I got some time to kill and figured STARDOM would be the best start to add some Joshi content into the website. STARDOM is one of my favorite Joshi promotions right next to Sendai Girls and Ice Ribbon, they have a solid roster and some nice exposure. But, the best part is that they have their own streaming service that you can sign up for. The website is www.stardom-world.com , and it’s a great website, it even provides English subtitles so you can understand their promos as well. You also can’t go wrong since it’s under $7 a month. If you got the money and like Joshi wrestling, then please sign up since they deserve the exposure. Now onto the match card.
Natsuko Tora vs. Ruaka
Review: This may come as a shock to some people here and may not look like it, but Ruaka is only 13 years old and already has about a year of experience under her belt. Both of these women have about a year of experience, and this opening bout is more to showcase their abilities in this standard match. The potential for both of them is there and can have a bright future in the upcoming years. Natsuko picked up the win in a standard six minute match.
Recommended: I would skip it unless you’d like to get familiar with the roster.
Three Way Match
Hanan vs. Kaori Yoneyama vs. Shiki Shibusawa
Review: For those that don’t know, STARDOM likes to have a three way bout during their shows. I honestly don’t know the whole reasoning behind it, but I think it’s pretty neat to make them do something for their shows. Hanan is another one that is also 13 years old, wow they’re starting these women young huh? Both Hanan and Shiki are another two that have about a year of experience in the ring and you can tell that they’re still pretty green, but not really a bad thing since there’s always room for improvement. Kaori may not look like it, but she’s a pretty well accomplished wrestler with 18 years of experience and about 19 championship reigns under her name, so pretty impressive right? Unfortunately, she doesn’t showcase a lot of her ability in the match due to it being pretty sloppy in quite a few spots that just hurt the match. So pretty much a standard veteran fighting two up and coming stars as Kaori was able to get the win by pinning both of them.
Recommended: This one I wasn’t really too crazy about with the sloppy spots and nothing really standing out with all three of them.
Hiromi Mimura vs. Konami
Review: Little bit of info about them before we dive right into the match. Hiromi Mimura is a former Artist of Stardom Champion which is their six woman tag team titles and has over two years of experience in the ring. Konami however is 21 years old with three years of experience and was actually trained by Kana who is now known as WWE Superstar Asuka, so there’s definitely some promise in her. The match itself was much better than the last two since the last time these two fought wasn’t bad either, so this was still nice to see and how much they’ve grown from the last time. Konami won the match with a nice Cross Armbar.
Recommended: I enjoyed it for what it was and a nice seven minute match if you have the time.
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) March 11, 2018
Six Man Tag Team Match
Bea Priestley, Toni Storm & Xia Brookside vs. Hana Kimura, Kagetsu & Natsu Sumire
Review: Hana is just so adorable and I love how she changes her appearance depending on the promotion she is working for. Anyway, another tip you might wanna know is that before the matches, they like to have promo’s to get the match hyped up or a little bit about themselves and I gotta say that both of them were pretty awkward for this one. The group between Hana, Kagetsu, and Natsu is known as Oedo Tai and from the looks of it, Kagetsu looks to be the next challenger for the World of Stardom Championship which is currently held by Toni Storm and her group is called World Selection.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) March 10, 2018
Hey Toni, Kagetsu has worked really hard on making that belt and you just ruined it like you have the REAL one or something! Match starts off with the usual all six wrestlers fighting outside of the ring soon as the bell rings as they mostly focus on Toni and Kagetsu since they’re the ones that’re involved in a story, also a nice spot with Oedo rolling up their opponents with the ring mat. Kagetsu even used the toy truck on Bea, that is both an awesome and hilarious spot of the night right there. Every single person in this match had a chance to showcase and shine which was a good balance and the match itself wasn’t bad either. The winner of the match was actually nobody since they had a 20 minute draw and I am fine with it since it adds more to the story and not hurt any of them.
Recommended: Definitely worth a watch, very fun and entertaining match.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Jungle Kyona, Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano vs. AZM, HZK, Io Shirai & Momo Watanabe
Review: Our main event tonight is between the Stardom Army and Queen’s Quest, who are arguably my favorite faction in this promotion, next to Oedo Tai, since all four of them are some of the best in that promotion, specially Io Shirai who is the companies best Joshi next to Mayu Iwatani who came back a couple of months ago from her injury. Definitely two of my favorite wrestlers in this match, and this is also the first time Starlight Kid is in a main event match, so good for her. I’m glad this one also didn’t start off with everyone brawling to the outside, would’ve been too much if it was back to back. Another thing I love about Queen’s Quest is their teamwork and the amazing combos that they do in their matches and they definitely show it here in this match up. I know a lot of people really only know Io Shirai, but don’t sleep on Mayu Iwatani either because she is just as good as her, and two years in a row now they were both able to make it on my Match of the Year list, and I will never get tired of seeing them fight each other whether it’s in singles or tag team matches. But very nice sequences throughout the match, nice combos and double team moves in the ring, and we have AZM defeating Starlight Kid for Queen’s Quest to pick up the win.
Recommended: Think this one was my favorite match of the night, so I would recommend a viewing of this one no doubt.
Overall: The show wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t too great either since just two good matches don’t save the whole show unfortunately. However, you can’t deny their progression as a promotion as it was their first time wrestling in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan. Good for them and hope they get to expand more.
Favorite Match: Jungle Kyona, Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano vs. AZM, HZK, Io Shirai & Momo Watanabe
Least Favorite Match: Hanan vs. Kaori Yoneyama vs. Shiki Shibusawa
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (9/25/18)
SmackDown GM Paige made it official on social media: there will be a contract signing for the WWE Championship No Holds Barred match at Super Show Down!
- The Miz VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; The Miz wins and takes back his talk show.
- Big E w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; Sheamus wins.
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Tye Dillinger; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Miz TV opens SmackDown in Denver!
No, wait, this is the FABULOUS Truth opening SmackDown! Denver knows “What’s Up?!” as Truth welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show: Truth TV! And real quick, “What’s up!?” Truth introduces the “Andy Richard” to his “Conan the Barbarian”, the newly dyed Princess of Staten Island, Carmella! And in less than two weeks, Truth’s guest faces off against the old host, on Super Show Down. The winner there goes on to face the WWE Champion. Give it up for the Yes Man, Daniel Bryan!
Daniel Bryan joins the Fabulous Truth in the ring and takes a seat. Truth invited Bryan as his first ever guest because of all his questions. Bryan is happy to be in Denver, and is ready for the questions. Carmella helps Truth go into business mode, and Truth asks “D” about dealing with Miz’s plots and schemes these last 8 years. And Bryan finally foiled his plans with “Other Carmella.” No offense, THE Carmella, but it’s a good thing she dyed her hair because people were getting confused. Mostly Truth. But how great will it be to finally defeat Miz and get back to that WWE Championship? Bryan is impressed by that question. Carmella knows Truth drops the truth. Truth TV is already better than Miz TV. But wait, it’s time! For what? The Seven Second Dance Break! The music hits and the Fabulous Truth break it down!
But as Bryan was saying? Wow, dance breaks on the show? Again, infinitely better than Miz TV. Heck there’s an animal segment with the Denver Zoo. But to Super Show Down. Bryan asks if they know what “catharsis” means. Of course, but just explain it to Denver. Catharsis is the release of unspent emotional energy. Bryan has used up so much emotional energy to get back to wrestling, but now Bryan wants to get back to being champion. Bryan was only able to defend his title once, he has some unfinished business with the title. He also has unfinished business with The Miz, and The Miz literally cheated Bryan out of the win. So if Bryan wins at Super Show Down, that’s cathartic. Cathartic! But Bryan also wants to prove he’s the best, and The Miz will do anything he can to simply say he’s the best.
Speaking of The Miz, here he comes! Denver boos the A-Lister as he asks what Truth is up to. Well it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out. Fans chant “Truth TV! Truth TV!” Two weeks ago, Truth beat Miz in a match. And if Miz had a title, it’d be Truth’s. But Miz does have a talk show, so Truth took that. He’s an idiot. He’s the idiot with a talk show! Miz raises his hands, and asks if we know what it means. Denver does but they don’t care. Miz wants everyone to listen. He and Bryan have their differences, but the WWE Universe loves Daniel Bryan because he’s “the scrappy relatable underdog” who always fights and fights fair. “But that’s why you will never beat me.”
Miz may not be scrappy but he’s smart, not a coward, and wins at any cost. He’ll do whatever it takes, it’s why he won at Summerslam, at Hell in a Cell and will win at Super Show Down! Bryan foiled one plan, but Miz has plans for days! Miz will do anything, and he means anything, to become #1 contender! Will Bryan? No, because he’s too proud. But that’s why he disappoints those who care for him. Bryan will only win by compromising his morals. But then when he does cheat, he’ll be tarnishing his legacy. Truth says Miz won’t be blasting people, not like that! not on Truth TV! Now they don’t have time for the animals. Miz is banned from Truth TV, forever! But this isn’t Truth’s show! Fans disagree.
Well if Miz wants his show back, fight Truth for it! Dance Break! Miz storms off and finds Paige. Did she see that? yes, she did. How can she replace Miz TV with that?! Miz wants Truth TV cancelled! Well it’s like Truth said, if he wants it back, go win it back. Go on. Go. Will Miz be able to reclaim the Most Must-See Talk Show with a match?
The Miz VS R-Truth w/ Carmella!
Before the Hollywood A-Lister battles the Goat for the right to face THE WWE Champion, he battles the new Most Must-See Talk Show Host in WWE History. Will Miz win to win back “his show”? Or will Truth show Miz #WhatsUp instead?
SmackDown returns as Truth and Miz circle in the ring. They tie up and Miz gets a headlock. Truth gets Miz down and reverses to a headlock of his own. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Bryan joins commentary and loves what he sees as Truth knocks Miz back down. Things speed up and Truth holds ropes. Truth breaks it down to then dodge and roll Miz up. TWO, but Miz scrambles away as Truth looks to punch his face. Miz sees Bryan and takes off the headband. Truth drags Miz up but Miz hotshots him away. Miz mocks the Yes fingers at Bryan, but he runs into Truth’s hip toss. Cover, TWO! Carmella moonwalks on the apron while Truth brings Miz back up. Truth punches but Miz slaps him! Truth is mad now, and the chase is on!
Miz finds himself stopped by Carmella, Truth rocks him with a right! Truth throws Miz into barriers, then asks “What’s Up!?” before bumping Miz off the apron. They go back in the ring at the count of 7, then Truth has Miz in the corner. Truth throws corner punches, but Miz stops him at 8. Miz boots Truth right down, then he stares Bryan down. Bryan admits that boot hist hard, but he’s still confident Miz’s loose morality will be his downfall. Miz parodies the Yes Kicks again, the “It Kicks” get “NO! NO!” from fans. Miz backs off, throws the buzzsaw but gets rolled up! TWO and Miz kicks out a leg to low DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool as he sits Truth up for a knee to the back. Miz pulls back on Truth’s arms for the half surfboard, but fans rally up.
Truth powers up and turns Miz around to put the hold on him! Miz turns it back and has the hold back on Truth. Truth endures as the fans rally back up. Truth gets up but Miz makes it a back slide. They struggle against each other, and Truth turns it around! TWO, and a close one! Truth uppercuts Miz, then rocks him to ropes. He whips but Miz reverses to give that kitchen sink knee. Miz has control while we go picture in picture.
Miz stalks Truth while also taunting Carmella. He runs and low boots Truth down. Then he does his best Moonwalk, which isn’t very good at all. He boots Truth down again, covers, TWO! Miz keeps on Truth with a chinlock, and he grins right at Bryan. Truth endures while Miz pulls on him. Carmella and the fans rally for Truth as he powers his way up. Truth fights out with body shots, then another uppercut. He whips Miz but Miz revesrs, only for Truth to roll him up. TWO, and Truth walks into the A-List combination! Cover, TWO, but Miz thinks he got it. Miz goes after Truth by choking him on the ropes, stopping at 4 to then hit his running rope attack. Miz grins again as he stares Bryan down. Truth gets to a corner, and counter punches!
Truth backs Miz down with chops, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses hard, then runs in, and hits his A-List lariat. Miz climbs up top and aims at Truth, for the double ax handles! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool but he’s growing frustrated. He drags Truth up and throws him out of the ring. Miz wants the count to begin, and it does. We return to single picture as the count reaches 5. Truth begins to stir, and gets in at 9! Miz thinks he won, but Truth runs him over with lariats! Truth ducks, dodges and calf kicks! Truth gives another splits then hits a big corner splash. He kicks Miz low, suplex to stunner! Cover, TWO!! That was a creative move, but it didn’t get the job done.
Truth still has ideas, runs, but Miz dodges the scissor kick. Things speed up, Lie Detector Elbow! Cover, TWO! Miz crawls but Truth is on him. Fans chant for Truth but Miz gets a thumb to the eye and then the Skull-Crushing Finale! Miz grins at Bryan because we all know he got away with cheating. Miz makes sure Bryan knows what he means by doing anything to win, but he’s not done yet. He mocks the Yes Fingers again but fans make them the “NO!” fingers. Miz aims at Truth, Knee Plus! Cover, Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
Bryan runs Miz off, but the Miz still brags that he won and did Bryan’s move just as good as Bryan does it. The Miz may have his talk show back, but will he get back to the world title after Super Show Down?
Charlotte Flair was in the middle of a photo shoot when…
Becky attacked! The Lass Kicker slammed Charlotte into drawers, and says no one cares about seeing her face. Becky would kick Charlotte down and then have the photographer take her photo while standing over Charlotte. Things are getting heated between these former friends, but will it burn them both up come Super Show Down?
Big E w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!
Awww~ Denver~! The powerhouse of positivity represents his pancake producing pals as he goes up against the Celtic Gladiator! Which side will earn points going towards their Super Show Down SmackDown Tag Team Championship show down?
Before the match, “ya bois” know they’ve got jokes, but sometimes they play too much. The New Day plays around, but at the end of the day, they respect The Bar. Yes, they do. Cesaro beat Kofi Kingston last week, and it was fair ‘n’ square. So it’d be silly for The New Day to not take The Bar seriously. Because The New Day respects The Bar, here’s the #SaySomethingNice Challenge. Xavier Woods starts with Cesaro. They might poke fun at his awkwardly shaped areola and how he’s a Swiss Jason Stathem, they enjoy Stathem’s movies and that’s a good thing! Big E moves to Sheamus. That mohawk is distracting, but the carpet surely matches the drapes.
Sheamus takes the microphone. The New Day has the fans fooled, but The Bar isn’t. The Bar wants to fight. And this mockery will end at Super Show Down when this fifth title reign ends. The laughs end tonight after Sheamus beats the crap out of Big E. Because they don’t just set the bar, they ARE the Bar! The bell rings and we begin!
Sheamus puts Big E in a headlock but Big E powers out. Sheamus mule kicks Big E then puts him in for Beats of the Bodhrain. He stops at 4 but then gets hip tossed out of the ring! Big E keep son Sheamus with body shots and clubbing forearms on the apron. Big E climbs up, takes aim, and hits the apron splash! He takes a breather in his corner like a boxer, the pancakes being smelling salts, while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Big E grabs Sheamus for a belly2belly! And then another! Sheamus stops the hat trick then scoops in a fireman’s carry. Big E gets out to then urenage Sheamus! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, but Sheamus puts knees up for the splash! Cover, TWO! Sheamus scoops and slams Big E, covers, TWO! Denver rallies with “New! Day Rocks!” while Sheamus stands. Cesaro keeps Sheamus focused as he calls for the Brogue. Big E slowly rises, Sheamus runs in, but Big E counters with a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus rolls away while Big E pulls himself up. The straps come down and Big E stalks Sheamus. Sheamus bails out, but Big E runs, only to run into the leg! Sheamus runs back in but Big E scoops him! But Sheamus holds ropes to escape, then BROGUE! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The Bar has so far swept the New Day in singles competition! But their Super Show Down is for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, after all. Can Sheamus & Cesaro win when it’s 2v2 and not 1v1?
Paige wants things to be under control tonight.
She pleads that the contract signing not get out of hand, because for one, the monitors on the announce desk are really expensive. Is that too much to ask? AJ Styles says he’s just going out there to sign the contract. If he’s destroying anything, it’ll be Samoa Joe. Paige tries to reassure herself things will be okay, but will they?
Lana finds Rusev backstage.
Mr. & Mrs. Machka promise to make Aiden English pay for what he did. Tonight is just about asking why. He and Lana head to gorilla position, will they get the answers from English? Or will today not be a Happy Rusev Day?
Rusev and Lana head to the ring!
The Bulgarian Brute could’ve been WWE United States Champion again, but the Drama King may have overstepped his bounds when he shouted for Rusev to “CRUSH!” And then, sending the end of their partnership was near, Aiden English attacked Rusev! Rusev feels betrayed, because English did that on the greatest day of them all. Yes, on Rusev Day! English is a traitor, but before Rusev crushes him for good, he needs to know why. Rusev calls out “Aiden the Traitor” so he can explain himself. English appears and knows Rusev is angry, but this isn’t his fault. None of this is.
Before English met Rusev, Rusev was the Super Athlete. But none of the fans cared. Rusev was floundering and lacked direction, but English saw potential. English stood by Rusev’s side and made him the most beloved superstar today! If you don’t believe him, just watch the footage English has prepared. Almost a year ago to the day, that was English singing the Bulgarian National Anthem for Rusev, and that was the very first Rusev Day ever! And every day since, both in singles and tag competition, it was Rusev Day! English sang for Rusev every Rusev Day, and now fans chant for Rusev Day every chance they get. English wants Rusev to understand that. Wrestlemania, 70 thousand people were chanting! They’re legends! But what happened? English knows what happened: Lana happened. “This whole mess is Lana’s fault.”
Rusev doesn’t understand? Then watch the footage. Lana returned and she introduced Lana Day. But then there was loss after loss after loss, and nothing but arguments and tension between them all. Fans defend Lana with chants of “Lana Day!” but things were so much better when it was just the two of them. Not Rusev, English “and her.” Seriously? Before English, Lana was there making Rusev the unstoppable force. She is why he rode out on a tank! English is a great “glorified cheerleader”, but English is just making a name for himself off of Rusev’s name! Fair enough. No one questions Lana’s loyalty to her husband.
But if she was truly honest with Rusev, she would’ve told Rusev everything, right? With all of Lana’s “honesty”, what about that “one night in Milwaukee?” What one night?What is English talking about? English drops the mic before saying anything more, and Denver is suspicious. Is Rusev suspicious? Or is he going to trust his wife over his former friend?
Naomi helps Asuka warm up.
But the Empress of Tomorrow is like a jackhammer! Naomi has to take a break, and maybe get thicker gloves. Asuka goes again, and Naomi has to take another break. Will that Strong Style tear into the IIconics again tonight?
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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (9/24/18)
After being ambushed and screwed out of a championship match, The Revival returns to get revenge and the Raw Tag Team titles from McIntyre & Ziggler!
- Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox; Finn wins.
- Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad; The Riott Squad wins.
- Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Konnor w/ Viktor; Konnor wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS The Revival; McIntyre & Ziggler win, and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Elias w/ Kevin Owens; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
- Nia Jax w/ Ember Moon VS Alicia Fox w/ Mickie James & Alexa Bliss; Nia Jax wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin & ???; The Shield wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Baron Corbin greets the returning Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon!
And it’s her birthday! Corbin begins singing for her, but then Triple H exits the limousine, too. Corbin promises everything is set up for her in her office and offers to lead the way. Stephanie tells Corbin that whatever she has to say to and about Corbin, she can say in front of everyone in the WWE Universe. HHH says this must be awkward for Corbin, so he’ll just leave. Stephanie says she thought Corbin could do the job Kurt Angle couldn’t. Corbin tries to make excuses but she cuts him off by saying she expected him to make good decisions, the right decisions. Was Corbin putting himself in a match for the WWE Universal Championship a good decision?
Corbin admits that was too much, but The Shield keep provoking him. They’re running wild. So then he admits he has no control over the show? Mistakes can be tolerated, but excuses aren’t. If Corbin wants to get the Shield in line, grab two tag partners and settle this in the ring. Otherwise, Angle might be back from “vacation” sooner than anticipated. What is the Lone Wolf to do about the Hounds of Justice? Speaking of…
The Shield heads to the ring!
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are going to be back in action as the full trio here in tonight’s main event! But that means there’s a couple hours for Constable Corbin to find compatriots to fight one, if not THE, most dominant trio in WWE History. At the same time, it will be quite the chance for The Shield to warm-up before Super Show Down’s showdown with The Pack. But as for right this moment, The Shield hears Denver out on their ovation before speaking.
“What you are looking at are the three workhorses of WWE.” Ambrose knows they’ve lost battles here and there, but they’ve never lost the war, because they’re still standing. Roman says their resumes would take all day to read. But the fact is, they can lift up two title belts. The championships are the keys to the kingdom, and everyone should want them. It’s why Brock Lesnar came back, it’s why Baron Corbin put himself in title matches, because the titles will change your life. But the only men that deserve championships are the ones in this ring right now. Rollins says that Raw is and will always be about being the best. That’s what The Shield are. Braun Strowman wanted power so bad, he’s recruited a “pack of jackasses”.
As for Corbin, “the world’s largest substitute teacher”, he has a problem with The Shield. He’s to get a couple of partners to show everyone who’s the boss. Well The Shield is here now, they can show how big of a problem they are right NOW! Baron Corbin appears and does his best to laugh it all off. Corbin lets everyone know that tonight is Stephanie’s birthday. And he’s not going to let Raw erupt into madness like it has these last few weeks. Corbin puts his foot down tonight. Because he and his partners are going to rag doll The Shield while impressing Stephanie. Corbin and his partners will expose the Shield as “a bunch of selfish individuals.” No one likes The Shield, and that includes The Pack! Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre all walk out, microphones in hands.
Fans still chant “Get These Hands!” for the Monster Among Men as he stares at The Shield. Strowman hopes Roman shines that belt up real nice, because he wont’ be wearing it for much longer. As for the entire Shield, there are cracks already forming, and then they’ll implode all over again. Super Show Down will be two against four, and it’s not about Corbin. Rollins points out the bad math, maybe they need to brainstorm together on this. Strowman wants them to check the mat with Ambrose, because perhaps Ambrose sees the light. The Shield needs Ambrose but he doesn’t need The Shield. Two years ago, on SmackDown, Ziggler was there when Ambrose was WWE World Champion all by himself. Ambrose had fire in his eyes, but now his brothers have everything and he has nothing.
Rollins and Roman shrug this off, but McIntyre uses his brutal honesty to point something out. Ambrose pushed Mcintyre to his absolute limit, that was a close match. McIntyre wants Ambrose to look him in the eyes. The Shield does not appreciate Ambrose, and Ambrose deserves more. Ziggler wants “Disposable Dean” to realize something. Rollins asked Ambrose to help him in order to fight Ziggler. And then Roman needed Ambrose to stop the Monster in the Bank’s cash-in. What has Ambrose gotten in return for any of that? Nothing. Rollins: champion. Roman: champion. Ambrose: chump. Ziggler even uses Rollins’ interruption as a reason Ambrose isn’t needed. Ambrose goes down and how long does Rollins wait to replace him with Jason Jordan? And did they even communicate while Ambrose was out?
Ziggler points out another thing. Ziggler & McIntyre are Raw Tag Team Champions. Strowman can beat Roman for the Universal Championship. So maybe Ambrose becomes Intercontinental Champion with them? Think about it, because it’s all true. But Roman tells Ziggler to shut up with all this already. The fans aren’t here to watch people talk. They’re here to watch The Shield whoop The Pack’s ass. Strowman leads the charge but Corbin keeps the peace. This is not happening like this. Fans chant “YES! YES!” but Corbin stands firm. The tag team champions have their match but Corbin and his partners will “spoil your little reunion before it even begins.” The matches have been set, but will The Shield stay unified? Or will Ambrose give in to the mind games?
Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox!
Raw plugs the Mixed Match Challenge as the Extraordinary Man goes 1v1 with the Modern Day Maharaja while their partners are in their corners. Can Finn score points for Team B ‘n’ B before tomorrow night’s MMC? Or will Alicia’s #InnerCrazy rub off on the man of peace?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Mahal puts Finn in a corner then throws heavy hands and stomps. Mahal scoops and slams Finn, then grins as he looms over the inaugural Universal Champion. He puts on a chinlock and Finn endures as Bayley and the fans rally. Mahal drives his knees into Finn, then grinds on a headlock. He gets the headlock takeover, but Finn works against it. They stand up and Finn powers out, only for Mahal to run Finn over. Mahal wraps the chinlock back on, but fans still rally with Bayley. Finn stands and powers out again. This time, Finn ducks and dropkicks Mahal! Finn clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit! Finn flexes while we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fights out of a waistlock. Mahal knees low then whips to then kick Finn down. Fans chant “Jinder Sucks!” but Mahal tunes it out as he chokes Finn against the ropes. Mahal drops springboard knees then grinds a knee into Finn’s ribs. He drags Finn up for a standing abdominal stretch. Finn endures while fans rally again. Mahal drives in elbows, then pulls on Finn more. Finn works against the hold and pops out, only to get a knee to the ribs. Mahal throws a haymakers, then sunset flips, but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Both men get to opposite ends, and Finn boots Mahal away. Finn dodges Mahal to hit him down with forearms. Finn gets the takedown then the double stomps!
Fans fire up with Finn as he runs into the corner for the chop! He whips but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over but get a kick! Mahal hops up but Finn swing kicks him down! Finn climbs up and aims at the drop zone. Mahal springs up but Finn jumps over him to come back with a slingblade! Finn takes aim, but Sunil Singh trips him up! Mahal rolls Finn up, TWO! Mahal kicks low, then elbows Finn down. He runs but Bayley trips Mahal up now! Alicia protests but fans are on Bayley’s side. Foxy and the Huggable One come face to face. Alicia swings but Bayley counter punches! Sunil looks to defend Alicia’s honor but gets a Bayley2Belly! Finn rolls Mahal, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Extraordinary Man takes the win and helps his team gain ground for the Mixed Match Challenge. Will this be a preview of the future? Or will #Mahalicia turn things around? One thing is for sure, Mahal takes his frustrations out on Sunil. They go into the ring, and with Alicia cheering him on, Mahal roughs Sunil up more. Mahal calms himself, and forces Sunil to go along. They chant “Shanti~”, but will this partnership be anything but stable?
Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad!
After Ruby, Sarah & Liv ruined the Queen of Harts answering Ronda Rousey’s open challenge, these three former Diva’s Champions team up to show the new generation how it’s done! Can Natty, Nikki & Brie win before the Squad #StartaRiott?
Raw returns and the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv Morgan, starts against “Fearless” Nikki. They tie up and Nikki throws Liv. Liv comes back with a Thesz Press and then fast hands. Liv kicks Nikki then runs, but Nikki follows to run her over with a shoulder. Nikki drags Liv up for a hammerlock backbreaker. Cover, ONE, but Nikki keeps on Liv by grabbing some hair. Tag to Brie and the Bellas work together to double leg sling Liv. Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Liv up. Brie gives Liv some Yes Kicks for the Squad. Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, then Brie covers Liv. TWO, but barely. Brie drags Liv up and around, but Liv powers Brie to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Ruby and Sarah helps Liv get out. Ruby stomps a mudhole into Brie, then drags her up into a headlock.
Ruby throws Brie with a headlock takeover but fans chant “Brie Mode!” Brie endures and then makes the hold a cover. Sarah distracts so the ref is late to the count. ONE and Ruby maintains the lock. They stand up as fans rally again. Brie fights back with body shots, but Ruby reverses a whip. Ruby runs into an elbow, Brie hops up to hit the missile dropkick! Ruby gets to ropes, but Brie Mode knee takes her out! Cover, TWO, but Brie keeps on Ruby. She suplexes but Sarah helps Ruby. Nikki comes in but so does Liv, so Natty comes in. It’s a TRIPLE suplex in favor of Natty & The Bellas! The Squad regroups while fans cheer on the veterans. But Brie goes out to fetch Ruby. She puts Ruby in but gets blasted back out. The Squad takes control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Sarah slams Brie down in a cobra clutch. Fans rally for Brie and she works her way up against the hold. Brie arm-drags out but Sarah rocks her down with a forearm. Sarah then drags Brie over to tag Ruby in. Sarah catapults Brie into Ruby but Brie hits back! Ruby comes in to kick Brie, then puts on a cravat. Brie stands up but Ruby wrenches harder. Brie powers her way towards her corner but Ruby throws in a knee. Ruby hits Nikki but then comes back for double facebusters! Both women are down and fans rally up. Natty reaches, as does Sarah. Hot tag for Sarah and she runs at Natty. Natty hits her first, then Brie gets the tag!
Natty rallies on Sarah with lariats, then she hits Ruby for good measure. German Suplex throws Sarah, then the discus lariat takes her down. Cover, but Ruby breaks it! Ruby sees Nikki return and they tie up. Ruby knees Nikki back out, but Natty rolls Sarah. TWO, and Sarah kicks low. Ruby returns but Natty whips Sarah. Tag, Natty goes after Sarah, but Ruby is legal! Ruby SUPERKICKS Natty, then gets her up for the RIOTT Kick! Cover, The Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad, Ruby pinning
Even with Liv going down, the Squad makes their teamwork count! Can the Bellas recover from this loss in time to team with Ronda in Melbourne? Or will Super Show Down #StartARiott too?
The Raw superstars are on stage for a special Connor’s Cure announcement.
Stephanie McMahon and HHH are also in the ring for their part in this moment. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and the WWE is proud to play their part in honoring Connor Michalek. “Together, we have raised over two and a half million dollars” and helped over 200 families with everything they need during these trying times. This campaign is all about the stars of tomorrow and the fight of their lives. The WWE superstars have all had the honor and privilege of meeting these stars, such as The Super Destroyer, Diva Supreme and Lele the Unstoppable. These children have the passion and determination that defines being a superstar. In this fight, everyone gets stronger together, so WWE gladly introduces their new tag team partner in this fight.
Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels campaign commemorates the stories of these children with a special hand-print paint job. The superstars shared gifts and encouragement with those in the fight. WWE and Hyundai hope that together, we can end cancer. Please join the fight in anyway you can.
Stephanie and HHH introduce the Hope on Wheels ambassadors, who are not only surviving but thriving in this fight. Welcome Carter and Elizabeth to the stage! Denver gives a standing ovation to their own Connor’s Cure superstars as they and Hyundai’s Zafar Brooks join HHH and Stephanie in the ring. HHH knows not only are Carter and Elizabeth survivors, but they’re also the coolest kids he’s met. Elizabeth shows off her dance skills as HHH knows these two are champions. And champions need something to show for it, right? That means Carter and Elizabeth get their own Universal and Raw Women’s Championships! Denver knows “You Deserve It!”
Chris and Elizabeth have their hands raised in victory, and Zafar thanks WWE for the great recognition of two great young heroes. Hyunda is so proud to partner with WWE and Connor’s Cure in this fight to save lives. Because together, they will put the smackdown on pediatric cancer. But this work is hard and expensive, so Hyundai has something to give WWE. On behalf of Hyundai America and Hope on Wheels, Connor’s Cure will receive a donation of… $200000! Big prizes, big money and big smiles all around in this noble cause!
Dolph Ziggler talks to Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose is almost ready to tear his head off, but Ziggler just wants to talk. Ziggler said the truth earlier. Where was The Shield when Ambrose almost died from his staph infection? Ziggler was there when Ambrose did it all, but The Shield doesn’t care. But tonight, when going up against Corbin and his guys, Ambroes could just do nothing. Ambrose doesn’t have to turn, he just has to give The Pack the signal. They’ll do the rest. Will Ambrose listen to Ziggler?
Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Konnor w/ Viktor!
The Olympic medalist is ready to #WWBRD: What Would Bobby Roode Do? And that’s to be… GLORIOUS! Konnor hoped Gable was going to walk away while he had the chance. But not even a mentor will save him from being run over in the street by this semi-truck from the Wasteland!
The bell rings and Konnor clubs away on Gable. He throws haymakers then whips Gable hard into buckles! Cover, TWO, but Konnor keeps on Gable with a chinlock. Konnor thrashes Gable around but Roode coaches Gable up. Gable gets up but gets brought back down. Konnor puts his weight on Gable but Gable still gets up. Gable hits back but is put in a corner. Konnor throws back elbows, then hoists Gable up top. Gable reels him into the hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 3, then climbs up again to missile dropkick Konnor’s legs out. Konnor glares and gets up, but things speed up. Gable runs Konnor over with the leaping lariat! Then the rolling kick! Gable gets the German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!
Gable climbs up top now, for a moonsault! But he lands on his feet when Konnor evades. Things speed up again and Konnor runs Gable over with his full body! Konnor reels Gable up, Canadian backbreaker to the dominator slam! Cover, Konnor wins!!
Winner: Konnor, by pinfall
A rare victory for The Ascension comes through singles competition! Gable is left in the Wasteland, but are he and Roode still going to be strong as a tag team?
Backstage interview with Triple H.
While the Connor’s Cure donation and belt presentation was great, what are The Game’s thoughts on The Undertaker’s announcement from last week? Stephanie wants him to ignore the question, but HHH says it’s fine. What does HHH think about Taker accusing him of going corporate? If Taker’s worried about a suit, then he’s already lost. They’re not fighting in suits or in a board room. And “taking my soul”? HHH sold his soul a long time ago. “Anybody that is honest with themselves can feel it in the air.” When it comes to Taker, “the end is near.” The Game gives his final word on this, but will the #LastTimeEver go his way?
Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS The Revival!
The pair of wild dogs hold the belts because they defeated The B-Team, but also because they took out Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder to take their spot. Will the Show-Off and Scottish Psycho regret angering these two #TopGuys? Or will the Shatter Machine be shattered by a Claymore?
Raw returns as the belts are raised and the bell rings. Dawson starts against Ziggler and they circle. They tie up and Ziggler puts Dawson in a corner. Ziggler backs off but then gives a shove. Dawson chops Ziggler off his feet! Ziggler gets to his corner before circling with Dawson again. Dawson wrenches the arm and tags in Dash for the hand-off. but Ziggler powers Dash back and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre keeps Dash in the corner then bumps him off buckles. McIntyre chops Dash off his feet, then tags to Ziggler. Ziggler mugs Dash and has him in an open corner. Ziggler backs off to run in but misses. Dash back suplexes Ziggler down! Dash drags Ziggler over and tag to Dawson so they can stomp away on the arm.
Dawson wrenches Ziggler’s harm, Hammerlock Northern Lights! TWO, but Dawson keeps his eyes on McIntyre. Tag to Dash and they whip Ziggler for the slingshot shoulder! Cover, TWO! The Revival are close, but they keep on Ziggler with chops! Dash whips Ziggler into a corner, but runs into a back elbow. Ziggler runs out but the satellite DDT is denied! Dash goes for a Rings of Saturn type, but Ziggler reaches for ropes with his legs. Ziggler endures while Dash wrenches back. Dash drags Ziggler back to the center but Ziggler counters to a cover, TWO! Ziggler holds ropes on the whip so Dash crossbodies out with him! Both men are down but Dawson and McIntyre keep each other at bay while checking on their partners. Dash stands and runs at Ziggler, but runs into steel steps! Both men are down again while Dawson and McIntyre cheer their teammates on.
Ziggler drags himself into the ring, followed by Dash. McIntyre tags in to stomp away on Dash. He then deadlift suplexes Dash up and over! Cover, TWO! The champions are in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dash jawbreakers out of Ziggler’s sleeper hold. Dash crawls but Ziggler anchors him from the tag, but Dash still gets it! Dawson rallies with jabs and haymakers on Ziggler! He whips Ziggler but Ziggler dodges, only to get a calf kick! Dawson hits McIntyre for good measure before he chops Ziggler. He dropkicks McIntyre then whips. Ziggler reverses but Dawson counters back for a butterfly bomb! Cover, TWO!! Dawson drags Ziggler up and over to his corner to hoist him up top. Dawson chops then climbs up, and Dash tags in. SUPERPLEX, then FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO as McIntyre narrowly breaks it. McIntyre chases Dash but misses, chopping the corner post! Then tornado DDT from Dash takes him down!
Fans fire up with the #TopGuys while Ambrose watches backstage. Ziggler packages Dash but TWO! Back slide from Dash, TWO! Ziggler kicks low but Dash counters the famouser by falling! Dash Electric Chairs and Dawson tags in, DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!? How!? The Revival borrow a legendary finisher yet don’t finish this?! Dawson stomps Ziggler while fans know “This is Awesome!” Tag to Dash and The Revival work together. They hoist Ziggler up but Ziggler slips out to tag McIntyre. McIntyre runs Dash over then hits Dawson. McIntyre goes after Dash on the top rope with a chop, then tosses Dawson back out. Dash jumps but is caught, Dawson dropkicks it over! Cover, TWO, and McIntyre headbutts Dash. McIntyre boots Dawson, then tags in Ziggler. The Pack work together, Claymore Zigzag! Cover, McIntyre & Ziggler win!
Winners: McIntyre & Ziggler, Ziggler pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
The strength and speed may not have been enough, but the aggression was, the champions are still part of The Pack. Will they and Braun Strowman break The Shield in Melbourne? Or will their mind games continue to fall on deaf ears?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Denver, as the “breath of life in an otherwise lifeless world.” Elias speaks the truth, and the truth his, Denver doesn’t deserve his performance. He passes things on to “a man I can have a conversation with”, and his tag partner for Super Show Down. They will take on Bobby Lashley and 16-time champion who knows that WWE really stands for. Yes, it’s John Cena. But right now, Elias introduces the host of the Kevin Owens Show, Kevin Owens himself! The Prizefighter heads to the ring and applauds his personal in-house band. Kevin thanks him for the introduction and admits he is Elias’ biggest fan. Kevin is honored to team with Elias against the super team of Lashley–pictured being powebomb’d against the apron–and yes, the most decorated champion in the WWE today, the same man Kevin beat his first night on the main roster!
But that’s at Super Show Down, let’s talk about last week, with Lashley and Lio rush. Elias refuses to look let alone talk to Denver. Kevin will talk for them both. Lio Rush is now Lashley’s hype man, but also talked trash on Kevin. Unprovoked! Kevin is generous, though, because he wants to know more about Lio. So Kevin offers Lio the grandest stage in the WWE, this show! The Man of the Hour appears, and sees Kevin and Elias. He thanks them for this invite, but Kevin wants Lio to join them in the ring. Lio doesn’t even need to jump and flip and all that, just walk here. Lio says that he and Lashley made those two look like fools. Kevin is here wanting to make up for that embarrassment. Lio is the 23 year old piece of gold, he’s young but not dumb. He’ll stay right here.
Elias promises, they have the booster seat all set up. Lio “lvoes” the jokes, but Lio knows there’s someone else who loves a good laugh. He is the Rocky Mountain Machine, who looks like money because he is money. The heavyweight that’s back to dominate has a match with The Drifter, it’s Denver’s own Bobby Lashley! Will the Dominator make the Drifter #DriftAway in the Mile High city?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Elias w/ Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and Lashley stares Elias down as we begin. They circle and fans are on Lashley’s side. They tie up and Lashley shoves Elias to a corner. Elias composes himself while Lashley waits for him. They circle again and Lashley gets a waistlock and slam. Elias slithers away but Kevin coaches him up. Elias and Lashley tie up and Elias gets a waistlock. Lashley gets the standing switch then throws Elias down again. Lashley brings Elias up and bumps him off buckles. He throws hands then stomps, then climbs up for corner punches! Elias stops him at 2 and gets a headlock takeover. Lashley makes it a cover, ONE, and Elias holds on.
Fans rally and Lio coaches his client up. Lashley stands and fights out. He whips Elias but Elias knees him back. Elias runs but Lashley shows off his agility as he jumps over Elias. Lashley runs Elias over, then whips him corner to corner. Elias goes up and over then runs, but into Lashley’s crossbody! Lashley runs in for the corner clothesline, then finishes off those corner punches. He gets all 10, then scoops Elias for the sidewalk slam. Cover, TWO! Elias crawls to a corner but Lashley keeps his eyes on him. Lashley runs in corner to corner but into boots. Elias hops up, but Lashley catches him! Then he hoists him up, only for Elias to slip out and chop block the leg! Elias leg-DDT’s the foot into the mat, and Kevin coaches Elias up again.
Elias stalks Lashley and clobbers him at the ropes! He stomps away but backs off at 4. Kevin trash talks as Elias drops a big knee on Lashley. Elias drags Lashley over to a post and slings the leg against it! Lio coaches Lashley on but Elias slings the leg into the post again. Elias drags Lashley to a cover, ONE! Elias grows frustrated but he keeps on Lashley with stomps. He drags Lashley out for a knee drop on the knee. Then Elias ties up the legs in the deathlock, and Lashley endures while Elias adds chops. Denver rallies for their hometown hero and Lashley fights back with haymakers. Lashley frees himself but Elias goes after him again. Elias stomps the bad leg, then yanks on it. He covers, TWO!
Elias keeps his cool and dares Lashley to stand. Lashley fights back with body shots, then back elbows. Lashley gets going with lariats, and he clotheslines Elias out. Kevin coaches Elias but Lashley comes out to pursue. Lashley bumps Elias off the barrier, then again. The ring count climbs but Lashley puts Elias in at 3. Elias runs and blasts Lashley in the leg! The Drifter has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Elias has Lashley in the Half Crab. Lashley manages the ropebreak and Elias lets him go. Elias comes back to stomp the bad leg out, but only Kevin enjoys it. Elias drags Lashley back up but Lashley throws him out. Kevin coaches Elias back in but Lashley catches Elias into a complete shot! Both men are down but stirring. Denver rallies for Lashley as he and Elias stand. Elias and Lashley brawl with back and forth haymakers. Elias jabs but Lashley throws clubbing hands. Lashley kicks then runs to clobber Elias down. Fans fire up and Lashley suplexes Elias. Somehow that bad leg holds up for the stalling suplex! Lashley can’t make the cover, but he stands first. Lashley runs and SPEARS Elias out of the ring! They hit the apron then the floor in that double-edged attack!
Kevin chases Lio! Lio is too quick for Kevin to catch, but then Kevin runs into Lashley! The referee sees that, and it costs Elias the match!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Kevin is further upset with Lio now. Lio leads him on another chase, then uses the barriers to leap over him. Lio is trapped but slips into the ring to then run around. Elias still grabs Lio and yanks him in! But Lashley drags Elias out and gets in there to save Lio from Kevin’s powerbomb. Lashley throws hands on Kevin and Kevin is in retreat. The Prizefigther and Drifter have time to regroup, but can they prepare for Lashley and Cena?
Drew McIntyre encounters Seth Rollins backstage.
The Architect brings up some truth for the Terminator. McIntyre is the one being used by Ziggler and Strowman. Strowman doesn’t care about anyone but himself. And Ziggler is a weak link as it is, riding McINtyre’s coattails since they both returned. Why is Ziggler getting the Intercontinental Championship opportunities and not McIntyre? McIntyre has literally carried Ziggler at times. But before pointing fingers at The Shield, you should really take a look in the mirror and think about who is being used by who in The Pack. Rollins leaves McIntyre with some things to think about. Yet McIntyre tells Ziggler not to worry. Is that the truth? Or will the truth set one man free from his team?
Nia Jax w/ Ember Moon VS Alicia Fox w/ Mickie James & Alexa Bliss!
The Irresistible Force and the Prophecy of Flame have become united against Raw’s very own Mean Girls. Ember knew when The Goddess and crew dared her to find a partner, she had to get the Game Changer. Plus Nia loves getting under Alexa’s skin. Ms. Crazy like a Fox has the Mixed Match Challenge to worry about tomorrow, but will she even make it there after facing Nia?
The bell rings and Alicia is wary of Nia. She circles Nia while staying close to the ropes. Nia waits for Alicia to come out, and grabs her around the throat. Alicia breaks free but then gets tossed to a corner! Nia gives her a corner splash then another toss! Alicia slips out to regroup with Alexa and Mickie, so Nia stays back. But then Ember cannonballs onto Mickie! Nia comes out to fetch Foxy and put her in the ring. Alicia kicks Nia as she returns, then hits a swinging neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Alicia keeps on Nia but fans rally for Nia. Alicia puts on a sleeper hold but Nia stands up, only to get knees. Fans rally for Nia more and Nia stands all the way up! She backs Alicia into buckles and breaks free. Alicia boots Nia quick, then kicks her down. Cover, TWO!
Alicia keeps on Nia with forearms, then she trash talks. She runs but into the fireman’s carry! Nia marches it out then hits the Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
The Game Changer nominee won this one, will she win the award at the People’s Choice Awards? Will Alicia snap back to face Mickie & Lashley tomorrow night?
McIntyre and Ambrose encounter each other.
Each man has been approached by the other’s friend, but why? McIntyre has theories. Four Man Shield, the unstoppable force. Or perhaps he’s scared that McIntyre said the truth. Maybe they should have checked up on Ambrose. Or maybe they need a replacement. Or maybe McIntyre is overreacting. It’s not like Rollins has ever stabbed anyone in the back before. Oh wait. McIntyre leaves, and now the web of lies is truly tangled. Who will free themselves from the doubts and questions?
WWE and Raw look closer at the #LastTimeEver.
“Two of the all-time greats to ever step inside the ring” have one final rematch to settle the “unfinished business” left between them. They’ve battled for years, and we thought the era was over. But now, for Super Show Down in Melbourne, Australia, the majority of WWE legends and hall of famers bet on The Undertaker. However, Shawn Michaels chose his friend Triple H, and the Deadman claims it’s out of a personal grudge. HBK promised he stayed retired out of respect, but Taker accuses him of being afraid. Taker promises to put HHH down again, and for good. But HHH responded, saying Taker lost his powers long before losing the streak. Those were Taker’s last moments of greatness, and blames HHH & HBK for it. Both men are convinced the other is blinded by ego, but now they’ll have back-up! Will this last time ever truly end it all?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin & ???
The Lunatic, the Architect and The Big Dog unite once again for a 3v3 match! They’re confident they’ll go through any three men, especially The Pack at Super Show Down. But who has Stephanie’s personally appointed constable and interim GM found to be his partners? We’ll find out after the break!
Raw returns and Corbin makes his entrance. He is still smugly confident, which must mean he got some good partners. He wants Denver to applaud The Shield and their Monday Night Raw reunion. But this might be the last time they’re seen together. The break-up is coming, which is why half the roster was beating down the door to join Corbin. Corbin went with the cream of the crop, two men who have been decimating superstars since showing up. Yes, it is the Authors of Pain! Akam & Rezar, with Drake Maverick accompanying them, join the Lone Wolf and head down the ramp. Will the Book of Pain write the Last Chapter on The Shield?
But then Braun Strowman and The Pack come out to watch, just as they promised. They brought their own chairs, but just to be their ringside seats. Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre become fans as the match begins. Corbin starts against Ambrose, and they circle and tie up. Ambrose gets a wristlock to hammerlock, and he brings Corbin tot he mat. He makes it a cover, ONE. Ambrose has a waistlock but Corbin reverses out to a headlock. Ambrose powers out then drop toeholds! He has Corbin in the Queen Angelito leglock and then crossface punches him. Ambrose tags in Rollins and the two double suplex Corbin over. Cover, TWO, but Corbin gets away to his corner. He tags in Akam, and we have a first-time-ever encounter.
They tie up and Rollins gets a waistlock. He shifts to a headlock but Akam lifts him. Akam powers out and runs Rollins over with a shoulder! Akam trash talks before scooping. Rollins slips out and boots Akam away. Ambrose tags in but so does Rezar. The double whip leads to double shoulders on Akam, but Rezar runs them both over with his own shoulders! Rezar trash talks as he scoops Ambrose. Ambrose escapes and hot tags to Roman! We get another first-time-ever as The Big Dog and the Albanian Assassin stare down. Neither man backs down, and Rezar even seems to taunt Roman. Fans are thunderous as Roman throws uppercuts. Rezar shoves and they collide with shoulders. Rezar powers Roman to a corner for shoulders into the ribs!
The referee backs Rezar off at 4, but Rezar keeps on Roman with a fireman’s carry. Roman fights out and uppercuts Rezar again. Roman lifts Rezar but that’s a big man. Rezar escapes and shoves to swing. Roman dodges and comes back with the leaping lariat! Yet Rezar stands right back up! Roman is surprised by the younger star, and now all six men get face to face in the ring. The referee can’t keep the peace, it’s a brawl!
Ambrose sends Corbin out, Rollins sends Akam out and Roman takes care of Rezar. The Shield holds down the Yard, but The Pack feels the need to get a closer look. They pick up their chairs and head down the ring. But that’s when Corbin and AoP pounce! They clobber The Shield and put Ambrose and Rollins into barriers. Roman is in the ring, Choke Slam Breaker from Corbin! Cover, TWO!! The Shield is in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, as Roman lifts Corbin for the Samoan Drop! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners. The Pack is right at the runway in their seats as both men hot tag! Akam and Rollins come in but Rollins rallies on both AoP. Rollins boots Akam then jumps over him to enziguri! He goes to suplex but Akam too strong. Akam suplexes but Rollins slips out. Rollins back elbows then hops up to blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Fans stay hot for Rollins as he stomps “Burn it Down!” Rollins aims at Akam but Maverick distracts! Corbin holds the ropes and Rollins tumbles out! Ambrose protests but Corbin tags in. Corbin drags Rollins up to put him into barriers! He then whips Rollins into more barriers, and lets AoP mug him! The Shield protest but the referee keeps them back.
Corbin fetches Rollins and puts him in the ring. He tags to Rezar, and he lets Rezar drags Rollins up for a neck wrench. Rollins endures as Rezar twists him. Fans want Dean to tag in and Rollins stands up. Rezar powers him to the corner and Akam tags in. Akam and Rezar combine for the sidewalk stomp slam! Cover, TWO! Akam chokes Rollins on the ropes, but backs off at 4. Corbin gets a cheap shot in before Akam wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and hope Ambrose gets the tag. Rollins stands and jawbreakers out. Akam blasts him down with a back elbow! Tag to Corbin and he drags Rollins up to punch him back down. Corbin repeats and repeats the punch. Then he blasts Roman down. Ambrose comes in but the ref holds him back. Corbin taunts Ambrose, but Rollins slingblades him down!
Corbin and Rollins are down but Akam runs in. Rollins sends him out, but then Akam trips Ambrose! But then Roman goes after Akam! Rezar saves Akam by putting Roman into steel steps! Maverick likes what he sees from his behemoths as they give Roman the LAST CHAPTER! The Pack like that, too. Corbin lifts Rollins but Rollins sunset flips, TWO! DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! The Constable grows frustrated, he thought he ended this. But his team still has control with Rollins isolated in the ring. Corbin drags Rollins over to tag in Rezar. Rezar tags Akam and the AoP work together again. But Rollins headscissors Rezar out and then SUPERKICKS Akam out of the air! Rollins heads for his corner, and it’s Ambrose waiting! Tag to Corbin, but Rollins slips out of the suplex. Tag to Ambrose!
Denver is thunderous as Ambrose fires off on Corbin. Corbin reverses the whip but Ambrose rallies with lariats. Ambrose whips and gives Corbin the kitchen sink knee. Ambrose keeps going for the corner forearm smash. Corbin pushes Ambrsoe away, Deep Six countered, small package! TWO! Ambrose dodges then clotheslines Corbin out! The AoP regroup with Corbin, but Ambrose wrecks them all with the dropkick! Maverick freaks out as Ambrose puts Corbin in. Ambrose climbs up top, but Akam trips him up! Ambrose still fights Corbin off, and then dodges. Corbin slides out, slide sin, but misses, jumping neckbreaker! Ambrose hurries up top again, for the lunatic elbow! cover, but BOTH AoP break it up!
The AoP coordinate on Ambrose, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Rezar! Akam kicks Roman out but then Rollins throws Akam out. Curb Stomp on Corbin! Then DIVE on Rezar! Ambrose kicks Akam out, and Rollins DIVES again! Ambrose gets Corbin with Dirty Deeds! He kicks Rezar out, tags to Roman and DIVES! Roman howls, SPEAR on Corbin! Cover, The Shield wins!!
Winners: The Shield, Roman Reigns pinning
It was truly a team effort for the House of Justice! The Pack are actually impressed, but it’s not over yet. Rollins and Roman stand together but Ambrose is literally caught in the middle. Which side does he choose? Shield or Pack? Ambrose stands, and stands with his brothers! The Shield is not breaking, no matter what Strowman and his cronies say. Will they be able to stand tall again in Australia? Or will unity matter against the dogs of war standing against them?
Raw finally gets back on track after doing too much building for too many things. This episode was 95% focused on Super Show Down, with 5% on the Mixed Match Challenge. Finn VS Mahal gets to be the opener, which is good for both of them. And Finn wins, which is good for him. But I feel like this just points out how having the second Mixed Match Challenge now is too much for WWE to be doing for the Fall. I would’ve been much happier with this if they waited until they were past this log jam of Hell in a Cell to Super Show Down to Evolution to Crown Jewel. Mixed Match Challenge should be purely a Spring to Summer event.
That aside, the Super Show Down centered build was much better than anything Raw has done lately. Corbin kissing up to Stephanie for her to counter and scold him was good. The Pack trying to play on Ambrose’s pride almost telegraphed the turn wasn’t coming, but I liked that Rollins played it back, to tease a possible turn from the Heel side of things. It doesn’t seem like a turn is coming, only because it’d be too obvious now, but sometimes WWE does stuff that’s just too obvious. The main event with Corbin and Authors of Pain was great, and it finally got AoP away from destroying jobbers so that everyone can understand how good Akam & Rezar really are. I’m still hoping that once Shield VS Pack is done, AoP go after the tag titles regardless of who holds them.
The Raw Tag Title match tonight was great. For just a moment, I really thought The Revival had it. That would’ve been a great twist to compound onto Rollins saying McIntyre has been carrying Ziggler. As for The Revival, they’re still a great team, but maybe going to SmackDown would help them get titles. The audible on the scheduled Brie VS Ruby match was actually rather welcomed, and I liked that The Squad won. There was some strange miscommunication as Liv Morgan was reportedly taken to the back, yet was clearly still ringside selling injury. Ronda VS Ruby is next week, that should be fun, but I’m surprised The Squad hasn’t tried to turn Ronda against The Bellas in a way The Pack is working on Ambrose.
Konnor winning over Chad Gable was rather surprising, but I suppose it’d have to happen if they want to already make Roode-Gable a story of a strained tag team. I don’t know why Roode and Gable were teamed together, Gable would’ve been better off as a singles guy maybe going to 205 Live. Roode and Lashley would’ve been better, even if their shared first name would’ve been odd. And while the story of Kevin, Elias, Lashley and Lio is pretty fun, I doubt it’ll lead to Lio being a serious Raw competitor, possibly with Lashley as his tag partner. This feels like another thing WWE is doing that’s too much at such a busy time in their calendar. If Cruiserweights aren’t going to be properly integrated onto Raw, then don’t bother.
Nia squashing Alicia was pretty fun, and I’m hoping this is further sign that WWE wants a Women’s Tag something or other. Sasha Banks is hurt but that doesn’t keep The Boss & Hug Connection from eventually being a tag team championship duo. If they’re out of commission come whatever title opportunity we see at Evolution, perhaps it’ll fall to Nia & Ember or the Riott Squad to be the inaugural champions, assuming Raw would get them first. Of course, Stephanie McMahon runs Raw and always seems to put herself over when it comes to WWE’s women, so it just seems obvious one of her teams would get belts first.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8
We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.
Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!
So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.
Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.
Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano
Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.
I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.
Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.
We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.
Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb
Rating: * 1/2
Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee
Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.
Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.
After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.
Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.
Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster
Rating: *** 1/4
Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano
The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?
Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.
Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.
Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.
Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.
Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb
Rating: ** 1/4
Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita
Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.
However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.
The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.
Winner: Time Limit Draw
Red Stars Standings:
Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.
As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.