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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/28/18)

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Only one woman can be the final Raw entrant!

Raw has room for one last entrant into the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and it comes down to a Seven Woman GAUNTLET Match! Who will join Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Naomi & Lana? Plus, Jinder Mahal challenges Seth Rollins for his Intercontinental Championship!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman; No Contest.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Mahal wins by disqualification, Rollins retains the Intercontinental Championship.
  • The Deleters of Worlds VS The Ascension; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode; Kevin wins.
  • Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable; McIntyre wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match: Sasha wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and Raw honor the fallen heroes this Memorial Day.

All Game Some. Some Gave All. Gone, But Not Forgotten.

 

BRAUN STROWMAN heads to the ring!

The Monster Among Men is in Virginia as we approach Money in the Bank. Strowman is one of the Raw entrants for the Men’s MITB Ladder Match, but tonight Strowman speaks to the crowd. “When I see that briefcase, I get motivated.” He’s motivated, because inside is a contract for a guaranteed Universal Championship opportunity anywhere at anytime! Strowman hears out the crowd as they chant “Get These Hands!” then vows to destroy seven other men at PPV before climbing up and taking the briefcase for his own. Then, Strowman will not just be Mr. Money in the Bank, but Mr. MONSTER in the Bank. “And who’s gonna stop me?” Certainly not Miz, Bobby Roode or Finn Balor. Nor anyone in the New Day or Rusev or Kevin Owens. Strowman vows to take the contract, cash in on Lesnar, and make sure Lesnar #GetsTheseHands!

But speaking of Finn, here he comes! The Extraordinary Man may have lost last week 1v1 to Strowman, but Finn has something to say. “I think you’re getting ahead of yourself there, big man.” Finn was the inaugural Universal Champion, and never actually lost it. That eats away at Finn, so Finn is “determined to get back to the top.” Finn will take back what is his. The two of them were 1v1, and Finn gave it his all. But at MITB, there’s gonna be six others, and every man for himself. Strowman admits Finn put up a good fight, “for a little guy.” Finn SLAPS Strowman! Strowman THROWS Finn! Before this goes any further, out comes Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

Angle tells Strowman and Finn that he sees intensity, one of his favorite I’s. He reminds them there will be four men from both Raw and SmackDown, and targeting their respective world champions. Finn gave it his all, and it was incredible, so perhaps Richmond would like to see a rematch! Richmond agrees, so here comes a ref!

 

Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman!

It’s a main-event caliber rematch from last week’s main event! Can the Extraordinary Man even the score with the Monster Among Men? Or will he #GetTheseHands and be flattened again?

Raw returns to see Kevin Owens joining commentary. Kevin watches up close as Strowman throws Finn across the ring again. Strowman dares Finn to stand, then tosses him again!

Strowman stalks over to Finn but Finn avoids the clubbing forearm. Finn dodges from the corner, but Strowman still hits him with a strong body shot. Kevin insists the other men in the MITB match are jealous while Strowman headbutts Finn down. Bobby Roode watches from backstage as Strowman gives Finn another body shot. Strowman whips Finn corner to cornerĀ hard, and Finn bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Strowman bumps Finn off his knee, then runs corner to corner, into boots! Finn gets moving but those forearm smashes do nothing to Strowman. Strowman clubs Finn down again!

Strowman punts Finn in the ribs, and Finn is gasping as he goes to the apron. Finn refuses to quit or stop the match, but he gets back in only to get another headbutt. Kevin vows to win no matter how many people are in the MITB match, but Finn fights Strowman only to get dropped by an uppercut. Strowman steps on Finn to cover, TWO. Finn gets to a corner but gets more body shots. Strowman whips him again, and hard as ever. Strowman shouts that Finn should just stay down, but Finn won’t listen. Finn drags himself up but Strowman toys with him. Strowman clubs Finn down again, but Finn dodges the body shot to dropkick! Finn fires up but Strowman boots him down! Kevin sarcastically cheers Strowman from the commentary booth with a microphone. Strowman glares at Kevin but punts Finn again while we go to break.

Raw returns and Finn dodges Strowman to chop away. Finn fires off body shots but Strowman turns things around. Finn still dodges, but the swing kick is blocked, and Strowman swats Finn down with a big right hand. Strowman goes out the far side to build up speed and… BARREL Finn into the audience!

Fans are thunderous for Strowman as he raises his hands triumphantly. Strowman fetches Finn and hauls him back to the ring. Finn slips down and shoves Strowman into the post! Finn slides into the ring while the count rises, then goes after STrowman upon his return. Strowman shoves him away but Finn blasts Strowman with the dropkick! Strowman ends up outside the ring, and Finn dropkicks him away again. Finn gets on the apron while Kevin mockingly cheers him now. That eggs Finn on, but into Strowman’s hand! Finn kicks him away, then FLIES!

Kevin takes credit for that, but Strowman puts Finn back in. Finn Slingblades Strowman, then dropkicks him down! Finn climbs, standing Coup de Grace! Strowman is down, Finn climbs up, COUP DE GRACE! But once isn’t enough, Finn goes up again, only for Kevin to attack!

No Contest

Kevin goes under the ring and brings out a ladder! Kevin uses the ladder on Finn’s ribs! Then he puts the ladder in the ring and targets Strowman. Strowman catches the ladder and shoves Kevin away! Strowman THROWS the ladder at Kevin, but Kevin manages to get away with his life.

The Monster roars while the Prizefighter flees. Will anyone else have a chance at the contract with the #MonsterintheBank in the match?

 

Kevin is making a break for it.

He has his luggage packed but he needs his key from the valet. There’s no time for the ticket, just get his keys! Angle asks where Kevin is going. Well it’s Memorial Day, he doesn’t want to miss the parade. Kevin, you’re Canadian. And he has a match, against Bobby Roode. Kevin reluctantly goes back to the locker room, to prepare for the GLORIOUS One.

 

Sasha Banks speaks.

The Money in the Bank match can help The Boss rewrite history. The contract has her name written all over it, but first she has to get through the Gauntlet. Gauntlets require skill, guts and luck, and the first two she has. But you don’t need luck when you’re The Boss.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Richmond, and he asks his same question, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Richmond has a decent reaction. Elias says tonight’s song is special to him, because it just came to him, “it’s a bit of magic.” However, it will require his concentration. They may be in the South, but please try to keep up. Elias begins, but has to stop. Normally this lighting is fine, but the crowd is “particularly disgusting”, so he has the spotlight focus even more on him.

Elias begins again, but brings something else up. Bring the vocals up so he can hear more Elias, less Richmond. Maybe soften the guitar, too. “I love Elias”, “Yes I do.” Okay there it is. Doing everyone’s job. Elias is so impressed with himself. But one more thing: Elias needs complete silence. Fans boo and jeer louder. Please, shut your mouths or else Elias will sit here all night. Fans continue to boo and jeer. Elias decides to leave, we go to break.

Raw returns, and Elias is still in the ring. He cooled off because he knows the fans need this song. He just wants them shut their mouths, or else he’ll leave again. The fans don’t settle down, and even chant “Leave! Leave!” But instead, out comes The Architect!

And fans chant a thank you as Seth Rollins tosses Elias’ stool out of the ring. Fans again chant “Leave! Leave!” and Elias reluctantly gives up the ring to the champion.

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

The Modern Day Maharaja may have a grudge with The Big Dog, but Roman Reigns’ fellow Shield Brother stepped up to fight Mahal alongside him. Mahal upped the aggression with chair shots, and now has himself a title match against The Kingslayer. Will Mahal check off another title? Or will #MondayNightRollins #BurnItDown on his very own birthday?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the match begins. Rollins dropkicks Mahal to a corner, then fires off chops! He whips but Mahal reverses, only for Rollins to crossbody and throw hands. Mahal slips out of the ring but Rollins slingshots out onto him! Fans fire up while Rollins puts Mahal back in the ring. Singh distracts, and Mahal blasts Rollins to the barriers. The challenger gets control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mahal has Rollins in a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Rollins endures the squeeze. Rollins reaches back and punches his way out. Rollins headbutts and lifts but Mahal slips out to slam Rollins with a back suplex. Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps his focus. Mahal drags Rollins up into an abdominal stretch, and bends Rollins back. Rollins endures and pops out but Mahal blocks the hip toss. Rollins runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans jeer as Mahal stomps away on Rollins. Mahal grins and mocks the fans who praise Rollins. Mahal waits for Rollins to stand, then runs in, but into the buckle shot! Both men are down but Rollins gets himself up and to a corner. Rollins boots Mahal away, then jumps over to run, for a Slignblade! Rollins clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed to DIVE!

Fans fire up for Rollins as he takes Mahal down. The referee counts, but Rollins gets Mahal up and in before 5. He boots Mahal away, then hops up, for a blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Sunil is relieved for Mahal. Rollins gets himself back up, and fans rally behind him. Rollins runs in at Mahal, but is put on the apron. He springboards but Mahal gets under, to fireman’s carry gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Mahal and Sunil are furious, but Mahal keeps his focus. Mahal stalks Rollins, cobra clutch but Rollins arm-drags out! Rollins mule kicks, but Mahal dodges the stomp. Mahal scoops but Rollins slips out and rolls up, TWO, SUPERKICK! Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans are rallying up again. Mahal stirs, but Rollins kips right up!

Rollins fires himself up, “Burn It Down! Burn It Down!” Rollins aims at Mahal, mule kick and… Sunil tries to trip him! Mahal slips away and recovers, but the referee ejects Sunil! But Mahal uses a chair to the ribs!

Cover, TWO!! Mahal is shocked and furious again because his cheat didn’t work. But he fires himself up while fans cheer Rollins on. Mahal grabs Rollins but Rollins PELE! Sunil returns, but gets yanked into the ring! Mahal runs in but gets a SUPERKICK, then Rollins throws Sunil in a Buckle Bomb at Mahal! All three men go down, but Rollins still has energy. Rollins spots that chair Mahal used, and grabs it for his own. Rollins enters the ring, and USES IT!

Winner: Mahal, by disqualification; Rollins retains title

Champion’s Advantage keeps the belt with Rollins, but he gets to fire off on Mahal! Mahal ends up out of the ring with that last shot, but Rollins pursues.

Rollins SMACKS Mahal up the ramp and to the stage, but Sunil helps out. Sunil gets a SMACK for his efforts, and Mahal runs away! The Architect still reigns, but is his own fight with the Maharaja only just beginning? But wait, Elias returns and BLASTS Rollins off the announce desk with his guitar!!

Rollins flies all the way to the ground, and Elias just glares down at him. What has Elias done?!

Raw returns as medics attend to Rollins.

Rollins is taken away on a stretcher, with a neck brace. Rollins doesn’t want to go, and gets up off the stretcher, despite everyone’s advisement. Fans cheer as Rollins stands up, but he still needs help walking to the back. Will Rollins be alright? What will the consequences be for Elias?

 

Nia Jax heads to the ring.

The Irresistible Force that is the Raw Women’s Champion, is interrupted by Ronda Rousey!

The challenger goes to commentary while the champion goes to the ring for her match. But Nia says she’s happy to see Ronda is here. Ronda gets to see what will happen to her at Money in the Bank. Nia wants her opponent to demonstrate that thing Ronda does. What’s it called? Oh yeah, the armbar. Nia lets the opponent put on an armbar, but then Nia deadlifts and POWERBOMBS her.

Ronda admits Nia is much stronger than any opponent she’s had, but she’ll still get it on. Nia says armbars don’t do a thing to her, if Ronda can even get it on. Nia knows her opponent still has more in her, and then she picks her opponent up for a Samoan Drop! But Nia doesn’t end it there. She knows she can, but she wants Ronda to see what else she can do. Nia runs and hits the Irresistible Leg Drop! Count to ten, 20, 40, “she’s not getting up.” But Ronda has never faced something like that. If Nia wanted to, her leg could crush someone’s chest. But so can this. An Irresistible SENTON!

Ronda simply grins as Nia says her opponent needs assistance. Maybe Ronda can help her? Fans cheer “YES! YES!” but Nia tells the ref “No! No!” Ronda should be the one to help Nia’s opponent. Ronda stands up and heads to the ring. Fans cheer as Ronda enters and circles with Nia. Fans are on Ronda’s side, but Nia sees it now. That’s “the look”. It’s pretty good, but Nia isn’t so easily intimidated. “In fact, I find it quite… humorous.”

Nia laughs and says it’s cute, then decides to leave. Nia is playing games now, but will she come to regret laughing at the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

 

Dana Brooke crunches the number.

Sasha was right that it takes luck in a Gauntlet Match. Seven women, random order, and all the different ways to lose, it would take a statistical sorceress to do the math. Luckily Dana is that woman. Can Dana find the mathematical answer to success?

 

The Deleters of Worlds VS The Ascension!

The WONDERFUL Raw Tag Team Champions have arrived in Richmond to DELETE the opposition! Will Konnor & Viktor bring Bray & Matt to the Wasteland? Or will they be rendered OBSOLETE?

The bell rings and Bray starts with Viktor. They tie up, and Bray powers Viktor to a corner but Viktor foreamrs and puts on a headlock. Bray powers out, Viktor elbows Bray away, but Bray uses his spider-walk to spook Viktor. Viktor runs in but into the lariat! Bray whips Viktor and tags in Matt, who whips Bray in to splash Viktor. Matt brings Viktor down with an edge-o-matic, then says “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt hits Konnor for good measure but Viktor pounces. Viktor stomps away on Matt, then tags Konnor in. The Ascension double body shot and club Matt then kick him down. Cover, TWO, but Konnor keep son Matt with haymakers. Konnor drops the elbow, then covers, TWO. Konnor keeps Matt down with a chinlock, but Bray and fans rally for Matt.

Matt stands up and fights back, but Konnor keeps the headlock, Matt suplexes but Konnor holds the chinlock! Cover, ONE, but Konnor brings Matt up for elbows. Konnor whips Matt corner to corner, then blocks him from getting to Bray. Matt fights back but Konnor brings him down with a headlock takeover. Fans rally and Matt fights out but Konnor throws him to ropes. Matt boots Konnor back but Viktor tags in. Viktor misses, Matt tags Bray! Bray rallies, palm strikes and uppercuts to Viktor. Bray runs corner to corner but into boots, only to hit Viktor with the spinning lariat and a senton. Konnor breaks the cover but Matt comes in, Konnor lifts Matt but Matt hits the Twist of Fate! Matt then clotheslines Konnor out, Viktor rolls Bray, TWO!

Bray yurinagi slams Viktor down! Bray again uses his spider-walk, and tag to Matt. Together, they give Viktor the #KissOfDeletion! Matt covers, The Deleters win!

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

This WOKEN Yin-yang brings balance to the Raw Tag Team Division, but who will be the next up for DELETION!?

 

Kurt Angle meets with The B Team.

The B Team don’t see what’s so big about the celebration of The Deleters. But they get to business: they want a match for the titles. They’re undefeated and they’re ready! Yes, 2-0 against Breezango, but that’s not enough for a title match. Axel is frustrated. But Angle can’t let them leapfrog the division. So then The B Team has to get everyone’s blessing? No… Is Axel thinking what Bo is thinking? No, because he’s upset at that jerk, Angle! Angle’s still in the room, guys. Bo keeps everyone calm and says that to get their blessing, they have to give the teams something. Like an invitation to The B Team Memorial Day tag Team BBQ! Yes, that’s perfect! No, not at all… The B Team springs into action, will they succeed in earning a Raw Tag Team Championship match?

 

The Riott Squad speaks.

Or rather, they just enjoy tearing up the other women’s merchandise. The Squad doesn’t care about luck, odds, because they’re a “unity of mutiny.” They’re a pack, and they’ll tear the others apart. This may be a last chance, but no one gave the Squad a chance. “And we’re gonna make them all regret it.” The final spot belongs to the Squad.

 

Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode!

Kurt Angle knows The GLORIOUS One heard the Prizefighter’s comments earlier in the night. Both men will be part of the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match, who will get a leg up on the other here tonight?

The bell rings and they tie up right away. Roode gets the headlock and holds on as Kevin tries to power out. Kevin elbows out then puts on his own headlock, but Roode pries his way out. Kevin throws Roode down, then puts the hold back on. The fans duel between them, but Roode fights out, only for Kevin to run him over. Things speed up, and Roode runs Kevin over in return. Roode throws hands on Kevin in a corner, then whips him corner to corner but Kevin reverses. Roode goes up and over, but Kevin escapes the DDT. Kevin throws Roode to ropes but Roode holds on to then throw Kevin out.

Roode clobbers Kevin to the apron, then slingshots over. Kevin evades then sweeps the legs! Roode hits the floor, and Kevin puts him into barriers. Kevin refreshes the count, then runs in for a CANNONBALL! The Prizefighter is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns as Kevin clubs Roode in the ring. Kevin saws Raw is his show, then whips Roode to run him over with an elbow. Kevin goes for but misses the back senton, and now clutches his head. Roode and Kevin slowly stand, and Roode blocks punches to give punches. Kevin kicks low, then both men go to a corner. Kevin runs in but into an elbow from Roode. Roode boots Kevin away, then hops up for the GLORIOUS Blockbuster.

Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps his focus. Roode stands up and runs in to clothesline Kevin in a corner, but Kevin denies the neckbreaker for a moment with the fireman’s carry. Roode slips down, neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roode goes to the top rope while Kevin stands. Kevin trips Roode up with a bump of the ropes!Ā Kevin throws hands then climbs up to join Roode. Fans duel again while they brawl for control. Roode sends Kevin down, then leaps for the flying clothesline! Fans fire up with Roode as he winds it up… But Kevin escapes the ring. Roode pursues and runs Kevin over on the ramp!

Roode puts Kevin in the ring, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows frustrated, but he keeps on Roode. He throws Rood to ropes but Roode avoids the pop up. Kevin denies the DDT with a back drop. Roode sunset flips but Kevin sits on the cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin, by pinfall

The Prizefighter wins, but here comes BRAUN!! Kevin’s fear returns with Strowman’s reappearance. Roode points at Kevin, this is what he gets. Kevin runs but Strowman pursues around the ring. Roode blocks Kevin’s path, and Strowman grabs Kevin! Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, and BARRELS through him! Roode is enjoying what he sees as Strowman gives Kevin a MONSTER Slam! Strowman roars and Roode celebrates, but then Strowman keeps going with a second Monster Slam. Then he grabs Roode for one of his own! Remember: It’s every man, and monster, for himself at MITB.

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring.

The Underdog promised to bring Bobby Lashley’s three sisters to the show last week to expose the truth about the Dominator’s childhood. However, not only did he not bring Lashley’s sisters, Sami didn’t impress or amuse anyone with his idea of a comedic parody. Sami wishes to be serious as he admits nothing last week went as he hoped. He went too far and management has been gracious enough to let him apologize publicly. Sami pulls out his notes and reading glasses, and says “To the WWE Universe and the entire Lashley Family”, he knows what he did came off as something in “pour taste.” Sami’s interview was “cringe worthy” and embarrassed his own fans. Everyone asked what Sami was thinking. Even that 30 year old man being evicted from his parents’ apartment in New York thinks Sami should be ashamed.

Sami realized that he did what he promised to never do: lie. Those were obviously not the Lashely sisters. They were men that Sami hired to dress up and have fun at Lashley’s expense. Therefore, Sami wishes that both the Lashley family, the company and the fans know he… He’s sorry.Ā However, it should be noted that what was said was true. Sami’s “art” was rooted in reality, but obviously no one here would understand that. History will look back “favorably” on that skit last week. Sami is the one doing the right thing! Sami speaks the truth about Lashley being a bully, yet he catches the flack? If anyone should be sorry, it’s everyone else feeling sorry for Sami. They should apologize toĀ him, because he deserves better, more and to be in the MITB Ladder Match or facing Rollins for the Intercontinental Champion, instead of apologizing to Richmond.

But here comes Lashley! Lashley says Memorial Day has always been a special day for his family. For any and all military families, Lashley salutes and thanks them. Fans thank Lashley with chants of “USA! USA!” But Sami, good to see you again. Lashley’sĀ real sisters thought that was entertaining last week. But stuff like that gets old fast. Clearly there’s an issue here, so maybe they can just settle this like men, in the ring, at Money in the Bank! What does Sami think? Fans chant “YES! YES!” Sami talks big, so he should back it up and shake Lashley’s hand. Sami shakes hands with Lashley, but Sami says he’s gonna Helluva Kick Lashley’s smile right off his face.

Lashley’s smile disappears now, and he doesn’t let Sami go. Sami says that hurts, but Lashley apologizes for what he’s going to do to Sami at MITB. Lashley lets Sami go, but he won’t have to be nice to Sami at MITB. Will Sami survive his match against the Dominant One?

 

Mickie James speaks.

Her competition crunches numbers and hunts in packs, but she has her eye on the prize. Mickie knows what to do to get there. It’ll take more than friends, luck and guts. Mickie is not a six-time champion by accident, she knows how to seize opportunities.

 

Raw advertises for the Cruiserweight Championship match on tomorrow’s 205 Live.

The match is between the Soul of 205 Live and the Australian Antagonist, but it happens in the champion’s home state. Can the #AgeOfAlexander survive the Cruiserweight Juggernaut that is Buddy Murphy?

 

Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable!

The Olympic Medalist lost to the Show-Off last week, but the Celtic Colossus felt the need to add on afterward. Now McIntyre and Gable have a match to see if McIntyre and Ziggler are right about today’s superstars not being hungry enough. Can Gable avoid the sweep and get a major win here tonight?

The bell rings, and Gable grabs a leg. McIntyre tosses him off but Gable comes back. Gable gets the waistlock but McIntyre elbows him away to then throw him down. McIntyre stalks Gable to a corner and unloads sharp chops. He says Gable’s not on his level, but then Gable turns it around and throws more forearms! The referee backs Gable off but McIntyre boots him down! McIntyre rains rights down on Gable, then drags Gable up and into a suplex! Cover, TWO, but McIntyre keeps on Gable with an armlock. Gable endures, then stands up, only for McIntyre to shovel him up and over. McIntyre keeps on that armlock but Gable won’t quit. Gable stands up again and fights back with body shots.

McIntyre scoops but Gable slips out. McIntyre holds ropes and elbows Gable away to then power him to a corner. He THROWS Gable overhead, then watches Gable writhe on the mat. Ziggler wants McIntyre to finish this, so McIntyre carries Gable to the top rope. Gable fights back, and McIntyre staggers down. MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! McIntyre tosses Gable out of the ring, then pursues. Gable elbows McIntyre away, then again. Gable dodges, rolling kick rocks McIntyre. McIntyre puts Gable on the apron but Gable climbs and leaps! McIntyre catches Gable to then toss him into the post!

Ziggler says “that’s how it’s done!” while McIntyre puts Gable back in the ring. McIntyre takes aim at the floundering Gable, and hits the CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins.

Winner: McIntyre, by pinfall

Ziggler celebrates with McIntyre as the duo completes the sweep. The Show-Off and the Stud keep winning, will they find themselves headed for the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

The B Team Memorial Day BBQ begins!

Bo and Axel have all the other tag teams of Raw with them in the ring and eating up. The Wasteland doesn’t have a spread like this, huh? It’s all the best B Team treats: baked beans; bratwurst; Bo-tato chips; Bo-logna sandwiches; and Bo Dogs! “Dig in!” And now that we’re all friends, let’s all agree that The B Team, being undefeated, should challenge Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy. Umm, no. This bootleg backyard barbecue ain’t got no ribs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and none of this is in season. There’s no way the B Team is cutting in line. Yes? No. Yes! But Slater brings up that this is a feast. In West Virginia, this would be a Thanksgiving dinner! Rhyno’s still eating. Therefore, it’s good food. But Slater agrees, B Team ain’t cutting in line.

Fine, they don’t deserve a shot. Then they’re taking the food back. Yes, the brats, the bologna, the BEANS! All over Bo’s head. And the Bo-slaw is all over Axel! Then it’s a FOOD FIGHT! Beans, brats, dogs, bologna, it’s everywhere! And then Rhyno stops eating, to feed the fans. The B Team return to the ring, and go after the ManBeast! They clear a table and set it up, to double choke slam Rhyno through it!

The B Team may be undefeated at 2-0, but they’re far from #1 contenders. What will it take for them to earn a shot at the Deleters of Worlds?

 

The B Team go to Kurt Angle.

Bo and Axel complain about what happened during their BBQ, and demand a title match! The other teams just told them, they’re not cutting in line. Next week will be a Tag team Battle Royal, winners will face Bray & Hardy at MITB. Axel gives Angle a big messy hug, and The B Team heads out. Will Axel & Bo stay undefeated after a match against all the other teams?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match!

This is the #LastChance to enter the Women’s MITB, and it’ll come down to the last woman standing. First up in the match is… Bayley!

How does Bayley feel about her odds since she’s starting? Regardless of the odds, Bayley never backs down and she won’t start now. Bayley apologizes to everyone else, sometimes the numbers don’t add up, and Bayley vows to be in the Ms. MITB ladder match. As for Sasha Banks, she thinks her name’s all over the contract, but Bayley wants her to take a closer look. The name on the contract reads Bayley! Her opponent: the Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan!

Bayley VS Liv Morgan!

The bell rings and the Gauntlet begins. Bayley ties up with Liv, Bayley2Belly immediately!

She ELIMINATES Liv!!

Bayley VS Sarah Logan!

The other member of The Riott Squad rushes the ring, runs at Bayley, but into a belly2belly. Sarah fights Bayley off but Bayley fights her off. Bayley hits a wrecking ball headscissors, then puts Sarah in to cover, TWO. Sarah gets to ropes but Bayley goes after her. Sarah hotshots Bayley but Bayley fights her back. Bayley whips but Sarah reverses into a suplex, cover, TWO. Ember Moon watches backstage as Sarah thrashes Bayley around. Sarah runs and hits Bayley with a sliding knee, cover, TWO. Sarah deadlifts Bayley, but Bayley wheelbarrows, and ELIMINATES Sarah! But Liv returns and the Squad gang up on Bayley. They mug the former women’s champion with knees, which leaves Bayley primed for…

Bayley VS Ruby Riott!

The Squad Leader heads to the ring while we go to break.

Raw returns and Ruby has Bayley in a chinlock. Bayley powers up and fights out, but Ruby knees low. Ruby whips Bayley but Byaley goes to the apron and forearms Ruby away. Slingshot sunset flip, TWO, and Ruby swings but ends up in a saido suplex. Both women are down while Alexa Bliss watches backstage. Bayley gets to a corner and boots Ruby away. Ruby yanks her down and hotshots the arm on the ropes. RIOTT KICK! Cover, Ruby ELIMINATES Bayley!

Ruby Riott VS Dana Brooke!

The Statistician Sorceress feels confident that she’s going this late, but Ruby is ready for her. Ruby stomps away, then puts Dana in a corner. Dnaa blocks the bump to fire off on Ruby, but the referee backs her off. Dana whips Ruby corner to corner, then handsprings for the back elbow. She drags Ruby up for a lariat! Cover, TWO, but Dana keeps on Ruby. She whips Ruby, but RIOTT KICK! Cover, Ruby ELIMINATES Dana!

Ruby Riott VS Mickie James!

The Wonder Woman of Richmond is ready! She drags Ruby out to then kick her in the ribs. She puts Ruby back in the ring but Ruby slips out the side. Mickie goes to the apron and LEAPS for the seated senton! Fans fire up with Mickie as she puts Ruby in the ring again. Mickie covers, TWO! Mickie keeps focus as she puts Ruby in a corner. Ruby hits back, then kicks Mickie. Ruby throws hands while fans chant “R V A!” Mickie elbows Ruby away, then hits the Mick-canrana! Dropkick on top, Mickie covers, TWO! Ruby gets out but Mickie baseball slides her down while we go to break.

Raw returns one last time as Ruby shoves Mickie. Mickie dodges and rallies on Ruby with lariats. Mickie waits for Ruby to stand, and hits the back kick. She whips Ruby but Rub reverses, only for Mickie to reverse back into a flapjack! Mickie kips up and the fans fire up! Mickie climbs up, and leaps at Ruby for the seated senton. Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for Mickie as she gets up and waits for Ruby again. Ruby dodges the Mick Kick but Mickie dodges the Riott Kick to jackknife cover. TWO, but Mickie goes for the DDT. Ruby rolls her up, has tights, and ELIMINATES Mickie!

Ruby Riott VS Sasha Banks!

The Legit Boss is lucky number 7, but Ruby is ready. Ruby runs into the crucifix pin, TWO, backslide, TWO. Sasha whips but Ruby reverses. Sasha goes up and over and rolls up, TWO, flying crossbody! TWO, but Sasha keeps on Ruby with an armlock. Ruby fights up and pulls hair. She stomps a foot then shoves, but Sasha comes back to tilt-o-whirl into a takedown! Ruby gets to ropes, it hot shots Sasha, then Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Sasha gets to a corner but Ruby is on her with mudhole stomps. Ruby backs off and waits for Sasha to stand. She toys with Sasha, but Sasha slaps her back. Ruby bounces Sasha’s face off the mat, then covers, TWO. Ruby grows frustrated but bumps Sasha off buckles. Natalya watches backstage as Ruby chops Sasha. Sasha hits back, then drags Ruby into buckles.

Sasha runs back in but is put on the apron. She stuns Ruby with a knee, then flies with Meteora knees! Cover, TWO, and both women slowly stand. Ruby dodges in the corner, then goes for Deadly Nightshade, but Sasha throws her off. Sasha wants the backstabber, but Ruby holds ropes. Ruby elbows Sasha away, then yanks Sasha into ropes. Ruby runs up and rebounds into a DDT! Cover, TWO, and Ruby is frustrated. Ruby mule kicks, covers, TWO! Her rage boils up but Ruby keeps on Sasha. Ruby brings Sasha to a corner and hoists her up to the top rope. She climbs up to join Sasha while fans cheer Sasha on. Sasha resists and fights back, elbowing Ruby in the head. Sasha adjusts, tucks Ruby in, for a knee! Then POWERBOMB!

Cover, TWO! INTO Bank Statement! The Squad tries to save Ruby but they get kicked away. Ruby rolls Sasha, TWO, Bank Statement again! Ruby taps, Sasha wins!

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

The Boss is in the Bank! Sasha had luck on her side, but now she has to use her skill and guts against Natalya, Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss, Lana, Charlotte Flair, Naomi & Becky Lynch. Will Sasha be the second-ever Ms. MITB?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Tonight’s Raw wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great. It was just “good”. Opening with Strowman and Finn was good, and they were on pace to match last week’s main event, but I suppose it makes some sense for Kevin to interfere. In kayfabe, he doesn’t want either of them looking better than him before MITB. In booking, it keeps Finn and Strowman where they are as no one won or lost. Of course, Kevin faced the consequences as he barely beats Roode to then get wrecked by Strowman. Of course, Roode got wrecked, too, so Strowman is still the strongest entrant from Raw and even overall. It’ll take a lot for anyone else to win against him in the ladder match, and even more to get fans to go with it since Strowman is one of, if not the most over act, on the main roster.

The Intercontinental Championship match was great, and it was rather interesting for it to finish with the DQ. Elias being thrown into the mix must mean at least Elias VS Rollins at MITB. At most, it could end up morphing MITB into a Fatal 4 Way where Mahal and Roman join in. Roman was oddly absent tonight, but most fans will take that as a plus. I actually liked the Nia-Ronda segment where it was an “exhibition” and not a match. Nia uses the squashing of someone to actually make a point, even if Ronda doesn’t take it seriously. I still wish this wasn’t happening already, but what’s done is done. Sami’s “apology” was of course going to be halfhearted, but at least now we get a Sami VS Lashley. And I guess we’ll be getting Deleters VS B Team, though I still want Bo Wyatt to be a thing.

Gable VS McIntyre wasn’t quite equal with Gable VS Ziggler, but perhaps that’s to make a point about McIntyre’s power. This could easily lead to Jordan returning and them reuniting, but I oddly hope it doesn’t. Gable and Jordan need to be given chances as singles wrestlers. All the women gave good promos for the Gauntlet, I just wish WWE did something different with the Gauntlet. First, rearrange things. Sasha winning as seventh isn’t as awesome as her and Bayley starting, grinding it out and leaving the winner tired as they take on Dana, Mickie and the Squad. Second, I wouldn’t have had Sasha win, it’d be Ruby. The MITB has one true Heel now in Alexa Bliss. Granted, it’d mean The Squad shows up and helps her win, but isn’t that what Heels do? Plus, whether it’s Nia or Ronda, Ms. MITB wouldn’t do well cashing in without help.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (8/14/18)

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The SmackDown before Summerslam will have the FABULOUS Carmella and her challengers, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, face to face in the ring!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch; Charlotte & Becky win.
  • 3v2 Handicap:Ā The Triple Threat VS The Bludgeon Brothers; no contest.
  • Six Man Tag: SAnitY VS The New Day; The New Day wins.
  • Aiden English VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Shelton Benjamin; wins.

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Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!

The Queen of Carolina is just one of two challenges going after the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and she’s being joined by the other! It’s Becky Lynch! Not only the challengers, but here comes the FABULOUS Princess and the champion herself, Carmella! The entire SmackDown Women’s title match is in the ring, and all three women have a microphone. Greenville is happy to see them, but Carmella brings up what’s more absurd than facing two women at once at Summerslam is this forced face-to-face-to-face. Carmella is tired of seeing their faces. She’s also tired for being punished over being an amazing champion. But sheĀ is champion, so life’s good for Carmella!

To get serious, “Poor Becky Lynch~!” Becky doesn’t stand a chance of winning now! Becky used to be a clown, so maybe she should go back to that. It’s the one thing she does better than Charlotte. Becky gets Carmella wants Becky to say she doesn’t want Charlotte. Charlotte is so great, any match she’s in becomes that much harder. Plus, Becky dreamed of creaming Carmella all by herself. Charlotte came into the picture, so the dream now is beating CarmellaĀ and Charlotte. Carmella laughs. That’s a tall task. Carmella beat CharlotteĀ twice, but she’s Fabulous. Charlotte is THE Women’s Champion in WWE and won so many other accomplishments, such as ending Asuka’s streak. But BeckyĀ was the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion, while Charlotte was on Raw.

Charlotte’s had enough of Carmella. Greenville “WOOS” for Charlotte as she says Carmerlla’s lies, cheating and stealing won’t work anymore. She can’t hang with the others so she uses every trick she can to retain. Carmella had to dig up James Ellsworth to beat Asuka. And she doesn’t understand why the WWE Universe doesn’t respect her? Maybe it’s because Carmella is a Diva living in a Woman’s Era. Becky agrees with a sip of tea. Carmella admits it, she’s a Diva, and proud of it. Because this Diva has what those two never will: beauty, body, charisma, and most importantly, the title. But she’s also alone… Paige comes out before Tea Generation X can start a fight.

“Ladies, my job as General Manager is to create the best competition as possible.” That’s why Charlotte got in for Summerslam. And she wouldn’t have if she didn’t beat Carmella. The WWE Universe owes Carmella for losing. “Thank You, Mella!” Not only that, but Paige knows all three women will steal the show, she does. And as their GM, it’s her duty to create the best competition for SmackDown. So why wait? Carmella, what you do best is talk, so go ahead and join commentary. Charlotte and Becky will do what they do best in a tag team match! Their opponents? Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville!

 

Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch!

It’s the duo formerly known as Absolution going against two thirds of the classic PCB! Paige’s new friends kept complaining she favored her old friends, so now it’s time to see if God’s Greatest Creation and the Gladiator Gal can make the most out of an opportunity.

SmackDown returns as Carmella smugly smirks and the bell rings. Sonya starts with Charlotte, and the Queen dodges the lunge. She does it again, but Sonya gets her on the third. Charlotte reverses and snapmares, but Sonya gets a takedown. Charlotte headscissors, but Sonya jackknifes. TWO, and they spin around. Charlotte goes for a backslide but Sonya pops out and around to a waistlock. Charlotte reverses then goes for the figure four but Sonya gets out. Sonya swings kicks but Charlotte dodges them. Fans “WOO~” as Charlotte styles and profiles. Charlotte chops away on Sonya, then tags in Becky. Becky and Charlotte crisscross and monkey flip SOnya, then Becky adds a leg drop. She twerks, then adds another leg drop. Cover, TWO!

Sonya hits back, then tags Mandy. Absolution mug Becky, and Mandy whips Becky to a corner. Becky goes up and over and gets a waistlock. Many pulls hair and then a leg, but Becky pushes her. Mandy cartwheels to dodge, then she drops Becky. Cover, but Becky slides out to dropkick Mandy back. Tag to Charlotte, double whip to double hip toss. Charlotte covers, ONE, but Charlotte keeps on Mandy with a headlock. Mandy powers out, but Charlotte rolls. She scoops but Mandy slips out to pull hair. Mandy tags Sonya, and Mandy snapmares for Sonya. Sonya runs but Charlotte dodges the sliding kick to come back with an exploder! Sonya rolls out, tag to Becky for a flying forearm! Becky puts Sonya in the ring, covers, TWO.

Tag back to Charlotte, and the hand-off. Charlotte whips but Sonya reverses. Charlotte gets on the apron, fights off Mandy then slingshots to schoolgirl. TWO, and Sonya kicks Charlotte’s leg. Sonya tags in Mandy, and Absolution stomps into Charlotte. Tag back to Sonya and she goes after Charlotte with a waistlock. Standing switch but Mandy tags in. Charlotte rolls Sonya but gets Mandy’s knee! Absolution has control while we go picture in picture. The referee checks on Charlotte but her face is okay. Mandy brings Charlotte over and stomps a mudhole int the corner. Tag to Sonya, and Absolution double suplexes. Sonya keeps on Charlotte in the corner with shoulders. Tag back to Mandy, and Sonya holds Charlotte. Charlotte fights out and boots Mandy down. Charlotte brings Mandy over, tag to Becky.

Becky rolls Mandy, TWO, but she backslides. TWO, and the two stand up. Mandy swings but misses, Becky gets bucked off. She side-steps and dropkicks Mandy down. Cover, TWO! Sonya distracts, but that gets Charlotte to come in. The referee has to put Charlotte in the corner, but that allows Sonya to kick Becky down! Mandy covers, TWO! Absolution is shocked, but Mandy keeps on Becky at the ropes. Sonya gets a cheap shot in, then Mandy mocks the styling and profiling. Mandy puts Becky in a chinlock and thrashes around. Becky gets up as fans rally, and she fights back with body shots. Mandy clubs her down, then tags in Sonya. Sonya mugs Becky, then throws big knees. She snapmares Becky, and hits the sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya gets frustrated, but she keeps on Becky with another snapmare, into body scissors.

Becky endures the squeeze while Charlotte rallies the fans. Becky fights her way up to a cover as we go single picture, TWO! Sonya powers Becky to a corner and rams in her shoulder. She throws Becky around, then tags Mandy. Mandy chokes Becky at the ropes again. She whips Becky to a corner, but then Becky dodges to jump kick! Becky wants the exploder bu Mandy pulls hair. Mandy scoops and slams Becky, then tags in Sonya. Sonya brings Becky back into the body scissors, but fans rally up again. Becky pops out and reaches for Charlotte, but is powered back. Enziguri! Both women are down, but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Mandy, and she swings on Charlotte. She misses, but Becky pushes her away to then clothesline her down! Becky fires up, rallies with strikes, then hits the Becksploder!

Mandy gets to a corner, but gets a Straight Firearm! Becky has to kick Sonya out, then kick her down. She goes back to Mandy, but small package! TWO, DISARM-HER! Mandy taps, Becky & Charlotte win!

Winners: Becky Lynch & Charlotte, Becky by submission

Carmella insists that things will be different when it’s every woman for herself. But if Becky burns it up like she did here, and Charlotte is great as always, will she still lose to at least one of them this Sunday?

 

Miz & Maryse share exciting news.

The Most Must-See Superstar Couple have enjoyed their show, it’s awesome! It’s so must-see that they announce something big and exciting! The USA Network has already picked up a second season! The fastest pick-up in the history of television! They thank all their fans for supporting them, but just get ready for more, because it’ll be AWESOME!

 

Charlotte & Becky celebrate.

Charlotte is surprised Becky did all that by herself at the end. Well last chance to get ready for Summerslam. That’s true. Charlotte wishes Becky luck, but she knows they don’t need luck. They’re both that good. May the best woman win. She will.

 

3v2 Handicap: The Triple Threat VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

South Carolina’s own trio are just the newest sacrifices to Harper & Rowan! And forget the bell, Harper & Rowan just run over three of the two! Then they give the third guy the double crucifix bomb! Rowan runs one of the others over, then feeds him to Harper’s boot. Harper is whipped at the other for a back elbow, then he feeds that guy to Rowan’s body check. They smash the two together, then scoop slam them on top of each other. Harper is again the human weapon senton! This destruction isn’t over, they throw the first guy onto the third guy at the apron! Then they drag the third guy up, for the Doomsday Bomb!! This wasn’t a match, this was a bludgeoning. Who of the New Day will be chosen to step up to Harper & Rowan? Who of the New Day will survive?

No Contest

 

The 1000th Episode is coming!

Washington, DC, get ready for October 16th!

 

The Miz VS Daniel Bryan, Eight Years in the Making, Part 1!

It all started with the original inception of WWE’s NXT. Miz was adamant that he was the Pro, Bryan was the rookie. Miz would humiliate Bryan time and again, but it would come to blows soon enough. “I feel like we’ve been doing this forever.” It’s already been eight years. Bryan explains how different NXT was back then compared to now. Eight men would compete in various challenges, as well as the ring, to see who was the most deserving of a contract. Bryan was already a veteran of the indies and other promotions, and was given The Miz as a “mentor.” Miz was a five year veteran, and both United States and undisputed Tag Team Champion. Miz knew ratings, but Bryan knew wrestling. That was the real reason for the clash.

Miz thought and still thinks he knows better, no matter what. He wants respect, but he doesn’t give it. But Miz couldn’t see that as he grilled Bryan time and again. Bryan just needed to “shut up and listen”, but all Miz did was try to make Bryan another Miz. In the end, Bryan would be eliminated with an 0-10 wrestling record. Miz rubs it in that “the great” Daniel Bryan never won during that time. But Bryan points out that he got to have his first match back against Miz,Ā and won. Bryan realized he didn’t need the Miz, but Miz needed him. This is just part one, what more will be shown and said in the next two parts?

 

Six Man Tag: SAnitY VS The New Day!

Awwww~ Greenville~!Ā Chaos won a Tables Match at Extreme Rules, but Positivity won in the Tag Title Contenders Tournament. Just days before facing the Bludgeon Brothers in Brooklyn, can Xavier, Big E and birthday boy Kofi survive the anarchy?

The bell rings as Big E starts against Eric Young. They circle as fans chant, “Happy Birthday!” for Kofi. Eric gets a waistlock but Big E throws him off. E swivels those hips, but Eric kick slow and drives his elbow into Big E’s neck. Eric runs, but into a belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kofi, and he gets a boost from Big E for a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi brings Eric up and whips, but Eric holds ropes. Eric elbows back, then Wolfe tags. Kofi goes after Eric, whips, but Eric reverses and Wolfe holds the rope down! Kofi hits the table, then Wolfe drops him onto the apron. Wolfe puts Kofi in, covers, TWO. He keeps on Kofi as Killian Dain tags in. We go picture in picture as Big Damo stomps Kofi. Damo wrenches Kofi’s neck, Kofi stands, but Damo throws him back down.

Damo drags Kofi around, then brings him up to the top rope. He climbs up but Kofi resists the superplex. Kofi knocks Damo back as we go single picture. Kofi leaps over, but Damo’s dropkick blasts him away from the New Day! Damo looms over Kofi, and soaks in the heat. He drags Kofi over and gives clubbing crossface forearms. He stalks Kofi to the corner but fans rally up. Damo brings Kofi up but Kofi fights back, only to get Fisherman suplex’d all the same. Damo tags Wolfe, and Wolfe climbs up, for flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! SAnitY still has control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns as Kofi is isolated in SAnitY’s corner. Damo waits for him to stand, then swings. Kofi slips out and DDT’s Damo down! Fans fire up, as does Woods on the New Day’s corner. Kofi and Damo crawl, hot tags to Wolfe and Woods! Woods rallies with a SUPERKICK to Eric, then a boot to Wolfe. Wolfe reverses the whip but Woods comes back with forearms! Woods keeps going, mule kick to a toss tot eh ropes. he builds sped for a big dropkick tot he back. Woods runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. He still kicks Wolf back, then hits the step-in tornado DDT! Cover, but Eric breaks it with the elbow drop! Damo runs at Big E and Kofi, then Wolfe tags to Eric. Eric brings woods up, for a Death Valley onto Wolfe’s knees! Cover, TWO!

Eric tags to Damo, and he holds Woods for Damo to stomp. Damo drags Woods up, back suplexes but Wood slips out. Woods chops away on Damo, but is whipped back to SAnitY’s corner. Woods blasts Wolfe & Eric, but runs into the Divide! Cover, but Big E Breaks it! He throws Eric, but gets a boot from Wolfe. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise, but Damo throws him out. Kofi gets on the top rope, and FLIES onto Eric & Wolfe! Damo runs into a boot, Big E tags in! Scoop and MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

Positivity prevails! All three are ready for Summerslam, but will only two of them be ready for Harper & Rowan?

 

The Miz VS Daniel Bryan, Eight Years in the Making, Part 2!

After NXT, both men would find title success time and again, if at different times in their careers. “I start a new life, a life where I am no longer a wrestler.” Bryan had accomplished so much, but it had taken a toll on his body. With a heavy heart and utmost sadness, Bryan had to retire. Bryan had done so much, but giving that speech was the toughest thing to do. Miz says that’s what happens when you fight pros like you’re a rookie. If he took less risks, he’d be better off. Bryan knew he could tone it down, but he didn’t want to be soft like Miz. But then a new opportunity came along, and Bryan became SmackDown’s new GM! He did a great job, but not in Miz’s eyes.

Miz was barely on TV, and he ripped into Bryan on the August 23rd, 2016 edition of Talking Smack. Miz called Bryan the real coward. He hasn’t been injured once in his career, and honestly expected Bryan to hit him, but Bryan walked out. Bryan said he had no choice, or else he would’ve hit Miz. Miz hit a nerve, but Bryan made a vow to stick around. Bryan took a high road, but Miz claims that was Bryan hiding. Bryan being fired for manning up? As if.

But Bryan could tell Miz made a calculated move. Then Miz would parody everything Bryan did in the ring. Bryan swallowed his pride, but it kept him up at night. That made Bryan more motivated than ever to get back. Miz claims Bryan is haunted by the truth. Miz knows Bryan better than Bryan does. “The truth is, and it always will be,” is that Miz is Bryan’s Pro, and his superior.

 

Paige checks on Samoa Joe.

The Destroyer isn’t in the mood to talk to his GM, but he still opens the door. She knows he knows AJ Styles is coming out to the ring again tonight. He could’ve responded but didn’t. He’s shy. Well Paige doesn’t want Joe to suddenly be an extrovert. She needs him to be professional. But when she told him he was the #1 contender, she liked his killer instinct and unpredictability. He can’t be that if he tells everyone what he’s doing. Joe makes a promise to continue to do what he wants and when he wants. Everyone just has to wait and deal with the consequences. Or maybe Joe can just sit, relax and enjoy all Paige’s hard work. He goes back into his locker room, but will he really stay there?

 

Aiden English introduces… himself.

MC Artiste has had a rough time making things up to Rusev & Lana. He always means well, but somehow, someway, it makes things worse. English has a hard time starting, but sings “all bad things come to an end,” so tonight he makes amends for when he let down his friends and causing a break. English will make Andrade pay, because tonight he fights for… RUSEV DAAAAY~!

Aiden English VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

The Drama King vows to win, but will he be able to do so against El Idolo?

We go picture in picture as Almas hits the ring. La Muneca takes care of his golden robe while the bell rings. They tie up quick but English runs Almas over. Cover, ONE, so he tries again, ONE. English rolls Almas, ONE. Almas bails out to slow things down. Vega coaches Almas up to be focused, but Engilsh comes around and chases Almas into the ring. Almas slingshots out, but into a boot! English bumps Almas off the apron, then into the ring. Vega distracts Engilsh and Almas pounces at the ropes. Almas drags English out for the draping backbreaker to elbow. Cover, ONE, but Almas keeps on English with an armlock. English endures while Vega coaches Almas to keep going. English gets up but Almas brings him back down. Fans rally and English feeds off it as we go single picture.

English fights back with forearms but Almas knees low. Almas tries a suplex but English small packages. TWO, and English runs into a hip toss that sends him into buckles! Vega calls for it, Almas runs, but English intercepts with a clothesline! English hurries up top, flies, for a big splash! TWO! English grows frustrated, but he goes after Almas on the apron. ALmas hotshots him back, then hits the boot feint and elbow! Vega shouts for it, Almas gives English CIEN KNEES! But he’s not done there, Hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall

El Idolo celebrates with La Muneca as they keep English down in the dumps. Vega speaks. “You guys like catchy phrases and useless holidays?” Then mark your calendars, because 8/19/18 will mark the END of Rusev and Lana Day! Vega will expose Lana for the dead weight she is that drags down her husband. But then Mr. & Mrs. Machka appear! Rusev & Lana respond by saying “Look at you two, acting like you just won the Power Ball.” Almas’ luck runs out, and Zelina will learn why Lana is the Best, Lana Number One! Lana vows that together, she and Rusev will CRUSH Almas & Vega, because Summerslam is on what day? Rusev Daaaay~!

 

AJ Styles talks with Paige.

She gives him a fair warning. Things are intense between AJ and Joe, but they need to keep the main event intact. Paige tried to keep Joe from doing something, but she hopes Styles will hold back. Styles made a promise to his wife that he intends on keeping. Does that mean he will or he won’t!?

 

The Miz VS Daniel Bryan, Eight Years in the Making, Part 3!

In the conclusion to this three-part series, we look at Bryan’s new start in the ring. After two years, “I never thought the day would come”, but Bryan saw specialist after specialist, and they all said the same thing: “You are cleared.” Bryan was back in the ring! The greatest day of his career would then lead to the greatest return, at Wrestlemania! But The Miz didn’t care. Miz had his own run as the Heart & Soul of Raw. Bryan stepped down as GM, but not until after putting MizĀ back on SmackDown! He could’ve let things end without ever settling it, but what’s the fun in that?

Miz felt done with Bryan, and sees this as Bryan holding a grudge. It’s too late for Bryan to prove himself to anyone, so Miz won’t be his stepping stone back to the top. Miz vows that the end of this nightmare will be Bryan admitting Miz is better. Bryan admits, Miz has family, friends and fame, but “do you honestly think that’s why I came back?” Bryan isn’t back out of jealousy, isn’t back out of making a name for himself, it’s because this is his passion and his life! After all the talk and stunts and “crap between you and me”, there’s only one thing left to do. They’re going to get in the ring one more time against each other, “to finally shut you up!” This story comes full circle at Summerslam, but who will have the storybook ending?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Shelton Benjamin!

Two of Carolina’s own battle it out days before Brooklyn as the Charismatic Engima looks to snap back from The Viper’s bite. Can Hardy best the Gold Standard to then go after the King of Strong Style and the United States Championship?

 


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (8/13/18)

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This Raw before the Slam of Summer, we shall see the Red Roster’s Tag Team titles DEFENDED between The B Team, The Revival and THE DELETERS OF WORLDS!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & security; Ember wins, by disqualification.
  • Baron Corbin VS Tyler Breeze; Corbin wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap: Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor; rescheduled as…
  • Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman; Finn & Strowman win.
  • Bobby Lashley VS Ricky Roberts; no contest.
  • Raw Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The B-Team VS The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The B Team wins and retains the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Six Man Tag: The Authors of Pain & Mojo Rawley VS Titus Worldwide & Bobby Roode; Roode & Titus Worldwide win.
  • Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Ruby wins.

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Rowdy Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is ready for Summerslam, and the first woman of commentary, Renee Young, is here tonight, too. The fans in Greensboro, North Carolina, give her a standing ovation. Ronda brings up the tragedy of losing Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, father to Natalya. “Any loss is heartbreaking, but to lose a father,” a pillar of strength in a hostile world, “we have to face the fact that our fathers have been raising us to be the pillars of strength for our families when they’re gone.” Ronda encourages Natayla to stay strong. Everyone in the WWE loves Natty, including the WWE Universe. Natty was the first person to welcome Ronda. Ronda will be the first to defend her. Alexa Bliss cheated to win over Natty time and again. “But this Sunday at Summerslam”, Ronda vows to be the NEW Raw Women’s Champion!

And speaking of beating Alexa, welcome the new opponent for her tonight, Ember Moon! Yes, the Prophecy of Flame steps up to take the Queen of Hart’s place. The War Goddess is ready for this big opportunity againstĀ The Goddess, but speaking of, here she comes! She has Crazy Like a Fox with her as she runs down Ronda making friends. Ronda will need her friends, because her good times are at an end. Alexa is tired of the people Ronda kisses up to. Don’t boo, you’re the bandwagoners saying Alexa’s match is a “foregone conclusion.” But Ronda’s had three matches while Alexa has had five title reigns. Alexa vows to prove Ronda is the over-hyped rookie she is. Summerslam won’t be a triumph but a humiliation. Alexa is also sick and tired of hearing about Ronda, Ember, and those dumb looks on their faces. Alexa mocks Ronda’s mean face.

The champ is also sick of being the only woman not protected. Roman Reigns gets kicked out to protect a main event, but Ronda can sit ringside to do the same. They have six days, so Alexa is taking no chances. She went to the only fair authority figure, Constable Corbin. The Constable agrees to personal security! Alexa’s reinforcements come out as Alexa warns Ronda to be careful around her highly-trained task force. Ronda wouldn’t dare do anything during a match, but is this just another way for Alexa to get away with Goddess knows what?

 

Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & security!

The War Goddess stands on one side of the human wall while Alexa stands on the other. Ronda goes to be in Ember’s corner, but that’s when Alexa strikes! She hits both Ronda and Ember, then laughs at her opponents. Ronda gets mad, but the security guards protect Alexa. The referee warns Ronda, but Ronda goes after the guards! She throws three of them out, the fourth one just runs away. Alicia is Alexa’s last line of defense, but that doesn’t work either! Rowdy Ronda has control of the ring, but the battle of goddesses still has to happen. Can Ronda keep her cool while so close to her prey?

Raw returns and ALexa hides behind the referee. She then sucker kicks Ember and wrenches the arm. Ember rolls and reverses to flip Alexa. Ember wrenches the arm in a grounded hammerlock, but Alexa reaches up for headscissors. Alexa brings Ember to the mat, but fans rally up for Ember. Ember pops out then arm-drags Alexa around. She wrenches Alexa’s arm while we go picture in picture. Alexa stands up and reverses to a headlock. Ember endures, even as Alexa grinds harder. Ember tries but can’t power out at first. She gets out the second time, then runs Alexa over with a shoulder. She flips Alexa up but Alexa trips Ember to slap her. Alexa runs, but into a headscissor! Ember sweeps the leg, then runs to sliding shot Alexa. Cover, TWO!

Ronda keeps Ember focused while Alexa rolls out of the ring. Alexa takes her time catching her breath, but sees Ronda on the other side. Ember hits Alexa with a baseball slide dropkick! Ember puts Alexa into the ring, but Alexa scrambles away. Alexa grabs ropes and shoves Ember away. Ember comes back to snapmare hard into a chinlock. Alexa endures the grind but pulls hair. Ember pulls hair back, but Alexa pries her way out to wring Ember’s arm. Alexa drags Ember up and dropkicks her back. Ronda and fans rally up for the War Goddess, and she enziguris Alexa out of the ring. Alexa staggers away and Ronda glares on while we go to break.

Raw returns and Alexa kicks Ember in the face. Ember rolls Alexa, TWO, and Alexa turns the swinging neckbreaker into a slam. Alexa adds Insult2Injury, then covers, TWO! Alexa puts Ember in a chinlock but Ronda still coaches Ember up. Ember endures the grind, as well as Alexa’s mocking. She stands up as Ronda rallies the fans. Ember jawbreakers out but Alexa runs her over. Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the chinlock. Alexa grins as she grinds down the other Raw rookie. Fans rally for Ember but Alexa laughs as she tells Ronda this will be her Summerslam. But Ember gets up and arm-drags Alexa off. Ember rolls her, TWO! Alexa dropkicks Ember down and covers, TWO! She tries again, TWO. Another, TWO! Ember makes it her own, TWO, and Alexa rocks Ember with a right.

Alexa mocks Ronda more, then toys with Ember. Ember fires up, and roars! Ember rallies with rights and kicks, and knocks Alexa down with an enziguri! She hits a back elbow, then climbs up. Alexa stops her, but ends up in a tornado suplex! Cover, TWO! Alicia gets on the apron, but Ronda yanks her off! Ronda sends Alicia into barriers, but Alexa attacks Ronda! Alexa puts Ronda into barriers, then goes back to Ember. She brings Ember up, but Ember powers out for a pop-up gutbuster! Ember climbs, ECLIPSE!! Cover, but Alicia breaks the pin.

Winner: Ember Moon, by disqualification

Alicia goes after Ember, and boots her down. But Ronda returns, and throws Alicia! And again! AND AGAIN! Alicia retreats and regroups with Alexa. Ronda is all riled up, will Alexa regret ever talking down to her?

 

Raw reviews the fallout between Beast and Advocate.

When Paul Heyman told everyone Brock Lesnar refused to make his obligated appearance, Kurt Angle declared Lesnar the “worst Universal Champion of all time.” Heyman agreed, but it was a last ditch effort to save himself. Angle was moments from getting rid of both Heyman and Lesnar, but Lesnar made his appearance. Lesnar then asked if Angle and Corbin had problems with him. Before they could answer, Lesnar would F5 Angle! Corbin backed down to the scarier man, but then Lesnar went after Heyman! Lesnar wanted Heyman to get a good look at Angle, but he also gave Heyman a good look at the Tyrant he really was.

Renee Young relates the interview with Heyman last week. Heyman said thatĀ this Lesnar would be truly unstoppable. But then, after cameras cut away, he actually suggested there was one way for Roman Reigns to survive, with a simple “Unless…” But the Advocate wouldn’t finish his thought. He would leave, leaving us all wondering, “Unless what?” Heyman keeps things close to the vest, but can The Big Dog figure out the Beast’s weakness on his own?

 

Angle and Corbin argue.

Angle doesn’t appreciate Corbin going over his headĀ again. Who cares what Angle wants? Stephanie approved these matches, so these matches are going to happen. But then Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre appear. Where’s Seth Rollins? Rollins had a PR tour and travel issues, but he will be here for the contract signing. Ziggler & McIntyre sure hope so. But for now, they’ll have to wait for the Kingslayer’s arrival. Is this going to be another rough night for the Raw GM?

 

Baron Corbin VS Tyler Breeze!

The Lone Wolf went to Stephanie McMahon to make this match happen, but without even telling Angle what he’s up to. Just days before his grudge rematch with Finn Balor, will this abuse of power come back to bite Corbin?

Prince Pretty is his “hand-picked” opponent, but given how Corbin has treated shorter, lighter superstars, is he just picking onĀ him? The bell rings, and ties up with Tyler. He pushes Tyler to a corner, but then Tyler wrenches his arm. Corbin wrenches back but Tyler pushes him away. Corbin comes back with a big back elbow, then puts Tyler in a half-nelson. Fans boo Corbin while Tyler endures. Corbin grins as he trash talks the Fashion Police officer, but Tyler stands back up. Corbin throws him to ropes, but Tyler kicks back! Tyler runs and dropkicks Corbin out of the ring! Corbin catches Tyler off the apron, to throw him into the barriers! Corbin mockingly applauds, then drags Tyler up and into the ring. Fans rally for Tyler, but Corbin stomps him out. Corbin rocks Tyler while fans duel, “Let’s go Corbin!” VS “Corbin sucks!”

Corbin soaks in the heat, then stomps Tyler out. Fans boo and jeer while he trash talks them back. Corbin elbows Tyler in the face, then puts him back in the half-nelson. He thrashes Tyler around with the chinbar added. Tyler endures and stands up again, only for Corbin to throw him down. Fans continue to boo Corbin, but Corbin just embraces it. But Tyler kicks him back from the mat, then clothesilens him out! Tyler then slingshots but misses completely. Corbin picks Tyler up, but Tyler slips out to enziguri Corbin back! Corbin gets in the ring, Tyler hurries after. Tyler shoulders in, then slingshots up and over. He runs, but into DEEP SIX! COver, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

The Lone Wolf finishes his appetizer, but will he be smiling when he gets the Extraordinary Finn for his main course?

Corbin speaks.

“Wow, I’m good!” That was just aĀ small taste of what he’ll do to Finn at Summerslam. But now it’s Finn’s turn to show us what he can do. His opponent: The Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal! Mahal is a proxy for Corbin in height and weight, will Corbin’s plan of showing size matters work out? Corbin knows Finn fancies himself as a star, so perhaps he’ll be able to handle two? Let’s make it a Handicap Match, withĀ another opponent, and a friend of Corbin’s: Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is getting himself a warm-up, too, as he has Braun Strowman and the Money in the Bank briefcase ahead of him in Brooklyn. Can Finn prove he’s Extraordinary tonight?

 

2v1 Handicap: Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor!

“The Little Engine That Can’t” has a tall task ahead of him, but he has the Greensboro branch of Balor Club on his side! He grins at Corbin, but here comes Angle! Corbin isn’t happy as angle gets the classic ovation of “You Suck!” Angle explains that while Stephanie approved this match, Angle can still make his own matches. He’s not cancelling butĀ adding to this match to make it a 2v2 tag match! Finn’s partner: BRAUN!!

Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman!

Kevin may want to get his hands on the MITB briefcase, but he and Mahal are gonna #GetTheseHands first! And Greensboro joins in the Monster’s mantra as Strowman dares either opponent to step up. The bell rings and Finn starts against Mahal. They tie up, and Mahal puts Finn in a corner. Mahal shows a punch, but keeps his inner peace as he honors the break. Mahal gets a waistlock then wristlock, and brings Finn to a knee. Finn rolls and reverses, but Mahal reverses back. Mahal puts his weight on Finn, but Finn kips up. Mahal knees Finn low, then brings Finn back down. Finn endures the headlock, they stand back up, and Finn powers out. Mahal runs him over, then embraces the heat. Things speed up, sunset flip and Finn dropkicks! Finn steadies himself, but Mahal powers him to the corner.

Kevin tags in and they mug Finn in the corner. Kevin stomps away, then rams knees into Finn’s back. He puts Finn in an armlock, but fans rally up for Finn. Finn reaches but Kevin brings him back down to the mat. Kevin stomps Finn, but Finn pushes against Kevin. Kevin knees low, then whips Finn to the corner. he mugs Finn more, then tags Mahal. Mahal keeps on Finn, then snapmares him for knees. Mahal drags Finn back and tags Kevin. They split the wishbone, and Finn crawls to a corner. Kevin whips Finn, but Finn boots back. Finn dodges, then tags Strowman! Kevin quickly tags Mahal, and Mahal gets blasted! Kevin runs away, Strowman puts Mahal in the ring. Mahal wants mercy, but Strowman wo’t give it. Mahal unleasehs, but gets chopped down! Strowman takes aim and kicks Mahal in the ribs.

Strowman puts Mahal in a corner, and whips him corner to corner. Then he runs in for a big corner splash. He puts Mahal down, then spots Kevin. Kevin cowers away, so Strowman headbutts and runs Mahal over. He then clubs Mahal down with one hand! Strowman tags Finn, and he becomes Strowman’s weapon for the scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO! Finn brings Mahal up, gets a jawbreaker but gives a dropkick! Finn builds speed, but Kevin trips him up. Strowman chases Kevin off! Kevin regroup with Mahal, Finn FLIES on them both! The Man and the Monster are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Finn fights his way out of the half-nelson. Mahal brings him back down, and puts more weight on him. Finn gets up again and fights with forearms. Mahal shoves and kicks Finn down, then tags in Kevin. Mahal anchors Finn while Kevin drops an elbow. Kevin drops more elbows, then rains down rights. Kevin taunts Strowman, then goes back to Finn with a knee and chinlock. Finn endures the bend and stretch while Strowman chomps at the bit. We go picture in picture while Finn fights out again. Kevin knees lo, but his back senton gets knees! Hot tag to Mahal, who denies Finn a tag to Strowman. Mahal runs and drops knees, cover, ONE. Mahal puts Finn back in a half nelson, but Finn endures. Finn gets out but Mahal shoves him back. Finn fights his way out, but his tag is denied again.

Mahal puts him in a corner, Finn boots him away. Finn throws Mahal out, then crawls for Strowman! Mahal gets to Kevin to tag, and Kevin stops Finn. Finn fires off forearms on Kevin, but Kevin whips him. Slingblade! Hot tags to Mahal AND Strowman! The Monster rallies on Mahal with shoulders, then hits Kevin, too. Fans are all fired up as Strowman runs Sunil AND Kevin over! He then returns, but misses the buckles. Mahal hits him with a knee, but then runs into a scoop MONSTER SLAM! Strowman covers, Strowman & Finn win!

Winners: Finn Balor & Braun Strowman, Strowman pinning

The Monster in the Bank carries the Extraordinary Man through this tall task, but he has his own challenge ahead of him. Can Strowman keep from losing in any way so that he doesn’t lose his briefcase to Kevin? Speaking of Kevin, Strowman chases him to the backstage area! Corbin strikes with End of Days on Finn! Fans boo and jeer, but Corbin gets the last laugh. Will he get one more over on Finn in Brooklyn?

 

Angle talks with Stephanie on the phone.

Ziggler & McIntyre check in on Rollins’ status. Is Rollins scared after that beating from last week? Though it’s done wonders for them! If Rollins doesn’t show up to sign, there’s no Intercontinental Championship match. What a shame. Angle promises Rollins will be here. Fine, but Ziggler wants to double check that contract to make sure Angle didn’t let something fall through the cracks. Wait they misspelled Ziggler. What? Gotcha! They leave, but will Rollins arrive in time?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen”, Ricky Roberts!

Greensboro’s own cowboy says his favorite musician in the entire world is THE Elias! He may not be as good as the Drifter, but one day he will. He’ll be so good, he’ll be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. And when that day comes, Elias himself will come to Ricky and tell him, “Hello, I am Elias.” The Drifter himself is here! And Elias wonders what he’s looking at. Get his stool. A staffer sets the stool out for Elias to sit on. Elias doesn’t understand what’s going on, but there’s only one Drifter and you’re looking at him. But Elias knows Ricky’s a fan, so is he big enough to go to WWE Shop to buy a copy of Walk With Elias/What Would Elias Do? bracelet? Just $5! Is he that big of a fan? Ricky nods “Yes”, so Elias wants Ricky to humiliate Bobby Lashley.

Elias wants the WWE Universe to understand how insane his life has been. He’s sold out Madison Square Garden, he’s got a hit album at the top of the charts, and this Saturday, he’ll have a concert in the Gramercy Theatre. Then Summerslam will be his greatest performance yet, because of the universal truth that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Elias has a song for us tonight, and admits he’s a harsh critic of the public. He only speaks the truth, and says Tar Heels are a strong people. They’re a resilient people. Because it must take “unmatched strength” to wake up here knowing they live in a pile of garbage. But before he can run down the Tar Heels more, Elias is interrupted by Bobby Lashley!

Bobby Lashley VS Ricky Roberts!

The Alpha Male takes on the would-be cross between Elias and the Honky Tonk Man. This guy needs a new shtick, WWE already has a no-talent clown who claims to play guitar. Ricky bashes his guitar on Bobby, and that only pisses Bobby off! Bobby whips Ricky, into a SPINEBUSTER! Ricky’s feeling the Bobby Lashley Blues, but will Elias be feeling the same very soon?

 

The B Team crunches the numbers.

They have a triple threat coming, but Curt Axel wants Bo to “B Positive.” It’s hard to when their odds are lower than usual. But their odds are always low. Yes, but against two teams at the same time, this is a 33.3333% chance of winning! Bo checked, double checked, and even got mathematicians to help. They’re in trouble. Axel says math didn’t get them where they are now, teamwork did! The B Teamwork has given them the best run of their lives, so it’s time to run for their lives! Can Bo & Axel keep themselves from B-ing DELETED!?

Raw Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The B-Team VS The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!

In a match of three teams, only one team may hold the Championships of the Raw Tag Team Division! WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt wish to bring the titles back to their Yin & Yang while the #TopGuys want to #SAYYEAH to their first main roster reign. With these teams closing in, can Bo Dallas & Curt Axel hope to stillĀ B champions after this?

Raw returns as The Revival make their entrance. The “undefeated” champions make their entrance, we have our introductions and the belts are raised. Per triple threat tag rules, two men start, and that’s Dash Wilder against Bo Dallas. They tie up, Bo rolls Dash, TWO. Dash puts Bo in his corner, Scott Dawson tags in and they mug Bo. Dawson puts Bo in the open corner and chops hard! Bo is reeling but Dawson is on him with a snap suplex. Cover, ONE, but Dawson is on Bo with a handful of hair. He brings Bo over, tags to Dash, but Bo fights back! The numbers are too much, but Bo elbows Dash down from the whip. Hardy tags in and rallies on Dash. He gives Dash DELETE DELETE buckle bumps! Hardy throws off his shirt, then DELETES Dash with a corner clothesline.

Dash pushes out of the bulldog, but gets the Side Effect! Cover, TWO! Hardy hits Dash with a rope attack, then hops up to give Dash a flying elbow. Hardy chants “DELETE! DELETE!” with the fans, but Dawson tags in. Dash grabs hardy, Hart Attack from The Revival to honor The Anvil. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Hardy at the ropes. The referee backs him off, but Dawson comes back to chop and club Hardy down. Dawson brings Hardy up and whips him to the corner. Hardy boots back, but gets clobbered down. Tag to Dash for the leg drop weapon. Cover, TWO, and we go to break.

Raw returns, and Dash has Hardy in an armlock. Fans rally and Hardy fights his way back. He elbows Dash at the ropes, and hits a headlock drop! Dawson tags in to intercept, but gets tossed aside! Wyatt tags in and rallies on Dawson, Body Check! Fans fire up with Wyatt as he corner splashes and urenages Dawson. Then one for Dash! Wyatt sees Bo come in, that’s three urenage! Axel gest in and denies a fourth, but then he ends up in buckles. Wyatt grabs Axel, Dawson leaps for a sunset flip on Wyatt, causing Wyatt to throw Axel with a German Suplex! TWO, and Wyatt rocks Dawson. Dash shoves Wyatt out, then builds speed to DIVE! Into anĀ APRONĀ Urenage! But then Bo flies and hits Wyatt!

Everyone but Hardy is down, but Hardy isn’t going to be left out. Fans rally with “DELETE! DELETE!” and he climbs up. Dawson returns to stop him, then climbs up to join him. The others gather nearby, Hardy SUPERPLEXES Dawson onto them! All six men are down but fans are sure “This is Awesome!” The referee can’t count anyone out, but he makes sure they all return into the ring. Wyatt, Hardy and Dawson are up first. Wyatt goes after Dawson and they go into the ring. Hardy follows, but has to take care of Bo first. Wyatt chops Dawson, but Axel tags in. Dawson and Dash get caught but fight out. SHATTER MACHINE! But Axel is legal and throws Dawson out! Cover, B Team wins!!

Winners: The B Team, Axel pinning;Ā still the Raw Tag Team Champions

The “undefeated” B Team keep rolling as they choose the right time to strike. They have the belts this close to Summerslam, when will their Cinderella story end?

 

The B Team celebrate.

They pass by Roman Reigns and promise him and everyone, don’t sleep on the B Team! Roman has his own title hunt to worry about, and he heads to the ring after the break.

 

Ziggler & McIntyre go back to Angle.

The contract proves Angle plays favorites. Ziggler points out a particular section that Rollins gets a corner man. Yes, because Ziggler has McIntyre. They could take it out, but that means McIntyre would be banned from ringside. Ziggler accepts the terms, but he just “hopes” Rollins shows.

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

Greensboro welcomes The Big Dog with the standard mixed reaction, but as usual, he’s not bothered by it at all. That’s because Roman has one more chance, and perhaps his last chance, at defeating The Beast. The Conqueror has become The Tyrant, but that only makes Roman more resolute. Roman speaks, “Leave this place better than I found it.” That’s what Roman tells himself every time, but the truth is, he can’t do it with Lesnar still here. Therefore, Lesnar needs to leave! Fans like the sound of that. Roman is sick of Lesnar from talking to hearing about him, “so it ends this Sunday at Summerslam!” And Roman finally gets his Universal Championship, to send Lesnar back to the UFC to find his head stuck up Dana White’s ass.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman.” And not to copy SmackDown, “It’s a New Day, Yes it Is!” But also, to lock something else down, the Usos are the future of WWE’s Tag Team Division. And the other future of a division is none other than the #1 contender, Roman Reigns! Roman isn’t sure what to make of this. He welcomes the former Advocate to the Beast into the ring to see what Heyman’s up to next. Heyman says this is Roman’s week. Why wait until Sunday to make history? Roman can make history right here and right now.

If Roman saw that interview footage, he knows Heyman Roman can’t defeat Lesnar “unless”. And that “unless” is having Heyman tell you Lesnar’s “dirty big secrets.” Heyman can do that for him. Roman thinks he can beat Brock, but with Heyman, Roman willĀ know he can win. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler! Heyman offers his hand, fans want Roman to take it, but Roman says Heyman doesn’t understand. Roman knows the plan, because he won in Saudi Arabia. Lesnar wouldn’t have gotten out the cage without Roman spearing him through it. And it would’ve ended much sooner if Heyman didn’t interfere. “Guilty as charged.” Heyman has no excuses, but hopefully the sins of this father won’t be visited on his children.

But that’s the past, Heyman talks about the future! Heyman sees next week, Raw after Roman slays the Beast, the two of them side-by-side and Heyman introduces himself to say he’s the Advocate to the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, ROMAN! REIGNS!!” Fans still seem okay with that, but Roman still doesn’t. He knows Heyman is trying, but it’s not good enough. Heyman will understand better than anyone, Roman was groomed for this. His father taught him how to swim with the sharks, and how to recognize those who are drowning. Heyman is drowning, and not worth saving. “Good luck on your future endeavors.”

Heyman seems a bit beside himself, but admits Roman is right. He’s drowning with knowledge learning from his teenage years, riding with Afa & Sika. Heyman says Sika taught Heyman something he teaches all his family. Roman learned it in Samoan, and Heyman repeats it in Samoan. Roman seems to understand, but is still confused. Heyman wants to make this simple. He presents an Agreement in Principle. He wants Roman to look it over, then think it over, and answer him at Summerslam. Roman takes a look at it now, but then Heyman maces Roman!! Roman is reeling and gagging from the intense pepper spray, while Heyman storms off. Why, Heyman, Why!? This is why: BROCK LESNAR IS HERE!! The Beast has a blinded Big Dog on a silver platter, and tees off with knees!

Roman does all he can to cover up but it doesn’t matter, Lesnar gets him down on the mat. Lesnar looms over Roman, and puts him in a guillotine choke! Roman can’t see, and now he can’t breathe! Heyman holds onto the Universal Championship, his master plan having worked perfectly. Lesnar lets Roman go, because Roman is out cold. Greensboro is a thunderous mix of cheers and jeers as Lesnar takes his belt back. The Beast and Advocate are ruthless as ever, because Lesnar goes back for more! Lesnar waits as Roman slowly sits up, and then picks him up, for the F5!! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Lesnar has had his fill for the night. Is Lesnar once again guaranteed to retain? Or will Roman recover and harness his rage to finally rip the belt from The Beast’s hands?

 

Six Man Tag: The Authors of Pain & Mojo Rawley VS Titus Worldwide & Bobby Roode!

Akam & Rezar have #KillerInstinct just like the former Hype Man, while The Real Deal and his rising star feel it’d be GLORIOUS to team with the former US Champion. As these two rivalries fuse in one match, which side will come out with momentum towards Summerslam?

Akam and Apollo Crews start, and Akam puts the star in a corner to then whip him corner to corner. Apollo goes up and over to then dropkick Akam. He wrenches an arm but Akam forearms Apollo down. Akam puts on a headlock, Rezar tags in, Apollo is fed to a boot. Rezar covers, TWO, but he keeps on Apollo with a neck wrench. We go picture in picture while Apollo endures. Apollo gets up but Rezar thros him down. Rezar trwash talks, then tasg in Akam. The AoP combine for an atomic drop and roundhouse. Cover, TWO, but Akam keeps on Apollo with another neck wrench. We go single picture as fans rally for Apollo. Apollo is put in a corner, but he dodges Akam to then enziguri him down. Hot tag to Mojo, and he blasts Titus down!

Mojo drags Apollo up and backs uplexes, but Apollo slips out to tag in Roode! Roode fires off on Mojo, then climbs up for a flying clothesline. He hits Rezar, too, then corner clotheslines Mojo. he whips but Mojo reverses. Mojo runs into a boot, then a GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, but Rezar breaks it. Titus collides and clotheslines Rezar out, but Mojo hits him from behind. Mojo turns around, GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode & Titus Worldwide win!

Winners: Roode & Titus Worldwide, Roode pinning

Is this the begging of a GLORIOUS new signing to Titus Brand? Or will the AoP rewrite the ending so that they conquer the veteran team?

 

Roman Reigns gets his eyes cleaned.

The Big Dog’s eyeballs are burning, but the medics quickly work to flush the pepper spray out. Will Roman be in any shape to even leave on his own?

 

WWE and Raw pay tribute to the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.

The WWE Universe and all of the wrestling world is saddened by this sudden loss. He started as a power lifter, but then got Stu Hart’s attention. Jim trained at the Dungeon, and then married Ellie Hart to become part of the family. Then came the founding of the Hart Foundation, with Bret Hart as his partner. Bret’s technique and Jim’s power helped them dominate the Tag Team Division and connect with the fans. Bret confirms Jim was just as fiery as his on-air persona. Jim had pride in his own accomplishments, but has even more pride in his daughter, Natalya. Ronda gave her support to Natty earlier, but may the entire Neidhart family be supported by our thoughts and prayers.

 

Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!

The Boss & Hug Connection looked to beat Sarah Logan & Liv MorganĀ againĀ last week, but the Squad Leader made a surprise return! Ruby helped her team win, but is she ready for #BossTime in her return to in-ring action?

Raw returns as the Squad makes its entrance. We see their video message to the “best friends”. It’s easy to get along when things are going right, but the Squad wants to see if that bond withstands a Riott. The bell rings and Sasha ties up with Ruby. They go around and Sasha wrenches but Ruby throws a strong forearm. Ruby taunts Sasha, but runs into a hip toss. Sasha runs but Sarah swipes at her. Sasha still rolls Ruby up, ONE, but she gets an armlock. Sarah & Liv coach Ruby up, and Ruby grabs hair. Sasha wrenches to get her to stop, but Ruby grits her teeth. They stand up and Ruby fights with body shots. She whips Sasha but Sasha throws her to ropes. Ruby rolls Sasha up, TWO, and Bank Statement is on! Ruby scrambles and gets a ropebreak.

Sasha lets Ruby go, and Ruby rolls out. Sasha runs, but misses her baseball slide. Ruby’s kick is blocked, Sasha gives her a knee. The Squad distracts Sasha, and Ruby yanks her into steps. Then Ruby Mule Kicks the steps while Sasha’s hand is inside! The Squad mocks her pain while the referee helps Sasha get free. Ruby drags Sasha up and in, then covers. ONE, but Ruby keeps her cool as she kicks the bad arm. Ruby kicks Sasha more, and soaks in the heat. She drags Sasha up and wrenches that wrist. Sasha rolls her up, TWO, backslide now. ONE, and Ruby stomps the bad hand! Ruby mule kicks Sasha down, covers, TWO. Ruby grows frustrated, but she still looms over Sasha. She stomps Sasha, then drops a knee on the bad arm. The Squad leader is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Ruby tortures Sasha’s bad arm. Fans rally behind Sasha as she endures. Sasha gets up but Ruby shifts to a keylock. Sasha keeps getting up and brings Ruby to a cover, ONE. Ruby still has the arm, and she slams Sasha’s arm into the mat. The Squad cheers their leader on, and Ruby wrenches Sasha’s wrist again. Ruby says Sasha’s friendhsip with Bayley is a joke. Sasha fires off chop after chop, then acrobatically arm-drags Ruby away! Ruby comes back, misses, til-o-whirl to a takedown. Sarah distracts and ruby whips, but Sasha elbows Ruby away. Sasha runs to DIVE onto Sarah! She hurries up and in, but Ruby is ready. Sasha still knees her back, but then Liv yanks Sasha down! Bayley protests, but then runs Liv over with a lariat. Sasha gets back up, but Ruby kicks her again. Roll up, Ruby wins!!

Winner: Ruby Riott, by pinfall

Her return is a success, with help from her friends. Can the Boss & Hug Connection survive with the Squad back at full power?

 

Corbin shows Angle that time is running out.

Angle has production staff check, but there’s no sign of Rollins yet. One of Raw’s biggest matches, and it might not happen because Angle waited this long. Stephanie won’t be happy. This isn’t a Constable problem, this is a GM problem. they can’t wait any longer. Angle has no choice but to go tot he ring. Will Rollins be here to join him?

 

Kurt Angle is in the ring!

Before he brings out the champion and challenger for the Intercontinental title, he wants to address Heyman’s and Lesnar’s actions. Roman is still good for Summerslam, but Angle won’t punish Lesnar. Roman will kick Lesnar’s ass to bring that title back to the show each week where it belongs! Lesnar is the worst champion of all time!

But here comes a current champion who does show up. Ziggler walks to the ring, followed by his Scottish Terminator. Rollins isn’t here, just call it. Do they look like they were born yesterday? Angle wasn’t going to suspend Lesnar no matter what, but he can’t afford to lose this title match. If Roman can’t stand, Angle might just prop Roman himself just to protect his job. Angle wanted them to wait, they would’ve been introduced. Sure sure. But does Ziggler have to defend or not? If not, he could do a stand-up set. Angle gives Rollins his intro, but nothing happens. He tries again, but still nothing.

This is over, Angle knew Rollins wasn’t going to arrive. But considering the beatings, Rollins’ “travel issues” could just be a way to stay far away from them. Rollins was a great champion, emphasis on “was”. There’s nothing you can google, Rollins couldn’t figure them out, so he quit. This might be a surprise, but McIntyre & Ziggler respect Rollins. Their alliance was to destroy complacency. If they’re fortunate to be up here, that’s when the hard work begins! Many think getting here is “making it”, but Rollins doesn’t think that way. Rollins fought to prove he’s the best, so these two worked that much harder to be that much better. Rollins was the Architect of his own downfall! He made the classic mistake of pushing himself for the fans.

Rollins busted his ass, for the WWE Universe! It’s a one-way street because Ziggler has been there. The fickle audience loves #BurnItDown, but they also loved #StoleTheShow. It’s all meaningless, because the second fans feel slighted or bored, because it happened with Ziggler. It’ll happen with Rollins, too, and the next guy and the next guy, and it’s all because of the fans! “It’s easy to be around for the fun times, but where the Hell were you for the hard times?” And for the first time in Ziggler’s career, he has someone who actually has his back. And not some mooch, no! The Scottish Psycho eggs Ziggler on to outdo himself to keep that title for the betterment of the company and the world of wrestling!

But Ziggler doesn’t care about the fans, the other wrestlers, or stealing a show. Ziggler & McIntyre do what they want, and take it all! So forego the formality, just hand the contract over and it can be officially Rollins’ forfeit. Angle hesitates, fans chant “Burn It Down!” but the contract is handed over. Ziggler signs on the dotted line, so that’s one half of this. Now where’s Rollins? Here he is!

The Kingslayer is fashionably late, and apologizes. Especially since we had to sit through Ziggler’s therapy session. Rollins hasn’t been completely honest, he was here for awhile already. But he wanted to wait for Ziggler to sign because he might have changed his mind. The truth is, Rollins had travel issues, just not his. And that clause about a corner man to match McIntyre, well… That’s there for a particular reason. Rollins is always stuck 2v1, so the Scottish Psycho better be ready for a LUNATIC FRINGE! Dean Ambrose is back! McIntyre is furious as he throws the table out. He and Ziggler stand their ground as the Shield Brothers rush the ring! And it’s a brawl! Ambgrose throws Ziggler out, SUPERKICK to DIRTY DEEDS for McIntyre! Fans are thunderous over this reunion! Rollins signs his half, and it’s official! Can the Lunatic help Rollins get his title back?

 


 

My Thoughts:

For a go-home Raw, this wasn’t half bad. It was essentially all filler, and started to drag at the end, but it had a great although expected ending. The opening was a good adjustment given the tragedy of Jim Neidhart’s passing. Ronda speaking from her heart was really sweet, and Ember Moon makes a great sub-in for a pretty solid match with Alexa. Ember wins for potential title talk later, but I hope Ronda standing tall won’t mean she loses. As I said last week, Ronda is organically over and it would make so much sense for her to be champ. The video package obviously had to be made on the spot, but boy did WWE do great with it, as always. I really do hope and pray Natty and the family will be okay through this unimaginably tough time.

Baron Corbin coming up with matches was a smart way for them to fill the card while also giving everyone else something to do. Corbin VS Breeze was an obvious squash, and I really hope Breeze dabbles in the Cruiserweight Division after Summerslam. Then obviously Corbin stacks the deck for Angle to then change it up, but Strowman is just so entertaining and over. I really hope he keeps that briefcase, his cash-in will be what saves Brooklyn from imploding should Roman win. And while everyone felt Heyman was going to swerve Roman about joining him and leaving Lesnar, I don’t think anyone saw it coming tonight. However, this is still Vince’s roundabout way of pushing Roman as the underdog Face fans don’t want, so again I refer back to Strowman being the ace in the hole.

Ricky Roberts got a new level of jobber squash treatment, where Lashley destroyed him before the bell could ever ring. Elias VS Lashley is a very filler grudge match, but hopefully stuff happens where they can each get back towards title contention as we move into the Fall. That Raw Tag title triple threat turned out way better than I expected, and B Team keeps surprising me. They’re having a 2v2 title match with The Revival for the kickoff show, and I can’t say they’d lose the titles there. The AoP & Mojo lose a filler Six Man Tag, but I still feel AoP find a way up to challenge on the way to Hell in a Cell.

Ruby VS Sasha was semi-filler because it at least gives Ruby a return win, and we can expand this towards Hell in a Cell and WWE Evolution for these two teams to be the Raw finalists for that desired Women’s Tag Team story. Then the story that dominated the night, that was made to be the final segment by any means necessary, the Intercontinental Championship contract signing definitely telegraphed the return of Dean Ambrose. It’s still fine, because it was still fun for both of them to run roughshod over Ziggler & McIntyre. This can go any number of ways, but in the case of Ambrose turning Heel, I hope they at least try a return to tag team action before then. They need something that’s hard to predict because the Lunatic Fringe needs to be that kind of unstable.

My Score: 7.7/10


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G1 Climax 28 Ratings and Joint Review

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Well we have reached the end of the road. G1 Climax 28, Grand Finals night.

Hiroshi Tanahashi won the A-ce Block and Kota Ibushi won our hearts…and…well…the B Block. Both have some history facing each other, and both are known to be more than competent wrestlers, so we’re looking at a great match.

Now it should be noted that Mathew and I will do this article jointly, similarly to how we did the Finals of the Champion Carnival.Also in an amusing turn of events, we both predicted this finals, but we’re rooting for the other’s block winner.

So if Tanahashi wins that would make me a perfect 3-0 in the tournaments we’ve covered, for the eventual winner coming from my block ( Marufuji won Champion Carnival, Masato Yoshino won King of Gate).

With that, I’m okay being wrong if Tanahashi wins. So let’s get to the show.

 

Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin & Tomoaki Honma vs Yuji Nagata,Ā  Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino

Average match, glad to see Honma again, but nothing special – Mathew

Yeah, basically what Mathew said, basic match, nothing super impressive. It is nice to see Honma back for his technically third match since returning from injury. But this was just a standard Young Lion opening match.

Winner: Makabe via King Kong Knee Drop

Rating: **

 

Toa Henare vs Bad Luck Fale

This was a glorified squash match. Henare got in a good headbutt, but this just went quick.

Henare dead – Mathew

Winner: Fale via Bad Luck Fall

Rating: *

 

Taichi & Iizuka vs Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI

Taichi got introduced and they kept cutting off his music with Iizuka’s music, so that messed up his singing idol gimmick.Ā  Iizuka doesn’t come out with Taichi, and instead jumps the CHAOS members form behind.

The match was fine, if anything it proves that Taichi would’ve been a better addition to the G1 than YOSHI-HASHI, since HASHI eats the pin.

Decent match, Miho Abe is gorgeous, HASHI needs to go away, and what does this all mean for Taichi? – Mathew

Winner: Taichi via Last Ride Powerbomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Cody & Hangman Page vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay

Cody’s first match since San Francisco, so he can’t really lose, can he?

Juice took the hand wrapping off before the match started, and wasn’t shy about throwing hands. Finlay did his usual thing, where it’s never quit enough to get the job done. Page blind sided Juice with a Buckshot Lariat, before everyone started wiping each other out with signatures. Cody finishes the match, countering the Pulp Friction into a Vertebreaker.

Solid match, everyone pulled their weight, except for Finlay. Cody decided to cut in line for the US Title, rude. – Mathew

Winner: Cody via Vertebreaker

Rating: ** 1/2

 

NEVER 6 Man Tag Team Championships: Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga & Taiji Ishimori vs Marty Scurll & The Young Bucks

Decent match, felt more like an ROH match than New Japan. Not really sure how I feel about Taiji’s first belt being this one, but the blatant disregard for the belts at the end was fantastic. – Mathew

This wasn’t supposed to be a title match, but Tama talked some smack and Matt Jackson asked the President to make it official. So even though the Tongans are one wrong move away being suspended, now they get a title shot.

When we get down to the match, it was paced out like most ROH Trios matches, and never really got out of that gear. We saw a few more Super Kicks than usual, but a bunch each man’s signature moves. Double Sharpshooter into Chicken Wing spot popped the crowd pretty hard.

Tama makes the blind tag, so when the Bucks go for the Meltzer Driver on Taiji, the giant cluster happens. Tama slinks off into the corner to draw less attention, but eventually lands the Gun Stun for the win.

Winner: Tama via Gun Stun

Rating: ***

 

Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr vs Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA & Bushi

Well the drama between these clubs goes back a few months when Suzuki and Naito had their match for the Intercontinental belt.Ā  This is just being furthered along by Zack Sabre ruining Naito’s chances to win the G1 Climax. So this should be entertaining.

Before the bell rings, Suzuki-Gun jumps Los Ingobernables de Japon and they spill to the outside. Naito and Suzuki have a chair based stand off and from there on we get the usual multi-man match. Each person comes in, does their thing, but with the tempers flaring.

The match ends with SANADA dodging Kanemaru’s Whiskey Mist and slapping on the Skull End while the rest of the members are on the outside going crazy.

Bit of a cluster, sloppy at points but it told a story and did what it needed to. Young Lion Lives Matter – Mathew

Winner: SANADA via Skull End

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs Kenny Omega, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi

Jay hasn’t played well with SHO and YOH, but how will he fair with Ishii and Yano? On the flip side, Omega could use a little momentum after 3 straight singles losses, included a singles loss to Ishii.

Entertaining, Pieter’s dance was the best part, but did a good job at what it was supposed to do. – Mathew

Like Mathew said, at one point in the match all six men are in and the Bullet Club members do the Row Boat spot, but Yujiro asks Pieter to come in an help. So she decides to get in the middle of all six men and urge them along by spinning and dancing all sexy. Yujiro gets infatuated first which allows Ishii to roll of the ring, and the rest of the men just stop and stare at Pieter. Kenny decides to be the party pooper and slap sense into his teammates and escort Pieter out of the ring.

Aside from that, we had a few good spots with Omega/Owens doing a Superkick/Pump Kick combo on Ishii, and good team work on both ends. Eventually Owens and Ishii are alone in the ring, Owens goes for the Package Piledriver, fails and gets a Vertical Drop Brainbuster for his troubles.

Winner: Ishii via Vertical Drop Brainbuster

Rating: *** 1/2

 

Kushida, Rey Mysterio & Pro Wrestler Sengokuenbu vs Kazuchika Okada, SHO & YOH

We have the debut of an unknown samurai wrestler from the Sengoku (Warring States) period of Japan. Time traveler, or just a big fan, he makes his appearance to help out Rey Mysterio and Kushida against the CHAOS members.

Best tag match on the show, everyone delivered, very entertaining. Sengokuenbu was the highlight, now we just need to figure out who he could be. Give us Mysterio vs Liger already, dammit! – Mathew

The match saw a lot of all three guys getting in good offense, a tease for a Double 619, that Okada stopped with his picture perfect Dropkick. But stereo Tope con Hilos at the end, set up Mysterio to get YOH into position for the 619 and West Coast Pop, to pick up the pinfall.

Nothing crazy happened during or after, just a good ole fashioned fun match with no storyline implications, just entertainment.

Winner: Mysterio via 619

Rating: *** 3/4

 

G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi

So these two have put on some great matches in the past. Does Ibushi avenge his loss at Power Struggle 2017? Does the Ace have one more run left in him? Enough hyperbole, time to find out.

I thought the match was just simply incredible. The story of the match, the intensity and emotion of it all really delivered to give us the perfect way to end the G1 Climax overall. It showed Ibushi is on another level compared to his previousĀ runs in New Japan and can be everything they look for if he ever signs a fucking contract! Tanahashi winning is the right call in my opinion and I really hope he’ll be the one that breaks the WK curse and beats Omega for the championship, he definitely deserves that one final run.- Mathew

Mathew’s sentiment is right on the level with mine. But we also saw some fantastic spots in this match. Ibushi countered a Sliding Dropkick from Tanahashi on the apron, and Double Footstomped perfectly on his chest, a quickly snapped off Avalanche Frankensteiner as well as his new Double Knees Moonsault. Tanahashi was in usual form also, with a couple Short Arm Slingblades mixed in with two Twist and Shout Neckbreakers.

Throughout the match, the story and struggle was painted plainly on both men’s faces. Ibushi kept trying to hold back his emotions, until the spirit of Shinsuke Nakamura overcame him. A few antagonistic kicks to the head, mixed with two or three Bomaye Knees from different angles. Hell Ibushi even hit his Outside-In Deadlift German Suplex on Tanahashi, but only for 2 counts.

Tanahashi had a hauntingly similar sequence to the Power Struggle match, but instead of 2 High Fly Flows, this time it took 3 for Tanahashi to finish the job. A momentous occasion of course, but it should be noted that Kota never hit the KamiGoye. For those who don’t know, KameGoye means “Beyond God”, and he named it such because of Tanahashi. It was the move he was going to use to finally surpass God, and God, to Kota Ibushi, is Tanahashi.

Not quite there yet for Kota, but words can’t adequately describe how amazing this match was.

Winner: Tanahashi via High Fly Flow

Rating: ******

Thoughts:

Tanahashi wins his third G1 Climax, and the winner comes from my block for the third time this year! Yes I know I picked Ibushi, but being wrong there, still kinda paid off. The match was tremendous, the undercard built like a normal New Japan show. So now we get to see when and where Jay White will challenge Tanahashi for the contract, and if Kazuchika Okada might make a challenge.

Even though all previous contract winners have lost at Wrestle Kingdom, we might finally see something change. Maybe Tanahashi wins, maybe he loses it before the big show. Guess we’ll just have to sit back and find out.


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