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

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NJPW Destruction In Beppu

NJPW moves on to the next stop in their Destruction tour! Tetsuya Naito and Minoru Suzuki have fierce history, and now it comes to Beppu!

 

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

Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Minoru Suzuki; Naito wins.

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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene in Beppu!

Suzuki-Gun is out for the heads of Los Ingobernobles de Japon. Back in April, the team leaders faced off for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Tetusya Naito took that belt from Minoru Suzuki, only to be blindsided, bloodied and beaten by Chris Jericho! The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla now has that championship, but Suzuki is still seeking vengeance on the casually charismatic Naito. Suzuki almost destroyed Naito at Road to Destruction: Beppu, now he looks to finish the job! Can Naito survive the savage Suzuki? Or will this be the last we see of Tranquilo for some time?

But first, the Sliest Wrestler in the World wants his first singles gold in NJPW! However, Taichi is going for the Fierce Warrior of Chaos and his NEVER Openweight Championship. The last time these two met, it was in a Triple Threat with Mike Elgin included. Elgin won it, only to lose it back 1v1 against Goto. Can Goto keep his belt in this new 1v1 match? Or will he lose it again to the cunning “Holy Emperor”?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

Although Taichi moved up from lightweight to heavyweight to prove he could hang with the biggest and baddest, this title is technically open to all weights. Either way, can Taichi use his many tactics to take that title from Goto? Or will the perennial NEVER OC keep a tight grip on his favorite belt?

NJPW on AXS jumps into this match as Taichi has Goto down. Fans fire up as Taichi aims at Goto. Goto sits up, Taichi buzzsaws! Cover, TWO! Taichi keeps his cool, and tears off his pants! He’s serious now as he focuses. Goto stops the Superkick to get the headlock, but Taichi counters with a back suplex! Goto stands up to get an enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Taichi grows ever closer to winning, but he hasn’t got it yet. He drags Goto up and calls for a bomb, but Goto blocks. Taichi gives quick kicks to Goto’s face, then goes for the bomb again. He gets Goto up but Goto back drops him down! Goto and Taichi catch their breath as they stand. Taichi swings but Goto grabs him. Taichi denies the saido suplex, but not the Hell Wheel slam!

Both men are down but stirring as fans cheer. Goto stands first, gritting his teeth. He dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi rises. Goto grabs Taichi for a sleeper hold! Taichi reaches for ropes but Goto keeps him away. Taichi fades even as Miho rallies for her man. Fans duel as Goto squeezes tight. Red Shoes checks on Taichi with a lift of his hand. Taichi’s hand stays up, but Goto shifts to a dragon sleeper! Taichi grabs Red Shoes, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru sneaks in and attacks! He knocks everyone down, including Red Shoes, which keeps the referee from seeing Kanemaru kick and stomp Goto! Kanemaru slaps Goto, but runs into a BIG clothesline! Goto drags Kanemaru up and tosses him out, then goes after Taichi. He lifts Taichi up but now Desperado attacks! Suzuki-Gun helps it’s own, but Goto whips Desperado and clotheslines him out!

Goto doesn’t see Taichi grab his mic stand, especially with Roppongi 3K taking care of Desperado & Kanemaru. He finally turns around, but manages to duck the stand to fireman’s carry! Ushigoroshi! Miho shouts as Goto drags Taichi up for a dragon sleeper. Taichi slips out but still ends up in the Shotenkai, suplex to STO! But there’s no ref to count! Goto has covered for at least 5, but there’s no referee to be found. Fans rally up as Goto checks on Red Shoes. Goto goes back to Taichi for stomps, and then drags him up for clubbing forearms. He eggs Taichi on, Miho helps Red Shoes in. Taichi sits up, to get Goto’s buzzsaw kick! Goto drags Taichi up, but Taichi breaks free, only to get a headbutt! Goto drags Taichi up again, Inverted GTR! Cover, TWO!? Taichi shocks Goto by surviving!

Goto drags Taichi up but who is that storming down the ramp?! It’s Takashi Iizuka! Red Shoes stops the wild Iizuka and his metal hand at the ropes, but Goto takes care of him personally with a forearm smash! Iizuka is down, but Taichi gets away with a low blow! Then he uses the body scissor clutch to cover, TWO!? Goto escapes that wild screw job, but now everyone is down. Fans rally up as Iizuka rises. Goto and Taichi each crawl to a corner while Red Shoes also stirs. Taichi SUPERKICKS Goto! But he’s not done there, he drags Goto up, for a Last Ride! High stack cover all the way, TWO!? How did Goto survive?! Taichi keeps going, Black Mephisto reverse neckbreaker!! Cover, Taichi wins!!

Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion

Miho leaps into the ring to celebrate with her Star of Hokkai, as he now holds his first singles championship in NJPW! Of course, she and practically everyone else with connection to Suzuki-Gun helped him do it. Will Taichi rise to new greatness? Or will Goto return to bring this star crashing down soon enough?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Minoru Suzuki!

To say there is no love lost between these two would be an understatement. The Uncontrollable Charisma gets on the nerves of the Meanest Man in the World, but The King of Pancreas isn’t exactly El Ingobernable’s favorite person, either. Will these two men make the title “Destruction in Beppu” literal in the course of this grudge match?

As always, Naito takes his time taking off his elaborate entrance attire. If anything, it’s part of his nonchalant mind games. But Suzuki won’t let him finish, he attacks Naito as he’s taking off the tearaway pants! The bell rings and Suzuki tosses Naito out of the ring. Suzuki kicks and knees and clubs Naito against the railing, then brings him to the other side to throw him into more railing. He stomps and punches Naito, but Naito comes back with a forearm. They trade shots back and forth, Suzuki standing low. Naito staggers around a corner but Suzuki puts him in the ring. Suzuki stomps and kicks Naito around, then throws more knees. He whips Naito but Naito reverses to knock Suzuki over and hit a basement dropkick! Naito puts Suzuki in a corner with the heel of his boot.

Suzuki slips out but Naito pursues. Naito whips Suzuki at railings and Suzuki almost tumbles over them. Naito brings Suzuki up to whip him into more railing. Suzuki simply snarls as Naito grinds and stomps him. Suzuki even eggs Naito on. Naito puts more effort into the heel of his boot, but Red Shoes wants them to bring this back to the ring. Naito brings Suzuki up to ram him into railing again. Suzuki staggers but Naito pursues. Naito elbows and clubs Suzuki against the railing, then puts him back in the ring. Fans applaud, but Suzuki catches Naito into a draping armbar! Red Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4, to run and boot Naito to the railing! Naito is down, but Suzuki doesn’t leave him there. Suzuki brings Naito outside and around to bounce him off an announce desk.

Suzuki brings Naito toward the entrance ways, and fights among the fans! He bowls Naito through chairs! Then he wraps a chair around Naito’s head to choke him with the legs! Red Shoes counts and Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki watches Naito slowly stand, to jab a chair into Naito’s ribs! Naito clutches his side as he slumps to the floor. Suzuki leaves him for dead, but brings blue railing with him just because. Naito stirs and Suzuki watches for him. Naito makes his way back to ringside and Suzuki eggs him on again. He throws chops but Suzuki just knees Naito back. The ring count has reached 13 by the time Suzuki shoves Naito back in the ring. Suzuki has Naito on the apron, for another draping armbar off that apron edge! Red Shoes counts, and again Suzuki lets go at 4.

Suzuki returns into the ring, to toss Naito back on. They again go around as Suzuki knees and forearms Naito. Suzuki backs off to blast Naito with his own John Woo dropkick! Naito is in trouble while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns to see Suzuki picking on a Young Lion now! He dumps the younger wrestler over the railing, then he takes some swipes at various commentary teams. Suzuki makes a full lap around the ring, and boots that same Young Lion! Red Shoes counts and it reaches 10 before Suzuki goes back to Naito. Suzuki puts Naito back in at 14, but hears the fans rallying up for Naito. He paces as Naito slowly stands up. Suzuki kicks Naito stiff in the chest, then brings him up for a snapmare into another stiff kick. Naito writhes while Suzuki simply looms over him menacingly. Suzuki kicks Naito again and again, then covers, TWO! Suzuki has Naito with the mounted double wristlock!

Naito endures the torture of his arm as Suzuki makes it a hammerlock. Naito kicks and flails his legs while fans rally up. He feeds off that energy, but Suzuki shifts to a Fujiwara! Naito endures new arm pan as Suzuki even uses Naito’s own wristband against him! Red Shoes reprimands Suzuki so Suzuki ditches the wristband. Naito reaches and gets to ropes for the ropebreak! Suzuki lets him go, but stomps that bad arm. Suzuki eggs Naito and the fans on. He bumps Naito with his knee, then kicks Naito in the chest again. He knees Naito to a corner but Naito comes back with sharp chops! Suzuki just smiles and laughs it off. He kicks Naito more, then throws stiff forearms. Naito is in the corner and fans rally again, but Suzuki simply spits at the cameraman.

Suzuki brings Naito out but Naito reverses the whip. Suzuki runs out into an atomic drop and the neckbreaker! Both men are down, but making their way back up. Naito stands first and throws a forearm. Suzuki replies and now they go back and forth. Suzuki hits Naito stiff but Naito comes back, Naito blocks a kick to fire off. He whips Suzuki, running dropkick, sweeps the legs and shouts “O-sama!” at The King as he hits the swinging dropkick! Fans fire up as Naito poses. Suzuki sits up with another snarl but Naito stands on his head as he poses. Naito grinds in his heel but Suzuki still grits his teeth. Naito keeps toying with Suzuki, but Suzuki grins. Suzuki fights his way out of a waistlock to then throw stiff forearms. Naito pie faces, so Suzuki hits him harder. Naito hits back, Suzuki hits harder again.

Suzuki whips Naito corner to corner and hits a big boot! He snapmares Naito down and runs for a Penalty Kick! Then another! And another! Then another! Suzuki stomps Naito over and over, then drags him up to toss him back out of the ring. Naito flounders away but Suzuki pursues. Suzuki opens the gate and rips up railing to confiscate someone’s folding chair. Red Shoes won’t allow Suzuki to use this one, and they tug o’ war over it while Naito staggers over. Suzuki kicks Naito away, then brings him around to throw him into more railing. Fans rally for Naito but Suzuki decides to confiscate the timekeeper’s table! Suzuki folds the legs and brings it around, to SMACK Naito with it! Naito’s face left a dent in the wood, but Suzuki isn’t done with either one! Suzuki sets the table up, but Naito clubs Suzuki!

Naito and Suzuki brawl but Suzuki gets a facelock choke. Suzuki squeezes Naito, then puts him on the already damaged table. Suzuki then fetches another chair, but Red Shoes again stops Suzuki. Red Shoes wraps himself around the legs of the chair so Suzuki gives up on that. Naito gets away from the table but Suzuki meets him on the apron. Suzuki puts on another sleeper to squeeze the life from Naito. He even makes it a hangman’s sleeper! Suzuki lets go of Naito and Naito flops to the floor. Fans boo Suzuki and cheer Naito, so Suzuki tells them off. Suzuki drags Naito up as fans grow thunderous.

Suzuki adjusts the table’s position, and wants a Gotch Piledriver! Naito holds on for dear life, and breaks free to elbow Suzuki back. He then brings Suzuki over, for a neckbreaker through the table!! Both men are down in the wreckage while we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito brings a dazed Suzuki up from the splintered wood. Naito wants to put Suzuki in the ring but Suzuki collapses. Naito leaves him out there and a ring count begins. It passes 10 before Suzuki stirs. Suzuki gets up at 14 but flops back down. The count nears the end, but Suzuki gets in at 19! And Naito meets him with a dropkick! Naito brings Suzuki up, hammerlocks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Suzuki is tougher than that, but Naito has more moves to use. He brings Suzuki up, wrenches the arm, but Suzuki elbows him away. Suzuki whips Naito but Naito comes back with leaping forearms! Naito hurries to wrench but Suzuki mule kicks Naito’s knee. Naito hobbles and Suzuki runs in, but into an elbow.

Now Naito puts Suzuki up top, climbs up to join him, but Suzuki grabs at the legs. They brawl up there, and Suzuki brings Naito down into an Achilles Lock! Naito flails and writhes as Suzuki pulls on the ankle and knee! Naito drags himself over as fans rally up, and gets the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Naito go but he won’t leave him be. He stalks Naito as he crawls. Suzuki kicks the bad leg, then brings Naito up for stiffer kicks. He stomps the other leg, then grabs the bad one. He elbows the knee and stalks Naito as he limps around. Suzuki brings Naito up but Naito throws forearms and kicks. Suzuki just kicks the bad leg then whips. Naito can barely run, so Suzuki runs, but into a low dropkick! Naito then hits the tornado DDT!

Fans rally as Naito aims. He runs but Suzuki denies the tilt-o-whirl and sweeps the legs, to roll Naito into a kneebar! Suzuki grapevines the leg and even pulls on the ankle, and drags Naito away from ropes. Suzuki steps through to wrench the leg into another kneebar! Naito endures the torture while fans rally again. Naito drags himself around as Suzuki twists as hard as he can. Red Shoes checks if this is it, but then Suzuki traps the free leg using his legs! Naito keeps trying, but Suzuki drags him away again. Suzuki drops down into a toehold, and Naito is again writhing. Naito flails but he doesn’t tap. Naito reaches but Suzuki shifts to a standing Half Crab! Suzuki pulls as far back as he can as he sits down on Naito! Naito still endures, so Suzuki moves around for another Achilles Lock!

Naito shouts and grits his teeth. The fans have not cheering him on, but Suzuki just takes all that as a challenge to hurt Naito more. Naito grabs Red Shoes so Suzuki shifts around to get back to the kneebar and cradle. He even traps one of Naito’s arms in there! Naito gets the arms free but that leg is still Suzuki’s chew toy! Naito grabs at Red Shoes again so Suzuki pulls hard all over again. Suzuki has both legs trapped with his grapevine, but Naito refuses to give up. Fans refuse to stop cheering him on, and this gives Naito the will to keep reaching. Suzuki doesn’t give up pulling on that bad leg, and rolls Naito over for yet another variation of trapping one leg while twisting the other! Red Shoes asks if Naito wants to stop, but Naito refuses.

Suzuki gets bored with that hold, so he gets up, and puts Naito in a Figure Four! Suzuki has used just about every hold imaginable, and hopes the Nature Boy’s favorite finishes this. Naito continues to endure but Suzuki puts more leverage into the hold. He twists Naito around, but Naito uses that moment to finally get a ropebreak! Suzuki lets Naito go, but drags Naito up. Suzuki fires off fast palm strikes from both sides, then wraps on the sleeper hold! Somehow Naito isn’t out cold yet, but he is turning purple. Fans continue to rally, but Suzuki shifts to his Gotch Piledriver! Naito holds on with whatever he has left, so Suzuki knees and slaps him. Suzuki brings Naito around, but Naito tilt-o-whirls into Destino!!

Both men are down, and Red Shoes checks on them. Suzuki rolls while clutching his sore head. Naito stirs and Suzuki actually likes seeing that. Suzuki hits Naito with a forearm, and Naito hits back. Suzuki hits again, but so does Naito. The forearms continue to fly as they both slowly rise to their feet. Suzuki hits Naito, but Naito hits back. Suzuki grins, and gives another swift shot to Naito. Naito hits back, but Suzuki hits harder. Naito staggers around,  Suzuki hits him again, Naito immediately hits back! Suzuki felt that one, but he still grins. He slaps Naito, Naito slaps Suzuki. Suzuki slaps, Naito slaps. Suzuki slaps, Naito slaps, repeat faster and faster! Naito takes slap from all sides, but gets a slap in the gap! And another! And another! Enziguri! Naito spits at Suzuki, then drags him up, to steal the piledriver!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are still thunderous as Naito brings Suzuki back up. Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall

It took so much out of him, but THE Ungovernable wins in the end. Both men are helped up while we go to break.

 

NJPW on AXS returns…

And Naito finally stands to have his hand raised in victory. Suzuki is down on the floor while Los Ingobernables de Japon has joined their fearless leader in the ring. Suzuki finally gets up and staggers off, but he surely won’t let this loss slow him down. As for Naito, he takes the mic to speak to the crowd.

“Buenos Noches, Beppu~!” He thanks them for coming tonight, for this return after a year and five months, as well as his first big match since then. What did they think? Did they like it? Beppu says yes! He notes the match earlier of LIJ’s Evil, Bushi & Sanada, and of course himself in the main event. And the fans surely know they’re still short that one member. Naito promises that next time, they’ll be back with that member, and LIJ will be at 100% strength!

By the way, the last time they were in Beppu and all the times before that, Naito has always ended up holding the mic. Did they notice? Well then the fans know what comes next, right? To everyone who supports LIJ in Beppu, this NJPW Beppu grand finale will be their roll call! “EVIL! BUSHI! SANADA! HIROMU! Y NAITO! Nosotros Los Ingoberrrrrnableeees~! DE JAPON!!” LIJ stands tall, tired as they are. Will LIJ only grow stronger as time goes by? Will they become the top faction in all of NJPW?

 

Backstage interviews.

Naito thinks back to April and Kumamoto, that and this makes two wins in a row against “The King.” The result was as he expected, and winning against Suzuki doesn’t do anything for him now. Naito knows in Kumamoto, he said it’s important “to return to normal, to not give up”. But that desire and will to change, the courage to take that first step, those are also important. Naito likes how that sounds, “the courage to take the first step.” As for what that means, Naito leaves that up to our imaginations. The answer of course is Tranquilo. Naito takes things easy, but will it be so easy to make it back to a title?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great episode right here. The bit of Goto VS Taichi we got was good, and it was pretty clear Taichi is the kind of weasel Heel who needs a lot of outside distracts to beat the big name. There is a big chance Goto will come back for that belt, that’s just his constant story in NJPW, but perhaps Taichi can use all his allies and assists to retain in sneaky ways so that Goto has to think of something else to fight for. We saw at Fighting Spirit Unleashed that he’s up for fighting Jeff Cobb just to test both men’s power levels. With Jeff Cobb being ROH World Television Champion, should Goto get that NEVER Openweight title back, I wouldn’t mind them at least having a Championship VS Championship match to see if someone becomes both.

And of course, the main event, the meat of the episode, was incredible. Much of this Suzuki VS Naito match was like their previous meeting but with new twists using that to their advantage. Just as I was wondering where Suzuki’s submission skills were, he goes after those bandaged legs. Naito shows some real grit, but bordered dangerously on too much. They stayed in one hold for quite a long time, but it still seemed to work for the match. It was great for Naito to go over, and while he says it doesn’t really help him, it also doesn’t hurt Suzuki. Both men are still strong no matter what, but I’m thinking at the very least, this could lead Naito back to Jericho and that IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (10/13/18)

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 369

The Kingdom made it known that Matt Taven still wants that ROH World Championship when they attacked Jay Lethal. Why? Because HEEE’S MATT TAVEN!!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kenny King VS Chase Owens; King wins.
  • Flip Gordon VS Shane Taylor; No contest.
  • Fatal 4 Way Tag: The Addiction VS The Young Bucks VS Best Friends VS EVIL & SANADA; The Young Bucks win.

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Witness the Death Before Dishonor aftermath!

Jay Lethal defended his ROH World Championship successfully against Will Ospreay. But then the red balloons signaled doom! The Kingdom would jump both Lethal and Ospreay, and would even withstand The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham, coming to the rescue. Taven would finish the job, and reveal his newly shaved head, while also revealing HIS ROH World Championship belt! Taven would throw down Lethal’s belt, because “IIIII’M Matt Taven, the REAL Ring of Honor World Champion!” Will The Kingdom truly reign over all? Or will The Franchise Player have something to say about this?

 

The Kingdom is here!

Fans are NOT happy to see them. Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia take the ring and move both referee and ring announcer aside so that they can go through with their ceremony. “Ladies and gentlemen, what is about to happen in this ring should have happened a long, long time ago.” TK makes sure neither ref nor announce moves as he speaks on the Kingdom Conspiracy. ROH has tried to silence them for far too long, but now the world will hear them out. Vinnie makes the referee hold their belt, and Vinnie takes the mic. “The conspiracy is dead.” TK makes the announcer officially say their message.

“This man has held the CMLL Historic NWA Welterweight Championship, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. He was the winner of the ROH Top Prospect Tournament. He held the ROH World Television Championship, the ROH World Tag Team Championship, two times he held the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship.” Taven was the Honor Royale winner, and has sold out Sumo Hall, Arena Mexico, ECW Arena, Hammerstein Ballroom and is the “reason that ROH and NJPW sold out Madison Square Garden.” Most of those are exaggerations… But most of all, TK bullies the ring announcer into reading the very last thing. “He is your ROH World Champion, THE Matt Taven.” That is factually inaccurate, but the Kingdom insists it is truth.

Taven takes the belt from the referee, and holds it up high as TK and Vinnie force the referee to raise his hand in victory. The Kingdom believe their leader to be the newest ROH WHC, but they’re the only ones. When will Taven be the actual ROH Grand Slam Champion he wishes to be?

 

The Top Prospect Tournament is OVER!

But not because we have a winner, but because Jeff Cobb says so! Cobb came to Death Before Dishonor to confront Punishment Martinez, but Martinez didn’t take him seriously. Which is why he SMACKED Cobb in the back with a chair! To no affect! Cobb glared at Martinez, then reeled him in for a slam! Cobb wants the ROH World Television Championship, when and where will he get it?

 

Kenny King VS Chase Owens!

The K I N G of Sin City has been on a Bullet Club hunting spree. First, he beat The Villain at his own game, then used those same tricks to solve the Problem Solver. But now, making a Ring of Honor Television debut, it’s the Crown Jewel of New Japan! Can Chase stop Kenny’s streak at two? Or will Kenny keep getting the better of the Bullet Club?

Kenny and Chase uphold the Code of Honor and the bell rings. Kenny and Chase circle and tie up. Chase gets a wristlock, but Kenny reverses to a hammerlock. Chase reverses to a fireman’s carry takedown, and then shifts to an armlock. Kenny gets up but Chase wrenches to a hammerlock. Kenny works his way out with a spin and Japanese arm-drags Chase, followed by an standard arm-drag. He has Chase in the armlock now, but Chase is up and whips. Kenny reverses but Chase blocks the hip toss into an arm-drag. Chase aims but Kenny avoids the superkick. Kenny jumps but Chase deflects the dropkick. Kenny handsprings and fans applaud this stand-off. The King swags about but Chase shrugs it off. Chase and Kenny circle and tie up, and Kenny gets a headlock.

Chase powers out but Kenny runs him over. Kenny breaks it down with his dance, then things speed up. Chase hurdles but dodges the punch to put Kenny on the apron. Kenny forearms back but Chase dropkcisk hsi feet out. Chase builds speed for a big wrecking ball dropkick! Fans fire up for the Crown Jewel despite Kenny being their hometown boy. Chase whips Kenny but Kenny spins through to rock him with a right! Kenny kicks but Chase ducks and gets in the ring. Chase knees Kenny’s shoulder thrust to then drag him out for a draping complete shot! Cover, TWO! Chase is in control while we go to break.

ROH returns as Kenny punches and kicks Chase off. Kenny whips but Chase reverses into a chin-check then mule kicks before hitting the running swing neckbreaker! Chase covers, TWO, but he keeps on Kenny with a fireman’s carry. Kenny fights his way out to then throw jabs. He bobs ‘n’ weaves with Chase to rock him with a right. Kenny whips and drops Chase with a spinning heel kick! Chase gets to the apron and swings back, but Kenny counters with the Eddy Gordo kick. Chase tumbles down and Kenny builds speed to FLY! Kenny hits the twisting plancha and Vegas fires up. Kenny gets Chase up and in then climbs up top. He leaps for the crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kenny grinds a forearm in for another cover, TWO. He wraps Chase in a chinlock with a knee into the back.

Chase fights his way up, throws body shots, and breaks free. Kenny shoves but Chase comes back with a jawbreaker. Chase runs, ducks and hits back with a forearm. He rallies with more forearms, jumps the sweep and hits an enziguri! Kenny gets to a corner while Chase runs in for a running European Uppercut. Chase then rolls Kenny out for a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Chase brings Kenny up for a chop. Then he whips Kenny, but Kenny goes up and over into a sunset flip, TWO! Kenny runs into Chase’s swing, for a swinging facebuster! Cover, TWO!

Chase keeps his cool as he double guns. BANG and he brings Kenny up, but Kenny gets out of the package driver. Kenny swings but Chase blocks to fire off a strike fest! Chase runs but into an elbow. Kenny runs but into a boot! Chase goes for the rebound back suplex but Kenny slips out of it, but jams his leg! The referee checks on Kenny but Chase senses something’s up. Chase moves the referee aside, but still gets caught in Kenny’s cradle! Kenny wins!!

Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall

The #BulletClubSilencer continues to steal victories, not because he has to, but because he wants to. Is there any way to stop the K I N G from riding the line? Or is he going to climb up the ladder by any means necessary?

 

Team Coast2Coast speaks.

“It was a slow Summer”, but Shaheem Ali is back at 100%, they beat The Kingdom, and now have momentum going into their ROH World Tag Team Championship match next week! But they’re still undefeated, too! So now, Ali & Leon St. Giovanni get their shot at The Briscoes! Can they take those titles from #DemBoyz, Jay & Mark? Or will they fail to #ManUp when it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody?

 

Flip Gordon VS Shane Taylor!

The high-flying Captain of Flip Army and the hard-hitting Notorious Hitman have had their past battles, such as for a chance at the ROH World TV title. Flip just went through a brutal Tables Elimination Tag match at Death Before Dishonor against Bully Ray and Silas Young. Flip already feels beat up from going through hardwood, will he feel even worse after a round with the One Hitter Quitter?

Before the match, Flip takes to the mic. “Listen, Shane. I have no problem fighting you tonight. But first, there’s something I need to get off my chest.” Flip calls out Bully Ray for putting Colt Cabana through a table. He made sure the odds were stacked in a match of his choosing, in the match that he made famous. But what happened? Flip still put Bully AND Silas through tables! But Bully couldn’t handle that, so he cheated. Flip wants to know what Bully wants. A TLC? A Las Vegas Street Fight? What does Bully want? “Do you know who I am?” Bully is here!

And Bully says Flip needs to focus on Taylor. What’s wrong, Flip? Is Bully under his skin? Is Flip upset over getting kicked in the balls and kept down? Flip says he beat Bully at his own game, but Bully says it only matters what the referee saw. Speaking of, Taylor comes in with a chair, but Flip sees him in time! Taylor stays back as Bully says be more concerned with everyone else. Because Silas Young slithers in to uppercut Flip in the balls! Bully mocks Flip as he says “It happened again.” Flip’s in the same spot as always: down on his knees in pain, because Bully is too smart for him. Then Bully tells Taylor to finish it off, and make it stiff! Taylor SMACKS Flip across the back!

Bully mockingly calls for help from the back while he shoves the referee down. Then he mocks Ian Riccaboni and the Vegas audience. Taylor SMACKS Flip again! Bully keeps egging Ian on, as Silas gives Flip the knee and Misery neckbreaker! Flip is down and out and all alone, and Bully asks again, “Do you know who I am?” Bully and his new crew stand tall as Vegas boos and jeers, will anyone put these three in their place?

No Contest

 

The Briscoes speak.

Jay & Mark know Coast 2 Coast are undefeated in 2018, but that will only make it worse when they lose. When the ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line, “y’all don’t stand a chance in hell.” Will Ali & LSG shock the world? Or will they simply crash and burn against the 9-time and mean-as-hell champions?

 

Jay Lethal speaks.

“The fact that we have sold out Madison Square Garden, I get goosebumps just thinking about it.” Lethal’s generation grew up loving pro-wrestling and dreaming of being at MSG. It is now a reality for ROH. There are always doubters and naysayers, let them talk. But the fact is, ROH and NJPW did it. “The little kid inside of me is smiling ear to ear knowing that I am going to get to wrestle at Madison Square Garden.” The only thing that could make it even sweeter, is if when they arrive, Lethal is still ROH World Champion. Lethal wants us all to believe and to know, that come April, the belt will be with the greatest wrestler in the world today, and that’s him. April is a long ways away, will Lethal keep his promise?

 

The Kingdom head out.

They’ve got everything they need, namely their ROH World Championship belt. There is still a question of validity, when will Lethal and Taven settle the issue of who is the REAL real World Champion?

 

Fatal 4 Way Tag: The Addiction VS The Young Bucks VS Best Friends VS EVIL & SANADA!

Teams that cross ROH and NJPW lines collide in this massive main event! Will Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, Matt & Nick Jackson, Chuckie T & Trent Baretta or Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness and Cold Skull make major moves towards World Tag Team Championship contention?

ROH returns with all eight men standing in their teams, but then the Kentucky Gentleman throws the first punch! It all explodes into a brawl and they pair off! Chuckie has Sanada, Trent has Daniels, Evil has Nick Jackson while Kaz has Matt. The Fallen Angel throws Nick out so he can go after Evil, but the other six don’t see the Bucks regroup. Nick climbs up, and with Matt’s help, he launches onto everyone else! The Bucks control the ring as they double whip Kaz. Nick sweeps and Matt low dropkicks, then they go after Daniels with the gutbuster to swinging neck and backbreaker! Trent runs into double kicks but Chuckie saves him from the alley-oop attack. Chuckie puts Matt in a corner, then dodges Nick to send the brothers into each other.

Trent enziguris Nick then Chuckie scoops Matt. Trent directs Chuckie, and Matt gets the Long Dart Cutter! Fans fire up as the Best Friends– are stopped from hugging as Evil & Sanada attack! LIJ rake the eyes of both Best Friends, then they double whip Trent. They double elbow Trent down and drop toehold Chuckie onto him, and Evil adds a big back senton to sandwich them both! The Addiction return and run both LIJ over. They double wrench Evil and bring him to his knees. Kaz kicks, Daniels clubs, and Kaz double stomps! Sanada runs into a scoop slam, and then The Addiction work together for the back suplex splash and lionsault!

Kaz slingshots out to huricanrana Evil down, but Sanada slingshots to splash on him. Daniels DIVES and hits Sanada! But then Matt wrecks Daniels with a dropkick, and sets up the pins for Nick. Nick runs for a corkscrew moonsault! But wait, Trent builds up speed, Chuckie intercepts to hug! The Best Friends hit The Addiction to then DOUBLE FLY onto all six opponents! Chuckie puts Daniels in but the ref checks on Daniels given his neck. Daniels says he’s fine, and the bell rings to finally make this match official!

Chuckie hotshots Daniels and Trent rolls him up! TWO!! This match was almost the fastest in ROH history given all that brawling didn’t count. Trent keeps on Daniels but Daniels jawbreakers him away. Sanada tags in per the rules of Four Corner Survival tags, and goes after Daniels. He grabs Daniels’ nose then slaps it! Sanada puts Daniels down and ties him up in the Paradise Lock! Daniels is stuck but Kaz comes in. Sanada trips him and ties him up right beside Daniels! That’s double Paradise, and Sanada kicks them both out of it! Cover on Daniels, TWO! Sanada tags Evil and Evil slaps Daniels around. Daniels fires chops and forearms in return, but the kick is blocked. Evil gives Daniels over to the referee, to mule kick Daniels in the buttocks! Evil rakes Daniels’ back, twice!

Daniels crawls to ropes but Evil is on him. Evil whips and hits the sidewalk slam. Cover, TWO! Evil keeps Daniels down with a chinlock, but fans build up to a rally while we go to one last break.

ROH returns as Daniels blocks Evil’s kick! Daniels gives it to the ref and he mule kicks Evil in the buttocks! But the payback continues as Daniels gives Evil an atomic facebuster! Both men are down and fans rally up. Best Friends drop off their corner and put on their shades as they swagger over to trip up Kaz! Sanada gets the tag from Evil and both LIJ go after Daniels. They double whip but Daniels sends them into each other. Daniels rolls Evil up, ONE, but Daniels clotheslines Sanada right down. Evil swings at Daniels, Daniels ducks and tags in Nick Jackson! Nick rallies on LIJ with kicks and elbows. He shining wizards Sanada and hits the bulldog clothesline combination! Chuckie T tags in but both Best Friends enter.

They go after Nick together, double whip but Nick kicks the sunglasses off Chuckie. Nick chops and slaps Trent, to go “Lucha Libre~!” on both Best Friends! Matt comes in and wheelbarrows Chuckie for the victory roll bomb! Cover, TWO!! Matt gets Chuckie up and fireman’s carry, but Chuckie slips out. Chuckie gets to a corner, goes up and over Matt, then throws Nick overhead onto Matt! Kaz puts Chuckie on the apron and slingshots him in for the cutter! Sanada runs in, wants Skull End but Kaz reverses, only for Sanada to suplex him into the draping swinging neckbreaker! Trent is in, dodges Sanada and hits the tornado DDT! Evil is in but he gets a chop. Trent runs but Evil uses the ref as a shield, to then mule kick and suplex Trent onto the ref’s shoulder, for Magic Killer!

Nick’s up, SUPERKICK on Evil! SUPERKICK misses Daniels, Daniels hits Angel’s Wings! SUPERKICK from Matt, Chuckie gives Matt the Awful Waffle driver! Cover, TWO!! Trent returns and the Best Friends coordinate. Chuckie tags Trent then puts Matt in the corner, back elbow boot combo! Trent scoops Matt, Chuckie climbs up, dum dum stomp Dude Buster!! Cover, but Nick breaks it with a swanton! Kaz bumps Chuckie off apron, but fans are rallying for Bucks and Best Friends.

Nick and Trent stand and trade right hands. Both men collide with clotheslines, but Daniels runs in. Daniels only gets Trent, then turns around for a SUPERKICK! Kaz gets a SUPERKICK! Chuckie gets a SUPERKICK! Evil blocks the Superkick but Matt saves Nick from the Everything is Evil STO! Double SUPERKICKS! Sanada flies in, for SUPERKICKS! The Bucks grab Trent and set him up in the tombstone. Nick cartwheels and asai moonsaults The Addiction down! Nick hurries up, dial it up, springboard for the Five Star Meltzer Driver!! Cover, The Young Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks, Matt Jackson pinning

The arguably top tag team in the world win big in this big match! Will Matt & Nick find themselves again challenging for the ROH World Tag Team Championships in the near future? Will it be the Briscoes or Team Coast2Coast who hold those belts when they do?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode of ROH here. We’re now past Death Before Dishonor, and while Jay Lethal is still world champion, clearly we’re seeing the start of an “Undisputed ROH World Champion” story. Lethal also vows to be THE champion come April, maybe they find a way to extend this idea all the way to the G1 Supercard so that Madison Square Garden will be the place where either Lethal or Taven establishes themselves as THE champion. Also, personally, I would’ve tried to change things up more than just making the belt strap purple. But hey, ROH is on a small budget. If you don’t believe me, get a closer look at the “red carpet” Kenny King had. Those gold stars looked hand-made, and cheaply. King beats Chase Owens with another sneaky move, but surely someone higher ranking in Bullet Club like Cody will put a stop to King’s streak.

The moment Flip called out Bully, it should’ve been clear things would turn out this way. Bully, Silas and Taylor are becoming quite the force, so I’m wondering who Flip can enlist to help him. He’s become good friends with The Bullet Club, but they’re all in other stories. Short of Silas’ old buddies turning face, I don’t see anyone big enough both literally and in kayfabe that could help. Then that Four Corners Survival tag was pretty awesome. All the teams got to display their abilities, but naturally The Young Bucks win. Episode 370 will be great with the ROH World Television and World Tag Team Championships on the line. I’m sure Coast2Coast will look strong but I’m thinking The Briscoes retain to give us one more battle with The Bucks. Oh, and Jeff Cobb will obviously win, but in an epic good-bye to Martinez.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Savagery”

With the Gift of the Gods Championship needing reformation, a Battle Royal will be held! Who will come out with a chance at THE Lucha Underground title?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gift of the Gods Battle Royal: Jake Strong wins and eliminates no one from next week’s Gift of the Gods Championship Match.
  • The Mack VS Killshot; The Mack wins, by disqualification.
  • Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo; Strong wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Antonio Cueto tends to the Ancient Aztec Medallions.

The seven gold medals must be in pristine condition for tonight. But first, “The Savage” Jake Strong walks in, in a suit. Antonio offers him a seat, and Strong takes it. Antonio asks if Strong would like anything, Strong simply asks why he was asked into Antonio’s office. Well, since arriving in the Temple, Strong has been more dominant than even Antonio could’ve imagined. At Ultima Lucha, there’s no reason Strong can’t be in the main event. Antonio has no doubt that neither Marty the Moth nor Pentagon Dark could defeat him. Strong speaks up, and says he will become Lucha Underground not because Antonio handed it to him on a silver platter, but because he did it himself. “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Antonio understands. Strong doesn’t want anyone doubting his supremacy. Strong slams his fist on the desk, and says no man will. Of course not. Which is why Antonio will give Strong one of the seven Aztec Medallions. “They were forged 5000 years ago, and together, they create the Gift of the Gods.” Strong knows the story behind that title. Right, of course. Then in the ring, Strong will have the opportunity to prove his supremacy and be that much closer to the Gift of the Gods. Strong takes the medallion, and brings up “the sacrifices you’ve fed to your son.” Antonio better save some for him. Oh, and this isn’t Antonio’s Temple anymore. It’s Strong’s! But see you out there. There is more to The Savage than meets the eye. Will anyone be able to stop him from completely taking over Lucha Underground?

 

Antonio Cueto is ringside!

He presents the Gift of the Gods belt, and reminds us all that “Ultima Lucha Cuatro is right around the corner! Which means, we must decide a new Gift of the Gods Champion!” The Believers are excited to hear that, so Antonio lets us know that the medallions are already award to truly deserving luchadores.

First, Aerostar! The Man of Time and Space has been a major staple of Lucha Underground, so he’s a natural choice. Second, making a return to the Temple, Darewolf PJ Black! The Worldwide Underground’s adrenaline junkie survived an attack by Matanza Cueto, this GotG battle should be nothing to him. Third, it’s Hernandez! The Super-Mex is back with more swagger than before, but will he finally get Lucha Underground gold? Fourth, Big Bad Steve! The Infamous Inc. mechanic returns, all healed up and ready for this human demolition derby. Fifth, King Cuerno! The Hunter was Gift of the Gods Champion before, and looks to repeat now that it has an instant cash-in ability. Sixth, Jake Strong! The Savage is undefeated one on one, but will he be able to stay strong against six others?

And last but certainly not least, a certain star who was Missing in Action, the One Man Lucha Army, DANTE FOX!! Yes, the former Lucha Underground Trios Champion who has been absent since last season finally returns, and aims right for the top! The Believers are thunderous as Fox joins the field of seven. Antonio feels that the number 7 is unlucky, so next week, only SIX get to be in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. So yes, just like earlier this season, these seven will battle in a Battle Royal! The winner eliminates one of the losers, and that match is RIGHT NOW!

Gift of the Gods Battle Royal!

The bell rings, and we begin! The seven do their best to split up as Big Bad Steve wants payback on The Savage, and Super-Mex goes after Dante Fox. PJ Black goes after King Cuerno while Aerostar stays just out of reach. Aero goes after Strong but BBS hits Aero for it. It seems the Mechanic doesn’t want to share his revenge. Strong goes after Fox and Hernandez at the same time while PJ fights off Cuerno. BBS whips Aero but Aero dodges to tilt-o-tilt-o-tilt-o-whirl headscissor him down! Fans fire up with Aero as he runs, then rolls, but ends up in BBS’s Canadian rack, only to spin and arm-drag out of it! Aero baits BBS and dumps him out. BBS stays on the apron and rocks Aero back. He brags to long and gets a 619! Aerostar ELIMINATES Big Bad Steve!

Hernandez kicks Aerostar upon his return, then whips him. Aero reverses but Hernandez goes up and out to shoulder back in. Hernandez says “Suck It!” but then PJ Black and King Cuerno double boot him down! Black and Cuerno ELIMINATE Hernandez! Cuerno and Black go at it again, speeding up and trading hip toss counters. Black sends Cuerno out but Cuerno stays on the apron. PJ throws forearm after forearm but Cuerno holds on. Cuerno uses Black to get back in, but Strong clotheslines them both over to the apron! Black and Cuerno hold on, but Strong goes after each of them. Black blocks and Cuerno counter attacks with the swing kick! Fox runs at Strong but Strong tosses him up, Fox double missile dropkicks Black and Cuerno! Fox ELIMINATES Cuerno and Black!

Jake Strong, Aerostar and Dante Fox are the last three in. Strong throws Aero but Aero skins the cat. Strong throws Fox but Fox does the same. Aerostar kicks Strong away, then springboards, but Strong shoves him right down! Strong ELIMINATES Aerostar! But Fox has Strong! Fox gets Strong up but Strong holds on. Strong comes back in and tries to dump Fox out. Fox holds on and Believers duel. Fox gets out and goes behind, but gets an elbow. Strong throws Fox but Fox flips and lands on his feet on the apron. Strong rushes in but into a swing kick! Fox springboards and hits a missile dropkick! He has Strong on the ropes, builds speed, but runs into a boot. Strong runs, builds speed and clobbers Fox with a clothesline! Strong picks Fox up and throws him out!

Winner: Jake Strong

The Savage survives the Battle Royal, and Believers are divided. Antonio congratulates Strong on winning, and asks who he wishes to eliminate from next week’s title match. Strong says “Nobody!” He doesn’t care what Antonio thinks, Strong wants all seven men in the match, so that he can destroy every single one! Antonio accepts the choice, and we will have a “Seven to Survive” ELIMINATION Match for the Gift of the Gods Championship! Is that all? Strong will take anyone on and still snap them in half. Then Antonio has just the man. The Savage will take on… Johnny Mundo! The Guru of Greatness has a big match for the main event, will he be able to stop Strong’s streak? Or will he be down a leg before facing Matanza in their Sacrifice to the Gods match?

 

The Mack VS Killshot!

Before the hero from the streets and the Weapon of Lucha Destruction have their own separate grudge matches, they must settle things between each other. The Mack and Killshot were friends ever since entering the Temple, but things sure have changed. Will Mack gain momentum before facing death? Or will Killshot score points before putting his mask on the line?

Son of Havoc watches from high above, just as invested in this match’s outcome as any of the Believers. The bell rings and Killshot argues with The Mack. Killshot slaps Mack, Mack SLAPS Killshot! Havoc likes that. Killshot swings on Mack but things speed up. Mack spins and arm-drags Killshot but Killshot handsprings through. Killshot comes back but Mack dodges. Killshot handstand walks but Mack dropkicks him out of it! Mack fireman’s carry to Samoan Drop, to kip up and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Killshot gets to a corner but Mack runs around the world for a big forearm smash! Then side to side for a bicycle boot! Mack keeps moving, but runs into a knee trigger from Killshot!

Believers rally up as Killshot drags Mack up by his nose. Killshot gives sharp body shots but Mack goes for a stunner. Killshot denies that with a shove. Mack ends up on the apron, and Killshot sweeps the legs. Killshot mule kicks Mack into a Tree of Woe on the apron! Killshot hurries to the apron, for his Kill Stomps! Havoc isn’t liking that. Killshot puts Mack back in as Believers rally up. Mack sits up while Killshot soaks in the heat. Killshot stalks Mack, reels him in, but Mack denies the Half ‘n’ Half with an arm-drag. Mack boots Killshot but Killshot mule kicks, front kicks, but Mack ducks the roundhouse. Mack throws Killshot with a German Suplex! Havoc likes that! Mack gets up while Killshot is in a corner. Mack runs into the knee! Killshot hops up, but leaps into the stunner!

But wait! Mil Muertes runs in, and SPEARS Mack!!

Winner: The Mack, by disqualification

The Man of 1000 Deaths won’t let his opponent roll into Ultima Lucha so easily. But Son of Havoc hurries down to ringside to save Mack with springboard stomps! Killshot goes after Havoc and now the fight is on. Killshot feeds Havoc to Muertes’ urenage! But Mack rises, to go for a stunner. Muertes denies that into his Flat Liner! Death is coming, will it strike down a fan favorite? Will Havoc or Killshot hold onto their identity that is their mask?

 

Matt Striker interviews XO Lishus & Ivelisse in the ring.

Two thirds of the newest and most eclectic trio in Lucha Underground give Matt this exclusive interview. But what’s up? They were invited to face both the sneaky Reptile Tribe and the cowardly Rabbit Tribe, in a Three Way Trios Title Elimination Match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. Believers like the sound of that. But then, do they accept the challenge? Joey Ryan is unfortunately out of action. This calls for a new partner, and they have found the tough young badass who has quite the future. Welcome… Sammy Guevara! Another Infamous Inc. alumni, Sammy returns from injury at the hands of The Savage.

Sammy stands with Ivelisse and XO, but then Famous B appears! He points out the exclusive contract Sammy is under. It’s nice Sammy wants to be part of that trio, but he signed a 7 year contract with no breaks to Famous B. Didn’t he check the fine print? Infamous Incorporate owns Sammy! So sorry Ivelisse and XO Lishus, but you’ll be receiving a Cease & Desist! If Sammy wants to go to UL4, team with Doctor Wagner and Texano, and Famous B will pull them from that Tijuana house show. The Believers want Sammy to fight the contract, but Famous B says “Git!” Sammy decides to DIVE instead! He wipes out Famous B, and puts that contract in the trash! Then he dumps the trash on Famous B, and SUPERKICKS the can! Sammy is a free agent now, can he help Ivelisse & XO take those trios titles?

 

Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo!

The Savage is ready to take on anyone at any time, but the leader of the Worldwide Underground is aiming for the Monster, Matanza. Can Mundo keep his focus and get through Strong before looking to sacrifice the demigod to the gods? Or will Strong’s streak continue as he goes after the Gift of the Gods?

Lucha Underground returns as the bell rings. Mundo and Strong circle, and Mundo goes for a leg. Strong stops him  with a takedown and waistlock. Strong rolls Mundo around and slams him down. He rolls Mundo around more but fans rally up. Mundo arm-drags out of a slam then arm-drags Strong again. He whips Strong but Strong reverses. Mundo stops himself but runs into a belly2belly! Strong circles Mundo as fans chant. He knees low then throws Mundo but Mundo comes back with the Flying Chuck! Cover, TWO! Mundo gets out and fires the fans up. He aims at Strong but Strong blocks the swing kick. Strong brings Mundo to the other side and bounces him off the post! Mundo goes down and Strong embraces both cheers and jeers.

Strong fetches Mundo from the floor to give him a LOUD chop! Mundo crawls but Strong pursues. Strong puts Mundo in a ring then takes his time returning. He stomps a mudhole into Mundo but backs off at 4. Strong drags Mundo back up as fans duel. Strong runs side to side for a big corner clothesline, then goes the other way for another. He keeps moving, and clobbers Mundo from behind! Strong grins as he looms over Mundo. He runs in, Vader Bomb meets boots! Mundo gets up and brings Strong over, for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Believers fire up. A 10 count begins but Mundo is up quick. Mundo throws heavy hands and kicks and even forearms. He whips but Strong reverses, Mundo comes back with a calf kick. Then Shining Wizard! Standing shooting star, cover, TWO!

Fans rally behind Mundo as he aims at Strong. Mundo brings Strong up for Moonlight Drive but Strong powers out. Strong runs but misses, Mundo slides under and around to swing kick! Mundo springboards but Strong trips him up! Mundo tumbles from top rope to post to steps to floor! Strong goes out but from the other side. He comes around to knee and whip Mundo. Mundo leaps up and over the railing, then rocks Strong as Strong gives chase. The haymakers don’t slow Strong down, he keeps coming, and now they fight among the Believers. Mundo kicks, Strong grabs the leg for the ankle lock! Mundo “borrows” a drink from a fan to splash it in Strong’s face! Strong lets go, and Mundo gets moving. Strong just grimaces as he fires himself up.

Mundo gets moving, and leaps from railing to railing! Strong hurries to catch up to Mundo, but Mundo is ready. Mundo throws a punch but Strong blocks and counter punches. Strong drags Mundo to the railing, and shovels him over with a back drop! But Mundo lands on his feet, to powerbomb Strong to the floor!! The Believers lose their minds while Mundo sits up with a grin. Mundo mocks the “Strong!” hammer fist, then looms over The Savage. He drags Strong up and in, then climbs up top. Strong stirs but he’s in the drop zone. Mundo flips for the elbow! Cover, TWO! Strong survives the somersault elbow, and fans declare “This is Lucha!”

Mundo stands and stalks Strong, stomping and clubbing him in the corner. Strong keeps getting up, so Mundo fires up the fans and runs in. Strong puts him on the apron but Mundo hits back. Mundo climbs up but Strong hits back. Strong climbs up but Mundo resists. Mundo fights back with body shots, but Strong throws forearms. They brawl up top, Mundo rakes the eyes and forearms Strong away. Strong runs back, hops up, and throws Mundo with a SUPER overhead suplex! Then, Strong Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Believers are thunderous while both men are down. A 10 count begins again, but Strong is up at 5. He drags Mundo up with the gut wrench, but Mundo holds on to ropes. Mundo turns it around into a Russian leg sweep! Mundo puts Strong in the drop zone, and jumps, but Strong rolls him up! TWO, ANKLE LOCK!

Strong has Mundo’s leg and Mundo is stuck int he middle of the ring. Mundo turns and shoves Strong all the way out. Strong comes back in, SUPERKICK! Moonlight Drive!! Cover, TWO!? Strong is superhuman, but both men are down again. Another 10 count begins, and Believers count along. Neither man stands until 9.5! Strong throws a haymaker, MUndo gives it back. Strong hits again, Mundo hits again. They go back and forth with Believers divided. Mundo kicks then gets an edge. He winds up, but Strong blocks the kick into another Ankle Lock! Mundo scrambles and reaches but Strong keeps pulling him away. Mundo rolls, but Strong holds on! Believers duel, but Mundo takes off an elbow pad and tosses it. The referee gets that out of the ring, so he doesn’t see Mundo low blow mule kick Strong!!

Not even Strong is strong enough to take that. Mundo is still “Johnny Rudo” deep down, and has Strong in another drop zone. Mundo climbs, even with a bad ankle, for Fin Del Mundo! He covers, TWO!? And ANKLE LOCK!! Strong has Mundo again, and Mundo scrambles. Mundo can’t, he taps! Strong wins!!

Winner: Jake Strong, by submission

The singles undefeated streak continues! Strong defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion and rolls right into that Seven to Survive match. But he’s not done with Mundo. The Savage grabs the ankle and Believers duel, but here comes Matanza?! The Monster stares at Strong, who grins. Strong gives Mundo over to the demigod, and Matanza clobbers Mundo! Matanza chokes and clubs and headbutts Mundo over and over! But here comes Taya! Taya saves her husband as she jumps on Matanza, but Matanza throws her down. Wera Loca is in danger as Matanza brinsg her up, for Wrath of the Gods! Mundo bleeds, but the real pain is seeing his wife beaten down. Matanza keeps going after Mundo to open that wound up more! Fans boo and jeer as the blood paints the mat.

Antonio Cueto walks out. Matanza stops slaughtering Mundo at the orders of his father. Mundo is in horrible shape and Ultima Lucha 4 is only weeks away. Will Mundo be able to survive the season finale? Or will he just be another Sacrifice to the Gods?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid episode here. I’m starting to get the feeling “The Savage” Jake Strong is partially influenced by DC Comics Vandal Savage. His talk with Antonio Cueto and that voice change at one point, I’m thinking Strong isn’t just your average mortal wrestler. In Lucha Underground, where there is a time traveler, a human phoenix, a human dragon, an evil demigod and several undead, Strong being an eternally youthful warrior turned wrestler wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Strong dominates that Battle Royal, but it was a good move for him to want all seven men to participate. Making it elimination was also a good move, that Gift of the Gods match could take an entire episode itself now.

Mack VS Killshot was pretty good, right up to Muertes attacking Mack. Havoc joining in was good, and the Heels stand tall. I’m betting next week, the go-home to the Ultima Lucha 4 multi-week event, we get Killshot & Muertes VS Mack & Havoc in a similar way to Muertes teaming with Fenix last time. Or at the very least, Muertes VS Havoc as a trade from Mack VS Killshot. Good to hear we are getting that triple threat trios match, and I really enjoyed the meta used in Sammy Guevara teaming with Ivelisse and XO. That line about a “seven year no break contract”, that was definitely Lucha Underground writers poking fun at El Rey’s own contracts for most talent, such as the apparent 7-year contract Pentagon and Fenix are under. Sammy will make a great addition to Ivelisse’s team, and I’m still confident they win the titles.

Strong doing double duty was pretty good, it adds to his character’s abilities. Mundo VS Strong was a great main event, it felt like a title match in itself. I really thought Mundo was going to win, but it makes sense for Strong to keep his singles streak until he goes for THE Lucha Underground Championship. Strong is looking to be a top character now, so it works that only another top character like Pentagon ends his streak. As for Mundo, Matanza really did a number on him and Taya. This really puts Mundo in the underdog position, as he should against a demigod, in a match where it’s kayfabe life or death. But at the same time, I’m pretty sure this means Mundo finds a way to win, and finally becomes a hero to the Believers.

My Score: 8.6/10


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