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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/13/21)

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Will Bobby Lashley be part of Day 1?

After ambushing the WWE Champion and challengers on last week’s Raw, Bobby Lashley will be here this week to explain exactly what he wants!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Otis wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Nivens; Bianca wins.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 1: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kevin Owens; Lashley wins and advances to part 2.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Tis the Season: Dana Brooke retains the title.
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Dirty Dawgs win.
  • Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Vega wins.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 2: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 2.5, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins and advances to part 3.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 3, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Big E; Lashley wins and joins the WWE Championship match at Day 1.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is in a red suit as he and MVP strut out in front of the St. Paul crowd. Lashley and MVP get mics, and Lashley starts by saying, “Last week, I showed these guys exactly what happens when you disrespect the All Mighty.” MVP adds that Lashley is the single most terrifying man in the entire WWE. And MVP knows that because people are terrified to even say his name. It’s like the Candyman! But instead of three times, you just say his name once and he shows up, and bad things happen. But there is an issue of respect in this generation of superstars. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins come out, complain and backstab to get into a WWE Championship match.

But do you know who doesn’t complain? Bobby Lashley. Do you know who doesn’t whine Bobby Lashley. And he made a statement! Not just to Big E, Rollins and Kevin, but also to management. It is imperative that Lashley be added to that WWE Championship match at Day 1 on New Year’s Day. There is no better way to start off the new year than with this man as your ALL MIGHTY WWE Champion! Fans boo but then here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic, and he says, “You’re out here talking about how I’m disrespectful?” Kevin hasn’t even paid attention to Lashley the last two years. Until last week when Lashley saw fit to attack everyone from behind!

And now Lashley is weaseling into Kevin’s title match. As much as Kevin doesn’t want to, he gives credit to Rollins for earning his way to the match. Just like the greatest superstar in this industry, Kevin Owens, did! But Lashley hasn’t earned anything! In 19 days, Kevin NEEDS to become WWE Champion so he can give the fans a champion they can be proud of! He’s doing this as a good example to the fans! Lashley has no place in the match! It is already tough against two top tier superstars. Lashley doesn’t belong, Kevin is going to talk to Pearce & Sonya- But here comes Seth Rollins!

The Visionary is in lavender and says we can’t start this show without the STAR! And the star is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Now, while Rollins admires Lashley’s suit game tonight, and as much as Rollins despises Kevin, Rollins has to agree with Kevin. Lashley should NOT be in Rollins’ match, just like Kevin shouldn’t be! Kevin earned it! MVP says these two are terrified! Lashley says they can come in here and do something about him. They can talk or they can get in the ring! Kevin and Rollins are agreeing right now, so they should agree to work as one against Lashley. Lashley can’t take them both. Rollins agrees here, too! So deal! Rollins first then.

Wait, why Rollins first? He’s in a suit. But Rollins is faster. MVP says Lashley will hit Rollins and Kevin will run. Kevin and Rollins pretend they didn’t hear that. Should they rock-paper-scissors? But here comes Big E! The WWE Champion has his own mic, and he says, “Well, if it isn’t my favorite collection of idiots.” Rollins and Kevin are quaking in their boots at the mere idea of being in the ring with Lashley, Big E will remind us all that he beat Lashley to become champion! While injured, but sure. Big E tells Lashley to hush cuz Big E won inside a steel cage, and has no problem doing it one more time!

Rollins and Kevin argue but Pearce & Sonya appear to stop this. If anyone touches anyone, there will be severe consequences. Pearce & Sonya are not afraid to deal out fines or suspensions. Sonya says they’ve heard everything and have decided: A Fatal 4 Way sounds like a great idea! But with that being said, Lashley will be officially added to Day 1! MVP and Lashley like that! But wait, MVP, they aren’t finished. Lashley will be added, IF Lashley can defeat, in no particular order, Big E, Kevin Owens AND Seth Rollins. Simple: If Lashley beats them all in a GAUNTLET, he’s in! MVP says Lashley ACCEPTS! Is the Rocky Mountain Machine going to steamroll the field to go to Day 1?

 

Matt Riddle inspects the blazers.

Randy Orton asks why these are still here. Well Riddle was a little distracted. There’s a lot of sentimental value. And Riddle’s been watching tape. There’s ideas flowing. Then Orton hopes he means he was watching his potential opponents, and not just wearing blazers and watching literal tape. Riddle says he’s been watching all the different versions. Riddle, your broadcasting career was over before it began. And your number one priority needs to be these tag titles. Right. Next move: podcasters! Pat McAfee is raking it in! They could be swimming in cash like Scrooge McDuck. Or they could be shamans to give advice to people!

No, no podcasts, no shamans, and no more Jackass guys. But it was pretty sweet hanging out with them. And imagine if Riddle was in a movie like that! Orton says Riddle is on to something. He is a jackass and could’ve been in that movie. But Riddle’s reality is that he’s facing Otis, the human wrecking ball. Focus on Otis tonight, get that done, and then one day, in the distant future, Orton will allow Riddle to wear the blazer. YES! Riddle is so focused! Will the Bro be able to shut down the Dozer? Or is Otis going to win one #ForTheAcademy?

 

Update on the RKBRO-nament.

Injuries suffered by the Street Profits and the Mysterios make both teams unable to compete, so the #1 contender’s match finals will be postponed!

 

Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Big E talk with Sonya and Pearce backstage.

Rollins shouts that no one wants Lashley at Day 1! Sonya says that’s why it’s only if Lashley beats them all tonight. That means even one loss is enough to eliminate him. But since Kevin was last one added, he’s first one up. What?! Why!? But then Rollins grumbling makes Kevin fire up. Kevin beat Rollins so he can beat Lashley. Rollins sarcastically says he believes Kevin. Kevin storms off, and Rollins goes to get dressed. Big E understands adding Lashley makes it harder to retain, but whether Triple Threat or Fatal 4, he will STILL walk out champion. Big E heads out, will Big E and Rollins even be needed if Kevin gets the job done?

 

Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

Raw returns as the Alpha Academy makes their entrance. The bell rings, Otis and Riddle circle while Gable gets a seat by commentary. Otis ties up with Riddle then throws him to a corner! Otis eggs Riddle on, they tie up, and Riddle jumps on to get an arm! But Otis scoops and SLAMS Riddle down! Gable says, “That’s my number one guy!” Otis swings on Riddle in the corner but Riddle dodges to fire off KICK after KICK! Otis shoves Riddle but Riddle runs to forearm smash! Riddle runs again but Otis CLOBBERS him! Otis then drags Riddle up to throw him out of the ring. The ref wants Otis to stay in, but Orton keeps Gable back.

Otis goes out after Riddle after all, and CLUBS him right in front of commentary. Otis puts Riddle in, Gable cheers him on, but Riddle hits a FINAL FLASH knee! Then he jumps to the apron, but Otis yanks Riddle down to RAM him into the barriers! Gable is fired up and so is Otis as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Riddle fights out of a chinlock, only for Otis to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Otis drags Riddle up while Orton coaches him up. Otis has a neck wrench and he leans on Riddle. Orton gets the fans to fire up, and Riddle fights up with body shots. Otis CLUBS Riddle, whips him to the corner, but Riddle goes up and over and Otis POSTS himself! Riddle goes out to the apron to KICK Otis back from the corner! Riddle goes up and CROSSBODIES, into Otis’ arms! But Riddle slips out to fire off palm strikes! Otis shoves, Riddle FINAL FLASH KNEES! Then FLYING CHUCKS! Riddle powers out but Otis blocks the roundhouse to shove Riddle.

Riddle elbows Otis away, goes up top, FLOATING BRO takes down Otis! Fans fire up and so does Orton! Gable panics as Riddle hears voices in his head, bro! Otis staggers up, but he blocks the RKO to pop-up and POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis wins!!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

The Dozer just crushed Riddle! Orton gets in, Otis denies the RKO so Orton RKO’s Gable! But then Otis CLOBBERS Orton with the back elbow!! The Alpha Academy’s top student just demolished RKBRO! Will Gable & Otis have their shot at the gold even outside of the RKBRO-nament?

 

Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Nivens!

The EST gets a rematch with Doudrop, who literally walked away from the fight to avoid the loss last week. Will Bianca make sure Piper doesn’t slip through her fingers this time so that we get an actual finish?

Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up for the EST. Bianca and Piper approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock in the power game until Piper shoves Bianca away. Piper says Bianca isn’t the strongEST anymore! They tie up again, Bianca pushes Piper back slowly, but Piper pushes back and has Bianca in a corner! Bianca goes up the buckles to then arm-drag Piper! Bianca waistlocks, Piper bucks the O’Conner Roll, and then Piper scoops. Bianca slips out, waves hey, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to shove and hurdle! Bianca tells Piper to kiss this, then eggs her on. Piper runs in, Bianca sidesteps and gets around to redirect again and again, to then dropkick!

Piper stays up but Bianca brings her in. Bianca tries to scoop but can’t, Piper’s too big! Piper scoops and SLAMS Bianca! Cover, TWO! Piper stomps Bianca to a corner, stands her up and CLUBS her in the chest, then runs in to SPLASH! Piper CLUBS Bianca again, then again. Fans rally behind Bianca but Piper CLUBS her more in the corner. Piper brings Bianca around, whips her to a corner, then runs in again, only to get a BOOT! Bianca goes up to RANA Piper into the ropes! Piper tumbles out of the ring, a ring count starts but Bianca hurries to get Piper up. Bianca fires BIG forearms, but Piper ROCKS Bianca back! Piper rings Bianca to the corner but Bianca bumps Piper first!

Bianca runs and handsprings, but Piper catches the legs to have them against the ropes! The ref counts as Piper pulls the legs and KICKS Bianca in the head! Piper pushes Bianca down, then step-in ELBOW DROPS! Piper sneers as Bianca falls out of the ring and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bianca fires back forearms and a dropkick! Bianca kips up and runs in to RAM Piper in the corner! Bianca clubs up to club away but Piper slips out. Bianca kicks Piper away and leaps, but Piper catches her and moves her around. Bianca slips off, shoves, but Piper holds ropes. Piper back elbows, then scoops Bianca again, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Piper is seething all over again but fans rally for the EST. Piper crawls and stalks Bianca, “This is Awesome!” as Piper drags Bianca up. Piper tells Bianca she ain’t better than her! Piper slaps Bianca around while mocking the EST chants.

Piper has Bianca by her jaw, but Bianca blocks the slap to ROCK Piper! But Piper wrenches, reels Bianca in, SAIDO! Bianca writhes to a corner, Piper crawls and covers, TWO!! Bianca barely gets out of that one and Piper is fuming again. Piper looms over Bianca, drags her to a drop zone and then climbs up the corner. But Bianca BUMPS Piper off the buckles! And then gets in to SUPER POWERBOMB Piper down!! Fans are fired up as Bianca climbs! EST 450! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

That was perhaps the hardEST match Bianca has had in a long time, but she came out the winner! Is Bianca moving on to bigger and better now? Wait, Piper attacks Bianca at the ramp! It seems Doudrop is the saltiEST in the WWE, will she crush Bianca and take away that spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Kevin Patrick wants a word before his match with Lashley. How about, “Trash?” This whole thing is trash! Lashley adding if he wins is trash, Kevin going first is trash, and St. Paul is trash! But the good news is Kevin going first means he can just end this here and now, and then go on to win the WWE Championship at Day 1. And that is no lie. But will the Prizefighter end up trashed by the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Gable Steveson is in the crowd!

The Olympic Gold Medalist and future WWE superstar is here to watch how it’s done in the squared circle. When and where will the WWE’s second-ever gold medalist wrestler finally get between the ropes?

 

All Mighty Gauntlet part 1: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance. Lashley fist bumps Steveson, then gets in the ring with Kevin. The bell rings, Kevin jumps Lashley while he’s talking to MVP! The ref counts as Kevin fires off in a corner, and he headlocks. Lashley powers out, they ram shoulders, then things speed up. Lashley runs Kevin over and Kevin flounders to a corner. Lashley brings Kevin up to fire off haymakers, then he reels Kevin in to “take him for a ride,” as MVP says. Stalling suplex and SLAM! Lashley high-fives MVP, then takes aim. Kevin dumps Lashley out to avoid the spear! Lashley gets up but Kevin hotshots him down! Kevin aims from the apron, to CANNONBALL and WHIFF!

Lashley says that’s one, and he gets in the ring. Kevin writhes on the floor, Lashley lets the ring count climb to 6 before he goes out and CLOBBERS Kevin! Kevin leans against barriers, gets back in the ring, but Lashley gets in, for a SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries to get Lashley up and POST him! Kevin goes corner to corner and CANNONBALLS! Rollins is watching backstage, he’s surely worried, but Kevin drops a SENTON! Cover, ONE!! Big E is watching and taking notes as fast as he can as Kevin throws forearms. Lashley whips Kevin away, runs in but into a BOOT! Kevin goes up and reels Lashley in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

MVP says Kevin is disrespecting Lashley, an Lashley gets up. Kevin CHOPS him in the corner, but Lashley gets mad! Kevin kicks and whips but Lashley reverses and Kevin tumbles up the corner to fall down hard! Lashley drags Kevin up, RAMS him in the corner again and again, then runs corner to corner to RAM into him again! Lashley brings Kevin around to NECKBREAKER! Lashley looms over Kevin, Kevin stands up but Lashley counter punches! Lashley gut wrenches Kevin to the Canadian rack and DOMINATOR! Lashley says it’s done, and he gets a half nelson! Kevin rolls Lashley up, TWO!! Kevin kicks and- NO, no stunner! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!!

Lashley stalks Kevin, and clamps on the HURT- Wait, Kevin taps before the full nelson!?

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (advances to the next match)

Kevin spared himself the pain, and Lashley still moves on to round two! Kevin couldn’t stop Lashley, and Rollins is furious! But Sonya lets Rollins know that he’s next. She wishes him luck, but will he need far more than that to shut down the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Veer Mahan is coming.

The lion is the king of the jungle, but the lion must hunt its prey, kill it, and eat it. But in Veer’s case, it’s just for fun. When and where will the million dollar arm strike down its first target?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man comes around to St. Paul still Raw Women’s Champion after holding the ropes and keeping Liv Morgan down. But what’s next for Big Time Becks? We’ll hear from her after the break.

Raw returns and Becky welcomes us to the big time! It is a big night for St. Paul with Becky in the building. A lot of the fans thought it was going to be a big night for Liv Morgan. And it was! First-ever championship match for her, and what a match it was! But Becky’s still here as our champion, just as she said she would. Some fans are happy, a lot of them wish Liv would’ve won. But say on the off chance Liv did win, if she was here with the title tonight, the fans would find every reason to doubt the same woman who got them to believe in her. Is Becky wrong? No, she’s never wrong! Fans don’t know what they want! Remember when they wanted Becky back? “We Want Becky!”

And then Becky came back and a lot of them had opinions about how she does her job, even though they’ve never stepped foot in the ring or changed the game or broke down barriers to become the biggest thing in the industry! No one ever left their careers and then came back better than ever! They never had to evolve. If you don’t evolve, you get left behind and disappoint all the fans, just like Liv! Becky has the new “Miz girl” with the girl from last week! All the Liv fans can get used to that face. Becky will be holding onto the title for a very long time. But speaking of, here comes Liv! Liv says she’s not getting used to anything, and St. Paul is sick and tired of Becky’s broken record.

Becky keeps saying people would doubt Liv if she were champion. But the only person that’s doubting Liv is Becky! And y’know what? Becky doubting Liv is the exact thing why Becky almost lost, and why she had to cheat to win! Liv’s prepared her own little photo to prove it! Becky holding the ropes during the cradle! Becky should be so proud of herself. But y’know what? Becky is the best, at cheating to win. Liv cried a little last week after that match, but not because she’s weak. It’s because she’s human, and because she was disappointed. She was disappointed, but snapped out of it, because she knows she can beat Becky! Just like that #LivGirl, Liv believes in herself!

So does Becky think the photos would embarrass Liv? No. It just reminded Liv why this isn’t over! Liv won’t give up until she makes the title to mean something for everyone, just like that little girl! And if Becky’s really big time, then she’ll accept a rematch at Day 1! Becky says no. She didn’t do that because she had to, but because it was easy. Don’t blame Becky for grabbing ropes, blame yourself for not doing it first! Blame yourself for not being ready for it! If Liv were ready, she’d know Becky would pull that, but Liv isn’t ready. Liv’s just proven she has no killer instinct. Instead, Liv’s doing the same thing she always does: NOTHING.

Liv rushes the ring! And dodges the punch to THESZ PRESS! Liv fires off hands, gets up and kicks low to then KICK and ENZIGURI! Liv roars, chases Becky out and goes after her by the commentary. But then Becky RAMS Liv into steel steps! Becky puts Liv’s hand in between steps and post and stomps away on the arm! Then Becky BOOTS the steps! And again! Liv can’t get her arm out so Becky stomps away on it! Refs appear and tell Becky to back off! Becky leaves Liv crying in pain as she gets the mic. “Oh no, Liv. Looks like you went and injured yourself. Well if you still want that match, you’re on!

“And now, seeing as there are no other able bodied women to challenge me for my title, I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna train, I’m gonna hang out with my hot husband and my beautiful baby. Maybe you should put some ice on that.” Becky holds her belt up as she struts away, but will she still make 2022 big time?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Styles & Omos haven’t been working as well as they used to. They’ve gone from tag team champions to having dysfunction, does he care to comment? Well, he admits they were at odds last week, but it was disrespectful for Omos to walk out on him, but Styles hasn’t given up on the team. Omos’ raw talent, Styles’ guidance, you can’t give up on that. This is just growing pains. We’ve seen them at their best, so Styles won’t give up. He’s been in the business a long time and has never seen anyone like Omos. Things go off the rails, that’s on Styles. He’s the one having to show Omos how to do things the right way.

Styles bringing in Omos wasn’t to boost Styles’ career, but an investment. Styles knows Omos is a good kid and wants to see him succeed in the business. Omos then walks over and says they’re good. Styles says he’s not giving up on the team, and neither is Omos! Will the Phenomenal and the Colossus still make it work?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke walk around St. Paul.

Reggie is a sucker for the holidays. Dana is, too! She appreciates that he helped her last week. He’s just happy to have been of help. he was 24/7 Champion for over 100 days, and he’d pass on what he learned. If she wants. Maybe over some hot cocoa? She’d like that, and would love to hear any advice. A snowman sneezes and a tree says gesundheit. It’s R-Truth and Tozawa in disguise! They’re supposedly spreading cheer for the holidays, fa la la la. Dana, run! But then Tamina’s there! Dana ROCKS Tamina but Tamina waistlocks! Dana elbows free, kicks and fires off forearms! Tamina staggers and Dana runs for it! Dana JUMPS into a snow pile, then Reggie launches in after her!

Every time! Tamina says Truth and Tozawa messed it up! Stay outta her way! Truth says Tamina meant Tozawa. No, she meant Truth. No, you! NO, YOU! Will anyone get the title off Dana with Reggie watching her back?

 

Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS The Dirty Dawgs!

The Prince joins the Archer of Infamy in taking on some common enemies in Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. Will Finn & Priest be able to work together despite their history in NXT? Or will the Show-Off & the Glorious One be able to divide and conquer?

Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. The Dawgs are already in the ring and the teams sort out. Priest starts against “Big Bob” and they circle. Roode kicks low, bumps Priest off buckles and throws haymakers! The ref counts, Roode lets off, and he brings Priest up. Priest ROCKS Roode, Roode kicks back! Roode brings Priest over but Priest powers up to head for his corner! Roode digs in his heels, CLUBS Priest then DECKS Balor! Fans boo but Priest dodges Roode to WHEEL KICK him down! Ziggler gets in but gets a BELL CLAP! Priest ripcords and FLAPJACKS Ziggler! Fans fire up and Priest runs in to back elbow Ziggler! Then he runs to back elbow Roode!

Priest goes back to hit Ziggler, then he BOOTS Roode out of the ring! Priest dumps Ziggler out to join Roode, and then fans fire up as Priest goes outside. Priest runs to leap off the steps, and he CLOBBERS the Dawgs! Fans fire up with Priest as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Priest CLOBBERS Roode! Both men are down and fans fire up! Priest and Roode crawl, hot tags to Ziggler and Finn! Finn rallies, whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Finn DECKS Roode, he trips Ziggler and DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up with Finn and he CHOPS Ziggler in a corner! Finn whips, Ziggler reverses but Finn reverses ack to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Roode breaks it! Priest drags Roode out to choke grip! Roode slips out to SPINEBUSTER Priest! “That’s why I’m Big Bob!” Finn clotheslines Ziggler out, then he FLIES to take out the Dawgs! Fans fire up with Finn and he gets Ziggler back in the ring!

Finn aims from a corner, SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Ziggler hits buckles, falls to a drop zone, but Austin Theory shows up to get a selfie! Finn CLOBBERS Theory, Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG!! Cover, Dirty Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall

Theory cost Finn that win, and then gets himself another selfie! Priest rushes in to run Theory off, but will this be enough to impress Vince McMahon?

 

Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H meet up backstage.

Nikki says Rhea’s got this! She’ll make Zelina Vega pay! It’s what she does best. Unlike Nikki… What? Nikki barely slept because of what happened last week. She was so close and yet she lost. She’s really trying her best but she keeps letting Rhea down. Nikki, snap out of it. Rhea is her tag partner because of Nikki’s fire. Nikki beat seven other competitors to win Money in the Bank and she cashed in on Charlotte! Nikki beat Charlotte 1v1, something not even Rhea’s done. Rhea wants that Nikki back. Nikki appreciates Rhea trying to cheer her up. Nikki has Rhea’s back. Good. Because it’s time to shut these Muppets up and get those tag titles back!

 

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Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

The Nightmare takes on the Queen of the Ring, will she avenge Almost a Super Hero and their tag title defeat? Or will Zelina continue to be a royal pain in the butt?

Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, Carmella, makes her entrance. She wants fans to take off their “cheap, tacky earmuffs” to pay attention to her. For we are about to be graced by the presence of Her Majesty, QUEEN~ ZELINA~! Zelina makes her entrance now, with a new, regal remix of her song. Zelina thanks the fans and her “glamorous and glorious partner” for that introduction. And as our queen, Zelina feels it is her royal duty to grace the frozen tundra with her presence. She will accept applause now. She gets boos instead so she tells them to shut up. Guess they’ve chosen sides, huh? Low class trash sides with low class trash!

Zelina calms down and apologizes to her loyal subjects. For as sorry as she feels for Rhea carrying the deadweight in Nikki, it will be her duty to show why while some deserve to be on top, others deserve to be buried in the snow in a “flyover state” like Minnesota. Zelina gets in the ring, has someone take her scepter, cape and crown, then the bell rings. Rhea and Zelina approach, Zelina dodges and bows. Rhea dropkicks her down! Rhea drags Zelina up, scoops and carries her. Mella tells Rhea to put Zelina down, so Rhea SLAMS Zelina down! Nikki chases Mella, they end up in the ring! FABULOUS KICK for Nikki!

Rhea chases Mella out, checks on Nikki, but gets a METEORA to the back! Roll up, Zelina wins!!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

Is that an upset!? Rhea is definitely upset by it, but Nikki seems to see it as her fault. Will Nikki ever get her head right?

 

Rollins thinks about how to fight Lashley.

He’s faster and- Wait, what is Kevin doing here? What does he want?! Rollins has to do what Kevin couldn’t and defeat Lashley! Kevin doesn’t understand why Rollins is yelling and raising his blood pressure. Rollins has to calm down. They have to handle this. Kevin will go out to help Rollins since Lashley has MVP. No, Rollins doesn’t want Kevin anywhere! Kevin tapped out before he even got put in the hold! Well everyone knows there’s no escape from the Hurt Lock, so Kevin wasn’t going to let Lashley lock on the Hurt Lock and potentially get hurt by the Hurt Lock before his match at Day 1! Hurt Lock.

Kevin is smart, so he should be there with Rollins. Rollins doesn’t get what’s in Kevin’s stupid little brain but Kevin’s plans don’t work for Rollins. Rollins will figure this out on his own. Bye. That’s a mistake! Kevin keeps talking as Rollins walks away. Is Kevin right? Should Kevin be in Rollins’ corner to cancel out MVP?

All Mighty Gauntlet part 2: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

Lashley heads back out to the ring, and he looks like he’s got plenty left in the tank! Will he make it through this round to go after the WWE Champion? Or can the Visionary see a way to defeat the All Mighty and deny him a part in the title picture?

Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Rollins waistlocks, headlocks, but Lashley powers up to lift and SLAM Rollins down! Rollins bails out and Lashley is already annoyed. Lashley grabs at Rollins but Rollins grabs at Lashley’s foot. Rollins then DECKS Lashley, drags him out and fires off haymakers! Lashley fireman’s carries but Rollins slips off to POST Lashley first! Rollins then brings Lashley around to POST him again! Rollins gets in the ring at 6 of 410, but MVP coaches Lashley up. Lashley gets in at 9, Rollins CLUBS him down! Rollins turns Lashley, ROLLING ELBOW! And then DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!

Lashley flounders, Big E is taking more notes, and Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley gets Rollins for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, then the COMPLETE SHOT! MVP says the angrier he gets, the stronger Lashley gets! “BOBBY SMASH!” But Rollins bails out to avoid the Dominator! Rollins catches his breath, but Kevin comes out to DECK Rollins! And stomp away! That’s a disqualification!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

Wait, doesn’t that mean Lashley doesn’t get to complete the gauntlet?! Rollins gets it now! Kevin gives thumbs up, and now Day 1 STAYS a Triple Threat! Wait, Sony and Pearce see through that. It was clever, they’ll give Kevin that. Rollins did win, but not fair to St. Paul. So we’re going to restart this match, and it’ll be NO DISQUALFICATION! Ring the bell!

All Mighty Gauntlet part 2.5, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

Rollins turns around, into a SPEAR!!! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (advances to the final round)

And now Lashley is one step closer! Big E’s got an even harder challenge on his hands, will he be the one to stop the Rocky Mountain Machine’s momentum?

 

Vince McMahon meets with Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez.

The Chairman promises these two that Raw will be seeing a lot more of them in the ring. Theory barges in and hopes Vince saw what happened. Finn sure didn’t expect the unexpected! Wanna see? Vince excuses Crews & Azeez, and is in fact impressed by the selfie. NOT. Did Theory think he was going to get something for that? Like a pat on the back? Or a trophy or something? Anything! Oh, well then maybe something really important, like an autograph on a doily. Uh… Okay? No. Well, then maybe if Theory had a match, he could show Vince what he’s really capable of. Well, Theory did barge in during an important meeting like they’re friends or something. Theory wants that, right?

Theory just thought that if he followed Vince’s lessons- SHUT UP! Vince and Theory are not friends. Vince has no friends, because he doesn’t want any. Theory hasn’t impressed Vince yet. And he doesn’t know what to say, right? What Vince will do, and he doesn’t really want to, but he’s in the frame of mind to… use one of his most deadly weapons in the world. Huh? Vince brings out a PENCIL! Wait, a pencil? Yes, a pencil. Not the lead, but the eraser. Theory still isn’t quite sure what Vince is getting at, but will it be very bad for him?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

And that’s because tonight, she is the special guest for tonight’s Miz TV!

Raw returns and she welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and says tonight is a very special edition. That’s because she’s the host! Oh? Yes, it is very interesting looking out at St. Paul. They’re not really quite used to seeing a woman like her around here. And that they don’t know what a real man looks like, so let’s get to it! Ladies and gentlemen welcome her husband, the father of her children, and the Most Awesome Human on Earth, THE MIZ! Miz makes his entrance, and Miz says Maryse looks astonishing. Only someone as hot as Maryse can make a cold Minnesota night feel like paradise.

Miz & Mrs. have a kiss, and Miz says you don’t get the finer things in life without being proactive. Miz wants to be proactive and formally endorse the first, headlining name in the 2022 Hall of Fame class! This person has done so much in and out of the ring, so influential to future generations, and so for your consideration, “the most must-see inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame is…” MIZ! “His unprecedented journey” could not be stopped. “A stratospheric rise” and an A-lister darling of Hollywood. But how can you make the best even better? What do you give a man that already has it all? “A legend in the ring, a global icon, a true role model,” and now a WWE Hall of Famer!

Miz and Maryse are emotional over the video package they surely put together themselves. Let’s raise a glass or whatever you might have, “Here’s to beating Edge at Day 1, and sending him back into retirement, highlighting my resumé once again.” And hopefully this time, Edge’s retirement will be permanent. But speaking of, here comes Edge! Fans fire up for the Rated R Superstar, and Edge goes to the ring. “Sometimes, the squeaky wheel doesn’t get the grease. It just squeaks and squeaks and squeaks, and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks, and squeaks and squeaks,” so on and so on.

Is he done?! Oh did he find that annoying? YES, VERY! Good. Then Miz knows how we all feel when he opens his mouth. Miz, you’d get all the pats on the back and praise and so on that he craves, if he would just shut up! Edge knows Miz is good, but he knows why Miz acts the way he does. Oh, Edge thinks he knows Miz. Well played. But yes, Edge does. Miz broke through, but Edge has seen so many like him crash and burn. The layers of BS and “me first” is all to hide insecurities. Face it, Miz, you’re afraid. Oh he’s afraid? Of Edge? Old Edge? Sure! But this old Edge, meh.

Edge knows Miz has been told he’s not good enough so often, he deep down believes it and overcompensates by being an obnoxious, overbearing jagoff. But the thing is, Edge knows Miz IS a future hall of famer. Edge isn’t taking this match lightly. But Miz, at the end of the day, Edge will have to teach Miz a lesson. Miz says Edge didn’t hep him enough, and maybe he didn’t. Edge will show Miz he still has lessons to learn, and knock that stupid, constipated look off his face. That one right there. Miz throws champagne in Edge’s face and fires off hands! Edge shoves Miz back, kicks low and hits the IMPALER! Edge throws the director’s chairs out, tips the table, and aims from a corner!

But Maryse ends up a shield for Miz! Miz BOOTS Edge, then hits the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Fans boo that Miz would do that just to get one over on Edge! Even Maryse pulls away from Miz for that. Miz says it’s fine, Edge wasn’t going to hit her. She was where she was supposed to be! Maryse is still upset, and she SLAPS Miz! Maryse storms off, Miz hurries after to try and talk to her.

 

Kevin and Rollins find Big E backstage.

They’re giving him a pep talk of sorts because he’s their last hope. Look, you idiots! Don’t come anywhere near the ring. He doesn’t want nor need their help. He can and will, will, WILL beat Lashley without them. If they want to keep this a Triple Threat, just stay far, far away. But they have a plan! STAY FAR AWAY! Kevin has a PowerPoint to show him, though! Rollins and Kevin argue about this but Big E is ready. Will he be the one to keep the Rocky Mountain Machine out of Day 1?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley & MVP.

Lashley’s successfully won against Kevin and Rollins, but this final match will be No Disqualifications. MVP says what Lashley has already done tonight, not even an extraordinary individual could do that. This was a Herculean task, but Hercules has nothing on Lashley! When they make it three for three, there will be no denying we’re in the All Mighty Era! No DQ just means Lashley is free to inflict as much pain and damage as he wants. The new year’s resolution for everyone will be to bow down to their new champion!

 

All Mighty Gauntlet part 3, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Big E!

This is it! Either the All Mighty completes the sweep and ups the Triple Threat to a Fatal 4 Way, or he’ll have to wait until after Day 1 to go for the gold. Will Lashley succeed? Or will he feel~ the power~ in St. Paul?

Raw returns as Lashley once again makes his entrance. The bell rings, they tie up and Big E fires off clubbing forearms! Big E throws body shots then he CLOBBERS Lashley! Lashley bails out so Big E slips out the side. Big E decides to bring the No DQ stipulation up first, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are loving that, and Big E props the table up. But Lashley CLOBBERS Big E! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers, then RAMS him into more barriers around the way. Lashley puts Big E in the ring, MVP puts the table away! Fans boo, but Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E goes out and walks past MVP to bring the table back out!

Big E gest the table in the ring, he CLUBS and stomps Lashley down, then he sets the table up in a corner. Big E CLUBS and scoops Lashley, but Lashley slips off! Big E stops himself, only to turn around into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley goes out and looks under the ring, and MVP points out the chairs! Lashley brings a chair into the ring, wedges the chair in a corner, and hen he goes to Big E, But Big E hits him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! And then he doges for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels them hips! Big E runs side to side to BIG SPLASH but flop! Lashley gets Big E up to whip, but Big E reverses and Lashley CRASHES into chair!!

Lashley tumbles out of the ring and MVP checks on him as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Lashley drags Big E up. The table is set up on both legs, Big E resists the suplex, to suplex Lashley away! Big E covers, TWO! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron, CLUBS away on his chest all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Then Big E gets on the apron, for an APRON SPLASH! Lashley flounders into the ring, then to the other apron. Big E goes out after Lashley, only for Lashley to fireman’s carry! Big E slips off, Lashley elbows him, cameraman is down! Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS Big E! Fans boo but Lashley soaks up the heat. Lashley leaves Big E behind to go looking under the ring. He brings out another TABLE!

Big E gets in the ring as MVP also gets a table! Lashley sets his table up by ringside, goes up the steps and brings Big E up at the ropes. Big E resists the suplex and throws body shots! Big E ROCKS Lashley with a forearm, then ROCKS him again! And a third time! Lashley wobbles, Big E builds speed! Lashley KNEES Big E away, to get in and MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER Big E through the table!! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Lashley can’t believe it as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, Lashley stalks Big E on the outside as they go around the corner. Lashley whips Big E, Big E reverses and Lashley hits steel steps! Big E pulls the steps apart, drags Lashley up and scoops, to SLAM him on the base steps!! Lashley writhes but Big E gets Lashley up to put in the ring. Lashley crawls, fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Big E scoops again. Lashley slips off to go for the nelson! Big E resists, arm-drags free, and then gets up, into a SPEAR!! Lashley has to crawl to a cover, but here come Rollins and Kevin! They attack and take advantage of the No DQ stipulation! Big E didn’t want their help but they’re doing this for themselves!

Big E goes after Rollins and Kevin to win this his way, so they mug him now! But Lashley gets up and he attacks Rollins and Kevin in return! It’s become a 2v2 brawl! Kevin kicks Big E out and RAMS him into barriers! Rollins has Lashley down, Kevin brings Big E around, but Big E resists the powerbomb! Big E gives Kevin an URENAGE through the table! Lashley kicks Rollins to SPEAR him through the table!! Lashley does his best to get out of the wreckage as Big E gets in the ring. Fans are thunderous as Big E wants Lashley to get up! Lashley rises, Big E says they can end this! Lashley stands, MVP CLUBS Big E with his cane!! Lashley SPEARS Big E down!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (joins the WWE Championship match at Day 1)

Even with Rollins and Kevin “helping,” it was Montel Vontavius Porter that becomes Lashley’s ace in the hole! Now we have a FATAL 4 WAY for the title on New Year’s Day! Have Big E’s chances of winning now dwindled to almost nothing? Or can he prove he’s mightier than the mightiest when he defeats three top opponents in one match?


My Thoughts:

Once again, when WWE has to make a change and adlib stuff, they actually give us some great stuff. Granted, the way the world title story went tonight could’ve still gone this way even if the RKBRO-nament continued, but I feel like making it one match per hour was to fill time. Great stuff from all of them, and Lashley having three matches in one night was definitely a great feat in itself. I like that Kevin pulled the “attack the other guy” move, and I have to give them credit for also seeing through that by giving Lashley a second try against Rollins. Lashley VS Big E could’ve just been the one match and tonight would’ve still been great.

I feel like Big E was being too Face here, but I suppose it is a point of pride that he defeats Lashley himself. Which he doesn’t because he forgot MVP is there. But I figured as much last week that WWE wants to make Day 1 be a big deal so they gotta go bigger with the WWE World Championship. And as I also figured, WWE is going to have Big Time Becks on the card. She and Liv had a good promo segment, though maybe Liv was a bit weaker than Becky. Kinda hard with a diehard Becky fan who is also a little kid right there… But Becky going after Liv’s arm in the steps was pretty hardcore, and I hope this leads to something big for Becky VS Liv at Day 1, like a No DQ stipulation.

Riddle VS Otis tonight was also something that was probably going to happen even if we got more RKBRO-nament. Otis winning was quite the shocker, though. Maybe with the RKBRO-nament pushed back, we’ll see Alpha Academy get a “Championship Contenders Match” to see if Alpha Academy can just skip the line and get a shot anyway. Then, I’m a little torn on Styles and Omos making up as a team already. I was hoping there’d be a little bit more to that tension, but at least there’s still another team in the tag division. Then Balor & Priest VS Dirty Dawgs was a decent tag match but it turned out to be just about Theory getting at Balor.

Theory and Vince had a decent segment this time, and Vince using the pencil was a visual metaphor for how he’s in charge. He could take Theory out of stuff as easily as he could put him into stuff. Maybe this is just the meta of Vince pushing Theory. Still no idea where it’ll go, outside of Theory VS Finn, and maybe Theory wins to move on to the US Championship. We also got a decent segment for the 24/7 Championship, and I like that it was another on-location one. But it was so obvious Reggie and Dana had a trampoline to jump into the snow. I kinda hope Tamina just bulldozes Truth, Tozawa and Reggie to get to Dana and get the title.

Bianca VS Piper rematch tonight was great stuff, and I am glad it had a real finish, but I guess Bianca had to win for Piper to be a sore loser Heel and escalate things for another match. I feel like Piper should win the third one, because the only next step from this feud would be the Raw Women’s Championship. Bianca already faced Becky, and I feel like Becky could just pivot to Face in order to have a match with Piper. The WWE Women’s Tag title story is very clearly isolated to Raw, and it should’ve been clear that Vega was going to win in part thanks to Mella and Nikki being a distraction. I still hope with that loss, and with the promo Rhea and Nikki had before, Nikki goes back to being Nikki Cross, and her SAnitY appearance so that she and Rhea can go heavy metal hog wild on Mella & Vega.

We got quite a great bit from Miz, Maryse and Edge here to build their story. Maryse “hosting” Miz TV to welcome Miz, and then they had a very well made video package to show, in all honesty, Miz’s great career. Edge pointing out Miz (the character) has just been this heat magnet was great stuff, too, and just when I thought this was where Beth Phoenix was going to appear, we instead get quite a twist with Maryse getting mad at Miz over the human shield bit. I’m intrigued in how they’ll use that for the story, and we’re going to have a very good match out of Edge VS Miz with this growing heat.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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