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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (3/27/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh; rescheduled as…
  • Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Rusev w/ Aiden English; Mahal & Rusev win.
  • Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Becky wins.
  • The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers; no contest.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango; Ziggler wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura w/ AJ Styles VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable; Nakamura wins.

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SmackDown looks back to last week.

The most amazing thing was announced that night: Daniel Bryan is cleared to compete! The Yes Movement’s leader gave an emotional speech recounting his two years of fighting for his dream, and how his wife, Brie Bella, supported him every step of the way. It’s not clear where and when Bryan will return to the ring–though Wrestlemania is a good choice–but will Bryan compete for the WWE? “YES! YES!”

But then Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens would appear. They didn’t want to be on SmackDown but then just had to be there for the amazing news. However, Bryan had to address what they did to the Commissioner, Shane McMahon. Bryan supported them up until that moment, and had to make another hard decision. Bryan fired Kevin & Sami. So Kevin & Sami attacked Bryan! Bryan fought back like he’d never missed a step, but it wasn’t enough. Kevin & Sami got the better of him, and now Bryan’s health is back in question. Will the GM be here tonight to address the issue?

 

Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh!

While the GLORIOUS One wants the United States Championship back from The Viper, the two will team up because there’s a third man in the hunt. The Modern Day Maharaja will get his own chance at the title as it is a Triple Threat at Wrestlemania! With just 12 days left, can former and current champions work together to stay ahead of the so-called uncrowned US Champion?

However, Mahal points out the “unprovoked” attack on Sunil makes it so that he can’t compete. He swears that Sunil the “noble tiger” would’ve put the hurt on them, but it’s alright. He’s traded up to a lion! The Bulgarian Lion, that is!

Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh & Rusev w/ Aiden English!

Another former United States Champion joins this tag team match as Rusev joins Mahal in the ring. Mahal starts with Roode and Mahal gets the waistlock, but Roode works his way out to the standing switch. Mahal elbows Roode to a corner then throws heavy rights and stomps. The referee backs Mahal down, and fans boo, but then Roode fires back with haymakers and chops. Mahal headlocks but Roode powers out, only for Mahal to run him over. Mahal runs but Roode hip tosses him down, then hits the atomic drop. Roode turns Mahal for the neckbreaker but Mahal shoves him away, Roode uses that to hit Rusev. Roode boots Mahal away, then hits the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Mahal slips out of the ring. Sunil gets up on the apron, but Orton brings him off to throw him into the barriers!

Roode argues with him that he would’ve taken care of Singh, but at least they’re in control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns to Orton hitting Rusev with a European Uppercut. Roode tags in and bumps Rusev on buckles, then chops him. Orton tags back in, and keeps Rusev away from Mahal to then dropkick him down. Roode tags in, and Orton allows him to show his stuff. Roode dropkicks Rusev, then stomps him at the ropes. Another buckle bump and a tag from Orton, but Rusev starts to fight out. Orton puts him in an open corner and stomps away on the Bulgarian Brute. Orton backs away at the ref’s count, but Rusev roundhouses Orton down! Cover, TWO, and Rusev tags in Mahal. Mahal stomps away on Orton, then drops the springboard knees over and over. He grinds a knee into Orton and lets up at 4, to mock Orton and his fans.

Mahal brings Orton up but Orton hits back, only for Mahal to stomp and kick him back down. Mahal drops elbows and an ax handle, then tags in Rusev. Rusev stomps on Orton, then suplexes him up and over. Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps his cool and tags in Mahal. Mahal hops up while Rusev holds Orton, for a flying ax handle. Mahal drops more elbows, then wrenches Orton in a half nelson chinlock. The fans rally and Orton gets to his feet. Orton reaches, then back suplexes Mahal down. The rally continues, and the two men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Roode! Roode rallies on Mahal, corner clothesline to neckbreaker. He hits Rusev for good measure, then climbs up quickly. Roode takes aim, Mahal slowly stands up, flying clothesline!

The fans are all fired up as Roode winds it up. GLORIOUS Pose, to the kick and- No, Mahal reverses and swings, but ends up in another SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Rusev breaks it! Rusev runs at Roode but Roode dumps him out, only for Mahal to boot Roode down! Cover, TWO, not that Orton seems concerned while we go picture in picture.

Mahal tags in Rusev and they stomp on Roode. Rusev stomps Roode more before putting him on the ropes, to kick in the back. Rusev glares down at Roode, then drags him over for a running elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps between Roode and Orton. He puts Roode in a modified chinlock, trapping one of Roode’s arms, but Roode works his way up to his feet and fights out with right hands. Roode runs, but into a dropkick! Rusev Day celebrates but Orton mockingly applauds. Cover, TWO, Rusev tags Mahal. Rusev brings Roode up while Mahal climbs up, for another flying ax handle. Roode fights back from a corner, chopping Mahal back. He whips but Mahal reverses, and Roode hits the buckles hard. He brings Roode up again, to give him a throat chop and a choke against the ropes. Mahal stretches Roode back, then stomps again.

Mahal drives a knee into his back, then puts him in the half nelson chinlock. Roode endures while we go single picture again, even as Rusev taunts him. Roode fights out of the hold with body shots and chops, but runs into Mahal’s big knee! Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps Roode grounded while he tags to Rusev. Rusev stomps Roode’s back, then brings him up for an overhead suplex. Rusev brings Roode up to forearm him in the lower back, then choke him against the ropes. Roode gasps as he crawls to the open corner, but Rusev drags him away again. Tag to Mahal and Mahal stomps Roode. Mahal drives in the knee into the spine, then puts Roode back in the half nelson chinlock.

Fans rally again and Roode feeds off that to fight out again. He counters Mahal’s punches with punches, then chops. He whips but Mahal reverses, Orton tags in and Roode forearms Mahal down. Roode realizes the tag was made, but defends that he had Mahal. Mahal tags in Rusev, but Orton rallies on him. Spinning powerslam! Fans fire up while Rusev gets to the apron, but Orton is upon him. Draping DDT! Orton hears the voices, Mahal comes in but Roode intercepts, only to get knocked into Orton! Roode clotheslines Mahal out, but Orton turns Roode around. Roode shoves Orton, Orton RKO’s Roode!

But that gives Rusev an opening, MACHKA KICK! Rusev covers, Rusev & Mahal win!

Winners: Mahal & Rusev, Rusev pins

The Bulgarian Lion did help Mahal win this match tonight, but Rusev also pinned the US Champion. Whether or not the Maharaja wins the title off the Viper, will Rusev be next in line for that title on the other side of Wrestlemania?

 

Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh find Rusev & English backstage.

Mahal thanks his friend to help him win, and invites them to a Post Wrestlemania Punjabi Celebration when he wins the United States Championship. In fact, be sure to be at Wrestlemania to watch it in person. Front row, even! Wow, how generous! But Rusev has a better idea. He pinned the current champion, so he’s going to find Daniel Bryan and ask the Triple Threat becomes a Fatal 4 Way. It’ll be #RusevMania~~~! So much for Mahal being in a good mood. Will the Viper be able to hold onto his title now that he has three opponents?

 

AJ Styles encounters Shinsuke Nakamura in the locker room.

Nakamura asks if Styles is okay. He’s getting worried, because last week, Styles wanted but didn’t need to help. Perhaps Styles is losing his confidence. Styles defends that he’s never had confidence issues. Yes, which is why Nakamura wants Styles at his best, because Styles wants the same. Nakamura has a match tonight, and wants Styles in his corner. He needs Stylse in his corner. True, Chad Gable will follow Shelton Benjamin out there. But Styles won’t do this for Nakamura, he’s doing it for the Wrestlemania match. Styles will be Nakamura’s corner man, but will Nakamura need him?

 

Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ the Riott Squad!

To strengthen the Women’s (R)Evolution, Wrestlemania brings us a Battle Royal for the women to parallel the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Can the Lass Kicker light the Road to Wrestlemania on fire against the Squad Leader?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Ruby gets the headlock but Becky powers out, only for Ruby to run her over. Ruby eggs Becky on, and they go again. Becky gets teh waistlock to headlock to hammerlock, but Ruby elbows out. Ruby throws Becky down, then covers, but Becky slips out. Becky runs and rolls to then side step and slip around to dropkick Ruby. Ruby gets out of the ring and regroups with the Squad but Becky won’t give her much time. Becky goes out and kicks Ruby, but the Squad distracts. Becky almost falls for it but still forearms Ruby and puts her in the ring. Ruby throws a shoulder but Becky dodges to kick. Ruby catches the kick, to then STO Becky onto the apron!

The Squad Leader takes her time fetching Becky, to ram her into the LED apron. Ruby throws Becky into barriers, then back into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps on Becky by driving a knee into the spine. Ruby grabs at the arms and brings them back for a half surfboard, but the fans rally for Becky. Becky feeds off the energy to power up and arm-drag Ruby, but Ruby comes back with a clothesline. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool. Becky gets to ropes but Ruby chokes her against them. Sarah Logan gets a cheap shot behidn the refere’s back! Ruby stomps on Becky, then brings her up to whip her back in. She kicks Becky while she’s down, then stalks her. Becky fights back with body shots, but Ruby knees low. Ruby whips but Becky reverses, and Becky hits a clothesline!

Both women are down but stirring. Ruby hits Becky with a haymaker so Becky hits back. They brawl back and forth, then Becky gets the fiery edge! She swings but Ruby backslides, TWO! Becky rallies with more clotheslines, then the calf kick. The fans fire up as she runs but Ruby puts her on the apron. Becky hangs on and hits back, to then climb up top. Sarah distracts and Ruby gets up, but Becky jumps up and over. Becky turns around, but runs into Deadly Nightshade! Ruby covers, with feet on the ropes, the ref sees that! Ruby argues she wasn’t, but keeps on Becky with the arm wrench. Becky reverses for the takedown attempt but Liv distracts now, so Becky swings Ruby into Liv!

Liv falls and topples Sarah over, then Becky gets Ruby down for the Disarm-her! Ruby rolls, TWO, Mahistrol from Becky! Becky wins!

Winner: Becky, by pinfall

But she can’t enjoy the victory, because the Squad attacks! Becky fights them off, backed against the ropes, and dumps Liv up and out of the ring. She then throws Sarah out the same way, and controls the ring. If Becky can do something like that during the Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal, she’ll make history as its inaugural winner!

 

Daniel Bryan is in Pittsburgh!

The fans give the SmackDown General Manager an ovation of “YES! YES!” as he stands onstage. They also chant, “Daniel Bryan! *clap clap clap-clap-clap*” for him. Bryan has a mic, and says, “Honestly, I love being in Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh likes hearing that. But as for last week, it was one of Bryan’s greatest moments, because he finally got the news he was waiting for. Bryan can continue doing what he loves, and the support the WWE Universe has shown–such as the chant of “You Still Got It!”–is great, but Bryan does have a job as SmackDown GM. SmackDown was meant to be the Land of Opportunity. Therefore, Bryan will give Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn one last opportunity. The fans say “NO! NO!”, that’s not a good idea.

Bryan presents his proposal: Kevin & Sami VS Shane & Bryan at Wrestlemania! The fans actually LOVE that idea!  Shane has been hospitalized, but he should be ready in time. The stipulation is: if Bryan & Shane win, Kevin & Sami remain fired; if Kevin & Sami win, they win their jobs back. Because again, Land of Opportunity.

Bryan has been asked, “Why have you given Kevin & Sami so many opportunities?” Because they’re two of the greatest performers in this generation, and because he’s known them for 15 years. Bryan gave them chances because they’ve struggled together, and to return the kindness they’d shown him in the past. He’s also done so because it’s his job as GM. Bryan has a lot of jobs, things he’s supposed to do, like sit in board meetings, fill out paperwork and wear formal attire.

But Bryan is sick of meetings, of paperwork, and wearing blazers! Bryan has fought for years to live his dream, to wrestle again! Yet Sami & Kevin wanted to take that away? Bryan doesn’t care how many kicks or powerbombs he takes, he’s back and will fight at Wrestlemania! The fans once again chant “YES! YES!” Now, Bryan has tried avoiding certain phrases, because he’s a role model and a GM. But this is not Bryan the GM, this is Bryan the fighter, the Bryan who is gonna kick the asses of Kevin & Sami!! Bryan is all fired up and so are the fans! Will Bryan & Shane be able to keep Kevin & Sami from getting their jobs back as a Wrestlemania Moment?

 

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable speak.

“I’m not a Rockstar, I’m not an Artist. What I am is a real athlete.” They’re not just real athletes, but the best athletes! Yet they don’t have a Wrestlemania match? That’s fine, Benjamin knows the drill. “If it’s not happening for you, you make it happen.” Benjamin vows to “turn it up” tonight, will he be able to defeat the King of Strong Style just days before his WWE Championship match?

 

The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

“Awwwwwww… Steel City!” Don’t be sour! The four-time tag team champs are here, so feel the power! However, Harper & Rowan wrecked Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Big E and both Jimmy & Jey Uso at Fastlane, then kept going in dominating Jimmy & E the SmackDown after, then the Usos again last week. Can the Power of Positivity–and pancakes–work against these brutal behemoths this week?

The New Day speak. They were sitting pretty on the Road to Wrestlemania, and put New Orleans into their GPS, but then found that the Road to Wrestlemania “was littered with trash.” Or perhaps, it was bludgeoned with trash. “Large, smelly, disgusting, sweaty, hairy, terrible, horrible, no good very bad pieces of trash!” But don’t get confused, the trash is who? Who who who? Harper & Rowan! The New Day will adopt the highway and remove the Bludgeon Brothers from the road. Those two have a problem, and it’s that they left New Day able to walk! The New Day vow to go through the Bludgeon Brothers to get back their W, W, E, World, Tag, Team Championships~! Because, New Day Rocks!

Harper & Rowan appear, and we have our match as we go picture in picture. Harper goes to start against Woods, but Woods dropkicks him out of the ring! Woods keeps going, to FLY onto Harper on the outside! Rowan is there, Woods dodges, but Harper gets in the ring with Woods. Woods dodges Harper, then mule kicks a leg to knee lift Harper. Big corner forearm smash and tag to Big E for a bigger corner tackle. Tag back to Woods and Big E keeps on Harper while Woods climbs up. They mug Harper, then put him in an open corner for more forearm smashes. Big E whips Woods in but into a dropkick! Rowan comes in to dropkick Big E, and the Bludgeon Brothers drag Woods over.

Harper tags Rowan, Rowan runs to splash on Woods. He drags Woods up again, for the pumphandle stretch and backbreaker while we go single picture. Rowan drops an elbow, then a knee, then tags Harper. Harper runs while Rowan holds Woods, for the low elbow to the back. Harper rakes Woods’ eyes, then drags him up to put him in a corner. He chops Woods, then whips him corner to corner, but Woods SUPERKICKS out of the corner. Roaring elbow rocks Harper, and the fans rally with “new! Day Rocks!” But Rowan goes over to grab Kofi and shove him into Big E! Big E goes down and Woods misses his tag! Rowan keeps going, putting Big E into barriers. Harper comes back to corner splash and boot Woods while Rowan keeps throwing Big E around.

Rowan feeds Big E to Harper, then fetches the hammers! But then the Usos appear to attack!

The referee throws the match out while Rowan misses Jey and goes into the post. Big E pounces on Harper, but Harper fights him and Woods off. Kofi joins in to dropkick Harper out, but then the Usos come in and argue with the New Day. Only for the Bludgeon Brothers to return with those hammers! Usos & New Day clear out just in time, but no one wants to get close to those mallet-wielding mad men. Will anyone in the SmackDown Tag Team Division be able to tame the titans known as Harper & Rowan?

 

SmackDown looks at the coming Queen VS Empress.

Charlotte Flair has been a Women’s Champion at every level of her WWE Career, because she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. She currently holds the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but that is in danger as the undefeated Asuka chose her for Wrestlemania. Only one can reign as THE SmackDown Women’s Champion, but who will bend the knee?

 

Dolph Ziggler VS Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango!

Prince Pretty and the Lord of Dance both want to win this year’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal, but the Show-Off wants to steal the show. Ziggler and Breeze feuded in the past, has Breeze grown enough in that time to match the former world champion?

The bell rings, and one thing is clear: Fandango wants to dance! He gets up on the apron and gyrates because he wants to.

Breeze applauds but Ziggler wants him to stop. Fandango climbs down, only to climb up again. Ziggler doesn’t care, he clobbers and stomps Breeze at the ropes. He waits for Breeze to stand, then dropkicks him back down. Ziggler scrapes his boot on Breeze’s face, then stalked him before jumping up. Breeze catches him and catapults him into buckles! Ziggler slumps out of the ring, and Breeze recovers in the ring a moment before going out to fetch him. Ziggler hobbles close to Fandango, Fandango moves away, but Breeze gives chase, so all three men are running around the ring.

Fandango makes it past Andre’s statue while Ziggler slips back into the ring. Breeze follows, and blocks Ziggler’s Superkick to give him an enziguri in return! Cover, TWO! And Fandango is still running around the ring. Breeze tries to get Fandango’s attention, but this distracts Breeze. Ziggler rolls up, ONE, Breeze rolls up back, TWO. Ziggler dodges in the corner, ZIG ZAG!! Cover, Ziggler wins! Oh and Fandango ran out of breath.

Winner: Ziggler, by pinfall

The Show-Off admires the statue, then turns to SUPERKICK Fandango down. Ziggler means business ahead of Wrestlemania, can he put his name on the plaque for 2018?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura w/ AJ Styles VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable!

The Phenomenal One agreed to accompany the King of Strong Style to ensure they both stay as close to 100% as possible. With the Gold Standard having his fellow real athlete nearby, will Nakamura need Styles’ help? Or will he just give them both a #Knee2Face?

The bell rings and the two slowly approach each other. Benjamin gets a quick takedown but Nakamura pushes him away. Nakamura kicks but Benjamin evades, and the two circle again. They tie up, Benjamin knees low then clubs him. Benjamin whips but Nakamura reverses, Benjamin blocks the hip toss but not the knee! Nakamura snapmares and kicks Benjamin, then drops a knee. He puts Benjamin in a corner, kicks and stomps him more, and gives Good Vibrations! Benjamin slips out of the ring while fans duel over Nakamura and Styles, we go to break.

Smackdown returns once more, and Benjamin has Nakamura in a chinlock and body scissors. The fans rally and Nakamura works his way back to his feet. He fights out of the hold but Benjamin knees low. Nakamura slips out of the scoop then runs for the Dynamic Dropkick! Both men are down, but Nakamura stands up first. He dares Benjamin to “C’MON!” Benjamin does, but runs into the knee and kicks! Nakamura whips Benjamin then runs in for the knee, then hoists Benjamin up for the Top Shelf knee! Nakamura aims but gable hops up to distract, so Styles trips Gable up, and Gable hits the apron. Benjamin avoids the Kinshasa and puts Nakamura in a corner for the step-up knee. Northern Lights! TWO! And Styles grows a bit worried.

Benjamin stands up, vowing to finish. he jumps, but Nakamura counters into the cross armbreaker! Benjamin tries to escape but ends up in a Triangle Hold! It becomes a cover but Nakamura keeps his shoulders off, only for Benjamin to turn that into a Half Crab! Nakamura reaches for ropes, Benjamin drags him away, but Benjamin ends up back in the Triangle! Benjamin resists, then reaches around, but Nakamura won’t let go, so Benjamin deadlifts. Nakamura lets go, Benjamin Dragon Whip kicks! Nakamura flounders to a corner, but he boots Benjamin away to then hop up for a flying knee! He takes aim again, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Nakamura, by pinfall

The Rockstar rocks the Gold Standard, and Styles helped out after all. Nakamura picks up a mic and asks Styles to join him in the ring. Styles does, with his own mic. Nakamura thanks Styles for being in his corner, but says he didn’t need his help. He just wanted Styles to see how Nakamura will beat him at Wrestlemania. Styles sees the games Nakamura is playing, but there won’t be game s at Wrestlemania. This isn’t just a Dream Match for the fans, but for Styles, too. It’s a dream because they’re going to tear the house down! But Styles’ dream match goes differently. Styles and Nakamura are two of the best, but when Styles beats Nakamura, Styles will prove himself THE best, that he is Pheonomenal, and that SmackDown is the House That AJ Styles Built!

But Nakamura just laughs. Nakamura says this is why he’ll win at Wrestlemania: Styles is too emotional. Nakamura leaves the ring, but Gable & Benjamin jump Styles! They stomp away, but Nakamura returns to fight them off, inverted exploder for Gable and the strike fest for Benjamin! Styles is down, Nakamura fires up and takes aim! Styles stands, KIN- Not!

But he promises there will be a #Knee2Face. Nakamura pats Styles’ head, then leaves the ring again. Are the mind games only growing stronger between the champion and challenger?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A much better SmackDown than as of late, and luckily in time for Wrestlemania. The opening video package was well-made, then the opening match having a surprise was a good move. Fans love Rusev, Rusev gets the win, and gets what he wants by making the United States Championship match a Fatal 4 Way! Whether or not that’s good booking, the match will be really fun with all the intertwining story. Though, we do get a bit of the same in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, as it seems Bryan’s hand is forced to give Bludgeon Brothers the same deal when they again overpower one of the top teams. I hope it’ll be tornado rules, it’d get a bit tiresome with the hot tags in and out.

Becky has a good match with Ruby Riott, even though the Riott Squad is starting to weaken. Though, that in itself makes them the same as Absolution on Raw so there’s still no distinction between Women’s Division factions. But Becky getting momentum going into the Women’s Battle Royal is good for her, she needs a spark so that she can go back towards the title post-Mania. Ziggler does about the same with his win against Breeze, but since SmackDown’s Mojo Rawley won last year, I’d expect a Raw superstar wins this year, so Ziggler’s momentum might not matter.

Bryan gives another great promo, and gives us the match we expected of him and Shane against Kevin & Sami. Sami & Kevin winning to return is the logical outcome, but I wonder if the way to that outcome will be the surprise. And the Styles VS Nakamura story is still pretty strong, and I liked Nakamura’s way of messing with Styles at the end there. He’s dancing on the line of being Styles’ friend, rival and enemy and it’s pretty entertaining. Things might get turn with the go-home, but it’s still going at the right speed because, as Styles said, they will put on an amazing match.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (4/23/18)

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The Beast returns to Raw! And just days before his Universal Championship Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble, will he and his Advocate have something to say about The Big Dog getting one more shot at the title? Plus, all the aftermath of the Superstar Shake-Up, such as Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn having jobs!!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elias VS Bobby Roode; Elias wins.
  • The Ascension VS WOKEN Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt; Hardy & Wyatt.
  • Titus Worldwide VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Chad Gable VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Gable wins.
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman; Lashley & Strowman win.
  • Baron Corbin VS No Way Jose; no contest.
  • The Miztourage VS Finn Balor & Seth Rollins; Balor & Rollins win.
  • 10 Woman Tag: The Riott Squad, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon & Natalya; Ruby, Liv, Sarah, Alexa & Mickie win.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and Raw dedicate the episode to Bruno Sammartino.

To honor the life of the Hall of Fame “Living Legend”, a moment of silence with ten tolls of the bell. Bruno was truly one of the greats, if not THE greatest. He will be missed.

 

The Beast comes to St. Louis!

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are both back on Raw for episode 1300! The Advocate waits for the boos to die down before he speaks for the “still reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion. Heyman supposes people are raining down their anger because they assume Heyman will gloat. They must think he’s here to say “We Told You So!” Or that they’re here to talk like they did when Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak, or when Lesnar took Cena to #SuplexSuplexSuplexCity, or when Lesnar takes out every “wannabe tough guy who doesn’t understand” that “this is real” or that no one in the locker room stands any more of a chance than members of the WWE Universe. Heyman doesn’t give predictions, he gives spoilers, and “Lesnar does not gloat, Brock Lesnar conquers!”

But Heyman gloats! Heyman gloats that Lesnar used non-PG elbows to bust Roman open and then took Roman Reigns to Suplex City, used multiple F5’s, and left Roman a heap of trash at the biggest Wrestlemania of all time! “And none of this means anything to Brock Lesnar.” Lesnar does not dwell on the past, even when we’re only talking a couple weeks. Lesnar looks to the future, especially when that future is this Friday, in Saudi Arabia, at the Greatest Royal Rumble, craving to be in a UFC fight, goes to be “locked inside of a cage with Roman Reigns.” Heyman notices the fans genuinely cheering for Roman.

But being in a cage wasn’t Roman’s idea, so Heyman tells the world: “Brock Lesnar pinned Roman Reigns, WWE had no choice”, so now Lesnar signed a “big fat contract” that he earned, but WWE wants the title at #GRR. What does Lesnar say to that? “Well, Roman Reigns is breathing, give me Roman Reigns.” Lesnar wanted a fight for the title, in a cage! The odds are stacked against Roman even more now than at Wrestlemania! So here’s the spoiler: Roman steps into the greatest cage fighter ever, so this Friday, Lesnar will “shred Roman Reigns, piece by piece, limb from limb”! Roman will only return to America in boxes as a former WWE superstar and just another victim! But speaking of, here comes Roman!

The Big Dog stares right down at Lesnar. Lesnar simply chuckles back at him, shaking his head. Lesnar thinks Roman doesn’t want any of him, but Roman marches down the ramp to prove him wrong. The WWE Universe is itching to see these two fight, and Lesnar seems pleasantly surprised to see Roman getting into the ring. Roman has a mic, but he takes a moment to stare at the title. Lesnar notices him staring at it, and taunts him with it. Roman says Heyman is right, he isn’t sure how he’s getting back. But he knows this: “I’m coming home with that title. And you can believe that.” He drops the mic, and takes his leave. This fight will happen Friday in Arabia and a cage. Can the Big Dog finally best The Beast?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in St. Louis, but he’s immediately interrupted!

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

The GLORIOUS One interrupts, wanting the spotlight on him over The Drifter. Will Roode make good on his first 1v1 match on Raw? Or will Elias make him pay and #DriftAway for the interruption?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Elias puts on a headlock. Roode powers out but Elias runs him over. Elias speeds things up but Roode runs him over with an elbow. Roode chops Elias in a corner, then stomps and chops again. Roode chops Elias, Elias forearms back then chops, too. Elias puts Roode in a corner but Roode turns that around for another chop. Roode whips corner to corner but Elias reverses, only to run into Roode’s elbow. Roode goes up but has to jump over Elias, legs buckling a bit. He still gets Elias with the atomic drop and dropkick, cover, TWO.

Roode keeps on Elias with the armlock, bringing him to the mat. Elias works his way up, Roode wrenches the arm. Roode wrenches the arm again but Elias rocks him with a right! The Drifter chops Roode against ropes then whips, but Roode goes for the DDT. Elias gets away so Roode clotheslines him out. GLORIOUS Pose as we go to break.

Raw returns, and Elias puts Roode in a corner. Roode ducks the forearm to chop Elias again. Elias is reeling from that shot, so Roode gives him another. Roode whips but Elias kicks him back to then club him in the back. Elias throws Roode into a post! The referee checks on Roode while Elias catches his breath. Elias sits Roode up for a nerve hold, we go picture in picture to plug the Greatest Royal Rumble’s Casket Match of Rusev VS The UNDERTAKER. Roode endures the hold and works his way up to his feet. He hits Elias but Elias hits back so it’s a brawl now. Elias gets Roode in a corner and stomps a mudhole into him! He tops it off with a running stomp, then rams Roode’s chest into the apron edges. He adds a running knee to the head, covers, TWO.

Elias grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode. He mocks GLORIOUS while wrapping Roode into a chinlock. Fans rally for Roode and Roode powers up. Elias wrangles him down but Roode stands again. Elias brings Roode down again, but fans chant for Roode. Roode gets a second wind and back suplexes Elias down! Both men are down, but stirring. Roode gets to a corner while Elias walks over. Elias swings but Roode counters, then chops and whips. Elias reverses but Roode runs him over. Roode rallies with forearms and a corner clothesline into a neckbreaker. Roode’s firing up with the fans while he climbs up top. He takes aim and flying clothesline takes down Elias!

Roode winds it up for GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias back drops, sunset flip, TWO! Elias knees low and puts Roode in a corner, but Roode knees him away. He hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Elias rolls out to prevent the cover, which fans boo and jeer. Roode doesn’t care, he goes out to fetch Elias. He puts Elias in the ring but Elias hotshots ROode off the top and rolls him up, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

The Drifter was crafty with that performance, and he ruins Roode’s first 1v1 match. Will Elias truly put on a spectacular performance in the 50-Man Royal Rumble match? Or will Roode turn things around and make this Friday the most GLORIOUS Royal Rumble ever?

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy speaks.

“I have spoken to the Oracle”, and the future is clear. They will PROCURE the Raw Tag Team Championships! But first, they must visit the Wasteland. Bray Wyatt says that without darkness, there is no light. And together, this WOKEN Yin-Yang will cast a shadow that covers the world. “RUN!”

 

The Ascension VS WOKEN Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt!

Konnor & Viktor are back on Raw thanks to the Superstar Shake-Up, but now they must face the #DeleterOfWorlds just days before the Expedition of Gold takes on The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Will they be rendered OBSOLETE already?

The bell rings and Hardy starts against Viktor. They tie up, Viktor gets the headlock but Hardy powers out. Hardy sees Viktor’s cartwheel, and says that was WONDERFUL~!

The fans and Wyatt agree, but then Viktor swings on Hardy. Bray scares Viktor, Hardy hits the Russian leg sweep. Hardy then tags in Brya, and together they hit Viktor with the leg drop and back senton. Bray goes for the yurinagi but viktor slips out. Viktor tags in Konnor, who clubs Brya, but then runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags in Hardy and feeds Konnor to the boots. Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” but Konnor denies the twist. Viktor tags in and the Ascension mug Hardy in their corner.

Viktor tags Konnor back in and they mug Hardy with combination strikes. Konnor drops a big elbow and covers, TWO. Tag to Viktor for a first drop and cover, TWO. Viktor keeps Hardy down while fans rally, and Hardy uses a jawbreaker to break out. Tag to Bray, and Bray rallies on Viktor with palm strikes and uppercuts. Bray wipes Konnor out then runs Viktor over with the body check! Bray prepares his Spider-Walk! Tag to Hardy and a feed to the Side Effect, TWO. “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy brings Viktor up but Konnor saves him. Bray gets Konnor with Sister Abigail! Hardy tags him in, and brings Viktor up, they combine for a draping Twist of Fate! Cover, #DeleterOfWorlds win!

Winners: WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt, Wyatt pinning

The Yin-Yang of WOKEN & Wyatt comes for the titles, as do The Bar, though The Bar is no longer on Raw. Will Cesaro & Sheamus be DELETED in Arabia? Or will they be responsible for robbing the Red Roster of their tag titles?

 

It’s the premiere of The Sami & Kevin Show!

The Underdog and Prizefighter sit at their brand new desk to introduce the WWE Universe to their talk show. The new hottest maybe-weekly show in WWE, because “a huge void” was created when The Miz was moved to SmackDown. But who better to step up than these two? And who better in history than one of them to win the Greatest Royal Rumble? Why is it called that? The seven titles on the line. Nope. Lana gave Rusev permission to take on the Undertaker. Nope. That they’re going to win the Rumble. Yep! So make sure you have the day off to watch Sami & Kevin prove themselves the most dominant of all the WWE superstars. Watch them prove why Stephanie McMahon chose them to be the “crown jewels” of Raw.

Those comments probably rub their guest the wrong way. But tonight is about new beginnings, so they have a song for their guest. “You Suck! You Suck!” Yes, that’s for the Olympic Gold Medalist and Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

At least when the fans sing it, they mean it nicely. Angle joins Kevin & Sami in the ring, but they realize they don’t have a chair for him. Kevin produces a lawn chair from under the desk. “Nothing but the finest, boss.” But to get to business, how was their song? Don’t quit your day jobs, boys. Kevin understands Angle is a bit bitter, things got off on the wrong foot. And Kevin would be uncomfortable if his boss had his manhood in a jar. But they’re just poking fun. Sami & Kevin note the “outright conspiracy” they just finished with on SmackDown, which is why they took matters into their own hands. Or in Kevin’s case, own head, when he headbutted THE Vince McMahon down.

But then, either Stephanie either really appreciates their talent, or really dislikes Angle. Angle doesn’t blame Stephanie for being bitter, because he’s the reason Ronda Rousey injured Stephanie’s arm. Kevin and Sami caution Angle not to speak out of turn, he has his kids to worry about. All five of them. No, all six. It isn’t five? Sami checks his notes. Oh right, he forgot Jason Jordan. Though, so did Angle. But enough about the past, on to the future. Tonight, Angle will give Sami & Kevin the opportunities to maximize their potential. What’s that gonna look like? Angle “appreciates” the treatment and will repay them with something at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Because Angle and Daniel Bryan will both be in the 50-Man Royal Rumble, and Chris Jericho! And just about everyone else these two “endeared” themselves towards.

But for tonight, Kevin & Sami take on Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman! The Alpha Male and the Monster Among Men are going to take on the #YEPMovement! Will the first episode of the Sami & Kevin Show be the last?

 

Seth Rollins encounters The Miztourage backstage.

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel know they said good-bye to Miz and hello to their futures. They’re going to #BURNITDOWN with Rollins! He’s going to be their new leader in a NEW Shield! So long as they have the Architect.

Rollins admits they’re on the right track, but it’s gonna be a hard “no”. Will Bo & Axel find what they need to keep riding high?

 

Titus Worldwide VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

After not only rejecting their proposal but also steamrolling them in a blindside attack, The Show-Off and the Scottish Stud take on The Real Deal and his top client in a tag match for revenge. Can Titus & Apollo #MakeItAWin against the returning duo after how well Ziggler & McIntyre worked together last week?

The bell rings and Ziggler starts with Titus. Titus puts Ziggler right into a corner, and he chops and stomps away. Tag to Apollo and Titus feeds Ziggler to Apollo’s clothesline. Apollo hits the standing moonsault, TWO, but he keeps on Ziggler. He shoves Ziggler but Ziggler holds ropes. McIntyre tags in and Ziggler runs Apollo over. The Celtic Colossus brings Apollo up for chops in the corner, then furious right hands. McIntyre tosses Apollo across the way, then counters the boot with a back elbow. Ziggler tags in while McIntyre carries Apollo in the inverted Alabama Slam. Ziggler SUPERKICKS Apollo before the whiplash slam! McIntyre blasts Titus down just because, then Ziggler tags him back in. They bring Apollo up, CLAYMORE ZIG ZAG!! Cover, Dolph & Drew win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

The Show-Off and Stud win their first match together, and with an aggressive dominance rarely seen.

In-ring interview with the winners.

Both men showed up last week, and Ziggler said things would be different. Why did he bring McIntyre with him? Everyone can tell why! Day one, no one watched Ziggler’s back, but McIntyre has his back now. McIntyre is dangerous, and he speaks for himself by saying that they’re both dangerous to a “soft” locker room with no fire or ambition. It makes him sick! These two are what superstars look like, speak, and back up their words. Trust McIntyre when he says times are changing, and though he’s not what WWE wants, he’s the reality check it needs! “We don’t give a damn about stealing the show, because this right here IS the show!” Ziggler & McIntyre look to turn the heat up on everyone in the WWE, who will be next to get that reality check?

 

Kurt Angle likes what he sees from Ziggler & McIntyre.

But he’s visited by Chad Gable, another Shake-Up addition. He won’t disappoint Angle, and Angle knows that. How’s Jason? Getting better, but this trade was for Gable as a singles competitor. Gable agrees, he will scratch and claw– Mahal interrupts to protest last week’s last-minute title match. And then Jeff Hardy goes to SmackDown!? But Mahal vows to get that title back, so he insists he goes back to SmackDown when it happens. That latter part isn’t happening. Mahal threatens calling Stephanie, but Gable says Mahal should learn respect. Mahal recognizes Gable, he’s the little boy who won with Strowman at Wrestlemania. Gable shoves, but Angle keeps the peace and says they settle this in the ring! Gable is ready, and so is the Modern Day Maharaja.

 

Chad Gable VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

Just days before the “former and future” United States Champion takes on Jeff Hardy, he looks to tune up with the Olympic medalist newly added to Raw. Will he show his strength before taking on the Charismatic Enigma in Arabia? But before even the bell, Sunil distracts so that Mahal can blindside Gable off the steps!

The Maharaja grins as he drags Gable up and throws him into the barriers! Mahal does not respect Gable as he puts him in the ring, then stomps a Maharaja mudhole into him. The referee backs him off to check on Gable, then reprimands Mahal for his actions. Gable won’t let this stop him, he wants the match to happen. The bell rings, and Gable dodges Mahal to fire back. Mahal shoves him but Gable comes right back for a big takedown. Gable gets the waistlock but Mahal pushes him off to then kick him right in the face!

Mahal looms over Gable as he drags him up. He toys with Gable while fans cheer. Mahal lifts but Gable crossbodies to counter! Cover, TWO, but Mahal gets dumped out of the ring. Gable goes to the outside but Mahal runs him over. Mahal is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Mahal still controls Gable with a half clutch. Fans rally and Gable works his way out. Mahal brings him back down to a knee, but Gable keeps scratching and clawing his way up. Gable fights back but Mahal knees low to then suplex Gable over. Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps on him with clubbing ax handles and stomps. Fans cheer Gable and Gable fires back with forearms. Gable runs but into a big lariat from Mahal! Mahal drags Gable back up to whip him hard into a corner! He gives Gable crossface punches and elbows, then puts him in a chinlock. Gable endures and fights his way up again as fans cheer. Gable throws body shots but runs into a big elbow.

Mahal drags Gable over and chokes him on the ropes. Mahal backs off at the ref’s count, then drops springboard knees on Gable’s chest. But Gable boots Mahal away! Gable rallies and hits the rolling kick! Gable goes after the leg with knee wrench after knee wrench, then a dragon screw. He yanks and stretches Mahal’s leg, and Sunil panics. Gable kicks that leg but Mahal knees back. Mahal lifts Gable but Gable fights out. Mahal bucks Gable off and hotshots him on the rope, to then hit a running knee! Fans boo while Mahal grins and stalks Gable. He wants his finish but Gable blocks and uses corners to roll back into a cover! GABLE WINS!

Winner: Gable, by pinfall

The Maharaja is furious but he is now the loser in Gable’s biggest victory! If Gable can #ScratchAndClaw like this, will he one day be wrestling for a singles championship?

 

Backstage interview with The Riott Squad.

Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott made an impact by interrupting Bayley VS Sasha Banks. Are they sending a message to those two? It wasn’t just for the “frenemies” but all of Raw’s Women’s Division. The Squad aren’t here to be role models, but to disrupt. Sarah knows scared animals are easy prey, and right now, the Raw Women’s Division is full of scared animals. And if anyone gets in their way, they get the same treatment. They’re “equal opportunity agitators”, and like a can of tear gas, the Squad will make everyone drop to their knees, crying and begging for help. “Just the way we like it.”

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

Though no longer part of Raw, he and Roman Reigns will still have a match at Backlash. The Samoan Destroyer heard Roman Reigns vow to return to America as Universal Champion. He has his own prediction: he might not even have an opponent at Backlash. Joe knows that as history shows, Lesnar will conquer The Big Dog and bury him in the desert. If Roman does become the champion, will Samoa Joe simply take that belt from him shortly after?

 

The Miztourage talk to someone.

They know what you’re thinking: Miz is on SmackDown, but so were the Good Brothers. Therefore, the NEW Balor Club can be with them! Finn wasn’t thinking this. But, this would be #TooSweet!

Right? Right? Thanks, but no thanks. And don’t do the hand thing. Strike two for Bo & Axel, but is the third time the charm?

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman!

As usual for the #YEPMovement, they’ve put their foots in their mouths, and now they must make their Raw 2v2 debut against two massive stars! Can Sami & Kevin survive a match with the Dominator and Abominable Strowman?

Fans chant “Get These Hands!” as all four men enter the ring. Kevin & Sami talk it out, and they both escape the clutches of Lashley and Strowman. They talk it out again, but end up flanked on both sides, so they escape into the ring. Sami & Kevin are extremely wary, and time it so that they slip out as Strowman and Lashley enter, only to fall for Strowman’s & Lashley’s trick. Strowman grabs them both, throws Sami into a barrier then feeds Kevin to Lashley! Lashley spins Kevin around into a neckbreaker, then hits a corner clothesline. He keeps moving, giving Kevin a big spinebuster! Fans are all fired up for the duo of dangerous individuals. Lashley rocks Kevin with a right hand then a shoudler tackle in the corner. He drives elbows into Kevin, then grinds a boot into him. Sami protests but Kevin can’t get away.

Lashley keeps on Kevin, whips him to ropes, but Kevin kicks him away. Kevin drags Lashley to his corner and Sami tags in. Sami throws hands on Lashley, mocking him before giving a chop. Lashley hits back, then snap suplexes Sami down. Cover, ONE, but Lashley keeps on Sami in a corner with back elbows. Lashley runs corner to corner but into a boot! Sami brings Lashley back over and Kevin tags in, and now Kevin throws hands. Kevin mugs Lashley in the corner, then tags Sami back in.

They both whip Lashley but Lashley kicks Sami and throws Kevin out. Lashley lifts Sami up onto his shoulder, snake eyes on a buckle. Lashley runs and crossbodies, TWO. Sami scurries to a corner but gets a shoulder tackle from Lashley. Lashley runs but Kevin holds the ropes down to dump Lashley out! Kevin adds a back senton, he and Sami are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Sami bumping Lashley off buckles and giving him a sharp chop. Sami chops again, taunting Bruan as he walks across the way. Sami runs back at Lashley, but into Lashley’s belly2belly suplex! Both men are down but crawling for their corners, hot tag to Kevin and he stomps Lashley before he tags Strowman! Kevin throws hands and stomps, and goes for the back senton, but Lashley’s knees meet him. Kevin tags in Sami, and now Sami stops Lashley from tagging Strowman. Sami puts Lashley in a chinlock, but Lashley carries Sami on his back. Sami brings Lashley to his knees, but Lashley powers out with a sidewalk slam!

Both men are down again, fans are at a fever pitch, but Kevin trips up Strowman! Lashley can’t tag out, but that only pissed Strowman off. Strowman stomps his way back to the apron, Lashley fights out of the enemy corner, and hot tag to Strowman! The Monster hops down and runs around the corners to bulldoze Kevin!

Then he gets in the ring to do the same to Sami! And then he hits Kevin again! And Sami, again! Strowman won’t stop, he goes after Kevin with a dropkick! The fans are thunderous for the Monster Among Men, but Sami bails and runs away, except Lashley catches up to him. Lashley brings Sami back and feeds him to Strowman for a big clubbing forearm. Strowman clotheslines Sami in the corner, and fans chant “Get These Hands!”

Sami finds himself trapped, Strowman tags Lashley in before tossing Sami. Lashley brings Sami up, for the delayed suplex slam!

Tag back to Strowman, and Strowman gives a thumbs down. He drags Sami up onto his shoulder, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman & Lashley win!

Winners: Lashley & Strowman win, Strowman pinning

Dominant and destructive, Lashley and Strowman dismantle Kevin & Sami. For the sake of ever having a chance at winning, everyone else in the Raw Tag Team Division better hope these two don’t stay a team.

 

Baron Corbin VS No Way Jose!

The Lone Wolf makes his Raw debut after the Superstar Shake-Up, will it bring the #EndofDays to the Fighting Fiesta already?

Corbin speaks. “C’mon, man. You didn’t think I would see through your little plan?” The conga line is just an excuse to have back-up to jump him. He knows Jose just wants to have fun, but Corbin’s idea of fun is ruining other people’s fun. He is on Raw to be a champion, so Jose isn’t even on his level. This match won’t happen so long as Jose has that “group of freaks” with him.

No Contest

Corbin leaves, but Jose responds. “Just because Baron Corbin doesn’t want us to have fun doesn’t mean the party has to stop!” Hit the music! The conga line starts up again, but as it reaches the ramp, Corbin returns to ambush Jose!

The Lone Wolf ignores the boos and jeers as he kicks Jose while he’s down. Corbin even puts Jose into the LED wall face first. He boots Jose down again, then embraces the heat as he hits Jose with a choke slam backbreaker! Corbin ruins the fun like he promised, but will it earn him opportunities like he wants?

 

Alexa Bliss brings us a Public Service Announcement.

The Goddess of Raw says “Bullies thrive on silence.” If you see someone bullying someone else, speak up. It’s not worth staying silent. Alexa remembers hanging out with Nia Jax back when they were friends, and this “sweet old homeless lady” approached them. The woman was starving, so Alexa gave her food. But Nia took the food away and ate it all down. Alexa will never forget the look of horror on that woman’s face, or the sounds of Nia laughing and chewing, while Alexa stood there and did nothing. She’ll have to live with that for the rest of her life. Alexa wants Nia Jax’s teammates to stand up in tonight’s main event, and Alexa can finish it at Backlash when she gets the title back. “And this has been, your Moment of Bliss.” Will anyone really fall for Alexa’s blatant lies?

 

The Miztourage VS Finn Balor & Seth Rollins!

The Extraordinary Man and the Architect both rejected the ideas of teaming with Bo Dallas & Curt Axel, so now they’ll have to team up together to beat them in the ring. However, Finn and Rollins will be opponents Friday in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, joined by The Miz and Samoa Joe of SmackDown. Can Finn & Rollins keep on the same page to then work to keep the IC Title on Raw?

Finn and Bo start and circle. They tie up, Bo gets the headlock, but Finn powers out, only for Bo to run him over. Bo gloats while Finn stands up. Bo tags Axel with a “Shield fist bump”, and Axel circles with Finn. They tie up, headlock but Finn powers out again, only for Axel to run him over, too. Axel puts up Too Sweets now, then ties up with Finn again. Finn gets a waistlock but Axel elbows out. Axel whips Finn but Finn reverses, Axel sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Axel. Cover, TWO, and Finn wrenches Axel’s arm. Bo distracts Finn and Axel forearms him down. Axel clubs Finn at the ropes and chokes him, then tags Bo for Bo to drop a knee. Cover, TWO, so Bo drops more knees. Cover, TWO, so Bo puts Finn in the chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn, as does Rollins, and Finn stands up. Bo wrangles him back down to the mat, but Finn endures the squeeze. Finn stands up and reaches for Rollins, but has to jawbreaker Bo first. Bo shoves Finn and rocks him with a forearm on the rebound, but Finn gets Bo with the Pele! Both men go down, fans rally, and hot tags to Rollins and Axel. Rollins springboards to clothesline Axel, then keeps going, slingblade! Rollins throws Axel into Bo, then clotheslines Axel out. The Miztourage regroups but Rollins builds speed to DIVE!

Rollins takes out Axel and gets him back into the ring. He kicks Axel from a corner then hops up for the blockbuster. Rollins keeps going as the fans fire up, stomping the mat to “Burn It Down!” Bo runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Axel kicks low but Rollins rejects the Perfect Plex to mule kick and CURB STOMP! Tag to Finn, Finn climbs up while Rollins slingshots onto Bo! Finn takes aim at Axel, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Balor & Rollins win!

Winners: Balor & Rollins, Balor pinning

With the Miztourage taken care of, these two can now focus on THE Miz and Samoa Joe in Saudi Arabia. Four stars compete for one title in a Ladder Match, who will climb up to bring that title back to the states?

 

Natalya gives a pep talk to “her” team.

 

The Queen of Harts is ready to teach the Riott Squad, as well as Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, a lesson for being bullies. Ember adds that they’ll leave those five looking over their shoulders. Nia says mocking her is bad for your health. But the not-so best friends are a bit tense around each other still. Will there be dysfunction or victory for this team of five?

 

10 Woman Tag: The Riott Squad, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon & Natalya!

Just as there was a star-studded 10-Man tag last week, this week brings us the best of the Raw Women’s Division. Will the Goddess and her new best friend work well with Ruby, Liv & Sarah to defeat the Huggable One, Legit Boss, Irresistible Force, Prophecy of Flame and Queen of Harts?

The teams sort out and Liv starts against Sasha. Liv mocks Sasha before dodging her and tagging in Sarah. Liv and Sarah club away on Sasha, then #CountryStrong grinds her forearms into Sasha’s face. Fans boo and jeer while the Squad applauds. Sarah knees Sasha but Sasha kicks back. Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she still knees Sarah down to then swing in with wrecking ball meteora! Cover, ONE, but Sasha keeps on Sarah with an armlock. Sarah stands up and fights out, then tags Liv back in. Sarah stomps on Sasha, then Liv whips her to an open corner. Sasha boots Liv away but Liv Matrix leans under, only for Sasha to get her on the return. She sits Liv down and slaps her down, covers, ONE.

Sasha wrenches Liv’s arm and brings her over to tag in Ember. Ember takes Liv and wrenches her onto the mat. Cover, ONE, but Ember whips Liv into a corner. Ember handsprings for a heavy forearm, then springboards for the crossbody. Cover, TWO, and Liv rolls out of the ring. The Squad goes over but Ember beats them to Liv with a DIVE!

Sarah & Ruby try to save Liv, but the War Goddess and her team have control while we go to break.

Raw returns and now Sarah is in control of Sasha. Fans rally but Sarah trips up Sasha to keep on top of her with that cobra clutch. Sasha endures the thrashing while the fans rally, and she wills herself up. She fights out but Sarah catches her just short of the tag. Sarah hammers on Sasha but it’s Mickie who tags in. Mickie stomps and grinds a boot into Sasha, then drags her out for another chinlock. Fans keep the rally going, we go picture in picture for another Greatest Royal Rumble commercial advertising the rematch of Lesnar VS Reigns. Sasha feeds off fan energy and jawbreakers out again, only to run into Mickie’s knee. Mickie puts Sasha back in the chinlock, but fans won’t stop rallying for Sasha.

Sasha fights out again, but Mickie knees low. Mickie whips Sasha corner to corner, but Sasha goes up and over. She tumbles to her corner but Mickie stops her short. Sasha rocks Mickie with a right, and tags in Natty! Natty rallies with a discus clothesline, the more clotheslines. Snap suplex to Mickie, then another! Natty keeps going, snapmare and runs on Mickie to dropkick her down. She even gets the takedown into the Sharpshooter! Mickie endures the legendary hold, reaching for ropes, but Sarah chop blocks Natty down!

Natty lets go of the hold and the referee checks on her, but Mickie gets away to her corner for safety. Natty wills herself up even on a bad leg, and she tags out to Bayley, but Mickie still kicks Natty down! Bayley and the others show concern, and the referee calls for medics.

The action continues and Mickie tags out to Ruby, but Bayley is ready for her! Bayley rallies with a back suplex, then whips. Ruby holds ropes and breaks free, to hit Bayley with an STO! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Bayley into a chinlock. Medics check on Natty’s knee while fans rally for Bayley. Mickie talks trash about Natty staying on SmackDown, but Bayley fights her way up and out. Ruby hops on to be a backpack, but Bayley just backs her into the corner. Nia tags in, Bayley throws Rub off and Nia throws Ruby all around. She squashes Ruby in a corner, then lifts her up to throw her down!

Nia drops the leg, all the others break the cover! Chaos ensues and no one is left in the ring. Nia gets an idea, MAJOR apron splash!! All the women of Raw are down!!

Micke recovers first, and helps fan off Alexa. Natty manages to stand on the other end, but Mickie pounces with another dropkick! Mickie has some strange vendetta with Natty as she stomps and stomps, so here comes RONDA!! Rowdy Rousey scares Mickie off, but then Mickie attacks HER from behind! That’s a mistake, seeing how Ronda glares at her.

Mickie tries to smile it off, but Ronda is upon her! Ronda puts Mickie in the armbar, Mickie taps, but this match ends because of interference.

Disqualification; Riott Squad, Alexa & Mickie win

Though Natty’s team loses, Ronda is the winner in the end as she makes Mickie pay for what she did to Natty. Ronda helps Natty to the back, will the Queen of Harts be able to recover from what Mickie did to her?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This first Raw after the Shake-Up was pretty good, even with it also being a go-home to Greatest Royal Rumble. The opening tribute to Bruno was perfect, and it’s great they already have a Network special to go right after Raw. Heyman gives another good promo while Roman keeps it very short and sweet, though perhaps a bit shoe-horned in. Roode not giving Elias even time to introduce himself was brilliant, but then it was somewhat logical Elias would win the match. It’s a good move to have a program between these two to tide themselves over while the IC and US titles work themselves out. We obviously know The Ascension are never being a winning tag team again.

For that matter, there was a lot more tag team stuff tonight than usual, I almost feel like Raw could become the Tag Team show while both singles titles go to SmackDown. SmackDown gave them Breezango and The Ascension, and then with Ziggler & McIntyre winning, as well as Kevin & Sami, the Raw Tag Team Division is bigger than usual But I don’t think WWE would really do that, so each show is gonna have one of the mid-card belts. I just can’t be sure if Raw keeps the IC and SmackDown the US, or they trade. Speaking of Kevin & Sami, their match with Lashley & Strowman was great, even when Sami & Kevin lose. Lashley’s a beast, Strowman’s truly a monster, and one way or another, both of them should be holding gold by the time we get to SummerSlam.

Gable also proves he’s capable of a singles title run with his match against Mahal. If IC and US titles swap, Gable could be first in line to take that US title from Mahal, unless titles trade back with Backlash. Corbin is still Corbin, even on Raw. Like Roode and Elias, a Corbin-Jose program can help to tide them over until we’re past Backlash. The Miztourage searching for a new leader is interesting, and can have all kinds of possibilities with the end result. Personally, I want Bo to join Bray down the line.

And the Women’s 5v5 tag was really good, and it seems if it isn’t Absolution VS Natty & Ronda, it’ll be Mickie and Alexa(?) in their place. I’m sure Nia will retain at Backlash to move on to Sasha, Bayley or even Ember. Though, even with the addition of Ronda, this tag match shows Raw’s half of the Women’s Division is still shallow, hopefully they get more women in the next round of call-ups.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Ja’Von’s IMPACT Redemption PPV Live Report! (4/22/18)

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Impact Wrestling Redemption PPV

IMPACT Wrestling presents Redemption tonight, live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. A total of eight matches are announced, including the much anticipated triple threat (re)match between Impact World Champion Austin Aries, Pentagon Jr, and Fenix. The promotion has debuted new championships (Tag Team, Knockouts, X-Division, World), and a new stage/set.

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IMPACT Redemption Quick Results:

  • Impact World Championship
    Austin Aries (c) vs. Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix: NEW Impact Wrestling World Champion Pentagon Jr. 
  • Impact Knockouts Championship
    Allie (c) vs. Su Yung: STILL Knockouts Champion Allie via pinfall
  • Impact X Division Championship
    Matt Sydal (c) vs. Petey Williams: STILL X-Division Champion Matt Sydal via pinfall
  • Impact World Tag Team Championship
    LAX (c) vs. Eli Drake and Scott Steiner: NEW Impact Tag Team Champions Eli Drake and Scott Steiner via pinfall
  • House Of Hardcore 6-Man Tag Match
    Tommy Dreamer, Moose, and Eddie Edwards vs. oVe: oVe via pinfall
  • Ishimori vs. Dezmond Xavier vs. El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Brian Cage vs. DJZ vs. Trevor Lee: Brain Cage via pinfall
  • Aerostar vs. Drago: Aerostar via pinfall
  • Taya Valkyrie vs. Kiera Hogan: Taya Valykire via pinfall 

 


IMPACT Redemption Play-By-Play:

Redemption opens up with the cold opening.

Drago vs Aerostar:

Drago vs Aerostar kicks us off tonight as Drago makes his way to the ring. Aerostar makes his way to the ring next. Collar and elbow tie up with a go around and Aerostar gets the upper hand with a headlock but Drago turns it around into a wristlock hold on Star. The match starts to pick up the pace just a tad with back and fourth counters. Aerostar dodges Drago and connects with kick to the chest.

Aerostar kicks Drago in the face while he’s in the ropes. Fast forward a bit and Drago launches Aerostar with his feet from the corner and follows up with a kick to the head. Back and forth we go and Aerostar is driven out of the ring and Drago follows it up with twisting tope con hiro and throws Aerostar back in the ring for a two count. Drago stays on Aerostar and flips he over into the seated position and connects with a kick to the back of the head. Drago picks up Aerstar to follow but Aerostar counters and gains control of the March sending Drago out of the ring and hitting his signature move La Bonetia and gets a two count.

Back and forth ww go with multiple covers only getting two counts. Both guys have the same idea in their heads as they hit double clotheslines and both men are down. Aerostar comes charging in at Drago but he counters with a back breaker across the knee followed by a kick to the side of thehead. Drago then hits a hangman’s DDT for a two count. Drago hits multiple shots on Aerostar but Aerostar pushes Drago out of the ring and follows with a tope. Star rolls Drago back in the ring and covers him for a two count. Aerostar stays on Drago but comes up empty and Drago knocks down Aerostar for a two count. Drago puts Aerostar in the La Miestra cradle for a two count. Aerostar is planted with a powerbomb and looks to go for another but wastes time and allows Aerostar to counter and hit a springboard neckbreaker.  Aerostar hits Drago with a flying codebreaker for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Aerostar via pinfall 

Backstage segment showing Josh Mathews and Matt Sydal talking and Matthews saying that Sydal has fully blossom and doesn’t need him anymore. He also wishes him luck in his title match tonight against Petey Williams.

Eli Drake and Scott Steiner vs LAX (Impact Tag Team Championship Match):

LAX is shown in the clubhouse getting ready for their match. They get a call and apparently someone has taken out Konnan but they don’t know who. They now have to refocus and get ready to defend their titles. Eli Drake makes his way to the ring and debuts a new theme song. Scott Steiner makes his way to the ring for the match.

LAX make their way to the ring without Konnan. LAX is jumping at the bit to get at Eli Drake as the ref holds them back.

Collar and elbow tie up and Eli pushes Santana into the corner. Drake begins to trash talk Santana and regrets it immediately and finds himself in enemy territory. Ortiz tags in and they hit double team maneuvers for a two count. Drake fights back and hits a knee to the gut of Ortiz. Steiner and Eli hit a double team maneuver which knocks Ortiz out of the ring and Eli follows him out and knocks him down. Drake throws Ortiz back in and tags in Scott who gets a one count. Stiener hits a big move on Santana and then the same move on Ortiz. Drake tags in and hits his signature elbow for a two count.

Ortiz begins to fight back and Steiner tags himself in but gets pushed into a corner and eats a boot for his troubles. Both Ortiz and Steiner tag out and Santana fires off on Drake. LAX begins their double team maneuvers for maximum impact but Steiner stops them in their tracks and hit a overhead suplex on Santana. Steiner sets Santana up on the top rope and hits a frankensteiner. Scott tries to lock in the Steiner recliner but Ortiz comes back in and breaks it up. Down the stretch Scott Steiner was taken out but Santana and Drake hits the gravey train on Ortiz for the pinfall victory.

Winners: NEW Impact Tag Team Champions Eli Drake and Scott Steiner 

Dezmond Xavier vs Trevor Lee vs Taiji Ishimori vs El Hijo del Fantasma vs DJZ vs Brian Cage (Six Way Match):

Everyone makes their way to the ring for the match. DJZ and Dezmond Xavier start the match and DJZ gets a wristlock on Xavier. Dezmond counters and gets a side headlock on DJZ. DJZ counters and puts Xavier in a headlock of his own.

The match begins to pick up a bit and Dezmons hits a dropkick on DJZ which kicks him into a corner. DJZ knocks Ishimori off the apron with a flying senton flip. Since DJZ went to the outside Trevor Lee gets in the ring and thinks he tossed Xavier out of the ring. Xavier toss Lee out of the ring and Fantasma enters the ring. This match takes off and the two men that become legal are Ishimori and Fantasma. Ishimori hits a springboard senton. Ishimori gets taken to the outside and Trevor Lee comes in and gets a two count on Fantasma.

The match breaks down and Lee has now attacked Cage twice but he’s still on the apron while everyone is down. Cage finally gets in the ring and hits multiple clothesline to Trevor in the corner. Xavier enters the ring and almost gets thrown out of the ring for his troubles. Fantasma and Ishimori try to take out Cage who fights back and hits a springboard moonsault on Taji. Cage is eventually sent out of the ring and DJZ hits a DDT to the outside of the ring taking out Cage.

The match is fast and furious as Xavier and Fantasma work together to take out Brian Cage to no avail. Trevor Lee enters the ring and counters him for a two count. Down the stretch Cage takes out Lee, Fantasma and hits the Drill Claw on Dezmond Xavier for the win.

Winner: Brian Cage via pinfall

Taya Valykire vs Kiera Hogan:

Taya Valkyrie makes her way to the ring.

Kiera Hogan makes her way to the ring for the match. Taya pushes Hogan down to the mat. Hogan uses her speed against Taya but she knocks her down with an elbow. Kiera fights back and hits a hurricanrana on Valykire in the corner. Kiera keeps it up on Taya and hits a springboard move on Taya. The match spills to the outside but Taya eventually regains control.

TESSA BLANCHARD JOINS THE COMMENTARY TABLE MIDMATCH. Taya stays on Hogan but Kiera fights back for a bit but Taya counters and hits a big move for a two count. Taya then hits Kiera with a big knee for another two count. Kiera tries to fight back while Taya holds her hair with multiple elbows. Hogan breaks free and hits a huge double sledgehammer on Taya for a two count.

Taya rushes Hogan in the corner but Kiera counters and stomps down Valykire. Taya fights back and hits a big suplex for a two count. Taya has had enough of Kiera and clubs Hogan in the back of the neck with multiple elbows in the corner. Taya Valkyrie eventually hits the Road to Valhalla for the win.

Winner: Taya Valkyrie via pinfall

Matt Sydal vs Petey Williams (X-Division Championship Match):

Petey Williams makes his way to the ring for the championship match with his feast or fired briefcase.

Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring to defend his title. Collar and elbow tie up and Petey goes for the go behind Sydal counters and takes down William’s with a headlock then turns it into a head scissors. Sydal then puts a submission on Petey but Williams breaks it and gets Matt in the corner and hits a gut shot on Sydal. Matt counters but Petey then counters and sets up Sydal on the top rope and hits a hurricanrana. Petey sets Sydal in the tree of woe and steps on his no no area then a superkick on his knee.

Petey continues the aggression and attacking the lower body of Matt. Sydal eventually gets control of the match and wears down Petey. Sydal hits a standing moonsault on Petey for a two count. Petey is thrown into the corner and Sydal rushes in but eats an elbow for his troubles. Petey hits a big move and both men are down for a moment. The match picks back up a bit as Petey hits a big Russian Legsweep. Both guys go back and forth and Sydal gains control and knocks Petey in the corner and hits a sliding knee on Petey. Sydal tires to go for a hurricanrana but Petey counters and locks in a submission on Sydal. Matt breaks free and goes to the apron to recover but Petey meets him out their hitting a slingshot code breaker knocking Sydal to the floor. Williams throws Sydal back in the ringgit Sydal counters and hits a big knee then a hurricanrana. William’s fights back and hits the Canadian Destroyer but Matt rolls out of the ring. Petey follows and drags Sydal back in the ring and goes for a super Canadian Destroyer but Matt holds on and eventually hits a pumphandle slam for the pinfall victory.

Winner: STILL X-Division Champion Matt Sydal

Moose, Eddie Edwards, and Tommy Dreamer vs oVe (House of Hardcore Rules Match):

oVe makes their way to the ring for the match followed by Tommy Dreamer, Moose, and Eddie Edwards. What makes this a little interesting all the competitors are in street clothes. Jake Crist is caught mid dive and powerslammed into the apron.

Sami Callhian comes in to attack but taken down. The faces grab the toys and get started taking out oVe. Dreamer connects with a cookie sheet to Jake Crist and then sets him up in the tree of woe.

Dreamer was about to hit Crist with a chair but Sami comes in and hits a big boot taking out Tommy. Sami takes out Eddie and covers him for a two count. Moose comes in and hits a pop up powerbomb on Callihan. Moose goes for a tope con hilo but lands right on the ladder.

Dreamer and Eddie back inthering locks in submissions on the christ brothers. Sami gets back in the ring to make the save. Callihan instructs the Crist Brothers to get the the tables. They set up two tables on the outside. oVe have Eddie all alone inthe ring and go on the attack but Eddie fights back until Sami hits him in the head with a trashcan. The Crist Brothers hit the all seeing eye on Eddie on top of chairs and they cover him but Moose makes the save. Moose is on fire right here as he knocks Sami off the top rope with a dropkick. Moose then sets a trashcan in front of one of the Crist brothers and hits a dropkick. On the outside Dreamer puts Sami Callhian through a table via death valley driver.

Dave Crist introduces thumbtacks into the match but ends up going through them thanks to a knee from Eddie. Dave Crist is set up on a table and Moose looks to put him through a table but midjump eats a cutter from Jake Crist.

Back in the ring Eddie and Sami trade blows but Callihan hits the get out of here for a two count. Sami grabs his baseball bat but Dreamer makes the save with a barbed wire bat and hits a DDT. Sami hits a lowblow on Dremer to secure the win. Post match Eddie puts the barbed wire bat over Sami’s eye and busted him wide open. Eddie then tapes Sami to the ropes. Eddie then kicks Sami in the groin and follows up with multiple shots with a kendo stick. The ref tries to break it up but ears a kendo stick of his own. Dreamer tries to stop Eddie but eats a Kendo stick shot then Jake Crist. Eddie’s wife Alisha enters the ring to stop him and turns around and accidentally hits his wife with the kendo stick.

Winners: oVe via pinfall

Allie vs Su Yung (Knockouts Championship Match):

Braxton Sutter introduces Su Yung and she makes her way to the ring. Allie makes her way to the ring to defend her title. Su Yung gets the jump on Allie as Allie was trying to get Braxton to go to the back. Allie fights back and hits the thez press on Yung followed a hair toss. Allie gets distracted by Sutter and Su tries to take advantage but Allie is having nothing of it. Allie goes to the top but gets distracted by Braxton which drops her into the tree of woe postion and Su Yung goes on the attack. The match spills out of the ring and Yung removes her bloody dress and hits a rolling senton. Yung drags Allie back in the ring for multiple near falls. Su puts on a body rubber glove and tires to use it but Allie counters with a code breaker and both ladies down. Su props herself in the corner and Allie hits big elbows on Su but Allie gets caught by a big elbow from Yung. Allifights back and hits a russian legsweep for a two count. Allie goes for the BSE but misses and Su hits a tiger driver for a two count. Allie eventually hits the BSE but Sutter gets on the apron to stop the pin. Su Yung from behind tries to hit the paincswitch but Allie counters for the pinfall victory.

Post match Braxton says he can fix the situation and proposes to her. Su Yung answers with the red mist to his face then puts the mandible claw on him.

Winner: STILL Knockouts Champion Allie

Slammiversary just announced to take place in Toronto, Canada on July 22nd

Austin Aries vs Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix (Impact World Championship Match):

Pentagon Jr. makes his way to the ring for the main event.

Fenix makes his way to the ring second. The belt collector, the world champion Austin Aries makes his way to the ring last. McKenzie Mitchell makes formal introductions. The bell rings and Pentagon soaks in the crowd. A little bit mind games between the three then the match gets underway.

Aries knocks down both men and boxes both of their ears. Aries then scouts the move they used in New Orleans to knock him out of the ring last time and slides out of the ring to dodge it. The match picks up speed and Aries eventually locks in the last chancery but Fenix breaks it up by launching himself onto both men and Pentagon rolls out of the ring. Fenix stays on aries but Austin fights back and hits in elbow on Fenix for a two count. Pentagon gets back in the ring but gets blocked by Aries.

Fenix is knocked down and allowsfor Aries to lock in the last chancery again on Pentagon but Fenix rolls over Aries to break it up.

Aries boxes Pentagon’s ears and knocks him out ofthe ring Fenix tosse Aries out of the ring but Aries counters and hits a hurricanrana on Pentagon. Fenix hits a springboard triple axel to take out both men. The match is so fast and quick Pentagon finds himself with the opportunity of both men being down and goes for covers and gets a two count on both men. Pentagon then ends up on the outside leaving Aries and Fenix in the ring. Aries hits a big elbow then tosses Fenix over his head turning him inside out. Aries goes for a 450 but Pentagon breaks it upand knocks Aries to the floor. Pentagon then hits thelung lower. Fenix suckers Pentagon in and goes ont he hunt. With Pentagon on the top rope Fenix hits a spinning musclebuster for a two count. Pentagon comes back to life and hits the Pentagon driver but Aries breaks it up. The match eventually  spills to the outside and tosses Pentagon into the crowd. Both menget back in the ring and Aries hits the 450 on both men for a double pin but only for a two count. Down the stretch Pentagon hits a gory special and package piledriver on both Fenix and Aries. Pentagon then hits the Pentagon driver on Aries for the win.

Post match Pentagon Jr. and Fenix hug it out.

Winner: NEW Impact Wrestling World Champion Pentagon Jr.

My opinion this was an amazing show from top to bottom. I enjoyed every single match and got some shocking results as I thought we would get more new champions. Where does Impact go from here? Find out this Thursday on Pop TV for all the fallout. Welcome to the era of Zero Fear!

My Score: 8/10


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MLW Fusion Ratings & Review: 4/20/18

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Major League Wrestling, makes it’s television debut! Tony Schiavone is back everyone! Friday Nights at 8pm we get to toggle between Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross again. MLW and NJPW aren’t WCW and WWF, but it’s pretty close to 1998 again.

Either way, MLW makes it’s debut, and they decided to give us two long matches, with four well known wrestlers. Production value is like a combination of WrestleCircus and ROH, but the bright whites of the rope and mat really help the presentation pop.

So how about I shut up, and just get to the what happened?

 

Austin Aries vs ACH

Now to kick off, I never realized ACH says he hails from the Planet Vegeta, that popped me for the Dragon Ball reference.Either way, we have two very well known Cruiserweights, and this is the kick off match.

When the match starts we see ACH has the right side of his ribs and his right upper thigh taped up. Aries and ACH shake hands to kick things off, and honestly, Aries never really tries to exploit the injured areas.

This match was the longest match of the night, and the two put on a clinic. ACH was hampered slightly because of his injuries, but both men got all of this signature moves in. Schiavone kept jumping at the opportunity to call the 450 Splash, and when ACH finally did it, he was met with Aries’ knees.

After a Horns of Aries submission and the Discus Fivearm, Aries finally puts away ACH with the Brainbuster.

If this is a precursor for how they’re going to pace out their shows, anyone who loves quality wrestling, will enjoy this program.

Winner: Austin Aries via Brainbuster

Rating: *** 3/4

 

Jimmy Havoc promo, basically talking about how fans love blood, referencing Dusty Rhodes and Steve Corino. Informs everyone that he will bring the violence.

 

Chico Adams vs Barrington Hughes

Aside from learning his nickname is Caramel Colossus, we’re not given enough time for much. Hughes dispatches of this wannabe Chico, immediately with an Urange.

His outfit is bright and flashy, and he’s like a more well spoken Sexual Chocolate. Barrington will probably makes some big waves in the near future.

Winner: Barrington Hughes via Urange

Rating: N/A (Squash Match)

 

#1 Contender Match: Rey Fenix vs Pentagon w/ Salina de la Renta

We’ve seen both of these men go at it a few times, and we’ll see it again on Sunday. Funnily enough, the 3 competitors in Redemption, were on this show.

This match is almost as long at the Aries match, but a much different feel. They move to the outside fairly early, and spend a lot of time out there. Multiple crowd interaction spots, Pentagon getting them to chant ‘Uno Mas’ and he even borrowed a fans’ hat.

However, even though the fan interaction helped to keep everyone on their feet, it started a few awkward spots. A Frankensteiner into the crowd was slow and awkward because they fell into a bunch of fans and chairs. Shortly there after, Fenix tried to spring up and do a Spanish Fly, but that looked bad.

Yes, yes, I’m nit picking, but those couple small things close to each other, and a commercial break, kinda hurt the flow of a match that has two of the best in the world.

Pentagon ends up putting it together following a Powerbomb Backbreaker, his Bone Collector maneuver, capped off with the Fear Factor. Which gives Pentagon the opportunity against Shane Strickland for a rematch from WrestleCircus: Raise the Curtain.

Winner: Pentagon via Fear Factor

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Even though Tony Schiavone gave us the “we’re out of time”, from the WCW days, there was more if you stayed tuned in. The show technically ended with a video package hyping the Jimmy Havoc vs Shane Strickland match next week.

All in all, it was an impressive debut. Two very good matches, a few intriguing video packages and an up and coming beast in Barrington Hughes. MLW is off to a good start, and of course, I’m a huge fan of hearing Schiavone again.


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