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- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Roderick Strong & ???; Strong & Pete Dunne win and advance to the semifinals.
- Ember Moon VS Aliyah; Ember wins.
- Raul Mendoza VS ???; no contest.
- Kassius Ohno VS Adam Cole; Cole wins.
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NXT returns to Full sail, but so does Tommaso Ciampa!
The Psycho Killer who screwed Johnny Gargano over returns to the home of NXT. Even here, fans boo and jeer, chanting “You Suck! You Suck!” while holding up Gargano emoji faces. Ciampa’s already faced this reception twice before, he shuts it out as he enters the ring. He grabs a mic, but fans chant “We Want Johnny!” Ciampa waits for them to quiet down, but they boo harder as he lifts the mic to his mouth. The chant of “Johnny Wrestling!” returns, just like the other two times Ciampa’s tried talking. But Ciampa finally explodes with “HE’S GONE!” Gargano won’t walk down the ramp, because he’s gone! Fans still boo and jeer, and return to chanting “You Suck! You Suck!” Ciampa takes a moment to calm himself, though fans keep booing. Now the fans chant “Ciampa Sucks!”, and he embraces it with another mic drop.
Ciampa exits the ring, though still very frustrated. The fans keep up the boos and jeers, but Ciampa stares them down one by one. He snatches a Gargano emoji and tears it up to then wipe his ass with it. He also snags the extra large one, and tears that right in the face of the fan who was holding it. Ciampa even gets in the face of an old woman who is a big Gargano fan. Ciampa snatches another extra large emoji from a fan in a lucha mask, but reveal! The “fan” was Gargano!
And Gargano attacks! Gargano goes right at Ciampa and the fans are loving it! But Gargano isn’t allowed in NXT, the security guards go after him to keep him back.. The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but the guards drag Gargano out of the ring. Ciampa is reeling while Gargano is rabidly resisting. The guards still get Gargano past the barriers and towards the back while Ciampa tries to see where Gargano went. The fans chant “Johnny Wrestling!” even as Gargano is brought all the way to the back door. Gargano ends up in the parking lot while Ciampa checks his face. What kind of consequences will there be to a man who already lost his job?
An update on the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
While three teams have advanced into the second round, there is some unforeseen changes to the final opening round match. NXT throws things to Charly Caruso from the NXT Control Center, where she recaps the first three matches. There is some sad news, however, as Tyler Bate was found to be injured and therefore unable to compete in the tournament. Bate’s bad knee is bad news for Mustache Mountain, and hopefully he recovers quickly to return to competition, but there is good news! The tournament is open to a new duo, and Roderick Strong stepped up to request that chance. NXT General Manager, William Regal, heard Strong’s words and granted the request. Now the Messiah of the Backbreaker can enter to face Lorcan & Burch, provided he finds a partner.
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole asks if Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish heard the “nonsense” from William Regal. He’s adding Roderick Strong to the Dusty Rhodes Classic! Of all people, he’s adding Roddy? Earth to Regal, Roddy doesn’t belong anywhere near that. Roddy isn’t a tag team guy, he’s a loser. Who would even tag with him? Regal could himself, but it won’t matter, because winning the Classic only signs you up to lose to “the baddest team”, reDRagon. And speaking of what doesn’t matter, Adam Cole takes on the so-called Knockout Artist, “talk about a night off.” Cole is so confident, he won’t even need O’Reilly & Fish ringside. Trust him, it’ll be pretty, and #ThatisUndisputed.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Roderick Strong & ???
This pair of brawlers, one from Boston and the other from Great Britain, have been looking for a breakout match to bring them higher in NXT’s Tag Team Division. However, they only know one of their opponents going into this. Roddy is a tough customer, but who did he find to fight by his side?
IT’S PETE DUNNE!! The WWE United Kingdom Champion joins the Messiah of the Backbreaker in the Dusty Rhodes Classic! Will this body-bruising team take the tag tournament by storm?
The match starts with Strong and Lorcan, and they tie up fast and furious. Lorcan gets the waistlock but Strong rolls him with a headlock takeover. Lorcan headscissors, Strong moves around to roll Lorcan, and Strong gets a Queen Angelito stretch. The fans rally while Lorcan endures the hold, and slips out to switch places with Strong. Strong endures the headlock, Lorcan changes it to a wristlock, and then tags in Burch. Burch takes the hand-off and wrenches the wrist. Strong turns it around to his own wristlock and takedown.
Burch gets up but Dunne tags in, and he takes the hand-off to wrench that wrist. Dunne grabs the fingers and brings Burch down to torture him from hand to elbow. Dunne makes that a double wristlock cover, ONE, then a kip-up. Burch turns things around, trips up and rolls Dunne but misses the stomp. Dunne whips Burch but Burch catches that leg to drop Dunne. Burch wants the facelock, Lorcan and Strong rush in, and we end up with a tense stand-off between all four men. The referee works to keep the peace while we go to break.
NXT returns, and Dunne has Burch on the ground, holding the hammerlock in place with one leg and standing on Burch’s head with the other. Dunne grabs the free arm and bend sit back, along with the fingers. Burch writhes and shouts, but Dunne just turns things into a modified crossface. Cover, ONE, but Dunne keeps Burch from Lorcan. Dunne slaps Burch then shoves him, and tags in Strong. Strong stomps Burch, then brings him out, for the backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps on him as he tags in Dunne. They both suplex Burch for the gordbuster, then, double chops! Cover, TWO, but Dunne keeps his cool.
Dunne drags Burhc up, fans want that duolbe chop “One More Time.” Dunne chops Burch alone, but runs into a boot. Burch hops up and hits a big missile dropkick. Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Strong and Lorcan. Lorcan chops, Strong forearms, and back again, neither man slowing down. Strong shoves Lorcan but Lorcan boots him back. Lorcan runs, dynamic dropkick! He keeps going, running European Upperct! Cover, TWO, so Lorcan runs to run Strong over with a wicked lariat. TWO, so Lorcan runs again, for the Blockbuster!
Another cover, TWO! Lorcan keeps fired up, and the fans join him. He drags Strong up, tags in Burch, and together they suplex Strong. Strong slips out and shoves Burch into Lorcan. Lorcan tumbles out while Burch runs into Strong’s boot and enziguri. Dunne tags in while Strong staggers back, to then hop up, and stomp out Burch’s arm! Dunne throws Burch with the X-Plex and covers, but Lorcan breaks it in time. Strong throws Lorcan right out, then tries for the wrecking ball dropkick, but Lorcan dodges to retaliate with a big EuroUpper! Dunne has Burch and slaps him, so Burch slaps back. Dunne slaps, Burch slaps, Dunne slaps, Burch SLAPS! Then Burch headbutts! The fans fire up while Burch stalks Dunne. He waistlock and German Suplexes, then Strong and Lorcan come in. Lorcan catches Strong for a Half ‘n’ Half suplex onto Dunne!
Burch covers, TWO, but into a Crossface! Strong returns but Lorcan is there, tackling Strong down into the Half Crab! Dunne endures while Strong turns over, Strong shoves Lorcan onto Burch to break the Crossface. Everyone is down, but Strong and Lorcan head for their corners while Dunne and Burch stand up. Burch throws a haymaker, Dunne retaliates with an enziguri! Dunne goes to chop, but Burch catches and counters into an exploder! Burch fires up but Strong tags in. Dunne catches Burch and tosses him to Strong for another backbreaker! Then, End of Heartache!
Dunne keeps Lorcan out of the ring with a sleeper hold, Strong covers, Strong & Dunne win! The unlikely duo wins in their first ever match together to advance into the semifinals. Can the Bruiserweight & The Back Breaker make it all the way to the end to earn an NXT Tag Team Championship match?
A star is coming to NXT.
The king of speed and master of flight, THE Richochet is coming soon. How fast will this human rocket rise to the top? Who will he topple over to get there?
Ember Moon VS Aliyah!
While the Prophecy of Flames has the Queen of Spades to worry about at TakeOver: New Orleans, Canada’s Catwoman wants to show up the #Shenom and make a name for herself. Can Ember keep from looking too far ahead and focus on the opponent right in front of her?
The bell rings, and the two share a quick but respectful low-five. They tie up, Ember arm-drags Aliyah but Aliyah arm-drags back. Aliyah gets the headlock takeover but Ember headscissors. Aliyah pops out and flicks her hair and Ember grins while the fans applaud. The two circle again, Aliyah gets the waistlock but Ember counters with a throw. Aliyah headscissors now and Ember pops out to put on a headlock of her own. Aliyah powers out but Ember goes to boot, only to be turned around and thrown down by her hair! The referee reprimands Aliyah, but The Cat’s Meow covers, TWO. But wait, Shayna Baszler is walking down the ramp.
The Submission Magician joins commentary while Aliyah runs Ember over with double ax handles. Cover, ONE, but Aliyah keeps on the champ while Shayna lets everyone know that while Ember’s champ, we all know Shayna is the real top woman in the division. Aliyha covers, TWO, but she puts Ember in a modified chinlock. The fans rally for Ember, and Ember fights her way out of the hold. She arm-drags Aliyah, then gets around for a waistlock roll up, ONE, but Ember keeps moving to hit a sliding complete shot!
Aliyah gets herself to a corner and Ember runs in but into boots. Aliyah hops up, crossbody, but Ember catches her! Ember looks over at commentary and says, “This is for you, Shayna!” before hitting a Samoan Drop! Ember roars at Shayna before hitting Aliyah with a handspring corner clothesline. She then climbs up, takes aim, and leaps for the Eclipse!
Cover, Ember wins! Shayna isn’t impressed, because she knows everyone else knows Ember is weak. Ember climbs up to hold up her NXT Women’s Championship, and Shayna stands on top of commentary to stare her down. Both women are ready to rip into each other, but who will be the one still standing atop the Women’s Division?
Raul Mendoza VS ???
The Cruiserweight Classic competitor is looking for that break-out moment, but instead, he gets attacked by the NXT Champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas!
El Idolo tosses Mendoza off the stage and leaves him writhing on the ground while he and Zelina Vega walk to the ring. Almas grabs a mic to call out Aleister Black for his comments last week. Almas speaks in Spanish that being champion makes HIM the best in NXT! But since Aleister didn’t respect Vega, he didn’t respect Almas. And Almas calls Aleister out, “you piece of shit!” Face Almas next week, Aleister, and pay for that disrespect! El Campeon is furious, but will he be able to get the revenge over respect? Or will he just #FadetoBlack even before Takeover: New Orleans?
NXT Universe, brace yourself for Lars Sullivan’s return.
An “abnormality of human genetics”, and a sheer force of destruction in human form, the Leviathan will return next week! Who will be set up in his path to be run over?
NXT General Manager, William Regal, speaks.
While the main event is up next, Regal would like to inform us that next week, he will have an announcement that will “change the landscape of NXT forever.” What could Regal be planning that is so powerful as to alter NXT?
Kassius Ohno VS Adam Cole!
This match came about via social media, where the Panama City Playboy declared himself “an uncrowned champion” in NXT, to which the Knockout Artist replied that if Cole wants some crowns, Ohno’s elbows and knees could knock out some teeth for him. Even so, Cole is so confident that he doesn’t need reDRagon by his side. Will Cole end up eating his words along with a few stiff strikes?
The bell rings and fans already duel between the two men as they circle. They tie up, Cole goes for the arm and gets the wristlock. Ohno reverses and throws Cole, then brings him up for a wristlock and lift. Ohno wrings Cole then wrenches, but Cole grabs hair. Cole shoves Ohno and knees him on the rebound, to then kick and forearm Ohno into a corner. Cole knees again, then runs and runs Ohno over, “BAYBAY!” The fans keep dueling while Cole runs, but Ohno hops up and over. Ohno runs, Cole ducks under to then jump up, only for Ohno to boot him out of the air! Cole gasps for air while the fans applaud, Ohno adds the back senton! Fans are fired up as Ohno brings Cole up for a stiff chop.
The dueling chants continue while Cole jawbreakers Ohno back to a corner. Cole runs in but Ohno puts him on the apron, but Cole’s leg jams and he stumbles down. Cole hobbles off, angry, and the referee checks on him. Ohno doesn’t care, he reaches for Cole through the ropes, but Cole leaps up to enziguri Ohno away! Cole was faking, and gets into the ring to rain down rights. He stomps Ohno out, as well, showing that his leg is just fine. Ohno is in trouble with Cole right on him while we go to break.
NXT returns and Cole keeps on Ohno at the ropes. He stalks Ohno around, wrenches the arm and whips, then back elbows Ohno. Ohno stays up so Cole bicycle kicks him down, cover, TWO! Cole keeps his cool, this is “too easy” as he hits a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Cole still grins. He drags Ohno up and kicks him in the back to then stomp him on the mat. Cole kicks Ohno in the head but fans rally for Ohno. Cole brings Ohno down in a chinlock, but Ohno endures. Ohno feeds off the fans’ energy, then gets up, so Cole uses a backstabber! Cover, TWO, but Cole keeps his cool. “Forget it, Kassius, you’re a joke.” Cole says Ohno is a loser, because he’s Adam Cole BAYBAY! But no, he doesn’t like the fans using his catchphrase this time.
Cole goes to suplex Ohno but Ohno suplexes him, Cole slips out and gets a waistlock. Ohno bucks him off at the ropes, to ROCK him with a swift right! Cole goes down, eyes glazed, and fans rally while Ohno drags himself to a corner. Cole is up first but walks right into a knee. Ohno boots Cole’s clothesline away, then runs to rally with the ax bomber and another boot. He scoops Cole and slams him, then runs for the leaping leg drop! Cover, TWO, and Cole rolls to ropes. Ohno stalks him, rocking him with another right. He whips Cole but Cole reverses, so Ohno tumbles to the apron to boot back in. Cole is dazed, he gets the cyclone kick!
Cover, TWO, and Ohno can’t believe it. The fans applaud, though, they’re loving this. Cole stirs while the dueling chants start up again. Ohno looms over Cole and brings him up, but Cole blocks the suplex. Ohno rocks him with a forearm, but Cole asks “Is that all you got?!” Cole takes of his elbow pad and fires off forearms of his own! Cole runs, but into another boot from Ohno! Ohno goes to suplex, but Cole counters with the LAST SHOT!
Cover, TWO!! Ohno survives the brainbuster, and fans are loving it, chanting “NXT! NXT!” However, Cole is shocked and frustrated as he backs away to a corner. He watches Ohno stir while the fans rally again. Cole brings his knee pad down then runs, but Ohno counters and rolls Cole all the way into powerbomb position, to hotshot him on the ropes, then smack him with the forearm! Ohno takes off the elbow pad and runs, to hit Cole with the High Tension Elbow!
Cole tumbles all the way out of the ring and even to the stage. Ohno fetches Cole, dragging him up and over in the fireman’s carry. They return in the ring, Ohno covers, but Cole countrs to a crucifix! TWO, for a SUPERKICK! Then another SUPERKICK, then a third, AND a second Last Shot brainbuster!
But that’s not all, Cole still hits the Last Shot Shining Wizard!
Cover, Cole wins! It was tougher than he expected, but Cole still did it without the help of Fish & O’Reilly. Will this win help Cole go from uncrowned champion to undisputed champion?
Another packed episode for NXT, it’s really quite impressive. Opening with Ciampa’s third attempt at his promo was another stroke of genius. As I expected, he basically explodes and finally says anything, but Gargano appearing the way he did was done so perfectly, I think I marked out. Gargano going after Ciampa despite being “fired” is great, because it could lead to an “unsanctioned” match (aka No Disqualification) and these two can go all out with the brutality. I’d expect Gargano wins that to finally get back at Ciampa before they both move on from NXT. Then to go right into the Dusty Rhodes Classic was a nice surprise, especially with Strong’s surprise partner. Strong-Dunne did great as a team against Lorcan & Burch, and might even overcome SAnitY next week.
Great to see Ricochet is ready to debut soon, and keeping his name. Lars Sullivan is also returning, and just in time given Regal’s announcement. Word is that the announcement will be a new men’s title, and superstars like Lars, Ricochet and so many others are more than ready to hold that new title. Speaking of ready, Shayna Baszler is very ready to be NXT Women’s Champion. She’s already confident as a character, though her commentary might need work, but she seems primed to take that title from Ember now that it’s been a couple months. Then poor Mendoza, he wasn’t even a jobber but fodder for Almas. Almas was great being a heated Heel, and Aleister will show up next week, perhaps that will be the brawl we thought would happen at the contract signing.
That main event was great once again. It wasn’t as long as I expected but it was as competitive and hard-hitting. When Cole faked his bad leg, I thought that would be the moment for a new Undisputed Era member to attack, using the loophole that Cole only told Fish & O’Reilly to stay backstage. Instead, it was just a clever ruse for Cole to get a momentary edge. Same for when Ohno sent Cole out with the High Tension, but Cole toughed it out to turn things around. I also liked that Cole piled on Ohno with the old Last Shot and the new Last Shot, shows both Ohno’s toughness and Cole’s aggression. Cole himself is probably a shoe-in for the new NXT men’s title, but him having matches with guys like Lars, Ricochet, etc. will be great for that belt’s legitimacy out of the gate.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report (5/20/19)
Witness the Money in the Bank Fallout!
It’s the Raw after Money in the Bank!
And the Beast has the briefcase! Will he choose to strike tonight? Or wait until Seth Rollins is unable to fight? Plus, Becky Two Belts is now just Becky One Belt! Will the Raw Women’s Champion respond to the Sassy Southern screw job?
- Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Usos VS The Revival; wins.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre; wins.
- Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; win.
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Brock Lesnar returns to Raw!
The Advocate is alongside the #BeastintheBank as he rubs his shocking victory in the faces of the WWE Universe! Lesnar and Heyman go into the ring as he holds up the briefcase high above his head. The only reason Lesnar was even able to be in the Men’s MITB Ladder Match is because someone took out Sami Zayn before the show. And Lesnar, much in the fashion of the MITB contract itself, decided to appear when no one else could stop him.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Paul Heyman introduces himself and explains that his money is on The Beast, “the purveyor of paranoia, BROCK! LESNAR!” And paranoia should be around because of all the conspiracy theories going on. And they’ve heard them all: this was hatched the moment Braun Strowman stuck Sami Zayn on that wall; that Lesnar was able to sneak into the arena through a back door. How can you sneak a Beast into the room? Maybe Sami was lured into a dark hallway and then someone with political pull in the WWE got Brock to be the eighth man. That’s far too much credit for them. Just blame Lesnar for JFK why don’t you!
But this is how it goes: the world and universal champions need to be very paranoid. Wherever Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston go, they’re both vulnerable to the “greatest assassin” in the WWE, who literally has a contract out on their reigns. Heyman imagines Rollins being afraid to show up in the ring or on TV, because Lesnar might strike. As Heyman’s daddy once taught him, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the world isn’t out to get you.” But it won’t be the world coming for those titles, it’ll be Lesnar! Because Lesnar has a contract that guarantees you HAVE to defend that title when Lesnar demands you defend that title! But speaking of the champs, here comes Seth Rollins!
The Architect is still WWE Universal Champion after a truly phenomenal match with AJ Styles, and he stands in the ring with Mr. Beast in the Bank. Rollins picks up a mic and says he’d be in a great mood after being in the fight of his life, and won. He would be, but he’s not, because he has to come out and “see this.” Lesnar with the MITB contract. Rollins cuts to the chase: he’s here being a champion that inspires people, and that Lesnar never had the guts to be! But he can’t do that with Lesnar hanging that contract over his head. Rollins makes a proposition: he beat Lesnar at Mania, and he’ll beat him again, but he doesn’t want to wait. Lesnar should cash that contract in tonight! Fans definitely want to see that!
Heyman says no to this, because it’s Rollins who has to play Lesnar’s game. This is Lesnar’s game of “antici…pation.” Which means Rollins has to wait until Lesnar feels like cashing in. Rollins should be used to waiting. Like waiting seven hours to watch his girlfriend main event when Rollins wants to be The Man. Rollins does NOT take kindly to that, and starts shoving Lesnar to egg him on. Heyman keeps Lesnar back, and says Rollins might not even be worthy of being Lesnar’s target. Lesnar might not even cash in on Rollins. Maybe Lesnar wants a new challenge. Or maybe a New Day! Maybe it’ll be Lesnar VS Kofi Kingston! Well ask and you shall receive! The Wild Card Rule brings Kofi to Raw!
Kofimania returns as Kofi stands with Rollins and Lesnar. He doesn’t mean to steal Rollins’ thunder, but he is trying to establish his legacy as WWE World Champion. He wants to be remembered as one of the best of all time! And Kofi can’t do that without beating the best night after night, the title on the line against the best! “So Brock, congratulations on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank.” But if he’s gonna cash in tonight, Kofi wants it to be him. Heyman just realizes something: Universal Champion, World Champion, and they’re both auditioning to have a match against “the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion of the Box Office”! Mr. MITB didn’t need to go to them, they came here to him.
Heyman has an inside scoop that Rollins and Kofi aren’t done for the evening. And with both of them out here, Lesnar and his contract isn’t going anywhere. “Stay tuned, the Beast is yet to come.” What matches are Rollins and Kofi in? Will they be able to win and be ready for a possible cash-in?
Someone arrives in the arena.
It’s Mick Foley! Foley returns to Raw to unveil the newest WWE championship! He says hello to superstars left and right, but what kind of title is he bringing?
Sami Zayn talks with Bobby Lashley.
Sami’s freaking out because he got attacked at MITB and is up against Braun Strowman tonight! Now these two haven’t always gotten along, but maybe they can help each other. Strowman and Lashley have a match at WWE Super Showdown, so why not help Sami soften Strowman up? No, Lashley’s not going to help Sami. He’s going to let Sami help him. Good luck out there!
Kofi and Seth talk backstage.
Rollins appreciates the help out there but Kofi doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Oh Kofi gets it, he’s cementing his legacy. But what is this about having action tonight? HHH appears! He was going to explain but they both ran out there. They’ll be teaming up in the main event against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. Well at least they’ll have strength in numbers. But will the Rocky Mountain Machine & Lone Wolf end up doing Brock’s dirty work?
Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman!
The Underdog from the Underground and critic of the critics does not want this rematch with Strowman. He screwed the Monster Among Men out of the MITB ladder match, and then may or may not have been attacked by Strowman last night. Either way, is Strowman about to get revenge on Sami for the Falls Count Anywhere screw job?
Raw returns as Strowman makes his entrance and Sami starts running! Strowman gives chase through the crowd! This is a flashback to when Strowman chased Sami backstage before MITB! Strowman encounters Bobby Lashley. And Sami sucker punches Strowman! Sami tries to whip but Strowman just shoves Sami into trunks! Sami crawls away but Strowman stares down with Lashley. “I’ll deal with you later.” Strowman chases after Saim! And clubs him down into trunks! They end up back by gorilla position as Strowman punches Sami down. Strowman shoves and stalks Sami onto stage! Then carries him on his shoulders.
Sami can’t escape as Strowman carries him all the way to the ring! But then Sami slips out to shove Strowman into a post! And another post! Sami shoves Strowman but Strowman stops himself to shove Sami into barriers! He puts Sami in the ring then takes aim from a corner. Sami dodges and Strowman goes into a post! The bell finally rings, and Sami runs corner to corner, into a lariat! Strowman drags Sami up and tosses him back out of the ring. Strowman starts building up speed, and he runs Sami right over! He puts Sami in the ring again, scoops him, and gives him the Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster has his revenge, but now he’ll have a bigger fight in Saudi Arabia! Will Bobby Lashley #GetTheseHands?
Raw holds an in-ring interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan is a SmackDown superstar, but the Wild Card Rule allows him to walk out to the ring. Charly notes Lars’ “unparalleled” path of destruction, and Raw gives us a highlight reel. Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth and both Hardy Boys on multiple occasions, and even the Lucha House Party just last night. Fans boo but Lars laughs. What are Lars’ goals on the main roster? Before he can answer, the Lucha House Party appears for revenge! Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik flank the ring, and they hit first! A knee and double missile dropkicks! Metalik and Lince club away but Lars throws them into each other. Kalisto missile dropkicks now, then TRIPLE dropkicks send Lars out!
Fans rally for the Lucha House Party, but Lars gets angry. Kalisto slingshots but is caught and slammed on the apron! But a double DIVE hits! Lars still explodes out and lariats Lince! Lars puts Lince in, then shoulders Metalik over. He dares them to keep trying, then turns his attention back to Lince. Lince fights but still gets a FREAK ACCIDENT! Lars isn’t done, he drags Lince up in a corner. But Kalisto and Metalik save Lince from the Leviathan Bomb! Lucha House Party survives, for now. But will it take more than three luchadores to defeat a Freak?
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
The One and Only wasn’t the only one surprised and screwed over by Beast at Money in the Bank, but he’s not going to be the one to let that slow him down. He takes on the Swiss Cyborg in a match that is sure to be fast and furious!
Raw returns and shares why this match came about. After the Men’s MITB ladder match, and all the destruction Ricochet and the other six superstars not named Brock Lesnar put themselves through, he was obviously sore walking into tonight. Cesaro felt the need to add insult to injury by claiming Ricochet is just like the rest of the “bubble wrap” generation, and Ricochet took offense. Ricochet’s not going to take the night off, but will he regret not resting up?
Cesaro finally makes his entrance, with a brand new song. He enters the ring and we finally begin this match!
Ricochet rushes Cesaro but gets tossed to a corner! Cesaro walks into haymakers but knees low. He whips Ricochet and tosses him with a HIGH back drop! Ricochet hits hard on his bad back and rolls out of the ring in pain. Cesaro shows no mercy as he drags Ricochet up for a scoop. Ricochet slips out to send Cesaro into a post! Ricochet runs back in but is put on the apron. He keeps moving to moonsault onto Cesaro! With his bad back, that’s double-edged for Ricochet, but he doesn’t let that stop him. Ricochet gets back in and slingshots back out, only to get caught and tossed back on the apron! The Swiss Cyborg shows no mercy while we go to break!
Raw returns again as Cesaro has Ricochet in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock. Ricochet endures being bent back, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up and out then jawbreakers Cesaro back! Cesaro still goes after Ricochet but gets haymakers for it. He whips Ricochet and pops Ricochet up, but Ricochet back flips off him! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls twice, then headscissors Cesaro out! Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to FLY! He wipes Cesaro out! But Cesaro hurries away, forcing Ricochet to follow after. Ricochet puts Cesaro in the ring while fans say “This is Awesome!” Ricochet climbs, leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cesaro drags Ricochet up into a torture rack to go after that back! Then gives him a backbreaker drop! And the Gotch Neutralizer! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Lesson learned: go after someone when they’re less than 100%! Ricochet’s back held him back, but can he bounce back on the road to WWE Stomping Grounds?
Raw backstage interview with AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One was so close to beating Seth Rollins in an instant classic. But where does Styles go from here? “Back to Square One.” But Styles likes that, working hard is what he does. Styles knows he can beat Seth Rollins, just not last night. It was a loss, fair and square, and there’s no shame in that. It’s why Rollins is Universal Champion. But Baron Corbin has to come over and mock him. Is Styles telling that same tired story of getting bigger, stronger and faster to do it next time? Please. Styles lost! Yes, says the failure of a Mr. Money in the Bank and Raw General Manager.
That’s all the past. Corbin pinned Rollins on Raw, so it was a slap in the face that Styles got his chance first. No, it wasn’t. THIS is a slap in the face! Because Styles actually slaps him! Corbin promises Styles will pay, but where and when?
Kofi talks with Mick Foley backstage.
The WWE World Champion is very curious about this new WWE title, and Mick gives him a tiny peek. What is in the bag?!
Roman Reigns returns to Raw, again!
The Big Dog loves using the Wild Card Rule! Though, he should since he’s part of why Vince McMahon felt the need to make it. But what will Roman do with this week’s use of the rule? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Roman has a mic. But before he can say a word, Shane McMahon appears! Shane O’Mac survived a Steel Cage match with The Miz at Money in the Bank, but now he’s back to annoy Roman. “Roman Reigns, using the Wild Card Rule. The Big Dog in the Yard, right?” Well the Yard is only so big compared to being Best in the World. And Shane proved so last night in that brutal match. Shane walked out with hands held high in victory. And Shane is officially done with The Miz. Now Shane’s focus will be fully on Roman. He can’t get it out of his head what Roman did to Vince McMahon, Shane’s father and “the WWE personified.” Roman cowardly hitting Vince down, what kind of man does that? Fans say “YOU! YOU!”
Roman doesn’t know about the fans, but he hates spoiled rich kids. Shane said a bunch of crap, but the only thing Roman heard was Shane’s done with Miz. Perfect timing, because Roman’s done with Elias. No, Roman thinks that, but Elias isn’t done with Roman. One fluke victory doesn’t prove anything. Again, Shane’s one to talk. But if Elias isn’t here and Shane has business, let’s squash it in the ring tonight! Wow, how brave, Roman, to issue a challenge after Shane got all beat up even in winning. But Shane does ask the fans if they want to see “The Best in the World” VS “The Big Dog”. They do! Shane takes off his jacket, tosses it aside, and says it’s not happening. Shane does what all “spoiled rich kids” do: controlling his own destiny. He’s the boss, and he has control around here. Let him demonstrate.
Drew McIntyre appears! The Scottish Terminator is again willing to help Shane while going after Roman. He and Roman stare down as Shane considers that challenge again. Still not happening tonight. But he accepts it for Super Showdown. The last thing Roman will hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, and the Best in the World, Shane McMahon!” Roman tells the spoiled rich kid that he’ll soon be saying what a lot of people have been saying around here: “I just got my ass kicked by Roman Reigns.” Believe that. But Super Showdown aside, will Roman and McIntyre add another chapter to their rivalry later tonight?
Shane walks with McIntyre.
They feel good about that stare down and trash talk with Roman Reigns. But they’re quickly interviewed about the implication that Shane wont’ be alone in Super Showdown. There’s no implication. What happened was- The Miz is here as another Wild Card! They’re not done. McIntyre stands between them. Shane doesn’t think, he knows he’s done. And if Miz has problems, then he’s got problems with McIntyre. Now Shane has others fighting his battles? Fine. Miz will get McIntyre out of the way, and go back after Shane. Will the A-Lister get through the Terminator to give us that trilogy?
The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey give a quick hey to their cousin, Roman, as they make their way out. They put the SmackDown Tag Team Champions on #LockDown at MITB, but they keep moving right into settling things with Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson! Will the #TopGuys get revenge for the pranks? Or will they be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame