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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/7/20)

Raw gives a phenomenal Handicap match!

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Will Raw see a Hollywood remake of last week?

After trying to help Miz cash-in, AJ Styles is taking a more direct approach! Will he, Miz and Morrison get another go at McIntyre’s WWE Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Asuka w/ Lana VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Asuka wins.
  • Mixed Tag: Ricochet & Dana Brooke VS Slapjack & Reckoning w/ Retribution; Ricochet & Dana win.
  • Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business; Kofi wins.
  • Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business; Alexander wins.
  • 3v2 Handicap: The Miz, John Morrison & AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Drew McIntyre & Sheamus; Styles, Miz & Morrison win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Jeff Hardy; Lashley wins.
  • Bray Wyatt VS Randy Orton; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and Raw mourn the loss of Pat Patterson.

Once again, Vince McMahon and the many superstars of the roster stand on stage for a moment of silence and the ten rings of the bell.

 

Randy Orton heads to the ring!

The Viper prepares to meet The Fiend at TLC, but has also promised to “visit” the Firefly Fun House. Orton knows Bray Wyatt quite well, and has a lot in common with Bray’s newest creation. But Orton found Bray’s weakness before, and he’s found it again. “Any ordinary man would tremble at the mere thought of facing The Fiend. But I am no ordinary man. I smashed my moral compass years ago, and there’s no boundary that I will not cross!” But Orton doesn’t wear a mask to show his darkness. When the time comes, when Orton’s time comes, he “will stare the devil right in the eyes and let him the most evil SOB has come home.”

But in the meantime… Orton is knocking on the Fun House door, waiting and wondering just exactly who is going to #LetHimIn. But speaking of, the Firefly Fun House is here! Bray waves hi to “Randy Bo Bandy,” and says it’s so nice to see him tonight. Alexa Bliss would be here, too, but Orton was being mean. Orton is the last person Bray wants to play games with. Wait, did Orton say games!? Bray Barker becomes the host of our favorite new game show, Let’s Get Randy! Here is the prize! A brand new crucix! Meticulous crafted from the wood of the Tree of Knowledge by St. Louis’ most skilled shaman of the dark arts, this was used by Randy Orton to destroy the dark heart of Sister Abigail!

But wait, there’s more! Smell that? It’s the rotting corpse of Friendship Frog! This perfect addition to any circle of hell, this and the crucix are priced at $49.95! But the question is: How should Orton be punished at TLC? Mercy the Buzzard says… Oh wait he just wants to eat the button. Huskis the Pig Boy says it should be an endless buffet. Sister Abigail says hell no. Sorry, Huskis. Ramblin’ Rabbit says it should be a discussion of their feelings. Why would he say something like that? That’s sick, Ramblin’! Well no one got it right, so unfortunately for Orton, “he” always has the right answers.

Orton plays along. He wants a match TONIGHT, but not with The Fiend. Tonight is for BRAY! Really? Yowie wowie! Challenge accepted! See you soon~! But who is being more foolish, Orton and Bray?

 

BREAKING NEWS for TLC!

After their two consecutive non-title wins over the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Asuka and LANA are going to be facing Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler again, with the titles on the line! Are we going to see Lana finally have her first title in WWE?

 

Asuka w/ Lana VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

Well before the tag title match, the Empress of Tomorrow and Queen of Spades go 1v1 to build momentum! Will not even Shayna be ready for Asuka? Or can Shayna make Asuka #TapNapOrSnap even before TLC?

Raw returns and Nia says Shayna should forget last week. Lana got lucky. Tonight is Asuka. Asuka is dangerous, but Shayna is the Queen of Spades, one half of the most feared women’s tag team EVER. So when Shayna goes out there, the focus is on demolishing Asuka! Tear her limb from limb. Twist her until she screams for mercy! But Lana is not getting off that easy. When they’re done with Lana, she will be hideous, with her body twisted and contorted. Her back will look like her front, her front will look like her back. Yeah, she’ll have boobs on her back… Well, those technicalities aside, will Shayna make an appetizer out of Asuka before feasting on Lana at the PPV?

The bell rings and Shayna circles with Asuka. They tie up, go around, and Asuka shoves Shayna away. Asuka talks some trash in Japanese and circles with Shayna again. They tie up, Asuka hooks a leg and rolls her to an ankle lock! Shayna gets up but Asuka reels her in. Shayna elbows out, gets Asuka’s leg, but Asuka fights it off. They fight over leg locks but Shayna has the heel hook! Asuka counters with one of her own! The two of them crank on the other, but Shayna’s is harder! Asuka just gets her back with a KNEEBAR! Shayna drags Asuka with her as she goes for ropes, but then she backs up to stand up and pry Asuka off! BIG back suplex!

Asuka bails out, Lana regroups with her, and the ref tells Nia to stay back. Shayna goes out and says Lana needs to back off. Nia and Shayna go after Lana and Asuka, and throw them both down! The tag champions are in control of this singles match as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Shayna wrangles Asuka down with a keylock and slam! Then Shayna drops a leg on the arm! Asuka resists the short arm scissor and Lana grows worried, but Shayna keeps at it. Nia likes what she sees as Shayna cranks way back on the arm! Lana rallies with the ThunderDome screens and Asuka makes it a cover! TWO, and Shayna KICKS the legs out! Then KICKS Asuka! Asuka shakes her head defiantly so Shayna KICKS her again! And again! Asuka sits up again and shakes her head. She ducks a kick to get the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Lana is fired up for Asuka but Nia coaches Shayna up.

Asuka goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but Asuka elbows her away. Asuka boots, runs and CODE BREAKERS! Lana smiles as Asuka runs, but Shayna knees her down! Shayna runs in but into an armbar takedown! Shayna resists, Asuka pries at the hands, but Shayna rolls back. KIRAFUDA! Asuka flips back to pop out to a cover, TWO! Asuka wants her lock! Nia POSTS Lana just because! Well it also distracts Asuka and Shayna CLOBBERS her! Nia hauls Lana up but Lana slips off and shoves Nia into steps!

Shayna is distracted now as Lana climbs up and LEAPS at Nia! The seated senton is CAUGHT! But Lana ranas and Nia hits the desk!! Shayna is shocked and shouts at Lana but Lana runs off, and Asuka rolls Shayna up! Asuka WINS!

Winner: Asuka, by pinfall

The Ravishing Russian accomplished two things at once! She got payback on Nia for all those table slams, and she helped Asuka pin Shayna! Will they do something similar at TLC to become champions together?

 

The Hurt Business arrives backstage.

Cedric Alexander’s win over Xavier Woods was a “definitive statement,” but this week will- Wait, who is this in their way? Move! Pick that up and go! Yes, sir, sorry. No, not this way. Go that way. The poor staff member gets the boxes out of their way either way, and MVP notes how Alexander’s been feeling pretty good. Will the entire Hurt Business feel even better after handling their business tonight?

 

Ricochet and Dana Brooke talk backstage.

Dana is still showing the shiner from “Reckoning” hitting her in the eye. That’s rough. But they are preparing a game plan for their Mixed Tag later tonight. But first, Matt Riddle walks by with a sampler of “Bronutts.” He asks if they’ve seen MVP and/or Bobby Lashley tonight. Sorry, Riddle, no. But they were talking strategy- Right, right the mixed tag with Retribution! So if he could- Give them Bronutts? No, sorry, Dana’s cutting back. Okay, but let him know if they change their minds.

Sarah then walks in and asks them about their match. This isn’t a “lonely” crusade. He isn’t opposed to being on teams. Just not n a team of jackasses. But Retribution does understand one thing: strength in numbers. That’s why he and Dana will show Slapjack and Reckoning what real change looks like. And if slapping Mustafa Ali across the face got Retribution’s attention, then she’s clearly gotten the point across. She won’t let someone disrespect all of her hard work. Tonight, this is about team work. if Ali tries to disrespect them again, she won’t hesitate to slap him around again. And as for Reckoning, Dana promises a shiner in return.

Mixed Tag: Ricochet & Dana Brooke VS Slapjack & Reckoning w/ Retribution!

Mustafa Ali is the only one accompanying his henchmen to the ring this time, but surely T-Bar and Mace will be waiting in the wings. Will the Beacon prove one plus one won’t get it done?

Raw returns and the Flex Appeal makes her entrance, followed by the One and Only. Being a mixed tag, it’s ladies first and Dana SLAPS Reckoning! Reckoning SLAPS back and then Dana tackles her! They brawl on the mat, Reckoning kicks Dana away and kicks her low. Reckoning whips Dana to a corner and BOOTS her! Then Reckoning brings Dana around but Dana enziguris! Tag to Ricochet and Slapjack gets in, for ricochet to huricanrana! Ricochet builds speed and FLIES to take Slapjack down! Ricochet puts Slapjack in but Ali talks smack about “You think anything’s gonna change?!” Ricochet gets Slapjack but Slapjack Falcon Arrows! Cover, TWO!

Ricochet is in a corner, Slapjack CANNONBALLS but only gets buckles! Both men are down, but Reckoning tags in! And she dropkicks Dana down! Ali says this isn’t working the way they wanted but Reckoning says she has this! But then she runs into Dana’s fireman’s’ carry, to a SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, Dana and Ricochet win!!

Winners: Dana Brooke & Ricochet, by pinfall

And Ali is not pleased. He says this is Reckoning’s fault! She’s embarrassed Retribution again! And where was Slapjack!? Ali says HE made them better, but this is how they repay him?! Is Retribution’s strength in numbers actually becoming a weakness?

 

Keith Lee finds Sheamus backstage.

The Fella asks if he has something to say. Yeah. Keith isn’t buying Sheamus’ good guy routine. It is only a matter of time before Sheamus stabs McIntyre in the back. Well as Sheamus said last week, excuse him while he “turns” on McIntyre and beats the hell out of him. Sheamus’ sarcasm isn’t proving anything to Keith, but will Sheamus’ actions do that for him?

 

Raw presents a new Miz TV!

John Morrison and Mr. Money in the Bank welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. Miz has been very busy, from Tribute to the Troops to the new season of Miz & Mrs. on USA Network. But tonight, oh tonight! Tonight’s special guest earned a WWE Championship match against Drew McIntyre, in a TLC match at the TLC PPV, it is the Phenomenal A! J! STYLES! Styles and Jordan “Omos” Omogbehin head to the ring to join Miz and Morrison. But there’s no chair big enough for Omos. That’s okay, he likes standing. Miz says Styles’ match is in fact THE Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. How is Styles going to use that to stop the Scottish Warrior?

Well, this will be the first time Styles and McIntyre have gone 1v1 ever! That alone is a challenge. But simply put, Styles will take that steel chair and wrap it around McIntyre’s back until the chair breaks. Then ever table Styles see,s he’ll put McIntyre through it. McIntyre will be spitting up splinters! McIntyre is huge, he has heart, strength and passion, but it won’t matter when Styles knocks him out cold, climbs the ladder and brings down the title to be atop the mountain as the NEW WWE World Champion! Phenomenal! Must-see! If McIntyre makes it as champion. Because tonight, these three could DESTROY McIntyre and Sheamus in a Handicap match! Good accent! Omos likes it, too.

Morrison mocks the “Naughty Scotty” while Miz is “Sheamus.” Tha only ting bigger than Sheamus’ potato head is his love o’ whiskey and fightin’! McIntyre likes fightin’ too! Then that’ll come in handy when Sheamus Brogues McIntyre’s arse and takes the title “for me self!” You wouldn’n dare! He would! Blah blah and scene. Styles loved it! Morrison practiced watching Shrek. But here comes the Celtic Warrior! He says that was hilarious! You nailed those accents, lads. Hats off too ya. But as entertaining as all that was, Sheamus is sick that everyone thinks he’s betraying McIntyre.

The thing is, listening to them talk, he could close his eyes and transport himself back to the Long Haul pub in Dublin. But if they were actually in there, and he heard these two “twerps” talking trash like that, “I’d nail yer faces to the bar, kick your dopey heads off, and sling you out with the slops into the gutter where you belong!” Morrison says Ireland must not teach math. How many friends does Sheamus have right now? Zero. CORRECT. How many are here right now in the ring? Three! CORRECT! Which means Sheamus is outnumbered, fella! Styles loves the accents. Sheamus says they’re a bit off on that. Because here comes McIntyre!

The Celt and the Scot enter the ring together and McIntyre has a mic now. “Where do I begin?” He’ll start with Styles and his threats. But here’s the deal: McIntyre doesn’t make threats, he makes promises. A TLC match gives Styles an advantage, as does having big bad Omos. But McIntyre has had odds against him and he’s overcome them to be WWE Champion. It could be Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton or “Jackass and the Beanstalk.” As for Miz and Morrison, he will actually compliment them. No matter how many times you knock them down, they keep coming back for more. But some in the back have been talking some crap about Miz. What was it again? Oh yeah, no guts, no balls, all that.

But McIntyre knows that’s not true. Miz has balls! Just not his original pair. McIntyre watched Miz & Mrs. and clearly Maryse keeps Miz’s pair in the purse. But Miz replaced his balls with Morrison’s, when they teamed back up and Miz made Morrison into a “sidekick bitch!” Styles gets out of the ring and says it’s not 3v2 but FOUR and two! Or even four and a half. But it’s only 2v2 in the brawl!! Miz and Morrison get tossed and then so do the chairs! Sheamus dares Styles to bring the rest of that four! And then McIntyre TOSSES the MITB briefcase, and it hits the stage! Will McIntyre and Sheamus make sure that briefcase isn’t a factor later tonight?

 

Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business!

While Xavier got caught by Cedric Alexander’s Lumbar Check, the other half of the W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ will surely be wary of the Gold Standard hitting Pay Dirt. Will the series of singles matches be tied up after tonight? Or will Benjamin cash-in and win the Hurt Business another go at the gold?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business makes their entrance, minus the “CEO” Bobby Lashley, as he has to get ready for his own match. That aside, MVP and Alexander are watching very closely and the bell rings. Benjamin and Kofi tie up, Benjamin knees low and clubs Kofi down, then throws forearms. Kofi kicks back, fires off, and runs but into a flapjack! Benjamin KNEES Kofi then BOOTS him! Cover, TWO! Kofi can’t get away, Benjamin covers again, TWO! Benjamin drags Kofi up to scoop and slam! MVP has Alexander take notes, so to speak, and Benjamin drags Kofi back up.

Benjamin facelocks Kofi but Kofi resists the suplex. Kofi throws body shots, Benjamin shoves him away and throws knees in. The ref counts, MVP says Benjamin has until 5. Benjamin whips at 4 but Kofi comes back with a DOUBLE STOMP! Woods rallies for Kofi and Kofi stands, to rally on Benjamin! The double drops and dropkick send Benjamin down! Benjamin ducks the leaping lariat, kicks back and whips, but Kofi goes up and over! SOS denied to a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, but into an ANKLE LOCK! That’s a unique angle and it hurts just as much! Kofi scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Benjamin lets go but goes after Kofi again.

Benjamin climbs up to monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet !Kofi hobbles, leaps but Benjamin waistlocks and TOSSES Kofi out! Kofi tumbles and clutches his leg, but the Hurt Business mocks his pain. Benjamin runs in but Kofi dodges! Benjamin hits barriers, Kofi gets in the ring, and the count is past 5 of 10! MVP shouts at Benjamin to get up and in, and he does at 9! TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

A fast and furious fight, and Kofi ties things up! Alexander is pissed off and says they need to “run that back!” Alexander is sick of New Day slipping through their fingers! If Kofi is a real man, he’ll take Alexander on and take the whooping Alexander put on Woods! Kofi and Woods won’t let that trash talk stand so they accept! Will Kofi sweep after the break?

Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business!

Raw returns and the brawling is already happening! Alexander gets a leg but Kofi stays up to club him. Alexander still gets Kofi in the corner and the body shots are flying! The ref counts, Alexander lets off but Kofi dodges as he runs back in. Kofi then comes back, but is put on the apron! The leg buckles, and Alexander sweeps the leg! Kofi tumbles down, Woods checks on him, but Alexander has the leg to SLAM it on the floor! Alexander puts Kofi up and in to cover, TWO! Alexander has the leg for a heel hook! Kofi endures but Alexander gets up to LEG DDT! Kofi writhes and gets to a corner but Alexander drags him back out for a toehold.

Alexander cranks on the leg but Kofi uses chinlocks and forearms to fight back. Fans clap on their screens but Alexander hammers the leg. Kofi kicks with his free leg and is free of the toehold! Kofi gets to a corner, Woods coaches him up but MVP shouts at Alexander. Alexander runs in but Kofi BOOTS with the good leg! Kofi crawls, Woods gets the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” beat going. Kofi hobbles, Alexander runs over but into CHOPS! And more CHOPS! But Alexander just gets mad and storms over, only for Kofi to tilt-o-whirl and cradle, TWO!! Alexander escapes but runs into SOS!! Cover, TWO!!

The Hurt Business is furious but Alexander did survive. Kofi slowly rises, Alexander has the leg! Alexander back drops, Kofi sunset flips then high stacks, TWO! Alexander dropkicks the bad leg out! Then he drags Kofi up, BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kofi survives and MVP is furious again! Alexander grits his teeth, drags Kofi back up, and Alexander rams Kofi into a corner! Alexander puts the bad leg around ropes and pulls but lets off as the ref counts. Alexander runs back in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi hops up but Alexander uppercuts first!

Alexander climbs, brings Kofi up, but Kofi fights back! Kofi gourd busters Alexander down! Then he adjusts to LEAP! Alexander moves, the leg jams, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

Now the series is  2-1! Alexander has pinned both Raw Tag Team Champions, though with special circumstances on the second. But will this mean he and Benjamin get a second chance at the tag team championships?

 

Raw pays further tribute to Pat Patterson.

We celebrate the life of the legend we lost, with Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way,” and Pat’s own karaoke cover of it, playing. The inaugural WWF/WWE Intercontinental Champion, the inventor of the Royal Rumble match, and the architect of countless memories in pro-wrestling history, we will never forget him. Thank you, Pat, for everything.

 

3v2 Handicap: The Miz, John Morrison & AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Drew McIntyre & Sheamus!

Last week’s main event is remade and modified so that the Phenomenal One will have to participate rather than interfere! Will the #1 contender improve his chances at TLC one way or another? Or is he just going to get a sample of what’s waiting for him in two weeks?

Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. Miz makes his entrance, then is joined by Morrison. And then Styles (and Omos) returns, and there doesn’t seem to be hard feelings between him and the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century. The teams sort out and McIntyre starts against the Guru of Greatness. Morrison throws a forearm, McIntyre DECKS him right back! McIntyre drags Morrison up to TOSS him to the corner! McIntyre dares Styles to tag in, so Styles does… not. Styles isn’t doing this on McIntyre’s schedule, and Morrison get sup, to get a HEADBUTT! McIntyre puts Morrison in the ring, tag to Sheamus, and they mug Morrison!

Sheamus throws Morrison down with a headlock takeover, and he holds off the headscissor. Morrison rolls Sheamus over, floats to a headlock of his own, but Sheamus fights up. Sheamus throws body shots but Morrison throws clubbing elbows. Sheamus headlocks back, wrenches an arm and hammerlocks to add a chinbar. Morrison spins through to headlock Sheamus, but Sheamus throws body shots. Sheamus powers out of the headlock but Morrison throws kicks and forearms! Morrison runs, into a hammering ax handle from Sheamus! And then another! Sheamus stalks Morrison but KNEES Styles off the apron!

Sheamus keeps Morrison from running away and CLUBS him on the back! Morrison resists the Bodhrain, Miz runs over but Sheamus DECKS Miz! Morrison uses body scissors to throw Morrison out, but McIntyre makes sure Miz doesn’t sucker punch Sheamus! Sheamus runs in, Miz moves and McIntyre almost gets a forearm! Sheamus says it was meant for Miz and McIntyre says that’s fine, just give a heads up. Morrison slingshots and PALNCHAS, but is CAUGHT!? For a DOUBLE FALL AWAY SLAM over the announce desk! Morrison ends up in Byron’s seat and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Sheamus clinches with Miz in a corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off but then throws body shots and haymakers on Miz! Sheamus stomps but the ref backs him off. Sheamus reels Miz in for a clothesline! Sheamus hops up and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Sheamus drags Miz up and over, tags McIntyre, and they mug Miz. McIntyre bumps Miz off buckles then CHOPS him! McIntyre brings Miz over, tags Sheamus back in, and they double suplex Miz to TOSS him! Sheamus taunts Miz and gives him kicks. Sheamus dares Styles to get in but Morrison says they follow the rules!

Sheamus drags Miz up, tags McIntyre in, and they double whip to double hip toss Miz! McIntyre holds Miz’s hand out for Styles to tag, but then he STOMPS the hand! Miz jawbreakers back! Miz hurries and rams McIntyre into the corner! Miz rams in more and NOW Styles tags in! Styles rams his shoulder into McIntyre, then Morrison tags in to ROCK McIntyre with forearm after forearm! Tag to Miz and they mug McIntyre. Miz stomps and grinds McIntyre into the buckles, then lets off to taunt Sheamus. McIntyre fights back with big forearms and elbows! McIntyre fires off, tags in Sheamus, and they mug Miz with CHOPS and CHOPS and a kick!

Sheamus throws Miz out to the apron then drag shim up. Sheamus has Miz on the ropes and gives him Beast of the Bodhrain! Sheamus even eggs Styles on to do something! Sheamus gets all ten beats, brings Miz up and hits a ROLLING SENTON! Morrison gets on the apron but Sheamus tosses him in! Morrison distracts the ref, Miz rakes Sheamus eyes and chop blocks the leg! McIntyre protests but Miz BOOTS Sheamus down! Miz drags Sheamus to ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and Morrison KICKS Sheamus down! McIntyre is furious but the ref keeps him at his corner.

Tag to Morrison, he and Miz bring Sheamus up for a DOUBLE GUT BUSTER! And a blindside lariat! Cover, TWO! Morrison stomps Sheamus, rains down forearms then alternates. The ground ‘n’ pound continues, Morrison covers, TWO! Morrison KICKS Sheamus at the ropes, and KICKS and then throws more forearms! Sheamus eggs Morrison on, blocks a kick and shoves Morrison away! But Morrison flips around on Sheamus to gator roll him away! Tag to Styles and Styles stomps Sheamus down. Styles has Sheamus in a corner, throws big forearms and CHOPS, but Sheamus blocks the whip. Styles KICKS Sheamus, then brings him up.

Styles keeps Sheamus away from McIntyre but Sheamus powers up! Styles throws elbows, rolls Sheamus and gets the CALF CRUSHER! Sheamus endures, but Styles gets more torque! McIntyre gets in to stomp the hold apart! Styles is angry at McIntyre and says he’s lucky to have gotten back to his corner. Styles reels Sheamus in, but Sheamus fireman’s carries out to WHITE NOISE! Both men are down and McIntyre fires up! Styles and Sheamus crawl, hot tags to McIntyre and Morrison! And McIntyre CLOBBERS Morrison! And rallies with clotheslines! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Morrison! And then again!

Miz runs in but McIntyre rams him into Morrison! McIntyre OVERHEAD SUPLEXES them both! And kips up! McIntyre grins and aims at Morrison, brings him up, but no Future Shock! Morrison resists the whip, dodges the clothesline, but runs into a BIG back drop! McIntyre aims from a corner as fans go nuts on their ThunderDome screens. Miz gets Morrison out and Styles gets a cheap shot in! Morrison gets back in but Sheamus tags! Styles tags, but runs into an IRISH CURSE! BROGUE for Miz, but Morrison springboards! Sheamus ducks the Flying Chuck, but then Morrison dodges, BROGUE HITS MCINTYRE!! The misdirection paid off, Styles hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles and team win!!

Winners: AJ Styles, The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall

High-five to Omos! The Phenomenal, the A-Lister and the Guru of Greatness got the better of the #CelticConnection! But will McIntyre accept the truth that it was friendly fire?

 

Lana freaks out backstage.

After the confrontation that happened during Asuka VS Shayna, the Ravishing Russian must face Nia Jax 1v1! And she is telling Asuka that she just can’t! She can’t! She will get slaughtered! Asuka and Lana together might be able to be tag team champions, maybe. They’re a great team, but Lana can’t face Nia! Asuka says Lana can! Trust in yourself. Believe in yourself! Say it! “I believe in myself. I can beat Nia Jax! And then we will become Women’s Tag Team Champions!” The affirmations are giving Lana courage, but then Nia shows up and all that courage goes away. Lana slowly slips off screen, will she regret ever trying to fight the Irresistible Force?

 

Sheamus paces backsatge.

Charly Caruso comes over and asks about the Brogue to his best friend. What does he think- Sheamus isn’t going to say what he thinks, he’s going to say that he just knows McIntyre will storm up and kick his ass! But Sheamus will kick McIntyre’s ass back. But then, was what happened intentional? NO! But before Sheamus can explain, McIntyre walks in. Sheamus says it wasn’t intentional. McIntyre knows that. But Sheamus knows what happens next, right? The two stare down, and we go to break! Are these two about to wreck catering?!

Raw returns and it IS a brawl! Erik, Nikki Cross, Akira Tozawa, even Dana Brooke, are all cheering this on, but referees are trying to stop it! Sheamus shoves McIntyre into bins but McIntyre hits back! The haymakers fly, then McIntyre tosses Sheamus into ladders! The Lucha House Party is here to watch and Gulak is getting this for his social media! Officials try to get in and Pat Buck finally gets them to stop brawling! Sheamus and McIntyre just look at each other, and they go after Buck! They pull his suit apart, then his under shirt, then they DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM him through the table! McIntyre and Sheamus laugh it off now and agree to go get a pint. But this time, McIntyre’s buying. It seems the friendship is just fine, but what about Buck?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Jeff Hardy!

Thanks to Cedric, the Hurt Business broke even against Kofi Kingston. Will the All Mighty United States Champion get the group back up at the expense of the Charismatic Enigma?

Before Hardy heads out, Riddle walks over and asks him to spare a minute. But Hardy has to go for his match. Riddle says that’s fine, he’s been thinking about tag teaming. The Hurt Business is a team, and the “business” part is obvious because of those sick suits, but Riddle just got that hurt part last week. It didn’t hurt the body so much as it hurt his heart, right? Yeah, Hardy gets that. So what’s Riddle’s plan? Well, the Hardy Boyz are one of the greatest tag teams to ever exist, right? But imagine, Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle, and they’re the #HardyBros! Hardy likes the offer, and the idea of “Broetry in Motion,” but it’s match time. Aw, but he didn’t even try one of the Bronutts! Oh well, more for Riddle!

Hardy makes his entrance and the bell rings. For the first time in WWE, Hardy and Lashley circle and tie up. They go around, Lashley waistlocks and SLAMS Hardy down! MVP says this isn’t going to be good for Hardy and Lashley bumps Hardy off buckles. Lashley drags Hardy up and puts him in a corner to throw big elbows! The ref counts, Lashley lets off but then he gives one more forearm! MVP says Hardy’s back is hurting from the Symphony of Destruction, so Lashley straddles and knocks Hardy down! Lashley stalks Hardy, throws haymakers in the corner, then stomps him. The ref counts, Lashley lets off, only to dig his heel into Hardy’s head!

Lashley lets off, MVP mocks Hardy’s pain, and Lashley drags Hardy up to bump off buckles. Lashley throws hands, the ref reprimands, but Lashley runs to corner splash Hardy hard! MVP says this is why they’re the Hurt Business! Lashley throws more forearms and haymakers but the ref counts. Lashley digs a knuckle into Hardy’s eye! Lashley runs but into boots! Hardy runs but Lashley hurdles and kicks back! Lashley reels hardy in for the gut wrench, Canadian rack, and DOMINAT- No! Hardy lands on his feet out of the toss, and drops a leg on Lashley!

Hardy waits for Lashley to stand, kicks him low, but Lashley denies the Twist! Hardy resists the full nelson and throws elbows! Lashley shoves Hardy to a corner but Hardy elbows back! Hardy goes up, MVP is there to distract! Lashley Electric Chairs Hardy off the top, but Riddle trips MVP! Hardy fights out and throws Lashley to the outside! Hardy swings and dropkicks Lashley away, then goes to the apron! FLYING LARIAT! Downs goes Lashley and Riddle is fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Lashley CLOBBERS Hardy! Lashley cleans off his hands from the hair and face paint he got from throwing Hardy around, and then he stomps Hardy. Riddle rallies for Hardy as Lashley drags Hardy up. Lashley clubs Hardy, throws him out, then glares at Riddle. Riddle says Lashley should be careful if he wants some of the stallion. Lashley RAMS Hardy into barriers, then puts Hardy back in the ring. Riddle coaches Hardy up and Hardy tries to stand, but just can’t. Lashley digs his fingers into Hardy’s face! The ref counts, Lashley stops, but Riddle and the fans rally up.

Lashley brings Hardy up and hoists him to the top rope to put him in a Tree of Woe. Lashley stomps away on Hardy’s stomach! Lashley paces while Hardy manages to get free of the tree, and Hardy kicks back! Lashley drags Hardy back up and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Riddle says it’s not that easy, Lashley! Lashley looms over Hardy, slaps him around, and then brings Hardy up. Hardy again fights off the Hurt Lock, rolls, but Lashley goes for a sleeper! Hardy is caught in body scissors but Riddle coaches Hardy through! Hardy fights the body scissors off but Lashley still keeps on the sleeper. Hardy fights up, throws body shots then a jawbreaker!

Lashley staggers, MVP tells him to shake it off! Hardy gets up, counter punches Lashley, and then throws haymakers! Hardy whips, Lashley reverses but Hardy CLOBBERS Lashley! Atomic drop, trip up and leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick added on, then the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! MVP says Lashley needs to shut this down! Hardy kicks but Lashley blocks, only to get the spinning mule kick! Hardy hurries up top, for a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit and both men are down! MVP and Riddle shout as Hardy covers, TWO! Lashley is still in this but Riddle says Hardy is close! But then Lashley FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS!

Lashley brings Hardy around for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but MVP says to finish this! Lashley stalks Hardy as he rises, and then reels him in for another suplex! Hardy slips out, kicks and hits TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws the shirt off, climbs up top, but Lashley gets up! Hardy jumps over, but his back tweaks, and he turns around into a SPEAR!! Lashley won’t let it end there, he drags Hardy back up and puts him in the HURT LOCK!! Hardy is a rag doll, he taps out, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

Lashley won’t let Hardy go! Riddle gets in, kicks MVP away, but Lashley throws Hardy into him! Lashley dares Riddle to do something but is retreating with MVP. And they even take the Bronutts! MVP eats one but throws the rest away. Will the Hurt Business be dining on much better meals? Or will the #HardyBros make sure they get their just desserts?

 

Randy Orton hears a knock on his door.

He goes over to answer, and it’s… No one? Wait, down here! It’s Ramblin’ Rabbit! He wants Orton to know Bray can’t wait to see him in the ring! It’s gonna be so much fun! Ramblin’ hops away and the Viper prepares to strike. Will Orton be the only one having fun beating down Bray before facing The Fiend?

 

Bray Wyatt VS Randy Orton!

Before The Fiend has his turn, the Firefly Fun House host has a chance to “play” with The Viper. But will Bray regret accepting the challenge? Or will Orton regret making it in the first place?

The bell rings and Orton stares Bray down. They circle, tie up, and Orton headlocks. Orton grinds Bray down, but Bray powers out to run Orton over! Bray is fired up as he and Orton circle again. Orton shrugs it off and kicks Bray low to then club Bray and throw European Uppercuts! Bray tumbles out of the ring but Orton is right after him! Orton bumps Bray off the desk but Bray fights off the back suplex! Bray then gives Orton the back suplex to the desk! Bray runs over, takes a headset from commentary, and says, “Yowie wowie, we’ll be right back!” And just as he says, Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more and Orton looms over Bray. Orton stomps Bray’s foot, then scrapes his laces on Bray’s face! Bray just laughs as Orton stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Orton off but Orton goes after Bray again to dig his heel into Bray’s neck! Bray is still laughing even as Orton lets off. Orton doesn’t understand why but he doesn’t care. He hurries over but Bray throws a throat chop and haymakers! Bray whips and runs but Orton elbows him back! Orton scrapes Bray’s face then drops a knee! Cover, ONE, but Orton stomps Bray back down! Orton stalks Bray, pulls him into a chinlock and squeezes tight. Bray just smiles as he endures!

Orton cranks harder on the chinlock but Bray fights up. Fans rally and clap on their screens, Bray fights up and pries free, then throws body shots! Orton kicks low and throws Bray down by his hair! Cover, TWO! Orton drags Bray back into the chinlock and squeezes tight. Bray smiles as he fights back up and throws elbows. Orton kicks and runs but Bray LARIATS him! Bray isn’t laughing anymore as he goes to a corner. Bray gives us the spider walk, then throws haymakers on Orton! Orton swings but into Bray’s atomic drop! Bray runs in and corner clotheslines! Bray keeps going, BODY CHECK! Bray seethes as he kicks and DDT’s Orton down! Cover, TWO!!

Bray drags Orton up by his chin and reels him in, for SISTER- NO! Orton slips out, and hits the back2backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he watches Bray sputter. Bray goes to ropes but Orton stomps him down! Orton stomps the legs, the ref reprimands and counts and Orton lets off. Orton brings Bray up on the apron and headbutts him down! Bray staggers away but Orton brings him to the desk, for the BACK SUPLEX! Orton puts Bray in, slithers in and runs, but into SISTER A- NO! Orton slips out, thumbs Bray’s eye and puts him through ropes! Orton throws haymakers, drags Bray out, DRAPING DDT!

Orton hears the voices in his head! But then the lights start turning off! But Bray is right here! Orton still hits the RKO!! Cover, but the lights go out! The ref can’t count in the dark! When the lights come back, they’re read, and Orton has the FIEND in the ring! MANDIBLE CLAW!!! The Fiend smothers The Viper!! Orton tries to fight free but The Fiend just slams that other hand down! Orton passes out and The Fiend shouts, “LET! ME! IN!!!” Perhaps now, that regret sinks in! Will Orton fear what is coming for him at TLC?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw with some great progress towards TLC. First, obviously we were getting Asuka and Lana VS Nia and Shayna for the tag titles, so good to see it confirmed. Asuka VS Shayna was a very good match, even with Lana and Nia doing stuff ringside. In fact, the Lana Rana was a great moment for her since she got back at Nia just a bit. But next week’s Lana VS Nia for the go-home is going to be a pretty strong indicator for how the title match turns out. I really hope next week announces the title match will be a Tables match. It’s the only justification for Lana being put through an announce desk as many times as she was.

Speaking of tag titles, we got great stuff out of the New Day and Hurt Business with Kofi doing a double header. Alexander is himself red hot, and I feel like he’ll put it on himself to win the match, which could blow up in his face. There was also good developments with the Hurt Business and Matt Riddle. Instead of Keith Lee, we swap in Jeff Hardy and we revisit #HardyBros from the time on SmackDown where it looked like that was going to be a thing. It can be a thing now, but with Lashley as US Champion, I would think TLC is about the title. Hardy Bros VS MVP & Lashley can be the go-home, Riddle gets a pin on MVP and then we get Riddle VS Lashley announced. There’s a chance Hurt Business is completely golden outside of MVP, but even that can change if the 24/7 Championship comes back into things.

I am glad to see I guessed right on Ricochet and Dana joining forces against Retribution. Mustafa Ali might be too strict on his team, but that could be the real drama of the story. He’s pushing his team too hard and they’re just going to quit on him until he is the one trying to do this all alone. Still wishing they’d have Keith Lee realize something is familiar about Reckoning and/or T-Bar. Speaking of Keith, he again puts Sheamus on notice, but I didn’t get why he then didn’t come back around after the other segments. The Miz TV stuff was great, especially McIntyre CHUCKING the briefcase and I would think shoot breaking LED paneling.

The 3v2 was great stuff, too, and Sheamus accidentally hitting McIntyre with the Brogue was a great detail. Again, where was Keith? But I did like that Sheamus and McIntyre brawled not because they were turning on each other, but because that’s just how they handle things. I would actually like if the #CelticConnection went the way of Bliss-Cross, in that they were a team that stuck together despite what everyone said. They don’t have to be tag champions, but if they stuck together as allies for a good amount of time, I’d be fine with that. Then maybe Sheamus can turn after a year of being Face.

Then of course, Styles was great as being selfish and worrying more about himself than Miz actually cashing in tonight. There’s still a go-home, but I bet the next cash-in attempt will be in the TLC match and Miz can climb that ladder to take the belt from McIntyre and Styles at the same time. And lastly, Orton’s story with Bray was good tonight. I was hoping when Orton invited himself to the fun house, he meant getting on the show. But I guess no one who has invaded the Firefly Fun House before gave Orton the tips on how to do it himself. Speaking of FFH, Bray had a good promo in there with the game show gag, but I was hoping the “answer” was going to be their own TLC match, non-title so it’s just about using the weapons. Maybe not. Maybe just a Chairs match so they can use those on each other?

Bray VS Orton tonight was good, but The Fiend swapping in at the end there was a great move. Fiend gets the last laugh tonight, but I’m not sure how the go-home goes. What can Orton do to turn the tables on Bray to make it seem like he has a chance at TLC? I would be shocked if Orton gave Alexa an RKO so she couldn’t make TLC to support Bray, but also a little excited because that means Alexa’s on some new level in her own right.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/20/24)

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Will the American Dragon make it to Dynasty?

Before his dream match at AEW Dynasty against Will Ospreay, Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli take on the Don Callis Family, in a BUNKHOUSE BRAWL!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Adam “Edge” Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston VS Top Flight; Edge, Mark & Eddie win.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Don Callis VS CJ Esparza; Hobbs wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS The Gunns w/ Jay White; The Gunns win.
  • Bunkhouse Brawl: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita; win.
  • Skye Blue VS Leyla Hirsch; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC & FTR; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Adam “Edge” Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston VS Top Flight!

The Rated R Chickenhawks or whatever you want to call them are getting ready for their battle with The House of Black at Dynasty! But will they be able to bring some momentum into St. Louis? Or will Action Andretti and the Martin brothers be too fast for them to keep up with?

The trios sort out and Action starts against Mark. Action does a crane stance to mock redneck kung-fu, but Mark strikes his stance. Action kicks, Mark blocks then flips Action to arm-drag him down! Mark has the cording hold to grind Action down, but action fights up. Mark wrenches the wristlock, but Action spins, bridges, and handsprings through and wrenches back. Action headlocks, Mark powers up and out, but Action sunset flips! Mark rolls through to headlock back. The fans rally as Action fights up, powers up and power out, then hurdles. Action runs, handsprings through the hip toss, then whips. Mark reverses but Action goes up and over.

Action keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RANA! Then DROPKICK! The fans fire up while Action watches Mark. Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! Mark goes to the corner, Action storms up to whip corner to corner, but Mark goes up to FLYING FOREARM! The fans fire up with Mark and he drags Action up. Mark CHOPS Action to the corner, then ROCKS him again. Tag to Edge and the fans fire up! They double whip Action to then DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! The fans fire up and Edge brings Action around. Edge reels Action in to suplex, but Action slips free to KICK a leg!

Action runs up to body shot, KICK, and CHOP! Action whips, Edge reverses but Action handsprings to back elbow! Both men are down, the fans rally up, and Action tags Darius. Darius wrenches to CLUB away on Edge’s arm, then he cording holds. Edge ROCKS Darius, whips, but Darius catches him to a backslide! TWO, but Darius hooks Edge up again for a high stack, TWO! Edge rises, but into a DROPKICK! Darius tags Dante and they double whip Edge to a corner. Dante sends Darius in but Edge puts Darius on the apron. Darius CHOPS Edge, Dante A-LIST LARIATS! Then Darius snap suplexes, Dante slingshot SENTONS!

The fans are torn as Dante stays between Edge and Eddie. Dante is a little surprised, but he ROCKS Edge to a corner. Dante runs in, but Edge dodges the elbow! Edge runs in, Dante dodges to then go up and around, only to get caught! POWERSLAM! Edge brings Dante over, tag to Eddie, and the fans fire up as Eddie HEADBUTTS away on Dante! Eddie CHOPS Dante in a corner and Dante sputters as he falls! Eddie taunts Darius and Action, then he whips Dante. Dante goes up and out to ROCK Eddie from the apron. Dante springboards to CANNONBALL! The fans fire up as both men stand, and Eddie knees low!

Eddie CLUBS Dante in the chest! The fans fire up behind Eddie as he stalks Dante, and he ROCKS Dante while Collision goes picture in picture.

Eddie drags Dante back up, puts him in the corner, and smothers him while he tags Mark. Mark then CHOPS Dante, brings him around, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Dante stays in this but Mark stays on him with a back suplex! Tag to Edge, they mug Dante, then Edge brings Dante around to whip at the corner hard! Edge runs up to clothesline, then he fires point-blank clotheslines again and again! The ref counts, Edge still goes all the way to TEN, then he BOOTS Dante down! Edge stalks Dante, drags him up, and tags Eddie. They mug Dante, and Eddie suplexes Dante to hold him up! Dante endures but Eddie SLAMS him down!

Eddie fishhooks Dante to bring him around, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Eddie rains fists down on Dante, but Dante pushes him back. Dante fires body shots, Eddie eggs him on, then Eddie CHOPS Dante to a corner. Eddie gets in Dante’s faceot CHOP again! Collision returns as Eddie CHOPS Dante, sits him down, then taunts Darius and Action before the BOOT WASH! The fans rally behind Eddie as he waits on Dante. Dante stands, but he ducks the backhand to then jump and RANA! Eddie stagger sup, into a JUMP KNEE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tags to Darius and Mark!

The fans rally but Darius is the one that rallies on Mark and Edge! ENZIGIRI for Mark, but Edge dodges the splash! Darius BOOTS Edge, reels him in, and TORNADO DOUBLE DDTS! Cover, TWO! Darius keeps his focus, Action goes up to ARABIAN PRESS SAULT Edge! Dante DIVES onto Eddie! Darius tags Action, they whip Mark, but Mark catches Darius, ELBOWS Action, EXPLODER for Darius! EXPLODER for Action! Mark tags Eddie, then runs at Darius. Darius puts Mark on the apron, but Mark ROCKS Darius! Dante gets in, dodges Eddie, then uses Darius as a step, POETRY IN MOTION onto Mark!

Darius swings on Eddie, he dodges to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS Dante, swings again, but Dante dodges! Darius gives Dante the boost to go up and over, then they TORNADO DDT Eddie! Action adds a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Edge breaks it! The fans fire up as the trios regroup. “This is Awesome!” as all six men run in, SEXTUPLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous, all six men slowly sit up, and Action fires hands on Eddie! Eddie eggs Action on so Action throws more body shots! Eddie CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Action blocks, Eddie ducks the kick, but not the ENZIGIRI! Action runs, into a LARIAT!

Dante SUPERKICKS Eddie! Dante goes up, flips up and over Edge but his leg jams, so Edge gives him an IMPALER! Darius mule kicks Edge but Mark ROCKS Darius and wrenches, to the JAY DRILLER! Action runs up, into an URAKEN and SPEAR!! Then Mark goes up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, Rated R Chickenhawks win!

Winners: Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

This trio is ready! They also show respect to Top Flight, but wait! The lights go down! And we all know that means House of Black! Buddy Matthews sarcastically claps from the tron as he says that was impressive. But take a moment to look each other in the eyes, so they can thank each other. Because in 24 hours, the House of Black eradicates all their dreams at Dynasty. Malakai Black steps forward to say they will dig deep. So deep that they reach their deepest, darkest fears. So deep, that Edge will wonder if he’s close to Hell. It will oddly feel familiar. Because let’s face it, for people like Malakai and Edge, Hell is where the heart is.

The lights come back up, but neither edge, Eddie or Mark sweat that warning. Will the AEW TNT Champion, the ROH World Champion and the NJPW Strong Openweight Champion be too good of a hand for the full House to stop?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Don Callis VS CJ Esparza!

The Don Callis Family is all in action tonight, and it starts with Hobbs warming up for his showdown on Dynamite. The NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Jon Moxley, called Hobbs out, will Hobbs send him a message back through the #FlippinSweet Mr. CJE?

The bell rings, Hobbs almost laughs at CJE for being less than half his size. CJE fires hands, but Hobbs shoves and CLOBBERS CJE right down! Hobbs drags CJE up, and whips him right out of the ring! Hobbs goes out after CJE, Callis is on commentary to tell us that Hobbs has done things we can’t even talk about on TV. And that’s about to happen to CJE! POWERSLAM on the apron, another POWERSLAM, and then another POWERSLAM! Hobbs puts CJE in, for the TORTURE RACK!! CJE taps, Hobbs wins!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by submission

Callis joins his Powerhouse in the ring, with a mic, to say he has something important to say. The fans boo as Callis says the Don Callis Family is the talk of the pro-wrestling world! They have the Bunkhouse Brawl tonight, so out of concern for his own personal safety, Callis will NOT be at ringside. But everyone is talking about Hobbs VS Moxley for Dynamite. That is what you know, but he’ll tell us what we don’t know. Everyone knows that Callis was directly responsible in 2017 for Kenny Omega to win the then IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Everyone knows the biggest match in the history of Japanese wrestling was Omega VS Jericho in the Tokyo Dome in 2018!

Omega VS Jericho was signed, sealed and delivered by “Don BAH GAWD Callis,” and it was a match that set NJPW on a new course of success that they enjoy to this day. And they thank him for the favor, or “onkei,” he promised he’d come back to ask for that favor. And in Japanese culture, everyone honors those commitments. Callis waited six years to cash in that chip, and he’s been burning up the phonelines to cash in ALL his chips. So he is happy to announce here tonight, that Moxley VS Hobbs on Dynamite is now for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! Once again, that IWGP world title will come home to the Don Callis Family!

The fans boo at Callis pulling strings, but now Hobbs has the biggest match of his career! Will the Powerhouse add some gold to the Book of Hobbs’ next chapter?

 

Chris Jericho speaks.

“Hey, everybody. Um, first of all, I just want to apologize to Hook, to Taz, and to all of you watching for my conduct this past Wednesday night. I lost my temper and I pushed Taz to the mat, which made Hook lose his cool, and he came at me. Listen, I don’t blame Hook for that at all. I mean, if somebody put their hands on a person that means as much to me as Taz does to Hook, I would’ve done the exact same thing. And when you had me in the corner, Hook, you said to me, ‘I’m gonna show you just how good I am, any place, anywhere.’ And unfortunately, I’m gonna take you up on that.”

Jericho reveals he went to Tony Khan and asked for an FTW Championship match, and that request was granted. The real unfortunate part is this: The Learning Tree is gonna teach Hook one of the hardest lessons he’s ever gonna learn, and it’s a lesson in humility. A lesson about how hard it is to lose something that means so much to him. But the Learning Tree will make sure Hook is learning not just in-ring lessons but life lessons, as well. Jericho wants to make Hook a better wrestler and a better person. So keep this in mind: Jericho will beat Hook for the FTW Championship, but it will hurt Jericho a lot more than it will Hook.

The Ocho is looking to humble the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, but will he be the one that gets humbled instead?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

In the homecoming of AEW, the post-Dynasty Dynamite will be live coast-to-coast! No delays for the West Coast, watch it at 5 PM Pacific while East watches it at 8 so we can all celebrate AEW together!

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS The Gunns w/ Jay White!

Ahead of putting all the trios gold on the line, we get a remix of the… “classic” feud between these teams! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to humble Austin & Colten like they did over a year ago, but will this be where the Ass Boys graduate to being men? Caster has a track on deck! “It’s 420, Bowens is all about that incense. They legalized weed, but y’all legalized incest. Damn, guys, y’all progressive with the foreplay, but I’m a kill y’all like that cancer killed OJ. Damn, think you hotter than the North Face? I’m a put you to sleep like Trump at his court date! Back tot he trash, boys. We do it big, y’all’re just the little ass boys!”

The fans fire up as Bowens says, “PEEEOREAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! But before things get going, Tony Schiavone gets on a mic to make an announcement. Gunns, get in the ring. If you walk out on this match- White wants Schiavone to shut up but Schiavone says no, Tony Khan is putting this out. If the Gunns run away from this match, they don’t get their match at Dynasty! Austin says they can just leave now then. Schiavone asks if he even heard a word that was said. But then Bowens TOSSES Colten & Austin in, the bell rings, and it’s on! The Acclaimed fire off hands and stomps!

The fans fire up as Caster & Bowens whip the Gunns into each other! Caster TOSSES Colten, Bowens DECKS Austin, and they get Austin set up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Austin flounders away, but Colten runs in! Caster dodges to send Colten into buckles! Bowens and Austin brawl while Caster rains down fists on Colten! The fans count along, but Austin trips Caster up! Colten flapjacks Caster off buckles, then Austin TOSSES Bowens over barriers! Billie is furious but Colten stomps a mudhole into Caster while Collision goes picture in picture.

Colten snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Austin frowns as the fans taunt him, but Colten tags him in. Austin stomps away on Caster, soaks up the heat, and Colten CHOKES Caster behind the ref’s back! Caster flails, White dares Billy to do something, while holding the golden bat. Austin TOSSES Caster out, Billy watches White closely, but Colten CLUBS Caster. Austin drags Caster up and in, bumps him off buckles, then taunts Billy & Bowens. Colten joins in on that, and Austin ROCKS Caster! And ROCKS him again! Tag to Colten, he stomps a mudhole into Caster then drags him up. But Caster throws body shots!

Caster backs Colten down, but Colten knees low as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Colten has Caster down in a HALF CRAB! Tag to Austin, and he gets the other leg, DOUBLE HALF CRAB! The ref counts, Colten lets go at 4, but Austin still has his half crab. Caster endures, Colten tags in and he gets the half crab back! The fans rally, Caster crawls, and now Colten is out of reach! Colten turns Caster over but Caster BOOTS him away! Austin tags in, grabs lets, but Caster kicks him away! And kicks him again! Austin still tries but Caster BOOTS him! Tag back to Colten, he stays between Acclaimed, only for Caster to send Colten into Austin! Hot tag to Bowens and he rallies on the Gunns!

The fans fire up as the Five Tool Player ROLLING ELBOWS Colten, then ROCKS Austin! “EVERYONE! LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Colten runs up, into the kick, mule kick and FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Colten survives but Bowens pounds the mat. The fans rally, Colten rises, and Bowens runs up to fireman’s carry! Colten flails, grabs ropes, and Austin holds Colten, too! Bowens breaks that, DECKS Austin then gets around Colten. Colten switches, Bowens switches, but Colten again grabs ropes. Austin again holds Colten, but Caster runs up to DECK Austin! Bowens rolls Colten up, TWO and Bowens is sent into Caster!

Colten rolls Caster, feet on ropes, but the ref sees! The fans cheer as the Gunns get caught! White is furious, but then Bowens fireman’s carries Colten! USHIGOROSHI! And a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, but Austin breaks it! The fans boo but neither man has someone to tag, so they rally up behind Bowens. Bowens runs up but Colten puts him on the apron. Bowens ROCKS Colten, Colten gets in the ref’s face, and Austin anchors Bowens! Bowens kicks Austin away, but Colten runs up to FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Bowens survives and White protests the count! Colten is frustrated, but he tags in Austin and the Gunns bring Bowens up.

The Gunns double whip, then run to BULLDOG! Bowens staggers up, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bowens survives again and Billy laughs at White. Austin calls the shot and tags Colten in. But Bowens BOOTS Colten! Then BOOT to Austin! Caster sneaks a tag, Bowens baits Austin in and Austin clotheslines him up and out! Caster leaps in, Colten gets under, only to run into a fireman’s carry! Colten CLAWS Caster’s eyes then DECKS him! White says finish it, and Colten loads up. Colten underhooks but Caster wrenches out to then BACKHAND! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BOMB! The fans fire up with Caster and he goes to the corner!

But Austin runs up to trip Caster up! The fans boo, but Bowens CLOBBERS Austin into the ring! Bowens fires off Rock Paper Scissors SUPERKICK on Colten! SUPERKICK for Austin! Bowens roars, the fans fire up again, and he runs in at Austin! Austin goes up and over, Colten gets in place, 3:10 TO YUMA!! But MIC DROP on Austin!! Colten rolls Caster up, TWO!! Caster escapes, runs back in, but is put on the apron. Caster RAMS into Colten, slingshot sunset flips, but Colten sits on it! White reaches out the bat for Colten to hold onto!! THE GUNNS WIN!!

Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall

The Bang Bang Gang didn’t run away from this fight, but they did steal the victory! Will the Bullet Club pull off an even biggest heist tomorrow night in Dynasty’s Zero Hour?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon and notes that the Don Callis Family has been relentless. Last time we saw Bryan, he was laid out by a brainbuster to the ramp. Tonight, it is a Bunkhouse Brawl against Takeshita & Fletcher, right before Dynasty’s match with Will Ospreay. How is Bryan feeling? Bryan says it sounds like a lot on his plate. Yet here he is! He feels alive! And it does seem like the DCF is up to something. What could that be? Does Don Callis not have the faith in Ospreay he says he does? Another reason Bryan feels alive is because Takeshita dropped him on his head, on the ramp, and yet Bryan gets his revenge tonight!

Then tomorrow, Bryan will test himself against Will Ospreay, a man many people call the best in the world today, and Bryan will test that for himself. But then in walks Ospreay, wanting to apologize. He had nothing to do with what went down on Dynamite or Collision this past week, so he just wants there to be no excuses on either side. He has nothing to do with this stuff. Bryan says sure he doesn’t. Bryan leaves, Ospreay wants to defend his innocence, but will it matter when it’s all said and done?

 

 


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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

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Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

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

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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