- Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jason Jordan; Jordan wins.
- Asuka VS Stacy Coates; Asuka wins.
- Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews VS Samoa Joe; no contest.
- Samoa Joe VS Finn Balor; double count-out.
- Nia Jax & Alicia Fox VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Sasha win.
- Braun Strowman VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; no contest.
- Enzo Amore VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins.
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS The Bar; The Bar wins and becomes new Raw Tag Team Champions.
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WWE addresses the church shooting on 11/5/17.
BRAUN STROWMAN HAS RETURNED!
And he was not through with The Miztourage. He emerged from the back of a garbage truck, and then treated The Miz, Bo Dallas and most of all, Curt Axel, like garbage. The Monster Among Men didn’t get full rectification as The Miz got away, when will Strowman’s revenge catch up to the Hollywood A-Lister?
Miz TV is in the UK!
Before getting started, Miz has a message for Baron Corbin. For those who don’t know, there has been a social media war of words. If The Lone Wolf insults Maryse ever again, Miz will knock his teeth down his throat. So what does Corbin do? Escalates to talking about Miz’s unborn daughter, and how Corbin will be Miz’s Daddy. The Manchester fans join in on a “Who’s your daddy?” chants. Not Corbin. Miz speaks from the heart, Corbin rips off lines. Miz is a pitcher throwing heaters, Corbin better be ready to step up to the plate. Corbin is the Bathroom Break, Miz is the Whole Damn Show! Bring your A-Game against the A-Lister, Corbin, because you’re gonna finally become relevant. To business. Their Raw GM wants at the SmackDown Commissioner, it’s Kurt Angle!
Miz welcomes Angle and wants to talk Survivor Series. Despite their differences, Angle supports Miz against Corbin. Miz wishes he could say the same. Well, if anyone knows what Angle can do in the ring, it’s Miz. Or did he forget TLC? Fans sure loved that, didn’t’ they? Yes, Miz remembers Angle abusing power to have one last glory, Miz remembers his team falling apart, but he remembers Stephanie saying this after. Stephanie gave the ultimatum, Angle will captain Team Raw and win, or he’ll be fired as Raw GM. Raw is nearing its 25th anniversary, Raw has the best talent and fans. SmackDown’s had a good 18 year run, but Shane has an “inferiority complex”. SmackDown is and will be The B Show, Raw will prove it. How about when they brought Raw #UnderSiege? How did Angle respond? SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan was attacked by Kane! Even when Bryan said he had no part in what Shane did. SmackDown might just show up again and have Raw #UnderSiege2. Angle says he didn’t condone Kane’s attack, he apologizes here and now. Angle respects Daniel. Fans agree, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Oh Angle didn’t scheme that attack up? Stephanie tore into Angle, and The Real Angle returned. That Angle did whatever it took to get the job done! He wanted to eliminate Bryan, just like he wanted to eliminate The Miztourage! Forcing Miz to defend the title, then kept Miz trapped so Strowman could attack! And poor, poor Curt Axel — who gets cheers from the fans — was caught. Bryan doesn’t deserve an apology, Axel does. Angle won’t give one- Miz’s hand goes up, your mouth goes shut. Angle will not let Miz tell him what to do. Okay, okY, calm down. If Angle had nothing to do with Kane or Strowman, then why is Strowman on Team Raw?! Those two things are not related. Strowman deserves to be on Team Raw, but he is promised something: a match, tonight, AGAINST MIZ! Miz is begging Angle reconsider, Angle leaves. Will Miz even make it to Survivor Series? Will he even make it out of Manchester?!
Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jason Jordan!
The Drifter can’t give Manchester his usual concert, because his guitar is the one dangling in a corner. Once brought down, the guitar is a weapon, and when it’s smashed on someone, the target loses. Elias says “I am Destiny manifested.” Every guitar of Elias’ is special to him, The GOld Blooded Son insulted him when he smashed one last week. But, Elias is still going to sing. What do they want? Wonderwall? Really? Too bad, he has an original piece, a capella. And it’ll be better than the stuff by what’s his face. Not that it matters, Jordan interrupts him again!
The bell rings, Elias goes for the guitar but JJ stops him, so they brawl instead. Elias shoves JJ out of the way, but JJ keeps him from getting tot he guitar, dropkick sends Elias out. JJ follows to stay between the Drifter and the guitar, even back into the ring. The fans duel, the superstars brawl, we go to break.
We return, Elias is kicking JJ while he’s down. Stiff European Uppercut puts JJ in a corner, then a stiff chop rings out, but JJ comes back with clubbing forearms. Elias body shots and saido suplex but JJ slips out and shoves Elias to a corner, shoulder tackle to Northern Lights! Float over, another Northern Lights! JJ fires up, as do fans, JJ goes for the guitar. JJ grabs the guitar, Elias trips him up and lets him bounce off buckles. Elias lariats JJ down, then goes to fetch his “baby”. It’s off the hook!
Now it is a weapon, aimed at JJ, JJ ducks! JJ kicks low, has the guitar, Elias gets out of the ring. JJ pursues, they run around the side, Elias catches JJ on reentry. He stomps JJ at the ropes, then picks up the guitar. Elias aims, swings, JJ grabs Elias and powers him to a corner. Then across to the opposite corner. Then, back the other way! JJ throws Elias overhead, he’s all fired up again. JJ has the guitar, Elias is dazed, fans duel as JJ SMACKS Elias on the back! JJ wins, Elias quite literally feels the blues.
Kurt Angle is visited by The Bar.
Cesaro & Sheamus feel Angle isn’t putting Raw’s “best foot forward” for Survivor Series. Last week, Miz and Bliss defend titles because Angle wants Raw’s best. Yet, Rollins & Ambrose haven’t defended it. Showing favoritism? What would Stephanie think? When Raw was #UnderSiege, the Shield was the last line of defense yet they fail. Well then The Bar should be the first line! Don’t manipulate, man up! Okay then, fella. The Bar wants to represent as the Tag Team Champions, because they can beat the Usos while Rollins & Ambrose can’t. Fine, one last chance at those titles, tonight! The Bar gets their match, will they win it?
Asuka VS Stacy Coates!
Stacy taps, Asuka wins! As if there was going to be any other outcome.
Alicia The Captain gives us a message.
Asuka is now part of Raw’s Women’s Team! If Raw isn’t ready for Asuka, can SmackDown hope to be?
Backstage interview with Titus Worldwide.
Titus O’Neil is reminded of what happened to Apollo Crews when Samoa Joe returned to dominate him. Why does Titus want a match with Joe tonight?
Titus Worldwide~ loves to have fun, but that didn’t happen last week. This week, Joe better be ready for trouble. The Real Deal is determined, can he defeat the Destroyer?
Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews VS Samoa Joe!
Titus likes making million dollar moves, but Joe makes a major statement as he starts a brawl with Titus on the stage! Apollo gets dumped aside, Coquina Clutch for Titus! Referees hurry to make Joe stop, Joe stops when he wants to stop.
Titus is out cold, Joe coldly makes his way to the ring. “It does not matter if you are as big or as powerful as Titus. It does not matter if you have the athleticism of Apollo crews. IF you stand in my way, I will put, you, down.” If anybody wants to prove Joe wrong, then come on out. Joe isn’t done yet. Who comes out? FINN BALOR!
Samoa Joe VS Finn Balor!
It’s been some time since The Destroyer and the Extraordinary Man clashed in the ring, and now we get this epic rematch by surprise! The bell rings, the two circle. Finn is wary of Joe, but the fans have his back. Joe and Finn tie up, Joe powers Finn to ropes but Finn turns it around. Ropebreak, but Joe kicks low. Headlock, Finn powers out, Joe shoulders Finn down. Joe gets Finn up for jabs, Finn gives right hands and body shots. Joe is backed down but he turns it around to grind Finn’s eyes on the ropes. Joe chops Finn then drags him into powerbomb but Finn gets a takedown and a standing double stomp! Finn gets Joe in a corner, whip is reversed, but Finn dodges to swing kick Joe down. Finn climbs up, Joe gets up and trips Finn up. Finn tumbles down, fans rally, Joe gets Finn up for more stiff jabs. Finn ends up in another corner, but fires back with forearms. Whip reversed again, Joe gets the back elbow and Pele!
Cover, TWO, Joe keeps focus. Joe stalks Finn, snapmare and neck wrench. Fans rally, Finn feeds off it to get up and power out, throwing right hands until Joe headbutts. Snapmare, stiff chop to the back followed by a kick and then an elbow drop, TWO. Joe might be a little annoyed, fans rally for Finn, Finn fights back. Finn runs, Joe runs him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, Joe puts Finn right back to the neck wrench. Fans cheer Finn on again, dueling even, Finn gets up and fights out. Finn gives forearms, Joe gives a knee, Joe whips Finn but Finn boots back. Finn gives a forearm that rocks Joe, then another, but Joe stays standing. Finn fires up, ducks a lariat, forearm takes Joe down! Joe in a corner, Finn gives a running chop. Corner to corner reversed, Finn up and over, stiff kick from Joe slows Finn. Joe hops up, Finn kicks Joe down and out! Finn runs, wrecking ball dropkick knocks Joe back. Then from the apron, Too Sweet, Penalty Kick!
Joe falls over, Finn is fired up thanks to his Balor Club. Finn gets Joe up, gets Joe in, Finn climbs up but Joe rolls out. So Finn builds speed around the way, forearm smash to Joe! Joe is down as we go to break.
Upon return, both men are in the ring, Slingblade takes Joe down. Joe dodges the blasting dropkick, back senton crushes Finn, TWO! Joe is looking a little frustrated, fans rally for Finn. Joe watches Finn get up, puts him in a corner and hoists him up to the top. Finn resists, knowing what Joe wants. Joe chops Finn, Finn wavers on the top, Joe goes for a fireman’s carry, Finn slips down to a sunset flip, TWO! Joe jabs Finn again, Finn chops, Joe gives a forearm, PELE from Finn!
Both men down, the ref starts a ten count. Finn stirs at about 4, gets to his feet at about 7. Joe stirs and gets up as well, Finn dodges to Slingblade Joe down again. Finn hits that dropkick now, Joe is blasted to buckles and falls down. Finn fires up, as do the fans, Finn climbs up and… Coup- No, Joe dodged it, Finn runs in and gets sat down with the yurinagi! Cover, TWO, and Joe is running out of ideas. Manchester declares “This is awesome!” Joe is up first this time, stalking Finn again. Joe wants that submission, Finn is in the sleeper hold! Finn uses the buckles for leverage, rolls back and out, another double stomps! Joe rolls out of the ring, those ribs took a hit. Finn takes aim, runs, and FLIES!
Direct hit! Joe goes down, so does Finn, a ring count begins. Finn gets up and goes over to Joe, dragging Joe up and giving shots. Joe gives shots back, runs and throws Finn to the ramp! The ring count is high, hits 10! Double count out! A draw won’t stop Joe, he drags Finn up, Finn revives to fire off more strikes!
The referees try to stop this scrap, it isn’t working. They brawl on the stage, the fans want to “Let them fight!” The fight continues, the referees bring out security, and even Angle. The two are separated, Finn says he could do this all day. The fans want to see that, but Angle says this is enough. Survivor Series is about Raw VS SmackDown, this ferocity is what he wants! Welcome to Team Raw, boys! Combustible elements to say the least, but they need to save that for SmackDown. Not Finn, he FLIES from the stage to collide with Joe again! Did Angle just add some dysfunction to his team? Or will things be put aside to prove Raw is the superior brand?
Bo Dallas gives Miz a pep talk.
So what if Braun Strowman rose from the garbage like in a horror film? Halloween is over, monsters aren’t real. What’s real is The Miztrouage’s superior intellect, their bond, and their strength in numbers. Strowman is flesh and bone, a whole lot of it, but they can do this. Right, Axel? No one ever manhandled Axel the way Strowman has. Axel is becoming a believer that Strowman is a Monster Among Men. They should just cut their losses and run. Miz’s glare says otherwise. Well, if Miz isn’t afraid, the Miztourage isn’t, either. Should they be?
Kurt Angle tries to apologize to Daniel Bryan on the phone.
Bryan isn’t answering his phone, Angle apologizes as best he can on the voicemail, and hopes Bryan calls him back. That aside, he’s visited by JJ now. Great match and win, and even when JJ didn’t win against John Cena or Roman Reigns, he was impressive. JJ better have thick skin, Angle needs someone he can trust. JJ, you will be the fifth man for Team Raw. Seriously? Yes. Thanks so much! JJ will not let him down, this is going to be a big win! Is the Olympic Gold Medalist really not favoring his Gold-Blooded Son in all this?
Backstage interview with Bayley & Sasha Banks.
They’re to take on Alicia Fox & Nia Jax, are they going to be on Team Raw? Not yet. Foxy is “different”, but not so much that she’d leave these two off the team. After being put #UnderSiege, Raw has motivation to win. The only hugs, are going to be consolation when SmackDown loses. Nice. SmackDown has Becky, Charlotte, Carmella, Tamina and Naomi, but Raw isn’t going to have The Legit Boss? No no. Foxy better call on these two, but they’ll give her a reminder just in case tonight.
Nia Jax & Alicia Fox VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!
The Brutal Beauty was The Captain’s first choice, and a good one. Asuka was second and also a really good one. Depending on how this match goes, will Captain Alicia’s hand be forced to fill the last two spots with The Huggable One & The Legit Boss? The fans serenade Bayley as she starts against Foxy, Foxy gets mad that they aren’t singing for her. The two circle, Foxy being all crazy, tag to Nia. Nia and Bayley circle, tie up, Bayley is put in a corner then thrown out of it, Bayley ends up in another corner and takes a headbutt before being thrown again. Nia mocks Bayley’s fans, squashes her in that corner, but then Bayley jumps out for a headlock. Nia powers out, then dares Bayley to come back. Bayley throws forearms but is shoved away, the fans rally as Bayley throws more forearms. Tag to Sasha, they both power Nia into a corner, then assisted whip splash, Sasha comes in but is put on the apron. Sasha punches Nia back, flying crossbody caught, Nia scoops but Sasha slips out, schoolgirl blocked but the elbow drop is dodged. Shining Wizard from Sasha, ONE as Sasha is tossed away. Nia picks up and puts Sasha in her corner, tag to Alicia. Alicia stomps and forearms Sasha, snapmare, chinlock, Alicia thrashes Sasha around but fans rally for The Boss. Sasha gets up, Alicia puts her in a corner but Sasha turns that around, then to her corner, tag to Bayley. Bayley stomps and arm wrenches, shoulder breaker, armlock. Fans serenade Bayley again, Bayley whips Alicia but gets a boot. Nia blind tag, Alicia comes at Bayley but is thrown out, Nia clobbers Bayley from behind. Fans boo and jeer, Nia pretends not to know why, we go to break.
We return, Nia flattens Bayley with elbow drops, but that song continues all the same. Nia puts Bayley in the corner, tags Alicia, Alicia scratches and punches Bayley. Alicia stretches Bayley against the ropes and then kicks away at Bayley’s back. Cover, TWO, Foxy is already frustrated. She puts Bayley back in a chinlock, fans rally for Bayley. Bayley feeds off it, but gets thrown down. Alicia drags Bayley over, tag to Nia. Bayley is anchored as Nia stomps on her. Nia drags Bayley up, whips her to a corner and crushers her against buckles. Fans boo and jeer again, Nia stomps on Bayley more. Fans keep rallying, Bayley gives double ax handles, but she’s shoved back, flying crossbody caught into a bearhug but Bayley fights out. Bayley is whipped to a corner again, goes up and over but is caught on Nia’s shoulder, Bayley is given snake eyes on a top buckle. Nia runs to swing on Sasha, Sasha hops off the apron and then comes back, telling Nia to wait until she’s back in the match. Nia stands on Bayley’s ponytail and then pulls Bayley’s arms. Nia lets go, then stalks Bayley at the ropes. Nia throws Bayley into her corner, mocks the wacky waving arms, tag to Alicia. Bayley fights back, right hands and elbows everywhere, but Alicia grabs Bayley’s hand. Whip turns into a dropkick on Nia, Alicia is pushed into buckles. Fans rally as Bayley crawls, Alicia hurries after but Bayley still reaches Sasha for the tag! Sasha kicks Alicia, then flying double knees!
Dropkick for Nia again, Sasha runs, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Sasha blocks Alicia’s boots, puts Alicia sideways on the second rope, Stock Drop Knees! Nia back in to yank Sasha off the pin. Bayley back, hops on for a sleeper hold on Nia! Nia goes to dump Bayley out, Bayley and Sasha work to dump Nia out! Alicia rolls Sasha, two, Bank Statement Crossface!
Alicia taps out, Sasha and Bayley win! The Captain speaks, and she admits she needs “Bossy Banks” on her team. She WANTS Sasha on her team! Sasha is in, but Bayley isn’t? Well, that was unexpected. How will this affect their friendship?
Braun Strowman VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!
The Monster Among Men wanted to treat Angle and The Shield like garbage, but turns out Team Miz threw him out with the trash. Strowman survived being compacted in the back of the garbage truck, and is back for revenge, will The Miz survive to make it to Survivor Series? Miz is so worried, he barely wants to get in the ring. The bell rings, Miz gets out of the ring, and regroups with his Miztourage. He has them go off to the side, they get around behind Strowman, he scares them off as Miz gets in, but then Miz gets out when Strowman’s eyes lock on him. They regroup again, and come up with a new plan as the ring count climbs up. At 7, Miztourage distracts, Miz gets in, Strowman scares Bo and Axel off to grab Miz! Miz is in a corner, then thrown out of it! Miz ends up on the opposite end, and rolls out. The Miztourage checks on their boss, Strowman comes out to run them off. Strowman uses a shortcut to grab Miz by the hair and pulls him up, to smack him into the post!
Strowman roars, the fans echo it, another ring count begins but Strowman isn’t a patient monster. He throws Miz back into the ring, and then keeps Miz from running away. Strowman picks Miz up onto one shoulder, AK-47 cutter! Miz might be out cold. Now Strowman wants after Bo and Axel. Right hand floors Bo easy, Axel begs for mercy. He has a neck brace, for crying out loud! Strowman doesn’t care, he chucks Axel into the barriers! Strowman stomps his way into the ring, stalks Miz, then drags the Intercontinental Champion up. “You can’t run!” Strowman says as he tosses Miz onto the Miztourage! All three men are down on the outside, but fire and brimstone erupt from the stage! KANE is here! Monster and Machine lock eyes as Kane makes his way down to the ring.
They stand face to face, Strowman reminds Kane he threw him into a garbage truck, but can’t kill “The ONLY Monster on Monday Night Raw!” The two brawl! Strowman backs Kane down, whips corner to corner, Kane boots back. Kane takes aim, choke grip, but Strowman pries his way out of it. Scoop up, powerslam down! Strowman roars, but Kane sits up. Kane is up, but gets clothesline’d out, landing on his feet. Strowman is preoccupied, Miz and Bo attack from behind. Strowman is too much for them, corner clothesline on Bo and then one on Miz, Miz is scooped, Miz gets slammed! Strowman is unstoppable, SmackDown better just stay out of his way.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose.
Unexpected but not upsetting, the Raw Tag Team Champions are happy to defend their titles. Tonight, The Bar will be taken care of, then it’ll be fish and chips to celebrate. The Shield brothers are ready for anything and anyone. They’re going to make “Team Blue” into “Team Black & Blue”. And yellow. And purple. But The Usos are going to see who really is the best tag team in the WWE. The Bar are bad dudes, but they’re so uncool. Rollins doesn’t like them. Ambrose doesn’t like them. Surely Renee Young doesn’t like them. She remains impartial, but Rollins is pretty sure she doesn’t like interviewing them. No one wants those two to win, and they won’t if the champs have their way. If Cesaro & Sheamus say they’re the bar, but The Shield is the real bar. Can the Architect and Lunatic keep the status quo in Manchester?
Enzo Amore is in Manchester!
The Certified G cheated Kalisto out of the title, How You Doin? How’s he doing? Great! Enzo would ask Manchester how they’re doing, but he knows: They’re grateful for him to be here. But you can’t be grateful if you ain’t great, but Enzo is great so he’s grateful. He’s grateful for his fans, who cheer and take pictures and serenade him like some do here. That chant started here, it ends here, so shut up. Enzo can’t avoid the press, he can’t avoid a question: What is next for the Realest Champ in the Room? Oh by the way, those who want Neville, too bad. Enzo ran him outta town. Anyway, Enzo tells the kids asking “what’s next?” Enzo wanted to lie, but he doesn’t lie! Enzo told the kid, “I’m sorry, but you know what’s next? Kalisto at Survivor Series.” Ugh. Poor kid. They were both disappointed, so the kid asked, but you already did beat him. Yeah, but he has to defend it again. Why taking Kalisto on again? Enzo doesn’t know, except there’s a conspiracy! Enzo is the only one defending a title at Survivor Series, he’s a One Man Brand right now. The ‘Zo Show is money, in dollars. Because pound for pound, he’s worth his weight in gold. Kalisto is barely worth his weight in Doritos! Speaking of Kalisto, he finally comes out to end this.
But where is he going? To take a seat. And why is that? Because PETE DUNNE is here!! Well, wait, no, that’s Kurt Angle first. Because he’s announcing that a Cruiserweight is taking on the Bruiserweight. The WWE UK Champion is finally on Raw!
Enzo Amore VS Pete Dunne!
The Certified G may not know who his opponent is, but everyone else does, and everyone else knows he’s not someone to take lightly. The bell rings, Enzo trash talks Dunne, Dunne just seems confused as to what Enzo is even doing. Stiff forearm and stomps shut Enzo up!
Enzo gets out of the ring, the Manchester fans are fired up for the Bruiserweight. Enzo trash talks Kalisto, thinking this was the conspiracy as well. He rushes Dunne, gets a mule kick, then an X-Plex to the apron. Fans cheer as Dunne covers, TWO, Dunne keeps on Enzo with a torturing wristlock and finger bend. Enzo fights back but can’t get his fingers free, so he gets to ropes, and uses them to snap Dunne back. Enzo dropkicks Dunne’s knees, covers, TWO. Enzo goes after Dunne’s arms and traps them to put on a clutch. ENzo rams Dunne’s head to the mat, then trash talks everyone from him to Kalisto to the fans booing Enzo. Enzo lets Dunne go to line up a kick, the kick is good. Enzo keeps talking trash for Kalisto, “get yourself an education.,” Dunne gets a schoolboy, TWO, enziguri rocks Enzo! Enzo is dazed in a corner, his boot is blocked but he still shoves Dunne down, high stack pin with the ropes, Kalisto points it out and the ref stops the count. Enzo is pissed at Kalisto, “snitches get stitches!”
Dunne gives Enzo a clobbering forearm from behind! Then, the Bitter End! Dunne wins! Bruiserweight trumps Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto raises the UK Champ’s hand. Can Kalisto get his hand raised at Survivor Series to become the new Cruiserweight Champion a second time?
WWE takes a look at Jinder Mahal VS Brock Lesnar.
The Modern Day Maharaja is disputing the fact The Beast is the “reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion. Mahal is not Lesnar’s equal, contemporary or pretender. When people think of the iconic WWE Champion, they don’t think “Jinder Mahal.” The challenge was accepted, but Mahal continued to deny Paul Heyman had a point. Mahal started at the bottom and now he’s at the top! Mahal is not Lesnar’s equal, he is Lesnar’s “worst nightmare!” And at Survivor Series, The Beast will be conquered to make Mahal the Beast Master of WWE! Will the World Champion overcome the Universal Champion? Will that World Champion even be Mahal? AJ Styles challenges for the title, the winner moves on to Survivor Series!
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
The Goddess and Raw Women’s Champion is taking on “an eccentric cat lady.” Natalya claims to have run Alexa off SmackDown. Well, Alexa ran away frmo SmackDown during the siege. No one likes an “Actually” Girl. Alexa will run circles around Natty, just like when Alexa was on SmackDown. Natty wasn’t champion back then, because Alexa ways. So Charli, what does 2+2 make? 4? Actually, it’s one. As in, the One and Only Goddess. Can Raw’s Goddess defeat SmackDown’s Queen at Survivor Series?
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS The Bar!
This is the last chance for the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator, can they defeat the Architect & Lunatic to then represent Raw against SmackDown’s Uso Penitentiary? Ambrose is ready, he goes right at Sheamus at the bell. Cesaro comes in but is sent right out, Rollins jumps on him while Ambrose gives Sheamus a neckbreaker. Tag to Rollins, atomic drop slingblade, TWO. Sheamus back elbows Rollins, tags Cesaro, Cesaro flies into a kick and a facebuster. Rollins covers, ONE, Rollins brings Cesaro to Ambrose. Tag in, double whip, Sheamus saves Cesaro, so Rollins wrecking ball dropkicks them both and then The Shield boys go up for a double dive! The Bar goes down, Ambrose puts Cesaro in, chops to Cesaro put him in a corner. Cesaro turns things around, misses, gets more chops. Corner to corner whip, Cesaro boots back, Cesaro gives a stiff European Uppercut. Cesaro gloats, tags Sheamus, Sheamus kicks and EuroUppers Ambrose, Ambrose uses that as fuel to fire off forearms! Sheamus hits back, Ambrose gives him a knee. Tag to Rollins, dropkick to dropkick, Cesaro clothesline’d out, the Shield holds the ring as we go to break.
We return, The Bar is in control of Ambrose now, flying ax handle and lariat, TWO. Keylock from Sheamus to Ambrose wrenches that shoulder, fans rally for Ambrose, he gets up and fights out. Sheamus gives him a knee, tag to Cesaro, Super Saiyan double mule kicks! Cover, TWO, Cesaro keeps on Ambrose with chinlock. Fans rally again, Ambrose gets up and fights out again, but Cesaro tags Sheamus, Sheamus helps whip and hit Ambrose with the Bar Lariat. Knee drop adds on, Ambrose gets out tot he apron. Sheamus brings Ambrose up for the Bodhrain, clubs a few times but stops when the fans count. Ambrose fights out with back elbows but takes a kidney shot, Sheamus fetches Ambrose, tells the fans to shut it, he throws Ambrose to the apron but Ambrose spins it around into a clothesline! Cesaro coaches Sheamus up and in to follow Ambrose, Ambrose crawls, tag to Cesaro to boot Rollins right off. Then, Cesaro powers Ambrose to a corner, top rope, Euro Upper. Cesaro climbs up, top rope, Ambrose resists. Ambrose dumps Cesaro onto the top rope in a bad way. Ambrose adjusts, sees where he is, to then clothesline Cesaro to the ground!
Sheamus shouts for Cesaro to get up and in, Ambrose finds his way to his corner, but so does Cesaro. Sheamus tags, he scoops Ambrose, ambrose slips out and doges, Sheamus goes into corner post! The fans fire up, Rollins is back, tag! ROllisn rallies on The Bar, blockbuster to Cesaro! DIVE on Sheamus! Then, springboard knee- Cesaro evades, Rollins kicks, but back drop to sunset flip, TWO, into Falcon Arrow! TWO, but Rollins isn’t frustrated just yet. He gets up, goes to a corner and climbs, Sheamus distracts but takes a double ax handle. Rollins runs, pop-up EuroUpper! TWO! Cesaro can’t believe it, but he won’t be deterred. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar goes after Rollins together for double crucifix, Ambrose saves Rollins and they brawl it out. Rollins and Ambrose take knees and EuroUppers, Super Saiyan- SUPERKICK and Lunatic Lariat! Cover, TWO! The Bar gets out of the ring for a breather, but The Shield is stirring as the fans rally. They build speed, DIVE for Ambrose but Rollins gets a forearm! Double Crucifix to Ambrose into barriers!
Sheamus knees Rollins, tags Cesaro, they coordinate for the Doomsday Device! TWO!! Cesaro is shocked, as is Sheamus. The fans rally for ROllins, Cesaro tags Sheamus. Cesaro feeds ROllins to Sheamus, Cesaro goes up, Ambrose breaks this up! SUPERKICK to Cesaro! SUPERKICK to Sheamus! Cesaro out, Dirty Deeds for Sheamus! Rollins with the Frog Splash! Cesaro barrels in to break it up!! Manchester has to give it up for that one. But wait! The New Day?! Where?! Why!? Is this #UnderSiege2!?
Yes, from all the way up in the stands with the fans! Just like The Shield would do. They applaud the fans for staying awake through three hours of B Show. But The New Day~ are here to spice it up. Kurt Angle leads a charge to counter, mobilizing the troops all over the locker room. The New Day calls out Raw for doing “nothing~!” SmackDown superior, and yet Raw does what? “Nothing~!” So then, prepare for the sequel, baby~! The Raw roster is storming their way out, but chances are they’ll do “nothing~!” The Raw superstars hit the ringside area, but where are the other SmackDown superstars?
Raw goes up the stairs, BROGUE to Rollins! THE BAR WINS!! New Tag Team Champions!? And it only now sinks in to Angle that perhaps The New Day appeared just to do this to Raw… Does SmackDown already assume The Bar will lose to #DayOneIsh?
What a wonky Raw we got here. Being that it was in Manchester, that meant tape delay and that meant a lot of sources were able to talk about tonight’s events when they actually happened, even WWE themselves with giving away the simple fact titles changed hands. Even so, I still liked tonight for what happened. Great Miz TV section to keep up the tension between Miz and Angle, and it again bites Miz in the butt as he’s put up against Strowman in a non-title match. That was a great segment, Strowman dominant as ever, and then we get to see him and Kane fight again, with Strowman backing Kane down. There’s a big chance Kane will ruin Strowman’s time during the 5v5 men’s match to then branch off into a more dedicated 1v1 feud that carries them to the Royal Rumble. One thing that fans are hoping ends now is Jordan VS Elias. Their match was only alright, even with the stipulation. And now Jason Jordan is the fifth man for Team Raw, perhaps to forward his story with Angle, some kind of father-son dysfunction on the horizon? Speaking of members of Team Raw, Asuka was an obvious choice for the Women’s Division, and while Finn and Joe are great choices, them ripping at each other should’ve been a sign not to choose them both, but that could be to help story of an extended Finn-Joe feud headed to the Rumble same as Kane-Strowman. Another potential story is Sasha and Bayley winning their match but only one of them being put on the team. Sasha and Bayley have been tested as friends over bigger things, but perhaps with the Horsewomen VS Horsewomen not until Wrestlemania now, Sasha and Bayley can fight out their issues on the side, to then come together again to take on Rhonda Rousey and her friends.
LOVED seeing Pete Dunne finally somewhere on a WWE main roster show, and of course he makes Enzo eat his words a bit to really give the UK fans something to cheer for. The UK Division still hasn’t really come together, but between this and the other UK superstars coming to 205 Live tomorrow, perhaps they’re finally getting some wheels turning. And then, the main event was great and there was the surprise fake-out that The New Day pulled. New tag team champions thanks to the prank, The Bar VS The Usos will still be good but I have a feeling this Manchester Screwjob was to help SmackDown win that match-up. On the other hand, with Roman Reigns scheduled to come back in time, perhaps The Shield will truly have their reunion match and against The New Day as payback for tonight.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)
The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408
Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!
- Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
- WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH looks back to Best in the World.
The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?
Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.
Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.
Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!
The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?
Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!
Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.
ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!
Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.
“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!
Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?
ROH hears from Kelly Klein.
“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?
ROH looks back to June 29th.
Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!
Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?
WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!
While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?
But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!
Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.
Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.
Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!
Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!
Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship
Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?
But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?
ROH hears from Rush.
El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!
Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?
But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.
ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.
Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.
Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.
ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!
Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!
Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?
But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?
A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.
The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.
And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!
My Score: 8.2/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.
Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.
- Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
- Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
- Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
- BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
- A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – ***
- A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
- A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
- A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
- A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4
Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.
Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.
So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.
Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.
Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)
EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.
Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.
Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!
There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.
So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.
Block A Standings:
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
- KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
- Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
- EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
- SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)