Will the NXT Women’s Division end up Toxic again?
With Cora Jade’s betrayal of Roxanne Perez, it is clear we need new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. And a Fatal 4 Way will crown that team tonight! Who defies the odds to obtain glory?
- Vacated NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz VS Toxic Attraction; Carter & Chance win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Nathan Frazer; Hayes wins and retains the title.
- Sarray VS Mandy Rose; Mandy wins.
- Duke Hudson VS Axiom; Axiom wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo; The Creeds win and retain the titles.
- Brooks Jensen w/ Josh Briggs & Fallon Henley VS Joe Gacy w/ The Dyad; Gacy wins.
- Alba Fyre VS Lash Legend; Fyre wins.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Solo Sikoa VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Solo wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Vacated NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz VS Toxic Attraction!
It’s a new age in WWE, and there’s a new opportunity right before the NXT Women’s Division! Will we truly get new Women’s Tag Team Champions? Or will Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne bring us back to the Toxic status quo?
The introductions are made, the belts are on display, and the last team standing will take those belts home!
The teams sort out and in this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time. Kayden steps up for KC Squared while Tatum steps up for Diamond Mine. They tie up, break, then go again. They go around, Tatum puts Kayden in the Toxic corner and Jacy tags in off Kayden. Jacy tells Kayden to split, then she shoves Tatum back. Tatum and Jacy tie up, go around, Jacy CLUBS Tatum then ROCKS her! Jacy headlocks, Tatum powers out and runs Jacy over! Jacy scrambles to tag in Gigi. Fans fire up as Gigi rushes Tatum but Tatum dodges, and then Jacy rushes in! Tatum hits Jacy first, but Gigi CLOBBERS her from behind!
Jacy shoves Tatum at Gigi for an ARM WRINGER, then Jacy adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Gigi drags Tatum up but Tatum kicks! Gigi blocks it and flips Tatum, but Tatum lands on her feet! DROPKICK! Gigi flounders to the corner, Tatum tags Ivy! Fans fire up as Ivy wrenches and hammerlocks to CLUB Gigi again and again! Then ripcord and LARIAT! Tag back to Tatum, the Diamond Mine drag Gigi up to whip and run her over! Cover, TWO! Tatum grabs at Gigi but Gigi kicks Tatum away and Kayden tags back in! Kayden RAMS Tatum into the Lethal Latina corner! Feroz tags in off Tatum and arm-drags Kayden down!
Feroz arm-drags Kayden more, then runs to tilt-o-whirl and IRON OCTOPUS! Kayden endures as fans duel, but she powers out, only for Feroz to RANA! Tag to Leon, Feroz snapmares Kayden and Leon gives Feroz a boost, HIP TOSS SENTON! Gigi swipes at Leon but Leon DECKS her! Jacy tries now but Leon dodges and Feroz DECKS her! Toxic Attraction is down and fans fire up! Leon hurries to cover Kayden, TWO! Tag to Feroz and Feroz wraps on a waistlock. Feroz keeps Kayden from Katana but fans rally up. Kayden fights free, slips under, trips Feroz then cartwheels over her to SUPERKICK her!
Kayden gives her hips a shake, swipes at Diamond Mine, but Ivy drags her out! Kayden fights them off, and Katana CROSSBODIES Diamond Mine! KC Squared fire off on the Diamond Mine, but Leon uses her power to lift Feroz and TOSS her onto the group! Fans fire up with Feroz y Leon, and Leon builds speed! Leon FLIES!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Leon puts Kayden in, covers, TWO!! Kayden survives for her team but Leon clamps on. Kayden JAWBREAKERS! Tatum tags in off her, then pushes Kayden away. But Leon picks Tatum up for a SPINEBUSTER and KNEE DROP!
Leon rallies on Tatum, suplexes her up and over, then drags her up again. Leon and Tatum fire off forearms, but Leon facelocks. Feroz tags in and climbs up while Leon suplexes Tatum, CROSSBODY SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, Ivy breaks it! Leon whips Ivy but Ivy reverses to send Leon out. Feroz clamps onto Tatum with a chinlock but Tatum fights up! Electric Chair lift, Ivy tags in, POP-UP BODY SHOTS! Cover, Ivy & Tatum ELIMINATE Leon & Feroz! But the match keeps moving, Gigi rolls Ivy up! TWO!! Gigi hurries to clinch but Ivy swings on her. Gigi dodges, blocks the elbow and arm-drags Ivy!
Tag to Jacy and Jacy KNEES Ivy down! Jacy hurries to cover, TWO!! Jacy rains down fists on Ivy then Jacy howls and taunts the other teams. But too much taunting, Ivy kicks low! And CHOPS! Ivy dodges the knee, rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy blocks a knee but not the ENZIGURI! Tatum tags in but then Jacy tags Katana in! Katana has no choice but the slingshot kick Tatum then CROSSBODY, but Tatum catches her! Tatum pops Katana up but Katana sunset flips! Tatum stays up, and deadlifts Katana to a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tatum facelocks Katana, Ivy tags in, and Diamond Mine whips Katana to then DROPKICK her down!
Katana staggers back up, Tatum is the step for Ivy’s FLYING FOREARM! Ivy runs in at the corner to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Ivy fireman’s carry takeovers. Tag to Tatum Diamond Mine hand Katana off, but Katana slips out of the suplex to kick low. Katana whips but Tatum reverses. Katana springs UP and over, then arm-drags Tatum! Then handspring SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Tatum survives but Katana drags her up. Katana tags Kayden, fans rally but Tatum fights KC Squared off. Katana CODE BREAKERS, Jacy tags off Kayden before she fireman’s carries Tatum. DEATH VALLEY LEG DROP!!
But then Jacy PENALTY KICKS Kayden! Jacy snipes the cover, Toxic Attraction ELIMINATES Diamond Mine! And now it comes down to Gigi & Jacy VS KC Squared! But that’s just the way both teams want it! They step up and fans are thunderous! The brawl is on!! Katana has Jacy, Kayden has Gigi, but Jacy and Gigi BOOT back! KC Squared are in opposite corners, Toxic Attraction do-si-does and BRONCO BUSTER CANNONBALL IN STEREO! Jacy ROCKS Kayden, fireman’s carries, but Kayden slips off and shoves to then wheelbarrow and victory roll, SUPER- NO, Jacy ducks to roll Kayden up! TWO!!!
Kayden swings but Jacy spins her, ROLLING ELBOW! Kayden flounders, Gigi tags in, Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER and Gigi hits an STO!! Cover, TWO!!! Kayden survives again!! Gigi is fuming, she drags Kayden up in a waistlock, then a half nelson. But Kayden victory rolls to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Gigi survives and fans duel. Kayden drags Gigi up but Gigi ROCKS her! Gigi runs but Kayden CLUBS her at the ropes! Kayden tags Katana and Katana HOTSHOTS Gigi into the GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Katana drags Gigi up, fans rally, but Gigi tosses Katana away! Gigi boots Katana then hits a BIG back suplex!
Gigi hurries to tag Jacy, Jacy DECKS Kayden! TOXIC HIGH LOW!! High stack, but Kayden BOOTS Jacy! Kayden and Gigi DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans are ELECTRIC as all four women are down! Kayden and Gigi bail out, Katana and Jacy are still in the ring as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Jacy says these titles belong to Toxic Attraction! Katana CHOPS Jacy! Jacy CHOPS Katana! Katana ROCKS Jacy, Jacy ROCKS Katana! Katana hits back, Jacy knees low! Jacy whips Katana but Katana elbows her! And SOLE FOOD! Tag to Kayden, Katana goes up and Kayden has Jacy. But Gigi drags Katana out! Katana readjusts to CROSSBODY Gigi down!!
Kayden gets in, Jacy gets around to shove her into Katana! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Katana GAMANGIRIS and Kayden gets Jacy again! Tag to Katana, she goes up, HUAMN HIGHLIGHT REEL!!! Cover, KC SQUARED WINS!!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The fans explode with cheers! KC Squared fought for YEARS to get these titles and they finally have them! Will the party only get hotter now that they’ve got the gold?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie talks with the NXT UK Tag Team Champions about what’s next. Next? Jensen’s still waiting for his first. Not that, Brooks… But Briggs says this trio’s picked up some bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s just how they roll. They’ll get their asses back on the horses no matter what. And proudly! But The Schism walks in, and Joe Gacy says such pride is well deserved, they have something to be proud of. And Gacy is sure their families are enjoying the happiness. Especially Jensen’s father. He is second generation in WWE. But sadly, Cameron Grimes cannot say the same, as his father was a journeyman who did not enjoy that same success.
And to Gacy, that’s not fair. James Drake- er, Jagger Reed, wants them to look him in the eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul. And Zack- er, Rip Fowler, says if you join them, The Schism will provide a roadmap to success. Uh, they’re not lost. But if these guys need directions, then they can take a left, then a right, then go straight to where you’ll meet Jensen’s fists in your faces! If that’s how Jensen chooses to express himself, Gacy will oblige. And he will gladly be there to send a message to Cameron Grimes through Jensen. Just what is The Schism scheming this summer?
NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS ???
The A Champion has been a champion so long, he’s not sure who should be next to face him. So he’s letting fate decide for him! Who answers the call of this golden opportunity?
Melo gets the mic, as does Trick. Life’s been amazing for them ever since The Great American Bash. They’ve been stacking dollars, starting drama, and taking all y’all’s baby mamas! Oh no, not the baby mamas! But it is what it is. Most importantly, they’re celebrating Melo’s birthday! Everyone knows Melo is a money player, and all he makes is money and moves. So tonight’s move is an Open Challenge for THE A Championship! The very next person to get in this ring can step up to get stepped on! And that person is… GIOVANNI VINCI! It’s #VeniVidiVinci, but will it be vittoria- WAIT! DRIVE-BY PHOTBOMB! Nathan Frazer snipes it!!
Everyone is shocked, but especially Melo and Vinci! Will the British Prodigy not only snipe the opportunity from Vinci, but also snatch this title from Melo on his birthday?
The belt is raised, the bell rings, and Melo circles with Frazer while Vinci joins commentary. Frazer headlocks, Melo powers up but Frazer hits a flying takeover. Melo headscissors, Frazer kips free, Melo hits a takeover but Frazer headscissors. Fans rally and duel, Melo moves around and handstands to jackknife! TWO as Frazer bridges and spins Frazer to then flip him up and over. Frazer ducks, dodges, trips Melo and jackknifes deep, TWO!! Melo narrowly escapes and fans fire up! Frazer and Melo reset, Melo shoves Frazer but Frazer SLAPS Melo! Frazer headlocks, Melo powers out, things speed up, duck and dodge and DROPKICK from Frazer!
Fans fire up as Frazer runs in at the corner, but Melo goes up, only for Frazer to slide under! Frazer trips Melo and POSTS him! Fans are torn on that one, but Melo might’ve been torn, too. Frazer gets back in while Melo writhes away. Frazer dodges Melo but Melo gets him in the ropes! FADE AWAY, but Frazer dodges! Melo GAMANGIRIS but Frazer blocks! Frazer shoulders in but Melo catches him for a KNEE SMASH and FADE AWAY! Fans fire up while Melo says it’s done. Cover, TWO! Melo keeps cool, and he drags Frazer up. Melo CHOPS, then reels Frazer in. Melo snap suplexes then flexes while fans fire up.
Trick shouts, “Down goes Frazer!” Melo CHOPS Frazer in the corner, snapmares him, but Frazer is right up to JAWBREAKER! Fans duel, Frazer runs and QUEBRADAS, but Melo dodges to SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Frazer is still in this but Melo CLUBS away with haymakers! Fans duel, “MELO~!” “SUCKS!” Melo drags Frazer up, reels him back in, and shoots his shot. But Frazer slips around to dragon sleeper! Melo drops and victory rolls, TWO! Melo rushes in but Frazer catches Melo for a BUCKLE SHOT! Melo tumbles out of the ring! Trick checks on Melo but Melo gets up and in.
Fans rally, Melo is in a corner and Frazer is on the other side. Fans duel, Melo staggers and Frazer ROCKS him with a haymaker! And then another! Melo wobbles, snarls, but Frazer just DECKS him! Frazer fires off at the ropes, whips Melo and CLOBBERS him! Melo is up but Frazer CLOBBERS him again! Frazer kips up to THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Fans fire up and Frazer goes up the corner, to PHOENIX roll as Melo moves! Frazer SUPERKICKS Melo down, then SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Trick is relieved and Melo bails out, but Frazer builds speed! Frazer DIVES, sends Melo into commentary, and someone’s drink spills all over Vinci!
Vinci is furious! Frazer puts Melo in and hurries to a corner, but Trick distracts the ref! Vinci SHOVES Frazer down! Melo is up top, for the THREE POINTER!! Cover, Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Give the assist to Vinci, he screwed Frazer over just because he wasn’t fast enough to answer this open challenge himself. Will Frazer settle things with Vinci before trying Melo again?
NXT returns with the Heatwave Summit.
Wade Barrett, Bron Breakker, JD McDonagh, and quite a few security guards, are all present. Barrett thanks the NXT Champion and his next challenger for joining him. Barrett starts with JD. Since his arrival here in NXT 2.0, he has shown a precise and methodical approach, from his shocking debut at the Great American Bash to the… uncomfortable way he introduced himself. Uncomfortable? JD was very comfortable. But he doesn’t want to talk about last week, he wants to talk about the future at NXT Heatwave. JD has no problem telling us that he has not been in the ring with someone quite like Bron.
Bron is relentless, he is fearless, he is driven by intensity, and sitting here, JD sees the passion and fire in Bron’s eyes. JD can even understand why that’d be a source of fear for others. But for JD, it’s a stimulant. JD looks at Bron and sees a fire and everything in JD says to stomp out that fire. JD sees the way everyone else looks at Bron. They’re in awe, and they treat him with respect. Why? Because he could be on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazines? JD sees Bron and sees a roadmap for the pain that he can inflict. “Because this ring is my operating theater. And those muscles you worked so hard to grow? I’m gonna tear them off the bones.”
At Heatwave, the only sound sweeter than Bron’s screams of agony will be ring announcer Alicia saying JD is the NEW NXT Champion. Barrett thanks JD for that. And now, Barrett says Bron knows the NXT Championship puts a big target on his back. Now one of NXT UK’s finest, the Irish Ace, has his sights set on him. How will Bron handle a man who has nothing but ill intent? Bron says, “JD is special. I’ve never been in the ring with someone like you. I studied your NXT UK career. You were champion for over a year. And no disrespect to Gunther or Ziggler or Ciampa, but you might be the smartest superstar that I’ve ever stepped foot in the ring with.”
JD is so smart, JD knows now to challenge Bron’s speed or strength, but his mind. That’s just it. Everyone has a plan until Bron breaks them in half! And you can call this an operating table or whatever, but when the title is on the line, Bron is an animal! Fans bark for that one. Bron is glad JD likes pain. Because at Heatwave, JD will be in a lot of it. JD laughs as he says this is what he likes about Bron. Bron believes every word that comes out of his mouth. But JD does, too. JD thinks that at Heatwave, everything Bron says will come true. The difference here is, that Bron likes to endure pain, but JD welcomes it.
Barrett has things calm down a bit. They do have business to take care of in signing the contract for this match. JD as the challenger gets to sign first. Bron says please. JD says he won’t yet. He knows it is tradition, but he caught a look on Bron’s face. There was fear. Bron needs to sign first. Bron says this isn’t fear, “you freakin’ sicko.” Bron will show JD he fears nothing with a heartbeat. Bron takes the contract and the pen then signs on the dotted line. Fans cheer and the contract is given to JD. JD has the pen, but he tells Bron that this summit won’t end in violence. But to show everyone how series JD is, this will end in blood.
JD uses a needed to poke his finger and he writes his name in blood! JD then stands up quick, and Bron stands up, too. But JD simply offers a handshake with that bleeding hand. Bron just holds up the title instead. But when Heatwave is over, will JD be holding that belt up while Bron is the one bleeding?
Apollo Crews visits the Diamond Mine dojo.
The Creeds are happy to see him, and he is proud to see them as NXT Tag Team Champions. Apollo wishes Julius & Brutus luck, and he is a huge fan. Well thanks! They’re big fans of Apollo, too. And there is an open invite. If he wants to get his roll on, the dojo’s doors are always open. Well he was state champion, but tonight, Apollo has some advice. Watch your backs. Not everything is what it seems. Brutus isn’t sure what Apollo’s getting at but Julius has an idea. For now, the Creeds are going to focus on Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo, retaining the titles, #AndStill. Alright, just keep your eyes open and kick some ass!
Apollo leaves, Damon Kemp walks in, and the Creeds ask about Roddy. Uh, yeah, that’s why Kemp’s here. Strong is running late, but he’ll be here for the match. Seriously? They have to game plan. Well, that’s all Strong said. That’s fine, as long as he is there. They can only control what they can control. But will Julius & Brutus be able to control their destiny when going up against The Don?
Toxic Attraction is freaking out backstage!
Gigi & Jacy can’t believe they lost the tag title match! But Mandy Rose is also freaking out! She claims there was cheating! That’s why they banned Mandy from ringside! McKenzie, NO! You always show up at the worst times! If she even holds out that mic, Jacy’s gonna lose it! McKenzie leaves, and Mandy’s music plays. Can the Toxic Goddess at least hold it together for the trio?
Sarray VS Mandy Rose!
The Warrior of the Sun faces Meiko Satomura for the NXT UK Women’s Championship this Thursday, but she and the NXT Women’s Champion have a score to settle. Will Sarray beat one champion before facing another? Or will Mandy finally have revenge for the brutal makeover via that dropkick?
NXT is picture in picture as Sarray makes her transformation entrance. The bell rings, Mandy and Sarray circle, and they tie up. Mandy waistlocks, SLAMS Sarray, then slaps her around. Mandy drags Sarray up but Sarray wrenches an arm. Mandy snapmares to a chinlock but Sarray slips out to a wristlock. Mandy snapmares again and chinlocks but Sarray again escapes to a wristlock. Sarray stomps Mandy down, twists the wrist more, but Mandy fights up. Mandy rolls, wrenches, knees low, then whips. Sarray ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE, but Sarray rushes in to victory roll! AND STOMP!
Sarray fires up while Mandy flounders to a corner. Sarray runs in to back elbow! Sarray snapmares Mandy then fires up the fans as she climbs. NXT returns to single picture for the CROSSBODY, but Mandy catches and SLAMS Sarray down! Mandy rains down fists, covers, TWO! Mandy snarls, drags Sarray up and whips her to ropes. Sarray sunset flips, TWO! Mandy hurries up but Sarray runs to SHOTGUN Mandy down! Mandy is on the ropes and Sarray fires up! Sarray scrapes her boot off Mandy, then runs side to side! Mandy bails out to avoid the Sunray! Sarray still dropkicks but Mandy blocks it to YANK Sarray into ropes!
Mandy hurries back in to cover, TWO! Fans rally while Mandy drags Sarray up. Mandy puts Sarray in the corner, fires off forearms, then stomps away. The ref counts, Mandy stops at 4, and Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers. Mandy digs her knees into Sarray but the ref counts. Mandy lets off at 4, she drags Sarray from the corner and covers, TWO! Mandy drags Sarray up but Sarray rolls Mandy! TWO, and Sarray runs in to wheelbarrow. Mandy turns that to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but she drags Sarray to another cover, TWO! Mandy dribbles Sarray off the mat, then covers again, TWO as Sarray goes Matrix!
Sarray basement dropkicks Mandy down! Fans fire up, duel, and Mandy hurries after Sarray. Sarray blocks the lariat to CHOP! And then again! Sarray fires off forearms, but Mandy kicks low. Mandy whips but Sarray blocks! Sarray springboards to arm-drag! Then drop toehold! Sarray fires up and goes to a corner. Sarray goes up, Mandy stands, and Sarray missile dropkicks! Mandy tumbles away and Sarray hurries to get her up. Sarray hooks an arm, PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mandy survives but Sarray keeps her eyes on Mandy as she goes to a corner. Sarray runs in but Mandy pops her up and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Mandy is frustrated and runs in, KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall
Mandy tells Zoey Stark she is going to get this at Heatwave! And by that, she means the chair she’s getting! The ref tells Mandy to stop but Mandy taunts Sarray with the title belt. Mandy grabs the chair, looms over Sarray, and she JAMS Sarray in the legs! And then again! And again! And again! Then she puts the chair around a leg, but here comes Stark! Stark rallies on Mandy with lariats! And a SUPERKICK! Mandy wobbles, Stark reels her in but Mandy scrambles away! The Toxic Goddess has the belt for now, but Stark says time is almost up. Will the Heatwave burn Mandy’s reign down?
Tiffany Stratton speaks.
What sets her apart is her focus and athleticism. “When you’re a once in a lifetime athlete, you have no time for complete losers like Wendy Choo.” It’s not her fault she was born gifted. She knows she’s great, she works at it every day. She figures that’s why everyone is obsessed with her. She couldn’t stand losing the battle royal, because “Tiffany” and “loser” do not belong in the same sentence. How were other women okay with losing. Maybe if she lived a miserable existence, she’d be okay with it, too. But she doesn’t, so she isn’t. And then Wendy threatened Tiffany that the next time they meet, it won’t be pretty. Whatever, Wendy. Everything Tiffany does is pretty.
Tiffany finishes a floor routine and moves on to shopping. Tootles! But when and where will Wendy catch up to Tiffany to turn her life into a waking nightmare?
Backstage interview with Axiom.
McKenzie congratulates the newest masked wrestler on his victorious debut, and he thanks her. He is very excited to be in NXT, and his timing couldn’t have been more perfect. But Duke Hudson walks in to say Axiom doesn’t belong here. There’s a lot of change happening in NXT, which is why he’s always ready. It’s anyone’s ball game, but just not Axiom’s. He’s undersized and undeserving. Meanwhile, Duke is 6’5″, 270 pounds. Well, okay, 265 because he’s been slimming down. But the differences between them are night and day. Axiom is not afraid of duke. Oh, well good for him. NERD! Duke SLAPS Axiom but Axiom fights back!
Duke CLUBS Axiom and the brawl continues into the back! Duke ROCKS Axiom, clamps onto him, but Axiom CHOPS! Duke RAMS Axiom into the wall! Then kicks him through a doorway. Duke drags Axiom along but Axiom CHOPS back! Duke knees low, CLUBS him, and they end up at gorilla! Duke ROCKS Axiom, ROCKS him again, and now they’re going to the ramp! Duke throws off his jacket but Axiom CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Duke hauls Axiom up to run down the ramp and RAM him into the ring! Fans boo at Duke but he puts Axiom in the ring. Duke stomps Axiom, kicks him, and then hauls him up for a scoop and SWINGING SIDE SLAM!
Fans are torn as Duke flexes. The smug bully goes outside to then grab a mic. “And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don’t believe in your heroes. They’ll always let you down.” Fans boo as Duke leaves. But Axiom gets the mic to shout, “YOU! Things have changed, but you’re wrong! I can make it! And I can prove it! Right here, right now!” Axiom wants a match after all that brawling?! Duke says why not! A ref appears, and the match is on!
Duke Hudson VS Axiom!
The bell rings and Axiom leaps! But Duke catches him to RAM him into the corner! Duke RAMS into Axiom again and again, then he hauls Axiom up top. Axiom kicks back but Duke BOOTS Axiom down! Duke goes out but Axiom KICKS him. Duke CLUBS Axiom, RAMS him into the apron, then puts him in the ring. Duke storms in, Axiom KICKS him again and again! And again! Axiom dodges Duke to springboard dropkick the leg out! Fans fire up and Axiom runs in at the corner, but into Duke’s URENAGE! Duke winces but even one leg is good enough. Duke hobbles after Axiom then rains down fists.
Duke stomps Axiom, drops a knee, then another! Duke runs to drop ax handles! Fans duel, “Duke’s My Hero!” “No, He’s Not!” Axiom kicks from below again, but Duke drags him into the gut wrench and crucifix. THE RIVER- RANA!! Axiom sends Duke into buckles, then runs to tilt-o-whirl wheelbarrow and victory roll! AXIOM WINS!!
Winner: Axiom, by pinfall
Duke is freaking out! Axiom got him off guard, will Duke ever live this down?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
The Must-See Kid says throughout his career, he has overcome odds. But Trick got the better of him. And what really irks Lee is that Trick thinks he’s the second coming of Muhammed Ali. The Great American Bash, the entrance, and then he blinds Lee to get the win. Then last week, he replicated the most iconic image in boxing of Muhammed Ali over Frazer. Ali is a legend. Trick’s a legend in his own mind. Ali influenced millions while Trick annoys millions. Okay, no more trash talk.
Lee says next week, we get the best of both worlds. Trick can bring his so-called boxing skills while Lee brings the wrestling. And they can even do it in a British Rounds Match, to see who is better at the sweet science. What’s it going to be, Trick? Your move!
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers w/ Damon Kemp VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo w/ Legado del Fantasma!
The Diamond Mine may have fallen in the 8 Man Tag, but Julius & Brutus only need each other to defend these belts. Will they break The Don and his boy, Stacks? Or will Tony use the entire book of tricks to take these titles away?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are really the made men of NXT.
The teams sort out and Tony starts with Julius. They circle, tie up and Julius waistlocks to SLAM Tony! Julius headlocks, Tony powers up but Julius hits a takeover. Tony powers up again but can’t power out as Julius hits another headlock takeover. Tony power sup, pulls an ear, but Julius puts Tony on the ropes. The two separate and Stacks tags in. Julius arm-drags Stacks, tags Brutus, and feeds Stacks to Brutus’ fireman’s carry takeover. Brutus facelocks, grinds Stacks and rolls him around. Stacks endures, fights up and kicks back. Stacks run but into a BIG hip toss! Brutus snarls but Stacks BOPS him! Brutus CLOBBERS Stacks!
Tag to Julius and he drags Stacks up to hit a BIG atomic drop! Stacks hobbles, Tony tags in, and Tony circles with Julius again. They ram shoulders, fire off haymakers, and Julius kicks low. Tony blocks the suplex, waistlocks and CHOP BLOCKS Julius! Tony CLUBS Julius, and X-PLEXES! Or more like an X Y Z, cuz Julius went flying! Tony talks trash on Brutus while NXT goes picture in picture.
Julius crawls in a daze but he seems okay to continue. Tony drags Julius over, tags in Stacks, and they mug Julius. Stacks then snap suplexes Julius, stomps him, and brings him back up,. Julius fires off body shots and haymakers! But Stacks kicks low, tags Tony in, RAMS into Julius, then Tony fires off body shots. Tony brings Julius around to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Julius is still in this but Tony drags him over to bump off buckles. Tag to Stacks, the family mugs Julius again, and Stacks clinches,. Julius tackles Stacks down, but Stacks clamps on a double wristlock! Stacks facelocks, powers Julius back, and RAMS him into ropes.
Stacks uppercuts, Julius uppercuts back, but Stacks RAMS him into buckles. Stacks throws hands, whips Julius to ropes then CLOBBERS him! Julius sits up in a daze but Stacks kicks him. Julius fires off forearms and knees! Julius snap suplexes Stacks away! Tony tags in to stomp Julius down! Tony CLUBS and ROCKS Julius back to the corner, RAMS into him, then tags Stacks. Stacks CHOPS Julius, but Julius shoves him away. Julius fires off haymakers, Stacks kicks low, but Julius shoves Stacks into the corner! Stacks hurries to CLOBBER Julius with an uppercut! Stacks snarls and drags Julius up to whip him into the corner, then trip him on the rebound.
Stacks has a leg as NXT returns to single picture, and Stacks turns Julius over for a HALF CRAB! Julius endures, crawls for his corner, but Stacks sits deep! Julius endures, powers up to turn over, and he kick Stacks away! Hot tag to Brutus! Stacks runs away but Brutus goes out to throw Stacks back in. The ref has Tony stay back as Brutus gets in. Brutus dodges Stacks to POUNOCE him back out! Fans fire up and Brutus goes out to fetch Stacks again. Brutus puts Stacks in, but Stacks CLOBBERS him! Stacks KICKS Brutus in the side, then drags him to the open corner to SLAM a hand on the steel steps!
Brutus clutches the fingers but Stacks goes after the arm. Stacks puts the hand against ropes for rope burn! Tag to Tony, Tony CLUBS the arm, then he wrenches Brutus to the mat. Tony digs his foot into Brutus’ hand, then stomps it! Tony SLAMS the bad hand on the mat! Legado is loving what The Don is doing, and Tony bumps Brutus off buckles. Tag to Stacks, the family mugs Brutus, then Stacks wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Stacks SLAMS the bad hand on buckles, then tags Tony. Tony goes up to AX HANDLE the bad arm. Tony tucks Brutus’ arm into his own singlet so he can hockey scrum and HALF HATCH!
Tony taunts Julius, drags Brutus up and digs Brutus’ arm into the ropes. Tag to Stacks, the family mugs Brutus and Stacks wrangles Brutus down for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Brutus endures as Stacks even bends the fingers! Fans rally, Brutus fights up and ROCKS Stacks! Stacks holds on, Brutus ROCKS him again! Brutus keeps trying to reach Julius but Stacks drop toeholds and CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Stacks stomps the bad hand, then he sucker punches Julius! Stacks gets Brutus’ bad hand to stomp it! Stacks rains down hands, goes up the corner, and he drops into a boot! Brutus gets up, hot tags to Tony and Julius!
Julius dodges Tony, hits a BACKBRAEKER, then HIO TOSSES Stacks! Julius tears up Stacks’ shirt and TOSSES him! Julius CLOBBERS Tony to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And CLOBBER him again! And again! And clinch for another OVERHEAD suplex! Fans fire up as Julius whips Tony, hurdles, then DROPKICKS! Julius fires up and brings down the straps, but Tony elbows him away. DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Julius checks his jaw. Julius crawls over, but Stacks trips Brutus! Brutus snarls and chases Stacks around the ring! They get in the ring, Brutus SPEARS Stacks!
Brutus SMASH, but Elektra Lopez gets Tony his favorite crowbar! Tony aims at Julius, but then SANTOS ESCOBAR is here! And he grabs the crowbar to HOTSHOT Tony, and DECKS him with a brass knuckle punch! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, then SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, Legado keeps Stacks out, and the Creeds win!!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Fans are thunderous for the return of the Emperor of Lucha! Legado rebels against The Don, will they tear down Tony D?
Roxanne Perez speaks.
“For the past three weeks, I’ve been dealing with almost every emotion possible. First, I was in total shock. Cora was my big sisters. We were two broke girls traveling, just trying to get noticed. Leaning on each other to get by, and pushing each other to get better. I was the #1 Cora Jade fan. then, I get to NXT. We were both doing so good! The fans were getting behind us! When my friends succeed, I succeed. When they win, I win, and we won! We were unstoppable. Toxic Attraction had been a thorn in Cora’s side for so long, I decided to use my contract. I didn’t see who attacked me from behind, I assumed it was Toxic, and I wasn’t gonna let Toxic stop me.
“For Cora to do what she did, it really hurt me. Never in a million years did I think my best friend would do that to me. Our friendship meant more than that woman’s title. I never want to be associated with Cora ever again. I know Cora better than anyone on this planet, and she wants to call me a selfish bitch? I was there all those times she needed me. For a week, I was in denial. But that turned into anger when I watched Cora throw her NXT Women’s Tag title in the trash! We dreamed of becoming champions for so long, and she throw’s it in the trash!? I don’t know who this Cora is. My best friend is long gone.
“Okay, bitch. We both know the truth, You want me out of your life? I couldn’t agree more. So let’s settle this once and for all, in two weeks at Heatwave.” There is major heat between the former friends, but who is the one that gets burned?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
McKenzie notes the comments from Roxanne just now, what is Cora’s response to the challenge? “Absolutely NOT. If only Roxanne was as good in the ring as she is an actress. Don’t fall for her sob story. She just wants to make me look like the bad guy. Right now in the WWE, in NXT, I’m the talk of the town. It’s me, Bayley, Roman. So of course, Roxanne just wants a match against me to elevate her career once again. No thanks, I’m done with that charity case. She wants a match? Uh-uh, bitch. Speaking of one…” Mandy Rose is here but she assures Cora, it’s to talk business.
Zoey Stark needs to be stopped, and Mandy saw what Cora did last week, so maybe Cora could do it again and they can get rid of Stark once and for all. Typical Mandy. A one-sided deal that only benefits herself. Hard pass. Mandy wants Cora to hold on, this is two grown women talking. Listen, look at this: if Cora takes out the #1 contender, the person that steps in is the runner up. That person is Cora. Then Cora doesn’t even have to worry about Roxie, she’ll be the one facing Mandy at Heatwave. Cora says she’ll give it some thought, “Little girl.” Cora sasses the Toxic Goddess, will she be the one in control now?
Backstage interview with Kayden & Katana.
McKenzie congratulates the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and Katana says they can’t believe it. They’ve been through hell and back. They’ve been cheated, slighted, but they didn’t stop and they finally did it! Kayden says that Katana is her rock. They’ve been through the best of times, the worst of times, and times where they wanted to quit. But they never stopped, they kept moving forward, and that journey made this moment so much sweeter. KC Squared thanks those who never gave up on them, and now the titles are where they belong, and this is where they’ll stay!
Brooks Jensen w/ Josh Briggs & Fallon Henley VS Joe Gacy w/ The Dyad!
Jensen made the challenge, Gacy accepted it, and now they’ll settle this in the ring! Will Gacy send that message to Grimes? Or will Jensen send a message of his own?
NXT returns as Gacy & The Dyad make their entrance. The bell rings and the two tie right up. Gacy powers Jensen back, Jensen turns it around at the ropes, but Gacy ROCKS him with a cheap shot. Jensen blocks a whip to revere and clothesline in the corner! And again, and again! Jensen whips corner to corner then back drops Gacy on the rebound! Fans fire up as Jensen JABS, JABS, two steps and ROLLING ELBOWS! Fans fire up and Jensen goes out to go around and DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Jensen shows off the denim short shorts as he gets in, but Gacy rolls him up and reels him in, DDT!
Gacy stomps Jensen, puts him in a corner and CHOPS! Jensen ROCKS Gacy, Gacy CHOPS and throws body shots! Gacy fires off hands but Jensen gives them back! Fans fire as the hands keep going, and Jensen ROCKS Gacy! Gacy kicks back, whips Jensen to ropes but Jensen ducks and whips. Gacy reverses again and ROCKS Jensen in the corner! Then side to side for a SLINDING FOREARM! Jensen flounders, Gacy hangs upside-down like a bat! Gacy stalks Jensen, reels him in, URENAGE! Gacy then drops a BIG elbow, covers, TWO! Fans rally and Briggs coaches Jensen, but Gacy tells him to stay down!
Gacy headbutts, hands fly again, and Jensen slips off a scoop to shove and WHEEL KICK! The country boy can fly! But then the Dyad creeps over towards Fallon. Briggs coaches Jensen but Fallon asks the Dyad what’s their damage. Briggs notices and gets between Fallon and the Dyad, but here comes Pretty Deadly!! Jensen sees them coming, though, and he TOSSES Elton Prince, then DECKS Kit Wilson! But Gacy handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
A pretty deadly assist, and Gacy says Grimes’ life has been divided by disappointment and loss. “That is no way to live. The only way to change your life is with the help of others. And I know you’re a proud man, that’s why I’m reaching out to you. I can fill the emptiness in your soul. You know deep, deep in your heart that I am right.” Gacy has a creepy smile on his face, what lurks behind it?
Speaking of Grimes, he and others are watching this backstage. Someone points it out to Grimes that Gacy was talking to him. Yeah, he knows that. Grimes storms off, but how will he respond?
Tony D finishes up a phone call.
Uh-huh, yeah. That’s not what they talked about! Thanks for nothing! Damn that prick, Santos! Without him, Tony would be North American Champion, Tag Team Champion, and they’d be strapped with cash! Stacks says even Lopez was in on that! After all they did for that trash! But what’re they gonna do? It’s 4v2! Tony says they’re cheap. But wait, here comes a call from Santos. Santos mocks Tony on the loss. And also, how’s the jaw? Oh, real cute, you comedian. That’s two titles! Where are you!? Oh, after Tony put him in the hospital, they’re almost even. Almost. Well next time they see each other, Santos is DONE!
Santos tells Tony that they both know Santos can’t work for him and Tony won’t work for Santos, and they sure can’t work together. Yeah, genius? Listen up. One last match, this ends. No Stacks, no Legado! Just 1v1. One final accord? You’ve got it, Don. But where? Somewhere where they can see each other coming a mile away. What does Tony have planned for this final chapter between wrestling godfathers?
Alba Fyre VS Lash Legend!
The Firekeeper is raging the WNBA star turned wrestling superstar trying to snuff her out. Will Fyre be like a phoenix and rise from the ashes? Or will Lash continue to build her legend with Fyre as the foundation?
NXT is picture in picture as Lash makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash rushes in, but Fyre dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Lash ends up in a corner, Fyure CHOPS her, kicks her, then TORNADO- NO, Lash throws Fyre away. But Fyre kicks out a leg, to then DDT Lash down! Cover, TWO! Fyre fires up and she drags Lash back up. Fyre whips but Lash blocks! Lash ROCKS Fyre, whips her to ropes, then follows to BOOT her down! Lash swaggers and soaks up the heat, then she drags Fyre back up. Lash dribbles Fyre off the mat, then SLAMS her down. Lash drags Fyre back up to reel her in for a cravat and then a turn.
Lash stretches Fyre back with a neckbreaker rack, but Fyre endures. Fyre pries at the hold, but Lash stands back up to hit a NECKBREAKER! Lash talks trash, drags Fyre up, and NXT returns to single picture. Lash whips Fyre to a corner then CLOBBERS her on the rebound. Lash looms over Fyre, talks more trash, then dribbles her again! Fyre throws body shots but Lash CLUBS Fyre down. Lash drags Fyre up, Fyre throws more body shots and then gets a leg. Lash pries Fyre off to have a BOW ‘N’ ARROW RACK! Lash dribbles Fyre in the ropes! Lash then swings Fyre around for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Lash CHOKES Fyre on the ropes but lets off at 4. Lash talks more trash while Fyre sputters. Lash drags Fyre out, reels her into underhooks, and then STALLING BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Lash kips up but fans boo as she soaks up the heat. Lash stands on Fyre, but Fyre pushes her away. Lash drags Fyre up, whips, but Fyre reverses and sends Lash into buckles! TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Fyre hurries to the corner. Fyre climbs, fans rally, but Lash ROCKS Fyre first! Lash climbs up then brings Fyre up, but Fyre fights off the superplex. Fyre DECKS Lash off the corner, then adjusts to leap, but Lash dodges! Lash gets the bat but Fyre SUPERKICKS her first!
Fyre SUPERKICKS Lash again! Then Fyre hooks Lash up, for the Gory Especial to the GORY BOMB! Fyre hurries back up top and fans fire up again! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Fyre wins!
Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall
Lash played with Fyre, and she got burned! Will Fyre use this to blaze a trail to the top of NXT?
Melo & Trick talk backstage.
Trick explains to Melo the rules of the NXT UK British Rounds matches. Six minute rounds, each three minutes long, with about 20 seconds of rest in between. First one to two falls wins, so that’s pins, submissions and count-outs. Unless Trick knocks Wes out cold, haha! Him and his crying ass. A young woman walks over and asks if Melo & Trick can help with their engine problems. Well, yeah! They do it all. Trick & Melo get under the hood. Do they have jumper cables?
Nikkita Lyons speaks.
Kiana James, I saw your PowerPoint presentation on me, but you didn’t have to dig too deep because I’m an open book. I own who I am, and I am damn proud of where I come from. I didn’t have to do any research on you, Kiana, because I’ve dealt with girls like you my entire life. You think you’re better than everyone, you think you can judge me just because I don’t fit in the small box that you think a woman should look and act like. Well, take a real good look, Kiana. Because this is who I am, and I am not changing for anybody, especially you. Now, if you wanna try and change my mind, you can come find me next week. I’ll be waiting in the middle of the ring.”
Falls Count Anywhere: Solo Sikoa VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The Street Champion of the Island says this ISN’T Wagner’s World, and throwing grown men around only gets you so far. Will Solo prove that the bigger they are, the harder they fall? Or will Von’s vicious streak stop Solo’s run at the top of NXT?
The bell rings and the two rush each other! Solo dodges, CHOPS and ROCKS, repeat! Solo whips Von, CLOBBERS Von, then stalks him out of the ring. Solo stalks Von around the way, and runs him over! Then SENTONS on the floor! Cover, TWO! Solo CHOPS Von, Von ROCKS Solo, repeat! Solo knees low, puts Von back in the ring, then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Solo whips Von to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Von staggers into Solo’s scoop and SLAM! Solo then runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Von scrambles to a corner but Solo goes to the opposite. Fans rally, “UCE! SO!” Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!
Fans fire up with Solo while Von flops out of the ring. Solo pursues, Stone distracts him, and Von RAMS Solo into apron. Then RAMS him into steel steps! Von pulls the steps apart, drags Solo over, and he SMACKS Solo off the base! Fans rally for Solo and taunts Von, but Von drags the base steps around towards the ramp. Von then puts the steps in the ring and brings Solo over. Von CLUBS Solo, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Von gets chairs! Von puts those in a couple at a time, then gets in to take aim. Von JAMS Solo, then SMACKS him on the back! Solo writhes but Von SMACKS him again! And again!
Von sets the chair down, drags Solo up, and fans rally as Von back suplexes Solo on the chair! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Von paces. Von SMACKS Solo with the chair again, and then SMACKS him again! Solo clutches his arm but Von SMACKS away! Solo rolls away to ropes but Von sits the chair up. Von also gets another chair and he has it take a seat across from the other. Stone taunts Solo, Von drags Solo up and scoops him to SLAM him on the chairs! The chairs are bent, Solo writhes and Von covers, TWO! Von gets the chairs out of the way and sits Solo up. Von BOOTS Solo down, then kicks him out of the ring.
Von goes out, goes in around the way, and he LARIATS Solo down! Stone coaches Von on and Von clears off the commentary desk! Von taunts the Street Champ, but Solo fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP Von on the desk! The desk holds firm but those monitors are busted! Solo covers, TWO! Von hobbles away but Solo pursues! Solo ROCKS Von, Von ROCKS Solo, they brawl back behind the bleachers! Solo ROCKS Von, RAMS him through the back door, and we come across Melo & Trick again. They’re talking up the ladies with the car trouble, but Solo PIE FACES Melo into the back seat! Trick is mad, but Von attacks Solo!
Von fires off haymakers, Solo hits back. Von RAMS Solo into big fencing! And then fireman’s carries, to DUMP Solo in the dumpster! Stone says to shut it! Von closes the dumpster, and Stone says Von is the Street Champ while Solo is the Street CHUMP! But Solo busts right out of the dumpster! And he THROWS TRASH at Von! Then throws hands! Solo gets up and out and ROCKS Von! Solo throws haymakers, Von throws a knee low. Von whips but Solo reverses and Von hits a garage door! Solo KNEES Von against the door! And again! Solo drags Von up, throws more haymakers, and then Grimes is there! Von RAMS Solo into Grimes!
The brawl returns inside the arena, and Solo hobbles up. Von pursues and back suplexes Solo through a table! Cover, TWO!! Solo survives and Stone is frustrated! Von snarls and drags Solo up to CLUB him. Von SMACKS Solo off a cart, then sits him in an armchair. Von fires off haymakers, Stone tells Von to use a weapon. Solo hobbles away, Von get a chair! But Solo BLASTS Von with a fire extinguisher! Solo pursues Von back to ringside, and then in the ring! Fans fire up as Solo runs in to UPPERCUT! And haymaker! And body shot! Solo fires off, whips Von, then SUPERKICKS! Von wobbles into a fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP!
Fans fire up with Solo even more as he gets a chair for himself! Solo SMACKS Von on the back! And SMACKS him again! And again! And again!! Solo throws the chair at Stone, then drags the base steps over. Fans rally for Solo as he glares at Von. Von staggers to his feet, and into an URENAGE onto the steel steps!! Cover, TWO!! Von survives and Solo can’t believe it! Fans love “NXT! NXT!” as Solo goes to a corner. Solo climbs up! But Stone anchors Solo! Solo is more annoyed than anything, and he just drags Stone up to join him! HEADBUTT! Stone goes tumbling down, but Von trips Solo up! Solo tumbles down now while fans boo.
Von pursues Solo back outside the ring, and he fireman’s carries Solo. Solo slips off to POST Von! Then SUPERKICKS! Von wobbles, another SUPERKICK puts Von on the desk! Fans are thunderous as Solo goes up the corner! Solo aims, for a SUPER FLYING SOLO!! The desk is destroyed!! Solo covers Von in the wreckage, and Solo wins!!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
The bigger they are, the harder they fall! And because Solo’s pretty big himself, that leap from the top was massive! Solo gets a huge win, is he finally on to bigger and better in NXT?
In the HHH Era of WWE Creative across the board, and in the post-SummerSlam week, we just got one hell of an NXT! Opening with the NXT Women’s Tag Team Match was a great choice, because the match had so much time to breathe. I am so glad that Toxic Attraction didn’t win. This was the moment we needed actual new tag champions, and Kayden & Katana were the right choice. This is a new phase in their team’s story, they can take on Ivy & Tatum as well as Leon & Feroz and any other teams that form. Toxic Attraction had a great freak out, too, including Mandy’s part in it.
But what BS for Mandy to beat Sarray in a four paragraph match. Sarray is challenging Meiko Satomura for the NXT UK Women’s title, and could possibly “return” from the UK with the title. Sarray was red hot before the change to NXT 2.0, she deserves to be that again now that HHH is in charge of everything. But at least we got Stark running off Mandy. A good promo from Roxanne to respond to Cora, and Cora had a decent response to Roxanne. Mandy trying to cut a deal with Cora and then Cora telling her no was a great bit, though. Heels don’t need to get along, because duh, they’re Heels. Cora is still having a match with Stark all the same, but maybe Roxie attacks Cora to force their grudge match.
Nikkita Lyons had a good promo to respond to Kiana James, and their match is going to be good, but obviously a win for Lyons. At least, I would think. Tiffany had a very good promo to put herself over and talk trash on Wendy. There has to be something Wendy does that compels Tiffany to give her another match, and that could even happen at Heatwave. Fyre VS Lash was pretty good but I figured Fyre would win. After everything with Mandy, Cora, Roxie and Stark sorts out, Fyre probably has a match with whoever is champion. Honestly, hoping Stark takes the title at Heatwave, and then Stark can start to prove herself against big names like Fyre.
The interaction and match between Axiom and Duke was interesting. I should’ve figured Duke would turn into a bully of the comic book loving mathlete, but it was a great bit of David VS Goliath with Axiom getting the better of Duke. I hope they let Axiom give a promo where he shows us he was going after that leg to weaken it to make it harder on Duke to kick out of that victory roll. But ironically, it’s The Irish Ace who was given this “cerebral dissector” kind of character. He and Bron had a decent contract signing segment, but Jordan Devlin is still being restrained a bit by this new personality. As long as the match is awesome, it should be alright, though.
Awesome tag team match, and what a great moment for Legado to mutiny against Tony D. Creeds retain so that Diamond Mine can continue their story with passive aggressive Roddy and the rest of the group getting sick of his crap. And then this “Final Accord” between Escobar and Tony, I would love if that was a cinematic match like NXT gave Ciampa and Gargano in their “final chapter.” Who knows how it goes, but it’d make sense if Escobar won to give Tony some true comeuppance. And if not, then maybe Legado del Fantasma is “run out of” NXT so that they can all go to RawDown together as a faction to really spice things up.
An interesting interaction in the NXT UK Tag champions and The Schism. Gacy seems to be obsessed with all second generation wrestlers since he is a single generation, and he got a very good match out of Jensen. They also seem specifically interested in Fallon joining them as their female stable member. It is pretty decent continuity, actually, since Gacy had Fallon as one of the three wrestlers lined up for his All Inclusive Challenge. Who knows how that goes, but Pretty Deadly screwed Jensen over, so there’s a lot building for the NXT UK tag titles stateside. Maybe a Triple Threat, Briggs & Jensen VS Pretty Deadly VS Grizzled Dyad?
I loved how that Open Challenge went. Melo did say whoever gets in the ring, not who gets on stage first. So Frazer slips in, takes the match, gives Melo a run for his money, but of course Vinci makes sure Frazer loses. Frazer VS Vinci 1v1 will be awesome, too, I can’t wait to see it. Wes had a good promo to call out Trick, and them having a British Rounds Match is going to be a lot of fun. And of course, a really good Falls Count Anywhere out of Solo and Von. I do like the cameos from Melo, Trick and Grimes. All that could be a tease that the North American Championship is soon going to have another big ladder match, with Melo, Grimes, Solo, Von, Vinci and Frazer as our six. Solo of course wins, and with a great table spot. If nothing else, Solo finally has next up against Melo 1v1.
My Score: 8.8/10
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.
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
Edge and Beth Phoenix are here!
Orlando goes nuts as the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon make their way to the ring! Edge even takes some selfies with fans in the front row before he stands with Beth in the ring. The Grit Couple is of course here for revenge on the Judgment Day, a grudge that goes back to last year and Extreme Rules. They get the mic, and Edge says, “Oh, Orlando…! I gotta try and bring my heart rate down after watching that video, and just say it is so damn good to be back.” Orlando is happy to have them back, and Edge says he’s “The King of Comebacks as this point, it’s getting silly.” But we all know why they’re here this time: The Judgment Day.
Fans boo and Edge agrees. But the Judgment Day is his fault. The idea was to try and elevate talent he felt deserved it. And to be honest, it worked. All of them are at a better place now than they were a year ago. Finn Balor is on a level Edge has never seen before and that is saying something. Damian Priest has proven he’s a workhorse that come out week after week against the very best. Rhea Ripley, well… Fans do cheer Rhea, and Rhea went from number one to outlast everyone, and has punched her ticket to WrestleMania. Edge makes sure everyone sees him point at the sign. Oh, and Dom’s there, too.
“For the last year, we have battled back and forth. From Cardiff to Portland to Toronto, all leading up to Extreme Rules. And I knew that Finn Balor didn’t have what it takes to physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ But as you saw in the video, the minute I saw Rhea Ripley bash Beth in the back of the head with brass knuckles and hold that chair in her hand, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was helpless to stop it. And I am the kind of man, and I know a lot of you can relate out there, I am the kind of man that is not used to feeling helpless.” Fans cheer, and Edge “congratulates” Judgment Day with a sarcastic clap.
Fans chant “You Still Got It!” and Edge says, “I never lost it.” Fans cheer that! Edge continues to say, “But here’s the thing, guys. You just made a bad problem even worse. Because I am a cruel, vindictive, sick bastard, who will sink to any level to get my pound of flesh!” Beth calms Edge and says she’ll cut to the chase. “If you’ve got the stones, Ripley, Balor, my husband and I are here to finish this.” But speaking of, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn, Priest and Dom have the mics but Rhea isn’t here. Finn asks if he’s the only one who notices a pattern. Edge makes his triumphant return, only for the Judgment Day to beat him down again and again and again!
Finn tells Edge, “It might be time for you to say ‘I quit.’ HAHAHA!” Dom says word on the street travels fast. Fans boo Dom but Finn tells them to let Dom talk. Dom says since Edge & Beth have been gone, he has served hard time! Fans continue to boo, Finn again says to let Dom talk! Dom tells Edge & Beth to run along, before he does something to them he learned “on the inside.” Just like he did to his deadbeat dad! Rey didn’t even make it into the Rumble match! Priest says Dom’s right. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Priest says it doesn’t matter. Edge and Rey are “something else.” Every time they come back, Judgment Day beats them down, but they come back for more.
So next time they beat Edge down, Extreme Rules will look like child’s play. And speaking of child’s play, after Dawkins gets cooked and Priest enters the Money… Wait, no, Edge has him so flustered. Finn says it’s alright, Edge has Finn all mad, too. Priest promises Edge that he hates him that he can’t even speak right. Priest is getting inside the Elimination Chamber to be the United States Champion! Dom wishes Rhea was here, she could see what they’re about to do to Edge. But Rhea is busy promoting WrestleMania. Edge tells Dom to shut up! Fans cheer that! Edge says he was right, but they all confuse him! They don’t know what they really want!
Priest, the night he clotheslined Edge’s head off, he claimed he didn’t want a leader. And yet, he’s following Finn around like a giant labradoodle. He’s better than that! As for Finn, he’s a Dollar Store Jamiroquai! It’s insanity. Google Jamiroquai, kids. But the difference between Judgment Day and The Grit Couple is that Edge and Beth have each other’s backs. But they all just drop each other quicker than “Ex Con Dom” did his drawers in the clink! “Which is fitting, considering how many times you screwed your dad over.” And by the way, Edge can’t wait until Rey snaps and 619s Dom’s teeth down his stupid throat! It’s coming!
Beth says Rhea’s not here cuz she’s doing promotional appearances? We all know it’s because Beth speared Rhea’s soul out of her body. But listen to her very closely: she didn’t come here to talk. She came to beat Rhea’s ass!! But if she’s not here tonight, how about this? The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley at Elimination Chamber! Oh, oh, really? Does Dom think Rhea’s in? Dom says Mami is totally in. Finn is in, so they accept! That is, if Edge & Beth make it to Elimination Chamber. The Judgment Day surrounds the ring, Edge & Beth stand their ground, and the fight is on!
Beth runs off Dom, Priest & Finn go after Edge, but here comes ANGELO DAWKINS! Dawkins BLASTS Dom, then fires off on Priest! Dawkins clotheslines Dawkins out, Edge SPEARS Finn down! Dom is freaking out, and Ford creeps up behind him. Ford spooks Dom, puts him in the ring, and Dom wants mercy! He gets chicken wings and a GLAM SLAM instead! Orlando is all fired up, but will the Curse of Greatness be able to take down Damian? Or will Punishment be heading for Montreal?
Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins!
Raw returns as Priest stomps away on Dawkins, this match already underway. But it is also truly 1v1 as Adam Pearce made sure during the break to say no one else is allowed ringside! Priest stands Dawkins up to ROCK him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Dawkins handsprings over and DROPKCIKS Priest! Dawkins fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest bails out, Dawkins builds speed, but Priest moves. Dawkins stops, slides out the side, and runs in to POUNCE Priest onto the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous as Priest flops to the floor! Dawkins puts Priest in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to CYCLONE- FOREARM!
Priest snarls as he stomps away on Dawkins again. Priest drags Dawkins up, rams him into a corner and fires off hands! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Dawkins up for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls, he sits Dawkins up and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Dawkins endures, Orlando rallies up, and Dawkins fights but Priest CLUBS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps on with a chinlock now, and he bends Dawkins against his knee. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, and Dawkins fights up. Priest swings, Dawkins blocks to ROCK back! And again! And again! Anda gain!
Priest shoves, Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves then ROCKS Priest again! Dawkins dodges Priest’s boot to ENZIGURI! Priest runs in again but Dawkins dumps him out! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes out and runs in again, but into a LARIAT! Priest glares at Dawkins as he storms up on him. Priest drags Dawkins up, BIG suplex to the floor! Priest slides in the ring but just to refresh the count. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps and FLYING KCIKS Dawkins down! Fans boo but Priest is in control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision. Fans rally up, Dawkins and Priest go to opposite ends, and Dawkins runs in to rally with clotheslines! Priest hits low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Dawkins, he runs corner to corner to CYCLONE! And ENZIGURI! And facelock, but Priest wrenches out, Dawkins ducks the lariat, to clinch and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grows a little frustrated but fans rally up. Dawkins brings Priest up, ROCKS him with a right, then climbs a corner. Priest choke grips first! Priest then climbs up to join Dawkins, but Dawkins HOTSHOTS him back!
Dawkins hurries in, but into a SUPERKICK! Clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Priest is growing frustrated now. Priest holds up his hand and fans boo. Dawkins rises, Priest clamps on, SOUTH OF- NO, Dawkins pops free for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins hurries to a corner and climbs back up! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Dawkins is beside himself! But Orlando fires up as he drags Priest back up. Priest clamps onto a leg, Dawkins throws hands! Dawkins brings Priest up again, but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest staggers, into a RIGHT from Dawkins!
Priest goes to a corner, Dawkins runs in, but into a SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)
The Punisher pulverizes Dawkins, and now he’s taking aim at the US Championship! Will Priest hit his mark and take that title back?
The United States Champion pulls into the arena.
Austin Theory drives a black Lamborghini, showing that The Now rides in style. Will he have anything to say about the Elimination Chamber field as it fills out tonight?
Adam Pearce meets with Maximum Males Models.
Maxxine Dupri finishes signing the contract, she, Maçé & Mansöôr are now officially part of Monday Night Raw. Pearce is happy to have them here, and is sure they have big WrestleMania plans. Maxxine confirms, she has big, BIG plans. But then Chelsea Green walks in and asks, “Are you the manager?” Chelsea, you know Pearce is the manager, they spoke last week. Pearce has MMM excuse themselves, and Chelsea says that, as they spoke last week, she is supposed to have a private room, with Swiss chocolates and fresh spring water. He took care of that. Oh, well, that was Belgian chocolate. She’s been to Belgium, she knows the difference.
Anyway, while she has him, she wants to talk about how she’s NOT in the Elimination Chamber match. But Liv is, Raquel is, Nikki is, all of who she could be. With all due respect, Chelsea, you didn’t even last five seconds in the Women’s Rumble, so- Uh, sorry, does she need to call his manager? All she wants is an opportunity. her family is in attendance, so she deserves a match. And in that match, she deserves to be presented as the big star she is. So he either makes this right, or… One call could cost him his job. Okay, thanks, bye. Chelsea heads out, but will Pearce bend to her demands?
Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!
The Modern Day Wrestling God didn’t last all that long in the Men’s Rumble, and he didn’t get a win over Johnny Wrestling last week. The Rumble was because of Lesnar, that match with Gargano was because of Lumis. Can Corbin even the score with the Tortured Artist? Or will JBL start to question his investment into Baron?
Raw returns and Lumis makes his entrance. Corbin attacks Lumis as soon as he’s in the ring! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Corbin lets off. The bell rings and Corbin hits a SPLASH in the corner! Corbin throws Lumis down, elbows him down, then clamps on a chinlock. Corbin grinds Lumis down but fans chant, “Corbin Sucks!” Lumis endures, fights up and fights free of the hold. Lumis then headlocks, but Corbin powers out. Corbin CLOBBERS Lumis, then rains down more elbows! Corbin clamps the chinlock on again, and insults the fans. JBL coaches Corbin, Lumis still endures and fights his way back up.
Corbin knees low, he puts Lumis in a corner and fires off forearms. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Lumis bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin says Lumis is nothing and Gargano isn’t anything, either. Gargano says he still got a win off Corbin. Corbin grinds forearms into Lumis’ face, then twists Lumis’ head in a neck wrench. Fans rally and Lumis fights up again. Lumis throws hands, dodges Corbin’s, then DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis runs to clothesline in the corner, then BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Lumis catches Corbin for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP!
Fans fire up as Corbin flounders up. Lumis clinches, but Corbin RAMS him into a corner. Corbin fires off elbows, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Lumis clinches for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Lumis wins!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by pinfall
JBL is speechless as Gargano stands with Lumis. Gargano is headed to the Elimination Chamber for the US title, but will Lumis find himself in title talks soon enough?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron Saxton says The Man finally has Bayley inside that Steel Cage. What does tonight mean to her? “Orlando, Florida! Orlando, where it all began. Ten years ago, when I got off the plane with my bags to chase this WWE dream. When I first met you, Byron Saxton. A lot has happened in Orlando in those ten years, but ten years ago, I first met Bayley. In the weight room in the NXT Performance Center. And she seemed sweet and she seemed kind, and she wanted to be great. And her way of being great was high-fiving people and hugging people, and attaching herself to whoever she thought would be her meal ticket to the top.
“But I, too, Byron, I wanted to be great. And my way of being great was smashing faces, kicking down doors and changing the game so that I could become The Man of this industry! And Bayley… Bayley didn’t like that. No, she didn’t like that. So she’s attacked me and hit me with chairs and separated my shoulder. And she brought my family into this. And Bayley, I’m gonna learn you to not talk about my family. But all that aside, I had a plan. And tonight, I got what I want, and that is a Steel Cage Match.
“And so Bayley, you can bring your little friends, and you can bring your little tricks. Well, there is one hand that I haven’t played yet, and I’m thinking… I’m thinking, Byron, tonight might be the night.” What does Big Time Becks have planned for the Role Model in tonight’s main event?
Brock Lesnar is here!
Orlando goes nuts again as The Beast walks out to the ring and tips his cowboy hat with a feather in it. Lesnar gets the mic to say, “I appreciate ya. Thank you very much. Good evening, Orlando. Did y’all by chance catch the Royal Rumble? I did, too. I thought it sucked. At least, I had a sucky experience. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar got his ass thrown out over the top rope. That’s not the worst of it. I got my ass thrown over the top rope, by Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Now I apologize. I wasn’t on Raw last week, I had to get my head together a little bit. Bobby, you finally struck a chord in Brock Lesnar.”
All last week, Lesnar could not get Lashley out of his head. Lesnar tried to go hunting, and all he could think about was Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Next day, Lesnar wakes up, wants to go ice fishing. He likes coastal fishing, too, but he tries to go, but all he can think of is Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! He sits down for a big ol’ steak dinner, and all he can think about is Bobby Lashley! He gets into bed at night with his wife, and… Well, four or five hours later, all Lesnar could think about is Bobby Lashley! So for a whole week, Lesnar thought about what he’s gonna do with Lashley. Lesnar has a resolution. A violent resolution, but still.
You see, within Lesnar’s “five dollar denim jacket, is a multi-million dollar contract.” Fans like the sound of that. Lesnar reads the contract: “Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber.” Now Lashley, if you’ve got balls, you’ll get down here and sign the contract! Well here comes Lashley! Lashley is in shades and a nice suit as he heads down the ramp and to the ring. Lashley gets himself a mic, and he says, “Well nice of you to grace us with your presence, Brock. I didn’t even know you were gonna be here. But since you are, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.”
Match number one, what happened? Lashley pinned Lesnar. Match number two, Lesnar won. But if memory serves, Lashley laid Lesnar out cold as he walked out of the ring. And the third meeting was at the Royal Rumble, and Lashley threw Lesnar out without a problem. Lesnar steps closer and hands Lashley the contract. Lashley takes it, and again says that if memory serves, Lashley will be done under his terms. Lashley is going to take Lesnar’s contract and let his agent look at it, and his manager, and his lawyer, then Lashley will get back to Lesnar. This will be under consideration.
Oh, is Lesnar surprised? Surprised that Bobby Who has one up on you? Lashley emphasizes that with a poke of the finger. Lesnar smirks, and he reels Lashley in! F5!! Lesnar puts the contract in Lashley’s pocket, but fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures why not! Fireman’s carry, F5!! The Beast puts his hat back on, takes his leave, and the ball is now in the All Mighty’s court. Will this all but guarantee Lashley will want that match with Lesnar in Montreal?
Johnny Gargano finds Candice LeRae backstage.
Mr. Wrestling says hello to Mrs. Wrestling, tonight is big, right? How is she feeling? Luck hasn’t been on her side but she feels good. Lumis has a picture for good luck. Wow, the whole family! Gargano, Candice, little Quill and their dog, Pawdme, and… Who is that in the back? Nikki Cross? Cuz she’s SPYING on them! Nikki laughs and runs off! Candice isn’t sure what to make of that, but will she worry more about it once she’s in the chamber with crazy Cross?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella!
Raquel Gonzalez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, Asuka and Natalya are waiting, and there’s just one spot left in the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match! Will it be Michin, Mrs. Wrestling, the Scottish Viper, or the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island going all the way to Montreal for that golden opportunity?
Raw returns, Candice is already in the ring as Mia makes her entrance. Then, last but not least, Piper Niven! She’s dropped the nickname, will she make a name for herself on the Road to WrestleMania? The bell rings and Piper CLOBBERS Mia and Candice! Piper and Mella stare down, Mella talking trash even though this is her return match. Piper scares Mella with a growl and Mella bails out to hang by hubby Corey Graves. Piper whips Candice into Mia at a corner, then runs in to SANDWICH them! Candice and Mia both fall, and Piper grins. Mella hops on for a SLEEPER! Piper throws her right off!
Mella bails out again, but Mia and Candice fire off on Piper! Piper shoves them away, runs, but into a double drop toehold! She ends up on ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS send her out! Fans fire up with Mia and Candice, but then the two friends circle. They fist bump, and then Mia rushes in. Candice avoids the clothesline but Mia jumps over the leg sweep. Candice deflects a boot to waistlock, but Mia switches. Candice elbows free, Mia blocks a kick, and Mia slips under to pick Candice up! BUCKLE BOMB! Mia hoists Candice up top, CHOPS her, then blocks another kick! Mia has Candice in an Electric Chair, but Candice POISON-RANAS!
Mella scurries in to cover Candice, TWO! Cover on Mia, TWO! Cover back on Candice, TWO! Another cover on Mia, TWO! Piper TRIPLE SPLASHES them all!! Cover on Mia, TWO!! Piper drags Mia up to throw her out, then she kicks Candice out. Piper covers Mella, TWO!! Piper drags Mella up, throws her right out, and Piper is all fired up! Orlando is fired up with her, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Piper has everyone in corners. Piper SPLASHES Mia, SPLASHES Candice, but Mella dodges! FABULOUS KICK! Piper rebounds to CLOBBER Mella! Candice CROSSBODIES, but Piper catches her! Mia runs in to hit a NECKBREAKER that takes Piper down! All four women are down but Piper bails out of the ring! Orlando fires up while the others stir. Mella shouts, “This is MY match!” But Mia says no it ain’t! Mella throws a forearm, but Mia ROCKS Mella! Mella throws another, but Mia fires off a flurry! Mia BOOTS, then wrenches to hit EAT DA FEET!! Cover, Piper drags Mella away!
Fans are torn but Mia is shocked! Piper storms in, Mia throws body shots and haymakers! Piper ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Mia wobbles, Piper reels her in but Candice is up top! MISSILE DROPKICK! Piper is down, Candice LIONSAULTS! cover, Mia breaks it! Friends or not, this is every woman for herself! Mia says sorry, but then Piper shoves Mia into Candice! Candice falls, but Mia runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Candice breaks it! Piper pulls at her hair and bites her fingers in frustration, but she has Candice to herself now. Candice fires off haymakers, but Piper shoves her down. SENTON FLOPS as Candice moves!
Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! But Mella rolls Candice up! TWO!! Candice escapes, DEKCS Mella, and Mella goes to a corner. Candice runs in but is sent into buckles! Mella shouts at Candice and stomps a fabulous mudhole in! Fans boo as Mella moonwalks and says, “Mella! Is! Money!” FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! But Piper runs in! Mella dodges, CANNONBALL for Candice! FABULOUS KICK for Piper! Mella stacks Candice, and WINS!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match)
The Princess of Staten Island took advantage, and she is heading to Montreal! But will she be the one heading to WrestleMania with that golden ticket?
Baron Corbin regroups with JBL backstage.
Corbin laughs it off. “That didn’t go as planned, did it?” But where are they going to eat? Maybe get some drinks or something? JBL asks, “We? There ain’t no ‘we’. I headlined WrestleMania, I sold out arenas all over the world, I was must-watch television. You are channel changing television. That sound you hear when you get the ring, that’s the sound of remote controls around the world changing the channel to watch anything but you. And I don’t give a damn about you. I give a damn about the fact that MY Hall of Fame legacy, my CHAMPIONSHIP career, has lost all credibility, because of YOU!”
Corbin frowns but JBL continues. “Modern Day Wrestling God? I’ll tell you what you need. Not some cute little shirt, but a red nose and floppy shoes. Because you are a clown. You do not belong near me.” Corbin asks where this is coming from. He can do better! He’ll do better! JBL says, “You can’t polish a turd. I tried.” JBL storms off, did Corbin blow another major opportunity?
Meanwhile, we can see in the background that MVP is talking with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They shake hands, having a much better talk than JBL and Corbin just did. As the Wrestling God partnership falls apart, are we seeing the return of the Hurt Business?
Piper Niven finds Candice LeRae backstage!
Piper blames Candice for that loss! Piper should be going to WrestleMania! Mia storms in and makes Piper back off. Piper says they’re both very luck. If either of them get in the way of her and the title again, she will not be forgiving. Mia and Candice stick together, but will they both have to worry about the angry Scottish Viper slithering around?
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy!
Speaking of, PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard are going up against “Master” Chad Gable and his number one guy, Otis! It’s a battle of former Raw Tag Team Champions, will one of these teams make a big impression on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw returns and MVP is with Cedric & Shelton in their entrance! The teams sort out and Gable circles with Cedric. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and SLAMS Cedric, but Cedric gets up, only for Gable to snapmare. Gable rolls with Cedric, has a waistlock again, but Cedric pries free, only for Gable to headlock for the takeover. Cedric headscissors, Gable kips free, but Cedric arm-drags Gable. Gable arm-drags back, then blocks Cedric’s arm-drag to say, “SHOOSH!” Gable stands Cedric up but Cedric mule kicks back. Cedric runs, handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cedric flounders and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!”
Gable tags Otis, the fans fire up and Otis struts. Gable cravats Cedric, Otis runs and CLOBBERS Cedric! Fans fire up but MVP protests. Cedric tags Shelton and he fires forearms on Otis! Shelton whips but Otis blocks! Otis whips, Shelton LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Shelton runs but Otis scoops! Shelton slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Otis staggers, Shelton runs in to STEP- UP- NO!! Otis carries Shelton out for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans fire up with the tree trunk and he runs, to SPLASH! Fans rally while Shelton sputters, but Otis CLUBS him on the back. Otis whips Shelton corner to corner hard and Shelton falls to the mat!
Fans rally behind Otis and he brings Shelton up. Shelton kicks but Otis blocks, and Otis spins Shelton around, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Otis staggers around, Shelton runs in but into another SLAM! Otis drags Shelton up, puts him in a corner, and then runs in, only to get buckles! MVP coaches Shelton and he crawls, but so does Otis! Hot tags to Gable and Cedric! Cedric rallies on Gable, runs in to forearm smash int he corner, then snapmare and BASEMENT DROPKICK! MVP is fired up with Cedric and Cedric whips. Gable reverses, Cedric goes up and over. Things keep moving, NEURALIZER!
Gable flops out of the ring, Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gable puts Cedric in while MVP shouts to shake it off! Gable is up top, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Shelton breaks it! Otis CLUBS Shelton, throws him to a corner, and then runs in, only to get more buckles! STEP-UP KNEE! And then another STEP-UP KNEE! And a SAMOAN DROP!?! Fans are thunderous after that, but Gable KNEES Shelton out! Cedric is up, Gable CLOBBERS him! Gable goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Cedric avoids it, back suplex, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Cedric & Shelton win!
Winners: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up! He celebrates with his guys, is this the revival of the Hurt Business?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Cathy Kelley knows The A-Lister was caught off guard last week by Rick Boogs, but what is his reaction to that return? His reaction? Miz will gladly give it to Pearce, along with a bill for the damages to his $10,000 suit that Maryse bought Miz! Who makes someone compete in a suit?! And as far as “Boogs” goes, what? He’s supposed to be impressed that Boogs can bench press 500 pounds and play the electric guitar? But speaking of, here comes Boogs! Uh, how did he get a meeting before The Miz? Oh, of course, he’s special, right? Wow, Boogs is special? Thanks, Miz.
But Boogs is just excited to be reunited with the Boogs Crew in the WWE Universe. The Boogs Crew? Oh, cut the humble crap. Miz would’ve won easily, if he was dressed and ready. Boogs got luck and he knows it, but he’s also lucky that Pearce is a lazy and incompetent official. Because if it was different and Miz was ready, it would’ve been a different story! Pearce walks up behind Miz and says, “Tell me how you really feel.” Miz sighs and smiles at Pearce. Pearce says that if Miz wants a rematch with Boogs, all he had to do was ask. In fact, how about next week? Boogs says that is righteous! THICK RICK VS The Miz, he’s so excited! Rick “Boogs out” on his exercise bar!
Miz looks at Pearce, then frowns as he walks away. But then Chelsea walks back in. She’s about to go to the ring, so she wants him to find an opponent, or she will call his boss. Okay thanks, bye~! The Hot Mess heads out, but who will Pearce send out to face her?
Chelsea Green VS ???
“Shh… It’s Chelsea.” Orlando has mixed feelings as The Hot Mess struts her way to the ring in her first singles match since coming back to the WWE. She’s already got an ego over the fact that she is back, but is she going to be ready for her opponent tonight? Because her opponent is ASUKA!!
Wait, is that Raquel Rodriguez in the crowd? Big Mami Cool snuck in from SmackDown to watch Raw in person, and she’s distracting Asuka! The bell rings and Chelsea SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Chelsea CLUBS away on Asuka, but now we see Natalya sneaking in from the other side! And Liv Morgan! Chelsea dribbles Asuka off the mat, brings her up, and shushes her, before she SLAPS her! Mella struts her way back out, since all the Chamber entrants are here. Chelsea BOOTS Asuka into buckles! Chelsea drags Asuka up, clinches, picks her up, COMPLETE SHOT! Chelsea sees everyone else and asks if they all watched that.
Chelsea says SHE should be in the Chamber, not “whatever this is,” in reference to Mella. Chelsea goes back to Asuka, kicks dirt, and also talks trash on Natty. Wait, Nikki sneaks out here now? Nikki laughs at Chelsea. Chelsea says if Nikki wants crazy, she’ll give her crazy! Chelsea also talks trash on Liv and Raquel. But Asuka gest back up! Chelsea senses something is wrong, and Asuka eggs her on in Japanese! Chelsea swings, misses, and Asuka fires off a strike fest! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! FRONT KICK! URAKEN and HEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Chelsea wants a time-out!
Chelsea gets to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Chelsea BOOTS her! Chelsea runs in, into a CODE BREAKER, which Asuka then turns into a DOUBLE ARMBAR!!! Chelsea verbally quits, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
The Empress of Tomorrow stands tall tonight, and she makes sure to look her future opponents in the eye. But then BIANCA BELAIR appears! The RawEST Women’s Champion is here, and she tells them all, “I want all of y’all to take a good look at each other and tell me what you see. Cuz I’ll tell you what I see. I see six top tier women in the WWE.” Fans cheer that. “But… Who has what it takes to win the Elimination Chamber match? Who has what it takes to go one on one with the EST of WWE? Because last year, I was in your position. I know what it’s like to be in an Elimination Chamber match, and I know what it takes to win. That’s how I got this.”
Bianca holds up the title, and says, “I want to wish each and every one of you good luck. Because whoever makes it out… I’ll be ready to see you at WrestleMania.” The EST has sent her message to all her potential contenders, but just who will survive the Chamber to meet Bianca in Hollywood?
Cody Rhodes is here!
Orlando goes nuts again as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring. Fans chant Cody’s name as he gets the mic. “So, what do you guys wanna talk about? Hmm… Last week, I used my interview time to come out here and talk to you with respect about my current WrestleMania opponent, The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the biggest superstar in the world, the Best in the World, Roman Reigns.” Fans boo Roman, then chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” So they just read Cody’s mind. Cody did say “current.” Cody’s path to WrestleMania is straight and clear, but the destination is foggy.
The reason being, Roman is putting the titles on the line at Elimination Chamber, “against a guy who has kicked up all the dust, a guy who has all the momentum, a guy that’s walking into his hometown, and that is Sami Zayn.” Fans cheer and chant for Sami and Cody continues. “You guys seem like a perfect judge for my next question. It looks more and more like at WrestleMania, it’s going to be me standing there, challenging for the championship against Sami Zayn.” Fans like the sound of that! Cody says this with the utmost respect. “I have respect for anyone avenging an injustice done to them. I have respect for my friend, Sami Zayn. I wish you the best of luck, may the best man win.”
But wait! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel, and The Wise Man, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans boo as Heyman continues into the ring. Fans chant “E C DUB!” and Heyman steps into the ring. Heyman tells Cody that something he may one day find out in life, “hopefully not at my expense, but one day, is that life at the very top in this industry requires an understanding that the only week busier than the week leading into a major event like the Royal Rumble, or watch the point, WrestleMania…
“Is the week coming out of a major event, like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. And I’m sure you know that the Tribal Chief and I have had a lot on our plates in the last week. And a few things fell through the cracks, admittedly, on the Island of Relevancy. One of which is the Tribal Chief and I, in front of the entire world, want to congratulate you on winning the 2023 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble match.” Cody and Heyman shake hands and Heyman says Cody earned it and that he’s very proud of Cody. Fans cheer that, and chant, “You Deserve It!”
Cody knows that his father had a nickname for Heyman, his brother had a nickname for Heyman. But if you’ll indulge Cody, Cody will go with “Mr. Heyman.” It is because Cody has “unparalleled respect” for Heyman and Heyman knows why. But if they’re going to pull back the curtain here, might as well pull it back for everyone here in the crowd and watching at home. This is a story that should’ve been told a long time ago. The year was 2000. The till in Cody’s family dried up a bit, and Hard Times was more than a famous promo. “Simply put, my family went broke.” $100 in a checking account for all of them.
To put a visual on it, Cody’s dad was doing local car commercials and not for money. Just so he could keep a car. Fans chant for Dusty now and Heyman gets emotional. “But then he got a phone call,” Cody continues. Heyman called Dusty. Heyman told Dusty that ECW as in town, that Steve Corino was gonna talk some smack, and that if Dusty would just agree to appear on camera, that if Dusty would be on ECW TV, Heyman “would pay him and pay him well.” Fans again chant for “E C DUB!” Cody says Heyman kept his word. In addition to the money that the Rhodes family sorely needed, ECW gave Dusty his confidence back, and Cody can never repay Heyman for that.
Flash forward a bit, and they might talk about it, but before coming back here, Cody was somewhere else, “causing a little bit of trouble.” From one disruptor in sports entertainment to another, Heyman showed Cody the way, so thank you again. Fans applaud that, and Heyman again gets emotional. Fans chant, “Thank You, Paul! Thank You, Paul!” Heyman says Cody is good. Cody really got Heyman there. Heyman was here to schmooze business with him, and Cody got him personally. Heyman sighs, fans cheer, and if we’re peeling back and shooting from the hip, let’s go all the way.
Heyman says this isn’t about him, and with all due respect and love and admiration and even acknowledgement, this isn’t about Dusty. This is about Cody, about everything Cody has fought for from the bottom to the top, out the door, back in, to winning the Rumble to main-eventing WrestleMania! “And winning WrestleMania is a whole different story. Just getting there is a long, long road.” And that’s Cody’s story. That’s Cody’s story that he needs to finish to find out if this is a dream come true, or if he must “suffer the nightmare of coming just this close.”
Because Cody isn’t just main-eventing WrestleMania, he’s trying to “take away from the greatest box office attraction and greatest champion of all time, Roman… Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says that’s no easy task for any mere mortal, let alone someone that has no idea what it’s like under that spotlight. Will Cody crumble and wither? Will he self-destruct under that pressure because no one ever prepared him for it? Heyman says down the road is the WWE Performance Center. At that very place, Cody’s father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, trained and prepped the biggest stars of this generation.
Cody’s father, Dusty, trained and prepped Seth Rollins, trained and prepped Becky Lynch, trained and prepped Bayley, trained and prepped Kevin Owens, trained and prepped for the highest level of success, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. But do you know who Dusty didn’t train and prep? Dusty did not train nor prepare Cody. Cody tries to smile through that but Heyman says he could counsel Cody that maybe, just maybe, Dusty wanted Cody to make it on his own. That’s how much love Dusty had for him. That Dusty wanted Cody to step out of the shadow of a national monument such as the American Dream himself.
Perhaps Dusty didn’t want Cody going through life as “Dusty’s son,” but as Cody Rhodes, “WrestleMania Main Eventer Who Stopped the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Maybe. But Cody, Heyman can’t convey in words how much he loved Dusty. But he can say to Cody’s face that Dusty loved Cody. To share this personally, in Heyman’s last conversation with Dusty, Dusty told Heyman… “You, Cody, were his favorite son.” Cody and the fans aren’t sure what to make of that, but then Heyman adds, “But Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.” Heyman drops the mic and fans cannot believe he just said that!
Cody rushes up on Heyman but Heyman backs away. Fans want Cody to go after Heyman but Heyman wants him to reconsider. Cody offers a handshake, then makes Heyman take it. “I’m just trying to win a wrestling championship, and everybody, everybody, wants to make it personal. And that’s what you just did, and you’re not gonna pay for it, Mr. Heyman. Your boy, Roman Reigns, is going to pay for it. At WrestleMania, when I take those titles, personally.” Cody pushes the mic into Heyman then heads out. Will Cody ironically be hoping Roman beats Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber so he can be the one to tear the Tribal Chief down?
Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford!
There is just ONE spot left in the United States Championship match, and it comes down to The Drifter and the flyest high flyer WWE has seen in a long time! Will all of Montreal #WalkWithElias? Or will this Profit be up, looking for gold?
Raw returns and Elias makes his entrance while Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and Elias circles with Ford. They tie up, and they are in a deadlock. They go around, Ford puts Elias in a corner but Elias turns it around. The ref counts, both men let off, and they reset. Ford and Elias tie up again, Elias headlocks and he grinds Ford down. Ford powers up but Elias holds tight. Ford tries again, but Elias still holds tight. Theory isn’t concerned about Elias’ level of aggression, because the person with aggression is him. Ford powers up and out, but Elias runs him over! Cover, TWO!
Elias stands Ford up but Ford rolls Elias up, TWO! Ford cradles, TWO! Elias headlocks again and he hits a takeover. Ford keeps his shoulder up, moves around, and fans rally. Theory likes Ford’s athleticism, and the move on his regimen, but he’s intrigued to face Elias since they’ve never met in a match. Ford fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Ford hurdles then runs Elias over! Ford DROPKICKS Elisa, and then Ford snarls as he whips. Elias reverses but Ford KICKS back! Ford runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Ford sputters to a corner and Elias storms up to CHOP, UPPERCUT and repeat!
Elias fires off, the ref counts, and Elias lets off. Elias then stomps Ford again, CHOPS him, and whips to back drop Ford! Ford bails out, Elias pursues, and Elias RAMS Ford into barriers! Elias then brings Ford up to STEEL STEPS BACK SUPLEX! Elias roars and fans are torn as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Elias has Ford in a motorcycle stretch. Ford endures, turns, but Elias drags him up into a waistlock. BACKBREAKER! Elias then goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Ford hops up after him! Ford fires haymakers, Elias throws body shots, and Elias CLUBS Ford down. Elias SUNSET FLIPS, but Ford holds onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Ford fights his way back up, and he ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias turns things into an Electric Chair Lift! SPINNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Theory says he thought that would end it, though he sounds a bit sarcastic.
Ford crawls to the apron and Elias storms over. Ford GAMANGIRIS Elias, ducks a haymaker, then bumps Elias off buckles to GAMANGIRI again! Ford goes back up, CROSSBODIES, and says “SUCK IT!” Ford rallies with clotheslines, then runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Elias staggers, Ford pumps up and hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up but Ford’s back tightens up. Ford powers through to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Theory likes that Elias is still in this, but Ford brings Elias up. Elias CHOPS! ford ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias ROCKS Ford, but Ford ENZIGURIS! Ford runs, into the SYMPHO-KNEE!
Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and Elias grows frustrated. Theory doesn’t worry about the match, and goes on to talk trash on the other entrants. Theory thinks Johnny Gargano will be a stay-at-home dad, Bronson Reed probably can’t fit in a pod, but then gets mad at Kevin Patrick for bringing up the loss to Bronson back in their NXT days. Elias meanwhile RAMS Ford into a corner, RAMS him again, and again, and again! Elias backs off, runs in again, but Ford puts him on the apron! Elias shoulders in, slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER!
Elias flounders away, Ford goes corner to corner to FLY!! Direct hit and down goes Elias! Ford puts Elias in the ring and fans fire up! Ford goes up top, and leaps in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)
Ford takes the last spot, but Theory stands on the desk to hold up the title. Will Theory still have that title after the Elimination Chamber? Wait! SETH ROLLINS CLIPS THEROY! Theory hits the desk and Rollins laughs! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the CURB STOMP to the floor! The Now didn’t see The Visionary coming, will nothing and no one stop Rollins from winning in the Chamber?
Bayley talks with Damage CTRL backstage.
Dakota Kai is in crutches given what Becky Lynch did to her last week, but Bayley isn’t worry. She tells Kai & Sky the plan and prepares for the main event, which is up next!
Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch!
The Role Model used Damage CTRL to take control away from The Man and deny us all this match on the Raw 30th Anniversary episode. But now, there’s no running from this, there’s no hiding from this, and there’s no getting around this! Will Bayley survive Becky’s Big Time wrath? Or will Becky leave Bayley behind just like when they were in NXT?
The bell rings, fans fire up, but Bayley smirks. Fans rally for Becky as she and Bayley circle. They feel things out, Bayley ROCKS Becky then climbs the wall! Becky yanks her down, she won’t let Bayley just run away like a coward. They talk trash, Bayley says Becky doesn’t tell her what to do or when to do it. Bayley shoves Becky, so Becky ROCKS Bayley! They go back and forth, Becky gets the edge, but Bayley kicks a leg out! Becky trips Bayley! Becky says she was going for the door, but that’s not how this is going down. Becky whips but Bayley turns it around, only for Becky to stop from hitting the steel.
Becky hits Bayley back, but Bayley also blocks hitting steel. Bayley elbows Becky away but Becky goes for an arm! Bayley and Becky go around, but Bayley throws Becky into the steel! Kai & Sky like what they see as Bayley sends Becky into more steel! Bayley stomps away on Becky, then digs her boots in! She also digs Becky into the frame of the cage! Fans boo but Bayley covers, ONE!! Becky is hanging tough, so Bayley decides to climb. Becky hurries over and dropkicks the cage to shake Bayley loose! Bayley falls to the mat, then Becky drags her up to RAM her into the steel! Becky drags Bayley up again to RAM her into more steel!
Becky runs to basement dropkick Bayley into the steel! And again! Becky stomps away on Bayley now, then pushes her face into the steel! “You think you can talk about my husband?! You think you can talk about my husband now, Bayley?!” Becky lets off, then drags Bayley up. Fans rally and Becky throws Bayley into more steel! Bayley drags herself out while Becky climbs the cage. Bayley hurries to anchor Becky, but Becky kicks her away. Bayley climbs up after Becky, but Becky kicks her again. Bayley anchors a foot, but Becky dribbles Bayley’s face off steel! Becky then adjusts, brings Bayley around, but Bayley RAMS Becky into steel!
Bayley dribbles Becky now, throws her off the ropes, then adjusts to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kai & Sky coach Bayley on as she has control, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns just as Becky kicks out of a cover! And she wants the arm! Bayley hurries to push Becky away, but Becky hits a FLYING FOREARM! Both women are down and Orlando fires up! Kai & Sky coaches Bayley as she and Becky both stand. The forearms go back and forth again! Fans rally behind Becky as she gets the edge, uppercuts and SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and JUMP KICKS Bayley down! Becky whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley uses that to get up the wall! Becky grabs Bayley’s legs to SLAM them against the steel! And again! Bayley holds on with her hands but Becky RAMS her into the steel again and again! SUPER JUMP KICK!
Bayley ends up slumped on the ropes, for Becky’s SUPER GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Becky fires up. Kai & Sky plead with Bayley as she gets up, but Becky clinches. Bayley slips out of the slam to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Becky is still in this and fans fire up again! Bayley drags herself to ropes, climbs the cage, but Becky rises! Becky drags Bayley back down, has her draped on the ropes and TOSSES her into the steel! Becky runs, to drop a leg, brother! But Bayley turns it into a HEEL HOOK!! Becky flails, reaches out, and crawls her way to the door! Becky grabs the frame but Bayley drags her away!
Bayley stands Becky up but Becky rolls to send Bayley into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Back to the HEEL HOOK! Becky still crawls, they roll to ropes, and Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel! And again! And again! Bayley is dazed but Becky hobbles back up. Becky climbs a corner but Bayley anchors her foot. Becky kicks her away, but Bayley tries again. Becky kicks Bayley again, but Bayley hurries up after her! They brawl, Becky shoves Bayley away! Becky is on the top rope but Bayley CLUBS her! Bayley clubs after and they braw on the top rope! Bayley RAMS Becky into the steel, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?!
Kai & Sky can’t believe it, and neither can Orlando! Bayley stalks Becky, but then decides to climb the wall! Bayley reaches the top! Becky hurries up after Bayley, catches up to Bayley, and they brawl up top now! Fans rally as the haymakers go back and forth! Bayley SMACKS Becky off the top! But Becky grabs an arm! Becky uses that to drag herself back up, DISARM-HER ON TOP OF THE CAGE!!! Bayley slips free, gets caught up on the ropes, and flops to the mat! But Becky just adjusts, only for Sky to climb up after her! The Evil Genius brawls with Becky, and then she kicks Becky down into the ring! Kai sneaks a crutch to Bayley!
Bayley JAMS Becky with the crutch! But wait, is that LITA?!? The living legend is here and she goes up after Sky! Lita YANKS Sky right off the cage! Lita storms up on Kai and uses her other crutch to YANK her into steel steps! Lita JAMS Sky, reels her in, TWIST OF FATE to the floor!! Bayley is flabbergasted, but she hurries for the door! Fans are losing their minds as Lita SLAMS the door shut! Bayley staggers into a MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Becky had Big Time back-up, was this the ace in the hole she talked about? Did Lita help Becky put behind her Damage CTRL once and for all?
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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