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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/16/23)

Raw is All Mighty!

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The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck it!

Bobby Lashley is back on Raw, ready for the Royal Rumble! Who else will declare for that match and become another of Lashley’s targets?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mustafa Ali VS Solo Sikoa; Solo wins.
  • The Street Profits VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin; The Profits win.
  • Elias VS MVP Omos; Omos wins.
  • The Judgment Day VS The Alpha Academy; The Judgment Day wins.
  • Iyo Sky w/ Dakota Kai VS “Michin” Mia Yim w/ Candice LeRae; Mia wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Six Pack Elimination Match: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley VS Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin VS Dolph Ziggler VS The Miz; Lashley wins and will challenge Austin Theory for the title next week.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are here!

Jimmy & Jey are here, and so is Solo Sikoa! The Enforcer is going to be facing Mustafa Ali tonight, but The Bloodline always rolls deep. They head to the ring together, they get the mics, and Jey says, “Cincinnati, Ohio~…! The Bloodline is now in your city!” They raise the fingers because they the ones. Jimmy then says, “You see it. You see what The Ones are doing every single week. We running SmackDown and we running Monday Night Raw, every single week! But y’know what? Before Solo puts a beaten on Ali tonight, we need to address what happened on Friday.” Jey hopes KO got the message. He can’t cross the Tribal Chief and get away with it!

And at the Royal Rumble, Kevin learns one last, hard lesson from Roman Reigns. Speaking of the Tribal Chief, the Usos have something really big planned for Raw 30 next week. HUGE plans! Every generation of the Bloodline will be gathered together for an Acknowledgement Ceremony for Your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. And they’re going to defend the Raw Tag Team Championships against The Judgment Day, and they will BEAT The Judgment Day! Because they the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But as the Usos raise their fingers, the Judgment Day makes their presence known! They all have big matches tonight, but they go to the ring to confront the Usos.

Rhea Ripley tells the Usos to stop right there. “The only thing that The Bloodline needs to acknowledge is that The Judgment Day runs Monday Night Raw.” Finn says that’s right! Not only do they run this show, they ran the gauntlet, ran through the division, and now they’re running straight for The Bloodline. YEET! Finn leads the group into the ring, and Finn wants to take this moment to thank “Ex-Con Dom.” He stepped up and filled in for his fallen brother, and he helped the Judgment Day become #1 contenders to those Raw Tag Team Championships! Finn clutches his rib and curses Otis, and Priest has him calm down.

Priest says Finn will handle business in tonight’s huge main event, and Priest & Dom will handle the Alphas. As for those nice red tag titles, they’re coming back permanently to Monday nights! But Priest has a question. The Usos say the Bloodline runs Raw, they take out everybody and stuff, but have you ever seen them step to the Judgment Day? Not even once. That is odd. Not even a knock on the door? Why is that? Dom sniffs and he says he knows why. You smell that, Mami? Oh, she smells it, Dom-Dom. They smell fear! Because the Usos are scared! Jimmy, are you scared? Jey, are you scared?

Scared? Of who? Of little Machismo vato locos? Hey, Uce, check the track record. This right here is 546 DAYS! Every team that’s stepped up got sat down! The New Day: LOCKDOWN. RKBRO: LOCKDOWN! Street Profits: LOCKDOWN! The OC: LOCKDOWN! Brawling Brutes: LOCKDOWN! Los Lotharios: LOCKDOWN! This historic run started beating Dominik and his daddy! LOCKDOWN! And now at Raw 30, the Judgment Day will be welcomed to the Uso Penitentiary! Fans fire up but Dom says while he hears all this talk, the reality is that the Usos wouldn’t last a minute in the cell with the guys Dom was in with.

The Usos roll their eyes but Dom says “In the pen, y’know what we called the Usos? We called them wannabe eses.” The biggest wannabe was the Street Champion, standing around doing nothing. Solo steps up and fans fire up even more. But Rhea steps in and fans like the idea of Mami VS Enforcer! Solo steps back with his brothers, but then steps right back up to Rhea! Rhea grins, but Dom sucker punches Solo! Solo HEADBUTTS Dom down! The brawl is own! The Usos go after Priest and Finn! Finn and Priest throw the Usos out, Rhea turns Solo around! Rhea eggs Solo on, he looks to his thumb, and he roars!

But ALI flies in!! Mustafa Ali goes after Solo, wanting after him before their match! Solo shoves Ali away, and the brawl continues! Their match will happen now, after the break!

Mustafa Ali VS Solo Sikoa!

Raw returns and this match is underway! Solo TOSSES Ali to a corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Ali CHOPS, CHOPS and whips corner to corner. Solo reverses, Ali staggers into a SAMOAN DROP! Solo snarls and he storms up on Ali in the corner. Solo rains down fists, the ref counts, and Solo lets off at 4. Solo backs up to the opposite corner, fans rally up, and Solo runs in, HIP ATTACK! Solo snarls, he covers, TWO! Ali is reminding everyone of his toughness but Solo clamps on a chinlock. Ali endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. But Solo HEADBUTTS Ali back down! Solo then whips Ali to ropes, but Ali holds ropes.

Solo runs in, Ali dodges, and Ali comes back to dropkick Solo! Ali runs again to dropkick again! Ali keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SUPERKICK! Solo flops out of the ring! Fans rally, Ali builds speed, but Solo UPPERCUTS Ali down! Solo then runs in to LARIAT Ali upside-down! Fans fire up and Solo roars! Cover, TWO! Solo is annoyed but he stalks up behind Ali. “Get yo ass up!” Solo won’t be called out like that! Solo rains down fists on Ali, then backs off again. Fans fire up and Solo runs in corner to corner, but Ali dodges! The hips hit buckles! Ali then shoulders back in, slingshots, but into both hands! Solo POSTS Ali!

Ali crashes down and Solo soaks up the cheers and jeers. The ring count climbs, and the Usos sneak back out! The Usos cheer Solo, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! It seems the weekend was just enough time for the Prizefighter to recover what happened on SmackDown! He dodges Jimmy and fires off hands! But here comes Jey! Kevin knees Jey low, RAMS him into barriers, but Jimmy UPPERCUTS and sends Kevin into barriers !Jimmy whips but Kevin reverses, Jimmy hits the steps! Solo is distracted, and Ali TORNADO DDTS Solo!! Cover, TWO!!! Ali can’t believe it! But he hurries up top! 450- NO, he has to bail out!

Solo grabs Ali, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

But Kevin gets in! STUNNER for Solo!! And then Kevin stomps a mudhole into Solo! And then fires off on Solo at the desk And then RAMS him into steel steps! Cincy fires up as Kevin clears the announce desk! Kevin SMACKS Solo off the desk, rains down more fists, then he goes up onto the barriers! But the Usos return to go after Kevin! Fans boo but Kevin deals with them! Kevin DECKS Jimmy, ROCKS Jey, but he’s still fighting 2v1! Kevin CHUCKS a chair into Jimmy’s face! And then one into Jey’s! Security, officials, refs, they all rush to stop Kevin but Kevin wants to #JustKeepFighting!! The Bloodline retreats, will nothing stop Kevin from taking down Roman Reigns?!

 

Bobby Lashley speaks.

“Put as many former champions in the ring as you want tonight. That doesn’t change a damn thing. There’s only one All Mighty. Making it elimination style? That just means five superstars are tapping out to the Hurt Lock. See, these aren’t hoops that you’re making me jump through, Theory. These are just extra victims. Your title reign has an expiration date, and that’s Raw 30. I’m coming for my United States title. And Theory, this time, I’m gonna put you away for good.” The All Mighty has spoken, will there be five other men broken at the end of the night?

 

Cody Rhodes’ comeback continues.

Victorious at Hell in a Cell, but in a bittersweet moment. The surgery was a success, but it also meant there was a long road ahead. The American Nightmare does not heal any faster than anyone else. Two months in, it already felt like six years to Cody. Nine months is the timeline, and he wants to respect that, but only four months in, he was hitting the gym. “This is the place where I can make myself bulletproof.” Brandi confirms Cody has put in the work, and that he looks and feels better than ever. Now it isn’t a question of if, but when can Cody return? Cody has made it clear what he wants, so at the Royal Rumble, HE’S BACK!!

 

Byron Saxton is backstage.

Byron waits outside Adam Pearce’s office, hoping to get a word. He notes that it has been “a revolving door of superstars” all day, all making their case for the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. And one of those stars is… Elias! Byron asks The Drifter’s intentions in the Rumble. Well, 2022 was a roller coaster year. He saw his brother’s career explode then fizzle out. Elias came back, lost a best friend, lost to the Bloodline, and it’s been rough to say the least. But it is time to right some wrongs! When Elias gets in the Men’s Rumble match, the vengeance tour begins. But out comes MVP! Watch the suit, barn owl. In fact, Elias, MVP will save him some trouble.

MVP knows things haven’t been going well for Elias, so if he ever wants those fingers to strum a guitar again, do NOT go in there to bother Pearce about the Rumble. The winner is a done deal. Oh, MVP? Seriously? He hasn’t been relevant in the ring in YEARS, let alone in a Rumble match. Talking like that, MVP will get Elias a match with the Rumble winner match here tonight. Oh, MVP wants to Walk With Elias? Then consider that a done deal! Elias will love this chance to showcasing himself. This is what the music industry calls a tune-up.

In that case, MVP will talk to Pearce right now. MVP calls this easy money, and goes back inside the office. Will MVP prove he’s still relevant?

 

The Street Profits VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin!

Two teams that didn’t win the gauntlet last week now face off here tonight! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came oh so close if not for the Judgment Day, will they get the win here? Or will PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard ruin the homecoming for Cincinnati’s own?

The teams sort out and Shelton starts with Dawkins. They circle, but then Shelton KNEES Ford down! Dawkins fires off, whips, but Shelton gest around to waistlock. Dawkins elbows free, runs, but blocks a kick! Dawkins spins Shelton, Shelton hits the DRAGON WHIP! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Shelton drags Dawkins over, tags in Cedric, and the former Hurt Business mugs Dawkins. They double whip, but Dawkins sees the back drops coming so he stands Shelton up to DECK him! Dawkins dodges Ceric, hot tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Cedric, goes up top, and CROSSBODIES!

Fans fire up as Ford dodges Cedric, follows, then LARIATS him inside out! Fans fire up more as Ford flexes and roars! Ford stands Cedric up, baits him in and dumps him out. Cedric ducks, drags Ford out to join him, but Ford holds ropes! The ref tells them to get in, and Ford stands up to elbow Cedric away! But Cedric catches Ford for an APRON SIDE EFFECT! The ref checks Ford but here comes MVP. Cedric and Shelton seem curious about it, too, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ford powers out of a waistlock, only for Cedric to BELL CLAP him! Tag to Shelton, they double whip Ford into the corner. Shelton whips Cedric in, but Ford goes up and over! Cedric POSTS himself, Ford gets around Shelton, hot tag to Dawkins! Fans fire up as Dawkins rallies on Shelton! Then he DECKS Cedric for good measure! Shelton kicks low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up and MVP looks upset at ringside. Dawkins runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI! Tag to Ford, Dawkins gives Shelton the ANOINTING! Ford FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Cedric breaks it!

Cedric wags his finger, but Ford throws him back out. Ford tags Dawkins back in, and then Dawkins tags Ford. Ford goes up again, Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Shelton! But Cedric CHOP BLOCKS Dawkins! Shelton goes up top, SUPER OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cover, Dawkins breaks it!! All four men are down and fans fire up more! “This is Awesome!” and MVP admits they’re right. Ford and Shelton stand, Shelton clinches but Ford breaks free to ENZIGURI! Hot tags to Cedric and Dawkins! Shelton runs back in but Ford dumps him out! Then Ford PLANCHAS to take out Shelton! Cedric runs in, Dawkins hurdles, but Cedric just DIVES onto Ford!

Dawkins shrugs, and fans fire up as he builds speed! Dawkins FLIES and takes out everyone! Dawkins brings Cedric up and puts him back in, to then run corner to corner. CYCLONE SPLASH! But then MVP drags Cedric away! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Shelton stands Dawkins up! Shelton and Cedric coordinate, ATOMIC KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins has the ghost pin, PROFITS WIN!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Montel Vontavius Porter tried to help his former associates, but it only made things worse! Cedric & Shelton are upset with MVP, but is this the sign that the Profits are getting back up?

 

Cathy Kelley interviews the Judgment Day.

Well, she’s trying to, but they’re busy talking among themselves. She asks if they have a second. How is Finn feeling going into tonight’s Six Way? Oh, she means the Six Pack Challenge? Hey, if anyone’s ready, it’s Finn. Then looking forward to next week, Dominik & Damian have the Raw Tag Team Championship match- “SHOOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable cannot believe his cauliflower ears when he heard Judgment Day say they ran through the Raw Tag Division. No, no, quite the contrary. The Judgment Day barely snuck by The Alphas. In fact, they should’ve been medically disqualified.

But no matter. The Alphas get redemption tonight against the thugs that cheated them. Rhea tells Gable to get lost. Before she does something she won’t regret. Dom tells Gable to listen to Mami. He spent all day and all night pumping iron in the yard, and yet not even he will be able to hold her back. Gable laughs at Dom. No wonder Dom ended up on the wrong side of the system. With a strong body must come a strong mind. But from the looks of it, Dom needs to work on both. Next time Dom’s in prison, sign up for the Alpha Academy’s online courses. Maybe he can make something of himself.

Dom tells Gable not to make fun of prison life like that. Gable doesn’t even wanna know what’d happen to guys like him. Priest says he’s done with the fun and games. Take a walk, Gable, or else you won’t even make it to the ring. Gable says that’s a good idea, Otis hasn’t gotten his steps in today. The Alphas head out, but will they be able to handle the Punishment and the Prisoner?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

Cincy is fired up to see The Man has come around! But not from the stage, she’s coming in from the bleachers! Becky high-fives as she goes down the steps and makes her way to ringside. “How ’bout that Bengals win yesterday?” Fans cheer that, and Becky says she even dyed her hair orange for it. But as much as she wants to stand around and talk, she has business to take care of! “So Bayley, get out here, ya dope.” Becky tells the “dopey coward looking fool” to get out here already. Is Karen too busy yelling at a manager or something? But here comes The Role Model, as well as the rest of Damage CTRL!

Bayley laughs at Becky, and fans boo seeing her 49ers jersey. Bayley says, “This is embarrassing. Guys, I think I beat Becky so bad the other week, that she forgot what my name was.” Fans boo and Bayley tells them to shoosh, please. She’s Bayley, not Karen. No, she’s a Karen, idiot. Or maybe just “BOOO!” Bayley is a person, and her name is Bayley. Becky is Becky, this is Iyo, this is Dakota, etc. Wow, can someone explain to Bayley what “a Karen” is? A moody, entitled idiot with a bad haircut. Bayley storms up into the ring and says that’s real mature.

Fans chant “BECKY! BECKY!” but Bayley tells her that she’s standing there, calling Bayley names, but this seems like Becky is just upset and bitter that she lost, still here with no friends. HA! Fans boo but Becky says she has plenty of friends. She has an arena full of friends here in Cincy! Fans cheer and Becky says Bayley is “a sour faced cheating dope that peaked in 2015.” Wow, 2015? The year that Bayley ran NXT while Becky ran off with the other Horsewomen to take Bayley’s spot?! Oh, okay, now Becky sees it clearly. Is this why Bayley found two random “friends” and are claiming to be a faction? Is she trying to recreate something?

No, she’s not recreating something. She was ROBBED by Becky! Becky took Bayley’s spot on Raw, on SmackDown, at WrestleMania, and everything Becky has should be hers! Becky says the point Bayley is missing is, they didn’t call Becky up because they saw more in her than they did in Bayley. No, no, Bayley was kept in NXT because Bayley wanted to be a leader. She wanted to be a champion! She wanted to help the future! At least, that’s what she said. Or, perhaps, maybe she’s always been full of crap like Becky said she was. That one shuts Bayley up.

Becky continues and says Bayley was supposed to have her own spotlight while Becky was seen as just another body. Becky wasn’t supposed to be The Man, she wasn’t supposed to change the game or be the first woman to win the main event of WrestleMania. But she did, because she loves this, works for this, and works harder than anyone else! And she will keep doing that until she can’t do it anymore! Fans fire up for that one! Becky knows Bayley loves this, too, but the difference between them is, when it’s not Bayley’s going, when it’s not her being the focal point, she just whines and moans and blames everyone else! “It’s the fans’ fault! It’s Bianca’s fault! It’s Becky’s fault!” No, it’s YOUR fault!

Fans chant for Becky more but Bayley says not to even bother with that! They know NOTHING! They don’t know Becky! The only reason Becky became “The Man” was because she was punched in the face by another woman! Oh, how original. But maybe Becky will punch Bayley in the face so Bayley can get out of the rut she’s stuck in! Fans like the sound of that! Or will Bayley keep hiding behind Kai & Sky like she has been? Speaking of, they do step up. Bayley says she doesn’t need them. She didn’t need them to beat Becky before, and she doesn’t need them now! Well, alright, Bayley will have no problem facing Becky next week?

Bayley says she won’t have a problem. Okay, so Bayley won’t have a problem going 1v1 against Becky? Nope! So she won’t have a problem facing Becky in a Steel Cage match? Uh… N-No problem… That sounded like hesitation. No, there’s no hesitation. No problem, you idiot! Then it’s official. See you next week. Becky heads off, getting the rematch she wants. Is The Man going to prove who is the real Role Model on Raw?

 

Mustafa Ali finds Dolph Ziggler backstage.

Ali wishes Ziggler good luck in the main event. But oh, don’t pay attention to him. Y’know, the guy you screwed over for the US title. The guy you refused to team with in the Tag Team Turmoil. It must be so good to be Ziggler, a guy who gets opportunity after opportunity literally handed to him. Ziggler says Ali knows better than anyone that no one gets anything handed to them here. So from one professional to another, Ziggler doesn’t have time to pay attention to Ali today, he’s got to get into the zone. Ali knocks Ziggler over! Does he have Ziggler’s attention now? Ali storms off, will Ziggler be able to focus on the five other big names in the main event?

 

Elias VS MVP!

The Drifter wants into the Rumble, but he’s taking on the man who Montel Vontavius Porter claims is the future Royal Rumble winner. But MVP isn’t dressed to compete? He has a mic to say, “You seem confused, Elias. Did you think you were gonna face me tonight? Oh, well I’m sorry, Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll man. It seems we had a communication breakdown. That’s what happens when you don’t have any pull around here. You get left out of the loop. And I know that lately, things have not been going well for you, but they’re about to get a lot worse. Because you are facing the 2023 Royal Rumble winner, but it’s not me. It’s this man.”

IT’S OMOS!! Elias realizes what he’s gotten himself into. The Nigerian Giant is back, and he’s ready to make his return a devastating one! Will Elias even be able to walk away after this?

The bell rings and Elias rushes in! He fires off on Omos, the fans fire up, but Omos TOSSES Elisa to the corner! Omos runs in, Elias dodges, then he fires off again! Omos shoves Elias away, then BOOTS him down! Omos looms over Elias and taunts him. Elias rolls out of the ring, the ref wants Omos to stay in the ring. Omos backs off, but then goes out the side! Only for Elias to RAM him into the apron! Elias fires off hands all over! Elias goes up the steps and hops on for a SLEEPER! But Omos TOSSES Elias away! Elias gets up, Omos runs in, but Elias dodges! Omos POSTS himself! Elias then runs in, but MVP stands in the way!

Fans boo, Elias pushes MVP aside, but MVP threatens Elias with his cane. Elias backs off, to get his guitar! Fans fire up but Omos grabs the guitar! And then HEADBUTTS Elias! MVP tells Omos to do something about the guitar, so Omos SMASHES it on the grounds! Omos chases Elias back into the ring, but he gets a GAMANGIRI! Omos staggers, into a SYMPHO-KNEE! And then another! Elias runs, to SYMPHO-KNEE again! Omos falls to his knees!? MVP freaks out as Elias climbs, only for Omos to grab him with both hands! MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

The giant is back, and he’s continuing where he left off. Will Omos follow through on MVP’s promise and win the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match?

 

Backstage interview with Adam Pearce.

Byron Saxton finally gets his chance to talk with Pearce, and he asks us for a taste of what’s in store for Raw 30 next week. Pearce had a feeling Byron would ask that. Pearce can promise us that Raw 30 will be unforgettable, perhaps even the greatest Raw of them all. Tonight’s Six Way main event and it only gets bigger! Six of Raw’s top superstars, all fighting for a chance at the US Championship on Raw 30. That’s big. But in comes Akira Tozawa! He has something that’s bigger: The Royal Rumble! And he wants in! Pearce appreciates that, but they can’t just throw opportunities around. Tozawa has to earn a spot.

Then Tozawa wants a match tonight. Tozawa will show Pearce that he deserves to be in the Rumble. Well, Pearce can’t promise anything, but he will give Tozawa a match. No promises, but if Tozawa wins, it can go a long way in considering him for the Rumble. That’s good by Tozawa. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! The Stamina Monster pumps himself up, but just who will he face in order to prove himself?

 

The Judgment Day VS The Alpha Academy!

Whether or not Dominik actually served hard time in a dangerous prison, he at least stepped up for the team when they needed him most. Dom and Damian are taking on the Usos next week, will Chad Gable & Otis be the perfect tune-up? Or will “Master Gable” and his number one guy create another situation of medical disqualification?

The teams sort out and Dom starts against Gable. They circle, Dom eggs Gable on, and then Dom calls for a test of strength. Gable fakes Dom out with a step and gets him to fall on his face! Fans laugh at Dom but Rhea coaches Dom. Gable and Dom reset, circle, and Dom avoids Gable to tag Priest. Priest and Gable circle, approach, and Gable avoids Priest’s grapple. Gable comes back to go for a leg but Priest gut wrenches him up! Priest throws Gable away, they go again. Gable waistlocks, avoids the elbow, and holds onto the hold. Priest reaches around but can’t find Gable. Priest pries the waistlock open and he throws Gable out!

Gable finds himself in enemy territory, he hurries back in, and he ties up with Priest. Priest wrenches an arm, Gable rolls and bridges to roll and handspring and wrench back. Gable headlocks, spins and drop toeholds, but Priest stays up! Priest stomps but Gable avoids it! The two stand off and fans rally up. Gable bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid the hands, and then he blocks a kick to get an ANKLE LOCK! Priest hops his way to a corner, the ref calls the ropebreak, and Priest kicks Gable away. Gable runs in but Priest BOOTS him down! Priest stares Otis down, goes back to Gable, and Priest fires off hands. Priest whips corner to corner, runs in, but only gets buckles!

Gable gest the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Tag to Otis and Cincy fires up! Gable cravats Priest and Otis runs, to BELLY BUMP him! Fans fire up and Otis storms up to wrench Priest. Otis wristlocks Priest, tags Gable, and Gable goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Gable BLASTS Dom, too, but Priest headlocks. Gable powers out, Priest whips Gable and Dom holds the ropes! Gable tumbles out to the floor hard, and Rhea mocks Gable while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gable has Dom in a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Gable lets off and Dom scrambles away to tag Priest. Priest chases Gable and POUNCES him before he reaches Otis! Priest glares at Otis, taunts Gable, and then he KICKS Gable! And KICKS! And KICKS! Fans rally for Otis but Priest hits a ROLLING ELBOW on Gable Priest runs in to back elbow! Then suplex for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Gable is showing his toughness, but Priest sucker punches Otis! Fans boo but Priest puts Gable up top. Gable fires forearms but Priest ROCKS Gable with one! Tag to Dom and Dom climbs up after Gable.

Dom CLUBS Gable, brings him up to the top, and gives some Latino Heat. Fans boo but Gable throws body shots! Gable shoves Dom down! Rhea freaks out, Gable adjusts, and Gable DIVING HEADBUTTS!! Even Finn and Rhea are shocked! Both men are down, and fans fire up as Otis is back! Gable and Dom crawl, hot tags to Priest and Otis! Cincy fires up as the tree trunk rallies on the Punisher! And on Dom! Otis gives Dom a BELLY BUMP! Otis scoops Priest, Priest slips off to BELL CLAP! Priest choke grips, but Otis breaks free to HEADBUTT! Priest rebounds, to SUPERKICK! Otis rebounds, to scoop and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Priest survives being compacted and he gets up. Priest BOOTS Otis away, Dom tags in, but Otis SPALSHES them both! Otis whips Priest to a corner, to SPLASH again! Priest wobbles, then falls into the drop zone! Fans fire up again as Gable says it’s time! Otis activates the CATERPILLAR SPLASH! Tag to Gable, and Otis goes up, only for Dom to trip Gable! Gable hits an EXPLODER on Dom! But Priest CLUBS Otis, climbs up and choke grips! SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!! But Gable hits the CHAOS THEORY!! But Dom is legal, he rolls Gable up! TWO!!! Gable has the leg! ANKLE LOCK!!! Dom flails, Rhea and Finn freak out, they push the ropes!

The ref reprimands, Gable drags Dom away, but now Rhea and Finn distract the ref! Priest BELL CLAPS Gable! And SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Dom crawls to cover, Judgment Day wins!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall

Gable and his 4.0 GPA should’ve known, four is greater than two! Dom survives thanks to Mami, but will he and Priest be able to do the same to The Usos? Or will Dom be back in lockdown for Raw 30?

 

The WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

A man had a dream for a better world. A dream that his children would one day live in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. That the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights. That though we are not satisfied, we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness flows like a mighty stream. He knew he would not make it there with us, but that as a people, we would one day reach the promised land. And his dream lives on that one day, all of God’s children, Black men and White men, will join hands and sing, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, free at last.”

 

Iyo Sky w/ Dakota Kai VS “Michin” Mia Yim!

While the Role Model has a cage match with Becky to worry about next week, the Evil Genius is going to fight to prove the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are still razor sharp. But will Iyo be able to cut down #MICHIN? Or will Mia prove she is still the Head Baddie In Charge?

But what’s this? Mia knows not to trust #CobraKai at ringside, so she’s bringing the Poison Pixie! Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae, is familiar with DMG CTRL even before they came to Raw, so will she be able to watch Mia’s back in this one? The bell rings and Mia circles with Iyo. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Iyo pulls hair! Mia throws Iyo down by her hair in return! The ref reprimands them both and they reset. Iyo kicks low, whips Mia but Mia reverses then follows. Mia redirects and DROPKICKS Iyo down! Iyo goes to a corner but Mia runs in to forearm smash! Mia whip scorner to corner, Iyo slips out and then taunts Mia.

Mia swings but Iyo goes Matrix to dodge the haymaker! Iyo goes to buckle bump but Mia blocks to elbow her away. Mia drags Iyo up but Iyo HOTSHOTS Mia! Iyo steps up but she has to hop back down as Mia rushes in. Iyo avoids the shoulder to KICK Mia back! Iyo then goes up top, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Mia flounders away and Iyo kips up. Iyo runs corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! Cover, TWO! Iyo is annoyed and she CLUBS away on Mia. Iyo bumps Mia off buckles, pulls Mia’s hair, and grinds her against the ropes! The ref reprimands, Iyo talks trash on Mia in Japanese, but Mia pushes her away. Then BOOTS her!

Mia runs to fire off forearms on Iyo, but Iyo catches one to a takedown! CROSSFACE! Mia endures, pries free, but then Iyo hooks the arm again into a LEBELL LOCK! Mia endures, rolls Iyo, TWO!! Iyo lets Mia go, and she DOUBLE CHOPS Mia down! Iyo drags Mia around, underhooks the arms, but Mia drops down and Alabama Lifts to back drop! But Iyo lands on her feet?! SHOTEI! Mia wobbles, Iyo fires up, but Mia reels her in for a lift! Iyo fights the suplex with elbows! Iyo runs, but Mia blocks the rana! Mia powers Iyo back up, Iyo fights the bomb, but Mia hits a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Candice coaches Mia.

Mia stands up but Iyo follows. Mia blocks, ROCKS and repeat! Mia BOOTS Iyo, then ROUNDHOUSES her down! Iyo gets up, into another KICK! Iyo staggers into a FLAPJACK! Mia runs to basement dropkick! Mia doesn’t stop, she whips Io, only for Iyo to hold ropes. Iyo breaks free, Mia ducks the kick and waistlocks, but Iyo resists. Mia shifts to a wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Mia then wrenches Iyo’s arm, but Dakota distracts her from the apron! Iyo trips Mia, jackknife bridges, TWO! Candice YANKS Dakota down! Fans fire up but Iyo WRECKS Candice with a dropkick! So Mia wrenches Iyo for EAT DA FEET! Cover, Mia wins!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

But Dakota goes after Mia! Fans boo but Candice gets in to BOOT Dakota down! And then CODE BREAKER! Dakota flops out of the ring, and Cincy cheers as Candice and Mia stand tall! Will these two go after those tag titles now that numbers are even?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The RawEST Women’s Champion returns after the damage done by Alexa Bliss. Bianca gets a mic and the fans cheer for the “EST! EST!” Bianca says, “Now, I know it’s only been a couple of weeks, but I have missed y’all so so so so much. You best believe, if it was up to me, I would never miss a Monday Night Raw. But with this job, this job that I have, this job that I absolutely love, it’s just not possible without risk. Just like the risk of me getting my face busted right there on those steel steps. But y’know what? Even if I end up with this scar on my face after what Alexa did to me, I would still face her. Again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again!”

Fans cheer Bianca’s resolve, and she says that with every risk comes the reward of remaining your Raw Women’s Champion! Fans cheer that, too! “EST! EST!” Bianca tells Alexa, “I might not have been here last week, but you best believe that I heard everything you had to say, so now, I wanna know if you got the guts to come out here and actually say it to my face.” And here comes Alexa! Twisted Miss Bliss has a new take on her theme song, and she has a mic to tell Bianca that she will gladly repeat herself for Bianca and anyone else that needs to hear it. “You fear me because you don’t know what to expect from me. No one does.

“But let me let you in on a little something going on in my mind right now. The Royal Rumble is in two weeks-” Bianca says, “Girl, uh-uh. I’m just gonna stop you right there. I mean, do you really wanna try to beat 29 other women to try and get a title opportunity at WrestleMania? Or, do you wanna face me for the Raw Women’s Championship at Royal Rumble?” Fans like the sound of that, too! Alexa says, “What’s the catch?” Bianca steps outside the ring to say that Alexa is the one who wants to be in control. So the choice is hers. Alexa says, “I’ll see you at Rumble.” The match is made, but Bianca says Alexa can see her tonight.

The belts and jackets are put aside, the jewelry comes off, and the forearms fly! Bianca then POSTS Alexa! And RAMS her into barriers! And into the apron! And then the apron again, and again, and again! Bianca aims, whips, but Alexa reverses! Bianca stops from hitting the steps, and she elbows Alexa back! Bianca shoves Alexa into more barriers, then runs in, only for Alexa to toss her up and over! Alexa checks her chin, stands up, but so does Bianca! Bianca turns Alexa around and drags her over! They brawl in front of fans! Bianca tosses Alexa, then BOOTS her into the wall! And then fires away with clubbing forearms!

Bianca shoves Alexa into a trash can! And then she sits some chairs up, kicks Alexa around, and then brings Alexa to the chairs! Bianca torture racks Alexa! But the light! UNCLE HOWDY IS HERE?!? He’s creeping up and Alexa slips free! DDT to the floor!! Howdy waves hi to Alexa, and Alexa realizes she may not really be in control. One way or another, will Twisted Lil’ Bliss take the title from Bianca now that she revels in what she is?

 

Akira Tozawa VS ???

The Stamina Monster wants to prove himself worthy of a spot in the Men’s Royal Rumble, but that meant taking on whoever Adam Pearce could find. So who did Pearce fine? THE COLOSSAL BRONSON REED! Will Tozawa not survive the Tsunami coming for him?

The bell rings and the two circle. Reed corners, Tozawa, clinches him, and hits a SNAP Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Tozawa fights up but Bronson has a rear bearhug! Tozawa grabs the ropes, the ref counts and Reed lets off at 4. Tozawa DROPKICKS Reed, but Reed stays up! Tozawa fires off a strike fest, SOBATS, and runs into a BODY PRESS!! Fans feel that one, and Reed stands Tozawa up to HEADBUTT! Reed CHOPS Tozawa and Tozawa staggers away, chest stinging! Reed CLUBS away on Tozawa, stomps a mudhole in, but he lets off as the ref counts. Reed drags Tozawa up, whips him corner to corner, then SPLASHES!

Tozawa sputters, falls over, and Reed says Tozawa’s got nothing. Reed drags Tozawa up, scoops him, and SLAMS him! Then Reed runs to ROLLING SENTON! Reed grins and dusts off his hands. Reed then drops onto Tozawa to clamp on another rear bearhug. Tozawa endures, fans rally up, and Tozawa fights up. Tozawa throws elbows, but Reed CLUBS him down! Reed back suplexes, but Tozawa lands on his feet! SOBAT, spin, slide under, and SPIN KICK! Reed wobbles, Tozawa runs, and RANAS! Reed tumbles out of the ring and Tozawa runs to dropkick Reed away! Tozawa keeps going, and DIVES! Direct hit and Reed hits barriers!

Fans fire up with Tozawa but Reed is still standing. Tozawa goes to the apron, CANNONBALLS, but he gets caught! BARRIER BOMB!! Reed leaves Tozawa behind to refresh the ring. And then from the apron, FLYING SHOULDER!! Tozawa gets plastered to the floor! Reed drags Tozawa up, puts him in the ring, and then climbs up the corner. Fans freak out but here comes the TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Not even all the stamina in the world could withstand that! Will Bronson Reed prove to everyone that he is the Top Dog around here?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Visionary is fired up and he says, “Just when I think I’m out, the United States title pulls me back in, Saxton.” Rollins had his eyes set, his mind made up, he was going to the Royal Rumble to then go on to WrestleMania. But then the WWE officials called, they said, “Sethy, it’s Monday night, it’s the main event, we need you! We need you! Are you in?” Rollins said, “hey, hey, hey! We are in Cincinnati, baby~! The town that loves to party~! The town that loves to sing. So of course I’m in! Old plan out, new plan in.

“Are you ready? Are you ready? Tonight, I win the Six Pack Challenge. Next week on Raw 30, I take back my United States Championship. I go on to San Antonio, win the Royal Rumble, and then take it all the way to the main event of WrestleMania, where I kick Roman Reigns’ ass like only I can! In the immortal words of the great Freddy Mercury, I want it all, and I want it now! HAHAHAHA!” The Visionary has seen his new path forward, but will he be able to make it a reality against the five other top stars he’s going up against?”

 

WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Six Pack Elimination Match: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley VS Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin VS Dolph Ziggler VS The Miz!

From the Visionary to the All Mighty to the Prince to the Modern Day Wrestling God to the Show-Off to the Hollywood A-Lister, they are ALL former United States Champions. Austin Theory is The Now, but who will be his next challenger?

But of course, Austin Theory himself makes his way out to ringside. Rollins dares “the kid” to come closer, but the bell rings and brawls are on! Corbin goes after Lashley, Miz goes after Ziggler, and Finn goes after Rollins! Miz stomps Ziggler at the ropes, Corbin fires off in a corner, but Rollins DECKS Finn first! Lashley goes out after Corbin, Rollins goes after Finn, and Cincy fires up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Rollins is back in the ring with Finn, but they’re still throwing haymakers! Fans fire up while Ziggler still has Miz, just by commentary, and Lashley still brawls with Corbin at the ramp. Ziggler SMACKS Miz off the desk! Finn and Rollins hockey scrum, but then Finn blocks a kick! Finn spins Rollins but Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Finn CHOPS! Rollins PELES! Finn PELES! Both those men go down while Theory is on commentary, saying it is so great seeing all six men fight for his title. Lashley aims at Corbin, but JBL CLUBS him!? Fans boo JBL but he realizes he messed up as Lashley storms up on him.

But then Corbin KNEES Lashley down and into the barriers! Ziggler has Miz against barriers, eh runs in, but Miz tosses him into the timekeeper’s area! Miz grins while Theory talks trash on all six men being “the past.” Miz drags Ziggler back up, but Ziggler HEADBUTTS him! Ziggler then hops onto the barrier, to SATELLITE DDT Miz to the floor! Meanwhile, Rollins has Finn in a fireman’s carry, for a GUTBUSTER! Finn clutches his ribs while he’s down, and Rollins climbs up top. Fans fire up but Corbin trips Rollins! Fans boo, Theory says that is what Rollins deserves, and Corbin climbs up after Rollins.

Rollins resists the superplex and throws body shots! Finn hops up, he CHOPS Rollins, then helps Corbin out. But then Lashley joins in on that! Cincy fires up for the TOWER OF DOOM!! Lashley stands tall after that Superplex Double Powerbomb and Cincy loses their minds! Lashley then aims at Rollins, runs in, but Rollins sends the Spear into the POST! Miz LARIATS Rollins! Ziggler jumps at Lashley but Lashley shrugs him off! Miz full nelsons, Lashley throws him off! Ziggler comes back, FAMOUSER for Lashley! And then Miz hits the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives Miz’s best shot and Miz can’t believe it!

Miz stands, Ziggler jumps in, but Miz stops the satellite DDT this time! Miz puts Ziggler in the corner to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Miz runs corner to corner, to A-LIST LARIAT! Miz pushes Ziggler down, he BOOTS Corbin away, then slides to sunset flip Ziggler! TWO, but Miz BOOTS Ziggler back down! Fans boo but Miz waits on Ziggler. Miz KICKS Ziggler, but then Finn rolls Miz up! TWO!! Miz kicks the bad ribs, then fires off KICK after KICK and KICK! Miz BUZZSAWS Finn down, then he runs in at Ziggler. Ziggler ducks the Buzzsaw but Miz blocks the Superkick! Miz trips Ziggler, and steps through for the FIGURE FOUR!

Fans “WOO~!” as Ziggler endures! Miz puts on as much pressure as he can but Ziggler fights to turn things! Miz tries to stop that but Ziggler pushes it through! Miz endures the leglock! CURB STOMP!! Cover on Miz, Rollins ELIMINATES him! We’re finally down to five and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Ziggler is in one corner while Rollins is in another, as Finn and Corbin seem to be working together again. They mug Rollins in one corner, then Finn goes after Ziggler. Finn throws body shots to keep him down, then he whips Corbin in. Corbin SPLASHES Ziggler and Ziggler falls down! Finn whips Corbin the other way, but Rollins dodges! Corbin slides out, but Lashley is there to CLOBBER him! Finn CLOBBERS Rollins but realizes what happened to Corbin. Lashley fireman’s carries Corbin, but Finn makes the save! And then he and Corbin POST Lashley! Finn gets in the ring, but Rollins rallies on him!

Rollins SUPERKICKS, front kicks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Finn flops out of the ring but Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins hits a FLYING KNEE and down goes Finn! Rollins sees Theory on commentary, grabs the water, takes a big sip, and then SPITS it at Theory! Theory gets all flustered but Rollins puts Finn in the ring. But Finn dragon sleepers! Rollins drops down, kicks him away, but Corbin scoops Rollins! Ziggler saves Rollins to fire hands on Corbin! Rollins joins in, they pinball Corbin with haymakers! They fake Corbin out, to stomp his foot and DROPKICK Corbin down! Rollins and Ziggler stare down, but they understand it worked for Finn and Corbin, so…

They run to forearm smash and splash Corbin and Finn! Then they run the other way to hit another! Then Lashley drags Corbin out of the ring to RAM him into steel steps! Ziggler rolls Rollins up! TWO, Rollins rolls Ziggler up! TWO, and Rollins runs, but he dodges the Superkick to DIVE onto Lashley and Corbin! Finn bumps Ziggler off buckles, then he runs to FLY! Finn takes out everyone else! But then Ziggler climbs up top! The Show-Off SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit on all four other men! Cincy fires up as all five are down, and JBL is beside himself. Ziggler stands up, he drags Corbin up and puts him in the ring.

Ziggler goes to the apron but Corbin KICKS the ropes! Ziggler gets jammed up, Corbin reels him in to POPWER- NO, Ziggler slips off! SUPERKICK!! Ziggler has to fight off Finn, and then Lashley runs in! Ziggler KNEES Lashley, then hits the ZIGZAG! Finn goes up top, leaps, but into a SUPERKICK! Rollins returns, kicks and underhooks, PEDIGREE on Ziggler!! Cover, Rollins ELIMINATES Ziggler! The Visionary has taken out the first two, and Theory is still fuming, as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again, Corbin and Finn are still working together. Corbin whips Finn in to RAM Rollins, then he whips Finn in to RAM Lashley! Corbin helps Finn up and whips him the other way, to RAM Rollins again! Finn wants Corbin to hold on, the ribs are still bugging him. Corbin whips Finn back in, but then reverses direction to hit a DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin rains down fists, the alliance now over! But Rollins goes after Corbin. Corbin ROCKS Rollins with haymaker after haymaker, showing off those Golden Gloves! Corbin eggs Rollins on, so Rollins ROCKS Corbin back! Rollins fires off fast hands and fans fire up!

Corbin shoves Rollins away, puts him on the apron, but Rollins elbows Corbin away. Rollins slingshots, but Corbin DECKS him outta the air! Rollins falls to the floor but Lashley storms up behind Corbin. JBL tries to warn Corbin but Lashley fires a haymaker! Corbin hits back, they brawl, and Lashley gets the edge! Lashley whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Lashley keeps moving, he RAMS into Corbin! And again! And again! Lashley drags Corbin out to hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Lashley clotheslines Corbin out of the ring! Finn returns but gets run over! Lashley drags Finn up, but Rollins runs in! Lashley catches Rollins, too! COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO!

Lashley kicks Rollins, hoists him up, and hits the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Lashley focuses on Finn. Finn is on the apron, but Lashley blocks his gamangiri! Lashley drags Finn up to suplex him! Lashley holds Finn up, and then SLAMS him down! Fans fire up and Lashley soaks it all up. Finn slowly rises, Lashley is ready, but wait, here comes OMOS! MVP is behind the Nigerian Giant as he walks to the ring, and Lashley remembers going a couple rounds with him. Corbin returns, runs, and he LARIATS Lashley down! Corbin clotheslines Finn in the corner,. then runs again. Finn dodges to SLINGBLADE!

Corbin gest up at the ropes, but Rollins clotheslines him and himself out of the ring! Finn focuses on Lashley, runs in and SHOTGUNS! Lashley hits buckles and is down in the drop zone! Finn goes up, COUP DE GRACE!! But CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Rollins covers, Rollins ELIMINATES Finn!! Rollins has taken out HALF the field! Rollins aims at Corbin, but Corbin avoids the stomp! Corbin throws Rollins into barriers, then whips him at the steps. Rollins hops up and over, Corbin rushes in, into a SUPERKICK! Theory scowls at Rollins but Rollins hurries to the apron. Omos grabs Rollins?! Omos TOSSES Rollins over the announce desk!

Fans boo and Omos glares at Corbin. Corbin stands, even he looks small compared to Omos. Corbin gets in the ring, SPEAER from Lashley!! Lashley covers and ELIMINATES Corbin! Rollins and Lashley are the last two standing, Theory now knows he’s having a rematch either way. Lashley tells MVP and Omos to stay out of his business, but Theory BELT SHOTS Lashley!! Theory wants to high-five Omos, but Omos choke grips him! Omos lifts Theory up near the desk, but Theory fights the grip! Theory drags Omos out along the desk, and Rollins CURB STOMPS Omos down!! The Nigerian Giant isn’t in the match but count that as being eliminated!

Rollins then LEAPS at Theory, CLOBBERS him, then clotheslines him over the barriers! Rollins runs into the ring, he wants after Lashley, but MVP is on the apron! SUPERKICK for MVP! Rollins runs, into a SPEAR!!! Cover, Lashley wins!!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship)

Theory gets back up, and he sees the All Mighty is the last man standing! Will Lashley have his vengeance on The Now to become THE NEW US Champion for Raw’s 30th anniversary?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, especially as a go-home to the special “RAW IS XXX” 30th anniversary episode. For one, great linking of stories again as the Bloodline shows up to talk trash on Kevin Owens, but they’re confronted by the Judgment Day first. The quality comedy in that promo comes from the subtext that Dom is acting hard to guys who have actually been arrested for more than just being an uninvited guest. But there was also a great stare down from Solo and Rhea and then the brawl that Ali got in on. Solo VS Ali was a great match but of course Solo wins. And of course Kevin comes out to go after Solo & The Usos to give us a great brawl.

We also got good promos from Judgment Day and Alpha Academy backstage ahead of their tag match, and the match was great stuff. Fans are back to liking Otis, so maybe the Alphas can turn Face soon. Judgment Day should stay Heel since Dom is being fake hard. And as such, they win the Heel way and have momentum going into the Raw Tag title match. That’s going to be a great match, and I feel like of the two choices, Usos could drop the Raw titles and still go strong with the SmackDown titles as the story with Sami and Kevin continues. And good promo from Ali to get in Ziggler’s face, that is definitely a feud that can happen for the Rumble match and beyond.

Good new video for Cody Rhodes, and of course he’s back in time for the Royal Rumble. Cody is a frontrunner for winning that so that he can get at the world title. And it was good story for the roster to be talking with Pearce about getting a spot in the Men’s Rumble. Tozawa VS Reed coming about because of that was a good move, and of course Reed wins. Reed should definitely have a strong showing in the Rumble to better establish himself. And of course MVP was tricking Elias. Omos is back as MVP’s client, and Omos squashes Elias to reestablish himself just in time for the Rumble. Omos meeting Reed in that match will be awesome stuff, too.

Great match from Profits VS Cedric & Shelton, but MVP seems to be serious about reestablishing the Hurt Business. It didn’t really work out for Cedric & Shelton here, but I’m sure MVP will keep trying to convince them to join him again. However, MVP and Omos getting involved ultimately did help Lashley, so maybe Lashley will be more open to the idea of reforming the group. Lashley VS Theory is going to be a really good match, but even with next week being the 30th anniversary episode, I just don’t see Theory dropping the title yet. If the Hurt Business does reform, Lashley will be their world title guy and Omos can move into being the midcard guy.

And great stuff from the Women’s Division here. Great promos from Bianca and Alexa to establish a title match for the Rumble, and great brawl where Uncle Howdy again makes his presence known on Raw. As I said before, this is probably going to turn more into Alexa VS Howdy’s control over her rather than Alexa VS Bianca, and that will help Bianca retain. Becky gives another great promo with Bayley that just shuts Bayley down, then tricks her into a cage match. Bayley says she’ll do this without Kai & Sky but you can’t trust that. But even if Kai & Sky get involved, I think Becky should and will come out on top. Plus, Kai & Sky have Mia & Candice to worry about. We got a good match out of Mia VS Iyo, but that was all mostly to set up Mia and Candice as a team so Kai & Sky can defend the tag titles again.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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