Following WWE’s trip over the pond for Clash at the Castle, we are headed toward Extreme Rules. The management has recently begun several storylines that will probably end in pay-per-view matches.
Johnny Gargano announced to the world that he would make his return to the ring on this week’s show after an altercation with Austin Theory last week.
Additionally, we witnessed Braun Strowman make a catastrophic come back to the organization, Dominik Mysterio formally joining Judgment Day, and Dexter Lumis once more kidnapping The Miz.
Let’s examine how WWE handled all this following Monday’s broadcast.
Finn Balor vs. Matt Riddle
The audience enjoyed Seth Rollins’ entertaining opening promo, but a furious Matt Riddle soon cut him off. Before we heard the music from Judgment Day, The Bro chased him away.
As the broadcast transitioned to commercial, they attempted to recruit Riddle but he turned them down. Balor and The Bro were already engaged in a singles match when we got back. With two gutwrench suplexes and a Broton for a rapid near-fall, the former MMA fighter could gain the upper hand.
For the most part, this was a clean battle for the contest’s first half; Damian Priest was more of a distraction than anything else. When Priest became too engaged, Rey Mysterio dragged him into the audience to remove him from the match.
Both wrestlers missed their finishes once before Rollins made another appearance. The Prince’s Coup de Grace for the victory was made possible by his diversion. This was a fantastic bout that showcased the physicality of both men, despite all the antics that took place outside of the ring. Rollins hit his opponent with a Stomp to close the episode.
Winner: Finn Balor
Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah vs. Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky
This week saw a rematch for the women’s tag titles between Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah and Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai, the duo they defeated in the most recent tournament’s finals. Bayley was present for Damage Control as per usual.
For their teams, Kai and Rodriguez got things going. While Kai was in the air, the powerhouse lifted her for a vertical suplex and tagged in Aliyah. Up until the first commercial break, the winners were in charge.
During the second half, the challengers took over the tempo, using rapid tagging to keep Aliyah in a corner. The 27-year-old may be looking better than ever in a WWE ring at this point.
Working with individuals like Kai and Sky was beneficial, but Aliyah acted more assuredly than she usually does in the ring. After a good back-and-forth contest, Kai and Sky ultimately prevailed to claim the title of new women’s tag team champions. Even pyro was used to celebrate for them.
Winners: Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky
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Chad Gable vs. Johnny Gargano
The opponent in Gargano’s first bout after joining WWE was Chad Gable, who he is familiar with from their time together in NXT. This was entertaining as soon as they locked up since they are undoubtedly two of the smoothest employees WWE currently has.
Both fighters used every tool at their disposal in this fast-paced fight. Gargano used his speed to dodge Gable’s power when he could, while Gable displayed some strength. An enthusiastic “This is great” chant from the crowd occurred just before Gargano eliminated Otis and Gable with a stunning suicide dive.
Shortly after, he pinched the opponent with a DDT from the apron into the ring. There was never any doubt about the result of this. Even though we all knew Gargano would prevail in their rematch, it was still entertaining to witness two true professionals at work.
When he attacked Gargano and snapped photographs with Alpha Academy, Austin Theory ruined the party.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Bianca Belair vs. Sonya Deville
After attacking his former phony father, Theory stayed to deliver a promo, but Kevin Owens showed there and eventually gave him the riot act before beating him up. After the next commercial break, Sonya Deville responded to Bianca Belair’s open challenge for the Raw women’s championship.
For a good portion of this encounter, The Jersey Devil held the upper hand, making The EST seem like the underdog. Surprisingly, Deville only sparingly incorporated MMA techniques into her pro wrestling offense.
Belair scored the winning KOD after a comeback. This contest was adequate but not outstanding. There were a few instances where the timing seemed off, but it was still good to see Deville in a more prominent role once.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Omos vs. Two Jobbers, Dexter Lumis Targets The Miz
In a squash battle against two local talents, Omos quickly defeated both opponents by effortlessly dominating them. There isn’t much to say about this because it wasn’t much at all.
After a backstage altercation between Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins, The Visionary challenged Rollins to a match for the U.S. championship the following week. The All Mighty gave their unanimous approval.
In their home for a special interview, The Miz and Maryse were present, but The A-Lister still appeared concerned about Lumis. He became irate and ordered the camera crew to leave his home. He climbed inside his car with Maryse, and they sped off.
When the camera returned to the residence, we saw Lumis inside with a drawing of The Miz and Maryse’s family. This feud is both strange and fascinating at the same time. It will be interesting to see whether Lumis ever provides a rationale for why he is pursuing them.
Edge vs. Dominik Mysterio
Rey attempted to talk Edge and Dominik out of continuing their battle throughout the evening, but neither man was willing to back down. As a result, the two squared off in the show’s main event.
After the bell, Edge quickly assumed charge and began hitting the young man all around the ring. He resembled a teacher disciplining a difficult pupil. Edge was prepared to counter any maneuver Dom tried to make.
Rhea Ripley‘s intervention gave the younger Mysterio the opportunity to take advantage and push Edge into the steel steps. The game was much more competitive in the second half. Although Dom faced a lot of resistance, Edge was never quite out of the fight.
As the fight came to a close, he regained composure and started hammering on the 25-year-old while he was restrained by the ropes. When Priest and Balor entered the ring, they attacked The Rated-R Superstar and Papa Mysterio, which led to a disqualification.
Edge’s leg was held against a chair as Balor delivered the Coup de Grace in an attempt to shatter it. Although this might have been one of Dom’s stronger performances in recent months, this won’t turn out to be a noteworthy part of their journey. It achieved its goal and gave Judgment Day a dangerous appearance. Therefore, it was successful.
Winner: Edge by Disqualification