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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Live Report! (2/26/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax & Mickie James VS Asuka, Bayley & Sasha Banks; Asuka, Bayley & Sasha win.
  • Bray Wyatt VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno; no contest.
  • Seth Rollins VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; Rollins wins.
  • Finn Balor VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; restarted as…
  • No Disqualifications: Finn Balor VS The Miz; Balor wins.
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match: The Bar VS Titus Worldwide w/ Dana Brooke; The Bar wins and retains the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Braun Strowman VS Elias; Strowman wins by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Elimination Chamber made history.

Seven men, all of main event caliber, waged war inside the sinister steel structure. But it was The Monster Among Men who dominated and eliminated five men. It came down to familiar foes as Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns gave everything left they had. But in the end, three Superman Punches and two Spears were enough for The Big Dog to win his ticket to Wrestlemania. Of course, Strowman wasn’t finished with Roman as he still got the last Monster Slam and a pod-destroying toss. Roman may have won, but will it be Strowman that conquers the WWE?

 

Raw looks back to “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s contract signing.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet was almost brought to tears at the ovation from the fans in Las Vegas last night. Kurt Angle was excited, too, because he knew The Authority’s plan to “own the bitch” was coming to fruition. Angle also remembered Stephanie talking trash about Rousey. This angered the Rowdy Ronda, but COO HHH did his best to keep things calm. That is, until he got put through a table! Then Stephanie, in her anger, slapped Ronda. That only upset Ronda more, but Stephanie got away before Ronda could do anything. Ronda still signed her contract to Raw, but now she’ll have to “explain herself” to the WWE Universe. What will she have to say in response to last night’s rowdiness?

 

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James head to the ring.

The Goddess is still Raw Women’s Champion after the inaugural Six Women Elimination Chamber match, but that doesn’t take away from the former Six-Time Women’s Champion’s stellar performance. Alexa reflects on the historic moment, as well as marvels at herself. The fans have no idea how amazing it feels to retain in such a historic match. She defied the odds and set a new standard, and the WWE Universe will talk about this for the next 50 years. February 25th, 2018 is the day Alexa changed the game #ThenNowAndForever.

But she’s not selfish, so she gives credit to “this amazing woman”, Mickie James. Mickie showed everyone why she is a Six-Time Woman’s Champion and future Hall of Fame candidate. They’ve had their “rough friendship” moments, but Alexa has learned so much from her, and everyone in the locker room can. Speaking of the locker room: Absolution has a bright future, but not while Alexa’s here; Sasha Banks & Bayley, Alexa has harsh words, but she doesn’t want to be “that person”. Never mind, she’ll say it. Bayley is a “sad situation” and Sasha, the other finalist, was taken down by her massive ego. This isn’t the Boss’ year. Ever since Alexa came to Raw, it has been her year, which is why she’s head to Wrestlemania.

Alexa points to the sign, she’s always wanted to do that. It feels good. But then she’ll feel even better when Alexa breaks Asuka’s Streak. Oh, speaking of break, will Asuka be in good shape? Nia Jax wrecked Asuka last night, and Alexa will “finish the job.” But speaking of Asuka, here she comes!

Asuka storms into the ring, but Alexa has her slow down. “Are you kidding me?” But the fans sing, “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you!” Alexa thinks it’s funny that Asuka is acting like she’s 100%. She’s not fooling anyone, Nia Jax humiliated and crushed her. And Alexa thought, “I wish I was Nia. Nia will definitely be added to the Wrestlemania match, where she deserves to be.” But unfortunately, one little move and it doesn’t go that way. Alexa believes Nia deserves to be in that match. Alexa says it slower so Asuka and her bad English can understand. Asuka, wipe that smile off your face before Alexa has Mickie do it for you.

But Mickie won’t have to, here comes Nia!

The Irresistible Force hits the ring, Asuka hits Alexa and Mickie! But then Nia runs Asuka over! With flashbacks to last night, Nia uses her power to lift Asuka, but Asuka brings her down in a triangle! Mickie and Alexa return to fight off Asuka! But then Bayley and Sasha Banks hit the ring! They even the numbers and fight off Alexa and Mickie. However, Nia runs them over, too! Asuka gets up and kicks Nia back down, but Alexa gets the sucker punch! The Goddess and her allies take their leave of Asuka, Bayley and Banks. With things this tense, will the champion and challenger even make it to Wrestlemania?

 

Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax & Mickie James VS Asuka, Bayley & Sasha Banks!

Seems that scuffle won’t be the end of this. We now have a big opening match of the Goddess and her allies against The Empress and apparent best friends in The Hugger and the Boss. Bayley and Mickie start with the bell, Mickie gets the wristlock. Bayley rolls and reverses, but Mickie reverses back. Mickie puts on a headlock, but Bayley powers out. Mickie runs Bayley over, then things speed up. Bayley gets Mickie into a corner, then bumps her off buckles. Mickie kicks back, then runs but Bayley evades to scoop and slam. Bayley drops an elbow, covers, TWO. Bayley whips Mickie but Mickie elbows back, and then hits the Mick-canrana. Mickie runs Bayley over, covers, TWO.

Tag to Nia, and the Brutal Beauty headbutts Bayley in the ribs. Nia taunts little Bayley but Bayley hits back. Bayley ends up in a corner, Nia squashes her. Nia tags in Alexa, and ALexa clubs Bayley down. Alexa bumps Bayley off buckles then stomps a mudhole into her. The ref counts and Alexa lets up, but then Bayley flapjacks Alexa off buckles. Bayley gives Alexa buckle bumps over and over, getting up to 10. Snapmare to cover, TWO. Bayley runs to clobber Alexa with an elbow, TWO. She brings Alexa up and Sasha tags in suddenly. Sasha rolls Alexa, TWO, but Sasha runs to drop double knees. TWO, but Sasha keeps on Alxa.

Alexa fights back but can’t get away. She fires more forearms but Sasha brings her down in a drop toehold to crucifix pin, TWO. Alexa whips Sasha to a corner but Sasha reverses. Sasha runs in, ends up on the apron, but hits Alexa with a stiff knee. Alexa sits down, Sasha hits a wrecking ball knee drop. Cover, TWO, and Alexa gets out of the ring. Mickie checks on Alexa but Sasha gets them both with a wrecking ball dropkick. She puts Alexa in the ring, but then Nia runs Sasha over!

Bayley comes over to check on her friend whiel Nia grins down at her. Alexa drags Sasha up and in, covers, TWO! Alexa slams Sasha’s face off the mat before pulling her hair. She wraps Sasha in a chinlock, but the fans rally for Sasha. Sasha gets up and fights out, but Alexa knees low and throws her into ropes. Alexa stomps Sasha and Sasha slips out of the ring while we go to break.

Raw returns and now Nia has Sasha in a chinlock. The fans rally, and Sasha jawbreakers out. She reaches for her partners but is short by just inches as Nia catches her!

Nia powers Sasha to an open corner! She rocks Sasha with a headbutt, then chokes her against ropes. The ref counts and Nia lets up at 4. Nia tags in Mickie, and Mickie snapmares Sasha into a running kick. Cover, TWO, but Mickie keeps her cool as she wraps Sasha in a chinlock. The fans cheer for Sasha again, but Mickie keeps on The Boss with more wrenching. Sasha gets to her feet but Mickie brings her back and tags Alexa. Alexa stomps another mudhole, then drags Sasha out for the skateboard stomps. She lets up at 4, covers, TWO.

Alexa taunts Bayley and Asuka with a possible tag, but wraps Sasha back in a chinlock. The fans keep rallying, Sasha gets out again, but Alexa runs her over. Alexa sucker punches Asuka!

She grins as she goes back to Sasha. Sasha suplex counters, and both women are down. The two crawl for their corners, Sasha wants the tag on Bayley, but Bayley hops down?! She got Sasha back for the betrayal, and Mickie pounces! Sasha slips out of the waistlock, and rolls Mickie, TWO! Tag to Asuka!

Asuka rallies on MIckie with furious strikes. She builds speed, hip attack! Nia comes in but gets a swift roundhouse. Asuka runs but Mickie kicks back, only to run into the pop-up knee! Asuka’s not done there, she kicks away on Mickie. She takes Nia out with a hip attack, then buzzsaw on Mickie! Alexa breaks the pin just in time! Saido suplex on Alexa from Bayley! Mickie goes for the neckbreaker, Asuka gets the armbar! Mickie taps, Asuka and team wins! They weren’t all that cohesive, but a win is a win. Will Asuka maintain her streak past Wrestlemania? Will Bayley and Sasha ever go back to being friends?

 

Raw Talk had John Cena share his thoughts after the Elimination Chamber match.

No one has put more pressure on the Face that Runs the Place than Cena himself. “The cards aren’t falling my way and here we are.” Cena has no ticket to the Grandest Stage of Them All, yet. He has a plan, but all he can say is, “I’ll figure it out.” Cena will appear live up next, what more has he to say on his Wrestlemania plan?

 

John Cena heads to the ring!

He looks up to the Wrestlemania sign as he hears the fans dueling, “Let’s Go Cena!” “Cena sucks!” Cena then looks at the camera and says, “Last night, I failed.”

In the atmosphere of it all, he was then rushed to a room to speak, and he felt “demoralized.” Failure is tough to deal with, and from the fans in attendance, they’re having him go through his failure alone. Cena knows where he is. Character isn’t judged when you’re riding high, it’s when “your back is against the wall.” For Cena, he has come up against that wall. He spent five minutes feeling sorry for himself, then moved forward. Cena knows he said he’ll figure out his Road to Wrestlemania. He thought he’d get there through the Royal Rumble, but no. He thought it would be the Elimination Chamber, but no. Cena thought it was over, and fans know no other superstar would ever admit it like he does.

Cena lets the fans cheer, jeer and boo as they see fit, “because when you say you fail, the disappointment is on you.” Failure gives you two choices: stay down or get up. He got up, and he has figured it out! He challenges, THE UNDERTAKER!!

The fans go wild, chanting “YES! YES!” A total of 39 Wrestlemanias and yet Cena and Taker have never faced each other. “You want Wrestlemania? That IS Wrestlemania!”

But that match won’t happen. Because Cena doesn’t make the matches, and that match isn’t happening because that match is “impossible”. Now everyone understands disappointment. Cena could stay down or get up, and he prefers getting up. His Road to Wrestlemania shall now go through SmackDown!

The Free Agent will show up on SmackDown not to beg, but to “do whatever it takes” to earn a Wrestlemania moment. With that, Cena drops his mic, takes his leave, and heads for the Blue Brand tomorrow night. Who will step up to take on the leader of the Cenation on the Road to Wrestlemania!?

 

Bray Wyatt VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno!

The Great War crossed through the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, and with some mind games, WOKEN Matt Hardy defeated the Eater of Worlds to make their series 1-1. As such, he takes his frustrations out on the unsuspecting ManBeast as he knocks him out of the ring!

Wyatt defends against Slater, then runs him over with the body check! Rhyno returns, only to get the yurinagi! Wyatt laughs but the fans chant, “DELETE! DELETE!” Even so, Wyatt does his spider walk and targets Slater, hitting a big corner clotheslines. He rains rights on Slater, then grins as he brings him back up. Wyatt dances with the limp Slater, before reeling him into the Sister Abigail! Then one to Rhyno! This was no match, but Wyatt has won something. Or is it that he’s lost something?

Bray Wyatt calls out to Matt Hardy.

“Look what you made me do.” Hardy made him hurt innocent men. This is Hardy’s fault! “You led them to slaughter.” The Great War is far from over. They will face each other once more. But this time, Wyatt will make sure those “WOKEN Eyes stay shut forever!” Wyatt laughs and says he’s coming for Hardy. “Run.”

 

The Miz and his Miztourage head to the ring!

The Intercontinental Champion didn’t win the Elimination Chamber. In fact, he was the first one eliminated. But he still has that Intercontinental Championship, and is still on his own Road to Wrestlemania. “And it stops in Anaheim?” They’re just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, “a city with star power”! Miz could see Jennifer Lawrence while pitching ideas to Michael Bay, but no, he’s in “a bonafide suburb.” Maybe, if you’re lucky, you could get a picture with someone dressed as Donald Duck. But Kurt Angle takes his stars for granted. In 62 days, he will be the all-time longest (combined) reigning Intercontinental Champion!

Not Shawn Michaels, not Bret Hart, not Pedro Morales, not Edge, not Chris Jericho, not even Roman Reigns! It’s all going to be MIZ!

He’s even bigger outside the ring. Miz IS the Marine movie franchise, and he and his wife are the stars of the newest sensation, Miz & Mrs. You better cheer that. They don’t. All his accolades, yet Miz is treated no better than any other superstar. In fact, worse! Miz’s face isn’t anywhere! He should be the main event of Wrestlemania! Miz should take Lesnar 1v1 to become the first-ever dual Universal and Intercontinental Champion!

But no, he was forced to start the Chamber match with two men who shouldn’t have even been in the match. Angle handed Finn Balor and Seth Rollins opportunities while Miz is punished. Miz is sick of the disrespect! He doesn’t care what happens to anyone else, he will keep his dream alive because he has the IC title. Everyone take a really good look at it, for it is the “most prestigious and honorable title in all of the WWE!” And since he has it, The Miz demands from Angle, “I want to know what the Intercontinental Champion is doing at Wrestlemania.” And what is he doing? Angle told Miz, “You’re opponent tonight might determine who you face at Wrestlemania.”

Might?! Miz carried this show for almost a year, made his title more relevant than the Universal Championship, and yet he only gets might! He’s been here for 12 years, yet “might” is all he gets? Then whoever it is that comes out, you’re getting a beating, no matter what. But who is it that comes out? Seth Rollins!

Seth Rollins VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!

The Architect has yet to be Intercontinental Champion, is this going to be the key to his Grand Slam completion?

The bell rings, and after Miz confers with The Miztourage, he circles with Rollins. They tie up, Miz gets the headlock, but Rollins powers out. Miz runs him over, then speeds up. Rollins hip tosses Miz down, then snapmares him into a running kick, but Miz gets clean and free. Miz and Rollins circle again, Miz pulls hair to put Rollins in a corner. The ref counts, Miz backs off, and Rollins dodges his sucker punch. Miz dodges Rollins’ own punch, but Rollins runs him over with a shoulder. Rollins speeds things up again, but blocks the hip toss into a knee and snapmare. Now Rollins gets the Penalty Kick! He then clotheslines Miz right out of the ring.

The Miztourage help Miz up, but Rollins builds speed. Miz and his boys get clear, but Rollins pursues. Miz tries to attack but Rollins sees it coming and counter punches. Rollins keeps the Miztourage back, then puts Miz back in the ring. Rollins takes aim but Bo distracts, Miz knocks Rollins down and into barriers! Miz comes out to fetch Rollins while The Miztourage applauds. Miz drops Rollins onto the barrier, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Miz keeps on Rollins with elbows into his shoulders. Miz wraps on a chinlock, but fans rally for Rollins. The Architect gets up to his feet and jawbreakers out of the hold. He then whips Miz, but Miz reverses, kitchen sink knee sits Rollins down. Miz catches his breath, and decides to start up the It Kicks!

He kicks and kicks, but fans say “No!” each time. Miz prepares the buzzsaw, but Rollins ducks and rolls Miz up! TWO, but Rollins chops Miz back. He keeps chopping, then whips Miz. Miz holds ropes, then dumps Rollins all the way out! The champion has control while we go to break.

Raw returns and both men are slowly standing back up. Miz throws a haymaker, but Rollins gives on back. Miz goes again, but so does Rollins. Now Miz kicks low, but Rollins chops and punches him to a corner. Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. He knocks Miz away, then springboards for the flying clothesline! Rollins keeps going, Slingblade! He boots Miz away, then hops up, for the flying blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins won’t let that deter him, he gets to the top rope. He takes aim but Miz rolls away to the far side. Rollins hops down and walks over, but Miz yanks him into the ropes. Miz hits the low DDT! Cover, TWO!

Rollins rolls to ropes while Miz catches his breath. The fans duel while Miz hits a running dropkick in the corner. He goes corner to corner and hits a second dropkick! Miz runs in and hits his A-Lister clothesline, then dumps Rollins out. Now Miz climbs up to the top, but Rollins trips him up. Rollins climbs up to join Miz, but Miz resists. Miz fights back with body shots, then headbutts Rollins down. Rollins returns to SUPERPLEX and roll through to Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. The fans know “This is Awesome!” Rollins takse aim at Miz, and mule kicks him. He runs but Axel hooks a foot. Miz goes for the Finale but Rollins rolls him up, TWO! Miz swings but Rollins dodges to DIVE on the Miztourage!

Rollins hurries back into the ring an clotheslines Miz out. The fans are all fired up, Rollins builds speed to DIVE again! He takes everyone out, then puts Miz in, for Revolution Knee! Rollins won’t stop there, he climbs up from the far side! BIG Frog Splash!! Rollins wins! He pins the Intercontinental Champion! Will The Architect challenge for the title at Wrestlemania?

But wait! Finn Balor appears!

The Extraordinary Man, inaugural Universal Champion, and familiar foe to Rollins, is here, but why? Just to ruin Rollins’ moment? Rollins leaves and we go to break.

 

Finn Balor VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, The Miz must wrestle a second match, against the 100% Finn Balor! Can he even hope to win after what he just went through with Rollins?

The bell still rings, but Miz is reluctant to have any part of this. He circles with Finn, and The Miztourage come in to attack! The match is thrown out, but Bo and Axel keep stomping on Finn. Bo feeds Finn to Axel’s DDT!

Then Miz has them bring Finn up, but The Club come to the rescue! Anderson & Gallows fight off The Miztourage for Finn, and the fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Gallows throws Bo out, then Anderson throws Axel. Finn and Miz are alone in the ring while the brawl continues outside. Miz stalks Finn, but Angle says to stop right there. Angle said that Miz was going to have a match with Balor, and now the others are ejected from ringside to start this match over. There must be a winner, or Miz won’t be at Wrestlemania at all. The Good Brothers and The Miztourage leave, and the match restarts.

No Disqualifications: Finn Balor VS The Miz!

Finn says he’s ready, the bell rings, Miz hits his A-List clothesline! Miz hurries with a low DDT, covers, TWO! Miz keeps on Finn with a rain of lefts, then the low boot. Cover, TWO! The frustration grows but Miz keeps on Finn by throwing him out. He slips out the side and goes over to Finn, but Finn fights back. Finn chops and punches Miz, then throws him into steel steps. Finn puts Miz back in the ring, but Miz kicks him away. Miz keeps kicking, then boots Finn to a corner. Miz brings Finn out and suplexes him, cover, TWO. He tries another low DDT, cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated with Finn, but both men stand up.

Finn throws hands, Miz knees low. Miz runs, and hits a shotgun knee on Finn! TWO, and Finn gets to ropes while we go to break.

Raw returns to Miz grinding Finn with a chinlock. The fans rally for Finn, and Rollins watches from backstage. Finn gets up and jawbreakers free. Miz checks his teeth then throws a haymaker, but Finn Pele kicks Miz down! The referee begins a ten count, and Finn moves first. He gets to a corner, Miz runs in but Finn boots him away. Finn rallies on Miz with forearms, then the takedown to double stomps!

The fans fire up while Finn flexes. He gives Miz a running chop, then whips him corner to corner for another chop. Finn whips Miz again, but Miz boots him away. Miz hops up, Finn swings a kick and that brings Miz down, for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Though surprised, Finn doesn’t slow down. He gets up and gets to a corner to aim at Miz. He runs out but Miz reverses. Finn slips out of the Finale to a roll up, TWO! Miz goes again, A-List combo! Cover, TWO!

Miz’s frustration grows, but he stands up and aims at Finn. He swings a kick but Finn dodges and kicks back. Finn gives Miz those “It Kicks”! He runs and dropkicks Miz down, TWO! Miz rolls out of the ring, but Finn slips out the other side. Finn runs around the corner, to blast Miz with a dropkick! More flexing before Finn puts Miz in the ring. Finn Slingblades Miz down, then blasts him with another dropkick! Now Finn climbs up high, and the fans fire up as he hits Coup de Grace! Finn wins! Has Finn earned himself an Intercontinental Championship match now?!

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

He has no idea what to make of Finn beating a guy he just beat. That’s not how you prove yourself. You prove yourself by lasting 65 minutes in a gauntlet. But they both came up short in the Chamber, so where does that leave Rollins for Wrestlemania? Rollins has learned that “There is more than one road to Wrestlemania.” He knows how to pave his own way, because he wants that Intercontinental Champion! The Architect goes for the Grand Slam, but will he have to worry about the Extraordinary Man on the way?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

The Big Dog won the Elimination Chamber and is now the #1 Contender to the Universal Championship. And since The Advocate to The Beast promised his client would be here tonight, Roman has come out to hold up his end of the promised face-to-face encounter. After hearing out the cheers and the jeers, Roman speaks.

“I’m a man of my word.” Roman said he would win, and he did. So when he says he’ll go to Wrestlemania and beat Brock Lesnar, he’s telling the truth. But speaking of the truth, “I don’t know why I’m covering for this guy.” The truth is that Lesnar isn’t actually here. Up until 30 minutes ago, we all thought he was going to be here, but nope. No one else will say it but Roman will, Lesnar is “an entitled piece of crap who hides behind his contract.”

Just think about it! Six weeks away and the Universal Champion isn’t here? They were in Vegas, he was there, but not the Chamber. He was hanging out with Dana White and the UFC! Why? Because Lesnar doesn’t respect Roman, the fans or the locker room. Roman is sick of it, everyone is, and “we all know it!” Every week, the other superstars “bust our ass” but Lesnar shows up when the money or the venue is right. But it doesn’t matter, Roman will be there, because he says he will.

Brock and Paul will show up later and say they’re business men, but Roman was born to this business. His family bloodline IS the business! Roman learned early on that there’s a fine line between business and respect. And he’ll say this right now: “I don’t respect Brock Lesnar. And I damn sure don’t fear that bitch.” That’s all he has to say, and now he’ll go back and get chewed out for the sake of his respect for this business. Mic drop and some actually applause, has Roman just fired the first shot?

 

Braun Strowman speaks.

“I may not have won the Elimination Chamber match, but I saved us all from any more of Elias’ noise pollution.” Tonight, Strowman will perform a symphony of destruction that is a literal smash hit! Can The Drifter survive another run in with the Monster Among Men?

 

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match: The Bar VS Titus Worldwide w/ Dana Brooke!

There will be no more flukes and no more lucky shots between the Swiss Cyborg, Celtic Gladiator or the Real Deal’s rising brand. One team will decisively win and be the champions, who will the odds favor this close to Wrestlemania?

Sheamus and Titus start, but then Cesaro speeds by. BROGUE, The Bar gets the first fall fast! They used brains and brawn, and celebrate like they’ve already won the whole thing.

Apollo helps Titus regroup, and Cesaro comes in to start the second fall with Apollo.

They tie up, Cesaro knees low and whips, but Apollo fights back. Apollo flies, covers, TWO. Roll up, ONE, small package, ONE. Apollo tries the victory roll, TWO, and Cesaro rocks him with a right. Tag to Sheamus, and Sheamus goes after Apollo. Corner to corner whip but Apollo goes up and over to then dropkick Sheamus down. Cover, ONE, but Apollo keeps on Sheamus. Sheamus gets loose but Titus tags in. Sheamus wants nothing to do with an angry Gator, but too late! Titus puts him in a corner. Sheamus knees low, tags Cesaro in, but Titus runs him over.

Titus glares at Sheamus, but blocks Cesaro’s roll with power. He chops Cesaro, then chops him again. Tag to Apollo, and Titus throws him in for the shoulder tackle. Cesaro is fed to a scoop slam, then Apollo adds a leaping elbow drop. TWO, but Apollo keeps Cesaro grounded. He tags Titus back in, they double whip and shoulder Cesaro back down. Titus drags Cesaro up then whips him hard into buckles. Sheamus wants a tag, but stays back when Titus looks his way. Apollo tags back in, he lifts Cesaro and then drops him. “Worldwide~!” standing moonsault!

TWO! Sheamus swings at Apollo but Apollo knocks him down, then asai moonsaults on The Bar! The champions aren’t as in control as they thought while we go to break.

Raw returns and Cesaro keeps Apollo back from his corner. Cesaro reaches for his own tag but APollo reels him back into forearms. Apollo keeps throwing forearms but Cesaro whips, only for Apollo to send Cesoar flying out! The fans rally while Apollo crawls but Cesaro tags Sheamus first. Sheamus intercepts and throws Apollo to ropes. Apollo slips out of the scoop to tag Titus! Titus rallies and chops away on Sheamus.

He then throws Sheamus across the ring! Titus storms over but Sheamus boots him away, only to walk into the powerslam! The fans bark with Titus, and he runs in corner to corner for the corner splash. Titus also takes out Cesaro, then lifts Sheamus, Dominator slam! TWO!

But that won’t slow Titus Worldwide! Apollo tags in, goes top rope, big splash! Csaro barrels in for the break, so Titus throws him back out. Sheamus throws Titus out, but Apollo rolls Sheamus! TWO, enziguri! Standing moonsault again, TWO! Apollo and Sheamus are both down, but Apollo is stirring. Cesaro trips up Titus but Titus clobbers Cesaro. Sheamus clobbers Titus then throws him into barriers, but then Apollo FLIES! Apollo puts Sheamus in, climbs up but has to fight off Cesaro. Sheamus kicks Apollo’s feet out then tags Cesaro. The Bar hits A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar wins and retain in the 2-0 sweep!

Is this the end of second chances at the Raw Tag Team Championships for Titus Worldwide?

In-ring interview with The Bar.

Titus Worldwide looked to have their number, but The Bar now has Titus’ number, and it’s ZERO. Two men walk into The Bar, and then nothing. Nothing walks into this Bar and ever gets up. Just ask The New Day, the Hardys, Rollins & Ambrose- Well, Ambrose got up, but his arm didn’t. Sheamus remembers now, they took out Jason Jordan. Who? Exactly. But Wrestlemania is coming, and everyone wants their moment. The Bar might be punished because of how dominant they are! To be honest, who is there left to face after there’s no one left to beat? But that’s just how it is when you are The Bar!

 

WWE and Raw proudly present the Warrior Award’s 2018 recipient.

Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, diagnosed with a chronic liver disease, was on the brink of death. But once the ventilation machine went off, his was able to breath on his own. His liver would continue to be a problem, and he’d have sleepless nights. After a second liver transplant, JJ realized his calling: “It takes lives to save lives!” JJ would unite and inspire people with his unstoppable optimism. And after waiting for so long, he would receive his second liver. Now he’s on the up trend, and his positive energy continues to spread.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

He tunes up as always, and then asks Anaheim, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” The fans give him a mixed reaction. Hold on to that feeling, because that is what it’s like to be in the presence of greatness. Elias knows Anaheim doesn’t know what that’s like. Things didn’t go as planned in the Chamber, but Elias’ Road to Wrestlemania will not be derailed. Everyone will learn that WWE truly stands for Walk With Elias!

He wasn’t going to treat himself to a performance, he was going to focus on his match. But then he heard Strowman called Elias’ “beautiful music” nothing but “noise pollution.” Strowman criticizes because he is jealous. Who isn’t jealous of Elias? But the real pollution was Strowman singing! Every word from Corey Graves is pollution. And every noise from these people’s mouths is pollution. But Elias’ music is a gift. So please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths!

“The Monster will be slain, Elias says it’s time. I’ll make him even more ugly than the people of Anaheim.” The fans boo and jeer but he continues. “Braun wants to be me, I know this much is true~. But he can’t hold a candle to Elias, he’s just like all of you!” BRAUN interrupts.

Braun Strowman VS Elias!

The Monster Among Men had one “smash hit” a few weeks ago when he broke a bass cello across The Drifter’s back. He had another when he eliminated Elias, even though Elias was the last man into the Chamber. Will Strowman top the charts again for the third week in a row?

The bell rings and Elias circles with Strowman. He keeps his distance, of course, and the fans chant, “Strow~man!” Elias tries but is just powered back then thrown around by Strowman, so he bails out of the ring. Strowman lets him take his time returning, so Elias waist until the ring count is at 5 before entering. Elias keeps in a corner but fights back with kicks. He tries to whip but Strowman reverses, so Elias bails out again. Strowman chases him! Elias turns it around on Strowman, throwing forearms, but then he runs into Strowman’s shoulder!

Strowman runs at Elias but Elias boots him away. Elias runs at Strowman but Strowman swats him down. Strowman picks Elias up to then throw him across the way again. The fans want “One More time!” but Strowman gives Elias a big corner splash instead. Strowman rolls Elias out of the corner, then stalks the dazed Drifter. He kicks Elias while he’s down, and Elias rests on ropes from the battered ribs.

Elias staggers up but Strowman reels him into a lariat. Strowman scowls as he linse up a shot, and gives Elias another kick to the ribs. He headbutts Elias, and Eilas drops to the mat. Strowman stands Elias up to club him down with that hammering fist. Elias gets under the bottom rope but Strowman brings him up. Elias hotshots Strowman away then goes top rope. Flying ax handles hit but Strowman only staggers. Elias runs, but back into another shoulder!

He gets out of the ring once again, but Strowman goes out and throws him right into barriers. Strowman throws Elias to the other barriers, then into the ring. Elias bails out again, but that won’t stop Strowman. Strowman stalks Elias around the corner, because “You can run but you can’t hide.” Elias hurries under the ring, but Strowman grabs his foot. He drags Elias out, but Elias has the fire extinguisher! Elias blasts Strowman, disqualifying the match, but he doesn’t care!

Elias blasts Strowman more, then bumps him off a post. He puts Strowman back in the ring, then grabs the empty extinguisher can. He rams the can into Strowman’s stomach! Strowman falls to his knees and Elias throws hands. Strowman grabs Elias by the throat, but Elias breaks free, only to get rocked with a right uppercut! Elias runs away while the blinded Strowman tries to clear his eyes. Even with that, Strowman still gives chase! He runs Elias down on the ramp.

Strowman brings Elias up and over to the announce desk. He clears it off, and even with bad vision, picks Elias up! Elias rakes the already damaged eyes, then runs for the hills. The fans boo the Drifter’s cowardice, but Strowman won’t let him get away that easily. They both go backstage, and Elias panics. He runs but Strowman pursues at a stagger.

They end up near the tour buses. Elias is long gone, but Strowman roars “I’m not finished with you!” With no prey to hunt, Strowman leaves while a limousine pulls up. Who is inside?

 

Triple H and Stephanie are here!

The Authority is back again after the situation from last night. It was meant to be the highlight of their executive careers, but because of Kurt Angle, “things went horribly wrong.” Angle hallucinated and said things he believed were true. He has “double pneumonia” and his words stirred up Ronda Rousey to behave in a way not appropriate in this business. Ronda “acted out of savage instinct”, and that is her training. Stephanie got physical to “remind her of the hierarchy”. Stephanie is the Raw Commissioner, which means both Angle and the new Raw superstar, Ronda Rousey, belong to her. She wants to clear the air and establish the roles, starting with apologies. Stephanie wants Angle to come out, but it’s Rousey instead!

Luckily for Stephanie, and even HHH, Angle does appear to calm her down. Angle wants Rousey to hear him out on one thing: “You coming to the WWE is the best decision you’ve ever made.” Rousey says she meant everything she said last night, that she wants this more than anything. But she’s never been slapped before in her life, and she refuses to be disrespected. And above all, she is no one’s property.

Angle understands that, but the WWE is a different world. She must work within their system. Angle also needs this job, he really does. He must do what he must do, so given everything she did last night, Angle must admit he lied. He doesn’t know why, he has been sick and must have misheard them. Whatever he said, not that he remembers them, were all false. Angle is sorry.

Stephanie thanks him for that. The Authority isn’t horrible, despite what you read or hear. They understand why Rousey did what she did, and now knows it was all made up. Now, let’s make her the superstar she deserves to be. Stephanie and HHH leave, but Rousey says there’s one thing left: the slap. If Stephanie wants to put this behind her, Stephanie should apologize to Rousey. And if Stephanie doesn’t, Rousey will rip her arm out. The fans want her to “Rip it out!”

Stephanie steps up to Rousey, and is “terribly sorry”. She is, she reacted to what happened to her husband, it was all the wrong thing to do. Please forgive her, and welcome to the WWE. Good? But then HHH sucker punches Angle! The Authority leaves, but there are still many questions between the various authority figures. What does Stephanie have planned for Rousey now that things are “fine” between them?

 

My Thoughts:

Not a bad Raw to follow up that solid Elimination Chamber PPV. Though, we do need to question why Mickie has suddenly turned Tweener to stay on the same side as Alexa. And we need to question why Bayley ran out with Sasha to help Asuka with the beat down. But that aside, I still enjoyed the Six Woman Tag that occurred, and I really enjoyed Bayley’s tag swerve to get Sasha back for both the Rumble and the Chamber. And we need to wonder why Raw just assumes Asuka will want the Raw Women’s Championship when she hasn’t vocalized her decision. Hopefully that becomes a big moment when Asuka finally chooses, but chances are it might just keep the course of Asuka wants Raw because of everything Alexa is doing and saying.

Cena is always great on the mic but he really got us here tonight. He called out Taker, but then tells us he can’t have Taker, so he’ll settle for anything on SmackDown. It almost gives me the vibe that he’s gone at least Tweener out of his desperation. But since he and Taker were staples of SmackDown for a time, it might be more fitting if The Phenom were to respond there and not on Raw.

Speaking of “might”, Miz is becoming the kind of promo guy that could read the phone book and make it entertaining, provided he gave his commentary. He burned up the mic, then did really good even in two losses to Rollins and Finn. Clearly that is all setting up to at least a triple threat for the Intercontinental Championship, which could give rise to Rollins joining Roman and Ambrose as Grand Slam Champions. And speaking of Roman, he actually did great with that passionate venting of frustration over Lesnar. It speaks to a contingent of the fans that don’t like it either, and gives us the straight-shooting Roman fans have probably wanted for a long time. The real face-to-face can still happen with the remaining weeks, but if we’re being fair to “The Guy”, this was a pretty good start.

WOKEN VS Wyatt 3 at ‘Mania better have a truly BROKEN Build and match because the fans are barely holding on as it is. The Raw Tag Team Championship was a nice surprise, but I’m a bit disappointed Titus Worldwide didn’t even get one of the three covers. The Raw Tag Team Division is cluttered, but I appreciate The Bar being meta about it. I said it with the Chamber and I’ll say it here, this seems to be building towards another ladder match. And unless Strowman and Elias are going to detour into the IC title, it seems a shame it’ll just be the two of them against each other (or in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal). Then, if it wasn’t more clear WWE plans for Angle-Rousey VS HHH-Steph, then you weren’t watching. HHH’s sucker punch made it clear they won’t put this behind them without a match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Hiroshima 2018!

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AXS moves on in its NJPW coverage by bringing us Destruction in Hiroshima! Does the Best Bout Machine hold on to his title against the Stone Pitbull?

 

This coverage of Destruction in Hiroshima will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White; Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma win.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene!

Kenny Omega continues his reign as the newest IWGP Heavyweight Champion after his epic 2 Out of 3 Falls match Kazuchika Okada. He has bested some of the best, such as The American Nightmare, Cody, at the G1 Special in San Francisco, and six straight victories in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. However, things were changed when The Stone Pitbull looked to play spoiler. Tomohiro Ishii was no longer in contention for the G1 Climax 28 Finals, but he was more concerned about evening the score from the IWGP United States Championship tournament. Ishii defeated Omega in a toughly contested match, and that would ultimately cost Omega his spot in the G1 Climax finals. That victory has earned Ishii his shot tonight in Hiroshima, but will he be able to repeat his upset performance? Or will the Best Bout Machine break the tie and retain the title?

 

Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White!

There is much tension within the Chaos trio as the Switchblade has made it clear he wants to take control of the faction away from The Rainmaker. Can White and Okada get along, with the Head Hunter stuck in the middle, against The Ace, the Uncaged Gorilla and the “Innovator of Lighttube Death Matches”?

NJPW and AXS jump into this match as it is in progress. White tags in off Okada and chops away on Honma. He whips him corner to corner then chops Honma off his feet. White taunts Honma then brings him up, but Honma chops back. White elbows Honma’s neck and tries to suplex, but Honma blocks. Honma goes to suplex White but White reverses and chops him to a corner. White runs in but into a boot, and Honma runs out for a leaping shoulder tackle! Fans fire up for Honma as he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Makabe, who runs White over with a shoulder then barrels into Okada. Yoshi-Hashi slips in to kick and run, but into a powerslam! Hashi exits while Makabe corner clotheslines White. Makabe climbs up to throw hands but White slips out underneath. White tags Okada in so he can get away.

Okada comes in but Makabe is on him with big forearms. Makabe whips Okada corner to corner then hits a corner clothesline. Makabe climbs up and gives corner punches, all the way to 10. He goes to Northern Lights but Okada fights it off. Okada runs but into a big lariat! Cover, TWO! Makabe brings Okada up but Okada resists, countering with a back drop. Okada runs in corner to corner for the clothesline, then hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada drags Makabe up and wants the gut wrench but Makabe fights it. Makabe and Okada both club each other, but Okada gets the edge. Okada runs but ducks one clothesline to get the other! Both men are down, and fans rally up. Hot tag to Tanahashi!

The Ace hits Hashi and White, then focuses on Okada. Tanahahsi runs, but into the gut wrench! He turns it around to hit the swinging neckbreaker! He keeps moving as Okada stands, to bring him down with the slingblade! Cover, but Hashi breaks it. Makabe tosses Hashi out and Tanahashi gets moving again. Tanahashi climbs up but Okada dropkicks him! Okada drags Tanahashi off the top rope, still wanting the Tombstone. Tanahashi slips off to rock Okada with a palm strike! Tanahashi runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up and Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi runs and hits the blockbuster! He hits Makabe and Honma then runs back at Tanahsahi for the chop in the corner. But White wants him to use a chair now? Hashi refuses, and Tanahashi hits White! Tanahashi gets Hashi in the dragon screw!

Honma hits Okada and then Makabe comes in. They and Tanahashi rally on Yoshi-Hashi with a corner dropkick, and feed to the double clothesline sandwich! Honma drops the headbutt! Tanahashi heads up top but White dumps him down! Makabe and White exit and get into a fight with White while Yoshi-Hashi gets up. Hashi runs but into a full nelson. He denies the dragon suplex, but Tanahashi wants the straitjacket. Okada runs in to save Hashi, and then Hashi runs. Tanahashi boots Yoshi-Hashi away, then elbows Okada. Yoshi-Hashi still comes back to grab Tanahashi, and Okada runs in. Tanahashi ducks, Okada’s boot goes into Yoshi-Hashi! Tanahshi small packages while Makabe trips Okada, Tanahashi’s team wins!

Winners: Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma, Hiroshi Tanahashi pinning

Taguchi Japan makes it a victory against Chaos! And Chaos’s trio isn’t in a good move over it. Yoshi-Hashi won’t let Okada console him, and White gets in Okada’s face about the loss, too. With his faction so against him here, does Okada have a chance of keeping control? And what of his shot at Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship Wrestle Kingdom match contract?

Backstage interviews.

Jay White can’t understand why Chaos follows Okada. Okada ended up kicking Yoshi-Hashi square in the face and cost the team that match. The two of them were in there with that “old man” Tanahashi, but couldn’t do what White did by himself during the G1 Climax. White says it is Okada’s fault. Okada boots his friend Yoshi-Hashi in the face, for what? Is Okada angry that White beat him? Is Okada taking his anger out on Chaos? Okada shouldn’t bully someone who was on his side this whole time like that. The rest of Chaos should look at that and realize who they’re following. Clearly the Switchblade sees circumstances his own way, but will he be able to manipulate the rest of Chaos into seeing it the same way?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Cleaner won against the Stone Pitbull to become the inaugural IWGP United States Champion, but the Pitbull won to be the first loss on the Cleaner’s G1 Climax 28 record. Now they will have a tiebreaker with the title on the line! Who will win the third match in this hard-hitting trilogy?

The introductions are made, Red Shoes shows Ishii the belt, and we begin! Fans are immediately thunderous for both men and Omega makes sure Ishii hears it. Ishii steps closer to Omega, and Omega backs up until he ends up in his corner. Ishii takes a step back, and Omega comes out for a furious tie-up! They push each other back and forth, and end up breaking. The fans applaud as Omega and Ishii go again. Omega gets a headlock and grinds Ishii to the mat. Ishii gets back up and pries at the hold. Omega holds on, so Ishii powers out. Omega and Ishii collide but neither man backs down. Ishii dares Omega to go again, and Omega does, and they collide again. Again, neither man backs down, so Ishii dares Omega to try a third time. Omega looks to go, but he instead rakes Ishii’s eyes.

Omega rakes Ishii’s eyes again, then runs, to collide shoulders. Ishii staggers back but rebounds to run Omega over! Ishii runs and things speed up, but Ishii holds ropes to fake out Omega. Omega still boots Ishii, then runs. He dodges Ishii but Ishii dodges back. Omega boots Ishii’s lariat down, but Ishii blocks the V-Trigger. Ishii runs into a drop toehold, Omega runs but Ishii evades the dropkick! Fans fire up as we have a stand-off. Ishii and Omega grind foreheads, then start shoving. Omega throws a forearm, but Ishii comes back with one. Omega gives another forearm, but Ishii comes back with another. They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, until Omega kicks low. Omega wants the DDT but Ishii slips out to throw another forearm. Omega retaliates with a forearm, and we’re back to forearm for forearm!

Ishii hits, Omega hits, repeat, until Omega kicks Ishii again, and gets the DDT! Ishii crawls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him. Omega brings Ishii up to kick him in the back, then sits him up for another kick. He brings Ishii all the way up and turns him, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Ishii around for a rear mount and chinlock. Ishii endures, even as Omega shifts to a half came clutch. Ishii seems to just egg Omega on, so Omega puts him down to stomp him out. Omega grimaces as he drops double ax handles on Ishii. Ishii sits up so Omega kicks and clubs him. Omega brings Ishii over to bump him off buckles, but Ishii just fires up! Omega throws more forearms, then bumps Ishii on buckles again. Ishii continues to come back, so Omega bumps him off another buckle.

Omega stands on Ishii’s back to choke him in the ropes. Red Shoes counts and Omega lets up at 4. Omega brings Ishii up to throw more forearms, then whips corner to corner. He runs in and hits a big back elbow. He keeps moving but runs into Ishii’s powerslam! Ishii has evened things with Omega while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Ishii and Omega stand. Ishii chops Omega at the ropes again and again, then throws forearms into the mix. Forearm, chop, repeat, then Ishii whips. Omega reverses and fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton is a bit rough because Ishii is no light man, but Omega still gets up to moonsault! Ishii rolls out of the way so the moonsault flops! Both Omega and Ishii stand up slowly, but Ishii gets running, only to run into Omega’s huricanrana! Ishii rolls out of the ring but Omega takes aim. The Terminator Drums begin and Omega rises. Omega builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Omega brings Ishii up and into the ring, then slides in to build speed, Kotaro Krusher!

But Omega doesn’t go for a cover, he locks and loads, but Ishii gets right up in that finger gun. Ishii fires forearms off, then runs, but into a boot! He’s right back up and he clotheslines Omega out of the ring! Ishii pursues and drags Omega up, to whip him into railing. Ishii chops Omega around the ringside area, and even against a post. Omega chops back, and now they brawl. Ishii forearms, Omega chops, Ishii chops, Omega chops again. They continue to trade sharp, echoing chops, but then Omega decides to clear an announcer table. Ishii stops Omega and whips him at railing, but Omega stops himself. Omega mule kicks Ishii then goes to springboard off the rails, but Ishii catches him into an electric chair! Ishii then tries to fold Omega, perhaps steal One Winged Angel, but Omega fights out.

Omega clubs Ishii on the back, brings him over, but it’s Ishii who snap suplexes Omega to the floor! Both men are down, but Red Shoes is letting them fight. Ishii gets Omega up and into the ring, but Omega dropkicks him back out. Omega takes aim again, builds speed and hits a wrecking ball dropkick! Ishii is sent into railing, but Omega keeps on him. Omega dumps him over onto that cleared desk, then continues where he left off. He clubs away on Ishii, even throwing monitors on him, before going back in the ring. Omega aims from a corner, springboards himself, and hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Omega cracks the table with Ishii’s body while Ishii clutches his chest. Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.

Omega mocks Ishii while he makes his own way back to the ring. He’ll leave Ishii to the mercy of the 20 count as Red Shoes starts. Fans rally for Ishii, and he stirs at 8. Ishii drags himself over the railing at 10, but still crawls. The count passes 15, then 17, but Ishii’s in at 19! Omega says he’ll finish this, as he brings Ishii up. Aoi Shoudou brainbuster! Ishii rolls to ropes for safety, but Omega still says BANG! Ishii avoids the V-Trigger but Omega fights the waistlock. Omega swings but ends up in a saido suplex! Both men are down but fans are rallying up. Ishii sits up but Omega follows. Ishii chops Omega in a corner, and chops and chops! Omega chops back but Ishii doesn’t flinch. Ishii chops and Omega is again in the corner.

Ishii is chopping high on the chest, almost getting the throat! Red Shoes reprimands Ishii, so he stops that. Ishii whips Omega but Omega reverses. Ishii still barrels out to blast Omega to the corner with his shoulder! He brings Omega up, powerbomb lift, and the BIG powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Ishii runs. Omega dodges the sliding lariat, then chops Ishii. Ishii felt that one, but he still comes back. Omega boots Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but runs into a boot. Omega’s up but Ishii hits him with a forearm. Ishii and Omega brawl as Ishii climbs. Omega kicks but Ishii forearms. Omega gets more kicks in, then brings Ishii up for a slap! He stomps Ishii down, but Ishii grits his teeth as he comes back up. Ishii headbutts outta nowhere!

Omega is dazed but Ishii climbs up to join him. Ishii wants it, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, but Ishii is not deterred. Ishii waits for Omega to stand, then runs, but omega ducks to get the German Suplex! Ishii’s right back up to give Omega a German Suplex! Omega stands up, but he’s a bit wobbly. Ishii clubs him in the back, then German Suplexes again! Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Both men are down, but fans are fired up again. Red Shoes checks on them as they stir. Omega sits up first, then stands. He brings Ishii up but intercepts him with a forearm. Omega throws more forearms, and Ishii kneels. Omega keeps going, but now Ishii grows stronger! Ishii takes a forearm, gives a forearm, but runs into a roaring elbow. Ishii swings but ends up in a Snap Dragon Suplex!

Omega stands, runs, V-Trigger! Ishii rebounds to his feet, and Omega lifts in the electric chair. Ishii fights out and gets the dragon sleeper, but Omega counters into a brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega stands up. He sits Ishii up, for a point blank V-Trigger! Then another! Omega grins as he keeps Ishii up, but then Ishii falls over before Omega can get the third. Omega drags Ishii up, holds him in place, and gives that next V-Trigger. Ishii crawls to a corner as Omega backs away. Omega runs in to V-Trigger Ishii in the back of the head! Omega drags Ishii up and onto the top rope, then climbs up to join him. He has Ishii in the full nelson, but Ishii resists. Omega clubs away on his back with palm strikes, but Ishii headbutts backwards! Omega staggers away and Ishii turns around, but into a chop. Now Omega double underhooks on the top rope, but Ishii still resists. Ishii sends Omega back down, but Omega jumps to V-Trigger!

Omega climbs back up, turns around, and brings Ishii up in a fireman’s carry. Ishii fights again, and stands, for a SUPER STEINER!! How rare for Ishii to fly like that! Omega crawls away but Ishii runs in corner to corner for a big clothesline. Ishii keeps going but runs into boots. Omega boots again but gets a headbutt for it! Ishii fires up and declares that belt is his! He sits Omega up, copies the finger gun, and runs in for a a V-Trigger?! Ishii keeps going to run him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO!! The Pitbull hasn’t put the champion away just yet! Ishii drags Omega up, suplex, but Omega slips out. Ishii headbutts, then runs, but into a leaping lariat! Omega drags Ishii up fast, into the Electric Chair, but Ishii slips out to suplex. Omega slips out, REVERSE-RANA!

Both men are down again but fans are loving it. They rally up for both men while Red Shoes checks on them. Ishii drags himself up on the ropes, but Omega crawls to the far side. They both stand and stagger over to each other. Omega throws a forearm, Ishii gives one back. Again these two go back and forth. Omega wobbles but still comes back. Ishii finally feels some of those hits, and Omega gives him a swift palm strike. Ishii fires off forearms from both sides, but Omega again palm strikes! Omega ducks the enziguri, and gets the Snap Dragon! To V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! Omega refuses to stop, and he brings Ishii up again. Electric chair, the fold, but Ishii fights with elbows. So Omega pops him into the Croyt’s Wrath German Suplex!

Omega aims, runs, V-Trigger! But Ishii comes back with a lariat outta nowhere!! Fans are reaching a fever pitch as these two keep going. Ishii sits Omega up, runs, and hits the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! Ishii still has more to give, though, and runs, but into another V-Trigger. Omega runs but into another lariat. Ishii runs and Omega follows, but Ishii just stops and gives him another lariat! Ishii drags Omega up, but Omega gut wrenches for a quick piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Hiroshima is thunderous again! Omega slowly stands, and he brings Ishii up again. He stands Ishii up against ropes, pulls down the knee pad, and runs, for a BIG V-Trigger! Omega tumbles out of the ring but gets back in, for another V-Trigger!! Cover, ONE?! The insanity!

Ishii is floundering, and Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Yet Ishii still enziguris Omega! Ishii blocks the next V-Trigger, but then Omega comes back with another. Omega double underhooks for the butterfly driver! Cover, TWO!? Ishii’s head really must be stone to endure all this. Omega takes a moment to catch his breath as the fans build to a rally. He runs again, and hits another V-Trigger! Then the electric chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Finally Omega finishes Ishii! Omega retains in his second defense, and settles the score with the Stone Pitbull. We’ll return with the celebration and more after the break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Omega stands back up to have his hand raised. Kota Ibushi joins him in the ring and puts the belt on Omega. Ishii flounders his way out, needing the help of the Young Lions to make his exit. Omega looks to him with a nod, showing that Ishii certainly has Omega’s respect. When and where will the Pitbull be back for another shot at the title?

As for Omega, he takes to the mic. In Japanese, Omega says that “Ishii-san, it feels like we still have unfinished business.” But what else? When Omega became champion, he thought it meant he was the strongest. That he’s the best, THE greatest in the world. But the truth is a bit different. The truth is, Kota Ibushi is the reason Omega is the best. Omega told Ibushi back at Osaka-Jo Hall, that “whenever or wherever, I’ll be ready.” Ibushi takes the mic now, and tells Kenny that they’ll make good on their promise.

Yes, they made a promise. That no matter where, no matter when, “The Golden Lovers will keep fighting with the same heart and emotion.” Being the Golden Lovers means more to them than just belts. But this is all for now, so thank you for being here. As always, but in Golden Trigger style, “Good Bye, MWAH, and Good Night, BANG!” What promise do the Golden Lovers mean? When and where will they make good on it?

Backstage interviews.

Omega makes this simple: “I am pro-wrestling.” He’s the face of pro-wrestling. He thought that meant he was the best by far, but he’s heard what Hiroshi Tanahashi had to say about his own ideology. Omega thought Tanahashi meant all of NJPW. Ishii is different than Tanahashi, Okada is different than Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito is different than Tanahashis. They’re all different, and special in their own way.

In fact, the only thing wrong in NJPW is Tanahashi’s “old guard attitude” and close-minded heart. Tanahashi got lucky in the A Block. Omega was so close to using that mic to dare Tanahashi to have their title match here instead of at Wrestle Kingdom. But until then, good bye and good night, BANG! Though the Ace and the Cleaner are still months away from their WK13 match, things are already growing personal! Will Tanahashi be able to hold onto his contract briefcase? Will Omega be able to hold onto the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? Or will one of them lose their prize before Wrestle Kingdom ever arrives?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great night here for NJPW. With AXS airing Fighting Spirit Unleashed before this, there was a lot of this that was clear, but it was still great to watch. Chaos continues to fracture, and Jay White makes stronger moves towards taking control away from Okada. Of course, from FSU, we know he’s also after the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract. Perhaps White’s greed will be his downfall, but things could easily go his way and we suddenly have The Switchblade leading Chaos while aiming at Omega’s title. And it is still Omega’s title after that amazing match with Ishii.  Their G1 Climax match was itself very physical, but match did great to build on that. FSU gave us a hint that the Golden Lovers’ promise was to battle 1v1 for the title, and we might still get that down the road, but the wait will be worth it.

My Score: 8.7/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.4 ~ 5TH OCTOBER 2018

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Noah have had excellent attendances recently, bad weather, transport difficulties and a weekday show, have not kept people away. Korakuen might not have been sold out for the final, but it was a damn good result for a Thursday night with the majority of people making a mad dash across Tokyo to get there after work.
Hopefully, the fans dedication to seeing Noah and their willingness to battle through Typhoon weather (the event on the 30th September was fast tracked because of it and fans were warned that the show might be cancelled half way through due to the weather), rush hour traffic on a weekday and face resultant travel difficulties, will make the network consider just what they are missing.

Naomichi Marufuji missed the last two nights of Global Junior League as he was appearing in WRESTLE-1 and then Kansai Pro, but he was back for the 4th October.

The GHC Heavyweight match signing took place on September 29th 2018 at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Nakajima appeared with the usual smirk, and refused to answer any questions and when prompted to speak, sat with an eerie grin on his face like he found the whole thing very funny. Takashi Sugiura (who arrived wearing the tired expression like that of a father that has been called too many times to the Principals office over the misbehavior of his son), told him and everyone else that the smile would be wiped off Nakajima’s face when he got repeated elbows in it on the 4th October. That evening the veterans were obliterated by the “young people” as Yokohama went wild, Nakajima’s comment on the match was, “Oh, that was fun”.

The clash on the 30th September, however, was very different. The battle damaged endoskeleton inside Takashi Sugiura rebooted itself, and Nakajima caught a beating (seriously, half the time Sugi looked like he was going to put him over his knee). In a very short match Sugiura caught Nakajima with the Olympic Slam, the ref counted three, and Sugiura continued battering on him until the ref pulled him off, and he stood with his foot on him as Nakajima had done to him, before Nakajima was carried off on the back of the Revolutionary Hero who was watching at ringside. Sugiura later said that Nakajima was like a fly who “fled when I tried to crush him”, and vowed to crush him at Korakuen Hall.

On the 4th October, evidently learning nothing from the 30th September, Katsuhiko Nakajima came strolling out to the ring, big smirk on his face, sinister new ring robe with faux wolfskin and sinister black pants, boots and kneepads. As soon as the bell rang, he lay down on the floor, resting his head on his hands and with his elbow bent, looking as if he were posing for a suncream or speedos advert.

Sugiura was not impressed.

It was a brutal match with kicks, elbows, slaps and slams (Sugiura did the turnbuckle brainbuster and held it for twenty seconds), and at one point Masa Kitamiya got involved which earned loud boos from the crowd, especially as Nakajima was using a wooden bar to choke Sugiura with. Eventually, Sugiura seized the chance for the ankle lock, and even bit into Nakajima’s boot.

It was too much for Nakajima, and he tapped out.

Afterwards most of the competitors for Global League got into the ring, (aside from the veterans that was, and those who were seconding Nakajima and the two who are coming in from outside promotions), and started yelling at each other and pointing fingers. Nagai got on the microphone first and said that the Hooligans were gunning for the GHC Heavyweight too, Kiyomiya told them that they would have to go past him first (Sugiura later said in an interview that he doesn’t consider Kiyomiya a challenge, as he couldn’t get past Kenoh to qualify for the number one contendership, so that’s one down for him), and Sugiura told them all to keep their pants on, the league starts on the 30th October, and so “all you youngsters, you had better start practicing”.

Naomichi Marufuji said he was going to finish this nonsense of The Hooligans on the 4th October, being too tired to deal with a “bald octopus and his worthless friends”, so he made this picture of them asking them to turn up to the event like this (Marufuji seems to share Sugiura’s obsession with bald people, and told Nagai to either grow hair down to his shoulders or get a wig if he wanted a title shot).

Nagai is not impressed by being called “a bald Octopus” and vowed to make Marufuji “regret the words you spewed”.

On the 4th October, Naomichi Marufuji & 50 Funky Powers clashed with The Hooligans, who were more interested in attacking Marufuji than they were Saito, and he took the brunt of things in the match. Afterwards, The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi holding up the belts) stood over them and unfurled their Hooligans flag.

Marufuji has to now give them a title shot, (although he says he is only doing it to crush them), and the two teams will meet in Kobe on the 14th October, before that Naomichi Marufuji and Maybach Taniguchi will have a rare singles match on the 7th October, with Akitoshi Saito facing Cody Hall.

Daisuke Harada faced off against his nemesis, Kotaro Suzuki on the 29th September in a very tense match, which ended with Kotaro Suzuki with the win. He stood over the fallen Daisuke Harada and said that he was going to “shine up that rusty belt” (I think he may also have called him a “Class A War Criminal”, which seems a little extreme).
YO-HEY (watched by Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinari Ogawa) faced Ikuto Hidaka for the semi-finals. YO-HEY seemed to have picked up a knock the knee during the match, (which Hidaka exploited), but he held on in there and refused to quit. The clock ticked away, near falls followed near falls, and then Hidaka locked in the Shinken Capture.
YO-HEY refused to quit.

The clock ran out and YO-HEY was awarded the win, which meant that he now had two jobs; to win Global Junior League and more importantly, to defend the honor of the Noah juniors against Kotaro Suzuki.

The showdown came on the 4th October, between the man who was not Noah born, but yet had the majority of the crowd behind him seeing him as representing Noah, and the man who is Noah born, but yet walked out of Noah, and therefore isn’t considered to be Noah anymore. The match was harsh with a lot of near falls which kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, but Kotaro Suzuki prevailed, and won Global Junior League 2018.

RATELS were at ringside and attended to YO-HEY, when he was rolled out of the ring, YO-HEY could be seen putting his palms together to bow and apologizing to Daisuke Harada.

After the match Kotaro Suzuki challenged Daisuke Harada. He later said he didn’t want the belt, but he had a plan for it, and he was bringing excitement to a division whose guys were bored and stuck in a rut.

All poor YO-HEY could say was “I’m sorry…I’m sorry”.

Junta Miyawaki is still without his first win, but the day is coming nearer, Noah are teasing a lot of near falls though.

Both Kouki Iwasaki (who faced Kenoh on the 4th October, and wants to do again) and Hiroshi Yamato (WRESTLE-1) say that they would like to further participate in Noah. Iwasaki says he wants to face Kenoh again and “knock him down”.

The wins of Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki are the best outcomes for Noah.

The Junior division needs a proper heel, and while you could say they have Yoshinari Ogawa, Ogawa due to his age, status backstage in the company as the oldest active veteran (who is always referred to as “Mr. Ogawa” and treated with the highest respect), cannot enter a feud where his opponent runs him down, although he can go to toe to with the youngsters in the ring. Ogawa’s main role is as a teacher, and the rookies who come from the dojo, always pass through him; and Kotaro Suzuki therefore fulfills the role as someone who is a “things were better in my day” heel, allied in some way with Ogawa (whose mouthpiece and whipping boy he can be), and who doesn’t need to be treated with the same respect as Ogawa is. The fans accept Ogawa as “ratboy”, it is inconceivable that he would enter a feud with the normal back and forth banter.

As for Takashi Sugiura, most of the Super New Generation Army (barring Kaito Kiyomiya, who isn’t ready) have challenged him, as has Naomichi Marufuji. Global League resets this and now everyone battles for it, along with the new blood of The Hooligans and the two outside competitors. Takashi Sugiura has said that if he wins the league then he will chose his own challenger, and it will probably be someone from outside Noah.

Global League this year can be best summed up as “Global League 2018: Sugi’s Gonna Kill Ya”, but before that its on to Autumn Navigation.

NEWS

Koji Kanemoto will appear for Noah on the 14th October 2018, he will team with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 vs RATELS (YO-HEY, HAYATA and Tadasuke)

Global League participants and dates

BLOCK A
Naomichi Marufuji
Akitoshi Saito
Quiet Storm
Katsuhiko Nakajima
Kenoh
Masa Kitamiya
Mitsuya Nagai
Kohei Sato

BLOCK B
Takashi Sugiura
Mohammed Yone
Go Shiozaki
Atsushi Kotoge
Kaito Kiyomiya
Maybach Taniguchi
Cody Hall
Kazusada Higuchi

As excited as people are about Global League 2018, there is some disappointment as fans did hope to see Jay Bradley or Masato Tanaka.

Tuesday, October 30th – Korakuen Hall (18.30) ~ FIRST NIGHT
Thursday, November 8th – Korakuen Hall (18.30)
Sunday, November 11th – Matsuyama City Community Centre (17.00)
Wednesday, November 14th – Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Hall, (18.30)
Friday, November 16th – World Pavilion, Osaka (19.00)
Saturday, November 17th – Edion Arena, Osaka (18.30)
Sunday, November 18th – Kyoto, KBS Hall (3pm)
Wednesday, November 21st – Aizuwakamatsu City Cultural Centre, Fukushima (18.30)
Thursday, November 22nd – Miyagi, Sendai (18.30)
Friday, November 23rd – Yokohama Radiant Halls, Kanegawa (17.30)
Sunday, November 25th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo (18.00) ~ FINALS

Holy War Vol.3 
Akira Taue was Toshiaki Kawada’s next guest for his “Talk Battle” at Holy War Vol.3 (Kawada says that Vol.4 will either be this year or next year, with the two youngest on Noah’s roster hoping that they will be on it again).

I think Kawada had hoped that Akira Taue would talk about his struggle of being Noah’s president, but I don’t think that Taue wanted to re-live the trauma by going through it again. For the record, Taue has only ever told tidbits about it, he’s never done a sit down interview about it. The role turned him into an old frail man overnight.

The “Talk Battle” was very funny and very moving; they talked about Mitsuharu Misawa and how Taue was the one who invited Kawada to Noah (not Misawa), Taue’s sumo days (which the fans wanted to hear more about), Taue called Kawada “a bullying mother in law” when he was being difficult and Kawada asked Taue to please stop smoking and cut down his drinking – Taue said he wasn’t doing either, and no doubt 99% of the roster stubbed their cigarettes out when they heard Kawada say that. They told some funny stories, like the time when All Japan took the dojo to the seaside for summer training and Taue (known for his aversion to training) turned up without running shoes and with sandals because to his mind, “sandals are for the beach”.

At the end of the event they played a medley of Jumbo Tsuruta’s, Mitsuharu Misawa’s and Kobashi’s theme music (they found the first two very emotional).

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

Either the winner of Global League 2018 (or a challenger that Takashi Sugiura appoints should he win the league) will be determined on the 25th November

Daisuke Harada will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt against Kotaro Suzuki on the 30th October

Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles against Cody Hall & Maybach Taniguchi in Kobe on the 14th October

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet, although the boys from Zero One (Ikuto Hidaka and Takuya Sugawara) have hinted that they may challenge.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Takashi Sugiura seemed in a very good mood after the title match, joking about why someone would want to beat up an old man.
  • Tadasuke made Yoshiki Inamura to do his entry with him. Inamura wasn’t quite confident enough to do the headbanging and air guitar part though (HAYATA is on record saying it is embarrassing)
  • Atsushi Kotoge had dinner with “father and son” (Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya)
  • Mitsuya Nagai came through the heavy door at Yokohama Radiant Halls to make his entry, and it slammed shut on Maybach Taniguchi behind him.
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima kicked Mohammed Yone’s afro, and laughed.
  • KAZMA SAKAMOTO called Marufuji’s picture of Nagai, Hall and Maybach “A Masterpeice”.
  • Daisuke Harada addressed the crowd on the 30th September and thanked them for coming out in spite of the inclement weather, HAYATA, who was in the ring with him, said “Same”. Considering Harada’s address to the crowd in this manner, and his promotional work on radio shows and for tours, it would not surprise me if one day he took over Go Shiozaki’s role as Head of the Noah Wrestlers Association.
  • Naomichi Marufuji says that he is fighting Kenoh on many fronts (Kenoh said in his last column about Marufuji’s perceived political maneuvering, Marufuji said all he had done was fight to defend Noah)
  • Minoru Tanaka says that as a child he was “good at playing building blocks”
  • YO-HEY actually gave a coherent promo on October 1st, except when the wheels fell off at the end and he started talking about snowball fights
  • Naomichi Marufuji has been appointed “Tourist Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama” on a two year term
  • Minoru Tanaka underwent emergency surgery due to a septic thumb
  • Kikutaro got scruffed by referee Shu Nishanaga (KENTA had him thrown out of SEM once); speaking of Kikutaro he proclaimed himself “The Ace of SEM” (SEM was disbanded in 2015), and I don’t want to know why he was squeezing Atsushi Kotoge’s balls.
  • SPECIAL 4 (Hi69, Minoru Tanaka, Yoshinari Ogawa and Seiya Morohashi) now come out to “Ultra Soul”
  • Hajime Ohara has proposed a “Team Kawasaki” with Ikuto Hideki (and possibly Hiroshi Yamato)
  • Mitsuya Nagai says that when Marufuji becomes bald he will put him in “The Bald Octopus Club”
  • Noah are calling some of the Global League tag matches “Voyage for Global League”.

KING SHAMELESS’ CORNER

Takashi Sugiura abstained from drinking alcohol for a week before the title match in case of head injury and\or concussion, but after the match and subsequent examination at the hospital he was given the all clear, and he went out to dinner afterwards and drunk alcohol. Having had a day of having to behave himself pretty much, he told Tokyo Sports (who call him “King Shameless”), that he had a wet dream when he woke up the next morning. I don’t want to know any more.

EVENT RECAPS
September 29th, Yokohama Radiant Halls: 
September 30th, Ikos Ageo, Saitama
October 4th, Korakuen Hall 
Holy War. Vol 3 

LINKS
Naomichi Marufuji appointed Tourism Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama 
SEM
Doug Williams has now retired 
“Heir to the Ark”: Naomichi Marufuji’s biography 


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Ring of Honor Wrestling Telelvision, Episode 368

Tonight, ROH will hold a main event that is a Fight Without Honor! Will Cheeseburger or Will Ferrara finally settle this grudge of former friends?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Kingdom VS Team Coast 2 Coast; Team Coast 2 Coast wins.
  • Marty Scurll VS Shane “The Hurricane” Helms; Helms wins.
  • A Fight Without Honor: Cheeseburger VS Will Ferrara; Cheeseburger wins.

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The Kingdom VS Team Coast 2 Coast!

TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia have cried conspiracy right behind Matt Taven over how long it took to get their ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships back. And now that they’ve lost them again, they return to crying conspiracy, though perhaps with more legitimacy this time. Even so, they won’t complain about getting a shot at the ROH World two man Tag Team Championships. Will the Sassy Wild Horse and Horror King overcome the conspiracy, real or imagined? Or will the returning Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni continue where they left off and skyrocket towards the titles?

The teams sort out and LSG starts against Vinnie. The fans duel as Vinnie and LSG circle and tie-up. Vinnie knees low and throws LSG out, but TK is right on him. TK scoops but LSG slips out to boot TK down. LSG gets in the ring and dodges Vinnie, only to get in a headlock. He powers out but Vinnie runs him over with a shoulder. Vinnie runs but things speed up. LSG leap frogs and dropkicks Vinnie to a corner, then runs in. Vinnie puts LSG on the apron and TK goes after a foot. LSG kicks TK away, but Vinnie hits LSG. Vinnie drags LSG in, but LSG slips out. Vinnie knees LSG but Ali tags in. Team C2C duck and double hip toss, into Tu Lo Sabes! You know it! Cover, ONE, but Ali keeps on Vinnie.

Fans duel again as Vinnie leaps on and starts biting Ali! He pushes Ali into TK’s forearm, then TK tags in. The Kingdom bring Ali up and double suplex, but LSG saves Ali. C2C both kick and forearm and chop THe Kingdom. They double whip but The Kingdom hits back. Ali headbutts TK then back elbows and uppercuts Vinnie. LSG hits the neckbreaker, Ali covers, TWO! Ali tags LSG but Vinnie grabs LSG’s jaw! Vinnie puts him in a corner then runs side to side but misses. LSG forearms and chops in return, then whips Vinnie corner to corner. Vinnie reverses but LSG goes up and over, only to get a kick to the gut! The Kingdom has control while we go to break.

ROH returns to see TK and LSG go around and around, chasing an abdominal stretch. TK almost gets it but LSG hip tosses out. LSG ducks and tags to Ali! Ali rallies and hits Vinnie for good measure. He hits a leaping complete shot then kips up. Philly fires up for their hometown boy, but TK rabbit punches Ali right out of the ring. Vinnie releases the balloons and gives Ali a neckbreaker to the floor! He feeds Ali to TK to choke. TK stops at 4, and LSG rallies up. Vinnie pops a balloon in Ali’s ear and TK hits him with the powerslam! Cover, TWO! The Kingdom argues the count is slow, again citing the conspiracy. Tag to Vinnie and TK holds Ali open for Vinnie to stomp away.

Vinnie drags Ali up but Ali hits back with body shots and forearms. Vinnie puts on a headlock, TK tags in just as Ali powers out. Ali dodges but runs into TK’s spinebuster! TK turns Ali over for Vinnie’s diving headbutt! Cover, TWO! LSG just missed the break and the referee sends him back to his corner. TK tags Vinnie and they stalk Ali while Philly rallies. Ali fights back with forearms and elbows. He rocks TK but Vinnie rocks him. The Kingdom double whip and flapjack! Then leg drop and senton combo, Vinnie covers, TWO! LSG still just misses it, that’s sign of ring rust. Vinnie sits Ali up to tweak the neck, then he drives in an elbow. Fans duel as Vinnie continues to torture Ali’s neck with a wrench.

LSG rallies the fans and Ali feeds off the energy. Ali stands and uses a jawbreaker! Ali crawls for his corner, Vinnie grabs a leg, but Ali pushes him away. Vinnie holds on and TK comes in to help, but Ali pushes them both away! Hot tag to LSG! The Human Rocket rallies on The Kingdom, shoving Vinnie into TK to then hit a handspring double lariat! He whips TK and brings him in for a swinging gutbuster! LSG gives TK a swinging neckbreaker, but Vinnie runs in. Vinnie tilt-o-whirls and wants the arm but LSG resists. Vinnie shoves LSG but LSG springboards for the forearms! Cover, TWO! LSG keeps his cool while fans rally up. He brings Vinnie up and swings him out but Vinnie lands on his feet. Vinnie wants the leg sweep but LSG shoves him at a corner. LSG runs but into a boot.

Vinnie puts him in the corner and runs side to side to hit forearm after forearm smash, then throws LSG into buckles. LSG gets to the apron but TK trips up the slingshot! TK runs to DIVE onto LSG! Direct hit, and TK stands LSG up for chops, forearms and kicks. Ali returns and fires himself up for a big slingshot plancha on TK! C2C regroup and go after TK, but Vinnie springboard phoenix sentons onto everyone! TK gets up and puts LSG in the ring. The Kingdom go after Ali but LSG climbs up high. LSG springboards for his own senton! LSG drags Vinnie up while Ali puts TK in. Vinnie puts LSG into barriers, but Ali gets a strike fest on TK. TK rocks Ali with a left, then pumphandles. Ali slips out but TK standing switches. Ali sits down and victory rolls TK, cover, C2C WIN!?

Winners: Team Coast 2 Coast, Shaheem Ali pinning

Wait, wait, wait. Was this the right pairing of legal partners? There’s confusion at commentary, and The Kingdom again argue with the referee. Is the conspiracy realer than even The Kingdom knew? Though, attacking the referee doesn’t help! They throw him down by his head, then scrape him out of the ring. Security comes in but TK and Vinnie thrash them, too! Conspiracy aside, will there be consequences that keep The Kingdom from tag titles?

 

Marty Scurll speaks.

After The Villain defeated the superhero, though with underhanded tactics, Shane Helms “begged and cried” for a rematch. But that wasn’t necessary. Every hero needs a villain and this villain wants a hero! Please be that hero, Shane, because Scurll will “relish the opportunity to vanquish The Hurricane once and for all.” That rematch, is next!

 

Marty Scurll VS Shane “The Hurricane” Helms!

It’s time for the highly anticipated sequel to an incredible encounter! Will justice prevail as The Superhero gets even with The Villain? Or will Helms VS Scurll 2 be Too Sweet?

Fans already chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Scurll, then already declare “This is Awesome!” Scurll calms his fans down, and offers a handshake for the Code of Honor. Hurricane considers the possibility that it’s a trap, but fans encourage him to shake hands. He does, but then he sees the sucker kick coming! The bell rings and Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll says he’s too smart for Hurricane. He whips Hurricane to a corner but Hurricane comes out and rallies with lariats. Hurricane suplexes Scurll up and over, then whips him to ropes. Scurll reverses but Hurricane ducks to get the choke grip. Scurll kicks free and whips. Hurricane reverses but Scurll uppercuts him back. Scurll climbs up and hits the tornado DDT! Fans fire up because Hurricane is right up! Scurll is surprised, and fans are on Hurricane’s side now.

Scurll runs into the choke grip, but pops out of the slam, to give a backstabber! Cover, TWO! Hurricane fires up, brother, even as Scurll kicks him. He continues to “Hurri up” and points at Scurll! Hurricane throws heavy haymakers. Scurll reverses the whip and gets the 52 Fake Out! Scurll takes a bow and then gets running, but Hurricane returns the fake! Hurricane gets the arm and into a low code breaker. Cover, TWO! Hurricane stays on Scurll with a Russian leg sweep, then decides to give us the Superhero’s Elbow! But Scurll sees it coming, and rocks Hurricane with a European Uppercut, then another! Hurricane tumbles out of the ring and Scurll builds speed to run onto the apron, SUPERKICK! Scurll skins the cat to keep moving, and DIVES! The Low-pe hits and sends Hurricane into barriers! Fans fire up for The Villain while we go to break.

ROH returns and Scurll has Hurricane down. Scurll stomps the hands of the Hurricane, then goes after the fingers! Hurricane breaks free to punch and suplex, but Scurll turns it around into a brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Scurll keeps his cool while fans continue to duel. Scurll toys with Hurricane, then chops him. Hurricane is not affected, nor is he affected by the next chop. Hurricane pie faces Scurll, Scurll slaps Hurricane, Hurricane rocks Scurll with a haymaker! Scurll gets to a corner but Hurricane whips. Scurll reverses but runs into Hurricane’s uppercut. He answers back with a swing kick, then wrenches the arm. Scurll pumphandles and lifts Hurricane for another brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Scurll keeps his cool while Hurricane gets to the apron. Fans rally up, “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!”

Scurll scrapes Hurricane out, then runs to the apron again. He leaps but Hurricane denies the tornado DDT to give a Northern Lights suplex! Both men are down and a 20 count begins. Fans rally up as The Hurricane stirs. The count reaches 10 before both men stand. The Hero and Villain stare from across the way and enter at 12. They brawl with forearms back and forth! Scurll gets the edge and a strong right, but runs into Hurricane’s hammerlock complete shot! Hurricane then stands Scurll up and turns Scurll around for the Eye of the Hurricane! Cover, TWO! Hurricane keeps his cool as he brings Scurll up. Scurll headbutts out of the belly2belly to then reel Hurricane out for a RAINMAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Scurll stole Okada’s best move but Hurricane survives it!

Fans fire up as Scurll prepares and calls for the Chickenwing! He goes for it but Hurricane sends Scurll into a post! Scurll sits down on the apron and Hurricane heads out to join him. They climb up opposite sides of the corner, and Scurll trips Hurricane up. Scurll climbs up from the inside, brings Hurricane up with him, for the SUPERPLEX! But they both inside cradle, TWO! SUPERKICK! Scurll fires up and calls for it again! Hurricane stands, Scurll grabs him, but Hurricane standing switches. Scurll switches back and shoves Hurricane into the ref, just like before! And he gets a low blow like before! Then Scurll steals the Eye of the Hurricane! Cover, TWO!? Hurricane survives his own move?! Scurll can’t believe it, but “This is Awesome!”

Hurricane gets up but Scurll still has one more move to steal. He grabs Hurricane by the throat and gives a thumbs up, to thumbs down. But Hurricane arm-drags out and hits HIS Hurri-Choke Slam! Cover, but Scurll counters with a crucifix, TWO! Hurricane kicks low, grabs Scurll for vertabreaker, but Scurll trips him. Scurll La Mahistrol but Hurricane blocks it part way! Hurricane wins!!

Winner: Shane “The Hurricane” Helms, by pinfall

The sequel is even better than the original, and The Hero gets even with The Villain! The trilogy will be finished with a tiebreaker, who will win out in the end?

 

Cheeseburger speaks.

Tonight, he fights a man that used to be his friend, tag team partner, and practically a brother. Ferrara says Burger stole opportunities? Burger wanted to share opportunities with Ferrara. He wanted to scratch and claw and reach the very top with Ferrara. But Ferrara let his anger and jealousy get the better of him. But where did that anger and jealousy come from? Is it because Burger learned the Shotei from Jushin Thunder Liger and Ferrara didn’t? Burger doesn’t want to hurt Ferrara, but he’s going to.

 

A Fight Without Honor: Cheeseburger VS Will Ferrara!

It was roughly 18 months ago that the red hot tag team of Cheeseburger & Ferrara broke up because the Top Prospect finalist felt he was being held back. Ferrara would betray his best friend for his own selfish reasons, but becoming one of The Dawgs can’t get rid of his jealousy towards the ever popular Cheeseburger. Burger and Ferrara both want to finally end this fight they’ve been having for a year and a half, will a Fight Without Honor be enough?

ROH returns from break and this match with no rules but to win begins! Philly is on Burger’s side, but Ferrara puts him right in a corner. Burger fights his way out and gets Ferrara down to rain down rights. They speed up and Burger forearms Ferrara down. Ferrara sees the Shotei coming so he bails out. Burger pursues with a plancha! Burger fires off more right hands, then chases Ferrara around the ring. He throws more hands then chops. Ferrara gets in and uses the ref as a shield, to then rake the eyes! Ferrara clobbers Burger from behind with a clothesline, but then gets a sinister idea. He stands on Burger’s head while he undoes his belt. Ferrara uses it to lash the back of Burger! And again! But Burger gets stronger, so Ferrara belt-punches Burger down!

Ferrara continues to SMACK Burger with his leather belt, saying “This is what you deserve.” Ferrara SMACKS Burger again and Burger writhes around on the mat. But Ferrara won’t stop using the belt, he wraps it around Burger’s neck to choke him with it! He then throws Burger at the ropes. Burger stops himself and rakes Ferrara’s eyes! Then Burger gives Ferrara a big back suplex! Burger loosens that belt and stands on Ferrara’s head, to whiplash Ferrara! He SMACKS Ferrara over and over and over, Ferrara can only run as he takes his whipping! Burger wants to return the belt choke but Ferrara scrambles to the apron. Burger pursues and goes for the choke! He gets Ferrara around the neck and pulls him back against the buckles!

In desperation, Ferrara jumps down to hotshot Burger off the crossbar! Burger snaps back and Ferrara is free. Ferrara gets the belt off while Burger grips his hand. Burger’s hand might’ve jammed against the apron, but Ferrara goes after it either way. The Dawg has control while we go to break.

ROH returns once more, and Ferrara borrows a chair! He brings it into the ring while Burger is down on the mat. Ferrara brings Burger over, focuses on the bad right hand, and SMACK! But Burger got away! The chair hits mat and Ferrara gets jammed up by that. Burger ducks the chair shot then SHOTEI, but into the chair!! Ferrara uses the chair as a shield and Burger hits nothing but steel! Ferrara laughs while mocking the pain, to then SMACK Burger on the back! Cover, TWO! Ferrara is frustrated but he covers again, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Ferrara fetches the chair and swings, but into a SUPERKICK! Both Burger and Ferrara are down, but Philly builds to a rally. Ferrara and Burger are in opposite corners. Burger runs out to shotgun dropkick Ferrara down! Then he stomps a mudhole into him!

Burger fires up and runs back in, for a big back elbow. Then he grabs the chair, places it down, and gives Ferrara a DDT on that chair! Cover, TWO!! Ferrara survives but Burger is not deterred. Fans rally up and Burger gets an idea. He goes under the ring and pulls out… a table! Philly likes that! Burger brings the table around but Rhett Titus attacks! The Big Dawg won’t let Lil’ Willie lose. Rhett sets the table while Ferrara recovers. Rhett throws forearms on Burger, then brings him up on the apron. He lifts Burger but Burger slips out. Rhett rocks Burger with a left, then prepares a suplex. He brings Burger up, but Ryan Nova and Eli Isom appear! These two Honor prospects have been on Burger’s side since this whole thing started, and they grab at Rhett. Burger SUPERKICK starts the powerbomb through the table!!

The Big Dawg is down, but Ferrara has a chain!? Ferrara swings but misses. He tries again, but now Burger uses the chair as a shield! Steel hits steel but Ferrara’s fist is what takes damage! Then Burger gives Ferrara a chair shot! Burger grabs the chain, and wraps it around the bad hand! Fans fire up while Ferrara staggers about, STEEL SHOTEI!! Cover, Burger wins!!

Winner: Cheeseburger, by pinfall

The Fight Without Honor is over, and the Flame Grilled Cowboy is victorious! Will this war between him and Ferrara finally end? Can Cheeseburger finally move on to bigger and better things? Or will Ferrara’s grudge only grow stronger?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a pretty great episode for ROH. The Kingdom VS C2C was a great return for Ali and LSG, and I’m surprised they get to benefit from the story of “The conspiracy is real!” Ali & LSG are undefeated in ROH in 2018, and I bet they’ll get to the tag titles eventually. It also greatly feeds into The Kingdom’s story, which must surely lead to a big ROH World Six Man title rematch. I’m thinking they won’t want a match the referees can screw them out of, so it’ll either be a Ladder Match, Tables Match, or a full TLC. Then win or lose, the conspiracy will be over and Taven can focus on his Grand Slam. Scurll VS Hurricane was great, and of course Hurricane wins to tie up the series. I really hope their tiebreaker is for that Superhero Championship, just to add some drama.

ROH may not do the best TV production or scheduling, but I give their booking credit for this literal 18 month story between Cheeseburger & Will Ferrara. I never expected it to go this long, and almost forgot it was going on this long, but it really has been pretty great. A Fight Without Honor was the perfect blow off stipulation, and both Burger and Ferrara did well within the “rules”. I should’ve expected Rhett Titus to come out to interfere but it was also great to see Isom & Nova to counter him. Naturally Burger wins to at least give the impression this story is over, and perhaps it is, but I’m not sure where Burger goes from here. We know from Fighting Spirit Unleashed that Jeff Cobb is ROH World TV Champion, and not even an underdog as over as Burger could defeat him.

My Score: 8.5/10


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