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Who else from Raw will qualify for MITB's namesake matches?

Raw rolls further towards Money in the Bank with two more qualifying Triple Threats! For the men, it will be Bobby Roode, Baron Corbin and No Way Jose. For the women, it will be The Huggable Bayley all alone against Alexa Bliss & Mickie James! Plus, Kevin Owens challenges Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin; Roode wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.
  • The B Team VS Breezango; The B Team wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad; Sasha, Ember & Natty win.
  • The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James; Alexa wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Jinder Mahal Kevin Owens; Kevin wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

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Radio City Music Hall had WWE on the red carpet.

But the biggest news to come out of this, was the Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, calling out “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey! Is the Irresistible Force looking to up the ante in her first title reign?

 

Roman Reigns is in London!

The Big Dog survived Samoa Joe at Backlash, but a win is a win, and Raw is still His Yard. However, his ability is being questioned all over again, as Jinder Mahal robbed him of a win last week. Roman hears the crowd in the O2 Arena, then tells them he got robbed. Not by WWE management, but by the Modern Day Maharaja. He cuts to the chase: if Mahal wants to be more relevant than ever before, “face me like a man.” Roman waits, but instead of Mahal, he gets Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

London chants “You Suck!” out of tradition and admiration as the Olympic Gold Medalist makes his way to the ring. Angle tells Roman that regretfully, Mahal won’t be coming out. Since when did Angle speak for Mahal? He doesn’t, he speaks for WWE Management. Management gave Angle a call: when Angle denied Mahal his chance to qualify, he was “thinking emotionally” and was wrong. “As a leader, I should be thinking logically.” That’s what’s… #BestForBusiness. Fans boo that catchphrase. As a former champion, Mahal will have a chance, in a triple threat against Elias and Bobby Lashley. That’s fine, Roman wants in for a Fatal 4. He’ll beat Mahal and get into Money in the Bank. Fans say, “No! No!”

Angle says that won’t happen, either. Management made it clear, Roman will have no more opportunities. Angle knows that’s bad, and that Roman’s been screwed over. Roman isn’t upset with Angle, he’s just doing his job, doing what he has to for his family. Angle is thankful for that. But Roman says he’s going to do what he has to do. Roman leaves, and Angle follows him out. Roman lurks the halls, searching for Mahal. And when he finds him… It’s time for a fight! Mahal uses Sunil Singh as a shield, then throws hands. He throws Roman into walls then stomps away on him, even using a trash can as a weapon.

But Roman turns things around by throwing Mahal into railing and tables and trunks. Roman does not let up on Mahal, he rams a trunk right into the Maharaja’s ribs! They end up going out to the arena, to the stage and to the ramp. Roman loads up, and hits a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman wants more but Angle and security get in his way. Mahal runs but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Roman doesn’t get his full revenge, but will he be stopped when he tries again?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The Prizefighter wanted to be in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but was put up against the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. With no path to the Universal Championship, Kevin decides he wants what The Architect has. Can #MondayNightRollins continue to #BurnItDown as a fighting champion? Or will the #KevinOwensShow be renewed with another Intercontinental reign?

Jojo makes the proper introductions, and the bell rings. Fans already chant for Rollins as he and Kevin circle. They tie up and Kevin clubs away on Rollins. Kevin chops then stomps Rollins, going off at the ropes. Kevin puts Rollins in a corner for body shots, then stalks him to another corner for shoulders. He whips Rollins corner to corner but Rollins fires back out with a clothesline. Rollins chops Kevin back, then throws hands. Rollins stomps Kevin in a corner now, then backs off at the referee’s count. He chops and whips Kevin, but Kevin rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Rollins rocks Kevin as he tries to get back in, then builds speed to DIVE, only for Kevin to catch and toss Rollins into a post!

Kevin drags Rollins up and back into the ring. Back senton, then cover, TWO. Kevin keeps on Rollins with a knee to the back and a chinlock with both hands. Fans rally for Rollins, and he feeds off their energy. Rollins jawbreakers out, but then Kevin tosses him up and out of the ring. The Prizefighter has control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Rollins fighting up and out of the half-surfboard, but Kevin brings him back down. Kevin pulls Rollins back while fans rally for the champ. Rollins fights his way up again, but Kevin drives in a knee. Kevin lifts but Rollins resists. Rollins staggers, then side steps to send Kevin out. Rollins fires up but Kevin drags him out of the ring. Kevin wants but Rollins avoids the apron powerbomb. The two climb up and fight on the apron, and Kevin wants it again, but Rollins holds on. Rollins fights Kevin off, then boots him in the face, before giving him a FALCON’S ARROW ON THE APRON!!

Both men tumble to the floor while fans cheer. The ring count reaches 5, though. It reaches 7, and they both stand. They both enter at 9, and this match continues. Kevin and Rollins stand, and Kevin gives Rollins a headbutt. Rollins punches back, but Kevin clubs his back. Rollins throws more hands, and chops, but Kevin knees low. Kevin runs in but is sent out again, and Rollins DIVES! Rollins takes Kevin out but keeps going, he runs for a second DIVE!

Fans want “One More Time,” but Rollins puts Kevin in the ring for the springboard lariat! Rollins fires up again, and runs in for a forearm smash in the corner. He runs, but Kevin follows, only for Rollins to boot him back. Rollins hits a Blockbuster, covers, TWO! The Architect keeps his focus while fans rally again. Rollins stands while Kevin stirs. He wrings Kevin out but Kevin hits back. Kevin dodges a kick to give one, then give a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Kevin grows frustrated, and works on what to do next. He drags Rollins up, whips him for the Pop-up, but Rollins slips out. Rollins tries for something but Kevin back drops him. Rollins lands on his feet, to mule kick Kevin. Kevin dodges the stomp but gets a forearm, to give a SUPERKICK, that Rollins gives a Pele to! Kevin clotheslines, covers, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Fans declare “This is Awesome!” Kevin walks over Rollins, then climbs up to the top rope. Kevin tries for a Swanton, but Rollins counters with his knees! Rollins starts up the stomp, then runs at Kevin, but Kevin rolls him up. Rollins rolls through, mule kick, Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rollins gets himself to a corner and climbs up. Rollins takes aim, FROG– Into knees! Cover, TWO!!

Kevin hurries to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rollins rocks him with a forearm. Rollins climbs up to join Kevin, but Kevin fights back. Rollins staggers down, but springs right up, but it’s Kevin’s SUPER FISHERMAN!

Kevin goes for a cover but Rollins rolls away and out of the ring. Fans again agree “This is Awesome!” as Kevin fetches Rollins. They both go back into the ring, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Kingslayer guts out another major match and major win. The Grand Slam fighting Champion rolls on, who will be next to step up?

 

Raw takes a closer look at the NYC Red Carpet event.

WWE was represented by many, but especially by Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax. Cathy Kelly would congratulate Ronda on her Wrestlemania and in-ring debut. Ronda was proud of that moment, but she knows it was only the beginning. Charlotte dared Ronda to “WOO~”, and Ronda gave it her best shot. Nia dared Ronda to see if she could be champion. Ronda figured time would tell, but Nia needed a challenger. So the champion challenged Ronda to be her challenger. Ronda humbly felt it’d be best if a more experienced superstar got the shot, but Charlotte wanted Ronda to accept. Ronda did accept, and “this is going to be good. WOO~!” The match is made, will Ronda be a Women’s Champion this early in her career?

 

Kurt Angle is in his office.

Even he is shocked this match was made. However, he’s interrupted by the duo formerly known as THe Miztourage. Bo Dallas & Curt Axel agree that women’s championship match will be epic. And they want their own Raw Tag Team Championship match. They’re the A-Team! That’s already something. How about the B-Team? That’s dumb. B as in Best! The B-Team wants a match. Well to be honest, these two have not won a match together period. Yet they want a title match against the guys who just beat them? Okay okay, Bo & Axel may not have many wins as The Miztourage, but The B-Team is undefeated at 0-0. No, Angle isn’t giving them a title match. But the “B-Team” can make their debut, so long as they leave him alone. Deal!

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin!

The GLORIOUS One, the Fighting Fiesta and the Lone Wolf are all getting a great opportunity with this qualifying match. Who will win and join Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, The Miz and Rusev in the 8-Man Money in the Bank match?

The bell rings and Corbin throws hands on both men. He scrapes Jose out of the ring and into steel steps. Then he goes after Roode, but Roode fights him off. Roode whips corner to corner but Corbin reverses, only for Roode to go up and over. Things speed up and Roode runs Corbin over. Roode hits a clothesline in a corner,but Corbin shoves out of the neckbreaker. Corbin runs into boots, then Roode hits the Blockbuster, cover, TWO. Roode grabs Corbin at the apron but Corbin hotshots him away. Corbin catches his breath but Jose runs him over! The Fighting Fiesta is still in this as we go to break.

Raw returns to Corbin holding Roode down in a chinlock. Roode endures the half-nelson chinbar while fans rally. Roode fights up to his feet, then fights out of the hold with haymakers and chops. He runs, but into Corbin’s side slam. Cover, TWO, and Jose slowly returns. Corbin blasts Jose away, then goes out to put Jose into barriers. Jose slumps down and Corbin returns to Roode in the ring. He stomps Roode in a corner, but Jose returns again to throw hands! Jose whips but Corbin reverses, only to miss. Corbin slides out then in, but gets Roode instead of Jose. Jose rocks Corbin with rights, then a boot. Jose hammers away, and fires up! He climbs up and leaps for a big crossbody, but Roode breaks the cover.

Roode goes after Jose with a whip but Jose reverses, only to run into Roode’s boots. Roode flies but Jose ducks under, and runs into a GLORIOUS Spinebuster. Corbin breaks this cover, and all three men are down. Fans slowly build to a rally, and Corbin stands up first. Corbin grabs Roode, puts him in a corner and gives him a right hand. Corbin lifts Roode to the top rope, then climbs up, but Jose joins in. Jose knocks Corbin down and goes after Roode. Roode fights Jose off, knocking him down with a right. Roode takes aim, and leaps for a flying lariat. Fans fire up for Roode as he winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! But Corbin is there, so Roode has to take him out first. Jose rolls Roode, TWO! Jose clotheslines Roode out, and fans start cheering for him.

Corbin stands, and hits JOse away from the apron. He LEAPS at Roode with a lariat, then stomps away in rage. Corbin takes aim at Jose in the ring, but runs into a boot. Jose runs out, but runs into a Choke Slam Backbreaker!

Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, and takes it out on Jose with forearms. Roode returns, but Corbin grabs him now. He lifts but Roode slips out and rolls up, TWO. Roode dodges, but runs into Deep Six! Cover, Jose breaks it just in time. All three men are down again, but stirring. COrbin powers Jose to a corner, then runs to give Roode a clothesline. Corbin clotheslines Jose, then goes back, only for ROode to send him into the post. Jose lifts Roode, but Roode slips out, GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB Ladder match

The Money in the Bank match is now Absolutely GLORIOUS with Roode joining the field. Can Roode climb up above the likes of The Miz, Finn Balor, Rusev and Braun Strowman to be Mr. GLORIOUS in the Bank?

 

Kurt Angle encounters Kevin Owens backstage.

Kevin wants to know if Angle saw what happened in his Intercontinental Championship match with Rollins. Kevin wants another rematch. No, it’s done, he lost. Kevin deserves a rematch after all he’s been through! “Do something!” “Or what?” Or Kevin will call Stephanie. Angle’s really sick of this. But it’s not just a threat. Kevin gets out his phone. Angle checks on Mahal instead. Mahal wants to postpone tonight’s Triple Threat, he cna’t compete after what “that animal” Roman did to him. Angle took care of Roman, he’s sent home for the night. But this match has to happen, it’s the last qualifying night. It’s #BestForBusiness. Mahal vows to do what Roman couldn’t, but he needs a lot of ice. Will Mahal be ready for The Drifter and the Alpha Male later tonight?

 

The B Team VS Breezango!

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel have rebooted themselves now that they’re without The Miz. Will “The Best Team” be able to best the Fashion Police and “remain undefeated”?

The bell rings and Prince Pretty starts against Bo. They tie up, and Bo rolls Breeze, TWO. Bo has the fans behind him, but Breeze backslides him. TWO, so time for an Oklahoma Roll, TWO. Small cradle, TWO and Axel gets Bo away from Breeze. The B Team talk strategy, then Bo goes back in, only for Breeze to dropkick him down. Breeze swipes at Axel but Bo catches him with right hands. Bo tags to Axel and feeds Breeze to the DDT, cover, TWO. Axel keeps on Breeze with a chinlock. Fans rally and Breeze stands up, only for Axel to throw him down. Tag to Bo, and Bo drops knees over and over on Breeze. Cover, TWO, but Bo keeps Breeze down in another chinlock.

Fans sing as Breeze fights out again. Bo reels Breeze in but Breeze counters with a back suplex. Both men are down, but crawling, hot tags to Axel and Fandango! Fandango rallies on Axel with jabs and clotheslines. Bo comes in but gets the atomic drop, then Fandango uses him for the tornado DDT, cover, TWO. Fandango keeps Bo down but Axel rolls him up, TWO. Powerslam! TWO, but Fandango keeps focus. He climbs up to the top rope, takes aim, and Breeze goes after Bo. Bo puts Breeze into barriers, and Axel avoids the flying leg drop. Axel tags Bo, and Bo brings Fandango up. The B Team hits the back suplex neckbreaker, cover, The B Team wins!?

Winners: The B Team (Bo & Axel), Bo pinning

Their first team win ever and it was as their first match as this new team! Well, it’s only a re-branding, but still.

In-ring interview with Charly Caruso.

What are they feeling after their first win ever? “That just happened!!” The B Team did it! Anything is possible for the B Team. Bray & Matt, the B Team is coming for those Raw Tag Team titles! The fans chant along with “B Team! B Team!” Will this “undefeated streak” take Bo & Axel to the very top? Or will there be nothing they can do to stop from being DELETED?

 

Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad!

The Boss has had trouble with the numbers game with Ruby, Sarah & Liv. But this time she has reinforcements she can count on, as the Prophecy of Flame and the Queen of Harts are joining her tonight. Will Sasha, Ember & Natty #EclipseTheCompetition? Or will The Squad #StartaRiott in the UK?

The bell rings and Ember starts against #KentuckyStrong. They tie up, and Sarah powers Ember to the mat. Sarah goes after Ember but Ember counters with a headscissors. Ember runs and flips through the hip toss to then arm-drag Sarah away. Sasha tags in and adds low double knees, cover, TWO. Fans rally while Sarah fights back against Sasha. Sasha hits a Thesz Press and hammers away, but Sarah bucks her off. Sasha puts Sarah in a corner, then wrings the arm, but Sarah pulls the hair. Sarah carries Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby mugs Sasha, then tags Liv. Liv helps Ruby mug Sasha more, then tags in Sarah to get her shots in. Sarah tags to Ruby, and fans rally as Sarah and Ruby double suplex. Sasha slips out and sends Sarah’s kick into Ruby to then kick Ruby down.

Sarah swings but misses, and Sasha knocks her away. The Squad regroups on the outside, then all go after Sasha. Natty and Ember back Sasha up, though, and things are at a stalemate as we go to break.

Raw returns and Sasha and Natty double suplex Liv. Natty holds Liv down with a facelock, but Liv goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline. Liv then brings Natty down with a drop toehold, and stomps her on the back. Liv stomps away on Natty, then drags her up. Natty powers Liv to the corner and tags in Sasha. Sasha stomps and wrenches Liv to the mat. Liv gets up and pulls hair, but Sasha reverses the whip. Liv kicks Sasha back while Sarah tags in, but Sasha arm-drags Liv and dropkicks Sarah. Sasha rocks Sarah on reentry, but gets distracted by Ruby. Sarah pounces with a big knee lift, then covers, TWO. Sarah thrashes Sasha around, then fires up. She drags Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby throws hands, then puts on a chinlock.

Ruby grinds Sasha down but fans rally.  Sasha fights her way up and jawbreakers Ruby away. Sasha runs, only to run into a clothesline! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Sasha in the corner. Ruby tags to Liv, Liv climbs up, and Ruby feeds Sasha to Liv’s knees. Liv gives Sasha a flying bulldog, then covers, TWO. The Squad grows frustrated with the former women’s champion. Natty and the fans rally while Liv puts Sasha in a straitjacket stretch. Sasha endures, and works her way out. Sasha throws Liv off, but Liv dropkicks her down. Cover, TWO, but Liv tags Ruby. They mug Sasha more, then Ruby rams in shoulders. Ruby taunts her opponents, but Sasha throws Ruby into the Squad! Liv tags in, but Sasha shoves her away. Liv jumps past Sasha to deck Ember buut misses Natty. Sasha rolls, TWO, hot tag to Natty!

The Queen of Harts rallies as she Russian Leg Sweeps Liv and rocks Sarah. Liv misse sin the corner, rebound sit down and low dropkick! Natty keeps going, discus lariat! Then Natty goes after the legs, for the Sharpshooter. Ruby runs in but is thrown out by Ember. Ruby drags Ember out and they brawl. Small package, TWO. Enziguri from Liv, and cover, Ember breaks the cover just in time. Sarah rocks Ember, but Ember pushes her back. Ember throws Sarah out, then Sasha dives on Sarah with METEORA! Ember DIVES on Ruby! Liv still has Natty, but Natty reverses into the Sharpshooter! Liv taps, Natty and team win!

Winners: Natty, Ember & Sasha, Natty by submission

The Queen, the Boss and the War Goddess give the Squad a taste of their own medicine. Ember herself rolls on towards the Women’s MITB match, will the Moon Rise above the rest?

 

Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler speak.

The Stud & The Show-Off feel everyone else has gone soft. The WWE had warriors and legends, but now it’s just pigs stuffing their faces. Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, two men who made it to the top, through shortcuts. Choreographed entrances, smoke and mirrors, and acting like a mindless meathead. These “superstars” aren’t hungry, but these two are going to remind everyone. They’re going to flip the tables on the Raw roster, but will they end up flipped by the Monster Among Men and his Extraordinary tag partner?

 

The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!

Raw is WONDERFUL~ now that Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt are here. Will they make Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder OBSOLETE in the Raw Tag Team Division?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Matt. They tie up while fans sing for Bray. Dash wrenches Matt’s arm but Matt reverses it around into shoulder breakers. Matt wrings Dash down but Dash kips up and breaks free. That was WONDERFUL~! The fans applaud with Bray & Matt. Matt then throws hands and tags in Bray. Bray whips Matt into Dash, then Matt feeds Dash to Bray’s clothesline. We see The B Team taking notes while watching backstage. Bray clubs on Dash, but Dash hits back. Dash tags to Dawson and the #TopGuys double headbutt Bray. Dawson whips but Bray reverses. Bray misses in the corner but spooks Dawson with the spider walk. Bray uppercuts Dawson down, then gives a back senton.

Tag to Hardy, and he holds Dawson up for Bray, it’s a headbutt to leg sweep! Cover, TWO, and Dawson pushes Matt. He tags Dash, and while Hardy reverses Dawson, Dash dropkicks a leg out. The Revival have a target, and they go at it as Dash puts Hardy in a Tree of Woe.Tag to Dawson and they hammer away on the knees. Dawson backs off to let Hardy out. Bray and the fans rally for Hardy, but Dawson gives a dragon screw into the toehold. Fans rally and Hardy fights but Dawson wrenches deeper. Matt keeps fighting, and hops towards ropes for the ropebreak. Dawson tags Dash in and they stomp Matt down. Dash uses the ropes to wrench the knee, but lets go at 4. Hardy fights back and hits a Side Effect!

Both Hardy and Dash are down but crawling. hot tags to Dawson and Bray! Bray rallies, runs corner to corner for the body splash. Bray says “DELETE!” then slams Dawson with the yurinagi. He goes over to Matt for a WONDERFUL Spider Walk. Tag in, Twist of Fate to Dash! Then together, the KISS OF DELETION! Cover, Hardy & Wyatt win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds (Hardy & Wyatt), Hardy pinning

The Expedition of Gold continues on with yet another WONDERFUL victory. Will there be a team of contenders worthy enough to challenge this WOKEN Yin-Yang at Money in the Bank?

 

Bayley encounters Sasha backstage.

Sasha wishes Bayley luck tonight. Bayley thanks her. It isn’t much, but it is a slightly more friendly interaction than we’ve seen lately. Can the Huggable Bayley succeed in qualifying for the Women’s MITB match?

 

Sami Zayn is in the ring.

The Underdog and best friend of Kevin Owens wonders if anyone noticed how Prince Harry looks a lot like him. “Yes! Yes!” And from what we’ve heard, Harry is a fan of Sami’s. Maybe more than Bobby Lashley is, at least. “Mr. Jacked Up” leaves WWE for ten years and returns on Raw the same night Sami does. Lashley makes an impact, that’s well and good, but at Sami’s expense! Sami reviews footage of the “vertigo inducing” suplex. Fans cheered for all of that, but did anyone stop to think how it’d affect Sami? No they didn’t. Sami got vertigo! He has a doctor’s note , and reads it for us: “Vertigo is a debilitating condition that affects one’s balance and motor skills.” There you have it! That’s why he wasn’t in the Greatest Royal Rumble and why he lost the MITB qualifying match, and all the matches he’s had since!

Bobby Lashley targeted Sami! All to impress the fans? That’s disgusting. What’s worse, it’s working. Fans cheer, Lashley gets notoriety, and gets a sit-down interview with Renee Young! Sami watched Lashley’s interview, and it all made sense. Lashley wants to be Sami. Just think about it. The hat! That’s Sami’s hat. Sami trusts his instincts, and his instincts are saying Lashley has something to hide. Sami used Facebook and reached out to Lashley’s sisters. Boy oh boy, they had stories to tell! They are nothing like what Lashley said, and neither is Lashley. But that’s fine, just ask his sisters! Sami invited the Lashley sisters to attend Raw, and Sami will expose the REAL Bobby Lashley to the world! What new conspiracy has one half of the #YEPMovement concocted now?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James!

The Goddess and her bestie are in this match together against the Huggable One. All three are former women’s champions, but will Bayley have a chance when this is practically a handicap match? Or will the greed break Alexa & Mickie up like it has so many others before?

The bell rings and fans already sing for Bayley as she comes under fire from both Mickie & Alexa. They both kick Bayley out of the ring, but stay on the same page while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie holds Bayley in a chinlock while Alexa taunts her. Bayley endures and fans rally, but Alexa sweeps Bayley’s legs to keep her down. Alexa keeps taunting, but Bayley kicks her away and gives Mickie a jawbreaker. Alexa returns but Bayley rocks her with a right. Bayley Thesz Press on Mickie but Alexa dropkicks Bayley off Mickie. They both go after Bayley but Mickie rolls Alexa! TWO, and the friends start showing each other. Bayley runs in but they both kick her down. Mickie & Alexa work together again to put Bayley in a corner and stomp away. They double suplex Bayley up to the top, then both climb up while the fans sing for Bayley. Bayley fights back and sends them both down. Bayley adjusts, and flies for a double crossbody!

The three stand up and Bayley rallies on the best friends. She saido suplexes Alexa, but Mickie kicks low. Mickie goes to throw Bayley out but Bayley reverses. Bayley catches Mickie and Alexa for a double hotshot! Bayley rams a shoulder into Alexa, then waves her arms, for the back elbow. She runs into Mickie’s uppercut, then Mickie hits the Mick-canrana. Mickie mocks Bayley but runs into snake eyes. Alexa kicks Bayley, then hits the sunset powerbomb!

Mickie kicks Alexa off the cover! All three are down again but fans rally. They slowly sit up, and Bayley is 2v1 even as they brawl. Bayley fights them both back, and ducks to send Alexa’s forearm into Mickie! Mickie gets mad, and Alexa tries to explain it was an accident, but Bayley sandwiches them in the post. Alexa puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley kicks Mickie away. Bayley climbs, flies, but Alexa gets under. Alexa goes up and over but Bayley sits down, TWO. Bayley hits the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Mickie drags her off! Mickie covers, but Bayley drags her off in return. They brawl, and Bayley shoves Mickie down. Alexa rocks Bayley with that killer right! Then the DDT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB match

The Goddess joins the #Shenom and The Queen for a chance at the instant championship match contract. There are five spots left in all, who else will join these star former champions?

 

Jinder Mahal undergoes final preparations for the Triple Threat.

The Modern Day Maharaja will prove to Roman Reigns why he is the superior. But those ribs are still in bad shape. Roman SPEARS Mahal out of nowhere!!

The Big Dog just took Mahal out of the Triple Threat, but will he really be allowed to take Mahal’s place?

 

Kurt Angle sees what happened to Jinder Mahal.

The second Triple Threat will still happen, but not with him. Angle hurries to find a replacement.

 

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman!

The Show-Off & The Scottish Stud say they are the show, but can they show they’re more hungry and determined than the Extraordinary Man and the Monster Among Men?

The bell rings, and Ziggler wants to start with Finn, but fans want Strowman. Strowman lets Finn start, and the inaugural Universal Champion starts against a former World Champion. They tie up, Finn gets the waistlock but Ziggler the standing switch. Finn switches back but Ziggler punches him away. Fans chant for Finn but Ziggler whips. Finn reverses, Ziggler sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Ziggler. Cover, TWO, but Finn keeps on Ziggler. Ziggler slips away before Finn can tag out, so Ziggler tags out to McIntyre. One big man deserves another, so Finn tags in Strowman! The Celtic Colossus is face to face with Mount Strowman, and McIntyre is pumped up. Only to tag out to Ziggler. The mind games are in their favor while we go to break.

Raw returns and Strowman has Ziggler in his arms. Finn tags in and becomes Strowman’s weapon in a scoop slam senton.

Strowamn says Finn is fine so he can get up. They both roar, and Finn drags Ziggler up. Ziggler jawbreakers but runs into a dropkick. Ziggler gets out of the ring, so Finn builds speed, but McIntyre trips him! Strowman protests but he hast to stay in his corner. Ziggler tags McIntyre in and McIntyre goes after Finn with a sharp chop. McIntyre brings Finn up for a stiff right, then stomps him. McIntyre mocks Strowman then stomps Finn more. He chops Finn again, then tags Ziggler in. Ziggler kicks Finn in the ribs, then taunts Strowman. Finn reaches for a tag but Ziggler keeps him away with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Finn with a chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn as he endures the sleeper and body scissors. Finn gets up and reaches, but Ziggler drags him down again. Ziggler tags in McIntyre, and McIntyre brings Finn up to throw him into the corner. Finn fights back, booting McIntyre away, only to run into McIntyre. McIntyre knees and clubs Finn down, then stares Strowman down. McIntyre puts Finn in a corner for another chop. He whips Finn corner to corner but Finn evades. McIntyre runs into buckles, and fans rally. Hot tags to Strowman and Ziggler! The Monster runs Ziggler and McIntyre over, then clubs Ziggler right in the chest. Strowman takes aim from a corner, but Ziggler dodges to send him into the post!

Finn tags in, and goes after Ziggler with double stomps. Finn fires up while Ziggler goes to the corner, and hits a running chop. He whips corner to corner but Ziggler reverses. Finn goes up and over but Ziggler elbow shim, only for Finn to enziguri Ziggler. Elbow drop DDT, but McIntyre breaks the pin. Finn goes after him but Ziggler then rolls Finn up, TWO. Slingblade! Finn takes aim from the corner now, and blasts Ziggler with the dropkick. He climbs up now, but McIntyre brings him off. Strowman runs McIntyre over!!

AND BREAK THE TROPHY! Ziggler goes after Finn, covers, he & McIntyre win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, Ziggler by pinfall

Not only do the Show-Off & Stud steal the win, they cost Strowman his Greatest Royal Rumble trophy! While Strowman & Finn are in the MITB match, can they snap back from this defeat? Or will Ziggler & McIntyre steal everything from the spotlight to the titles?

 

Kurt Angle is back in his office.

The Triple Threat is happening, but not with Mahal and not with Roman. He has the perfect replacement, though. But, wait, what? Another opportunity? Angle knew Stephanie was getting a call from Kevin but… Is what’s happening really #BestForBusiness?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in the O2, but he’s interrupted by Kevin Owens!

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Kevin Owens!

The Alpha Male and The Drifter thought they were facing The Modern Day Maharaja for this golden opportunity. But after The Big Dog demolished Mahal, a replacement was named, by the Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon. The Prizefighter waits for no one, but can he make the best of this second second chance?

The bell rings, and Kevin bails out of the ring, as usual. Elias goes after Lashley and Kevin joins in. They both club and stomp Lashley down, then double whip Lashley corner to corner. Kevin whips Elias in but Elias misses and Lashely runs Kevin over. Lashley gives Kevin a neckbreaker, then punches Elias away to clothesline him out. Lashley holds the ring while we take one last break.

Raw returns one last time, to Kevin whipping but Lashley reversing to send Kevin into barriers. Lashley whips Elias for the same, then bounces Elias off the edge. He puts Elias in the ring, but Kevin lurks up behind to anchor his foot. Elias dropkicks Lashley down, still working together with Kevin. Kevin puts Lashley in the ring, then holds him still for Elias to stomp on. Elias and Kevin keep Lashley down, then bring him up for chops. Fans sing for Elias as he stomps on Lashley, but then he and Kevin turn on each other. They start brawling, Kevin chops, then Elias chops. Elias whips but Kevin reverses to run Elias over. He adds the back senton, covers, TWO. Kevin grows frustrated, so he scoops Elias. Elias slips out to scoop and toss Kevin.

Lashley staggers to his feet, slips out of the scoop and full nelson slams Elias down. Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Kevin keeps on Lashley in a corner. He whips Lashley but Lashley reverses, to run in  for the clothesline. Lashley rams in a shoulder, then brings Kevin out for the suplex. Kevin fights back and runs, but into a big spinebuster! Elias rocks Lashley with a knee! Lashley tumbles out of the ring, but so does Kevin. Elias finds himself alone with the fans singing for him again. He decides to finally have that musical performance! “Now hold this microphone so these people can hear me sing.”

Elias starts, but Kevin interrupts again. Elias gets Kevin with a knee, covers, but Lashley breaks it. Lashley puts Elias in a corner and throws hands, then bounces Elias off buckles. Lashley whips Elias corner to corner but Elias dropkicks Lashley, only for Kevin to SUPERKICK! Kevin runs in but the cannonball hits buckles. Elias climbs up, takes aim, and hits a BIG elbow! Cover, but Lashley drags him off. Lashley and Elias stare down, and Elias backs off. Elias ends up back in the ring, runs but Lashley keeps up to clothesline Elias down. He throws Elias with a belly2belly then throws Kevin, too. He rams a shoulder into Elias, then lifts him up for the vertigo suplex. Kevin stops that, and works with Elias to suplex Lashley. Lashley resists, to suplex them both!

Lashley stands while the other tow get to corners. He runs and rams into Elias, then into Kevin, then back to Elias. Lashely runs back, but Kevin boots Lashley down! Then Kevin boots Elias. Kevin climbs, but Elias stops him. Elias gets Kevin on his shoulders, Electric Chair to sit-out powerbomb!

But Lashley breaks the cover. Lashley drags Elias up, but Elias hits back. They brawl back and forth with heavy hands. Lashley gets around but Elias fights out. Elias runs, but into the fireman’s carry, for a press slam! Lashley vows to end it here, and gut wrenches Elias up for the AK 47! Cover, but SAMI interferes! He throws Lashley into a post, then runs in for a HELLUVA Kick!

Kevin climbs up high, FROG SPLASH! Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB match

The Prizefighter cashes in on this second second chance, thanks to his best friend. Sami still has his own business with Lashley, but he’s just happy to have helped. Will Kevin take the MITB briefcase away from Roode, Finn, Strowman, Miz and Rusev? And who will the last two entrants from SmackDown be?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A decent episode of Raw tonight, but it also shows that Raw’s flaws have returned. They have so many people on the roster that they had to use way more tag and triple threat matches than in a long time. The Six Women’s Tag was really fun, though, and it was great for some combination of three to get one up on The Riott Squad. I don’t understand creating The B Team to make them a relevant team. The fans got behind it tonight but I don’t  see why WWE goes with them over AoP, who have been off TV for some time. Though, AoP are just another in a long line of NXT talents underutilized. Just look at The Revival: #TopGuys that lose too easily. Their match with Hardy & Wyatt could’ve been something if done right, but the momentum is no longer with Dash & Dawson.

Bayley loses her qualifier, because she and Sasha still have their story to work on. I don’t know if Alexa can win, but it’d be fitting if she or a Heel with friends wins, like Ruby Riott. Alexa and Ruby have people to help them figure out the cash-in, much like what the IIconics ended up doing for Carmella. And the hype behind Nia and Ronda, I swear they’re preparing a Rollins-type cash-in to switch that match around and let Ms. MITB win it all. Bobby Roode wins to enter MITB, too, just because it’s a better move than continuing Roode VS Elias. That feud wasn’t going anywhere relevant, so this might be good to truly jump start Roode.

Apparently Vince thinks he’s cleverly deceiving us into liking Roman by making him the new Daniel Bryan, aka the victim of corrupt administrations. It isn’t working, given London’s reaction. Though, I did like his Spear outta nowhere. Would it be too much to ask for that moment to be his Heel Turn? Or an actual step in the right direction, at least? And I was actually surprised Strowman & Finn lost to Ziggler & McIntyre. Though, I suppose it makes sense if the latter are serious about being Raw Tag Team Champions. A true tag team is supposed to be better than two singles guys together, so it’s best Ziggler & McIntyre don’t lose so soon.

The only singles match, and probably the best match of the night, goes to Seth Rollins once again. He and Kevin did great, pushing both superstars’ stories forward at the same time. Rollins is becoming The Man again, slowly but surely. Meanwhile, Kevin complains to Angle and tattles to Stephanie, and he gets himself another chance, all to upset Angle. Kevin also gets his shot at Lashley’s expense, and Sami himself has a grudge with Lashley. Who knows what Sami’s segment next week will do, but it feels like we’re getting Kevin & Sami VS Angle & Lashley down the line, which will be really fun.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Road to Wrestling Dontaku!

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NJPW’s “Main unit”, Taguchi Japan, puts up two rising stars seeking their first championships! Juice Robinson gets another go at Hirooki Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship, will the second time be better than the first? And David Finlay goes after an old friend in the Switchblade and the IWGP US Championship!

 

This review of Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2018 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Jay White VS David Finlay; White wins and retains the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Juice Robinson; Goto wins and retains the NEVER Openweight Championship.

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AXS TV and NJPW review the build to tonight’s matches.

The Flamboyant One of the “main unit”, Taguchi Japan, challenged for both the NEVER Openweight and IWGP US Championships before, failing to defeat either the Fierce Warrior of Chaos or The Cleaner. He made quite the impression in the New Japan Cup, and tries once more against Hirooki Goto. Will Juice finally get his first taste of gold? Meanwhile, David Finlay targeted The Switchblade at Strong Style Evolved, and made it clear he wants the IWGP US Championship on top of revenge. These former friends face off to see who is truly the better man!

 

IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Jay White VS David Finlay!

We jump into this match partway as Finlay has White down. Finlay stands up and gets to a corner. He takes aim at White, but White stays down. Finlay kicks White in the back, then goes back to the corner again. White still can’t stand, so Finlay stands him up for a hard right. Finlay takes aim again, but White glares up at him from the mat. Finlay stands White up for a European Uppercut, then a chop. White staggers and Finlay fires up, but White falls to his knees. Finlay grows frustrated, so he just clobbers White in the back of the head! White finally stands up on his own, and Finlay runs out for a SPEAR!

Cover, TWO! Finlay grows frustrated but the fans rally. Finlay goes to the corner again, but White spits in his face. White laughs, but Finlay steals the Blade Runner! Cover, TWO!! White survives his own move and Finlay is again frustrated. Finlay drags himself out of the ring to walk it off. He peels away the apron skirt, to then retrieve a table. Finlay sets up the table, positioning it between ring and railing. He hears the fans rallying as he drags White up. He brings White over, and hoists him up onto the top of a corner. Finlay climbs up from the outside, and Red Shoes grows concerned. White resists as Finlay tries to lift him. White elbows Finlay down and they both go to the apron. Finlay fireman carries White, but White clings to the rope.

White slips down and hits Finlay back with kicks and clubbing forearms. White goes to lift Finlay but Finlay resists. Finlay lifts and back drops White onto the apron. White slumps down, but then suddenly grabs Finlay in powerbomb position, and bombs Finlay onto the table!

The table cracks but does not break. White wants to finish it, so he sets Finlay on the table and climbs back onto the apron. White drops an elbow!

Both men are in pain from the impact, but White stands up first. White gets into the ring while Finlay crawls from the wreckage. The 20 count reaches 10 before Finally drags himself up. It reaches 15, but Finlay flounders, to beat it at 19.5! White is on him right away, with a double underhook dominator! Cover, TWO!? White can’t believe it, but fans are rallying for Finlay. Finlay stirs, grabbing at White. White drags Finlay up, and reels him in for the Black Dragon brainbuster! Cover, TWO! White decides to finish this, and drags Finlay up for his Blade Runner, but Finlay counters with a stunner! Finlay flounders to a cover, TWO, but by the slimmest of margins. Finlay thinks he’s won, but is crushed when he hears it isn’t so. Fans continue to rally while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as both Finlay and White glare while slowly sitting up. Finlay throws a forearm, White throws one back. Finlay throws another, and White leans back. White comes back with a harder forearm, and Finlay leans. Finlay hits White, and again, and again. They stand up and White chops Finlay, and again, and again. Finlay falls back into a corner, but EuroUppers out at White. He gives another, and another. White staggers but Finlay gives him a sharp slap to the face. Finlay fires up but White grabs his hair to turn him around, for a clubbing clothesline! Finlay gets up but walks into Blade Runner, but slips out for a lumbar check! He’s all fired up now, as are the fans.

Finlay suplexes White up, for the last shot brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! And Finlay still can’t believe it. He gets up and calls to end it. But White blocks that cutter to hit his Blade Runner!!

Cover, White wins!

Winner: White, by pinfall; still IWGP US Heavyweight Champion

The second-ever IWGP USHC continues his reign on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku. He downs his former friend turned bitter rival, who will be next to be cut down by The Switchblade?

White speaks.

“David Finlay. David Finlay. Quite the valiant effort.” White knew Finlay was tough, but even he was surprised. Finlay proves he belongs in the main events of NJPW. “But more importantly, you showed that you certainly do NOT belong in the ring with me.” Ten wins for White, only one for Finlay, way back in 2015. White has and will always be better than Finlay, “get that piece of shit outta here!” Finlay is the past, we are looking at the future. The future of Chaos, and the future of Jay White. “Who is next?” White doesn’t know, but he’ll keep an eye on Hirooki, Tanahashi and Okada. “But whoever is next, they will be left lying in this ring” while White is still champion. “Everybody will breathe with the Switchblade.”

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Juice Robinson!

The Fierce Warrior defeated the Flamboyant One before, and Juice has learned much since then. Will Juice’s growth since their first match be enough to finally remove Goto from his NEVER throne?

Red Shoes shows Juice the belt he fights for, then signals for the bell. Fans duel already as the two circle. They tie up, and are even in strength as neither man budges. Juice pushes but Goto pushes him back. Juice kneels but stands back up. Goto gets around Juice, but Juice reaches back for the headlock. Goto reverses to a wristlock, but Juice turns that back into the headlock. Juice holds on as Goto tries to power out. Juice shifts to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and escapes. The two back off and fans applaud. They tie up again, and Goto gets the headlock now. Juice works his way out, but Goto puts the hold back on. Juice powers out, things speed up and Goto reverses the hip toss into a hip toss. Goto runs but Juice stays solid with him as they collide shoulder to shoulder.

They glare at each other, and Goto kicks low. Goto puts Juice in a corner, then throws forearm after forearm. Juice turns it around and gives off his own left haymakers. Goto punches Juice, so Juice slaps back. Juice throws Goto out, then slingshots out onto him!

Juice wipes Goto out and stands back up as fans applaud. He rains hands on Goto, then drags Goto up. He has the media clear out, to then whip Goto into the railings. Juice runs in, but Goto back drops Juice up and over. Juice lands on his feet, but Goto rocks him with a right hand. Goto grabs Juice’s dreads, and yanks him backwards into the railing! Juice goes down while Goto catches his breath. Red Shoes checks on Juice, Juice is okay to continue. Goto gets up to fetch Juice, and the 20 count climbs up to 10. Goto puts Juice back in the ring, then keeps on him with stomps. He drags Juice up and around, to then hoist him onto the top rope. Goto grabs the head again, for a draping neckbreaker!

Juice slumps out of the ring and to the floor. Goto lets the 20 count start. Juice drags himself up at 9, but that neck bothers him. Juice manages to get in at 17, but then goes back out for more recovery time. The count starts over, so Goto goes to fetch Juice this time. Goto puts Juice back in, then drags Juice up for a neck wrench. He bends Juice left, then right, but Juice resists, so Goto puts him in a headscissors. Juice endures the squeeze, and works to escape. Goto keeps up the squeeze and the wrenching, but Juice uses his long legs for the ropebreak. Goto lets Juice go, then elbows Juice in the back of the neck. He puts Juice in a corner, then throws forearms.

Goto whips Juice corner to corner, and runs in for the clothesline. He rolls Juice out of the corner, then climbs up. Fans fire up as Goto drops the elbow. Cover, TWO, but Goto keeps his cool. Goto positions Juice for a normal elbow drop to the chest, then gives on to Juice’s back. Cover, TWO! Goto sits Juice up for the chinlock, digging a knee into Juice’s back. Juice flails, then pries his way out of the hold, only for Goto to bring it back on. Fans rally as Juice blocks the elbow to his face! Juice stands up with Goto, blocks the kick, to give the leg lariat! The challenger is back in the fight while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns to fans rallying for both men. Juice sits up first, then stands. Juice fires himself up with fist pumps. Fans chant “Juice! Juice!” with each one. Juice jabs Goto over and over, but Goto ducks the big punch only to get a big chop. Juice whips Goto but Goto reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. They go again for another collision, and Goto fires up. Juice dodges but Goto follows, only to miss again, and Juice knocks him down with a clothesline! Goto gets to a corner while fans applaud.

Juice fires up and runs corner to corner, for another big clothesline. Juice runs but Goto follows to give Juice a clothesline. Goto fires up and runs, but Juice follows to give another clothesline! Juice runs, but Goto follows, only for Juice to dodge his heel kick! Goto hits buckles, and Juice runs in for the cannonball! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his cool, then gets himself to a corner. He climbs up with fans rallying. Juice takes aim, but Goto slips out. Juice still jumps!!

They both go down from that insane flying attack. Juice drags himself up first, and the 20 count begins again. Juice drags Goto up at 13, and puts him in the ring at 15. He keeps going, climbing back up to the top. Goto stirs, and Juice leaps for the flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Now Juice grows a bit frustrated with Goto. He stands up and says it’s time to go around. Juice brings Goto up, double chicken wing, but Goto shoves out of the Unprettier to then fireman’s carry. Juice slips out, shoves Goto, then follows, but Goto gets around behind. Goto lifts, but Juice slips out, and Juice grabs Goto for the German Suplex! But Goto springs up to clobber Juice! But Juice springs up, too! Only to run into Ushigoroshi!

Both men are down, too sore to cover or escape. Fans are thunderous as they duel. Goto slowly stands up while Juice stirs. Goto goes to Juice and throws a forearm. Juice comes back to headbutt Goto. Goto grits his teeth to hit Juice again. Juice stands up, and rocks Goto with a left. Goto throws a haymaker, but Juice responds with his own. They go back and forth with heavy forearms. Juice kicks low, then chops. Juice runs, but into the kick. Goto runs, but into a dropkick. Goto still hits Juice with a kick in the chest! Both men fall again, and the fans rally. Red Shoes checks on them, but they’re okay to continue.

Goto drags himself to ropes while Juice crawls his way to a corner. They both slowly stand, and Goto runs in to heel kick Juice in the back of the head! Then he drives Juice down with a big saido suplex! Juice writhes and clutches his neck, but Goto doesn’t cover. Goto stands back up, and drags Juice to his feet, for a second saido suplex! Goto wants more but Red Shoes keeps him back. Red Shoes checks Juice, but Goto doesn’t care. Goto drags Juice up and calls to finish it. He lifts Juice up for another fireman’s carry, and another Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!! Goto is shocked while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Goto brings Juice up one more time. He hoists Juice up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Goto clubs away, then positions Juice for a fireman’s carry. Juice revives and slips out to then go after Goto. Goto resists the powerbomb with a rain of rights. Juice clubs Goto back in the back, then headbutts the lower back. Juice gets Goto in the torture rack, for the inverted Ushigoroshi! He then calls for the end, demanding Goto stand up. Goto staggers to his feet, Juice runs, and clobbers Goto with the clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Juice clutches his neck but gets back up. He wants to end this, so he drags Goto up. Juice suplexes Goto up for the brainbuster!

Cover, TWO!? Juice is losing hope but the fans are thunderous. Juice fires himself back up and the fans rally with him. He brings Goto back up, and turns him with the chicken wings, but Goto grabs Juice in a sleeper hold! Goto holds on tight, but Juice backs him into a corner. Juice is still caught, and now fades to a knee. He pries at Goto’s arms, but Goto locks the hold back on. Juice uses the corner pad for leverage, but Goto drags him away. Fans rally while Red Shoes checks Juice. Goto won’t go easy, he shifts into a Dragon Sleeper! He wrenches back, but Juice throws him off with a snapmare. Goto catches his own breath, then drags Juice up. Juice revives, but Goto uses a headbutt to block the punch! Then a headbutt to rock Juice. And from there, Goto hits a front facing GTR.

But that’s not enough for Goto, as he drags Juice back up. Juice catches him into a cradle! TWO!! Juice was close and everyone knows it. Goto rushes Juice but Juice gets the full nelson. Goto breaks free and around to a hammerlock, then dragon sleeper, but Juice switches it around onto Goto! Juice goes from sleeper to chicken wings, but Goto shoves out of the Unprettier again. Juice headbutts Goto, and they both stagger, but Juice still hits a stiff left forearm! He fires up, as do the fans, and he hits another stiff left. Juice drags Goto up, he wants to finish this. He turns Goto, but Goto dumps him off! Goto catches Juice into the Shotenkai, the suplex slam!

Cover, TWO!? Everyone is thunderous again as both men are down. Goto seems at a loss as to what to do. He drags himself up on the ropes, then staggers around. Goto hears the fans, and calls for one more move. Juice sits up, and Goto kicks him back down. Goto then drags Juice up, for a true GTR!!

Cover, Goto wins!

Winner: Goto, by pinfall; still NEVER Openweight Champion

Juice pushed Goto to his limits, but Goto’s limits were too much for Juice. While the young lions attend to Goto and Juice, Mike Elgin appears.

Big Mike checks on Juice. Goto stands, his title in hand. Elgin helps Juice up, then turns his attention to Goto. Elgin points at Goto’s belt, then to himself. Goto locks eyes with The Unbreakable Elgin, who might be his next challenger. Elgin picks up a mic to speak.

“Goto, you have something I want.” Elgin wants the NEVER Openweight Championship. But then Taichi appears and picks up the mic, too.

“Hey hey hey. How dare you throw out challenges, baldy?” Taichi tells Goto that the belt he’s “always clutching tightly” will be more useful to Taichi. “So hand it over.” As for the “third wheel” Elgin, Taichi says, “Piss off, fat ass.” Taichi drops the mic, then drops Goto using his mic stand!

Elgin grabs Taichi, and lifts him high over head! Taichi slips out and runs away, having completed his mission. Elgin picks up the belt, and refuses to give it to Red Shoes. He returns it to Goto himself. Will one or both challengers get a match with Goto for the NEVER Openweight title?

 

Backstage interviews.

Elgin says it’s simple. “It’s been too long since Big Mike could call himself champion in NJPW.” As for Taichi, he hasn’t learned not to stick his nose in people’s business.

Meanwhile, Taichi says that everyone is sick of seeing Goto “clinging to the belt”. “It’s just another tool to me. So hand it over.” Taichi will put it to good use. As for “that bald, bearded fatty: stay out of this.”

Goto says his belt is “a sight for sore eyes.” Elgin and Taichi showing up at the end, Goto will take either of them on. Or even both at the same time. That’s all he has to say, and he takes his leave. Will Goto be able to break the Unbreakable? Will he be able to deny the World’s Sliest Wrestler? Or will one of them be the man to finally take that NEVER Openweight Championship from him?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid night of action, and with only two matches. We get part of White VS Finlay but even part was really great. The story was there, with Finlay being 1-9 against White, and that was perhaps in his head the entire time. White won to build his reign, and he ups the ante by name dropping some great champions. Seeing him against any of those would be a great match, and if he wins against even just one, it really ups his stock. The main event was great, that match raises Juice’s stock as well. Juice is almost there, he just needs a little more time. Goto VS Elgin VS Taichi sounds like a great idea, especially with how rare NJPW uses multi-man matches like that. Plus, it is the one way to keep Goto strong while taking the title off him and putting it on someone else.

My Score: 8.5/10


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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 347

It’s War of the Worlds Weekend! The Young Bucks and #DemBoyz, Jay & Mark Briscoe, have one more go over the ROH World Tag Team Championships! Which pair of brothers will prove themselves THE BEST tag team in all of Ring of Honor? Plus, the Women of Honor are in action as Kelly Klein takes on Madison Rayne!

 

All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kelly Klein VS Madison Rayne; Kelly wins.
  • The Dawgs VS The Motor City Machine Guns; MCMG win.
  • Facade w/ Danni VS Eli Isom; no contest.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win by disqualification; The Briscoes retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.

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Kelly Klein VS Madison Rayne!

WOH are in action as The Gatekeeper looks to rebuild after suffering her first loss by pinfall. Can the #PrettyBadass beat the Queen Bee to then aim herself at the inaugural WOH Champion, Sumie Sakai?

Madison offers the Code of Honor handshake, but Kelly worries more about her hair and mouth guard. Madison mocks the arm slapping as the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Kelly shoves Madison to a corner. They circle and tie up again, and Kelly again shoves Madison back. Kelly circles with Madison a third time, and Madison gets behind Kelly to roll her up. ONE, but Madison is back on Kelly with a leg-hook roll up, ONE. Kelly gets to ropes but Madison whips. Kelly reverses and sends Madison to a corner. Madison slips out as Kelly runs in, then throws in a shoulder. She slides under, then runs, and counters Kelly’s hip toss into a bridging cover, ONE. Kelly grows frustrated while Madison runs again.

Madison goes for a wheelbarrow, but Kelly turns that into a facebuster. Madison gets to a corner, Kelly runs in and hits the forearm smash. Kelly adds a back elbow, then a big clothesline. Kelly runs and boots Madison down, and has control while we go to break.

ROH returns to Kelly holding Madison down in a half-nelson chinlock. Fans rally and Madison stands up. She fights out with elbows, then forearms. Madison runs in but into Kelly’s elbow. Kelly climbs up and puts Madison in the hanging sleeper hold. She lets go at the ref’s count, and Madison slumps out of the ring. Kelly pursues Madison on the outside, but Madison fights back. Kelly knees low and suplexes Madison up and over. Fans applaud while Kelly fires herself up. Kelly looms over Madison before putting her in the ring. Kelly grins as she takes her time, but Madison dropkicks her feet out! Madison catches her breath while Kelly gets upset. Kelly slides in, but Madison is ready with forearms and chops. Madison fires off, then runs, and runs Kelly over. Madison gets around again, rip cord swing out for a cutter! AKA Chance of Rayne!

Cover, TWO! Madison knows she’s close, so she keeps on Kelly. Kelly resists the suplex and powers Madison to a corner. Kelly gives a body shot, then scoops, but Madison slips out. Madison pushes Kelly into buckles, but Kelly bucks her off. Kelly gives Madison a strong right, then drags her into the facelock. Madison fights back with knees, then picks Kelly up for the Rayne Check guillotine drop!

Cover, TWO! And Madison is shocked! Kelly survives yet another of her best moves. Madison stands up while Kelly slowly stirs. Kelly dodges the boot, fireman’s carry, to Landslide!

Cover, TWO, and now Kelly is frustrated. The fans rally while Kelly drags Madison up. Madison resists the suplex, then rocks Kelly with an enziguri! Madison stands up while Kelly goes to a corner. She runs in, but Kelly dodges and sends Madison into the post. Kelly rocks Madison with a knee right to the face! Cover, Kelly wins!

Winner: Kelly, by pinfall

The win wasn’t pretty, but the Pretty Badass gets back on top. With a killer knee added to her arsenal, will Kelly climb back to the top of the WOH Division and take that title from Sumie Sakai?

 

SoCal Uncensored speaks.

“Despite the shenanigans of The Kingdom, SoCal Uncensored is still the Six Man Tag Team Champions.” Next week, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky take on The Bullet Club’s Marty Scurll, Cody & Adam Page. It’s one more opportunity for SCU to punch them, kick them, spit on them and kick them in the balls, for another victory over them. “There is no secret that there is dissension in the Bullet Club”, but the SCU are a well-oiled machine. Before the Bullet Club tears itself apart, these three promise to tear them apart. Will the SCU win to then take revenge on Taven, Marseglia & O’Ryan?

 

Jay Lethal speaks.

“Next week, Punishment Martinez, you step into the ring with the Franchise of Ring of Honor.” Let’s look at the match on paper. The numbers don’t lie: Martinez is taller, has a longer reach, and is stronger than Lethal. But luckily for Lethal, this isn’t about power lifting or boxing, this is pro-wrestling. Martinez steps up to one of the greatest. Lethal plans to right the wrong that was his loss to Martinez from before. Lethal wants Martinez to bring everything he has, because Lethal will. Can Lethal scratch off the blemish on his record?

 

The Motor City Machine Guns are in the ring.

Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin enjoy the chants from the fans before speaking. “When we got back together, we had one singular goal in mind.” That was to become the ROH Tag Team Champions, and they did that. But now they’re not the champions. The question therefore, is what’s next for MCMG? Where do they go from here? Do they shake hands and “call it a day”? Or should they stay together and prove they’re “the best damn tag team there has ever been? Fans go with that one. “Well to be perfectly honestly”, they don’t know. They’ve been to Hell and back, but Sabin lets Shelley know they’re brothers for life. Shelley and Sabin hug, but oooooh, Hell, noooo! It’s The Dawgs, Big Rhett & Little Willie.

They’re not here for achy breaky hearts. Sabin & Shelley are confused about what’s next. Rhett had a favorite childhood movie: Old Yeller. Sometimes, you just gotta put old dogs out to pasture. And that’s when The Dawgs sucker punch the MCMG! In fact, Big Rhett wants referee Todd Sinclair to make this official. Sinclair has little choice, he calls for the bell and we have a match.

The Dawgs VS The Motor City Machine Guns!

Rhett & Will stomp away on Shelley & Sabin, respectively. Fans are on the MCMG’s side as The Dawgs bring them up. The Dawgs whip MCMG at each other, but the MCMG do-si-do and head back at The Dawgs. The Dawgs dodge, but then so do the MCMG, and they hit corner clotheslines. MCMG send The Dawgs out of the ring, then Shelley holds the way open for Sabin to DIVE!

Sabin hits both Dawgs, and the fans applaud as Sabin puts Ferrara in the ring. Shelly bumps Ferrara off buckles and then Sabin hits the running back elbow. Shelley climbs while Sabin brings Ferrara out, for a flying knee drop backbreaker. Sabin then feeds Ferrara to Shelley, and MCMG combine for the enziguri complete shot. Fans fire up but Rhett is back. Rhett throws hands, then whips Shelley. Shelley reverses, and the atomic drop starts the Dream Sequence! Dropkick and Last Chancery, but Ferrara trips up Sabin to stop the sequence. Ferrara rocks Sabin with a right, then gives a right to Shelley, and tops it off with a tornado DDT for Sabin! Sabin hits the ground, then Rhett dropkicks Shelley out of the ring. Ferrara stands the MCMG up, and Rhett builds speed to FLY!

The Dawgs are in control while we go to break.

ROH returns to The Dawgs arguing as they do, and Rhett whips Ferrara into Shelley for the shoulder tackle. Ferrara runs at Rhett but is turned back into Shelley. They go again, but Shelley boots Ferrara, then puts Rhett on the apron. Shelley rocks Rhett, and evades Ferrara, but Rhett trips Shelley off the apron. Rhett rebounds to then drive Shelley into barriers. Rhett holds Shelley still for Ferrara, and Ferrara builds speed to DIVE, but Shelley evades and Ferrara collides with Rhett. Shelley tags Sabin, he builds speed to FLY onto The Dawgs! He wipes them both out and the fans are fired up. Sabin puts Rhett in the ring then climbs up top. Sabin jumps for the missile dropkick! Then he hurries tot he apron, to Penalty Kick Ferrara down.

Sabin keeps going, but the springboard DDT is blocked by Rhett’s strength. Rhett rocks Sabin with a swift jab, then boots Shelley as he comes in. Rhett takes time to taunt, but he runs into an atomic drop. The Dream Sequence restarts and completes! Fans applaud as MCMG fetch Ferrara, but Ferrara rams Shelley into barriers. Sabin throws forearms on Rhett, then back kicks. Sabin runs, but into Rhett’s backbreaker. Rhett gut wrenches Sabin up, and hits snake eyes. Rhett runs corner to corner for a helluva kick, then feeds Sabin to Ferrara for the BLL lariat! Big Rhett climbs up, for the Dawgy Splash!

Double Dawg cover, but Shelley break sit up just in time. Ferrara goes after Shelley and throws him out, right into barriers. Ferrara keeps Shelley down while Rhett brings Sabin back up. Rhett puts Sabin on the top rope, rocks him with a right, then climbs up to join him. Sabin fights back and pushes Rhett down, but Rhett springs back up, only for Sabin to trip him up. Rhett ends up in the Tree of Woe, Sabin leaps and rolls to the other corner. Ferrara returns, gets around Sabin for the waistlock, but Shelley returns to grab Ferrara in a waistlock. Ferrara ditches Sabin to standing switch with Shelley, but Shelley backs Ferrara to a corner. Sabin runs in to clothesline Ferrara, and Shelley runs to baseball slide dropkick Rhett.

Sabin whips Ferrara to Shelley, and Shelley throws Little Willie overhead to land on Big Rhett! He hits his own dropkick on Rhett, and the fans are fired up. Shelley and Sabin kick combo Rhett, then Shelley climbs up while Sabin turns Rhett around. Shelley leaps, and MCMG hits Skull & Bones!

Cover, MCMG win!

Winners: MCMG (Shelley & Sabin), Sabin pinning

They may not know what’s next for themselves, but the MCMG win here tonight. Will Shelley & Sabin figure out their future in ROH’s stacked Tag Team Division?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

“Two of the best tag teams in ROH history.” Matt & Nick Jackson vow that tonight, they become four-time ROH Tag Team Champions. Tonight, Young Bucks and Briscoes, one more time to prove who are the greatest of all time.

 

Punishment Martinez speaks.

Or rather, he sends a message with a highlight reel. The Reincarnation of the Purple Mist clearly enjoys beating people down by any means necessary. What will he do to Jay Lethal in their rematch next week?

 

Facade w/ Danni VS Eli Isom!

The Neon Ninja has traveled the world, but looks to leave his mark on ROH in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, his opponent has been on ROH TV before, without success. Which man will make the bigger impact in Pennsylvania?

The fans chant “Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!” for their hometown boy while he and Eli uphold the Code of Honor. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Eli powers Facade to the ropes. Facade slips around to roll up, ONE, and Facade hops over the leg sweep to snapmare Eli. Cover, ONE and Eli slips around to a waistlock. Facade bucks him off then springboards up and over. Eli runs into Facade’s scooping cover, ONE into the crucifix, ONE. Facade slips up and around to a hammerlock into Mahistrol, TWO into Eli’s standard cover, TWO, to another cover for Facade, TWO. The two roll around, both going for covers, Facade gets his, TWO. The two both handspring and the fans applaud this even match-up. Facade and Eli circle, and the home crowd chants for their “Ninja! Ninja!”

Eli and Facade fist bump, but then Facade trips Eli up. Facade runs and cartwheels, then hops over. Eli hops over a cole times, then runs Facade over with a knee strike. Eli takes aim from the corner, then runs in for a big European Uppercut. He whips Facade corner to corner but Facade reverses. Facade runs in but Eli dodges. Facade headstands on the corner, then catches Eli with headscissors. Eli counters that into a shoulder carry, but Facade slips out. They roll back, TWO and Facade uses the momentum to springboard enziguri Eli down! Fans fire up as Eli rolls out. Facade takes aim, builds speed, and has to change plans as Eli slips back into the ring.

Eli runs at Facade, but Facade rams a shoulder into him. Facade slingshots and rolls off Eli’s back, ducks Eli’s clothesline, but runs into the tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Eli keeps going, and throws Facade with a Northern Lights suplex! Facade rolls out and Eli fires up. He wants Pittsburgh to get loud, so they get loud. Danni checks on Facade, and rallies the fans back on his side. Eli runs, but into Facade’s kick. Eli slumps out of the ring and Facade gets back in. Facade feeds off the fans’ energy, and runs to double springboard and FLY!

Facade knocks Eli down with a 450 clothesline, and lands on his feet! Fans fire up for the “Aerosol Assassin”, and he puts Eli in the ring. Facade climbs up, takes aim, then walks the tightrope for a springboard flying kick!

Cover, TWO! Eli survives, but Facade keeps his cool. However, a certain Enforcer walks out now…

Bully Ray goes right to the ring, and clobbers Facade with a clothesline!

No Contest

Bully despises the youth, but fans despise him. Bully goes after Eli now, and tosses him right out of the ring. Danni checks on Facade, but Bully looms over. Fans chant for “Cheeseburger!” but Bully tosses Facade out, too. Bully gets a microphone, and says “As Enforcer of ROH”, Bully fires Eli and Facade! “You are young boy bottom feeders who don’t deserve a job in the wrestling business! Don’t ever show up here again.” Why, Bully, Why? What did these two do to deserve that? But before another word is said, here comes Burger!

Fans cheer for the hero as he stands across from the evil Bully. “Bully, I respected you. I trusted you. I just want to tell you to your face… You’re a piece of shit.” Cursing on television will cost Burger some money, but fans are on his side 100%! Bully grabs Burger, and with the one hand alone, Choke Slams him down!

Bully shouts at the fans, “There’s your Cheeseburger, you pieces of dog crap!” But then Joe Koff appears!

“You’re so proud of yourself, aren’t you, Mr. Enforcer?” Koff says “Shame on me”, because he heard about Bully from other wrestlers and other promotions. But Koff is “the nice guy”, so he just wanted to give Bully a chance. Bully really did good things, for a while. But Bully went and fired two good wrestlers as “The Enforcer”. Koff tells “The Enforcer”, “You’re Done!” Bully shouts back that if he’s done, and Koff wants to empower the fans to mock him, he has something to say. “As of right now, I’m officially un-retired.” Bully is back in the game? And showing off his ring from the WWE Hall of Fame, while flipping everyone off. If Bully is wrestling again, will he face the consequences of his actions in the ring?

 

The Bullet Club speaks.

“You know who I hate?” Christopher Daniels. Hangman hates Kazarian. Scurll isn’t okay with Scorpio Sky. That’s not his real name, though. And Scurll despises uncensored. So therefore, they all hate SoCal Uncensored. “Which is perfect!” Next week, they will defeat SCU, and then should get a shot at the ROH World Six Man Tag titles. And after that, Cody will regain the ROH World Championship. Whoa, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Scurll is up to face Dalton Castle before Cody. Hangman keeps Cody and Scurll focused on beating the SCU. Right? Yeah! With this dysfunction, will that really be true?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Young Bucks!

Jay & Mark Briscoe have held those titles nine times, while Matt & Nick Jackson have only held it three times. Will #DemBoyz end up in a SUPERKICK PARTY that ends their current reign and gives the Bucks their fourth?

But already, the Briscoes aren’t playing nice, as they chuck chairs into the ring!

The Bucks manage to get clear of the flying steel, but the Briscoes rush the Bucks. Jay gets Matt down and stomps away, but Nick tosses a chair back at Mark, and it hits Mark square in the face! Mark tumbles out, and Nick slingshots out to bring him down! Matt gets away from Jay as the bell rings, and we have our match!

Jay rocks Matt with a European Uppercut while Nick clubs away on Mark. Mark hits back and puts Nick into the barriers while Jay rakes Matt’s eyes. The fans duel while the Briscoes keep on the Bucks. Matt snap suplexes Nick up onto the apron, then shouts for the camera man to get out of his face. Jay brings Matt over for Mark to mug with body shots. The Briscoes keep on Matt as they put him in the ring, but he gets going and Nick joins in, for a double DIVE!

The Bucks bring #DemBoyz down and the fans fire up. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” while The Bucks give a shout out to KO with double apron powerbombs! The Bucks are all fired up while we take one last break.

ROH returns once more, and things have settled down to a normal match in the ring. The Briscoes have Matt isolated in their corner. Matt fights out with haymakers all around. He boots Mark down but Mark whips him away from Nick. Matt uses that to take Jay out with a wrecking ball dropkick. Mark intercepts Matt as he runs back into the ring. Mark stiffly chops Matt in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Matt goes up and over, and SPEARS Mark down! Both men are down, and fans rally for Matt. Matt crawls over, hot tag to Nick!

Nick rallies on the Briscoes with kicks and elbows. Mark dodges a kick but Nick catches Jay’s. Nick spins Jay to then rock him with the roundhouse. Mark suplexes but Nick slips out, to then hit Jay with a shining wizard. Nick hits both Briscoes with the bulldog-clothesline combo! Fans are thunderous and Nick is all fired up. Nick stomps, but Mark blocks the kick. Nick dodges to say “See ya!” and hit Jay with a triangle dropkick. Mark misses, and gets double SUPERKICKS!

Mark staggers, so the Bucks go out and SUPERKICK Jay! The Bucks go back to Mark, positioning him for the Frog Splash Moonsault! Cover, TWO, but the Bucks keep their cool. Fans rally for the Bucks again, and Nick repositions Mark. Nick climbs back up, but Mark moves and Nick rolls through his 450. Mark runs at Nick but Nick dodges. Things speed up, and Mark runs Nick over with the leaping chop. Both men are down, but Nick tags in Matt. Matt flies but into Mark’s yurinagi, that Matt reverses into a wheelbarrow roll-up. Matt springs up and says “You’re dead!” with a SUPERKICK! He goes for the legs, and puts on the “Cease” Sharpshooter! Nick intercepts Jay, and goes for the same, but Jay shoves Nick into Matt, breaking the hold.

Jay rocks Nick with a forearm, then pulls him over to steal the Sharpshooter! Mark intercepts Matt with a Russian leg sweep into the sleeper hold and body scissors. Jay rolls Nick over, and it’s two holds at once! And a middle finger for good measure.

The Briscoes show no respect and no mercy. Nick and Jay aren’t legal, so Jay lets Nick go while Mark chokes Matt out. Sinclair checks on Matt with the lift of his arm. Matt comes back to life! So Jay stomps him out. Jay drags Matt up while fans rally for “Young Bucks! Young Bucks!” Mark lifts Matt up, and the Briscoes together hit a crucifix neckbreaker!

Cover, TWO!! And The Briscoes can’t believe it. The fans know “This is Awesome!” Mark drags Matt up and brings him over. Jay lifts Matt up in the Electric Chair, and Mark climbs up to the top rope. The Briscoes hit Doomsday, but Matt lands on his feet!? And he SUPERKICKS Mark. Jay SUPERKICKS Matt, then gets the double underhook, Jay Driller!

Cover, TWO!! But how?! Mark brawls with Nick on the outside while fans are thunderous. Fans chant “ROH! ROH!” while Nick Penalty Kicks Mark. Jay knocks Nick down, then goes back to Matt, small package, TWO! Matt scoops Jay, and Nick scrambles up, but Mark SMACKS Nick with a chair!

The referee saw and heard that, this match is disqualified!

The Young Bucks win by disqualification; The Briscoes are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.

The fans boo and jeer, but Mark doesn’t care. Mark tosses that chair and it hits Matt in the face. The Briscoes regroup, with more chairs taken from the audience. Jay smacks Nick with a chair, then hits Matt. Mark keeps collecting chairs, and Mark smacks Matt and Nick again in turn. Mark drags Matt up to the top rope, and Jay joins his brother. Nick can only watch as the Briscoes DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Matt onto the chair pile!!

Matt writhes in agony, but the Briscoes keep going. They keep Nick down and anticipate the arrival of more Bullet Club members. Mark moves in position, armed with a chair. Hangman Page storms out to the ring, followed by Flip Gordon, and that’s when Mark strikes!

Mark takes out both the #FlipArmy and Hangman, then rejoins Jay in the ring. They beat down the Bucks, and even bite them! Finally, Cody appears, armed with his own chair!

The American Nightmare goes after #DemBoyz and holds his own! But it’s not enough, Mark SMACKS him with his leather belt! And then chokes him with it! Jay gets back up, and throws a chair in Cody’s face. Fans chant for Scurll, but The Villain is a no-show. The Briscoes raise up their titles, proud of their underhanded yet savage actions. With #DemBoyz willing to do anything to retain, is there any hope for another team to reign?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A good episode here, and Heel heavy in the story developments. Good to see WOH again, and as I said, now that they have a title for the Division, seeing them regularly should be the way to go. Kelly’s story now is building back from her first real defeat, and it presented itself well as she struggled against Madison. These two probably need to work together more as parts felt clumsy, but they got through the major beats. It’s rare for a Heel to go through “crisis of confidence” but perhaps Kelly can make it work. MCMG have their own “crisis of confidence”, and I like the way they and The Dawgs shifted into a match like that. MCMG win to stay afloat in the ROH Tag Team Division, but maybe they could make the lateral movement into the Six Man Division with Jonathan Gresham by their side.

Bully Ray and ROH using his WWE status continues to be a genius move. Whether you see WWE as a promotion that’s “ruining pro-wrestling for everyone else” or not, using Bully to represent that concept works wonders here. He’s literally shutting out the new stars that deserve opportunities, the stars fans are starting to like, without any reason other than his personal opinion. And if Bully is coming out of retirement, that’s actually pretty big if he has a match against Cheeseburger or any number of these young stars. The promos tonight were all great, especially the Bullet Club’s, as it ties in their story with SCU and The Kingdom with their won story of dysfunction. I can’t be sure which way their Six Man with SCU will go, but the winners probably will move on to fight for the Six Man Tag titles.

That main event wasn’t long, but it was insane. The match is “ruined” by The Briscoes resorting to the DQ, and then The Briscoes up the Heel heat with that insane beating they give almost all of the ROH Bullet Club and Flip Gordon. It extends a story between them and The Bullet Club, while bringing into question the Six Man Tag next week. Sandy Fork VS Everybody is becoming more and more real for them in ROH, and I have a feeling The Briscoes will end up facing multiple teams in one big Tag Team Championship match down the line. That might be the only way to keep them from using Champion’s Advantage to retain.

My Score: 8.5/10


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The Undisputed Era have angered the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, and bullied the brawling Lorcan & Burch. Now all three of their targets team up to take them on! Can the WWE UK Champion and his allies take it to the NXT North American and Tag Team Champions? Plus, for the first time ever, Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Brandi Lauren VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream; no contest.
  • Kona Reeves VS Raul Mendoza; Reeves wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Undisputed Era; Dunne, Lorcan & Burch win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Johnny Gargano’s music hits!

But that’s not Gargano walking out, it’s Tommaso Ciampa.

The Blackheart Psycho Killer waves but the fans boo, jeer and give thumbs down. “Everybody keeps saying that Johnny Gargano won. That he beat me!” Gargano won a battle, but Ciampa “will always win the war!” It’s why Ciampa’s here while Gargano is home, in a neck brace that Ciampa put him in. Fans chant “You Suck! You Suck!” but Ciampa says that he has broken Gargano. Ciampa broke Gargano’s heart, mind, spirit and now, his body. “Johnny Wrestling is gone. I win.” Fans remind Ciampa he tapped out, then Candice LeRae appears!

Mrs. Wrestling storms right to the ring and confronts Ciampa. “Who are you?” Candice used to think she knew Ciampa. But she doesn’t recognize what he’s become. Ciampa is obsessed but she can’t understand why. “The only thing that’s truly broken here is you,” Ciampa. He taunts her with fake tears, but Candice says she’s done with the man she and her husband stood with. “You are a monster that I will never forgive.” While Gargano’s future is uncertain, Ciampa will always know Gargano was better. Fans agree with that one. Ciampa picks up the mic while fans chant “Johnny’s Better!”

Ciampa says maybe Gargano was better. But Candice and Ciampa both know, “that that boy you call ‘husband’ isn’t half the man I am.” That’s why he sent his cute little wife out instead of being here himself. Ciampa lived with them, and he knows he’s more of a man than Gargano. The fans chant “Mess him up, Candice, mess him up!” and Ciampa dares her to. Speaking of their wedding, Ciampa was thinking something the entire time: “How on Earth could this woman possibly be marrying such a big–” SLAP!! Ciampa and Candice stare down, but the Psycho Killer backs off with a little wave. Candice takes her leave, having said what she wanted. Fans still say Ciampa sucks, but will there ever be an end to his grudge with Gargano?

 

Brandi Lauren VS Lacey Evans!

One of NXT’s newest women goes up against the Model Soldier and Lady of NXT to see if she is worthy of staying. Can Lacey continue her mission of straightening out the NXT Women’s Division one woman at a time?

The bell rings and Lacey ties up with Brandi to throw her down. Lacey puts Brandi in a corner and stomps away. She backs off at the referee’s count, but then hits a swinging bronco buster. Brandi crawls away, but Lacey stands on her at the ropes. Lacey lets up at 4, and poses on the apron before dropping the slingshot elbow. Lacey drags Brandi into position, then climbs up to salute the fans. She hits a model moonsault, but she doesn’t end it there. Lacey drags Brandi up, for that knockout right! AKA a Woman’s Right.

Cover, and Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey, by pinfall

One woman down, the rest of the Division to go. Lacey shows off her right to end a match, will she use that right to take control of NXT?

But as Lacey takes her leave, Kairi Sane attacks!

The Pirate Princess is back for revenge! Kairi took a sucker punch so she gives one, and then some! They end up at the ring and fans go wild for Kairi. She puts Lacey in the ring, then climbs up high, but Lacey rolls out of harm’s way. Kairi hops down while Lacey retreats. Fans call her “Chicken! Chicken!” Kairi wants her revenge, when will she get it?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

The Embodiment of the End know Ricochet and Velveteen Dream want at his title. “I’ve learned a few things since becoming NXT Champion.” One is that there’s a bigger target on the champion’s back. If Aleister faces Velveteen, we know the history between them. If Aleister faces Ricochet, he looks forward to seeing if he’s truly the One and Only. But both men need to realize, stepping in the ring with Aleister, makes them the target. Who will Aleister make #FadeToBlack over the NXT Championship?

 

Dakota Kai talks to NXT Media.

Captain Kick is congratulated on her win last week against Vanessa Borne. But afterwards, Shayna Baszler and Nikki Cross both interrupted. Dakota has no idea what Nikki is up to, she’s just kinda crazy. Dakota obviously wants to be NXT WOmen’s Champion, but her focus right now is strength and– Oh no, here comes Nikki!

“I’ve got a question!” When is Dakota gonna fight Shayna? When? Huh? When? For the title? Fight? Dakota doesn’t know what to say. “With fear comes opportunity.” Nikki wants Dakota to face her fears and fight. She leaves Dakota to reflect on that “advice”. Will Dakota take Nikki’s advice and take the fight to Shayna?

 

Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream!

The eccentric Patrick Clark Experience called out the One and Only to say “anything you can do, I can do better.” Ricochet would respond with, “Prove it.” And now, to see who is more worthy of being #1 contender to the NXT Championship, they will go head to head for the first time anywhere!

Fans duel already between “Velveteen!” and “Ricochet!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up but break, then circle again. Velveteen slithers and corners Ricochet. He goes for the arm, then wrenches and brings Ricochet down while fans chant “Both These Guys!” Velveteen swivels the hips but Ricochet kips up to wrench and swivel back. Ricochet keeps Velveteen grounded with a keylock. Velveteen spins around and reverses from hammerlock to headlock to takedown. Ricochet tries the headscissors but Velveteen keeps it at bay. Ricochet powers through and keeps Velveteen trapped. Velveteen rolls and pops his way out, to then shove Ricochet down for a headlock. Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE, and they stand up.

Ricochet gives body shots and brings Velveteen down to reverse back to an armlock. He drives elbows into Velveteen’s shoulders, but Velveteen stands up. Velveteen tries but fails to power out of the headlock, so he rolls Ricochet over to a cover. ONE, and they stand up again. Velveteen powers out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to then roll back. Velveteen copies the back roll, then the somersaults to then arm-drag Ricochet out! Ricochet staggers, and fans applaud as Velveteen keeps his word. Velveteen builds speed, but Ricochet slides in while Velveteen tumbles to the apron. Ricochet triangle jump to dropkick Velveteen down! Fans fire up again, and Ricochet builds speed, to handspring and superhero land as Velveteen slides in!

Fans are all fired up as Velveteen sees he’s bitten off more than he can chew. The fans chant “NXT!” while Velveteen shoves. Ricochet blocks the kick to rock Velveteen with a right. Ricochet whips but Velveteen reverses to rock him with a forearm in the corner. Velveteen throws hands and stomps, then whips, but Ricochet goes up and over. They collide head to head, and stagger about. Velveteen and Ricochet brawl in a corner, but then Lars Sullivan appears to sandwich them!

No Contest

The match is thrown out as the Leviathan throws Ricochet! Then he tosses Velveteen for a powerslam! Lars flattens Ricochet in the corner while fans boo and jeer. He finishes it by picking Velveteen up for the FREAK ACCIDENT!

And then one for Ricochet! The fans boo and jeer Lars destroying this match, but Lars makes it clear HE wants to be the next NXT Champion! Is the Leviathan the one man–or rather, monster–that Aleister can’t make #FadeToBlack?

 

Kona Reeves VS Raul Mendoza!

NXT’s Finest made a victorious return last week while the Cruiserweight in waiting lost to the Top One Percent. Will Mendoza make his moment? Or will Reeves roll on with his newfound self-worth?

Reeves makes sure his chains and jacket are well taken care off before the bell rings. Fans chant “Kona Sucks!” while he ties up with Mendoza. Reeves wrenches the arm, gives it a shoulder breaker, then yanks on it hard. He puts Mendoza in a hammerlock, but Mendoza hits back with an elbow. Reeves suckers Mendoza into a headlock, but Mendoza power out, only for Reeves to run him over. Mendoza staggers up, and speeds up again, to slide under and tilt-o-whirl. Reeves slips out of it to throw Mendoza into a corner and give the Finest mudhole stomps. The referee backs Reeves up, but Reeves goes right back to suplex Mendoza up and over. Reeves drops a Finest fist drop, then climbs up for the Finest falling elbow. He stalks Mendoza, toys with him, and drives elbows into Mendoza’s face.

Reeves rubs Mendoza’s face into the mat, but stops at 4. Reeves wraps Mendoza in a Finest Cobra Clutch, but fans rally for Mendoza. Mendoza endures, and feeds off the energy to give Reeves a jawbreaker. Reeves gets angry, but gets a kick from Mendoza, then chops. Mendoza fires off haymakers, but Reeves throws him to ropes, only for Mendoza to hit a rebound enziguri! Reeves staggers, Mendoza runs in for a forearm smash. Mendoza whips, Reeves reverses but Mendoza slips out to the apron. Mendoza rocks Reeves with a swing kick, then springboards, only for Reeves to boot him out of the sky! Reeves then drags Mendoza up and says, “That’s why I’m the Finest.” He lifts Mendoza up, for the Hawaiian Drop!

Cover, Reeves wins!

Winner: Reeves, by pinfall

The Finest is on the Finest Win Streak right now, but he still has a long way to go. Will Reeves keep racking up victories to be the Finest Contender, and even the Finest Champion in NXT?

 

Cathy Kelly finds Ricochet outside William Regal’s office.

Clearly the One and Only wants to discuss what happened during his match with the NXT General Manager. In reference to that, Velveteen shows up for very much the same reason. They both want a match with Lars, but keep their cool as they enter Regal’s office. How will the NXT GM solve this monster-sized problem?

 

Heavy Machinery walk backstage while making a video.

Otis and Tucker speak about pumping up, but come across TM61. Shane Thorne & Nick Miller are labelled as “cheaters” after what they did to Street Profits. It doesn’t matter how you win, so long as you win. TM61 tasted victory, the one thing Heavy Machinery hasn’t tasted in some time. Tucker lets them know that TM61 is gonna be sore after facing them. Otis says any place, any time, and it’s gonna be next week. The Might may not kneel, but will they be flattened by the power of #SteaksAndWeights?

 

Six Man Tag: Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Undisputed Era!

The Bruiserweight joins forces with two bruising brawlers in order to exact some revenge on the traitorous Roderick Strong and his new friends who like to #ShockTheSystem. Will Strong, Cole & O’Reilly be able to use their teamwork and treachery to get the better of Dunne, Lorcan & Burch?

The NXT North American & Tag Team Champions, together

The referee keeps the two teams apart, even as the Undisputed Era taunt Dunne, Lorcan & Burch. Dunne starts against Strong, the man he wants most, and the bell rings. Strong dances around, then tags out to O’Reilly. Dunne tags out to Burch, and now Burch and O’Reilly circle. They tie up, and O’Reilly gets the waistlock. Burch gets the standing switch, but O’Reilly switches back. O’Reilly goes for the kneebar, but Burch gets to the rope. O’Reilly releases Burch, then they tie up again. Both men are even, but Burch gets the headlock takeover. O’Reilly rolls Burch, ONE, headscissors. Burch pops out but O’Reilly is ready even on the mat. Both men dare the other to bring the fight. They circle, and O’Reilly kicks out the legs. O’Reilly brings Burch over and Cole tags in to deck Burch. Cole stomps away, then toys with Burch at the ropes.

Cole throws hands, then grins as he throws in a knee. He stomps away while taunting and trash talking, then tags O’Reilly. Team Future Shock mug Burch, then O’Reilly drives in muay thai knees. O’Reilly snapmares, kicks, and covers, TWO. O’Reilly brings Burch back and Strong tags in now. Strong gives Burch the backbreaker, covers, TWO. Strong keeps on Burch, and copies Dunne with the hammerlock stomp! He even mocks Dunne’s fist pose. Dunne wants to come in, but Burch fights back. Strong lifts Burch but Burch slips down and brings Strong over. Dunne tags in and he rocks Strong with rights! Dunne fires off in an open corner, then whips Strong for a big back elbow. He doesn’t let up, he brings Strong down with a hammerlock, and hammers away on the ribs.

Strong screams in pain as Dunne bends those fingers past their point. Dunne goes to snap the fingers, but O’Reilly & Cole rush to save him. However, Lorcan & Burch catch them! Dunne, Lorcan & Burch all grab the fingers, for a TRIPLE SNAP!

The Undisputed Era rolls out of the ring to regroup, all clutching their broken digits. Lorcan & Burch raise up the “one two” fingers, Dunne throws up a three. Strong returns, but cowers in a corner. Cole and O’Reilly distract Dunne, then Strong pounces! Strong stomps away, then drags Dunne up to tag in Cole. They mug Dunne, clubbing and stomping him to the mat. Cole tags O’Reilly, and O’Reilly fires off on Dunne in the corner. O’Reilly toys with Dunne, then tags Strong for more mugging. Strong wraps Dunne in a cobra clutch but the fans rally for the Bruiserweight. Dunne sits up, gets to his feet, but Strong yanks him back into a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Strong dropkicks Dunne in that back. Strong tags Cole, and they stomp away on Dunne again. Cole brings Dunne up, snapmare to drive in a knee into the back.

Dunne hits back, but Cole knocks him down with a bicycle kick. Cole drags Dunne over, O’Reilly tags in. O’Reilly brings Dunne up, for the shoulder breaker. O’Reilly drives in elbows and knees to all sides of Dunne, then runs for a sliding knee. Tag to Strong, and Strong stomps again. Strong puts Dunne in a seated abdominal stretch, but fans rally again. Dunne endures, stands up and fights back with body shots. Strong shoves but Dunne keeps fighting! Dunne runs out, but Strong whips him back in. Dunne goes up and over, hot tag to Lorcan! Lorcan rallies on Strong with haymakers, then gives chops all around to Strong and O’Reilly! He’s all fired up and starts on a European Uppercut train! Strong tries to stop him, but gets thrown by a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Cole runs in, but into the running blockbuster!

Lorcan is all fired up, and he tags in Burch, to then FLY onto Strong & O’Reilly!

Lorcan feeds Strong to Burch, and Burch fires off a EuroUpper. Strong staggers back into Lorcan’s atomic drop, then Burch knocks Strong down with a clothesline! Cover, but Cole breaks it. Dunne returns and SMACKS Cole with a forearm. O’Reilly returns, throws Dunne in a German Suplex, but Dunne lands on his feet. Dunne kicks O’Reilly, but Strong throws him out. Strong throws Lorcan into Dunne, then hits Burch with a full-nelson backbreaker. Burch staggers into a corner, Strong hits him with a stiff corner shining wizard. Cole tags in, then Cole tags in O’Reilly. Cole hits Burch with an Ushigorishi! O’Reilly hits the Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO!? O’Reilly is furious with Burch’s toughness. Fans rally, and Burch rocks O’Reilly with a right. Cole runs in but is sent back out. Strong comes in, he’s sent out.

O’Reilly knees low and goes for the guillotine, but Burch counters into the crossface! Lorcan intercepts Strong for the Half Crab! Cole returns, but Dunne catches him into the Hoverboard wristlock! It’s three submissions, side-by-side-by-side!

The Undisputed Era all endure, but Strong slips out to shove Lorcan into Dunne and Cole, which sends them into Burch. All three holds are broken, and all six men are down. The fans duel between “Undisputed!” “Bruiserweight!” Cole goes after Dunne, but Dunne suplexes Cole out of the ring. Strong & O’Reilly stagger up to brawl with Lorcan & Burch! Fast hands fly from both, but it’s the brawlers who get the edge, only to run into forearms and elbows. O’Reilly gives Burch the Ax, but Burch evades to send the Smash into Strong! Burch headbutts O’Reilly, and Lorcan hits both O’Reilly & Strong with a blockbuster! Strong rolls out while Burch picks up O’Reilly. Lorcan wheelbarrows O’Reilly, for Burch to hit a DDT!

C0ver, Burch, Lorcan & Dunne win!

Winners: Dunne, Lorcan & Burch, Burch pinning

The one two three combination does the Undisputed Era in. Lorcan & Burch have pinned the NXT Tag Team Champions, will this give them a long-awaited title shot? And what of Dunne and Cole? Will there be a clash of United Kingdom and North American Champions on the horizon?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great night for NXT, with everything being rather straight forward. Ciampa continues to be a genius, using Gargano’s music now to swerve the fans. Then he implies there’s some kind of love triangle where he’s the “real man” Candice wants even though she’s with Gargano. I doubt WWE would consider co-ed wrestling an option, but Candice would be the one to use in a match against Ciampa. Kairi ups the rivalry with Lacey with that attack, their rematch looks to be building up for something really fun. Nikki Cross oddly wants Dakota to fight Shayna instead of wanting Shayna for herself, but Nikki is meant to be the crazy one. Maybe if Dakota snaps and beats up Shayna even a little, that’ll make it easier for Nikki to take the title.

I was truly surprised to see Lars Sullivan attack both Ricochet and Velveteen. I suppose their incredible 1v1 match would be too much for just NXT TV. Next week we get a handicap match, Lars VS Ricochet & Velveteen, but that probably won’t end definitively. My guess is Velveteen leaves Ricochet alone with Lars and Lars wins. I still don’t get where Reeves is going to go, except maybe into something with EC3 for a showdown of rich guy gimmicks. EC3 definitely wins that. The Six Man Tag was great, and I was happily surprised to see the Undisputed Era loses. I expected this to lead into British Strong Style in NXT, but maybe that’ll be later. Lorcan & Burch can be a good holdover for O’Reilly & Strong until another team presents itself, and as I implied, we might even get Dunne VS Cole just because.

My Score: 8.5/10


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