Date: 10 October 2022
Location: Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York
The big takeaway —
Despite some returns and special appearances, this was a remarkable edition of Raw.
Show summary —
Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg and X-Pac were in Gorilla Position in DX gear asking each other if they were ready. They then pointed off-screen to Triple H to ask if he was ready. The camera panned to Hunter, who was wearing a suit and wearing a headset.
Hunter told them to have fun but to be careful because they can’t do what they used to. He warned them not to curse as well. They took turns swearing, some of which was censored. Michaels asked who left out four roosters. They cut into four toy cocks. Michaels, Road Dogg and X-Pac left so I guess the reunion is later.
Corey Graves welcomed us to Raw and introduced our new play-by-play announcer, Kevin Patrick. They ran down Raw saying we were going to relive Bray Wyatt’s return last night (so he might not necessarily show up tonight).
The Bloodline segment
Roman Reigns and the Bloodline entered. Reigns said that when you’re the greatest of all time, you’re always looking forward. His father always taught him that the tallest in the room was always the weakest in the room. Sami Zayn suddenly looked concerned, but Reigns actually singled out Jey Uso.
Zayn interrupted and the crowd chanted for him. Zayn wanted to handle Jey on Reigns’ behalf. Reigns laughed and said, “he really is the Uce of honor.” Reigns gladly let him continue.
Zayn was talking to Jey, who was doing her best to ignore him. Zayn told Jey that his behavior lately hasn’t been very “Us-y.” The crowd chanted “Us-y” and Jimmy Uso was amused. Zayn got the crowd singing for Jimmy and Solo Sikoa. Jimmy had fun with it, but Sikoa remained stoic. Zayn told Jey that he needs to be cool like the rest of them.
Jey looked through Zayn and asked Reigns if he was about to rib him. Reigns basically blew him off because this was Zayn’s segment.
Matt Riddle interrupted. Riddle told us he beat Seth Rollins in the pit. He knew there was a stipulation that he couldn’t fight Reigns again for the title, but his argument for a title match was “come on bro.” He got the crowd into it. Reigns said no.
Riddle said that another member of the Bloodline might have to fight him. The crowd chanted for Sami so Jey told him to do it. They got into a petty argument until Zayn challenged Riddle and he accepted.
(Zayn was good here, but this wasn’t much of a segment.)
There was an extreme rules recap video where they showed quick highlights from each match. They often show video packages, of course, but this was something a little different. (They didn’t show Wyatt’s return.)
Johnny Gargano defeated Austin Theory (8:50)
The Theory controlled through an early break after putting Gargano on the apron. Theory applied the Gargano Escape but Gargano escaped and applied the Gargano Escape but Theory escaped and hit a superkick. Gargano came back with his own superkick and a suicide dive into a DDT followed by the One Final Beat for the pinfall victory.
Uli Latukefu from ‘Young Rock’ was shown at ringside.
Rey Mysterio defeated Chad Gable (w/Otis) (7:47)
Rey and Gable could have a killer match, but Rey was just meant to get a decisive victory.
Rey took control just in time for Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio to enter before a commercial break. (Ripley wore a makeshift “BETH” armband as if Beth Phoenix had died.) Rey went for a dive which was caught by Otis, but Rey slipped and ran him into the ring post. Rey then gave Gable a 619 and a springboard for the pinfall victory.
– After the match, Dominik wanted Rey to beat him. Rey fought instead for the rest of Doomsday. Rey went for a 619 (on Damian Priest, I think) but Dom wiped him.
Dom once again pleaded with Rey to hit him. Rey went to leave so Dom shoved him from behind. Ripley held Rey against the ropes so Dom could hit a 619. Dom stood over Rey as they abruptly broke up.
After a break, they showed a video of Rey crying on the apron as Dom watched.
They bragged about Finn Bálor’s victory over Edge at Extreme Rules. Bálor said he pissed on our parade and had other members of Judgment Day remind us that he made Edge say “I quit.” Bálor wanted to remind us what happened, so they played a very long video package of the match. Dom tried to talk but he pretty much gets the Vickie Guerrero treatment.
Bálor moved on to AJ Styles, but didn’t speak for long before Styles interrupted. Styles couldn’t believe their long friendship had come down to this. Bálor was about to speak, but Styles told him he wasn’t there to argue. Styles said Bálor was right. Everything he needed was right in front of him. He knew what he needed were friends and family.
Styles got on his knees in front of Bálor before they hugged. Bálor was thrilled. Styles told him, “I wasn’t talking about you.”
Karl Andersen and Luke Gallows in. They joined Styles. The audience shouted, “holy shit.” The gallows hit Dominik and the two sides brawled. Styles, Gallows and Anderson nearly got Bálor to themselves, but he managed to escape.
(I don’t know if it’s just me or the crowd meddling, but it’s hard to get a gauge on this crowd so far. Dom was getting legit good heat and the crowd showed up for Styles. They also seemed happy, (that Gallows and Anderson returned with styles. But otherwise there’s been a strange noise.)
Byron Saxton had a sit-down interview with Damage CTRL. He asked Bayley a question, but Dakota Kai answered instead. Kai told Saxton she was on the bottom before Bayley lifted her up. IYO SKY said something in Kai’s ear. Kai said they would do anything for Bayley and she would get the gold she deserved. Bayley said she wants to kick Candice LaRae’s ass tonight.
Reigns, Heyman and Sikoa were about to leave the arena before Jey approached Reigns because he wanted to discuss something with him. Reigns basically said there was nothing to discuss because he wanted to explore New York and it was Jey’s job to make sure Zayn won tonight. Jey wondered about Sikoa, but Reigns said Sikoa was with him tonight. Reigns, Heyman and Sikoa left in the car together. Jey seemed annoyed.
Candice LeRae defeated Bayley (6:08)
They had a normal match that went through a break and LeRae picked up the sudden surprise victory with a rollup.
— Kai and SKI ran out to attack LeRae, so Bianca Belair ran out to make the save, but the numbers game was too much and Damage CTRL laid them out. Bayley gave Belair an elbow drop on Belair’s title belt.
(There seemed to be a lot of fake booing here.)
Maryse gave Miz a birthday present. It was a baseball bat.
Miz’s birthday party
Miz was thrilled to realize that his baseball bat was signed by baseball’s best home run hitter, José Ramírez – not Aaron Judge. A table was set up with gifts, so Maryse told him to take one. He did, but as he lifted it off the table, Dexter Lumi’s head popped up through the table.
Miz put the gift box over Lumis’ head, but Lumis appeared in the ring anyway moments later. Lumis tried to choke Miz, but Miz escaped after pushing Maryse into the cake. Miz and Maryse both escaped before Lumis used a knife to grab a piece of cake.
This felt like a complete waste of time.
Michaels, Road Dogg and X-Pac hyped two jobbers in the back before being approached by Miz and Maryse who complained about Lumis. Road Dogg suggested that Miz face Lumis next week and if he loses, Lumis would get his balls. Miz accepted. (I don’t think the balls thing was an official stipulation.)
1-on-2 handicap match: Omos (w/MVP) defeated two jobbers (1:18)
Omos beat up two guys and laid them out afterwards with wood mud.
They replayed the entire Bray Wyatt return segment from Extreme Rules.
Bobby Lashley entered for his title match. Lashley reminded us that he has beaten Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. He was ready for Seth Rollins and called him out.
Brock Lesnar returns
Lesnar entered instead of Rollins. Lesnar wore blue jeans and a denim jacket. Lesnar was in good spirits and seemed happy to see Lashley. That was before he suplexed Lashley and gave him consecutive F5s. The crowd shouted, “welcome back.” Lesnar put Lashley in a Kimura before letting go. Lesnar put on his cowboy hat and left.
Seth Rollins came in after a break as the officials checked on Lashley. Rollins’ midsection was taped up. Rollins got on the mic and tried to egg Lashley on. The line that got him was when Rollins said, “I thought you were supposed to be a soldier.” Lashley limped back to the ring and told them to start the match.
Seth Rollins defeated Bobby Lashley to win the United States Championship (2:30)
Lashley went for a spear right away, but Rollins countered a Pedigree for a nearfall. Rollins followed with a frogsplash for a nearfall. Lashley hit a spear but was too hurt to capitalize. Rollins hit a series of strikes and a stomp for the pinfall victory. Rollins celebrated with his belt as they quickly broke up.
– Saxton approached Lashley for an interview after the break. Lashley was mad. He challenged Lesnar to appear on Raw next week to prove he was nothing but a bitch.
There was a creepy Bray Wyatt video, so they’re not done teasing things. (There was also an ad teasing him for Friday’s Smackdown, but it didn’t explicitly say he’d be there.)
Elias will return next week.
Matt Riddle defeated Sami Zayn (w/The Usos) (16:15)
After ten minutes and a break, Jey tried to get involved, but Zayn told him not to, leading to Riddle getting the upper hand before another break.
They battled back and forth after the break until Riddle hit an RKO for the pinfall win. (Jey stopped Jimmy from getting involved moments before this.)
As Riddle left, DX entered with about seven minutes left in the show.
D-Generation X Anniversary Celebration
Road Dogg did his usual intro (while referring to them as “geriatric-X”) and got the crowd singing Billy Gunn’s part. Corey Graves said the other guy (Gunn) was doing something with office supplies (scissors) at the moment.
Triple H wondered who was with them 25 years ago when they started and a significant portion of the crowd applauded. Hunter and Michaels did their usual schtick and Michaels pleaded with the crowd to put them out of their misery if they did this in another 25 years. He led the crowd in a “you suck” cheer and that was that.
This was absolutely nothing.