“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.
Archive for Television Recap
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.
Back from the break and The Miz out for another must see edition of MizTV. He says he knew he had to get a very special guest for tonight when he heard of the main event. Miz introduces Cody Rhodes and out he comes to a big pop and pyro times three. Cody hits the corners to pose as fans continue cheering.
The music stops and a huge “Cody!” chant starts up. Miz says Cody looks dashing tonight. Miz brings up how Cody challenged Brock Lesnar last week, asking if that’s kind of stupid considering the broken arm and how Night of Champions went. Cody says “Mike” and Miz says in this ring he’s Miz, nothing else. Fans chant “Mike!” now. Cody says some have said his challenge took balls, which Miz knows a tiny bit about. A “tiny balls!” chant tries to start. Cody says Lesnar is on his annual hibernation so we won’t be seeing him. Miz says we like drama on MizTV so he has a surprise for Cody tonight. Miz introduces who he says is the hottest WWE Superstar right now. The music hits and out comes Dominik Mysterio with SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to boos.
Fans chant “you suck!” as they enter the ring. Miz speaks but Ripley hushes him and says Dominik has something to say. The boos get louder now. Miz yells at the fans to show some respect. Cody chimes in for a laugh. Ripley yells at them to let her Latino Heat speak. Dom goes on and says to someone who has been in prison and done hard time like him, Cody is just a little birdie with a broken wing.
Dominik says he realized Cody is also a bad dad like his own father because he’s not at home with his baby. Cody takes shots at how Dominik was whipped by his dad at WrestleMania 39. Cody has immense respect for 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio but also knows he makes mistakes… like Dominik.
Dominik and Ripley turn to leave now as Cody also turns his back. Cody turns back around to a big slap by Dominik. He goes for Dominik but Ripley gets in the way, and they taunt Cody. They exit the ring, still taunting Cody, as we get replays. Dominik and Ripley back up the ramp, smiling and taunting Cody. Cody then turns and drops Miz with a cast shot. Cody’s music starts back up as Dominik and Ripley look on.
We’re now live from the MVP Arena as new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins comes through the crowd to a big pop. Kevin Patrick welcomes us to RAW and he’s joined by Corey Graves. Rollins struts in the streamers on his way to the ring.
Rollins yells for Albany and welcomes them to Monday Night Rollins. A “you deserve it!” chant interrupts next and Rollins takes it all in. Rollins talks about all the highs & lows to this title but says it just feels right. He says finally RAW has a champion who wants to be here, who is ready to fight. A “thank you Seth!” chant starts up. Rollins goes and gets the crowd to sing one more time. The music interrupts and out comes AJ Styles to a big pop.
AJ says Rollins doesn’t deserve it…. he earned the right to be champion. Rollins says AJ earned this… thy shake hands in a show of respect until The Judgment Day comes out laughing and mocking at them. This makes Damian Priest sick and Finn Balor agrees.
Balor and Priest go on about how The Judgment Day runs RAW. The two sides agree on Styles and Rollins vs. two members of The Judgment Day for later tonight.
We see how SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley dominated Natalya at WWE Night of Champions. Byron Saxton stops The Judgement Day backstage now as Rhea and Dominik Mysterio talk about what happened with Natalya. Saxton says everyone wants to know who of the group will face Seth Rollins and AJ Styles tonight. Balor says if he told Byron, he would have to… Priest says they have things to do, so Saxton should get lost and go do his job elsewhere. Back to commercial.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and AJ Styles vs. The Judgement Day
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out comes AJ Styles to a pop. Out next comes new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins to a pop as Samantha Irvin does the introductions. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Judgment Day – Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio with Finn Balor and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. It looks like Mysterio is working the match with Priest but he’s just there as Balor attacks from behind to unload and get going.
Rollins ends up going for Dominik at ringside but Ripley puts her arm on him and screams him away. Priest unloads on Rollins now. Priest with a big kick for 2. Priest with a headlock to Rollins now. Rollins gets an opening and in comes AJ. AJ unloads on Balor with signature offense. AJ is double teamed but Rollins makes the save. Rollins with a Slingblade.
More back and forth now. AJ is pulled off the apron so he’s about to take Dominik out but Priest rushes over and launches AJ over the announce table. Priest is all smiles as he poses and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest dominates AJ. Rollins saves AJ from a cheap shot by Rhea and Dom. Rhea yells at Rollins and the referee ejects her. Rollins finally gets a hot tag and goes at it with Priest. Rollins unloads with signature offense for 2.
Fans sing for Rollins now. They go at it and trade counters. Balor with a lariat for 2. Priest tags in and knocks AJ off the apron. Rollins blocks the South of Heaven chokeslam but Priest levels him with a lariat for 2. Priest goes up top but Rollins runs up with a superplex. Priest blocks the Falcon Arrow with a Broken Arrow of his own.
Balor comes in and charges but ends up laid out with Rollins as fans sing. Priest and AJ go at it. AJ with a pele kick. Priest is dazed with a shot to the neck. AJ fights both opponents and Rollins dives to send Balor over the announce table. Priest catches AJ in mid-air and hits a big Razor’s Edge for 2 as Rollins beaks it up with a big Stomp.
AJ stumbles but tags in Rollins for a big pop. Rollins immediately nails the Stomp to Priest for the pin to win.
Winners: Seth Rollins and AJ Styles
After the match, Rollins and Styles stand tall to celebrate as the music hits. We go to replays. Rollins and Styles continue their post-match celebration as the post-Night of Champions RAW goes off the air.
We go right to the ring and out comes Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. We see video from SmackDown and how they set up Solo Sikoa and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Owens and Zayn for WWE Night of Champions.
Sami says they are excited about Night of Champions, revealing that they also just found out about the match on Friday, and were just as surprised as everyone else. Sami says Reigns and Solo look like a big threat to their titles on paper, but they don’t see it like that, they see this as a gift because it’s a big chance for revenge on Reigns.
Sami goes on about how thy should’ve won their respective title matches with Reigns, but Reigns has cheated his way through an entire title reign, he’s gone un-checked, but now they will check him. Sami says Reigns has gone un-checked for too long and now doesn’t know when to stop. He says they thought revenge would come by making sure The Bloodline crumbles, but Reigns is making sure that happens on his own. Sami goes on about pushing this title stuff too hard, and pushing The Usos too hard. Sami calls Reigns a psycho for the other titles not being enough, and a 1000-day reign not being enough, then says Reigns cannot have these titles.
The music interrupts and out comes The Judgment Day – Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Owens is so glad The Judgment Day is out here because he’s sick and tired of talking about The Bloodline.AD
Owns is fired up, annoyed at Sami ranting on The Bloodline. Owens doesn’t know why or care why The Judgment Day, but if they want to fight, they’ve got it. Sami apologizes for starting at a 10, and says they have no issue with The Judgment Day. Priest says Owens is right, he wants to fight. Priest enters first but Balor calms him. Balor says they came to wish Owens and Zayn good luck but it looks like they’re just right back where they started. They taunt Zayn and Owens over getting beat up by Reigns. Balor says if they win somehow at Night of Champions, there will be a line of Superstars waiting for a title shot and the line starts with The Judgment Day.
Ripley speaks up and reminds them how The Judgment Day runs RAW. Fans boo and cheer. Sami says they have some fantastic points, but he wants to know what Dominik has to say because people love when Dominik speaks. The loud boos start up. Dominik keeps trying to speak but the boos drown him out. Owens says this is pointless, he just wants to punch Dominik in the face. Sami says, yeah… why not? Ripley steps to Owens instead. Priest decks Sami off the distraction and now Owens is triple teamed with stomps. Sami runs back in with a steel chair to chase the heels away. The two sides stare each other down.
We see SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley watching Lynch’s promo backstage. Cathy Kelley approaches and asks about Natalya joining RAW, and what happened last week with Natalya saving Dana Brooke. Ripley says Natalya needs to stay in her lane, where she has made a pretty impressive career for herself but… Natalya interrupts and says yes it is impressive, but this is known already, and this is not about lanes, it’s about Ripley beating down a woman who was already defeated. Natalya says Ripley is a dominant champ who deserves respect, something she’s not allowing the other women she’s running through. Ripley says don’t act like you came down there for Dana, it was for yourself. Ripley knows Natalya is trying to make people care for her again, so thank you. She promises to end Natalya’s career if she gets in her business like that again. Dominik Mysterio shows up and tells Ripley it’s time to go. They walk off.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Xavier Woods
We go back to the ring and out comes Xavier Woods. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see Alpha Academy and Maxxine Dupri arguing backstage. Mustafa Ali walks up and says they’d be winners like him if they started thinking more positive. Ali laughs and walks off, then stops at Imperium. GUNTHER congratulates him on being next in line at what is rightfully GUNTHER’s. GUNTHER feels for Ali having to travel around the world for the biggest beating of his career. They shake hands now. Ali says he feels bad for GUNTHER, because he’s traveling around the world just to be humiliated and defeated for his title. Ali tells them to be positive, then walks off as GUNTHER fumes. We go back to the ring and out comes Dominik Mysterio with SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.AD
Dominik begins taunting Woods on the mic but the loud boos drown him out. Woods fires back until the music resumes and Mysterio wraps his entrance. The bell rings and hey go at it back & forth to start. Woods with a dropkick to the back early on for a close 2 count.
Dominik turns it around and stomps away in the corner to boos. Dominik shows off some but turns around to Woods dropping him. Dominik goes for a test of strength now but Woods gets the upperhand for 2. Dominik goes to the floor for a breather. Ripley gets in the way to protect Dominik when Woods follows out. They argue as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Dominik with a big uppercut for a close 2 count as Ripley barks at the referee. Dominik takes Woods to the top to a “you suck!” chant. Woods sends Dominik to the mat and then nails a missile dropkick. Woods fights back as fans rally for him. Woods ducks a shot and drops Dominik with a big back elbow for 2.
Woods with a back splash in the corner. Woods keeps control but misses the rolling clothesline. They tangle and now Woods hits the clothesline for a close 2 count. Dominik sends Woods to the floor now. He fights back in but Dominik hits the Three Amigos to boos. Ripley laughs. Dominik goes to the top for the Frogsplash but Woods gets his knees up for 2. Woods with a big Gutbuster in the middle of the ring for 2.
Woods goes to the top but has to land on his feet as Ripley helps Dominik to the floor. Woods flies out and sends Dominik back in. Ripley and Woods argue now, allowing Dominik to deck him through the ropes. Ripley then slaps Woods, allowing Dominik to follow-up for the pin to win.AD
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, an angry Woods looks on while Ripley and Dominik celebrate.
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. Finn Balor and Damian PriestAD
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out comes Finn Balor and Damian Priest of The Judgment Day. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a vignette on Apollo Crews, who we see running and training in a city. Crews says yes he’s glad to be back on RAW, but this is no gift… he touts his accomplishments and says he’s still not discussed, but now no one is to mention his name without putting respect on it. Crews says he earned his way back, while never backing down from adversity, no matter what, and he did it all while being a man his kids can be proud of. Crews says he can be changed by what happens any night, but he refuses to be reduced by it, or his past. Crews says this is his time. We go back to the ring and out comes Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for this non-title main event. Balor and Zayn lock up to start, then trade holds, counters and pin attempts.
Fans begin the “Ole!” chants to rally for Sami, who hits arm drags. Balor takes it to the corner and in comes Priest with big right hands in the corner. Zayn counters and hits a flying elbow from the middle rope for a 2 count.
Owens tags in and unloads on Priest now. Priest knocks Owens but Owens nails an enziguri. Owens sends both opponents to the floor after they charge him. Owens and Zayn look on from the middle of the ring. Priest wants to run back in but Balor holds him back, then calls out Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. They come running down the apron to boos as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Sami is in the corner of the heels as they work him over. Owens and Priest tag in at the same time and they go at it. Owens sends Priest out, then knocks Balor down. Owens follows and clotheslines Priest at ringside, then hits a senton. Owens levels Balor and Mysterio at ringside, and runs back in before Ripley can get to him.AD
Owens with a superkick and a corner cannonball to Priest for a close 2 count. Owens with more kicks. Mysterio grabs Owens’ leg to distract him. The referee ejects Dominik and Ripley to a big pop. Balor and Priest are furious. Priest and Owens are both down now. Xavier Woods shows up and fights Mysterio to the back. Priest rolls Owens up for 2. Paul Heyman comes to the stage now to boos. Priest tries to recover while looking up at Heyman. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest and Owens go at it while Heyman watches from the stage. Balor sends Zayn into the steel steps at ringside. Balor tags in and works over Owens in the corner now, double teaming Owens with Priest. Priest with a big scissors kick for a close 2 count. Owens and Priest trade big shots up top now. Owens knocks Priest to the mat and hits a big Swanton Bomb.
Zayn is back on the apron now. Zayn and Balor tag in and unload on each other as fans cheer. Zayn catches Balor with a Michinoku Driver for a close 2 count. Heyman looks concerned on the stage, and it looks like he’s back on the phone with Roman Reigns. Zayn gets hit with a big Slingblade by Balor. Balor goes for the corner dropkick but Zayn counters with a Blue Thunderbomb in the middle of the ring for 2.
Imperium appears at ringside now, barking at Zayn. Balor rolls Zayn up from behind for 2. Balor with the inverted DDT for 2 as Owens makes the save. Priest runs in but Owens blocks the chokeslam. Priest blocks the Stunner. Owens blocks another chokeslam and hits the Stunner to send Priest to the floor. Balor tosses Owens to the floor but Zayn launches him into the turnbuckles with the Exploder suplex. Sami with the Helluva Kick.
Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci hit the apron but Owens knocks them off. Owens comes out to have words with WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER, but Priest chokeslams him onto the edge of the apron. Zayn runs the ring and leaps out with a big dive to take Priest down.
Zayn comes back in and waits to deliver another Helluva Kick but now all three members of Imperium are distracting the referee. Balor takes advantage of the chaos, then dropkicks Zayn into the corner. Balor quickly follows up with Coup de Grace for the pin to win as GUNTHER watches from ringside.
Winners: The Judgment Day
0After the match, the music hits as The Judgment Day stands tall. Heyman looks on from the stage, still on the phone, and he likes what he sees. We go to replays. Imperium looks on from ringside while Zayn and Owens recover in the middle of the ring. Balor talks some trash to the camera. Imperium stares at Zayn and Owens as RAW goes off the air.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Dana Brooke
We go back to the ring for a non-title match as SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way out with Dominik Mysterio. We see stills from Ripley’s win over Zelina Vega at WWE Backlash. Dana Brooke is out next. We see an interview from earlier today where Brooke says she asked for this opportunity, and welcomed it even more when she found out her opponent was Ripley. Brooke says she belongs here and tonight we will see her untapped potential.
The bell rings and Brooke dropkicks Ripley into the corner. Brooke stays on her but Ripley drops her with ease. Ripley stands over Brooke and works her over while talking trash and posing to mostly cheers.
Brooke takes the knee out and keeps fighting Ripley off. Brooke blocks a slam with a Bulldog. Brooke leaps off the middle rope but Ripley grabs her in mid-air with a Gutbuster as Dominik applauds from ringside.
Ripley nails a Riptide in the middle of the ring but she doesn’t go for the pin. Ripley then rag-dolls Brooke with the Prism Lock to get the submission win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley stands tall with the title as the music hits. Dominik joins her. The referee checks on Brooke but Ripley grabs her and delivers another Riptide, then another Prism Lock. The music interrupts and out comes Natalya. Ripley keeps the hold locked on Brooke while staring Natalya down on her way to the ring. Ripley and Natalya face off now. Dominik whispers something to Ripley, and they laugh, then exit the ring as the music starts up.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio. He asks if she’s feeling any extra pressure. Ripley says she welcomes it, it comes with running a division and… they stop when we hear Xavier Woods and Akira Tozawa laughing nearby. Dominik steps to them and tells them to show respect when Mami is talking. Woods says Dominik looks like he got his whole outfit from lost and found. Dominik says it won’t be funny if he punches Woods in the face. Woods says he just got to RAW and is looking for a fight, so how about tonight? Ripley steps in between them and Tozawa immediately walks away. Rhea says Dom-Dom accepts the challenge. Woods says that’s cool. He waves them both way, then looks around for the missing Tozawa.
Xavier Woods vs. Dominik Mysterio
We go back to the ring and out comes Xavier Woods to a pop. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Dominik Mysterio with SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. The bell rings and they go at it, trading holds and shots. Woods takes control and ends up having words at ringside with Ripley.
Woos comes back in but Dominik decks him to boos. Woods comes back with a dropkick and some showing off. Woods with lefts and right body shots in the corner, then a big right to the face. Woos beats Dominik into another corner but Dominik counters and puts him down. Dominik keeps Woods down but blows a kiss to Ripley, allowing Woods to hit him. Dominik quickly turns it back around and we get a 619 attempt but it’s blocked. He goes for it but gets tripped into the ropes.AD
Woods comes back and nails a top rope crossbody for 2. Woods unloads in the corner now, beating Dominik back down until the referee warns him. Woods charges but Dominik back-drops him over the top rope, and his face apparently hits the steel ring steps on the way down. Woods is laid out on the floor as Ripley taunts him and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Woods rocks Dominik in the middle of the ring. Dominik blocks a suplex and hits a forearm. Fans boo as Dominik delivers the Three Amigos suplexes now while Ripley cheers him on. Woods kicks out at 2 and Dominik shows some frustration, as does Ripley.
Dominik grounds Woods with a headlock now. Woods fights up and out with chops into the ropes. Woods ducks several attempts by Dominik and levels him with a big shot. Woods with running strikes in the corners, then the rolling clothesline. Woods fights back in from the apron and rolls into the tornado DDT for a close 2 count.
Fans rally for Woods with “New Day, rocks!” chants. Woods fights back and charges but Dominik nails a flying corkscrew elbow in response. Dominik wastes some time on the apron, so Woods takes his feet out to send him to the floor. Woods has Dominik draped over the top rope now. Woods flies off the middle turnbuckle with a dropkick for a close 2 count.
Woods goes back to the top, walks the rope but then misses the flying elbow drop as Dominik moves out of the way thanks to Ripley pulling him out to the floor. Dominik immediately rushes back in and cradles Woods to get the pin to win, using his trunks for leverage.AD
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, Dominik stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Mysterio and Ripley celebrate the win as Woods looks on.
We go right to the ring and out comes The LWO to a big pop – 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Zelina Vega. We see what happened at today’s Backlash press conference with Rey, Vega, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.
Rey asks how everyone is doing tonight, and says he’s proud The LWO can represent for all Hispanic people. Rey says Bad Bunny will defeat Damian Priest in the Street Fight at Backlash tomorrow. Rey says he then wants to introduce the next SmackDown Women’s Champion. Vega gets a bit emotional at the reaction. Vega goes to speak but the music interrupts and out comes The Judgment Day – Dominik, Ripley, Priest and Finn Balor.
Dominik stops and rips a LWO t-shirt as the boos pick up. They hit the ring and Dominik speaks some in Spanish, and calls his dad a deadbeat. Rey speaks back in Spanish and tells him to shut up. They go on in Spanish and the crowd is loving it. Rey proposes a WrestleMania 39 rematch but Ripley gets in his way. She has a better idea – how about Rey fights her. Vega steps up to Ripley as fans pop.
Dominik says how about you fight the both of us. Rey responds and apparently says they’re on. Fans chant “si!” now. Ripley says they’re on. She tosses the mic and Balor hands her title back. The Judgment Day goes to leave but Dominik decks his dad with a cheap shot slap. Dominik quickly retreats as Cole wonders if Adam Pearce will make the mixed tag team match official.
Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega vs. Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes The LWO’s Zelina Vega and 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio. They hit the corners to pose as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will be back next week. We go back to the ring for the main event and out comes The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley with Finn Balor. Ripley and Vega start things off with Vega ducking a big boot, then unloading.
Vega rocks Ripley in the mouth. Ripley grabs her and lifts her but Vega escapes and dodges a stomp. Vega ducks Ripley and Ripley runs into a big boot. Vega with a hurricanrana takedown off the middle rope. Vega taunts Ripley now as they both regroup in opposite corners.
Rey tags in now, then Dominik comes in to big boos. Dominik with a cheap kick to take control. Rey goes to run the ropes but Dominik kicks him in the gut again. Rey turns it around but Rhea hits him in the back with a cheap shot. Dominik with an arm drag. Vega comes in as Rey helps drop Dominik into position for 619.
Rey exits the ring and Vega goes for 619 on Dominik but Ripley rushes over and levels Vega with a big boot to cut her off. We go to commercial with Ripley standing tall and Vega recovering on the floor.
Back from the break and Ripley is dominating Vega. Veg counters with a Crucifix pin for 2. Vega looks to tag but Dominik pulls Rey off the apron to the floor. Balor congratulates Dominik. Rhea grounds Vega in the middle of the ring now. Ripley plays to the crowd with the taunt made famous by WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Vega takes advantage of Ripley wasting time and avoids a powerbomb. They tangle and Ripley hits the ring post shoulder-first when Vega moves out of the way.
Rey rallies for the tag as Balor tries to get Ripley back on her feet. Vega kicks Ripley away and in comes Rey, and then Dominik. Rey unloads and drops his son, then hits a big middle rope springboard crossbody. Rey drops Dominik into the middle turnbuckle face-first, then mounts him in the corner with punches as fans count along.
Dominik has his father on his shoulders but Rey keeps delivering punches. Dominik drops Rey face-first into the top turnbuckle, then hits a Michinoku Driver for 2 as Vega breaks it up just in time. Ripley sends Vega to the floor. Rey drops Dominik into position for the 619 as fans cheer. Ripley distracts Rey from the apron but Vega knocks her to the floor, then sends her into the barrier.
Rey nails 619 on his son. Rey goes to climb up but he has to stop and knock Balor off the apron to the floor. Dominik takes over and nails a vertical suplex to his dad. Dominik holds the suplex and goes for Three Amigos like Eddie, but Rey holds him down after the suplex and keeps him down for the three count.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega
After the bell, the music hits but Balor and Dominik immediately attack Rey, stomping away to keep him down as fans boo. Rey fights back but they keep him down, then Damian Priest runs in to make it a triple team attack. The music finally hits and out comes Bad Bunny to a huge pop. Bunny carries a kendo stick and he has The LWO’s Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde with him. The LWO hits the ring and attacks Balor and Dominik, running right past Priest, who is just standing at the ropes, staring out at Bunny and waiting to fight. The LWO fights Balor and Dominik to the floor. Santos flies off the top to the floor to take Balor down. Priest is still staring Bunny down. Bunny is fired up at ringside as Priest invites him into the ring to fight. Bunny comes in with the kendo tick. Dominik charges from out of nowhere but Bunny knocks him in mid-air with the kendo stick, but this allows Priest to retreat to the floor. The Judgment Day looks on from ringside as The LWO joins Bunny in the ring while his music plays. Rey presents Bunny with a Puerto Rico flag LWO t-shirt and he puts it on to a big pop. The final SmackDown before WWE Backlash goes off the air with The LWO celebrating with Bunny in the ring as The Judgment Day seethes from ringside.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley now. She mentions how Zelina Vega embarrassed Ripley last week. Ripley is not happy. Priest talks about Santos Escobar and WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, and how their friends should not be in the business. Priest says he will address Bad Bunny in the ring. Priest walks off while Rhea stares Braxton down. Dominik and Rhea follow Priest now.
We go back to the ring and out comes The Judgment Day – Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Priest takes the mic and mentions Bad Bunny hosting WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico. He says if Bunny wants to attend and sit in the front row, that’s fine, but if he puts hands on his family again… we see recent happenings with Bunny on RAW, where Priest slammed him through the announce table two weeks ago. Priest knows it was bad. He plays it in slow motion again. Ripley, Mysterio and Priest all laugh but The LWO’s music interrupts and out comes Zelina Vega by herself. Ripley exits the ring to wait for Vega, but Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde rush into the ring from behind, hitting Priest and Mysterio with a sneak attack. The LWO regroups at ringside as fans cheer and a furious Priest looks on. Back to commercial.
Damian Priest vs. Santos Escobar
Back from the break and Santos Escobar hits a crossbody on Damian Priest, then sends him to the floor as fans pop. Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley are at ringside, as are Zelina Vega, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde.AD
Escobar goes for a dive but puts the brakes on as Priest moves. Escobar flies out anyway but Priest rocks him in mid-air. Priest brings it back in and splashes Escobar in the corner, then hits a Falcon Arrow for a close 2 count.
Escobar fights back with chops but Priest unloads with kicks. Escobar mounts offense with now as Priest misses. Escobar with a big dropkick for 2. Escobar with double knees in the corner, and again. Escobar mounts Priest in the next corner with right hands as fans count along. Priest cuts him off but Escobar blocks a chokeslam.
Priest knocks Escobar to the floor as The LWO looks on. Priest runs and leaps off the steel steps, dropping Escobar with an axe handle. Priest stands tall and poses as fans boo. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest is pounding on Escobar in the corner. Escobar fights back but Priest slams him face-first into the mat for a close 2 count. Escobar with a jawbreaker. Escobar runs into a big boot in the corner and goes down.
The Judgment Day taunts the crowd to boos now. Priest has Escobar on the middle rope but Escobar fights back and climbs up for a super hurricanrana for a big pop. Escobar is slow to crawl over and Priest kicks out just in time. Escobar rallies now. They get up and trade big strikes as fans go along with each one. Priest unloads but Escobar hits a jumping knee, then two takedowns and another hurricanrana takedown.AD
Escobar gets sent to the apron when he charges in with double knees. Escobar blocks a right hand and nails an enziguri from the apron. Escobar goes to the top for the moonsault but Priest kicks out just in time. Ripley and Mysterio can’t believe it. Fans chant for Escobar now. Ripley distracts the referee from the apron, allowing Dominik to nail a cheap shot to Escobar. This allows Priest to drop Escobar with a big shot.
Wilde and Del Toro attack Dominik at ringside but Priest saves him, shoving them both into the timekeeper’s area by their throats. Escobar with a suicide dive to send Priest onto the announce table.
Escobar brings it back in but Ripley holds his foot, allowing Priest time to recover. Vega runs over and launches Ripley face-first into the barrier with a head-scissors. Escobar walks into a big kick from Priest, then the South of Heaven chokeslam for the pin to win.
Winner: Damian Priest
After the match, the music hits as The Judgment Day stands tall. We go to replays. Priest goes out and prepares to put Escobar through the announce table but the music of 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio hits. Rey flies into Priest at ringside to take him down. Rey then goes for his son in the ring, and prepares to hit 619, but he’s pulled to safety by Priest. The LWO re-groups in the middle of the ring while The Judgment Day does the same on the ramp.
We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H to a big pop.
Triple H hits the corners to pose as his music plays and fans cheer him on. Cole says he’s an all-time great but now he’s running this place. Triple H says as long as he has breath in his body, that will never get old. He knows everyone has been here for a while, but welcome to SmackDown. He goes on about how there’s nothing like WrestleMania. He says WrestleMania 39 exceeded all expectations, then touts some of the broken records from the weekend.AD
Triple H says as great as WrestleMania as, it’s now behind us and we look to the future, which is why he’s out here – to talk about the future. Are you ready? He said… are you ready? He says in just a few short weeks it’s once again time for the WWE Draft, a night that changes the future and destiny of every WWE Superstar in the back. This year it will be bigger than ever with every single Superstar eligible, and he promises when it’s all said and done, the 2023 Draft will truly change the game.
Speaking of changing the game, Triple H introduces someone who is doing just that. Fresh off her win over the legendary Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania, here is new SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. The music hits and out comes The Judgment Day – Ripley, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, and Dominik Mysterio. Triple H greets Ripley and shakes her hand, then does the same with the others before they march to the ring. Ripley takes the mic and says sports entertainment changed forever at WrestleMania 39 because she did the impossible – she destroyed and dethroned Flair.
Ripley calls on everyone to rise for her. Fans cheer, and she calls on them to do it again. Ripley laughs. Balor brings up WWE Hall of Famer Edge and says he’s some kind of sicko for splitting open his head to get a win. He says who’s the real winner as even though he needed 14 staples, Edge is nowhere to bee seen while Balor is still standing. Fans boo and cheer. Dominik begins speaking to huge heat. He says he decided to not show aggression to his dad at WrestleMania. Fans chant “you suck!” and Dominik says his father sucks for putting hands on him. Dominik says he pulled back on his punches and he couldn’t hurt his dad because he loves him, but he can’t say the same for his dad as he saw the anger in his eyes.
Dominik says the fans and his family can go to hell, and take Bad Bunny and friends with you. We see how Bunny got involved at WrestleMania 39, then again on Monday’s RAW. Cole says Bunny is not doing good. Priest takes the mic and speaks in Spanish to Bunny, then says he hopes Bunny can find it in his heart to forgive Priest because Priest forgives Bunny for making him do what he did to him on RAW. Fans boo louder.
Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar vs. Damian Priest and Dominik MysterioAD
The music interrupts and out comes the Latino World Order – 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar with Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Zelina Vega. They head to the ring as Dominik Mysterio, Damian Priest, Finn Balor and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley look on. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Dominik faces off with his dad but he tags in Priest to start as fans boo. Priest beats Rey into the corner and drops him to boos as the referee warns him. Priest holds Rey as Dominik tags in and beats his father down to more boos as Ripley laughs.
Dominik whips Rey into the turnbuckles and he goes down. Dominik mounts Rey with right hands now. Dominik with more offense, then a suplex for a 2 count. Dominik runs into boots in the corner now. Dominik blocks the tag but Rey counters and in comes Escobar. Escobar rocks Dominik then stuns Priest on the apron. Escobar rocks Dominik with an enziguri, then hits a top rope crossbody. Santos with a backbreaker to Dominik, then another backbreaker version.
Santos launches Rey into Dominik to block a sneak attack, and Rey sends his son to the floor. Rey and Santos take out their opponents at ringside again, then return to the ring to cheers. Santos hoists Rey up in the air as fans cheer them on. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest grounds Santos to dominate him now. Rey rallies the crowd. Santos fights back but Priest hits the Bell Clap. Priest drops Santos for 2. Dominik tags back in to take over on Santos, grounding him on the mat. Santos fights for a tag but Dominik knees him in the gut.AD
Santos with a back-drop to make the tag. Rey unloads and knocks Priest off the apron. Rey drops Dominik. They run the ropes and Dominik catches Rey in a Michinoku Driver for a close 2 count. Fans chant “619!” now. Rey rolls through with a basement dropkick, then knocks Priest off the apron. Rey with a springboard moonsault to Dominik for 2.
Rey dropkicks Dominik, then goes for 619 but Ripley saves Dominik. Vega leaps off the apron to take Rhea down at ringside. Vega tells her to bring it. Rhea chases Vega around and into the crowd, but then stops. Priest tags in as Rey drops Dominik into position for 619. Santos tags in as Rey hits 619 to his son. Priest ends up hitting South of Heaven on Santos for the pin to win.
Winners: The Judgment Day
After the match, Priest stands tall over Santos but Rey comes in and dropkicks him away. Rey checks on Santos.
Kevin and Corey talk about Rhea Ripley’s performance at the Royal Rumble. Rhea walks in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back with highlight from the Women’s Royal Rumble.
In the Arena:
Rhea Ripley, makes her way to the ring.
Rhea says it has been a while that she has been out here without her Latino Heat or her THE Judgment Day crew, but she wanted all of the attention on her. Two nights ago, I disrupted the status quo. I did the unthinkable, I went the distance and outlasted 29 other women to win the Royal Rumble. Now, I get to choose whichever champion I want to face at Wrestlemania. Rhea says three years ago, she just turned 24 and her career was just getting started and I was the NXT Women’s Champion. I came to Raw and challenged the winner of the Royal Rumble, Charlotte Flair to a match at Wrestlemania. She put her in her place. Rhea looks at the Wrestlemania sign.
The funny thing about Charlotte is that she is always in the title picture. She is at the top of her game and Rhea says she hates to give Charlotte credit but she gets better every year. The normal flow is that Charlotte is at the top. She says she is the disruptor. She does not like the normal flow and she does not like things being overplayed. So, Charlotte, I advise you to enjoy everyone bowing down to the Queen because they are about to rise to Rhea Ripley.
At Wrestlemania, I put you in your place. Charlotte Flair, I choose you.
Byron Saxton waits to talk to The Judgment Day. Byron asks Finn about the latest altercation with Edge. Finn says he thought Edge would have enough by now. Finn tells Edge that he works Mondays. He says that everything Cody has done was his. Cody has been stealing from him for years. Finn is coming to collect.
Finn Balor vs. Cody Rhodes
They lock up and Cody backs Finn into the corner and they go around the ring to a stalemate. Finn taps Cody on the chest and Cody with a drop down uppercut. Cody with a delayed gourdbuster and Finn rolls to the floor. Finn gets back in the ring and they lock up. Balor with a side head lock and he holds on when Cody tries to send him off the ropes. Finn with a side head lock take down. Finn with a kick to the chest.
They lock up and Finn with a waist lock take down into an arm bar and back to a front face lock. Cody with a hammer lock. Finn gets to the ropes to force a break. Cody with chops to Balor. Cody with a forearm to the head and Cody with a sunset flip but you don’t sunset flip Balor. Balor rolls through and Cody blocks a kick. Cody punches Balor on the apron. Cody with an Irish whip and Finn tries to float over but Cody catches Finn. Finn avoids an Alabama Slam.
Finn with kicks to the chest. Finn with chops in the corner and he wraps the arm in the ropes and tries to aggravate the surgically repaired pectoral. Finn with a snap mare and kick to the chest for a near fall. Finn with springboard boots to the chest. Balor hangs Cody over the middle rope and kicks him from the apron. Cody blocks a kick and connects with a dragon screw in the ropes. Cody with Beautiful Disaster to send Finn to the floor. Cody with a suicide dive and they return to the ring. Cody stops Priest and Dom from interfering. Cody floats over Finn and hits a power slam for a near fall. Cody with a forearm to teh back of the head and Finn stops a Cody Cutter. Finn with an elevated elbow drop for a near fall. Finn with elbows to the clavicle.
Finn with an arm bar. Finn with an abdominal stretch. Finn with punches to the ribs and he holds on to an abdominal stretch. Cody with a hip toss to escape. Cody with an elbow drop and he gets a near fall. Cody with an Irish whip and he misses a splash in the corner. Balor with boots to the shoulder. Balor goes up top and Cody stops him. Cody with forearms and Finn fires back. Cody with a chop to the back and he sets for the superplex and hits it. Cody and Finn exchange punches and forearms. Finn with a kick and Cody with a Cody Cutter for a near fall. Cody sets for CrossRhodes but Balor counters. Cody with a kick and Balor with sling blade. Balor sets for the running drop kick but Cody with a super kick for a near fall.
Cody sets for a figure four leg lock but Balor with an inside cradle for a near fall. Cody is kicked through the ropes to the floor in front of THE Judgment Day. Priest, Dom, and Rhea surround Cody but Edge comes through the crowd and Priest goes after Edge. Edge sends Priest into the barrier. Edge punches Dominik. Edge spears Dom on the floor. Rhea attacks Edge with forearms. Beth Phoenix comes out and spears Rhea.
Meanwhile, back in the ring, Cody gets back into the ring. Balor with a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor with a drop kick to send Cody into the turnbuckles. Balor goes up top and Edge gets on the apron. The referee tells Edge to get down but that allows Cody to get out of the way of Coup de Grace. Cody with not one, not two, but three CrossRhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
We go to credits after various replays of the match.