Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, Shinsuke Nakamura losing the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Finn Balor back on WWE-TV, RAW/NXT crossovers, The Undertaker going into the WWE Hall of Fame, John Bradshaw Layfield giving high praise to The Undertaker, Seth Rollins at WrestleMania, Booker T’s prediction regarding the next top singles champion, AJ Styles re-signing with WWE, and Santos Escobar’s comments regarding the retiring of the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
2/18/2022 (taped 2/11/2022)
Ricochet defeated Sheamus (w/ Ridge Holland)
Ivar (w/ Erik) defeated Jey Uso (w/ Jimmy Uso) via disqualification
Sami Zayn defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Hopefully, Shinsuke Nakamura will regain the WWE Intercontinental Champion in the near future and be given an impressive title run. His August 2021 – February 2022 run as Champion was not utilized much. Nakamura defended his championship 15 times, and only 3 of those defenses were televised. He has the talent and popularity to increase the value of the championship, but he needs a decent opportunity to do it.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2022
Rey Mysterio (w/ Dominik Mysterio) defeated The Miz
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman) defeated Goldberg via referee’s decision
Bianca Belair defeated Alexa Bliss, Doudrop, Liv Morgan, Nikki ASH, and Rhea Ripley in a, “WWE RAW Women’s Title #1 Contendership Elimination Chamber” match
Naomi & Ronda Rousey defeated Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville
Drew McIntyre defeated Madcap Moss (w/ Happy Corbin) in a “Falls Count Anywhere” match
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeated Lita
Brock Lesnar defeated WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Austin Theory, Riddle, and Seth Rollins in an “Elimination Chamber” match to become the new WWE Champion.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Finn Balor & Tommaso Ciampa defeated The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
Rhea Ripley defeated Nikki ASH
Damian Priest defeated Shelton Benjamin (w/ Cedric Alexander)
Bianca Belair defeated Doudrop
Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins defeated RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) in a “WWE RAW Tag Team Title #1 Contendership” match
It’s great to see Finn Balor back on WWE-TV. I’m sure that his teaming with Tommaso Ciampa is not a long-term situation, which would mean that Balor is still available for something long-term. Bobby Lashley will need someone to wrestle with when he returns from his injury, and Balor would be an excellent choice.
WWE NXT 2.0
Grayson Waller (w/ Sanga) defeated LA Knight
Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray defeated Amari Miller & Lash Legend in a “Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 First Round” match
Duke Hudson defeated Dante Chen
Cameron Grimes defeated Trick Williams (w/ Carmelo Hayes)
Nikita Lyons defeated Kayla Inlay
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter defeated Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley in a “Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 First Round” match:
Dolph Ziggler defeated Tommaso Ciampa in a “WWE NXT Title #1 Contendership” match
There are reports that Dolph Ziggler is only the latest of many RAW talents who will be crossing over into NXT. While I think it’s more important for NXT to be able to present an appealing product without having to rely on outside help, I think RAW talent crossing over is beneficial in terms of a temporary boost in viewership and giving NXT talent an opportunity to work with more experienced talent from RAW. This will help the NXT talents grow as wrestlers.
I think another way that this crossover should be used is by utilizing the experienced talent this is in NXT and sending them to RAW. Two perfect examples are Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray. They are two of the best wrestlers on the NXT women’s roster, and I recently showed how Shirai affects viewership numbers. They could put Shirai in a program with Alexa Bliss, and Lee Ray in a program with Rhea Ripley, and show the RAW audience what the two NXT talents can do. And if the RAW fans want to see more? They would have to tune in to NXT.
I’m very pleased that The Undertaker is finally going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and that it’s going to happen in front of his family and friends in his home state of Texas. The Undertaker is the greatest wrestler of all time, and with the contributions that he has made to the pro-wrestling industry as well as the sacrifices that The Undertaker has made for it, his presence in the industry is irreplaceable.
Received an overwhelming response to the news. Thank you to everyone who reached out but for now, I’ll say this… it’s been a wild ride … headed to the