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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/22/21)

Survivor Series aftermath!

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Coverage Raw 2021

Who is the Face of Raw?

While Raw won the Survivor Series, the WWE World Champion lost. Does this foreshadow Big E’s fall to Monday Night Rollins? Also, who stole the Egg of Cleopatra?!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode; Riddle wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS Tamina w/ Natalya; Belair wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins; No Contest.
  • The Street Profits VS AJ Styles & Omos; Styles & Omos win, by disqualification.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Carmella & Zelina Vega; Carmella & Vega win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Reggie VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Holiday Blockbuster: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • 2v1 Handicap: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
  • WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Damian Priest VS Sami Zayn; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Championship: Big E VS Austin Theory; Big E wins and retains.

PLAY BY PLAY

Vince McMahon sits in his office.

He drums his fingers as he sees the display case is still empty. The Egg of Cleopatra, which is a real thing apparently, was gifted to him by The Rock himself, but it disappeared during Survivor Series! Whodunnit?! The entire WWE roster, from Raw AND SmackDown, is suspect. But they found nothing? He reminds them the value of this $100 million egg, and the sentimental value. Someone STOLE from Vince McMahon! Sonya Deville promises they interviewed everyone, had police search, and no one knows or found anything. Well someone better know something. Because if they don’t, Sonya and Pearce are done! Pearce is sure a superstar did it!

Sonya says they have surveillance footage but it’s very blurry. A bare chest, bare legs, maybe a woman…? Well if someone gives them a lead, Vince will reward that person. Or if they bring that person in themselves, they can get a WWE World Championship match! Vince waits, but will there suddenly be a scramble for the golden egg?

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

Kevin Patrick says he was hoping to also interview Orton’s tag team partner, who has a match tonight, but Matt Riddle isn’t here right now. Orton knows that, but he knows Riddle. He could get lost in his own house! But it’s not like him to miss a match. Last time Orton saw him, they had beaten the Usos, they were celebrating, and Orton was telling Riddle how that now, finally, with Riddle listening to Orton, no one could stop them. But now we don’t know where Riddle is and… But then Riddle walks in, with a beard and mustache that resembles Orton’s! The hell did he do? Riddle says he was busy doing “Viper stuff.” Sigh…

Riddle wants Orton to know it’s him. Did you know what he had to go through to have the goatee? But he’s doing what Orton said: He’ll be Orton. Riddle does his best to talk like Orton, saying he’ll give Ziggler a painful introduction to the Legend Killer, the Viper, Apex Predator, and the man who has competed in more WWE PPV matches than any superstar in history! Wow, Orton has a lot of sweet nicknames. But Dolph’s gonna be zigzagged into his own personal, bleach blonde nightmare when Riddle hits the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment: The R. K. BRO-

ENOUGH!! Orton said for Riddle to be like him. Not BECOME him! Riddle doesn’t want to be in Orton’s head. Too late, he’s already there! He’s hearing voices! Hit Randy’s music!

Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode!

The Vipe-BRO is ready to take on the Show-Off, but will this match help him come to his senses? Or will Riddle actually do Orton better than Orton does Orton?

Raw returns as the Dirty Dawgs make their entrance. The bell ring, Riddle and Ziggler tie up, Ziggler gets a leg then brings Riddle down. Riddle spins and gets a victory roll, ONE! The two back off and circle. Riddle shoots in, gets a leg and lifts Ziggler up but Ziggler slips around to get a cradle, TWO! The two stand off again and they tie up. Riddle hits a FLYING ARMBAR! Ziggler moves around to a cover, TWO! Another reset and the two go again. Ziggler shoots in to waistlock, they go around but Riddle wrenches on an arm. They end up on ropes, Ziggler elbows Riddle away. Riddle gets up but into Ziggler’s dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Ziggler goes after Riddle’s face with fish hooks but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle sees his mustache is gone! Ziggler then pulls Riddle against the ropes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off, and he takes the goatee! Ziggler whips corner to corner, Riddle goes up and over and comes back with a KICK! Riddle gut wrenches and spins around, to then gut wrench SUPLEX Ziggler out of the ring! Orton applauds and fans fire up as Riddle goes to the ropes. Slingshot, into a SUPERKICK! The Bro is down and Orton checks on him. Roode checks on Ziggler, the Dawgs mock Orton’s pose as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Riddle fires off hands on Ziggler, then turns him around to PELE! Riddle kips up and fans fire up! Ziggler is in the corner, Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Then goes side to side to hit another forearm smash! Riddle tries again but Ziggler elbows him away! Ziggler runs in, but into a POWERSLAM! Riddle hits it just like Orton and fans fire up! Riddle gets Ziggler at the apron and drags him into the ropes! But Ziggler gets in to dump Riddle out! Riddle hurries back in, into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Ziggler drags Riddle up for haymakers. Riddle gives them back and now we have a brawl!

Riddle and Ziggler keep going, back and forth! Ziggler kicks a leg, then scrapes laces on Riddle’s face! Ziggler fires up but the fans boo. Riddle blocks the superkick to spin Ziggler and FINAL FLASH! Fans fire up as Riddle hears voices in his head! Orton is amused, Ziggler gets up, RKO!! Cover, Riddle wins!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

The Viper is proud, but here comes Roode! Orton kicks Roode down, gives Riddle back the ‘stache, and then he scoops Roode to use the BRO DEREK! RKBRO are on the same page, will they be completely unstoppable from here on out?

 

Rhea Ripley leads the charge on tearing things up backstage!

She, the Viking Raiders, Rick Boogs, and anyone you can name, is looking for the Egg of Cleopatra! R-Truth says he found it, but that’s a football! Truth accidentally runs into the women’s restroom and rushes back out! “It ain’t in there!”

 

Becky Lynch is here!

Big Time Becks won big for Raw against SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, and she did it just how Charlotte would. But now the Raw Women’s Champion is looking to take a victory lap, after the break.

Raw returns and fans are chanting for Becky as she gets the mic. “Brooklyn. Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Brooklyn.” Becky has had some of the biggest moments in her life here. Three years ago, her career skyrocketed as she stood here, she slapped Charlotte Flair across the face. What we saw last night at Survivor Series was a culmination of a decade of love, hatred, friendship and betrayal. Becky came out, wanting to hurt Charlotte. To injure her, to embarrass her, to maim her. Charlotte wanted to do the same, but the fans loved every second of it! They didn’t care who walked out they winner or if they walked out at all.

But of course Becky won! That was never a question. At least, not to Becky. But that’s done, we’re over with that and we’re on to a new chapter. Something fresh and new. Because fans love fresh and new, right? Yeah! So who that’s fresh and new would they like to see on top? Rhea Ripley? Maybe Bianca Belair back on top? Or how about her new #1 contender, Liv Morgan? Yeah, yeah! It’s so funny, because Becky used to put stock in our opinion until she realized we’re all full of crap. Don’t boo! They want fresh and new but we saw 10 women breaking their backs, trying to prove themselves to us, but we had our chants and the wave and sang songs! Yeah, you did!

But hey, look. It hurts Becky to say this, but she actually agrees with them. None of those 10 “superstars” has what it takes to beat Becky, least of all Liv. Oh they like her now cuz she’s an underdog? Cuz she won one big match in four years? You all bitch and moan when Liv loses because she will lose. Not every underdog has its day, Brooklyn. Becky has a death grip on the title! And whether you like it or not, no one is getting the belt off Big Time Becks! Becky throws down the mic and raises the belt. Will this be the image we see until the end of Becky’s career?

 

Bianca Belair VS Tamina w/ Natalya!

The EST proved she was the toughEST by being the SOLE SURVIVOR for Team Raw! Will she settle things with the Daughter of Superfly to start her road back to the title?

Before the match, Bianca gets the mic to speak. “Yes. Last night, I came all the way back from being 4 to 1! And I was able to do that because the WWE Universe was supporting me, was cheering me on. I was able to show both brands I am the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the greatest, and now there is no denying I am the B E S T because I am the Sole Survivor!” So hopefully now Doudrop will stop being so salty. She should find something better to do with her time, like find that golden egg. But please excuse Bianca as she shows Tamina what she showed Team SmackDown, and that is nobody can whoop Bianca!

Tamina makes her entrance, and Natalya accompanies her out since everyone from Raw and SmackDown are here. Will Tamina prove she’s the meanEST in the WWE? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and the bell rings. Tamina and Bianca tie right up, go around, and Bianca puts Tamina in the corner. Tamina turns it around, kicks low then whips Bianca corner to corner. Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to say, “Kiss this.” Tamina runs in but Bianca jumps over then dropkicks! And then again! Bianca wrenches, kicks low, and reels Tamina in for a suplex! And a kip up! Fans fire up as Bianca whips her hair, then runs to handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Natty coaches Tamina but Bianca keeps her cool. Fans rally “E S T!” but Tamina shoves her to a corner. Bianca boots her away, goes up and over again, then runs back in to hop up and punch.

Tamina avoids the punches to trip Bianca up! Then SUPERKICK! Bianca staggers into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Natty is upset but Tamina goes after Bianca in a corner with stomps. The ref counts, Tamina lets off, then goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Tamina drags Bianca up and clamps on with a neck wrench! Bianca endures, pries at the hands but Tamina holds on tight. Fans rally up, Bianca fights but Tamina CLUBS her! Tamina keeps on the neck wrench, Bianca fights up and fights back! Bianca runs but into a back elbow! Natty cheers but fans boo. Tamina drags Bianca up, whips her to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST!

Bianca BOOTS Tamina into the post, then gets in to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST wins again! But then Natty attacks from behind! Natty goes for the legs but Bianca boots her out of the ring! Bianca is upset with the Queen of Harts, but here comes DOUDROP! Piper Niven trips Bianca to then hit the SPLASH!! The EST means nothing to her! Will Piper prove she’s the strongest by making Bianca the flattest?

 

Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins!

The Prince didn’t last as long as the SOLE SURVIVOR on the Raw men’s team, but will that mean a thing when they go 1v1? Or will the Visionary, the revolutionary, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins build even more momentum on his way to the WWE World Championship match he is promised?

Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “Oooh, Brooklyn, give it up for your SOLE! SURIVORRR~! HAHAHAHA! Oh yeah! Last night, right here in this ring, I did what I was born to do! I took this show, I put it over my shoulder, and I led Team Raw to victory~!” He takes a few bows and fans sing his theme for him. Rollins loves it! And the best part? Rollins did it all by himself! The rest of his team were eliminated! Kevin Owens showed the world that he is what Rollins said he was: a liar, a snake and a coward, and he walked out on them. Bobby Lashley, the All Mighty, got counted out? “And Austin Theory, bless his sweet soul, he tried so hard, but he just wasn’t good enough.”

And then Finn Balor… Rollins laughs it up more as Balor got a BROGUE from Sheamus and got pinned on the mat, 1-2-3, no help. But in a few moments, Finn Balor will walk down the ramp, get in the ring, and Rollins will lead by example when he shows Finn Balor a thing or two about what it means to be the best! Because Rollins is a revolutionary. He is a visionary. He is SETH- Interrupted! Finn makes his entrance but Rollins attacks him on the apron! Rollins fires off hands on the outside, clubbing away on Finn! Then he puts Finn in the ring, throws off the jacket, and gets in, for Finn to tackle him!

Rollins kicks Finn away but Finn DECKS Rollins! Rollins bails out, Finn builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and now Finn takes off his jacket to put Rollins back in the ring. Rollins bails out, Finn goes around the side and runs in, but into a FLAPJACK to the barrier! Rollins then SMACKS Finn off the desk, rams him into the apron, then throws him into barriers! And then Rollins throws Finn over the announce desk, to KNEE him into the barriers! Rollins stomps away on Finn! The ref has him back off, but Rollins goes to the steps! Rollins pulls the steps apart, and uses the top half to RAM Finn down! Fans lose their minds over that one while Rollins looms over Finn.

Rollins puts Finn in the ring, and hits a CURB STOMP!! The match hasn’t even started, and now it might not at all! Rollins storms off to go up the ramp, but then he looks back. Rollins goes back to the ring, and gives Finn another CURB STOMP! Finn’s eyes are glossed over, but then a fan jumps in. Cameras cut to keep on Finn. Rollins is still standing tall, will he use this same viciousness to take the world title from Big E?

 

The egg hunt is still on!

Speaking of a title shot, everyone is going nuts for the prize that will bring them one! Shanky brings up the rear as everyone, man and woman, wants their golden ticket!

Sami Zayn, meanwhile, talks with Vince personally. Sami heard rumblings that anyone with a lead on the egg gets a title match tonight. Yes, that is true. Well then, Sami knows who took the egg. He should preface that he’s pretty sure. Like 95% sure. So Sami knows something or not? Yes, he does! Then bring that person in! Yes, he’d love to but the thing is, that person isn’t here yet? But Sami promises to bring that person and then he’ll have the match. Shake on it? Just bring the person here. Sami heads out, but is he telling the truth? Or is he just stringing Vince along to get that match?

 

Kevin Owens is searching around backstage.

Sarah comes over to ask him about how he abandoned Team Raw. What is his response to Rollins? Oh, he wasn’t listening. But he was looking for the egg. Apparently it’s a big deal, he could get a title match out of it. But if Kevin isn’t the one fortunate enough to bring the egg to Mr. McMahon, he can’t wait to see who does. And Kevin has great interest in who walks out tonight as WWE Champion. That’s no lie. Kevin heads out, will he find the grand prize tonight?

 

The Street Profits VS AJ Styles & Omos!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are here, as well as the red Solo cups, but they also bring out a duffle bag! What’s in the bag? It can’t be the egg, they’d give that to Vince. Maybe we’ll find out, after this phenomenal match!

Raw returns and Styles makes his entrance, with Omos right behind him. Omos came out the winner of the 25 Man Battle Royal with a whopping TEN eliminations, but this tag match is about how the Profits got the drop on Styles when it came to the Pizza Hut pizza. The teams sort out and Ford starts against Styles. They circle, Styles kicks low and bumps Ford off buckles. Styles whips Ford to ropes, Ford reverses and then runs to run Styles over! Ford fires up, drags Styles up and Dawkins tags in. They whip, Dawkins runs Styles over, then back suplex SPLASH! Dawkins gets Styles up and tags Ford back in. Another whip, but Styles holds ropes to tag in Omos!

Omos stares the Profits down and they bail out. The Profits talk this over, perhaps coming up with a plan, while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Dawkins fights out of a headlock. Dawkins runs but into a dropkick! Styles covers, TWO! Styles drags Dawkins up, cranks on the facelock and grinds Dawkins down. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, but Styles CLUBS Dawkins down. Styles swings on Ford but Ford avoids that, and Dawkins kicks low! SILENCER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Dawkins crawls, hot tag to Ford! Ford jumps over Styles, hits Omos then mule kicks and front kicks Styles. Ford hurdles then LEAPING LARIATS Styles down! Ford taunts Omos then drags Styles up, but gets a Phenomenal Blitz! Ford ducks the back hand to back suplex! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Ford hurries to a corner and climbs up. Styles gets under the jump, Ford comes back but swings in to a back suplex, only to land on his feet! Styles PELES Ford down! Styles reels Ford in, but Ford back drops out of the Clash! Styles crawls to the corner, Omos tags himself in! Ford sees he’s alone with Dawkins still down on the outside. Ford gets loose and runs in, but bounces off Omos! Omos gets him up but Ford fires off CHOPS! ENZIGURI! Omos staggers, but he comes back to LARIAT Ford! Omos roars, “This is MY house!” Ford slowly rises but Omos is waiting. Omos clamps on, but Dawkins gets in so Omos lets Ford go to throw Dawkins out!

Omos looks and finds Ford crawling to ropes. Dawkins gets the duffle bag, and he has a fire extinguisher! Omos pops Ford up in a fireman’s carry, but Dawkins BLASTS Omos in the face!

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by disqualification

Styles jumps in, but into a BLAST from the extinguisher! Well, that’s one way to get the smoke! Will Ford & Dawkins look to put out the fire that’s inside Styles & Omos soon enough?

 

Carmella & Zelina Vega talk backstage.

The Queen admires Mella’s new gear, but Sarah walks over to ask them their game plan for the women’s tag title match. Let’s be honest. The real question is, what is the plan against Rhea Ripley. They are NOT worried about Nikki. Nikki can be fun and has her moments, but they are not scared of the “scrappy little sidekick.” We all know Rhea’s been carrying the team, that Vega & Mella will overpower them with “royal beauty,” and leave Nikki all alone while leaving here with the titles. That is how you prove you are the diamonds of the WWE. Smarts, strategy, and strength. They will be on top, where they will stay once they become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! They head out, but will they learn to not underestimate an Almost SuperHero?

 

Veer Mahaan is coming.

Who will he strike out with his million dollar arm and ruthless aggression?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Carmella & Zelina Vega!

Raw returns as the Most Beautiful Woman and the Queen of the Ring make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if it takes more than good looks to be a team!

Mella starts against Rhea but she has to get her protective mask. Mella’s team puts on the mask, the one she struggled to put on at Survivor Series, and this one is bright red! Rhea goes out to BOOT Mella down! Rhea puts Mella in, glares at Vega, then gets in the ring. Mella runs in but Rhea catches her to LARIAT! And again! And then ripcord HEADBUTT! The mask doesn’t protect from that one! Rhea snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Mella scurries away to tag in Vega! Rhea doesn’t sweat that as Vega can’t even get the leg takedown. Rhea gut wrenches Vega and TOSSES her to the corner! Rhea then keeps Vega cornered with a shove!

Vega crawls under but Rhea gets a leg! Vega kicks Rhea until she’s free, but then she SLAPS her! Rhea HEADBUTTS Vega, Electric Chair lifts, but Vega fights! Vega tries to rana but Rhea holds her back to pop her up! But Vega turns it to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Vega clubs Rhea, clamps on with a sleeper, but Vega becomes a backpack as Rhea stands up. Fans rally, Rhea RAMS Vega into the corner! Tag to Nikki and she DECKS Vega! Snapmare to NECK SNAPPER to Vega, then a whip to the corner. Vega reverses, Nikki goes up and over and runs, dodges and LARIATS! Nikki whips then SPLASHES Vega! Nikki climbs up to rain down fists on Vega, all the way to 10!

Nikki BULLDOGS Vega down, then gets her up to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! FACEBUSTER! Rhea gets in and chases Mella out! They go around the ring, Vega crawls to cover Nikki, but Rhea breaks it in time! Mella attacks Rhea from behind, and FABULOUS KICKS her out of the ring! Mella goes out to FABULOUS KICK Rhea into a post! But Nikki drags Mella up to the apron! Vega mugs Nikki, chokes her on the ropes, then lets off for Mella to FABULOUS KICK! Vega hops on, CODE RED! Cover, Vega & Mella win!!

Winners: Carmella & Zelina Vega, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Queen of the Ring has even more gold now! Will this only add to the growing egos of both Zelina and Carmella?

 

Vince McMahon is still waiting.

But Sonya comes in, saying they found the culprit! Pearce will bring him in! We’re going to see who the egg thief was, after the break!

Raw returns and Sami Zayn has also returned. he has partial credit for this, as Austin Theory walks in! Vince wants a minute alone with Theory so Sonya and Pearce exit. Why did Theory do this? He knows how valuable the egg is. He just wanted to take a selfie with it. But there was so much security, he couldn’t go to the locker room, he got scared. Vince won’t believe that unless he sees the selfie. Theory has one. Sami says that is disgusting behavior. But then Vince thinks. Theory took a huge risk, went a little afoul of the law. But Vince will drop the charges. What? Really?! Yeah, Theory is reminded of Vince. Theory gets his shot! Really!? Can he get a selfie! Sure.

Sami is furious! How is Theory being rewarded?! The person who brought Vince the culprit was supposed to- SHUT UP! No one likes a snitch, Sami. Sami gets a headache. But will Theory be taking a selfie with the world title after tonight?!

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Reggie VS Cedric Alexander!

The slippery sommelier is going 1v1 with PRIMED Alexander in this traditional match, but will Reggie slip away from The Hurt Business?

The bell rings, Alexander swings but Reggie goes Matrix! Reggie smooths out his vest, Alexander fakes Reggie out then ROCKS him on the return! Alexander clubs away on Reggie in the corner, stomps away on him, then lets off as the ref counts. Alexander fires up then stomps Reggie more! Alexander eggs Reggie on, but Reggie throws body shots. Alexander DECKS Reggie with another forearm! Alexander gets Reggie up, suplexes, but Reggie RANAS out of it! Cover, TWO!! Alexander escapes, Reggie hurries to get him up for haymakers and CHOPS! Alexander shoves, then BOOTS the crossbody down! Alexander gets Reggie up, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But here comes the mob! Alexander runs but DANA BROOKE hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, Dana wins!!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

And all the guys have to hold back. They can’t hit a woman, right? Dana gets to celebrate this big moment! But will she have to worry about the women’s locker room coming for her every waking moment?

 

The Mysterios talk backstage.

Dominik wants to talk to Rey about something. Last week, when Lashley put Rey in the Hurt Lock, Dom froze up. He apologizes, but Rey tells Dom not to beat himself up. Rey’s been doing this a long time and Lashley isn’t the first monster he faced. Brock Lesnar, Kane, Batista, The Undertaker. But Rey has always held his chin high, ready to fight. Rey can fight his own battles. But tonight, they fight together, and Rey is damn proud of it. Rey fights for him, Dom and the family! The All Mighty should be the one shaking. They’re gonna give him a Mysterio family whooping!

 

Backstage interview with Dana Brooke.

Sarah congratulates her on being a champion, but how does she plan on keeping this title? Well Dana doesn’t have a lot of time, but she created an opportunity and captured it. That’s how she lives her life every single day, overcoming any obstacle in her way. But she has a target on her back, so it’s time to show the world who Dana Brooke is!

 

2v1 Handicap: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

The Rocky Mountain Machine heads out first, Montel Vontavius Porter once again in his corner. Lashley was only counted out during the Survivor Series 5v5, will he look to finish this one in the ring?

Raw returns and the Mysterios make their entrance. MVP has the mic to speak. “Rey, I want to tell you that I have so much respect for you because you are an absolute icon of this industry. And despite your diminutive size, you have become a giant! But… As a father… You leave so much to be desired, I’m really disappointed in you.” Has Rey even taught Dom that monsters are real? Rey knows they’re real because he’s faced them. But he hasn’t defeated a monster the likes of the All Mighty Lashley. What is Rey gonna do as a father in just a few minutes when Dom is in the Hurt Lock, writhing in agony, crying out, “Papi! Ayuda me!” and Rey is powerless to do anything about it?

Rey’s ego is gonna get Dom hurt. And when they look Angie in the face and say Dom got hurt because of that ego, well… Just give her MVP’s number. Rey is riled up but Dom goes after Lashley first! Lashley shoves him away then runs him over! Lashley glares at Rey but Dom jumps on! Lashley throws Dom off to then hit a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley goes after Dom at the ropes, brings him up and suplexes, but Dom sips out to ta gin Rey! Dom then baits Lashley into the POST! Rey runs in to shotgun Lashley down! Rey tags Dom back in, the Mysterios go after Lashley with everything, Rey tags in to keep it up!

Tag back to Dom, fans fire up as Dom fires off! Tag back to Rey, he fires off and rams his shoulder in. But Lashley powers Rey up and runs, but Rey sunset flips! Lashley drags Rey up, whips him to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught for a POWERSLAM! Lashley stalks Rey, gets a half nelson but Dom missile dropkicks Lashley out of the ring! Then PLANCHAS! But Lashley catches Dom, pops him up to a fireman’s carry, but Rey DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Lashley! The Mysterios regroup and stand tall as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Lashley chokes Dom on the ropes! The ref counts, Lashley lets off, but MVP SLAPS Dom! Lashley kicks and gut wrenches Dom to the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives but Lashley throws him out of the ring. Rey coaches Dom, Lashley goes out and looms over him. Lashley drags Dom up, fireman’s carries and he POSTS Dom this time! Rey hurries over to check on Dom as the ring count climbs. The count is passing 5 of 10, Rey can only coach Dom, but Lashley goes out after Dom again! He RAMS Dom into barriers! The count is climbing again, Lashley drags Dom up at 5 and then puts him in the ring at 8.

Lashley stalks Dom to a corner, Dom slowly gets up and Lashley taunts him. “Hit me, kid. Hit me!” Dom throws body shots but they do nothing and Lashley CLUBS Dom down. Lashley drags Dom up to shove, but Dom kicks, only for Lashley to block! Dom ENZIGURIS! Lashley staggers, but he kicks Dom back! Another gut wrench, but Dom lands out of the slam to basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Dom tags in Rey! Rey dodges, KICKS and forearms, then runs to slide under. Rey BOOTS Lashley, springboards to QUEBRADA, but Lashley catches him! Dom tags in and gives Rey a push for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

Dom drags Lashley up, throws hands, runs and kicks then tags Rey. Dom sunset flips and Rey missile dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Rey hurries to tag Dom back. Lashley gets up, the Mysterios bait him in to drop toehold onto the ropes! They dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! MVP panics while Dom goes up! Rey tags in before Dom FROG SPLASHES! Rey is up top now, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and MVP says that’s why he’s the All Mighty! Rey tags Dom, Rey whips Dom in, but Lashley puts Dom on the apron. Rey runs in to a SPEAR!! But Dom leaps, into Lashley’s arms! HURT LOCK!! Dom is a rag doll, but he taps! Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

The Mysterios had heart as always, but the Rocky Mountain Machine shows no mercy! Is this enough for Lashley t

 

Backstage interview with Big E.

The WWE Champion had one hell of a match with Roman Reigns, but was he blindsided by the news that he’d be defending his title tonight? Well last night, Big E let a lot of people down. You can’t blame Heyman or the Usos, that was on Big E. But there is no wallowing in self-pity, Big E has his hands full. Quite literally, he was hungry. There’s Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens to worry about, but now he has a match with Austin Theory. The kid is young and brash, but he is talented. Big E can assure us that after retaining his title tonight and leaving the beautiful Barclays Center, he will feel pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. Big E heads out, will he keep the title picture just the way it is?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

She thanks Kevin Patrick for having her here, and he congratulates her on being #1 contender to the Raw Women’s Championship. It is bittersweet. Raw won last night, but she was- Becky interrupts. They need to get the story right. The story is that Liv again underdelivered. A team full of winners, and thankfully Bianca pulled it out for Raw. But Liv did nothing. It takes Becky back to Money in the Bank. Everyone was rooting for Liv, she got up to the top of that ladder, inches away from grabbing the briefcase, but then someone else came along, outshined her, Nikki A.S.H. got the briefcase and cashed in to get the title, the very one Liv will never hold. Liv’s pretty sure she held it up last week.

Becky wants Liv to know something. Becky does autograph signing every week and she lets the little kiddies hold the belt. That doesn’t mean they’re champions. But the thing is, Liv, Becky told her she’d be champion and Liv told everyone, so Liv’s embarrassed Becky, embarrassed the friends who aren’t even here anymore, and her family. Aw, is Liv gonna cry? That’s embarrassing. Crybaby Liv~! Liv DECKS Becky with a forearm! Liv is seething but she walks away. Becky gets up in a huff, but maybe this is the Liv Becky’s been wanting to see?

 

WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Damian Priest VS ???

The rage within cost the Archer of Infamy his match against Shinsuke Nakamura, but he doesn’t seem too bothered by that. Will he keep the Damian within in check to hold onto the title? Or will this hometown anti-hero be caught off guard by someone here tonight?

Raw returns and Apollo Crews has made his entrance. Azeez introduces himself, and he demands the fans to stand and applaud this Nigerian hero and soon to be the savior of the WWE United States Championship! “His Excellency,” Apollo Crews is given the mic, and he tells “Mr. Priest, or should I say Damian.” Because lately, he’s had this split personality. Priest is ashamed of who he truly is. But as for Apollo, he has embraced his heritage, found his true self, and that is why when he fights Priest for the title, he will decimate Priest! Crews is more powerful than ever as a Nigerian warrior, and he will show Priest is not fit to be champion!

Priest tells Apollo that maybe he hasn’t realized, but he’s in New York. Fans fire up for that one. Priest asks if Apollo hears that. Out here, if you wanna run your mouth and tell your world about how you found yourself, start a podcast. Or just a thought, just shut up and fight. Now, if Apollo wants to get to know the real Damian Priest, then let’s just throw down for the title. Oh, funny guy. Yes, they’re in Priest’s hometown. But for them to fight, that would not be fair. So Apollo is answering no to the challenge. So here comes Sami Zayn! First, the world sees that Sami is right about the WWE conspiracy against him goes all the way tot he top when Vince denied Sami his title opportunity!

But when one door closes, another one opens! Apollo and Azeez aren’t accepting the challenge, that’s not the smartest thing, but that’s just an opinion. But if they don’t want it, then Sami happily accepts! Sami will not leave empty handed! Tonight, he walks out the NEW United States Champion! Azeez and Apollo take their leave, the title is raised, and the Great Liberator looks to liberate that title from Priest!

The bell rings but Sami bails out, only for Priest to give chase. Priest keeps Sami from getting in and he ROCKS him with a right! And then another! And then another! Priest puts Sami in, but Sami bails right back out. Priest gives chase again, keeps Sami from running away but Sami elbow shim! And EXPLODER into the barriers! Sami has Priest down and out while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Sami covers, ONE! Sami wraps on a chinlock to grind Priest down. Priest endures, fights up and throws body shots. Priest is free, he fires off KICK after KICK then a ROLLING ELBOW! Sami goes to a corner, Priest runs corner to corner and back elbow! Priest runs, dodges, BELL CLAPS then ripcords, but Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Sami drags Priest to a drop zone and hurries up the corner. But Priest gets up to KICK Sami down! Priest drags Sami up but Sami resists the superplex and rakes Priest’s eyes! Sami sunset flips to the SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO! Priest survives and Sami is frustrated.

Sami drags Priest up but fans chant, “SAMI SUCKS!” Sami throws hands on Priest, but Priest ROCKS Sami, then ROCKS him again! Then ROCK Shim with another! He blocks Sami’s boot to scoop and dragon sleeper, but Sami slips out to roll up and high stack! TWO, and Priest is up to WHEEL KICK! Sami staggers, leans on the ropes, but Priest runs in to fire off hands. Priest whips, Sami holds ropes and bails out! Priest drags Sami back up to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Sami then chokes Priest on the ropes! The ref counts, Sami stops at 4, then Sami grabs the title belt. Sami puts it on his shoulder but he hasn’t won it yet. Sami pie faces Priest, but that only sets Priest off!

Priest BOOTS Sami, runs at the corner and fires off haymaker after haymaker! Choke grip to the SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Priest roars, drags Sami up to hit the RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Sami doesn’t get anything for the night other than beat up! Will the Archer of Infamy continue to shoot down opponents and hold onto the title?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory

For the first time ever, he’s in a WWE Championship match! That’s so awesome! He even got a selfie with Mr. McMahon! Who else can say that? But what’s cooler than that is that Theory will become the youngest WWE World Champion in history. He just go here, he isn’t trying to sound cocky, Big E’s done a lot. But did you see what Theory did for Raw? And then Big E was a big loser. Theory is the future, we know that, and the future is now! Vince knows it! Big E is gonna learn that soon, when Theory takes a selfie as the NEW WWE Champion!

WWE World Championship: Big E VS Austin Theory!

The champion is out first, and he tells the title itself that nothing’s taking it from him. Will Big E prove Theory is only the next champion in theory?

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. But then Seth Rollins also appears! The Visionary switched out jackets but he still swaggers around. The introductions for Big E and Theory are made, the title is raised, and Rollins sits by commentary to watch and see who he’ll be targeting with that title contract!

Big E gets Theory for a wiastlock but Theory switches and headlocks,. Big E powers out, Theory rolls Big E up, ONE! Theory gloats, then he SLAPS Big E! Big E ROCKS Theory then fires off at the ropes! Big E fires off in the corner, too! Big E reels Theory in for a back elbow, and then another, and then another! Theory flounders, Big E whips and CLOBBERS him! Big E drags Theory to the apron, CLUBS him again and again and again, then goes up to take aim. Big E runs in to SPLASH Theory down! Theory sputters as he gets in, but now Kevin Owens makes an entrance! This catches Rollins by surprise, too! Kevin did promise he’d be watching, but he wants to watch ringside?

Big E is distracted, Theory runs in, Urenag- NO! Theory slips out, elbows Big E, hooks the legs, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TOW!! Theory sees Big E go out and WRECKS him with a dropkick! Rollins shouts at Kevin about being out here but Kevin says this is a great match to watch up close! Will the Prizefighter keep things honest as he watches ringside? For now, Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, Theory fires off forearms, then runs to basement DDT! Cover, ONE! Rollins is anxious with Kevin so close but Kevin just watches the match. Theory slaps Big E around, throws more forearms, but Big E just powers up! Theory runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! Theory runs, Big E side steps to SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels the hips, runs and BIG SPLASHES! Big E claps it up, fans clap with him, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Theory slips out of the scoop, baits Big E in and drop toeholds him into buckle! Somersault SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory grows a bit frustrated, he brings Big E up and fireman’s carries, but Big E fights free!

Big E whips Theory up and out, then runs but into a knee! Theory gets in, runs in but into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Rollins is getting mad but Kevin just watches as Big E goes out after Theory to put him back in the ring. Big E glares at Rollins and backs him up before he goes to the apron. The ref is busy with Theory, Rollins CHOP BLOCKS Big E! Theory somersault BLOCKBUSTERS! Both men are down, but Kevin throws Rollins into the ring! Rollins is mad at Kevin, they argue, Theory is distracted seeing these two about to throw down. Theory turns around into a BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E wins!

Winner: Big E, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

But Rollins and Kevin are getting heated. They shove each other, but Big E CLOBBERS them both! Big E TOSSES Rollins over the desk, puts Kevin in the ring, but Kevin runs away! Rollins returns but Big E gets him for a BIG ENDING, too! Rollins gasps and sputters as he flops out of the ring. Big E doesn’t care who is coming for him, he’s ready for everyone! Will Big E make sure neither of them gets what he has?


My Thoughts:

A good Raw to follow up Survivor Series, but they really puffed up the whole egg thing. There were possibilities they could’ve explored with this but it just ended up a vehicle for the world title story, and not even in a way that really added much. Though it does seem Vince really likes Theory. That was quite the protected loss for Theory with Kevin and Rollins inadvertently distracting him. It just doesn’t really do a whole lot for the build we’ve been getting. If it was going to fuel the world title story, then Kevin should’ve been the one to give Vince the egg back and get the shot here tonight. Kevin and Big E could’ve given us an awesome main event with Rollins doing his great character work ringside, and somehow, someway, Big E wins so that it is still him and Rollins for #WWEDay1.

Rollins himself has a lot of momentum, with Sole Survivor status at Survivor Series and then the beat down on Balor to “cancel” their match. I hope Finn gets to circle back around for a feud with Rollins, regardless if Rollins the title off Big E. Also holy crap that fan jumping the barriers and going after Rollins. What makes morons think they can go after wrestlers and not get beat up and arrested? Moving on, Priest had a good US title match with Sami, though the fans got a bit bored at a point. I figured Priest was retaining with Sami being a SmackDown superstar, but also, they’re setting up Priest VS Apollo for #WWEDay1.

RKBRO had a great string of moments tonight. Riddle impersonating Orton, him winning against Ziggler with an RKO and Orton hitting Roode with a Bro Derek, these two are becoming a great tag team. Styles & Omos are building a good feud with the Street Profits, but this is going to make for an interesting blow-off. The fire extinguisher was to what? It got them disqualified, but was it just for a pun on smoke and fire? Rey & Dom still get destroyed by Lashley, though they had a really good match. I’m kinda hoping Rey & Dom stick together so that they can face teams like Styles & Omos or even RKBRO. I’d love to see Rey taking on Styles or Riddle in and out of tag matches.

I was actually pretty pumped to see Alexander get the 24/7 title off Reggie so dominantly, and then what a surprise for Dana Brooke to take it off Alexander. The Women’s Division finally gets a turn with the title, I just wish WWE didn’t release so many of them.  I am not shocked Vega & Mella won the tag titles, but I’m disappointed it wasn’t all that long of a match. Vince continues to give minimal effort in the women’s tag division, and here it was. Maybe Bianca should find a tag partner. She’s great, WWE sees that, maybe the tag division would get that boost the same way it was strong when Sasha & Bayley were champs.

But at the same time, Bianca VS Piper is going to be a lot of fun. Becky has a very good promo, and I like that she pointed out the fans not caring enough about the Women’s 5v5 last night. I also like how she got in Liv’s face and then Liv slapped her for it. Liv is probably going to have her best singles match against Becky, and still lose.

My Score: 8.3/10


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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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