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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (4/9/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax & ??? VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James; Ember Moon & Nia Jax win.
  • No Way Jose VS John Skyler; Jose wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Eliminator: The Good Brothers VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • Sasha Banks VS Mandy Rose w/ Absolution; Mandy wins.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS ???; The Authors of Pain win.
  • Raw Tag Team Eliminator: Titus Worldwide VS ???; wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; double count-out, neither man is hired to Raw.
  • Six Man Tag: The Miz & Miztourage VS Seth Rollins, Finn Balor & Jeff Hardy; Rollins, Balor & Hardy win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon, heads to the ring.

And she’s holding her broken arm. And that arm is broken because “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey got it in the armbar during the mixed tag match at Wrestlemania. But Stephanie is here tonight, sore and hurt as she is, expecting “a little bit more from you people.” The Raw After Mania is very international, she smelled it on the way out. But she didn’t expect this. Other crowds would sympathize instead of boo. The crowd chants, “You Tapped Out!” Stephanie knows she did, but everyone has to admit they were surprised seeing the performance of a certain woman, “Could she make that transition?” And Stephanie did! She was amazing, she deserves accolades and knew exactly what she was doing. She brought out the best in Ronda and showed us all what she’s made of.

And that brings us to introducing the newest superstar, Ronda Rousey herself!

Ronda Rousey appears, smiling and waving to the fans in attendance. She goes to the ring, and Stephanie admits she tapped. The better woman won. Ronda was spectacular, and showed that everything she does is with passion. Ronda is a role model for everyone, and Stephanie lost to the best. Stephanie tells Ronda that as a Raw superstar, there’s nowhere these two can’t go. Ronda’s talent, Stephanie’s spotlight, they’ll blaze trails all over the world! Stephanie can put all of the “WWE Machine” behind her. The fans will follow Ronda and “our message”! But the fans call, “Bullshit! Bullshit!” Stephanie ignores that, and says Ronda is smarter than the fans. Ronda gets what it takes, but she taught Stephanie a lesson. Stephanie paid the price, and gives it up for her “friend”, WWE’s Rowdy Ronda Rousey! Stephanie offers a handshake, Ronda takes it, and hugs Stephanie, too.

Then throws Stephanie for ANOTHER armbar! Stephanie shrieks as Ronda takes off the brace, and puts her in!

Stephanie taps all over again! Ronda lets her go while referees rush out to help the Raw Commissioner. Ronda grins and shrugs, enjoying herself. Fans let Stephanie know, “You Deserve It!” Will there be any consequences for Ronda physically calling Stephanie out on her lies? Meanwhile, Stephanie has to be helped to the back. Will her arm ever be the same again?

 

Nia Jax & ??? VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James!

The NEW Raw Women’s Champion has the fans chanting, “You Deserve It!” but The Goddess says the real bully is Nia Jax.

Alexa swears she’s going to tell the truth about the new champion, who loves to throw her weight around. “Which is clearly a lot of weight”. These are the facts, people. Alexa says Nia went after Mickie for no reason and that left Alexa distraught, which is why she lost. Alexa is a compassionate woman, and when she saw her best friend decimated, she competed under “emotional distress”. Nia loved that, she’s cold as ice! Everyone knows it, which is why Nia has no partner! Nia tells Alexa to shut up. Alexa is right, Nia enjoyed what she did to her and Mickie, and became the new Raw Women’s Champion because of it!

But Alexa is wrong, Nia does have a tag team partner. And it’s… EMBER MOON!

Raw is War Goddess now that the former NXT Women’s Champion is here! With this amazing combination standing across from them, do Alexa & Mickie stand a chance?

Alexa claims her sore body is why she isn’t starting, so Nia grabs Mickie and throws her! Nia whips Mickie to a corner, splashes her, then brings her over to the other corner. Mickie dodges, and kicks at Nia’s leg. She shoves Nia into the corner and stomps, then tags Alexa. Mickie stomps more, than Alexa adds her own stomps. Alexa tags Micie back in, Mickie whips Alexa in, but Nia grabs her. Nia grabs Mickie, and headbutts the Goddess down, before tagging in Ember! Nia whips Mickie, Ember hits Mickie with a roaring elbow! Ember keeps moving, neckbreaker to hatch suplex! Ember whips but Mickie kicks her away, then tag to Alexa. Goddess and War Goddess collide, but Ember’s kicks get the better of Alexa!

Ember handsprings in for the forearm smash, then springboards for the crossbody. Cover, TWO, but Ember intercepts Mickie with a mule kick. Ember keeps on Alexa with a whip, but alexa runs out, only for Ember to sweep the legs. Ember climbs up now, takes aim, ECLIPSE!

Cover, Ember & Nia win!

Winners: Ember & Nia, Ember pinning

A successful debut for the Prophecy of Flame! With this victory, will Ember’s career ignite the Raw Women’s Division?

 

Kurt Angle talks on the phone.

He’s impressed by Ember Moon in her debut, and with the Shake-Up next week, there’s going to be a lot of great gets for the roster. Braun Strowman walks in, and Angle congratulates him on the Raw Tag Team Championship win. But where’s Nicholas? He’s right here. But Strowman and Nicholas talked it over, and they know they must relinquish the titles. They have to, Nicholas is still in the Fourth Grade. But one day, when Nicholas is done with school, they’ll come back for those titles. And someone’s gonna #GetTheseHands!

But now with the titles vacated, who will be the new Raw Tag Team Champions?

 

No Way Jose VS John Skyler!

NXT’s Fighting Fiesta makes his main roster debut! And he brings a conga line with him! How will the party translate from Full Sail to Raw and New Orleans?

The bell rings, Jose reveres Skyler’s punch into a dancing hip toss. Jose takes off the armband and winds up alraedy, pop-up Fastball! Cover, Jose wins!

Winner: No Way Jose, by pinfall

The match is done, on with the party! Will Jose party his way all the way to the top now that he’s on the main roster?

 

Kurt Angle meets with The Bar.

The former Raw Tag Team Champions have heard the titles are vacated. Are they getting their titles back here? Or in a more formal presentation? Angle isn’t just going to hand those titles back! They lost to a ten year old! It’ll be in three weeks, at the Greatest Royal Rumble, but against the winner of the #TagTeamEliminator. The Bar should pay close attention, because that comes up next. Who will get the opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Titles in Arabia?

 

The Good Brothers VS The Revival!

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows have been Raw Tag Team Champions before while Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder want their first taste. They’re the first two teams in Angle’s #TagTeamEliminator, who will come out one step closer to the Greatest Royal Rumble?

Dawson chops Gallows but Gallows reverses the whip, then back drops Dawson high over head. Gallows pumphandles Dawson, back drops Dash, then throws Dawson with the pumphandle slam! Gallows gives Dawson body shots, then an uppercut. Dash comes back in but gets sent back out, Dawson chop blocks Gallows! Teh Bar watches backstage while Dawson goes after Gallows’ leg. Tag to Dash, and they work over the knee together. Dash gives Gallows a standing deathlock snap, then more stomps. He wrenches Gallows’ knee, but Gallows fights back with punches and kicks. Gallows shoves Dash back hard, but Dash still tags in Dawson.

Dawson pounces on Gallows, mocks the Too Sweet, but gets kicks from Gallows. Both men are down, Dawson tags in Dash, but Dash misses hitting Anderson and gets a YAKUZA Kick for it! Tag to Dawson again, but now Anderson tags in! He rallies on Dawson then Dash, dodges Dawson for the jump kick! Anderson hops up, flying neckbreaker! Then he slingshots onto Dash! Anderson keeps moving, flying crossbody but roll through, TWO! SPINEBUSTER! Cover but Dash breaks the cover. Gallows boots Dash out and follows, but Dash sensd him into the barriers. Anderson rolls uP Dawson, TWO, but a tag to Dash. Anderson doesn’t see it, they bait him nito SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, The Revival wins!

Winners: The Revival (Dash & Dawson, Dash pinning)

The opening round to this short tournament has begun with #TopGuys moving on, but who will they face next week before going on to #WWEGRR?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The NEW Intercontinental Champion and Grand Slam Champion, the Architect bested The Miz and Finn Balor in their Wrestlemania Triple Threat match. Fans let him know, “You Deserve It!” Rollins speaks on the ups and downs, but that was the loudest “Burn It Down!” he’s ever heard. And after last night, he can say “Seth Freakin’ Rollins” is back! He has to admit, #GrandSlamRollins has a nice ring to it. Fans chant it for him, and he’s finally caught up to make The Shield a Grand Slam stable. But what was even better, was that it happened at Wrestlemania, “in front of you animals”! The fans made this week very special. But here comes Finn Balor!

Finn apologizes for the interruption, but he’s been thinking all day, he has to say it. Rollins invites him to the party, and Finn is in the ring. Fans “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Finn while Finn also congratulates Rollins. Rollins was the better night last night, but that was a Triple Threat. There was a winner, a loser, and the guy who didn’t get pinned, who was “left wanting more.” Finn wants to be the first man to challenge Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship! Fans want to see that, too! Rollins shakes Finn’s hand, but then The Miz appears!

The former Intercontinental Champion is more than happy to interrupt. Miz says Rollins does NOT deserve it! Miz made that title the most prestigious title in all the WWE today, and last night, Miz did it by himself because otherwise everyone would have an excuse when Miz won. Did Miz confirm he can’t win without the Miztourage? Miz says he didn’t want to have an asterisk by his historic title reign. He is a changed man now that he’s a father to a beautiful daughter. And congratulations on that. Miz realizes that everything he does affects his daughter. Monroe Sky and Maryse watched that match, and Maryse said that when Rollins stole the title from Miz, Monroe cried. Rollins made Princess Monroe cry. And that made Maryse cry. And when Miz heard all that, he cried.

Rollins is proud of Miz sharing that, because everyone cries when they watch Miz try to wrestle. If Miz wants his title back, he’ll have to beat him. But he can’t, because he’s not good enough to lace up Rollins’ boots. Miz reminds everyone that Finn is owed nothing, Miz is the one with the rematch clause! Rollins was hoping he’d bring that up. Miz should man up and use that rematch clause right here tonight! The fans want that? The fans want that match right here tonight? Well Miz says no! Miz will use the clause when he wants, and decides to use it at Backlash.

Miz tries to hush the crowd, then tells Rollins and Finn that when you negotiate, you negotiate it from a position of strenght. If they want match, make it 3v2, Miztourage VS Rollins & Finn. Rollins and Finn are ready, but out comes JEFF HARDY!?

The Charismatic Enigma makes this an even 3v3 now! And while The Miztourage gets ready to fight, they decide to back off. Fans boo and jeer, but The Miztourage does things on their time. Will The Miz get the title back next month? And what will Jeff Hardy do now that he’s back from injury?

 

Sasha Banks VS Mandy Rose w/ Absolution!

While neither of these ladies won the inaugural Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal, that doesn’t mean The Legit Boss or the Golden Gift will stop fighting for the top of the Raw Women’s Division. Can Sasha snap back from being eliminated by her “best friend”? Or will Mandy win because she has friends she can trust? Speaking of, Bayley makes her way out to the ring! Is she here to help or hinder Sasha?

The bell rings and Mandy rushes Sasha but Sasha throws her right out, then baseball slides Mandy down. Fans sing for Bayley while Sasha keeps on Mandy with a Thesz Press! Sasha throws fast hands, then puts Mandy in a corner to grind a boot into her face. Sasha suplexes Mandy, covers, TWO. She keeps on Mandy with an armlock while the fans keep singing for Bayley. Mandy stands up but Sasha whips her, Mandy elbows Sasha back and throws her down! Mandy embraces the heat, then toys with Sasha, putting her in a corner now. Sasha blocks a buckle bump to give a bunch of buckle bumps. Sasha gives Mandy one more big buckle bump, but Mandy gives one back. Mandy rolls Sasha, deadlift waistlock, for a wheelbarrow hotshot! Absolution’s Gift is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Mandy has Sasha in an abdominal stretch. Sasha fights her way out and hip-tosses Mandy. Sashsa throws forearms and runs to rally with more forearms. She dropkicks Mandy, then runs in at the corner, but Mandy puts her over to the apron. Sasha hits with a knee, then climbs up for the Meteora! Cover, TWO, and Mandy bails out of the ring. Sasha goes out and clobbers Mandy down, but then Mandy revives to rock Sasha with a forearm. Mandy starts trouble with Bayley, Bayley swings but Mandy ducks and Bayley hits Sasha!

Sasha gets Mandy in the ring, then argues with Bayley, but Bayley swears it was a mistake. Sasha enters, Mandy clocks her with a knee strike of her own! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy, by pinfall

Absolution celebrates but Bayley makes her way to the back. Sasha glares at Bayley as she follows, will these two ever get back to the way things were?

Meanwhile, Paige speaks for Absolution. “Some of you may know this, some of you don’t.” Paige must confess, it’s been really hard to be on the sidelines. She was born to be in this ring, it his her heart and soul! But unfortunately, her neck injuries make it so that she cannot perform as an in-ring competitor. This is a hard moment for her, but fans chant, “Thank You, Paige!” Paige composes herself, and thanks every single female superstar, they make her proud to be part of the Division. They’ve made this decision bigger than any of them ever imagined.

Paige thanks Daniel Bryan for encouraging her. He came back from his own career-ending condition, and that gives her hope. She also thanks Edge, he also encouraged her that there’s life outside of the ring that she can also pursue. Paige also thanks the WWE for letting her even have the four years she had. She debuted here those four years ago to become a Diva’s Championship, so it’s fitting that this is where she retires. She then thanks the fans, and the fans thank her back. They also let her know, “This is Your House!”

She thanks them again, and agrees, this will always be HER house. The Glampire takes her leave of the ring and takes a bow. Will Paige ever return to the ring? Will she still be part of the WWE outside of wrestling?

 

Raw looks back to Wrestlemania’s legendary surprise!

At first, Cena thought he was getting The Undertaker. Instead, Elias would come out and run down the crowd. Cena would lash out and beat up The Drifter, but then he did get The Undertaker! They had a match, and Taker WON! Is the Deadman back better than ever, and for good?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is still in New Orleans, and he asks as he always does, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” New Orleans and the Post-Mania crowd give a good response. Elias realizes that WWE really does need what he is, as WWE stands for, “Walk With Elias!” In one year, Elias has become the biggest musical act on the planet! Fans agree. Wrestlemania was about his performance, but it was interrupted. The fans sing for Elias, but he promises he will do his performance. Of course, it’s the same group of “scumbags” from last night… The fans proudly chant, “We Are Scumbags!” Then silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths so he can begin!

“Wrestlemania, the whole world gathers ’round. Every godforsaken cities and trashy towns. Travel near and far, to come to this place, but as you all clap, I want to punch you in the face!” But then, BOBBY LASHLEY APPEARS!!

What a return! The Alpha Male, the Dominator, is back in the WWE! He stares Elias down in the middle of the ring, and fans chant, “Welcome Back!” Elias swings on Lashley, but gets turned into a neckbreaker. Lashley lifts Elias up, and holds him up! With one arm! Then turns him around, before dropping him down.

Lashley leaves Elias wrecked, who will Lashley wreck next?!

 

Kurt Angle boasts on his phone.

It’s not even Superstar Shake-Up yet and we’ve got so many great additions! But then, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn walk in!?

They now he’s busy, they just need a moment to speak their case. Kevin & Sami had a “falling-out” with management on SmackDown, so– Wait they’re looking for a job here on Raw?! Yes… But they got fired for attacking the GM and Commissioner. yes, but it was all a personal vendetta! Sami & Kevin have realized they need to be “team players.” Angle already has a full Tag Team Division, but TNA is hiring.

No, they’re not here to be a tag team, it’s not about hiring them both. Wait, what? Sorry, Sami, but Kevin has a family and kids. Angle understands, right? They just want a chance. Angle knows they’re talented, and has one spot on Raw. They’ll wrestle each other for it, or not at all. Sami & Kevin accept the offer, who will win their job back by costing the other?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS ???

The One Man Band is upset he and the Manbeast aren’t in the Raw Tag Team Eliminator tournament. They’re the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions! But to the point, Heath’s got kids! And a whole lot of them! He needs this job, he needs the money. He and Rhyno issue an open challenge to ANY tag team in the back, so bring it on! Fans already anticipate who it’ll be.

It’s the AUTHORS OF PAIN!! Paul Ellering leads Akam & Rezar to the ring, the same as he once did the Legion of Doom! The fans chant “A O P! A O P!” and the bell rings. Slater tries to bring teh fight to Rezar, but Rezar stays up to take Slater down. Rezar hammers away, then tags in Akam, for the backbreaker stomp! Akam clubs Rhyno just because, then Rezar boots Rhyno. They bring Slater up, tag, LAST CHAPTER! Rezar covers, the AoP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar, Rezar pinning)

But wait, they tell Ellering to stay? They don’t need him anymore? Are they ready to go it all alone now that they’re on the main roster?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

The Big Dog was beaten bloody at the hands of The Beast. Roman doesn’t have the Universal Champion, but he will get another try in Saudi Arabia as part of the Greatest Royal Rumble event. As for tonight, he sports the wounds of that Wrestlemania war he waged, and endures the mix of cheers, boos and jeers from the crowd. “As you can see, I got my ass kicked last night.” But at least Roman is here, because Lesnar isn’t. Roman isn’t sure what even happened. When he arrived, what hurt the most was that Vince didn’t look him in the eyes. Roman knows Lesnar is one hell of a business man.

Last Wednesday, Lesnar is headed back to UFC, but then today he’s still here! And Roman found out about his coming cage match on the internet. Roman doesn’t know what this is about, but he vows to end this story by becoming champion! But wait, Samoa Joe appears!

The Destroyer returns, and says it’s time to break out the tinfoil hats, since Roman sees a conspiracy. But the reality is, Lesnar didn’t just beat Roman, he exposed Roman. For over a year, Roman acted like he was the only one who could beat Lesnar. But the reality is, Roman failed, and he is therefore a failure! And it also makes Roman a liar, for lying to the fans, to his family and to himself. Roman is still lying, because he can’t face the facts that every time he and Lesnar meet, Roman gets jacked up. Roman can’t face the fact that he gets broken and Lesnar gets richer. The Beast will always conquer The Big Dog, and the Big Dog will always come up with excuses.

However, Joe says the cycle will end, because after Roman fails again, Joe will be waiting at Backlash, “to put you to sleep.” The Destroyer has issued his warning, will he be meeting Roman the failure? Or Roman the champion?

 

Raw Tag Team Eliminator: Titus Worldwide VS ???

The Real Deal and his star client, Apollo, are ready to be Raw Tag Team Champions, but who will they have to get through to get there? The WOKEN Wisdom stands by his Humongous Wonder #8 trophy, and begins the Expedition For Gold alongside his foil, BRAY WYATT! “We’re here.” Time to DELETE!

The bell rings and Titus starts against Matt, but can’t seem to comprehend the WOKEN Wisdom. Titus shouts, “Titus Worldwide~!” But Hardy says DELETE! They tie up, Hardy gets a waistlock, but Titus throws him off. Wyatt tags in, Titus goes after Hardy but Wyatt grabs Titus and they work together for a bulldog dropkick! Wyatt runs Titus over, then laughs as Titus gets up. Titus tags in Apollo while fans sing, “he’s got the whole~ world, in his hands!” The two circle, tie up, and Wyatt throws Apollo to a corner. Apollo throws hands then whips corner to corner but Wyatt reverses. Apollo goes up and over to show off his agility, which is “WONDERFUL~!”

Hardy & Wyatt applaud, as do the fans, so even Titus and Apollo applaud. Until Wyatt boots Apollo down.

Wyatt brings Apollo up while The Bar watches backstage again. Wyatt hammers away on Apollo, the fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy says “ENOUGH”, and tags in. He gives his own “DELETE DELETE” forearms, WONDERFUL~! Apollo hits back but Hardy knees and whips. Apollo reverses but Hardy avoids the dropkick. Hardy bumps Apollo off buckle after buckle, but Wyatt tags in. Wyatt continues where Hardy left off. Wyatt upoercuts Apollo, then tags Hardy in, and they work together to corner splash and Side Effect Apollo! Cover, but TItus breaks it, so Wyatt uses Hardy as a step stool to clobber Titus! Hardy calls for another DELETE, then goes for the Twist, but Apollo shoves and dropkicks. Hardy tags Wyatt, but Apollo enziguris him.

Apollo hurries to the top rope, jumps, but into the yurinagi! The fans rally and Wyatt goes to a corner for his WONDERFUL~ spider walk! Wyatt grabs Apollo, and feeds him to the Twist of Fate! Cover, Hardy & Wyatt win!

Winners: Hardy & Wyatt, Hardy pinning

This yin-yang of mystic madness moves on to the next round of this Tag Team Eliminator. Will they DELETE the #TopGuys to then challenge the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator for the titles in Arabia?

 

Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!

It’s no surprise that the #YEPMovement came groveling to the other brand of WWE looking for work. But it’s also no surprise that they’re willing to fight each other to get what they want. The Frenemies are back towards the enemy side of their relationship, which man will win the last spot available on the Raw roster?

The bell rings and Sami goes for a Helluva Kick out the gate, but Kevin dodges. The two friends smile and laugh, but the Kevin tries the Pop-up powerbomb! Sami holds ropes but Kevin is right on him, only for Sami to dump Kevin out. Sami builds speed, but runs into Kevin’s back elbow. Kevin kicks Sami while he’s down, then runs but Sami throws him out again, to then FLY! Fans applaud while both men are down. Angle watches while Sami puts Kevin back in the ring and fans sing, “Ole~ ole ole ole~!” Sami springboards but Kevin knocks him down to the ground. Kevin goes out and says, “Job’s on the line, buddy!” He goes to powerbomb Sami but Sami counters and catapults Kevin into the post!

Sami follows Kevin into the ring, they brawl, Sami goes acrobatic but Kevin hangs  him up on the top rope! Sami falls, Kevin goes up for the Vader bomb elbow! Cover, TWO, Kevin tries again, TWO. Kevin tries a third time, TWO! Kevin is frustrated but in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Sami fights Kevin off the top rope, to then jump over but run into a SUPERKICK! Kevin goes for the pop-up but Sami slips out, Sami hits the Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Sami is shocked. Kevin rolls away but Sami takes aim at him from across the way. Sami runs but Kevin rolls out to avoid the kick. Sami slips out of the ring, but Kevin SUPERKICKS the daredevil DDT dead, to then CANNONBALL Sami! No cover yet, he goes up top! Kevin leaps for the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! But just barely, and Kevin is frustrated. Angle continues to watch as Kevin and Sami are slow to standing.

Kevin runs in, corner clothesline, then he runs back to hit another. Kevin keeps going, but HELLUVA KICK! Sami reaches but Kevin slumps to the apron, preventing a cover. The fans hope the “Fight Forever!”

Sami drags Kevin up, but Kevin holds the ropes. Kevin elbows Sami away, then hits the Pop-Up Bomb! But then Kevin falls out of the ring from being too close to the ropes! He hurries back up, then decides to try another top rope move. Sami gets up, HELLUVA Kick rocks Kevin on the top! Sami climbs up but Kevin fights back, SUPER Fisherman Suplex!

Both men down and the fans are loving it! The ten count reaches 10, this match ends on a double count-out! What does this mean for the results?

Double count out, no one wins

So neither man wins a contract with Raw? That’s no fair! Sami and Kevin protest, but it was the rules of the match. What does this mean for both of their futures?

 

Jeff Hardy encounters WOKEN Matt Hardy backstage.

Matt is glad that his brother has recovered from his BROKEN Condition. Yes, and Jeff tried to contact Matt, but his messages must have been accidentally DELETED. Matt won his Humongous Wonder #8 Battle Royal, but thanks to a certain familiar friend.

Bray Wyatt walks over, and welcomes Brother Nero back. It is good to see that Sister Abigal has been rendered OBSOLETE. Yes, and Wyatt feels… Wonderful. Finn and Rollins meanwhile have no idea what that just was. Jeff just shrugs, and continues his way out.

 

Six Man Tag: The Miz & Miztourage VS Seth Rollins, Finn Balor & Jeff Hardy!

While the Hollywood A-Lister wants his title back, he and his sidekicks will have to get through the Grand Slam Architect, the Extraordinary Man and the returning Charismatic Enigma first. Can the Most Must-See Superstar avenge the tears of his wife and daughter? Or will he, Bo and Axel be rendered OBSOLETE?!

The teams sort things out, and it starts with Miz and Rollins. But then Miz backs off when Rollins approaches, and tags in Axel. The Ax Man steps in the ring and circles with Rollins. They tie up, Axel gets a headlock, Rollins powers out but Axel runs him over. Axel brings Rollins back into the headlock, but Rollins powers out again and things speed up. Rollins arm-drags Axel into the arm-lock, but Axel hits with a forearm. Axel tags in Bo, but Rollins solos the Miztourage. He boots Bo down, then drops the leg. Bo scrambles, Rollins tags in Finn, then Finn tags in Jeff. Rollins becomes the step stool, and Jeff uses him to give Axel Poetry in Motion! Finn does the same, Poetry in Motion for Bo!

The three men stare Miz down but Miz backs down while we go to break.

Raw returns once more, and Bo has Rollins in a chinlock. Fans rally and Rollins fights out, tag to Finn! Finn kicks Bo away, then rallies with forearms. He chops Axel, then counters Bo into the takedown and stomps! Finn flexes while Bo gets to a corner, and hits the running chop. He gives Bo the elbow drop DDT, cover, TWO. Finn takes aim at Bo but Miz distracts, Bo pounces from behind. Miz tags in and Miz stomps away on Finn. Miz runs to boot Finn down, then covers, TWO. He puts Finn in a chinlock, but fans rally for Finn. Finn stands up and reaches, punching Miz away. Miz counters Finn into the A-Lister combination, backbreaker and neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Miz taunts Rollins then tags in Axel. Axel gives Finn the neck snap, then taunts Rollins & Jeff.

Axel stomps on Finn and puts him into a chinlock. Finn endures the bend, but fans continue to rally. Finn reaches but Axel knees low and whips Finn, dropping him with a dropkick. Axel tags Bo, then slams Finn, Bo gives a knee drop and then more and more knees. Cover, TWO, but Bo puts Finn back in a chinlock. Finn endures the squeeze, but Finn fights his way up, only for Bo to wrangle him back down. Bo keeps Finn down, grinding him into the mat. Fans rally once more, and Finn fights up and out with a jawbreaker.

Bo staggers back but still holds Finn back. Finn fights him off, Bo whips Finn but Finn gets around Bo for a saido suplex! Both men are down, but stirring. Finn crawls for his corner, as does Bo, hot tag to Miz and he blasts Rollins down! Finn back drops, Miz sunset flips, but Finn rolls through to dropkick Miz! The fans rally again while Finn and Miz crawl, hot tags to Axel and Jeff! Jeff rallies on Axel, but Axel reverses the whip, only for Jeff to knock him down. Jeff hits the atomic drop then the split-leg leg drop. Splash, cover, TWO! Fans chant for “Brother Nero!” while he waits for Axel. He kicks low, goes for the Twist but Axel shoves Jeff away. Jeff swings at Bo but misses, Axel pounces in the corner.

Axel tags in Bo, Miztourage double whip Jeff but he fights them off to then go up, Whisper in the Wind! All three men are down, but Miz and Rollins return. Fans rally while Bo and Jeff crawl, hot tags to Miz and Rollins! The Architect springboards to clothesline Miz, then rallies with a blockbuster! Miz swings but misses, Rollins DIVES on Axel! Rollins returns and dumps Miz out, then builds up speed again, to DIVE on Miz and the Miztourage!

He puts Miz back in the ring while fans chant, “Burn It Down!” Rollins runs at Miz but misses in the corner. Miz clears his head, then climbs up top, but Rollins is upon him! SUPERPLEX and roll through to Falcon Arrow! Bo breaks the cover! Finn returns, slingblade to Bo! Axel in, Finn clotheslines him out. Finn builds speed and FLIES on the Miztourage! Miz rolls Rollins, TWO, Rollins rolls him for the CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins’ team wins!

Winners: Rollins, Finn & Jeff Hardy, Rollins pinning

But the Miztourage sneak attacks, Bo gets the Twist of Fate and the Coup de Grace! Jeff goes up, SWANTON BOMB!

Curb Stomp! SUPERKICK to Axel, Finn goes up again for another Coup de Grace! Jeff goes up again, another Swanton Bomb! Fans want more, so Rollins gives Axel the Curb Stomp! Now things are down between these three and the Miztourage. However, Miz will come for his title in four weeks at Backlash. Will the Grand Slam Architect hold on to his belt through the cross-branded PPV? And with Superstar Shake-Up next week, will any of these men even be on Raw by then?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty damn good #RawAfterMania. There were a lot of great surprises tonight, such as NXT Call-ups Ember Moon, No Way Jose and the Authors of Pain, as well as the returns of Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and Bobby Lashley. Ember did great helping Nia teach Alexa & Mickie a lesson, great to see John Skyler back on something WWE related even if it’s to feed Jose’s debut. The AoP of course win, but they somewhat disappoint by abruptly saying good-bye to Paul Ellering. We all knew this day was coming, but it just seems too soon. Meanwhile, Lashley opens up so many possibilities, it’s great to finally have him back. Samoa Joe calls out Roman, but is willing to wait until the Greatest Royal Rumble to settle things with him, that’s going to be fun.

Ronda beating up Stephanie more was so much fun, and extends her story with Raw management. As expected, Strowman didn’t get to be Raw Tag Team Champion long, but now it opens the titles back up again. The Revival VS #WOKENFamily is a great choice for next week, and I’m sure the winner will be left out of the Shake-Up. Woken Family can go all the way to fight The Bar, but no idea if they’ll win at #WWEGRR. Sasha VS Mandy was a good match, and it builds the Bayley-Sasha story more. Paige finally gives her retirement speech, but as she mentioned, if Daniel Bryan can make his way back, why not her? I really hope she sticks with the WWE in some way while she recovers because she’s still such a great talent.

Speaking of great talents, Kevin & Sami logically grovel to Angle, and put on a great match against each other, but the double count-out finish makes sense because it’d be a shame if only one of them “won back their job”. The Shake-Up is coming, and there’s a lot more they can do with this, surely Kevin & Sami will return somewhere. The main event was also great, Jeff looked great coming back from injury. He, Rollins & Finn win to stay strong coming off Rollins’ great Wrestlemania win. Again, the Shake-Up is coming, but I’d hope the coming Intercontinental Championship rematch stays intact. Though, if Miz isn’t challenging Rollins at #WWEGRR, then who is?

My Score: 8.8/10


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AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Ratings & Results: Part 4

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Welcome to Part 4 of the All Japan Pro Wrestling Champion Carnival B block. This has been an interesting mix of younger men trying to prove themselves, freelancers trying to take over a new company, and the old guard proving they aren’t obsolete. There’s been some variety in the matches, and definite variety in how they portray concepts in the Carnival.

Matches have had comedic qualities, but never over the top. This has been a nice display of each participant respecting the prestige of the Carnival. So let’s see what matches we’ve got in this article.

 

4/16

 

KAI vs Yukata Yoshie

Yoshie continues to try very hard and capture some fan support (including myself). He moves pretty well for a big guy, he’s just inconsistent depending on his opponent.

KAI showed a lot of fighting spirit, going back and forth with striking and power. When KAI kicks out of a Thesz Press, Yoshie decides to go to the top rope for a big move. Realizing he might die, KAI does everything he can to stop Yoshie from hitting him with a move from the top rope.

Thankfully for KAI, a couple of step up Enzuigiris give him the opportunity to hit the Meteor Impact, and finally get a Carnival win.

Winner: KAI via Meteor Impact

Rating: ***

 

Dylan James vs Yoshitatsu

There’s not a lot to say about this match in a preview. Yoshi is trying to put together a late surge, and Dylan is trying to save face.

This might be James’ longest match of the Carnival so far, and oddly, it was alright. The two men seem very evenly matched, Yoshi having the speed and experience edge, where James has the power and height advantage. Both men utilize what they are better at, and James looks to have the match won multiple different times.

Numerous lariats can’t put away Yoshitatsu. Yoshi eventually gets the advantage to put Dylan in the Koji Clutch. Even though he doesn’t tap it weakens him enough to set up for the Codebreaker from the corner. That’s two wins in a row, thanks to Jericho’s Codebreaker.

Winner: Tatsu via CBJ (Codebreaker of Jericho)

Rating: *** 1/4

 

4/18

 

Dylan James vs KAI

This is definitely not expected to be a clinic. A power guy in James, against KAI who’s been struggling a bit in the Carnival.

This match is basically what we expect. KAI hits a few strikes, James over powers him easily, hits a few big power moves. But when Dylan James goes for his Chokeslam, KAI rolls away, hits him with a kick, followed by a very nice Gannosuke Clutch.

Even though James kicks out right after the 3 and continues to attack KAI, when the referee admonishes him, he just seems surprised it was a pinfall. But when she implores that it was indeed a 3 count, he relents and heads to the back.

Winner: KAI via Gannosuke Clutch

Rating: ** 1/2

 

Yukata Yoshie vs Naomichi Marufuji

This is one of those matches where Yoshie’s inconsistency hurts him.

We get an actually beautiful comedic struggle match. Where Marufuji goes to try and lift Yoshie many times, but can’t lift the bigger wrestler. When Yoshie goes to do a power move, Marufuji finds ways to counter and flip out of them. So admittedly, this was a very enjoyable first few minutes that showed what both wrestlers can and can’t do.

Then we reach a spot, where Marufuji was supposed to follow Yoshie to the ropes, but Yoshie stops, hits the ropes a second time, and the wheels kind of fall off for a while. Sloppy exchanges, Yoshie not taking Marufuji’s blitz well, and then falling back into the corner early before a kick connects, just makes those couple minutes look bad.

Sloppy match or not, Marufuji wins with the move he innovated, the Shiranui (Sliced Bread).

Winner: Marufuji via Shiranui

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Jun Akiyama vs Yoshitatsu

Carnival Grandpa, fresh off his first loss to Suwama, now gets a surging Yoshitatsu.

This starts off as one of those weird matches where referee Wada is a little too involved. Akiyama continues his wily veteran ways by rolling in and out of the ring to keep Yoshi chasing, which visibly frustrates the younger wrestler. But Kyohei Wada is also getting sick of the rope-a-dope, so when Akiyama slides back in after Yoshitatsu went out to get him, Yoshi tries to collect his thoughts momentarily, but the referee fast counts him, forcing action to start.

This match is fantastic in the way it’s laid out. Yoshitatsu keeps looking better, more natural and overall seems to be enjoying himself, and it shows in his work. They both exchange momentum and it gets to a point where Tatsu looks like he might pull off a win. But when Yoshitatsu looks to lock in his Koji Clutch, Akiyama very cleverly counters it by cradling the legs, for a cheap, but cunning pinfall.

A harder loss than one may think, since this knocks Yoshitatsu out of being able to win B Block. Reason being, he’s lost to the current top 3 competitors, so if they were to all finish with the same record, Yoshitatsu loses on tiebreakers.

Winner: Akiyama via cradle counter to Koji Clutch

Rating: ***

 

Current B-Block Standings:

Jun Akiyama: 4-1 (8 Points)
Naomichi Marufuji: 3-0 (6 Points)
Suwama: 3-1 (6 Points)
Zeus: 2-2 (4 Points)
KAI: 2-3 (4 Points)
Yoshitatsu: 2-3 (4 Points)
Dylan James: 2-4 (4 Points)
Yutaka Yoshie: 1-5 (2 Points)

As we see, Suwama still holds a tiebreaker over Akiyama if they were to end with the same record. But the only other man with a clear chance to win, is the currently undefeated Naomichi Marufuji, Zeus has a shot, but he needs to go on a huge run. At the current point, everyone in the bottom 4 are mathematically eliminated from winning the block.


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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 343

ROH brings a whole lot of tag team action this week! The main event is a Tag Team Championship Contenders Gauntlet match, where the last team standing will challenge The Briscoes for the titles, and it includes The Kingdom and The Young Bucks! Plus, Frankie Kazarian VS Hiromu Takahashi to settle a long-standing grudge!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frankie Kazarian VS Hiromu Takahashi; Takahashi wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship Contenders Gauntlet: The Young Bucks win and will challenge The Briscoes for the titles.

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Frankie Kazarian VS Hiromu Takahashi!

SoCal Uncensored’s Heavy Metal Rebel remembers the days when “Kamaitachi” was on the Addiction’s side. He also remembers when the Ticking Timebomb ditched The Addiction. After so much time has passed, will Kaz get back at Hiromu for leaving him and Daniels high and dry?

While making his way out to the ring, Hiromu takes notice of a fan’s Daryl the cat plushie and brings it to the ring with him. Kaz is annoyed as he has to make room for Hiromu to place the stuffed animal in the middle of the ring. Hiromu praises Daryl!

Daryl aside, fans are chanting for “Takahashi! Takahashi!” as Kazarian returns inside the ring. The bell rings without the Code of Honor and the two circle. They tie up and Kaz gets the waistlock but Hiromu gets the standing switch. Kaz breaks out to put on a wristlock but Hiromu reverses to his own wristlock. Kaz uses ropes to flip out of the hold then whip Hiromu, but Hiromu reverses. Things speed up as Kaz hurdles Hiromu, then he reverses the hip toss into a fireman’s carry bridge cover, ONE! Kaz goes for the legs but Hiromu pushes him away, Hiromu lies down as Kaz kips-up. Fans applaud as the two circle again.

Kaz talks trash to the fans, but Hiromu takes a time-out to again retrieve the Daryl doppelganger. Hiromu looks into the camera as he pretends to be a cat, cleaning its ears, but then he hurries into the ring as Kaz comes rushing out. Kaz swipes at Daryl, bane of his existence, but gets blasted by Hiromu’s running dropkick! Hiromu goes to the apron and leaps but Kaz gets clear. Hiromu turns around and ducks Kaz’s clothesline, only to run into his boot. Kaz grabs Hiromu and snap suplexes him into the barriers! Hiromu writhes while Kaz gets into the ring to embrace the heat. Hiromu clutches his ankles while we go to break.

ROH returns as Kaz chokes Hiromu against the ropes. The referee counts and Kaz backs off, but then slingshots over to give Hiromu an uppercut. Kaz taunts the fans before returning to the ring. He drags Hiromu up but Hiromu fires off chops. Kaz knees low then suplexes Hiromu up, but Hiromu slips out and lands on the apron. Hiromu punches Kaz a couple times, then shoulders in, but Kaz hits him with a guillotine leg drop! Hiromu hangs from the ropes, so Kaz springboards to give him another guillotine leg drop!

Cover, TWO, but Kaz keeps his cool. He talks trash and toys with Hiromu before bringing him up for a back suplex to backbreaker! Hiromu writhes again, but Kaz toys with him more. Kaz brings Hiromu up again for haymakers, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu boots Kaz back then runs, but into Kaz’s kick. Kaz runs, but Hiromu follows to rally with forearms and elbows. Hiromu kicks, kicks and kicks Kaz down, then covers, TWO! The fans rally for Hiromu and Hiromu fires up. He whips and reels Kaz in, but Kaz dodges the lariat. Hiromu gets him with a back elbow instead, then runs, dodging Kaz to throw him with a huricanrana!

Kaz gets to a corner and Hiromu hits him with a clothesline. Hiromu rolls Kaz out then runs for a low dropkick. Kaz rolls out of the ring but Hiromu gets to the apron. Hiromu runs for the leaping dropkick! Down goes Kaz and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu drags Kaz up and into the ring, cover, TWO. Kaz slowly stands but Hiromu shouts “Timebomb!” Hiromu lifts Kaz in a fireman’s carry, but Kaz fights his way off. Kaz gets the waistlock but Hiromu bucks him off. Kaz runs back in but Hiromu puts him on the apron. Hiromu swings but Kaz ducks and shoulders back in. Kaz slingshots in for the DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans chant for Hiromu, but Kaz drags him up and whips. Hiromu reverses and runs in, but Kaz slips out to the apron and hotshots Hiromu back! Kaz climbs up to springboard but Hiromu ducks under. Hiromu runs at him but Kaz puts him back on the apron. Hiromu slingshots in, but Kaz gets him with a cutter!

Cover, TWO! Kaz can’t belive it, and gets mad at the referee. Hiromu stirs while Kaz pushes the referee, and the referee pushes back and Hiromu rolls Kaz up! TWO, but Hiromu is right on Kaz with haymakers. Hiromu whips Kaz corner to corner but Kaz boots him down. Cover but Kaz puts his feet on the ropes, TWO! Kaz really can’t believe that, but he drags Hiromu up by his hair. He slaps Hiromu, then goes to run but Hiromu rolls him up again! TWO, into small package, TWO! Kaz swings but Hiromu ducks, SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs and takes Kaz off his feet with a fiery lariat! Fans fire up while Kaz staggers. Hiromu lifts him into the fireman’s carry, then swings him out for the Timebomb driver!

Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Takahashi, by pinfall

The Timebomb shows the Heavy Metal Rebel that he’s more than just eccentric. With wins like this, can Hiromu find himself in contention for a singles title in ROH?

 

The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas are attacking Team Coast 2 Coast!

Specifically, the Keg Man and the Kingpin are clubbing and clobbering Leon St. Giovanni! Bruiser stands LSG up against a wall to then flatten him with a body splash, then keeps him up so Milonas can do the same! They leave LSG writhing on the ground, having eliminated one team even before tonight’s Tag Team Gauntlet. Will the other teams be able to win once the bullying behemoths enter the match?

 

Caprice Coleman joins commentary.

The Most Versatile Man in Sports Today joins Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana to watch this massive tag team main event!

 

ROH World Tag Team Championship Contenders Gauntlet!

And speaking of massive, the first team out is literally the biggest team in all of ROH, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas!

Normally being first out in such a match is a disadvantage, but this duo doesn’t seem bothered by it at all. They used the Human Rocket, Leon St. Giovanni, as an appetizer, will they feast on the other five- Well, four teams? But wait, Shaheem Ali still comes out for Team Coast 2 Coast!

He also has a microphone in hand. Ali looks at Bruiser & Milonas, and tells them, “You two think it’s a joke.” He saw what they did, jumping LSG backstage before this match, and they just assume Ali is going to back out. “You gotta be out your mind.” But he knows The Bruiser & Milonas only took Team C2C out because they’re scared! Ali isn’t afraid, he’ll take them both on! This Tag Team Gauntlet is starting out as a handicap!? That suits the big boys just fine, they exit the ring to flank Ali. Ali slips into the ring, the bell rings, and it begins!

The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Shaheem Ali!

Bruiser pursues Ali but Ali punches him away. Bruiser tumbles into Milonas, and Ali builds speed and FLIES!

Ali wipes Bruiser out but Milonas gets into the ring. Ali hops up and shoulders into the Kingpin, then slingshots over to run. He jumps but Milonas catches the crossbody, but Ali fights out with elbows. Fans rally with the endless elbows Ali gives Milonas, and Milonas falls back on his butt! Ali fires up and runs, and basement dropkick from the side. Milonas flounders but Bruiser is back. Ali sees him coming and counters with a low spinning backhand. Ali uppercuts and has both big men in the corners. He runs in but only gets Milonas as Bruiser gets clear. Bruiser runs at Ali but Ali gets around to a waistlock. Bruiser gets the standing switch and feeds Ali to Milonas’ boot. Ali staggers, and is sandwiched by Bruiser & Milonas! Ali flops to the mat, and Bruiser finally stands in his team’s corner.

Milonas brings Ali up and whips him hard corner to corner, then brings Ali back over for the first actual tag of this match. Bruiser comes in and throws haymakers, then tags Milonas back in. Bruiser whips Ali to a corner but Ali boots him back. Ali runs out but Bruiser back drops him onto Milonas’ shoulder, and Milonas brings Ali up for a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO, and neither Bruiser nor Milonas can believe it. Milonas argues with the ref but then goes back to stomp Ali at the ropes. Without a partner, Ali is all alone while we go to break.

ROH returns to Ali fighting back but being kept down in Bruiser’s & Milonas’ corner. Milonas runs in but Ali dodges and kicks back. Bruiser tags in but Ali sees him coming. Ali gives him forearms and elbows, then a leaping heel kick. Milonas comes back but Ali rocks him with a headbutt! Milonas staggers back and sits down in a corner but Bruiser gets up and runs at Ali. Ali baits him into another corner, and Bruiser bounces off buckles, then Ali adds a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Ali keeps going, climbing up top, but Milonas clubs him with a forearm. Milonas climbs up to join Ali while Bruiser climbs up another corner. Milonas SUPERPLEXES Ali, Bruiser FROG SPLASHES! The Last Call combination!

Cover, three count, Bruiser & Milonas eliminate Ali.

Elimination: Coast 2 Coast

They took out LSG before the match and finish up by taking out Ali here. The next team up in the Gauntlet is… “OH! HELL! YEAH!!” It’s Big Rhett & Little Willie!

The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS The Dawgs!

They may not have gotten anything for the 16th Anniversary Show, given how wasted they were, but Bruiser & Milonas are “two guys just as drunk as us!” Why have a match when they can have a beer? The Dawgs offer a drink to Bruiser & Milonas, and the big beer belly boys accept. They also down those drinks in about two seconds and then throw hands on The Dawgs! Bruiser & Milonas whip Ferrara & Rhett, respectively, but The Dawgs dodge the haymakers to spit beer in their faces! Rhett knocks Bruiser’s & Milonas’ heads together, then so does Ferrara. Then Rhett knocks Milonas’ & Ferrara’s heads together. Milonas stays standing, and runs at The Dawgs, but the Dawgs dump Milonas out. The Dawgs shove each other, then Rhett launches Ferrara at Bruiser. Bruiser catches Ferrara easily, but Rhett dropkicks Bruiser in the face! Cover, ONE, and things sort out to the teams’ corners.

Rhett tags Ferrara in, and The Dawgs cross Bruiser’s arms before whipping him backwards into buckles. Ferrara wants to whip Rhett in, but Rhett stops that. Rhett slaps some sense into Ferrara before whipping Ferrara in for the shoulder tackle. Ferrara runs at Rhett but Rhett redirects him in for another shoulder tackle. Ferrara wants to try again, Rhett spins him around an extra time, but Bruiser gets out of the way, sending Ferrara into buckles! Bruiser rocks Rhett with a right but Ferrara boots Bruiser. Rhett rocks Bruiser back while Ferrara hops up, Ferrara leaps for a flying huricanrana!

However, it sends Bruiser all the way to his corner and Milonas tags in. Ferrara doesn’t know that and Bruiser yanks him into buckles. Milonas steps up to Ferrara and gives him repeated hip attacks! He tags Bruiser back in, Bruiser knocks Rhett off the apron before giving Ferrara the cannonball!

Cover, TWO! Fans chant for “Little Willie”, and he starts slapping Bruiser. But Bruiser only has to slap Willie once to knock him down. Ferrara keeps trying but Bruiser chops him back into the corner. Milonas tags in and stomps Ferrara. Milonas brings Ferrara up and taunts Rhett before throwing Ferrara overhead! The Dawgs are in trouble while we go to break.

ROH returns to fans rallying for Ferrara. Milonas toys with him, so Ferrara bites Milonas’ fingers! Ferrara then crawls under, but Milonas brings him up. Ferrara sunset flips over, but there’s no way Little Willie can bring down Mastadon Milonas. Milonas jumps but Ferrara gets clear of his rear, hot tag to Rhett! Big Rhett rallies, big forearm to Bruiser and big enziguri to Milonas. Rhett gets around and knees Milonas low, then runs to boot him high. Milonas stays standing so Rhett unloads haymakers and chops. Milonas shoves but Rhett dodges to rock him with another right. Bruiser returns as Rhett runs again, and rocks Rhett with a right of his own! Bruiser whips Rhett corner to corner but Rhett goes up and over to then monkey flip Bruiser! Ferrara returns to leap from the apron, and tornado DDT Bruiser to the ground!

Fans fire up for The Dawgs as Milonas stands up. Milonas runs at Rhett but misses, Ferrara runs in to hit Milonas with a big back elbow. Rhett runs in to add on a helluva kick. Ferrara becomes the step stool, for Rhett’s bicycle kick to table top Milonas down! The Dawgs fire up while Milonas stirs. Rhett tags in Ferrara and Ferrara climbs while Rhett fetches Milonas. But Rhett can’t suplex Milonas up for the finisher! Milonas back drops Rhett then rocks Ferrara. Milonas climbs up to join him, SUPERPLEX! He covers while Bruiser keeps Rhett away, three count, Bruiser & Milonas eliminate The Dawgs.

Elimination: The Dawgs

That’s two teams in a row for ROH’s biggest tag team, and we’re now halfway through this gauntlet. But there’s no rest for the wicked, out come… The Motor City Machine Guns!

The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS The Motor City Machine Guns!

And the former ROH World Tag Team Champions bring the fight to the exhausted hosses!

Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley throw hands on Bruiser & Milonas, but Milonas knocks Shelley down with one body shot. Sabin runs but Bruiser follows, to then flatten Sabin with a crossbody! Milonas adds the spinning back senton! Shelley stands up but Milonas is right on him. Milonas picks Shelley up and Bruiser runs in for a dropkick-started sidewalk slam! The MCMG are down while Bruiser & Milonas somehow have energy to spare. Milonas gets Sabin with those hip attacks, then Bruiser runs in, but Sabin dodges the cannonball! Milonas sees that and runs at Sabin, but Sabin dumps him out. Shelley returns and Bruiser goes after both MCMG, but then he runs into a drop toehold. Bruiser stays standing just on sturdiness, so Sabin runs to give him a bulldog! Then they hit Bruiser with double basement dropkicks.

The fans fire up while MCMG aim at Milonas. Shelley slingshots out, but Milonas catches him. Milonas puts Shelley on his shoulders but Sabin gets to the apron. Sabin gives Milonas a Penalty Kick, but then Bruiser rocks Sabin with a right hand! Bruiser goes out to the apron while Milonas holds the MCMG. Bruiser gets moving, but the MCMG get clear, that cannonball goes into Milonas!

The big men go down and MCMG take aim again. Bruiser stands up, but gets double SUPERKICKS! He still stands so they put him in the ring. Sabin puts Bruiser in a corner, and the MCMG give him the boot-kick combo. Shelley climbs while Sabin turns Bruiser around, for Skull & Bones!

Cover, MCMG eliminate Bruiser & Milonas!

Elimination: Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas

The former ROH World Tag Team Champions are the ones to finally eliminate the behemoth bullies, but now they’ll face… Matt & Nick Jackson, The Young Bucks!

The penultimate match-up is of two former ROH World Tag Team Champions! Fans erupt with excitement while we go to break.

The Motor City Machine Guns VS The Young Bucks!

ROH returns and these two teams are face to face in the ring with streamers everywhere. The ring is cleared while the fans start up the Terminator drums. Both teams are very familiar with each other, so they skip the formalities and go right to brawling! All four men throw hands fast and furious, and the Bucks get MCMG in opposite corners. The Bucks whip Sabin & Shelley at each other, but MCMG do-si-do and run back at the Bucks. The Bucks dodge but so do the MCMG, and back again, it’s the Bucks who get the double corner clotheslines! Fans applaud while the Bucks high-five, and then the fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” as Matt helps Nick acrobatically crossbody onto Shelley.

Sabin runs at the Bucks but gets double kicks for it. Nick sweeps the legs while Matt runs and comes in with the basement dropkick. Matt’s back bothers him, though, he still hasn’t been able to let his body recover. But that doesn’t matter right now, he whips Nick at Shelly in a corner. Shelley boots Nick back, then boots Matt. Nick tries again but gets caught, Sabin returns and Shelley helps him to the apron. Shelley gives Nick a buckle complete shot, then Sabin climbs up to hit Matt with a missile dropkick. Fans are mixed over cheering and jeering the MCMG. Shelley keeps Nick in a corner while Sabin whips Matt in, Shelley drop toeholds Matt into Nick’s groin! Then Shelley’s boot grinds Matt’s head deeper in! Shelley even blows snot on the Bucks to add insult to injury.

Sabin drags Matt up and hoists him onto Nick’s shoulders for a Tree of Woe. Both Bucks are stuck in the corner, both MCMG run in, Sabin boots Nick while Shelley basement dropkicks Matt!

The Bucks tumble down, Nick slumping all the way out of the ring. Shelley puts some stank on his right hand, then brings Matt over to Sabin for the tag. Shelley swings on Nick but Nick hits him first. Sabin uses Shelley as a step stool to dropkick Nick down before he can enter. Matt revives and throws hands on the MCMG! Matt runs but into the Dream Sequence: atomic drop to dropkick to half-Muda and another dropkick! Fans are fired up, Sabin covers, TWO! Sabin keeps on Matt with a chinlock, but Nick rallies the fans. Matt feeds off that energy and fights his way out. Matt runs but Shelley trips him up. Shelley drags Matt out of the ring, but Matt SUPERKICKS him away!

Matt gets up and shoulders into Sabin, then slides under. Sabin goes after Matt, Matt standing switches but Sabin elbows Matt away to then elbow Nick down. Matt dodges Sabin and wheelbarrow, victory roll facebuster! Nick returns to his corner and Matt crawls that way, but Shelley goes after Nick! He yanks Nick off the apron, but gets a SUPERKICK like earlier! Nick gets back up, Matt gets the hot tag! Sabin runs at Nick but Nick shoulders in, then slingshots over for the facebuster.

Nick cartwheels to asai moonsault Shelley down, then runs back in to give Sabin a corner shining wizard. He keeps moving, and DIVES on Shelley. Matt is back and grabs Sabin, Nick helps him out with the Sliced Break, Sabin’s move! Nick adds another shining wizard, then both go out to Shelley to give him double SUPERKICKS! The Bucks have the fans all fired up, “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Nick tags in Matt and Matt drags Sabin up. Nick waits on the apron, but between Matt’s bad back and Sabin’s flailing, Sabin slips out to a facelock. Sabin tries to use Nick for the tornado DDT but Nick ducks, to then SUPERKICK Sabin off Matt. Matt SPEARS Sabin, and the Bucks combine for the springboard splash and standing moonsault combo!

Cover, TWO! The Bucks are surprised, but they don’t slow down. Nick rallies the fans again, and the two double whip Sabin. Sabin reverses but Matt goes up and over. Sabin blocks Nick’s kick and sends it at Matt, but Matt dodges, only for Sabin to SUPERKICK Matt! Nick SUPERKICKS Sabin back, then rushes at the returning Shelley. Shelley puts him on the apron and knocks him off with an elbow. Matt runs in but into Shelley’s cravat. Shelley runs for Sliced Bread, but Matt catches him into Tombstone position!

Nick hurries to the apron but Sabin quickly anchors his feet. Shelley slips out of the Tombstone but Matt gets him in the fireman’s carry! Nick kicks Sabin away then climbs up, More Bang for Your- No! Shelley’s knees catch Nick’s 450! And then Matt’s moonsault is tripped up by Sabin’s SUPER German Suplex! The fans fire up as Sabin and Shelley hurry to bring Matt up. MCMG want the same finish, but Nick trips Shelley up. Matt backslides Sabin, three count! The Bucks eliminate MCMG!

Elimination: Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)

One team of former ROH World Tag Team Champions advance while the other is gone! We know who the last team left is, but we go to break before their introductions.

The Young Bucks VS The Kingdom!

ROH returns, and yes, it is TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia who were lucky last place in this Gauntlet. The Sassy Wild Horse & Horror King made their way out while ROH was on commercial break, but they’re already in control of Matt Jackson. Replay shows it was thanks to Matt Taven distracting the Bucks while TK & Vinnie entered from the crowd and attacked from behind.

In the present, someone tosses in a chair? It’s Nick Jackson, of course, but the referee isn’t going to allow this match to get extreme. However, this does give the Kingdom an opening to stomp and choke Matt behind the referee’s back. Vinnie tags in and chokes Matt against the ropes, then bends him backwards. The referee counts and Vinnie lets go at 4, but TK gives Matt a cheap shot boot. Nick rallies the fans and TK mocks it all while Vinnie clubs Matt in the back. Vinnie trash talks Matt, then clubs him more before standing on that bad back. He bends Matt back then throws him down before giving Nick a cheap shot. Matt runs in but Vinnie knees him away. Vinnie runs and tilt-o-whirls, but Matt denies the leg sweep. Vinnie rolls Matt forward instead, then bends him back with a chinlock.

TK talks trash to the fans while Vinnie drives in knees to Matt’s spine. Fans chant for “The! Elite! The the Elite!” but Vinnie tags TK in. TK turns Matt around to drive in forearms, then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie runs side to side for the forearm smash, then another, then throws Matt into the corner, but Matt uses that to knock TK down! Vinnie still gives Matt another forearm, then hoists Matt up top. Nick rallies the fans again while Vinnie climbs up. Matt fights back, but TK has crawled under the ring, all the way to the Bucks’ corner. Matt fires off hands and sends Vinnie down, then adjusts to hit the Macho Elbow! He can’t cover, so he crawls for his corner instead. TK lurks and trips Nick up just as Matt leaps over!

The Sassy Wild Horse mockingnly reaches to tag Matt, but mocks the fans a little too long, Matt SUPERKICKS TK down! Vinnie stands up and runs in, but into Matt’s boots. Matt hops up, and gives Vinnie a corkscrew stunner! Nick returns and Matt fires himself up. Matt crawls, as does Vinnie, hot tags to TK and Nick! Nick rallies on The Kingdom with kicks and elbows, then a Shining Wizard into the bulldog and clothesline! Fans fire up while The Kingdom regroup. Nick sees them, runs, and JUMPS!

He takes The Kingdom down, then puts TK back into the ring. Nick climbs up and takes aim, but TK rolls out of the ring. Nick hops down, and decides to go out to the apron, where he roundhouses TK! But that’s not all, he gives TK an apron German suplex! Nick puts TK back in the ring and fires up, but Vinnie grabs his feet. Nick stomps on Vinnie’s hands then hits the tornado DDT to the floor! He keeps going, shoulders in on TK and slingshots over for the sunset flip and Cease Sharpshooter!

TK endures the hold, Vinnie comes in and throws furious right hands. But Nick holds on! He glares Vinnie down, so Vinnie goes and gets his hatchet! The referee stops him from using the weapon, and even confiscates it. However, that still leaves the baseball bat! Vinnie jabs Nick in the ribs with the slugger, and TK rolls Nick up, TWO!? The screw job didn’t work! TK wants his bat and Vinnie tosses it to him, but Nick ducks the swing to tag in Matt! Matt rallies on the Kingdom with right hands back and forth between Vinnie & TK. TK clubs Matt in the back and that stops that. The Kingdom double whip Matt but Matt breaks the line to double clothesline them down!

Matt is all fired up but still very stiff. He goes to lift TK but that back limits him. The fans rally for him, but Matt still can’t get TK all the way up. When Matt finally does, Vinnie chop blocks his legs out! The Kingdom drag Matt up and throw him out. TK drags Nick in to watch Vinnie pull pads off the floor! But Vinnie takes too long enjoying the moment, because Nick breaks free and SUPERKICKS TK! Nick then goes to the apron and Penalty Kicks Vinnie down. Nick puts Matt back in the ring and the fans chant “Young Bucks! Young Bucks!” Matt goes after TK, but that bad back slows him down again. Nick helps Matt with the Tombstone scoop then hurries back to the apron. Nick springboards, Five Star Meltzer Driver!!

Cover, The Young Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Matt pinning

The Bucks are victorious! They overcome the Horror King & Sassy Wild Horse to earn themselves an ROH World Tag Team Championship match! They will challenge #DemBoyz, Jay & Mark Briscoe, in the near future. Will the Bucks end the Briscoe’s historic ninth title reign to begin their fourth? Or will the Briscoes continue to prevail in their war of Sandy Fork VS Everybody?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great night of action for ROH, even with just two matches and nothing else. The opening match of Kaz and Hiromu was great, even though I’m surprised it took this long for them to do something with that story. “Kamaitachi” leaving The Addiction was a long time ago, but I suppose with Hiromu hitting it so big upon returning to NJPW, there just wasn’t room in his schedule for a blow-off with either Kaz or Daniels. Hiromu going over here is great for his ROH career, and I think it’d be great if he got at least an ROH World Television Championship run within the next few months.

Then the Tag Team Gauntlet was of course incredible. It elevated all the regularly featured teams within the division, and not just for their in-ring abilities. Bruiser & Milonas are rising as a Heel team, and showed their endurance. Shaheem Ali showed grit as he toughed it out in a handicap against those two, while the Dawgs even established themselves as favorable Tweeners compared to Bruiser & Milonas. The MCMG VS Bucks was great as always, but The Kingdom are still top Heels in ROH with that sneak attack. I was surprised Taven didn’t stick around to interfere, but that’s been overdone so it actually turned out better that he didn’t. The Bucks go over in the end because they’re The Young Bucks, the best tag team across multiple promotions. Plus, now that they’re going Heavyweight in NJPW, they and The Briscoes could end up feuding over both ROH & NJPW belts.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Ja’von’s Impact Wrestling Report! (4/19/18)

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Impact On Pop Redemption

Impact Wrestling continues the road to Redemption tonight, the final show before the new PPV makes its debut!

All images and tweets courtesy of Impact Wrestling’s twitter page

QUICK RESULTS

Braxton Sutter and Su Yung vs Fallah Bahh and Kiera Hogan: Braxton and Su Yung via pinfall

KM Open Challenge: Brain Cage via pinfall

Johnny Impact vs Kongo Kong: No Contest

Austin Aries vs Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix: Pentagon Jr. via pinfall

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Braxton Sutter and Su Yung vs Fallah Bahh and Kiera Hogan: 

This match kicks off Impact this week and Sutter comes out to introduce his partner Su Yung. The commentators hype up Yung as a HUGE threat to Allie and her Knockouts Championship. Kiera Hogan and Fallah Bahh make their way to the ring together doing the signature Fallah bahh head hit. Sutter and Yung get the jump on both Hogan and Bahh but Kiera and Fallah counter with Sutter thrown in the corner. Bahh goes for the splash but Braxton counters with an elbow. Fallah hits a belly to belly suplex on Sutter.

Hogan tags in and meets Su Yung. Hogan is the upper hand a bit and Yung tags out leaving Hogan to deal with Sutter. The action is fast paced and Bahh and Sutter are now the legal men and Braxton knocks Bahh out of the ring and Su Yung does a barrel roll onto Bahh taking him out. Sutter brings him back in the ring and stays in control but Bahh eventually counters and they both tag in their partners as Hogan takes it to Su Yung and gets a two count. Yung fights back and attempts her finisher but Kiera fights back and hits a butterfly suplex. Sutter gets involved but Hogan gets a big shot on him sending him into the corner. Bahh comes in for the save but Su grabs the kendo stick and hits Fallah but it doesn’t faze him.

While distracted with Su Braxton takes out Bahh and Su Yung hits the paincswitch on Kiera Hogan for the pinball victory. Post match Allie comes down the ramp and attacks Yung but Sutter breaks them apart and Yung takes advantage. It takes Sutter and a couple of refs to hold both these ladies back.

Winners: Braxton Sutter and Su Yung (Pinfall) This match allowed for everyone to shine and we got to see how the partnership Sutter and Yung would work together during a match. Yung looked strong here and loved the post match brawl between Allie and Su Yung.

LAX are in their clubhouse and worried about Scott Steiner being Eli’s partner for the title at Redemption. Conan reminds them that Stiener is a wildcard and hyped them up for the match.

Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong are interviewed by McKenzie Mitchell backstage and says that pretty people like her and Johnny are in a bubble and don’t have to work for anything cause it’s hand to them. Jacobs says after tonight he wants Impact to see a monster staring back at him when he looks in a mirror.

A video package plays showcasing a deeper look into the House of Hardcore Match:

In my opinion this should be a fun match for the Impact crowd on Sunday. Bodies will be put on the line and tables will be broken but when it’s all said and done Eddie, Moose, and Dreamer will be victorious.

KM’s Open Challenge:

KM makes his way to the ring and knocks a fan’s hat off his head. KM calls himself an innovator and will create a one of a kind match. He calls out the locker room and saying he will make history with them. Brian Cage answers the challenge and makes his way to the ring. KM tries to weseal his way out of the match and claim to be friends with Cage.

KM tries to leave the ring but eats a back body drop for his troubles as the match begins. Cage hits a basement dropkick and multiple clothesline on KM in the corner. Cage hits a deadlift duplex and an elbow drop from the top followed by the discus clothesline and an F5 type maneuver for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Brian Cage via pinfall This match was basically a squash match to keep Brain Cage looking strong heading into his six way match on Sunday.

Johnny Impact vs Kongo Kong:

A video package is played showcasing Kong Kongo becoming the new big monster of Impact and how we get to Johnny Impact vs Kongo Kong tonight. The video package is narrated by Jimmy Jacobs. This is a first time ever match between the two.

Kongo Kong and Jimmy Jacons make their way to the ring for the match. Johnny Impact makes his way to the ring for this first time ever match. Impact starts with a big shot to Kong’s chest and doubles him over but Kong fights back and knocks him out of the ring. Impact comes in the ring very cautiously and tries to use his speed against the monster but to no avail as Kongo Kong catches him and knocks him down. Kong stands on the back of Impact’s head then tosses him in the corner for a big splash and knocks Johnny to the ground for a two count. Impact fights back and hits Kong with a big knee to the face then a standing shooting star press for a two count. Kong regains control and chokes Impact on the middle rope. Impact begins to rally with jabs and punches on Kong but they have no effect on Kong. Johnny goes for a springboard maneuver but Kong catches him and tries toss him but Impact lands on his feet. Kong drives Johnny to the outside of the ring. Impact then goes for a running attack off the steel steps but is swatted midair. Kong then hits a rolling Denton to Impact up against the steps. The ref comes out to check on Impact but Kongo Kong tosses him into the steel barricade. Jacobs and Kong set up the steps on the ring apron and Kong launches him like a lawndart face first into the steps.

Winner: No Contest 

A video package showcasing a deeper look into Allie vs Su Yung for the Knockouts Championship this Sunday.

Video package showcasing a deeper look into the X-Division Championship match this Sunday.

A video package showcasing a deeper look into the Tag Team Championship match this Sunday.

Eli Drake is interviewed backstage by McKenzie Mitchell and Drake says he’s the only one to ever hold TWO briefcases and that he’s not down and out since losing the world title. Stiener shows up and says he will deliver the tag titles to Drake.

Impact Wrestling World Champion Austin Aries vs Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix (Non-Title):

Pentagon Jr. makes his way to the ring first followed by Fenix then the world champion Austin Aries. The match begins with a staredown and a game of one-upsmanship between the three men. Aries gets caught with a superkick from Fenix followed up by Pentagon Jr. hitting Fenix with a superkick of his own. Pentagon Jr. grabs Fenix with a wristlock and goes for a springboard maneuver but Fenix counters and sends Pentagon Jr. outside the ring. Austin comes back into the ring and takes it to Fenix hitting a diving elbow to the back of the neck from the corner to get a two count. Pentagon Jr. eventually finds his way back into the ring and takes it to both men. This match is fast pace as both Aries and Pentagon Jr. spill yo the outside and Fenix comes off the ropes with a springboard corkscrew.  Fenix bring Pentagon back in for a near fall. Fenix goes for a package piledriver on Pentagon back Aries breaks it up by boxing Fenix’s ears and tries to lock in the last chancery but Pentagon breaks it up with a kick to the chest. As we go to break Aries attempts a suplex from the top rope.

Back from break and Fenix hits a running elbow to Aries in the corner. Aries then attempts to lock inthe last chancery but Pentagon breaks it up. Pentagon and Fenix are known in some worlds as the Lucha Brothers and they hit a few double team maneuvers on Aries. Fenix and Pentagon Jr.  exchange chips to each other as they argue who should pin Aries. Aries comes back to break them up but eats a double superkicks and sends him out of the ring for the rest of the match.

Pentagon then hits a pop powerbomb for a two count then follows with the Pentagon Driver for the win.

Winner: Pentagon Jr. via pinfall


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