“I hear voices in my head. They counsel me. They understand. They talk to me.”
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to a huge ovation. The 14-time World Champion is excited to be back on Raw. Orton has not appeared on Raw in 18 months since undergoing double-fusion spinal surgery. The Viper gets in the ring and climbs to the second rope to strike his trademark pose.
A loud “Randy” chant picks up. Orton is dressed in all black tonight. Orton looks moved by the ovation and shouts, “Thank you!” Orton says it sounds like maybe a few of them missed him. They cheer in the affirmative. Orton says he’s back for as long as he can stay here. Without any further adieu, he wants to cut right to it. Orton says, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw!”
Orton says he was gone awhile and chuckles. A “Welcome back” chant fires up. Orton thanks them. That whole time he was gone, it gave him plenty of time to think about all his accomplishments and accolades. They’ve heard all of them before and won’t bore them to death because there are quite a few. There is one thing Orton has never done, which is compete at WarGames. When his dear friend, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, gave him a call, he picked up the call and was in. There’s another reason why he wanted to be in the match. WarGames was invented by Cody’s father, the late and great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. It was about being part of wrestling history and making moments. Orton got to make a moment on Saturday.
Orton is also back because he has unfinished business to attend to. That unfinished business has to do with the Bloodline. Orton has made a career of putting guys on the shelf, sometimes permanently. Orton can forgive but not forget. Orton has a bagful of receipts for every single member of the Bloodline. When he says “every single member,” he means EVERY single member. Nashville knows what those receipts are going to come in the form of. They’re the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment: R-K-O! The crowd chants, “RKO!”
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring without The Judgment Day. The Eradicator gets in the ring with the Viper. Ripley sarcastically welcomes Orton back. She says she didn’t think he was someone who would do favors for others or team with someone who tried to end his career. She didn’t think he’d have his big return after a year and a half upstaged. The crowd lightly boos. Ripley says Orton looks more dangerous than ever. It would be a shame to have all of that wasted because Orton doesn’t seem to have realized that the landscape has changed. The Bloodline has fallen and the Judgment Day has risen to be the dominant force in WWE. When it comes to WarGames, that was just a bump in the road. The reality is, they’re all dripping in gold. She wiped the floor with Zoey Stark. Her Latino Heat “Dirty” Dom is your NXT North American Champion. When it comes to Finn Bálor and Damian Priest, they hold the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship that Orton nearly lost everything to get. If it weren’t for Orton, Damian Priest would be your World Heavyweight Champion. Orton has come in here and made a lot of enemies who can make his life a living nightmare. Orton needs to stop focusing on the Bloodline. Unlike the Bloodline, the Judgment Day gets the job done and will put him out permanently.
An “RKO” chant fires up. Orton looks knowingly out into the crowd. Orton says he stated that he kept in touch and watched the product while he was gone. Every week, it’s all about Rhea Ripley. Mami this and Mami that. Guess what? Daddy’s back. The crowd roars, and a”Daddy” chant fires up. Orton says a lot of things have changed, which is true… a “Who’s your Daddy” chant picks up. Orton says the one thing that hasn’t changed and never will as long as he is here is nobody tells Randy Orton what to do. Ripley laughs heartily. She sees that Orton made his bed. She tried to warn him and give him an out, but he has made the Judgment Day his enemy now.
JD McDonagh, in a neck brace, and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio attack Orton from behind! They double-team him in the corner, but Orton fights out. Orton sends McDonagh shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton grabs Mysterio and swings him to the apron for a hanging DDT, but McDonagh cuts him off. Orton drops McDonagh with an RKO. Mysterio escapes the ring and runs to Ripley.
Orton tells Mysterio not to go far. As soon as he leaves this ring, he’s going to find Adam Pearce and make sure he gets Mysterio in the ring tonight!
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Finn Bálor comes in and says they cannot take the Creed Brothers lightly. Damian Priest isn’t listening, but he says he heard him. Priest says he can see on their faces that they appointed him the leader of WarGames, but they lost, and he let them down. Rhea Ripley says that Judgment Day is a family. They rise and fall together. Bálor says they’re still the Tag Team Champions. It’s all good. Ripley says just because they made Priest the leader of WarGames and it didn’t turn out in their favor, they’re not going to blame him. Priest says he appreciates it. Priest asks how JD McDonagh is doing. Bálor says he’s still being checked out and suggests they check on him. Priest agrees.
Video Package: Women’s World Championship is shown
Women’s World Championship: Zoey Stark vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
They talk trash to each other as the bell rings. Ripley slaps Stark in the face, so Stark answers back with a stiff slap to the jaw. Ripley charges, but Stark takes her down and punches away at her. The crowd is cheering Ripley and booing Stark. Stark dropkicks Ripley out of the ring and crushes her with a quick cross-body block off the top rope to the floor. Stark gets Ripley in the ring and hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. Stark charges Ripley in the corner, but Ripley drops her on the apron. Stark knocks her back and goes for a slingshot, but Ripley head-butts her in the jaw. Ripley gets on the apron, and a “Mami” chant picks up. Ripley goes for a suplex on the apron, but Stark fights it. Stark then turns Ripley inside out with a DDT on the apron. Stark pushes Ripley into the ring and hits a slingshot corkscrew senton for a two-count. Ripley quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Stark goes to the apron and kicks Ripley in the chest. Ripley avoids a diving knee and ducks a kick. Ripley lifts Stark and drops her on the apron face-first before sending her into the ring post.
Ripley shouts at Stark and throws her into the ring. Ripley punches away at Stark and talks trash. Ripley shouts that this is her division and Stark is nothing. Ripley powers Stark up for a nice vertical suplex for a two-count. Ripley knees away at Stark’s ribs and clubs her in the spine. Ripley digs her knee into Stark’s spine and pulls back on the arms for a surfboard stretch. Stark tries to fight up, but Ripley slings her down and pulls back on the arms for a curb stomp. Ripley does it again before pulling her up a third time for another slam. Ripley then dropkicks her. Stark forgets her spot, so they stand there for a moment. Stark fights back and hits a jawbreaker, but Ripley cuts her off. Ripley puts Stark on the top rope before punching and chopping her. Ripley climbs to the second rope. Stark fights back, but Ripley cuts her off. Ripley goes for a slam, but they do… something. I think Stark was supposed to land on her feet, but she didn’t stick the landing at all.
Stark rolls Ripley up for a two-count. Ripley elbows out of a German Suplex and stuns her with a kick to the skull. Ripley slams her down on her face and connects with a northern lights suplex for a two-count. Ripley talks trash, so Stark challenges her to hit her hard. Ripley obliges and goes for a Riptide, but Stark slides out and hits a German Suplex. Stark connects with a running knee for a near fall. Ripley blocks the Z-360 and elbows her. Stark hits a kick, but Ripley stuns her with a head-butt. Ripley follows up with the Riptide for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still Women’s World Champion: Rhea Ripley
Mens War Games match…
The clock counts down… and no Randy Orton! Instead, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley runs down with a referee and the Money in the Bank briefcase!
“I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD!”
RANDY ORTON makes his return after more than a year. He is clean-shaven. The crowd gives him an incredible ovation. Orton gets in the ring and closes the door. The bell rings to officially start WarGames.
LET THE WARGAMES BEGIN. Orton clotheslines Mysterio twice and hits a snap powerslam. Orton then this McDonagh with a snap powerslam. Orton had double fusion back surgery, but he’s moving around great. Orton sends Mysterio and McDonagh into the cage wall. Orton hooks Bálor’s head and gives him a hanging DDT!
McIntyre stares at Orton from the second rope. McIntyre gets into the first ring and stares down his old nemesis. Priest attacks Orton from behind. The Judgment Day beats down Orton in the corner. Rhodes, Jey, Rollins, and Zayn cut them off. The entire Judgment Day is in between the ring the two rings. Rhodes, Zayn, Rollins, Jey, and Orton hit stereo-hanging DDTs on the Judgment Day. Orton drops down for an RKO, but then he turns toward Jey to let him know that he hasn’t forgotten what he did to him. Jey superkicks Priest before he attacks Orton. Orton then gives Mysterio an RKO. Rollins gives Priest a Stomp on the diamond plate. Rhodes hits Bálor with a Cody Cutter, and Zayn hits McIntyre with a Cody Kick. Jey leaps off the top rope from the first ring into the second ring with an Uso Splash on McIntyre.
McDonagh is the last man standing and tries to scale the cage wall to save himself. If McDonagh leaves, he’ll forfeit the match for his team. Zayn and Rollins follow him to the top of the cage and attack him. Orton looks up at McDonagh on top of the cage. He’s ready! Rollins and Zayn push McDonagh off the top of the cage into an RKO from Orton! The crowd explodes. Orton sends Priest into Rhodes. Rhodes hits Priest with Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, and Randy Orton
Match Number One: Finn Balor and Damian Priest (with Rhea Ripley) versus Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford for the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championship
Dawkins and Priest start things off and Priest with a kick and forearm. Priest with a leaping back elbow and he bows in front of Ford. Finn tags in and he punches Dawkins in the midsection. Dawkins with a punch and Ford tags in. Ford with a drop kick and Ford bows to Priest. Dawkins tags in and they hit a double flap jack for a near fall. Ford runs into a boot from Balor and Priest tags in.
We see Bobby Lashley with BEVERAGE in BACK watching MONITOR and B-Fab joins him.
Ford with a kick and he clotheslines Priest over the top rope to the floor. Finn has a kick blocked and he is sent to the floor. Ford with a pescado onto Finn. Priest with a POUNCE that sends Ford over the announce table.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ford punches Priest and Priest with a rolling elbow. Priest with a jumping kick and Ford falls to the mat and goes into the corner. Priest misses a leaping elbow into the corner and hits the ring post. Finn tags in and hits an elbow to the back of the head. Ford lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex and Dawkins tags in and connects with a clothesline to Finn and he punches Priest off the apron. Dawkins with a forearm and a flying back elbow. Dawkins with a twisting splash into the corner. Dawkins with a twisting butterfly neck breaker. Ford goes up top and hits a blockbuster while Dawkins hits the Electric Chair drop. Ford gets a near fall. Ford kicks Balor from the apron and he goes up top and leaps over Finn and rolls through. Finn with sling blade and a back breaker. Priest with a leg drop and Priest gets a near fall. Dawkins sends Finn to the floor.
Priest with a forearm and he sets for South of Heaven on Ford but Ford escapes. Ford and Dawkins hit Revelation but Finn breaks it up. Dawkins misses a shoulder in the corner and hits the ring post. Ford with a super kick and he goes up top. Rhea gets on the apron and distracts the referee long enough to allow Balor to kick Ford. Priest hits a tombstone slam and Finn with Coup de Grace for the three count.
Winners: Damian Priest and Finn Balor (retain championship)
After the match, Rhea taunts Ford.
“Main Event” Jey Uso’s music hits, and McIntyre shouts that his ass belongs to him. Jey comes out to the stage and confidently makes his way down the ramp. Jey says McIntyre needs to let it go. McIntyre cost him the Tag Titles last week. They shouldn’t be talking anymore. Jey says it’s time for McIntyre to catch a beatdown… er, a “YEET-down.” The Judgment Day jumps up onto the ring apron behind McIntyre. McIntyre is waiting for Jey to get in the ring.
World Heavyweight Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Sami Zayn, and “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes come out to stand with Jey. Everyone gets in the ring, and Raw General Manager Adam Pearce runs out. They’re not doing this tonight because WarGames is on Saturday. Pearce says no one is fighting. Security runs down to keep the peace. Pearce has two pieces of business. McIntyre is a member of the Judgment Day’s WarGames Team. That means the other four need a fifth team member by the end of tonight. Second… by 9 o’clock he needs to know which member of each team will fight one-on-one in the WarGames Advantage Match. The clock is ticking. They’ll pick, or Pearce will pick for them. McIntyre sneers at Jey Uso and thinks about attacking, but he thinks better of it and walks off with the Judgment Day.
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Finn Bálor is discussing strategy with the Judgment Day. Off to the side, Damian Priest says to Rhea Ripley that adding Drew McIntyre to the team is good business, but as the leader of the team, she should have brought it up to him. Ripley agrees, but she says it all worked out. Priest asks if it really did. Ripley says they do need to be on the same page. Priest asks where McIntyre is. Ripley says he’ll be here soon. Priest says he should be the one in the WarGames advantage match. Ripley reminds him that he just said they need to discuss it together. They’ll wait until McIntyre gets there and discuss.
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Drew McIntyre saunters into the Judgment Day’s locker room and approaches Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley. McIntyre says he heard Priest wants to be in the WarGames Advantage Match. Ripley says that is true and Priest is the leader of the team. McIntyre says he should be in the match. McIntyre says he wants to be clear that he doesn’t like anyone on the Judgment Day, but he despises Jey Uso. Priest says they don’t like him either and reminds McIntyre that he cost him the World Heavyweight Championship. They decide to cool the tensions. Priest says if McIntyre wants the match, he can have it. It’s time for him to prove his worth. Priest tells McIntyre to get them the advantage. McIntyre leans in and says, “Now that’s leadership!” McIntyre leaves. Priest tells Ripley that McIntyre better get them the advantage. She says he will.
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio are walking backstage. Ripley is furious to see Zoey Stark and Shayna Baszler in her locker room. Baszler says she’s seen enough of Ripley and walks off. Stark says Ripley is focused on so much, but she should be focused on her. Stark sarcastically compliments her on decorating the locker room with pictures and toys, but what really caught her eye was the Women’s World Championship. Stark says it will be coming home with her on Saturday. Ripley says most wouldn’t survive the stunt Stark just pulled, but she does respect her. Ripley says she’ll see her on Saturday at Survivor Series.
Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when the Judgment Day walks up to him. Damian Priest gets in his face. McIntyre says he doesn’t need their help. Priest says they weren’t offering. Rhea Ripley wishes him luck. McIntyre says he won’t just win the advantage. He’ll take Jey Uso out as well. McIntyre walks off. Priest says he better do it.
Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring. He’ll face “Main Event” Jey Uso in a WarGames Advantage Match next.
Jey heads to the top rope, but McIntyre crotches him up there. McIntyre pulls him down and hits a Future Shock DDT. 1… 2… 3… The Judgment Day will have the advantage in WarGames
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley appears at ringside. Ripley tells McIntyre to finish Jey Uso off. McIntyre punches away at Jey and clears the commentary table. Jey fights back and punches McIntyre away. Jey grabs a chair, but Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, JD McDonagh, and Finn Balor take him out.
Cody Rhodes, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, and Sami Zayn run down with steel chairs. They lay in vicious shots to the spines of the Judgment Day. The Judgment Day quickly clears the ring. McIntyre wasn’t hit.
Rhodes says he’s so glad that Judgment Day has the advantage. They have a star the caliber of McIntyre with them. However, his team is not alone. They have a fifth member. It’s someone Rhodes has a Legacy with. The crowd roars. Rhodes says they’re looking at them like they’re prey, but with them is the Apex Predator. The people know who it is. The crowd is buzzing and chanting, “Randy!” Rhodes says they’re not just hearing voices in their head. The people are right.
The fifth member is Randy Orton, but he doesn’t appear, and they don’t actually say his name.
“Wrestling has more than one royal family.”
One-half of the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring to a huge reaction. The crowd loudly sings his song. Rhodes gets in the ring, and the crowd chants his name. Rhodes is not carrying the Tag Team Titles tonight. He looks fired up to be there. A “YEET” chant picks up. Rhodes shouts, “YEET!” Rhodes says, “So, NXT Universe, whattaya wanna talk about?” He’d be lying if he told you he thought he’d ever be standing in this particular ring. Now that he is, something feels right. It’s the Rhodes. It’s Florida. They’ve spilled blood all over this state. Rhodes does have an announcement to make. Actually… it’s announcements.
They’ve all been enjoying the Women’s Breakout Tournament. Who will be the next Tiffany Stratton? Who will be the next Rhea Ripley? At the end of that tournament, the men will also have a Breakout Tournament. Rhodes kept hearing about a certain Tag Team Tournament. A “Dusty” chant fires up. Rhodes says it sounds like they want that. The crowd cheers in the affirmative. That’s good because the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is also coming back!
There’s one more announcement! On perhaps the biggest night in NXT history, Shawn Michaels made him the Special Guest General Manager of NXT!
NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov makes his way to the ring. The champion, who is celebrating a birthday, gets a “Happy birthday” chant. Dragunov apologizes for interrupting Rhodes, but he couldn’t pass the opportunity to welcome him to NXT. Rhodes’s announcements bring hope and excitement for the future of the brand. They breathe life into NXT. Dragunov also wanted to just meet Rhodes. Rhodes is a man who brings passion, energy, and the will to suffer for the entire WWE Universe. Rhodes is a man who fights with fire and pushes everything he does to the next level. Dragunov wants to do it like Rhodes. Dragunov promises to push this brand to the next level with a fire that only the Mat Dragon can blow.
NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley come out. Mysterio says the WWE Universe is here to see the greatest superstar this brand has to offer: Dominik Mysterio! A “You suck” chant picks up. Dragunov may be the NXT Champion, but he doesn’t compare to him, the one and only true AA Champion. If you want to feel Rhodes’s energy, why doesn’t he ask about the energy level when the Judgment Day leaves him lying? Dragunov says nobody wants to hear the sound of his voice. Dragunov’s father used to work in a prison, so he knows exactly how to turn a barking dog into a sweet little puppy.
Mysterio asks if he hurt “little Ilja.” Rhodes whispers in Dragunov’s ear. Mysterio challenges Dragunov to put his title on the line tonight to see if he’s half the man he says he is. Rhodes asks if Mysterio isn’t willing to put his North American Championship on the line. Ripley says Mysterio has been carrying WWE on his back for the whole year. He just won the NXT North American Championship again. Dragunov says this is a great day. He couldn’t imagine something better than beating Mysterio in the ring. He’s going to smash Ripley’s boy.
Rhodes says he is the Special Guest General Manager. That match for the NXT Championship is official! Here’s the problem. Knowing what he knows about the Judgment Day and the numbers game, this match needs a special guest referee. It’s not Rhodes. The special guest referee is the hottest star in WWE today, LA Knight! The crowd roars!
Ilja Dragunov (c) vs. Dominik Mysterio w/Rhea Ripley For The WWE NXT Championship. LA Knight Will Be Serving As The Special Guest Referee
LA Knight calls for the bell to start this match. Dragunov quickly takes Mysterio down and applies a side headlock. Dragunov connects with a nice hip toss and tries to power him down for a pin, but Mysterio keeps the shoulders up. Dragunov hits Mysterio with a scoop slam. Mysterio puts himself through the ropes to keep Dragunov back. Mysterio comes out of the corner and applies a side headlock, but Dragunov takes him down for a one-count. Dragunov applies a front facelock, but Mysterio powers him to the corner and hits some shoulder thrusts. Mysterio punches Dragunov in the face, so Dragunov chops him down. Dragunov hits a senton and chops the chest a few more times. Dragunov connects with a pair of German Suplexes. Rhea Ripley gets on the apron, and Mysterio uses the distraction to thumb the eye. Mysterio sends Dragunov into the ropes throat first, and he falls to the floor. Ripley smiles.
Picture-in-Picture Commercial Break: Mysterio bounces Dragunov off the commentary table. Mysterio gets him in the ring and kicks him before whipping him hard into the turnbuckles. Dragunov tries to fight back, but Mysterio takes him down with some strikes. Mysterio applies a rear chin lock. Mami happily watches while lying on the apron. Dragunov soon fights up and pulls Mysterio off. Dragunov stumbles to the corner to recover, but Mysterio is quickly up and stomps him down. Dragunov is holding his neck in pain.
Back from the break, Mysterio is starting up the Three Amigos. One Amigo. Two Amigos. Dragunov fights the third one. Mysterio punches him, so Dragunov hits a step-up enzuigiri. Mysterio fights out of a waistlock, but Dragunov soon comes back and turns him inside out with a clothesline. The crowd is going wild. Dragunov is chopping Mysterio in the corner and hits a pair of snap German Suplexes. Mysterio shouts, “Mami!” Mysterio reaches for her, but Dragunov stops him and hits a wrist clutch German Suplex! Nice!
Dragunov chops Mysterio in the corner a few times. Dragunov bounces him off the turnbuckles and chops him some more. Dragunov sends him to the corner, but Mysterio ducks a chop and unloads a nasty chop! Dragunov forearms Mysterio back and wildly chops him down. Dragunov goes for a powerbomb, but Mysterio fights out and superkicks him. Mysterio dropkicks Dragunov into position. Dragunov avoids a 619 and kicks him in the face. Mysterio counters a move from Dragunov and puts him into the ropes for a 619! Mysterio covers for a near fall. Mysterio goes to the apron, but he stops when he sees Dragunov on his feet. Dragunov climbs the ropes and pulls Mysterio up to the top rope and hits a superplex. Dragunov stumbles around before getting fired up. Mysterio rolls to the apron and kicks Dragunov in the knee as he approaches him. Mysterio hits him with a DDT on the apron. Mysterio goes for a suplex, but Dragunov counters with a nasty powerbomb. Dragunov connects with the H-Bomb.
Finn Balor and JD McDonagh run down. Knight punches Balor away and hits McDonagh with Blunt Force Trauma. Ripley gets on the apron to hit Dragunov with her title, but Trick Williams pulls her off the apron and catches her. Ripley flips out. Dragunov then wipes out Mysterio with Torpedo Moscow for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still NXT Champion: Ilja Dragnov
NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley are walking backstage. Nathan Frazer tells Mysterio not to treat people like dirt. Ripley says Frazer isn’t a champion and not worth their time.
We come back from the break to see Damian Priest holding JD McDonagh against the wall by his throat. The Judgment Day pulls him away. Finn Bálor tells McDonagh that he’s caused enough trouble. Priest asks Rhea Ripley and Bálor why they weren’t out there tonight. Ripley says she got them a rematch for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship next week. Priest says that’s fine, but he still wants Drew McIntyre and JD McDonagh. Ripley says McIntyre doesn’t matter. Priest still has the contract. She then gets in McDonagh’s face and says he’ll need to prove himself by facing McIntyre. A terrified McDonagh says he will. Priest says he better handle McIntyre. Priest then kicks him out of their area.
Replays are shown of the brawl that broke out at the start of last week’s Raw which saw Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler, and Rhea Ripley attack Nia Jax.
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Nia Jax
The bell rings, and Jax immediately hits Rodriguez with a Thesz Press and bounces the back of her head off the mat a few times. Jax taunts the crowd. Rodriguez punches her back and sidesteps her in the corner. Rodriguez shoulders Jax in the corner a few times before going for a scoop slam, but she can’t lift Jax. Jax clubs away at her before sending her into the ring post shoulder-first. Rodriguez falls out of the ring. Jax goes outside and pushes Rodriguez into the LED apron. She then sends Rodriguez headfirst into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Rodriguez elbow out of a waistlock, but Jax quickly flattens her with a sidewalk slam. Jax drops an elbow and taunts the crowd again. Jax applies a seated cobra clutch. Rodriguez fights up and hits a clothesline that stumbles her into the ropes. Jax rebounds, and Rodriguez takes her down with a big boot. Rodriguez tries to get Jax on her shoulders, but her back gives out. Jax hits a running avalanche and talks a little trash. Jax sends her into the ropes and hits a Samoan Drop. Jax pulls Rodriguez to the corner and sets up for a Banzai Drop. Rodriguez pops up and gets Jax on her shoulders before walking her to the center of the ring and hitting a Powerbomb! Wow!
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley runs down and attacks Rodriguez by sending her out of the ring.
Winner by Disqualification: Raquel Rodriguez
Ripley attacks Jax and floors her with a kick to the head. Rodriguez attacks Ripley and hits two short-arm clotheslines. Ripley avoids a third and head-butts her. Shayna Baszler runs to the ring and attacks Jax. Ripley pulls Baszler off and says Jax belongs to her. Ripley walks off, but Baszler turns the Women’s World Champion inside out with a German Suplex before kneeing her in the face. Baszler stands tall in the ring as Jax retreats.
Later on.. Damian Priest is backstage and does not look happy. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up and says before he does anything, she has an idea. Ripley tells Priest to trust her.
Ricochet is looking for Shinsuke Nakamura backstage. WWE Official Adam Pearce says Ricochet will be facing Nakamura next week in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Ricochet is happy with that. In the background, it looks like Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley is talking with Drew McIntyre.
WWE Official Adam Pearce is backstage with Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell. Pearce says Johnny Gargano is banged up, but ok. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up and kicks them out. She wants order in the Women’s Division. She wants to face Shayna Baszler next week on Raw.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley will battle Shayna Baszler in a non-title match. This will be on the Season Premiere of Monday Night Raw next week.
First Match: Finn Balor & Damian Priest (c) vs. Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso For The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship
Damian Priest will start the match against “Main Event” Jey Uso. Priest and Jey circle the ring and talk trash to each other. The crowd is buzzing before they even make contact. They lock up, and Priest backs Jey to the corner. Jey hooks a side headlock and pulls Priest to the center of the ring. Priest backs him into the ropes and whips him off before absorbing a shoulder tackle. Priest responds with a shoulder block that floors Jey. Jey gets to his feet and nods at Priest. They circle the ring again before locking up. Señor Money in the Bank backs him to the corner, but Jey comes out swinging. Priest sends him to the opposite corner, but Jey comes out with a right hand that stuns him. Jey gets Priest in the corner and tags Cody Rhodes in.
Rhodes comes in to a big reception. The crowd chants, “Cody.” Rhodes drops down and hits an uppercut a la his older brother Dustin Rhodes. Jey tags back in and head-butts Priest. Jey hits the ropes, but Priest crushes him with a lariat. Jey holds his jaw in pain. Priest puts Jey in the corner and punches away at him. Finn Bálor tags in and punches Jey down before posing on the turnbuckle. Bálor jumps off the second rope with a stomp to the midsection. Bálor puts Jey in the corner and shoulders away at the midsection. Jey blocks a right hand and head-butts Bálor back. Rhodes tags in, and two former Bullet Club members are in the ring. Rhodes hits the ropes and puts Bálor on his shoulders as a counter to the leapfrog. Rhodes jumps onto his knees to hit a modified gutbuster. Rhodes hits a delayed front suplex before wrenching the arm. Jey tags in and head-butts Bálor. Jey hits another head-butt. Priest blind tags in. Jey uppercuts Bálor back, and Priest floors an unsuspecting Jey with a kick to the back of the head.
Priest hangs Jey over the apron and clubs the chest. Priest mocks Rhodes and smiles at him. Bálor tags in. Priest sends Jey into the ropes and kicks him in the midsection. Bálor connects with a low dropkick to the side of the head for a two-count. Bálor applies a rear chin lock. Jey fights up, so Bálor puts him in the corner and attacks him. Bálor hits a snapmare and a basement dropkick for another two-count. Bálor stomps him and tags Priest in. Bálor holds Jey up, and Priest punches him in the injured midsection. Priest applies a surfboard stretch with a knee to the back. Jey fights up, but Priest takes him down hard. Priest rocks him with a strike and goes after Rhodes. The referee holds Rhodes back, and the Judgment Day gets some cheap shots in on Jey. Bálor tags in and picks up a two-count. Bálor applies another rear chin lock. After a few moments, Jey fights up. Bálor holds him back, but Jey is so close to making a tag. Bálor pulls him back. They are a fingertip away. Jey punches Priest off the apron and sidesteps an avalanche from Bálor.
The crowd is absolutely on their feet and explodes as Rhodes is tagged in. Rhodes jabs Bálor and hits a running forearm. Rhodes leaps over Bálor and hits a snap powerslam. Rhodes connects with a Disaster Kick, but The Prince kicks out at two. Rhodes slaps the mat and waits for Bálor to get up. Bálor slowly gets up. Rhodes goes after Priest, who was trying to get into the ring, and hits a dragon screw on the ropes. Rhodes and Bálor counter out of each other’s signature moves, and Bálor takes him down with a falling elbow drop. Bálor hits a Woo Dropkick to the corner and heads to the top rope. Rhodes crotches him up there and hits an incredible delayed superplex. Rhodes holds his neck in pain.
Jey and Priest tag in. Jey punches away at Priest. Priest reverses a whip, but Jey ducks a clothesline and kicks him. Jey takes off his shirt, pleasing some folks in the crowd, and uppercuts him. Jey goes for a Samoan Drop, but Priest slides off and claps the ears. Jey responds with a step-up enzuigiri that knocks Priest to the corner in the seated position. Jey gets the crowd going and charges, but Priest drops him on the apron. Jey knocks him back, heads to the top rope, and hits a flying cross-body block for a near fall. Priest quickly rolls to the apron to recover. Priest kicks Jey in the head. Priest blocks a kick from Jey and hits a big flatliner for a near fall. Priest looks frustrated that he couldn’t put Jey away. Priest mocks the “Us-O” chant. Priest charges, but Jey elbows him back. Jey goes to the second rope, but Priest attacks him. Priest goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Jey gets out. Jey knocks Bálor off the apron and sends Priest out of the ring. Jey hits Bálor and Priest with a suicide dive, knocking them into the commentary table. Jey gets Priest in the ring and hits him with an Uso Splash. 1… 2… Bálor breaks it up! Rhodes runs in and hits Bálor with a Cody Cutter! Rhodes again grabs his neck, which he injured delivering that superplex moments ago.
Jey sizes Priest up in the corner and charges, but Priest kicks him. Priest goes for South of Heaven, but Jey gets out and hits a Spear a la Roman Reigns! Jey goes to the top rope, but NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley run down. Jey punches Mysterio down and gets in Ripley’s face. She coyly smiles and waves at him. Jey looks a little smitten. Jey goes back to the top rope and kicks Bálor away. Priest attacks Jey on the top rope and climbs. Priest hits a super hurricanrana, which he took horribly and immediately holds his knee in pain. Bálor blind tagged in and hits the Coup de Grâce. 1… 2… Rhodes breaks up the pin!
Priest is still down in the corner. Mysterio shouts encouragement to Priest. Bálor and Priest get up and stand across the ring from Rhodes and Jey. They get into a brawl. Priest springboards off the ropes, but Rhodes superkicks him out of midair. Bálor hits Rhodes with a Sling Blade, and Jey superkicks Bálor. Jey superkicks JD McDonagh off the apron. Jey rolls Bálor up, but he kicks out and sends him into a briefcase shot from Ripley. Bálor rolls Jey up for a near fall. Priest slams Rhodes on the apron and clears off the commentary table. Priest holds up Rhodes. McDonagh goes to hit Rhodes with the briefcase, but he moves, and McDonagh accidentally hits Priest in the knee with the briefcase. Rhodes knocks McDonagh away and hits Priest with Cross Rhodes on the commentary table. Jey hits Bálor and McDonagh with a somersault senton and gets Bálor in the ring!
Rhodes tags in. Jey superkicks Bálor. Jey hits a flatliner as Rhodes hits the Cody Cutter! Rhodes connects with a Cross Rhodes on Bálor for the win!
Winners by Pinfall and new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions: “Main Event” Jey Uso and “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso celebrate big time with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles. The Judgment Day does not look happy.
We cut backstage as the Judgment Day enter the arena. Priest asks why JD is with them and Rhea tells him that she asked for him to be here and we cut to the ring.
We see the Bloodline backstage and Heyman telling Jimmy that he can’t authorize the match with Roman. Jimmy tells him that Roman is never here. The Bloodline enter their locker room and see the Judgment Day sitting down. Jimmy tells them they are in the wrong locker room as Finn tells him they are exactly where they are supposed to be.
Back from commercial, the Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face. Rhea tells everyone to get out as she and Heyman need to talk. Damian Priest and Solo Sikoa remain face to face as Rhea tells Priest that she will be fine. Priest leaves the room as Heyman tells Solo that he can leave.
Rhea and Heyman are face to face as she tells him to talk.
We cut backstage and Rhea tells Heyman that he is the wise man and to make the wise decision. She tells him they are stronger together. The Judgment Day and the Bloodline. He tells her he likes it, he thinks it is brilliant and he is kind of upset that he didn’t think of it himself. He says this is really good and if she will excuse him, he will make a phone call and get it authorized. Rhea lowers his cell phone. He says he needs to get it authorized by his Tribal Chief. She says she understands and that it is authorized. He says for the Judgment Day, not the Bloodline. She tells him to acknowledge her. Heyman looks around and he tells her that she is in the wrong locker room to say something like that. Rhea tells him that he will acknowledge her just like his old boy Jey Uso acknowledged her. If not, we will find out who is stronger, the Judgment Day or the Bloodline. She tells him he is authorized to make his phone call and she walks away.
We cut backstage and see Rhea Ripley talking to Jimmy Uso.We cut backstage and see Rhea Ripley talking to Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy Uso with Paul Heyman vs. LA Knight
The bell rings and we are under way. LA Knight with a kick and a head lock. LA Knight to the ropes and he knocks Jimmy down with a shoulder tackle. A kick and a head lock by Jimmy as he runs to the ropes and knocks LA Knight down with a shoulder tackle. A kick to the face by Jimmy as he runs towards LA Knight but LA Knight hits him with a powerslam. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. LA Knight throws Jimmy to the ropes but Jimmy with a kick. He goes for a super kick but LA Knight moves out of the way. LA Knight goes for the BFT but Jimmy rolls out of the ring. LA Knight to the outside and he throws Jimmy back into the ring. LA Knight gets in the ring and Jimmy hits him with a kick to the side of the head and LA Knight falls to the outside. Jimmy to the outside and he hits LA Knight with a super kick.
Back from commercial, LA Knight with a bodyslam in the middle of the ring. He runs to the ropes and hits an elbow onto Jimmy. Solo gets in the ring and attacks Solo from behind as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, LA Knight
John Cena’s music hits as he runs down to the ring. He grabs Solo and throws him to the outside. Solo and Jimmy are on the outside as the fans chant “Cena”. The Judgment Day’s music hits and they walk down to the ring.
The Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face at ringside. Heyman extends his hand and tells Rhea authorized as they shake hands. LA Knight and John Cena stand in the ring as the fans chant “Cody”. The Bloodline and the Judgment Day get on the ring apron as “Uso” hits and out comes Jey Uso. He gets in the ring and stands alongside Cena and LA Knight. Cody’s music hits and Cody runs down to the ring and stands alongside Cena, LA Knight and Jey.
Heyman tells Solo to step down as he walks down the ring steps but a fight breaks out. Jey, Cody and Cena clean house. Cody hits a suicide dive onto the outside. Jey jumps over the top rope and lands on the Judgment Day. Cena stands in the ring and in comes Solo as both men are face to face. The fans chant “Cena” and Cena with a right hand but Solo with a super kick. In comes LA Knight. Solo goes for the spike but LA Knight ducks and he clotheslines Solo to the outside. JD McDonagh gets in the ring and LA Knight hits him wit the the BFT. Jey hits him with the super kick and Cena slams him onto the mat. Cena with the five knuckle shuffle. He hits JD McDonagh with the AA. Cody hits JD with the Cross Rhodes as all four men stand in the ring and SmackDown goes off the air.
Back from the break and we see what just happened with Rhodes and Lesnar. Rollins is still in the ring now. He says that was a crazy way to start the show and them boys must have unfinished business, but Rollins is looking forward to his own business. The music interrupts and out comes The Judgment Day – WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest with his Money In the Bank briefcase.
Ripley takes the mic and says we’ve heard enough about Rollins, we all know everyone is here to see The Judgment Day. Rollins points to how the group isn’t even complete as Finn Balor isn’t here. Rollins says Balor won’t be able to do one of his sneak attacks tonight. Ripley says Finn is fine but Rollins shouldn’t worry what he’s doing. They enter the ring and Priest warns that Rollins should worry about his Money In the Bank briefcase, not The Judgment Day’s business. Priest teases a cash-in at SummerSlam, maybe Survivor Series or Royal Rumble, or maybe after he beats Shinsuke Nakamura tonight.
Rollins says to cash in, Priest has to have the champ down and Rollins is feeling fresh, he has no match tonight and was planning to go party with Baltimore. Priest says before fans sing, he will make Rollins useless… don’t you like to fight? Priest goes on and says someone next to him will beat Rollins tonight. Ripley says she’s already defending against Natalya but Dom Dom is looking for a fight. Fans respond with huge boos. Dom goes to speak but the boos drown him out.
Rollins tells Dominik to try again. The boos shut him down. Rollins laughs and we get a “you suck!” chant. Ripley says Dirty Dom wants to fight Rollins tonight. Rollins says he’s a Money In the Bank expert and this sounds like a poor attempt at a trap but he wants nothing more than to slap the mustache off Dominik’s face, so he’s going to let fans decide. Rollins asks if fans want to see Sexy Seth beat the brakes off Dirty Dom, and they do. Rollins says Dominik now has his answer, he will see you punks later. Rollins exits the ring.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Damian PriestAD
The camera cuts backstage and we see Shinsuke Nakamura making his way out. Damian Priest warms up in the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Nakamura to a big pop as WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio watch from ringside. The bell rings and they lock up, trading holds and working on each other’s arms.
Priest backs Nakamura into the ropes, then backs off and nails a cheap shot to boos. Nakamura fights back with strikes and drops Priest. Nakamura with knee strikes. Nakamura with kicks but Priest catches one and levels him for a 2 count.
Priest beat Nakamura down in the corner and stomps away. Priest with a corner splash. More back and forth now. Priest misses a splash and hits the top turnbuckle. Nakamura turns it back around and places Priest over the top rope, then hits the running high knee. Nakamura with more offense as Priest goes to the floor for a breather.
Nakamura follows and keeps control. Nakamura goes for a suplex on the floor but Priest counters and launches him onto the barrier. Priest stands tall as ringside as we go to commercial.AD
Back from the break and they’re both down. Nakamura gets up first and unloads. Nakamura with the sliding German suplex. Nakamura taunts Ripley at ringside, then goes back in with a big kick for a close 2 count.
Nakamura goes up top for a flying kick but Priest rocks him in mid-air. Fans chant “Nakamura!” as Priest looks to finish him but Nakamura counters with a roll-up for 2. Nakamura goes into the arm bar but Priest fights it off. Priest with a submission from his feet but Nakamura kicks him away. Priest comes right back with a kick to the head for 2. Nakamura escapes the the Razor’s Edge and rolls Priest up for 2. Nakamura blocks the South of Heaven chokeslam with a kick for a 2 count.
Nakamura goes up top and nails a flying kick. Priest ducks the Kinshasa and ends up leveling Nakamura with a big strike. Priest follows up with the South of Heaven chokeslam in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Damian Priest
After the match, Priest stands tall with his briefcase in the air as Mysterio and Ripley join him to celebrate. We go to replays. The Judgment Day exits the ring now.
WWE Women’s World Title Match: Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley by herself. Natalya suddenly attacks from behind and destroys Ripley, sending her into the barriers, then the steel ring steps. Natalya brings it into the ring and keeps control as the referee tells her to stay back. The official checks on Ripley and she says she’s good to go as the bell rings.
Natalya beats Ripley down in the corner. Ripley gets up but Natalya lands a takedown. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter but she gets dropped. Ripley goes to the floor to regroup.AD
Natalya runs around the ring to attack but Ripley ducks and rocks her. Ripley slams Natalya’s face into the announce table over and over while talking trash. Natalya is now cut on her eyebrow. Ripley brings it back in but Natalya nails a German suplex, then pounds on the champ.
Ripley slides out of a slam and decks Natalya from behind. Ripley controls now while taunting Natalya. Ripley with more forearms to the lower back to keep control. Natalya fights back and takes it to the corner but Ripley drops her out of nowhere with a big headbutt while wrapping her legs around Natalya’s waist from the corner. Natalya kicks out at 2.
Ripley continues to dominate to mixed reactions. Ripley with a running kick to the ribs, then a thrust kick to the chest. Natalya fights back but Ripley drops her. Ripley takes Natalya to the top and punches away. Ripley climbs up for a superplex but Natalya knocks her to the mat. Natalya flies with a crossbody and they both go down.
The referee checks them out as fans rally now and they try to get back up. They trade punches now. Ripley drops Natalya and hits a big kick for a 2 count. Ripley argues the count with the referee as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ripley kicks the Sharpshooter away. Natalya approaches but Ripley nails a big kick to the head. Fans chant for Natalya. She blocks a powerbomb and nails a hurricanrana.AD
Natalya with a discus lariat for a 2 count. Ripley blocks the Sharpshooter again. Natalya sends Ripley into the corner but she runs into boots. Ripley goes up and nails a missile dropkick for a close 2 count. Ripley can’t believe it and has words with the official. They get back up but Ripley nails a kick, then applies the Prism Lock in the middle of the ring. Natalya finally breaks it and sends Ripley into the corner. Ripley blocks another Sharpshooter attempt and sends Natalya into the turnbuckles.
Ripley keeps control and goes to the top, dedicating the move to Dominik Mysterio. Ripley climbs up and does the Latin Heat taunt to boos. Ripley flies with the Frogsplash but Natalya gets her boots up. Natalya sends Ripley into the ring post now, then hits a running powerslam as fans cheer her on. Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter from the middle of the ring. We see Ripley bleeding in her mouth now. Natalya tightens the hold as Ripley resists. Ripley drags them to the bottom rope and finally breaks the hold. Natalya uses the five count.
Ripley goes to the floor for a breather. Natalya baseball slides out but Ripley side-steps and takes control. Ripley brings it back in for a kick and a headbutt, then the Riptide slam for the pin to win and retain.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After she match, Ripley stands tall as the music hits. Ripley immediately attacks Natalya while she’s still down. Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez run down to make the save as Ripley exits the ring. Ripley takes her title at ringside and flashes a bloody smile. Liv and Raquel check on Natalya as Ripley backs up the aisle.
Back from the break and IYO SKY is backstage with her Money In the Bank briefcase when WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up. SKY holds the briefcase up and says something in Japanese. Ripley says try me, it will be the worst mistake of your life. SKY walks off. Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest walk up. Ripley vents about what Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez did. She says if they get in her business again they will regret it.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dominik Mysterio
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out comes The Judgment Day – Dominik Mysterio with WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest, who is carrying his Money In the Bank briefcase. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Matt Riddle is backstage with Drew McIntyre. Riddle thanks McIntyre for having his back out there because Imperium was beating him up for weeks. Drew says not anymore. Byron Saxton shows up and asks about what has happened. McIntyre declares that he is back, and fans pop in the arena. Riddle suggests they team up to take out Imperium. McIntyre says that sounds great, but that’s next week… how about we go out to party in Baltimore tonight? Riddle likes that idea and says they’re going to Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a popular place for wrestlers and owned by fans. We go back to the ring and out comes WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins as fans begin loudly singing. Rollins has the Kinesio tape on his ribs.AD
The bell rings and they go to lock up but Rollins ducks Dominik and jumps up to the corner to play to the crowd as they sing. They go at it and Rollins applies a headlock to a “Dom you suck!” chant, which Ripley doesn’t like.
Dominik with a headlock on Rollins now. They run the ropes until Rollins decks Dominik. Rollins with body shots, then he tosses Dominik to the floor. Rollins goes to run the ring for a suicide dive but Ripley jumps up on the apron and he’s forced to put the brakes on. Dominik tries to take advantage of the distraction and attack from behind but Rollins launches him high in the air, over the top rope to the floor, right at the feet of Ripley and Priest.
Fans pop as Dominik lands hard. Rollins runs back into the ring and poses to more singing. Ripley tends to Dominik and helps him regroup as we go back to commercial.
The action continues after the break. Rollins with a suplex, and another, then he yells at Ripley before hitting the third for a pop. Rollins goes up top but Ripley jumps on the apron to distract the referee, allowing Priest to jump up and shove Rollins to the mat.
Dominik goes up for a Frogsplash with an awkward landing and no pin. Dominik stomps away on Rollins now. Fans chant “Dom you suck!” as Dominik drags Rollins over to the opposite corner and hits another Frogsplash, but still no pin attempt. Dominik stomps some more to boos as Ripley and Priest cheer Dominik on. Dominik goes up top for a third Frogsplash but Rollins puts his knees up.AD
Rollins gets up with kicks and strikes, then a discus clothesline. Rollins with more offense into the corner, then a backbreaker and a running knee in front of Ripley and Priest. Fans begin singing again as Rollins encourages them. Dominik blocks a Pedigree. Rollins knocks Priest off the apron. Rollins and Dominik tangle now, and Dominik is sent to the floor.
Rollins with a dive to Priest and Dominik on the floor for a big pop. Rollins brings it back in and hits the rolling elbow, then a shot to the back of the head. Rollins prepares for the Stomp on Dominik but Priest runs in and intercepts Rollins with a big South of Heaven chokeslam for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Seth Rollins
After the bell, Priest unloads as Ripley grabs his Money In the Bank briefcase. Priest tosses Rollins to the floor, then sends him into the ring steps. Priest destroys Rollins at ringside now, focusing on the ribs, then sends him face-first into the edge of the announce table, then the barrier. Priest smashes Rollins into the table with a big Flatliner. Priest takes apart the table to mixed reactions, then he goes for the Razor’s Edge but Rollins escapes and nails a superkick. Dominik drops Rollins from behind with a briefcase shot, then sends him into the steps. Fans chant “Dom you suck!” as Priest looks to cash in his title shot. Dom tells Priest, no not now… don’t do it! It sounds like Ripley may be encouraging him. Priest goes in but Finn Balor hits the ring from out of nowhere and takes Rollins out. Balor goes up top for a Coup de Grace but Priest yells at him from the apron, asking what is he doing. Balor comes down and they have words now, yelling at each other. Dominik gets in between them and tries to calm things. Rollins takes out Dominik to the floor, then lays him out with a Pedigree at ringside. Rollins heads up the aisle as his music hits and he holds the title in the air. The Judgment Day regroups at ringside as Ripley sits down and cradles Dominik. Balor yells at Priest and says he’d be champion if it weren’t for Priest, and Priest says he’d be champion if it weren’t for Balor. Rollins looks on as the post-Money In the Bank edition of WWE RAW goes off the air.
Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik MysterioAD
Back from a break and out comes Dominik Mysterio with WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Cody Rhodes is out next to a big pop and pyro.
The bell rings and Dominik stalls early on, playing mind games with Cody. Cody chases Dominik out, then back into the ring. Dominik slaps Cody as Ripley laughs.
Cody is angry now as he rips his cast off. Dominik runs away but Cody goes up the ramp to bring him back. Cody with the drop-down right hand now. Cody with a powerslam. Dominik slides out to the floor to boos. Cody works Dominik over at ringside now but Rhea gets in Cody’s face.
Dominik exposes a turnbuckle while the referee is distracted. Rhea knocks Cody off the apron and Dominik nails a suicide dive. Dominik brings it back in with punches. He sends Cody back out and slams his face into the announce table. Cody makes it back in before the 10 count. They go at it and Dominik nails a corkscrew elbow for 2. Dominik grounds Cody now as fans continue singing their songs. Cole says he can’t hear Barrett.
Dominik goes for the Three Amigos suplexes but Cody blocks the third and nails one of his own. Cody mounts offense and hits a powerslam as Ripley looks concerned. Cody is fired up as fans pop for him. Cody hits a Disaster Kick but Dominik kicks out. Rhea stops Cody on the apron, allowing Dominik to land offense.AD
Cody blocks 619, then spins Dominik around and hits the Alabama Slam for a pop. Cody nails the Cody Cutter and he’s fired up. Cody hits a Cross Rhodes to get the pin in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Rhodes stands tall and celebrates as the music hits and we go to replays. Cody makes his exit as fans cheer him on.