Raw goes hard before Money in the Bank! The Big Dog and the Modern Day Maharaja will have a match BEFORE their MITB match! Will Mahal use this opportunity to take Roman Reigns out before the PPV? Plus, two Fatal 4 Ways, featuring all of Raw’s MITB match representatives! That is, if Natalya and Alexa Bliss can compete.
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- Women’s Fatal 4 Way: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Natalya VS Alexa Bliss; Natalya wins.
- Breezango VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
- Roman Reigns VS
Jinder MahalSunil Singh; Roman wins.
- The B Team VS Heath Slater & Rhyno; The B Team wins.
- Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Ruby wins.
- Curt Hawkins VS No Way Jose; Jose wins.
- Men’s Fatal 4 Way: Braun Strowman VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode; Strowman wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with ladders!
Oh, IT'S #MITB SEASON ALRIGHT…
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Little Rock has all eight superstars competing this Sunday in their respective Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank matches. The Monster Among Men, the GLORIOUS One, the Extraordinary Man, the Prizefighter, as well as the Goddess, War Goddess, Queen of Harts and Boss all wait as Raw GM Kurt Angle heads to the ring!
Angle reminds us that MITB is Sunday, on the WWE Network. For the first time ever, the matches will be co-branded 4v4. It is one of the most grueling matches in WWE history, testing you mentally, physically and emotionally, but with an amazing reward. The winners can cash-in anywhere at anytime for a title match. But then CONSTABLE Baron Corbin, sporting a new look, arrives.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
The Lone Wolf, as appointed by Stephanie McMahon, lets us know that as Stephanie’s representative, he just wants to ensure Raw runs smoothly tonight. As the GM, Angle would love for those contracts to come to Raw. And if they don’t, Stephanie will be disappointed. We don’t want to disappoint Stephanie now, do we? Alexa Bliss says that despite her injury, she will fight through the pain and win. Sasha Banks speaks up, wanting to know what hurts. Alexa’s shoulder…? But then, weren’t you limping? Alexa can hurt in multiple places! Ember Moon says it won’t matter, Alexa will be real sore after losing.
Sasha and Ember argue, but Angle wants them to calm down. He brings up that Natalya can compete, but is she sure she can be in a ladder match? Natty says she is, because she is ready to win a shot against her friend and soon-to-be Raw WOmen’s Champion, Ronda Rousey. Sasha says Natty’s right, Ronda can win. But Sasha’s gonna be Ms. MITB. Kevin Owens speaks up, saying Angle is right about these ladders. But this isn’t fair, Strowman is so tall! Is the briefcase going to be up higher for Strowman’s sake? Roode asks if Kevin wants that briefcase lowered for his sake. Yes that’s a great idea!
Angle says the briefcases are all the same height for everyone. Kevin complains, then kisses up to Corbin. Strowman wants to quit this squabbling and do something about Kevin! Kevin wants to make Stephanie proud but he’s being threatened. Strowman doesn’t make threats, he makes promises. Strowman vows to shut Kevin up, climb up and take the contract to cash-in on Lesnar! The men start arguing, so Alexa SHRIEKS to stop them all. “Y’all need to calm down.” THis is like the Real Housewives of WWE. Besides, Alexa is confident she and her Mixed Match Challenge partner will win.
How cute, Alexa. But Sasha feels her MMC partner will win. Finn thanks Sasha for that vote of confidence, and returns the favor. They all argue again, and now Strowman ROARS, “ENOUGH!” Sunday, someone will #GetTheseHands! The Monster Among Men has spoken, but will even he be able to win when there are a total of eight top tier superstars in the ladder matches?
Women’s Fatal 4 Way: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Natalya VS Alexa Bliss!
The Queen of Harts has recovered from her leg injury last week, and Lil’ Ms. Bliss has “recovered” from hers, but will those be points to exploit for the Boss and Prophecy of Flame?
The action is underway on #RAW…
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
The bell rings and all four women look up to the prize in the sky. Sasha taunts Alexa about the “bad leg”, then they all close in. Alexa kicks Natty then throws Sasha into Ember. Alexa SLAPS Ember, then throws Natty out. The fans cheer for the sassy Five Foot Fury, but Ember shoves her away. Alexa crossbodies, but Ember catches her for the Fall Away Slam! Ember kips up, then glares at Alexa. Alexa runs away, but bumps into Sasha. She’s cornered, so she runs away, only to run into Natty! Natty throws Alexa into barriers by her hair! Natty joins Ember and Sasha, and the three circle around.
They approach, Ember headlocks but Natty powers out. Ember makes it through the double hip toss to dropkick Natty! She dodges Sasha, crucifix pin, ONE. Sasha returns it, ONE, but then takedown to jackknife. ONE, and so Sasha wheelbarrows. Natty holds her up, but Sasha dropkicks Ember away to roll Natty. TWO, to Natty’s cover, TWO. Natty runs Ember over with a clothesline! Fans fire up for the Queen of Harts as she circles with Sasha. Sasha goes after the bad leg, then snapmares Natty into a low Meteora. Cover, TWO, but she’s right back on Natty with an arm wrench. Natty rolls and flips to wrench Sasha down. Fans rally while Sasha endures. Sasha gets up and pushes Natty back. She breaks free, but misses Natty to end up in the rebound.
Sasha breaks out and catches the kick to give the knee, only for Natty to get a takedown! Natty wants the Sharpshooter but Sasha won’t let her. Sasha fights Natty but Natty keeps going, only for Sasha to shove her all the way out. Ember returns, roll-up, TWO. Ember swings but reverses the whip, Sasha goes up but Ember throws her off. Sasha hits back from the apron, then climbs up, to DIVE onto Natty! But then Ember builds speed to DIVE!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Ember barrels right into Sasha and into barriers! She drags Sasha up and into the ring, but Alexa runs in for that killer right! Alexa covers Sasha, TWO! The Fatal 4 Way is fast and furious while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty endures a leg stretch from Alexa. Ember and Sasha stir on the outside while Alexa shrieks for Natty to quit. Natty endures while Ember drags herself up. Natty fights Alexa off, but then a dragon screw brings her back down. Ember returns but runs into another stiff right from the sassy Goddess. Alexa goes after the leg again, dropping elbows and yanking at it. Natty kicks her again, but Alexa makes her pay for it. Alexa kicks her leg out, then puts the leg on the rope to wrench it. Natty holds the ropes but Alexa drags her off to go back to the stretch. Natty rolls her off, cover, TWO. Alexa slips out of the scoop to kick out the leg! But Sasha returns to rally with lariats! Sasha blocks the kick to give the knee!
Sasha runs into the corner but is put on the apron. Alexa goes to hit Sasha down but Sasha knees her away, to then hit a swinging Meteora! Cover, TWO! One former Raw Women’s Champion is surprised by the other, but then Ember crossbodies in on them both! Ember kicks away on Sasha, then runs into the corner. Sasha turns things around but Ember counters, tornado snap suplex! Cover, but Alexa breaks it. Ember glares at Alexa and powers her into a corner for shoulders. Alexa kicks Ember away, sunset flip powerbomb, but Meteora from Sasha! TWO, and all the women are down as we go picture in picture. Alexa, Sasha and Ember all catch their breath on the mat while Natty is somewhere outside. Sasha rolls after Alexa as she rolls away. Ember comes over and it’s a triple brawl as we return to single picture.
Ember and Sasha work together to put Alexa up top. They climb up together, but then Natty returns! It’s a double powerbomb! Alexa slips out and Natty backs off with her bad leg. Alexa stands, and Twisted Bliss into knees! They’re all down again while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Alexa dodges Ssaha to give her a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Alexa grows frustrated. She drags Sasha up but Ssaha hits the backstabber! Into Bank Statement crossface! Alexa flails, endures, but Natty breaks it up with a stomp! Natty hits a 2-for-1 on the dropkick, but that leg is slowing her down. She drags Alexa up and out, to then hobble over to Sasha. Natty wants the Sharpshooter, and gets it! Sasha endures, but Ember SUPERKICKS Natty in the back! The hold breaks and Sasha rolls away, then Ember puts Natty in a corner. Ember fires up, runs in, and hits the handspring elbow. She puts Natty down, then climbs up. Natty gets up, ECLIPSE!!
Cover, but Alexa throws Ember only for Ember to throw her. Alexa drags her out and the goddesses of Raw brawl. Alexa puts Ember into steps! Cover on Natty, Sasha breaks it! Sasha saves the match, and fans know “This is Awesome!” The Boss stands while Natty writhes and Alexa stirs. Alexa swings but misses, only to elbow Sasha back. Sasha wants another backstabber but Alexa hotshots her thne throws her out! Natty rolls Alexa, into Sharpshooter! Alexa shrieks, and taps! Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
The former SmackDown Women’s Champion wins, because it’s about the timing and the toughness. Natty shows she can do both, but can she do it when ladders and four other women are involved?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Kevin Owens confronts Finn Balor.
He offers olives. Like, an olive branch. What does he want? Kevin knows the Fatal 4 Way got chaotic for the women, but says the men need a plan. Or is Finn still upset about last week? Kevin can’t let that happen again this week. They’re both competitors, but they’r both former Universal Champions. And neither of them got a proper rematch. What if Strowman wins? What if Strowman succeeds? He could be holding that title, their title, forever. Finn can’t beat Strowman and Kevin would need a lot of effort to. What’s his point? They need to work together, as well as Roode, to eliminate Strowman. Tonight can be every man against monster. Kevin leaves Finn to think on that. Will Finn accept this alliance?
Breezango VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
The Fashion Police are in Little Rock, but the Show-Off and Scottish Stud are planning to make them pay for the early elimination in last week’s Tag Team Battle Royal.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
McIntyre glares daggers into Breezango, but it’s Ziggler who starts, and he starts fast on Prince Pretty. They’ve had issue in the past, but now it’s even more aggressive as Ziggler grinds his boot on Breeze’s face. Ziggler then grinds Breeze’s face into the ropes. Ziggler and Breeze brawl, but Ziggler kicks low and drops the elbow. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps Breeze away from Fandango. McIntyre tags in and stomps away on Breeze. McIntyre rips Breeze’s shirt off to chop his bare chest! He doesn’t stop as he stomps on Breeze more. Tag to Ziggler, then another chop. McIntyre wants Ziggler to finish this, and Ziggler taunts Fandango as he drags Breeze back up. The referee keeps Fandango back, and Ziggler toys with Breeze. Breeze enziguris Ziggler! Both men are down, hot tags!
Fandango runs out and chops, but McIntyre puts him in a corner. McIntyre misses and Fandango chops more. Fandango ends up on the apron but climbs up. Ziggler distracts and McIntyre trips him up. Breeze leaps but is caught and gut wrenched into a powerbomb ONTO Fandango! McIntyre tags Ziggler, and they finish it with a SUPERKICK to Breeze. Then for Fandango, the Claymore ZigZag!! Cover, Ziggler & McIntyre win!
Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, Ziggler pinning
The “D&D Train” is rolling on, and it doesn’t look like anyone can stop them. Will Ziggler & McIntyre take the show by force, and then take the titles the same way?
Ziggler & McIntyre speak.
“Last week, there was a tag team battle royal and that was nothing more than a fluke.” They’re over it, so get over it. This is proof, Exhibit A & B, the Fashion Police. Some question their guts, their skills, their alliance. “Bad move!” This isn’t just hype, so every tag team on Raw, even the champions, “take a good look! Because the show starts and ends right here! This is your future.” Ziggler & McIntyre hold this show in their hands, and vow to SAVE it by taking out every other team.
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog faces Jinder Mahal now, but will also face him again at MITB. Is he surprised? No, because Mahal is an idiot. The fact Roman isn’t in the MITB ladder match is because of Mahal. Roman will not be able to cash in on Lesnar and take back what is “legitimately” his. Roman makes this clear: everything coming is not free, Mahal earned this whooping. He’s giving Mahal his receipt, “paid in full.” Win or lose, will either man be fit to compete again at MITB this Sunday?
Roman Reigns VS Jinder Mahal!
When a grudge is this personal, why wait another week? MITB comes a bit early, but will it be a one-time-only?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Before the match, Mahal speaks while Little Rock boos. “I challenged Roman Reigns to a match tonight to prove a point: He’s not nearly as unstoppable as he thinks.” Roman may be a Grand Slam Champion that’s main-evented Wrestlemania, “but the winds are changing.” Mahal feels it, and sees what we don’t. At MITB, Mahal envisions Roman suffering, unable to keep up. Roman’s eyes will show defeat after he takes Khallas after Khallas. Mahal sees his hand raised over the “exposed” Roman. But then Roman comes out to get this match started!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Mahal grins at Roman, he knows he’s ready to have this match. Mahal knows Roman blames Mahal for not being part of the MITB Ladder Match. But it’s Roman’s own failures that cloud his judgment. Oh, did Roman think this match was with Mahal? No, the challenge wasn’t for facing Mahal. The challenge is for another great Indian, “a man who is fearless, who stands shoulders above all competition.” Yes, Roman’s opponent is… The Great SUNIL SINGH! Sunil doesn’t seem to remember that part of the plan.
The bell rings, and Sunil pleads with Mahal. Mahal pumps Sunil up, but he’s just a lamb to the slaughter. Roman uppercuts Mahal! Sunil is all alone now, and Roman grins as he whips him into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman fires up, laughs at Mahal, then lets out the howl. SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman, by pinfall
But Mahal goes after Roman right away! KHALLAS!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Mahal sacrificed his pawn so that he could get the drop on his enemy. Will Mahal pay for the bait and switch come Sunday?
The B Team VS Heath Slater & Rhyno!
The “Best” Team is set to face the Deleters of Worlds for the Raw Tag Team Championships, but they’ll test themselves in a match against the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions. These four men were the final two teams in last week’s battle royal, but that’s far from a normal match. Will Axel & Bo stay “undefeated” going into their match with Bray Wyatt & WOKEN Matt Hardy?
The bell rings and Axel starts with Slater. Slater fires off on Axel, Axel powers out of the headlock, but Slater runs Axel over. Axel clubs Slater back, then whips, but Slater comes back with forearms. Slater hits Bo for good measure, but Axel powers Slater to a corner. Bo tags in, and the B Team mugs Slater in the corner. Axel backs off while BO reels Slater into an STO. Cover, TWO, so Bo drops many knees. Cover, TWO, but Bo keeps on Slater with a chinlock. Rhyno and the fans rally and Slater fights out with a jawbreaker. Slater brings Bo over but Bo whips him away. Bo hits Rhyno, then bumps him off buckles. Slater dodges Bo but Axel tags in. Axel ducks the kick but not hte punches. Slater sees Bo coming, but Bo slips out, B Team neckbreaker!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Cover, The B Team wins!
Winners: The B Team (Axel & Bo), Axel pinning
They are still “undefeated”, and celebrate like they’ve already won the titles. But the champions appear via titantron, and applaud for their future opponents. “This jovial jamboree” that they partake in is… WONDERFUL~! Ye-e-e-e-es! Delightful~! Marvelous~! But they’re here. Yes, the Deleters of Worlds appear on stage. “Well done, you Obsolete Mules!” The B Team wants to prove themselves worthy of the titles. But beware, for their are omniscient~! “Just look around you, man.” The Woken surround you. The fireflies surround you. And they are always watching. Bray knows that Bo & Axel are burning up like the River Styx. That’s fear, and it reminds them that they bought the ticket, and now must ride the ride, ye-e-e-e-es. The Obnoxious Ants will be eaten, and deleted! The Yin-Yang of the Raw Tag Team Division has delivered an ominous ultimatum. Will the B Team remain undefeated and un-deleted?!
"We will EAT you and DELETE you!"
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
The Drifter says tonight’s performance will be a struggle. he’s not used to performing in front of Arkansas hillbillies. Elias will make his way out to the ring after the break.
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
The Drifter has made his way to the ring, but has a mixed reaction from Little Rock. He plays his guitar and that gets more fans on his side. Elias wants them to remember the moment, because they are seeing a “once in a lifetime” performer live, and just moments before he becomes Intercontinental Champion. Seth Rollins will learn that WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!” But other fans chant “Burn It Down!” in support of the Architect. As always, Elias asks the fans silence phones, hold applause, and for their own sake, shut mouths.
Elias plays again, singing “He’s the Architect, but he tells us to Burn it Down. Make up your damn mind, Seth, those are the worst nicknames around. Seth Freakin’ Rollins, am I supposed to think that cool? And I get it, you do Crossfit, so I know that you’re a tool.” Seth is void of talent and is a disgrace to Monday Night Raw, but he might even have been born in this “toilet” known as Arkansas. Seth will squeal like a pig, and walking with Elias is something to fear. But y’know what? Elias wasn’t going to, but he’s got something to show us all. He moves out of the spotlight to bring out a specially painted guitar for when Elias becomes IC Champion. John Mayer gave him that. They’re good friends.
This custom Fender, a thing of beauty. Elias won’t perform another song, which the fans like to hear. But next week, when Elias returns, he’ll play the greatest song yet with this guitar and that title. But speaking of, here comes Seth Rollins! The Architect rushes the ring but Elias is right on him! But Rollins sends Elias out with a hard bump on the apron. Rollins is fuming, and shouts for Elias to get some guts! Two weeks with a sneak attack guitar smash, for what? Making a name for himself? Rollins ain’t that hard to find. Rollins is in the same spot every Monday: the middle of the ring, with the IC title on his shoulder, begging for a fight. All Elias had to do was ask.
But the worst part? Rollins wanted to like Elias. Elias could do it all, from the spotlight to the songs to the guitars. Guitars… Rollins sees that custom Fender… Well this guitar… Elias tries to get Rollins to stop, and save it for Sunday. Rollins wants a closer look at the Fender. He picks it up, and “you weren’t lying, this is really, really nice.” Did the fans get a good look? Look at the craftsmanship. This should go to someone in Little Rock as part of a charity auction! Any takers? So many fans want it, but so does Elias. This is from Elias’ friend, John Mayer, right? Rollins wants to be very careful with it. He sets it down, and fans want him to smash it, but it’s so well-made. Rollins fakes a stomp, and Elias panics.
Elias begs Rollins wait for Sunday, but fans want him to smash it! Rollins knows he can’t play instruments, but he does know a song that’s three words long. And it usually happens when he taps his foot. So if Arkansas is willing to help out… “Burn it Down! Burn it Down!” That’s the one. CURB STOMP ON THE GUITAR!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Elias is seething while Rollins gets himself some payback. Will Elias suffer more than just property damage at MITB?
Kevin Owens talks with Bobby Roode.
Seeing Seth Rollins smash that guitar, it reminds Kevin of Braun smashing the ladder like it was nothing. Roode is lucky to be standing. What does Kevin want? What’s best for everyone. Roode and Finn can’t beat Strowman alone, and not even Kevin can. If Strowman becomes Mr. MITB, that’s bad. They need to stop him. Therefore, tonight, a three-man alliance. Either Roode admits Kevin is right, or he goes it alone and ends up like the ladder. “It’s your call. Nice robe.” Roode also contemplates this recruitment pitch. Will Kevin get the GLORIOUS One on his side?
Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Huggable One is already in the ring while the Squad wreaks a bit of good wholesome havoc backstage. Can Bayley survive the Riott all alone? Or will the Squad get revenge for those eliminations in the Women’s Gauntlet match?
The bell rings and Bayley is wary of Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Bayley and Ruby circle while Liv & Sarah start the drums, and Ruby knocks Bayley down. Ruby clubs away on Bayley while Liv & Sarah taunt her. Ruby bends Bayley back against the bottom rope, then stalks her to a corner. The ref reprimands Ruby as she pulls Bayley’s hair. Ruby pie-faces Bayley, then puts her in another corner. Ruby throws forearms and kicks, but fans cheer Bayley. Bayley boots Ruby away, then rolls into a takedown! Bayely throws hands, then clubs Ruby. Ruby puts her in a corner, then fires off body shots, but Bayley turns it around.
Ruby elbows Bayley away, then drags Bayley up for a whip. Bayley reverses, Ruby kicks her away, but Bayley hits the Thesz Press! Bayley throws more hands, covers, TWO. The former Raw Women’s Champion drags Ruby up and into a corner, then to another. Bayley does it a third time, then drags Ruby away to whip her in hard. Bayley hits a bulldog! She goes to a corner and hops up, for the flying elbow! Ruby rolls out and the Squad regroups with their leader. Bayley waits, but then slips out around the side for a daredevil dropkick! She doesn’t have quite enough, but she still manages to push Ruby into the LED, then saido suplex Ruby down! Ruby writhes while we go to break.
Raw returns, and Ruby wrenches Bayley back with a grounded keylock. Ruby screams for Bayley to give up, but the Huggable One refuses. Fans rally up, and Bayley powers up to fight out. Bayley throws Ruby, then dropkicks the legs out. She knees ruby to ropes, then dodges to send her into a corner. Ruby grabs Bayley with Deadly Nightshade! Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby keeps on Bayley and those bad shoulders while we go picture in picture to plug the PPV. Bayley endures the wrenching and the grinding as Ruby digs a knee in while pulling on that arm. Ruby bends that arm and pulls the wrist, but fans rally for Bayley as we go single picture. Bayley gets up while Ruby chicken wings and thrashes. Bayley picks Ruby up like a backpack to back her to the ropes. They hit buckles, but Ruby holds on.
Bayley tries again, and snapmares Ruby off. Ruby runs back in, but Bayley snake eyes and back elbows! Bayley rolls, wacky waving arms to a big knee strike. Ruby goes down while Bayley climbs up. Bayley aims, for the Macho Elbow! It misses! Ruby covers, TWO! The Squad is shocked that Bayley survived her crash and burn. Ruby drags Bayley up again, then wrenches the arm, but Bayley rolls her up! TWO, and Bayley goes to the apron. She slides back in to roll Ruby, TWO, so Ruby high stacks. TWO, and Bayley rocks Ruby with a knee. Ruby shakes the cobwebs out, but Bayley is ready. Liv distracts, and Sarah distracts, then Ruby throws Bayley into the post! Then, Riott Kick! Cover, Ruby wins!
Winner: Ruby, by pinfall
The Squad helps their leader get the W. But they’re not done with Bayley, as they use face paint to scribble and write all over Bayley. They leave a big letter R on Bayley’s belly before knocking her out with a right. Will the Squad continue to #StartaRiott on Raw?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Ronda Rousey talks with Natalya backstage.
Natty warns Rousey that Nia Jax might try something. Ronda thanks Natty for the advice. The Baddest Woman and the Irresistible Force meet face to face, after the break.
Jonathan Coachman presides over this coming Face-to-Face.
This Sunday, it will be one of the biggest nights in Raw Women’s Division history as Nia Jax defends her title against Ronda Rousey. But before that, they will meet again here and now. Coach introduces the challenger, “Rowdy” Ronda!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Ronda appears and takes her seat, then Coach introduces the champion, Nia Jax!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Nia joins Ronda and Coach in the ring, and Coach knows that the next time they meet, the title is on the line.
What does the champion say about this friendly rivalry become an almost angry one? Nia isn’t surprised. Both women are very competitive. Things get tense when it comes to seeing who is best. Nia was just pushing some buttons. Ronda is beautiful, talented and popular, “she’s still very new in the WWE.” Ronda’s success was form Strike Force and UFC, which have very different rules. WWE allows things MMA doesn’t, like headbutts, slaps, back strikes, hair pulling, and more. Nia has had all those done to her and has done those to others. Come Sunday, Nia will show Ronda exactly what she means. Ronda responds: she doesn’t plan, she improvises. And Ronda will improvise Nia’s arm off. Coach reminds Ronda she’s only had one match. True, but Ronda earned that win.
Nia does give Ronda credit. That one match was impressive. But it was a tag match, against a part-timer. Ronda has never had a singles match, nor a title match, and no offense, Nia’s been grinding in WWE for years. Nia is not Stephanie, she’s THE Raw Women’s Champion. And yet Ronda wants to take Nia’s arm? Nia will take Ronda’s rep. “Because when I’m done with you, they’re gonna call me the Baddest Woman on the Planet.” Nia knows she’s gonna win. It’s why she challenged Ronda at all. Because at the end of the day, Ronda’s not ready.
Ronda grins and laughs as she stands up. “Not ready?” Ronda was told that when she was 17 and made the Olympics team. And she was told that again when she went after the Strike Force title after only four fights, but she still won. And she got it again when she main-evented with record attendance. Everyone thought she wasn’t ready for UFC, but now she’s a UFC hall of famer! “I am Ronda Rousey, and I was born ready!” Ronda takes off the jacket, and now Nia stands. Nia shows Ronda the belt, then goes for a punch! Ronda blocks it! But Nia headbutts Ronda down! Nia drags Ronda up by her ponytail, but Ronda catches Nia into the armbar!
Nia holds on tight, but Ronda keeps trying. The champ stands up and deadlifts her challenger, but Ronda wrangles Nia back down. Nia taps!! Ronda lets Nia go, having proved her point. Can Ronda do that all over again on Sunday to become the new Raw Women’s Champion?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Curt Hawkins VS No Way Jose!
The Fact Checker, the Superstar Factory, the History-Making Machine did indeed make history: he is the man of 200 consecutive losses. Will Hawkins himself finally #FacetheFacts that he’s not cut out for Raw anymore?
Hawkins’ music hits, but he doesn’t come out. Jose is confused, as is the referee. When Hawkins doesn’t come out the second time, the bell rings and it is now a ring count. The count reaches 5, but Hawkins doesn’t appear. But then he appears from the CROWD! He rolls Jose, TWO, Fastball Special!
Interesting game plan by @TheCurtHawkins, but it was NOT enough…
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Cover, Jose wins!
Winner: Jose, by pinfall
A clever idea from Hawkins, but it wasn’t enough. Hawkins is now Mr. 201, will he ever get out from under the losing streak?
Finn talks with Roode.
They’ve both talked with Kevin. Do they trust Kevin? Nope. But who do they trust? The devil they now, or the Monster Among Men? Roode feels they should work with Kevin at first, but they need to keep their eyes on him, too. Finn agrees, he’ll keep an eye on Kevin, and one on Roode.
WWE and Raw look closer at Katie Millar.
Katie is a powerlifter in the coming Special Olympics games. She never knew she was so strong. The Special Olympics introduced her to new people and friends, including Coach Tim. Katie has improved in her deadlifts, and has improved her confidence. The confidence boost helped her get a job, and helps her be happy in life. The Seattle Games are coming, so cheer Katie and the other athletes on as they #GoForGold!
Renee Young hosts a Raw Obstacle Course.
First up, Sami Zayn, who concocted this idea.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
But why did he decide to challenge Bobby Lashley to this? All Sami did was ask if Lashley was actually an American soldier. Fans took offense then and then take offense now. Sami speaks on how everyone came to defend Lashley, but there’s no way to verify any of that. Lashley can prove it, if he does this Army based obstacle course faster than Sami. Sami explains piece by piece what you have to do. First, the tire flip, but it’s a 225 lbs. tractor tire. Then there’s the low crawls, where Lashley will fail because he’s heavy while Sami is lean. Then there’s the “Three Sisters” wall jump, from Kathy to Francis to the “Great Wall of Jessica.” Fourth is the Monkey Bars, easy enough, but in Sami’s opinion, Lashley will be too tired to properly swing.
And if by some miracle he makes it past that, it’s the dreaded rope climb! Pretty hard to climb this rope at 100%, but Lashley will have to do it last to ring those bells and stop the timer. From what Sami is told, the Green Berets can do this in roughly two minutes. Sami did a test run and came in at 90 seconds. That’s without a warm-up and with the bad hand crushed by Lashley, as well as no motivation. But imagine how he’ll do with everyone cheering him on! And when Sami wins the obstacle course challenge, the victory will be dedicated to the real best country: Canada. With that, Renee introduces Lashley.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
What is Lashley’s reaction to this challenge? Everyone is tired of listening to Sami. Lashley will beat him at this obstacle course, then beat him down at MITB. A coin toss will decide who goes first. Sami wants to keep Lashley at a safe distance. Sami trusts Renee with the coins. Heads it’s Lashley, Tails it’s Sami. Heads, go Bobby Lashley. Fans fire up, and Lashley sets up by the tire. Sami wants the fans to shut up so he can count down the start. No cheating, no head starts! Does Lashley understand? Three… Two… One, GO.
Lashley flips the tire twice, runs down the ramp, crawls real low, then hops the walls. He clears the third wall at 20 seconds and hits the monkey bars with ease. He even shows off a pull-up first. Then Lashley hits the ropes, and without using legs, he hits the bells at 48 seconds! But then Sami ambushes Lashley! This was never about an obstacle course! Sami throws Lashley into the frames, then HELLUVA KICKS Lashley down. He even swings away on the rope. Fans boo while Sami celebrates and talks trash. The referees keep Sami away from Lashley, but Sami grins all the way to the back. Fans chant ‘USA! USA!” in support of Lashley, will he get revenge on Sami on Sunday?
Kevin talks strategy with Finn and Roode.
What makes him think they agreed to anything? But then Strowman comes by, and dares them to go 3v1 against him. Strowman roars, and that alone scares them a bit. The Fatal 4 Way is up next, will Strowman leave three top tier superstars down and out before MITB? Or will Kevin’s “plan” work out?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Men’s Fatal 4 Way: Braun Strowman VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode!
The Monster Among Men, the Extraordinary Man, the Prizefighter and the GLORIOUS One will all compete in the Men’s MITB ladder match along with The Miz, Samoa Joe, Rusev and a member of the New Day. This main event is simply an appetizer for that main event, who will be in pole position for Raw after tonight?
The bell rings, and things are tense as Strowman waits for the alliance to make a move. Finn and Roode hesitate, not wanting Kevin to take advantage, but Kevin just cowers in the corner. Strowman roars and barrels through to ram Kevin into the corner! Then he swats Finn and Roode down with ease. Kevin runs out but gets swatted down, too. Strowman throws Roode across the way, then clubs Finn down. Strowman hits Kevin, then whips him to ropes. Kevin holds on and bails out, as do Roode and Finn. This unofficial handicap match is going Strowman’s way while we go to one more break.
Raw returns once more, and Strowman waits for the others to return. Kevin, Finn and Roode flank Strowman and surround him. They club and kick away but Strowman is strong. They ram him into a corner and ram in shoulders and kicks. Kevin taunts Strowman, “Who’s the Monster now?” Finn and Roode throw hands and chops, then Kevin rams in his shoulder. Strowman stays standing but the assault keeps going. Kevin runs in, but then Strowman shoves him down! Strowman swats Roode and side slams Finn! Finn rolls away, but Strowman goes after Roode. Kevin goes after Strowman, but it doesn’t bother Strowman at all. Strowman clubs Roode down, then scares Kevin out of the ring. Kevin pleads while Strowman pursues, but Finn flies in with a dropkick. The alliance keeps on Strowman with more clubbing forearms, but Strowman explodes out!
Strowman glares at the ring leader and pursues Kevin up the ring and to the backstage area. Finn and Roode wait, and Strowman tosses Kevin back out! Strowman drags Kevin up by his ear, then headbutts him. Kevin staggers away, but in come Finn and Roode, only for Strowman to smack them away with uppercuts. Strowman grabs Kevin, and throws him into the LED wall. The Monster dominates all three men, then goes to a ladder and brings it down. Strowman goes to the announce desk, and Coach, Cole and Graves run away. Strowman clears the table, then glares back at the trio. He storms over and grabs Kevin, hauling him up onto his shoulder. But Roode uses a ladder as a batternig ram. He and Finn work together and hit Strowman again.
Roode and Finn herd Strowman to the desk, and they keep going on him with clubbing forearms. Kevin positions a standing ladder nearby, and they place Strowman on the desk. Roode and Finn hold the ladder still for Kevin to climb. Kevin aims and… SUPER FROG SPLASH!! Kevin decimates Strowman and the desk!! Raw goes to one final break.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Raw is back once again, and the match has returned to the ring. With Strowman and Kevin out, Roode and Finn go 1v1. Roode rams knees into Finn’s arm while referees check on Strowman and Kevin. Finn endures as Roode grinds his own elbow into Finn’s. Roode pulls on the arm, but Finn gets up. Roode wrenches but Finn hits back, repeat. Finn fires more forearms, Roode shoves him and elbows him, but the PELE takes Roode down. Everyone is down all over the arena, while we go picture in picture. Finn and Roode stir in the ring, and head for opposite corners. Finn grits his teeth as he stands up and aims at Roode. Roode stands while we go single picture. Roode runs in but Finn dodges to chop. Finn whips but Roode reverses, only for Finn to run him over.
Finn gets the takedown, double stomps! Roode gets back to a corner, but Finn runs in for another chop. Finn whips Roode corner to corner, but runs into boots. Roode hops up but Finn kicks him down and out! Fans fire up, and Finn builds speed, only to run into Roode’s forearm. Roode hops up again, and hits the GLORIOUS Blockbuster. Cover, TWO! Roode and Finn slowly stand, still no Kevin or Strowman. Roode grabs Finn and brings him up, but Finn small packages, TWO. Finn gets up, Slingblade to Roode! Then the blasting dropkick hits Roode off buckles. Fans fire up and Finn climbs. Finn aims, but Kevin returns to knock him down. Finn stays standing while Kevin climbs, and Finn returns the favor. Fans fire up again as Finn tries, but Roode trips him up! Finn gets crotch’d on the crossbar.
Roode gets himself up, and then climbs to join Finn. He wants the superplex, but Finn resists. Kevin joins in, and makes it a Tower of Doom! But Kevin can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. All three men are down, but Kevin gets moving. Kevin gets himself to a corner, but Strowman is stirring! The Monster stands!? Kevin panics as he watches Strowman lumber his way over. Fans chant “Get These Hands!” but Finn runs to meet Strowman. Strowman rocks Finn with a right, then boots Roode. Kevin sees Strowman is coming for him, and runs away! Kevin goes to the crowd, but he stumbles and falls. Strowman drags Kevin up and back to the ring in a headlock. Strowman roars and clubs Kevin down. But then Strowman sees the others getting up.
Even with bad ribs, Strowman runs Finn over, then runs Roode over. Strowman is still going, and runs Kevin over! He puts Kevin in the ring, those ribs only slowing him down a moment or two. Strowman scoops Kevin but Roode bails him out. They get sandwiched in a corner, but Finn returns and swing kicks Strowman. Finn climbs, stomps to the back! Strowman falls to a knee, but Finn runs out, only to get run over again. Strowman’s ribs are aching, but he’s the only one standing. He hauls Finn up, but Kevin SUPERKICKS! Roode chop blocks, then Kevin SUPERKICKS again. Roode grabs Strowman, but Kevin rolls Roode! TWO, GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Finn hits the elbow drop DDT on Roode! SLINGBLADE to Finn! Finn hits his blasting dropkick! He climbs up! COUP DE GRACE!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Cover, but Roode breaks it. Roode throws Finn sideways into a post, then winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose, to GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, but Kevin breaks it up. Kevin throws Roode way out, then climbs up again. Kevin aims, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?! Kevin cannot believe it. Strowman survives three powerful moves in a row? But fans know “This is Awesome”! Kevin rolls out to fetch a new ladder. He puts it in the ring, and uses it to go after Strowman’s ribs. Strowman somehow stays standing, and then grabs the ladder away from Kevin. He grabs Kevin by the throat, and Kevin shouts “I’m sorry!” as he takes the CHOKE SLAM! Strowman positions the ladder, picks Kevin up, MONSTER SLAM on the ladder! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Strowman, by pinfall
Not even three men allied, using everything they had, was enough to stop this behemoth. Throw in SmackDown’s four, will that be enough to stop Strowman from becoming Mr. MONSTER in the Bank? Or will Strowman #GetTheseHands on the contract and begin the hunt for The Beast?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
This here tonight, this is what a go-home for a PPV should be. The opening with everyone on ladders was a little cliche for MITB (or even TLC) but I enjoyed the integration of Mixed Match Challenge for Alexa & Strowman and Finn & Sasha. And while it was confusing as to why Alexa needed an entrance when all four women were already out there, that Fatal 4 opener more than made up for it. All four women shined, and I was happily surprised to see Natalya wins. Between this and Ronda getting one-up on Nia, I wonder if they’ll both win again, and then Natty turns Heel when she cashes in without warning, sparking their feud. Meanwhile, given McIntyre & Ziggler dominating, I those two might just go after all four men in the title match and get themselves a shot sooner rather than later.
The one low point was Roman VS Mahal advertised for tonight. At first, I was hoping they’d get this match out of the way so more time could be given to the other matches. Instead, Mahal swerves, and will probably just cheat to win on Sunday. The Elias and Rollins segment was great, but I do feel a little bad that all the work that went into that custom paint job is for getting smashed. But in kayfabe, Elias deserved it, and I expect not even being upset will help him win against Rollins. Rollins is going to be on an amazing tear with that IC title this Summer, count on that. The Ronda-Nia face-to-face was great in itself, and with rumors of Rousey not sticking around as long as thought, that might mean she gets the title now just to check it off.
Poor Hawkins, he just can’t catch a break. Since he and now-bald Corbin don’t seem to be doing a program, I have no idea who Hawkins beats to finally break his bad streak. The obstacle course segment for Sami and Lashley was actually pretty good, but of course it was so Sami could attack Lashley. Their match at MITB will still be really great, so luckily there was some coherency to the build before the end. And WOW was the main event tonight worthy of a PPV in itself. The story was all there with Kevin getting the three non-monsters working together, but Strowman looks even stronger after winning. Kevin has a point, though: if Strowman wins MITB and then cashes in on Lesnar, he’s gonna have that belt a long time himself. But at least Strowman will show up every week when he does.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (12/12/18)
NXT UK has another double dose! British Strong Style’s Trent Seven will battle Gallus’ Joe Coffey as part of the war that’s brewing in the brand!
- Episode 15 – Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner; Webster wins.
- Episode 15 – Isla Dawn VS Killer Kelly; Dawn wins.
- Episode 15 – Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS The Grizzled Young Veterans; The Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Episode 15 – Trent Seven w/Tyler Bate VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Coffey wins.
- Episode 16 – Ashton Smith & El Ligero VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
- Episode 16 – Joseph Conners VS Jack Starz; Conners wins.
- Episode 16 – Jinny VS Xia Brookside; Jinny wins.
- Episode 16 – Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff; Mastiff wins.
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“As a kingdom rises, so do its royals.”
The Bruiserweight is king as THE WWE United Kingdom Champion. The Mosh Pit Kid is queen as THE NXT United Kingdom Women’s Champion. “And now a new reign awaits.” It is time for the NXT UK Tag Team Champions to be crowned! Teams will form, wars will be waged, but only one duo will dominate as the inaugural champions!
Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner!
The Modfather wants to get back at the Italian Tank for what he did to good pal, Mark Andrews. Andrews gave Flash fair warning before the match to be careful against such a strong and fast opponent. Can Flash bring Aichner down? Or will Aichner reach that #NXTLVL he’s after?
The bell rings and Flash circles with Aichner. Aichner offers a handshake, but Flash denies it with a kick! Flash rolls Aichner, TWO! Aichner gets to a corner and runs back out to power Flash to the other! Aichner swings but Flash ducks to fire back! Flash keeps on Aichner but Aichner shoves him away. Flash gets moving, and arm-drags Aichner down! Aichner blocks the whip with power, but Flash puts up boots. Aichner deflects but then Flash comes back with another arm-drag! Flash stands up as Aichner runs in, but Flash dumps him out! Fans fire up for Flash as he takes aim, and he slingshots out. Aichner dodges to then shove Flash into steel steps! Just like Mark Andrews last time! Fans boo and jeer but Andrews appears to support Flash.
The ring count climbs past 5 but Flash gets up. Flash gets in at 8, but Aichner is right on him. Aichner punches and stomps away in a corner, but stops at 4, only to come back for more! The ref backs Aichner off and Flash gets to the apron, but Aichner goes right at him with clubbing forearms. Aichner gives Flash a European Uppercut to the back! Andrews rallies the fans behind Flash as Aichner clamps on double nerve holds. Fans sing and Flash feeds off the energy. Flash fights his way up to fight out, and he whips Aichner. Aichner reverses hard and Flash bounces off buckles. Cover, TWO! Aichner toys with Flash now as he kicks and slaps him around. Aichner drags Flash up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Aichner returns to the double nerve holds, but fans rally again.
Flash gets up and fights Aichner off. Flash whips but Aichner reverses, only for Flash to kick him away! Aichner runs and misses in the corner! Aichner tumbles all the way out, and clutches his knee as he gets back up. Flash gets to a corner while Aichner returns. Aichner runs in, Flash goes up and over and dropkicks him around! Flash dropkicks again, and again, and then hits the Modern Knee! Cover, TWO! Aichner survives and crawls to a corner but the fans keep cheering for Flash. Flash runs in at Aichner, but Aichner puts him on the apron. Aichner turns around into the kick, and Flash slingshots to springboard for the Rude Boy Block! Cover, TWO! Aichner survives but both men are tired.
Flash and Aichner slowly stand up. Flash runs and tilt-o-whirls but Aichner makes it a snake eyes to clobber Flash with a clothesline! Aichner crawls over, covers, TWO!! Flash lives, to Aichner’s surprise. Flash drags himself to a corner and Aichner runs in, but into an enziguri! Aichner staggers but trips Flash up on the ropes! Aichner suplexes, brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Flash still lives! Andrews and the fans rally up for Flash, but Aichner stands first. Aichner drags Flash back up, and tells him to “Stay down!” Flash instead gives Aichner a headbutt! And another! Aichner slumps down, and fans fire up as Flash gets to a corner. Flash climbs up top, takes aim at Aichner, but Aichner rolls away.
Aichner rolls all the way out, but Flash heads over. Aichner trips Flash up to drag him out! And throw him into barriers! Aichner presses Flash against the steel steps, then prepares the knee. But Andrews comes near to get Aichner to stop short. Aichner puts Flash in the ring, wanting Andrews to watch this. Aichner prepares a bomb, but Flash jackknifes! Flash wins!!
Winner: Flash Morgan Webster, by pinfall
Aichner is furious as the high-flying friends get the better of him! But a win is a win, will this win skyrocket the rockstar and Modfather towards those newly minted NXT UK Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with Amir Jordan.
The Bhangra Badboy is all smiles, because he’s on NXT. Jordan and his brother from another mother, Kenny Williams, have a chance at revenge against Zack Gibson & James Drake. And it’s also a chance to get in the running for those tag titles! Everyone should be excited! Jordan wants to see Radzy get in on the bollywood! Radzy is reluctant, but then Kenny comes over. There’s a time for dancing and there’s a time for fighting. These two deserve to be contenders. So that means be serious and get lucky. As for Radzy, he should be ashamed of himself. Fingers crossed, will Jordan & Williams even the score between them and the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Gallus talks backstage.
Wolfgang and Mark Coffey have faith in Joe Coffey against Trent Seven. There won’t be any Big Strong Boys today. Joe will get rid of Seven, and then they can squash Travis Banks. Then they’ll easily get those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. “Gallus is as Gallus does.” But will Gallus make this brand their kingdom?
Isla Dawn VS Killer Kelly!
The White Witch wants her shot at the NXT UK Women’s Championship, whether Rhea Ripley sees her as worthy or not. But she first has to get past the Portugal pitbull! Who will take that next step towards challenging the Riptide?
The bell rings and fans fire up for both women. Isla swings a kick at Kelly, but Kelly takes it in stride. Kelly catches the next kick and goes for a facelock, but Isla counters to a takedown and toehold. Isla wrenches while covering, ONE, so Isla drops a knee. She keeps wrenching but Kelly keeps her shoulders up. Isla stomps the leg then throws it down. Kelly clutches her knee but doesn’t back down. The two circle again and Kelly avoids Isla’s lunge. Kelly catches Isla the second time and clubs away. Kelly suplexes Isla into a corner! Isla sits up, Kelly gives her a basement dropkick! Kelly drags Isla to a cover, TWO! Kelly grits her teeth as she puts Isla in a cravat.
Isla endures now and manages to stand. Isla kicks the bad leg and pries Kelly’s fingers apart. Fans fire up as Isla kicks Kelly more. Kelly hobbles away but still comse back for more. Isla counter punches Kelly, then kicks the leg out! Kelly’s up but gets a snap back suplex! Isla summons her powers as Kelly stares her down, running knee! Then, half hatch suplex, Call of the Quarters! Cover, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
With powers of purity and spirit, the Glasgow Goddess graces Isla with another victory!
In-ring interview with Isla Dawn.
Her winning streak grows, but one question: “What’s next?” Isla says her eyes and her desires are set on that NXT UK Women’s Championship. Fans like the sound of that. But here comes the champion, Rhea Ripley! The Aussie with attitude mockingly applauds Isla, but Isla tells Rhea that she may be so confident, “but why don’t you step inside this ring with me, with that championship on the line?” Fans like the sound of that, too! Isla vows Rhea will walk away empty handed. Rhea holds up her title, because it’s still her title. Will Rhea accept Isla’s challenge? Will the White Witch be the first to survive the Riptide?
NXT UK Media caught up to Dave Mastiff.
The Bomber has an impressive undefeated streak, but what’s next? The natural progression is a title. But Eddie Dennis walks over. He heard about reporters wanting to interview the “undefeated monster” of NXT UK, but apparently he didn’t get the call. They meant Mastiff, but he’s not the only one who is an undefeated monster. Mastiff tells “Eddie” to settle this in the ring with them. And then after smashing through him, there will be only one undefeated streak in the UK. The Headmaster and the Bomber battle in episode 16!
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS The Grizzled Young Veterans!
As the Luckyan said earlier, there’s a time for dancing and there’s a time for fighting. And right now, it’s time for fighting! The Bhangra Bullocks want to show Zack Gibson & James Drake aren’t the only team worthy of those new tag team titles, but will they be able to even the score? Or will Gibson & Drake get a 2-0 sweep of their energetic opponents?
Fans immediately say “If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” The teams sort out, and Jordan starts against Mr. Mayhem, James Drake. Drake gets a waistlock but Jordan pries his way out to a standing switch and roll up! TWO, and Jordan arm-drags Drake down. Jordon holds Drake down as fans sing. Drake powers out and things speed up, Jordan hits a crossbody! Jordan jackknifes, TWO! Jordan wrenches and tags in Williams. Williams springboards for an ax handle, then fires off haymakers. Drake shoves but Williams comes back with a back elbow! Cover, TWO, but Williams keeps Drake down with an armlock. Drake gets up but Williams wrenches. Jordan tags in and they double whip Drake into a hip toss. Gibson runs in but is sent back out. Jordan and Williams double DIVE!
Jordan puts Drake in quick and climbs up top, for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans say “If you hate Gibson, stand up!” Jordan puts Drake in an armlock, but Gibson throws things at Jordan. Jordan glares but keeps hold of Drake. Drake powers out to throw Jordan out and tags Gibson. Gibson grabs Jordan, and Drake slingshots out for an elevated knee drop sidewalk slam! Jordan writhes while the GYV soak up the heat. Gibson gives Jordan EuroUppers before putting him in the ring. Gibson brings Jordan up to reel him in for a clothesline. Fans go back to taking their shoes off but Gibson tunes it all out. Jordan hits back but Gibson decks him! Cover, TWO! Gibson keeps on Jordan with a cobra clutch and thrashes about. Jordan endures as Gibson shifts to a chinbar.
Jordan gets up and jawbreakers free! Gibson grabs Jordan and reels him in, but Jordan slips out to hit a neckbreaker! Both men are down and fans fire up. Gibson tags in Drake, and Drake stomps Jordan out. Drake forearms Jordan to a corner then rams in his shoulder. Drake backs up to run back in, but Jordan dodges! Jordan crawls but Drake is on him, only for Jordan to kick him away. Drake tries again but is again pushed away, hot tag to Williams! The Luckyan rallies on Drake, springboard back elbow! He hits Gibson as he comes in, then spins Drake around to roll him up. TWO, Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO!
Williams keeps on Drake with a fireman’s carry but Drake slips out to forearm Williams down. Williams staggers back, Jordan tags in! Gibson tags Drake, but Williams boots him! Jordan somersaults for the complete shot! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps focus and tags back to Williams. Gibson hits Williams but walks into a fireman’s carry. Gibson slips out and holds Jordan for Drake to enziguri! Then Gibson dumps Jordan right out of the ring! Williams returns and Gibson tags to Drake. Williams dodges Gibson to hit Drake, then sends Gibson out. Drake goes after Williams but gets a boot! Williams wrecks Gibson with a dropkick! He skins the cat but into Drake’s gut wrench! Tag to Gibson, Ticket to Ride! Cover, Grizzled Young Veterans win!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson pinning
That’s 2-0 for Gibson & Drake, and the fans hate it. With the titles on the scene, will Mr. Mayhem and Liverpool’s Number One manage to become the UK’s Number One tag team?
Mustache Mountain talks backstage.
Tyler Bate knows Trent Seven will put down Joe Coffey, and then they both can go after the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Nice shirt, by the way. Seven finishes his pump up, but will he be ready for the Iron King?
Trent Seven w/ Tyler Bate VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!
British Strong Style stands tall in the UK, but while the Bruiserweight is away, Mustache Mountain has to hold their own against the new trio known as Gallus. The mustached mentor takes on Gallus’ fearless leader, who will take another win in the war for the brand?
The bell rings and fans already chant for “Mustache Mountain!” But Joe Coffey doesn’t budge as Seven eggs him on. Joe declares “This is OUR kingdom!” but fans disagree as they boot. Seven keeps Gallus back with quick kicks as he circles with Joe. They approach and tie up, and push each other around. Joe puts Seven on the ropes, but backs off at 4. Seven and Joe tie up again and go around more. Joe gets the arm and wristlock, then wrenches Seven to a facelock. Seven resists and wants a leg but Joe wrenches. Joe shifts back to the wristlock but Seven reverses, only to be put on the mat. Joe wrenches the arm across his leg and then brings Seven up.
Seven breaks free to chop, and chop, and kick! Joe shoves Seven away to headbutt the gut. Joe then suplexes but Seven slips out. Seven’s bad leg buckles and Joe grins. Joe runs in but into a knee! Seven fakes the chop to hit the DDT! But that bad leg still slows him down. Seven and Joe crawl and stand, Joe throws Seven out by his beard. Bate keeps Wolfgang and Mark Coffey from doing anything, and the ref has the three back off. Joe leaps out to stomp Seven! Joe puts Seven into barriers! He puts Seven in the ring then talks trash to Bate. But Joe returns for Seven to throw him out. Joe’s back in again, but Seven dumps him to the apron. Seven backhands Joe down, and Gallus regroups with their leader.
Seven rests his leg while daring Joe to get back in. The ring count passes 5, but Gallus all get on the apron. The fans cheer for the Big Strong Boys as Bate stands beside Seven! That’s still 3v2, but Mustache Mountain still blasts Gallus down! Bate builds speed and DIVES onto Wolfgang! Bate fights the Last King of Scotland to the stage but Mark Coffey goes after him. Seven DIVES onto Joe Coffey! Fans fire up as Seven hobbles over and puts Joe in. Seven runs in at Joe, for a CHOP! And more chops on top! Seven is all fired up, but Joe chop blocks the leg! Joe stomps the bad leg, then gives a grounded screw! Seven gets to a corner and fans sing for him, but Joe comes at him with left hands. Joe puts the leg around the rope to pull, but Seven hammers back.
Joe boots the bad leg, but backs off at 4. Seven drags himself out of the corner but Joe tackles the leg into buckles! Joe pulls on the leg again, but stops at 4. Joe runs back in, but Seven dodges and sends Joe into the post! Fans rally up for Seven as he gets his leg moving. Seven chops Joe again, then hoists Joe up top. Seven chops again before climbing up. He wants and gets the SUPERPLEX on one leg! Cover, TWO!! Joe lives but both men are down. Fans rally back up, and Seven sits up first. Seven uses the ropes to climb up but Joe follows. Seven hobbles over to CHOP Joe. He wrings Joe out but Joe ducks. Joe lifts but Seven standing switches to a snap dragon suplex! Seven keeps going, suplex to side slam! Cover, TWO! Joe survives but Seven won’t give up.
Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Seven stands up on one good leg. Seven drags Joe around to go after the leg. He puts on the Figure Four! Joe endures as the “WOO~” echoes out. Joe works on the leglock, hitting Seven’s bad knee. Seven endures but Joe turns it over! Now Seven suffers, until they both roll out to the apron. They separate and slowly stand up on the edge. Fans still sing as Seven back hands and Joe kicks. They brawl on the edge, but Joe hits a Belly2Belly OFF the apron!! Fans lose their minds as Seven crashes down on the ground. Joe drags himself over, but The ring count climbs. He leaves Seven for dead at 7, but Seven rises! Seven stands at 9 and gets in at 9.99!!
Joe is frustrated, but he goes right at Seven with punches and stomps. Seven hits back but with very little power. Joe tells Seven to stop, but Seven keeps getting up. Seven chops and forearms, but Joe kicks out the bad leg. Joe brings Seven up for a powerbomb! And then another! High stack cover, TWO, but into a Boston Crab! Joe sits down and Seven endures the bend. Fans are thunderous as Seven drags himself over. Joe drags Seven away, focusing on the bad leg in the Half Crab. Seven endures, reaches, comes so close, but doesn’t quit! Ropebreak!! Joe lets go, having exhausted himself. Fans are loving this match and it’s far from over.
Seven drags himself to a corner while Joe stands up. They run at each other and collide with clotheslines! Seven hits Joe again, but Joe hits back. Joe spins but misses, and Seven manages a one-legged Dragon Suplex! Seven gets Joe up in a torture rack, but can’t hold him! Joe deadlifts to a German Suplex! SPEAR sends Seven flying, All the Best for the Bells! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
All the Best for the Bells, and the bell rings in Joe’s favor! The Iron King outlasts Seven, but this is just part of the war for NXT UK supremacy. Will Joe and all of Gallus get themselves gold? Or can British Strong Style make a comeback?
Ashton Smith & El Ligero VS Gallus!
The Smoke and the Light combine forces for the first time ever to see if they can get in on the NXT UK Tag Team Division! But they’re going up against Gallus’ big bad Wolfgang and Mark Coffey. These two have already worked together well along with Joe Coffey, and look to keep on pace after Joe defeated Trent Seven just last episode. Will Gallus make all of NXT UK their kingdom?
The teams sort out and the Leeds Luchador will start against Wolfgang. They circle and fans are clearly on Ligero’s side. Ligero gets a waistlock to headlock but Wolfgang powers out. Ligero collides with Wolfgang but Wolfgang doesn’t back down, so Ligero dropkicks him! Wolfgang stays up and catches Ligero’s crossbody. Wolfgang throws Ligero but Ligero lands on hsi feet to tag in Smith. They double dropkick Wolfgang, then Smith sends Wolfgang into buckles. Smith drives in a knee and tags Ligero. Ligero climbs and leaps, but Wolfgang blocks the tornado. Wolfgang shoves Ligero at the ropes and Mark distracts him. Ligero turns around into Wolfgang’s tackle!
Tag to Mark and Mark goes after Ligero on the outside with body shots. Mark shoves Ligero into the apron and then into the ring. Mark stomps away on Ligero, then drags him up into Gallus’ corner. Tag to Wolfgang and the Scotsman mug Ligero. Wolfgang snapmares Ligero to a cover, ONE. Wolfgang squeezes Ligero with a rear bearhug, but fans rally up. Ligero feeds off that energy but Mark tags back in. Gallus mugs Ligero more, then Mark hoists Ligero up for a waistlock slam. Mark also squeezes with the rear bearhug, but fans still rally for Ligero. Ligero endures and gets up, only to be thrown back down. Mark squeezes tighter but fans rally harder. Ligero gets up and pries at the fingers but Mark throws him down again. Mark tags in Wolfgang and the mugging continues.
Wolfgang has Ligero in a front bearhug now, but Ligero still endures. Wolfgang throws Ligero at buckles, then tags in Mark. Gallus stomp Ligero then Mark drags Ligero up by his mask’s horns. Mark puts on the front bearhug, but Ligero still endures. Wolfgang mocks the fans for going quiet, so they boo him. Ligero fights back against Mark, then Wolfgang! Ligero dumps Wolfgang out and dodges Mark, hot tag to Smith! Smith rallies on Mark, but Mark shoves him back. Smith still dropkicks Mark down, then dropkicks Wolfgang back out. Things speed up and Smith hits a leaping lariat! Smith fires up and runs in corner to corner, but is put on the apron. Smith mule kicks Wolfgang away, then hits Mark. He triangle jump back elbows Mark down, covers, TWO!
Smith escapes the scoop to SUPERKICK! Cover, but Wolfgang drags Smith off. Wolfgang trash talks Smith, but Ligero FLIES in! Ligero takes out Wolfgang, and Smith is worried for his new friend, but Mark gets Smith in a waistlock! Smith standing switches, rolls up, TWO! Mark runs Smith over the rocks him with an enziguri! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, Mark Coffey pinning
The kings of Scotland are rolling onward, and look ready to take the titles for their own. Will Gallus take the lead in the title race? Or is there still a team that can slow them down?
NXT UK GM Johnny Saint meets with both Rhea Ripley and Isla Dawn.
Both he and Assistant GM Sid Scala tell the NXT UK Women’s Champion and her challenger, the White Witch, that their match will be official. They’ll face off for the title for the first time ever, next week! Rhea simply says she’ll see Isla next week. Will the Riptide keep tearing through the roster? Or will Isla find the right magic to ride the waves all the way to the top?
Gallus celebrates backstage.
“That’s how it’s done.” Radzy asks for a quick interview. They dominated Ashton Smith & Ligero, but is it enough to impress the GM? If that’s not, then what is? Mark is fed up with Mustache Mountain and the Grizzled Young Veterans. Gallus is the team to beat! And that goes for the Bruiserweight. Joe and Gallus don’t just win, the take! And seeing Pete Dunne with that belt in his mouth, Joe’s not just taking it, but ripping it away from him. And even before that, there’s Travis Banks. Joe promises to squash him like a bug! No mercy is the Gallus way, but will they have their way against the Kiwi Buzzsaw?
Joseph Conners VS Jack Starz!
The Righteous Killer strikes out on his own, looking to reach the top by any means necessary. Will Starz be seeing stars after Conners is through with him?
The bell rings and Starz ties up with Conners. Conners goes after an ear and throws Starz down. Conners then whips and reels Starz into a quick backbreaker! Starz writhes but Conners drags him to the apron for clubbing forearms. Conners uses the ring count to his advantage as he pulls Starz against the post! He stops at the ref’s count of 4, then gets back in the ring to basement dropkick Starz into the post! Starz gasps for air while he crawls on the mat. Conners grins as he drags Starz up again. He scoops Starz but Starz slips out to give EuroUppers! Starz dropkicks and fires up! He runs but into boots! Conners runs back in for the sunset flip into buckles! Conners isn’t done, he finishes Starz with Don’t Look Down! Cover, Conners wins!
Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall
The Righteous strikes down another victim, and scrapes Starz out of the ring. Conners fights for himself, so will he earn himself a shot at the WWE UK Championship?
Backstage interview with Xia Brookside.
The second generation star made it to the quarterfinals of the NXT UK Women’s Championship tournament, but she was just another of Rhea Ripley’s many victories. How does she feel going up against the Fierce Fashionista, Jinny? Right now she feels good. She knows she’s not the most experienced, but every chance is an opportunity, so Jinny better be ready to fly. Speaking of, Jinny walks over and looks Xia over. Will Jinny be able to overlook Xia once they’re in the ring together?
Tyson T-Bone speaks.
If he were to describe himself, he’d use words like “violent, destructive, and twisted.” He’s found someone a lot like himself, in Saxon Huxley. The Divine Beast realized his “shadow’s roots extend all the way down to the depths of Hell.” Those dark flames have burned away the dead wood, such as Conners and his own selfishness. Now Huxley rises from the ashes to align with someone new. T-Bone sees them climbing all the way to the top, to be NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Will this alliance made in darkness shine bright with gold?
Jinny VS Xia Brookside!
The NXT UK Women’s Championship may be on the line next week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a line forming behind the title. Neither the Fashionista nor the young superstar made it to the finals, but there’s always a second chance. Who cashes in on theirs tonight?
The bell rings and Xia offers a handshake. Jinny kicks it away, so Xia grabs the “Spoiled Princess!” with a headlock. Xia gets the takeover, but Jinny keeps off the mat. Jinny headscissors and squeezes, but Xia endures. Xia works her way up and around to headstand and hold it, to then pop out and swivel. Jinny grins, perhaps respecting the attitude. The two tie up and Jinny gets the arm. Jinny brings Xia to the mat, but fans rally as Xia endures the wristlock. Xia gets up and hits back. She uses the ropes to flip through and reverse the wristlock. Jinny breaks free to rock Xia with a right!
Jinny whips but Xia goes up and boots back. Xia baits Jinny in to headscissors! Xia dropkicks Jinny down then whips. Jinny reverses but Xia goes up again for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Xia almost had her but keeps going. Xia baits Jinny in and sends her to a corner, but Jinny gets her back with the “Fashion Disaster” buckle shot! Cover, TWO! Xia survives but Jinny is on her with stomps at the ropes. Jinny backs off at 4 but Xia hits back. Jinny clubs Xia but Xia hits back again, only for Jinny to ax kick her in the back! Cover, TWO! Jinny drags Xia up by her blue hair to stomp her down again. She brings Xia around into the half surfboard, driving a knee into Xia’s back. Xia endures as fans rally up.
Xia gets up but Jinny spins her through to keep the armlock. Jinny wrenches but Xia flips through and kicks back! Xia jawbreakers Jinny away, then runs to bulldog! Fans fire up with Xia as she runs and tilt-o-whirls Jinny! Xia runs in for meteora to the back! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives but Xia won’t let her get away. Xia grabs one leg, then the other. She gets the arms, but her back won’t allow her to finish the surfboard. Jinny wheelbarrows Xia into ropes! Jinny finishes Xia with a wring out rolling kick, the Touch of Couture! Cover, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
The current Progress Women’s Champion rolls through the young upstart! Will Jinny soon add the NXT UK Women’s Championship to her golden ensemble?
The Grizzled Young Veterans, James Drake & Zack Gibson, head to the ring.
Mr. Mayhem & Liverpool’s Number One may have stayed out of the fight between Gallus and British Strong Style, but they still want after the NXT UK Tag Team titles. Gibson picks up a mic while fans boo and jeer. “You saw a glimpse, a tiny little bi,t of what we can do last week when we made light work, easy work, of Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is James Drake and Zack Gibson, and together they are “soon to be recognized as the very first NXT UK Tag Team Champions!” Fans disagree with boos and jeers, but Gibson simply drops the mic. Their statement has been made, but will they be able to follow through?
Eddie Dennis speaks.
“NXT UK means the world to me.” It allows him to apply his true skills of manhandling athlete after athlete. Dennis wants to build this brand around him, and has everything to prove. Will he prove all that and more in the main event?
Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff!
Two big men with two big undefeated streaks, but only one can stand tall as THE monster of the UK. Will the Headmaster teach the Bomber a thing or two tonight? Or will it be bombs away yet again for the man from the Black Country?
The bell rings and Mastiff stares Dennis down. Fans are on Mastiff’s side as they tell Dennis “Mastiff’s gonna kill~ you!” Mastiff and Dennis tie up and Mastiff powers Dennis to a corner. The ref counts and the two separate at 4. Dennis has his guard up as he circles with Mastiff again. Dennis clubs and body shots Mastiff, then puts on a headlock. Mastiff powers out and they collide. Neither man falls but Mastiff barely budges. Dennis runs and rams Mastiff again, but still nothing happens. Dennis kicks and forearms, then runs but things speed up. Mastiff dropkicks! Mastiff throws hands of his own, then clubs Dennis in a corner. Dennis crawls but Mastiff looms over him. Mastiff drives elbow after elbow into Dennis’ chin, and Dennis goes down.
Mastiff chuckles as he brings Dennis up, but Dennis fights back. Dennis gives EuroUppers of his won, but runs for Mastiff to follow. Mastiff tackles Dennis with a crossbody! Mastiff aims, but Dennis dodges the back senton! Dennis runs to boot Mastiff out of the ring! Dennis wants the count out but Mastiff stirs. Mastiff climbs up onto the apron at 5, but Dennis boots him back down! Dennis still wants the count out but the count has to restart. Mastiff stands at 5, but is up at 7. Dennis boots Mastiff again but Mastiff stays up this time. Mastiff grins so Dennis trips him up. Dennis kicks Mastiff around the corner then mugs him against the barriers.
Fans rally for Mastiff as Dennis puts him in the ring. Dennis stomps and punches away in the corner, and then another corner. He puts Mastiff in a cravat, but fans rally up. Mastiff resists and breaks free to throw forearms. Mastiff whips Dennis then runs in but misses. Dennis clubs Mastiff in the back, then drives in his elbow over and over. Dennis puts the cravat back on but fans rally up again. Mastiff endures as Dennis wrenches harder. Dennis drives in knees, and fans duel, “Let’s go, Eddie!” “Eddie sucks!” Mastiff powers out and throws counter punches! Mastiff backs Dennis down then rocks him with a EuroUpper and headbutt! Cover, TWO! Dennis survives but Mastiff keeps his focus.
Mastiff runs in but into boots. Dennis hops up but Mastiff clubs him. Mastiff climbs up to join Dennis now, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans are loving this as both men crash down! Mastiff and Dennis slowly stir as a 10 count begins. Mastiff and Dennis stand up, and Dennis hits first. They brawl back and forth while fans duel. Mastiff rocks Dennis but Dennis comes back with many forearms. Mastiff hits back but Dennis knees low. Dennis runs but into a fireman’s carry, rolling senton to back senton! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives being squashed but Mastiff stalks him. Mastiff lifts Dennis, for a German Suplex! Bridge, TWO!! Dennis surprises many, including Mastiff.
Dennis gets to a corner and Mastiff runs corner to corner, but into a scoop!? Swinging side slam! Cover, TWO!! Mastiff survives and Dennis is shocked! Dennis brings Mastiff up, but Mastiff back drops him away. Mastiff stalks Dennis but Dennis gets to ropse. Dennis gets a sucker punch in! And another! But Mastiff is just angry now, and he yanks Dennis into ropes. Dennis crawls to a corner, and Mastiff puts him back on the top rope. Mastiff clubs Dennis then climbs again. Dennis fights back, bumps Mastiff off buckles, then gets around behind. Dennis uses the corner for help, in getting Mastiff up. Mastiff slips out but Dennis spins him for a clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Both men are exhausted but this match still isn’t over.
Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stir. Dennis is up first and grabs Mastiff but Mastiff snapmares and headbutts. Then another German Suplex! Dennis ends up in a corner, and Mastiff says bombs away! Into the Void! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
The Bomber is still undefeated! He is the one true monster of the brand, and doesn’t look to be stopped any time soon. If Mastiff goes after the United Kingdom Championship, will even Pete Dunne be dominated?
These double doses continue to do very well, but I think even WWE is getting confused by how things should line up. In episode 16, they were reviewing what Isla Dawn said “three weeks ago”, but her challenge to Rhea Ripley was only in episode 15. And I’m pretty sure we completely missed out on how Triple H, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala were supposed to announce the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But those are all minor gripes given how they were hoping to do these episodes one at a time, in a way that lined up with the rest of WWE’s timeline. That aside, Isla VS Killer Kelly was solid, as was Jinny VS Xia. Rhea VS Isla will be great, but I’m thinking Rhea retains to keep her inaugural reign going strong.
Aichner gives us another good opening match, and it works in story that he loses to Flash Morgan Webster. Perhaps Aichner gets a tag team partner to take them both on in a match. It would definitely work since many of the matches in these two episodes focused on building the UK Tag Team Division. We got a great match out of Jordan & Williams VS GYV, who are apparently shifting gears while Gibson waits down the line against Pete Dunne. Gallus also gets a great match out of makeshift team Ligero & Smith, and Mark Coffey joining with Wolfgang shouldn’t be too surprising. Joe Coffey is being written as the leader, and usually leaders go for singles gold. Joe Coffey does great against Trent Seven, that much was incredible. I’m still sensing a Gallus VS British Strong Style six-man and who knows, all the titles should at least be present.
And speaking of the WWE UK Championship, there are plenty of strong contenders lining up while Dunne is away. Obviously Joe Coffey wants his shot, and Joseph Conners is going strong now that he’s back to singles action. Dave Mastiff VS Eddie Dennis was a pretty great match, both guys are heavy hitters and really got to impress. Dennis getting the swinging side slam was impressive, but there was no way he was going to carry Mastiff all the way to the other corner. I was still surprised Mastiff won, but I suppose the Face staying undefeated to this point doesn’t immediately mean a Heel like Joe Coffey takes that title from Dunne. Dunne VS Mastiff can still be great as Face VS Face, since Dunne’s had such matches like against Danny Burch.
My Score: Episode 15 – 8.7/10; Episode 16 – 8.5/10
Dragon Gate Fantastic Gate 2018 Results & Review (12/4/2018)
Mathew brings us more coverage with…Dragon Gate? Well I suppose something big did happen, even though King of Gate was still horrid. But hey, let’s see if PAC’s involvement helps things out.
We now return to Dragon Gate to take a small break from the AJPW Real World Tag League, which you should check out if you haven’t just yet since it’s been a great tournament.
As of right now, this will be my last Dragon Gate coverage for the year due to scheduling with the holidays and work, plus I need to get ready for matches of the year at the end of the month. We got a big show today since we got Open the Dream Gate Championship defended against PAC.
So let us see how things will turn out as we…dive right in.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa
Review: Our opening contest is an eight-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito, and Super Shisa taking on three members of Tribe Vanguard, Kagetora and the Open the Twin Gate Champions, BxB Hulk and YAMATO along with Dragon Dia. Dragon Dia is a new wrestler in Dragon Gate as he is also considered to be Dragon Kid’s new apprentice whenever he decides to hang it up. Let’s see how Dragon Dia does and will he help Tribe Vanguard get the victory or will it be the other team?
The match was short and incredibly basic with nothing really too much to make the crowd seem overly invested in it in my opinion. Half of the match is pretty much Dia paying his dues in the ring while also getting a bit of offense into the match, so how did he do? From what I saw out of him, I thought he does have potential to be how Dragon Kid was but he has a long way to go if he wants to reach that level eventually. Dia did take a beating from the other team and even had Gamma kinda waterboard him while he was taking a Mexican Stretch. Tribe Vanguard would do stuff for a little bit into the match and they worked well with each other and not with Dia since he’s not really apart of their unit. Dia would get to have Fujii for a pinfall but he kicked out and hits Dia with a Lariat to end his momentum. Fujii would hit a Chokeslam onto Dia as Ryo would do his SaiRyo Rocket to get the pinfall victory.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, Masaaki Mochizuki & Yuki Yoshioka vs. Hiroshi Yamato & MaxiMuM (Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi)
Review: We get another eight-man tag match to continue this show as Masaaki Mochizuki is in action with Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, and Yuki Yoshioka as the four take on Hiroshi Yamato and three MaxiMuM members, Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida, and Naruki Doi. While the opening match wasn’t really something that was memorable, I’m sure we’ll get some action in this one to pick stuff up. Which one of these four will win?
I’m still new to Hiroshi Yamato, but I’m still digging his singing type of gimmick and think it’s pretty funny. This one was a much better match than the opening contest since all of the competitors were more involved in this We had another small encounter with Mochizuki and Lee, and I still wanna see that match happen but I know we probably won’t get a singles match with them any time soon. Yuki is someone that keeps growing on me whenever I see him involved in these tag matches as he does show signs of progress and I hope to see big things from him in 2019. Jason Lee would try to do his taunt in the ring when he’s in his meditative state and rolled up Mochizuki for a two count and when Mochizuki would try to do the same taunt, Jason would just kick his head. Yuki would block Naruki’s Bakatare Sliding Kick but takes a German from Yamato, a Facebuster from Naruki, and a kick along with a German from Lee as they break the hold. Yuki would attempt a flash pin onto Kaito but Kaito would quickly maneuver out of it until Yuki pinned him back down as he gets the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Shun Skywalker vs. U-T
Review: We only have two singles matches in this show and it’s time to get our first one underway as we have Shun Skywalker taking on U-T. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Shun in a singles match since the King of Gate Tournament and this might be the first time I’ve seen U-T in a singles match, so this is definitely a nice surprise since both men can go. Which one of these two will get the win?
If you were expecting a highflying type of match between these two, you don’t get that type of match here and while it did throw me off, I was honestly okay with it since they still did give us a technical match. For my first time seeing U-T in one on one action, I gotta say that seeing him more ground-based in this match was very surprising in a good way too since he’s very crisp in his ability. Shun Skywalker still continues to impress me every time I see him in the ring, so seeing both of these men deliver in this match made me feel very satisfied.
The match was also very even here and it looked like Shun was going to get him, but U-T would catch him with the Skayde to try and make him tap out to the hold until Shun would roll out of the hold and hits the Moonsault Press for a two count. Shun would hit a Reverse Suplex and goes to the top rope to go for another Moonsault as U-T puts his knees up before Shun could land. U-T would apply the Skayde once again but Shun would refuse to tap out of the hold once again and the bell rings to show that there’s a time limit draw. Huge ovation for these two in this match and I hope this isn’t the end for them.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Six Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Kid, Bandido, & Flamita vs. DAGA & R.E.D. (Eita & Ben-K)
Review: Our next match is a six-man tag team match with Dragon Kid teaming up with Flamita and Bandido is they take on R.E.D. We found out that Dragon Kid and Eita are going to have one final match at Final Gate in a hair vs mask match, but I’m not sure if the Open the Brave Gate Championship is on the line yet. But this is sure to be an exciting tag bout and let’s see if R.E.D wins or the luchadors take it.
R.E.D starting the attack on their opponents before the match started in their typical heel fashion. The face team would start to make a comeback with Bandido and Flamita diving to the outside onto their opponents. Seeing Kid, Flamita, and Bandido team up worked out very well here with their Luchador agility with Bandido once again being on fire in this match and if he’s someone you follow, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that shit right away if you like Lucha Libre. It’s a shame Ben didn’t win the belt but I know he’ll bounce back into something soon, maybe going back to the Open the Twin Gate picture with Big R. Eita and Dragon Kid going back at it develops more fuel into their story and I actually can’t wait for it to end and not because it felt like it went on for too long, but with the new stipulation they added to their match, it just adds a lot more involved for their eventual conclusion. After Flamita and Bandido did their tag team combo with Bandido hitting a Phoenix Splash after being flipped over, Eita and Kid are alone in the ring again. Dragon jumped off the ropes and got caught for a Super Kick and would go to finish off Kid but he hits the Bible onto Eita to get the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka & YASSHI) vs. R.E.D. (Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida & Yasushi Kanda)
Review: Our next match is another eight-man tag team match with R.E.D members, Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida, and Yasushi Kanda taking on Natural Vibes members, Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, and Brother YASSHI. Recently, Natural Vibes broke the record for most title defenses with the Open the Triangle Gate Championships and they still look to hold onto the titles for a long time to keep the record around more. Will Natural Vibes get the win or will it be R.E.D?
R.E.D once again attacking Natural Vibes before the bell would ring and both teams would start fighting to the outside of the ring and into the crowd near the bleachers until they got back into the ring as we get the match started now. The match felt a little too short for this type of match but I thought it was still solid enough for a quick little exhibition type of match. We had a little encounter with Takashi and Kzy during the middle of it where they would go back and forth and it did seem like Takashi was gonna win this little back and forth until Kzy hits his running Elbow Smash onto him. Natural Vibes started to get the shine in the match when Susumu hits an Exploder Suplex onto Kanda off the middle rope and Kzy tops it off with an Elbow Drop while YASSHI hits a Diving Headbutt for a two count. Members were taking each other out left and right until it was Genki and Takashi in the match now as he does his Backslide From Heaven to go for the pin but Big R picked him up in a Wheel Barrel position for a German Suplex. Big R would quickly pick him up for him and Takashi to hit a Doomsday Device and KAZMA topped it off with a Package Piledriver to give R.E.D the win.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Open the Dream Gate Championship
Masato Yoshino (c) vs. PAC
Review: We now have our main event of the evening as Masato Yoshino defends his Open the Dream Gate Championship against PAC. This will be PAC’s second singles match in Dragon Gate ever since he made his return to the company and while his match was disappointing, he still wanted to make the challenge to prove himself. Only one gaijin won the Open the Dream Gate Championship and that man was Ricochet, so if PAC wins then he will be the second one to win it. Masato though won’t go down without a fight here as he defends Dragon Gate against this man. Will Masato retain once again or will we have a new champion?
While both R.E.D and MaxiMuM are surrounding the ring, none of them interfere in the match and I’m glad too because it would’ve been a little bit too much in this match, plus PAC needs to prove himself that he can defeat Masato on his own without any help. I thought this match was a great title defense and definitely PAC’s better match compared to his one with Flamita since this one had a nicer pace that didn’t make it drag out a bit at all and he played the heel persona well like how he did in WWE when he was considered the King of the Cruiserweights, but he’s now known as the Bastard Child in Dragon Gate. I think I liked Masato’s match against Ben-K a little bit better, this one was almost as good in my opinion. One spot I really did like was when Masato went for the Slingblade off the top rope and PAC just flipped out of it and it just looked more smooth. Also, the Corkscrew PAC did to the outside looks great despite him shooting himself a little bit too far since most of the people were a bit too close.
PAC pulled off a lot of power moves like the Pop-up Powerbomb and it looked like he had Masato right where he wanted him as he went to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow but he was able to catch himself once Masato moved out of the way and hits the Another Space and then would hit the first Torbellino as he calls for the submission finish to apply the Sol Naciente, but he wouldn’t hold it for long this time as PAC picked him up for the Powerbomb for a two count. PAC seems to be getting back control now as he would try to go for the Black Arrow once more time but Masato picked his knees up to make PAC land on it and rolled him up for a two count. Masato wouldn’t give PAC time to rest as he hits a second Torbellino and applies the Sol Naciente once again but PAC was unable to power out of it this time around as he falls onto the mat unable to move for a bit until his foot landed on the rope to break the hold. Both men would have bursts of energy in the last stand as Masato lands another Torbellino and PAC gets up quickly to hit Masato with a German Suplex and gets him up for a Powerbomb but Masato would Sunset Flip over him for a two count. PAC would hit a Lariat onto Masato to knock him down before hitting the German Suplex Hold for a two count, and it appears PAC has him right where he wants him as he went to the top rope to the Black Arrow and he connects this time for a three count and we have a new champion!
You heard right, PAC is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion. Part of me feels like it’s a bit too soon to win the belt since he just came back a couple of months ago but at the same time, they wanna capitalize on this while he’s still red hot since leaving WWE and it could potentially open new eyes to the product since most fans knew him as Neville. So in a business aspect, it’s a good idea and hopefully, it can lead to what the company is looking for. Let’s see how things turn out.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
Overall: Aside from the two singles matches being the highlight of the show, nothing else really stood out with the multi-man tag matches throughout the night. U-T and Shun did great work together and PAC had a much better match than he did with Flamita and we got a new champion out of it to bring in a new era for Dragon Gate.
Favorite Match: Masato Yoshino vs. PAC
Least Favorite Match: Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa