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Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (7/2/22)

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WWE MITB 2022

Who gets lucky and hits the jackpot?

WWE Money in the Bank is back, and what better place to put it all on the line than Las Vegas! Who will become this year’s Mr. & Ms. MITB?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart; Liv wins and is Ms. MITB 2022.
  • WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins and is the new WWE US Champion.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Belair wins and retains the title.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Natalya; Rousey wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Cash-In: Ronda Rousey VS Liv Morgan; Liv wins and is the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins VS Mad Cap Moss VS Sami Zayn VS Omos w/ MVP VS (Austin) Theory; Theory wins and is Mr. MITB 2022.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield & Peter Rosenberg as they discuss, analyze and predict all the action tonight!

 

The Street Profits crash the panel!

They want to know what’s going on, and Montez Ford gets on the desk. Angelo Dawkins would but he’s scared the glass will break. Ford asks if we at home can hear the fans in Vegas. He doesn’t need to say nothing else. He’s on a panel of Hall of Famers and beautiful people, and the bright lights are on as THEY WANT THE SMOKE! Ford hops off the table and Kayla formally welcomes them. Ford says hi to everyone, elbow bumps with K-Peezy, and Kayla says this is going to be the biggest match of their careers. Ford says damn right. His household could bring back all the gold! You can call them the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! AND, they’re hitting the strip! They’re gonna party tonight~!

Kevin Patrick brings up how on SmackDown, the Usos said the Profits walk like them, talk like them and there was a shot of all four. They’re all physical specimens, but the Profits are bigger and stronger. However, where is the confidence level going against such an experienced and skilled tag team who has been at the summit as long as the Usos? Fans get photo ops but Booker says there’s no time for that. Booker wants to know what makes the Profits think they can win. So what Kevin asked? JBL says no, Kevin was kissing up! Booker says the Usos trained under, well, Booker T. They know what it takes to win and keep winning. Why do the Profits think they’re going to win?

Dawkins likes that question. He reminds Booker of when Dawkins got hired. It was an NXT house show. Dawkins asked how to make it, to get better. Booker said to “detox” from everything before coming to NXT. Dawkins did that on Raw, on Smackdown, and now they can be THE champions. The Usos ain’t ever seen Profits like these. They’ll dance in the street! Booker sees that difference. They look GOODT! JACKED! Get that paper! Kayla wishes them luck and thanks the Profits, and asks if they’ll stay for the predictions. Kevin says Profits. Booker says… Choose wisely, King! Well no offense, until you beat the champs, all else is irrelevant. Book goes with the Usos.

JBL agrees with Booker, the Usos are just that dominant. Peter says that they’re going to war. All the DJs of Vegas, we are celebrating a Profits victory! The Profits are ready, but will they be standing tall against the Bloodline?

 

Vegas, baby! The city built on risk and reward!

But to win here, you also need something else: luck. It ignites a spark of opportunity, and it isn’t about risk VS reward, it’s about always looking up. You climb the ladder, grab the prize and change your future! Tonight is the night to go for broke, to take chances, and to take it all! So, you wanna get lucky?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart!

Big Time Becks fought for the longest time to get in on this match, but she finally did it last Monday Night Raw! Will her Big Time Comeback carry her to the top? Or will not even the Luck of the Irish defy these one-outta-seven odds?

The bell rings and all seven stare down. Lacey goes out first but soon everyone follows to get a ladder! Raquel and Shotzi brawl, but Asuka and Becky are still in the ring. They brawl, Asuka gets the edge but Becky hits back! Becky ducks a backhand and a lariat to then WRECK Lacey! Becky avoids Asuka’s dropkick but Asuka fights off the Urenage! Asuka fires off kick after kick then she HIP ATTACKS Raquel away! SLIDING KICK for Becky! Liv and Alexa brawl, Shotzi gets a ladder in but Asuka snatches it from her! Becky CLOBBERS Asuka onto the ladder! Becky swaggers while dragging in another ladder.

Shotzi is after Raquel, Raquel smacks Shotzi off the apron. Becky throws the ladder but Asuka avoids being crushed by it! Asuka SMACKS Becky off the ladder, POP-UP KNEES Liv, and Liv falls on the ladder. Asuka goes after Raquel but Raquel BOOTS her down! Raquel sees the ladder, and deadlifts it, with Liv and Becky on it, to then SLAM them both down! Lacey gets in but Raquel BOOTS her away. Alexa runs in but Raquel WRECKS her with the ladder! Raquel holds the ladder up, but Becky avoids it slamming down on her! Becky SOBATS, Liv KICKS, and they work together to kick Raquel! But Raquel blocks their double suplex to double suplex them ON the ladder!!

Fans are thunderous as Ricky Desperado clears the ring and gets another ladder. Shotzi grabs it, too, but Raquel uses the ladder to drag Shotzi in! Alexa gets in, Raquel elbows her away, Shotzi avoids the battering ram! Shotzi leaps to CROSSBODY Alexa! Raquel brings the ladder back around but Shotzi grabs it. They tug-o-war but Asuka and Lacey join in> Three against one, they RAM Raquel into a corner! Shotzi then elbows Asuka, DECKS Lacey, nd runs up the ladder. She stumbles a moment but gets back up to DDT Raquel into the rungs! Liv copies Shotzi to SHOTGUN her away! Lacey CLOBBERS Liv onto the ladder! SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER on the ladder!

Asuka HIP ATTACKS Lacey onto it! Becky SHOTGUNS Asuka onto the pile, and goes up to drop the MAN’S LEG on everyone! Raquel is still stuck, Alexa goes up to CANNONBALL onto everyone else! Fans are thunderous while all seven women are down! “This is Awesome!” as Alexa gets up, stands a ladder up, and starts to climb. Raquel hurries after, the tallest woman after the shortest! Alexa fights free to KICK away on Raquel, SLAP, ROCK and KNEE, then tilt-o-whirl RANA into a ladder! Fans fire up again as Alexa traps Raquel with one of the other ladders. Asuka returns, Alexa ducks a kick but misses her haymaker, Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Asuka snarls, Shotzi kicks her low and reels her in! But Asuka blocks the suplex, turns it around, but Shotzi blocks! Asuka HIP TOSSES Shotzi onto the ladder! Raquel gets sandwiched between ladder and buckles, too! Asuka goes to the standing ladder, but Lacey SMACKS her off rungs! Lacey climbs, but Asuka stays on the ladder. They fight, but Becky shoves the ladder over! Asuka and Lacey go after Becky together, but Lacey ducks a back hand. Asuka avoids a sweep, Lacey avoids one back, and Lacey CLOBBERS Becky with the uppercut! Lacey drop toeholds Becky against a ladder! Becky bails out and Lacey works on standing the main ladder back up.

Fans are torn as Lacey takes her time, but Shotzi drags her down! Shotzi hurries up, but Lacey stops Shotzi! Lacey goes up again but Shotzi drags her back down. Shotzi dribbles Lacey off the mat, goes back up, but Lacey hurries up the other side. They meet at the top, throw hands, and Lacey SMACKS Shotzi off the top! Lacey smiles as she sees the prize, has the hook, but Raquel gets up and under her! Raquel and Lacey paw at the case, but Liv is there to fire off haymakers on them both! Liv climbs on top of Raquel, has the case, but Raquel throws body shots! Liv sunset flip POWERBOMBS LACEY! Raquel is still on the rungs, and she sees the prize!

Fans lose their minds over Liv and Lacey while Shotzi drags Raquel through a rung! Raquel is stuck in a Tree of Woe! Shotzi CHOPS her, climbs over her, and STOMPS her down! Raquel flops out of the rungs, but Alexa is climbing! Shotzi Electric Chair Lifts Alexa to SMACK her into the ladder! The ladder falls over and Alexa flops out of the ring. Shotzi resets the ladder as best she can, climbs up, but Becky stops her! They fight up top, Becky SMACKS Shotzi off the rungs and Shotzi falls! Becky repositions the ladder to be right under the case, and climbs again. But Shotzi YANKS Becky right off! Shotzi snarls and gets another ladder involved.

Shotzi SMACKS Becky off that other ladder, then sets her on it. Shotzi climbs, for the SUPER SENTON onto only the ladder!! Becky avoided disaster, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Asuka climbs, but Raquel drags her back down. Raquel CLUBS Asuka, climbs up, but Asuka drags her back down. They brawl, tip the ladder over, and then Raquel throws Asuka out. But Asuka drags Raquel out of the ring! Raquel CLOBBERS Asuka! Raquel grabs a ladder, then clears off the desk! Raquel makes a ladder bridge between ring and desk, then clears some space. Asuka attacks back! But Raquel SMACKS Asuka off the desk!

Raquel climbs up, deadlifts Asuka up to join her, but Asuka fights free! SOBAT! ROUND- NO, Raquel blocks the kick! Asuka fights free of the bomb to LEAP, FLYING ARMBAR!! Asuka has Raquel down in a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Raquel deadlifts again! Asuka lets go, tilt-o-whirls, but Raquel fights the crucifix. It’s an IRON OCTOPUS instead! Becky BOOTS Raquel and Asuka! Asuka is on the ladder, Becky DECKS Raquel, and then she looks to an even taller ladder! Fans fire up as Becky grins and brings that ladder over. Becky climbs up high, to drop THE MAN’S LEG!! Both women fall off the ladder bridge and fans lose their minds again!

Asuka and Becky are down, “This is Awesome!” and Shotzi finds her way back into the ring! She drags a ladder in but Alexa and Lacey join her. Raquel gets in, everyone has a ladder, but Alexa SMACKS Raquel with hers. Lacey and Shotzi set theirs up side by side but Lacey throws Shotzi down. And Alexa! But they go after Lacey! Raquel climbs, the others pursue, they all brawl up top! Becky sneaks in to tip a ladder, Shotzi and Raquel get hung out to dry! Then the same for Alexa and Lacey on the other end! Becky climbs and fans go nuts! But here comes Liv! Becky kicks her away so Liv hurries to get one of the other ladders!

Liv climbs that ladder just to go after Becky! But Becky tops Liv! Liv bounces off ropes to tip back! Liv BOOTS Becky, climbs up and reaches! LIV WINS!!

Winner: Liv Morgan (2022 Ms. Money in the Bank)

The fans are thunderous for this huge moment! Liv overcame the doubters and the haters, and now she has the golden ticket! Will she go on to be a new Women’s Champion? As for Becky, she’s having a Big Time MELTDOWN! Is the comeback done?

 

WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Bobby Lashley!

The Youngest United States Champion in WWE History, the newest Chosen One, sure thinks he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and at the expense of whoever is around him. Will he find that’s not the case when taking on The All Mighty? Or will Theory be taking another round of victory selfies on the Vegas strip?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly championship material!

The bell rings and fans are fired up, but Theory tries to literally flex on Lashley. Fans rally for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” Lashley and Theory tie up, and Lashley SHOVES Theory away! Theory tumbles and bails out in frustration, then wants Lashley to back off so he can get in. The ring count starts, Theory slowly climbs onto the apron, and fans rally for Lashley more. Theory rushes in, into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Theory flounders, Lashley aims, but Theory bails out before the spear. Fans boo but Lashley grabs Theory at the apron! Theory breaks free but Lashley throat chops him! Lashley runs to BLAST Theory off the apron!

Fans fire up, Lashley lets Theory deal with the ring count, then goes after him at 4 of 10. Lashley fireman’s carries, Theory grabs the barriers! Lashley pries him free but Theory fights off the posting! Theory fights free, POSTS Lashley, then RAMS Lashley into the barriers! Theory gets in and wants the count to climb faster! The count is 6 of 10, fans boo, but Lashley is up at 7 and in at 8. Theory is on Lashley, throws hands, and Lashley goes back out. Theory follows Lashley, but fans chant, “Theory Sucks!” Theory whips but Lashley reverses! Theory jumps up the steps, tot he apron, then BOOTS Lashley!

Theory leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! Lashley drops to a knee but gets Theory back up, to POST him! Fans fire up and Lashley puts Theory back in. Fans fire up as Lashley aims again. Lashley runs in but Theory cowers in fear! The fans boo and Lashley is annoyed. Theory tries to kick low but Lashley blocks! Lashley ELBOWS Theory, smacks Theory off buckles, and more buckles, and then climbs up to rain down fists! Theory slips free quick to trip Lashley up! Theory runs, to CLOBBER Lashley! Fans boo but Theory snarls as he DECKS Lashley! Cover, ONE!! Theory is furious and he drags Lashley around.

Theory stomps Lashley while talking trash. Theory stands Lashley up to CLOBBER him again! Fans boo but Theory shakes his head. Theory drags Lashley up, hoists him to the top rope, and he throws more hands. Theory talks more trash, before the ARABIAN- NO, Lashley blocks the press, elbows Theory to the apron, but Theory SUPERKICKS Lashley down! Theory hurries in to cover, ONE!! Theory rains down more fists in anger, and he shouts “I am the champion!” Fans boo more as Theory looms over Lashley. Theory drives elbows in then clamps on a chinlock. Lashley endures and the fans rally up.

Theory leans on the hold, but Lashley grits his teeth and fights back up. Theory throws Lashley down hard! “That’s all day!” Theory talks more trash but Lashley still endures. Lashley fights up, fans rally behind him, and Lashley gets to his feet. Theory knees low and throws Lashley down again to go right back to the chinlock. Lashley fights up again, Theory gets worried and Lashley fireman’s carries! Theory slips off, waistlocks, but Lashley switches! HURT- NO, Theory drops to KICK Lashley, but Lashley starts rallying with big hands! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Theory flounders to a corner, Lashley runs in to clotheslines! Lashley keeps moving and he RAMS into Theory!

Fans fire up again as Lashley drags Theory up. Lashley suplexes Theory, but Theory slips out and goes to the apron. Fans boo but Lashley is after Theory. Theory HOTSHOTS Lashley away! Somersault jump, into a TROPHY LIFT! And a POWERSLAM!! Cover, TWO! Theory survives and Lashley is a bit surprised. But Lashley waits for Theory to stand back up. Theory rises, Lashley reels him back in, Canadian Rack for the DOM- NO, Theory lands on his feet! Lashley ducks the Penalty Kick to roll up, TWO! Theory drop toeholds Lashley into buckles! Theory slingshots to somersault, SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is growing frustrated with Lashley’s endurance.

Fans rally behind Lashley but Theory says A-Town Down! Theory drags Lashley up, fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips off to roll him! TWO!! Theory escapes, but runs into a scoop! Theory rakes eyes! Theory runs, and steals the SPEAR! Theory drags Lashley up to a fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off again, HURT LOCK!!! Theory flails, but he TAPS! Lashley WINS!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (NEW WWE United States Champion)

The Rocky Mountain Machine just made Theory into the youngest former US Champion in WWE history! Will this newest All Mighty Reign be his strongest yet?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Sarah congratulates Liv on the win and becoming Miss MITB, but has she decided on which title she is after? Liv says she can cash in any time over the next YEAR, so the possibilities are endless. But she only gets one shot, and she has never wanted anything more than to be champion. WrestleMania sounds good, but for now, she’ll focus on celebrating. Will Liv live her best life and finally get the gold?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella!

The RawEST Women’s Champion was all ready for the Judgement Day’s Brutal Eradicator, but injuries do happen. Rhea Ripley will be back one day, but her loss is a golden opportunity for the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE. Will Mella be money once again? Or will looks and past accolades only get her so far against the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the quickEST, and the BEST in WWE today?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who looks their best with that championship around their waist!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Bianca waistlocks to SLAM Mella, then holds on. Mella scrambles but can’t get free, and Bianca SLAMS her again. Bianca still holds on, brings Mella up again, but Mella elbows then switches. Bianca switches and throws Mella to the apron. Bianca eggs Mella on but Mella fixes her hair first. Mella gets in, but Bianca is right on her! Mella kicks Bianca away, throws her down by her hair, but Bianca kips up! Bianca shoves Mella, Mella shoves back. Bianca shoves harder, Mella knees low! Mella talks trash, brings Bianca up and whips her to a corner, but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to say, “Kiss this!”

Fans fire up, Mella runs in but Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca says “Kiss this!” again. Bianca RAMS into Mella, and again, Mella clubs back but Bianca lets off. Mella SLAPS Bianca, Bianca rushes in but Mella dodges. Mella tilt-o-whirls but no Mella-Go-Round here! BACKBREAKER, and then a second! Bianca shows she IS the StrongEST, and then she handsprings, but Mella moves! Mella bails all the way out and Bianca sighs. Fans boo but Mella takes time to compose herself. Bianca goes out after Mella and runs her over! Bianca brings Mella up to put her back in the ring, but Mella scurries away.

Mella is back on the apron, Bianca storms over but into a HOTSHOT! And a FABULOUS KICK! Mella covers, TWO! Mella argues the count, then she fires off fists in the corner. The ref counts, Mella lets off at 4, and argues again. Mella bumps Bianca off her boot, then talks trash while digging palms into Bianca’s face. Mella fires off back elbow after back elbow, then grins as she swaggers corner to corner. “Mella! Is! Money!” BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella goes after Bianca’s arm in a chicken wing, and has a very unique armlock. Bianca endures, even as Mella stomps her! Fans rally, Bianca pushes this to a cover, TWO!

Bianca gets to a corner, elbows Mella away then slips out to the apron to bump Mella off buckles! Bianca slingshots in and spins Mella around to scoop! Mella fights off and throws Bianca down by her hair! Mella swaggers again, soaks up the heat, but she runs into a LARIAT! Bianca fires up, CLUBS away on Mella, then suplexes! Bianca holds Mella up and marches a bit, before the SLAM! Fans fire up after the “LongEST Suplex,” and then Bianca RAMS into Mella at the corner. Bianca climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, and Bianca gets all the way to nine, to backflip and DECK Mella with the tenth!

Fans fire up and Bianca gets Mella up to whip her to a corner. Bianca runs in but Mella dodges and Bianca POSTS herself! Mella gets Bianca in a cradle, TWO! Schoolgirl with feet on the ropes! TWO!! FABULOUS KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Mella is mad again but she stalks Bianca. Mella says Bianca is the tackiEST, the cheapEST, and then she SLAPS Bianca! Bianca ROCKS Mella, torture racks her, for the KISS OF DEATH!!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

Mella just showed that you should never make Bianca the maddEST in the ring, because she will take you out! Will Bianca keep this reign running until it is the longEST? But then Mella YANKS Bianca down and fires off on her! Mella is the sorEST loser! Mella leaves Bianca down and out while fans boo, but will Bianca get the sweetEST revenge for that?

 

Alexa Bliss hangs out with Lily in her locker room.

But uh, where’d all this stuff come from? What’s Lily been up top? Oh, she bought it all, huh? How? Oh, she has a WWE Credit One Bank Visa card! Did she get Alexa anything? In the box? What’s in the box? What’ sin the box? Oh… Wow… Teeny, tiny skates. That was nice of her, but uh, ask for her size first next time.

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey are here to represent the Bloodline while the Tribal Chief prepares for SummerSlam and Brock Lesnar. But are they be prepared for a more focused, more aggressive and more passionate Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins? Or will there be no smoke, and will the Profits be down when the Usos are the ones?

The Usos have mics, and Jimmy says they’re in Sin City and the Usos are feeling really lucky! Jimmy is putting all the chips on red! Nah, Uce. Then how about on black? Nah, Uce. Then let’s put it all on the Bloodline! The Profits are the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But the Profits make their entrance, high five the fans, and then join the Usos in the ring. The introductions are made, the red AND blue belts are raised, and we see who leaves Las Vegas with them all!

The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Jimmy. Fans rally and duel as Jimmy talks trash on Dawkins. Dawkins jaws back and the two circle. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks, but Jimmy powers his way to a headlock. Dawkins powers out and fans rally, “We Want the Smoke!” Jimmy runs Dawkins over, and the Usos raise the fingers to the sky. Dawkins resets and keeps cool as he circles with Jimmy again. They tie up, Dawkins waistlocks to headlock, but Jimmy powers out. Dawkins runs Jimmy over and stirs it up. Things speed up, Jimmy hurdles and Dawkins handsprings! Dawkins DROPKICKS Jimmy then DECKS Jey!

ANOINTING! Tag to Ford! He’s up top fast, but Jimmy bails out faster! Fans fire up for the Profits as Ford says “SUCK IT!” The ring count climbs but Ford keeps saying “SUCK IT!” The Usos return, Jimmy tags Jey, and Ford says fine, he ain’t scared. Fans rally as the Right Hand Man circles with Tez and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Jey headlocks. Ford powers up while fans chant for Pat McAfee. Jey reverses the whip but Ford runs Jey over! Ford glares down at Jey, glares at Jimmy, then runs. Things speed up, Jey CLOBBERS Ford! Jey stands Ford up to whip corner to corner, but Ford goes up and over!

Ford DROPKICKS Jey down, then kips up to tell Jimmy, “SUCK IT!” The ref keeps Jimmy back, Ford wrenches Jey and tags Dawkins. They double whip, Dawkins runs Jey over, then BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dawkins throws off the headbands to drag Jey up. Dawkins wrenches, then ROCKS Jey! And ROCKS him again. Dawkins shoves and ROCKS Jey, but Jimmy tags in. Jey reverses the whip, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Dawkins down! Jimmy talks trash while Dawkins bails out. Jimmy DECKS him off the apron, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Dawkins hits barriers!

Jimmy gets back in the ring, tags Jey, and both Usos fetch Dawkins. The Usos drag Dawkins over to DOUBLE SUPLEX him into the post! The Usos leave Dawkins behind and get in at the ring count of 7. Dawkins is up and in at 9, but Jey looms over him. Jimmy tells Ford to “SUCK IT” now, and Jey taunts Dawkins. Dawkins slowly gets up, Jey throws a hand but Dawkins ROCKS Jey with a counter punch! And another! Jey DECKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Dawkins flounders to a corner, Jey stays laser focused, then Jey runs in to RAM into Dawkins! Tag to Jimmy, he taunts Ford then ROCKS Dawkins!

Dawkins drops and Jimmy paces around. Jimmy dares Dawkins to go to Ford, but then he stomps Dawkins’ hand! Jimmy stalks Dawkins to ropes, CHOKES him, the ref counts but Jimmy lets off at 4. Jey gets a cheap shot in! Jimmy rains down fists on Dawkins, then raises the finger. Jimmy taunts Ford’s entrance, calls for “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in but Dawkins DECKS him!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, find their way to their corners, hot tags to Jey and Ford! Fans fire up as Ford GAMANGIRIS Jey! Ford climbs up to CROSS- SUPERKICK!! Jey covers, TWO!! Jey is furious but Ford survives!

Jey looms over Ford, fans rally up for the Profits, but Jey taunts Ford to tag Dawkins while he’s not there. Jey stands Ford up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Ford bounces off buckles! Jey CHOKES Ford against ropes, lets off at 4, and Jimmy gets a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! A shoutout to Roman with that cheap shot, and fans boo as Jey raises the finger to the sky. Ford flounders against ropes, Jey tags Jimmy, and the Usos coordinate for the BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jimmy is annoyed but he stalks Ford. Ford swings wild but is punch drunk. Jimmy stands Ford up to CHOP him in the corner!

Jimmy keeps close to Ford, ties him up in the ropes, and CHOPS him again! Ford flounders and Jimmy CHOKES him again! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4, CHOKES him some more, grinds his forearms in, then lets off again. Tag to Jey, and Jimmy drags Ford out. The Usos SPLIT the wishbone! Fans boo while the Usos take their time pacing around Ford. Jey tells Ford to say “Suck It” now. Jey clamps on a chinlock and he fires off crossface forearms! Jey clamps the chinlock back on, dares Ford to talk more trash, but Ford still endures. The fans rally up, Ford fights up, but Jey facelocks to keep him from Dawkins.

Fans rally as the Profits are fingertips away, but Jey throws Ford down! SUPERKICK to Dawkins just because! Tag to Jimmy, fans chant and duel, “Let’s Go, Usos!” “USOS SUCK!” Ford fights back with big hands! He ROCKS Jey, fires off on Jimmy, but Jimmy keeps Ford from his corner with a whip. Ford is on the apron, he shoulders into Jimmy, “SUCK IT!” Slingshot into the UPPERCUT! Jimmy goes out to the apron, drags Ford up, and says he’s got this. But Ford blocks the suplex! Ford throws body shots, and snap suplexes Jimmy to the apron! Ford writhes, the ring count climbs, and Dawkins is back on the corner!

Fans fire up as Ford crawls his way over! Hot tag to Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness is unleashed as he FLIES onto the Usos!! Dawkins puts Jimmy in, rallies on him with big clotheslines, but Jimmy UPPERCUTS! Jimmy whips, Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he runs in at the corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! ENZIGURI! And then the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives but Dawkins knows he’s close. Jimmy bails back out and Dawkins goes out the side. Dawkins runs in around the way, and he RAMS both Usos down! Dawkins puts Jimmy in and drags Jimmy up.

ANOIN- NO! Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins, Ford tags in! Jimmy dodges his Cyclone, but Dawkins POUNCES Jimmy to a BACK SUPLEX from Ford! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives that shot from outta nowhere, but Ford snarls. “This is Awesome!” as Ford drags Jimmy up and mule kicks! Front kicks! But Jimmy ducks the enziguri! Jey tags in but so does Dawkins! ENZIGURI for Jimmy! Dawkins ROCKS Jey, and hoists him up! “SUCK IT!” DOOMSDAY BLOCKBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Jey survives and Dawkins cannot believe it! Neither can Vegas! Dawkins gets back up and brings Jey around. Dawkins ROCKS Jey, but Jey ROCKS Dawkins!

Dawkins wobbles, comes back and he ROCKS Jey! Jey comes back, to ROCK Dawkins! Jey talks trash, Dawkins staggers to ROCK Jey! Jey kicks, Dawkins blocks, but the DRAGON WHIP hits back! Jey tags Jimmy, Dawkins dodges to ROCK Jimmy! He ROCKS Jey, puts him in the Electric Chair, but he forgets Jimmy is legal! Ford tags in, Jimmy saves Jey and they POST Dawkins! Ford leaps over the Usos, but runs into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!?!? Ford shocks Vegas now! “This is Awesome!” and Jimmy tags Jey in. The Usos aim at Ford as he wobbles on his feet, POP-UP- RANA!! Ford then TOSSES Jey!

Ford realizes he has a target, and he goes corner to corner to FLY OVER THE POST!! Direct hit on BOTH Usos and the fans are thunderous! Ford puts Jey in, hurries to tag Dawkins, and then Dawkins tags Ford! THE ANOINTING! FROM THE HEAVENS!!! Cover, Jimmy breaks it!! Jimmy saves the title reign and Vegas is going nuts! Dawkins returns, both teams regroup, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” This has to end somehow, though, and the four stand up. The teams stare down, fans fire up, and here comes the brawl! Dawkins tosses Jimmy, Ford CLUBS away on Jey, Dawkins goes out but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him!

Jimmy TOSSES Dawkins into the timekeeper’s area! Jey fireman’s carries Ford but he slips off. Jimmy tags in, Ford SUPERKICKS Jey! The Usos regroup, DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Then whip and ONE D!! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

This epic battle came down to a slug fest, and in the end, the knockout shot came from the Usos! Jimmy & Jey move on, keeping the Bloodline golden! Will their reign ever end? Or are they the ones then, now and forever together?

Wait, a replay shows Ford got his shoulder up! It was barely up, but whether an inch or a foot, it was up! The Profits feel cheated, will they be able to get another go down the line?

 

A spooky video plays.

Some… familiar imagery, perhaps. A few crosses, a church, and… a medal? What does it all mean?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Natalya!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet refuses to be disrespected, and yet that is what the Queen of Harts has been doing ever since she became #1 contender. But both women know when to get serious, and they’re each out to break the other apart. Will it be the Armbar or the Sharpshooter that wins the big one in Vegas?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Ronda wins in Vegas again!

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up on ropes, Natty has Ronda on the ropes but she lets off to shove her. Ronda laughs that off and resets with Natty. They tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover. Ronda fights up, hammerlocks, but Natty slips around to switch the hammerlock on Ronda. Ronda goes to ropes, steps through and she ties Natty’s arm up on the ropes! The ref counts, Ronda lets off and Ronda asks Natty what’s wrong. Natty and Ronda reset, tie up, and Natty waistlocks. Ronda slips out to hammerlock but Natty slips around to fireman’s carry takeover!

Natty keeps on Ronda’s arm, but Ronda fights up. Natty wrenches to wristlock but Ronda rolls and steps over to wrench and wristlock back. Ronda strikes a pose to mock Natty, but Natty rolls and handsprings to slip through and power up. Ronda holds onto the arm and drags Natty down to a cover, TWO! Ronda hurries to crucifix, TWO! Natty has a foot, ANKLE LOCK! Natty grins as she uses the same hold Ronda learned from Kurt Angle. Natty keeps Ronda from ropes but Ronda picks the ankle for a trip and ANKLE LOCK! Natty endures now, rolls to throw Ronda away, then hurries to snapmare.

Natty runs to step on Ronda, and basement- NO, Ronda blocks dropkick to have the ANKLE LOCK! Ronda says Natty just couldn’t help herself! But Natty gets the ROPEBREAK! Ronda lets off and Natty throws a fit. Natty tells everyone to shut up, especially McAfee. Ronda rushes out to chase Natty back into the ring! Natty goes for  leg, Natty gets away, and Natty uses ropes for defense. Ronda backs off, and Natty SLAPS her! But Ronda shoves Natty to go after the arm. Natty reverses the whip to send Ronda into ropes! Natty aims, DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Natty stomps Ronda, talks trash to her, and rains down fists!

Natty drags Ronda up by her hair while fans boo, and Natty bumps Ronda off buckles. Fans rally but Natty throws hard body shots and stomps. The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4 to soak up the heat, then she goes back to SLAP Ronda again! Natty snapmares Ronda and clamps on a chinlock. Ronda endures as Natty leans on her. Ronda fights up and fans rally, but Natty throws Ronda down. Natty tells the ref to shut up and then she stomps Ronda around. Natty drags Ronda over to a corner to fire off haymakers! The ref counts again, Natty lets off at 4, runs in and ducks the elbow to rebound back suplex.

Ronda turns that into an arm-drag, but Natty counters with one of her own! Natty grins as she still has control, but Ronda endures the armlock. Natty CLUBS Ronda in the ribs but fans rally for Ronda. Ronda fights up, Natty clamps onto a cobra twist! Ronda endures again, slips out and puts the cobra twist on Natty! Ronda throws down elbows and fists, too! Natty endures, SLAPS Ronda on the leg and then puts the cobra twist back on Ronda! Fans boo as Ronda endures again. Ronda powers up to step over and throw Natty down! Natty scrambles to avoid the armbar! Natty gets to a corner, runs back in and she LARIATS Ronda down!

Ronda crawls to ropes but Natty is after her. Natty brings Ronda up and whips her to a corner. Natty runs in but into an elbow! Natty tries again but Ronda kicks her and LARIATS back! Ronda rallies with more, and she catches Natty’s discus into a SAYANAGI! Natty gets to a corner, Ronda runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Ronda snapmares Natty then BOOTS her down! Ronda fires up, jackknife rolls to fireman’s carry, PIPER- NO, Natty cranks an arm to escape! O’Conner Roll, TWO and Ronda rolls Natty! TWO, Natty steals the ARMBAR! Ronda clasps hands to fight it off, and she gets the legs to steal the SHARPSHOOTER! Ronda even flexes!

Natty endures, reaches out, but Ronda sits deep! Natty manages to crawl forward and get the ROPEBREAK! Ronda lets go, Natty leans on the ropes, and Ronda taunts her. “You’re gonna tap out with your rack out!” Natty SLAPS Ronda, so Ronda SLAPS Natty! SAYANAGI, and Ronda asks the fans if they want a souvenir. But Natty throws Ronda out of the ring! Ronda tumbles hard and clutches a leg! Natty fires off on the leg with kicks and stomps! Natty brings Ronda up, sits her on the apron, to get the legs! Natty says she’s gonna break Ronda! APRON SHARPSHOOTER!! Ronda endures, the ref counts, but Ronda rolls and POSTS Natty!

Natty flops to the floor and Ronda crawls away. The ring count is climbing past 5 of 10, Natty stands at 8 and gets in at 9! Ronda is annoyed, but she hobbles over to drag Natty up. Fireman’s carry, but the leg won’t let her stand! Ronda still wants to, but Natty sunset flips! Ronda says bad move! Ronda has the ARM- NO, Natty rolls through and steps through! SHARPSHOOT- NO, Ronda gets the leg to an ANKLE LOCK!! Natty endures, reaches out, Ronda drags her way from ropes! Natty tries the other side, Ronda drops to grapevine! But Natty turns that into a SHARP- NO, Ronda drags Natty into a STANDING ARMBAR!! Natty is fading, she TAPS! Ronda wins!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Rowdy Ronda retains after withstanding everything Natty could come up with! Wait, LIV rushes in!! Ms. MITB wants to go after a wounded Ronda! Ronda can’t believe this, but it is happening!!

SmackDown Women’s Championship Cash-In: Ronda Rousey VS Liv Morgan!

Ronda says screw it, it’s on! The bell rings, Liv kicks, but into an ANKLE LOCK!! Liv flails, scrambles, but Ronda loses grip! Ronda hurries to get the foot back, ANKLE LOCK! Liv reaches, Ronda drags her away from ropes, but Liv kicks the bad leg!! Roll-up, LIV WINS!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)

HOLY CRAP! From Ms. MITB to NEW champion! Ronda admits defeat, and even shows respect to the savvy of Liv Morgan. The world celebrates with Liv finally grabbing gold in the WWE, will we all #WatchHer reign?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins VS Mad Cap Moss VS Sami Zayn VS Omos w/ MVP!

Everyone knows Roman Reigns VS Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match is going to be the perfect target for a Money in the Bank cash-in. The only question is, who will be taking aim at the Tribal Chief and/or Beast of Suplex City? The Scottish Warrior, the Celtic Warrior, the Stallion, the Visionary, the Jokester and the Nigerian Giant are all looking up, but who will be looking down from the top of a ladder as the NEW Mr. MITB?

Wait, Adam Pearce stops this from getting started. He wants to comment how amazing tonight has been already in Vegas. Fans cheer because that’s true. And Pearce says what better way to cap this off than by adding to this main event! In Vegas terms, Pearce sees our seven and raises us one more! Ladies and gentlemen, the EIGHTH man is… THEORY! This is Vince’s doing, we all know it! But Theory is grinning as he walks out, now just a match away from having an even bigger prize than the one he lost. The bell rings, fans call BS but Riddle rushes after Rollins! Rollins runs away, but Riddle, Sheamus, McIntyre and Moss go after Omos!

Omos powers his way out, CLOBBERS McIntyre, CLOBBERS Sheamus, BOOTS Moss and SLAMS Riddle! Omos scoops McINtyre to SLAM him down! Omos goes out to fetch a ladder, but Theory and Rollins rush him! Omos CLOBBERS them! Omos RAMS Sheamus with a ladder, RAMS McIntyre, then goes to the ring. Moss and Riddle rush out but Omos lifts the ladder! Then Omos RAMS them going backwards, and Omos TOSSES the ladder into the ring! Omos says this is a done deal, but Sami is lurking, the only one who avoided Omos’ wrath. Sheamus gets in to CLUB away on Omos! Omos KNEES Sheamus then CLUBS him down.

Rollins gets up but Omos DECKS him! Theory is up but Omos BLASTS him! Riddle jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Omos endures and powers Riddle around for a SLAM! Moss fires off hands, Omos knees him low and tosses him out. Omos talks some trash, but he turns around into a CLAYMORE! Omos tumbles out and fans fire up with McIntyre! McIntyre hurries to get the ladder up and climb! But Sheamus drags his frenemy down and tosses him out! Sheamus climbs, but McIntyre is back in to bring him down. Sheamus shoves, so McIntyre fires a haymaker! They brawl, warrior to warrior, but Theory climbs! The frenemies go after the common threat!

They drag Theory down, CLOBBER him, and then CHOP him! Theory flops out of the ring, Sheamus has Theory on the apron! But McIntyre shoves Sheamus aside to give Theory BEATS OF TE BODHRAIN! Sheamus shoves McIntyre away to give BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! McIntyre gets another turn, then Sheamus shoves Theory down. The frenemies argue, and then they brawl! Rollins CLOBBERS them with a ladder of his own! Rollins hurries to clear the ring, and then he CHUCKS the ladder onto them both! Riddle CLOBBERS Rollins! Riddle fires hands but Rollins rakes eyes! Rollins rams Riddle into the ladder and it falls over!

Rollins hurries to get that ladder, fold it up, and bring Riddle over. Rollins sets Riddle up with underhooks, but Riddle back drops Rollins onto the ladder! And then a BROTON on Rollins and the ladder! Rollins rolls away but Sami tosses Riddle! The Master Strategist wants to snipe this from everyone! He climbs, but Moss drags Sami down! Moss RAMS Sami into the corner! But Sami drop toeholds Moss into the ladder! Sami hurries to reset the ladder, to SLAM it down on Moss! Fans fire up and Sami puts the ladder in a corner. But Moss SMACKS Sami off the rungs! then RAMS Sami in the other corner!

Moss fires off hands, stomps, and roars! Moss then whips Sami into the ladder! Sami tumbles up and down and Moss looms over him. Moss stands the ladder up, climbs up, but Riddle hurries after. Omos returns as they reach the top! Omos reaches up to drag Moss down and CLUB him in the chest! Riddle touches the case, but Omos YANKS him down, into a POWERSLAM! Omos climbs, but Theory LEAPS, into a choke grip! And a CHOKE SLAM! Omos says this is his now, and he climbs up! But Moss tries to tip the ladder! Omos is too heavy for that, but McIntyre helps out! Omos hops off but they clothesline him out!

Sheamus CLOBBERS Omos with a ladder! Riddle helps out! They DOUBLE RAM Omos and send him to the ramp! They toss ladders ON Omos to bury him under steel! Fans fire up as the colossus is finally down! But then Sheamus CLOBBERS everyone else! Wait, Rollins is setting up a ladder to take advantage! Sami rushes in to fire off on Rollins, and Sheamus rushes in with a ladder of his own. Rollins and Sami brawl, Sheamus sets up right next to them. Sheamus climbs, Sami fights him and Rollins. Theory returns and climbs up, now it’s a brawl of four men! Sheamus and Theory shove Rollins and Sami down!

Theory smacks Sheamus off rungs! Sheamus drops! But Moss yanks him down to hit a FALL AWAY SLAM! Moss hurries up the ladder now, reaches out, but Sami is on the corner. Moss hurries to intercept Sami with haymakers, then he gets a spare ladder to RAM Sami! Moss sets the ladder up sideways in the ropes but Sami kicks away on Moss. Sami stomps Moss, then steps over Moss, only for Moss to grab him! POWERBOMB on the ladder! Moss climbs now and but McIntyre hurries up the other side! McIntyre ROCKS Moss but Moss hits back! They brawl, fans fire up, it’s fast and furious up at the very top!

McIntyre HEADBUTTS Moss down! McIntyre has the case, but Sheamus shakes the ladder! Sheamus tips it over but McIntyre lands on his feet. But Sheamus fireman’s carries to WHITE NOISE! Sheamus sets the ladder up in the corner, but Riddle CLUBS him! And KICKS him! The hometown hero fires off on Sheamus, but Sheamus ROCKS Riddle, and hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus fires up and he SMACKS Riddle off the rungs. Sheamus throws haymakers, aims from a corner, but Riddle sends the Brogue into the rungs! ROUNDHOUSE, and a DRAPING DDT! Riddle shouts out Randy before repositioning the ladder.

McIntyre waistlocks but Riddle switches to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Moss returns, but Riddle spins him for a PELE! Riddle kips up to POWERSLAM Rollins! Riddle roars but Theory whips him at the ladder. But Riddle goes up! Riddle kicks Theory away, and then goes to the very top, for a SUPER FLOATING BRO ATTACK!! Riddle takes everyone out and fans lose their minds!! But OMOS rises from the ladder pile outside! Omos storms into the ring, snarls as he BOOTS Moss, HEABUTTS McIntyre, CLOBBERS Rollins, and KNEES Riddle low. Moss fires off but Omos tosses him. McIntyre CLUBS away but Omos tosses him!

Omos gets the ladder, starts to climb, but Riddle jumps on for a SLEEPER! Omos stays up, throws Riddle off, but is still wobbly. Theory sneaks in to climb the ladder! Omos grabs him with both hands! Omos brings Theory away from the ladder for the MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE SLAM! Omos goes back to the ladder again but Sheamus BROGUES him! Sami HELLUVA KICKS Omos in the corner! Riddle jumps on for a HANGING ARMBAR! Moss helps DUMP Omos out of the ring! McIntyre runs in to HEADBUTT Omos! Omos staggers, so Rollins gives him an APRON CURB STOMP!! Omos is still standing!?

Everyone works together to clear the desk! Vegas is thunderous as they bring Omos over! SEXTUPLET POWERBOMB through the desk!!! Fans are losing their minds even more than before over that one! The other six then see each other, and they all brawl! Sheamus and McIntyre, Riddle and Rollins, Sami and Moss! Sami WRECKS Moss and gets in the ring! McIntyre finishes with Sheamus to stop Sami’s climb! McIntyre RAMS Sami into the ladder! Sheamus brings another one in and he CHUCKS it at McIntyre! Sheamus sets that ladder up on the top rope, and then he brings McIntyre up.

Fans hope these guys “FIGHT FOREVER!” Sheamus whips but McIntyre reverses into FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre then stands a ladder on Sheamus to pin him down! McIntyre climbs up, fans fire up, but PETE DUNNE rushes out! The Bruiserweight goes after McIntyre on the ladder! SLEEPER!! McIntyre holds on, still climbs, but Dunne FISHHOOKS him! Dunne brings McIntyre down with this sleeper hold, and Sheamus is free of the ladder now. BROGUE!! Dunne suffers, too, but Sheamus drags McIntyre over to trap him under the ladder! Sheamus climbs, touches the briefcase, but McIntyre bench presses the ladder up! Sheamus falls to the floor!

McIntyre is up, he CLAYMORES Dunne! Kip up and Vegas is electric for McIntyre! McIntyre stands the ladder up, climbs up, but Sheamus stops him! Sheamus throws body shots, climbs, but McIntyre climbs the other side! They meet at the top, fire off haymakers, but Sami is back! Sami tips the ladder, both Sheamus and McIntyre hit the ladder on the top rope!! Everyone else is down and Sami hurries to reset the ladder! Sami climbs up, has the case, but MOSS returns! Moss TOSSES Sami, gets the case, but Rollins tips the ladder! Moss HOTSHOTS off the ropes! And flounders into a CURB STOMP!!

Rollins hurries to reset the ladder and climb! But Riddle RAMS Rollins with another ladder! Riddle stands this HUGE ladder up, and hurries to climb it while Rollins is down. Rollins gets back up, grabs Riddle, punches at him, but Riddle still reaches out. Rollins CLUBS Riddle, SWATS him down, and finishes the climb! Rollins touches the case, but can’t find the hook! Riddle is back up, for a SUPER RKO!!! Vegas is volcanic! Riddle rises again, he drags himself up the ladder, and Vegas is going nuts for their hometown bro! But THEORY returns! Theory climbs the other side, and he pie faces Riddle!

Theory throws hands, Riddle hits back! They brawl up top, Riddle CHOPS and SLAPS and CHOPS Theory! Theory SMACKS Riddle off the rungs! Theory SHOVES Riddle down! Theory reaches out, get the case, and WINS!

Winner: (Austin) Theory (2022 Mr. Money in the Bank)

And of course, Theory takes a selfie! Will Theory be taking even more selfies when he cashes in on whoever is Undisputed Universal Champion?


My Thoughts:

Once again, Vincent Kennedy McMahon and team serve up a PPV pizza with wonderful things, only for that last bite to be a stuffed crust full of grape jelly and tuna. Vince, in kayfabe and reality, went out of his way to ruin all the good will MITB 2022 was building. Theory VS Lashley is a very good US Championship match, and it is awesome that Lashley won, but Vegas had it right, Theory getting in was utter BS. And then, him WINNING it is BS of the highest order! The only silver lining, and I mean ONLY, is that if Theory does the Last Man Standing cash-in that everyone brought up, it backfires and he gets his ass kicked by both Roman and Lesnar.

Aside from the dumbass crap Vince gave us, everything else was great. Leading with the Women’s MITB match was a sign of a cash-in, and after an awesome albeit rough and scary match (thank God Shotzi is okay), Liv winning was a great move. Becky got to give us quite the meltdown after, and then each Women’s Championship match had the cash-in possibility on it. Bianca VS Mella was very good, but I figured Bianca would win. Mella attacking Bianca after was a decent cash-in tease, but it seems Liv didn’t think it wasn’t good enough. And then, while a good chunk of Ronda VS Natty ground down to a slog, they managed to make the ending exciting.

Liv cashing in here was quite the surprise. It almost look like Liv was going to fail, and then MITB 2022 would’ve really sucked, but they made the right choice on this one and gave Liv the win. This is a moment Liv and many fans have been waiting for, and now Liv moves back to SmackDown to give us something fresh in the Women’s Division. SummerSlam is going to be pretty wild, with Becky desperate to get back up, and maybe big returns to SmackDown like Charlotte or Bayley. Charlotte would be great, they can finally call back to when Charlotte and Liv feuded during the Riott Squad days and Charlotte was the first to say Liv would have to find herself before becoming champion.

The Usos VS Profits was an awesome tag title match, and while it looked like the Profits were going to get this, I should’ve figured the Usos would retain. But I will say, it is good on them to make a point of Ford getting his shoulder up. They can make this the reason for a rematch at SummerSlam, and maybe then there will be a stipulation on the match like they said there was going to be on this one. Hell, I bet they undid all that because they made a mistake and set that up too soon. And then, the right call needs to be made again where Profits win. The Usos will get to one year as tag team champions, and then they hand things off to another great team. And again, there’s always the chase to get the belts back, so that Usos can be two-time undisputed tag champions.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/24)

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Who moves on to Money in the Bank?

After last Monday Night Raw’s wild ending, everyone just wants to move forward. But will the Wyatt Sick6 cast their shadow on the MITB qualifiers?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser; Kaiser wins, by disqualification.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Lyra wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed; Gable wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Alba & Isla win.
  • Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston; Kross wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Finn & JD win and become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz is on commentary!

Pat McAfee is taking tonight off for some obvious reasons, between last Monday night and how that bled over into the Pat McAfee Show.

 

Drew McIntyre is here?!

We know from Friday Night SmackDown that The Scottish Terminator did NOT quit, he just hunted CM Punk down in Chicago to beat him down! And now he’s here in Indiana, with fans chanting “C M PUNK!” at him. McIntyre says people were talking about how he quit last Monday, but they’re not talking about that anymore, are they? They’re talking about Friday! It was so good, McIntyre wants to see it again. Footage replays as McIntyre hauls a bloodied and half conscious Punk from backstage to the stage, just to drop him down in front of the Chicago fans. The fans here boo that but McIntyre smiles.

McIntyre says he prayed for this, and “The Big Man” made it happen, because he is the big man! And everyone chanting Punk’s name for months now? He’s done with you! When you chant his name, it is just in memory of him now. You’ve watched what Punk has done to McIntyre. He screwed McIntyre over in Scotland, in front of McIntyre’s friends, family, countrymen, and his WIFE! McIntyre promised his wife the world title and Punk stopped that, and the fans still chant that damn name! Those who chant for Punk are dead to him! McIntyre will talk right to Punk because he’s sitting at home now.

“I hope you’re uncomfortable and in pain, and being fed through a straw, because I did that to you. I put you there! And I didn’t just take your dignity, though, did I? I also took this.” McIntyre shows the friendship bracelet Punk was wearing! It’s worth about 50 cents, because a fan made it, but it means so much to Punk because it has the names of his wife, AJ Lee, and his stupid looking dog, Larry! The fans boo but McIntyre says Punk wears this when he leaves home so he can take them with him so that he isn’t alone. The fans chant for “LARRY! LARRY!” McIntyre says Punk IS alone, because of McIntyre.

Punk is in pain, is miserable, and that is the theme going forward, because McIntyre will enter the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and Punk will watch McIntyre all alone, and McIntyre will win while Punk is in pain because of him. McIntyre knows what it feels like to be alone. He’s felt it every time the fans chanted Punk’s name, as the roster accepted Punk and as management accepted Punk, even after McIntyre told the world what kind of person Punk really is! But McIntyre’s not alone now, is he? He puts on the bracelet, and says he has Punk’s dog and Punk’s wife, Punk’s family, in McIntyre’s corner.

McIntyre will win MITB, cash in that night, and Punk will be miserable and in pain as McIntyre has PUNK’S family by his side, and once again becomes World Heavyweight Champion, in spite of Punk! The fans boo but McIntyre has made his mission clear. Will he give everyone else broken dreams on his way back to the top of the mountain?

 

A car pulls up in the back.

And out of it exits Chad Gable! He doesn’t want cameras on him right now. He even has security help him get his things and walk through the halls. Gable is clearly not over the horrors of last Monday Night Raw, but will he be able to focus on the colossal challenge ahead of him tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

At least, Cathy Kelley hopes for some words from the former Olympian ahead of his Triple Threat match. Security is doubled both inside and out to protect him. There have been murmurs of shock that Gable is even here tonight. Other than the wound on his forehead from last week, there is no word on the extent of his injuries from the Wyatt SICK6 attack. Gable was not the only victim of that rampage, will any of them be alright going into the night?

 

Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew nearly broke the Impeccable German in half last week, all because of how Kaiser ruined the fun he was having with The Fella. Will Bron finish the job and leave Kaiser in pieces? Or will being #MeanerThanEvil not be enough against the European excellence?

Raw returns and Kaiser is at gorilla. Jackie Redmond is there to interview him. She says with all due respect, he is still visibly upset from last week, which was technically all because he interfered with the match of Bron and Sheamus. Kaiser says let’s forget about Sheamus, alright? Bron Breakker is strong, explosive and fast. Kaiser felt all that when Bron viciously attacked him. But Kaiser will prove he is destined for greatness! He will prove that Bron Breakker is no Ludwig Kaiser. The music plays and Kaiser makes his entrance, will he find that statement works better the other way around?

The bell rings and the fans bark for Bron. The two tie up, Bron powers Kaiser to a corner, but the ref counts. Bron lets off slowly, grins, but Kaiser pie faces him! The fans boo but Bron CHOKES Kaiser! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but Kaiser BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! And CLUBS him! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, CLUBS Bron again, then fires forearms. Bron fires back and the fans rally. Bron gets the edge, but Kaiser headlocks. Bron powers out, Kaiser reverses but Bron runs and runs and CLOBBERS Kaiser! The fans fire up and bark, and even Miz likes that! Bron snarls and goes back to drag Kaiser up.

Kaiser fights the facelock, puts Bron on ropes, and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Kaiser lets off, but he HOTSHOTS Bron! Bron sputters, Kaiser KICKS him down! Kaiser rains down fists, the fans boo, but Kaiser lets off to snarl and soak up the heat. Kaiser goes back but Bron RAMS him into a corner! The fans fire up as Bron RAMS into Kaiser again and again! Bron lets off to scowl at the ref, and Kaiser wants mercy. Bron just RAMS into him again and again! The ref counts, Bron grabs at Kaiser but Kaiser CLAWS the eyes! The fans boo but the ref misses it, and Kaiser KICKS the legs out! Kaiser CLUBS away on Bron now!

Kaiser drags Bron up to KICK him back down! Kaiser gets Bron up to POST him, and Bron is stuck in the ropes! Kaiser runs side to side to DROPKICK Bron to the floor! Miz says Kaiser is becoming a standout as he moves from the tag division to singles, and Kaiser goes out to scuff Bron. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Kaiser sees the steel steps. Kaiser brings Bron over, but Bron RAMS Kaiser into the apron! Kaiser grimaces while Bron goes up the apron. The fans bark, Bron aims, and Bron FLYING LARIATS Kaiser over the desk! Bron does Kaiser like he did Sheamus, the fans are losing their minds, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kaiser has Bron down now, and under the ropes. Kaiser fires off hands, lets off as the ref counts, and he talks trash as Bron flounders. The fans boo more, but Kaiser KICKS Bron! Kaiser eggs Bron on, pie faces him, then SLAPS him! Bron scowls and the fans rally up. Bron rises, Kaiser looks worried, so Kaiser fires CHOP after CHOP! Bron fires haymaker after haymaker! Bron whips, Kaiser reveres, but Bron runs through the lariat to FLYING BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up for the freakish athleticism and Bron hauls Kaiser, for a deadlift BELLY2BELLY! Bron then GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Kaiser flounders, Bron runs in to clothesline at the corner! The fans are behind Bron as he puts Kaiser up top. Bron climbs, but Kaiser HEADBUTTS, then throws hands! Bron staggers away, but he comes right back up, to SUPER STEINER! The fans go nuts and even Miz can’t believe what he just saw! The straps come down, Bron gets Kaiser by the neck, then trophy lifts! But Kaiser slips free! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, but Bron DUMPS Kaiser up and out! The fans fire up as Kaiser crawls, and Bron goes out the side. Bron grins and he comes in around the way, but Kaiser sends him into steel steps! Kaiser grins as he avoids that car crash!

Kaiser gets back int he ring, but then slips out the side. Now Kaiser runs in around the way, but SHEAMUS KNEES HIM DOWN!!

Winner: Ludwig Kaiser, by disqualification

The Celtic Warrior gets payback on Kaiser and the fans are loving it! Sheamus now clears the desk and the fans are loving this even more! Sheamus hauls Kaiser up, lifts, but Kaiser fights it! Bron SPEARS Sheamus down!! The fans bark with Bron as he wipes out two men with one move! Will nothing and no one stop Bron from breaking through to that next level?

 

The Judgment Day hangs out int he clubhouse.

Carlito is over, so they’re playing WWE 2K while having some chicken nuggets. They’re having Rhea Ripley beat up on all sorts of superstars. Damian Priest walks in, and he asks who hooked them up with the goods? Carlito says it wasn’t him. Dominik puts the nugs down to say that while Priest might not like this, these are all gifts from Liv Morgan. Dude, seriously? Carlito says Liv helped him win his match so she can’t be all bad. Pause the game… Carlito says yeah, they do need to figure this out. When are the distractions gonna end? Someone texts Dom, and he checks. Now what? Whoa…

Dom shows the guys, and JD’s jaw practically hits the floor! Carlito says that’s cool. Priest glares at Carlito and Carlito says no, n-not cool. Dom says Liv is crazy and Priest agrees, but it is crazier how Liv even has Dom’s number! Priest isn’t telling Dom what to do, but if it were him, he’d find a way to end this with Liv tonight. Just saying. And guys, are you having fun? You know who else is having fun? Braun Strowman, because he’s having his way with them every week. Priest doesn’t wanna be a broken record, but that should’ve been handled by now. But hey, enjoy the games. Finn says yeah, Priest is right. They gotta handle Braun, tonight.

Carlito & JD agree, but they go back to WWE 2K. Will the Judgment Day finally put their foots down and establish dominance?

 

Bron returns backstage.

And he bangs on the door of Adam Pearce. Pearce says good God almighty, calm down! What’s the issue? Bron’s issue is that he’s sick and tired of everyone getting involved in his matches! He would’ve beaten Kaiser if not for Sheamus, and he would’ve beaten Sheamus last week if not for Kaiser! Bron wants a match with Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. He is sick of this, do something! Pearce says alright, just calm down before you have a heart attack. But then speaking of Sami, here he is! And the champ stares Bron down. If Bron wants the title match, well, no one is here to get in the way. Any time, any place, just name it.

Then how about Bron VS Sami at Money in the Bank? Sami tells Pearce, “You tell Bron Breakker he’s got his match.” Pearce says then at MITB, Sami VS Bron for the IC title is OFFICIAL. Bron says he’ll destroy Sami. Bron leaves, will he tear Sami apart in Toronto?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!

The Morrigan has been a thorn in the side of Damage CTRL, only because they’ve been trying to hold her down ever since they got here. But will Lyra be able to fly high and head for Toronto? Will the Pirate Princess help Iyo Sky double their chances in the ladder match? Or will the Queen of Spades stop everyone from overlooking her and finally head back to the top?

Raw returns and Kairi makes her entrance, followed by Shayna. The bell rings, the three feel things out, and then Kari takes a swing! Lyra gets around, Kairi BOOTS Shayna, then Kairi switches to headlock. Lyra powers out, hip tosses Kairi down to a cover, ONE!! Lyra whips Kairi to a corner hard, but then Shayna LARIATS Lyra! Shayna keeps going and clotheslines Kairi in the corner, then gut wrench SLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Kairi bails out so Shayna goes right after Lyra. Shayna whips Lyra to a corner, but Lyra goes up and over, sweeps the legs, and reels her in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Kairi AX KICKS it apart!

Kairi wrenches to a wristlock, whips, but Lyra reverses. Kairi goes up and gets both Lyra and Shayna for a RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Kairi goes up, and she aims to SUPER CROSSBODY both Lyra & Shayna down! The fans fire up with Kairi while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Shayna suplexes Kairi, only for Kairi to APRON DDT!! Both women are down and the fans fire up, but then Lyra runs in to WRECK Kairi with a dropkick! Lyra puts Kairi in the ring, climbs up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Lyra isn’t done there, she hauls Kairi up to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and then Shayna BUZZSAWS Lyra! Shayna CLUBS Lyra, drags her up, and whips her to ropes. Lyra slides under, but Shayna stops the heel kick to LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kairi runs up to BLOCKBUSTER Shayna! Kairi drags Shayna to a drop zone and the fans fire up!

Kairi goes up, INSANE ELBOW onto knees!! Shayna drags Kairi up in a KIRAFUDA, but Lyra rolls Shayna up! TWO!! Shayna escapes, Lyra SOBATS, KICKS and RAMS into her! And then ENZIGIRIS! Shayna falls, Kairi rises, but Lyra runs. Kairi ducks the enzigiri, goes for a leg, but Lyra steps over, gut wrenches, and SITOUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Shayna KNEES Lyra in the face!! Cover, TWO!! All three women are down and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” as the three stir. Kairi goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but only gets buckles. URAKEN! Kairi hurries up while Shayna falls, but Shayna rises again!

Shayna GAMANGIRIS Kairi, but Lyra waistlocks Shayna! Shayna ELBOWS free, but Lyra ducks the kick! Lyra fireman’s carries, Shayna slips out! KIRAFUDA!! Lyra flails, falls back, but Kairi aims! Lyra rolls back, TWO! INSANE ELBOW!! But Lyra fireman’s carries, NIGHTWING DRIVER!!! Cover, Lyra wins!!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

It was a fast and furious finish, and when the dust cleared, it was Lyra standing tall! But will she be able to fly over the field and get up that ladder to bring down the briefcase?

 

McIntyre argues with Pearce backstage.

Everything that Punk did to him, costing him at WrestleMania, costing him at Clash at the Castle, McIntyre should automatically be in the MITB ladder match! Pearce says no, everyone has to earn their way into that match, especially the guy that “quit” last week. Oh, whatever, it’s not like McIntyre meant it. Well, Pearce is gonna mean what he says, and no, McIntyre doesn’t deserve it. All McIntyre’s done is disrupt things on Raw and SmackDown. Oh, well, did McIntyre deserve CM Punk snatching a referee shirt, running out there and screwing McIntyre over? Does Seth Rollins deserve the shot at Priest after just coming back when McIntyre beat him at Mania?

McIntyre will tell Pearce this: He believes Pearce will do the right thing. Because if he doesn’t, he’ll see the true meaning of the word “disruption.” McIntyre leaves, but then Liv Morgan walks in. She’s wearing a shirt that reads “Daddy’s Girl,” and she smiles as she makes her way to gorilla. The WWE Women’s World Champion makes her entrance, and we’ll find out what she’s up to, after the break.

 

Raw returns and…

Liv has the mic to say, “Oh, Dominik~! Since I couldn’t seem to catch you backstage, I thought I’d come all the way out here to get your attention. I hope you really, really, really liked the gifts I gave you,. But I hope you liked that text I sent you even more.” She knows he’s playing hard to get, but once he’s honest with herself that she is what he really wants, she promises there’s so much more in store for him. Rhea’s never gotten Dom any gifts, has she? She’s never cared about him the way Liv does. Will “Daddy Dom” please come out here? He can thank her for the gifts, and she promises to give him another right in front of all these people.

But instead, Zelina Vega makes her way out here! La Muneca says she has a gift for everyone: it’s shutting Liv the hell up. Zelina doesn’t get why Liv’s obsessed with Rhea’s “sloppy seconds.” But that’s not even why she’s here. Zelina is here to talk about something that Liv has clearly forgotten about. While Liv is running around chasing that Dirty D, Zelina is here chasing the WWE Women’s World Championship. The fans like that! Liv says oh goodness, she has not forgotten about the title. This is the most important thing in her life! She took out Rhea for this title. She put Becky into early retirement for this! There is NOTHING that means more to her than this.

But it seems to Zelina that Liv is just about having fun. And that that fun is all she’s worried about. What’s wrong with having fun? Zelina will tell her what’s wrong. Liv schemed for her opportunities, Zelina starves for hers. So her Why will always top Liv’s libido. And what sounds “fun” to Zelina is Liv putting that title on the line. How does that sound? Zelina VS Liv for the WWE Women’s World Championship, here tonight! The fans fire up for that idea! Liv says she’d love to, but she’s busy. How about next week? Zelina is NOT waiting for next week! Try her. But wait, here domes Com! The fans boo but Liv is all smiles.

Dom has a mic, but Liv asks if he liked those gifts. She knows he does. Dom says he did get the gifts, but no he did not like them. Oh, but she knows he loved that text, right? She even gets the ropes for him. Dom tentatively steps inside, and Zelina asks what is going on here. The fans chant “SLOPPY SECONDS!” and Zelina gags before she laughs. Zelina says if Liv is too afraid to fight, she didn’t need to bring her man out here. Dom says he’s not Liv’s man. The fans boo but Dom keeps trying to talk. If Zelina’s gonna fight Liv for the Women’s World Championship… The fans keep booing, but Dom says he wants to help.

Okay, wait, this is rich. He wants to what? He wants to help! Dom knows Zelina and Rhea have had their issues, and Zelina says that’s an understatement. Dom tells the fans to let him talk! Liv agrees, Daddy needs to speak. Dom says he’d rather seen anyone but Liv with the title! Zelina says no, if she wanted to hear anything out of Dom, she would’ve tossed a coin in his begging bowl. Second, she doesn’t need Dom’s help, nor does she want it. So- LIV ATTACKS ZELINA! Liv and Zelina scrap on the mat, the fans fire up, and then Rey gets in! Rey pushes Dom aside to drag Liv away, then he goes to Zelina’s side. But then Dom SHOVES Rey!

The fans boo as Dom again disrespects his dad, and Liv takes that as Dom fighting to protect her! Dom gets outta there, but Liv hurries after. Just what is going on with this WWE telenovela?

 

Cathy Kelley still waits by Chad Gable’s room.

She confirms that WWE medical has checked on Gable, and Adam Pearce has also talked with Gable. Pearce now exits and Cathy asks for an update. Gable is shaken up, as would anyone, but he IS medically cleared and focused on tonight’s Triple Threat. Then has Gable provided any further details on that brutal attack and his mental state? Pearce says that isn’t his story to tell, and Gable might not be in a position to tell it just yet. Will Gable be alright when facing two giants so soon after facing a living nightmare?

 

Liv continues to follow after Dom.

Dom tells her to leave him alone but she just wants to talk. Liv thanks Dom for being her hero out there. He saved her from his deadbeat dad! Now she knows he wants this as much as she does. No, that was just because he can’t stand his dad! Liv still thanks him, and hugs him. Dom squirms away, but then R-Truth walks in. Was that Tom or Nick Mysterio? Well, whichever one it was, he’s a reluctant hero. Those are the best kind, right? Liv says they sure are. Truth always has a soft spot for Tom/Nick. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something for a guy like that? Liv says Truth has no idea. Truth loves it when love is in the air.

Truth tells Tom/Nick is playing hard to get. They sure are. But Liv has an idea how she can do something nice for Dom and his friends. She can talk with Pearce about a match of Dom VS Rey for next week, and for tonight, it can be JD & Finn in a match for the World Tag Team Championships. Can Truth help with that? Yeah, Truth used to be cool with Finn, but he never liked JD. JD’s never been in Judgment Day, and he’s got a freakishly large head. Liv says JD sure does. But Liv knows the guys would love a tag match with the best team in the world. Truth says he’s one half of THE WWE World Tag Team Chamipons!

OMG really? Can he help? Of course! He’s the best! Well, yes, he is. Okay, just make sure to go talk to Pearce. Liv thanks Truth, heads out, and Truth says he’s always ready to help Carmella. Miz is NOT happy on commentary, and now he has to intercept Truth! Michael Cole is now alone on commentary, will Judgment Day get everything they could ever want?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed!

It’s the moment of truth for the former leader of The Alpha Academy. Will what happened last week leave him in any shape to face the Monster of All Monsters and the Colossal Aussie? Or will he pull off the truly biggest upset victory in WWE history?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Gable’s. Gable has a mic to say, “Do you believe in miracles?” The fans are torn, but Gable says the rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Yes, eh was left bloodied and bludgeoned, left for dead by a bunch of monsters. There’s just one problem: Chad Gable cannot be killed! He LIVES! And in an act of true bravery, he is out here tonight to face these two monsters. And like last week, he will persevere, go on to MITB, win the briefcase, and he will become The Master in the Bank. Gable steps into the ring, but the tron is getting all glitchy…

The bell rings, Gable looks between the two mountainous men, and he CHOPS Bronson! Bronson doesn’t flinch! Gable CHOPS Braun, but Braun doesn’t flinch! Bronson CHOPS Gable, then Braun CHOPS Gable down! Gable bails out so now the big men are left alone. The fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” The two tie up, go around, and Bronson headlocks. Braun powers up and out, Bronson ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Braun! Braun gets stuck int he ropes a moment, but comes back to CLOBBER Bronson! Braun keeps moving, but Bronson DUMPS him out! Gable gets in, and he waistlocks Bronson! Bronson elbows free!

Bronson lifts Gab le, and THROWS him at Braun, but Braun catches Gable! Gable fights, but Bronson DIVES?! Down goes everyone and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Gable has Braun in a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun gets free, but Bronson SPLASHES him! Gable gets in, ducks ‘n’ dodges Bronson to DROPKICK! Bronson SENTONS but Gable dodges! Gable has the giants in the corners, and he runs to forearm SMASH Bronson! And forearm SMASH for Braun! Gable goes back to Bronson but Bronson busts through the lariat to SPLASH Braun! SPLASH to Gable, then a whip into Braun’s BOOT! Bronson runs up but Braun BOOTS him, too! Braun then runs to run Bronson over! Another BOOT for Gable! Braun gets Gable up and TOSSES him into Bronson!

Both Bronson and Gable fall and the fans fire up! Braun sees both men go outside, so it’s time to get on the tracks! The Strowman Express runs to CLOBBER Gable! And CLOBBER Bronson! Braun storms back into the ring as the fans fire up, and he runs, only for Bronson to move! Braun POSTS himself! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Gable stomps him to a drop zone. Gable goes up and up, but Braun trips him up! Braun drags Bronson out to POST him, then scoops him, for a MONSTER SLAM on the floor! The fans fire up as Braun huffs and puffs and rips off his shirt!

Braun drags Bronson back up, but then JUDGMENT DAY attacks! JD, Dom, Finn & Carlito all attack, but Braun fights them all off! Braun stalks JD, grabs him and Dom, then goes to the ramp, only for Finn to CHOP BLOCK Braun! Judgment Day mugs the Monster of All Monsters, the fans boo, but this leaves Gable and Bronson alone! Gable adjusts, has his target, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Judgment Day handles their Braun problem, and Gable actually comes through on his promise! Will Gable continue to do as he said and win the MITB contract?

Wait! The lights start turning off! The fireflies are coming out and Gable is in a panic! There’s fog filling the ring, and the piano starts playing! And then a spotlight shines on Gable, as SISTER ABIGAIL rises!! She creeps up behind him, and Gable falls into a corner! Gable scurries out of the ring but he can’t look away from fear. But then Abby crawls her way over to something else. There’s a box on the floor, and she picks it up. She sets it down on the commentary desk. What’s in the box, Cole? What’s in the box?! Abby continues on, walking through the crowd. And then she goes into the shadows, and disappears.

 

Raw returns and…

Michael Cole holds up the package. The fans are chanting “OPEN IT! OPEN IT!” The box is meant for Pat McAfee but he’s not here tonight. Cole unwraps the package, opens it up, and pulls out a VHS tape. It has the words “PLAY ME” on it, but hopefully the production truck has something.

 

Gable is backsatge.

He knocks on a door, and is thankful Otis is there. Gable asks if the others are there. He needs to talk with them. Otis calls to them, and out walk Tozawa & Maxxine. Gable says after last week, h is life flashed before his eyes, and when it did, all he could see was them, his family. It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong. These last two months have been rough for all of them, and he knows he stepped over the line. He owns that. So from the bottom of his heart, he is sorry. But that’s what families do, right? They fight, but they stick together. Otis says yeah, but anyone who hurts Tozawa & Maxxine isn’t family.

Otis is sorry for what happened to Gable, but he said what he said. They’re done. Otis leads the others away and Maxxine tells Gable that he put them through a lot. Gable really hurt Otis. Otis looked up to Gable. But for what it is worth, they are glad he’s okay. What happened to him must’ve been terrifying. But Otis just needs time, okay? Maxxine will talk with him. Maxxine heads back inside, and Gable turns around to see The Creeds & Ivy Nile. They ask if he’s alright, and Gable says no! He’s not alright! He needs help… Will Gable have to move on if Otis is unable to forgive him?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The wicked witches are back in action after winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Clash at the Castle, and it’s going to be against the high-flying, good vibing party girls of KC Squared! Will Kayden & Katana be able to break the spell already cast by the new champs? Or will there be no After Party here tonight?

The teams sort out, Alba and Kayden start up and they tie up. Alba throws Kayden down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. But then Kayden YANKS Alba into ropes! Isla runs in, Kayden throws her out! Kayden runs and WRECKS both Alba & Isla with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Katana comes around, and she gets a boost to CROSSBODY Alba & Isla down! KC Squared is all fired up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kayden has Alba in a TRAILER HITCH! Alba endures, crawls over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets go in frustration but she runs back up, only for Alba to YANK her into ropes! Kayden flounders, Alba brings her up and Isla tags in. The lasses double suplex, only for Kayden to counter with a DOUBLE DDT! The fans rally up, Kayden SUPERKICKS Isla down! Kayden grabs Isla by the legs and puts her in the drop zone. Katana tags in, and she goes up for the KEG STAND! Cover, Alba breaks it! The fans fire up as Alba RAMS into Kayden! Kayden TOSSES Alba, gets Isla up, and Katana climbs.

But then Alba trips Kayden up! Isla avoids Katana, but Katana rolls Isla! TWO, and Isla ROUNDHOUSES Katana down! Tag to Alba, she gets Katana up in the Gory Especial, double double, TOIL AND TROUBLE!! Cover, Alba & Isla win!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall

But wait! Now DMG CTRL runs in to CLOBBER Alba & Isla! The fans boo but they beat the tag champs down 3v2! Then Dakota BOOTS Katana for good measure! Iyo goes up top, takes aim, and OVER THE MOONSAULT for both Isla & Alba! The Evil Genius said DMG CTRL needs to make a change, will this increased intensity help them take over Raw?

 

Priest returns to the clubhouse.

But Liv’s already there? She says hi then bye, and Priest hopes this was Dom ending things. Priest steps inside, but only Finn is here? Finn thought Priest was heading home already. No, he had to come back and grab the world title so that he can go out and address Seth Rollins. Don’t tell Priest that it didn’t look sketchy just now! Don’t accuse Finn of things. Liv was here telling them all that Dom’s got a match with Rey, and that Finn & JD have a tag title match TONIGHT! Oh, she did that? Yeah! It ain’t ideal, but a title match is a title match. Finn will take what he can get. Liv seems a little too good to be true, Finn admits that.

Priest says that’s exactly right. Priest will go handle his business, and he wishes Finn good luck in the tag title match. Finn nods, Priest leaves, but then Finn rolls his eyes. Is Priest getting worked up over nothing? Or is there something going on here between The Prince and “Daddy’s Girl?”

 

The Miz finds Truth.

Miz asks if Truth talked to Pearce. Oh, he did, and it’s official. Why isn’t Miz in gear? They gotta get to gorilla. Miz asks if Truth has been paying attention. Miz was on commentary tonight! Oh, oops. Truth says he did it for love. Liv and Dom is a classic romcom. Like Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Shrek! Miz doesn’t care about that right now! This is about them! Truth says he loves Miz, but only as a friend. Truth heads out, Miz is beside himself. What is Miz to do with Truth? What are they going to do against The Prince & Irish Ace?

 

Damian Priest heads to the ring.

El Campeon has already had a busy night just trying to keep his team on track, but now he will focus on his own business. Priest has the mic and says we all saw the Seth Rollins video package earlier. It was humbling and inspiring. Real talk, Priest sees what Rollins meant when he said he sees a version of himself in Priest. He gets it. They’re both someone who can be in a group, stand out as a leader, and elevate everyone around them. They’re both someone who can come out here as champion, representing Raw, while always rising to the occasion. And tell you waht. Priest knows what he sees in Seth.

Priest sees a man… he does not want to become. To break it down, Priest doesn’t wanna be here and see his successor. See someone who is bigger, stronger, and better than him. No, don’t get him wrong. Rollins is great, but Priest is the champion of the world! And so long as he IS world champion, sorry, but Rollins will never see the mountaintop again. But wait! Here comes Rollins himself! The fans fire up as The Visionary struts his way out as Cruella’s male counterpart and goes to the ring. Indianapolis sings for Rollins as he gets the mic, and he tells them, “We are partying in Indy today!”

The fans cheer and Rollins says this is why: Royal Rumble 2025 is coming their way! But that’s in February. Tonight is Monday, and so it’s still his show, it is MONDAY NIGHT ROLLINS! The fans sing more, and Priest is amused. Rollins revels in it, then says Priest goes “All Rise for El Campeon,” well all sing for Seth Freakin’ Rollins. But Priest wants to come out here, run his mouth about Rollins, is that it? No, no, Rollins wants to get this right. Priest says that as long as he is World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins will never get the belt back? That’s about right. Ooh… Well that is bold, Priest, very bold.

The problem is, man… Rollins doesn’t believe that. Rollins doesn’t believe in this confidence, this is false bravado. Does Priest even believe the crap coming out of his mouth? Does Indy believe the crap coming out of Priest’s mouth? “NO! NO! NO!” Rollins says they don’t buy it and here’s why. They don’t buy Priest as the man, as the mountain, because his actions and his words don’t line up. Priest says all the right things, says he doesn’t want anyone’s help when it comes to this title. However, in both of his title defenses so far, it was very obvious that Priest needed the help. If not for Judgment Day or CM Punk, Priest wouldn’t be here as World Heavyweight Champion!

Priest says yeah, he gets that opinion, and Rollins is right. Priest didn’t ask for help, but people got involved. The fans boo, then chant “YOU SUCK!” Priest frowns, but says he is the world champ! And he can’t change what happened. But what he can do, look at Rollins while holding the world title, while Rollins is there representing the past and holding on to a whole lot of nothing. Rollins says, “For now.” Rollins isn’t here to run Priest down. No, Rollins has a lot of respect. But Rollins doesn’t appreciate being one-upped. Priest one-ups Rollins by challenging him to this title match> Respect, that was a bold move.

But now Rollins is here to one-up right back. A challenge for challenge. Rollins says they should sweeten the pot at MITB. Y’know, nothing official, no Pearce or anything. More like a side bet, or a gentlemen’s agreement. A cherry on top. What does Priest say that if somehow he retains the title, he gets his wish. As long as Priest is champion, Rollins never challenges for it again. But when Rollins wins, takes back the title Priest has been keeping warm these past two months, we find out if Priest really can stand on his own two feet. WHEN Rollins wins at MITB, Priest… must LEAVE Judgment Day! The fans like that idea!

Priest is a bit speechless here. Rollins says we can find out if Priest really can walk a mile on Rollins’ shoes. What does El Campeon say to that? Priest chuckles, and he has to admit, that’s good. As Priest sees it, he’s the champion. So to him, Judgment Day needs him more than he needs them. But as far as this “agreement” goes, Priest accepts. Now Rollins is shocked. They shake on it, but wait! Here comes Der Ring General! Indy fires up as Gunther goes to the ring to join Visionary and Punisher. Gunther looks between the two, the fans chant “This is Awesome!” and then Gunther gets a mic.

Gunther has everyone hold on, and he says he fully understands there’s a lot on the line here. The world title, and the gentlemen’s agreement. MITB, Seth Rollins, the workhorse who established the prestige of this title, against Damian Priest, the man who is carrying Monday Night Raw on his back right now. Gunther wishes good luck to both men. He cannot wait to see this match. The fans cheer that! Gunther then adds, “May the better man win. But don’t make a mistake. At SummerSlam, the better man out of you two, will be the lesser man when he steps in the ring with me.” Gunther drops the mic and heads out. Will the King of the Ring prove he’s the greatest of them all in Cleveland?

And as for Rollins and Priest, will The Visionary make good on the last shot he might have for a long time? Or will he force the Judgment Day to do things without their Punisher?

 

The VHS tape is ready.

The production team has a VCR to play it, and so here we are. A buzzard, the piano playing, the Wyatt Sick6, and of course, Uncle Howdy. “Are you… Happy? How have you been since the loss? Do you feel as though you have been… forgotten? Do you remember who you are?” BO DALLAS!? And he says, “I’m nobody.” Howdy says, “There you are. How did it feel when your brother died?” Bo says one of the most important things in his life… was taken from him. And it feels like nothing was ever gonna matter again. Howdy says, “Don’t you think you’re exploiting your brother’s legacy?” Bo says all he ever wanted his whole life… was to be like his brother.

Bo looked up to his brother, wanted to be like his brother. And he worked his entire career, his life, so he could have the chance to work next to his brother. They were going to… They were going to rule together. They finally made it! They had it all! And then it was taken away. There is no one on this Earth that feels more hurt by his loss than Bo! No one feels what Bo feels! So what is he supposed to do? Let his life become a mausoleum? To let everyone forget about what his brother stood for, what he fought for, what he believed in?! They wanted to forget about Bo. “They wanted to forget about all of us!”

Bo says they need to remember. The Wyatts made them all remember! Howdy says, “Yes, we did!” The two sides of one mind sit in the dark room, and then the video ends. What will the Wyatt Sick6 do to “make us remember” next?

 

Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston!

Mr. Apocalypse put out the challenge, and then got what he hoped for in #KofiMania running wild! There’s an agreement to leave everyone else in the back so that this is a fair fight, but will it really be fair? Or will the New Day find a way to triumph over The Final Testament?

The bell rings and Kofi DROPKICKS Kross right out of the ring! Kofi then FLIES and he takes Kross down! The fans fire up with Kofi and he gets Kross up and into the ring. Kofi goes up the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kross avoids the ax handle. Kofi comes back but into a BACKBREAKER! Kross then shifts to get Kofi back up, fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kofi tumbles out of the ring but Kross has a confident sneer, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, the fans rally, and Kofi JAWBREAKERS free of Kross! Kofi goes to the apron, springboadds in, and AX HANDLES! Kofi keeps rallying with CHOPS and a DORPKICK! Kofi runs, but into Kross’ arms! Kross RAMS Kofi into the corner, runs back in, but Kofi goes out to PENDULUM KICK! Kofi goes back up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO, and Kross swings! Kofi dodges, and he LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up and Kofi gives us the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Kross sputters and the fans fire up. Kofi claps, and the fans clap along. Kofi aims from the corner, but then Paul Ellering is on the tron!

Ellering shouts at Kofi, “Is it worth it? Is it really worth it!?” The Authors of Pain are beating up on Woods! Kofi hurries to the ropes but Kross reels him in! Kofi runs, dodges, but into the scoop and FINAL PRAYER!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Kross holds up seven fingers, because Kofi is “lucky” number seven in Kross’ list of former WWE Champions he has defeated. But it would seem The New Day fell into their trap, will nothing stop The Final Testament from ruling over Raw?

 

WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh!

Miz really should’ve had Truth join him on commentary earlier tonight, because now they’re having to defend their titles on short notice! Again! Will the Hollywood A-Lister and the former 54-time WWE 24/7 Champion ever be done with The Judgment Day? Or will the luck of the Irish bring these belts back to the clubhouse?

Raw returns and The Awesome Truth makes their entrance. That takes care of the introductions, then the belts are raised, and we see if all is truly fair in love and war.

Truth starts against JD and the fans rally up. Truth and JD circle, but then Finn pushes Truth! JD CLUBS Truth, stomps away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Finn tags in, he drags Truth up to ROCK him. Finn headlocks, Truth powers up and out, then Truth drops and blocks a kick. Truth kicks low, runs, and SCISSOR KICKS! Finn flounders to a corner, Truth does the splits! Truth goes corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Truth then brings Finn over to tag Miz. The Awesome Truth double whips, DOUBLE ELBOWS, then they do their secret handshake before the DOUBLE ELBOW DROP!

JD runs in but he gest a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Finn runs in, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Then Miz & Truth DOUBLE LARIAT JD up and out! Indy is all fired up, but then here comes Liv! Whose side is she on? We’ll just wait and see, after the break.

Raw returns again and Finn stomps away on Truth at the ropes! The ref counts, Finn tags JD, and JD slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! Liv is still at the ramp, but JD CHOKES Truth on the ropes. The ref counts, JD lets off to argue, and Finn gets a cheap shot in! JD stomps Truth, tags Finn, and they mug Truth. Truth writhes, Finn drags him up and whips. Truth KICKS Finn back, but then Finn rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up and Miz reaches out. Truth and Finn crawl, hot tags to JD and Miz! JD trips up, Miz KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! The fans are thunderous as Miz stomps away in the corner!

The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and he runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARAIT! Miz pushes Miz down, dodges Finn and Finn kicks post! Miz YANKS Finn down, hurries back up, but JD runs up. Miz RAMS into JD, but Dom & Carlito show up now! Liv says hi, but Dom & Carlito go after Miz! Miz kicks Carlito, TOSSES him over the desk, then hurries up., Miz BOOTS JD, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! JD survives and the fans fire up! JD goes to a corner, Miz runs in, but into a BOOT! JD goes up, but Miz trips him up, and Miz DRAPING CODE BREAKERS! Miz hauls JD up, but Finn returns! Miz kicks Finn, too! DOUBLE DDTS! Cover on JD, TWO!!

Dom & Carlito are frustrated but The Judgment Day is still in this. Miz has the fans fired up, and he rises up. But Dom’s on the apron! Miz swings on Dom, JD rolls Miz up! TWO, and JD swings. Miz dodges to WRECK Dom with a dropkick! JD swings again, but into the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Carlito helps with the ROPEBREAK! The fans boo as Caribbean Cool gets away with one! But then  Miz grabs at Carlito’s hair! Carlito gets free, Miz goes for JD, but JD HEADBUTTS Miz down! And here comes BRAUN! Braun storms down to the ringside, he chases Dom & Carlito away, just like last week!

The fans fire up as Miz and JD slowly stir. Finn is back and he reaches out. Liv seems unsure what to do without Dom here. JD crawls, as does Miz. Hot tags to Finn and Truth! Truth dodges Finn, and fires those FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Truth hits the SPIN OUT BOMB! And we know what that means “YOU CAN’T-” NO, Finn KICKS Truth in the face! Miz gets up, Finn DECKS him off the apron! But Truth drop toeholds Finn, into the STF!! Finn endures, flails, reaches out, but JD CLOBBERS Truth! Miz springboards in, into a DROPKICK! Truth gets JD up, SPIN OUT BOMB! But Finn rolls Truth! TWO!!

Truth hurries to his feet, gets under Finn, and SPIN OUT BOMB! Finn & JD are side by side, and the fans fire up! DOUBLE “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, for a TEN KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!! JD flops out, Finn flounders around, and LIV gets on the apron!? Truth is distracted, Liv says love is in the air! Do this for her! Liv hugs Truth, JD distracts the ref, and then Liv HOTSHOTS Truth!! Finn SHOTGUNS Truth down!! Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, JUDGMENT DAY WINS!!

Winner: Finn Balor & JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Tag Team Champions)

Liv IS a bad girl! She just screwed Truth so that Dom’s friends could succeed! Judgment Day has more gold again, and Liv stands with them! Finn & JD allow it, but what will Priest have to say about this? What will Mami Rhea have to say about it?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Raw here tonight! Great “surprise” of McIntyre showing up to really add some heat to this  already red hot feud with Punk. Of course he just expects to be in the MITB match, and he’ll be getting his chance to qualify, but it’s hard to say if he’ll actually become Mr. MITB. Punk could easily show up in Boston next week to mess McIntyre over, or he’ll show up in Toronto to yank McIntyre off the ladder. Either way, something is going to get us to McIntyre VS Punk for SummerSlam, and no title involved, just the grudge. That’s because Gunther is promised the title match for SummerSlam, and we got a great promo from Rollins, Priest and Gunther to feed that.

As always, a lot of great stuff out of Judgment Day, and Priest accepting the stipulation of that gentlemen’s agreement is some great stuff. Rollins might win, might get cashed on at some point, who knows, but Priest being forced to leave Judgment Day would be wild. I don’t see that coming because of everything else we got tonight, but it’s good stuff to put on the pressure. Liv keeps on flirting with Dom, and I think she’s right that he really did like getting WWE 2K on PS5 AND a huge platter of chicken nuggets, but then she doubles down and helps JD & Finn win the tag titles. That closing image tells me that Liv, Finn & JD VS Rhea, Dom & Priest in Judgment Day Civil War. It doesn’t even matter who is Heel and who is Face, it’s the cards they’re showing.

Awesome match from Bron VS Kaiser, but apparently Kaiser got legit injured during it. They should’ve been more careful with that flying clothesline onto the desk, maybe not bust that out all the time… But Sheamus going after Bron was great, and maybe after Bron VS Sami, Sheamus gets his shot to see if he can finally become Intercontinental Champion and complete the ultimate WWE checklist. And good stuff from Kroff and Kofi, but I nailed the prediction last week. Kofi was out in the ring so that Woods could be mugged by The AOP, this is the same stuff they did to Lashley & The Profits. But hey, if it adds to the New Day’s dysfunction, it’s still good stuff.

Awesome Triple Threat from Lyra VS Kairi VS Shayna. Lyra winning made sense, she and Iyo Sky can have it out during the ladder match. And DMG CTRL going after the tag teams later on was a good move, too. DMG CTRL will of course want the tag titles back, so it’ll likely be Kairi & Dakota VS Alba & Isla at some point. While that was a very good Triple Threat for the men, it should’ve been clear Braun was going to be attacked by Judgment Day. Chad Gable’s story tonight was also great, seeing as how it is also connected to this larger Wyatt Sick6 story. They could’ve gone with a bigger piece of bandage on Gable’s “wound” so it’d be more apparent, but that’s a small thing compared to him being one of the Wyatts’ targets.

Apparently Pat McAfee is another, as the Wyatt Sick6 “hacked” his show some time last week, which explains why he didn’t wanna show up tonight. Very clever to make the message a VHS tape, and that promo from Taylor Rotunda as both Uncle Howdy and Bo Dallas, that was powerful stuff. They even addressed the concern that some fans think this is exploitation by showing this story is a tribute to Bray and not just some gimmick. The therapy session style of Bo basically talking to himself even shows this is a way of working through mourning and grief, but also perhaps something more, something darker. That’s where it felt like Bray’s story was going with Howdy and Fiend and everything else, so this is Bo picking up the torch as only he can.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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