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
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.
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring alongside NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and JD McDonagh. Ripley welcomes everyone to Monday Night Raw, the show that the Judgment Day runs. They have proved it every week. It’s not just a saying. They’ve taken care of every single Superstar that has stood in their way. Last week, Damian Priest absolutely shattered Cody Rhodes’s ankle. That’s just the beginning. Tonight, her “Dirty” Dom, her Latino Heat, is going to put down Ricochet and remind him not to disrespect the Judgment Day. Then we have JD McDonagh, who is going to remind Seth “Freakin” Rollins exactly what it feels like to be an enemy of the Judgment Day.
As for Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre, they’ve got some decisions to make. Whichever one decides to make the right deal with the Judgment Day will determine who is walking out of Crown Jewel as a loser like the rest of the people or the World Heavyweight Champion. Speaking of Crown Jewel, she’ll be stepping into the ring with four of the baddest women in WWE. For her, that’s just another opportunity to prove to everyone who is the most dominant woman in the WWE. She’ll prove why Mami is always on top.
Sami Zayn’s music hits to interrupt the Eradicator of the Judgment Day. A loud “Sami” chant picks up. Zayn says he knows he wasn’t invited out here, but he’s sick of hearing her talk about the power of the Judgment Day and how they have all the championships. He’s tired of hearing about how the Judgment Day runs Monday Night Raw. Zayn is going to tell her something about him as if they don’t know from fighting him for the last six months. Zayn’s entire career has seen him fight people who think like the Judgment Day and think all that matters is power. They think they can do whatever they want in the name of power. If that’s the name of their game, that’s fine. They need to understand that his game is rebellion and resistance. It doesn’t matter if he has to fight them all by himself, as long as there is a breath of air in his body, he will fight! Zayn is FIRED UP. Another “Sami” chant picks up. Zayn will fight the Judgment Day and everything they stand for until the Judgment Day is no more.
Ripley cackles into the microphone. She says it’s hilarious that he can resist all he wants… it doesn’t matter. They don’t need the numbers when it comes to him. If management says it’s okay, he can go one-on-one against Damian Priest. Mysterio starts to talk, but the crowd viciously boos him. Mysterio says they should teach Zayn a lesson right now.
The three square off against Zayn, but Ricochet runs down to help out. Ripley backs Mysterio and McDonagh off. The Judgment Day leaves the ring without incident. McDonagh charges Ricochet, but Ricochet easily sends him over the top rope. Mysterio goes for a cheap shot, but he falls to his rear end when Ricochet turns on him.
Non-Title Match: NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio w/ Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and JD McDonagh vs. Ricochet
We join this match in progress to see Ricochet take Mysterio down with a handspring head-scissor takeover and a dropkick for a one-count. Ricochet punches away at Mysterio and chops the chest. Rhea Ripley shouts to Mysterio from ringside. Ricochet sends him into the ropes, but Mysterio holds on. Mysterio drops Ricochet on the apron and blocks a kick before pulling him crotch-first into the middle rope. Mysterio then kicks Ricochet off the apron to the floor.
Mysterio goes outside and drives Ricochet sternum-first into the commentary table. Mami is happy. Mysterio gets Ricochet in the ring and shoulders him in the corner. Mysterio whips Ricochet hard sternum-first into the turnbuckles. Mysterio stomps him down in the corner and taunts the crowd. Mysterio gets him to his feet and whips him hard into the opposite corner. Mysterio goes for another whip, but Ricochet twists to the apron before kicking him in the face. Ricochet comes off the ropes, but he lands on his feet when Mysterio moves. Ricochet hits a backflip dropkick and an enzuigiri. Ricochet follows up with a northern lights suplex before floating over into a suplex. Ricochet hits a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Mysterio rolls out of the ring to recover. Mysterio gets up, and Ricochet immediately wipes him out with a suicide dive!
We come back from the break to see Mysterio applying a rear chin lock to Ricochet. Ricochet fights up and elbows out. Mysterio quickly cuts him off with a kick to the midsection and starts up the Three Amigos. One amigo… two amigos… three amigos! Mysterio hits a catapult into the second rope and signals for a 619. Ricochet ducks a 619 and connects with a handspring back elbow.
Both men are down. Ricochet gets to his feet and punches away at Mysterio. Mysterio reverses a whip, but Ricochet catches him with a hurricanrana into the corner. Ricochet hits a running shoulder before heading to the top rope for a diving cross-body block. Ricochet follows up with a springboard moonsault off the middle rope for a near fall. Ricochet lifts Mysterio, but Mysterio rakes the eyes. Mysterio connects with a blockbuster and heads to the top rope. Mysterio lands on his feet when Ricochet moves. Ricochet then takes him down with a superkick. Ricochet pulls Mysterio into position and climbs to the top rope. Ripley gets on the apron to distract the referee. McDonagh goes for a cheap shot, but Ricochet jumps at him, landing on the apron. Mysterio pulls Ricochet into the ring with a roll-up and gets his feet on the ropes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio
An irate Ricochet superkicks JD McDonagh out of the ring and hits Mysterio with the Recoil. Ricochet goes to the top rope, but Ripley pulls Mysterio out of the way. The Judgment Day heads up the ramp.
Backstage in The Judgment Day Locker Room
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Finn Bálor and Damian Priest are backstage. The New Day comes in dressed as the New Judgment Day. They’re not happy that Balor and Priest don’t have candy for them. They bump into Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, and JD McDonagh on the way out.
Bálor says he was happy Mysterio won his match, but what happened after was not good. Mysterio says that Ricochet will pay for what he did. Damian Priest says that never would have happened if the entire Judgment Day was out there. Ripley says they have other business to attend to. Priest says there is a lot going on this week. He’ll beat Cody Rhodes at WWE Crown Jewel. Then maybe he’ll cash in on Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns, or even LA Knight. Still, they’re supposed to be equals, and he is not happy that she made a match for him against Sami Zayn. Ripley said she only did that because he is the Punishment of the Judgment Day. Priest says this night isn’t about him but rather the Judgment Day because they run this place.
Priest is glad Rhodes is out here because he would have found him at some point. Priest is also happy that he brought up the Bloodline. There is a lot of talk about Rhodes’s story. People involved in his story sent Jimmy Uso out there last week. The story has to be that Rhodes has failed. Rhodes takes his tie off and asks him to put that theory to the test right now. Priest asks if they will pretend he doesn’t already have a match against Jey Uso. They do have a big event coming up. Maybe it’s Cody Rhodes versus Damian Priest at Crown Jewel? Rhodes quickly says, “I accept… but what do we do now?” They’re standing there, and he’s in the ring. They can give everyone a preview of Crown Jewel right now. Priest says he likes that idea…
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio start to make their way down to the ring. “Main Event” Jey Uso runs down and attacks Mysterio from behind. Rhodes and Priest begin to brawl in the ring. Rhodes knocks Priest out of the ring and bounces him off the commentary table a few times. Rhodes clears the table off. All of a sudden, JD McDonagh chop blocks Rhodes from behind. Priest and McDonagh double-team Rhodes at ringside. They get some chairs out from under the ring. McDonagh puts Rhodes’s ankle into a chair, and Priest smashes a chair into it, seemingly breaking Rhodes’s ankle! Raw General Manager Adam Pearce runs down to ringside with other WWE officials to break this up. Priest and McDonagh walk off to loud boos.
World Heavyweight Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins is walking backstage when he bumps into Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Rollins mentions that he doesn’t see her crew, so he knows he’s not going to get jumped by them. Ripley acknowledges the history between Rollins and the Judgment Day. She says they always respected him. They tried to take the title off him, but they couldn’t. Still, the way Rollins has been going lately with his fragile back, he needs an insurance policy.
Rollins thinks Ripley has lost faith in Damian Priest. Maybe she doesn’t think Priest can take the title off him. That’s why she’s wheeling and dealing with the Bloodline and Drew McIntyre. What could he want from her? Rollins looks at her and says, “Ew!”
Ripley says that Rollins needs her. Right now, he’s a World Champion, but he could be THE World Champion. As for the Bloodline, alliances can change. If they join forces, Priest can cash in on someone else. Then Judgment Day will have all the gold. Without them, he’ll never hold the title for as long as Roman Reigns has. 1,000 days is a long time. With his back so banged up, they can have Rollins’s back and make sure people acknowledge him.
Rollins removes his sunglasses and is deadly serious. He says he wants to make one thing clear: he doesn’t want to be anything like Roman Reigns. Ripley says that he didn’t say “no” and tells him to think about it before walking off.
There will be a Women’s World Championship Contract Signing next.
Women’s World Championship Contract Signing
Raw General Manager Adam Pearce is in the center of the ring. Security is stationed at ringside. Pearce says there has been a lot of chaos in the Women’s Division, but they’ll settle things in the ring. Pearce wants to get this contract signed before things go to hell. To do that, he needs the competitors.
Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, and Nia Jax individually come out to the ring. The other competitors sign the contract, but Nia Jax won’t. Pearce says Rhea Ripley is the cause of all the chaos, so he’ll get that signature lately. If Jax wants Ripley, all she has to do is sign the contract. Jax angrily signs the contract.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley comes out to the stage. Ripley says she has something to get off her chest. She can beat every single one of the women in the ring individually, but this is a conspiracy. Pearce is trying to set her up. The more Pearce tries to control her, the more she’ll make his life a living hell. He was smart to make this a Fatal 5-Way at Crown Jewel, but all that will happen is he’ll have four less women in the division at the end of it. None of these women will take the title from her, whether he likes it or not. She’ll prove that she’s the most dominant woman in WWE because Mami is always on top.
Nia Jax rips the microphone away from Pearce and sarcastically says Ripley is good. Ripley won’t get in the ring. Ripley wants Jax to squash all the other women for her. Baszler is smart enough to know what’s going on. Ripley wants Jax to squash Rodriguez and Stark for her. A “You Suck” chant picks up. Jax says Rodriguez is from Texas, so she’ll break it down for her. Jax talks to Rodriguez like she can’t comprehend what she’s saying.
Rodriguez punches Jax and tackles her to the corner. Ripley gets off the apron and is smiling at the chaos. Security runs into the ring and backs them all up. Rodriguez sends one of the guards out of the ring. Jax does the same. A brawl breaks out with Jax, Stark, Rodriguez, and Baszler. Ripley is laughing heartily at ringside. It’s down to Jax and Rodriguez. Ripley shouts, “Fight! Fight!” Jax and Rodriguez exchange punches. Security runs back in and separates them. The crowd boos. The crowd chants, “Let them fight!” Jax and Rodriguez wipe out the security guards. They brawl before Jax lifts Rodriguez and crushes her with a Samoan Drop! Jax then stares at Ripley, who smiles, waves and blows a kiss at her.
Raw General Manager Adam Pearce is walking backstage when he’s interrupted by The Miz. Miz says it’s been weeks since he has had anything worthy of his attention on Raw. Miz goes over his entire list of accolades. Miz says that Nick Aldis would appreciate him. All of a sudden, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley storms up to Pearce and signs the contract. Miz looks confused. Ripley says she’s keeping Pearce’s pen and walks off.
Miz wonders where the camera is going as it follows Ripley. Ripley sees “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio backstage. He asks if she saw what happened. She says she did, and she checks on his “gorgeous” face. They walk off to get Mysterio some ice.
Sami Zayn vs. Drew McIntyre
As the match goes on between Zayn and McIntyre, all of a sudden, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks out to the stage. Zayn rolls up a distracted McIntyre with an inside cradle for a near fall. Zayn hits an exploder suplex into the corner and sets up for the Helluva Kick. Ripley gets on the apron and distracts Zayn. Zayn tries to ignore her and charges, but McIntyre connects with a Claymore Kick for the win.
Drew McIntyre poses for the crowd before leaving the ring and ignoring Rhea Ripley as he walks by her. She smiles.
In another segment, McKenzie is interviewing Dom Mysterio, mentioning Nathan Frazer. Dom admits he didn’t know much about Frazer until their confrontation last night. Frazer suddenly appears and attacks Dom. Their brawl spills into the hallway and eventually into the ring.
Dom manages to send Frazer into the ring, but Frazer counters with a double-leg takedown and punches. Frazer follows up with a dragon whip and a swinging neckbreaker. He climbs the turnbuckle, but Rhea Ripley pulls Dom out of the ring just as Frazer attempts a Phoenix Splash. Frazer lands on his feet.
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.
“Wrestling has more than one royal family.”
One-half of the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring to a huge reaction. The crowd loudly sings his song. Rhodes gets in the ring, and the crowd chants his name. Rhodes is not carrying the Tag Team Titles tonight. He looks fired up to be there. A “YEET” chant picks up. Rhodes shouts, “YEET!” Rhodes says, “So, NXT Universe, whattaya wanna talk about?” He’d be lying if he told you he thought he’d ever be standing in this particular ring. Now that he is, something feels right. It’s the Rhodes. It’s Florida. They’ve spilled blood all over this state. Rhodes does have an announcement to make. Actually… it’s announcements.
They’ve all been enjoying the Women’s Breakout Tournament. Who will be the next Tiffany Stratton? Who will be the next Rhea Ripley? At the end of that tournament, the men will also have a Breakout Tournament. Rhodes kept hearing about a certain Tag Team Tournament. A “Dusty” chant fires up. Rhodes says it sounds like they want that. The crowd cheers in the affirmative. That’s good because the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is also coming back!
There’s one more announcement! On perhaps the biggest night in NXT history, Shawn Michaels made him the Special Guest General Manager of NXT!
NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov makes his way to the ring. The champion, who is celebrating a birthday, gets a “Happy birthday” chant. Dragunov apologizes for interrupting Rhodes, but he couldn’t pass the opportunity to welcome him to NXT. Rhodes’s announcements bring hope and excitement for the future of the brand. They breathe life into NXT. Dragunov also wanted to just meet Rhodes. Rhodes is a man who brings passion, energy, and the will to suffer for the entire WWE Universe. Rhodes is a man who fights with fire and pushes everything he does to the next level. Dragunov wants to do it like Rhodes. Dragunov promises to push this brand to the next level with a fire that only the Mat Dragon can blow.
NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley come out. Mysterio says the WWE Universe is here to see the greatest superstar this brand has to offer: Dominik Mysterio! A “You suck” chant picks up. Dragunov may be the NXT Champion, but he doesn’t compare to him, the one and only true AA Champion. If you want to feel Rhodes’s energy, why doesn’t he ask about the energy level when the Judgment Day leaves him lying? Dragunov says nobody wants to hear the sound of his voice. Dragunov’s father used to work in a prison, so he knows exactly how to turn a barking dog into a sweet little puppy.
Mysterio asks if he hurt “little Ilja.” Rhodes whispers in Dragunov’s ear. Mysterio challenges Dragunov to put his title on the line tonight to see if he’s half the man he says he is. Rhodes asks if Mysterio isn’t willing to put his North American Championship on the line. Ripley says Mysterio has been carrying WWE on his back for the whole year. He just won the NXT North American Championship again. Dragunov says this is a great day. He couldn’t imagine something better than beating Mysterio in the ring. He’s going to smash Ripley’s boy.
Rhodes says he is the Special Guest General Manager. That match for the NXT Championship is official! Here’s the problem. Knowing what he knows about the Judgment Day and the numbers game, this match needs a special guest referee. It’s not Rhodes. The special guest referee is the hottest star in WWE today, LA Knight! The crowd roars!
Ilja Dragunov (c) vs. Dominik Mysterio w/Rhea Ripley For The WWE NXT Championship. LA Knight Will Be Serving As The Special Guest Referee
LA Knight calls for the bell to start this match. Dragunov quickly takes Mysterio down and applies a side headlock. Dragunov connects with a nice hip toss and tries to power him down for a pin, but Mysterio keeps the shoulders up. Dragunov hits Mysterio with a scoop slam. Mysterio puts himself through the ropes to keep Dragunov back. Mysterio comes out of the corner and applies a side headlock, but Dragunov takes him down for a one-count. Dragunov applies a front facelock, but Mysterio powers him to the corner and hits some shoulder thrusts. Mysterio punches Dragunov in the face, so Dragunov chops him down. Dragunov hits a senton and chops the chest a few more times. Dragunov connects with a pair of German Suplexes. Rhea Ripley gets on the apron, and Mysterio uses the distraction to thumb the eye. Mysterio sends Dragunov into the ropes throat first, and he falls to the floor. Ripley smiles.
Picture-in-Picture Commercial Break: Mysterio bounces Dragunov off the commentary table. Mysterio gets him in the ring and kicks him before whipping him hard into the turnbuckles. Dragunov tries to fight back, but Mysterio takes him down with some strikes. Mysterio applies a rear chin lock. Mami happily watches while lying on the apron. Dragunov soon fights up and pulls Mysterio off. Dragunov stumbles to the corner to recover, but Mysterio is quickly up and stomps him down. Dragunov is holding his neck in pain.
Back from the break, Mysterio is starting up the Three Amigos. One Amigo. Two Amigos. Dragunov fights the third one. Mysterio punches him, so Dragunov hits a step-up enzuigiri. Mysterio fights out of a waistlock, but Dragunov soon comes back and turns him inside out with a clothesline. The crowd is going wild. Dragunov is chopping Mysterio in the corner and hits a pair of snap German Suplexes. Mysterio shouts, “Mami!” Mysterio reaches for her, but Dragunov stops him and hits a wrist clutch German Suplex! Nice!
Dragunov chops Mysterio in the corner a few times. Dragunov bounces him off the turnbuckles and chops him some more. Dragunov sends him to the corner, but Mysterio ducks a chop and unloads a nasty chop! Dragunov forearms Mysterio back and wildly chops him down. Dragunov goes for a powerbomb, but Mysterio fights out and superkicks him. Mysterio dropkicks Dragunov into position. Dragunov avoids a 619 and kicks him in the face. Mysterio counters a move from Dragunov and puts him into the ropes for a 619! Mysterio covers for a near fall. Mysterio goes to the apron, but he stops when he sees Dragunov on his feet. Dragunov climbs the ropes and pulls Mysterio up to the top rope and hits a superplex. Dragunov stumbles around before getting fired up. Mysterio rolls to the apron and kicks Dragunov in the knee as he approaches him. Mysterio hits him with a DDT on the apron. Mysterio goes for a suplex, but Dragunov counters with a nasty powerbomb. Dragunov connects with the H-Bomb.
Finn Balor and JD McDonagh run down. Knight punches Balor away and hits McDonagh with Blunt Force Trauma. Ripley gets on the apron to hit Dragunov with her title, but Trick Williams pulls her off the apron and catches her. Ripley flips out. Dragunov then wipes out Mysterio with Torpedo Moscow for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still NXT Champion: Ilja Dragnov
NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley are walking backstage. Nathan Frazer tells Mysterio not to treat people like dirt. Ripley says Frazer isn’t a champion and not worth their time.
We come back from the break to see Damian Priest holding JD McDonagh against the wall by his throat. The Judgment Day pulls him away. Finn Bálor tells McDonagh that he’s caused enough trouble. Priest asks Rhea Ripley and Bálor why they weren’t out there tonight. Ripley says she got them a rematch for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship next week. Priest says that’s fine, but he still wants Drew McIntyre and JD McDonagh. Ripley says McIntyre doesn’t matter. Priest still has the contract. She then gets in McDonagh’s face and says he’ll need to prove himself by facing McIntyre. A terrified McDonagh says he will. Priest says he better handle McIntyre. Priest then kicks him out of their area.
Replays are shown of the brawl that broke out at the start of last week’s Raw which saw Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler, and Rhea Ripley attack Nia Jax.
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Nia Jax
The bell rings, and Jax immediately hits Rodriguez with a Thesz Press and bounces the back of her head off the mat a few times. Jax taunts the crowd. Rodriguez punches her back and sidesteps her in the corner. Rodriguez shoulders Jax in the corner a few times before going for a scoop slam, but she can’t lift Jax. Jax clubs away at her before sending her into the ring post shoulder-first. Rodriguez falls out of the ring. Jax goes outside and pushes Rodriguez into the LED apron. She then sends Rodriguez headfirst into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Rodriguez elbow out of a waistlock, but Jax quickly flattens her with a sidewalk slam. Jax drops an elbow and taunts the crowd again. Jax applies a seated cobra clutch. Rodriguez fights up and hits a clothesline that stumbles her into the ropes. Jax rebounds, and Rodriguez takes her down with a big boot. Rodriguez tries to get Jax on her shoulders, but her back gives out. Jax hits a running avalanche and talks a little trash. Jax sends her into the ropes and hits a Samoan Drop. Jax pulls Rodriguez to the corner and sets up for a Banzai Drop. Rodriguez pops up and gets Jax on her shoulders before walking her to the center of the ring and hitting a Powerbomb! Wow!
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley runs down and attacks Rodriguez by sending her out of the ring.
Winner by Disqualification: Raquel Rodriguez
Ripley attacks Jax and floors her with a kick to the head. Rodriguez attacks Ripley and hits two short-arm clotheslines. Ripley avoids a third and head-butts her. Shayna Baszler runs to the ring and attacks Jax. Ripley pulls Baszler off and says Jax belongs to her. Ripley walks off, but Baszler turns the Women’s World Champion inside out with a German Suplex before kneeing her in the face. Baszler stands tall in the ring as Jax retreats.
Later on.. Damian Priest is backstage and does not look happy. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up and says before he does anything, she has an idea. Ripley tells Priest to trust her.
Ricochet is looking for Shinsuke Nakamura backstage. WWE Official Adam Pearce says Ricochet will be facing Nakamura next week in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Ricochet is happy with that. In the background, it looks like Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley is talking with Drew McIntyre.
WWE Official Adam Pearce is backstage with Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell. Pearce says Johnny Gargano is banged up, but ok. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up and kicks them out. She wants order in the Women’s Division. She wants to face Shayna Baszler next week on Raw.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley will battle Shayna Baszler in a non-title match. This will be on the Season Premiere of Monday Night Raw next week.
First Match: Finn Balor & Damian Priest (c) vs. Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso For The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship
Damian Priest will start the match against “Main Event” Jey Uso. Priest and Jey circle the ring and talk trash to each other. The crowd is buzzing before they even make contact. They lock up, and Priest backs Jey to the corner. Jey hooks a side headlock and pulls Priest to the center of the ring. Priest backs him into the ropes and whips him off before absorbing a shoulder tackle. Priest responds with a shoulder block that floors Jey. Jey gets to his feet and nods at Priest. They circle the ring again before locking up. Señor Money in the Bank backs him to the corner, but Jey comes out swinging. Priest sends him to the opposite corner, but Jey comes out with a right hand that stuns him. Jey gets Priest in the corner and tags Cody Rhodes in.
Rhodes comes in to a big reception. The crowd chants, “Cody.” Rhodes drops down and hits an uppercut a la his older brother Dustin Rhodes. Jey tags back in and head-butts Priest. Jey hits the ropes, but Priest crushes him with a lariat. Jey holds his jaw in pain. Priest puts Jey in the corner and punches away at him. Finn Bálor tags in and punches Jey down before posing on the turnbuckle. Bálor jumps off the second rope with a stomp to the midsection. Bálor puts Jey in the corner and shoulders away at the midsection. Jey blocks a right hand and head-butts Bálor back. Rhodes tags in, and two former Bullet Club members are in the ring. Rhodes hits the ropes and puts Bálor on his shoulders as a counter to the leapfrog. Rhodes jumps onto his knees to hit a modified gutbuster. Rhodes hits a delayed front suplex before wrenching the arm. Jey tags in and head-butts Bálor. Jey hits another head-butt. Priest blind tags in. Jey uppercuts Bálor back, and Priest floors an unsuspecting Jey with a kick to the back of the head.
Priest hangs Jey over the apron and clubs the chest. Priest mocks Rhodes and smiles at him. Bálor tags in. Priest sends Jey into the ropes and kicks him in the midsection. Bálor connects with a low dropkick to the side of the head for a two-count. Bálor applies a rear chin lock. Jey fights up, so Bálor puts him in the corner and attacks him. Bálor hits a snapmare and a basement dropkick for another two-count. Bálor stomps him and tags Priest in. Bálor holds Jey up, and Priest punches him in the injured midsection. Priest applies a surfboard stretch with a knee to the back. Jey fights up, but Priest takes him down hard. Priest rocks him with a strike and goes after Rhodes. The referee holds Rhodes back, and the Judgment Day gets some cheap shots in on Jey. Bálor tags in and picks up a two-count. Bálor applies another rear chin lock. After a few moments, Jey fights up. Bálor holds him back, but Jey is so close to making a tag. Bálor pulls him back. They are a fingertip away. Jey punches Priest off the apron and sidesteps an avalanche from Bálor.
The crowd is absolutely on their feet and explodes as Rhodes is tagged in. Rhodes jabs Bálor and hits a running forearm. Rhodes leaps over Bálor and hits a snap powerslam. Rhodes connects with a Disaster Kick, but The Prince kicks out at two. Rhodes slaps the mat and waits for Bálor to get up. Bálor slowly gets up. Rhodes goes after Priest, who was trying to get into the ring, and hits a dragon screw on the ropes. Rhodes and Bálor counter out of each other’s signature moves, and Bálor takes him down with a falling elbow drop. Bálor hits a Woo Dropkick to the corner and heads to the top rope. Rhodes crotches him up there and hits an incredible delayed superplex. Rhodes holds his neck in pain.
Jey and Priest tag in. Jey punches away at Priest. Priest reverses a whip, but Jey ducks a clothesline and kicks him. Jey takes off his shirt, pleasing some folks in the crowd, and uppercuts him. Jey goes for a Samoan Drop, but Priest slides off and claps the ears. Jey responds with a step-up enzuigiri that knocks Priest to the corner in the seated position. Jey gets the crowd going and charges, but Priest drops him on the apron. Jey knocks him back, heads to the top rope, and hits a flying cross-body block for a near fall. Priest quickly rolls to the apron to recover. Priest kicks Jey in the head. Priest blocks a kick from Jey and hits a big flatliner for a near fall. Priest looks frustrated that he couldn’t put Jey away. Priest mocks the “Us-O” chant. Priest charges, but Jey elbows him back. Jey goes to the second rope, but Priest attacks him. Priest goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Jey gets out. Jey knocks Bálor off the apron and sends Priest out of the ring. Jey hits Bálor and Priest with a suicide dive, knocking them into the commentary table. Jey gets Priest in the ring and hits him with an Uso Splash. 1… 2… Bálor breaks it up! Rhodes runs in and hits Bálor with a Cody Cutter! Rhodes again grabs his neck, which he injured delivering that superplex moments ago.
Jey sizes Priest up in the corner and charges, but Priest kicks him. Priest goes for South of Heaven, but Jey gets out and hits a Spear a la Roman Reigns! Jey goes to the top rope, but NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley run down. Jey punches Mysterio down and gets in Ripley’s face. She coyly smiles and waves at him. Jey looks a little smitten. Jey goes back to the top rope and kicks Bálor away. Priest attacks Jey on the top rope and climbs. Priest hits a super hurricanrana, which he took horribly and immediately holds his knee in pain. Bálor blind tagged in and hits the Coup de Grâce. 1… 2… Rhodes breaks up the pin!
Priest is still down in the corner. Mysterio shouts encouragement to Priest. Bálor and Priest get up and stand across the ring from Rhodes and Jey. They get into a brawl. Priest springboards off the ropes, but Rhodes superkicks him out of midair. Bálor hits Rhodes with a Sling Blade, and Jey superkicks Bálor. Jey superkicks JD McDonagh off the apron. Jey rolls Bálor up, but he kicks out and sends him into a briefcase shot from Ripley. Bálor rolls Jey up for a near fall. Priest slams Rhodes on the apron and clears off the commentary table. Priest holds up Rhodes. McDonagh goes to hit Rhodes with the briefcase, but he moves, and McDonagh accidentally hits Priest in the knee with the briefcase. Rhodes knocks McDonagh away and hits Priest with Cross Rhodes on the commentary table. Jey hits Bálor and McDonagh with a somersault senton and gets Bálor in the ring!
Rhodes tags in. Jey superkicks Bálor. Jey hits a flatliner as Rhodes hits the Cody Cutter! Rhodes connects with a Cross Rhodes on Bálor for the win!
Winners by Pinfall and new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions: “Main Event” Jey Uso and “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso celebrate big time with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles. The Judgment Day does not look happy.
We cut backstage as the Judgment Day enter the arena. Priest asks why JD is with them and Rhea tells him that she asked for him to be here and we cut to the ring.
We see the Bloodline backstage and Heyman telling Jimmy that he can’t authorize the match with Roman. Jimmy tells him that Roman is never here. The Bloodline enter their locker room and see the Judgment Day sitting down. Jimmy tells them they are in the wrong locker room as Finn tells him they are exactly where they are supposed to be.
Back from commercial, the Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face. Rhea tells everyone to get out as she and Heyman need to talk. Damian Priest and Solo Sikoa remain face to face as Rhea tells Priest that she will be fine. Priest leaves the room as Heyman tells Solo that he can leave.
Rhea and Heyman are face to face as she tells him to talk.
We cut backstage and Rhea tells Heyman that he is the wise man and to make the wise decision. She tells him they are stronger together. The Judgment Day and the Bloodline. He tells her he likes it, he thinks it is brilliant and he is kind of upset that he didn’t think of it himself. He says this is really good and if she will excuse him, he will make a phone call and get it authorized. Rhea lowers his cell phone. He says he needs to get it authorized by his Tribal Chief. She says she understands and that it is authorized. He says for the Judgment Day, not the Bloodline. She tells him to acknowledge her. Heyman looks around and he tells her that she is in the wrong locker room to say something like that. Rhea tells him that he will acknowledge her just like his old boy Jey Uso acknowledged her. If not, we will find out who is stronger, the Judgment Day or the Bloodline. She tells him he is authorized to make his phone call and she walks away.
We cut backstage and see Rhea Ripley talking to Jimmy Uso.We cut backstage and see Rhea Ripley talking to Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy Uso with Paul Heyman vs. LA Knight
The bell rings and we are under way. LA Knight with a kick and a head lock. LA Knight to the ropes and he knocks Jimmy down with a shoulder tackle. A kick and a head lock by Jimmy as he runs to the ropes and knocks LA Knight down with a shoulder tackle. A kick to the face by Jimmy as he runs towards LA Knight but LA Knight hits him with a powerslam. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. LA Knight throws Jimmy to the ropes but Jimmy with a kick. He goes for a super kick but LA Knight moves out of the way. LA Knight goes for the BFT but Jimmy rolls out of the ring. LA Knight to the outside and he throws Jimmy back into the ring. LA Knight gets in the ring and Jimmy hits him with a kick to the side of the head and LA Knight falls to the outside. Jimmy to the outside and he hits LA Knight with a super kick.
Back from commercial, LA Knight with a bodyslam in the middle of the ring. He runs to the ropes and hits an elbow onto Jimmy. Solo gets in the ring and attacks Solo from behind as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, LA Knight
John Cena’s music hits as he runs down to the ring. He grabs Solo and throws him to the outside. Solo and Jimmy are on the outside as the fans chant “Cena”. The Judgment Day’s music hits and they walk down to the ring.
The Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face at ringside. Heyman extends his hand and tells Rhea authorized as they shake hands. LA Knight and John Cena stand in the ring as the fans chant “Cody”. The Bloodline and the Judgment Day get on the ring apron as “Uso” hits and out comes Jey Uso. He gets in the ring and stands alongside Cena and LA Knight. Cody’s music hits and Cody runs down to the ring and stands alongside Cena, LA Knight and Jey.
Heyman tells Solo to step down as he walks down the ring steps but a fight breaks out. Jey, Cody and Cena clean house. Cody hits a suicide dive onto the outside. Jey jumps over the top rope and lands on the Judgment Day. Cena stands in the ring and in comes Solo as both men are face to face. The fans chant “Cena” and Cena with a right hand but Solo with a super kick. In comes LA Knight. Solo goes for the spike but LA Knight ducks and he clotheslines Solo to the outside. JD McDonagh gets in the ring and LA Knight hits him wit the the BFT. Jey hits him with the super kick and Cena slams him onto the mat. Cena with the five knuckle shuffle. He hits JD McDonagh with the AA. Cody hits JD with the Cross Rhodes as all four men stand in the ring and SmackDown goes off the air.