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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Wrestling Dontaku 2018 Part 2!

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The big Spring event for NJPW

It’s night two of AXS TV’s coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018! The Aerial Assassin, Will Ospreay, defends his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against The Time Splitter, Kushida, to revive their epic rivalry! Plus, Suzuki-Gun and Los Ingobernables de Japon take their feud to a new level with a TEN MAN TAG!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS Kushida; Ospreay wins and retains the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW and AXS review what led to tonight’s matches.

Will Ospreay took the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back in a rare Fatal 4 Way at Wrestle Kingdom. The Aerial Assassin has defended and retained the title time and again against his WK opponents Hiromu Takahashi and Marty Scurll in separate 1v1 matches. But now he wants to prove he didn’t win by luck. Ospreay called out Kushida, and Kushida accepted. The overall series is still in Kushida’s favor, but can Ospreay has proven he can win. Can he prove it again?

 

10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun!

This feud has been growing from the IWGP Junior Tag to the Heavyweight Tag to the very prestigious Intercontinental Championship. Can the entirety of LIJ overcome El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemura, Killer Elite Squad AND Suzuki himself all at once?

We join this war of Tranquilo and aggression as the Ticking Time Bomb crawls towards his corner. Hot tag and Naito is in. Naito runs and hits Kanemaru with the kick, then sweeps to swing in the dropkick. Fans fire up for Naito as he brings Kanemaru back up. Suzuki runs in and prevents Destino, but then Sanada grabs Suzuki for Skull End. But then KES run in and grab Sanada. Sanada fights them off and EVIL clotheslines Davey Boy Smith Jr. out. EVIL also dumps Lance Archer out, and then Bushi returns to intercept Desperado. Sanada and Bushi coordinate to double slingshot out onto KES and Desperado!

Suzuki goes after Naito in a corner with forearms, then whips, but Naito comes back with a flying forearm! Kanemaru runs in but is fed to EVIL’s mule kick. Naito enziguris Kanemura, than EVIL hits a clobbering clothesline. Naito drags Kanemaru up, and hits Destino!

Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: LIJ, Naito pinning

Suzuki-Gun goes down in 5v5 warfare, and Suzuki himself is furious. Suzuki threatens Young Lions with physical violence, especially with a chair. He comes close to using that chair on LIJ.

 

Young Lions manage to pull Suzuki away, so they suffer his wrath instead. Suzuki leads his team away while Naito’s team celebrates in the ring. But as LIJ makes their own way out, someone from the crowd jumps Naito!

This masked man beats down Naito, and puts him into railings! They make their way back to the ring, and the masked man even uses the railings as weapons on Naito! Naito is hit over and over with right hands, and his attacker reveals himself. It’s CHRIS JERICHO!!

Y2J returns to NJPW, and hits Naito with a Code Breaker! Jericho was #AlphaClub when going against Kenny Omega, and now he’s #ListaIngobernablesdeJericho! Jericho rains down rights on Naito, then stomps and kicks him. Referees and Young Lions rush the ring but Jericho lashes out at the young wrestlers. Jericho leaves Naito and the Young Lions down in the ring, but then grabs the ring bell! Jericho takes aim but the referees try to stop him. They don’t, as Jericho SMASHES Naito’s face with the bell!

Jericho holds the bell up triumphantly while Naito bleeds on the mat. Referees repriman Jericho, and LIJ finally return. Young Lions barricade Jericho from Naito while Naito’s team checks on him. Jericho slaps the Young Lions out of the way, but because Naito is still stirring, Jericho goes after him more! LIJ rushes the ring and they run Jericho off. Jericho throws a chair at the ring! Then he throws Young Lions around into railing and railing around into Young Lions. However, Jericho has done more than enough to his new target. Will Naito be in good enough shape to defend his Intercontinental Championship? Let alone go after Jericho for revenge?

Naito, with crimson mask of blood, manages to stand, and then CHUCKS the stretcher away. Despite the damage done by Jericho, the Uncontrollable Charisma still has fire in his heart. He even pulls a page out of Suzuki’s book and beats up a Young Lion by whipping him into railings! Can Naito stay Tranquilo when he goes after Jericho for revenge?

Backstage interviews.

Chris Jericho shouts “You see what happens, Naito!?” This is what happens when a “piece of sh*t” angers Jericho. “You hear me, Naito?!” Jericho storms his way through the halls, throwing whatever he can grab. He even busts his way through a dividing wall just to keep going forward. “You see what happens, New Japan?!” Jericho storms his way out of the arena and threatens the camera men before getting into his taxi. He promises Naito that he’s coming for him, before the taxi drives off.

As for Naito, he has to sit down. “Man, that was intense.” Naito can tell Jericho’s challenge is “crystal clear.” Naito doesn’t really know much about Jericho, but he’s famous, right? For someone that famous to get that worked up, Naito must’ve really gotten to him, huh? Jericho’s actions prove how valuable Naito is. “It’s all good.” Jericho scores a perfect 100 with Naito. But NJPW is Naito’s home, and Japan is Naito’s turf. If Jericho thinks he can do what he wants and leave without a scratch, he’s wrong. Jericho “summoned the courage to make the first move.” But that doesn’t mean thing will turn out well for him. Naito will teach him that personally. As bad as Naito looks right now, will he make Jericho look even worse after their actual match?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS Kushida!

 

The Time Splitter leads the series against the Aerial Assassin, but he still lost the title. Ospreay wants to prove to the world that Junior Heavyweights belong, and that he belongs at the top of the Junior Heavyweight Division. Who will win this newest rematch in this epic feud?

The belt is shown and the bell rings, but the two rivals hear the fans already dueling with chants. Kushida and Ospreay circle and tie up, and Ospreay powers Kushida to the ropes. Kushida turns it around but Ospreay turns it back. Ospreay honors the ropebreak, but is on his guard. The fans applaud as the two circle again. They tie up, Kushida rolls after the legs but Ospreay keeps him off. They tie up, and Kushida gets a wristlock. Ospreay reverses but Kushida reverses back and brings Ospreay down to the mat. Kushida wrenches the arm and wrist but Ospreay stands up. Ospreay spins and breaks to snapmare but Kushida goes right back to the wrist. Kushida wrenches but Ospreay rolls and kip-up, only for Kushida to again get the wrist.

Ospreay’s shoulders and neck are still badly hurt from his match with Marty Scurll, and it shows as he screams in pain. He still stands up and snapmares, and anticipates Kushida’s reversal to snapmare again. Kushida reverses again, so Ospreay snapmares again, but Kushida still gets back to the wristlock. Ospreay endures but Kushida backslides then rolls Ospreay to a chinlock. Ospreay endures as Kushida pulls back. They stand up, and Ospreay powers out. Kushida runs Ospreay over, then runs again, but Ospreay gets up and things speed up. Kushida hip tosses but Ospreay kips up and dropkicks. The dropkick misses but Ospreay avoids the kick to the arm. Ospreay rolls and handsprings, but Kushida hands off the headscissors to Red Shoes! Kushida then lines it up, and kicks Ospreay’s ribs!

Ospreay rolls out of the ring but Kushida pursues. Ospreay leads Kushida around the corners, then lurks behind a camera man. Kushida moves the camera man, and narrowly avoids Ospreay’s rolling kick, only to turn around into Ospreay’s boot! Ospreay takes tme to check his arms, then whips Kushida. Kushida reverses but Ospreay jumps the railing. Kushida runs over, but Ospreay forearms him away. Ospreay uses the railings to springboard, but he flies into Kushida’s armbar!

Ospreay endures, but it won’t matter if he taps because they’re outside the ring. Kushida holds on until Red Shoes counts him. He lets go at 4, and we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Kushida puts Ospreay back in the ring. Ospreay crawls to the other side but Kushida runs in and dropkicks him in the arm! Ospreay screams in pain, but Kushida keeps on him with a hammerlock against the mat. Kushida stands on then stomps the hammerlock, covers, TWO, into a short-arm scissors. Kushida pulls on the arm, but Ospreay resists. Ospreay moves it to a cover, TWO and Kushida keeps the scissors. But Ospreay uses his legs for the ropebreak, so Kushida lets him go. Fans applaud while Kushida backs off. Kushida brings Ospreay up but Ospreay hits back with body shots. Ospreay backs Kushida up but Kushida gives Ospreay a buckle shot! Ospreay gets out to the apron, and Red Shoes checks on him in regards to his neck and shoulders. Kushida walks over but Ospreay kicks at him from the mat.

Ospreay kicks, crawls, then kicks, but then Kushida is all over him with a facelock. Ospreay screams as Kushida shifts to a half camel clutch, and Ospreay comes within seconds of tapping, but Red Shoes has Kushida let go over concerns of a choke hold. Kushida stalks Ospreay to a corner, then snapmares him into a chinlock. Kushida wrenches Ospreay back, squeezing the neck. Ospreay gets up to his feet, then pries his way out enough to fight with back elbows. Ospreay runs, but into a chinlock. He snapmares Kushida off for his own chinlock, but Kushida reverses back into his chinlock. Ospreay endures again while fans rally. Kushida does a headstand to put more weight, then falls to put more torque. Kushida does it again, but Ospreay doesn’t quit.

They stand up again, and Ospreay fights out, but Kushida roundhouses the bad arm! Kushida whips but Ospreay manages a reversal. Kushida handsprings, but Ospreay evades and somehow manages his own handspring. Ospreay hits the handspring enziguri! Both men are down, but Kushida rolls out of the ring. Fans rally while Ospreay stands. Ospreay gets himself going, and manages the Sasuke Special!

The two collide and go down, but fans applaud. Red Shoes checks on them, and they both are okay to continue. Ospreay stands up first and brings Kushida into the ring. Fans applaud while Ospreay springboards and hits the flying clothesline. Cover, TWO! Ospreay’s shoulders still bother him, but he gets himself up again. He goes over to Kushida, dragon sleeper but Kushida turns it around into a cravat. Ospreay breaks free and roundhouse kicks Kushida in the chest. Kushida staggers to a corner, and Ospreay hits a running back elbow. Ospreay sweeps the legs then runs corner to corner for a BIG hesitation dropkick! Kushida rolls away, but Ospreay fires up, and hits a standing shooting star. TWO, and Ospreay grits his teeth as he works on his neck and shoulders.

Ospreay stands up and jams his shoulders, then calls for his standing finisher. He drags Kushida up and butterfly underhooks, but his shoulders just won’t let him. He clubs Kushida to keep him down, then tries again. Ospreay gets Kushida up but Kushida breaks free. Kushida swings, Ospreay catches him into a full nelson but Kushida breaks free again. Ospreay swings the hook kick but Kushida ducks, to PELE Ospreay in return! Kushida runs, but into the dropkick flip. Ospreay enziguris but Kushida ducks, so Ospreay slides under. Kushida copies that, then rolls Ospreay for the Hoverboard! Ospreay quickly waistlocks out of it, and German Suplexes Kushida down! Ospreay can’t keep the bridge with those bad shoulders, but both men are down as we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Ospreay gets to a corner. Red Shoes checks on him, but he won’t end this match here. Kushida also gets up, and fans rally for them both. Ospreay stands up, and he circles Kushida. He kicks Kushida in the chest, but Kushida dares him to do more. Ospreay kicks, then kicks again, but Kushida catches the leg, so Ospreay clubs away on Kushida’s back. He even peels of Kushida’s tap to kick and stomp and hammer away on it more. Ospreay runs but Kushida follows for the handspring rolling kick! Ospreay hangs halfway out of the ring, then slumps to the apron. Kushida joins Ospreay out there, and they stand up.

Both men teeter on the edge, and Kushida throws a forearm. Ospreay throws a forearm, but Kushida comes back with another. Ospreay forearms again but Kushida fires off several. Kushida backs up and runs over, but barely grabs the ropes in time to deny Ospreay the apron complete shot! They stand back up and Kushida elbows Ospreay. Ospreay elbows Kushida, then boots him off the apron. Kushida staggers, but then somersaults back to DDT Ospreay off the apron!!

Ospreay goes down but Kushida himself is down from exhaustion. Red Shoes checks on Ospreay, but somehow Ospreay is good to continue. Red Shoes starts the 20 count and it reaches 10 before Kushida sits up. It climbs past 15 when Kushida gets in, but Ospreay only just comes to. Ospreay hurries to his feet and into the ring at 19! Kushida springboards and huricanranas Ospreay down! Cover, TWO!! And Kushida can’t believe it. Kushida gets up and fires up, as do the fans. He drags Ospreay up and around to a cravat for stiff knees. Kushida kicks out the arm, then runs in again, but Ospreay throws the tilt-o-whirl and Kushida hits the mat!

Both Ospreay and Kushida are slow to get up, but Kushida is up first. Ospreay runs in for a helluva kick! Then he hoists Kushida up onto the top rope, and tucked in for Cheeky Nandos SUPERKICK. Ospreay gives another SUPERKICK, then a flurry of endless SUPERKICKS! Kushida slumps down to the mat, but Ospreay positions him before climbing up. Ospreay takes a moment to steady himself, then jumps for the Air Assassin imploding 450!

But he can’t make the cover right away, he’s too sore. Kushida saves himself with a ropebreak. Ospreay fires up and stands up, and waits for Kushida. Ospreay takes aim, and hits the Robinson Special! But Ospreay isn’t done there, as he gets up and springboards, but Kushida catches him into the Hoverboard! Kushida wrenches on that arm with the double wristlock, then again. Ospreay endures, reaches, but Kushida sits on him. Ospreay manages to slip out and gets a hand on the ropes, but Kushida rolls him away! The Hoverboard is on all over again, but Ospreay keeps fighting. Kushida stomps Ospreay’s head as he wrenches the arm. Ospreay refuses to give up, and works a new angle out of the hold. He reaches for ropes, but Kushida shifts and rolls, and goes for Back to the Future. Ospreay denies, dodges and runs for a blockbuster DDT!

Both men are down again, but fans rally for them. Ospreay and Kushida stir, and brawl with forearms on their knees. The KT tape comes off, and the forearms fly fast and furious! Both men slump down, but then Kushida springs up and eggs Ospreay on. They go again, on their feet, then Ospreay roundhouses. Ospreay kicks and kicks and kicks, but Kushida kicks and kicks and kicks back. They get forehead to forehead with angry trash talk, and start up the forearm fight all over again. Ospreay unleashes a strike fest then dodges the fastball, to go for the full nelson. Kushida breaks free, but the hook kick connects! Ospreay runs, but into the fastball! Kushida falls back from exhaustion, but then gets himself back up. Kushida works on his neck while Ospreay stirs on the mat.

Fans cheer as Kushida thinks of what else to do. Kushida drags Ospreay up just to stomp him out. Yet Ospreay grins?! And he flips Kushida off. So Kushida turns Ospreay over for more stomps! Kushida gives one big stomp, then runs in for a dropkick to the back! But Kushida keeps going, as he drags Ospreay up to the top rope with him. Kushida fisherman hooks, but Ospreay escapes, to springboard for a SUPER CUTTER!

But Ospreay isn’t done, he butterfly underhooks and lifts, into the Stormbreaker!!

Cover, Ospreay wins!

Winner: Ospreay, by pinfall; still IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion

Even with a bad neck and shoulders, the Aerial Assassin overcomes one of his greatest rivals. We go to break while both men are tended to.

NJPW on AXS returns once more.

Kushida is helped away while Ospreay stands back up. Chaos’ Aerial Assassin raises his belt, successful in his third defense.

But the lights dim, and “He is Back.” Bullet Club? Bone Soldier?! But wait, it’s Tama Tonga who comes out instead.

Tama Tonga heads to the ring, cutting Ospreay’s celebration short. Tama Tonga takes the mic, and says “Amazing…” He wants Ospreay to get up, but he’s really just distracting Ospreay from what’s creeping up behind! Bone Soldier IS here, and when Ospreay turns around to see him, he strikes! Bone Soldier, if this is THE Bone Soldier, beats Ospreay down then brings Ospreay up, for a suplex gutbuster!

Ospreay goes down and the crowd is silent as Tama Tonga tells him, “You been having a bit of luck” with the lightweights. Ospreay stepped over Kushida, and even The Bullet Club’s Villain, Marty Scurll. But that luck runs out. “There was an idea to bring somebody into this Club and turn that gold into diamonds.” Ladies and gentlemen, Bullet Club’s diamond: the NEW Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori!!

Ishimori drops the persona and reveals quite the “amazing” specimen! This is only the beginning of a new day for Bullet Club. Will the three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion take away the title from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or can Ospreay recover and end the Bullet Club’s revival before it starts?


 

My Thoughts:

A great and practically infamous pair of moments were featured in this episode. LIJ wins, but it was all for the shock appearance of Chris Jericho. Jericho ups the personal heat with that attack, and I was really surprised by the amount of blood on Naito’s face. This Intercontinental Championship match will happen at Dominion 2018, literally tonight at Midnight PST for America, at least for those with NJPW World. If this were any other promotion, they might have made this match No Disqualifications, but NJPW can do a lot with just the standard rules. I’d say there’s no way Jericho would take that title given his relationship with other promotions, but who knows, NJPW could shock the world with a title change.

The Junior Heavyweight Championship of Ospreay VS Kushida, their sixth time facing off 1v1, is an instant classic given all the story between both each other and Ospreay’s neck issues. Ospreay guts it out just ahead of the Super Juniors, and what a time for the character of Bone Soldier to return, only to be unmasked as Taiji Ishimori of Pro-Wrestling Noah and Impact Wrestling fame. Ishimori has been champion in both those promotions as well as AAA Lucha Libre, but in present time we already know Ishimori loses to Hiromu Takahashi in the finals of the Super Juniors. Either way, Ishimori can still make his own run at the Junior Heavyweight Champion after Dominion, regardless of who holds the belt.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Becky Lynch & Charlotte, Becky by submission

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

 

Miz & Maryse share exciting news.

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

 

Charlotte & Becky celebrate.

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

 

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

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

No Contest

 

The 1000th Episode is coming!

Washington, DC, get ready for October 16th!

 

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

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

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

 

Six Man Tag: SAnitY VS The New Day!

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Paige checks on Samoa Joe.

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

 

Aiden English introduces… himself.

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall

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

 

AJ Styles talks with Paige.

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

 

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

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

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

 

Jeff Hardy VS Shelton Benjamin!

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

 


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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Rowdy Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ember Moon, by disqualification

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

 

Raw reviews the fallout between Beast and Advocate.

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

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

 

Angle and Corbin argue.

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

 

Baron Corbin VS Tyler Breeze!

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

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

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

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

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

Corbin speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Finn Balor & Braun Strowman, Strowman pinning

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

 

Angle talks with Stephanie on the phone.

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

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen”, Ricky Roberts!

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

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

Bobby Lashley VS Ricky Roberts!

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

 

The B Team crunches the numbers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The B Team celebrate.

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

 

Ziggler & McIntyre go back to Angle.

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

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Roode & Titus Worldwide, Roode pinning

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

 

Roman Reigns gets his eyes cleaned.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ruby Riott, by pinfall

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

 

Corbin shows Angle that time is running out.

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

 

Kurt Angle is in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 7.7/10


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Winner: Makabe via King Kong Knee Drop

Rating: **

 

Toa Henare vs Bad Luck Fale

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

Henare dead – Mathew

Winner: Fale via Bad Luck Fall

Rating: *

 

Taichi & Iizuka vs Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI

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

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

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

Winner: Taichi via Last Ride Powerbomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Cody & Hangman Page vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay

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

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

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

Winner: Cody via Vertebreaker

Rating: ** 1/2

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tama via Gun Stun

Rating: ***

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: SANADA via Skull End

Rating: *** 1/4

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ishii via Vertical Drop Brainbuster

Rating: *** 1/2

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mysterio via 619

Rating: *** 3/4

 

G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tanahashi via High Fly Flow

Rating: ******

Thoughts:

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

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


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