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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/12/22)

Who will be the contenders?

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WWE Raw 2022

Visionary VS All Mighty! Five Foot Fury VS Role Model!

Tonight, live in Milwaukee, new #1 contenders will be named for the WWE United States and Raw Women’s Championships!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Alexa Bliss VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Bliss wins and will challenge Bianca Belair for the title.
  • AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Styles wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Akira Tozawa & The Street Profits VS The Judgment Day; The Judgment Day wins.
  • Candice LeRae VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL; Sky wins.
  • Elias VS Solo Sikoa w/ Sami Zayn; Solo wins.
  • Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Asuka; Rhea wins.
  • WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley; Rollins wins and will challenge Austin Theory for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Alexa Bliss VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!

The two Triple Threats for last week gave us two contenders, but now we see who is THE NUMBER ONE! Will the Five Foot Fury return to the top of Raw? Or will the Role Model get one more chance against Bianca Belair?

But wait! Becky Lynch gets revenge on Kai & Sky! Fans cheer as Becky POSTS Dakota then TOSSES her over the timekeeper’s area! Then she does the same to Iyo! Fans fire up as The Man has a chair! Bayley freaks out as Becky runs off the sidekicks! And now here comes Alexa! Alexa smiles while Bayley stresses out over this being truly 1v1. But then wait! Bianca Belair makes her way out to watch this in person! Bayley is even more upset, and the bell rings. Alexa and Bayley circle, tie up, and Bayley kicks low to throw Alexa down. Cover, TWO, but Bayley SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ONE!

Alexa goes to a corner but Bayley back elbows her! Bayley taunts the fans and she whips Alexa corner to corer. Alexa BOOTS Bayley, hops on and hits a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO, and Bayley bails out! Bayley grits her teeth while the ring count climbs. Alexa waits on Bayley, Bianca is watching from an armchair, and Bayley gets to the apron at5 of 10. Alexa rushes over, Bayley jumps back, and then she HOTSHOTS Alexa down! Bayley stomps Alexa, CLUBS her down, and drags Alexa up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley is annoyed but she stomps Alexa around. Bayley drags Alexa up but fans are dueling, “Let’s Go, Bayley!” “BAYLEY SUCKS!”

Bayley ROCKS Alexa, but Alexa JAWBREAKERS back! Alexa rallies with shoulders, and then a THESZ PRESS! Alexa fires off fast hands but Bayley kicks her away. Alexa comes back with another THESZ PRESS! Alexa fires more fast hands, then takes Bayley down with an STO! Insult2Injury 2.0! Cover, TWO! Alexa clamps onto Bayley’s arm but Bayley gets to ropes. The ref counts, Alexa lets off, and she brings Bayley back in. Bayley stomps Alexa’s foot, then ROCKS her with a forearm! Bayley whips Alexa to ropes but Alexa ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Alexa is annoyed but she steps on Bayley as she goes to the corner.

Alexa climbs up, Bayley bails out, but Bianca tells her she can’t run from this. Alexa hops down to grab at Bayley but Bayley ROCKS Alexa! And then POSTS her! Alexa falls to the floor and fans boo Bayley while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Bayley has Alexa in a chinlock. Bayley digs her knee in but Alexa fights back, so Bayley CLUBS her and KNEES her. Fans boo but Bayley drags Alexa up. Bayley whips Alexa to the corner, back elbows, and then talks trash to the fans. Fans boo more as Bayley snapmares to a cover, TWO! Fans rally but Bayley drags Alexa back up. Alexa throws body shots and fans fire up! Alexa throws more hands, then throws Bayley down by her hair! Insult misses as Bayley moves! BLINDISDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley drags Alexa up but Alexa throws more body shots. They scrap and Alexa fights Bayley to a corner.

Bayley turns things around, puts Alexa up top but Alexa BOOTS back! Alexa FLYING RANAS! It wasn’t the prettiest but Alexa crawls over to drag Bayley up. Cradle, TWO! They both clinch, Bayley rolls Alexa, TWO! Alexa stands but Bayley CLOBBERS her! Fans boo but Bayley snarls as she drags Alexa up. Bayley wrenches and fireman’s carries, and swings Alexa, to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Alexa bails to the apron but Bayley pursues. Bayley drags Alexa up through the ropes and tells the fans this is for them! But Alexa shoves her away! Bayley storms in, into a HOTSHOT! Bayley sputters and both bail out.

Bayley rushes Alexa but Alexa KICKS her! And then KICKS her again! Alexa hurries into the ring but Bayley grabs her feet. Alexa BOOTS Bayley, then goes to the apron. CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up! Alexa puts Bayley back in, covers, TWO! Bayley hangs tough but Alexa clamps on with a choke grip. Bayley wrenches out but Alexa mule kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Alexa climbs the corner! Bayley ROCKS Alexa first! Alexa throws hands back, sends Bayley staggering away, but Bayley comes back! Alexa hooks Bayley up again, but Bayley swings to SLAM Alexa into buckles!

Bayley waits for Alexa to stand up, SUNSET BUCKLE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Alexa survives but Bayley drags her up, BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Bayley is furious that Alexa survives! Bianca tells her that was just two, but Bayley undoes a buckle pad! Fans boo but Bianca points out what Bayley did! Bayley is upset with Bianca but Alexa DROPKICKS her out of the ring! Bayley returns to HOTSHOT Alexa! Bayley tells Bianca to stay out of the way. Alexa runs, slides, but Bayley ducks! Alexa avoids hitting Bianca, and she ducks Bayley’s haymaker! Bianca blocks the punch and stares Bayley down.

Bianca lets Bayley go, Bayley ELBOWS Alexa! Bayley and Bianca argue, Bayley returns but into a flurry from Alexa! SHOTGUN to the corner! Alexa has Bayley in a drop zone and climbs up top! TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Champion)

And now Bianca knows who her next opponent will be! Bianca joins Alexa in the ring to congratulate her, but also to hold up the belt. Bianca offers a handshake, but Alexa wants a hug. But then White Rabbit!! Alexa reels Bianca into a clinch!! But then Alexa snaps back to normal! She realizes what almost just happened, apologizes, and leaves. Is there still a darkness in the back of Lil Miss Bliss’s mind?

 

Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.

Byron Saxton found Chad Gable & Otis as they arrived, and oh, they still smell like milk. Byron says Gable & Otis planned to spoil Kurt Angle’s birthday but they were left udder-ly embarrassed. Gable says he sees through the double meanings! It isn’t punny! See? Two can play at that stupid game. But moving on, Kurt Angle is a dinosaur and not credible enough to be in the same ring as the Alpha Academy. That’s why Angle plays these little tricks, like driving a milk truck and dousing them with 2%! Otis has been washing that out of his beard all weekend! The OC come in and laughing, and Gable asks what’s so funny. Did one of their bar wives get a typo on her tramp stamp?

Oh calm down, Gable. Karl Anderson sent them a video while he’s in Japan “handling some business.” But it was of the Academy getting hosed with milk! It’s hilarious and Japan loves it! Gable says cute. But Styles is no different than Kurt: a fossil. Because all anyone talks about is how good Styles used to be. But if he got in the ring with Gable, he’d get a free lesson in embarrassment on the world stage. Yeah, Gable does know about getting embarrassed. But then let’s do it again tonight. Get your gear. The ones that doesn’t smell like cheese or Otis’ beard. Gallows says they stink! “NERDS!” Will Styles make tonight phenomenal?

 

AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

While the toughest man in the room, the Machine Gun, Karl Anderson, is handling business in Japan, the rest of the Club is here in Milwaukee to do the same! Will Styles make Gable feel as sour as he smells? Or will Gable make all the puns “SHOOOOSH~” once and for all?

The bell rings and Gable circles with Styles. They tie up, Gable waistlocks, spins Styles, trips him and then facelocks for a gator roll. Gable waistlocks again, rolls Styles and facelocks again, but Styles gets the ropebreak. Gable lets off cleanly and Otis talks some trash. Gable tells Styles “SHOOOOSH~!” then headlocks. Styles powers up and out, DROPKICKS Gable down, and fans fire up. Styles tells Gable to “SHOOOOSH!” then bumps him off buckles. Styles CHOPS, bumps Gable off more buckles, then CHOPS again! Styles scoops Gable to a BACKBREAKER! Fans cheer as the OC throw up the Too Sweets.

Styles stands Gable up but Gable throat chops! Gable CHOPS and CHOPS Styles against ropes, then says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs but Styles dumps Gable out onto Otis! Otis catches Gable and sets him down safely, but Styles runs in to SLIDING- NO, Gable fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Styles! Then Gable KNEES Styles into steel steps! Styles tumbles, clutches his own knees, and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles is up top, but Gable ROCKS him! Gable climbs up, brings Styles up, but Styles slips under to trip Gable! Gable hits buckles on the way down and fans fire up! Gable staggers to his feet, and Styles LARIATS! And then again! Styles snapmares, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Styles runs in to clothesline at the corner! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Gallows & Mia coach Styles up as he drags Gable into position. But Gable slips out of the Clash, only for Styles to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! But Gable gets under the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Gable holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Otis says Gable’s got the hips! But Styles elbows free of the third! PELE! Gable staggers, Styles swings but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up while both men are down! Styles and Gable crawl to opposite sides, and Gable runs in, but Styles catches him! Styles rolls, but Gable rolls through to have the ANKLE LOCK! Gable leans on the hold, Styles rolls and gets Gable’s leg! CALF CRUSHER! Gable flails, reaches out, powers up and rolls through, to ANKLE LOCK!! Styles endures now, he powers up and rolls to throw Gable away! Styles swings, into a spin and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Mia and Gallows are relieved while Otis is frustrated. Gable drags Styles to a drop zone, shouts “SHOOOOSH~!” and climbs. MOONSAULT, but Gable bails out as Styles moves! Styles trips Gable to a jackknife, TWO! But then into a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Now that was a phenomenal way to turn things around! Mia and Gallows celebrate with Styles, will The OC get back up in time for the holidays?

 

Johnny Gargano talks with Dexter Lumis.

They’re brainstorming ideas for using the money they have after the poker invitational last week. Baby bling, cloning their dog, making functional Iron-Man suits, all good stuff. But that real-life Scrooge McDuck money pool thing might not be so possible. Diving headfirst into coins will more than likely break your neck. Candice LeRae walks over and asks just what in the world they’re doing. They’re trying to figure out what to do with the money. How much is even left? Show her. Lumis opens the bag and WOW, that’s still quite a bit. Candice has a match so good luck, guys. Good luck, Candice!

And Candice says the reason they can’t figure out what to do is that they have everything they need. It’s the holiday season, though, so maybe time for giving? That gives Gargano an idea. Grab the cash and let’s go. Lumis does, but he still seems to want Iron-Man suits. What is the wonderful holiday idea Gargano just got?

 

Six Man Tag: Akira Tozawa & The Street Profits VS The Judgment Day!

Speaking of that poker invitational, The Stamina Monster caught Dominik Mysterio cheating, they had it out in the ring, but Dominik managed to lie, cheat and steal the victory. But Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins weren’t going to let the Judgment Day beat down Tozawa, and so that confrontation led to this match! Will Tozawa, Ford & Dawkins make the Judgment Day pay for pushing the limits? Or will they bust like a bad hand at the table?

Raw returns and Cathy Kelley interviews Tozawa & The Profits at gorilla. She wants to know why the Profits came to Tozawa’s rescue at all last week. Ford says that is everyone’s question the last seven days: Why did the Profits come to the aid of Tozawa? Because it’s Akira Tozawa! Dawkins says he’s their ninja. Tozawa put his all into that match, and though he failed, does anyone deserve to have salt poured on their wounds? NO! While the Profits were gone, the Judgment Day was running around on Raw like they run things, but they don’t! The Profits & Tozawa run this! And they’re about to show- Tozawa shouts, and then says, “We! Want! The smoke!”

Tozawa drinks up, and roars! Ford and Dawkins join in! “AHHHH!!” Tozawa smashes the cup, splashes some of Dawkins’, but the Profits love that energy! The three head out, will that Powah of Tozawa lead them to victory?

The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Priest. They circle, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Priest powers out but Dawkins RAMS shoulders with him. The two stare down and fans rally up. Priest runs, Dawkins drops and hurdles, but Priest blocks the hip toss! Dawkins avoids the clothesline, avoids the jump kick, and DROPKICKS Priest down! Fans fire up as Priest goes to a corner. Dawkins whips corner to corner, Priest reverses but Dawkins goes up and over. Things keep moving, Dawkins ducks but Priest ROCKS Dawkins! Tag to Dom and the JD mug Dawkins. Fans boo hard as Dom fires body shots on Dawkins.

Tag to Finn, Finn RAMS into Dawkins again and again! The fans boo more but the JD just soak up the heat. Finn taunts Ford but Dawkins DROPKICKS him down! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip and DROPKICK Finn down! Ford kips up, covers, TWO! Ford wrenches Finn’s arm, tags Tozawa, and Tozawa climbs up to AX HANDLE! Tozawa is all fired up, he whips Finn but Finn reverses to kick low. Finn runs, sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Finn RAMS him into the corner! Finn RAMS in again and again, then CHOPS! Finn roars in Tozawa’s face, then ROCKS him with rights.

Finn whips Tozawa corner to corner to CHOP! Finn gives another “AHH!” then whips again. Tozawa BOOTS back, runs in and RANAS Finn out of the ring! Tozawa builds speed but Priest stands in the way. Fans boo, but Tozawa CHOPS! Priest doesn’t flinch! Tozawa apologizes, but then Finn CLOBBERS Tozawa! Finn drags Tozawa over, climbs the corner, and the Judgment Day poses and soaks up the heat together as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest has Tozawa in a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally, Tozawa kicks from below, but Priest scoops him! Tozawa slips off, and hot tags Ford! Ford fires off hands on Priest! Priest shoves, but Ford avoids the kick and the backhand to kick, KICK and- Choke grip from Priest! Ford slips free, runs, and LARIATS! Priest stays up and roars, but Ford BACKHANDS Priest! Priest is furious, but Ford ducks the roundhouse to run and BLOCKBUSTER! Ford roars at Finn, tells him to “SUCK IT!” but Priest puts Ford on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS, then DECKS Finn! Dom sweeps but Ford jumps it to PENALTY KICK!

Ford talks trash on Dom, but Priest POUNCES Ford over the desk! Priest high-fives Rhea and the JD regroups to laugh at Ford. Dawkins checks on Ford but the ring count starts. The count reaches 5 of 10 before Ford crawls out from behind the desk. Ford flounders at 8, but jumps in at 9! Priest runs in to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ford is still in this but Priest tags Dom. They mug Ford and fans boo. Dom CHOKES Ford on the ropes, Rhea is pleased, but Dom lets off as the ref counts to give some Latino Heat. Dom drags Ford up again and makes Dawkins watch! Uno Amigo! And then Dos Amigos! And then Dom dumps Ford down to taunt the fans.

Tag to Finn, he and Dom CHOKE Ford on the ropes. The ref counts, Finn lets off but then facelocks to GUILLOTINE Ford. Ford endures, reaches out, but Finn keeps him back. Fans rally, Dawkins and Tozawa coach Ford, and Ford powers up! Ford carries Finn, but Finn brings Ford back! Ford powers Finn back a bit, he’s so close! Ford tags Dawkins! But Priest was distracting the ref!! Finn pushes Ford back and stomps away! Finn DECKS Tozawa, Priest gets a cheap shot on Ford, then Priest tags in! Priest runs to back elbow Ford, tags Finn, and Finn stomps Ford. Tag to Dom for the slingshot SENTON!

Tag back to Finn, he drags Ford up and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ford is still in this after that onslaught, but Finn drags him up. Finn back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ford crawls, Finn stirs, hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the JD! Dom gets scared of the haymaker, so Dawkins DECKS Priest! Dawkins whips Finn but Finn reverses, only for Dawkins to hurdle and FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH! And ENZIGURI, to the SILENCER! Cover, Dom breaks it! Fans boo but Dom gets away before Dawkins can get him.

Dawkins drags Finn up, scoops but Finn dragon sleepers to the ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans rally as both men are down again. Hot tags to Dom and Tozawa! Tozawa dodges, fires off haymakers, and fans fire up as he takes it to Dom! The haymakers aren’t stopping! Tozawa knees low, whips Dom to ropes, and then SOBATS! Dom ducks the spin kick but Tozawa slides under to reel Dom in. Dom fires off elbows, Tozawa ends up in a corner. Dom runs, into BOOTS! Tozawa MISSILE DROPKICKS Dom! SOBAT for Finn, Ford CROSSBODIES Finn down! Priest SUPERKICKS Ford! BELL CLAP for Dawkins! COMPLETE SHOT!

Priest choke grips Ford, SOUTH OF HEAVEN! Priest LARIATS Dawkins out of the ring! Fans boo as Priest roars, but Tozawa dumps Priest out! Dom rolls Tozawa, TWO!!! Tozawa dumps Dom out, builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp!! Tozawa puts Dom in the ring! Tozawa climbs, Dom springs up to get under the leap! Finn runs in, but Tozawa kicks him first and hits a DDT! Dom runs in, into a SATELLITE DDT! Tozawa hurries up top and fans fire up! But Rhea distracts the ref! Priest drags Tozawa off with an inverted crucifix! RAZOR’S EDGE!! Dom covers, and the Judgment Day wins!!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall

Fans boo as Dom gets another assist in the win! Will the Judgment Day continue to stack the deck in their favor?

 

Gargano & Lumis go to the merch stand.

Good stuff! Lumis drops the big bag of cash on the table, and Gargano says, “We’ll take it.” Take what? Everything! Whoa, okay. Gargano says Candice was right, this is the giving season, so they’re gonna spread some WWE holiday cheer. Yes, there is still a lot of money in that bag, but this is a great start, right? Gargano grabs the merch with both hands, and says they’re gonna need something to carry all this in. Oh, another idea! Let’s get this all to the ring! Lumis makes sure a kid waiting in the pavilion gets a free teddy bear. Seems there is a heart behind that silent and scary exterior.

 

Raw returns as Gargnao & Lumis make it out to ringside.

Gargano says, “Happy Holidays, everyone!” Lumis pulls the wagon full of toys and Gargano says they’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year. They came into all this money, Lumis won his WWE contract, and Gargano & Candice returned to the WWE after having a beautiful baby boy, Quill Gargano. The holiday music starts and Gargano says that’s wonderful! Gargano says “Baby Wrestling” lent them this wagon to carry all the goodies, which Lumis starts tossing to the fans at random. This is a token of gratitude from Gargano & Lumis by giving back with cool stuff! Gargano gets in on throwing the merch around to the fans up front.

They keep on moving along ringside, and they’re feeling good about it. Hopefully fans aren’t fighting over this stuff. Gargano offers something to Graves, but then gives it to Kevin Patrick instead. Gargano even throws some of his own Johnny Wrestling shirts out. Gargano gets on the desk and Lumis hands over a T-shirt cannon! Fans cheer as Gargano takes aim and… FOOMP! Wow, that one got far! But then someone CLOBBERS Lumis into Gargano! And they snatch the bag of money! It’s MIZ! Miz steals back what’s left of the money he gave over to Lumis! But then Pearce stops Miz at the ramp to say, “Where the hell do you think you’re going with that?”

Pearce says Miz is gonna go back to the ring with that money and give it back to Lumis! NOW! Miz is upset but Pearce says this is what Miz deserves! Miz goes back, Gargano and Lumis are there, and Gargano dares Miz to get in the ring. Miz steps forward with Pearce by his side. Gargano tells Miz to give the money back. Miz holds the bag out, but then clings to it. Miz gets a mic first to say, “Let me make this perfectly clear to all of you. This is MY money!” Fans boo, but then Lumis goes for the wagon. Gargano says Miz is in trouble now, Lumis wants his ax. Pearce says no, no axes. Just please, handle this peacefully, we can’t let the show devolve into chaos.

Gargano says Pearce should’ve remembered from SmackDown just a few days ago. That’s what happens here. Well not here in Milwaukee. Miz, give the money to Lumis, NOW. Miz says, “What do I have to do to keep this? I will do anything! I’m desperate! I will even earn it back with a rematch.” Gargano says Miz wants a rematch with Lumis? That IS desperate! Well yeah, you don’t have to rub it in! Gargano and Lumis talk it out, and Lumis gives a thumbs up. “Okay, Mike.” “Miz.” “Okay, Mike-” “THE MIZ!” Fans chant “MIKE! MIKE! MIKE!” Either way, does he want to hear what Gargano has to say? Yes! Then okay, Mike!

Gargano says that if Pearce is okay with this, Lumis is willing to give Miz a chance to win that money back next week. But, but, but… Let’s raise the stakes, literally. The rematch will be a LADDER MATCH! Whoever climbs up and brings down two bags of money wins it all. Okay! Wait, two? Yes! If Lumis is putting his money on the line, Miz has to put some, too. DOUBLE OR NOTHING, WINNER TAKES ALL! No, Miz already doesn’t have the cash! Oh, so Miz wants everyone to think he’s broke? We all know he’s rich! He brags about it all the time! Well no he’s not broke! He’s just not liquid! He has a ton of money in the accounts… that Maryse controls…

Don’t anyone laugh! We all know Candice controls the finances for Gargano! Good point. Miz has an allowance, and Maryse gives him that allowance. Fans taunt “TINY BALLS!” Miz, Mike, whatever, in case you can’t hear, you have tiny balls. Miz angrily defends he has MASSIVE balls! Well, then ask Maryse for an advance on the allowance. Oh, that’d be so easy, asking his wife for money to put on the line in a ladder match! ARE YOU CRAZY!? But Miz promises to figure out how to get the money. Okay, cool. One more, small little thing. If Miz wants the rematch, there is still a lot of merchandise to give away, so Miz needs to help.

Fans cheer and Gargano says Miz needs to do it dressed as an elf! Pearce loves that idea! It is official, go get a costume! Happy Holidays, Miz! In the meantime, this is still Lumis’ money so thanks. Merry Christmas, have fun. Go, Miz. Gargano and Lumis make Miz be their little helper, but will Miz be able to find the funds to face Lumis next week?

 

Candice LeRae VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL!

We saw Becky get some revenge on Bayley’s crew, but now Mrs. Wrestling is after her own payback! Will she pile on to DMG CTRL’s bad night? Or will the Evil Genius be able to turn things around?

Graves reprimands Kevin Patrick for not preparing a seat for Bayley, but then the bell rings and Candice stares down with Sky. They approach, Candice blocks a kick but Sky dodges the haymaker. Candice avoids the handspring, then rushes in. Sky dodges but Candice arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Candice clamps onto an arm, whips, but Sky reverses. Candice holds ropes to avoid the dropkick, and then she hits the step-up SENTON! Cover, TWO! Candice drags Sky up but Sky shoves her away. Candice returns to tilt-o-whirl but Sky handsprings through! Sky comes back but Candice ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Candice runs, into a FLAPJACK!

Sky growls and she stomps Candice around. Sky talks trash, Candice pushes Sky but Sky pie faces Candice. Candice throws body shots, Sky kicks Candice down! Dakota rallies for Sky as she CLUBS away on Candice. Sky drags Candice up by her hair but the ref reprimands. Sky lets off but pulls hair again to throw Candice out. Candice lands on the apron, she drags herself back up, but Sky runs in, Candice KNEES Sky in the ropes! Candice turns Sky for a NECKBREAKER in the ropes! Bayley is frustrated and Candice is climbing as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Sky has Candice in a straitjacket stretch. Candice endures, fights up, but Sky wrangles her back down. Sky digs her knee into Candice’s back but Candice fights back up. Candice arm-drags free, Sky runs in and spins Candice to tuck and underhook! Candice fights the lift, and back drops free! Fans fire up but Bayley says they suck! Sky and Candice stand, and Candice fires off forearms! Candice CHOPS, forearms, repeat, and she fires off on Sky in the corner! Fans fire up with Candice as the ref counts. Candice whips corner to corner but Sky reverses. Candice comes back to CLOBBER Sky!

Fans fire up, Candice runs in at Sky to back body block! Candice snapmares Sky, goes up the corner, and she brings Sky in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Sky survives but Candice drags her back up. Sky resists the waistlock and she RAMS Candice into a corner. Sky is free, she runs back in, but into a BOOT! Candice goes up, but Sky hurries up to DROPKICK Candice to the floor!! Bayley & Dakota fire up while Candice flounders. Candice drags herself to the apron, but Sky runs to SUNSET- NO, Candice holds off the bomb! Sky avoids the stomp, and the Penalty Kick, to Electric Chair! Candice fights to POISON-RANA to the floor!!

Candice puts Sky back in the ring while Bayley & Dakota panic! Cover, TWO!!! Sky survives and Candice isn’t sure what to do to finish this. Candice drags Sky up, but Sky SHOTEIS! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives and Sky is beside herself! Sky drags Candice to a drop zone, steps on her while going to the corner, and she goes up top, only for Candice to trip her! Candice climbs up after Sky, and brings her in, only for Sky to shove her down! Sky adjusts, for OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Sky wins!

Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall

DMG CTRL celebrates with the Evil Genius, but they have a short week to recover. Kai & Sky face Liv Morgan & Tegan Nox on Friday Night SmackDown with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the line, will DMG CTRL return to Raw still holding onto gold?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Cathy asks the Prizefighter what his reaction is to The Bloodline’s Solo Sikoa brutalizing Matt Riddle. Riddle is now out for six to eight weeks with a damaged trachea. Kevin says that Solo is a very dangerous man, and he proved it last week. But then Elias strums his guitar as he walks in. He wants to talk with Kevin. Elias is facing Solo up next, The Bloodline is gonna be out there, Sami Zayn included. The Bloodline took Sami from Kevin and took Riddle from Elias, so maybe Kevin can back Elias up tonight?

Kevin can’t believe Elias is asking him to be in his corner tonight. Does Elias think Kevin just forgot what Elias did to him earlier this year?! The MONTHS and MONTHS of mental torment! Kevin didn’t forget! Elias says that wasn’t him, that was Ezekiel! Kevin stops him right there! Even if Kevin believed all that, the last time he was in the ring with Elias, the one right here, Kevin was smashed with a guitar! Not that one but a different one, because that one was smashed to pieces and this is a new one! But that’s what Kevin remembers, so why would he have Elias’ back? Elias says Kevin took out Zeke, Elias took out Kevin, so let’s wipe the slate clean and start over.

HOW!? How are they even!? Elias and Zeke are separate people, according to Elias! So how does this work? Elias says it’s all the post. Let’s focus on tonight. Can Kevin be out there for Elias? He needs Kevin. He needs Kevin!? Yes! Kevin is speechless as he walks off, but then he comes back. He’s still speechless, so he walks off again. For now, that seems like a no. Will Kevin change his mind before the match is over?

 

Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.

Elias is in the ring and he strums his guitar. He makes his introductions, and he clearly has a picture of Riddle and Riddle’s bongos on display. Elias thanks the fans for coming out to the Matt Riddle Tribute Concert. Elias has his match with Solo up next, after Solo ripped away Elias’ opportunity at the tag team championships. But Elias wanted to honor his friend first. Riddle is charismatic, charming, and had a childlike wonder for both Elias and his brother, Ezekiel. Riddle also had an unmatched love for music, namely Elias’. Elias believes Riddle knew the universal truth that we all know deep in our hearts: WWE stands for Walk With Elias!

Elias is happy to hear Milwaukee knows. But it was Riddle’s dream to perform with him in the ring. Elias thought he’d do something special for Riddle. He thinks about the bongos, and those won Elias over. Elias was picking up Riddle’s stuff and he found something: a rolled up paper of lyrics. Riddle was writing a song. Elias sets that up on his stand and will honor his buddy. Riddle, if you’re watching, please enjoy. Elias starts strumming a tune, and he sings, “Grass is green. The sky is blue. I’m your best friend. You’re mine, too. I’ll walk with you wherever you go. Elias, you’re my bro.

“Elias, you’re jacked. You’re such a freak. I wonder who’s bigger: you or Zeke. I walk with you wherever you go. Elias, you’re my bro. I said, Elias, you’re my bro! Everybody! Elias, you’re my bro! One more time. Elias, you’re my bro!” Elias wants everyone to understand, he didn’t write this, Riddle did. But it’s time for a solo. And yep, Solo Sikoa makes his way out! Elias is upset but Sami is dancing his heart out to Solo’s theme. Will Elias be able to make Solo face the consequences of his sadistic actions? Or will the Street Champion of the Island walk through Elias?

Elias VS Solo Sikoa w/ Sami Zayn!

The bell rings and fans chant “UCEY! UCEY” for Sami. Elias rushes in to scare Sami off and fire off on Solo! Elias CHOPS but Solo clinches and tosses Elias to a corner. Elias elbows back, kicks low and ROCKS Solo. Elias CHOPS, Solo UPPERCUTS! Solo HEADBUTTS Elias, but fans chant for “SAMI USO!” Solo storms up on Elias, drags him up and HEADBUTTS him again! Elias flounders to ropes, Solo stands Elias up to whip him and ELBOW him down! Solo roars and Elias crawls to ropes. Solo CHOKES Elias, but he lets off at 4. The fans rally with “UCEY! UCEY!” and Solo swings, but Elias counter punches!

Elias CHOPS but Solo throat chops! Solo HEADBUTTS, then he ROCKS Elias with a haymaker. Solo CHOPS then whips Elias corner to corner. Elias goes up, Solo catches the legs, but Elias mule kicks free! Elias rushes in but into another UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Solo runs, but Elias dumps Solo out! Elias BOOTS Solo down! Sami checks on Solo but Elias runs in to WRECK Solo with a dropkick! Solo stays up and he’s pissed! Sami stops Solo from bringing the chair into the ring! Sami has Solo cool off, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Elias throws body shots to back Solo down. Elias then fires forearms and whips corner to corner. Solo reverses and then SAMOAN DROPS on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Solo paces around Elias, then goes to the corner. Solo hops up and Sami gets hyped for the DIVING HEADBUTT FLOP! Fans rally as Elias goes to a corner. Solo run sin but Elias dodges! Solo hits buckles, then staggers into right hand after right hand from Elias! Elias CHOPS Solo in a corner, ROCKS him, CHOPS him, repeat! Elias whips corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES!

Elias keeps moving, he SPLASHES again! Elias keeps going, he dodges Solo and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while Sami is panicking! Elias drags Solo up to turn him, but Solo powers out of the neckbreaker! SAMOAN- NO, Elias slips free to SYMPHO-KNEE! And then NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Elias goes to a corner, but he has to tell Sami to get away so he can climb. The ref reprimands, Solo waistlocks Elias but Elias switches to roll Solo! TWO, and Elias kicks low! Elias whips, Solo blocks and reverses! Elias goes up but no mule kick as Solo throws Elias into the ropes! SUPERKICK! Elias flops down, Solo drags him back in! SPINNING SOLO!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Sami helped out just enough and the Enforcer beats the Drifter! Is it only a matter of time before all of The Bloodline is going for gold?

Wait, Solo goes back for seconds! He hammers away on Elias, and then Sami helps drag him up. Solo has the thumb at the ready! SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami grins and says, “I know what that’s like.” But now Solo grabs a chair! Sami has Elias in the corner, and he says this is because Elias messed with the Bloodline. Solo stomps Elias into the corner, and he puts the chair around his head! Solo goes to the far corner, wanting to repeat what he did to Riddle. Fans boo but here comes Kevin! Kevin hits Solo with a STUNNER!! Sami runs for it to help Solo get out of here, and Kevin takes the chair off Elias’ head.

Solo wants to get back at Kevin but Kevin has the chair! Sami brings Solo away and says not now. When and where will Kevin get his hands on the rest of the Bloodline? Elias thanks Kevin, but then Kevin gives Elias a STUNNER! That’s for the whole Zeke thing! Kevin isn’t fighting for anyone else but himself, so how long will he #JustKeepFighting?

 

Tribute to the Troops hits its 20th anniversary!

John Cena narrates as footage plays of the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida back in 2003. WWE superstars and staff volunteered time to entertain those who risk it all to defend America’s freedoms. And no one then expected this was just the first step of a 20 year journey. Tensions were high as they were headed into a warzone. Final destination: Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq. Vince McMahan said on behalf of the WWE and the United States, “Thank you.” It was bringing a piece of home to those so far from home. And 20 years later, it is a tradition like no other.

From Baghdad to the US, the WWE will go to thank the troops who serve and remain steadfast. It is a debt that can never be fully repaid, but as we celebrate 20 years of Tribute to the Troops, we have one message: Thank you for protecting the freedoms of the United States of America.

 

Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Asuka!

The Judgment Day’s Eradicator got hit with blue mist at WarGames, and though she lost the Triple Threat that following Monday, she still got some semblance of revenge after that match. But now the Empress of Tomorrow looks for payback for that payback! Will Rhea not be ready for Asuka? Or will the eradication be complete tonight?

Raw returns as Rhea makes her entrance, Dom by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rhea shoves Asuka down but Asuka’s right back with KICK after KICK! Asuka gets a leg, Rhea stays up and facelocks in return. Asuka switches around to a facelock but Rhea elbows free. Asuka dropkicks Rhea, fires off in the corner, and CLUBS away! Rhea shoves Asuka but Asuka catches an arm! Rhea shoves free, tries again, but Asuka catches that arm! Rhea ROCKS Asuka, then storms up on her in the corner, but Asuka bumps Rhea off buckles. Asuka goes again but Rhea blocks the bump to give the bump!

Rhea scowls but Asuka SOBATS! Asuka runs, but Rhea holds off the armbar takedown! Rhea SLAMS Asuka down, stomps her around, and kicks her for good measure. Dom soaks up the heat for Rhea and then cheers her on. Rhea talks trash on Asuka as she dribbles Asuka off the mat. The ref says to watch the hair pulling but Rhea tells him to shut up. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws more hands. Rhea knees low, then drags Asuka up to TOSS her! Rhea tells the booing fans to shut up, too, then she drags Asuka up. Asuka hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, stands up, stacks to a cover, ONE as Rhea deadlifts!

But Asuka hits another takedown! Rhea reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Asuka lets go, runs in but Rhea avoids the shoulder to KNEE Asuka back. Rhea drags Asuka to the apron, but Asuka fights the suplex. Asuka blocks the kick, puts that leg in the ropes, and fires off forearms! Asuka ROCKS Rhea, to then HIP ATTACK her into the post! Rhea staggers, into an APRON CODE BREAKER! Rhea falls to the floor and Dom panics while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rhea stands tall over Asuka now. Rhea sits Asuka up to KICK her in the back. Rhea then runs but Asuka avoids the dropkick! Asuka KICKS and KICKS but Rhea ducks the buzzsaw to BOOT Asuka down! Dom applauds Rhea and she stomps Asuka down. Asuka snarls and fans rally as Rhea clamps on with a waistlock. Rhea drags Asuka around in a rear bearhug but fans rally up for Asuka. Asuka fights up to throw elbows! Rhea ducks and RAMS Asuka into a corner, then hauls her back up for a front bearhug! Asuka endures the squeeze, throws elbows of her own, but Rhea throws Asuka. Asuka sunset flips but Rhea rolls through to BOOT her down!

Rhea drags Asuka up and reels her in, double pump handles, and flips Asuka up into a HUGE suplex, but Asuka cradle counters! TWO!! Rhea ROCKS Asuka, Asuka comes back with an elbow! Rhea ROCKS Asuka again, Asuka elbows then SOBATS! And ROUNDHOUSES! Rhea goes down, Asuka storms up, but Rhea CAPOERIA KICK! Fans fire up as both women are down but Dom gets nervous. Dom coaches Rhea up, Asuka and Rhea stand, and Asuka dodges the haymaker to fire off KICK after KICK! Rhea blocks one but Asuka ducks the haymaker to URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT and KICK!

Rhea ducks the uraken but not the HEEL KCIK! Cover, TWO!! Asuka roars as Rhea survives, she KICKS! Rhea grins but Asuka SLAPS her! Rhea is pissed now, so Asuka BUZZSAWS her! And SLIDING KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Dom panics again. Rhea gets to the apron, Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea falls to the floor and Dom hurries to mami’s side. Asuka goes out after Rhea, but Dom stands in the way. Dom tells Asuka that if she wants after Rhea, she has to go through him. Okay. She kicks at Dom! Dom runs away but Rhea RAMS Asuka into the apron! Rhea puts Asuka in the ring while fans boo.

Rhea makes sure Dom is okay, Dom says to go finish Asuka. Rhea hurries into the ring, but Asuka kicks! Rhea ducks, pump handles, RIP- NO, Asuka slips out to the ASUKA LOCK!! Fans fire up as Asuka drags Rhea down! Rhea flails, reaches out, Dom grabs a foot to put it on the ropes! Fans boo again as Dom points out the ropebreak! The ref counts, Asuka lets Rhea go, and then Asuka glares at Dom. Dom says the Judgment Day runs this! BLUE MIST!! Dom gets a face full! But then Rhea shoves Asuka into Dom! RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Rhea wins by using Dom as a pawn! Rhea is upset at Dom for getting that close, and she wants water to wash Dom’s face. Did Dom get what he deserves for helping mami? Will Asuka ever get back up after getting screwed over again?

 

The Judgment Day regroups at the trainer’s room.

Dom says the mist burns his eyes, but Finn tells Dom it’s alright. The trainer brings eye drops but Rhea is pacing. Dom does his best to open his eyes for the drops, but he asks if this trainer even has his license. Finn tells Dom to go to his happy place. Priest says it could be worse. Something else could be burning. Rhea slaps Priest on the shoulder and tells him not to joke right now. Sorry. Priest tells Dom he’s tough, he can take this. The drops don’t seem to work all that well, will Dom need something stronger for that burning sensation?

 

Dolph Ziggler speaks.

“The United States Championship. It’s not just a championship. It’s not just the workhorse title of Monday Night Raw. It means more than that. That’s why two of the best in the business right now, Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, those two are gonna go to war tonight for a chance, an opportunity, at the United States Championship. That’s what that title means. Not just to me, not just to everyone in the back, everyone out there. That’s what that title means.

“Austin Theory. You’re the United States Champion. On paper. You’ve done it all! You’ve come a long way in a short amount of time, but you walk around with this chip on your shoulder. Like if someone calls you ‘kid,’ you’re gonna snap and take it out in the moment. That’s not what a champion does. That’s not how a champion lives. At any given moment, you need to be able to put that title over your shoulder and put this show on your back. You don’t know what that’s like yet. That cocky arrogance of not being able to be knocked off your pedestal. That will be your downfall. That is why you are not a deserve United States Champion.

“Watch your back, kid.” The Show-Off warns The Now of WWE, but will Theory be more concerned with who is next? And speaking of…

 

WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley!

The Visionary and the All Mighty have gone around a few times already in regards to the US Championship. But after Theory got a little lucky at Survivor Series, these two must now fight to be Theory’s challenger! Will Rollins #BurnItDown in Milwaukee? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine keep his mind clear and eyes focused on the mission?

Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” even before the bell. The bell rings, Rollins enjoys the singing but Lashley CLOBBERS him! Lashley brings Rollins up to bump off buckles and fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Lashley stomps but lets off at 4. Fans rally for Rollins and he fires forearms back! Rollins runs but Lashley runs him over! Rollins staggers up but Lashley clotheslines him out! Rollins stagger sup, Lashley storms out after him and RAMS him into barriers! Fans rally, Lashley hauls Rollins up to a fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights free to POST Lashley first!

Rollins climbs to the apron, gets some space, and he leaps to FLYING KNEE Lashley down! Milwaukee fires up and sings, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” as Rollins brings Lashley up. Rollins puts Lashley in, taunts him, and says, “I told you Lesnar was stronger than you.” Rollins kicks, underhooks, but Lashley back drops Rollins out of the ring! Lashley then goes out after Rollins while Theory is seen watching backstage. Lashley SMACKS Rollins off the steel steps, and he drags Rollins up again. Lashley SMACKS Rollins off the steps again, then again! Theory smirks as Lashley pulls the steel steps apart! Lashley aims at Rollins, but the ref tells him no!

Lashley drops the steps, but Rollins comes back! Lashley TOSSES Rollins into the crowd! Fans fire up as Lashley pursues and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Lashley has Rollins in a corner. Lashley RAMS into Rollins, brings him out and puts him in another corner to RAM him again and again. Then Lashley hits a NECKBREAKER! Lashley drags Rollins up, suplexes, and fans fire up as he hold Rollins up! Lashley SLAMS Rollins down after ten, then covers, TWO! Lashley drags Rollins back up, puts him back in a corner and then puts him up top. Fans rally, Lashley ROCKS Rollins, and then Lashley climbs up. Lashley stands Rollins up but Rollins throws body shots. Rollins BITES Lashley’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Rollins shoves Lashley away!

Rollins CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Lashley swings, misses, and Rollins PELES! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Lashley and Rollins slowly stand up and fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Lashley runs in but Rollins dumps him out! Rollins builds speed to DIV! Direct hit and Lashley is sent into barriers! But Rollins keeps moving, he DIVES again! Another hit into the barriers! Rollins keeps moving, but he has to dodge Lashley! SUPERKICK! Rollins suplexes Lashley but Lashley blocks! Lashley suplexes but Rollins knees free! Rollins suplexes for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Rollins sits up first as the fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Lashley bails out but Rollins keeps his eyes on him. Rollins goes out the side, runs in around the way, but Lashley fireman’s carries! Lashley POSTS Rollins! Fans fire up as Lashley drags Rollins back into the ring. Lashley aims at Rollins, runs in at the corner, but Rollins jumps! Lashley hits buckles, Rollins rolls him up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives but Rollins hurries up top! Fans fire up for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Rollins is beside himself!

Fans rally up again as Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs in, CURB- NO, Lashley just braces himself to stay up! Lashley scoops Rollins, for a POWERSLAM! Rollins staggers, into the HURT LOCK!! Rollins flails, pushes Lashley back, the ref falls out of the ring as he gets out of the way! Lashley lets Rollins go, and he SPEARS Rollins down! The ref hurries in to count the cover, TWO!!! The delay may have just saved Rollins! Lashley is furious but the ref explains about the bad leg! Lashley just aims again, Rollins stands up, and Lashley runs in! SPEAR becomes PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Champion)

Lashley gets up and is furious with the ref all over again! He doesn’t let the ref leave, another erf runs in, but Lashley DECKS him! Lashley’s temper gets the better of him and Pearce runs out to get in Lashley’s face about it. Didn’t they talk about this last week? Lashley says he made a mistake, but Pearce says his hands are tied now. But then Lashley SHOVES Pearce aside!! Pearce is furious now, he says some things that get censored, and he says LASHLEY IS FIRED?!?! Fans sing, “Nana na na, hey hey hey! Good-bye~!” The All Mighty, gone from the WWE? What is he to do now?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, with a lot of great story progression. Great #1 contenders matches that made for good bookends of the night. Bliss VS Bayley was great stuff, and I like that Becky came out after Dakota & Iyo to run them off. I’m a little surprised we didn’t get more from Becky after, but that was a good bit after what we saw last week. Bliss winning was of course the right call, we’ve had plenty of Bianca VS Bayley already. And also, great teaser from White Rabbit and Alexa almost using Sister Abigail on Bianca. This is great stuff, and it will add a lot to the title build. And I think in the title match, that is the moment Alexa goes full Twisted Bliss and maybe even wins the belt.

The US Championship contender’s match in the main event was a great stuff, especially with Rollins playing such a good Tweener. Rollins winning makes sense with the interactions of him and Theory. Ziggler had a good promo to call out Theory, it makes me think Ziggler tries to screw Theory over and that screws Rollins instead. Lashley losing his cool and knocking out a ref follows the story, but I was surprised he shoved Pearce. And then Pearce firing Lashley, I wonder if this brings Triple H back on screen as an authority figure to try and figure this out. There’s no way they can (kayfabe) let Lashley go when he’s a top star.

Good promo from the Alpha Academy and The OC. Nice mention that Karl Anderson is in Japan, so he must be getting in on the Road to Tokyo Dome events leading to NJPW WrestleKingdom 17. Anyway, great match from Styles VS Gable, and seriously, that was another awesome way to get to the Styles Clash. The OC hasn’t quite found their next feud but they’re having fun giving us these great matches just for fun. The Judgment Day is getting their feud going with The Street Profits, and we got a great match out of them and Tozawa. Tozawa is looking great, even though he’s the one taking the losses. I hope they can keep this going until Bianca can join in.

Really fun stuff from Lumis, Gargano and Candice, such as the promo about how to use the money. I like that they gave fans free stuff, but I feel like it’s tricky because quite a few fans miss out. Miz showing up to try and steal his money back was good stuff, but then the promo started to drag down as Miz tried to come up with excuses about Maryse controlling his money. But a ladder match is going to be awesome stuff for Miz and Lumis. And since it’s kayfabe money, I would love if Miz lost again. Miz should face his own little crisis like Baron Corbin did as “Bum Ass Corbin,” because I swear this has to somehow bring Maryse into it so Indi Hartwell can show up on Raw already.

Candice VS Sky was a very good match but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why fans just don’t get that excited. Sky winning made sense, though, so that she and Kai have some momentum going into this Friday’s tag title match. Kai & Sky VS Liv & Nox is going to be really good stuff, but I would think DMG CTRL retains. Rhea VS Asuka was great stuff and the fans got excited for that, maybe it’s the names involved. Well, it was probably cuz they got to boo Dom. Dom getting hit with the mist and playing it up in that promo right after was great, but he really should’ve been upset that Rhea shoved Asuka into him so she could win. Hard to say what Asuka does next. Heel turn? New partner? Some kind of character reset?

Great stuff from Elias, Kevin and the Bloodline. Kevin Owens is a genius for using continuity and natural human behavior in how he dealt with Elias. Elias VS Solo was a great match, but of course Solo wins. And of course Kevin runs Solo and Sami off, to then also hit Elias for what happened during the Ezekiel saga. Kevin will continue to get involved with anything Bloodline related until Sami comes around to see things his way. Also in the case of Matt Riddle, we all know that neck injury wasn’t legit but don’t expect him to “defy” that return timeline. Word has it he’s really going into rehab for a drug test failure, so let’s hope and pray he makes it through that and comes back soon.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

Before they once again battle for the NXT Championship, Ilja Dragunov dares Carmelo Hayes to look him in the eyes! Will Melo man up and do it?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame; Kiana wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; The Good Brothers win.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend; Roxie wins.
  • DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino; Dijak wins.
  • Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King; Von wins.
  • Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM; wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS ??? w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

The NXT Champion heads to the ring and the fans are all fired up, because the Mad Dragon is not going to wait any longer! “Carmelo Hayes! You disgusting rodent of a man! Let’s go!! I’m not in the mood to wait around all night. This is Stand & Deliver season!” The fans fire up for that! Dragunov says what did Melo say last week? That if this isn’t about the NXT Championship, there’s nothing to talk about? What Melo is looking for is right here. So come on out of your little hiding place, and let’s talk about it. Melo makes his entrance and the fans boo, and now security moves in to be a wall between Dragunov and HIM.

Melo has a mic of his own to say, “Ilja, you the NXT Champion, for now. But you ain’t the superstar that make this brand go, I am. And it’s been that way since I stepped on the scene with that ruthless aggression. Y’see this right here, Ilja? This security. They’re Melo’s security. And they’re here to do whatever it is I need them to do. Look at you. You still pissed off that I used you, huh, Ilja? That I made Trick doubt the Great Ilja Dragunov, with your custom suits, so honorable and all your integrity. Ugh, you make me sick.” Fans boo and tell Melo to “Shut The Hell Up!” Melo says he can tell Dragunov is spiteful.

Dragunov says after what Melo did, he is damn right about Dragunov! And that is why Melo isn’t stepping in that ring with him. Not until he sees a contract and Ava makes this official. Because, Ilja, losing that NXT Championship is your biggest fear. And Melo knows Ilja isn’t the type to try and take Melo out before the match. So go ahead, get it all in order, and then they can talk business. Fans boo more but Melo says Dragunov has until the end of the night. Dragunov drops the mic, rushes up, and he CLOBBERS security guard after security guard! Melo falls back, the remaining guards form a circle around him.

Dragunov stays back, he raises the belt, but will Melo still get what he wants?

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

Just before the show began, reporters asked the NXT General Manager about the big show planned tonight. Yes, this is a big lead-up to Stand & Deliver. Then she spots Gigi Dolin and asks what’s up. Gigi says she just wanted to talk about what’s next for herself. Absolute, this is a competitive Women’s Division, they can definitely talk it out. Awesome! They went to Ava’s office, where Jaida Parker was already waiting. How’d she get in here? Jaida says she had a key. Now, no disrespect, but they gotta talk about Jaida’s future. She ran through Rizzo, and- Gigi says great win, yeah. But Gigi’s meeting was first, line starts behind her.

Jaida says she doesn’t wait in any lines, and especially not behind Gigi. Gigi says Jaida should learn who she’s talking to. Hold on, World Star’s never mentioned Gigi. Well, she’ll give them something to talk about then. Ava has them both stop. They’re not gonna World Star in here. What’s next for both of them will be each other. So now they can leave, starting with Jaida. Jaida heads out, will she be making World Star news after getting toxic with Gigi?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

The Gym Princess has been getting the spotlight, and that put her on the Calculator’s hit list! Will Kiana prove she’s still the future of NXT and no one else? Or will Kelani’s potential be off the charts?

The bell rings and Kiana circles with Kelani. They tie up, Kiana powers Kelani to a corner and gets up in her face. The ref counts, Kelani avoids the elbow, and she wags her finger. Kiana runs up, but Kelani wrenches and wristlocks. Kiana rolls, handsprings, and wrenches back to YANK the arm! Kelani spins through then goes up and up to ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! The fans fire up and Kelani storms up, but Kiana rams her low! Kiana whips, Kelani goes up and headscissors to RANA Kiana away! Kiana bails out, Kelani runs up, but Izzi plays roadblock! Kelani goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT them both then! The fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Kelani tells Izzi that’s what she gets, then she drags Kiana into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kiana sits up, into Kelani’s SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kelani drags Kiana up, whips her to a corner hard, then storms up. Kelani whips corner to corner, Kiana reverses but Kelani goes up again,. But Kiana blocks the rana to SLAM Kelani down, then literally KICKS her out of the ring! Izzi is there to taunt Kelani, and Kiana goes out after her. Kiana drags Kelani up to SMACK her off the apron! Kiana then CHOPS Kelani, high fives Izzi, then RAMS Kelani into the apron! The ref reprimands, the ring count climbs, but Kiana puts Kelani in.

Kiana talks trash while she stalks Kelani, then brings her up. Kelani throws body shots, only for Kiana to knee her low! Kiana drags Kelani up to TOSS her to a corner. Kiana handsprings, runs in and RAMS into Kelani! Kiana then brings Kelani out to kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Kelani stays in this but Kiana scowls as she looms over her. Kiana taunts Kelani, CHOKES her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Izzi laughs at Kelani while she crawls away. Kiana drags Kelani up to CLUB her down, then goes to ropes. Kiana whips but Kelani turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Kelani gets around to backslide! TWO!

Kiana stands, knees Kelani low again, then drags her around. Kiana suplexes, GOURD BUSTERS, and covers, TWO! Kelani toughs it out but Kiana clamps onto her for a seated cobra twist! Kelani endures being stretched and bent! Kelani fights up and throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture but Kiana knees low! Kiana whips, Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Izzi is worried for Kiana while both women are down. The fans rally for Kelani as she sputters, but Kiana crawls her way over. Kiana throws a forearm, but Kelani forearms back! Kiana forearms again, but Kelani gives it back!

The fans rally up but Kiana kicks low. Kiana back suplexes, Kelani lands out, and she CLOBBERS Kiana! And again! And then cartwheel BACK ELBOW! Kelani kips up, the fans fire up, and Kelani blocks a kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Kelani is frustrated but she watches Kiana rise. Kelani handsprings but Kiana catches her! Kiana pops Kelani around but Kelani slips free, rebounds, hurdles and handsprings again! Clinch and FLATLINER! The fans fire up as Kelani pushes Kiana to a cover, TWO!! Kiana survives and Kelani growls. Izzi is worried but Kelani drags Kiana up. Kelani hooks Kiana up but Kiana slips free to KNEE low again!

Kiana puts Kelani on the apron, but Kelani RAMS into her! Kelani slingshots up and over, keeps moving, but Kiana SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO!! Kiana loses her cool as Kelani stays in this! Kiana drags Kelani back up, reels her in, but Kelani cradle counters! TWO!! Kiana kicks low, whips, but Kelani holds ropes! Kelani kicks, Kiana blocks and flips Kelani to the apron! Kelani ROUNDHOUSES Kiana back, but Kiana distracts the ref. Kelani slingshots but Izzi YANKS her right down!! The fans boo but Izzi gets Kelani in the ring! Kiana hurries to drag Kelani in, for the DEAL BREAKER! Cover, Kiana wins!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

The Izzi insurance policy strikes again! Will nothing stop these two in their hostile takeover of NXT?

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

Roxanne Perez was still seething over someone else swooping in and getting a title shot before her. Last time was Tatum and Lola, this time was Shotzi and Lash Legend! Is the universe just against her? And leave the broken TV where it is, it doesn’t matter! But Jakara says, “Check, please.” This is just how a superstar operates. Lash Legend stays ready so she ain’t gotta get ready. That’s something Roxie needs to understand. Roxie says Lash was just in the right place at the right time. Unlike Jakara right now. Oh, whatever, you lost, just go- Roxie fires off on Jakara! The rest of the locker room rushes in, but this explains tonight’s match. Will Roxie’s wrath wreck Miss Jackson?

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

In a shocking return last week, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows ran in, wrecked some top teams in NXT, and then staked their claim to the top spot! Will the Machine Gun and Big LG make NXT Too Sweet? Or will they learn Malik & Edris are far from rookies?

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance. The teams sort out and Malik starts against Karl. Karl kicks low, bumps Malik off buckles, then fires off haymakers. The ref counts but Karl stomps away until 4. The fans fire up, Karl talks some smack on Malik, then storms back up. Karl whips Malik to ropes, but Malik ducks ‘n’ dodges, cartwheels and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up for “Malik! Da Freak!” as he wrenches and brings Karl over. Tag to Edris, they double whip Karl to ropes, then double drop toehold! Then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Gallows gets in but he gets DOUBLE DROPKICKS, too!

The ref reprimands and Gallows bails out. Edris runs at Karl but Karl UPPERCUTS him away! Then UPPERCUTS him again! Karl whips, Edris goes up and over and keeps moving, to RANA Karl away! Karl flounders, Edris runs up to CHOP! Tag to Malik, he and Edris double whip Karl again. Double shoulders knock Karl down, then Malik sets up so Edris can run and POMMEL HORSE SPLASH! Edris sets up now and Malik runs, step-up ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up for the combo moves and Malik brings Karl around. Gallows shouts at Malik and that’s a distraction enough for Karl to pull Malik’s ear!

Karl puts Malik in the corner, tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers mug Malik! The ref counts, the Good Brothers let off and Karl eggs Edris on. Gallows digs his boot in, stands on Malik, then lets off. Gallows brings Malik up, suplexes and puts him on the ropes, to then run and BOOT Malik down! The fans are torn as Big LG drags Malik up. Malik throws body shots but Gallows UPPERCUTS! Malik sits back, only for Gallows to rain down elbows! Gallows clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Malik down. The fans rally as Malik endures and fights up. Malik throws body shots, but Gallows HEADBUTTS him down!

Gallows puts Malik in the corner to fire body shots, then he UPPERCUTS! Malik sits right down and the fans fire up. Gallows stomps Malik, tags Karl, and Karl stomps Malik. Karl clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Malik into the mat. Malik endures, the fans rally up, and Malik fights to his feet. Malik throws elbows but Karl CLUBS Malik. Karl reels Malik in for a back suplex, but Malik lands out of it! Malik sunset flips Karl, TWO! Karl stands up but Malik dodges him, hot tag to Edris! Edris dodges Karl to BLAST Gallows! Edris rallies on Karl with big clotheslines, then he runs to SLING-DOG! Gallows runs in, Malik & Edris DUMP him back out!

Edris kicks Karl, reels him in, JACKHAMMER! Malik LEAPS at Gallows, but Gallows catches him! Gallows SHOVES Malik into steel steps! Edris BOOTS Gallows from the apron! Edris then climbs, aims at Karl, 450- NO, Edris has to roll through as Karl moves! Karl comes back to SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers get Edris up. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

But before the celebration can begin, Chase U is here! Andre Chase says if the Good Brothers wanna interrupt a Chase U victory, then they’re gonna learn that karma’s a bitch! Duke Hudson says Gallows & Anderson aren’t the first team to come into NXT thinking they can just do what they want. But this time, Chase U’s backs aren’t turned. And y’know what that calls for, Mr. Chase? Oh, yes. These two deserve an Andre Chase University sized- WAIT! Axiom & Nathan Frazer storm out here! Frazer says here we go again. Mr. Chase, Duke, congrats on being #1 contenders. But when it comes to Gallows & Anderson, Axiom & Frazer have next.

Good Brothers wanna jump people from behind? Well, at least when a team like LWO shows up to NXT, they confront people to their face. Axiom adds that he and Frazer have no problem dealing with Good Brothers. Duke says not if Chase U gets them first. But then speaking of LWO! Cruz & Wilde are up top, they DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK the Good Brothers! And all the teams go after Gallows & Anderson! Gallows & Anderson bail out, and then we see the Wolf Dogs watching from the perch! The NXT Tag Team Champions are very amused at all the teams fighting each other, but will they be ready for when Chase U looks to be a Roadblock next week?

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

She confirms to whoever this is, that there will be some big title matches for Roadblock, it will be a great show. Someone walks in, and it’s Oba Femi! Ava excuses herself from the call and asks what’s up. Oba wants to know who is his next “victim.” Ava says she is figuring that out because there are many guys who’d love a shot at the North American Championship. Oba says they might say that now, but when they get in the ring with him, they will regret those words. But then in steps Ilja! Champion stares down champion, and Oba smiles before he leaves. Dragunov says he and Ava need to talk. Is The Czar going to acquiesce to Melo’s demands?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

We saw how this match came about, now we’re gonna see how it goes! Will The Prodigy use her new edge to cut down one of the Meta Four? Or will her anger get the better of her this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Jakara makes her entrance, Lash right by her side. The bell rings and the two rush in! Roxie hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Jakara gets away, goes out, but Roxie runs up! Lash gets Jakara away so Roxie stops herself. Roxie rushes out there but Lash stands in the way. Jakara runs up but Roxie avoids the sucker punch to ROCK Jakara! Roxie pushes Jakara in but Jakara kicks back! Lash talks trash and Jakara puts Roxie in. Jakara runs up to DROPKICK Roxie to a corner! The fans rally, Jakara fires body shots on Roxie, then says she’s Miss Jackson! CHOP! Roxie sputters and crawls, Jakara talks trash, but Roxie elbows her back!

Roxie puts Jakara in a corner and UPPERCUTS! Roxie CHOPS, CHOPS, and then shoves Jakara down. Roxie goes up and up and LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Jakara survives but Roxie got her with legs more than anything. Roxie puts Jakara on ropes, whips her, but Jakara reverses. Roxie stops herself to SOBAT! Roxie then reels Jakara in for a facelock! Jakara endures, they go around and around, and Roxie CLUBS Jakara down. Roxie hops on, but Lash reaches out to save Jakara! The fans boo, but then the ref EJECTS Lash! Lash protests but she did it in plain sight! Jakara is devastated, but then Roxie goes after her!

Jakara gest around, pulls hair, EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Roxie goes to ropes, Jakara runs up and trips Roxie! Jakara drags Roxie to the apron to CLUB her, then Jakara shoves her back in. Jakara clamps onto Roxie with chicken wings but the fans rally up. Jakara shifts to a motorcycle stretch and she leans back to really pull on the arms! The ref counts as Jakara pulls hair now! Roxie pops free to cover, TWO! Jakara SMACKS Roxie off the mat, she pie faces her around, then stands her up. Roxie SLAPS Jakara! Jakara SLAPS back! Roxie SLAPS again, now it’s a SLAP fight! Roxie gets Jakara good, then fires off body shots!

The fans fire up with Roxie and she whips. Jakara reverses but Roxie CLOBBERS her! Roxie SMACKS Jakara, then SHOTGUNS her down! Roxie kips up, fires up, and she runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! Roxie wrenches and clinches, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And then CROSSFACE!! Jakara taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie lets go and has a sinister smile on her face. Jakara said you say ready so you don’t have to get ready, so is this prove Roxie is ready for one more shot at the title?

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

So Thea talked with Riley. He came crawling back? Men always do. Because the women don’t chase the men, the men chase the women. Right… No. It was the opposite. He was really excited to go on the date with Thea, but then the girl he went out with wasn’t the girl he expected. So he said they’re better off as friends. Wait, what’d he expect? Uh, duh, the happy, energetic, fun-loving Thea. Oh, so the old Thea. Well, sorta. So, the Thea that was a loser? What? No, not this Thea. The old Thea! That Thea was a loser. Well, Fallon- Fallon Henley? She’s a moron! She practically begs people to be her friend!

The Thea that Jacy saw, who desperately needed help in her Chase U shirt and uncontrollable energy? Trust Jacy, Thea is much better off. What about Duke & Chase? They’re losers! They’re all losers! If not for Jacy, Chase U would be gone. True… But then in walks Kiana & Izzi. Kiana compliments Jacy on the calendars. Didn’t they sell out three times already? Thank you! Someone gets it! Jacy tells Kiana that Thea wanted to actually take advice from Fallon. Pfft, Fallon? Really? They all laugh and say Fallon is the last person to listen to on anything. Agreed. So, tell Kiana more about the calendar.

Jacy & Jazmyn leave with Kiana & Izzi, and Thea sighs. A loser? Seriously? Is Thea starting to see Jacy’s true colors aren’t Chase U black and red?

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

Bron Breakker is talking to Baron Corbin about spicing up the jacket. Bron has an airbrush guy, they can do something about this. Corbin doesn’t care, this isn’t Spring Break 99, he’s not spray-painting his jacket. Okay, okay, fine. Maybe just put some tanner on his pasty face then. The Good Brothers walk by and Corbin asks if they had a rough night. The tag division’s got some depth, huh? Karl says look, it’s Corbin acting like he loves this place. Corbin says they got jokes. NXT reinvigorated Corbin’s career! Reinvigorated! Corbin’s back to kicking asses. Back to kicking asses! And he won these tag titles all by himself! All by him-

Wait. Corbin, c’mon, stop messing around. Corbin tells Bron he’s just messing around, Mr. SmackDown. That was a really good Spear from Bron last Friday, right? Gallows says these are the NXT Tag Team Champions? Then this is gonna be easier than they thought. Karl agrees, and while the Dogs have their jokes, it stoked a flame inside the Good Brothers that’s been gone a long time. See, Good Brothers came here like Corbin did eight months ago. And he doesn’t like that, because he knows it won’t take them that long to become NXT Tag Team Champions. Corbin says last week, they said Corbin was a comedian.

But what’s really funny is the sound Karl’s face made when AJ Styles slapped him across the mouth. Bron adds an “OHHH~!” Karl says then you go ahead and try something. Gallows says not yet. Bron says between the four of them, yeah it’s a good time, he and Corbin make jokes. But when the bell rings, the dogs come out, and they destroy everyone. Good catchphrase. Let’s see if the dogs get past Chase U. And if they do, Good Brothers will be waiting. Is The OC ready to Stand & Deliver?

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

#HardJustice and the Legal Eagle had a… disagreement on how to treat Joe Gacy. Luca believes no one is above the law, but Dijak says he IS the law! Cliche as that may sound, will Dijak prove to Luca that might makes right? Or will Luca bring Dijak to true justice?

NXT returns and Luca makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Dijak knees low, then ROCKS Luca! Luca staggers, Dijak talks trash but Luca fires off body shots and haymakers! Luca CLUBS Dijak, swings more, but Dijak pulls hair! Luca avoids the haymaker to clothseline Dijak up and out! Luca runs to WRECK Dijak, and Dijak tumbles up and over treh desk!! The fans fire up and Luca gets Dijak in. But he can’t lift Dijak! Dijak throws hands, Luca hits back, the fans fire up. Luca runs up but Dijak ELBOWS him! Dijak goes up, leaps, but into an UPPERCUT! Luca runs corner ot corner to CANNONBALL!

The fans fire up with Luca, and he drags Dijak up. Dijak still fights the back suplex, throws more hands and then CLUBS Luca down. Luca clutches his back but Dijak stomps him. Dijak stalks Luca to a corner, then throws elbow after elbow! The ref counts, Dijak CLUBS Luca in the chest. Dijak stands Luca back up, and CHOPS! Luca screams in pain and the fans “WOO~!” Dijak says how’s that? He CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Luca CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! They fire hands, Dijak SUPERKICKS Luca back! The fans are thunderous as Dijak reels Luca, TIME TO- NO, Luca slips free! And he back suplexes! Only for Dijak to land out and LARIAT!

The fans fire up while both men rise. Dijak choke grips, but Luca fights with elbows and a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Dijak stays up, so Luca runs to LARIAT! Dijak is still up, so Luca runs again! LARIAT! Dijak swings, Luca gets around, BIG back suplex! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Luca roars, runs corner to corner, and clotheslines in the corner! Luca keeps moving, but the CYCLONE BOOT finds him! Dijak roars, drags Luca up and torture racks, FEAST YOUR EYES! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

Hard Justice might have won out, but Luca put up a hell of a fight! And wait! Here comes Joe Gacy! He is tearing free of the straitjacket! Dijak is furious, he shouts at Gacy, and Luca finds Tony D’Angelo’s crowbar?! Luca CLOBBERS Dijak, and then Gacy goes after Dijak! Gacy CLUBS away, sending Dijak to the back! And as for Luca, well, the D’Angelo Family is watching backstage. The Don confirms with Stacks and Rizzo, he saw what we all saw. Tony tells Stacks to go get Luca. Right now? No, Tony has bigger business to handle. Then Stacks can go get him. Stacks says, “You got it, boss.” Does Tony mean all this in a good way or a bad way?

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

Kelly Kincaid spooks Supernova 11 while he was drinking, and he says don’t do that! He has PTSD from the sneak attack by Von & Stone! She doesn’t even care! Kelly apologizes, and then asks that the Catch Clause means he could be facing anyone from the No Quarter Catch Crew. Who would Dar prefer to face tonight? Dar says Meta Four is ready for anything. Tonight, Jakara took Roxie to her limit, Lash had two matches in one night, and in the second one, with no preparation, she nearly won the NXT Women’s Championship. Kelly, who is doing it like them? NOBODY~! Dar & Oro high-five.

Dar says Catch Clause this, Catch Clause that, it can be Papa Gulak, Uncle Mullet, it can be… Uh, who’s the fourth guy? Oro says just call him “new guy.” It could be the new kid or Charlie the Chocolate Factory. The result remains the same: Meta Four, five trophies, one picture. Check, please! Back to you, Vic & Booker! Dar’s always wanted to do that. But will all the confidence in the world not save Dar from whoever the NQCC is sending his way?

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

The Morrigan heads to the ring and the fans cheer. The NXT Women’s Champion gets the mic, and says first thing’s first: We all wish Shotzi a speedy recovery. The fans cheer that, and Lyra wants to make it known that when Shotzi makes it back, Lyra owes her the title shot. And we gotta give Lash her flowers, she showed up, showed out and stepped up. And Lyra still has the battle wounds to prove it. But Lyra promised us she’d still be here the champion, and well, she’s a woman who keeps her promises. And last week, Lyra made Tatum a promise. So trust her, no one is as shocked as Lyra that Tatum held up her end! Time to give her what she’s earned, right?

So then, Tatum, please come out here. The superfan hurries her way out, but from the crowd side! Lyra says of course. But Tatum gets into the ring with Lyra and says it is so good to see her. Lyra, last week was so hard for Tatum. And then Ava Raine came out to issue an open challenge just so someone else can get near her! “My sweet, sweet dove, in danger of losing her title!” Yes, but, Lyra didn’t. And Tatum actually did what she was asked to do. OF COURSE! Because Tatum would do anything for Lyra. And Tatum has proven her devotion for her! Er, uh… She proved she’s a woman of her word. Yes, that she did.

And Lyra did promise Tatum a surprise. So is Tatum ready? Tatum closes her eyes and holds out her hands but Lyra says no, she can keep her eyes open, it’s not like that. Oh, okay. Lyra spoke with Ava, some calls were made, and next week at Roadblock, Lyra & Tatum team together! OMG Tatum knew it! Lyra said it was a one time thing, but Tatum knew that they’d be together forever and ever and- Whoa, whoa, hold on. It is not them teaming as friends. So more than friends? As a team, taking on The Kabuki Warriors for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! The fans fire up and Tatum can barely speak!

Tatum puts it together. Tatum.. And Lyra… against Asuka & Kairi for the tag titles? But wait! Ridge Holland comes out here now? He apologizes and says he is very happy about their opportunity, and he wishes them the best of luck in becoming champions together. But if they’re finished, then please leave because he has something very important to get off his chest. The fans boo Ridge stepping on Tatum’s moment, but Lyra & Tatum do exit. Ridge says he is a man of action more than he is of words. But it seems his actions as of late have gotten him in this predicament. When he retaliates, it is always Ridge who takes it “too far.”

But whether he likes it or not, whether he understands the bias, he is still here to apologize for all his actions. Fans boo, but Ridge says he was defending himself against Gallus. He was defending his family! There was no true malice behind it. But wait, the lights go out! And then the tron lights up! A voice says, “Truth will ultimately prevail. But there is pain in bringing it to light.” The lights go out again, and then someone is behind Ridge! They SMASH him with a chair! The fans chant “TEN! TEN! TEN!” because yes, it is TYE DILLINGER!! Or rather, Shawn Spears! The Chair Man is in NXT! The fans lose their minds, they didn’t think it was him! Is he going to take NXT to a perfect ten?

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

Jensen says if Oba’s still looking for a challenger, then he’s that guy. Oba chuckles and asks if Jensen is sure. Because Jensen seems to be confused. Jensen says Briggs told him to grow some balls, so he put up that fight and busted Briggs up. Now if Oba takes the challenge, Jensen will bust him up! Oba stares Jensen down. Standing up after a fight is one thing, but after Oba is done, Jensen won’t even be able to walk away. Oba heads out, will he be right about his next “victim” soon regretting their decision?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

At least, Kelly is hoping to, but security stands in front of the door. But word is, Ava is drafting a contract for a signing later tonight. Security lets Kelly through now, and Kelly asks Melo about earlier tonight. Melo has her stop, and says it is pretty simple. He wants Ilja out there, and Ava with a contract, signed, sealed and delivered. Then all Melo has to do is put his name to paper. But tell Ilja for him, no contract means no Melo. Kelly thanks him for his time, will Ava come through for both sides of the fight?

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

Though they failed against The Meta Four, Von & Stone are still proud of the fight they put up. However, effort doesn’t matter to The Drama King, only the results. Will Lexis make big bad Von bow down to him? Or will King be thrown off his throne and right through a table?

NXT returns and Von makes his entrance, Suit Man Stone by his side. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Von shoves King right down! King gets up but gets thrown again, and again! Von swings, King dodges and CHOPS! Von just frowns, then he CHOPS King down! Von headlocks, King powers up and out, but Von hurdles then runs King over! Von whips King and back drops him! King writhes and the fans fire up! Von drags King up, says we’re going up, and he suplexes King! Stone starts a count for how long King is in the air, and Von goes past TEN to SLAM King at 13!

The fans fire up and Von waits on King. King is in a corner, Von runs up but King dodges! Knee hits buckle, then King dropkicks the knee! Von hobbles back up, but King KICKS his leg! And KICKS it again! King mocks Von but Von ROCKS King! King staggers, Von runs up but the boot gets stuck on ropes! King KICKS the leg, CHOPS and kicks Von more, then has the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! Then a DRAGON SCREW! King keeps on Von’s leg by puling it to the apron! King SLAMS the leg on the apron, then SLAMS it into the post! The fans boo, Stone is frustrated for Von but King pushes Von to a cover, ONE!!

King mocks Von, pushes him around, then kicks him. Von throws body shots but King CLUBS Von! King has the leg, and he SMASHES the knee into the mat! And he SMASHES the knee again! Von writhes, King grabs the leg, but Von kicks at King with the good leg! King still holds on, but Von BOOTS him! Von choke grips King, stands and shoves him, then DECKS King! And DECKS him again! Von whips but King KNEES back! Von roars, King runs, but Von BOOTS him down! The fans fire up with Von, and Von runs up to clothesline King up and out! The fans fire up as Stone mocks King. Von storms out but King throws hands.

King and Von brawl, but King sends Von into Stone! The fans boo but Von ROCKS King! Von checks Stone but Stone says focus on King. Von hurries back in, hauls him up but King CHOP BLOCKS the leg! King lines up the shot, and he BLINDSIDE KNEES Von! King then crosses the arms but Stone distracts King! King rushes up on Stone, and Von rolls King up! VON WINS!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

King is shocked but he just got a taste of his own medicine! So King goes after Von for it! King stomps the leg, rains down fists, but stone gets in! Stone drags King away by his hair but King SLAPS Stone! King crosses the arms, CORONATION! Fans boo but refs rush out to get King to back off. King may not have won, but he made Stone pay for it. Will nothing stop The Drama King from doing what he wants?

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

They finish watching the Kabuki Warriors highlight package like the rest of us, and Asuka was undefeated for a really long time. But imagine, Lyra & Tatum take the Women’s Tag Team Championships back to NXT. And that would also mean Lyra is a double champion! Tatum will always look out for Lyra. She’s a really good partner. Who told her that? Jaida walks in and says she was gonna feel bad for Gigi, given she’s about to whoop dat ass. But uh, y’all two? You’ll be embarrassed by Asuka & Kairi! Lyra keeps Tatum back, and Arianna Grace stands up. Ladies, we’re all supposed to be supportive role models who settle arguments with words.

Not everything has to end in a fight! What problem does Lyra have with the Kabuki Warriors? There is no problem. Then why challenge them to a fight? Because they wanna be tag champions, duh! They are all champions in their hearts and in their minds. Jaida says she’d rather have a title around her waist than some dumb tiara on her head. Arianna is upset, and Lyra says this is pro-wrestling. Fighting is the norm. Arianna says it is only normal until they change it. What is the pageant queen inspired to do now?

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

Speaking of titles, of course both ladies want their shot at the top title. To get up the ranks, they’ll have to go through each other. Will Jaida from the block do as she promised and whoop dat ass? Or will Gigi make Jaida respect the former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion?

 


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

We get Dirty Dango and Mike Bailey in action, as well as the Around the Ring interview with Speedball Mike Bailey!

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Let’s remember this took place right before the No Surrender pre-show, so there’s still No Surrender hype in the announcer points.

Therefore, we already know most of how the Top 5 turns out and if the allusions for momentum pay off…but Xplosion has established itself as more than just a wrestling show. We get to see a few of the undercard players get some ring time, we get wholesome interviews with Gia in full Southern Fried charming glory, and we always get some nice nostalgia moment with the throwback match. Its a quick and dirty 45 minutes, so its hard to be mad.

Speaking of dirty, he’s in the main event!

 

Ratings:

  • Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal: Speedball wins via Ultima Weapon – ** 3/4
  • Laredo Kid vs Dirt Dango w/Oleg Prudius & Alpha Bravo: Dango wins via Down & Dirty – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

Vidal tries a cheap shot, Bailey blocks, puts his hands behind his back and says “try again”, he ducks the slap. Gives Vidal one more chance and just front kicks him when he winds up. Vidal is on the receiving end of early strikes and the Bailey Kick Flurry. Running Boot sends Vidal crashing to the floor, Triangle Moonsault connects and its all Speedball so far. Bailey throws Vidal back in, but Jai slips out and Bailey loses track of him when he goes under the ring. So Jai gets behind him, picks the leg and throws Bailey into the stairs.

Back in the ring, Jai is hitting a few Open Hand Smacks and a Tornado DDT. Jai goes for the SLAYmore Kick, but Bailey catches it and starts lighting up Jai with kicks into the Running Shooting Star Press. Vidal ducks a few Buzzsaw Kicks but Bailey holds one to catch him when he thinks he’s safe. Tornado Kick to the corner misses, Jai uses the ropes to keep distance, trips Bailey and then lands the Double Stomp into the SLAYmore Kick…but Bailey kicks out!

Jai lands a few Slaps that just piss off Speedball, he stands up, they trade shots, Jai misses the Yakuza kick, Tornado Kick lands into Ultima Weapon for the Bailey’s win!

Don West, You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Trending Topics of the week:

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1. Joe Hendry’s new AJ Francis song

Around the Ring with Gia Miller has Mike Bailey on it today. They start off with Bailey revealing he went to Cooking School and both he and Gia enjoying cooking. Ahh I relate to Bailey on the can’t bake aspect because its too specific and basically science. Bailey’s thing he created that he hasn’t been able to remake is a Pulled Pork Brie Grilled Cheese. I’m only mentioning that since it sounds delicious. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Jeff Hardy vs Bully Ray, No Surrender 2012

This is right towards the end of the TNA height, still solid matches and memories, but its kind of like watching events from WCW 1999. 

Laredo Kid vs Dirt Dango w/Oleg Prudius & Alpha Bravo

Ahh he mixed it up saying he hates Lucha Libre this time. 

Dango keeps up with Laredo a little until a Headscissors sends Dango flying, Bravo and Prudius try to block Dango which causes Laredo to pivot. Wrecking Ball Dropkick for Bravo into a big Moonsault into bodies and Laredo is rolling.

They get back in the ring, Forearm Smash into a Michinoku Driver and Uno Mas Moonsaults, but Bravo distracts him on two and a Release Side Suplex gives Dango the edge. Dango just fires Laredo into the corners a few times and goes for a quick cover, but barely gets a 2. Chin Lock into a Sleeper gives Dango the heelish “rest hold” advantage. Laredo tries to fire but Dango stops it with a Knee. Near fall again and Dango goes into a Crossface to keep the Luchador grounded.

Laredo slips a Fireman’s Carry, Dango tries to chase, misses, and Laredo throws some offense together. Missile Dropkick into a Flying Neckbreaker for 2. Laredo goes for a Brainbuster, Dango slips it, hits the ropes and simultaneous Lariats to lay both out. Laredo is the first one up, Forearms into a big slap, goes for a Rope Run, but Dango turns him INSIDE OUT with a Western Lariat. Dango heads to the top for Down & Dirty, Laredo kips up, tries to counter the attempt but Bravo distracts the referee and Oleg trips up Laredo. Down & Dirty hits, Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap for the win!

Overall Score: 5.5/10

This gave Bailey a little momentum going into No Surrender, gave Jai his best showing to date, and reminded everyone that Dango is lurking in that upper middle card area thanks to his enforcers. Dango is an enjoyable gimmick, and I think they’ve done really well at using him often enough to care, but not shoving the “punk rock, don’t care” attitude in our face too much. Like most of us TNA fans remember Shannon Moore’s Book of DILIGAF, right? Punk attitude is fun, but applied correctly…and this is pretty well executed.

Also once again, Around the Ring interviews are charming, and I think do a really good job at ingratiating the talent beyond what the storyline or workrate dictates. Gia is a great interviewer.


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