We cut backstage and we see an angry Drew McIntyre. Rhea Ripley walks up to Drew, shrugs and gives him an “I told you so” look and walks away.
A video package hyping up the Women’s World Championship match airs.
Women’s World Championship Fatal 5-Way Match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Zoey Stark vs. Raquel Rodriguez
With the challengers in the ring, green smoke fills the entrance ramp with the oud instrument playing through the speakers. Men dressed as Saudi locals stand on each side of the entrance ramp. Rhea’s music hits and out she comes.
The bell rings and we are under way. Nia leaves the ring as Rhea attacks every one in the ring. The women exchange cover attempts with Nia standing on the outside. Nia grabs Raquel to the outside and throws her into the ring post. Rhea on the ring apron but Nia trips her up. Nia back in the ring and she hits a powerslam onto Stark. Shayna grabs Nia in a waist lock as Rhea and Stark hit Nia with kicks to the face. Nia falls to the outside and the remaining four women fight in the ring.
Rhea slams Shayna face first onto the mat and Rhea is the last woman standing. In comes Nia and both of them go face to face. Right hands and forearms by both women. Rhea with a kick to the side of the head but Nia with a Thesz press onto Rhea. She hits Rhea with a leg drop and goes for the cover but Stark breaks it up. Nia runs towards Zoey but she moves out of the way and Nia hits the ring post shoulder first. Raquel knocks Zoey down. Raquel goes for a big boot onto Shayna but she moves out of the way and gets Raquel in a submission. Rhea tries to go for a big boot but she gets Rhea in a submission at the same time. Nia stands up and Shayna gets a sleeper hold onto Nia, now a submission onto all three women. Stark breaks it up with a kick onto Shayna. Stark goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out. Zoey with a suplex onto Raquel.
Stark climbs the top rope but Rhea with a right hand. Rhea climbs the second rope and as does Raquel. Both Raquel and Stark try to suplex Zoey and in comes Shayna. She lifts Rhea and Raquel up and power bombs them and in turn Stark is suplexed off the top rope. Nia slams Shayna into the turnbuckle. Nia climbs the second rope but Rhea trips her up. Raquel with a corkscrew elbow off the second rope onto Nia. Rhea and Raquel are face to first. Both women exchange right hands. They both run to the ropes and hit each other with a double boot to the face.
Rhea and Raquel roll onto the ring apron and Zoey knocks them both down. Stark leaps off the top rope and onto the outside on Rhea and Raquel. Stark throws Rhea back into the ring and she hits her with a dropkick off the top rope. She hits Rhea with a 360 knee to the face. She goes for the cover but Nia breaks it up. Nia with a headbutt onto Stark. Nia climbs the second rope but Raquel kicks Zoey to the outside. Raquel with a modified Tejada Bomb! She goes for the cover but Rhea breaks it up. Rhea goes for the Riptide but Shayna gets Rhea into the Clutch! Raquel lands the big boot onto Basler. Rhea with a headbutt onto Raquel. She hits the Riptide onto Shayna! She goes for the cover but Stark breaks it up! Stark places Rhea on the top rope. Stark climbs the second rope but Rhea with a headbutt. Rhea grabs Zoey on the top rope. Raquel goes for the cover onto Shayna but Rhea with the Riptide off the second rope on Zoey onto Raquel who is covering Shayna! Rhea goes for the cover on Shayna and gets the pin!
Winner: Still WWE Women’s World Champion, Rhea Ripley
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NXT North American Championship
Dominik Mysterio (c) w/Rhea Ripley vs. Nathan Frazer
Now it’s time for our first of three title bouts here at night two of WWE NXT Halloween Havoc, as “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio of The Judgment Day puts his NXT North American Championship on-the-line against Hard-Hitting Truths’ Nathan Frazer.
Nathan Frazer’s theme hits and out he comes as the commentators talk about him brawling backstage with Dom-Dom at recent Raw and NXT shows. He settles in the ring and his theme music dies down.
The theme for Dominik Mysterio hits and the CWC crowd begins booing like crazy. “Dirty” Dom emerges with his NXT North American Championship and Rhea Ripley by his side. He is handcuffed and dressed for Halloween like a prisoner.
Ripley lets him out of his handcuffs and they head to the ring together for our next match of the evening. The bell sounds and we’re officially off-and-running with this one. Dom-Dom enjoys the early offensive lead, but Frazer takes over as we head into a mid-match commercial break.
When we return, we see Frazer controlling the action, but a distraction from “Mami” helps Dom-Dom settle back into the offensive lead. Dom goes for the Three Amigos, but on the third one, Frazer counters with a brainbuster. Dom takes back over, however, and lays Frazer out.
Dom heads to the top-rope but Frazer springs to life and leaps up to the top-rope where he connects with a super-plex. He follows that up with a twist-and-a-turn on Dom for a close near fall attempt. We see Dom miss a drop kick but it sends Frazer into the ropes for the 6-1-9 position.
Frazer pops back up before Dom can do anything and knocks him senseless with a huge super kick. He heads to the top-rope backwards. but Dom pushes him off the top and he crashes and burns on the commentary desk. Dom throws him back in the ring and heads to the top-rope, where he connects with a frog splash for the pin fall victory to retain.
Winner and STILL NXT North American Champion: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, as Dom is celebrating the win with Ripley in the ring, out of nowhere we see Wes Lee make his NXT TV return, attacking Dom from behind. He sends Dom and Ripley running off. He picks up the NXT North American title still in the ring and says it’s his belt.
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship is on the line. Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso will defend the titles against Finn Bálor and Damian Priest of the Judgment Day. Gunther will defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against “Big” Bronson Reed. We’ll also see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley face Shayna Baszler in a non-title match. Shinsuke Nakamura will also face Ricochet in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring wearing a “KO” shirt. Replays are shown of Nick Aldis being named SmackDown General Manager this past Friday on SmackDown and announcing that Kevin Owens has been traded to SmackDown.
A “Sami” chant picks up. Zayn says, “Welcome to the season premiere of Monday Night Raw!” Zayn says it feels weird to be out here by himself. As most of them know by now, his tag team partner and brother, Kevin Owens, has been moved to SmackDown. Zayn has a lot of mixed emotions. He’s obviously sad that their partnership has come to an end this way, but he’s also excited for Owens. Kevin Owens is going to do huge things on SmackDown. Zayn is excited for himself. Zayn can now stand on his own two feet and show the world what he’s known about himself for years and years. Sami Zayn is a World Heavyweight Championship-caliber Superstar! A “Sami” chant fires up.
Zayn thanks the crowd for the chant. It makes him feel good. Zayn also has to address the elephant in the room, which is the reason Owens is not on Monday Night Raw anymore. It’s because of the arrival of Jey Uso. The crowd lightly boos. Nobody was happier than him that Jey came to the show, but he’s struggling with it now. Zayn is also struggling with the fact that he and Owens went through the highest of highs to main event WrestleMania. After all that work, it was taken away by the Judgment Day. Now, tonight, the Judgment Day are the ones getting the title opportunity. Zayn has no idea what’s next. The last year of his career has by far been the best year of his career. The reason that he reached the highs that he did is because of the people. The reason that…
The Judgment Day’s music hits to interrupt him. Finn Bálor, Damian Priest, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, and NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio make their way down the ramp. Bálor says nobody should be kicking off the Season Premiere of Monday Night Raw but the Judgment Day. Bálor laughs at the fact that Zayn is alone. Priest says it feels like they’ve had these thorns in their sides forever, but one has been removed. The only thing that would make them even happier is removing Zayn, removing the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Idiots, and Drew McIntyre. Priest starts to shout in Spanish, but Ripley stops him. Ripley says they’ll talk about that later. They’re focused on tonight. Mysterio says tonight Mami will tear Shayna Baszler apart and put the whole Women’s Division back on notice. The crowd loudly boos him. Ripley says that is correct. As for Bálor and Priest, they’re going to bring the Tag Team Championships back to the Judgment Day.
Before they do that, she happened to notice something about Zayn. He’s looking kind of lost. Back in the day, the Judgment Day would have recruited the lost, like they tried to do with Jey Uso. When it comes to Zayn they have a different plan. They want to get rid of Zayn permanently. The Judgment Day starts to circle the ring. Zayn prepares for a fight, but “Main Event” Jey Uso runs in with two steel chairs. Jey hands one to Zayn and prepares to fight off the Judgment Day. Bálor waves the troops off, and the Judgment Day slowly walks off. The crowd boos. Zayn looks a little uncertain as he eyes up Jey Uso and walks off on his own. Jey looks confused.
NXT Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is walking backstage. Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae walk up to her. Hartwell says she never lost the title. If Lynch is giving title shots to anyone, she should give one to the person who never lost the title. Lynch agrees and will talk to WWE Official Adam Pearce. Lynch turns and is facing Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Ripley looks at her and walks away.
Backstage, Judgment Day are chatting and Damian Priest wants to take Drew McIntyre out and show the world what they’re made of. Rhea rolls up, Damian asks what she’s been up to and she says she was taking a phone call and handling Judgment Day business.
She says she has Drew handled and they just need to focus on winning the tag titles back. Finn Balor asks if she’s focused on her match against Shayna Baszler, she says she is and tells Dominik Mysterio she doesn’t need him at ringside to defend her title and show everyone exactly who runs Monday Night Raw.
Back from commercial, Adam Pearce is on the phone making a deal with someone.
Rhea Ripley rolls up to demand he get the women’s division in order or she will. Pearce says she doesn’t get to roll up and make demands and if she wants to make a statement, she can defend against Nia, Zoey, Shayna, and Raquel in a five-way at Crown Jewel.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her entrance. Replays are shown of Rhea Ripley attacking Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax during their match last week on Raw. Shayna Baszler then got in Ripley’s face and took her out with a snap German Suplex and a knee to her face.
Ripley says everyone wants a part of “Monday Night Mami.” Even Nia Jax came back to try to get rid of her, but it didn’t work. In her absence, the Women’s Division tried to prove how tough they were. She had Nia Jax, Raquel Rodriguez, and Shayna Baszler trying to prove they’re the baddest women in WWE, but the reality is this is her division. Mami will always be on top.
Shayna Baszler makes her entrance. This match is next.
Match Number Four: Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley versus Shayna Baszler in a Non Title Match
The bell rings, and Baszler quickly goes for a waistlock. Ripley gets out and hits a waistlock takeover. Baszler rolls through and applies an ankle lock. Ripley rolls over and kicks her to the corner. Ripley hits a running shoulder and punches away at her. Baszler pushes her off and spikes her on her shoulder with a nasty takedown. Baszler kicks Ripley’s elbow. Ripley is furious, and Baszler kicks her again. Ripley avoids a kick and hits a low dropkick for a one-count. Ripley gets up clutching her elbow. Baszler takes her down with some jabs and goes for a knee, but Ripley moves. Ripley attacks and hits a clothesline. Ripley catches her in the electric chair position, but Baszler slides off. Ripley elbows out of a German Suplex attempt and hits a vicious back elbow to the jaw.
Both women get up after a few moments and exchange wild right hands. Baszler hits a German Suplex followed by a big knee to the jaw for a near fall. Baszler lifts her, but Ripley slides off and goes to the corner. Baszler knees her in the face and puts her on the top rope. Ripley head-butts her off and hits a missile dropkick. Ripley goes for Riptide, but Baszler counters into a cross-arm breaker attempt! Ripley fights it and powers her up for a powerbomb.
Nia Jax makes her way to the ring, but Raquel Rodriguez pulls her away. Jax head-butts her down and turns into a cannonball off the barricade from Zoey Stark! Rodriguez quickly sends Stark into the barricade. Rodriguez boots Jax back, knocking her into the ring steps. Rodriguez charges, but Jax moves, so she hits the ring steps hard.
In the ring, Stark attacks Ripley, leading to the referee calling for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Rhea Ripley
Ripley grabs Stark and throws her into Baszler. Ripley challenges Jax to get into the ring. Jax obliges. Ripley ducks a clothesline, and Stark punches Jax. Ripley and Stark go back and forth striking Jax. Ripley goes for a scoop slam on The Irresistible Force, but Stark dropkicks Jax to knock her onto Ripley, squashing her! Stark then superkicks Jax out of the ring.
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.
We are back from the break and we see NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley backstage warming up. Mustafa Ali interrupts and Rhea wants to know why he is here.
Ali says he is here to wish them luck and he tells them to literally break a leg so NXT can have a North American Champion to care about.
Dom says he doesn’t care about NXT. He only cares about Mami.
Rhea tells Ali he has ten seconds to get out of the locker room or they will show him what they are going to do with Lyra and Lee.
Ali says that they are used to ten seconds.
Match Number Four: Lyra Valkyria and Dragon Lee versus Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio
The men start things off and they lock up. Dom backs Lee into the corner and misses a chop. Lee with a chop. Lee with a double leg take down and punches. Dom with punches and he gets a near fall. Lee with a victory roll fo ra near fall. Dom with a kick and punches. Lee with an Irish whip and Lee is sent to the apron. Lee with a kick and he goes for a rolling move but Dom catches Lee on his shoulders. Lee escapes and misses a kick. Dom with a chop and Lee with a drop kick. Rhea tags in so Lyra comes into the match. Rhea has some words for Lyra and Lyra pushes Rhea. Rhea pushes back and Lyra with a side head lock. Lyra with a wrist lock and arm wringer. Rhea with an Irish whip and Lyra leaps over Rhea and gives Rhea a hip toss. Rhea blocks a bulldog attempt and connects with a shoulder tackle.
Lyra with a kick and a spinning heel kick. Rhea goes for a suplex but Lyra lands on her feet and connects with a head butt and forearm. Lyra with strikes to Rhea followed by a series of kicks. Rhea blocks a kick and Lyra with a sunset flip but Dom tags in and Lyra does not realize it. Lee with a super kick to Dom. Lyra with a springboard cross body to Dom when Rhea moves. Lyra with a head scissors. Lyra with a drop kick through the ropes and Lee with a flip dive onto Dom.
Lee sends Dom into the ring and he begs for mercy. Lee with a boot to the head. Lee with a chop in the corner. Lee misses a chop in the corner when Dom moves. Dom with a kick and he misses a chop. Lee with a chop. Lee with a reverse chin lock. Dom with a knee but Lee with an Irish whip. Dom is sent to the apron and he drops Lee on the top rope. Dom with a slingshot senton for a near fall. Dom with a reverse chin lock. Dom with a kick in the corner and he tags in Rhea. Lyra with a cross body and clotheslines. Lyra with a head scissors take down. Lyra with knees to Rhea and she goes to the turnbuckles for punches. Lyra with a back heel kick but Rhea pulls her down by the hair.
Rhea sends Lyra face first into the mat and Rhea with a body scissors. Lyra leans back and gets a near fall. Rhea has Lyra down on the mat and Lyra with head butts to try to escape the body scissors. Lyra escapes and Rhea with a kick and face buster. Rhea sets for a power bomb and then turns it into a suplex for a near fall. Rhea has words for Lee and then she connects with forearms to the back. Rhea goes for a wrist clutch into a suplex but Lyra counters into a DDT. Lyra with kicks to Rhea but Rhea keeps Lyra from making the tag. Lyra avoids a kick and hits a spinning back heel kick. Dom tags in. Lee with a back elbow or two. Lee with a head scissors take down and a dragon screw. Lee puts Dom on the top rope and goes up top for double stomp to the back. Lee gets a near fall.
Dom with punches and a drop toe hold that sends Lee into the ropes. Dom misses a 619 and Lee with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Lyra sends Dom to the floor and Lyra tries for a rana off the apron but Rhea catches her and sends Lyra into the ringside barrier.
Raquel Rodriguez comes out and she pulls Rhea off the apron.
Lee with Destino for the three count.
Winners: Dragon Lee and Lyra Valkyria
We see NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio and WWE Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley walking backstage. Back to commercial.
We go back to the ring and out comes NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio and WWE Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to boos. Ripley announces that Dominik is still your champion.
Ripley says Dominik proved he’s more of a man than Wes Lee and Mustafa Ali, and all of you here. Dominik says that makes him the greatest luchador ever. The music interrupts and out comes Dragon Lee to a pop.
Dragon says he won’t let Dominik disrespect the NXT Universe or his heritage any longer. Ripley says look, it’s Rey Mysterio Junior Jr. Dragon says he doesn’t like Ripley. Dragon says no one, including Dominik, believes this “greatest luchador” stuff because Rey is the greatest luchador of all-time. Dominik goes on about how he made the Mysterio name relevant. Ripley and Dragon disagree about how big Dominik’s balls are. Dragon challenges Dominik to prove he’s the best by defending the title next week.
Dominik says he’s a fighting champion so he will see Dragon next week. Ripley says she will be in Dominik’s corner. Dominik says Mami is all he needs. Ripley says wherever her Latino Heat goes, she goes. Dragon says he won’t be coming alone either… 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio appears on the big screen to a pop. Rey says he’s proud to be coming to NXT next week to be in the corner of someone who truly deserves it, the future of lucha libre. Rey says he will have the best seat in the house and can’t wait to see Dominik lose the title. The music starts back up to end the segment as fans boo Dominik and Ripley.
Tonight’s Money In the Bank go-home edition of WWE RAW opens up on the USA Network with a video package on the Dominik Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes feud. We’re now live from the EnMarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia. Dominik and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley are already in the ring as Samantha Irvin does the introductions.
Fans immediately begin booing Dominik as he tries to speak. They knock Cody and Rhea says Cody’s momentum has been slowing down and at Money In the Bank, Dominik will… the music interrupts and out comes Cody to a big home state pop. Kevin Patrick welcomes us to RAW, and he’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves. The music stops and a “Cody!” chant starts.
Cody says he knows what Dominik was trying to do, so he will do it for him. Cody welcomes everyone to a big pop. Rhea accuses Cody of bullying Dominik, and warns that Dominik is very dangerous. Dominik keeps whispering shots at Cody for Rhea to relay. Cody quotes “Cat In the Hat” and says he’s quoting a kid’s book because that’s what Dominik is, he’s a scared little boy. Dominik and Rhea hop off the apron now and begin to exit to boos. Cody calls him back, mentioning he will face Damian Priest later tonight.
Cody offers to give Dominik a free shot. Dominik comes back to the apron but changes his mind and joins Rhea on the stage again. Cody says Dominik’s cheap shots have had an impact, but things will be different on Saturday and Cody wants to see if Dominik is half the man his father is, or if he’s just Mami’s little boy. Cody’s music starts back up as fans cheer.
Back from the break and we see Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley enter Adam Pearce’s office. Dominik says he wants a match to show Cody Rhodes what he has coming to him at Money In the Bank. Dominik has the perfect opponent in mind, someone who matches his size and skill, a real worthy opponent. Ripley whispers in Dominik’s ear and he says he will get back to Pearce.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Akira Tozawa
We go back to the ring and out comes Dominik Mysterio with WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Back to commercial.AD
Back from the break and out comes Akira Tozawa. The bell rings and they go at it. Dominik dominates early on but Tozawa fights back and hits a big Shining Wizard for a big pop.
Tozawa goes on and hits a missile dropkick. Dominik ends up on the floor to regroup, but Tozawa nails a suicide dive. Tozawa rolls Dominik back in, but Ripley distracts him.
Tozawa goes back to Dominik but the distraction allows him to turn it around. Dominik goes back to the top and hits the Frogsplash for the pin to win.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, Dominik and Ripley celebrate as the music hits.
Back from the break and Becky Lynch stops at WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley backstage. Rhea warns Becky to not cash on her if she wins Money In the Bank because it will be the last thing she does in WWE. Lynch says when she was champion, she defended in the main event but Ripley has just become a main event side-piece. Lynch says she doesn’t need the title, it needs her, but she wants to win just to make Ripley squirm. Lynch walks off.
Cody Rhodes vs. Damian Priest
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes Cody Rhodes to a pop and pyro. Cody, who still has the arm brace on, poses in the corner as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Damian Priest by himself. The bell rings and they lock up, going into the ropes and corners. Priest with a headlock and a big right hand but Cody gets right back up.
Priest easily drops Cody and they tangle. Cody with a kick to the gut. Priest decks Cody but runs into a big dropkick. Cody counters and focuses on Priest’s elbow now. Priest counters in the corner with a kick. Priest goes on and hits the Stage Dive in the corner, then poses to boos. Cody counters Priest with a long vertical suplex into a face-first Gourdbuster.
Fans boo as Dominik and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley come walking down to ringside. Priest ends up nailing a big kick and dragging Cody to the ring post but Cody turns it back around and pulls him into the post.
Cody hits a suicide dive on Priest, then rolls Priest back in. Cody confronts Dominik at ringside but Dom hides behind Ripley. Cody goes back into the ring but Priest catches him with a Flatliner for a 2 count as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest rocks Cody, then slams him with a Falcon Arrow for a close 2 count. Priest goes on and nails a big lariat for another pin attempt. Priest goes to the top but Cody leaps up and quickly slams him to the mat.
Fans rally for Cody now. They trade right hands now until Cody unloads with punches. Priest fights back but Cody mounts offense and nails a snap powerslam. Dominik cheers Priest on now. Cody comes back with more right hands, dropping Priest for a 2 count. Priest blocks a Figure Four attempt, then hits the Headlock Driver for a close 2 count.
The Judgment Day is frustrated and fans chant “Dom you suck!” now. Cody goes on and blocks the South of Heaven chokeslam. Priest blocks a CrossRhodes and connects with a big kick. Cody hits a Pedigree in the middle of the ring but Priest rolls to the floor to avoid the pin. Cody goes to the top as Priest rolls back into the ring. Cody leaps over Priest but has to land on his feet. Priest superkicks Cody for a close 2 count.
Priest shows more frustration now. Fans chant for Cody. Priest flies at Cody but Cody superkicks him. Ripley hits the apron to distract the referee, allowing Dominik to hit Cody with a cheap shot from the opposite side of the ring. Priest nails a South of Heaven chokeslam for a close 2 count in the middle of the ring. The Judgment Day members can’t believe it. Dominik is on the apron as Priest goes for the Razor’s Edge now.
Cody slides out of the Razor’s Edge and Priest charges but Cody ducks, then sends Priest into Dominik to knock him off the apron. Cody comes right back with a Cody Cutter on Priest. A dazed Priest stumbles back to his feet and Cody immediately drops him with a CrossRhodes for the pin to win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Cody stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. The announcers hype Rhodes vs. Mysterio at WWE Money In the Bank. Dominik hits Cody from behind with a quick cheap shot, then runs away. Fans chant “Dom you suck!” again. The Judgment Day regroups and looks on from the ramp as Cody seethes in the ring. The Money In the Bank go-home edition of RAW goes off the air.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Zelina Vega vs. Rhea Ripley
Back from a break and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley by herself. Ripley was drafted to RAW in the WWE Draft, while her opponent was selected by SmackDown. The LWO music hits next and out comes Zelina Vega in Puerto Rican flag attire. An emotional Vega receives a big pop and greets family members at ringside. We get formal ring introductions from Irvin. Fans cheer loudly for Vega as she holds the flag open while crying.
Cole says Vega has dedicated this match to her father, who passed away in the 9/11 attacks. The bell rings and Ripley taunts Vega to boos. Vega ducks a quick attack and the “ole!” chants start up. Vega gets slammed into the corner but she side-steps and kicks Ripley.
Vega grabs a flip-flip from her mom to a huge pop, then throws it at Ripley, angering her. Vega fights in and flies off the middle rope for a hurricanrana but Ripley catches her for a big powerbomb in the middle of the ring. Vega kicks out at 2. Ripley man-handles Vega now, working her over and taunting the crowd. Ripley with shoulder thrusts in the corner.
Ripley launches Vega into the turnbuckles and she goes down. Ripley mocks The LWO by using the taunt made famous by WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Ripley continues to dominate and talk trash to Vega. Ripley with a rib breaker now. Ripley scoops Vega to her back for a Gory Special. Vega gets out and side-steps, forcing Ripley to hit the ring post shoulder-first. Vega fights Ripley off with forearms. Vega is sent back to the corner but she fights back out as fans rally. Vega with clotheslines but Ripley headbutts her.
Vega blocks Riptide and turns it into a big DDT. Vega rallies the crowd and hits 619 for a pop. Vega goes to the middle rope, does the Eddie taunt, then hits the Meteora for a close 2 count. An emotional Vega can’t believe it.
Vega unloads while Ripley is dazed on her knees. Vega charges but Ripley intercepts her with a roundhouse kick to lay her out. Ripley then follows up with Riptide for the pin to win and retain in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, the music hits as Ripley stands tall. We go to replays. Ripley makes her exit with the title draped over her shoulder. Fans begin chanting and cheering for Vega as she gets back to her feet. An emotional Vega now stands tall and waves to the crowd as they chant to her. She blows them a kiss and exits the ring as we go back to a break.
Zelina Vega vs. Sonya Deville
We go back to the ring and Sonya Deville waits as Zelina Vega makes her way out. Chelsea Green is out with Deville. Cole hypes Vega vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley at WWE Backlash.
The bell rings and they lock up. Deville slams Vega to the mat with ease. Deville trash talks and drops Vega with ease again to prevent a lock-up. Vega with a takedown but Deville blocks the next attempt.
Deville unloads with body blows in the corner. Vega uses the ropes for an arm bar but she’s forced to break. Vega ends up on the floor, arguing with Green, which allows Deville to drop her from behind. Deville brings it back in for a 2 count.
Deville unloads with kicks in the corner now. Deville takes Vega down and rag-dolls her with a headlock. Vega fights up and out but Deville quickly cuts her off and drops her for 2. Deville unloads in the corner again as the referee warns her. Deville goes for a long vertical suplex but Vega counters.
Vega looks to mount offense but she runs into an elbow and goes down. They tangle again and Vega rolls Deville up for the pin to win out of nowhere.
Winner: Zelina Vega
After the match, Vega stands tall as the music hits. Ripley suddenly attacks Vega and lays her out. Deville goes for Ripley but Ripley nails a headbutt. Green gets on the apron but she jumps off when Ripley stares her down. Ripley goes for Vega again to deliver Riptide, but Vega counters and spikes her with a DDT. Ripley sits up in the corner, clutching her title, and she’s furious as Vega runs away to the back.
The Survivor Series go-home edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX opens at 8:11pm ET due to college football running live on FOX. We’re now live from the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, Rhode Island. Michael Cole welcomes us, and he’s joined at ringside by Wade Barrett. We go right to the ring.
We go to the ring and Team Damage CTRL is out – Bayley, Rhea Ripley, Nikki Cross, and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions IYO SKY and Dakota Kai. Bayley takes the mic and she’s not happy with Team Belair dragging their reveal out, and being here on Thanksgiving night (her words). She calls Team Belair out and here comes RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Mia Yim. Belair says they didn’t come alone tonight. The music hits and out comes Becky Lynch to a big pop.
Lynch and Team Belair rush the ring and a brawl breaks out with Team Damage CTRL. They go to the floor but Becky and Bayley are left in the ring. Becky with a big Exploder suplex. She plays to the crowd for a pop. Ripley stares Lynch down from the apron and then slowly comes in. Lynch tells her to bring it and fans rally. Team Belair is watching from the apron behind Lynch. Ripley ends up backing away with Team Damage CTRL. The announcers hype tonight’s line-up and we come back to a shot of Lynch celebrating her return on the stage.
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