Posted on 11/22/122 by Bob Magee
Date: November 21, 2022
Location: MVP Arena in Albany, New York
Show Recap --
(They used to show Edge in the Raw intro when the theme song
got to the word “edge” but he has been replaced by Judgment
Day which I’m sure is deliberate. He’s still elsewhere in
Kevin Owens entered to start the show. Owens said he joined
the WarGames team opposite of the Bloodline because of
someone on their team — but not Sami Zayn who he still
considers a brother. The person he was coming for was Roman
Reigns. It has been two years since they fought and he
wanted to remind Reigns just who the hell he was.
Owens said he would’ve ended Reigns’ title reign if not for
the Bloodline so now he was going after all of them because
that way there would be nothing in the way of him taking the
title. The crowd chanted for Owens.
Owens was on Smackdown thanks to an invitation from some
guys so he returned the favour and invited those guys. The
Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre entered through the crowd.
(McIntyre and Sheamus will face the Usos on Smackdown to
determine the advantage for their WarGames match.)
Sheamus and his buddies hyped WarGames and Sheamus put over
Owens. McIntyre said his team was ready to rip Bloodline
Judgment Day interrupted. Rhea Ripley told Drew to shut up.
She said the only thing anyone would be talking about after
Saturday was how many women got destroyed in her WarGames
match. Damian Priest issued a warning before Dominik
Mysterio acted tough too. He told them to say hi to his
deadbeat dad on Smackdown.
Finn Bálor was ready to collect on AJ Styles on Saturday. He
told the men in the ring that they would get smashed by
Bloodline at Survivor Series.
Sheamus said Bálor’s house was only 10 miles from his in
Ireland but he considered Bálor to be a “plastic paddy.”
Bálor took offence so Sheamus challenged him to a match
because he’s always wanted to get his hands on him. (In
fact, it looks like Bálor and Sheamus have never had a TV
singles match.) Bálor accepted.
The teams brawled but the good guys quickly cleared Judgment
Day from the ring.
Owens joined commentary.
Owens joined commentary. He said he’s turned on a lot of
people but would never turn on his dad, Terry, the way Dom
turned on Rey Mysterio.
Six-man tag match: Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Butch (w/Drew
McIntyre) defeated Finn Bálor, Damian Priest & Dominik
Mysterio (w/Rhea Ripley) (14:20)
Judgment Day controlled through a break. Dom got a lot of
heat when he was on offence and the crowd cheered when he
was forced to face off with Sheamus. Dom tried to escape but
was cut off by the entrance of the OC.
Sheamus sent Dom back into the ring but Priest saved Dom
from a beating. Everyone traded moves until Dom put Sheamus
in a schoolboy for two. Sheamus followed with a knee strike,
ten (twenty) beats of the Bodhrán, and a Brogue Kick for the
pinfall win to the delight of the crowd.
(Even though he beat Dominik, Sheamus looked strong in the
win and because everyone hates Dom, he got over bigger as a
— Judgment Day attacked after the match but Sheamus fought
off Priest before Luke Gallows knocked down Priest with a
kick to the head. Owens laid out Bálor with a stunner. The
good guys posed.
Cathy Kelley interviewed Johnny Gargano. Basically, Gargano
wanted Miz in a match alone tonight with no bells or
whistles. He said he wouldn’t get involved in Miz’s match
against Dexter Lumis and Lumis wouldn’t get involved
After Gargano entered, Miz entered wearing a suit. Miz
claimed he injured his hand by hitting a cactus while doing
a TikTok video so he couldn’t wrestle tonight. However, he
found Gargano a suitable replacement.
Omos (w/MVP) defeated Johnny Gargano (3:09)
Miz was on commentary but left to interfere and suddenly his
hand was better. Gargano confronted Miz and he backed off.
Gargano avoided a charge by Omos whose head hit the ring
post. Gargano hit a few thrust kicks with Omos on his knees
and seemed to be leading up to an upset win. However,
Gargano went to the top and just sort of fell into Omos’
raised hand and Omos hit a chokeslam for the pinfall win.
This was ugly.
Seth Rollins will defend the United States title in a triple
threat against Austin Theory and Bobby Lashley at Survivor
Series. There was a video package recapping last week’s
Seth Rollins interview
Rollins was interviewed by the announcers via satellite. His
backdrop was lit with bright green and purple lights.
Rollins claimed he felt better than ever (despite what
happened last week) and told Corey Graves that he’s the one
who asked for a triple threat match. Rollins basically said
he knew how to outsmart Lashley and Theory.
He didn’t blame Theory for trying to cash in two weeks ago.
In fact, he thought it was a great idea. But Theory was an
idiot for what he did last week. He suggested Theory call
Cody Rhodes to ask how his rehab is going. Rollins went on
for a while before saying he’d retain the title.
(So Rollins is an annoying heel again.)
Theory was watching the interview in the locker room. Theory
cut a serious promo and warned Rollins that he wasn’t the
same guy he knew before (when they were a team). He
suggested that Rollins and Lashley watch what he does to
Mustafa Ali tonight.
Austin Theory defeated Mustafa Ali (5:46)
Ali hit a perfectly timed superkick as Theory tired his
rolling dropkick. Theory took control until Ali hit a sunset
flip powerbomb and 450 splash but Theory rolled to the apron
before Ali could go for a cover. Theory knocked Ali off the
apron and Ali collided with the barricade before Theory hit
A-Town Down for the pinfall win.
(Even though Ali got some offence, this was designed to show
off Theory’s “aggressive” side. There was some fortuitous
blood as Theory came up bleeding a bit from the forehead.
They cleaned it up after a break.)
— It seemed like Theory would attack Ali after the match but
Lashley appeared on the screen. Lashley told Theory to stay
in the ring because he was coming for him.
After a break, Lashley (back to being a babyface) entered
with a microphone. Lashley was surprised that Theory was
still in the ring and insulted him for failing his cash-in
Theory said he’d be the US champion if not for Lashley and
reminded Lashley that he lost to Brock Lesnar. Theory told
Lashley he wasn’t the same guy as before and he planned on
walking out of Survivor Series as champion. Lashley didn’t
think Theory would even walk out of tonight’s show.
Lashley suplexed Theory and tossed him around ringside.
Theory hit him with a chair but Lashley no-sold it. Theory
sprinted to the back and Lashley chased after him.
They cut to Gorilla position where a trainer was checking on
Ali. Theory pushed Ali into Lashley and ran off. Ali shoved
Lashley so Lashley chucked him out onto the stage, drove him
into the video board and put him down with the Hurt Lock.
Lashley posed for the crowd.
(Pentagón Jr. was shown giving George Kittle a mask on the
Monday Night Football broadcast during this segment.)
Matt Riddle & Elias defeated Alpha Academy (16:00)
They went to commercial twice in the first eight minutes —
the second one coming after Chad Gable gave Riddle a German
suplex on the apron. Riddle kicked out of a Steinerizer and
Elias made a comeback on Gable. Alpha Academy double-teamed
him and Gable hit a flying headbutt but Riddle broke up the
Riddle made a blind tag and hit Gable with strikes before
wiping out both opponents with a dive. Riddle flipped out of
a Chaos Theory suplex and hit a knee strike. Elias hit Drift
Away on Gable and Riddle followed with a floating bro for
the pinfall win.
(This wound up being quite good and this team seems like a
good role for Elias.)
McIntyre approached JBL and Baron Corbin who were playing
poker in the locker room. JBL dished out some insults before
McIntyre challenged Corbin to a match. Corbin wanted to
settle it right now. McIntyre looked at JBL and said he
respected his elders — but not Corbin. McIntyre punched
Corbin and told him to find him in the ring.
There was a video package for the men’s WarGames match. The
announcers ran down the Survivor Series card.
Drew McIntyre defeated Baron Corbin (w/JBL) (17:49)
They went to a break after a double down spot where McIntyre
hit a headbutt and Corbin followed with a clothesline. (It
seemed like Corbin was going for a cover right as they went
Corbin hit a superplex off the middle rope for two, McIntyre
hit a spinebuster for two, and Corbin hit a chokeslam for
two. McIntyre hit a Future Shock DDT but Corbin ducked a
Claymore Kick and hit a modified Samoan drop for two.
Corbin got upset and drove McIntyre into the announce table
and ring post but McIntyre suplexed him and shoved him back
in the ring. McIntyre set up for the Claymore kick but got
distracted by JBL who simply walked up the steps behind him.
Corbin used the distraction and hit a Deep Six for a
As Corbin argued with the referee, Akira Tozawa suddenly
appeared at ringside — standing on top of the announce desk.
(Tozawa dyed his hair blonde and wore regular wrestling gear
instead of his ninja attire.) Tozawa took JBL’s hat and ran
The distraction allowed McIntyre to hit the Claymore kick
for the pinfall win.
The O.C./Judgment Day segment
Kelley interviewed AJ Styles and the OC backstage. Styles
said it was a shame what things have come to because he used
to be close with Finn but he’s realized that the OC was his
family. Bálor would get the beating he deserves and it would
Bálor approached Styles. Bálor said, “You think I’m a bad
guy? You’re wrong. I’m worse. I’m the devil, and when you
dance with the devil, you never dance again.” Judgment Day
attacked the OC and the teams brawled.
The brawl spilled into the parking lot where Karl Anderson
slammed Dominik onto the hood of an SUV. Officials
eventually ran and tried to separate things.
(There were production trucks in the background with
pictures of John Cena, Lita, Booker T, and Erick Rowan.)
Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss entered. They hyped the
WarGames match before Belair said they would reveal their
last partner on Smackdown (which received a smattering of
Damage CTRL, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley interrupted. Bayley
said some stuff before Asuka told her to shut up. Ripley
warned Asuka that tonight would be a repeat of their match
at WrestleMania 37. Asuka was ready to fight her right now.
(Perhaps there’s been a miscommunication because the
announcers have referred to Mia Yim by that name throughout
the show but Belair and Bayley both called her “Michin” as
if that was her name.)
Rhea Ripley defeated Asuka (16:21)
This was a really good, physical match.
Asuka clocked the side of Ripley’s head with a running hip
attack and Ripley stalled a long time before getting back in
the ring. Ripley yanked Asuka down by the hair and clubbed
away at the back of her head. They traded submissions until
Ripley slammed Asuka face-first against the mat. They
smacked each other in the face before Ripley dropkicked
Asuka off the top to the outside.
After a break, Asuka dodged a charge and Ripley went
shoulder-first into the ring post. Asuka fought back with
kicks, back fists, a Codebreaker, and a German suplex for
two. Ripley applied a Prism Trap (standing Cloverleaf) but
Asuka slipped out of it.
Ripley went to the top but Asuka yanked her down and hit a
sliding knee strike for two. Ripley came back with a
headbutt and Northern Lights suplex for two. Asuka countered
a Riptide but Asuka countered into a submission.
Damage CTRL and Cross appeared at ringside completely out of
thin air so Belair and Bliss marched down to ringside.
Ripley was distracted (I think) so Asuka applied an armbar.
Ripley countered into a cover for two. They traded counters
and Ripley hit Riptide for the clean pinfall win. Ripley’s
team gets the advantage at WarGames.
— The teams brawled after the match. Mia Yim (who was taken
out in the earlier brawl) eventually joined to go after
Ripley. Asuka flew off the top and wiped out everyone
(including her own teammates) with a dive.
The announcers ran down the Survivor Series card again
before the show ended.