. HIGH STICKING! And then Lumis CRACKS the stick on Miz’s back! Lumis then sits with Miz, and wraps him up in THE SILENCE!! Miz fights but can’t get away, and he is OUT! Lumis pats Miz on the head, what will Lumis do to him this time?
Nikki A.S.H. VS ???
The Almost SuperHero is going solo tonight, and… CANDICE LERAE is here?!? Mrs. Johnny Wrestling, the Poison Pixie, has come to Raw! Will she get going just like her husband has?
The bell rings and Nikki tells Candice to go back to NXT! Candice blocks Nikki’s kick, trips her up, and dropkicks her out of the ring! Candice runs and baseball slides, but gets caught in the apron skirt! Nikki fires off on Candice, then refreshes the ring count. Nikki puts Candice in the ring, pushes her around, and tells her to go away. Nikki strikes a pose, but Candice rolls her up! TWO, and Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS! Candice fires off hands in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.
Fans fire up with Candice, she runs and back body blocks in the corner! Snapmare and SUPERKICK! Nikki staggers, into a BACKSTABBER! Candice hurries to a corner, she goes up but Nikki ROCKS her first! Nikki climbs up after Candice, talks trash on her, but Candice throws hands! And then takes her for a WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The Wrestling Family is on fire! Will Raw soon see the way? As for Nikki, she’s thrown off her superhero mask. Is this the breaking point for the Almost SuperHero?
Finn Balor talks with Judgement Day backstage.
They all trust each other, right? Then trust him about Styles. Styles is gonna come around. Kevin Patrick walks over to ask Damian Priest if he might hold back against his former friend in Riddle tonight. Rhea asks back, “What’s with the dumbass questions?” Priest says yeah, what’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s NOT holding back. And he’s gonna have zero remorse! KP said it himself, Riddle’s a former friend. This right here, this is his crew! This is his family. Rhea’s said it time and again, the Judgement Day runs Raw! So as far as Priest is concerned, Riddle is just running his brains into the clouds like always.
Just look at this past year! Riddle spent most of it pretending to be Randy Orton! And now Rollins has Riddle so confused, Riddle thinks he’s in the UFC. “Yo, Riddle. You’re not a Viper. You’re not a cage fighter anymore. And you sure as hell aren’t my friend. Tonight like everyone else, you Riddle, will fall while the Judgement Day will rise. Nothing personal, bro.” The Judgement Day laughs, but will they have the last laugh in the end?
Sami Zayn w/ Solo Sikoa VS AJ Styles!
As he shows off, the Honorary Uce has his own official shirt! He is truly accepted into the Bloodline, but will he be able to defend their honor against the Phenomenal One? Or will Styles show that shirts don’t amount to much?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sami backs away to a corner as fans cheer him on, but Styles tunes that out. They tie up, Sami headlocks, and fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE OLE~!” Styles powers out, Sami RAMS him and knocks him over! Sami holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes! Styles smirks while Sami talks trash, and Styles reaches up to headscissor him down! And then DROPKICK him! Styles CHOPS Sami in a corner, then bump him off buckles in another corner. Sami staggers around but Styles scoops him for a BACKBREAKER!
Styles looms over Sami, throws down a fist, and then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Styles follows Sami to ropes, whips him to ropes, but Sami holds them to elbow Styles back. Styles dodges Sami but runs into a back drop! Cover, ONE!! Sami is annoyed and he bumps Styles off buckles. Sami climbs up, leaps, and ELBOWS Styles down! Cover, ONE!! Sami drags Styles up, throws him out, but the ref is aware of Solo. Solo stays back, Sami goes out to fetch Styles, and SMACKS him off the apron. The ring count climbs, Sami drags Styles up to SMACK him off the apron again.
Sami goes in at 6 of 10, kicks Styles away then hits an ARABIAN PRESS! Fans fire up with the Honorary Uce as he shows off the shirt. Sami puts Styles in, covers, TWO! Sami paces but then drags Styles up. Sami swings but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sami sits up, into the SLIDING FOREARM! Sami staggers to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! And then fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Sami sits up again and Styles reels him in! But Sami fights the Clash so Styles shoves him. Sami forearms, Styles blocks the boot and slips around to torture rack! TOWERHACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
Sami bails out and Solo is there. Styles glares at Solo, but slingshots to FOREARM Sami down! Styles stares Solo down and fans fire up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns, Styles whips Sami but Sami KICKS back! Sami reels Styles in to suplex but Styles fights it! Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes back! Sami lands on his feet to hit a NECKBREAKER! Both men go to corners, Styles runs in at Sami, but Sami gets under Styles to put him on the apron! Styles ROCKS Sami back, though, and he takes aim! Fans fire up, Styles springboards, but Sami gets under! Styles runs back in, into a BUCKLE- NO, Styles victory rolls the exploder! TWO!! Sami runs in, Styles catches him to snap suplex Sami into buckles!
Both men are down but Sami bails out to where Solo is again. Styles storms over and stares Solo down while he drags Sami up. Styles puts Sami in, he glares at Solo, then goes back inside the ring. Sami BOOTS Styles, and reels him in for a BLUE THUDNER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it but this is why Styles is a WWE Grand Slam Champion! Styles crawls to a corner, Sami runs in and fires off haymakers! Sami hoists Styles up, but Styles throws hands in return! Styles reels Sami in, TORNADO- NO, Sami blocks that to suplex, and ORANGE CRUSH! Cover, TWO!!
Sami is furious that Styles survives! Styles bails out but Sami hurries out after him! Sami POSTS Styles, and again! And then he TOSSES Styles over the barriers! Sami returns into the ring and wants the count to climb. Fans count along, Styles stirs at 6 of 10, hurries over at 8, and slides in at 9.5! Sami snarls and he drags Styles up, only for Styles to cradle! TWO!! Sami ROCKS Styles, Styles ROCKS Sami, and fans rally as they go back and forth! Sami gets the edge, but Styles roars! Sami BOOTS Styles, Styles PELES Sami! Both men are down and fans are loving this as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sami has Styles up top. Sami climbs up after him but Styles throws haymakers. Styles hops up and sunset flips but Sami holds on! But Styles pulls him form the corner and into position! Sami kicks free of The Clash! Styles staggers around, runs in, but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami hurries and runs corner to corner, but Styles bails out. Fans boo but Sami hurries after Styles. Sami puts Styles in, but Styles catches Sami and rolls him! CALF CRUSHER!! Sami endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks way back! Sami still reaches, claws forward, pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Solo nods as Styles lets Sami go. Sami clutches his knee and both men slowly rise. Styles storms over to Sami but into a JAWBREAKER! Styles leans on the ropes, but he runs to sunset flip! And then deadlift into position! Sami flails, gets in the ropes, and he back drops Styles up and out! Styles holds onto the ropes, ROCKS Sami, but Sami grabs hair! The ref reprimands, Sami lets go and distracts the ref, and Solo YANKS Styles down for an APRON URENAGE! Fans boo but Sami smiles as he knows Solo just helped him out. HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Getting an assist in the win, Sami really IS in the Bloodline now! Solo “The Enforcer” does his job, will he, Sami and all of the Bloodline take over WWE?
Wait, here comes The Judgement Day! And of course, Finn has a mic to say, “AJ, AJ, AJ. It pains me to see you like this, bro. And I can’t help but think that if you had accepted our offer earlier, the outcome of this match may have been a little bit different. You deserve so much better than this, AJ. You deserve it, man. So seeing as I’m a fair and generous person, I’m asking you as a friend to rise up and join the Judgement Day.” Finn offers a hand, Styles thinks for a moment, but he stands up on his own. Finn throws up the Too Sweet, maybe Styles will accept that. Styles throws up the middle finger instead!
So Finn attacks Styles! As do Priest and Dom! They mug Styles, Rhea gets a chair, and Finn puts the chair around Styles’ head! Rhea holds it in place, Finn runs up, but Finn stops short of the stomp. Finn says he could’ve ended Styles’ career, but he’s Styles’ friend. This is NOT what friends do. The Judgement Day loom over Styles, having given him the most menacing of ultimatums. Will the Phenomenal One stay a lone wolf? Or will he join the wolf pack that is The Judgement Day?
Bianca, Alexa & Asuka are having fun backstage.
They’re all excited after Bianca’s big win over Iyo Sky, and then Candice finds them! Candice hopes Bianca shuts Bayley up at Extreme Rules. Oh, Bianca definitely will. And congratulations on the debut victory! Candice thanks Bianca, but then “DING DONG! Uh, why don’t you two shut up?” Bayley says compliments are just jealousy in disguise. And bullies are just cowards in disguise. Oh, Candice’s feeling real confident after one win here, huh? They can change that. Dakota says Bayley has the title match to worry about. Candice says Dakota doesn’t.
Bayley knows Candice is new here, but DMG CTRL runs things. If Candice wants a match with Dakota, just wait for next week. And Bianca, see you at Extreme Rules. Oh, they don’t have to wait for that. Things get heated but everyone backs down. Will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai? Will this all explode before Extreme Rules?
Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day!
Rollins made sure Rey & Riddle didn’t win last week, but Riddle will let him off the hook until Extreme Rules. Will the Bro get his “brovenge” on the Punisher? Or will the Judgement Day just keep on rolling roughshod through Raw?
The bell rings and Riddle circles with Priest. The fans chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” and Riddle smirks. Riddle and Priest tie up, Priest puts Riddle in the corner but Riddle pushes back. They go along the ropes, into another corner, but Priest shoves Riddle down. Priest dares Riddle to come back and they circle again. They tie up, Priest puts Riddle on ropes but Riddle hops on to go after an arm! Riddle gets a HOVERBOARD, but Priest powers through to suplex! Riddle slips around to a SLEEPER! Priest gasps as he reaches for ropes but Riddle squeezes tight. Priest BACKPACK SENTONS!
Priest grins as he’s free, but Riddle springs to life to get the SLEEPER again! Priest scrambles to a corner, the ref counts the ropebreak, and Riddle lets off. Priest swings a back elbow but Riddle gets away. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks to headlock and hits a takeover. Priest pushes Riddle to the headscissors and holds tight. Riddle reaches out, moves around, and pushes free. Priest avoids the Penalty Kick and Riddle says it was that close. Priest shoves Riddle so Riddle shoves back. Riddle fires palm strikes but Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves to evade!
Priest swings, Riddle bobs ‘n’ weaves now! Riddle ducks Priest’s heel kick but Priest avoids the Final Flash. Riddle ducks the spin kick, but Priest blocks a kick to trip Riddle! Riddle avoids the stomps to literally kick Priest’s butt! Riddle kips up and fans fire up as Riddle dares Priest to bring it. PRiest laughs and applauds, but swings on him! Riddle catches Priest to a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! BROTON! Cover, ONE!! Priest gets to ropes but Riddle storms up on him. Riddle CHOPS Priest, KICKS away on him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle goes side to side, Priest SPIN KICKS him down!
The Judgement Day cheers but the fans boo as Priest rains down forearms! Priest paces, he drags Riddle up and says, “You’re trying to embarrass me on my birthday?!” Oh, well happy birthday, Priest. He TOSSES Riddle to a corner! But Riddle blocks the haymaker into a TRIANGLE, which he makes into a RANA that throws Priest up and out! Riddle is on the apron, Finn gets Priest out of the way, meaning Finn takes the PENALTY KICK! Riddle LEAPS at Priest, but Priest DECKS him out of the sky! Priest then suplexes for a BROKEN ARROW onto the barriers!! Riddle shouts in pain while Priest roars triumphantly, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Priest keeps Riddle down with a motorcycle stretch. Priest taunts Riddle, “You want more pain? Yeah, you want more pain.” Priest digs his knee in deeper but Riddle powers up! Priest shifts to a chinlock but Riddle fires body shots. Priest CLUBS Riddle down and grabs the arms for more of the motorcycle. Rhea wants Priest to make Riddle pay, but Riddle KANGAROO KICKS! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a BOOT! Then he shoots around, ripcords, FINAL FLASH! Priest goes to a corner, Riddle kips up and runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm smash!
Riddle reels Priest in but Priest fights the clinch. Priest shoves Riddle down, runs at him, but into the BROSPLODER! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK! Then a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up, Riddle stands and puts Priest in the ring. Riddle hurries in, he blocks a kick to give a kick and he gets Priest up for a POWERBOMB! Flip over to a FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Judgement Day breathes easier. Riddle goes to a corner, he climbs up top, but Priest SHOVES Riddle down! Riddle hits barriers!
Riddle clutches his side while Judgement Day laughs at him. Priest goes out to fetch Riddle, and he hoists Riddle up to run and RAM him into more barriers! Priest snarls as he looms over Riddle, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns one more time and Riddle has Priest up top now! Priest fights Riddle off with a HEADBUTT! Riddle falls, Priest stands up, but Riddle springs up after Priest! Riddle stands on the very top, brings Priest up with him, SUPER FISHERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans are fired up and Judgement Day is freaking out! Riddle crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Riddle can’t believe it! Both men slowly sit up, Priest throws a forearm! Riddle forearms back! Priest throws a body shot, and another, but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS! Priest ROCKS Riddle, throws body shots and a HEADBUTT!
Riddle fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Priest ROCKS him! FINAL FLASH! Riddle runs, but Priest blocks this knee to BELL CLAP! And then ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE!! Priest sits down, Riddle aims to BUZZ- NO, Priest ducks and shoves Riddle to a corner. Riddle goes up and over, Priest catches him! Riddle fights free to dragon sleeper! And gut wrench! Riddle tucks the leg, BRO DEREK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Priest survives and even Rhea is shocked! Riddle is beside himself, but he drags Priest into a drop zone before climbing up top!
Rhea distracts Riddle, but then drops down as Priest CLUBS Riddle on the back! Priest drags Riddle into the Crucifix, for a DOM- NO, Riddle lands on his feet so Priest LARIATS him down! COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Priest can’t believe it but Riddle survives now! Priest snarls and he aims at Riddle. Riddle rises, choke grip, SOUTH OF- NO, Riddle slips free, ducks and RK- NO!! Priest dragon sleepers but Riddle slips free! Priest springboards, into the FINAL FLASH!! Riddle hears the voices, bro! Finn gets on the apron but Riddle DECKS him! RK- NO, Priest blocks again!
Priest torture racks Riddle but Riddle fights free. Riddle has a SPLADLE! RIDDLE WINS!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
But Dom, Finn and even Rhea attack! They mug The Bro, and then they feed him to SOUTH OF HEAVEN! “You think you know me.” WHAT?!? The Rated R Superstar is back! Edge runs in, dodges Finn and SPEARS Dom! Edge glares at Dom but Rhea saves him by dragging him out of the ring. Finn runs in, Edge dodges him, and SPEARS Finn down!! Fans are thunderous as Edge has risen like a dark phoenix! Edge gets a mic to say, “You have tried to finish me over and over again. But I always come back! Even if it takes me nine years, I come back. And I got to come back in Edmonton! In MY country!”
Edge doesn’t quit! So Finn, Edge has a challenge for you. Extreme Rules, for the first time ever, Edge VS Finn 1v1, IN AN I QUIT MATCH!!! The Prince glares at Edge, but he seems to nod yes! Who will go to the extreme to make the other say those dreaded two words?
A great episode tonight with so much set up for Extreme Rules. Especially with basically all the matches now having a stipulation, as is the point of Extreme Rules the PPV concept. Great opening segment with the Raw Women’s Championship story, and I like that it’ll be a Ladder match between Bianca and Bayley. It won’t be about pinning or submitting, which can definitely be to Bayley’s advantage since she needed DMG CTRL to pin Bianca, and can even have them help her cheat in winning the match.
Great to see Candice LeRae now joining her husband here on Raw, and it works on multiple levels that she beat Nikki. Nikki’s been just circling a breaking point that could reset her to SAnitY Nikki. Candice also getting in on the DMG CTRL story is cool, there’s a lot of possibilities here. Speaking of Johnny Wrestling, Gargano & Kevin had a great match against Alpha Academy, and of course Theory got involved. It bites him in the butt, The Academy loses, and then we get a good segment where Gable sticks his foot in his mouth. Gable is gonna get squashed by Braun, Gargano is going to have an awesome match with Otis, but I bet Theory also gets involved with that one.
Omos crushes more jobbers, but MVP was calling out Braun, so maybe Omos goes after Braun after he’s done with Gable? Omos VS Braun has potential, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they do the ring breaking superplex spot like back in the day. Great stuff out of Miz and his “MIZFORCE,” but of course MIZFORCE was going to get taken out by Lumis. At some point, Lumis has to draw a picture to illustrate what kind of match he wants with Miz, or just what he wants with Miz period.
Great match from Styles VS Sami, showing there is cross-brand storytelling with The Bloodline. I also like that there is more blending of stories as Finn keeps trying to recruit Styles. Styles refuses and pays for it, and then we get a great match between Riddle and Priest. Riddle winning with the Spladle is great because it keeps this going while still giving Riddle momentum going into the Fight Pit. Edge making his return is great, and him challenging Finn to an I Quit is wild. I cannot wait to see this one. The HHH Era is awesome!
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Arthur Ashe gets Elevated!
Mr. & Mrs. Superbad are in the Dark!
As if Grand Slam wasn’t enough, AEW has some extra innings here with Dark: Elevation! Will Mr. & Mrs. Superbad, Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford, be hot together in Mixed Tag action?
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Capt. Shawn Dean & Skye Blue; Kip & Penelope win.
- Ortiz VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Ortiz wins.
If what I’ve read is correct, there are only TWO matches for Elevation tonight after how stacked Grand Slam was this year. And it’s pretty clear to see which way each match will go, too, so not much else to say.
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