Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/13/23)
It’s a MASSIVE Monday Night Raw!
There’s still much to do before arriving in Montreal!
Before colliding at Elimination Chamber this Saturday, Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar sign on the dotted line to make their rematch official! Will the All Mighty and the Beast keep from tearing each other apart here so they can tear each other apart in Montreal?
- The Judgment Day VS The Street Profits; The Judgment Day wins.
- Piper Niven VS Mia Yim; Piper wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Nikki Cross & Carmella VS Liv Morgan, Raquel Rodriguez & Natalya; Asuka, Nikki & Carmella win.
- Bronson Reed VS Mustafa Ali; Bronson wins.
- The Miz VS Rick Boogs; Boogs wins.
- Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Bayley VS Becky Lynch; Bianca wins and denies both Bayley and Becky a spot in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
Becky Lynch is here!
Brooklyn is Big Time already as Becky is in the ring and gets the mic. Adam Pearce is also in the ring, he has a mic, but Becky starts by saying, “The Man has come around to Brooklyn! So that I can say, welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Becky even dressed up all “spiffy” for us, and she brought Pearce. Fans boo but Pearce doesn’t understand why. Becky says they shouldn’t hold it against her, but she’ll get to Pearce later. As good as it felt last week to beat Bayley inside the steel cage, big shout out to Lita for having her back, a living legend who forgave Becky for being a weirdo last year, bygones are bygones, Becky realized something,
Becky’s path to WrestleMania is not clear. She has been so distracted by the Damage CTRL fools, she lost sight of what is most important to her in the WWE and that is the title. “And so if there’s one thing I love to do, it’s fight my way into things. And we are less than a week away from Elimination Chamber, and Adam Pearce, this brings me to you. If there’s one thing you love to do, it’s up the ante and make some fights. So I’m presenting you with an opportunity. I’m giving you the opportunity to let me fight my way into that Elimination Chamber, right here, tonight! What do you say, Adam?”
But then Bayley walks out! Becky is upset but the Role Model says, “Whoa whoa, whoa whoa, whoa, Becky. IF you think that you’re getting a shot, that you’re getting into the Elimination Chamber after what you pulled last week, than you’re a bigger idiot than all of these idiots!” Fans boo but Bayley says Becky didn’t finish nothing last week! That so-called Hall of Famer had to do it for her! Oh, no, Lita took care of Bayley’s girls so that Becky could take care of Bayley. Bayley disagrees, she wants to talk with Adam Pearce to scrub that Steel Cage match from the record, uninvite Lita from all future events, and then add Bayley into the Chamber. That’s what she deserves!
Fans boo but Bayley says she is a GRAND SLAM WOMEN’S CHAMPION! Becky doesn’t know what that’s like, huh? Becky says she’s a WrestleMania main eventer and Bayley doesn’t know what that is like. Well no one wants to see Becky VS Bianca again! DING DONG HELLO, Becky lost! Well if Becky remembers right, she and Bianca stole the show. Where was Bayley? Nowhere to be found on her pegleg. Bayley says she has successfully, SUCCESSFULLY both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships at WrestleManias. But Becky reminds Bayley that she won the first ever Winner Takes All at WrestleMania!
Pearce has Bayley and Becky calm down, but then here comes Bianca! The RawEST Women’s Champion has a mic of her own as she struts out on stage. “Now, now, now. I hear a whole lot of talk about the Raw Women’s Championship, but nobody thought about to come talk to the Raw Women’s Champion herself?” Fans chant “EST! EST!” as Bianca makes her way to the ring to join the others. If they had actually asked Bianca, she would’ve said she likes where this is going, since she wants to face the best of the best.
Now, Adam, there are already six women in the Elimination Chamber match, but if Becky and Bayley want to get through that to get through her, then they should go through her in the first place. Pearce likes that! Here’s an idea: These three compete in a Triple Threat! And hold on, speaking of raising the stakes, if either Bayley or Becky win, they’re added to the Chamber to start as a Triple Threat. BUT: if Bianca wins, then neither Bayley or Becky get in. That’s a hell of a main event and a fair fight. What do the fans say? The fans love it, Becky and Bianca and Bayley all shake on it, so it’s official! Bayley VS Becky VS Bianca in a Triple Threat!
But will this riskiEST move help Bianca cross off some storied rivals on the Road to WrestleMania? Or will this year’s Elimination Chamber be historic even before it begins?
Backstage interview with The Judgment Day.
Byron Saxton walks over to Finn Balor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio. He notes that Saturday, Elimination Chamber, it will be a Mixed Tag of Finn and Rhea VS Edge and Beth Phoenix. Priest steps into the Chamber itself for the US Championship. So tonight, are they prepared for the huge weekend ahead? Priest tells Byron that that isn’t the question. The real question is: are those five other men prepared to step into that Chamber with Priest? Dom says that’s right, and he knows a thing or two about being locked up. Dom’s been training with Priest all week, and he knows Priest will run the Chamber like Dom did the cell block, and then Priest walks out of Montreal the NEW United States Champion!
Plus, Dom just got off the phone with Mami Rhea, and she’s still traveling the world to promote WrestleMania. She’s excited for the Chamber, and Valentine’s Day. Finn says tonight, they have the Street Profits. They want the smoke? Ha! Tonight, they’re gonna get rolled up, bowled up, and smoked up.” The Prince leads the way, but will they be the ones getting burned tonight?
The Judgment Day VS The Street Profits!
Raw returns and the Judgment Day make their entrance. The teams sort out and Priest starts against a fired up Montez Ford. It’s a preview of the US Championship Chamber match as the two tie up. Priest puts Ford in the corner, fans chant “We Want Mami!” Priest ROCKS Ford, KNEES him low again and again, then tells fans Mami ain’t here. Priest DECKS Ford, then brings him back up. Priest whips, runs Ford over, and then tags in Finn. Priest snapmares Ford for Finn to slingshot stomp! Finn digs his boot in with a cocky cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he soaks up the cheers and jeers from Brooklyn.
Finn ROCKS Ford with a right, has him on ropes, and brings Ford up to kick. Ford blocks, spins Finn then ENZIGURIS Finn down! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits whip and DROPKICK Finn down! Priest runs in but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! The Profits double clothesline Priest up and out and Brooklyn fires up while Raw goes picture in picture.
Finn and Priest stagger up and regroup with Dom at the ramp. Priest goes to a corner, Finn helps him, but Dawkins goes out to ROCK Priest! Ford ROCKS Finn, the ring count starts up, but Ford SMACKS Finn off the apron. Finn staggers around the way, Ford pursues, and Finn wants mercy. Fans fire up as Ford swaggers, then kicks Finn low. Ford has Finn against barriers and fans fire up more, so Ford CHOPS! Ford mocks Finn’s pain, pushes him into the ring, then shoulders in. Slingshot sunset flip, but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn tags Priest, he DECKS Dawkins off the apron, then CHOKES Ford on the ropes!
The ref has to keep Dawkins but then counts at Priest. Priest lets off at 4, distracts the ref, and Dom gets a sucker punch in! Dawkins protests more but Dom soaks up the heat. Priest eggs Brooklyn on, drags Ford up and tags Finn in. They kick, KICK and SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO! Finn keeps on Ford with a snapmare, then he drives an elbow in before wrapping on a chinlock! Finn thrashes Ford around, keeps him down, but Ford fights up. Finn knees low, bumps Ford off buckles, and throws hands. Tag to Priest, he brings Ford around to suplex, BROKEN ARROW! Ford flounders, Priest drags him to a cover, TWO!
Priest keeps cool as he stalks Ford to a corner. Priest ROCKS Ford in the back with a forearm, then hoists him up top. Priest CLUBS Ford, drags him out into a crucifix lift, but Ford fights! Ford throws elbows, Raw returns to single picture, but Priest LCUBS Ford! Priest climbs up and stands Ford up, SUPER BACK SUPLEX CROSSBODY! Ford turns it around at the last second and both men are down! Brooklyn rallies up, both men crawl, hot tags to Finn and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Finn, ROCKS Priest, then ROCKS Finn! Dawkins whips Finn, Finn reverses but Dawkins BLASTS Priest off the apron!
Dawkins hurdles Finn and FLYING ELBOWS! Then he kicks low, underhooks, SILENCER! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he sees Finn go to a corner. CYCLONE- NO, Finn dodges! But Ford tags in! Dawkins pops Finn up into a GERMAN SUPLEX from Ford! Cover, Priest breaks it! Dom is relieved but Ford drags Finn over. Tag to Dawkins, and Dawkins hoists Finn up in an Electric Chair! Ford climbs up top, BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Ford SHOTGUNS Priest, Dawkins covers Finn, TWO!! Finn survives but Dawkins just stares Dom down. Dawkins sees Priest get in, ROCKS him then whips him out!
“This is Awesome!” as Ford FLIES to take out Priest!! But now Dom gets on the apron! Dawkins TOSSES Dom into the ring! Fans fire up and Dawkins hits a POUNCE! Dom bails out, Finn hits a SLINGBLADE! Finn aims, runs, and SHOTGUNS Dawkins into buckles! Dawkins falls into the drop zone and Finn hurries up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Judgment Day wins!
Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall
Dom raises Finn’s hand, having been the insurance policy for the team. And then Priest SUPERKICKS Ford! Fans boo as the Judgment Day mugs Ford! But here comes EDGE! AND Beth! The Grit Couple gets in, Edge fires off fists with Finn! Finn goes tumbling, Dawkins whips Dom but Dom tosses Dawkins! Fans fire up as Edge sends Finn into barriers! Beth CLOBBERS Dom! Beth chicken wings Dom just like last week! But Rhea IS here! She CLOBBERS Beth from behind! And then pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Dom says that’s what happens! Mami is here, but Edge rushes back in! The Judgment Day runs off, but there will be no running in Montreal.
Will the Grit Couple avenge themselves on Saturday? Will Ford be able to rise up and have gold? Or will there be no denying that the Judgment Day runs things now?
Adam Pearce is back in the ring.
He goes over the contract, and here comes BROCK LESNAR! Brooklyn fires up as The Beast makes his way to the ring for this contract signing just days before he and Bobby Lashley go around one more time. Lesnar goes into the ring, Pearce officially announces this is the signing for the rubber match between the All Mighty, and the man who already signed this contract last week in Brock Lesnar. But one signature is not good enough, so we need the other one right now. Lesnar has Pearce get to the point. He’s signed the thing, so all we need is Bobby. “Bobby! Get your ass out here and sign this contract!”
Lashley makes his way out, but with security! Lesnar sighs and even smirks because about a dozen guards line the ramp, and then a couple production crew members bring out another table and another chair. They set those up on stage and Lashley finally makes his own way out. Lashley grins as he has a mic of his own. Pearce isn’t sure what this is, but Lashley can come to the ring- Oh, hold on, Pearce, things aren’t going down like that. This isn’t the Brock Lesnar Show! This isn’t Brock wants this, Brock wants that, Brock gets this and gets that. Brock wants a contract signing, so Pearce rolled out the red carpet for him.
But Lashley is sick of this! Because the way he sees it, whenever he and Lesnar face off, Lashley leaves Lesnar pinned, unconscious, and eliminated! So Lashley’s in the driver’s seat, we do things on HIS terms! Lesnar still tells Bobby to get his ass in the ring. No, this is on his terms. He took a look at the contract, his agent took a look at the contract, his manager looked at the contract, and his representative look at the contract. Hell, he had his kids look at the contract! Then come sign it! Lashley says he isn’t so sure he’s going to. Lesnar tells Lashley, “You get your ass up here and sign this contract.” Fans chant “Bobby’s Scared!” and Lesnar likes that.
Lashley grins but Lesnar says if Lashley doesn’t sign the contract, Lesnar will just go and beat his ass unconscious and sign it for him. Lashley says Lesnar doesn’t have to balls to! Lesnar grabs the contract off the table, steps outside of the ring, and makes his way up the ramp. Lesnar CLOBBERS guard after guard, throws a few more aside, then runs right at Lashley! Lashley BACK DROPS Lesnar to the stage! Lashley takes off his shirt, to SPEAR Lesnar back down!! The All Mighty suckered Lesnar in, and now he picks up the contract. Lashley puts it on his table to sign, then pushes it into Lesnar’s hands.
Fans are torn but the Rocky Mountain Machine has made this official! Will he just make Elimination Chamber the newest example of him brutalizing The Beast?
Piper Niven VS Mia Yim!
The Scottish Viper has tried reasserting her dominance but it hasn’t gone her way. She tried bullying Candice LeRae for costing her a spot in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match, but Michin got in her way. Will Piper pulverize Mia to prove she’s not to be messed with? Or will Mia remind Piper that she’s the Head Baddie in Charge?
The bell rings and the two run in, and Piper CLOBBER Mia! Mia goes to a corner, Piper fires off forearms! The ref counts, Piper lets off and then swings again, but Mia dodges. Mia clotheslines but Piper doesn’t budge! Mia ROUNDHOUSES, Piper wobbles, and Mia scoops!? Piper’s too much and Mia falls over! Cover, TWO! Mia runs, but Piper scoops her to a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Piper wobbles, Mia fires up and Brooklyn is with her! Mia runs in to CHOP! And ROCK! And CHOP! Repeat! Mia fires off again and again, machine gun CHOPS, then runs in, into an URENAGE! Piper snarls, runs, and SENTONS! Cover, TWO!
Piper pushes Mia around, drags her up, and SLAPS her! Piper kicks Mia around, Mia goes to ropes, and Mia hits back. Piper SLAPS Mia again, stomps her back down, then stands on her! The ref counts, fans boo, but Piper lets off at 4. Pier smirks while Mia sputters and drags herself up the ropes. Piper brings Mia around to SLAP her again! Piper CHOPS Mia in the corner! Piper scoops, Mia slips free, and Mia HEEL KICKS! Then wrench and EAT- NO, Piper powers out, whips, but Mia ducks ‘n’ dodges! Into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
The “Loch Ness Slam” puts Mia away, will Piper become the monster that devours the roster until she is champion?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
Cathy Kelley brings up JBL’s “unsettling words” for Corbin and ended their business partnership. What is Corbin’s response to all that? Corbin says it’s been a rather depressing week and- Wait, there’s word something is happening in the ring! It’s SAMI ZAYN! Fans fire up as Sami paces around with a mic in hand! “Hey! Look, I’m not here to hold up the show. But there’s something I need to say, and there’s someone I need to say it to. And I’m not sure I’m gonna have the chance after this Saturday at Elimination Chamber in Montreal. So… Cody Rhodes. I know you’re back there, buddy. If you’ll please indulge me, and come to this ring right now.”
Fans are a little torn, but here comes the American Nightmare! Fans sing along with his theme, and the pyro goes off as Cody makes his way down the ramp. Cody goes to the ring, gets a mic of his own, and fans fire up as he stands face to face with Sami. Cody says, “Sami, welcome to Raw. What do you wanna talk about?” Sami says last week on Raw, Cody had this verbal exchange with Paul Heyman and it set the world on fire, and for good reason. There was a lot to unpack there. But there was one thing Cody said that has been replaying in Sami’s mind over and over and over and he can’t stop thinking about it. It is when Cody said that it looks more and more like it’ll be Cody VS SAMI at WrestleMania.
Sami came all this way here to look Cody dead in the eyes. Sami wants to hear it from Cody. Tell him face to face, man to man, right now. Was that just lip service? Or does Cody believe Sami can beat Roman Reigns? Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” because they all believe! As for Cody, he says, “Sami, my bandwidth is really dedicated to what I’ve been saying, winning the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship. So I’m sorry if I don’t have a lot left over to BS you. When I said I think you can beat Roman Reigns, that you will beat Roman Reigns, I meant it. When I said that you could be, and most likely would be, my opponent at WrestleMania, I believed it!”
Fans cheer that, and chant, “This is Awesome!” But Cody continues to say that, “Respectfully, I don’t think that’s what this is about here. Does it really matter what I believe? I think what matters is, what do you believe?” Does Sami Zayn believe in Sami Zayn beating Roman Reigns? Sami says, “Do you want the truth?” Fans sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Ole~ ole~!” and Sami says the truth is, Sami doesn’t know. Sami doesn’t! Because Cody hasn’t seen what Sami has seen. Sami has been in the trenches with The Bloodline, he’s stood shoulder to shoulder with Roman Reigns for nine MONTHS. He has been in the dugout making game plans! The Bloodline always finds a way!
And this thing about Roman being in God Mode isn’t a catchphrase. Roman is as good as he says he is, he is operating on a level higher than he has ever been before! Sami has SEEN it! Guys bigger than Sami, stronger than Sami, walk into a match with Roman, fully believing in their hearts that they were the one, and every single one has gone down! So now Sami is supposed to believe that after all this, almost 900 DAYS, that Sami is the one? Fans cheer, but Sami says “Look, if you’re asking me if I believe I am capable of beating Roman Reigns, yes! Yes I believe that! If you’re asking me if I believe I am capable of becoming Universal Champion, yes I believe that!
“If you’re asking me if I think I am worthy of being WrestleMania main event material, YES I BELIEVE THAT! I have to believe that! I have to believe that with every fiber of my being! Because if I don’t believe that, no one else will, Cody. But if you’re asking me if I actually think that I’m gonna be the one walking out of Montreal as the new Undisputed Universal Champion… I don’t know. Okay, Cody? I don’t know!” Fans chant “YOU CAN DO IT!” but Cody speaks up. “So, you don’t know? That’s what you’re saying to me, you don’t know? It seems like everybody here knows!
“It seems like your hometown of Montreal, where they watched you as an upstart wrestler, and they’re gonna be chanting your name, it seems like they know. I haven’t been where you been, I haven’t watched Roman Reigns up close, but I watched him from the sidelines. I watched him when he became champion until now. And you’re right, everybody has fallen. But here’s the other thing: there’s dissention in the Bloodline for the first time ever in his Bloodline, and that’s because of you.
“There’s cracks in the armor, holes in the scales, and that’s because of you! The idea that the greatest champion of our generation could possibly be dethrone becoming a reality is because of you! This awesome moment in time, that we’re all here for, is because of you! You wanna say that Roman Reigns is God Mode? Well put it on a T-shirt and print it, it looks real good there. But Roman Reigns is a MAN, Sami. You crack him open at the Elimination Chamber and you find out for yourself! I won the 2023 Royal Rumble, I punched my ticket, Michael Cole said it on commentary, he said ‘Finish the story! Finish the story! Finish the story!’
“I intend to finish my story, YOU need to finish YOURS!” Fans fire up for that and even Sami looks inspired. Cody says one more thing: “I don’t wanna see you on Raw next Monday. Because I’d rather see you at WrestleMania!” Fans like the sound of that! Both men look to the sign, then look at each other. Has the American Nightmare just helped the Great Liberator find the fire he needs to pull off a Montreal miracle?
Nikki Cross walks up to Carmella backstage.
The Fabulous Princess asks where Crazy Cross has been, but Nikki says she was playing hide and seek with her new friend. What new friend? Also, back up, she’s way too close. They just have to get through this Six Woman Tag that they were forced into, and then focus on Saturday and the Elimination Chamber. Speaking of which, where is their other teammate? Asuka sneaks up behind Mella with her Kabuki mask. Asuka takes it off to reveal her demon clown mask and Mella can’t believe how weird they all are. Nikki and Asuka lock eyes, but then Candice LeRae walks in. Candice asks just what is up with Nikki. She was stalking her, what is going on?
Nikki reaches out, Candice asks her not to. Nikki just laughs as she walks away. Will Mella and her Raw roster mates be able to defend their home turf against SmackDown’s Liv Morgan, Raquel Rodriguez & Natalya?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin, take two.
Cathy tries to talk with Corbin again, apologizing for earlier. Corbin has it all stop, because we all saw what happened last week. Corbin says he’s better off without JBL. JBL dragged him down, gave him bad advice, and hobbled around in the cowboy hat. That guy is the past. Forget about JBL. Corbin is going to remind us of who he is. He is so sick and tired of disrespect. Speaking of which, Cathy had an interview with Corbin earlier, but cut away for Sami Zayn. FOR SAMI ZAYN! Corbin hates to rain on the parade, but at Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns DESTROYS Sami in front of his family and friends. “In no world does Sami Zayn beat Roman.”
But here’s a question: Do you know who the last person to beat Roman is? CORBIN! He did that! And now we look to the Royal Rumble. Corbin was blindsided by Brock Lesnar! Otherwise, Corbin would’ve punched his ticket to WrestleMania where he’d beat Roman again! But now Roman has another opponent that he will walk striaght through in Cody Rhodes. “A guy who takes eight months to go home and nurse a minor injury.” But Cody walks i n and hears that. Corbin says Cody was handed the #30 spot. Corbin just doesn’t get it, he’s not impressed, waht does everyone see in him? Cody’s a joke, his brother’s a joke, his DAD is a joke!
Cody fires off on Corbin! Fans fire up as the brawl goes into gorilla and then on stage! Cody wants a ref, he wants a match NOW! Cody whips Corbin into the tron! And then DECKS him down the ramp! Cody sends Corbin into railing! Off comes the tie, free souvenir! Cody fires hands, puts Corbin in the ring, but Corbin hits back! Corbin CLUBS Cody, thrashes him around, then says yeah, ring the bell!
Cody Rhodes VS Baron Corbin!
Corbin rushes in but Cody sends him out! Then Cody DIVES! In a suit! Cody throws off his suit shirt, drags Corbin up and throws more hands! Cody TOSSES Corbin into the timekeeper’s area! Cody refreshes the ring count, storms back over, but Corbin SMACKS Cody off the barriers! Corbin then scoops Cody, but Cody slips free to POST him! Cody slides back in to again refresh the count, and fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin ROCKS Cody, brings him to the desk, but Cody throws hands! They brawl up there, Corbin falls over and hits barriers. Cody goes right after him, to RAM him into steel steps!
Corbin slides into the ring but Cody is right after him! Cody goes up the corner, leaps over Corbin, and kicks low! RHODES UPPERCUT! Corbin wobbles, CODY CUTTER!! Fans fire up with Cody, he waits on Corbin to stand, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Cody wins in slacks, he isn’t slacking off before WrestleMania! Will the American Nightmare be unstoppable until he finishes his story?
Team SmackDown meets at gorilla.
Natalya cannot get over that Becky and Bayley are weaseling their way into the Elimination Chamber match. These three earned their way in, it just blows her mind. Liv gets what Natty is saying, she really does, but as far as she’s concerned, Becky or Bayley will be just another person to beat on her Road to WrestleMania. So then, Liv doesn’t see Natty as a threat? That’s a huge, huge mistake. Liv wasn’t saying that but- Raquel shouts over their arguing and tells them to focus on tonight. Save everything else for Saturday. Liv says okay, just #WatchHer. The team heads out, will SmackDown win this away game before arriving in Montreal?
Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Nikki Cross & Carmella VS Liv Morgan, Raquel Rodriguez & Natalya!
Raw returns and Ricky Desperado makes her entrance, followed by the Queen of Harts. Then Team Raw makes their entrance, starting with Mella, followed by Crazy Cross, and then The Empress of Tomorrow. The teams sort out and we start with Raquel and Nikki. Fans rally up, the two circle, and they tie up. Nikki waistlocks, hops on and thrashes Raquel around! Raquel throws Nikki off and Nikki snarls. Nikki runs in, but into a scoop! FALL AWAY SLAM! Nikki grins, Mella tags in, and Mella talks smack. Raquel shows punch but Mella freaks out. Mella calls out Natty, fans rally for Natty, and Raquel tags Natty in.
Natty and Mella circle, push each other, and then Natty picks Mella up! Mella sunset flips, natty slips out and steps through to have the SHARPSHOOTER! Mella endures, reaches out, but Nikki slips in to CLOBBER Natty! Asuka gets in, too, and now it’s a brawl between the six women! Fans fire up, Liv and Raquel throw out Nikki and Asuka, then Natty kicks Mella out. Fans fire up and Raw goes picture in picture.
Team SmackDown dares Team Raw to come back. Nikki snarls, Mella and Asuka regroup. Mella steps in, Natty rushes her and the chase is on! Mella slides in, N atty pursues, but Mella FABULOUS KICKS her down! Mella smiles and soaks up the cheers and jeers. Mella drags Natty up, bumps her off her boot, then moonwalks away. Mella says she’s money, then runs back in, to FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella has Natty on the ropes, tags Nikki, and they mug Natty. Nikki drags Natty up to throw her out, then goes out after her! Nikki TOSSES Natty into the barriers then fires up!
Nikki tells the ref to hold on, and she puts Natty back in the ring. Nikki clamps onto an armlock to keep Natty from her corner. Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Natty away. Asuka tags in, she and Nikki mug Natty. Asuka fires off knee after knee then snapmares to give Kawada Kicks! Asuka just kicks and kicks and kicks! Then she clampso nto Natty, ARMBAR! Natty fights up, Asuka shifts to keep the arm away from Liv and Raquel! Asuka wernches, YANKS the arm, then tags Mella. They mug Natty, and Mella taunts Natty. Natty throws body shots, ROCKS Mella, then scopos,. Mella slips out to throw Natty down by her hair! Cover, TWO!
Mella clamps on a body scissors and squeezes Natty! Natty endures, Raw returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Mella taunts Natty, squeezes tighter, but Natty throws elbows into the knees! Natty turns around to rain down fists! Mella hits back, and has a GUILLOTINE! Natty endures, fights up, and powers free to SLAM Mella down! Natty and Mella crawl, reach out, hot tags to Nikki and Liv! Liv CLOBBERS Nikki, CLOBBERS her again, and then kicks, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Liv kips up and fans fire up! Liv runs in at the corner to back body block Nikki! She comes back, SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare, and Liv is up top for the MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up while Nikki flounders. Asuka tags in, she dodges Liv to KICK away and then URAKEN! URAKEN! SOABAT! KICK! URAKEN! BOOT!! Liv pops up, into a POP0UP KNEE! Cover, Natty breaks it! Natty whips but Asuka reverses to POST Natty! Raquel runs in, Asuka dodges, Mella CROSSBODIES! Raquel catches Mella, but Nikki jumps on for a SLEEPER! Raquel stays up, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES her down! Fans fire up and Asuka has a sinister smile. Mella and Nikki taunt Raquel, but then Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Nikki!? And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Mella says what the hecc, but she gest a ROUNDHOUSE and GERMAN SUPLEZ! BUZZSAW for Mella!!
Asuka hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN on Liv, RINGS OF STRETCH! Liv taps, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, Nikki Cross & Carmella, by submission
The Empress of Tomorrow just tore into everyone, as if this was already the Chamber! Will Asuka do it all again and head to WrestleMania? Or will someone in this field finally be ready for Asuka?
The Alpha Academy talks backstage.
Otis is having himself a heavily-covered-in-mustard hot dog while Chad Gable says this time last year, they were Raw Tag Team Champions. But then something went wrong. Gable rewrote the curriculum and- Wait, is Otis even listening? Otis says the best hot dogs in the world come from Coney Island! Gable takes the dog away and says, “You know this are terrible for you, right?” Otis says yes. But the nitrates and toxins, yuck. Gable throws the hot dog away, and it hits Mansoor in the face! Mansöôr is furious! Maxxine Dupri introduces herself, and lets Otis know she is talent director of THE Maximum Male Models modeling agency.
Maxxine says they’re looking for “the face and physique” for their new campaign. Has he ever considered modeling? Gable mistakes her question being directed at her. Gable has in fact done some modeling in the past, but he takes care of his body like a Greed god. He’s more of a role model. Maybe a hand model. Mace and Mansoor laugh, but Maxxine hushes them. And she corrects Gable, she was talking to Otis. Or, “Otīs,” as she puts it. Oits likes the sound of that. Maxxine gives him her card, and says they’ll be in touch. Oh, that’s good networking. Bad watermark, though. But then Bronson Reed walks in, and chuckles as he actually dwarfs Otis.
Bronson Reed heads out, ready for his match with Mustafa Ali. Will the Beacon be washed away by a Tsunami in Brooklyn?
Bronson Reed VS Mustafa Ali!
Tonight’s already been big, but now it’s COLOSSAL! Will Bronson prove he’s the top dog in the WWE? Or will Ali be able to slow him down before the US Championship Elimination Chamber?
The bell rings and the two circle. Ali avoids being cornered and he CHOPS! But it’s Ali’s hand that gets hurt! Then Bronson CLOBBERS Ali! Bronson drags Ali up, scoops him, but Ali slips free. Ali goes to a corner, goes up and over, then keeps moving. But Bronson BODY CHECKS Ali! Bronson flexes and roars as Ali goes to another corner. Bronson runs but into a BOOT! Ali KICKS Bronson’s arm, then runs! Ali dropkicks the legs out, fires off haymakers, but Bronson shoves him away. Ali comes back but Bronson TOSSES him up and out! Bronson goes out to the apron, to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE Ali down!
Ali flounders and Bronson looms over hm. Bronson drags Ali up, puts him in the ring, but Ali KANGAROO KICKS! Bronson wobbles, Ali runs and SHOTGUNS Bronson off the apron! Bronson’s still on his feet, though, so Ali goes to the apron. Ali LEAPS but into Bronson’s arms! Bronson CHUCKS Ali into the timekeeper’s area! Ali crashes down among the spare chairs and fans lose their minds! Bronson tosses chairs aside to drag Ali back to ringside. Bronson drags Ali up and puts him in at 8 of 10. Ali clamps onto a leg, but Bronson just laughs. Bronson drags Ali up, reels him in, and hits a- NO, Ali slips free!
Ali dodges, goes up the corner, FLYING DDT!! Cover, ONE!! Bronson still has power, so Ali hurries to the apron. Ali somersaults in, but into a LARIAT! Bronson goes up the corner, for the TSUNAMI!! Cover, Bronson wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
Ali just got squashed! Will Bronson do the same to five other men and take the US Championship for his own?
Backstage interview with Edge & Beth Phoenix.
Cathy is with the Grit Couple, and notes the earlier brawl with Judgment Day. Any comments on what happened? Edge has one. “I’m tired of this. For a year now, week after week, back and forth with the Judgment Day, and quite frankly, I’m sick of them. But they pulled one over on us. An old trick from the Rated R Playbook, but it’s not gonna matter. At Elimination Chamber, we show them exactly what’s gonna happen, and it’s not gonna be pretty.” Beth adds, “We’re gonna remind the Judgment Day why exactly we’re called The Grit Couple.” Beth and Edge head out, will they finally tear down what Edge started?
The Miz heads to the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister is already dressed in his ring gear because he knows he has his match with Rick Boogs tonight. But first, he’ll host another episode of MizTV, with his guest being the Visionary, the Revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will The Architect have to say just days before he enters the Elimination Chamber? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz welcomes us back to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and says he wants to talk about Elimination Chamber! First and foremost, why is he NOT IN IT?! But he told himself he wasn’t gonna make this about himself, so he won’t. Instead, he introduces his guest, the Architect of this business, the mastermind who is that freakin’ good! But where is Rollins’ head? In the Chamber? Or in the social media squabble he has with Logan Paul? Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Rollins makes his entrance and Miz rocks out to the theme. Wait, Rollins is wearing Astro boots?
Brooklyn sings Rollins’ song, and Miz is speechless over seeing Rollins strut around in those goofy red boots. Rollins takes a seat, fans sing some more, and Miz asks, “Are you guys done?” They’re not, they keep going, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Miz says they only get ten minutes! So to get going, Miz speaks for everyone when he asks, “WHAT’RE THOSE~!?” Rollins gets a kick out of that, and Rollins, “It’s called STYLE, Miz! I know you wouldn’t know a damn thing about it! HAHAHAHA!” Rollins sits back down and Miz hopes Rollins won’t wear those in the Elimination Chamber.
But speaking of, the Chamber is unforgiving, and it needs undivided focus. But Rollins’ focus must be split between Logan Paul and the United States title. Rollins tells Miz that the “fine folks of Brooklyn don’t wanna talk about that dumpster fire of a human being! No…! They came here tonight to sing, baby~!” The fans do sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Miz says if he wanted to hear them sing, he’d listen to someone who is good, like Taylor Swift. The fans are just jealous that Miz has tickets and they don’t. But Miz doesn’t care what the fans want when the fans don’t know what they want, he just knows what Miz wants.
And what Miz wants is to talk about Logan Paul. Logan called Rollins a clown, and now he has the boots to match. Rollins says that he doesn’t know how Miz grew up, but how Rollins was raised, “If you ain’t got nothing nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.” Miz figures Rollins’ mom would be disappointed then. Because let’s talk about that. Rollins got eliminated from the Royal Rumble BY LOGAN PAUL! And yet Rollins talks about him on Twitter, Instagram, on the Pat McAfee Show, but now here on TV? Why? Why won’t he talk about Logan in the ring or in the WWE or in front of the fans here?
“SHUT UP, MIKE!!” Fans echo that, “SHUT UP, MIKE!” but Rollins says fine, if Miz wants to know why, WrestleMania is why! Look at that sign. Rollins entire life, all he’s ever wanted is to main event and headline WrestleMania! To be on the marquee and to close the show. THAT matters to Rollins. It matters to Miz, it matters to every single person in this arena, “because we love this!” Rollins calms himself and the fans sing for him again. Rollins continues with, “And I love that. But you know who doesn’t love this? You know who doesn’t give a damn about that dream? Logan Paul.”
Rollins says Logan Paul is selfish, soulless, and only cares about lining his own pockets! Logan just wants to be famous and he doesn’t care at whose expense. So Rollins isn’t saying Logan’s name in this ring is because he doesn’t deserve it! Fans agree with that! “All Logan Paul wants, all he wants in life, is attention, but what he needs is to have his teeth kicked in.” Miz says Rollins might be a bit jealous. Rollins says we all know Miz is stupid, but he can’t be that stupid. Rollins isn’t jealous of Logan Paul. But Miz says he is NOT stupid! Fans chant, “YES YOU ARE!” Rollins tells Brooklyn to help him out. Is Miz stupid? “YES! YES! YES!”
Miz says he is NOT stupid!! He and Rollins are the only two-time Grand Slam Champions in the WWE, but Miz is the only one who has headlined WrestleMania! Yeah, the guy you’re calling stupid headlined WrestleMania, Rollins’ dream, something Rollins won’t get in his lifetime, because of Logan Paul! So Rollins wants to stomp Logan Paul with his stupid Super Mario boots, huh? Rollins DECKS Miz!! And then CLOBBERS him with a chair! Fans fire up as Rollins aims from the corner! But Austin Theory drags Rollins outta the ring!! The Now appeared outta nowhere, but Rollins SMACKS him off the desk, and BOOTS him!
Miz WRECKS Rollins with a dropkick, then SMACKS him off the desk! Miz puts Rollins in the ring, full nelsons, but Rollins arm-drags free and SUPERKICKS! Those boots work after all! Fans fire up and Rollins aims from the corner. CURB STOMP!! But Theory gets back in! Fireman’s carry, A TOWN DOWN!! Theory stands over Rollins, picks up his US Championship, and holds it over Rollins. “How many times do you gotta do this? You are the past! I’m done with you! And at Elimination Chamber, you’re gonna realize, we are in the Now!” Will Theory prove he’s the one everyone should focus on heading into WrestleMania?
Rick Boogs pumps up!
We can spot MVP talking with Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin in the background, but Elias walks up to Boogs. The Drifter says he has heard all the comparisons between the two of them, from Elias’ amazing physique to Boogs’ impressive one, to Elias’ chart topping songs to Boogs’ impressive musical talents. Now, there could be a lot of pressure being compared to the living legend of Elias, but Elias doesn’t want Boogs to worry. Boogs may be new on Raw, but if he loses to Miz tonight, don’t let it get you down. Boogs thanks Elias for that. Elias wishes Boogs good luck. And maybe, just maybe, they could do a collaboration one day.
Boogs says that is righteous! He was born and bred to rip and shred, and THICK RICK shreds Miz tonight! He is even more pumped! HE’S BOOGIN’ OUT!! But wait, Miz is out! How can Miz have his match with Boogs like this?
The Miz VS Rick Boogs!
Raw is picture in picture as the ring crew shifts things over from the MizTV set to normal ring, and that’s accompanied by a replay of what happened between Theory and Rollins. Miz finally comes to and crawls his way to ropes. Miz drags himself up, but is rather dazed after that Astro boot stomp. Miz seems to remember what happened, and is upset. But then Boogs makes his entrance! Raw returns to single picture as Boogs slides into the ring, but Miz gets a mic. “Hold on, hold on, hold on!” Miz tells the “meat head” to wait. Does he have any braincells up there between the two bulging veins in his head?
Did Boogs just see what happened? There’s no way they can have this match! Fans boo but Boogs checks with the ref. The bell rings, Miz protest, but Boogs hits an EXPLODER! Boogs hauls Miz up, wrenches and pump handles, for bicep curls! Fans count along and Boogs gets a set of ten in! And then he TOSSES Miz away! Fans fire up with Boogs, he scoops Miz and pops him up to a trophy lift! And then a PRESS SLAM! Cover, Boogs wins!
Winner: Rick Boogs, by pinfall
Miz just went for a #BoogsCruise, and Brooklyn is ready to rock! Will Boogs shred his way to a WrestleMania moment?
Chelsea Green complains to Adam Pearce.
The Hot Mess knows he knows who she is! She is THE Chelsea Green, not some clown who deserves to be humiliated on national television! And after last week, both on Raw and SmackDown, she sent strongly worded emails to the General Managers. Pearce knows, because those emails came to him! And then he replied to those emails, saying he’d take that all under advisement. Because again, HE is the General Manager! Well, okay then. He will surely treat her like the star that she is. She was NOT ready for Asuka, so she demands a rematch! She should be in the Chamber! How about tonight, in that Triple Threat, it’s a Fatal 4 Way!
Yeah, not happening. Then, she isn’t leaving until he puts her in! He raises a hand but she says if he touches her, she’ll scream. She feels very threatened right now. Pearce leaves, even though this is his office. How is Pearce going to handle such a diva on the Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with The Judgment Day, take two.
Byron is now with the fully assembled Judgment Day and says after that surprise ambush on Beth Phoenix, does this mean they have the upper hand going into Elimination Chamber? Finn tells Byron that the Judgment Day always has the upper hand. They beat Edge & Beth again, and it’s starting to freak Finn out. It feels like Edge & Beth like being beat. But fine by Finn, cuz at the Chamber, it’ll just happen again and again and again. Dom says the thing about Edge & Beth and even his pathetic father, Rey Mysterio, is that they were good. But the game has passed them by.
Priest says they’ proved that the JD is the top of the game. Priest will walk out of the Chamber the NEW United States Champion. Then at WrestleMania, Rhea walks in challenger, but she walks out the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion. Rhea says she couldn’t have put it better herself. Charlotte Flair keeps saying she’s on a different level, but the only level she’s on is the one below Rhea. Rhea will rise and take the SmackDown Women’s title at WrestleMania, and that rise starts this Saturday when she and Finn “beat the living crap out of The Grit Couple.” The Judgement Day heads out, Dom even taking Byron’s mic. But will the Road to WrestleMania belong to the Judgment Day?
Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Bayley VS Becky Lynch!
The E-S-T wants to T-E-S-T herself against the B-E-S-T the WWE has to offer, and she’s doing that right here tonight! She’s faced and beaten The Role Model, she’s faced and beaten The Man, but can she beat them both at the same time? Or will someone win their way into a historic SEVEN Women Elimination Chamber match?
Raw goes picture in picture as Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and Bayley talks trash with Becky. They start shoving, then Bianca DECKS Bayley! Bayley bails out, Bianca and Becky both point to the WrestleMania sign. They circle, tie up, and Bianca headlocks. Becky powers up and out, but Bianca runs her over. Bianca looms over Becky, runs, but Becky avoids the handspring moonsault. Bianca eggs Becky on, Becky runs in, Bianca hurdles, but Becky catches Bianca mid-jump to make it a FLAPJACK! Becky then grabs an arm, but Bianca trips her up! Bianca whips Becky but Becky reverses, only for Bianca to go up and say kiss this!
Becky keeps cool, having seen this before. Becky still runs in and Bianca goes up and over to then DROPKICK Becky down! Bianca kips up, Bayley runs in but Bianca hurdles her to DROPKICK! Bianca kips up again and fans fire up. Bianca and Becky reset, they tie up, and Becky trips Bianca to cover. ONE, Becky avoids the sweep but Bianca snapmares. Cover, ONE as Becky goes Matrix! Becky wags her finger, then runs, but Bianca trips her! Bianca whips Becky to a corner, Becky goes up and under and around, knuckle lock and then a leap frog, to go under, over, and roll Bianca up! TWO, and Becky BOOTS Bianca down!
Becky catches her breath while fans rally up. Becky runs the ropes, and she WRECKS Bayley with a dropkick to keep her out! Becky goes to the apron, kicks Bianca, ROUNDHOUSES her away, then goes up the corner. Bianca ROCKS Becky first and Raw returns to single picture. Bianca trophy lifts Becky, but Bayley hurries in! Bianca TOSSES Becky onto Bayley! But Becky uses that for a cover! Bianca drags Becky off to cover Bayley herself, but Becky returns the favor. Bayley bails out while Becky shoves Bianca. Bianca swings, Becky catches her, but Bianca slips out of the Manhandle Slam! Bianca goes for a leg but Becky blocks the takedown!
Becky turns Bianca around, backslides, but Bayley breaks it! Bayley covers Bianca but Becky breaks it! Becky whips Bianca but Bianca reverses. Becky ends up in a corner, Bianca runs in but Becky back elbows! Becky goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Bianca rolls through and picks Becky up! Bayley runs in but Bianca BOOTS Bayley away, then swings! Bayley ducks, then RAMS them both into a corner! Bayley CHOP BLOCKS Bianca’s leg! Bayley DUMPS Becky out, then she runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Bianca! Cover, TWO! Bianca survives but Bayley keeps on her with a rain of fists! Bianca gets to a corner but Bayley is on her again.
Bayley CLUBS Bianca, POSTS her, and Bianca slumps to the apron. Becky gets in the ropes but Bayley HOTSHOTS her away! Bayley goes out, and she TOSSES Becky at the barriers! Bayley goes after Bianca in the ring to cover, TWO! Bayley keeps focus, and she stomps Bianca to a corner. Bayley says SHE is going to WrestleMania, then runs in to back elbow Bianca down. Bayley brings Bianca onto ropes to CHOKE her, not having to let off in the Triple Threat No Disqualification rules. Bayley covers, TWO! Fans rally but Bayley brings Bianca up by her ears. Bianca blocks the punch to ROCK Bayley! And again! And again!
Bianca fires off forearms, fans fire up as she windmills and CLUBS away! Bianca whips, Bayley reverses and Bianca bounces off buckles into a clinch! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Becky CLUBS Bayley down! Becky drags Bayley up but Bayley throws her away. Becky is in the ropes, HOTSHOT! Bianca boots but Bayley blocks to throw her down! Bayley has the leg, HEEL HOOK! Bianca flails, reaches out, crawls over, but Becky is up top! MAN’S LEG DROP on them both!! Cover on Bayley, but Bianca breaks it! All three women are down and Brooklyn rallies back up. Bianca goes to a corner, Bayley goes to ropes, and Becky has a choice.
Becky fires a forearm on Bayley but Bayley gives it back. They go back and forth with shots, Becky gets the edge and fans fire up! Becky UPPERCUTS, SOBATS then runs, but ducks a lariat to go up and JUMP KICK! But Bianca scoops Becky! Becky slips fere, reels her in, and she kicks Bayley. Becky brings Bayley in, DOUBLE DDTS! Cover on Bianca, TWO!! The toughEST indeed and Becky grows frustrated while Raw goes picture in picture.
Becky hears the fans rallying and she feeds off that energy. Bayley goes to a corner, Becky runs in around the world, and she forearms! Becky stomps a mudhole, JUMP KICKS, then she drags Bayley up to clinch! BECKSPLODER! Bayley flounders away and Becky builds speed, baseball slide dropkick! Bayley goes to the ramp. Becky goes to the apron, FLYING FOREARM! Becky drags Bayley up and puts her back in, but Bianca HANDSPRING KICKS Becky and then MOONSAULTS on Bayley! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is still in this, meaning Becky is still in this. Bayley rolls all the way out of the ring, and Bianca grows frustrated.
Becky climbs, Bianca turns around into the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Becky clamps onto the arm, DISARM-HER!! Bianca flails, but Bayley CLOBBERS Becky! Bayley runs to drop an elbow on Becky! Then she drops one on Bianca! Bayley drags Becky up, and DMG CTRL appears! Bayley tosses Becky out and Kai & Sky are right on her! They whip and FLAPJACK Becky off the apron! Then they feed Becky to Bayley for the cover, TWO!! Bayley tosses Bianca out to DMG CTRL and they mug her, too! Then they put Bianca in and Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley is frustrated but it’s gonna take more than that to win this.
Bayley drags Bianca up, talks trash, but Bianca hits a JAWBREAKER! Bianca waistlocks, Bayley bucks the O’Conner, and then she clinches Bianca! But Bianca slips free of the Bayley2Belly to roll her up! TWO!! Bayley escapes, swings, but into chicken wings! Raw returns to single picture in time for the GlamEST Slam into buckles! Cover, Becky breaks it! But Bianca chicken wings Becky! But Becky victory rolls and sends Bianca into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Becky hurries up top again, but Bianca ROCKS her first! DMG CTRL regroups outside while Bianca has Becky up top. Bayley hurries back in, and she adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!!
Bayley hurries to cover Bianca, TWO!! Bayley covers Becky, TWO!! The Superplex Powerbomb combo wasn’t enough to end it, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Bayley drags Becky into the drop zone, and then she places Bianca right on her. Isn’t that a cover? But Bayley goes up top, for the MACHO ELBOW! Bianca moves aside so it’s only Becky taking the hit, but Bayley still covers! Bianca hurries and she breaks the cover in time! DMG CTRL is concerned as Bayley staggers up. Bianca CLOBBERS her, then runs her over again! And DROPKICKS her down! Bianca kips up, fans fire up, and Bianca rains down punches on Becky!
Fans count and Bianca gets all the way to 10! Bayley runs in, Bianca flips up and over so Bayley RAMS into Becky! Bianca then reels Bayley in to suplex! And SLAM! Another kip up! Bianca has energy to spare as she handsprings and MOONSAULTS but onto knees! Bayley saves herself, trips Bianca, and puts her feet on the ropes! Becky pushes those away! Bayley pie faces Becky, dodges Bianca, and Becky climbs. Bianca BOOTS Bayley, but Becky reels Bianca in! DIAMOND DUST SENTON COMBO!! Bayley staggers up, into a clinch! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, but DMG CTRL break it! Fans boo as Sky POSTS Becky!
Bianca crawls over to Bayley, Bayley crawls away to ropes. Bianca is after Bayley, she torture racks, but Kai reaches out! Kai saves Bayley by getting her to the apron, but Bianca HOTSHOTS Bayley! Bianca wants Kai but Sky SHOTGUNS Bianca! Bayley rolls Bianca up, TWO!!! DMG CTRL is beside themselves, and here comes Liv, Raquel, and the rest of the Chamber match field! They go after Kai & Sky and fans fire up! But then the six brawl among themselves!! Bayley is freaking out, Asuka sends Liv into barriers, but Bayley goes after Bianca. Bianca shoves Bayley away, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!!!
Bayley flounders, Bianca goes to a corner, the brawling continues outside! Sky hurries to the apron, she aims at Bianca! But Bianca hurries up first to ROCK Sky! Bianca trophy lifts Sky, brings her over, and TOSSES her onto the Chamber field!! Fans fire up as all six women go down! But Bayley CLOBBERS Bianca! But then Becky gets in and she CLOBBERS Bayley! Becky DECKS Bianca, DECKS Bayley, repeat! Becky fires off on both women, she SOBATS Bianca, and then brings her around. Bianca resists the takedown, and she sends Becky at Bayley! MANHANDLE SLAM! Torture rack! KISS OF DEATH onto Bayley!
Bianca pushes Becky away, covers Bayley, and Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NO changes to the Women’s Elimination Chamber match)
The EST might have just proved she really is THE B-E-S-T in the WWE! She overcame two opponents, two interlopers, and even bowled over the six contenders coming for her title! Will it not even matter who comes out of the Elimination Chamber match? Or did all this only light a fire inside Liv, Raquel, Natty, Mella, Nikki and Asuka?
A great episode for Raw, especially given it was a go-home show. Though, it also felt like a rather talkative Raw for even a three-hour program. Sami and Cody had a great promo segment to follow everything from both Raw and SmackDown last week, and it really fired fans up for the prospect of Cody VS Sami at Mania. But at the same time, I don’t foresee WWE changing their plans just on this fan reaction. They’re definitely locked in with Roman VS Cody, but the Bloodline story will definitely give us compelling stuff on Saturday so that Sami losing won’t sting that bad. I was a little surprised Cody had that brawl and then match with Corbin.
Corbin’s ongoing roller coaster ride is one of the stranger things in WWE, but maybe they realized his teaming with JBL wasn’t working the way it was meant to and they’re quickly rethinking this phase of Corbin’s career. Honestly, they gave up on “Bum Ass Corbin” too soon, and fans still chant that at him anyway. There was also a little redundancy in the promos from Judgment Day and Grit Couple after the tag match and brawling, but I suppose they needed to say what was said to hype the Mixed Tag. Judgment Day wins the tag match and the brawl, meaning the go-home math favors Edge & Beth winning, so chances are Finn takes the pin as Rhea needs to stay strong.
The contract signing segment was pretty good, though I think Lesnar lost his train of thought at the start. I do like that Lashley trolled Lesnar by having his own table at the top of the stage. I can’t remember who did that before in the WWE but it worked out here. Lashley standing tall signals that Lesnar will find a way to win at Elimination Chamber, since Lashley really has gotten the better of Lesnar before this. Then maybe we get an even bigger battle to finish this off at WrestleMania. And we got a fairly hilarious promo from Alpha Academy and Maximum Male Models. Maxxine finally offers “Otīs” a spot in the faction, I can’t wait to see where this goes.
Chelsea Green continues to build that Karen Heat- Er, Heel Heat, and as I said for SmackDown, her character would’ve been the perfect thing to help Lacey Evans come off as a Face. Lacey Evans’ character was about putting in the work, before Vince ruined things by going through with his idiotic plan, but maybe there’s still hope of Face Lacey should she interact with Chelsea. Good match out of Piper and Mia, but it makes sense Piper wins as she’s building back up after finally becoming Piper again. Between her interaction with Mia and Candice last week, and Nikki creeping around Candice now, I wonder if they’re going to reunite Piper and Nikki as a team.
Great stuff out of MizTV. For one, I would never have guessed Rollins would show up in those goofy Astro Boy boots. But also, great passion out of Rollins as Miz brings up Logan Paul and that growing feud. Rollins is surely still going to have a match with Logan Paul at WrestleMania, but the things Rollins said definitely fit a lot of the feelings wrestlers and wrestling fans have about wrestling, and also just feelings a lot of people have about Logan Paul. As such, don’t expect Rollins to win the US Championship Chamber match. But also, since Austin Theory stood tall in beating Rollins down, I would think someone new is gonna have that title.
And I would love if it was Bronson Reed. He had a great match with Ali, though it was basically a squash. Bronson came back to WWE after riding high in NJPW, so surely HHH promised him something. The US Championship coming out of Elimination Chamber and probably even through WrestleMania, that would be good stuff to promise. And back to Miz, of course he loses to Boogs again. Boogs and Elias are also building to something, and this story could be the substitute for what was meant to happen between Elias and Matt Riddle. Boogs and Elias can try to be a team, but then Elias’ pride will force them to be enemies, and we get a pretty fun match for like the Mania go-home or even Mania preshow.
And of course, just great stuff out of the Raw Women’s Championship story. Great Six Woman Tag from the Chamber entrants, and I absolutely love that Asuka turned on her team to beat down everyone. Now, go-home math would suggest Asuka isn’t winning, but I would also love to see Asuka defy the go-home math and earn that WrestleMania match. We got a really good opening promo segment from Becky, Bayley, Pearce and Bianca, and that Triple Threat was great stuff, too.
Now, nothing against Bianca, but I would’ve had Becky win tonight’s Triple Threat. Honestly, what’s keeping them from making the Elimination Chamber more than six people? You start with three, add the other four as you go, and that’d make things even more chaotic and even more impressive to win. And that goes for having the seventh be Becky, because then whoever eliminates Becky gets that rub. But I suppose this is a sign that the plan is for Becky and some mystery teammates to take on DMG CTRL at Mania, which is also fine.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)
The hand has been dealt!
Why, Konosuke, Why?
Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!
- Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
- Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
- Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
- Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Britt win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!
Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?
Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!
Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!
Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!
Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.
Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.
Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!
Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!
The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!
Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!
Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?
Backstage interview with The Elite.
Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.
Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.
It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.
But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!
White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!
So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.
“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?
Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.
“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?
Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!
The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?
The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!
Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.
Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!
Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!
Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!
Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?
Kris Statlander speaks.
“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.
And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”
Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.
Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?
Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?
Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.
The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!
Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?
The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!
Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!
Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.
Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!
Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!
Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!
Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall
But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?
“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?
Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.
He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.
Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!
Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts.
Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.
The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!
The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!
Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!
Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.
Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!
Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!
But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?
Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!
It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, but Saraya still calls them all losers. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Cole. Cole and Jericho fire off hands right at the bell! Jericho gets the edge, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole fires back, Jericho ROCKS him, then puts him in a corner, Jericho ROCKS Cole again and again, whips corner to corner, and Jericho clotheslines! Fans are torn but Saraya says they better cheer! Jericho goes back to Cole, but Cole turns things around to ROCK Jericho with forearm after forearm, then he CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Cole CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth!
Jericho gets the edge with those CHOPS, but Cole rakes the eyes! Saraya complains but Cole stalks Jericho. Cole stomps Jericho, digs a boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Jericho pokes Cole in the eyes! Jericho then throws Cole out, goes out after him, and fans fire up as Jericho whips Cole into railing! Jericho puts Cole back in, stalks him to a corner and CHOPS again! Jericho whips, Cole comes back and he CLOBBERS Jericho! Jericho hurries away, Cole dares him to come back, but Jericho tags out to Saraya. Saraya dares Cole to do something, but fans fire up as Britt steps in! And she fires off on Saraya!
Saraya shoves, Britt dodges and SLINGBLADES! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Saraya, brings her up to Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt revels in the cheers and spells it out, “D! M! D!” Britt then sits Saraya up, runs, but Saraya distracts the ref so Jericho can trip Britt! Fans boo but Cole rushes Jericho! Saraya stomps Britt, the ref keeps Cole from getting at Jericho, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Saraya covers Britt, shouts at the ref, and the ref returns, TWO! Saraya drags Britt up to HEADBUTT her down! Saraya paces around Britt, drags her up, and throws her down. Saraya points to Jericho, they “tag,” and then Jericho eggs Britt on. The ref tells Jericho to get out, that’s not the kind of match this is. Saraya taunts Cole while Jericho exits, and Saraya stomps Britt. Saraya drags Britt around, puts her in the ropes, then goes to the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off to step back inside and they argue. Jericho talks trash on Britt but she swipes at him! Cole protests but Saraya stomps Britt down.
Saraya drags Britt up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Saraya argues with the ref but the count was fair. Saraya drags Britt into a chinlock stretch but Britt endures. Fans rally, Britt fights up, but Saraya CLUBS her back down! Saraya brings Britt around, CLUBS her, then Saraya “tags” Jericho again. Jericho spells it out, “D! M! D!” then signals the fans can shove it! Saraya stomps Britt, Jericho shouts at Britt, and the ref keeps Cole back. Saraya stands on Britt’s hair, pulls on the arms, but lets off as the ref counts. Dynamite returns to single picture as Saraya tosses Britt out. Saraya then goes out, Cole and Jericho shout at each other and the ref is distracted.
Saraya waves to the ramp, and out come the Outcasts! Ruby & Toni stomp away on Britt! Fans boo, Saraya drags Britt into the ring, and they get away with all of that! But HIKARU SHIDA is here! She SMACKS the Outcasts around with the kendo stick and fans fire up! Saraya is furious, but Britt rolls her up! TWO!! Saraya escapes and CLUBS Britt down! Jericho storms in and shouts at Britt, but Britt glares at him. Britt SLAPS Jericho, DECKS Saraya, and tags in Cole! Fans fire up as Cole rallies on Jericho with forearms! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but Cole CLOBBERS him! And ELBOW! And BOOT!
Cole rains down fists, just like at the end of their Unsanctioned match! Jericho pushes Cole away, CHOPS him, but, Cole PELES! Cole whips, Jericho holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Jericho scrambles away, hot tag to Saraya! That allows Britt to run in and rally on Saraya! Fans fire up and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt then hauls Saraya up but Saraya wrenches out to kick low! Saraya whips Britt to a corner, storms up, but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, Saraya runs back in to ROCK Britt! Saraya climbs up after Britt, but Britt resists the superplex!
Britt SHOVES Saraya down, adjusts, and fans fire up! But Jericho scurries over and asks for mercy! He even shields Saraya? Britt FROG SPLASHES them both!! Cover on Saraya, TWO!! Saraya survives but Britt tags Cole in! Cole BOOTS Jericho, hits a BACKSTABBER, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs up, aims, and Jericho stands, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole resists as Jericho tries to turn him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans fire up, Saraya BLASTS Britt!! Cole endures, powers up, crawls forward and reaches out, but Jericho drags him back from the ropes! Fans fire up more as Jericho sits deep!
Wait! Britt gets her glove! Britt puts the glove on, steps into the ring and she fishhooks Jericho!! Jericho lets Cole go and fans fire up! Britt puts Jericho in the Rings of Saturn! LOCKJAW!! Saraya STOMPS Britt! The ref reprimands everyone, but Saraya goes to her corner. Cole tunes up the band as he aims at Jericho. Jericho stands, Cole rushes in, CODE BREAKER hits first!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho and Cole throw forearms back and forth and fans rally up. They stand, CHOP and forearm on repeat, and Cole gets the edge! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!
Saraya and Britt shout for Jericho and Cole, both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Saraya and Britt jumps in! Britt and Saraya fire off forearms! Saraya hits low, whips, but Britt holds ropes to then reel Saraya in! Saraya wrenches out, HOOK KICK to the GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks Saraya! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! He aims, swings, but Britt doges and Cole SUPERKICKS! Then Britt SUPERKICKS Saraya! Then they DOUBLE SUPEKRICK Jericho!! Fans are thunderous, Cole goes to the corner and Britt tags him in! Cole drops the kneepad, takes aim, “I told you!”
Jericho sits up, into the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & Britt win!
Winners: Adam C0le & Britt Baker, by pinfall
The Undisputed Couple stands tall! The power of love, but also just all that pent up frustration, wins out in the end, while Jericho throws a fit! Cole dares Jericho to keep fighting then! Jericho throws in a chair, and even the ring bell! Cole and Britt grab those for themselves, and that makes Jericho back off. Can Cole & Britt finally move on from The Wizard and his schemes to go get themselves some gold?
A very good aftermath show for AEW after only a very good Double or Nothing. Good promos from Kris Statlander, Wardlow and MJF to follow their title wins. A little surprising that Kris had her first defense so soon but I suppose this gets it out of the way, and it gets Kris going on doing her best to match Jade’s streak. Taya watching backstage makes some sense, and I sense her turning Heel over being denied twice. Sadly, I think Taya is going to go 0-3 for the TBS Champion, because if she didn’t beat Jade, she’s not going to beat the person who beat Jade. And I do appreciate that Wardlow is calling out Luchasaurus, he’s being a proactive champion.
MJF of course isn’t, he’s just expecting AEW to find somebody. But I feel like, with Tony Khan letting us know CM Punk IS returning, that’s just the natural course of things for the world title. AEW Collision’s success is not fully dependent on CM Punk being back, but it will definitely incentivize Chicago fans to show up. But I love that there were plenty of fans who hated that news as there were who loved it in San Diego. And MJF VS Punk is an obvious route given how the Pillars he cheated at Double or Nothing are now going to other stories in the meantime. Sammy was the only absent one, but he’s surely preparing to be a parent.
Darby & Cassidy had an awesome tag match with The Gates of Agony, and I figured Darby & Cassidy would win. Swerve also won an awesome Triple Threat against Bill and Trent, and of course Swerve is moving on to a title. I feel like Swerve should be the one to dethrone Cassidy. He’s got The Mogul Embassy to help him cheat so that technically keeps Cassidy strong, and then Swerve can bring that title into a feud with Darby or in whatever finish we FINALLY get of Swerve VS Keith Lee. Then Jungle Boy returns to teaming with Hook just because there’s no other singles title open. JungleHook VS LFI is still going to be fun, and maybe we get Jungle Boy VS Rush. But honestly, I almost thought JB was gonna turn on Hook there. Heel Jack Perry taking the FTW Championship could be pretty cool.
Great promo from Bullet Club Gold and then great brawl with FTR and Starks. Starks VS White is going to end things one way or another, but I feel like it has to be White’s win. Then BCG VS FTR can be for the AEW World Tag Team Championships going into All In London. Speaking of titles, Championship Rampage is loaded, though I’m surprised there wasn’t just another Battle of the Belts special. I wonder if Battle of the Belts goes away with Collision being on Saturdays. Pretty sure all champions retain, though, because NONE of those titles are AEW property. Also, I feel that’s irresponsible to automatically say it’s Shibata VS Moriarty when Shibata VS Coughlin is airing tomorrow night on ROH.
The Acclaimed had a good promo with Renee on stage, and I figured they’d stick together and try again. They’ll probably choose a Open House Rules stipulation next time, I look forward to something wild from them. Really good promo from The Outcasts, and Storm could face just about anyone in her first defense of the world title. From how things went in the main event, pretty sure it’s Shida since she is still fighting against The Outcasts. Britt & Cole of course win against Jericho & Saraya, but that was a pretty fun Mixed Tag. And if Shida doesn’t beat Storm, I bet we get Britt VS Storm at like All Out or something.
Great opener of BCC VS Lucha Bros & Bandido, and Bryan was pretty good on commentary. I figured BCC would win, they’re going to keep things rolling from Double or Nothing. And good promo from The Elite and Dark Order, because it kept up the continuity from over the years. Hangman saying Kenny was out of the country but not in Canada totally hints at him being in Japan to reconnect with Kota Ibushi, which is definitely the next phase of this. Elite plus Ibushi VS BCC plus Konosuke, Blood & Guts, that has to be it. And speaking of, Callis and Konosuke had a great promo, especially factoring in that nuclear Heel heat Callis has. Like, every other Heel wishes they had the level of booing, jeering and middle fingers Callis had aimed at him.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)
It’s about to get TOXIC!
Tonight: Jacy Jayne, Gigi Dolin, and a WEAPONIZED STEEL CAGE!
NXT returns from the Battleground, but another battle is about to begin! The Toxic War between Gigi and Jacy ends, inside a cage, the walls lined with weaponry! Who will be left standing as the Toxic Victor?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Gigi wins.
- Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine; Wes & Bate win.
- Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo; Joe wins.
- Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile; Cora wins.
- NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Melo wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
What was once one of the most dominant duos in the NXT Women’s Division was torn apart by ambition and pride. Where one thought they were closer than sisters, the other only saw herself as the star and everyone else as a side character. This is going to end one way or another, but will it be the Toxic Avenger or the Toxic Traitor that comes out on top?
But wait! Jacy attacks Gigi during her entrance! And then RAMS her into the steel! And then into steel steps! Fans boo but Jacy takes Gigi’s jacket from her, throws it at her, then throws Gigi into the steel again! Jacy says it’s all about her, and she SMACKS Gigi off more steps, and Gigi’s head also hits the underside of the door! Jacy makes Gigi take a seat, to SLAM the door shut on her! And again! And again! Jacy howls but fans boo, and Jacy drags Gigi into the cage. Jacy then closes the door, the bell rings, and Jacy stalks Gigi. Jacy has a duffel bag, and she brings out a LEATHER STRAP! She LASHES Gigi!
Jacy LASHES Gigi more and more, then howls again. Gigi writhes, Jacy gets a chair, but Gigi gets a trash can lid! Gigi kicks Jacy low, SMACKS her on the back, and now Jacy writhes. Gigi runs, but Jacy drop toeholds her onto the chair! Jacy drags Gigi through the chair, runs, but Gigi avoids the ax kick! Gigi comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy takes a seat, Gigi CROSSBODIES her down! Gigi drags Jacy up, RAMS her into the steel, then RAMS her into the other side! Gigi gets that strap for herself now, and she LASHES Jacy! And again! And again! And again! Then she just throws the strap at Jacy before getting a trash can lid.
Gigi brings the can around, puts it on Jacy, and then Kawada Kicks away on it! Jacy falls over, Gigi takes the can off her, and fans fire up. Gigi has Jacy against ropes, digs the can into her, and says this is what Jacy wanted! Gigi SLAPS Jacy, runs, and dropkicks the can into Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this, and Gigi snarls. Gigi looks for something else to use as fans rally behind her. Gigi gets the strap and CHOKES Jacy with it! Gigi says Jacy ruined everything! They were like sisters! Gigi lets Jacy go, gets more trash cans, and she sets one down. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gigi gets the bat! It has a rose on it!
Gigi JAMS Jacy with the baseball bat, then DIGS the thorn covered side into her! Gigi climbs up to CHOKE Jacy with the bat and again shouts that Jacy ruined everything! Gigi then takes aim, waits on Jacy to get up, but Jacy avoids the homer to SPINEBUSTER Gigi on the can! Fans are shocked while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy talks trash on Gigi, stalks her, and brings her up. Jacy RAMS Gigi into steel, then RAMS her into more steel! Jacy then grinds Gigi into the chain link like it’s a cheese grater! Jacy lets off to revel in the moment, then she steps back in through the ropes. Jacy talks trash on the fans and on Gigi, and then stalks her to ropes. Jacy KICKS Gigi in the face! Jacy gets a chair, wedges it in a corner, and then goes back for Gigi. Jacy brings Gigi up to whip, but Gigi stops herself! Gigi ELBOWS Jacy, runs and BOOTS her down! Gigi then gets another trash can, and she wedges that in another corner.
Gigi goes to Jacy, kicks her low, and whips, but Jacy reverses! Gigi blocks, Jacy kicks low, then blocks a kick to LARIAT Gigi down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this but Jacy rains down fists on her! Jacy eggs Gigi on, taunts fans, then gets a steel chain! Jacy wraps that around her first, gives it a kiss, and FULL METLA BODY SHOTS! And then another! And another! Gigi falls over while Jacy swings the chain. Jacy grinds as she sits Gigi up, and wraps the chain around Gigi’s face! Gigi can only endure as the chain digs into her nose and mouth! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally back up.
Gigi fights, powers up, and swings Jacy into the steel chair! Jacy goes down and fans fire up! Jacy staggers up, Gigi roars, and Gigi ROCKS Jacy, KICKS her and KNEES her! Ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO!! Gigi is frustrated but she pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Gigi gets another chair, and she puts that down at center. She gets that chair from the corner, and another chair, and another chair, and she piles them together. Gigi brings Jacy over, half nelsons, but Jacy fights! Jacy whips, spins Gigi, and then NECKBREAKER on the chair pile!! Both women writhe but Jacy covers, TWO!! Gigi survives and Jacy is beside herself!
Fans rally up, Jacy clears the chairs out of the way and she throws a forearm on Gigi. Gigi comes back with a haymaker! Jacy throws a forearm back! Gigi throws a forearm of her own! Fans rally, Jacy throws another forearm but Gigi fires a flurry! Gigi wrenches, hooks Jacy up, but Jacy dosidos her into the TRASH CAN! And then SUPERKICKS! Just like the night she betrayed Gigi! Jacy runs in, CANNONBALL into the trash can! Cover, TWO!!! Gigi survives again and Jacy is at a loss for words. But then Jacy just grins and rains down fists on Gigi! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” and Jacy drags the table out!
Fans actually chant, “Thank You, Jacy!” and she says shut up, she’s not doing it for them! Jacy sets the table up near a corner, and she goes back to Gigi. Jacy suplexes but Gigi blocks! Gigi throws body shots, turns things around, but Jacy blocks the suplex! Gigi CLUBS Jacy, KNEES her low, and then drags her up to whip. Jacy reverses and sends Gigi into the steel! Jacy then brings Gigi up, bumps her off buckles, and brings her up the corner! Fans fire up as Jacy dribbles Gigi off buckles and the steel! Jacy says this is all about HER, and she reaches the very top rope. But Gigi HEADBUTTS in return!
Jacy wobbles, Gigi SMACKS her off the steel again and again! Jacy stays on the top rope but Gigi clinches, CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! High stack, Gigi wins!!
Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall
The Toxic Avenger finally ends the Toxic War! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” What is next for Gigi now that she’s gotten past her past?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and notes we’re just 48 hours removed from his win in a Triple Threat. He is now the longest reigning North American Champion, with TEN successful defenses. Has it sunk in yet? Now that she says it, yes! He is PUMPED! But he’s also sore. Comes with the territory. Back when he won the title at Halloween Havoc, he had no idea how this ride was gonna go. But through the multiple multi-mans, the open challenges and the unforeseen odds- “Sunday’s victory proved nothing!” The Dyad storms in to say Joe Gacy wants to send a reminder.
Wes says okay, he’ll bust them all! But then Tyler Bate steps up to say that if they want to fight Wes, they fight him, too! The Dyad backs off, and Bate tells Wes that as he said on Sunday, that was all business. He still has Wes’s back, if he’ll have him. Wes says he appreciates that. They fist bump, but will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed still try to send that “message” from The Schism?
Tony D’Angelo gets his mug shot.
He isn’t happy about it, either. But what will happen should The Don have to go to court?
Gallus talks backstage.
They’re of course happy to be NXT Tag Team Champions, but Wolfgang admits, The Creed Brothers are tough. But no one can stop Gallus! They never stop. The Creeds are done, so who steps up to their kingdom next? Well, Tony D and Stacks had next, but uh, Tony can’t do too much with his hands cuffed. “It wasn’t me, officer! I swear! I’m a nice guy!” Fogedaboutit! But Stacks storms in! He knew it was them! They ratted on Tony! Don’t get the wrong idea, Stacks, it wasn’t them. But what is he gonna do without his daddy? Better question: Ever heard that snitches get stitches?
Stacks fires off on Gallus, but he gets mugged 3v1! The refs rush in, but Gallus still throws Stacks into shelfs! The refs tell Gallus they are EJECTED from the building! Gallus is fine with that, they did the damage. But who is going to be next if The Family is busy with their own problems?
Carmelo Hayes is here!
Fans cheer as Trick Melo Gang heads to the ring, because the NXT Champion is still HIM! Trick gets the mic to get to business. They went to Melo’s hometown, Melo went to Battleground, and he left still champion. Fans cheer that, and Melo says he did that. Now listen, Battleground was exactly that: a battle. So he will paint a picture: Melochussetts was going crazy! Bron VS THOUSANDS! Big Spear, Melo still alive. Nothing But Net, #AndStill! And one thing everyone needs to realize, sometimes you gotta take shots to make shots. When it comes to this NXT Championship, Melo don’t ever miss!
Trick says Melo don’t lie, either! Battleground is another brick in the foundation of the HIM Dynasty. But wait, NOAM DAR is here? Dar and his squad walk out, and Dar tells Melo, “Well done! Congratulations! You managed to escape your hometown still champion. And Melo, you weren’t the only one to retain their championship.” Fans boo as Dar says HE defended HIS NXT Heritage Cup, “the most coveted prize in NXT.” But Melo only just managed to beat Bron. Dar beat Dragon Lee not once, but twice. Thank you.
Trick tells “Mr. Supernova” that we don’t have time to talk about how it took four of them to cheat Dragon Lee. Fans cheer that! But there is time to talk about Dar coming out to interrupt Trick Melo Gang. Interrupting Trick Melo Gang is a super no-no. Melo says he saw that match, Dar really is like that. But there’s levels to this. That trophy puts Dar on a high level, but this NXT Championship puts Melo on the HIGHEST level. Dar may’ve “beat” Dragon twice, but Melo bets he couldn’t even beat Melo once. And that’s all it is, and that’s all it- NO NO NO NONONO! SHH! The adults are talking, Trick.
Fans boo as Dar tells Melo that that almost sounded like a challenge. Is Melo challenging Dar, even though that’d be the biggest mistake of his life? If Melo is building a dynasty, then step up! Put the NXT Championship on the line TONIGHT! Trick says whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Dar is trying to take advantage of Melo while he’s tired. DUH! Well done, Captain Obvious. But hey, straight up, what does Melo say? Oh, wait, Lash was right! Melo is just counting the minutes, making it easy, because he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level night in and night out, like Dar.
But actually, it must be hard to miss when he has… What’s Lash calling it? Low management! No, no, if Dar wants it, then he’s got it! TONIGHT! Fans fire up, but did the Supernova Squad just get the better of HIM?
Cora Jade talks with the other women in the locker room.
They all saw her match with Lyra in the tournament, right? Lyra headbutted her right in the eye! Cora was basically blind half the match! And if she could’ve seen, SHE would have gone to Battleground, and SHE would be NXT Women’s Champion. Literally everyone else goes, “Um…” Cora says fine, but the only one to be celebrated is HER! Her accomplishments, her star power. But nooo~, we all let Cora get screwed over. She deserves to be champion! But in walks Ivy Nile. We’ve all had it with the whining. Injuries are part of the game, so suck it up and get over it. Everyone would’ve loved to have been in that tournament, too.
Cora tells Ivy not to give her attitude just cuz her guys couldn’t get the job done and Ava whipped her ass. Ivy says at least they were all in that fight. Where was Cora on Sunday? Just sitting here bitching about it. Cora says she’s not scared of Ivy, but does anyone believe that?
Axiom watches footage on his phone.
Reggie walks over and says, “What’s up, Ax? Tell me you’re watching Battleground.” Axiom says yes, but then sees who he’s talking to. Axiom stands right up but Reggie tells him to chill, he means you no harm. Then what does he want? See, “Reggie!” Everyone always calls him that, and that is his given name, but growing up, a lot of people called him “Scrypts.” Who? His family? And why “Scrypts?” Definitely not his family. And he won’t get into it right now, that’s a story for another day. Then what does Scrypts want? He appreciates what Axiom did for him. Wait, what? When he took the mask off! It opened Scrypts’ eyes!
It was like Scrypts was living in a cave, watching shadows on the wall. But now, he is living in the sunlight, seeing what is meant to be seen. And Dabba-Kato trying to take Axiom out after their match last week, Scrypts couldn’t stand by. He jumped into action to help Axiom since Axiom helped him. And Scrypts just wants to thank him. Scrypts/Reggie leaves, and Axiom says, “Any time.” Is Scrypts going to go from a would-be archenemy to a new ally?
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine!
The Cardiac Kid & Big Strong Boi are standing together again against Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed. The Schism isn’t done with Wes, but will their tree get chopped down?
NXT returns as Bate makes his entrance, followed by Wes. The teams sort out and Reed starts with Bate. They circle, tie up, and Reed wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then uses a leg to get free and knuckle lock. Bate whips and WRINGS Reed out, then wrenches the arm again. Reed pulls hair to put Bate in the corner and Rip tags in to ROCK Bate! Rip ROCKS Bate again, puts him in a corner, but Bate boots then KNEES back! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Bate wrenches Rip to tag in Wes. Wes slingshots to sunset flip! TWO! Rip gets Wes in the face with that kickout, then he ROCKS Wes!
Rip scoops, Wes slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, Wes slides and headscissors! Wes runs in, tilt-o-whirl CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks Rip, tags Bate, and Bate goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Bate wrenches the arm, tags Wes back in, but Rip shoves Bate into Wes! Rip CLUBS Bate, tags Reed, and the Dyad brings Bate up to whip to the corner. Reed runs in but into a BOOT! Bate goes up and over Rip, under Reed, and baits them in for Wes’s FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Fans fire up as Wes & Bate DOUBLE DROPKICK The Dyad out!
Fans fire up as The Dyad get back in and the four stare down. But then Wes & Bate see MUSTAFA ALI in the perch!? The Beacon is here, but why!? Ali heads down to ringside while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Jagger grinds Bate down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Bate fights up, and we see Ali is on commentary now. Bate powers the hold open but Reed KNEES him in the back and tags Rip. They double suplex and hold Bate up but Bate throws knees! Bate knees and knees and DOUBLE KNEES, to then get free! Bate DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Bate dodges Reed but Rip ROCKS him! The Dyad set Bate up but Bate BOOTS Reed away! He ends up in the corner with Rip, Wes tags in to rally on The Dyad! SUPERKICK for Reed, ELBOW for Rip, BOOT for Reed, and a flurry of fists for Rip!
Wes snapmares and DROPKICKS Rip and fans fire up! Reed storms up but Wes elbows him away. Victory roll and jump, DDT for Rip! Reed runs in but Wes ducks the enziguri to wrench and fire off fast strikes! DOUBLE STOMP on Reed’s back! Rip runs in but is sent into the corner! ENZIGURI, then snapmare! Wes flips but Rip dodges! THROAT CHOP! Fans boo but Ava cheers, and Reed tags in. Reed and Rip aim, but Bate gets up, Rip DECKS Bate, but Wes fires off haymakers and CHOPS on The Dyad. The Dyad kicks back, double whips, but Wes ducks ‘n handsprings to DOUBLE PELE!! Tag to Bate!
Bate and Wes each have a corner, they each aim at a Dyad, for DOUBLE TORNILLO!! Wes then FLIES to take out Rip! Bate gets Reed for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Wes win!
Winners: Wes Lee & Tyler Bate, by pinfall
That was definitely a big strong victory, and then Ivy gets at Ava!! The Creed Brothers rush out, but The Dyad goes after them! It is a chaotic brawl, more refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” And then Gacy gets in to CLOBBER Wes and Bate! Gacy stomps away on Wes, but Ali jumps in! Ali DECKS Gacy! Fans fire up as Ali DECKS Gacy again! Ali TOSSES Gacy out hard, and he throws off his jacket! The Beacon stands with Bate and Wes, will they join forces to chop down The Schism’s tree?
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey lead another Chase U class.
The Philly Stretcher says, “The name of the game is leverage.” Collar ‘n’ elbow, let’s go. Then you get the headlock. Thea Hail watches closely but Duke Hudson tells her that while he’s all for pushing yourself, but Gulak was the one who made her cry. She doesn’t have to take this class, he can give her a pass. No, she has to do this for herself. She never wants to feel that way again! They think she’s weak, but she’s not! She wants to prove it! She wants to get in there! Let her go! LET HER GO!! Thea, let HIM go! Yeesh. But okay, give ’em hell. Okay okay okay! She jumps in, Gulak tells the one guy, “Submission wrestling is the backbone of success. Good job.”
Dempsey taps Gulak’s shoulder and says, “Speaking of success. Look who decided to join.” Well, so nice of Thea to join in. But no crying this time or running away, okay? Loud and clear, sir. She can do this. Alright. Everyone done. She circles with Dempsey, what will her grade be in this test?
Tiffany Stratton heads to the ring.
The Center of the Universe is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and given all the pictures of herself in the ring, this “Tiffybration” is only about herself. Tiffany gets the mic to say, “Raise your hands if you’re not surprised that Tiffany Stratton is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion~!” She knows she isn’t. This Sunday, she claimed her rightful spot at the “Tiffy top” of NXT. Fans do cheer, and Tiffany says this title has been held by future hall of famers: Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Rhea Ripley, the list goes on and on. And tonight, she shows everyone what it means to be a true champion.
Fans cheer that, and Tiffany says “Honestly, when I think of what a champion is, it is me! Nobody in that locker room can do what I can do. And when I look in the mirror, I think to myself, I am the epitome of what a true WWE Superstar is! So to continue on in my Tiffybration, I would like to invite up the entire NXT Women’s locker room so they can all recognize me as their Women’s Champion. Ladies?” No one comes out. Fine, no one wants to know who her first opponent is gonna be. Do the fans do? “YES!” “Aww, you guys actually think I care what you think.” Tiffany asks the locker room to come out, and finally they all walk out.
Tiffany says she knows they’re all starstruck, and that they all have the same question: “What is next for Tiffany Stratton? Who will I give my first title defense to? And to be honest, as everyone is out here, I can’t help but think to myself that I’m gonna be champion for a long, long time. I mean, I might as well retire as champion. Nobody can sit with me. Not you, not you, and I don’t even know why you’re out here,” Thea. Oh, and it is DEFINITELY not Lyra. Sorry not sorry. This is getting so awkward, she invited them all out here. Hah, JK! Luckily for them, on her way home, she had a Tiffany Epiphany!
She thought to herself, she should give them all an opportunity at the #TiffyTitle! So next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to determine her challenger. Good for you all. “But TBH, it doesn’t matter who’s gonna win, because I’m gonna beat all of you to it. I am gonna beat all of you to it, because as far as I know, and for as long as I want, it is Tiffy Time.” Tiffany raises the belt, and confetti and balloons fall. But then Thea gets in to SLAP Tiffany! Fans fire up, and then both Roxie and Fallon get in! They pinball Tiffany with forearm shots! And SOBATS! Lyra gets in, too, but Tiffany scurries away!
But Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Tiffany is furious but she’s the one who just turned the entire roster against her. Who will have their moment and get their shot at the Center of the Universe?
Trick Williams is on the phone backstage.
He says it is going down, but Melo will be alright. They’ll pull up afterward. Just keep the bottles on ice and the jacuzzi hot. Lash, Jakara & Oro walk over. Lash says they call him Trick Willy. Well, you heard that right. Then your boy is about to get whooped by Dar. A shame, though, cuz they kinda cute. Kinda? Hey, now! They may disagree on the match, but in the looks department, Trick Melo don’t miss. And y’all can leave, button your lips, move your hips, he’ll holler. Oro wants Trick to understand what the ladies are saying: Melo should’ve taken the night off.
Trick recognizes Oro. He saw that match, Oro was in Dar’s corner, this must’ve all be his plan. Oro’s a real shyster, y’know that? And Miss Jackson the Distraction, and Lash is a distraction herself. Bet they’d like to hit Trick with a bucket. Trick would like that, huh? Trick says he’s watching all y’all! Don’t try him! Will Trick Melo Gang be ready for everything the Supernova Squad is bringing?
Dani Palmer is in the ring.
“I cannot leave, I cannot leave this ring, until I find out who this attacker is! Whoever’s been wreaking havoc in this division said that they’d reveal themselves TONIGHT! You attacked me, and you attacked my best friend, Sol, and now she’s out for a year! I’m done waiting. I’m not going anywhere until you show your face!!” The attacker is on the tron, watching the footage of her handiwork. Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, Sol Ruca, Dani Palmer, Roxanne Perez. Dani gets anxious, but the person is RIGHT BEHIND HER!! She attacks Danni, drags her up, and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW!!
IT’S BLAIR DAVENPORT! The Top Gaijin is back, and she gives Dani a KAMI-GOYE!! Targets of the Heir, beware! Who will be next on the list for Blair?
NXT shares footage from after the show last week.
Eddy Thorpe returned backstage and encountered Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. They congratulated him on the great effort against Tyler Bate. It’s tough, but so are you. And if Bate were to win the title, he could be looking at Eddy as next. Eddy says that’s nice of them to say, but he wishes he had that one back. Nah, they all feel down after a loss. You learn more after a loss than you do a win. But Damon Kemp gives a sarcastic clap. Kemp was watching, and he has to admit, he was impressed. But Eddy can’t win without cheating, huh? Eddy rushes Kemp but Kemp gets away, will the Alpha Wolf get back at the Golden Gopher in their rematch?
Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo!
Gallus was poking fun at The Don, and the Underboss wasn’t going to stand for it! Mark Coffey & Wolfgang were sent home, but will the Iron King still be on top? Or will Stacks make Joe fogedaboutit?
The bell rings and Stacks SHOTGUNS Joe! Stacks stomps Joe in the corner, the ref counts and Stacks lets off. Joe gets up to CLUB Stacks in the back, and throw body shot after body shot! Stacks still tackles Joe and rains down forearms! Stacks headlocks, but Joe fights up, only for Stacks to KNEE Joe again, and again, and again! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Stacks clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe, but Joe fights up. Stacks hits a headlock takeover, Joe keeps his shoulder up but Stacks pushes the arm down, TWO! Stacks throws hands, Joe is down again, TWO! Joe rolls Stacks to a cover, TWO!
Stacks still has the headlock, but Joe fights up. Joe powers out and hip tosses Stacks hard! Stacks staggers up to ropes, but Joe runs in to fire haymakers. Fans rally and Joe whips Stacks corner to corner hard! Stacks bounces off buckles, Joe drops knees on his back! And then an elbow on the ribs! Cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough but Joe drags him up. Stacks throws body shots but Joe knees low. Joe ROCKS Stacks, RAMS him, then HIP TOSSES! Stacks flounders to ropes but Joe digs his laces into Stacks’ face. Stacks throws body shots, ROCKS him, and wrenches an arm to HIP DROP it! Cover, TWO!
Stacks keeps cool, he brings Joe up but Joe scoops to SLAM! Stacks writhes, Joe shakes out the arms and checks his ears. Joe runs in but Stacks put shim on the apron! Stacks DROPKICKS Joe off the apron! Fans fire up and Stacks eggs Joe on. Joe tells Stacks that HE’s the rat, but Stacks goes out to ROCK him! Stacks has Joe on the defense as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Joe has Stacks in body scissors. Stacks powers back to a cover, TWO and Joe keeps on the squeeze. Fans rally as Stacks endures, and Stacks pries at the hold. Stacks pushes back again, ONE, and now Stacks is free! Stacks gets the legs but Joe kicks him away! Joe and Stacks stagger up, Stacks rushes in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Joe drags Stacks up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stacks up but Stacks throws hands! Stacks ROCKS Joe, brings him in, DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Stacks rises, Joe crawls, and Stacks runs in to rally with haymakers!
Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Joe to UPPERCUT him down! Joe staggers around, Stacks runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT again! Joe staggers out of the corner, Stacks gets him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The Iron King is hanging tough but Stacks tells him vaffanapoli! Stacks goes up the corner, but Joe UPPERCUTS him first! Joe climbs up, clinches, SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stacks survives and fans fire up! Joe is furious and he drags Stacks up. Joe whips, Stacks reverses, but Joe goes up and around, but into a back drop! Fans fire up, Stacks runs in and clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring!
Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside. A ring count starts, both men stand at 3 of 10. Stacks runs in to UPPERCUT Joe against the apron! We’re at 7, Stacks runs in, but is sent into the steps!! Joe drags Stacks up and in, aims from the corner, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
Stacks fought hard to protect Tony D’s honor, but The Iron King still crushes him. Will NXT still be Gallus’ kingdom?
NXT shares more footage from after last week’s show.
Robert Stone asked Von Wagner, “What the hell was that, man?!” What the hell was what? Luca deserved everything he got out there! That’s not what Stone meant. Von got disqualified! He wants to get suspended? Fined? Have his free agency status revoked? That could happen if you keep acting like this! Von says Luca was running his mouth the last two weeks, on Von and on Stone. Von finally just shut it! Then don’t take what Stone’s about to say the wrong way. But whatever went on in Von’s past, he has anger issues. If Von isn’t gonna listen to Stone, then it is time to talk to a therapist.
A therapist? What the hell is that gonna do? So that they can take Von’s hard earned money? No, look, Stone can pay for it. He’s just asking Von do this for him. Von thinks about it, pats Stone on the shoulder, and says he’ll still think about it. Is Vicious Von going to finally get past his past?
NXT shares footage of Ilja Dragunov.
It was before Battleground on Sunday that he called home and assured his son, Constantine, that he’ll make it home in one piece. He made sure Constantine know he loves him. “Is it the pain that keeps searching for me? Or am I the one who searches for pain? Or maybe, I am the pain. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Because tonight, the world shall know pain.” Dragunov put on his gear, brought back the red contact lenses, and prepared for the war that was ahead of him. Last Man Standing with Dijak was truly the definition of pain. And in the end, Dragunov stood tall. The Czar will return next week, what will he be searching for when he does?
Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile!
Selfish, arrogant, entitled. Sound familiar? The Generation of Jade may have a black eye, but as she sees it, she’s still the most important part of NXT. Will she prove herself right? Or will the Diamond Pitbull make her see she’s just a punk?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. She already got into a scrap with Ava Raine, maybe that was just a good warmup. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Cora claims Ivy touched her bad eye! But then she ELBOWS Ivy! Cora laughs at Ivy but Ivy grabs that finger! Cora kicks low, headlocks, but Ivy powers out. Things speed up and Ivy goes to hip toss but Cora turns it around. Ivy blocks that to CLOBBER Cora! Ivy grabs an arm, steps through, drags Cora down, cover, ONE! Ivy wrenches Cora to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then she YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again!
Ivy WRINGS Cora out again, then brings her up to a fireman’s carry. Cora fights free with elbows and throws Ivy down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Cora laughs at Ivy, then runs to ELBOW her against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks Ivy around, taunts her, then throws her down by her hair again. Cora gives more toying kicks, CLUBS Ivy, then brings her around to TOSS her out to the apron. Fans duel as Cora brings Ivy in to CLUB her! Ivy is in the ropes, Cora puts some stank on the CHOP! It gets Ivy in the face!! Cora runs to SHOTGUN Ivy down! Ivy flops down, Cora covers, they’re in the ropes so Cora has to pull Ivy away. Cover again, TWO!
Cora is upset but she throws Ivy down by her hair again. Cora clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Ivy endures, fans rally up, and Ivy arm-drags free! Cora comes back but into a roll-up, TWO! Cora swings, Ivy blocks to KICK! KICK! And ROUNDHOUSE! Cora staggers, Ivy whips her to a corner. Ivy runs in around the way, CALF KICK! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Ivy drags Cora back up to fisherman, but Cora cradle counters! TWO!! Ivy escapes but Cora kicks low. Cora wrenches the hair to throw Ivy back down! Fans rally, Cora runs, IMPLODER- NO, Ivy dodges the stomps and Cora jams a knee!
Ivy gut wrench SLAMS Cora! But here comes AVA! Ava grabs Ivy while the ref checks Cora! But Ivy gets the DIAMOND DRAGON on her! But Cora SHINING WIZARDS from behind! Cora gets Ivy up, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Ivy is feeling rather #Jaded after that, but that’s more because Ava came back for more. Will the Generation of Jade look to go after the gold during #TiffyTime?
Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.
Hank is sorry but how is the shoulder? Better every day. How’s Hank’s wrist? Better every day. But in all seriousness, they crushed it. Tank says Hank deserved that win, though. And at the end of the day, it worked! They’re tighter than ever! There’s this energy going back and forth! That connection! That’s what Hank was gonna say. Whoa, there’s the connection! Okay, let’s test it. First word that comes to mind, no thinking. Favorite food? On three- Wait, wait, “One two, go,” or “one two three, then go?” After three. Okay, okay. Favorite food. One, two, three, CHICKEN PARM! GASP!
Favorite animal? One, two, three, HONEY BADGER! Whoa… Favorite sauce on your wings. One, two, three, BUFFALO!! YES!! Edris & Malik walk over and say if they’re talking sauces, ya boi could eat. Bro, they just did eat! All they’re talking about is, ever since Tank ‘n’ Hank beat the tar outta each other, they’re like this! Fingers crossed. Tight. Oh, okay, after one match. It takes a bit longer than that, y’know that right? Oh, really? Watch this. Best movie of all time. One, two, three, JAWS! Okay, okay, they can do that. Edris & Malik go with “favorite day to work out.” One, two, three, MONURDAY. Monday VS Saturday.
No, try this. Pizza topping. One, two, three, PINEAMI! WHAT? Pepperoni VS Pineapple! Hank ‘n’ Tank let them argue this out, but Edris says they’re not gonna fight. But Malik says that could help them! Will each of these tag teams figure out their synchronicity over the Summer?
Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.
McKenzie finds Ivy & The Creeds, and she says there was just another altercation between Ivy and Ava. Ivy says yeah, and she’s sick of this crap! Ava, if you wanna be part of the game, step up! And for that matter, the Creeds tell The Dyad they can get it, too! Four roots, one stupid tree! But speaking of, Ava & The Dyad storm over! Refs rush in already as everyone is shouting, will the Diamond Mine look to crush The Schism once and for all?
NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!
Two champions triumphant at Battleground now collide to see who is truly at the very top. Will the Melobration continue into the Summer? Or will Supernova 11 have double swagger when he has double the championships?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dar can beat HIM!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dar wrenches and wristlocks but Melo rolls, wrenches and wrangles Dar down. Fans rally, Dar rolls and stands to clinch and put Melo on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar swings but Melo dodges to CHOP! Melo headlocks, he grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up. Dar brings Melo down to a knee, pops out the back, and he wrenches to a wristlock. Dar shouts he’s the champ, then SLAPS the hand! Melo kips up, wrenches back, and arm-drags to an armlock! Fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” as Trick makes the motion. Dar powers up and out to headlock, but Melo powers out of that.
The two RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Dar kicks a leg then KICKS Melo down! Dar talks more trash but fans boo. Melo swings, Dar gets around but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo runs and springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Dar bails out to regroup with his group and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo dares Dar to get back in but Oro, Lash & Jakara all coach Dar. Dar gets up, catches his breath, tells Melo to be patient, and takes his time returning. Dar slithers in, circles with Melo again and they tie up. Melo arm-drags Dar to a corner and then storms up. Melo CHOPS Dar, Dar staggers but Melo bumps him off buckles. Melo follows Dar to another corner, and CHOPS him down! Dar goes to the apron, Melo drags him up and SLINGSHOT SUPLEXES Dar in! Melo does crunches in the ropes while Dar writhes. Melo then goes to Dar to snap suplex low and hard! Cover, TWO! Dar’s team cheers him but Melo drags him up.
Dar wrenches to sweep the leg! Melo clutches a knee and Dar rains down fists! Dar grabs the arm to stomp it! Dar taunts Trick, follows Melo to a corner and fires off hands. Dar RAMS into Melo, the ref counts, and Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Dar snapmares Melo, gets the legs and ties them up, but Melo boots him away! Melo arm-drags to another armlock. Melo digs his knee into Dar’s face and Dar endures. NXT returns to single picture as fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” Dar fights up, tries to arm-drag but Melo smothers it. Dar ROCKS Melo, whips him, but Melo reverses. Melo runs in to ROCK Dar!
Melo whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Dar in the ropes to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this but Melo brings him up. The corner teams argue, Dar elbows Melo! Melo whips, Dar reverses, they dosido and Melo goes out to the apron. Dar swings but Melo blocks. Dar ducks to sweep the legs again! Dar runs to SHOTGUN Melo off the apron! Fans fire up, Dar goes out and taunts Trick while he puts Melo in. Cover, TWO! Dar aims from a corner, Melo sits up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this but Dar’s team coaches him again.
Dar drags Melo up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated but he drags Melo back up. Melo throws body shots, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, but Dar ducks to step and SUPER FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Dar argues with Trick. Dar brings Melo up, throws knees, but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Melo rebounds to tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dar and Melo slowly rise, and Dar swings. Melo counter punches! Dar KICKS a leg, Melo CHOPS! Melo CLOBBERS Dar, and CLOBBERS him again!
Melo spins Dar, KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! And a SUPERKICK! Dar staggers around, Melo runs to BOOT him down! Melo brings Dar up, whips, but Dar reverses to wrench. Melo ducks the kick, pump handle and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Melo fires up. But Lash AND Jakara bark at him in the corner! Trick tells the ladies to stop that, but they get in Trick’s face now. But then Oro runs up, so Trick DECKS him!! Fans fire up but the ref tells Trick he’s EJECTED! Fans boo, he didn’t even start nothing! Trick still accepts the decision, though Team Dar rubs it in his face.
Dar sneaks up but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar boot fents to BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Melo powers up to stand and he rains down fists! Melo is free, and he grabs the arm! CROSSFACE!! Dar crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Melo lets off fast to drag Dar back. Dar kicks the leg out, then stands. Melo ROCKS Dar, but Dar ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Dar again, Dar ROCKS Melo again! Melo gets the edge but Dar kicks the leg! Melo blocks a kick but Dar ELBOW JABS! Dar spins, Melo ducks the heel kick but the BACKHAND connects!
Dar reels Melo into the facelock, but Melo SUPLEX CUTTERS! Dar flops over, Melo goes to the corner! Fans fire up as Melo climbs, but Lash distracts! Oro trips Melo! Fans boo as Team Dar keeps at it, but here come NATHAN FRAZER & DRAGON LEE! They got screwed by Team Dar so they go after Oro! Fans fire up but Dar tells them to back off! But Melo goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY on Dar and Oro! Fans are thunderous as Melo puts Dar in! Melo goes up, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
An assist off the bench from Frazer & Dragon, Melo dunks on Dar! Put that on a poster, but who will- WAIT! BARON CORBIN?!? Corbin is back in NXT and he CLOBBERS Melo on the ramp! Corbin puts Melo in the ring, rains down fists, and fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before! But Corbin hits Melo with END OF DAYS!! Will the Lone Wolf look to bring an end to the HIM Dynasty?
A great episode of NXT, especially for an aftermath episode. They didn’t have quite the “Aftermath Syndrome” Raw was falling into, they were able to take things from Battleground and build upon them, not just recap them. I really liked that Dragunov vignette for the Last Man Standing match, and I look forward to what he’ll have to say next week. And while I was wondering what was next for everyone else, we got that for pretty much all the titles.
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate have a very good match with The Dyad, and of course there’s story overlapping with Schism and Diamond Mine, but I love that Mustafa Ali is part of the next “callback” (a main roster star coming back to NXT for a minute). Wes VS Ali would be amazing, but feels like something they’re gonna put on free TV. And Gacy clearly wants another shot, maybe he and Wes have a 1v1 feud going towards Great American Bash in late July. Wes has hit the record for defenses and apparently days as champion, so maybe he’s soon to drop the title so he can eventually move up. And I would hope we’re getting another Mixed Tag blowoff involving Dyad & Ava, but this time against Diamond Mine.
Also in connection to the Diamond Mine story, Ava attacking Ivy gives Cora a good rebound win after losing in the tournament. Cora is definitely nailing her Heel persona, but she’s gonna have to wait until a Face is champion again. Tiffany’s celebration being ruined was of course going to happen, and the contender battle royal will be really good. But after Gigi won that awesome cage match, I’m thinking she’s a frontrunner for challenging Tiffany. And while Dani Palmer called out the attacker and then got attacked, I feel like it should be Roxanne Perez or maybe a returning Nikkita Lyons should have the real feud with Blair Davenport. Nikkita would count as Blair’s first victim, it’d make make the most sense for her to want revenge.
Good promo from Gallus, Mark Coffey does an excellent Italian American/New Yorker impersonation. Stacks of course points the finger at Gallus, it’s kinda who I thought it was. But that would be too easy, so it’s not them. Stacks VS Joe Coffey was great stuff, Stacks is really coming into his own, but I figured Joe was winning that. Joe Coffey himself should really get in on like the North American Championship story, he hasn’t held anything in his WWE career, so he’s gotta get something. And since he has Gallus, Wes’s loss could be protected cuz Gallus helps Joe cheat and win the belt. Though that feels like how they might play Gacy getting the belt, if he gets the belt.
Good promo from Axiom and Reggie/Scrypts, and obviously last week established Reggie wants to be Axiom’s friend now. Him insisting he’s still Scrypts is an interesting choice, though. Good backstage promos that were “last week.” We’re of course getting Eddy VS Kemp round 2, and I liked Hank ‘n’ Tank having mind sync. Good stuff from Von and Stone, and I do like that Von’s story is starting to turn into a sort of PSA for normalizing therapy and taking care of mental health and emotional stability. But as I see it, either the therapy has no effect and Von stays a rage monster, or therapy makes Von too much of a pacifist and Stone tells him to unleash the righteous fury so he can win against bullies.
Great combining of stories with Dar stepping up to Melo here tonight. Great match, but I figured Melo was going to retain the title. I also figured Dar’s new little group was going to do everything they could to help him, and in turn we would see Dragon and Frazer turn things around on them. I would think Frazer gets next on Dar with Dragon as the cornerman now. And after Ali already made a splash, I did NOT think we were getting a second callback in the form of Corbin. Corbin and Ali do have a thing in common that they never held titles while in NXT, so maybe Corbin thinks he can tear down Melo to finally have the NXT Championship. But it’s not happening, Melo is definitely beating Bum Ass Corbin to make it through to Great American Bash.
My Score: 8.6/10
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