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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/7/18)

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It’s the Raw after Backlash! The Big Dog survived the Destroyer by a narrow margin. Does he now move on to once again challenge The Beast for the WWE Universal Championship? Or will someone else step in his way? And what of the friendship between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after being demolished by Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival; Corbin & The Revival win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott; Ember wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Bobby Roode VS Elias; Roode wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds; win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns; Finn wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, is here!

The Olympic Gold Medalist welcomes the fans in Nassau Coliseum to the show, and is proudly part of the WWE family for 20 years. What separates WWE from all others is that they never stop! They’re 52 weeks a year, with no end. From Wrestlemania to the Superstar Shake-Up to the Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash. Next is Money in the Bank, with two matches: one for the men and one for the women, also co-branded. These matches are going to “kick some real butt.” Angle is excited, because Raw settles it in the ring. Tonight will have two qualifying Triple Threat matches. First is the women with Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and former champion, Sasha Banks. The other is the men, with Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. But BRAUN has something to say about that!

The Monster Among Men dominated alongside Bobby Lashley, and against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Strowman storms his way to the ring now and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman brings up the time when he was a kid and the boys of the neighborhood made a tree house. They never asked Strowman for help, and when they got done, they bragged about their secret handshake. Do you know what Strowman did to that tree house? Destroyed it? No, even better. He made sure they were all in it first, then knocked the entire tree down! Angle admits Strowman’s on a roll, from being Raw Tag Team Champion to the Greatest Royal Rumble winner. If anyone deserves a shot, it’s him. But Kevin Owens appears!

The Prizefighter says that he deserves to be in the MITB match! He may not be wanted, but he IS the MVP of Raw. Kevin has fans chanting his name all over the world, but more importantly, he’s a team player. “Unlike Braun Strowman.” The wrong man was pinned last night at Backlash, that’s against the rules. Reverse the decision and make Kevin & Sami the winners and Strowman a loser! Kevin deserves the MITB match, without qualifying, but for everything he’s been through! Strowman deserves to be sent to timeout! Angle says Kevin can’t just be put into the match. He lets Strowman know he has a qualifying match.

Kevin protests, but Strowman threatens Kevin with hands! Kevin wants fair treatment. Angle better make the right decision, given how he needs this job and how Stephanie McMahon is watching. That decision is that the first Raw superstar to enter the MITB match is Kevin. Angle knows Stephanie is watching, but he brings up the qualifying match. Strowman will go up against Kevin, right now! Can Kevin survive to then try his hand at MITB?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman!

The bell rings and Strowman goes right at Kevin. Kevin evades and clubs away, but then Strowman pushes him into the referee. Kevin goes after Strowman but Strowman pushes and runs Kevin over. Strowman glares while Kevin gets out of the ring. Strowman gives chase, and they return to the ring. Kevin clubs away then runs, but into the backhand from Strowman! Strowman stalks Kevin, drags him back up, then clubs him with a big forearm. Strowman roars and fans cheer, then he gives a jumping stomp to Kevin. Kevin begs for mercy but Strowman just whips him corner to corner hard. Strowman watches Kevin writhe in agony, because “This is what you deserve, you coward!”

Kevin chops Strowman to no effect, but Strowman whips Kevin corner to corner again. Strowman stalks Kevin to a corner, then stands him up just to club him again. Kevin wants Strowman to stop but Strowman only runs corner to corner. Kevin gets the boots up, then hops up, only for Strwoman to topple him down with an uppercut. Strowman wants to go out and fetch Kevin, but the referee keeps him back. Strowman slips out the side, runs over but Kevin runs away. Kevin can’t get away fast enough, Strowman grabs him! Strowman drags Kevin up onto the barrier, but Kevin breaks free to hit Strowman with a Tornado DDT!

The Monster Among Men is reeling, but Kevin gets back in the ring. Kevin settles for the ring count. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands, and Strowman manages to return at 8. Kevin grows desperate, especially with fans chanting “Get These Hands!” Kevin throws punches and kicks to keep Strowman down, then runs, but into the one-handed STO! Strowman and Kevin stand up, Kevin dodges and lets Strowman hit post! Kevin will let the count do his work again while he catches his breath. Strowman stirs at about 4, then pulls himself up at 6. He manages to beat the count at 8 again. Kevin is further frustrated while we go to break.

Raw returns as Strowman fights up and out of a chinlock. Kevin knees low, then clubs Strowman on the back. Kevin runs, but into another STO! Then Strowman deadlifts Kevin for a CHOKE SLAM! Strowman catches his breath then walks over to Kevin. He brings Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out to kick the legs. Kevin kicks and kicks, then SUPERKICKS Strowman. Strowman stays up, so Kevin kicks and drops the back senton! Cover, ONE, and Kevin is shocked. Kevin argues with the ref, then takes aim from across the way. Kevin runs in corner to corner, but Strowman blocks the cannonball with a shove and a boot!

Strowman runs in corner to corner, but misses again to hit buckles. SUPERKICK again, then Kevin hurries to the corner. Kevin climbs up, FROG SPLASH! TWO, and with such power! Kevin is further shocked, but he still has Strowman on the defensive. He hurries up to his feet and glares at Strowman. Kevin kicks but Strowman blocks it. Strowman swings but misses, SUPERKICK again. Kevin pushes Strowman, but no Pop-Up for the Monster. Strowman clobbers Kevin with a clothesline! Then the corner to corner splash. Kevin rolls out of the ring, but Strowman slips out the side. Strowman builds speed, and runs Kevin over! The fans are thunderous, so Strowman takes a lap, to RUN KEVIN OVER!!

Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, but Kevin slips back out. That’s fine by Strowman, he RUNS KEVIN OVER AGAIN! Strowman puts Kevin back in the ring one more time, then scoops him up, for the MONSTER Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s Money in the Bank Match

It doesn’t matter how many other men are going to be in that Ladder Match, this might be the man to win it all. Will Strowman reach new heights and become Mr. MONSTER In The Bank?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

The Big Dog “handled his business” at Backlash, but how does he feel about tonight’s Money in the Bank qualifier? That he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion but management disagrees. Roman can’t control backstage politics, but when he’s in the ring, he’s in control. He silences the haters and doubters night after night. Just ask Paul Heyman. Ask Brock Lesnar. Ask Samoa Joe! Sami Zayn and Finn Balor are dealing with a pissed off Roman, who vows to dominate, win, and become Mr. MITB to take what’s rightfully his. “You understand?”

 

Superstars speak on Money in the Bank.

The Huggable One would love to climb up and hug the MITB contract briefcase. The Fashion Police have a case. The MITB briefcase. It has a contract, so they’ll climb up and close this case.

 

Kurt Angle speaks with Goldust.

The Bizarre One quotes Million Dollar Baby, he wants his shot at MITB. “It is my quest! The Ultimate Gold.” But Jinder Mahal also wants in. He thought Raw would be a good move, so why is he not in tonight’s Triple Threat yet Roman is? What makes Mahal think he deserves anything? He hasn’t won on Raw yet. Angle has a match for Mahal, against Chad Gable, the “Mini-Me” who beat him. Maybe if he wins, he’ll get his shot. Maybe. The Maharaja storms back out, while Goldy paraphrases All About Eve, “it’s gonna be a bumpy night.”

 

Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival!

The Fighting Fiesta has joined up with Titus’ team, and they’ve joined his conga line. Meanwhile, the Lone Wolf teams up with two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Can Jose, Titus & Apollo keep the party going? Or will Corbin #SayYeah alongside Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Titus. They circle and Dash throws forearms and chops. TItus puts Dash in a corner to give back a chop. Titus brings Dash over and tags in Apollo to help ram as houlder into Dash. He then scoops and slams Dash for Apollo’s standing moonsault. Apollo brings Dash up but Dash powers him to his corner. Tag to Dawson but Apollo rallies on The Revival. Apollo gives another standing moonsault to Dash, then drags Dawson up for a suplex. Dash saves Dawson, then Dawson tags Corbin for them both to club away on.

Corbin drags Apollo out to throw him into the barriers. Corbin taunts teh fans, then bumps Apollo off the apron. He puts Apollo in the ring to then taunt Titus and Jose. Corbin gives Apollo a stiff right, then tags to Dawson. Dawson kicks Apollo, then puts him in a corner to back suplex him out of it. Dawson drops legs, then covers, TWO. Jose and Titus rally for Apollo, but Dawson pushes and catches Apollo into the abdominal stretch. Fans join in on the rally, but Dawson clubs Apollo before pushing him again. Dawson and Apollo circle each other, going for the abdominal stretch, but Dawson tags to Corbin. Corbin rocks Apollo with a right, then throws Apollo into the corner.

Apollo fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin takes out Titus then taunts Jose, but Apollo gets him with an enziguri! Both men are down, Dana helps rally with the fans. Hot tags to Dawson and Jose! Jose rallies on both Dash & Dawson, then whips Dawson for a boot. He hip toss neckbreakers Dash then shoulders Corbin out. Jose runs at Dawson for the big splash, and fireman’s carry fro a rolling senton. Cover, but Dash breaks it up. Titus throws Dash to a corner but Dash boots him down. Dash staggers but Apollo gets him with the leaping lariat. Apollo kips up and fires up, but Corbin dumps him out of the ring.

Jose is alone with Dawson, but he scares off Corbin. Dawson comes in, Corbin tags, Jose doesn’t see it as he gives Dawson the Fast Ball Special! Corbin gets Jose with End of Days! Corbin & The Revival win!

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

The Lone Wolf worked well with Dash & Dawson, and brings the party to a halt for now. Will he continue to have fun ruining other superstars’ fun and head towards a title?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott!

The Prophecy of Flame is still new but red hot in the Raw Women’s Division. The Legit Boss wants her way back to the top. And the Squad leader has been on quite the roll since coming over through the Superstar Shake-Up. With Raw finally getting in on MITB, who will be the first woman from the Red Brand to join in?

The bell rings and all three women look up at the briefcase. Ruby hits first, going after both Sasha and Ember. She already feels that briefcase is hers, but her double whip backfires. Ember and Sasha double hip toss Ruby, so Ruby regroups with the Squad. Sasha rolls Ember, TWO, and things speed up. Ember lands out of the hip toss to arm drag Sasha, then roll up, TWO. Sasha slaps Ember down, but Ember glares as she sits back up. Sasha goes acrobatic for the arm drag then gets a drop toehold. Ruby trips Sasha up and pulls her out, then mule kicks Ember down. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool.

Ruby throws Ember into a corner, then rams in her shoulder. She stomps but Sasha returns to kick and whip. Ruby reverses then stops Sasha from going up and over to kick her out. Now Ruby goes up and hits Deadly Nightshade!

But then Ember dropkicks Ruby and covers, TWO. Ember keeps on Ruby, but Ruby throws her down by her hair. Ember springs back up and mule kicks Ruby down. Now Ember runs, for the sliding shot. Cover, TWO. Ember drags Ruby up in a facelock, then pulls back. Ruby hits back then shoves, and the Squad swipes at Ember. Ember turns around into Ruby’s STO, cover, TWO. Ruby intercepts Sasha with an elbow, then kicks Ember while she’s down. Ruby stalks Ember and pulls her into the cobra clutch. Ember resists but Ruby shifts things to a straitjacket.

Fans rally for the War Goddess, and Ember stands up, only to be yanked back down. Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby rams her knee into Ember, then kicks her while she’s down. Ruby drags Ember back up but Ember fights back with body shots. Ember runs but into a back elbow. Cover, Sasha breaks it up. Ruby kicks Sasha, then brings her around and also grabs Ember, inverted DDT and Complete Shot!

Cover on Sasha, TWO. Cover on Ember, TWO. Ruby is furious, and takes it out on Ember and Sasha with hammering rights. Ruby scrapes Sasha out of the ring, then goes back to Ember. Ember revives and rolls Ruby up, TWO, Ruby clotheslines Ember down. Cover, TWO. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan argue with the ref on Ruby’s behalf while Ruby puts Ember in a chinlock.

Fans rally again, and Ember stands up, only for Ruby to drop her again. Cover, TWO, and Ruby is furious as she puts the chinlock back on. Sarah and Liv cheer her on but the fans build for Ember. Ember uses a jawbreaker, then Sasha returns. Sasha rallies on Ruby with lariats, then blocks the kick to give a knee. Ember returns and springboards onto Sasha, TWO. All three women are down, but Ember goes after Ruby with the half-hatch suplex. Ember gets Sasha with one, then kips up again. Ember dropkicks Ruby out, then runs at Sasha. Sasha dodges to give double knees. Sasha runs in but Ember puts her on the apron, so Sasha goes up to take out the Squad! Ruby takes Sasha out with a missile dropkick! Ember DIVES on Ruby!

Ember puts Ruby in to cover, TWO. All the women are down but the fans are thunderous. Ember climbs up but has to fight off Liv, only for Sarah to yank her down. Ruby and Sasha are up, and Ruby tries to suplex Sasha in. Sasha hits back then climbs up, for her own bit of Nightshade. Sasha climbs up again, but Ruby rocks her with a right. Ruby climbs up, but Sasha fights back, they brawl up top. Ruby gets the edge with headbutts, then gives Sasah a SUPER Stainer, that Sasha rolls through! The SQUAD break the cover! No DQ’s allows this, and they just mug Sasha on the outside. But it’s Bayley to the rescue!

Bayley fights off the Squad, but that just gets her beat down, too. The Squad keep her and Sasha down, but Bayley comes around from the side. Ruby is ready for Sasha, but still gets rolled up, TWO. She spins Ruby around, Ruby bucks her off. Ruby mule kicks Sasha, then wrenches the arm, but Sasha rocks her with a right. ECLISPE!! Ember covers Ruby, Ember wins!

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

The #Shenom came outta nowhere to take the match! She didn’t need numbers nor friends to do it, she did it all alone. Will she #EclipseTheCompetition once the field is filled?

 

 

Backstage interview with Ember Moon.

How does she feel about her “underdog” victory here tonight? She’s “over the moon.” Ember’s been an underdog before, and people always try to limit her. She seized the opportunity and proved she embodies Skill, Honor & Heart. Ember Moon will rise to every opportunity, including the MITB contract.

 

WWE and Raw take a look at Bobby Lashley.

A stand out in collegiate wrestling with a military pedigree and training, Lashley won both silver and gold medals in international wrestling tournaments. Lashley would be injured before joining the Olympics, but he met Kurt Angle and found himself in professional wrestling. Lashley dominated in his first run, and one of the fastest champions in history. After all this success, he moved to MMA to go 15-2. Lashley returns now after 10 years and has even higher aspirations.

Exclusive interview with Bobby Lashley.

He’s finally back in the WWE. We know about him as a superstar, but what about him as a person? Lashley had a great family, and family is what he’s about. He’s very close with his three older sisters, though it didn’t feel that way as a kid. His oldest sister would chase him around with a broom, so he teased her as a witch. His other sister had a security towel as opposed to a blanket, but it got dingy and dirty and stinky. One day, that towel was bruoght to school and a bully took it, so Bobby stepped in and made that bully eat that towel. The youngest sister, “Daddy’s little girl”, loved carrying their father’s Army helmet around. Lashley once hid that helmet, but he’s got the scar to prove never to prank his sister again.

Lashley now has the WWE Universe as his family, and hopes to have a lot of fun with them, too. But before Lashley signs off, he lets his sisters know he loves them. With family at the heart of this Alpha Male, is there anything he can’t do in the WWE this second time around?

 

Sami Zayn talks with Kevin Owens backstage.

Sami feels a cloud of conspiracy raining on their parade. Kevin knows that, he just went up against Strowman! If anyone is a victim here, it’s him. Sami doesn’t want Kevin to let the others turn them against each other. Kevin brings up how Sami slapped him. That was yesterday, this is today. Sami and Kevin need to seize positions of power, and that means becoming Universal Champion, which means wining the MITB contract. Sami apologizes, but they’ll both be sorry if they lose. Triple threats mean no disqualifications, so does Kevin have Sami’s back? Yes, he has Sami’s back. “Don’t you mean Yep?” No, he means yes. Will Kevin really come through for his “best friend” tonight?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

The Moderan Day Maharaja insulted the Olympic medalist by comparing him to Mini-Me of Austin Powers, but still lost to him all the same. Can Mahal even the score with this rematch and also earn a chance for Money in the Bank?

The bell rings and Gable evades Mahal to rock him with the rolling kick. Gable unloads European Uppercuts, then whips Mahal. Mahal reverses but Gable goes up and over. Gable keeps moving, slides under Mahal and gets the waistlock for a slam. Gable holds on and rolls Mahal, ONE, but Gable just shifts to a facelock. Mahal stands up and powers Gable to the apron, but Gable rocks him with a forearm. Mahal rams a shoulder and sends Gable flying off the apron! He then stalks Gable on the outside, puts him on the apron, and rams his chest into the edge. He does it again, then covers, TWO. Mahal looms over Gable and brings him up for a bearhug.

Gable endures, then pries his way out of the hold to give more EuroUppers. Gable whips but Mahal reverses again and sends Gable into buckles hard. Mahal drags Gable up for the abdominal stretch. Gable endures while fans build to a rally. Gable arm-drags out but Mahal runs back in, only to get a back elbow. Mahal goes to shove Gable but Gable traps him in a hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 4, then climbs up fora MOONSAULT!

That brings Mahal down, TWO. Gable waistlocks but Mahal elbows out to then run Gable over with a knee. Mahal drags Gable up, scoops him, then tosses him up, but Gable rolls him up! TWO, and Gable can’t believe it. Mahal slips out to the apron, then hot shots Gable back. Mahal boots Gable down, then fires himself up. He grabs Gable in the cobra clutch, KALLAS. Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The Maharaja does get even, and gets his first win since joining Raw. Sunil rubs it in on Gable, but Gable shoves him away, so Mahal kicks Gable in the ribs. Mahal brings Gable up, for the shoulder rack to ram him into a corner. Mahal drags Gable up again for knees to the ribs over and over, then hangs him up on the ropes with a suplex. The fans boo and jeer but Mahal just boots Gable out of the ring. Mahal wants to know if Angle was watching that. Mahal may have won the match, but will he earn a MITB opportunity with this behavior?

 

More superstars speak on MITB.

Alexa Bliss says bullies won’t keep her from accomplishing her dreams. She vows to be a true role model to fans. The Ascension vow to rise to the top, win MITB, and turn Monday Night Raw into the Wasteland.

 

Kurt Angle meets with Zack Ryder.

This is his hometown! What would be better than the hometown hero qualifying for the MITB match? Angle likes Ryder, but Mahal interrupts. Mahal brags about what he did to Gable. Roman is undeserving, but he can stay in the match so long as Mahal joins tonight’s main event. A Fatal 4 Way, huh? Woo Woo Woo, NO, bro. Ryder chuckles while Mahal storms out again. Angle fists bumps Ryder, can Ryder find himself a chance at that golden opportunity?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

The One Man Band and Man Beast wnat to climb the tag team ladder, but now they’re up against the Show-Off and the Scottish Stud. Will the newest duo in Raw’s Tag Team Division prove why they are the show?

Fans chant ECW for Rhyno as he starts against Ziggler. Ziggler gets around then chops Rhyno, then gets around again. Rhyno reverses and runs Ziggler over with a clothesline, then brings Ziggler over. Tag to Slater, and Slater climbs up to drop the ax handle. Slater runs and runs Ziggler over, Rhyno and the fans chant “He’s got Kids!” Slater tries the suplex but Ziggler slips out. Ziggler tags to McIntyre, and fans remember “3MB! 3MB!” Slater welcomes McIntyre back before throwing hands. He backs McIntyre down and whips him, but McIntyre reverses.

Slater goes up and over, only for McIntyre to kick him down! McIntyre slithers around to take aim at Slater. Rhyno and the fans rally for Slater, bu t McIntyre rips off that shirt to throw it at Rhyno. McIntyre chops Slater, then blocks the boot to drag Slater upside-down. Ziggler tags in to SUPERKICK the hanging Slater, into the inverted Alabama Slam. McIntyre rocks Rhyno for good measure, then Ziggler tags him back in. Ziggler brings Slater up, and McIntyre runs, Claymore Zig Zag! McIntyre covers, eh and Ziggler win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

This team is on a roll with their mix of speed and aggression. Is it only a matter of time before they’re challenging for the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.”

The Drifter is in Long Island, and as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Sounds like Long Island does. Elias knows so many truths, and no truth is more apparent than that WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Long Island knows it, too! Elias is on another planet, but he was interrupted by pancakes, conga lines, and that fraud known as Bobby Roode. He’s surprised Long Island doesn’t like Bobby Roode, as this is the home of Billy Joel, a “talent-less, boring hack.” Maybe Roode forgot what Elias did to him last week, but if Roode does it again, Elias will rip his vocal chords out. Elias then vows to go on to Money in the Bank and win it. Fans prefer “Rusev Day!” Rusev Day has nothing on Elias!

Elias begins playing, “Bobby thinks he’s Gloruios, he doesn’t have a clue. Truth is, he’s dead inside, just like all of you.” If you disagree, then you’re out of luck. The Islanders could come back but Long Island would still suck. Pardon the GLORIOUS Interruption, but…

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

The Drifter moves from playing guitar to wrestling the former United States Champion in a rematch from a couple weeks ago. Elias is 2-0, can he make it a clean sweep?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other. Roode fights Elias off, but Elias trips him up. Roode turns it around to hammer away on Elias, then throws hands while they stand. He whips but Elias reverses, only for Roode to run him over. Fans cheer while Roode climbs up to the top rope. Elias stands and Roode takes him down with a flying clothesline. Roode winds it up, GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias blocks, so it’s an enziguri that sends Elias flying! Roode has control while we take a break.

Raw returns and Roode chops Elias into a corner. Roode whips but Elias reverses, then throws Roode with a back body drop. Roode writhes while Elias catches his breath. Elias stalks Roode, then throws body shots and clubbing forearms on him. Elias scoops Roode up and tosses him, then covers, TWO. The Drifter grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode with an elbow drop. Roode shouts in pain, and Elias puts him in a crossface to pull back on the bad back. Roode endures while fans rally. Elias elbows Roode down then puts the crossface back on. Roode endures and fans rally again. Roode rolls to a cover, TWO, and Elias knees low. Elias whips Roode but Roode kicks him away.

Roode fires back with haymakers, dodging Elias’. Roode backs Elias down with chops, then whips him corner to corner. Elias reverses and Roode hits buckles hard. Elias drags Roode up and scoops him, but Roode slips out. Roode hits the GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while both men slowly stir. Elias gets to a corner while Roode fires himself up. Roode runs in at Elias for a bit clothesline, but Elias denies the bulldog with a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Elias grows frustrated. Elias stomps away on Roode, then brings him up for a powerbomb. High stack cover, TWO, but Elias tries another, TWO.

Elias grows further furious while Roode crawls to ropes. Elias stalks Roode, and has an idea. He undoes the cross bar on the post, then drags Roode up on the apron. Elias aims for a repeat, but Roode elbows hima way. Roode fights Elias off but Elias kicks him on reentry. Elias clubs away but Roode fights back, it’s a brawl now. Elias kicks low but Roode powers Elias up, only for Elias to slip out and knock Roode down. He stalks Roode again, drags him up, and talks trash. ROode GLORIOUS DDT outta nowhere! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

The GLORIOUS One guts it out and finally gets on the board against Elias. Will this comeback victory help Roode impress Angle enough for a Money in the Bank opportunity?

In-ring interview with Roode.

This victory feels more than “great.” Roode knows things will get better, because Angle has been giving out MITB qualifiers. After that, Roode hopes he’s next in line. Because beating Elias was great, but winning MITB would be… “Absolutely GLORIOUS!”

 

Seth Rollins is here!

The Architect retained his Intercontinental Championship at Backlash against the Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz. Now the Grand Slam Kingslayer is here to tell Long Island that he’s feeling pretty good about it. He admits The Miz took him to the limit in their match, but in the end, Rollins stomped out Miz’s dream to tie the record of title reigns. Fans let Rollins know, “You Deserve It!” Rollins also admits that there’s one thing we can learn from The Miz: what kind of champion to NOT be. Rollins wants to be a full-time fighting champion. And Rollins knows we’re on the road to Money in the Bank, and he knows a thing or two about that. He knows how winning the contract can change your life. But his focus isn’t MITB, his focus is making the IC Title THE title on Raw.

Therefore, Rollins will give someone else an opportunity. In other words, Rollins is issuing an Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, right here and now!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???

Who accepts this golden opportunity? Mojo Rawley!

The man with Killer Instinct walks out and says this is the debut he deserves. When opportunity knocks, Mojo knocks people down. Which is what he’ll do to Rollins right now. Long Island would rather have Ryder, but Mojo knocked Ryder down before, too. Mojo promises to take the title away, then still qualify for the MITB Ladder Match, win it, and go after The Beast. This isn’t Monday Night Rollins, this is going to be Monday Night Rawley! Rollins accepts, and tells Mojo to come in and get his ass kicked!

Mojo enters the ring, the introductions are made and we have our match. Rollins and Mojo circle, tie up, and Mojo gets a headlock. Rollins endures while fans still want Ryder, “Woo Woo Woo!” The champ powers out and dropkicks the challenger down, then chops him before going for a suplex. Mojo blocks and counters but Rollins lands on his feet, then sends Mojo out. Rollins dropkicks then slingshots, but lands on his feet, only fro Mojo to clobber him from behind. Rollins staggers, Mojo runs in, and blasts Rollins into the barriers! The #KillerInstinct is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mojo has Rollins in a chinlock in the ring. Rollins stands up and fights back with body shots. He chops Mojo, then runs, but into Mojo’s grip. Mojo powers Rollins to a corner and rams him against buckles again and again. Mojo throws Rollins down with an STO, covers, TWO. The Maryland Mean Machine toys with Rollins. He taunts the fans for liking Rollins, then drags Rollins up. Rollins chops and chops again, but Mojo kicks low. Mojo throws Rollins to a corner, but runs into the buckle shot! Mojo crawls away but runs back in, to Rollins’ elbow. Rollins hops up, jumps over Mojo, then ducks under to enziguri!

Rollins clotheslines Mojo out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! He wipes out Mojo then gets back in the ring, to DIVE again! Rollins is all fired up as he puts Mojo back in. Mojo runs into a boot, then Rollins hops up for the blockbuster. Cover, TWO. Rollins keeps his cool while Mojo gets to a corner. Rollins stands up and runs at Mojo for the forearm smash. He keeps going, but Mojo puts him on the apron. Rollins springboards but Mojo gets under to then spinebuster Rollins down! Cover, TWO, and Mojo grows frustrated. Mojo stands up and waits for Rollins.

Rollins slowly stands, Mojo lifts him up in the fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights out. Roll up, TWO, mule kick! Cover, TWO, and Rollins is a bit surprised. But he also nods, respecting Mojo’s resiliency. Rollins stands, and stomps for “Burn It Down!” Rollins takes aim, mule kicks again, but Mojo blocks the stomp into a fireman’s drop! Cover, TWO, and Mojo is enraged! He argues with the referee, he thought that was three. Mojo calms down, then stalks Rollins again. He drags Rollins up, throws him, and hits the Pounce! Rollins ends up in a corner, Mojo speeds up, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Revolution Knee, mule kick, and CURB STOMP!

Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect keeps his title, and keeps things #MondayNightRollins. This fighting champion continues to grow the prestige of the IC title, will he truly make it THE title in WWE?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

Why is he smiling? Most people wouldn’t be if they had a triple threat match tonight, but not Finn. Finn earns his opportunities, and he thrives on pressure. When Finn wins tonight and then wins the MITB, that victory will be #TooSweet.

 

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds!

The duo formerly known as The Miztourage are now “leading men”, and they’re second generation superstars to boot. Can they use their genetics against the Raw Tag Team Champions to win tonight? Or will they simply be… DELETED?! #StayTuned and fine out.

Bray Wyatt and Bo start, and Bray even gives Bo a free shot. Bo tags Axel, Axel runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags Matt, they hit Axel with a combination body check and Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Matt simply says DELETE! Axel refuses the Twist, then clubs away on Matt. Bo tags in, and he clotheslines Matt to then feed Matt to Axel’s DDT. Bo covers, TWO, so he drops knee after knee on Matt. Cover, TWO, so Bo wraps on a chinlock. Matt endures while fans rally, and Matt fights back with body shots. Matt ducks Bo’s punch to hit the Side Effect! Bray and the fans rally, hot tags to Bray and Axel! Bray rallies with palm strikes, then runs to get the body check!

Matt feels it coming, the WONDERFUL Spider-Walk. Bo comes in but gets a boot, then Bray runs at Axel. Axel boots Bray away, then jumps up, but flies into the yurinagi. Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt tags in, he and Bray combine for a Kiss of DELETION! Cover, Matt & Bray win!

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

The champions are on a roll as they win their first match back on this mortal plane. Will their Yin-Yang of WOKEN Wisdom continue to rule over all of the Raw Tag Team Division?

 

More superstars speak on MITB.

The Queen of Harts vows to solidify her legacy as the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in the Women’s Division. Baron Corbin feels sorry for everyone else in the MITB Match. Not really, but he was Mr. MITB last year, so he wants to repeat.

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns!

It is a golden opportunity for the Extraordinary Man, the Underdog from the Underground and The Big Dog. Finn was the inaugural Universal Champion, Roman claims to be the “uncrowned” Universal Champion, while Sami is still hungry for his first. Who will win tonight to join the #MonsterInTheBank?

The bell rings and Sami trash talks both Roman and Finn that this match is already his. Roman uppercuts Sami down then pushes him out of the ring, so that he and Finn can be 1v1. They’ve met before, and tie up now, and Roman drives in a knee. Roman headbutts Finn, then whips him, but Finn reverses. Roman sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Roman back. Finn follows Roman to a corner and throws hands, then whips but Roman reverses now. Roman runs in but misses, Finn swings but Roman connects. Sami returns but Roman gets him, too. The Big Dog stands alone in His Yard while we go to one last break.

Raw returns and Finn drops Roman with a dropkick! Finn gives springboard stomps to the Big Dog, but Sami returns to roll Finn up. TWO, and Sami rocks Finn with a right. Roman rallies with lariats, then shoves Finn to a corner. Roman gives Finn the close-range clotheslines, but has to fight Sami off. He runs and boots Sami in the face, then gives Finn a Samoan Drop. Finn and Sami get out of the ring, but see they have Roman flanked. They decide to work together, and Roman welcomes it. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Roman finds himself 2v1! Finn and Sami fire off and the fans love it. Finn and Sami hear them chant, and then stomp some more! Roman stands up, but they double clothesline him out!

Sami and Finn keep on Roman against the barriers, and into the crowd! No count outs or disqualifications in a Triple Threat, so they keep up the attack on Roman as they move past the WWE Universe. Roman takes rights and lefts from both men back and forth, but then fights back with rights of his own. Roman punches Sami more, but Finn returns to ram Roman into a wall. He throws Finn off but a HELLUVA KICK esends Roman into the tech area! Finn sees Roman is down, so he climbs up, for COUP DE GRACE!!

That leaves Roman down for good, so Sami sucker punches Finn! Sami drags Finn up and throws him back to ringside. Fans sing for Sami while he puts Finn in the ring. He whips Finn and runs him over again, then covers, TWO. Sami keeps his cool while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn stirs, but Sam is on him with a waistlock. Finn fights out of the suplex with elbows, but Sami reels him in for the Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Sami grows frustrated. Sami stands up and gives Finn straight right hands. Finn stands up and gives some back, and they brawl. Finn chops, Sami forearms, Finn hits the PELE! Both men are down but stirring, with fans rallying for them both.

Finn stands up first, but Sami follows. Sami throws punches but Finn counters then whips. Sami reverses but Finn runs him over! Finn runs and chops Sami in a corner, then whips corner to corner for another chop. He tries again but Sami reverses, but Finn reverses back for the elbow drop DDT. Cover, TWO! Finn stands up and Sami begs for mercy. Sami tries another sucker punch but Finn hits back, so Sami yanks and throws Finn all the way out of the ring. Finn clutches his leg from that crash landing. Sami slides out and takes aim, but runs into a Slingblade! Finn flexes and fires up, to run into a HELLUVA Kick! Sami keeps on Finn with rights, then stomps, but Roman returns with a leaping tackle!

Roman hammers away on Sami, then throws him into the post. Sami staggers, but Roman takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick! Roman puts Sami in the ring, but Finn blindsides him into the steel steps! Finn hurries up, swing kicks Sami down, then climbs up! He takes aim, but Sami gets under, to then exploder Finn into the buckles! Sami goes to the other end, takes aim, and runs back over, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman returns, lets out the howl, but Finn slingblades the Spear down. Blasting dropkick, then Finn climbs up. Finn takes aim, COUP DE– No, Roman dodged, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman is all fired up again, lets out another howl, but Jinder Mahal trips him up! HELLUVA KICK! But blasting dropkick! Finn goes up again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, FINN WINS!

Winner: Finn by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB 

The Maharaja screws out The Big Dog, and it’s the Balor Club leader who cashes in! The Extraordinary Man takes one step closer to his golden ticket back to the top. Who else will join him and Braun Strowman in the Men’s 8 Man Ladder Match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Raw does great in making up for the disappointing Backlash while building for Money in the Bank. Almost all the matches meant something and established new status quos. Strowman continues on a truly monstrous roll, and he loves sending Kevin flying with those shoulder tackles. Corbin & The Revival get even with Jose & Titus Worldwide, and Corbin wants his own chance at MITB, but who knows if he gets that chance. Ember hasn’t been on Raw long, or often, but it’s great that she shoots up to this match already. As with Backlash, it is established that Bayley and Sasha can have their program without the title. Meanwhile, Riott Squad stays in the running with Sarah and Liv available to qualify later.

Mahal gets even with Gable in a good match, but clearly he has targeted Roman. Those two can have their program separate from titles, as well, but most fans probably won’t care, as both Mahal and Roman have been seen as undeserving in their pushes. Roode gets even with Elias, and there’s time for one or both of them to qualify. McIntyre & Ziggler win a filler, but it does keep them looking strong in the tag team division. The same goes for Wyatt & Hardy, and the match-up of Show-Off & Stud VS Deleters of Worlds could be what we see up next. Rollins and Rawley was a great match, Rollins brings the best out of Mojo in this match, and I hope the IC title being the open challenge belt continues.

The main event triple threat was really great, even with Roman in it. Roman can do good work, so long as that’s how he’s directed. Granted, he would’ve won if Mahal hadn’t interfered, so obviously Roman doesn’t “look weak” thanks to that. But another question is why Kevin didn’t interfere on Sami’s behalf, either. I hope they aren’t going to break up already, they’ve barely been back on the friends setting compared to how long they were enemies. But all of this benefits Finn, who gave up the Universal Championship because of injury, and never even got a rematch for it when he returned. This could be a great way for Finn to get the title back, taking advantage of an exhausted Lesnar with the cash-in. Of course, that’s if Finn gets past Strowman, let alone the other six men that will join them.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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

 

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover, White wins!

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

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

White speaks.

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

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Juice Robinson!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover, Goto wins!

Winner: Goto, by pinfall; still NEVER Openweight Champion

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interviews.

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

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 347

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

 

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Kelly Klein VS Madison Rayne!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kelly, by pinfall

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

 

SoCal Uncensored speaks.

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

 

Jay Lethal speaks.

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

 

The Motor City Machine Guns are in the ring.

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

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

The Dawgs VS The Motor City Machine Guns!

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

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

The Dawgs are in control while we go to break.

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

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

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

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

Cover, MCMG win!

Winners: MCMG (Shelley & Sabin), Sabin pinning

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

 

The Young Bucks speak.

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

 

Punishment Martinez speaks.

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

 

Facade w/ Danni VS Eli Isom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Contest

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

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

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

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

 

The Bullet Club speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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

 

All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Johnny Gargano’s music hits!

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

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

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

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

 

Brandi Lauren VS Lacey Evans!

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

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

Cover, and Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey, by pinfall

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

But as Lacey takes her leave, Kairi Sane attacks!

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

 

Aleister Black speaks.

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

 

Dakota Kai talks to NXT Media.

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

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

 

Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream!

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

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

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

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

No Contest

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

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

 

Kona Reeves VS Raul Mendoza!

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

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

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

Cover, Reeves wins!

Winner: Reeves, by pinfall

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

 

Cathy Kelly finds Ricochet outside William Regal’s office.

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

 

Heavy Machinery walk backstage while making a video.

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

 

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

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

The NXT North American & Tag Team Champions, together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C0ver, Burch, Lorcan & Dunne win!

Winners: Dunne, Lorcan & Burch, Burch pinning

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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