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Mitchell’s WWE Night of Champions Results & Report! (5/27/23)

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Will the landscape of the WWE completely change in one day?

WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for a Night of Champions! And a NEW World Heavyweight Champion will be crowned after Seth Rollins takes on AJ Styles!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and is the inaugural WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus; Trish wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Mustafa Ali; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Asuka; Asuka wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Championship.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Natalya; Rhea wins and retains the title.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Brock Lesnar; Lesnar wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa; Kevin & Sami win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Night of Champions Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight/today!

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Byron Saxton catches The American Nightmare as he arrives, and he asks about the condition of his arm, and about any last thoughts before the match with Brock Lesnar. Cody says cat’s out of the bag via the press conference the other day. There is a stress fracture, but that doesn’t change his spirits. Cody beat Brock Lesnar in under ten minutes last time. So this doesn’t change his spirits, this only changes the game plan. Cody is still going to have a broken arm tomorrow, but Lesnar is gonna wake up tomorrow being 0-2. Cody can live with this broken arm. Can Lesnar live with another loss? Cody puts it concisely himself, but will his spirit be what suffers next?

 

On this global stage…

“In a triple main event… Who will be victorious? Who will leave as a champion?” HHH says, “A champion is always on. It is a 24/7, 365 state of mind. Being a champion is more than a way of life. It is your life. And man, can it change your life. With the eyes of the world watching, history calls. And the answer will be deafening. In this kingdom, this is what it’s all about. Are you ready? I said, ARE, YOU, READY!? This… is a Night of Champions!”

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!

The 60 diamonds represent the 60 years of this company. The eagle harkens back to the days of eagles on the top title. The crown harkens back to the days of THE Bruno Sammartino. Only one man can be the first to hold a title that means so much about the then, now and forever of the WWE. Will that man be a Visionary? Or will he be Phenomenal?

The introductions are made, the belt is on display, and one way or another, a new champion will be crowned!

The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already! They rally and duel, “AJ STYLES!” “SETH ROLLINS!” The two circle, Rollins avoids Styles, and fans sing for him. “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” The two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then Rollins shoots past Styles and the fans sing again. But Styles DROPKICKS Rollins! And clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Then he slingshots, but Rollins avoids Styles! Styles lands on the apron and Rollins grins. Styles steps back in and fans rally up again. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Styles powers up and out. Styles hurdles, Rollins rolls, and the two stand off again.

Fans fire up, Styles swings but misses. Rollins comes back to SLINGBLADE! Styles bails out, Rollins goes to the apron and FLYING KNEES Styles down! Rollins puts Styles in, takes aim from the corner, but Styles ducks the Shining Wizard, only for Rollins to BOOMERANG! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps cool and he brings Styles up. Rollins goes to suplex but Styles blocks. Rollins CLUBS away but Styles RAMS him into the corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Styles lets off, and Styles snapmares Rollins to then run and KNEE DROP! Rollins clutches his face but Styles brings him around to KICK in the back!

Rollins grits his teeth, but Styles snapmares him into a chinlock. Fans rally, Rollins endures, and Rollins fights up to throw body shots. Rollins whips, Styles goes up and over and Rollins hits buckles! Styles CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Rollins goes to another corner, Styles whips him corner to corner but Rollins reverses. Styles goes up and over but gets caught, BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins keeps going, he RAMS Styles into the opposite corner! Fans sing for Rollins again while he catches his breath. Styles sits up in the corner, Rollins puts him on the top rope. Rollins CHOPS Styles and Styles flops to the apron.

Rollins climbs the corner, drags Styles up to join him, and fans rally as the two fight for control. Styles slips under, trips Rollins up and Rollins hits buckles! Styles ROCKS Rollins with a right, but Rollins hits back! They go back and forth, fans fire up with each haymaker, and then Styles snap suplexes Rollins into the corner! Rollins is folded up and fans chant “This is Awesome!” Styles drags Rollins up to CHOP! Rollins ROCKS and CHOPS in return, and on repeat! Rollins then fires hands from all sides, but Styles comes back with the Phenomenal Blitz! SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Rollins goes to a corner.

Styles runs in to clothesline! Styles fireman’s carries, Rollins slips off but Styles ducks the rolling elbow to wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! That was so close and Styles can’t believe it! Styles brings Rollins up, but Rollins RAMS him into a corner! Rollins gets space, but runs into an ELBOW! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives again and Styles is again surprised! Styles puts Rollins in a corner then up on the top rope. But Rollins throws hands! Styles comes back, but into a BOOT! FLYING SUNSET, TWO, but Rollins deadlifts Styles, for a BUCKLE BOMB!

Styles staggers, Rollins hurries to another corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Now Styles survives and surprises Rollins! Both men rise, Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he turns styles, but Styles ducks the Dream Smasher to fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans fire up while both men are down. Both men rise and the fans duel. Styles reels Rollins in, brings him up, but Rollins slips free to reel Styles in! Styles fights out to CHOP and PELE! Rollins falls and flounders to a corner while Styles stands up again. Fans rally, Styles storms over and then goes to the apron.

Styles climbs the corner and he brings Rollins up! Fans fire up as Styles has Rollins hooked, but Rollins RANAS free! Rollins then gets Styles up onto the top rope, climbs up behind him, and CLUBS away on Styles’ neck! Fans count and Rollins goes all the way to eight. Rollins dragon sleepers but Styles fights free! Rollins falls back, Styles works to adjust his position, but Rollins is right back up there! INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Roll through, into SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins is beside himself as Styles survives! Fans are thunderous as Rollins stands. Rollins stomps Styles, then goes back to the corner.

Rollins climbs up top, fans fire up, and Rollins PHOENIX- NO, he rolls through as Styles moves! Styles BOOTS Rollins, reels him back in at the corner, TORNADO HOT- NO, Rollins blocks that to HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, but Rollins brings Styles up again. But Styles fights the suplex! Styles tries to suplex but Rollins blocks now. They fight for control, Styles drags Rollins out to join him, and then APRON BRAINBUSTERS!! Fans go nuts as Rollins flops to the floor! Styles drags Rollins into the ring, then goes to the apron. Styles springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles now hits the floor!

Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Rollins clutches his leg, he may have done more harm than good. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” for him and Rollins rises. Rollins goes to the steel steps, he and Styles get in the ring at 9 of 10! Rollins goes after Styles but Styles goes after the leg! CALF CRUSHER!! Rollins endures, reaches out, crawls around, but Styles rolls him from the ropes! CALF CRUSHER!! Styles pulls back on the leg while Rollins endures! Rollins reaches, and grabs Styles in a SLEEPER! Styles lets Rollins go and Rollins lets Styles go. Styles KICKS the leg, but Rollins LARIATS Styles!

Both men are down and fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as both men crawl to each other. Rollins and Styles stand, and they start throwing hands! Fans fire up with each haymaker, but Rollins gets the edge with forearms! But then Styles fires off palm strikes from all sides! And he KICKS the bad leg! But Rollins mule kicks! And Kawada Kicks! Fans fire up and Rollins swings big, but misses! Styles CHOPS, ROCKS and HEADBUTTS Rollins! Styles runs, Rollins ducks and PELES! Styles wobbles, but Rollins avoids his Pele! SUPERKICK! Styles falls over, Rollins runs in, and Rollins stomps the hand!

Rollins underhooks the arms, but Styles trips him! Styles hooks Rollins up but Rollins kicks free! Styles dodges a haymaker now and PELES! Styles steals the PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Styles and Saudi Arabia are all shocked that Rollins survives! Styles crawls back to a corner as he thinks of what he has to do to finish this. Fans fire up again and Styles goes back to the apron. Styles aims but Rollins crawls over to that side. Rollins stands and glares at Styles. But Styles ROCKS Rollins first! Springboard, PHENOMENAL- SUPERKICK!! Rollins gets his bad leg working as he aims from the corner, Rollins runs in, but the leg gives up!

Rollins drags Styles up, Styles rolls him! Rollins rolls through, to get the PEDIGREE!! But the bad leg hurts from hitting it! Rollins grits his teeth, aims again, runs in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, ROLLINS WINS!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (INAUGURAL WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

The Visionary has done it! He has made history once again! And Triple H is here in person to present the title directly to him! Will Rollins follow through on his promises to push the industry forward and to do it “the right way?”

 

Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus!

The Man wanted The Chick to help her against Damage CTRL, and that she did do. But Trish could not handle being second, could not handle sharing the spotlight, and could not handle being the past and not the present. But will Trish tear down the current generation all in the pursuit of praise and gratitude? Or will she regret ever entering The Big Time?

The bell rings and fans sing Becky’s song now. Trish says okay, Becky, let’s go. And Becky DECKS Trish! Becky fires hands on Trish, Trish gest to ropes but Becky bumps her off buckles! Becky stomps a mudhole in, lets off as the ref counts, and then she brings Trish around to bump her off buckles again! And again! And then Becky gives her more stomps! The fans fire up but the ref counts, and Becky lets off again. Trish bails out but Becky slides! Trish dodges the dropkick to RAM Becky into steel steps! And then brings her around to RAM her face first into the steps! Fans cheer and jeer but Trish soaks it all up.

Trish SMACKS Becky off the Arabian announce table, then the American announce table! Trish puts Becky back in the ring, lines up the shot and PUNTS Becky in the side! Trish looks for the kick, it’s good! Then Trish CHOKES Becky on ropes! The ref counts, Trish lets off and she goes up top. But Becky ROCKS her first! Trish ROCKS Becky back, and Becky staggers away. Trish goes after Becky and gives her a mudhole stomp. Trish then goes up the corner and brings Becky up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, Trish lets Becky go and “apologizes.” Trish then brings Becky back in, for another HANGING SLEEPER!

Trish lets go, soaks up the cheers and jeers and then takes a bow. But Becky ROCKS her for it! Trish kicks back, reels Becky in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Trish is frustrated and she storms up on Becky. Trish stomps Becky in the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Becky sputters and crawls but Trish is on her. Trish SMACKS Becky off the apron! There are fans who chant “Thank You, Trish!” and she enjoys that. Becky hits back but Trish CLUBS her down! And again! And again! Trish digs Becky’s face into the mat! The ref reprimands, Trish lets off and soaks up more cheers and jeers.

Trish shows off “Thank You Trish” on the back of her suit, and then she brings Becky into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Becky endures as fans rally up. Trish makes Becky smile with fishhooks in her mouth! The ref reprimands, Trish throws Becky down and wipes her hands off. Trish then YANKS Becky around by her hair! Trish picks the strands out of her hair, then grabs at Becky again. Becky KICKS from below! Becky fires off on Trish and fans fire up. Becky whips, Trish reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands but Becky gets free! Trish gets around Becky to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up but Trish swaggers around. Trish stalks Becky to ropes, then CHOPS her! Becky goes to a corner, Trish riles up the fans, and Trish CHOPS Becky again. Becky goes to another corner, Trish CHOPS her again! Becky goes to the fourth corner, then past that to the ropes. Trish CHOPS but Becky blocks! Becky ROCKS Trish with forearm after forearm! Trish hits back, the fans fire up with every haymaker! Becky gets the edge, whips to ropes, but Trish reverses. Becky comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Becky runs at the corner to FIRE-ARM! And ROCKET KICK! And then BECKSPLODER!

Trish scrambles away but Becky is after her! Becky has Trish in the ropes to fire off forearms and UPPERCUTS! Becky windmills hands on Trish and fans are thunderous! Becky goes up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Trish scrambles away again while Becky cools off. Becky runs and WRECKS Trish with a dropkick! Becky goes to the apron, and she FLYING FOREARMS Trish down! The fans are all fired up and Becky drags Trish up. Becky puts Trish in, but Trish skins the cat to RANA Becky into the POST! Trish soaks up the cheers and jeers, showing she can still do her old tricks.

Trish puts Becky in the, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, but Becky hits back! Trish rains down fists in frustration, then runs corner to corner. Trish SPLASHES Becky, puts her up top, then climbs up after her. Trish throws hands but Becky throws them back! Trish CLUBS Becky, but Becky throws body shots! Becky sends Trish back, but Trish returns! STRATUSPHERE! Cover, TWO! Trish throws a fit but fans rally up again. Trish drags Becky up, reels her in, and she points to the sky! STRATUS- NO, Becky powers out! Becky ELBOWS Trish, reels her in at the corner, and hits DIAMOND DUST!

Trish flops and Becky hurries back up! Becky drops the MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO! Trish survives, both women are down, and the fans rally up again. Becky nods, she’s feeling the energy. Trish rises, Becky brings her in, but Trish wheelbarrows and victory rolls to get the legs! But Becky kicks her away! Trish goes to a corner, Becky runs in, but is put on the apron. Becky ROCKS Trish first, climbs up the corner, but Trish trips her up! Trish then goes back, STRATUS- NO, Becky catches those legs, and steps over into the BOSTON CRAB! Trish endures as Becky bends her back! Trish crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

Becky lets Trish go and then goes out the side. Fans rally as Becky runs in and leaps off the steps, into a KICK! Fans boo but Trish grits her teeth and gets in the ring. Trish lets the ring count climb, because a win is a win, after all! Becky stirs at 7, and springs in at 9! CHICK KICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Becky survives and Trish can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Trish drags Becky around. Trish sits Becky up to tell her she should be thanking her! Trish throws Becky down, sits her up, and throws her down again! Trish says Becky is not better than her! Trish SLAPS Becky, Becky drags Trish into the DISARM-HER!!

Trish endures, flails, reaches, and pulls Becky’s hair! Becky lets the hold go to pull Trish’s hair! The ref reprimands, the two throw hands! The ref counts, tries to separate them, Becky ducks a Chick Kick! Roll up, TWO!! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Trish survives by a literal foot and Becky can’t believe it! Trish flops out of the ring, Becky storms out after her. Trish goes under the ring, Becky drags her back out. Becky puts Trish in, but ZOEY STARK is here?!? Zoey Stark appears from under the ring to hit a Z 360!!! Zoey puts Becky in for Trish to hit STRATUSFACTION!!! Cover, TRISH WINS!!!

Winner: Trish Stratus, by pinfall

What in the world!? Zoey Stark is on Team Trish!? Trish says Becky lost because Trish is smarter than her. Becky has a bloody nose and anger in her eyes, will The Man have to turn Trish & The Hunter into the hunted?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Mustafa Ali!

Der Ring General has been absolutely dominant as champion, setting the longest reign of the last 23 YEARS! And while The Beacon has shed his “Positive Ali” façade, he still has the confidence to stand up to this challenge. Will Ali win his first title ever in WWE? Or will nothing stop Gunther from becoming the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time?

Ludwig Kaiser has the mic to demand all our gratitude for our “WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Derrrrrr RIIING GENERAL…! GUUUUNTHERRR!” The formal introductions are made, the belt is raised, and on an already historic night, we see which path history takes!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for Ali but Gunther doesn’t react. The two tie up, Gunther headlocks, and he TOSSES Ali away! Fans boo but Gunther eggs Ali on. Ali gets up, the two circle again, and they tie up again. Gunther powers Ali to a corner, smothers him, but lets off, only for Ali to dodge the chop! Ali CHOPS, but Gunther just storms up on him. They circle, Ali gets around to KICK the leg! And again! And again! Gunther blocks a kick, and reels Ali into a SLEEPER! Ali arm-drags free, then goes up and over in the corner! Ali keeps moving to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Gunther wobbles!

Ali runs to DORPKICK again! Ali runs, but into a scoop and SLAM! Ali writhes and fans boo but Gunther stomps him down! Gunther paces while fans rally for Ali. Gunther drags Ali up but Ali throws body shots. Gunther CHOPS Ali down! Ali sputters, but Gunther brings him up, to CHOP him down again! Gunther talks trash and fans boo, but Gunther goes back to Ali. Gunther drags Ali up, but Ali throws haymakers! Fans fire up but Gunther shoves Ali to a corner. Ali BOOTS back! Ali swings, but into a scoop and SLAM! Gunther gets the legs, BOSTON CRAB! Fans rally, Ali crawls and reaches out, but Gunther drags him away!

Gunther shifts into an STF! Fans rally as Ali endures, and Ali fights up to throw body shots. Gunther knees low! Gunther TOSSES Ali out but Ali holds onto ropes. Ali gets up to shoulder into Gunther! Ali slingshots, into a BOOT! Ali falls to the floor, and Gunther drags him up to POST him! Ali goes flying then lands hard, and Gunther goes into the ring to simply let the count handle this. Ali drags himself up at 7 of 10 but falls over! The count is 9, Ali springs in at 9.99!! Gunther is annoyed but fans fire up! Gunther drags Ali up, wrenches the arm, and CHOPS Ali down! Gunther drags Ali up again, just to CHOP him back down!

Fans boo but Gunther soaks it all up. Gunther stands Ali up again but Ali breaks free, CHOPS and ROCKS and then dodges to ROCK Gunther again! Ali CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then fires off windmill haymakers! Fans fire up, but Gunther shoves Ali away. Gunther runs in at the corner, Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Ali hurries back to the corner! Ali climbs, but Gunther CHOPS! Gunther ROCKS Ali, climbs up after him, and double underhooks. Ali fights those off and he HEADBUTTS Gunther! And again! And then SMACKS Gunther off the buckles!

Ali gets up, SUPER SUNSET- Wait, Gunther holds onto the ropes! Ali gets him loose and POWERBOMBS Gunther down! Ali skins the cat to the top rope, so that he can 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! “This is Awesome!” as Ali is getting closer and closer! Ali goes up another corner, leaps, but Gunther blocks the tornado! Gunther throws Ali away to then LARIAT!! Gunther shouts at the fans, he drags Ali up, and LARIATS again!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ali survives and Gunther is furious! Fans are thunderous for Ali but Gunther eggs him on. Ali crawls over to Gunther, Gunther kicks him around and taunts him.

Ali rises up and the fans are with him. Gunther tells Ali to listen. “You don’t belong-” Ali SLAPS! Gunther SLAPS! Gunther POWER- NO, Ali slips out of the bomb to SUPERKICK!! And Ali goes up, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Ali hurries up top again! 450- NO, Gunther moves and Ali rolls through! Gunther SHOTGUNS Ali! More like a cannon! Gunther GENERAL BOMBS Ali, high stacks, and Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Fans boo but Ali still put up one hell of a fight. But will Gunther continue to dominate the world, no matter who is put in front of him?

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn talk backstage.

They’re feeling good. Being here is crazy. Everything since WrestleMania! Even WrestleMania was so much more than they ever expected. Winning these tag titles together, what a run. Even if it ended tonight- Wait, whoa, why would it end? It won’t, but Sami wants to “acknowledge” the fact Roman Reigns is celebrating 1000 days as Universal Champion and he wants these titles. Somehow, he finds a way. Roman’s screwed them both over before. Kevin sees that. But that’s the only thing he “acknowledges.” Here is something for Roman to “acknowledge”: Kevin & Sami won these off The Usos, a greater tag team than Roman & Solo will ever be.

But here’s another thing: Kevin is sick of hearing about Roman’s 1000 days! Roman’s had his day, he has had 1000 of them! Today is THEIR day! Kevin didn’t come all this wat just to lose! No, today is THEIR day! Today, Solo loses! Today, Roman loses! Yeah? Yeah?! YEAH! Sami & Kevin are ready, will they make sure Roman’s 1000 days with his two titles is all he gets?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Asuka!

The EST has beat the Empress of Tomorrow before, but this isn’t that Asuka. This Asuka is something more sinister, more ruthless, and more chaotic. Will Bianca not be ready for this Asuka? Or will Bianca continue the longEST women’s title reign of the last 23 years?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the B E S T!

The bell rings and the two rush in! Asuka waistlocks, headlocks, hits the takeover, but Bianca headscissors. Asuka kips free, gets around and throws Bianca down by her hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Asuka is having fun,. Bianca ducks the Penalty Kick, kips up, and trips Asuka to rain down fists! Asuka turns it around, but then Bianca turns it back. They go back and forth, Bianca kicks Asuka way, and then she RAMS Asuka, rebounds, and runs her over! Bianca says if Asuka wants to mess around, then come on. Things speed up, Bianca handsprings over Asuka, then hurdles, but Asuka dropkicks the roll!

Asuka swaggers around, gets Bianca’s arms, and stands on her to give her DRAGON STOMPS! Fans fire up and Asuka lets off to swagger some more. Asuka gets an arm, she wrenches it, but Bianca ROCKS her with the other arm! Bianca RAMS Asuka into the corner, then tells her this is what she gets. Bianca TOSSES Asuka across the way, runs in and RAMS her into the other corner! Bianca brings Asuka out to whip her corner to corner, but Asuka reverses. Bianca goes up and over, and DROPKICKS Asuka down! Bianca kips up again and fans fire up. Bianca drags Asuka up, scoops her, and SLAMS her!

Fans rally, Bianca runs to handspring, but Asuka avoids the moonsault! Asuka goes to the apron, Bianca runs in to handspring kick her down! Fans rally as Bianca eggs Asuka on. Bianca then goes out after Asuka, but Asuka drags her down by the hair! Asuka whips Bianca into steel steps! Asuka grins while fans boo and the ref reprimands. Asuka puts Bianca in the ring at 5 of 10, then swaggers around more. Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK Bianca in a corner, then GERMAN SUPLEX her away! SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this but Asuka gets an ARMBAR! Bianca flails, stacks, TWO!

Asuka lets Bianca go to BUZZSAW the arm! Asuka stands on Bianca at the ropes, the ref counts, and Asuka steps off. Bianca shoves Asuka away but Asuka comes back, into a JAWBREAKER! Roll up, TWO! Both women hurry up, Bianca spins Asuka around and suplexes, but Asuka cradle counters! TWO, and Bianca runs in, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Asuka is still having fun as fans start to rally for her now. Asuka wants an arm but Bianca fights her off. Asuka stomps away on that arm! Asuka grinds the shoulder, drags Bianca around, but Bianca fights up. Fans rally again but Asuka keeps Bianca down.

Bianca powers up again and she throws body shots. Bianca scoops but Asuka slips free to YANK Bianca down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Asuka just grins. Asuka kicks Bianca around, toys with her, and then smiles. Bianca blocks the boot, ROCKS Asuka, and then ROCKS her again! Fans rally up as Bianca fires off forearm after forearm! Asuka shoves Bianca away but Bianca BLOCKBUSTERS on the return! Fans fire up while both women are down! Bianca goes to ropes, drags herself up, and Asuka runs in, but into an ELBOW! Bianca BOOTS Asuka, goes up the corner, then goes up and over!

Bianca then runs in to rally with big shoulder tackles! And a DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Asuka swings but into a spin and suplex! A bit of a stall before a BIG SLAM, and Bianca kips up! Bianca runs to RAM into Asuka at the corner! Bianca climbs up and fans fire up as she rains down fists! Bianca goes all the way to TEN, but then Asuka slips under to grab the hair! The ref reprimands, Bianca yanks Asuka in to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is still in this but Bianca says okay. Fans rally and duel, Bianca has Asuka in a corner, but Asuka drop toeholds her into a buckle!

Asuka BUZZSAWS Bianca, YANKS her down with the hair, and grins while the ref reprimands her. Asuka aims, KICKS Bianca in the chest again and again and again, but Bianca ducks the buzzsaw! Bianca shoves Asuka, Asuka mule kicks back! Asuka goes up but Bianca ROCKS her first! Bianca climbs, she brings Asuka up and fans rally. Asuka resists the suplex, throws body shots then shoves Bianca away. Asuka leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this, as she is the tougheEST, y’know. Asuka is still amused, though, and she brings Bianca up. But Bianca resists the scoop!

Bianca suplexes, but Asuka fights that to get the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Bianca flails, kicks around, shifts to the other side, and she gut wrenches Asuka! But Asuka fights the bomb! Asuka runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Asuka is still in this and Bianca is beside herself. Bianca runs, handsprings, but into a takedown! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bianca pushes back to a cover, TWO! Asuka runs in, into chicken wings! GlamEST- NO, Victory Roll! TWO and Bianca has the cover, TWO! Asuka catches Bianca to a backslide, TWO! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!!!

Bianca survives again, but nothing is ruining Asuka’s mood! She still grins and fans say “This is Awesome!” as she drags Bianca by her hair. The ref reprimands, Asuka lets go, then whips Bianca, only for Bianca to reverse! Asuka tumbles out, but then drags Bianca out by her hair! Asuka whips but Bianca stops from hitting steps, and she elbows Asuka back! Bianca sends Asuka into the steps! The ref reprimands them both, the ring count starts, and Bianca slides in at 2, only for Asuka to drag her out. Bianca returns the favor, the count rises, and they start shoving. Then they start throwing forearms!

Bianca CLUBS Asuka, puts Asuka in at 7, and hurries in after her. Asuka has the hair again! Asuka CLUBS away on Bianca, but Bianca RAMS her into ropes! Bianca CLUBS away on Asuka now, fans fire up and Asuka shoves Bianca away. The ref wants them to listen to her, and Bianca nods. Bianca goes to Asuka, RAMS her in a corner, fires off again, but the ref counts. The ref gets between them, Asuka MISTS! But Bianca narrowly avoids it! That was Asuka’s one shot, and now she’s mad! They run, Bianca gets around, torture rack! But Asuka arm-drags free! And catches Bianca to an ARMBAR!!

Bianca kicks, flails, fights around, stacks Asuka and covers, TWO! But Bianca deadlifts Asuka, for a POWERBOMB! That took all Bianca had there and she falls over! Fans fire up as Bianca shakes her arm out. Asuka goes tot he apron, Bianca storms over and grabs at her. The ref has Bianca back off, and then Asuka spits more mist, but on her own hand!? Bianca storms back over, torture racks again, but gets MIST FINGERS in the eyes!! ROUNDHOUSE!! BUZZSAW!! Cover, ASUKA WINS!!!

Winner: Asuka, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)

Asuka found a way around the rules, and now SHE rules over all! The EST’s great reign comes to an end, will no one be ready for this wicked Empress?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Natalya!

The Eradicator may have the blue brand’s belt, but she and The Judgment Day still run Monday Night Raw. However, the Queen of Harts says Rhea doesn’t show respect to anyone. Rhea disagrees, she does respect Natalya, which is why she’s going to do Natty the honor of ending her career! Will the world see Rhea’s brutality? Or will Natty win herself the greatest birthday present ever?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if we get another new champion tonight!

The bell rings and Dom talks trash on Natty. The ref reprimands, but Rhea CLOBBERS Natty from behind! Rhea stomps Natty out of the ring, goes out after her and BOOTS her at the desk! Then Rhea drags Natty up to SMACK her off the desk! “You ain’t nothing, Natty!” Rhea SMACKS Natty off the desk again, and again! Rhea RAMS Natty into the steel steps! Fans are torn but Dom is loving this. Rhea brings Natty around, and RAMS her into the other steel steps! Rhea drags Natty up, puts her in the ring, and then storms up to HEADBUTT Natty down! Rhea drags Natty up, pump handles and lifts, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Brutality and agility, because that was fast and furious! Dom celebrates with Mami, and Rhea mockingly tells Natty happy birthday. Will nothing stop Rhea from eradicating every woman put in her way?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Byron Saxton is with the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and Rollins wants Byron to do better than that. Say it with some oomph, some stank. The NEW~ World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins. Yes, sounds so good! It has been a long, long time, nearly four YEARS, since Rollins held world championship gold. And tonight, on the night of nights, the starts are bright, and Rollins walks out our new WHC. That feels good! Feels right! Doesn’t it? Yes, right now. But what about going forward? What does the future of Raw look like with Rollins on top?

Oh, Sax Man, the more things change, the more they stay the same! Rollins will be live on Raw, and every Monday night moving forward, but the only difference will be that Rollins has world championship things on his mind! He is the Visionary, he is a revolutionary, and finally, he is world champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! HAHAHA!

 

Cody Rhodes VS Brock Lesnar!

The American Nightmare thought he finished this story at Backlash, but The Beast said nothing is over until he says it’s over! Lesnar has already broken Cody’s arm, but will he break Cody’s body, mind and spirit? Or can Cody pull off another miraculous victory to keep his own story going?

Fans sing Cody’s song, and we can see Cody has a titanium “Exos cast” to keep his arm together. Cody fires the fans up and has his pyro, but Lesnar grins because he sees that cast as a target. The bell rings and the two circle. Cody keeps the bad arm back but Lesnar approaches. Cody avoids being cornered and Lesnar nods. They circle again, Lesnar approaches again, but Cody again avoids being cornered. Cody bails out of the ring but Lesnar grins again. Cody says Lesnar wanted to fight, so let’s fight! Lesnar goes out after Cody, chases him around, they get back in the ring and Cody fires off hands!

But Lesnar RAMS Cody int a corner! And RAMS him again, and again! Lesnar clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cody flounders and goes to the ropes while Lesnar grins. Fans chant “SUPLEX CITY!” and Lesnar hits another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cody flounders to ropes again, clutching the bad arm. Lesnar puts Cody in a corner to RAM him in again! And then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! Fans fire up as this makes three suplexes already. Lesnar stalks Cody, brings him up, but Cody ROCKS Lesnar with the cast hand! And again! And again! And again! Cody is going Cowboy Bob Orton on Lesnar!

Lesnar clinches Cody but Cody ROCKS him with the cast! Cody runs to RAM Lesnar out of the ring! Cody then builds speed, to DIVE! Cast first, too! Lesnar leans on the desk, Cody goes up to leap, AX HANDLE! Lesnar flounders into the ring, Cody climbs up, and he AX HANDLES again! Cover, TWO!! Lesnar survives taking titanium to the head again and again but fans fire up for Cody. Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Cody springboards again, CODY CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Lesnar is still hanging tough, but Cody is stalking him now. Cody roars and waits on Lesnar to rise!

Lesnar stands, Cody dragon sleepers, CROSS RHODES!! But Cody’s arm bothers him, he can’t make the cover! Lesnar rises again, those stitches popping open. Cody dragon sleepers, for another CROSS RHODES!! Fans are thunderous and Cody grits his teeth. Lesnar sits up in a daze, Cody shouts for him to get up again! Lesnar staggers up, Cody dragon sleepers again, but Lesnar spins around! KIMURA!!! Lesnar has the already busted arm, can Cody turn this around like he did at Backlash?! Cody moves around, reaches out, but Lesnar has the body scissors, too! Cody reaches out, fights up, but Lesnar drags him back down!

Fans are thunderously rallying for Cody as he keeps fighting, and he pushes forward again! TWO and Lesnar still has the arm! Lesnar shouts at Cody to give up but the fans rally! Cody pushes, Lesnar rolls it through and he is sitting up with the KIMURA!! Cody reaches out, he’s so close to the ropes! Cody claws at Lesnar’s back, fans rally behind him, but Cody is fading out! The pain is overwhelming him! The ref checks, but Cody comes back to life!! Lesnar is shocked but he keeps pulling on the bad arm! Cody scoots and crawls, he claws at Lesnar’s back more, and fans are thunderous! Cody starts to fade again, but he gets the ROPEBREAK!!

Lesnar lets go in frustration and the ref checks Cody. The cast is made of titanium but what is Cody made of!? Lesnar snarls, he storms back over to Cody and brings him up. Fireman’s carry, but Cody slips free! CROSS RHODES!!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lesnar survives again, what is HE made of?! Both men sit up, Cody grabs Lesnar’s arm and ROCKS him with the cast! And again! And again! And again! But Lesnar fireman’s carries again!! F5!!! But Lesnar can’t make the cover, he’s too tired! Lesnar crawls over, pushes Cody to a cover, TWO!!?? Fans say “This is Awesome!”, but just what is it gonna take to end this?

Lesnar drags Cody into the KIMURA!! Lesnar makes Cody suffer again, and he sits back up with the hold! Cody is fading, the ref checks, and Cody is OUT!! Lesnar wins!!

Winner: Brock Lesnar, by referee stoppage

But Lesnar isn’t letting go! The ref shouts, the bell rings more, and Lesnar finally lets go! Cody sputters back awake, will he learn later that he could not win a fight with The Beast? As for Lesnar, is he finally going to let this chapter of the story end?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa w/ Paul Heyman!

Speaking of stories, it seems one story that has yet to end is the drama of the Prizefighter, the Great Liberator and The Bloodline. Kevin & Sami have all but broken up the Tribal Chief’s table, will this be the last straw? Or will Roman celebrate 1000 years as Universal Champion by becoming THE Undisputed Champion of WWE?

As always, Roman raises the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline continues down the ramp and into the ring, for Roman to raise the belts again for more pyro. Then Kevin and Sami make their entrances, Sami in a formal white robe. The fans sing Sami’s song as he and Kevin go down to the ring, and the champs are fired up! The introductions are made, Heyman interrupting to make his introduction for himself and the “soon to be NEW tag team champions. First, from the Island of Relevancy, the Sultan of the Spike, ladies and gentlemen, this is… SOLO! Ladies and gentlemen, on his 1000th day of a historic championship reign, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE! Universal! Heavyweight! Champion! ROMAN! REIGNS!!”

Heyman gives the mic back and says that’s how it is done. But Sami takes the mic now, and he says in Arabian that we should all hold on a second. Sami says that tonight, in this ring, it is the WWE Tag Team Champions, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn! The fans are thunderous, the tag belts are raised, and we see what it truly takes to be tag team champions!

The teams sort out and as fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” for Sami, Kevin starts against Roman. Fans fire up as the bell rings and the fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” again. Roman gets annoyed, and Kevin realizes who should really start this match. Sami offers the hand, and Kevin tags him in! Roman smirks and nods as fans are thunderous for “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman gets annoyed as it keeps going, and he circles with Sami. Roman says no one would know who Sami is without him! Sami begs to differ, given the “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” returns. Roman gets annoyed and tags out to Solo, which fans boo.

Solo and Roman circle now while Roman cools off outside. Roman says he should’ve never let Sami into the Bloodline! The fans keep chanting for Sami, Roman yells at them, and the fans boo. Roman then tells Solo to take Sami out. Solo and Sami tie up, are in a deadlock, but Solo throws Sami away! Solo eggs Sami on, fans boo, and Sami comes back. They circle again, the fans are still thunderous, and the tension builds. The two tie up, Solo powers Sami to a corner, and the ref counts. Solo lets off, swings, but Sami dodges to CHOP! Sami backs away and eggs Solo on. Solo wipes it off, but Kevin fires the fans up more.

Solo and Sami tie up and Solo puts Sami in another corner. Solo CHOPS and ROCKS and rains down fists! The ref counts, Solo lets off and roars, but the fans boo. Roman soaks up the heat, Solo brings Sami up and whips him corner to corner. Solo runs in but into an elbow! Sami goes up, leaps, AX HANDLE! Fans fire up and Sami brings Solo up for more haymakers. Sami whips, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Sami! Roman nods and tells Solo to keep going. Sami sits up, he looks to Kevin, and Kevin says sure, why not. Kevin tags in and fans fire up as Kevin fires haymakers on Solo! Kevin knees, ROCKS Solo and runs, but into an UPPERCUT!

Solo stalks Kevin to a corner, HEADBUTTS him, but Kevin COHPS! Solo SLAPS Kevin, Kevin kicks low, and the forearms go back and forth. Solo HEADBUTTS Kevin, but Kevin BOOTS back! Roman avoids the back elbow, but Kevin avoids Solo to CHOP and fire forearms. Kevin whips, Solo reverses but Sami tags in! Kevin KNEES Solo, Sami drop toeholds, and Kevin SENTONS! Fans are thunderous but Roman runs in to CLOBBER Kevin! Sami chases Roman off but Roman taunts him and the fans. And then Solo CLOBBERS Sami! Fans rally for Sami and that upsets Roman. Solo CHOKES Sami on the ropes!

The ref counts, Solo lets off, and then Roman CHOKES Sami behind the ref’s back! Fans boo but Roman gets away with it. Solo drags Sami from the ropes, scoops him and SLAMS him, then runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Solo yells at Sami, then he drags Sami around. Solo stomps Sami in the stomach but the fans rally up. Roman is almost confused by this, but Solo keeps Sami from Kevin. Solo HEADBUTTS Sami down, and he tags Roman in. Fans boo as The Tribal Chief steps in, but he talks trash on them. Roman goes to Sami, stomps him and throws hands. Sami flounders against ropes and Roman stomps him down.

The ref reprimands, fans chant “ROMAN SUCKS!” but Roman CHOKES Sami on the ropes! The ref counts and Roman lets off at 4. Roman taunts the ref but the ref says respect his authority. Roman snap suplexes Sami and covers, TWO! Roman is upset but the ref says that count was fair. Fans boo Roman being a brat but he goes back to Sami. Sami stands to CHOP! Roman smirks, but Sami CHOPS again! Roman UPPERCUTS Sami off his feet. Roman brushes himself off, and says, “What? You think you’re the Nature Boy now?” Roman throws Sami out of the ring, distracts the ref, and Solo goes after Sami!

Solo throws hands, then he SMACKS Sami off the desk! But Kevin attacks back! The ref sees all this, Kevin points out what Solo was doing, and Sami gets to the apron. Roman goes out to put Sami in the ring, then he goes to a corner. Fans boo but Roman tells them to hush. Roman taunts Kevin, the ref keeps Kevin back, and Roman throws hands on Sami. Roman stomps Sami, but fans chant “ROMAN SUCKS!” Roman is annoyed by that, but then Sami throws body shots! And haymakers! Roman UPPERCUTS Sami back down! Roman winces, fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Roman frowns. Roman tags Solo and they drag Sami up.

The Bloodline mugs Sami, CLUBS him down, and the ref reprimands. Roman says okay, okay, and he exits. Sami crawls but Solo stomps him down. Solo drags Sami up, whips him, and SAMOAN DROPS him! Solo talks trash in Samoan and Roman says they’re the future tag team champions. Fans rally with “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” but Solo drags Sami up. Solo clamps a claw into the shoulder but Sami endures. Sami fights up, fans fire up, and Sami throws body shots. Solo ROCKS Sami, TOSSES him out, and now Roman gets to go after Sami, but Sami ROCKS Roman first! Sami fires off hands and fans fire up!

Solo sees this, hurries out, but Sami sends Solo into the desk! Sami hurries into the ring and crawls, but Solo runs in to stomp him down! Solo brings Sami up, bumps him off buckles, then SUPERKICKS Kevin! Fans boo but Solo goes to Sami. Solo puts Sami up, SLAPS him, and talks trash. Fans rally, Sami gets mad, and he ROCKS Solo in return! And again, and then fires off rapid kicks! And then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down, but fans rally as Kevin rises! Sami and Solo crawl, hot tags to Roman and Kevin! The Prizefighter dodges Roman to CHOP, and fire off haymakers! Fans fire up as Kevin stomps away!

The ref counts, Roman bails out, but Kevin goes out after him! Kevin LARIATS Roman down, then SENTONS on the floor! Fans fire up and Kevin puts Roman in the ring. Roman staggers up, swings, but misses! Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman down! Kevin goes to a corner, “SUCK IT!” but Solo is back! Kevin DECKS Solo, but Roman CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans boo and that annoys Roman again. Roman raises the finger, #HeTheOne. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in, but Kevin avoids the Superman Punch! Roman avoids the lariat, returns, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin just goes right up the corner!

Kevin aims to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Heyman looks very worried! “This is Awesome!” while both men are down. Kevin rises first, he goes to another corner, and he waits on Roman to rise. Roman sits up, Kevin runs in and kicks! But Roman shoves Kevin away, Solo HOTSHOTS! Kevin staggers into the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Kevin survives and Roman is in disbelief. Roman says, “I’M the champion! I’m gonna be the tag team champions now, you understand? I’m gonna have all the championships!” Fans boo Roman, which again upsets him. But Roman just goes to a corner and reloads.

Roman lets out the battle cry, he runs in, but into a KNEE! And a kick! And a STUNNER!! Roman rebounds to SPEAR!!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Heyman holds up the lei and tells the Tribal Chief to rise up. Roman raises his finger, crawls to the corner, but Sami is back! Kevin also crawls, hot tags to Solo and Sami! Sami rallies on the Enforcer of the island with haymakers from all sides! Sami whips, Solo reverses, but Sami goes up and over to then clothesline Solo out of the ring! Sami then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Sami powers back up!

Sami pushes Solo into the ring, fans sing again, and Sami gets around to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Solo is still in this and Heyman is still a bit worried. Fans rally up for Sami as he sits back up. Sami goes to a corner, he waits on Solo in the other. Fans are thunderous again, Solo stands up, and Sami runs in! HELLUVA- SUPERKICK!! Solo hits first, then roars and grabs Sami by the hair! SAMOAN- BOOT from Sami! And then a CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Sami reloads fast! HELLUVA KICK!!! Cover, Roman breaks it in time!! Fans can’t believe it but this isn’t over yet!

Roman scowls and talks trash on Sami. Roman tells the ref to get back and he rains down fists! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Roman lets off to glare at the ref. Roman drags Sami up, fireman’s carries, but Sami fights free! Sami fires hands on Roman now! Roman shoves Sami back, Sami dodges but almost runs into the ref! Roan runs in, but Sami sends the SPEAR into the ref!!! Roman is furious, but then he realizes this is an opening. But Sami is locked ‘n’ loaded! He mocks Roman, and SUPERMAN PUNCHES him!! Fans fire up as Sami gets Roman with his own move! Sami then goes to the corner and mocks the “OOAH~!”

Sami runs in, but into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman brings that outta nowhere, and he says Sami can’t be him. But then Kevin SPEARS Roman!! Kevin rains down fists on Roman, he and Roman bail out, and Kevin SMACKS Roman off the desk! Again and again, dribbling him like a basketball! Then Kevin RAMS Roman into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kevin clears off the Arabian announce desk! And then he clears off the American desk, too! Kevin drags Roman up and over, puts him on the American desk, but the USOS are here!?! They attack Kevin! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK him down!

The Usos get Roman out of the way, they beat down Kevin and then tip the desk onto him! The Usos then aim at Sami, SUPERKICK from Jey! SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Solo stands, but Sami ducks, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS hit Solo!!! Roman sees that and is furious! The Usos realize they messed up hitting their own brother, but Roman misunderstands! Roman asks them what the hell they’re even doing here anyway! They were told to stay home! The Usos try to explain, but Roman pie faces Jimmy! Jey says they’re just trying to help! Roman says they’re not helping! They’re disobeying him! He pie faces Jey now!

Roman tells Jey there ain’t no more Day One, but then JIMMY SUPERKICKS ROMAN!!! Even JIMMY is in disbelief!! Jey asks what the heck, Jimmy?! This is ROMAN! Why’d he do that?! Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” and then Jimmy tells Jey to listen for once! This is what they shoulda done years ago! SUPERKICK for Roman again!!! Jimmy is all fired up, Heyman is in disbelief! Jimmy says this is THEIR time now! Jimmy would never treat Jey like Roman’s treated them! They are BROTHERS! Jey goes to Roman’s side but Jimmy says no, the Usos are for the Usos, not for Roman!

The Usos leave, and fans fire up! Jey is still reluctant, but he still goes. Solo stands, he’s furious, but Kevin gives him a STUNNER!! Sami is back, he gives Solo a HELLUVA KICK!!!! Cover, but there’s no ref! Wait, a new one slides in! Cover, SAMI & KEVIN WINS!!

Winners: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

Jey can’t believe what Jimmy’s done, but Jimmy says that’s what Roman gets! Roman himself is in disbelief over what just happened. Is this the last day The Bloodline is a faction? As for Kevin & Sami, could this be just the beginning of their own historic reign?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome Night of Champions! I can only nitpick using the phrasing of “triple main event” when, for one, only a match that closes the show is the main event. And even then, they didn’t have all three matches at the end to try and say they all closed the show. But WWE is gonna use phrasing however they want because they can. But given that, the World Heavyweight Championship opening was a surprise. I already said in the build to this that it was a given Rollins was going to win since it was Styles going against him and Styles is anchored to SmackDown with the OC. But I also said it was going to be an awesome match, which it was. Rollins has any number of possibilities for a first challenger, even with MITB coming and grabbing up a few people into the ladder match.

And great move to have Becky VS Trish follow, too, that was great stuff. Zoey Stark getting involved was a surprise I could not have called, but what a great spot for her to get in on. The feud with Candice LeRae and Nikki Cross just wasn’t working right, so Stark moving up into a big time story like this is great. I already sense a tag match of Trish & Zoey VS Becky and a returning Lita for an even bigger battle of generations. It also is a way to keep Becky out of the MITB picture, she’s above titles now.

And speaking of, great women’s title matches. I did not see either finish coming, and they were both rather creative. Rhea getting the jump on Natty thanks to Dom should’ve been a given, and Rhea beating Natty was itself a given, but I didn’t think it’d end up a squash. And then Bianca VS Asuka was great stuff, and it was also clear that the mist was gonna come into play. But great creativity for Asuka to miss with the spit attack to then go with mist soaked hands. Asuka winning was a surprise in itself, so this was a great way to do it that keeps Bianca strong and adds to Asuka’s Heel power. As I theorized on last night’s SmackDown, I’m thinking the Women’s MITB will factor into putting the right titles on the right shows, and I’d love for interactions between Rhea and this new sinister Asuka.

Gunther VS Ali was great stuff, and naturally the fans were on Ali’s side. But given the teasing of Riddle VS Gunther even with Ali being the winner of the battle royal, Ali was not going to get this title off Gunther. But it was a great match from Ali, so I hope this leads to something good for him, perhaps the MITB ladder match. Great stuff out of Cody VS Lesnar, and very clever that Cody would use his cast as a legal weapon in the match. But at the same time, Cody can’t be so overpowered, so passing out to the Kimura was the logical finish. Cody VS Lesnar Round 3 could easily be at MITB, but given Cody’s “broken” arm and Lesnar preferring the biggest paychecks possible, perhaps they save this for SummerSlam in Detroit, not MITB in London.

And of course, the one true main event was the tag title match because it also has the Bloodline story involved. I loved everything about that segment, but especially The Usos’ part to play. They took things into their own hands again even though Roman didn’t want them to, and then Jimmy finally snapped, Superkick’d Roman and we all cheered! Jimmy saying this is what they should’ve done all along was also a great detail, because it calls back to almost three years ago when Roman used Jimmy against Jey to make them both fall in line. This Bloodline Civil War stuff is going to be great, SmackDown next Friday is going to be huge.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/18/24)

It’s an all-star battle royal!

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It’s a special night for NXT in more ways than one!

Trick Williams’ next challenger will be decided in a 25 Man Battle Royal, with stars from not just NXT, but perhaps from outside the WWE altogether! Who will be heading for the Heatwave with the champ?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s 25 Man Battle Royal: Je’Von wins and will challenge Trick Williams for the title.
  • Triple Threat Tag: Roxanne Perez & Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Roxie & Lola win.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship: Kelani Jordan VS Mia Yim; Kelani wins and retains the title.
  • Fallon Henley VS Carlee Bright; Fallon wins.
  • Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS The Good Brothers; Chase & Duke win.
  • Je’von Evans VS Ethan Page; Ethan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s 25 Man Battle Royal!

A match this stacked was not going to wait very long! Je’Von Evans, Apollo Crews, Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne, Dragon Lee, Legado Del Fantasma’s Angel & Humberto, and pretty much all the stars of NXT are all in this ring, but they’re not the only ones. Say his name and he appears, it’s TNA’S JOE HENDRY!! Hendry has a mic to say “Say his name and he appears, Joe Hendry is here, in NXT!” The fans are going nuts, and Hendry says Cody Rhodes said this was a 25 man match. But let’s be honest, this is 24 men and one sensation! Hendry is gonna walk down to the ring, eliminate every single one of ’em, and go on to become NXT Champion and bring that title to TNA!

And when the title changes hands, the entire WWE Universe will be chanting, “WE BELIEVE!” And what they believe in is 250 pounds of pure motivation, the answer to all of life’s problems, they believe in JOE HENDRY! But wait, he isn’t the last one in this, as here comes All Ego, Ethan Page! Ethan and Hendry get face to face, as there was a time when All Ego was making an impact in TNA. The bell rings, and Oro Mensah jumps in to go after Ethan! They tumble out of the ring but under the bottom rope, so technically Ethan is still in this match! Except the brawl takes this to the back! And then Hendry finds himself going 23v1!

Wait, is that Frankie Kazarian, also of TNA, in there going after Hendry? Well alright. The fans freak out as Kaz DUMPS and ELIMINATES Hendry!! Kaz will probably have to deal with the consequences this week on TNA’s show. Tony D’Angelo goes after ol’ rival, Joe Coffey, Dempsey brawls with Tyler Bate, but then Lexis King CHOPS Tony! The Don turns around and thinks it was Edris! Edris defends his innocence but Tony TOSSES and ELIMINATES Edris! The brawling continues, Lexis finds Kaz and CLUBS him. Tavion Heights works well with the NO Quarter Catch Crew, and Legado goes after The Done.

Dragon goes after Myles Borne, Kaz DECKS Luca Crusifino then CHOPS Garza. Luca & Tony mug Humberto, Shawn Spears and Eddy Thorpe brawl. Eddy runs up, but the boot misses! Spears DUMPS and ELIMINATES Eddy! Coffey CHOPS Bate, but Ridge CLUBS Joe! Ridge still owes the Iron King so he hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Malik Blade goes after Tony for him throwing out Edris! Joe tries to dump Lexis, but Lexis kicks back. The fans rally for Dante Chen as he’s in the mix, and then Dempsey puts Malik on the apron! Malik ROCKS Dempsey, slingshots and RANAS, but Dempsey uses ropes to stop that!

Dempsey kicks at Malik, Kemp WRECKS Malik, but Dempsey ends up falling with Malik! DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Kemp apologizes, but then Kaz DUMPS and ELIMINATES Kemp and Myles! The fans fire up for the Heavy Metal Rebel, all is forgiven from earlier. Crews and Bate go after Humberto, and Crews puts Humberto on the apron. Humberto drags Crews out to join him and they brawl! The fans rally, Humberto kicks the legs out, and Garza KNEES Crews down to ELIMINATE him! Legado gets another one on Crews, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Legado high-five, then Garza goes after Spears while Humberto is after Luca. Bate and Coffey brawl some more, Spears dumps Garza out but Garza lands safe on the apron! Spears works to scrape him off but Garza hooks the ropes with his legs! Lexis goes after Tank Ledger, Spears and Kaz brawl, and Tavion is after The Don! Guess he’s gonna earn his NQCC stripes already. Lexis AX HANDLES Luca, Je’Von and Dante fight it out in a corner, and Dante ends up on the apron! Dante RAMS into Je’Von’s bad ribs then gets back inside. Ridge and Tavion fight, Dante throws hands down on Spears, and Lexis CHOPS Tank.

Dragon boots but Coffey blocks to HEADBUTT! Coffey runs up but Dragon TOSSES and ELIMINATES him! The Iron King is irate but there’s nothing he can do now. Luca stomps Bate, Spears CHOPS Tony, Humberto fights off Ridge, Spears CHOPS Tony again! Spears gets space, runs up, but Luca takes the LARIAT! Luca goes up and out, Spears ELIMINATES him! Tony DECKS Spears, Bate RAMS into Tony! Tank fights back against Lexis and then goes after Dante. Tavion CLUBS Tank, Bate fires hands on Tony, Humberto fights off Kaz. Dante turns things around on Tavion to ROCK and ELBOW him!

Tony puts Bate up top, Ridge fires off on Tank, Spears finds Je’Von, and NXT returns to single picture. Garza goes after Kaz with body shots, Tavion clinches Dante to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dante hangs onto the ropes! Dante RAMS into Tavion, DUMPS him out, but Tavion is on the apron! They brawl on the edge, so Ridge runs up to BLAST and ELIMINATE them both!! The fans boo but Yorkshire Grit wants that title shot! Lexis CLUBS Ridge, Legado regroups, and Je’Von fights off Frazer. Spears TOSSES Dragon but Dragon holds on and gets back in! Kaz stomps Je’Von in those bad ribs, Spears stomps Dragon.

Bate fights off Tony’s suplex, CLUBS him, and Ridge UPPERCUTS away on Ridge. Legado bullies Tank, double trophy lifts him, but Tank fights free! Tank CLOBBERS Legado against ropes! Tank tries to get them both, but Lexis CLOBBERS Tank! Lexis is helping Legado? But then he backstabs Humberto and TOSSES him! Lexis ELIMNATES Humberto, and laughs at him! Garza is upset, though, and Lexis says hey, c’mon, battle royals, right? Garza says yeah, and he DECKS Lexis! Garza TOSSES and ELIMINATES Lexis! But then Tank TOSSES and ELIMINATES Garza! The fans fire up for Tank, but Bate gets him in the AIRPLANE SPIN!!

The fans fire up as Bate and Tank go around and around and around, way past TEN, then the SLAM! The fans rally for the Big Strong Boi as he DUMPS and ELIMINATES Tank! Kaz is sure shocked seeing all that! But then Tony DECKS Bate, hits a BELLY2BELLY on Kaz, then a SPINEBUSTER on Spears! the fans fire up with The Don, Frazer leaps but into a BODY SHOT! Tony TOSSES Frazer but he holds onto ropes! GAMANGIRI, then springboard, but into Tony’s arms! Frazer slips free, dumps Tony out, but Tony holds on! Tony shoves Frazer away but he’s right back with a SHOTGUN! Frazer ELIMINATES Tony!!

But then Dragon dumps Frazer out! Frazer skins the cat to RANA Dragon, but he holds on, too! They both stand, fire off BOOT after BOOT, then Frazer SUPERKICKS! Frazer runs up, into a V-TRIGGER!! Frazer falls, Dragon ELIMINATES him! But here comes Ridge! Dragon fires hands on Ridge, but Ridge shoves him. Dragon SUPERKICKS, ripcords, but Ridge LARIATS first! The fans boo as Ridge hoists Dragon up! Bate says Bop up, BANG! Ridge wobbles, Dragon shoves him! Bate DUMPS Ridge up, DOUBLE BANG and down goes Ridge! Bate & Dragon ELIMINATE Ridge, and then BANG for Dragon!

Spears TOSSES Bate, but Bate rebounds, LARIAT takes down Spears! We have our final five of Bate, Spears, Dragon, Kaz and Je’Von! Bate is all fired up, he runs in but Spears BOOTS him! Spears runs up but into a boot, and a KNEE! “This is Awesome! as Bate goes up, but Spears SHOVES him down, and ELIMINATES him! Now we’re at four! Dragon fires up, he and Spears brawl while Je’Von fires hands with Kaz! Kaz BODY SHOTS Je’Von, then helps Spears mug Dragon. Then Spears TOSSES Kaz! Kaz holds on, ducks a shot, but so does Spears! Spears rams in but into a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!

Dragon SUPERKICKS Spears, Je’Von throws hands on Kaz. Kaz CHOPS Kaz, whips, but Je’Von reverses hard! Kaz goes up and out and to the floor! Je’Von ELIMINATES Kaz!! The Young OG is among the finalists! Je’Von fires hands with Dragon, Dragon BOOTS Je’Von! Je’Von runs, into a HEEL KICK! Je’Von runs up, but into a SNAP GERMAN! But Je’Von is right up!? And he SNAP GERMANS Dragon!! Dragon is up! He slips through a lariat, gets Je’Von up, SITOUT BOMB!! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Dragon roars! Je’Von flounders about, Dragon runs up and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep! But Spears SHOVES him down to ELIMINATE him!!

Spears grins as he sneaks that one, and now he has Je’von all to himself. Spears gets Je’Von up but Je’Von JAWBREAKERS! Springboard, but Spears DUMPS him out! Je’Von keeps his feet off the floor! Je’Von KICKS Spears, slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! Je’Von slips free, Spears dodges a lariat, but then Je’Von dodges a lariat! Je’Von LARIATS Spears up and out, but Spears has fingers on ropes! Je’Von CLUBS away but Spears ROCKS Je’Von! Spears springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Rebound and GAMANGIRI! Je’Von TOSSES Spears!! Je’Von wins!!!

Winner: Je’Von Evans (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)

Even in this stacked field of veteran stars, it was the youngest of them all that bounces them all out! And now he’ll be facing his role model, Trick Williams! Is this match-up going to burn down the house in Toronto?

 

The Women’s Division talks backstage.

Kelani Jordan is an inspiration to them, Carlee Bright hopes she wins tonight. And then challenging her for the Women’s North American Championship would be a dream come true! Fallon Henley walks in and hopes Carlee isn’t serious. She’s had literally one match here. If anyone deserves a shot, it’s Fallon. But didn’t she have her part in the ladder match? Because Fallon didn’t come first there. Wren Sinclair points out that’s true. Fallon tells Wren to sit down. Anyway, she is the only one in this locker room that deserves a shot. Oh, really? Brinley Reece is doing pretty well, and Karmen Petrovic got a pin on Shayna Baszler, so…

Fallon is sick and tired of all the new girls thinking they deserve stuff! Sol Ruca avoids the drama by getting out of there. But clearly things are heating up, who will rise above to be next in line to the newest title in NXT?

 

Lola Vice warms up.

She kicks and punches away on a dummy, and Roxanne Perez storms in. Does Lola think she’s stupid or something? We all saw how Lola eyed the Women’s Championship. So if Lola thinks she’s gonna get her title- Okay, hold on. Yes, Lola was eyeing the title. But she’s not gonna fake being friends just to get close to the title. Lola will even tell Roxie’s plan: she will knockout every woman that gets in her way, including the four women in the Triple Threat tonight. She won’t go after Roxie, yet. So is Roxie ready to do this? Roxie says that Lola may not get it, but as THE NXT Women’s Champion, she doesn’t trust Lola or anyone else. But let’s handle business.

Roxie heads out, Lola takes off the gloves. That Triple Threat is up next, will The Prodigy and Miami Vice be able to hold it together against two teams that are united?

 

Ridge Holland regroups with Chase U.

Andre Chase & Thea Hail are certainly proud of him for being out there with so many opponents. He may not have won, but he fought hard and represented Chase U well. Duke Hudson gets off his phone to say yes, indeed. Very impressive. But hey look, a message from Riley Osborne. It says, “What about our mate, Ridge?” See? Even Riley’s coming around. Speaking of, where is Riley? Oh, back home in the UK. But when he comes back, this will be the best version of Chase U the world has ever seen! Well said, Thea! Ridge tries on his new Chase U shirt, and it fits like a glove. But then The Good Brothers walk over and sarcastically clap.

Luke Gallows says, “Would ya look at that? They’ve finally accept him.” Karl Anderson says, “From a brute, to a nerd!” How touching. He might cry. Ridge says ignore the haters. Duke says nah, they’ve got this. Chase says yeah, if the Good Brothers have a problem with Ridge, then they’ve got a problem with Chase U. Thea says yeah! Oh, so they’ll fight his battles for him? Duke says if it’s Ridge’s battle, it’s their battle, too. Gallows says, “You don’t want none of this, kid!” THEA goes off, but Duke holds her back. The Good Brothers leave, but Chase says they’ll handle this. When and where will the bullies get what’s coming to them?

 

Triple Threat Tag: Roxanne Perez & Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!

We just heard from champion and one potential challenger, but with The Toxic Traitor’s face on the mend and Meta Four wanting more, the walls might be closing in on The Prodigy. Will this tag team Triple Threat help clear some space? Or will someone score themselves a golden ticket to Toronto?

In this form of Triple Threat, each team has one woman legal, so Roxie steps up against Jakara and Jacy. Roxie kicks Jacy low, fires hands on Jakara, but Jakara ROCKS her then headlocks. Roxie powers out to send Jakara into Jacy, then she rolls Jakara up. Jacy sunset flips Roxie, TWO! Jakara ghost pins Jacy, TWO! Roxie ghost pins Jakara, TWO! Jacy grabs Roxie but she hits a JAWBREAKER! Jakara waistlocks Roxie but Roxie switches to O’Conner Roll! TWO and Roxie is sent into a LARIAT by Jacy! Jacy turns around, Jakara hits a SLINGBLADE! Jakara talks smack then tags Lash! Lash gets Jacy up, and brings Roxie over, but they both stomp Lash’s feet!

Roxie & Jacy mug Lash, but she shoves Jacy away and DECKS Roxie! Jacy gets around to crucifix but Lash stays up! Roxie runs up and leaps, but into Lash’s arms! Lash says nope! She dribbles them both in the ropes! The fans cheer as Lash then SWINGS Jacy into Roxie, but Jacy swings free to arm-drag! Jacy ducks ‘n ‘dodges, Jazmyn tags in, RANA and PENALTY KICK! Cover, Jakara breaks it! Jakara whips but Jazmyn TOSSES Jakara! Roxie TOSSES Jazmyn! Roxie CLUBS away on Lash, jumps on for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK, but Lash reaches out! Lash lifts Roxie, Loa tags in! Lash TOSSES Roxie, but Lola fires off kicks on Lash!

Lash blocks a kick, scoops Lola and SLAMS her down! Lash then drags Roxie up, reels her in, but Roxie fights out of the powerbomb! Roxie kicks low, Lola kicks low, then they DOUBLE LAREIAT Lash down! They kick Lash out, Jazmyn LEAPS at Lash! Lash catches Jazmyn, so Jacy CANNONBALLS! Down goes Lash, but then Jakara RAMS Jacy into steel steps! The fans fire up, but Loa SOBATS Jakara, and Roxie DIVES! Down goes Miss Jackson, and the fans fire up as Roxie and Lola actually high-five! For not being friends, they’re making it work as a team, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jakara has Lola’s legs while Jazmyn has Lola in a headscissor squeeze! Jakara turns Lola over into a BOSTON CRAB! Lola endures double submissions, who wins if she taps out!? But Roxie CLAWS at Jazmyn, she lets go, but theN Jacy goes after Roxie! Roxie TOSSES Jacy off the apron! Jakara stomps Lola, but Lola BOOTS her away! Loal then BODY SHOTS Jazmyn! Tag to Roxie and she fires off on Jakara! Then on Jazmyn! UPPERCUT for Jakara, UPPERCUT for Jazmyn, repeat! Roxie wrenches Jakara, kicks Jazmyn< RUSSIAN LEG SWEE DDT COMBO! Cover on Jazmyn, TWO! Cover on Jakara, TWO!

Roxie shrieks in anger but she drags Jakara up by her hair. Tag to Lola and they mug Jakara. Jakara hits back but Lola fires those fast kicks! Jazmyn runs up, but Lola ROCKS her, then fires off more kicks! Jazmyn sits in a corner, Jakara is in the other. The afns fire up because Lola’s a Latina~! HIP ATTACK on Jazmyn! HIP ATTACK on Jakara! Lola keeps going, but Jacy CLOBBERS Lola! Cover, Jakara breaks it! Jakara hurries to tag Lash, and she runs up. Jacy dodges, BOOTS Lash, but Lash DECKS Jacy! Then she BOOTS Lola! And she DECKS Roxie! Lash hauls Jacy up, gets Lola added to it, DOUBLE SUPLEX! And a kip up!

Tag to Jakara and Meta Four gets Jacy up. Wheelbarrow and CUTTER! Cover, Jazmyn breaks it in time! But Lash THRASHES Jazmyn! Jazmyn PELES Lash! Jakara runs up on Jazmyn, EDGE-O-MATIC! But Lola URAKENS!! Roxie tags in, which upsets Lola, but Roxie hops on to POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie & Lola win!

Winners: Roxanne Perez & Lola Vice, by pinfall

It was already buenas noches when Lola hit Jakara, but The Prodigy always needs the spotlight. Roxie holds onto the title, even as Lola raises her hand in victory. But then Roxie URAKENS Lola!! Roxie strikes first, but will Lola have the last laugh?

 

Je’Von Evans meets with Ava Raine.

The NXT GM congratulates the new #1 contender, that is a big deal. He appreciates even being put in there. Nah, that was definitely all him. But then Ethan Page storms in and demands that Ava should do something! Do something about Oro “The Menace” Mensah, who has attacked Ethan like five different times! Ava says she did, she kicked Oro out of the building. OH~, thank you so much~! How about she kick him out of NXT entirely instead?! If not for Ethan, he’d still be in the battle royal! Actually, no, he IS still in, he never got thrown out, the match should still be going! And what is Je’Von laughing at?!

Those results should be null and void, and Ethan should be the one in this room talking Heatwave with Ava! Not some punk ass kid! Oh, he’s a punk ass kid? Well oddly enough, this punk kid’s got another match in him. Does Ethan? Or has Oro been beating his ass that badly? Ethan says he’s got another match in him! Let’s go! Ava asks if Je’Von is sure about this. Je’Von says yeah, let’s have it out in the main event! Ava says that settles it. Ethan says Je’Von may have all the heart in the world, but he has nothing between those ears. Ava tells Ethan and Je’Von to save it for the main event. But will All Ego look to change the plans for Heatwave with his own two hands?

 

Kelani Jordan heads to gorilla position.

The Stand Out sees both allies and enemies watching her as she goes. But it’s Sol Ruca who tells her that she’s got this. Kelani thanks Sol and high-fives her. The gold is on the line for the first time, will we see no one does it like Lani? Or will Michin make this first reign a short one?

NXT Women’s North American Championship: Kelani Jordan VS Mia Yim!

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

The bell rings and Mia offers a handshake. Kelani takes it, and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mia headlocks. Kelani powers up and out, but Mia runs her over. Mia shrugs, runs, but then rolls over the dropdown. Kelani runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS, but Mia handsprings through! Kelani kips up, but wait, The Good Brothers saunter out here. Kelani says okay, she gets it. They still shake hands, but then Mia uses that to get a backslide! TWO, Kelani rolls Mia, TWO! Kelani arm-drags, Mia arm-drags, and then Mia avoids an arm-drag to Oklahoma Roll! ONE!! Mia hurries to get another headlock.

Kelani powers up and out, then drops down to handspring, but Mia watches out! Kelani slingshots but Mia blocks the arm-drag! Mia arm-drags, runs up, but Kelani dodges. Mia goes Spider-Woman, but Kelani runs up! Mia drops and Kelani tumbles up and out! The Good Brothers are there but the ref warns then, Mia DIVES, but Kelani moves! Gallows helps Mia land on her feet, but then Kelani PLANCHAS down onto Mia! The fans fire up for Kelani as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Mia waistlocks. Kelani elbows free and runs, but Mia goes the other way to POUNCE! The fans fire up, Mia hurries to cover, TWO! Mia drags Kelani up, and reels her into a BEARHUG! Kelani endures Mia’s limitless arsenal, and the fans duel again. Kelani throws elbows, fights free, and then fires forearms! Mia BOOTS Kelani, and Kelani goes to ropes. Mia runs up, Kelani dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both women are down and the fans rally up again. Kelani stirs, crawls, but Mia sits up. Kelani fires a forearm, but Mia CHOPS! Kelani ROCKS Mia, but Mia CHOPS!

Both women rise, Kelani fires off forearm after forearm, then whips to CLOBBER Mia! And CLOBBER her again! Kelani cartwheels to BACK ELBOW! Kelani kips up and the fans fire up! Kelani runs at the corner to SPLASH, then she wrenches and reels Mia in! IMPALER DDT! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and Kelani grows frustrated. Kelani thinks of her options, handsprings, but Mia gest around! Mia GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Kelani escapes and Mia is surprised. Mia drags Kelani up as the fans duel more. Mia wrenches, for EAT- NO, Kelani steps over to WHEEL KICK! Mia flounders and Kelani rises!

Kelani goes up a corner, but Mia SHORYUKENS! Mia then brings Kelani out with an Electric Chair Lift, but Kelani fights the driver! POISON-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives and shocks Kelani! The fans fire up and Kelani drags Mia to a drop zone. Kelani goes back up, for the SPLIT LEG- FLOP!! Mia avoids that one of a kid moonsault, to then hammerlock, clinch, and SITOUT! Cover, TWO!! Kelani survives and Mia can’t believe it! And wait, here comes OTM’s Nima & Price! They’re still hot over last week with Jaida and Mia! The refs hurry out here, but Miss Parker herself SHOVES Mia off the top!!

Jaida slips away, Mia flounders, and Kelani goes up and up to SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, Kelani wins!!

Winner: Kelani Jordan, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s North American Champion)

Jaida gets back at Michin, and Kelani is still the first Women’s North American Champion! But will things only get harder for The Stand Out from here on out?

 

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Kelly Kincaid is with All Ego, and says it has been a wild night for him already. He was only in the battle royal for a few seconds- Uh, wrong, Kelly. Ethan is still in that match because he was never eliminated! And you know what else? Trick Williams did not beat Ethan Page at Ethan’s best! Because at Battleground in Las Vegas, Ethan was attacked by Oro Mensah in the parking lot! Ethan let his emotions get the better of him, but now he is back on track. Ethan has business to handle, and the first order of business is Je’Von Evans. Then Ethan IS coming after Trick, he will take that title from him, but ORO!

Ethan warns Oro that the next time they cross paths, Ethan will make sure to deal with him. Will Oro regret getting in All Ego’s way?

 

Izzi Dame speaks.

“Being great was never a choice. It was my way of life. On the volleyball court, I was that girl. A Division I athlete with All American honors.” She loved smashing faces, zinging the ball 60+ miles per hour at the opponents. She set records for kills and velocity, then went pro. It’s no wonder WWE wanted her to be that girl in NXT. She is picking up this new game real quick, and will soon dominate in the ring like she did on the court. These “Non-Athletic Regular People,” AKA NARPs, won’t stand a chance. It Iz what it Iz.

 

Axiom and Nathan Frazer talk backstage.

Axiom wants to know what Frazer was doing out there. Oh, well, hola to you to, amigo. Axiom wants to know why Frazer didn’t tell him he’d be in the battle royal. Uh, shouldn’t the real question be why Axiom wasn’t in there? Who is gonna pass up a shot at the NXT Championships, mate? But they’re the NXT Tag Team Champions, mate! Yeah, he knows. And then last week, Frazer was looking at the Heritage Cup- Yeah, and then he eliminated Tony D tonight! So maybe- Maybe, maybe, maybe! Is being a tag champ not good enough for Frazer? That’s not what Frazer’s trying to say. Well there’s a Tag Team Turmoil next week, with the winners-

But then Luca Crusifino walks in. The Legal Eagle isn’t trying to interrupt or anything, but he is here on business. After what happened in that battle royal, The Don had him draft up a contract for an NXT Heritage Cup match. It is already signed off and approved by Tony D and Ava. Frazer snatches it up and signs on the dotted line! Luca verifies, and says that’s not a bad signature. Luca heads out and Axiom says this is unbelievable. Frazer asks what he means by that, and Axiom just leaves. Frazer says they’re quite literally off next week, no worries! But will there be reason to worry should Frazer actually win the Heritage Cup back?

 

Tatum Paxley paid a visit to TNA!

It was TNA: Against All Odds, where the twisted, title obsessed Tatum showed up to challenge Jordynne Grace for the Knockouts Championship. In the end, The Juggernaut made Tatum pay for that stunt at Battleground and she retained the title. Will Tatum return to NXT tail between her legs as she must settle for opportunities over here?

 

Oba Femi is here!

The fans cheer as The Ruler heads to the ring, bringing his Men’s North American Championship with him. Oba gets a mic to then say, “This feels all too familiar, doesn’t it? Once again, Oba, still the North American Champion! Still the Ruler of NXT. And I did tell everybody who would listen to me, I told them that no matter how many men would step up to me at Battleground, the results remain the same.” The fans cheer, and Oba smiles. Oba says he flew to Vegas, did what he did best and dominated two men in Joe Coffey and Wes Lee. Two of the greatest that NXT has to offer! But they are nothing like Oba. There is NO ONE like Oba!

“So look in my eyes, and riddle me this. Who can ever take this title from me?” Wes Lee makes his way out! The Cardiac Kid says to answer the question, it’d be Wes. See, Oba knows, Wes knows, and everyone that watched Battleground knows, Oba sure didn’t pin Wes. Oh, this again, Wes? Wes’s obsession with what was once his is begin to irritate Oba. Oh, is it? Well, Wes doesn’t care! But wait, what’s going on in the crowd? Is that Brooks Jensen? Security hurries to stop that, and Wes tells Oba that he was in Vegas for one thing: Oba! And Oba knows how badly Wes wanted to test himself against Oba 1v1.

Hell, Wes even had the chance to be in the battle royal, and he respectfully declined! Why? Because all of Wes’s energy, every ounce of him, is focused on HIS North American Championship and getting it back. Oba says he’s realized Wes is going in circles, and he is just tired of it. he is done. Oba goes to leave, but Wes shouts at him! “Don’t turn your back on me!” Oba smirks but Wes says Oba has everything going for him. Oba is making headlines every week. Oba has guys like Big E saying Oba is their favorite superstar. And NXT is treating Oba like the greatest North American Champion ever. But even Oba knows what Wes is to that title, unless Oba does something about it.

And Wes is giving Oba that opportunity. But just know, that Oba will be facing a different kind of kid when it’s Wes 1v1. And Wes will show Oba exactly what it is Wes’s name in those record books. Oba tells Wes that it seems he has a lot of faith in himself, as do the fans. They really believe Wes can win this belt back. But that is neither here nor there. What really concerns Oba is changing those record books. So Wes, Oba will give Wes his 1v1 match. However…! This will be the first and FINAL time Wes gets at this title so long as Oba is champion. What’s it going to be, Wes? Do they have an accord?

Wes says Oba’s got it. The deal has been struck, but will Wes’s one and final shot be the only shot he needs to take it all back? Or will Oba force him to finally move on from the past?

 

Hank ‘n’ Tank regroup backstage.

Hank tries to encourage Tank but Tank feels he blew it. Hank says hey, 25 Man Battle Royals are tricky, but he’s got good news. This is a 10 outta 10 on the Hank ‘n’ Tank good news scale. Moments ago, Hank was cleared from his shoulder injury, he is ready to get back in that ring! Hank ‘n’ Tank high-five, and that means if they’re back in action, they gotta get back in action! You see Tyler Bate tonight? Hank couldn’t miss him! He was spinning Tank like pizza dough. Tank dry heaves and says he knows. But that is how Hank ‘n’ Tank get back on track. Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, two absolute technicians, take on Hank ‘n’ Tank!

The beefy boys shake hands and fire up, but will they be able to tackle the top tekkers of the New Catch Republic?

 

No Quarter Catch Crew regroups backstage.

Charlie Dempsey asks Tavion Heights if he has any idea why he’s here. Tavion says no. No? Well, Myles was supposed to give him a hint. Myles, why didn’t you tell Tavion why he’s here? Kemp signals to Myles but Myles doesn’t know what about. Dempsey gets mad and shouts at Myles. How come Myles didn’t tell Tavion why he’s here? Sorry, he didn’t hear anything. Dempsey says Tavion is impressive. Former Olympian, former PanAm Champion, multiple Greco-Roman championships under his belt. Kemp shrugs in confusion, he has those things, too. But Dempsey says Tavion has everything the Crew needs.

That is why Dempsey invited Tavion here. He wants Tavion to be NQCC. Well, alright. Oh, playing hardball, huh? N-No…? Dempsey will do Tavion one better. Next week, it will be Tavion VS Kemp. Wait, what? Yeah, man! After what Kemp did to Dempsey in the battle royal, he deserves this. So if Tavion wins, he’s in. Even better! Dempsey says Tavion drives a hard bargain, and he likes that. They shake on it, but seriously, what is going on in Dempsey’s head?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching Gallus.

Joe is furious, and asks who the hell Wes Lee think he is!? Wes gets another title shot when Gallus beat him in that ring last week! Who should be getting another match? It’s Joe! Wolfgang & Mark agree, but then Tyriek & Tyson attack! Gallus has to fight off the #Tygers, but then refs rush in! Seems Gallus will have to pay for doing whatever they want to whoever they want, will this be just the thing Igwe & Dupont need to get themselves in tag title contention?

 

Fallon Henley VS Carlee Bright w/ Kendal Grey!

The Cowgirl is not having it with these new girls trying to jump the line. If Fallon Comes First, will she be unstoppable on the way to the top? Or will Carlee be! Aggressive! B E aggressive?

NXT returns and Carlee makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Fallon waistlocks then trips Carlee to headlock. Carlee endures the grind, fights up, and she throws Fallon off. Carlee wrenches to a wristlock but Fallon powers her way to a headlock and takeover. Carlee fights around, pushes Fallon toa headscissors, and she squeezes tight! Fallon slips free, but Carlee avoid the splash! Carlee wrenches to wristlock, but Fallon throws knees! Fallon whips, Carlee ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RAAN! Then CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Carlee keeps on Fallon with a wrench and wristlock, but Fallon breaks free.

Fallon CHOPS Carlee, then RAMS her to a corner! Fallon digs her shoulder in, lets off, but Carlee BOOTS her away! Fallon runs up, but Carlee puts her on the apron! Carlee ROCKS Fallon, but Fallon avoids the shoulder to BOOT Carlee down! Fallon talks smack on Kendal, then she goes back into the ring. Fallon TOSSES Carlee to a corner, stomps a mudhole in then digs her boot in! The ref counts, Fallon lets off and Carlee sputters. Fallon snapmares Carlee down, then clamps on for a chinlock and armlock. The fans rally, Carlee fights up, and Fallon pries free, only for Fallon to kick low! Fallon whips, Carlee sunset flips! TWO!

Carlee stands up but into a BOOT! Fallon snarls, she drags Carlee up and back suplexes, but Carlee lands out to jump on! SLEEPER! Fallon reaches out as Carlee thrashes around! Fallon RAMS Carlee into buckles! Carlee lets go, and WENDY CHOO Is behind Kendal! Carlee cravats Fallon, Kendal turns around, and then Fallon and Carlee fall out of the ring! Kendal is worried for Carlee, but Wendy clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! Kendal goes night night, and then Wendy glares at Carlee. Carlee puts Fallon in but realizes what happened to Kendal! Carlee still ROCKS Fallon, ROCKS her again, then dodges the lariat to DROPKICK!

Carlee hurries  up to whip Fallon, but Fallon reverses. Fallon runs up but into an elbow! Carlee goes up, up and CROSSBODY FLOPS as Fallon moves! Fallon then gets Carlee up, Fisherman CUTTER! Carlee sits up, into the SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

New attitudes seem to be the theme for NXT lately, as Fallon’s edge cuts down Carlee, and Wendy going all weird put Kendal to bed! Will Fallon stampede her way up towards that Women’s North American Championship?

 

NXT Media catches up with Eddy Thorpe.

They know The Alpha Wolf didn’t win in the battle royal, but he seems to have that fire in his eyes. Yeah, they all saw him out there. He had an injury that put him out of action for awhile, but he got a great return win and a strong showing tonight. He wants to pick up momentum so that once he gets going, he’ll be the one challenging Trick, Oba, or even Tony D. Sorry if he seems a little all over the place, but NXT is getting hot and he wants to be in the middle of it. Eddy heads out for the night, but will he soon be at the precipice of a great opportunity?

 

Je’Von Evans gets checked by medical.

The doc wants him to be careful with those ribs, but Je’Von says hey, he’s headed to Heatwave. Trick walks in to say hey and congrats on the battle royal. But two matches in one night? Let’s talk about it! Je’von says you know he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do. Ya boi gotta keep pushing. But is he good? Yeah, yeah. Appreciate you, Doc. Trick just wants Je’Von to understand, Ethan Page is a bad man. He stepped into NXT, hustled his way to a title match, and now he’s trying to do it all again. Je’Von has to put an end to this. Je’Von says Ethan’s goofy, this ain’t nothing. Then that’s why Je’Von has to handle Ethan for real this time.

Je’Von says thanks, but Ethan thinks this is just a game. Trick says Ethan doesn’t belong in NXT. Doesn’t matter how much time is on his contract, if it were Trick, Ethan will always be an outsider. Je’Von says real talk, he’ll get that W, then it’ll be the two of them for this title. They shake on it, but will the Young OG be able to make it through another hard fought match here tonight? Or is Trick right about Ethan being a snake?

 

Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS The Good Brothers w/ Mia Yim!

Professor Chase & The Chase U MVP stood up on behalf of Ridge Holland, and now they’ll be fighting on behalf of him, too! Will they show that The OC isn’t the only club that sticks together? Or will things be Just Too Sweet?

NXT returns and The Good Brothers make their entrance, Michin by their side. The teams sort out and Chase starts against The Machine Gun. Karl kicks low, bumps Chase off buckles then fires hands. Karl headlocks, Chase opwers up and out, but Karl runs him over! Things keep moving, Karl hurdles bu tChase hip tosses! Chase brings Karl around to headlock takeover, and he grind sKarl down. Karl fights up, powers up and out, but Chase runs him over! Chase runs, but Karl drops. Chase hurdles, turns hip toss into hip toss, and the fans fire up! Chase bumsp Karl off buckles, tags Duke, and Chase U whips Karl back into the corner!

Chase U double body shot then high-ten to DOUBLE CLUB! Cover, TWO! Duke wrenches Karl, RAMS his shoulder, then wrenches and runs Karl over! Cover, TWO! Duke facelocks Karl, tags Chase, and then whips. Chase drip toeholds for Duke to drop an elbow! Chase covers, TWO! The fans rally as Chase facelocks, but Karl RAMS him into the OC corner! Tag to Gallows but Chase fires hands first! Chase ELBOWS Karl, but Gallows UPPERCUTS! And hits a BIG back suplex! Gallows runs to BOOT Chase down! And then he drops a BIG elbow! And another BIG elbow! And then a third BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Gallows is annoyed but he drags Chase up to bump him off buckles. Gallows ROCKS Chase, brings him around, and scoops to a SLAM! Gallows throws up the Too Sweet, then brings Chase up to scoop and SLAM again! Gallows tags Karl, and Karl drags Chase up to whip. Karl ELBOWS Chase down, covers, TWO! Karl stays on Chase and tags Gallows in. The Good Brothers mug Mr. Chase, then Gallows snapmares Chase into a chinlock. The fans rally, Chase fights up, and Chase fires body shots! Chase JAWBREAKERS free, but Karl tags in! Karl keeps Chase from Duke and whips him to an open corner. But Chase BOOTS back!

Chase ducks Gallows’ cheap shot, dodges Karl, hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies with forearms, then he even DECKS Gallows! Duke whips, Karl reverses but Duke breaks the lariat to CLOBBER him! Gallows gets in but gets JAB after JAB after JAB! Flip, flop, fly and U~! BIONIC ELBOW! Karl BOOTS Duke, goes up a corner, but Duke handsprings to SUPER STEINER?! The fans fire up and Duke covers, Gallows breaks it! Chase gets in to fire hands, he and Duke CLOBBER Gallows out of the ring! Chase goes to the apron to SUPERKICK! And then CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Gallows! Mia and Thea check their guys while Duke has Karl.

Duke suplexes. Karl slips free and shoves! Duke reverses that to roll Karl up, and is Ridge helping?! CHASE U WINS!

Winners: Andre Chase & Duke Hudson, by pinfall

Duke seems rather surprised! The cameras weren’t in position, did Yorkshire Grit sneak a little assist? Will it matter once Chase U is back in contention for the tag titles?

 

Ava Raine meets with Kelani Jordan.

Robert Stone & Stevie Turner are there as the GM congratulates Kelani on her first title defense. But Ava also has to say, there was a long, long line of women in front of her door wanting their shot at Kelani. Kelani knows, but as one challenge ends, another begins. And she knows who it should be. Someone who is deserving, who never complains or feels like they’re owed anything. But in steps Arianna Grace. Doesn’t Kelani know it’s not polite to talk about someone behind their backs? But in this case, she’ll allow it!

Arianna moves Stevie aside to say Kelani is such a sweetheart to be thinking about her. Especially when Arianna wasn’t even in the combine to qualify for a chance. So she just wants to tell Kelani thanks, and she accepts. Uh, sorry, Arianna, this is kinda awkward, but Kelani didn’t mean Arianna just now. She was talking about someone who never asks for anything, never complains, stuff like that. And who is that? Sol Ruca. Ohhh… Yes… Well, Sol is nice, but she doesn’t carry herself like a champion! Or a pageant queen. Sol surfs! The only thing that suits her is the ocean. And Arianna is so much better that it’s funny!

Stone says if that’s the case, Arianna should prove it. Ava agrees! Sol VS Arianna next week, winner gets the shot. Arianna has no choice but to accept, will she back up her words and win her way to the title match? Or will she just get her Soul Snatched?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

Thea is all fired up! They just beat THE OC! Do you see what happens when Chase U is on the same page? Congrats on the win! Andre Chase thanks Thea, but just wishes Riley was here to be part of it. When does he get back? Soon, hopefully. And what were the Good Brothers complaining about after? No idea. Duke looks at Ridge and Chase jokingly asks if Duke was up to no good. Duke says why him? But uh, no, he didn’t do nothing, didn’t see nothing. Well, Ridge, did you see something? No, just Duke rolling ’em up clean as a whistle. Well, alright! Time to celebrate! Chase and Thea head out, Ridge and Duke give each other a look. Was there something fishy about that win?

 

Fallon Henley throws a fit backstage!

Even though she won, The Cowgirl is still upset! Everyone just skips over her like she’s nothing! Jacy & Jazmyn walk in and say she is pretty pissed. Uh yeah she is! Wanna know why? Cuz Kelani doesn’t even deserve to have that title in the first place, and this is a damn joke! Join the club. At least Fallon’s nose isn’t broken. And she also won her match! Jacy & Jazmyn weren’t even pinned! Well then it is either Sol Ruca or Arianna Grace! So much for seniority, or even respect. Is that too much to ask for? No, it is not. In fact, Jacy is sick of the way things are done around here. So is Fallon. Are these former enemies bonding over… toxicity?

 

Trick Williams heads to ringside!

The fans cheer as THE NXT Champion is going to join commentary for this main event! Will he see the Young OG handle business? Or is All Ego about to take away Je’Von’s ticket to Toronto by force?

Je’von Evans VS Ethan Page!

NXT returns and The Young OG is already in the ring, pointing to his guy, Trick. Ethan makes his entrance, the fans boo, but the bell rings. Ethan runs up, Je’Von dodges and fires off hands! Ethan fires back and hits Je’Von in the ribs! Ethan reels Je’Von in but Je’Von slips under to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! The fans fire up but Ethan kicks the legs out! Ethan KICKS Je’Von in the side! The fans boo but Ethan RAMS into Je’Von! And RAMS him again! And again! The ref counts, Ethan lets off to argue with the ref, then Ethan fires body shots! Ethan clamps on with the cobra clutch and cradle, for the SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Ethan is frustrated already but he stalks Je’Von and talks trash. Ethan KNEES Je’von in the side, but Je’Von CHOPS! Ethan stomps Je’Von around, drags him up by the rib tape, and puts Je’Von in a corner. Ethan KNEES low, whips corner to corner hard, and Je’Von falls to the mat! The fans boo but Ethan soaks it all up. Cover, TWO! Ethan covers again, TWO! Ethan drags Je’Von up by the tape again, brings him around, and scoops to SLAM! Ethan KNEES Je”von in the side, and KNEES him again! And again! The fans boo as Ethan stomps away. The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but then he drags Je’Von up.

Je’Von fires body shots, then CHOPS! Je’Von runs up, but Ethan FLAPJACKS him on the ropes! Je’Von falls back, Ethan hauls him up, and Canadian Racks for the EGO’S- RANA! Je’Von throws Ethan, then runs up to trip him! DUOBLE STOMPS! Ethan sputters and cries in pain, but Je’Von SUPERKICKS Ethan out of the ring! Je’Von tells Ethan to get back up and in, but NXT goes picture in picture.

Ethan leans against the desk, but Je’Von goes out to stalk him. Ethan kicks but Je’Von dodges to CHOP! Je’Von brings Ethan around but Ethan RAMS him into the apron! Ethan drags Je’von up to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Je’Von flounders, Ethan storms in and covers, TWO! Je’Von is still in this but those ribs are in rough shape. Ethan stalks Je’Von to ropes, drags him up, and shoves him into ropes to CLUB him on the rebound! Je’Von falls over, Ethan drags him back up. Ethan shoves and CLUBS Je’Von again! Ethan paces around, drags Je’Von up again, and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Je’Von grits his teeth as he stays in this match, but Ethan stalks him to ropes. Ethan drags Je’Von up, reels him in, and puts him on the ropes! DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Je’Von writhes but Ethan tells the ref to check. Je’Von refuses to give in so Ethan drag shim up. Je’Von fires body shots, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Je’Von whips, Ethan reverses, and a kitchen sink knee hits Je’Von low! NXT returns to single picture and Ethan clamps onto an arm for a low abdominal stretch! The fans rally, Je’Von fights up and he fires body shots. Ethan CLOBBERS Je’Von! The fans boo but Ethan says kiss his ass!

Ethan stalks Je’Von, drags him up, and suplexes to hang Je’Von out to dry! Je’Von bounces off the ropes, into a deadlift POWERSLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Je’Von survives and Ethan grows frustrated. The fans rally but Ethan stalks Je’Von. Ethan gets the legs, and he forces Je’Von over into the LION TAMER! Je’Von endures as Ethan uses another famous Canadian’s hold, but Je’Von claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Ethan lets go, and Je’von sputters as he grabs at ropes. Ethan drags Je’Von up, reels him in, and suplexes. Je’Von slips free, blocks a shot, then body shots! Je’Von fires off hands and the fans fire up!

Ethan swings, Je’Von dodges to fire off more hands! Je’Von DECKS Ethan! Je’Von runs to LRAIAT! And ELBOW! Je’Von has Ethan in a corner, whips him, but Ethan reverses. Je’Von slides to a stop, dodges Ethan and rebounds to NEURALIZER! The fans fire up and Je’Von hurries to the apron! Je’Von springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ethan stays in this and even Trick is a little surprised. Je’Von springboards, but Ethan dodges the OG Cutter! Ethan then goes to a corner, runs up, but Je’Von BOOTS, HEEL KICKS, and BLUE THUNDER BOMBS! High stack, TWO! Ethan escapes but Je’Von runs! But into a LARIAT!

Ethan deadlifts again, but Je’Von uses that to DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives but Trick cheers the Young OG on. Je’Von climbs a corner, but Ethan shoves him down! The ribs hit top rope, and Ethan has the Canadian Rack! EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall

Trick frowns as All Ego takes advantage of Je’Von and gets a win he perhaps shouldn’t have. But then Ethan storms out to get in Trick’s face! Ethan beat the #1 contender, so shouldn’t he be #1 contender now? Trick says that’s not how it works, but wait! Shawn Spears goes after Je’Von! The fans boo but Trick goes after Spears! But then Ethan goes after Trick! The Canadians mug Trick while fans boo! Ethan and Spears stomp away in the corner, then they bring Trick back up. But Je’Von springboards, DOUBLE OG CUTTER!! The fans fire up as all four men are down, the title down between them all! Everyone grabs for the gold, are things only going to heat up towards Heatwave?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, but a very talkative one. I get it, promos help to move stories along but did we need this many promos to do it? I did appreciate there was story integration at least. Kelani VS Mia was really good, but Jaida screws Mia over because of their ongoing feud. We’ll definitely be getting a Mixed Six of OTM VS The OC now, but we might even throw Chase U into that as Ridge surely did help Duke cheat that pin to beat The Good Brothers. And a Mixed Six Triple Threat would be kinda fun, maybe a little chaotic. But clearly it’s also helping build a sort of Chase U Civil War as Duke & Riley try to show everyone they were right about Ridge all along.

The tag division in NXT is really heating up, too. Great NXT Anonymous video of Ty & Ty going after Gallus, I hope they’ll be part of Tag Team Turmoil next week. Same goes for Hank ‘n’ Tank and New Catch Republic. And I do appreciate the tension being created between Axiom and Frazer. Honestly, Frazer should be trying to convince Axiom they can be a Two Man Power Trip but Axiom seems about singular focus so they don’t lose what they’ve got. Tony VS Frazer is going to be a great Heritage Cup match, but I feel like Axiom’s lack of support is going to be why Frazer loses out in the end.

Related to the Heritage Cup, No Quarter Catch Crew feels like it’s falling apart. Dempsey is starting to be delusional, off in his own little world, but Tavion VS Damon is going to be really good. Also, it’s still very clever how they subtly poke fun at Myles Borne being partially deaf. I still feel like Tavion and Damon should end up a team of great shoot wrestlers and they can go after the tag titles. I’m just not sure the endgame for NQCC with Dempsey driving himself crazy trying to be more like The D’Angelo Family.

Fallon’s story also grows stronger with how she’s bitter over this Women’s North American Championship stuff. Good match from her and Carlee, but what a surprise that Wendy showed up just to choke out Kendal. And good bit with Arianna Grace where she of course thinks she’s more important than she is. Sol will definitely beat Arianna in the #1 contender’s match, but Fallon joining forces with Jacy & Jazmyn is an interesting trio. Great Triple Threat tag with Roxie & Lola winning. Roxie VS Lola is clearly the next Women’s Championship match, that’ll be good stuff.

Good promo for Izzi Dame to help us learn some of her sports origin story. A little surprised we didn’t get this sooner, because it would’ve helped her be more than just Kiana James’ sidekick. And I’m both okay and disappointed that Tatum going after Jordynne Grace was done so quickly with it being an Against All Odds open challenge type move. I’m okay because it’s done, I don’t have to worry about missing out on anything on TNA’s weekly programming. But I’m disappointed that they didn’t try a little harder on returning the favor of NXT visiting TNA. At least, at this point. We surely will get more crossover, I just hope they make it feel equal.

Speaking of which, kinda didn’t feel that way in the battle royal tonight. Yes, it was awesome that THE Joe Hendry made his NXT debut, but why was he the first person eliminated? Why wasn’t he in the spot Kaz filled in this match? I suppose it’d make more sense if I knew how the feud of Hendry and Kaz was going on TNA, but then why not kill two birds with one stone? Hendry eliminates Kaz for the TNA story, but then all of us get what we want with having more Joe Hendry on NXT. In the end, it was still an NXT guy winning, so what harm would it do to make Hendry one of the finalists?

Likewise, very clever of them to have Ethan eliminated without being eliminated while adding heat to Ethan’s story with Oro. And then we got a great main event out of Ethan VS Je’Von. Ethan of course wins after all the damage Je’Von’s ribs have taken, but I also like that we’re getting more Spears VS Je’Von going on. And that closing image tonight definitely teases a Fatal 4 Way for the title. It’s obvious, right? They’re gonna be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and we’ve got two Canadians in Spears and Ethan. They’ll get the hometown crowd into it, and with a Fatal 4, whether Trick wins or loses, it helps protect everybody with how they can make things chaotic and opportunistic.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Turn the corner towards Toronto!

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Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind!

WWE made it through Clash at the Castle, and now prepares for Money in the Bank! Who will qualify for the Men’s & Women’s ladder matches tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Braun Strowman; Braun wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Zelina Vega VS Iyo Sky VS Kiana James; Iyo wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Dragon Lee w/ The LWO VS Carlito w/ JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio; Carlito wins.
  • Damage CTRL VS Katana Chance & Kayden Carter; Chance & Carter win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Bron Breakker VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins, by disqualification, no word on #1 contender.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jey Uso VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor; Jey wins and advances to MITB Toronto.

PLAY BY PLAY

Seth Rollins is here!

Corpus Christi, Texas fires up as The Architect makes his return! He’s been away since his epic battle against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 40, and he’s dressed as dapper as ever as he makes his way into the ring. Rollins revels in the fans singing “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” for him after two-and-a-half months away, and takes a bow. Then the fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Rollins then tells Corpus Christi, “Let me welcome you back to Monday Night Rollins~!” The fans fire up more and Rollins says that in case you’d forgot, let him introduce your host for this evening. He is a Visionary, he is a Revolutionary, he is… SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!

The fans cheer more and Rollins soaks it in. The fans sing again, and Rollins says he missed the fans, too. Now, he will cut to the chase, because he figures the fans will sing all night anyway. He is back for one reason. He’s seen ’em all, faced ’em all, beat ’em all, and done it all. He did not get into this business to be one of the best, but to be THE VERY BEST OF ALL TIME! And he cannot do that without getting back the championship that he made! THE WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Then Rollins looks up at the briefcases hanging overhead. MITB is only a few short weeks away… Rollins knows how to climb a ladder pretty well.

And Rollins is quite familiar with the MITB contract. So he figures, that is the fastest way for him to get back in the mix for- Well, speak of the champion, Damian Priest is here! El Campeon walks his way out to the ring, and he gets himself a mic as he stands face to face with Rollins. The fans boo but Priest tells Rollins that he isn’t being sarcastic, he really did want to come out here to be the first to welcome Rollins back. Rollins looks great, looks healthy, it is good to have him back. And real talk, Priest has been wanting some face to face time with Rollins to tell him straight up, that he was hoping to cash-in on Rollins at Mania. Out of respect, of course.

That didn’t happen, but Priest feels he’s doing okay. Hate to tell Rollins, through, this isn’t Monday Night Rollins. It is now where they #AllRise for El Campeon. Rollins laughs and says hey, let’s cut Priest some slack, he had a rough weekend. He almost lost a leg in Scotland! And Rollins likes where Priest is coming from, respects it, and priest may not know this but they’re a lot alike. Think about it: they both made their names in groups, Judgment Day and The Shield; they both won MITB contracts, had to wait a long time to cash in, but when they did, they left a mark on the Grandest Stage of Them All, and that is how they both won their first world titles.

So very similar they are, but there is one thing that separates Rollins from Priest. At some point, Rollins grew a set. Now, Rollins was talking about legacy. He wants to be the greatest of all time, and to have that legacy for himself, he had to stand on his own two feet. So let’s ask Priest a question, the question we’ve all been wondering since Mania: What kind of Champion does Priest want to be? What does he want this legacy to be? One of the greats? Or just a footnote in the history of The Judgment Day? Priest says that’s a fair question. But Priest will remind Rollins of something. When Rollins had the title, Priest was his first challenger.

And back then, Rollins won, because he was better. He was. But times have changed. Saturday, Priest almost lost a leg, so people thought he was gonna have to give up the title. The only thing he’s giving up is the fact Rollins is still better than him. The type of legacy Priest wants to leave? Don’t worry about ladders or briefcases. MITB in Toronto can just be Priest VS Rollins for the World Championship! Really? Is this a trap? Are the boys gonna jump Rollins? No, the boys don’t even know Priest is out here! This is them, man to man! Does Rollins want a shot at Priest’s world title or not!? The fans say “YES! YES! YES!”

Rollins says if it’s that simple, then challenge accepted! The fans fire up and Rollins tells Priest to remember this: As long as Rollins is here, this show will always and forever be Monday Night Rollins! The fans are all fired up, and we already have the headliner to MITB 2024! Will Rollins #BurnItDown in Toronto? Or will he fall as we #AllRise for El Campeon?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He discusses the qualifiers, but then there’s a knock on his door. In walks The Alpha Academy. Chad Gable says he’d been looking for the Raw GM. As a man like him, an intellectual, someone who understands common sense, surely Pearce understands Chad Gable’s frustrations with his number one disappointment, Lil’ Bo Peep Maxxine Dupri, and “Every Other Day Off” Akira Tozawa missing the trip. Gable would be champion now if not for that. So please, give him what he deserves, and make another rematch with Sami Zayn. Pearce says he understands Gable’s frustrations, and how much that title means to him.

But you know what else he gets? That Gable should win his way to another title match, just like everyone else. Gable gets in Tozawa’s face as he asks if they heard that. Back of the line!? Like everyone else?! Gable isn’t like everyone else, he’s a leader! Gable then says he’ll keep a cool head in this game. Find him someone to face, then. Someone worthy of his skills. After all, he’s an Olympian, he can take it. So anyone at all? Then Pearce has the perfect opponent. Okay, make it official. Official it is! Gable tells The Academy not to screw this one up! The Academy heads out, but just who is Pearce going to give Gable? We find out, after the break.

Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS ???

Raw returns and Gable glares right at the stage. Who is his opponent? BRAAAUN~! The fans fire up as The Monster of All Monsters, a former Intercontinental Champion in his own right, is set up as quite the roadblock on Gable’s path back to Sami Zayn. Will Gable be able to climb that mountain? Or will he have no choice but to accept he’s at the back of the line?

The bell rings and the fans rally for “ONE! BIG! S O B!” Braun flexes, Gable circles with him, and Gable goes around to waistlock. Braun elbows free, then CLUBS him in a corner! Braun whips, Gable holds ropes then BOOTS back! Gable runs but into a scoop! Gable fights free, waistlocks, and uses ropes but Braun still bucks the O’Conner to BOOT Gable down! The fans cheer and Braun says Gable is a bully. They don’t have to put up with his crap! Braun HEADBUTTS Gable, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! Gable sputters, Braun whips him corner to corner hard, and Gable falls back! Gable flounders and the fans cheer.

Braun puts Gable up top, tells him he hates bullies, but Gable gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Gable says, “That’s how it’s done, you morons!” Gable sits up, but Braun CHOPS him to the floor! The fans cheer while the Academy is beside themselves, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Braun runs up to run Gable over! And run him over again! Braun whips Gable to a corner hard, and Gable falls back again! Braun stands Gable up to then TOSS him across the way! Gable tumbles out of the ring, Braun rips his shirt off and the fans fire up! The ring count starts, but Braun goes out! The Strowman Express builds speed, but Gable uses Tozawa as a shield! Braun THROWS Tozawa at Gable! Gable flounders, gets in the ring, and Braun pursues. Gable KICKS away on Braun’s leg, then runs, into a scoop! MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Gable tried but no, he could not topple the towering Monster of All Monsters. And yet who is he blaming? He glares at Maxxine, Tozawa and Otis, and tells them all to get in the ring! The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Gable demands Tozawa step forward. Tozawa reluctantly does step forward, and Gable shoves him around! And pulls on his ear! Maxxine hobbles forward on her bad foot to stand up to Gable! Gable says she’s gonna get all tough now, huh? He takes her crutch! And he throws it away! The fans boo as Gable tells her to leave, even though she’s on one good foot! Otis goes to help, as does Tozawa, but Gable says he’s not done with Tozawa.

Gable SLAPS Tozawa down! Otis hears that and turns around! The fans fire up as Otis sees what Gable’s done, and then Otis looks at Gable. And he SHOVES Gable! And rips off the shirt! Gable panics, begs for mercy from Otis, but Otis’ rage is boiling up! But Otis being the better man, he spares Gable and helps Tozawa out of the ring. Otis helps both Tozawa and Maxxine to the back, and the fans tell Gable, “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Gable says they’re supposed to be a family, but clearly he’s the only one who doesn’t understand. Is Gable truly all alone now?

 

Pat McAfee uses the telestrator to explain the mystery of Liv Morgan’s keycard.

Everyone was wondering how that keycard disappeared last week, Pat points out that with a sleight of hand during the fist bump, it was Finn Balor who took Liv’s keycard! Did he perchance try and use it last week, too?

 

Judgment Day regroups in the clubhouse.

JD McDonagh and Carlito talk darts, but Finn says this Braun Strowman stuff is turning into a runaway train. JD says they’ve tried dealing wit him, but he’s massive! Priest walks in, says sup, and Finn congratulates him on the big win at Clash at the Castle. And it goes without saying, any issue with Rollins, Finn has Priest’s back. Priest says he appreciates it, but will table it for later. Because he needs to say it’s not cool that Finn took the keycard, and did it in a really sketchy way. Finn says that sounds like an accusation. But just so Priest knows, Finn took it to protect Dom. The keycard is gone, in the trash, good riddance. Is that okay with El Campeon?

Priest says relax, he didn’t mean it like that. He’s just saying, Finn’s been acting odd lately. But hey, Finn has the MITB qualifier, and Priest has no doubt Finn is the next Mr. MITB. But as such, Priest wants to know where Finn’s head is at. Finn says he’ll be straight with Priest. When Finn wins the briefcase, he will cash in to become champion. By going after Cody. Heh, got ya. But really, do any of them really want Rey Mysterio or Jey Uso becoming Mr. MITB? No, you can trust Finn. Right, fair enough. Just making sure they’re on the same page. Hey, Dom, what’s going on? Did you lose something?

Dom says yeah, he can’t find his purple cowboy vest. Oh, maybe he left it in Liv’s hotel room, you dog! Carlito, that’s not helping anybody. Priest asks why Carlito is here when he has a match to get ready for. Right, gotta go. JD says Carlito’s getting to comfy in here. Dom & JD head out with Carlito, and Priest asks if Finn’s talked with Dom lately. Nope. And he’s staying far away from that issue anyway. Is the answer to the missing vest and the sneaky keycard the one in the same in lil’ Miss Morgan playing games?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Zelina Vega VS Iyo Sky VS Kiana James!

The first qualifier sees La Muneca, the Evil Genius and The One Percent battle with very little holding them back. Who will grab that first golden ticket to Toronto here tonight?

Raw returns and Kiana makes her entrance, followed by Zelina’s. The bell rings and Iyo ROCKS Zelina, throws her down, then CLUBS away! Kiana goes after Iyo, ROCKS her, but Iyo just frowns. Iyo CLAWS at Kiana, Zelina throws Iyo down! Iyo fires back but Zelina blocks, kicks and KNEES her down! Cover, but Kiana breaks it right up! Kiana then rolls Zelina up, TWO! Kiana kicks Zelina low, bumps her off buckles, then stomps away in the corner. The fans boo but Kiana runs up, into a RANA! The fans fire up, but then Iyo DROPKICKS Zelina down! Iyo fires up, the fans are torn, but Iyo ducks Kiana’s haymaker to HOTSHOT!

Iyo says IKU ZO, and she ASAI MOONSAULTS Kiana down! Iyo fires up again, but Zelina METEORAS to the floor! The fans fire up with Zelina, she points to the briefcases, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, all three woemn are on the corner, DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Zelina & Iyo take Kiana down but they both cover, the ref waves it off! Can’t have a tie in a match like this, y’know. Zelina and Iyo glare at each other, then go forehead to forehead. They fire forearm for forearm! The fans fire up, Zelina fires off, but Iyo SHOTEIS! Iyo reels Zelina in but Zelina wrenches out, kicks low, and hops on. Iyo pops out, gets around, underhooks, and TIGER BACKBREAKER! Iyo is all fired up and the fans are with her! Iyo runs corner to corner, but Kiana RAMS her into the corner! Kiana RAMS Zelina, too!

Kiana reels Zelina in, gut wrenches, and POWERBOMBS! Cover, Iyo rolls Kiana up! TWO! Kiana kicks Iyo, drags Zelina back up, but Zelina arm-drags free! Zelina blocks Iyo’s kick, ELBOWS her down, “This is Awesome!” as Kina scoops but Zelina slips free. Zelina schoolgirls to KICK Kiana down! Zelina lifts Iyo up with a foot, then BOOTS her down! Kiana gets Zelina, throws her at Iyo and Zelina RANAS Iyo away! Kiana runs up, into a wheelbarrow and somersault into buckles! But Iyo MISSILE DROPKICKS Zelina! The fans fire up as Iyo stomps Kiana, goes up and up the corner, but Zelina runs to 619 the legs out!

The fans fire up as Zelina runs at Iyo, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, KIANA BREAKS IT! The fans fire up as all three women are down again! Kiana gets Zelina up but Zelina JAWBREAKERS back! Zelina runs, goes to the apron, but ducks a backhand! Zelina BOOTS Kiana, but look! Liv Morgan is here! She’s wearing Dom’s vest! Zelina tells Liv to go away, but Kiana gets her with a CODE BREAKER! Iyo METEORAS! Then she goes up and up and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!

Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Liv applauds as she costs Zelina and helps Iyo. Is this Liv’s way of winning Dom over? By sticking it to the LWO? As for Iyo, will she become a back-to-back Miss MITB?

 

Sami Zayn is here!

Corpus Christi cheers as the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring. He’s made it through a trilogy with Chad Gable, but what will be next for him? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and fans cheer on Sami as he gets a mic. Sami says, “Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to walk into Corpus Christi tonight STILL your Intercontinental Champion!” The fans cheer that! Sami continues by saying he won’t lie, Saturday, Clash at the Castle, Gable did not make it easy. You can boo him, Sami doesn’t like Gable either. But it is never easy in the ring with him. And to think, all this personal stuff, it all started just because Sami beat Gable in a wrestling match. And now, after months and months, after the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the personal and ambush attacks, it is over because Sami beat him in a wrestling match!

Sami says as far as he’s concerned, he is moving on from Gable. But he’d be lying if he said it’d be easy to move on from The Alpha Academy. Sami feels for them, he was just like them. But his time in The Bloodline proved that everyone has to do things on their own time. Sami didn’t leave until he was ready, Jey Uso didn’t leave until he was ready. The fans say “YEET!” for Jey and Sami is convinced, especially after tonight, that The Academy, when they are ready, they will leave Gable. So now, Sami looks forward to do his job, which is defending this title against anyone and everyone! But wait, here comes Bron Breakker!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew makes his way out, coming off of beating Ilja Dragunov and all but destroying Ricochet last week. Bron goes right to the ring, gets himself a mic, and he stares Sami down. The fans bark it up, others boo, but Sami asks if Bron really interrupted just so he could stand here, or does he have something to say? Bron says he doesn’t have much to say. Sami knows what he’s here for and what he’s capable of doing in this ring. Bron’s left a long list of bodies laying, and Sami is just next on that list. Because Bron is taking that Intercontinental Championship! The fans boo but Sami holds his ground.

Sami holds the belt up, the fans cheer him on, and Bron smirks. Sami says if this is what Bron wants, then- SHEAMUS walks out here? The fans fire up for The Celtic Warrior and he has a mic to say, “Corpus Christi, what’s the crack?” Now, cut the brakes, Sami. His fellow Ginger Ninja! As everyone knows, Sheamus has been chasing that Intercontinental title for a very long five years. He has put on banger after banger after banger, so if anyone’s getting a shot, maybe Sami should consider him? Sheamus wants Sami to know, though, he respects him a lot.

If and when this opportunity does arrive, and nothing personal, but Sheamus wuold do anything to get his hands on that title. Whether it’s from Sami’s cold dead hands or not, Sheamus is coming for it. Bron barks at Sheamus, and says he can’t act like Bron’s not even here! Bron says no one cares about the sob story of Sheamus. We all know what happens when someone gets in Bron’s way. And right now, Sheamus is in Bron’s way! Bron will kick Sheamus’ ass, too! The fans are torn but Sheamus says Bron’s gonna kick his ass? What? Put him on some list? Sheamus will explain this. Bron is on the run of a lifetime as the new hot thing in WWE.

But as far as the IC title goes, Bron has no skin in this game. And Bron IS the new kid on the block. Bron smirks again, but Sheamus tells him to get to the back of the line, before Sheamus makes him! These two stare down, Sami steps forward to say, “Well, it seems like you guys really need to sort this out.” This is what Sami will do. He will talk to Pearce, and Sami is pretty sure Corpus Christi doesn’t wanna see these two talk it out! They wanna sese these two fight it out, right here, later tonight! The fans cheer that, and both big men grin. The Fella and the Brutal Badass are surely going to

 

Dragon Lee speaks.

“Carlito cost me the chance to tag with the legend, Rey Mysterio, at WrestleMania XL.” It was a betrayal and a blindside attack, like a coward! But finally, Dragon will get his revenge. “Carlito, you will learn when you mess with a dragon, you will get burned.” The Boy Wonder takes on Caribbean Cool, and it’s next!

 

Backstage interview with Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.

Jackie Redmond is with the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and congratulates them on their win from Saturday. What a night at Clash at the Castle! Have they come down from the high? No, they have not. That was a dream come true to win these titles in front of friends, family and all of Scotland, and then celebrate with them. But the celebration is over, the hard work starts now. Because it doesn’t matter where in the world they are, they will take on anyone who tries to take their titles? But then Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark walk in. Their titles? Reminder: Shayna & Zoey beat them pretty handedly last week on Raw.

And also, if you missed it, Shayna is pretty sure that she made Jade tap at some point. And the way these two see it, Alba & Isla are just keeping the titles warm for them. Shayna & Zoey are aimed at MITB, but they will come for the belts that are rightfully theirs. Alba says any time, any place. Shayna says be careful what you wish for. The Submission Magician & Hunter head out, but when and where will they get their shot at the wicked witches?

 

Dragon Lee w/ The LWO VS Carlito w/ JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio!

Raw returns and Carlito makes his entrance, The Irish Ace & Dirty Dom with him. The bell rings and Dragon runs up to CLOBBER Carlito! The fans fire up as Dragon fires off, but Carlito whips him away. Carlito runs up, but into a BOOT! Dragon runs in, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Carlito stands, into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Carlito hangs in there but Dragon ENZIGIRIS! Carlito bails out, the fans fire up, and Dragon slingshots to PLANCHA, but Carlito catches him! Carlito THROWS Dragon into barriers! JD & Dom applaud, Carlito refreshes the count, and Carlito glares at Rey. Carlito drags Dragon up, then RAMS him into the barriers.

The fans boo Carlito but he puts Dragon in the ring. Carlito dares The LWO to go after him, but they can’t because they’re scared. But then Dragon FLYING RANAS to throw Carlito back down! The fans fire up as Dragon gets Carlito back up, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Dragon is up top. Dragon leaps to DIVING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Carlito survives but Judgment Day is a bit worried. The fans rally as Dragon aims, runs up, tilt-o-whirl, but Carlito says no to the DDT! Dragon JUMP KNEES, runs, but Carlito ELBOWS him! Carlito runs up, but Dragon sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! The fans fire up as Dragon runs, but Carlito fireman’s carries for a TKO! Both men are down and the fans rally. Carlito crawls to a cover, TWO! Dragon survives and the fans rally up. Carlito waits on Dragon to rise, and Dragon is in the corner. Carlito runs in to RAM into Dragon!

Carlito hoists Dragon up top, climbs up to join him, then goes to the very top. But Dragon trips Carlito into the Tree of Woe! Dragon stands to drop the WOE STOMPS! The fans fire up and Dragon reels Carlito in. Carlito back drops free of the bomb! Carlito kicks low, runs, then KNEE LIFTS! Carlito keeps going, but Dragon slips through the lariat! Dragon reels Carlito back in, gets him up, SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Carlito survives and LWO can’t believe it! JD & Dom can breathe easy now, but wait! Here comes Liv~! She shows off how she looks in Dom’s vest, and Dom asks for it back! When did she even take it?

But wait, here comes Zelina! She CLOBBERS Liv for earlier, but then Rey & Wilde hurry over! Dom DECKS his dad, then tosses Wilde into steps! Rey fires off hands on his son, but in the chaos, JD YANKS Dragon off the corner! Carlito hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER!! Cover, Carlito wins!

Winner: Carlito, by pinfall

The Judgment Day uses the distractions to their advantage, but what else is new? Will Dragon never have his revenge on Carlito? Will Liv ever have Dom all to herself?

 

Raw shares the exclusive backstage footage from Clash at the Castle.

Punk saw the ref went down during Priest VS McIntyre, and he hurried to ask for a spare ref shirt. He was given one, and as we know, he’d put it on and run out to the ring, just to screw McIntyre.

Speaking of, McIntyre is on his way to gorilla. There’s a lot of QR Code weirdness, too, but what will The Scottish Terminator have to say about the #GlasgowScrewjob? We’ll see, after the break.

 

The Alpha Academy regroups backstage.

Otis helps the others pack up, but Gable storms in! Gable demands to know what Otis is doing putting his hands on Gable! And Gable’s sick of all this crap! Maxxine being the drama queen! Wait, what are they doing? They’re packing, because they’re leaving. What? Leaving to where? Aren’t they a family? Otis tells Gable that they’re done. The Academy walks out on Gable! Gable says no, they don’t say when they’re done, HE says when they’re done! And they ARE done! They’re EXPELLED! They’ll be nothing without him! Just tiny little nobodies! He’s gonna be huge! Massive! And he’ll win MITB, and do something that failure Otis never could. He’s gonna cash in and become world champion!

 

Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring!

Corpus Christi fires up as The Scottish Terminator makes his way out here, in a bad mood after being screwed over in yet another Clash at the Castle main event. Social media had his outburst after the show went off the air, and he has been fined for his actions towards a referee, as well as commentator Corey Graves. The fans chant “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” and that doesn’t help the mood. McIntyre has the mic, but he’s having a hard time finding the words. McIntyre says, “CM Punk…” The fans continue to chant and McIntyre shakes his head. “CM Punk. I can’t do this anymore. Screw this company. I quit.”

WHAT?! McIntyre storms out of the ring and Pearce hurries out here. Pearce tries to get McIntyre to reconsider but McIntyre won’t listen to him. Was what happened on Saturday the straw that broke the camel’s back?

 

Raw returns and…

We see what was going on during commercial. HHH talked with McIntyre at gorilla but McIntyre blames Punk all on HHH. McIntyre storms off, Pearce hurries after, and Pearce wants him to reconsider. Is this really the end of McIntyre in WWE?

 

Damage CTRL VS Katana Chance & Kayden Carter!

Iyo Sky won earlier tonight, and now Dakota Kai & Kairi Sane will look to do the same. Will DMG CTRL finally start to take control of Raw like they once did SmackDown? Or will KC Squared stand in their way like they did last week?

The teams sort out, and DMG CTRL just attacks! They CLOBBER Kayden, drag Katana to center to mug her, then drag her up. Dakota reels Katana in to scoop but Katana slips free! Katana dodges Dakota, BLASTS Kairi then BULLDOGS Dakota! Katana keeps moving and she SHOTGUNS Dakota down! Tag to Kayden, then Katana runs to trip Dakota up! Katana puts Dakota on the apron, Kayden runs to SPLASH her to the floor! Kayden puts Dakota in, covers, but Kairi drags Kayden off! The fans rally, Dakota ROCKS Kayden, and then Dakota puts Kayden in ropes, fora GUILLOTINE STOMP!

Tag to Kairi, Dakota sets Kayden up for the In-SANE ELBOW! Cover, Katana breaks it! Dakota runs up to BOOT Katana down! Kairi CLUBS away on Kayden, Dakota adds some stomps, and they coordinate. Lyra Valkyria is here to check on Katana, but DMG CTRL mugs Kayden more. They reel Kayden in, but they see Lyra cheering Kayden on. That distracts Dakota, but Kayden wrenches out to DDT Kairi! Dakota turns around, runs up, but Kayden gets around to waistlock! Dakota switches, Kayden bucks the O’Conner and SUPERKICKS! Tag to Katana and she goes up! The fans fire up for the AFTER PARTY! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall

Lyra gets payback on DMG CTRL by costing them like they cost her! Will The Morrigan and the party girls make sure no one takes control of the Raw Women’s Division?

 

DMG CTRL regroups backstage.

Dakota doesn’t get it. What beef does Lyra have with them? Why’d she do that? Iyo says enough! DMG CTRL has to change. Or else, she changes things herself! Another ultimatum from The Evil Genius, what change does she have planned for the faction’s future?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Bron Breakker VS Sheamus!

These two men both want after Sami Zayn and the title he holds, and just as Sami said, he got this match made for them and for Corpus Christi. As such, Sami is out here to watch this in person, who will he have to face in what will surely be a banger?

The bell rings and the two stare down as fans bark it up. The two tie up, go around, and the fans duel. The two break, go again, and Sheamus puts Bron on ropes. Bron turns things around to put Sheamus in a corner, but he lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus headlocks and hits a takeover! Bron headscissors, Sheamus kips free, and the two reset. They feel things out, tie up, and Sheamus wrenches to a top wristlock. Bron endures but Sheamus brings him to a knee. Bron has the ropes so the ref counts the break. Sheamus lets off, the two reset, and they tie up again. They end up in ropes, then they fall out to the floor!

Bron ROCKS Sheamus first, then throws body shots! Bron follows Sheamus around the way but Sheamus throws a body shot! And an UPPERCUT! Sheamus puts Bron in, storms in, then scoops! Bron fights free, spins Sheamus around to then run, run, and CLOBBER Sheamus! The fans bark it up for Bron, and Bron RAMS Sheamus in a corner. Bron RAMS in again and again, then ROCKS Sheamus with a right. Bron gets moving again, but runs into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up as Bron goes to a corner and Sheamus storms up. Sheamus fireman’s carries, and he ROLLING SENTONS!

Sheamus clamps onto Bron with fishhooks in the mouth, for that Dublin Grin! The fans rally, Bron fights up and he throws some elbows. Bron gets free to then clinch and EXPLODER! Sami is a bit stoic as Sheamus goes to a corner. Bron runs in, but only gets POST as Sheamus moves! Sheamus then runs to clothesline Bron up and out! The fans fire up as Sheamus storms out after Bron, and he leaps from the apron, FLYING LARIAT! Down goes Bron and the fans fire up with with The Fella! Sheamus drags Bron up and puts him in, then goes up to the apron. Bron HOTSHOTS Sheamus, runs, and KNEES Sheamus down!

Sheamus flounders, Bron goes to the apron, and Bron FLYING LARIATS onto the desk!! Both men go up and over commentary and Corpus Christi loses its mind as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Bron has Sheamus in the ring with a chinlock. But Sheamus fights up and fights free with big hands! Bron still fireman’s carries, and he GUTBUSTER DROPS! Cover, TWO! Sheamus survives and Sami is a bit anxious watching this. Bron pie faces Sheamus, taunts him, then pie faces more. Sheamus just gets mad, shoves Bron, and eggs him on! Bron fires up, fires hands, but Sheamus fires back! They go back and forth, then Sheamus has the edge! Sheamus whips, Bron reverses but Sheamus CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Bron goes to a corner, Sheamus clotheslines!

Sheamus reels Bron in for a scoop, then swings him for a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this and Sami is starting to enjoy this. Sheamus considers his options, and he brings Bron to a corner. Sheamus fireman’s carries, goes up the corner, but Bron slips free! Bron then CLUBS Sheamus on the back, but Sheamus hits back! Bron and Sheamus throw hands, Sheamus again gets the edge, then kicks Bron away. But Bron runs up, goes right to the top, has a bit of a tumble, but he manages the STEINER! But then Sheamus gets up to fireman’s carry! WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Sheamus is beside himself.

Sami thought that was it, but Bron goes to a corner. Sheamus whips Bron corner to corner, but Bron comes back to LARIAT! Bron fires up, aims from the corner, and runs in, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives again and both Sami and Sheamus are surprised. Corpus Christi fires up as Bron goes to the apron, and Sheamus storms up behind him! Sheamus gives Bron BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! The fans count all the way to TEN and Sheamus lets Bron flop down! The fans are thunderous as Sheamus aims from a corner. Sheamus beats his chest, aims, but LUDWIG KAISER is here! Kaiser trips Sheamus, and SLAMS the bad leg against the post!

Winner: Sheamus, by disqualification

Kaiser beats up on Sheamus more, but Sheamus fires off in return! Sheamus POSTS Kaiser, SMACKS him off the desk, then TOSSES him over barriers! But Bron SPEARS Sheamus!! The ref reprimands, producers hurry out here, and Bron glares at Sami as he passes by. Kaiser’s interference ruined everything for both men, but he’s mostly happy he got one over on Sheamus. Speaking of, Kaiser just goes after Sheamus some more! And he grabs the bad leg! Kaiser brings the kneepad away, then he gets room to run! But Brno is running, too?! Bron SPEARS Kaiser!! The fans bark it up as Bron keeps Kaiser from picking the bones of his kill!

The fans are losing their minds again over that impact, but refs and producers tell Bron he has to go. Sami says if Bron wants it, fine! Any time, any place! Bron SHOVES Sami!! The fans fire up as Sami wants after Bron now! Sami tosses the hydration station at Bron! But for now, this battle will have to wait. Will Bron get his shot at the title by default?

 

Dominik is searching backstage for his vest.

No one’s seen the vest, but Liv is calling from down the hall. Duh, she still has the vest. Dom walks over and sighs. Please give him the vest back. She likes it when he’s bossy. Does he want it back? Yes! Okay. But he has to take it off of her himself. Is he nervous~? She can help him get started. She unzips the zipper just a little bit, and Dom starts zipping it the rest of the way. And then Priest turns the corner and sees this! DOM!? The heck!? No, he was getting it back! Dom, just grab your stuff and go to the clubhouse. Liv lets Dom take the vest and Dom takes his leave. Priest asks Liv to leave Dom alone. Dom wants nothing to do with her.

Liv thinks Dom wants everything to do with her. Liv laughs and leaves, and Priest says she’s loca. Will nothing stop Liv until she has everything she wants?

 

The Final Testament speaks.

Karrion Kross tells Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, “Two weeks ago, Authors of Pain beat the living hell out of the both of ya, and pinned you 1-2-3 live on TV. And then last week, you cost AOP their shot at becoming the World Tag Team Champions. And not only that, you gave me the taste of my own medicine, the numbers game. That’s real cute. You beat me up two on one. Now on the way here, I was thinking of doing something really outta control tonight. But then Scarlett had this great idea that involves me not going to jail. We’re both wondering what that fight would’ve looked like if it was one on one.

“So I’m issuing a challenge to either one of you, whoever wants to take it. Next week, meet me one on one in the ring. One of you stays in the back, the other comes out to fight, and I’ll leave my guys in the back. It’s real simple. And quite honestly, I’m hoping it’s you, Kofi. Because we all know you’d rather have Woods in the back anyways, right? Tick tock.” Mr. Apocalypse has issued his challenge, what will The New Day have to say? Well…

The New Day respond.

Woods tells Kross that Final Testament come over to Raw, and the first thing they set their sights on was the history makers, the record breakers, The New Day. Now, Kross, they know you’ve been around the world, beating people down and breaking bones. But since Kross has been here, he hasn’t done anything at all! He has ONE accolade, as NXT Champion. What has he done since then? This is the greatest tag team of all time! Who is Kross to give any kind of advance? And he wants to talk next week? Leaving partners in the back to go 1v1? Fine! And since Kross wants to call Kofi out, Kofi accepts the challenge! See you next week, Kross. Tick tock!

Woods and Kofi shake on it, but it seemed like Woods was hoping to take the challenge instead. But will Kofi win for the both of them when he finally humbles Kross once and for all?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

He’s backstage by the pavilion among the fans to say Main Event Jey Uso is now in your city! MITB qualifier! He needs the W, Uce! He has to do it for him, for his fans, the Day Ones that’ve been YEETIN’ with him since the start. He’ll snatch that briefcase, or rather, that YEETCASE, then cash in and become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! If y’all down with that, let ’em hear ya say “YEET!” “YEET!” Then hit his music! Jey makes his entrance from the crowd and the fans fire up! Will Jey make his way to Toronto? Will the King of Lucha become Mr. MITB? Or will The Prince do as he promised and protect The Judgment Day’s interests? We find out, after the break!

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jey Uso VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor!

Raw returns and Finn makes his entrance first, followed by Rey’s. The bell rings, the three circle, but then Finn bails out. The fans boo but Finn just watches as Rey and Jey shake hands to show sportsmanship. They tie up, Jey headlocks, but Rey powers up and powers out. Jey runs Rey over, then keeps moving. Rey gets up, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Finn runs in now but Rey arm-drags him back out! The fans cheer while Finn is flustered, but Jey runs up to knee Rey. Jey whips Rey, Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges to WRECK Finn with a dropkick! Jey runs up but Rey puts him on the apron! Finn grabs at Jey, Jey KICKS him away.

Jey throws in a shoulder but Rey sidesteps to KICK Jey, then slingshots to SUNSET FLIP! Jey holds on, Finn body shots Rey! Finn YANKS Jey down, throws Rey into the ring, then he SMACKS Jey off the apron again and again and again! Rey PLANCHAS to take Finn down! The fans fire up as Rey catches his breath, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn throws Rey into Jey and they both fall down! Finn stomps Jey at the ropes, then drags him up. The fans boo but Finn CLUBS Jey, clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Jey down. Jey endures, the fans rally up, and Jey fights up. Jey throws body shots, but Finn knees low! Finn throws Jey, Rey avoids the collision and he RAMS into Finn! Rey slingshot sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey to a corner. Finn kicks Rey to a corner, then stomps away! Finn digs his boot in, stomps more, but Jey storms up. Finn knees Jey low, then CLUBS him down!

The fans boo as Finn paces around Jey. Finn stands Jey up but Jey counter punches! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Finn ins down, staggers back up, into a mule kick! And UPPERCUT! Jey fireman’s carries but Finn CLAWS Jey’s face! Finn knocks Jey down but Rey springboards to SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving and he springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Finn stays in this but Jey runs up! Rey gets around, crucifix takedown, TWO! Rey baits Jey and then DUMPS him out! But Finn rolls Rey up! TWO! Rey ELBOWS Finn away, goes up a corner, but Finn CLUBS him!

Finn CLUBS away at Rey’s legs, then Electric Chair Lifts! But Rey pops free to wheelbarrow and victory roll Finn onto ropes! The fans fire up as Rey dials it up, but into a SLINGBLADE! Jey returns, Finn blocks the kick, but not the DRAGON WHIP! Jey fires up, but Finn PELES back! All three men are down and the fans fire up as Raw goes back to break!

Raw returns yet again and Finn knocks Jey off the corner! Finn rises up but Rey trips him up! Jey stands, he storms up but Rey GAMANGIRIS! Jey tumbles away, Rey goes up after Finn! SUPER STEINER! The fans fire up, Jey is back, and he SPEARS Rey! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Jey is surprised! The fans rally up and “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as Jey goes to a corner. Jey climbs, but Finn BLASTS him down! But then REy 619s Finn in the abs! Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH onto Finn! Rey puts Finn in, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS Finn onto ropes! Rey redials as the fans fire up, for the 619!!

Jey returns but Rey slingshots to RANA Jey onto ropes! Rey redials again, for a619!! Jey staggers into Finn, Rey goes up! Finn waistlocks Jey but Rey leaps to DOUBLE RANA! Both Finn and Jey are on the ropes, so Rey dials it up one more time! DOUBLE 619!! The fans fire up as Rey goes to a corner and climbs! But here comes DOM! Dom goes after his dad but Rey DECKS him first! Then SEATED SENTONS to the floor! The fans boo but here come JD & Carlito! The Judgment Day mugs Rey, then RAM him into steel steps! But here comes BRAUN!! The fans fire up as the Monster is back, and he chases Judgment Day off!

But the thing is, Finn and Jey are still in the ring! Finn hurries to roll Jey up! Jey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Finn stays in this but Jey stays focused! Jey aims from a corner, and he runs, into a BOOT! Finn then runs to SLINGBLADE! Rey is back up and RAMS into Finn! Rey slingshots, Finn catches him and SMACKS him into Jey! Then CORNER DEATH VALLEY, to a WASTELAND SLAM! Finn hurries up top, COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, but Jey USO SPLASHES!!! Cover on Finn, JEY WINS!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Despite Judgment Day’s best efforts, they could NOT keep Main Event Jey from winning the main event! Jey is heading to Toronto, will he also head up that ladder to bring down the briefcase? Who else will join him as WWE builds these six packs for Money in the Bank?

Wait, the lights are turning off? And in an eerily familiar way…! The fireflies are already out for Jey, but the music that starts playing…! There’s light coming from behind a mysterious door. That door opens and the fans all cheer, and then the light goes out. And then, crawling from out of the mist, over to a lantern…  Just who could this be? They stand up, and they point back to the doorway. The cameras walk through that doorway, through the hall, and is that Rambling Rabbit? A hammer that says “HELP” on one side and “HURT” on the other. Gorilla position has been decimated and the lights are flickering! Is that Mercy the Buzzard?

We continue on to find Huskis the Pig Boy, a battered Chad Gable, and… UNCLE HOWDY!?! The fans are losing their minds as Howdy walks through the hall, gathering the “family” as he goes. They all walk out on stage and the fans are going nuts! Then does that make the one by the lantern Sister Abigail? Howdy picks up the lantern and says, “We’re here!” and he blows the lantern out! What does this gathering of dark forces mean for the future of the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here to not just follow up Clash at the Castle but to also get going on MITB. For one, Drew McIntyre just up and rage quitting WWE? That was shocking, but it is certainly kayfabe to add to his story. I almost want him to surprise everyone on SmackDown in Chicago to ruin Punk’s homecoming but either way, this was quite the twist. We also got a good promo from Alba & Isla with Shayna & Zoey to keep that feud in mind, even with MITB qualifiers going on. Great story integration as Liv Morgan screws over Zelina Vega while teasing Dom by taking his vest. Iyo winning her way in is good stuff, I don’t think we’ve had back-to-back MITB winners since Carmella.

And clearly we’re getting more Judgment Day VS LWO given Liv got involved during Carlito VS Dragon Lee. Liv continuing to tease Dom and everyone else in Judgment Day doing their best to stop that is good stuff. Pat showing the world that Finn snuck the card was great stuff, as was Finn teasing that he’d cash in on Priest. Priest and Rollins had a great opening promo, especially as Rollins was a surprise return. Priest VS Rollins for the title at MITB is going to be awesome stuff, can’t wait to see how that goes.

Meanwhile, DMG CTRL continues to go 50-50 as Lyra helps Kayden & Katana win against Dakota & Kairi. Asuka just had surgery on that bad leg, she’s gonna be gone for a long time. Maybe with Iyo’s trip to Japan for Marigold Summer Destiny for a joshi dream match could lead to something, but there’s also the possibility of Giulia, free agent signing out of Stardom, to debut right to main roster. And at this point, I feel like if Iyo’s kicking out anyone, it’s Dakota. She took the pin tonight, hasn’t quite been the strongest booked anyway, so Giulia could replace Dakota, and when Asuka makes her return, she makes DMG CTRL four joshi strong.

Great stuff with the Alpha Academy as not only does Gable step in it and get destroyed by Braun, but it was finally the last straw for Otis and the others. Gable is left alone, but determined to show everyone he can still win the big one, but it sounds like he’s going to be in a colossal Triple Threat qualifier. Sami meanwhile moves on to Bron Breakker, as I expected. Bron VS Sheamus was great stuff, even with Kaiser interfering, and though there was no official decision announced, it feels like it’ll still be Bron VS Sami at MITB for the title while Sheamus settles things with Kaiser, perhaps in a No Disqualification style match.

Commentary was also clever about addressing what happened to Ricochet, where they were giving us a possibility of him coming back. Everyone has opinions of him going to AEW, or going back to NJPW so that he can still work with AEW, or to TNA so that he’ll end up working with WWE through this new crossover in the works. Honestly, I would hope he can come right back to WWE with a new edge as he goes after Bron for revenge. WWE is still the top company, he’d be seen by the most people, and I don’t think it’s hopeless for him to reach the world title scene. Plus, MITB is a great opportunity in itself, but I suppose that depends on who’s winning the briefcase.

Very good promos from Kross and New Day. I had a feeling it’d set up Kofi VS Kross, with Woods feeling slighted by Kofi just out and accepting the challenge. And thinking about it, while Kross VS Kofi can go either way, I feel like AOP is going to attack Woods backstage. It’d be a bit copy-paste from something Final Testament did to Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits but it might all be to further turn Woods against Kofi. And then awesome Triple Threat main event, even with Judgment Day going after Rey and Braun going after them. Jey winning is great, certainly throws a wrench in Judgment Day’s plans. Of course, there could always be a “Last Chance” match that Finn wins to get in anyway.

And of course, the night closed with the moment fans had been waiting for since the start of the newest QR Code campaign. The Wyatt 6, while just five members revealed tonight, are here and are definitely as spooky scary edgy as everyone was hoping for. At the same time, I’m sure it was planned with Bray Wyatt himself in the group, but sadly, it was not meant to be. Perhaps Braun will join them in a big plot twist. Also, nice detail of Gable getting bloodied, that could also be a sign that Braun is in the group given their match earlier tonight. Either way, things are probably gonna get wild from here, can’t wait to see where this goes.

My Score: 8.9/10


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