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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/18/18)

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Praise and glory to the NEW Raw Women's Champion

Money in the Bank has come and gone, and we have a NEW Raw Women’s Champion! But it’s not who you think. Rowdy Ronda and Nia Jax both got robbed by the Goddess, Alexa Bliss, via the Ms. MITB contract! The Five Foot Fury is Five Time Champion, but will she have two big problems standing in the way of her reign?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins; Roode wins.
  • The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan; The Riott Squad wins.
  • Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival; Reigns & Lashley win.
  • No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley; Mojo wins.
  • Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin; Kevin & Corbin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw reviews the super match up of Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey.

The Irresistible Force showed the Baddest Woman on the Planet what it’s really like in a wrestling ring. But then Ronda turned things around and adjusted to her environment. Ronda was just moments away from making Nia tap, when the new Ms. Money n the Bank appeared! And Oh My Goddess, Alexa Bliss disqualified the match and then cashed-in in the biggest way possible! When the dust settled, your NEW Raw Women’s Champion was Alexa. She got her revenge on Nia at Ronda’s expense, will they go for revenge on her?

 

Kurt Angle is already in the ring.

The Olympic Gold Medalist is proud that the MITB contracts both went to Raw! So please welcome the woman who cashed in on the same night, Alexa Bliss! The Goddess appears, and Angle lets her have her championship presentation. She picks up her title belt and holds it high while fans are a mix of boos and cheers.

Nia Jax is doing rehab right now, but wants to use her rematch clause at Extreme Rules. Alexa isn’t getting to gloat about last night? She isn’t getting to thank everyone watching around the world? She does thank us for this opportunity. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Yes, Alexa gets to rub it in! But then fans chant “We Want Ronda!” No, Alexa showed everyone what it’s like to beat bullies like Nia and Ronda when she shocked the world with that cash in! No more Irresistible Force or Baddest Woman, “it’s just about me.” She is the three-time Raw Women’s Champion! But speaking of Ronda, here she comes!

Ronda is making a straight line for the ring, and Alexa panics. Angle holds Ronda back, and Alexa tells her to calm down. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Alexa thought Ronda was going to be doing therapy, too. Or is she here to show off those welts from the case hitting her? Does it still hurt? Poor baby. Or maybe Ronda is here to learn another lesson? Because she doesn’t seem to get the difference between UFC and WWE. What Alexa did last night, was perfectly legal in the realm of pro-wrestling. But it’s not all bad, Ronda. Ronda was truly seconds away from victory, she could just taste the title. But we’ll never know now. The fans are on Ronda’s side, though.

Alexa gets it now! Ronda couldn’t stand the fact that the headlines weren’t about her. ESPN did an interview with Alexa! Everyone talked to Alexa, because she’s champion, and Ronda is… “irrelevant.” And if Ronda wants her shot, get to the back of the line, “you over-hyped rookie!”Ronda rushes past Angle and hits Alexa! She throws furious hands, but Angle pulls her away, only to get thrown. Alexa swings the briefcase, but Ronda dodges to then body shot Alexa. Rondua SMACKS Alexa with the case! And again! And again, and again, until ANgle pulls her back. She samcks Angle!! Referees rush the ring, and raging Rowdy Ronda wrecks the refs! Alexa is still vulnerable, but Ronda shows no mercy. She gut wrenches and powerbombs Alexa on the table!

Ronda tells the “little” champ that’s just the beginning, and fans are loving it. But Ronda still did more than she should have in all that. What will the consequences be for the UFC hall-of-fame inductee?

 

Ronda argues with Angle backstage.

She is pissed over this condescending attitude! Everyone needs to stop saying “this isn’t the UFC” and stuff. She understands that. Apparently she doesn’t, because Angle is at a loss for words. She has to be suspended for 30 days, and might have ruined her chances of ever being champion. He apologizes, but asks she get her things and leave. Ronda storms off, but will she cool off or only heat up more?

 

Backstage interview with Ronda.

Ronda storms past Renee, but then stops to say, “Kurt can suspend me for 30 days, but save your good lucks for Alexa.” Ronda will be back after 30 days, and champion or not, she’s kicking Alexa’s “pink-haired ass.”

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Architect is still Intercontinental Champion after taking on and defeating The Drifter, Elias! Rollins loves how hot it is tonight, and feels it needs to keep going. Elias took him to his limits, but Rollins is still standing! Grand Rapids hopes he’ll “Burn It Down!” again. Rollins is a fighting champion, after all, so how about having an Intercontinental Open Challenge? Who has the guts to take on The Man?!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS…

It’s Dolph Ziggler! A former Intercontinental Champion in his own career, the Show-Off wants to steal the show. But wait, Drew McIntyre appears, too!? The Scottish Stud is Ziggler’s tag team partner, and another former Intercontinental Champion.

Both these men are dangerously aggressive, and fresh from having no matches last night. They both walk to the ring, but Ziggler enters, giving us our challenger.

The belt is raised, the bell rings, and we begin. Ziggler kicks first, but Rollins denies the early ZigZag. Ziggler dodges the early Curb Stomp, then bails out to regroup with McIntyre. It’s already tense in this match up while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollins throws Ziggler back into the ring. Rollins fights off Ziggler, then springboards, but into a dropkick! He hits the floor and McIntyre kneels nearby, almost mockingly. Ziggler gets up and fetches Rollins, throwing hands to stagger the champ. He puts Rollins in the ring, but fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins and Ziggler brawl, but Ziggler kicks him down. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler stalks Rollins to the ropes. He brings Rollins up for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler drops elbows. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Rollins with a chinbar. Ziggler shifts to a chinlock, but Rollins stands, only for Ziggler to throw him down by his hair.

Fans boo but Ziggler embraces the heat. Ziggler chokes Rollins on the ropes, then bends him back against them. He lets go at 4, but he’s toying with Rollins at this point. Ziggler brings Rollins up but Rollins hits back with haymakers. Rollins throws more hands, whips, but Ziggler reverses hard! Cover, TWO, so it’s back to a chinlock. Ziggler also hooks a leg to keep Rollins grounded for the grind. Fans rally and Rollins gets up, but Ziggler brings him back down. Ziggler grins, but Rollins feeds off the fan energy. Rollins gets up, reaches for ropes, then jawbreakers out of the hold. Rollins kicks and suplexes, but Ziggler slips out. The dropkick is caught, into a catapult! Ziggler hits buckle and post!

Ziggler slumps back down while Rollins crawls away. McIntyre coaches Ziggler up, but Rollins stands first. Rollins chops Ziggler, then throws hands. Ziggler kicks back, then whips, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins rallies with back elbows, then whips, but Ziggler reverses. Slingblade form Rollins! Then he clotheslines Ziggler out! The Architect fires up, he builds speed, and DIVES!

Direct hit with the tope suicida! Grand Rapids is fired up for Rollins as he puts Ziggler in the ring. Rollins aims again, springboards, and hits the flying clothesline. Cover, TWO! The champion is back in control but we go to break.

Raw returns again and both men are slow to standing. Ziggler runs in and hits a splash, then turns Rollins. Rollins counters to a backslide, TWO. Rollins goes for a bomb but Ziggler sunset flips, TWO. Ziggler swings, but into the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is furious and coaches Ziggler up, but both men are slowly stirring. Rollins sits up first, and gets himself to a corner. Fans rally up as he stands, and Rollins even stares McIntyre down. Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Rollins mule kicks, then runs, but Ziggler avoids the stomp. Ziggler kicks low, Famouser! Cover, TWO! And so close, too!

Both men are down again, but “This is Awesome!” Ziggler gets to ropes and drags himself up, but Rollins also sits up. Ziggler gets to a corner, and he decides to stomp for his own tune-up. Rollins slowly stands, Ziggler runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK!

Another SUPERKICK, then cover, TWO!! Rollins is shocked, but he positions Ziggler before climbing up. Rollins reaches the top slowly, then takes aim, Frog Splash FLOPS! Ziggler rolls out just in time, and gets himself up on the apron. Ziggler climbs, but Rollins stands up to stop him. Rollins headbutts Ziggler then climbs up to join him. Rollins brings Ziggler up, but Ziggler fights him. They brawl and Ziggler sends Rollins down. Ziggler adjusts, but Rollins returns, only to get sent down again.

Ziggler tries again, crossbody! Roll through from Rollins into a buckle bomb! Then, mule kick, but McIntyre distracts. Ziggler rolls, TWO, and Ziggler almost hits McIntyre. Rollins rolls, TWO, Ziggler rolls with tights! ZIGGLER WINS!!

WInner: Ziggler, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Show-Off stole the title! Ziggler is now a six time IC Champ, and mocks Rollins’ celebration style. Ziggler outsmarted the Architect, but Rollins protests. McIntyre strikes! McIntyre rains down rights and Ziggler adds stomps. They bring Rollins up, for the Claymore ZigZag!! The Man is no longer the champ, but will he get payback on the show stealers?

 

Backstage interview with Ziggler & McIntyre.

Breaking news: Monday Night Rollins has been cancelled! Cry online, write blogs about it, but there’s no reboot coming. “This right here, this is our show now.” They told everyone that this is just the beginning. This will be the first of many titles. And unlike former champions, they won’t become soft. Everyone’s talked with their catchphrases like Burn it Down or “My Yard”. But there’s a major difference between all of them, and these two. When these two say something, they mean it.

 

Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins!

The GLORIOUS One may not be Mr. MITB, but he doesn’t seem in too bad a mood, even after a Super Coup de Grace from Finn Balor. He must also be in a great mood when he sees his opponent is Mr. 203 Losses and counting.

The bell rings, and Hawkins hits Roode in those bad ribs. Hawkins puts Roode into a backslide, TWO! Roode avoids being Hawkins’ first, then he gives a SPINEBUSTER to Hawkins! Roode winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! Kick, GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

That was not just GLORIOUS, that was fast. Hawkins goes down to 204, but it gave Roode momentum back up. Will Roode find his way back to a title in the coming days?

 

Mr. Money in the Bank? How about MONSTER in the Bank?

Braun Strowman had the seven other superstars going after him, but he would eventually dispose of them all. In a truly earthshaking performance, Strowman wins his first MITB Ladder Match, and is now armed with that championship contract.

Braun Strowman heads to the ring!

The Monster Among Men brings his MITB briefcase with him, and says, “I’ve smashed tables and broken ladders. I flipped an ambulance over with my bare hands! I won a giant trophy in Saudi Arabia by tossing around grown men like beanbags!” He even played the cello. But as great as all that was, this contract is the greatest. STrowman stepped in the ring with seven other men, and he stomped and smashed and still snatched the contract. All Lesnar has to do is show his face, and Strowman cashes in to become the NEW Universal Champion! The Beast is gonna #GetTheseHands! But the Prizefighter comes out instead.

Kevin Owens is somehow in Grand Rapids, and is somehow walking after being tossed from a 20 foot ladder. Strowman himself is surprised to see Kevin again after that. Kevin admits he probably shouldn’t be here, because it hurts just to breathe. But Kevin has to be here. Not to steal spotlight or get revenge, not that he could. Kevin just wants to be the first man to congratulate him. Strowman does deserve it. Fans pick up the chant, “You Deserve It!”

Kevin continues to say that he knew Strowman was gonna win. Strowman knew Kevin knew, because Kevin tried to rally the others against Strowman. No one listened, and so Kevin just hopes Strowman listens. Strowman did what he said he would, and now he’s #MonsterInTheBank. But now Strowman has this great opportunity, but he needs to be smart. That’s where Kevin comes in. They have more in common than people think. Strowman and Kevin are both seen as hot-headed when they’re good-hearted. Who watches their backs, really? Strowman doesn’t’ really need anyone, but his life has changed now. Who can Strowman count on? At Wrestlemania, when Strowman needed a partner, he picked some kid! As for Kevin, his best friend Sami Zayn is now hurt by Bobby Lashley. That leaves them both all alone, in need of friends.

Maybe “friend” is too strong of a word? They don’t get along, that’s fine. But maybe they can still help each other, or even use each other. Kevin does something for Strowman, Strowman does something for him. Kevin knows what it is it be Universal Champion. So maybe after Strowman cashes in to become champion, he gives Kevin a match. They can team up, Monster & Man! Kevin doesn’t want to #GetTheseHands, he just wants to #ShakeYourHand. Strowman hears the fans in support of this, so Strowman accepts the handshake. But he doesn’t let go. And Kevin knows what’s next. Strowman pulls Kevin in close, and scoops him! Kevin slips away and then retreats. Will The Monster be fine on his own? Or will Kevin be proven right when it comes to hunting The Beast?

 

Bayley sits with Sasha Banks.

Bayley feels bad for Sasha. She was rooting for her, y’know. Sasha thanks her for that. But now they can stop. Stop what? Sasha is milling over the match over and over, surprisingly not on her phone. Well, she was. Sasha and Bayley both want to be the best, but sulking won’t help. Bayley doesn’t understand. She doesn’t? The Riott Squad humiliated her, but she’s back up and ready to fight. She knows things haven’t been great between them, but she doesn’t want anyone else as a tag team partner. This is a new start for both of them. Sasha and Bayley shake hands. Can the friends reunite to turn away the raucous Riott Squad?

 

The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno!

The WOKEN Fireflies are out, as Hardy & Wyatt head to the ring for competition~! They take on the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions in a non-title match. Will the ManBeast and the Father of Many Children be DELETED so soon after the Day of Celebration for Fathers?

But wait, who is that laughing upon the titantron? It is a WOKEN Curt Axel! The B Team will DELETE you~! And Bo Wyatt joins in, “Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt… We are destined to dance in the shadows.” Beyond space and time, and do all sorts of weird things that you won’t like. Weird things like… Well forget this, the “undefeated” B Team is coming for the titles. Wait! That would be WONDERFUL~! Stop it, Axel.  “We’re the B Team. RUN!”

Um… The camera is still on. Just, slide out of frame…

But that weird weirdness aside, the bell rings! Slater & Rhyno go right at Hardy & Wyatt! Rhyno rams shoulders into Wyatt, then tackles him down. Cover, TWO, so Rhyno puts Wyatt in a corner. Wyatt boots Rhyno, then tags Hardy. Hardy throws DELETE forearms and then DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy puts Rhyno down in the corner, then calls for teh Twist. He kicks, but Rhyno powers out. Slater takes a forearm but Rhyno runs Hardy over. Rhyno tags in Slater, Slater and Rhyno double whip. They double elbow Hardy, then Slater throws hands. Slater drops a knee, covers, TWO.

Slater keeps on Hardy, then tags in Rhyno. Rhyno throws hands, then headbutts Hardy down. HE brings Hardy up, but Hardy hits back. hardy jawbreakers, but Slater tags in. Slater flies but misses, and runs into a Side Effect! Hardy gets to his corner and tags in Wyatt. Wyatt rallies on Slater with those palm strikes. Wyatt then runs corner to corner for the splash! He keeps going, body check! Wyatt spider-walks, and it’s WONDERFUL~! Wyatt stalks Slater, brings him up, but Rhyno runs in. Rhyno gets right hands, then a Twist of Fate! Hardy and Wyatt turn their attention to Slater, but Slater boots back. Slater runs, into the decapitating clothesline! Wyatt again spider-walks, then tags Hardy. Together, Kiss of DELETION!

Cover, The Deleters win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds, Hardy pinning

The Raw Tag Team Champions prove superior than the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions. But with the “Best” Team defiantly calling out Hardy & Wyatt, will they pay for it with their souls?

 

Baron Corbin meets with Kurt Angle.

The Constable says Stephanie McMahon is pleased with how he handled Ronda. Well Angle didn’t do any of this for her. But, she’s on the phone right now… He hears her out while we go to break. What will the Commissioner make her GM do now?

Raw returns, and Stephanie finishes giving Angle his orders. “This is big news.” He’ll make an announcement, and hopes to share his own ideas. But run it by Constable Corbin first. Angle finishes up the call, and tells Corbin they have work to do. Why is Corbin all smiles about it?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

These two have had issue already while being on Raw, but now the Modern Day Maharaja says that people must be open to change. Mahal felt the winds of change, a gust blowing through to his very core. Roman Reigns won the match, but Mahla has won the war of self-improvement. Because like all the fans here, Roman is just bitter and angry, while he has tranquility. “As a spiritual being”, Mahal is committed to change. Unlike Chad Gable. Gable lives his former glory as an amateur wrestler every day, but he has to let go of the past! Gable will see the light and find inner peace.

Mahal enters the ring, and the bell sounds. He suddenly fires up and throws furious hands on Gable! Gable gets him in a body slam! Gable gets a waistlock, then throws Mahal over head! Mahal fights back and hits a neckbreaker. Mahal clubs away on Gable, then drops a knee. He puts Gable in a chinbar, but Gable gets up to fight back. Mahal shoves but Gable reverses into a back suplex! Sunil is concerned, but Gable elbows Mahal away. Gable hops up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then climbs upa gain to jump over. Gable keeps moving, leaping lariat! Gable is fired up, but Mahal slow shim with elbows, only for Gable to dropkick Mahal out!

Things keep going, as Gable puts Mahal in the ring. Gable climbs, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mahal gets back out, but Gable pursues, only for Mahla to hotshot him. Mahal boots Gable down, then drags him up, for the KHALLAS! Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The “peaceful” Maharaja gets back a win, and is all smiles. Will Mahal turn things around to compete for a title down the line?

 

The Riott Squad causes trouble backstage.

They even right a big R on a mirror, to mark their territory. Will they do the same to Bayley again after their tag team match?

 

WWE and Raw take a closer look at Joshua Oakley.

Joshua is a kind soul who loves running, and loves America. He started at just 8 years old, and he’s blossomed ever since. He’s also Junior ROTC. Josh is a star cadet, and always gives his best. When someone wins, someone else loses. But Joshua always encourages everyone that they can do better next time. Cheer Joshua and all the Special Olympics Athletes in the Seattle Games!

 

Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan!

While The Boss was busy preparing for MITB, the Huggable One was left alone to fight against Ruby and her team. The Squad has already humiliated Bayley once, will they do it again when she has a friend by her side?

The teams sort out, and Bayley starts against Liv. Bayley kicks and clubs Liv down, but Liv powers her to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Sarah, and #LivCountryStrong double whip but Bayley kicks them both away. Bayley bulldogs Sarah, then covers, TWO. Sasha wants in, but Bayley drops an elbow first. Then Bayley runs, so Sasha tags herself in. Sasha drags Sarah up but Sarah forearms her down. Sarah kicks Sasha to ropes, so Sasha chops back. Sasha tries to suplex, but her bad back stops that. Sarah headbutts, then shoves, but Sasha back elbows. Bayley tags in to bail Sasha out, but Sarah headbutts Bayley. Sarah puts Bayley in a corner, but Bayley fights out. Bayley flapjacks Sarah for snake eyes, then runs to run her over!

Bayley throws hands on Sarah, then drags Sarah up to toss her out. She backs up to shoulder and hotshot Sarah, then hits the wrecking ball headscissors! Liv comes in, but Bayley dodges and Sasha runs Liv over! The friends have an understanding while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sarah has Bayley in a keylock. Bayley armdrags out, but Sarah powers her up and away from Sasha’s tag, with a spienbuster! Sarah hits Sasha just because, then goes back to Bayley. Bayley back drops Sarah, but has no one to tag! Sarah crawls, and tags in Liv. Liv rushes Bayley but runs into boots. Sasha returns and tags in all at once! Sasha rallies on Liv, then dropkicks her down. Liv ends up in a corner, Sasha hits double knees. Sasha climbs up, and Meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha gets up, but Liv jawbreakers. Liv swings but Sasha turns her. Liv denies the backstabber, then enziguris Sasha down! Cover, but Bayley break sit just in time. Sarah comes in but gets thrown over and out.

Bayley gets back to her corner, and Sasha crawls, but she has to fight Sarah off instead. Liv gets Sasha for a hard whip! Liv climbs up, but misses the stomp to get a knee. Sasha sets Liv up sideways, but Sarah distracts. Bayley goes after her, but the referee backs her off. This distracts him from seeing Sarah sucker punch Sasha! Liv rolls Sasha, with tights, The Riott Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad (Sarah & Liv), Liv pinning

The Squad works better together than two “best friends”. They celebrate on their way out, while Bayley consoles Sasha. But Sasha shoves Bayley? Sasha is upset, and Bayley is trying to be understanding, but it’s getting difficult. They argue a bit, but then after a long stare down, Sasha shoves Bayley down! Sasha storms off, and we’re back to square one. Will their ever reconcile things? Or will it return to a heated fight like before?

 

Bayley tries to talk to Sasha backstage.

But Sasha is in no mood. Bayley isn’t finished. But Sasha is. There’s the fight!! But it’s Bayley who goes into the tables. Sasha throws hands but Bayley uses the tray! They ram into a garbage bin, then Sasha throws cups. Sasha storms off again, and Byaley is sore. Seems we have our answer already, so where do we go from here?

 

Kurt Angle returns to the ring.

He’s frustrated about all of this, but Stephanie McMahon informed him of when and where Brock Lesnar will defend his title. The real question is, against who? And Roman Reigns appears!

The Big Dog doesn’t want to wait, he is the “uncrowned” Universal Championship after the controversial ending to a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Roman has bounced back since, including a win over Jinder Mahal at Money in the Bank. Roman joins Angle in the ring, and says he’s the answer to the question. Everyone knows Roman actually won that match, so that he is actually the champion. “And it’s no secret”, Raw is tough to run. So maybe a full-time champion would help out a lot. Angle appreciates Roman’s confidence, but he has that announcement to make. But wait, here comes Bobby Lashley!

The Dominator dominated Sami Zayn at MITB, and as the shirt says, he’s back to dominate WWE. Lashley joins Angle and Reigns in the ring, and sees “The Guy”. Even before Lashley came back, he saw Reigns bang his head against a wall trying to beat Lesnar. Clearly Reigns doesn’t have what it takes. Is that so? Yes, Big Dog. This is The Yard, but Lashley has wanted after Lesnar since he was a Little Pup. So step aside and let someone who can beat Brock, beat Brock. And yes, Lashley can beat Lesnar, but he can also beat Reigns.

Angle keeps the peace, and says they’re both deserving. But so are others. Therefore, the #1 contender will be decided at Extreme Rules. The full field of superstars will be announced at a later date, but he promises Roman AND Lashley are two of them. Both men accept this, but two #TopGuys come out?

The Revival return to Raw, and see these two whining. What happened to earning things? Dash & Dawson busted their backs just to get one chance on Raw. But guys like those two in the ring are always in their ring. That changes tonight! Lashley and Reigns and true Wrestlemania stars, but they’re going to be shown up by “the very best tag team in the world.” And yes, they’re hoping these two self-destruct so that they’ll be used as launching pads for Dash & Dawson! Roman tells them to shut up. He’ll gladly take them to school. He could even teach “Bob” something. Angle calls out a ref and makes this official!

 

Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival!

Two top guys in all of the WWE take on the two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Or at least, Dash & Dawson hope to remind us all that they are the best. Can they #SayYeah to a win over a pair of powerhouses?

Raw returns as the teams sort themselves out. Dawson starts, but Roman and Lashley argue out who starts for their team. Roman says he has it, so Lashley lets him. Dawson and Roman circle, then tie up. Roman pushes Dawson to an open corner, but Dawson springs back up. Dawson talks strategy with Dash while fans duel over whether or not “Roman Sucks!” Dawson gets the arm and the wristlock, but Roman reverses to his own. However, Dawson rolls and reverses back to a headlock. Roman powers out, but Dawson slips under, only to get run over. Roman dares Dawson to come back, then rocks Dawson with an uppercut.

Dash reaches for a tag, but Roman drags Dawson away. Roman tags Lashley, but Dawson hits first. Dawson takes Lashley’s headband away, then kicks low. Tag to Dash, and The Revival double whip. But Lashley blasts out to run Dawson over and body slam Dash! Lashley brings Dash up for a wristlock, then offers a tag, but Dawson trips Roman. Roman stalks Dawson around the corner, then into the ring. Lashley is there and he grabs Dawson, but while the referee bothers with Roman, Dash chop blocks Lashley! Dash also pushes Roman down, then tags Dawson. Dawson lifts Lashley, elbow drop backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO.

Dawson keeps on Lashley with chops in a corner, then snapmares for a leg drop. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Lashley with a chinlock. Lashley endures while fans rally up. Lashley stands up and fights out but Dawson kicks him away. Dawson brings Lashley around by his leg, but Lashley counters with an overhead suplex! Hot tags to Dash and Roman! Roman rallies on Dash, but Dash reverses the whip, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat! Roman uppercuts Dawson, too, then puts both #TopGuys in a corner. He unleashes the close-range clotheslines on them both and gets all 10. Roman then runs and boots Dash down! He knees Dawson, then hits a guillotine leg drop!

Fans fire up as Roman locks and loads. Roman aims, SUPERMAN PUNCH to Dawson! But Dash rolls him up! TWO! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Dash! Roman isn’t done there, and he fires up in the corner. But as he howls, Lashley tags in! And Lashley SPEARS Dash! Cover, Lashley & Roman win!

Winners: Reigns & Lashley, Lashley pinning

Before there was the Big Dog, there was the Alpha Male. Roman and Lashley can spear with the best of them, but who else joins them in this coming Extreme Rules #1 Contenders match?

 

Angle and Corbin talk backstage.

Finn Balor comes by and asks about that Extreme Rules match. He’ll do whatever it takes to qualify for that match and then win back the Universal Championship. But Corbin just laughs. What makes Finn think he deserves that? Oh, just because he was champion for 24 hours? Be lucky that Corbin wasn’t there to embarrass him. Who does Finn think he is? Who does Corbin think HE is? Kevin comes in, and agrees with Corbin. But Finn doesn’t care what they think. Corbin is shortsighted, and Kevin can’t even sense when danger’s right behind him. Because Strowman is there behind him!!

Kevin runs to Corbin’s side. Strowman reminds them all that he can show up where and when he wants. And he’s looking after his buddy, Balor. If Corbin and Kevin want to fight, they don’t have a problem with it. Angle heads off, and Corbin & Kevin follow. Will the Monster & the Demon show the Lone Wolf & Prizefighter what’s what?

 

It’s official: WWE 2K19 has a PHENOMENAL Cover Star.

Yes, it’s AJ Styles! “Never say never”, because Styles is humbled and honored to be on the cover of this newest edition of the WWE video game. But there is also a WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge! The winner of this challenge can face AJ Styles in-game for $1,000,000!! #NeverSayNever, but who will step up and accept this amazing challenge?

 

No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley!

The Fighting Fiesta faces a man who used to be very much like him. The former Hype Bro used to be all about the party and the fun, but now he’s all about his #KillerInstinct. Will Jose survive to party another night? Or will Mojo end the fun right here?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Mojo powers Jose to a corner. Mojo swings but Jose dodges and dances. Mojo runs again, but Jose dances with him into a headlock. But Mojo powers out and runs Jose over. He glares down at Jose, then speeds things up. Jose runs Mojo over now, and dances some more. Mojo runs but Jose sends him outside, then Jose baseball slides Mojo down. Jose drags Mojo up and in, but Mojo kicks his legs out. Mojo drags Jose in by his hair, then hammers away with angry rights. Mojo drags Jose up again, to headbutt him down. He wrangles Jose into a half-nelson chinbar, but Jose gets up to his feet. Jose jawbreakers, then back elbows Mojo away.

Jose forearms Mojo, then runs to lariat Mojo down! He rallies on Mojo, flapjack on top. Cover, TWO. Mojo gets to a corner, but Jose goes after him. The referee backs Jose off, and Mojo chop blocks the leg! Mojo then runs side to side, “LIGHTS OUT!” with that Killer Forearm. Then fireman’s carry, and drop! Cover, Mojo wins!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall

No more fun and games, only the grind.

In-ring interview with Mojo Rawley.

“The WWE is more competitive now than it ever has been.” In order to achieve anything more than occasional success, you need to bring more. Mojo used to #StayHype, but now, he makes sure to #StayFocused. Can he keep his focus and aim for a title match in the near future?

 

Sasha Banks heads out.

But before she can get in her car, Bayley finds her again. They’re not done. yes they are. At least, Sasha is done. Sasha gets in her car then drives off. Bayley can only throw her bottle at the rear window. Is Bayley all alone again?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Grand Rapids, and already sings. “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do. When times get hard, ask What Would Elias Do?” Rollins may have won at MITB, but he had to cheat, because he knows that Elias can’t be beat. Rollins got what he deserved, losing his title, the Kingslayer’s slain. “Because there’s no one in this world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” When times get tough, just ask What Would Elias Do? Angle, he’s heard Lesnar is looking for a fight. Elias thinks it should be his night. “Everybody wants to run and hide, when the Beast comes knocking.” But Elias has nothing to fear, because he’ll be Walking. Deep down his soul is vapid, just like the trash in Grand Rapids.

Fans didn’t like that last line. But “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” And to reiterate, just ask yourself “What Would Elias Do?”

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Architect, whether too tired, too beat up or too distracted, lost his title. And now he’s a former champion. That stings. Does he think his grueling match with Elias on Sunday played into that? Rollins isn’t going to make excuses, it was his choice to give an Open Challenge. Ziggler won. But McIntyre was in Ziggler’s corner and distracted him a little. McIntyre is a problem, but one that Rollins has a week to solve. Rollins invokes his rematch clause for next week, and vows to take back that Intercontinental Championship. Can The Architect craft a plan to make McIntyre a non-factor?

 

Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin!

Extraordinary Man and Monster in the Bank reunite as a team to take on the pouting Prizefighter and controlling Constable of Raw. Can Finn earn a spot in the Universal Championship Contenders match? Or will Kevin get his way again with the help of the Lone Wolf?

Strowman lets his “little buddy” start against Constable Corbin. They circle, tie up, and Corbin powers Finn to a corner. He backs off but then sucker forearms Finn in the face. Corbin drags Finn up for another, then whips him corner to corner hard. Corbin grins as he stalks Finn, then brings him up. He throws a haymaker, then tags in a reluctant Kevin. Kevin throws hands but that bad arm and back bother him already. He stomps Finn, then whips him, then runs him over with a back elbow. Kevin refuses to continue, so he tags out to Corbin. Corbin is just fine as he knees Finn low.

Corbin stomps a mudhole into Finn, then backs off to taunt Strowman. he throws a forearm but FInn coutnesr with his own, then tags Strowman! The Monster and the Constable stand off, equal in height but perahps not in size. Corbin contemplates what to do, and takes off the nice vest. He circles with Strowman, ties up, but Strowman easily pushes Corbin away. Strowman roars and flexes, and Corbin reconsiders. Corbin sucker punches but Strowman blocks and counters. Kevin distracts, and Corbin pounces! Corbin throws hands on Strowman, and those Golden Gloves rock Strowman. Corbin roars, but Strowman comes back with a big boot! Stroowamn clotheslines Corbin, then clobbers Kevin!

Finn tags in, and he has Strowman give him a literal lift, for a MASSIVE splash! The Monster and the Demon are in control while we take one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Corbin has Finn in a seated half-nelson chinbar. Fans rally and Finn stands up. Finn fights Corbin off, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a dropkick! Kevin tags in, Finn tosses Corbin but Kevin trips him up. Kevin throws Finn into barriers, and Finn slumps down. He then puts Finn back in the ring, back senton, cover, TWO. He stomps on Finn, then drags Finn up for punches to the kidneys. Kevin wraps the chinlock on, and puts his weight on Finn’s body. Fans rally again, and Finn stands up, but Kevin wrangles him back down. Corbin likes what he sees but Strowman shouts for Finn to get up.

Finn sits up, stands up, and reaches, but Kevin pulls him away. Kevin lifts, pendulum backbreaker! Cover, ONE, so Kevin drags Finn over to tag Corbin. Corbin takes Finn and throws in body shots. Corbin drags Finn up, then throws him out of the ring. He trolls Strowman more, then fetches Finn on the outside. Corbin rams Finn into barriers! Then throws him into more barriers! Corbin returns in the ring and leaves Finn to the mercy of the count. Finn gets in at 8 and shoulders Corbin. Finn slingshots but that right rocks him out of the air! Cover, TWO, and Corbin is furious!

Corbin drags Finn up for another chinbar and half-nelson. Fans rally up again, and Finn feeds off the energy. Finn is put in a corner, but he elbows Corbin away. Finn runs for his corner, but runs into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO, and Kevin is furious for Corbin. Corbin gets up and drags Finn over. He tags Kevin in, and Kevin gingerly gets in. Kevin runs, but the back senton misses! Kevin writhes, while Strowman shouts for Finn to move! Both Finn and Kevin crawl, fans are thunderous, hot tag to Corbin, and Corbin intercepts Finn! Finn fights him off, but Corbin whips him into the corner. Corbin clotheslines Finn, then stomps away. Tag to Kevin, and Kevin adds his stomps.

Kevin tags Corbin back in, and Corbin stomps more. Strowman can only glare as Finn takes stomps. But then he decides to just run in and squash Corbin! He also smacks Kevin away, then tosses Finn over to their corner. Strowman tags in, then continues to run over Corbin! He whips Corbin corner to corner, then runs in for another squash! Strowman clubs Corbin with one arm! Cover, but he sees Kevin coming. Kevin stops short, but so does the count. Kevin retreats but Strowman pursues! Corbin intercepts with a HUGE leaping lariat!

Corbin hauls Strwoman into the ring, covers, TWO!! And Corbin is exhausted. Corbin manages to stand up and get to a corner, but Strowman is also up.

Corbin stomps and runs, but gets a palm strike! Strowman staggers up, runs in, but hits post! But Finn returns to tag in! Finn kicks Corbin, then rallies with strikes. He hits Kevin just because, but Corbin knees low. Finn counters with a takedown and double stomps! Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Strowman runs Kevin over, then decides to top it off with a running start. Kevin is bulldozed into the timekeeper’s area!! Both men are down, so it’s just Finn and Corbin. They both stand in the ring, but Corbin grabs Finn for the Choke Slam. Finn counters with a DDT! Finn blasts Corbin with a dropkick, then climbs up top! He takes aim, but Corbin trips him up. End of Days! Cover, Corbin & Kevin win!

Winners: Baron Corbin & Kevin Owens, Corbin pinning

The Lone Wolf and Prizefighter pull out a victory by the skin of their teeth. Strowman may be okay because he is #MonsterInTheBank, but what about Finn’s chances of being in the contenders match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good Raw to follow MITB. The opening was great, with Ronda going wild like that. The “suspension” works well for story, it gives a reason for why Ronda won’t be champion this quickly. Extreme Rules will see the Alexa VS Nia rematch, and maybe something controversial will happen then to give rise to more than just Ronda VS Alexa. Kayfabe or not, we all know Ronda would win against Alexa easily, so the best thing would be a Triple Threat at Summerslam so Ronda will at least have a challenge in Nia. Then following up with the surprise result of Rollins losing was actually pretty smart. It helps build two stories at once: Rollins is overdoing it and he just couldn’t keep it up; and Ziggler-McIntyre are validated in their claims that they’re going to take over.

Poor, poor Hawkins. WWE cares just enough about the story they’ve given him to have him on TV. He and Roode could’ve actually put on a great match, even for just 10 minutes, and it’d end the same so that we’d get a better sense of Hawkins’ struggle rather than just “Oh. He lost. What’s next?” And while I may not have been for The B Team, that parody of Hardy & Wyatt was brilliant. Their title match is probably coming at Extreme Rules or just before, and I really hope they get to go into the WOKEN Universe with either the Hardy or Wyatt compounds for some pre-filmed fun.

Seems Mahal is integrating that abandoned gimmick he had months ago into his current one, and I bet he’ll find his way into Angl’s proposed multi-man contenders match. Sasha and Bayley relapse to being enemies, but that might be for the best. Whether it’s at Extreme Rules or Summerslam, they can easily tear the house down 1v1. They were a bit redundant with the backstage promos, though. The fight was enough, leave it alone until next week. Roman and Lashley are natural choices for this contenders match Angle speaks of, but poor Revival, they return just to lose. Maybe those two will one day get back to what they were in NXT. Mojo himself returns to win, so maybe he can find a way into Extreme Rules.

I was rather surprised Elias finally got what he wanted: a full, uninterrupted performance. That’s another possible contender, even though he lost to Rollins. Kevin essentially offering to be Strowman’s Heyman was interesting, but obviously Strowman is too Face for that kind of stuff now. He and Finn did great against Corbin and Kevin, but it works that Finn took the pin. Strowman stays strong, as he should, and Corbin even puts his name back into the hat. Though, as Constable, his authority might be enough power for him, so it’ll be Kevin that’s likely to qualify for another contenders match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block

Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

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Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

This whole day is based around two major things:

Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?

Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?

Let’s find out!

Ratings:

  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
  • Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
  • SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
  • YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
  • B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
  • B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
  • B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.

People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!

Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.

Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.

Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.

Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.

Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.

Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.

Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.

With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?

 

B Block Standings:

  • Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)

The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408

Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
  • WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
  • Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH looks back to Best in the World.

The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?

 

Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.

Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.

 

Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!

The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?

Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!

Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.

ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!

Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.

“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!

Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?

 

ROH hears from Kelly Klein.

“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?

 

ROH looks back to June 29th.

Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!

Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?

 

WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!

While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?

But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!

Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!

Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.

Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.

ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.

Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!

Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!

Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship

Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?

But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?

 

ROH hears from Rush.

El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?

 

Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!

Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?

But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.

ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.

Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.

Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.

ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!

Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!

Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?

But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.

The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.

And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!

My Score: 8.2/10


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