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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/21/18)

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Money in the Bank draws closer, and Raw has already filled out their spots with Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens and Bobby Roode. However, Sami Zayn is more concerned with his grudge against Bobby Lashley. Will the Lashley sisters accept Sami’s invitation to the Times Union Center in Albany?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens; no contest.
  • Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal; Roman & Rollins win.
  • Ember Moon VS Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James; Ember wins.
  • No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • The B Team VS Breezango; The B Team wins.
  • Chad Gable VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Dana Brooke VS Liv Morgan VS Sarah Logan; Natalya wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Bobby Roode VS Elias; Elias wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, heads to the ring!

The Olympic Gold Medalist is in New York and the fans greet him with “You Suck!” Angle let us know via Twitter that he’d have some major announcements. He sets up the night by letting us know he’ll preside over the Raw Women’s Championship contract signing later tonight.

[Cable lost signal]

It’s Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon!

Stephanie tells Kurt she’ll be presiding over the Raw Women’s Championship contract signing. But now Roman Reigns comes out!

Roman Reigns wants Stephanie to tell him the truth. The management doesn’t want him to be in a title match. Stephanie says the truth is that Roman lost. If he’s mad, take it up with Jinder Mahal. He did. But now Kevin Owens comes out!

Kevin feels indebted to Roman, because taking Mahal out means Kevin got in! Kevin is the final Raw participant at Money in the Bank now. And everyone knows Kevin winning is #BestForBusiness. After last week, Roman does need the truth about how everyone feels about him. Kevin is man enough to say it. He likes Roman! Fans love chanting stupid stuff, so maybe be smart for once and chant what Roman deserves: “Thank You, Roman!” Kevin chants it himself but not all the fans play along. He tried, but there is something Kevin disagrees with. Stephanie is right, she doesn’t play favorites. Kevin is proof of that! Kevin beat up both her brother and father, and yet Stephanie made him her cornerstone superstar, because she knows talent when she sees it. But Stephanie doesn’t appreciate Kevin leaning on her.

Stephanie confirms she doesn’t play favorite. If Roman wants to blow off steam, Stephanie will make a match between Roman and Kevin, for tonight! And up next!

 

Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens!

The Prizefighter may have put his foot in his mouth after coming out to the ring, but now Roman looks to put his foot up Kevin’s ass. Can The Big Dog make up for missing out by bringing Kevin down before MITB?

Raw returns with this match in progress. Roman puts Kevin in a corner, then he honors the break. Kevin comes out and ties up with Roman again. Kevin gets the waistlock, but Roman the standing switch, only for Kevin to get away. Roman gives Kevin time to return, and they tie up again. Kevin gets a headlock, and brings Roman down to a knee. Roman powers up and out of the hold, and puts the headlock on Kevin. Kevin powers out, but Roman runs him over! Kevin bails out of the ring to recover, and Roman waits in the ring. Roman walks over as Kevin enters, and blocks the punch to give an uppercut. He keeps on Kevin corner to corner, throwing big hands.

Kevin chops but that vest is tough. Kevin throws a haymaker, but Roman throws one back. Roman climbs up and rains down punches, but only gets five before Kevin shoves him away. Kevin rushes out, but into another uppercut! He crawls to another corner, but Roman is on him with headbutts. Roman whips Kevin corner to corner, then runs in, but Kevin boots him away. Kevin climbs up but Roman uppercuts him out of the ring! Kevin hits the floor while Roman catches his breath. Roman sees Kevin against the apron, and goes outside the ring. He takes his time walking over, and Kevin chops, still no effect. Roman clobbers and puts Kevin in the ring, but Kevin gets right back out. Kevin catches his breath, but Roman pursues again. Roman builds speed this time, but Kevin dodges the Drive-By to SUPERKICK!

Cover, but we go to break!

Raw returns, and clearly this match continues as Kevin climbs up. Roman stops him with another uppercut! Roman clears his head and climbs up, but Kevin hits back. They brawl while Roman climbs, and Roman works on the superplex. Kevin fights him off, and knocks Roman away. Roman runs back but Kevin elbows him away, only for Kevin to run into a clothesline! Roman whips but Kevin reverses, but Roman knocks him down with a leaping lariat. Fans are mixed as Roman goes over to Kevin. Roman gives the close-range clotheslines, and gets all ten. Roman runs, but Kevin dodges the boot to then DDT Roman! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his focus while he stands back up. He drags Roman up, then whips, but Roman holds ropes. Roman boots Kevin back but Kevin forearms, then runs, only into the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Roman keeps his cool, and slowly stands up. Fans duel while Roman locks and loads. Roman runs, but Kevin counters with a roll up! TWO, SUPERKICK! Roman sits down, Kevin runs in with the– SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman covers, TWO! Both men slowly sit up, and Roman fires himself up. He goes to a corner, and lets out the howl. But Kevin bails out! Roman pursues, and SPEARS Kevin on the outside! Roman drags Kevin up, but JINDER MAHAL attacks! The Modern Day Maharaja goes after Roman for revenge!

No Contest

Mahal puts Roman into the barriers, then boots him down. He isn’t done, as he drags Roman up and into the ring. Mahal stomps Roman, then rains right hands down. Kevin enters to help, but out comes SETH ROLLINS! The Architect rushes the ring and rallies on Mahal, Kevin and even Sunil Singh! He runs them all off, and we go to break.

 

Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal!

Raw returns and a la Teddy Long, this is now a tag team match! Rollins slips out of Mahal’s scoop slam to then chop away. Rollins runs but Mahal runs him over. Mahal grins and runs, but Rollins is ready with a dropkick. Mahal bails out, so Rollins slingshots out onto him!

Rollins puts Mahal back in the ring, then chops Mahal more. Tag to Roman, and the Shield work together with a whipping forearm smash, feed to back elbow. Cover, ONE, but Roman keeps on Mahal and those bad ribs. Roman unloads hands, then whips Mahal to ropes. Mahal reverses and runs Roman with an elbow. Tag to Kevin, and Kevin stomps away on Roman. Kevin stomps and stomps, then gets mad at Rollins for showing up at all. Kevin tags Mahal and Mahal stomps on Roman again. Mahal drops springboard knees, and puts Roman in a chinlock.

Fans rally while Roman endures the hold. Roman endures, and Mahal drives in an elbow before shifting to a half-nelson. Mahal keeps on Roman while fans continue to rally. Roman works his way up and around, but Mahal gets him to the corner. Kevin tags in and he mugs Roman with Mahal. Kevin chops away on Roman, then puts on another chinlock. Roman endures again, reaching for ropes. Fans rally and Roman powers up. Roman fights out of the hold, then throws Kevin. Kevin kicks but Roman clobbers him with a clothesline! Both men go down, but crawl for their corners. Mahal just comes in, but Roman throws him right out! So Mahal trips up Rollins! He puts Rollins into a corner, then Kevin hits the cannonball. Cover, TWO, we go to break.

Raw returns again, and Roman hits Mahal. Mahal puts Roman in the corner and Kevin tags back in. Kevin unloads on Roman, then respectfully backs off. He comes back to go after Roman, while taunting Rollins. Kevin hits Roman with haymakers and forearms, but Roman hits back with another uppercut. And another, but Kevin drop toeholds and clobbers Roman with crossface punches. Kevin kicks Roman down, then covers, TWO. Kevin continues to taunt Rollins while he puts Roman back in a chinlock. Roman endures all over again, but fans keep dueling. Roman feeds off that energy, and lifts Kevin up! Kevin slips out, and throws Roman to ropes, but Roman boots Kevin down! Both men are down once again, and everyone is fired up. Roman and Kevin crawl, hot tags to Mahal and Rollins!

Rollins rallies on everyone, and runs to Slingblade Mahal. He clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed, but Kevin swipes at him. Rollins dropkicks Kevin, dropkicks Mahal, then DIVES on Kevin!

Rollins also DIVES on Mahal! The Architect is all fired up as he puts Mahal back in. He boots Mahal away, then hops up to Blockbuster! Cover, TWO! But Rollins keeps his focus while the fans keep making noise. Rollins stomps for “Burn It Down!” Sunil distracts, Mahal fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Mahal is furious, but he stalks Rollins. Rollins resists and PELE! Kevin tags in, but Rollins sees him coming. Rollins hits the corner buckle shot, then springboards, but into Kevin’s gutbuster! Kevin hops up, Vader Bomb! Cover, Roman breaks it! Mahal returns, but Roman rocks him with an uppercut and Samoan Drop!

Roman gets up but Sunil distracts, Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman! Kevin blocks the knee, then opp-up, but Rollins slips out. Roll up, SUPERKICK from Rollins! Then, CURB STOMP– No, Kevin dodged it, only for Rollins to get the stomp on the second time! Cover, Rollins & Roman win!

Winners: Roman & Rollins, Rollins pinning

The Shield brothers worked together and were successful again. The Intercontinental Champion keeps his incredible roll going, while Roman gets some payback. But then Mahal returns with a chair and attacks them both on the ramp! The Maharaja decimates each of them, then focuses more on Roman. Mahal gets his own payback now with every SMACK of the chair. Referees back him off, but Mahal has done what he wanted. And he keeps going, jamming the chair into Roman! The Maharaja stands tall now, but will Roman come back for revenge all over again?

Roman won’t have to wait long, because Angle made it a match for Money in the Bank! Will The Big Dog kick the Maharaja out of His Yard?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Underdog promised to get the real story about the Lashley siblings, after that “special interview” between Renee Young and Bobby Lashley. And as promised, Sami will expose Lashley’s lies with the help of his three “very lovely, very honest” sisters. Make some noise, New York!

The Lashley “sisters” walk out to the ring, and Sami sees the resemblance. There’s quite the story to be told here. Lashley said that he loved his sisters, but that didn’t seem right. First, Cathy and her broom: When they were younger, Lashley was always so mean, so she needed the broom to defend herself to swat him away. Second, Francis and the army helmet: She carried their helmet, because Bobby would always hit her in the head. This wasn’t their father’s helmet, she bought it herself. Lastly, Jessica and her towel: This dirty towel was for wiping away her tears after Bobby would make her cry, and it’d get sopping wet.

Sami says that is the real Bobby Lashley. It was a lie when he said he loves his sister. Lashley only loves himself! The sisters grew up with fear, and their parents hated and were ashamed of Lashley. They shipped him off to reform school. They’re an army family, so how did the new neighbors react? “Bobby was a brat. He would steal candy!” It got so bad, that everyone would call the cops. See? Lashley is a liar, a thief, and a bully! Lashley is a menace to society! But Lashley is also here.

Lashley heads to the ring, and says hi to his “sisters”. Look at Cathy. How is she still single? Jessica, this outfit is great. And Francis, she has something all women want: “a big hairy mustache.” Sami did all this for Lashley? What a great friend! This is a great joke, thanks so much, he couldn’t have done it any better. Uhh… Yeah! Yeah you liked it? Or maybe Lashley would like it if Sami kicked him in the face and out of the ring. Lashley is garbage! Now Lashley gets upset. Sami tries to reason with him, but then runs away! And the “Sisters” jump him! It’s a 4v1 attack on Lashley, and Sami has them stand Lashley up. Sami gets easy shots in , but then Lashley breaks free and fights them all off!

Lashley takes out the impostor sisters while Sami runs away. Lashley clubs “Francis” while wearing the helmet, then throws “Cathy” up and over the ropes. Finally, he goes after “Jessica” with that dirty towel whipping him in the but, before suddenly choke slamming him down.

“Cathy” returns, but Lashley uses that broom stick to take him for a ride, back up and out of the ring. Lashley has the ring all to himself, and Sami talks trash from the stage. When will Sami face Lashley face to face and settle this?

 

Ember Moon VS Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James!

The War Goddess and The Goddess are both in the Women’s Money in the Bank match, but now go 1v1 to see who is the one true #Shenom of Raw.

Quick backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.

Alexa has already been pinned by Ember in a tag team match, but that’s ancient history. If we want ancient history, Alexa brings up that the Roman Empire lost in a raid because the Visigoths had the element of surprise. Alexa couldn’t prepare for Ember their first time, but now it’s a fair fight. And like Rome, Alexa will win this time.

The bell rings, and the two tie up. Ember gets the arm wrench, but Alexa throws her down by her hair. Alexa stands on Ember at the ropes, then skateboard stomps until 4. She mocks Ember’s moves, but Ember kips up. Ember dodges Alexa, tot hen POUNCE. Cover, TWO, and Alexa bails out. She regroups with Mickie, but Ember just builds speed to slide out. Ember dodges Alexa to throw her with a headscissors. She glares at Mickie, but then Alexa throws her into the barriers with an arm wringer. Alexa trash talks Ember, then puts her back in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Alexa goes after the bad arm. Ember gets up and fights back with forearms, but Alexa rings her arm again. Cover, TWO, and the Five Foot Fury is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Alexa stomps away on Ember. Cover, TWO, and Alexa gets frustrated. She drops knees on Ember’s arm, then again. Alexa toys with Ember, then kicks her in the arm before wrenching it back. Ember endures, and fans rally. Ember stands up but Alexa yanks her back down. Alexa sits down on the arm and wrenches it more, but Ember bridges to keep things from becoming a cover. Alexa just focuses on the arm, but Ember endures. Fans rally again, and Ember rolls back to cover, TWO. Alexa goes after the arm but Ember hits back, and hits a side slam. Ember kicks back at Alexa, then runs to dropkick Alexa down. Alexa rolls to the ropes and holds onto the apron skirt. Ember yanks her back in, but Alexa kicks the bad arm. Mickie come sin, but the referee spots her. They argue, and Mickie is ejected!

Mickie throws a tantrum, so Ember smacks Mickie with a forearm. Alexa rolls Ember, TWO! Ember glares at Alexa, but Alexa puts her on the apron for a hotshot to the arm. Ember returns the favor and kicks Alexa back. She climbs up high, ECLIPSE! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember, by pinfall

The War Goddess trumps the Bliss Goddess, but there are still more women to join the MITB ladder match with them. Will Ember be able to Eclipse them, too, and become the second-ever Ms. MITB?

 

Stephanie McMahon is in her office.

She enjoys a gift basket before Finn Balor and Braun Strowman walk in. The Extraordinary Man and the Monster Among Men were looking for Angle. Well she took his office, so perhaps she can help them. They wanted a rematch with Ziggler & McIntyre. That’s nice, but they’re not a tag team. Right? And, Money in the Bank makes them opponents, every man for himself. Finn has a nice smile, but there might be some blame on Strowman for their loss. How about this? In the spirit of friendly competition, a preview of MITB with Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman. Strowman crushes the apple with one hand. He likes competition, but he didn’t say “friendly.” will Finn end up like the apple?

 

No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin!

The Fighting Fiesta returns and looks to settle things with The Lone Wolf tonight. Will Corbin have more fun ruining Jose’s fun in Albany?

The bell rings and the two circle. Jose blocks and gives back punches, then whips. Corbin reverses, but then slides out and in, but Jose was ready with the baseball slide. Jose then slingshots out and takes Corbin down! Jose keeps on Corbin, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin LEAPS from the apron and clubs Jose down. Corbin stomps away on Jose, then taunts the fans. He puts Jose back in the ring, then drags Jose up. Corbin throws Jose into the post, then grinds Jose’s head into the post. He backs off but then covers, TWO. Corbin keeps on Jose with a half-nelson. Jose endures, then powers up, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Fans build to a rally, and Jose feeds off the energy. Jose fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin throws Jose but Jose throws Corbin into the post, hard!

Corbin drags himself out but runs into Jose’s boot. Jose back elbows, then throws hands. Corbin shoves Jose away but Jose boots Corbin. Jose runs Corbin over with a clothesline! Jose lifts Corbin, for a flapjack! Cover, TWO! Jose gets up and takes off the arm band, but Corbin grabs him. Corbin lifts for the choke slam, but Jose slips out and rolls Corbin up! TWO, DEEP SIX! Corbin isn’t done there, he brings Jose up and reels him in for END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Corbin, by pinfall

The Lone Wolf ends the party for tonight, but has no path to the top. Will Corbin keep ruining the fun and find his way to a title?

 

Angle tries to get signal, but can’t.

Chad Gable comes up and talks about Stephanie being in his office. Well, Angle let her have his office. Plus, he likes being in the hallway. It’s quiet. But no bars. Angle is glad Gable is here. Gable should’ve been the one in the match last week but management has plans. Gable vows to take opportunity when he finds it. But then Ziggler and McIntyre walk over. Ziggler loves what Angle’s done with the place. McIntyre points out the win over Balor & Strowman, but apparently a rematch is above Angle’s pay grade. Gable speaks up, and Ziggler asks his claim to fame. Amateur wrestler? Who here isn’t? But there’s a difference between them. Ziggler doesn’t awit for handouts. Who’s waiting? Angle keeps the peace, and says to settle it in the ring. Gable takes on the Show-Off later tonight.

 

The B Team VS Breezango!

The “undefeated” Bo Dallas & Curt Axel are back, with new “merchandise”. The Fashion Police want a rematch after pointing out the “Best Team” are actually the “Bleh Team”. They have new merch, too, and will prove there’s only room for one “B Team” on Raw.

The bell begins and Breeze starts against Axel. Axel gets a drop toehold then cover, ONE, and the two back off. Breeze and Axel tie up and now Breeze gets the toehold and cover, ONE. Axel regroups with Bo on the outside, then Axel returns to tag to Bo. Bo rushes Breeze but runs into the toehold. Cover, ONE, but Breeze brings Bo over to tag in Fandango. Fandango climbs up, swivels his hips, then drops an ax handle. Fandango throws jabs, then covers, ONE. He whips Bo but Bo sunset flips. Fandango keeps his balance, swivels again, but Axel tags in. They hit the neckbreaker, cover, B Team wins again!

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

They did it again! They’re still “undefeated”, and are all fired up, they celebrate with the referee. Can Bo & Axel continue to prove B stands for Best, and then challenge the Raw Tag Team Champions?

 

Stephanie McMahon returns to the ring.

The Raw Commissioner now presides over this Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, since she replaced Kurt Angle. This is all over “the challenge heard ’round the world.” Nia Jax challenged Ronda Rousey to be her challenger at MITB. Stephanie makes the introduction, and The Irresistible Force comes out first.

Stephanie congratulates Nia Jax for winning the title. Her issues with Alexa Bliss were heart-wrenching, but Nia boldly called out her own opponent. Stephanie introduces the “Baddest Woman on the Planet”, “Rowdy” Ronda!

Ronda joins Stephanie and Nia in the ring, and asks how Stephanie’s arm feels. Stephanie’s arm is fine, thanks for asking. Stephanie moves things to business, and does ask Ronda how it feels to “leap frog the entire Raw Women’s Division” and all the worthier superstars? Ronda knows what Stephanie is up to. A lot of women deserve this shot, but Nia wanted Ronda. Yes, Nia wanted Ronda, but why? Is it because Nia is going to make a name for herself at Ronda’s expense? Ronda was impressive at Wrestlemania, but she’s never competed in a singles match, so Ronda is “rip for the picking.” And Nia knows that as an open weight division, the bigger, stronger Nia can dominate Ronda. Ronda doesn’t like to lose, but if Nia wins, Ronda will just quit forever, and Nia becomes the NEW Baddest Woman on the Planet.

But Ronda knows we know it took Nia 20 minutes to defeat the teeny tiny Alexa. Why? Was Nia relying too much on her power and size? Is it that Nia is lazy? If so, then it won’t take Ronda all that long to put Nia in an armbar. That’s if Ronda can do it, though. Can she when Nia is the biggest opponent she’s ever faced? Nia tells Stephanie, “No! The truth is, she can’t get the armbar on me.” Nia is sick of being called “lazy”. The truth is that Nia will make a name for herself when she wins at MITB. Nia signs the contract, then so does Ronda.

The match is now official, but Ronda also knows the tradition of these kinds of events. She moves the table aside, and says she’s happy the truth came out. Ronda is still civil, and wants to shake hands. Nia accepts, and Ronda says “I’m going to take your title.” And her arm! The two glare down while Stephanie smirks to herself. Will Irresistible Force or Baddest Woman be the Raw Women’s Champion after MITB?

 

Chad Gable VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre!

The Olympic Medalist and former tag team champion defends his pride against The Show-Off in this match-up of legitimate amateur wrestlers. Raw returns to this match in progress as the two tie up. Gable gets the waistlock but Ziggler the switch. Gable switches back, then they stand up, and Gable gets the arm. He whips and arm-drags Ziggler, then gets the waistlock again. Gable is all over Ziggler, tying up the legs, then shifting to a facelock. Ziggler rolls but Gable holds on. Ziggler gets to ropes and Gable honors the break. The two circle and tie up again, then Ziggler goes after the leg, only for Gable to get he facelock. Cover, TWO, and Gable returns to the waistlock. Ziggler elbows his way out, then dropkicks Gable down! Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps his calm.

Ziggler walks around Gable, and grinds his laces into Gable’s face. He wraps Gable in a chinlock, then bends him back. Fans rally and Gable stands up, but Ziggler throws him down. Ziggler drops an elbow, covers, TWO. Ziggler wraps Gable in a sleeper hold and body scissors, extending one of the arms out to trap it. Gable endures while fans rally again, and rolls around. He stands up and fights out of the hold. Gable gets a takedown, rolls, TWO, another takedown to jackknife, TWO. Ziggler kicks low, then dare Gable to stand up. Ziggler gets the waistlock, back suplex but Gable slips out. Gable goes for the German Suplex but Ziggler resists, to then hit the neckbreaker.

Ziggler grins while he aims at Gable. He runs into Gable’s back elbow, then a kick. Gable dodges the superkick to then reverse wheelbarrow, TWO. Gable dodges the splash, CHAOS THEORY! TWO, and McIntyre is relieved. Gable goes at Ziggler, but Ziggler has the ropes. Ziggler headbutts then SUPERKICKS Gable. Cover, Ziggler wins!

Winner: Ziggler, by pinfall

The Show-Off used a “veteran” move to get the better of the young Gable. But now McIntyre walks into the ring and brings Gable up. McIntyre hits the Claymore!

The Stud and the Show-Off stand over Gable, reaffirmed in their mission to take everything by force. Will they storm their way to a Raw Tag Team Championship match?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Dana Brooke VS Liv Morgan VS Sarah Logan!

The Riott Squad has two more chances to enter someone into the second-ever Women’s MITB Ladder Match, but can they do enough to stop the Queen of Harts and Titus Worldwide’s Statistician?

The bell rings and it naturally becomes 2v2 as the Squad goes after Natty and Dana. They isolate one each in corners, and Liv throws Natty down while Sarah throws hands on Dana. Dana turns things around and stomps away on Sarah. Natty pops up but Liv still hits her with a flying bulldog. Cover, TWO, and Liv is already frustrated. Dana fights Sarah off, but Natty puts Liv in a corner. Natty goes after Sarah and snap suplexes her down. Cover, TWO, and Liv helps Sarah out. Liv whips Natty into a corner, but Natty dodges. Natty rebounds Liv off the ropes to then run all over and dropkick her down. Cover, TWO, and Sarah knees Natty right in the face. Cover, but Dana breaks it up. Dana handsprings into Liv, then runs Sarah over, but Liv enziguris Dana out.

The Squad regroups, and stare down. This is every woman for herself, but they laugh. They don’t care about that, so long as one of them gets in. The Squad goes after Natty, taunting her with what she’ll never have in the Women’s MITB briefcase. They mug Natty with all kinds of strikes, and continue to taunt her. Ruby cheers her team on while they bring Natty back up. The Squad double whips but Natty ducks and Dana trips up Liv. Dana and Liv take each other out with big double clotheslines, and then Natty rallies on Sarah!

Natty turns Sarah around for the Russian leg sweep, then goes for the Sharpshooter. Ruby comes in but Natty knocks her out, Sarah hits Shotgun Knees!! Cover, but Dana breaks it. Sarah hits Dana, then throws Dana into a post. Sarah roars, but Natty dicus clotheslines her down! Then, Sharpshooter! Sarah endures, but Sarah taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission; qualifies for the Women’s MITB Match

The Queen of Harts is in! She is just one match away from having a title match anytime, anywhere. Can Natty climb over Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch?

In-ring interview with Natalya.

Congratulations on her third MITB ladder match. Is her experience her greatest asset? yes, but she’s also got the Baddest Woman on the Planet as a training partner and best friend. After MITB, they’re gonna have new nicknames. Ronda will be Champion, and Natty will be Ms. Money in the Bank. A bold statement, but it could happen. Will Natty win to then have a title match with her good friend?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Albany and claims he is the reason WWE’s stock has risen 150%. WWE is at an all time high, and it is no coincidence. The reason is that NBC Universal and the world knows that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” A good response from Albany. Elias begins to play, “I love Elias”, “Yes I Do!” He loves the reaction. However, he does not love them. Elias was in France and London, so it is soul-crushing to come to this “dump called Albany.” But before he can continue, it’s time to be GLORIOUS!

Bobby Roode VS Elias!

This rivalry is renewed, and Roode perhaps wants to rub it in that he’s in the MITB Match and Elias isn’t. But Elias won’t stand for this interruption, and he attacks Roode from behind!

Elias stomps and stomps away on Roode, even after the referee backs him off. The referee asks Roode if he wants to still compete, and Roode says “Absolutely!” The bell rings and Roode throws the robe at Elias! Roode fires off hands and stomps of his own, then goes after Elias in a corner. They go to another corner and Roode chops and punches away. Roode puts Elias in yet another corner, but Elias chops back. They brawl, Roode whips but Elias reverses, only for Roode to clothesline him down, then clothesline him out! Roode is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Elias whips Roode to then run him over. Elias drops a knee, then covers, TWO. He drags Roode up and suplexes him down, then covers again, TWO. Elias digs his wrists into Roode’s eyes then wraps him in a seated cobra clutch. Roode endures and fights his way up, but Elias brings him back down. Fans rally while Roode endures the hold. Roode works his way up and arm-drags, but Elias holds on. Elias keeps Roode away from ropes, then trash talks Roode. Fans rally again, and Roode feeds off their energy. Roode stands up, then fights out with body shots. Roode throws haymakers, then ducks Elias to chop. Elias knees low, then runs, but Roode runs him over.

Roode rallies, whips, but Elias reverses, only for Roode to run him over. Roode hits a corner clothesline, but Elias denies the neckbraeker. They go again, GLORIOUS Spinebuster. Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps his cool. Roode fires himself up and the fans rally with him. He winds it up… GLORIOUS POSE! He kicks low, but Elias denies the DDT. Roode sunsets but Elias sits down, TWO. Elias knees low but runs into a boot. Roode hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster avoided, but Roode turns him into a neckbreaker. Fans fire up as Roode climbs again. Elias trips Roode up, and then drags Roode out for the Drift Away! Cover, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

The Drifter wins again, going up by one in this rivalry. Roode still goes for Money in the Bank, but will he get even with Elias down the road?

BRAUN RUNS ELIAS OVER!

The Monster Among Men waits for no one. He wants his match, and he wants it now!

Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman!

The Extraordinary Man takes on one of his Men’s MITB opponents a few weeks early, and for the first time ever in singles competition. Can Finn hope to survive Strowman’s super strength here tonight?

The bell rings and Finn walks right up to Strowman. They smile, but then they start brawling. Finn throws hands, then dodges to kick. Strowman lunges but Finn dodges and kicks again. Finn goes for a leg but Strowman throws him off. Finn tires again, and Strowman clubs him down. Strowman looms over Finn, then headbutts Finn back down. Strowman drags Finn up just to club him, then circles him like a shark. He whips Finn hard into buckles, then roars victoriously. Strowman reminds Finn that Finn was the one pinned last week, then headbutts Finn to a corner. He whips Finn corner to corner but Finn dropkicks Strwoman’s legs. Finn keeps going, more dropkicks to the leg. Strowman stays standing, and he presses Finn tot he mat with one hand! It’s a cover, TWO, so Strowman backs off to make sure his leg is okay.

Strowman PUNTS Finn out of the ring, then lets him sit out there a moment. He goes out and looms over Finn before tossing him back in the ring. Finn clutches his neck from the rough landing, but Strowman is back in the ring. Strowman says that the briefcase is his, and then drives his fist into Finn’s stomach. Strowman dares Finn to stand up, and Finn does. Finn gets another punch to the stomach. Strowman mocks Finn’s smile before clubbing Finn in the face. Strowman wants Finn to get up again, and Finn drags himself up with the ropes. Finn’s put in a corner, but Finn boots Strowman away. Finn keeps booting Strowman away, then dodges to kick Strowman. He dodges again to chop, but it does nothing. Strowman grabs Finn and headbutts Finn right down.

Strowman stands over Finn, drags him up, and whips him to then boot him. He stands on Finn as a cover, TWO. Strowman wants to see the “Fighting Irish”, so Finn dumps Strowman out and hits him with a dropkick! Finn aims from the apron, but the kick is blocked! Strowman trips and slams Finn onto the apron, then goes back into the ring. Strowman drags Finn back up, to again club Finn down. He asks Finn if he’s had enough while fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman says he’s done playing, but Finn SLAPS Strowman! Strowman uppercuts Finn right down, and Finn falls out of the ring. The referee keeps Strowman back, but Strowman goes out to build up speed. Finn hits a Slingblade outta nowhere!

Finn fires up now, and he runs to blast Strowman over the barriers! Fans fire up as Finn is back in this fight. Finn fires up again, but Strowman rises up! Strowman grabs Finn, but Finn kicks him down. Finn breaks the ring count, to then go back on the apron, for a FLYING double stomp! Strowman is reeling, and Finn decides to use the barriers for a springboard, COUP DE GRACE!

Finn returns to the ring, and lets the count climb. Strowman clutches his chest, and can only crawl as the count reaches 5. The count climbs to 7, and Strowman stands up, to beat the count at 9. But Finn is ready, with another– Strowman runs Finn over! Strowman roars, and picks Finn up. Finn slips out of the way, Strowman runs into the post! Finn hits a dropkick to Strowman’s head! Strowman goes down, Finn climbs up! But Strowman grabs Finn, only for Finn to slip out. Finn runs, but into a powerslam! Strowman isn’t done, he brings the straps down to bring Finn up, for the MONSTER Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall

The Monster is too much for the Man, even though Finn showed a superhuman amount of heart. And he doesn’t stop there, he stands Finn up in a corner! But, not to do any more damage, he just wants Finn standing when he roars in victory. Will Strowman use steel to crush everyone else in the Men’s MITB match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a good episode of Raw, for having a slow start. Even though I lost signal part way through, the essential points were pretty easy to understand: Stephanie again uses her authority over Angle to demean him, while Roman is forced into the mold of conspiracy victim when it doesn’t fit him. The matches that sprang from this segment were still good, as Roman and Kevin put on a good partial match, and then the tag match was solid. Mahal also ups his Heel points, and gets a title match out of it. If Roman isn’t going after the Universal Championship any time soon, a move back to IC wouldn’t be so bad. Maybe they can use Mahal and Rollins as a way to turn Roman Heel.

That Sami-Lashley segment was almost as bad as Alexa Bliss’ “Bayley, This is Your Life”. But then Lashley came out and fought off Sami and the fake sisters, and fans seemed to like that. I still feel Sami-Lashley will circle back to include Kevin and Angle and that will count as everyone’s blow off. Ember-Alexa was a great match, and Ember going over means great things for her. Corbin wins what felt like a filler match, but both he and Jose need things to do while not competing in anything important. I still don’t get what’s going on with B Team. Gable and Ziggler also do great, but I actually hope this doesn’t turn Gable back towards tag team with Jason Jordan or anyone. Gable’s a great talent, so he can make it work as a singles competitor with opportunities like this.

I’m disappointed Nia and Ronda let Stephanie egg them on into taking this match personally. They came in as friendly competitors, and they could get intense later on, but not because Stephanie whispered in their ears and rile them up. In fact, Natalya winning to qualify for the MITB should’ve been the way they went with this. Natty already assumes she wins, and assumes Ronda wins, so the assumption Natty makes upsets Nia and that turns Nia VS Ronda into a more intense feud. Elias wins what felt like filler, but it is also smart to remind everyone that this feud can continue past MITB. Strowman VS Finn was great, with the great story of Finn coming within minutes of conquering Strowman. Strowman shows some respect and mercy to Finn, so that’s also something.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)

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Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
  • Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
  • Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
  • WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.

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Welcome to WOW!

The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!

The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.

David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?

 

The Beast has issued an open challenge!

She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?

 

The Beast VS Stephy Slays!

The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!

The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!

Winners: The Beast, by pinfall

Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?

The Beast takes to the mic.

“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?

 

Introducing: Fire.

“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?

 

Abilene Maverick VS Fire!

The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!

Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!

Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!

Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall

The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?

 

Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.

Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?

 

Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!

Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!

Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!

Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall

What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?

 

Introducing: Siren.

The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?

 

WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!

The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!

Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!

Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship

Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.

As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.

The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results, Part 3!

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NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?

 

This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?

However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!

First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?

The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!

The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.

Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!

Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!

Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!

NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!

Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!

Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!

Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.

Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!

NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!

Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!

The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!

Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!

Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.

KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!

DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!

Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!

Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships

The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?

Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!

Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.

Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!

Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.

Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!

Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!

Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview

“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.

And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.

My Score: 8.4/10


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