WWE Raw (Monday) results 23rd November 2020
Matt riddle def. Sheamus via pinfall by countering the cloverleaf into a pinning combination. After Sheamus tried to grind on Riddle with early arm work, Riddle fired back with big strikes. Sheamus cut off Riddle’s offense with a big lariat and went right back to focusing on Riddle’s arm. The hard-hitting battle continued to amp up in intensity, with both men hitting big moves in between strike exchanges. Sheamus drove his own shoulder into the ring post, creating an opening for Riddle to land a big series of kicks, but Sheamus drilled him with a sidewalk slam. Riddle hit a springboard twisting dive to the outside on Sheamus down the stretch, but Sheamus caught him coming off the top rope with a crossbody and turned it into a swinging uranage suplex. Riddle countered the 10 Beats of the Bodhran with a kimura in the ropes, but still the brutal match continued, with Riddle able to kick out of White Noise from the second rope. Riddle managed to counter the cloverleaf into a pinning combination to score the victory and advance to next week’s triple threat. (WWE Raw)
Keith Lee def. Bobby Lashley via disqualification after interference from MVP. As expected, this got hard-hitting in a hurry, with Lee and Lashley going right after each other. Lee was distracted by MVP at ringside early and got blindsided by Lashley while stalking the Hurt Business founder. Lashley was busted open on the side of his head , drawing a decent amount of blood. Lashley pulled off some big feats of strength, including carrying Lee on his shoulders and ramming him into the ring post and hitting a massive vertical suplex. Lashley’s first attempt at the Hurt Lock didn’t work out, with Lee easily powering out before it could get locked in and shortly after pouncing Lashley from the ring. Lee again managed to fight off the Hurt Lock, and after driving Lashley into the canvas, MVP ran in to make the save, giving Lee the win by disqualification. (WWE Raw)
AJ Styles def. Randy Orton via pinfall after a Phenomenal Forearm. Styles got off to a fast start, but after dropping Orton with a dropkick, Styles was caught by an Orton eye poke. Styles would get an assist from Olmos, with the bodyguard tossing Styles onto the ring apron to deliver a running kick to the face of Orton. After a commercial break, Styles was eating a series of right hands from Orton, but managed to hit a chop block to set up some leg work on Orton. Orton avoided Style’s first attempt to lock in a calf crusher after having his leg softened up for the hold. Styles would eventually lock in the hold after countering Orton’s hanging DDT, but Orton got to the ropes to escape the hold. Styles countered an RKO with an enziguri and the action went outside the ring when The Fiend’s music hit and The Fiend briefly popped up from behind the ringside barricade. Orton was only briefly distracted before hitting the hanging DDT. Before he could capitalize, the lights went out and The Fiend appeared behind Orton on the ring apron. The lights went back out and Styles connected with a Phenomenal Forearm for the win to take the final spot in next week’s triple threat match. (WWE Raw)
Raw Tag Team Championship — The New Day (c) def. The Hurt Business via pinfall after Xavier Woods hit Shelton Benjamin with a code red.The match was set up when Hurt Business threw down a backstage challenge earlier in the day. It would initially end in a count out win for Hurt Business (though it appeared both teams were counted out), but they demanded the match be restarted and it was. Hurt Business controlled much of the match, largely focusing on the knee of Kofi Kingston, but New Day was able to pull it off when Kingston took out Cedric Alexander on the outside and Woods hit a variation of a code red for the victory. (WWE Raw)
Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) def. Lana via disqualification after being attacked by Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Lana was interviewed backstage about being the sole survivor in the women’s Survivor Series elimination match. She was asked if she thought she should get a title shot and just said that it would be a dream come true. Asuka later told Lana she accepts her challenge despite Lana saying she hadn’t made one. Early in the match, Jax and Baszler, who were ringside on commentary, attacked Asuka for the disqualification. As Jax was about to Samoan drop Asuka through the announce table, Lana made the save.
Asuka & Lana def. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler via pinfall when Asuka pinned Baszler with a schoolboy pin. This match, of course, came about as a result of how Asuka’s match with Lana ended. Baszler and Jax brutalized Lana for the early stretch of the match before the eventual hot tag to Asuka. Lana ducked out of the way of Jax’s attempt to steamroll her outside the ring, sending Jax spilling over the announce table. Baszler reached outside the ring to lock Lana in the Kirifuda Clutch, leaving the opening for Asuka to get the schoolboy for the win. (WWE Raw)
Alexa Bliss def. Nikki Cross via pinfall after a modified Sister Abigail. Bliss and Bray Wyatt hosted a Firefly FunHouse earlier in the night talking about how Cross was a bad friend. Cross would later say that she hadn’t given up on Bliss, but was planning to “beat the Fiend out of her.” An emotional Cross brutalized Bliss during the match, but Bliss kept smiling and laughing as she was attacked. Eventually, Bliss began to cry and acted shocked when she realized the outfit she was wearing. This was, of course, a set-up, as Bliss hit a modified Sister Abigail and grinned while scoring the pinfall. (WWE Raw)
Kelechi Iheanacho Sends Leicester To First FA Cup Final Since 1969
Leicester City book their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Kelechi Iheanacho’s second-half strike seals Wembley win over Southampton
Leicester City have reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 after Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike saw off Southampton at Wembley.
The striker converted from close range in the 55th minute after good work from Jamie Vardy set him up during a counter attack.
It is the fifth time the Foxes have reached the FA Cup final and they will now face Chelsea next month after the Blues defeated Manchester City in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Iheanacho’s strike was the 14th he has scored in this competition since 2015 and no player – not Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – has scored more FA Cup goals during that time. The cup has become his playground.
David de Gea ‘could leave Manchester United on loan’
The 30-year-old was between the sticks for his team’s Europa League clash with Granada on Thursday night but appears to have dropped behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Henderson is expected to start Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, with De Gea set to drop back down to the bench.
The Spain international has recently been linked with a move away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but he still has more than two years left to run on a lucrative contract at Old Trafford.
According to ESPN, Man United are unlikely to find a buyer for De Gea in the upcoming market and could therefore decide to loan him out for the 2021-22 season.
The former Atletico Madrid youngster has made 435 appearances for the 20-time English champions in all competitions, including 30 outings during the current campaign
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
Here are the results for the NXT takeover pay per view
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm (Pre-show): Stark continued to impress as she has in a series of matches with stop stars, hitting some nice early moves, including a good-looking springboard missile dropkick. Storm took over the match after the strong start, using some power offense with snap suplexes and a body slam, but before she could capitalize, Stark hit a superplex from the second rope to start a comeback. A half-nelson suplex set up a running knee for the first convincing near fall of the match. Stark continued to keep up the pressure until Storm hit a series of German suplexes before going for Storm Zero, which was countered awkwardly by Stark into a small package for the victory. (NXT takeover)
Pete Dunne vs. Kushida: An exchange of submission attempts opened the match as both men were attempting to establish their technical superiority early. Kushida had a small edge in the grappling until the action spilled outside where Dunne hit an X-plex onto the ring apron. Dunne brutally went after the arm of Kushida for a brief run, but Kushida fired up and ran the length of the entrance ramp for a kick. After an exchange of strikes, Dunne went back to work on the arm — and the fingers — of Kushida.
The action continued to flow back and forth, with Dunne’s aggression being met by Kushida blow-for-blow. Kushida hit a superplex while holding his Hoverboard Lock, switching to an armbar, but Dunne managed to get a foot on the ropes for a break. Kushida continued going for Dunne’s arms, locking in another Hoverboard Lock and then switching arms with the hold when Dunne reached the ropes. Dunne went back to the fingers, softening up Kushida for a kick to the head and Bitter End to bring the match to a close.
Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet Eliminator for North American championship opportunity): Scott jumped Ruff before the match, getting off to an early advantage when they were the first two men in. Ruff eventually hit a cutter on Scott, springboarding off the announce table to hit the move. That wasn’t enough to keep Scott down, as he continued to blitz Ruff with big moves until Ruff countered a top rope powerbomb into a rana before Reed entered the match. Reed ran wild until hitting a double-German suplex on Scott and Ruff. Grimes came into the match and paid off Scott to help him go at the other competitors. During Lumis’ entrance, Scott was able to quickly pin Ruff to take him out of the match. Lumis delivered suplex after suplex until running into Reed with the two big men exchanging strikes and neither getting the upper hand. Knight made his entrance as the final man into the match and soon pinned Lumis as Lumis had Grimes locked in Silence. Reed eliminated Knight moments later after a senton, leaving Scott, Reed and Grimes as the final three in the match. (NXT takeover)
Grimes and Scott teamed up against Reed, but Reed shrugged off strikes from both men until the temporary alliance fell apart and Scott rolled up Grimes with a handful of tights — reversing Grimes’ own attempt to grab Scott’s tights in a pin — for the elimination. Reed went to the top rope, but Scott caught him with a kick and then slammed Reed from the top rope onto the ring apron. Scott followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Reed fired up through a trio of House Call kicks from Scott before hitting Tsunami for the victory.
NXT UK Championship — WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa: Ciampa looked to try to neutralize WALTER’s strength with speed early but eventually snapped and blitzed WALTER with a flurry of strikes. That only served to anger the champion, leading him to deliver a series of titanic chops. WALTER tried to deliver another chop as Ciampa was leaned on the announce table, but Ciampa moved out of the way, causing WALTER to chop through a portion of the table. Ciampa tried to take advantage of the now-injured hand of WALTER but ran into a big boot. When WALTER had trouble locking in submissions due to not being able to use any strength in his grip, he resorted to delivering more big kicks to the face of Ciampa. Ciampa delivered clothesline after clothesline, trying to take WALTER off his feet, sending the champion stumbling before falling into the ropes where Ciampa’s clotheslines continued until WALTER delivered a chop. Ciampa came right back with yet another clothesline, finally driving WALTER to the mat. After another flurry of offense, Ciampa hit the Fairy Tale Ending for a near fall.
WALTER came back with an attempt at a choke before a German suplex and lariat for a two count of his own. Ciampa continued his incredible performance, blasting WALTER with strikes and forcing the big man to turtle up. Another strike exchange followed shortly after before WALTER focused in on the neck of Ciampa with a series of stomps and powerbombs, again resulting in a near fall. Walter hit another suplex and a big chop, this time putting Ciampa down for the three count, retaining his title. (NXT takeover)
Tag Team Championship — MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma: This match was for the vacant title. Pure fire from the jump with everyone in the match flying around the ring at full speed. Every team in the match got early spots to shit, with Grizzled Young Veterans taking the early action before MSK took over and Legado del Fantasma finally took control with simultaneous dives and then a pair of Van Terminators (without the chair) on Nash Carter for a near fall. Legado continued their run of control by continuing to take the fight to Carter until he finally made a tag to Wes Lee, who took out all four men on the other teams before a huge dive and a series of backflips into a Pele kick to the back of James Drake’s head. (NXT takeover)
Zack Gibson finally involved himself to take out Lee, holding his hand inside the turnbuckle pad so Drake could deliver a dropkick to the already inured hand. Gibson locked up Lee’s hand and Lee was ready to tap until Carter was able to crawl through a Drake choke to grab his partner’s hand. Things broke down to GYV vs. MSK, with Lee hitting a double cutter and then a twisting blockbuster while Carter had Gibson lifted up to score the win and take home the titles.
Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez: Gonzalez used her power early, forcing Shirai to have to resort to slick defensive maneuvers and quickness, hitting a rana and then taking the fight to Gonzalez in the corner. Gonzalez caught a Shirai stomp and tried to reverse the momentum but found herself on the outside, getting knocked to the floor after a Shirai asai moonsault. Gonzalez was finally able to slow down the champ by driving her into the ring post before going back to the ring where she began to toss Shirai around the ring.
Every time it seemed Gonzalez had Shirai on the defensive, the champion would find a way to counter and launch into her own high impact offense, including a Code Red for a near fall. Gonzalez caught Shirai on the top rope and tried to walk her to the center of the ring for a chokeslam, but Shirai managed to counter and roll into a crossface, forcing Gonzalez to crawl to the ropes for the escape. Shirai followed up with a moonsault from the top rope onto the entrance ramp. Shirai wandered out of the ring area before appearing on top of the giant skull that made up the set background on the ramp, hitting a diving crossbody onto Gonzalez. (NXT takeover)
Gonzalez refused to stay down, coming back to hit a chokeslam outside the ring and throwing the champion in for a near fall. Moments later, Gonzalez managed to hit a big lariat and then another chokeslam to score the pinfall and win the belt.