“I hear voices in my head. They counsel me. They understand. They talk to me.”
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to a huge ovation. The 14-time World Champion is excited to be back on Raw. Orton has not appeared on Raw in 18 months since undergoing double-fusion spinal surgery. The Viper gets in the ring and climbs to the second rope to strike his trademark pose.
A loud “Randy” chant picks up. Orton is dressed in all black tonight. Orton looks moved by the ovation and shouts, “Thank you!” Orton says it sounds like maybe a few of them missed him. They cheer in the affirmative. Orton says he’s back for as long as he can stay here. Without any further adieu, he wants to cut right to it. Orton says, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw!”
Orton says he was gone awhile and chuckles. A “Welcome back” chant fires up. Orton thanks them. That whole time he was gone, it gave him plenty of time to think about all his accomplishments and accolades. They’ve heard all of them before and won’t bore them to death because there are quite a few. There is one thing Orton has never done, which is compete at WarGames. When his dear friend, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, gave him a call, he picked up the call and was in. There’s another reason why he wanted to be in the match. WarGames was invented by Cody’s father, the late and great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. It was about being part of wrestling history and making moments. Orton got to make a moment on Saturday.
Orton is also back because he has unfinished business to attend to. That unfinished business has to do with the Bloodline. Orton has made a career of putting guys on the shelf, sometimes permanently. Orton can forgive but not forget. Orton has a bagful of receipts for every single member of the Bloodline. When he says “every single member,” he means EVERY single member. Nashville knows what those receipts are going to come in the form of. They’re the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment: R-K-O! The crowd chants, “RKO!”
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring without The Judgment Day. The Eradicator gets in the ring with the Viper. Ripley sarcastically welcomes Orton back. She says she didn’t think he was someone who would do favors for others or team with someone who tried to end his career. She didn’t think he’d have his big return after a year and a half upstaged. The crowd lightly boos. Ripley says Orton looks more dangerous than ever. It would be a shame to have all of that wasted because Orton doesn’t seem to have realized that the landscape has changed. The Bloodline has fallen and the Judgment Day has risen to be the dominant force in WWE. When it comes to WarGames, that was just a bump in the road. The reality is, they’re all dripping in gold. She wiped the floor with Zoey Stark. Her Latino Heat “Dirty” Dom is your NXT North American Champion. When it comes to Finn Bálor and Damian Priest, they hold the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship that Orton nearly lost everything to get. If it weren’t for Orton, Damian Priest would be your World Heavyweight Champion. Orton has come in here and made a lot of enemies who can make his life a living nightmare. Orton needs to stop focusing on the Bloodline. Unlike the Bloodline, the Judgment Day gets the job done and will put him out permanently.
An “RKO” chant fires up. Orton looks knowingly out into the crowd. Orton says he stated that he kept in touch and watched the product while he was gone. Every week, it’s all about Rhea Ripley. Mami this and Mami that. Guess what? Daddy’s back. The crowd roars, and a”Daddy” chant fires up. Orton says a lot of things have changed, which is true… a “Who’s your Daddy” chant picks up. Orton says the one thing that hasn’t changed and never will as long as he is here is nobody tells Randy Orton what to do. Ripley laughs heartily. She sees that Orton made his bed. She tried to warn him and give him an out, but he has made the Judgment Day his enemy now.
JD McDonagh, in a neck brace, and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio attack Orton from behind! They double-team him in the corner, but Orton fights out. Orton sends McDonagh shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton grabs Mysterio and swings him to the apron for a hanging DDT, but McDonagh cuts him off. Orton drops McDonagh with an RKO. Mysterio escapes the ring and runs to Ripley.
Orton tells Mysterio not to go far. As soon as he leaves this ring, he’s going to find Adam Pearce and make sure he gets Mysterio in the ring tonight!
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Finn Bálor comes in and says they cannot take the Creed Brothers lightly. Damian Priest isn’t listening, but he says he heard him. Priest says he can see on their faces that they appointed him the leader of WarGames, but they lost, and he let them down. Rhea Ripley says that Judgment Day is a family. They rise and fall together. Bálor says they’re still the Tag Team Champions. It’s all good. Ripley says just because they made Priest the leader of WarGames and it didn’t turn out in their favor, they’re not going to blame him. Priest says he appreciates it. Priest asks how JD McDonagh is doing. Bálor says he’s still being checked out and suggests they check on him. Priest agrees.
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Video Package: Women’s World Championship is shown
Women’s World Championship: Zoey Stark vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
They talk trash to each other as the bell rings. Ripley slaps Stark in the face, so Stark answers back with a stiff slap to the jaw. Ripley charges, but Stark takes her down and punches away at her. The crowd is cheering Ripley and booing Stark. Stark dropkicks Ripley out of the ring and crushes her with a quick cross-body block off the top rope to the floor. Stark gets Ripley in the ring and hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. Stark charges Ripley in the corner, but Ripley drops her on the apron. Stark knocks her back and goes for a slingshot, but Ripley head-butts her in the jaw. Ripley gets on the apron, and a “Mami” chant picks up. Ripley goes for a suplex on the apron, but Stark fights it. Stark then turns Ripley inside out with a DDT on the apron. Stark pushes Ripley into the ring and hits a slingshot corkscrew senton for a two-count. Ripley quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Stark goes to the apron and kicks Ripley in the chest. Ripley avoids a diving knee and ducks a kick. Ripley lifts Stark and drops her on the apron face-first before sending her into the ring post.
Ripley shouts at Stark and throws her into the ring. Ripley punches away at Stark and talks trash. Ripley shouts that this is her division and Stark is nothing. Ripley powers Stark up for a nice vertical suplex for a two-count. Ripley knees away at Stark’s ribs and clubs her in the spine. Ripley digs her knee into Stark’s spine and pulls back on the arms for a surfboard stretch. Stark tries to fight up, but Ripley slings her down and pulls back on the arms for a curb stomp. Ripley does it again before pulling her up a third time for another slam. Ripley then dropkicks her. Stark forgets her spot, so they stand there for a moment. Stark fights back and hits a jawbreaker, but Ripley cuts her off. Ripley puts Stark on the top rope before punching and chopping her. Ripley climbs to the second rope. Stark fights back, but Ripley cuts her off. Ripley goes for a slam, but they do… something. I think Stark was supposed to land on her feet, but she didn’t stick the landing at all.
Stark rolls Ripley up for a two-count. Ripley elbows out of a German Suplex and stuns her with a kick to the skull. Ripley slams her down on her face and connects with a northern lights suplex for a two-count. Ripley talks trash, so Stark challenges her to hit her hard. Ripley obliges and goes for a Riptide, but Stark slides out and hits a German Suplex. Stark connects with a running knee for a near fall. Ripley blocks the Z-360 and elbows her. Stark hits a kick, but Ripley stuns her with a head-butt. Ripley follows up with the Riptide for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still Women’s World Champion: Rhea Ripley
Mens War Games match…
The clock counts down… and no Randy Orton! Instead, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley runs down with a referee and the Money in the Bank briefcase!
“I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD!”
RANDY ORTON makes his return after more than a year. He is clean-shaven. The crowd gives him an incredible ovation. Orton gets in the ring and closes the door. The bell rings to officially start WarGames.
LET THE WARGAMES BEGIN. Orton clotheslines Mysterio twice and hits a snap powerslam. Orton then this McDonagh with a snap powerslam. Orton had double fusion back surgery, but he’s moving around great. Orton sends Mysterio and McDonagh into the cage wall. Orton hooks Bálor’s head and gives him a hanging DDT!
McIntyre stares at Orton from the second rope. McIntyre gets into the first ring and stares down his old nemesis. Priest attacks Orton from behind. The Judgment Day beats down Orton in the corner. Rhodes, Jey, Rollins, and Zayn cut them off. The entire Judgment Day is in between the ring the two rings. Rhodes, Zayn, Rollins, Jey, and Orton hit stereo-hanging DDTs on the Judgment Day. Orton drops down for an RKO, but then he turns toward Jey to let him know that he hasn’t forgotten what he did to him. Jey superkicks Priest before he attacks Orton. Orton then gives Mysterio an RKO. Rollins gives Priest a Stomp on the diamond plate. Rhodes hits Bálor with a Cody Cutter, and Zayn hits McIntyre with a Cody Kick. Jey leaps off the top rope from the first ring into the second ring with an Uso Splash on McIntyre.
McDonagh is the last man standing and tries to scale the cage wall to save himself. If McDonagh leaves, he’ll forfeit the match for his team. Zayn and Rollins follow him to the top of the cage and attack him. Orton looks up at McDonagh on top of the cage. He’s ready! Rollins and Zayn push McDonagh off the top of the cage into an RKO from Orton! The crowd explodes. Orton sends Priest into Rhodes. Rhodes hits Priest with Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, and Randy Orton
The Judgment Day, with Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley watching on, decimate Rollins and Zayn. Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso run down. A massive brawl breaks out. WWE officials and security run down to restore order. Jey gets Priest in the ring and superkicks him. Jey hits the ropes for a Spear, but JD McDonagh runs in and pushes Priest out of the way and takes the Spear.
Raw General Manager Adam Pearce gets in the ring and screams that he’s seen enough. It’s another night and another ruined match. They have an important title match, and this cannot happen again. The people deserve better. Pearce says everyone involved in WarGames is banned from ringside… only that’s not good enough. They are banned from the arena. Ripley is irate and gets in Pearce’s face.
We return from the break to see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley still in the ring chastising Raw General Manager Adam Pearce. Ripley says this is complete crap. Monday Night Raw needs the Judgment Day. Pearce cannot just ban them from this arena. Pearce asks if she doesn’t like it. Ripley says she doesn’t. Pearce says, “Frankly, my dear, I do not give a damn.” She doesn’t run Monday Night Raw, nor does the Judgment Day. Pearce runs Monday Night Raw. She may not like it, but she better not show her pretty little face during that main event because she is…
Zoey Stark’s music hits. Stark, who will face Ripley for the Women’s World Championship next Saturday at Survivor Series, says she knows Ripley isn’t as dumb as she looks. Ripley knows what Stark is doing out here. Pearce tries to stop this, but Ripley says she wants to hear what Stark has to say. Stark gets in the ring. Stark says she’s inside Ripley’s head. Ripley is spread too thin worrying about too many things. There’s WarGames, the Tag Title Match, little Dom-Dom, and now her title. Stark went through all those women last week. Ripley isn’t going to overlook her.
Ripley says she’s not overlooking her. She’s been watching Stark since NXT. Ripley knew it was only a matter of time before they were in the ring staring face-to-face. Stark has accomplished a lot in her first year. She sent the WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus packing. She beat “The Man” Becky Lynch. Stark has cemented herself as one of the top women in WWE. It’s funny, though, because now that she thinks about it, Stark reminds Ripley of herself. Stark is a future champion, but the only way she’ll win a title in this company is if she’s on the opposite brand from her because Mami is always on top. Ripley says she’s not overlooking her or spreading herself too thin. She can handle the Judgment Day, the Tag Titles, WarGames, Dom-Dom, backstage politics, and the Women’s World Championship because she’s Rhea “Bloody” Ripley. Now that Stark has said her piece, she can get out of the ring while she handles Judgment Day business.
Stark says she nearly took the title at Crown Jewel, but she WILL become champion at Survivor Series. Stark throws the microphone down and walks off. Ripley goes to attack her, but Stark pulls the top rope down to get her out of the ring. Stark goes for a dive, but Ripley backs off. Stark shouts at Ripley from the ring.
The Judgment Day Locker Room
The Judgment Day is in their locker room. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley says they need to focus on the Tag Team Title match before suggesting they ask their “fearless” leader. Damian Priest says he got a little upset and said what he said. Ripley says it would be good for WarGames if Priest was in charge. Ripley then mentions that Priest could be sitting in the trainer’s room if it weren’t for JD McDonagh. They think it’s time to make McDonagh a full member of the Judgment Day. Priest says he is ok with it and will handle it himself.
Replays are shown of Drew McIntyre giving Jey Uso the Claymore Kick to cost Jey and Rhodes the Tag Team Titles.
Drew McIntyre stands at the top of the ramp and stares down at the ring. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley comes out and stands next to him. McIntyre looks over at her. Ripley extends her hand, and McIntyre shakes it! McIntyre smiles at her, and she smiles back. Rhodes and Jey do not look happy in the ring.
Out at number 25 is Austin Theory. Edge, meanwhile, chases The Judgment Day to the back. He ends up brawling with Balor and Priest in the aisle. Rhea Ripley comes out and starts beating on Edge but then from behind, Beth Phoenix appears and the crowd goes wild. She blasts Ripley with a Spear to pop the crowd again.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
We shoot to ring announcer Samantha Irvin, who informs us that it is now time for the 30-woman Royal Rumble match. With that said, she begins the brief explanation of the rules and when she wraps up, Rhea Ripley’s theme hits and out comes The Judgment Day member as entrant number one.
“It looks like mami is in for a long night,” says Corey Graves on commentary as she emerges from the back and heads down to the ring. She settles inside the squared circle and her music dies down.
Now in as the second entrant is former SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan. Michael Cole reminds us that Morgan claimed she wanted to enter this match in the number one spot. He says this is just as good.
Morgan and Ripley start the women’s Royal Rumble match off as the bell sounds to get this one underway. Ripley pounds the crap out of Morgan for the first minute or so and just as Morgan starts to take over on offense, Dana Brooke comes out as the third entrant.
Dana Brooke comes in with a Barbie inspired Margot Robbie look, as Corey Graves points out on commentary. She hits a big super-plex on Morgan off the top-rope and when the countdown clock expires, Emma comes out as the number four entrant.
As the four women in the match thus far duke it out in the ring, the countdown clock appears again and out comes Shayna Baszler as the fifth participant to enter the match. She dominates for a while as the commentators sing her praises for her past work in Rumble matches.
The countdown clock appears again and when it expires this time, out comes Damage CTRL’s Bayley as the latest entrant. She mixes it up with the other competitors in the bout and then the seventh entrant comes out, none other than B-Fab from Hit Row. Within 36 seconds, Rhea Ripley eliminates her.
Out at number eight is NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez. The Texas native who is from Laredo makes her way to the ring as the commentators sing her praises and remind everyone she is a Booker T standout student from Reality of Wrestling.
Perez hits some nice spots and lets out a nice war scream to get the fans to pop. The countdown clock appears and when it expires, out at number nine is another Damage CTRL member, Dakota Kai.
Dana Brooke and Liv Morgan start to beat down Damage CTRL members Dakota Kai and Bayley. When the countdown clock hits and runs out again, the third Damage CTRL member Iyo Sky hits the ring and makes the save for Bayley and Dakota Kai, stopping them from being eliminated by Brooke and Morgan.
Emma avoids elimination but moments later, Dana Brooke isn’t as lucky, as she gets eliminated. Emma is eliminated by Dakota Kai a few seconds later. Roxanne Perez nearly eliminates Dakota Kai but she avoids being dumped out.
Perez ends up getting eliminated and then the countdown clock expires and out comes Natalya. Michael Cole reminds everyone that Shayna Baszler broke her nose the last time we saw her and immediately the camera shows Baszler doing the Vince McMahon “gulp” facial that he’d make when the glass would shatter for “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s entrance.
Nattie goes straight after “The Queen of Spades,” taking it to “The Submission Magician” with a vengeance as the commentators sing the praises of the women’s wrestling legend. Out at number 12 in the women’s Royal Rumble for her third Rumble appearance is Candice LeRae. She goes right after Dakota Kai upon entering the ring.
We see Natalya avoid being eliminated by Baszler. She nearly throws Baszler out but the refs claim only one of her feet hit the floor. Baszler slaps her choke finisher on Nattie and then Damage CTRL comes over and eliminates them both.
Zoey Stark from NXT comes out as the 13th entrant in the match. She battles with the women in the ring and then Xia Li comes out as the fourteenth entrant in the match. LeRae is eliminated by Damage CTRL and then the countdown clock appears again. When it expires, the familiar sounds of Becky Lynch’s theme hits and out comes “The Man” as entrant number 15.
A bunch of the members in the match go under the bottom rope and they all gang up and beat down “Big Time Becks” outside of the ring. The Damage CTRL trio continue to work her over, throwing her into the barricade and leaving her laying before taunting the commentators.
Now the theme hits to bring out entrant number 16 — Tegan Nox. She comes off the top and splashes onto a bunch of the women in the match. At number 17, out comes Asuka to an enormous pop from the San Antonio fans.
She plays the crowd like a fiddle, getting one of the more impressive reactions from the crowd of the night. She eliminates Tegan Nox and then Piper Niven comes out at number 18. You heard that right. Piper Niven. Not Doudrop, although the commentators immediately start with the puns.
The 19th entrant hits and out comes Tamina. She and Niven go at it and then Lynch finally recovers and gets in the ring. The countdown clock strikes down and out at number 20 is Chelsea Green. As soon as Green gets in the ring, Ripley throws her right back out. Michael Cole speculates that she has broken the record at 5 seconds for the fastest elimination ever.
Becky Lynch eliminates Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky but is then eliminated herself by Bayley. Bayley is then eliminated by Liv Morgan. Lynch and Damage CTRL start brawling at ringside as the action continues inside the ring with the participants still in the match.
Zelina Vega comes out dressed as one of the characters in Street Fighter 6, the video game. Michael Cole informs us that she is one of the voices in the new video game. She settles inside the ring as the latest entrant. Vega takes out Rhea Ripley and then she eliminates Xia Li.
The countdown clock appears again and when it expires this time, Raquel Rodriguez’s theme hits and the hometown favorite of the San Antonio crowd comes out to a big pop and makes her way to the ring. She dukes it out with Vega in the ring and then the clock appears again. It expires and out at number 23 is Mia Yim “Michin.”
We see the countdown clock appear again and when it expires out at number 24 is Lacey Evans. Evans dominates some of the participants and then tells the fans to stand and salute her.
The countdown clock appears again and after being shown as a cameo in the front row earlier, Michelle McCool’s theme hits and we see her stand up from her seat in the front row, take her jacket off, tell her kids she loves them and then hops up on the barricade to pose before heading into the ring and immediately duking it out with Piper Niven. The fans break out in loud “You still got it!” chants. McCool then eliminates Tamina.
After another clock appears and expires, out comes another NXT talent as Indi Hartwell runs down to the ring as the next participant in the match. The countdown clock appears again and when it expires this time, the number 27 entrant, Sonya Deville, comes out. Zoey Stark is quickly eliminated by Deville.
Lacey Evans locks Zelina Vega up in a standing camel clutch while on the middle ropes. She ends up dropping her out on the floor from all the way up there for the latest elimination. Out at number 28 next is Shotzi in the T.C.B. Tank.
Deville makes another elimination, tossing Indi Hartwell out and ending her night early. Out at number 29 comes Nikki Cross. She sprints to the ring as Corey Graves calls her Usain Bolt. She hits the ring and doesn’t bother taking her ring jacket off, instead immediately mixing it up with everyone in reaching distance.
Out of nowhere without a countdown clock, the theme for Nia Jax hits. We see the countdown clock at number seven appear on the screen as she makes her way out. Odd. Anyways after the production glitch, we hear the crowd react and the commentators over-react to Nia Jax making her way to the ring for her return WWE appearance as the surprise entrant in the 30th and final spot.
Every single woman in the match all gang up together and go at Nia Jax. She ends up fighting them all off. Then Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax go face-to-face and we’re supposed to look at this as competitive moments after Rodriguez and the rest of the women in the match couldn’t collectively.
Nia Jax fights everyone off and continues to beat down anyone in sight, stopping to shriek out about how she is the best. Rhea Ripley nearly scooped Jax up from behind, but Jax avoids it. Ripley hits on her some more and then does, in fact, hoist her up (sort of) for a Rip-Cord. The women all gang up again and then throw Nia Jax over the top-rope to eliminate her.
We’re down to the final ten in the match, as all 30 have entered, and Raquel Rodriguez eliminates Lacey Evans. We see Rodriguez fighting it out with Asuka now, while Liv Morgan looks to make an elimination in the background. Rodriguez throws Asuka and Deville over the top, but they each land on the ring apron and start kicking Rodriguez.
Moments later, Deville is eliminated by Asuka. Ripley eliminates McCool.
Shotzi is eliminated, as is “another human,” as Pat McAfee points out on commentary after Piper Niven launches someone over the top for another elimination.
Piper Niven hits a big cannonball spot on Rodriguez in the corner of the ring and then she heads to the middle rope looking for a Vader bomb. Instead, Rodriguez gets under her and lifts her over the top. She then kicks her off the ring apron for the elimination. Ripley and Rodriguez lock up and both go flying over the top, but Ripley hangs on and Rodriguez ends up eliminated.
Ripley runs over and dumps Nikki Cross over the top rope, and Asuka. They both start fighting back at Ripley from outside the ring ropes on the apron while Ripley is in the ring. Liv Morgan runs over and eliminates Cross. We’re down to Ripley, Morgan and Asuka as the final three and the fans give them a standing ovation as they look around at each other.
We see Ripley and Morgan nearly eliminate each other. All three end up on the ring apron outside the ropes, Asuka sprays Morgan with the green mist and then Ripley kicks her to eliminate her. Morgan is blinded by the mist but still in it, and Ripley is still active as well. Ripley picks up a blinded Morgan, who hits a Code-breaker that nearly eliminates her. Ripley holds onto the ropes as her feet dangle, but Ripley gets a headscissors on her and uses her legs to eliminate her. Ripley wins. One hour, one minute and three seconds. Entered number one and won.
Winner of the 2023 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley sits up and bites the ropes as the music hits. She is all smiles as Asuka and Liv look on from the floor. Ripley hits the corner to pose, and she points up at the WrestleMania 39 sign s the pyro goes off. We see more pyro going off outside of The Alamodome. We go to replays. Ripley continues her celebration while sitting on the top turnbuckle.
Royal Rumble Exclusive 2023 Royal Rumble Post-Show Press Conference
2023 Rumble Post Show Press Conference
We go to commercial.
We are back and Rhea says Mami is here and she is ready for the Royal Rumble. She says she has come close but this year is her year. She will win the Royal Rumble and punch her golden ticket to the Royal Rumble.
We go right to the ring and out comes The Bloodline – Solo Sikoa and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. We see how Sikoa and The Usos helped Sami Zayn defeat Kevin Owens on SmackDown as a disappointed Zayn looked on.
Jey says that the Bloodline is in your city. Jimmy says you see what the ones are doing each week. We run Smackdown and Raw every single week. He says before Solo puts a beating on Ali tonight, they need to address what happened on Friday.
Jey says they hope KO got the message that you don’t cross the Tribal Chief and you will get another lesson at the Royal Rumble. Jey says they have huge plans for Raw XXX.
Jimmy says there will be an Acknowledgment Ceremony with all generations of family members.
Jey says they will also beat THE Judgment Day next week.
THE Judgment Day’s music plays and they appear on the stage.
Rhea tells them to stop right there. The only thing that the Bloodline needs to acknowledge is that THE Judgment Day runs Raw.
Finn says not only do they run this show but they ran through the gauntlet and they are running straight for The Bloodline.
They enter the ring and Finn says he wants to thank the Ex Con Dom for stepping up and filling in for his fallen brother to make THE Judgment Day the number one contenders.
Damian says him and Dom are going to handle business with Alpha while you are in the main event. Priest says those red belts are coming back to Raw. Damian asks if the Bloodline has stepped up to them. Why is that?
Ex Con Dom says he knows why. He asks Mami if he can smell it. Dom says he smells fear. They are scared. Dom asks Jimmy and Jey if they are scared.
Jimmy asks if they are supposed to be scared of Dom. Jey says they have been champions for 546 days. They run through all of the teams that they beat. Jey reminds Dom that they won the titles against Dom and his dad. At Raw XXX, THE Judgment Day, welcome to the Uso Penitentiary.
Dom says he hears them talking but Dom says you wouldn’t last a minute with the prisoners he was in with. They called the Usos ‘wannabe Eses’. The biggest pretender is the one standing in the background.
Solo and Ex Con Dom get in each other’s face and then Rhea gets in Solo’s face. Solo backs up and then he gets back in Rhea’s face.
Dom with a forearm to Solo and Solo head butts Dom. Finn and Priest go after The Usos. Rhea gets back in Solo’s face. Rhea tells Solo to hit her and Ali with a cross body off the turnbuckles.
We go to commercial.
Cathy Kelley is with THE Judgment Day. Cathy asks Finn how does he feel going into his match tonight. Finn says if anyone is ready for a six pack challenge, it is him. Cathy asks them about their tag title match.
Chad and Otis show up and Chad says he cannot believe that he heard how THE Judgment Day went through the tag division. You barely got past us. We will take back the win you took from us. Rhea tells Chad to leave before he does something they regret. Dom says he has been pumping iron in the yard all day. Chad says you need to supplement a strong body with a strong mind, but you need to work on both. He tells Dom to take some online courses. Dom says you don’t want to know what they would do with people like Chad in prison.
Damian tells them to take a walk. Chad says Otis hasn’t gotten in his steps yet so they will leave.
We go to commercial.
The Judgment Day walk in the back as we go to commercial.
Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest vs. Otis and Chad Gable
Dom and Chad start things off and he wants a test of strength but Chad teases going for the leg and Dom goes down to the mat. Rhea gives Dom some advice. Dom tags in Priest. Gable avoids Priest and goes for the leg. Priest with a gutwrench but Gable gets to his feet. Gable with a waist lock and Priest misses an elbow. Priest sends Gable through the ropes to the floor. Priest with a wrist lock and Gable goes for a drop toe hold but Priest stays on his feet. Gable avoids a boot and blocks a kick. Gable with a standing ankle lock and Priest gets to the ropes. Priest with a boot to the chest. Priest with a punch and Irish whip.
Priest misses the elbow into the corner and Gable with a dragon screw. Otis tags in and he struts and hits a body block. Otis with a wrist lock and Chad tags in and he goes up top with a double sledge to the arm and he knocks Dom down on the apron. Dom pulls the rope down and Gable goes over the top rope to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Gable with a triangle in the ropes and Priest tags in. Priest keeps Chad from making the tag with a forearm. Priest with kicks to Chad followed by a rolling elbow and an elbow in the corner. Priest with a Broken Arrow. Priest knocks Otis off the apron and then puts Gable on the turnbuckles. Priest with a punch and Dom tags in. Dom goes to the turnbuckles and sets for a superplex. Chad pushes Dom off the turnbuckles and Chad with a diving head butt across the ring. Otis and Priest tag in and Otis with a shoulder tackle and back fist. Otis with a shoulder tackle to Dom. Priest boxes the ears and Priest with a thrust kick. Otis with a power slam for a near fall. Otis runs into a boot.
Dom tags in and Otis with a splash to both men. Otis with an Irish whip and splash to Priest but he does not realize that Dom has tagged in. Priest falls to the mat and Otis sets for the caterpillar. Gable tags in and Otis goes to the turnbuckles but Dom pulls Gable off the apron. Gable with an exploder on the floor. Priest with South of Heaven off the turnbuckles. Gable with Chaos Theory to Priest and Dom with a rollup for a nraer fall. Chad with an ankle lock on Dom. Rhea pushes the ropes to Dom and then distracts the referee. Priest with South of Heaven to Gable and Dom gingerly rolls onto Gable to get the three count.
Winners: Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio
Cathy Kelley is in the back with Candice LeRae. Cathy asks for an update on Johnny. Johnny says the doctors told him to take some time off to get back to 100 percent. Candice is asked what is next and she says she is looking forward to being in the Royal Rumble.
Rhea Ripley walks in the back and she says it is infuriating that Candice is excited to get in the Royal Rumble because she has no chance of winning. Candice says she has as much a chance as Rhea. Candice suggests they do it tonight instead of waiting for Royal Rumble. Rhea says this is a great homecoming gift for Dominik to see Candice squashed like a bug.
Rhea Ripley vs. Candice LeRae
Rhea has some words for Candice and she pie faces Candice. Candice with chops, forearms, and punches. Rhea pushes Candice down and misses a boot. Candice with a rollup for a near fall. Candice gets a boot up and then she goes to the turnbuckles to try for a tornado DDT but Rhea blocks it and she sends Candice face first to the mat for a near fall. Rhea with a kick to the back. Rhea sends Candice into the turnbuckles and follows with a hard Irish whip. Rhea works on the back and she sends Candice into the corner and connects with shoulders.
Rhea with a forearm to the back and a biel across the ring. Rhea with another biel to send Candice across the ring again. Rhea with shoulders in the corner. Rhea puts Candice on the top turnbuckle and she slaps Candice. Rhea sets for a superplex but Candice escapes and slides under. Rhea punches the turnbuckle when Candice moves and Candice with a German superplex. Rhea misses a boot and goes over the top rope to the floor. Candice with a drop kick through the ropes and a springboard cross body but Rhea catches Candice. Rhea swings Candice into the ringside barrier. Rhea with Prison Trap outside the ring and she swings Candice into the ringside barrier again.
Rhea sends Candice back into the ring. Rhea with RipTide for the three count.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
We see THE Judgment Day walking in the garage and it is almost time for MizTV.
Miz TV Segment
We go back to the ring for another must see episode of MizTV and out comes The Miz while Mike Rome does the introductions. Miz welcomes everyone and says he outdid himself tonight. He’s had a lot of notable guests, like John Cena and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, but on the first MizTV of 2023, he’s going to give an exclusive look at our justice system. Miz calls on everyone to give it up for The Judgment Day’s bad boy. The music hits and out comes The Judgment Day – Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, and Rhea Ripley. Dominik is dressed like a gang member as Graves talks up his time in jail.
Ripley and Dominik take a seat while Priest and Balor stand. Dominik learned in prison that you always roll with your crew. He also learned that snitches get stitches. Miz says everyone wants to know what happened in jail. Dominik says imagine being locked up with the world’s most dangerous people, not knowing when your next meal is coming, and it’s push or be pushed. He did a lot of thinking and decided he had to do what he had to do if he was ever going to see Ripley on the other side. When life comes at you with terrible changes, you have to just grab it by the balls, kind of how Maryse does with you.
Miz says this isn’t about him. Priest says it sure isn’t. Priest wants Dominik to tell about how he had to set that one guy straight in jail. Dominik recalls how he heard his celly talking about wanting to punch him in the face. Dominik says he slapped the guy and asked him if they had a problem, and that was that. Miz says that must’ve been a traumatic experience. He calls on the crowd to give him a round of applause for telling this traumatic experience. Dominik says he knows exactly how Martha Stewart felt. Miz says his sources told him how Dominik only spent a few hours in county jail. The Judgment Day steps to The Miz now. Miz isn’t sure of Dominik’s story, but Priest threatens him. Miz says maybe he was misinformed. Priest says Dominik will be ringside to watch he and Balor win tonight’s main event, and then they’re coming for Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. Priest goes to threaten Miz again but the music interrupts and out comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson of The O.C.
#1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil: The O.C. vs. The Judgment Day vs. The Street Profits vs. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander vs. Alpha Academy
Balor kicks Anderson but Anderson with a punch and uppercut in the corner. Balor with a chop and shoulders in the corner. Balor with an Irish whip and a running chop in the corner. Anderson with a knee and he sends Balor into the corner and Balor with boots. Anderson with a leg lariat for a near fall. Gallows tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle. Gallows with elbows to the collarbone. Gallows with a punch and Anderson tags in. Anderson with a chop and Gallows tags back in. Gallows with a punch and he sends Balor into the turnbuckles Gallows with peek a boo uppercuts. Balor with a kick to the leg and Priest tags in.
Gallows with a kick and Irish whip followed by a splash. Priest with a forearm and kicks. Gallows with a round kick to the temple. Gallows misses a boot and Priest kicks Gallows in the leg. Balor tags in and he kicks Gallows in the leg. Balor wraps Gallows’ leg in the ropes. Balor with kicks to the leg. Gallows with a forearm to the back and Priest tags in and kicks Gallows in the leg. Priest with an Irish whip and an elbow in the corner. Gallows blocks a suplex and Priest blocks a suplex. Gallows with a suplex and Anderson tags in.
Anderson with chops and uppercuts. He knocks Balor off the apron and Priest misses a splash into the corner. Anderson with a chop and Priest with an Irish whip. Priest misses a splash in the corner and Anderson with a jumping thrust kick. Anderson punches Balor and then Priest sends Anderson into the ring steps while Balor talks to the referee.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Anderson with a neck breaker to Balor. Gallows makes the tag and he connects with clotheslines and an uppercut. Gallows with a hip into the corner and a flying back elbow. Gallows with a punch and thrust kick to Priest. Gallows with a pump handle slam for a near fall. Anderson tags in and Gallows gets Balor up but Dominik trips Anderson and Balor with a rollup for the three count.
Segment Two: Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin vs. Damian Priest and Finn Balor
Alexander with a suicide dive to Balor and Shelton goes after Priest. Alexander with an Irish whip but Balor with a rollup for a near fall. Alexander with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Shelton tags in and he kicks Balor. Shelton with a suplex for a near fall. Balor punches Shelton Shelton with a clothesline and Alexander tags in. Alexander with forearms for a near fall. Alexander with a kick to the back and a rear chin lock. Cedric has some words for Priest and Shelton tags in. Shelton with a forearm to the back and he goes for a power bomb but Balor lands on his feet. Shelton with a spinning heel kick. Priest tags in and Shelton with German suplexes to Priest and Balor. Shelton with a running knee into the corner and Alexander tags in. Shelton sends Priest to Alexander for a jumping knee and he gets a near fall. Shelton sends Balor to the floor. Alexander with elbows to the back and he applies a waist lock. Alexander with a Neuralizer for a near fall. Priest with a forearm but Alexander with a drop kick. Balor tags in and Priest with South of Heaven. Priest stops Shelton and Balor with Coup de Grace for the three count.
Segment Three: Otis and Chad Gable vs. Finn Balor and Damian Priest
We are back and Balor with boots to Gable followed by sling blade. Priest tags in and hits Broken Arrow for a near fall. Priest with a side head lock. Gable with punches to Priest and Priest with an elbow in the corner. Balor tags in and Priest with a snap mare. Balor with a slingshot boot to Gable. Balor with a back breaker and Priest with a leg drop for a near fall. Priest sends Gable to the floor and Balor helps Gable up and chops him. Balor with shoulders against the apron. Balor sends Gable back into the ring and hits an elbow drop to the back.
Balor poses with his foot on Gable’s back. Balor with a reverse chin lock. Balor with a knee to the midsection and he has some words for Otis. Chad with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Otis and Priest tag in and Otis with a shoulder tackle and a spinning back fist. Otis with a body block to Priest and a slam to Balor. Otis with a splash in the corner and then he Irish whips Priest into Balor and Otis with a splash to both men. Otis looks around as Priest falls to the mat and it is time for the Caterpillar and elbow drop. Balor comes off the turnbuckles and Otis catches Balor and hits a power slam. Balor pulls Gable on top of him when Otis hits the Vader Bomb. Priest kicks Otis and hits a clothesline for the three count.
The medical staff checks on Balor who appears to have injured his ribs. Pearce says if Balor is medically disqualified they forfeit. Priest says he will do it himself. Pearce tells Priest they can forfeit or Dom takes Balor’s spot. Priest says Dom will take Balor’s spot.
Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest vs. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins
The Street Profits make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Dawkins kicks Dominik and removes his flannel shirt. Ford tags in and he hits a drop kick. Dominik begs for mercy and Ford kicks Dom in the corner. Ford with a chop and Dawkins tags in and chops Dom. Ford tags in and both men chop and kick Dom. Ford with a forearm to the back and Dawkins tags in. We see Balor sitting uncomfortably in a chair at ringside.
Dawkins with a forearm. Dom with punches and kicks. Dawkins with an Irish whip and twisting splash into the corner. Ford tags in and punches Dom. Ford kicks Dom and stomps on the ribs. Ford gets a near fall. Dawkins tags in and he biels Dom across the ring and Priest tags in while Rhea yells at Kevin. Ford wants to tag in and Dawkins allows it. Ford shuffles around and Priest with a punch and he sends Ford into the corner. Priest with punches and kicks in the corner. Dawkins comes in and Priest chokes Ford in the ropes while the referee deals with Dawkins. Priest with a forearm and hard Irish whip. Priest kicks Ford in the ribs and follows with another hard Irish whip. Priest with a forearm. Ford with punches and elbows. Ford with a chop and he flips over Priest. Ford avoids a kick and punches. Priest blocks a kick and Ford with a back fist and Priest is pissed and bleeding from the mouth.
Ford drops down and Priest goes over the top rope to the floor. Dom tries to interfere and Ford chases Dom to the floor but Priest with a POUNCE that sends Ford over the announce table. Dawkins with a flip dive onto Dom and Priest.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Priest punches Dawkins and gets a near fall. Dom tags in and he punches Dawkins. Dom with a reverse chin lock. Dawkins tries to escape the hold but Dom holds on to it. Dawkins with an arm drag and forearms. Dawkins with a sunset flip and he gets a near fall because Dom isn’t his father so you can sunset flip him. Dom with a forearm and Priest tags in and kicks Dawkins. Priest with a slam and he gets a near fall. Ford yells at Rhea and Rhea yells back at him.
Dom tags back in and Dawkins with punches. Dom sends Dawkins into the ropes and Dom sets for a 619 but Dawkins gets off the ropes and hits a flying back elbow. Ford tags in and he hits a cross body onto both en. Ford drop kicks Priest to the floor. Ford with a clothesline and a back heel kick and an enzuigiri. Ford with a belly-to-back suplex and a standing moonsault for a near fall. Dawkins tosses Dom to Ford for a German suplex and Dawkins gets a near fall. Dawkins gets Dom up and Dom gets to his feet and he tags in Priest. Priest with a punch to Dawkins and a leaping flatliner to Ford. Priest with a clothesline to Dawkins for a near fall. Priest goes for a springboard move but Dawkins with a forearm. Ford tags in and Dom makes the tag. Ford with a rana and Dawkins with a kick. Priest sends Dawkins over the ringside barrier and Ford with a flip dive over Dominik onto Priest on the floor. Ford goes up top and hits a 450 splash but Priest pulls Ford out of the ring on the cover. Ford avoids Priest and Priest goes into the ring steps. Dom with a rollup and his feet on the ropes for the three count.
Winner: The Judgment Day
After the match, the music hits as The Judgment Day quickly regroups at the bottom of the ramp as The Profits try to recover in the ring. We go to replays. The music interrupts and out comes The Usos now. The Usos face off at ringside with The Judgment Day, raising their titles in the air. The intense face-off continues as RAW goes off the air.
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Alpha Academy and Judgment Day still to come!
Dom emotes as he talks about life on the inside when he was in prison. He served hard time and survived. Prison changed him and he tells Rhea he will see hr soon.
Byron is backstage with the rest of Judgment Day. Finn says what happened to Dom on Christmas Eve was a miscarriage of justice. Priest knows a guy, Tony and he was able to get Dom out of jail quickly. Priest is great at chewing up the screen in these interviews.
Camp and Stanford discuss Dom in prison and Camp makes sure to note it was a few hours in a holding cell.
Judgment Day up next!
To the video as The Street Profits got a win over Judgment Day thanks a distraction from Tozawa, who threw a drink into Dom’s face. That leads to Rhea Ripley challenging Tozawa and sure why not? Finn gets involved and Rhea gets the win with Riptide.
Judgment Day is backstage and they are all sporting purple Santa hats. Saxton brings up the loss to The Street Profits and they call him out for their negativity. It’s all the positivity as The Judgment Day is on the rise. Finn plugs the new Judgment Day Happy Holidays t-shirt. Priest lets us know that Santa doesn’t even like Saxton.
We go back to the ring and out comes The Judgment Day – Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio with Rhea Ripley. They head to the ring together and Ripley stops to whisper something in Dominik’s ear. The Judgment Day poses on the apron as we go back to commercial.
The Judgment Day vs. The Street Profits and Akira Tozawa
Dawkins and Priest start things off and Dawkins with a side head lock and shoulder tackle but Priest stays on his feet. Priest blocks a hip toss and Dawkins with a drop kick. Priest with an Irish whip and Dawkins floats over. Priest with a forearm and Dominik tags in and he kicks and punches Dawkins. Balor tags in and he connects with shoulders. Dawkins with a drop kick to Balor and Ford tags in and Ford with a drop kick. Tozawa tags in and hits a forearm off the turnbuckles. Tozawa with a front face lock Balor with shoulders in the corner and a chop. Balor with a punch and Irish whip. Balor with a chop in the corner. Balor with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Tozawa with a head scissors that sends Balor to the floor. Priest stops Tozawa from setting up a dive to the floor.
Tozawa chops Priest and then Balor hits Tozawa with a clothesline. THE Judgment Day pose.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Priest stretches Tozawa and then goes for a hot shot but Tozawa escapes and he tags in Ford. Ford with punches and a back heel kick. Ford with a kick and he escapes South of Heaven and connects with a clothesline that does not move Priest. Ford with a back first and Priest misses a spinning heel kick. Ford with a blockbuster and a kick from the apron. Ford with a forearm to Balor and he kicks Dominik. Priest pushes Ford over the announce table into Kevin. Rhea has some words for Dawkins before Angelo goes back to his corner.
Ford struggles to get back into the ring but he powers up at nine. Priest with a clothesline for a near fall. Dominik tags in and he punches Ford and chokes him in the ropes. Dominik shimmies to pay tribute to his ‘father’. Dominik with a suplex and he holds but he decides to tag in Balor. Balor chokes Ford in the ropes. Balor with a front face lock. Ford tries to make his way to his corner to make the tag but Balor stops him. Dawkins is tagged in but the referere was distracted by THE Judgment Day so the tag is not allows. Balor with punches and kicks to Ford and then he knocks Tozawa off the apron. Priest tags in and hits an elbow in the corner. Balor with a slingshot boot and Dominik with a slingshot senton. Balor tags in and hits a back breaker for a near fall. Ford lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and Ford with an enzuigiri and both men are down.
Dawkins tags in and he clotheslines Balor and then he takes care of Priest and Dominik. Dawkins with a flying back elbow and a twisting splash into the corner and enzuigiri. Dawkins with a butterfly neck breaker for a near fall. Balor with an elevated elbow drop to Dawkins and both men are down. Dominik and Tozawa tag in and Tozawa with punches. Tozawa with a knee and a back heel kick. Tozawa misses a spinning heel kick and Dominik with elbows. Tozawa with a kick from the turnbuckles and a missile drop kick. Ford with a cross body to Balor. Priest with a kick to Dawkins and South of Heaven to Ford and a clothesline to Dawkins. Tozawa sends Priest to the floor.
Dominik with a rollup for a near fall and then Dominik is sent to the floor. Tozawa with a suicide head butt and he leaps over Dominik when Dominik moves. Tozawa with a DDT to Balor and then to Dominik. Tozawa goes up top and Priest with a Razor’s Edge from the apron. Dominik gets the three count.
Winners: The Judgment Day
After the match, The Judgment Day celebrates as we go to replays.
Raw Talk Recap
To the video as The Street Profits and Tozawa took on Judgment Day. Priest hits a sick Razor’s Edge on Tozawa from the apron and Dom gets the pin.
To the video as Rhea Ripley gets a win over Asuka thanks to Dom. That leads to Dom getting blue mist to the eyes. Asuka takes another loss, but I assume it is leading to Asuka being reborn down the line.
The Judgment Day is backstage with Byron Saxton and Dom is still trying to clear his eyes. Damian says it was a positive night for The Judgment Day. Balor says they won it all tonight and it is thanks to Dom. Priest: “What other legend would step up and eat the mist? That’s my hero right there.” Priest is killing me with his delivery with some of this stuff. Rhea refers to Dom as her Latino Heat and they take their leave.
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