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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/4/18)

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With only two episodes of Raw before Money in the Bank, the Red Brand enters the home stretch. Two former Universal Champions in Finn Balor and Kevin Owens face off, while The GLORIOUS Bobby Roode will try not to #GetTheseHands from Braun Strowman! Plus, Nia Jax tunes up against Ronda Rousey’s friend, Natalya!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elias & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns; Elias & Mahal win.
  • Curt Hawkins VS James Harden; Harden wins by Disqualification, no free tacos.
  • Nia Jax VS Natalya; Nia wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Bobby Roode; Strowman wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal: The B Team wins and will challenge The Deleters of World for the titles at Money in the Bank.
  • Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks & Ember Moon VS The Riott Squad; initial decision reversed, the Riott Squad wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor; Finn wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

“Ladies and Gentleman: Elias.”

The Drifter opens Raw to a strongly negative reaction. But even so, Elias tells Houston that “I am the man who carries the power of wind in my fist” as he plays his guitar. He asks as always, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” But it should be of no surprise that Elias is the first face we see, because he is WWE’s most valuable asset. He will become even more valuable when he becomes the next Intercontinental Champion. Money in the Bank will see Seth Rollins learn that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Speaking of Rollins, we saw what Elias did to him last week, smashing him with a guitar and leaving him in a pile of dirt and pain. But think about how Elias felt smashing that guitar. But as the great artist he is, he turned that pain into a song.

While Elias plays his guitar, footage of that attack replays so that everyone knows just how he hit Rollins. “The Man has fallen down.” That title will be Elias’ trophy, “because the Architect has lost his ground. The Man has fallen down. Just like the Rockets when Golden State comes to town.” But guess who else is in town? The Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins! Elias is ready to swing that guitar at Rollins, but Rollins stays at a safe distance. Rollins paces around the ring, with fans on his side. Elias dares him to enter, but Rollins makes sure to grab an equalizer! Rollins has a chair! Elias starts to back away as Rollins walks up into the ring. They stand off, armed with weaponry, and circling in the ring.

Elias makes a full lap before swinging, but the chair smacks the guitar away! Now Rollins has Elias cornered, only for Jnder Mahal to jump Rollins from behind! The fans boo as the Drifter and the Maharaja stomp away, but here comes Roman Reigns!

The Big Dog runs in but has Mahal and Elias on him. He still fights them, and even Sunil Singh, off! He uppercuts them all out of the ring, and helps his Shield Brother stand up. Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, appears!

Angle has everyone hold on. Elias and Mahal aren’t getting away, because now, it’s a tag team match! Mahal & Elias must face the Shield Brothers, after the break.

 

Elias & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns!

Raw returns and the match begins with Roman and Mahal. However, Mahal decides to tag out to Elias, so Roman tags to Elias. Elias tags to Mahal, so Rollins to Roman. And around again. And again, and again. The Shield stops the cycle and go after Mahal and Elias! Rollins slingshots out onto Mahal while Roman throws Elias into barriers. Rollins puts Mahal back in the ring, then chops away. Mahal puts on a headlock but Rollins powers out. Things speed up and Rollins dropkicks Mahal down. Rollins picks Mahal up and tags to Roman. Rollins whips and then Roman whips Rollins in for the forearm. Roman back elbows Mahal down, then tags back to Rollins. They double whip Mahal, and double shoulder down. Cover, ONE, and Mahal powers Rollisn to his corner. Elias tags in, but Rollins fights back, only to get clobbered from behind.

Elias keeps on Rollins with a tossing hotshot at the ropes. Cover, TWO, and Rollins gets to the ropes. Elias chokes him against them, but backs off at 4. Elias drags Rollins up but Rollins punches back. Rollins reaches but Elias whips and lariats Rollins down. Elias taunts Rollins before putting him in a neck wrench. Elias shifts to a partial cobra clutch, but fans rally. Rollins fights up but Elias wrangles him away into a chinlock. Elias trash talks him but Rollins feeds off the fans’ rally. Rollins stands, but Elias wrangles him back down into a deeper chinlock. Elias wrenches back but Rollins endures. Fans keep rallying, and Rollins stand up to reach. Elias knees low and whips but Rollins kicks him away. Elias blocks the suplex and drops the knee, but misses! Both men crawl, hot tag to Mahal to deny the tag.

Mahal whips, but Rollins boots Mahal away! Rollins throws Mahal out, and hot tag to Roman! Roman rallies on Mahal! This is a preview to their grudge match as Roman hits the leaping lariat. Roman uppercuts Elias for good measure, then clotheslines in the corner for Mahal. He hits all 10, then runs but into Mahal’s boot! Roman rebounds and his HIS boot. Mahal manages to tag Elias, but Elias runs into a boot for himself! Fans fire up while Roman gets to a corner. Roman locks and loads, then takes aim, but Mahal steps up. Roman uppercuts Mahal, but Elias escapes to the outside. Rmoan sees that and exits, to come around the corner. Roman goes for the Drive-By, but Sunil saves Mahal and Elias clobbers Roman! The Shield boys are in trouble while we go to break.

Raw returns to Roman enduring a chinlock. Elias stands Roman up for jabs, then a straight right. Mahal tags in and he hotshots Roman, covers, TWO. Mahal keeps on Roman with elbows to his head and crossfaces before another chinlock. Roman endures again, but Mahal ditches the hold to drop a knee. Mahal keeps on Roman, then tags Mahal so they can stomp and drop more knees. Cover, TWO, but Elias brings Roman up for more jabs. Elias takes a shot at Rollins just because, but Roman throws haymakers now. Roman whips but Eilas reverses and elbows Roman down. Cover, TWO, and Elias grows frustrated. Tag to Mahal, and Mahal kicks Roman back down. Mahal wraps Roman back in a chinlock, but fans rally again. Roman powers up but Mahal runs, into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Elias and Rollins!

Rollins hits a Thesz press and throws hands, then the slingblade! He hits Mahal for good measure, then boots Elias to hit the Blockbuster!

Cover, TWO, but Rollins’ neck slows him down. Elias gets to a corner, but Rollins runs in. Elias puts him on the apron, but Rollins springboards up and over. Rollins dodges the knee to hit the Falcon Arrow! Cover, Mahal breaks it. Mahal glares down at Rollins and brings him up, but Roman SUPERMAN Punches Mahal down. Roman waits for Elias to get in position, and hits the Drive-By dropkick! Rollins adds the mule kick, then stomps for “Burn It Down!” Sunil distracts on the apron, but Rollins just flinches him off. Roman catches Sunil but Mahal saves his sidekick. Mahal puts Roman into steel steps, then into the crowd! Elias rolls Rollins, TWO! Enziguri from Rollins, a DIVE onto Mahal! Rollins hits the barrier neck first! Sunil drags out a chair, and goes after Rollins.

Rollins sees him first, and snags that chair away. Rollins glares at Sunil but Elias catches him, DDT on the chair! The referee reprimands Elias but what’s done is done. Elias crawls up to his feet, and drags the limp Rollins up. Elias hits Drift Away! Cover, Elias & Mahal win!

Winners: Elias & Mahal, Elias pinning

Rollins was less than 100% but The Drifter still pinned him. Elias wants to be the Intercontinental Champion, and he’ll do just about anything to get that title. Will he play Rollins’ swan song at Money in the Bank? Will Mahal also win and kick The Big Dog out of The Yard?

 

Curt Hawkins VS James Harden!

The Fact Checker made a bold prediction and promise. Fans know what he promised: when he wins, everyone wins a free taco! But his opponent is James Harden. No not THAT Harden. But he is from Houston. Hawkins is thankful to Harden for being part of history. The bell rings and they tie up. Hawkins puts Harden in a corner, Hawkins rocks him with punches and stmops. He whips Harden corner to corner, and Harden hits buckles hard. Hawkins keeps on Harden with another whip, then a scoop and slam! Hawkins waits for Harden to get up, but Harden dodges him. Harden hits back, but Hawkins makes him pay with a clothesline! Fans chant “We Want Tacos!” has Hawkins waits for Harden stand up. But Baron Corbin appears!

The Lone Wolf is grinning, which is a bad sign for Hawkins, Harden, and the tacos. Corbin hits the ring, END OF DAYS for Harden!

Harden wins by Disqualification; no free tacos

Hawkins hits 200 losses! And only Corbin is happy. Corbin smashes Hawkins with tacos! Then Corbin dumps the table onto Hawkins, adding insult to injury. Fans boo, mostly because they wanted tacos. Will Hawkins ever get out of his losing streak? Or will Corbin continue to ruin everyone’s fun?

 

Kurt Angle meets with Baron Corbin.

“What was that all about?” Corbin will explain that later. He wants his opportunities, and so he went over Angle’s head to Stephanie McMahon. She has a message for Angle. “Due to several questionable judgments,” Stephanie is creating a checks and balances system. Corbin is the Constable of Raw now! The Lone Wolf is going to enforce Stephanie’s will over Angle?!

 

Nia Jax VS Natalya!

The Queen of Harts took offense to The Irresistible Force implying her friend, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, can’t put on her best moves. But to make sure Nia doesn’t treat Natty too rough, Ronda is here on commentary!

Will Natty help expose some weaknesses in the Raw Women’s Champion for Ronda to take advantage of? Or is the Irresistible Force truly unstoppable?

The bell rings, and Natty circles with Nia. They tie up, and Nia pushes Natty down. Nia taunts Natty, but Natty keeps her cool as they tie up again. Natty gets a headlock, but Nia is too strong for her to throw. Nia powers and pushes Natty off, but Natty comes back with a clothesline. Nia isn’t backed down at all, so Natty gets around to a waistlock. Natty is easily bucked off but Natty dropkick Nia. Nia shoulders Natty back down, then again. Natty rolls out of the ring to catch her breath while we go to break.

Raw returns to Nia squeezing Natty in a chinlock and half nelson. Natty endures and fights her way up to jawbreaker her way out. Nia comes back, but Natty tries to scoop! Nia headbutts Natty down before she can manage it. Natty gets to a corner, then boots Nia away. Natty runs out, and wheelbarrows to the facebuster! Nia staggers, and Natty dropkicks her down. Fans rally for Natty while they stand. Natty goes after Nia with forearms and kicks and even a slap. Natty kicks again, then whips, but Nia blocks with strength. Nia whips Natty to a corner, but misses the splash. Natty catches her breath, then discus clotheslines Nia down! Cover, TWO! But Rousey can tell how close Natty was there.

Natty and Nia stand, and the fans fire up for the Queen of Harts. Natty runs on Nia, but one of her knees gives out. Nia scoops Natty, Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia, by pinfall

Rousey is more worried for Natty than herself. Even Nia shows some concern for the former champion. Rousey also comes over, and checks on Natty as well. Nia wants to show she’s concerned, but Rousey won’t let her near. Nia bumps Rousey, and Rousey takes offense. They stare down, and Rousey tells Nia to leave.

Nia still wants to show concern for the hurt and frustrated Natty, but she keeps her distance. Natty is helped out of the ring, and Rousey follows after. Can the Baddest Woman on the Planet prove to Nia she’s ready to be champion? Will Natalya be able to return to the ring so she can compete in the Women’s MITB Ladder Match?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Roode.

What is his mindset going into his first ever MITB Ladder match? Ecstatic! He’s in the most life changing match in WWE, and Roode thrives in the spotlight. Roode wants to make history, because that contract is a sure-fire way to becoming the next Universal Champion. And when that all happens, it will be Absolutely GLORIOUS! But what about tonight’s match with Braun Strowman? That’s a different story. Roode’s been in the business 20 years yet no one is like Strowman. Roode will have to use every trick in the book, and maybe that can help him win. Other than that, Roode just hopes to survive.

Braun Strowman VS Bobby Roode!

The Monster Among Men vows to be Mr. MONSTER in the Bank, and he has a very good chance of doing that. Can Roode hope to NOT #GetTheseHands this close to MITB?

Raw returns to this match as the bell rings. Strowman and Roode stare down. Roode rushes Strowman but Strowman shoves him away to then roar triumphantly. Roode stands back up and manages a headlock, but Strowman powers him off. Strowman runs in but Roode dodges. Roode chops but it does nothing! Strowman throws Roode across the way! Then Strowman runs corner to corner, but into boots. Roode hops up but Strowman grabs his throat! He scoops but Roode silps out to chopblock! Roode kicks and kicks, then goes for the DDT. Strowman is too big for that and he just flapjacks Roode down. Fans want Roode to “Get These Hands!” and Strowman stalks Roode to a corner. Strowman uses a butterfly suplex to throw Roode! Fans cheer as Strowman waits for Roode to stand.

Roode rolls to a corner, and back elbows Strowman away. Roode boots Strowman, then dodges to send Strowman into a post! He surprised himself with that, and now he hurries to the outside. Roode starts looking under the ring, and brings out a ladder! A preview of MITB, as Roode prepares the ladder as a bridge. Roode grins as he hurries back into the ring. Strowman stands up, but Roode is confident. Roode baits Strowman into chasing him, and leads him around, to the ladder! But Strowman stops to avoid running into the steel. Roode gloats, but Strowman BREAKS THE LADDER, with his bare hands!!

Roode is afraid, and he runs away for real! He stumbles, and Strowman catches him, to put him into the barriers. Strowman drags Roode up and tosses him into the ring. Strowman stomps over and lifts Roode up, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall

The Monster conquers again! Strowman broke a ladder tonight, will he use ladders to break the other opponents in the MITB match?

 

Kevin Owens watches backstage.

Charli Caruso comes in for an interview and asks his thoughts on all of this. Kevin knows Strowman is big, Roode has a robe and the sky is blue. But who cares about them? Or anyone from SmackDown? Kevin only cares about winning. Finn Balor is a perfect example as to why the WWE Universe is clueless. Everyone loves Finn and the Balor Club, and Too Sweet. Was it Too Sweet when he failed in his match against Strowman? Kevin cost him that match, though. That’s besides the point! Kevin is going to win tonight, and prove to everyone that Finn is just a “made-up Irish myth.”

 

Ronda Rousey is with Natalya in the trainer’s area.

There was a pop in her leg and it just hurts now. Rousey helps Natty with the crutches, and Nia comes in to apologize. Natty understands, but her MITB chances are looking bad. Rousey is upset but Natty defends Nia. Nia says Natty is her friend, too, and Natty defends Ronda to Nia. The friends of Natty argue but she shouts for them to stop. These things happen, so Natty just needs some time. Rousey and Nia ar both worried, but they’re both still upset with each other.

 

The Deleters of Worlds head to the ring!

The WOKEN Yin-Yang is in Houston with their Raw Tag Team Championships, because they want to witness in person, who their opponents for Money in the Bank will be. The Battle Royal is up next, so how does it feel to watch the entire Division to fight for their chance? “Many men lust for power. It’s in their nature, man. It drives them, it consumes them, and ultimately it destroys them.” But any team that has the audacity to take on this team should know that they are not just facing men, but Woken Warriors! They will face fireflies! And they will face wrestling gods, and learn what it means to be WOKEN~! Ye-e-e-e-e-es! They are like magic, but so much more. Their Essences transcend space and time, and now, they are the Raw Tag Team Champions! They have awoken the WWE Universe, and ask… Is Renee WOKEN? Yeah…? WONDERFUL~!

Now it is time for the Battle Royale to commence. Senor Benjamin– WAIT! Wyatt wants it to be known, that no matter which team wins, they will first suffer and be… DELETED!!

Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal!

All the other teams of the Raw Tag Team Division fill the ring and only the last team standing will earn a golden opportunity at MITB. Will the “undefeated” B Team be able to overcome The Ascension, Titus Worldwide, The Fashion Police, The Revival, the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions of Slater & Rhyno AND the devastating duo of Dolph & Drew? Or will they be dumped out and defeated for the first time (since their redesign)?

The bell rings and they brawl while Jojo makes the explanations. Ziggler and McIntyre patiently wait on the outside while all the others fight it out. Axel saves Bo from The Ascension but then McIntyre and Ziggler jump in. McIntyre chops with Viktor, while Titus chops Ziggler. The Revival work on Apollo but then McIntyre chops with Scott Dawson. Ziggler survives on the apron as he hotshots Titus away. Viktor goes after Ziggler while Titus goes after Rhyno. Konnor beats up Slater while McIntyre continues on Dawson.

Ziggler survives again but brawls with Apollo. Ziggler goes after old foe Breeze, but Breeze dumps him to the apron. The Show-Off slingshots back in, but then is tossed back tot he apron! Ziggler jumps up, Breeze eliminates him!! He and McIntyre are ELIMINATED together! Not that he cares, he wrecks Slater and Fandango, and Ziggler returns to SUPERKICK people! Ziggler and McIntyre combine on Bo, CLAYMORE ZIGZAG!

Fans boo while the referees force them to leave. The Show-Off & Stud are pissed but this match continues without them, after the break.

Raw returns, and the brawling keeps going. Titus was eliminated during the break, so Apollo goes with him. The #TopGuys work on the Fashion Police but their friends The Ascension save them. However, this only gets Viktor whipped at Fandango, and Fandango tosses Viktor all the way out! The Ascension are ELIMINATED! But then so are the Fashion Police as Dash & Dawson toss Fandango! This leaves the Revival, Slater & Rhyno and The B Team! The Revival work over Rhyno & Slater in turn while The B Team catch their breaths. Bo becomes a target now, but he fights them off. Axel saves his partner and it’s a fight between the four. Dash & Dawson take them down, then whip Slater into the Shatter- No, Rhyno ELIMINATES Dash and therefore the team! Slater SUPERKICKS Dawson for good measure.

The B Team pounces! Axel clubs Slater but he brawls with Rhyno. Rhyno goes after Bo, too, but runs into boots. Axel kicks and DDT’s Rhyno down. Bo and Axel work together to bring Rhyno up and toss him out. Rhyno holds on, and Slater wakes up. The B Team sees their surrounded, big knee and a heel kick from Slater! Slater gets Bo in the scoop, but Rhyno is knocked away! The B Team wins!!

Winners: The B Team; they will challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championships at MITB

Axel & Bo toss Slater out for good measure, and they’re STILL “undefeated”!! The B Team are the #1 contenders, can they become “undefeated” Champions?!

 

Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The Alpha Male is in Houston, and is prepared for his grudge match with Sami Zayn at MITB. Sami has accused Lashley of giving him a case of vertigo, then went and used actors to imitate the Lashley sisters. But from where Lashley comes from, he does things the old fashioned way. If Sami wants to talk more trash, say it to his face. Saim’s music hits, but Sami doesn’t walk out.

Lashley waits, but the Underdog responds from way over in the crowd. Lashley wants Sami to enter the ring with him? “YES! YES!” “Not a chance.” Because the last time they were in the ring together, Lashley assaulted Sami. Sami shook Lashley’s hand but Lashley almost broke that hand. Sami couldn’t even cook his organic tofu steaks or hold the mic with that hand.

But that’s okay, because Sami is a genius! His brain never stops working, never stops scouting. Sami has great insight to the real Lashely with the power of Instagram. It turns out, Lashley loves posting inspirational quotes! Sami has some ready, and they’re up on the Titantron. “They told me to think outside the box. I showed them there is no box.” Wow, mind-blown! That’s deep. Like, Sami Zayn levels, almost. Next, “Apply for that job. Date that person. Buy that plane ticket. Move to that city. Do all the things that scare you, they’re worth it.” That one is a strong one. A personal one for Sami, because he’s felt scared to do things, too~! But now he can do anything thanks to Lashley’s Instagram. This is good, really it is. Maybe too good.

Most of these here simply Texans just think “Lashley is a genuinely good person”, but an intellectual like Sami digs deeper. Sami logged into an anonymous alt account and DM’d Lashley. But instead of a nice reply, Lashley copy-pasted a link to this: the Bobby Lashley Fan Club! “Can you believe the ego?” And surprise surprise, for only $19.99 you can get a Lashley headband. For $39.99, get a shirt! “Don’t you see what’s going on here? It’s all a ruse!” It’s a scam to fool everyone. But Sami is too smart for these tricks. Sami, where are you going with all this? Where is he literally going? Sami sure loves lurking his Instagram. Lashley hoped Sami would have the decency to face Sami face to face. Sami doesn’t talk to liars, Bobby. “If that’s even your real name.”

Lashley isn’t sure whether to laugh with, laugh at or pity Sami. Sami is leaving, but Lashley would appreciate not selling this match at the expense of his reputation. But everything about Lashley is a lie! Right down to the fake smile! Does Lashley even have sisters? Was he ever in the Army? Oh did that hit a nerve? Maybe just maybe that was another Lashley lie. Lashley gets angry and Sami steps back even from atop the stairs. Fans chant “USA! USA!” in support of Lashley, but Sami keeps shrinking away. Will Sami pay dearly for all those comments come MITB?

 

Backstage interview with Jinder Mahal.

The Modern Day Maharaja has escalated things with Roman Reigns. What is the root of their issue? “Roman is a jealous, bitter man.” ROman sees a conspiracy when in fact, he’s the only one getting opportunities. Those opportunities should go to Mahal. It’s why Roman speared Mahal before his MITB qualifying match. “But there is something in the air.” The winds of change blow, and Roman will find himself in a storm.

Roman Reigns responds.

His reaction to Mahal’s comments is that Roman is not bitter. Mahal forgot who Roman Reigns is and what he’s done. What has Mahal done around here lately? Nothing! Mahal is the one who expects to be handed things. Mahal takes offense that they aren’t doing this face to face. Roman tells Mahal to shut up. If he wants to do this face to face, they can. They’re both still here, so Roman’s gonna go find Mahal.

The Big Dog is on the hunt, but when he spots Mahal, Mahal is just as ready. Mahal throws Sunil at Roman but that doesn’t stop Roman! They brawl with heavy hands, then Roman puts Mahal into a garage door! Security and referees come in to stop this fight from happening. Mahal and Roman are ready to tear each other up, will they even make it to MITB?

 

Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks & Ember Moon VS The Riott Squad!

The Goddess, the Boss & The Prophecy of Flame are all in the Women’s MITB Ladder match, but must team up tonight to keep momentum going towards the PPV. Will this trio hold together against the chaotic but united Ruby, Liv & Sarah?

The bell rings and Ember starts against Ruby. They circle and tie up, and go around the ring. Ruby arm-drags Ember, and the Squad cheers. Ember gets a headlock but Ruby reverses. Ember whips but Ruby arm-drags, yet Ember stays on her feet with the handspring. They tie up again, Ruby elbows out of the waistlock to then shoulder Ember down. Things speed up and Ember trips up Ruby to then slingshot splash! Cover, TWO, but Ember keeps on her. Sasha wants to tag but Alexa intercepts. The Goddess takes Ruby from the War Goddess and wrenches on Ruby’s arm. Alexa whips but she hurts her leg! Ruby goes after her but Alexa hurries to tag out to Sasha. Alexa limps away, is she giving up on the match? Raw goes to break while Sasha and Ember look at the retreating Goddess.

Raw returns and this unofficially becomes a handicap match. Liv has Ember in a bodyscissors and chinlock, but Ember stands up to walk to her corner. Liv drags Ember back into the Squad’s corner, and tags in Ruby. Ruby tags in Sarah then whips Liv in for a forearm. Ruby runs in for the shoulder, then they feed Ember to Sarah’s pop-up headbutt! Cover, TWO, and The Squad is frustrated. Sarah tags Ruby, and they stomp Ember. Ruby drags Ember up by her hair, then puts her in a double chicken wing. Ember endures the thrashing, then bucks Ruby off with the ropes. She crawls towards Sasha but Ruby drags her away. Ember stands but Ruby throws her down by her hair! Ruby goes back over but Ember rolls and hot tag to Sasha!

Sasha rallies on Liv, and gives a knee for the kick. Sasha hits Sarah, then double knees on Liv. Liv puts Sasha on the apron but Sasha kicks her away. Ruby returns but Sasha kicks her away. Sasha slingshots in but Liv disrupts that and bumps Sasha’s face off buckles! Liv adds the double stomps! Cover, TWO, and Liv can’t believe it. Liv keeps on Sasha while tagging Ruby. Ruby stomps, then tags Sarah, this is a Squad stampede. Liv tags in and stalks Sasha while fans rally for her. Liv puts Sasha in a seated full nelson but Sasha feeds off the fan energy. Sasha kicks back and reaches but Liv denies the tag. A double clothesline takes both of them down!

The fans rally, but the Squad sneaks around the side to trip up Ember. Ember fights them off with kicks, then hurries back up, only for Liv to blast her back. of Sarah htis Shotgun Knees that send Ember flying! Sasha rolls up Liv, TWO, Liv dropkicks Sasha. Cover, TWO, and Liv shrieks. She hammers away on Sasha, then drags her up to the Squad corner. Ruby tags in, then tags Sarah. They try the train again but Sasha fights back. Sasha jumps up and hits Meteora on Sarah and Ruby! Sasha is down, but so is Ember. HERE COMES BAYLEY!

She tags in!? She rallies on Sarah! Bayley hits a knee, then a Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley and team wins!

Winners: Sahas, Ember & Bayley, Bayley pinning

The Huggable One makes a surprise appearance, but it was just in time. She helps Ember and her sometimes-friend Sasha win, does this put Bayley back in Sasha’s good graces?

 

Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin see the finish.

The Lone Wolf wants to know what’s up with that. It’s none of Corbin’s business. But Corbin is the Constable now, and nowhere in the book it says you can do what Bayley just did. Angle needs to find those three and tell them that this win doesn’t count. Or else, Stephanie will. Angle concedes, is this how it’s going to be on Raw now?

 

The “winners” are backstage.

“What a rush!” Alexa quit, but Bayley made the save. Sasha agrees, and wishes Bayley was the one– Don’t. This was good enough. Ember thinks they should just hug this out already, because she wants to celebrate. However, Angle finds them, and as Corbin said, this win is reversed. Bayley wasn’t legal, The Squad wins instead. Unfair as it is, does this nullify everything Bayley just did for Sasha?

Corbin also talks to a referee about this.

“This job’s not for everybody.” Is everyone getting the shakedown now that Stephanie has appointed “Constable Corbin”?

 

The Big Show is here!

The Giant is back, and he’s here with members of Team Texas for the Special Olympics. “We want to welcome these tremendous athletes” as they compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Big Show is honored to have met these athletes year after year, they inspire him to be a better person. Special Olympics embodies what it means to show love and support and Big Show is proud to be by their side. “Together, we all can make a difference.” Please show your support for the Special Olympics, inclusion, and the fun of sports! And speaking of inclusion, it’s FINN BALOR! Balor Club is for Everyone!

Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor!

Not only is this a Raw first-time-ever of two former Universal Champions, this is also a rematch that dates back to their NXT Championship match where the Extraordinary Man took the title from the Prizefighter. Both men are on the verge of an even bigger prize, who will gain momentum ahead of MITB?

The bell rings and they tie up. Kevin powers Finn to a corner, but Finn avoids the sucker punch to chop away. The referee backs Finn off given the ropebreak, and Finn honors it. Kevin comes back and the two circle. Kevin gets the waistlock, then the slam, and then he slaps Finn in the head. “Was that Too Sweet?” Finn kicks away on Kevin, and Kevin hobbles out of the ring. Kevin takes his time with the ring count, then returns at 5. He and Finn circle again while fans duel. Kevin kicks and clubs Finn down, then puts him in a headlock. Finn pushes but Kevni holds on, “Who’s Too Sweet now?” Kevin hits the headlock takeover and traps an arm. He makes it a cover, TWO. They stand up, Finn powers out but Kevin runs him over. TWO, but Kevin gets the chinlock all over again.

Finn endures the hold, and stands up again. Finn powers out and avoids Kevin this time, to then arm-drag Kevin down. Now Finn has Kevin in a hold, but Kevin stands up and puts Finn in a corner. Kevin body shots Finn, then stomps him. “That’s why this is MY show!” Kevin stomps Finn more, then drags him up for a chop. Finn staggers but Kevin whips. Finn reverses, sunset flip but roll through to a dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Finn puts Kevin back in the armlock. Kevin works his way up, but Finn wrenches the arm. Finn goes to a hammerlock, but Kevin backs him down. Kevin elbows at the break, and the ref reprimands him, but Kevin just stomps Finn again. Kevin kicks and stomps, then stops at 4. Finn stands up but Kevin whips Finn hard corner to corner. Cover, TWO, and Finn gets to a corner.

Kevin stalks Finn, and swiftly chops him. Kevin whips Finn again, but then Finn dodges and slips out to swing kick Kevin down! Finn climbs up, but Kevin rolls out to avoid the Coup de Grace. Finn has Kevin on the defense while we go to one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Finn fights his way out of a chinlock, only for Kevin to wrangle him back down. Kevin mocks Finn, “That was so close.” Kevin keeps up the squeeze, shouting that the MITB contract is already his. Fans rally for Finn, and Finn powers up again. Kevin clubs him stiffly on the back, but Finn boots out of a corner. Finn runs and rallies with a big forearm smash. Finn runs but into Kevin’s boot. Kevin hops up while Finn is dazed, but Finn swing kicks him down! Finn climbs up now, but Kevin rolls out again, so Finn adjusts plans and FLIES!

Finn takes out Kevin with the leap, and fires himself back up. He drags Kevin up and into the ring, but Kevin rolls out again. Finn grabs him and brings him back up, but Kevin hotshots the arm.

Kevin stomps the writhing Finn and goes right after the arm. Kevin then stands on Finn’s other arm before slamming the bad arm. Fans cheer for Finn while Kevin puts him in a double wristlock. Finn endures and powers up again, but Kevin wrangles him back down. Fans keep rallying, and Finn stands up again. Kevin wrenches the arm and brings Finn back down. Finn refuses to give up, so Kevin lets go. Kevin goes for the senton but Finn avoids it! Finn and Kevin slowly stand, and Kevin kicks low. Kevin clubs Finn again, and fans boo. Kevin stands Finn up and whips but Finn reverses. Finn prepares the body drop but Kevin goes for the powerbomb! Finn blocks the lift, then dumps Kevin down for the double stomps! Both men are down from exhaustion.

Finn sits up first, but Kevin gets to a corner. Kevin stands up but Finn is on him with furious strikes! Finn won’t let Kevin get away, he keeps going, then whips Kevin corner to corner. Running chop, then another whip. Kevin reverses but Finn reverses back, elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn has the fans on his side as he gets to a corner. Finn tries the slingblade but Kevin rolls him up, TWO, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO, and Kevin can’t believe it. Kevin stands while fans cheer Finn. Kevin grimaces as he drags Finn up and throws him to ropes. Finn slingblades off the rebound! Fans fire up while both men stand, Finn blasts Kevin to a corner with the dropkick! Kevin hits buckles and hits the mat, but now Finn climbs up.

Finn takes aim once more, but Kevin uses the ropes to trip him up! Finn gasps for air while Kevin puts him in the Tree of Woe. Kevin stomps and stomps and stomps, but the referee counts him. Kevin won’t stop, so the referee calls for the bell!

Winner: Finn, by disqualification

The Prizefighter went too far, and now he loses the match. But that only makes Kevin angrier! He brings Finn into position, and then climbs up to the top, FROG SPLASH!

Kevin has that old familiar look of seething anger again as he stares up at the briefcase. Kevin grabs a ladder from under the ring, another preview to MITB. He puts the ladder in the ring while the referee checks on Finn. The referee tells Kevin to stop this, but Kevin doesn’t listen. Kevin stands the ladder up, then tells everyone to watch as he climbs it. Kevin reaches the very top, and then has an even more sinister idea now. He turns around, for… Well, no, maybe not from that height. Kevin comes down a couple rungs, and thinks about it again. This hesitation allows Finn to get up and smack Kevin into the ladder! Finn blasts Kevin with another dropkick, and now FINN gets that crazy idea. Finn climbs, and climbs, and climbs… SUPER COUP DE GRACE!!

The double stomp hits from ten feet up, and then Finn goes back up. Finn returns to the top of the ladder and takes down the briefcase! Will we see this all over again in the Men’s Money in the Bank match? Will Finn become the Extraordinary Man in the Bank?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid Raw overall tonight, but it only did so much to help sell MITB to those who aren’t already planning to watch. Elias opening was a nice touch, as was the confrontation with Rollins, but it was a biit too formulaic to have it become a Teddy Long style tag match. Though, the match was still fun, and apparently Houston likes Roman. It was good for Elias and Mahal to win to first set up the IC title match, and then add fuel to the Roman-Mahal grudge match. Corbin apparently moves up in the world now that he’s the “Constable”. Now he gets to ruin everyone’s fun, not just Hawkins and his taco giveaway. Also nice gag with “James Harden” getting a win.

Nia VS Natty was pretty good, and it worked to feed the Nia-Ronda story, where Nia “hurts” her leg, and it gives her two mutual friends a new reason to not get along. Braun continues to be the best thing ever with that bare-handed ladder breaking. How is he NOT the favorite to win? And obviously the B Team were the favorites in the Tag Team Battle Royal, I just wish they let McIntyre & Ziggler last longer. I did enjoy their meltdown and how they attacked everyone else. I feel like it would’ve been better if they’d messed up the match for everyone else, and then there’d need to be something else to determine contenders.

Tonight’s Lashley-Sami segment was better than the others, but it still feels like something isn’t clicking. The match will be great, naturally, but it just seems like this isn’t what either of them should’ve been doing towards MITB. The Six Woman Tag was pretty good, and it was another clever move for Alexa to be “hurt” and back out so that Bayley can make an “illegal” save, as pointed out by Constable Corbin. I’m starting to think they’re making a shift from Angle & Lashley VS Kevin & Sami to Angle VS Corbin. That’s not so bad, as Kevin VS Finn was incredible, and this could become a great program should neither guy win MITB.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (6/16/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 352

Best in the World is approaching, but ROH first brings us an amazing 10 Man Tag! It will be The Bullet Club, represented by Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page & The Young Bucks VS ALL of Los Ingobernables de Japon! Can the American Nightmare and his team overcome the most Tranquilo stable of NJPW?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Chuck Taylor VS Kenny King; Kenny King wins.
  • Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods; Shane Taylor wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Bullet Club wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bullet Club speaks.

“LIJ, tonight, you have no excuses!” Does anyone know what the J in LIJ really stands for? Cody thinks it’s “jokes”, but that’s not it. Jobbers? No, they’re not jobbers. Juniors? No, that’s not it, either. Jerks? No no no. It stands for JABRONIES! Does anyone think LIJ could sell out 10 thousand seats on their own? No, and certainly not in “30 EFFING MINUTES!” LIJ, Bullet Club is coming for you!

 

Chuck Taylor VS

The K I N G tried to help Austin Aries, only for it to backfire, and then Aries stopped being his friend with an uncalled for attack! Can he snap back with a win over the returning Kentucky Gentleman?

Fans chant for “Chuckie T!” as the match begins. Chuckie offers a hand to uphold the Code of Honor, but Kenny wants a hug. Chuckie declines, hugs are for his Best Friend, Trent. Fans chant “Hug! Hug!” but Chuckie insists on the handshake. Kenny accepts the handshake, then gives long-distance hugs to the fans. Kenny and Chuckie circle and tie up, and Kenny puts Chuckie into a corner. He backs off at the ropebreak, and they circle again. They tie up as fans rally. Chuckie hammerlocks, but Kenny reverses and gets a headlock. Chuckie slips out to a facelock, but Kenny reverses back to a hammerlock. Kenny shifts back to a headlock but Chuckie powers out, only for Kenny to run him over.

Kenny fires up and dances, then runs, but things speed up. Chuckie leaps over but Kenny headlocks. Chuckie reverses to his headlock, but Kenny powers out now, only for Chuckie to run him over. Now Chuckie does a dance, then runs. Things speed up again, and Kenny arm-drags Chuckie. Chuckie gives an arm-drag, and the two stand off. The fans applaud, and now Chuckie gives Kenny a hug. Fans cheer for that! Kenny gives the hug, but then Chuckie fakes a move. The two stay good sports, and tie up again. Kenny gets a wristlock, but Chuckie rolls to reverse into a hammerlock. Kenny spins and whips but Chuckie holds ropes. They break but then hug again. Belly2belly from Chuckie! Chuckie grins as he dances. Kenny hits Chuckie back but Chuckie forearms Kenny down, and we go to break.

ROH returns, and Chuckie has Kenny in a corner. Chuckie scoop slams him, then shouts that he’s never missed a moonsault ever! He climbs up, then leaps, but he belly flops on the mat! And he slaps the mat in frustration over his first miss. Kenny gets up while Chuckie crawls away. Kenny runs in and jabs away, then bobs and weaves. He whips Chuckie and hits him with the heel kick! Kenny brings Chuckie up but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs but is put on the apron. Kenny hits Chuckie with the Eddie Gordo Kick, then slingshots out to knock Chuckie down! Fans fire up, and a fan gets a selfie with Kenny! But the phone messes it up, so no actual selfie was taken. Kenny returns to the ring, climbs up top, and Chuckie stands. Kenny leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO!

Kenny keeps his cool, and reminds the fans to have their cameras ready. He hauls Chuckie up, but Chuckie slips off to hotshot Kenny down. Chuckie high fives the fan, then gets everyone fired up. It’s One Dog Night, the most dangerous slingshot stop! But Kenny dodges, so Chuckie slingshots back out to knock Kenny down! Chuckie’s stuck but he gives a thumbs up. Chuckie gets up, and finally that fan gets a selfie. Kenny gets back in the ring, but Chuckie follows. Chuckie shoulders in, then slingshots over, and counters the headscissors with a sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO, but fans rally up for Chuckie.

Chuckie brings Kenny up, but Kenny blocks the suplex. Chuckie clubs Kenny, then suplexes, but Kenny slips out. Kenny waistlocks, but Chuckie standing switches. Chuckie swings Kenny out, Sole Food! Chuckie runs, but into a glancing uppercut! He gets to a corner, and Kenny runs in, but into a knee! Chuckie suplex, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, and Chuckie brings Kenny up. Kenny resists Chuckie’s move but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO, but Kenny calls for his finish.

Kenny drags Chuckie up, fireman’s carry, but Chuckie small pakcage, TWO. Chuckie with the snap piledriver! Cover, TWO! And Chuckie grows frustrated. But then he fires back up and calls for his own finish. He lifts but Kenny slips out. Chuckie swings but Kenny gets behind, atomic drop to spinning roundhouse! Then, fireman’s carry and swing out, Royal Flush!

Cover, Kenny wins!

Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall

The K I N G feels a lot better after this victory, but he’s still got the Greatest Man That Ever Lived on his mind. Will Kenny get his hands on Austin Aries in the future to exact his revenge?

 

The Briscoes speak.

“People been asking a lotta damn questions.” Briscoes, what’s wrong with all? Why’ve you been going down this dark path? Why, Briscoes, Why? “First of all, who is y’all to be asking us these questions?!” Do you know they are? They’re the champs! So mind your business.

As for the Young Bucks, listen up and listen good. Mark gives them credit for being best in the world, at selling T-shirts and making YouTube videos and a bunch of other stuff! The Bucks can do so much! But #DemBoyz know there’s something the Bucks can’t do, and that’s take the titles from the Briscoes. Best in the World will bring an ROH World Tag Team Championship rematch between two of the best teams today. Who will prove themselves THE best in the world?

 

Shane Taylor is in the ring.

The Notorious Hitman tells Josh “The Goods” Woods that Woods was “dead to rights” in West Palm Beach, Florida! At least, until King Mo stuck his nose in their business. Not surprising that fans are booing, they’re all just like Woods and King Mo! They’re “used to disappointment.” But don’t worry, Shane Taylor will give Chicago something to cheer for when he pops his opponent faster than Derrick Rose did his ACL. Harsh words, but who is Taylor’s opponent? It’s The Goods himself!

Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods!

The tension is high even before the bell. No Code of Honor, and the two men circle, ready to strike. Woods kicks quick, then again, but Taylor gets back. Taylor rushes in, but Woods gets a waistlock. Woods tries to lift but Taylor is too big and strong. Taylor throws back elbows, but then Woods ducks the back hand to try a belly2belly! Taylor ear claps Woods, but then Woods runs. Woods springboards, but Taylor knocks him down with double ax handles! Taylor brags but fans boo and jeer while Woods rolls out of the ring. Taylor pursues, but Woods hits back. Woods throws hands but Taylor headbutts. Woods falls against the barriers, Taylor cannonballs!

Taylor trash talks Chicago while the 10 count begins. Taylor drags Woods up and then puts him on the apron. He climbs up, takes aim, and drops the guillotine leg! Taylor trash talks fans more while we go to break.

ROH returns, and Woods dodges Taylor in a corner. Woods runs in, but Taylor picks him up onto his shoulder. Taylor brings Woods around, but Woods slips into the sleeper and body scissors! Taylor gets a second wind, but Woods shifts down to a German Suplex! Woods holds on, and brings Taylor up again, for another German! He lets go but fires up, as does Chicago. Woods runs in the corner, flying wizard! Woods throws furious forearms, and the referee backs him down, but only for a moment as Woods comes back to ram in knees. The referee backs Woods down again, but Woods slips past, only to run into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, Taylor wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

The series between these heavy-handed brawlers is now tied, 1-1! There was no King Mo this time, but Taylor did get a bit lucky. What will happen when these two tie up again for the tiebreaker?

 

Dalton Castle is here!

The Peacock and ROH World Champion, along with his Boys, are here for a close-up look at the main event. Why? Because two of the ten men involved are his contenders at Best in the World for their Triple Threat title match! Though, he does love “Los Incorrigibles”, they’re a great team.

 

10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The partnership between ROH and NJPW is on display as Testuya Naito leads Bushi, EVIL, Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi against the American Nightmare, the Villain, the Hangman and the Young Bucks! Will the winners be Tranquilo? Or just, too, sweet?

ROH returns and the teams sort themsevles out. Naito starts against Hangman Page, but Cody says he wants in. Fans want him to tag in, too, so Page obliges. Cody and Naito, the Bullet Club’s supposed leader and LIJ’s actual leader, get the fans fired up. They circle, but Cody flexes. Naito inspects Cody’s muscles, and is impressed. They’re good enough to spit on! Cody takes offense, and kicks Naito to drop and uppercut him. Cody runs, but Naito sends him out! Naito runs, builds speed, and Tranquilo! Cody is furious, throwing around chairs. He slips into the ring, ready to fight, but Naito tags out to Bushi while Scurll tags himself in. Scurll means no harm, but he just wants his turn. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for their favorite villain.

Castle on commentary notes that while Scurll is super popular, popularity doesn’t equal ability. Castle is popular and also skilled, and he’ll prove that to everyone at BitW. That aside, The Villain circles with the Jet Black Death Mask, then tie up. Bushi wristlocks but Scurll gets to ropes to flip through. Scurll rolls and spins, then reverses into a headlock takeover. Bushi headscissors but Scurll pops out, then flaps his wings. Fans like that, and “Woop Woop!” for him more. Bushi kicks low, then pulls on the beard! Scurll grabs the fingers, but EVIL saves Bushi! Sanada tags in, but Scurll doesn’t want anything to do with this heavyweight championship tag team. Scurll turns around, so he double tags (if that’s allowed) to the Young Bucks!

Matt & Nick Jackson stare down with EVIL & Sanada, both teams being top tier teams around the world. The fans duel while the Bucks bring up Osaka. EVIL & Sanada shove the Bucks, so the Bucks shove back. Sanada & EVIL kick low, then whip the Bucks. The Bucks slip under the boots, then the clotheslines to- Nope, those kicks are blocked. The Bucks want EVIL & Sanada to “relax”, and that gets through to them. Sanada & EVIL let them go, but then all four put up their dukes. Fans applaud this sportsmanship, but the referee reminds them this is meant to be 1v1 match-ups at a time. That’s when Hiromu tags in! Fans go wild for the Ticking Time Bomb, so Scurll gets in to jaw with his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship rival. Bushi slithers in, but so does Hangman Page. Naito and Cody join in, and it’s a 5v5 stand-off!

The referee tries to defuse the situation, but it doesn’t work! It’s a 10 man brawl! They all pair off, Hangman tosses Bushi out while Naito and Hiromu do the same with Cody and Scurll. The two tag teams are still in the ring, and the Bucks get the edge. Nick runs and Matt alley-oops for the double dropkick! Bushi returns, but he gets the “You’re dead!” headscissors dropkick! The Bucks aim at Bushi and Naito, and hit double slingshots crossbodies! Sanada returns into the ring, and kicks Cody low. Sanada runs, but into Cody’s drop toehold, and Scurll adds the basement dropkick. Page adds the running shooting star!

Fans fire up while Scurll and Hangman help The Bucks hold Bushi and Naito in place. Cody does the Terminator kneel! Whether he’s the leader or not, that’s not his move, and fans boo him for it. Cody rises, runs, but Hiromu and Daryl Jr. intercept!

Fans are thunderuos as Daryl Jr. runs wild! Daryl Jr. hits down Scurll, but misses the Bucks, and they give double SUPERKICKS to Hiromu! Hiromu goes down, as does Daryl Jr, but Nick runs and FLIES onto Naito & Bushi! Fans are so fired up right now as Matt drags Hiromu up. Matt scoops Hiromu into Tombstone position, but Sanada stops Nick’s slingshot! Nick hits apron, so Matt dumps Hiromu down. Hiromu distracts the referee while EVIL brings a chair in. EVIL tries to pull a Latino Heat as he tosses the chair to Matt, but Matt tosses the chair back. They hot potato the chair, and EVIL just smashes through to knock the chair into Matt! Hiromu and Sanada take care of Cody and Scurll for good measure, but we go to break.

ROH returns and Sanada tags back in. Sanada rakes Matt Jackson’s back. Matt hits back with big haymakers, then whips, but Sanada reverses. Things speed up as Sanada jumps over, then again, but Matt stops to SUPERKICK Sanada down! But both men are down, so their teams rally up for them. Matt crawls, hot tag to Scurll! Sanada hot tags Hiromu, and they brawl with forearms, fast and furious! Fans love this endless stream of strikes, and it’s Scurll who gets the edge. Scurll runs, but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu runs, but into a mule kick, a stomp on the foot, and a shotgun knee! Scurll fires up again, as do the fans.

Scurll hits Naito and Bushi just because, then goes to the apron to SUPERKICK Bushi. He goes in then back out to the other apron, to SUPERKICK Naito! Both fans and Bullet Club rally, and even Castle likes what he sees from Scurll. Scurll returns to Hiromu, but Hiromu kicks. Hiromu runs, but falls for the 52 Fake Out. Not! But Scurll ducks the clothesline but so does Hiromu. Scurll ducks again, and goes for chicken wing! Hiromu breaks free, but ends up in a pumphandle, for Ghostbuster!

Cover, TWO!! Somehow Hiromu survives, and the rallying begins again. Scurll calls for the chicken wing again, does his spin, but Hiromu drops down to roll up! TWO, Scurll hits Hiromu with a European Uppercut. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Hiromu to miss. Scurll runs, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Fans love it, even though both men are down. Scurll and Hiromu crawl, hot tags to Nick and EVIL! Sanada enters, too, and LIJ get Nick. They double whip him corner to corner, but Nick comes back to rally with strikes! Nick shining wizards then bulldog clotheslines them both! Nick hits Naito and Bushi just because, and he’s all fired up.

EVIL puts him on the apron, but Nick comes back with a slingshot “Suck It!” facebuster! Cover, Sanada breaks it. LIJ double whip but Matt saves his brother while tagging in. The Bucks knock LIJ back, then double slingshot sunset flips, into double sharpshooters! That’s Cease in stereo! “The! Elite! The the Elite!” echoes out, but Naito and Hiromu save EVIL and Sanada. LIJ whips Matt, but Matt ducks, Hangman double buckshots! But wait, Punishment Martinez is storming down the ramp! Hangman goes out to intercept and they start brawling!

These two won’t wait for Best in the World to settle their grudge! They fight all the way up to the stage, and to the backstage area, but we go to one last break.

ROH returns once more, and Bushi climbs up. Bushi missile dropkicks Matt down then Bushi-roonies up while Hiromu and Naito intercept Scurll and Cody. EVIL hobbles over to Matt and with Bushi’s help, whips Matt corner to corner. EVIL charges in for a big corner clothesline, then rolls Matt out for the others to QUADRUPLE dropkick Matt! Cover, but Cody and Nick break it. Another brawl begins, and Bushi is left alone with Matt in the ring. Bushi climbs up again, but Scurll returns. Scurll saves Matt, then hits a roaring elbow. Hiromu lariats Scurll, then sees Cody coming, yet still gets the Beautiful Disaster kick! Naito throws Cody with a headscissors, but Matt SUPERKICKS Naito! EVIL mule kicks Matt, then Bushi with the Destroyer!

Sanada returns, and LIJ groups up to lift Matt, Magic Killer! Bushi covers, but Nick drags the referee out! Cody attacks Sanada, then EVIL. Cody sends them out, tot hen run and FLY! He takes out EVIL, but Hiromu runs at Nick! Hiromu leaps over for the bomb, but Nick holds the ropes! Bernard the Business Bear attacks Hiromu! Then Nick asai moonsaults! Nick and Bernard high five, but then Bushi spits the green mist into Bernard’s eyes! Wait, that shouldn’t actually… But Bushi goes after Cody, but Cody standing switches. Scurll has his umbrella and swings, but Bushi gets out of the way, and Cody takes the hit! Naito hits Scurll with Destino!

But the Bucks SUPERKICK Naito together! Then SUPERKICKS for Bushi! The Bucks duck EVIL & Sanada, then SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up all over again, and The Bucks target Bushi. Bushi’s counter is countered, springboard for the FIVE STAR MELTZER DRIVER!!

Cover, The Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: The Bullet Club, Matt Jackson pinning

Bullet Club IS fine, but maybe not Bernard. Cody washes Bernard’s eyes out, though again, it shouldn’t matter. The fans chant for “All In!” but Cody and Scurll must first worry about Best in the World and their Triple Threat with Dalton Castle. If Bullet Club truly is fine, can the Allied Powers stay civil in their fight with The Peacock? Or will they implode and allow Castle to retain with ease?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great night from ROH, as far as action goes. Chuckie and Kenny have a great match that is respectful and clean, as both men are Faces. Kenny wins to keep pace after what Austin Aries did to him, and I really hope that match comes sooner rather than later. Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods was good, but it keeps both guys strong because while Taylor wins, it was thanks to Woods being distracted that gave Taylor the win. The Briscoes give a really good, and even scary promo in regards to their attitude and their coming title match. The ROH tag champion Briscoes VS IWGP tag champion Young Bucks is going to be great. It’s just too bad it isn’t going to be winners take all since it’s an ROH event.

And that’s the one downside of tonight: the continuity error. This episode was obviously recorded in the set before even last week, which is very important. NJPW Dominion was on 6/9/18, and the Young Bucks would defeat EVIL & Sanada for their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Yet, this episode has EVIL & Sanada still holding those belts. However, there is a logical reason for this continuity error: spoilers. Fans in attendance would not have kept the secret if the Bucks came out with the titles before Dominion even happened. Perhaps the main event of 351, Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K, should’ve been swapped with this one so that continuity still works in some way. Though, that might have made everyone think the Bucks had a match against EVIL & Sanada just hours before their Dominion match…

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (6/20/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4

Lucha Underground, Season 4, Episode 2: “Darkness and the Monster”

Pentagon Dark made it through Aztec Warfare and is STILL Lucha Underground Champion. However, Antonio Cueto won’t let him have any time off, as he must again defend his title against Antonio’s “only son”, The Monster, Matanza! Can Pentagon survive the Wrath of the Gods to remain champion with #CeroMiedo?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous B  Infamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & the Beautiful Brenda; Havoc, Killshot & The Mack win and retain the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
  • Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr; Azteca wins and earns one of the seven Aztec Medallions.
  • Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Catrina appears in King Cuerno’s trophy.

And she appears magically, as per her powers of darkness. Fortunately the King of Hunters is out, but unfortunately, so is the Gauntlet of the Gods. Cuerno enters, and tells Catrina, “Even I know that some trophies are too dangerous to display.” Then where is it? Cuerno knows the Gauntlet is “the hand that could strike down the descendants of the Seven Aztec Tribes.” And he can’t let that happen. But without it, she will never be human again, and she won’t let that happen. Well sorry, but he gave it to someone else for “safe keeping.” So who knows where, or when, he hid it. And Cuerno doesn’t give a sh*t whether Catrina is ever human again. Catrina disappears in a huff, back on the hunt for her humanity.

 

Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous B w/ the Beautiful Brenda!

Dysfunction has returned to these titles as one of the inaugural champions is forced to team with two of the current champions. For whatever reason, Dante Fox is MIA, so Antonio Cueto let fate decide who replaced him, and that brings us to this new mishmash team. However, they already have to face challengers in #InfamousIncorporated.

Speaking of, the chairman of 423-Get-Fame explains to Melissa Santos that she doesn’t have all the facts. Famous B and Brenda hit the ring, and B vows to capture the gold! But Dr. Wagner & Texano are too busy making money in Mexico, so instead, it’s a fresh coat of paint w/ three new clients! First, the nasty mechanic, Big Bad Steve! Second, one of the hottest young stars on the globe, Sammy Guevara! And last but certainly not least, the hottest free agent in the business, the “savage” Jake Strong! The Believers lose their minds over these signings, especially that third star full of swagger.

Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Infamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & The Beautiful Brenda!

With this revised match-up, do the champions stand a chance of retaining? The bell rings, and Killshot starts against Guevara. Killshot gets the takedown, but Guevara dodges the double stomps. Killshot cartwheels, things speed up, and while Killshot handsprings back, Guevara flips over! Guevara embraces the spotlight a little too long, but he still tilt-o-whirl headscissors Killshot. Killshot handsprings through, then headscissors Guevara back. Guevara also gets up quick, with a big smile on his face. Fans are loving it, too, as Guevara offers a handshake. Fans chant for “Killshot! Killshot!” so Guevara flips him the bird. Killshot gives Guevara the spinning back elbow! Killshot puts Guevara in the corner, then tags to Son of Havoc.

Havoc drags Guevara up while fans chant for him. Havoc chops Guevara sharply, then gives forearms. He whips but Guevara reverses, and things speed up. Guevara dropkicks Havoc down, then embraces the spotlight again. He drags Havoc over, and Big Bad Steve tags in. BBS throws hands on SoH, then big forearms. Havoc back kicks, then runs, but BBS blocks and counters to clothesline Havoc down. Killshot comes in to mule kick BBS, then whips. BBS reverses but Killshot goes up and over. Killshot 619s in the corner, then steps in for the complete shot! Jake Strong comes in and throws Killshot to ropes to then boot him. Killshot is dazed, but he still dumps Jake out of the ring. Killshot gets to the apron, aims at Jake, and gives him a sharp boot!

Guevara returns, to SUPERKICK Killshot down! Then Guevara wrecks with a dropkick, only for Havoc to DIVE on him! Brenda and Famous B are not happy with how their team is working together. Jake gets up with Guevara and they drag Havoc up together. They both go into the ring, and BBS grabs Havoc for a suplex. BBS holds him up there, then drops him. Jake backs up, then runs corner to corner for the All American American Vader Bomb! Guevara is up, and adds the swanton bomb! Cover, but Killshot and The Mack break that. Guevara backs off, and Havoc crawls over. Killshot tags in, and fans already know “This is Awesome!”

Killshot runs in but Guevara puts him on the top rope. Guevara swing kicks then climbs up, to SUPER- No, Killshot denies! Killshot brings Guevara back up, fireman’s carry, and with The Mack running an intercept course, SUPER POUNCE!

But Jake comes in, and kicks Mack down. Jake throws Mack out hard, then grabs Killshot. Jake puts Killshot in a corner, but Killshot puts up the knee. This gets Jake to stop in his tracks, and Killshot kicks out the legs. Killshot buzzaw kicks Jake right in the head, then climbs up top. Famous B distracts on the apron, and this gives Jake time to get under Killshot’s jump. Killshot turns back around, and runs into a pop up into ankle lock!

Killshot endures while fans are thunderous! He taps, but the referee is still busy with someone else! Mack comes in, and SMACKS Jake with a haymaker. But Jake holds onto the hold! That’s how strong Jake is. Mack hits him again, then runs to bicycle boot him! Finally Jake lets go, but he tags to BBS. Mack dodges BBS, STUNNER! Havoc tags in from Killshot, climbs up top, and hits a SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Havoc and team win!

Winners: Killshot, The Mack & Son of Havoc, Havoc pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions

Famous B messed up his own team, and now they pay the price! The mishmash team retains, and have grown closer thanks to winning together. Meanwhile, Jake Strong is pissed at Famous B, but he takes it out on Guevara and Big Bad Steve! He body slams Guevara and boots BBS, but he’s not done there. He build speed to FLIP Guevara with a lethal lariat. Famous B pleads with Jake, but no go, as Jake trophy lifts Guevara to toss onto Big Bad Steve! And that just leaves Famous B himself, for a big biel! Then, the ankle lock! Famous B has had broken arms before, but never a broken ankle! Jake wipes the sweat from his brow and fans join in on “Strong! Strong!” Will Jake Strong take the Temple by storm?

 

Melissa Santos introduces Antonio Cueto.

The ice cold father of the late Dario Cueto comes out, and says that many called Dario “a genius”. But guess what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, another concept of Dario’s was a spark of brilliance. Antonio is of course speaking of the Gift of the Gods Championship. “When the seven ancient Aztec medallions are together, they form the Gift of the Gods”, and Antonio proudly announces that the process starts again, tonight! This next match is for the first of seven, so let’s not keep the bloodthirsty Believers waiting! “Let’s put some red blood in this blue ice house!”

Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr!

Now that there’s a prize on the line, this battle of dragons truly heats up. The Queen of the Reptile Tribe leads her dark knight to the ring, will he bring glory to their clan at the expense of the young luchador’s body?

Lucha Underground returns, and this match begins. Fans already rally as the two circle. Drago wants a handshake? Azteca accepts, but of course it was a trap. Drago whips but Azteca reverses, and things speed up. Drago front flips but Azteca arm wrenches, to then wheelbarrow and sunset flip! ONE, and Drago sweeps the legs to cover. ONE, and Azteca returns the favor, ONE, double dropkicks twice in a row, we have a stand off and fans are loving it. Azteca baits Drago into a test of strength to back kick him. Azteca puts on a headlock, but Drago powers out. Drago and Azteca bump shoulders, Drago rebounds to shoulder again but Azteca does the same and gets the knock down!

Azteca runs but Kobra swipes at him! He’s ready to bop her one, but he’s too nice a guy. Azteca does sense Drago lurking, though, and gets out of the way. Drago stops himself from running into his queen, but Azteca waistlocks. Dragon standing switches, but Azteca throws elbows. Azteca slips out of the suplex to shove and then follow, Azteca rolls to a cover, TWO! Things speed up again as Drago springboards into a cover. ONE and Azteca narrowly avoids a Penalty Kick, but not that sharp mule kick! Drago keeps on Azteca, then whips, but Azteca reverses. Things speed up as Azteca dodges Drago each time, then he slides out, but Drago FLIES! One dragon wipes out the other and fans are fired up!

Drago puts Azteca back in, then stalks him to a corner. Drago hits Azteca with a body shot, then hoists him up backwards on the top rope. He goes after the mask! How disrespectful! Fans boo and jeer, but Dragon won’t stop! He almost unmasks Azteca completely as he puts him in the Tree of Woe! Drago mule kicks the defenseless Azteca! Azteca gets his mask on, but fans cuss Drago out. Drago runs in, but misses in the corner. Azteca fires off forearms, then whips but Drago reverses. Azteca stops himself, to then kick from the ground! Drago runs back in, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Cover, TWO! Azteca is a bit shocked, but he keeps on Drago.

Azteca whips but Drago holds ropes. Drago runs and slides off Azteca’s back, then brings Azteca around for a hammerlock and lift, into a facebuster slam! Dragon finishes by rolling Azteca up into a cradle, TWO!? Kobra Moon is frustrated, but Drago makes it up to her with that overhand chop on Azteca. Dragon whips Azteca corner to corner, then runs in, but Azteca slips out to the apron. Drago hits buckles and falls back, Azteca climbs up, but has to drop down. Azteca swing kicks Drago, then climbs up. He jumps over, and runs into a boot from Drago! Drago runs, blockbuster DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Azteca gets to a corner. Drago runs in again, but Azteca dodges. Azteca runs into a SUPERKICK! Drago climbs up, Azteca swing kicks Drago again! Azteca climbs up, SUPER victory roll pin! Azteca wins!!

Winner: Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; earns the first Aztec Medallion

Azteca celebrates winning in honor of his Aztec heritage of the Eagle Tribe. Who will join him in collecting the Medallions and forming the Gift of the Gods Championship?

Meanwhile, Kobra Moon is disappointed in her knight. To make matters worse, out comes Johnny Mundo. He asks the Queen of Reptiles what’ll happen when “one of your snakes gets taken to Slam Town?” But Mundo’s trash talk is just a distraction for Taya to sneak up behind and strike! The Valkyrie SPEARS and throws hands on Kobra while Mundo comes in to kick Drago in the huevos! Then a shining wizard on Drago for good measure. The Reptiles started this war with Worldwide Underground, will Mundo and company finish it?

 

Antonio Cueto is in his office.

He finishes some paperwork, then picks up the key. But Catrina pops in using her magic. He heard stories about her, but he just thought it was “a load of crap.” Is she a phantom? No, she’s stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. She hopes not for long, if he gives her what she desires. He’s sure most men do. So what does she desire? Fenix in a coffin. But Mil Muertes can handle him. Catrina wants the match made, Mil Muertes VS Fenix in Grave Consequences, next week. Sounds violent. Yes, it will be. And once Fenix is buried once and for all, that immortal life force will be Catrina’s. “And I will finally be free.”

So she’ll have to knock next time? Yes. Then consider it done. Catrina disappears just as she came. The Man of 1000 Deaths and the Man of 1000 Lives will wage war once again! Will Catrina get her shortcut to restoration? Or will she be disappointed all over again?

 

Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto!

A rematch from all the way back in Ultima Lucha Dos, in which The Monster defeated the Breaker of Bones. Things have changed for Pentagon since then, but Matanza is as merciless and mindless as ever. Will Pentagon avenge himself of that loss? Or will he fall to the Wrath of the Gods?

Lucha Underground returns once more, and fans are already thunderous. Pentagon doesn’t waste time, either, as he goes right at Matanza at the stairs! The bell rings just as Pentagon SUPERKICKS Matanza! Matanza stays standing, though, and even busts through Pentagon’s forearm smash. Pentagon hits Matanza again and again, then pushes Matanza into a post. Fans chant “Cero Miedo!” as Pentagon kicks Matanza again. He goes after the big legs of the Monster, then brings him around by his mask to bowl him into chairs! Fans are loving this as Pentagon stalks Matanza. Pentagon whips Matanza into the railings and wall. He kicks Matanza’s leg again, then stands Matanza up against a post. Pentagon asks for silence as he takes off his glove, and opens Matanza’s jumpsuit for the CHOP!

Matanza staggers away but fans love it. “Otra! Otra!” echoes out, but as Pentagon swings, Matanza dodges! Pentagon’s hand smacks post! Matanza boots Pentagon, then drags Pentagon up to press and bounce him off the railings. Matanza forearms Pentagon hard, then follows him as he rolls. He then drags Pentagon up to return the favor of bowling for chairs!

Matanza drags Pentagon up, for a back suplex on the apron. Pentagon writhes but Matanza hits him with another forearm. Matanza puts Pentagon in the ring, then looms over him. He drags Pentagon up, for a torture rack and slam! Cover, TWO, but Matanza still looms over his prey. Matanza pumphandles and Fall Away Slams Pentagon. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Pentagon but Matanza is still on him. Matanza drags Pentagon up but Pentagon revives. Pentagon speeds things up, then Slingblades! Then another! Cover, TWO! Pentagon is surprised, but he keeps on that leg with another sharp kick! “CERO, MIEDO!” Pentagon can’t get the package driver, though, as Matanza powers out and hits back. Matanza whips, but Pentagon goes up and over for the backstabber! Then the code breaker! Cover, TWO!

Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for their champion as he stands up and stalks Matanza now. Matanza sits up, but Pentagon buzzsaw kicks him. “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon runs, but into a swinging side slam! Cover, TWO, and the fans are still thunderous. Matanza is up first, then whips Pentagon corner to corner. Matanza runs in, for a big clothesline. He runs in again, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon hops up, leaps, but Matanza denies the Destroyer with power. Pentagon still sunset flips but Matanza rolls through. They both get up, enziguri from Pentagon! Pentagon positions Matanza, then climbs up. But Matanza stops him with a right! Matanza climbs up, fireman’s carry, but Pentagon fights back. Pentagon headbutts Matanza down, then SUPERKICKS him again. He hops back up, DESTROYER PILEDRIVER!

But that’s not all, because Matanza staggers up to his feet. Pentagon runs, ANOTHER Destroyer!

Then, “CERO! MIEDO!” Somehow, Pentagon lifts Matanza for a PACKAGE Piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!!

Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion

Two weeks in a row, Pentagon has done the unthinkable! He conquers the Monster to give the Monster his first singles loss EVER! Fans are thunderous for their champion as they chant “Cero! Miedo!” But they also what Pentagon to “Break His Arm!” Pentagon grabs Matanza, Dark Armbar… But Antonio simply shows Matanza the key, and the Monster powers out! Matanza gets away from Pentagon, then cowers before his father!? Antonio smacks Matanza, saying Dario spoiled his little brother. They’re both useless. Matanza sheepishly follows after his father, and Pentagon stands tall. Will his unbelievable title reign continue to make history?

 

Antonio Cueto returns to his office.

He puts the key down, then paces the room. Jeremiah Crane arrives, and none too soon for Antonio’s liking. This won’t take long. Crane wants to bury both Fenix and Mil Muertes, and then he’ll be the one to give Catrina what she wants, so that she’ll finally realize he is the only man she needs. So Crane is willing to put his own life on the line for a woman? Have you seen Catrina? Good point. In that case, it will be the first ever Grave Consequences TRIPLE THREAT, aka Three Way to the Grave. See? That didn’t take long. Antonio doesn’t see Crane’s career lasting much longer, either. The Death Machine, the Man of Death, and the Bird of War, only one will be left alive! Will it be Catrina or Crane who gets what they want?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great second episode, as Lucha Underground keeps the momentum rolling and even heightens it. Nice story element of King Cuerno using his Lucha Underground/Impact Wrestling pal in Aerostar to hide that Gauntlet for him. Aerostar being a time-traveler in kayfabe, it is the perfect way to keep that Gauntlet out of the reach of those hungry for power. Of course, Catrina has a Plan B: just kill Fenix. For one, Fenix has been a long-standing rival of Mil Muertes, so this would be one way to end their eternal feud. Second, it gets Catrina what she wants, and that’s to be truly alive again. Crane makes a great move as well, since he has his own story with Muertes & Catrina. That match for just episode three is going to be great.

Havoc joining The Mack and Killshot was a nice twist from last week, and we get some more twists as we meet the newest LU talent. “Jake Strong” (aka Jack Swagger) makes a big impact, even though he lost. I suppose by “Mexico”, Famous B means Texano and Wagner are active in AAA Lucha and therefore too busy to be on Lucha Underground. Strong/Swagger is gonna do great to be sure. And great for Azteca to win a medallion, that’s the first step to being Gift of the Gods Champion. Azteca has already been Trios Champion with Rey Mysterio and Prince Puma, so this could be his way to being a Triple Crown. Then that main event was amazing, as always, and great for Pentagon to retain. I could easily see him retain all the way until Ultima Lucha 4, where he gets screwed out this time.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (6/20/18)

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NXT takes over Chicago for a bonus night of action! What is the aftermath of all the amazing matches from TakeOver: Chicago II? Where do both the winners and losers go from here? Plus, in-ring action between the War Raiders and The Mighty! Who will kneel? Who will rise?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
  • The War Raiders VS The Mighty; War Raiders win.

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WWE and NXT honors the memory of Leon White, aka Vader.

Big, strong and even revolutionary, he will be missed and always remembered fondly.

 

NXT recaps TakeOver Chicago II!

A true highlight reel of all the fast and furious action that went down on Saturday, June 16, 2018. From Undisputed tag team champions to a loony lass that let herself go limp, to a #OneandOnlyDream Match all about the spotlight, to a Dutch Destroyer making a Leviathan #FadeToBlack, to two men who were once friends trying to destroy each other. TakeOver brought just about everything but the kitchen sink. The only question now: what’s next?

 

Dakota Kai VS Bianca Belair!

The Captain of Team Kick overcame her fears in regards to the Queen of Spades, but can she overcome a woman who is the strongest, toughest, baddest and so much more? Or will The EST add Dakota to her fastest growing win list?

The bell rings, and Bianca pie-faces Dakota around. Bianca whips Dakota, but Dakota gets around and keeps moving to dropkick Bianca down. Dakota goes to whip but Bianca reverses. Dakota goes up and over, then rolls Bianca, ONE. Bianca waistlocks Dakota but Dakota resists. Dakota trips Bianca then runs to Penalty Kick her down. Cover, TWO, but Dakota keeps focus. Dakota goes over but Bianca pushes her back to then flapjack her onto the buckles. Bianca rams her shoulder into Dakota, then backs off to smirk. Bianca brings Dakota up, suplexes, and fans chant “EST!” as she rebound suplexes Dakota to the mat. Dakota crawls but Bianca is on her with a splash! Bianca kips up, then tells Dakota to “kiss this”.

Dakota gets to a corner while fans cheer Bianca on. Bianca twirls her hair as Dakota stands up. Bianca clubs Dakota, covers, TWO. She grows annoyed with Dakota, but brings her up for a modified abdominal stretch. Bianca adds a clawing hand, then grabs hair to thrash Dakota around. The referee counts Bianca, and she lets up. She still elbows Dakota, then pulls on hair again. Bianca bends and stretches Dakota but fans rally and Dakota endures. Bianca pumphandles and backbreakers Dakota! Dakota writhes while Bianca dares her to get up. Dakota hits back, but it doesn’t hurt Bianca. Bianca clubs Dakota down, then drags her up.

Bianca suplexes Dakota again, rebounds again, then again to show off her strength! She gets a hat trick but Dakota rolls her, TWO. Dakota trips then rolls around, TWO. Bianca runs and kicks Dakota down, then throws her by her hair. Bianca runs, but her splash hits knees! She flops to a corner, then Dakota crawls over. Fans rally for both women as they stagger up. Bianca misses in the corner, enziguri from Dakota! Both women are down, but stir. Dakota is up and kicks Bianca down. Scorpion kick then bicycle kick! Bianca gets to a corner, Dakota goes Around the World! Then, boot wash! Cover, TWO!

Dakota can’t believe it, but she knows she’s close, too. She climbs up top, but Bianca is up. Dakota jumps over, avoids the hair whip, but Bianca avoids the roundhouse to forearm Dakota back! Bianca grabs Dakota, torture rack driver! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST impresses Chicago with her performance tonight. Racking up the wins like this, will Bianca become the  strongest, toughest, and baddest #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Exclusive backstage interview with Ricochet.

The King of Flight went toe to toe and move for move with the Patrick Clark Experience, and won. What’s next? “Well like I said before,” Ricochet has shown us just the tip of the iceberg. He showed he’s not just some gif online or a bunch of flips. Ricochet showed us all that the spotlight is now on him, the One and Only.

And Velveteen Dream’s own interview.

After losing to Ricochet, where does he go next? It was #DreamOver in New Orleans, so what do you think? That’s all he has to say, but what will he do?

 

Exclusive interview with Shayna Baszler.

The Queen of Spades is joined by her fellow Four Horsewomen of MMA, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, as she speaks on her successful defense against Crazy Nikki Cross. Was there any doubt that she’d lsoe to Nikki’s madness? “You know how you defeat chaos? You suck the air out of it and put it to sleep.” #AndStill. If not even Nikki Cross can defeat Bully Baszler, then who can?

 

NXT reviews THE NXT Championship match.

The Leviathan shocked the world when he blocked the Black Mass with one hand on NXT TV. Then he shocked us again when he slammed Aleister Black three times, just because he could. Then in the match itself, Lars Sullivan still threw the Embodiment of the End off with his superhuman sturdiness. But Aleister proved he had both toughness and intellect to match, as he focused on the giant’s jaw. It took no less than two Black Mass kicks, but finally, Lars went down and Aleister retained.

Exclusive interview with Aleister Black.

The Dutch Destroyer, sore in body as he was, had no time or energy to talk. He would hobble on into the night, victorious.

 

Exclusive interview with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.

The one-two combination did not win the NXT Tag Team Championships off Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong, partially thanks to Adam Cole. Chicago still showed their respect and appreciation for their efforts, but how do they themselves feel? “This is a combined 25 years of experience in the making”, of blood, sweat and tears just to get to WWE and NXT. Their first TakeOver, they came up short and they’re heartbroken, but they left it all in the ring, and you can’t ask for anything more. It was the biggest match of their careers, but the biggest loss, too. They’re disappointed, but they’re still standing. Will the Boston & British Brawlers fight their way back up towards something big?

 

NXT looks back to the brutality of the Chicago Street Fight.

Chicago was the location where DIY broke apart, all because of Tommaso Ciampa’s paranoia. Ciampa accused Johnny Gargano of being selfish, but Gargano wasn’t the one making life a living Hell for his former friend. In the end, even Candice LeRae wanted Gargano to “kick his ass”, and Gargano went out to do just that! So much symbolism was in every sinister and sadistic move from both men, and Gargano would bring out a darker side of himself than perhaps even he knew he had. But in the end, he would lose focus, and that would cause him to lose the match. Ciampa exposed hard wood and drove Gargano headfirst into it. The Psycho Killer would stand tall, and wave “bye-bye”. Now that Ciampa got his “moment”, is it finally over between him and Johnny Wrestling?

 

NXT Media catches up with EC3.

What did The Top One Percent think of TakeOver: Chicago II? “Is there anything like it?” That show proved why NXT is THE top brand in sports entertainment. It had thrills, chills, action and excitement, but it didn’t have EC3. He isn’t promising, he is proclaiming: The Top One Percent will be at 100% of TakeOvers going forward. EC3 has been building this brand into #NX3 with #VictoryAfterVictoryAfterVictory. He claims to be the best here, the best there, the best anywhere, but he’s going to prove it. EC3 is going to kick the doors wide open to demand the top tier of competition available. In other words, EC3 is calling his shot. And when he calls his shot, he doesn’t miss. Who is he aiming for? “Everybody!!”

 

The War Raiders VS The Mighty!

War comes to Chicago as Ray Rowe and “Warbeard” Hanson look to show Shane Thorne & Nick Miller what it’s really like to be mighty. Forget kneeling, will Thorne & Miller still be standing after this match?

But as The Mighty have done, they use some sneakier tactics, as they throw their fancy new dusters at Rowe & Hanson! The Mighty put Hanson on the outside, then stomp away on Rowe. The referee backs Thorne & Miller off to check on Rowe. Rowe simply demands this match begin! The bell rings, and Rowe hits Thorne with shotgun knees! Miller comes in, but gets thrown overhead! Miller slumps out, Rowe tags in Hanson. Fans chant “War! War!” as Hanson is whipped into squash Thorne, then Rowe picks Hanson up for the human weapon hip attack! Fans fire up as Hanson tags back to Rowe. Rowe stalks Thorne, and brings him up for the lift. Hanson climbs but Miller pushes him down!

Rowe goes after Miller, but then Thorne clobbers Rowe. Thorne rolls Rowe and even puts feet on the ropes! TWO, because Miller wasn’t there to help anchor him. Thorne hurries up to knee Rowe down, then tags Miller. Miller drags Rowe up and drops ax handles and crossface punches. Fans boo, but Miller keeps going. Rowe shoves Miller away but Miller knocks Rowe out of the ring. Miller distracts and Thorne gets a cheap shot in! Thorne puts Rowe in, then tags in. The Mighty pick Rowe up, back drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! The Mighty are shocked and furious but fans rally up for the War Raiders.

Thorne goes after Rowe in a corner with European Uppercuts. Rowe shoves him away, then they brawl. Rowe fights out of the Mighty’s corner, but Thorne dropkicks him back down. Thorne goes to hit Hanson, but Hanson intimidates him with a roar. Thorne goes back to Rowe, but his senton misses! Hot tag to Hanson! Hanson throws Thorne with a back drop, then side slams Miller, before squashing him with a splash! Hanson picks up and swings Thorne for a slam. Miller dodges but ends up in a seated senton! Hanson cartwheels past Thorne to clothesline him down!

Fans are all fired up, and so is Hanson. Hanson tags Rowe, “War! War!” echoes out, as Hanson feeds Thorne to Rowe to pop Thorne up for Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Miller breaks it! Rowe throws Miller out, and Hanson DIVES! Hanson wipes Miller out, but that’s not all. War Raiders regroup, Rowe gives Thorne the Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Hanson, and Hanson climbs. Rowe drags Thorne up, FALLOUT! Cover, War Raiders win!

Winners: The War Raiders, Hanson pinning

The warpath continues, and no one is safe. Will the NXT Tag Team Champions have to worry about a truly threatening team coming for their gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

For those who don’t know, post-TakeOver episodes of NXT are never that big of a deal, as they’re actually filmed before TakeOver. It’s just through the magic of editing that it all feels like a post-show. All the interviews featured were great, and fitting of each character’s story after the event. The matches were actually alright tonight. Bianca VS Dakota was great for an opener, and honestly could’ve been the main given how great Chicago reacted to Bianca. War Raiders VS The Mighty was so quick, but also as exciting and well-received. As I’ve been saying, we must be getting War Raiders VS Undisputed Era in this next arc, and hopefully Bobby Fish will be healed by then for a proper match-up of ROH teams in NXT.

My Score: 8/10


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