Raw is entering BEAST MODE!
As if last week wasn’t big, this week’s Raw will have Rollins VS Riddle for the US title, the Good Brothers’ WWE in-ring return, and BRRROCK! LESNAR!!
- The Good Brothers VS The Alpha Academy; The Good Brothers win.
- Damage Control VS Candice LeRae & Bianca Belair; DMG CTRL wins.
- Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dolph Ziggler; Corbin wins.
- Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgement Day VS AJ Syles w/ The Good Brothers; Dominik wins.
- The Miz VS Dexter Lumis; No Contest.
- WWE United States Championship: Seth Rollins VS Matt Riddle; Rollins wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bobby Lashley is already in the ring!
The All Mighty doesn’t wanna waste any more time! He’s calling out Brock Lesnar! If Lesnar has an issue, they can fight about it! Bring it on out and let’s fight for the fans in Oklahoma! And here comes The Beast! Fans fire up as Lesnar steps out on stage! Lesnar smirks as he starts down the ramp towards the ring. Lashley is pacing in the ring as Lesnar tips his hat to the fans. Lashley gets impatient and he rushes out after Lesnar! Lesnar RAMS Lashley into the apron! And then into the POST! Lashley staggers away but Lesnar hauls him up to a fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off to POST Lesnar! Lesnar staggers, into a SPEAR through barriers!!
Fans are thunderous and management rushes out here with referees! They all swarm and drag Lashley up away from Lesnar! Lashley is up, superstars get involved now to keep Lashley back. But Lashley finds a way through, and he finds Lesnar again! SPEAR onto the desk! They flop over and fans are going nuts! Lashley still wants Lesnar’s blood, but Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander and others try to stop him! Lashley drags Lesnar up for a SPINEBUSTER through the desk!! Lesnar writhes in the wreckage while Oklahoma cheers Lashley! Lashley still has rage to spare but Lesnar isn’t getting up just yet. Will Lashley not rest until he’s destroyed The Beast?
The Good Brothers w/ AJ Styles VS The Alpha Academy!
The Original, the Official, and the ONLY Club that matters is back together! The Phenomenal One accompanies the Machine Gun, Karl Anderson, and Big LG, Luke Gallows, and they’re ready to continue where they left off. Will Gallows & Anderson make an example out of Chad Gable & Otis to the Judgement Day?
The teams sort out and Gable starts against Anderson. They tie up, Karl waistlocks but Gable wrenches out to a wristlock. Karl wrenches back, Gable rolls and spins through to headlock for a takeover! Karl keeps his shoulders up, fights up and powers out, but Gable runs him over! “A THANK YEW!” Fans boo and Styles is annoyed but things speed up. Karl hip tosses Gable then CLOBBERS him! Karl CHOPS Gable to a corner, brings him around to whip, and then he ELBOWS Gable down! Karl bumps Gable off buckles, tags in Gallows and fans fire up. Gable gets away and tags in Otis, and fans like the look of these two big men.
Otis and Gallows step to each other and Gallows throws hands! Otis kicks low and CLUBS Gallows. Otis runs in but is sent into the corner! Gallows runs in to back elbow! Gallows fires off body shots and an UPPERCUT! Gallows runs but into a WRECKER ELBOW! Otis swipes at Karl but he gets away, Gallows comes back with a BOOT! Tag to Karl, the Good Brothers mug Otis, and Karl uppercuts! Karl runs but into a cheap shot from Gable! Karl DECKS Gable but Otis CLOBBERS Karl! Gallows is mad but the ref keeps him back. Gable KNEES Karl into the POST! “A THANK YEW~!” Karl is down and fans boo while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Otis tags in. Gable whips Karl into a corner, Otis runs in and SPLASHES! Karl falls down and Otis climbs the corner! VADER FLOP as Karl moves! Fans fire up and Styles coaches Karl. Karl and Otis crawl, hot tags to Gable and Gallows! Big LG rallies with big clotheslines! And an UPPERCUT! Gable goes to a corner, Gallows runs in to back elbow! And then runs to FLYING ELBOW! YAKUZA KICK! Gable is down but Otis runs in! Otis dodges but gets a YAKUZA KICK! Gallows hauls Gable up, pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Gallows tags Karl! The Good Brothers set up, but Otis CLOBBERS Karl!
Otis CLUBS Gallows and clotheslines him out of the ring! Otis goes out, Gable NORTHERN LIGHTS Karl! Bridging cover, TWO! Otis runs at Gallows but is sent into steel steps! Gable drags Karl to a drop zone and climbs up top. MOONSAULT but he blocks the boot! ANKLE LOCK! Karl kicks Gable away, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Gallows and they try it again! MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
Styles celebrates with his boys, The OC is feeling Too Sweet! At least, until The Judgement Day shows up. Everyone has a mic but Finn starts with a “Tooooo Sweet~!” But that’s the same old same old crap! No one’s ever seen that before! Priest says the OC is crazy. The three of them think they accomplished something great last week! Fans chant, “You Suck!” Priest says they stopped caring about the fan a long time ago. But the only thing The OC accomplished is guaranteeing they’ll get cooked by the Judgement Day! Finn needs to remind us all that he’s the one who started that stupid little club! Finn made them, and he’ll break them!
That is why Judgement Day challenges the clowns to a match! But don’t get excited. It isn’t here tonight. It’ll be OC VS JD at Crown Jewel! Styles gets a mic to respond! “First of all, we accept. Second, I can’t understand why everyone does this. This is Monday Night Raw! You’re standing right there, we’re in the ring, let’s do this right here, right now! That is, unless you three boy shave to ask your mother for permission.” Dom tells Styles to shut up! Unless Styles wants to end up like Rey and end up running away to the other brand, tail between his legs, because he can’t hang with the Judgement Day!
Wow, listen to Dom. He’s so bad. So long as he’s next to the Judgement Day. Dom is trash! Dom turned his back on his own father! Dom is scum! A punk! So if Dom wants to run his mouth, let’s do something different tonight. If Dom wants to talk the talk, then he has to walk the walk. Dom and Styles can go 1v1 to handle business! Rhea says Dominik will rip Styles limb from limb. Is Dom a man or a boy? Dom says he’s gonna wipe the floor with Styles and rip him limb from limb! Then bring yer ass down here and let’s see it! Dom says whoa, he’s not ready right now. He isn’t dressed or taped up. But when he’s ready, he’ll mop the floor with Styles. In like, an hour!
Styles says fine, get dressed, tape up and drink some water. Styles will do what Rey couldn’t, and that’s beat the piss outta Dom! And THAT will be Too Sweet! Will this be a phenomenal start to the OC putting Judgement Day in their place?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect goaded Bobby Lashley into defending the WWE United States Championship last week, and now he is the NEW WWE United States Champion! Rollins swaggers his way into the ring as always, and he gets a mic as fans sing his song. “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” And he welcomes OKC to Monday Night Rollins! “Allow me to reintroduce myself. I am a Visionary! I am a revolutionary! I am Seth!” “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” Oh and yes, he is your NEW United States Champion~! “And uh, for all you folks out there who doubted me… All you haters out there who turned your back on me… Who stopped believing in me, who counted me out… You can… Kiss. My. Big, beautiful red behind! AHAHAH!”
But for all the fine folks out there who have always had Rollins’ back, who never counted him out and always believed in him, do what you’ve always done and sing his song. “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins laughs and says they sound beautiful. But tonight is historic! Tonight is the first defense in what will become the greatest US Championship run of ALL TIME! In tonight’s main event, Rollins will wipe this mat with Matt Riddle’s face! And in doing so, Rollins will clear up that “miscommunication” from Extreme Rules. Fans chant, “You Tapped Out!” but Rollins tells them that he may have tapped when Riddle had him in that triangle sleeper. But that was a strategic move!
Rollins tapped for the fans! Two days later, Rollins had to come to Raw and be in the best possible condition so he could beat Lashley and become the US Champion! He did it for you! For YOU! But wait, Mustafa Ali is making his way out? Ali has a mic to say, “Hey, Seth, uh… First of all, congratulations on becoming the new United States Champion.” Rollins likes the sound of that. He knew Ali was here to party. Ali was waiting for Rollins to give a shout out to his boy, Lesnar, but… Well, if Rollins won’t mention it, then neither will Ali. But what Ali wants to say is that the former champion, Bobby Lashley, promised Ali he was next in line.
Ali gets it, though. Things change. Champions change. But Ali’s challenge remains the same. Ali wants to face Rollins, and for that US Championship. Rollins laughs and says he has a question for Ali. “Do I look like Bobby Lashley? HAHAHA! Sorry, pal, you’re gonna have to get to the back of the line.” Rollins has to focus on Riddle, but here’s what they can do. Two options: Ali can stay out here, party with everyone to celebrate the new champion; or Ali can skedaddle outta the ring. Ali doesn’t belong in the ring with Rollins. HAHAHAHAH- Ali snatches Rollins’ glasses and throws them away!
It’ snot going down like that. This might be Seth Freakin’ Rollins but he’s staring at his next freakin’ problem! Ali isn’t going anywhere, he is not backing down, he wants to fight for the title! Rollins has him stop there. Rollins appreciates what Ali is trying to do. And this might be a surprise, but Rollins likes Ali. He respects Ali. Ali in the ring is one of the best performers WWE has today. But the thing some may not know about him is that Ali is an even better person. Rollins sees Ali helping the young guys, he’s a great friend and father, and SUCKER PUNCH! Rollins rains down fists and he then throws Ali out!
Fans boo but Rollins smiles and fixes his hair. Rollins goes out and says the problem is solved. NOT! Ali CLOBBERS Rollins and fires off against the barrier! “Fight me! Fight me!” Rollins shoves Ali and throat chops! And then POSTS Ali! Fans boo while Ali writhes, and Rollins snarls as he leaves Ali behind. Win or lose, is Rollins going to find Ali coming back for revenge?
JBL’s limousine drives into the arena!
Last we saw that car, John Bradshaw Layfield took a not-so-happy Corbin under his wing. Are JBL and Corbin back to spread some cheer?
Damage Control VS Candice LeRae & Bianca Belair!
Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are in action to keep their edge as WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions sharp. Bayley joins commentary while her girls take care of business, but will the Poison Pixie & The EST be the ones taking control?
The teams sort out and Candice starts against the Evil Genius. They tie up, Sky tackles Candice and rains down fists! Candice turns things around but then Sky turns it back for more hands. Candice turns it around, Sky bucks free but runs into an arm-drag! And another! Candice kicks low, runs, and tilt-o-whirl headscissors, but Sky handsprings through! Candice dropkicks Sky then tags in Bianca! HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps on Sky with a scoop but Sky slips free. Tag to Kai, but Bianca gets around to waistlock. Kai elbows free, then headlocks. Bianca powers out and runs Kai over!
Fans fire up and Bianca drags Kai up. Kai throws body shots then CLUBS Bianca down. Kai drags Bianca over, tags in Sky, and they spin Bianca around to double suplex! But Bianca lands out of it to tag Candice! They DOUBLE DROPKICK Damage Control! Bianca fireman’s carries Candice to use her as a weapon against Kai & Sky! Bianca whips Candice and she WRECKS Sky with a dropkick! Kai swings on Bianca but into the chicken wings! Bianca dumps Kai out of the ring and fans fire up as Candice steps up. SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Candice Wrestling & the RawEST Women’s Champion have control as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Bianca reverses a whip only for Iyo to reverse it back! IRON OCTOPUS! Bianca endures and Bayley is all smiles. Bianca fights, Sky sunset flips, TWO! Bianca swings but Sky dodges to then tilt-o-whirl, but Bianca blocks that! BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both women are down. They both crawl, hot tag to Kai! Kai stomps Bianca, drags Bianca up and ROCKS her! Bayley says DMG CTRL is in control of The EST, but then Bianca starts fighting back! Bianca DECKS Sky, then goes up and over Kai! But Kai grabs the braid! Bianca reaches, the ref reprimands, but Bianca is bringing Kai along!
Sky goes after Candice but Candice kicks her away! Bianca elbows Kai and tags in Candice! Candice fires off on Kai, LARIATS, then fires off forearms and CHOPS! Candice fires off in the corner, Bayley starts making excuses, but Sky runs in. Candice dodges Sky and sends her into Kai! Candice fires off on Sky! Fans fire up with Candice, she runs in to back body block! Candice snapmares Sky, she snapmares Kai, then steps on Kai to SENTON Sky! And then she BOOTS Kai down! Cover, TWO! Candice is annoyed but she drags Kai up. Kai RAMS Candice into a corner, runs in, but into Candice’s BOOT! Candice goes up top but Sky distracts!
Kai TRIPS Candice off the top! Kai stomps Candice, Bayley is confident again, and Kai tags Sky. DMG CTRL bumps Candice off buckles, Sky digs her boots in then lets off to swinging METEORA! Bayley wants a replay but Sky covers, TWO! Bianca is back up on the apron but Sky drags Candice up. Sky waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Candice is dazed and Sky tags Kai. Kai digs her boot into Candice, and then runs side to side! BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kai drags Candice up, CLUBS her, then reels her in. But Candice cradles, TWO! Kai rushes in but Candice slips under! Kai grabs a leg but Candice ENZIGURIS! Tags to Sky and Bianca!
Bianca rallies on Sky with clotheslines and a DROPKICK! Then a kip up! Bianca catches Kai, tilt-o-whirl GUTBUSTER! Sky runs in, into a back drop! Bianca goes after Sky in the corner to rain down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then past! Sky gets away at 12, but Bianca kicks her! Tag to Candice, Bianca goes up and over! Bianca spins Sky around and suplexes! Candice goes up top, MISSILE DROPKICK SLAM! Cover, Kai breaks it in time! Bayley breathes easier, Kai SCORPION KICKS Bianca! Bianca ducks the roundhouse to chicken wing! Kai victory rolls to send Bianca out! Kai runs and BOOTS Bianca down!
Candice runs in, CODE BREAKER! All four women are down and fans fire up. But Bayley gets off commentary to bring out a KENDO STICK! But Bianca grabs Bayley! Then she dodges the stick to SPEAR Bayley over the desk! Fans fire up and Candice rises. Candice brings Sky up but Sky Alabama Lifts! Tag to Kai, AIR RAID CRASH! Then a double pump handle, ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM! Cover, DMG CTRL wins!
Winners: Damage Control, by pinfall
Kai & Sky snatch the win with Bayley keeping Bianca preoccupied! The champions are rolling with a title match set for SmackDown, will DMG CTRL keep control even against the Ballsy & the Badass, Shotzi & Raquel?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
Cathy Kelley is back, and she asks The Bro his response to Rollins’ comments earlier tonight. “Y’know, Cath, I got to know Seth pretty well over the last few months, and I’ve come to realize he’s a lot like one of those cheap Hoverboards. He’s a lot of fun at first, but then it starts to overheat and sets your house on fire, a bunch of tech nerds try to cover it up. It’s wild. But what I’m trying to say is, Seth can use whatever excuse he wants, but I already exposed him in the Fight Pit, and tonight I’m gonna beat his ass BAD, and become the new United States Champion, Bro. Yeah.”
But then Riddle notices Ali coming back. That took guts to stand up to Rollins. If Riddle wins that title, he’ll give Ali the opportunity he does deserve. For real? Yeah, Ali’s a stallion, bro. Ali likes the sound of that. But then wait, they both hear Miz crying about his knee! What happened here? What, can’t they tell? He was looking over his shoulder for that psycho, Lumis, and then some incompetent high school dropout janitor didn’t do their job, Miz slipped and fell and hurt his knee! Miz, don’t be rude, the term is “sanitation worker.” Actually, it’s sanitation engineer.
Guys, c’mon! He’s got a torn ACL at least! Miz is gonna sue this building. He can’t compete tonight! Get the EMT or a trainer! Yeah, uh, sure. Help, guys, Miz needs help. Or he’s just trying to avoid a match by any means necessary. Will Miz avoid being silenced by the Tortured Artist?
Judgement Day hypes up Dominik.
Finn says they’ve been training together, and nice guys finish last. It’s always about the bad guys. Wait, behind Rhea is Cora Jade. Cora did say she’d come to Raw. Finn is sure Rhea has this under control, right? Yeah, she’s got it. What does Cora want? Well, Rhea knows Cora is facing Roxanne Perez at Halloween Havoc this Saturday, right? Yes. And Pick Your Poison is first. Roxie chose Raquel Rodriguez for Cora. Cora needs to pick Roxie’s poison, and was thinking that there was no one as ruthless and dominant as Rhea.
So let’s get this right: Cora wants Rhea to go to NXT to beat the crap outta Roxie, who used to be Cora’s friend and tag partner. Unfortunately, yes. Well, same for Rhea and Raquel. Rhea wouldn’t mind putting Roxie down for her. Rhea’s in. Cora has her proxy, will Rhea eradicate Roxie?
John Bradshaw Layfield heads to the ring!
The WWE Hall of Famer, JBL, is back on Raw! Fans chant for JBL as he gets the mic. “It takes a momentous occasion for the Wrestling God to come back to the WWE, and tonight is no exception. I have got an announcement that will shake the very foundation of Monday Night Raw. But before I make that announcement, I would like to say something from the bottom of my heart. And in all sincerity, to the world… I apologize. For doing this… in Oklahoma. You gotta be kidding me! The great state is right there! The Promised Land is just south of the Red River, and you trailer parker living hillbillies don’t even have the common sense to leave?
“But wait, you did leave a couple weeks ago in the Red River Shootout, when God bless Texas put up half a hundred points on the Boomer idiots! They say you’re going to the SEC? How about trying the MAC? That’s a little more your speed. But I would love to just stand out here and bash Oklahoma because honestly, I really, deep down, despise this state and every one of you. But I have got great news. Rey Mysterio has left Monday Night Raw. Dominik has finally figured out what we knew decades ago: that that deadbeat dad, Rey Mysterio, is one of the worst human beings on the planet. He wears a mask because he is ashamed of himself.
“But that void has created the greatest trade since the Bambino came to the Bronx! And I’m talking about this! So I want you ladies and gentlemen to get on your little sweat hog feet, put your fat, chubby redneck hands together, and welcome the greatest addition to Monday Night Raw in history, and that is MR. BARON CORBIN!” No longer happy, but still very rich, Baron Corbin swaggers his way out and still has pyro! Corbin swaggers his way to the ring to join JBL and shake his hand. Fans boo but JBL says, “Look at this man. He’s two, three times the size of Rey Mysterio. And the dominance of Baron Corbin starts tonight.”
JBL asked for competition, and what the WWE gave Corbin is a former world champion, a former MITB winner. JBL knows Dolph Ziggler stole the show, but he’s been stealing money from the company in 15 years! If Ziggler was around in the Attitude Era, he wouldn’t have made the cut! And after walking around backstage, looking at the roster, if any of them had been around, Hornswoggle would’ve had competition, but the only way these superstars would’ve enjoyed the show is if they bought tickets to the show like the fans. And then they would’ve enjoyed the real stars, like Corbin! “This is a star that would be a champion in any generation.”
JBL wants us to remember these words, write them down, etch them in stone: This is the Raw Emergence of a Modern Day Wrestling God! Fans boo, no way Corbin fits any of that. But here comes the Show-Off! Can Ziggler shut Corbin down and shut JBL up in one go?
Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dolph Ziggler!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Ziggler and Corbin circle, Ziggler slips around but Corbin TOSSES him to a corner. Ziggler elbows Corbin back but Corbin clotheslines Ziggler out! JBL is on commentary as Corbin goes out to grab Ziggler. Corbin puts Ziggler in, JBL runs down poor Kevin Patrick, but Ziggler kicks and kicks and ROCKS Corbin! Ziggler ROCKS Corbin again but Corbin BOOTS Ziggler! Corbin talks trash on OKC but they boo him. Corbin drags Ziggler up, DECKS him, then drags Ziggler up. Corbin puts Ziggler in the corner, throws hands, talks trash to fans, then he DECKS Ziggler!
Corbin digs his boots into Ziggler, lets off as the ref counts, and then drags Ziggler up. Ziggler throws hands, runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Corbin looms over Ziggler, he drags Ziggler up but fans rally up. Corbin whips Ziggler, Ziggler KICKS back! Ziggler goes to a corner, he dodges Corbin and sends him into buckles! Ziggler leaps up to rain down fists! Corbin stops that at five, and he brings Ziggler around to TOSS! But Ziggler lands on his feet to ROCK Corbin, and hit a SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! JBL says Corbin is the new WEW cornerstone. Corbin gets to ropes, fans rally up, and Ziggler goes after Corbin.
Ziggler ROCKS Corbin, headlocks and grinds Corbin’s face on the ropes. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off to kick and stomp and rain down fists! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off, then he brings Corbin up to scrape Corbin’s face again! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off, then turns Corbin. Corbin dragon sleepers to inverted suplex! Fans rally while Corbin goes to a corner. Corbin runs corner to corner, Ziggler dodges, Corbin slides out then in to CLOBBER Ziggler! JBL is reminded of his clothesline, and he says, “Excuse me, Dolph, you’re missing your head.” Corbin soaks up the heat, goes out after Ziggler, and Corbin drags Ziggler up to RAM him into steel steps!
Ziggler writhes, fans boo more, but Corbin is all smiles as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Corbin rains down fists on Ziggler! Fans boo and Corbin snarls, but then Corbin throws down another fist! And another! And another! Fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” as he goes to a corner. Corbin tells OKC they’re the bums, and then he drags Ziggler up. Ziggler throws body shots, Corbin shoves him away but Ziggler holds ropes. Corbin runs in, Ziggler dodges and Corbin tumbles out of the ring! Corbin gets on the apron and Ziggler fires off at the ropes! The ref counts, Corbin shoves Ziggler away. Corbin gets in, Ziggler dodges to come back with BIG clotheslines! Then a leap in the corner for a rain of fists, getting to TEN fast!
Ziggler brings Corbin out for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Ziggler, and Ziggler drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Corbin and Ziggler slowly rise. JBL has absolute confidence in Corbin, but Ziggler kicks a leg. Ziggler runs, into a scoop! Corbin gives us a FALL AWAY SLAM, a la his mentor! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated and fans keep calling him “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin drags Ziggler up, reels him in, but Ziggler slips through to a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and JBL is stone faced confident he’ll turn it around. Corbin and Ziggler rise, and they start throwing hands!
Ziggler ROCKS Corbin, Corbin ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Ziggler HEADBUTTS, but Corbin bucks the ZigZag to get a DEEP SIX! And a deep one! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and Corbin is furious! Corbin drags Ziggler up and tells OKC to shut up. The fans refuse, “BUM ASS CORBIN” puts Ziggler up top. Ziggler throws hands on Corbin over and over then HEADBUTTS again! Ziggler adjusts, leaps, but into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM- NO, Ziggler slips out to DROPKCIK! Ziggler dodges the boot to ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?! Now JBL is worried! Fans fire up while both men are down, but Ziggler rises first!
Ziggler fires up and so do the fans! Ziggler tunes up the band, but Corbin blocks the superkick to reel him in! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
JBL joins Corbin in the ring to celebrate this victorious “emergence!” Will the whole WWE Universe have no choice but to accept JBL’s proclamation that Corbin will become the next Wrestling God?
Miz gets checked by the trainer.
He can’t even look! Is it out of place? Is it shattered? Just do the surgery now! Byron Saxton asks if Miz can face Lumis tonight. Miz says he is in an immense amount of pain, and it doesn’t seem he’ll be able to compete tonight. Well, yes, Miz does seem bad at the moment. But a number of people on the custodial staff have come forward and claimed they saw Miz pouring water on the floor and then sitting on it. And that he set up the wet floor sign nearby. In fact, the records shows the floors haven’t needed mopping since last night. Is Byron implying Miz set this accident up? That he’s just making this up to get out of a match? How dare you!!
Miz gets mad now. Miz is very, very hurt right now, and of course people will claim he staged this. They’ll fabricate some kind of alibi because he has a huge lawsuit. But then Johnny Gargano shouts, “OH MY GOD, IT’S DEXTER LUMIS!” Miz springs up out of fear, but it seems his leg is fine. Gargano says “My bad, that’s Byron. Common mistake.” Johnny Wrestling just exposed Miz! Seems Miz can face Lumis after all. Yes. Miz’s superior DNA has allowed him to heal faster than a normal human, so that’s bad news for He Who Shall Not Be Named. Miz vows Lumis will be the one injured tonight. Will Miz find a way to fake his way through that match like he tried faking his way out of it?
“Allow me to make this very clear. I am not here to disparage Braun Strowman. To the contrary, I’m here to celebrate Braun Strowman. His size, his strength, his ferocity. A former Universal Champion. The very mention of the name, ‘Braun Strowman,’ strikes fear in the hearts of ordinary men. But as you can see, this gentlemen standing to my right is very far from ordinary. He is in fact the personification of the word, ‘Extraordinary.’
“That’s why this Friday, we’re going to SmackDown. And the Nigerian Giant, Omos, is gonna walk right up to Braun Strowman, and look down at him, directly into his eyes, to make sure that the so-called Monster of All Monsters understands that the 7’3″, 403 pound Nigerian Giant fears no man. Because let’s face it, monsters aren’t real. But giants are.” Omos looks ready to smash Braun, but will he #GetTheseHands instead?
The OC talk backstage.
The know the Judgement Day will be up to something but Styles doesn’t want Gallows or Anderson to get involved. Styles doesn’t want to get disqualified. But then Cameron Grimes walks in! What brings him to Raw? Grimes has a problem with these Schism guys in NXT, so he wanted to see if they would be his tag team partners tomorrow night. Gallows asks “Uncle Allen” if this is the guy with all the “ki-zash.” The millionaire? It’s in crypto, though. Money is money, guys. Well, sorry, Grimes, but they’re cash only brothers. So if Grimes needs partners, they’ve got his back. That is TOO~ Sweet! See you tomorrow night, fellas!
Styles tries to argue the pitfalls of crypto but the Good Brothers say they like money. They haven’t changed. Will Gallows & Anderson help Grimes beat up the Schism and get that sweet, sweet moolah?
BREAKING NEWS for Crown Jewel!
Given the insane brawl to open the night, Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar will have it out in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia! Will the All Mighty and the Beast bring that same level of destruction overseas?
Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgement Day VS AJ Syles w/ The Good Brothers!
The ingrate son of the King of Lucha revels in Rey leaving Raw because of him. But all that bad attitude might become bad karma against the Phenomenal One tonight! Will this be a phenomenal ass whooping ahead of that 3v3 at Crown Jewel? Or will the Judgement Day have more tricks up their sleeves?
The bell rings and Dom swings on Styles! Styles dodges then CHOPS Dom down! Styles bumps Dom off buckles, fires off hands, then bumps Dom of more buckles! Styles CHOPS again, has Dom in another corner and ROCKS him! Judgement Day coach Dom but Styles scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Dom flounders away and Styles stalks him. Styles brings Dom up for another BACKBREAKER! Styles says Dom’s nothing! Priest says Styles is nothing! Styles KICKS Dom to a corner, drags him up and around for a snap suplex! Dom gets to ropes, Judgement Day coaches him up but Styles CHOPS again.
Styles whips Dom to ropes, Dom KICKS back! Styles just ENZIGURIS Dom! Dom flounders away and gets to ropes. Styles bumps Dom off buckles again, climbs up the corner and rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Styles hops down. Dom sits down and fans fire up as Styles glares at him. Dom bails out and flops to the barriers but Styles goes out after him. Dom wants mercy but Styles brings him up to bump him off barriers! Styles puts Dom in the ring, Rhea waves hi. Rhea dares Styles to hit her, and Styles says he’d love to, but he won’t. Styles says, “This chick needs to be blasted,” but Dom jumps out to PLANCHA!
Rhea and the Judgement Day laugh at Styles, and Dom puts Styles in. Dom hurries in to throw hands and rain down on Styles! Fans boo but Dom soaks up the heat. Dom CHOKES Styles on the ropes, lets off at 4, and Rhea mocks Styles sputtering. Dom stomps a mudhole in the corner, lets off at 4 again, and Dom soaks up even more heat. Dom storms back over to Styles but Styles throws elbows and haymakers! Styles throws Dom out to the apron but Dom HOTSHOTS back! Dom hurries up, gives some Latino Heat, and then slingshot sentons! Cover, ONE!! Judgement Day is upset but that count was fair.
Dom drags Styles up but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT! Dom flops out of the ring again and Styles aims. Styles slingshots, for a BIG forearm! Styles drags Dom up and TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Fans fire up with Styles while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Dom wants mercy as Styles storms up on him. Styles chooses to BOOT him instead! Fans fire up and Styles drags Dom up at the ropes. Styles bumps Dom off more buckles, then off more buckles. Styles scoops to SLAM Dom into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as Styles gives us some Latino Heat! But Dom hurries up after Styles to throw hands! Dom then brings Styles up, but Styles throws body shots! Styles ROCKS Dom and Dom falls to the mat! Finn distracts the ref, Rhea trips Styles up! Styles falls, Dom hurries over but the Good Brothers confront the Judgement Day!
Dom stomps away on Styles, soaks up the heat, then brings Styles up. Dom whips Styles into the corner, runs in and clotheslines! Styles drops to a knee, Dom pushes him over to a cover, ONE!! Judgement Day is frustrated but Dom stomps away on Styles! DRAGON STOMPS! Dom drags Styles up, gives us more Latino Heat, and then Dom suplexes! Uno Amigo! Fans boo but Dom suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gets up again, for THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Dom stands and fans rally for Styles, but Dom eggs on the Good Brothers. Styles rises and he ROCKS Dom with haymaker after haymaker!
Styles whips Dom to a corner, Dom dodges but then Styles BOOTS him! Styles runs to LARIAT! And LARIAT! Styles snapmares Dom, runs and SLIDING FOREARMS! Fans fire up with Styles but Judgement Day is freaking out. They shout to Dom but Styles reels Dom in for a pump handle and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dom toughs it out, showing his championship DNA, but Styles hoists Dom up top. Dom throws hands and the Judgement Day coaches him. Dom throws down elbows, then TORNADO- NO, Styles puts Dom back up top to CHOP! Dom HEADBUTTS, and FLYING DDTS instead! Cover, TWO!!
Rhea is furious about the count but the ref defends the two. Styles rises, Dom DROPKICKS him onto the ropes! Dom dials it up, 619 misses and Styles rolls Dom! CALF CRUSHER!! Dom endures, he crawls, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go in frustration, but he grabs Dom. The Judgement Day drags Dom out to safety, but the Good Brothers storm over. The OC and the Judgement Day stare down, and Styles DECKS Dom! The ref keeps the Good Brothers from brawling with Finn and Priest, Styles puts Dom in the ring, but Rhea anchors Styles! Styles kicks her away, Dom rolls Styles! Cover, DOM WINS!!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
The Judgement Day helps Dom steal away a win over a Grand Slam Champion! Fans boo and the OC is just as mad, but the showdown at Crown Jewel is coming. Will Styles & the Good Brothers avenge this loss in the Six Man Tag?
Johnny Gargano finds The Miz backstage.
Miz asks what Gargano wants. Gargano feels compelled to help a fellow Clevelander. Gargano has known Dexter Lumis a long time, and he knows “the real story.” What’s Gargano talking about? If Miz doesn’t wanna have this match, he just has to tell everyone the truth. The truth? The truth is, Miz has been “victimized by a stalker.” And after tonight, after Miz wins, He Who Shall Not Be Named- Dexter. His name’s Dexter. He will be banned from the WWE forever! Well, good luck with that. Miz tells Gargano that after he’s done with Lumis, he’ll have a score to settle with Gargano. Alright. Knee looks great, by the way. Real powerful.
Gargano leaves Miz alone, but what secret past is he talking about? Will that come to light before the end of the night?
The Miz VS Dexter Lumis!
The Hollywood A-Lister may not be liked by many, but for whatever reason, he is the obsession of the Tortured Artist, who is still an unsigned free agent! If Lumis wins here tonight, he earns a contract with the WWE as a Raw roster superstar. Will Lumis rejoin the WWE at Miz’s expense? Or will Miz make sure Lumis ends up blacklisted instead?
Lumis makes his entrance, and Miz attacks from behind! WITH A CHAIR! Miz SMACKS away on Lumis on the stage! He doesn’t stop until that chair is BENT! Fans boo as Miz then drags Lumis up with a full nelson, to hit a SKULL CRUSHING FINALE on the chair!! Fans boo more as Miz leaves Lumis down and out. Referees check on Lumis, this match is called off! Miz beat Lumis down, but he didn’t beat Lumis. Will this do anything to stop Lumis’ obsession?
Backstage interview with Damage Control.
Byron congratulates them on their win tonight, but what’s next? Kai says back, “What’s next? What’s next!? You don’t want to shed some light on how we just beat the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, and Candice LeRae?” Bayley agrees, she is so sick of people asking them what’s next instead of appreciating what is unfolding in front of their eyes. Let’s appreciate the now! And now, Bayley asks Byron, “Where’s Alexa Bliss?” Not sure. They got rid of her! You’re welcome! And where’s Asuka? GONE! And that’s just a preview of how DMG CTRL will continue to reign over the women’s tag division. They are the best tag team, so Shotzi & Raquel better be watching! They don’t stand a chance on SmackDown!
And as for Bayley, she’s over what happened at Extreme Rules. Bianca didn’t pin Bayley. Bayley won’t let Bianca off easy. Next week, Bayley shows us what it’ll be like when she’s back in control! We get a non-title rematch next week, but will Bayley earn herself another championship opportunity with another pin?
The Miz runs across Gargano backstage.
Gargano shakes his head. “Bad move, Mike.” Does he really think that’s gonna stop Lumis? The only thing that will stop is Miz giving Lumis what he promised. Miz doesn’t know what Gargano is talking about! But what Miz does know is that Lumis is NOT getting a WWE contract any time soon. Gargano feels bad for Miz. What is the worse that would happen if Miz told the truth? Miz gets canceled, loses the house, lives on the street, Gargano & Candice take over Miz & Mrs. as The Wrestling Family and- SHUT UP! The hell is Gargano even wearing?
Oh, Miz knows what this is: it’s a whistle. Gargano has it for dramatic effect. But if Miz doesn’t come clean, Gargano will become a whistleblower on Miz. Gargano teases it but Miz storms off. Just what secret is Gargano holding over The Miz?
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the return of ELIAS!
The Drifter is in the ring and fans cheer as he stands in front of a keyboard. Elias introduces himself, and says it feels great to be back. Now as you may or may not know, his younger brother, Ezekiel, had his wrestling career cut short. But that is the reason Elias is back. There’s a saying in their family: the show must go on. So, Elias has one question for the fans tonight. “Who wants to walk with Elias?!” OKC does! Elias says normally he’d play a song on a guitar, but he wants to do something special for OKC tonight. He wrote a song that’s straight from the heart and soul, and wants to play it from the keys. But he does get a bit emotional.
Please, silence your cellphones and hold your applause until the end so he doesn’t get choked up. Elias takes a deep breath, but “Bro…” Matt Riddle makes his way out? He has BONGOS! Riddle is going to the ring with bongos and a mic and Elias says dude, it’s great to see you, Riddle, but this is Elias’ big night and you interrupt him? C’mon! Oh, bro, no, he’s not interrupting. Riddle has a big title match up next, but he is a HUGE fan! Elias freakin’ rocks, bro! When Zeke was around, Riddle would get so Zeke’d up, it was crazy! Riddle brought his bongos! Does Elias want a hit of the bong…os? Elias says that’s not really his thing but…
Riddle has an idea. He knows everyone knows that there’s one truth. And that is that WWE means… “OH~ Walk With Elias~!” Fans sing along Seven Nation Army style, and Riddle starts hitting the bongos. Elias can’t help but crack up, and he has Riddle calm down a second. That’s great, Elias appreciates it and he appreciates all his fans. But listen, Riddle came out, he has a big match up next. So here’s an idea: Riddle can get a front row seat, with his bongos, everyone’s in a great mood, and Elias will play the song. Then can they one day play together? Fans like the sound of that! Elias promises us right now, in front of the world, one day they will. YES!! Elias is the best!
Riddle thanks Elias, and says if Elias needs anything, he’s right here. Thanks, Riddle. Riddle sits down, the lights go down, and Elias begins. Riddle vibes as Elias plays the long intro. But then Seth Rollins makes his entrance! Elias is frustrated and Riddle is also upset, but Rollins is laughing and swaggering to the ring as always. Fans sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” for the Visionary, but will Rollins be singing the blues at the end of their title match?
WWE United States Championship: Seth Rollins VS Matt Riddle!
Raw returns and Elias is still ringside as the introductions are made. The belt is raised, and we see which way this tie breaks!
The bell rings, they both rush in, and Riddle gets a FLYING TRIANGLE! Rollins scrambles to the ROPEBREAK Riddle lets off, Rollins bails out, and Rollins wants Riddle to stay back. Rollins tells Elias to leave, he has nothing to do with this. Elias says he’s here for his fan, Riddle. Rollins goes up the steps, steps inside, and circles with Riddle. Rollins then bails out again to cool off. Riddle goes up the corner to tell Rollins to get in the ring! Rollins tells Riddle to back off, and then Rollins steps inside again. They circle, feel things out, Riddle throws kicks at the sore ribs, and then he fires off in the corner!
The ref counts, Riddle KICKS and KICKS until 4, and then Rollins bails out again. Riddle goes out after Rollins, and he CLOBBERS Rollins! Riddle puts Rollins in the ring, hurries after him, and deadlift gut wrenches Rollins for the suplex! Fans fire up while Rollins grits his teeth. Rollins throat chops then he CLUBS Riddle down! Rollins stomps away on Riddle, drags him back up and bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips corner to corner hard and Riddle bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Fans rally and duel but Rollins rains down fists on Riddle. Rollins drags Riddle up, but Riddle throws counter punches!
Rollins ROCKS Riddle, but Riddle counter punches again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and Riddle gest the edge. But Rollins SOBATS, then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Rollins drags Riddle up and CHOPS! Rollins CHOPS Riddle against ropes, and then he fishhooks Riddle’s nose. The ref counts, Rollins talks trash but lets off at 4. Riddle catches Rollins for a headscissors to the floor! Riddle then goes up, but Rollins runs away! Riddle goes into the ring instead, Elias tells Rollins how close that was, and Rollins gets mad! Rollins pie faces Elias while the ref keeps Riddle back. Elias JUMP KNEES Rollins down!
Fans fire up and Riddle has a big smile on his face. Elias gets away with one and Rollins could be out cold as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Riddle fires off forearms on Rollins. Rollins ducks the roundhouse, then fakes superkick to mule kick the legs out! Rollins SUPERKICKS Riddle down, covers, TWO! Riddle is still in this and Rollins is furious! Rollins argues with the ref but the ref says it was a fair count. Rollins fumes and tells Elias he’s gonna get his. Rollins drags Riddle up as fans rally, and Rollins gives Riddle some Kawada Kicks! But Riddle blocks the stomp to spin and PELE! Riddle kips up to forearm smash in the corner! And then another! Rollins blocks the exploder and fights free with elbows. Rollins spins, into the BROSPLODER!
Fans fire up and Riddle BROTONS onto knees! Rollins runs in at the corner, into an ELBOW! Riddle goes up, FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Rollins escapes and Riddle is surprised! Riddle rises as fans rally up and duel. Riddle drags Rollins up, lifts, but Rollins slips free to underhook! Riddle back drops, Rollins sunset flips, TWO! Riddle runs, into a ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins turns Riddle, for the DREAM SMASH- NO, Riddle ducks to ripcord, FINAL FLASH! And then gut wrench into the BRO DEREK! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Riddle can’t believe it! Elias coaches Riddle to keep focus and fans rally up.
Riddle drags Rollins to a drop zone and he goes up top again. Fans fire up, but Rollins CLUBS Riddle first! Rollins climbs up behind Riddle, CLUBS away some more, then he stands Riddle up! Dragon sleeper for the INVERTED SUPERPLEX! And a roll-through, for an INVERTED FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle shows his toughness and “This is Awesome!” Rollins goes to a corner, he climbs up while snarling at Riddle. FROG SPLASH into the TRIANGLE!! Rollins flails, Riddle throws down elbow after elbow! Rollins deadlifts to POWERBOMB! But Riddle holds on!! Rollins endures, deadlifts again, to BUCKLE BOMB!
Riddle is still holding on?! So Rollins drags him up for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! And Riddle still has the arm!! Riddle has that Triangle Hold in deep, but Rollins moves around! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Riddle lets go at 4 in frustration. Rollins sputters and gasps, fans are thunderous but Elias talks some trash. Rollins leans against the announce desk, fans rally for Riddle, and now Rollins dares Elias to hit him. Elias won’t with the ref looking. So Rollins SUPERKICKS Elias! Riddle PENALTY KICKS Rollins! Riddle puts Rollins in, ducks the clothesline and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up as Riddle puts Rollins through ropes, for the DRAPING DDT!
Fans fire up and Riddle hears the voices, bro! Riddle pounds the mat, aims, RK- NO! And Elias comes in! Rollins shoves Riddle into Elias, then hits CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And a CURB STOMP for Elias, too!! The Visionary gets the last laugh, taking out The Bro and The Drifter in one go! But he’s not done here! Rollins puts Riddle’s head on the belt! Rollins aims, but ALI ATTACKS! Ali won’t let Rollins get his way any longer! He blocks a kick to WHEEL KICK! Rollins flops out of the ring, but Ali DIVES out after him! Rollins hits the desk! Fans fire up with Ali as he throws off his jacket, and LEAPS over the desk to get at Rollins!! Rollins tries to run away but Ali clotheslines him over the barriers! Rollins runs away to the back and Ali shouts at him. “I’m a problem! I am YOUR problem!” Will Rollins have to look over his shoulder for The Beacon coming for him?
A great Raw here, with a lot of great build for Crown Jewel. For one, what an awesome opening segment with Lashley being there before cameras were live, and he calls out Lesnar, and they brawl. Lashley leaving Lesnar laying was a surprising and great turn around from last week, and now they’re going to have a great match at Crown Jewel. We also got a good match from Good Brothers VS Alpha Academy, of course Good Brothers win. Good promos from Judgement Day and The OC setting up their Crown Jewel match, and a really good match out of Dom and Styles, at least in terms of story. Of course Judgement Day cheats to give Dom the win, and that Six Man will be a lot of fun.
Another fun thing is that Grimes came here to ask Gallows & Anderson to be his teammates. I like that they’ll do it if he can pay them, and so there might be a moment tomorrow on NXT where they ask for the money. Cora also showed up like she promised last week, and she did ask Rhea to be her Pick Your Poison proxy, so it’s going as expected. We got a good tag match out of DMG CTRL VS Bianca & Candice, and of course they cheat to get the win. A tag title match happening on SmackDown is fine, but I suppose this is just to clear Shotzi & Raquel out of the way. I have a feeling Bayley will also cheat to beat Bianca next week, and then Crown Jewel can have a Raw Women’s Championship match.
Great return match for Corbin now that he’s back to just being Baron Corbin by name. He could’ve used way better ring gear, that cross stitch portion is flesh colored and just looks weird. I was also hoping for Corbin to incorporate more of a cowboy gimmick but oh well. If JBL keeps showing up to be on commentary for his matches, that much is going to be a lot of fun. And we got great stuff out of The Miz, and I like this new wrinkle that he supposedly promised Lumis something but is denying it. The No Contest was a bit lame but Lumis will definitely have a response, and this will escalate into something great for the promised match of Miz VS Lumis. I hope Ciampa returns so that we can get Miz & Ciampa VS Lumis & Gargano at some point.
Good promo from MVP to call out Braun on behalf of Omos, and that confrontation on SmackDown will be pretty fun. And we got great integration of stories for the US Championship. Ali wants after Rollins since Rollins took the title from Lashley, and then I almost thought Elias was going to go Heel on Riddle because of his interruption. Elias stays Face to be friendly with Riddle, and almost helps Riddle win against Rollins only to be the reason Riddle loses. I don’t know about Riddle, but I bet Ali AND Elias are going to go after Rollins and the US title for Crown Jewel. That Triple Threat would be a great match, because then Rollins can find an opportunistic way to win so no one is really hurt in defeat.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/1/23)
SmackDown hears voices!
The Viper is here for The Bloodline!
He returned at WarGames, he returned to Monday Night Raw, and now, The Apex Predator, Randy Orton, returns to Friday Night SmackDown! Will he be able to strike at The Bloodline tonight?
- Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits; Lashley wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller; wins.
- Bianca Belair w/ Charlotte Flair & Shotzi VS Kairi Sane w/ DMG CTRL; wins.
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Bianca Belair is here!
Brooklyn cheers The EST as she skips to the ring, her team victorious against Damage Control in WarGames! After a recap package, fans chant for Bianca and she gets the mic to say, “Man, it is so cool to be in one of the best boroughs in one of the greatEST cities in the world, Brooklyn!” The fans cheer that! Bianca says DMG CTRL really tried to take them out, but her team did what needed to be done. So shout out to Becky Lynch for coming through, showing up and showing out. Shout out to Shotzi for her guts and passion. And shoutout to Charlotte Flair for being a bigger person and making that call to Becky.
“Now while it feels great to be standing in this ring and celebrating that W from WarGames, my war with DMG CTRL, it ain’t over~! Cuz Iyo Sky, I’m still coming for you, cuz I want my title back!” Fans also cheer that. But speaking of Iyo, here she comes! The Evil Genius leads DMG CTRL out, though where’s Bayley? That aside, Dakota Kai is the one to tell Bianca, “It’s really great how uh, you can get all of these people to cheer for you.” The fans boo her but Dakota tells them to shut up! Dakota says just earlier, Iyo was saying how gross it is here in Brooklyn! It smells! Who would want to live here?!
DMG CTRL slide into the ring, and Dakota says Iyo was also saying that Bianca is in way over her head, dude. Iyo already beat Bianca twice. So… if Bianca wants to get yet another shot, she’ll have to go through all of DMG CTRL. Well that ain’t nothing new. So who wants it first, huh? But wait! Here come Charlotte & Shotzi to back Bianca up! Fans cheer as Charlotte says “Ladies~…! Bianca isn’t the only one coming for you. And I’d love to go through all of DMG CTRL.” Shotzi says it seems to her that there’s enough DMG CTRL to go around. They rush in, and the brawl is on! Fans fire up but Iyo TOSSES Bianca and helps Asuka against Charlotte!
Shotzi and Kairi brawl in a corner, Bianca returns, Charlotte BOOTS Asuka way while Bianca RAMS Iyo into a corner! Bianca stomps Iyo down, Charlotte helps Shotzi with Kairi, and Charlotte sets Kairi up for Shotzi’s BOOT! Iyo ends up isolated, and Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Iyo scrambles out, DMG CTRL regroups, are their days on top numbered?
DMG CTRL regroups backstage.
And Bayley is confused as to what’s going on. Iyo angrily asks where Bayley was but Bayley says no one told her they were going out there! Maybe if she knew, things would’ve been different! The joshi talk in Japanese, Dakota cools it off. What matters is that Kairi is facing Bianca tonight. No one knows Bianca better than Bayley so Kairi would appreciate the help. Kairi says yes, they’re “tomodachi <friends>,” that’d be appreciated. Bayley says okay, but are they really Bayley’s friends?
Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits!
With Sheamus recovering from injury and Ridge Holland just ditching him last week, The Bruiserweight is all alone against The All Mighty! Will Dunne stand a chance against the overwhelming strength of Bobby Lashley?
SmackDown returns and Lashley makes his entrance, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins by his side. But before the bell, Lashley gets a mic to say “Hey, listen, kid. When I told you to make a name for yourself…” The fans chant “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says that’s a name. Does Dunne know what Lashley can do to him? Lashley will break Dunne into pieces! Is Dunne ready for that? Dunne SLAPS Lashley! Fans fire up, Lashley grins, and the bell rings. Dunne then BOOTS Lashley! And BOOTS! And fires off furious fists! Lashley carries Dunne to then TOSS him! Dunne flounders but also snarls. Dunne swipes at the Profits, but Lashley run sin to CLOBBER him!
Lashley whips Dunne hard into buckles, then storms around. The Profits high-five Lashley and Brooklyn is behind him as he stands Dunne up for haymakers! Lashley smothers Dunne in the corner, lets off to whip corner to corner, then storms up on Dunne. Lashley digs hands into Dunne’s face, the ref counts and Lashley lets off. Lashley runs in but Dunne BOOTS again! Dunne runs up to DROPKICK Lashley out of the ring! Fans are torn as Dunne goes out to FLYING KNEE! Lashley staggers back, Dunne sets up to MOONSAULT! Down goes Lashley and Dunne hurries back up! Dunne ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Down goes Lashley and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Lashley clotheslines Dunne in a corner! Lashley then brings Dunne around to snap suplex! Dunne writhes, Lashley paces around him and the fans cheer. Lashley drags Dunne up, suplexes again, and this time he holds Dunne up! Dunne throws knees, gets free, and he runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again and Lashley drags Dunne up. Lashley TOSSES Dunne out, storms out after him, and then drags Dunne up again. Fans cheer as Lashley fireman’s carries Dunne, to then POST Dunne! The Profits say this is an extended Black Friday!
Lashley puts Dunne in, Dunne crawls away but Lashley aims. Lashley runs in, but Dunne sends the Spear into the POST! Lashley staggers back, the Profits coach him up, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS! Dunne runs up to ENZIGURI! Lashley ends up in a corner, Dunne GAMANGIRIS again! And again! Dunne KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then pushes Lashley out so he can go up. Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS an arm! Dunne bends the fingers, isolates the arm, and STOMPS the arm! Lashley grits his teeth but Dunne reels him in. ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Lashley is tougher than that but Dunne keep son him with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
But Lashley fights up! Fireman’s carry, then an adjustment, for the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Lashley is annoyed. Ford says yeah, Dunne’s got heart, but that’s about it. Lashley hauls Dunne up but Dunne SLAPS him! Lashley LARIATS Dunne inside out! Lashley then drags Dunne up, MILE HIGH- ENZIGURI! Dunne gets up, Lashley SPEARS him back down!! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight put up a fight, but Lashley is still Lashley. Will The All Mighty soon head for a title as we head for the New Year?
Paul Heyman walks into Nick Aldis’ office.
The Wise Man seems rather indignant looking at the SmackDown General Manager. Heyman then dusts off the New York Jets NFL Legacy belt before speaking. “Did you invite Randy Orton to SmackDown tonight?” Aldis says yes, he did. And Aldis intends to sign Randy to a SmackDown exclusive superstar contract tonight. Heyman looks around and asks if the Tribal Chief knows about this. Aldis says Heyman has forgotten that there are countless memos: All communication to Roman Reigns must go through Paul Heyman. So consider this a communication to Roman: Aldis WILL sign Randy to SmackDown.
And if Aldis has to offer up the entire Bloodline as leverage, so be it. So the question to Heyman is… “What’re you gonna do about it?” Heyman says, “Anything it takes.” Heyman gets on his phone to call Roman Reigns. But is there nothing that can stop The Viper from finally being within striking distance of The Tribal Chief?
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/1/23)
A Block, round 5!
Will it be Chaos for the Reiwa Musketeers?
Shota Umino & Ren Narita are just outside the top spot in A Block, can they take over and truly lead NJPW’s future in World Tag League?
- Six Man Tag: El Phantasmo, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Tiger Mask, Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Just5Guys win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Wato, Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 8 Man Tag: Yoh, Bishamon & Boltin Oleg VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Yoh, Bishamon & Oleg win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa; TMDK wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Great-O-Khan & Henare VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin; Kidd & Coughlin win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Yano & Ishii win.
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Here are the current A Block standings.
TMDK: 3-1, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-1, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-2, 4 points
War Dogs: 2-2, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-2, 4 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-2, 4 points
The House of Torture: 1-3, 2 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-3, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ The House of Torture!
Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona finally got on the board, beating the War Dogs. Meanwhile, the House of Torture is falling apart as they just keep losing! Will the Gates slam shut on them, too? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp find a way to lie, cheat and steal a win once again?
Wait, the Gates are coming out wearing House of Torture shirts? And then they wait for the House to make their entrance? Is this a sign that they’ve become allies? Dick Togo, Sho, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and of course Evil & Yujiro all come out together and they seem pretty chummy with the Gates. All seven go to the ring now, and this is a rather interesting development. Did Prince Nana approve this deal? Everyone shakes hands and “put one out” so clearly there’s something to this. They even pose for photos! But then Kaun & Liona quickly and quietly TOSS Sho & Kanemaru, then they TOSS Dick! Yujiro & Evil don’t understand!
Kaun & Liona throw forearms, the bell rings and the Gates whip Evil & Yujiro. Yujiro & Evil hold ropes to then BOOT in return! But they run into double scoop SLAMS! The Gates tear off the House of Torture shirts, and Liona even wipes his butt with it! Evil & Yujiro are in opposite corners, Kaun runs in to ELBOW Yujiro and Liona SPLASHES Evil! Then the Gates trade, ELBOW for Evil and SPLASH for Yujiro! And back the other way! Fans fire up as the Gates tricked the tricksters! They fire each other up, and Kaun sends Liona into SPLASH Evil! The fans rally up, the Gates run in to SPLASH SANDWICH Evil!
Liona stands Evil back up, he and Kaun OPEN- NO, Yujiro saves Evil and they bail out. The House falls back, daring the Gates to come out after them. The Gates storm out after them, but going all the way to the entrance is suspicious. Sho & Kanemaru attack from behind with chairs! Fans boo as Dick distracts the ref so that the House can mug the Gates! Sho CHOKES Liona with his chair, but Liona bench presses it away! Yujiro helps Sho while Evil drags Kaun around, to RAM into the timekeeper’s area! Poor Abe-san! The fans boo but Evil gets on the mic to basically say this is what they get for messing with the House!
Yujiro SMACKS Liona off the timekeeper’s table, but Liona roars! So Yujiro POSTS Liona to knock him down! Evil drags Kaun up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Evil CLUBS Kaun, CLUBS him again, and calls to the ref. Marty Asami returns and Evil stomps Kaun. Evil drags Kaun up, wrenches the arm and tags in Yujiro. Yujiro CLUBS Kaun’s arm, then reels him in to snapmare and ROCK with a haymaker. Yujiro looms over Kaun to rain down more fists but the ref reprimands. No closed fists! So Yujiro fishhooks Kaun’s nose! Yujiro sits Kaun up to run and basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!!
Yujiro is annoyed but he drags Kaun back up. Yujiro wrenches, wristlocks, and he CLUBS the arm. And stomps it! Kaun clutches the arm, it is taped up from that fight with the War Dogs. Yujiro wraps the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Yujiro lets off at 4 but the House all complains. Tag to Evil and he throws his shirt at Liona. Now the ref has to keep Liona out, and Evil throws Kaun out for the boys to stomp away on! Fans boo these vultures, but then Sho puts Kaun back in for Evil. Cover, TWO! Evil argues with the ref but the fans rally up. Evil tags Yujiro then runs to BLAST Liona! Liona stays up and roars, so Evil pokes him in the eyes!
Evil and Yujiro drag Kaun up, whip him to a corner, and Yujiro runs in but into Kaun’s BOOT! Kaun catches Evil for an URENAGE! Then Kaun uses Evil as a step to SHOTGUN Yujiro! Fans fire up while they’re all done, and Kaun crawls over. Hot tag to Liona! Liona rallies on Yujiro, BOOTS him, then catches Evil for a spin and LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Liona has targets in opposite corners. Liona roars, then SPLASHES Evil! SPLASH for Yujiro! SPLASH for Evil! SPLASH for Yujiro! Liona just keeps going, then he whips Evil into Yujiro! Fans fire up with Liona, and he runs back in, but both Yujiro and Evil dodge!
Yujiro & Evil kick low, double whip to ropes, but Liona breaks the line to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up again and Liona roars for Kaun! Kaun rises and tags in, and the Gates get Yujiro up! But Yujiro moves, the double lariats collide! Kaun hurries to grab a leg but Yujiro BOOTS Kaun into Liona! Evil tags in and he storms up to CLUB Kaun! Evil stomps Kaun, Yujiro joins in, and the ref reprimands. Yujiro drags Kaun to a corner, he and Evil double whip Kaun corner to corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare and then they set Kaun up while Sho distracts! Dick hops up, DICK CHOP!!
Fans boo as Evil covers, TWO!! Kaun survives and the fans fire up again! Evil slashes his throat, drags Kaun up, and spins him around, but Liona is back! HELL STAB! Then a HEADBUTT for Yujiro! Liona & Kaun BLAST Dick & Sho off the apron! The fans fire up as now Evil is alone! Kaun & Liona high five and LARIAT SANDWICH! They roar again and they get Evil up. HEAVEN’S GATES!! Cover, but Dick YANKS the ref out!! Fans boo, but Yujiro slips back in to CLUB the Gates! Kaun ROCKS Yujiro in return! Kaun & Liona set Evil & Yujiro up, but they block double low blows! Kanemaru and Sho get in, they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!!
Fans boo as the House stomps away on the Gates! Yujiro has his cane, Dick has the Spoiler Choker. Liona shoves Sho aside but gets the CANE SHOT! Dick CHOKES Kaun, Kanemaru gives him WHISKEY MIST! And then Sho CLOBBERS Kaun with his wrench! Dick gets the ref back in as Evil hits EVERYTHING IS EVIL on Kaun!! Cover, The House wins!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Gates of Agony earn 0)
Kaun & Liona lured the House in, but one good trick wasn’t enough to beat the numbers game. The House even mugs the Young Lions trying to help The Gates! Will this be the beginning of the most unwanted comeback in World Tag League history?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: TMDK w/ Kosei Fujita VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa!
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls did fall for the trickery of Toru Yano. Will TMDK be able to rebound and stay at the top of the block? Or will the Green Supernova and his protege still #CreateTheFuture?
The teams sort out and Mad Mikey starts against Oiwa. They tie up, fans rally up, and Oiwa pushes Mikey back, only for Mikey to put him on ropes. Mikey lets off but shoves Oiwa. Oiwa shoves back! They go forehead to forehead, then forearm for forearm! Mikey claws eyes, headlocks, and brings Oiwa over. Shane tags in, Oiwa gets away, and then Oiwa arm-drags Mikey! Shane runs in, but into an arm-drag! Oiwa wrenches and whips Shane to ropes, Kaito joins in so they can DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! And then DOUBLE DROPKICK! The fans fire and Oiwa has Shane in a corner. Shane throws a chop, but Oiwa stomps and ROCKS Shane in return.
Oiwa drags Shane up to wrench and wristlock, then he scoops to POWERSLAM! Oiwa runs, but Shane gets up to DROPKICK back! Shane puts Oiwa on ropes, stomps away, and then BLASTS Kaito! Mikey smothers Oiwa on the apron, lets off before he gets caught, and then Shane slides to SHOVE Oiwa to the floor! The ref has to keep Kaito back, so that lets Mikey stomp Oiwa. Mikey puts Oiwa in, Shane covers, TWO! Shane drags Oiwa up, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mikey and he CHOPS! Fans rally, Mikey eggs Oiwa on then CHOPS him again! Mikey ROCKS Oiwa, Oiwa ROCKS Mikey!
Oiwa fires off on Mikey but Mikey ROCKS him right back! And CHOPS him right down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Mikey sits Oiwa up and runs. Oiwa avoids the sliding lariat! Mikey hobbles up, throws a forearm but Oiwa throws back a flurry! Mikey fires a flurry of his own! Mikey runs, into an UPPERCUT! Oiwa runs and ROLLING ELBOWS Mikey down! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Kaito! Kaito rallies on TMDK, whips Mikey and DROPKICKS him down! Shane kicks and runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again and Kaito whips corner to corner. Mikey reverses but Kaito comes back to NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up again as Kaito drags Mikey up and reels him in. Mikey fights the suplex, but Kaito fires forearms! Kaito reels Mikey in but Mikey suplexes! Kaito slips free, ducks Mikey’s elbow, but Mikey DDTS! Fans fire up while both men are down, Mikey crawls to hot tag Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS again and again on Kaito, whips him to a corner then BLASTS Oiwa before he UPPERCUTS Kaito! Shane keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Hysterical Haste and he drags Kaito up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Kaito survives and fans rally up. Shane calls his shot and he drags Kaito back up to reel him in.
Shane underhooks the arms, lifts, but Kaito fights free to chicken wing! Shane fights that to ROCK Kaito! Shane eggs Kaito on then UPPERCUTS him! Kaito comes back to UPPERCUT Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS Kaito! Kaito grits his teeth and shakes his head. Kaito UPPERCUTS, Shane UPPERCUTS, repeat! Fans rally, Shane gets the edge with UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT, but Kaito rebounds to RUNNING UPPERCUT! Both men are down again, and the fans fire up! Shane crawls to an open corner, Kaito crawls to hot tag Oiwa! Oiwa runs in to forearm smash, then he whips Shane corner to corner. Oiwa runs in to DROPKICK!
Fans rally up again as Oiwa clamps on a gut wrench, for a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Oiwa drags Shane up again, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Oiwa isn’t done, he drags Shane up for a GUT WRENCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Oiwa BLASTS Mikey and Kaito slides in. They double whip Shane, then Kaito sends Oiwa in to ELBOW! Kaito runs in to forearm! Feed to the SPIN POWERSLAM! Cover, Mikey breaks it! Kaito TOSSES Mikey and Oiwa fires up! Oiwa drags Shane up in a waistlock but Mikey makes the save! Mikey CHOPS and Shane LARIATS! They coordinate, fireman’s carry, HIGHWAY TO HELL! Cover, Kaito breaks it!
The fans fire up again but Mikey tosses Kaito out. Shane kicks Oiwa around, eggs him on, but Oiwa sits up. Kaito gives more kicks, and a boot! Shane aims from a corner, runs in, but Oiwa dodges the Shane-ing Wizard to single leg, ANACONDA SUPLEX! Shane staggers back up, Oiwa gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Mikey sweeps Oiwa’s legs! Mikey whips, Oiwa reverses and DROPKICKS! Oiwa calls to Kaito and he returns. They get Shane up and fans fire up with them. Oiwa Electric Chair Lifts while Kaito climbs. But Shane victory rolls under the crossbody! TWO!! Mikey catches Kaito for a MIKEY BOMB!
Oiwa fires off on Mikey and DOUBLE CHOPS! But Shane SUPERKICKS! Mikey scoops, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, TMDK wins!!
Winner: TMDK, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kaito & Oiwa earn 0)
A powerful battle from both teams, but only one team was mighty! Will Shane & Mikey still be the A Block finalists
2023 World Tag League, Block A: Great-O-Khan & Henare w/ Callum Newman VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin!
The Dominator & Face of Fury are holding on at 2-2, but so are #WarReady and the Dreadnought! Will the United Empire conquer these War Dogs and stay strong? Or will Kidd & Coughlin win won for the Rebel?
But of course the War Dogs attack at the ramp! But the Empire is ready, and Khan JAMS Kidd with his banner’s staff! Henare fires hands on Coughlin, HEADBUTTS him, and Khan CHOKES Kidd with the staff! Khan throws Kidd down, Henare CLUBS away on Coughlin, and the Empire gets the Dogs set up for Callum! Callum FLIES! Direct hit and he even lands on his feet! Fans fire up with the Empire and they throw the crowns up. Khan CLUBS Kidd, Henare LASHES Coughlin with his vest, and then Khan whips Kidd hard into railing! Red Shoes says fine then, and the bell rings to get this on record.
Fans cheer while Henare puts Coughlin in and throws forearms. Henare runs to then run Coughlin over! Fans cheer more, and Henare aims. Henare KICKS Coughlin in the back! And KICKS him again! Henare snapmares Coughlin to KICK him again! Then he SENTONS onto knees! Coughlin deadlifts and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Coughlin stomps Henare while Kidd whips Khan hard into railing, sending him up and out! Kidd then drags Khan to the back area of the stands, and whips him all the way into a wall! Coughlin digs his boots into Henare in a corner, then his knee. Red Shoes reprimands and Coughlin lets off.
Kidd and Khan keep brawling in the back as Coughlin CHOPS Henare! Coughlin whips Henare corner to corner then clotheslines! Coughlin then scoops Henare, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Henare tumbles and writhes while fans applaud the show of strength. Coughlin covers, TWO! Tag to Kidd, and the War Dogs get Henare up. Coughlin holds the arms back so Kidd can CHOP Henare! And CHOP again! Kidd then stands on Henare’s head but Red Shoes reprimands. Kidd steps off to storm around. Kidd mockingly asks where Will Ospreay went. Kidd says he’s beating up Ospreay’s boys like they’re his b*tches!
Kidd DECKS Henare, then digs his knee in again. Tag to Coughlin, he drags Henare up, and says “Knock knock” as he taps Henare on the head. Henare snarls but Coughlin SLAPS him down! Coughlin says Henare’s supposed to respond, “Who’s there.” Coughlin kneels on Henare but Khan knocks him over! The War Dogs mug Khan, Kidd drags him out of the ring, then whips him hard into railing! Kidd even DECKS Callum for the hell of it! Fans boo but Kidd says he’s a madman! Coughlin stomps Henare, drags him up, and RAMS him into the corner. Tag to Kidd and Kidd RAMS into Henare. Kidd then snapmares Henare to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Khan runs back in but Kidd DECKS him! Kidd drags Khan up to throw him out, and Coughlin hauls him up to whip hard into more railing! Kidd storms around, kicks Henare, but Henare grits his teeth. Kidd eggs Henare on, kicks again, but Henare blocks! Henare steps over to WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare crawls, Khan drags himself up! But Coughlin runs in to BLAST Khan off the apron! Coughlin then goes out to stomp on Khan, and Kidd CLUBS Henare. Coughlin sends Khan into railing again! Kidd drags Henare up, ROCKS him, then bumps him off buckles. But Henare just growls!
Kidd bumps Henare off more buckles, but Henare just headbutts the buckles! Kidd eggs Henare on, CHOPS him, then whips him. But Henare reverses to SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Henare crawls for his corner. Hot tag- NO, Coughlin YANKS Khan down! Red Shoes reprimands, Coughlin whips, but Khan reverses to send him into railing! And then Khan BOOTS Coughlin down! The fans fire up, hot tag to Khan! Khan runs Kidd over, whips him to a corner and clotheslines! Then torture rack and swing, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this but the fans rally behind Khan. Khan sits Kidd up, into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER!
Kidd BITES the fingers! And SNAPS them! Kidd runs, rebounds, but Khan gets under! Henare runs in, ASSISTED SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kidd survives but Henare and Khan coordinate. Shoutout to Aussie Open, RUNNING KICK SANDWICH! Scoop, HEEL KICK T T D!! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Coughlin and Henare trade big forearms! Fans fire up as they go back and forth! Coughlin gets the edge, but Henare BODY BLOWS! And ULTIMA- NO, Coughlin fights the full nelson! So Henare shoves him to a corner for a SHINING WIZARD! Then snapmare and RUGBY KICK! And then the Monster Rage boils over!
Henare drags Kidd up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs. But Kidd slips free to shove Henare into Khan! Kidd BITES Henare, TOSSES him out, talks trash, but turns around into the HELL STAB! IRON CLAW, but Kidd grabs at Red Shoes! RIGHT HAND!! Kidd and Khan fall over after that closed fist shot! Fans rally up as hard as they can but Kidd snarls as he drags Khan up. Kidd runs, springboards, OSCUTTER?!? Kidd sends a message to Ospreay, and Coughlin is back in! Gut wrench, Coughlin goes up, HIJACK TOMBSTONE!! Cover, War Dogs win!!
Winners: Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
That madman tells Ospreay that he’s dead when they finally face off 1v1! December 16th is still two weeks away, is Kidd going to overlook the rest of the WTL all because he wants after the Kingpin?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii!
The Reiwa Musketeers are coming off a big main event win last round, and are near the top of the block! But the Clown Prince & Stone Pitbull just took down the top of the block last round against TMDK! Will Yano & Ishii pull off another shocker to get to the front of the line? Or will the Roughneck & Son of Strong Style make it through the Chaos?
The teams sort out and Ishii starts against Narita. The fans rally, the two tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Every step Narita pushes Ishii back, Ishii pushes Narita back. Ishii uses his stockier frame to keep pushing Narita, and they end up on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Ishii lets off, but Narita intercepts the forearm with a forearm! Narita fires off more shots, but Ishii eggs him on! Ishii and Narita trade forearms back and forth, fans fire up as they pick up speed! Narita ROCKS Ishii, runs, but Ishii avoids the boot. Narita avoids the lariat to BOOT Ishii down after all! Fans fire up and Narita stomps Ishii. Narita then stands Ishii up to bump off buckles.
But then Ishii hits Shota! Shota hits back, Ishii fights both Musketeers at once! That doesn’t go well and they mug him 2v1. Tag to Shota and he digs his boots in while Narita BLASTS Yano! Red Shoes counts, Shota & Narita double whip Ishii to ropes, then DOUBLE ELBOW! SENTON! SOMERSAULT SENTON! Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Shota kicks Ishii around, eggs him on, but Ishii stands. The two stare down, and Shota throws a forearm. Ishii eggs Shota on now, so Shota throws more forearms. Ishii leans into the shots and backs Shota down like that! Shota keeps throwing shots, but Ishii DECKS him!
Fans fire up and Ishii rains down more shots on Shota! Red Shoes counts, Ishii lets off, and then Ishii eggs Narita on. Red Shoes keeps Narita back and Yano tags in. Yano fires up, and he unties a buckle pad! Then he throws it to Shota and tattles on him to Red Shoes! Shota gives the buckle pad over, and Yano SLAPS Shota in the head! Fans cheer but Shota scowls. Yano claws the eyes! Yano runs, Shota ELBOWS him then runs to basement dropkick! Tag to Narita, and Narita whips Yano to ropes, for a NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Narita brings Yano up but Yano pulls hair!
Narita kicks and whips but Yano reverses to throw Narita down by his hair! Yano drags Narita up and whips him into the bare buckles! Narita writhes, Yano BLASTS Shota, and Ishii rushes over to go after him! Yano throws Narita out and then goes out after him. Yano whips Narita hard into railing! Ishii whips Shota hard into railing, too! Yano drags Narita back up, puts him in the ring, and he stomps Narita around. Yano drags Narita up, tells haters to shut up, then tags in Ishii. Ishii CHOPS Narita, stalks him, and CHOPS him against the ropes! Ishii eggs Narita on and CHOPS him again. Ishii continues to egg Narita on, so Narita throws a forearm!
Ishii slaps Narita around, Narita throws more shots, but Ishii CHOPS him back down! Fans applaud, and Ishii taunts Shota. Shota coaches Narita but Ishii gives Narita toying kicks. Ishii HEADBUTTS Narita, CHOPS him, then CHOPS and CHOPS again! Narita roars but Ishii CHOPS him back down! Ishii whips Narita corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Narita runs up, Ishii ROCKS him! Ishii swings, but into a HALF HATCH! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tag to Shota! Shota fires off on Ishii, whips him to ropes, but Ishii reverses. Shota CLOBBERS Ishii, then BLASTS Yano! Fans fire up behind Shota and he sends Ishii to a corner.
Shota runs in to UPPERCUT, then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Shota keeps going, and he turns Ishii over into an STF! Yano stomps Shota, so Shota kicks Yano and tosses him out. Shota goes back to Ishii, stands him up, and clinches. Ishii fights the lift with elbows! Shota ROCKS Ishii, gives him taunting kicks, but Ishii ROCKS Shota back! Shota and Ishii stare down, and Shota fires off forearm after forearm! Shota has Ishii in the corner for more shots! Red Shoes reprimands but Ishii roars and turns things around to CHOP and ROCK Shota on repeat! The fans rally up as Shota sits down, only for Ishii to stand him back up for more!
Ishii CHOPS and ROCKS Shota into sitting down again, and the fans fire up! Ishii eggs Shota on, kicks him around, slaps him even, and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Ishii, Ishii throws a forearm. Shota eggs Ishii on, and leans into the shots a la Ishii. Shota then ROCKS Ishii and he staggers away! Ishii comes back, Shota clinches but Ishii slips around. Shota elbows Ishii, whips, but Ishii reverses to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Shota and Ishii crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano fires up and whips Shota, but Shota reverses. Yano avoids the bare buckles, to then bait Shota into them! Roll up, TWO!
Yano runs, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again, and Shota crawls to hot tag Narita! Narita runs up on Yano, BACK ELBOW! Then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Yano escapes, but Narita BLASTS Ishii to cut off the tag. Narita clinches but Yano fights the lift! So Narita trips Yano, and rolls him, CROSS ANKLE CLOVERLEAF! Yano endures, the fans rally up, but Narita drags Yano from ropes! Yano keeps fighting around, he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Narita lets off in frustration but the fans rally up again. Narita stands Yano up, reels him in, COBRA TWIST! But Yano powers free with a hip toss!
Narita runs in but Yano trips him! CATAPULT into the bare buckles!! Ishii clotheslines Narita, too! Then he BLASTS Shota! Yano fires up and he hauls Narita up. ONI- NO, Narita fights free! Narita gets around, SLEEPER! Yano is fading fast, but Narita goes to the COBRA TWIST now! Yano endures, fans rally up, and Yano fights his way around. Shota keeps Ishii out, and Narita brings Yano away with the SLEEPER! Then back to COBRA TWIST! Yano is turning red like his favorite chair! But Ishii sends Shota into railing, to then TACKLE Narita! Fans fire up while Narita tosses Ishii back out. Narita roars and goes back for Yano.
Narita drags Yano up but Yano fights the suplex. Narita knees low, runs, but Yano avoids the boot to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yano and Narita crawl, hot tag to Ishii, and he BLASTS Shota! Ishii drags Narita up, throws him into Shota, then runs, but Narita BOOTS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes and the fans fire up again. Narita crawls, hot tag to Shota! Shota aims at Ishii, BANG and V-TRIGGER! Shota then slingshots to APRON DDT Ishii!! Fans are thunderous and Shota stands tall as Ishii flops over. Red Shoes checks but Ishii is somehow still in this.
Shota drags Ishii up as the ring count begins. Shota puts Ishii in, climbs up a corner, and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Ishii down! Then Shota resets, to slingshot CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Shota drags Ishii up, dragon sleepers, but Ishii fights free. Ishii runs, into a snap cradle, that then shifts into a BONE LOCK!! Ishii endures the over-the-shoulder crossface, but Narita keeps Yano out! Shota pulls on the hold, but Ishii still fights around! Ishii reaches out, but Shota pulls back more! Ishii flails and kicks around, to have the ROPEBREAK! Shota lets go and the fans fire up again.
Narita slides in, he and Shota coordinate. Shota wrenches Ishii, dragon sleepers, and then gets Ishii up. Narita runs, BOOT into SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans are thunderous again! The Musketeers stay focused, though, and they haul Ishii up. They double whip him to a corner, Shota runs in to ELBOW! Narita runs in to JUMP KICK! Feed to Shota’s forearm! Narita’s BOOT! Shota’s ROLLING ELBOW! Another BOOT! And then the lift, for the HART ATTACK! Cover, YANO BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Narita fires off on Yano! Yano gets around, fireman’s carry takeover! Yano kicks and whips Shota, but Shota reverses!
But Yano denies the tornado DDT! Yano atomic drops Shota, then pops him up. Shota fights the Onigoroshi, underhooks Yano, but Yano RAMS Shota into bare buckles! Ishii reels Shota in, hoists him up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up again! Ishii roars, the fans duel, and Shota flounders up. Ishii runs, Shota BOOTS him, blocks the lariat, and ENZIGURIS! Narita is back to WHEEL KICK! Narita hurries to get Ishii up and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then a clinch, but Ishii HEADBUTTS free! Narita ENZIGURIS, Shota full nelsons! Narita runs, but Ishii gets free, the BOOT hits Shota!
Ishii shoves Shota into Narita, Yano drags Narita out! LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Shota survives and fans are thunderous again! Ishii grits his teeth and he stands back up. Ishii roars and looks to finish this off. We’re at 20 minutes, Ishii suplexes, but Shota slips free! HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Ishii gets right up to CLOBBER Shota! But Shota’s right up to SHOTGUN Ishii! Ishii’s back, but Shota pop-up KNEES, and LARIATS! Fans fire up again and Shota drags Ishii up. HALF ‘N’ HALF BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous and Shota just fires up again! Shota aims from a corner, vowing to end it here!
Ishii slowly rises, Shota runs in, BLAZE BLADE!! But Shota isn’t done! Underhooks and- NO, Ishii wrenches out to PELE!! Both men are down and the fans are electric! Ishii goes to the corner while the fans duel, and he SLIDING LARIATS!! Cover, NARITA BREAKS IT! Yano runs in to toss Narita out! Ishii roars and he drags Shota back up. Ishii suplexes, but Shota fights free! Shota wrenches, ROCKS and ROLLING- NO, Ishii ROCKS Shota! But Shota catches Ishii, only for Ishii to wrench out! Shota POP-UP UPPERCUTS! And then V- NO, Ishii blocks to HEADBUTT! And then Ishii spins Shota to a BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Shota & Narita earn 0)
There weren’t any tricks needed here, Ishii & Yano beat the Musketeers straight up! Is it still too soon for Shota & Narita to say the Paradigm Shift is coming?
And because it’s Ishii who won this, he’s a true strong silent type, so he and Yano just get outta here! No closing address tonight, but will actions speak louder than words for the Stone Pitbull in this tournament’s second half?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
TMDK: 4-1, 8 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 3-2, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-2, 6 points
War Dogs: 3-2, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-3, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-3, 4 points
The House of Torture: 2-3, 4 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-4, 2 points
Another great round for World Tag League and this block, with some rather shocking moves. I really thought The Gates were going to get going after their win last round, but I guess the House of Torture couldn’t just drop off that badly so they had to win this here. And as we saw in that main event, Yano & Ishii are making a go of it in this block. They beat Shota & Narita, who are certainly still frontrunners, but that was great stuff to make a point that Shota & Narita aren’t ready to beat the real “old guard” they’re talking about replacing here. War Dogs beating the Empire seems fine, they’re mostly just keeping pace so they could cost somebody later.
And great match from TMDK VS the Noah duo, and a great win for TMDK to again be the clear first place team. 4-1 at the halfway point, this block is on Shane & Mikey to win or lose, and as I’ve been saying, TMDK as both a group and as just these two, the OG members, have been solid a long time. It’d be great if they got to the tournament finals here, maybe even get that title shot at WrestleKingdom.
My Score: 8.9/10
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